Bangkok Vacation – what we ate

Day 1 food: KFC 🙂 Yes, you heard it right, KFC. it was 5pm when we got to settle down in our hotel room. We headed downstairs to try to do a little shopping at Platinum Mall but decided to take a snack first.  KFC was right in front of me which made me crave for their zinger. The line was so long so I had dessert first. Got a banana chocolate crepe at one of the food stalls. You’ll need to buy/load a platinum food court card to be able to purchase any food/drink.  If you don’t finish your credit, just return the card and they’ll give you the remaining balance.  

 

We only got to go around for less than 2 hours coz the stores close early.  Day 1 dinner was at 830pm.  Too tired to go far, we ended up at Mcdonald’s below our hotel. They din’t have rice and chicken, but had something better..but oh so spicy! 🙂   Check out the chart as to how many calories each of their products have…you wouldn’t want to eat in Mcdonald’s that often anymore!
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel. Filling up for a long day ahead! They had enough food choices for us.  Interiors were relaxing and staff was very accommodating.  I always start off with eggs and bacon.
After a few hours going around Platinum Mall, we had lunch. Trying to look for authentic Thai food, we ended up eating Japanese food in the food court.
Latter part of our day was spent going to the high end malls like Gaysorn and Emporium. Our last stop was the food court of Emporium mall which had A LOT of restaurants food stalls. I was able to find my first Thai meal. But sad to say, it did not taste good at all!
Paid too much for crappy food at Thai Peppery.  Note to self: NEVER eat here again! 
My friend Fides had fish, and I had what I was craving for the whole day..Bagoong rice/Rice with shrimp paste.  It did not meet half of my expectations.

 

My breakfast for Day 4!  and last picture was our food in the plane going home.

 

Day 4 breakfast continued 🙂

 

Time to go home! See how spacious their airport is compared to ours? sad 😦 ….. what’s more sad during this time was that we weren’t able to get our tax refund!!! This Thai girl behind the Tax Refund Counter misinformed us. She tells us to go straight inside and get our refund there. She didn’t say that our papers had to be stamped before security check! We couldn’t go back out, so no refund for us! Make sure to have your papers stamped before going through security or else you’d be so pissed at yourself! 😛

 

Here’s what I usually have in my tote bag when traveling:  Wallet, Blackberry, iPod, petroleum jelly, lip balm, wipes, facial tissue, alcohol, extra clips/ponytails, small zipper bag for passport & other docs, 2 pens, shades, and in the purple plastic bag was the laptop I bought (which was supposed to be 10k cheaper including the tax refund!) to hide it from customs 🙂  

Where did we go? – Father’s Day 2012

We celebrated Father’s Day with a lunch buffet at Chef Jessie at the Rockwell Club.   I got an email from them showing their Father’s Day offer and I liked it.  It seemed reasonable so I made reservations 2 days ahead.

This is what they served for Father’s Day.
Their buffet set up.

This is one of our favorite restaurants ‘coz of the food and ambiance.  Great for date nights as well as family lunches…for us, its late lunches 🙂

The kids like running around the lobby of the Rockwell Club and like watching the view of the swimming pool & garden while eating.  After lunch, we went to the mall ‘coz the kids wanted to go to Gymboree.  But when we got there, it was closed.  They’re transferring it outside the mall and will be replaced by the school of rock.  So the kids decided to go to Toys R’ Us instead.

Kids had fun with their Art Activity in Toys R Us.   Then they had Ice Cream before going home.

That was it.  Just a simple celebration, family time, bonding time! Our Little Experience for the day…

 

How was your Father’s Day celebration?  Hope it was one great little experience such as ours 🙂

Chinese Resto Dinner with a Twist

We celebrated the birthday of my MIL at Choi Garden in Greenhills.  Before the day of the celebration, i decided to take a look at the room that was reserved for us to see if it needed some decorating.
And it did!  The room’s walls were all black and it was small.  Literally one table for 12 and a small cake table in one corner.  The rest of the space was enough for ONE person to walk around the table.
Anyway, here I am again being the “frustrated decorator” trying to make a place look a bit livelier with simple things.  Nothing extravagant.  Mostly DIY stuff.

