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My 2013 in 9 Points

Published by on December 31, 2013

Today is the last day of 2013, and it is time again to review my past year in 9 points. To understand why only 9 (and not 10) you have to go back to the first of this yearly tradition to find out why. The past editions can be read here (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008).

New Year, New Job

Began the new year on Jan 21 with a new job with one the fastest growing Property developers in the country. Getting in the company was tough, keeping up with the job was tougher. But I’m thankful to God for the opportunity, and in a way, my previous short-stint job kind of prepared me for this. Things tapered off after 4 to 5 months, when i got to grips with the morning traffic and job-related stress. Also having a new (more understanding) boss helped a lot. As I approach a full year here, I am immensely thankful to the lord for the team he put around me (although staff turnover is very high).



For my birthday, my wife bought me a ukulele. A ukulele! How cool is that? Learning to play, while easier than a guitar, is a little harder, though. But as in anything that require a new skillset, Practice, practice, practice.



What year end list would not mention this? Yes, it was one of the biggest national event in our nation’s history. But for lust of power, it was victory at all cost. And it cost Malaysians everything – our freedom, cost of living, religious harmony, pluralism, and maybe soon, internet freedom.


(Very beautiful photo spot)

Six days of wonderful holiday in the Thai capital. Why haven’t I come here before?! And more importantly, when am I coming back again?!

Reacquainting with Weekly Football


One day, on a spurious occasion, i upgraded my Astro to b.yond HD. And i make a resolution to watch more football. After all, i’m paying for the channels, and i had drifted away from weekly football for a few seasons already, due to other commitments. This was just before Arsenal resurgence due to the arrival of Özil, so it was a exciting time. As the cynical long time Arsenal fans would say, enjoy it while it lasts…

Galaxy 4

On the same day I got my Astro B.yond, I bought my Samsung Galaxy S4. Am I the only person to go from S1 to S4? Wow, things have really improved since the first model! No lag! No freezing! So clear! So expensive!



I cut down on the books for 2013 from the usual 50 to 18, mainly due to work commitments. Even with that, i found it difficult to make time to read, and to find good books that piqued my interest. Only a late flurry thanks to the Big Bad Wolf Sale helped me reach my target, and then all of a sudden, i didn’t feel like reading again. Maybe I should target only 12 books next year.

Christmas Play


Some time back in May, the church YA asked me to write a script for the Christmas play. At first I was apprehensive, but i soon realize the tantalizing premise. A simple play to capture the uneasy sentiment of urban Chinese Christians in Malaysia in response to Islamization, emigration, rising crime, discrimination, etc. The script finally completed in August, casting and practices commenced in September, and there it was staged 3 times during Christmas.

I’m to say at least ONE person thought it was good.



Last minute trip, been many years since I’ve been there. This was my first real ‘tourist’ trip. Navigating Penang is very much easier with Waze. Bonus, met 2 old friends I haven’t seen in years.

Hamley’s Toy Store, 1 Utama

Published by on December 7, 2013

I remember watching the cute ad for Toys R Us on Singapore TV. You know that catchy one that goes “I don’t wanna grow up…” Showing adorable mat Salleh kids hugging the giraffe and caterpillar plush toys and assorted colourful and expensive looking toys. I remember going to Toys R Us in Marine Parade (i think?) in Singapore although I don’t think i have much memories of it.

Some years later Toys R Us came to Malaysia, in The then new Subang Parade. They ran the same series of ads on local TV, except with local (equally adorable) kids. I remember it giving me kind of a hallowed view of the place, where you can find cool and exquisite toys that you won’t find anywhere else. Back then the only place we bought toys was from the local supermarket, or the Chinese sundry shop, both places mostly selling cheap China or Taiwan made knock offs that impressed mostly the youngest (or most naivest) of kids. But then again as kids buying toys wasn’t a big thing. We made our playstuff from bottlecaps or old ice cream sticks, or those small toys that come with junk food packs. Remember the Mamee toys?

