Bangkok with Yishyene

I went to Bangkok last week for a 3-night stay with Yishyene. Here’s a quick list of where we went and what we ate, in case dire memory loss in, oh, i don’t know, in 30 years’ time takes place. (I’m being optimistic with that one)

We stayed at TENFACE by booking it on Agoda. It’s got a big living room, balcony, dining area (where we threw all our shopping), large bedroom and bathroom… all for RM200/night for 2 ppl.

This is just the dining area downstairs by the pool.

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We went to Platinum Mall to shop and hit the food court there as many times as our tummies let us…

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Oh god Thai food is just the best. I would never tire of Thai food!!!
Top left is kueh chap Thai style, next to it is my fave mince pork + basil + chilli,
bottom left is massive bowl of tom yum, and a simple dish of veggies and fried fish when i was feeling guilty.

We walked by the market next to Siam Square one night and spotted lots of peaceful protesters, as well as loud flamboyant ones.

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Yishyene and i both got a snack…

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Which turned out to be an incredibly spicy (but delicious) raw salad!

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We dropped by Sneaka Villa, a street store selling its own merchandise, to see Patch.

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This is Patch. He be a party animal. He’s coming to KL for FMFA wahey!

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Visit www.sneakavilla.net

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X2 Koh Samui: part ii

If you wanna see lots of pretty holiday pix from my first blogpost on X2, click *here* 

All the pix are from Clem’s and my holiday at X2 Resort Koh Samui - which has a beautiful deep pool, wooden walkways, many tall lush trees, immaculate gardens, complimentary champagne breakfasts daily and faultless service.

We stayed in the Deluxe Pool Villa, tho there are other type of rooms like the Deluxe Garden Villa, Luxury Pool Villa Suite, and the Royal Villa. X2 itself is a successful Thai brand with resorts in Kui BuriKoh Kood, and Phuket.

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We went for a 90-minute couples massage that we wished lasted longer.

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What was placed on the ground below my face area on the massage bed.

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Every single day, the staff will lay out an array of alcohol in the restaurant at lunch time. It’s like they’re reminding you It’s Time To Party!!!

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I enjoyed eating there so much! Had tom yam soup and a garden salad for lunch one day.

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My bikini is from local online store Malibu Beachwear. 

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X2 Koh Samui: part i

Clem and i had such a great holiday at X2 earlier this month (it seems like ages ago now :p). Our trip was arranged via The Luxe Nomad (an online portal where you can book luxury hotel and resort stays all over the world at member-only rates up to 70& off).

This was my second trip to Koh Samui (the first being a company trip when i was still with BAT) and flying over it this time was a much more magical experience somehow.

I didn’t take any pictures cos i was too slow and busy staring out in wonder, so i’ll try my best to describe it here: We were flying through some wispy clouds, and i just caught sight of the tip of an island when the plane slowly started to lean towards the left so my side was facing downwards at a huge span of calm ocean surface just GLEAMING in the sunlight. Even Clem commented how mesmerising it was. It was just so… beautiful. Maybe it’s a good thing i didn’t capture it in my camera, so that incredible image will be enhanced in my memory forever.

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After we passed that wonderful gleaming ocean, we flew through little bursts of baby clouds and saw below us tiny coves with yellow beaches, turquoise waters, and bright green hills in the middle of the island. So picture postcard perfect! (i didn’t manage to capture that too. All i got was this pic above which is not that great :p)

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In front of X2 Resort Koh Samui.
X2 is a pretty big brand – with resorts, villas, apartments, hotels, and residences for sale.
Besides Koh Samui, they’ve got resorts in Kui Buri, Koh Kood, and Phuket.

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I knew it was a fun resort the moment i saw swing sofas in the reception area!

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A row of Deluxe Pool Villas. X2 also has other type of rooms like the Deluxe Garden Villa, Luxury Pool Villa Suite, and the Royal Villa.

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There’s a long beautiful wooden walkway that takes one through the whole resort, and i love how they cut holes in it to make way for the trees instead of chopping them down.

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The big pool was so gorgeous, we spent most of our time hanging out here!

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The tub in our Deluxe Pool Villa was quite big and just begging to be made into a scarf tub!
Guess who ended up spending more time in there instead of me…

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X2 has a complimentary champagne breakfast daily! I like the way they roll.

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Clem and i would sit at the SAME table every morning cos i thought it had the best ocean view, and i loved looking at the foliage and super tall coconut trees to my right…

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Besides the buffet of cereals, fruit and salads; we could choose 2 dishes each from their Western and Asian breakfast menu.

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Bangkok Girlies Trip 2013

I went to Bangkok to source for things for my upcoming online store… and i daresay i have found my superpower!
I really think SHOPPING is my superpower!

I went alone for the first few days cos i needed to get things done before my girls arrived on Friday, and i’d take a long time buying stock cos i have to check each piece individually for defects and i don’t want to make them wait (not like i would make them anyway!). So i flew in on Tuesday and stayed in a hotel with big floorspace so i could sort my stuff out.

