Bangkok 2013 – a family trip

This is my second visit to Bangkok this year. The first was during Songkran festival in Apr (see

As my niece will be back for holidays as well as my sis, we decided to go Bangkok as we have been talking about it for the longest time. Also it’s considered one of my bucket list as the first trip I brought them there, I failed to fulfill my mom’s expectation of having a trip with sightseeing.

It was a very early Jetstar flight. We arrived at the airport around 6:15am.

Pre-show entertainment includes feeding/photo taking with the Elephant.

IMG_4045Right after clearing customs check – at the Airport there was this  thing call the Social Tree  that allows you to take and upload a pic of yourself and thereafter you can upload /share in FB as well as ‘flick’ it to the big screen above.


my social tree pic @ Changi Airport

my social tree pic @ Changi Airport

Approximately 2 hrs and 25mins or so later, we arrived at Bangkok – shopping and food paradise.

I’ve chosen to stay at Citadines 16.  It’s a service Apartment (under Ascott Group) that’s has hotel amenities like a roof top pool + gym and a great location.  A mere 5 mins walk to a relatively new shopping mall – Terminal 21 which is on the Asok BTS station interchange with Sukhumvit MRT station.

We headed down to Erawan Shrine to offer prayers and after thank a quick shopping at Naraya.

Ampawa Floating Market 

Our first stop was Ampawa Floating Market – a lesser known  floating market popular wtih the locals.  This floating market starts operating only during the later part of the day, towards the evening.

Bridge accross the Ampawa Floating Market.Me posing in front of the Ampawa floating marketYou can sit down at the banks and order food prepared by floating hawkers.


Hawkers will prepare your food orders and pass them to you with the help of a long bamboo with a plastic basket at one end containing your order. Customers will collect their food and place their payment into the same basket.

There were other shops selling some souvenirs, t-shirts, tibits etc.  A pretty interesting place.  About an hour’s car journey from Bangkok city itself.

Around 7pm (part of the package / you can purchase a ticket for I think was 60 baht)  we boarded a boat that will bring you to see fireflies.  Very interesting ride.

Chatuchak Weekend Market
A visit to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete for me if we don’t go to Chatuchak Weekend Market.
C-O-C-O-N-U-T ice-cream

C-O-C-O-N-U-T ice-cream

This is one of my favourite items to have there.  C-O-C-O-N-U-T ice-cream! With my favourite toppings! Sweet corn and shredded pumpkins.

Siam Niaramit

 After reading rave reviews about this show.  I decided to give it a try.

Options are available for you to choose if you want just to watch the show or have their buffet dinner before the show.  Well I would say the buffet dinner was alright, nothing to jump up and down for me.

To get to the theatre, they do have a shuttle service that runs from Thailand Cultural Center.

Pre-show entertainment includes feeding/photo taking with the Elephant.

Pre-show entertainment includes feeding/photo taking with the Elephant.

Post-Dinner-Pre-Show entertainment.

Post-Dinner-Pre-Show entertainment.

The performers will invite audiences to join in……


The performers will get audiences to participate……

The show is  really deserving of the many awards it earned.  The props, stage decor as well as costumes were very elaborate.  Sadly no photography is allowed.

Visitors are allowed to take pics of the place, with performers, with the elephant, however they have to deposit their cameras over the counter prior to entering the theatre before the show commence.

Wat Pho and Bangkok Grand Palace

Wat Pho has the world’s largest sleeping Buddha’s statue.

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance.  Must remember to use the ticket stubs to exchange for bottled water.



For a 20 Baht donation, you get a bowl of coins to deposit into 108 bowls in the temple.....was told by the guide the last round to make a wish at the last bowl before you deposit the coin there.

For a 20 Baht donation, you get a bowl of coins to deposit into 108 bowls in the temple…..was told by the guide the last round to make a wish at the last bowl before you deposit the coin there.


Next stop The Bangkok Grand Palace…and there was a very long queue…..

seems like it was recently touched up and looks very new.

seems like it was recently touched up and looks very new.


Some parts of the palace do not allow photography like inside the emerald Buddha Shrine.

the grandeur....

the grandeur….

<<to be cont’d>>


I will always be next to U!

I will Always be next to U!

