Friday, July 18, 2014

Maeklong Railway Market - Amphawa Floating Market Day Trip #2

Hello guys! Sorry for procrasinating for so long! I'm currently in Sydney for a short escape from reality so blogging doesn't seem all that appealing over here xD

Anyway, continuing our trip in Bangkok. After taking the mini van from Mahachai Seafood Market area, we finally reach the famous railway market! Pretty sure most of you have heard of it before right? If not, I'll also attach a nice video at the end of the post.


This railway market is located about 2 hours train ride away from Bangkok. Locating in Samut Songkhram district in Thailand, it look like any other ordinary market at the first sight.

This market sells everything from fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, to even household utensils. What makes this market so special is the railway track that run through the heart of the market. It doubles as a walkway for customers and tourists alike, and the shade that most stall put up along the path to shield their products away from the hot sun makes us feel like it's impossible that a train can pass through here. The railway tracks looks old and lots of the vendors even placed their products onto the track itself. 


 
Vain photo with the train stopping at the station is a must! *girls must be girls*

While waiting, we also had some coconut drinks. It was a bright sunny day and I was sweating like a cow so I must replenish the liquids I lost. What would be better than good ol' coconut right?

Apple, our tour guide told us that the train pass through the market 4 times a day, and assured us that it IS possible for the train to pass through the narrow path congested by customers, tourists and vendors. Soon enough, there's a alarm and warning announcement that the train is about to depart soon. And in a short few minute a nice path had been cleared for the train =O

I'm amaze at their efficiency! Canvas shades were pulled down, goods overlaying the tracks were gone and people stood clear of the cleared path. Er not all people haha. Tourists all were trying to either reach their cameras out as far as possible, or just standing on the track for a better photo of the train ascending. *point at Joey* I guess many of us thought that it'll be safe enough to stand beside the vegetable but little did we know that they are meant to pass UNDER the train itself. Concerned street vendors were busy pulling oblivious tourists into safety and only when the train pass by a few inch away from us, we feel how dangerous it could be. Train is MASSIVE and it wasn't all THAT slow so people, when the locals warn you about things you should not do, you probably should listen and follow. 

Ahh secret of their efficiency - rollers to help pulling back goods on display!

So for those who haven seen the video of the railway market, here is an informative one for you! You are welcome!

So after viewing the famous railway market, it's time for us to continue our journey to Amphawa Floating Market! Lets hop on to a Songtel (mini truck with 2 rows of seat behind, thus the literal meaning of the name 'two rows') and see you in the next post!


For more detailed directions, do check out Joey's posts ya!

Amphawa Floating Market Day Trip



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tell Me Something I Don't Know (Studio Photo shoot)




'What it takes to make you smile
Get you not to treat me like a child'



'I'm on my way
I know I'm gonna get there someday
It doesn't help when you say
It won't be easy'


1st attempt on studio shooting 2 years back and it was fun! Photographer of the day was Jason Loh. Do check out his work on his Facebook Page! Don't hesitate to call him up for a photoshoot because he is really friendly and he do know his stuff well!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mahachai Seafood Market - Amphawa Floating Market Day Trip #1

Back to my Bangkok posts!

Before going to Bangkok, we did some research on place of interests and also accommodation and finally after long planning, we decided to stay in Lub D hostel (both of them!). You can read it here! Other than the good facilities and tourist friendly environment, they even have a travel agency counter at the hostel. This agency, Visit Beyond is perfect for backpackers as they are not the conventional companies that make you buy expensive tours and have to join many people in a trip. They do cater for smaller group, or even for just 2 person! The trips are usually lead by local Thai tour guide, and it'll be a lot of walking and using public transport for you to experience life of the locals.

Initially we were planning to go to Amphawa Floating Market by taking the mini van at Victory Monument area. However to the protesters at the area we decided to ask the counter for travelling advices. When we found out that they provide tour packages to Amphawa Floating Market which will also go to Maeklong Railway Market (not in our itinerary as I was not too sure how to go) and also Mahachai Seafood market for 1800Bath per person (inclusive of transportation fees and food), we decided to take it. 

So itinerary for our day trip!:

- Walk from Lub D Silom to Visit Beyond main branch (Map is provided)
- Walk to Saladaeng Skytrain station and go to Wongwianyai Skytrain station
- Walk walk on skybridge then some more walking
- Took the train from Wongwianyai Railway Station to Mahachai Station
- Mahachai seafood market 
- Lunch @ riverside seafood Restaurant
- Mini van to Maeklong Railway Market
- Took a Songtel* to Amphawa Floating Market
- Took a mini van back to Victory Monument

*Songtel! It literally means 'two rows' and of course, the back of the truck have 2 rows of seats!

