Photo of the Week: Thailand Monk

Lets Explore: Koh Chang, Thailand

There are always those cities or places around the world where you instantly feel a connection and linger thoughts always remain. For me, one of those places is Koh Chang, Thailand.

Koh Chang, Thailand

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Lets Eat: Bangkok, Thailand

Living in Bangkok for 6 Months – you find some GREAT places to eat and enjoy.

So what does Thailand cuisine include? Noodles, Chilies that make me cry, Fresh vegetables, Curries and More! Thailand has a wide assortment of food, all of which is spicy (unless asked otherwise – “my pet” – No spice). The food is highly aromatic, filled with amazing fresh vegetables, and known for its mixture of four taste senses: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. All of which makes me salivate just thinking of.

  • Thai food is eaten with a Fork and a Spoon. Not with Chopsticks, as the surrounding Asian countries do. The fork was introduced during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV (1851 – 1868) to “westernize” the country.
  • Throwing food away if not finished during the meal enrages the Thai god of rice. She is the deity who watches over the people to ensure everyone is fed. Bad luck or famine may result.

So lets get to it! What are the traditional foods of Thailand that you MUST try?

  • Sticky Rice with Everything
  • Phad thai – Rice noodles with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, peanuts, egg. Choice of meat.
  • Khao tom – Rice soup with pork, chicken or shrimp

    Pad thai (ผัดไทย), served in Bangkok.

    Phad Thai

  • Khao khai chiao – Omelet on top of white rice
  • Tom yam – hot & sour soup with meat
  • Kaeng khiao wan/Kaeng phanaeng/Kaeng phet  – Curry – Green, Coconut, or Red. Green chillies, basil, and chicken or fishs.
  • Som tam – Papaya salad
  • Khao phat  – Fried rice with any of: Chicken, Shrimp, Beef, Pineapple, Crab, Coconut, Veggies.
  • Khao soi – Chicken curry soup with crispy noodles
  • Stir-fried prawn with curry powder
  • Kai Med Ma Muang – Chicken with cashew nuts
  • Lots, Lots More!
And for Dessert?
  • Khao niao mamuang – Mango & Coconut Sticky Rice

    Thai mango with glutinous rice.

    Mango Sticky Rice!

  • Ruam mit – Water chestnuts in coconut milk.
  • Deep Fried Banana drizzled in Chocolatee
To Drink?
  • Sang Som – Whisky Thai style – Cheap and toxic!
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice: Mango, banana, Orange
  • Coconut Milk
  • Chang Beer

Thailand is an extremely vegetarian friendly country. All foods come in vegetarian options, and with the abundance and diversity of vegetables, if vegetarianism is ever being considered- Thailand is the place to start! Thailand is known for its amazing street foods which comes at amazing value. There is a less formal dining experience required, but if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal, it will cost you more, but here is a list of some of the restaurants I’ve been and I’ve loved!

  • Cabbages & Condoms (Sukhumvit soi 12) $$$
  • Soi 38 street food (After 19:00 there are stalls open with everything) $
  • The Mango Tree (Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road) $$$
  • Doo Dee (Siam Square Soi 4) $$$

$ = 0 – 100 THB      $$ = 100 – 250 THB      $$$ = 250 – 400 THB      $$$$ = Too Many THB

Overall, Thailand food is some of the best in the world. I can’t wait to return!

Video: Thai Succession

Here a Video about the very secretive future of Thai politics and the Monarchy Succession. It is a great video and very true of the nature in Thailand.,_13_April_2010

Watch it and understand a little bit more about the troubles facing this magnificent country.

I miss Thailand.

Island Hopping Tour

So, one of the interns – Lukas – set up an island hopping tour for all us interns here in Davao city – there are alot of us – about 40?? Yikes!! So last saturday we woke up early and made our way to wharf to catch our boat for our island hopping tour!!

The boat was nice enough – have side panels to sit off of and these wooden pieces to balance the boat but which also worked as climbing structures for some water fun. It was crazy how the boat workers could just walk all around across these wooden planks while the boat was moving while the rest of us struggled to wander onto them while the boat was just floating!!

