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Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

Vol. 2 No. 12

Coconuts dying in Phangan, planters seek govt support By CHERDCHAI TAWEEMUANG WITH more than 2,000 rai of land area already affected, coconut planters on Koh Phangan are asking for help about the worsening problem of insects feeding on coconut leaves and fruits on the island. e worried planters are afraid that at the rate the two-colored beetles continue in their feeding frenzy; all the coconut trees on the island will soon be gone. e most damaged areas are in Moo 1, 4 and 6 on Tambon Koh Phangan and in Moo 1 and 2 on Tambon Baantai. According to Mrs.Nob Piriyasatit, a 72-year-old coconut planter – the pests are destroying her ancestral heritage. “Some coconut trees are as old as 70 years,” she told Samui Gazette. “ey have been our Turn to page 6

Facts about the Two-colored beetle

DYING COCONUT TREES - Part of the coconut plantation area already destroyed by the two-colored coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa Longissima). Planters on the island say the worsening problem of insects feeding on coconut leaves and fruits has damaged up to some 2,000 rai of land. ey are afraid that if this is not stopped soon they may one day wake up with all the coconut trees in Koh Phangan gone. (Cherdchai Taweemuang)

Brontispa longissima (known as the coconut leaf beetle, the twocolored coconut leaf beetle, or the coconut hispine beetle), is a leaf beetle that feeds on young leaves and damages seedlings and mature coconut palms. It has become an increasingly serious pest of coconuts throughout various growing regions in the Pacific, especially over the last 3 decades, including Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Nauru,Cambodia, Laos, ailand, Maldives, Myanmar, Hainan Island, and Aru Islands, and most recently, the Philippines. Control measures include pesticides, and biological control agents such as parasitic wasps (e.g., Asecodes hispinarum). (Source: Wikipedia)

Despite floods, tourism arrivals still up By CHERDCHAI TAWEEMUANG BANGKOK - Figures tabulated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for January – November 2011 show total arrivals by nationality of 17,105,283, up 21.17 percent over the same period of 2010. Although the recent floods in ailand did impact on arrivals during the months of October and November 2011, the growth in the January-September 2011 period as well as the post-floods bounceback was high enough to keep arrivals on a positive trend for the entire year. e following performance analysis by market is based on the figures tabulated so far: Overview: Visitors from East Asia totalled 9,289,474

(+27.65%), Europe 4,388,092 (+13.63%), the Americas 848,626 (+12.92%), South Asia 1,062,595 (+19.77%), Oceania 830,780 (17.64%), Middle East 563,157 (+7.69%), and Africa 122,559 (+11.84%). East Asia: East Asian visitor arrivals to ailand comprise the biggest market share of all visitors. Of the 17.10 million arrivals in January - November 2011, a total of 9.28 million were from the East Asia region. Malaysia topped the list with 2,093,987 arrivals, followed by China 1,571,294, Japan 1,047,181 and Korea 922,077. Europe: e January-November period saw a good growth rate

of 13.63% to 4.38 million. Russia is the largest source market from Europe with arrivals of 851,077, up 61.52%. e United Kingdom is the second highest source market with a total of 755,523, up 4.15%, followed by Germany 553,065, up 1.94%. South Asia: Arrivals in JanuaryNovember 2011 grew by a strong 19.77% to 1,062,595. India has become a primary market with arrivals up by 23.61% to 838,256, making it the region’s fastest growing market. ailand is enjoying huge popularity among Indian niche markets ;such as, weddings and honeymooners. Turn to page 6

FINE DINING FESTIVAL - Koh Samui mayor Ramnate Jaikwang (third from right, front row), joins executive chefs, F&B managers and general managers during the recent photo op for marketing and promotion of the “Samui Fine Dining Festival 2012” planned in March this year, featuring 15 of the island’s top restaurants, namely: Banyan Tree, Beach Republic, Full Moon, Le Méridien, Orgasmic, Prego, Red Snapper, RockPool, tawaNN, e Barge Fine Dining, e 5 Islands, Tree Tops, Twisted ai, Santiburi and Zazen.



