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Summer 2009 in pictures

1. My first Milo Dinosaur, served at D’Chillz. Made by Alden. Not bad.
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2. Kids being miniature soldiers.
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3. Stopped by Phanit’s house in Australian Village after dinner at Station. Daron, you would’ve been so proud of your student! He practices, you know…”
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4. Vanilla & lime with butterscotch topping at D’Chillz. I claim only Aaron and Sandy can do it right.
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5. Dozens of monks trickling in on Wat Po compound. Mimi and I was giggling when we saw some of them had tattoos at their backs.
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6. Trust the Thais to come up something innovative (and low-budget) like this recyclable Windex sprayer using Pepsi and Lipton Ice tea bottles.
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7. Saturday nights at Dr Pak Lee’s, playing Wii. This guy can ski like nobody’s business okay! LOL
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8. One of the six cats of the Lee’s…CUTE KAN. This is my first time of my seven years here to even be near one!
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9. Farewell potluck for Bob at the Lampadans.
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10. Bob and friends before he left for good.
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11. Had awesome green noodles with Ivonne, Onya, Teds, Jun and Fian.
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12. …wouldn’t be complete without the most awesome Thai chai yen on earth (though it’s diluted, by the time this picture was taken)
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13. Simple activity during Ivonne’s farewell dinner. Wrote messages of encouragement to Ivonne, read it to her, and make it into a star! (though most of the time, we forgot to read and we concentrated on making the papers into stars…haha)
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14. Ivonne sorting out two of her huge bags to fit 46 kgs, the max. luggage requirement of KLM.
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Relatives in for a fun-filled experience in Muak Lek and Bangkok

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Like my Super Mario Bros shirt? Me too! Only 80 Baht (70 baht per piece for wholesale) at the ground floor of Platinum Fashion Mall.

So last weekend, Jessen told me that his relatives were flying in from Sabah to stay with him a little more than a week in Bangkok. His relatives, whom I never met before, are my relatives too. With last-minute planning, the relatives came up and spent a short weekend at Muak Lek.

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After church, all five of us walked to the cafeteria for lunch. Little did we know, my aunt’s ex colleagues; Cikgu Golden and Cikgu Faridah just stepped out of the cafeteria and was about to leave until they saw us. The long-lost colleagues were excited to see each other after 12 years!

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The reunion was sweet! Aunty almost missed her lunch because they were catching up about each other.

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Cikgu G, Mimi, Misha and me.

After cafeteria, we walked around campus and took pictures. On our way to the dorms, Aunty wished to see one Sabahan student. His name is Dinny.

And yup, we get to meet him.

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Aunty’s dad, who is the Goshen pioneer, opened a new village called Bambangan (a rural area near Goshen). Dinny comes from Bambangan AND he is the FIRST person from Bambangan to attend college. So meeting him for my aunt is quite a MC pilgrimage – to check how he is doing, etc. It was nice to hear Dusun conversation – although I don’t understand it, there’s something endearing about that language.

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We were at the dorms compound for a while. So we just chilled, watching students in bikes passed by.

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Me and my third cousins. Paused. *laughs. If you are laughing, I bet we’re laughing about the same ‘thing’. Hahahahahaha. 🙂

We were supposed to leave for Bangkok that night. But seeing that my aunt and cousins were enjoying the MC atmosphere, we decided to only go down to Bangkok the next day. When the Lampadans found out that we were staying another night, they immediately organized a breakfast potluck the next morning. 🙂

But for Saturday night, I had my relatives over for dinner.

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I cooked mixed vegetables (broccoli, baby corn, carrots) with chicken teriyaki and fish toufu, stir-fried salmon balls, chicken dimsum, vege fish ball and chicken nori seaweed, and Oriental Kitchen’s dry noodles (yummy!) as well as brown rice. I was quite nervous, actually (never had an aunty/uncle to eat at my place). But I think, it turned out alright. Should’ve cooked more noodles, haiyah. Do you agree that when you have rice and noodles, people tend to go more for the noodles than rice? I would too, hehe.

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Later that night, my aunt and Mimi went to bed early. Whereas Jessen, me and Misha head to D’Chillz for some sundaes.

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I’m not really a sweet tooth – but I don’t know why the sudden ‘obsession’.

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By the way, if you ever have a chance to go to D’Chillz, try their Vanilla & Lime sundae with Butterscotch toppings. OH MY, so gooooooooooood!

