My Bangkok Travelogue #2: SHOPPING & EATING at The Platinum Fashion Mall

HEY GAIS WELCOME TO THE 2ND INSTALMENT OF MY BANGKOK TRAVELOGUE! :D If you missed the 1st instalment (now how did THAT happen?!??), READ IT NOW.

Now that you know where to put up in Bangkok and how to get around without getting lost, today’s post will be about what you’ve been waiting for – EATING AND SHOPPING IN BANGKOK!!!!

#1 MUST-VISIT EATING & SHOPPING PLACE – THE PLATINUM FASHION MALL

The Platinum Fashion Mall by day

The Platinum Fashion Mall by day

Remember I said our hotel sits right across The Platinum Fashion Mall? Even for someone who’s super suaku like me, and who’d thought I’LL NEVER EVER GO TO BANGKOK AGAIN after what happened on my last trip, I’d heard so much about The Platinum Fashion Mall (I’ll just call it “Platinum Mall” from now). It’s one of the BIGGEST WHOLESALE CLOTHES HAVEN, with some of the BEST FOOD VENDORS gathered at its food court to boot!

After you’ve been to Platinum Mall, you’ll never look at our blog shops the same way ever again.

The Platinum Fashion Mall by night

The Platinum Fashion Mall by night

4 tips on how to shop at the Platinum Mall

(1) Start from the first floor and work your way up!

Platinum Mall is PACKED with 6 FLOORS’ WORTH of shops, shops, shops, MORE shops selling similar/identical stuff. If you want to make decent coverage in one day, you need a plan! I suggest you start from the first floor and work your way up. That way, you’ll know which parts of the mall you’ve covered. Also, since there are so many freakin’ shops, SHOP QUICKLY!

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SIAM BANANA??!? What is this Siam Banana? Is it like Tokyo Banana?

I’M SURE you’re all familiar with the mega popular TOKYO BANANA, which I’m absolutely CRAY about! BUT… Have you also heard of the SIAM BANANA? Yes, I said Siam Banana.

Wait. You mean you don’t even know Tokyo Banana? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!!?! Tokyo Bananas are adorable, banana-shaped sponge cakes filled with custard (of various flavours). They’re SO GOOD, I bought a few varieties on my first and last days in Tokyo! Thankfully, I sometimes have people bringing back Tokyo Bananas for me from Japan. If you’re willing to pay exorbitant prices for those precious cakes (like 3 to 4 times the original price), there’s always a shop selling them right here in Singas. But…. SIAM BANANA? What’s the deal with this Siam Banana??!?

Come I explain to you.

Siam Banana is, in my opinion, Thailand’s version of Tokyo Banana. I like to call them “pirated Tokyo Banana” – I said “I like to call them” only hor. So you better don’t go around telling people Siam Banana is confirm chop fake Tokyo Banana ah! :’D

Aiyah, banana cake say banana cake lah!

But in Bangkok got 2 BRANDS of banana cakes:

(1) the ones officially branded “Siam Banana”, and

(2) the ones made by the Charoen Pokphand Group (“CP Group”), or you may simply know them as CP, the people behind the widely-advertised, delectable, succulent shrimp dumplings, CP 鲜虾云吞? Yep. CP market their banana cakes under the CP Le Pan wholesale bakery line (which is sadly not available in Singas). I shall call CP’s version, “CP Le Pan Banana”.

I bought both Siam Bananas and CP Le Pan Bananas. HERE’S MY LOOT! :D

  • 1st box from the top: Siam Banana Chocolate Flavour,
  • 2nd box from the top: Siam Banana Coffee Flavour,
  • Individually-wrapped Siam Bananas (removed from the boxes) – Coffee and Chocolate Flavours respectively, and
  • Individually-wrapped CP Le Pan Bananas – Banana Custard and Chocolate Flavours respectively.

So…. how much?
Got price difference between the 2 brands?
Do they taste awesome like Tokyo Bananas?
Which brand better?
Where to buy?

I WISH I BOUGHT MORE. :””((((

My Siam Banana and CP Le Pan Banana loot <3

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So THIS is how you cross the road in Bangkok!

THIS MORNING, I woke up to find us in the middle of MAY. What the heck just happened? I SWEAR I was just in Bangkok!

Cos of my little adventure in the Land of Smiles, APRIL was pretty much filled with MEGA AMAZING MEMORIES. Which of course had me daydreaming every day since I returned to Singas. I can’t wait to go back! And so for my April contribution to The Cambelles, I shared preliminary thoughts and tips on, amongst other things, how to bag a BARGAIN, where to SHOP, what to EAT, and why you need to learn HOW to cross the road in Bangkok (bet you never thought THAT was necessary)!

I call it….So THIS is how you cross the road in Bangkok!
I INSIST YOU READ IT.
I INSIST YOU READ IT NOW.
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"So THIS is how you cross the road in Bangkok!"

