Vacay in BKK, Thailand: Part Two

Waking up in Bangkok was like waking up in the heart of Manila until you get to read the street signs and hear the Thais speak.

View outside Indra Regent Hotel

View outside our hotel

Day 2 marked the beginning of shopping adventures!

The Platinum Fashion Mall

The Platinum Fashion Mall

Our first stop was Platinum Fashion Mall, a six-storey structure (only found out about this a day after we got back, I wonder what we missed), home to just about anything you want to have. It’s a more organized version of 168 Mall in Divisoria. The mall had just opened when we stepped inside, so there was less people going around and looking at stuff. The prices were incredibly cheap! Most of the tops are priced at 200 baht (around PHP 300) but if you purchase two or three pieces from the same store, you get a staggering discount that can go for as low as 170 (PHP 250) baht per piece The only downside I could think of about shopping there (in general) is that most shops do not allow prospective buyers from trying their garments. Miraculously, all the clothes I bought in Thailand fit me well and most of the styles they carry are “my style”: the asymmetrical hems, unique sleeves and collars, and edgy cuts! This mall is now my favorite mall (not based on frequency of visit of course, but who knows?).

Arguably one of the best things about being in another country is the gastronomical experience. One of the things I always do whenever I am out of the country is to try a fastfood place that Manila also has because they have meals on the menu that aren’t available in MNL. We walked all the way from Platinum Fashion Mall to Central World for lunch. Since my cousin wanted chicken, we settled for KFC. Now, I barely understood a thing from their menu but thank goodness for images, I decided to let myself believe in what I see and chose the meal that looked appetizing. It turned out to be Roasted Wing Herbs and it is very delicious!

KFC menu in Thailand

KFC menu in Thailand

KFC Roasted Wing Herbs

KFC Roasted Wing Herbs

Central World is pretty upscale, a cross between Gateway Mall and Shangri-La Plaza Mall here in the Philippines. Check out the pictures:

Central World

Central World

Central World

Christmas is here!

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Vacay in BKK, Thailand: Part One

A couple of firsts in this trip: I haven’t been to Thailand, and I have never flown with Cebu Pacific Air (CEB). I didn’t know what to expect—all I hoped for then was a comfortable and safe flight from Manila to Bangkok and vice versa. I’m admittedly excited, since I really want to go to Bangkok.

Also a first for me to step inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA T3). This airport looks clean and well-maintained but nothing spectacular about its design—predominantly white spaces and almost similar to NAIA Terminal 2. Still thankful it’s a far cry from our old NAIA T1. We had dinner in a Japanese joint there.

Sushi at NAIA Terminal 3

Salmon sushi dinner at NAIA Terminal 3

Wait, wait, wait. There wasn’t much to do while waiting, it would have been nice if our airports have free Wi-Fi. Our CEB flight was delayed. Good thing it was only by a few minutes, because beyond that, I would’ve spent my time staring longingly at the Philippine Airlines (PAL) planes parked at Terminal 2. Just kidding.

A Cebu Pacific Air plane at terminal 3

A Cebu Pacific Air plane at terminal 3

I know that CEB is a low-cost carrier whereas PAL is a full-service one, but comparisons cannot be avoided. It’s still about going somewhere far away via airspace and airplane. I have flown mostly with PAL and twice with Singapore Airlines (as a kid then, I was really preoccupied with the Super Mario game, part of their in-flight entertainment). The phrase “You get what you pay for” applies with an LCC like CEB—if you want something, pay extra. So, no yummy airplane food for me. I hope they reconsider providing free snacks, even just the inexpensive ones like a small pack of potato chips (VCut please?) and C2 (yes, even if I am not a fan of bottled tea). Noticeably, there’s not much of legroom. I was already about to fall into sweet slumber when my mom tapped me; the passenger seated next to the window had to go to the lavatory and there’s not much space for her to pass through with us seated.

Blame the media, I half-expected the flight attendants on our flight to starting dancing while demonstrating safety precautions and reminders at the aisle of the Airbus A320. :P I found their flight attendants to be friendly. While I was roaming around the airport waiting for our gate to open, I bumped into CEB FAs and one of them smiled at me (take note, I don’t have a sign on me that says “I am a Cebu Pacific Air passenger”). Upon boarding the plane, I saw her face and even helped me find my seat. Thanks Twinkle for the smiles and assistance! :)

At the end of the day, what’s more important is that we had a smooth flight and we landed safely. Sawasdee1!

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  1. Hello/Goodbye greeting in Thai []