[Travel] Dinosaur Planet Bangkok

When i was a kid, i loved dinosaurs! I read all about them, memorised their names and drew them on my school books. 😀 Anyway, I discovered that there were going to build an temporary dinosaur theme park near my office and BTS Phrom Phong. So, once it finished i decided to check it out!

The entrance fee is 600 THB for adult and 400 THB for kid. My friend and i got 50% discount coupons from a bread shop. (Spent 250 THB at the bread shop, got 1 coupon) So, we paid 300 THB each. With the ticket, you can play every attractions inside for fee, except Dino Eye (ferris wheel) and Dino Farm (dinosaur ride for kids). I tried most of the park rides/activities. They are interesting but too kid-oriented for me. If i have to pay full price, i wouldn’t have come in the first place! 600 THB is too expensive for what we’ve actually got. I recommended finding at least 30% discount coupon, then it could be worth it.

http://www.dinosaurplanet.net/

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[Travel] Bangkok Entertainment Week 2015

Thailand Toy Expo 2015

Location: Central World

Ticket price: Free

I enjoyed this event a lot as i love toys but it was a bit difficult to navigate. The booths are scatter across the mall. Although i didn’t get with i was coming for (Nappy Bear by Fluffy House), i will come back for more next year! 🙂

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Thailand Comic Con 2015 

Location: Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon

Ticket price: 100 THB

Although the ticket price is pretty reasonable, this event was mainly for distributors of toys, cards and games. There was nothing special for me, except Usavich and some Star Wars toys! So, i feel that it’s not a compulsory event unless you are a fan of Marvel and DC Comics. 🙂

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Bangkok Comic Con 2015 x Anime Festival Asia Thailand 2015

Location: BITEC Bangna

Ticket price: 300 THB (but it’s free for me with a complimentary ticket!)

I had a lot of fun and enjoyed this event the most! 🙂 I bought postcards with my favourite character, Bloody Bunny, an eyeglasses cleaning cloth, sticker sheets and a blind box toy from Free! Eternal Summer. I would definitely coming back for next year, even if i have to pay for the ticket!

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[Travel] NASA: A Human Adventure The Exhibition

The other day, i went with my hubby and a friend to an exhibition imported from USA. “NASA: A Human Adventure” is an exhibition regarding the history of space exploration which features about 350 space exploration-related objects, produced by John Nurminen Events in cooperation with NASA. The weekday ticket costs 400 THB each but i used the MRT card for underground system and got a 150 THB discount. So, i spent only 500 THB for both of us. Sweet deal for space geeks! 🙂

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The exhibition is divided into 6 zones: Gentry, Dreamers, Go Fever, Pioneers, Endurance & Innovation. I really like the astronaut suits and space food in Endurance Zone.

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However, the only problem we faced during our 10 am weekday visit is “kids”. There were so many school students, range from kinder garden to high school. They were sitting on the floor and writing their quiz papers everywhere. 😦 Anyway, i still recommended this exhibit to anyone who like space and astronomy!

[Travel] Denver Comic Con 2014

My hubby and me went to Denver Comic Con 2014 (http://denvercomiccon.com/) on Father’s Day (15 June 2014). We got our tickets online for 30 USD each. They are a bit expensive than we paid for last year because we bought them 2 weeks before the event. Before we went to the convention center, we prepared our lunch, sandwiches for Mee and Bi, and also brought some drinks! 😀

Mee & Bi Sandwiches Denver Comic Con 2014

The first booth we visited was Weta Workshop from New Zealand. The exhibition mainly focused on props and figures from The Hobbit. I really like them, especially the weapons used in the movie. I can’t wait to receive the 4th book from The Hobbit Chronicle which will be related to Clothes and Weapons! 🙂 Another interesting part of the convention was the cosplayers. The 501st Legion, which is an international Star Wars costuming organisation, also had a cool booth with lots of Star Wars props. I love the Darth Vader guy, even he is a bit too short! LOL

Weta Workshop Darth Vader

Unlike last year, i didn’t spend a lot at the Comic Con as we just wanted to have fun and look around. So, i got cat pins by Jenny Parks Illustration (http://jennyparks.com/) and a ‘Battle Royale’ print by Steam Crow (http://www.steamcrow.com/). I actually got sick the next day after the con but we had a great time at the con and looking forward to the next year event if we are still here in Denver!

