BANGKOK PT 1: 7/11 - EMQUARTIER - THE COMMONS
Pro tip for mobile viewers: please rotate phone to landscape mode to get a better view of the pictures as I'm still trying to figure out the whole coding thing, sorry for the inconvenience!Before my 2nd semester of university started, I took a 5 days 4 nights trip to Bangkok, Thailand. And the Thai people live up to its nickname, land of the smiles. This is my third trip to the same city but with every single visit, there always seems to be something new to explore.
It was a 2 and a half hour flight from Bandar Seri Begawan via RBA to Bangkok's International airport. Aside from this little cutie who sat in front of me, the rest of the flight consisted of eating, playing tap tap dash on the iPad and lots of napping. Upon arrival, we sorted out our Thailand mobile lines, they're these lines made especially for tourists and they cost 299baht (which is around $12 BND) with a package of 1.5Gb for 1 week at 4G/LTE then hopped onto our pre-booked van and headed to our condo booked using Airbnb.
|Pondering about life and deep stuff|
|Photos don't do it justice but her eyes were the deepest blue|
Here, 7/11 or 24-hr Family marts are filled with the oddest things, case in point: pink century eggs, packaged insects and whole frozen hamburgers (probably not so odd for them but pretty odd for someone who grew up in a small town where sometimes we have trouble purchasing eggs in local supermarkets).
|Normal eggs. Salted eggs. Century Eggs.|
|What more could you possibly ask for?|
First stop was a quick meal at Teraoka gyoza, which I thought was Steve Aoki's restaurant but apparently turned out to be Teraoka Yuichi, a gyoza master, whom, may I add is a 7 times winning Gyozas making champion. Indulged in grilled(?) pork and 2 different types of gyoza, regular and another with mentaiko cheese spread all over.
Dessert consisted of Japan's famous BAKE gooey and soft and melt-in-your-mouth cheese tarts which is an 11/10 (for me anyway because of my undying love for all things cheesy), coconut ice cream, and another round of cheese tarts (these were more like cold japanese cotton cheesecakes, so I personally preferred the first one).
A big part of the ground floor at Emquartier is dedicated to a supermarket known as "Gourmet Market" and never in my life, have I EVER been so impressed with a supermarket. From the service to the variety to the design and layout of the products and counters, even the testers were impressive! They had a fresh oyster bar, the biggest variety of cheeses, hams & olive oils I've ever seen.
|Square watermelon in real life!|
|Array of olive oils|
|So fancy they use wine and pearls as part of the decors|
|Fresh fish and all sort of different cuts|
|Supposedly one of the best pork leg there is?|
|An entire wall dedicated to Pink Himalayan Salt|
|Sea grape testers, funny lil' things|
|Fresh oyster bar!|
|After ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the supermarket, we had a quick stroll around the food area and then walked around the entire Emquartier which was split into The Glass Quarter, The Waterfall Quarter and The Helix Quarter. The top floor was dedicated to Thailand's very own designer items & clothings, then the other shops were the generic branded stores (e.g: Chanel, Prada, H&M, etc etc.) which isn't really my cup of tea, but hey, everyone has a different taste palette so maybe it's your shindig! There was this area called the Water Garden, I think it's somewhat like an outdoor lounge, which is quite enjoyed!|
On the BTS ride from Emquartier to The Commons, looking at the people around me makes me remember something I read recently: "When you and everyone around you are immersed in one small community, it is easy to mistake it for the whole world. But once you break away, you realize that no one outside your tiny circle gives a shit about the stupid stuff that was at the center of your little world. When you understand that, you discover there is a much bigger, better world out there."
The Commons is this fancy, hipster block comprising of different restaurants. The food was decently priced and of good quality. I opted for Italian, Mexican and some alcoholic strawberry lemonade to wash everything down and basked in the relaxing atmosphere with some live music.
The night ended with falling asleep while counting how many
motorcyclists there is at 1am (there was 52) but not before a well-deserved foot massage after stuffing ourselves and meeting a beagle guard dog policing the entrance to a private parking on the way to the massage parlor.
MAP FOR EMQUARTIER:
MAP FOR THE COMMONS: