Luggage Repair Service in Sg, hope you don’t need it but if you do…

OK so after 20+ years of travel my trusty travel companion decided to burst at the seams. Though not a big burst it’s still big enough to worry about it catching something and tearing even more. Call me crazy or sentimental (maybe both?) but I don’t wanna ditch my travel buddy. I had no problems getting rid of other luggage with broken wheels or broken trolley handles, but this bag, I love this bag!

Since this bag is mostly canvas, I sought out a seamstress at a hawker center just down the street from where I’m staying who in turn told me about luggage repair shops. Well, now I feel pretty stupid. I didn’t even think to Google that because I didn’t think there was such a thing, haha. Anyways, I Google’d and found a shop, Chiang Kong Luggage Services, which evidently has 2 locations. Now I regret throwing away the luggage with broken handles and wheels.

I picked the location closest to me, which was still kinda far but hey, Singapore’s an island how far can anything be, right? The shop I went to was the one in Geylang. It’s actually right across the street from Aljunied MRT station, which is on the green line. Once you get off the train and head down the escalators and out the gantry, you want to take the exit on right. Once outside, go left and all the way to the end where you’ll meet the street. Take the stairs (or elevator) up to the overhead bridge and cross it. You should be able to see the signage of the shop (on the right) when you’re half way across.

So after taking a look at my luggage, they advised that they can’t stitch up the bag because on end of the tear was at the bottom “plate” with no fabric and that any fix would be temporary as they would have to use glue and reinforcement tape. I asked how much and a rough estimate on durability. The repair cost was $25 SGD and should last a trip or two but who knows. OK fine. I also had them fix the outer zipper on my North Face backpack/duffel which kept bursting open as well as replace the zipper that fell off the interior pocket. No wonder the bag was on sale, lol. Repairs on that cost $25 SGD as well and payment was collected on the spot, which kind of surprised me but understandable. Roughly 2 weeks later, I get a call to pick up my bags.

Well, the repairs look ok and passed my tug tests but I guess time will tell. I’ll probably reinforce the luggage with some gaff tape just for some added peace of mind. Oh, coincidentally I had my laptop with me when I picked up my luggage. One of the zippers on my laptop’s case wouldn’t zip shut the case anymore so I asked if they could fix it and they said sure let’s see. Five minutes later they gave it back all fixed. I asked how much and they said, “don’t worry about it.” BONUS! I’ll be heading off to Thailand next month so I can test out the repairs but as it stands now I’m pretty happy with the service and thus recommending them to y’all if you ever need their service (I hope you won’t need it though, haha).

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Talad Rod Fai Night Market behind Seacon Square, a haven for vintage stuff

Other names for this “Train Night Market” are Old Rot Fai, and Srinakarin Road Night Market and pretty much any combination of those words (and small spelling changes like Talat or Rot).  Why does this matter? Well because the “New” Rot Fai Train Market is located at Ratchadal. I’ll post about the Ratchada one shortly but I have to say, I like this one a lot better!

Once we got to the market, I understood why my daughter wanted me to check this place out. It’s full of vintage / used stuff. I found it absolutely amazing because I love looking at old/history stuff and I collect certain things (currently I’m looking for a Scottie Pippen Dream Team jersey and a Richard Brodeur ‘V’ Jersey, at affordable prices lol). Anyways, I was quite impressed as I found quite a lot of pro sports jerseys (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB). There are big shops with a lot of really old things in them. Walking through some of them made me feel like a “picker,” you know from the TV show, “American Pickers,” haha.

Vintage vehicles are cool too. These are spread out all over the place, I’m not even sure I saw them all as, I got turned around (ie lost) a few times. Although not too crowded, it was lively and comfortable to walk around, shop and eat.

Aside from the antiques, the other unique thing I found in this night market are the pet stalls. These aren’t the SPCA baby animals on display asking for donations booths, but stalls actually selling kittens, puppies, bunnies and even hedgehogs!

There were two things that I saw in this night market that I’ve never seen (live and up close) anywhere else in the world, a scooter with training wheels.This little guy zipped by so quickly, I only got off 2 shots, this is the better of the two. I was too tired to get up and go get a better shot.

Anyways the second amazing first for me at Rot Fai Train Night Market was this . . .

WTF is that?! I couldn’t get a good picture because it was scampering around trying to avoid the kid that was trying to pet it. Then when it could find a spot to hide, the owner just dragged it back out, sometimes using his foot to move it. I felt kinda bad for it and moved closer to try to get a picture of it (because I still had no idea what it was at that point but it looked cool). As soon as I squatted down it ran over to me and stood up trying to climb up, I think? Or maybe it was asking me to pick it up, I don’t know. I put my hand down and it grabbed my hand with its’ two little paws and just stood there looking around. It was so cute! So I petted it for a while. Its’ fur was kind of rough except the belly, that was really soft. Then the kid came back and this rodent looking creature positioned itself so that my hand was between it and the kid, lol. Anyways, I stood up to leave and had to ask the owner what it was that I was petting and he said “prairie dog.” I walked away thinking how the !%@$@# did he get a prairie dog? I was greeted by my scowling kid and wife both trying to squirt hand sanitizer on my hands and legs. Apparently they didn’t think the prairie dog looked that healthy because it had some bald spots, most noticeably on its’ hind quarters. Other than that I thought it look healthy, felt bad for its’ situation though but what can you do? The owner is openly “walking” it through a busy night market, so it must be ok, right? I thought prairie dogs were indigenous to the Canadian Prairies so it’s not like I could swipe the thing and let it go in Bangkok, right?

Anyways, if you’re into vintage stuff you’ll want to come check out this night market, there’s lots of the usual things to see and eat but if you’re hunting for vintage stuff you’ll spend at least a whole night looking through racks and racks of stuff! Here’s some pics:

I think it’s best if you find something you like, not to show too much interest when asking for the price, as some of the shop keepers were very heavy handed in naming their price. A lot of the things we were interested in did not have a price tag and some shop keepers would not budge on their price. For example, my daughter wanted this wind breaker type jacket with a crocodile logo on it (I don’t know what brand it was but she did apparently) The shop keeper wanted $2000 BHT for it, I reluctantly offered $1200 (my daughter really, really liked the jacket…sigh) and the shop keep just said, “no.” My wife inquired about some other articles of clothing and still no budging on the prices. So we left. An aisle or two later my kid found a another jacket, as did I, and the price on the sign was $300 BHT, the lady dropped the price to $200 BHT when she saw we had a few items in our hands. We didn’t even have to ask which made my kid happy and instantly forget about that other jacket, lol.

Oh, I found a two story shop selling anime figures too, prices were relatively the same as in the Mega Plaza (my post about Mega Plaza, HERE).

Anyways, lotsa cool stuff with a wide spectrum of prices at Rot Fai Night Train Market, so look around before committing to something a bit too pricey. Thanks for viewing and best wishes!

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Getting to Talad Rod Fai Night Market in Bangkok, Thailand

Around the corner from Seacon Square is a night market named Rod Fai night market. The best way to get here as of this writing is via taxi. We took a Grab taxi to Seacon Square earlier in the afternoon to do some shopping/exploring. If you’re interested HERE‘s the post.

To get to Rod Fai night market from Seacon Square, exit out the main entrance and turn left. If you’re not walking parallel to the (as of this post) under construction BTS tracks and with the flow of traffic, you’re in the wrong place for these directions. Keep walking until you reach an intersection at which you will turn left again (don’t cross the street though). It’s only about 100m away and at 6pm you’ll see street vendors setting up shop on the sidewalk.

After turning left keep walking and keep to the sidewalk, you’ll find yourself walking through a tunnel sort of thing with bars and some shops. This is not the start of the night market it’s like a warm up or opening act. Further down, it’ll open up a bit and you’ll see a bunch of stalls/shops. After walking maybe 200m through shop houses and crossing a street or two. When you cross the street where there’s a pointy roofed structure (picture below), that is pretty much the start of the market.

If you’re into antique’s and vintage things (sports jerseys especially) I found the biggest selection of all the night markets I’ve gone to in Bangkok. There’s all of the usual night market shops there too. If you’ve got kids and stroller for them, I think a day trip to Seacon Square mall and then to Talad Rod Fai Night Market (post upcoming) is a worthwhile day trip!

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Seacon Square’s kiddie amusement park, take one for the team and bring your kiddo’s here!

This was an unexpected day. My youngest insisted that she and ‘mother’ take me to a train night market even after I told them that I had been to one already (will post about the two train markets shortly). You know, it’s very rare that my teenager wants to hang out all day with me, so of course I jumped at this fortuitous chance!

We hopped into a Grab taxi and off we went (from On Nut BTS station, it cost roughly $200 BHT). Around 30 minutes later we arrived at a mall called Seacon Square. I was told we were going to shop here because the night market doesn’t open so early (it was mid afternoon). Great, NOT! Anyways, we walked around and did a bit of shopping since the Christmas sales were on. This mall is huge and we ended up in an amusement park. Yes, it’s inside the mall. Whilst nowhere nearly as big as the Mall of America or West Edmonton mall nor as entertaining for adults, Seacon’s amusement park is geared for the younger kids.

There’s tons of stuff to do here, for kids. Lot’s of kiddie rides, a ball pit, a sand pit, a sled pit (fake ice sledding), a fully padded jungle gym, a train ride that weaves it’s way in and around the “park.” Oh yeah, there aren’t any drop down gates at the crossings so mind your little ones, don’t let them get run over by the train. No carnival games but there were the claw machines and smaller kiddie arcade games. For teenagers, there were only a handful of arcade games, a shooter ride, a mini vking type ride and a bumper boat ride. Yes, bumper boats. I couldn’t, for the life of me, get my teenager to go with me though. As you can see in the images below, the place is kinda deserted albeit it was a Friday afternoon, maybe the local kids are still in school?

I wish shopping trips were as fun as this one. Before I knew it, it was time to make our way to the night market. Although I was unsuccessful in getting my kid to ride/play anything, we did manage buy some dinosaurs to take home to paint. We could have painted them there but not enough time plus the little stools would have killed my back. The only thing I could get her to do with me is catch goldfish but I think she only agreed because she knew we couldn’t take the fish home and so I wouldn’t actually do it. Here’s some more pictures:

As you can see from the photos, there’s lots to do, I’m sure your little ones can find something fun to do here for hours. Just make sure you stock up on tokens from the token machines as they are pretty well spaced apart and hard to find. Oh almost forgot, there’s a small food court with finger food type morsels but no candy apples or mini sugar donuts.

This post has more images than I usually post in hopes to give as much “heads up” to parents with younger kids looking for another place for that oh so important family time. Thanks for viewing and best wishes!

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Free On-Air Classes for all you creators out there – Week of 1/12

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For all you creatives, out there if you haven’t heard of Creative Live, you may be missing out. I always browse their site for anything to do with photography (including the legal and business aspects as well as the heavier side of image editing) and sign up for whatever I find interesting. I’ve watched many free tutorials and classes and have made a few purchases as well after watching the free live stream. I’m of the opinion that Creative Live is a very valuable resource even if you only watch the free classes!The above image was something I cooked up in Photoshop after being inspired from watching a free class on Creative Live. Check Out CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes.

I’ve included classes in other genre’s just in case anyone is interested in them and If you really haven’t heard about Creative Live, here’s their sales pitch:

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Just so you know, I’m a self taught, freelance photographer. I have watched many, many free classes on Creative Live and have purchased a few of them. I believe this resource has helped me on my journey as a photographer. I have some links to some of my works below, have a look if you have time. I hope this resource helps you as much as it has helped me. Happy Learning, y’all ! ! !

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