Friday, June 24, 2016

Night Market Along Lee Garden Plaza Hotel, Hatyai

BY THE TIME WE REACHED THE HOTEL, it was almost dark. This time round, we took a longer rest in the hotel... my girl might not need it but I certainly did!  After recharging around 80% of my body strength, we were ready to explore the streets again.

Our hotel is really a strategic spot for us tourists.  The street vendors were all ready to boost their sales in front, at the side and along the whole stretch of street where we stayed.  Left, right, front... the place was filled with people and tourists like us... I could hear some of them speaking my dialect, we felt kind of at home instead of being tourists....

Besides the street vendors in front of the hotel, there was a night market just five minutes walking distance away from our hotel, Lee Garden Plaza.... Maybe they only opened during the weekends?  I am not sure about that.. .anyway, we were kind of excited to see all the bright lights along the street....

Come... Let's Go!

We started from the beginning of the street... 
A few policemen were on the patrolling around the area.. 
We felt safer...
More like food paradise... so much of this and that... 
Food I have not seen or taken before... 
Two interesting ladies selling something good here... 
Know what these are?
Otak Otak... We bought a packet to try....
Oh my goodness.... so heavily spiced and spicy!
Ingredients filled to the brim... 
Saw a crowd here... went nearer to look..
Selling slabs of cooked pork ribs... 
Must be good otherwise no buyers...
Er... this, I am not sure.... how I wish I could try every stall..... hahahahaa...
Hey, are those pomeloes?  Ipoh mali?

Cute ladies selling these.... 
I think they are sticky rice with red beans and stuffed into the bamboo...
See, how I wish I could try a piece here and there.... 
Bought three packets of these for 100 bahts... 
Tasted like love letters with a bit of black sesame...
Beautiful sweet smiles from the Thais... 
And not only that, they can be very sporting too!!
Yes, I tried their Papapa Tea .... 
And this auntie can speak Cantonese...
We tried a bit of the above... 
Oh dear, a bit of this and that... our tummies were almost full...
So we opted for a very light dinner... 
Well, we are small eaters ma... 
hahahahaa...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Central Festival And Asean Night Night Bazaar, Hatyai

FROM DIANA SHOPPING COMPLEX, we took another tut-tut cab to Central Festival... we need to negotiate with the driver on the rates, but no worries, the ones we came across were friendly and pleasant.  It cost us another 60 bahts to go to Central Festival Mall which is supposed to be one of the largest mall in Hatyai.  During the time I went, there was no megamalls then...

This is at the entrance.... 
Some grand sale was going on..... 
Must get ready to expect some $$ flying away.... 
Anyway.... Let's go in!!
 
 Safer to attack the food court first.... for some desserts after our heavy lunch....
We explored around first...  
Too "flowery" to choose what to order....  
Really don't know what to choose.... 
And indeed very colorful too!
At first I thought they were for decorations...
But no, I saw someone bought a bit of this and that... pickles, anyone??
 
I am more attracted to these... whatever they are.... 
And these look kind of cute too.... 
After buying some of the desserts, we went to look for Pad Thai... 
My girl loves their fried noodles... 
 Eventually settled for these.... and a sweet drink....
Eyes were greedy but the stomach said No More Entry....
Better start walking around....  
 
And taking pictures... it is safer than entering the shops... right?
Someone is still a kid.... 
And part of the mall.... just s small portion I managed to take... 
One for the album before we left....
 By the time we left the mall, the pedlars were just getting ready for their sales right outside....
 More things to look see, look see.... and it is free and easy....
 Food is always available... but ours were still "No entry".... too full to go in as yet...
Walking around can certainly shed off some calories....
Besides that, my pocket was still intact... 
hehehehe...
 From the mall, we asked for directions to walk to the Asean Night Bazaar.... 
Just a ten minutes walk.... and we reached there without any hassle..
 It is a very big Bazaar... for shoppers, this is the place to get cheaper stuff....
As for me and my girl, both of us were very good aka *kwai*
All we did was just Talking, Walking, Resting, Browsing...
And before it turned dark, we went back to the hotel by Tut-Tut....
Phew.... Great to be back in the room to Rest My Weary Legs!

Renovations And Home Repairs


I really don't like renovations to be done in the house especially when we are still staying in it.  But  no choice, I had to be around when the workers came and did some renovations in the house recently.   If I have a choice, I would delay doing any kind of repair work in the house but too bad, it could not be delayed any longer, in fact, it was long overdue.  Finally, I decided to get it done over with otherwise my house might get "flooded" when the heavy rains come again!

Once the workers started to drill, I began to shudder, not because of the noise but the mess I have to put up with for a couple of days!  Each day the workers left my house, the first thing I did was to sweep and mopped the whole house again otherwise I would be having sleepless nights.  So what happened to my house that needed fixing?  It was the roofs that gave some problem.  Rain started to seep in at certain areas of the house, yellow patches were obviously seen and sooner or later, the rain or the water would get into the ceiling and down to the floor.  By then I could not imagine what my house would look like.   

According to the contractor who did the repair for my house, he advised that the roof tiles need to be replaced for the whole house.  Oh my goodness!  That would certainly cost a fortune.  Yes, my house is very old and on one hand, it might be costly but if I think of the long run, it is a great way to add some serious value to my home by looking up.  If the roof has cracked tiles or holes in, that will damage its value so I guess I better sort it out before it becomes more damaged.   

Weather is really unpredictable nowadays, one day it is hot and sunny and another day, it is raining cats and dogs.  Strong wind is a norm nowadays, it blows off flower pots on walls, kind of shocking, really.  The contractor has checked the gutters on the roof as well.  A lot of debris and dead leaves has accumulated over the years and can lead to blockage in the long run.  I guess it is time to call for the gutter replacement Perth if you are having the same problem as mine and you are staying in Perth.  As it is written, gutters that become blocked or fall into a state of disrepair, it can lead to flooding, soil erosion, a build up of water on your roof that will cause great damage and other related problems.  It is no good trying to make your property look beautiful if you have a ton of repairs that need to be done.  Invest in having repairs done early on before it is too late.  Ignoring them too long, you will need to pay a lot more than having them to be fixed now.

As for my house, it is now fully renovated and done with.  No doubt I have spent quite a fortune and lots of cleaning up, I feel so much relieved now that I can just sit back and relax, no more worries about heavy rains and strong winds!

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