27 April 2010

Phra Nang Inn

When Amy was planning our Krabi trip, I only gave her 2 conditions.

1. The hotel we stay must be right on the beach or within 2 min walking distance to the beach
2. It should be cheap

Well I can say that Amy fullfilled both conditions. Well actually I am not sure about the second condition. I paid for the thing but I do not actually know what was the cost of the hotel.

In any case when we got to Ao Nang, we checked into..

Apparently it is the first hotel in Krabi and has served customers for over 25 years. Recently they just renovated the place and it looks pretty good. Initially we were placed at the beach wing on the ground floor and basically we just have to walk out of our balcony and we can access the pool. However that wasn't what Amy ordered and they shifted us to the Spa wing.

This hotel is really nice because it is fully equipped. They provided bed room slippers, flip flops for going to the beach, 4 sets of towels (2 for showering and 2 for the beach and pool) and even sarong for when going to the beach. The best thing is...

Yup there is a bath tub in the room, not in the toilet but in the room itself. They even provided some spa stuff for us to use. Unfortunately we didn't really make use of the bath tub to do any spa things but we used it to soak our aching feet at night.

They had 2 pools and we only swam at the pool nearer to our room.

Most of the days we will be seen on the lazy chair IN the pool on the right side of the second photo. We will be seen there reading and getting a nice tan. 

The rest of the hotel looked pretty cool and yes if we walked by the back way, we would be on the beach itself already.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting Ao Nang and looking for a relaxing holiday. Oh by the way it is lemongrass everywhere. The shampoo and shower gel they provided have lemongrass smell. Even the public toilet has a lemongrass scented oil burning and it really smells super good.

26 April 2010

Ao Nang Krabi

Couple of weeks back, we made a very snap decision to go for a short holiday in Krabi Thailand. Amy was in between jobs and I had 1 week off from traveling for work. This is the first time we actually planned a holiday which we didn't plan anything at all. All Amy did was to book the flight and book the hotel and off we went.

Prior to going to Krabi, I didn't even know what was there to do in Krabi other then head to the beach. Basically that is what we really wanted to do anyway. Relax on the beach and just pretty much do nothing.

We ended up eating alot, drinking alot, go for lots of Thai Massage, walked quite alot of as well, sweat bucket fulls and ate alot of Pad Thai.

This is basically how Ao Nang looks like. It is one main street with loads of shops selling gift, suits, restaurants and a whole load of White people walking around. This place could be like a town in Australia or Europe becuase there were more white people then there were other people.

The other side of the street you get the beach.

It was a trully relaxing holiday. Majority of the day started with breakfast at the hotel facing the beach, going to the beach to swim in the sea and to tan ourselves on the beach. When the sun got to hot to be on the beach we gathered our stuff and headed to the pool which was shaded and we would lazy around and read our respective reading material. Once in a while when it got too warm we would just head to the pool for a dip.

After all the water activities we would head for a Thai Massage and our favorite place is...

It is one of the most expensive Thai Massage around at 300 bath (normally it is around 200-250 bath) but it offered the best massage and has the best ambiance as well. We like it so much we went back there twice (we would go more but we ran out of days) and we even tipped our masseuse.

We walked around the place and took photos here and there.

All those huts are actually massage places. They offered the cheapest massage around for around 200 bath an hour. However of course you do not get any of the comforts that we got at Sawasdee. No there was no happy massage. You think Amy will allow me meh?

One of the days we took a day tour the phi phi island and it was fantastic. We went snorkeling in some of the clearest waters I have ever been to so far.

There was one part of the day tour where they dropped us into the middle of the ocean. The boat captain pretty much said okay everywhere around you is deep water except this part where it shelves up. We were waiting for everyone to get off the boat from the back when the captain told me, well if you do not want to take the life jackets, you can just go to the front of the boat and jump off. I looked at Amy, she gave me the half approval and half are you sure look. I took it as a yes and WHEEEE!!!!! SPLOSH!!!!! For not taking the life jacket I actually managed to swim closer to the corals and fishes but on the down side is I drank a heck alot of sea water.

It was a great short holiday. Now I am kinda missing Krabi all of a sudden. I think we need another relaxing beach holiday.

24 April 2010

Old Set top box

Recently there has been a mushrooming of advertisement on bridge pillars and lamp post and signboard for....

I always wonder what they use it for? Use the parts to fix older decoders which are broken? One of my friend said they are selling it to other 3rd world countries. However I am wondering can they actually make money? Since they have to test it and ship it and it needs to come with an "astro" card anyway. Any ideas?

23 April 2010

Good Friends, Good Pork and Definately Good Beer

About a month back I got an email from Citibank saying that using my citibank credit card I am able to get 25% off food and happy hour drinks prices through out the day at Craft Brews. I decided to check it out and I found out it is a nice restaurant in the Mutiara Damansara area serving good food with a big variety of beers.

I told Amy and lo and behold our pork loving makan gang all where there to try it out. It so happens we coincide this dinner to be on the same day as the day me and Amy were taking our yearly medical check up. So we were "free" to gorge ourselves on the food and beer.

The early comers showing off they are all there for the beer and not the food. Oh yea notice how all the liquid in the glass is green in color? Yes it is beer but they made it healthy by introducing Spirulina into the beer making process. So we were all drinking for health that night.

Before the rest arrive we decided to start the meal with a simple appertizer which is nothing other then crispy bacon.

The slices of bacon were deep fried till crispy and man it was oh so delicious. Basically everyone was drooling when the food arrived and even the garnishes were eaten to offset the unhealthy-ness of the crispy bacon.

Next came all our main meals and me and Jack ordered the pork burger with an extra helping of crispy bacon. Amy ordered the ribs, Shalyn and Pooi Ling had the pasta.

This was Jack's reaction when he got his burger. Almost couldn't contain his own excitement.

Over an hour later and after most of us were on our second pint of beer, Allan decided to finally show up. He made up for his lateness by ordering some finger food for us. Caramelised Roast Pork...

Think of Siew Yoke then stir fried with some black sauce, onions and some chili padi. It tasted really good but it was on the spicy side. However no matter since all of us extinguished the fire with our healthy Spirulina beers. We also convinced Allan and Katina to order the pork burger and yes with a side of crispy bacon. Lets see what they have to say about it.

Oh yea it was so good there was any need for any words. However Allan did mentioned that the pork burger at Ribs was better. Last but not least the Viva La Resistance is the Roast pork which Allan also ordered.

Yea I think the picture says it all. Surprisingly everyone was so full all of us left one piece left because we could not fit any. Mana tahu this Amy secretly took it and ate it without anyone noticing it. Looks like she cannot resist the succulent yet cripsy roast pork.

This place serves a variety of tap and bottle beers. Too bad they can't brew their own beers because it is illegal to do so in Malaysia.

All of us left Craft Brews full, satisfied maybe a little tipsy and planning for the next pork makan outing. Haha