March 06, 2015

Basel Fasnacht 2015

It was my second time to see the Basel Carnival. It still left me in awe.  It was as bold and as vibrant as the last time I witnessed it.

This centuries old tradition has deep-rooted societal and political significance, and I can't tell you anything beyond that because... DUH. I'm just a tourist. I'm totally clueless. I can only view it from an outsider's perspective. I just see the colors and feel the excitement in the air.

You know what my favorite part is? The treats the Waggis are throwing to the crowd. There are oranges, carrots,  stalks of celery (yes, you read that right), candies, flowers, chips and other goodies. If they don't like you (or you are not wearing a Carnival Badge), they will give you radish or dump a mountain of confetti on you. It is recommended that you buy a carnival badge because the profit finances the festival itself (and you lessen your chance of getting stuffed with confetti --- I tell you, it itches like hell).

Waggis are the dudes wearing clown-like masks. They are not clowns, however. They are a good- natured depiction of Alsatian/French farmers.

Wow. I sound like a very annoying Know-It-All.

Anyway, here are some sucky pictures. I was very grumpy when I took these, thus the suckiness.

August 25, 2014

Common People Eatery & Bar

Common People Eatery and Bar was one of my most favorite places when I was still living in Jakarta. I even held my farewell party there months ago.

Ehgad, I swear I really wanted to write a detailed post about this place.. but no one ever reads a long ass post, anyway. I also want you to save time, so yay bullet points!

* The interior is sublime. It's eclectic-elegant-quirky. I have to admit that I went there the first time because the decor drew me in.

* Even the washroom is pretty!

* They serve alcohol.

* They're open for brunch.

* It's a fancy place. And the prices are just as fancy.

* Barbecue Salmon Fillet with Herb Butter and Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict  are the dishes you should try if you visit there.

* Staff are attentive and friendly. Patient too. We were a wild bunch during my farewell party but they took it in a stride.

Common People Eatery and Bar

Plaza Bisnis Kemang I
Jl. Kemang Raya 2
Jakarta, Indonesia

April 12, 2014

Purr Cat Cafe Club Bangkok

I like cats. In fact, I like them more than I do people. When their popularity exploded on the internet, cat cafes sprouted almost everywhere. I've never been to a cat cafe until yesterday.

And it was awesome.

Purr Cat Cafe Club is any cat lady's dream come true. Expect to be surrounded by fluff, cuteness and purrty cats that love to ignore people.

RULES, etc...

Purr Cat Cafe Club established strict rules to protect the cats' well-being because people can be assholes.

1. Shoes are not allowed inside. There are designated shoe racks by the entrance. 

2. Once inside, you will be given  a pair of slippers.

3. You need to wash your hands. There is a small sink with faucet and liquid soap near the reception area. 

4. They will lead you to the waiting area (the cafe is often full) where you are obliged to clean your hands again (hand sanitizer is provided). I totally understand. Humans are filthy. 

And humans have cooties. 

5. When you enter the cat sanctuary (assuming you get a table), you have to wear your slippers all the time. 

6. Be nice to the cats. 

7. You may pet the cats but you are not allowed to carry or drag them around. 

8. Sleeping cats should not be disturbed. Naps are important. 

9. You are not supposed to feed them human food. No matter how pitiful they beg. They're just trying to manipulate you. 

10. All children must be monitored by their parents. We all know that children can be evil. 

11. Flash photography is not allowed. Fret not! The cafe is well-lit. 

There's a 1,000 Baht fine if you violate the rules. 


* It is located in Sukhumvit 53 (If you're taking the train: Thonglor Station, Exit 1). It's on the left side of the soi if you're coming from Sukhumvit. 

* Parking is limited. 

* They have a small garden in front, with wrought iron chairs, cat statues (I want a few in my graveyard when I die!), and a fountain. 

* They have a souvenir shop, a boutique, and a cat salon inside. 

* Once you are seated, they will give you the rule card before they hand you the menu. 

* The menu is very limited: mostly drinks and sweet treats.  

* Prices are reasonable. 

* I ordered cat cookie dip and iced chocolate. They tasted alright. People go there for the cats, not the food. 

* Cats! Cats everywhere! 

* There's cat fur everywhere because… surprise! It's a cat cafe, not a sterilized lab. 

* The cats will most likely ignore you because you are an inferior being and not worthy of their precious time. Lovely, aren't they?

 * There are cat toys all over the cafe and you can use them to lure the cats. 

* The place, despite housing 30+ (?) cats is VERY clean. 

* The cats are ZOMFG adorable!!! I didn't want to leave the place.  

* If you want to take good cat pictures, don't wear a short dress (my mistake!)


Purr Cat Cafe Club
Sukhumvit 53, Bangkok

Monday - Thursday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday - Sunday  11:00 AM - 9:00 PM