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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Haveyoubeenhere 2019 Steemitworldmap travel contest. My 4 fav posts of 2019.

Here is my entry for Steemitworldmap’s Haveyoubeenhere 2019 contest. My four favorite travel posts of the year (2019) are posts resulting from my visits to Thailand. These four posts are the ones that elicited the most emotions for me as I went through my posts for the year.

In no particular order, here we go:

Celebrating Loi Krathong at Wat Saket in Bangkok, Thailand. Learning and participating in a culture’s religious festival at a historically significant venue is always awesome. This was also the evening I got to meet so many awesome people at TravelFeed’s meetup and subsequent ‘photowalk’. If any of y’all are reading this, I miss you awesome people! Lol. Here’s the link to the post.

Chiang Rai’s White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Re-reading this post makes me want to take a couple days out of my Feb. itinerary to revisit this temple. It’s that awesome! Very, very artistic impression of Thai Buddhism. If you’re into art, you gotta check this place out! Here’s the link to the post.

Dental Holiday to Chiang Mai, Thailand. This trip was really what kicked off my ‘want’ to keep blogging. It was also what started my fascination with Thailand. I never really thought about dental/medical holiday’s before but my bro (who’s a dentist) told me to check out Thailand’s dental scene as it’s very good and way cheaper than both the U.S. and Singapore (after I gave him the quotes I got from dentists in Sg). Here’s the link to the post.

Mega Plaza, Bangkok, Thailand. This post, for me, was about a near perfect vacation day! While walking around after visiting Wat Saket, I found this mall. It’s full of toys (r/c, airsoft, console etc), anime / collectible figures, camera gear and TCG’s (trading card games). Yes, I’m still a kid, haha! Here’s the link to the post.

Overall, as difficult as it was to pick a favorite, I have. It’s my dental holiday in Chiang Mai. Although a lengthy one, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about it in the first place, being somewhat self conscious of my teeth. In the end it, I felt I had to let people know of the options available for affordable dental care. I wouldn’t have know about it if no one told me about it, so I’m truly grateful for this day and age’s ease of sharing and to the people who do share. The icing on cake is the amount of support that this post had received which is still one of the highest I’ve ever gotten!

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Plastic casing service for amulets in Bangkok

Hey y’all ! I know most won’t be interested in this post since it’s about repairing amulets of the Thai / Buddhist variety but I think it would be useful to share some info that I’ve come across in my endeavor to have the casing repaired / replaced on one of my amulets.

So after almost giving up and resolving to have the plastic amulet casing replaced in Singapore at a cost of around $40 SGD. I managed to find a street vendor who’s starting price was $60 BHT. I asked for it to be made stronger than the original cracked casing and I also wanted the new casing to be waterproof. The new cost was $140 BHT (about $6 SGD).

This street vendor is located about an 8 minute walk from On Nut BTS. When you exit On Nut BTS station on the Century The Movie Plaza side and go left (if you’re facing the mall, against the flow of traffic) keep walking until you have to cross the street at an intersection with traffic lights. It’s just after a pedestrian over head bridge. Along the way, you’ll pass a 7-11, a side street with street food vendors, a fire station and a police station where the over head pedestrian crossing is.  After crossing the street turn right. The vendor should be around 20 feet away.

There’s a stool if you want to sit down and wait for your amulet to be re-cased. If not, there’s a Big C shopping mall across the street as well as some street vendors. I chose to wait and the whole process took roughly 20 minutes to make a custom casing from sheet plastic or maybe it’s acrylic, I’m not sure which, lol. I found it extremely fascinating watching the couple work on multiple amulets at the same time. Their process was so well executed and coordinated. Cutting, gluing, molding, sanding and buffing the plastic from a makeshift cart on the side walk. Impressive!

It may not look like it from photos below but the new amulet casing is a lot bigger / thicker and they had polished the black tarnish off the bottom corner.

I had come across a couple of other places, with full casing replacement services while in Bangkok and the best way to get to these two places is via taxi.

Seacon Square – Not too far away from Sukumvit area, maybe around a 15 minute non rush hour drive. Has one jewelry shop that can slightly modify their premade cases.
Address: 55 Srinakarin Road, Nongbon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250

Pantip Plaza Ngamwongwan (NOT the IT Pantip Plaza). It’s kinda far away, around 30 min drive towards Don Mueang Airport. Has a few shops offering casing services.
Address: 69/21, 69/23, Moo 2, Ngam Wong Wan Rd. Bang Khen, Bangkok 11000, Thailand

I didn’t get around to going to Pantip Plaza Ngamwongwan as it was far and I had left it as a last resort, coincidentally I found the street vendor the morning of the day I was planning to go which was the day prior to my flight. Maybe my next trip 😎

If you’re in Singapore and need amulet casing replacement services, check out my post HERE.

