Off for some beautiful (i hope) sunrise and sunset.
Where internet connection is bad (if its even present).
See ya next week!
天气热。所以很想喝奶茶。unfortunately the only available TIMT around my area is from the “country name+ fast” chain restaunrant which t has condemned for years.
Was told they have improved. So decided to pang chance.
Ok first of all i was very happy the person serving me was Thai. So i spoke to her in her native language. Happiness.
I asked for “wan noi” if you have been following my fb post you will know what it means. otherwise…
apparently the tea is pre-mixed. which means she cant adjust the level of sugar.
so she could only add water..
one sip. all it took was one sip.
i had condemned this brand for it’s horrible food. in my fussy opinion la. i LOVE thai food so whoever pway pway my thai food kena blacklist. in this case. it’s for life.
first of all, the TIMT:
T THAI: yes they used the thai black tea leaves
I ICED yes it’s chilled. this one i cannot complain
M MILK not diluted. but milk taste over powered by the tea
T TEA WAH LAU SIBEH SIAP. you know the siap? like 澀。 it’s like you put a tea bag in water for too long then you drink and you realised WAH it tastes like
so bad. and it costs a frigging $5.20!!! thats like WHAT 125 baht?!?!?!!
dont even want to do the maths now.
i wanted to throw it away. but it’s really too much money to throw straight to the bin.
i tahan-ed… but really didnt enjoy it. so half a cup. and i threw the white flag.
recovery will be a long journey for this one…
so in a few words:
overall: you figure it out yourself.
i should have just spent $1.10 on sweetened milk + $1.05 on evaporated milk since i have my trusty NUMBER ONE BRAND tea bags… and make my own TIMT!!!! damn!!!! not too late!!
off to the supermarket now!
headed to Hong Kong and Macao earlier this year.
happiness was I GOT TO STAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD!!!
thank you Mr Bird for offering us a space!
okie since it’s a food trip. there shall only be food.
MIDO cafe. famous for TVB series.
and MY FAVOURITE!!!!!!!!!!!
macoroni in tomato soup!
oh there was also this Cookie shop
didnt queue for this because the waiting time in the queue was TOOOO LONG. 2-3 hours wait!!
this one is at tsim sha tsui area, beside holiday inn. follow the queue…
okie. actually we spent a lot more time in macao. because i insisted.
i prefer macao way more than the busy hong kong. it’s just like another singapore.
with bigger land and nights that are forever young…
so here goes.. MACAO!
was very lucky. a friend had 50mop discount voucher. so we decided to take the VIP seats.
wah is shiok one lor. dont tell you how shiok la. but it’s worth the money. just go for it.
less people, quieter and much more peaceful
*the standard seats are filled with people heading there to gamble… and are usually very loud people… ahem*
arrived and hungry. my reliable source + personal guide told me there’s a shiok sandwich and toast shop just 10 minutes away from where i stayed. wah famished!!!
YES JU PA BAO!!!!!!!!!!! pork chop bun!!! juicy savoury tender.. ahhhh shiok ttm
and reliable source plus personal guide told me there’s a REALLY GOOD coconut ice cream stall just 5 mins away
reliable source plus personal guide also said.. theres incredible soya beancurd just 30 seconds away….
THIS IS REALLY AWESOME.
softttttt and lightttt and melts in your mouth. i can still remember how it tastes…regretting blogging at this hour..
wah really really craving for this now man.
good luck in finding this shop!
PS i dont like sharing address of all the good finds. but you can send me a private message and i will consider sharing my secret finds.
after all the walking in the drizzle for shiok food, i had more energy to find the next place for dinner…
visited this place during a performance trip in 2012. and couldnt stop thinking about it.
chilled pork knuckles with wasabi dip.
T is not a meat person. and seldom take pork. but this one… cannot resist!!
had this Portuguese baked rice..
Portuguese curry with rice…
AND THEN… THE HIGH LIGHT OF THE MEAL.
WAH THIS IS SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD. durian puree with durian cream. a bit pricey but worth every cent.
the previous time i was there, we had this EVERY NIGHT. it didnt help that we were staying just above this shop. and it opens till 2am! at first it was the singaporean style “order one we share la. try try”. until 5 people ordering 6…
THIS IS A MUST EAT FOR ALL DURIAN LOVERS.
next day.. breakfast was.. DIMSUM!!
the best part of dimsum for hipster singaporeans would be the LSB!!!!!!!!
not lup sup bar please.
