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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bangkok 2017 Day 2: Pratunam Morning Market, Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, Platinum Fashion Mall, Big C Supercenter Rajdamri & Palladium DIY Night Market


Lepas rant meluahkan ketidakpuasan hati dalam entry kelmarin, kita tone down the atmosphere a little. Kalau ada lelaki yang terbaca, kalau terasa, sis minta maaf sangat! Just an honest opinion. Actually, it's the red-flag syndrome. 😅

Anyways, as promised, lets do a throwback to 22.4.17, our Day 2 adventures in Bangkok. If you haven't read Day 1, you can do so here. Done? Get yourself some popcorn or anything (only if you are reading this in the night! Siapa tak puasa tu? Haipp!) Let's begin #SyazHanWanders #AlongAngahAdventures Day 2!!

Since Angah & I decided to have an early night for the first day coz we were exhausted and Angah action jet lag *rolls eyes*. However, we were up early the next day. Mind you their Subuh was at 0448hrs and Syuuk was at 0600hrs! Well, that kinds of made sense though, since they are 1 hour behind time from SG/MY.

I was up at approximately 0520hrs with the help of wake up call by Mummy of course and non-stop alarm! Did Subuh, whilst along the way waking Angah up then we waited for the area to be bright coz we weren't to familiar with the area, so a tip I could share, just wait till sunrise. But not too late though! First up, we were headed to Pratunam Morning Market, the famous wholesale market at approximately 0700hrs.

Credit: Google Maps

Forever relying on the the trusty ol' Google Maps to navigate our way there. Thank God that I took Geography as one of my subject combination during high school. So, map reading was Alhamdullilah, quite a breeze.

Since it's bright, I decided to just walk there as it was a walking distance from the hotel. Not too far, but not too near either. Approximately 10-11 mins walk as you can see from the map above. If you don't stop by elsewhere like we did. Hahaha!

Along the way, found a 7-11 store. I tell you 7-11 there is like a popping store everywhere, anywhere. Turn one alley, you see 7-11, then when you enter the next alley, another 7-11. Pretty convenient I shall say. So, we went in and I found the famous, Lepan Banana (it was claimed to be similar to Tokyo Banana) that I have heard amazing reviews of. Bought a pack of 4 for 59฿ and a bottle of mineral water. Have never been a fan of sweet drinks, so mineral water it is. Well, I do still indulge in sweet drinks, but not too often due to my high chance of getting sore throat. 😩 7am is kinda too early for me to also accept any food in my system, (for normal days though, tapi time Ramadhan, kul 4 pagi pun jalan terus jer. Hahaha!) as I usually downed a few glasses of lukewarm water every morning & I find it difficult to break the routine.

We went ahead and continue walking, following the route by Google Maps. Along this alley, we got stopped several times by taxi & tuktuk drivers. well, if you were to encounter this, just politely decline, won't harm coz Thai people are mostly very, very friendly! I love Thailand! Tetiba! Hahaha!

Though we were actually heading to Pratunam Morning Market, I was also aiming to find the Halal Muslim Food Stall that sells noodles in the morning which I read about in several halal food guide. Killing two birds with one stone! Found it and after a turn in the alley, Voila! There we were standing in the middle of those makeshift tents selling items at wholesale price. We didn't had breakfast just yet, as I mentioned it was still too early.

Pratunam Morning Market is crazily packed with humans that you just have to squeeze your way through. Else, you'll just be pushed and shoved or be stagnant at that place for a very, very long time. What I can say, if you are not as picky as I am, then there's a whole lot of clothes shopping you can do here. So many options to choose from and of course, cheap naa! However, I still get to purchase a denim shirt that costs 600฿ only! So happy with the purchase, but with the current weather and nature of my job, it'll be crazy to wear that for work though.

Outside view of Pratunam Market

Actually, I kind of went a lil crazy coz I wanted to buy those lovely denim dresses as well, but come to think of it, I already owned a pair of denim dress at home that is actually under used and immediately went to realisation that I won't be needing it. So, only the denim shirt it is! Didn't get to much photos there due to the human congestion and constant pushing. Managed to take a few Instastory, but this makcik just forgot to save that videos. So, wasted!

