Wordless Wednesday – 30

Phuket, Thailand

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The island of Phuket has long been misunderstood. Firstly, the ‘h’ is silent. Ahem. And secondly, Phuket doesn’t feel like an island at all. It’s so huge (the biggest in Thailand) that you rarely get the sense that you’re surrounded by water, which is probably the reason why the ‘Ko’ (meaning ‘island’) was dropped from its name. Dubbed the ‘pearl of the Andaman’ by marketing execs, this is Thailand’s original flavour of tailor-made fun in the sun.  —LONELY PLANET


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We visited Phuket on the second week of November 2011. Just in time for the Loi Krathong Festival.
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I have to admit, the town is one busy place. It seems like everybody has their business to attend to. Just look at the traffic.

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Traffic jam. This was around late in the evening. 

               
We arrived early in the afternoon via Air Asia. It was our first with them. The whole flight was a pleasant experience. A good sign of things to come, I spotted a rainbow during the flight. Cool!

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Upon arrival from the airport, we rented a taxi to take us to our Hotel. From there we decided to explore the Patong beach area. We used the hotel\’s shuttle service then off we go to the beach.

I like Patong beach for the shore\’s adequate proximity from buildings and establishments. Lots of space to roam, lounge and relax. It won\’t matter if the tide is high.

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I didn\’t swim because the water looks murky. I\’m not sure if it was the time of the year when, sea water goes through a phase which gave it a brownish color. I was expecting clear blue water, white sand etc. We should\’ve visited Krabi instead (guess my research wasn\’t good enough). 
There\’s lots of beach activities available like para-sailing, jet skiing etc. I\’m not sure about the prices and whether it\’s negotiable. 

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Nevertheless, we enjoyed the place with a romantic stroll.

The couple in this picture, NOT us.

There are markets, food stalls, tour agencies, tailoring shops, spas, hotels etc. near the beach. There are lots of choice for recreation and eating. It\’s just a matter of choice. Prices varies according to beach proximity (my personal opinion). Prices are higher if establishments are near the beach.

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For shopping and mid to up-scale dining, Jungceylon mall is a short distance walk from Bangla road. Fast food joints (KFC, Burger King), Starbucks, bistros, cafes and fancy restaurants they have it. ATM machines are available inside as well.
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Good to Know Info:

  1. Many locals can speak English. Its easy to communicate especially when asking for directions.
  2. The tuk-tuk usually costs 200 Baht per tuk-tuk NOT per person. If you can get it lower than 200 Baht, well good for you.
  3. Shopping in Phuket is expensive. This is in comparison with what Bangkok shopping has to offer.
  4. Money changers are all-over the place. Not all establishments accepts credit cards. Better to have cash at all times.

This is Day 1 of Phuket. Will post Day 2 in a while.
XOXO

Music Monday: Penguin Prison

My husband is a music lover of different genres. With his quiet nature, I didn\’t expect him to be one. From the 60\’s until the present he has favorites. Though he\’s been living in the US for a longtime he still appreciates OPM especially from bands like Rocksteddy, Rivermaya, Eraseheads et.al. He grew up during the New Wave Era thus the obvious attachment (I didn\’t know till now that Bizarre Love Triangle was from NWE). For him, Depeche Mode is the greatest band of all time. Because DM has survived after the New Wave, outlived the 90\’s and surpassed the New Millenium. He\’s also a fanboy of Duran Duran having sported their hair when he was younger (I\’m still looking for evidence, I want to see how he looks like). I discovered Lorde because of him (kaya lang pinagsawaan na niya ang Royals). The list goes on. 
I also noticed his speaker collection from inside the house up to his truck. I was stunned! Why would one person needs so much of those! But I need to understand him like how he tries to understand the need of using different brushes when I apply make-up. I asked him why and answered back \”Because I care about my music!\” WOW!  Ikaw na ang super caring sa music. Same thing with watching a film. That\’s why we don\’t watch movies in the cinema. Our surround sound system are comparable to movie house standards. Kulang na nga lang 3D.
The song for today was from his random FM radio-heard selection. Good thing, Sound Hound is ever reliable for Seff\’s music researches.
Happy Monday to everyone
XOXO

Photo Source of Duran Duran

Happy Anniversary To Us

Taken before our Solemnization.
I kept on bugging Seff earlier about my anniversary gift. He\’s on his kuripot mode meaning deadma. When all the while just received our best gift yet. A gift that we\’ve waited for so long. I know all this waiting will soon be over. Looking forward to be with you. I love you very much. 
P.S. But I still insist on my gift.

OAWSP: Smile with no teeth

Apparently, my husband thinks I\’m more beautiful when I smile without showing my teeth.  I don\’t know why he said it but I find it sweet in a way. He can see the beautiful in what I think is not. One of the many  reasons that I love him. 

Music Monday: Without You

I\’ve heard of Aj Rafael because he\’s buddies with David Choi, though I\’m not really familiar with his songs. When Jen made our wedding video, I\’m not familiar with the song. I find it unique. Before I knew it, it\’s stuck in my head.
I remember known videographer Jason Magbanua once said, he makes videos that are timeless and worthwhile. Na kahit paulit-ulit mong panoorin ay kikiligin ka pa rin, matatawa or mangingiti ka. Jen, I think you hit the jackpot with this one. And I see a bright future ahead of you and Roy…Keep up 🙂

XOXO