Road Trip to Khao Yai (24 April 2019)

Khao Yai

It’s another day of travelling on the road again towards Khao Yai. Another long drive to the next destination. After checking out from River Kwai Bridge Resort and getting coffee, we were on the road again.

Baan Mai Chay Nam Restaurant

Khao Yai - Ban Mai Chay Nam Restaurant

Our first stop was Ban Mai Chay Nam Restuarant upon arrival at Khao Yai. It’s a restaurant showcasing olden days items, like a collector’s themed restaurant. Most of the items there are probably way older than the two of us combined. It’s an interesting concept restaurant that’s like a mini museum.

Khao Yai - Ban Mai Chay Restaurant

We decided to settle our lunch here since our last meal was breakfast. Ordered quite a few dishes and frankly speaking, it wasn’t worth the money. These dishes you can get it at the stalls by the roadside when you visit the night market.

Piazza Palio

Khao Yai - Piazza Palio

After lunch, we head off to Piazza Palio. The entrance is free and you get to spend as much time as you want there. When we were there, there’s not much crowd. It’s basically a Italian themed place where you can take as many pictures that’s Instagram worthy to post online.

We didn’t spend much time there as basically there’s nothing much to explore other than taking some pictures. Shop wise, many were closed when we’re there. It’s like a ghost town in my opinion.

Baan Suan Noi

Khao Yai - Baan Suan Noi

We decided to head off to our accommodation and call it a day. It’s one of the accommodation that we’re looking forward to for this trip. Took us quite long to decide before we finally decided to go ahead and book it months prior to the trip.

Everything there are built by the owners of the place. There are little hobbit place and a mini santorini theme room for you to choose from. They have a cosplay room where you get to dress up for photo opportunity.

There’s nothing much around the place. But there’s a small little eatery next to it.

Kanchanaburi – River Kwai Bridge (23 April 2019)

Saiyok River House

Saiyok River House

It’s another day of traveling, this time to River Kwai Bridge. Another part of Kanchanaburi and more war memorial places to visit.

I didn’t sleep well the entire night due to the warm weather and the annoying mosquitoes. I’ve no idea how many times I woke up to them buzzing around me. Neither do I have any idea how many times I’ve got bitten. Nevertheless, it’s a nice experience and I myself won’t want to do it. However, Fluffy Bunny seemed to be enjoying herself.

Breakfast was provided and we had them before we head off towards our next destination, River Kwai Bridge. They do have a few option of breakfast to choose from and I decided to go with their American Breakfast. Fluffy Bunny ordered Chicken Basil Rice.

Kittens

While waiting for our breakfast, we came across a few kittens that was staying there. They’re so tiny and cute. And of course, playful.

River Kwai Bridge

River Kwai Bridge

Fluffy Bunny said I should try driving in Thailand and I was given the task of driving us to our next. Driving in Thailand is a little scary to me as I am not familiar with the place. It’s especially scarier when we’re in a city area. Other than that, it’s quite therapeutic I would say.

After we’ve checked in, we head over to River Kwai Bridge which is around 10 minutes walk from our resort. As we arrived around noon time, it’s extremely sunny and hot! The heat was unbearable I would say.

River Kwai Bridge - Chinese Soldier Tomb

We made our way towards the bridge and crossed over the river. Fluffy Bunny said across the river, there’s a war memorial which might be interesting. We found a Chinese Soldier Tomb after crossing and it’s about 5 minutes walk from the railway track. It’s just a small area opposite a Chinese temple.

After a while, we decided to head back. Got ourselves a coconut to quench our thirst and to cool down. Was told that there’s a heatwave going on in Thailand. Fluffy Bunny’s sister texted in the family’s group chat saying that she’s in Bangkok and the temperature there was 39 Degree Celsius. That’s crazy!

Big C

River Kwai Bridge - Big C

After resting for a while, we head our to Big C for some grocery shopping. It’s been a must go whenever we travel. Big C is a huge supermarket that sell not only groceries but electronics, stationary etc. as well.

Bought some snacks for friends and some for ourselves for our road trip. We bought light items as we will be visiting Big C again when we’re in Bangkok to do some last minute shopping.

As we were early, we went to a cafe in the building for a drink. We have plans to visit the nearby Night Street Food to settle our dinner. And they’re open from 5 pm onward.

