Sunday, December 30, 2012
Got my brother to help me fix up the vintage hooks I bought from Bangkok (at the Rod Fai Night Market)! Couldn't find golden-hued screws so had to use the silver ones instead. Will have to paint the entire thing gold or perhaps a pastel colour like mint green or something. We'll see. They look pretty ace though, gotta admit ^_^
Speaking of hooks, I'm think I'm now addicted to the Seafood Aglio Olio that Pepper Lunch is serving! Tried it for the first time today and it's really quite nice T_T. Nice smokiness in the sauce and it was peppered (excuse the pun LOL) with scallops and (smallish) bouncy shrimp! Why is there no Pepper Lunch in Tampines?! Why is there no Yoshinoya in Tampines?!? Why are carbs so damn tasty?!?!?! LOL okay massive digression aside, you really have to give this a try. I'm already craving it again just from looking at the pictures @_@.
On a side note, I've put on weight after eating my way through Bangkok so I went for a run on Friday night. In case you think I'm like damn determined or something, my brother literally spent about 20 minutes nagging me to go and run. Please also note that I use the word 'run' DAMN loosely HAHAHAHAHA! I ran like 2 rounds and walked the remaining 4 LOL I AM DAMN LOUSY?!?! In my mind I was telling myself:
Each round was about 700m so that's 4.2km in total. I think. I haven't run in years seriously, damn surprised I didn't pass out lol. Will try to keep going to run but LOL we all know how that's probably not going to happen ;P. My smelly brother then tried to convince me to do some sorta retarded exercise that apparently only olympians and skinny people can do. Basically this la :
And he told me he'd give me $500 if I could do it. In my mind I was like CHEY EASY MONEY LA but in reality I almost dislocated my shoulders while trying HAHAHAHA I SERIOUSLY CAN'T FUCKING FEEL MY ARMS ANYMORE. Shoulders are aching like a little bitch too T_T. That'll teach me not to be so money-faced seriously T_T.
Pffft okay rant over, back to freelance again T_T ! Hope y'all are having a good Sunday!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Currently having a rage baby because I can't fucking find my 32gb SD card tsk! Really hate it when people randomly shift my shit. I don't know how you neat people do it, seriously. WHO HAS THAT MUCH WILLPOWER??! To put everything back in it's place; to code it by colour and size? I just throw everything everywhere but i memorize exactly where I left it. It's not a mess. It's organized chaos. MY organized chaos for fuck's sake seriously don't fucking touch my shit OAISDJHOAISDJ URGH damn pissed.
If it's gone, so are the many videos I took in Bangkok. If it truly is missing I'm going to fucking flip the fuck out seriously. I spent 3 hours packing my room yesterday cause I couldn't see the floor anymore from the excessive amount of clothes. I combed through a shitload of things and yet my SD card and it's reader is still missing. I really think my new maid placed it somewhere cause I previously left it on the table and now it's fucking gone. She keeps saying she didn't move it but wtfffff when i came back the table was cleared what?! WHERE DID ALL THE THINGS GO THEN? STOLEN BY AN ELF?! GREW WINGS AND FLEW OUT THE WINDOW?!?! Fuck i need to calm the fuck down before my brain starts to bleed tsk.
Friday, December 28, 2012
We touched down around midnight which meant it was also Ed's birthday! Dropped our stuff at our hotel (Bangkok City Hotel, it wasn't gd honestly, will never stay there again lol) then cabbed to the Huai Kwang Night Market. We got there around 1am-ish and it was so freaking ALIVE! So many stores hawking their wares and frankly it looked like they were just getting started.
Went to grab a bite at an awesome restaurant, so sorry I didn't manage to get the name T_T! It's tucked away in a little corner near a strawberry stand. Will visit again the next time! Awesome zhi-char style food. The papaya salad was so spicy I nearly teared! They had lotsa interesting drinks, like this wine-red concoction. It's made from the same flower that Ribena is made of. Tastes similar although this is slightly sweeter and murkier. Shiok though! Really helped to tone the heat (from all the spicy food) down. Doesn't help that ALL my travel companions were fans of spicy food T_T. Please also excuse my monkey face LOL we were told to say something in Thai i think, hence my confused expression ROFL
Walked around the market and ate strawberries! You can choose the type of powder you want on your strawberries! They have the usual sweet sugar and some sorta sour/spicy blend. We chickened out and went for the sweet LOL. How cute are the vendor's nails btw?? Sell strawberries + have strawberries on her nails ?! Win liao lor!
Saw this necklace for around $8 SGD and didn't get it. Came to regret that decision so dropped by during one of the later days to grab it LOL.
