Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bangkok Nov 2009 - Day 2 (Eat, Eat & TRAFFIC JAM)

Bangkok Nov 2009 - Day 2 (Day 1 & Day 3)

People say that one should not spend so much time sleeping during vacation especially when you away from home because it is a waste of time. I am very sorry, but I DISAGREE! I go all the way away from home for many reasons, one is definitely not to wake up earlier than my work day!!!! I will sleep in as long as I want and wake up whenever I wake up!!! So on our second day, we woke up around 9:30am by the natural sunlight. Although we actually got less sleep than usual, we got QUALITY sleep in those HEAVENLY BED!!!! Anyhow, we opted to have breakfast at the restaurant downstairs instead of room service. It was called ROMASAI and it has a little outdoor patio / alfresco dining area enclosed by trees, ponds, waterfalls and natural sunlight!!! We were not ready for the heat yet so we stayed inside near the ceiling to floor window right beside the little oasis.


Breakfast was buffet style and there were more than enough variations in my opinion. Well, there was a juice station with plenty of choices, a bread corner, a cereal & fruits section, a hot food section which include items such as fried rice, curry, made to order eggs and phad thai. YES, IT WAS BREAKFAST and they did serve such heavy food indeed, but that was not all, there was SUSHI!!! For breakfast !? Well yes people line up at 6am at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo for some fresh sashimi but I was not expect it being served here as a breakfast item.

Fried rice or Phad Thai was definitely not something I wanted for breakfast so I opted for something less heavy (or so I hoped): poached eggs which was bland, bacon which was not crisp, baked beans which was cold, sausages which were alright, hash brown which was soggy!, croissant which was nice, yogurt which was wonderful and a cup of extremely sweet Thai styled coffee.

While looking around or food, I spotted this Honey comb. I thought it was for show and tell only but it was a real thing whereby you get the honey right from the comb! A nice touch indeed!

Honestly, I cannot really remember the last time I had such a good time enjoying breakfast. The food was below par and we were very disappointed especially after the wonderful in-room meal last night, but it was the fact that we were here in a foreign land, chatting and laughing through our breakfast that made the experience so memorable.



After a short nap after breakfast, it was time for lunch! We were lucky enough that one of us have a friend who originated from Bangkok and she became our food guide for the weekend. First stop, J.J. Market (Jatujak Market)! It was starting to have a few rain drops so we headed for food right away. We basically picked one that was closest to us and hence the 2 little piggies banner hawker stall. (I can't read Thai so I named it with the little piggies on the banner)

Only our dear food guide knows Thai so we were not as panic as we would have been without her. I was surprised to find an English menu and was glad that I can check out the items. HOWEVER, my excitement turned into laughter's when I saw Frield Rice with Thai Sausage, Pud Thai Fresh Prawns, Frield Mama Drunk and Rice with Prawns and Squip? What are Frield Rice? Squip? Frield Mama Drunk??? Well, whoever typed this up was certainly drunk! Then again I should not be so critical I guess, they did what they can and I think I can still make out the words.

I ordered the Rice with Grapaow, Prawns and Squid (aka Squip?) along with a fresh young coconut to cool myself down from the heat. The kitchen was RIGHT BEHIND MY BACK which was good because I basically watch my dish being cooked.

Woohoo! Look at the fried egg! Brownish and crispy on the side, wonderful! The sauce was spicy but in a good and very delicious way! I think it is a fact that the use of spices and chili in Thailand is so different than in Hong Kong that the spiciness experienced here are hot and sweet while in Hong Kong, pure burning hotness! I love the food spiciness here in Bangkok!

My friends ordered variation of dry noodles and noodles in soup. According to their feedback, they loved the noodles because they were chewy even when served in soup, definitely not the type we were being served in Hong Kong's Thai restaurants.

It was a satisfying lunch indeed! It was very good! I was sweating like a duck at this point but who cares I had a good time and ate some good food! (plus, I was scheduled to have a SPA session later in the after ... well supposedly at least .. read on and you will understand my the reason for my grunt!) Anyhow, the best activity after lunch was to walk it off and since we were at the famous JJ Market, it was a perfect thing to do. It was busy, I mean people at every stalls seem to be very busy especially those related to food.

