This past Sunday I celebrated my 28th birthday in Bangkok. From elegant to eccentric, this birthday was surely something to remember.🎈🎂
For starters, I kicked things off with a relaxing yoga sesh- the perfect way to ease into the weekend.
Roots 8 Yoga
Roots 8 Yoga, in Silom district, has a modern and inviting studio, with a neutral tones and wide-open windows, letting in a light tropical breeze. They even have an adjacent cafe, selling fresh juices and vegetarian cuisine. 🍍🍓The studio offers a variety of classes each day, and on Saturday they offer a free Hatha yoga class, which combines beginner poses and calming breathing techniques. The perfect place to find inner peace.✌☮
On my actual birthday, I went for brunch at a French bistro called Cafe Tartine.
After ordering a few Mexican Bloody Mary’s (beer mixed with tomato juice), I began to peruse the menu. Everything sounded delicious and refined, with many French dishes, like Croque Monsieur and stuffed crepes. The place also smelled heavenly, mainly because we were seated next to the spit of juicy rotisserie chickens. 🧀🍗
In the end, I opted for more of a breakfast item- a classic French quiche filled with zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and a pungent Swiss cheese.
Another highlight was the Eggs Florentine- poached eggs with spinach, salmon and a creamy Béchamel.
Overall, a lovely and refined spot to celebrate my birthday! 😀
Cost: 10-15 USD for entrees, including brunch cocktail.
From there, we went people-watching at Siam Paragon mall, where they were hosting an international Anime convention.
Anime is incredibly popular in Asia, and this broad term for comic and cartoon animation can refer to a variety of complex story lines. Themes include ninjas, robots, villains, and Renaissance. Regardless of the theme, these Anime fans went above and beyond to dress up as their favorite character! 😮Extremely eccentric wigs, costumes, make-up, and even handmade weapons.
Not to mention this was all happening at the local mall. Might be quite the surprise for unsuspecting mall-goers. 😮Anyway, feeling inspired by all these crazy costumes, my friend and I decided to check out a bizarrely themed bakery- Unicorn Cafe.
Unicorn Cafe is a themed cafe in Bangkok with girly pink decor, and a variety of sugary treats. 💕
I mean where else could I wear my sparkly rainbow top and literally blend in with my surroundings. 😛
The cafe even has complimentary unicorn costumes to wear. So ridiculous, yet so much fun! ❤
I’ll admit, the first costume I tried was too short, and could barely fit over my torso. 😛
But finally we found a few that were more Snuggie-like. Perfect for that, “When in Asia” pose. 😀Overall, the place is absolutely over-the-top and highly recommended for those who aren’t afraid to laugh at themselves. 😛
Cost: Sugary treats and coffees run about 3-4 USD.
Anyway, at the end of the day, the highlight of my birthday had to be chatting with my family back home. I even got a long-distance smooch from my parent’s pup, Ella. What a cutie! ❤
Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for more travel updates and the finale of my teaching experience in Thailand. Until then. Take care and enjoy your week. 🙂