Prakanong Canal Trip


Before many of Bangkok’s canals were filled-up to make roads, the capital city was called “The Venice of Asia”. This canal around the Prakanong area (Sukhumvit 71) shows how getting on a boat can get you pretty much anywhere – temples, residential areas, markets. Along the way, you’ll also see traditional wooden Thai-style houses, modern high rises, rickety shacks, and green… so much green…

Educational Jungle in Sukhumvit~!!


Could it be… that Emporium is starting to get ‘IT’~?? The ‘it’ is the irony of transporting live animals and then displaying them inside a department store to drive home the message of “environmental protection”.

For those who don’t know, every year, Emporium (in Sukhumvit 24) transforms itself into a “jungle paradise” to promote conservation, though I suspect its main aim is to attract people who don’t usually come to Emporium because every time Emporium gets all jungly and wild, people FLOCK to the department store like moths to a flame, especially those with hyperactive kids~!! (Pardon all the beastly associations ha ha ha).

The whole event is sponsored by big companies, usually those in the insurance and energy businesses. Hmmmm…… (*massages chin*).

This jungly infatuation started in 2007, when Emporium went aaaaaall the way to ensure TOTAL EXOTIC-NESS. It had cages to display rare animals like binturongs:

pheasants

butterflies

cockatoos

even Bengal tigers~!! (which actually weren’t caged~!!). People could actually “cuddle” and pose for pictures with these wild cats (I didn’t).

In 2011, some protesters actually demonstrated in front of Emporium to condemn the use and display of wild animals inside a mall:

(read the whole article HERE)

This time, Emporium focused on some reptiles:

There were chickens in cages too:

This year, the gimmicky event is held once again, under the title of “The Mystique Whisper” (sheesh). There are no more live animals. Instead, there are simple animal figures, made from recycled materials, like this gorilla (decorated by straws):

and this flowery elephant:

and this multicolored, fluffy mandrill:

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Gorgeous Traditional Thai House


And if you’ve got the dough, you can rent it~!!!! This traditional wooden Thai-style house is located in the Ekamai (Sukhumvit 63) area, and I’ve got a feeling that some seriously loaded foreigner with an Oriental fetish would luuuurve staying here~!! If you’re that person, you can contact Siam Home Source HERE. For those of you who aren’t rich enough, well, y’all can just perve on the house from this clip:

Oyster Luuurve~!!!


Oyster lovers slurped some reeeeeally excellent oysters at “The Oyster Thing” event, held at Dib Dib (which is OUTSIDE Sukhumvit, but I just gotta shout this out to da world~!!).

I recently became an oyster convert, thanks to the Japanese oysters at Torajiro (with branches in Sukhumvit 26 and Sukhumvit 39):

These raw oysters are CREAMY~~!!!! All you need is a little dash of ponzu sauce, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of onion leaves~!!

The oysters at “The Oyster Thing” were some of the best in the world:

We tried ALL the oysters on the half shell and the W1 (Estrella Damm Inedit Beer and 6 Fine de Claire) as well as the W2 (Cantavida Chardonnay and 6 Fine de Claire)~!!

(I forgot to take pics of all the food and drinks coz I was tooo busy slurping)

P.S. The ribs at Dib Dib were also yummy~!!!

REVIEW: “No Easy Day” by Mark Owen


I finished “No Easy Day” in one day.

The text was extremely easy to read, the pace was brisk and I’m 100% sure all the action mentioned in the book would make a GREAT shoot-em-up movie~!!

For those of you who haven’t heard of “No Easy Day” (have you been living in a cave~?!), the book is based on the real-life account of a U.S. Navy Seal member of the team that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

The first half of the book detailed Mark Owen’s (the writer’s pseudonym) background – his childhood in Alaska, his early realization that he wanted to be a Navy Seal, the grueling mental and physical training, and his various earlier missions before Operation Neptune Spear. The second half focused on the preparation and execution of the bin Laden raid, as well as what happened afterwards.

FYI – the U.S. government might pursue legal action against the writer for “leaking classified information” (the writer and publisher deny this).

Reading the book, I myself often felt that the details, even the colored pictures presented were a bit vague and/or plain (on purpose, to protect all concerned parties’ safety), so I don’t know why the U.S. government is kicking up such a fuss and getting its knickers in a twist, but that’s just me (and I ain’t no Navy SEAL).

So while “No Easy Day” does not contain any earth-shattering “top military secrets”, it is still a fun romp nevertheless.

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Japanese Porn Star’s Club in Sukhumvit 33~!!!!


First of all, a disclaimer: I ain’t his fan. Truly.

