We spent an afternoon at Siam Ocean World. Highlights included the octopus, otters, penguins and large walk through underwater tunnel. Here’s a few of my favourite photos from that trip. 

After a rather intense first day we slowed down the pace for the next few days. We visited the Siam area which has so many shopping centres I lose track of them. Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center… You get the idea. I had more street food in Siam, this time pork balls with noodles in a broth along with an ice cold cup of water. 

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A back street in Siam

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View from a book shop in Siam Paragon

We also went to Lumphini Park in the evening which is the biggest park in Bangkok. The park was swarming with runners which made me feel tired just looking at them. There was also a big group of people doing aerobics in the middle of the park which I discovered is an every day occurrence in other parks as well. I think next time I will pluck up the courage and join in with them!

Unfortunately early on in my trip I was unwell. I ate green curry for the first time and something in it did not agree with my stomach (which is a shame because I thought it was delicious when I was eating it). I was unwell for a few days and could barely eat anything. This was probably the worst illness I have ever experienced and it was particularly torturous not being able to eat anything.

It’s nice to have a snuggles with Buddy when you’re not feeling so great.

After what felt like forever I began to feel better and on the 12th I managed to eat two full meals. I know it’s the 12th because I took a picture of the full English breakfast I ate that day! 

That day we headed to Khao San Road. Khao San Road is possibly one of the busiest roads in Bangkok (well it felt like it at any rate). There are tourists everywhere, and where there are tourists there are people trying to sell you things. There were lots of clothing stalls and people selling general tourist trinkets but then there were the slightly odder things like fake IDs, frog guiros and cooked scorpions. 

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Enjoying fresh orange juice from a street stall on Khao San Road

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The next day we went to Chatuchak Weekend Market. This was easily the busiest market I have ever visited, packed with stalls selling clothes, flowers, art, food, soap, lights, candles and much more. There were even a couple of stalls selling puppies and tiny baby rabbits. Even if you don’t feel like buying anything Chatuchak is interesting just to look around and see what people are selling. A lot of the market is under cover and is like a maze with small lanes running through it and different stalls in every direction. If you’re visiting Bangkok then I would highly recommend visiting Chatuchak.

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Overnight flights, street food and city views…

I’ve been home from Thailand  for two weeks now. I’ve recovered from jet lag, caught a cold and had a bit of time to process my thoughts. Now, finally I feel like I’m ready to write things down. I told myself at the beginning of my trip that I would write down what we did every day but this failed after the second day. In a way I’m glad I didn’t write it all down - given my tendency to ramble it would have likely ended up taking more time than I’d have liked. I have the memories of my experiences and a fair amount of photos and now I’m ready to share them. So let’s start at the beginning. 

I had an over night flight to Thailand that left Heathrow at 21.35 and arrived in Bangkok at 14.30 (their time). Over night flights are okay when you’re coming home but when you’re on your way to your destination it’s hard to sleep when you’re so excited. Anyway, the highlights of my flight were:

  • watching the Mummy (I’ve seen that film about 20 times and it never gets old)
  • peach and apricot yoghurt
  • falling asleep and waking up to see Thailand from above the clouds

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I’m the worst with flights, forever checking the mini map to see how far away we are, counting down the hours till I’m at my destination. After what felt like forever we landed and I got to stand on solid ground once again. 

Whenever I get met at an airport it doesn’t seem to go quite to plan. I always want to walk out of arrivals and see whoever is meeting me stood waiting for me but this has yet to happen. Leo was waiting at the gate that the signs said I was coming out of whilst I’d gone with the closest option: he was at C and I was at B. After a phone call we managed to find one another. It had only been about two weeks since we’d last seen each other and I still cried like an idiot. He’d made a sign with my name on and bought me flowers: how was I not supposed to cry? 

We got a taxi into Bangkok and sat in traffic for 40 minutes but eventually we made it to Leo’s house. I feel like I should mention that taxis in Bangkok are so cheap. A 40 minute taxi ride from the airport into the centre of Bangkok cost about £5!

