So having had it made and delivered to our camp we decided to give it a christening this lunchtime. Ronald again took charge of the cooking while the rest of us mucked in with the supply of beer, soft drinks and generally getting things set up. We also seemed to be constantly in the way of the cooking!
What did we have? Fresh fish, Bonito and some snapper. Also squid and a couple of pork dishes and of course the old standby favourites of Chicken and Sausagges. All washed down with a few cold beers. It was quite a collection of people as well. Filipino, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Brits and all enjoying. No ladies which was a pity as they always bring an added something to such events. But not to be. So I can tell you all the salads and extras came from the canteen!!!!!
The highlight for me was the abundant supply of proper chilies. To date, all we've had in the canteen are large chillies that really have no taste but just look the part. So for me a good start to the meal. Ronald, Arnold and Roderick are Filipino
and were keen to strut their stuff and impressed us by producing some excellent 'home' foods. We had some Sisi, which is best described as being basically ground pork with spices. Very tasty. There was also a stew which was good but not dissimilar to something I might have cooked. Basically a not so hot pork stew without lots of Filipino spices. Stuffed squid and several sauces.
I was really enjoying myself but a little uncomfortable. Almost like I was there under false pretence. Unknown to all the others sitting with me, and indeed to you as a reader!!! I had, earlier in the week given my notice and plan to be gone before next weekend. Therefore it was a bit strange to be sitting amongst everyone talking about the next Bar Ba Q.
I'd decided to leave this place and my current employment. Basically I have a chance to go to Australia and take Wanna with me. So really not much of a choice.
I just said, I gave notice a few days back. Can you believe I only have to give one weeks notice. I think it was considered from the company as a good idea so they could get rid of 'undesirables' at short notice. They have used this approach to their advantage on several occasions already, two guys that I know off. So I also realize it works both ways. Now its my turn to go, and within 7 days! But then having tendered my resignation they ask me to stay on for a few days extra! Seems a bit illogical to me. Still whats few days if it helps out, promotes good will and I get paid....
What next you ask? Well I'll be adding a couple of additional blogs in UAE before I go. Then a lot of new ones covering life back in Thailand for a week or so before onwards to Australia. Just reading over this I realize there are probably a lot of Bar B Q stories to follow from the land of Oz!!!