However, I’m tolerant about whatever floats anybody’s boat.

Anyhoo, so Mr. Hiroshi Shimabukuro apparently has his own club in Sukhumvit 33.

It’s called VANILLA, which sounds pretty tame for someone who does bedroom acrobatics for a living. I mean, the term “vanilla” usually connotes something that is “usual” or “plain”.

However, that pic of red luscious lips licking a melting vanilla ice cream below the huge ass pic of  Hiroshi-san’s gigantic mug is somethin’ else (*giggle*).

The Japanese characters in black say “AV (short for ‘adult video’) Actor Hiroshi Shimabukuro’s Shop”.

That yellow sign is pretty hard to miss, even inside Sukhumvit 33, which has TONS of naughty bars and clubs.

And look~~~~ Hiroshi-san certainly knows how to gain the local Thais’ favor – he’s doing the “wai” in the pic~!!! (*swoon*)

Random Silly Sukhumvit Stuff


My oh-so-delicate taxi driver is wearing a homemade anti-UV arm protection to keep his arms fair:

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This posse of mutts practically OWNS the Fifty-Fifth Plaza building:

 

(yeap, they make up the only group of dogs allowed to roam around in Thonglo 2, Sukhumvit 55)

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IHADAK approves of the Thai seafood restaurant near the Filipino Embassy on Sukhumvit:

(Sukhumvit 30/1)

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A Space Invaders mosaic in Sukhumvit:

(found in front of Terminal 21, Asoke)

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“Shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist”. WORD.

(found in Thonglo 13, Sukhumvit 55)

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All attempts to understand will be futile.

Worse, it might drive you insane.

This is Thailand.

Don’t try to understand.

JUST ACCEPT~!!

FAVORITE: Nirai Kanai (Thonglo 13)


Nirai Kanai specializes in Okinawan food.

For those who don’t know, Okinawa is the southern-most island in Japan. It wasn’t part of Imperial Japan mainland originally, until it was annexed in the late 1800s (during the Meiji Era).

As a result of its cultural and geographical (Okinawa is actually closer to Taiwan than Japan!) isolation, Okinawa has its own culture – language, religion, rituals, and yessss… FOOD, glorious food~!!

Nirai Kanai is located in Thonglo 13 (Sukhumvit 55), in a converted house (which actually used to be a fancy French restaurant).

Boy, do I looove their stuff~!!

First of all, Nirai Kanai’s got this very rustic, beachy appearance:

Inside, the casual vibes continue:

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Flood Prep Exhibition in Sukhumvit 24


The TCDC (Thailand Culture and Design Center) on the 6th floor of Emporium (Sukhumvit 24) is holding a very informative exhibition titled “ALWAYS PREPARE: Living With Changes”. It focuses on disaster (specifically: FLOODING) preparation, inspired by the Dutch and the Japanese.

Some of the highlights include new models of anti-flood houses, “flood fashion” (light, strong, waterproof materials), tips on how to keep food fresh without electricity, games to prepare children for emergencies, multi-purpose tents that can double as clothes and/or blankets, building temporary shelters from commonly available materials, store receipts with emergency information, etc. Continue reading

Doesn’t look like the monsoon season, does it?


Sigh… Looking at this swimming pool in Sukhumvit 26 makes me feel as if summer days were back…

The green leaves, the blue water, and those frangipani flowers floating on the pool… They almost make me forget that there’s ONE MORE DAMN MONTH of rain rain rainnnn….

And of course, a few hours after I took this pic, sure enough, without fail, the heavens opened up AGAIN and dumped some more water AGAIN!! Aaaarrrggghhhh…

Weather predictions are forecasting that tropical storm Gaemi will give us wet and weary Bangkokians even some more H2O this weekend…

Maybe soooo much water that Sukhumvit will finally flood, unlike last year?? BAH. This whole soggy situation elevates the term “wet blanket” to a whole new level.

Dazzle DeoConcealer Teaser in Sukhumvit 47


This is a video teaser of my sister’s new product – deoconcealer – which is a combination of deodorant and concealer~!! I’m sure y’all know what a deodorant is, and know what a concealer is. Well, my sister simply put ’em together~!!

Now, why would ANYONE wanna use a deoconcealer? Well, for those who don’t know, Thai people are VERY CONSCIOUS about their skin color. In short, many Thais have a fetish for bright, fair skin. Not Caucasian-white skin, but more like North Asian-white skin (think Japanese or Korean). I can go forever explaining this complex, but for the sake of brevity, click HERE.

