Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Elephant Ride - Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

August 06, 2006. - We went up Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand to visit friends. They took us to the other town (which I forgot the name) and we went to the elephant camp. I was 6 months pregnant with my girl then and they said it was okay to get on the elephant while pregnant.

Our friends' kids with our boy, feeding the baby elephant

we took a pose with elephants in the background. i was sooo pregnant.

brave enough to get up there. but i only lasted for five minutes. i mean 5 steps. after that, i asked the elephant rider whether he could take me and my boy down.

neil and schenker spending quality time together. schenker calls him Koko Neil. he really liked Koko Neil.

We were able to go to the Cambodia border too to buy souvenirs. They were sooo cheap. I couldn't believe my ears everytime they told me the price. Bought a lot of souvenirs then. But I wasn't able to give them to friends. They're all in a box now. Have to dig them up and sell them on ebay. LOL!

for previous trips we had, see also:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mahkota Parade - Melacca

September 25, 2005 - My husband was invited for a meeting by a church there. They asked him to bring his family and booked us in Mahkota Parade. It was only 2 days 1 night stay but we had a great time.

View from our hotel room

cozy time with daddy and my boy's toothless smile at 11 months old.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Seafood in Subang

After my husband came back from his trip to Phuket, he surprised me to a seafood. We drove to Subang airport and went to South Sea Food Restaurant. I know that Klang has the most affordable seafood (and good, too), but we didn't wanna drive all the way there. Subang Airport is just nearby and their seafood is really to die for. We ordered:

steamed fish (fresh from the aquarium)
fried kangkong belacan (pronounced belachan)

we ordered 2 huge sri lankan crab (black pepper crab)

and fried squid

all for 150RM. so if you're around Subang and you're looking for the best seafood, drive to Subang Airport and look for South Sea Food Restaurant. They're the best. I love the service too. Waiters are very prompt and they're dressed properly.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ice Kacang

Ice Kacang (pronounced as Kachang), is a Malaysian version of Philippine Halo Halo. It's a mixture of sweet beans, corn kernels, sago, milk, sugar, and some other sweet stuff with crushed ice. Top it with ice cream and you can call it special ice kacang or ABC special. I have been skeptical about ice kacang as I thought halo halo is better prepared. But I found a very good ice kacang at Mydin Mall, in USJ 1, Subang Jaya. It's next to Giant and Summit Malls. It's very very yummy with a lot of goodies inside. It really depends where you're getting it because in the Philippines, you can get a not so nice halo halo too.

My girls loves ice kacang too!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Things To Do In Phuket

Phuket is a tropical island found in the south of Thailand. It is an island surrounded by many small islands (islets). The island is very beautiful and you could do so many things while there:

  • Island hopping. You might want to see James Bond Island there. It was named as such because they used that place to shoot of of James Bond's movies.
  • Raya Island. It is a small which is 1 hour by speed boat and 3 hours by long tail boat. Among the islands that I have been, this was my favorite. It's a paradise. You could go snorkelling at the crystal clear sea that surrounds the island. Perfect for honeymoon and family retreat too.
  • Phi Phi Island. It was a bit commercialized but I liked it too. It's just sad that it was hit by the 2005 tsunami. But it has completely recovered from the wreck the tsunami has caused. Would like to visit Phi Phi Island again. The Beach (the movie) was shot there, too.
  • Water Falls. There are quite a few water falls that can be found in the island. Peter and I make sure we go and see them everytime we go there. Water Fall is Peter's favorite.
  • Thai Naan Restaurant. It's great for eat-all-you-can place. They serve a mix of both western and asian cuisine, for 199 Baht. That's very cheap for sure.
  • Promthep Cape. You can watch the sunset there. Promthep Cape has the best sunset view.
  • Kata Hill View. If you want to see the three most beautiful beaches in Phuket, go to Kata Hill view. You can see Patong Beach, Kata Beach and Karon Beach all at once.
  • Shopping - don't shop in Patong. Once they know you're a foreigner, they will double up the price. Go to Phuket town, across Robinson's Mall.
  • Thai food. They're one of the best food in the world. Spicy but awesome. Try tom yum soup. You can choose which flavour you want: seafood, fish, chicken, beef. Som tam is very good too. My favorite is Kanom Jin. It is rice noodle topped with fish curry. Thais usually eat them for breakfast. I could eat them every day and never get tired of it.
  • Hotels. Hotels ranges from budget ones to luxury 5-star hotels. Depending on your budget.
  • Spa. Sauna houses are all over Phuket. You can go into sauna the whole day for only 40 Baht (4RM or 1US$)!
  • Massage. Massages houses are everywhere too. After a long day of walking around, shopping and swimming, you might wanna do massage. 200Baht for 1 hour. How cheap is that, huh?
  • Scuba Diving. I haven't done this. But people all over the world come to Phuket to Scuba Dive.
  • A lot more.
  • And I'm missing Phuket so much.
Hoping to visit Phuket again. It was my home for almost 3 years and indeed, I had a great time with great friends there.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Phuket, Phuket, Phuket

