Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bangkok Day 3

Okay, the continuation of my Bangkok food post. I told you before and I'll tell you again. This trip is all about food. Like you don't know that already, right? My instagram and Wechat was filled with all the food porn. By the way, I bought tourist 3G sim card at 7-11 in Thai so that I can be connected to the virtue world. It was really cheap, around 350-390 baht for 1Gb of data maybe. My advise, don't buy the 50 Baht sim card because you have to top up the credit on your own or else it will keep sending you messages in Thai telling you to top up in order to use the data. 

Dinner on Day 2 of our trip. We had Korean cuisine, the famous desserts, street food and all that, so we wanted to try authentic Thai food, not your normal Tomyam Gung or pad thai. So Pupe brought us to this Thai restaurant that I already forgot the  name of it. Sorry! This place served amazing food and some of it is super spicy. 

The tomyam gung. The transparent blob that you see is actually collagen. So yeah, we had collagen in our soup hehehe. Beat that.

Sara's friend, Pupe. She's such a sweet and soft spoken girl. We only casually told her we wanted to try authentic Thai food and she really brought us there. 

Pork liver and triple layer pork. The triple layer pork is the bombdigidy. So delicious and tender yet still crispy. Now I know why Thai girls have such nice body because their food portion quite small.

Strawberry and mango salad. Sweet and sour combination. This is a great appetizer because it really opens up your appetite.

Half eaten fried rice and pork rib maybe. I can't remember the dish but it is really spicy. Poor Yufen couldn't eat anything else after having this. 

Another fried rice. The shredded thingy is actually shredded meat.

After dinner, we went for second round dinner. Yup, second round. Pupe was so sweet and thoughtful, she suggested that we go for Hokkaido Ramen because maybe we're not full enough from dinner.


Our ramen. We shared a big bowl of ramen because we were quite full actually.

We had gyoza too.

The next day, we had planned to go to King Kong for Japanese Yakiniku. And this is my favorite meal of all. All sorts of meats for us to pick from, they got pork, lamb, beef, salmon, and prawns. 

We had all of these and more on the other sides. I'm too paiseh to take too much photos. Oh yeah, times our food 2 because we ordered twice. It's so good and sinful that I felt I ate too much meat during this trip. Felt so guilty yet so satisfying too.

But that doesn't stop me for dessert.

My crepe with frozen fruits but a bit too sweet. We had this at Platinum mall food court.

Mango sticky rice again because we couldn't get enough of it.

We visit Asiatique at night. And meet up with Sara's friend, Lina at The Pizza Company for dinner.

All of us! Lina is so sweet and nice too. And she speak Mandarin too. I personally think she's such a brave girl. She went to Guang Zhou alone to learn Mandarin for 4 months. Tell me, this is brave or not?

After dinner, we explored Asiatiaque and they have so many nice shops. Rows and row of clothes, accessories and souvenirs. It is so much better than Chatuchak, I skipped Chatuchak because we wanted to sleep in. I bought a bag and pants here and it's quite cheap. There are so many other things that I wanted to buy but I was quite broke already.

A photo of all of us before saying goodbye to Lina.

The spectacular Ferris wheel.

The shops at Asiatique are quite hippie and sells lot of unique things.

And of course after eating and shopping, we went for massage. I HAD THE BEST MASSAGE EVER IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

At first I was quite angry at my masseur. She was young and petite but surprisingly very strong. She was literally pinching my body, at least that's how I felt. It was freaky painful and I may have or may not cursing her in my head. A few times I told her "pain, soft" but she ignored me. 

Only at the end, I realized she was trying to untie my knots. I have been having some pain of my shoulder and she miraculously untie all of my knots. The massage didn't leave me sore, I always get sore muscles after massage. But this one left me feeling so refresh and light. It was the best 350 baht I've ever spent. It was a professional healing center located at Asiatique and sometimes you have to queue for your turn.  

This is the amazing masseur. 

Final food photo and it was our lunch at the airport before flying home.
Japanese curry.

I have to rant about Malaysian at the airport because I was so angry. When we reached the airport and going through custom check, a guy in normal clothes with an I-don't-know-what-ID badge jumped in my way and said "Malaysia Police, open your bag."

I was like huh? His tone was so rude and annoying. I understand that is his job to check any suspicious person whom maybe smuggling drugs but at least show your Malaysian good attitude and politeness.

Like "Excuse me, miss. I'm Malaysia Police and can you step aside? I need to check your bag" And after that maybe help me carry me bag to the side because it was freaking heavy?

He rummaged through my bag and found nothing except for maybe dirty underwear and bras. I was kidding. 

Really spoiled my mood upon coming back to my own country. Ok, rant over and it was still a great holiday for me.

And now I need another holiday. Counting down to 2 and a half weeks for another holiday. Hehehe

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Money is not everything

This has been the toughest week for me personally. I had a huge row with my parents regarding of money. Their complain, I do not give enough to cover their expenses. Little did they know, I barely have enough to cover for my own expenses. I only been working for 2 years plus and starting to have own commitments too, how much do they expect me to give them? On certain occasion when there is festival or emergency, I have never fail to chip in for them and lighten their burden. And I always give money for them every months since the first month I'd started working.

My own saving has been depleted to almost 0 due to so many unexpected occasions but  that doesn't mean I will stop living my life. Yes, I travel a lot. That's my passion. I booked my tickets sometimes a year ahead during promotion, I hand carried everything to save money, I stayed at budget hotel and use public transports most of the time. That's how I travel mostly. But I splurged on food admittedly.

