Archive for July, 2011

Mga Bakod

Posted: July 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Mga bakod na humahadlang,
Itinayo ng mga ikinauukulan,
Para maitago ang kanilang kabahuan.
Pero di ito hadlang,
Sa tunay na pag kakaibigan.

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Makulay na Langit

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Madilim na langit, patay at malungkot
Mga sari saring kulay ng bulaklak,
nagbibigay buhay at saya sa madilim na langit.

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Roundtrip to Manila

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Roundtrip to Manila
(A pain from Behind)
ITLog No.8
1-3 July 2011

Arriving the night before from Bangkok, we were again a trip that would take us/me on a trip from Manila to Baguio, Down to Pangasinan, back to Baguio, then to Manila. I was asked by my father to accompany him to Pangasinan to look at the house there and to check some papers. Leaving Manila by Victory bus at 1000hrs we headed for Baguio City (they say the summer capital of the Philippines), arriving in Baguio with a downpour and since there was no taxi around the bus terminal, we decided to just walk going to SM Mall. There we bought some dinner and bread to take home, with the long cue at the taxi stand it took us almost an hour waiting for a cab and it was almost dark when we reached home. We ate dinner and then I prepared for our trip to Pangasinan the next day.

Waking up early on a Saturday, me and my dad took the taxi and headed for the old victory bus station where we took the ordinary bus headed for Dagupan City in Pangasinan. Passing by the towns of Agoo, San Fabian, Mangaldan then reaching Dagupan at around 1000hrs where we transferred to another bus headed for Alaminos. Arriving at Lingayen by around 1100hrs we ate at a restaurant near the Lingayen Church then took the tricycle headed for my father’s hometown, which is Estanza.

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After cleaning up the place and filling the water tank half full, I then headed for the rice paddies to take some photos of a friend planting rice, when he decided that we should head out to the fishpond and look for the caretaker there so as that we could go back home early. Washing up my muddy feet, we headed at passing the old house where we stayed before then to the paddies and the fishponds. It was a long time ago that I went to visit the fishpond so I forgot the way, so we ask around and was pointed to where we should head, passing streams and more fishponds we arrived at the place we were told but was not there, they told us that he was at the other side of the river playing Tong-its and that one of the guys there said that he would accompany us. Using his rowboat (with out the rigging in the side), we boarded his boat but was scared that we would over-turn and I was carrying my camera, the guy said not to worry because the boat was wide and the river was not too deep. “Not too Deep”, this as a river channel where the water goes out to sea and the water was less than an inch below the edge of the boat, plus our friend was always moving and moving about, here is here I was swearing a lot.

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Reaching the other side of the river (the guy said “see”), we were taken to a place where mang ading was and waited for him to finish his game while we re-freshen our thirst with some cola. This we learned that we were already in the town of Magsaysay near Labrador, and we walked almost all the way. Heading back to Estanza, it started to drizzle and arriving at the house I rested a bit then took a bath. Dinner was early in the evening, we ate small daing, which looked like tuyo and ginisang ampalaya, I was able to eat some green mangoes coming from the tree in the backyard. Sleeping early but it was so hot that I could not sleep, and by around 2300hrs it started to rain hard and this time the air was so cold that I had to wear my jacket.

Waking up around 0500hrs, and eating breakfast of bread and eggs, then took a bath and prepared for our trip back to Baguio. Fixing up the things in the house and closing all the windows and boarding up and locking the doors. We headed out with my father to the tricycle station and went to hear mass at Lingayen Church. After mass we then took a mini bus headed for Dagupan, and at the Victory terminal took the bus headed for Baguio.

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The trip back to Baguio was so hot and the bus was getting crowed because the next day was a school day and all the students goes back up to Baguio. Arriving at Baguio around 1100hrs, we took a cab going home where we were greeted by my mother and carol and ate a healthy lunch. After resting a bit, we headed for the bus station and took the earliest bus going down to Manila, and by 1300hrs was on board the bus headed for Manila. It was raining most of the trip and was so tired that I was asleep most of the trip. Arriving in manila around 1900hrs and was glad that our trip was done because I was already feeling the pain from sitting down on all the trips that we made.

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Now I realize that, if you really love to travel, you have to pay the price of sitting for hours on your behind.

Till the next trip and hopefully would not be a pain in the a__…

HAPPY TRAILS!!!

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Pattaya and Back!

