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Day 1: Thailand Adventure

November 9, 2009

Pardon for the uber slow updates. I have been busy with lots of domestic chores lately. Maybe, I’ll post entries about that some other day. But for the meantime, here’s the first entry of the most awaited Mommy’s 74th birthday celebration in Thailand and Vietnam. (Feeling ko lang na hinihintay nyo ng bonggang-bongga ang kwento ko. Pabayaan nyo na, yan ang paniniwala ko eh! Hehehe!)

As always, I’d start off my travelogue with the characters. So, here are the Thailand Adventure cast:

Len and Candy are my friends from church/choir while the other two, you already know who they are as their pics are always posted here in my site. LOL.

Oct. 24, 2009. We were scheduled to take the 12:20 p.m. Cebu Pacific flight in Clark so we had to leave home before 6:00 am. We needed to catch the 7:00 am Philtranco Bus at the back of SM Megamall. It exclusively plies from Ortigas to Clark and cost just P300 per head.

At around 9:oo am., we reached Clark Airportย a.k.a. Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA). Ahem! Ayaw magpatalo sa NAIA at kelangan talaga ganyan ang pangalan ng airport? And since it was too early for our flight, we had some snacks, deliberately abused the wifi connection (kaya naman updated ang status ko sa Facebook, hehehe!) and did my favorite habit… photo ops, what else?!๐Ÿ˜›

I don’t know what is with flying that my Mom like so much. We see the same thing over and over again (read: just clouds) whenever inside the plane but she still prefers to look outside the window. So I tried to capture that moment. And without adjusting my old trusty digicam, I got this amazing stolen shot of her:

When she turned back on me and she told a story about a neighbor who hates flying. Here’s our conversation:

Mommy: Kilala mo si Aling (insert name here), di ba?

Winkie: Hindi.

Mommy: Kilala mo yun. Palagi yun pumupunta sa bahay eh!

Winkie: Ok fine. Oh anong meron ke Aling (insert name here)?

Mommy: Nakakwentuhan ko sya nung isang araw. Nabanggit ko na pupunta tayo ng Thailand. Bigla ba naman sinabi na ayaw daw nyang sumakay ng eroplano lalo pag umuuwi ng probinsya. Kasi daw wala naman nakikitang maganda pag nasa eroplano. Di katulad pag nakasakay sa bus eh maraming nakikita. May mga sceneries, puno, kalabaw… nakakalibang daw. Loka-loka din noh? Mas maganda kaya sa eroplano, clouds ang makikita. Wala kayang ganun pag nagbus ka.

Winkie: Korek! Kaya magulat ka ‘pag nakakita ka ng kalabaw ngayon.

Mommy: Hahaha! Oo nga noh?!

That is just one of my hilarious conversations with my Mom. There’s more. I’ll check ifย I could inject them in my other posts.

Anyhow, our Manila-to-Bangkok flight was smooth. At 2:35 p.m. (Thailand’s local time), we landed at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. At syemps, pikchuran agad!

It was too obvious that we were already in Thailand as we saw this and exploited it forย some more photo ops…

I was a bit amazed with the facilities of the airport. It was huge and has updated techology at the immigration. It’s definitely not better than HK and SG airports but waaaaay ahead than NAIA.

Since I got us accommodation package, we were picked up from the airport. Our tourist guide, Anne, was already there waiting for us. We boarded a nice 10-seater van that took us to our hotel. But along the way, I took some snaps of the Thai roads:

Oh di ba parang Manila lang. Ke daming fly-over! Too bad I wasn’t able to take pics of the jammed roads when we pushed furhter to Bangkok proper. It was a 45-minute trip from the airport to our hotel… inclusive of bad traffic! LOL.

I got us affordable accommodations at the Baiyoke Boutique Hotel. It’s located in Pratunam area…very near the street slash night markets and shopping malls. Len and Candy were checked in a separate room from us. They were housedย at room 422 while Mom and I were at 424.

You might be wondering why I had to tell slash show this thing. Well, I just noticed some very important numbers slash dates here. The hotel coupons carried Mommy’s birthday (Oct. 27, our check out date) while the hotel room stood for my birthday (Apr. 24). May konek, di ba?! Galing noh?! Hehehe!

