Sunday, December 02, 2012

Phuket: The Land of Decadence Volume 4

This post marks the final volume of our adventures in the land of decadence.

Check out the rest of the volumes here:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3


~*Day 4: A Sweat-it-out Morning or a Chill Morning*~

Whichever morning it was all depended on whose shoes you are in.

I would always bring a book to accompany me during my travels and this book 《大家都有病》 was my travel companion for Phuket.

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My Chinese improved by leaps and bounds upon reading this comic. Written in traditional Chinese characters (which we do not learn in Singapore), I struggled trying to make out some of the words. Overall, I could understand about 90% of its contents and I really love the meaningful quotes by the side of the book at certain page intervals. I love how negativity could be so comical. The contents in this book has allowed me to see the light behind every negative outcome and laugh at any bad situation.


Tiffy had a good laugh too, not because of the content but because of my inability to decipher certain words. No actually, the main idea was to snap a pic of the big bowl of fish porridge (rice in soup actually) and of Tiff's toe shoes called David. Yes, her pair of toe shoes has got a name. Wtf?

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The gym was located at the top of the hotel with an awesome view. So while fit tiff was running and sweating it out before brunch...

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Lazy Jo was at the reception with a cuppa and my lappy using their wifi as the wifi in our room went haywire that morning.

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It was basically a very slack last day in Phuket for us as we were pretty tired out by the past few days' activities.

After catching some snooze, Tiff and I headed to Patong to have a very non-Thai dinner. Do you also have the habit of trying out the McDonald's in various countries? It is really interesting to note how the food is modified to the culture of that particular country.

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Remember the beautiful ship from the last post?

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When in Thailand, love what the Thais love. Hence, we love elephants.

We were really thrilled by the paintings on the elephants. This pink and white polka dot elephant is simply too sweet!

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Tiff said, "I am ok with the statement proclaimed."

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This reminded me of Sharity Elephant.

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In Tiff's words:
Angry bird has infiltrated all parts of the world. Now they even try to make an elephant believe it was actually a bird.

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I've always have a thing for animals' butts. Love how cute animals' butts look with their tails.

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The boxing pick-up which I hate was making its rounds and the punching of the boxing gloves made by these boxers on the pick-up gave me regimented jumps out of my skin.

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You can't see the overexposed sign but it read "autobar". I love its name!

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We swung by Hard Rock for some grooves and also to check out the merchandise. Are you one of those who collect Hard Rock memorabilia from every country?

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We walked past the place where we had seafood birthday dinner for Tiff and I just had to snap a picture of it since I missed it the last time round.

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Besides riding an elephant, I also learnt how to ride a motorbike in Phuket. It is more commonly known as motorscooter and these are automatic, which made it a lot easier as long as your know how to ride a bicycle.

You could actually learn to ride a motorscooter in Thailand for just a few hours course but I did not quite trust their safety culture. I mean, nobody wore a helmet there, you could spot kids who were barely even of legal age riding a bike and a family of 5 squeezing onto the same motorscooter!


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Tiff was my pillion. Yeah we so totally flout the rules. In Singapore, it is compulsory to wear a helmet and you have to be covered from head to toe as well as to wear covered shoes when you learn how to ride. Over here, it is as informal as learning to ride a bicycle.

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Ok, you didn't really think I learnt to ride a bike in Phuket, did you? Riding a motorbike and a white/pink/red authentic Vespa had been one of my dreams. Unfortunately, I had to cast that dream aside when my schedule and very bad sense of balance (on anything other than a bicycle) did not allow me to continue pursuing my interest.


I mentioned in the previous post that Blangla Road would be our last venue of the day without fail and there we were on our last night!

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While the people were busy thronging the streets, the poor street dogs were trying to sleep.

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Spot Tiff's favourite pole dancer.

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We ended our night at one of the "cleanest" bar. It was one with a live band and absolutely no sleaze. It was great to engage in people-watching while swaying to the music. The alcohol in Phuket is dirt-cheap and full-bodied, not like some diluted mixers and cocktails.

