Jun 14, 2011

Bangkok: girl's trip

Just landed at the Changi airport with a suitcase full of new stuff from my favorite city, Bangkok it was a girls' weekend full of shopping, eating and pampering at the spa.  i love bangkok for all those things plus its creative side. seems people are really open to fun, colorful ideas.  the city is full of great shop designs, graphic designs and fashion. Here's a quick recaps of the trip and all the creative/ beautiful things i found.

our first stop was Siam for some shopping.  i got to visit my all time favorite shop, himma. i love the geometrically inspired design of their clothes...

we strolled every soi and alley of siam square and came across mosstories, a shop selling original accessories.  the earrings are really cute. you can find them at siam square soi 2.  

after all the shopping, we headed to the Health Land at Asoke for an aromatherapy body massage.  the place looks great. the reception feels like a trendy hotel and the entire facility offers a very stylish spa experience. i also appreciate the cleanliness. needless to say, we all enjoyed the 90 minutes. 

the next day was occupied by more shopping.  it can't get any better than this for a group of girls. i found some cute accessories for myself.  

we all went crazy over the jelly shoes at the night market! so cute and all around just S$10.

exhausted from a full day of shopping, we stopped for some funky ice cream at iberry.  the cafe was very cute but i'm still not sure what some of the flavors were. i think the group favorite was mango milk :)

and as for souvenirs, i bought a giant box of durian chips.  i love durian chips but i can't seem to find the anywhere outside Thailand. so of course i had to stock up.

we ended the trip with some mango and beautiful sticky rice.  i thought it will be appropriate to end this post with something so cute and so creative.  the rice, dyed by herbs and flowers, will taste the same white or colored. but i love the fact that the extra step was taken for aesthetics. pleasing to the eyes, pleasing to your taste buds. i think bangkok is very inspiring and stimulating for me as a designer.  it's a busy city where so much tradition and culture can co-exist with modern ideas and design.  and at moments the influence of tradition becomes apparent even in the most contemporary design.  i think the richness of history and culture is rooted in it's people, including the youth, and this, intentionally or unintentionally translates into everything they create. modern design is international but i think bangkok produces a somewhat vernaclar modern design.

Great weekend :)


Anonymous said...

Hi! Chanced upon your blog and am going to BKK soon! Just wondering how much are these necklaces and would you have anywhere to recommend for cheap but nice clothes/chunky accessories? THANKS!!

Ringo said...

the price on accessories at mosstories vary because it's handmade. as for the ribbon shaped necklace, it was around 160 baht. i bought it at the Platinum mall along with all the clothes in the pic. they have a couple of shops there that sell these chunky metal accessories as well as wholesale price clothes.
i actually like siam square better because you can find more unique bangkok designs. but its not as cheap.
Have a great shopping trip!!