Happy holidays

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The holiday spirit is definitely up in the air, and many people were/are currently on vacation, Grumpy Cat included. Me, excluded. HAHAHA. I really love it when I no longer have to fight for seats during lunchtime, though the lack of the usual lunchtime crowds do really make me wish that I was on vacation as well.

Coincidently, my lunch kakis didn't take leave during this period of time as well, so as a consolation to ourselves, we decided to eat a slightly more expensive lunch on Friday, which was also the Friday before Christmas.

We have heard rave reviews about Yuki Onna on Instagram, and it so happened that it is located just right besides E's favourite kefir shop, so we decided to console our lonely souls during this festive period.

Yuki Onna serves DIY salad, as well as dishes that seem rather similar to Tanuki Raw, which is one of my favourite restaurants in Singapore.

I must say that I was really impressed by the food quality. Prices quoted are around the same as Tanuki Raw's, but are nett prices, unlike Tanuki, which charges an extra 10% for service and 7% for tax. As such, I would say that Yuki Onna is a cheaper version of Tanuki Raw.

My food porn-worthy truffle beef yakiniku from Yuki Onna. This is almost on par with Tanuki Raw's. The foie gras version cost about $23, but I was broke, hence I had to just settle for this, which is around $16.80...

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Watch my onsen egg wobble heehee. I purposely sent Grumpy this when he was away. ;D

The eve of my Christmas eve was rather sad though... I had to OT because I had work to finish as I would be taking leave for 27th, so while Grumpy was overseas, I just took the chance to complete whatever I had to, and ended up leaving at around 10 pm. ;(

The Christmas long weekend just literally flew past, just like that.

Grumpy came back on the 26th, but since he touched down late, I only ended up meeting him just now. We just lazed around in his house for 2 hours before I left for home. Never thought that I'd miss my Indian so much, but seeing his face just makes my world light up and the fatigue from the past week just vanished.

I might have only gotten to see him for about 2 hours, but it's not the amount of time spent that is important; it's the quality. I truly appreciate this statement even more now.

Before leaving for Taiwan, Grumpy asked if I had wanted anything. I told him that I just wanted a particular brand of instant noodles, but WOW, this Indian does really know how to make me feel so loved and happy. ;P

The instant noodles that he brought back really meant a lot to me, because Grumpy's Chinese is really bad (there is an inside joke between us, but I'll probably reveal it when the time is ripe), so to think that he had actually gone to supermarkets/convenience stores just to get the exact noodles (and more) for me. I really have no words except for gratitude, and more gratitude.

My loot from Grumpy. It felt as though I was the one who had gone to Taiwan instead LOL.

Grumpy never forgets that I love cute toys too. Say hi to Hammie!

Meet my Oinky! ;D

Thanks to Grumpy's loot, my mum didn't have to think hard on what to cook for dinner, so you can guess what we all had for dinner tonight. ;P

My instant noodles from 一度赞, which tasted really good. Granted, this was my first time eating it, but I felt quite amazed at the bits of real pork that were included inside the packaging.

Add on le egg and broccoli that le mum cooked so as to make it a more hearty dinner. Shiok max!

Alright, I guess that's it for now. I just can't believe that my 4 days of holidays just ended in a blink of an eye... it really didn't feel like I have rested enough... Oh well... Time for me (and Grumpy) to OT tomorrow. D;

Staycation at Oasia Hotel

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Grumpy Cat was feeling really apologetic that he couldn't spend our first Christmas together as he would be overseas, so he asked me around 3 months back if I'd like to go on a staycation with him.

As luck would have it, Oasia Hotel was running a promotion at that time, so Grumpy decided to book it for our one-night staycation. I was really excited as it would marked the first time I would be having a staycation, and the photos of Oasia Hotel looked really good, so I couldn't wait for Friday to come.

Both Grumpy and I took the afternoon off. I was really dying to try out the tendon at Tendon Kohaku, which is located at Suntec City. The first time I went there, it was during dinnertime, and the queue was still very long at around 8 pm. My friends and I decided to drop out of the queue and went to Pasarbella to fill our stomachs instead.

I figured out that not everybody would have the time to go and queue for this during lunchtime, so Grumpy and I decided to take this occasion to try queuing for the tendon again. I was right - this time round, we only waited at most 20 minutes before we were being shown to our seats inside. The floors were really slippery though... must be due to the oil used for frying the tempuras...

We decided on our orders really quickly, and waited a further 20 minutes for our orders to arrive at our table.

I must say that for $15++, this bowl of tendon was really very good. As Grumpy put it, it was crispy without being oily and heavy, something which I put down to the chef having the right skill of cooking. The ingredients used were really fresh too. I enjoyed every single tempura that was inside, from the mushroom to the corn, from the prawns to even the chicken breast. In fact, the standout for me was really the chicken breast. It is the part of the chicken which I hate eating the most lol, and yet this piece of chicken breast was done so wonderfully that I forgot I was eating it... the breast was really tender and juicy. In fact, the first time I truly liked eating chicken breast was from this shop at Raffles XChange called Ice Queen (so much love for this shop still). I can finally say that I've finally found another place where I can eat chicken breast in Tendon Kohaku.

I totally won't mind coming back here again, minus the crazy queues of course.

I felt really very stuffed from the tendon, but Grumpy had other ideas. He wanted to try out the churros cheese tarts at Nigiro Café, which is located along the same stretch as Tendon Kohaku. I was protesting, but decided to go along with Grumpy's whims hahaha. The cheese tarts were made to order, so we had to wait around 20 minutes before our cheese tarts were brought to us.

They had very interesting utensils, but I didn't think they were easy to use though... ._.


Our churros cheese tarts finally arrived on a wooden board, which was coated in cinnamon and icing.

The churros (tbh it just tasted like pastry topped with cinnamon and sugar, not the chewy churros texture I was expecting per say) formed the top of the cheese tart. Beneath it was molten cheese. This cost $4.80++ per tart. Grumpy found this really good and would totally have it again. I found this nice as well, but honestly, I wouldn't specially come back here to have the cheese tart, probably because I'd rather eat the real churros than just some pastry dough topped with cinnamon and sugar lol.

