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This is one of the most fulfilling and satisfying topics I have written.
I just came back from a two-night trip in Prague this morning (excluding two nights on buses back and forth.)
Last spring, I went to Prague for 3 days 2 nights (alone.) Those days were all sunny. I was super lucky. So, pretty much I had already appreciated the city a lot.
This time, I did not expect anything except friends and food. Since, I would be coming from Switzerland where I consume what I cook.
The first place we went was Cafe Imperial, a classy cafe with an upscale vibe & decorated with elaborately carved walls & an art nouveau finish. That’s what Google says.
The place is pretty nice. I enjoy its architecture a lot. (even a trip to Louvre was because of architecture 80% pieces of art 20%) It is inside a hotel with the same name and owned by a chef who is very well-known in Czech Republic.
We, without thinking too much, ordered “breakfast buffet” for about CZK 3-400 per person with one special hot drink and the rest was buffet (including that sparkling drink in the glass.)
For a person who eats many small meals per day, any buffets in the world would not worth. For a person who consumes a lot each meal, this would be a nice way to start your powerful day.
Then, we went to a hotel for an early check-in that I really appreciated after a long bus ride without bending my seat.
We go to Prague to eat Czech food right, not Asian food. So, my the dinner was at Kolkovna , a spacious czech-styled restaurant that was packed with people.
Old Czech KOLKOVNA platter 900 g (CZK 329) was what we ordered which was pretty smart (at least for me since I love to try a little bit of this and that.) Also, I really like Kulajda, traditional Czech soup with poached egg and other stuff. Apart from that, we couldn’t help but ordered french fries and, of course, some glasses of Pilsner Urquell (CZK 49 for 0.5L)
Then, a cup of take-away tea latte from Starbucks that did not make its way to this post and be gone along Charles Bridge towards the Lennon Wall.
The next day, we started off with some burgers and fries (and white wine for me since it was cheap) at Bezjment.
It was delicious. I apparently ordered hot/spicy stuff, Hell Burger (jalapeños, caramelized red onion, smoked bacon – three main things I had been looking forward to eat for a while.) I was pretty satisfied with my raw-to-medium meat.
After walking around the tower for a view for a while, I needed to sit down.. and now with hot wine.
Those pretzels look like they were left on the table for free but they were not.
And, a trip at friend’s city would not be completed without a home-cooked meal like spaghetti (from Grandma’s Italy trip), store-bought bolognese sauce, grated thing, and chili!
The next meal, I went to Cafe Louvre around 2-3PM but still had to wait in a line. The above plate looks so small because I asked for a half portion. So, in the whole picture (Svíčková with a small beer) was CZK 150.
While I was on the way back to my hotel from the old town, I needed to work a bit. So, I’d found this cafe on the Map. From the name, I should had recognized the food style. I had strawberry pie (with cinnamon scent that I like) with a cup of tea.
The staff was very very nice. The seat was comfortable. The ambience was cozy.
That was about it for my 2018 Prague Trip.
Then here is the list of places I had been last year. Of course I would not remember the details 😛
I believe I ordered french toast with some fruits, hot chocolate AND veternik (the left thing in the photo that I could not wait to taste the cream.) I like the high ceiling. Cafe Savoy was kinda like Cafe Imperial in the morning except that it is on the other side of the river.
Nase Maso was a butcher place. So, the menu was limited. I ordered the cheapest thing I guess, I did not even know how it would come out. It was good. The guy next to me had burger which looks very good as well.
Inside the place was so jammed and if you come during the lunch time then, just like I did, you have to wait for a bit.
I don’t know which meal should I put for Sisters. I went right after Nase Maso to grab the open-faced sandwich(?) to take away for my picnic plan.
I just picked what looks yummy.
When I don’t know where to go, I searched for farmer’s market. Here I’ve found Kaiser Franz to get my hands dirty on another burger in the city that you’d have to pay for the toilet 😛
This post is quite long with food photos already. I have not covered everything I have eaten there which is fine hahaha.
Next time, I hope to update on some trips.
we also went to check out the IHOP, the pancake place, that just opened in Siam Paragon. We tried pancake, crepe, waffle. I would say that you should just go for the fluffy pancake!
