Posted in Food, Photos, Year 2013 Journal

South African Cuisine

Europian cuisine may be widely global known nowadays. Most popular European cuisine shouldn’t be something else unless French and Italian. However, how many people know or heard about the South African restaurant. Yes, you are not mishearing. I’m talking about a South African restaurant; the Butcher Shop & Grill. This franchise restaurant was originally founded in South Africa in 1994.

In the heart of Sandton, on Nelson Mandela Square, is the flagship of Johannesburg branch of the Butcher Shop & Grill: an institute in South African dining.

Source: thebuchershop.co.za

They expend branches around the World, and now they are in the Middle East.
The restaurant is a premium steaks house and seafood for the discerning diner. I’m not eating red meat but a big fan of seafood then I shouldn’t miss it. There is only one branch in Qatar in Villagio mall; they are welcome both reservation and walk-in customers.
Once arrive you will receive free bun bread with various choices of butter as well as olive oil and vinegar, and also small pieces of beef sausages in red gravy in a tiny cup (I’ve already forgotten the name of it).
We ordered seafood soup for appetiser, grill tiger prawns, chicken escalope for the main course and strawberry daiquiri for the drink.
Creamy seafood soup is my favourite; I always order this every time. I tried seafood soup in many restaurants but never had the same taste I like in here.
Butter grilled jumbo size tiger prawns served with lemon butter peri and garlic butter sauce plus side dishes as selected; I picked potato chips. The smell of grilled prawns is irresistible, and the taste was exquisite as its smell.
Chicken escalope served with mashed potato and gravy; I felt the taste was a bit flat and dry.
The strawberry daiquiri was excellent; I think myself that it went well with main seafood dishes.


They offered some sweet, but there was no room in our stomach to fit in anymore.
It also boasts a sizeable retail butchery that allows customers to select the size and cut off their steak for a unique dining experience and buy meat for their home requirements.
All waiters and waitress there are helpful and friendly. I went back there almost every week, and later became a friend of the manager. They always welcome me as a VIP customer. Everyone knows me and greets me with my name; we feel comfortable every time we went there.

Copyright © 2018 All Rights Reserved. All photos on this post were taken by me unless stated otherwise.

Posted in Inspiration, Photos, Year 2018 Journal

Selfloving vs Selfishness

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In present, there are a lot of conversations, presses, articles even journal papers broadcasting about self-loving to people. How many people take into account what exactly self-loving is? It depends on the perceiving of an individual how they recognize what it is.

We do things that make ourselves happy, we find the way to love ourselves, we spoil and fulfil the hidden gap inside our desire and called it “Self-loving” without noticing what we did meet our needs or not.

How do you know it is self-loving or selfishness?

As long as you are happy from whatever you are doing without trouble-gaining to another people it is self-loving. 

And when you pay intention on what you deserve, focusing only on your own demand and consider that is yourself-loving rather than caring people around you by taking advantage of them is called “Selfishness”

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What should we do?

I’d love to propose an ideal sufficient self-loving which leads you to sustainable happiness. Whenever you feel a lot of happiness charged in your chest and about to express, just ask yourself the simple questions.

Did you gain trouble for people to achieve that happiness for yourself?

Did you take any advantage of people?

Will it make yourself in trouble in the future?

Just be fair to answer those questions without bias. If the answer is yes, so it’s not the right way to love yourself. You should find the proper way in the middle which makes you happy and also not harming others people’s life happiness.

Do whatever makes you happy as long as it’s not taking advantage of other people or ruin any relationships and most important it should gain your own value. 

When you know how to love yourself properly, you will be happy and feel your own precious value. The happiness, cheerfulness, joyfulness and delight will attract to similar people into your life. It will never fade away but gradually grow in your soul, and you can feel it that sufficient self-loving is also love giving.

Sufficient self-loving gains your sustainable self-value.

 

Posted in Inspiration, Year 2018 Journal

Award

Hey Guys!

Nefelibata has nominated me for “The blogger recognition” Award.

Thank you very much.

Please visit the blog: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/149269802/posts/58

She encourages me to keep blogging, and her posts are full of motivation to the readers.

Thank you again.

I am an expat in Qatar, originally I’m from Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. I moved to work in Qatar since 2007 until present. Attracted to travelling and photographs. My day work is an engineer, but off work, I love to take photos and share a story based on my life experience.

I started blogging several years ago once came back from Europe trip then I stopped for some reason and now returned to be a blogger again.

I do believe in two things which makes people smarter, it’s reading and travelling. I cast out my journeys as a backpacker with a camera, collecting beautiful experience alongside the trip. Meeting new people, learning a new culture, discover mysterious places, wondering how amazing of this planet.  I’m not a photographer, but I love photography. My day work is an engineer, off work I’m attracted to taking photos and writing a story. Most of them based on my own experiences. Let’s be friends and follow my blog, then we will link to explore the World together.

