Day One in Bangkok@Grand Mercure Hotel & Central Plaza, Bangkok

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Hurrah! Short haul flights are great when your entertainment device fails to function…tsk tsk tsk, MH.

Managed to get a view of these structured paddy field linings which were rather breathtaking from up here.

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The food quality level also, my personal first impression..dropped. The food was really quite average, although I would say it was rather healthy.

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My place to close my eyes for the next 2 days. The Grand Mercure Hotel is located just next door to my affiliate office here. The great thing is that the hotel and its rooms seemed like they were recently refurbished.

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After wrapping up with work, I took a stroll via the underground tunnel to Central Plaza for dinner.

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I took a stroll at the resident grocery store and bought ome groceries to bring home. For those who know me..unique flavoured and distinct locally produced chips are a must-explore for me!

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There were TONS of japanese eateries located in Central Plaza, Bangkok. I walked around and surveyed until I came to a point of realization that there isn’t much differentiation from one to another, thus I used the “pasar” way to make my choice : 1) packed restaurant 2) packed with local Thais.

So I went with this ramen restaurant found on the 7th floor, being curious myself towards the taste and flavour of Thai inspired ramen.

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I guess for only RM 8, this Thai inspired ramen was pretty alright. The porky broth was quite flavourful and spicy despite its bland brownish looking colour. I regretted splashing in giant spoonfuls of chilli flakes before testing the broth out.

The pork slices well…were average also. Normal and nothing to shout about.

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Needless to say, for the price of RM8, you won’t be getting Jap made noodles, and instead…Nissin/instant noodles haha.

Oh well, a bowl of ramen for the price of RM 8, it is probably hard to find too in any malls in the Klang Valley. Perhaps, its taste and price suits to likings of the locals here, otherwise it would not be packed.

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It didn’t take me long to finish up my dinner. I guess eating alone in a restaurant with constant flow of customers and queue outside tends to speed up your eating.

As it was only 8pm, I thought it’d be fun to just watch a movie and reminisce the memories of my movie days during my stay here for the holidays years back.

See those brightly lited plastic chandeliers up ahead with plush cushion seats? The area is reserved for the “privilege” members, much like the business class lounge. I, on the other hand, sat at this far corner, on cold and hard metal seat while waiting for my movie to begin.

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As I love watching trailers, I would always be sitting in the hall early. Thinking that this flow was universal, I did the same here too…only to realise that it was much more different.

The hall was empty still past 10minutes from 8.20pm, and for once I actually wished there were people around me as it got a little creepy being in the dark in total silence.

Thankfully, the screen started showing and what I’ve learnt is that trailers are hardly shown. They played their local adverts for a good 30minutes long, and my sleepiness started kicking in. Although, some ads were quite funny despite not understanding their language.

Other than that, their screens, cinemas and sound system are a notch better in class and quality compared to the ones we have in Malaysia. But the price per ticket was expensive! RM is 16 for a movie…phuar… life surely is getting tougher for everyone in this world.

Twas a fun night exploring the mall myself and I crashed soon after I reached back to the hotel. Busy day ahead!

Cashew Nuts Experience@Phuket, Thailand

AirAsia flights to Thailand are pretty well known to Malaysians, especially flights heading to beach destinations like Koh Samui, Krabi and Phuket. Sadly, the cost of travel to these islands can sometimes turn out to be cheaper than our own local islands in the East Coast, which shouldn’t be and the tourism ministry should re-look into the aspects of making local holiday destinations more affordable for Malaysians.
Anyway, back to Thailand, my friends and I recently flew via AirAsia to Phuket for a short weekend getaway.
What I’ve learnt from several AirAsia flight experience, it is better if we pre-booked our meals along booking our airline tickets as somehow rather, we will feel hungry, even short travels. The airline only provides limited food and if you are sitting at the final few rows, most likely no food is left for you. So yea.. pre-book!
This fried rice with satay cost RM9.90, and mmmm.. delicious!
Our first place of visit was the cashew nut factory. Honestly speaking, I had never seen a cashew nut at its most raw form. I respect the cashew nuts a lot more now, after seeing how the lady workers sit in front of these stacks of nuts all day long, cleaning them while risking skin damage, from the poisonous sap of the fruit.
My first time drinking cashew nut juice. Slightly gassy, and sweet, but I couldn’t really taste the cashew-ness from its juice. But it surely did its wonders cooling us down under the excruciating hot weather.
  
I was shocked at first thinking that cashew fruits are multicoloured. In actual fact, these were just cappings to protect the fruits from birds and squirrels.
Breathtaking view of Phuket, by the sea. Gorgeous isn’t it?