Sushi Masa

During the wedding, there were guests who knew I wasn’t local so one of the questions I kept getting was, “So where are you staying at?”

It was easy for me to reply because my hotel was just next door. One of them asked if I have seen this restaurant called Sushi Masa and recommended it to me.

We decided to give Sushi Masa a try one evening, since the restaurant was just behind the hotel.

I had my doubts because the restaurant was empty even at dinner time, but then again Bangkok is never short of Japanese restaurants.

It was a simple menu. Both the chutoro and uni were very fresh so we thoroughly enjoyed them. However the foie gras was overcooked. I had my first piece and I thought maybe it was just this piece, so I went for another and it was overcooked as well. We finished all six pieces and not one was cooked the way we liked. Maybe it was their way of serving the foie gras? We are not sure, but we definitely prefer the ones at Sushi Hiro.

And mind you, it wasn’t cheap either.

Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit

I was in Bangkok to attend a wedding that was held at the Okura Prestige hotel. I booked Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit because it was a 3-minute walk to the wedding venue.

I had to be present for both the morning ceremony and the evening banquet so the proximity was very ideal and convenient for me.

The hotel is a really nice place to stay because the standard double rooms were spacious enough and it basically has everything you need. There are cafes and a 7-11 and an escalator to bring you up to the skytrain station so I don’t see anything to complain about.

My purpose of this post is to highlight a particularly remarkable experience I had when I called room service

You see, my girlfriend twisted her ankle a couple of days ago and she ices it everyday to allow the swell to heal faster. During our stay, as part of her bedtime routine to ice the ankle, I called room service for a bucket of ice. They asked what the ice was for, and I said it was to ice a swollen ankle so they probably should bring some napkins as well. That was it, just a simple request from me and I wasn’t expecting anything else.

A guy showed up very promptly with a bucket filled with ice and also with clean napkins, just as I requested, but about twenty minutes later, I heard some knocking on the door.

I opened the door and was greeted by 2 members of the staff standing outside; one male and one female. They asked if we needed any special assistance for the twisted ankle. I was surprised and very appreciative of their kind gesture, but I thought we were good on our own so I just thanked them for their concern. They then offered to check and assess the injury, which really wasn’t necessary, and provided us with some kind of anti-inflammation gel. We were really touched by such hospitality shown so I sent an email to the front officer manager to make sure the staff get recognized for their considerate and thoughtfulness.

A Bangkok trip is usually a no-frills easy trip, but if I were to come back here again, I will definitely return to Novotel, because I know I will be well taken care of, by service-minded staff who genuinely care and show concern for their guests.

No Name Bangkok

There are a lot of places to get good steak in Bangkok. My most memorable ones were at Arno’s, and Jamie’s Burgers.

I remember having to reserve Arno’s days in advance and even to arrive half an hour before your reservation, just so that you could head to the butchery to choose your favorite steak parts. Right now their branches are everywhere and to be honest, their standards have dropped significantly. I recently had their Hokkaido scallop pasta which was something nice for a change.

Jamie’s Burgers was a humble little corner beside a futsal court. It was kind of in the middle of nowhere and totally inaccessible by public transport. I have dined at Jamie’s Burgers on 3 different occasions and their standards are pretty consistent.

No Name has been around for a couple of years now but it only got popular recently due to more check-ins on Instagram. I decided to pay them a visit one Friday evening and surprisingly I was able to walk in with no reservations made.

The menu is pretty simple. You start at the top with 4 different types of steak to choose from. I went for the wagyu flat iron because it seemed like the wisest choice to make. Then you move down the menu and choose your toppings, sauces and sides.

For the toppings, I had both the uni and foie gras. Cafe de Paris for my sauce and truffle mash potato as my side.

It turned out to be a pretty good combination.

The steak was good on its own, and the foie gras melts on the tongue. It was perfect. My only gripe is that the meal wasn’t filling enough and I am not even a big eater.

WWA Portal

During my most recent trip to Bangkok, I stayed at SilQ Hotel which was located a stone’s throw away from Terminal 21. The hotel wasn’t cheap but neither was it very grand. What I really paid for was the convenient access to Terminal 21, as well as both the BTS and MRT stations.

It costed about $80 a night and I have previously also stayed in Arte Hotel which was just further down the street. Arte Hotel was more expensive but the hotel was very much more comfortable so it might be something you would like to consider if don’t mind spending more than $120 a night.

