JanJan X Travel X Bangkok

Starting my travel plans for 2016 with a short trip to Bangkok with Wenjie! Apparently it was her first trip on an airplane >.<

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Are we going Osaka ?!?

While we were trying to find out which row we were supposed to check in at, we got a shock as the final destination stated Osaka!! We thought Scoot was going to give us a free flight to Osaka. Wenjie and I were even thinking about buying coats when we get to Osaka. However it turns out that Bangkok was a transit stop, and we will still be heading to Bangkok 😛

First time I took a flight out at sunrise timing, and actually caught the beautiful sunrise before we took flight.

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First time I took a flight at Sunrise (:

DAY 1 15 May 2016 Sunday

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They still have bus attendants to collect fees manually from the passengers.

We arrived at DMK airport and took the bus into the city. They do not use any machine to collect payment. In fact, they have bus attendants to collect fees from passengers and announces each stop the bus makes.

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Coconut ice-cream to cool off the heat at Chatuchak Market

First stop — Chatuchak Market!!

Where all the cheap and trending fashion would be at. However the weather is freaking hot! The back of my legs was burning, and we desperately needed air-con places to go to.

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Happen to pass by their standees where finding the lift to Emquartier’s food floors

Second stop — Emquartier

Third stop — Terminal 21

It is like the “Ion” of Bangkok. All the atas shops were there. We headed to Audrey Cafe, which had really good reviews. We ordered Tom Yum pizza, Spicy spring roll, Milk Tea Flower desert and Thai Milk Tea crepe. Mains were spicy but SAVOURY! Deserts were very unique and not overly sweet 😛 Worth the 900 baht we paid.

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Tom Yum Pizza @ Audrey’s

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Spicy Spring Roll @ Audrey’s

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Thai Milk Tea Flower Dessert @ Audrey’s

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Thai Milk Tea Flower Dessert @ Audrey’s

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Thai Milk Tea Crepe @ Audrey’s

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If only we knew there was a food court and Korean street food at the basement floor T.T

We continue walking around to find Wenjie’s Krispy Kreme, which she crazily bought 12 doughnuts one short, and we found the food court 😦 If only we knew ~~ I wanted to eat the Korea food T.T

We saw the cheese tarts and bought two to try. Cheesy but not firm. not really to my taste ~~

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Wenjie’s love for Krispy Kreme that led us to purchase 12 doughnuts back~

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Freshly Baked Cheese Tarts!

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Looks so yummy (:

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Thai-Japan Bridge

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The long queue for the ferry to Asiatique

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Ferry to Asiatique

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Night view of Asiatique

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When I have $$, I will rent that party boat and go on a 2D1N party cruise!

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Asiatique! let the shopping begin ~

Fourth stop — Asiatique

We had to queue to take a free boat ride to get to Asiatique, and it is normally more crowded at night. It is like a mini-american county in Bangkok. We were too hungry so we quickly found a restaurant to have our dinner.

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I like the way Asiatique is designed like a small town

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The second floor of our dinner location. A nice overview of shops nearby.

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Iced Lemonade and Iced Thai Milk Tea, which were a tad too sweet >.<

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Thai-style Chicken Satay with wholemeal bread

We ordered quite a lot for 2 people — Stir-fry Kangkong, Prawn Omelette, Chicken Satay and Tom Yum Soup. Everything is TO DIE FOR! Oh and btw, I ordered lemonade but it looked so much like lemon tea 😀 It was kind of cute to serve the bill in a mini-frying pan!

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Our first dinner in Bangkok

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They serve the bills in a frying pan~ we were wondering if it was because they just took it at the last minute and serve to us.

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Like the love lock bridge in France and Nam San Tower ~

We did quite a bit a lot of shopping at Naraya before covering each warehouse after another. We wanted to head over to another night market, so we bought Mocha & Cookie and Cream Mochi Ice Cream to end off our trip to Asiatique.

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Cookies & Cream and Mocha Mochi Ice-cream!

