Foodtrip: T&K Seafood Restaurant, Bangkok

I have a confession to make. I am in love with food. I am a hard-core food fanatic. 

This was one of the reasons I was giddy with happiness when I learned that I will be sent to Bangkok, Thailand for a workshop. I've heard so much about Thai food that I just have to see for myself what it is all about.

Ironically, the best meal I have ever had in Bangkok was dished out by a (pseudo) Chinese restaurant. T&K Seafood Restaurant is found on a busy corner in downtown Chinatown. It is not very difficult to miss, because the whole of Thailand eats there. Tables and chairs spill down the lengths of the street, never mind the errant taxi drivers and the dangers of getting hit. What matters is the food.

Busy street=Good Food

We did not plan to eat there, really. We just chanced upon an english-speaking taxi driver who told us that we should eat there. Now I have always trusted taxi drivers; in fact, here in Manila, I like eating at hole in the walls teeming with all sorts of drivers. That's my indicator that the food is cheap but good.

Anyway, the food is indeed cheap here. The place leans a little bit on the dingy side. Every table and chair in the makeshift restaurant extension found in the street was full, so we were directed to go inside the (real) restaurant. It was full, so we were told to go up. We climbed three (dirty) flights of stairs until we found an empty table. Yes, it is THAT FULL.

Do not be intimated by the dirty dishes =p (Promise, it's worth it)

And rightly so.

The food was amazing. I have always liked spicy food and this is no exception. We got a whole steamed fish for less than 200+ Baht, a plateful of fried rice for less than 100+, a magnificent vegetable dish (a must-try, except I forgot to take a picture) and a panful of steamed mussels (75 Baht). If my Mathematics served me right, we spent about 500+ Baht for the meal, including tip.


I always get dizzy when I'm hungry. In this food trip, I got dizzy because I was full. That was a pleasant surprise every Thai and tourist must get.


Eat where the locals eat, that way you are assured of great food. To go to T&K Seafood Restaurant, call them (check picture with the numbers), or have your hotel receptionist write this address down in Thai and show it to your cab driver:

T&K Seafood Restaurant

49-51, Phadungdao Rd, Samphanthawong, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, 10100

What Pho: Visiting the Great Reclining Buddha

The one thing I really like about Bangkok is its "temple component"; that's the phrase me and my friends coined. We resolved to have different components in our Thailand trip: hence, we had the nightlife component, hotel component, hostel component, shopping component, food component and of course, the temple component.


With that said, we scheduled a visit to Bangkok's greatest temple, the What Pho, temple of the (biggest) reclining buddha. We managed to squeeze the visit the morning before our flight, and since it was on a Sunday, we were hoping for traffic-free streets, which the Bangkok-gods may have heard, for it took us only a while to reach What Pho.

We paid 50 baht for the entrance to a really big courtyard adorned with magnificent temples and quite a number of buddhas. We paid a visit to each, and I managed to say a wish...well, okay, it wasn't just one wish; I guess I said three.


We looked around until we saw a number of tourists huddled to what looked like THE temple. True enough, it was where the Reclining Buddha was housed. He was massive. I was wondering if he was made from pure gold, but I never got to find out. Needless to say, he was a sight to behold and you almost get a certain godly aura just by looking at him.

We spent about 2 hours taking pictures and going around the What Pho. By the time we finished, it was almost midday and scorching hot. We wanted to visit the Grand Palace, which was just walking distance to the What Pho, but we figured we would skip it.

We then went out and walked about a block or so to get a taxi. By that time we were dehydrated and tired like crazy. But my camera was full and my soul was happy.


Wear slippers or shoes that could easily be removed, as this is required before you are allowed to enter a temple. Do not wear skimpy clothes (yes, even if it's scorching hot). And most importantly, be careful of taxi drivers offering you to go to the GEM FACTORY. There is no such thing as a gem factory. It's all a big scam and if you fall for it, you might end up penniless in Bangkok.

