Cartoon Theme Cafe and Collaboration with Media

Cartoon Theme Cafe and Collaboration with Media

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Hello guys, warmly welcome back to my blog again! How have you been doing so far? For me, I think the weather is getting a bit hotter day by day. So, I try to seek out for a solution to this problem. Then, one of my best friend, Nitchakul “Aim” Kosaiyakanon whose blog is wherever066x, came out with an idea that we should go hanging out at a cafe for absorbing cooler temperatures and trying new cool drinks. Moreover, the cafe always has a great ambience, so at least, it can help us feel better!

If we go to a normal cafe, I think that it is a bit too boring since we can find them around the place from school area to big shopping malls. If we have to visit any of them, It should be unique as well as interesting. Then, today I will recommend you guys 3 cartoon theme cafes located in Phatum Wan district or Siam!!

Cartoon theme cafes in Siam area

1. Moomin’s Cafe


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First of all, let’s start with Moomin’s cafe where is located on the 4th floor of Siam Centre. The place is easy to go as the shopping mall is directly linked to the BTS station. Taking out the Siam station, you can walk inside the building. Then, going up to the 4th floor, Moomin’s Cafe is right there waiting for you. Basically, this cafe is decorated under the Finnish character theme that has a similar appearance to white hippopotamuses. Moonin is actually a series of cartoon books which were released between 1945 and 1993. In the cafe, some menu has Moomin’s identity along with each dish to give a glimpse of Moomin’s world. It is a good place for those cartoon addicts or Moomin lovers. More importantly, within the cafe, there is also a souvenir store selling Moomin products for visitors.

2. Charlie Brown’s Cafe
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The next place that I would like to introduce to you guys is called Charlie Brown’s Cafe which is located at MBK Centre on the 7th floor. So, if you want to visit this cafe, you need to take off at National Stadium BTS station that directly links to MBK Centre. Compared with Moomin’s cafe, this place has much more elements to resemble the cartoon theme cafe.
Charlie Brown is a male kid character owing a beagle dog named Snoopy. Charlie Brown and Snoopy are one of the most famous comic strips in the United States. Moreover, they also appear in a series of TV animation as well as a movie.
In the cafe, most of the decorations cooperate with Charlie Brown and Snoopy theme. The cafe’s furniture has several cartoon-printed stickers on top to show the identity of Snoopy. Likewise, all of the containers including plates, mugs and coffee cups were especially designed to match the character theme. Plus, the foods such as rice and cake are shaped into the character theme when it comes to the food presentation.

3. Sanrio Hello Kitty Cafe
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The last cafe in Siam area that I would like to introduce today comes with the theme of Hello Kitty. This character originates in Japan and becomes famous all around the world. Most people think that this fictional character is a cat character, yet it is not. In fact, Hello Kitty is originally aimed at pre-adolescent females.
Sanrio Hello Kitty Cafe seems like the biggest cafe out of the other three cafes because it is located out of the department shopping mall. This cafe is located at Siam Square One where is directly connected to Siam BTS station again. Plus, this cafe has three stories: the first floor is for cafe and drinks, the second floor is exclusively open for a special event, and the third floor is for a spa. The whole building and interior decoration is coloured pink with many feminine decorations. Another noticeable spot in this cafe is that all of the chairs are shaped into Hello Kitty face. It is not just a print!

Next, let’s talk about the food. It is not beyond expectation that everything is set with Hello Kitty theme, so this cafe would be a recommended place for all girls.
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Now, let analyse these cafes with media disruption! First of all, these three cafes are under the cartoon themes of three famous characters:
Moomin is popular in Finland.
Charlie Brown and Snoopy are popular in the United States.
Hello Kitty is popular in Japan.
Therefore, each character is a pop icon from different regions. Three of them are represented in both comic strips and animations, so they are easy to reach many people. Moreover, the content in the cartoon is easy to understand which is a good quality of popular culture.

However, since the time is passing by, only using these kinds of media platforms are not enough to promote the characters. They require more combination of visuals, mobile and social parts due to the media disruption that many media are combined together to represent one thing. In other words, it is the exploiting a mix of media to tell a story. As a result, the cartoon theme cafes occur. The sender can communicate about the character through various ways from screens to tangible stuff like a real cafe. Even at the cafe, some messages that appear on comic strips are also apparent at the real place. It is how the themes are put together in order.

Moreover, this kind of strategy goes according to the marketing. More media for distributing products can increase the sale points because more people can be engaged in it. In the past, only kids or teenagers may be the target audience as they are likely to watch and read the cartoon. In contrast, nowadays we have a real cafe open for anyone to take a visit. It can get an attention from both adolescents and normal adults who would just enjoy the foods and drinks. It is similar to gain more money from both cartoons and cafes.

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Prachinburi, Thailand

A lost boy

Let’s get lost with this little boy while traveling.

Prachinburi, Thailand

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As I promised on my last week post, I will present more bamboo information to you this week. It may not be considered as a tourist attraction, but I think it is worth getting lost and visiting. So, let’s get started.