I had a good time chatting with Aisha today. We had fun catching up and trying to reminisce our Phuket days... Thailand days. I can say that everyday in my life in Phuket for three years was like a holiday... with beautiful resorts surrounding us and with beatiful and friendly people living in that place.

We used to have bonding time with the team and our leader would usually take us to another islands (once in 3 months). I couldn't forget Phi Phi Island as it was my first time putting on a 2-piece suit. There, nobody would care coz everybody was wearing something like that (or not wearing anything on topat all). My favorite destination though was in Raya Island. It was really a paradise with crystal clear blue water... We did some snorkelling and it was awesome to see beautiful fishes everywhere. We had fun in James Bond Island too when we did island hopping. How can one forget Phuket?

Of course, I love going to Hatyai too. That was the place where I studied Thai language but never really spoke Thai well. We used to go to Central Sukhothai hotel for gym, pool and sauna at the 6th floor, if I remember correctly. It was really fun. And we remembered each other's embarrassing moments. And our "noodles" moments.

Of course, who can forget our chatting days? It was me and Aisha who started the trend... we introduced all our Filipino friends to online chatting... Yahoo Messenger to be exact.Oh and don't forget Bangkok chat. It was really cool. I have fallen in love with chatting there. Hehehe.

And Sizzlers! It was the best in Hatyai. We came to know about Sizzlers when Aisha and I had our short trip in Chiangmai a year before we went to Hatyai. And when we learned that there was Sizzlers in Hatyai, we were so thrilled. But of course, we were not that financially well so our friends took us there. It was awesome. We just loved Sizzlers. Now everybody does, too. Everytime hubby and I go to Hatyai, we make a point that we visit the place. The salad bar which is eat-all-you-can is simply awesome. The best salad bar in the world. Well, I've only been to a few countries so that was just an exaggeration. LOL. Payang restaurant is a fave too, especially for Thai food. They serve authentic cuisine in an authentic ambiance. Quite pricy, but really worth it. The "bridge"... the "bridge". Hehehe. They have the best Thai fried rice one could ever have with huge serving and best price. Very cheap, I should say. I wonder if it's still cheap now coz the business has reallly grown.

I don't know when I could go back to Thailand again. We have actually set a schedule to go to Phuket last December when we missed going there for Christmas. But now that my boy goes to school, I'm not sure whether we could still go there for a holiday. That's why they say you can not have your piece of cake and eat it too.

I know one day we can visit the place again. Phuket was our dating place when hubby and i were in our courtship days. It was there when he did his marriage proposal. It was there when I finally realized that my single days were over... and had to step on to another status... And it was the best times that I have when I was single.

Now I'm in Malaysia... where reality kicks in. But it's nice that once in my life, I have made my (single) life to the fullest. I thank Harry Bilyeu for the placement in Phuket. I thank Danny for receiving me. I thank God for giving me that chance to enjoy life. It was simply the best.
"How amazing are the deeds of the LORD!All who delight in him should ponder them."Psalm 111:2


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