Another complain that I've heard is I shopped a lot. I always been shopping a lot when I was young. I'd save all of my pocket money (RM10) per week to buy any thing I'd desired. Same goes for now. I bought stuff online only when I saw free shipping and discount/sale. I worked hard for my money and I deserve to spoil myself anyway that I wanted.

When I brought home heels my size, the response I got "Oh, so you money to shop hor" Fuck you. Whenever I see heel in my size, which is very rare with the possibility of 1%, you bet I grab those.
"You got money to travel hor" I rather starve myself than to not travel when I'm young. I don't want to live life the way you do.

I wish they know my struggle and I wish they learnt to live within their means.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bangkok Girly Trip Part 1

My Bangkok trip this time is all about shopping and food plus good massages too. It was so impromptu that we booked our flight for this 3 months ago. But as the date for our holiday drew closer, Thailand was in chaos with all the protests and Thai coup curfew. My dad was against my wish to go and we almost cancelled the whole trip.

Lucky we didn't because it was absolutely safe there, or at Bangkok at least. The media really know how to blow up their news and make everything 10 times worse than it is. I have been closely following up on the news about Thailand and everyone who went there during the period said it is completely safe.

Anyway, back to my trip. Behold yourself and don't read if you're hungry because it is all food porn. LOL

For this trip we stayed at Hotel Vista Express which located at Soi 19 Pratunam, The hotel was clean and quiet but the location is too secluded. It is located at an alley which only accessible by foot or vehicles coming from the other side because it is a one way street. But it is still okay for us la since taxis are abundant and cheap in Bangkok.

On our first night, we had our dinner at this stall in Chinatown.

It is very popular apparently and located just by the road side. And it has a very long queue. Lucky us got seats after 20 minutes or so.

Tom yam gong. Yummy-ness in a bowl. But it is smaller that I've expected.

A spicy steam fish but I really hate the parsley(is it) on top of it.

Sorry, half eaten food because we were starving. We had crabmeat, squids in salty egg, tofu, morning glory, fried egg and cockles. Basically everything seafood la but the bills was very cheap. Only 100++ Baht for 6 persons.

All of us! Patchy and Maple are Sara's friends and so friendly and nice.

Told ya it was a long queue. 

One more photo of the food from my phone because it was so delicious.

With Sara, the mastermind of this trip. She did all the research about where to eat and which restaurants we must visit.

After dinner we went to Sixcret (?) for drinks. Can't really remember the name of the place because I was beyond sleepy after dinner. I woke up at 6 in the morning that day because of our early flight.

Sara's photography skill lolololo

My skill hahahahha 

Day 2! Ready to eat and shop.

For lunch we head over to Koreatown to try Doorae  since it is highly rated by everyone. 

The pork is sooooo gooodddd!

All ready to dig in

More and more dishes coming in. 

We really over ordered but the bill quite okay leh. 

Can't finish it all
Here's the address if you guys keen:

Address: 12 Thanon Sukhumvit, แขวง คลองเตย เขต คลองเตย กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
Just google translate if you want to know in English but if not, just show this to your taxi driver, they sure know where it is.

Next is dessert time at Mango Tango.

They have this rule where the minimum order must be 3 so we all just share all the 3 desserts. We had mango sticky rice, mango pudding and something mango sago, I can't recall the name. 

True to its fame, our desserts are all delicious. 

After stuffing ourselves, it's time to hit Siam Paragon. Shopping time but I didn't bought much, I even left Forever 21 empty handed. Don't know is it me growing old or my taste has changed, nothing really caught my eyes this time. However I still got some great haul from Bangkok.

During one of my many fitting room session. Got bored because none of the tops fit me well so I took selfie instead.

Massage after shopping. It felt so good to have people massage your feet after walking whole day. 

Did I warned you that this trip was all about food for me?

So, we went to After You after massage for tea break. As always After You was packed and we waited around half an hour for our seats.

We girls being girls. Everyone wiped out their phone when our food came. Hehehhee I love people whom share the same passion with me.

The real reason we're here, Shibuya Honey Toast. It still taste the same and so good. The toast is so soft in the inside and mix it with honey, one word: perfect!

Sorry yu fen, this is our one and only group photo. See people outside the cafe, those were still waiting for their turn. 

That's all for Part 1 of my Bangkok trip now. Will continue soon.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gawai at Song

Finally I'm able to stay at home at night and sit down properly to update this space. Gawai this year was a little special and different for me. For starter, it is the first Gawai without my paternal grandmother. And this is also the first Gawai for the bf.

This is not his first trip to my longhouse as he came earlier this year for my grandma 'ngetas ulit' ceremony. Still it is an eye opening experience for him to be part of Gawai celebration. I feel so thankful that he had fun mingling and getting to know my extended family and relatives. 

It was a chillax trip balik kampung for me to recharge before going back to my daily grinds. I left my camera in my room the whole time and only managed to snap some photos on the last day while we were waiting for my express boat. 

The famous Song wharf. I posted a picture of me here on Facebook and most of my friends asked "Song Wharf?"

I love my camera for giving me flawless look

Milo ice cream on a hot day, perfect!

The so called First Class in the express boat

How deceiving the title is as I practically write nothing about Gawai. If you are a long time reader, you would know that I hate going back for Gawai. As I grow older, I don't hate it that much anymore. However, it doesn't excite me much either.