Posted: July 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Pattaya and Back!
PATTAYA
ITLog No.7
25-30 June 2011

We woke up late in the morning, after eating breakfast and preparing for the day, we were dropped-off at Pattaya Beach Road to we could walk along the beach. Seeing all the establishment and hotels along the road plus the many vendors of street food made us hungry, so we headed for Central Festival Mall to eat our lunch. After lunch, we went around the grocery and the mall just to window shop then headed for Nicha Clinic to meet-up with our friend. We were toured around the clinic and saw how they make your face smooth and looking young. We then headed home to get my tripod and headed back to Pattaya Lookout Point.

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At Pattaya Lookout Point, we had refreshments and talked while waiting for the sun to set. It was hazy that afternoon and did not get a chance to photograph the sun setting but I got some nice night shots of the city of Pattaya.

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Headed back home to cook dinner, we had Pizza and pasta plus dessert of pudding, after which we headed out for Pattaya Walking Street to take photos (because I left my camera the night before, I had to go back and take photos). Walking the street from end to end taking photos was a blast with all those transvestites along the street but would not allow me to take their photos. By 1200hrs (1100hrs TT) we headed back home to rest.

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Packing our bags for the trip back to Manila was done late in the day and by 1300hrs (1200hrs TT) we headed for Bangkok to the airport. We checked-in our bags (good thing we were not overweight) we said good-byes to our friend and headed for the immigration where there was a long line. Inching forward and passing thru immigration, we took some photos at the display past the x-ray booth then headed to the gate where we would board our flight back home. Our flight was an hour delayed, we then boarded the plane before 1900hrs (18hrs TT) headed back to Manila.

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Visiting Thailand was a blast, specially going to Ratchanburi province, visiting the floating market and going around Pattaya. Eating all those street food that they have even the grilled eggs and the pad thai which I really enjoyed. But we did not had the chance to experience to ride an elephant, maybe the next time we visit the land of “King and I”…

Till our next trip… HAPPY TRAILS!

Thanks to:
Mr. Jon Fabrigar for lending me his UWA lens
Mr. PG Silo for lending me his Canon Film Camera
Ener & Ruby for letting us stay and make a mess of their house
Quelly for accompanying us on this trip

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nag-PATTAYA pa kami!

Posted: July 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Nag-PATTAYA pa kami!
PATTAYA
ITLog No.7
25-30 June 2011

Waking up to an exciting day ahead because we would be going around Pattaya. Our first stop to visit was The Khao Chi Chan, where the image of Buddha was etched on the side of the mountain.

Khao Chi Chan carved Buddha mountain in a cliff face inlaid with gold leaf in the outline of a sitting Sukhothai-Lanna Buddha is dedicated to the commemoration of His Majesty the King’s Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of his accession to the throne. This 130-metre-high Buddha’s royally- bestowed name is Phra Phuttha Maha Wachira Utta Mopat Satsada, which means His Lord Buddha is virtuous and glorious as Maha Wachira (the Great Wisdom). The surroundings are a wide variety of flowering plants and a number of pavilions for meditation and rest. Directly in front of the cliff face are shrines, elaborate gardens, and a number of terraced pools stocked with lotus flowers.

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Silverlake winery (Silverlake Vineyards or Silverlake Grape Farm) has recently become one of most popular attractions in Pattaya. Although visitors are unable to see the vineyards with a plenty of grapes all the time, it is still very popular without any seasonal problems. This is because visitors can find a spectacular view at this Silverlake Winery such as the colorful flowers, Khao Chi Chan as a background, sunset at the lake, and so on. Activities and grape-made products also provide more attraction to visitors.

The owner of Silverlake Winery is Thai ex-leading actress, named Supansa Nuangphirom, is inspired in establishing this winery after visiting several wineries in the United States. The current location of this winery, she said, was also chosen because of great advantages – near a reservoir, Khao Chi Chan, and Pattaya, which are constantly being developed to be a Pattaya tourist attraction.

After opening it to tourists, this winery was once promoted in the Thai TV series, named “Soot Saneha”, and became very popular to Thai visitors. These days, Thai visitors, especially from Bangkok, have included Silverlake in the list of places to visit when coming to Pattaya.

