Gift shop at the TCDC, where I think the Coven and the D&M will drool over the fab stuff, hehe…I love the red&blue canvas tote with the whale design seen on the bottom right. But I couldn’t buy coz it was freaking expensive! Around 3,500 baht! Too frakking overpriced, but it was cute and big enough for all the junk I put in my bag. Haay, next time…

This one is a divider made up of paper plates at the Thailand Creative and Design Center, where they also have a very state-of-the-art, kickass, up-to-the-minute design library that will make design-mad friends (that’s you, twin!) froth at the mouth with envy. The TCDC lib had all the latest design and archi books and magazines, a DVD library for members who want to while the afternoon away watching movies, and Macs for those who need to surf, write, or just watch YouTube, hehe…Too bad I don’t have a shot of the library. I must have deleted it. My bad!

Preview of my Thailand trip#2: This is the surreal White Temple in Chiang Rai, built by this very flambouyant artist in honor of the Buddha. When he was asked why he built this temple? He answered: Because I’m rich and I can. Good an answer as any, I guess.

The temple is huge, gaudy, breathtaking, strange, surreal…I think you have to be there. See those hands reaching out in the foreground? That’s supposed to be the suffering people in hell, trying to get out—or maybe drag you in. If you look closely, you’ll see all sorts of hands—human, demonic (as in with claws, etc—like that hand, below right), monstrous (with fur or hair), and even robotic (or maybe just in armored gloves). Inside, it’s all murals. Some panels have Neo (of the The Matrix) and Superman in them. Surreal, I tell you.

Lambchops at Cyma restaurant at D’Mall. Yum! Had lunch there on our second day and the food was great! For some reason, the food at Cyma Boracay tastes better than what they serve in their two other branches in Metro Manila. (Not many people know that Cyma, which has branches in Greenbelt 2 and Shangri-La Mall, started out in Boracay.) I don’t know why that is, but these lambchops were fabulous. I also scarfed down some fresh cucumber and tomato salad drizzled with vinaigrette, some pasta, and the divine moussaka. Sigh. Now I’m hungry!