Charity fundraiser for children with special needs set Feb 25 A FUND-RAISER, which aims to raise money to provide children with special needs a suitable environment for learning and an area to develop the physical, mental and social abilities of each child, will be held on February 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the multi-purpose field in Chaweng Lake View. Organizers said the event aims to create a foundation that will provide ongoing assistance for the

children as well as their families enlisted at the center. “While we receive some government assistance, we humbly request your support to make this project a success,” Learning Center for Special Children chairperson, Mrs. Dalin Ruangaisoon, said. e center will be selling charity tickets in two available denominations: the Bt300 ticket; which will include a buffet din-

ner, and the Bt500 ticket; which will include the buffet dinner as well as an entry into a luckychance draw to win fabulous prizes, including a Yamaha Fino. According to Mrs. Dalin, arts and amusement will be provided for all attendees, from a host of various entertainers, while photographers will capture the event on camera, which in time will be turned into a collage that will be displayed in the center.

DOWNED POWERLINE - e mysterious downing of a powerline pole at the corner of Wat Lamai temple last January 19 in the early hours of the morning caused traffic backups at this notorious bottleneck in Lamai. (Photo by Jimmy Wilkins (

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

e Cliff hosts lunch and fun day for Lamai Temple school children THE Cliff Bar and Grill hosted a lunch and entertainment for the Lamai Temple School children and their families last December 25. e event started at 9:30 a.m. and the kids and their families started arriving and were treated to some roast turkey rice and gravy with cranberry sauce throughout the morning as well as chocolate brownie cake with vanilla ice cream as a dessert all prepared and served by the kitchen team of the Cliff. e Cliff’s bar staff was also kept busy topping up the soft drinks for kids and parents all through the morning. An 8-meter high 10-meter long inflatable slide was rented for the kids to enjoy in the

morning while their parents sat under the tarpaulins eating roast turkey. At 10:30a.m. e Cliff’s Santa Clause arrived to give all the children a selection of presents and sweet packs for them to enjoy for Christmas . A total of 170 presents were given out to the kids with smiles and happy faces all around. e whole affair was sponsored by e Cliff Bar & Grill and its staffs were more than happy in helping to put on a great day for underprivileged kids. Lionel Helena, e Cliff’s general manager, said this is the first of many Christmas parties to be done by e Cliff team.

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012



Bkk Airways to launch new Samui-KL flights BANGKOK Airways, ailand’s regional airline, will soon launch a new flight service from Koh Samui to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. e new service, which will commence in March this year will leave Koh Samui daily at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 8:55 p.m. Return flights leave Kuala Lumpur at 8:20 a.m. and arrive on the island at 9 a.m. e new service aims to boost the airline’s connectivity with international destinations. e Kuala Lumpur service, expected to begin March 1, will be the third international destination for the privately- owned airline serves directly from Koh Samui where it operates its own airport. Singapore and Hong Kong are the other two destinations, with daily flights and 10 per

week, respectively. Reports indicate the Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur launch will be aligned with the flights through Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia Airlines, reportedly soon to become a code-share partner with Bangkok Airways. Bangkok media reported one of the key ideas of the launch is to feed long-haul passengers carried by Malaysia Airlines from Europe and Australia at Kuala Lumpur into the new Bangkok Airways route to Koh Samui. "We expect half of the passengers travelling on Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur to come from the transfer group, with the other half originating from the Malaysian capital," Varong Israsena na Ayudhya, Bangkok Airways' regional sales director was quoted in the report. Bangkok Airways, according to a Bangkok Post report, will

offer a daily flight on the Koh Samui-Kuala Lumpur route using an Airbus 319 with 138 seats, all economy class, at an average fare of Bt8,500. It said the launch is part of the airline's strategy to enable passengers, especially international ones, to fly directly to Koh Samui instead of through Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. Aside from more than 30 daily Bangkok Airways flights to and from Koh Samui, four other airlines serve the resort island, the report added. SilkAir has five flights a week from Singapore; Firefly and Berjaya Air, both of Malaysia, have daily flights and two flights a week, respectively, from Kuala Lumpur; and ai Airways International has two flights daily from Bangkok.