The main reason that Silverlake became even more interesting to visitors is its spectacular views. Visitors can see colorful flowers across the front of the vineyard, they can feel the gentle breeze while walking through or seeing the large vineyard. Khao Chi Chan, which is located near Silverlake is presented as a great background of the view. Moreover, lots of visitors are pleased to see the romantic atmosphere of the sunset on the reservoir. However, it is quite hot in the afternoon, so it would be better to bring a hat or whatever for protection against the sunlight.

Silverlake is still being developed to attract more visitors, adding more activities and grape-made products to encourage more visitors. Activities that tourists can currently do in the Silverlake are riding an ATV, horse-drawn carriage, Elephant rides, bicycling, and walking around the yard. In the case of grape-made products, there are wine, 100% grape juices, grape jam, grape pie, grape jelly, and raisins.

Additionally, there is a restaurant opposite the wine yards, so visitors need not prepare any food in Silverlake. However, visitors are allowed to take their own food to have a picnic there. With the windmill and reservoir, it would be a good choice to have a picnic at Silverlake Pattaya.

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The trip back to the city made us all hungry, so we headed to a favorite restaurant, which is not to fancy but busloads of tourists eats there. Here, we ordered meat with noodles served in big bowls. Then buying some food by the street where I tasted the grilled eggs. After lunch, we headed for the Lukdod Shop where they sell lots of souvenirs and other stuff here I saw that most of the patrons there are Russians. Passed-by Central Festival Mall then went to Big C to buy same groceries for the next day then headed home to rest and eat dinner

After dinner and resting a bit, we headed out to Pattaya Walking Street (which is like mabini here in the old days) where we watched a show that every tourist going to Thailand should watch… you did not visit Thailand if you did not watch this show. Like they say, “Good guys got to heaven, but bad guys go to Pattaya”. Here I did not bring my camera to take photos because cameras are not allowed inside the establishment, so I left it at home (but brought it the next day to take some photos). After a long night watching which closely resembles aling dionisa doing some stuffs with her private thing, we headed home laughing thinking how could they do all those things. After freshening up, i tasted the Pad Thai that we bought which was less noodles and full of other things and really tasted good and before i knew it, i finished the whole pack.

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Pa-THAI Tayo Dyan! At paiko-ikot pa

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Travel

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Pa-THAI Tayo Dyan! At paiko-ikot pa
BANGKOK/PATTAYA
ITLog No.7
25-30 June 2011

Woke up with a heavy down pour, when we went down to the lobby and met our driver where the day before we ask him to take us to a floating market and agreed to take us to three other places including the floating market (I thought he would just take us to a near-by floating market), left the hotel at around 0700hrs (0600hrs TT) and traveled almost 2 hours to the place known as Damnoen-Saduak known as the famous floating market where photos of this market are placed in postcards and are also used as a set for movies and TV commercials. Since it was raining and arrived a little early, we were one of the first boats going around the market and since it was still raining, the boat has a tarp over it to keep us dry.

Damnoen-Saduak this large and popular floating market is about 80km southwest of Bangkok in the Ratchaburi Province. Photos of this vibrant market featuring many small boats laden with colorful fruits and vegetable and paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hat, are among the most often published in Travel Magazines and Brochures of Thailand. The Damnoen-Saduak canal was ordered built in 1866 by King Rama IV of the Chakri Dynasty to facilitate waterborne travel between Ratchaburi and Samutsakhon Province. It was finished and opened to the public in 1868

Nowadays, apart from providing transportation, Damnoen-Saduak Canal also provides local farmers with adequate water for agricultural purposes. A number of canals were dug to connect with it by local peasants to get water to splatter their land. As the excellent quality of soil along the canal is very fertile, the area has a high potential for producing various kinds of fruits and vegetables. Visitors can find everything from vegetables and fruits to freshly cooked noodle and souvenirs at this lively market.

The floating market is routinely crowded with hundreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying agricultural products and local food, which are mostly brought from their own nearby orchards. Therefore, it is a very attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying goods.

After about an hour of going around the market it was time to head back to where we started and the boat started to speed back, after getting off the boat we were shown a photo of us in a small souvenir plate, taken when we boarded the boat.

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Then we headed back to Bangkok and passed by the Crocodile Farm but since it was raining had to be back at Bangkok by 1300hrs (1200hrs TT), we did not go in and instead headed to Wat Pho Temple or The 9 Wonders of Wat Pho.

Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimonmangklaraam Rajwaramahaviharn, a first grade royal monastery, which was regarded as being the most important one during the reign of King Rama I of the illustrious Chakri dynasty, is more widely known to visitors as “Wat Pho”.