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The Asahi had a one-for-one promotion and the mojito was deceptive! It tasted delicious, limey and minty. I could not taste a hint of alcohol and gulped it down almost too quickly. Instead of the usual 10% alcohol content, I suspect they had more for I was swaying myself a lot more than before.

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Our last tuk-tuk ride.

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Outfit of the day:
♥ FleurFaerie Dolman Sleeves Banded Waist Top in Beige
♥ Sheer Romance bikini worn inside
♥ FleurFaerie Fleur Khaki Shorts
♥ No label black sequin flower flip flops


~*Day 5: Bye Bye Phuket. Hello Singapore*~

It was time to leave Phuket. We had a light breakfast.

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The bumpy ride from our hotel to the airport was interesting.

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Once we landed in Singapore, I had laksa and bandung. After all the yummy Thai food, I was in need for yummy local food.

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I hope I haven't bored all of you with the influx of Phuket posts the past 2 weeks. Honestly, I'm so behind my photo updates that sometimes I wonder if I should just stop doing photo-stories on my blog. Blogging is one of my favourite hobby but it takes up most of my free time. Since the start of my gastrointestinal illness, I've been cooped up in bed during my free time watching tv and I must say, I've grown to love watching Criminal Minds a lot besides the usual CSI Vegas, CSI New York and CSI Miami. I have to applaud the writers for every brilliant episode and for improving my analytical skills which I've picked up from the series.

20 comments:

  1. Ohh Finland ... D: we are bringing angry birds too far.

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  2. ahhh don't stop your vacation pics i love them!!! getting to see places i haven't been yet!

    those elephants are sooo adorable! i love how cute they are and the colors they painted them in are so girly and fun! you look so pretty posed in front of the elephants :)

    omgosh i love criminal minds too one of my favorite shows!

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  3. Never boring!!! You both seem pretty fit, so the lazy must be working for you. :)

    It's odd seeing McDonald's selling pork, they almot never do here. Or perhaps I need to start trying them when I travel--maybe they do sell it in other parts of the country.

    The front left pole dancer seems familiar, so I'm going to guess that one was Tiff's favorite.

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  4. Those photos are very cool! It looks like you had an amazing time there! I really like your blog! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits, likes and more :) :)

    www.raindropsofsapphire.com

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  5. Jenny,

    Hahaha... This is something to be proud of!


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    Lisa,

    Thank you, dear. And I love seeing all your Europe travels.

    Oooh! You love Criminal Minds too? High 5!


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    Rick,

    The prok burger tasted a little weird. It didn't agree with my taste buds. We don't have pork burgers here in Singapore too and hence we decided to try it out at Phuket.

    Tiff's fave (whom she also influenced me to like) is the one with white tube, black skirt and black boots. I have a video of her grooving. lol... She really danced the best among the rest.


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    RaindropsofSapphire,

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving me a note. I love seeing newcomers around. I will check out your blog soon!


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  6. haha sounds like you had an amazing time in Phuket! I've always wanted to ride a motorbike as well lol. haha if that's the cleanest bar I'm curious to see what the other ones are like xD and tuk tuk rides!! prob one of the biggest highlights of Thailand!

    metallicpaws.blogspot.com

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  7. aww your trip looks like it was so much fun!! lolll. you did so much that i dont even know what to comment on. but yea, i see you do know exactly how long it takes to create a post on one of your vacations, LOL. we basically have the same type of post.

    great to find someone else that likes to document each day and write about everything too. i do it more to keep as a sort of diary as well, besides sharing with people.

    but anyways, those elephants are so cute. and i would have totally loved to see a photo of a young kid riding a motorbike with a family of 5 on it. omgg, that sounds like a circus to me. hahaha.

    i was thinking about going to thailand this month actually, but yea, i ended up going somewhere else. maybe someday in the future!! you've inspired me!! but then again i wanna go to where you from as well.

    i love your blog so i've started following you on bloglovin'

    - sarah -
    www.xliciousgirl.com

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  8. your pictures are all so cute!
    my japanese imporves a lot when i read magazines and books too :)

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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  9. Awesome trip and I def don't recognize those mdonalds items in the us...we don't have anything with pork!

