Plane Boy turns Nurse
30.09.2013 - 01.10.2013 30 °C
An eventful if not particularly active couple of days.
On Monday morning we ventured beyond MBK to the big fancy shopping centres nearby. First was Siam Paragon, to ogle at the luxury cars and revisit Siam Ocean World. The Rolls Royce exhibit sits in its own glass room, complete with price list just to make sure you know just how unaffordable it is. About a million dollars, just for the record. And Nerdia still reckons they're an ugly, ugly car.
Siam Ocean World is a vast walk-through aquarium centre filling the shopping centre basement. We had thoroughly enjoyed a long visit there the last time we were in Bangkok some five years ago; it's now more "cutesy" and "kiddish" but was still fun, especially the behind the scenes tour and the giant freshwater fish tank. We skipped the glass-bottomed boat tour this time but highly recommend it from our previous visit.
Next mall was Central World, to check out the Tomy train supplies in Toys 'R' Us. Found 'em, may return for some immature purchases.
For dinner we decided to try Ban Khun Mae ("Grandmother's House"?), a nearby restaurant recommended by one of Nerdia's workmates. It was good to get out at night and see a little of the local street markets and shops - and the restaurant was great, akin to a multistorey timber tavern. Food was yummy and very Thai: fried mushrooms in garlic, green papaya salad, chargrilled pork with honey, fried noodles with pork, chilli and holy basil (including some interesting green berries that looked like peppercorns but tasted like menthol). All that plus some tiny steamed bananas for dessert, beers and delicious fresh coconut - all for about A$30.
Unfortunately Nerdia spent Tuesday in bed, making several calls on the big white telephone. Plane Boy, as always, was an excellent nurse, making sure she drank all of her Gastrolyte even though she doesn't like it. Watched a few good movies and Plane Boy did some souvenir shopping, but that's about it for Tuesday.
Happily Nerdia feels much better today (Wednesday), so once the shops open we'll go out for a bit of retail therapy but nothing strenuous.