K.cook

One of our weekday lunches. I’d been having a few of these since the year has been moving slowly for me. I thank God for having so much time to meet the special people in my life, and also the money to enjoy such lunch dates.

We initially wanted to try ShiLiFang steamboat at Orchard Central, but changed our minds as the queue was too long.

I walked down a little and saw a Korean BBQ place. To be sure of the spread, I asked to take a look at the meats first. The thinly sliced beef and pork got me but the spread was pretty extensive.

The lunchbox above was the cherry on top that would make me come back for more.

There was this interesting somen/meesua look alike noodle which I mixed up with the fish soup, on the right of the photo.

On the left, there was jjajang sauce but I couldn’t find the thick squishy noodles so I decided not to go for it.

As I took this photo of the many condiments available, behind me was even more – the mandatory sliced garlic, sliced onions and spring onion with the soy sauce, salads, fruit, pumpkin, more salads, lettuce and so many other cold dishes that I didn’t even get to try as I was busy filling myself up with the meats.

The meats on the left were so-so, but look at that fridge full of thinly sliced pork and beef! This place has topped the charts for a wallet friendly Korean BBQ lunch for me.

Only $20 per pax (3 for around $59). There was a time limit of 2 hours which we didn’t hit, and a last serving at 2.30pm which we didn’t need.

K.cook Korean BBQ
Address181 Orchard Road, #07-01, 238896
Mon-Thu: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10pm
Fri: 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Sat-Sat: 11.30am – 10pm

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Sesame or dragonfruit

This trip to @ninanailsg got me some dragonfruit nails.

Even though the strange design left me feeling a little quirky, I just had to have it. The blue and pink turned out little too ‘bubblegum pop’ but with the strange dots and textured grey next to it, I became quite happy with it.

I love that A and I both have this in common: a need to venture into the uncertain art-ish future while protecting time with those we cherish.

Rainbow colours everywhere

I went down to a centre for a volunteer interview today. After how the previous interview panned out, this went very smooth. While I know it’s for a volunteer position, I don’t take it lightly.

I’m looking forward to have some mornings occupied with meaningful activities – the way I designed my life to be.

Though I told the coordinator that I’d want to commit for 3 months for now, if this suits my new rhythm for the year, I’d gladly extend the stint.

Side note: a little walk in the market near the centre landed me a suitable toolbox for the flowers.

Whatever.

I’ve been getting a lot of ‘whatever’s in my farewell notes.

‘All the best in whatever you do’ is the pretty standard one from those who don’t quite know why I left. But I can’t blame them since I’m not exactly crystal clear on that either.

It’s so comforting that in Psalm 1:3, God says that as I am like a tree planted by the rivers, I bring forth fruit in its season, my leaves shall not wither, and that whatever I do shall prosper. This verse just got even more real for me. So, so comforting.

December Bangkok Trip: Thonglo & Ekkamai

As of all my trips, my December Bangkok trip was centred around food.

It turned out that my hotel, IR-ON Hotel, was just a short walk away from my planned dinner place so we could drop our things off before heading for our early dinner. The hotel is pretty cool – industrial design, basic amenities and convenient location. It can’t beat Cabochon in experience but was available at a good price. 3 nights here was less than a night at Cabochon and we thoroughly enjoyed. Even though I whined about walking in the narrow, dark road with many passing cars and bikes, it was only a few minutes and very bearable.

We admired our well-designed hotel for a bit then went off for dinner.

Gyuma BBQ got me when I did my research on good places to have bbq meats in Bangkok.

Charcoal grill and all.

Lovely meats 🙂

As it was our first meal after touching down, we weren’t quite prepared to think too much, so I just ordered a portion of all the beef and pork varieties. The marbled beef was good, pork loin and vegetables were good and entire meal was pleasant though not mindblowing. If ever we craved freeflow bbq meats again, we’d come back.

Wattana Panich, on the other hand, was pretty mindblowing. I chanced upon a beef-lover friend’s feed and saw her photos there. We came on the first morning and loved it! We mistakenly ordered 2 portions of herbal soup – one beef and one mutton.

We actually wanted the beef noodle soup so we added a third order after our herbal soups arrived. After having a taste of the rich herbal soup, the beef soup paled in comparison. It was good but the herbal soup was better.

We got 1, 2 (by mistake but best mistake ever this trip, 200B each) and 6 (80B?). Best food on the trip!

