Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bangkok Day 1: Pratunam + Rod Fai Ratchada Train Market

The past few months have been a busy one for me dealing with school assignments and work. Finally, March has gone. Given that I can spare a few days before mugging on my school assignment and work again, bf suggested to put our work aside and go for an overseas trip to relax ourselves, and have our energy recharged.

We booked this trip just 2 weeks before the flights date and now we were ready to take off.
Our flight was early in the morning and we arrived at the airport in the wee morning. Despite only having 2-3 hours of sleep the night before, I was still feeling awake and energetic for my trip.

After we were done with the administrative procedure, we went to McDonald to have our pre-departure breakfast. I was having my favourite Mcdwrap. It was raining when we came so I have a cup of hot milo to warm myself up.

This is our first "official" overseas trip that my parents have approved.  
Therefore, Bangkok will be a place that leaves many memories for us.

The rain has stopped when we took off and we were blessed with the rainbow after the rain. Feel like we were so near to the rainbow, it looked so amazing.

Up in the air.
We took Scoot to Bangkok. For short and medium haul flight, I am okay with taking budget airline so long as it transport me safely to the destination.

We reached Don Mueang International Airport after 2 hours of flight. 
We have one full day today since the time was only 8am in Bangkok. Singapore is 1 hour ahead of Bangkok.

After clearing the custom, the time was still early for hotel check-in. We went over to Platinum Fashion Mall after leaving our luggage with the hotel.

Platinum Fashion Mall is 10 minutes walk away from Chidlom BTS Skytrain. It's like the air conditioned version of Bugis Village selling all sorts of clothes wear, belts, shoes, bags and food. Since it is a shopping mall, the price is much highly than those shops retailing in the market.

I got a belt (100 baht) and 2 t-shirts (150 baht each) from the Platinum Mall. 
Exchange rate was S$1: 24.60 baht

We then walked to Pratunam Market for more shopping. This place is also Bangkok wholesale market. Just turn in into the small alley and you will be able to find them. The place is filled with shops along the sidewalks. 

At Pratunam, their roadside stall is a must try. We have fried squid eggs that was served piping hot. They were fresh and tasty.

We needed something cold to cool us down so we purchased this coconut milk ice cream in cup at 25 baht which after conversion was about S$1. Coconut ice cream always taste so good and refreshing. 

Every stall got me fascinated, I was blew away by their wide range of fashion stalls available. Totally spoil for choice. The apparels were trendy too, the trend here are what we always get in Bugis Village but at a cheaper price. I have a good 2 hours shopping time over here with new clothes to be added into my wardrobe. Got another 3 apparels over here at 550 baht.

Time to proceed with real lunch after we were done with shopping, it's already 2pm. I decided to give Zaabver Fried Rice & Tom Yam a try.

Finally found a place to take a breather after 3 hours of shopping.
Girls can go madness when comes to shopping.

The Thai ice milk tea was just what we need to ease our thirst, we were super thirsty. Imagine being out there in 37 degree Celsius temperature. Gonna melt soon.

Fried rice and crispy fried prawn for late lunch.
The food served was pretty decent and total cost was about 400 baht (S$16.30).

We then made our way by foot to CentralWorld and Siam Square to shop around.
The reason for coming to Bangkok was to shop and eat throughout our trip.

We have a really long day with lots of walking involved. We decided to go back to hotel to have a short rest and putting down our shopping bags. before heading out for dinner.

We were staying at Citrus 13 Sukhumvit Hotel Bangkok, a 4 stars boutique hotel near Nana BTS. The hotel is about 8 minutes walk away from Nana BTS. This area is also near to the nightlife of Bangkok, for people who like to go siam du, a place you can offer staying when at Bangkok.

We paid about S$96 per night. The room was cozy and clean, pretty decent. Having a clean and cozy is something I expect of a hotel, we all want to have a comfortable stay during our holiday/staycation.

We were staying at level 8 and here's the view from our hotel room. As our hotel is located inside an alley, there isn't much view.

We have 1.5 hours rest before we feel like getting out. So dead tired.

Usually when people go overseas, they will either become closer or you will drift apart from each other because we all have different thinking and different habits. Like many others, we faced disagreement that got our moods spoiled during the first day of our trip. No relationship is smooth sailing, it is through the ups and downs that will bring relationship even closer. 

Get a bottle of collagen peptide from 7 eleven nearby our hotel. We need some vitamin boost to replenish our energy loss. 

Passed by the roadside stall selling sunglasses when we were on our way to Sukhumvit line, got 2 sunglasses from here at 450 baht.

We took the Sukhumvit line to Thailand Cultural Centre station. 
Just right outside the station, you can find street food available. We stopped by to get a packet of fried chicken. They are cheap, delicious and convenient to get, sometimes even taste better than those serving in the restaurant or eatery. Having street food is a must try things in Bangkok, it's part of their cultural. 

After a short walk of 10-15 minutes, we arrived at Rod Fai Ratchada, one of the best train market in Bangkok. They have many rows of stalls line up in the market selling street food, modern fashion and bars. 

Break away from the chain of coconut ice cream, we stopped by this stall to purchase the unique flavour of ice cream.

Uji matcha & bamboo charcoal with topping of mango jelly and red bean at 79 baht. The combination tasted delicious.

We were literally eating all day long. It's okay to eat along when going overseas because the calories will be burn off by the long hours of walking. 

We ordered some of these grilled sticks that was served hot. We can't get enough of the street food, all the food tasted so delicious. 

Halfway walking, it started to drizzle. But luckily only for a short while.

We have another round of squid eggs at 50 baht. 
Not really a fan of this.

Banana prata with chocolate syrup.
This was freshly prepared and served. It has a chewy texture in it. The prata was mouthwatering good.