(if you dont know what LSB stands for, then you are not hipster enough… )
for the benefit of non singaporean, it’s the egg yolk custard bun.
purposely put big big photo
the bun dough is oatmeal mixture. shiok for me only.
the other best thing about this restaurant.. they offer cheap Charsiew rice bento at level one.
they get a big crowd by 11am,
besides being really friendly and patient, they also take great pride in their food.
it costs about 2 Sgd.
you might think it’s what we would normally get in SG. few pieces of charsiew, two slices of cucumber.. thats it..
HA HA DONT BE SURPRISED!!!
ya few pieces of charsiew. but VERY BIG pieces. and even half an egg!!! less than 2sgd okie!!
the chef was very kind. when they finished they sales for the day, he offered me some loose slices to try.
WOW ITS SO DELICIOUS. i would pay 5 SGD (in macao)for this. but even for 5 SGD we seldom can get food this good back in sg…
so it’s time for DESSERT!!!!!!!!!!
reliable source plus personal guide said this is a must eat.
its this pudding thing topped with biscuit crumbs.
another brand that’s worth trying also is Serrdura. (has a lot more flavours)
walked around… visited places..
who knows how many Koi Kei bakeries are there in the entire macao.. it’s EVERYWHERE. even more common than 7-11!
after all the walking.. got tired.. so went to…..
THIS IS THE WORLD’S BEST PORTUGUESE EGG TART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
time STOPS and the World SPINS when you put this gem in your mouth.
the crust is crisp to perfection, egg custard soft, creamy and LIGHT.
how is that ever possible!! reallly regretting blogging at this hour..
chilled out by the beach..
heh not many people know this beautiful place.. yes macao has more than just casinoes..
then my reliable source plus personal guide picked us up for.. DINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!
i really wonder how my reliable source plus personal guide managed to stay slim in a place thats full of temptations!!
after dinner…. was…. MORE FOOD!
dessert stall 2 minutes away from my apartment. WOO HOO
so that’s how the night ended: happy satisfied and well fed.
Day 3 in macao started AWESOME
because breakfast WAS REALLY GOOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and… if you didnt know..
there is a cable car ride in macao! probably the shortest distance cable car ride.
the view from the hill.. is breath taking.. though a little overcast…
then.. it was time to say goodbye to Macao… (and hongkong. but it really pales in comparison for me)
stop staring at the tummy! it’s very well maintained considering alllll the food i have eaten in 5 days.
sorry if this made you hungry..
Tee hee, T.
*** a little preview of things you can do in Hua Hin for a short 3D2N trip***
first visited in 2006. planned a 2 nights stay but ended up staying for 4 nights.
went back again in 2009 and 2010.
382 baht. heh. comes with meal also okie. really machiam aeroplane.
5 hours ride. so there was …
all inclusive okie!!!!!!!!
everyone was sleeeeeeeping. but full-batt-forever T was busily looking for subjects to snap.
shall let the photos do all the talking..
went to the beach and Khao Takiab as usual..
went to the vineyard again…
this was the tasting set. i’m a wine person but i really dont know whats what. so this set was perfect for me.
my first time so Atas okie. wine tasting leh.
they have really QUALITY wine. i can still remember how shiok i felt.
they have flagship range of wines. find out more HERE
besides great wine and delicious food, this place is also splendid for photo taking. hee hee hee
spent 3-4 hours there. and left just before sun sets..
there are also non alcoholic beverage for children. so it’s definitely a family friendly place to visit!
i also went back to Wat Huay Mongkol. with a Enormous Luang Por Thuad’s statue.
and of course…
the best thing? right in the comfort of my room.
even better? that room cost me only.. 700 baht. (32sgd)
My first trip to CNX was seven years ago!
(low photo quality!!! paiseh ah)
was there for Loy Krathong as well.
