Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The South Of Thailand (Part 1)

 I just got back from the South Of Thailand last Thursday. The LCCT airport was very packed like a can of sardines with so many holiday makers flying off on the first day of Hari Raya. I saw so many Malay families with small kids towing luggages, all dressed in their very best & colourful traditional clothes. It was a beautiful sight.

I will not be posting anything about the retreat where my wife stayed as no photography was allowed inside. All I can say is that it was a new retreat being set up by a well known nun and is being managed by several monks and many practitioners. The location is at the outskirts of Nakorn Si Thammarat which is an ancient Thai town with much history during the reign of the old Kingdom of Siam. It is almost 200 kilometers north of Haayai town. It took me almost 2 hours drive at neck breaking speed to reach there in my cousin's 4 wheel drive which has got the most damn powerful engines I had ever driven.


 Let me share some photos below.


  

Photo 1: I stayed at my cousin's hotel which he has inherited from his late father for free. My family has stayed at this old hotel for free since I was 7 years old.





Photo 2: I have been coming to Haayai since I was 2 months old and often lived at my grandfaher's home by the seaside near the famous Mermaid Statue in Songkhla. The town seems boring to me always. Luckily my cousin accompanied and chauffered me around in his brand new Mercedes Benz which cost him almost RM500K when the price of the cars are considered cheaper in Thailand than Malaysia.




Photo 3: They always have these huge AMAZING THAILAND's shopping icons all over the town and just changed the dates every season.





Photo 4: Their beloved King has been discharged from the hospital after 4 years. They have many arches along the streets all over the country to show their love for their King.





 Photo 5: This hotel is a famous and prominent landmark in town. It has been bombed by terrorists using car bombs not just once and killed many people. It also often got flooded until its basement carpark where tourists were drowned too. Humans have short memory indeed.





 Photo 6: Their market is very popular with Malaysians with hundreds of stalls inside selling clothes, bags, shoes and fake branded stuffs. I was surprised that they even have faked BONIA bags.




Photo 7: I walked across the whole town center in less than 2 hours and passed many food stalls that made me fatter. Here I bought the popular sweet mangoes with glutinous rice. (In Thai language  - Khao Niao Ma Muang)




Photo 8: I always loved to buy their sweet cakes that could turn you into a diabetic instantly.  The right boxes of orange coloured desserts made with duck's eggs into shreds is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE. Everyone in my family and friends hated the smell. One friend spat it out on the spot once! He was idiot and knows nothing about heavenly desserts. My favourite duck's eggs yummy is called "Foi Thong".




Photo 9: We also spotted the fried fishes which was so aromatic and irresistible. It costs only 100 bahts (RM9.90)  each! I bought one.






Photo 10: My cousin felt excited and decided to bring me to Songkhla to have lunch and to buy some Thai Native's Food Products to give my mother. This place is the square by the Samila Beach where the famous Mermaid sits on the rock.



 Photo 11: This is the special crab we had as appetizer. It is the signature dish that is only available in that restaurant where they sliced the flower crabs into think slices and stripped the claws too. You can just suck the crab meat and roe out easily.






Photo 12: I missed their famous coconut ice cream which I often ate from a hawker on bicycle when I was a small boy. So my cousin took me to a proper shop selling them as those old hawkers are no longer around.




Photo 13: We ate 4 bowls each! So yummy and Slurrpss!


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    1. No picture of you and your wife, hehe...

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    2. If i go Thailand and stay at your cousin hotel, and quote your name, will your cousin give discount/special price? whahahahahaha...

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  2. Good afternoon Sharon! You are so fast and I have not even finished editing my post. Muahahahaha

    I was inside the 1st photo lah. Why you wanna see my old and ugly photo? You also very shy to show your photo la.

    When you go there, you better stay in a newer hotel right in the heart of town. I hope my cousin will never read this blog. I won't tell him anyway! LOL

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    1. Saw you in the 1st picture, but no you and your wife pictures taken together, hehe...

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    2. hahaha... Who knows, your cousin might hop over here to your blog, wkakakaka....

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    3. Choi! choi! I would delete this post if he ever comes here! LOL

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  3. Wahhhhhh!!!! The ikan bawal RM9.90 only, soooooo cheap! My missus bought from the Ramadan stalls here, ikan bawal hitam bakar with sambal, big one RM15.00...and we thought that was cheap! Tsk! Tsk!

