my room hadn't been renovated since my sister and i were kids so we still had a bunk bed. my mom insisted that it's not suitable now that we've grown up so she insisted that my dad renovate it. after much reluctance on my part, we finally agreed on a layout that's similar to the layout of my old room. so the room is partly my decision on the layout and certain storage spaces, and my dad's decision on most of the furniture design coz i just wanted to get it over with. haha
forgot to take picture of ye olde bunk bed but here's my old room in the process of packing
found some of my old school projects
storing my stuff in my brother's room where i was to stay during the renovation
all empty except for the air-con which we did not change coz it was changed a few years ago
new coat of paint for the walls and shiny shellac on the floor
new furniture moved in for assembly
my dad gave me a huge dressing mirror but the table is shorter than i wanted
sliding door cupboard
and after almost 2 months of delaying, it's finally done
went to singapore to celebrate the birthday of the sweetest guy ever
treated him to a meal of his choice. kiseki japanese buffet restaurant which was quite cheap with good variety: SGD46.60 for 2 people for lunch (including tax). here is the happy boy enjoying all he can eat
went to nakhon thai for dinner. had to queue up at least 15 minutes for it. you know it's good when people queue. haha
the next day was korean bbq at k.cook korean bbq buffet. it was cheap at SGD14.90++ per person but the selection was quite limited
at night, his friend treated us to frog leg porridge and then we went for durian
they even provide gloves!
he loves durian
brunch the following day was sungei road laksa at kelantan lane. luckily we were early coz the queue started forming after we got there. then we walked a bit further and shared a plate of scissor cut curry rice where we could hear the scissors snipping from far away. the guy cuts up meat and stuff that you choose with scissors. it's basically economy rice with non-spicy curry sauce. forgot to take picture
then we went ice-skating which was completely free coz it was his birthday! he did very well for his first time
on the last day, we had a western lunch at club street social
and then we had dim sum at see choon which opens at 6pm but people were already starting to queue when we got there at about 5.45pm. they actually have a ticketing machine like in the bank where you take a number and wait for it to be called
boiled baby kailan?!
went to jade pot at jalan keretapi for lunch and was horrified that they served their baby kailan boiled and full of unchopped chunks like this:
never heard of boiled baby kailan. it was soft and slightly mushy. not crunchy at all. the leaves were old with spots. it looked like barely any effort had been put into the dish. it looked terrible the moment they placed it in front of us. the wantans in my mom's noodles were tasteless too. haven't been to the place for very long and was really disappointed.
cny holiday 2015
lovely valentine's day dinner at the junk, which seems to have expanded the second floor over 3 shoplots
then off to bangkok with my family, minus little brother. we stayed at maitria hotel
which was super nice and quite affordable. breakfast included. it had a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, cutlery, a dish washer, an oven, a microwave, and even a washing machine.
they also provided 4 bottles of chang water everyday. i thought there was only chang beer
me and my sister's room
the only flaw in the apartment is that our bathroom has no shower door so the water splashes out
tv and computer and free expresso machine in the lobby
we walked to terminal 21
the next day. it's a new mall with a sort of airport theme where each floor is like a different city. our favourite mall of the trip coz it's so nice and yet we can afford the clothes and the food court was the cheapest among the others we visited. you can even refill your bottle at the food court. one small gripe is that thai food courts have this system where you preload a card with money then swipe the cards when you buy food so if you didn't put in enough money, you have to reload; but if you put in too much, you have to go and refund it; and if you're in a group, either you each have to get a card, or only one person can order at a time if you all share the card.
anyway, one of the more interesting aspects was the toilets. the toilet bowl was high tech.
and each toilet we went to had a different theme. some of the pictures are blurry coz i was trying to take them quickly before people step into them. for some reason, we seemed to be the only people fascinated. haha
this one was next to the food court so it had a kitchen theme
seaside fishing sort of theme
the next day we shopped at pratunam market and platinum mall which had cheaper stuff. we were walking to the train station when we saw a stall selling seafood by the roadside and just decided to have dinner there. not bad.
on the day of sa chap meh, we walked to emporium which was an expensive luxury mall so it was out of our price range but somehow a very persuasive lady managed to pull us in with a quick nail buffing session and a few product demonstrations so we ended up buying a body and nail set. the emporium food court was expensive but i think their system was better coz you each get a card when you walk in and you swipe it when you buy food and you only pay on the way out.
in the evening, we went to asiatique where we had an italian dinner.
then we watched the calypso cabaret show which was performed mostly by ladyboys. it was quite expensive but not so spectacular.
on the first day of cny, we went to the damnern saduak floating market. there were a few floating markets in the file compiled by the hotel so we simply chose this one. we thought we would be walking by the riverside but actually we had to rent a boat to ride through the market. people were selling food and wares from boats.
there were also stalls set up along the river. if you want to look at something, just point and the boatman will bring you nearer
one area was so crowded that all the boats were jammed together
next was the elephant and cultural show at rose garden, which was part of the package
the cultural show provided a simple and brief history of their culture. it was so-so
we went to khao san road after the show. but it's a night market and it was still early evening so we were bored after we walked around and ate a bit so we took a cab (it was super jam at peak hour) back to platinum mall to have dinner at the food court and buy some stuff at the supermarket.
and then we went home the next day. the end. haha. really liked the hotel we stayed in. missed the famous chatuchak market though, coz we weren't there on the weekend.