There was this booth set up by some uni students teaching people to make krathongs
yay our first krathong! handmade!! took a pic with our aajans.
let it goooooooo let it goooooooooo
we arrived from a 5am bus. checked in at the guest house around 10am , then slepttttt till 4pm.
too tired. and hungry…
REALLY. GUESS HOW MUCH.
chiangmai has changed so much over the years.. it was all simple fun and personal. and one noticeable change was… tha pae gate.
people could take the stairs and go up to have a nice view of the busy walking street.
but tourism has taken its toll on my beloved town. stupiak farangs took the advantage of the currency exchange and drank so much that someone apparently got drunk and fell off from here.
not forgetting tourists who had no awareness. throwing rubbish and dirtying the place…
well.. chiangmai is still one of my favourite 3 places in Thailand to explore.
i think i know chiangmai better than i know orchard road.
and also because….
I LOVE KHAO SOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
find out what you can do in chiangmai here!
ans: 30cents or 6baht. ;D
Loi Krathong[a] (Thai: ลอยกระทง, IPA: [lɔːj kràʔ tʰoŋ]) is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma(in Shan State). The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.
so says Wikipedia.
T decided to go against the will of her bosses and took leave on crucial dates to attend Loy Krathong, afterall National festivals dont change dates to fit people’s schedule. the bosses are still harping on it. but really, without me, the company can still function. so WHO CARES.
you know what that means? TWO MEALS
and FREE CHECK INs!!!!!! OMG!!!!!! neh mind the 1hr plus transit. i can eat Krispy Kreme while waiting. heh dont even need to queue okie.
next. stay where?
airbnb solved it all.
booked my accomodation with Zak Residence and stayed around Suthep area. peace.
they were very nice to arrange for a pick up at the airport for only 100baht. (i chose to stay out of the touristy area)
Listen to this as you read on to get you into the mood!
very soon on arrival T and friends went to Mae Ping (Ping River) for the Loy Krathong Parade.
somehow, time seems to S L O W D O W N in Chiangmai. we walked from Thapae gate to Mae Ping and stopped along the way every other minute to snap snap snap…
blur pic. too crowded. and people were pushing around. boo.
so sad!! another blur pic!!!! the police were shoving people aside la.
had street side food for dinner,
purposely put big big.
walked around to find the cheapest khom loys, released our own khom loys,
walked along the river, friends made their own krathongs …
release the krathongs….
and realised we only spent less than 2 hours!!!
SHIOK ONLY I TELL YOU.
next day, i made my own krathong!! the lovely lady who taught us is a friend, Miw, a cooking teacher at We Cook.
went back to Mae Ping at night.
i kena burn lor!
VERY BIG LANTERN
wahhhh see liao very shy one… *blush*
fire works on second night. laibuji take a good photo =[
boat ride along mae ping
unfortunately it rained. very heavily and lasted the whole night too.. and so the night ended wet and cold. i had to leave my motorbike and take a tuktuk back instead…
so that’s how it all ended…
beautiful lantern display along Sunday night walking street too!!!!
let me know if you would like to find out more about spending Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai!
BUT BEFORE YOU CELEBRATE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO LEARN TO SING THIS PROPER!!
Loy Krathong Song
Wan-pen duean sìp-sŏng , náam gor nong dtem dtà-lìng
The full-moon day (of) the twelfth month, as water fills to the banks
เราทั้งหลายชายหญิง สนุกกันจริง วันลอยกระทง
Rao tang-lăai chaai yĭng sà-nuk gan jing wan loi grà-tong
We all both men and women are having fun in Loi Krathong day
ลอย ลอยกระทง ลอย ลอยกระทง
loi loi grà-tong, loi loi grà-tong
float float the Krathongs, float float the Krathongs
loi grà-tong gan láew,kŏr chern nóng gâew òrk maa ram-wong
We have already floated the Krathong already, I would like to ask you (beloved younger lady) to come out and dance (Thai folk dance)
ram-wong wan loi grà-tong, ram-wong wan loi grà-tong
dance in the Loi Krathong day, dance in the Loi Krathong day
bun jà sòng hâi rao sùk-jai
making merit will give us happiness
now let’s sing along~!
(purely for entertainment purpose. lyrics in the above video is not 100% accurate!)
a request by min. =]
honestly i am not the lightest packer. i never had to worry about packing light in the past when check-ins were free.
(oh dang. singlish, singlish!)
last time the check in was free one. so i just pack lor. i rmb i checked in a 17kg for my 7 weeks trip. and hand carried another 8kg.
where got light??
until budget airlines decided that they want more money from us already poor travelers.
that’s when i decided i am NOT going to pay that $25 bucks (one way). $25 bucks is about 480 baht then.
