Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bangkok Trip with Le Hubby

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Le hubby had to go to Bangkok for business for a few days so I tagged along! Heh heh! I love tagging along on his business trips. ^_^

 
Four Square check-in upon arrival in Bangkok!

The last time I came to Bangkok was with Le hubby last year January 2012. That was our first overseas trip together and where he asked me to be his girlfriend. :) Read about it here.

I love the multi coloured taxis in Bangkok, especially the pink ones!


Complimentary coffee, tea & 2 bottled of waters per day.

There's no bathtub but the bathroom was big and very clean.

A lot of people go to Thailand for shopping.. but I prefer shopping in angmoh countries like Australia & USA, UK because they have my size. In Bangkok it's mostly small sizes or 'free' sizes so I am not really interested in going shopping. Instead of shopping, we went eating!

Local food FTW!

Fried noodles, duck noodle soup, pork belly rice and strangely.. takoyaki!

Supper in our room! :)

I love thai chendol! Yummy!

Mad love the Mango Sticky Rice! So different from Singapore's version.

It was so nice I tabao more from the hawker on the street!

Actually I can't eat mango cos I was having a really terrible cough. We flew to Bangkok just 1 day after returning from Hong Kong, and I fell sick the night before we flew back.. the cold and cough I had that (might be the cold weather, but Wany said I ate too many mango desserts there..) mutated into something worse while I was in Bangkok. The copious amount of Mango Sticky rice I ate made my condition worse... but somehow miraculously I recovered on the last day before I flew back to Singapore! LOL! Fight poison with poison!

To prove my point.. EAT FRENCH FRIES!

Huge Mcdonald's french fries!

SOOO BIGGGG!

I didn't know how big the fries were.. the countergirl asked if I wanna "Upsize" and I said "Ok". Little did I know that it's soooo big! LOL!

Le hubby is a Mcdonald's fanboy. He must eat it once whenever we visit another country. Must must must. Even in Japan where there's so much yummy food to choose from, my hubby insist in having Mcdonald's for dinner. -_- He said it's his dream to try all the Mcdonald's in the whole world. Hahahahhahaa...

A visit to Bangkok is never complete without having a meal at one of my favourite steamboat restaurants!

The roast duck is so damn good. Omg. So good.

Le hubby with the mushroom plate!

Same one we had last year! Heehee!

The Christmas decorations are up in all the shopping mall!
On a more serious note.. the demonstrations in Bangkok are heating up.. One day when Le hubby had to go to the factory to view some machines, I decided to take a cab to Central World shopping mall for lunch. The bellhop told me that it will be faster to walk as "the roads are closed". He did not tell me there was a protest going on.

So I walked from our hotel to Central World.. which was around 15mins away by foot. I wanted to take a cab cos I am a lazy pig. It was so warm! Especially when I just came back from Hong Kong where the weather was so cooling!

Since I seldom go to Bangkok, I don't really know the place well so instead of using the skybridge, I walked along the main road. While walking, I saw a crowd upfront where the roads were closed.

I thought it was some daytime pasar malam where there's food stalls and also stalls selling Thailand flags for souveniers. Obviously I am someone who do not read the news because at the moment in time I had no idea there was a political unrest in Bangkok. 

The food trucks were handing out food for free because there's no money involved and I see people queuing up and taking bowls of food and just walking away without handing over any coupons or money. 

I realized it was no ordinary event when I saw someone giving a speech on top of a lorry, and when the crowd responded very enthusiastically whenever he said something that seems very forceful. Like "Blah blah blah blah.. BLAH BLAH BLAHHHHHHHH!!" and the crowd will cheer, blow their whistles and wave the Thai flag.

Video #1


Video #2

After seeing someone attempting to cut off the power lines that belonged to the Thai Royal Police Headquarters did it finally dawned upon me that I am in the middle of a demonstration and things could get ugly and I might die or something in the worst case scenario if I get caught between crossfire. No one can save me because the local people are storming the police headquarters! If the policemen are being attacked, who's gonna protect the tourist who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time?

I know the Thai people has a reputation of being kind, warm & gentle.. but you have not stood in the middle of a protest where the feelings of resentment is so strong that even I, a foreigner who doesn't know the language or shit about what's going on can feel it...

Have you ever heard of "Herd Behaviour"? Read more about it on Wikipedia here. Things can turn violent with a simple spark.. and there's really nowhere to run.

While taking the video above, someone came over to me and started yelling at me in Thai. He's super fierce and super aggressive. Then another person handed me a flag and yelled "GO THAILAND!" in my face and I just waved the flag and walked quickly towards the shopping mall so I can be safe from the protest, waving it frantically everytime the speaker yell something loudly in Thai and the crowd cheer.

Fucking scary shit.

Le hubby wanted to meet me at the shopping mall cos I was so traumatized, but since all the roads were closed I decided to tabao food and walk back to the hotel. On the way back I made sure to sure the sky bridge so I can avoid the crowds below. In case of stampede, at least I am safe from any cross fire and I can run away quickly in the opposite direction.

Below are some pictures I took from the skybridge.


I went to read on the reasons behind the demonstrations and realized it's not as simple as it seems.. a lot of other government buildings are also being surrounded by the protesters who are trying to force the Prime Minister out of office. I believe the protest will continue on until early next year, so I think now is not the best time to visit Bangkok. In fact, our Singapore government has issued a statement urging Singaporeans to avoid travelling to Thailand unless necessary.

