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My silver dragonfly bracelet



Encourage Ivonne who’s starting out in Taiwan :)

Thought I should give a shout out to my friend, Ivonne who is starting to blog her rollercoaster adventure in Taiwan. 🙂 She’s working as a ESL teacher at the moment at a Taiwan SDA cramming school in Pingtung province (hope I spelt this one correctly!).


The sentiment of moving to a new country and starting a new phase in life is way too common for us to understand. You can encourage her as she begins a new, ‘scary’ yet exciting journey by visiting her blog.

What could you be doing right now?


It’s funny that as you age, you start contemplating upon life, such as

What am I doing here
Where do I go from here
What does He wants me to do

If you have the powers to do anything you want – put money, time, and people issues aside – what could you be doing right now? What would be ideal?

Share with me.

Summer 2009 in pictures

1. My first Milo Dinosaur, served at D’Chillz. Made by Alden. Not bad.

2. Kids being miniature soldiers.

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…”

4. Vanilla & lime with butterscotch topping at D’Chillz. I claim only Aaron and Sandy can do it right.

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.

6. Trust the Thais to come up something innovative (and low-budget) like this recyclable Windex sprayer using Pepsi and Lipton Ice tea bottles.

7. Saturday nights at Dr Pak Lee’s, playing Wii. This guy can ski like nobody’s business okay! LOL

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!

9. Farewell potluck for Bob at the Lampadans.

10. Bob and friends before he left for good.

11. Had awesome green noodles with Ivonne, Onya, Teds, Jun and Fian.

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)

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)


14. Ivonne sorting out two of her huge bags to fit 46 kgs, the max. luggage requirement of KLM.

Promotion by Secret Recipe Thailand

For those who are residing in Bangkok,

Secret Recipe’s having a promotion! Between 11 am – 3 pm, you’ll be treated with special lunch prices for the meals below:


Secret Recipe Thailand

1. Chicken pie (ori/spicy)
2. Spaghetti chicken
3. Phad thai
4. Chicken kebab
5. Grilled black pepper chicken
6. Oriental grilled chicken
7. Fish & chips
8. Lasagne

All set menu are served with Pepsi/7-up refill.


Secret Recipe Thailand

Just to illustrate you the price difference, if I’m not mistaken, SR’s lasagne normally costs 129 baht.

If I get to go to SR, I would go for beef lasagne (recommended!) or fish & chips (because I like fish), and end with a nice slice of SR cake…yum-meh!

So for the Bangkok residents, if you choose to dine at SR, kindly (and silently) dedicate one piece of cake from the display view to me – thank you in advance! 🙂

The Digital Ruler


Digital Ruler

Talk about combining “old and new school geek”. I like!

Relatives in for a fun-filled experience in Muak Lek and Bangkok


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. 🙂


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


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.


Stay tuned!

PS- Photos are courtesy of my cousins. 🙂