Thursday Treats

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Celebrated a friend’s 19th birthday last night at Lantern Bar – ice constituted for about 80% of the drinks and they were ridiculously over priced but the amazing view, amazing finger food (peanuts and pita bread) and amazing company made up for it.

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Unimpressed with our drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a huge palava involving a forgotten wallet, headed from Fullerton Bay Hotel via my house and made it to F. Club with a few seconds to spare before ladies’ night free entry closed. It was my third time in F. Club and it’s kind of growing on me (though I still miss the good old days of Avalon, Attica and Mink). Dance and (free) drinks are the perfect combination for a good night.

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Had a chill day with a friend the day after. We were both exhausted but managed to make it out the door into town. Was feeling quite monochromic.

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetReminisced about the $3.50 bowl of Ban Mian we would always have for lunch at school (among other things) over a bowl of $5.50 Ban Mian.

Went on a ring hunt and hit bullseye in Lovisa. $22 for a pack of 10 gold bands and midi rings. Tried one of the smoothies from Boost’s new selection of Green smoothies and drinks: Caribbean Green (mango, passionfruit, banana, spinach, mango nectar, coconut water and ice).

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I messaged one of my fellow boost groupies about it after I took a sip:

photoSums it up pretty well in my opinion. Plus I got the kids size so it was only 140 cals.

Stopped by the Editor’s Market in Orchard Central. Didn’t buy anything but it was such a nice experience being there when it’s practically empty. Kind of therapeutic (hopefully this means my shopaholism is coming to an end)

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Finished off the chill/recovery day with a haircut.

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Sent my boy this picture of me because his worst fear is me having short hair and I thought it would be funny #bestgirlfriendaward
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Just kidding! (he didn’t find it funny)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you treat yourself? (It’s usually just food for me, but I decided to be creative this time)

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Shanghai takes Hua Hin

For the past 2 weeks, people have been greeting me with variations of “you’re so tan” and “wow you’re black”. I was expecting somewhat more enthusiastic exclamations along the lines of how much they’ve missed me – I guess how tanned I’ve gotten overrides the fact that I haven’t seen most of these people in half a year. Anyways, on to the interesting bit – the reason why I’m the shade of coffee (and I’m not talking about cappuccino or latte brown, more of a Americano with maybe a teaspoon of milk).

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H U A   H I N     T H A I L A N D

 

This trip was a major throwback (albeit much more tame) to my graduation trip in Koh Samui, Thailand. The 9-days spent in our villa, Baan Caruso, was basically a reunion trip (that I kind of crashed) with a group of my middle school friends from Shanghai. I had never heard of this place before and that’s probably because it is relatively non-touristy, as in most of the tourists are Thai.

I will not do a day-by-day account because then this post would look a bit like this:

eat sleep tan repeat

So here are a few things that I learned in Hua Hin:

1. Google maps lies (in Thailand): Most of the time, google maps is my friend and savior. But it is definitely not my friend when it’s telling me that the villa is a half an hour walk from the bus stop when it turns out that it’s actually a 45 minute van ride. Imagine if I had attempted to walk that…

2. Helmets = good: Yeah there’s the whole thing about it protecting the most important of your body and all that but no one ever mentions how well it protects your face from wind burns and other unidentifiable objects flying at your face when you’re going 80km/h on a dodgy scooter.

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3. Do not do 2 many number 2s: You’re not supposed to flush any toilet paper down the toilet. Enough said.

4. Wifi all night, wifi all day: 7 days of unlimited internet access for 300 baht? Yes please.

5. I do in fact burn: After a good 19 years burn free, I have finally experienced the horrible sensation of peeling. Do not, I repeat, do not, take a 3 hour doze outside with no sun screen on even if it is a cloudy day. The clouds are illusions, you will burn.

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6. Pad Thai is not Thai: Or more accurately, the name ‘Pad Thai’ is not Thai. In Thailand (or Hua Hin at least), Pad Thai is just called fried noodles. Wish we had known that from the start. Would’ve spared us the disappointment caused by fruitless manic searches for it.

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7. Hua Hin Express: On the last day we felt guilty of the fact that we had basically not stepped out of the villa. So we decided to go full tourist mode: elephant riding, seafood meal, night market, mango (no sticky rice because this Taiwanese tourist bulk bought the last 15 boxes and laughed in our face, how rude).

All in all it was so nice catching up with friends, reading and my tan (I am no longer burnt thankfully). There are very few things that beat the feeling of waking up with an absolutely blank to-do list, in a villa full of people I love.

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