Cafe Hopper Reflecting on Coffee With God

 

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Cafe Hopper Review: Weewa Cafe@Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat)

First time in Korat I visted a cafe. This is Weewa Cafe. Thanks to the staffs at Alpha Students’ Centre. They decided to bring me to this cafe. The cafe has a very rustic courtyard. You will be greeted by a stretch of koi fish and some sitting area as well. However, honestly you would’t want to be sitting outside because it can be pretty hot in the noon time at Korat. Given the hot weather we rather be sitting indoor with air-conditioning. When I went in, the thing that really caught my eyes was the stained glass window at the sides. They are very simple stained glass window but it gave the cafe interior a very retro feel.

Because this is a totally new environment to me, I wanted to try something different too. I ordered the iced caramel boom coffee. I also ordered a lemon pastry. I must say I am still not satisfied with the coffee here. I am not sure if it is the way the barrista did it, but the coffee doesn’t bring out the after taste and you really do feel like you are just drinking soft drinks. But I must say this as well, the pastry is quite impressive. The lemon pastry I ordered tasted very rich and every mouth of it really tasted lemon and giving a very refreshing touch to our taste buds. I was also impressed by the banana chocolate cake. There is really like real banana in the cake and the sponge tastes rich with banana.

We didn’t sit there for very long but it was quite a good chill out. The atmosphere is a plus for this cafe and needless to say, the pastries. I guess the coffee thing is really a nation-wide thing. Generally, its not easy to get good coffee in Thailand. They still have a long way to go before gourmet coffee can take off.

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Cafe Hopper Review: ‘爱自己’论 (续在续)

我们也说到多爱自己一些,你也会对别人好一些。很多时后我们处事待人的方试跟我们对待自己的态度有很大的连系。我们会怎么对待一个人或一件事请和我们那些所为的’不合理’要求是有关系的。 如果说一个常常认为自己很笨的人,当他对待人的时后往往会想法子要遮盖他的所为的’不理想’,应此他会不由自主的会想要表现一翻。可是因为太过想要表现,有时会弄巧成拙,搞到一踏糊涂!相翻的,如果一个有自信的人,因为不觉得自己缺发什么,他对人也会比较自信,也不会太过要表现自己!当然有些很自信的人也会因为太过自信而变成骄傲,自大,这就不好了。

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Cafe Hopper Review: ‘爱自己‘ 论 (续)

昨天说到一大堆马桶论。今天让我们来说说为什么我们会有这些‘不合理’的要求?人本来就是一种不容易满足的动物。上帝给了亚当和夏娃一个这么美好的花园,丰衣足食,不愁吃也不愁穿,但他们还是不满足。他们要更多但不一定更好的。人会有对自己的‘不合理’要求是因为我们不满现状。我们一直以为我们现在所拥有的是不够的。其实你想想:我们为什么要的更多呢?别误会,我不是说上进是不好的。我赞成进步与发展,但在进步与发展的当而,我们要懂的知足常乐。当你知足的时后你就拥有全世界。记:人心不足蛇吨象啊!

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Cafe Hopper Review: ‘爱自己’论

作天说到爱自己为什么这么难。我也说到爱自己的首要是放下对自己的‘不合理’要求。我们到底对自己有什么‘不合理’的要求呢?这问题好不容易回答。这就要看个人对自己有什么expectation。有些人希望自己比别人聪明,但一直都达不到某某聪明的衡量线。也有些人常常向望自己长的相某某人,但又天生就是那幅样子,又能怎么样呢?这些就是我说的‘不合理’要求了!要知道在俊的人也要吃饭拉屎的!在聪明的人也有糊涂的时后!在马桶面前人人是平等的!所以一个人要用平常心来看待自己,接受自己。不要讨厌自己。不要不理自己。你妈生你的时后可不容易啊!不能说不理自己就不理自己!马桶不会因为你屁股比较圆而对你干那回事比较好一点吧!

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Cafe Hopper Reflection on Loving Self…

有时后我也在想:爱自己到底有多难呢?其实爱自己是一件非常难的事!为什么?因为我们往往都对自己的要求比较高。有时后我们对自己的要求既呼是完美的。可是完美又往往只是一种梦想,难以实现。应此我们就会产生对自己的不满,有时还会讨厌自己!所以爱自己的首要关件就是放下对自己的‘不合理’要求,然后在用平常心去看待自己。对自己好一些,你也会对别人好一些。

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Cafe Hopper on a mini Food Trail in Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima)

I walked out of the Alpha Students’ Centre, thinking of just having something simple for the evening. The stall that I normally frequent happened to be closed and I decided to walk down further to a little mini street paradise just at the junction of Soi Sam Sip Gaan Yaan and the main road. Honestly I didn’t want a heavy meal this evening. I ended up having a little feast, hopping from stall to stall. I started with the stall that always display this whole lot of pork trotter, selling pork trotter rice and wanton noodle. I am not a fan of pork trotter so I gave that a skip. I decided to use my sign language to order whatever I think is possible to order. I pointed here and there and the lady seemed to understand what I was trying to order…actually I didn’t even know what ordered. I sat there and while waiting for my food to arrive, I decided to order my favourite som tum again. This time I told her “mai phet” meaning non spicy. Last night I ordered from the same stall with “phet” and trust me it was spicy!!! Miraculously I finished the som tum last night.

My “finger-pointing” food finally arrived. It turned out to be a very decent bowl of wanton noodle with roasted pork on top of it. I must say that I don’t normally enjoy soup-based wanton noodle. This is one that I enjoyed and it was really tasty. The soup is very rich and the ingredients compliment each other very well. The noodle is of the right texture…it doesn’t clog together and you can taste the soup in every strand of noodle. There’s so much of ingredients in it that every mouth of it is great. The som tum this time round tasted much better without “phet”. It’s crunchy and the veggies are very fresh. I thought for a moment that was it for dinner. I decided to walked down to Seven-Eleven to get some snacks for myself. Before I could reach there, I stopped by at this stall that sell all kinds of satay like stuff, like fish balls, fish cakes, fried wanton and etc. I was so tempted…no I was tempted indeed to buy two sticks of it. I actually tried them yesterday and it was really good….so I decided to buy again today. So, since I got this as snacks, I would suppose that’s it. No….it didn’t end with the satay.

Before I could turn into Soi Sam Sip Gaan Yaan, there is this stall that sells dessert. They sell toast like those in toastbox (Singapore). I was tempted again to order a set to try and I did. Trust me….this stall is not inferior to toastbox. The toast is crunchy and with all the spread…mine! This is a perfect dessert after dinner. I was given a little surprise. The stall owner made a pot of tea for me after the dessert…you tell me that’s not value-added service?The tea was just perfect to make you feel less sinful after a heavy meal like this. Guess what? At the end of it, I still headed down to Seven-Eleven to buy a pack of snack just in case I really need it tonight.

Mine! That was really a mini food trail. I think I have tried almost everything along that small stretch. Look at the pictures below and you will know how much I have enjoyed my dinner tonight. Thank God for such a time.

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