Sunday, March 8, 2015

Easter rehearsal day 1



Time check: only 23 more days to show day... :|

I'm pretty excited about this Easter's production because this is the first time I'm so thickly involved in one and the concept this time is fresh, yet at the same time I'm also really nervous about the overall execution of the production because we're getting tight on time and there are still so many things that are yet to be firmed up :( Still, I'm really happy with my role this time round because I'll be doing more behind the scenes work like learning/ doing the lights & sound which I've always wanted to learn and do. Scale wise, this production will be many more times smaller than the usual ones like Christmas, which means lesser action and other fluff, so the challenge now will be retaining the attention of the audience so I'm not sure what to expect of the audiences' response. At the end of the day, the most vital objective of this play is to be able to convey the underlying message and I hope all (or most) will be able to catch that message. If you're free on Good Friday/ Easter, do come and watch the play!! :P

Monday, March 2, 2015

4d3n Bangkok itinerary



Sawadee!!!! It's been more than a week since I'm back from the land of smiles (well not really, people there were mostly grumpy) so I'm tryna make sure I find time to blog about it asap before I, being the forgetful me, forget that this trip actually happened ._. I've been to Bangkok 4 years ago with the intention to shop till I drop, which I did, and then regretted because I bought everything on impulse and now most of them ended up in the trash because either it doesn't fit or I don't like it anymore. Anyone feeling me???? Yeah. So this time I wanna spending more time eating, enjoying the scenery and experience in this city that urbanized slightly since the last time I paid it a vist.

This was my planned itinerary...

Day 1- Platinum Mall, Siam Square, Siam Paragon and all other malls in the area
Night 1- Palladium Mall night market
Day 2- Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub) & Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Victory Monument, Patpong Night Market
Night 2- Soi 38 Street Food, Tala Rod Fai Market
Day 3- Union Mall, Big C, Chinatown
Night 3- Asiatique
Day 4- Pratunam morning market, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

.... and my mom and I stuck to it EXCEPT that we didn't manage to go to Chinatown, Chatuchak Market, Pratunam morning market & the vintage/ Rod Fai Market because there wasn't enough time :(((((( So if you wanna go to Bangkok, 4 days will not be enough.

Mama and I took the airport railway to Makkasan station before changing to the MRT line at Phetchaburi to Sukhumvit MRT station. All we had to do was just to follow the path and look out for signs that are very easy to spot to guide us to our hotel.



Stayed at S Sukhumvite Suites cos I've read reviews about how it is perfectly located and boy they right!!! The hotel is sort of connected to the Asok BTS station by a bridge like how a bridge connects Dover MRT to Singapore Polytechnic. The hotel is also located near Sukhumvit MRT so basically the hotel is located at the interchange, like City Hall in Singapore where there's both green and red line. It's so accessible because the hotel is soooo near the BTS, and it's safe and easy to locate the hotel. Moreover, a huge ass Terminal 21 shopping mall is just right beside the hotel so I'll never have to worry about having to buy anything at an instant. There's EVERYTHING in that new mall. Ratings for convenience, location and accessibility: 11/10. But because the hotel is really cheap for the kind of convenience it offers, their facilities and service was just... meh. It was okay but not the best. But because of how it's cleverly located, I'm satisfied.

You can read their reviews here. My mom paid only about S$200 for 3 nights, Superior room with twin bed.




Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)


Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Paid for a half-day tour at the railway & floating market from Deal.com.sg for only $26/pax so a total of $56 for both my mom and I. Liased with Eddy, who confirmed my bookings via email and he replies very promptly. Good service! So on the day itself we got picked up at our hotel at 6.45am before picking other fellow customers and then heading to the place for the tour. After the tour, Korn, the driver, offered to drop us at any place we'd want to head next. The other families went ahead to other shopping malls but my mom and I just wanted to head back to the hotel to rest cos we were tired.


Soi 38 Street Food


Asiatique
Got to Asiatique by a shuttle boat at Saphan Taksin BTS station, which I assume is the easiest and most common mean of getting there. If you're gonna get there by boat, you gotta enjoy the ride there. There are many places were still under renovation but the lights and scenery are still capable enough to take your breath away. Asiatique is definitely not a place to shop because prices there are marked up, but it's a nice place to chill and have a drink at. I would almost compare it to Singapore's Clark Quay. A pity I didn't manage to take a photo of the ferris wheel at Asiatique :(

Total cost of trip per person:
Flight- $220
Accommodation- $100
Shopping & Food- $300
Transport & Misc- $50

Tada! I travelled under $1K, can this be considered as a budget travel??? Lolol. Regarding airlines, my mom & I flew by Tigerair. We booked it way in advance, maybe 6 months in advance? Then when the tragic Airasia crash happened we got a little apprehensive about our choice but all's good now since we're both back home safe and sound.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bangkok



Thank you Bangkok for yet another eye opening experience during my 4 days stay there :)
Now that the long holidays are over, I'll be heading back to work again after 9 days of hiatus. I don't think I'm ready to go back to work....... In fact I will never be.