Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bangkok Trip--Sawadika!

After my stpm,well you should probably know I went to Bangkok and Chiang Mai for a holiday
with my family and we were all excited.
So driving up to Hatyai airport and board a plane to Bangkok...
Singing and laughing in the car was precious moments we could ever had.
Peeking at air-stewardess,voting and rating who's prettier and with a better attitude,
sneaking more peanuts given by the air-stewardess because it tasted so good that we kept asking for more!!
HAHA...all this idea came from dad...if you think it's mine...uh huh.

Then we reached Bangkok
Throughout the whole trip we realized in Thai:
1. Ladies loves to use eyeliner and draw their eyelines upwards.Like cleopethra.
2. Traffic jam everywhere! but still less accidents compared to Malaysia's
3. Ppl are more conservative in their clothings,total opposite with our other neighbour--Singapore
4. Ppl there are CRAZY about Korean stars...Super Junior,Kara,TVXQ,Girls name it...their songs and mv are everywhere...especially "Sorry sorry"
5. Likes to ask "how much you want discount?" ,"what is your price?","if you buy many,i give more discount" when we go shopping even in SHOPPING MALLS.
6. Temples everywhere are normal sights...but even PALACE are everywhere! from season palace to 8th King palace to 9th king palace to queen's palace.
7. Ppl in Thai are very loyal to their king. Shame on us Malaysians....Sia sui
8. Everywhere we go,there we'll see His Highness pic.Till the point my sis and I will sing "here we go again" whenever we see his pic...and we sang from day 1 till day 6.Non-stop.

We visited Safari park in bangkok,watched like 5 great animal and stunt shows in one row!
Though everything was in Thai and we could'nt understand a thing,but the cute acts from the animals and stunt man were enough to capture our attention.
The most touching event would be the time we were waiting for the dolphin show.
This MC came up and start singing his heads off like it was his concert.Initially,I was thinking,
WTH? This isnt your personal concert dude...
then later he switched song to indian pop,asking the Indian audience to dance along. And immediately the whole indian crowd stood up and danced along! Everyone was so high till the next you know,even non-indians started dancing away on their feets! It was like an international party.

Music speaks no langguage or race.It connects and unites. That what's made me even more determine to continue my dreams.Hopefully,ppl will dance to my song a dolphin show. =P Haha

Then we flew to Chiang Mai.Mostly there we did alot...and I mean ALOT of flower watching.
Which was my fav! Going back to nature and this means alot of snip snap of pics!
We were escorted to this little and old setting hotel.Very classic and cosy.They served the best tomyam around. With the jazz band singing oldies on the background,wow....time just STOP.right there.
Funnily,the other hotel that we are staying in was also about the same theme.The oldies,classic kinda setting.It's actually an Inn,but a satisfactory one.

We then went to the night market which was very very long and big! Things sold there are more traditional and native.Handcrafts,scarfs,lights,deco,beads...all my taste!
Not the very IN kinda clothing. But me.HAHA...
But there was an issue. Bargaining. Uh! how I hate that because i'm a bad bargainer.
So what if I get less discounts than you can get? I just wanna buy something I really like.I dont care about the price as long it's not too over the top.
Yet,the nagging and limitation from my bro and parents really pissed me off. I cant even shop in peace. And facing the very robotic and well-memorized "What is your price? " lines by the locals,i'm just fed up with shopping in frustration.
How I wish Sean or Mr.Foo was there to kill prices for me.All I do is just SAPU SEMUA!
Well,I still get to buy some good stuffs though....look at the brigh side that is.

The next day we went to the one of the King's season palace.It's phenomenal!
Just to let you know,Chiang Mai's weather is like Cameron Highland's,so it's cool.
There were varieties of flowers and trees all around.It felt being in heaven's garden more than in a palace! Simply breathtaking.
The best part of the whole palace was the water resevoir. We climbed a long stairs with flowers along it and when we reached the top,there was this BIG water resevoir infront of us.
It's like a water fountain show. You just cant stop yourself to say "WOW" out loud.

The "miao ren" village was also about flowers and plants. We saw most of them still live very traditional lifestyles. Disconnected from the outside world.But things had lil more changed since it became a tourism spot.
I spotted a kid learning Thai and he looked so innocent and energetic.Diff from those in the cities.
and also a native guy who looks 80% like Lee JunKi...Joie and I gave him a 6/10 because of his middle-line hair out...haha!
If'll be an 8/10!! =P

Well,the Double Dragon Temple was...ok.Maybe cz we didnt spend much time there.
Very amazed with the whole spiritual atmosphere. Ppl are so devoted. Makes me wonder,am I that faithful and devoted to God? Considering that I'd slack in my spiritual life.
Standing in the enemy's ground,you started thinking of going back to ironic yet powerful.
We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting factories and of course,we never missed buying something out of there. =P

Joie and I went for mani and pedicure nearby the Inn.It was so pampering. Now i know why nail spa earn the hell outta ladies...You feel like a queen that instant
But the fun stops when dad and mom thought we were lost.They almost reported to the police and dad almost got knocked by a car. was a big misunderstanding.
Yet,we all got back together when dinner was served.HAHA...guess a hungry man is an angry when the belly is filled,the temper flows away together.

The highlight of the trip was the Elephant park.
Watching the whole elephant show was eye-opening and fullfillingly fun!
From the start,they bathe the elephants. Watching them dip themselves in the water,playing manja with the workers...haha...just so amusing to watch.
Then we watched how they dance,do the "sawadikap" post,blow the harmonica,kick football,shoot balloons...the best was the painting part.
How could they possibly train an elephant to paint trees,scenaries and flowers?? man...this is really freakingly COOL! and the paintings were sold as high as rm800. By elephants...hoho...
And we went to ride on an elephant,30minutes in the jungle. It was SWELL!!
so fun,rocky,shaky,creepy cz we may fall out's just pure fun.
Watching them eating,poo-ing and urinate like the pipe bomba release water...was eye-opening.


Last station was the world garden.
Another stop to watch flora...which was totally mind-blowing.
Look at how they design and decorate the whole place with flowers and trees...
Crazy...and breathtaking.
There's a Malaysia garden,but we were running out of time so we only stop at really awesome sights.
I just dont know how to describe it through words or gotta be there by yourself...
with a dxlr.HAHA..
Then we flew back to Bangkok. Had the best and worst dinner ever.
Best cz it was finally the real Thai food we wanted to eat. I'm not gonna lie it tasted awesome when we ate it...
but it was hell cz the 4 of us siblings had food poisining once we got back the hotel. The whole night,we puked and fainted on our beds
I couldnt even move a muscle. Puked infront of the hotel doors with 2 old uncles staring at me like i'm somekinda lunatic...what's wrong with puking?? Bother...

All in all...we had a great experience.
Though I may not shop till I drop like I desired to,but I gotta observe and experience the life of the ppl in Thailand.
What really impressed me was their love for their king.The respect and loyalty.
We watched how thousands gathered at the palace on the night of the King's bday and brought a phenomenal celebration.
The whole place was jammed and pinked. (pink T was the theme as a symbol of good health)
Imagine,when our raja or sultan was sick in bed.Some even wished him to pass away so that we can have an extra holiday...Teruk.

Most importantly,I get to spend precious time with my family.
How often more we could spend a holiday as a whole family? Treasure the moment.
Despite the conflicts or arguments, we all enjoyed each other company.

Oh well,anyone wanna join me on a trip to Chiang Mai someday??


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