480 baht can get me: 3-4 nights stay. or 2 nights in bkk!!
so i decided to invest in a steady backpack. (still using!!)
presenting to you OSPREY AURA 50! <— can click one
super love the backing.
you know usually you carry backpack for too long you will start to sweat. and stink up your bag. this one NO PROBLEM!
plus it comes with two sides/waist pockets. very good.
as a water bag compartment also. which i use to stash my money. anddddd the space between the bag and the metal backing is also very good to put small and fragile items. like mosquito coils.
okie digress liao. so yes to pack light, first of all you need a durable + light backpack. this isnt the lightest of course.
over the years i’ve came across lighter bags. i was lucky to have used Golite‘s ULTRALITE backpack. wah.
SHIOK ONLY I TELL YOU. material is good. waterproof with the double lining for zip. so water doesnt seep in. but of course, everything shiok comes with a shiok price also.
okie digress again.
next. do remember, as you travel, you will sure buy things one. even the most disciplined person will give in to that ONE thing. whatever it is. so dont think you pack 7kg go you will come back with 6kg. ya la 6kg. you dont use shampp or toothpaste one meh? high chance of 7kg go, 7+x kg come back.
so 2nd thing i want to talk about is toiletries.
the guys are lucky. they dont need to carry sanitary pad, make up removal (do you know you actually need to use this even if you neh put on make up? sunblock and moisturizer also must remove leh), CONDITIONER (this is a must for girls!!) blah blah blah. and some thoughtful babes will also bring tissue wet+/dry. BECAUSE WE NEED TO BE HYGIENIC EVEN WHEN WE TRAVEL. this one the men dont get it one. (very tempted to link uob lady’s card)
okie you get it. toiletries are a bother. so always make sure you keep the mini bodyshop bottles.
if you are particular about the stuff you use la. and if you are traveling for 2 weeks or lesser. if you are traveling to Thailand, and are not so yimjim about the stuff going onto your body, then dont even need to bring. 7 sells mini sizes. very cheap! my 100ml pantene cost me 80cents nia. and Big C/ Tesco and the likes has a whole range also.
if you are traveling to europe, my advise is, BYOStuff. my friend who just came back told me how expensive it was to buy at supermarts.
tip 2: pack your liquid toiletries into small containers. use liao throw. if you have a lot of samples, BRING THEM.
pros: can shunbian product test. cons: allergy. hoseh liao.
so dont bring everything same brand. if A makes you itch, you have B to fall back on.
(side note: if you are going to thailand and cant live without your mask treatments, BYOM. masks are very expensive there)
okie. we know the bulk of our backpack are things we put on for modesty sake. i want to digress again. i hate it when people goes to thailand and strut along the streets in bikini, barely covered by huge arm hole singlets. HELLO i know you got nehnehpok. you cover up i also know. SHOW SOME RESPECT CAN OR NOT. bikinis are for the beach and pool. NOT FOR THE STREETS. unless that’s part of your uniform + you need to work on the streets. <—now, we know what that means. i only see them at patpong and soi cowboy.
okie. clothes. some people pack 7 tops and 5 bottoms (no. i mean clothes. not people. paiseh. gay joke) okie. 7 tops and 5 bottoms for a FIVE DAYS TRIP. HELLO you fashion show ah? who cares what you wear on day 1 and 3 and 5? not as if that hamsen passerby A will walk past you on day 3 and 5 again.
ya ya take photo show same clothes. come on la, you think people will really notice meh. unless it’s your secret admirer la. even so, your secret admirer will love you for being you. or bring a jacket. people wouldnt know what you’re wearing inside! if you REALLY DIE DIE want to fashion show, then bring those that are soft and light and can be squashed into a small space easily.
soft clothings are also good for ‘wrapping’ things.
as for bra hor. i know of a friend who traveled europe in june for 15+ days with only two bras. with her already wearing that one out of two. but yeah, really, make it a habit to wash your undergarment. so you dont have to bring too many and risk damaging the cups. so bring a small bottle of washing detergent!
