I looked forward to this week wherein we finally got to be complete! Kay has been gone from Manila for 10 months already. Personally, I can't believe how fast time just zoomed by. It was a week of togetherness filled with loads of catching up and laughter. Our agenda had quite a consistent pattern which revolved around shopping, eating, watching HBO, and sleeping! Even though it was like that, I must admit it was still loads of fun. Thai food was good and affordable. I had Thai milk tea, addictive spicky snacks, pocky, and of course thousand layer crepe cakes which simply were the ultimate must feast for me! :)
We got to check out something fun too or else King would be super bored. We went to Siam Ocean World for some underwater adventure. (siamoceanworld.co.th) Siam Ocean World like all quality oceanariums around the world would have the glass tunnel. They got the glass boat rides and the fish spa as well. The more unique thriller was the diving opportunity with the sharks. No assurance of course in terms of survival! Hahaha. I will let you in a secret. Did you know that if you purchased those entrance tickets as a foreigner, they will be charging you around P900++ ? This is way too high a mark up versus a Thai person purchasing the ticket. Thai person is charged P300++ !!! So don't be fooled. :) What you don't know can hurt. Hehehe. Good thing my sister can speak Thai so she was able to get us the appropriate fee. :) Whew! There were 5 of us. 900 x 5 would have been such a rip off! ;D
During our first night, Kay treated us to some Thai food at Yum Tum in K Village, a little Japanese eating & shopping place. Greyhound Cafe (www.greyhoundcafe.co.th), Fuji (fuji.co.th/2009/TH/home/index.php), Coffee Beans by Dao (coffeebeans.co.th) and the Coco Curry House were the family favorites.
Bangkok was always considered paradise for Shopaholics!
We got to go to a Catholic Church since we celebrated Easter Sunday there. This is the Church Kay would go to for Sunday mass. We also got to attend the Fashion Fair at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center where Maroon 5 just performed! I thought the design and lighting were nicely done. Oh yes splashes of pink. I always found the Thai folks to be very creative.
One highlight especially for King was riding the Tuk-tuk during instances wherein no taxi wanted to take us home anymore. It was a 3 wheeler motorcycle with a fancy finish that kinda resembled the jeepneys we got in Manila. It was quite fast though and I found it amazing how it was able to load all 5 of us given the little space. Well that's a glimpse of my Bangkok Trip. Hope to see my sister again soon! :)
I got to try something new today thanks to Charles's great idea. The only downside was waking up early in the morning to make it in time for my first ever cooking class by 9 AM! But hey, even though I'm so not a morning person, I managed to make it on time. The focus cuisine for the day was Thai Food. Reminds me of my sister in Bangkok! (Miss you Kay!) I got to cook Tom Yum Goong, Green Curry with Pork, Sticky Rice with Mangoes, Satay Chicken, and don't forget the all famous Pad-Thai!!!
The class kicked-off with a round of introduction among the participants followed by a cooking demo by our multi-awarded and well-traveled Chef Mike Navarra. I was amazed by the diversity of folks who were interested to learn how to cook. By the time we were ready with the basics, we wore our chef's hat and apron, familiarized ourselves with the recipe and procedures, then headed for the kitchen to see whether we actually had potential to cook or otherwise. We were divided into 6 groups of 3. I was groupmates with Charles and Anne. Our group rocked of course.
I was surprised how the class was able to make cooking Thai Dishes seem relatively doable. It was really more effort on the preparation versus the actual cooking. It sure was a confidence boost for someone like me who was traumatized with fire during my childhood years. Hehe. I even got to meet new friends who also enjoy food/eating. LOL. After we cooked our dishes we got to eat them as a class. We even got the chance to taste and compare the finished product of the other groups against ours. (There goes the competitive me!) Thai lunch was wonderful. The sting or kick of spice was just right for the dishes we made. I applaud myself and my fellow classmates. I recommend the experience of learning something new such as cooking if you haven't tried it. Personally, this session got me excited and made me realize that this is only the beginning... :)
Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
5th Floor Walter Mart Makati, 790 Chino Roces Ave.
Corner A. Arnaiz Avenue Makati City, Philippines
Greyhound happens to be my sister's favorite restaurant ever since she moved to Thailand. She practically eats there more than once a week since it's located in the same building as the P&G Office (Emporium). I'm fortunate to have been given the chance to taste and experience the good stuff in this restaurant. The place had a classy and minimalistic feel. This was my last lunch during my Bangkok Trip last weekend. Great Vongole. Excellent Dessert. No regrets. Greyhound exceeded my expectations. :) I could see myself going back there the next time around.
Greyhound Cafe Thailand
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Temple Hopping with Kay and Shox at the Grand Palace & Wat Po during the long weekend. It's a famous tourist destination! I believe I've already been there when I was a child... though I must admit I've forgotten the details already. I can only remember the jumbo reclining buddha and placing those gold sticker sheets! I'd say this trip was a good refresher plus of course the best part was I got to take photos this time around. I very much appreciated the architecture, the rich history, the detailed paintings and carvings. Grateful to have had the chance to visit these temples with Shox and Kay, who I haven't seen the last 4 months!
All about the traveling Queen who wanted to share with the world the little and great discoveries that have brought her joy.