Night Street Food

As we drove towards the Night Street Food, Fluffy Bunny asked me to check if there’s anywhere we can park the car. Quickly did a research and realized there’s no proper parking place. We ended up following the locals and park the car by the roadside next to the Night Street Food.

Night Street Food Chicken Stall

The entire place sells mainly food. As we walk to see what’s for dinner, we decided to try the chicken rice that online netizens recommended. I ordered myself a normal plate of chicken rice while Fluffy Bunny ordered chicken cutlet rice.

Chicken Rice

I would say, it’s delicious! Taste different from the ones I had in Singapore. Highly recommended if you visit this part of Kanchanaburi.

Road Trip – Kanchanaburi (22 April 2019)

Sinsuvarn Airport Suite – Preparing Towards Kanchanaburi

We checked out early and waited for the 9:30 am shuttle bus towards the airport. We’re off to pick up our ride. First stop of the road trip, Kanchanaburi!

I wouldn’t say we had a good night’s sleep. It’s not very sound proof or rather not at all. I’m a light sleeper so I get woken up easily. So far, this is the only hotel that I’ve some dissatisfaction when it comes to soundproofing.

Dead mosquito on the wall

Apart from the sound, the room is full of mosquito. I can’t remember how many times I tried to kill these annoying buggers from sucking our blood. And to be honest, there’s a dead mosquito on the wall left by the previous tourist who came here to stay.

All in all, it’s not a very pleasant experience I would say.

Road Trip Towards Kanchanaburi

Honda City
Honda City, the car we rented

Collected our car from the chic rental at the airport and we’re ready to head off for our road trip. We decided to opt for self-drive instead of public transport for convenience. We didn’t want to drive in Bangkok itself, so after collecting the car and setting up the GPS, we head towards Kanchanaburi direction.

Toll ticket
Toll ticket

Along the way, we passed by 2 tolls, which cost us THB$50 each. We depart at around 11 am from Bangkok and reached about 4 pm at our destination. Didn’t prepare any songs of our choice and the radio have not much English channel for us. Even if it does, it’s only for a few hours.

Wampo Viaduct

Kanchanaburi Wampo Viaduct
Kanchanaburi, Wampo Viaduct

After we checked in at our accommodation, we head off to Wampo Viaduct which was about 15 minutes drive. Upon arrival, we were unsure where to park as there’s no proper parking lot. Thus we followed the car that was already parked there.

The place at Wampo Viaduct is like a little market but most stalls were already closed when we arrived. However, we continued walking towards the railway track where we saw many tourists standing there waiting for the train.

A few minutes after our arrival at the railway track, we heard the sound of the train coming from far. Thankful to be able to see the train stopping by before moving off. Not sure how many scheduled train there is per day, but I would say we’re lucky in that sense that we don’t have to wait long for this opportunity.

After the train passed by, we walked on the railway track for some video and photo taking before heading back to look for dinner.

Best Fried Rice

As we head back we realized there’s no place to settle our meal. We happened to saw one stall with the staff there and decided to try and ask if they’re still open. Thankfully, they are!

Kanchanaburi Pork Basil Rice

This stall is located right at the entrance from where we drove in from our accommodation. Ordered fried rice for myself while Fluffy Bunny ordered pork basil with rice. I’ve always love the fried rice in Thailand as they’re fragrant compared to the ones I had in Singapore.

Kanchanaburi Fried Rice

And yes, I love this fried rice that I’ve eaten. I would say hands down, this is the best fried rice I’ve ever eaten in Thailand. Not sure if we’ll ever be back though. But I’m so thankful that very day to be able to have such nice fried rice where everywhere else was closed.

Departure – Singapore to Bangkok (21 April 2019)

Departure

Getting ready for Bangkok
Getting Ready

We’ve been saying that we would make a trip to Bangkok some day years ago. Finally, with the right opportunity and valid reason, we booked our tickets a few months ago. And ever since, I’ve been counting down to our trip.

Although it’s a 4 pm (Singapore time) flight, I’ve been anxious and excited since morning. After settling our fur kids, I head over to Dear’s place where her mum offered to send us to the airport after she’s done with her errands. And that’s when I’ve been hoping that her mum will come back soon. Because when we’re at the airport, it’s official that the holiday starts.

Travel Hiccups

There’s always bound to be some hiccups for whatever reason. Our main hiccup was that we had forgotten about our Thailand sim card that we bought online. We’re supposed to collect it at the airport before checking.

