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Simple Travels: 5 Things We Did in Thailand

Thailand has always been a happy place for me. Good and affordable food. Nice tourist spots. Great shopping areas. There are lots to do in Thailand. 3 days is never enough but you make do with whatever vacation time you have. These are 5 things my mom and I did in Thailand –

  1. EAT. EAT. EAT. We had a late lunch at Kuppa. Enjoyed their Truffle, Mascarpone and Onion Pizza. I can still smell the truffles. Savored their crispy pork leg over red cabbage and creamy mashed potatos and finished it off with their freshly brewed Kuppa coffee. We tried out a few never been tried restaurant – Lemongrass. Too expensive for the type of food they serve. Not recommended. We satisfied our seafood cravings at Somboon, fried curry crab meat, steamed seabass in chili oil and spicy vegetables. We also enjoyed the food at the Platinum food court – Mango with Sticky rice and Water Chestnut in Coconut. Before we left Bangkok, we also had a scrumptuous breakfast buffet at Intercontinental Hotel. Their home-made strawberry and blueberry jams are just divine. 🙂
  2. Massage. We got our massage fix at Ruen Nuad. A 2 hour Thai massage of stretching and twisting made our body ready for the next day’s walk.
  3. SHOP. SHOP. SHOP. Bangkok is filled with rows and rows of malls, from high end ones to whole-sale malls. We visited only 2 this trip – MBK and Platinum Mall. Again, saw some great finds. Bought a lot for Warren. Was also able to buy a few pasalubongs for H and my mom-in-law.
  4. Temple Visits. We asked for blessings from the Erawan Shrine and visited the buddhas at the Wat Po area.
  5. Ride a Tuktuk, the BTS and a Taxi. So, our hotel provides a shuttle in the form of a tuktuk out of the hotel to the nearest BTS station – Nana Station, We took the BTS a few times this trip but our foremost mode of transportation is the Taxi. Flagdown rate is not too bad at B25. Most of our trips cost us roughly B60 so it would have cost the same had we taken the BTS. Traffic also wasn’t too bad this time around.

So, that’s what we did in our recent 4-day visit to Thailand! 🙂

 

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Simple Travels: Fraser Suites Sukhumvit Thailand

For this trip to Thailand with my mom, I was actually looking for a place to stay in the Sukhumvit area. Previously, we were booked at the Grand Central which had an amazing toilet. Unfortunately, the rate in Agoda for the hotel was already at Usd$230 per night. Way too expensive! While searching at Agoda, I stumbled upon Fraser suites, a service apartment in Sukhumvit Soi 11. Perfect! I booked the apartment for around PHP11,000+ for a 3nights stay. That’s inclusive of taxes already. One of the things I considered for it was that they also offered a shuttle going out of the hotel to Nana station. Fraser was rather at the far end of Soi 11 and taking a taxi all the time would make travel cost higher.

Here’s a look at our apartment –

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Simple Eats: Thai Food at Home

H tried to recreate the Curry Crab we had in Somboon, Thailand. Although it wasn’t exactly the same, his version was equally yummy! Couldn’t stop eating rice when chowing down on his yellow curry crab. He also made Tom Yum Goong and Red curry chicken (sauce separated so the kids have something to eat).

ON THE TABLE

Yellow Curry Crab

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Tom Yum Goong

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Red Curry Chicken

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We got the de-shelled crabs from Goldcoast Marine which is located along Wilson Street near Cold Storage. It was roughly Php100 per 100 grams. We got around 600grams.

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They sell fresh and frozen seafood. Likewise, they have a few Australian frozen meat.

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Simple Eats: Somboon Restaurant

Simple Eats goes overseas again! Another great restaurant in Thailand is Somboon Restaurant. Somboon restaurant currently has 5 branches around Bangkok. Its known for its seafood and is famous for their Fried Curry Crab. I ate here twice during my recent trip to Bangkok.

The first one was courtesy of Prulife U.K. while the 2nd one was with hubby. With hubby, we walked all the way to Somboon from MBK. Its doable but not recommended. Its roughly a 30minute walk from MBK.

ON THE TABLE

Curry Crab Meat
For those that just want the pleasure of eating and not the hassle of having to take the meat from its shell, this one is PERFECT! We ordered the medium size since there was just 2 of us. Would you believe we finished the whole plate???
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Prawns on Noodles
This was a disappointment. It was cooked ala Salt and Pepper. We barely touched this dish.
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Tom Yum Goong
Loved this dish. The spices were not too overpowering. The prawns were huge and the apparatus kept it warm till the last drop.
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Total bill was roughly B1200.

Try out any of their branches when you go to Bangkok! So worth it!

 
 

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Simple Eats: Kuppa cafe and Restaurant

This is Simple Eats’ first post about a restaurant abroad. I’m glad that it will be about Kuppa. Every time I frequent Thailand, I’d really go out of my way to go to this restaurant -Kuppa. I cant say it’s a small one as the restaurant can sit around a hundred or so but this stay restaurant is tucked in Sukhumvit Soi 16. Now, Soi 16 is street for upscale residential apartments. And it’s one of those side streets.

Since we were booked at Grand Centrepoint Sukhumvit Terminal 21 which was in Soi 19, we decided it would be a short walk. The flight was at 135AM so there was more than enough time to spare. We decided to leave the hotel at 530AM. It would have just been a 20minute leisure walk if we didn’t go the other way. We ended up walking for a little less than 1 hour.

Kuppa is known to be once a hideout of the CIA. 8years back, when very few Thais know how to speak English, the service staff in this restaurant can easily converse in English already. Owned by an Australian, it’s simple yet elegant decor hasn’t changed since I started dining here.

