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Grand Palace

Currently here in Bangkok, Thailand and I am two nights away from leaving for Malaysia. Bangkok is a kind of city that grows on you. It’s busy, everything is far apart but I definitely love their transportation.

The ferry is the fastest way to go around, and the cheapest way as long as you ride the right express boat that only cost 15 Bahts.

BTS Bangkok ThailandThe trains are great and very convenient as they are intertwined and it’s very easy to change trains to get to your point of destination. A lot of tuktuks are scammers so I don’t recommend them. They will agree to a fare worth 10-20 Bahts. You think you got it cheap but then the tuktuk will take you to certain souvenir shops with low quality products and will force you to buy so the tuktuk drivers will get their commission. So tuktuks are actually a no-no. The taxis are expensive especially during traffics. So the past four days, I did a lot of walking and ferry rides and train rides.

This city makes me miss Cambodia. Siem Reap has the cheapest way of life and I love how I can have a draught beer for $0.50 only. Everything here is pretty much a notch up from my home away from home. A 640ml Chang Beer cost 90 Bahts averaging $3 per beer. Frustrating, I could have 6 beers back home in Siem Reap already. (I’m sorry for ranting about prices, work with me. I am homesick.)

Food TripMeals here starts at 170 Bahts for a main cuisine on the regular Thai restaurant. You can get cheap meals starting at 40 Bahts for street foods. I found my haven in the “Rotee” ┬áBanana Nutella flavor. The cook and his wife make such good team and they are spic and span as well. Photo op for the cooked scorpions, beetles, and other insects cost 10 Baht. I was thinking about trying the scorpion but I’m a coward. Anyway, they also have sweet corn that I love so much but the stall that sells it is not along the Khaosan Road but at the Susie Walking Street which is parallel to Khaosan.

Khao San Road

I must say, Khao San Road is not as lively as my Pub Street. Way of living here is very expensive, and I know it gets more expensive as I go on to my final destination.

Oh, how I miss my heart! I left it in Siem Reap.

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The Justification

Life has been a roller coaster ride since I graduated from College last May. I have been subjected to numerous sleepless nights, endlessly contemplating on how am I going to live the next few months being unemployed. I was finally resolving to an online freelance work for 8% of what I can make a day if I pursued a call center job. Needless to say, it was definitely fun to get paid to make a blog more organized because I have been introduced to a new chapter in my Internet life; that is, creating this account. Exploring this great platform, I started to vent out pointless entries while doing my side work. Now that my contract has ended, I felt the need to change my blog name. I trashed all my previous post and edited my about page. Voila! “louisencrepes” is finally born.

So why louisencrepes?

  1. Louise is the name my mother failed to include in my birth certificate. She loved the name so much that she writes them on my school books when I was younger and most of my classmates were fooled into thinking that it was indeed my second name. I graduated from High School with Certificates of Recognition printed with Louise. A discrepancy that could cost me a fortune someday, I had to tell my Class Adviser to change it all. That is when my mother stop referring or even associating me with this name.
  2. Crepes is one of my favorite food, my comfort food to be exact. There is only one Cafe here in the Philippines where I go to for crepes – Cafe Breton. I never ventured to find any place because I know I would only disappoint myself. Unless I am in France, Cafe Breton is my Crepe Cafe.
  3. Lastly, this is the only creative name I could come up with. If you would consider this creative.

“The Fireball”

Checking my phone, I am dumbfounded to find that it is almost 2 in the morning. The love of my life is soundly asleep and my dog is barking at something I do not see and I wish not to see. My front door is brimming with 5 leeches and I am still trying to find the courage to put rock salts on it so I can go to my bathroom and pee. How is this for my “first” post?