Cafe Hopper Review: Weewa Cafe@Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat)

First time in Korat I visted a cafe. This is Weewa Cafe. Thanks to the staffs at Alpha Students’ Centre. They decided to bring me to this cafe. The cafe has a very rustic courtyard. You will be greeted by a stretch of koi fish and some sitting area as well. However, honestly you would’t want to be sitting outside because it can be pretty hot in the noon time at Korat. Given the hot weather we rather be sitting indoor with air-conditioning. When I went in, the thing that really caught my eyes was the stained glass window at the sides. They are very simple stained glass window but it gave the cafe interior a very retro feel.

Because this is a totally new environment to me, I wanted to try something different too. I ordered the iced caramel boom coffee. I also ordered a lemon pastry. I must say I am still not satisfied with the coffee here. I am not sure if it is the way the barrista did it, but the coffee doesn’t bring out the after taste and you really do feel like you are just drinking soft drinks. But I must say this as well, the pastry is quite impressive. The lemon pastry I ordered tasted very rich and every mouth of it really tasted lemon and giving a very refreshing touch to our taste buds. I was also impressed by the banana chocolate cake. There is really like real banana in the cake and the sponge tastes rich with banana.

We didn’t sit there for very long but it was quite a good chill out. The atmosphere is a plus for this cafe and needless to say, the pastries. I guess the coffee thing is really a nation-wide thing. Generally, its not easy to get good coffee in Thailand. They still have a long way to go before gourmet coffee can take off.

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Cafe Hopper Review: ‘爱自己’论 (续在续)

我们也说到多爱自己一些,你也会对别人好一些。很多时后我们处事待人的方试跟我们对待自己的态度有很大的连系。我们会怎么对待一个人或一件事请和我们那些所为的’不合理’要求是有关系的。 如果说一个常常认为自己很笨的人,当他对待人的时后往往会想法子要遮盖他的所为的’不理想’,应此他会不由自主的会想要表现一翻。可是因为太过想要表现,有时会弄巧成拙,搞到一踏糊涂!相翻的,如果一个有自信的人,因为不觉得自己缺发什么,他对人也会比较自信,也不会太过要表现自己!当然有些很自信的人也会因为太过自信而变成骄傲,自大,这就不好了。

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Cafe Hopper Review: ‘爱自己‘ 论 (续)


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Cafe Hopper Review: ‘爱自己’论


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Cafe Hopper Reflection on Loving Self…


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Cafe Hopper on a mini Food Trail in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima)

I walked out of the Alpha Students’ Centre, thinking of just having something simple for the evening. The stall that I normally frequent happened to be closed and I decided to walk down further to a little mini street paradise just at the junction of Soi Sam Sip Gaan Yaan and the main road. Honestly I didn’t want a heavy meal this evening. I ended up having a little feast, hopping from stall to stall. I started with the stall that always display this whole lot of pork trotter, selling pork trotter rice and wanton noodle. I am not a fan of pork trotter so I gave that a skip. I decided to use my sign language to order whatever I think is possible to order. I pointed here and there and the lady seemed to understand what I was trying to order…actually I didn’t even know what ordered. I sat there and while waiting for my food to arrive, I decided to order my favourite som tum again. This time I told her “mai phet” meaning non spicy. Last night I ordered from the same stall with “phet” and trust me it was spicy!!! Miraculously I finished the som tum last night.

My “finger-pointing” food finally arrived. It turned out to be a very decent bowl of wanton noodle with roasted pork on top of it. I must say that I don’t normally enjoy soup-based wanton noodle. This is one that I enjoyed and it was really tasty. The soup is very rich and the ingredients compliment each other very well. The noodle is of the right texture…it doesn’t clog together and you can taste the soup in every strand of noodle. There’s so much of ingredients in it that every mouth of it is great. The som tum this time round tasted much better without “phet”. It’s crunchy and the veggies are very fresh. I thought for a moment that was it for dinner. I decided to walked down to Seven-Eleven to get some snacks for myself. Before I could reach there, I stopped by at this stall that sell all kinds of satay like stuff, like fish balls, fish cakes, fried wanton and etc. I was so tempted…no I was tempted indeed to buy two sticks of it. I actually tried them yesterday and it was really good….so I decided to buy again today. So, since I got this as snacks, I would suppose that’s it. No….it didn’t end with the satay.

