A Dubai man
when I was living in Bangkok, Thailand, There was a man from Dubai who happened to be approached in a department store and became a friend.
He was very friendly and cheerful and always asked me and my friends “Are you happy?” as if he was in the habit of saying, and he often concerned about the mood of the person he was spending time with.
The man, who is probably already in his fifties, said, “I have lived a life without a wife and children, so I consider the people I’ve met in various countries as my own family.” He muttered as if to drown his loneliness that he secretly carries somewhere in his heart, “You are also my family, ok? When you in trouble, I’ll help you anytime!” And he looked straight into my eyes and squeezed my hand tightly.
I am sure that in this wide world, there must be a star-studded number of rich men like him, but I wonder how many of them lead lives that are spiritually fulfilling and truly happy.
Even the man who has a castle-like mansion in Dubai, with a huge indoor pool and gold decorations throughout the interior, seems to be struggling to fill his pile of “loneliness,” as he puts it.
Lebanese Food in Bangkok
One day I was invited to dinner by my Dubai friend and his Thai friend, and the three of us were going out for dinner. At his request, we were to go to a reputable Lebanese restaurant in Bangkok that day, and as the sun was gradually setting and the night was coming in, we boarded the tuk-tuk and left.
The three-wheeled “tuk-tuks” are very popular in Thailand’s tourism, and if you live in Bangkok, you have very few opportunities to ride them, but they are the perfect way to enjoy the atmosphere of the city. Most of the tuk-tuk drivers are rough, and when they realize that the other party is a tourist, they splendidly spray you with a fare, so the ride is not comfortable, but it will be a rather wild and valuable experience that is typical of Bangkok.
The tuk-tuk was swinging wildly, and we were finally heading out into the neon-lit nighttime streets of Bangkok.
Thus, we arrived at Nana area, the famous entertainment district in Bangkok.
There are exotic areas such as the “Indian Area” and the “Arab Area”, which are mainly made up of migrants, tourists, and migrant workers to Bangkok. It was supposed to be full of Thai a while ago, but once you step into these areas, you could feel that likes you are not in Thailand. The store signage, the language used, the language of the people coming and going, and even their clothes changed in an instant, and in fact, the people I met here were from Turkey, Egypt, Oman, and Syria. Immigration issues aside, one of the major attractions of Bangkok, Thailand is that you can feel so many different cultures in one city.
Then we got off the tuk-tuk at this main street in the Arab area of Nana and headed for a Lebanese restaurant called “Bamboo”. Not only was this my first experience with “Lebanese” food, but the dark, mysterious, slightly unsafe atmosphere of the popular restaurant gave me a huge adrenaline rush. This is the perfect place for my eccentric tastes, which tend to get excited and excited whenever I visit suspicious and slightly dangerous places around the world.
As we sat down at the table we were led to, leaving everything on the menu to our Middle Eastern friend from Dubai, who I was sure had given his seal of approval, the Lebanese dishes arrived one after the other on large, boldly presented plates.
Lentil soup with chickpea paste in houmous, copious amounts of pita bread, and a slightly spicy kebab of generous size. Lebanese cuisine seems to use sesame seeds, lemons, olive oil, and yogurt more often than others, and it seems that vegetable dishes are more developed than meat dishes due to religion, so even though I’m not a big fan of heavy dishes, I was very satisfied with the variety of Lebanese food I was able to enjoy.
“Food culture” is a very profound and interesting thing, and even if you can’t actually go to the place, you can experience the culture, philosophy, and historical background of the country by seeing, knowing, and eating a meal born of its unique culture.