Anyway, years later as an adult i moved to PJ to work and i visited the Toys R Us. To say it was disappointing was an understatement. It was basically the same as any other locally owned small time toy shop. Except it was bigger and probably with better layout design. But they sold the same Mattel, Hasbro, Barbie toys and board games. I used to joke that Toys R Us was no different from ToyCity.

I understand the necessity. They need sales volume to survive. Malaysians can’t afford the expensive stuff. So they sell all the fast movers. If you have too many samples or play areas, ugly Malaysians will damage them or worse, steal them.

Cool toy stores only exist in American movies like Big or Home Alone.

But what we do have are some cool indie specialist toy shops around in KL. There are a few in midValley and one particular one i like in BSC.

So when i heard that Hamley’s of London was opening in 1Utama, i was mildly excited but understandably wary. How awesome can it be, right? But i did make it a point going today (it opened on 30/11/13). Well, it was quite impressive. Despite it being expensive (that would be a given) they had a lot of their own house brand which had lots of cool toys. I won’t give too much away, but you should go and let the kid in you have a blast.

I hope they keep their standards up. In their defence, Toys R Us probably kept their image up at first, before market realities made them change (in their new location in Subang Parade, they seem to not even bother with ID). The same happened with other foreign retailers like Debenhams, Borders (another rant for another day) or Harrod’s. Dedenhams local capitulation is almost a comical tragedy.

My Second Adidas King of the Road

Published by on November 10, 2013

Last month I took part in my second 10K run, the Adidas king of the Road. Last year was my first race ever, you can read about it here.

A lot of stuff happened in between these two races. Since that last race, i had quit going to the gym since i changed jobs, and i only ran on weekends if i had the time. I had only re-joined a gym shortly before this second race, probably for just over a month. At that same time i ran an 8.5K night race, another first for me.

So all in all, this time round I was more prepared mentally (no more anxiety about waking up early or not being able to complete the race), but was slightly worse of physically. This year the weather was much cooler and shadier, and I would say the organisers were slightly better prepared than last year. So kudos to Adidas and their partners. I was a little disappointed to run almost the same time as last year, but i guess i shouldn’t be expecting too much if i only run 1 or 2 races a year, right?

On a somewhat related note, last weekend a home town friend i knew while growing up died unexpectedly last weekend in a tragic waterfall incident. I knew him since i was 7 years old, but i haven’t seen him in 20 years. Although i can’t say we were good friends, his passing only goes to strengthen my resolve to make the most of my time i have wisely – challenge myself to do things i’d never thought i could do, go new places, read more books, spend more time with my family, keep my good friends closer, and above all, never be satisfied with what you know now. Yes, and stop watching so much TV and snacking.

So what’s next for me? I’d really like to run a couple more runs a year, start studying a few more topics that interest me (this usually means expensive books). We’ll see.

Jeram Toi Waterfall

Published by on October 20, 2013

It was a public holiday, and instead of the usual shopping mall trek or sitting at home in front of the telly, some friends and i decided to go to Jeram Toi waterfalls near Jelebu.

I’ve been here before last year on my many trips to Kuala Klawang in Jelebu. Its easy to go, very near the main road, and suitable for kids.

So in the morning, we loaded the cars and convoyed down the LEKAS highway. The waterfall is about an hour away, turn off at the Jelebu exit and follow the signs.





The lower parts of the falls has a man-made pool with water slides. Right above it there’s a pool for swimmers.




For those craving for more authentic nature experience, you can climb up the steps beside the falls to enjoy the beginnings of the falls and river.





Pure Jatomi Fitness Vs. Fitness First

Published by on October 5, 2013

I was a member of Fitness First (FF) for about 4 years, at the Curve Branch. When I joined the gym coz it was near my workplace at the time in KD. I had the choice of Celebrity Fitness in 1 Utama, but FF was nearer, plus you know how the parking situation in the mall can be at times. True Fitness opened a branch in Sunway Giza but that was much much later.

When I quit my job, I terminated my membership at FF. A year later I joined Pure Jatomi Fitness (PJF) in Tropicana City Mall. The story is that the founder of FF named Michael sold his business and formed another gym chain with two other guys James and Tony (hence the name Jatomi). In KL at the moment, there very few branches compared to the other big 3 (FF, Celebrity and True Fitness).

