Monday, October 13, 2008

Travel Thailand: Bangkok

Trip to Thailand 08 to 12 Oct 08

The hammy family took a trip to bangkok for 5 days. We went there to look for my bro who is there on NS currently. But well, that was secondary. The shopping came in first! LOL... We bashed throught the pratunam wholesale areas for the days and gosh.. how packed were our bags. But of course, we also stashed our tummys with lots of great food.. OMG...

One of the reccomended places by my bro was this vintage cafe called the 'Garage'. (Central Shopping Mall). As the name suggests, the setting of this American cafe was somewhat like a garage, using car seats as the coaches and had walls of vintage Cd's, tee's, furniture and design. Not a bad place and yes, the burgers were huge! Portion fit for 2...

After that, we passed by this cool showcase in the Mall and realised that it was the Balloon Fest there. The whole setting was stuffed with designs of ballons from trees to animals and even grass. Here are a few of the snaps that we caught while walking around the area.

After the walk there, we made our way to Siam Paragon which is PACKED WITH GREAT FOOD.... OMG.... the cakes and the pies, the rolls and the fried stuff... EVERYTHING THERE IS GREAT... I nv fail to eat there at least once every trip that I make to Bangkok!

However, the main attraction there is the famous 'Under Water World', which is currently the largest in the whole world. And I must admit that the variety of exhibits there are really out of the ordinary. Take for example, the 'mermaids purse' which is actually shark eggs. I have only read about it.. BUT, this time, I got to see real preserved purses on display. What an insight.

There were also many other new species that I managed to catch a glimpse of, such as live natalius's, sea angels baby sea turtles and more... There were spectacular and could only be seen in this aquarium. You could see the efforst put into the setting as well as the crew made exhibits interactive, interesting and were well maintained. There were enclosures that had to be kept in ice storages and deep sea fishes that lived in extreme conditions and pressure. ahhh.. I love it.

See what I mean by interesting enclosures? All these had fishes in them be it dead or alive. The fridge was revamped into a fish tank and there were many other household itmes that were converted such as a television, microwave, and even a washing machine. Besides this, there were also displays of prehistoric fishes that were preserved in ice blocks that were found in the artic. There was this giant Tuna and a huge sailfish all in iceblocks. This is what you call nature preserved in time.

After all the walking, It was then time for another sumptous meal. We went to an authentic Japanese restraunt in MBK to savor the essence of Japan. The bento was exceptional. I forgot what was the title of the restruant, but it was great.

The night life was also extravagant as we tried out 2 clubbing places in the heart of Bangkok. One was Santika and the other Hollywood. I would reccomend the first place more though cos the music there is more to RnB plus they have a life band and a much classier outlook. As for Hollywood, it is a large scale club and OMG is the music deafening...

Of course, in bangkok, you would also experience the life style by taking public transport like the tuk tuk's there. Here we are zooming through the crowded streets in bangkok rain or shine. There was even a day when all the roads were flooded and we had to take the trasport back. Gosh.. HOW FUN!

One last place that I would reccomend was the Bayoke Sky Towers which is the tallest building and a landmark of Bangkok. The view was great and so were all the international buffets and grill restraunts they have in the hotel itself. Please try the veal steak in cream sauce when you visit the sky coffee shop. It's spectacular...

All in all, we visited many other places during the trip and shopping was really mad. I totally enjoyed it although it was kinda like a mad hell camp. We would wake up at 8am and chiong till 12am the next day. Wow, we are true blue singaporeans. And even now, i can remember all the prices. 1 for 250baht, 3 for 200 baht, 6 for 180baht, wholesale ah!!!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2008

F1 Singapore Race Nights

The first ever event of such scale and glamour to be held in Singapore for the first time, and no way was I going to miss it. I took the liberty of working in the event and it was well work the sweat!

The Arena

But the only thing about the race was that the noise was damn loud that even when i went home, i was still hallucinating that there were cars racing outside my window. I could keep hearing the sounds of the cars go "ewwww.... ewww.... ewwww...." the whole night... what a nightmare.. i really would have died if i didn't have the ear muffs to keep me sane from the hour and a half long race that went on twice or trice a night! (Damn 61 laps of race).

The Paddock Area

Here is the paddock area where the races all have their breaks and where all the VVIP's go to meet the stars as well as the pretty ladies. (Not those grid girls.. but the other representatives from foreign countries) I must comment that those Grid girls have no standard and really looked awful. Some carried themselves so lowly and could not even walk properly with those high heels. Such a dissappointment on Singapore's selection. The foreigners did not even turn to take a second look at those 'things'. zzz.

Racers & Team Members

Press & Display

Managed to sneak some shots from the Vip rooms too, where racer items were on display in the suites were the guests rested. A really awesome experience that I would definitely try once again! What's more, the Grand Prix event would be around for the next couple of years. So let me spruce up and we will see this once again.
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