After deciding that we've had enough of food, we proceeded to Novena, where our one-night staycation was at. After checking in, we proceeded to our room, which was located right at the far end of the corridor, away from the lift lobby. Our room's view was really spectacular! We had full-length windows, which gave us a bird's eye view of the surrounding buildings as well as a fantastic scenery.

Grumpy had to settle some work-related stuff, but thankfully he had already come prepared with his stash of movies, so while he busied himself with work, I was left to entertain myself with Storks hahaha. After the movie was done, we left for dinner at around 7 plus.

We chanced upon Once Upon A Thyme (located at Square 2) as we were making our way out of our hotel via the underpass. We both had been wanting to give this a try (I saw it at Central once), hence this was the time.

This cup of lavender earl grey tea cost $3.50, which I found to be quite pricey, but it tasted really good! Now I really miss the lavender earl grey soft serve at Sunday Folks. ;_;

Our battered fish aglio olio was so damn good. At $8.50, we both thought that it was really worth the money! Sorry for the sloppy picture though because the lighting wasn't good and there were a lot of shadows forming. ;X This picture totally doesn't do justice to the food we had.

We then decided to take a bus down to Whampoa food centre to get our dinner. There were so much good food recommended for this particular place on food blogs, but some had already closed for the day. Thankfully, we still did manage to settle our dinner with some very delicious food!

Hokkien mee from Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee (serious, that's the stall's name!). This seriously kicks ass! One of the best Hokkien mees I've had so far! ;D

After dinner, we decided to take a walk, where Grumpy described places which he used to visit as a child. Before going back to our hotel, we stopped by Sing Hon Loong bakery for our dose of fresh, white fluffy bread, which really tasted so fresh and good! I can't believe that this bakery actually operates 24 hours. o.O'''

We watched two more movies before we retired for the night.

Super pretty view from our room at night. ^^

Check-out was at 12 pm, so both of us tried to make full use of the room facilities by vacating only exactly at 12 pm LOL. After checking-out, Grumpy brought me to Pek Kio Market, which apparently, is home to a number of stalls with good food too. As luck would have it, most of the food I had wanted to try were sold out already.

Thankfully Grumpy was queuing for Soon Kee wanton mee, and bought the last few plates. ._. I'm more partial towards the HK-style wanton mein, so I wasn't expecting much from the wanton mee that Grumpy bought, but this was seriously good! The chilli really packed a punch, and surprisingly, the char siu slices were DAMN GOOD?! It overshadowed the wantons tbh. And this is really one of the rare times where I actually really enjoyed the char siu in wanton mee.

Loved the noodles, and loved the char siu. ;)

We made our way home after having lunch. I felt really tired and all, but still thankful to Grumpy for planning everything. ;P

Enjoy and do take care of yourself in Taiwan Grumpy Cat. I'll see you back in Singapore. *adds heart-eye Stitch*

6 months of #windy

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Grumpy Cat is really a very interesting person; even after half a year together, I still find myself in awe of him. Growing up, he was someone who'd be every parent's nightmare, and definitely, he was a teenager that I will not wish to have in the future. Yes, I told him that straight in the face hahaha.

His life is really very interesting, and he did experience a lot while growing up; the good (when he was still brought up in a very privileged environment, as with most ACS boys) and the bad (when everything just fell apart for him). What I really admire about him is that, no matter how down and out he was in the past, it really amazes me to see, for myself, how much he has grown throughout the years, to who he is today.

The Grumpy Cat I know today is someone who is very intellectual, calm and collected, which was totally the opposite of what and how he described himself when he was in his teens. His life was really like a roller-coaster ride, from him getting poor PSLE scores, skipping classes, failing every single exam, battling obesity (I really couldn't believe my eyes when I saw his past photos) to where he is right now, rubbing shoulders with the EXCOs, designing and developing apps that are sleek and intuitive to use and more importantly, growing up to be a confident and yet witty person, with nary a hint of his past in his current self.

Given Singapore's environment (though the current situation is not as bad as before), most people would have written him off as a gone-case, but Grumpy Cat proved to be the opposite. I do know that there are probably many more of such success cases like him in SG, but I felt a sudden urge to blog this down because my upbringing was really very different from Grumpy's.

Growing up, my parents gave the best they could to us. I did well in school, and attended every class I was supposed to diligently. Basically, I was the complete opposite of Grumpy. Looking back, my life was much more smooth-sailing than Grumpy, and I do feel that Grumpy has been through a lot more than I have. I'm thankful and grateful that my parents gave us an environment full of love, are still healthy and are still able to provide for us comfortably.

But sometimes I can't help to think, if my circumstances were a bit harder, would I have grown up to become more resilient, less whiny and more 上劲? Grumpy became who he is today because of his circumstances. His circumstances were harsh and unforeseen, but I can't help to think that had he not gone through all the shit that he had to go through, would he still be the man that I fell in love with?

I guess not. ;P

Anyway, here are some yummy pictures from Friday after that somewhat reflection from me.

My $3 lunch. Guan Hin Homemade Carrot Cake has temporarily relocated to Chinatown Food Complex. What a joy it is to be working in CBD, where good and cheap food is available nearby. This plate of carrot cake literally takes the cake lol. It has officially become my favourite black carrot cake in Singapore. I love how soft the carrot cake was, and how the sweet sauce complemented the garlic and preserved radish so really well. I'm really all for supporting hawkers who truly put their heart and soul into their cooking, and it's really evident from the taste of the food.

We had always wanted to try the food at The Western Co, ever since Instagram videos of the owners (?) scrapping raclette cheese over their dishes made its rounds on social media. However, we didn't have the fate as the next time we attempted to go, they were closed for good. A month later, a pretty ugly saga involving said food establishment did deter us from wanting to try the food here.

I just so happened to come across an Instagram video about The Western Co on Thursday night, and after reading the reviews on Facebook, Grumpy and I decided to give this place a try one more time. There was a direct bus from office, so we reached the place within 20 minutes.