First of all, I have to say that I’m not an expert in this field, so I got some help from Uncle Sirapop Arjraksa, who is the owner of the bamboo store, Na Na Bamboo (สวนไผ่นานาพันธุ) located in Mueang District, Prachinburi in Thailand. If you want to take a visit to his place, he really welcomes, especially those who are bamboo lovers!

 

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Uncle Sirapop

 

Thanks to him, I am more into the nature than ever before.

Normally, some people are familiar with bamboo because they appear as the main food of a lovely sleepy creature called Panda, while others think that the bamboo is the iconic plant from China.

In fact, this evergreen plant has never been popular in Thailand until recently. Now, it can be called as an economic plant for various uses of itself. For one, we can use it to make a pair of chopsticks, which are traditional eating utensils of many countries in Asia. Its stalk can also make paper.

Moreover, in Thailand, the bamboo tree can even be made as a food container. For instance, Khaolam Thai Dessert, also widely known as glutinous rice roasted in bamboo joints, can never ever be complete without the bamboo joints. Most of you may think that it is just a container, but actually, when you grill the sticky rice and coconut milk within the bamboo, its internal meristem will be melt with the rest of the ingredients, which creates an amazing taste.

Apart from the stalk part, its leaf can make tea! The bamboo leaf tea is very good for your health as it helps promote healthy hair and nail growth as well as healthy bone density.

 

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bamboo leaf

 

Besides, the bamboo tree is popular for home gardening as well. Uncle Sirapop told me that many Thais and foreigners ordered various types of the well-grown bamboo trees at his store. The 7-year Giant Bamboo tree can cost up to ten thousand baht per each due to the tremendous size and years.

 

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Giant bamboo

 

Another prominent type is the Black Bamboo tree or Bambusa Lako, whose stalk is as wholly black as its name. It is famous in Japanese garden style.

 

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Bambusa lako

 

When it comes to a unique type, you cannot forget the Bambusa Maculata. It is a bamboo whose stalk has a similar stripe as a tiger’s pattern. The stripe of this bamboo has two zigzag colors: brown and green resembling the brown and black color on the tiger’s body.

Next, let’s talk about how to grow the bamboo. You can buy a bamboo plant at the store. The price can vary because it depends on the types and growth of the trees. There are some costed around 500-1000 Baht per each tree, too.

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If you want more deep details about bamboos, this is Uncle Sirapop’s Facebook: สวนไผ่นานาพันธุ์

 

Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

A lost boy

Let’s get lost with this little boy while traveling.

Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

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Dendrophile
(n.) a person who loves trees and forests.

Are you a Dendrophile? Well, if yes, you have come to the right place! This week I will introduce you guys to a natural tourist attraction where you can enjoy the endless beauty of the forest and bamboo trees. It is the bamboo forest in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand!

It is the hidden site of Ban Phrik, Ban Na District in Nakhon Nayok. Not only do a few people visit the place, but also its secluded narrow road that is impossible for a tourist bus to drive through makes the place even more unseen. However, once you pass by that rough road, you will find yourself being lost in a wonderful nature. The garden bower grown by a variety of bamboo trees appears on the left side of your hand, while a parking lot is on the opposite side.

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Walking through the bamboo bower is the main highlight of this one-day trip. If you come early in the morning, there will be fewer visitors, so you can have hipster-style pictures of yourself. Anyway, the ambiance itself already looks calm as if you are in a Japanese garden, which always has a bamboo as a symbol of peace.

When you look up at the sky, the green stalks and leaves can still cover your head, yet there is enough room for sunlight to shine though to the ground.

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You may be curious why there is such a place here, right? Keep walking to the end of this bamboo tunnel, the answer is right there! This iconic bamboo bower belongs to Wat Chulabhorn Wanaram or Chulabhorn Wanaram Temple, where is the place of worship.

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Wat Chulabhorn Wanaram

If any of you is interested in visiting the site, here are some of my recommendations. First, you must have a personal car since it is located in the remote area, in which the public transportation cannot reach. Secondly, your car shouldn’t be too big because the road is VERY narrow. Even a normal vehicle is still difficult to access, especially when the car on the another side is passing by. Lastly, if you are very picky with food, prepare something for a picnic. (For me, in this world, there are only two types of foods: delicious and more delicious.)  Plus, not many restaurants are available in the same area.

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Khun Ratch’s Kitchen

Speaking of food, I went to one of the most famous restaurants in this area. The Princesses of Thailand had once been there long time ago as well.

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However, since I had such a high expectation on this restaurants, It did not turn out well. It serves various basic Thai cuisines and seafood. Unexpectedly, it is not fresh. When I chewed shrimp and fish, they are quite fishy although they all were cooked for the spicy dishes. Normally, the spices will cover the fishy tastes, therefore, you can tell that it is not fresh.

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Tom Yam Kung

Aside from that, the overall taste, in my opinion, is delicious and rich in flavor, but not that “wow.”

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Deep fried chicken and ginger
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Deep fried fish with spicy curry sauces
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Kaeng Som

I hope that this will help out the Dendrophile, who wants to seek for a new natural site. BUT, if you want more and really fall in love with the bamboo, stay tuned for my next update! I will guide you to another place where you can learn more about it to the point that you can grow it at your house!

See you soon.
Until I get lost again, bye-bye.