Bangkok 2017: Day Four

Today’s breakfast at Cabochon was the tops!

I’ve never seen a more delightful looking breakfast that’s the perfect blend of east and west. I love bacon and I love fish sauce. The ‘mueh’ or rice in soup fish was perfect. Just like the fish soup we have back home, with the freshest tiny little oysters I’ve ever had.

The pork soup was fantastic, with small intestines and fresh lean pork. The vegetables in it was fresh too – looked like kangkong and some exotic looking textured leaves which had a crunch to it.

The sweets were exceptionally pleasing to my tastebuds too. The butter must’ve been some high quality brand or simply used generously – the cakes were so dense and buttery. Even the sliced bread with butter tasted flavourful.

After packing our bags and taking a look at the pool,

(nothing to shout about but its Cabochon’s pool so I’m biased) we went off for a long walk to Ekkamai. Underestimated the walk there – especially since we were in the hot sun for a long while. Gave up 4/5 of the way after we passed by Suppanigga Eating Room and took a cab down for the remaining 1/5 as we got a bit dehydrated.

We found this place, Unfashioned Cafe, which was a tiny little establishment next to its vintage/international shop.

Refuelled by the cakes and drinks, we walked on to Ekkamai Macchiato, and then to One Ounce for Onion.

We skipped Macchiato as it smelled of cooking kitchen oil, and skipped the pricey products at Onion.

The exterior of Macchiato looked like a house. We had to squeeze through many cars to get in – strange.

The coffee, according to Immanuel, had a smoky flavour to it. I can’t drink coffee so all I could do was admire the store layout and takeaway cup design as usual.

We promptly made our way to Suppanigga Eating Room for lunch after this. It was wonderful. The prawn wanton I wanted had run out so we had these crabmeat and pork cakes stuffed in crab shells.

The rice with crispy fish was yummy but the pad thai with crab meat was dry and too tomato-ish. The Tom Yun Kung was the winner and the beef shank salad was delicious as well. We paid around 1400B+ for this meal – expensive by Bangkok standards but worth it in my opinion. I would have traded the Pad Thai for more crabmeat pork cakes though.

We ended our day with a foot massage at Health Land Ekkamaiย as it was near the cafes we visited. We wanted the therapeutic massage but the only slot was at the time we had to leave for the airport. So we settled for the foot massage at 350B each for an hour.

Immanuel said that the technique for Health Land and Watergate spa was on par, but Health Land won for ambience. I still preferred the Watergate spa as the aunty was so loving – She put my head on her lap as she did the head massage for me. That said, its an unfair comparison as it was two different massages.

So our preferences:

1. Health Land – for ambience, price and comfort with technique

2. Watergate Spa – for technique, price and convenient location just opposite Platinum Mall

3. At Ease – would not go back again, perhaps it was the timing and just our masseuse. Very popular amongst Japanese tourists though.

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Bangkok 2017: Day Two

Today was so much better!

We started our morning with breakfast in the hotel. There’s something about hotel breakfasts that excite me. The free flow bacon, eggs, and porridge. What’s even more exciting this time is that there’s fish sauce. That smelly, salty, deceivingly light-coloured sauce that tastes so good with rice or porridge.

Immanuel came back with a bowl of his own porridge and after confirming with me, had put spoons of vinegared chilli into his instead. He even told someone else that it was fish sauce… We quickly spammed some fish sauce and all was good again.

After lazing a little in our room, we set off for Platinum Mall.

We walked through MBK mall (which Pathumwan Princess is part of) and Siam Discovery mall (a super hipster looking mall which we thought was some kind of discovery center) to get to Siam Center and then Siam Paragon.

The stuff at Siam Discovery really tempted Immanuel and I. Loft was there. Need I say more?

Actually I do. Everything about the mall was our #housegoal. There was this section where DIY workshops are held. I totally imagined my home to look like that. I was already toying with the idea of overlaying the white tiles, raised, on top of the wood in the room we plan to knock down.

Our decision to check out the Siam Discovery led us to all the awesome links to the various malls.

Siam Paragon (gourmet hall)

We got 450ML cold pressed juices at 220B each. That’s about 9SGD. A similar one in Singapore would cost at least 15SGD! So we went back to get another bottle each at night ๐Ÿ™‚

Though we could’ve walked all the way from Siam to Platinum Mall, I forgot how to so we ended up taking a BTS to Chitlom and walking back. But that led to us discovering Gaysorn and it was a comfortable walk with a clean toilet pitstop.

So much has changed in just a few years! Apart from the Siam/Chitlom walkway, there’s now one connecting from Chitlom to Platinum mall. Almost the entire stretch has an overhead walkway that’s so much more spaces than the overhead bridges.