Full details and photos of said tips will be published in the 2nd instalment of my Bangkok travelogue, which I’m currently working on. ;) Btw, have you SEEN the amazing buffet spread at Amari Watergate Bangkok?

xx J

My Bangkok Travelogue #1: Flying with Singapore Airlines, How to get mobile data connection, Review on Amari Watergate, and Experiencing BTS SkyTrain (no breakdown leh!)

LAST I TRAVELLED, it was to Tokyo in 2013 with my office. I SWEAR it feels like yesterday! If you didn’t already know, I was in BANGKOK, THAILAND last month!!!! Land of Smiles, YAAAASSSS. Put up at the SUPER DOPE 5-star Amari Watergate Bangkok; right now I’m planning on staying there again on my next trip (which should happen in a couple of months)! 

Was there from Saturday, 9 April 2016 to Monday, 11 April 2016. Departed juuuust before the Songkran festivities began. Would’ve loved to stay longer to bask in their joyous celebrations! I got soooo jealous when I saw photos of them on Insta playing with water guns along the streets! :( 

There’s simply too much to share. I’ll make my travelogue as easy to read as possible, especially for those of you who have never visited Bangkok and would like to go! :) Instead of dividing my posts into day 1, day 2, day 3…. yada yada like what I did for Tokyo, in this first post today I shall cover these basics:

(1) Flying to and from Bangkok with Singapore Airlines;

(2) how to get mobile data connection in Bangkok,

(3) my review on Amari Watergate Bangkok (ohh the AMAZING buffet!); and

(4) my experience of commuting in Bangkok via BTS SkyTrain.

Travel arrangements were made by my lovely office. We flew early Saturday morning via SQ (had to reach the airport at 5AM WHUTTTT), so all half-asleep!

I brought my pineapple Jansport and SpongeBob (going Bangkok mah!) and packed SUPER light cos I planned to buy my clothes there…. LMAO ;’D

Goodbye Singas!!!! :D

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Why do people read weight loss blogs?

OK GAIS. I’ve got a question – why do people read weight loss blogs? 

This might sound like a bit of a rant, but I’ve been thinking…. are they really looking for quick weight loss solutions that promise to help them magically shed 20kg overnight? Look, the weight certainly DID NOT pile on over the weekend, so I don’t understand why people expect it to disappear in 3 days?

I know losing weight is difficult. Eating less is difficult. Getting up and exercising is difficult. Wanna hear something that’s difficult on your ears? ANYTHING that’s worth doing is difficult.

I’ve seen so many give up after a few days of keeping a food diary. This whole, “Oh I’ll start my diet on Monday!” attitude. LIES you constantly tell yourself. If you’re sick of starting over and over again, then STOP QUITTING! If you keep lying to yourself, you’re clearly either not serious about getting in shape, OR you simply don’t want it bad enough.

OK, end of rant.

By the way, I WON ANOTHER AWARD.

MADE IT ON TO ANOTHER LIST OF TOP 100 WEIGHT LOSS MOTIVATION BLOGS…. courtesy of Coach Julio Diaz – why thank you Julio! You’re very kind. ;) 

He even gave me a badge, which I’ve displayed on my sidebar on the main page along with the other weight loss blog award I won a couple months back. 

A small excerpt about me from Julio’s list:   

So I won another award for Top 100 Weight Loss Motivation Blogs....

Have a fabulous weekend, you all! In the meantime, I’m curious to know…. what are your weight loss struggles? What are the things you consider to be the HARDEST parts about losing weight? xx J

This is why I don’t use hotel toiletries any more.

REMEMBER Love OrganicThe folks who sent me some organic skin care late last year? Yep. This month, they launched a campaign called #30DaysLiveGreen and invited me to contribute. My recent trip to Bangkok (still going through the photos!) inspired me to write an article for them on “5 Ways to Go Green When You Travel”

So last Friday evening, I received a very swee emailer from Love Organic, prepared by Karen (she’s the founder of Love Organic) on various tips to go green and stuff…. it was EARTH DAY! They published my guest article on their blog that day. SWEE AH! Thanks Karen! :) 

I don’t use hotel toiletries any more, btw. Read my article and you’ll find out why!

CHECK IT OUT, YO. 
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Check out my guest post for Love Organic on 5 ways to go green when you travel!

I know, I know, you’re waiting for my writeup on Bangkok…. Hang in there! ;) xx J

How to AVOID the DREADED JET BLOAT!

DEAR FRIENDS WHO FLY, you’ll be super familiar with that awful feeling of BLOATEDNESS whenever you land. I’ll never forget how bloody swollen my damn legs were, when I touched down at the airport after my flight from Tokyo to Singapore back in 2013. With each step I took, I could feel the water retention in my feet. Oh, how they wobbled! I was quite upset. Felt so uncomfortable and tired; it was really late at night, and I still had to show up at work a few hours later. Well, I just came back from AMAZING BANGKOK last week, and managed to figure out how to AVOID the DREADED JET BLOAT!!!!  

In a nutshell, it has got a lot to do with what you wear, eat, drink, and do on board.