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Death by Chatuchak

Because I am such a thrifting junkie, it came as no surprise that I almost passed out at Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand.

Dubbed as the world's biggest market, there is talk that it houses 9,000 stalls selling various goodies. In fact, the market is divided into several zones: used clothes, clothes and accessories, antiques, furniture, handicrafts, animals, pets, souvenirs and a whole lot more. It is accessible via BTS (skytrain) although you do have to walk a short distance through the Chatuchak Park in order to get to the market.

It was an exhausting but extremely fulfilling adventure. I first thought people to be nuts; imagine, they were carrying lightweight luggage into the market! But after 3 hours of intense shopping, my shoulders were raw from the shopping bag I was carrying and I wished for dear life that I had one of those rolling bags instead.

I also thought the whole market was spaced nicely. There was not a lot of shoving and pushing (like what we get here in the markets of the Philippines), and you can hear Thai musicians braving the scorching heat just to play soothing Thai music. As for the toilets, well, that's another story. Suffice it to say that you better hold on and endure as much as you can.

Be sure to taste the various street food for sale in street carts there. The fruits are to die for, and I did not even care to ask what I was eating; I was so hungry I wolfed down the first yummies I could see.

As for my haul, *clears throat*, perhaps I will show you what I bought some other time. I died for my jodphur/loose tights (yehey!), bags for friends, and shirts for my brothers.


Wear very comfortable shoes, you will be walking for hours. Leave your camera; we spent half a day there and I only managed to take 2 pictures! That is how overwhelming it is. Lastly, take a cab on your way home. Trust me, you would not have the energy to walk up a flight of stairs to go to the Skytrain.

Wanting/Needing a Massage

I'm back!

I have truckloads of posts I need to write and pictures that I need to upload, but hey. Allow me to tell you one thing that almost made me move to Bangkok: Thai massage.

It is a dry (meaning, no oil, no balms, no nothing) massage that involves a lot of pushing and pulling and putting pressure on certain points. It is oftentimes painful and will cease to be only when you surrender to the helpless sensation of letting your Thai masseuse who speaks no English knead your muscles into supple perfection. 

I found it extremely satisfying (and I say it with a masochistic laugh). It left me dead to the world and utterly refreshed. I almost forgot about my (numerous) problems, and my never-ending To-Do List.

This Thai Massage makes me want to go back to Bangkok immediately.

P.S. The Doctor is vaIN is having a contest for Manila and NCR Philippine residents! She's giving away a Terra Spa gift certificate for a massage! Hop on over to and check it out. Hmmm...I wish I would get lucky. I think Bangkok has started in me a flurry of massage craving. Note to friends and donors: I, I need, a massage gift certificate for Christmas.

Visit: Marriott Resort & Spa

I was quite fortunate to have stayed at the famous Marriott Resort & Spa while I was in Bangkok, Thailand. It is a lush complex of buildings located at the other side of Chao Phraya River, accessible both via land and by river taxi.

We arrived in the afternoon and was immediately greeted by a very friendly Thai bellboy who welcomed us back, even if it was our first time there. That was what struck me the most about Bangkok; it's people are very friendly without being obstrusive.

The room is bigger than some of the hotel rooms I've stayed in, and the facilities were okay. The bar food was expensive as expected, and the view we had was not as fantastic as we had hoped (think rooftops).

The poolside was amazing, although I never had the chance to take a dip.

And the food? The food was to die for.

My friend actually gained 7kilos (KILOS, ladies, KILOS) from the 5 days we spent eating at their buffet. Breakfast was an assortment of sausages, pastries, a cheese spread, a cereal station, a cured meats section and lots more.

Lunch was more intricate with a salad section, a japanese section, a soup station, roast meats, indian/halal food, and the ever glorious dessert station.

Needless to say, I was dead full every, single day. I was such a glutton that I know that I definitely have to purge when I get back. (I promise you more food pics next; just need to figure out how to go about this water marking business. any ideas?)