The next morning, at 8:30 am, we head over to the Lampadans for our breakfast. For those who have been at the Lampadans’ residence, you know the ambiance – familiar laughter, delicious food, the lahs, bahs and kans – a remedy for the homesick.

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The ladies.

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The gents.

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The kids.

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A group photo for remembrance.

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Noon came and we boarded on the famous Chang van. Two hours later, I brought my aunt and cousins straight to Chatuchak market – we wasted no time!

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Chatuchak has loads of things to offer. I’m pretty sure I want to return to this place again – but only if I have leisure time and energy to spare. 🙂

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One of the stalls we stopped by that sold Thai silk.

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I’m not really good at bargaining – but luckily, the muse of negotiator decided to be at my side and I was able to help my aunt to get a good deal (well, we think it’s a good deal lah!). Mimi proved that she has the guts and the skills to tackle some deals (at such a young age!). Misha were indulging everything that she was seeing – and wished she could purchased them all. I’m glad I brought them there (despite the little drizzle that happened in the evening), because Chatuchak market is indeed a place that you should go as a tourist, hahaha. 🙂 After Chatuchak, we went to MBK, and then later straight home.

That’s just Day 1!

The next entry will be about our sightseeing on Day 2 – the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

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Stay tuned!

PS- Photos are courtesy of my cousins. 🙂

First experience dining at Muak Lek’s Gold Plus restaurant

You thought being in a small town for 7 years, you have experienced almost everything local.

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Like visiting the Italian restaurant/cafe Primo Posto Del Khao Yai 20 minutes away from campus.

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Or discovering the most awesome Thai cha yen EVER and green vege noodles with Thai prick pau sauce about 10 minutes away from campus.

But nope.

I have not experienced everything local, and you know what, that’s alright. In fact, it’s Awesome! Because having opportunities for new adventures/new things to explore keep my life colorful and fresh! 🙂

So yesterday evening, Julie brought me to GOLD PLUS restaurant, an endearing lovely place located outside of the highway.

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(yeah, I took this picture before going home hehe)

If you have been in Thailand long enough, you’d realize that a nice Thai restaurant usually have a nature-themed atmosphere going on. And GOLD PLUS is one of them.

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The entrance of the restaurant.

After they took down our orders, we decided to explore the place a little bit. They have a wooden stairway leading to a higher level with more tables and chairs, and another higher level where there is a private room for exclusive groups (though I find it a little dusty). Also, there’s a balcony so you could sort of see a bigger picture of the place.

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Here’s the view from the balcony. Nice ya?

Say hi to Julie! 🙂

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So that was the restaurant…and how about the food?

Whoaahh I like, I like!

We ordered four dishes, and I’ll introduce them as we go along.

Below: Hong Kong chinese noodles, and the Green Apple salad.

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The chinese noodles were lovely! Definitely had the taste of how a Chinese dish should be 🙂 And as for the Apple salad, I was actually a little surprised. I had a picture in mind, and when it came, it looked like a som-tum inspired salad.

And you know what – not only the appearance, but even the taste is som-tum inspired! I know it sounds weird but the Thai fusion combination worked! I enjoyed savoring this dish =) =) =)

The 3rd dish we had was Miso soup. The warm liquid with a touch of seaweed and toufu settled just right, especially when the weather rained a little bit and was quite windy later at night.

But I got to draw your attention at our 4th dish – the Fettuccine with…THAI GREEN CURRY.

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This (another) Thai fusion dish may sound weird, may look weird…but I tell you.

It taste sooooooo delicious! You know how you have spaghetti with basil leaves? I say this is 10x BETTER. The curry has a bit of creamish texture, which I really like and thus, gels well with the pasta. Credits to Julie for recommending this dish. I never look at Fettucine and Thai green curry the same way again.

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Price wise was good too. Our meal cost almost 500 baht. For the ambiance and the food, I’d say it’s worth it. 🙂

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A cute napkin holder. Thai people are so creative!

It was a great experience to dine at GOLD PLUS. I’d definitely come back here again! Now, I just need to learn how to ride a bike…

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The landmark from the highway that you need to spot to enter GOLD PLUS. If you’re on the highway, just stay on the left and you should spot the landmark in minutes.

The experience was even made more awesome because of good company 🙂

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Julie, I will miss you! Am so glad you came to MC. I’m sure we will cross path in the future =)

Short & Extended Bangkok trip

This is a short and extended picture post of my short Bangkok trip.

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At the Central World compound.

