Sunday, November 9, 2014

A trip to Bangkok, Thailand

To most people, Thailand is the travel hub of Southeast Asia. It’s true, and navigating around Thailand is affordable, if not cheap, and relatively easy. Heading to Bangkok in August was our 2nd trip to Thailand in 2 months, with the earlier vacay in Krabi, the different city and beach life cultures never fail to amaze me. Thailand speaks for itself, and if you’re wondering if it’s safe to travel to Bangkok right now, I assure you it’s pretty safe.

Bangkok again, is amazing. No you don’t get the kind of serenity, zen, peace and quiet like what you’ll get in Krabi. You get ridiculous traffic oozing your way through even if you rent a bike. But getting from one place to another via their metro (skytrain, BTS) is pretty convenient and wouldn’t cost you more than an hour.

Different modes of transportOn days we loved taking taxis because they would cost much lesser than 2 train tickets combined (if you’re blessed with smooth traffic), on days we loved taking their trains just to avoid the peak hour traffic, and on days we loved taking their boat at nearby piers for an experience and everything else.

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Armed with a selfie stick (or monopod) and a clip-on fisheye lens from Camera-licious - an online & brick-and-motar store that sells phone gadgets and accessories, it was sufficient to take pretty awesome pictures throughout our trip as posted on our instagram accounts. So we checked into Berkeley Hotel Pratunam for the next 7 days, located right beside Palladium and diagonally across The Platinum Mall. 8 days alone in Bangkok, I’m surprised how we didn’t get tired of being in the city all that time. The pool and gym facilities are pretty amazing (both a must) for a non-budget travel trip this time.

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

We stopped right at the bustling weekend market of all time, Chatuchak Weekend Market, also known as JJ market. And I happened to catch a Thai girl, doing a stop-motion time lapse in the middle of all that human traffic. I was just picturing the end-results and post-editing in my head :P I found the coconut ice-cream pretty meh, and with small servings, especially since we’ve tried nicer ones in Krabi and off Bangkok when we went for our one-day tour.

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

Bangkok, Thailand 2014

There is also the highly raved-about chicken rice in Bangkok, situated in the heart of Pratunam, on the same side of Platinum Mall and right opposite Palladium Shopping Centre. They are known to have 2 stalls - the Pink shirt stall and Green shirt stall. Ju and I tried both stalls for a couple of days since we stayed in Berkeley that was right opposite. Verdict: Pink shirt chicken rice stall defo tastes better. Even their soup tastes nicer. Crunch. The dipping sauce, that is a combination of sweet, spicy yet garlicy, is a must. I believe all the elements that were set on the plate justified for its taste.

It costs about 40baht per pax for a meal, and a drink costs about 15-20baht. That’s 60baht for a decent meal at less than $4!

Kaiton Pratunam Chicken Rice
Address: Petchburi Soi 30 Bangkok, ThailandTel: 02-252 6325
Business Hours: Opens daily from 5.30am – 3pm and 5pm – 3pm

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It was the time when Queen Sirikit was celebrating her birthday over the week, and Bangkok was super crowded with everyone having a national holiday. We wanted to get into The Grand Palace but were dressed inappropriately. The guard told us that if we came back the next day (Queen’s official birthday), all entrance fees would be waived - Free. Gullible and having dressed casually, we believed and returned the next day. There were soooo many people, the entrance was free, but the entrance specifically to The Grand Palace wasn’t, so 500baht per person still had to be charged. We decided not to go as we were swarmed with human traffic and the heat :’(


Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc.

Source: http://www.bangkok.com/attraction-palace/grand-palace.htm


Next up: Talad Rot Fai Train Market, Khao San Road, Mookata in Bangkok Thailand

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Urban Slings - Arthleticwear

It’s been almost 4 years since I’ve last started trying to experiment around working out/ keeping fit and have a nice healthy lifestyle. Sometimes I stick around, sometimes I throw my schedule away and kinda tell myself I wanna quit. But we all know that’s not good and most of the times, it makes us feel horrible.

So for the past 1 year I told myself that I’ll be focused and I’ll work towards it. I think I’ve hit half (and 2 months not relating to my recovery from an injury) but now I could possibly be back, and even better!

This was my old bakasana, which was inspired through the hashtag on instagram for monthly yoga challenges #maytheforcebewithyogis (wooping 1 year odd ago). This first pose that I’ve started out was a test of arm balance, strength and alignment. I struggled to keep my feet up, I struggled to balance my knees on my arms, and I was struggling not to kiss the floor. That was 78 weeks ago.

Fitness/ Yoga

Here is now, 1 week ago with better arm balance, coordination and building strength over the past 1 year. I could have better progress, but it has been a while since I’ve last recovered from my lower lumbar injury that was affecting all sorts of movement. I promise I’ll do better. My gaze is now different, I learn to focus on what’s in front instead of what’s below. I could lift my head higher, my legs higher and hopefully I’ll get to straight arms bakasana in future.

Even the unicorn is happy! This unicorn leggings is beautiful and comfortably amazing (Is there even such a word?!) Designed by two sisters from arthleticwear, shipped across the world to you, for you by our very own Urban Slings in Singapore!

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Urbanslings - Arthleticwear

Urbanslings - Arthleticwear

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