It’s been 2 years in 2008 since the last time the monsters got to go on a trip abroad, when we went to Hong Kong. This time around, we were all stoked to be visiting the city of smiles, Bangkok! Most of the monsters have been there, but it’s my first time to visit Thailand, not including stopovers. Unfortunately, Danielle, Gelli, and Cerah weren’t able to join us, so they stayed behind and held the fort. The RX jocks and marketing team were treated by the RX bosses to a 4-day, 3-night stay in Bangkok Thailand. Their airport was awesome. I heard it was a new airport. But I got a bit of a fright when I got held up at the immigration. The officer would look at me, then look at the screen, shake her head, then look at the screen once more. After about 10 minutes of this, she called another officer who did more of the same. For a while there images of Midnight Express flashed before my eyes. Maybe I looked like a wanted criminal or a serial killer! Turned out there was just a computer malfunction. Whew!
When we finally got there, we found out that there were so many options to choose from! Tourist spots to visit, shows to watch, there were just too many to fit in one day. We were met by out tour guide, the animated Golf. Yes, that’s her name, “Golf”.
It was a bit hard understanding her English, with her thick Thai accent, but she was very eager to please, very animated, and did not flinch when egged on to sing or dance, even teaching us some Thai phrases and dance moves.
When we got to our hotel, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, it turned out that it was the tallest building in Thailand.
So there is a revolving viewdeck, to get a full 360-degree view of the city of Bangkok.
When we got there, we all teamed up in pairs for the room assignments. Everyone started sampling some of the food as soon as we got to the hotel. They just raided the convenience store at the lobby for whatever they got their hands on. Notice how the girls sexily devoured their food of choice:
Gino and Rico, on the other hand, decided to have a “Magnum Showdown”. Who won? You be the judge. Take your pick:
After a quick rest, we met up again downstairs and started the one main activity that most of the group went there for, with little resistance from the rest: SHOPPING. We went to Platinum mall, which is basically like the mall in Divisoria, 168, only bigger, more floors, more shops, and more choices.
They told me that most of the tiangges here in the Philippines get their stuff from Bangkok anyway, so the range of choices there, our tinderas’ source, is much wider. I didn’t really shop as much as the others. I told myself I wouldn’t buy anything there that I could probably find in Manila. So I just bought a couple of shirts that were Thai in design. Other than that, my discipline was unshakable.
Before we knew it, it was dinnertime. We ate ate the fast food on the top floor. This was our first taste of the much-talked about Thai food. And even though we just ate in a fast food, the cuisine was every bit authentic. Hardly any generic stalls, everything was hardcore Thai food. I got me a fish and bamboo shoot curry dish. Big Mistake. Apparently, curry in Thailand translates to: “burn a gaping hole in your tongue with badass spices“. I hardly ate 2 spoonfuls, when I quit that plate of mean-spirited chilis, and drowned myself in water. I ended up buying some crab cakes to tide my hunger over. Note to self: NO MORE CURRY.
After that, we went back to the hotel and decided to have an inuman on our first night there. It isn’t an RX out of town trip without the requisite inuman. Unfortunately, I can’t drink anymore. So there I was, the wet blanket, sipping bottled water while everyone sampled the local beers. And since the inuman was held in our room, I had no choice but to be a hapless spectator to the alcohol-induced merrymaking.
We had a couple of more nights drinking, in different rooms, and on one night, at the hotel’s observation deck, where there’s a bar that serves beer by the tower.
(To be continued…)