The staff at the Starbucks located in the lobby of the GMM Grammy building (just a 3-minute walk up the street from the apartment) now recognize me. They think it is funny that I speak Thai nit-noi (a little bit). For example:
Chris’ Thai: Sawasdee khrap – kor gran-day iced lah-tay neung foh he-ah, khrap.
Translation: Hello – I’ll have one grande iced latte for here, please.
Yesterday morning we had another breakthrough moment: I made coffee at home in the morning. Stovetop espresso maker plus milk (from little individual hermetically sealed self-stable packages) heated in the mircowave and frothed using my Bonour Tubro Frother. It is beginning to feel a lot like home. Also, I bought Quaker Oats at the Big C supermarket and made oatmeal. A South Asian expat sought out my opinion about the different brands of oats, so I recommended the regular rolled oats from Quaker, although somehow I ended up buying quick oats. I don’t care for quick oats because the consistency fo the oatmeal is like paste. Oh, well. The container is smaller than the huge barrel of oats you can buy in the US so I’ll buy the regular oats next time.
Also yesterday, Tawn was not available to meet for lunch so I had to fend for myself for the first time. Dodging several thunderstorms, I went to Cafe de Tu – a small Thai place across from the Interncontinental Hotel that also makes good cakes. The prices are quite reasonable – about 80 baht for one dish. With bottled water and a slice of cake, only about 200 baht.
The afternoon storms continued yesterday and while the rain was light – no torrential flooding as had been predicted – the breezes and cloud cover helped cool things down to a much more manageable 27 degrees celsius.
For dinner, Tawn and I picked up his mother, Khun Nui, and took her out. We were going to eat vegetarian food as it is the middle of the vegetarian period (Chinese festival) but the famous veggie restaurant was closed. Talk about the wrong time to be closed! So we ended up at a Thai restaurant in the RCA district (Royal City Avenue – an entertainment area) that looked like a Thai-Chinese version of a Chili’s – lots of antiques on the walls. The food was actually really good, but pretty spicy.
We had a green pork curry, a chicken and ginger dish, stir-friend watercress in oyster sauce, and a fried egg salad. Yummy.
It was fun visiting with Tawn’s mother. She’s very nice, and we spent our time picking on Tawn. I’m sure I enjoyed it more than he did.