Wanna have a peek of our room??? Eto po…

Sorry naman, may lolang mahilig sumama sa picture! Hehehe! Obviously, it wasn’t grand. Just a simple accommodation for budget travellers like me and my Mom. Apparently, I got this at USD100 (P4,900 at the time we booked) for 4D3N inclusive of airport transfers, daily breakfast and half-day city tour. Quite a nice package, eh?!

(Note to Irene: Sooooo very sorry I wasn’t able to get back at you to at least inform that I’m not getting the Le Meridien accommodation. When I learned that 2 of my friends are joining us, I opted to book cheaper accommodation. Hey, maybe next time I’ll holler when I swing by HK… soon!)

Since it was a bit late in the afternoon and we still haven’t eaten lunch, we just headed to the nearest mall (read: mala-Plaza Miranda or Tutuban mall) and tried to look for a nice resto or foodchain. I’m really not much adventurous when it comes to food and I have tried some Thai dishes before. They just didn’t much my taste buds well. So, we chose to be on the safe side and decided to eat here…

KFC kung KFC! Hahaha! In all fairness, I learned that KFC foods from Bangkok and Manila taste the same. LOL. It was a bit too pricey as compared here back home. Maybe P40 to 50 higher than the Manila price. But hey, their servings are way bigger. I could never finish a combo meal all by myself. So, Mommmy and I always shared meals. Tipid noh?!๐Ÿ˜›

The Pratunam area is really haven for shoppers who are so much fond of branded class A and other tiangge buys. Too bad, I’m not their desired client. May kaartehan talaga ako sa shopping. Hehehe! I felt I was in Divisoria or Plaza Miranda. There were clothes, shoes and bags sold everywhere… and all other items that one could think of. Here, I took a snap so you can have a clear idea of what the Pratunam street market looks like:

It got overly crowded with vendors and shoppers as it turned darker. Too crowded that it’s no longer passable by vehicles. Sorry though as I wasn’t able to document that.๐Ÿ˜ฆ

While we were checking out the area, Candy mentioned about Siam Paragon. It’s a very nice high-end mall located just minutes from where we are. Equipped with map, we checked by ourselves how to get there. But the map we had in hand is a bit to vague to understand. Promise, first time ko maguluhan sa map at malocate kung nasaan ako. Hehehe! Another set of tourists seemed lost. They asked a local for directions. Since gaya-gaya kami, we also approached the that nice Thai lady and asked how we could get to Siam Paragon by foot. She gave us directions… but still a bit vague for us. And so I asked, “Is it near from here? Or it would be best to take a cab instead?” She said that it’s a bit too far to walk so advised as to take a tuk-tuk. It’s like the counterpart of our jeepneys here in the Phils but they look more like three-wheeler motorbikes. Oh wait, I got a pic of a tuk-tuk…

How cool is that?!๐Ÿ˜› You think it’s just a cheap ride? Think again… it’s not! When we asked how much will it cost us to take Siam Paragon, the driver told that it’s THB 150 (roughly P210 or USD5). Ang mahal di bah? Since we knew that tuk-tuks don’t offer fixed rates, we tried to haggle. We were able to agree at THB 80 ( roughly P110 or USD2.50) from Pratunam to Siam Paragon. Still a bit expensive as compared to tricycle fares in Manila. Anyhow, we still hopped in.

At last, we saw a nice looking mall. A real one. Siam Paragon is a bit comparable to the Shang-rila Mall along EDSA… but much much bigger.

We just checked out some familiar shops like Mango and Zara. We didn’t shop though. It was a very short mall trip. We had some snacks and bought some water and other necessary items at the supermarket before we headed back home… err,ย to the hotel.

I know it was kinda bitin, but we were already tired at that time so we all called it a day.

To be continued….

26 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2009 4:18 pm

    Wow ang saya naman oh..if i may ask magkano pamasahe? Mukhang maganda sa thailand ano..enjoy si mommy niyan..favorite kong brand yang Zara, ganda ng mga shirt for men.

    wow, zara user si tito tsi! so sosi!!! hehehe! mura lang airfare ko… P4750 (Clark-Bangkok and Saigon-Manila) sa Cebu Paciific at P2,000 (Bangkok-Saigon) sa Air Asia.

