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Chatuchak Weekend Market Part One

The highlight of any bangkok trip probably, or the shoppers heaven, a delight only a handful would understand, the ever so famous weekend market of Thailand, “Chatuchak”

“Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest weekend markets, covering an area of 27 acres divided into 27 respective sections, containing more than 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand. ” Excerpt from Chatuchak.org

“Chatuchak Weekend Market is a very popular shopping centre to the thais and has become so with tourists and foreigners too, with over 200,000 visitors each day(SAT-SUN), 30% being foreign. Almost everything can be found here at a bargaining local price and most vendors actually come form local factories, like antique wood carving, clay handicrafts, local souvenirs, Buddhist amulets, flowers and plants, chinese wares, dogs, cats, etc.”

Read more about Chatuchak on wiki here!
The day usually starts with us having a quick breakfast, then off to take a train down to the “Mo Chit” station, and after a little walk, we’re there!

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The top view of Chatuchak from the Train.

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Food and other small bites for sale.

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Jewelry?

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Some fabrics and mats for ye?

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Fancy some Ice SCREAM Bar?

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Bargaining is a standard process when shopping with my Parents, Especially Mum, she has this, um, Gift. Gotta ask her to write a book on that someday…

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Certainly, with lanes oh so narrow, and the amount of people around, gotta be careful~

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Ok i will be careful of my wallet.

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Yes. My Bag too.

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Not wise to bargain for a cheaper coconut.

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Everything here is also cheaper, and if you buy in larger quantities, you could ask for wholesale price, which makes it erm, CHEAPER!

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Hmm.. Now to restock some supplies.. Wait. what?

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When they say everything, they literally mean everything. Pets even!

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Bunny wabbits!

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Sab giving an impression of a Bird Assed Face.

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Buyers pick and choose what they want and well, Bargain i guess!

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Photos are permitted for some stalls but all prohibits you from touching the pets, in case you give them some disease or something. Was touching a puppy at one of the stalls when the owner snarled at us.

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Animals here are fenced or caged up, they arent exactly treated really gently either, usually the stall owner would grab them by their necks and roughly handle them around.

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Hmm.. I KNOW?!

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Nope we can’t buy one, AVA in singapore has strict rules, even if we fly one back here, it has to subject to tests and regulatory measures which could take a few months!

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Hamsters! or Mouses?

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Yea, sorry for the blur shot, pictures were prohibited on this stall and yes. A Squirrel.

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AWWWW..

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Here’s how the pets take a shower, the owner here splashes them with water then scrubs them off the top of a cage to dry.

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This way, the water gets rinsed downwards so she could dry them easier with a towel.

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With Sabrina’s reluctantcy to leave and whining, we left and can’t help but feel sorry for some of the pets there.

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Here are some shots taken back in 2006 during our previous trip there!

Was probably the only stall there that let people touch the pets then.
Something is REAL wrong with this picture.. That wasn’t my bag i swear, i just had to carry it.

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Ok, on the side note, the site experienced a technical glitch when i tried to post the full post of this, so i decided to break it down into chuncks and parts instead! Sorry if it caused you suicidal tendancies! Hang tight for the next part!

Thailand Trip 2010

I guess if you’d read my previous post i spent my 2010 Christmas in the land of smiles. Thailand. And i enjoyed myself loads over there. I’d have loads to say but i guess the pictures do the talking better than i could with short stories and captions, although they still would be included.

There are sooo many pictures i’d love to show you so i’ll just summarise the trip here, and post more about the place on other seperate posts in time to come, don’t worry, you will be entertained. i hope~ =X

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Plane ride there was pretty ok, watched a canto movie “Triple Tap” and completed the rest on the way back, being a short flight. Watched a part of “Life as we know it” too.

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Had a nice room too at the Pathumwan Princess Hotel with a really good view.

 

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Foggy skies most of the time as the air quality there is pretty bad.

 

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The hotel is right next to the MBK shopping mall which means we head down almost everyday for cheap shopping goodness.

 

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Korean Buffet the first night at the hotel.

 

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Sissy enjoyed the Tuk-Tuk rides that scooted us around from time to time.

 

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Got to catch the Last Night ever of the Suam Lum Night Bazaar. Remnants of whats left i’d say.

 

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The Hotel’s Buffet Breakfast was indeed a tasty one with noodles and sweet sweet waffles every morning ^^.

 

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Nothing beats trying out another country’s public transport system as we took the train to the famous weekend market. Chatuchak. or Jatujak, whichever spelling there floats your boat.

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Lovely cheap and good food we had there too!

 

Then it was off to Siam Ocean World! Whats a trip to complete without visiting a local Aquarium?

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Then it was some really good beef at a Japanese Restaurant.

 

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Then we headed to a Cabaret Show Calypso, which featured eye opening “Female” Act if you know what i mean~

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And of course, the Floating Market!

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Also Visited the newly Renovated Central World, whom was destroyed during the protesting.

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Some parts of the building are still under renovation.

 

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Some Thai Girlies giving out free Calpis outside a mall, how could i pass up, erm.. Calpis!

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Then off to a cheap Japanese buffet! Really good price you pay for the food!

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Spotted this Spoon Jazz. FTW!

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Found a new favourite Drink, Thai Iced Tea. Don’t worry, i still LOVE QOO!

 

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Then off to yawarat for some Bird’s Nest~

 

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Went to the “Original” Night bazaar Patpong and was on the receiving end of touting for Strip Clubs and Pole dancing Bars in the area.

 

The Last day was spent burning the morning away in Sampheng, which is probably a more crowded and cheaper sale Lady’s Market equivalent. Also Thailand’s Chinatown.

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More Japanese Food at MBK and the Airport!

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Then it is Back to Singapore for us!

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To end the post, here’s the Loot from the Trip =)

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Favourite Country

I’m sure we all more or less, in one way or another would have a favourite country, a place we would love to stay, or live there and experience the life and culture.

For me, that would be none other than the land of the rising sun, Japan! Well what do it love about the place? Everything really. The culture, the seasons, the FOOD, people, cars, gadgets. So yea, literally. everything!

 

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Went there when i was a kid in 99, then with the school band in 08 and with family again in 09. Have been to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Can you guess which is the one that left the most impression on me?

Everytime i head to Japan, there’s always something new to see, so much to explore, such an amazing culture and experience over there. And oh, i’d say they have the best standard food, like it is extremely superb. I would sure as heck love to go back again every year.

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Had interesting experiences when i headed there in 08 with the band, the exchanges with the Japanese school band were Priceless, something that not many bands in singapore would get a chance to experience. And well, its also the first time i ever had cute japanese school girls walking alongside you giggling when you smile at them. Seriously. Priceless. Why oh why can’t we live there mum?

Anyhoo, that aside, i will be covering more of Japan and the happenings of the previous trips here! so keep your browsers locked on to betterdanthis!

 

So. What is YOUR favourite country?