My Travel Story Chapter 4: Thai Is An Art Land

It wasn’t the first visit to Thailand, but I was amazed every time by its art sense.
Let’s feed yourself with pix below,taken at Krabi and Phuket.

Beautifully inspired-by-butterfly chair.

I adore the mosaic road, can I dance along the curve?

Most of bike parked at roadside are so so cute. I believe this should belong to a lady owner, should belong…I guess.

Monkey bus station

Another piece of art on the floor.

Where is Note Shop?

Red mushrom

Me n husband totally fall in love with these colorful waterproof backpack.
I’m not kidding you that my house have three of them: black, yellow n blue RIGHT NOW~

I spot GUINNESS!

Yes, I am living in sunlight, positively, happily…

And I think I should go bed now. Tomorrow is the Super GT Racing, I gotta wake up kinda early (Hello Sunday~). I am so excited! This post was 5 hrs late as I promised EVERRY SATURDAY 9PM, past week was a freaking busy one. Good night my world here, and sweet dream everyone. XOXO Luv you all!

My Travel Story Chapter 2: Thai Food

To all of my dear readers, you are warned that this post is not suitable to be viewed with empty stomach. You will be feed with thirty over irresistible food pix later. All food pix are taken during mt last trip, bloggers always feed their camera before feeding their mouth.

Coconut, spelling of an old-fashioned form of the word. The term is derived from 16th century Portuguese and Spanish cocos, meaning “grinning face”, from the three small holes on the coconut shell that resemble human facial features (source fr here). Coconut seen everywhere in Thailand, coconut water is the my favor drink, good for reducing your body inner heat.

Experiencing this delightful and refreshing cocktail with coconut milk as its ingredient at Blue Mango Restaurant, luv luv luv!

Okay, when we said Thai food, we can’t miss out tom yum! Its widely served in Thailand. Four of us have been craving this drooling dish almost everymeal, unless three of us was food poison in middle of the trip.

Pad Thai, from Blue Mango Restaurant.

We at Blue Mango.

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Royal Tandoor at Krabi, owned by Indian boss, to be truth their in Indian food is super good yet Thai food was so so only.

Yes, we let our camera eat first.

Lime steam fish.

Ying Li doing a good wife duty, me the bad wife know take photo only, hehe…

Highly recommended their green curry chicken, the best I have tasted so far. Small portion (about six tiny chunks chic meat) in the bowl for 200 baht.

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Chang beer, every where in Thai.

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Four of us hubby, me ying li n khai having breakkie in our hotel, La Playa Resort. Typical hotel food but it was good.

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We go sapu Ao Nang Night Market (closed on Thursday).
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Dear food lovers, here’s the cheap food heaven!

A hawker stall near junction of Ao Nang Night Market. Don’t really understand what was written on menu, we order by pointing the food out. ^^

Super stew pork leg.

Don’t really know what is this, I can’t read Thai but taste good also.

Fried chicken dish, thumbs up! From the same stall as well.

Steam water chestnut, the first stall at the entrance of night market. The little stall was nicely decorated by pandan-leaf-fold roses.

I told the lady boss the roses are beautiful, she made one for me instantly. ^^

Look good but didn’t try out, my stomach running full…

Guess their typical way of ikan bakar, saw them in Bangkok before.

Nangka jeruk?

Sweet dessert, have no idea what’s it made of. The owner cant speak English I can’t speak Thai, I only know swadeekap kap kap kap…

I grab frozen yogurt at this stall as my dessert.

Not kidding, they are really pure juice.

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Street hawker food: Pancake

Street hawker food: Monkey noodle
I am not sure the boss kidding on it or it really called that funny name. It was the last bowl when I go near the stall and it was belong to someone else, so didn’t try out this, guess it taste good.

Thai is an art place, they emphasize the beauty of display, even just a piece of pineapple.

Street hawker food: prawn tempura

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Okay, I am very very fascinated in this dish: Som Tam!!! I saw a stall surrounded by local people and tourist, I go near to check it out. It was just like local rojak, he sliced everything inside a mortar, pour in seasoning then mix everything well. It can be eaten like this or served with noodles. I can’t resist how tasty it is after first bite.

I observe what he got in his stall, and I swear I go back I must make my own! ^^

Tada, here you are! My version of Som Tam in Queenie kitchen! I am using:

extra virgin olive oil (I swap oil dressing to olive oil , the only oil I have in my house. ><)
cincalok ( made from Malaka one, hahaha)
fish sauce
the greenest papaya I pick from grocer store
long beans
tomato
cucumber
lemon juice (it suppose using lime juice actually)
cili padi

I slice my papaya in this way.

