Dahil may discounted stay si H sa isang soshal hotel in Phuket, what did we do? Traveled over the seas to make it to Phuket Thailand for a little R&R weekend… all girls… no boys allowed.
Kapag si H ang kasama ko sobrang kampante. Don’t we all have that one friend who just has everything planned out and figured out?! For me and M, H is it. Medyo nag mellow na nga sa lagay na ito. Dati meron kaming itinerary emailed to us a week before the trip. Ngayon hindi na masyado strict. Wala na kaming print-out ng itinerary.
Our first activity was — Thai Cooking lessons by Master Chef Asia Finalist, Chef Ton… Hindi naman kami masyadong nagplano noh? Kaming tatlo lang ang students. And we were cooking in the middle of Chef Ton’s open air restaurant, Kin Dee, during lunch rush.
We chose 3 dishes to make… Crispy Catfish and Mango Salad, Pad Thai and Tom Yum… all the regular favorites dito para maluto namin for friends… Although malamang quality control na lang ako.
It was super fun though! Ang saya lalo na at mga type-A kami lahat. Si H nga lang ang sumubok mag hulog ng catfish sa kalan… kasi M and I were scared….
When traveling with H, you can at least be sure that any restaurant you eat at would be quite the experience. Our 1st fancy dinner was at Joe’s Downstairs. Astig sya. It was a little boutique-y place, right on the side of a cliff by the rocks on the ocean. Ang ganda. Check it out http://www.baanrimpa.com/seaside-restaurant/
Sinubukan namin pumunta ng Patong at maki-nightlife ng konti. We drove by, and said bye. Sobrang lola namin. Nakita namin na kagugulo ng mga tao, puro neon lights, puro bars, puro mga taong nagsasaya… hindi kami naengganyo. But I am sure Patong is still fun for those who are looking for nightlife adventures. It is quite famous for that afterall.
Muntik pala kami maubusan ng gasolina kasi engot lang. We just assumed naman kasi na sa pagkahabahaba ng mga highway doon at developed naman ang Phuket eh meron gasolinahan everywhere…. But no. Nung pauwi na kami sobrang umiilaw nay un gas… and lahat ng gas station na nadaanan namin nung una were closed. Mantakin mo may closing time ang gas station??? Natakot naman ako bumili ng bote bote sa gilid, up in the mountains in the dark, although there were quite a few vendors like that. Kaso ang naiisip ko eh ang The Beach… ayaw. Or baka may mumu… Hanggang sa awa ng diyos nakakita kami ng mini-pump. Hindi namin naintindihan ang sulat, so sigaw sigaw kami dun sa bahay sa likod “Tao po!!” — Tao naman lumabas at tinulungan kami mag pump ng gas. Kung hindi shirtless si Kuya, baka nayakap ko sya…
We couldn’t go to Phuket without doing island hopping though. Shempre kailangan makita ang James Bond Island, at mag explore sa mga lagoons. Nagkayak din kami. Although masasabi kong walang tatalo sa mga beach natin dito, I have to say that the tourism service in Phuket is quite fantastic. Even if the tour guides don’t really speak as much English as I would prefer, they were still very good and proud with what they are doing.
I have to say the best Italian Restaurant I have been to in a long time would have to be where we had our last dinner in Phuket Old Town. La Gaetana is technically a hole-in-the wall type place. Not too big. Only 7 tables available and you have to make reservations.
But the ambiance is fantastic, the service is excellent, and the food was to die for… At the end we all had a food high. We had excellent Sicilian red wine, which was ceremoniously aerated and tasted. We had cheese and salads and pasta and tiramisu and pannacota…which if you think about are actually things you find in all Italian restaurants you’ve probably been to – but not like this. Not like authentic Italian cuisine. And I had to travel to Phuket to find it.
We ended our trip on a good note…except na-confiscate sa airport ang sunblock ko pauwi… bwiseeeet. Sobrang love ko pa naman yun Celateque Sunblock SPF 50 ko. Nyemas.
Travel safe and travel smart always kids!