Day 2: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Sawadee kap! 😀

It is shopping day!

We took a taxi to Chatuchak Weekend Market which took around 15 minutes and we reached about 9am. The taxi dropped us at the entrance of Jatujak Plaza and we then made our way into Jatujak Plaza to get to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Before that, we had breakfast and because everything was written in Thai, we had to point at what we wanted to order and pray that what we point is what we get. 😛

Walking around Chatuchak Market was a bit like walking in a maze. Even though we had a free directory, we kept walking to the same place again. So much so that we actually gave up hope of looking at the map. Some clothing items were very cheap, so cheap that you don’t know if you should bargain or if so, how much should you bargain it for.

Managed to find ourselves in the pet section and I saw bunnies. Bunnies wearing clothes…but then we were not allowed to take pictures..so I won’t be able to show you the bunnies that I saw.

We left the market at about 4pm. By then, we were all hot, sweaty and sticky!

This time around, we were cheated by the taxi driver who drove us home. When we came, it only costs us THB150. But when we went back from Chatuchak, the taxi driver didn’t want to follow the metre and demanded for THB360. And because he was saying how jammed it is and all, we believed him. But in actual fact, there wasn’t any jam because it’s a Saturday. No jams on weekend. Considering that this was our first day out to Bangkok by ourselves, we just took it as a learning experience.

We went home to rest and take a bath before heading to Sofitel Silom Bangkok for a buffet dinner. My colleagues have got a complimentary meal voucher for 2…so I tagged along and being the extra person, it was chargeable and the bill was then divided among us.

Next, we walked to Patpong which was just a stone’s throw away, taking glances of scantily clad girls dancing inside go-go bars. And as you walk along Patpong, there’ll be guys asking you if you want to see shows. There’s a list of pussy shows and one of them was Pussy Ping-Pong. I have no idea what is that. Then, there’s this guy who came along with a list, accompanied with illustrations. One female, two female, one male and one female and etc.

We then went for a Thai Massage. Foot massage to be exact but it wasn’t really good as it wasn’t painful at all. We managed to have another foot massage session on the next day…but I’ll leave that in the next entry.

This is the view overlooking Bangkok city from where we stay. Awesome I know.

Day 1: City of Angels, Here I Come!

I was feeling quite tired after work as I didn’t had enough sleep the night before. Took a taxi to LCCT after dinner and waited for our flight to Bangkok. The flight was earlier retimed one hour later than scheduled. When we were in the departure hall, there was another announcement saying that the flight will be another half an hour late. In the end, we flew close to 12 midnight instead of 10:20pm. By the time we landed at Suvarnabhumi Airport, it was already 2 something. And for the first time in my entire flying life, my luggage came out first! It was jumping out happily from the luggage belt. Looks like my luggage is excited as I am!

We put up at my colleagues’ friend’s condo near Central Rama 3, located about 39 kilometres from the airport. A nice and cozy place. We had earlier booked a triple room at a hostel but cancelled it at a very last minute.

We talked for a little while about our plans for the next day before falling asleep.

On a sidenote, Bangkok is also known as Krung Thep, which means City of Angels.

More tomorrow. 🙂

Planning for a Trip

I’ve been staying home for the weekend and not allowing myself to go anywhere. I’m going for a holiday this coming Friday so I just want to save as much as I can before I splurge next weekend. The only place I went was to the service centre to get my car serviced. Cost me a lot more money this time.

I’ll be going to Bangkok with my colleagues and this is my first overseas trip with my colleagues. Also, my first trip where we’re going on our own, without signing up for tour packages. I did something similar last year with my family trip but it was different because the places we went spoke languages that we speak here. I don’t speak Thai so I would have to learn a few of common words to ease my trip.

I’m going to draft an itinerary, to be submitted to my colleagues tomorrow for approval or further amendments. 😀 Sometimes, I like doing stuff like this. As I plan, I get to read a lot more of places that I’ll be going or discover places that I can go.

The last time I stepped foot on Bangkok was more than 10 years ago. I went with my family and basically I didn’t have to worry about anything but just enjoy. We went with a tour guide with a group of Malaysian. We had one of the best tour guides even though his looks could scare one away. His face was scarred by a bomb so you get to see scars of stitches which wasn’t properly done. Anyway, it took some time and adjustment to actually look into his face.

That aside, he was funny and told us lots of stories. I don’t really remember the names of the places I went. I only remembered drinking lots of coconut juice, tom yam soup for every meal, saw big boops during the transsexual cabaret show in Pattaya, saw pig racing, saw tiger feeding piglets and elephant show. We were also brought to shopping malls to buy WACOAL bras. I don’t understand what’s the hype of getting a Wacoal in Bangkok but that’s what we were told to do. My breasts wasn’t fully developed back then so it was a waste trying to get a Wacoal. 😛

Didn’t know Chatuchak Weekend Market exist and I’m going there this time. In fact, I would be very much contented if going to Chatuchak itself is enough to complete my Bangkok trip.

I hope this Air Asia Zero-Fare inspired trip will be an enjoyable one. I can’t wait!

劲歌金曲

I was absolutely happy and excited when I hear this song from Leo Ku’s new album. I loved his Cantonese version of ????. Now there’s ????2 which is in Mandarin. It’s very nice!

Leo Ku, I love you!

????2 – ???

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Charlene, do you still remember us singing this song during our karaoke session? It feels so good singing a 10-minute song, with the ??????????????????????????????????!!

Politics!

I’ve never really been an ardent fan of politics but this election put my curiosity to a high end and I’ve been reading a lot for the past few days. I’ve seen the word DUN but I’ve never really bothered knowing what it stands for until just now when I was reading Utusan Melayu and came across that word again, which stands for Dewan Undangan Negeri. I’ve learnt quite a few words just by reading during this general elections. You see words like ruling coalition, sworn in and etc.

And if it was so hard to memorize which states have Menteri Besars and which don’t during my school days, I’m re-learning history again today where Menteri Besars are for states that have a monarch i.e Sultan. So, the other states without a Sultan, which is Sabah, Sarawak, Melaka and Penang, you have the Chief Minister (Ketua Menteri). And Menteri Besar has to be a Malay Muslim, unless otherwise agreed by the Sultan.

I was watching Shahrizat short speech when she arrived to congratulate Nurul Izzah on malaysiakini.tv and I must say it’s sad to see her go. It’s also sad to see Koh Tsu Koon go, for he’s a true gentleman. Unlike some who are still bitter over their loss and unable to accept the fact.

I don’t even know why I’m writing about politics now.

Anyway, the below excerpt taken from MalaysiaKini enlightened my day in the office. I’ve been enjoying reading Malaysiakini for the past few days and I won’t be able to read it anymore tomorrow onwards unless I’m subscribing to it.

Quote of the Day:

Can you comment on Zam (Zainuddin Maidin)?

He won or lost? Oh, he lost. Well, the way he was campaigning was really funny, telling people to look at his face and how it doesn’t change. But I think that a face that doesn’t change can be very boring. Sometimes you must laugh, sometimes you must cry.

He was telling everybody “Ini muka tak bertukar, tak bertukar”. Who is interested in his ‘wajah’? If he was Britney Spears, then….

Tun Mahathir

This is very funny. 😀

And since, the share market plunged dramatically today, I think it should be a good day to buy shares tomorrow for myself.