Malls, Balls and A Whole Lot of Stalls
We arrived in Bangkok, Thailand around 7am, after an eleven hour flight. We had to fill out our immigration forms, but Kieran left his on the plane. So he had to walk around and look for some. Finally he found a guy passing them out. We all filled out our forms and went to find a taxi. Right as we left the Airport we were greeted by the hot humid Thailand air. We got in line and waited for our taxi. He got there and we showed the guy where we wanted to go. He was having trouble understanding but finally said ok and we got in quickly, trying to spend as little time as possible in the blazing sun. As we got in we were welcomed by a nice air conditioned car. We drove off and headed for the apartment.
We tried really hard to show him where we needed to go. We showed him the address what it was close to but he didn’t understand anything and just kept yelling back at us. We had to wait an hour because we got stuck in traffic. Once we got close to the apartment we decided to just get out and walk the rest. We were staying with my Dad’s friend and his family in their apartment.
Once we got there we dropped off our bags, and met their their nanny, Rose and dog, Sam. We then took showers and went out for lunch. We walked around for a bit until we found a big food court type thing full of a hundred or so Thai food stalls. We all picked separate ones so we spread out and got what we wanted. I got a lard na that was pretty big and was one of the best I’d ever had, and It was only $1.25. It was crazy! All of ours together came out to be $6-7! We finished and headed out to our next stop MBK. MBK is a huge mall, but three out of five of its floors are little clothing, electronics, and movie shops. But, what made MBK cool was we went there on the last trip. The last time we went we went bowling and to the arcade on the top floor. We had to go see if they were still there, and they were. We went to the arcade and just walked around, but what was funny was there were barely any kids there, it was all people my Dad’s age. Well, next we went to the bowling alley decided to play a game, so we got our shoes and balls and started playing. Kieran and I weren’t too good, but Mac and Tom were.
After we finished our game we ate some dinner then went downstairs to the clothing floors and looked around. They had so many cool clothes; things that would normally be $20-25 at home were $3-5 here. It was awesome! We got some clothes and realized we had spent the whole day at MBK. We headed home on a super dangerous Tuk-Tuk. After riding on the Tuk-Tuk for 10 minutes we got off and walked because of all the traffic. On the way home we found some 3D puzzles that would normally be $15-20 but were only $1. We got some of those and kept walking. Once we got to the apartment, we met Dad’s friend, John, and his wife Susan. We talked with them for a while then went to bed.
The next Day Kieran stayed home and did school while we went back to MBK to eat lunch, then walked around Bangkok for the rest of the day, stopping at places that looked cool, grabbing snacks at the street markets. We didn’t do much, but we got to know the city a lot better. We got home right before their almost 4 year-old twins, Ella and Bix, were going to bed, so we got to meet them (they were already asleep the night before and left for school before we woke up). That night they had a dinner party at their house with us and some of their friends. We ate and talked for a long time, then went to bed. In the middle of the night there was a huge thunderstorm–the street below us was flooded beyond belief. We were curious to see what it would look like the next day. In the morning Mac and I were woken up by the twins while they were getting ready for school. They slowly creeped in then surprised us and woke us up by jumping on top of us. I got up and played with them until they had to go to school while Mac and Kieran slept. My Dad went to work with Jon and came back to pick us up later, so we could have more time to sleep in.
Once my Dad got back we got ready and left. The street was no longer flooded, It seemed like it was common to get flooded because there were water drains three feet long and about five feet wide. We walked to the river bus, which was just a boat that held 50-100 people. The coolest part was the boat would never stop it would just slow down and you would have to jump onto it, literally. People carrying a bunch of tickets held on to a rope on the outside of the boat and were not attached in any other way, so it wasn’t too hard for them to fall off, but they didn’t. They would have one on each side and they would walk around selling tickets. The boats would go a decent speed and sometimes catch some air. Once we got to the water bus, we jumped on. There was no where open to sit so we had to stand, getting knocked around a lot. We rode it all the way to the end and jumped off. We went to the Grand Palace. There we walked around and saw all the beautiful gold coated buildings and all the Buddhas. After that we went to the huge reclining Buddha, that we went to last time. Kieran was not impressed with the Buddha, because he says he only likes the bald, fat ones. Typical. There were 99 or 100 brass bowls that you drop coins in for good luck, so we did so and went on our way.