So I’ve been a using the club regularly for more than a month. Since I’ve only used this branch and FF The Curve before this, I can only make comparisons between these two branches.

Good for Jatomi:
Its cheaper. I’m paying about RM120+ for corporate package, which means I get towel facilities and accesss all other branches (this is albeit a moot point, I’m not patronizing any of the other branches). FF charges me for RM160+ for local membership, their passport membership is a lot more. They were a little cheaper before this, but about 2 years ago they started charging GST. Towels used to be free, but now cost RM5 (not sure of the price) per usage. So don’t forget to bring you own towel.

With PJF being new, there are far fewer members so it isn’t crowded. However, having said that, their weights section is really cramped and small.

In terms of tech, PJF wins hands down. They use a wristband locking system, so no problems of losing your key or locker getting broken into. they have phone charging stations, 6 internet stations, latest workout stations with internet and TV. FF has the same workout stations, but the internet never works.

Good for Fitness First:
Their club is bigger and better equipped. Jatomi definitely does not have enough weight machines and dumbbells. Every time I want to work my splits, I either have to wait for it or improvise with some other workout.

FF has more classes and more frequently. if I am not mistaken PJF only has 2 classes after work. I am not sure why, but they are not popular at all, compared to FF’s which are almost always packed.

FF has many trainers walking around and helping customers if they have problems, correcting mistakes (although most of the time the guy trainers spend their time flirting with the ladies). PJF doesn’t have this.

At the end of the day, for me, personally any gym membership is useless if you don’t make the most of it to increase your strength and health, so if you don’t maximize your time and money, all the above is meaningless. Having said that, I feel other than the cramped areas and limited machines, PJF gives better value for your money.

Running My First Night Race

Published by on September 7, 2013

On the night most serious runners were in Putrajaya running the Shape Night Race, i was halfway across the Valley running another smaller race.

About a month ago, a few days after the closing date, my wife and I signed up for the Tropicana Nite Race IV. This race was 8.5 km on buggy tracks across one of the best golf courses in the city. I signed up mainly as a warm up for the Adidas King of the Road in October, and probably to put my end to my lack of serious exercise lately.

90 minutes before the start of the race, we were on the way and it started raining heavily. Pouring. I wasn’t really worried. These downpours don’t last long. Besides, running after the rain is always better than a hot sticky evening. Sure enough by the time we got to the golf club, it had reduced down to a slight drizzle.

It was a small race, about 200 participants over 3 age categories (men and women) and a family category. We had to wait around a long time coz the race was delayed about 35 minutes ‘to wait for latecomers stuck in the traffic jam’. I thought this was unnecesary, if people are late, they start late. This late start would affect many of the runners later in the race, as we would discover later on.

Anyway after a lot of announcements, the different categories were set off. My group, men’s 35 years old and above, were the biggest group, with about 30 runners. And we were off!

But as with my other runs, the first 2km were the toughest. As usual, i was thinking “Why did I sign up for this? I’m not going to make it. Can i turn back?” This was actually a tough course. A lot of steep slopes, especially the tunnels going under roads. I had recently riden on the track on buggy, i don’t remember it being so tough. After all, if an electric buggy can climb the slopes, it can’t be that steep, can it?

The other thing that bothered me were my legs were stiff from my my 3km run in the gym the day before. I didn’t really go all out in the gym, but still i felt the effects in my run. It was only after 5km at about the halfway mark I could get some stride going. Then another problem hit – it started to drizzle. A light drizzle, but had we started on time, we would have avoided this.

But anyway, with my stiff calves and heels and the rain, i completed the run in about an hour.

After the run, I was happy and relieved. The rain made it cooling to run, but made the slopes slippery. Night runs are cooler than morning runs, but you’re tired even if you don’t exert yourself all day. But still, it was a good run.

Bangkok 2013 Wrap-Up

Published by on September 1, 2013

Our final day in BKK was mainly a late breakfast, lazing around, packing, and getting to the airport.

