Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Bang-cock Bangkok Trip

I was supposedly bathing in the sun on the beaches in Bali on the 28th but it was such a coincidence that my company scheduled an incentive trip cum sales conference from the 28th till 31st of Jan that left me with no choice but to postpone my flight to Bali. Knowing AirAsia and it's notorious charges for changing of flights, I paid an extra RM300 on top of the original airfare of RM500. In total, it costs me RM800 to fly to Bali. With another 200 bucks extra, I would have gone to Hong Kong with complete hotel stay! What a way to start the year with my money flowing out of my pocket. Looks like I'm not getting any money luck this year. But the chinese always say that if small fortune don't leak out, no big fortune will flow in. Thus, I hope my big fortune will come rolling in soon!

In Bangkok skytrain station

This is my 2nd time to Suvarnabhumi Airport but it's only my first time to Bangkok. The last time I was in this airport was to transit from Shanghai to Bangkok and then back to KL. It was a big airport, impressive enough with a big space dedicated for travel retail but a failure in many ways. For one, the distance from the security gate to the boarding gate was too far away. There were no walkalators in sight. I pity those who had difficulties in walking and those late for boarding. A wheel chair shall be useful. Secondly, the boarding/waiting area was fully surrounded by glass until the ceiling and it was freaking hot during sunny days despite the nice full view of the aircraft.

Herald, Vimelan, Aldrin & Richard at the food court in Central

It took us almost an hour to reach Hotel Arnoma. Me and some of my colleagues wasted no time as we dropped our luggage into the rooms and straight away proceed to have our meal and shopping. The first day was free and easy and the next day was a full day conference. After the conference, I followed Dato, Datin and some of my colleagues for a Thai massage. It's only 550baht for 2 hours and an additional 100baht as tips. It was my first time having a Thai massage. It was quite ticklish at first but I fell asleep after a while until I woke up with a stiff neck when the lady asked me to sit up. Then she went on and start stretching my body and I could hear the "krr krr" sound from the twisting of my hips and arms. She also pulled my body backwards using both of her legs to support my back and I was screaming away in the room!

Someone doing the stretching outside the Thai Massage Centre

Here comes the funny part. After the massage, we asked the driver to take us to the Suan Lam night market to have our dinner and then some shopping. We passed by numerous stalls and I was ogling at the juicy pork sausages, then some more pork chop and more pork dishes. Dang... I forgot, we can only have halal food that night because I had to respect my muslim colleagues. Finally, my chef decided to try the seafood from the 1st stall. Everyone was starving and Dato kept on telling him to order more and in the end, we had more than enough. I was also ogling at the Chang beer tower on the table in front of us. I really wanted to try it but I can't so I just had a glass of Banana+Strawberry+Orange juice. It was awesome. In Bangkok, you can just have any combination of the fruit juices. It was haven!

Salt Farm

Ms. Stuck Up and Mr. Nice

Mr & Ms Stuck Up

Actually, some of my colleagues and I planned to have some pork satay and beer after our shower at the hotel but then one of my eyes were itchy and red so I decided to sleep. Anyways, I have had the pork satay on the first day and it was awesome! Bangkok is like a haven for pork lovers like me. I love Bangkok for we can have pork at anywhere and anytime! Then next day, the company has arranged for a tour to see the original floating market and some sight-seeing around Bangkok. A few of my colleagues were pale and sick as they suffered from food poisoning. Coincidentally, all of them were from the thai massage group so we assumed that it must be the seafood. They were 10 of us and 5 of them were sick. So they had to take a cab back to the hotel when we reached the floating market. I was also worried because I ate every dish as well. In the afternoon, we heard my boss and his wife got the food poisoning as well and it was down to 3 of us. The next day, 1 of them started vomiting and having diarrhea and it was down to my ED's wife and me. Ed said that I might have a stomachache made of plastic and that's why I was immune to dirty food. I say it was due to good training of being a junkie. So I was lucky as I was perfectly fine - to fine until I had constipation!

The Original Floating Market (Dirty water and nothing interesting)

Floating LVs - Whichever models you wished for!

As the boat passes by these pipes I was so afraid that some shit water will splash us!

Cowboy girl

That night, I went shopping alone as many of my colleagues were sick and some of them went to malls that I was not interested. I went shopping at CentralWorld, just opposite the hotel and I came out poorer from Zara and Isetan. True to the word, I came with one luggage and I am now going home with 2 luggages. My new addition would be the Visa by Delsey luggage bag. It was cool and I got it for a bargain from RM500 to RM320 after discount. Moreover, I can claim up to 7% VAT on that. I couldn't resist McDonalds as I make it a point to try at least a meal at McD in every country I visit and this time I have to try the Samurai Pork Burger. It was good. Later that night, I went to Carrefour (they call it Big C) and I stock up the instant pork noodles as requested by my sisters.

Ooh lala..pork burger

Instant Pork Noodles

How come we don't get these Lays here?

Spare Ribs Lays!!!

Overall, it was a nice trip as I have fostered closer ties with the rest of my colleagues whom we don't often see. The trip had set me back RM1000 poorer for sure. I'm so dead when my credit card bills come because I have just swiped another RM500 on a bottle of XO and a bottle of JD for my dad in KLIA yesterday!

2 comments:

SleekBlackMercedes said...

interesting and nice post, liked the pics as well. :)

EilinG said...

Thanks!

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