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At a small Japanese ‘town’ on Central World compound.

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With Amy at the Central World compound. If we can’t go to Japan, at least we take a picture with a sakura background!

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My host and hostess, Roy and Amy. 🙂 That’s Amy and her new phoneeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

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That’s me, taking a breather during breast stroke. It was crazy to swim in icy cold water in cold weather. But heck, when again lah!

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Black stockings! Perfect for the cold weather!

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Mos Burger! I had Fish Burger (I love any fish-fillet related hahaha) – it was real good! 🙂

More BKK stuff over at Amy’s! 🙂

Photo courtesy: Amy of Life’s Potpourri.

Friday trip to Primo Posto Del Khao Yai

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Last Friday, my colleagues Julie and Doris treated me to an afternoon of fun-filled and adventurous trip to the Primo Posto at Khao Yai. This is my first time to visit this Italian cafe+restaurant+wine shop+ice-cream+shopping & exhibition.

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That’s me at the entrance of Primo Posto.

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And that’s Doris (left) and Julie at the Primo Posto compound.

Once you enter, you can’t help but to be amazed by what you’re seeing – Italian-inspired buildings and statues accompanied by mountains, trees and the endless blue sky as backdrop.

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My favorite shot.

My favorite shot.

I flew to Italy over the weekend. YEAH RIGHT.

I flew to Italy over the weekend. YEAH RIGHT.

Okay, enough pictures of buildings (but really, you can’t help it!).

The ladies treated me yummy-licious ice-cream and chocolate cake (cake picture is in the collage)! I had Yoghurt Strawberry & Mint Chocolate. Aroi mak mak!

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A weather station that tickled me inside (see the rock that Julie is holding with her right hand):

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It says:
If the rock is wet, it’s raining.
If the rock is swaying, it’s windy.
If the rock is hot, it’s sunny.
If the rock is cool, it’s overcast.
If the rock is white, it’s snowing.
If the rock is blue, it’s cold.
If the rock is gone, tornado!

There’s a vineyard where you can take more pictures too! Below is three of us with a giant mountain behind us. Taken at the vineyard.

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Check out Doris’s blog for more Primo Posto! 🙂

On our way back, we stopped by at the sunflower field for some pictures!

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This is my first sunflower picture.

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In short, my Friday was so wonderful! Thank you, Julie and Doris ! I really needed that getaway. 🙂

My short Bangkok trip

Work.

MC booth at TAM.

MC booth at TAM.

Eat.

Tried Japanese pizza (lower right) at ZEN restaurant. Quite interesting.

Tried Japanese pizza (lower right) at ZEN restaurant. Quite interesting.

My chicken lasagna at Secret Recipe. Yup, that's nasi lemak you see. I can't wait to eat KK FOOD!!!

My chicken lasagna at Secret Recipe. Yup, that's nasi lemak you see. I can't wait to eat KK FOOD!!!

Play? Seems like it should be the next word, haha. 🙂 Fun!

Extravagant Christmas decos at the well-litted Central World Plaza.

Extravagant Christmas decos at the well-litted Central World Plaza.

The pictures doesn’t do 100% justice for my short Bangkok trip. A lot of fun stuff happened – watched Twilight (which is my favorite movie at the moment!), had good food, tried new food/new places, good company aka Amy&Roy/The Hobbits, swimming in cold water in the cold weather, met a new friend and witness a kind act during working, and much more.

I didn’t take much pictures as I only had my cell phone. More pictures are with Amy so I’ll share them here when I have it ya?.

Much thanks goes to Amy&Roy for their wonderful hospitality! I already consider their new, spanking and awesome place as my ‘summer getaway’! 🙂

Random pictures of Ban Sang Beach weekend



Kanak-kanak riang (Happy children).



Julie (left), followed by little Jenelle.



Posing sebelum berenang di laut.



Caught in the act.



Sunrise on Saturday morning.



Sunrise with people this time.



Outside of Rayong Auditorium. Strong wind.



Models for coconut ice-cream ad. 😛



Preparing for social night (Yellow/Gecko group).



Doing the classic MC gecko ‘dance’.


This is how I pray.


Special music by The Barefooters.


Leading out praise & worship on Sunday morning.


Daron, rakan seperjuangan.


Aerobics in the rain at the beach.


One of my souvenirs from Rayong.


Group photo.

A great weekend. Looking forward for more outings like this!

Photo credits: Julios Ubara, Elvin W.