1. DO NOT WEAR SKINNY JEANS.

DO NOT WEAR SKINNY JEANS ON BOARD. DO NOT WEAR ANYTHING TIGHT OR FITTED. I LEARNT IT THE HARD WAY MMMMKAY??

My attempt at flying fashionably got me feeling like ultimate crap. When I flew back from Tokyo, I wore my favourite acid wash skinnies, a cute striped sweater (picked up from Forever 21 in Shibuya!), and fitted ballet flats. 

See, when you fly, you EXPAND. And when you expand in TIGHT clothes, you’re an overcooked sausage about to burst open. Not exactly the best feeling in the world.

In anticipation of your sausagey transformation, wear something loose. On both flights to and from Bangkok, I opted for loosely-fitted denim cutoffs, tank top, and parka. They still felt loose when I landed! AWESUM. #andstillstylomylo

“BANGKOK-BOUND, WHEE!”
How to AVOID the DREADED JET BLOAT!

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Here’s HOW TO EAT and STILL LOSE WEIGHT on vacation!

єє!!!! SUP SUP SUP GAIIIISSSS!!!! So I just returned from an absolutely AMAZING trip to BANGKOK; I’ve got SO MUCH TO SHARE!!!! Whilst I was sorting out my photos, thoughts, and whatnots, I felt inspired to write this piece on how to EAT and STILL LOSE WEIGHT on vacation.

^^^^INTERESTED??

The awesome fare below? It’s likely only a MERE FRACTION of the spread you’ll see at the breakfast buffet. I’ll teach you how to eat what you want and NOT upset your weight loss plan. So here goes!

1. Take WHATEVER YOU WANT from the buffet spread.

No, really, take all of it. If there’s anything you should remember about eating (vacation or not), it’s that you should just go with whatever you feel like having. You shouldn’t restrict – I can GUARANTEE you it will backfire. If you want a waffle, get one. Want a pancake, take one. Maple syrup to go along? Yes, please! Marble cake? A small slice. Omelette at the egg station? Order away! Fried rice? A couple spoonfuls won’t hurt either. 

Here's HOW TO EAT and STILL LOSE WEIGHT on vacation!

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Remember your CRAPPY days?

I FEEL LIKE MARCH WENT BY without even leaving much of an impression.Which is AMAZING, by the way. Cos an uneventful month (OK, peppered with a late night here and a super early morning there) pretty much = good news.

Throughout the month, my thoughts were aligned with the fact that there are so many others out there who are suffering, in pain, struggling, trying hard just to survive…. basically, going through a shit time. I’ve had my share of crappy days. Enough to make me realise just how fortunate I am to have what I’ve got now, to live my life and NEVER to take anything for granted. [On this note, I got a minor shock (is there such a thing, a minor shock) during the month which made me realise how much I actually DO CARE about something. Basically I felt threatened that it was going to be taken away from me and my reflex was to think of 76407207028 ways to defend it, pronto! Never knew I treasured it at all.] 

Apart from that, I constantly remind myself to keep moving forward. To stick to my plan, eyes on my goals. You know what’s one of the hardest parts about life? It’s to appreciate what you’ve got WHILST working for what you want. So many of us forget to live in the present and marvel at our progress. Instead of feeling proud of yourself for having come this far, you beat yourself up for moving so slowly towards your destination. Sound familiar?

My point is…. yes, you keep your vision on the future, but you should be aware of what’s going around you right this moment, too. After all, life is meant to be enjoyed. If you forget to enjoy life today and only look towards tomorrow, you’re too anxious. When tomorrow comes, then what? You look towards the day after tomorrow. That’s not the way to live. BE PRESENT. GIVE THANKS.

Also a recurring topic for March was the question of “WHY?”. Whenever you feel like giving up, ask yourself WHY you started. If you’ve never tried this, do it. It makes a huge difference for me – kind of gets me back on track. Whenever I feel like saying, “F— this shit, I’m done. I don’t wanna do this any more!”, I ask myself WHY THE HECK I STARTED. Is it to give up? HELL NO.

The only person who has absolute control over yourself, is YOU. Don’t let go, don’t slip, keep thinking of your WHYS and stick to it. Cos when you finally achieve your goals, you’ll be so proud. I’d be so proud of you. :)      

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STOP EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING NOW AND READ THIS.

SUP GAIIIISSSS!!!! Been quiet for a bit, cos SWAMPED WITH WORK. NO TIME TO BLOG. 

OK, I take that last sentence back. It’s really all about prioritising.

Instead of saying, “I’ve got no time for this.”
why don’t you try saying, “It’s not a priority right now.” <– See how different it sounds?

If you’re always saying you’ve got “no time” for this, “no time” for that,
I WANT YOU TO STOP EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING AND READ THIS.
I’m not even going to tell you what the article is about.
JUST.
READ.
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"STOP EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING NOW AND READ THIS."

Is it hump day ALREADY?!?! Oh GAWD. Need more time!!!!

xx J