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the perfect weekend

July 27, 2009

Friday night date at La Cantina in Venezia of Changi Village Hotel. I’d been angling to try the food there for ages, and agreed that I’d treat the bf when my first pay came in. The Linguine Al Granchio (crabmeat linguine) was to. die. for. Super duper happy with the generous chunks of crabmeat in my pasta, I was grinning throughout the meal. Unfortunately though, the space in my tummy was limited and after the appetizer I was semi-full. I couldn’t finish the hefty portion and could only watch regretfully as the waiter cleared my plate away. ( SUCH A WASTE!) My mind was screaming, but I thought it might be unbecoming if I requested to take-away the remnants. Anyway, I’m very much poorer now and can prob only afford to have plain water for lunch for the rest of the month.

My money management skills are rather questionable right now. Although I’m not the type who spends uncontrollably on accessories or clothes, just meeting up with friends for dinner or drinks set me back by too much each time, something I find a struggle to sustain with the amount I earn as a trainee. urgh. So the plan is to embark on an austerity campaign and learn to turn down such invitations, and prob end up with well, no friends. RESTRAINT IS KEY.

Anyway, on to more delightful matters. A close sec school friend got married on saturday, and boy was she beautifully lovely on her big day. My friends and I were drooling over the wedding shots. Both her and her hubby make such a fine looking couple, to the extent that their wedding photos could be easily mistaken for professional commercials. I can so totally imagine them in an advertisement for De Beers/ lifestyle condominiums etc. As can be imagined, being the first of the flock to enter marriagehood, this wedding was the event of the year and widely anticipated amongst us. It was touching, to hear the pride in the groom’s voice when he introduced her as his wife, the teasing, before proceeding to drive her to tears with a hearfelt speech of his love for her. There was nary a dry eye amongst us bridesmaids, and yes, am truly happy that she found her Mr Right. Beautiful weddings always end on a wistful note, leaving people yearning for more. While it marks the new beginning for the next chapter that is to come in the lives of the new couple. For the attendees, questions like, who’ll be next for instance? Or will I ever find that someone, and be as happy as them? float in their minds.

Life moves in mysterious ways, and so it had to be, that our first class gathering of sorts took place 7 years after our classmate’s wedding. The rest of us girls adjourned to White Rabbit at dempsey. We were a rowdy raucous bunch, not much different from 7 years ago. It was good catching up, sharing the girly details of our lives.

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Bangkok Eat-scapade 2

June 30, 2009

Dinner was in Siam Paragon at Fuji. We had such a huge spread and pretty much stuffed ourselves silly eating. Our expenditure amounted 400 plus baht per pax there. Heard from D that her friends would always visit this Japanese restaurant whenever they fly to Bangkok.

Drinks was in the night market area of Suan Lum.

The next evening, we went back to Sukhumvit Soi 11 and tried the Thai Restaurant, 11-Gallery It was a delightful experience, and dining there allows you to immerse. The decor and ambience had a nostalgic feel, with vintage knick knacks trinkets displayed. Waitresses wore the traditional thai cloth wrap. True to the theme, some of the dishes were served in stacks of tiffin carriers.

Bangkok Eat-scapade 1

June 22, 2009

Day 1
We check into our hotel, Baiyoke Boutique with the funky art decor. The room we were in was a sizzling hot pink, and boy did we feel warm in there. Its our first time in Bangkok, and we arrived with little prior research, no map and no Lonely Planet. So what did we do? Traipsed through the night market in Pratunam, that’s what, and found ourselves in a nearby 7-11 browsing through the tourist maps. Found one that we intended to purchase, only to realize that it was a SAMPLE, not for sale piece. Gah. Out came the phone camera and we noted 1 recommendation. Tapas Cafe in Sukhumvit Soi 11. Apparently Bangkok, as in Singapore, is a treasure trove of foreign cuisine and palettes, and at cheaper prices too. Hooray. =)

baiyoke boutique

After cabbing down to the place we found the Tapas Cafe tucked in the most charming alley,sharing the same area with several other establishments such as a backpacker’s hostel Suk 11, and Cheap Charlie’s selling beer at 70-80 baht a pop. If I ever backpack Bangkok, I would definitely want to stay here! Tapas turned out alright, as I wasn’t awfully hungry after the SIA inflight meal. They’ve happy hour promotions which I believe is doubly more worth it if you visit then.

Day 2

We visit PINKY TAILOR to make our shirts. Situated in Manhatun Plaza in Phloen Chit, it took us a sky train ride away. We get a firsthand taste of how inaccessible our hotel was. Its a good 15-20 min walk to the nearest BTS, not so good in blazing hot weather. Anyway, the place was pretty cool. There’s 3 storeys worth of fabric to choose from, and Mr Num, the tailor who attended to us was very chatty and polite. I decided to tailor a pink office shirt. Off we went to lunch, and this time I wanted to try authentic thai food so we asked them to recommend us somewhere to go. 2 words, “Taling Pling” at Central World. omg. It was SO. GOOD. We ordered 3 dishes, the pandan chicken, green curry, and stir-fried gourd leaves. Each dish was bursting flavour, and I totally enjoyed the green curry! My only reservation was I initially looking for something less upmarket, but hey, no complaints. We spent the equivalent of eating in a restaurant-cafe in sg, 650 baht for 2 persons which is abt 14 sgd each.

From bottom left 1. Pinky Tailor 2. Random Mall Shot 3. Bustling bangkok street 4. Me in Taling Pling 5. Pandan Chicken 6 Honey Ginger Freeze 7. Stir-fry Vege 8. Green Curry 9. River 10. Napkin 11. the bf in Taling Pling 12. in the street

From bottom left 1. Pinky Tailor 2. Random Mall Shot 3. Bustling bangkok street 4. Me in Taling Pling 5. Pandan Chicken 6 Honey Ginger Freeze 7. Stir-fry Vege 8. Green Curry 9. River 10. Napkin 11. the bf in Taling Pling 12. in the street

To be continued.