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A Singaporean's guide to living in Thailand

Dinner at a very nice Thai restaurant pub




Pork neck meat fried


Somtam


Minced pork with Thai herbs


Seafood salad


Seabass with fish sauce


Pork jerky


Cashew


Salad


Sweet and sour seabass


Chicken wings with lemon grass


Fruits


More drinks


Preparing our drinks
Wow...i was there last night and also in your video.
 

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Stayed at Modena (Frasers), FYI Center Rama 1V. Conveniently next to Queen Srirkit MRT. Arty cafes, but like CBD (stock exchange) dead on weekends. Nice to be away from ah tiong hordes.

Last night got some beer garden and live concert with Fedebrau beer sod beer. Time Out Bkk was theme. Kept me out of trouble last night . Beer bites with sausage selection nicely done in a cup
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Found a nice hotel in Jomtien beach yesterday room is very big, clean and comfortable.

Welcome chrysanthemum drink, cold towel and beautiful leelawadee flower, very refreshing after a 2.5hrs drive



The room

 

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I may come to Pattaya often however I rarely visit Jomtien area as I am used to Pattaya North and South are but this time I thought I stay here to experience

Driving along the Jomtien beach to go lunch
 

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So I was driving to Bacco Italian restaurant in Jomtien beach, this is my first time to this restaurant as I googled pizza in Jomtien and this was the recommendation

Huge and relaxing restaurant I must say




Lazy and hot afternoon, we had a bottle of white wine and some minestrone soup


Fresh salad


Meat laden pizza


Mussels


Nice and relaxing view


 

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It takes a local to bring you to a very local place like this if not, especially as a foreigner, one will never know.

I was suggesting to a local (as in Pattaya) fellow Singaporean to have a light dinner at my favourite Thai khao tum (boiled rice) place, Chok Anand, where they serve plain khao tum (boiled rice) and order many different Thai/Chinese dishes which will be freshly cooked. This type of food is similar to Teochew porridge except most of the dishes will be freshly cooked.

Its a funny name, restaurant up in the north of Pattaya in a place known as Naklua


The shop front


Inside sitting with cover




Outside sitting at the back of the restaurant


Minced pork fry with chinese olives


Braised duck


Glass noodle with seafood yam (salad)


Stir fry vegetables


Clams stir fry with herbs


Salted egg yam (salad)


Omelette


Seabass fry with fish sauce


The meal


The kitchen




Chief chef


Meal costs 1,005 baht or $44 (minus the whisky of course but include drinks and 3 buckets of ice)
 

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Haven't have dinner tonight and its 10pm so got to do what I got to do.

My favourite instant noodle is Myojo so here it goes, the way I normally have it

Preparing the water


Preparing the sauce - sesame oil, fried shallots oil, soya sauce and some pepper


At the same time fry an egg


Noodle cooked transfer into bowl with sauce add some fried shallots over it


Top with the egg and boun appetito







Cannot be lazy, must clean up after that
 

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Japan's discount king Don Quijote makes splash in Thai debut
Cheap prices and flashy displays lure crowds to maverick retail chain
MARIMI KISHIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer March 03, 2019 03:49 JST



BANGKOK -- Hundreds of shoppers queued for the opening of Japanese discount chain Don Quijote's first Thai store in Bangkok late last month, eager to experience the outlet's eye-popping array of items, from cosmetics and clothes to appliances and toys.

"I visited [Don Quijote] when I traveled to Japan, and I'm really happy they've opened a store in Bangkok," said 42-year-old Boonyanuch Buaban as she waited in line.

Don Don Donki, as the store is called in Thailand, is among more than 30 other tenants at Donki Mall Thonglor, a shopping complex launched on Feb. 22 by Pan Pacific International Holdings, operator of the Don Quijote chain.

The store is a carbon copy of its namesake in Japan, complete with the Don Quijote theme song blaring nonstop, products piled high in unexpected locations, and in-your-face displays.
When news of the outlet broke in 2017, a local newspaper hyped it as a "long-awaited opening."

The buzz surrounding the store has been generated mainly by tourists returning from Japan, which has become a popular destination for Thais and other Southeast Asians. Don Quijote stores in Japan are now a must-go for souvenir shopping thanks to the variety of products, cheap prices and late hours. In particular, the stores stock everyday Japanese items favored by foreign visitors.



At a news conference in Thailand, Koji Ohara, president and CEO of Tokyo-listed parent Pan Pacific International Holdings, said he wanted to make the store Bangkok's "most entertaining" attraction while offering "the lowest prices."

"We plan to keep prices as low as in Japan -- 50% higher would be the highest we might go," Ohara said. However, tariffs and distribution costs make cost-cutting difficult. Purchasing fresh foods directly from local producers could help lower the cost, according to Ohara.

Donki Mall Thonglor -- which Don Don Donki anchors -- is designed to be a "comprehensive amusement mall" for families and young people. In mid-March, it will open a limited-run theme park featuring costumed mascots, among them Hello Kitty and other products from Japan's Sanrio.

Don Quijote's Thai debut comes as Pan Pacific's Japanese operations sag. Same-store sales fell 1.2% in December -- the first decline in 28 months -- followed by a 0.3% dip in January. The company attributes the consecutive-month fall to the shrinking number of Japanese shoppers.

To make up for this Pan Pacific is looking overseas, with plans to eventually operate about 200 stores in the U.S. and Asia outside Japan. The company wants its foreign operations to account for about 30% of total revenue from the current 10%.

Pan Pacific launched its first branch in Singapore in December 2017 and has since opened two more.

Nikkei staff writer Yuma Ikeshita contributed to this article.
 

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Japan's discount king Don Quijote makes splash in Thai debut
Cheap prices and flashy displays lure crowds to maverick retail chain
MARIMI KISHIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer March 03, 2019 03:49 JST



BANGKOK -- Hundreds of shoppers queued for the opening of Japanese discount chain Don Quijote's first Thai store in Bangkok late last month, eager to experience the outlet's eye-popping array of items, from cosmetics and clothes to appliances and toys.

"I visited [Don Quijote] when I traveled to Japan, and I'm really happy they've opened a store in Bangkok," said 42-year-old Boonyanuch Buaban as she waited in line.

Don Don Donki, as the store is called in Thailand, is among more than 30 other tenants at Donki Mall Thonglor, a shopping complex launched on Feb. 22 by Pan Pacific International Holdings, operator of the Don Quijote chain.

The store is a carbon copy of its namesake in Japan, complete with the Don Quijote theme song blaring nonstop, products piled high in unexpected locations, and in-your-face displays.
When news of the outlet broke in 2017, a local newspaper hyped it as a "long-awaited opening."

The buzz surrounding the store has been generated mainly by tourists returning from Japan, which has become a popular destination for Thais and other Southeast Asians. Don Quijote stores in Japan are now a must-go for souvenir shopping thanks to the variety of products, cheap prices and late hours. In particular, the stores stock everyday Japanese items favored by foreign visitors.



At a news conference in Thailand, Koji Ohara, president and CEO of Tokyo-listed parent Pan Pacific International Holdings, said he wanted to make the store Bangkok's "most entertaining" attraction while offering "the lowest prices."

"We plan to keep prices as low as in Japan -- 50% higher would be the highest we might go," Ohara said. However, tariffs and distribution costs make cost-cutting difficult. Purchasing fresh foods directly from local producers could help lower the cost, according to Ohara.

Donki Mall Thonglor -- which Don Don Donki anchors -- is designed to be a "comprehensive amusement mall" for families and young people. In mid-March, it will open a limited-run theme park featuring costumed mascots, among them Hello Kitty and other products from Japan's Sanrio.

Don Quijote's Thai debut comes as Pan Pacific's Japanese operations sag. Same-store sales fell 1.2% in December -- the first decline in 28 months -- followed by a 0.3% dip in January. The company attributes the consecutive-month fall to the shrinking number of Japanese shoppers.

To make up for this Pan Pacific is looking overseas, with plans to eventually operate about 200 stores in the U.S. and Asia outside Japan. The company wants its foreign operations to account for about 30% of total revenue from the current 10%.

Pan Pacific launched its first branch in Singapore in December 2017 and has since opened two more.

Nikkei staff writer Yuma Ikeshita contributed to this article.
Also popular here Sg (3 stores). One in Orchard Central is 24/7 even. Qs with 20 counters. Gives ntuc a good run for money, especially with food items. Nickname Donki
 
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