Getting a cab was a bit of a problem, we finally found one to take us for THB400 plus toll. Toll costs less than THB100. Thankfully, AiraAsia didn’t delay on us (have we come to expect that of them?) and I spent a good part of the flight finishing Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself on the iPad.

overhead bridge
(Overhead bridge in Khlong Bang Luang)

By the time we got back to home sweet home, it was almost 8pm.

Looking back, it was a great and fulfilling holiday, considering it we weren’t supposed to be going anyway. Besides that, due to work commitments I didn’t spend all that much time doing research and planning. It was a pretty packed holiday, but as usual we still had plenty of time to relax in between our full itinerary. We almost did everything we wanted to do, except Maeklong train station and Koh Kred. Maeklong station – we didn’t get to go en route to Floating Market coz we were part of a tour group. Koh Kred – well, maybe the next trip. And in that next trip, maybe Ayutthaya, too.

(Kacang tumbuk sold by an old lady near Baan Silapan)

Other than the floating market, we spend most of the trip in the city itself, so instead of a lot travelling like in our other trips, we were mostly doing the BTS / MRT thing.

(shop selling old timey stuff had these flasks on display…)

canal tour
(mat sallehs doing the touristy canal tour at the floating market)

One regret was probably not bring more Baht. We were running short over the last few days, so had to swipe card a few times and ration ourselves.

(art at Chatuchak)

cute boat
(cute homey boat at Saphan Taksin)

(Bumblebee and a famous actress)

For all the talk usually about BKK being hot, perennially choked with traffic, commercialized, etc, I guess you can say that about KL or any other Southeast Asian capital too. At least things are cheaper in BKK than KL. And the food, well, it is incomparable.

fruits otk
(all kinds of fresh fruits at Or Tor Kor Market)

(and yes, durians by the roadside)

As in all our travel destinations, we said that that we’d return. We’ve never had a chance to return to any of our destinations, with the exception of Chiang Mai. Maybe more so for BKK… Well, we’ll see how it goes. There aren’t that many AirAsia cheap destinations left for us to explore.

prawns otk
(so prawny)

yaowarat night
(Chinatown lights at night)

Bangkok 2013 Day 5: Siam Ocean World, Baan Silapan & Patpong Night Market

Published by on August 28, 2013

Monday is Day 5, its also a public holiday, the Queen’s birthday. It’s also Mother’s Day in Thailand. I thought it would mean the malls would be packed, but it was no different from any other day during our trip here. Which was good for us.

I had booked discount tickets to Siam Ocean World via Hotels2Thailand, they offered really cheap tickets compared to the counter price. If you buy the tickets from the counter, there are two prices, one for Thais (or at least those who can read Thai) and one for foreigners. This is actually quite common here in Malaysia too, they usually call it Mykad price. Anyway, of all the attractions in BKK, why did we choose Siam Ocean World? Well, my family really likes sea creatures, so we try visit them as much as we can.

Siam Ocean World in located on the basement of Siam Paragon, long been one of BKK’s best malls. We reached Paragon just before opening time via the BTS station, and there was quite a crowd waiting for the security guards to open the roller shutters, unzip the velvet barriers, remove the crowd barricade… a gwailo even offered to help to slightly paunchy guards, but they politely waved him back… meanwhile everyone was waiting… waiting…


And it was open! Everyone filed in orderly, we immediately took the escalator downstairs. The view outside was fabulous, why can’t local malls be this cool?

siam paragon

Siam Ocean World (SOW) pretty empty when we got there, but their counter staff was horrendous. There was only one person ahead of me in the online ticket redemption line, but the counter girl took more than 20 minutes to settle his tickets. Next to me, there was a large European family group buying retail tickets, they were also having problems. Very poor first impression.

(Someone’s chippy today)

SOW is pleasant place to visit, but rather small. They have a few extra attractions like glass bottom boat ride, back of house tour, 5D cinema (whatever that means), but they all cost extra. We took the basic-basic package, so 2 hours is more than enough to spend here, even if you take picture of every exhibit.

strange fish
(not sure what this is called, but I’m pretty sure it’s not edible)

(First time seeing a nautilius)

One of the more popular tanks is the penguins. Very playful and friendly.