39 Beach, sun and a sparkling glass of wine - Lin’s kind of fun in Samui.

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SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

Samui Mala events: Goco hospitality co-develops 26th January: Volunteer ai translator needed: Help SPARK! Circus at a children’s workshop at Wat Jaeng on ursday 26th from 12:00 to 3:30pm. SPARK! is keen to explain their mission, not just entertain and teach... So if you’d like to help or you can offer us a staff member for a few hours, please let us know. Call 0818921180 or 26th January: “Property Ownership on Koh Samui” A free seminar for residents/ visitors You are invited to an informal seminar at Rajabhat University (Tourism Studies University) 36, Moo 6, Bophut (e road between Tescos and Chaweng Beach, running alongside the Lake) Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm... Including free buffet lunch and coffee Venue: Room 5105, Floor 5, Koh Samui Tourism Studies University Topics to be covered will include the following:- types of ownership & ensuring you have enough security for your investment, house maintenance, construction permits, Tabien Baan (House book) & registered rights, renting your property Q&A ere will also be a short ‘Cookery Masterclass’ with Chef Nigel! Whether you are new to Koh Samui or a long time resident this seminar is intended for those who would like advice and information on owning/renting/purchasing properties on the island. RSVP: Michelle Elliott at mobile 08-9591 2631 Please note that guest numbers are restricted to a maximum of 30 Friday 27th January: Rotary Club of Koh Samui monthly fellowship dinner party at the Amari Palm Reef, Chaweng with the "Dixie Blue Band" and a prize draw of the 3rd Motorbike Raffle. Please R.S.V.P. with the number of places you wish to reserve and please include the names of all guests in your party. Friday 27th January: SPARK! Circus event at Bandara is event is almost fully booked now and we are proud to be able to give so much community support to these volunteer performers. for more information. Dropoff by Sat 28th January at 5pm: Donations for a project in Burma A personal request from Susanne Stuart... “I am off to Burma on 30th Jan to work on a project with my friends building a school and sleeping quarters in a monastery. I would like to take toys and clothes up with me to give them.I will be teaching them some basic English and helping them with drawing and any drawing/painting materials are most welcome! Puzzles are also good. Anything that will help the kids have fun and learn, Nothing too heavy or bulky though as I am taking them on the plane. Drop off points at June’s Cafe at Samui Town Centre and the Spa beach village at Lamai (please contact the manager at Reception). See more about the project e Bridge of If you can help call Susanne at 0870929928 or email her January 26th: Singing Bowl concerts at Kamalaya Winnie Rode has a new CD "Winnie Rode Live" with concerts from 2011-2012 and is playing at Kamalaya’s,Yantra Hall again on January 26th and February 6th at 6pm

wellness community in Samui

BANGKOK - GOCO Hospitality and Samahita Yoga ailand are working together to develop Samahita Residences, a wellness community on the lush tropical island of Koh Samui, ailand. e project is focused on nature, healthy living, and environmental standards and will foster a small community of homeowners with a similar mindset. “GOCO Hospitality is committed to developing wellness projects which encourage healthy living,” said Ingo Schweder, Chief Executive Officer. “Becoming an equity investor in Samahita Residences allows us to do so with the added benefits of us working with Paul Dallaghan and being able to work on an exciting project in ailand, which is our home base.” Paul Dallaghan, co-founder of Samahita Yoga ailand is one of the final few to be certified by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Paul is also a senior student of Sri O.P. Tiwari, one of the few remaining classical yogis and masters of Pranayama. He has practiced Pranayama under Tiwariji's direct guidance since 2000 and is one of only two certified by Tiwari to teach the traYoga Class at Tamarind Springs Every Wednesday and Friday, from 8:00 - 9:30 am. Bt500 per person. Note: Every first Friday of the month free of charge! Open to everybody, whatever your level of experience, these twice weekly classes are held in the natural setting of Tamarind Springs' open air Yoga Sala. e classes are taught by Lieve Powell and combine techniques from various yoga traditions and other movement modalities. You will develop sustainable methods and techniques for adjusting your postures, becoming skillful and efficient in your yoga