The 9 Wonders of Wat Pho, a newly-launched mini-light-and-sound multimedia presentation, helps visitors gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation of the centuries-old cultural heritage, traditional Thai values and beliefs, folk knowledge and way of life encapsulated by this historic landmark.
Unlike other mini-light-and-sound shows, the version being presented at Wat Pho from 27 September 2008 through to 6 April 2009 is the first of its kind. The presentation consists of nine separate stage sets; each highlights one of the following nine wonders of Wat Pho.

Phra Buddhasaiyas (Viharn Phranorn)
The Viharn of the Reclining Buddha

The Vihara (pronounced Viharn) of the Reclining Buddha houses the Reclining Buddha of the reign of King Rama III. This is the largest and one of the finest Buddha images to be found in the kingdom. The mother-of-pearl inlay at the feet of the image is of the Thai-Chinese style, as indicated by 108 auspicious signs portraying natural scenes of both Indian and Chinese influences.
Sala Rai or Satellite Pavilions

The North Pavilion is a library of inscriptions on Thai traditional massage.
Thirty-two drawings of massage techniques are depicted on the ceiling of the veranda. There are also inscriptions of the first Thai proverbs known as Supasit Phra Ruang, Thai literary works called Kritsana Sorn Nong, and a portrait of the

Royal Kathin Procession.
Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn

This consists of a group of four huge pagodas surrounded by a white wall with sheltered gates built in the Thai-Chinese style and decorated with colour-glazed tiles and Chinese rockery guardians. The pagodas consist of Phra Maha Chedi Sri Sanpetdayarn, Phra Maha Chedi Dilok Dhammakaroknitarn, Phra Maha Chedi Muni Batborikharn, and Phra Maha Chedi Song Phra Srisuriyothai.
The Legend of Songkran

The Nang Songkran legend involves King Kabilaprom and Prince Thammaban. These characters are depicted on the inner walls of the porticos constructed during the reign of King Rama III.

The World Heritage Inscriptions

Wat Pho and the Fine Arts Department have worked in cooperation to establish a museum of Buddha images in the different art styles. The images are classified into three major categories including Buddhist Art, the Buddha’s Marks and the Buddha’s Attitudes.

Wat Pho has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World (MOW) Programme for 2009. The temple was recognized for the historic inscriptions and hermit statues teaching traditional Thai yoga housed inside it.
Wat Pho Giants
The outer walls of the Phra Mondob feature a collection of famous Thai proverbs called Kloang Lokaniti and scenes from the legend about the fight between the giants of Wat Pho Giants and Wat Jaeng that resulted in the emergence of Tha Tien pier.

Sala Karn Parien

The Sala Karn Parien pavilion was built in the Ayutthaya period as the main chapel of Wat Phodharam and was later restored during the reign of King Rama III. The principal Buddha image of Wat Phodharam named “Phra Buddha Sassada” was once enshrined here.

Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn
The main chapel was constructed during the reign of King Rama I in the Ayutthaya style. The principal Buddha image is Phra Buddha Deva Patimakorn in the gesture of a seated Buddha on a three-tiered pedestal called Phra Pang Smardhi.

Contorted Hermit Mount

The Contorted Hermit Mount was built during the reign of King Rama I. It was the centre of medical science and knowledge from the Ayutthaya period, reflected by statues of hermits or Rishi practicing physical exercises.

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Heading back to our hotel, we picked up our bags and checked-out, then we were brought by our driver to Victory Monument for our trip to the City of Pattaya. Here we rode a mini-van and saw that we were travelling along an elevated roadway with which was longer and better than our skyway here in the Philippines (most of their elevated road ways have no toll). We were dropped off at Pattaya Bus Terminal at around 1530hrs (1430hrs TT) where we were picked-up by our friends then headed to one of the hotels in Pattaya

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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is a striking 18-story property features 555 rooms and suites, all facing the ocean. All 555 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites offer a distinctive “Lost World” theme. The Lost World themed hotel is a true destination in its own right, style decor with a king-sized bed or 2 double beds complete with wide private furnished balcony or terrace, all overlooking the breathtaking resort gardens and ocean, featuring a minimum size of 42 square meters.

The new Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is located on Wong Amat Beach and Naklua Beach, North Pattaya, and is actually built on the original beach front land of the former Central Wong Amat Beach Resort.