It wasn't crowded as before, in the sense that when we arrived at 7 pm, there were more than enough seats for walk-in customers. We also didn't wait long for our food (before that, we heard that the waiting time was at least 1 hour) after our orders were placed.

Our saffron-infused cheese wheel pasta which was tossed and tossed in the giant cheese wheel they had. Grumpy didn't eat much of it as he felt that it didn't really suit his taste (he's very particular about how his pasta should be done), so I ended up finishing the whole plate. The first few bites were pretty good; I really liked the cheesiness of the cream and cheese, but as Grumpy didn't eat much, I had to finish up the plate myself and it got quite jelat towards the end. ;X

I enjoyed this Yin Yang fish and chips more, partly because I'm really partial towards the fish they used, and also because it wasn't that jelat. The fried items were really nicely done, and the sauces (salted egg and chilli crab) really tasted good. We added $5 for the gooey cheese that you see here, but sad to say, I do think that $5 is really expensive for the amount of cheese we got. I think $2 should be it.

While we enjoyed our dinner, I did feel that the prices were quite steep, with us spending about $20 per person, and that was without drinks. They did definitely charge restaurant prices for a coffee-shop environment, and this isn't the only food establishment in Singapore that serves such Western fare, so I don't think we will be returning anytime soon.

Our foodie night trail continued as we walked down the street in hope of digesting our dinner. Grumpy saw The Tiramisu Hero and suggested that we have desserts there. I wasn't really keen, but am now really glad that he pushed me to walk through the doors. OK lah, tbh while I didn't know what was the fuss regarding this café (having not heard of it at first), I was really very intrigued by the beautiful décor of the café exterior. It really looked like a scene from an English storybook.

So in love with the exterior of The Tiramisu Hero. The lighting was really on point.

The ceiling of this café. So much love for it.

We ordered the lemon lavender tiramisu first, and ordered the Horlicks next after we tasted heaven from the lemon lavender. I didn't know that lemon and lavender could go so well together! These were really the best-tasting tiramisus I've had in recent memory. They didn't taste heavy at all and tasted really delightful.

Grumpy being very impressed with what he was eating hahaha.

We sat in this café for about a good 1 hour plus before we headed home. Turns out that bus-stop near the place has 67, so Grumpy took the long bus ride back with me, even though it is definitely much more convenient for him to go home straight since he lives in the East. And so, it was during that long bus-ride that sparked the above reflection in me.

I still have much to learn, but we shall learn together.

Thank you for all that you've done, Grumpy Cat. I really appreciate it very much. ;)

Sawadee...kakakakaka

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This trip was one of the trips that I was most anticipating, due to the fact that I was really longing to go to Thailand for the longest time ever (on par with me waiting for 10 years before I finally set foot to HK and Korea), and of course, living in Singapore also means that Thailand is just about a 2-hour flight away, so what's the reason stopping me? My parents are really adamant about not visiting Thailand, due to the fact that every now and then, we'd hear about news of bombings happening, and to them, Thailand is just another sketchy country we should avoid at all costs, for our own safety. Therefore, we have never gotten the chance to step foot in Thailand, as a family, and as an individual, until now.

As such, talks about wanting to eat all the cheap (and good) Thai food and shiok massages whenever we watch travel documentaries on Thailand just all fell on deaf ears. It wasn't till I got to know Grumpy Cat that I finally got to step into Thailand for real. Even then, persuading my parents to allow me to go wasn't an easy task, though Grumpy has been to Thailand for 4 times already, and is pretty familiar with the routes and all.

The four days spent with Grumpy were easily one of the best of my life, and I felt really so thankful to him, and to God, for keeping us safe all these while.

At the point of exchanging money, SGD$1 was worth 25 baht.

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Friday 04/11/2016 (Day 1)
Learning from my previous boo-boo made during my Vietnam trip, I got Grumpy and myself to double-check on our flight details, and made sure that we had ample time to check-in this time round. My parents were so worried about me missing my flight again that my dad called home to ask my mum to wake me up when he was already at work.

Grumpy lives in ulu Punggol now, so getting to le airport was easy for him; not so easy for a Westie like me though. We had agreed to meet at T1 at 11 am, so I took the train all the way to Changi Airport from my house. I was stopped to have my luggage checked when I stepped into CCK MRT station. Thankfully, my luggage wasn't heavy (it was only 8 kg), so after determining that I didn't pose a threat to national security, off I went towards Changi.

I ended up reaching at 10.45 am, slightly earlier than agreed. After meeting Grumpy, we checked our luggages in and went to the transit lounge for some shrimp and calamari rings from 4 Fingers. I chose the soy garlic flavour - it was pretty salty lol; my tongue itched slightly after that, but I love salty stuff, what to do? ;/

We passed through the security checkpoints and boarded Thai Airways TG 404. It was my first time flying with Thai Airways, so I was pretty excited. Thai Airways definitely did not disappoint at all. In fact, I was beyond impressed by the service I received, and for the ticket price we paid, I will definitely fly with Thai Airways again. We were first greeted with a traditional Thai greeting "Sawadeeka~" from the flight attendants who were clasping their hands together as they greeted each of us.

If I didn't remember wrongly, I don't think we were supposed to be seated on an A350 when I first booked the tickets (went back to check le email booking; we were supposed to be on a Boeing 777 and 747 for return instead), but imagine my pleasant surprise when I found out that we were indeed, on board an A350. The A350 is the newest Airbus in service, and I recognised it by the very iconic wingtip, which I think is the prettiest and most elegant wingtip I've ever seen on an airplane. #aviationgeekalert

Lunch was served about half an hour after take-off. I was excitedly scrolling through the touch-screen menu on the in-flight entertainment system. Damn suaku haha, but the legroom on the A350 was pretty good for an economy seat and the choices of movies and dramas were really abundant on TG 404 as well. The highlight of the flight was definitely the food served on board. THE FOOD WAS HEAVENLY OMG?! The fish red curry that was served was really damn delicious. It wasn't that spicy (as like all other Thai-style curries), but the taste was really potent and rich. Best airplane meal ever! The glutinous yam with coconut was also damn great as well! Grumpy agreed that they do really know how to serve up a mean meal even under pressurised environments. ;O

Grumpy us.

