Wednesday, September 27, 2006

BANGKOK (DAY 2)



Breakfast at Cool Chili

We had our breakfast at 9.30am (local time) at the apartment’s restaurant called Cool Chili.



Nice restaurant




Photo-taking session after breakfast. The breakfast was really nice.


Erawan Shrine (Four Face Buddha)

In a brand new day, we decided to go to Erawan Shrine (Four Face Buddha) which was renowned for its unbelievable efficacy. It was a sunny day. Siaw Chuen, Siok Leng and me just took photos around while waiting for the 3 big guys to pray.

I can tell you that the “Fat 3” are extremely sincere in worshipping Four Face Buddha especially my boss.



Make a wish, I’ve brought the Four Face Buddha back to you all! Hurry up, close your eyes to make a wish.






Elephants are sacred and holy in Thailand. People that have successfully reached their wishes after praying in temples will buy a man-made elephant to “return wish” to show their thankfulness and gratitude to the particular Buddha.

Gaysorn

After worshipping Four Face Buddha, we crossed the road and entered Gaysorn, a high-end shopping complex as requested by the Head of Finance. For me, this place was a forbidden shopping complex because the prices were as high as the hair on a cat’s back. My mood was extremely dull until I didn’t want to take photos. Siaw Chuen couldn’t wait to leave this “hell-end” complex. We planned to head towards our pre-planned destination- Pratunam Grament Market if Head of Finance wanted to stay here.

This is the biggest disadvantage if you join company trip. No suggestion, no objection and no decision.

Pang always stood at my side and he voiced out our plan to the Head of Finance. Then only we could exit Gaysorn and walk towards our destination. (I would kidnap the Head of Finance if he wanted to put us in Gaysorn)

Pratunam


I’m now at Pratunam area…. the shopping heaven for me.

There were many stalls along the road from Gaysorn to Pratunam. Although the weather was hot, but I was exhilarated by the number of stalls and the quality items they sold. I bought some souvenirs at the stalls for my “pig-gang-dog-friends”.

Since Bangkok’s shopping was mainly for girls, the Fat-3 decided to go for body massage to relieve their tiredness. Hurray! No more disturbances from them and we could concentrate to be a shopaholic.

We decided to narrow our focus area to an air-conditioned wholesale market called Pratunam Market. (You see, I’m not greedy one)

Get ready and GO!

3 hours starting at 3pm.




This vast bazaar is packed with countless stalls and peddlers selling numerous kinds of goods.

It is an ideal place to buy fabrics and ready-to-wear clothes at low prices.

Because it’s a wholesale market, we saw many customers buying in bulk. The vendor normally quoted the wholesale price for a minimum 3pcs or 4pcs. All the skirts were sold at 190 Baht for one and wholesale price was 150 Baht for a minimum of 3 pcs. I was too excited and energized even though we still haven’t had lunch. (But I think my purse should be hungrier than me)




There were not many stalls that sold shirts. Most of them were selling either pants, dresses or skirts. There were too many choices until we lost our direction.

“Shopping is everything and it’s greater than Sky!”

Time passed too fast and we spent 3 hours here but just walked around at the first and second floor. We had to sacrifice 3rd floor, 4th floor & 5th floor.

I think this is the nicest market here coz it’s comfortable, vendors are polite, garments’ quality are extremely good and most important is you no need to waste your saliva to bargain. They sell at unbeatable low price until you won’t stop yourself from buying.

No photo-taking session cos we were 100% shopping-committed!

We wanted to stay and shop more but the Fat 3 kept chasing us to meet with them at Platinum shopping complex opposite Pratunam Market.

Platinum

I was so surprised when I entered Platinum. Holy Cow! It was a wholesale market too. Wow! I almost got crazy. But my stomach made noise to protest.



I like the pink dress at the left. 370 Baht for one, retail price is just 180 Baht (Minimum 3 pcs). ^o^


Stiletto heels and round-toe heels. I wanna borrow money from Head of Finance as the shopping world here is too attractive!

My toes were tired after the shopping marathon. No more energy to find good restaurants nearby. I knew gastric was going to attack me soon. So we just cured our hunger at the food court.

Lunch at Platinum



The clinic’s name…. “The First Shark Fin”




Medicine prescribed (1)- Bird nest with ginseng (No ginseng under witness of 4 pairs of eyes + your eyes. Ginseng your ass!)



Medicine prescribed (2)- Dim Sumsssss… Drooling



Medicine prescribed (3)- Lemon Grass Spa Drink. Spa Drink? I scare I get poisoned!
Let me tell you the taste. It’s exactly same with the aroma of essential oil used for SPA. Weird!