It was quite hectic. I would wake up at 9am, make my way to Platinum Mall, buy till 4pm, have my first meal then (i just didn’t feel the desire to eat when i had to shop!), then continue buying till 7 or 8pm when i was getting tired. Lug everything home, start my stock count, break for dinner around 9pm, continue stock count and blog till 2am.

Then i’d do it all over again the next day.

The most power night was Thursday… cos i REALLY WANTED to finish all my work before the girls arrived, and ended up working till 5am. Felt a bit dead the next day but it was worth it cos we had a great weekend of bonding, childish bickering, shopping, massages, and partying!

FIRST, i really need to thank Tai Yong and the WONDERFUL Thais he introduced me to, who took really good care of everything we girls needed to make our trip so much better than we expected!

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With Patch and Ball aka DJ Monster P and DJ Ballistic of CMYK Party!
Kop khun ka!!!

Ball has a shop in Siam Square called Sneaka Villa so pay it a visit when you’re in Bangkok! I saw some really cool shit on his online store at www.sneakavilla.net. You can stalk them on Instagram :p Patch @heartbreakkidz and Ball @ballisticone.

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Thanks to Patch, i was introduced to Oak who got us all invites to the 2ColourCrazy party at Sonic @ Ekamai. He played that night and the girls told me they were all cheering on the dancefloor. I… don’t remember where i was at that time!? Prollie throwing holi powder at randoms.

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Bangkok with the Lows <3

I went to Bangkok last week with Sarah and we took up Clouds’ and Jan’s mum’s offer to stay with them. Thanks Aunty! I’ve met Cecilia and James before as they’ve taken me out for dinners during my previous trips in Bangkok, lucky me. I’ve eaten some memorable meals with them, and last weekend’s dinners added more to the list :D

It was Nat’s 16th Birthday last Saturday, and his mum made the happy choc cake above. I asked him what he got for his birthday and he gleefully said, “Money!”

Jan on Facetime so everyone in the family is involved for Nat’s birthday, super cute.

Nat and James.

I’m still at a tug of war within myself whether to call Claudia’s dad ‘uncle’ or not. He’s told me before not to, so… i’m trying not to! But it feels weird, not to mention Sarah calls him uncle anyway. Hmmm i think if my friends’ children grow old enough to talk, i *don’t* want them to call me aunty (i’m trying to put myself in James’ shoes here).

 

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Maduzi Hotel @ Bangkok

I never did blog where Cammy and i stayed in Bangkok when we went there for a girlie trip last April. I just reread the posts i wrote and miss Bangkok now!

Miss the anticipation of eating Thai food and the smell of chili.
Miss my heart thumping excitedly at the sight of new Thai trends in Chatuchak market.
I miss Bangkok!

Back in April, we stayed at the luxurious Maduzi Hotel, situated right in the heart of Bangkok. Our stay was made possible because of The Luxe Nomad – my friend Steph Chai‘s new travel start-up. It’s because of The Luxe Nomad that i’ve been staying in some 5-star hotels like Maduzi, and Sri Panwa in Phuket!

The Luxe Nomad is Asia’s first luxury hotel bookings portal, and they have tempting flash sales on luxury hotels every week – at up to 70% off (and cheaper than anywhere else because it’s a members-only site). Currently Maduzi is on sale but you have to be quick as sales only last about 7-10 days. Oh, and membership is free, so you can just sign up and check out the prices!

Anyways – back to my stay at Maduzi!

This is Cammy and i in their mirrored elevator on the way up to our room. Maduzi Hotel has 40 rooms across seven floors.

Described as a private oasis in the heart of the city, Maduzi Hotel is a conceptual hotel that promises complete privacy by only accepting guests with reservations and prohibiting walk-ins. They emphasize greatly on privacy so that guests can feel as comfortable as in their own homes.

They never give out names of their guests and instead, have a ‘Guest Code’. If i wanted friends to be able to visit me in our room, i’d have to come up with a code like ‘Fairy’, which friends would state to the concierge downstairs to be allowed up. Cool ey!

The bed was so big and comfortable, it was a godsend for us after walking around Bangkok every day. We’d snuggle up in bed and flip channels on the 42″ flat screen before falling asleep.

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All rooms come with business facilities like work desk, complimentary WiFi, and fax/printer/copy machine. Not like we used them cos we were on HOLIDAY!

There’s even a sexy espresso machine and mini-bar.

This, was Cammy’s and my favourite room – the dressing room! We just ended up spending a lot of time there as we washed up in the mornings, chit chatted, or made up to go out at night. The lounge next to the window, huge dressing mirror and table, and walk-in closet allowed so much space for the both of us to get ready together. It was MADE FOR GIRLS! We even had Tina and Elicia over one night to get ready, so i know it can comfortably hold four of us.

 

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