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Thursday, September 21, 2006

To My Beloved Paul Shanghai Bee

To My Dearest Paul Shanghai Bee Bee,

You came into my life and made me such a happy person. I have never in my life known anyone like you. You gave me unconditional love and vise versa and now you left this world,me, Moggy and Mindy so suddenly. My heart is broken to million pieces and I do not know when will my heart will be able to heal as it may take forever. Who knows..only God knows...

I still remember clearly how we met in the jungle in Ulu Sedili and how you told me you that you caught my eyes as you have never met a woman 4x4 driver before. What we have was passion in all that we do especially traveling and off roading not forgetting our passionate love for each other. I guess that is what made our relationship very special. You are the love of my life and will forever be.

I hope that you will be happy in heaven and may your soul rest in peace. I still remember the time where you did one of the most noblest thing was that you save Mindy from the garage and have decided to adopt her as your daughter. She misses you very much and cries all the time when she sees your picture and then she would lick it and paw it. Now she is without a daddy.

Lastly all I want to say is that I will always love you forever and May God Bless Your Soul and Rest in Peace. The Lord will always be with you.

Love forever,
Jules Mozzie Bee, Moggy, Mindy and Lozenzo (My daddy’s SUV)

Words By D. Walley

“We have been together for sometime now and then you have to leave,
But every time I look at you then before you left for to the Lord, I see things that make me love you more than ever.
I see someone who can make me laugh at all the little funny things about life,
Someone with a smile so soft and warm that I will always want to smile along,
I see someone who just keeps growing more wonderful, someone I am proud and grateful to be sharing my life with even not in a very long time (1 ½ years).
So everyday when I open my eyes and see you then it’s love at first sight, I keep on falling in love with you again and again just like how you do too
A love that keeps on growing brighter through everyday and every night we share… I love you Bee…”

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Goodbye Paul, may your soul rest in peace ...

Paul "Shanghai" Kee (26 Oct 1966 - 16 Sep 2006)

We seem to give them back
to You, O God, Who gave
them to us.
Yet, as You did not lose
them in giving so we do
not lose them by their
Life is eternal
love immortal
and death is only an
horizon, and an horizon is nothing
except the limit
of our sight.
Lift us up, strong
Son of God,
that we may see further;
cleanse our eyes that we
may see more clearly;
draw us closer to Yourself
that we may know ourselves
to be nearer to our
loved ones
who are with You.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa

I started my new job with Asian Overland on Monday, 28 August as the Human Resource and Administration Manager handling their group of companies in Malaysia. On Tuesday, 29 August, they flew me into the island of Langkawi for work, yes work and not for a vacation. So presently, I am spending a lot of my time attached to their wholly owned resort, the Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa (former known as Langkawi Village Resort) here in the Island of Langkawi, off the coast of Kedah/Perlis. On the 1 September, Jules decided to take a road trip with Moggy, tagging along was Kristin and Auntie(Jules & Kristin's Mom) to come meet me at the resort and at the same time for some holiday in the sun and the beach. That friday morning, they set out at 9.30am travelling up towards north to Kuala Kedah for the express ferry ride into the Island of Langkawi. I picked them up from the Kuah Ferry Terminal at about 6.15pm to Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa. After freshening up, I took them to the town of Kuah for dinner at this seafood place called "Wonderful". Went for some duty free shopping incuding the one at the Underwater World Langkawi.
Following day as I had to work, they hung around the resort until I took them out for late lunch at almost 2pm. Chilled out at the beach during sunset with some beers. Did not have dinner until after 9.00pm at a nearby Thai Seafood Restaurant. Food was nice, especially the lala(Clams), the mantis prawns and the Grouper....with some other side vegetable dishes, the damage came up to about RM180, foot by Aunty.
Sunday, took them almost the whole of the island as they wanted to see the more exclusive Datai and the Andaman. Subsequently we went to the newly constructed Cable Car. This is a very unique experience as when you get to the top, there is a steel constructed curved suspension bridge. When it gets real cloudy, you cannot see the other end of the bridge. Total altitude was 605 meters above sea level. They returned to KL on the following Monday. I flew back to KL on Wednesday but will be returning to Langkawi this coming Tuesday, 12 Sept, this time will be there for at least two weeks.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Our Travel Vlog

I have created another page to link our travels to some video clips taken. These videos are mostly(if not 100%, then 99.9%) shot, produced and edited by me.