Everything sliced then pour in seasoning according your taste.

Chilled and served.
I have been keep making this dish almost twice a week since back from Krabi…

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More pix coming up in chapter 3 next week, bye bye~

My Travel Story Chapter 1: Diving At Phi Phi Island

The story was began few months ago. It was about four Padi-certificated-open-water-divers planning to dive at Krabi. These four fellow not even touch BCD after they got their PADI two years ago. Recall back memories from years ago, actually there was sixteen of them dived together. Two years later, some of them pregnant, some of them phobia of going back to sea…end up there are only four of them appear in this journey…

Here you are
ying li, khai,  my hubby n me

Just like normal tourist did, we surveyed few diving center in Krabi. We wanted to go the famous Phi Phi Island! Prices are about the same: Pick up from our hotel, 2 dives at different spot, lunch included, equipment included, sent back to hotel, it cost us 3500 baht (roughly about RM350).

Ok, this is our final decision: Local Diving! This mat salleh’s presentation was so good. He sound like a pro, till we willing to dive with him.

The nightmare began when we see this boat! Yeah, local dive with “traditional” boat. Our reaction was like: Are you kidding me? This boat should use for fishing right? It took us one and half hour from Krabi land to reach Phi Phi Island. ><

Other than these diver’s equipment, the rest didn’t look like for diving purpose. Never!

We saw this at some corner, that we believed that our lunch are really “included”… Yet, we have another experience that tourists never have before. For example, experiences life as refugees, how do them sail from their country, in a boat on wavy ocean… portray in pix below… ><

my refugee portrait (when conscious)
Luckily I am the person who able to sleep everywhere anytime, on bus, on plane, on boat…this truly save my one and a half hour when going…

We visit two places respectively Pi Leh Wall and Viking Cave.

Thank god khai brought waterproof casing for his DSLR.
All water photos coustesy of khai n ying li.

Salted till can’t open eyes…

me in diver uniform~ V^^V

me n khai

ying li

If you ask me how’s Phi Phi Island underwater world look like?  If we don’t compare with expensive diving spot like Maldives, I would tell you the best are in Malaysia honestly (Redang, Perhentian & Lang Tengah, these there places I have been visited 3 times). Water visibility are low like pix above, so I not going to post the other.

The hardest part would be getting back to the boat. The tank are so heavy, so do the five stones on my waist…

Good actor, who not feeling well actually. That was a windy day on waving sea… I feel vomit.

Not only me, whole boat tourist throw up actually. Well we have 4 couples totally on boat, another 2 pairs was from Poland and Japan.

The Poland man sea sick badly.

The most not gorgeous portrait of me, a refugee eating watermelon on boat. But nevermind, it will gone after thrown up afterward…before reaching my stomach.

Dreamy version refugee portraits.

we n beautiful Poland lady and shy local dive master.

I found out their “local diving” logo pretty much alike with superman one, what do you think?

I do not deny that Local Diving was trying to cheat on tourists who believed them in their sweet words. They convinced us to buy their package but actually provided us the worst which we do not deserve to. The fishing boat was stinky and dirty actually. The irresponsible dive master even skip away when we need him to fill in our log book! Our whole trip was fucked up after one day sea sick, and that was just begin day of our trip. We didn’t read brochure carefully they mentioned they are using traditional boat to experience local diving (small words at bottom part) Come on, who read all words during travel? If yes, if you are promoting the beauty of traditional boat, please show us the beauty of it! We found out later, same distance, speed boat (pix above) only takes half an hour when ours takes one and half hour. See the difference? We wasted two hours on the sea for…..vomit. ><lll

Please recognise this diving center with a koyak dive suit mannequin displayed in front, I proudly present you the Local Diving, Krabi.
Yes, do no enter!

My Travel Story: Sneak Peak

It was two weeks ago after last trip, and I admit all travel pix are still lying in my gears. There are tons of photo I wan to share but there is the same lousy excuse I am using all the while: I’m so busy, hell ya~ Many many thoughts appear in my mind that how should I categorized them, if not there will be quite mess. At last I decided put them in story telling way in every of my post, show time will be every Saturday 9pm. At last, I would like to special thanks to my travel buddies Mok and Ying Li get me thid fabulous pix during the trip. Stay tune~