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Timeless place for a cup of tea

One downside of living in a city like Bangkok is finding a place to unwind or read that can give me both a homey environment with lots of plants around and the luxury of having a cup of tea. Luckily there’s Agalico that offers Bangkokers the feeling that they’re just in their home’s patio or garden, savoring the serenity of the weekend.

True to its reviews, Agalico indeed feels like being in a Jane Austen book. Although I brought The Great Gatsby when I went there. It has a gazebo near the fountain which I think will be a very nice pre-nuptial shooting location.

Agalico is not just for people who wants to find solitude and escape reality through a good book or for writers who need a place that brings out inspiration and creativity. In other words, people like me. Actually, I think most people go there to enjoy a cup of tea with friends and family. So next time if I get an invitation for meet-ups, I already know where to take my friends.

Its white interior is as breathtaking as the garden outside. It’s a very elegant and classy English-style living room. I was stunned the moment I stepped inside. Agalico has a wide-variety of imported tea to choose from. They also serve scones and cakes.

Unfortunately, Agalico is only open every Friday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. You can reach there by taking the train to Thong Lor station. Take Exit 1 and walk towards Sukhumvit Soi 51. The building is the first at the right side after you enter Soi 51. You can also call them at 02 662 5857 ext 111.

A letter from a mom-to-be to her little angel

This was written by a dear friend who will soon become a mother. Pregnancy is one very special moment in every woman’s life. Even if I’m yet to be one, I know it brings unfathomable joy. But it also comes with mixed emotions especially for those who are bearing a child for the first time. I hope this letter will bring inspiration to other mothers-to-be.

Photo credit: http://www.kandle.ie

Dear my little angel,

How are you inside mommy’s womb? I hope you are doing ok as you develop and grow each and every single day. What you are going through is not easy. Mommy knows that for she is having a hard time too. But don’t worry, mommy has stopped complaining by the time she started hearing your heartbeat. She already embraced the pain and discomfort she might possibly feel while she carries you. Worry and stress has been replaced with excitement and joy.

One time she was so sick she can barely move or stand, all she did is to think of you, wondered how you would be look like. Will you have your daddy’s eyes? or mommy’s smile? She even wondered about the sound of your voice when you cry or when you laugh. And everytime she thinks of all those things she would suddenly feel better. You always make mommy feel better. Just the thought of you my little angel.

Mommy will do anything for you. In fact, she always make sure she takes her medicines on time just for you to be healthy and strong, even if it’s hard for her to swallow them. She already have your name even before you really exist. She already got an idea how to make your room up for your comfort. She wanted to buy things for you like clothes and toys as early as possible. She just don’t know where and how to start. Mommy is just so excited to see you, and daddy too.

Mommy used to be so concious about her body. She doesn’t want to grow big or fat. The thought really scares her so much. But when you came to be the reason of that changes, she embraced it without fear. All because of you baby. Everything is because of you. You are the center of her attention now–her world, her inspiration, her everything.

Though you won’t be able to read this. Maybe you will after how many years. Mommy just want you to know that she loves you very much. The love she has for you is beyond measure, beyond doubt. The kind of love she has for your daddy too.

Be strong there my little angel. We will see each other soon. Mommy can’t wait for that moment to happen.


Always,
Mom

Dalad Vietnamese restaurant for vegetarians in Bangkok

Finding a good place to dine in a city swarmed with restaurants might be a little challenging especially if you are a vegetarian, organizing a get-together that includes vegetarians or simply finding an affordable restaurant with a taste of Asian dish, not crowded and has a cozy ambiance. If you find yourself in this dilemma, fret not for Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant offers you more than these.

Last week I organized a get-together dinner for a former colleague visiting Bangkok. It was my first time to organize a dinner for our group and aside from that, there are two vegetarians and many are health-conscious. And since Sharmila was living in Jordan for over 2 years, I was thinking of having the dinner in a restaurant with Asian cuisine. Finally, I decided to just call and ask her if there is any place she would like to eat before leaving to Jakarta where she will be based in the next couple of years. She chose Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant, and I couldn’t be more happy.

Dalad is a small restaurant in Soi Ari. I recommend you make a booking few days before going to ensure that you get a space. You can call them at (66)2 271 2109 or email at daladvietnamese@hotmail.com.

Since the restaurant is a bit small, it is ideal for a group dinner. This way, your group will be occupying most of the space and it will give you a sense of privacy even if there are a few other customers around.

Dalad exudes a comfy and relaxing ambiance. Their menu offers a wide array of choices and the food are not only super delicious, they are also very affordable. For our group of 12, we only paid 160 Baht each and that includes both food and drinks!