By clicking on the hyperlinks that says "CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO" at the respective postings will take you to the VLOG(in short for Video Blogging).
If the link does not take you there, go to http://shamogvideo.blogspot.com


Paul "Shanghai Phoenix" Kee

Thursday, August 17, 2006

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Kg Esok – Buaya 4x4 Offroad, 29 & 30 July 2006

Just returned home from an overnight offroading and camping trip to Sungei Kg. Esok(Kesok) in the state of Negeri Sembilan.

On this trip, we were divided to two teams(A & B) from our fellow Buaya 4x4 offroaders. One was to set out in the morning and the other team in the afternoon, the former for early birds like us who were just too eager to get into the rainforest to be the first to set camp(for the best spot), the latter for either folks who are not so used to waking up early on a Saturday morning or that their flight have just landed. This time around promises to be filled with fun and “high spirits”, however, we decided to remind ourselves to stick to entertainment of a more sober kind. The two teams were

Team A
A1. Fireman
A2. FreeLander
A3. Heliman (Convoy Leader)
A4. Mazlan
A5. DZul
A6. HO
A7. Firdaus
A8. Blue Thunder
A9.. Mozzie & Shanghai.

Team B
B1. MC & Eagle & Red Indian Girl
B2. Flying Lizard & Silver Surfer
B3. Kokonut Soldier(Convoy Leader) & Bed Covers
B4. Capt Lui & Capt Wong
B5. Kikilala
B6. James Pang
B7. X-Trail


Rendezvous at 8.30am on 29 July(Sat) at Senawang Exit Toll. Before heading offroad, we had breakfast at 9.30am. We were scheduled to arrive at the intended campsite at 11.30am, however as the site was occupied by some campers from the biological unit dept of UM we had to move on. At some point we winded up at a trail end near a waterfall at Lata Kijang(The Orang Asli calls it Kijang Jatuh), located about 15 minutes walk to Gunung Hantu Besar according to Heliman. The waterfall was very scenic with a drop of at least some 200 meters from the peak with a cool cozy stream at the bottom, but the place was not suitable to be considered as an alternate campsite. After some minor offroading thrill, at 3.30pm, we converged to meet up with Team B to proceed to another alternative campsite. Fortunately, with our convoy leader, Heliman’s(Bernard Ng) earlier recce of the areas and with the aid of his GPS, we did not get lost. Further exploration offroading led us across two rivers, with one rig on ATs(All Terrain tires), and another on worn out MTs(Mud Terrain tires), almost did not make it through. By the time we decided on the campsite was about 5pm. We had to settle to camp on the trail itself. The site was superb as it was beautifully shaded amidst bamboo trees with a stream at the bottom of the hill.

Dinner was BBQ chicken wings and a Grouper Fish that we had marinated with ginger and rice wine earlier then, steamed on top of the pit wrapped in aluminum foil, while the rest of the gang could not wait to get happy hour started. By the time we were through with dinner, more than half of them were “spirited away” on Heliman’s mix of lethal cocktail concoction. We took off to dreamland at 10.30pm. We were told from eye witnesses that the party continued till 2.45am while we were asleep. The night was rather chilly but nice as we were well sheltered by our camping flysheets. Woke up at about 9am this morning, then cooked up a simple breakfast of sausages and sunny-side-ups.
Nothing beats an open air breakfast early in the morning to the sound of the rainforest and the rapids from the river down below, eat your heart out 3D surround sound, THX whatever! We broke camp at about 12.45pm with Blue Thunder and Freelander and headed for Ulu Langat for seafood lunch courtesy of the latter. By the time we arrived home, it was around 2.30pm. Overall, we enjoyed the trip as it was rather laid-back and chill-out kinda trip, the offroading sector could have been a little more challenging though. Mozzie, Shanghai, and Moggy….signing out!

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Coming Home to Miri, Sarawak(Borneo)….20 – 24 July 2006

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Finally made the trip back to my homeland Miri, Sarawak in the Island of Borneo, the place where I grew up, since it gained status as the first Resort City in this part of the world last May. Spent much of the early part of my life in Miri before I went to further my studies in the US.