The Marriott Ferry travels back and forth the hotel and the city. It carries passengers from 6am till midnight. The pier is just right below a BTS station, which makes going around the city much more easier. However, if you are going with a group of 3 people of more, and it is not rush hour, go get a cab. Taxis in Bangkok are much cheaper; drivers are friendly, too! Don't forget to bring a printed copy/map of where you want to go, in THAI.

Feeding Feet to Thai Fishes

Sawadee Ka ~ Hello (spoken if you are a woman)
Sawadee Krap ~ Hello (spoken if you are a man)

Sawadee Ka, everyone! I write to you in the Land of Smiles, Thailand! I am actually in the thick of my workshop, and haven’t really gone shopping as of yet. However, me and my colleagues from the Philippines had the opportunity to visit Sua Lum Night Market last night, and it was just breathtaking.

The most interesting and the most memorable part of it would have to be the Thai Fish Massage, which lasts for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your tolerance and your wallet. Basically, a fish massage parlor is just a stall which hosts a huge aquarium full of tiny little fishes which eagerly awaits your feet. I’ve read somewhere that you can find these stalls almost everywhere In Bangkok, but in our case, we found it in Sua Lum Night Bazaar.

It starts off to be excruciatingly ticklish, and therefore would work best if you are with friends, because I guarantee that even the most prudent and the most stoic person cannot help but laugh out loud.

That’s what I did.

In fact, I do not think I laughed. I think I screamed, even, as this army of little fishes came rushing to my feet and started nibbling its way to wherever there was space. Make no mistake. It is not at all painful. The sensation feels like someone just tickled your whole feet in a much more comprehensive manner.

After a while, when the fish has settled comfortably to their nibbling position, I got used to it and found it pleasant. I was amazed that I was witnessing this symbiotic relationship happening at my feet. You feed the fish your dead skin cells, and they clean your feet in the process.

Overall, I think that every single person who visits Thailand MUST go get a fish massage. It’s cheap: averaging 150 Baht for 15 minutes, and 250 Baht for 30 minutes; it’s fun: you are sure to laugh OUT LOUD; and it’s one of a kind.

For now, this ranks way up high on my list of things to do in Bangkok. Of course I have yet to go to the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, and I have yet to experience Thai Massage.


Are you more adventurous than I am?

If you are, go get a WHOLE BODY fish massage; For 1,000 Baht, you get a tubful of fishes eager to feast on your body. The thought of it makes me shudder, but hey, some people have done it and loved it. Whatever floats your boat, man.

A Hot Pink Find and a Small Haul

I've been so stressed out lately that I never thought this day would come. By this day, I meant being able to actually buy a digicam. I've had one before, but I lost it (though not my fault; it uncannily disappeared from my bag; Shame you, you thief!)

I've been brooding for so long, but today, I had the courage to move on to this...

pic taken from

Don't you think it's pretty?

It's much more sexy in person, and I cannot wait to have more fun with it. I'm especially pumped up because I am going to use it in Bangkok! I'm flying there tomorrow for a workshop, but I'll be sure to 1. shop; 2. get a fish massage; 3. check out the nightlife; and 4. eat to my heart's delight.


Because my sleeping pattern has been interrupted by this very stressful week, I broke out like crazy. It came in the form of small rashes, pimple-like in appearance, but rash-like in size. It may be the new moisturizer I've been using, which I stopped using, because I will not risk finding out that IT is the culprit. With that said, I switched to my good old:

I also bought two masks from The Face Shop: Strawberry Yoghurt Pack and the Vita B Mask Sheet:

If I finish packing early, I think I'm going to try one, and squeeze in a review before I leave early tomorrow morning.

Can't wait to post Bangkok pics!

Katrina's Fab Giveaway

Wow, it's my third day here and I've got 2 followers! Heaven knows how happy that makes me feel :)

I still have to buy a camera, hopefully before this week ends, I'm going to be able to show you stuff, instead of just blabbing like I'm nuts.