Krup krupppp...

Look, a Line plane! ;D

Look at the pretty wingtip!!

One of the nicest airplane food everrrrrr. Not kidding, really! ;P The side on the left also tasted damn good? It's like preserved radish with something which I couldn't really decipher what it was but still... MY TASTEBUDS JUST WENT TO HEAVEN.

Our flight was only about 2.5 hours at most, so we landed soon after that. The immigration checkpoint moved quite fast despite the huge number of tourists, but the stupid guy stamped on the wrong page of my passport. -.-''' Now I have 2 blank pages on le passport. I iz sadzxc. ;(

After clearing customs, we boarded the MRT to Phaya Thai. I find their MRT system so weird. We were dispensed with coins to tap into the station.

Had to be careful not to lose the coins... ._.

After reaching Ploenchit BTS station, we were greeted with Cha Tra Mue, which we know to serve one of the best Thai milk teas we have ever tasted. There is always a snaking queue at Far Eat Square after lunch whenever we pass by. Tea here is definitely much cheaper than back in SG, and surprisingly, not as sweet as well? Thai milk tea is known to be quite sweet, but I was quite surprised that ours wasn't as sweet as what I had envisioned it to be, which is GOOD. Grumpy needs to cut back on his sugar intake heehee. ;) Our tall cup of extra gold milk tea only cost 35 baht, compared to the $3+ we have to pay back in SG.

Our not-so-sweet Thai milk tea.

Our AirBnB apartment is located 5-6 minutes walk from Ploenchit BTS, but it was quite bad to drag our luggages along the roads in Thailand because the roads there are "holey" and there wasn't a proper walkway for pedestrians, so we ended up being in the way of the cars most of the time. Thankfully, for the rest of our trips, we discovered the magic of Uber, hence we were spared from dragging luggages along sinkhole-filled roads for the rest of our trip. ;)

Our apartment was really pretty though - very true to the pictures shown on the host's profile in AirBnB. It was really cosy and just nice for the two of us. Too bad I didn't think of taking photos of the house when we were there. We settled down and left the house again at around 5 pm.

Grumpy brought me to Terminal 21 afterwards to settle my SIM card. I went to this telecom company called dtac, which offered 1 GB of data for 3 days. However, when signing up, you must present your passport. After that, the person at the counter would just settle everything else for you, including putting the new SIM card into your phone and activating the data for you.

Bangkok's shopping centres are really very big and pretty! Of course, they have stricter security now, so at every entrance of all the shopping centres I had the chance to go to, everybody had to either walk through a metal detector or have their bags checked. After settling my SIM card, we toured Terminal 21, and bought a stick of giant squid from this place here, which resembles the Uyi Savoury Squids stores we have in Singapore. They were equally tasty, but Bangkok's squids were definitely cheaper!

Our main attraction for the day (or night lol) was the new Rod Fai train market in the Ratchada area, which is easily accessible by taking the MRT train to the Cultural Centre. The place felt like a huge pasar malam to me, and of course, there were many people as well. Before going to BKK, I was sending Grumpy lots of pictures of food to try in BKK, and he brought me to one of the stalls which sold what I wanted to eat. We had chicken bites which Grumpy bought for only 10 baht. Say whattttttttttttt?

Thailand was still in official mourning when we went there (their King passed away two weeks before our trip), so while the mood was still pretty sombre (almost everyone was wearing black), the market was still bustling with people. However, all that changed when the King's anthem (I think??) was playing through one of the TVs located in one of the random bars. Everyone just stopped in their tracks and bowed down. The market, which was so hustling and bustling, suddenly quietened down (so quiet that I could even hear people breathing). At first, I was quite taken aback by what was happening, because I didn't know how to react. Grumpy just told me to keep still. That must have been the most surreal one minute of my life. I could clearly see and feel how much the Thais really loved their King. I guess they must have felt the same as us when LKY passed away too. ;(

As we enter the train market... (don't see any tracks in sight though??)

Shiok! More than enough for 2 people. I kept seeing this on Instagram, so Grumpy brought me here to try it. This costs about 150 baht I think?? There's a mini crab in there too!

The pandan cuties which I really wanted to try as well! ^^ They tasted niceeeeeee! In fact, I love anything that has pandan in it LOL.

Le Grumpy was being very happy with his rolled ice-cream.

人山人海。

Now entering the pub section of the market...

Such a quaint-looking barber shop!

The huge-ass cup of Horlicks. With Grumpy's iPhone 6 for comparison. It tasted super sweet though; I nearly gagged at the sweetness even tough I took just a small sip. ;/ Someone needs to tell this Indian to stop taking so much sweet things! ;(

The train market sold a lot of clothes as well, but I wasn't that interested in them, and Grumpy assured that I'd love the clothes selection in Platinum mall better, so after deciding that we have toured the whole market, we decided to go to the Asoke branch of Healthland for our well-deserved massage. We walked from Asoke BTS station, which was about a 10-minute walk away. I wouldn't recommend walking if it's late at night and if you're alone as the street lights aren't that bright.

Health Land totally blew me away. It looked like a luxury spa from the outside, and gosh, it looked damn good in the interior too? The frontline staff there were also able to speak English. There were cups of cold lavender water available readily for you to cool down. And guess what? 1-hour of foot massage at this place only costs 350 baht?! You can go to their website for more details of the massages they offer and the cost of them. When you first enter, what they'll do is to go up to you and ask what massage you'd like. They'll help you write what service you require on an order chit, and you're supposed to bring this chit and pay at the cashier. Once done, you can just chill around before they call out your name over a microphone, so rest assure that you'll still be able to hear your name.