Miri has evolved from a small sleepy oil town with virtually not much to do other than spending most of my time watching movies on my classic VCR and dreaming about being a tennis star on the tennis courts to a city with pubs, clubs, cafes and malls. Dual carriaged road and highways have also replaced roads that used to be single lanes, across newly builted residential areas coupled with a new highway that links Miri into Brunei that starts near my mom's house in Pujut, making traveling into Brunei an easy twenty minutes journey instead of the previous 3-5 hrs that included 2 ferry crossings. Now two bridges on across the Baram & Belait rivers have made traveling more convenient. At the Miri-Baram side the bridge is called "Asean Bridge". Miri is also major gateway to the hinderlands of Niah Caves National Park, the world renowned Mulu National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park and areas of the interior of Borneo such as Marudi, Long Lama, Long San, Bario Highlands, Ba Kelalan etc. For those into serious diving, Miri boasts one of the world’s finest marine parks and coral reefs, some situated only a mere 15-minute boat ride from the city. Divers from the Sarawak Shell Petroleum discovered these unique sites during their underwater explorations in the 80’s. This dive sites include Barracuda Point, Grouper Patch Reef, the Atago Maru Wreck, the Seafan Garden and the Luconia dive area. The Luconia is also a great place for sport fishing, apparently for giant garoupas. Unfortunately, we did not have the luxury of time to explore these possibilities and I have yet to get a PADI certification for diving. Something that would be great to have as Jules have been tempting me with her PADI id card which she carries around in her wallet everywhere she goes.
As usual we traveled by AirAsia on an Airbus A320 into Miri on Thursday, 20 July. This was through the two tickets inclusive of Bangkok that we managed to get courtesy of AirAsia on their 2 million free tickets promotion early this year. We only had to fork out RM80 per person for Airport Tax and Fuel Surcharge...tickets were FOC. The rest was history. On the day of arrival, the weather in Miri was excellent, not hot and very breezy as the airport is near the sea towards the south-east of Miri City. This was Jules very first time in Miri and she was thrilled as hell to meet my family and of course she had learnt before the trip that Miri is filled with dirt cheap beer, for RM10 you could buy three to four cans depending on the brand...so looking forward to that, haha. We only confirmed this on our 3rd day in Miri. But please not ask me where I get them, cause I do not want to get those folks in trouble and I still want my cheap beer next time I get back there(soon)! By the way, we are talking about Tiger Beer from Singapore(Home of Tiger Beer), so its as smooth as those in Malaysia and have a much better after taste. Cigarettes are also cheap, we could get them for RM2.50 per pack and we are not talking about duty free here people! Anyhow, again don’t ask why!

We were welcomed by my mom and Aunt Agatha aka Aunt “Akut”. We spend most part of the day, with mom at her house, a little driving around Lutong where I was born, Shell Territory, and then into Piasau Camp, where Shell houses its expatriate community, the golf course near the spit that separates the Piasau area and Miri City proper. I could recall my younger days where my late dad and mom would bring my brother and I with his pick-up truck. Cruised along the coast of Miri to my high school(St Joseph’s Secondary School) and then to my alma mater(Tun Dato Tuanku Haji Bujang College) where I did my STPM “A” levels study in Tanjung Lobang(Brighton Beach) back from 1984-85. Winded the afternoon with a bottle of Heineken Beer at a café near the Mega Hotel....feasting our eyes on cool rigs and four-wheel drive vehicles. Miri definitely has more of these vehicles than here in KL. You can find Land Cruiser 2, Ford Rangers and the Toyota Hilux Vigo almost everywhere. That was pretty cool!
I almost fainted when I saw there is a Marriot Hotel right smacked in front of my former school overlooking the beach.
Day two morning was a day spent mostly lazing around the house. We had the popular “kolok mee” dried noddles(see photo), which is a much sought after food especially for Sarawakians like myself staying in the peninsular or out of Sarawak. That
evening we had dinner with my mom, aunt Agatha, her daughter Jane and Uncle Paul at a shabu-shabu place. Shabu Shabu is a steamboat/suki well known in Japan. Later in the evening we proceed to my cousin’s place in Pujut, Miri, which is just about 2 km from downtown. John, my cousin(by the way he is the coolest dude in town and he drives a souped up Kelisa, a yellow two seater Honda CRX and a souped up Proton Perdana that has been converted to four wheel drive for racing purposes....reminds me of the movie "Fast & Furious, Tokyo Drift", took us to experience the nightlife that we have heard so much about around Miri. First we were at a pub called “Cherrie Berries”, the music was not our kind and we realized the place was full of expats and girls waiting to be picked up. After a while, we proceeded next door, upstairs to a club called, “The Balcony”, music was techno….if you like Paul Van Dyke, this is for you. To our horror, the clubbing crowd here were dressed in casuals and sandals, haha. Guess we are so used to the club scene here in KL where clubbers are dressed to kill. Anyway, we did enjoy the night with John’s company and some of his friend, so much we finished 1 bottle of Chivas and Jules proceeded to order a shot each of margaritas and flaming Lamborghinis, before we all got @!#$ed up, and that was around 2.15am, he took us to a place called "Up to You", which was supposedly their version of the “underground” club, that was pretty cool though, we danced and Jules almost stole the whole dance floor right there. Left this place at around three for supper. He took us to the wet market that has only 2 stalls often for food, and I discover that this place has one of the best “Char Kuih Teow” in town and we were told by John that the place operates from 2am to 9am daily. Finally, got home by 4am.