AND if you are like me, really bochup about image, BRING YOUR UNWANTED OLD CLOTHES. those you think looks damn ugly and want to throw. BRING THEM. wear to the hike, wear to the kayak, wear to sleep, wear when traveling on train/bus.
then throw them =D mom will have less clothes to wash!
so tip 3 goes: spend some time convincing yourself to bring less clothes. pick the lightest and softest ones. and OLD ones. wear the heaviest/mafan/need to iron ones to take the plane. wear the jeans. pack in the shorts.
same goes for footwear. again. you really dont need so many pairs of shoes for a short trip. importantly : comfort, can walk very long hours, inexpensive. board with the shoes. and pack in the slipper.
next! guidbooks/maps. okie i am a sucker for physical books and i dont trust storing my maps on gadgets.
so how? easy la. if you own that guidebook, TEAR it out. we did it with our text books back in school.
if you dont, photo copy. bring just that few segments. or some guesthouse actually have this ‘library’ corner.
well i do save some maps on my phone. you know the google offline map trick?
so yup. tip 4: dont bring the entire guide book. or if you need to, download it on ebooks
another thing that irritates the shit out of me is bringing gadgets.
lets do a little quiz
Q1:do you reallllllllly need all these? Yes: Q2 No:Q3
Q2:will you be working on the comp during this so called vacation/trip? Y: Q4 N: Q5
Q3: your problem is solved. you have been enlightened.
Q4: quit your job
Q5: can you use a share computer instead? Y: Q6 N:Q7
Q6: search for internet cafes. some hotels/hostels/guesthouse provide comp. your problem is solved.
Q7: the only reason i can think of is.. you are watching porn. GET A LIFE.
you get my point. the only thing you should be taking with you is a phone (to make important phonecalls) and a camera.
if you have been to that place a few times, then you can realllly leave your DSLR aside.
i recently went bkk+chiangmai for one month surviving only on my phone. dont forget. chargers take up weight too. and are so bulky!
so tip 5: bring only your phone and a camera. you are out on a trip. you should be looking at the surrounding. not the ipad.
remember packing tight also helps in packing light. as mentioned above, if you have soft clothings, you can squeeze squeeze squeeze and make your backpack very compressed. helps a lot! ziploc your stuff. can prevent from getting wet as well as leave no empty space.
tip 6 is easy: pack tight!
a lot of packing light points actually come from choice of clothings. read online somewhere if you are going to cold countries, layer yourself with thermals instead of yi da dui thick jackets. worth a try!
before i end of this long post, remember to pack heavy things at the bottom. dont ‘jump jump jump when you put on your backpack. it’s bad for the back. especially if the load is heavy. instead, place the bag on a chair, sit to strap the bag to yourself, stand up bend forward slowly, back straight and buckle up and adjust strap. then slowly back to standing position. or get someone to help you. DONT do the jump jump jump thing. you old liao you will regret one
that’s all for now. will sleep on this and add on when i have more inspirations!
share with me if you have better tips or beg to differ!
first visited Hua Hin in 2006.
have been back there about four times now. (okie i must resort to blogging in singlish!)
my first trip was via train. wah.. arrived at 3-4am and the whole town was sleeping. okie neh mind. this one i will write another post when i find the old photos.
anyway this trip.. was more of a.. ‘show you around’ trip. brought my fellow traveling partner there.
it’s easy to navigate. rented a motorbike, allll the way straightttttttttt and yeah i will end up in cha-am <—- this is a gem. still quiet and much less touristy. but also mean less sites to visit, less beautiful beach, less english speaking…
one of my MUST go is Khao Takiab. South of Hua Hin town, along Thanon Petchkasem.
clean and beautiful beach. with the water coming up only to my chest even after i’ve walked… like… REALLY far…
occasionally and sadly, there will be dead jelly fish along the coast during low tide. tried rescuing one before. but it was already too dead…
photos were all taken via camera phone la. dont blame me for the bad photography. better photos all in the “hiding” memory cards. heh
LATEST UPDATES about HUA HIN: apparently the restaurants are no longer operating (most) due to the junta dunnu what dunnu what. there was a beach clean up recently. some are operating at another designated area nearby. will keep you updated when i get more news!
to get to Hua Hin: mini bus, local bus, trains, plane.
takes about 2-3 hours on mini bus and about 4 hours via train.
SO!!! Takeaway for this post!
Khao Takiab, เขา ตะเกียบ means Chopsticks Hill. Takiab means Chopsticks. pronounced (very closely) Kao2 大Giap (like you giap something that giap).
so next time you want chopsticks, tell them, Khor Takiab noi ka/krap.