Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bangkok day 3 - SabX2, Pratunam Market, Pantip Plaza & Chinatown

Today we finally got to try the famous SabX2 wanton noodles! SSD was pretty excited about it it seems to me. We reached there about 9+ in the morning, and there was already a long queue. In which judging by the conversations, 95% of it were Singaporeans lol. We had to wait about 20 minutes before it was our turn. Guess table for 2 is always easier. Shared a table with a Singaporean couple who simple ate a bowl of noodles each and left. Kinda waste all the time queuing right? =X


It certainly doesn't look very hygienic, but who cares right? We got a bowl of noodles each with a plate of intestines. The noodles were 50B (SGD2) while the intestines were 200B (SGD8). *faints* To be honest, they tasted good. (Yes I ate meat fml.) Good but not THAT good to make me queue up again for it. And you can see the portion isn't very big. Side note, the second Singaporean couple who shared our table were obviously also first-timers. Cos when their noodles came, the girl started grumbling on how little it was. Come on lah, if you can find your way there, you obviously read about it and know how small the portion would be. Don't be such a bitch. =\ Anyway, it's overrated. I wouldn't recommend wasting time queuing for this.

Next up is shopping again! At the nearby Pratunam Market. Actually I have no idea if it was Pratunam Market. I mean, it's the correct area and it looks like a market, I assume it IS Pratunam Market. Lol.

It's supposedly for wholesalers so you probably could bargain for more discount if you bought more pieces. I realize the prices stated are also for bulk purchases. Maybe it's just me, but the styles were just as weird as those in Platinum Mall and the prices not exactly that cheap too. So yeah, I bought like, 3 pieces, in the 2 hours we were there. Oh by the way, when the shop owners take a new piece for you, do check. Cos I didn't and came back to realize one of the tops wasn't what I wanted. No idea what to do with that now, since I can't fit in. =(

Headed opposite to Pantip Plaza. It's just like our Sim Lim Square. SSD's heaven lol. But first, we stopped for A&W! Been like 10+ years since I last had these. Please come back to Singapore!


Spent a couple of hours here. There were about 7 levels of electronic gadgets and accessories. And here we splurged 1600B (SGD64) on a Beats by Dre wireless headphone. Each. Don't tell me it's fake; I know that. But even for a fake piece it's not cheap you know. How can people bring themselves to spend $400+ on a headphone?! Mad.

Went back for a short rest and headed out again to Chinatown. Took a cab from Platinum Mall. (I believe you can get the hotel concierge to get one for you. They don't charge extra.) Cab fare was less than 100B (SGD4) if I'm not wrong.

Came across this Lin Zhen Xiang store selling snacks and tidbits, and we decided to get some stuff back for the colleagues. Got some pork floss, crackers, coconut chips etc. I think we spent over 1100B (SGD44) and they had it sent to our hotel the next morning.

We were feeling quite full (from I don't know what), so our main goal was just the shark's fin and bird nest. That 50B (SGD2) shark's fin soup is fake, so don't bother with it. Lol. Came across this bird nest shop and got ourselves a bowl of 200B (SGD8) bird nest each. Apparently you also have to add the egg, ginko nuts and some honey to it. I......wouldn't say it's worth it. I'd rather go for the seafood anytime. Pity we didn't get to try any. =(


Tried some other street food like fried spring rolls and fried dough fritters, which came with a kaya dip. We tried to ask what it was, cos I heard sweet potato balls were a must-try. But sadly he didn't understand us.

Decided to make our way back and hopped on a cab, only to find out he wasn't going by meter. We were charged 200B (SGD8) for the journey back. To be honest, it's not expensive. But considering we paid less than half of that on the way there, we......weren't too pleased.

Dropped at Big C instead and walked the supermarket again. Had more time so we explored the other sections too. And I totally love the fresh food section. They have salmon sashimi! Super tempted to get some, but SSD said we had to 'preserve cash'. =( And the fresh meat section! Everything looked so fresh and yummy. (Sorry, I go crazy at meat sections nowadays due to Popo.)

My loots. I actually got the CHO.2 cap on Day 2 but forgot to include it in lol.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bangkok day 2 - MBK Center, Siam & Platinum Fashion Mall (B)

Day 1 here if you haven't read it. =)

The next day, we headed nearby to the famous SabX2 wanton mee for breakfast. Got lost and asked around, before we found out it was closed that day! Quite sad but still, managed to get 2 bags and 2 pairs of shoes nearby. LOL!

Dropped off my loots in the room before heading to MBK Center. It was a 15-20 mins walk away. We reached slightly after 10am and the shops were slowly starting to open. Had breakfast at their foodcourt. You have to purchase this card at the counter and use it to buy the food. 


All for 280B (SGD11.20). I remember quite clearly because we had deposited 300B into the card and there was 20B left after buying the milk tea. And we forgot to return the card lol. Food was quite normal. Except for the oyster omelet; too starchy for my liking.