  2. November 9, 2009 5:35 pm

    pamatay ang dialogue nyong mag-ina…tawa ako ng tawa bwahahahahahaha

    …parang Manila nga lang ang Bangkok…pero medyo may phobia ako jan…mejo nagno-nosebleed kasi yung iba sa kanila pag nii-English ko na bwahahahahaha

    …uhm, so may nakuha ka bang gwapong Thai para sa’kin?

    naku rhons, genyan lang ang daily conversations namin ni mudra! hehehe!

    korek, parang Manila lang ang BKK. yun nga lang di ko maintindihan salita nila… kahit Ingles na! hahaha!

    syemps may uwi akong guapong Thai for you. kaso ok lang ba na itinabi ko muna cya sa pagtulog ko bago ko ibigay sayo? hehehe!

  3. November 9, 2009 8:10 pm

    Thailand is indeed a nice country to visit. The culture is still rich, hindi pa tlaga siya westernized. Tama ba winkz? Excited ako sa mga next pictures. Ang cute talga ng mommy mo.๐Ÿ˜€

    yeah, it’s nice there reesie. not only the rich culture… but the shopping! hahaha! of course they are still laid-back as compared to other neighboring chinese countries. what’s nice about Thailand is they offer lots of great tourist spots. ung tipong BKK pa lang eh marami nang pwedeng puntahan.

    sabihin ko yan ke mami. mangingiti na naman yun! hehehe!

  4. November 9, 2009 9:45 pm

    Mukhang Asian si KFC sa ibang bansa! Aw.

    Walang picture na nakakatawa?

    dark-skinned si KFC dun! hahaha!

    wait lang for that. ispeysyal blog entry yan! hehehe!

  5. November 10, 2009 2:48 am

    wait!… me nakita ba xang kalabaw?hehehe

    saya naman. and very cool talaga si mom mo. naaalala ko pa rin about ung havaianas mo na nabasa.hahaha mahilig pa magposing.hhehe

    meron… ulap na korteng kalabaw! hahaha!

    picture addict din mom ko. like daughter, like mother! hehehe!

  6. November 11, 2009 4:56 am

    It’s ok, take your time.

    Wow! I like the picture statue as your background. I think Thailand is an awesome place to be.

    That’s why we didn’t let the chance pass by without taking a snap with the statue. Sa airport pa lang yan ah!๐Ÿ˜›

  7. November 11, 2009 7:12 am

    haha..hang kulet ng conversation nyo ni mommy hehe..at ang banat mo ate..pamatay talaga hehe..

    ok i’ll wait for the other pics hehe,,

    hahaha… minsan nga lablee, ipakausap ko sa yo si mommy. magkulitan kayo ng bonggang bongga. hehehe!

    • November 21, 2009 8:41 am

      uu ate pag usapan namen ang mamanugangin nya hehe..
      kung ung mamanungin ba nya eh nakilala na nya hehe..o ipinakilala mo na sknya hehe..

  8. November 11, 2009 7:24 am

    Hi Winks! Ang saya naman ng Thai Escapade nyo ni Mom mo! hehe๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cool mom talaga mommy mo winks. hehe. Cute ng convee nyong mag-ina. hahaha.๐Ÿ˜€

    Take care.๐Ÿ˜€

    Tunay na masaya ang aming Thailand trip. Post ako day 2 adventure tomorrow๐Ÿ™‚

    Cool talaga ang mom ko… coolang-coolang! Hahaha! Shhhh…. wag mo ko sumbong ah!๐Ÿ˜›

  9. November 11, 2009 5:31 pm

    Hello winky.. wow, buti nakaabout paku b4 ka mag palit ng entry…๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice talaga ng Thailand noh?! sayang hindi tayu nagkita ditu, nalibut sana kita.. hehe ( parang kabisadu na buong Thailand? ) hehehe

    hope makabalik ka..๐Ÿ™‚

    Be safe!!

    I find Thailand ok and if I come back, maybe not in BKK anymore. Might try Phuket next time.

    Oks lang Len, mas gusto ko to explore the place by myself. That way, I get to understand the place well… geographically speaking though.

    Hope you had a nice vacay here in Manila. Be safe too!