ditional and classical Pranayama. Samahita Residences is situated on land offering spectacular views of the sea, as well as the green abundance of the island’s rainforest and coconut plantations. e land itself is rich with greenery, magnificent boulders, and spectacular natural features. e entire property is surrounded by a 500-acre protected forest, which guarantees Samahita Residences privacy and exclusivity. Homeowners at Samahita Residences would purchase land plots on which they can build their own villa. A recommended team from Sterling Project Management and Rarin Design, who also built Samahita Yoga ailand, is available to assist with the construction process, starting from the design stage to completion, ensuring that Samahita Residences’ green building standards are met. ese standards include: - Rain water collection system - Solar panels for water heater - Low-consumption lighting (LED, CFC) - Natural roofing materials - Cross ventilation air flow - Water-saving sanitary fixtures (dual-flush toilet, low-flow faucets, etc.) asanas and practice. Every one of Lieve's classes is an inspiring experience, helping you to ground and energise your body and to gain clarity and insight. Space is limited, reservations required. Call 077 230 571, 077 424221. Osteopathy on Samui 27th, 29th and 31st January at June's Art cafe at Samui Town Centre Peter Leys is an osteopath with extensive experience as a therapist. He graduated as M.Sc. in Physiotherapy at the University of Brussels in 1985 and completed

- Recycled wood products when possible - Low-energy air-conditioning and appliances - Salt water or ionized pool system Samahita Residences is equipped with full infrastructure: concrete road, private gated community with security, 3-phase electricity, and fiber optic wireless internet. Samahita Yoga ailand manages the entire development and will provide homeowners with specific maintenance services including security, maid service, gardener, and pool cleaning. Homeowners will also have the option to include their villa within the rental pool to rent out their villa during their absence. Only eight of the 20 plots remain available for sale. Plot sizes vary from 800 sq.m. to 1,800 sq.m. with prices starting from Bt1.7 million (approximately USD 53,000). Sea view plots are available with sizes from 1,000 sq.m. to 1,500 sq.m, and prices between Bt 4.2 - 9.2 million (approximately USD131,000 – 290,000) . For inquiries or to make an appointment to view, please call +66 77 920090 or email gm@yoga-thailand. (Source: his six year post-graduate education in Osteopathy at the College Sutherland in Antwerp in 1992. He practiced for over 18 years in Northern Italy where he developed a theory about embryological evolution and its correlation to creative growth. While maintaining his teachings in Italy, Peter now lives and practices in Chiang Mai. Peter will hold clinics at June's Art Cafe' ( on 27th, 29th and 31st of January. For information and/or appointmentspeter.leys2506@gmail. com or call him at 0848990727 Turn to page 5

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012


Songkran and Easter Holidays in ailand Apply early for a visa to the UK before the Songkran and Easter Holidays, British Embassy says. THE UK Border Agency at the British Embassy in Bangkok usually experiences a large increase in the number of visa applications during the period leading up to Songkran. is year the Easter holiday falls shortly before Songkran which is likely to further increase the demand for visas at this time. If it is your intention to travel to the UK around this time please apply for your visa early.

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months in advance of your date of travel. We will aim to process non-settlement visa applications within 15 working days and settlement visas within 12 weeks. e VFS visa application Centre and the British Embassy will beclosed on Friday 6th April and Monday 9th April for the Easter holiday and also Friday 13th April for the Songkran Festival.

Further information For more information on applying for a visa to the UK please visitthe UK Border Agency website.

Samui Mala... From Page 4

100 percent Koh Samui ORGANIC AVOCADO AVAILABLE NOW @ HydroHeads Farm, Lamai. Locally grown, in season, delicious! No chemical fertilizer used ever . Picked just ripe makes it taste sensational. Seasonal from now until August - many varieties over this period . Price 80-130b. /kg. Hydroheads is 100 m off the main ring road opposite the one way west out of Lamai where there are no definite clear distinguishing landmarks... ere is a small signboard for Hydroheads. For directions call Narumon 081 477 3345 Painting Group

NOW! AN ADDITIONAL STORE AT BEAUTIFUL WORLD FURNITURE STORE IN MAENAM Address: 69/35 Moo 5 Ring Road Maenam, Koh Samui Suratthani Thailand and At Nikki Beach 96/3 Moo2 Lipa Noi, Koh Samui Suratthani Thailand

