And finally, it happened—we went to our first out-of-the-country expedition!
I know some of you would snort—Thailand lang ganyan ka na ka-excited?!? Although that’s quite snobbish and insulting of you, really, I understand. 🙂 Totoo naman that Thailand is far from the kabonggahan of US, Europe or probably kahit Singapore or Hong Kong man lang. But we chose Thailand because Motherhood was also there for a conference on the days we were free. We postponed any out-of-the-country expeditions because 1) years ago, Raviv would not really be able to enjoy these trips…sayang naman; 2) Given that #1 is reasonable, Randy refuses to pasyal without our unico hijo. So now is a great time. Moreover, each of the three of us has a reason to be excited about this Thailand trip.
Raviv and his luggage
Anyhoo, let me begin my narrative 🙂 We were at the airport very early, as our flight was 9:30 a.m. K’wento ko lang that Raviv was such a headturner…bakit kamo? Take a look:
Well, aside from that Raviv was intrinsically cute, many people were also looking at his luggage! Many were amazed that he was enjoying riding on his cute luggage! I was so proud of myself for insisting on buying this! It definitely saved us from carrying him all the time…enjoy pa s’ya! Plus, his paraphernalia (snacks, milk, extra clothes, disposable diapers) and more were easily in that luggage. Perfect na handcarry! Almost everyone we pass by would take a double turn…and I’m sure they’re gonna buy/recommend one for their kiddos or pamangkins or inaanaks. When we landed on Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, an American lady even approached me to chat about Raviv’s luggage! She’s childless but she said she couldn’t help herself from admiring the luggage. Ayaw aminin ni Randy but I’m sure he was grateful I got this luggage for Raviv!
Century Park Hotel
When we arrived in Bangkok past lunch time, I approached the Century Park Hotel (where we were booked) representative and he called our chauffeur who would take us to Century Park Hotel.
The limousine (hindi naman stretch limo ha) was driven by a nice Thai whose name was Pon. He was very friendly and was able to communicate in English (not that fluent though). He was offering his services in going around Thailand. Randy said he’ll think about it.
After about 30 minutes, we arrived at Century Park Hotel. We waited in the lobby for about 15 minutes as they were preparing our room.
Our hotel room was decent and clean. Its beddings were not that superior though (I was expecting more, as it’s a 4-star hotel). What Randy and I really disliked was that the channels on TV were so limited! As in! Not a single cartoon channel! Tuloy whenever we get “home” after a tiring day touring around, Randy can’t have the Ipad to himself—there was no way to entertain Raviv!
Toilet and bath was also OK, but I still spot some dirt in between tiles. This is minimal, and if you’re not as maarte when it comes to toilets as I am, you probably won’t even notice it.
As expected, there’s built-in hot and cold water. Share ko lang sa inyo—I don’t use the water heater in cheap hotels. Magkapulmonya na ako sa lamig basta ayoko! Bakit kamo? Because I’ve heard and read so many cases of death by electrocution because of them. I think even Katya Santos’s boyfriend died because of that. Hello—water and electricity, di ba? What I dislike about the toilet and bath is that there’s no bidet!!! True, there are tissues and all. But bidet is waaay more convenient. You know, I wonder why several high end hotel still lack this…mura lang naman! You could get something as cheap as P200.
A buffet breakfast was also inclusive of our hotel accommodations. I was shy to take pictures of the food, but there were lots: Japanese sushi, native Thai dishes, fruits, cereals, breads with different spreads, waffles and pancakes with different syrups, sausages, etc.
With Lola Emma
Randy did not really like the breakfast because his breakfast fave, bacon, was always maganit and matigas (this was consistent—all four breakfasts!)
The Champion, Macho Bull Mastiffs of Ratchburi Kennel
After resting for a while, we got going again. Since Pon was just at the hotel lobby and Randy was so eager to go to Ratchburi kennel, he asked Pon to chauffer for us. He suggested that while he’s looking at his prospect bull mastiffs, I talk to Pon about his rates to the places we want to go.
At the Ratchburi Kennel in Bangkok
I told Pon we were going to hire him and his limousine/Camry for three days, and that we want to go to Safari World, the Floating Market, and around Bangkok. Safari World and the Floating Market, by the way, were out of Bangkok. His price was 2,000 baht per day, inclusive of everything and no time limit (he pays for his meals, gas and toll fees). Randy said he thinks this was a fair price.
I would actually recommend Pon if you want a chauffeured limousine or even a bigger vehicle (Pon also has a van). The tuktuk driver who drove us detoured us to bring us to jewelry shops, and he was reckless! Nakakatakot mag-drive, especially because we have toddler in tow! Taxi drivers there are comparable if not worse than our own cab drivers. Kwento ko sa inyo sa Part 2!
Pon may be contacted through this number: 0852308897
Part 2 to be continued
Tell me what you think!
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