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  4. Oh that is called Ikan Bawal!!! OMG! I was trying to find its name. Yes it was cheap there and I bought the biggest one which was being fried in the wok again when I took the photo.

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  5. #1: how nice to have free accommodation!! that would really save up a lot.. nice, and the hotel looks huge too!!

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    1. Yes that hotel may be old but is damn huge with big rooms. It is the only hotel in Haadyai that escaped their annual floods for many decades due to its raised up level. They built it when flood was unheard of then.

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  6. #2: the last time i went to haatyai was like more than 10 years ago.. wow, all i can remember was going to the market and massage and eat.. and the tuk-tuk taxi, but my Anay was all the time in that expensive Benz..

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    1. That cousin never failed to raise my eyelids with his extravagant lifestyles. He is going to build a holiday home in the North with a land size measuring 2 km X 1 km!!!!

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  7. #3: no wonder that thing looks so familiar!! they just have the same shopping bag decoration and changed the dates.. but second thought, good quality as it last long, i saw the same thing more than 10 years ago~~

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    1. They shifted the icons every where all the time. They have added elephant and teddy bear mascots as well.

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  8. #4: i am really impressive on how the Thais being so loyal to their royal family.. i don't think i've seen any Malaysian who loves our Agung that much at all :D

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    1. It is true that the whole country is all loyalists. We have no time to develop our love as ours will be changed every 5 years!!!





      Thambee does not even buy new underwears every 5 years! Muahahahaha

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  9. #5: the Lee Garden Hotel.. i actually stayed there before, of course way back before it was bombed..

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    1. That hotel is very nice and located in very strategic spot. I do not know why they are targets of the terrorists.

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  10. #6: ah, this market.. i remember it's so huge and so many things to buy.. but all i bought was the different types of snacks, and my lady friends WARCOAL because they are cheap in Thailand~~ :D

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    1. I didn't buy anything from the market for myself as the designs are for teenagers. I bought lots of ladies stuffs for my Letchumy. So WARCOAL are cheap! I didn't know that.

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  11. #7: oh yeah, Thambee will be attracted to all those snack food too.. next time Anay can go with Thambee, we shall share to taste and then won't get fat~~ muahahahaha!! :D

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    1. Oh yeah I would love to bring Thambee there! We eat sweet desserts all day and go massage all night long! Wakakakaka

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  12. #8: OMG all those sweet stuffs, and yes, i have to agree they can make you diabetic!! have not tried many of those, but i can see the "look choop" (center back) which i kind of like, because of the cute shapes and colors~~

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    1. Look Choop!!! Where?

      The Thais love sweet and sugar so much. They have so many diabetic patients in their country. Scary!

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    2. center of the middle row, those boxes with a lot of colors.. sweetened mung bean pastes wrapped in colorful sweet jelly skins.. comes with shapes of vegetables or fruits..

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    3. Oh yaaaaa! I saw it now. Kekekekekeke
      Next time I buy kueh back for you ok.

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  13. #9: ikan bawal, or pomfret.. errr, not really interested in this.. i would be more interested if they have grilled sotong~~

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    1. I ate their grilled sotong and it was so hard like chewing iron bars! My poor gigi!

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  14. #10: Anay didn't take photo with the little mermaid??

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    1. I have taken so many shots since small and molested its breasts until so shiny today. Wakakakaka

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  15. #11: ooh, the crab looks good and juicy and fresh.. i always thing fresh seafood taste the best when they are cooked in the simplest way.. perhaps this crab will taste good if dip with soy sauce with chili??

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    1. Yes it was steamed and smelled so good & stinky. I dipped into their special spicy sauce. We also ate duck fried rice and heavenly Tom Yum soup.

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  16. #12 & #13: oh, i just saw a friend posted her coconut ice-cream on FB from Chatuchak market, looks so good!! of course hers look a lot nicer and classier than yours lah.. are those chocolate powder sprinkled on top?? hmmm, i would prefer that will nata de coco~~

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    1. My photos are sucks! I know that. I must get lessons from Suituapui who has the keen eyes to make his food drooling. The Nata De Coco was below inside the ice cream. I think this ice cream originated from the South long before Bangkok had them.

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    1. After SK's place, I'm coming at your place to drop some comments!

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    2. Wah! You must visit SK's blog first as if Ah Boy is like a Blog Deity! Adoi! I so damn jeles lah!

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    3. Dun say liddat. His blog every time posted early in the morning mar...

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    4. I am just kidding. I also have to put joss stick and pay respect to his blog every morning. Muahahahahaha

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  18. Wah, you got free stay at your cousin's hotel. I want also. Your missus is very good lar and so do you. May God bless both of you.

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    1. Oooo thank you for your kind wishes. May Buddhas and Guan Yin Pusa bless you too.

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  19. So is call Hatyai or Haayai? Which one is more accurate?

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    1. It is pronounced as "Haadyai".. Haaaaaaaaad means town. Yaaaaaaiii means big. So it was a rather new big town in the South of Thailand.

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  20. Your cousin is very damn rich ler... So how many cars he has besides Merz.

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    1. Oh he is damn rich and has only 3 big cars parked in his home in Haadyai. I have not seen the cars in his home in Bangkok yet. Angeline is also rich Tai Tai in Taiping lah. How many cars you have?

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    2. I just wanted to know how many, maybe he will chauffeured you everyday with diff big cars... hehehe

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  21. wahhhh #untungla stay hotel for freeeeeee :D

    its been quite sometime i havent visit thailand...hmmm...

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    1. A bit boring lah the South. Need to go to Bangkok for shopping and fun.

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  22. I know ODEAN, we definitely will go in and see what we can get...

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    1. That Odeon just opened a new Starbucks. I think the clothes inside are not cheap like the market.

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  23. #4, I remember once I was there shopping at Sentral shopping complex. Then their queen came and passed by the road. We were asked to kneel down and bow. And I did the same too, even though we're inside the complex. They are very loyal one.

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    1. Whoa! I never seen the Queen or even knelt down in my whole life! Lucky you.

      I will run away if I see Rosmah. LOL

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    2. The Queen was in the car actly. Sorry I didn't mentioned in detailed earlier. So I never seen her too. But we all still need to kneel down to pay respect to her.

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    3. Yes I understood you. I am aware of their culture to show respects. The BTS trains in Bangkok would stop in mid air if the Royal Motorcades are driving below. All vehicles have to stop. When they play National Anthem every evening, we have to stop on the streets and wait till it is over.

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  24. #5, I used to go there and had their super cheap buffet lunch. Beside their reasonable buffet, we can eventually experienced haayai town from the top view.

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    1. Eh! I didn't know they have this buffet up there. You are so clever to cari makan.

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    2. If not mistaken, my friend just went there for buffet last week during Raya for holidays.

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    3. I used the lift from the shopping mall attached ground floor. Then have to go to the highest level. Then from there exchange another lift to extend to another high level. Something liddat. I have to go another time then only I can tell you accurately.

      I'll be there this weekend. See if I have chance I'll go there for buffet lunch. if not mistaken RM12.50 per pax only.

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    4. Wow! You will be there this weekend! Have fun shopping and eating!

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  25. I personally don't eat pineapple, but Haayai small pineapple is very sweet and juicy.

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    1. Yes I love their pineapple with their chilly powder. Their pineapples are so damn sweet. Why can't we grow them in Malaysia??

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    2. Ya I saw people have it with that, definitely give you a kick right? I have no idea whether we can grow such a sweet pineapple.

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    3. I must smuggle their pineapple plants to grow them here.

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  26. i just don't understand thus people leave comment on your blog. Why one post with one question or remark? Can't their just combine all the thing that their want to said in one post?

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    1. Hello Willk. This is a disease infected by bloggers SK and foongPC since a long time ago. The ones with highest comments would receive Grand Prizes!

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    1. Shame on me. I love to eat fishes very much but hardly know their names. Thank you for teaching me!

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    2. TM, I'm not teaching you ler... hope you don't mind ya. I saja want to put more comments over here.

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    3. Oh no, I am really happy that you taught me! I am no small gas one lah.

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  28. Everytime I go to Haayai, I never go further until Songkhla to observe the mermaid statue and molest her breast lor... Muahahaha....

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    1. Songkhla is damn boring lah. Nothing to shop and nothing to see. At night the mermaid swims back into the sea waters.

