Hung up on Hua Hin

Last November, Robin and I took our first trip together and it was definitely one to remember… I came home with about 1GB of photos from the trip so picking just a few for this post has been a real task. So happy that I finally had the time to sit down and finish this post after having it in my drafts for months. (Sorry this is way overdue!)

✈ Destination, Hua Hin and Bangkok ✈

We took an early morning flight out on Jetstar to Bangkok then hopped on a 3 hour car ride to Hua Hin!

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We checked in at The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, and from the moment we arrived at the hotel, I was completely blown away by their level of customer service, it was impeccable. After being in the service industry for years, it sort of turns you into a service critic and you know excellent customer service when you encounter it. The people of Hua Hin are extremely friendly, courteous, and I’m not just referring to the service staff. Practically everyone you meet will not hesitate to flash a smile or greet you if your paths cross. It’s such a happy place to be! I told Robin I never wanted to leave.

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The view from the open lobby

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The room was cosy with a private balcony, and this was the view from our room.

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The pools at The Hyatt are all interconnected, so you can basically swim from one end to the other!

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The poolside at You & Mee where we had most of our meals.

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Robin spent a chunk of his childhood in Thailand so he morphed into a kid again when he saw this familiar slide. Calling it a slide would be an understatement if you ask me. He managed to convince me to try it just once and I ended up crying after I made it down that horror of a slide after sitting at the top for the longest time. >_<

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Robin obviously loved it though, what a happy kid! ♥

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The short bridge that leads to the beach where we spent most of our time in Hua Hin despite the weather that decided to take a wet turn on our second day there.

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That’s him, my favourite boy. :)

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This was when I realised how amazing the zoom on the Samsung Galaxy camera was. This was shot with 21x zoom, and what looked like tiny ants from where we stood showed in such detail when captured. It does take quite a steady hand to capture a clear shot at such a high zoom though.

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These horses come out every day to give rides to anyone who wants to ride them, I’m not sure how much it costs but I might just try it if we do go back. I’m pretty sure Hua Hin would place high on our “to visit again” list. :)

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The beach is full of tiny crabs! They scatter from hole to hole so quickly it’s hard to catch.

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This shot was priceless! Zoom in the see why, it’s like a deer caught in headlights. Or crab, rather.

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“Are you taking a photo of me?” – Crab

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Apart from tiny crabs and other shelled creatures, I also befriended a washed up (and pretty much dead) jelly fish, much to Robin’s horror. :P

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We ventured into Centara Grand Beach Resort, known for it’s “plant sculptures”.

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Giant chess, anyone?

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Some of them were really HUGE! The sights were absolutely breathtaking, the garden and the sheer beauty of nature.

While we were in Hua Hin, we went to the weekend night market, Cicada Market which was about a 5-10 minute walk from our hotel.

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Here you’ll find lots of food, handmade items, and live performances.

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You’ll need to buy food coupons to use at the food stalls, and no trip to Cicada is complete without the coconut ice cream!

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You should also try the fried bananas with honey, satay and spring rolls but definitely COCONUT ICE CREAM. I haven’t found anything that comes even close in Singapore.

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This lady is the cutest ever! She sells “fisherman pants” and she’s super friendly.

Here’s us in our fisherman pants!

The market is only open Friday to Sunday so make sure you plan to be in Hua Hin over the weekend!

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The view at sunset, nature at its best.

It was so difficult to leave Hua Hin for Bangkok, I wanted to stay so bad! I ended up tearing when we were checking out, but I’m sure I will be back in the land of smiles again in the near future. :)

✈ ✈ ✈ Continue reading about our adventures in Hua Hin in this post : Kiteboarding in Hua Hin

Kiteboarding in Hua Hin

It seems like just yesterday we were in Hua Hin, but it’s already been over half a year that’s gone by and my posts are way overdue! (Sorry booboo!) I took over 600 photos and since I’m terrible at selecting just a few I decided to split the trip into parts to blog about separately, and this is the main reason why we chose Thailand.

When Robin and I were in Hua Hin last November, our “hosts” were ironically not Thai, but German. We first met Dzevad at the kite shop that was tucked away in a little street corner where we were to pick up the equipment Robin had pre-ordered.20131116_131133Robin with Dzevad who runs North Kiteboarding.

20131116_131203Here you’ll find all the equipment you’ll need, from kites and boards to safety vests and even bikinis.

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20131116_124843Ah huh. The girl’s board I was staring at for the longest time.

Anyhoos, since we arranged to meet Dzevad the next day for Robin’s lessons, he offered to bring the equipment to the beach so we could go on and explore Hua Hin without lugging around the equipment. So we did!

The next day Dzevad picked us up from the hotel bright and early. I was expecting a car or van of sorts but two guys showed up at the hotel lobby on motorbikes and I totally freaked out. Robin probably had no idea before that, but I have this phobia of riding on motorbikes cause I’m so afraid I’ll fall off. I didn’t think I had much of a choice so I grit my teeth and got on the bike, shaking. I didn’t even have a helmet on, that would be illegal in Singapore! The wind was cold and that didn’t help with the nervousness at all, but I got through it and that was one part of the trip I will never forget. *Phew

20131117_101600All stocked up! Equipment for rent at the Kite school. Wet suits √

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20131117_095451The Banana board has since become one of the two boards that Robin owns.

