Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What we got from Chatuchak, Bangkok

My girls were so excited to see the gifts we got for them.

 My elder daughter whom is a "mustache" lover was thrilled to get this t-shirt and a mustache shape leather keychain with her name initials.

Bought a few packs of buttons in a shop specializing in buttons and mosaic art. 
The 2 packs with pink labels cost THB110/RM11 each.
The price for this pack is unbelievable! It is only THB45/RM4.50!

My girls can't wait to sort out the buttons...

There are shops specializing in ribbons but I only bought the special priced items above. 

Mosaic Art frame that costs THB89/RM8.90 in Chatuchak (the small pack) but a ringgit more in B2S, Central World. It will be a fun activity for kids and adults.

There is a shop selling bags made of Jeans.
I bought this one for my maid - THB199/RM19.90

A gift for myself. THB700/RM70

Front & back part of the bag
I bought 2 sling bags for my daughters. It costs THB199/RM19.90 each
I purposely bought the simple ones without any patterns or deco so that my girls can freely customise them with buttons, ribbon, fabric crayons and pens. 

My little girl is using fabric crayons to draw some patterns on her bag. She later sew 3 buttons on it. Nice.

A space theme bag.

Hari Raya themed "Ketupat" purse? 
THB10 (RM1). Bought it for my maid's daughter ... 

My elder daughter loves to make miniatures. She requested mini bottles to keep those tiny little things. We found a shop selling all types of bottles. Those we selected above cost THB410/RM41

The different shapes of bottles

I was thrilled to find a shop selling many interesting miniature items such as black sushi tray, flower pots, basket, plates, cups etc. 

Mini display shelves from the same shop

In total I spent THB930/RM93 for quite a number of miniature items plus the 2 display shelves. (I saw some of the items in an art store in Power Ikano and the price is much more expensive! Should have bought more... )

Kids arranged the items inside different compartments. 

My elder daughter couldn't wait to decoden one of the bottle caps with fake whip creme etc. Kawai.

I came across a shop selling wooden frames and the price is so affordable!
The big frames cost THB100/RM10 for 5 frames!

My daughter's work. Can you find this frame from the photo above, before its transformation?

If you were to buy this type of frame, do check on the base. Some were a bit porous.
However, can't complain for the price we paid :-)

Another good find. Each wooden box is only THB25/RM2.50.

My elder daughter couldn't wait to transform it into a delicious looking box.

 I regretted for buying 2 only. I should have bought a few dozens!!!

I found this cool apron for THB250/RM25

My hubby bought some ropes and buckles. Not sure what are those for...definitely not for art and craft!

He bought me 2 leather purses that were suppose to be my birthday presents. No more sweet surprise since I found out before he managed to hide them. He also bought a card holder and 2 money clippers for himself. 

My lovely hubby even bought 2 cute fridge magnets! The leather keychain is for our daughter TZ.  

We also bought 2 different sizes & patterns of Thai Brand notebook bags plus one big tote bag for THB1000 (RM100). My little girl brings the one above to school everyday (her school bag is too heavy, so she puts some of her exercise books inside this bag and hand carry it. The size is just nice)
Oh ya, I remember the last trip we were there, there were many LeSportsac imitations.  This round we couldn't seem to find any.

As for my son who is very passionate about photography, his dad found him some colour lense caps for his Nikon camera. THB50 (RM5) each. My son thinks the colors are too striking :p



Our son simply loves these 2 T-shirts printed with cameras that his dad bought for him. 

Man is man. My hubby also bought his son an army pants (THB280/RM28) and a "sniper" key chain.

I found this necktie for my son who is a music lover too. It was only THB60/RM6.

Beautiful artificial orchid THB150/RM15

Apart from the above, there are a few more items that I bought as gifts to others.

For those who love shopping, I'm sure you will not go home empty handed from Chatuchak.

For me, I somehow feel that THE MORE I SPEND, THE MORE I SAVE :D

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy birthday to someone special

I have been keeping this special card for many years. It was given to me on my birthday in 1979!

My wonderful dad specially handpicked this card for me, and wrote a few words on it. 

Being an 11 years old girl at that time, I must be very happy to receive this lovely card with 
beautiful picture on the cover, and with words that told me 
how special I am, and how very dear I am to my family :-)

As years go by, this little card has become
more and more precious to me. 
Those few simple words handwritten by my dad 
never fail to warm my heart.

Today is the birthday of my dearest dad. 

I would like to take this opportunity to tell him the same thing I was told on my eleventh birthday 33 years ago.

Dearest Dad,

Because you are someone special 
And someone very dear as well,
Here's wishing you more happiness 
than words can tell.
Have a wonderful birthday.

I love you.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bangkok, here we come again!

My hubby and I had a 5D4N trip to Bangkok during the recent Hari Raya break.
It was our 3rd trip to the Land of a thousand Smiles. We booked a room in Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 through It was our first time staying in that boutique hotel and I must say that we are very satisfied with it.

contemporary corridor design

Two i Mac computers in the lobby for public use

Chic interior

Nice ambience 

Modern, clean and cosy room with stable wifi (photo extracted from the internet)

Watching tv while having a relaxing soak in the bathtub. 
Can roll down the blinds if refused to be watched by others :-)

We brought along an adaptor but were happy to find this international plug socket on the wall.

There is also a safe in the room which allows us to charge our phone/ipad inside. How considerate!

The price is very reasonable and affordable - THB 8120 (about RM810 for 4 comfortable night's stay)
There's no complimentary breakfast. However, by paying around RM20+ per person, you can enjoy the hotel breakfast. We didn't have any breakfast in the hotel in view that there are so many choices out there.

Ideal location. Walking out from the boutique hotel...ready to go shopping.

Walking towards the Asok skytrain station (about 5 mins short walk, very convenient)
There are a few shops offering massage services along the road. 

THB 200 (RM20) for an hour of foot massage.

Praying for more tired and aching legs? 

Providing tailoring service by the roadside

Having breakfast at a roadside stall that is a stone's throw away from our hotel.

  We arrived on Friday. Our first shopping destination was Mabukong shopping centre.

My hubby read from someone's blog about this dish in Mabukong food court. It is truly yummy !

On the 2nd day (Saturday), we were ready for the highlight of this trip - Chatuchak  Weekend Market. (station no. 40 - Mo Chit, ten stations away from Asok)

I nearly went the wrong way as there was another signboard on the left with arrow pointing towards the Chatuchak Park. For shopping, it should be Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Crowd heading for one of the biggest weekend markets in the world. It covers 27 acres and divided into 27 sections. There are so many stalls there, and it is simply impossible to cover all the sections in a day! We spent many hours there on Saturday and Sunday, until our legs ached. Fortunately the foot massage helped. 

On Monday, we went to Terminal 21 shopping mall that has a unique design concept (different floor is decorated with different country theme, e.g. Paris, London, Tokyo, Istanbul, San Francisco etc)

It has the longest escalator in Thailand (up to 36 meters)

We also went to Central World. I bought a NaRaYa fabric bag for my MIL there. It is a famous Thai brand with an affordable price tag. The one I bought was THB 550 (RM55).

Long queue at the checkout counter. What a good business! After I took this photo, a guard came to tell me I was not allowed to do so. 

Buying some art and craft supplies for myself and my kids at B2S in Central World. It is a large book and stationery store that has a vast array of art supplies. How I wish it also sells craft supplies such as polymer clay and fake whip cream for miniature art (one of my daughter's hobbies).