We swam all day – some scuba dived, some snorkled, and the half which were chinese….stayed on the boat cause they dont want their skin to get darker!! While those of us who are exceptionally pale went out in the hot sun and got verrrrrrrrrrrrrry red. haha LOVELY! Then we finally landed on our overnight island! Got into a room with a nice bed shared with two other ladies. They cooked us bbq meats for dinner…mmmm tuna…..and then we drank (not much for me cause I’m battling a cold) and sang for the evening – with one of the Czech interns playing guitar for us. Earlier we saw some Filipino’s playing volleyball and we joined in with them for a very fun game – although my legs were sore afterwards – i didnt think I was that lazy! apparently I am! 🙂

When I finally went to bed about midnight, I wrapped up in my blanket and was out like a light….until it started to rain….hard…..which normally i wouldnt wake up during…..BUT…..the roof above ONLY MY BED…..leaked….ALL OVER ME AND MY BED!! ugh! I woke up and saw that the other two girls beds were fine and not being leaked on but mine was getting soaked!! Talk about karma!! haha So Yeah I slept cold wet and shitty and woke up feeling 20x WORSE than I felt the day before….stupid sickness. But it was STILL raining in the morning so we all got up and boarded the first boat home to davao city! back in my nice warm DRY room 😀 Happy as one can be with a nasty cold and a bathing suit bottoms sunburn!! haha

Bangkok – War Zone

War Zone
– Seven civilians die, 101 hurt in crackdown – CRES allows troops to fire live ammunition – Reds fight back with rockets, petrol bombs

* Published: 15/05/2010 at 12:00 AM in Bangkok Post
* Newspaper section: News

Seven civilians have died in clashes between United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship protesters and security officers in downtown Bangkok.

Clashes started late yesterday morning and continued throughout the afternoon at the Witthayu intersection, the Thai-Belgium Bridge, Lumpini police station, Ratchaprarop Road, Din Daeng intersection, Silom Road and Soi Sala Daeng.

Soldiers used tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds against protesters, who retaliated using home-made rockets and Molotov cocktails to block advancing soldiers and by setting fire to a bus.

The sound of gunfire was heard from both sides.

In the evening, a number of grenade attacks took place on Rama IV and Silom roads.

At least seven red shirt protesters were killed and 101 people were injured yesterday, including three journalists and several soldiers.

Two people reportedly died during the afternoon clashes, while three were killed by grenade explosions on Rama IV Road and at Sala Daeng intersection.

Heavy gunfire and grenade explosions were reported in the Ratchaprarop area late last night, resulting in several injuries.

The Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation gave soldiers authority to fire live rounds at the lower bodies of attacking protesters.

Soldiers capture red shirt protesters in the Bon Kai area.

A red shirt supporter strips to his underwear to show soldiers he is unarmed near Lumpini boxing stadium.

A protester throws a petrol bomb at advancing troops on Rama IV Road.

Protesters set fire to tyres to keep security forces away near the Witthayu intersection on Rama IV Road.

A novice monk floats a lantern to keep helicopters away from the Ratchaprasong protest site.

Red shirts shoot flares across Rama IV Road to repel soldiers.

RIGHT Foreigners photograph soldiers in action in the Makkasan area.

Red shirts batter an army truck near Din Daeng junction and let out air from its tyres. They reportedly assaulted the soldiers in the truck.

A vendor in the Bon Kai area takes cover under a plastic stool as troops clash with protesters.

A red shirt protester lashes out at soldiers deployed on Ratchaprarop Road yesterday.

Armed soldiers take up lookout posts at buildings on Rama 4 Road.

Rapid-deployment soldiers on a motorcycle aim a gun at protesters.

Soldiers fire rubber bullets at protesters in the Bon Kai area.

Red shirt protesters take over a military truck with one of them aiming a kick at a soldier who has his arms pinned.

Soldiers take up position as anti-government protesters burn tyres near Bon Kai intersection yesterday. Security forces tried to push protesters back, sparking sporadic clashes.

Kanchanaburi – Tiger Temple

We visited the Tiger Temple! 🙂 It is a Monk who runs the Temple and monks live on the grounds with the tigers….happily together. There is major speculation if the Tigers are drugged cause they are asleep in the afternoons when you can go and take photos with them….but Being there and seeing the tigers I dont think they are drugged because a few of the tigers were awake and walking on their chains (sad). And then we stayed late since we were NOT on a tour and saw them release the tigers into the water for exercise time and all the tigers were awake and well ready for exercise time. So yes, I think they are just sleeping cause it is SO SO hot. But they were beautiful. I got to cuddle with that younger tiger and then the bigger tigers kept hitting me in the face with their tails haha. Watching them exercise was cool, they were fighting each other and chasing this yellow bag on a long stick that the workers were playing with them with. 🙂 It was great to watch them play. But halfway through we had to stop and put out cameras away because the Princess of Thailand came and wanted to watch the Tigers and everything, which was super cool to see her up close. But we had to put our cameras away because if you took pictures of the princess….the results would be our own fault….so for our safety…no photos at ALL.

But yes – pretty tigers 🙂 I love them!