Ate worms and crickets! They kinda taste like twisties @_@ ! Daniel chickened out and refused to try any. What you don't see here is him almost throwing up HAHAHAHAHA
Ordered a banana crepe thingy. It's like a prata with condensed milk + banana slices + chocolate. ACE. Sorry I don't have a picture LOL they ate it too quickly @_@
And omg these pork satays @_@ !!! They were SO SO SO good! One of the best tasting foods I ate in bkk! DAMN nice!!! The meat was so tender and juicy. Freakin' delectable! Visited Huai Kwang again to find this vendor but was told by nearby vendors that she'd only be here at 3am *sobs*. When we previously found her it was around 6am already LOL. Went back to the hotel and knocked the fuck out after this!
Visited Siam Ocean World! Entry fee is pretty steep (supposedly 1700baht/adult) but when you purchase it at your hotel (mine was Bangkok City Hotel and they had this counter where you can purchase tour packages and stuff), it's a LOT LOT LOT cheaper if you buy at such counters! Daniel had previously checked the price and realized it'd be much cheaper if we bought it at the hotel. We only paid 900baht each in the end :D! It included a ride on the glass-bottomed boat where you can feed fishes and see the sharks below the boat and a 5D movie thing. 5D movie was basically The Little Prince but i was abit weirded out by it because .. it has absolutely NOTHING to do with Ocean World lol. Still a nice little movie though! Spent quite a bit of time here lol. After this we met Ed's thai friend for ultra yummy food at a restaurant! Can't remember the address or name either T_T ! Will record in future. Had super duper awesome fried fish there @_@!
Had macdonald's before entering Ocean World cause we were starving lol. THEY HAVE THIS MAGIC THING CALLED SPINACH PIE! Apparently it's a seasonal item but be FUCKING sure to try it if you're there! It's so fucking nice omg I actually planned to buy it frozen then smuggle it into singapore HAHAHAHA but obviously that plan failed to materialize. I figured I'd have to be satiate my craving for it there and then. Ate about 5 pies in total while I was in BKK HAHAHAHA KUAZHANG OR WHAT LOL!
Ate the Samurai Pork Burger. Wasn't bad but I didn't quite fancy it. Our samurai with beef is better! They still have fried chicken there though!!!!! JEALOUS!!!!! So tasty T_T. They don't have curry there for their nuggets, but you can buy tubs of different sauces for about 15 baht. Tried their cheese dip and it was BEYOND CHEESY. Good stuff.
Next morning we crossed the road from our hotel to find a small market that a taxi driver had told us about! Not much clothes but a SHITLOAD of food! These kueh things are damn nice! The grey looking balls have chopped peanuts inside, slightly crunchy but completely yummy!
These glutinous rice packets are damn tasty as well! Wasn't sure which one to pick so I stood there just contemplating while looking at the rice, and the friendly shopkeeper gave me samples to try! So nice T_T. In the end I bought both white and purple rice! I thought it was just the rice by itself but turns out there's a layer of yellow custard on top. At first I was like custard + rice??? But when I took a bite I basically took the packet and ran away before they could take it from me HAHAHAHAHAHA! It's really damn nice! 12baht each only omg @_@. The people here are so friendly, seriously. We ended up buying more because we kept snatching from each other and the shopkeeper joked that we could leave Shaun there in exchange for the rice packets HAHA! Edward is from Thailand so he was such a great big help! He speaks thai so it really helped smoothen out our trip hehehe ^^
Fried pork! Also freakin' good! WHAT'S UP SERIOUSLY ALMOST EVERYTHING WE ATE WAS DAMN NICE!? What's the secret?? We bought packets of glutinous rice and rolled them into little balls, placed a piece of hot crispy pork on top like sushi and popped it in our mouths. TOO GOOD. This shop also sold fried chicken which they passed on. Daniel and I went back to eat the food here and tried the chicken. SUPER CRISPY SKIN + ULTRA JUICY MEAT. We died so many times omg @_@
Grilled meatballs in spicy sauce. Damn spicy please I died after this @_@! Went to Platinum Mall and shopped like crazyyyy @_@! No pics of the place cause I was busy shopping LOL sorry!
Had this on the way to Platinum mall! Didn't really like the cream, found it a little too cloying after awhile @_@. Shopped til they all got annoyed with me HAHAHAHA! I really bought a shitload of stuff la so after dropping the loot off, we went in search of food. Our hotel was quite conveniently located, only 3 minutes walk from Ratchathewi Station!
Take note that they have two train lines, one's called BTS Skytrain, and the other is the MRT (mostly underground). They are rival lines and have different ways of commuting, like for example the skytrain uses both the ez-link style card and the usage of one-time-use passes that are dispensed via machine. We found it more worthwhile to buy the more permanent cards in the end since we did quite a bit of travelling! Some of the stations are interchanges and you can swap between the BTS and MRT lines. It takes some getting used to, but after awhile you'll get the hang of it. Be sure to grab one of the free foldable maps (brochure style) of the stations. They even have suggestions on where to go! It'll help you a lot so make damn sure you take one!
