I woke up pretty early today, excited at the prospect of meeting the bronze mermaid again. While Cat and Brendan were dolling up and getting ready, I went down to the street to see if anything's stirring at this hour (Malaysian time 7:00AM is Thailand's 6:00AM).
I was not disappointed as there already was a hive of activity what with the street vendors and all.
|More street vendors|
|Kids getting ready for school?|
|Sanehasuhorn (did I get it right?) street, south of our hotel|
|It that Pan I see perched atop the streetlight?|
|A favourite alley where Cat usually gets her tid-bits|
|500 meters south of our hotel is the Odean|
|The Grand Plaza, sitting pretty beside the towering Lee Gardens|
|This shot will be viewed many times while I day dream at work, for sure!|
|Caged birds.. aren't we all in one way or another?|
Cat and Brendan eventually emerged from the hotel and we headed out for Breakfast at.. guess where? A short walk next door at McDonalds!
Since we were making a trip some 40+km north to Songkhla we thought it wise for us (and Brendan in particular) to have a hearty breakfast.
|Bacon & egg burgers with hash browns|
|And a stiff cup of coffee!|
|All smiles on Xmas morn|
|Nothing warms a parent's heart more than the sight of your child stuffing himself|
Breakfast out of the way, we took a tuk tuk to Hat Yai's Bus Terminal (6° 59' 46.50", 100° 28' 55.50"). We felt like old pros now, able to find our way around. Caught a minibus and off we went to Songkhla.
|Plenty of things to see on the way to Songkhla|
|Brendan had his sunglasses ready|
|This ad on the side of a wall caught my eye, Honda scooters in Thailand are called 'Scoopyi's|
|Our minibus to Songkhla|
|Nothing to look at, but pretty comfy|
|Managed to shoot this while the minibus sped by. The statue is not tilting, my camera was|
Once in Songkhla, we took a tuk tuk to Samila Beach (7° 12' 55.00", 100° 35' 40.75"). We did manage to visit last year as our trip was cut short, so we were eager to see the bronze mermaid again.
|Hello my old friend|
|The sky was so blue that day|
|Brendan's all psyched up|
|Shot of the beach|
|The weather was glorious, providing this postcard perfect shot|
|Ooo.. me tummy's taking on a life of its own|
|Brendan buying a pendant from this peddler|
We came across this mobile vendor who claims to have the best coconut ice cream in all of Thailand (or so he says). We read comments on other blogs and forums singing praises for his ice cream, so we gave it a try.
|Sukij ice cream|
|It was alright (the ice cream), but is it worth the hype?|
|Proof that this is the best in the whole kingdom?|
Further down the beach we re-acquainted ourselves with the Cat and the Mouse.
|Cat saying hi to Cat (sorry, I couldn't resist!)|
|The bronzed Cat and Mouse getting a little too tanned|
Gorgeous as the weather was, it was getting a bit too warm for our liking. We initially planned to have lunch at one of the seafood stalls along Samila Beach. We decided against it when we checked out the exorbitant prices on the menu, based on what we've paid so far in terms of sea food the prices here were just short of highway robbery. Best to stay away, its a definite tourist trap!
We took a tuk tuk to Songkhla walked around for a while. The sun was getting pretty hot and we and hopped on another minibus backto Hat Yai , disembarked right across the street from the Plaza market.
Beside an overhead pedestrian crossing we found this little shop selling delicious mee hoon soup.
|Give this a try, 350Bt per bowl|
We got back to the hotel and rested for an hour. I decided we all needed some pampering so we went to Lee Gardens Plaza to look for a hair salon.
|A nice scalp scrubbing|
|Cat got a wash and blow|
|While Brendan got a wash, cut and blow|
|I actually got a wash, cut and blow as well|
Brendan and I got a wash, cut and blow while Cat got a wash and blow. The damage? only 600Bt! We'll be sure to come here again.
Later Brendan found a stall in front of the hotel selling trinkets to his liking.
|We didn't bother asking how much for these big ones|
|He took a long while admiring the handwork|
|His cousin came during the off peak season and got one for 100Bt|
|When we asked, the same item cost 250Bt|
As always, Xmas night meant an Xmas feast. We could only think of one place to celebrate Xmas night, as we did on previous trips.. Sizzler!
|Homer and Bart?|
|Brendan snapped me fiddling with my camera settings|
|This was the other camera we used|
|The drinks came first, the mojitos were divine|
|Then came Brendan's smiley faced steak|
|The steak won't be smiling for long|
|In search of the yum? We found it!|
|I had the single rack of ribs this year (learned my lesson from last year)|
|Cat had the rice and steak (I think)|
|Time to put away the camera and eat|
Hit the hay pretty early, big day tomorrow. Plenty of senseless shopping in store.