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Monday, September 29, 2014

Where to stay in Bangkok


Last week, i visited the Land of Smiles again!

It was a very impromptu trip and thus, we had quite little time to decide on which hotels we wanted to stay at and to plan our itinerary. However, because we were only visiting for 4 days, planning the itinerary was a breeze as I have visited Bangkok many times. My main aim was to shop and of course eat! I super love Thai food!

Bangkok has many many many hotels and sometimes when I see so many choices, i get very confused. For me, location is of utmost importance. 

1) The hotel has to be situated in a place near the shopping and sight seeing areas. Having a BTS/MRT station nearby is a bonus because Bangkok's traffic jam can be really terrible and being on  a holiday, you won't want to waste too much time in a taxi (and this situation is highly possible when in Bangkok).

2) Must have many restaurants/road side stalls selling street food within walking distance and opens till LATE because my mouth forever itchy and I get hungry almost every hour. So supper is very important to me! 

3) Also must have massage parlours around the area so that the last thing I do before heading back to the hotel rest is a good foot or body massage.

But the thing is... Bangkok has many areas which I don't mind staying at... headache again.
Siam is a good location to stay cuz I love shopping around the night markets there.

Pratunum is good too because my favourite shopping mall Platinum Mall is there. Pratunum has many things to eat as well.

Silom is also good, it's very accessible to places of interest and near Patpong.


One more thing I was worried about was that many of the hotels i shortlisted was already fully booked because my trip was so last minute.

After searching for a few hours, I came across PYOTravel (stands for Plan Your Own) and they actually had vacancies for some of the hotels i shortlisted!!! I was delighted and went straight away to book through this god-sent travel agency!!!

Booking hotels via PYOTravel was a breeze, I did it in less than 15 minutes with simply the click of the mouse. (I booked 2 hotels at 2 different locations because I really couldn't make up my mind). Their user friendly interface enables users to search and compare hotel and prices of holiday packages within a screen and this actually saved me a lot of time (I have limited time, lol)

What's more, they do not charge any booking fees and there are no hidden charges as well as credit card charges. I find this very attractive because many other booking agencies hide their final prices and you will ony get to see all the additional booking charges at the end of the booking process and I think this is totally wasting people's time.

So my final decision was to stay at I-Residence Silom and Eastin Makkasan.

I-Residence Silom Hotel
I-Residence is a boutique hotel situated just across Chong Nonsi BTS. It is very convenient taking the BTS around Bangkok, I could get to Siam and National Stadium (MBK) in less than 15 minutes. Patpong is very nearby too. AND THERE IS NARAYA at Patpong!!! This hotel is very reasonably priced, very affordable and value for money.

 Was greeted by the very friendly front desk staff. Their lobby is lighted up by purple flourescents, very chic and modern.

 My room was on the 8th level and to my surprise, IT WAS SO SPACIOUS! This is their Grand Deluxe Room. Can you see in my picture how spacious it is? 

 Toilet was also rather spacious with bath tub and complete toiletries.

 Everything was in perfect order and rooms were very clean too. Their breakfast was also delicious, staff speaks good English and were very efficient, when I asked them for extra pillows, they appeared at my doorstep in less than 5 minutes!

And i must mention that i had one of the BEST tomyum soup in Bangkok at one of the stalls steps away from the I-Residence hotel. It was spicy enough and sour enough!! It's a very humble hawker that has seatings inside. You won't miss it, it's less than 50m from the hotel along the main road. 

Interested in staying at I-Residence? You can book it here: 

The next hotel i stayed at in Bangkok was Eastin Makkasan located right smack at Pratunum. Pratunum is an extremely busy area with many shopping malls, wholesale markets around and it is rather near MBK shopping mall too.

It has MANY ROADSIDE STALLS and MANY MASSAGE PARLOURS scattered all over. Platinum Mall is also about 10 minutes walk away only.

Lobby area was very spacious with many sofas for guests to rest and wait for other guests.

This place spells luxurious, I knew it the moment I stepped in.

Recommended by Zoover, I knew I made the right choice staying here.

Passed by their dining area too.

Loved the contemporary design of the room! The bed and pillows were very very comfortable! Wish I could sleep here for a longer time but shopping awaits me!

Complete with full amneties and WIFI throughout the hotel!

Was greeted by the city's skyline once i drew the curtains open. How wonderful!

 Luxurious bathroom has all toiletries as well.

Eastin Makkasan also provides free shuttle service to Soi Nana, Chidlom, Central World Department Store and Pratunam.

Discovered a good and decent massage place which is cheap too. It's called HAPPY, just cross the road from Eastin and you won't miss it.

Interested in booking a stay with Eastin? Click here for more info: 

My next post will be about the amazing restaurants and food I ate in Bangkok!!! OMG i miss the food sooooo much, they were really really EXCELLENT :) Stay tuned.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

[Recipe] Chilli Crab Sauce Pasta

I was introduced to this dish by my friend who shared the recipe with me. The results were amazing, everyone should try it at home and it's simple too!