The quest for fair skin extends to ARMPIT SKIN. I ain’t pullin’ your chain. There are COUNTLESS products on the market promising whiter armpits. These products DO NOT actually work. So one day, my sister thought, “Hey, since these products can’t actually WHITEN the armpit, why not just COVER the dark areas~??”

So then the deoconcealer was born. My sister was lucky to have a friend who has his own chemistry lab, so they did experiments to find the right combination, texture and consistency for this deoconcealer.

In short, the deoconcealer is like your regular stick deodorant, but it has COLOR. The color won’t rub off on your clothes, even if you sweat like a pig (which is highly likely to happen in tropical, humid Thailand). It’s passed the Thai government’s safety standards, too. I’m also happy to report that I was also used (READ: forced) as a lab rat for this product. So yes, I have used this product many times, without any allergic reactions (thankfully~!! Coz having red, itchy armpits can’t be fun).

It also has fragrance, because according to their market research, Thai women view “fragrance” as their number one priority for their ideal deodorant (who knew? I thought “dryness” would be the top priority, but that’s just me).

So before launching this deoconcealer (its name is Dazzle, by the way, and it’s got a Facebook page too), my sister shot this teaser video clip. This teaser was shot in a dessert shop called “Sweet It Is” inside the Rain Hills community mall in Sukhumvit 47.

At the end of the clip, you’ll notice the girl confidently raising her arm (thus exposing her SMOOTH, EVENLY-COLORED armpit~!!) – because she’s already wearing Dazzle deoconcealer~!!!

FAVORITE: Kankokutei (Sukhumvit 33/1)


Kankokutei is a Korean restaurant inside soi Fuji (Sukhumvit 33/1), run by a very kind Korean lady married to a Japanese man.

It’s too bad that its location is a bit hidden (and you still have to climb some seriously steep stairs), because the food in Kankokutei is absolutely DELICIOUS.

OK, so it’s got no atmosphere:

Just some normal looking furniture and decor…

No inspiring views to whet your appetite (unless you’re into Japanese salarymen… but hey~ whatever floats your boat…) Continue reading

Enjoy the multicultural vibes of Nana~!!


The area around Sukhumvit 3 (Nana) is popular with Africans, South Asians and Middle Easterners. Hell, you won’t even feel like you’re in Thailand when you’re there~!! Nana is where you’ll find Arabic signs, halal restaurants, Muslim fashion, sheesha bars, kebab shops, and yes, even fake and illegal goods if y’know what I mean (*wink wink*) wahahahaaaaa…

Dropping by the Nana area always guarantees an eyeful/earful/noseful adventure~!!

REVIEW: The Intouchables


The Intouchables is a charming French film about Philippe, a wealthy paralyzed aristocrat and Driss, his Senegalese caretaker hailing from the Paris ghetto (and possessing a criminal record).

The two men cannot be more different – Driss is tall, muscular and strong while Philippe can only move from the neck up. Driss is into Earth, Wind & Fire while Philippe prefers opera. Driss is very confident about his sexual attractiveness to women, while Philippe is having a 100% epistolary relationship with Eleonore, a woman whom he has actually never even met.

Nevertheless, slowly they get closer and develop a special bond that survives until today (the movie is based on the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou). Continue reading

An Ode to Dear Nokia


Those who know me sometimes tease me about my cellphone. That’s because I’m still holding on to an ancient Nokia which I can’t even remember when it was bought.

Here’s a pic to make everything clear:

“Is… is… is that an antenna~??” somebody once asked, horrified, pointing to the little “thingy” sticking out of my trusty Nokia.

“Get it away from me, it might poke my eye out~!!!” shrieked another with much drama and exaggeration.

Well, at least my cellphone has a COLORED screen.

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Sukhumvit Darling: RICO


Rico the chihuahua lives in Sukhumvit 47. He is such an adorable lil’ doggie that he has followers on Instagram. Yep, Rico’s fans just can’t seem to get enough of his soulful brown eyes, pointy, oversized ears and creamy eyebrows.

Really, who can ever say ‘NO’ to this face?

(that’s Rico’s usual “doggie snack, please?” face)

This was Rico when he was still a tiny puppy:

(did he look more like a rat or a bat~??)

He’s now more handsome and debonair:

Rico has a few favorite activities. Like sunbathing on the balcony:

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Gangnam Style Face-Off: Thai Navy vs. K-Pop Dance Class vs. Bie the Ska


What a very entertaining clip of the Thai Navy goin’ Gangnam Style~!!

I think they can compete with the K-Pop dance class at MP Dance Factory at Thonglo 13 (Sukhumvit 55)~!!

Naturally, Bie the Ska has to join the competition too~!!