Anyways, a tip for those going there, when you see something you like, grab it! Don't think already! Bargain a little, they would probably ask you to take all the available colour of the design you wanted at a far cheaper price. So, just buy it! I even had a few regrets of not buying coz I was afraid of impulse purchase, pastu sis menyesal sendiri. Padan muka! Downside to shopping here would be you can't try it on, so its kind of gamble with your purchase.

I made Angah the timekeeper, coz we have to be back in the hotel latest by 1030hrs as we have to pack and check out by 1200hrs. But the crowd was getting crazy and me being the one that hyperventilate when I'm in a crowded area decided to just get out of that place asap. So, we tapau food from the halal muslim stall to eat in the hotel. Those beef noodles though! Yums!

Purchase from Pratunam Morning Market
Bought those camo pants for Abang & Ahfat, then they couldn't fit.

We were back in the hotel at approximately 0945hrs which gave us plenty of time to eat, wash up, nap for a little while (well Angah did, I was drafting entry for Day 1) before checking out at 1200hrs.

By 1200hrs, we were at the hotel's lobby preparing for checkout. As I was dealing with the staff for our deposit, etc. Angah on the other hand were arranging for transport. But, alas, all else failed. Again! The driver didn't know how to get to our location and it was the same experience we encountered the day before, female driver again. I got nothing against female driver, coz I'm in the midst of getting my license too and I'm a supporter of protecting women's rights! Just frustrated, that they failed to follow the map.

So, the driver cancelled our booking and we had to walk for about 200m or so, before we managed to get another driver via Grab and this time we got to ride in Toyota Hilux, the one that Remy Ishak drove in Nur Kasih which I believe was his own personal car as well. Stalker sangat! So, macam berangan Adam & Nur gitu! Hahaha! Side tracked again.

Credit: Google Maps

The moment we arrived at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, I fell deeply in love with it. The atmosphere, ambience, security, service, staff, SUPERB!! Major love for them! Why I decided to book 2 hotels was because of Centara's location and its close proximity to most areas that we were planning to go and since they were having summer promotions which total up to almost the same price if we were to stay at Klub Hotel Suite throughout our trip. Once we arrived at the lobby, we were given welcome drinks, etc and were supposed to check in only at 1500hrs, but were given early check-in since they have rooms available. Alhamdullilah!

Overview of our room

We were given the highest floor, before the last floor which was solely for the rooftop bar. So, I had another round of wash up and change of clothes before heading out to Platinum Fashion Mall. It was a short walk from the hotel to the mall.  

Sis belanja OOTD for the day. See those sandals, bought it for 100 only the night before.

Credit: Google Maps

From all the guides I read, apparently this is the place to go for those that really wants to shop till they drop and boy, the whole mall was humungous! As you all knew, I'm not really a fan of shopping, the only shopping I could actually tolerate and spent hours would be grocery shopping, going from one aisle of the supermarket to the other, looking for ingredients, items. So makcik! But since Platinum Mall is not located nest to my house, might as well explore. The place here was also jam packed with humans of all races and mostly tourists. There were major sale on that day and to make it worse, it was a Saturday. I suffocated! Another round of hyperventilation, but managed to pull through, since it's air-conditioned.

Round and round we went, from one level to the other. Managed to buy jeans thee which I have been using it for work and sis menyesal tak beli banyak! The seller was really nice, since he doesn't have a fitting room, he asked us to purchase then go try in the washroom, if can't fit then he allowed us to exchange. As usual the more you buy, the better the discount! The offer made was 3 pairs for 1,010฿, something like that. Cheap naa! But I bought only 2 pairs coz Angah wanted a pair. I only wore it once I'm back in SG, that's where the regret came from! Looks presentable, but at the same time stylish, then fits me perfectly, and I only have 2 pairs. Can we fly to Thailand now!!!!!

