Friday, 19 September 2008

Western Digital (Thailand), BangPa-In Industrial Estate - Keiron's office

At the entrance: signage showing directions to the five buildings owned by WD, which provides jobs to 34,000 breadwinners in Thailand. Building 4

Entrance to Building 4, where Keiron's office is located.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Dinner at Sizzler's, Major, Ekkammai

From left: Tiraporn, Duc,Yudhi,Lukman,Lynn,Razianna,Sue,Abigail

Thank you very much Khun Yudhi, Deputy Director (Programme & Development) for treating all of us at Sizzler's on last Friday, 12th Sept 2008. We had a wonderful meal and a great time together, on a wet, Friday evening. May God bless you and your family with good health, happiness and prosperity, always.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Fuel price goes down in Thailand

Just heard the announcement on TV stating that the price of benzine will be reduced by 50satang (5sen)per litre with effect from tomorrow morning. That's definitely good news to all living in Thailand!

Craving for roti canai

Feel like having roti canai and sambal sardine today. Got this pack of roti from TESCO-Lotus. It costs 70baht for a pack of 5 pieces.

Frying roti in the multipurpose cooker

Ready to be eaten

Sambal sardine cooked in the microwave oven

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Buka puasa menu for today

Tamarind dip
Grilled beef

Fried catfish with chilli and sweet basil leaf

Steamed chicken with herbs

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Annual Ramadhan Bazaar at Phetchaburi Soi 7, Bangkok

The Thai tea vendor prepares cha yen(iced tea with milk) which costs 12baht(RM1.20) a glass.

Roast chicken

Scenery along Phetchaburi Soi 7, where Masjid Darul Aman is

Delicious murtabak with generous amount of ground beef costs 30baht

Kai thod (deep fried chicken marinated with herbs)

Nasi campur

thodmanplaa(deep fried fish paste)-10pcs for 20baht

Khao tom (rice porridge)

Pretty Thai girl grills beef and chicken.

Thai popiah

Steamed chicken with herbs - 35baht

I feel very much at home here though it's much smaller compared to the ones back home in the Klang Valley, Malaysia. The 'Pasar Ramadhan' operates from 3 till 6+pm. Once the Azan Maghrib is on air, all the vendors disperse and leave for home. To get here, take the BTS towards Mo Chit station and alight at Ratchathewi station(N1). Soi 7 is about 300metres away from the station.

Friday, 12 September 2008

Shrimp with petai sambal tumis

Phad prik goong kap setor (petai)

The Ultimate FUEL Saving Guide

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SEAMEO-UNESCO Muslim Brothers & Sisters

From left: Me, Umar(UNESCO),Lukman(UNESCO),Edi(UNESCO),Lukman,Razianna

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Menu for today's Iftar

Fish Asam Pedas

Kerabu Pegaga

A bunch of pegaga, chopped
2 shallots, sliced
2 cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 Thai chilly, julienned; add more if prefer spicy
1 red chilly
4 tbsp dried shrimp, soaked in water
1 tsp sugar
a dash of fish sauce
salt to taste
1 tbsp lime juice
Drain the soaked shrimp and pound it with the red chilly. Cook in microwave oven on high for 1-2 minutes. Put aside.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the cooked dried shrimp and toss in the bowl. Scoop the dish onto a plate and garnish with the remaining cooked dried shrimp.

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'Self-Publishing' Workshop- 28-31 October 2008

Bengkel 'Self-Publishing' (Terbit Sendiri)
28-31 Oktober 2008 Pearl International Hotel, KL

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Halal pizza in Bangkok - Canadian Pizza

This little outlet which operates a delivery and take-away business is owned by a Malaysian couple. It is situated on the New Phetchaburi Road. It's four doors away from Petronas petrol station between Soi Ekkamai and Thonglor; on the left side of the road going towards Pratunam. It obtained its Halal endorsement from The Islamic Committee Office of Thailand.They offer Buy 1 get 1 Free for purchase of medium, large or extra large pizzas. Prices stated are inclusive of tax and free delivery for orders of 299 baht and above. I tried Meat Lover and it was not bad at all if you're craving for a pizza in Bkk. This is the second halal fresh pizza available in Bangkok besides at Fahana Italian Restaurant at Rama IX Road, Bangkok. Actually you can also find halal frozen pizzas at 711 outlets where you can get them heated using the microwave oven in the outlets.
Below is the list of items available at the Canadian Pizza:

Medium(M)-10": 359baht
Large(L)-12" : 479baht
Extra Large(XL): 589baht

Napoli Classic: Anchovies, black olives, herbs, tomatoes, mozarella cheese
Sambal Ikan Bilis: Sambal ikan bilis, cucumber, capsicum, mazarella cheese
Hawaiian Classic: Chicken ham, chicken sausage, pineapple, tomatoes, mozarella cheese
Singapura Special: Spicy chicken, garlic, capsicum, red chillies, mozarella cheese
Tandoori Chicken: Spicy tandoori chicken, onion, tomatoes, mozarella cheese
Seafood Delight: Fresh prawns, squid, crabstick, onion,garlic, mozarella cheese
Garden Veggie: Onion,capsicum, black olives,tomatoes,pineapple, mozarella cheese
Meat Lover: Beef pepperoni, chicken ham, chicken sausage, ground beef, mozarella cheese
Classic Italian: Beef pepperoni, chicken sausage, black olives, capsicum, mozarella cheese
Canadian Classic: Beef pepperoni, chicken sausage, onion, tomatoes, mozarella cheese
BBQ Chicken: Chicken breast, onion, capsicum, tomatoes, bbq sauce, mozarella cheese
Turkey Delight: Turkey ham, turkey sausage, capsicum, tomatoes, mozarella cheese
Roasted mushroom: Fresh roasted mushroom, eggplant, tomatoes, mozarella cheese

Side orders:
Onion rings (6 pieces) : 40baht
Garlic bread (6 pieces) :40baht
Fish tofu (6 pieces0 : 40 baht
French fries (M/L) : 40/80baht
Breaded shrimp(6 pcs) : 69baht
Fish cheese sticks(5pcs) : 99baht
Chicken wings(4/8/12pcs): 60/112/156baht
Lasagne (chicken/beef) : 120baht
Extra cheese (M/L/XL) : 20/30/40baht
Extra toppings(M/L/XL) : 20/30/40baht
Coke (can/1.25l) : 20/35 baht

Delivery no. : 02-872-4141
Mon-Thurs : 1100-2100
Friday : 1100-2200
Saturday : 1030-2200
Sunday : 1030-2100

Monday, 8 September 2008

Hawaian seafood spaghetti

Spaghetti sauce in cooker

Walla...Bon Apetit!

250g spaghetti, boiled and drained
2 tbsp butter
4 tomatoes, diced
1 big onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp chilli paste
1 cup shitake mushroom
1 cup broccoli
1 cup chopped pineapple
400g shrimps, shelled
2 medium-sized squid, cut into 1 in. pieces
coriander sprigs, chopped
oregano, chopped
parsley, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
parmesan or cheddar cheese, grated

Prepare spaghetti as stated in the instruction on the plastic wrap.

Spaghetti sauce
Melt 2 tbsp butter and sautee sliced onion and garlic till fragrant. Add chilli paste for about 2 minutes and throw in the tomatoes and chopped pineapple. Stir and leave it till it becomes watery. Add shrimps and squid, leave it to cook. Lastly, add the mushroom, broccoli, olive oil, oregano, parsley, spaghetti, salt and pepper. Cut off power (since I'm using electric multi-purpose cooker) and keep on stirring. Scoop onto 2 plates of spaghetti.

Just before serving, sprinkle some shopped coriander and cheese. Place in the microwave oven on high for 1 minute to melt the cheese.

Serves 4.

