As I said yesterday I was meeting Joan for lunch at the Marriott. I had never been before so was really pleased with the hotel. From the outside I think the Marriott looks pretty dated. A concrete block of white walls with the occasional plants trailing over the balcony. As if some one had tried to soften the harshness of it all. Not in keeping with the look of a top hotel.
Opening the glass doors from the shopping center entrance – what a hidden treasure.
Now, this does have excellent customer service. The girls were dressed beautifully, paying attention to details, not a hair out of place. The warm smile and the excellent English was so charming. Their management should be proud.
The open reception area, with polished wood floors and high ceiling led to big chairs and small polished wood tables where we were to have our lunch. Oh but the wind…. goodness knows where that had come from. It was blowing a gale. The waitress happily closed the big shutters and she put us in a little corner away from the wind. The whole setting was beautiful even though windy. Those big shutter doors led through to a beautiful pool area. Ah, what a pity it was so windy. We could have sat outside and taken in the morning sun.It was what I could describe as an outside in room if that makes any sense. You were inside but you felt like you could have been part of the outside.
We did have to wait quite a while for our order, the waitress came twice to apologise. Being kept informed was a good idea and the wine was so lovely, served in huge glasses that we didn’t mind at all. We had so much to talk about. When the waitress arrived with our meals, mine a seafood pasta and Joan’s a lasagna there appeared to be an extra dish of chicken Caesar salad. They had given us a complimentary salad for waiting so long for our meal. How nice was that??
Polished off with another glass of mellow wine and a cappuccino I was content.
I always judge a restaurant by its seafood pasta (that is, if its on the menu). This came with good size scallops, large prawns and what I think may have been lobster pieces. Certainly not the normal run of the mill, clams and chewy calamari rings. The sauce was very light and the portion size seemed just right for a ladies lunch!!!
Off today to La Baguette at the Woodlands resort, so I will report later.
Shouza is coming to cut the grass today, but it looks like rain. Think it may be cardigan time again this morning.
Finally after nearly a year I seem to be making some new friends.
I am off out for lunch today to the Marriott so I will update the post on my return to tell you what the food and service was like.
I keep remembering this to tell new folk that are moving here. Shop for your fruit and veg at the local markets. Sometimes you get ripped off but once they know you are going to come regularly they settle down. I stick to the same few stalls each time that have not ripped me off and give them my business. It’s much cheaper than the shops on most occassions. OK they may not have the variety but basic items such as tomatoes, lettuce, cue, cauli,cabbage and much more is available. It also means that you can follow the seasons. I got aubergines the other day all for 15bhat. Can’t grumble at that.
Try lots of the village stalls too. There is a man in the village that sells just bananas,tangerines and apples at the front of his shop.
The good thing about Pattaya is that nearly everyone speaks English, if only a limited amount in the village where I live we can still get by with a calculator and sign language!!!!!
My OH says its best to put everything as a post and then people can scroll down to get the topics they want. I thought it would be better to just keep everything separate like a web site. Can’t win really as I can understand what he is saying.
One thing I forgot to mention is a good hairdressers. There are so many beauty salons, hairdressers etc here in Pattaya it’s really hard to know where to go. However, there are not many hairdressers that can cut western hair. They may say they do… you can show them what you want in a picture but believe me when I say – short back and sides!!!!! that’s what I kept coming out with. Even when taking a picture of myself with my hair cut as I wanted it. Nope, short back and sides every time.Until that is I posted a note on Thaivisaforum.com
A lady thankfully replied with Syriana at the bottom of North Road Pattaya. Just up from the Dolphin roundabout on the left hand side. She was trained in the UK and speaks excellent English. She’s not cheap but then again she is not expensive. You certainly get good value for money and every time I have had my hair cut and coloured there it has been great. She has so many expat clients that have kept coming back for years and years. The girls that wash your hair are good too as they give you a head massage while washing your hair. If you have never been to a hair salon here in Thailand you may not expect to have your hair washed in lukewarm water. No hot water at any salons I have been to but then again the cold water is not really cold is it?
She also offers beauty treatments.I have yet to try any but again seems to have a steady stream of regular customers.
Tuesday 29th March
Can you believe it, it’s raining again today. I thought the rainy season didn’t start until after Sonkran???? I even have put trousers on today. No air conditioning required today. Might be able to save some money if this continues.
No swimming either. I can’t bear to go in the pool as the water is so cold.
I read in yesterdays paper that it had rained so much in the South of Thailand that 8 crocodiles have reportedly slipped out !!!!! of Nakhon Si Thammarat Zoo after it was flooded…….. I couldn’t believe it. Slipped out!!!! sounds a lot less frightening that escaped and are at large!!!!! Do you think they will just slip back in when they have had enough of eating people in the area???????
The air con men came today to fix the motor in our bedroom. I won’t need my ear plugs tonight to drown out the noise. Then again we didn’t have it on last night and it was my OH’s snoring that finally made me put them in my ears!!!!
While they had the electricity to the computer turned off (same ring as the bedroom air con) I decided to make myself a smoothie. Mango, banana, yogurt and peanut butter. Yummy. I never would have thought of peanut butter in a smoothie, but when we were in Bahrain we used to go to a Cafe at Jawad Dome called “Tillies” and they used to have a smoothie with peanut butter and banana and oh it was so good.
It was a bit thick once it was all mixed up so I added a bit of milk to it. Quite pleased with the result. Think it will have to go on the recipe page for now.
I have just written my page about house hunting. Funny how quickly you forget about things. I have found myself thinking about different pages I could add to my blog while I am asleep. I hope someone ends up reading all of this.
I must get the Mothers Day present organized or I will miss the whole thing and then I will be in big trouble.
Why have a blog. Well, I was sick of being nagged to set one up. How on earth would I be able to do that being blonde, I ask you…..?
So OH sorted it and I am just going to tell you about my life as it happens.
How we came to Thailand including the transportation of our pets.
Recipes that I have either made up, had to improvise on or just love from others.
Places that I/we have visited in Thailand and what I thought of them.
Day to day things that you may need to know about if you are coming to Thailand to live. like where to get certain items of shopping, house agents that were really helpful etc etc.,
Other web sites/blogs that you may find of interest.
All about bringing up our new Soi puppy (street dog).