I posted this picture in Facebook yesterday and response was overwhelming with more than 200 people asking me for this recipe! Got 200+ likes within an hour and still counting. Was so surprised by how popular this can get.

So here's the recipe for all of you!

Chilli Crab Sauce Pasta

Chilli Padi (amount according to your desire)
Pasta (I used spaghetti)
8 Prawns
1 Tomato
(You can use any other ingredients which you like i.e chicken, crab meat etc)
1 egg

Thursday, September 25, 2014

[Food Review] De'Pop Culture

De'Pop Culture is a new cafe which is colourful, vibrant, happy and full of positive vibes! Located at North Bridge Road near Arab Street, this pop art themed cafe not only brightens up your mundane day but also brings you comfort food like mouth watering pastas to sugar coated churros, waffles and more to name. The name of the cafe is derived from the love for desserts and the pop culture of the 2 young entrepreneurs.

Be visually enticed by the vibrant colours of this cafe. Dazzling colours of pink, blue, yellow and red will be popping up at you.

Tables are hand painted with lots of passion and effort!

A private comfy corner with sofa and bean bag chair is available at a cozy corner of this cafe, perfect for snuggling up with a book and a cup of coffee.

Started with a cup of home made hot chocolate. Thick and sweet, good for chocolate lovers.

Banana-tella French Toast! Thick toast with caramelized bananas drizzled with caramel and a dash of hazelnut chocolate. I love the awesome combination of chocolate and bananas! Bananas are so soft, they melt instantly in your mouth.

De'Pop Breakfast Platter! All-day breakfatst is served here too, don't have to worry about getting out of bed late now. This platter consists of sausages, mushrooms, streaky bacon, baked beans, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and hash.

And my favourite dish of all is their Black Pepper Crab Spaghetti. Served with generous shreds of crab meat, mushrooms and their special black pepper sauce. Everything blended well together, the crab meat accentuated with the spice of the black pepper is just so delicious!

Last but not least, we tried the Apple Crumble with Ice-cream. Has a deliciously sweet and crunchy bite, great way to end the meal. 

Be sure to find your way to De'Pop Culture cafe for a hearty good meal or simply desserts made with love.

De’pop Culture (North Bridge Rd)
749 North Bridge Road #01-01 (off Jalan Kledek), Singapore 198717 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 90296406
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 9am-11pm (Sat), 9am to 9pm (Sun)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[Food Review] Wilder Mann Singapore

Wilder Mann is a beautiful, homely and humble restaurant newly opened at along Upper Thompson Road. Here, you can find authentic German food and Austrian beers at very reasonable prices in a German atmosphere!

 It really resembled a beer garden I visited in Munich years back.

 The walls are painstakingly hand painted by the owner himself and this whole place is actually designed by the owner himself too.

Comfy cushioned seats with fluffy pillows!

 Stiegl is the most popular beer of Austria and is known for its slightly sour taste. 

Selfie station, take a selfie with this gigantic Stiegl mug.

Great deals for alcohol lovers!

As mentioned above, Stiegl is one of the most common brands of beer to be found in Austria. Stiegl brews both a helles (a light lager) and a Weissbier(Hefeweizen), as well as other specialty beers.

They also serve the Kapuziner Weissbier, a German Hefeweizen beer by Kulmbacher Brauerei (Schörghuber), a brewery in Kulmbach, Bavaria. It has a tangy and fruity note to it and not as bitter as some other types of beer.

My ultimate favourite among the different types of beer I've tried that night was this STRAWBERRY flavoured beer called FRULI. It was soooooo good and the taste of the beer is almost totally masked, i thought i was drinking sweet fruit juice. Highly recommended for ladies who don't like the bitter taste of beer!

 Besides just drinking and dining, Wilder Mann also offers GAMES to entertain their customers, therefore, it is a perfect place to totally unwind and have some fun and loads of laughter. Some games are authentic German games!

 Indulge in truly authentic, traditional German fare here. This above is the breaded pork loin with mushroom sauce and fries. In German, it's called Schweineschnitzel “Jäger Art” mit Pommes. $12.90. Simple, wholesome and so delicious!

Bavarian Weisswürste, Frankfurter pork hot dog and Five Cheese-Cracker Sausage served with their home made potato salad. A typical set of German sausages here costs $6.80 which is extremely reasonable and doesn't hurt the pocket. My favourite was the cheese sausage!

Fresh and juicy bearded portobello mushroom! 

Wilder Mann is the right place to be if you're hungry for simple German food and beer to wash it down with. Be completely at home here!

Do check out their facebook page for promotions!

Wilder Mann Singapore

Address:  906 M Upper Thomson Road Singapore 787110
Tel: 98799544
Hours: Daily 6.30pm- 12 midnight


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