I have been away from the blogland for a while... It has been a great break from work. Taking the time for some family bonding as I travel to Thailand the last weekend with my folks.
My mum & I love to travel to Bangkok (BKK) a few times a year. One of the main reasons was because to find new suppliers for her flower shop and check out new gift ideas that are in the market right now. Since many years back, I love travelling with her on her shopping trips as I get to see how she source for new items and negotiate on prices with the suppliers. Sometimes, we will attend the international gift fairs that are held in BKK regularly.
For accommodation, we will usually stay that our all time favorite hotel (Arnoma Hotel). Although it is quite old structurally, it has one of the BEST locations in BKK. It is near the train station and is located at the heart of the city which is really hard to come by. Personally, I have tried staying in other hotels but nothing beats the convenience of being in the city centre close to the train station and key shopping areas (this is especially impt after a long hard day of walking and shopping and all you want to do is to put down your shopping bags!).
My dad come along with us this time round. He don't really like tagging along on our shopping trips as we often walked from morning till evening! lol! :) This requires him to walk up and down stairs and uneven walkways under the hot blazing sun. But I guess he has very little choice coming on this trip with us. :D
For me, my best buys were sterling silver pendants! I got a great variety of them... I can't wait to make them into necklaces and list them on the shop. I am really happy with my purchases. You can see from the photos below that I have also bought some organza bags. They are really cheap especially when you get them bulk from the wholesalers. Overall, I am very satisfied with the trip. The only regret was that I wish I had changed more money and check out the silver shops earlier. Most shops were closed on Sundays :( Nevertheless, I will look forward to my next trip to BKK :)
Oh the last picture above are the fabric hankies that I bought. I am not sure what I am going to do with so many hankies but I absolutely love the fabrics that I just got to have them!