(clothes matches the sofa)

At the end of the path, you’ll go through the Perspex tunnel as with any aquarium in the world. Lots of sharks and turtles.

(shark with delicious fins)

There’s gift shop outside. Some of the stuff they sold were cheaper than at Chatuchak. Anyway, we didn’t buy anything.

shark hat
(A shark bit my head)

If you are going to SOW, go early. Coz when we got out just after 12pm, the line to the counter stretched to the escalator. Not helped by the inefficient staff, I reckon.

long line to sow

We went back upstairs to Siam Paragon for lunch. The foodcourt, as expected, was great.

The highlight was the good pad thai and or chien.

more pad thai

or chien

After lunch we had to across town before 2pm. Where to? The Artist’s House, Baan Silapan. It was BTS to Wong Wian Yai again, then a short cab ride. If you want to go to Baan Silapan, make sure you have the name and address printed on a paper for directions. Most Thais won’t know about this place, even fewer can point to it. Anyway, at the end of a very long, nondescript road, that’s where the taxi can take you and its on foot from here. There is a wooden jetty that leads to a bridge across a khlong.

(Very beautiful photo spot)

Walking this short distance, you can see the traditional Thai riverside way of life, wooden houses on stilts and small shops serving the local community.

Across the river, its a short walk.

walking the khlongs

Lady making pad thai. Apparently, a few of these shops sprouted up due to Baan Silapan’s popularity.

khlong pad thai

rolly dog
(local version of daschund)

(fancy a cheap haircut?)

Right near Baan Silapan, we stopped for Coke and coffee.

coffee stop

Next to Baan Silapan, there’s a house / toy museum that has lots of interesting stuff from our childhood.


Baan Silapan is where artist congregate to paint, carve and sculpt. Entrance is free, but donations are encouraged. Or you can buy any of their affordable art pieces. But the highlight of the place is the daily puppet show at 2pm. This traditional puppet show is the direct descendent of the Joe Louis theatre, which is supposed to be re-established in Asiatique soon. But right now, this is probably the only place in BKK to see this dying art.

When we got there, two of the performers were conducting lively banter with the small crowd. Unfortunately, everything was in Thai. Some parts involved this adorable little boy, something to do with training him to perform the arts.

lil kid performing

At 2pm, they brought out the two puppets plus a picture of the king for prayers.


And then the show started.


There are only two scenes portrayed, interspersed by more lively banter and using the puppet to interact with the crowd. Basically it portrays 2 scenes from the Thai Ramayana. The first one is basically just Hanuman performing, then the second involves Suvannamaccha (I had to google her name up).


hanuman greeting
(Legendary Hanuman reduced to soliciting donations)

Although the interval chit chat and donation-soliciting were a little cheesy, the performance was immaculate. After the performance i had to see up close the puppet to see how they managed to make it soo flexible.

Hannah and suvannamaccha
(photo op for everyone! Donations welcome! I’m surprised how the mermaid princess could keep her deadpan face for so long.)

If you take a canal tour in BKK, you’d most likely see this red guy sitting outside the Artist’s House.

red guy
(He is extremely embarassed)

After browsing around the shops nearby, we went back to the main road. Some ladies told us to get onto a songthaew (first time on one of those) for the ride to the main road, cost us a very cheap THB5 per pax. From there it was a cab to BTS, and home to Sukhumvit.

In the evening, we decided to visit Silom night market, also known as Patpong. We decided to take a river boat, the one transport we haven’t tried in BKK. The ‘bus-stop’ is just next to our hotel, below a bridge.

waiting for river taxi

Unfortunately, the conductor on the boat going the opposite direction told us that the last boat going into the city had already passed, so no more boats that evening. We took the MRT instead.

On the way to the night market, saw a group of people standing outside a mall holding candles. Presumably it was to celebrate Mother’s Day, but they could be protesting something.

moms day

Silom market runs along the go-go bars, but there’s nothing really to shop there.


patpong night market

Behind the market we found some stalls, so we had our last pad thai meal in BKK.

frying guy

pad thai

So in the end, we went to Silom Complex shopping mall since it was still early. This is a large but quite mall just next to the BTS Station.


