I learned about this place called Makro a few days ago. Today I went there. I’m not really sure what I was expecting but I thought it would be like Tesco Lotus or Big C. Instead, it was more like Costco back home. Anyways, inside was really amazing. They have a lot of western food (cheese, wine, salami, pancake syrup!) that other stores do not carry. They also have a lot of Thai items that are also not common in other stores. So this place will probably become my shopping mecca.
Tonight I am eating cheese for the first time in almost 3 months. I got some Gouda. It’s ok but I thought it would be better. Sadly, I am not drinking wine. I was going to buy a bottle but was told I could not purchase it because it was past 5pm even though it was only about 3:30pm. I’m not sure what was going on there.
If anybody was wondering, here is the word for “cheese” in Thai: ชีส. Here’s how to pronounce it:
- ชี – Chaw Chang (elephant), makes “ch” sound. Plus the vowel that makes the same sound as “ee” in see.
- ส – Saw Seua (tiger), make “s” sound.
So it’s looking like this is pronounced “chees”. But wait! Apparently syllables in the Thai language never end with an ‘s’ sound. So a Thai person would pronounce this as “cheet”. And now I know why whenever my teacher says “fish” it sounds more like “fid” or “fit”.
In addition to the cheese, I also got a bottle of Log Cabin maple syrup. I think it cost almost $9! But I’m going to have pancakes tomorrow morning for breakfast and they are going to be delicious.