Tuesday, January 23, 2018

5D4N Bangkok Trip 2018 Food Post

#1 Yum Saap at Asiatique

Our first meal in Bangkok. We didn't know what to order, ended up the food came out weird and it was spicy so we just ate some and threw the remaining one. We had Mama Pork Noodles with Fish 95 Baht (right), Crispy Dumpling Pad Thai 99 Baht (middle) & a type of don't know what salad with assorted ingredients and super spicy at 109 Baht.

Total Bill with 7% =  383 Baht

#2 Morning Breakfast @ 7 Eleven

Ham Cheese Toast

Bangkok Banana...it's cute and there is inner banana filling...way too sweet for me

#3 After You at Central World
We went around 12.20 noon and I thought it would be crowded but it was the other way around with the restaurant just a few tables taken.

the menu (1)

the menu (2)

Matcha Toast 225 baht
The toast was good, crispy, full of butter flavor. I personally don't like the cream and somemore two scoops of matcha ice-cream? The mall was cold, and thus we were freezing cold and we could't finish the ice-cream and cream.

#4 Chocolate Ville

We made reservation in Chocolate Ville Facebook on that morning. We received reply and requested us to reach on time at 5pm or else they will cancel our reservation. We arrived there around 5 minutes late but they still kept our reservation.

German Pork Leg 475 Baht
We thought this was the signature so we ordered this but the "porky" taste was so strong. The pork was so tough and oily. 

Seafood Clear Tom Yam 235 Baht
We thought this came with pot but it came in small bowl. It was very spicy.

Coconut for each of us 90 Baht for one
 Coconut juice the best drink ever in Bangkok!

We wanted to order plain rice to complement our meal but there was no plain rice in the menu.
Total bill: 890 Baht for two pax

The time we went there was no crowd so it was not hard to secure a table.

Our view from our table

#5 On the 3rd morning, we tried the porridge stall outside our guesthouse.

I also bought this to eat with our porridge after seeing saveral people bought those.

Pork porridge with century egg

Fish porridge with eggs

2 bowls of porridge = 110 Baht

All these for 20 Baht (3 empty & 1 with kaya)
I thought it was our Malaysia Chinese You Tiao alike, but to my horror it was cold, oily and I prefer our own version of you tiao.

#6 Mango Sticky Rice @ Chatuchak Market

I simply bumped into one stall and had this. It's around 60-70 Baht. Forgot the actual price. Mango in BKK was good.

#7 McThai in Union Mall

Samurai Value Meal 152 Baht, comes with a regular drink and fries
I upgraded my drink to Iced Lemon Tea with addition 4 Baht...total 156 Baht
the burger was good the quality was as good as our Malaysia McD GCB =)

#8 Sansap @ Terminal 21

Tom Yam Seafood Hotpot 570 Baht
There were quil eggs, cheese, seaweed, corn surrounding Tom Yam Mama Noodles & seafood 

We shared this for two and ordered a plain rice (25 Baht) for sharing.

Spicy as always.
Total Bill with 10% + 7% + 1 drink (60 Baht) = 771 Baht

#9 On the 4th morning, we tried another porridge stall located just outside our guesthouse near the Pratunam Morning Market.

100 Baht for two bowl of porridge...too much white pepper though

#10 Petite Audrey at Siam Center

Thai Tea Crepe Cake 125 Baht
I like this, not overly sweet with thai milk tea taste.

Magic Violet Sizzling Roti 195 Baht
Bits pieces of roti/you tiao alike bread with chunks of sweet potato pieces & sweet potato sauce, topped with vanilla ice-cream.
It was good but way too much for 2 petite tummy

We also order a pot of Twinning Peppermint to cleanse our sweet tooth

Total bill with 10% service charge & 7% VAT = 531 Baht

#11 Som Tam Nua, papaya salad restaurant at Siam Square

Fresh Coconut 70 Baht & Fruit Punch 65 Baht

Left: Pork Shoulder BBQ 115 Baht
 Right: Som Tam with salted egg 85 Baht
The som tam was so so spicy. Although we had the dish with plain rice, but we couldn't stop removing the chilli and the seeds from the salad.