    • November 13, 2009 7:20 am

      haha, maganda nga din sa Phuket, napunta naku don once.
      ahh, uu nga naman, para marami na eexperience na kakaiba.

      yeah, nag enjoy aku syempre.

      thnx!!๐Ÿ™‚

  10. IKAY permalink
    November 12, 2009 7:14 am

    alam mo bang sa tuwing mgpopost ka ng mga pic. nyo ni mudra ang pinakaaabangan kong makita eh ang pang model nyang mga posing…bwahaha
    O di ba look mo nman ang pose nya sa may bed pedeng pede pang sexy star…joke!๐Ÿ™‚

    At ang kulit ng conversation nyong mag YAYA…weeee ikaw ang yaya ni mudra ha!๐Ÿ™‚

    ay si mudra pala ang inaabangan mo, ikay ah! kala ko pics ko. huhuhu! dont worry, i’ll post some more of her mala-Ms. Earth na poses. hehehe!

    di lang yaya ang papel ko pag umaalis kami ni mommy noh… i’m the ultimate KARGADOR! hehehe!

  11. November 13, 2009 9:24 am

    Thailand adventure naman ngayon.. nag oover the world ka na.. saan ang next?

    hehehe… di naman around the world. bale, asian tour pa lang. hehehe! i haven’t been to Malaysia and Indonesia. so sila na ang next in line. but i might swing back to HK muna. sobrang miss ko na HK๐Ÿ˜›

  12. November 13, 2009 2:34 pm

    *inggit mode* hehe…

    sarap naman niyan ms winkie, pangarap ko rin ang makapag thailand…

    cool talaga ng mother dearest mo…๐Ÿ˜‰ enjoying life indeed…

    kayang kaya mong pumunta jan, yhen. budget trip lang yang thai adventure namin๐Ÿ™‚

    super kilit ang mom ko. never a dull moment with her๐Ÿ™‚

  13. November 13, 2009 9:32 pm

    bitin ms.winkie, sobrang bitin.

    mukhang sobrang nag-enjoy si mommy sa tour nyo. iba ka talaga ms.winks..

    dami nyo na rin napuntahan no.and it’s always a blast having your family around.

    mommy ko,naglalambing sakin.gusto ulit pumunta dito sa KL next year. sabi ko pag nahabol namin yung promo,dadaan kami thailand or singapore. sana matuloy.

    excited na rin ako makapunta ng thailand.kung tutuusin,napakalapit na nyan sa KL.sana matupad na ang wish ko.hehe

    ingat ms.winks.regards kay mommy

    btw, ang galing nung mga numbers..coincidentally,may kinalaman nga sa mga berdeys nyo.๐Ÿ˜€

    i know, super bitin talaga ang 1st day. i’ll try to post more entries later๐Ÿ™‚

    hay naku, mahirap hindian ang mga mommy pag naglalambing. fly her back to KL if that what she wants. i bet she misses KL a lot now… and of course, her bonding moments with you๐Ÿ™‚

    abangan mo ang pagpunta namin ng KL… siguradong bubulabugin kita. hehehe!

  14. November 14, 2009 12:24 am

    Nyaah! naaaliw ako sa usapan nyo ng mommy mo, para lang kayong magtropa!๐Ÿ™‚ At mukha’ng magandang magshopping sa Pratunam(ang hirap naman bigkasin) Area ah, wla kayang mandurukot doon gaya ng Divi? heheheh

    Syanga, belated Happy Birthday nlang sa Mommy mo and Merry Xmas in advance!๐Ÿ˜‰

    hahaha… mild pa lang yan, MP (shortcut ng metalpigs)! makulit talaga kausap ang nanay ko. hehehe!

    may isang area pa kaming pinuntahan. mas mukhang divi. dun daw may mga mandurukot din. parang pinas lang noh?! hehehe!

  15. November 14, 2009 1:25 am

    bakit ganun bakit ganun..

    wala ako sa helera ng pictures? kasama ko diba??

    Ang ganda ng thailand nakakabighani!!! parang si ate winkie.!

    hehehe

    magandang umaga ate winkie!!

    its a wonderful day!

    So, tumbling tumbling muna ko d2 hanggang 10 A.M.

    heheh pasalubong ko?

    di ko pa napost ung pics na kasama ka. hamo, sa next entries, isama ko na ung pics mo. hehehe!

    pasalubong ko sayo??? payong!!! hahaha!

