Now everything on the to-do list for Day #1 has been completed and it’s time to go shoppingggg…wifey was so joyful when she heard of this very familiar vocabulary. So, the most suitable place for shopping in Samui is Chaweng (recommended by locals too), located on the eastern part of the island. This is the place where we can see loads of tourists on the streets searching for something special about Samui, having dinner, relaxing at massage parlors, as well as sipping some wine in those hip and trendy bars. This area also houses several top class hotels such as Amari Palm Reef Resort, Best Western Bayview and Impiana Resort Samui. So, what wifey had after 2-3 hours lurking the area? A pair of swimsuits. As usual, bargaining skills always came into play when shopping at such places.
We originally planned to watch Muay Thai at Chaweng Stadium but after giving a second thought, we cancelled our intention. We prefer to avoid such crowded venues since the pandemic Influenza A is everywhere looking for victims. There is another countdown in 3 weeks that requires us to travel again. So, we better save this one for some other time.
Next, quest for our dinner. So far, I’ve seen a halal restaurant (Indian food) in Chaweng but I thought it must be expensive due to the fact it serves seafood only. At least that was my wild guess judging by the exteriors of the restaurant. I don’t want to spend much on Indian food especially during dinner since I had an experience at an Indian-American diner quite some time back. I had a vege briyani for about RM70 a plate but Pelita’s tastes way better than that. Pity me.
So, we decided to take our bike and go someplace else for dinner. Perhaps on our way back to hotel we could find few other places, hopefully with halal food. unfortunately, luck was not on our side. We could only find a BBQ restaurant with quite a nice environment. The place is called Mr Phu’s BBQ. Without hesitation, I stopped right in front. Checked on the food display and quite satisfied with what they have – shrimp, squid, vege. How much we had to pay – 100Baht. Okay, cheap enough. After 1 minute the waiter came with a steamboat set. We saw a piece of meat in the middle of it and we startled. “What is that?”, wifey asked. “Pork”, the waiter replied. “What? We eat no pork”. The waiter was about to get rid of the pork meat when I suddenly felt so uneasy and decided to buzz off. So, no pork for us.
Lucky enough, we stopped by 7-11 kiosk and found packed rice with omelet. Wifey had fried rice with 3 shrimps. That was more than enough than what Mr Phu was about to serve us. We rode back to the hotel and wallop our simple dinner.