They look gleeful but why don’t Yee comb his hair after the massage?


Pang, you need to do more exercise to keep your tummy in shape…..


After having “lunch” at 5pm, we went for dinner at 6pm. Really terrible! But i didn't gain weight after the trip.. It's too good.......... :)

Dinner at Sukhumvit



Guess what restaurant is this?


This is the famous duck rice shop located at Sukhumvit Road.

It was old and small, with many frames hanging on the wall to display the clipping of newspapers featured on its good food.



Noodles, roasted duck, “char siew”and roasted pork.

The whole meal cost us 1200 Bahts. The bitter and harsh taste noodle was 80 Bahts per bowl. It’s just like our “Hakka noodles” and of course “Hakka noodles” taste better. Don’t think old and small restaurants are cheap start from now.


This is Soi Sukhumvit

We backed to apartment to recharge ourselves before another shopping marathon. Everyone was lazy and tired and thus we only went out at about 9pm. We disembarked at MRT Station, Thailand Cultural Centre and walked towards our destinations – TESCO, Carrefour and Robinson.

TESCO, CARREFOUR & ROBINSON at Ratchada

I found this when we passed by the stalls along the road to TESCO….



Oh No! They sell crunchy fried insects! Blood-curling right?



Do you dare to try?



A night market is just out of the doorstep of TESCO. Low price! No bargain! Quality guaranteed! Take out your wallet!

Shop, shop and shop!



Cropped jacket …….. but it’s too big for me

The night market closed after 10pm…. Too bad. :(

Head of Finance was waiting us at Swensen’s at Robinson Department Store. So we went there to have some icy cold desserts.



Yum yum! Ice Cream with wafer and fruits.



This is a bowl of melting chocolate. Dip some ice cream and take up. The chocolate will solidify within few seconds. Cool!



Let’s take a photo before the lip-smacking ice cream melt in my mouth!

After chilling session at Swensen, we planned to go to some bars and pubs to experience Thai’s night life but unfortunately all the places of entertainment during night life were closed. They told us that the King was in hospital and therefore they closed the shops to show their respect to the King. And they told many Thai would wear special yellow T-shirts to pay respect to the King too! All at their own costs. Wow! How patriotic Thai are!

Dear all Malaysians, would you all buy a special shirt sold at RM15 or RM20 at your own initiative to show your respect to our Yang Di-Pertuan Agung?

I believe you all are definitely say no. (Including me) Our main concern when our Agung is in hospital is whether we have holiday for the next day…. Really feel ashamed compared to Thai.

So we had no nightlife and no entertainment that night. But we had special Thai cup noodles. Haha!


Minced pork flavour instant cup noodle. Good night!

Friday, September 22, 2006

BANGKOK (DAY 1)

This tour to Bangkok was a company trip. It’s my last company trip because I’ve resigned and would back to enjoy my college life to complete my degree. Thank to my boss for giving me the chance to fly to Bangkok even though I’ve already resigned.

We flew by Air Asia. Because it’s a low cost carrier, we had to use the LCC Terminal. I was new to this LCC Terminal but I found it’s so small like the airport in Gui Yang, China. Not only that, Yee told me that this airport looked like Giant hypermarket due to its low-cost design. Oh my God…..

Let me introduce you the group of S.H.E (Sexy, Happy and Elegant) and F3 (Fat Three).



From left to right. (Girl: Siaw Chuen, me and Siok Leng); (Guy: Yee and Pang). My boss was not in this photo coz he was the cameraman. I look pale without makeup right?


This is my first visit to Bangkok, a shopping heaven that you don’t want to leave once step in.

I enjoyed the journey from airport to town because I discovered many things that were so different with our country.

One good business venture I think can be profitable apart from tourism is advertising because they have MANY billboards placed along the road from highway to town. Another discovery was their taxis were wearing conspicuous colours like orange, yellow and pink.





Bangkok is a developing country with focus in construction industry as I saw many empty lands were under construction and therefore it’s quite hard to get a constructional-sound-free hotel.

If you scare of the traffic jam in KL, then I think Bangkok is even worse. We took about 2 hours from airport to our apartment. Traffic flow was damn congested especially in Sukhumvit area- a famous tourism district.

We stayed in Somerset Lake View Serviced Apartment which is located at Soi 16, Sukhumvit.



Lobby of Tower B.


The 3-rooms apartment was really comfortable and cozy with a kitchen, dining hall, a big living hall with sliding glass door and the happiest thing was there were 4 washrooms in the apartment. So I no need to fight with the girls to use the washroom to do “painting” on my photogenic-only-with-makeup face every morning.



View from apartment’s living hall at 14th floor.