  16. November 14, 2009 12:37 pm

    ang sweet kasama ang mommy

    sana ako din, pag mayaman na sasama ko mommy ko๐Ÿ™‚

    naku, di naman ako mayaman. pinag-ipunan ko lang din yang Thai trip namin.

    salamat sa pagbisita, batangistik (cute screen name!). hope to see you back!

  17. dencios permalink
    November 15, 2009 9:40 am

    nakarating na din ako ng thai airport pero sa loob lang ako nag-ikot di ako nakalabas. maganda no? parang yung bagong airpot lang sa Pinas๐Ÿ˜€

    ang kulit ni mommy, sigurado nag-enjoy talaga yan.

    abangan ko part 2

    ingats!

    maganda airport nila… at malaki pa. pero syemps, bias pa rin ako sa ibang airports. hehehe!

    sige, wait for my next post. sorry at natatagalan akong magblog lately๐Ÿ˜›

  18. November 15, 2009 3:48 pm

    ganda nman po jan kailan kya ako mkapunta jan?hmmm btw thanks po for sharing ur adventure..

    makakapunta ka din jan, whitepaige. abang-abang lang ng promo fares.

    thanks for dropping by. hope to see you back!

  19. November 16, 2009 4:16 am

    aba eto na pala yong mga pictures nyo sa thailand. ang ganda rin talaga ng bansa nato.

    at mukhang enjoy na enjoy ang mommy mo ate winks.

    oo kuya eli, maganda rin sa thailand. sayang nga at 4 days lang kami. ang daming magagandang lugar na pwedeng puntahan.

    • November 17, 2009 1:36 am

      ate winks, diba kayo sumakay sa ELIphants?hehe

      naku kuya, di ko ako sumakay sa ELIphants. natakot ako eh! baka magtitili lang ako mag sumakay ako dun. nakakahiya. hehehe!

  20. November 16, 2009 8:00 am

    nice, nice!

    hindi ka nahirapan makipag usap? when I was sent to thailand dati, sa pratunam at chatuchak din ako nagpupunta para mamili ng kung anik-anik. grabe, sign-language ako dyan. mag-isa lang ako, walang lokal na kasama!

    sad to say, wala akong napuntahan na mga tourist spots except dun nga sa mga night markets. pero enjoy tingnan yung multi-level nila na highway. tatlo or apat na level yata yun?

    sana makapunta ako ulit dun. with wifey na and mudra ko din. at ang pinakaimportante, sana for pleasure na. nde na official business. hehehe.

    challenge ang makipag-usap sa mga thai. even those at the hotel concierge, ang hirap intindihin ng ingles nila.

    i went to those place too, super SS. parang divi nga ang dating. check mo ung next post ko about Chatuchak Market.

    ako, i hate business trips kasi i dont get to enjoy the place well. kaya i make it a point na i travel for pleasure. dalhin mo si wifey at mudra mo dun. bonding moments with them are truly priceless.

  21. November 16, 2009 6:24 pm

    Natawa naman ako sa usapan niyo ni Mame, ahihi. Meron nga daw dyan parang Divisoria, kay Jorge ko ata nabasa.

    Ang cool talaga ni Mommy, sarap kasama magtravel!

    Day 2!๐Ÿ™‚

    Cool-it talaga si Mommy kaya ganyan kami mag-usap, hehehe!

    Yep yep, they have similar place like Divi. Check out my day 2 post… now na! Hehehe!

  22. kaye permalink
    November 20, 2009 5:36 am

    nakakatuwa naman si mommy, at parang candidate lang ng ms universe ang dating sa pagkakaupo sa bed. hehehe.

    shempre pa, natawa ako sa usapan nyo. come to think of it, ano nga kayang gagawin ko kung makakita ako ng mga kalabaw instead of clouds habang nakasakay sa eroplano? hahahaa!

    ang mahal naman ng pamasahe.

    sorry naman at ngayon lang ulit ako nakadalaw dito…

  23. stain permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:22 pm

    picture galore ang lola ko, sarap sarap naman

    syempre noh?! andun na rin lang eh samantalahin na ang pikchuran. parang photo album lang ang blog ko noh?!๐Ÿ˜›

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