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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.

new shop in the block

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The Tesco Lotus Express has been in Muak Lek town for some time now.

So what’s next? KFC?

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 =)

Cold

Coming back from sunny and warm Kota Kinabalu, I was not expecting Muak Lek to still be cold.

No wait. Of course it’ll be cold (because the cold is still expected until end of January), but this is freeeeezing cold!

Brrr.

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. 🙂

of paper and muslim food

I…did it.

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After five long long long hours, I submitted my paper. Obviously I have not learned my lesson about procrastination.

Well…anyway! I had lunch off-campus today. I took an early unauthorized lunch and went with David, or known affectionately as Daud, to Muak Lek. We were indecisive on where to eat first (although I did say ‘NO New Zealand’). Haiyah, if people bring you out go makan, takkanlah you tell where you want to eat kan…macam tidak tahu malu saja. Or (probably) in Daron’s terms, macam diva saja.

Daud’s gas tank almost reached E. So we went to go to Esso (right at the center of Muak Lek town). Since we traveled that far, we decided to go eat at the Muslim restaurant (close to the police station). I was thrilled because I haven’t been there since April (the last time I was there I…uhm, never mind).

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Daud’s on the right, not the person on the left lah.

We ordered khaw mok kgai (chicken with yellow rice).

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Behold.

If you’re staying in a foreign country, you seriously cannot go wrong with muslim food. The kuah, that particular flavor, that smell….mmm. I was really satisfied with my lunch (unlike eating at the cafeteria). So this was a good change.

Daud will be leaving this Sunday to Iran. Another friend leaves.