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Plane Boy's Birthday

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Sound the trumpets, Plane Boy is forty! After a leisurely start we had a very nice buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant. (For those in the know, the bacon was dead crispy!) Then we packed a bag, left our room and walked around to the outdoor entrance to MBK, ready for the 10am opening. Amid welcome announcements, piped music and salutes from the uniformed door staff, Plane Boy made his grand entrance into MBK.
So many shops! We started on the ground floor and it only took us a few hours to reach the sixth floor... And Dr Zu, the king size menswear shop Plane Boy has been anticipating most of all. Nerdia sat and chatted with the shop assistant while Plane Boy bought up big: 20 items for A$224, bargain! His old Dr Zu shirts have only just started to wear out after five years of constant wear, so well worth it.
Had planned shabu shabu lunch in one of the many restaurants but the line was huge, so opted for another Japanese place instead. Mm, oishi desu.
We bought a few (dozen) DVDs plus some small electronics and bracelets for Nerdia, then back to the hotel for a pit stop... Where a surprise birthday cake was waiting for us, courtesy of the hotel staff. :)
Later in the evening we made the metres-long trek back to MBK for dinner one one of the two dining floors. Plane Boy's a-roi pad Thai cost A$2 and his extra-large Singha beer cost A$4 :) Nerdia's soup was good apart from the mysterious grey meat balls, but her coconut dessert was delicious.
We window-shopped 'til we almost dropped, then back to our room for a rest after a birthday to remember. Hurrah!

Posted by NarLin 09:52 Archived in Thailand Tagged food shopping birthday mbk Comments (0)

BKK Bonanza Day 1

Chatuchak, Check in and (imaginary) Churning Stomachs

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Dim sum tastes just as good at 4.30am in Changi Airport. That was our early breakfast after a nice enough flight from Perth to Singapore on Tiger Airways. (It was an Airbus A320, just for the record.) Then it was a short hop in another Tiger A320 to Bangkok, and off to our first ever 5 star hotel: the Pathumwan Princess, adjoining the hallowed MBK shopping centre. Very nice indeed! Too early for our room to be ready so we headed off to Chatuchak Markets on the Skytrain. Very hot and very crowded, even for Chatuchak; took a few photos but didn't buy anything and frankly it was too sweltering to stay very long, so that might be it for Chatuchak this visit. At least we can say we've been.
Saving MBK for Plane Boy's actual birthday, we wandered back to the hotel and gorged ourselves on the impressive restaurant buffet, then crashed out for the afternoon in our room. Perhaps befuddled by her inconveniently timed headcold, Nerdia inexplicably forgot her neuroses and brushed her teeth with scheme water, which even the hotel says is unfit for drinking. She then spent the next 8 hours taking every stomach gurgle to be the coming of the apocalypse, though so far so good.

Posted by NarLin 07:55 Archived in Thailand Tagged markets hotel aircraft arrival Comments (0)

Departure Day for BKK

Shopping, here we come!

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Well, it's been a while but we're off to Thailand again - and this time we have a theme. Plane Boy is turning forty and has planned a carnival of retail delights in one of our favourite cities, Bangkok. We fly out tonight and will blog again when on our way. Toodleoo!

Posted by NarLin 07:49 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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