Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ode to Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Goodbye Jakarta and Paris Lovin'

Shopping in Bangkok, Chillin' in Paris

This post is going to be a mega fusion of guiding you to the raddest place to shop in South East Asia to kickin' back with me in my first day back in Paris/the Western world after my 7 month hiatus in Jakarta on internship.

I need to tell you, World, that stepping out of the subway at Pont Marie  while the morning sun was getting up for work and shining on the white, gray stones of old buildings and causing a sparkle on the Seine almost brought tears to my eyes as I returned from the airport. It doesn't end there. To see all these handsome people bundled in coats and men in scarves (yum!) bustling about in the streets in the crisp spring air  was a literal breath of fresh air that I had not felt after living cooped up in the air conditioned bubble/ fried men's urinal smell  that is Jakarta.  People were walking around..for pleasure! We were able to kick it... outside on the STREETS. So weird. So epic. Unless you live in an Asian city, it may be hard to fully grasp the novelty I felt.

Can you imagine your heart being overtaken in utter joy? I had a happiness tsunami from the visual splendour that greeted my starved eyes. Not to make my other senses jealous or anything, I rounded off this intake with buying a fresh Pain au Chocolat at the boulangerie on our street corner and got my mouth to stop grinning for a couple seconds as I chewed on some warm, buttery heaven. I know Parisians are meant to be assholes, but when I told him this was the first pain au chocolat I was having in 7 months he was so pleasant! Either that or his expression was just a squint from my annoying showcase of happy pearly whites at 9 am. Whateves, it felt good to be back! 

Anyways, here's how I spent my first day. Look at me casually eating this Berthillion Coconut icecream and totally not posing. On Ile Saint Louis in Paris 4th arrondissement, this icecream is a specialty here and mega delish. Oh, you noticed the two fingered ring? What a coincidence, I got that in Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market (see posting). 50 baht (less than 3 USD).

The Chinese brother from another mother pretending like he was going to jump off the ledge of the bridge with his board. Apparently there were "too many people looking."

First sunny and warm day in Paris (note Camille's bare chest, wtf right?), we all feel lucky as hell not to be stuck in an office (ahem, Paul). I bought the two hats for 200 baht a piece (7ish USD). I feel like I'm in A Clockwork Orange minus the violence with them on, so wicked.  The gray one is for my little trendster brother. Hope he likes it!

Beers along the Seine is a must when the weather is nice. Just the occasion to sit outside was rock n' roll. In Jakarta outside spaces are few and far between. The river is filled with sludge and pollution and probably sewage. Really, people who live in the Western world, don't take your cities for granted!

More casual staring into the distance.
Cut off American flag jean shorts vintage: 150 Baht (5 USD)
White blouse: 100 Baht (3ish USD)
Slouchy blazer thing (so comfortable and key to the wardrobe): too much money to say..but like 30 USD.

Beautiful bird tanktop by indie designer, Panthai Style, in Bangkok: 100 Baht (3ish USD). *Sigh, it's like art on a shirt!

TIP: For the best areas of shopping in Chatuchak Market go to sections 4 for indie designers (but a bit more pricey) and Section 5 for vintage.

Later on we hung out au Gymnase (the name of our friends' apartment) had a taco night with friends and finished it off watching Get him to the Greek. Jeez was I touched by that movie. So funny slash I love R Brand! (For the record, Camille made the jump.)

Anyhoo, tonight is a new adventure. Paris is just filled with things to do, it's almost hard to choose. For example. Crookers is playing at Social Club, Tiger Sushi DJ set, some other stuff and BEST OF ALL: We got free tickets to Dan Deacon. Weeeeeo!

(Apologies for all the mega long sentences and probably buttload of typos. I'm running late for dinner!!)

For more on Paris..
My First Week in France VIDEO

Where we find the cool events: Indie Guide to Clubbing in Paris

1 comment:

  1. Felicia! I never got to say goodbye to you, I had a crazy month work and stayed cooped up at Rasamala, looks like you are having a fab time though. Are you sure you don't want to come back just for Beng-Beng cheesecake?