Pomegranate Juice
Cooling and sweet, can found anywhere in the street.

#12 Morning Breakfast @ 7 Eleven

After our final shopping at Pratunam Morning Market on our last day of our trip, we headed to 7 Eleven for our breakfast.

Hot Green Tea

It's frozen so it took some time to heat up this.

Fish Markerel Rice
This is good, just like those served in Japanese restaurant. I was superb full after had this for my breakfast. Love the big grain of rice.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pratunam Casa, Bangkok, Thailand

Pratunam Casa
Address: 122/59 Ratchaprarop Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand

Stayed at Pratunam Casa for a total for 4 nights. I booked the Suite room in Agoda and it was around RM128.00 per night per room. The hotel is exactly same as the pictures in the Agoda. It's a very recommended place to stay as you can just wake up as early as 5.30am or 6am and get ready to shop at Pratunam Morning Market as it is just 2 minutes away. After the morning shopping, you can have street foods for breakfast or opt to 7 Eleven to hunt for packed foods. Then, go back to hotel to freshen up and prepare for another shopping spree at 10am! It's very easy to get a taxi at the main street so you can forget about Uber or Grab there.

Positive points
  1. high in rating/good reviews in Agoda (8.7 - Excellent)
  2. good location (nearby street foods, Pratunam Morning Market (wholesale), massage place, 7 Eleven, Family Mart)
  3. affordable
  4. spacious (great for shopaholics)
  5. complimentary foods given in lobby
  6. individual air cond (can adjust temperature freely)
  7. separate bidet & bathroom
  8. fridge & microwave (which we never utilized) provided in room
  9. weighing scale in lobby to use
  10. basic amenities provided (shower gel, hair shampoo, drinking water, umbrella, shower cap etc)
  11. only 4-5 rooms in the guesthouse(one room per floor) (we are given room 301, 2nd floor of the building)
  12. super helpful and friendly staff (thumb up for both lady staff and also the guy staff. He helped me to drag the luggage to main street, waited for me to secure a taxi and move everything to the taxi. Very touched and sweet of him)
  13. complimentary cold drinking water upon arrival & check in
A thank you card =)

Hotel contact information & locality

Weak points
  1. no lift (bad thing when you need to carry luggage upon arrival and departure, but the staff there will help you with your luggage)
  2. no door for bathroom but merely curtain (not good when you poo and bath cause can smell and see through from room)
  3. located in small alley, not accessible by cars (need walk few steps & drag luggage to main street)
  4. no disposable dental kit provided
  5. quite hidden and some taxi driver find this hotel a bit hard to locate (just bring around the name card given by the staff of Pratunam Casa for ease of locating and contact)
  6. 10 mins walk to BTS Phayai Thai, 15 mins to Platinum Fashion Mall & Central World/Siam Big C (a bit far)
Spacious area

King size bed

big space for storing shopping hauls

only curtain as 'door'

the drinks in the fridge is chargable

microwave for use

separate bidet & bathroom 
(save time to get ready)

Complimentary foods 
I took bananas and also tried the cup noodles there.

Lobby area

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Short Weekend Getaway

Shelvi, my best coursemate invited me for her wedding luncheon in her hometown in Batu Pahat. We haven't keep in touch after our graduation in 2012 yet I was delighted to attend her wedding despite the costly air fares due to school holidays. 

Took a half day unpaid double deduction leave to catch a Friday afternoon flight  

Boarded a 6pm bus from KLIA2 to Aeon Bukit Tinggi, Klang to meet up my friend

Bought a Family Mart Matcha Swiss Roll RM3.70 before boarding the bus

Bus took for almost two hours instead of one hour to reach Aeon Bukit Tinggi. It was peak/rush hours.

Walked around to hunt for foods for dinner and I settled for Yoshinoya.

Ontama Beef Bowl without Onsen Egg because I just had an egg in that morning for breakfast. Top up RM3.80 for a Wakame Soup & Refillable Green Tea
RM14.80-2+3.80 = RM16.60

Drove for 3.5 hours and finally we arrived at Summit Signature Hotel Batu Pahat at 12.30am

Twin Room at RM93.75 through Agoda inclusive of breakfast.  

