Monday, April 21, 2008

Our First Weekend Getaway

We ended Richard's week-long holiday at the Sea Sky Resort at Chaosamran Beach, Petchaburi, a two-hour drive from Bangkok. It's a nice place, very quiet and perfect for families. The rates are very cheap -- 1,800baht per room on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday), 2,400baht on weekends (Friday to Saturday), breakfast included.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

The first thing that we packed was Alyannah's all-pink gear.

Don't forget Becky!

And we're finally here! We left the apartment at 11:30am and arrived at around 1:30pm.


One picture of mommy and daddy at the poolside restaurant.

Can't wait to swim!

Richard cools off with a bottle of cold beer...

...and a glass of cold water for Alyannah. Cheers!

That's our driver Samkom.
While waiting for our room to be fixed, we ordered lunch from their restaurant. For our first lunch, this is what we got...

The menu said "fried rice with seafood" and this is what we got -- steamed rice with stir-fried seafood.
It wasn't what we expected, but Yan liked it!

We also ordered "fried rice with squid and thai basil". Again, we got steamed rice with stir-fried squid and thai basil. No sign of fried rice, but it tasted good!

This dish is called shrimp with sweet chili sauce. Super yummy!

This is funny: the menu said "American Fried Rice" but the Americans don't eat rice, right? It meant rice fried with ketchup (weird but tolerable), with hotdog and fried egg. Yan liked this one better than her seafood dish.

Don't forget the fried chicken! I love their fried chicken because it's really crispy.

After lunch, we went to our room to unpack.

Check out the cute details on the walkway.

This is our room - unit A7.

Love the headboard!

Nice details.

This is the view from inside our room.

We like this place already!

After a short rest, it was time to hit the pool!

We had dinner at the resort's restaurant again. We didn't have any choice since we're not familiar with the place.

Fried pork with garlic. Sarap!

The resort was fully booked but during this time, we had the place to ourselves. Maaga yata matulog ang mga Thai.

Like father like daughter.

Parang may dwendeng nakatingin sa fountain. Haha!

Friday, 18 April 2008

The next morning, we had breakfast al fresco.

This is what we ate.

The resort's garden.

After breakfast, we went back to our room to change and went swimming again!

Having ordered almost everything on the resort's restaurant menu, we decided to have lunch somewhere else so we asked the only english speaking staff for the nearest eating place. She pointed us to this eatery which is a couple of houses away from Sea Sky resort.

Again, this eatery is for locals only because the staff could not understand english and the menu that they gave us was written in thai! We were about to leave the place when another lady approached us and gave us another set of menu. This time, with english translation. But...

...would you order this?

Lungkot tuloy kami.

Good thing there were other items on the menu that looked familiar so we stayed. Here's to our first real street food meal!

Grilled squid. Not spicy. Not good. The meat was tough!

Fried snapper with spicy garlic sauce. Good but super spicy! It probably had five kinds of chilis in it! I saw red chili, yellow chili, orange chili and green peppercorns. The spice will start to kick in after a couple of bites. It was really good, but I had to stop eating because it was starting to burn my tongue. Gumuguhit sa lalamunan hanggang sa tyan yung anghang! Para akong uminom ng gin!

Prawn tom-yam soup flavored with lemongrass. This dish came in last. I thought this would help take out the burn in my tongue but it was spicy too! But it tasted good.

Pinagpawisan si Richard sa anghang ng pagkain!

After lunch, we went back to our room to chill. Sobra init sa labas! Maanghang na yung kinain namin tapos mainit pa!

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Richard woke up early today to walk on the beach and catch the sunrise.

Breakfast again - this time we wore our swimsuits so we can swim right after eating.

Yan met a new friend - Daena (dow-na). She speaks english and so does her family. Sa wakas, may nakausap na rin kaming ibang tao! Here's proof of Alyannah's kadaldalan.

They were talking about school, where she came from, she even mentioned the names of her teachers!

Yan and her new friend, Daena.

A couple of souvenir shots before leaving...

After checking out, our driver took us to a restaurant for lunch. I can't remember the name, though.

We ordered...

Grilled pork thai style. It tasted like pork tapa with a hint of cilantro that was fried and grilled.

We also ordered prawns with chili sauce. Moderately spicy but very, very good!

Sea Sky Resort is perfect for families who want to relax because it's not crowded and quiet. We also noticed that the resort is really for locals hence, it's not foreigner friendly. The staff do not speak and understand english -- with the exception of one who mans the office, most of the signages inside the room and around the resort are written in thai and do not have english translation. It seemed like we were the only non-thais staying at the resort at that time so the other guests were probably wondering how we managed to survive. But we did!

The food was great! The restaurants/eateries might not look much, but the food is really good. Some may be super spicy, pero masarap pa rin. One thing I also noticed was the resort and the restaurants around it did not serve any dessert. No cake, no ice cream, no fresh fruits. Weird... That was the only downside of the trip -- three days with no dessert pero buhay pa rin ako. Haha!

For our next weekend trip, Richard said we'll go to a resort that's more foreigner friendly -- and hopefully, sweet tooth friendly too!


pat said...

So this was the resort you were in when we were chatting na paputol-putol ang signal.... it looks great. Ang laki na ni Yan! At mukha ng local sa sunburn. Hahaha.

Domestic Goddess said...

Maganda yung resort and the people are very friendly.

Negra na talaga si Yan! Haha!