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    2. Ya this what my hubby told me. Many of my friends always asked me whether I've been there or not. Then I asked them back, what is so good about Songkhla... most of them will tell me, just experience the seaside and take photo with the mermaid statue. That's all. Sigh...waste time right?

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    3. Yes just forget about going there unless you wanna go to another town and pass there by chance!

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    4. Hmm, I'll just be around haadyai - shopping, eating and relax...

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    5. I think Haadyai is very popular with North Malaysians who can cross into the border easily by cars.

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  29. So nice you have a cousin there to bring you around Thailand... I have not been in Hatyai for a long time now... And the crabs!! Wow, really treat you like a King, just have to eat the flesh without taking off the shells... really nice and pampered...

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    1. Yes I had never seen crabs being peeled and served like this. The taste was so good and juicy. You will love it for sure!

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  30. Haadyai must be an interesting place. We ladies can shop and shop till we drop. I'm not so keen in the food but I would love the pulut with mango.

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    1. the crabs looks yummy too!

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    2. You surprised me that you love shopping more than eating the Thai food. I prefer eating than shopping. I rather shop in Singapore and KL.

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  31. I also just came back from Haayai last June. Decided to revisit again after 10 years and seems like didn't change much. A Merz cost RM500,000 which consider to be cheap. If wanna buy in Malaysia, can only buy in a dream only =P

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    1. Our govt makes too much with high taxes on the cars!

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  32. Not really like Haayai if compare to Bangkok cause most of the fashion there kinda outdated. But the thing I like the most is their floating market. Bangkok one is overrated.

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    1. I have never even been to the floating market in my life. I must go and enjoy the thrills!

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  33. Hatyai ah?

    Next time can promote your cousin's hotel to M'sian runners. A lot of them went to Hatyai Marathon in May and Hatyai Nature Run last week. ;)

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    1. I am shy to promote the hotel as it is so old and my cousin does not even bother as he has steady regular guests who are mostly Thai Muslims from the nearby towns like Yala, Narathiwat, Satun and etc. They prefer to stay there because of the activities held in the mosque next door.

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  34. So nice get to stay for free. The perks of having good relatives. Hahaha

    Anay must have been waited like a King there by the hotel staff too!

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    1. You bet. The staff all treated me as the mysterious VIP guest of the boss as they had never seen their boss dropping his car behind for a guest to use while he went off to Bangkok.

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  35. If we HHBC stay there can get room upgrade ah? LOL

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    1. Sure HHBC will get specials but you have better choices in town staying in fancy & newer hotels.

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  36. Anay, you didn't pay a bomb for the flights? During festive season wor... o.O

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    1. Jgn jgn anay hv contacts in airlines? Cousin to tony or wat..fly for free

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    2. Maybe with Thai Airways? ;-)

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    3. The fares reached the skies for Raya festive season. That was why I left much earlier and returned on Hari Raya Day when the fares were still cheap. I always pick the cheaper departure and return dates otherwise I would just skip the trip.

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    4. What a dream that Tony would become my relatives! Muahahahaha

      I have seen his 3 storey penthouse before as he lives next door to my school mate!

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  37. thanks for the share, no wonder so long no see your update d~ i like the crab picture and how much it would cost ah?

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    1. I think it was less than RM10 a plate. Cheap lah.

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  38. the pictures were enough to show the rich culture of your
    country most especially the first one

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    1. I think all Asian countries are very colourful and nice with similarities.

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  39. coconut icecream? that sounds yummy,too bad
    you failed to grabbed one

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    1. I loved them like heavens and had so many for that trip.

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  40. i would like to great you but it just happen that i forgot the proper greeting for such celebration haha anyway take care and enjoy blogging

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    1. What did you want to greet me? You can always google for them in Thai, Chinese or Malay language.

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  41. I like photo 5, I think partly because of the sky!!! =]

    Such a long didn't have any crab, miss it so bad!!! =[

    Ice cream.........always yummy, hahaha!!! =]

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    1. Yes the photo 5 is nice but that hotel has scary history.

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  42. You are a true Thai, i have to say (^^)

    http://xjion89.blogspot.com

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  43. That crab looked more like a main!