Next morning(Sat), we woke up at around 9.15am. Surprising after club crawling, we woke up with hardly any hangover. An hour after that, we took a ride from Aunt Agatha into Kuala Belait(KB) and Seria in Brunei. KB used to be my favorite place to be as my aunts and grandma used to stay there before Aunt Agatha returned to Malaysia back in the 80’s, Aunty Vicky to Singapore, Aunty Liza to Seattle, Aunty Oi Lin and Aunty Mui Lin and my grandma migrated to Vancouver, Canada, and my Uncle Chee Tong to Edmonton. What’s left of Kuala Belait and Seria, two coastal towns situated to the south-east of the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, is just a fragment in my memory as a young boy during those old fun days, so very nostalgic! What used to be my idea of a fun place, is now almost like a dead town. There are no major shopping malls, shops closes at sunset, the consumption of alcohol is illegal and pork is a rare commodity. However, what almost shocked us is that vehicles are dammmmm cheap there in Brunei, and we saw cars, four wheel drives, SUVs, MPV’s you name it, parked as if abandoned by the side of the road with the “for Sale” signs on them. And Jules almost fell out of the car when she saw Range Rover Discover(good condition) selling for B$10,000 only(RM23,000). It was a Saturday and most shops were still closed at 11.30am. Later, we were told that the Sultan of Brunei is coming into town later in the day. Could not understand why the town has to freeze for the sultan’s visit.
After lunch we headed back into Miri as we did not wanna be stucked there for fear that they would freeze all traffic for the sultan’s visit.

On the way into back to Miri, we stopped at a mobile roadside fruit stall as I had spotted some indigenious folks selling “Talap” earlier. For folks not from Sarawak and in need of some education on this strange sounding fruit....Talap is as far as I know, only eaten here in Borneo is a native fruit grown in the wild by natives of Sarawak, and tastes very unique….it very difficult to describe the taste, you gotta taste it to experience it. And mind you, I have been searching high and low for this fruit for the last 20 years but to no avail as it is seasonal too. I am posting a picture of the fruit here, let me know if you have eaten it in your life, if you are a Sarawakian, you don’t count okay!

The rest of the afternoon back in Miri, Jules and I recce around the malls. Couple of new malls have sprouted up since my last homecoming. That night we visited our Uncle Stephen and Aunty Theresa, my cousin Mei Ling and Uncle Paul and Aunty Agnes in Lutong. The rest of the night we basically chilled.
Sunday, being our final full day in Miri, we tried to do as many things as we possibly can. Being in a small city like Miri, what else can we do right? My mom took us for tim sum at a food court for breakfast. In the afternoon, I took Jules up to Canada Hill where the Petroleum Science Museum is located. The main attraction is the “Grand Old Lady”, the first oil well(Oil Well No.1) for the Shell Oil Company. This place as it is on top of Canada Hill also provides for an awesome lookout view of Miri town perched by the seafront.

In the evening we had a great dinner at the Yi-Hah-Hai Seafood Restaurant situated by the Miri River at the new Waterfront center at Kampung Dagang area.

Woke up to heavy rainfall this morning, even the rain in Miri smells fresh….man, I so miss that smell when it rains here in Miri, you can smell the sea spray, so much different from the acid rain here in KL. We wish we could sleep the whole day through, unfortunately but our flight departs 10.05am. Before heading for the airport, we took breakfast with my mom, aunty and my cousin. And guess what, they have “Kuih Chap” here! One of our favorite dish, can also be found widely in Thailand and Singapore, but not in Peninsular Malaysia. Final stop was at the "Tamu Muhibbah"(fresh produce market) to pick up some "Midin". Midin is a cousin to the "Paku Pakis" which is a type of crispy/crunchy fern, harvested from the rainforest jungle. It is mostly not available in other parts of Malaysia but can be abundantly found in Borneo. Typically we stir fry it in a wok together with either rice cooking wine or shrimp paste(belachan) and makes a very aromatic and palatable ethnic dish to complement with steamed rice.....the taste is simply astounding and irresistable!