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Train Market @ Thailand Cultural Centre — Talad Rot Fai 3 (kaset-nawamin)

Fifth stop – Talad Rot Fai 3 (Kaset-nawamin)

When we arrived at the train market, we rejected eating too much earlier. We could have ate some BBQ seafood there instead!!!!! I was too thirsty so I bought a super duper large cup of Bandung, which turn out to taste like Strawberry Milk Tea.

But we moved on and continued with our shopping instead. Night markets really sell things very cheap ~~ that I didn’t even bother to cut the prices 😛

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If only we had space in our stomach to eat the street food here @ Talad Rot Fai 3 (kaset-nawamin)

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Iced Bandung, but tasted like Strawberry Milk Tea instead.

DAY 2 16 May 2016 Monday

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Mac’s crispy chicken which tasted so much like KFC’s chicken. Also, there is some craze over Angry Birds hence the PIG is there.

First stop — Union Mall

It looked a lot like Far East Plaza. Clothes are trendy but not necessarily cheaper than other shopping mall. Plus point – good food and very quiet place. We happened to find Holly’s Coffee, and Wenjie was craving for Mango Bingsu.  We got to use free internet too >.<

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Spotted Holly’s Coffee and had Mango Bingsu! it cost so much cheaper than the ones in SG.

Second stop — MBK

Third stop — Siam Square

Fourth stop — Siam Discovery, Siam Centre, Siam Paragon

Fifth stop — Central World, Big C

The “Orchard Road” of Bangkok. Worth to go and have a look, but the price are not cheap. We even saw food junction in Siam Paragon. We didn’t eat there as we were determined to eat street food that night. We did managed to do some shopping and purchase most of the presents, before we headed to the mini-bazaar next to Central World to buy our dinner.

Stupid me forgot to take a photo of our dinner that night. We bought Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken intestines, Chicken Wings, Siew Mai-looking food and cup noodles. We use the Krispy Kreme container to become a makeshift table on our hotel bed to put our dinner.

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Fried Chicken, Pork, Intestines and more. Forgot to take a photo of our “stash” and cup noodles for dinner that night 😛

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Wenjie and I wanted to buy this for GK but figured he doesnt seem like a tote bag kind of person 😀

That night we wanted to eat some doughnuts but there was no microwave in the hotel. So we decided to use the hairdryer to heat up the doughnuts. We kind of ignore the fact that there would be germs, but nothing bad happened to us 😛 Save for now!

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want to “microwave” our doughnuts but hotel didn’t have one, so we resulted in using the hairdryer 😛 Thank god we didnt suffer from any stomachache!

DAY 3 17 May 2016 Tuesday

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Our lunch on the third day!

First stop — Central Mall

We had our lunch at a restaurant in Central World. We order Prawn Fried Rice, Tom Yam Soup, Specialty Chicken Wings and Fried Prawn Cake. We contemplated to watch a movie there  but decided shopping was more important. Haha!!!

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Found another cheese tart store in Central World, near the food hall on the top floor.

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Wanted to catch a movie but I rather use the time to shop around XD

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Love the cottage feel by this cafe. Esp the teddy bear touch at each table!

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Second stop — Platinum Mall, Palladium Mall

It is like the “Dong Dae Mun” of Bangkok. I finally understood why so many ppl would chose to stay near Platinum and willing to spend endless amount of days there. It is so huge, so cheap and has almost everything! We took a short break at the food centre on L6 for dinner. Ordered Cookies and Cream crepe and KFC chicken & nuggets.

After that, we decided to head back the second day (so we didn’t cover the whole of Platinum Mall) and head over to Pratunup Night Market instead. Unfortunately it was not open that night, so we took the train to Victory Monument to visit the Night Market there.

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Oreo crepes from Platinum food hall. Food here are so cheap, we decided to selected our meals for day 4 here when we came back for another round of shopping.

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Victory Monument~~ The BTS has to travel around the victory monument almost like the horseshoe curve in Pennsylvania (I only knew about this because of Modern Family 😛 )

Third stop — Victory Monument Night Market

It wasnt every big and the stuff they sell were repeats of what we already saw. So we did a quick walk of the mall before heading to Jeffer’s for dinner and calling it a night.