The building is old and the cleanliness of the room especially the bed was poorly done. Cannot complain too much since it was a budget hotel.


Economic type of foods to fill up tummy 

The hotel is located next to a shopping mall but we never stepped in the mall

Grab some time to doll up and did hairdo for the wedding luncheon at Restaurant SY. Stylist at Perfect Cut that I patronize commented that the restaurant that we were about to go that afternoon serve the best banquet foods in Batu Pahat.

Sharing some of the foods served during the wedding luncheon

the rare 7 courses for a wedding reception but the portion, taste and presentation were truly great

Pork knuckle, dried abalone and brocolli etc
This is the first dish and the most scrumptious and delicious one.
 I was like WOW when they served this because the first dish was normally not too heavy and this portion was way too big as an appetizer

Herbal Chicken Soup with dried scallop
Soup was pleasantly seasoned and adequately sweet. I like it as it was not too starchy, unlike the conventional shark fin/fish lips type of soup

Duo prawns - oat/nestum & butter

Roast pork...the least preferable dish because it has strong 'porky' taste

Mini Pandan Bun with salted egg yolk...surprisingly it was nice. It was not so common in Kuching to serve these type of mini buns for a wedding reception but this one good. The filling was unusually piping hot on my first gulp.

Mini char siew bun...good too

A small but cozy wedding luncheon

Glass coaster as wedding flavour/door gift

Love the hairdo by Perfect Cut. My friend and the bride gave compliment on my hair =)

Happy Marriage, Shelvi~
Time flies and a lot has changed since the last we saw each other but I was glad to be part of your wedding reception

 After the luncheon we went to Han Kee Bakery to buy some famous buns before heading to Skudai

Otak otak bun...not bad

The cakes and pastries were somehow not as appetizing as those I read from social media

Drove for almost 2 hours to reach Skudai from Batu Pahat

Check in Avantgarde Hotel, Skudai

King Bed Room RM138.25 through Agoda
The nearby area of Avantgarde Hotel is so happening and we have difficult time to find parking. Bars, cafes, restaurants and Sutera Mall was all walking distance and some eateries open till midnight.

Had some desserts to fill my cravings at Tian Yuan Dessert Shop, Skudai

My Tang Yuan (RM5) & Mango Sago Ice (RM6.50), excluding 6% GST
The shop was one of the well-known dessert shop but the dessert was disappointing

Went for an hour Thai Foot Massage at RM50 

The massage was a mild one cause the lady was tired. 

Late Supper for Geylang Frog Porridge

Check out and went for Famous Dart for Noodle/Kueh Tiao Soup

I had the Classic Kueh Tiao Soup (R-RM7.30) with Warm Barley (RM2.80) & my friend had
 Crispy Fish Nyonya Laksa (R-RM10.90) with Iced Milk Tea (RM3.60)

After the breakfast we went to Johor Premium Outlet. I didn't get anything there as not in the mood of shopping and it was not convenient cause I had one handbag and a piece hand-luggage with me.

Depart from JPO at 2pm and it took 4.5 hours to arrive KLIA2. Initial plan was my friend would be dropping me at KL Sentral and thereafter I need to board a bus to KLIA2. Traffic was terribly bad so she had no choice to send me directly to KLIA2. Flight was 9pm and I arrived the airport at 6.30pm. Thought I had plenty of time to kill but the timing was just nice for me to eat, walk and shop for breads. 

KLIA2 Family Mart Matcha Sofuto RM3.50
It was nice but it melted too fast!

Since I was not hungry after my Matcha Ice-cream, I settled down with Uncle Lim's Cafe Wantan Soup (RM11.50) at Departure Hall for my dinner before boarded the flight back to Kuching

That's end my brief weekend getaway (Fri, Sat, Sun - 3D2N) to attend a wedding luncheon in Johor. Most of time was spent in road trip (KLIA2-Klang-Batu Pahat-Skudai-JPO-KLIA2) which was very tiring and time consuming. Traffic was truly bad and the journey took longer than it should be. 
得不到的东西, 我们会一直认为他是美好的, 那是因为你对他了解太少, 没有时间与他相处在一起. 当有一天,你深入了解后,你会发现原不是你想象中的美好.