Beef Noodle Soup - Kuay Teow Neua Nam Khon

A 2 -lb. package of fresh rice noodles
1/2 kg. tender cut of steak, thinly sliced in bite-size strips (optional)
8-10 beef meat balls, cut in half or leave whole (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
4 cups bean sprouts(too-a ngork)
4 cups morning glory (poong fai daeng) cut into pieces
1 cup short coriander(puk chee) sprigs
4 big onions(hom yai), cut in thin rounds
Fried garlic oil - 8 cloves of chopped garlic fried in 1/4 cup of oil

Beef Soup
A whole beef shank (about 1 to 1 1/2 kg)
8 cups water
2 star anise
2 stalks lemon grass(ta krai), cut in 2-inch segments and crushed
2-inch section galangal (kah), crushed
4-5 kaffir lime leaves
1 garlic clove, crushed whole
20 white peppercorns, cracked
1/2 cup coriander roots and stem sections, crushed
5 shallots(hom lek), leave whole
1 tbsp. palm or brown sugar, to taste
1 tsp. salt(gleua)
4 or more tbsp. fish sauce(nam pla), to taste
Chilli Sauce
10 red and green Thai chillies, chopped
2 red chillies, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 cup lime juice (nam manao)
2-3 tbsp. fish sauce, to taste
2-3 tsp. sugar(nam dtan), to taste

Place the whole beef shank and all the herbs, spices and flavour ingredients in a large pot. Add water and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the shank is tender (4 hours). Remove shank and strain the broth. Slice into bite-size chunks and return to strained broth.

Separate the noodles as much as possible into single strands.

Make the fried garlic oil and prepare the remaining ingredients.

When the soup is ready, boil a large pot of water. Toss the beef meat balls into the pot and while it is cooking, blanch the noodles, bean sprouts and morning glory for just a few seconds - a handful at a time, enough for one serving. Drain quickly and place in an individual serving-sized bowl and spoon a few pieces of stewed beef and broth over the noodles.

Next, blanch a few pieces of the sliced steak in the hot water, just enough to cook to medium rare. Arrange beef slices over the noodles and spoon one or more pieces of meat balls into the bowl.

Sprinkle with sliced onions, dust with white pepper and top with fried garlic oil (both garlic pieces and a little oil) and coriander sprigs.

Repeat to make more bowls of noodles.

Chilli sauce

Pound the chopped chiles and garlic to a paste with a mortar and pestle. Combine with the remaining sauce ingredients and let sit to allow the flavors to blend and mingle. Sauce should be equally sour and salty with a hint of sweetness.

Serve immediately.
Makes 8-10 servings.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Today's buka puasa menu

Som O - pomelo

Tom yum goong - Hot and sour shrimp soup

Phad prik poo kap goong - Crab and shrimp with chilli paste

Anchovies with chilli

Friday, 5 September 2008

Shrimp porridge with crab meat and mushroom

2 cups of rice (khao)
8 cups of water(nam)
500g shrimps(kung); shelled and chopped
1/2 cup of crab meat(poo)
2 cups of mushrooms(hed)
5 cherry tomatoes(ma khuea teet)
5 shallots(hom lek) - pounded
1 garlic(krathiam) -pounded
3cm ginger(khing)-pounded

Salt (gluea)
pepper (prik tai)

Boil water with shrimp heads, pounded shallots, garlic, ginger and 1 cherry tomato. Leave it boiling for about ten minutes. Remove the shrimp heads. Add rice, chopped shrimps and crab meat. Further boil it leaving the rice to cook. Add mushrooms and season to taste. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and coriander sprigs.

p.s. I like to have mine with a dash of lime juice(nam manao) and fish sauce(nam pla)

Reaching the Unreached Meeting

Participants from SEAMEO member countries and International Non-Govt Organizations

Full time MC of the 3-day meeting

The Malaysian delegates pose with Dato' Dr Ahamad Sipon, SEAMEO Secretariat Director

Me with Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Dept., Ministry of Education & Training, Vietnam

Mr. Hakeem(UNESCO) facilitates the Field Visit Debriefing session

Me and Mega Irena, Senior Officer, Human Devt. Unit, Bureau of Resources Devt., ASEAN Secretariat

UNESCO & SEAMEO staff of the organizing committee

From left:Yudhi, Sue,Piyapa,Lynn,Malissa,Razianna,Juhana,Ko-Chih,Duc,Abigail,Leotes,Nyi-Nyi,Tinsiri,Natcha,Lukman