There are three titles that I love to present here; travelling which I would like to share my new explorer alongside the trip.

Second; all my inspiration based on my life experience I have been faced and could lift up myself to move on to look at the World in a different way of optimistic. I hope this excellent quote which mostly I wrote them myself will heal your soul and lift up your spirit as they did to me. Never stop learning and never stop living. 🙂

Third; it’s about the food as I called it “food journal” because I love eating. Mostly are oriental food.

All photos on this website were taken by me that I want to present the new, different angle of the view. Not necessary to fix on the theory, move out from the box. It’s you and your choice to create your own style.

  • I am now a new blogger again then I would advise all new bloggers to not give up blogging. Writing is making your new world and also be a perfect treatment for depression. Do not mind if there is a little reader. Keep moving.
  • There are millions of bloggers that generate wonderful, passionate posts which waiting for you to read and ignite your energy to blog again.

I’m nominating all my favourite blogs!

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Happy Blogging 🙂

Posted in Inspiration, Photos, Travel, Year 2018 Journal

In Remembrance of my beloved King

It was the darkest night.

There was no sunlight. 

We could feel the coldness inside.

You were gone.

Although years have passed you are always in my heart.

Deepest in my soul you are there. 

You are the King we call “father” and will always be our beloved father.

You told us not to cry, wipe the tears and smile.

Today we are here, remind ourselves what you cheer. 

And we smile, we are strong.

In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The photos are snapped from The Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty The Late King, October 25 – 29, 2017

 

 

Posted in Photos, Travel, Year 2013 Journal

My first Winter in Washington D.C.

After saying Good Bye to my cousin in Texas, I left Dallas at 4 am which was so early for me to fly to Washington D.C., the capital of United State of America. I was really dead to the World on the plane the coldness from the winter outside didn’t help me stay awake.  I struggled to open my eyes once the plane arrived in Boston, Massachusetts. I was half-awake walking to Terminal 3 for a flight to Washington D.C. in 30 minutes. My luck, the Terminal is connected to each other otherwise, I could have missed the flight.

After picking up my luggage from the belt, I walked out and looked around with the question “Where am I?” Then a text from my old classmate alerted, “Where are you?” and yes I definitely replied “I don’t know” It didn’t help her to find me exactly where I was. After trying to communicate the location, she got me finally.

Actually, she lives in Maryland but works in Washington D.C. She will just drop me at the hotel then I will make a tour myself. I was told about the Metro Station stop but totally forgot once I got there. Then an exciting blindfold journey began. I only remembered the station where I departed so I will have to find the way back there and get a cap home. Sound fun!

It was my first time in Washington D.C. and also my first winter in the U.S.A, I shouldered my backpack which contained my MacBook and DSLR camera (I really had no idea why didn’t I leave the laptop in the hotel), it was very heavy. Although I wore winter gears except for earmuff, it couldn’t make me feel much warmer, my nose tip, fingertip was frozen and I couldn’t feel my ears! I had a difficult time taking photos with my camera, I needed to take off my gloves and focus on the object while my hands were shaking with a cold breeze. I tried so hard but I didn’t take many good photos and low temperature there made everything looked grey.

The first thing spotted my sight was Washington Monument, the white large tall stone which I used to see on TV. I thought “Oh dear, it is here in front of me”

I looked around finding a way to walk with no destination, just walked. A red bus passed by me while I was waiting for a green light to cross the road. An open roof bus for sightseeing. Sound interesting but it’s required booking and I didn’t have one.

Strolling by the Smithsonian Castle, observed sparse snow on the ground. The far side was the Lincoln Memorial which is fascinating for visitors, the other side was the White House but they were so far by walk. My tiredness, fatigue stopped me from walking, I saw the White House ahead but my legs didn’t move. I was only walk to the nearby place “Smithsonian Institution; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden”

Later evening the sky became dark, and I will need to go back home. Being alone in the place which you arrived just the first day at the first time visit is amazing and also dangerous, I rather quickly get a train.

After a while, I recalled my good memory helping me getting the right station and line, I reached the station I had departed earlier but in the opposite exit. 😦 Actually, I didn’t notice until the chauffeur told me but he said no worries, I will get you home. I doubled the fare for tips. He smiled and I was happy.

At the end of the day, I stumbled on the bed and slept like a baby again.

 

 

Posted in Photos, Travel, Year 2016 Journal

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

If you are in Qatar, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum is located in Doha, alongside Corniche street. The main building was designed by Leoh Ming Pei (the Chinese-American architect who design the Louvre Pyramid in Paris)

The museum is built on an island off an artificial peninsula near the traditional dhow harbour. A purpose-built park surrounds the edifice on the Eastern and Southern facades while two bridges connect the Southern front facade of the property with the main peninsula that holds the park. The Western and Northern facades are marked by the harbour showcasing the Qatari seafaring past.