Our plan was to go meet Jon, Susan, and Kelly (one of the people at the dinner party) at the movies and watch Jurassic World. We got the mall early and ate some dinner then met up with Kelly, her boyfriend Adrian, and his two kids for dessert. We also picked up some ice cream then hurried up to the cinema. We bought our tickets and went in. It was fine, it wasn’t anything amazing but it was still really cool. We walked home and went to bed. The next day was Ella and Bix’s 4th birthday party. It was down at the pool in the building. Mac, Tom, and I played squash for a while (the building had 2 courts to use) then went over to the party. In the beginning another party was going on at the same time, so there were around 150 little kids running around. Later the other party ended so it was just theirs, but there were still like 80 little kids still there. Once the party ended we went back upstairs and got ready for dinner. We gave Ella and Bix their presents from us and watched them open like three out of 60 presents they had, then we took some group photo’s (sadly Sam is not in any of them). We left and headed to Santouka, a Ramen shop that’s at Mitsuwa, a food court we eat at all the time in LA. We went to one while we were in Japan and it was crazy because they made it look and taste the exact same. We ate there and, surprise, it tasted the exact same as the one in LA and Japan. So cool.
We walked home. Once we got home we got ready to leave the next morning for Myanmar. We packed and went to bed. The next morning John and Susan’s driver drove us to the airport so there was no confusion. Once we got to the airport we went to go check our bags. We had all our bags ready until they asked for our visas. We didn’t have a visa for Myanmar, so we asked if there was a way to get it upon arrival and they said no. So we had to figure out how to get a visa and change our flights. We got it all worked out after an hour of sitting on the airport floor and Snoop Dogging around the Internet. We found out it would take two days to get the visas. We got a taxi, at first we thought we were going to get the same guy as last time, but he was just talking to our driver. Praise be. We took the taxi to the W hotel, where Dad can stay for free with his points. We checked in and went up to our room. There we figured out some more details about the visas. After that we found a huge street market that had literally everything: clothes, food, electronics, jewelry, soap, etc. We hurried over and spent three hours looking around. We all got a lot of things, but the best buy was Kieran’s purple Kimono for $7–Dad was not happy with it. After getting our stuff it started raining, hard. We got stuck under the awning of a money exchange store while we waited for Dad. Once we finally met up we ran through the rain to get back to the subway. We took the subway to MBK. There we went bowling again. This time Tom and I were the best. The previous time Mac had bowled a 120, and this time h e bowled a 20, 3/4 of his rolls were gutter balls.
We finished and went back to the hotel. As decoration in the room they had two pink sequined boxing gloves that were as big as two peoples’ heads on top of each other. On the front part of one glove it said, “lights,” the other one said, “out,” so we made a game while Tom was taking a bath. It was called “lights out” and how you would play was two people would put on the glove (they had a little slot) and whoever had lights would say “lights,” and then right as the other person with “out” would say, “out,” both people would jump at each other from one bed to the next and whoever got pushed off or didn’t land on the bed would switch with the person on the side lines. We played this for about 30 minutes. The worst part was that there were sequins on the inside of the glove so every time you would hit the other person or their glove it would scratch your whole arm and hand. Dad told us to be quieter from the bath, so we had to stop. We were also ruining their gloves, and our arms were bleeding. We looked around and saw that there were pink sequins everywhere. We cleaned up as much as we could and went to bed.
The next morning we got up really early so we could have time for breakfast before going to the Myanmar Embassy. We ate breakfast at the hotel. Once we finished we went to the embassy. We filled our stuff out and waited forever to turn it in. We walked home and ate our last lunch in Thailand and took a lazy day and stayed inside for most of the day and played games with each other (we were too scared to play lights out). Near the end of the day we went to MBK and got Mr. Shake, a tea place that made the best chocolate shake ever. We then headed out to eat dinner. We found a good food court to eat at and ate there. We went home packed up and went to bed. The next morning we had our last breakfast in Thailand at the hotel. We took a taxi to the airport. We got our bags checked and showed em our visas and went on our way. We said our goodbyes to Thailand.
Five days later: We had a six hour layover in Bangkok. We slept for a while and ate our final meal/dinner in Thailand. We got on our final plane and said, “goodbye for now, Thailand.” Good MBK. I <3 MBK