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BANGKOK X SOFIE’S BIRTHDAY ROUND #2

March 30, 2014
Earlier this month, I flew to Bangkok for Sofie’s birthday. The title says round #2 because we did the same thing last year. 30 of us flew to BKK to celebrate queen Sofie’s birthday hahah.
Here’s a recap :Β 
The first trip was nothing short of amazing!!! Many of them couldn’t make it this trip due to exam and work but we still had fun nonetheless, though I prefer our 1st trip more.
We went for 5 days this time and because of some reasons, I had to book 3 different hotels (for a 5 day trip urgh). You can imagine how sian Mich and I were to keep checking in and out of hotels but TQ for not complaining at all <3
Took an afternoon flight there and checked into our first hotel, Novotel Bangkok Platinum! Very cosy, spacious and clean but expensive also.
Toilet picture taken off Google*
The toilet is pretty cool cos of the clear glass and there’s a partition sectioning the toilet bowl from the bath area. See the door inside? It can get a little awkward if you’re going with family or friends but thank God for the blinds! It’ll be really romantic if you’re going with your boyfriend/girlfriend!
Washed upΒ + dolled up and headed out to meet the rest for dinner!
Decided not to dress up too much since it was only our first night and we were meeting for just dinner.
Our signature drink, Sake JellyΒ @ Mellow!
ps. my camera takes pretty sick pictures uh? hahahaha. it looks so magazine-ish!!!
Woke up the next day to check in to our 2nd hotel, Grand Diamond hotel. No pictures cos Grand Diamond is quite meh. Very rundown. The only good part is that it’s really spacious, relatively cheap(even then, it depends) and it’s situated in a good location.
After checking in, we went to eat the famous Pratunam wanton mee + pork rice!
I eat it almost every time I’m in BKK, even more than the amount of times I eat wanton mee in Singapore haha.
Lunch with the gurls~~~
#tooexcitedtogoshopping
Mich really asked me this same question EVERYDAY.
“Are we going shopping today? Can we shop? I really wanna shop. I feel like I haven’t bought enough”
I’m not kidding when I say everyday! Even on her last day, we made an impromptu trip to Union mall for an hour so she can shop some more hahaha. Honestly before the trip, I was scared she won’t like the clothes there cos she’s always wearing brands like Zara or those high-street/branded labels. But nope, a shopaholic will always like shopping no matter what and where hahahah. Happy she bought so much also!
No pictures during shopping!
Went back to the hotel to wash up and doll up to party!
Good hair day!
Partied at Route 66!
There are a couple of good clubs in Bangkok and the ones we frequent are Route 66 and Demo. Been to Nunglen once and it was not bad.
Pretty!
Next morning mirror selfie before heading out for hotel breakfast!
After our breakfast, Mich and I checked out and moved to our final hotel which is Nantra Spa and Retreat.
We booked it via this app called HOTELQUICKLY.
As you can tell, the name itself suggests that the booking process was SUPER QUICK, EFFICIENT AND HASSLE-FREE. By hassle-free, I really mean zero hassle! There are over 700 hotels in Bangkok and sometimes it can be quite a bitch to go through ALL 700 hotels just for a 3 day trip. First, you gotta check the price then find a suitable location, then read the reviews etc etc. This would easily take more than an hour! And after that you still got to key in all the necessary details to make payment. Jeez, sometimes it’s so tiring.
But thank God, HotelQuickly does all that for you. It filters out the better hotels ranging from 3* to 5* hotels and all you have to do is just pick any of these good hotels and book. Like this!
The rates are also lower than what you can find elsewhere. Example, Nantra Spa and Retreat is typically around $70 a night after tax but I got it for $54 only! And the screenshot above which I took yesterday, it’s only $28 before tax! WHAT????!!!! That’s about half the price of the usual rate.
The booking process was unbelievably fast and easy. Even when I finished booking my hotel, I was like, “Huh it’s booked??? Mich are you sure!!!”
And no need to print out any hotel voucher, just present this on your phone (you will get here once you’re done booking the hotel) to the receptionist!
Best part is that it remembers your credit card details etc so you don’t need to key in anything for your next booking! They have hotels across many countries like Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand! It’s also great for last minute travelers like me who love doing impromptu trips!
This app is here to stay (:HOTELQUICKLY is very generous to extend a discount code to my readers so use it for your upcoming trips or staycations in Singapore!

