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Monday, April 30, 2012Y
~*Bangkok Day 2: toasted*~

Got waken up by my hb's alarm clock at 6.30am Brunei time which means it's only 5.30am Bangkok time! Slept for another hour then prepared ourselves for our breakfast n early city tour around the old Bangkok. There weren't much choices for the breakfast buffet but i love the congee. it's so smooth and tasty.

When the clock strikes 8 o'clock, we can hear the national anthem of Thailand being played on the streets. no idea where the sound came from or where the speakers were hidden. very patriotic country and the Thais will jus stand there and not moving till the anthem finishes. even the cars come to a halt.
*enjoying the aircon before the hot tour*

Do you know tat Bangkok is actually a short term for Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. when our tour guide, cha cha told us about this, my jaw dropped! how can someone remember such a long name. The name was even in the Guinness Book of Record of the 'Longest Place Name in the world'.

Due to time limitation for our half day tour, we only managed to visit two temples. the first stop was Wat Arun which is also known as the Temple of Dawn, one of the city's most important and beguiling religious sites. Wat Arun is located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya river opposite Wat Pho (which we didn't visit). So we had to take a boat over to the temple.

*apparently, the brownish coconuts had hint of pandan taste*

*nice coconut drink to quench my thirst*

Next stop was to Wat Indharavihan where the Standing Bronze buddha is housed. It is a golden glittery 32 m high, bronze plated statue. This was a much peaceful and yet busier place and it was great to see people giving offerings to the Buddha and praying to the Buddha.

The temple compound features the beautiful architecture and the spiritual styles, including a chinese shrine and pictures of Ramas I to the current Rama.

After visiting the temples, we were headed to our last stop, the stop which i dreaded to go...the gem factory. I jus hate to go to those shops which the tour always bring us to n always claiming Tats it's compulsory for them to bring us there. Don even see why is it even compulsory?! It was already 1pm Brunei time n we had to wait for 10-15 minute before we could hop on the bus.

Luckily for us, the bus driver could stop us at Platinum Fashion Mall instead of putting us back at the hotel. Some of the ladies opt to go straight for their shopping sprees. But me and my hb headed to the McD and fill our stomachs before we go for the 'kill'. You don fight the war with an empty stomach. i need energy to bargain and my hb needs energy to carry my stuff.

*yummy samurai burger...fight like a samurai...*

Shopping time!! please don't expect something high-end of branded or those stuffs sold in classy shopping malls. The Platinum Fashion mall has a different concept as it offers purchases to wholesalers or bulk buyers. However, their bulk purchases are usually just 2 or more. so you can get a duplicate one for your fren or another color for urself. You can find almost everything that a girl wans from accessories, wigs, clothings, etc. a normal woman clothing will only cost approximately B$10 (not bulk purchase)! super cheap and good quality too as compared to those sold in china. the key idea of shopping in Platinum is 'when u think it's nice, just buy it!'. Please don think tat you can walk to another floor first and think about whether to get it or not cause chances are tat you won't be able to find that shop. It's like a maze of shops inside!! since it's so cheap, so please don burn brain cells thinking whether u will need it or not...jus get it and think later...

*poor hb of mine*

*if ONLY they had this in the Platinum Fashion Mall*

*the outcome after 3 hours of shopping, if only i brought a roller luggage bag to the mall!*

after satisfying our wallets, it's time to satisfy our stomachs again. shopping is really a very tiring sports. you hav to think of wat to buy, bargain about the price and carry your purchases. luckily i've got my hb to help me carry. else i really donno how i could carry all these alone. we headed to Siam Paragon for our dinner. we chose a restaurant which served international buffet cause we were too lazy to think of wat to eat...our minds were too exhausted from shopping. the buffet only costs B$15 but there was a time limitation of 1.5hours. i will think it's really worth...so cheap...everything in bangkok is jus so cheap...love it.
*the carbonara and the fish maw stew really deserved two thumbs up*

*the variety of food*
*this was not included in the buffet...it's some random mochi which we saw*

*a thann spa outlet in Siam Paragon, feels like home~~~*

what other perfect ways to finish your day with a drink at Sirocco which is the World's 10 Best Rooftop Bars. Located on the 64th floor of the State Tower Skyscraper, which overlooks the city of Bangkok. Luckily i bought few dresses and shoes so at least i had something to wear to the Bar cause apparently there's a dress code tat needs to be followed.

*very bad photo quality*

*my super cheap purchses...heels+tube+dress approx B$20!!*

*aroi mak-mak*

*caramelized apples, Gorgonzola dolce, caramel jelly*

*Caramelized pop corn, chocolate ganache, caramel gel, fleur de sel*

*Panna cotta, jelly, orange-infused foam*

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