Cat Pins Battle Royale print

I also went to Denver Comic Con 2013 last year and you can read about it here:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/denver-comic-con-2013/

[Book] Lonely Planet’s The Food Book

I love food and we, Thais, love to eat! Food is always our priority. Especially My dad and me, we love to travel and check out local menus! I also miss traveling. So, i bought “Lonely Plant’s The Food Book” from Amazon for 18.77 USD. The book is pretty big and bulky with the dimension of approx. 7 x 7 x 2 inches. It features most, but not all topics related to food like culture, regions, feasts, etiquette, the menu, daily meals, essential produce, shopping, preparation, defining dishes, and drinks as well as some of the recipes from 47 famous cuisines of the world! I’m sure my dad will be very happy to know that his favourite Black Forest gateau or “Schwarzwälder kirschtorte” featured in defining dishes part of Germany section. As for me, the chapter about Thailand made me hungry for Thai food and missed home very much! 😦

Btw, here is the photo of Black Forest Cake i tried to bake for him back in 2007. He said the whipped cream wasn’t right… so i never made it again! LOL

Black Forest Cake

List of Recipes from this book

  1. France: French Onion Soup (An onion soup with a crust of oven-browned cheese)
  2. Italy: Insalata Caprese (A simple salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil)
  3. Portugal: Piri Piri Sauce (A red hot chilli sauce)
  4. Poland: Bigos (A stew, made of cabbage, meat and vegetables)
  5. Iran: Kubideh Kabobi (A minced meat kebab)
  6. USA: Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. Canada: Maple Syrup Pie
  8. Jamaica: Jamaican Crawler (A cocktail drink, mixed of rum, melon liqueur, pineapple juice and grenadine syrup)
  9. Guatemala: Elotes (A grilled corn on a stick)
  10. Brazil: Acarajé (A peeled black-eyed peas fried bread)
  11. Argentina: Chimichurri (A green sauce used for grilled meat)
  12. Ghana: Kelewele (A snack dish of fried plantians seasoned with spices)

I like this book very much but i had a hard time read names of dishes, especially French ones! (German, English, Japanese and Thai dishes are ok because i’m familiar with those languages.) So, i usually type in those names in google just to see how they actually look like. Anyway, it’s one of the best coffee table book in my collection. 🙂 Recommended to those who love food and travel!

The Food Book

The Food Book: A Journey Through the Great Cuisines of the World

Author: Lonely Planet

Hardcover: 888 pages

Publisher: Lonely Planet (2013)

Language: English

[Travel] Denver Comic Con 2013

Last Saturday, i went to Denver Comic Con 2013 (http://www.denvercomiccon.com/) at the Colorado Convention Center! It was a 3-day fan event featuring TV shows, movies, Japanese anime, gaming, cosplay, comic books, etc. I went to so many mini conventions organized in Thailand but this is my first time for a full scale Comic Con in the US. The tickets were 25 USD each for Saturday only. I bought them online as i wanted to make sure that i got them in advance. Before entering the event hall, I had to get in line and traded the ticket with a badge.

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There were so many panel sessions and interesting guests. The highlight of the day was Mr. George Takei, the actor best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek. My hubby and i didn’t attend the session because there were too many people and it also required a special wristband to join. We saw many varieties of cosplaying range from Sailor Moon and Superheros to the Game of Thrones. I like the one from Umbrella Corporation, very professional! The cosplays were interesting but what interested me the most is artists’ booths. Most of them were western comic style and sold their prints. I found myself looking for illustration books for references but couldn’t find them anywhere, except for one artist, Stephanie Kao (http://zetallis.deviantart.com/). I really like her works but there were all computer arts, so i decided not to buy her book. I was about to buy a print from Steam Crow (http://www.steamcrow.com/) but they didn’t have the design i like in postcard size. After spent several hours there, we finally got tired and went home. I got 9 copic markers, Emperor Palpatine Lego keychain, Tokidoki’s skeleton cat figure, and Katie Cook’s Star Wars Cat poster (http://katiecandraw.com/).

Umbrella Corporation Damage

Overall, i did enjoyed myself at the Comic Con. I think that i would enjoy it more, if it will include more Japanese anime that i’m familiar with. Anyway, it was a good experience! Although this event in Colorado is not the biggest one in the US, i think it was worth going to. I hope i will have a chance to explore some of the bigger one like in San Diago or New York in the near future! 🙂