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Happy Birthday, Audrey!

To my self-claimed inaanak (translation: goddaughter), Audrey…

Me and Audrey playing with Photobooth (Nov. 2007)

Happy, happy birthday!!!

Me stealing a kiss to Audrey (Nov. 2007)

Sorry won’t be able to join you today on your birthday. Will try to visit you and your sisters in the coming days.

*whispers* Save Nin’g ‘Ba some cake and pasta, ok? ;)

Love you much dear!!!

Audrey trying one her grandma's eyeglasses (2006)

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Picture-Picture!!!, Simplified

 

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Photo Splurge: Bangkok, Thailand

Just to share the sights you could be missing if you don’t drag yourself off your chair and head for Bangkok, Thailand ;)

Grand Palace (from the gates)

Inside the Grand Palace

Purple Water Lily, inside the grounds of the Grand Palace

A part of the Grand Palace grounds

Closer look

A Grand Palace "Guard"

The Buddha's Head at Wat Pho aka The Reclining Buddha

Full view of The Reclining Buddha

Entrance to the re-opened Central World

A part of the Central World Mall that was burned is still being renovated. And part of the renovation are these graphic signs that are brilliantly thought of. Amazing.

A message and reminder not just to the local Thais but to everyone!

Another message from our Thai friends and I BELIEVE these messages... I just missed the last one though ;)

Bangkok's simple yet lived tagline

There are still a more places to see and visit just in Bangkok. Plus a few more famous place in Thailand’s provinces like Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai to name a few. Chiang Mai is my next target to hopefully fulfill my longed for mission: the elephant encounter.

You can check my other photos from my previous trips starting here and here. And my lessons in my first travel to the Land of Smiles here.

Oh! I forgot to share in my previous post… the FULL view from our room’s balcony during daytime…

Bangkok Skyline from State Tower (photo stitched), click to enlarge

So, when are you planning to go have a Thailand experience for yourself? ;)

 

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Thailand and their food

Vacation won’t be complete without eating (well, that’s for my view of vacation). I have my favorites and even with this shortest Thailand trip, I shouldn’t miss the chance to eat authentic Thai food!!!

Let’s start with the drinks:

McDonald's in Thailand serves Cha Yen: Traditional Thai Iced milk tea

My new favorite drink: Lemongrass Ice Tea

A new (yet late, I know!) discovery of mine was their version of lemongrass ice tea. I so of fell in love with it and now my favorite cha yen has its competition! It’s sweet yet refreshing. For those who are lactose intolerant, I recommend this one ;)

Now for the real carbo-loading yet healthy Thai meals…

Pad Thai or some say Phat Thai is one of Thailand's national dishes: this version is with glass noodles ("sotanghon" noodle in Tagalog) instead of the usual flat rice noodles

Out of my love and among may favorite food here in Thailand is Pad Thai or locals may say or call it as Phat Thai is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with egg, fish sauce tamarind juice, red chili pepper plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime. This is also one of Thailand’s national dishes (definition lifted from Wikipedia). I tried cooking this dish to my friends and yet nothing beats the original and authentic dish!

 

Simple yet tasty: Crispy Egg Omelette with shrimp

 

This crispy egg omelette with shrimp is not a fancy food. Simple rice topping yet it’s tasty and my trip won’t be complete if I don’t eat at least a meal of it. I always eat this at the Siam Paragon’s food court, which I consider a haven of food… soooooo many to choose from: Thai, Japanese, Korean, etc.

 

Cute and small yet sweet and spicy: Thai sausages

Sticky Rice

 

I say it’s a simple and yet best combination of Thai meal if you’re in a hurry: Thai sausages and sticky rice. Never underestimate the size of those sausages because its spiciness bites! I always pair it with rice (no spoon or fork needed eating this kind of rice). In Siam Paragon food court, they give you blanched raw veggies when you buy a set of Thai sausages Ü

 

Thai dessert

I forgot the name of this Thai dessert (again). The bread is like a crunchy cone, same as the consistency of sugar ice cream cones but smoother and the white part is a thick and sweet icing and the orange one are shredded sweetened coconut (I think) for the topping. If you have a sweet tooth this one’s what I recommend that you shouldn’t miss.

 

Let’s now go for the “branded” food in Thailand… I mean food chains that’s available or started in Thailand.

 

The Pizza Company's Tom Yum Pizza

 

Even though I missed out eating Tom Yum Goong soup, I won’t passing this one up. Authentically it’s from and only in Thailand: Tom Yum flavored pizza from The Pizza Company. The said pizza chain in known to be creating flavors or combination of flavors that some might find weird. You might find this flavor weird on a pizza but I like it (yes, i know, I’m weird!). The pizza chain by the way offers combination pizza flavors in one pan ;) I think we got there a pizza flavor with crab sticks and pineapple (I forgot the flavors name, sorry) and Tom Yum, for my request ^_^

Before I tell you the next brand, let me introduce you to their mascot:

 

MK Mascot with my cold house tea that I like too ^_^

 

Ok, to be honest, I don;t know if it has a name or if it’s even really the shabu-shabu restaurant’s mascot. But it’s always in every table and every branch of MK restaurant that I’ve eaten at holding a pen and I think that’s a mobile phone on the other with some toothpicks and comment card oh! and tissue inserted on top or back of it. Branding I say :p

 

Veggie Platter Set at MK

 

Like what I’ve mentioned, it’s a shabu-shabu restaurant where in you’ll be cooking your food. they do offer meals that are already prepared but it’s their signature I guess on the “cooking your own food” part. And for those readers who knows me as a non-veggie eating person, I did eat this meal. I eat veggies, but not all kinds of vegetables. Just a selection, a few of the kind. I’m picky you know!

