Somtam: No Pain, No Gain! (bahasa)

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Alhamdulillah. Akhirnya gugusan kata meluncur lagi, yang pertama di bulan Oktober ini. Menulis menjadi macet setengah bulan terakhir. Minggu lalu, dua orang ‘Jenderal’ Samudera melawat ke Bangkok dan tentu saja sambutan harus dipersiapkan dengan matang jauh-jauh hari. Tak ada hari yang terlewat tanpa membuka dan memperbaiki file presentasi.  ‘Gangguan’ lain adalah Tiga Cangkir Teh-nya Greg Mortenson. Kisahnya – yang nyata yang ditulis bersama  rekan jurnalisnya, David Oliver Relin – sungguh kuat hingga membuat saya lekat di halaman-halamannya di waktu senggang yang biasa saya pakai untuk mencuci baju, memasak tomyam, atau sekedar memandangi foto-foto jenius di majalah National Geographic. More

Khao Yai – Keluarga Landak (bagian 1/3)

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Erawan memang air terjun tercantik yang pernah saya lihat. Kaen Krachan National Park memberi pemandangan bentang lautan kabut pagi yang spektakuler. Tapi sejauh ini, menurut saya, ini lah tempat paling berkesan di Thailand bagi saya sejauh ini: Khao Yai National Park. Hampir selalu ada kejutan selama saya berjalan di salah satu trail natural taman nasional terbesar Thailand ini. Dan yang terbaik dari semua, di sinilah tempat saya melihat dari dekat ragam spesies binatang di alam liar lebih banyak dari dua National Park lain yang pernah saya kunjungi di negara ini. More

Halal Survival Foods in Bangkok/Thailand (Part 1)

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Arriving at Bangkok one midnight last October 2009, one of my biggest challenges was food. I really had no idea whether I would easily find halal foods in my neighborhood later. Just the next morning, when I walked down the street, I found that many, if not most, of Thai street menus consisted of pork (in Thai, it is muu – read a bit long with rising tone), similarly in their mall food courts and restaurants. It is so fortunate that many ready-to-eat fruits were sold in almost every corner of the roads. Fruit was really my survival food at that time. But as a fruit lover, I did not mind at all. Besides, there is also a Burmese Muslim pancake seller near where I am currently staying. However, about a month later I could already alternate my meals/snack even better with more options. What options are they? Well, that’s today’s focus. We are going to discuss about considerably halal street foods, which, I imagine, can be helpful for Muslims who are newbies at Bangkok (and Thailand). I call it as: halal survival food for first timer in Thailand :-).

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