5 Pam Armitage is a glass artist who would love to start a painting group. She says “Any medium welcomed, experienced or not also welcomed! I have been painting in both water colours and acrylic for many years and am happy to help others develop their skills. Son Alex is happy for the group to meet at his house in Cheong Mon and then the group could move around one another's houses. Please contact me to let me know if you are interested. My email address is, I look forward to hearing from you.” Finally, we’ve posted this before but in case you’d like to join this final, free retelling of e Bock Saga Story on Jan 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm Behind Lamai Temple (Watt Lamai) See directions below. e organisers say “Passed down in one oral tradition, in one Finnish family from father to son, since the beginning of time & well before any formal religions were on the planet! is is a "PreIce" story! Where does our life come from? Who are we? Why are we here? When we die, is there some thing left & if so, where does it go? All these important questions plus more will be answered! “We are making a final new VDO of this event so please come on time & bring friends please! PLEASE do your best to make yourself comfortable sitting on the grass (bring a mat) for a couple of hours OK? Listening to the most fascinating story ever told on this planet! Prepare for bugs and natural environment please so wear appropriate clothing and protection. We will have a tea break but please have eaten before you come so you can enjoy this story fully and not think about food for a few hours Go thru small Soi (lane) at the big, 90 degree turn on the Ring Road in front of Lamai Temple. Follow this to the Y in the road (not far maybe 150 meters) & stay to the left at the Y. Cross a bridge and see the 4 story white color apartment building on the right side of the road (not far maybe 100 meters only). Immediately after that property.... take a right....into the next drive way (be careful pulling in this driveway as its located at a blind corner) with about 7 houses in this area. Park anywhere you can find a space in the yard and walk to the furthest back left house. Please do not drive all the way to the back house, park on the land before the house. If you need help call Pee Ta. 0895949432, 081-089-7766. Please show up before 2 pm so we can start on time.” And something fabulous, to give you a bit of perspective:

ISLAND NEWS 6 Big time drug agent arrested in Koh Phangan

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

AN ALLEGED big time drug agent police identified as Che Chaweang, who escaped from Koh Samui on a drug case, has been arrested by the Koh Phangan police recently. Pol. Col. Wittaya Wangdan, superintendent of Koh Phangan Police Station; with Pol. Lt. Col. Boonma Kaewlaead, deputy superintendent; Pol. Lt. Col.anawat Sukkata, inspector; led a police force in making the arrest of anyaboon Boontan (Che Chaweang), 49, who has been hiding from the law on a house on the mountain at Moo 6, Tambon Baantai. e arrest follows coordinated efforts to look for his trail. His whereabouts in Koh Phangan were discovered with the help of Bophut police. Police seized the suspect along with the evidences such as a gun with six bullets, “ice” drug (11 plastic bags, weighing11.5 grams), 23 grams of marijuana bars, a digital scale, two cells phones, some Bt11,000 in cash, and gold accessories (weight: 7.6 grams). e police – in the course of investigating the whereabouts of

Che Chaweang – also checked out the beer bar in the area where guests were dancing to loud music. After the police showed their I.D., the customers run away leaving their things in the bar. At the bar, the police allegedly found cocaine, “ice,” and marijuana loaded in plastic bags on the floor, so the police kept them for evidence. en, they asked the DJ to turn-off the music and check up the counter. Police found cash in jars -Bt176,000 and 260 grams of marijuana bars loaded in 24 plastic bags), marijuana mixed with the tobacco (10 sticks, weighing 45 grams), and 45 grams of magic mushroom in the kitchen. e police nabbed a waiter, Yuthana Choonium, a certain Sitthiwetch Promumpai, 19; and other tourists (ai and foreigner) who were drunk and unable to run. ey were all taken to the Koh Phangan police station. Police said all the suspects initially confessed on taking drugs. A case has been filed for anyaboon Boontan on illegal gun possession and the drug (type

1 –‘ice’ drug) selling; for Yutthana Choonium on selling the drug (type 5 – marijuana) without permission, and Sitthiwetch, owner of the bar, for selling marijuana and magic mushroom. e tourists were charged with drug taking but were still unconscious to talk so they were brought to the inspector for prosecution at the provincial court of Koh Samui.