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Next stop was the World Gems Co. Ltd., where we were given a Visitors VIP pass to enter the premises.

World Gems Co., Ltd. is the most reputable, largest, and longest running family jewellery store since 1973 from Pattaya City. World Gems was founded by Mr. Suthee and Mrs. Naengnoi Suwichakornpong from their little shop in South Pattaya Beach. After some 30 years, World Gems is a truly renowned destination among regular visitors to Pattaya, expatriates living in Thailand and the US Navy ships on their visits to Pattaya, for quality jewellery, reasonable price and dedication to customer satisfaction.

As a result of many years of good practice, World Gems was granted a Crest as a special recommendation by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in 1985. Pattaya World Gems can be found adjacent to South Pattaya Beach Walking Street.
In 1994, World Gems became the largest jewellery establishment in Phuket with the opening of the second flagship store on Patong Beach. Again, the store became very received by customers all over the world with continued philosophies, ethics, and commitment. Phuket World Gems can be found on Thaweewong Road (also known as Patong Beach Road).

Here is where they have framed artworks (which looks like paintings) made out of discarded gems and diamond dusts, an exhibit piece (which they say is for a hotel or bank) in a form of a peacock full of gems worth 3,800,000 BHT. We were shown raw rubies and if it were given to you, you would just throw it away because it looks like red poprocks. Here is where I got also a small earring made of Zirconium for my love on her birthday and in return I got two small glasses of cold coke from World Gems.

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Next stop was at the Monument Park and View Point. The monument in question pays honour to Admiral Krom Luang Jumborn Khet Udomsakdi (or the Prince of Jumborn).

He is famous for the contributions he made in developing the Thai Navy. Aged 13 he was sent to England to study and then joined the Royal Navy. He returned to Thailand and began bringing Western standards to the Thai navy, and introduced new tactics and strategies. Due to his help, the Thai Royal Navy became less reliant on having to recruit foreign officers. The Prince also founded the Royal Thai Naval Academy and the Marine Engineering School. Today he is known as the ‘Father of the Thai Navy.

Incense sticks burn slowly around the statue’s base, while on one side hundreds of miniature figures line up to salute the prince. In front of the Prince is a viewing area, surrounded by bushes and trees and cleverly walled off in the shape of a ship’s bow.

The views on offer are stunning. On one side is Pattaya, with its curving coastline. Behind the sliver of sand is evidence of just how enormous the city has become with condos and housing estates stretching back as far as the eye can see. On the other side are the Royal Cliff and its landing pad.

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Beside the Monument Park is the Wat Khao Phra Bat or Wat Khao Phratamnak, which is located on Khao Phratamnak. It lies opposite to the viewpoint on the hill. There is an imitation of the Buddha’s footprint, Buddha images of the Day and beautiful mondop. The Monument of the Father of modern Thai Navy, Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak is within a short walk.

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After visiting Khao Phratamnak, we headed home to leave our bags from the trip then headed for The Fish, where we ate buffet of seafood. They not only serve seafood but also different kinds of meat and vegetables plus fruits, where they grill or cook it for you or you could cook it yourself (shabu-shabu style). After the heavy dinner and loads of ice cream we headed for Foodland to buy some groceries and food for our breakfast the next day. Heading home and freshening up, we rested for night, which was almost 0100hrs (2400hrsTT).

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Pa-THAI Tayo Dyan!

Posted: July 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Pa-THAI tayo dyan!
SIAM: THAILAND (Chatuchak)
ITLog No.7
25-30 June 2011

Anybody who love travelling will say that travelling is tiring… starting from preparing for the trip, packing your things for the trip, hustling to the airport or bus station, moving from one place to another but for us… it is satisfying!

Ever since I watched the movie The King and I when I was small (I think it was shown on TV that time), I started to be fascinated with the land of Siam and later did I know that it was Thailand. I have been reading a lot about Thailand, its people and temples, Buddha, the elephants and Floating Markets, The Bridge on the River Kwai and was also connected in some way with the Vietnam War.

For 500 years, Westerners have called one magical Asian kingdom “Siam”
16th century French travelers reported that the Siamese capital Ayutthaya was the most beautiful city in the East, rivaling Paris itself. Their detailed accounts described Siam as a land of fabulous temples and traditions set in pleasure garden surroundings.