So it was an end to Day 6.

Bangkok 2013 Day 4: Platinum Mall and Terminal 21

Published by on August 21, 2013

(This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.)

Day 4 is a Suuuunday… And Sunday we were supposed to go to Koh Kred to see the Sunday market and see local pottery industry. Koh Kred is a (really) small island in the middle of the Chao Phraya river 45 minutes north of BKK. But since we had spent too much than what I expected for the tour to the floating market, plus not really wanting to go with the hassle of public transport all the way (it had to be bus-ferry-boat to get there), I decided to spend the day as what most Bangkok folks would do on a Sunday – go shopping in an air-conditioned mall.

But since this was one day we didn’t have to wake up early to be somewhere, Hannah had another chance to go for a swim before breakfast.


Since my wife and girls wanted to shop for clothes, there is a perfect mall to go to – Platinum Mall.


It’s 6 floors consisting of mainly wholesale women’s clothing. When I say wholesale, its not like you have to buy bundles, but every item in every shop has tiered pricing, mean if you buy 2 or 3 pieces, you get a slightly cheaper price. So imagine 6 floors of women’s clothes, but there are some shops selling men’s fashion (very few though), one floor for children and half a floor for women’s accessories.

inside platinum mall

buying clothes
(I think this is the shop where the Datins shop at)

Bought some CNY-styled qipao blouses here.


At the topmost 6th floor there’s a popular foodcourt. We had our lunch here, the food was cheap and good, except there was pad thai here.

chicken rice
(chicken rice)

pork rice
(te kar, pulled pork with rice)

pork kebab
(marinated pork kebabs)

To be honest, I still hadn’t recovered from yesterday’s Chatuchak, (maaan, that was like running a marathon) so after about 3 hours of shopping we went back to the hotel. On the way back we saw the river taxi.

river taxi

After some afternoon siesta, more shopping. We took the BTS to another mall – Terminal 21. Everyone who’d been to BKK before me recommended I must come here. Terminal 21 is a medium sized mall, with shops selling branded stuff, akin to our 1 Utama. But there are two things that make this a must visit.

(Everything’s dark coz we took this picture when we were leaving the place at night)

Mother's Day
(They were celebrating Mother’s Day)

Firstly, the entire mall is based on the concept of an airport (hence ‘Terminal 21′) and each floor has a concept a particular famous city – San Francisco, Tokyo, Paris, etc.


French road sign


But the SECOND reason to visit this place, (and probably the only reason for most tourists) is their toilets. Yes, toilets. Every floor, their toilets are BEAUTIFULLY decorated to match the theme of the floor.

So this is Tokyo…

Tokyo toilet


London toilet

Well, you get the picture. It’s common for people to be taking selfies and group photos inside and in front of the toilets. As for the rest of the mall, I guess its quite normal. As my daughter says, the concept of the mall is more interesting than the shops in the mall.

Dinner time again, there weren’t any street stalls outside the mall, so had dinner at the mall. Most of the restaurants were expensive American and Japanese eateries, but we found this local chain of restaurant called Yuum Sap. I tried their pad thai but it was too oily, probably the worst pad thai I had on this trip.

yuum sap1

worst pad thai


After dinner, it was time to go home, so we decided to walk back to our hotel since it was only one station away. Since it was an early night we borrowed Pirates of the Caribbean 3 from the hotel lobby.

Next – Siam Paragon and Ocean World.

Bangkok 2013 Day 3: Chatuchak, Or Tor Kor Market, Thip Samai and Yaowarat

Published by on August 20, 2013

(This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the beginning, click here.)

If you ever in Bangkok for the first time on a weekend, there is one place you are bound to visit – Chatuchak market. Chatuchak is synonymous with Bangkok, its probably the largest of its kind in Thailand. Its open on weekends only so if you are planning to go, go early to avoid the crushing heat. Getting there is the easy part – both MRT and BTS bring you right to the market.