To compensate, I bring you another blogger's giveaway. It's quite amazing how bloggers have been blogging for years, I wonder if I can achieve that, but we'll see ;)

Oh, of course you wanna jump right into the giveaway. Go to
Katrina's blog so you would have the chance to win these:

P.S. I found out how to change fonts and colors and sizes. Yey!
P.S.S I'm off to the Post Office later to claim a package! Double yey!

Woes of the 2nd Day+Giveaway

I woke up quite groggy after having stayed up 'till about 3am, pausing and playing a video box in a website that ironically promised (continuous) streaming of Philippine TV shows.

I spent some time worrying about this blog, how it's going to be picture-less, considering I have yet to buy a camera. I searched on google as to how I'm supposed to go about this blogging thing, and then I just gave up. I proceeded with my usual routine of checking my mail and blog hopping, and then....ta...da...

I. found. this on
Maggie's Blog

...A GIVEAWAY!?!?!?

The drool-worthy prizes:

1) Must be a follower.
2) One comment per person. If more than one, the person will be disqualified.
3) Giveaway ends on November 29, 2009 at 11:59PM EST
4) Must have more than 10 people enter or it will be cancelled.
5) Winner will be chosen at random via
6) Include your email in your comment.
7) Open internationally.

Answer these questions in a blog post and link back to my giveaway post**:

* What is your most prized possession?
* What is your definition of beauty?
* What makeup item (Brand and name of product) would you recommend to me?
* What is your favorite KIND of makeup item and why?
* A weird factoid about you. :B
* What is the fondest memory of your childhood?
* Describe yourself honestly.
* Tell me something I could do to improve my blog.

**If you don't have a blog, just do it in ONE COMMENT in the comment section. If you do have a blog, please write it on there and leave me ONE comment telling me you've entered and give me the link to your entry. I don't want to have all the entries cluttered in the comment section. ><;


Of course, I want to win! *ahem, ahem* *clearing throat to shell out Ms. Universe answers*

1. What is your most prized possession?

It used to be my Ipod; but then my younger brother "borrowed' and kept it, so now
it has to be my laptop.

2. What is your definition of beauty?

Beauty is all about attitude. I wonder sometimes why people who are not really
pretty looked particularly beautiful. And then I realized, it's because they
feel beautiful.

3. What makeup item (Brand and name of product) would you recommend to me?

Definitely mineral makeup foundation. It feels light on the skin, and improves it
too. You should try Joppa, Meow, Pure Anada and EG Minerals. These are my HG
mineral makeup products.

4. What is your favorite KIND of makeup item and why?

Lipbalm. Because I need it. I have huge lips and they chap like hell. Lipbalm
keeps chappies at bay

5. A weird factoid about you. :B

I am allergic to traditional makeup. (seriously) But I can wear them for a couple
of hours before I break up. So yeah, much to my dermatologist's fury, I still wear
them, especially on special occasions

6. What is the fondest memory of your childhood?

My birthday. Every year my mom would bake me a birthday cake and because she is so
good at baking, I'd gloat each time she presented me with an awesome cake.

7. Describe yourself honestly.

I've come to realize that my life is not easy. But I've also realized how
positive I think. I embrace emotions and cry easily. But I am also quite stubborn.
I like to make people laugh because I just like laughing.

8. Tell me something I could do to improve my blog.

More posts, and less of the very purple background :)

THAT'S IT! I'm done!
It's now your turn to say something about yourself!
Go visit
Maggie's Blog
. Now na!

One Big Hello

Today, I've clicked on tons of blogs for lack of things to do and then, it hit me.

Hey, how come I don't have a blog?

I do actually. I have one in Multiply, which I also keep as my online photo album. My friends are all there, so it's difficult not to talk about things that they could all relate to. Not that it's bad, but I tend to just limit posts to very personal things...

and really, sometimes, I just wanna talk about my crazy obsession to vintage, mineral makeup and the like.

So yeah, here I am. I haven't gotten a good grasp as how to to twists things in here, but gimme a couple more days, I'd be grooving like your next-door neighbor. *wink*
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