amazing trip!!! i will crown it as trip of the year! I really do believe now- what really makes a great trip is all about who you are travelling with and only a minor 20% lies in which country it may be.
Apr 3 to Apr 6 i had an amazing time with my two dear friends. This trip made me discover different sides of my two buddies. Thank god, in a good way. =)
Close ones around me say I’m one stubborn girl. yes i am. despite turmoils and negative news happening in bkk, my friends and i went ahead as plan. Call us young monsters, or daring youth, i guess this is just a way of being young. Situation over there during these 4 days actually did not seem as bad as reported. Yes, areas were congested, roads were blocked and major shopping malls were forced to cease operations. & According to news, a total of 500million SGD has been lost so far. But, when one really joins in the crowd, people were more like feeling united for a reason, they sang and cheer to the slogan, stood by each other and some even helped eased the congested traffic.
Plane touched down around 9 plus in the morning. Chai & I went to Grand Diamond via taxi to meet alicia. To my surprise, first thing that greeted us on the expressway was Amway Ad board. huge.
When we reached the hotel , 2nd thing i noticed was the hotel actually bought x3 of its air filter. me stunned.
Both of us were then greeted by alicia, she looked so happy =) Spent the day hunting a good place to relax, wanted to go cENTRAL World & Big C but both were closed. Eventually went to a mall, did out thai massage while alicia did her french. (unfortunately, the lady didnt do a very good job) while chai & i were like : having our bones ‘broken’ all the way. (thanks to the massage) Lol!! At night, we went to Suam Lum night market. Lucky it was opened. For the first time, as a tourist, i actually worry more about shops being opened than whether if i have enough money to shop anot. Coz, situation was more like, you may not be able to shop the way you want even though u have the cash. Bought lots of stuff!!
Day 2: A great day at jatuchak weekend market.Rumours about it being way too expensive etc were at least 70% proven wrong to me. the 3 of us had great buys man. Shirts at $8 below. t-shirt at $6 below. Drinks & ice pops at 10 baht each. Latte & ice coffee at 50baht below. Shopped like mad, and sweat like mad. LOL!!!
There was this incident though: Just when alicia and chai were choosing at some potential pieces, suddenly the hawkers just packed and ran! So drama! But its true! Apparantly they were hawkering at an illegal slot. But we did our country proud anyway. We waited for their return (shortly after 5 mins), paid without even much bargaining and left. Guess we never met this in Singapore before, were kinda stunned. Before logic hits us, we were pricked by our conscience. Nope, we do not go away without paying. That’s mankind instinct. There is such thing as Karma ya know…LOL
At night, we visited one of the most beautiful places in BKK, rooftop bar at Banyan tree for a drink. Wow, the night sight is amazing!! something like what we can see from Singapore Flyer. Under the moonlight, each of us basked in the mood of relaxation. Gone are worries, stress and problems. There, we see only stars, beautiful people drinking, chatting and enjoying the night altogether.
haha, and there was this HUGE-RAT-IN-THE-RESTURANT incident. While everyone were sinking into the lovely dinner (aahaan aroy mak), i heard some ‘thing’ moving next to me. Dont why there is this channel that looks like a drain somehow. part of decor i think. but whoever designed it ought to be slapped. That place is perfect for rats to move in and out, like some short of secret passage to the kitchen and then back to their nest again. At first, i thought it was the next door making noise or something but my sixth sense tells me its more than meet the eye. And then, taa-daa!! Behind my friend, out came i saw the RAT!! Yes no kidding, a huge one. i would give it a XL for that. immediately, i pulled to chai, pointed at that thing, think he was shocked too!! Alicia saw what the both of us saw and there you go, a table of singaporeans x3 making much lovely noise. lol!! and reasong being? THE RAT! took us quite some time to settle down again from the drama before continuing with the dinner. No doubt, dinner was good. We shouldnt criticize the good food to a lousy one because of the rat , or should we? =) mai roo na. mai khao jia thammai got rat man. mai dii na.
