really boring entry, sorry...
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May 26th, 2006 – by: bede17
Wednesday (??) night was pretty cool, but in a frustrating way! I've now discovered two new things (Serendipity Cafe being the other) in the past week that I wish I had known about for the past 4 months! I found them just in time to leave... oh well. So my big discovery monday night was at the Emporium. I went there after work to run some errands and figured I might as well eat while I was there. I'm normally not a huge fan of the Emporium's food court. Don't get me wrong, it has everything you could ever want, great views, and a great tea place... but nothing ever jumps out at me when I'm there and I can get everything for cheaper at other places. On a side note, one of the few disappointing things about eating here is that I can't find cheap sushi anywhere.I really like salmon sashimi but it's usually the most expensive and you only get two pieces or something. But anyhoo, I was mindlessly ambling through the grocery store, where I have wandered unsuccessfully before, when I came across the frozen fish section. And there, in the bottom of the shelf, were a bunch of salmon like fillet things! And they were even cut up into sushi size pieces and labeled "salmon sashimi." Skeptically I picked one up and checked the price on the back.... less than five dollars! This was an incredible find, but I didn't want to carry around raw fish in my basket while I shopped for other things so I put it back for later. After wandering around for quite a while and getting some other little things I realized that I was so hungry I was about to faint.So I quickly got my tupperware of rice (25 cents) and went back to get my fish. But then I remembered I needed soy sauce! What's sushi without soy sauce? Takeout is their specialty here, they must have packets of soy sauce. So I wait around at the rice counter to ask someone, but she doesn't understand and refers me to another guy who doesn't understand, who runs off to find a girl that finally gets it. "No have," she says, after I try to describe a small packet of soy sauce. But she leads me over to the grocery store aisle and shows me a bottle of soy sauce, and I politely thank her, but seeing as how I about to pass out I don't have a lot of patience at this point. But I figure I will try one last time, so I go to another counter.After asking two other people to help translate, a girl leads me back to where.... oh that's right, the shelf above the one that my sushi was in, and there is a whole BIN of small soy sauce packets. I am elated but too hungry to dawdle and practically run to the checkout counter. After I pay I realize that I have food, but nowhere to eat it. There is no way I will make it back home at this point, but the grocery store hasn't figured out the whole eat in the store idea. There are tables at emporium everywhere, but they all belong to individual restaurants and I doubt they'd look kindly at me pulling up a chair and eating someone elses food. But as I am about to despair I see Starbucks, and realize that I don't have anything to drink with my food.So I quickly order the first things I see on the menu, sit down at a big comfy lounge chair, and proceede to inhale my dinner. Once I had stopped shaking I realized that I must look kind of funny, sitting at Starbucks with plastic containers of fish and rice and shoveling them into my mouth with a spoon. So the point to all of this is that I found my favorite sushi dinner for less than five dollars! I had like ten pieces!! After "dinner" I decided I wanted some dessert and got another plastic container of sticky rice from the woman just outside Starbucks. So I sat back down in my chair and ate my tupperware of sticky rice and sweet sauce until I was full. So it was a delightful evening and I'm going to have to go back for sushi before I leave, and maybe I'll make it out of the building with it this time. On my way home from the BTS station I walked by the auto store that has the little puppy and I was sad that it was closed. But sometimes they let him out to pee at night so I looked to see if the gate was open, and sure enough, there he was sitting there! The gate they have is one of those sliding X ones, so the metal bars in X's get wider or narrower depending on how open or closed it is. I don't know if that made any sense, but basically he was sitting in the store with just his head sticking out into the street because that's the only part of him that would fit through the bars. He just looked so silly with his head sticking out there and his forehead all wrinkled up that I couldn't resist talking a picture of him. But as I stood there and fiddled with my camera he started to get all excited because he wanted to come see me. So I realize that he is starting to wiggle his way through the bars, but I don't want him jumping all over me because I am clean and he is supposed to be at home, so I start sort of running down the sidewalk away from him. But he's too fast and I am halfway down the sidewalk when he catches up, and I turn around to see all of the people at the bus stop and walking by staring at me running from this little dog. Even the dog that is always sleeping got up and started runnng after is in the commotion. But he is just so happy to see me and is wagging his tail and his whole body is shaking and I can't resist giving him a few pets before shooing him away back home. But anyways, this was my night and I had to write a lot about it because I really don't have much else to add. I've spent the last couple days at work.... oiling!! We finished the forward bunk areas and have a few more minutes work for the salon in the am but for the most part everything is done except for the charthouse. This morning Boomer wanted to test out the CD player in the salon but I was the only one with a CD at the yard, so in went my "green music" that I had bought to try to help me sleep better. It's a bunch of instrumental piano tracks and the green part comes from the first ten seconds where there is a sound clip of birds in a garden. It's quite cheesy but relaxing and we listened to it while oiling a couple times and it made the time pass faster. So tomorrow will be more oiling I'm sure, but it will be weird because it's my last day at work. I have to make sure to say bye to the paint girls and some of the other workes and get some last pictures taken. I can't believe that it's all almost over..... but I still have 4 full days here and I'm going to stay busy doing things!! Right now I am at Au Bon Pain just up the street on Thong Lo. I got my favorite sandwich for dinner and have been sitting outside at a table close to the street working on my computer and people watching. When I got here around 7:30 I was almost the only one here, but apparently it's the place to be on a friday night because now it is packed. It's really quite fun, there is a big fountain that drowns out some of the street noise but I kind of feel like I'm in the middle of Bangkok life and watching it go by is really interesting. My computer battery is about to die though so it's back to the apartment for me!
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