During the whole time, I was whatsapping with le fam and Mummy asked if we can buy customised caps for Abang & Ahfat. Angah & I are like total opposites. The moment she saw the message she immediately wanted to get it from the first shop we saw. But me, being the rational one, (Angah said it's kedekut) I decided to survey a few shops before finally deciding on one. So, we made the order and she told us to come back in about 45mins. Why I chose her shop was because, the wordings on the cap is not printed, but sewn on type. I was immediately SOLD lorh!

We then headed to the food court at Level 6, I knew there was a few halal stalls there. You have to purchase a card and top up before you can buy the food. Something like Singapore's Kopitiam! So, we had the pink noodles (which Zoey Rahman recommended earlier that week when he was there. Watched his Instastory) and rice with chicken. Initial plan was to also tapau, but then coz we knew we are heading to Big C afterwards, had to forgo the idea. The pink noodles kinda tasted like diluted Mee Siam. I could taste the taucu (fermented beans in sauce) but still nice. Or probably we were just hungry, since it's almost 5+pm when we got our food and the last meal we had was at 1000hrs.

Oh, if you are wondering, where we prayed etc. Platinum Mall has prayer room available. So, no worries, lepas shopping, masuk waktu solat! Collected the boys cap and off we go to Big C Supercenter Rajdamri.

They chose the design on their own via Whatsapp Video Call, made them decide on their own.

To head to Big C, you can take a connecting bridge from Platinum Mall and it will take you to Big C. Big C  is like a super huge hypermart that sells almost everything and anything. And, that was my favourite part of all, snack & food shopping!! *bercinta sangat dengan makanan* Lots of snacks, food and everything!

Credit: Google Maps

Didn't take much photos though, but we did FB Live via Angah's FB, coz sis shy nak guna account sendiri. Entah apa-apa entah! I went crayyyzaayyy there! Spent most of my money there. You will know soon when I continue with the next part. Like tak boleh control and wanted to take everything. Like everything! the damage was real and the struggle to carry those things back was real too. Angah wanted to take the tuktuk back, but I wanted to go to Palladium DIY Night Market afterwards and find dinner as well. So, Angah redha jer lah.

I was being the 'bad sister' throughout our trip. Coz, I know how Angah would always give up and take taxi most of the time in SG, so since I did all the planning and only I knew the way between us, she got no choice but to follow me and I even threatened her if she grumbles too much, I'll just leave her there. Muahahaha!! Which I did, but you will have to wait for the next part though.

We had 2 of that pink bags that we bought at Big C, to place all the stuff we bought.

Angah cranky already, coz I refused to take tuktuk!

So, we walked back via the overhead bridge to the night market and along the way found a caravan that sells cutesy popsicle, so must buy lah!

Interesting way to do business



Too pretty lah! I sayang to eat!

We were eating with hands full of items etc. Can't seem to find any halal caravan, so we went ahead to Palladium Night Market. Hands full, so no photos there and I had to deal with a very cranky Angah. We were only there for a while. Bought waterproof bag pack for us, then off we went to find some foos. Can't buy McDonalds coz they serve pork burger and we ended up buying Halal Indian Food nearby the hotel. Should have just tapau from Platinum Mall though.

Our loot for the second part of the day!

So, that kinds of sums up our Day 2 adventure in Bangkok! Phew, another lengthy post done! Panjang lebar sis bercerita.

Anyway, we are already towards the end of Ramadhan. Overwhelmed with emotions though. I really don't want Ramadhan to end so fast, but I am so looking forward to my upcoming leave during the first week of Syawal coz this budak Bandar will raya kampong this year with my maternal family, In Sya Allah. My uncles have been communicating frequently on the types of mercun, coz I requested for it. Hahaha! Nak jugak!

It will be the first time for the boys to raya elsewhere than in SG. I vividly remember fasting a whole month in KL when I was 4/5 then spent 2-3 days of raya there. It was everyday-different-bazaar-Ramadhan and since Mummy trained us early to fast, my uncles and aunts pitied us, so it was pick-whatever-you-want. Those memories though! Wish I am still a little girl. No work commitments/responsibilities, no over worrying, etc. But got to be grateful for everything Allah swt has bestowed upon me.

Anyways, till then! Take care! 


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