Day3: A visit to amway warehouse. THe place was huge man. big. comparable to the one in Taiwan. probably slightly smaller. but in terms of the variety of items sold, it will not lose. Wanted to buy Amway Rice back but my mum will probably kill me. lOL!! met up with mr piboon, very nice person. brought me around the warehouse, showed me around. There , under the board of honors, i chanced upon the pic of a young diamond. probably same age as me. in uni i think. lor mak. met another diamond , (used to be dentist), then came another diamond, then another. Think its because mr piboon is one, so his circle of friends probably consists of many diamonds too. After the short excursion, met up with alicia and chai at MBK again. The movie was great!! 120baht, good movie, good theatre. Hahaha, we were basically laughing our butts off. the movie was really really lame but funny!! so so script, so so artistes, so so storyline but we were totally blown away but its humour. A1 for that. At night, as we were turning in, from my bed point of view, i somehow sense something. Don’t worry, its not that kind. I just realised that our neighbour could see exactly we were doing and vice versa , we could too. At first, the room was dark, possible movement from opposite side was limited. but as i looked closer, i could literally see them and whatever they were doing in the room. thank god they weren’t doing any hanky panky. but it was funny enough to keep the 3 f us laughing for a while. Haha!!! 3 or 4 men if i m not wrong, wore basically nothing but their undies , lying on the bed to watch TV or something. As normal as it seems , but at that point of time, it was hilarious coz i’ve excluded some ‘lovely’ conversations the 3 of us had in the room. LOL! LOL! but then again, why would men wore nothing but undies (not boxers type) to sleep or in front of their room mates overseas in a hotel? at least boxers might look more decent but LOL!! its like girls wearing bikini in hotel to sleep or in front of their roommates instead of normal T-Shirt or PJ. maybe its normal for guys? hhahaa..quickly, we shut the curtains. & and it remained shut till the day we left.
* on our way back to hotel, we met a really good cab driver. Drove in short cut and took us back to hotel in less than the usual 10 mins. fOR his honesty, instead of 62 baht shown in the meter, we gave him 100baht. (which is only around $4SGD) hope it made his shift a better one. Alot of times when we travel, we tend to remember only ourselves. Many a times we forget others and possible way that we can actually make & cheer someone’s day. One impt travel tip i learnt : think not just yourself. be good to others and treat others the way you would like to be treated. good things and good people will be sent along the way to make your trip an unforgettable one.
day 4: well…this was the hardest part. I don’t wanna leave the place. i love it so much there. past 4 days had been great! everything was great. so was the protests. things were taking for the worst. larger area was congested. on our way to the airport, the cabby was very funny! interesting on why do we keep on meeting interesting things along the way? hahahha..the jam was so bad , the 3 of us were quite worried and panicked that if we were to catch the plane in time by 4.25pm. interestingly, the cabby was more kan-chiong than us. cOZ of the jam, his car engine seems to die off everytime we stopped for too long, plus the sun was scorching hot! One moment, in english, he assured us everything was gonna be alright and that we’ll reach there on time. But at the same moment, his expression gave him away. and in thai, he was like: “die die liao.” He probably didnt’ know we understood a little thai. good enough to survive in the country. We gave him 500 baht at the end of the day. coz he was forced to commission the bell boy 100 baht for introducing us to him. so he ended up earning 100baht less. We bought his story coz you can just tell if a person is lying anot, and this poor fellow here who left his countryside to seek a better life in bKK as a taxi driver certainly does not deserve treatment like this.
to round up our trip, we met a nice irish uncle who sat next to me, asked me if i was from singapore and from there we began chatting. Thank goodness i’ve got chai and alicia who helped me with some conversation along the way to fill in awkward silence parts. He looked like he;s in his late fifties, half retired, wife and children in ireland and family runs a stone business. Hmm…regarding the stone business part, think alvyn knows more about it than i do. To me, he fits the bill of retirees who finally are doing what they like after slogging for more than 3 decades. From him, i ask myself, when Im 50, what kind of lifestyle will i be leading? What kind of person will i be? & what kind of mindset and attitude will i have towards life? Will i be as carefree and happy like this sir is?