Winning with Slot Machine

I wouldn’t have imagined that a trip to Bangkok would turn me on to a really good band, but it did — local rockers called Slot Machine performed at the exclusive EDM club, DoNotDisturb and I happened to be there. At first glance, based on their preppy fashion sense, anyone would have been forgiven for thinking we were in for an hour of shoegazing tunes, but not at all. These boys are more U2-meets-Beatles meets-All American Rejects, and they sounded great! The lead singer must have lungs of a whale — his vocals were practically effortless. In melody, the Thai language sounds really lovely too.

It seems like there has been a spurt in good regional alternative sounding bands — not sure about the Bangkok scene; definitely in Kuala Lumpur — but what I really like about Slot Machine, apart from their muscular and energetic performance, Continue reading

The Temples of Bangkok

At the foot of Wat Arun

First time in Bangkok and I had no idea what to expect! Seems like a strange statement to make in this Internet-reliant era, but with the abundance of temples, markets, shopping malls and other attractions in Bangkok, the usual travel sites didn’t really help with whittling down a manageable two-day itinerary; instead I was all the more confused with what to see and where to eat or shop. Case in point: Tripadvisor’s reviewers usually give pretty helpful hints on a destination, especially in the U.S.–I’ve always been able to bank on learning about restaurants most loved by locals, little known places and must-see attractions that ended up being worth my precious tourist time, but this time my search yielded little useful information.

To be fair, Tripadvisor’s list on Bangkok did have many of the attractions that I’d expect a visitor to want to see in Bangkok, but the list is also interspersed with the most nondescript places–like a cross fit club, a cineplex, Kidzania Bangkok, and amazingly, at the top of this so-called attractions list, is an escape room game, instead of the king’s palace or one of the temples. I’m sure the escape room is great, but it’s not unique to Bangkok, and so you can hardly fault me for being dismissive of a list that included so many modern, non-travel related places. Abandoning the travel sites, I went off on my debut weekend in Bangkok without hardly any planning at all–another first during this trip (in a long time, that is.) Or perhaps, my sentiment is indicative of an ignorant view of Bangkok, one of the top visited cities in the world, because… Continue reading