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My Muak Lek Miracle getaway food trip

Last week was ultimately one of the worst weeks I’ve had.

And when I say that, I mean Monday through Friday.

It was so horrible (I was constantlyconstantlyconstantly interrupted while working) that I actually blew off at one of my colleagues.

I don’t usually do that. But the fact that I did meant that I was really, really at the edge of my seat. Thank God for Gmail chats, I was able to lepas geram (express my anger) at some of my close friends.

Although I was able to express my frustrations, I was really having a hard time being calm. I was a fireball wrap in anger.

I knew I needed to get out.

On Thursday 5:20 pm, I decided I needed a break from the campus. Being away, even though it is just mere minutes, would give me a peace of mind. Besides, I was hungry and I wanted to eat something else besides my Maggi Mee curry noodles (which is awesome by the way. But you can get sick of it if you eat it 5 days straight. Just saying!)

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…I also finished the chocolates Rae gave me from South Africa. (They were sinfully delicious!)

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It was already 5:30 pm and I was still in the office. I thought of calling the van, but decided it was silly to call the van because I was just going to Muak Lek, not to Saraburi or Bangkok. You know, I’m just going to rush home, quickly change, and walk really fast to the van station. If I was meant to go to Muak Lek, the van will be there.

It takes 5 minutes to go home. Another, say 3 minutes to change. Then another 10 minutes to the van station. In between, I had to cash out and was stopped by a colleague for a chat (was getting impatient at this time. Oh boy, I was really worked up!).

By the time I got to the van, it was 5:50 pm. PERFECT! But what greeted me was this:

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An empty parking lot! I was so disappointed! 😦 I actually felt sad when I saw that there were no vans.

Sighing heavily, I walked slowly towards the cafeteria. I thought maybe I could ice-cream since I saw students coming out from the cafeteria and they were eating cones. Ah I’m in luck, because that means the ice-creams just came and that means there’s still the cones…

What’s that?

There was a noise. Like a vehicle coming up behind me. So I turned. And I saw:

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YOU’VE GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!

I was really taken by surprised! All is not lost for there is a van for me to go down to Muak Lek! WHOA I CALL THAT A MIRACLE.

If you saw me that particular moment, you would have thought what the heck am I smiling silliness. But yes, I was instantly a bit happier when I saw the van. Thank you God!

When I got to Muak Lek, I headed towards Texas, also known as the Food Court.

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With the whole miracle that happened mere minutes before, I decided that I was going to enjoy my Muak Lek excursion to the fullest. So instead of having my usual friend chicken rice at the Muslim shop,

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I had

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homemade soya milk with char kuay

and

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kua kgai ke tiau (I call it ‘Penanglike char kuay teow’). This dish had that nolstagia wok burnt-smell, and that made me reminisce on Malaysian food. Happy thoughts came flooding in as I enjoy eating slowly (rare characteristic of Deanna).

It was my breakaway at Muak Lek and I was going to enjoy this ‘freedom’ to the fullest.

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After my satisfied dinner at the food court, I shopped a little bit at Lotus Express, then head back to the university with a motorbike taxi.

(I would have insert a picture of me riding on a motorbike taxi. Unfortunately, he went very, very fast and I didn’t want the driver to think I was crazy, trying to take a picture of us on the bike while he goes on full speed)

I think this must’ve been my 3rd time to go to Muak Lek using public transportation in the past 2 weeks. Sure, I spend more on transportation and maybe I should’ve ask one of my friends to send me. But honestly speaking, I do enjoy this personal Muak Lek getaways – it’s quite liberating. I really hate to impose on people. By using this mode of transportation where I take the public van to Muak Lek and motorbike taxi back to campus, I am:
1. Not bothering anyone to menyusahkan diri / trouble themselves
2. Have personal, quality time (WITH FOOD that *I* want to eat!) 🙂

I’m definitely feeling better now. 🙂

I know I haven’t been blogging lately – there are a lot of things I’m working on and I’m just exhausted in the end. But I have been reading your blogs, and enjoy seeing the pictures of recipes, awesome craft works you’re working on, and etc. 🙂

To end this entry, I shall leave you with food pictures (what else! HEHE):

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cereal with milk, topped it off with CHOCOLATE RICE HAHAHAHA. (Onya gave me a packet of chocolate rice, and behind the packet, it says that you can mix it with cereal too! Of course I had to try it) 🙂

and my all-time favorite,

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Secret Recipe’s Beef Lasagna and Carrot Pumpkin Soup. LOVE.

