Bittersweet: Christmas, Bangkok Style

Christmas is just around the corner and decorations had been set up by various establishments, malls mostly, here in the City of Angels. One favorite of mine is in Central World where giant white Christmas trees were set up outside surrounded by yellow carnation like artificial flowers lit by tiny series lights. 

 

For me, it is the perfect setup and somewhat a tribute to the late King Bhumibol (coincidence or not) since the color yellow usually represents his majesty. Until now I am still amazed by the Thai people’s love for the late monarch. The place also emanates a magical glow and provide a great backdrop for portraits. Bokehlicious everyone. It is great place for hanging out with friends and family and for photo enthusiast like moi. 

Hungry? No sweat! Food and drinks are readily available. From Thai food at the far end of the grounds or some international flavors near the Christmas displays. Chang beer have a stall with a live band (great band by the way, very entertaining) and cozy bean bags for those beer lovers out there. I love to stay and enjoy the music inside the makeshift bar, problem is, I don’t have a penchant for beer. Do try Guss Damn Good artisan icecream near the Chang stall. It is worth every lick/bite. Smooth and creamy just the way I like them icecream. 

Our second two scoops in a cup.
So if you’re in town and have time to spare. You may want to visit Central World. If not for the Christmas display, the food might convince you. 😅 Happy holidays. 

Cheers!

X.O.

CaRe

P.S. Coming on weekends is a hustle because of a huge crowd. Go at your own risk lol!

Enjoy the photos:

Pretty cosplayer 😊
Cheeky little fellow. Cutest reindeer I’ve ever seen!

Don’t do tomorrow what you can do today.

I should print this and post it in my wall.

I’m a pathologic procrastinator. The kind that put something off up to the last minute. Well, not all the time and certainly not those very important stuff like work related, but for minute things such as practicing with my clarinet, finishing a drawing or painting, exercise, booking a ticket or hotel, sending snail mail, sleeping in or going to a place I want to take photos of. In the end, I suffer some mishaps though not life threatening, thank goodness, due to my procrastinating.

To get something done is to begin -Anon

My morning had a somewhat negative start because of some mail I received earlier today. It made me realize “again” the importance of being prompt and the consequence of dallying around (sigh). So I told myself that I must break that habit. I usually tell that to myself  almost every night but this morning was a wakeup call for me. That being said, I finally went to Rama VIII Bridge (yay!) and took some good photos. Lost some calories too with all that walking around. It was really nice experience and a good lesson today. 

Do it now. Later may become never.

What is your opinion about procrastinating?  Any advice how to combat it without becoming uptight or neurotic about schedules and whatnot?Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos and I would like to hear your opinion them.

The iconic cable-stayed Rama VIII Bridge.

Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.

XO,

CaRe

P.S. If ever you’re in Bangkok you can view this bridge whilst having a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya or just simply visit the site. There is also a park near it where you can have some picnic or go jogging. 

Dear Sleep…a love affair

She doth loveth sleep

Hi there! Remember when we were young, adults used to tell us to take afternoon naps or go to sleep early? Well, my mum urged me to take those naps all the time. But naughty little me wanted to play or do something more interesting other than sleep, so I sometimes fake it or simply resist it. Yup! You heard it right. Now don’t you look at me with contempt. We all did that once in our (errhm) not so distant past! Deep down, you reader can relate to this matter.

Fast forward to present and I’m all grown up, having a sweet, endless love affair with my bed (tsk!). Mum’s right after all. Yah know..that “mother’s knows best” old adage most of our mums used to threaten us with (wink-wink!). I can almost hear my mum saying “I told you so” right now. As adults, sleep became more of a luxury; especially for those people with erratic work schedules (special shoutout to those in the medical field).  Other than rest and relaxation it is vital for our health. According to NIH sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke yada yada..you know what I mean. 

I have this never ending love affair with my bed.

In conclusion, I want to tell SLEEP this: 

Dear Sleep, 

I’m sorry I hated you when I was a young kid. Right now I love you very much and I cherish every moment with you. 

XO,

CaRe

Disclaimer: Dear Sleep letter above is not mine to own. I just happen to find it on the web and felt a connection with the words. I deeply empathize with the author. Just so nobody would sue for copyright infringement. 😉 

P.S. I must go to sleep now..wayyy past my bedtime. Goodnight!