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Merry Christmas From Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Korea, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Wherever you are in the world, this week I want to wish you and yours the best of the holiday season. Welcome to week 307 (22/12/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Who says that Asia doesn’t do Christmas? When I arrived almost 16 years ago, that was the case. These days, throughout Asia, you’ll find beautiful lights and displays celebrating the season. Enjoy a few of the photos that I have taken from Christmas’s past.

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Bangkok’s Emporium knows how to dress for Christmas. The picture perfect trees change colors as the Christmas music plays. With the temps hovering close to 30C you need to pinch yourself to convince yourself that it is Christmas (or at least I do!)

 

Bangkok, All Decked Out for Christmas 1

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Best of Thailand for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Destinations, Hua Hin, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Best of Thailand

Enjoy the best of Thailand for week 305 (07/12/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Since I’m probably not traveling out of the country this winter I decided to do a walk down memory lane this week.  I’ve spent a lot of winters in Thailand over the years and here are a few of my best of Thailand posts from over the years.

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Best of Thailand

Taste of Thailand Food Tours 

From dining on the street to 5-star restaurants food is synonymous with Thailand and each area of the country boasts their specialties. Often the best way to experience the best of Thailand and the great flavors of Thai food is to take a food tour. Taste of Thailand Food Tours offers both full morning and evening tours. I chose the morning and sampled everything from street cart curry puffs and fried bananas to curry made for the royal family. You can drool over the food here.

 

Best of Thailand

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Travel Photo Thursday — December 12, 2013 — Travels from Christmas’s Past

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Bangkok, Featured, Hua Hin, Korea, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Hi, and welcome to Travel Photo Thursday, our 155th episode. I have to be honest, I almost forgot today was Thursday. About two weeks ago I changed hosts, and the complimentary drama free site transfer I was promised was anything but! Hopefully, all that’s history and everything is back to normal. Plans have finally gotten finalized for my Christmas and winter break. I am off to Chiang Mai at the end of next week. I’ll be celebrating the holiday there, and settling in for the winter. That got me thinking of the Christmas’s I’ve spent in Asia over the years. They have been far from traditional, and oh, so memorable. Today I want to share of few favorite shots of Christmas’s past. You won’t see any snow, but there is no doubt it was Christmas!

Hua Hin decked out for the holidays…

Hua Hin, Thailand 2011

Bangkok, dressed for the holiday…

Bangkok, All Decked Out for Christmas 1

Emporium Christmas Tree, Bangkok

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It doesn’t matter where we are for the holiday, Frosty is always with us!

Frosty at the Emporium in Bangkok

He’s so cute!

Frosty Looking Happy in Bangkok

Of course, there is always Hong Kong. The British influence means that Christmas is over the top gorgeous!

Christmas in Hong Kong!

Christmas in Hong Kong!

 

Christmas Hong Kong Style!

Christmas Hong Kong Style!

 

Harbour Front

Harbour Front

And, my adopted city Daejeon, gets into the spirit…

Daejeon Christmas Decorations

Tis The Season!

There are even Christmas decoration shops in Daejeon…

Daejeon Christmas Shop

Daejeon Christmas Shop

 

Last but not least, the beautiful Rudolph, who is 66 years old this Chrismas and he still plays that famous song…

Rudolph

 

Do you travel on the holiday, or stay close to home?

 

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#TPThursday – January 3rd, 2013 – Sunny Times in Hua Hin, Thailand

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Hua Hin, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Welcome to another week of  Travel Photo Thursday, and Happy New Year! I’m still whiling away the hours here on the beach in Hua Hin. The weather has been fantastic, and I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed. I’ll be heading out to Chiang Mai on Friday, where I will spend the rest of the winter hanging out in Chiang Mai, and doing some tripping through Northern Thailand. Besides hanging out and day tripping I’ll be starting at least one major project over the winter. Really way too early to say much more than that, but I’ll be letting the world know as soon as I can 🙂 

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I did manage to move off the beach long enough to get a photo of the sunset at the pier. 

Sunset at the Hua Hin Pier

 

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Then, I set the alarm clock (gasp!) for this morning, so I wouldn’t miss the sunrise at the beach…

 

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Sunrise, Hua Hin Beach

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Sunrise, Hua Hin Beach

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Hua Hin Beach, Early Morning

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Hua Hin’s Thai Cooking Course — Tips, Tricks and Recipes for an Amazing Curry Experience

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Hua Hin, Thailand | 9 comments

Since my friend was grounded from traveling, due to health reasons, I initially decided that I would spend Christmas Day at Hua Hin’s only Thai cooking school. However, that was not to be, since they were totally booked. I did the next best thing, and spent Christmas Eve afternoon learning about and making delicious Thai food.

We began with the curry paste. Impossible to make a good curry without the paste! Below is the recipe for Green and Red (Nam Prik Geang Khew Whan/Pedt).