We ended up boarding the plane without the sim card. Texted our friend to help us collect before he join us the following week. And we had to get another sim card when we arrive in Bangkok airport if not we have no way of communicating our family on WhatsApp during our trip. And of course, we rely on the data for GPS too as we’ll be having a road trip.

Sinsuvarn Airport Suite

Bangkok Sinsuvarn Airport Suite
Sinsuvarn Airport Suite

We took a shuttle from the airport to Sinsuvarn Airport Suite. It’s about 10 minutes ride from the airport and we’ll be staying here for a night. After checking in, we headed towards our room. You have to climb down a flight of stairs to have access to the lift. Then another flight of stairs down after we exit the lift to our room. I would say, this isn’t friendly for the elderly especially with luggage.

Bangkok Sinsuvarn Airport Suite Room
Sinsuvarn Airport Suite

After entering our room, we realized it’s two single bed instead of a queen that we booked. Called the reception desk to clarify to be told that for the night, they’re fully booked thus we got downgraded. As it’s only for a night, we decided it’s OK.

Dinner – Macdonald

Pork Burger

We decided to head out for dinner. With nothing in mind, we walked to the nearest shopping area to look for food. Ended up, we had Macdonald for dinner. Got me a pork burger while Fluffy Bunny ordered a cheeseburger.

It’s been years since I last had pork burger and I love it. Quite enjoying to visit Macdonald when I’m overseas as the menu are usually different. Being different, I get to order something different and give it a try.

Zoro

Bought myself a Zoro toy from One Piece. His swords twirl up your cables which I think is pretty useful and of course he’s my favorite character. We decided to put it in the car to twirl cables.

We walked back to our hotel after dinner to rest and that’s how we spend our first night in Bangkok.

Wedding Planning – Invitation & Reception

Wedding Reception

The wedding reception wasn’t part of our plan. But Fluffy Bunny decided to gather everyone for lunch after our ceremony. A way to thank them for making all the way to celebrate our marriage.

Choosing a venue for the wedding reception wasn’t easy. There are so many choices to choose from. Initially, we couldn’t decide if we want a lunch or dinner, but after much discussing and asking her sister for advice, we decided on lunch.

Our initial venue to have lunch wedding reception only opens during dinner time on the day of our wedding. Thus we had to research further for other possible location. Checking out menus and reading reviews. Like everyone else, we just want everything to be awesome on our special day. After all, it’s a once in a lifetime event.

As I am typing this entry, we haven yet settle on the venue. But we do have a few in mind. Will be emailing them before confirmation and booking. Gosh… There’s so much to do for a one day event.

Invitation

We wanted to keep this small and within budget. We do not want to spend a whole load of money in celebrating our next milestone. Invitation is a headache I would say because it’s a who shall be on our wedding invitation list.

I wished there’s a guide for us on how to define if this person is worth inviting. As we lay out the names, we realised there are just that few that’s a must to invite. Not to mention, the family which is a must. A few close and mutual friends of ours. Which I think is good enough. We don’t need a huge group of people to be there. After confirming our list of invitation, we decided to personally invite them.

As our wedding is at Australia, Sydney, we gave everyone a dateline to RSVP with us. This is for us to know how many confirmed guests so that we can proceed to book a venue for a lunch wedding reception.

Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel

Vers (Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel) on a mission to hunt for Skrulls which brought her to earth where she discovers that she is not what she believes she is. During her time on earth, she met Fury who works in SHIELD. With help from Fury, she discovers the truth and unleashed her true power.

My Thoughts

Being a Marvel fan and knowing Captain Marvel will appear in Avengers: End Game, it’s a must watch. We decided to have a late night movie at Bishan Junction 8, a 10:30 pm movie. Knowing the movie will end really late and there’ll be no bus back, we planned to walk home instead.

The start of the movie is a short clip in honor of Stan Lee. It’s a bit saddening to know that in future Marvel movies, there won’t be any cameo of him. Somehow, it’s quite warming to see him appear in this, probably the last cameo before he went to heaven. Thank you Stan Lee for everything about Marvel.

I was told that the movie is predictable. But to me, as much as it’s predictable, it’s still a nice movie. Considering the effects that went into it, I would pretty much say it’s quite convincing and realistic.