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Siam Amazing Park – Bangkok’s Guinness worthy amusement park

If you find being swung around in circles repeatedly at speed, then this is the park for you. I was never a fan of the spinning rides. Roller coasters, yes but spinning ones, hell no! Having said that I’ll keep an open mind whilst writing this post/review and let the images do most of the persuading/dissuading for whether or not this park is worth a visit, ok? Oh also keep in mind that I’m comparing this amusement park with the many others I’ve been to and that opinions on the rides are my daughter’s, not mine, haha.

The best way to get to Siam Amazing Park is via taxi because I have no clue how to research which bus, if any, goes there and the BTS/MRT does not go anywhere near there. It’s about a 40 minutes car ride away from Bangkok. My taxi ride cost $220 TBH from On Nut BTS station. Here’s some details you may need:

Address: 203 Suan Siam Rd., Kannayao, Bangkok 10230
Tel: 02-919-7200, 02-105-4294
Website: www.siamamazingpark.com

Our tickets cost $650 TBH each and included a free lunch buffet. The tickets in the picture above are the coffee coupons for $10 TBH off a coffee at the café inside the park. The wristband is the entrance “ticket” and serves as your ticket for the rides as well. We purchased our tickets online while in Bangkok as the prices are a bit cheaper as opposed to buying them online whilst in Singapore because the prices shown was in USD.

The biggest roller coaster is the orange one called ‘the boomerang’. The roller coaster does go 360 and also falls backwards….so don’t wear any glasses, hats or slippers The scary factor according to my kids is 4/10 but keep in mind they are comparing these rides to some of the other major theme park coasters or maybe they didn’t want me to think they’re wimpy.

This ship looking thing is a 360 viking ship ride You will be looked in by a padded bar that will be snug against your belly with just enough room for your thighs. Its kinda tight but you’ll understand why and appreciate it once you’re hanging upside down and the only thing preventing you from plunging head first is that padded bar. Don’t worry, it’s not that drastic, there’s also a metal ‘cage’ above that can serve as ‘handles’ should you need something to hold on to. DO NOT EATING ANYTHING BEFORE GOING ON THIS RIDE, haha.

There is also a drop tower ride but I forgot to take a picture. Nearby, there’s the Grand Canyon Express, which is a smaller ride and then there’s a very small choo choo train. Cool, right? Something for the little kids. Well, maybe not. I didn’t think too much of it but the others thought that the animals are all creepy looking. Further along there’s a hunting scene (hunters and a dead tiger laying on the ground). If that’s not “dark” enough, how about a crucifixion scene (picture below)? These aren’t things, in my opinion, you’d wanna show a 4 yr old kid. In hindsight, I should’ve known this safari ride was going to get dark because right at the beginning there’s a screaming lady that’s being attacked by monkeys.

There’s another roller coaster called The Vortex that looked really cool. It’s the sit in a chair with your feet dangling but it was closed for maintenance. Besides this there’s an ok water log ride, you won’t get wet though. A few other spinning rides pretty much finishes off the grown up rides. There’s a kiddie rides sections that we didn’t go to because my kids said “we’re not kids anymore!”…they grow up so fast!

Other than rides, there are some market like stalls selling souvenir-ish stuff and a haunted house but no carnival games.The food isn’t anything to write home about nor was it bad, since the lunch buffet was free, I have no complaints! As you can tell from the photos, there really weren’t that many people there even though it was a Sunday which was great because lining up for rides in the scorching sun isn’t fun.

Something I wished I had known before going to Siam Amazing Park, is that there is a water park on the premises and has the distinction of being the largest wave pool in the world according to Guinness World Records but we didn’t get around to checking it out nor had we the attire to do so, so sadly, no pictures. The water slides looks like loads of fun too, oh well, maybe next time.

Overall, for me, it was an ok place to spend some family time here even though I’m not a big coaster fan. It would have been more fun for me if there were carnival games or the usual “carnival foods” lol. My kids didn’t find the rides that exciting either (comparing to Disney, Universal, Six Flags etc). I’m guessing that the wave pool probably makes up for a lot though. I bet it’s extremely refreshing on those hot Bangkok days, wait, that’s like every day it’s not raining.😄

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Notorious S.L.S. Singapore’s Sim Lim Square, the place to go for PC/IT stuff.

Did my opening picture catch your attention? HAHAHA, who would have thought to put an adult novelty toys shop in an IT parts mall? Apparently, a genius because there are 3 shops now whereas there weren’t any a few years ago! I guess Singapore isn’t as conservative a country as people have led me to believe.

Seriously now, If you’re ever in need of PC/IT parts and stuff when you’re in Singapore, you should check out Sim Lim Square as opposed to Funan IT Mall (my Funan post HERE). Also don’t mistake Sim Lim Square with Sim Lim Tower. Although they are quite close in proximity (diagonally across the street from each other) the shops sell, in general, different things.