Leo’s house is unique to say the least. There are five floors with balconies that look out onto the city. Leo’s room is on the top floor and it pretty much killed me having to walk up all the stairs in the heat. The balcony on the top floor was one of my favourite places to sit out on, especially at night, sitting and talking with him while he smoked. 

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Leo has three dogs: Buddy, Coco and Smokey. Buddy is a house dog and quickly became my new best friend. After I collapsed into Leo’s bed when I first arrived Buddy jumped onto the bed and lay down next to me for a cuddle. 

We went for a walk through the park then to the nearest shopping mall, Emporium, for dinner. We opted for Mos Burger which was basically Japanese fast food. I had a very neat looking hot dog and fries which tasted like the best thing in the world after two plane meals. By then it was getting a bit late and by midnight I was passed out in Leo’s bed. 

I slept for a solid 12 hours that night and woke up ready to explore. We got the BTS also known as the sky train to a couple of galleries. As the name suggests the sky train runs above the ground so you get a good view of the city from it.

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We went to Hoff Art Space, Goja and Kathmandu Photo Gallery. Kathmandu was probably my favourite as it was in an old house and the exhibition was in a small room upstairs. 

For dinner we headed to Soi 38 for my first street food experience. To get there we caught a tuk tuk which was both exciting and terrifying. Soi 38 is lined with street food vendors offering various dishes.

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We played it safe and opted for boiled and fried chicken with rice and a small bowl of broth. This ended up being one of my favourite street food dishes. After dinner I got a giant mango smoothie which was basically two mangos blended with ice. It was so big it even came with a plastic bag to carry it in. 

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We caught another tuk tuk back to Soi 22 (Leo’s road), bought a cheap phone from 7/11 then headed back to the house.   

A few phone pictures from Bangkok so far. I’ll try and do an update soon. 

I was looking around my room and found an FD to EF lens converter, so I put my 50mm 1.4 onto my 5D and took a few photos of my favourite film cameras.

The T70 was my first film SLR that I got for my first year of college. The Pentax was given to me by Phillip. The Olympus Pen EE is my favourite at the moment, I think it’s just because it’s so small and I can fit it in my bag and carry it anywhere. Also it’s a half frame which is fun! The EOS 3 I got a couple of days ago but I haven’t shot anything with it yet, I’m probably going to save it for Thailand. It’s second hand but whoever owned it previously took good care of it or just never used it because it looks brand new!

I have a small stack of film which I’m going to use in Thailand. I can’t wait to be over there, 5 days to go!

V&A - I'm obsessed with this window! V&A Cafe - amazing interior! Photographs gallery in the V&A Stanfords book shop! Mum at Masala Zone My lunch at Masala zone. I ate the lot!

A few phone snaps from my trip to London with Mum. We successfully got my tourist visa for Thailand so I’m all ready to go!

This has been sitting in my drafts for weeks, we actually made this the day after the chicken ramen as there was a bunch of ingredients left over. I’d some how gone through life without eating ramen so I was pretty excited to make it. I was following Leo’s lead who seemed to have slightly more of an idea about what to do than I did, his approach being ‘just throw everything in the pot’. 

Ingredients: Instant noodles, egg, chicken, spring onions, red and yellow peppers, ginger

First thing we did was boil the egg which looking back on it we could probably have left till later on. In another pan we had boiling water which we added ginger and spring onions too. In a wok we fried the chicken with peppers and spring onions. Finally we added the noodles to the pan of broth, we used four packs of noodles which was far too much for two people, one pack would probably have been enough. Once the noodles were done we served them into two bowls and topped with the chicken and peppers and a couple of slices egg for the final touch. 

I think this recipe could do with a little work but for a first attempt the result was pretty good! 

I realised I haven’t blogged for almost a month now. Recently I’ve been trying to sort out things for my student house and dealing with letting agents which has been completely draining. Anyway, I don’t want to focus on that now so here’s some happy things. 

In the end of May I saw the ballet of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which was absolutely incredible. I would say it’s probably my favourite ballet I’ve seen so far. The dancing, music and costumes were all incredible. 

