Archive for September, 2014



Is it a festival or a tragedy?

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Well, obviously for me, it is the latter. When you find a nasty looking Lad Na that is also vegetarian after a stressful morning of final exams with the Primary classes at the lunch table, you would probably be more enraged than I was.

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From September 24 to October 2, food stalls will be hawking vegetarian food along the sois and pak sois all over Thailand. They call it ‘กินเจ’ (gin je) or vegetarian eats. Fortunately for the omnivores like myself, restaurants are not imposing this strictly in their entree or heck, it would be 9 days of forced fasting!

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It is all over the place but thank God people still have choices. So if one is not up to going over their budget, its best to cook at home and bring a lunch box. If I was a vegetarian, this post would have probably been a showcase of what Thailand means when they say ‘vegetarian’. I mean think of how meticulous they are with their dishes! Somewhere out there, someone is gushing in their blog about this festiv and I am glad it’s not me!

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Here are a few good reasons why a buffet buff will love this Korean-with-a-twist-of- Japanese barbeque ‘all you can eat’ restaurant:

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THE BEEF -For only 530 baht per head, one gets their hands on the best beef parts for grilling! Some of the other yakinikus here in Thailand I’ve gone before have the stringy-est and chewy-est beef ever but sitting in a table full of endless meat, one has no time to address it. So it was quite refreshing to get to meet the softest and juiciest beef stuff in town that by the end of it I was wondering ‘Ah, beef…where have you been all this time?’

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THE LAMB– I have only had lamb twice in my entire lifetime until last night. The first one was a stew cooked and served in Sweden, so it was obviously good. The second one was a badly half-cooked lamb dish in Malaysia. So when I saw Kingkong had lamb on the menu, I was pretty apprehensive. Would it be as frangrant as that poorly cooked dish that felt like a bottle of perfume was part of the condiments in the aftertaste? I still went to try it, and boy was I in for huge surprise! I am now a big fan of Kingkong despite the pricey-ness because of their lamb!

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THE PORK LIVER– While all the other pork parts like the bacon, pork slabs and ribs were notable, this one was something to remember by. They were served frozen so when put on the grill, it created music to the ultimate foodie’s ears- the sizzling that resulted to a heaven in a bite (and more!). Soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside!

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THE CHICKEN MEDALLIONS– These, too, came in frozen on a plate so there was plenty of sizzling action to be had. Now, I am not a big chicken lover but it wouldn’t be fair not to feature this one after everyone had gone gaga over it.

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THE SOUPS– 9 of us shared a long table with two grills for our farewell/ thank you dinner courtesy of Mitrphol Group on our Business English Class closing and they all were gushing about the Kingkong soup. Apparently, it was ‘to die for’ but I had my eyes set on something else- the Clam Clear Soup. Think classic miso soup with a handful of clams. Yum! But finding a lonesome clam at the bottom of my bowl was disappointing. Not very representative of the pictures on the menu tablet.

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THE THAI MILK TEA– I am eternally biased when it comes to Cha Nom Yen. I personally think it is Thailand’s best gift to humanity. But for my first drink, I asked for a glass of soda. Then there was buzz among us that the Cha Nom was heavenly. I never bothered to finish my soda before asking for a glass of Cha Nom. Man, it was party on the palate for me! Now this stuff is as common in Thailand as 7/11 shops in Bangkok. I get it for breakfast every morning at 20 per 15oz but Kingkong’s exceptional I couldn’t help but think aloud if they were retailing this as a stand alone. Sad to hear they weren’t 😦

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I probably had more Cha Nom in my stomach more than meat last night but I went home fully bloated!

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Evrything else, of course flowed like a river. The word was ‘unlimited’. Unlimited rice, mushrooms, meat, veggies and what have you. Depending on preference we all had a go at the unlimited option.

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Of course, every single one of us came like a pro that night- hungry, famished, starving. Some of us even skipped lunch to prep for Kingkong, hahaha!

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THE DESSERTS – Although there was nothing magical about their sweets, it sure was a very interesting set of choices to me. I didn’t anymore space for it but the apple ice cream looked promising, the jelly and whipped cream was a sure hit to my company and the shaved ice with red beans was something to remember, this one I had a straw-poke taste test.