Rod Fai Ratchada is really a food heaven, we were practically having street food the entire day.

The scallops were very juicy and flavourful when coated with the sauce, it was grilled to perfection. Never thought I will be able to taste such a standard in street food stalls.

We bought mango sticky rice from one of the stalls earlier on  but was too full to eat now. So we took it back to hotel for late night supper. 

End the post with the sunglasses I purchased.

It was nearly 10pm when we reached our hotel. 
Time for a good sleep because I was sleep depriving due to catching the early flight.
Good night.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Johor Bahru City Square: llaollao + Season's Cafe

Johor Bahru (JB) is a place that I never get tired of visiting. 
I have become a regular traveller to JB ever since I knew the way of going in. If you ask me how regular I visit, the probability is about once a month or whenver we have nothing in mind during weekend.

Now that I am familiar with how to go there, I can bring my friends in if you guys want to.

Today, we went in slightly later and by the time we reached JB custom at about 5pm, we were surprised to see the queue after we came out from the toilet.

The queue was empty. We cleared the custom in less than 5 minutes. 
Lucky us.

Upon reaching JB City Square, we stopped by along the bridge to buy Xuan Tea. It's been a long time since I drank bubble tea, so we purchased a taro bubble tea to quench our thirst.

We then proceeded for some shopping. I bought a new dress @ RM39.90 to work wear.

Decided to have a little rest and enjoy dessert, we stopped by llaollao to have a cup of frozen yogurt. For topping, we selected white chocolate and oreo chips. These toppings will add sweetness to reduce the sour taste of the yogurt.

We decided to go Season's Cafe for dinner. Season has a store in JB City Square that sells breads and cakes. In my previous visit at the start of the year, I purchased their macha and salted egg cheese tarts, and it was very delicious. Hence, I decided to give their cafe a try.

A selfie while waiting for food.
Since we just have dessert earlier on, we didn't order too much for dinner. We just ordered a main course each.

I got this checkered boyfriend shirt from GF, a gift from her during her KL trip. Thanks GF (:
Boyfriend shirt is one of my favourite fashion style because the shirt is very versatile and it creates different style depending on how we wear it.

Enjoying my short day trip to JB.
Coming to JB always make me feel relax and enjoying, except the custom jam part.

I have chicken baked rice.
The rice tasted very normal, nothing fantastic. But good thing is the charging is not expensive either, about RM20.

Bf has fish fillet spaghetti.
Total dinner cost is about RM50. In total for all our food spending, it cost us about $25 after conversion. Now you know why we love coming here to spend our weekend?

JB, see you soon again.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Celebrate Life with Party Popper Singapore

We all have that special occasion and that magic moment in our life where we want to have a blast, creating wonderful memories. 

It's time to celebrate life with Party Popper Singapore.

I attended Party Popper Singapore launch event which was held at BackStage Cafe, a quiet and cozy cafe located in Kallang.

Upon arriving, I was drawn to the popper displayed on the table. 
I have never seen so many different variety of popper before, make me want to try all the different effect out.

Party Popper Singapore is the only specialist in party popper in Singapore. They offer the widest range of party poppers at the most competitive pricing. 

For champagne lover.
Pop this champagne during the event or parties and light up the air with multi colour metallic foil different shapes heart, stars, dove, ball, butterfly.

30cm: $8 each 
50cm: $9.50 each

We can even customized the packaging of the popper and present as a door gift during wedding. It can also be presented as door gift for corporate event too. 
Good idea, isn't it?

This is the red heart shaped popper at $2.50 each.
It creates a rain of lovely hearts, so romantic.

Event was starting. 
My friend, Jasmine, was the emcee of the day.

Meet the owner of Party Popper Singapore, Marcus Poh.
Marcus shared that they offer the lowest price in market and wide variety of poppers to cater to different needs and events.

Next segment was the lion and dragon dance performance which all of us enjoyed watching. 
Lion and dragon performance is seen during festive celebration and business launch to bring good luck from the start.

财神爷 was here too.
So cute, he gave the victory sign.

A total of 5 lions were activated for the ceremony.
We were treated to a visual performance by the lion dance troupe.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

We have a group photo taken with my group of friends against the dragon dance backdrop. So beautiful.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

A group photo with all the bloggers and Marcus. Look at the confetti above us, they were popped by the lion dance troupe.
We were all fascinated seeing the confetti falling like rain, we can't wait to try the popper on our own.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

The way to pop a popper is easy, there is a instruction around the packaging of the popper. Just twist and turn both hands in opposite direction. Easy peasy.

Ready, get set, go.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

 Celebrate Life with Party Popper Singapore.

A celebration won't have been fun without these party popper. Instantly, the whole place was filled with lively atmosphere and lots of confetti.

We all love the US dollar bills popper. Who don't love money?

Imagine money falling from the sky, it's like our wish come true. This is suitable for opening ceremonies, corporate events or prosperous occasions. Each is selling at $5.50.

Everyone was having fun popping the poppers.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

Jasmine and I have a pop together. It has been a long time since I last seen her, we have a new way of reunion by having a blast.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

We were all having fun while the confetti dropped on us. While playing, it brought back a nostalgia of my childhood time where we played with popper during our festive celebration. Reminisce the old good times.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

We never know poppers can be so addictive, we didn't want to stop popping. It has been so long since I last have so much fun. 

Look at our end product.
I hope we didn't make a big mess.

Photo credits to Party Popper Singapore.

It was a very fun and amazing afternoon with my fun loving friends and party poppers, I have a great time popping the poppers. Thanks Party Popper Singapore for the invitation and all the fun you brought to us.

For more information about Party Popper Singapore, pls visit the below link:

Instagram: @PartyPopperSingapore

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