Monday, 27 January 2014

Bangkok in the first week of school! [Part 1]

hello!! (: starting on my bkk post first, even though this trip was later than my Aussie trip last december because i think this should be shorter haha. lots of backlog and i can't remember half the things that have gone on since then! xP whoops. haha hopefully because bkk was more recent so i'll do a better job of it! 

anyway, it was a #YOLO and #makingyear4count moment when my bestie & i decided to escape to bangkok in the first week of the school semester this year! ;) perks of having only a two day week hehe *allow me to gush about it for a moment* FINALLY EXPERIENCING THE YEAR 4 LIFE WOOHOO!!!! and i'm lovin' it! ;) it's so super shiok to 1) not have any accounting mods 2) not have any morning classes 3) only two days of school a.k.a. school feels like a weekend! or rather i have an extra-long weekend keke. too shiok. obviously i'm not thaaaat free (idk why my days still get filled up all the time. which has made it quite difficult to update this space :p), but this awesome timetable has really allowed me to find time to do many other things i love (: such as cook, bake and experiment with flower arranging! i guess you would probably have seen my cooking/baking adventures on instagram/recipes on my blog (lots more coming up!), but allow me to present the first ever flower arrangement i've done ^^ 

it's really an amateur one, and i think the flowers were rather cui because the florist was mainly stocking CNY plants rather than normal flowers (well at least they were on sale!! haha), but i'm still really happy i took the first step to creating this. i've got zero creativity really....need to improve on this (maybe that's why i decided to venture into flower arranging). anyway, if anyone is interested in giving me some lessons, i would be ever so grateful (: 

okay i digressed really far! :P oops! so anyway yep went to bkk in the first week of school. we almost didn't get to go because of all the bad news about the protests and stuff!!! :'( gosh it was such a nerve-wrecking week. we'd already paid and everything and were so excited to go!! but parents and friends were worried etc :/ anyway we managed to change our tigerair flight for a minimum fee to come back a day earlier so that we wouldn't get caught in the shutdown (for those who want to change flights to bkk, i think they will waive the change fee! check with them! cos they might pretend not to know -.- BE PERSISTENT) 

soooo okay bcos this post seems to be getting quite long already (haha), i've decided to split it into two parts

Part 1
Pratunam Morning Market 
Platinum Mall
SIM Card
Travelling to the city centre from the airport

Part 2
Siam Centre/Square/Paragon/Market
Union Mall

for shopping, we literally shopped from the CHEAPEST place, to the most expensive (or least cheap one).

our very sleepy morning faces zzz. because we woke up at 5.30am (OMG...) to catch the Pratunam Morning Market. it actually starts at 5am, and lasts till around 9am if i'm not wrong? we figured that it was no point going thaaaaat early because we heard that the stallholders would still be setting up at 5am. so we arrived there around 6am.

sun had barely risen at that time as you can see. so sleepy...but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! ^^ all the stuff there were really really cheap. the rule of thumb seems to be: do not pay anything above 200 baht. they will also give wholesale prices if you buy more than 3 items. is it just me (i haven't been to bangkok for like maybe 10 years haha) or is there not much room for bargaining nowadays? i really have no idea! bcos a lot of them don't seem to allow much bargaining and being lazy as usual (haha), ngan and I didn't bother to bargain too much. the prices were pretty decent already anyway.

and this was our morning loot!!!! can you believe it?!!?!? hahaha just shopping from 6am-8am got us this amount of stuff :P hehe. *proud of ourselves* and everything was so cheap.

we headed to Platinum Mall after breakfast for more shopping! surprisingly covered Platinum mall really quickly. because it was just soooo messy (kinda like far east plaza) which was just too complicated to navigate already. we spent like only three hours there? haha so fast :p and i was absolutely appalled to see that some stuff were so freaking expensive O.O like 600 baht or sth?!?! i mean the quality was definitely good, but still, i was totally not prepared to buy anything in bkk at that price. in fact, i think other than my shoes, i didn't pay more than 300 baht for anything. haha.

i guess the best part of Platinum mall for me was the FOOD!!!!! on our first night we immediately headed to the Food Court on level 6 to get our thai food fix *woohoo!* pad thai and som tam papaya salad (stall 25 has many options! ask to try the fish sauce though, because it tasted real weird to us :p so you should ask to omit it if you don't like it). we also ordered the yam-flavoured mini belgium waffles (yummy!! wish it was hot thought xP) and the egg pan, which is the super duper cute dish you see there!!! it's sunny side up quails eggs! haha i'm super deprived of bangkok k, so please let me go crazy ;) i didn't experience all this the last time i came here (which was eons ago anyway). totally over-ordred and we were stuffed by the end!! but everything was so cheap (Y)

Platinum mall closes really early though. i think around 9pm? so be sure to go there early to shop/eat!!! i think by the time we went there, there were no more fresh waffles -.- 

okay shall stop here with the malls for now. but just some useful info to add! 

we stayed at The 93 Hotel, which we booked through Agoda. if you think it sounds sleazy because it sounds like hotel 88, it's nothing like that. i thought it was pretty good! 
1. It was cheap
2. Good location (walking distance to Platinum/Siam area, and also right along the street where the Pratunam Morning Market was! so we literally could tumble out of bed and start shopping haha. VERY convenient)
3. Comfy room (the bed was awesomely comfy!! and it was sufficiently furnished/equipped. they even provide toothbrushes! haha not bad)
4. Decent restaurant (we had dinner there on one of the nights. i quite liked their green curry! and there is live music haha)
5. A pretty good massage just around the corner! okay this is quite hard to describe, but when you walk out of the hotel, turn right and walk along the main street and turn left into the first small street. there are signs pointing towards a massage place there. there are two directly opposite each other and we went to the one on the left TWICE because their foot massage was damn good especially after a day of walking & shopping hehe)

SIM Card
we bought it at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. at level one, there are quite a number of shops selling it for around the same price. we bought the one week SIM Card for 300MB of data (more than enough for our stay!) for 399 baht.

we were so amused at their mrt tokens!! haha super cute! you actually tap this little circle token just like an ez link card! anyway it's really easy to take the Airport Rail Link to the city centre. we took the train to the second last station, and this took around 30min and cost 40 baht.

and i shall save the rest for the next post, coming up in a few days time ;) stay tuned ~

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