Then we began shopping! The top levels were more of clothes and souvenirs, whereas the lower levels were more of electronic stuff and bags. Quite a boring place I must say. =X

'Lunch' was at Dunkin' Donuts. I am officially a fan of Iced Americano now. ^_^ And dabao-ed a pack of papaya salad, where we had it in one of the Siam shopping centres.


On our way back, we passed through the various Siam shopping centres, like Siam Paragon, Siam Centre and Siam Discovery Centre. Don't know which was which too. It was mainly branded stuff which were more expensive, so we actually just passed through it.

Went over to finish up Platinum Fashion Mall Building B. I think this is slightly smaller than Building A, but I felt it was more interesting. It was mainly shoes and bags. Side note: it is always very difficult for me to buy shoes because I have big feet. But in Bangkok, it seems so easy. A lot of places not only have my shoe size (41 or 42) but also go way up to 46. It sure feels good to be able to buy shoes according to the design I like rather than which designs have my size.

Anyway, we finished up shopping pretty fast and I went back for a short nap while SSD headed over for his clothes fitting. Didn't help that I had a headache and had to take painkillers for it. =(

Dinner was at the nearby roadside stalls. It was always crowded so we went early about 6+. I think this stretch of stalls is famous for their salt-grilled fish, which could be seen on almost every table. We chose the last stall, the one nearest to Central World. It wasn't expensive too; only 180B (SGD7.20) for such a huge fish. Ordered some extra sides (too much actually) which were all pretty good! The mixed veggies were a little weird but still not that bad. And the tom yum soup had lots of ingredients.


Total bill came up to 980B (SGD39.20). Not very expensive right?

My loots. I suppose it's really very very little, considering we had MBK and Platinum Mall. SSD bought even lesser stuff lmao.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Bangkok day 1 - Arrival, Alex's Fashion, Platinum Fashion Mall (A) & Big C

Yo. I'm back. From my much-needed Bangkok trip. It has been (and still is) such a stressful period at work and I was really glad to go away and not think about it. At least for a few days. Anyway.

I hate flying. I mean, I love traveling, but I absolutely HATE flying. Especially takeoffs, landings, and turbulence. Thankfully it was just a 2.5 hour flight. I may just have to pop sleeping pills if ever I have a long flight. =\

So, we arrived on Thai AirAsia around mid-noon at Don Mueang Airport. I had wanted Suvarnabhumi since it was connected by trains. But DM turned out to be quite convenient cos the cab fare to our hotel was less than 250B (SGD10). For a close to an hour journey. Almost fell asleep though lol. Also got a 'Happy Tourist' SIM card at the airport, with 7-days unlimited data, for 290B (SGD11.50). Speed was a little slow at times.

We decided to book Novotel Platinum, since it was conveniently connected to Platinum Fashion Mall. Booked both the air tickets and hotel through Expedia for about SGD900. Not cheap, but it was our cheapest option as we wanted to stay at Novotel. No regrets though. Not sure about SSD but I super liked the room! We got the corner room. It was nice and clean, just big enough for both of us, and have separate pooping and shower stalls. I also liked that we could leave the curtains open as we weren't facing any other rooms. Staff were wonderfully helpful too. Only sad part was we didn't have any hotel breakfast buffet. =(


For the benefit of those (like us) who isn't familiar with this hotel, I did a simple map below.


Upon alighting at the taxi stand (it was raining btw), we walked all the way towards the left, asking at the information counters at both buildings. We were told to look for a Starbucks right at the end. It was connected to the Novotel lift lobby, where we took the lift to the 6th floor, where the hotel lobby is. After check-in, there were another set of lifts to get to the rooms.

After a short rest, we headed out to Amari Watergate Hotel just opposite. SSD wanted to get some tailor-made work clothes. At first we went to Paul's Fashion; apparently it was the more famous one. But the prices seem a little expensive (1000B for a shirt) so we headed opposite to Alex's Fashion. They have packages for Singaporeans (seems like this is more popular), and after much consideration, SSD decided to get the SGD196 package of 4 shirts and a pant. After adding 100B ($4) each for the special shirt cuff, we realized it was only slightly cheaper than Paul's. Lol.

Then we headed back to Platinum Mall Building A (I think). For super late lunch! At Fuji Japanese Restaurant. Lol I know I know, why jap food again right? But I heard it was cheap and good, so... =X


All for about 900B (SGD36) I think. Barely managed to finish everything lol. And it WAS good.

And then we started to shop! Building A was mainly clothes. I know many people could spend the whole day here and come out with bags and bags of stuff. But 95% of the clothes weren't my type at all. And definitely not as cheap as what many people claim. >_< There were quite a lot of guy stuff but SSD wasn't looking to buy anything either. So we finished the 6-storey building in a few hours with only a few bags. It was around closing time too so we kinda sped up.

Went back to drop off the stuff (see the convenience?) and headed back out again. I think we browsed the night bazaar diagonally opposite the hotel first, before dropping by Big C supermarket nearby.


Our supper! We bought 7 cups of noodles and some chips and actually managed to finish them! Love the green curry. ^^


And our loots! First from Platinum and then from the night bazaar. Am I the only girl who can leave Platinum with only 4 pieces of clothes? =P



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