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While Robin had his lessons, I was pretty much just roaming the beach, taking videos, playing with the camera and more jelly fish. Despite the rain, we had a jolly fun time! :D

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 The Kite School is located right by the beach. You can even rent rooms here for a very reasonable rate, and it’s as close to the beach as you can get, not to mention a team of very friendly kite boarders who are more than happy to show you around!

You can get more detailed information and find out more about North Kiteboarding on Robin’s blog {here}

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Holiday Hangover

It’s been an entire week since I got back from my first ever holiday with Robin and to be honest, I am still pretty much in “holiday hangover mode”. I can’t stop thinking about Hua Hin, I keep wishing I was back on the beach with the cool air blowing in my face and the smell of the ocean… I wish I trapped it in a glass bottle.

I can’t wait to blog about the trip but with peak period looming around the corner, I have wedding orders and customisations that require the utmost priority. So here are a couple of shots taken during the drive from Bangkok to Hua Hin, and the beach I miss so much.

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I never thought I’d fall in love with a place like I did with Hua Hin, there’s just something magical about the place and people there that calms your heart and puts a smile on your face for no particular reason.

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MooJaa, Singapore’s #1 Mookata!

Have you been to 25 Keong Saik Road?

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By night, amidst a dark alley of pubs, backpacker inns and little food corners, you’ll find MooJaa, Singapore’s #1 Mookata!

Wait, Moo what?

Some time ago, I was invited to MooJaa to give Mookata a shot! Mookata literally means “pork skillet”,  and if you’re wondering about MooJaa… Well, it’s actually a popular slang word that means “my lovely pig”! I may have been living under a rock when it comes to Thai food, but the concept of a bbq and steamboat at the same time is actually very new to me. Up until now, the only bbq I’m familiar with is Korean. SO, how exactly does this whole Mookata thing work?

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Let’s start with something to drink, shall we? Daddy and I had the Thai iced tea and Mummy decided to give the Lemongrass a shot. I’ve never tried Thai iced tea before so I can’t really tell you if it’s really Thai or not, I did like it though! Kinda like a Thai Teh-peng?

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Forget oil and butter, at MooJaa they do it right with pork lard! Not only does it grease the surface and aid in cooking, at the end you also get a crunchy treat, you know, what we call “la pok”. YUM.

What’s on the menu?

It’s a free choice between Mookata sets, and ala carte dishes. For $39.90, you can enjoy Set Moo or Set Gai that comfortably feeds 2-3 people, depending on how hungry you are. If you’re a meat lover, Set Meat Lover priced at $55 will well satisfy your need for meat. If you prefer to pick out your own set then the Set Buffet is definitely for you! Priced at $32++, this allows you to order anything from the ala carte menu, buffet style! With the exception of a few select items, that is.

The full menu is available for reference on MooJaa’s Facebook page.

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The meat and seafood are so fresh, any fresher and they’d still be alive. Ready to cook!

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While waiting for your food to cook, you can enjoy some fish skin. Eat it crunchy or dip it really quick into the hot soup. It’s awesome either way, but I kinda like to eat them at their crunchiest! Think fish chips! The thing is, usually I get sick of fish skin after a couple bites, but there’s just something about MooJaa’s, we emptied the whole bowl! Well, if seafood doesn’t excite you….

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This one you cannot pass on! I mean it! You cannot go to MooJaa and not try these amazing cheese balls! I’m actually hoping they retail this. I’m such a sucker for cheese stuffed anything. I know you think they look like ordinary meat balls, right? Well, looks may be deceiving…..

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One bite releases an explosion of cheese! You’ve been warned, do take that first bite with caution. Pretty neat huh? Think nacho cheese in a meat ball. :)

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Cooking in progress! Notice how there isn’t any smoke coming up? At MooJaa, Japanese white charcoal is used. This makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable, no smoke in your eyes, no oil spurting, no oil burns and you won’t leave in a sweat!

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Perfectly browned! But before you dig in, make sure you have your dipping sauces ready!

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I’m usually not a fan of sauces, at steamboats, the most I’ve used would be soy sauce but these 31 ingredient sauces are absolutely delish! So good I had a couple of refills, these sauces are home made with the freshest ingredients weekly, so you know you’re getting the very best. I heard these sauces will actually be made available for purchase!

Psstttt : The fish skins go really well with the sweet and sour seafood sauce!

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The cherry on top has got to be the soup at all steamboats. A combination of meats, veggie juices and what have you, we drank the soup dry!

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Thanks for the invitation to taste test MooJaa, Shaun! We had a great meal!

With affordable prices, a cosy ambience, quality food with a great taste, I’ll definitely be back for seconds! (And thirds?) MooJaa also has “private rooms” should you prefer a more intimate gathering with your family and friends. The only concern my parents had was the “night life” that goes around at Keong Saik since the place is littered with bars. You definitely wouldn’t want to expose the kiddies to girls clad in barely there shorts with ciggies and beers in their hands, so lunch might be a better idea if you have older folks and young tods in your party!

Make MooJaa your next go-to place with your best buds!

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Think you can eat fast? MooJaa has a challenge for you!

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Check out MooJaa on Facebook for more details! xx

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