It has been almost 7 years since that maiden voyage of my famous screaming pink suitcase. It has served me well, being my trusty travel companion in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Bangkok Thailand, Hong Kong, and Dubai (and back again – twice). It bravely rolled into these destinations half-filled with basic clothes, shoes and toiletries and always managed to come home bursting at the seams with souvenirs ranging from authentic designer knock-offs to salt & pepper shakers and, of course, food…lots of food for the food loving family.
Alas, ye olde trusty suitcase’s locks and handles have given up from the wear and tear of travels through the years. Now, it is time to lay it to rest. But all goodbyes are signals of beginnings. So as I say goodbye to my fuchsia pink suitcase, I say a chirpy “Why hello there!” to a brand new pink suitcase 😉 Old habits die hard, my friends.
Am I going anywhere soon? The Husband and my good friends asked upon knowing that I purchased a brand new suitcase. Well, I honestly hope so. Okay, keeping the faith, I know and believe I will go somewhere soon…very soon.
I still have a lot of countries to visit in my list, including countries near my homeland like Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand (again please!), Malaysia (again too!), Vietnam and Taiwan. I have dreamt of eating through those countries for far too long. Sigh. But for now, the travel itchy feet is tied down to this country, so the farthest I can travel with my new pink luggage is to the Southeast Asian restaurant next door, Chimes.
I wheeled in my grumbling stomach and the sparkling new pink suitcase (I just came from the mall where I bought the suitcase. What were you thinking?!?), then ordered a 22 AED lunch box special, a favorite of mine, the Nasi Goreng: hearty Indonesian fried rice. It’s just one of those dishes that hit the spot: slightly oily, spicy, salty, sweet, moist and crunchy.
Unfortunately, their Nasi Goreng failed to transport me to Indonesia as I imagined it would. It lacked the power packed punch of heat. I think they removed the heat altogether because the servers saw I was Filipino, who typical shies away from spice. But I’m the different kind of Filipino, who welcomes the heat with open arms and hugs it tight, never letting go. Hence, I still had to splash Tabasco sauce, which is the only source of heat in our wee pantry, all over the Nasi Goreng to give it the heat it deserves.
But, nevertheless, I got my new pink suitcase anyway. So maybe I’m Indonesia bound soon? Here’s to positive travel thoughts!
Seven Sands Hotel Apartments
Al Barsha 1, Dubai UAE
P.S. 22 AED lunch box specials available for lunch delivery and take away only. You can choose among a number of dishes including Pad Thai (though I wouldn’t recommend this), green curry fried rice with chicken and fried egg, fish in black bean sauce, singaporean noodles, beef massaman curry and, of course, Nasi Goreng with chicken satay and fried egg.