 

You can download this app from your appstore!
And just to share with y’all the hotel I stayed in, here are some pictures I took off Google.
*I just wanna lounge and laze around when I reach my hotel then when I realize I need to take pictures, the room already looks like a scene from WWII. Hhahaha
Hotel entrance!
Exclusive room which we got! Very spacious.
And lucky Joey got the Exclusive spa room which was huge and had a sauna IN his room!
Location is good, near to a lot of cafes and restaurants, and rooms are big! Only thing they need to work on is their service cos the staff are really rude.
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So back to my day hehe.
Mich and I wanted some solid thai food and we tried our luck with this authentic-looking Thai restaurant which was located at the road across our hotel.
Food was pretty good and prices were reasonable! Only thing I didn’t get the name cos it was in thai :/
Spotted a PINK HUMMER!!!!
Nobu for dinner!
Orgasmic gyozas!
Hit a bar with the rest of them for awhile then headed back to our hotel to sleep! And woke up the next morning for…ROAST! One of my favorite cafes in BKK!
This truffle pasta is sooooooo good nomzzzz I miss it already!
Brought Mich to Union mall to shop more after brunch!
Went to hunt for Sofie’s birthday cake and this was the best I could get since it was damn last minute BUT STILL VERY CUTE HEHE! Errol looked happier than Sofie though, when he saw the kitkats hahaha
Happy birthday Sofie <3 love you!!!
And then we headed to Demo to…PARTAYYYYYE!
Love this woman so much! Can’t wait for our next upcoming trip already πŸ˜€
That was all the photos I took! Hate whipping out my camera when I’m partying hehe. I just wna let my hair down and have fun!
Most of them left in the morning on the last day and my flight was at night so I decided to spend the day wandering alone! One of my favorite things to do in BKK!

 

Let me end the post abruptly with the cutest picture!!!
Heheh also got myself a little ring from the airport! πŸ˜€ for the hard work I put into TJM this month!
I’m gonna start studying for my exams so I probably won’t have time to blog much! I’ll try to post up something here and there k! <3 TATA
XX
Sophia
Instagram and Twitter : @sophiachong
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Room Tour V.2

March 27, 2014
So I mentioned in my previous post that I went to IKEA with Daniel to buy some stuff to spice up my room a bit. I’ve always loved doing up my room so I’m always visiting IKEA at least once in 6 months! Maybe it’s Tumblr getting on me or I just really love fashion so much that I wanna convert my room into a semi-retail-boutique themed space. Like I just wanna feel like I can shop in my room. That explains why I like to display my stuff than to keep all of them in cupboards.
So this time I bought a clothes rack and some 24 hangers. THAT’S ALL.
But just look how different/pimped up my room looks now!!
*I know my wardrobe is a bit passe. Will probably change it some time this year*
I still love my huge ass mirror which is a gift from Daniel, Vera and Alist <3
Close up of my boutique corner which consists of my shoes, and TJM latest clothes!
And yessssss, do you spot my new C baby?
“Shoes are boring, wear sneakers”
My roomy travel bag and sturdy luggage which I’m trying to collect all my immigration stickers/passes on πŸ˜€
FurΒ + TJM new arrivalsΒ + advertorial pieces = April’s muse
And my stash of neck gems!
This isn’t exactly a full room tour since I’ve done one before –>Β http://sophiachong.com/2012/12/room-tour-xmas-theme/
Just a clothes rack addition and moved my stuff a little, and my room looks different!
XX
Sophia
Instagram and Twitter : @sophiachong
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Purple highlights by Salon Vim!

March 19, 2014
I’ve had brown hair for the longest time *yawns*, and I was really sick of it. I’m not at all adventurous with my hair hence I don’t go blonde/pink. It’s just….DARK BROWN ALWAYS. But I feel like I need something fun this SS’14 so I decided to do this….
Super happy I turned “rogue” and got purple streaks hahahah πŸ˜€ Was a bit apprehensive about it at first but NOPE, I’M LOVING IT NOW HEH.
Happy me in Salon Vim after sitting there for 5 hours!!
So here’s what I did at Salon Vim :Β 
1. Colored my whole head warm brown
2. Bleached the streaks to get purple highlights
3. Did Armino Privy Treatment (favorite, and it’s a miracle treatment!!!)
4. Trimmed my hair
Really glad I did the treatment cos my hair was extremely damaged and dry for the past 3 months. My split ends were crazy. But now after the treatment, my hair is a lot more manageable!
My buttock was hurting from sitting for so long but thankfully Corde and Gary kept talking to me so at least I wasn’t bored (:
Bagged home some home-care products for my tress! Been using the Kerastase shampoo for the longest time and it’s a w e s o m e~~~
And thank you for giving me a travel-sized bottle of serum in PINK! <3 I can’t live without hair serum.
Here are more pictures of my new hair!
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It looks darker and more blueish purple with low light!
And under direct sunlight, it’s more reddish purple!
Really love my hair now I can’t stop staring at it whenever I get a chance to. And perfect for my short trip tomorrow! (:
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On a side note, my sweetest Susu accompanied me to Ikea last night to buy some stuff for my room!
Lavender bustier from TJM!
My forever yawning boyfriend -.-
Will show y’all what I added to my room when I’m done packing and setting up ok? (:
I’ll be going on a 5 day trip tomorrow so pardon me if I reply TJM emails a bit slower k. Will update on my IG with nice nice pictures (@sophiachong)
Meanwhile, go get your spring summer hair done at Salon Vim or pamper yourself with a good hair treatment! My hair stylist is Fiona, and she’s great!!!!
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SALON VIM
Call them at 68847757 to make appointment (:
XX
Sophia
Instagram and Twitter : @sophiachong