Grumpy's name was called out around 5 minutes after he paid up, so we were led downstairs, which was noticeably darker than the entrance. I managed to hear quite a smattering of familiar Singaporean accents in here heehee. The masseurs, unlike the frontline staff, didn't really understand English, so I had quite a hard time understanding what they wanted me to do. I just relied on looking around and seeing what other people were doing. ;X

The massage was pretty comfortable, and I think I fell asleep soon after as the place was pretty dark. However, I felt that my masseur's (she's probably in her late 50s to early 60s) massage wasn't that consistent, especially towards the end. I think she was tired. ;/ After the foot massage ended, the masseurs actually do help to massage your neck, shoulders and arms as well. After which, it'd be truly be the end of the massage. We were then led outside, where we were given cups of warm tea. The tea tasted really good! I think there was pandan inside, that's why HAHAHAHA. Anyway, I think it is customary to tip the masseurs here after each massage, so we gave them another 50 baht on our way out. Do note that tipping is not compulsory, so do not feel pressurised into giving if you do not want to.

We took Uber back to our cosy apartment and that was the end of Day 1.

Saturday 05/11/2016 (Day 2)
We got up at around 8.45 am as we were running quite a tight schedule for today. Uber was running a promotion, where if you booked any rides between 6 am to 6 pm from 4th to 6th November 2016, you'd be entitled to 40 baht off your ride! Siao?! We got to our destination for nearly free!!!! We ended up spamming Uber rides to get around BKK after that. We took Uber to SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles, where we were supposed to have our first meal of the day. The Uber driver dropped us off at Platinum mall instead LOL, so we had to climb the overhead bridge to get to where we wanted.

The wanton mee stall is located along the alleys, so we did actually miss a few alleys before Grumpy said that we had to walk back.


They had to make it clear that they have no branches in SG LOL!

Thankfully, the queue for the wanton mee wasn't that long. We waited at most 10 minutes before being shown inside to our seats. The interior of the stall was really cramped though... We couldn't sit properly without bumping into the person next to us. As it was very packed, we also had to share tables.

We ordered only 2 bowls of wanton mee, but each bowl already cost 100 baht, which I'm sure is really pricey by Singapore's standard (given such a setting, I can easily get my bowl of wanton mee for SGD$3), what's more BKK's? Tbh, the seasoning of the noodles was what made the noodles tick; it contained very generous servings of pork lard, garlic and preserved radish. Without the seasoning, the noodles would have just been ordinary. However, at $4 per bowl, it was really very small, and I definitely did not feel full after that. The serving was also not very generous (seriously, only 2 wantons? I can at least 3 back in SG for $1 less!) and the rest of the ingredients were just... underwhelming.

Truth to be told, I liked what I ate, but I definitely do not think that it is worth the queue and money. Thankfully, we didn't queue very long for this, so I wasn't grumpy. On our way out of the place, the queue was HORRENDOUS. If I had queued for that, I'd definitely give the wanton mee I had a lower rating LOL. xD

Look, the morning crowd!

Us making silly facessssss Turned out I was the only one making a silly face. ;P

The much-raved-about wanton mee. Look how small the bowl was and how little we were given. Only the seasoning stood out... the rest of the ingredients were quite meh... ;/

We went back to Platinum mall for our mango sticky rice fix. Platinum really sells lots of clothes at wholesale prices. We went crazy browsing through the crazy selection of clothes they had here.

I see Rilakkuma everywhere here in BKK. ;D

Super dope mango sticky rice from the food court at Platinum! The different coloured rice have different flavours! And the mango was so damn fresh and sweet hereeeeeeeeeeee. *cries*

When le Indian is very impressed with what he's eating and seeing...

We walked over to Central World after that to digest whatever we had eaten. This place... is just HUGE. I'm a self-professed idiot at directions. Thankfully Grumpy isn't so he was able to navigate us around quite easily. ;X Dairy Queen here is pretty cheap, so Grumpy bought a chocolate ice-cream. Someone needs to tell this notti boi to stop his sugar intake. -.-'''

Our next plan for the day was to visit True Love cafe, which essentially is a cafe with loads of Siberian huskies. *insert hearts* However, their playtimes are fixed, so Grumpy found out that if we missed the 1 pm playtime, their next playtime would only be at 3 plus. We decided to Uber to that cafe (seriously, Uber is so convenient here and it costs cheaper than their public transport?!), which I'm glad we did, because the cafe is located very far inside, away from the main road and BTS station.

We reached at around 12.30 pm, so after paying to go in, we were shown to our seats. Each ticket costs 350 baht, and it allows you to have one drink and one cake on the house. While chilling in the cafe (for 1 pm to come), we ordered our cakes and drinks. As playtime approached, we were being shown a very cute and entertaining video on the dos and don'ts when handling the dogs.

After the video was shown to us, we were then led outside where we had to disinfect ourselves and wear the protective blue plastics over our feet.

The dogs went crazy when their minders came with carrots (their food) and bowls of ice, which help to cool them down in this sweltering weather. Strong fans were also kept around to cool them (and us).

Oreo cheesecake and chocolate ice-cream cake, with rose milk (bandung lah) and apple tea.

The cute and entertaining video... ;D

The handsome dog-keeper LOL. xD

It's feeding timeeeeeeeee. *woof*

You might realise that there are a few non-Siberian-husky dogs around in this husky cafe as well. Here's Momo, a shih tzu who knows how to act and pose. What a darling! ;D

Sweetieeeeeee.

Look at my camera leh... ;(

WHAT A CUTIE PIEEEEEEEE. *heart melts*

Just let me sleep, human. *sleepy eyes*

Totally knocked out by lunch HAHAHAHA.

After being so selfie and shutter-happy, the dogs had to go back. Before that, all of us were told to get away and let all the dogs congregate. It was very noisy; they kept barking. o.O'''

Once their minders opened the gate, the dogs rushed out and went back into their own cages located in the house opposite their own playground. I was in awe by how all these happened in just 30 seconds o.O'''

Truly unforgettable. ;)

With that, we packed up and took Uber (can't emphasise enough on the convenience of Uber, especially when overseas) to the Chatuchak market. Our trip cost only 25 baht (after the discount of 40 baht), so each of us only paid $0.50 each?! So much cheaper than taking their public transport HAHAHA. xD

It is very handy to have a map of Chatuchak on hand, because the whole market is sprawling, hence it is essential you mark out places you want to visit and coordinate your bearings from there. Grumpy did all the work, so thanks Grumpy. ;D When in Chatuchak, there were also policewomen going around to remind tourists to be careful of their belongings as thefts are pretty common here. Grumpy and I carried our bags in front lol...