COMING SOON – Piccadilly Circus on Sukhumvit~!!


The community mall trend isn’t slowing down yet.

Proof: a new “Brit-inspired” community mall is being built in Onnut (Sukhumvit 77). Called Pickadaily Bangkok, it’s going to mimic London’s Piccadilly Circus.

Here’s the promo video:

And here’s how it’s supposed to look like:

Hmmmmmmm (*massages chin*)… That fake Big Ben looks just teeeeny tiny lame, IMHO. And what will happen when the dreaded rainy season (which spans several MONTHS) comes~?? You’re gonna get soaking wet trying to walk around… Oh well…

Silly Engrish Found on Sukhumvit


It’s time for more silly nonsense found in Sukhumvit~~!!!

I kinda understand what it’s trying to say…

(found in a coffee shop in Sukhumvit 26)

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Cookies with high alcohol content:

(found in Thonglo, Sukhumvit 55)

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We’re gonna need tougher molars to chew that new disk~!!

(found in Terminal 21, Sukhumvit 21)

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An exclusive, college-educated menu:

(menu found in Sukhumvit 31)

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Note to Sutti Mansion: pls hire ME to be your editor~!!

(found in Sukhumvit 38)

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All attempts to understand will be futile.

Worse, it might drive you insane.

This is Thailand.

Don’t try to understand.

JUST ACCEPT~!!

REVIEW: Above Eleven


What is Japanese-Peruvian food?

Above Eleven (in Sukhumvit 11) has the answer. Located at the rooftop of Fraser Suites, this bar and restaurant combines breath-taking Sukhumvit views with fusion Japanese-Peruvian fare.

The elevator to reach the rooftop is a bit hard to find (when you get to the lobby of Fraser Suites, go to the back). Look for some jungle-like foliage:

Then press the button to the 32nd floor:

Then climb some stairs:

Finally you’ll be rewarded with some really awesome night views of Sukhumvit:

With a dizzying view like this, you might have to concentrate hard on the menu, especially since it’s quite DARK up there:

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Taxi driver dies during fight with Sukhumvit McDonald’s delivery driver


Aaaaaaaand now it’s time for more silly Sukhumvit news~~!!!

(I told y’all before that these stories write themselves LOL)

Robinson in Sukhumvit 19 (Photo: Google Street View)

A taxi driver died during an altercation with a motorcycle delivery driver for the McDonald’s at Sukhumvit 17 after they crashed into each other last Sunday.

Taxi driver Mr. Suriya Sipumkan, 45, collided with the McDonald’s employee’s motorbike while turning onto Sukhumvit Soi 17 and both men began to fight in the Robinson’s parking lot.

Suriya was hit many times in the face, but ran back to his cab to get a knuckle-duster. He collapsed and died as he was running back to attack the driver, Daily News reported. Many taxi drivers gathered around to help Suriya, but he had already passed away.

Lumpini Station Police initially arrested the 20-year-old McDonald’s delivery employee Mr. Pornchai Chadrattanaporn and charged with committing bodily harm.

Police told the Daily News that they are waiting for forensic tests to prove the cause of death, as the blunt object wounds that the taxi driver received would not appear to be enough to kill him.

Source: Coconuts Bangkok

Creepy Kids’ Shop at Thonglo Eight


I get CHILLS and GOOSEBUMPS every time I pass by this friggin’ shop inside the Eight Thonglo building~~!!!!

This shop sells, innocently enough, baby and toddler’s clothes:

However, its PICTURES make my blood run cold. Like this one:

Don’t these girls look absolutely EVIL~?!?! Their gaze makes me wanna avoid eye contact… I swear, they look like they wanna suck my blood and eat my entrails. It doesn’t help that the one on the right looks like a freakin’ VAMPIRE.

Here’s another scary-looking pic, though the creepy factor of those two she-devils has been diluted by the presence of two other kids:

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Motorcycle Ride in Temporary Sukhumvit Flood


It rained like a mutha yesterday afternoon. And sure enough, some Sukhumvit sois got flooded, as this motorcycle ride from Sukhumvit 31 to Sukhumvit 39 shows, though the sois returned to dry a few hours later. The weather forecast says even more H2O will be falling from the heavens in a few days’ time, though…

Whimsical Art in Sukhumvit 26


K-Village in Sukhumvit 26 is holding another painting exhibition~!!

This time it’s dedicated to just one Thai artist: Sudrak Utayophas. The pieces on display look very dreamy and whimsical, like this one titled “Land of Imagination”:

I especially like this one, titled “The Rain”:

The exhibition is from September 27 to October 28 on the 2nd and 3rd floors of K-Village:

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