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

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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. 🙂

Big Apple (Bapple) Donuts & Coffee available in Siam Discovery Center, Bangkok

A familiar and rich aroma tickled my olfactory senses as I approached the 4th floor of Siam Discovery Center from the escalator. Wait a minute, the smell…it’s familiar. Not only it smells nice…it smells home. Wait a minute, could it be…

And it was.

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The Big Apple Donuts & Coffee. My eyes grew bigger at this point. The happy discovery felt the same when Tesco Lotus express opened at Muak Lek –  only that Big Apple rocks 10x more!

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My love affair with The Big Apple donuts, or Bapple called locally here (no no, it’s not a rip-off –  the name Bapple is used on the international platform) began last year in December in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. In a particular new mall called Citymall, my sister and I happened to pass by the Big Apple Donuts & Coffee place. My sis insisted I check out the hype place (I mean, really who could compete with Dunkin Donuts!).

When I saw the menu, I was stunned. These are donuts?!

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Source: Click here

My impression elevated when I saw their range of donuts displayed on their transparent glass case.

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Source: Click here

I still remembered that first day – I immediately purchased a package of 6 donuts. And savored every bite, every novelty flavor and combination. And until I left for Bangkok, I bought another two packages of donuts in two different times. Seriously, eating Big Apple’s donuts gave me a whole new experience to…eating donuts. The attractive and creative appearance, the tantalizing flavors and the fact my family enjoys it too affirmed my space for these donuts.

Seeing Big Apple at Siam DC reminds me of my brother playing his PSP while eating a Chocoholic. Or my mom eating a Duren Duren (durian-flavored donut! YES hahaha) while heading out for choir practice on Friday night. Or me and my Mango Tango (I love this flavor!).

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Source: http://www.bigappledonuts.com (check out their interactive menu!)

Simply said, I’m glad Big Apple’s available in Bangkok. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Directions

To get to Bapple’s, go to the 4th floor of Siam Discovery.

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Locate Food For Fun food court (near Shabushi and Sukishi). Bapple’s right next to the food court.

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Bangkok Weekend with the Hobbits

Last weekend, I spent time with Amy and Roy (aka the Hobbits) in Bangkok. And as usual, I had an awesome time! 🙂 Nothing makes me feel more happy and more blessed than having good company. Thanks, Aims & Ropoy for having me! 🙂

As soon as I reached their place on Friday night, I just made it in time for worship. Having missed church for more than a month, the small worship and sharing was just something that I need. I forgot the Bible text that we read, but what I did remember learning from it is that God can use anyone around us – whether they’re Christians or non-Christians, friends or foes to give us a spiritual check on ourselves.

I shared on how one non-Christian student/friend asked me a question about the trinity – God the Son, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. I was caught dumbfounded because even I myself have a hard time to understand this concept. Luckily, a friend who was standing nearby rescued me and answered on my behalf. Phew! But yes, in my case, I’d like to think that God sent that student to give me a spiritual check on myself (actually I do know that my spiritual walk needs rewiring…but it’s good to be reminded).

Anyway, the weekend was filled with food, laughter, lots of catching up, singing to 90s music and photo-taking!

Yummylicious muffins!
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First-experiment of Kim Ong’s chicken fillet (Refer Kim Ong’s recipe HERE)
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The Hobbits’ SUPER OOMPH! baked salmons with potatoes & carrots at the side
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Note: They can seriously open and run a restaurant, I tell ya! 🙂
Note II: I should have taken a picture of the kitchen because trust me with THAT KITCHEN, you would want to cook every day!

Lots of picture-taking at King’s Park
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We were trying to do a series of jumping shots. It was not easy!

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Jumping Effort #2
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Jumping Effort #3
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…yes I guarantee you there were lots of laughter and falling down to the ground. We must have jumped for over 10 shots. Hahahaha. We had fun playing with the color accent feature.

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Looking forward for my next trip 🙂

Mission College

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Sometimes…or probably most times, I feel very much like a Thai than a Malaysian.

Like, I would wai and say ‘thank you’ in Thai after someone gives me something/helps me with something, especially to a Thai person.
Or how I would say “sawatdikaa” at the end of each phone call (if it is a Thai person at the other end of the line).
How I would automatically feel conscious about the way I sit. Especially if I sit on the floor.
And if I need to go out from a meeting, I feel tempted to stand up, bow my head (as a sign of respect), then quietly walk out. I haven’t done this yet – I thought I’d look silly (a farang doing this instead of Thai).

So yes, Thailand is pretty much a country that I have adopted personally. Like Julie C in her recent entry, Thailand means so much to me.

And so does Mission College.

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Check out more pictures of MC in Late January (bougainvilleas are blooming away!) HERE.