The entire movie, I quite like how comical it can get when it comes to Goose, the cat. As an animal lover, seeing a cat in the movie brings some shine into my eyes. It perks me up the entire movie waiting for another scene of Goose.

For Marvel fans, this is another must watch movie!

Car and Van Shopping

Kah Motor

Early this year, Fluffy Bunny asked what I could like to do on my birthday. I casually suggested car shopping. Although I know we won’t be getting one but it feels like we’re shopping for my birthday present. The thrill of it seem fun. But gosh, I didn’t know what I had gotten us into then.

On my birthday, we googled for Honda showroom. It showed us our first destination, Kah Motor located at Ubi, next to Comfort Delgro driving school. They are the main authorized Honda dealer and I’m pretty sure as a first-time buyer, we won’t get duped into buying our first ride.

Kah Motor
Address: 370 Ubi Rd 3 Singapore 408651
Monday to Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm

Our experience at Kah Motor was a quick easy one. Knowing what we’re looking for, Honda Fit/Jazz, we asked if there’s any for us to test drive to see if it’s definitely the one we’re aiming for. Sadly nope. And when we visited during February, their Honda Jazz was completely sold out. Next batch arrival would be around June.

We asked for the price and the package they offer. We even had a breakdown of what the price includes, how much downpayment needed etc. For someone who shuts down when it comes to figures, I let Fluffy Bunny handle the finances.

CarTimes Automobile Pte Ltd

Our next stop was CarTimes, also located at Ubi. A few minutes drive away from Kah Motor. The place where it is located has other car dealer company as well. So it’s like a one-stop car shopping area if you would want to check out prices for the specific brand and model you’re looking for.

CarTimes Automobile Pte Ltd
Address: 61 Ubi Ave 2 #01-01 Singapore 408898
Monday to Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm

CarTimes offers both new and used cars of various brands and models. We went in knowing what we’re looking for and went straight to the point. Since they too have no Honda Fit available for test drive, we sat down and talked about price and package.

Their price can be compared with Kah Motor, not much difference. But the package that they offered are slightly more attractive. Service wise, I would say it’s better. When we went to Kah Motor, it’s our first showroom thus we couldn’t compare much when it comes the customer service.

Scotts Motors

Besides Honda Fit, we’re looking at Suzuki Every as well. Thus we decided to take a look and see if we could test drive one of it. I asked a fellow groomer friend where she bought hers, and was introduced to this Scotts Motors located near Thomson Plaza.

Scotts Motors
Address: 97 Soo Chow Walk Singapore 575383
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 4pm
Closed on Sundays

Thankfully, this place have both auto and manual transmission Suzuki Every for us to test drive. I gave the opportunity to Fluffy Bunny because it’s her dream van since when it first came out. As a passenger, I get to enjoy a short van ride around Thomson area.

Got to know the difference between auto and turbo for Suzuki Every. Price wise, quite a huge difference too. We ended up having to consider between the van and car after knowing their respective prices.

My Experience

Other than this 3 mentioned showrooms that we went, we did went to many other places that I lost count. Some were found after searching on Google while a few was just some that we pass by after a visit at a particular showroom.

After visiting many showrooms and met quite a few salesman, I would say there are many different impressions. As a first time buyer, although we didn’t have the intention to get one yet, I feel that there are a couple of them doesn’t seem keen to entertain us at all. Most of them were from the car dealers. The van salesman to me are OK. They explained to us the criteria for loans, carefully explained to us their packages as well as the van specifications. But somehow, there’s this particular salesman who doesn’t seem to know much about Suzuki Every. I think the company should give them a little training in better selling a van.

For car wise, maybe we look young and probably can’t afford a car, that’s why some of them gave us the cold shoulder. Thankfully, the majority of them are willing to help us out as a first-time buyer. Learnt a lot through this experience. And yes, you definitely need to compare price as well as the packages that they have to offer. Choose the one you’re comfortable with, not only in price and package but the services as well. Read reviews and do more research before signing those papers!

Car and van shopping is indeed tiring. I remember being so exhausted after the visit.

Inspector Gadget (1999)

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Inspector Gadget

Jonathan Brown (Matthew Broderick) a security guard dreamt of helping people by being a police officer. However, due to an accident, he was injured and woke up finding himself being totally different than before.

Brenda (Joely Fisher) whose father got killed after an attack to their lab decided to finish what her father had started. She chose Brown to be first test subject for a gadget program due to his devotion in finding her father’s murderer.