We reach just after 9, there was already a steady stream of tourist making a beeline for the market. Even as you get down from the overhead bridge, the stalls start.

walking to Chatuchak

Navigating the market is a little tough. there are a few broad streets, but most of it are narrow enclosed ‘soi’s or lanes like this one.

narrow soi

The adage is if you can think of it, they sell it here. That’s not exaggerating too much. But a lot of stalls sell clothes, shoes, foodstuff, souvenirs, and the like. We looked for some slippers for Hannah here.

buying shoes

Every few blocks you see a stall like this selling Thai version of ice-cream potong, minus the cream. So its just iced sugar water.

ice cream

Whether you like animals or not, one section you must visit is the pets section. Here you find stalls selling the most adorable puppies. The shopkeeper was unfriendly, though.


One small stall was selling this strange creature, I think its a lemur.

small animal

Along one of the main roads, we bought some siu yoke and fried spring rolls from this guy. THB100 for a pack, tastes good – less salty or crispy compared to the stuff you get here, but juicier.

siu yoke

There’s a drink you can find all over the market, I didn’t take any pics of it, its their orange juice. Really refreshing, a must try.

After more than 3 hours in Chatuchak, we went across the road to Or Tor Kor Market. OTK is one of the best indoor markets in the world (or so says Wikitravel) but I would recommend anyone to go there. its covered and clean, so it provides a respite from the heat of Chatuchak. Inside, they fresh fruits, seafood, dried food, and there’s an excellent foodcourt.

or tor kor

Thai durian.


Or Tor Kor isn’t targeted to tourist, so the foodcourt doesn’t have English signs. But you can just point and order. There was one lighted sign I recognized, though – COFFEE.

snack at OTK

With this plus the food at Chatuchak, we were quite full.

After Or Tor Kor we went back to Chatuchak again, and concentrated on their local designer section. At past 2pm, we were hot and tired but very satisfied, so trudged back to MRT back to Sukhumvit.

Hannah still had the energy to frolic in the pool all by herself. Me, I had to take a short nap.


After swimming and a nap, in the evening, it was time to go out again. this is a photo in front of our wonderful hotel.

in front hotel

I planned to have dinner in Thip Samai, a famous shop serving the best pad Thai in Bangkok. Although it was still early evening, we reckon since we were quite tired from Chatuchak, we should to take a cab all the way there. The trouble was, Thip Samai was a long, long way from Sukhumvit. After trying 4 or 5 cabs, they all refused to take us. A gwailo who was very familiar with BKK also tried to help us with some other alternatives, but I guess we were set on trying Thip Samai.

So we went back to the hotel and guy at the reception gave us some tips to get their via MRT/BTS.

Man, what an adventure it turned out to be. We had to take MRT from Petchaburi to Silom, walk to Sala Daeng, board to the BTS and exit at the furthest station, Wong Wian Yai. From WWY, it was still a distance so we have to take a cab (about THB60). No wonder none of the cabs from Sukhumvit wanted to take us here!

The cabdriver didn’t know where exactly on the street Thip Samai was, but it was easy to spot. we reached at 7.30pm but there was a line outside the shop.


Why make the long journey here? Well, my family loves pad Thai, and since we are in BKK, might as well try the best, right?

The line moves really fast, coz they basically they sell 4 or 5 variants of the same staple dish. 3 or 4 sifus churn out woks of pad thai, while staff plate them according to order.

pad thai

The type we order is wrapped in two eggs, kind of like nasi Pattaya here.

The pad thai here is different from most places in BKK – its orange in colour coz it is cooked with shrimp paste.

pad thai goong

Well, the verdict. Yep, its good. we had 5 plates between the 4 of us. Is it the best in BKK? Probably, since we didn’t taste that many here, but its the best we had. Would we come back? Definitely.

After dinner, we took a tuktuk ride to Yaowarat, just a few streets away. Yaowarat is the heart of Chinatown in BKK. Its quite quieter compared to Chiang Mai, maybe cos its spread out. But the traffic here is quite slow.




shark fin
There was a particularly popular stall crowded with people. After jostling to the front of the stall, it turned out to be serving … toasted bread!

Didn’t really spend much time here, it has been a tiring day for us. So walking to the end of the street, we took a long cab ride (THB400) back to hotel. So ends Day 3.

Next – Shopping malls!

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