Thursday, January 03, 2008

Shop Til You Drop - Our Bangkok Adventure Day 3

As we had no scheduled tour the next day, we were in no pressure to wake up early. Nevertheless, we were up at 630AM. We planned to go to Health Land Spa at Sathorn Silom and avail of the world-renowned Thai massage.

We finished breakfast by 830AM and Leo being the every-boyscout that he is, managed to find out how to get to Health Land by just taking the Skytrain. So we walked to the Ratchadamri station, got on the Silom line and we got off at the Su Ra Sak station. We backtracked where we found the spa--still closed but with a line already. We were the fourth pair to be there.

Fortunately, the receptionist speaks English so we were able to book a couple's Thai massage for 450baht each for two hours (not bad) with no problem at all. We were made to change into slippers, pajamas and a loose top. We also had our own room. The massage was really heavenly. I remember dozing off and being so relaxed.

Thai massage is not for the weak hearted or those with a low threshold for pain. It's a combination of pressure and strokes and the massage is also dry (which I prefer. I hate the oily feeling after a massage).

After our massage, we decided to go to Siam Center and check out the malls there. When we got a cab, I asked the driver if he knows the Standard Chartered branch at Silom. I wanted to take a picture of myself outside the branch and fortunately, the branch was just around the corner. I jumped out and posed beside the big sign with Leo taking my picture. I felt like I was part of the Amazing Race Asia. Hehe.

When we finally got to the Siam, I was so overwhelmed by all the branded/signature stores that I saw: Gucci, Chanel, Balenciaga, Valentino, Kenzo, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Chloè, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo (wala halos lahat nito sa Pilipinas!). After ogling at the bags and shoes (I did not dare enter the store. I felt so out of place), we found our way to the food court where we had lunch at a little restaurant called Homework. Leo said that he read about it and the food is good and the review is very much correct.

We walked around some more and saw that they have their own ocean's world underneath the mall. However, Leo opted not to go inside as he wanted to use our baht to buy other stuff. So I just contented myself by posing beside the sign (while eating my my Haagen Dazs dulce de leche ice cream)

I also bought some books at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Found some books that are not yet distributed here (new book of Linda Howard and Julie Garwood).

From Siam Paragon, we walked to Siam Center and then to Siam Discovery. My feet were really hurting so I gave up and bought rubber shoes at New Balance. Was I so thankful that I did. We had a banana split at Swensen before going back to MBK which was just right across the street.

Upon entering MBK, I saw this stationary shop where I went gaga over the designs. I had to stop myself from buying one design of each. Yes, I still buy stationary as I have a friend who only corresponds through pen and paper. I oblige her as I love writing and receiving mails (and I love buying statio too. There was a time that I went through a Papemelroti stage where all of my statio was only Papemel).

We walked around more where I found and bought 2 jeans that fit me nicely and a couple of blouses. Leo bought more shirts.

After that exhausting walk, we got on the National Stadium station, got off at Siam and caught a train at the Sukhumvit line where we got off at Chidlom station. We checked out another mall (Gaysorn--another luxury mall--Christian Dior, Fendi and Louis Vuitton) and went back to the hotel where we rested again.

We then went to the Super C Mall where we had an unsatisfying dinner at a small eatery. I was still hungry so I had a gogo sandwhich at a nearby KFC (yeah, sue me). We then walked to Centralworld where we went malling again. This time, we discovered the Arsenal merchandise shop which Leo excitedly entered but did not buy anything (even if I offered to pay for it).

I succumbed to temptation and had my last Haagen Dazs ice cream. I reasoned that all the walking burned off the calories that I had from all the ice cream eating that I did. As it was technically our last night there, we stayed out late and went back to the hotel at 9PM (yeah, that's late for us).

1 comment:

Ivy Tan said...

funny never nga ko nakapunta sa mga to =)