Avoiding this mass of cars and not having to walk on the pavements below really made the entire experience so excellent.

Nothing to shout about, shopping at platinum. A few years ago I went crazy. A year after that I tamed down. And now I have no taste for the things there. It also helps that many of the clothes there don’t fit me. (not bitter). Totally going #konmari and buying only the things that spark joy, such as this:

My pull and bear sling pouch at work has been tearing and I think this would make an excellent replacement. Perfect for my card, stationary, and spare cash. What’s more, it perfectly summarises my mood, being there.

Apart from this and a pair of locally designed leather shoes that Immanuel got at 1500B, we went straight up to the foodcourt

The oyster omelette turned out too starchy. It was practically slime and oysters. Barely any egg. So I would give it a miss the next time and stick to the claypot sharks fin (it should be just cartilage) soup (195B) and mango salad (70B).

On our way back, Immanuel had his coconut pudding fix. Something that I still can’t appreciate. It took me many years to finally accept coconut juice…

We also managed to squeeze in a massage before heading to mookata. While doing my research before heading over to Bangkok, I read good reviews about Watergate Spa. It’s just in the building next to Amari and a tiny door in between random stalls shows its menu and signboard. Its just opposite Platinum, Zone 2 I think. You can’t miss it along the stretch as it faces the main road.

We each did a 1.5 massage. Immanuel’s was the foot massage + spa. Mine was supposedly an upsized head and shoulder massage to match his 1.5 hour duration. But it was more like a Thai massage with more focus on the parts that I stated. It was firm without being too painful, except for the leg stretches which I’m totally horrible at. Full works! The total was 1050B for 1.5 for both of us, I didn’t get the breakdown but I guess mine was 550 after the ‘upsize’. She also rubbed oil on my back though it didn’t seem part of my package.

Our masseuses were so motherly and strong even though they were smaller sized than us. Compared to the much raved-about Healthland, this place doesn’t pale in comparison – in terms of technique. Can’t fight the ambience though.

After our lovely massage, it was time for our long awaited mookata!

We took a BTS from Chitlom to Victory Monument. As most blog posts write, it’s just straight down from Century Movie Plaza, just further down from Eat Am Here.

Verdict: Shiok as it was so cheap, but food could have been tastier. All the meat weren’t labelled so I just followed what the teenage girl in front of me did. Good choice to copy her. But I wouldn’t go back again. Many more mookata options, especially at New Rot Fai market.

A train ride back to Siam, and our day ended with more shopping at Paragon. These pork strips were so savoury even though they were cold.

Downed with a gold gassy drink, perfect.

Bangkok 2017: Day One

We are currently stuck in a cab on the way to our much-craved dinner destination: Yoktalay & BBQ

I did some research about two weeks before our trip and have been thinking about buffet mookatas since. On our plane ride over, I gave Immanuel a choice: between the approximately 6SGD normal mookata buffet at Pla Tong Mookata, and this one that costs about 20SGD. He went for the latter that has A LOT of seafood, and even a charcoal grill.

We’ve been on the taxi for more than an hour and we’re really hoping that our first meal since the cup noodles on Jetstar would be worth the wait!

Feeling so sorry for our grab guy.

— 2 hours later —

And feeling sorry for ourselves…

We took another cab from where we were because the Google pin was wrong/outdated. After asking the sweet ladies at 7-11, we were pointed towards another direction with the number 7 – we assumed they were directing us to Yok Talay. But we walked a few more steps and found this.

Having spent a total of 200B (pricey in Bkk standards) getting here after 2 hours, disappointed would be an understatement

We settled for a pizza joint nearby and shared a small Tom Yum Kung pizza with 7-up.

Even though the pizza was really tasty and warmed our stomachs, I was still greatly disappointment… I was so looking forward! So many cab rides so far out and back just for that.

I’m going to decide to think that this was for our good and I absolutely can’t wait for tomorrow!

Lesson learnt: don’t venture too far out by taxi especially for lesser known establishments. They could have moved or closed down – I really don’t know after all that! Having been to Bangkok a number of times – I got overexcited on web recommendations. I must remember that food joints here don’t last as long as back home. And that I can’t read Thai.

Ps. We had Burger King for dinner. Seems more expensive than in Singapore – but there was REAL bacon in the burger! That salvaged everything…

Pps. Here’s our beautiful hotel! Pathumwan Princess Hotel turned out more classy than I expected. While it’s a 1-for-1 night deal including breakfast, we were charged a much higher rate than if we were to book through Expedia or Booking.

We’ve yet to take advantage of the excellent location (because we cabbed all the way out to huay kwang) so I’m pretty excited to utilise the BTS tomorrow.

Our second mini-moon