We came by this food counter which sells "SQUID EGGS." WHAT?? How do we eat SQUID EGGS??? I am at a lost, I never knew we can eat them like this but apparently it was something unique to Thai street food, usually served on a stick according to some blogs (ie: Anna's True Thai). I originally thought they misspelled Quail Eggs but I guess I was wrong. Well, they do have fried quail eggs for sale but if I am consume that PLATE of a dozen quail eggs, I will have an immediate heart attach from cholesterol overdose!

As we moved along, there were more things to see such as the HUGE snow peas and ...

... foot massage parlor! But my gosh! I will never ever never and ever try to do one here or at similar establishment under such environment and atmosphere! Did I mention it was raining and the roof was leaking water??? Alright, enough of J.J. Market for me and my friend who had a spa session scheduled and it was time for us to part our separate ways!

We were almost late for our appointment scheduled at 3:00pm and since it was quite far from JJ Market, we decided to take a cab. SO WRONG! WHAT A BAD DECISION IT WAS!!!!!!! It was raining and the roads were flooded!!! On top of that, the traffic was so BAD that we basically stood still in the middle of the highway for 15 mins idle without moving a single inch! (and we had many of those 15 mins idle time!!)

I cannot agree more with CNNgo's recent article on BKK's traffic. By 5:30pm, after 2.5 hours of sitting in the cab and with the taxi driver being lost 3 times, we had it! We should have known when the taxi driver rolled out his LCD TV from the dashboard that it was going to be a long and boring ride! We took off in the middle of the road and headed to the nearest BTS sky rail station of which we should have taken at the first place. The spa session has been rescheduled to Sunday morning and I was acting like a grumpy old man! Mt Taxi driver, I will remember you for a long long time, that I promise you!!!


Afternoon Tea

We need something to drink! We headed to Siam Paragon by BTS and attempt to calm ourselves down at the The Peninsula Boutique & Cafe.

The atmosphere was nice and relaxing, which helped us to return to a better mood. We just ordered the glasses of white and chatted for a while before our scheduled dinner.

Before we leave for dinner, we stopped by the huge food court / market at the basement level in search for some good Teh tarik. We were trying our luck and we were LUCKY! We still have some luck left after the 2.5 hours traffic jam, woohoo!



I picked Baan Khantha for dinner because it was one of the few that I can book online in advance. It is a tourist-y restaurant and so were the prices, but who said tourist-y places cannot have good food? We had a good time with good food!

The main dining area was very spacious but very dimly light for a Thai restaurant in my opinion. Since it is a tourist-y restaurant, all staff spoke good English and several other languages as well.

Sigh, it was because of the dimly lit dining area that I was unable to make out the name of the dish on the menu from the pictures I took. I should have used the flash or written it down instead or buy a DSLR perhaps? Anyhow, the following will be more of a photoblog. Overall, we had a good time, we were all satisfied with the quality of the food. Tourist-y it maybe, it was a well-deserved tourist restaurants.

Even with a full stomach, we continued to eat more fruits and pandan ice cream. What a wonderful way to end the day and we all look forward to Sunday especially the rescheduled spa session at Oasis Spa Bangkok!
~ The End of Bangkok Nov 2009 - Day 2 of 3 ~

Bangkok Nov 2009 - Day 2 (Day 1 & Day 3)


KennyT said...

That food massage photo is hilarious! Hahahahahaha

Unknown said...

oh my god! the flood!!!
hehe the flood scene is a familiar sight in my hometown...

and yes, i am one of those people who are always awake, especially when on holiday...i dunno...sleeping is just not my thing :(
(i do want to be able to sleep more)

Jason said...

@KennyT: Dare to try foot massage there??

Jason said...

@Mochachocolata: I always have problem sleeping as in having good quality sleep. It is often when I am away from home that I can sleep better. I wish I can find a solution to it ASAP. :(

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