Dining hall


Lunch at Wyndham Thai Restaurant and Bar behind the apartment

We ordered 3-course setlunch.



We had fresh crab & roasted coconut salad as the entree. You need to use your hand to wrap the crap and roasted coconut with the leave and put into your mouth in order to savor this special Thai salad. I love this the most.


I was so hungry until forgot to take down the photo of all the savory main courses.

These were the mouth-watering desserts we had.



Warm chocolate cake



Fresh mango caulis & Home-made sorbets


CRC Tower at Lumpinee

After the luncheon, we went to CRC Tower at Lumpinee to have a business meeting with boss’s friend from Merchant Partners Securities Limited under no-choice condition.




The meeting room has extremely nice scenery.

The meeting was boring and made me felt drowsy although I was the “temporary secretary” appointed to record minutes.

We planned to go to Erawan Shrine after the meeting but Mr. SKY sulked and it wept when we walked towards our destination. But fortunately we are all brainy and always have contingency plan in mind, so we opted to go to the nearest shopping district, Siam by BTS.



Chit Lom BTS Station



Siam Paragon



The landscape of Siam Paragon is wonderful. It makes me embarrassed about the shopping complexes in K.L. and I won’t mention we have Mid Valley, Time Square, Sg. Wang ………… to Thai.



Façade of Siam Paragon



Siam BTS station can link to MBK Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Center and Siam Paragon. Many department stores and shopping malls are here. With dozens of shops and restaurants, you can find many fashionable boutiques, book stores and antique shops.






The spectacular design of Siam Paragon’s lobby is so impressive.




A small airplane was displayed near to the entrance of Siam Paragon. Camera flashed, flashed and flashed because all of us were so excited to take photos as fast as we could because it seemed to rain again.


Siam Discovery

After all the posing jobs in order to satisfy my photo-shooting-mania-desire, we proceeded to Siam Discovery to do market research for ladies’ garments before indulging ourselves in Bangkok’s make-you-crazy-and-frantic shopping spree.

This garment outlet was having sales and it was crowded. After having a glance at the no-trying clothing, we posed in front of the display window to take some photos in order to reimburse the fruitless shopping trip.



I want to be a “摸”特儿.

We went to Haagen Dazz to have some thirst-quenching ice-creams and drinks before departing to Anna’s Café for dinner.





This is the famous MBK Centre and it's one of the busiest.


Dinner at Anna’s Café






This is Anna’s Café, which was the shooting-place of a famous film, Anna and the King.

We ordered a lot of foods because the price was so cheap until we couldn’t stop ordering.



I ordered fish fillet although all of them ordered sticky rice. (cos I just don’t like rice)

The most delicioussss was King Fish with Thai special sauce. Soft shell crab with curry was not bad too.

Although the restaurant looks nothing special, but it offers appetizing foods especially its specialty- cakes.

Banyan Tree Hotel

After the dinner, we helped the food digestion by walking to Banyan Tree Hotel. We climbed up to the Gallery at 59th floor to visit its open-air restaurant.

They use heavy materials as their menus and dishes because you can imagine how strong the wind at 59th floor is.


I imagine how they could operate their business if it rains suddenly



It was fantastic… Except the breath-taking night scene, I liked the natural and cool breeze here after the bath-in-sweat walk.

But it’s too bad that I couldn’t take a nice night scene shot with my camera.

We just walked around and took photos as fast as we could before the waiter chased us out coz we didn’t order anything. Simply because the price of foods and drinks here were exorbitant. A glass of juice is about 700 Baht which equals to RM 70. (Kill me please…..)

Patpong Night Market



The final destination for first day was Patpong Night Market. Patpong is well-known for its night life because all the go-go bars that offer “tiger show” and “special services” are adjacent with the night market.I felt annoyed when passing by the bars coz people touted and kept asking us to go in.







People would be attracted to the …dance that we could watch from outside through its main entrance. So I think the looks of the bars are not important to them. The night market is exactly same with our Petaling Street. They sell fake 'brand-name' items, CD's, souvenirs, t-shirts, etc. All items here are pricey and we had to bargain for few minutes before buying.

I hate the vendors here because they are rude. When I stopped at a souvenir stall to bargain for an item, Pang helped me to do fast-bargain by offering a damn low price to the female vendor and you guess what the f**king words came out from the woman’s mouth?

She said: “You go and buy condom!”

What the hell? I was so surprised and %$@&?# almost blurted out from my mouth. I was like wanted to tell everyone here to boycott them. This is how they treat their potential customers? They are worse than the vendors in Petaling Street.

We went back to apartment at about 1am by taxis after shopping at this nightmarish market.
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