(Midin - a Signature Borneo Dish)

So here we are now back to KL. We are very looking forward for a next trip there when we can as there are still lots of new places in Miri we have yet to discover, and will try to make it up to Brunei’s capital of Bandar Seri Begawan, drive into Limbang, and hopefully also get to the Niah National Park, maybe the Bario Highlands or even into the Mulu National Park.

I have uploaded a video commentary on my mom's house.


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Next stop, this weekend(Sat & Sun) we are heading south into offroad-rainforest territory into Kg Esok(Kesok) with the Buaya 4x4 "kaki"....so watch out for Moggy in action; she can't wait to get out of hibernation.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Amazing Thailand Sale

Back over the weekend from some shopping in Hatyai. Was there over the weekend with Jules and her parents. Left Friday night at about 12.45am and got across the border into Sadao early morning at about Hok Na Li Gar Saam Sip Na Thee(that's 6.30am in Thai :). We stayed at the President Hotel, as we know the staff working there we managed to secure 2 rooms at B500(RM50) each inspite of the peak weekend. Hatyai was like mini Malaysia over that weekend as it was also the Malaysian school holiday season and the King's Birthday.

This also coincides with the Thailand Amazing Sales which started from 1 June and will end 31 July. The sale was nothing to brag about except, as usual, grocery shopping as great at Tesco Lotus. Seafood was fantastic as usual at the hilltop restaurant in Hatyai. Basically, we always enjoy the food more than anything else in Thailand, of course besides the friendly Thais.

SaaWadDee Kap.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Bangkok & Ayuthaya - May 4-8, 2006

We just returned from the City of Angels aka Krung Thep aka Bangkok. Do you know that Bangkok in the Thai language holds the world’s record as the city with the longest name? Krungthep Mahanakhon Amon Ratanakosin Mahintara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Popnopparat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonpiman Avatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit which means “Great City of Angels, Repository of Divine Gems, Great Land Unconquerable, Grand and Prominent Realm, Royal and Delightful Capital City full of Nine Noble Gems, Highest Royal Dwelling and Grand Palace, Divine Shelter and Living Place of Reincarnated Spirits”.
Travelled on AirAsia flight AK880 from KLIA’s new Low Cost Carrier Terminal(LCCT). The flight embarked around 8.45am with a slight delay due to heavy runway traffic. If you talk about no-frills low cost, the LCCT looks low cost, reminds me of a warehouse, nothing fanciful, except that it is clean(as it is brand new), however food prices are exorbitant and not even close to reasonable. In fact food and drink prices here especially the local fast food restaurant is close to ridiculous. However, there is a McD there which also serves their breakfast menu which is slightly higher than in the city. Arrived at Don Muang International Airport after two hours and five minutes at around 9.40am local time. Its nice to know that you get a one hour time advantage due to time zone difference. This will also be the last time we shall be using Don Muang as she will make way for the new Suvarnabhumi Airport. We shall have fond memories of Don Muang International Airport.

We stayed at the First Hotel on Petchaburi Road in Pratunam, as it it would be more convenient for us to move around for shopping and is also near the new Siam Paragon Mall. Had earlier made reservations through internet. Paid B300 plus B20 as tips for the taxi ride from Don Muang to the Hotel. This was much cheaper and nearer than our trip last year when we stayed at the Elegance Suite in the Bangrak area as the Pratuman area is closer to the highway. Condition of the room was quite old but bearable. The rooms cost us B990 per night per room inclusive of breakfast for two. After our check-in, we walked along the main street in front of the hotel with Jules’ Parents but could not withstand the heat for too long as it was mid afternoon, so we decided to head back into the comfort of our air conditioned rooms. Felt very tired as we started the day very early. First night we had dinner at The Seafood Market and Restaurant . This place is in Sukhumvit on Soi 24, and was featured in the Travel and Adventure Discovery Channel’s The Cook’s Tour, hosted by Anthony Bourdain last year.

There was quite a wide selection of fresh seafood, and our menu for the evening was….Steam Garouper(Thai-Style), Oyster Omelette,

Basil chilli Clams and Mixed Vegetables.

Total bill including drinks and cooking amounted to B1580. If you are planning for a trip to Krung Thep, don't miss this place out, worth the trip. You will be amaze at how huge the place is.

