Travelogue: Bangkok, Thailand – Shopping

Bangkok; a land of smiles. I mean it. 🙂 Bangkok, capital city of Thailand, is a bustling city filled with street food, temples, tuk-tuk, markets and also shopping. It is normal for one to feel unsafe in a new place however after spending a few days there, trust me, I definitely felt safe and welcomed by every single one. That explains the 4 trips till date. I bet that’s not the end! LOL!

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Unlike Singapore, Bangkok may appear dirty and scary. But hey, that’s Bangkok! I have always loved the warm Thai culture and how unique it is in its own way. The first trip was an eye-opener. On the first night we arrived, the boys decided to show us the real Bangkok. They brought us to the red-light district. It is full of clubs. Girls, boy and transvestite everywhere. Trust me, that’s scary! I only see those on Google -.-

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But of course, I love the shopping more 😉

From MBK to Central World Plaza, Bangkok completes every taste, style and prices. You will definitely be spoiled for choice! From modern and air-conditioned shopping complex to bustling hot markets, most of the shopping complexes are easily accessible via efficient Skytrain (BTS) system. Just don’t forget to wear comfortably! NEVER forget your shopping bag too!

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1. Chatuchak Weekend Market

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Also known as Jatujak or JJ Market, Chatuchak is the biggest market in Bangkok. It is so big that you will need at least 2 full days to complete it. The market sells a wide range of products for both female and male. This includes fashion, footwear, accessories, household and more. They sell pets and food too! As the name suggest, it is only open on weekends. That explains the crowd. If you hate crowd, this is definitely not for you! HUMAN TRAFFIC! I suggest you to wear light clothing due to the hot weather. Don’t forget to bring water and a lot of shopping bags! That’s the trick to lesser plastic bags in hand! 😉 You can find a lot of souvenirs to buy back! The best thing of all, you are free to bargain. If you are luck, I’m sure you will be able to get a lot of stuffs at its cheapest. Don’t leave without trying their Coconut Ice Cream! Yummy!

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Chatuchak Weekend Market (BTS – Mo Chit / MRT Kamphaeng Phet or Chatuchak Park)
Weekends (Saturday & Sunday, 9am-6pm)


2. MBK Center

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If you are allergic to the sun, you can always opt for MBK (Ma Boon Khrong). This well known shopping centre sells almost the same stuffs as Chatuchak. However don’t expect same price or bargain freedom. The fact that it is a shopping centre with air-con, you don’t expect cheaper price, do you? You can get almost everything here too! The thing I like most about MBK is the way shops are placed. It is so systematic that each level sells a specific product or range. Like one level sells fashion, the other sells IT & mobiles, another sells snacks & tidbits etc.

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Siam (BTS – National Stadium)
Daily (10am-8pm)


3.  The Platinum Fashion Mall

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Also known as the wholesale shopping centre, it matters if you purchase 1, 2 or more. The more you buy, the cheaper the price. Unfortunately, there is no fitting rooms. Hence you better know your size. Don’t worry, they provide measuring tapes if you are unsure! 🙂 For those wearing US6 and above, I suggest you not to waste your time browsing. Many of the stuffs cater to small sizes.

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Pratunam (via Taxi)
Daily (9am-8pm)


4. CentreWorld Plaza

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Believe it or not, CentralWorld is one of the biggest shopping complex in the world. It is a modern shopping complex with Isetan and Zen department stores. You can also find world-class stores such as Zara, Miss Sixty and Uniqlo. If Narayana is in your to-buy-list, you might want to visit the boutique here! It may be a little crowded but it’s big enough for you to get all the stuffs 🙂

If you are lucky, you may see performance or activities on the big CentralWorld Square 🙂

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Pratunam (via Taxi)
Daily (10am-10pm)


5. Siam Paragon

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Another famous modern shopping complex is Siam Paragon. If you are looking for designer brands, you are definitely at the right place! You name it, they have it all! From Hermes to Versace, Chanel, Burberry etc. Don’t forget to bring your Credit Card! 😉

Along the stretch is Siam Center and Siam Discovery!

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Siam (BTS – Siam)
Daily (10am-10pm)


6. Asiatique, The Riverfront

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Asiatique is one of the popular night market you should not skip! It is spacious, beautiful and a great place to shop. It carries an interesting range of items. Definitely a must to go for tourists! They do have Calypso Show or Muay Thai Live for you to enjoy too! I’m sure you will appreciate the design and architecture. Oh, don’t forget to try the restaurants too! Yummy!