Took this pic of my keyboard one day….think the idea struck me for the longest time but just never had the chance to do so……

See for quite some time back, it already struck me that the letters “U” and “I” are always next to one another one keyboards. So I decided to play with that idea and thought it (this pic) could be an MMS or used to profess one’s love with. 🙂

Ritter Sport 100g WildBerry Yogurt

Bought a Ritter Sport 100g Strawberry Yogurt (SY) bar and it tasted so good that i was litterally slapping myself for not buying more.  It seems that the SY flavour is not available in Singapore…..or that so far I’ve not chanced upon it before.

Today I was at Suntec and ventured to a well known Chocolate establishment (small outlet in Suntec) to check it out.  I found a Wildberry Yogurt one and I bought 2.

I checked with the sales (an auntie) if they do carry the SY flavour one…….

A – Auntie, K – me

K: excuse me, but do u have the SY flavour one?


K: Sorry?

A:only Milka got the SY one. Ritter Sport dun have.

K: Yes they do, I just bought from Bangkok. Was wondering if you do sell it here.

A:No we don’t.

K: Any chance you guys will be getting that in? (hoping there is some way she can reflect to her sales people to bring that in).

A: I dunno.

Wah well done……so good Auntie ah your customer service skills.  Should GEM by asking customer if he likes to leave down contact number so that customer can be contacted after you reflect to your management and they  decides to bring in the product.  Maybe it’s just a small chocolate bar still the service level …hmmm, leaves a bittersweet experience and that is not from the chocolates.

Ban on dialect TV prog to stay

Whilst now daily u can hear the “Wa men ti Wa men ti” 我问天 theme song for the popular Taiwanese TV drama <爱> yet on local variety shows when they invite the actual Taiwanese singer of the show to perform, he is asked to sing the mandarin version?!? (-!-|||)

Also some foreign films /Korean tv drama is shown in dual sound channels. So why can't those shows in dialect be offered in a similar fashion?

Nowadays many younger generation can't speak their dialect. All things being equal, say 2 businessman goes to China to negotiate a contract with same terms. One can speak the China's counterpart's dialect whilst the other can't. Who do you think will be most likely to succeed?

A Mid Summer Shanghai Night Dream

This was to be my 3rd trip to Shanghai already….but still feel excited.  Got on my 1725 hrs SQ flight – well somewhat disappointed that the aircraft is not the newer ones with bigger screens and better inflight entertainment system.

catching my flight to Shanghai from Changi Airport T3

Am glad I opted to sit in the mid-section and boy was I glad with my decision.  There was a gang of ‘rowdy locals’ and just as the flight was almost filled I saw some passengers from the back with the assistance of the flight stewardess ‘upgraded’ to join us in the ‘non-noisy’ section.   I simply can’t understand why when they talk even over the phone it appears like they are arguing with someone.   5 hours later, we landed in Shangahai in as what the captain of the flight suggested “slightly cloudy with the land temperature at 28 D celsious”.   Yippie, not as hot as I had thought it would be.

It was almost 01am when I finally settled down and got ready for bed in my sister’s house……

Day 2

We went to Shanghai Cheng Huang Miao

Day 3

Yeah! Expo day! Today we went to the PuXi side of the expo.  The World Expo held from 1st May to 31st Oct 2010 is generally divided into 2 sectors – Puxi and Pudong.   Countries and Cities have their pavillion set up at Pudong whereas those by corporate companies are at Puxi.

We wanted to go to the Japanese one but the q for it was 5 hours.

So we went to the next one which is 3hrs 4o mins waiting time… was a long wait.  The exhibit by CISCO showcased future developments and used a case of what a typical day for a ‘Chen’ family might be in 2020.  How future technology will bring forth more convenience for our day to day mundane activities.  However I just feel that the short (less than 10 mins) showcase justifys the long 3 hrs plus wait for it.  For convenience’s sake we had KFC for lunch.

After that we went to the Expo Oil Pavillion.  That was a gruesome 4 hrs plus q……..the pavillion showcased how oil came about and the importance of oil to our daily lives.  There was even a pretty exciting 4D movies presentation.

Silly Apple forum

WTF wassup with Apple. I posted an observation and comment in Apples discussion/forum and got my posting removed and guess what’s their explanation? Secondly why can’t they then assist to forward my suggestion to their support team or where it should be? Obviously I didn’t know where to post it even tho I’ve searched through their website. So I thought I post there to see if got other iPhone users may have any idea or not?! And this is their way of handling their customer’s posting? Stupid and autocratic Apple getting too arrogant.
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but that shouldn’t be the solution to this problem.

Other mobile phones doesn’t have this issue, the Alarm ringing volome is independant of the ringer volume.

Apple should fix this.

Where can I go to make this request?