The next day we bought a package tour to Ayuthaya. I was not feeling really well then, came down with a flu bug somehow and was having a pretty sore throat. Nevertheless, I had to psyche myself up ahead for the trip, so instead of feeling sickly on the express bus ride to Ayuthaya, I had to repeatedly tell myself that I was well and no flu virus is gonna spoil my day. We had earlier booked this tour through the hotel travel desk that makes the arrangement with some local travel agent known as Grand Pearl Cruise….they even charge us for making the calls for booking for B10 per call which I feel that they should not have done so. Price was B1,700 per person but I manage to negotiate down to B1,500 per person. This included the hotel pickup at 6.30am by a tour bus equiped with an English speaking Thai guide(James), the tour to Bang Pa-In which is a palace mainly built by Rama V(King Chulalongkorn) and then ultimately to see and feel the ruins of Ayuthaya.

Lunch was included on board the cruise yacht called the Grand Pearl I returning from Ayuthaya to Bangkok(River City Pier) via the Chao Phraya River. The duration of journey was about 3.5 hours along the scenic Chao Phraya.

Arrived back to Bangkok around 5pm. That evening we went to Chinatown(Yaowarat) for dinner at Lao Li Restarant, a well known Chinese restaurant for their shark-fin soup and bird’s nest soup. Total bill came up to about B1350, which included 2 bowls of shark-fin soup, one bowl of stewed goose’s web, one vegetable dish, and 3 bowls of bird’s nest soup. After dinner we headed to Patpong for shopping in Boots. Jules bought some Hed Kandi CDs here. After getting back to the hotel, as standard as SOP, we when down to a nearby massage parlor for foot massage. That was quite late then around 1am I think. Anyway, we paid for a one hour foot massage at B250 per person.

We woke up late on Saturday, were at the Platinum Fashion Mall at Pratunam was nothing much to shout about, except if you are into clothing(factory outlet style), something like a higher end Chatuchak market. There were plenty of local street food stalls outside of the mall. The food photo you see here that looks really colourful, its a kind of local dessert with yellow bean paste inside coated with jelly, it really really yummy. They mould it into different shapes. At the nearby IT Center, I bought myself an XD picture card for my Olympus camera. Price is much cheaper than here in KL. The 128mb card costs me B990(RM99) as compared to at least RM300 here in KL…..what a huge difference! That evening we had dinner at Suan Lum Night Bazaar near Lumpini Park. Guzzled down 2 liters of Weihenstephan Dark German Beer in a unique dispenser only to be found here in Suan Lum. We like the container and even ask for the price of the container, unfortunately it was too expensive as the manager wanted to sell it to us for B6000(RM600)…..Crazy!!!

After that we hopped onto a tuk-tuk for Patpong for sport herbal massage. We paid B650 per person for 90 minutes. Returned to the hotel around 2am.

Sunday morning after breakfast at the hotel, we headed to Siam Paragon Shopping Mall which is the biggest department store in South East Asia. There are more than 300 brand stores in the mall. Great place to shop if you have the extra dough to spend on. Lunch was at Tony Roma’s in Sukhumvit’s Nai Lert Building. Apparently we only realize that there is another Tony Roma’s in Siam Paragon when we sat down to eat. As usual, the baby back ribs are the best in the world and never fail us. Later in the afternoon, both of us too a tuk-tuk to the Amarin(formerly Sogo) near the Grand Hyatt Erawan for…….. (BC Rajprasong – take the BTS escalator which leads into Amarin Plaza, on the immediate left).

Evening was dinner with Jules’ Parents at Suan Lum. The rest of the night was basically looking around the stalls after we sent Jules’ Dad off back to the hotel by cab. A cab ride from Pratuman area to Suan Lum costs about B45 on a metered taxi. We ended the day with another round of 60 mins foot massage around our hotel.

Next morning after breakfast, we went to Pratunam Center at 10am but was told it would only be opened at 11am. There we met a guy who introduced himself as the Chief Security personnel working at the shopping mall. He suggested for us to take a round trip B30 tuk-tuk ride further down to a temple, where we could get to see the sitting Buddha which is only open to the public on certain specific days of the Thai Buddhist calendar. We thought, why not was Jules could also make some prayers at the temple. After that we came back to the mall at around 11am, nothing much inside, lots of pirate DVDs all of which are English titles….cost of one DVD? B100 each. We also came across a photo studio, so we took the opportunity to enquire on the price for photo shoots in Thai traditional wear.

We check out at 12pm to head back to KL. Our flight was scheduled at 3.15pm, however there was a delay of 45 minutes and the plane did not take off till around 4.30pm.

Note: Exchange Rate - RM1 = 10.100 Baht


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