We finished the museum before lunch time. So again, we wandered aimlessly in the malls of Siam area. Aina and I walked around the toy section of Paragon Shopping Centre. They have so many toys! Aina even met a gigantic Rilakkuma… Super cute! We both wish we could take it home. I’d love to watch TV while being hugged by Rilakkuma. There was also a big Tarepanda, not as big as the giant Rilakkuma, but about 10 times bigger than my Puni.
So we wandered around the land of toys…until Yana messaged us. They were leaving later this evening, so we joined them for lunch at Siam Centre’s Food Republic. I found a muslim stall that sells nasi kuning and ayam kuning, so Aina was very happy with today’s lunch. I think she missed Indonesian food.
After lunch, we crossed the street and walked around Siam Square. Leo and the boys went on their separate way, while the girls — Yana, Aina and I — walked around the tiny stores in Siam Square. Yana was on a mission looking for gifts for her and Leo’s nieces. And Aina… She was looking for a Llama.
Since the day we went to the Hello Kitty House, Aina had been eyeing the stuffed Llama from a clothing store LaLaMa by Naraya. It’s not a toy store, really. It’s a clothing store with a llama as their logo. But they also sell the stuffed llama there. And Aina fell in love with it.
During this short vacation, Aina didn’t get the vacation pocket money like when we do longer vacations. So, I told her that she could only buy one thing during this Bangkok stay, so she had to choose wisely about that one thing. On the 2nd day, she met the llama, and asked if she could buy it. I told her to wait until the last day, because maybe she’d find something else that she wanted. the 3rd day, she found a pair of Melissa shoes that she liked. So, she had been weighing which one she would choose to buy….
And today, she chose the Llama. So, the Llama it is…
After all the mission was accomplished: Yana got her gifts, Aina got her Llama, we met up with the boys at Siam Square One’s Starbucks, and we went our separate ways… Yana and the boys went for another round of lunch (or afternoon snacks? The boys ate a lot!), while Aina and I went back to the hotel… for another round of swimming!
After yesterday’s swim, we realized that an afternoon swim was better than a morning swim. The water was warmer, probably because it had been under the sun for the whole day, and the sun had already gone hiding behind the building. No need to wear sunscreen! Yay! And we had about 1.5 hour of swim time before the sun would set for real.
By this time, Aina was already comfortable with the swimming pool, and could easily swim from one end to another. In the pool, she also met the girl that she hung out with at the Kids Club two days ago. However, I was still a bit nervous about letting her hang around in the pool without my supervision, so I was an annoying-mom-who-followed-her-daughter-everywhere that night in the pool. Couldn’t help it…
We left the pool when the sky turned dark. Not long after we took a shower, Ari messaged us to meet up for dinner with Cindy. We really wanted to try the famous After You dessert cafe in Siam Square, so we decided to get dinner in one of the restaurants near that area.
After walking around Siam Square One, we decided to go to a restaurant called Pirate Ship. As we ordered, we realized that I think this restaurant was serving a fusion version of the Singapore Yong Tau Fu… There was a soup and a dry version, where the dry version has the soup on the side. We all ordered the one with onsen tamago in it. And they were delicious. Cindy was wondering why they don’t have something like this in Singapore…
Aina caught a large fish while eating. I guess they have those stuffed fish because the name of the restaurant was Pirate Ship… Maybe?
Oh, and the names of the drink were funny. Aina ordered a Selfie Strawberry, so she had to take selfie when she drank the juice.
But the highlight of the night was the After You Dessert Cafe. Everyone we met seemed to be recommending this place. And the waiting line was usually super long. On our second night, Cindy actually took the number for After You Cafe, thinking that we might stop by after dinner at Ban Khun Mae. But we were too full by the time we finished dinner to have another round of dessert. So this time, we made sure we saved some space for a big dessert.
The waiting time was almost half an hour when we were there, and it wasn’t even a weekend. We decided to wait inside, because the decoration was kinda nice and the room was air-conditioned. Like other dessert cafes in Bangkok, this place also sold their own merchandise.
When our number was called, we went to the cashier to order and was assigned a table. I guess, since the place was always packed, we were not allowed to choose our own table.
From what we heard, their Shibuya honey toast was their best-selling, so we decided to share 1 mixed berry panna cota and 1 honey toast with chocolate and strawberries. And wow… no wonder the line was always long. They were super delicious!
The panna cota was sooo smooth and melted in my mouth. It wasn’t too sweet either. Just perfect. The honey toast was the winner. It seemed to have all the taste in it… sweet, salty, a little bit of sour… and still managed to be so light in taste. If we weren’t that full, we might’ve ordered more.
So, this begged a question… How could Bangkok girls manage to stay slim when they have soooo many good desserts and sweets cafes? I wish they would open an After You in Singapore…