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Friday, June 30, 2006

Leaving Phuket for Bangkok!
Having our breakfast at Burasari.

One last glance at the swimming pool area.
where the pool access rooms are :)


The roads are brightly lit in celebration of the King's 60th Anniversary to the throne.

Khaosan Road, my favourite hang out in Bangkok.

Fried creepy crawlies.
i tried the grasshoppers once years back and their legs tasted like Mamee, my favourite childhood snack.

Dreadlocks, hair braiding services available along Khao San Road.


this dinner is the highlight of the whole trip, the moment i've been awaiting for.
Superb Sky dining on the 63rd storey of Bangkok's 2nd tallest building, The State Tower.

Awarded by Conde Nast Traveller's as one of the world's top 80 restaurants, Sirocco is definitely unforgettable and mesmerizing.

we were quickly ushered to our seats by very smartly attired servers.

every table was served with these.


Barberie duck confit with a salad of poached figs, frisee and
gorgonzola-pancetta vinaigrette.

Lobster bisque flamed with VSOP Cognac, laced with lobster morsels.

After our starters, we were served with a scoop of sorbet each.


Sesame coated fillet of Scottish salmon on lobster crushed potatoes,
Mediterranean vegetable gremolata in a pinot noir reduction.

Green olive crusted saddle of lamb with Jerusalem artichoke cream and morel sauce.

Great music from the live band above.

i enjoyed dinner at Sirocco, the service was excellent.
and the atmosphere perfect.
it's a place worth visiting but do make reservations beforehand.
For more info, click here!!

next up, we went to Memorial Bridge aka Flower Market

it's not very well known to tourist as this point of time and 95% of the people shopping at this place are locals.
Thus, stuff here are really cheap!
it's like a mini chatuchak with lots of clothes and accessories.

the only downside is that this place can get quite rowdy.
so just keep your belongings safe and your eyes to yourselves! :P

Erawan Shrine

It has been rebuilt at a surprisingly faster than expected speed.
It looks more glamourous than ever and it's really crowded.

Massage at GOLDEN HAND

you can find this upon turning left at the exit of ASIA HOTEL.
it lies on the same row where PETER RENEE (the famous tailor) is.

i like foot massage here.
it's relaxing and the aromatherapy brings me straight to slumber.

however, body massage isn't as good.
the environment is dim and cozy but the bunch of friendly and giggly masseurs here will disturb you from sleeping.


Claypot Style STeamboat!
it's yummy and cheap!
we found this along Samran Place.

Rice with pork and basil leaves.
i simply love simple dishes like these.
it's so tasty!

BBQed fish.
while waiting for this fish to be ready, we almost missed our flight.

one last look at my room at Samran Place.
this time, i wasn't so lucky as to get the big room, but i'm more than happy with this.

Some cabbies do not know of Samran Place, to enlighten them, you can say:

1) Petchaburi Road
2) Direct them to Asia Hotel (it has to be on your left), go straight after seeing Asia Hotel and make a left turn upon the first turning straight after.
Continue straight and you'll see Samran place within 10 seconds or so.

Mani/Pedi done at Plaza 29 (MBK)
cost around 700baht in total.

i went back home that night to Singapore, to be met with a lovely surprise:

a bunch of pretty tulips!
they may not be my favourite flowers cuz they're too shy and live shortly.
but they managed to put a smile across my face :)

Thank you.

i'm flying again in less than 3 weeks!!!!!!!

*jumps around in delirious joy*

Monday, June 12, 2006

Day 3 @Phuket

we're off to Kata Beach!

we booked Mr Manit (the one who arranged our island hopping and snorkelling trip) to bring us around Phuket Island for one whole day at a full sum of 600THB.
i think it's very worth it as taking cabs around Phuket ain't cheap.
and the roads at Phuket are winding and may be quite steep to drive around.

the people behind me kept temting me with the big and vibrant umbrella.
they gave me an opening price of 1200baht for parasailing which i acutely refused.
that's daylight robbery!
i was actually offered only 500baht over at Patong the day before but didn't go around doing it due to the bad weather and strong winds.

after a long time of price haggling, we finally settled for it at 600baht.

fully geared and ready to soar!

in the sky with spiderman behind me.
i was so scared!

i was so far away and at one point, the parachute sank quite low that my feet almost touched the waters.

Kata Beach is cleaner and the water's clearer than Patong.
it's quieter and less crowded.
i actually enjoy the tranquility alot over here.

the waves are fierce and strong!

enjoying a coconut drink under the hot sun!

ATV Adventure Ride.
800 baht for 30 mins.

We had lunch at Phuket Town.
Mr Manit brought us to this place which serves really fantastic Hokkien Mee!
it's the best i ever had and this place is very famous among the locals too!

Shopping at Central Festival, the biggest shopping mall in Phuket.


i even found Mister Donuts there, the same one which i saw in Taipei.
but pls do not try this.
it's not even half as nice as the ones i had in Taipei.

back at Patong.
i just can't bear to leave the beach!

Traditional Ancient Thai Massage @Burasari.
The masseur nicknamed, "Nar", has excellent and very professional skills.
it costs 500baht for one hour.
may sound steep but every cent is worth it.

Dinner at Zen Japanese Restaurant along Patong Beach.
it's quite prominent.

i enjoyed the food here very much.
It's very very fresh though the price is not exactly that cheap, but still, slightly cheaper than here in Singapore.
their washroom is freezing cold, like my fridge!!

next up, eating again at SABAI SABAI.
it's alwayz overflowing with customers and i was told this is one of the best restaurant in Patong.

Savoury Sweet green chicken curry.

Seafood Salad.


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