Tag Archive: Thailand

Is it a festival or a tragedy?

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.

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!

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!


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.

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.

I just made it to the list of travel bloggers on the directory of the Best Blogs of Thailand.

The application process was swift and easy:
1. Open the Thailand Bloggers landing page.
2. Suggest your blog. Click here to fill up the form.
3. You will then receive responses via Twitter and email and find your blog on the list in a matter of minutes, in my case.
Easy peasy!

This trip has been a long time coming. Ten years here in Thailand and this was my first.


How to get there. There were 5 of us adults and 2 kids, 10 years and below. We booked a Fortuner-type taxi for the day and paid 1,800 baht, which is the running rate, never more than that. My Thai language skills helped us a lot navigate and stop whenever we wanted to. So pretty much the transpo and the driver was at our disposal for that day.


It was a weekday holiday so the glitz and glamour people usually see on postcards or photos of this place was not present on that day but it proved somehow to our advantage. We didn’t feel rushed or cramped due to the muted number of tourists who were there.


How to get around.It was pretty much a hop on hop off type of ride. The first one we took was the package one. It cost us 800 baht just to snake our way through the whole stretch and back but the whole boat was to ourselves. There are cheaper options but one would have to share it with a stranger or so.


I was so stoked to see the main bridge. It reminded me of Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy when I was there!


This shot above was taken on top of the bridge, just like looking over Venice of Asia.


We got off, had some noodles for lunch and snaked our way through the market and found some really interesting stuff like this banana basketful of mulberries for 20 bucks a pop. After that we took quick short stops at some places of interest like the coconut sugar makers.



Before heading back, we rented another boat to take us further out. It was a very laid back trip, we went wherever at a whim just how one should enjoy the floating market in Damnoen Saduak.


Definitely going back there when time permits.


December 13-22 at the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre. Opens from 10am until 8pm. This year it’ll be about the perfect kind of gifts you are looking to give this Christmas season, decorative trinkets and the usual brand names from shoes, bags, perfume, to clothing of both genders and all ages.


This is something I have religiously been going to year after year. Not because I love to splurge, but exactly the opposite- to get good bargains. Below is the link that will take you to a tour of the long list of brands that will be participating:

Thailand Best Buys 2013