It was the second visit to NY but the first visit to my dear friend, we haven’t met since graduated, I left to Qatar and later she moved to New York. After struggling for several years to get in contact with her since I lost my cell phone. Thanks to all technology and social media which brought us to meet each other again. She was my first friend in Engineering School, we knew each other because I borrowed her pen at our interview examination.
She picked me up from JFK airport and headed to my hotel. After checked in and dropped my luggage there, it was time to eat. I was starving and hadn’t eaten anything since morning.
She took me to “Mizumi Restaurant” in Queens. It’s Japanese Cuisine buffet. You can eat as much as you want. As my eyes became bigger than my stomach, I picked everything I saw on the serving table. There were variations of Sushi, Seafood, Soups and my favourite miso soup. I ate a lot until my stomach didn’t any room to fill in. I love the food and taste was great. But it’s quite a busy restaurant, very crowded. I am not sure if now the reservation is required or not. If you are looking for a Japanese Restaurant in New York, I would recommend Mizumi as a good option.
A few years ago my family and I went to Singapore spending our Summer weekend there. It was a quick trip and we did surprise my little niece like nothing was going to happen. They will just see me off at the airport and then Boom!! She was already on the airplane with us. She smiled broadly after figured the booming plan. It was her first time in Singapore but second of mine.
Be frankly, I lost a lot of photos of this trip due to my hard drive was extremely damaged. I was able to retrieve a few photos and one of those are the WaterWorld. The WaterWorld located in the same area with Universal Studio, you can have a walk for a few minutes.
The second day we went to the WaterWorld, we didn’t have to purchase any ticket because my friend had already bought from a shop since before we were there. She is an amazing friend. Big thanks to her if she is reading this message.
It’s such huge aquariums, a lot of things surprise us. A lot of Sea creatures swam over our head and beneath our feed. There is also a large aquarium which you can see many Stingrays and shark. Some station was demonstrating the living of starfish. We are allowed to touch a starfish delicately. My niece was a bit scared at first but later she felt OK.
We spent many hours there, I began to lump. My niece had a good time on her first trip there and I am also thinking to return there again 🙂
After a while, I haven’t gone to a restaurant in Qatar since I returned from my recent vacation. In an evening my friend and I agreed to try on Thai food in a new restaurant. We went to “Baan Thai Restaurant” where located near Aspire Park (Villagio Mall), easy to find by Waze or Google Map. There were outdoor parking then I didn’t have to worry about where I will park my car.
The warmest welcome from the receptionist greeting us once we opened the door. There was no customer, maybe it was Saturday (the weekend in Qatar is Friday and Saturday, but mostly they are also working on Saturday. I’m such a lucky one 🙂 )
We were impressed with the design of the decoration inside, the waitress handed us a menu. There were many interesting dishes, we looked at the sweet category with greedy eyes “Deep Fried Banana with Ice-Cream”, WOW!!.
We ordered “Tom Kha Kai”(Chicken in coconut soup) and “Spicy Pla Kong Salad” (Spicy prawn salad) together with steamed Thai Jasmine Rice. Don’t be surprised, that we ordered Rice to eat with Salad. It’s normal for Thai people to have most Thai food with rice, especially hot food.
The food was good and followed by the ice-cream. The ice-cream was very delicious, I recommend you to try on it. The combination of hot deep fried banana with vanilla ice-cream is perfect!
Actually, we had planned to go to a coffee shop after this meal but we were really full to move. We called for a check and got some discount for Thai and Qatar Airways cabin crew. luckily we are Thai and my friend is a cabin crew so we got a 30% discount. Big WOW, that’s a lot.
For anyone who loves to try Thai food, you can order “Tom Kha Kai” which is mild and not spicy. You can also request a less spicy.