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  10. Wow, the angry bird elephant is so cute! But I think I like the pink polka dot elephant the most :)

    Phuket looks amazing!

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  11. If they sold pork in the US on a regualr basis, it would be some sort of barbeque--like the McRib.

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  12. The elephants are so cute, especially the polka dot one!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  13. haha its ok!! no one needs to know that they're outdated ;) Love those curls in your picture as well though! Haha yeah, I think so as well how we are always jealous of how people get to travel to other places but then again, we just never think of how close it really is for them! Haha I guess I should just move instead ;)

    Grace
    www.ouihui.blogspot.com

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  14. I try the local McD's when I travel when I nearly run out of money hehehe. I can't never really tell the difference, anyway, except for some like the nuggets in the UK are different from the ones in Malaysia. I remember Korea has some burgers who don't. That's about it lol

    Those elephants are might cute!

    Looks like you had a fab time.

    Don't worry about back-logging. I owe so many trip posts that I just gave up hehe
    At least you still update. Better late than never :D

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  15. LOL at Angry bird elephant...how funny. Please continue with your backlog series Jo. They are always great and i enjoy reading them. Since i dont blog as often as i used to i find myself having so many pictures in my camera that havent been posted, as a result of my laziness i too am behind in blogging but screw blogging and dont be obligated. Just blog when you feel like it and enjoy your TV. That's what i have been doing these days along with online Christmas shopping. December is such a busy month and a wonderful time, i enjoy having time away from blog.

    Regarding your question on my last post, sure please feel free to share to as many people as you would like :). I have no idea why they do what they do to skin animals so brutally instead of killing them first either. Crazy and cruel world we live in.

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  16. hi swettie thanks for your stop in my Blog! :D I have to say than I´m your new follower your trip looks so cool. And your pictures are really lovelies...

    Xoxo

    Sakuranko Blog
    My Facebook Fan Page

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  17. Izzy,

    I’m sure you would look cool as a biker chick!


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    Sarah,

    I’m glad we share the same sentiments on documenting memories!
    Oh my bad about the bike, I meant I could spot a young kid riding a bike. And the family of 5 on the bike is a separate bike which was ridden by the dad of the family.
    A blogger friend of mine is coming to Singapore to celebrate NYE and she had arranged to meet up with me. I think that’s really cool knowing people from blogosphere and meeting them up in your homeland or theirs.


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    Marsa,

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving me a note.


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    Bessie,

    We do not have pork burgers here in Singapore too.


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    Tulip Love,

    The pink polka dot one is sweet but I can’t decide which elephant I like most coz they are all so unique in their own ways.


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    Rick,

    Did you come up with McRib or is it an actual burger/item in US MacDonald’s? The pork burger wasn’t exactly delicious.


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    Yi-chia,

    The pink polka dot one is sweet but I can’t decide which elephant I like most coz they are all so unique in their own ways.


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    Grace,

    Agreed. People from the States and European countries envy us for being able to travel easily to so many Asian countries while we in Asia envy them for having being able to travel within the state and continent. It is expensive for us the other way round.


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    Joey,

    I always prefer the Macs back at home. The only exception is Australia. I fell in love with their roast chicken salad a few years back. Yes, I remember I hadn’t seen all your trip photos. I’m gonna give up on some too.


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    Nelah,

    It is always great to have people appreciating my backlog posts! I will be doing just as what you said. I hope you are having a wild time doing your Christmas shopping online. Remember not to get carried away.


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    Sakuranko,

    Thanx for dropping by too and thanx for following!

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  18. wow =P why would u go to a bar with no sleaze =P

    your trip looked fun and well planned out! How was getting around? I'm thinking of doign some travelling, but i'm worried about the communication :(

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  19. Pui,

    Coz we are gals. lol

    No worries about communication at all. Most of them could speak English. Getting around is mainly by walking or tuk tuk. Our whole trip was pretty impromptu with planning only done as the day went by.

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    Thank you.

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