Would It Be?

Would life be better if we know the meaning of every person we meet?

Would life be better if we know why every single thing around us happens?

Would life be better if we know what we are walking toward to?

Would life be better if we know when the sadness and joy will come?

Would life be better if we have met our soulmate?

Would life be better if we know how big is the pain and peace we will get over a decision we take?

Would life be better if we know when are going to get sick?

Would life be better if we know how long we can stand?

Would life be better if we stop asking?


Airbnb Experience “Farm to table cooking”

Meet “Three Musketeers” : onion, chili, basil

Farm to table cooking experience

“Three musketeers” is the key to authentic Thai cooking recipe

Few weeks ago, my friend invited us to”Farm-to-table Thai cooking” from Airbnb experience which I had no idea of and something that I heard for the first time. Yeah I know it’s a cooking class. Yeah I know a farm. But… how could both be arranged together? Farm and table? And isn’t Airbnb a marketplace for bed and breakfast stay only?

I didn’t really think of this until a day before when my friend came back and briefed us to wear sandals, short, and brought a change clothes. “Just in case we went dirty,” she said. That started to ring a bell to me that we will go dirty and really going to the farm. Like a real farm! (And what is the Airbnb part? You’ll find out at the end of this looong post haha). As the result, last Saturday was super FUN!

Farm to table cooking experience

So the day came. Me and my 4 other friends met up in a McD. Then we left to Klong Ladmayom floating market. Many local foods are sold in this location, just like the other market that spread in the entire Bangkok. Of course, I spotted many tourists as well.

Not long after that, Bow and C, host for this Farm-to-table session, arrived. Both are so kind. Not only they brought us the cold water for each, Bow brought us a pastel for a breakfast as well! (It was a delish one anyway). Few minutes later, we took a boat and sailed through the river. Along the way, Bow shared us the story of how river was the main transportation channel for Thailand area back then. But of course, with the raising economy where lands are used for living and the property business, river is no longer an option for people in the city to travel. However, Lat Ta Niao river (hopefully I didn’t mention a wrong river name) is one of the most well protected rivers in the country. Mostly villagers don’t even have a land route connected but only a river. So authentic.

Our end of this trip was the farm. Due to the huge rain on the night before, the mud was all over the form. Our flips were 0.5 kgs heavier in 30 minutes because of the mud. But it was (again) so much fun! The banana trees remind me of my hometown. The river reminds me of the house I left in when I was a kid which was also next to the river where I loved trapping a small fish with a bottle.  The chili remind me of the chili my dad planted in my home.

Farm to table cooking experience

Papaya salad ingredients

After finished the farm experience, we drove to Bow and C’s house for the cooking part. Everything was so well set and prepared by them. The electrical stove, the cooking materials, the kitchen utensils and everything. And everything looked so pretty and neat. We even welcomed with a fried pork and sticky rice which are also tasty (everything here with pork is so delicious).

The real cooking experience started at around 1 pm. After sharing the story behind each meal we were going to cook, we then moved to the opened kitchen. We started with chicken green curry, chicken pandan, and ended the class with a papaya salad. And you know what, everyone cooked! Did you think we know how to cook or cook a lot before? Nope! But when everything’s set and when the material is prepared, cooking become something SO fun.

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Pandan chicken in the making

About 4 hours later (yes it took 4 hours to prepare 4 meals, so don’t get crazy waiting for your order in a restaurant that arrives 10 minutes longer than it’s promised), our dinner was ready! Yeah, it was the dinner that each of us prepared.

We closed the dinner with beer and that most favorite food, Mango sticky rice (who doesn’t love them?). What a happy tummy that night!

Farm to table cooking experience

Chicken green curry final look!

I was so happy myself not only because the meals were good. BUT more of it was the meals I cooked myself! For me, it was that experience which was really what makes the day exciting!

Now, how will I recommend you to take this experience? It’s 5 out of 5! I’ve been visiting night markets, bars, hype places, traditional markets, and thus far, this was the best experience I have after few weeks in Bangkok.

If you happen to visit Bangkok on the weekend and look for a new and local thing to explore in the city, try this one out. I’m sure you will love it. The class is only for 5 to 6 people so you will be so engaged with the whole experience intensively.

If you want to know more of this farm-to-table cooking experience, just check out what Bow and C are doing here.

Airbnb – Farm to table Thai cooking experience

According to my friend, this Airbnb Experience is one new products Airbnb (beside the bed and breakfast marketplace) that is launched in their operating countries. Tons of fun local and fun activities are offered under this experience. And, only a curated experience that could be hosted under Airbnb. So, if you’re visiting somewhere new some time, this type of experiences should definitely be on your list.

(Some others fun documentation!)

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Because We Are So Tiny

After living in a very diverse place for a while, few things come clear to me recently…

  • Our world is super BIG and we’re just this tiny little micro piece that flies around the air.
  • Again, because our world is super BIG, you can’t say yourself as the one who know everything because those references you had in mind are smaller than the smallest dot you’ve seen. Thus, you’re just not that… knowing everything.
  • Bule isn’t always that cool.
  • And Asian isn’t always that clumsy. :).
  • Women equality is truly exist thus we (women) worth the same respect as what men get.
  • Some guys think that they are super handsome so they have this gigantic confidence to call every woman passes by.
  • Asia is one of the most favorite places in the world for those real travellers. I know you know why…
  • Walking alone, not talking to anyone, but just listening and seeing people, are such a precious moment when you are in a crowded place.
  • Many people around us are struggling so effing hard to survive. So, respect what you have and be respectful to others. Always.
  • Universe do conspire to what you have, who you meet, where you go, and really just every second you have in life. My most basic live rule applies well: be nice and you’ll get the nice one.
  • Ever feel like you have the worst life in this entire earth? Take a deep breath. Somehow, some people, or many people out there are feeling the same thing you do and good news is… they survive. And so will you.
  • Whenever you feel angry, bite yourself hard. Don’t scold or shout. Other’s life are messing up too. Solve yours. Give them space to solve theirs.
  • Time is precious. Live it right. So right.
  • You see people beside you listening to their headset, playing around their phone, reading a book? Then you’re wondering if they are happy? You know what. They are thinking a lot while doing what you’re seeing. They are just like you, like me. They have their own life they’re worried of, caring a lot and they’re doing way to escape that for a moment. Or yeah maybe you’re right. They’re just enjoying their Instagram feed, the new book somebody just gave them, or the Coldplay music.
  • So, don’t judge.

Have a great week ahead!


Bangkok, 1 April 2018