Since then the mention of Siam has inspired visions of a lush Far Eastern paradise… a land of great Kings and Queens, gilded palaces, complex culture and intricate handicrafts. The truth about Siam is every bit as exotic as the fantastic accounts Westerners have related for 500 years. And more.

Siam still blends beauty, ancient traditions and tropical abundance. Siam’s reigning King Bhumibol Adulyadej is an enlightened and compassionate champion of the people. King Bhumibol, born December 5th, 1927 in Cambridge Massachusetts, is the world’s only American-born monarch. He ascended the throne of Siam on June 9th, 1946 at 18 years of age and today he is the world’s longest reigning monarch.

His dedication to his duties and his people is extraordinary. He is a king not only by birth, but also by his actions and accomplishments. For this he is rewarded by the unwavering love, respect and devotion of all Thai citizens.

On May 11, 1949 Siam became Thailand, the “Land of the Free”, ruled by a constitutional monarchy. Unlike all of its Southeast Asian neighbors, Thailand was never colonized by a Western power. This rare history of freedom has made Thais intensely proud of their Siamese culture and sincere in welcoming visitors and ideas from around the world.

Reading all this, I was so excited that we would be visiting the land of elephants. Our flight was at 2135hrs and was at the airport at around 1900hrs, and checked in our bags but was surprised to learn that our flight was Go Lite, which we do not normally get (we always book our flights with luggage because of the things we would carry and was not indicated in our ticket), and Cebu Pacific was charging us Php400 each which normally would be an additional Php100 each for the 15kgs luggage (which I think is another way to rip passengers off). After the hassle in the check-in counter, we headed for Yellow Cab Pizza to feast on some Dear Darla Pizza, then we lounged at the lounging area to wait for boarding. Boarded the plane at around 2100hrs. Arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 2400hrs (2300hrs TT) and was picked up by a friend and headed for our hotel but learned that we could only check in a 0600hrs (0500hrs TT), so we headed out and ate at a roadside restaurant where they serve good food and saw that they have ducks eggs which was color pink. After eating we bought some Durian, which tasted and smells better than those they sell here in the Philippines (which I learned that the fruits here are the lowest kind of durian – kaya mabaho at di masyadong masarap). Then, headed back to the hotel and waited, then checked in and rested for our planned whole day shopping at Chatuchak.

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Woke up at 0800hrs (0700hrs TT) and prepared for the day, then headed for Chatuchak by Tok-tok. At Chatuchak we walk around and tried to get something to eat for breakfast (stalls were still closed because it was still early). We tried tasting the foods that we see around and I was amazed how many kinds of food you could see in one place.

Though there are many markets throughout Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend Market is still pretty much the undisputed king of them all. The scale of it is pretty unbelievable – it covers an area of 70 rai (35 acres), contains more than 15 000 shops and stalls, has over 200 000 visitors each day, and they spend an estimated total of 30 million baht (approx US$750 000). The range of products on sale is extensive, and includes household accessories, handicrafts, religious artifacts, art, antiques, live animals (which unfortunately are frequently caged in cruel conditions), books, music, clothes, food, plants and flowers etc.

Chatuchak (Jatujak) is a particularly good place to buy all sorts of Thai handicrafts, as there’s a huge range, the quality is high and the intense competition keeps the prices low. Be careful when buying antiques, the large majority of goods that they offer are fakes and telling the difference between the genuine and the copies can be extremely difficult. Genuine antiques require a permit to be taken out of the country, but you will also need a permit if a fake is good enough to fool the inspecting custom officers.
Bargaining is expected, if not mandatory, at Chatuchak and the prices are generally substantially cheaper than the shopping centers and street stalls on Silom and Sukhumvit. Many shops in the more centrals areas of the city also have a branch here, selling the same goods for much lower prices.

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Eating lunch in Chatuchak (pork balls with noodles), and then went around again to see more of the place. After all the shopping we did, we headed back to the hotel to leave our things and headed for Big C (a big shopping mall here in Thailand) where I saw a 52” LCD TV (Samsung) selling for only 12,000BHT. This is a great place to shop for groceries because of the wide range of stocks just like S&R in the Philippines.

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Walking back to our hotel, buying some food along the way, and then ate dinner at our hotel room, then around 2000hrs (1900hrs TT) we headed back again to Chatuchak and walk around, this time stalls were already closing but other vendors ply their wares along the streets. Then after a long day, we headed back to our hotel to rest, for tomorrow would be another long and exciting day.

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