Things I did:
1.  Chose a theme…Royal birthday. Decors/designs were colored pink and purple and a crown drawing.

2. Got 10 five-inch & 8 eleven-inch balloons with currling ribbons. Only pink and purple.

3. Made a happy bday banner, cupcake toppers, drink labels, and welcome sign.

4. Ordered a small fondant cake for blowing and a bigger strawberry shortcake to serve.

Mission accomplished.  It really looked better!

Behind the scenes in making the birthday banner, drink labels, and cupcake toppers.
Balloons taped on the black walls, Birthday Banner up, and Welcome sign on the door.  Can you imagine how small the room given to us was?
The crown for the “Queen of the night”. And our Royal drink for the night (aka Sola iced tea hehe)
Cakes: Bunny Baker themed cake, Baby Yulo’s Strawberry Shortcake (810-8078), Estrels Caramel Cake (372-2965), and Caramia cake with jello on top (sorry I forgot what the name was). Then mini and super mini cupcakes (Red Velvet and Moist Chocolate) by Roan Ang-Ngo.

My mother-in-law said it wasn’t really normal for chinese families to have something like this as they just go to the restaurant, sit down, eat, then go home.  No wonder all the waiters and managers were all peeking inside the room and smiling.  Maybe wondering what’s this crazy pregnant lady doing!?  Some even went inside the room and really looked at every detail.  The manager even thought I made the “royal drink” myself not knowing it was just Sola iced tea, lol!

Anyway, MIL was happy she felt like a kid again during the dinner with all the decors (well, at least that’s what she said …hehe).  She got shocked when she arrived and even asked my brother-in-law why the room looked different from the outside and even left and looked for another room hahaha!  Actually, I got shocked coz she was there early!  I wasn’t done with the decorating, so I din’t let them go in and closed the door 🙂     Then the bunny baker delivery was supposed to be at the venue by 6pm, but my MIL was already there and still no fondant cake which was supposed to be the centerpiece!  …Good thing MIL went to the bathroom, then when she came back, the cake was there. (note to self: always ask suppliers to deliver 1.5hrs in advance).

This also made my kids enjoy the dinner…and I quote “Mommy, I’m enjoying the party coz it looks so pretty!”.  That coming from my 3 year old 🙂   I’m nowhere near an event stylist but I enjoy doing these little things especially if it’s for people close to me.

Simple Pleaures: Afternoon Coffee with a Friend

Last Saturday afternoon, while the kids were asleep,  I had coffee with a friend at Starbucks, The Grove.

It was the first time I’ve been to that place.  It looked so peaceful.  Great thing about it is that there’s not much people, and there’s parking!  It really made me feel relaxed in the middle of the afternoon.  Just what I needed.

Seems very relaxing, right?

 

After having coffee, we dropped by Sunrise Buckets beside it and bought some chicken wings to bring home for Rick.  It tasted different from the others he normally eats.  I’ll write about that the next time we get to eat those wings again 🙂

So if you want a relaxing place to go to, try driving by The Grove along Libis, Q.C.  Not much establishments there yet (just has starbucks, sunrise buckets, and a japanese burger steak resto) but great for coffee and hanging out.

 

Holiday + Chilis food + Good Friends = Relaxing Day

Don’t you just love it when it’s a holiday?  No traffic, No stress, Nothing to think about.  Just enjoy the day and relax.

We had a quiet lunch with good old friends and our kids.  Chilis was the one of the restaurants open on Maundy Thursday so we ended up there.  Started off with Quesadillas and Nachos.  Then had some Crispers, Buffalo Wings, Pasta, and Burger.  Ended it with the mouthwatering molten chocolate cake and a cup of starbucks coffee.  The kids couldn’t get enough of their lemonade.  Couldn’t blame them, it was so hot outside!

Catching up with old friends is always refreshing.  Then seeing our kids having their own get together was quite amusing.

 

How was your Holy Thursday?