Police looking for suspects in ‘katoey’s ‘ death KOH PHANGAN police are now on the look-out for the suspects in killing a “katoey” (ai transsexual) recently in the island. e body of the katoey was earlier found in the toilet of a luxury resort on Koh Phangan. e police rescue team, who responded to a notification from a village headman, found drops of blood of the door of the second floor suggesting the dead body was pulled from this area to the toilet. ey found the body inside the toilet, with face turned down, apparently strangled with a rope to death. e victim was identified as Foosak (Kai) Chareonchaikitsakul, 48, with home address at no. 94/32, Moo 6, Tambon Baantai, Amphor Koh Phangan, a restaurant owner. People interviewed by the police said the victim was a transsexual and lots of men come to see him.

A hospital specialist concluded that victim died because lack of the air to breathe from the tightening the neck. But the victim also sustained stab wounds in the neck and apparently died around 10 hours ago before it was found, the specialist said. e police team found two condoms and a lubricant gel at the site of the incident. Upon interview, the village headman told the police that victim allegedly plans to open another restaurant and beer bar on this resort. He said the victim has a quarrel with many people, most recently with a Myanmar laborer who works for the construction of the adjacent land next to his restaurant. He also reportedly said the victim has a number of male

friends, foreigners and locals, and even teenagers who come to see him. Based on these, police presumed three motives in the victim’s killing: land problem between the victim and his neighbor; the fight with the Myanmar labor; and transsexual love problems. Pol. Col. Wittaya Wangdan said the victim may have been called by two or three persons acting in unison. e police are collecting the evidence for the issuance of an arrest warrant and bring the perpetrators to prosecution.

BIG FISH CAUGHT - Pol.Lt.Col.Boonma Kaewlaead and the police force with the suspects led by anyaboon Boontan alias Che Chaweang, an alleged big time drug agent, who has escaped from a drug case in Samui and who has been hiding from the law on a house on the mountain at Moo 6, Tambon Baantai in Koh Phangan. Also seized were a gun with six bullets, ‘ice’ drug, marijuana, a digital scale, two cellphones and gold accessories weighing 7.6 grams plus Bt11,000 in cash.

Despite floods... From Page 1 e Americas: Arrivals from the Americas showed a good growth of 12.92 percent to 848,626 with the main market, the US, increasing by 11.72 percent to 609,559. Arrivals from both Canada and Brazil showed positive growth of 14.85 percent and 21.55 percent. Oceania: Arrivals in January-November 2011 grew by 17.64 percent to 830,780 visitors. Australian visitors were up 18.68 percent to 739,963 and New Zealand +9.60 percent to 88,373. Middle East: Arrivals from the Middle East showed a slight growth of 7.69 percent to 563,157 with all markets up. Israel is the largest source market

with arrivals of 114,533 (+10.53 percent) followed by UAE 101,494 (+4.53 percent) and Kuwait 52,762 (+33.79 percent). Africa: Arrivals in January-November 2011 were up by 11.84 percent to 122,559. South Africa is the major market and has showed significant growth of 24.34 percent to 56,721. By the end of 2011, ailand welcomed a total of over 19 million international visitors, which represents annual growth of 20 percent compared to 2010. is clearly shows travellers’ preference for and loyalty to the ailand brand and reputation for Authenticity, Value for Money and Hospitality.

Coconuts... From Page 1 source of livelihood for years. We have been able to feed our children and send them to school because of them. Now, we are in danger of losing them all,” she said. Mrs. Nob said the pest problem is occurring at a time when the price of the coconut is very good (Bt10-Bt12 a piece). “I have to hire a gardener to cut the coconut leaves before the pest problem expands to other areas, but they are expanding quickly. And we have no idea how to

solve the problem.” Prapan Deawwanich, village head of Moo 1, Tambon Koh Phangan, showed Samui Gazette around the village to see the coconut trees that the two-colored pests have already destroyed. “We need help from the government in tackling this the right and fast way,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m afraid we will lose all the coconut trees on the island, which is the symbol of Koh Phangan.”

