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After all these years fumbling with Google as the domain name registrar of http://www.ohsirin.com, I got enough. I decided to streamline and consolidate my Thai-English blog into just one place at http://www.ohhappybear.com. You will get all the same juices there as here. So, please be informed.

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The Naka Island Phuket – A Starwood’s Luxury Collection

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The infinity pool at the main lobby, the view of their presidential suite (villa 44) and the beach of Naka Island


HOTEL STORY | THAILAND | LUXURY TRAVELLING
RELATED – SIX SENSES SAMUI, SONEVA KIRI KOH KOOD

There’s something about being on an island that always exudes a real sense of serenity. Being cut off from the mainland, accessible only by boat, surrounded by water and the lovely chirps of the wild birds, the drama of the tides, high and low, the glowing and shimmering sun portraying natural shadow shows and so on. This is a life lived slowly, a great time to appreciate small things, to reflect, to ponder and to gather some thoughts, which, for me, means a good opportunity to incubate some good new ideas on which my works pretty much rely on.:D

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Six Senses Samui

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READ ABOUT BANYAN TREE SAMUI (THAI)

As I have posted earlier, works recently took us to Samui. Even though it was such a short trip, it was a great trip all the same. I mean, we are forever in love with Thai seas, islands, and all the seafood cooked Thai-style. Both of us never get bored of going back to the beach no matter how often and what occasions.

Our first night there was spent at the luxurious Banyan Tree Samui which is all exuberant by any standard. Their pool villas are lavishly decorated with all modern and (some) gold-trimmed and silk-upholstered fittings. It was a lavish experience. Their food were quite nice, but not the nicest (except for their fabulous Saffron Thai restaurant which I can later share with you). We stayed there for one night and tried their signature Rainforest Indulgence spa which is a 150-minute journey into the hot-cold-and-bubbling-jet world of waters in which the resort is the only one in Thailand with such full ‘Rainforest’ facility. For those wishing to experience the treatment, you either have to go to the Banyan Tree Samui or the Banyan Tree Al Wadi in the U.A.E so to experience it.

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Chiva-Som Offers Special Packages for Local Residents

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Good news for those wishing to spend their time at the world-renown health resort of Chiva Som. They are offering special packages only for Thais and local expatriates from now until 30 September 2014.

DAY SPA PROMOTION:
That includes:
- A Wellness Consultation (30 min)
- Hydro Bath
- The use of Water Therapy Suite (Steam, Sauna and Jacuzzi)
- A 3 Course Spa Cuisine Lunch at Emerald Room
- Chiva-Som Signature Massage (80 min)
- The use of swimming pool
- The Complimentary Healthy Juice

Price: 4,500 THB++
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‘The Local’ Thai Cuisine by Oamthong

The tasty Thai meal at The Local

The tasty Thai meal at The Local


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อาหารไทยชาววัง ร้านท่านหญิง ซอยประมวญ
ไทย…แบบสวยๆ ร้าน Blue Elephant

I know, I also thought it was a strange name too for a restaurant. The Local, right? But as it turns out, this place, along with its unique name, has a good story along with tons of its delicious recipes that are worth trying.

I got to know about this place from a good friend who took her visiting friends here and liked it. Word of mouth is still the best tool to spread the news around, especially for food when you know whose taste buds you can trust.

Turns out that The Local is quite good. It is a fancy place, decked out in an oh-so-very-Thai ambiance of silk upholstery, wooden cabinets and rattan furniture. The restaurant is set in two houses: the one in the front with private rooms and the two-storey one in the back with communal dining areas with airy spaces for tables. There’s also a small parking area and the place is accessible from both Soi Asoke and Sukhumvit Road. Continue reading

Nattaporn (ไอศกรีมรสไทย นัฐพร) Thai Granita

The classic coconut granita at Nuttaporn Ice Cream at Prawng Phutorn area

The classic coconut granita at Nuttaporn Ice Cream at Prawng Phutorn area


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An Anatomy of Thai Food – Sticky Rice + Durian
Eating Thai Food – Khao Chae (Summer Rice)

Nuttaporn Ice Cream at the historic Praeng Phutorn area inside the Old Quarter of Bangkok can easily be the country’s oldest ice cream parlour with the classic ambiance to go with it. Having said all that, I am a bit ashamed to admit that this is my first time visiting the place and I got lost on the way just to complete my exploration rituals.

I have heard tons about this place. This is ‘the’ ice cream parlour for the foodies, in and outside of Thailand. This is a historical monument, having been around for just… 70 something years, with now third generation of the line of the ice-cream churners running the place. Thanks to Thailand’s rich tropical abundance, it does not surprise me at all to learn that their coconut granita is their classic and most popular flavour. So, one day, when we had a chance (meaning the weather to finally cool down just a bit), we took off to explore the old town again. After having a scrumptious lunch as always at our favourite place (which I will definitely blog about later), we managed to save big enough a room to try (almost) all the flavours they have. ^-^

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An Anatomy of Thai Food – Sticky Rice + Durian

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This is an acquired taste, an equally popular and peculiar one. Hailed as the Queen of Thai fruits, durian is a ubiquitous summer fruit in Thailand. We have durian all over the country (except, perhaps, for the north). Each area differs in their durian species. But the most coveted, most popular ones are perhaps the one that have almost been extinct. It is called ‘kan yao‘ and ‘durian muang non‘ both once abundant at the rich Chaophraya basins of Nonthaburi are, now encroached and developed to become yet another city.

At the beginning of durian season, which usually starts sometimes around this time until perhaps late June, we consume the fruit fresh. Most of my durian encounters happen at the back of the roaming durian trucks that frequent our community. The most appealing version of my durian moments is when the fruit is chopped, cracked and parted with practiced manners, clove after clove, and gently put on waxed paper and into a box, wrapped and ready for me to take home. I love my fresh durian chilled with its heady aroma fuming the entire refrigerator. Some people may puke at this imaginary smell, but for me, it is the real smell of summer.

But then when we come into the season and durians become too abundant to cope, we use the flesh more liberally. The mature meat of durian is then turned into many other desserts. One of those desserts is durian in coconut milk served with sticky rice that I also very much love.

The sticky rice that beds this dessert is similar to the one you eat with fresh sweet mango and coconut cream, meaning the sticky rice that is cooked to its tender and plump perfection with coconut milk and palm sugar. The durian flesh that has at this point been soft and mushy is gently mixed with coconut milk, sweetened with palm sugar and a bit of salt to balance the taste. This dish is best served warmed, or lukewarm. But I do not mind having my coconut milk + durian chilled first just to cool down the overall temperature of the dish.

I guess this is one thing that we can make at home, given that you can buy a good portion of the sticky rice somewhere. This dessert is not for everyone. As I aforementioned. An acquired taste. A great one for a Thai summer.

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