We were seated in front of their coffee roasting machine. This was my first time dining for dinner. Usually, I’d come here for brunch or lunch. The restaurant opens at 10AM to 11PM.

While hubby was browsing through the menu, I knew what I wanted to order. My usuals – the duck liver parfait with french baguette for appetizers and a roasted pork leg on a bed of cabbage and a side dish of mash potato for entrees.

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Hubby decided to order a dish I haven’t tried before – mascarpone, truffle and caramelized onion pizza.

ON THe TABLE

Duck Liver Parfait with Orange Marmalade and Baguette
This one’s yummy! They even got us extra baguettes and orange marmalade.

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Mascarpone, Truffle and Caramelized Onion Pizza
This was a surprise winner! I couldn’t even take my mind off eating his pizza. Look at one truffle shavings! Huge! This was my first time eating this much truffles. The smell emanates the moment the pizza was served. The combination with the tomato sauce was at first weird but it balances everything out after a few bites. Love love love this!

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Pork Leg
Now, this dish I order every time I’m here. This is our equivalent of Crispy Pata. For some reason, I just find that theirs is healthier. It might be because of the apple chutney sauce or that the dish doesn’t come out oily.

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It was a lovely pre-valentine’s dinner! Here’s to more adventures and good eats! 🙂

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Simple Travels: Thailand Day 3

Today was a whole day of learning and being motivated. We left the hotel at 8AM to catch the 9AM conference.

The first speaker was Ankat, a 20 something year old, professional hacker who is now an internet security consultant of various government agencies. He demonstrated how easy it was to be hacked and to get someone’s information. He provided a few tips and solutions on how to avoid this problem.
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The second speaker was the recipient of MDRT’s sponsorship fund. He is a monk who has devoted his life to helping out AIDS victims in Thailand.
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Lunch was at the basement level where you can choose from a huge selection of food. You had to buy a card coupon to be able to buy any of the food in the area. Spent roughly B100 for a bowl of noodle (B55), a bowl of Thai dessert (B30) and water (B15)
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We proceeded to the main hall with 4 speakers lined up – Tony Gordon, Alessandro Forte, and Ted Durnham. All charismatic and successful people in their own fields. All truly inspiring and motivational.

Half of the conference crowd!
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Getting my book (Dare to be Different) authorgraphed by Sandro
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Getting photo taken with sweat drenched Ted Durnham
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After the conference, we quickly rushed off to the bus which took us to Shrangri-La which is where the Chao Phraya cruise boat is docked. Prudential Corporation of Asia (PCA) is treating all its members to a cocktail aboard the Chao Phraya cruise boat. Food seemed overflowing as mounds and mounds of food were served by the cruise staff. The cruise took us around the river passing by the Golden Palace and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) among other tourist spots along the river. It was a night of music, fun and good conversation.

About to aboard Chao Phraya Princess
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ON THE TABLE
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The scenery
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With other Prulife or PCA members
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At the entrance of Shrangri-La
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It was definitely a night to remember. A trip is always made more memorable in the company of friends.

 

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Simple Travels: Thailand Day 2

I woke up thinking I missed the bus. The itinerary stated 720AM and I woke up at 708AM. Quickly showered and was at the lobby by 730AM. Turned out the bus would be leaving at 1000AM instead. The program would be starting at 2PM and the group decided that we’d go later than sooner. We weren’t informed the night before.

So, I had time for a hearty breakfast on the F floor overlooking the wonderfully manicured lawn and tennis court. This is the view from my room –

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The sun bed looks really enticing!

We arrived at the convention center. Since we were pre-registered, everything took no more than 30 minutes. So, what to do with more than 3hours to spare? Picture taking –

The Amber group with our AM Auntie Tess

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Posing in front of the MDRT banner

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The next MDRT experience venue

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We decided to have a quick lunch at the food court area. We were handed out an allowance of B300 for 3 days. Had a nice noodle soup with beef.

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This is another good find by Denley – Roti (tasted more like crepe to me! The condensed milk made all the difference)

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The door opened at around 145PM and everyone rushed to find their seats. The conference was opened by a presentation by the Exotic Percussions, the winner of Thailand’s Got Talent.

The MDRT flags
Philippines had the 3rd most number of representative to the conference next to Indonesia and the host country, Thailand

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In front of the amazing MDRT stage

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The first speaker was Solomon Hicks whose topic was “The Secret Life of a #1 Salesman.” Sol Hicks is 68years old, has been in the insurance industry for 40years, with an average case size of USD$5M and average commission of USD$50K. He shared that passion, tenacity and perseverance are the keys t success.

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Posing with Sol Hicks After the conference
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The 2nd speaker was Regina Bedoya who shared that we must all live the life we want as we are not immortals. Time is precious and is our single most important commodity.

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Keith Abraham was the last speaker for the day. I’ve heard him speak in one of the APLIC sessions and he always had good practical advice and tips in selling. This time he discussed 3 points – how to have clarity of direction, how to create the best year yet and how to live by example. His theme is how to design and live the life we want to live.

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Picture taking with Keith after the show

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After the conference, we were treated to dinner by Prulife at the Somboon Restaurant, a popular Thailand seafood place.

ON THE TABLE

The Famous Fried Crab Curry

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steamed Fish
Piping hot nd maintained hot by the apparatus it was on.

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Kangkong
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Pork (ala Humba?)
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Shrimp balls
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Tom Yum Goong
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Oyster Omelet
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Suahe or Steamed shrimps
Look at how big those shrimps are!
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Fresh Fruits
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Tomorrow will be a full day of inspirational and informational talks. Hubby also arrives tomorrow.

 

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