TRAVEL NEWS Amazing Boracay in the Philippines

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

BORACAY Island is a haven for those who just want to relax their days away in a picture-postcard vision of perfection. Accessed by boat from the jetty at Caticlan, this 7km long island is blessed with natural beauty, wonderfully warm culture and weather that is perfect all year round. Boracay Island is a holiday destination that one should at least experience once in their lifetime. Booking a room at one of the high-end Boracay hotels will place you on the very edge of paradise. Imagine just sinking your feet into the powder-soft sands at the sheltered White Beach. It is a luxury that has to be experienced to be believed. If you prefer to be in the heart of all the nightlife, choose one of the Boracay hotels in the lively Station 2 area or, if you are looking to travel on a budget, the Station 3 Boracay resorts are friendly on the wallet. ere are over 350 Boracay resorts, so whether you prefer to gaze out over the Pacific from your choice of Boracay Island villas or choose from a wide range of Boracay hotels, suitable for all

budgets, you won't be disappointed. From luxury Boracay hotels run by prestigious companies such as Shangri-La and Best Western, to simple batik-themed budget resorts, you will find something to suit your means and style. Once you're settled into one of the Boracay Island hotels, hire a bicycle or a motorbike and explore the intricate network of paths, or take one of the many yacht cruises and set off around the coast. e sunset cruise is one thing you should not miss. Whether booking one of the Boracay resorts, hotels or even villas, you are going to want to know what to do with your time. If you are content with kicking back in a hammock as the breeze gently stirs the leaves of the palm trees that line the silky white beaches, then Boracay Island will not disappoint. However, if you are looking for a holiday full of fun-packed adventure then leave White Beach for a moment and cross over to Bulabog beach. e hills to the north and

south of this water sport hotspot funnel the easterly winds onshore to create ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite-boarding. In fact, if you book your holiday for late January you could witness the awesome skills of the sporting professionals on the Asian Windsurfing Tour. If you prefer to spend your time beneath the glassy waves, you will be pleased to know that many of the Boracay resorts are within easy reach of a number of dive centers; whether you prefer to snorkel or SCUBA dive, Boracay is the place to come. Land sports are also available, and golf fanatics can practice their strokes on Graham Marsh's 18hole course. If you are an avid nature-lover, you within easy reach of exquisite butterfly gardens, extensive hiking and walking trails. A hidden extra at the northern part of the island is the impressive bat caves, home of the Boracay fruit bat. After you have spent an exhilarating day in the Bulabog spray or just recharged your batteries on a tropical beach, you will probably want to sample the Filipino


e 4km-long White Beach, one of the two main beaches in Boracay in the Phillippines, teems with tourists both locals and foreigners in December. cuisine in one of the many restaurants or bars. However, if European is more to your taste you will find plenty of options to wet your appetite. Round off a perfect day by taking in the stunning sunset from a beachfront bar, acoustic music in the background, while lying back on your beach chair. Booking your stay in one of the many Boracay Island resorts will give you the holiday of your dreams for so many reasons but if you want to pick just one, the welcome sign puts it plainly: 'Welcome to Boracay Island, the best tropical beach in the world'.

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SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

Asean countries agree to ease visa regulations THE 15th Asean Tourism Ministers Meeting at the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2012 in Manado, North Sulawesi, produced seven core agreements to support the implementation of the “Asean Tourism Strategic Plan” (ATSP) 2011-2015. First, member countries agreed on furthering the integration of Asean tourism; second, increase connectivity between Asean nations; third, increase human resource capacities for tourism; fourth, ensure the quality of tourism services; fifth, create Asean tourism marketing strategies; sixth, develop Asean tourism products; and seventh, cooperate with Asean partner countries on tourism marketing and development. Indonesia’s Minister for

Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, chair of the Asean Ministers Meeting, stated that the tourism ministers of Asean countries acknowledged that there have been significant improvements in the implementation of ATSP in all tourism taskforces Minister Mari Pangestu added that developments were made in communications and transportation that facilitated tourists to travel, one of these components is the Asean Open Sky policy, which will endorse international airlines to open routes that connected to Asean. She also stated that efforts are conducted to resolve the visa and entry procedures so that the “free movements” among Asean peoples can be achieved.