Then in the beginning of June I booked my tickets to Thailand. I’m going to be out there staying with Leo from the 4th July until the 12th August. I am extremely excited and also busy sorting out things before I go. 

On the 8th June it was my birthday and I turned twenty (aaaah scary!). I’ve decided I like twenty and I think I’m actually quite glad to not be a teenager anymore. On my birthday I had a pretty relaxed day with Leo, we went to Boscanova where I had the usual pancakes and a smoothie, then we spent the afternoon at the beach. It was nice to just chill out and not do too much.

The next day I had my birthday bbq! A bunch of friends came over and I had a lovely time catching up with everyone and drinking and eating far too much. Chloe, Leo and I went to Boscanova the next day as well (I don’t think I could ever get sick of their pancakes, they’re seriously the best!) 

Since then I’ve been stressing out trying to get things done with the house, helping Leo packing up his things and trying to get things together for Thailand. It was Leo’s birthday on the 18th and I went a bit crazy with giving gifts, I just really love giving people presents. In the evening Ronnie came over and we had Mexican at this amazing restaurant called Coriander in Bournemouth then saw the film Oculus which had it’s good moments but I don’t think I’d watch it again. 

I came back to Southampton on friday and spent a last couple of days with Leo before he went back to Thailand. We went on a walk on the saturday and I took some photos I really like so I will post them at some point soon. 

Tomorrow I’m off to stay with my Nanna for a couple of days with my Mum. We’re going to the Thai embassy on thursday so I can get my visa and will probably go to an exhibition or two so hopefully I’ll have some photos to post then I get back on friday. I’ve had a cooking & things blog post sitting in my drafts for ages so I will try and post that tonight, along with some of the photos I took on my walk with Leo. Hope everyone’s well and I’ll post again soon! 

I post a lot of photos on this blog of the things I do and places I visited but I think there is one thing it is seriously lacking. Food. I don’t think I’ve really made it known on this blog but I really really love food.  By breakfast I’ll be wondering what’s for dinner and If there’s only one thing I remember about somewhere I’ve been it’ll be the meals I ate.

Last year at uni I was terrible at cooking, actually, I can’t even say I was terrible because I just didn’t cook, unless heating a ready meal curry in the microwave counts? This year I decided to get my act together and start cooking (prompted by watching my housemates making tasty meals which made me feel a bit embarrassed by my frequent use of the microwave). I’ve got a lot better over this year and no longer find cooking absolutely terrifying. 

I want to feature more food on this blog, whether it’s places I eat out at or dinners I make. Hopefully this will be something I can keep up with, unlike the book reviews which failed miserably… I’m still trying to figure out whether I’ll write instructions or just do small posts, most likely it’ll vary for each meal. 

I thought I’d start off with the sweet and sour chicken Leo and I made last night. We wanted to do egg fried rice with a little bit of a twist so we added some extra veg into the mix. 

Ingredients: two chicken breasts, rice, two eggs, one yellow pepper (because yellow ones are the best), four spring onions, bag of aldi stir fry veg, ginger, garlic and a jar of sweet and sour sauce. 

The first thing we did was cook the rice and while this was cooking we prepared the vegetables and the chicken (and I drew faces on the ends of the spring onions). Once the rice was done we left it to one side, ready to fry later. We then cooked the chicken and once it was brown added in the pepper, some spring onion, ginger and garlic then finally the sweet and sour sauce and leaving it to cook for ten minutes. 

We then fried the stir fry vegetables and the rest of the spring onions along with the ginger and garlic. Pushing that to one side of the wok we fried two whisked eggs and once they were cooked, used the spoon to break it up and mix it in with the veg. Finally we added the rice, fried it altogether and that was it! 

It was a delicious meal and all it lacked was a few spring rolls on the side!

There’s a cat that has been coming into our garden a fair bit recently. I named him Socks because of his cute little white paws. It’s nice to have an animal to play with and cuddle now and again. I think he’s a kitten because everything in the garden is fascinating to him. He also likes to come into our kitchen and even climbed through the kitchen window this evening (which unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a picture of).