I reached Bangkok late on the 28th and met up with Mai and Mix at BTS Nana, the train station near to our hotel. It was past midnight and I was there straight from work on a Friday so we agreed to just go sleep and get ready for tomorrow, the supposedly concert day.
We got up quite late at 11am the next day. Since Mai is Thai, he showed us around a bit. We visited Erawan Shrine to see where the incident took place.
You know, when you see it on a map, you don’t really see the reality of the situation. The bombed place was really near to the event, we were standing on a bridge and on the one side is the incident and the other side of the bridge was the event. There was no recurring incident fortunately but it was always good to stay safe. We then spend a good 10 minutes just longingly looking at the place where the event is suppose to be and “watch” the concert.
We decided not to be down about this and make our own “Japan Expo”! We head first for some MOS Burger, Japanese fast food to start our very own Japan Expo in Thailand.
MOS Shrimp burger taste exactly the same with the one I had in Japan. After lunch, Mai brought us here and there. We went to Japanese bookstores, look around Japanese shops in Gateway Ekamai, and it wouldn’t be Bangkok if there weren’t any dodgy Japanese clubs.
Our last stop for the day was MBK and we head to the arcade. Mai truly living up to his Asian heritage and killing it at all the rhythm games.
To finish off our own Japan Expo, we head to maidreamin, one of Japan’s most popular maid cafes. Seems like they have branches here in Bangkok as well.A maid cafe trip wouldn’t be complete without some cute drinks. Me and Mix had to do some cute “Nyan Nyan” calls for the maid and she wouldn’t leave us alone if we didn’t do it.
And then, this one old and grumpy looking uncle went in and me and Mix looked at each other knowing what would happen. We are already laughing quietly at the image of this grumpy uncle doing the “Nyan Nyan” to call over the maid. And then the moment came. The maid took his order and we were waiting for the “Now, if you need anything else don’t hesitate to call us over by doing the ‘Nyan Nyan!’.
We waited. And kept on laughing.
And the maid left the grumpy uncle alone.
Heeeeeeey… that’s not fair. The maids just robbed us the image of having the grumpy uncle doing the “Nyan Nyan!” and I’m still pissed about it to be honest.
We then met up with Ryan and I introduced him to Mai and Mix. Even though they were meeting for the first time, we bonded quickly over the fact that we were all there for the same purposes. Idols bond people together but a cancelled concert and being stuck in a foreign country bonds us even quicker.
After dinner, we didn’t know what to do so we head to the bowling alley and bowled really badly together. We talk about idols, about our countries, about our hobbies, anything that came up the top of our heads.
In an alternate universe, all of us would be enjoying an AKB concert right now.
After bowling, I was tired from walking and headed back to the hotel while the three of them went to… let’s just say what happens in Bangkok stays in Bangkok. 😉