This morning I don't feel like waking up early, but the thought of last night's double pad thai and mango rice combo is enough to jolt me out of bed. I hit the pool and am alone once again. The other residents in this condominium don't seem to be fans of swimming.
Lunch today is at a noodle place called "Saew". I have followed the directions on this article (bit.ly/1yfLF0p) to a T, heading to the line of shops between Sukhumvit Sois 55 and 57, matching the photo in the article to the storefront before entering. Subsequent research however tells me that the real "Saew" is 3 streets away at Sukhumvit Soi 49 (4sq.com/1yie8pW).
Doesn't matter anyway. Imposter "Saew" serves great food. I wasn't about to repeat the same mistake I'd made yesterday with the bamee ped, so I point at the most expensive item on the menu, anticipating a large bowl of noodles.
For about USD2.50 I get a mix of handmade fish dumplings, fishballs, fishcakes and meatballs... sans noodles. Hahaha I must have ordered a soup instead. Zzz on the bright side at least it isn't fish gizzards or something. Also the mildly spicy and sour broth sure is tasty. Soul food. So good.
Took the BTS one stop to Phrom Phong and walked down Sukhumvit Soi 24. I wasn't sure of the exact address of the Library cafe in English so I stopped by the DoubleTree by Hilton to ask for directions. The staff very helpfully provided me with a map.
Coffee break by li-bra-ry occupies a standalone two storey building. It has floor to ceiling glass windows and looks like a perfect place for whiling an afternoon away. When I'm there the downstairs seating is fully occupied, so they agree to let me sit at the loft.
I've ordered their signature waffles, which arrive looking like something stolen off the set of a sci-fi movie. My one regret is that I didn't pose for a picture with my hand hovering over them like there's a force field pulling them upward.
The crispy waffles smell and taste amazing. They have a soft interior that's just... intense kaya (coconut jam). I love kaya to death and would come back just to have these again.
On the way back to Phrom Phong station I decide to go for my first Thai massage ever. Can't explain why it took me so long either. I guess I just never thought it necessary to splurge on something like this.
If anything, this establishment looks super legit. It's pricey by Bangkok standards but it's spa level service you get. A variety of massages are offered here: www.asiaherbassociation.com/en/shop/index.html. I went for the 60 minute herbal ball treatment on the staff's recommendation.
By the end of the massage I was a convert. All the knots in my shoulders were gone and I felt light as a feather. Smelt so good too, thanks to the heated herbal ball. The massage was so relaxing I fell asleep a few times.
As is the case with most full body massages, some parts of the session were a little intimate so nevernudes beware hahaha. Don't worry, the staff are all female and very professional. You're also assigned a private room, so there's no chance of anyone else walking in on you.
I've walked up and down Petchaburi Sois 5 and 7 at least 3 times, trying to locate P'Aor: www.eatingthaifood.com/2013/06/the-best-tom-yum-goong-noodles-in-bangkok/. Even with Google maps I cannot for the life of me find the place. No one here speaks much English but they try to help me as much as they can. "This close," says the lady at the pharmacy. But it's not 10 pm yet... I'm not sure if we understand each other haha.
Eventually I settle for a family-run restaurant, and the girl taking my order can't be older than 13. My orders are confined to the pictures of food on the wall. I point to what looks like curried crab over rice. She scurries over to the front of the restaurant to hand the order over to a teenage boy who's handling the wok like a pro.
The food arrives and it's... mushy. Haha. Gotta give credit where it's due though - if I tried to cook the same thing and fed it to someone I would probably land in jail for culpable homicide.
Terminal 21 is a travel-themed mall next to Asoke BTS station. Visitors have to pass through a security scanner (I don't think it's functional) at the entrance of the mall, like at the airport. Each floor is decorated like a different country, even the toilets. Bit kitschy, but not a bad way to attract visitors.
I felt like catching a movie, but the cinema wasn't airing anything I wanted to watch. The first time we watched a movie in Thailand was interesting - While the trailers were playing before the movie a notice appeared on screen, and everyone (including us) stood at attention while the King's anthem was played. Political opinion may be divided but one thing that all Thais have in common is the love for their king.
With nothing to do and nowhere to go, my instinct is to head to the gourmet supermarket at the basement. I grab a yoghurt parfait from Red Mango on the way.