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THE STAFF– one of my biggest issues in going (or not) to a buffet is getting enough crew attention. Kingkong definitely edged all the other buffet chains in Thailand, perhaps anywhere else in the world. Their attention to customer needs and wants was superbly impressive, at least this branch in Ploenchit. Never did used empty plate last on the table for longer than a minute. Everything was on hand less than a minute at our bidding.

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So the big question is: WOULD I GO BACK? Definitely! A resounding one would be my answer. Whether alone or with company, this one will definitely be on my list of guilty pleasures.


When was the last time you held a ball in your hands and owned your first strike?

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It’s my second week getting involved in the ICA Volleyball Girls Team and I have never felt more driven in sports like I have in forever. Our rehearsals to make sure the team develop teamwork were held well way out of my way after work during a weekday but I push for it. I struggle with working out on my own, and I figured this would be a great way to do so and enjoy fellowship and camaraderie while at it.
The ladies began raising funds for the jerseys, registration and ball and today we just got our uniforms. Thanks to the donors, we donned our jerseys at the training today. Although the match was postponed to next Saturday, we worked our butts off at training with our coach Michael Alano from 6am to 10:30 today at the pink park in Ekkamai.

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To be honest, I don’t care if I didn’t get to play at the match. The training to do perfect service, digs and spikes is already an incentive. Not to mention the working out made more fun by playing with friends.

Project 11


What is PROJECT 11?
Packing, sorting, helping, volunteering, recruiting, carrying, organizing, labelling, more sorting and more packing, then later moving everything up to the 11th floor. This just might be my last photograph of a partially dressed 5th floor foyer as ICA Bangkok finally bid goodbye to the 5th floor, the home of the offices, kitchen, Adventure World and many events of the Family Focus. This floor is also witness to the French Ministry’s vibrant worship time before they moved to Pattanakarn. Not to mention the many souls claimed to the Lord within the Itanian Fellowship. The bustling during Christmas Production rehearsals will keep ringing in this hallways long after we’ve moved up, I reckon. MaxLife’s laughter, youthfulness and moments with God will echo on on Friday nights. How many of our refugee and asylum-seeking families, through the generosity of Helping Hands Ministry, found refuge in this hallways? And the blessed time of Joy Fellowship where friendships and worship blended well together? The trainings and fellowships over food and good conversations will just have to find a new home at the 11th floor.

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Have you taken part in the big move yet?
Well, if you are around Bangkok and is willing to flex, bend over, go through our stockroom and help organize stuff and get them ready for moving up, come on over!

Come on Saturdays between 10am until 5pm and Sundays after the 2nd service (1pm) onwards. We’re on weekdays, too.
Please contact Ptr. Jaimee Silva @ 0870756714 or the ICA Bangkok office @ 027180603

We do appreciate your prayers, too, for God’s continued guidance and provision regarding the renovation at the 11th floor, wisdom for our pastors and project planners, strength and good health for each of them. We keep trusting God that He IS bringing us to ‘greater heights’ in this move.


Are you living in Thailand? Have you heard about the #20bahtfrenzy ?

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If you do, you already probably know that this is the time of the year in Thailand where fruits of all sorts can be bought for 20baht per kilo! This is anywhere between June to September, and if I’m lucky enough, it extends until October.

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Something about the country’s landscape makes it easier for farmers and crops to make a major haul out, fortunately for fruit-lovers like me. Rivers and canals are sprawled across this vast swampland for a country.

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Expats who are living in Thailand at this time of the year would post random pictures of fruits for 20 baht a kilo, sometimes cheaper and would get a long thread of comments from friends outside the country gushing in unbelief!

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For only 2 Malaysian Ringgit, or 25 pesos, or 4 Swedish Kronor, fruits like mangosteen and ripe mangoes are hard to find even in tropical countries like mine for this price, more so for Europe.

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Now at its tail end, the #20bahtfrenzy will be looked forward to next year. You can still get fruits all year-round but prices vary and are not as pocket-friendly as they should be.

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Oh, and spices like these jalapenos can be bought for 20baht a bunch at the wet market next door, along with a bunch of garlic, onions and tomatoes, and many other thingamajigs. Maybe my next #20bahtfrenzy post will be about that. What is yours?