Finally stepped foot into Chatuchak! ;D

Quail eggs plus dope milk tea! The milk tea was really of the right sweetness, sweet without being overly cloying! Damn good! ;D

With our dope coconut ice-cream. The whole thing only costs 50 baht?! We got a cup of coconut water, which really quenched our thirst in this hot weather, a coconut husk with flesh and coconut ice-cream and 2 choices of toppings to go with it. Grumpy says that this is the original stall which sells the best coconut ice-cream in the whole of Chatuchak. The rest are all rip-offs. ._. The stall where we got our coconut ice-cream from is situated very near the entrance of Kampheng Phet BTS station.

Heading into the next section of the market where they sold less food and more clothes and other wares.

Grumpy went crazy over shopping on his clothes, so we did spend quite a while on shopping. I did manage to get some nice tops as well. Clothes in Thailand are really cheap and of good quality; I totally approve of Grumpy's loots. ;D

Our refreshing banana mango smoothie. This was damn good!! ;O

Artbox opened at 3 pm, but we decided to hang around in the market till about 5 plus so that we could manage to complete seeing the whole market. Grumpy brought me to a section of the market where they sold pets. It was really an eye-opener for me because all sorts of animals were really sold there! Besides the usual puppies, kittens and fishes, there were also iguanas, snakes, peacocks and even Tibetan mastiffs on sale. ._. The Tibetan mastiffs I saw were pretty intimidating though... they were really so huge!

KEWT KITTIES. ;D

Cute doggies! ;D

Can I just lie in there and play with them?? *inserts kitty eyes*

We decided to head to Artbox since it was just right next to Chatuchak. We came at the right time because Artbox is like a giant pop-up store, so sometimes it'd be there, sometimes it wouldn't. Therefore, I'd say that it is important to plan your schedule ahead if you're interested in visiting this Instagrammable place.

Even the set-up is so pretty! *sigh*

Inside the tentage...

Grumpy and I decided to settle for dinner at Artbox, so once we found seats, we went to buy food. The floor was pretty uneven though, and I think it's made more dangerous as the flooring is covered by green carpet, so it was really hard to spot where the holes in the ground were unless you have stepped on it. I've lost track of the number of times I nearly fell and sprained my feet. ;(

Grumpy's fav! This was so good! And it costs only 69 baht? The cheese was so stretchy I swear Grumpy's photo doesn't do justice to it LOL. xD

Next up, the super dope tenderloin! This was so good as well! And it was well-worth le money, at only 180 baht per box! The herbs really went so well with the beef, which was so succulent. Damn yummy! ;D

Our super mix pasta, which just contains everything HAHAHA. It costs 180 baht as well, and it's from the same group where we got our tenderloin from. The pasta was DAMN GOOD as well. Grumpy grew up with pasta, so he's pretty picky on his pasta, but he agrees that this was really dope. The aglio olio was done so well, with the right mix of garlic and chilli peppers. The texture of the pasta was also done really well. Thumbs-up!

I swear no filters were used for all my pictures posted in this blog. This place is really a photographer's dream, and of course, le Note 5 is very good at taking nice photos too LOL. The rainbow drink was really very shiok! I try to avoid sugary food and drinks, but the weather was hot and this was really good. There were even gummy bears hidden inside, so how to say no? ;P

As night fell, I saw one of the prettiest sunsets in my life. Made even more awesome with the company and of course, the place itself.

No filters used AT ALL.

Our view for dinner. What a pretty sight! The weather became noticeably cooler as well, with gentle breezes to boot, so I felt really good.

Bye Artbox, you've been really great! ;D

I never leave another country without visiting their supermarkets, so we made our way to Big C to stock up on snacks and food for the colleagues. I didn't buy as much as I would have liked, because the urge to poop was weighing more heavily on my mind, so my shopping this time round was pretty half-hearted LOL. Quite a regret for me though. I swear that the next time before I step into a supermarket, I'll clear my bowels first HAHAHA.

The Erawan shrine that got bombed in August last year... ;/

The King's face can be seen throughout, with every step you take...

We went back to Central World to take Uber back... ;)

Sunday 06/11/2016 (Day 3)
As our previous day was pretty packed, we decided to stay in a bit later, and only set off at around 10 am. I was craving for some good phad thai, so Grumpy and I went to Siam Paragon, where we also ordered lots of food! ;D I just love Siam Paragon so much! Besides having so many choice of food, there was also Gourmet Market, where I really "window-shopped" to my heart's content. ;D

GINDACO! I'VE MISSED YOU. *cries* This costs me 100 baht. And the best part? I CAN STILL GET STAMPS ON MY LOYALTY CARD. Nobody could imagine my dismay when I realised that Gindaco pulled out of the Singapore market for good, because I was still left with 2 more stamps to redeem my free takoyaki balls LOL. xD

Dope takoyakis from one of the stalls at the Paragon food hall! A whole baby octopus inside leh!! 3 for 110 baht. ;D

BEST. PHAD. THAI. EVERRRRRRRRRRR. I'm missing this so much. ;(

Milo shibuya toast from After You. They ran out of the Thai milk tea shibuya toast. I was so looking forward to trying that. This was too chocolatey for me, which meant that it was super heaty as well. My mouth itched for the rest of the day after that. ;/ Grumpy loved this though as he loves chocolates and well, basically anything sweet. Last warning to this Indian. -.-'''

We didn't have much plans for today, so we just toured around the shopping centre. I managed to see a few supercars in the showrooms as well. I really wonder how they managed to put all the cars inside... The cars were really pretty, but unfortunately, I'm not into cars haha.