I almost forgot the dinner we had..Tom yam noodle with eggs
I don’t think so.
I have participated in FGIs, Focus Group Interviews, as both an owner of projects and an attendant.
The recent one was yesterday. My company is doing an FGI for an internal training program for our local office. I did not know how did they pick participants but it turned out I was one of the 12 of our company of around 200 employees.
Since I knew it should be about training programs, so I prepared a little bit for what skills I would like my team or my coworkers to possess and what would be great for our environment and our company as a whole. I listed out in a separate note though.
Of course they are mainly hard and soft skills. Most of the time people would think that we lack only soft skills. But I would say to an extent, one might unfortunately lack of hard skills…even with numerous years of working experiences in the same industry.
Anyway, the leader of the focus group asked only about soft skills though. I then realized the future training program would be a lot about those soft skills which in the past were specifically for the leads’ training sessions. So, each different teams will need to continue coaching on hard skills to our team members by ourselves even for the fundamentals.
Whats were we being asked:
– Teamwork: Why our team succeeds? Why our team fails? What make it so?
– Conflict management: What we do when we have conflicts or difficulties working with others?
– International diversity: What are our experiences working with the diverse office? Positives and negatives.
– Communication: What is constructive communication? What is influential/persuasive communicaion?
– Employee loyalty: How to make employee be loyal to the company?
These questions are actually included in many job interview sessions and, of course, MBA admission applications.
So, let’s see what would the result be. I’ll come back and update after I get an update.
我先说第一吧。关于我的看法。来北京以前我不喜欢中国，中国人，和汉语。都不喜欢。可以说，我对中国有偏见。我不看不听有关中国的新闻。不知道为什么。我知道我是一个没有原因的人，所以我想改变那个不好的看法。 还有我想住在我不太喜欢的地方，我知道终于我应该改变我的感觉 。
第三， 现在中国经济和世界经济关系很紧。 如果你想知道现在世界经济怎么样？那知道中国经济是免不了的。既然有的人说中国的 生产总值不是真正的，但是我觉得那是不应忽视的。 不知何故, 现在我喜欢 共产主义。面试工作的时候，我说我希望泰国也是这样。因为在中国，当总统以前，有系统。
第一原因，我的看法变了，我在北京大概六七个月了， 我还觉得学习汉语不太容易，但是我越来越喜欢汉字，对它有感兴趣，因为除了汉字，别的字 不能表示这么多意思。我的意思是只有两个字，就明白了，就够了，譬如，饮食，英文是 food and drink。这么长啊。那样的。
What's it like to study Chinese at Tsinghua University? by Pitchaya Tun
Answer by Pitchaya Tun:
So my answer is "It depends."
It depends on
1 which level you take – different materials and kinds of classes
2 what class (of that level) you were assigned to – different teachera
I studied at ICLCC (Tsinghua University International Chinese Language and Culture Center) for one semester and two months.
I was in a 'Beginner I' class for my first semester here, then I was in an 'Intermediate I' class for the next semester.
As far as I know, the levels start from Beginner I, then Beginner II, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, the rest is probably Advanced I and II, I'm not quite sure.
Classes and Subjects:
The maximum number of students in my levels are 20. (The afternoon session is less crowded than this, since many students want to take a morning class)
The Beginner I class has 3 subjects: General (or grammar), Speaking, and Listening.
The Intermediate I class has 4 subjects: General, Speaking, Listening, Reading.
I like the grammar class the most because I think I gained a lot from those classes. Most likely due to weekly dictations, homeworks, and quizzes.
While I think the class size were too big for the speaking sessions, so we would be divided in to pairs or small groups for practicing or discussing about topics. Of course it cannot be like one-on-one study that you have the whole opportunity to talk with a teacher and get he or she corrects your mistakes.
The materials used for the beginner level were all kinds of things that can make you get used to or make you like Chinese language, such as textbooks, audio CD, flashcards, songs, slides, etc.
On the other hand, they assume students who take an intermediate class would have some kind of idea what Chinese language is like and how to keep pace on stydying, so the material is sole textbook (and you can also count audio CD for listening class). Since the book for Reading class is difficult, the teacher provides us an extra sheet of each topic for us.