Here’s Ahmed. Ahmed is from Cairo, Egypt. He is a banker. On his almost-ten-day vacation, he came to visit Thailand for the first time. He had been in Bangkok for about a week. He went to a lot of places, mostly shopping center, for instance MBK, Siam Square, Siam Paragon, and Terminal 21. He liked walking around and taking photos and videos, therefore during the day he was in Bangkok he walked around and took bunch of videos of Bangkok in his perspective.
He has been to a few countries because his work gave him a little time for vacation. He has been to the western part of Egypt and dressed up like muslim, covering his head with clothes. So I asked if the people in the city, Cairo are dressed up like this as well. He said the people just dressed normally, like normal people. Then I recognize the culture difference even in the same country, just like in Thailand.
Another thing that Ahmed loved to do is dancing. He went to dancing classes back in Egypt. He enjoyed dancing very much. So he showed me his hip-pop dancing videos. He looked very energetic and yeah he was pretty good at it.
At daytime he went out to take pictures and videos, while at nighttime he went out for dancing in the club. Just dancing. No drinking. Because he said dancing alone already made him happy and high. He did not need alcohol to have fun. It is his way of thinking, which I think it is pretty intriguing. Just dance without alcohol. How one could imagine that! Plus he went to the club three days straight because Nana is full of clubs and nightlife here never sleeps.
In his hand was a book called The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. He told me this book is a recommendation. There is a quote about the book, interesting one, that goes, “And when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” and “People are capable at any time, in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
So I asked him about his dream he wanted to pursue. His dream was to be a Hollywood star and he was making Youtube videos about travelling. He believed he would be a star one day and he was working on it. That was the great ambition that one is supposed to have. I admired him a lot on his passion. And part of his passion came from the idea of The Alchemist.
When asking him about Hom hostel, he said it was an amazing place to stay. It was unbelievable for him to look up for a hostel online that has a good rating and it turned out much more amazing than he thought. He felt that this hostel made him feeling like home. There is a large kitchen to cook and cooking demo everyday. Even there is cooking class if one wants to make an authentic Thai dish. The bed is also very huge and comfortable for him. He also liked the living room where he could play guitar, board games, or just make friends with someone. What’s more, he loved Hom’s garden because he loved to cook sometimes and our hostel grow a variety kind of herbs and vegetables in our beautiful large garden. He said it would be great to collect the growing herbs and veggies in the garden and just cook with it right away in the kitchen. Such a terrific idea!
Ahmed incidentally appeared at the cooking demo that day. At first when asking him to join the cooking demo, he was hesitating but finally said yes. On that day the chef made noodle with fish curry sauce (Kanom Jeen Nam Ya.) The chef mixed the curry paste by putting together all the herbs, using brick and mortar. The outcome of the mixture was very aromatic. Ahmed liked its smell so much.
The noodle with fish curry sauce is made from Thai noodle and curry paste with coconut milk. Ahmed was afraid to have a taste at the first place because he saw the chef put a lot of chilli in the paste and also it looked spicy. However, he was tempted by the smell so he tasted it. The funny thing is, he tried to use the chopsticks for the first time. It was pretty hard for one who never touch the chopsticks. So the chef taught him to use it with three fingers. He little by little but eagerly learned how to use them. Then he could get some of the noodle out of the dish. Still it mostly slipped.
He really enjoyed the experience of tasting the aromatic dish!
Until we meet again,
Your HOM family