Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Talad Rot Fai Train Market, Asiatique Bangkok

Have you heard of the new night market in Bangkok that was highly raved about, taking over the title of the coolest Bangkok night market in 2012Talad Rot Fai, that translates as a train market, is pretty much like Chatuchak market, that sells vintage-wear, clothing, retro furnitures, items, accessories with street stalls, vintage cafes, pubs and barbers. Ju and I got to know about it through some viral social media sharing, and we decided to take a look. It consists of 2 compounds, one sheltered, and the middle area is largely unsheltered with lots of make-shift tents (like normal night markets). To be honest, I really loved the place and it was worth travelling there due to all that hype, but at that period (August 2014) that we were there, it was pretty quiet (still) and I’m not sure about now.

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Ju also decided to get a haircut at Barber Shop Punko, located in Talad Rot Fai itself. I honestly couldn’t remember how much we paid for it in total, but ask for Punko if you can (you probably have to wait if you’d like him to do your haircut). He used a total of 4 shavers for different areas of his head and was also super delicate when putting on the covers and laying off your body, as well as brushing stray hairs and did meticulous checking; the price we paid (a little higher than what you usually find in Bangkok) was pretty worth it. It was the whole experience I’d say.

It was nice watching Punko spinning Ju around on the chair, and he used super nice smelling pomade (that he also sells in his store). Mmm I’d definitely recommend if guys would like to go there for a haircut! It’s an experience, right?

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We also met beautiful huskies with their owner sitting by a drinks stall. Those make-shift tents you see at the back are like any of the bangkok night market stalls, selling from a range of caps, to apparels, lenses, phone casings and more!

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Roast Coffee & Eatery, Thonglor, Bangkok

Address: SeenSpace Thonglor 13, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-12:30am, Sun: 9am-11pm

It was my second time visiting Bangkok then, and I’ve seen my friends visiting Roast Coffee & Eatery cafe many times on their instagram, and each time they go to Bangkok. So we decided to why not, give it a try? We took a taxi to the location, alighted by the road (due to super bad traffic along the main road and all the braking and jams - hello headache) and walked in. The coffee served with our meal, saved the day.

Not knowing what to order, I googled online for some of Roast’s menu before-hand, hence we have already decided on the Pulled-Pork Burger (320 baht). It’s a little pricier as compared to other Bangkok street food but for the quality of the pulled-pork burger, the succulence in the meat and the ambience, it’s pretty much affordable and worth it. Personal opinion though.

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There was one thing that I (or we)’ve regretted ordering - I think that was the Roast Breakfast (350 baht), even though it actually came with a complimentary coffee and mini cup of orange juice as shown below. The whole plate of egg-breakfast looked scarce, and my eggs had no hollandaise sauce accompanied with it (or was I supposed to ask for it?) So I could taste the taste of vinegar vividly, and it was blah-bland. And everything was just tossed onto the plate that didn’t taste extraordinary. If it wasn’t for the coffee, and maybe the juice, I will not go back ordering the same dish again. Maybe there are other egg-meals that I should have ordered rather than picking the first on the list :P You can find the online menu from chinchaijiak’s blog on Roast Coffee here.

*Nah, I don’t even want to take a second shot of it* 

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Lastly, we ended up at Asiatique with super cloudy skies and a mini-sunset. I expected to see a nicer, orange filled-sky-sunset but it probably sufficed with nice company and dinner.

We took the BTS to Saphan Thaksin Station and took a free shuttle ferry to Asiatique at the Sathon Pier. It was pretty cost-friendly and that was how we went back as well. *Beware of long snaky lines but the lines move pretty fast imo* The directions are pretty clear once you find exits at the train station :)

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We ate at some cafe/ restaurant by the edge so we could watch the sunset (I forgot the name of it already) but I think it served fresh-catches or something… Look out for those coloured chairs if you’re interested! The food was pretty a-okay, and the prices are affordable too.

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And of course we decided to take the Mekhong Ferris Wheel, and then walked around the sheltered stalls after. It’s pretty huge I’d say, takes a while and around the middle block you get to the restaurants, bars and live bands area that you can chill the night away. You even get to watch performances on Asiatique (which you have to get tickets for) and do something fun!

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Here, till then! ♥

Monday, December 22, 2014

Seoul, Winter in Korea 2014 (Airbnb Blog Review)

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A week ago, Ju, my sister and I spent half of our December holidays in Seoul, Korea for 2 weeks (15 days) in minus temperature. And of course a big thank you to Rch for helping us with parts of the itinerary, loaning us T-money cards, sim-card and lots of useful maps of Hongdae and Korea. The last I remembered about Korea was me skiing in a kids-sized pink jacket, together with a tour group and my family. That’s that. Drafting the itinerary for 14 days was tiring, especially when you’re really unsure about the place but with some help from Rch, Seoulistic and Kampungboycitygal, it was wayyy easier. The thing about travelling in winter is that, it is easy to end up in a traveler winter slump - that’s because of the short winter days and long winter nights. The sun sets pretty much at 5 odd in the evening so if you’re a sunset person like me, you have to plan :)

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(J#2) Seoul Top Studio / Hongdae


We used airbnb for most of our accommodation in Seoul, and the prices you pay can sometimes be better than guest houses, especially if you’re traveling with your family and would love some private time. We traveled in a group of 3, so by booking with airbnb, you usually have to top up for each additional person, depending on the hosts’ policies. We made ourselves comfortable at home in Joshua’s (our host in Korea) apartment, located in the heart of Hongdae, but away from all the loud music and crowd. It was as though the perfect location to spend your time in Seoul if you want to surround yourself with stores, clubs, night bars and food all the way from noon till midnight and bars till dawn.

This was how it looked like right outside our apartment the next morning after a warm hearty dinner and a good rest. So we woke up to the sound of snow and shovels. What better view to start your day? I kinda miss the apartment, the location, the weather and the things we did in Korea… :’(

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We stayed in another apartment located at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park for a night that was booked via airbnb as well. Super comfortable and cozy, awesome location, had all the amenities you’ll need and could fit up to 3 pax travelling comfortably. Plus point: It even comes with cable TV with a variety of channel. I was hooked on the TV till I could feel my hunger pangs, and settled for **Highly Recommended** Korean BBQ a street away from our apartment.

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#2 - Cozy Studio


The host, Joy really put in effort into designing and segmenting your trash for you. He even put cute buckets with pictures for you to separate your recyclables and trash. He even provides you with t-money cards (travel cards) and a portable wifi-egg :)

I wished I took pictures when we were in our apartment but all our heavy winter wear, once removed, were thrown all over the place. The luggages (once unpacked) is a disaster :P Nope, you can never travel light in winter. But isn’t it the best season for celebrating White Christmas?

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Seoul + Busan, Korea

Merry Christmas, from us <3