The Royal Lunch Break

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Monday lunch with Laksa, Japanese tofu, Thai lemongrass chicken, broccoli and rice

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Why am I so compelled to take photos of my food? I don’t know. It is like the prelude to eating — an appetizer to all my meals.

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Laksa

I love my work as an actor on Marco Polo, especially when I am doing a scene that I can sink my teeth into or when the lighting is particularly flattering to my face.  But truth be told, the thing that I’ve enjoyed the most since my arrival on location in Malaysia is lunch break.  What could be better than getting out of the muggy heat, stepping into the cool dressing room to see a tray of delicious food waiting for me on my table?  I would fling off layers of costume in a matter of seconds and run to the food with my camera.  I would pretend that I am having room service in my bathrobe in a five-star hotel.  During the short respite from that organized chaos called a movie set, I feel relaxed and peaceful.

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The off duty royals riding a buggy to lunch

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Today’s pan-Asian flavored lunch

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Northern Indian Chicken kema

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Pomelo pomegranate salad with Vietnamese dressing

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Prawns with salted duck egg yolk

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Tofu with gingko nuts and shiitake mushrooms

With more than 700 people working on the show, the set is a crowded place and for me, lunch hour is a perfect time to have solitude.  Sometimes, I read a little.  Sometimes, I just stare out the window.  Other times, I FaceTime my family in California while I eat. 

Lei Cha

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Of course I don’t get the “royal treatment” all the time, but even a sandwich on a park bench can turn into a beautiful and meaningful moment in life if we decide to make it so.  I remind myself that life is short and we live only once.  Enjoy your lunch breaks wherever you are!

5 thoughts on “The Royal Lunch Break

  1. Now I know what’s missing from my life as a teacher–the Royal lunch break, a dressing room, a golf cart to take me to class and, well, Malaysia.

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