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After sort of being missing for about a month or so, I am finally back with another post. Sorry for the long wait you guys, I have been busy with work and also some trip planning. I WILL SURELY DO UP A COUPLE POST TO SHARE MY TRIP PLANNING TO EUROPE AND THE STATES! Just a little preview, I will be flying suites and business class on Singapore Airlines and visiting amazing places such as Hallstatt, Positano, Cinque Terre, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and much much more. Now I will like to share with you on a short getaway that I happen to take a couple weeks back to Johore Bahru. Somehow me and a couple friends managed to get some common free weekend and we just decided to pop over! It was a relaxing short time away from all the work and study in Singapore! You can also spend and eat much more over the causeway, given that the Ringgit is at all a time against the Singapore Dollar. Let me share with you all the feasting that I have done there.

This time around, we opt to take the bus from Bugis Queen St, here there are plenty of buses heading to Malaysia and you can ask the driver of they are heading to JB Sentral. You pay roughly around 2 bucks and the buses are far more comfortable than those SBS ones. HAHA speaking about this, after all my blog is titled Seeing The World In Steps right! It finally came true that night, since there was a massive jam on the checkpoint, which is why I actually alighted halfway and literally walk all the way to Malaysia. Is it a check off the bucketlist ?

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Update!!! Best Way to Earn Miles In Singapore! Earn up to 2.4 Miles / Dollar

Hey Guys! A couple months ago I posted an article on the Best Credit Cards to Earn Miles in Singapore! If you guys would like to know, you can visit it here! Just to throw back a little and perhaps for those who are unsure of the recent bad news, Singapore Airlines just devalued their Award Redemption Chart and even worse, they have remove the 15% redemption discount which was previously offered to all redemption made online. THIS IS A HUGE LOST! Technically, most awards in Business or First Class would be about 20,000 to 30,000 more expensive. Although they have also removed certain surcharges such as fuel and levy, to me the miles are worth much more. If you do have tickets withstanding, do issue them before 23rd of March! Read on to see how you can fly in style much easier!

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Sawadikap: Oman Air First & Business Class Lounge Suvarnabhumi Airport

Finally getting the time down to “pen” down this entry after such a long time. It is probably the right time to do so since I have been forgetting stuff so easily these days and my memories of the lounge is getting more and more vague. Sometimes I do ask myself whether I should quickly finish jotting down my trip experience or just continue as it is now. Some of my friends have also laughed at me for taking so long and actually writing a trip that was last year! Back to this post, the last part in this non stop eating and sleeping Sawadikap trip series. On the lounge offering in Suvarnabhumi Airport, the international airport of Bangkok, for the Priority Pass, you do get access to the Oman Air First & Business Class Lounge. In terms of offering and free entry simply by being a Priority Pass member which is easily attainable by most credit cards, the lounge is a good one. Especially when you are offered to the same product that is used by Oman Air premium passengers. While I will touch on the experiences later, the lounge is located in Concourse E , Level 3 on the West Side. A side note to keep in mind, the Suvarnabhumi Airport is a huge one and if your flight is not departing on the same side do cater necessary walking time.

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Sawadikap: Ban Khun Mae Restaurant

When it comes to the Best Thai Restaurant in Bangkok, this is probably the answers that no one could really give you an exact and definite one. Some people would recommend Somboon Seafood and some would just tell you to hit out any stall in town, since you probably can’t really get awfully food here. Even the worse one in Bangkok would be so much better than what you get here in Singapore. Authentic from the locals, ingredients from the local regions, even a cooking dumb would be able to whip up something simple and taste divine. After all, when the stuff is good, not much effort is needed. Thai cuisine stresses on the usage of spices and have focus on the sour and spicy taste buds of your tongue. The iconic dish of Mango Salad is a great example, from the tart crunchy thinly sliced green mango mix in a dressing of Fish Sauce, Lime, Bird Eye Chili and sometimes even powdered peanuts to give it the appealing appetite inducing starter. The usage and stress of usage of the main ingredients also rely on their country main produce, a heavy usage of Seafood and Tropical fruits from the region. While there are countless restaurant in Bangkok central alone, I would like to share with you guys Ban Khun Mae, which was recommended to me by a friend and it definitely didn’t disappointed.

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Sawadikap: Mei Long Restaurant

This is probably a rare guest on most reviews about food that you probably have googled for great suggestions in Bangkok. Mei Long Restaurant is sort of a hidden gem right in Yaowarat, the Chinatown of Bangkok. Known for the traders, precious dried seafood and numerous Thai influenced Chinese cuisine by the immigrants back then. It has now become the bustling market place early in the morning and afternoon and then a supper haut in the night for tourists and locals whom like slurping down some shark fin soup or pig organ stew, it is also famed for fresh seafood and Tzi Char style dishes. Expect crowd, sweat soaked clothes if you are here in the morning, and the accessibility doesn’t help either, although a simple cab right here may only cost about a hundred-ish baht, the time taken doesn’t depend on your luck though. Coming after the sun have set may prove to be a better choice with the heat behind you and far less traffic, but you do tend to miss out on the bargain on getting cheap dried seafood. In compared to the famous  T & K Seafood that is always packed and busy, Mei Long may seems more quiet, but if you know about this place, you will never stop coming back.

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Sawadikap: Best Oyster Omelette in BKK (Nai Mong Hoy Tod)

Now this is a special one. After the usual norm and food reviews that you have seen in the famed and widely spread food reviews and blogs in Singapore and abroad, this is one of the stalls that lack coverage and the kind of recognition that it deserves. Bangkok is also the one place that no ones knows to link it to Oyster Omelette! Whenever people think about “Orh Luak” or Oyster Omelette, the natural places that people will associated it with are Singapore or Taiwan, but actually Bangkok in my opinion is the place where you can find the best among the chinese community over there. It is way too underrated! This also relates to the main topic of today post, NAI MONG HOY TOD, supposedly in Thai, it practically means the best place and the most famous Oyster Omelette in Bangkok. Located in Yaowarat, Bangkok Chinatown it is a small stall in a side aisle. Even without advertising and being in a prominent location you should be able to find it easily, it isn’t too far away from the main street and the crowd should be able to show you where it is.

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Sawadikap: After You Dessert & Cafe

After you or before you? Probably you will be amaze with how bread could be used in cooking AFTER YOU have visited this place. While honey toast is no longer a mystery to us anymore and it is probably getting more and more common in the industry, After You Dessert & Cafe still remains to be one of the hottest cafes and place to go to when in Bangkok. Started out as a branch it became famous and slowly become one of the hottest place in the locals mind and also the tourists, now there is numerous branch throughout the whole city. Practically the main malls that all the tourists hits, you are bound to find one. The most famous one still remain to be the branch at Siam Paragon. It is always crowded, although the wait is definitely worthy for their desserts. Warm bread, some cold ice cream as the sauce, the liquid, the moisture. It hardly goes wrong. Similarly, they are always right, THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT!

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