Both unknowingly got into an adventure together with Jonathan’s niece, Penny (Michelle Trachtenberg), her dog Brain and the Gadgetmobile.

My Reviews

I remembered watching Inspector Gadget cartoon version on TV when I was young. I didn’t even know that there’s a movie of this cartoon series that I’ve been watching. Even so, I was still a student and doesn’t have the money to watch it at the cinema.

Recently I made a Disney movie list and Inspector Gadget was one of it. Frankly speaking, I don’t remember how Jonathan Brown became a robotic gadget guy. Somehow this movie does bring back some memories from childhood.

I can’t really comment much on the story plot as to me, it was quite predictable. But hey, their target audience probably would be for kids so as an adult watching it, there’s not much of a surprise element. But nevertheless, it’s a good movie for adults like me who have watched Inspector Gadget when they’re young.

Definitely recommending this old movie for those who have yet to watch it.

Toby’s 10th Birthday


Toby’s Birthday – 3rd or 9th January?



When we adopted Toby around 9 years ago, it was confusing to know when is his actual birth date. His old vet records and pedigree certificate both stated different birth date. However, the month is the same. So we decided it doesn’t matter which date, as long as we wish him happy birthday in January, it’ll be the same.


Morning Walk at Punggol Tebing Lane






This year, I decided to bring him and Twix on a car ride to Tebing Lane for a walk. I know he enjoys a walk or goes on a cycling ride with me. So this year, we went to a place that he’s never been before.



We did a quick walk before the sun and floor gets hot. Went to the Tebing Lane bridge where we walk over to Lorong Halus. There’s nothing much there thus we headed back across the bridge.


Ants Attacked






As we continued to walk further, the son had to poop and he chose the nearest grass patch. Little did we know, we had stepped on a colony of ants. And yes, we got bitten. Toby was jumping around due to pain and feeling uncomfortable.



My first instinct was to help him even if I got bitten by ants. Then I checked on Twix who seem to have no reaction at all. It took quite a while to remove all ants from Toby as he’s being uncooperative as he was jumping when the ants bite him.



Thankfully, I managed to make sure that both of them are ants free before continuing our journey.


Heading Home






As the sun gets hotter and brighter, we decided to head back to the car and head home. And I could see that Toby’s stamina isn’t as good as before due to age.

When we walk back to the car, I realised Toby walked slower when there’s shade. It’s like he’s enjoying his walk. When we got to the sunny area, he seemed to be in a rush trying to reach the shaded area.

Despite being attacked by the ants, I could tell that my silly boy enjoyed himself nonetheless.

Wedding Planning – Budgeting & Venue

Start of Our Wedding Planning

It’s a once in a lifetime event and I would so love to make it memorable. In case you do not know, I have always been looking forward to this day all my life. Well, not so for my fiancee (Fluffy Bunny). So ever since, I had many ideas. From beach wedding to Harry Potter theme, which of course she said no to them sadly.

I decided that I wanted to do something to remember this special occasion. I suggested doing a bullet journal together. One where we jot down everything for our big day. From there we had a rough idea on what we need to do or things to take note of. Which is much easier than panicking at the last minute in my opinion.

Budgeting

Before we even start budgeting, we started a page on our bullet journal. One to track our savings that we planned to put aside for our big day. That was before we allocate and budget the respective needed expenses.

It wasn’t easy since our wedding will be overseas. Thus we need to factor in the currency exchange. Our budgets include attire, flights, accommodations and the wedding day itself. Seeing those numbers made Fluffy Bunny stress as she’s the one who is good with budgeting, to be honest.

So far, we’re within budget for the individual expenses. We’ve settled our flights after knowing Scoot was having promotion which helped save some money. Which also mean that we have some extra cash from the budget that we can allocate to another expenses.

Venue

Initial plan was to get married in Taiwan. Firstly, it’s an Asian country and we both like the place. Secondly, it’s nearer to home considering it’s around 4 to 5 hours flight. Sadly, their same sex marriage doesn’t seem to come true any time soon after the recent referendum.

We’ve changed to Australia instead. Browse through some websites and decided we’re getting married at Sydney. I was the one who chose the place and yes, I love it especially the scenery. It wasn’t easy as I was contemplating between this or a beach wedding. After much debating, I have decided on Harbourside at Sydney.