My BFFs Robbie, Agoo, Ana and Timmy.
I was in Bangkok last weekend for my unofficial bachelorette shindig and met with my best friends who came from different parts of the world. Ana is a resident working for a magazine, Agoo came from Manila a day after and Robbie and Timmy flew in from Turkey, culminating their frour-month whirlwind trip around the world. It was their suggestion to meet in Thailand since that would be their last stop before going home. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as wedding preps are almost complete and I was to have my last hurrah–eating and partying-wise–in one of the food and party capitals of Asia.
It was my first out of the country trip with the posse, except for Ana, so we were all pretty psyched. The trip took months of planning, so when the day finally arrived, we all couldn’t wait to see each other. I’ve been through a lot with this group, individually and collectively. They know me inside out, have seen the worst and best of me and have accepted all my quirks–weirdness and all. Needless to say, I love them to bits. Here’s what we did the past couple of days. Censored, of course.
Ana is a vegetarian (and I’m trying to eat clean) so she took me to Simple for our first meal. Notice the very apt words above the awning.
It had an open kitchen that gave it a homey feel.
Glass sliding doors kept it warm and airy.
Plants and green galore at the main entrance.
Brunch was TDF! So fresh and clean-tasting.
Ana rigorously planning our first night out.
Found this cute cafe next door. I think it’s an organic resto as well.
A trip to BKK wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the mall. EmQuartier is the newest one.
Apart from the usual designer shops, they had an entire floor dedicated to an outdoor garden!
This is their food hall. Gorgeous isn’t it?
Right outside was an installation with a giant dog guarding sheep. For what, I don’t know.
Merienda was this super yummy Tom Yum flavored dry egg noodles at Ninth Cafe at Paragon. With Thai milk tea on the side.
Late dinner followed at Thang Long, a trendy Vietnamese place. We met up with our friend Lou who was in town for work.
The atmosphere was modern and zen.
This was their greens appetizer. Looked like an inedible arrangement, too pretty to eat.
We went to Sing Sing Theater after, the latest and no. 1 club in the city made to look like an old theater.
My photos don’t do justice to how gorgeous it looked. It was like stepping into a Wong Kar-Wai set.
The next day we went to the Peninsula Hotel to meet the rest of the troops.
Breath-taking view of the Chao Phraya river from the balcony! Hotels line this coveted real estate.
Lots of laughs (and cocktails) ensued, naturally.
Couldn’t pass up a photo-op in this place.
We got hungry so we headed over to Sheepshank Public House, a very hip and industrial resto by the river.
Absolutely loved the interiors!
The next day we went–what else–malling!
The sublime John Varvatos store in Central Embassy. Just look at those lights!
Couldn’t resist another selfie. I mean…
Brunch was at Rocket x Siwalai. Another hip, Scandinavian-inspired cafe adjoining a boutique, Siwalai.
Hard to believe this cafe is inside a mall.
How’s this for branding?
Eggs ben with a side of kale that was cooked so well.
Had to burn off all that food so we walked to Paragon.
Token paparazzi shots.
Bangkok traffic is a lot like Manila’s. Except we don’t have hot pink cabs.
Dinner was at Benjarong Dusit Thani hotel. Food BLEW ME AWAY.
It was so good we ate it in minutes and only managed to take a pic of the last dish of Pad Thai.
Family photo was in order of course. The recently revamped place was beyond gorgeous.
Agoo’s caftan blended beautifully with the interiors.
Our unplanned outfits were like day and night. So was the hair, make-up and lipstick shade!
Ana joining in the fun. The lighting was just too good to pass up. (Excuses, excuses)
Drinks at Oskar Bistro followed.
I plucked the orchid from my cocktail since I didn’t have the requisite “crown”.
Dancing at Levels across the street after.
Our last supper was at EAT in Central Embassy mall. A different kind of Thai food it was. More home-cooked inspired.
Greyhound Cafe was next door.
Snapped at the airport after last-minute shopping at Jim Thompson. Thank you Bangkok! Now I’m ready to get married.