Thai people are so fucking innovative! Found this cute little western pop-up food stall by the side of the road (it's at Ratchathewi station, on the side that has the escalator). They steal electricity from the many electric lines that run above ground, set up their tables and chairs and BOOMZ they're ready for business! Food here was pretty good and pretty cheap too! 139 Baht got you a plate of steaks + 2 types of meats of your choice. Came with fries and a salad on the side as well. In total we spent about $20 sgd for FOUR main courses, 2 sides and 2 large bottles of drinks. So fucking worth it. Would definitely visit again. I liked the food so much I tipped the next time I came here to eat!
We took the BTS Skytrain to Mochit station i think! Upon reaching, there was a small pop-up ice cream store selling these ULTRA yummy and creamy cold pops! OMG WHY IS EVERYTHING SO FUCKING TASTY IN THAILAND T_T! I had the coconut and went to heaven for abit lol. It really was the ultimate treat in the blistering weather. Walked to Chatuchak Weekend Market and it was CRAZY HUGE. Like seriously mad. There are apparently 27 sections?!?!?! Shopping's really really good for vintage stuff and guy's stuff as well, but if you're a girl the stuff is slightly overpriced and they aren't very keen on letting you bargain either T_T.
Sorry for the small amount of pictures of Chatuchak LOL i was too busy shopping! SHITLOAD of stores and not to mention a gut-wrenching amount of ULTRA FUCKING CUTE PUPPIES that I really wanted to smuggle home T_T. SO MANY POMERANIANS LEH OMG T_T!!!! Oh and check out those Sugar Gliders! Cuteness personified.
Visited Rod Fai Market (also known as the train market) afterwards! It's a weekend market just like Chatuchak! We planned to visit another market called Ratchada but we didn't realize it was only open on Saturday nights T_T !!!!! Could have visited that on sat and Rod Fai on Sunday lor *cue giant sigh here*. Anyway Rod Fai's a pretty interesting place! Basically a shitload of vintage stuff to be found, from old hooks to furniture to bags and even figurines! Bought a couple of vintage hooks to drill into my wall, and a few cups and spoons keke :D
Lotsa food to be found as usual. Walked til my back ached seriously. At 1am-ish it was still bustling with people @_@! It's definitely one of the places you HAVE to visit! Cabbed back to the hotel and knocked the fuck out LOL we were sooo tired after the manic amount of walking LOL
Random but OMG SPINACH PIE T_T !!!! It's like an apple pie but with a savory, creamy spinach soup filling. Okay I have to stop talking about it before I crave it again T_T
Disclaimer : Most of the tourist-style shots of the place were taken by Edward! Really dislike taking boring touristy shots of places but I guess it helps paint a better picture of the place, no? So asked Edward to shoot as he saw fit keke. Thanks a bunch Ed!
Went to the famed Asiatique! You have to take a boat to get there, but PLEASE take note that there are two boats that go there. One's an "express" boat, the other is a free shuttle boat that brings you directly to Asiatique. We went around 6pm-ish and the ticketing booth was closed, so we bought tix from a dude who'd set up a make shift store. Kenna scam lor PUI! The "express" boat tix cost us 15baht each but it wasn't express in any freakin way. It certainly wasn't faster. In fact, it made several different stops before arriving at Asiatique -_- ! So be warned and take the free one okay!
Asiatique is like a really large Haji lane! Lovely ambience and all that jazz, though things here are more edgy and ~designer~, but it comes with a bigger price tag, of course. Managed to get a few lovely gifts here!
Found a random Gelato shop in the middle of Asiatique lol! Really good gelato ! 2 scoops for like .. $3 SGD or something?!!?!? Fuckkkkkkkkkk so cheap T_T!! This trip has left me so spoilt seriously lol when I go back I was like WHAT?! $2 for mineral water??? CAN BUY ME A BOWL OF BEEF NOODLES LOL! #auntiementality help me T_T
Continued shopping and came across this lovely jewelry shop! See those rings? One of them contains dandelion seeds. Too lovely. Bought my ram head studs here for $10! MAD LOVE.
After leaving Asiatique we cabbed to another restaurant adjacent to the one where we met Edward's friend. THIS FRIED FISH DISH IS FUCKING DELICIOUS!!!!! Every time we had it (at different restaurants, mind), it was still freaking excellent.
Random pork ball noodle stall opposite our hotel. Most of these roadside stores have this little four-way basket that holds different spices in each canister. Sugar (sweet), chilli flakes (spicy), some sorta sour-ish juice and the last holds a bottle of some super salty liquid. So basically you can sorta ~customize~ your meal! Edward gave us some background information and dunked sugar, chilli and a bit of the sour sauce in his soup. COMPLETELY CHANGED THE WHOLE DAMN THING AND UPPED IT'S GAME. Twice as nice afterward. Ace.
Visited Terminal 21 the next day (no pictures LOL too busy shopping sorry)! It's a nice mall that has different country themes on each level. I really have to mention their fucking amazing toilet bowls. They're all electronic and you can control EVERYTHING. From the direction of the bidet spray to the temperature of the water to the temperature of the AIR that blow dries your ass HAHAHAHA! So freaking awesome! I literally sat there and blew dry for like 15 minutes HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!
Okay sorry TMI. SO ANYWAY, Terminal 21 has these two levels that have a section that houses many small shops. Things are pricier here, but I think they don't get too much business so they're okay with moderate bargaining and almost 75% of the stores had a sale rack! SCORE!
Hmkay back to those pictures! We went to NANA Night Market (right below Nana Station) and that's where I scored my anchor bracelets for about 100 baht each. Mostly tourist trap stuff, we walked into a small alley and found this AWESOME van that .. housed an entire BAR. They just set up the van, chairs and tables and VOILA! INSTANT CHILL OUT SPOT! So impressed with Thai people @_@. Had pork noodles which had .. pig blood cubes. Almost hyperventilated when I saw those! They were outlawed in Singapore and they used to be one of my favourite things to eat as a child! Gobbled a shitload of them HAHAHA! We just hung out and drank for about 2 hours straight before visiting a Thai girl show. It was an eye-opener for sure. Girls on display with their boobs all hanging out @_@. Kinda felt bad for them, honestly. On our way to the main road I found a small roadside store that sold superrrr cheap shoes!! Got a pair of navy studded flats for $10 SGD. SCORE!
Edward flew back to his hometown the next day so that just left me and Daniel for the last two days. Dragged him back to Platinium, shopped like mad and then to Pratunam (opposite Platinum) and shopped some more. Poor dude LOL. We went back to MBK because I accidentally broke an awesome pair of clubmasters that I'd bought at Chatuchak and thought I saw the same pair at MBK but I was wrong T_T. Couldn't find the same pair anymore! Ultra sad T_T!!!! As we were leaving MBK we discovered the Thailand version of a Pasar Malam! So I guess that was the silver lining that day lol.
Bamboo rice! Glutinous rice cooked inside the bamboo shoot. All information about food is taken directly out of Edward's mouth cause' he's from Thailand. If he's wrong, please flame him on my formspring HAHAHAHA fuck i'm such a shitty friend HAHAHA
BBQ Prawns! Looked really good but our hands were full and it seemed like it'd be messy to eat T_T. Maybe next time!
Some sorta carnival game lol. We shot from BB guns! The recoil was SOOO strong omg it was pretty fun :D
Giant sweet potato balls on sticks (we think) and small packets of mini ones. The flavour was quite nice, but I think we got a packet that had been fried some time ago so they were a little ~nua~.
More food D: ! SO MUCH FOOD OMGGGGG I WANT TO GO BACK T_T
We finally found the magical traditional thai steamboat we'd been looking for!!! Shopkeeper didn't speak english so we basically used our hands to signal to each other HAHAHA damn hilarious seriously we might as well be mute at this point.
You remove your shoes and sit on a giant communal mat. It really was a damn interesting experience! We paid about 150 baht for a platter of raw meat and a giant platter of vegetables and noodles. The steamboat pot thingy (???) is heated from within and you get a little metal kettle from which you pour the soup into the "moat" (lol). You break an egg into the platter of raw meat, stir around to marinate said meat then grill the meat on the slotted dome. Meat platter consisted of chicken, pork, chicken skin, liver, squid, prawns and other assorted meats that I couldn't identify (lol)! The juice from the grilled meats flavours your soup. It turned murky and delicious after awhile. Back to the hotel to nua after this lol too full to walk around la omg we are damn lousy HAHAHA
Dragged him back to Platinum the next day (YES, AGAIN HAHAHA) then off to Siam Discovery for Krispy Kreme (glazed ones ARE THE BOMB), then crossed the road to find a small alcove that resembled a Bugis Street albiet 10 times larger. When we visited around 4pm-ish, most of the stalls still weren't open so if you intend to visit, make sure you do so later in the night!
Went for a manicure at MBK for about $16 SGD excluding designs. Wouldn't go back there again la I know there are cheaper places but this was the only place we could google HAHAHA #fail
Had our last meal in Thailand at the same western food place below Ratchathewi station then back to Singapore already T_T. Hmkay this is a shitload of pictures, will end off here before I die from exhaustion lol. Hope you enjoyed this long-ass post :D !
Honestly already miss Thailand T_T. Will definitely be back again soon! Learnt my lesson about impulse buys though HAHAHAH i spent 1.5k within the first 2 days. Siao or what seriously HAHAHA okay really gtg now ttys !