 

Preparing the ingredients…

Thai Cooking Course Hua Hin

 

The Recipe…

1 Tbls. lemongrass

1 Tbls. galangal

1 Tbls. shallot (remove the skins)

1 Tbls. small Asian garlic (leave the skins on)

1/2 Tbls lime kaffi (only the skin) (You can use dried, if fresh not available)

1 Tsp. salt

ONLY FOR GREEN CURRY PASTE

1 Tbls. fresh green pepper (about 10 corns) (or dried peppercorn)

1 Bunch fresh coriander (use root and leaves) (use coriander seeds, is fresh not available)

1 Pinch/Slice Tumeric (use a pinch of the powder, if fresh not available)

1 Tsp. fresh green chilli

ONLY FOR RED CURRY PASTE

Dried red chilli (small) 7-10 chillies

FOR BOTH PASTES AFTER SMASHING OTHER INGREDIENTS

1 Tbls. Shrimp paste  (A good paste has a minimum 80% dried shrimp, 20% salt; be sure to read the container.)

NOTES:

1. You should use a stone mortar and pestle. (You can use a blender… blend max.  5 minutes and then finish by hand.)

2. Smash in and up and down motion, don’t grind.

Once our paste was perfected we proceeded to the kitchen to create our own Green Curry with Chicken

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Our lovely instructor Beau gives us a demo, before letting us loose with our own wok and saucepan.

Thai Cooking Course Hua Hin

Some of the delicious ingredients…

Thai Cooking Course Hua Hin

 

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And now, the finished product…Yes, it was as phonomenally good as it looks!

Thai Cooking Course Hua Hin

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And now, what you’ve really been waiting for…THE RECIPE…

GREEN CURRY WITH CHICKEN

1 Tbls. of Green Curry Paste (adjust to your own personal taste…less means not so spicy. I put in more, because for me, the spicier the better!)

6.5 Tbls. Coconut Cream

100 gr. chicken (cut in small pieces)

1/2 C. egglpant (cut into small pieces and placee in salt water)

Large, fresh chilli pepper (julienne for decoration)

1 lrg. Kaffir lime leaf (rip into small pieces)

1 Tbls. Fresh Green Pepper (for decoration)

1/2 Tbls. Finger Root (julienne for decoration) (From the ginger family/very mild)

1/2 handful Fresh Basil (pull the leaves off the stem)

1-2 Tbls. Fish sauce (adjust to taste)

1-3 Tbls. White sugar (adjust to taste)

NOTES

1. Better to add a little too much curry paste than not enough.

2. Cook a little longer for softer vegetables.

3. Broccoli stem and carrot are a good substitute for eggplant.

And…Beau shared this tip as well…

If you don’t have fresh coconut cream, take your coconut milk and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes. The cream will rise to the top.

Finally, a lovely group to sample the curry with…

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If you are visiting Hua Hin, and want to learn to cook your own awesome Thai food, book a class from the Thai Cooking Course website.

The class is between 4.5 and 5 hours.

Cost is an affordable 1500TB (approximately $45.00US…Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off; market tour; all ingredients and instruction, water/soft drinks/tea/coffee; and a fabulous cookbook!

Eat lightly before the class, or you won’t be able to finish all of the sinfully delicious  dishes you make. 

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Please note: I was a regular paying customer on this course. I did not recieve any compensation for writing this review.

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This is my final post of 2012. Happy New Year, everyone! See you in 2013!

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#TPThursday — December 27th, 2012 — Hua Hin’s Chatchai Market

Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Hua Hin, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 34 comments

Welcome to another week of  Travel Photo Thursday, and the last one before we ring in 2013. The week has been a pretty lazy one for me, spent mostly on the beach. The one exception was a Christmas eve afternoon Thai cooking class at Hua Hin’s Thai Kitchen Cooking School. Before the cooking began, we needed to buy all of the ingredients. Our first stop was Hua Hin’s Chatchai market. I always love a market tour, and I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite shots.

 

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Chatchai’s seafood section…

Hua Hin's Chatchai Market

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The “Seafood Ladies”…

Hua Hin's Chatchai Market

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Those “OH SO BEAUTIFUL” red Thai chilies…

Hua Hin's Chatchai Market

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Awesome fresh veggies…

Hua Hin's Chatchai Market

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Fresh coconut milk…(nothing from the can here!)

Making Coconut Milk at Hua Hin's Chatchai Market

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On arrival we were greeted by the beautiful resident cat. (Actually, she didn’t move a muscle!)

Resident Cat at Hua Hin's Thai Kitchen Cooking School

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Hua Hin’s Chatchai Market is open daily from 3am to 3pm. Lots of great photo opportunities, along with very fresh food. The market is easy to find in downtown Hua Hin, just off of Soi 72.

Next time, I’ll introduce you to some of the delicious food we learned to make.

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