Before I could turn into Soi Sam Sip Gaan Yaan, there is this stall that sells dessert. They sell toast like those in toastbox (Singapore). I was tempted again to order a set to try and I did. Trust me….this stall is not inferior to toastbox. The toast is crunchy and with all the spread…mine! This is a perfect dessert after dinner. I was given a little surprise. The stall owner made a pot of tea for me after the dessert…you tell me that’s not value-added service?The tea was just perfect to make you feel less sinful after a heavy meal like this. Guess what? At the end of it, I still headed down to Seven-Eleven to buy a pack of snack just in case I really need it tonight.

Mine! That was really a mini food trail. I think I have tried almost everything along that small stretch. Look at the pictures below and you will know how much I have enjoyed my dinner tonight. Thank God for such a time.

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Cafe Hopper Review: Thai and Burmese Cuisine

Due to my long stay in Bangkok, recently I am pretty much exposed to a whole lot of Thai cuisine. For some reason, I am not tired about trying out the various Thai dishes, as long as they don’t involve the internal organs. I particularly love the Som Tum here in Thailand. Som Tum is basically the papaya salad. The Thai would use the unripe papaya, shred the papaya and mix them with whole lot of ingredients into a cold dish. The ingredients usually involve palm sugar, fish sauce, peanuts, long beans, cherry tomatoes, green tomatoes, lemon and etc. Sometimes, Som Tum is eaten plainly…at times it comes with fried fish, pork or even raw crabs. The one that comes with raw crabs is something that I dare not to venture. The fried fish version is very appealing to me.

Although I can’t eat too much of sticky rice, but honestly, during my one month more stay in Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), I have fallen in love with the sticky rice here. It’s so different from those that they make in Singapore. The sticky rice is fragrant and it really taste well as a snack or even as a main meal. It is normally eaten with an accompanied dish such as pork floss (different from those in Singapore), friend shredded pork or ribs. What the Thai would do is a mouth of sticky rice and a mouth of the accompanied dish. It really tastes good. Sometimes the sticky rice is also eaten with friend assorted stuff like fish balls, fish cakes and etc.

I am sure people who frequent Bangkok, will sure know Som Tum and the sticky rice. I have fallen in love with Som Tum so much that I am going to learn how to make it myself. You will very soon see my own version of Som Tum.

I went back to Singapore for a short while and interestingly a friend introduced to me Burmese food when I met up with him. That was the first time I tasted Burmese food. He ordered this Bee Hoon salad for me and besides it being very spicy, I think the taste is great. I began to explore the Burmese cuisine a little more and I made him promised to bring me for more Burmese food when I returned to Singapore. Interestingly, the Burmese cuisine comprises of a lot of different types of salad or cold dish as well. I was particularly very interested in the rice salad that I saw from Youtube. Go Google or Youtube Burmese salad…I am sure you will find many!

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Cafe Hopper in the Land of Smiles (Thailand)

Its been about one month since I first arrived in Bangkok on the 3/12/2012. I still remember that it was right after my Standard Charted Full Marathon. Before I could be fully recovered, with all the aches in my muscles, I made my way to the airport. The impact of the 42 KM and slightly more was still on my body but still I felt a sense of relieve to be leaving the country to doing something very different in my life. This is really something that I have never tried….to leave home for more than a month and to step into unknown arena. But I must say that this venture has been a very fruitful one and I have learnt a lot about overseas works and I have also discovered a lot about myself. Trust me, there is so much of dying to self and being alive in God. I am not just saying this out of my head knowledge of the Bible. Dying to self is not something for the Apostles of old…it is real and everyday I commit a murder…sometimes with great violence I killed them. Sometimes the process can be very bloody and of course some are easy to kill. There are more to be killed…I don’t know how long more before the killing stops. I am sure that as long as I am alive, I will kill!

I have left Cornerstone Students’ Centre as of 14/1/2013 and I travelled up to Korat on my own. I have never done that in Thailand and that was the first time. Turned out that it was not difficult to travel from Mochit to The Mall in Korat. The nature of the work in Korat is very different from Latkrabang. In Latkrabang, the work is more direct as far as teaching is concern. In Korat, there’s alot of pioneering works to be done, such as BB, Boonwattana and etc. My every week would probably be packed with many activities and meeting with various people to build bridges and establish connections. I sort of like it so far.

This is my second day in Korat officially and I am sure that I will be expecting exciting times ahead. May God bless my journey here in Korat!

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