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  44. Exowcted airport will be jam pack with people. I hv a friend in airport whose kid kena bang by a foreigner keh and never say sorry

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    1. I agree that many foreigners are rude and they don't even realize it. How sad!

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  45. Photo 1...wei your readers get discounts or nit if stay that hotel :p. Kiasu mode turn on

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    1. You will get it if you visit but that hotel is old and cheap already.

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  46. True enough human hv short memory. I think I wont dare to sray in that hotel if i know so many death there

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    1. That hotel is still very popular today.

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  47. Food wise am not adventurous. Kaldip would be the one who would try out everything

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    1. Kaldip loves to eat and can be my good friend! No wonder you are so thin.

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  48. Photo 12 coconut ice crwam . I wonder is it similar one as sold in ss2 pasar mlm. U know ths pasar mlm behind the eu yan sang shop? There is one stall selling coconut ice cream where the hollow out the coconut shell. Put scoops of ice cream and some coconut pulp into the shell. Rm5 one "shell". Didn't buy

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    1. It is different from the way you explained. The Thai ice cream uses coconut milk in the ice cream so you won't see any flesh or coconut shells. I do know that the Wat Chetawan temple along Jalan Gasing has a hawker stall outside selling this ice cream on some occasions.

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    2. Still sellinv ah? Once I saw they sold many thai food at yhst Wat then got one time hilang jor. I thought they don't allow to sell or what

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  49. Why u driving so fast? Got time limit ka to arrive to yhe retreat?

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    1. My cousin complained that I was driving too slow!!!! I was going at 100kph and accelerated to 140-160kph.

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  50. Oh yes my fav Khao Niao Ma Muang. Lee Gardens used to be one of the best in town.

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    1. Yes it was the best hotel and no more. I wonder which is the best hotel now?

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  51. Welcome back TM!!
    You went to Hatyai ho? Aiseh, I miss this place la!! The pork burger, the comfy massage, the cheap stuff and everything!

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    1. You mean you stayed at the hotel for free??

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    2. Yea, Lee Garden is sure famous! I love shopping here!

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    3. Yes I stayed for FREE!!! Aiyo all ladies loved to shop there while the men went to drink and get massaged.

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  52. Welcome back! Now I feel like going Thailand!!

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  53. Wah! Your cousin so rich one ah? You also rich right? :)

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  54. Haatyai seems boring to you? I think if you live there for a long time, sure boring lah haha!

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    1. It is boring with nothing new. I was never a tourist there, so that made the difference.

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  55. Malaysians just love to shop there, don't they?

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    1. Our currency is bigger so the fun is there!

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  56. Mango with glutinous rice yummy!! But I prefer durian with sticky rice! : )

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  57. I have never tried those orange color desserts made from duck's eggs! Nice meh?

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  58. Where's the mermaid? Where's the mermaid? I don't see no mermaid!!

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    1. The mermaid sat on the rocks. I have seen her so many times and enough!

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  59. Yum! Yum! I want those crabs!!!

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  60. Wow! Coconut ice cream!! I want!! : )

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  61. Sawadeekrap...
    I like to go Thailand. Looking forward for my Bangkok trip on Oct and Nov :p

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    1. Wah! You are going again in Oct and Nov!!! So rich man!

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  62. We wanted to eat crab in Langkawi but the staff told us no crab. Raya holiday, the fisherman does not go out to the sea..ahaah

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    1. So that means they also had no fishes!!!

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  63. The only place that i've visited in thailand is bangkok... i like the beaches there, it's geographically flat in most of the areas that's why they are prone to flood once in 2-3 years time.

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    1. You should visit Phuket and Chiangmai too. They have been voted the TOP 10 tourist spots in the world.

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  64. Welcome back! I've yet to visit Haatyai. Few times wanted to go, but there were some riots etc :< I wanna go to their spas & shop there too! I love crabs!! Next time tapao for me yah??

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    1. I don't think you will like this town because you are so used to the modern and big city lifestyle. The only thing you might enjoy is the cheap massage and yummy food. I am sure they have no spas unless you head to Bangkok and Chiengmai.

      Okay I will tapao crabs. How many kilos of haiii you want?

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  65. kim yong market, the mermaid, street food & everything.... Hatyai might not be my favourite town in thailand but i don't mind visiting it again & again......

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