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Asiatique (BTS – Saphan Taksin: Exit 2 and transfer via Asiatique Shuttle Boat)
Daily (5pm-12am)


Despite the places I mentioned above, I’ve yet to complete the whole Bangkok. There are many more shopping centres that I did not visit such as Ratchada, Amarin Plaza etc.

Do look out for my next entry for more activities you can do in Bangkok! 🙂

It’s Not Just You

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Confession: probably my biggest pet peeve on the planet is when people start a question with “Am I the only one who…?” No. You’re not. You’re not the only one who writes that way, reads that way, likes that food, likes that band, thinks Benedict Cumberbatch sounds like a Game of Thrones character or looks like someone squeezed Spongebob and stuck googly eyes on him…you’re just not. But. There’s a different kind of “Is it just me?” feeling, and that’s the stress of when you’re drowning in something and nobody’s talking about it and you feel like everyone’s got it together but you, and so you don’t wanna say a thing, and it all snowballs until you basically wanna curl up and die. I know that feeling. It’s why I wrote this post after splitting with my first agent. So in case you are wondering any of these things, I…

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Expect a war.

That’s such a relief. I didn’t expect it to be so easy to talk to the parents. You know when they say, “Everything will go smoothly if you are doing the right thing. Importantly, we discussed, we decided. we agreed. All together”

There are definitely times when we disagree with each other. Tell me about it. No one is perfect. What more a perfect family. But I am definitely grateful to have them in my life. We complete each other and I mean it. Trust me.

The leader. The follower. The wise. The foolish. The matured. The childish.

I really hope this will end very soon. I am done with all the unnecessary drama around us. Enough of all the bad vibes.
All I ask for is a peaceful life with the love ones.

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That urge to blog.

I am so flooding my own blog. The need to express and share.

Looking back at the journey I have went through, I am very proud of my achievement. As much as people say I am just lucky, I always believe it is my hard work too that has brought me here. It may not be a big achievement like others but I am grateful enough.

I was just a Client-servicing executive in iProperty when I first started. Of course, I am thankful to my ex-GM for recognising my efforts in 88db.com. iProperty is the same workplace where I meet different types of people. I sure learnt a lot from many and of course, there are people who remains as acquaintance while most stays as my friends. Friends worth keeping for happy and sad moments.

Not mentioning the experience I gained there, I am thankful I was headhunted to Shell. That was just a break, I guess. It did not last for long until I decided to join bellabox. Unfortunately, bellabox decided to close after my 1 year+. Here I am in SkinnyMint with a lot more responsibilities being the Operations Manager and I really hope I will not disappoint myself.

This post may sound like I am boasting but deep inside, I am really grateful of how things change and how it has affected me. Some may see it as achievement or plain lucky but trust me, I am not that lucky at some expects. Like relationship? #rollingeyes

Haha! I will definitely be lying if I say I am not affected with the happy people around me. Happily married. Happily engaged. Happily dating. Duh!

But I come to realise you cannot get everything in the world. They don’t get my position. They don’t get my wages. They don’t get to travel as and when they want. They definitely don’t get my perfect family.

Oh well, the time will come. It is a waiting game.

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p/s: I’ve been wanting to blog about my travels for the longest time. Probably I should over the weekend. Look out for it! 🙂

Speed.

This is going way too fast than I expected. Is it just me? Am I getting too old that I’m slower now?

The earth is revolving way too fast. Without you realising, it’s time for lunch. Without you realising, it’s time to knock off work. Without you realising, you can no longer depend on your parents like how you used to.

It’s so scary when you think about it. The fact that you have to be independent sooner or later. The fact that you have to answer to your own action. The fact that every minute counts. There is no room for trial and error.

How I wish I’m back to that young age where worries is not part of my vocabulary. That’s the adult’s job. But that’s life, right? You want to be older when you are young and you want to be younger when you are old now.

Human being is never satisfied with whatever they have. But that’s the thing we need to learn. Be grateful to everything that you own and be thankful of everything that happens around.

There is always a reason to why things are made in such ways. You will realise it sooner or later.

Life is short.

“Sesungguhnya tiupan sangkakala pertama adalah untuk mengejutkan, kedua untuk mematikan dan ketiga untuk membangkitkan.”

Oh god. If this is your warning to us, I hope everyone will realise that nothing is forever. We will have to return to you at the end of the day. 

My deepest condolences to all who lost their love ones in the Sabah earthquake. May you find the strength to recover form this darkness. 

  
Same goes to late Ashmi Roslan. I may not be your fanatic fan but I will definitely miss seeing you on screen. Your passing is definitely a shock to me. You definitely affected many. My condolences to your loves ones…

  
Al-fateha.