Bangkok in a Nutshell

Nephew, Russell, and I on the minivan.

My short Bangkok trip was a whirlwind of food and shopping. Hitting up most of the popular malls such as Platinum, Siam and Siam Paragon, Centralworld, Terminal 21; I was thrilled with Thai fashion and could not resist purchasing from several of the local brands. Thai design can be distinguished from their unabashed use of whimsical prints featuring lots of unicorns, clouds, flowers, scribblings and animals of all sorts. There was even a top my Mum purchased featuring a huge drawing of a girl that was printed on a shirt. Then there was the well-cooked, well-seasoned food present in all cuisines. The affordability added to the satisfication of every meal. I still long for the Four Seasons roasted duck rice and steamboat with all the fish paste varieties from MK Restaurant.

Three nights, two hotels. On the third night, I was fortune enough to stay in the W Hotel Bangkok. Avant gande hotel brand, not quite a luxurious stay. Neon lights present through the hotel, and the clubbing music playing all day in the lift and lobby proved to be a headache for me after just a day.

The best part of the trip: quality time with my family. Four days immersed wholly in their company. Early morning rise, munching on bread bought the night before in the supermarket when it was on discount, and catching on the world events through CNN, BBC and Channel Newasia. We watched these channels in the three days more than we ever did back home in Singapore. Much laughter I can only remember now. It was an unforgettable trip that has left us wanting for more. March 2014, Bangkok, we have a date.

First meal at MK Restaurant; the roast duck and char siu was not bad.
Hampers galore in the supermarket of Centralworld. Thais love Hampers; in every supermarket, there were so many all over the floor all wrapped up and ready to be gifted.
Fresh omelette from a street stall. Just onions and egg, my must-have in Thailand.
The joy of discovering Four Seasons. It was better than London.
Roast Duck from Four Seasons. Henceforth, I love Bangkok forever.
Char Siu from Four Seasons because duck and char siu always go together.
W Hotel: chilling in the hotel lounge. The colours and music in the hotel gave me a headache.
Hamming it up with the huge gold gloves in the hotel room.
Family lunch in the food court of Platinum Mall. The desserts (not pictured) were so good!
Some of my purchase: Top from Terminal 21 (Tokyo section), Cobalt blue skirt from Siam Paragon, and Girl’s Best Friend Pleated Shorts from Thea by Thara
Lying in on the final day in W Hotel. Huge comfortable bed and Con Air. John Cusack ❤
MacDonalds for second breakfast on the final day. I could not resist their crunchy fried chicken and pineapple pie.

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