Showing posts with label thailand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thailand. Show all posts

BASIL: The Home of Real Thai Food

We finally had a time to have a "real date" indulge over Thai food (Oh how I've missed these two). After checking out the reviews and spotting a discount on Metrodeal, we happily decided to visit. Basil is located along Chino Roces Avenue.  It is behind a building that is in front of Glaxo Smith Kline.  From Magallenes MRT, it would probably be just a 2 minute ride.

We ordered Phad Thai 360php, Creamy Prok Curry 325php and Lettuce Wrap with Tamarind sauce 295php.  I am not a fan of 300++ pinoy dishes because I think I could whip them at home, but since this was Thai authentic Thai, my wallet happily gave in.

The lettuce wrap was refreshing.  It was crunchy all over and the Tamarind sauce gave it a different kick. It was minty, sour and sweet all at the same time.  Perfect for appetizer.

The Curry was great too.  It was not spicy but so flavorful.  I literally closed my eyes on my first taste.  It took me back to the streets of Bangkok.  Awesome flavor.  We did not finish it all so we brought it home for Risen which by the way he happily finished!

Phad Thai.  This was real.  I wanted more of it but my tummy surrendered already.  haha I would go back to Basil just for this.  Really really yummy and spicy!!

If you want real food, cozy and quiet ambiance, I highly recommend Basil.  They too have the most accommodating staff and efficient service.  Not too mention, big servings too.  

Thailand day 7 - last day in Phuket

Last day = breakfast buffet day!

I have been reading a lot of raves online about the Renaissance breakfast buffet, and since we can’t afford this everyday (health and money factor), we saved the best for last.

I won’t spend much writing but will let the pictures and our big smiles (and tummies), speak for itself!  ENJOY!!

Thailand day 3 - (still) at Bangkok

We felt like “non-sense” for the past two days so we decided to have a field trip on our third day.  For teachers who love culture, traveling and facts, this would be a definite fun tour for us.   After filling our bellies with breakfast we both rode a Tuktuk and headed to John Thompson House Museum and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. 

Sure we learned a lot of things today but our educational trip did not end here because we were faced with the question on why Philippines is never like Thailand when it comes to tourism.  Pinas’ value of money, weather, environment, places to see is just similar with Thailand, but why is it that we cannot see a lot of blondes and blacks in our country? Why oh why?

To stop ourselves from being too intellectual on our 3rd day abroad, we chose to go back to the hotel mid afternoon and retire early for the next day we would mark the halfway of our romantic escapade.  This I loathe and love.  Halfways of beautiful things are like half bitten tiny chocolate bars – you have tasted its goodness and one more bite would be its end.

Our Bangkok experience was thrilling, palate fulfilling and fun. They said that the best way to know a person is to travel with them, and indeed I got to know Bryan more in this trip.  We have discovered each others’ packing styles, sleeping habits, and patience when waiting.  I will never see Bangkok the same again.  It was indeed sweeter and grander because my hand has a hand to clasp it with.

Thailand day 2 - (still) in Bangkok

It was nice to wake up because we just felt like waking up.  No alarm clocks.  No knocking on the doors - just our plain reflexes that got us up.  With no itinerary in mind, we freshened up then headed to the dining area for our breakfast buffet.  Since some of the staff are Pinoys, the food was only 30 percent Thai which means nothing too much to rave about.  I started with brewed coffee and Bry had his plate of fruits.  We ate and talked like best friends for almost two hours - teasing each other like newlyweds (ay, newly wends nga pala kami ;p). Oh the bliss of just being together, discussing random and silly ideas and enjoying every bite of our hearty meal.

Since we stood up with happy tummies, we decided to hit to the nearby tiangges to burn a few calories.  We scored a few pasalubongs for family and closest friends then chose the street food place where we can have authentic Thai food. I had Tom Yum and Bry had Pad Thai – and once again, I was delighted to have these wonderful flavors explode in my palette.  We snatched a Nuttela-Banana Crepe and Guava as we went up to our room.  The rest of the early afternoon was spent inactively with non-sense chattering on the side - don’t you love this?

In the late afternoon, we opted to people watch in the park and admire that we are actually together under the Bangkok slowly fading sun.  It was the honeymoon that we booked first – and when I say first, we did not have a wedding venue yet when we booked hotels in Thailand.  It was just beyond amazing to be in a place where you were discussing about before – what we have been planning and praying for all happened (and is almost halfway done?! Nooo!)

Since we have been practically eating all day, we decided to have late dinner at the nearby food stalls near the river.  This food place already caught my eye because it was a place with 3 things street plus foreigners plus Thai food = great place to dine!  We ended our meal inside a coffee shop because my company needs, badly needs tea – go figure! :D   

We walked hand in hand under the smoggy streets.  There was nothing neither romantic nor lovely on the roads we were crossing but the feeling that you are free to be together made everything sparkly.  I have a man I like and love and I am coming home with him tonight. 

Thailand day 1 - at Bangkok

It was still early dawn when we left our home in Manila.  We took a cab to the airport and waited excitedly for our first international flight together.  We have never gone out of the country as one so we felt like kids allowed to  play in the pool all day long.  Our flight to Bangkok was on time and hassle free up until we arrived at the airport and realized that the hotel personnel was not yet there to pick us up.  We bought a simcard and called the hotel to make sure they are waiting for us.  As expected in the busy city of Bangkok, our driver was caught in the traffic, and so we waited for 10 or 15 minutes more.

He finally arrived with the name “Bryan Sodara” on a bond paper and as we sat down in the van, we were nostalgic of our Thailand trips in the past.  We shared stories of food we ate and places we toured, but at the same time, expressed our giddiness for our Thailand experience together.  After 30 or 40 minutes we reached Four Seasons International House which is seated in the busy streets and bazaar of Bangkok.  The hotel was small and ran by a Filipino so my interest of using Thai I learned from my previous trips was not put to use.  We were welcomed with drinks and were helped with our luggage.  Our room was a newly renovated, beyond our expectation yet not so different.   So after a quick picture taking we jumped into to the shower and bed.

When we were back in Manila planning our honeymoon, we made sure that our time of togetherness, will indeed be a time of such.  That is one reason why we visited a city we both have been when we were not yet together –we did not want to be too aggressive in going around the city but rather in just being together. With this, our first day was about room service and rest.  After lounging in the room for some time, we decided to walk to the nearest mall and meet up with a missionary couple for dinner.  Since me and Bry are both in love with travelling and ministry, we made sure we can bless and be blessed with the lives in the city we were visiting.

And so the night was left to explore Bangkok’s street food nearby we can exploit the next day.  We felt like real honeymooners, not minding time, itinerary, curfew and people around us.  We were legit to do whatever whenever. 

And there, our first day happened and lasted with a lot of happy sighs of and smiles.