The closest MRT station to Sim Lim Square is Rochor Station on the blue line. Once you alight the train, head up the escalators until you exit the station, where you’ll be greeted with the sight of a bus stop. You want to turn right and as soon as you cross the street about 15 feet away, you’ll be at one of the entrances to Sim Lim Square. Here’s some pictures:

Alternatively, if you’re on the green line or it’s more convenient to get to Bugis Station from where you are, alight at Bugis Station and make your way up to the street level. From there it’s pretty much a straight line to Sim Lim Square but you’ll have to walk through Bugis Street Market (more details and pictures in my post HERE) then pass Fu Lo Shou Mall (more details and pictures in my post HERE). After you pass Fu Lo Shou Mall, keep walking straight until you get to the overhead bridge.

You’ll have to choose either to take the overhead bridge or cross the street. Both will take you right up to an entrance of Sim Lim Square (also referred to as SLS by the locals).

Sim Lim Square has had a lot of bad press in the not so distant past. A few cases got mainstream media attention and resulted in arrests (if you’re interested in finding out more just Google Sim Lim Square scams). Sometimes these cases are about over pricing/charging (it’s amazing how many people just sign the credit card slip with out double checking the charges, myself included or extra fees added on later etc.), bait and switching, charging for freebies or removing freebies from the box, things like that. The last one happened to me (removal of in box freebies) years ago but not at Sim Lim Square (I eventually got it back after filing a complaint with CASE, Singapore’s version of the BBB). Prior to this, if you wanted pirated stuff, SLS was the place to go but those shops have all come and gone as have the crypto mining rigs that were so proudly displayed all over the place. Is SLS really that bad? Personally, I don’t think so anymore, gone are the overly aggressive sales reps on the first as well as the people handing out flyers (I’ve gotten paper cuts on my arms before from the 3-5 people at every up escalator, shoving paper at everyone going up). Recently though, I Haven’t heard any bad things about the shops in Sim Lim Square but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t still happen. Just remember the old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” and just walk away.

Anyways, Sim Lim Square is 6 floors of IT shops and a few camera shops sprinkled here and there and of course the adult novelty toy shops. I still find it so strange that nestled amongst computer repair shops, server rack shops and parts and accessories shops that you’d find a sex toy shop. You can’t really see into the stores though as the windows and doors are all covered up with posters, product displays and or advertisements. Well, except one shop, it had a bead curtain for a door. I think I’ll go into one, one of these days, just to see what it’s like haha. There are many repair shops and two video game shops. The one on the higher floors has a large variety of games and I found their Nintendo Switch games selection larger than anywhere else I’ve seen in Singapore and the prices are competitive, usually on the lower side if you don’t have member pricing at any of the other shops. The other game shop is on the basement level and doesn’t have as much stuff but still worth look see.

For PC parts, I shop around a lot and I find that I gravitate towards the places that have sign boards with price lists pinned on them. Recently I found one shop with touchscreen display boards. These boards are right outside the shop so you don’t even have to go in. You can price check until you’re completely satisfied. They used to have people handing out price lists at all the entrances and escalators but I haven’t seen any for a while now. If you need to buy second hand stuff or get something repaired, legacy parts, you’ll definitely need to come to this mall. You’ll be hard pressed to find what you need anywhere else in Singapore.

For camera gear, I only shop in Orient Photo (while in Sim Lim Square) because they have good prices and they’re not pushy or rude. They are all the way up on the top floor in one of the back corners. A bit of a hassle to get up there but the prices are good and the people are friendly and helpful, so I don’t really mind.

In summary, I’ve never been scammed or potentially scammed at Sim Lim Square. So just as safe practice, make sure you know exactly what you want and the price range of the item and upon paying, if with a credit card, check the amount being charged. It’s also kind of normal for stores in Singapore to pass on the credit card fees to the buyer sometimes there’s a sign to let you know but many times there isn’t. If I recall correctly the fee is around 4%. Also unless otherwise indicated the price includes the goods and services tax (currently 7%). Some shops may try to add it on because they think you don’t know or tell you there’s a discount for paying cash when there really isn’t.

OH! If you ever get Brunei currency as change in Singapore, it’s ok. Don’t be like me and make a HUGE fuss, haha. Apparently Singapore and Brunei have tied their currency together so they are both of equal value in either country. I still don’t understand why the cashier wouldn’t just give me a Singapore note when I asked nicely the first time…anyways… If you’re familiar with the history of Sim Lim Square you may think that it’s too scary or risky going there, my kids still refer to it as “shady town” but I think they’ve “cleaned up” a lot since then and if you’re looking for parts, there really is nowhere else to go for parts both new and used. Just keep your wits about you and you’ll be fine.

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