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Colourful Colourful ballons used as lighting decorations

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Nice cup of Iced Cappuccino to end the day

Apologies for the super blur pic but it was late at night. I wanted to capture the queue near the metro for Motorbike Taxis. The queue looked long but it was cleared rather quickly. We had to be careful and look out for the motorbikes as they occasionally did not seem to be stopping for us or saw us.

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Every night we see a row of people waiting for the motorbike taxi to fetch them to their destination. Due to the lighting, I could get a clear shot of the people and the motorbikes.

It was like a ritual (since Challenge’s welfare chalet), Wenjie and I would watch Liang Popo or Crayon Shin from youtube before sleeping. Always having a good laugh before we go to lalaland ZZZZ…

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Every night we watch video on LPXX or Liang Popo before we go to sleep.

DAY 4 18 May 2016 Wednesday

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Heading to Platinum Mall for round 2 of shopping! Had to purchase a single ride ticket as we didnt have sufficient money in our BTS card.

First stop — Platinum Mall

We did not have enough money in  our transport card so we purchase the single fare ticket, which had the subway line on the back of the card. I thought that it was helpful especially for tourists.

We settled our lunch at the food centre which uses a card token system to consolidate all the money collection. We bought Crab Omelette rice and Phad Thai. We also discovered the food in 7-11 and regretted not finding out about it earlier 😛 Super in love with the sandwiches from 7-11. I think I will find the same experience in Taiwan (:

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Settled our lunch at Platinum mall’s food hall, along with a sandwich toast from 7-11 🙂

On my last day, I made my best purchase for my whole trip – PERSONALISED CAPS!!! Well since only we cousins wear caps occasionally, I decided to make one for each of us using our Instagram names! MORE UNIQUE! Super proud of my purchase. I am so going to wear this cap to Korea ❤

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Personalised Caps @ Holycaps. One of my last purchases, & my best purchase during my whole trip!

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Yippee! Personalised Caps for my sister and cousins (:

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DMK airport shops closed quite early and we were only able to buy the Choco Pie from Macs before we took our flight back to reality >.<

We offically came to the end of our short and impromptu trip to Bangkok. It was a much needed break from all the unwanted and self-caused stress I was feeling the past few (or more) months. Glad to have this break to stop and think. Now I am charged up for what is left in SG to do, but am also looking forward to my Korea trip which is happening in less than 4 weeks 😛

 

UPCOMING ❤

JanJan X Travel X Korea !!!!!

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One year has gone by ~

One year ago, I had completed my education journey and started into the working work. Many a times, I think about how I could make my Uni life more vibrant.

I would have aimed to take up at least one Study Mission, so that I can explore another country. I would have ventured to take on one more OCSP, be it from SMU or external. I would have explored taking a 6 months overseas internship, an opportunity to travel again and yet get some experience in another countries’ working culture. I should have fought harder to get the post I want, then the next year I would have been motivated to run for SMUSA. I would have been able to tackle more matters in school.

However as I reflect about what I might have missed out, I would definitely not redo any of my decisions if I had a choice.

Well since I cannot do anything about that, I shall focus on what I can change. The future, my ultimate life goals — travel to as many countries as possible (hopefully the whole world) and find the perfect job of earning money and doing community work at the same time (of course job would hopefully not come with politics of any forms).  Though it still seems a bit unclear on how I am going to get to my ultimate life goals, I believe in myself that I can achieve it. Maybe….  50 years later?!  Haha! Well one thing for sure ~ I would give up 😍

Cafehopping in the East

Instead of lazying around during my off-day, I decided to embark on that cafehopping I have been mentioning too many times! Today I “tackled” the east, covering cafes mostly in East Coast and Siglap area.

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Penny University

402 East Coast Road Singapore 428997

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I had ~~
Turkey Bacon and Cheese crossiant
Smoked Salmon
Ice Chocolate

A light meal to start the #cafehoppingintheeast!  The crossiant is crispy (?!) and the serving for Smoked Salmon was the same amount as the crossiant 😀 Although the serving for Ice Chocolate was small, the chocolate syrup made up for it!