Located right across SilQ Hotel is one of the newest cafes in Bangkok. It was just opened about 2 weeks ago so right now it is the hottest check-in on Instagram. You can’t find the cafe on Google Maps yet but once you enter the street regardless of which direction, the shiny minimalistic exterior makes it impossible to miss.

I like my coffee with milk so I have tried different variations of their iced lattes and I like the Azalea Hill Park the most. The menu image is small but you may click this link to blow it up.

Mix well before consuming.

Sad Clowns

You know what they say about clowns being the saddest people on earth?

I first heard about it in secondary school and back then I did not know why clowns are the saddest people, and to be honest, till today I don’t think I have fully understood what it meant.

I think a lot of it have to do with the expectation of always making people laugh. People look at clowns expecting to be entertained, expecting to get their funny bone tickled, and expecting not to be let down. Clowns have a heavy responsibility to make their audience laugh.

Perhaps that is why deep inside, clowns feel empty. They are the ones always making people laugh but nobody is there to make them laugh.

I understand it this way because I feel this way.

I know I can be someone that people always turn to for advice and encouragement. I can be quite a good listening ear. I am sensitive to the needs of others and I can tell them what they want to hear.

That said,
Someone who constantly encourages others is probably the most discouraged,
For he does not know how to encourage himself.

Coincidence

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” – Psalms 23:1

My sister chanced upon this verse recently and she was wondering what it meant:
What was it that she shall not want.

However she then experienced a couple of coincidences (situations, I suppose) which explained the verse to her and she grasped the meaning behind it.

When she posted about such coincidences, I felt a gentle prompting that they weren’t coincidences.

I was reminded of one of the fundamentals that I was taught as a believer is that there are no coincidences.
Nothing happens by chance.
What my sister experienced was not a coincidence.
They were God incidents.

If we think random, significant events happening and popping are coincidences,
Then I think we leave our lives a lot to chance,
But we know that’s not true,

Because God has a plan for each and everyone of us.

And that’s why Psalms 23 ends by telling us,

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us,
All the days of our lives.”

Crown Tailor

I called a week in advance when I was still in Chiang Mai, but was told that I can just walk in anytime after 10:30am. No appointments were required.

Hence, on the day I landed in Bangkok, I headed straight to the hotel to leave my luggage and reached Crown Tailor before noon. It’s located near the entrance of Sukhumvit Soi 8, on the left hand side about 30 metres into the soi.

I walked in and was greeted by a fine chap named Sandy. I informed Sandy of what I wanted to get and he walked me through the different kinds of fabric. I was looking for a suit and so he offered me 3 options: 6000, 9000 or 12,000 baht. Sandy very thoroughly explained the differences to me and I ended choosing a wool suit.

This is my third time tailoring in Bangkok. My previous experiences were with Ravi Sehgal and Boss Avenue. I know Bangkok tailors typically rush the shirts out on the third day, because previously Ravi Sehgal got the shirts delivered to the hotel when I was about to head to the airport, and Boss Avenue made me wait inside the shop for more than an hour, so this time I set aside a total of 4 days to ensure there was ample time.

I spent almost an hour with Sandy, did the measurements and selected the fabrics. He arranged for me to come back the next day at 4pm for the first fitting.

The next day, I received a call at about 1pm and was told that they were ready for my fitting. I reached around 2pm and was given a shirt, pants and vest to try on. The shirt was almost perfect except for some minor adjustments required on the sleeves. The pants required more adjustments because it was supposed to be slim fitting but it was too tight around the waist, crotch and hips. The vest was alright, so he added in the padding and sleeves, and checked that the sleeve length was ok.

Sandy was confident that the suit would be ready the next day.

I went down around the same time, which was about 3pm. Sandy greeted me and informed me that the suit was ready. I was very pleased because this is the first time a Bangkok Tailor was punctual. The shirt was perfect, and so were the pants. The jacket sleeves were a little long and baggy. I wanted to show more cuffs when wearing the jacket. Sandy informed me that they will alter on the spot and this took about 15 or 20 minutes. I tried them on one more time and it felt perfect.

Took 3 days in total (I could have even made it for an evening flight back.), leaving my 4th day completely free and available.

Their suits (jacket and pants): 6000, 9000 and 12,000 baht.
Shirts start from 1300 baht.
Pants are 2500 onwards to 3000 baht.

You can check out their Instagram.