 

Cooking the veggies in prepared broth

 

It does take time in this kind of restaurant but at least you have a time to have some chit-chat with your food buddy ;) Meanwhile, you can pair it up with one of their noodles in which my favorite is:

 

Jade noodles with garlic flakes

 

You can eat the noodles as it is or dip it in MK’s special spicy sauce. Or you can place the sauce in the serving of the soup you cooked…

 

Veggie soup meal: with Jade noodles and MK's special spicy sauce

 

And a proof that I ate veggies…

 

Jade noodles anyone?!!!

Hope I didn’t make you guys hungry or crave for Thai food ;)

 

 

 

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I DID Return

Weeks has passed after my return to one of my favorite place: Thailand. This was first trip to the Land of Smiles without my Powerbook so my vacation documentary was not as detailed as what Chico did. this trip was also the shortest: just 3 days.

Went back to Bangkok with Panch and it’s her first time. We can consider it as an adventure somehow. And perhaps lucky as well.

Camwhoring with Panch while waiting for the delayed flight

Flight was delayed for more than an hour. Technical problems from an earlier international flight was the cause but come to think of it, here are some of the memorable events that happened to us: the “stress vs. blessing” moments.

Stress vs. Blessing no.1: Friday night traffic vs. Being offered another roundtrip ticket to any Asian country where the airline flies.

We made it obviously. We just paid for a quite high-priced private service. My usual taxi-service was not available that day :( For the lucky part, sorry to burst your bubble but we didn’t take it. But what’s the reason for the “offer”: airline got overbooked and they are trying to weed out passengers that I guess will bite the offer. They will be paying for the hotel accommodation for the night since we will be taking the next day same flight. Really tempting but if not for the hotel pickup waiting for us at the airport…oh well.

Stress vs. Blessing no. 2: Reservation problem vs. New hotel.

This I really call an accidental blessing. I called up the hotel to confirm which gate was our pickup waiting and then they told us we are being moved from the Sukhumvit hotel to a different hotel in Silom. Panic was all over me then. But was assured that we will be moved back to the original hotel as soon as our supposedly room was cleared. (Again, the word “overbooked” was mentioned) To cut the story short, we never checked in to the original hotel. But instead we stayed here:

Living room in State Tower hotel

State Tower's bedroom with free computer use and internet (LAN and WiFi). That's Panch checking out what's on cable.

State Tower's bedroom with balcony

Our room has a dining area and a fully functioning kitchen too: stove, microwave, airpot and refrigerator plus and all the plates and utensils you'll be needing

It was a blessing! Oh, did I mention that the view at the balcony was spectacular?!?! ^_^

The view from our room's balcony at State Tower in Silom

And talking to Mike, the manager who’s very accommodating and nice, the roof that we are in is much expensive but I felt it’s practically lovelier. And besides, I made it clear that if we stay there we will be charged with the price deal I made with the previous hotel. We might have missed the free American breakfast deal but I practically don’t care. We are in Bangkok, food is everywhere ;)

Stress vs. Blessing no. 3: Away from Sukhumvit vs. Staying in Silom.

Obviously with my almost yearly visits in Bangkok, I am more familiar with Sukhumvit area. But it ended up, I love it there!!! There’s also a walking distance train station! Too bad I wasn’t able to take photos of the street. But I promised myself I will be back and will be staying in that area again.

Stress vs. Blessing no. 4: Alone in Bangkok vs. Getting around.

Alone I meant without any Filipino friend (I miss you, Gian!) to be with. For my past trips there, I usually stay with my friend Gian or a local friend will be taking me around. And it’s Panch’s first time there too so it’s up to me. And lo and behold, I still remember the stations and exits :D Yehey! I think I’m more familiar with the train stops there than here in Manila.

 

Me taking photo of Non, my Thai friend Put's brother at the grounds of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

And with this trip, made me decide not to fear being alone or at least have a contact person in a place you are going to. This trip was my shortest but I guess still ok.

Doing the famous Thai hand-gesture greeting with Ronald McDonald

 

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Yihee…

Charlie Brown has a crush… ^_^

Awww… Either he doesn’t know he’s infatuated or in denial…

And envy strikes…

Funny and cute… ^_^

I wonder how it feels. Been awhile since I had a crush… or was it… nah.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Life in a Comic Strip

 

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Charlie Brown’s Thoughts…

I can totally relate to you, Charlie Brown… sigh…

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2010 in Life in a Comic Strip

 

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