If only, I had found this place when I was still studying. I would come here often!

 

Craftsmen Specialty Coffee

2 First Street #01-01 Siglap V Singapore 458278

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I had ~~
Earl Grey Cheesecake
Iced Salted Caramel Latte

The cheesecake was soft but firm and it kinda looks like Oreo cheesecake haha. Earl Grey taste was not overpowering. When they first served the Iced Salted Caramel Latte, the salted caramel syrup was quite thick (at least 1 cm!) but I guess the latte was bitter enough ~ ((:

 

Dutch Colony Coffee & Co.

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113 Frankel Avenue Singapore 458230

I had ~~
Chai Latte

Had been wondering how Chai Latte tasted like. To me, it tasted minty and somewhat like earl grey. Just somehow haha. However with 3 drinks, I think I am going to need the loo pretty soon ~~

Another potential quiet place if I wanted to study. Maybe I will bring a book along the next time.

 

Coast & Company

54 Siglap Drive Singapore 456176

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I had ~~
Country Salad
Earl Grey Tea

The Country Salad had a huge dose of smoked salmon (2nd round of smoked salmon hehe^^), but there was too much sauce. Next time I shall request for the sauce to be place separately. Had Earl Grey tea instead, since I had two cups of coffee already. Overdose of coffee ><

Other than the cafe, there is a bicycle workshop at the back and they even have an exclusive area for bikers and their bikes on the 2nd floor. Made me miss my ladies’ bicycle, but then again I rarely rode it 😛

 

Carvers & Co.

43 East Coast Road Singapore 428764

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I had ~~
Steak and Cheese Sandwich
Gingerale Soda

Good to have something light and fizzy after all the coffee and tea. Now I going to keep a lookout for Gingerale Soda haha! The Steak and Cheese sandwich was a little too much on the cheese and greens (or maybe it is because of all the cafehopping~).

Might not be coming back for seconds. Would probably head to the cafes nearby instead ><

 

FFL Fresh Fruits Lab

351 Changi Rd, Singapore 419818
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I had ~~
Rainbow cake
Strawberry Soda
Complementary Carrots and Orange Juice

A fruity and light way to end the cafehopping trip. I really love the Strawberry Soda. But I love the concept of using lab equipment to serve the drinks.

 

 

Lastly ~~~

I ended the day with a visit to i light @ Marina Bay. Started the walk a little too early, but managed to walk the entire route (which is the whole circle of Marina Bay area). Saw quite a few interesting exhibitions and had Häagen-Dazs ice cream ((:

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8 hours no tech challenge!

I would conclude that it was a fail, not because I could resist the urge to get my hands on some tech gadgets but because I couldn’t make my family “suffer” and join me in my challenge. Well, it is quite hard to close out the noise from the television or my sister playing music from her phone so in a way I had access to tech gadgets. However I was successfully in not using any of my own tech gadgets during these 8 hours. Mini success! Below is detailing how I spent the 8 hours without technology –

 

10am          Start of the 8 hours no tech challenge! & I was in la la land 😛

12.30pm    Prepare to go for swimming

1.30pm       Swimming at Hougang Swimming Complex (had to use some form of technology to get to the swimming complex ><)

3.30pm        Reach home (again using technology) and had lunch

4.30pm        Reading Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time

6.30pm        End of the 8 hours no tech challenge!

 

Well I must say I actually felt normal. No desperate need to get to my phone to read notifications or check Facebook feed. Of course I had to plan the 8 hour schedule before embarking on it. During the 8 hours, I realised that I already knew everyone’s schedule in my head so I did not need to text any one to find out who was where and whether they needed me to get any thing since I was out. However, it was a bit uncomfortable as I was not able to make last min changes to my plans if I wanted to.

Technology is a privilege given to us, and I am appreciative of the convince it provides.

 

6-months mark @ my first job!

Ever since I joined SICS Management Committee, I was determined to find a job (or of similar scope) to work in. Even if it is only for a short period. Thankfully I actually found one, with my school manager’s help and 4 years of “training” by SMU.