Siam Paragon is so pretty!

Instead of supercars, I'm more interested in Rilakkuma and his friends. ;3

We walked over to Siam Square One from Siam Paragon, just to kill some time before we headed over for another massage. BKK really has many nice shopping centres, and Siam Square is no exception.

Super nice mango smoothie with coconut from Yenly Yours. This particular shop had been popping up on my Instagram feed quite often, so we decided to give it a try. DAMN GOOD BYE BYE. T_T

They even have a Food Republic here. We didn't get to eat inside, but the food offering seems quite different from Singapore leh... Oh, and the price is around the same as Singapore's too LOL.

It started drizzling when we went over to Lek for our foot massage afterwards. Come to think about it, this marked the first time we saw rain in Thailand. Lek is definitely less luxurious than Health Land in terms of looks and feel, but they charged around the same, at 300 baht for 1 hour of foot massage. The good thing is, Lek is just a 1-minute walk from the BTS.

The foot massage at Lek felt really comfortable; very soon, both me and Grumpy fell asleep. But before that, there were two other customers who also fell asleep and snored DAMN LOUDLY. It was quite irritating because just as I was about to fall asleep, I'd suddenly jerk awake from the horrendous snores that those two people were emitting. ;X

By the time we ended our massage, it was still raining quite heavily. Thank goodness it only rained when we didn't have any outdoor activities planned for the day. ;) Grumpy and I walked over to Amarin Plaza, where I saw that they were having some end-of-season sales for Triumph LOL. I ended up buying 2 bras for only $20 each?? It's crazily cheap, because Triumph bras in Singapore can cost $90? What the sorcery hahaha... Like that don't wear anything better right LOL...

After bra-shopping, we walked over to Platinum again to buy the cute graphic shirts that caught my eye yesterday. Each shirt only cost 160 baht, which is only around $6?! Crazy! And the quality is really, really good. Now I feel so ripped off for buying my Vietnam Starbucks shirt for $10. -.-'''

The rain did stop after we got out of Platinum, so both Grumpy and I decided to have an early dinner. We had been seeing omurice pop up on our Instagram feeds prior to our trip, so we decided to have that for dinner. Central World is pretty big, but Grumpy's navigation skills are really 一级棒 (also because he has been here so many times), so we managed to find the omurice restaurant in no time.

Omu (the name of the restaurant) had 15% off for tourists (passport must be shown), but there was a 10% service fee imposed, so the nett discount ended up being 5%. Our verdict? THIS WAS DAMN GOOD!!!! We had to pay an extra 20 baht to get the "lava omelette" (the egg that flows when you cut it open - otherwise it's just the normal omelette rice), but it was so worth it!!

Beneath the oozy omelette lies the tomato fried rice, which contains chicken. The tomato fried rice by itself already tasted heavenly. Coupled with the lava omelette and the main ingredients (seafood for Grumpy, fried fish for me), it made a really very satisfying dinner for the both of us. Guess how much this cost us? Less than SGD$10 for each dish, even with the additional of 20 baht for the lava omelette. ;O

Grumpy's seafood omurice with curry and some other sauces mixed in. Super shiok!!! ;D

My fried fish omurice with cream sauce. Both of us agreed that the cream sauce wasn't as nice as the sauce that Grumpy had on his dish, but still, this was super satisfying!

We were in a state of food coma after our great dinner, so we had to walk around to drive off the sleepy spell.

We passed by a Sanrio shop. This is totally the bag my future kid will carry LOL. xD

We took the BTS to Phrom Phong afterwards, where we marvelled at how atas Emporium and Emquartier were LOL. We didn't buy anything there, since our main point was just to pass time before our scheduled appointment to Health Land at 8.30 pm.

Grumpy brought me to walk up to the garden located at the top floor of Emquartier though. The garden looked really very pretty, and it was very romantic as well. ;P

The entrance of the magic garden...

The view from above!

So pretty, with candles floating about.

We decided to make our way to Health Land at around 8 pm as we had an appointment with them at 8.30 pm. This time round, Grumpy booked the 2-hour full body massage with herbal compress for us. We were shown to a private room on the upper floor (can't remember which floor liao haha), where we were told to change. The masseurs also brought in 2 hot pots of herbs for the compress later.

Our room

This massage felt different from the foot massages that I had grown so accustomed to now LOL. This felt a lot more on the test of my flexibility as the masseur tried to force my legs and arms into different positions. o.O''' At the end, we were given the herbal compress. The herbal compress felt really very hot to me, but as the masseur started pressing the compress into me, it felt more comfortable. However, towards the end of the 2 hours, she started pressing the hot herbal compress into my stomach. I swear after that, my stomach never felt the same again. I couldn't stand straight as my stomach did hurt after that. ;(

It was our last night in Thailand, so I felt a bit sad to think of leaving this awesome place, but where Grumpy is, is where I'll be as well. ;D

Monday 07/11/2016 (Day 4)
We had to check out by 12 pm as the host was expecting another person, so the first thing we did was to pack up. Grumpy was surprised that I didn't really buy anything on this trip. I was surprised by myself as well LOL. After double-checking every nook and cranny of the house, we left for Siam Paragon at around 10 am. We left our luggages outside Gourmet Market as there was a luggage counter there.

I was in a pretty grumpy mood, probably due to PMS lol, so Grumpy really bore the brunt of my tantrums. I'm so sorry Grumpy. ;(

Grumpy tried to cheer me up by bringing me to eat some authentic Thai food. I think that did help slightly. We ate lunch at Peppery Thai Bistro. They do serve really good tom yum goong and green curry. The papaya salad was really very spicy though, but the hae bi was super big? Damn shiok HAHAHA, but the salad was really too spicy for us to finish.

Our papaya salad. Spot the huge hae bi!

This tom yum goong was super good! The prawns were very fresh and I think there were 6, 7 prawns inside?

This green curry didn't look very "green", but it was still damn good!