About me not reading the news.. I don't like to read news because it's full of negativity. Disasters, murders, rapists, economic downturns, fare hikes, yadah yadah yadah. All sad shit.. or just a load of propaganda nonsense. I'm not really one of those people who has to be "in the know" with the happenings of the world.. I only read the news when I absolutely have to or when I am extremely bored and there's nothing else to read.

Anyways, other than the scary protest that I stumbled into accidentally, the trip went well without any hiccups. The only thing I hate about Bangkok is the taxi drivers.. scumbags who overcharge a few times the normal fare! Isn't there any regulatory system in Bangkok to enforce the rule that all taxi drivers MUST use the meter to charge the fare? Compulsory metered taxis are one of the reasons why I love living in Singapore. I hate haggling with scumbag taxi drivers who tell you "Same same" when they want to charge you THB200 for a THB60 ride. Seriously!?!?! Go to hell lah.. You wanna overcharge tourists just to make a living.. fine. But don't overcharge so much! It's daylight robbery!

I think the best solution is to stay in a good location where you can either take the train or walk to the shopping malls.. do not rely on Tut tut and taxis!
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wedding Video: Childhood montage + Story of how we met

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Our graphic designer is a young & very talented lady from Malaysia. She designed our church wedding invite, church program, wedding poster and also created our childhood video montage + an animation on how we met. 


The video was shown during our wedding dinner on 29th September 2013 at Grand Hyatt Singapore before our 1st march in. I think it's very important to have a proper video done for your wedding guests because most of them might not even know us personally as they are our parents' friends, so it's good for them to know a bit of a back story. At least they won't feel like they are at a wedding where they don't know anything about the couple at all.. it's good to feel involved. :)


Click to watch the video! :)

We also used her designs for our photobooth!
The vendor for our photobooth is Baicapture.

Chee Ching is extremely patient and efficient. She was willing to make edits until we were satisfied and she always replies to her emails/whatsapp messages on time. Do consider her if you are looking for a graphic designer. You can communicate with her via email/whatsapp and do the payment via paypal or bank transfer to her Malaysian bank account. 

Highly recommended! :)

Visit her website for more information and also to view her other works!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Miffy x 2% Hong Kong

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My sister is a huge Miffy fan so I made it a point to visit every Miffy shop I can when I am overseas. 

I've been to the original Nijntje shop in Amsterdam and spent hours there trying to decide what to bring home for her. I've also been to Tokyo's Harajuku Kiddy Land with Le Hubby where we also bought some Miffy stuff for her.

Unfortunately the one in Hong Kong doesn't have as much stuff as the ones in Tokyo & Amsterdam.. perhaps it's a collaboration and they mainly made clothes & shoes instead of selling the official merchandise. Nevertheless it was fun browsing through the small shop in Harbour City Ocean Terminal.

They do have many Miffy Shoes for sale though. Really cute!

My sister wanted a pair but I didn't buy it for her because her dad went to Hong Kong too and he bought a pair for her.

Miffy on a giraffe

 There are some Miffy plushies for sale, but not that cute.. :(

Lots of cute Miffy clothes!

Unfortunately the clothes are mostly for winter as it's cold in Hong Kong but it's too warm in Singapore to wear them! The salesgirl said they might have new designs coming for the Spring collection but it's only going to be released next year... #MadSad

I really loved this Miffy dress but the material was too thick and it's kinda suicidal to wear it in our hot and humid country. I don't want to buy it and keep it in the cupboard until I go to another country during wintertime... So I took a pic instead! Haha!

Harbour City (Ocean Terminal) Level 3
Shop number: LCX20
Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200hrs

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Eating & Shopping in Hong Kong!

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Some pictures we took while we were in Hong Kong..
Random entry with no sequence at all.. just food food food!

I really love the huge colourful signboards in Hong Kong.
#Somuchstyle

Breakfast at a typical HK Cafe! Yums!

Macaroni.. Looks so plain but it's so yummy!

The condensed milk bun with butter is sooooooo good!

Took a bus to the Star Ferry Terminal from our apartment

First time taking the ferry across the sea! Yay!


Beautiful weather!

Hong Kong Harbour

Really love concept stores like this. Mad cute!

Pierre Hermes macaroons

Ippudo Ramen! It's so yummy and much cheaper than Singapore!

Nom nom!

We had it twice on 2 nights while we are in Hong Kong for dinner! :)

The shopping malls really go all out in their Christmas decor! So pretty!

Fun fact: Le hubby was in a school band before. :)

Matchy black tops. Haha!

Another breakfast place near our apartment.
I LOVE THE CHARSIEW! OMG!

 
Huge French toast! YUMS!

Spotted these ultra cute Hello Kitty cake & macaroons!

Super pretty chocolate pralines!

 
Nat wanted to buy these Lucky Cat pralines home but I stopped him..
How to carry back? By the time we come home it will become squished!

 
Disney Christmas decor at Harbour City Mall!

 
I love Alice in Wonderland.. :)

 
Nat with lots of Christmas trees!
(He wanted to carry one home. T_T)

Our combined Laniege loot..
It's much cheaper than Singapore and Nat is a huge fan! Hahahhahaa!

See my other Hong Kong Disneyland post here!
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