Food is a wonderful thing. The food experience in Thailand is exotic, exiting and sometimes very surprising. Since the beginning of my mission I have taken off about 10 lbs. Now, I do not attribute this to just eating Thai Food. I think the biggest contributor is that Lois and I exercise every weekday morning. We get up about 5:45 AM and go to the 28th floor where there is a well equipped exercise Room. My machine of choice is the treadmill and Lois prefers the elliptical machine. Lois is also using some of the weight machines.
|Sister Meeker, Chiap, and Chamrat|
Not long after arriving here a local Thai Family invited us to their home to have dinner with them. Brother Chamrat Charoenkhet and his wife Chiap had us over for dinner at their flat. Brother Chamrat is a High Councilor in the Bangkok Stake ( only Stake in Thailand). He has been a member for about 12 years ago. They served us true Thai food most of which he picked up from the market on the way home from work. If you want to see this true Thai eating experience - you can. Chamrat has his very own You Tube Channel and yes you guessed it Lois and I made the grade.
Here is the link to this short video clip: Elder & Sister Meeker eating Thai Style.
|Big smiles on these Sister Missionaries faces about to start eating|
|Queuing up for Food, Note: Sister Meeker in Line|
|Elders and some Sisters sitting in another area - chowing down|
|Sister Meeker in her Christmas Red enjoying Lunch|
|Sister Meeker with the snack and decorating tables all prepared.|
After the luncheon we all took public transportation (above ground rapid trains and then the underground subway) to go to the Asoke Chapel near the office. President Senior conducted a Christmas devotional and then there was more food. The Senior Missionary Sisters and Sister Senior had prepared some snacks. Each Missionary was invited to decorate a sugar cookie or two to eat.
|Missionaries completed with Devotional and about to attack the snacks|
|Lois in her Kitchen|
Probably the two most enjoyable parts about eating in Thailand is the tastes of the Thai Food and the variety of fruits you can get (most of them year round). There is just something about the Thai Style of cooking that I inherently love. I guess because I got to experience Thai food for two years early in my life - I do love Thai Food. I love the hot peppery tastes. Although I have to admit you can get Thai food too hot...... even for me. If it is too hot my eyes will water and my nose will run. But I still love the taste. Lois does a great job of procuring and making our food. Sometimes we will simply eat out or buy a portion of our meal and eat in our condo. Either way I am enjoying the food.
Fruits in Thailand are amazing. We get Bananas off the street vendors about every other day. We keep Papaya, Pomelo, Mango and fresh Pineapple in the house almost constantly. Right now the small pineapples are in season - they are amazingly sweet. Mangostein ("Mankut") will be in season shortly. This is one of my very favorite Thai fruits.
|Elder Meeker, President Senior, Elder Fronberg, server,|
Elder Steiner, Sister Senior, Sister Meeker