New Year 

  
Where does the river flows

In the streams of time and space

Seasons come and seasons go

Just to meet again the next day!

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Cafe Hopper at Chinatown, Singapore

I decided to take a walk down the old lanes and corners of Chinatown in Singapore yesterday. I love walking through the stalls and shophouses along all the avenues, Smith Street, Pagoda Street, Kreta Ayer Street and more! Took lots of photos as I walked through the many people and the braving the hot sun. But I think it’s worth the effort as I captured some interesting angles and corners of the area. Here are some of my works from yesterday….of course I didn’t forget to hop into some cafes along the way. I have written about The Lokal…next on line will be Roosevelt Diner and Bar.

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Cafe Hopper Review: Vanilla Bakeshop @ Ekkamai Soi 12, Bangkok

This was an arduous walk! I dragged my travel mate along with me early in the morning for breakfast. I have always wanted to visit the Bakeshop but didn’t really figure out its exact location. Eventually I found out that it’s along the same Tanon (main road in Thai) but much further down the road. Yes… Really much much further down the road! I knew that my travel mate was getting a little bit tired but my wanting to look for this cafe was stronger! Eventually we found and I was all so excited to see the signature wall mural that so many have taken photo with…. We quickly settled down with a seat and got my travel mate to take a cool pic of me with the mural on the wall….

The Bakeshop serves mainly western bakery and pastries. They were awesome both in terms of their presentation and taste! We both enjoyed our breakfast there and we’ll certainly it was a good rest after all the walking and searching. Oh yah… I felt a little bad about this so decided to buy him breakfast for that morning! Yup, the Bakeshop can be a little pricy…. So bring a bit more baht to pay for more good stuff!

I will certainly take the long walk again to visit this place… Or perhaps I will take a cab. There is also another cafe just next to it … More of a Japanese style kind! So certainly will be worth the trip cos one trip two cafes Huh!

Yes, and Merry Christmas to all my readers and a blessed New Year!

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Cafe Hopper Review: Ink and Lion Cafe @ Ekkamai Soi 2, Bangkok

Wow…it’s been a while since I posted on my blog! Well, was busy with many other stuff and finally squeeze out some time during my recent work trip to Korat and Bangkok! I felt so at home when I was in Thailand and really planning for my next cafe-cation or food stood this coming March. When I told my sister that I am planning to go back to Bangkok again…she was like “huh!” Hahahaha….

Okay, this time round is a cafe with an interesting name, Ink and Lion Cafe! Not too sure why that name but it certain has the feel of Chronicles of Narnia. Perhaps it has to do with the lion, Aslan? Nah, that’s just my wild guesses! I went there with a friend and we wanted to grab a slow breakfast there but unfortunately they don’t really serve breakfast there! I decided to order a piece of coconut cheese cake and my usual latte! I love the coconut cheese cake and I love the size of it even more! It’s probably about 1/3 of the size of a normal slice of cake and thus, it’s really a good mini bite for a morning! The coffee was good and most importantly, the cafe give customer a very cosy and comfy feeling! My friend and I actually sat there for almost the whole morning…he was doing his work and I was just chilling out!

The best part of it is that ye of us… Or perhaps just me had a load of fun role playing and posing emo in the cafe! I simply love my experience here. The cafe is tucked in Ekkamai Soi 2… Not exactly far from the BTS Ekkamai! If you happen to be shopping in Bangkok…go visit Ink and Lion and it’s certainly a good place to just rest your legs before heading for more shopping spree!

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Cafe Hopper on Special Task Part 2

Right now I am taking my Christmas leave from the works in Korat. Although I was only in Korat for a few days but I have experienced much of the work there. I know that the work in Korat is extensive and I really respect people like Kim Yien and Pastor Dickson and the rest of the team for holding the fort there. I saw everyone so eager to do God’s work and they all contributed in so many ways big or small just to share the gospel with the community. Really a beautiful bunch of people.

After a few days there in Korat, I am having a clearer picture of my role there. I thank God for showing me clearer what I am suppose to do in Korat. I thank God for the people that I met in Korat, both locals and friends from Singapore. I am thankful to God for Mark and Angela for also ministering to me by praying for me before I leave for Bangkok for my Christmas break. They have been a tremendous blessing to me and I am sure to the people at Alpha.

So what did I do in Korat for the past few days. Honestly, The things that I am doing is only such a small fraction of what the whole team in Korat is doing. Basically for the past few days, I have been going for one Christmas event to another Christmas…and all these events are organized with just one purpose – that is so that the people can hear the gospel. For the past few days, I have been following them from Christmas party to caroling…then the Christmas service on Sunday. We also go to members house to pray and bless them. Then it was meeting at the university and at Boonwattana. The meetings were basically our way of building bridges to the various schools and institutions. Its been very exciting and I pray for God to bless the works of our hands. Unless the Lord build the house, the laborer would labour in vain.

Well, at night I am usually all by myself in the house of God. I live in the church and I will be living there for the second round when I am in Korat. Its simply amazing because this is really a dream come true. I always wanted to be a gatekeeper in the house of God and there you go…I am a gatekeeper for the past few days. At night I would do some housekeeping by washing my clothes and hanging them up. I would also iron my clothes so that I can look presentable at times in the ministry. I find worship in doing all of these. They are not chores but a worship unto the Lord. Sometimes I would help mop the floor of Alpha Cafe, which is at the first floor. I also helped to tidy up the place to make sure that the place is ready the next day.

Once all of those things are done, I will go to the Lord in prayer using the Book of Common Prayer. This is really my personal time with God and it has been most wonderful standing before Him and to worship Him; to give thanks to Him the day’s works. I do the same in the morning. I pray the Morning Prayer and offer the day to God and to His work in Korat.

For now, Merry Christmas to all my readers and May the Lord richly bless you!

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