As of 3rd Feb, I have completed my 6 months probation at Agency for Integrated Care. Still pending that confirmation letter 😛 Of course it was difficult to absorb all the schemes and services AIC offers and understand the healthcare landscape when I have not really been involved in it. I think the closes I have been to healthcare was doing volunteering work at Hospice and Nursing Homes, and learning bits and bits of the operations.

It has definitely been a fun experience thus far. Serving the ageing population in Singapore, learning how “the ground” works, improving my communications skills, gaining new skills/knowledge, etc. Following close to what i believe, there is no end to learning and I should never close my doors to any opportunity to learn.

However there is bound to have some difficulties i need to face, and it might even make me want to stop learning and just cruise along. But… somehow i just can not do that and have been thinking of solutions to overcome those difficulties ~

My first job — Working @ AIC

It has been 4 months since I started work at AIC.

Totally understand the feeling of wanting back the school days (especially University days) as you will get all the time in a day and do whatever you would like to do. However there is also the feeling of wanting the pay from the working days so that your expenses are funded. The big dilemma. I guess the best situation to achieve that is to be paid to study. But that would kill me more because studying should be something I would want  voluntarily.

I still remember the initial few weeks, i just went home immediately as I was so tired and totally not used to the 9-5 hours. Well slowly getting used to the “rhythm” of full time work and “catching up” with all the gatherings.

SICS 5th MC gathering @ Strictly Pancakes

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SOCSC Class of 2015 (#55shorts) gathering @ Jean’s place

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Family gathering to celebrate Popo’s 76th Birthday @ my place 

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Thankfully I am in the mood to gear up for more gatherings with Christmas and New Year’s round the corner.

 

Till the next post ~~~ ((:

Disney Movie from 2015 to 2017

Disney has released a whole list of movie to look out for!!! Motivated to watch all(:

  1. The Good Dinosaur ………………………………………………………… Nov 25, 2015
  2.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens ……………………………………….. Dec 18, 2015
  3. The Finest Hours …………………………………………………………… Jan 29, 2016
  4. Zootopia ……………………………………………………………………….. Mar 4, 2016
  5. The Jungle Book ……………………………………………………………. Apr 15, 2016
  6. Captain America: Civil War …………………………………………….. May 6, 2016
  7. Alice Through the Looking Glass …………………………………….. May 27, 2016
  8. Finding Dory …………………………………………………………………. Jun 17, 2016
  9. The BFG ……………………………………………………………………….. Jul 1, 2016
  10. Pete’s Dragon ………………………………………………………………… Aug 12, 2016
  11. Doctor Strange ………………………………………………………………. Oct 26, 2016
  12. Moana ………………………………………………………………………….. Nov 23, 2016
  13. Rogue …………………………………………………………………………… Dec 16, 2016
  14. Beauty and the Beast ……………………………………………………… Mar 17, 2017
  15. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ………………………………………… May 5, 2017
  16. *Star Wars 8th episode working title* ……………………………… May 26, 2017
  17. Cars 3 ……………………………………………………………………………. Jun 16, 2017
  18. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ……………… Jul 7, 2017
  19. Thor: Ragnarok ………………………………………………………………. Nov 3, 2017
  20. Coco ………………………………………………………………………………. Nov 22, 2017
  21. Black Panther …………………………………………………………………. Feb 16, 2018
  22. Gigantic …………………………………………………………………………. Mar 9, 2018
  23. Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 …………………………………………… May 4, 2018
  24. *Star Wars 9th episode working title* ………………………………. May 25, 2018
  25. Toy Story 4 …………………………………………………………………….. Jun 15, 2018
  26. Captain Marvel ………………………………………………………………. Jul 6, 2018
  27. Inhumans ………………………………………………………………………. Nov 2, 2018
  28. Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 …………………………………………… May 3, 2019
  29. The Incredibles 2 …………………………………………………………….. Jun 21, 2019
  30. Star Wars: Episode IX ……………………………………………………… 2019
  31. Disney’s untitled fair-tales ……………………………………………….. Dec 22, 2017; Nov 2, 2018; Mar 28 & Nov 8, 2019

 

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