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EAT good food, PRAY for more good food, LOVE your life

I have to tell you, it seems as though every time I eat another meal, it becomes my favorite. The food here is so fantastic, and in the restaurants too. 😉

There is something to the little old lady serving up delicious meals to you while you sit on the tiniest plastic stools, meant for pre-schoolers in the US. The food is always hot and flavorful, and there is no pretentiousness about eating on the street. I’m seeing a new trend in street food in the future, steering away from the food truck craze to the tiny plastic seats craze.

Of course, this is not to downplay the restaurants we’ve been hitting up. In Hoi An for example, we checked out Morning Glory, a restaurant that was recommended to us not once, but 3 separate times before we even arrived at our hotel. It is one of a handful of restaurants by the same owner in the city, and just walking by the open kitchen, you can see and smell why her businesses do so well. Combining her own Vietnamese heritage with western skills the menus contain something for everyone.

Below are some shots of the delicious food and drinks we can’t seem to stop consuming.

The best part? We’re not headed home just yet! I can’t wait to see what else someone puts in front of me. 🙂

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Bangkok a la Mode

No, not a side of ice cream, but rather a side of fashion. Fashion shows, events, window displays, and photo shoots – my trip had to Bangkok had it all.

Walking around the city, I saw several different fashion photo shoots taking place. They all seemed to juxtapose elegant and girly day wear with the cold, harsh concrete of an industrial city. What was more interesting was that they shot them in the middle of the day, incorporating the busy city life behind them.

We headed to the mall for some good deals – it’s the end of season sales – and were amazed at their window displays. Each was like a work of art, conveying the atmosphere of the store inside. How often do you really notice a store’s windows in the US? Even when you’re not interested what’s inside? Here are a few shots from my favorite window in Siam Center.

In addition to the windows pulling in the customers, there were independent display cases of style suggestions using items from various stores in the mall, complete with clothing, accessories, and shoes.

I love the idea of inspiration for the mall customer as a whole, versus simply catering to the customer strictly at a store’s window.

Of course shopping was not all that these malls offered. There was the Siam Center Energetic Fashion Show 2011 (mentioned earlier in another post), the Accademia Italiana Best Design 2011 Exhibit, and the 14th Anniversary for Cosmopolitan Magazine.

The Best Design exhibit was a temporary exhibit in the Siam Paragon displaying the top student designs from the Accademia Italiana.

The outfits were impressive, and you never know when you’re looking at the first works of the next big designer!

Outside the Siam Paragon, in the courtyard, was the 14th Anniversary bash for Cosmopolitan Magazine. There were DJs, balloons, food, and of course fun fashion.

Overall, I was quite surprised to see how fashion-centric Bangkok is. I knew there was a lot of shopping and luxury brands, but there is a larger fashion force at work in the city that was very interesting to see.

Bangkok Beginnings

After about 24 hours of travel, I finally made it to Bangkok, Thailand! Yesterday we went out exploring, spending a full 12 hrs venturing around the city’s markets and the Jim Thompson House (the guy who is responsible for introducing Thai silk to the American market). I was exhausted last night to say the least. I’m a little sad to report that there was no interesting fashion at the Tokyo airport, but that did not mean I didn’t see some fascinating things here in Bangkok!

Walking around the city, we came across some pretty awesome street sculpture, like this spilled basket of jewels.

How’s that for some statement jewelry?

We continued on to the Jim Thompson House, where we toured the property and his amazing traditional Thai house. They have now incorporated a gallery, which displays some traditional Thai costumes. This one is for ceremony. Beautiful, isn’t it?

We then ventured over toward the Siam Center, where we saw that they were scheduled to have a fashion show!

The show came complete with a trampoline and neon lights. It was quite energetic!

Overall, the day was quite entertaining and so far I love the city! I can’t wait to see what today brings!