That's quite a lot of walking but luckily our guide Apple is super friendly! On the way she also tell us some history and culture of Thailand.

Walking along the street known as 'New Road' by locals. The road was built long time ago during by one of the Thai King to make trading easier. It was the newest main road back then, so locals started calling it 'New Road' until now. The area is sort of like Hartamas in Kuala Lumpur as many foreigners resides here.


Saladaeng Skytrain Station wefie!

Wongwianyai Railway Station!


Local snack recommended by Apple. It's sweet and savoury, made from rice flour, spring onion and shredded coconut. Crispy on the outside, soft in the inside! Yum!

But do be careful, it's really hot! *tongue burning*

Drank this to cool down my burning tongue. Thai version of Vitagen! =3

Train is really old fashioned. Windows will be down so be ready for some fresh air and also dust! xD

Mahachai Seafood Market

The market sells all kind of things from meat, vegetable, fruits to clothes and other utensils. Since the market is located right beside a port, the main attraction will be fresh seafood!






Spices 'hills' are rather common in the market.

Seafood are so fresh here that the market don't even smells!

Even salted fish smell nice!


Temple


Buddhism is Thailand's main religion. The 2 main branches here are the Chinese Buddhism and Thai Buddhism. It's really easy to distinguish them from the architecture of the temple. Beside the port, there's a Chinese Buddhist temple.

What makes it different from Malaysia's Chinese temple is the Thai styled Buddha statues here. 

Apple explaining about the temple door guardians, which is also know as Guan Gong (关公)in Chinese. 

Outside the temple there is a place with a bizarre collection of deity statues from different cultures. It is commonly believed that simply abandon deity statues that protected your household is bad, so people will give them to temples if they no longer can keep the statues.

Seafood Restaurant

After walking in the market and temple, it's time to fill up our tummy! Apple brought us to the famous seafood restaurant in Mahachai. It was frequented by even the Thai royal princess, which stays something about the food quality here =D


Scenery here is great!

Best companion for a hot day!

Seafood tom yum! Seafood is very very fresh! And tom yum is very appetising as well. Will love it more if they didn't tone down the spiciness for us.

Crab meat fried rice. Light and fluffy, crab meat is extremely sweet too!

Fish cake. Crunchy shell with sweet and fresh fish makes a perfect ending to our lunch!

After lunch, it's time to hop onto a mini van to Maeklong Railway Market!
Will continue in my next post =)

For more detailed directions, do check out Joey's posts ya!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

XES Premium Boutique Grand Opening + Summer 2014 Collection Preview

Looking for comfy yet stylish shoes? Here's a good news for you! XES is launching their 2014 Summer collection in conjunction with their new premium boutique opening! *Throws confetti*


Established on 23rd March 2002, Managing Director Mr. Simpson Wong created the XES brand Under Shelly Marketing Sdn. Bhd. With their new tagline 'Superior Comfort for Happy Feet', XES is committed to produce comfortable and high quality shoes, all made locally! With a very affordable pricing, they offer a wide range of designs for men, women and children all!


Their new premium boutique is located in Glenmarie Shah Alam. With its fun and modern chic looking ambience along with ample parking space, they make shoes shopping even more convenient and enjoyable.

We can see a large variety of comfort shoes on display but my favourite ones are their previous collection - 'The Zodiac Collection' 


They are full with personality and stylish, at the same time comfortable too! I can pledge to that since I own one pair from the collection.

 Ribbon cutting ceremony! This officially launched the Grand Opening for the boutique and now I can't wait to see their new summer collection!

XES Summer 2014 Collection

Summer collection for ladies. Vibrant and fun looking, these shoes definitely screams 'comfy' as well! 

All these ballerina flats and slip on catches my eyes! They have the fun, casual look for everyday uses.

Guys are not forgotten as well! Here are the newly launched men's summer collection. The black and red high cut shoes really is an eye catcher!


Of course, there are various of designs for different uses and age group, which makes shopping here so convenient!

 Ah girls have to be girls. Our look won't be complete without a nice looking bag right? Their new collection looks absolutely lovely! They are fashionable and functional at the same time and although I'm not a serial bag shopper, these made my hand itch. See the black and pink one? Can't wait to lay my hands on them!

Close up of some of the bags. 

The pretty ambassadors of XES!

And lastly, a photo with XES PR Sabrina. Absolutely love her makeup that day. So stunning! Oh and thanks for the invitation Sabrina! =D


XES Premium Boutique
13 Jalan Juruaudit U1/37,
Hicom-glenmarie Industrial Park,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xesshoes        
Tel: (+603) 5569 5743 

Open 10am - 7pm daily!