Asia Herb Association

Before we came over, I got a recommendation from a friend to try Asia Herb for massage.

For someone who was contented with Healthland as it was the most value-for-money, I loved the experience here. The quality was superb. I loved the interior for what we paid and their technique was pretty good too. We opted for the foot+head+shoulder oil massage (500B) for the first day, and the aroma oil + herbal ball body massage (1700B) for the second day.

After our massage, we had a tomyam goong and oyster egg at the nearby Sukhumvit Soi 38. Both were delicious; the oyster egg was so much better than the one at Platinum that we tried at the previous trip.

There was a Mango Sticky Rice recommended by Misstamchiak in the same row but I’m not a fan of sticky rice.

The Commons

2 friends recommended this place for brunch but I fell in love with the philosophy before I even consumed anything here.

It’s all about community and the mineral water initiative raises money to help someone they know. I love how the concept is so simple but so needful. No need for permits, for licenses, for complicated accountability processes. But just help for those who need it within their community.

Husband and I were so inspired by this concept that we just soaked in the awesomeness of the place. I always believed that profit making is essential – but of the brand could be successful enough, it could lend its name to raise awareness to many things and alleviate some issues that its community faces. Such a wonderful thing – naysayers can say what they want, slackivists can ride on it, but the tangible help rendered speaks for itself.

I don’t know why the lights are dotting our faces.

Dream doors and kitchen.

We went back on our last day to have brunch at Roast.

Such good design for a menu.

“how you grow.”

“What inspires and drives me to get up every morning?” – a recurrent question in the books I’m reading and even the menu I’m flipping.

Husband’s espresso and my earl grey lychee tea.

Lamb ragout gnocchi

Truffle alfredo tagliatelle

Grapefruit sorbet and nutella tart

We went down for coffee after Roast.

On our last day we went for another foot, head and shoulder massage at Asia Herb. Dinner was at Sit and Wonder, and eatery I mapped the previous trip but didn’t get to go to.

It turned out to be a stylish cafe offering traditional Thai food.

Taken in a rush, I didn’t even check.

Bangkok’s such a relaxing place for us that we hope to go back at least once a year. Wishing it could be more than just recreation, but that would a whole load of guts and divine appointment.

Listen

Hear the voices of the non-words.

I had an interesting conversation with Immanuel on our last day in Bangkok and I’m thankful to be able to engage in such spoken words with him.

My mind always ventures into arenas that my hands don’t dare to go. Sitting at Roast on our last day of the trip, I observed our surroundings:

  • Local staff working at a hipster joint
  • Blonde lady with her very adorable blonde baby
  • Thai couple with their equally cute baby
  • Fellow Singaporeans just like me, taking photos of their stylish brunch dishes
  • Thai lady with impeccable English with her Singaporean friend, talking about work matters and life
  • Japanese ladies with a little child
  • Thai lady eating alone

Many other patrons there, but these are just some specific ones.

It’s easy to dismiss them as just fellow patrons of Roast, there for a good meal. But we all have our stories. Some to tell, some to alter, and some to survive.

In my short life on this side of heaven, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, but I would call myself extremely blessed. Many others live lives far tougher than I can imagine and far more horrific than I can empathise.

I admitted, quite sadly to Imm that I find it difficult to empathise with the lives of the food sellers, motorbike taxi drivers and masseuses in the land. I try to define each profession because there’s something belittling about generalising a people as the typical person from a place.

Would the young lady stall owner at Soi 38 dream of a life bigger than her stall? Would she want to travel the world? Is she even from Bangkok? Or what did she have to leave behind to come here to prepare food for others?

Do the bike taxi drivers hope to put on better shoes than the Onitsukas that we saw a group of friends admiring as we walked through the streets to get to brunch? Are they married? Do they have children and what do they hope for their children to have?

Do the ladies helped by Alingon, mentioned by Erwin McManus in The Last Arrow want to see a better future for their daughters? Or have they resigned to the route of prostitution? Every time foreign hands touch them, do they still shiver in fear and cringe in disgust? Or have they grown numb to the abuses?

Immanuel comfortingly put that perhaps empathy can be done without necessarily understanding someone else’s shoes. Perhaps empathy can be simply admitting that – there’s no way I can understand what you have been through.

I know I was made for more than this, all my comforts, my blessed life, my good days – but my hands feel so small. Where can I overflow to?