Source: Wikipedia

Once you get inside you will see the cream colour staircase with circle lantern hanging above your head. The design of the lantern reminds me of a snake. There are a souvenir and a cafeteria inside, in the middle of the ground floor is a fountain in a granite basin.

From the 1st floor, you will see masterpieces of Islamic art, including metalwork, ceramics, jewellery, woodworks, textiles and glass collected from three continents, dating from the 7th to the 19th century. The admission is free.

The last top floor is the specific exhibition area for Muhammad Ali; the famous American professional boxer. It is very interesting, I walked around and read all documentary. Also, there is a mini theatre showing his biography.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Outside the Museum is a park which is open 24 hrs, there are a playground, lawn yard and a restaurant near the seashore. During the Winter time, they will have MIA Bazaar every Friday and Saturday. They are selling various traditional food, handicraft and art pieces. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the Bazaar.

MIA is one of a recommended landmark in Qatar that you should visit.

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Posted in Photos, Travel, Year 2016 Journal

Offroad in Zekreet Peninsula

A message popped up on my phone screen in the late afternoon. “Hey! What do you think about having an offroad trip this weekend? We can drive our cars there, I got a plan” She was new in Qatar, so everything in this desert country looks exciting for her. Going offroad in Qatar is kind of a very rough test drive of your car capacity. You will really need a 4×4 car to rock and roll the trip. We will need to arranged and prepare carefully because the place we are going is a desert place far away from Doha and full of rocks and cobbles.

 

After checked the air tyre pressure and filled a full tank of gas, we headed to Zekreet Peninsular by taking Dukhan Expressway leading to the West. The speed limit is 120 km/hr, there are speed cameras every 1 kilometre. Her car led and mine was following. After one hour and a half drive, we arrived at our first checkpoint. It’s call Zekreet.

 

The landscape of the Zekreet peninsula has a unique and fascinating geology. Salt flats, plateau rocks and open desert dominate this scenery. There are no sand dunes, but bizarre rock formations and great views over the blue water of the gulf. We stopped for a few minutes for taking photos then moved to another checkpoint called “film city”

Why are they called “film city”? Because a film set was made in the middle of the desert to mock up an ancient Arabian Village. We parked our cars near the village and walked to enter the main gate. The buildings show how a traditional village in the region might have looked in the past. There was a ladder lean to the roof that we can climb up through the square open to observe the view of the village. We were welcomed with a keeper there, he can’t speak English but kindly welcomed us with local tea drinks free of charge.

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Then the next checkpoint is “the Mystery Village” or known as “the Ghost Village”. The Mystery Village is just behind the Film City. We also can see the Village from the roof deck of Film City.  Nobody lives in this Ghost Village, it also was used in the same TV series.

 

After spending hours driving along Zekreet Peninsula, we followed the GPS to go back to Doha. Along the way, we spotted 2-3 Oryx. We carefully move our car not to panic them. The Oryx can defend their young ones and might attack if you get closer than 30-40 metres. We took some photos but unfortunately, it was long distance and I couldn’t change the telescopic lens in time.

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We arrived Doha in the late afternoon and had lunch at a golf club. I found out that my tyres were damaged and needed to change. Such a bad luck 😦

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Posted in Photos, Travel, Year 2016 Journal

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

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Late morning in the early of September, the weather was nice, the sunshine was bright. I was spending my second visit to Missouri with my friend’s family. It was a BBQ reunited family party. We departed from Grandview where my friend’s house is, headed to Hult-Diamond Acre. It is a big farm belongs to their siblings. They are a huge family. I was introduced to them with a very warm welcome. It was a very fun time, there were a lot of games we played and also volleyball. I went back home in the afternoon and dropped her mother’s in law at her place. I was told that she will bring me to Kansas City tomorrow.

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We spent around 45 minutes driving to Kansas City and arrived Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. After having a bit difficult time finding a park, we finally got one. We parked below the slope. Then we need to walk upward the slop steps (Oh, I forget to tell you that my friend is 73 years old but she is strong). My friend was delighted and greeted people all along the path. See! being with positive people, gain more positive energy in you.

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Once we reach the main entrance, the door was closed and locked by inside. We couldn’t open and there was no sign that the museum was closed. After a while to figure out what happened, we understood that it was closed for some reason (but it was Tuesday, it shouldn’t be). So I could only take a few photos of the lawn in front of the museum and walked around before we left. We changed our plan to a shopping mall instead. She persuaded me to come again next September so we can do shopping on the labour day with big discount 😀

Of course, I’m planning to go back there again. Especially, Nel-Atkins Museum of Art.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum in Kansas City, Missouri, known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art. In 2007, Times magazine ranked the museum’s new Bloch Building number on its list of “The 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels” which considered candidates from around the globe.

Source: Wikipedia

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