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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cake of Our Lady: Part 1

On 25 November 2006, we received some cake mixture. This mixture came with specific instructions a.k.a. a recipe. This mixture is to be kept for 10 days. During the 10 days of "cake mixture sitting", we are supposed to stir the mixture on certain days and to add sugar, flour and yoghurt on other days.

On the 10th day, we are to divide the mixture into 4 equal portions. One portion is for us to bake (and to eat, yum yum!). The other 3 portions are to be distributed to 3 "faithful friends", who in turn will keep the "mixture going".

Day 10 for our mixture is Tuesday, 5 December 2006. If you (in Penang, of course) would like to join in the fun and to keep the mixture going, please let us know :o).

Double Birthdays

On 24 October 2006, we celebrated two birthdays. We celebrated Bart's father's birthday during lunch on the island.

[Dad's Diamond Birthday]

Later, we went over to the mainland to celebrate Angie's mother's birthday.

[Mummy enjoying her birthday noodles]

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Five Nights in Bangkok: Part 2

On the fourth night in Bangkok, which was a Saturday, I went church-hunting to fulfill my Sunday obligation. The Church of the Holy Redeemer (a Redemptorist parish) is located on Soi Ruam Rudee (Road) and is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Phloen Chit skytrain station. I caught the 5.30pm mass which was in English. Since Bangkok time is 1 hour behind Malaysian time, I had actually attend mass at the same time as Angie, who had attended mass at 6.30pm (Malaysian time) at the Church of Saints Chastan and Imbert in Seberang Prai.

[Church of the Holy Redeemer]

[The church altar]

After mass, I explored the Sukhumvit area to look for dinner. I settled on a simple roadside stall selling fried noodles. It tasted similar to Penang Char Kuay Teow except that the noodles were like Wan Ton noodles.

[Fried Noodle Stall: It is located on a road with many, many massage centres (notice the signboards?)... don't get any funny ideas... I'm a good boy]

[My after-mass dinner: Costs 25B]

After dinner, I was at a night market at the Phahon Yothin area to savour the sights and smell before cathing a bus back to the Kasetsart University guesthouse.

[Roasted Banana in Coconut Sauce]

[Flower Lady: Probably selling flowers used as prayer offering]

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Five Nights in Bangkok: Part 1

I was in Bangkok from 18-23 October 2006 for a work-related workshop. I had to go alone as it was not practical for Angie to take leave during that period.

On the whole, I could not do much sight-seeing as the workshop sessions lasted from morning till late evening. It was only at night that my colleagues and I went out either just to have dinner and/or roam around for souvenirs.

[Elephant Building: The Thais love their elephants...]

On the night of 19 October 2006, we took the MRT to the Suan-Lum night bazaar. It covers quite a big area and has a fun-fair ground. The things on sale were pretty similar to those at the Batu Feringghi night market except that there were more Thai products.

[Bangkok MRT Token/Ticket]

[Suan-Lum Night Bazaar Grounds: With the fun-fair and interesting structures]

[Mr. Stiff: A human statue at the fun-fair, moving only to acknowledge contributions from passers-by]