Pablo had just opened their first shop in Thailand, so the queue for this was really long. I had Pablo back in Osaka, but while I thought it was good, I wasn't really a fan of it, so this time round, I made sure not to buy the huge cheese tart that they are famous for. We queued for about 45 minutes before it was finally time for us to place our orders. I decided to buy 3 normal mini cheese tarts, 3 mini matcha cheese tarts, 1 tin of cheese bites and 1 matcha cheese ice-cream.

The making of le famous cheese tarts.

With our ice-creams. Both Grumpy and I felt that the original cheese ice-cream tasted the best. The original costs 90 baht, while the matcha costs 95 baht. I strongly recommend people to get the original instead.

The matcha mini cheese tart was really very good though! The matcha nicely balanced the flavour of the cheese. As for the original, I am more partial towards Bake's rendition of the cheese tarts as I like the crust from Bake better. And Bake's tarts look more presentable imo. At first glance, Pablo's cheese tarts look so much like egg tarts LOL.

Our flight back to Singapore was at 4.35 pm, but we decided to leave at around 1.45 pm since we were taking the risk of riding Uber there. Bangkok is well-known for its choking traffic (the phrase "Bangkok jam" didn't appear out of nowhere y'know), and I didn't want to miss our flight. The Uber ride to Suvarnabhumi Airport was our most expensive Uber ride in BKK to date, at 575 baht (no more promotion at that time, and it was expensive because of the toll fee). This 30-minute ride is still very cheap by Singapore's standards, but our Uber rides around various stops of BKK barely even hit 70 baht per ride LOL, so I guess it's pretty extravagant by Thailand's standards.

Anyway, our Uber driver drove like an F1 driver. I was actually sleeping during our ride to the airport, but the driver was speeding like nobody's business that he even went over speed humps without slowing down. O.O''' That impact was enough to send my knees flying to my stomach, and le stomach did hurt again after that. -.-''' As we were on the expressway to the airport, I spied with my half-closed eyes, that he was going over 170 km/h. Thankfully, the highway was relatively car-free and the roads were wide. God blessed us all LOL. Speed humps in Thailand are barely noticeably (they're of the same colour as the road? LOL) so le knees hit le stomach a few more time before we finally reached the airport. What a ride of my lifeeeee... *wipes sweat off forehead*

We reached the airport, with 2 hours to spare before our flight took off. After checking-in our luggages (my luggage was only 2 kg heavier than what I brought from Singapore), we decided to have chicken tenders from Burger King before proceeding to clear immigration. The queue to clear customs wasn't terribly long, but the queues took SO LONG to move. Thanks to that, by the time we managed to get our passports stamped, TG 409 was already on "final call".

It was totally a wtf-just-happened-and-fml-did-this-just-happen-to-me-again momment for me, because 2 years back, my SQ flight from HK back to SG was also on "final call", due to me and le sis happily shopping in the transit area while time also happily zipped past. This time round, I swear we weren't even doing anything besides waiting for le passports to be stamped. ._. As my luck would have it, the gate at which TG 409 was parked at happened to be right at the end of the airport, AGAIN. It was just HKG-SIN 2014 all over again for me. According to the signboard, our gate was located 15 minutes away (by foot) from where we stood. I really still couldn't believe that this would happen to me again. *cries in disbelief* The boarding gate was supposed to close 10 minutes before flight departure. I didn't even dare to look at the time, so we just decided to run for it. We ran on travelators after travelators without pausing to even catch our breath. Thankfully, we didn't have that much hand-carry with us (luckily we didn't shop much? HAHAHA) so we were able to move faster. When I thought we had finally reached the gate, it turned out that we still had to climb down flights of stairs in order to finally reach the boarding counter. *gags*

Once Grumpy and I managed to settle down in the plane, le plane started moving away from the gate for take-off. What a dramatic end to our first (second, third, depending on how you see it) overseas trip together. ._.

2 Thai Airways planes. So much love for the wingtip of le A350! ;D

Goodbye Thailand! You've been really greattttttt. ^^

Dinner (?) was served about 0.5 hours into our flight, and like I've mentioned before, Thai Airways serves DAMN GOOD food I can't even... I thought I had already tasted the best on the way to BKK, but wow, I just got blown away by my meal selection back to SIN. I had potato salad served with TWO slices of smoked salmon. ;_; The omelette fried rice was damn good too, especially the egg. #whatislife #ilovethaiairwaysfoodsomuch I so happened to get the last portion of the omelette fried rice available. Thank you Grumpy for letting me have the last one. *heart eyes*

The appetiser was sooooooo good ka, and so was le main. Please ignore the disgusting peas (which I gave to Grumpy). The egg texture and taste were really damn good; I swear they added cheese and meat inside... Last but not least, the egg custard tiramisu we had was... HEAVENLY. Can really cry man. ;_;

Pretty pretty lights in a pretty pretty plane...

Last photo of me and Grumpy, for now. *muacks* P.S. Last warning to le eyebags. *sigh*

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Our trip coincided with the official mourning period that the Thais were observing due to the passing of their beloved King. The mood was noticeably sombre, with nearly everybody just wearing black and pinning black ribbons onto their clothes. Grand memorials were also erected outside the glam shopping centres we had visited; makeshift memorials were erected at the train stations and even at the lift lobby of our AirBnB apartment. The TV screens in the trains also kept playing tributes to the King. Even the television programmes on TV were also shown in black and white.

It was indeed an eye-opener to be able to visit when a country is still in mourning. We had booked our trip way before the King's passing, but I'm glad to note that none of our plans were affected, so I'd say that besides having to dress in more sombre colours and being mindful of the Thais' feelings (like don't anyhow talk bad about their King lah, common sense leh...), the Thais were still very smiley and welcoming towards us.

Thank you for making Thailand truly the Land of Smiles. ขอขอบคุณ.

Thank you Thailand for the warm hospitality shown despite this difficult period. I will definitely be back in the future, hopefully with my family next time round. I really do want them to experience Thailand for themselves.

And to Grumpy, thank you for planning most of the itinerary despite your busy schedule. I'm beyond grateful. I don't really know how to express myself well, but sarangdee...kakakakakaka. ;P