Day 2: Thailand Adventure
Oct. 25, 2009. We started our 2nd day early as we were scheduled for the half-day city tour (included in our travel package). At 7am, we were already on our way to the hotel’s restaurant longue located at the top floor. It was very nice and colorful. In fact, the first thing we did was… pictorial! What else? Deadma sa gutom. Mas importante ang peykchurs! Hehehe!
Kung maka-upo ako, akala mo akin ang sofa! Hehehe! But of course, hindi nagpalamang si Mudra. Kaya join sya sa next pic…
Candy and Len also had pictorials on the same spot…
After that quick photo op, we headed to the resto. It was very spacious and clean-looking.
And since it was buffet breakfast, eat galore ang drama namin! Good thing though the hotel offered a wide variety of choices. They have Asian and American breakfast served at the buffet tables. And of course, I opted for my usual kind of breakfast… rice kung rice!
Huli kang Winkie ka! Balik ka ng balik sa buffet table ah! Hehehe!
At exactly 8am, we went down the hotel lobby and met up with our tourist guide, Anne. We boarded a nice 10-seater coaster. First stop was the Wat Tri Mit Wit Thayaram (Bahala na kayong magbasa, di ko alam, how to properly pronounce. Hahaha!)… in english, Temple of the Golden Buddha. But one thing I know, Wat stands for Temple. So, expect to see nice structures, Buddha and some monks here…
Next stop, the Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Can’t figure much from this pic why it was called The Reclining Buddha? Then, take a look at this…
Kinda huge, eh? And when I asked our tourist guide why this Buddha is like this, she just said, “It’s just a position. There are others standing and sitting. So, this one is in reclining position.” What a very intelligent answer! Why didn’t I think of that? LOL. But for your benefit, my dear reader friends, here is Wat Pho’s short background which I got from into-asia.com:
Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์), or Wat Phra Chetuphon (วัดพระเชตุพน) as it is generally known to the Thais, is mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. At 20 acres large, it is the largest Wat in Bangkok, and is technically the oldest too, as it was built around 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand’s capital. However, today the Wat today bears virtually no resemblance to that originally constructed, as it was almost entirely rebuilt by Rama I when the capital was moved to Bangkok. It holds the dual honors of having both Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha image and the most number of Buddha images in Thailand.
The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and is designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl decoration, and the feet also show the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha.
When we transferred at the back of this Buddha, Anne asked us to offer some money to the temple in exchange of wishes and prayers. According to her, that practice is called tamboon. I then asked Mommy to do that for all of us. So I got her THB20-worth of coins. And each coin must be dropped into a jar which was found along the pathway. I asked Mommy to ask only “important” wishes for me… that is, to have a boyfriend.
Mommy was too obidient that she asked a BF for me everytime she dropped coin inside those jars. My gulay, baka naman ulanin ako ng BF nyan sa dami ng jars na yan! Hahaha!
Shortly after that, we headed outside. We saw some other nice structures. It called for another photo op…
Then, off we went to the Jewelry Factory. Oh yes, it’s always part of the tour so they would entice tourists to buy expensive jewelry pieces. When we went to Singapore last year, we were taken to a similar shop and I got Mommy a pair of crystal earrings. But this time, Mommy was not able to convince me to buy her anything. *Winkie’s most evil laugh*
So that was the short city tour. I wasn’t satisfied. I hope the tour package offered more and better places to see. What’s even worse was that our tour guide, Anne, no longer took us to a Thai restaurant for lunch. She instead gave us our lunch money so we could eat at whatever resto we want. So, I again wasn’t able to eat some authentic Thai cuisine.
We were all by ourselves the entire afternoon. And since it was a Sunday, Len and Candy suggested that we go Thailand’s famous weekend market, the Chatuchak Market. Since we are equipped with maps and some print out we got from the internet, going to Chatuchak was easy. We just rode a tuktuk which took us to the nearest BTS Sky Train Station. We needed to go to Mo Chit Station as that was the exit point going to the Chatuchak Market.
Thailand’s transport system is very nice and easy to follow. We were able to get to our destination in no time.
When we got inside and further down the market, I felt I was like in Divisoria and Tutuban… but way way bigger! As expected, lots of cheap stuffs were sold here. I wasn’t able to shop much for myself. But I did get some cheap authentic Wacoal undergarments. Yep, I learned that Wacoals (my brand) are way cheaper in Thailand. Kaya naman, panic ang drama ko. Wag na pics ah! Baka makita nyo pa itsura ng undergarments ko. Hehehe!
It was darn hot inside the Chatuchak Market (read: parang nasa loob ng pugon sa init) and I felt different already. But my three other companions were still enjoying the shopping moments at that time so we continued on. We just spent 3 hours there as it become really hot and we all got tired of walking, browsing and haggling for discounts.
Len wanted to do some more shopping but I was too tired already. She went on to buy some more stuff while I opted to just rest. Di na talaga kaya ng powers ko kaya pati bangketa eh inupuan ko na lang…
Len came back after some minutes. We all decided to go back the hotel to get ourselves freshen up and later on make some rounds in Pratunam. We took the same route and went to the BTS Sky Train. But while on our way back to Mo Chit Station, this scene caught my attention:
Yan po ang mga kotse ng shoppers sa Chatuchak Market! Kalokah! Parang di mahulugan ng karayom ang parking lot! Hehehehe!
We just went back to Siam Paragon (parang favorite ko na ang mall na ito, hehehe!) for a quick and light dinner. Then, headed back to the hotel.
I was feeling a bit different then. Maybe it was the heat. Or maybe I just got too tired that I fell sick. Mom and I opted to just stay at the hotel so I could rest. Ayan ang proof, nakaratay akong may sakit sa Bangkok…
But that didn’t stop Len and Candy to stroll around Pratunam. Besides, they need to buy lots of pasabulong for their friends and loved ones.
That was our 2nd day. Mejo bitin pa rin noh? Hehehe!
To be continued…