As for non-Asean visitors, the “Asean common visa” will be resolved in the near future to create an “Asean Schengen.” On the subject of improvements in tourism services and human resources in Asean, she added that agreement has been reached on several standards of services ranging from human resources, facilities, and also accommodation standardization for eco-hotel, home-stay, and spa. For the security system, there will be a “security guideline” for tourism. Other agreements achieved in the marketing strategy is the launch of the branding: "Asean, Southeast Asia: Feel the Warmth." Minister Mari Turn to page 15

Police raid in Pathum ani house yield illegal drugs worth billions of baht BANGKOK - Over two million methamphetamine pills, 30kgs of crystal ‘ice’ or methamphetamine and 20 kgs of heroin worth billions of baht were found by police during a search of a rented house in Pathum ani recently. e search came after police tried to arrest Highway, a suspected drug dealer, on January 20 at Phra-in Racha sluice gate in Khlong Raphipat in Bang Pa-in district of Ayutthaya but during the getaway the suspect's sedan lost control and fell into a canal between the motorway. e driver managed to escape but police found two bags of ‘ice’ weighing three grams, an ID from an organization bearing the name of Mr. Nipon Kanchart and a name card of a lieutenant

general. Pathum ani Provincial Police Deputy Superintendent Pol. Lt. Col. Jirawat Naewchampa said there was no one in the rented house but there was a car parked on the premises. During a search of a room under the stairs, police found over two million methamphetamine pills wrapped in packs, more than 30 packages of ‘ice’ at

one kilo per package and more than 20 packages of heroin also at around one kilo per package. Police estimated that the illicit drugs worth billions of baht in street value. According to an initial investigation, Mr. Nipon rented the house for Bt20,000 per month from a former beauty queen and TV star. Provincial Police Bureau Commissioner Pol. Maj. Gen. Kamronvitan oopkrachang has inspected the seized drugs and reported to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung.(MCOT online news)

Minister to supervise compensation for victims of southern violence BANGKOK - Interior Minister Pracha Promnog has been assigned by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to chair a committee to consider a compensation package for victims of Southern violence. is, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit after an unofficial meeting of Pheu ministers at Ban Phitsanulok, the official residence of the Prime Minister. Mr. Yongyuth said that Ms. Yingluck assigned Mr. Pracha to supervise compensation for the violence victims. e deputy premier said regulation and criteria would be based on the same standards as those earlier approved for victims

of political violence. e Cabinet recently approved Bt2 billion in compensation for victims of political violence between 2005 and 2010 with Bt4.5 million to be paid to the family of each fatality while those who were wounded will be entitled to a different amount of compensation. Critics had earlier expressed concern that the package would not include compensation for insurgency-impacted victims in the troubled Southern region. e Southern Border Police Operation Center earlier reported, as of the end of in 2011,

the death toll from Southern violence which erupted in January 2004 has resulted in a death toll of 5,243, comprising civilians, security forces, monks, teachers and insurgents themselves while nearly 9,000 persons were wounded or otherwise injured in 12,604 incidents. (MCOT online news)

Cabinet reshuffle is for suitability, PM Yingluck Shinawatra insists BANGKOK - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said recently the Cabinet reshuffle now pending royal endorsement is based on her team’s suitability in continuing the government’s work following its first six months in office. She brushed aside suggestions that the move was the result of some ministers' poor performance. "It is proper timing after the government has been working for almost six months," she said.

Ms. Yingluck, however, declined to comment whether or not the change would be acceptable to the public, saying people should wait for the official announcement of the lineup. e portfolio quotas for coalition parties remain unchanged, she said. Government spokesperson itima Chaisang earlier confirmed that the Prime Minister submitted the new Cabinet line-up for royal endorsement on January 16, involving reshuffling of a dozen positions. Meanwhile, opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democrat Party said he could not comment in detail since the new Cabinet is yet to be officially announced. He, however, said the premier should make clear to the public the reasons behind the change of more than 10 Cabi-

net positions in less than half a year. "I don't want the reshuffle turn out to be politically rewarding the government's key political supporters," the former prime minister said, adding that the change may affect the continuity of policy implementation of major ministries. Mr. Abhisit also commented he will be concerned if Commerce Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong is shifted to take the helm at the finance ministry given his ideas on budget allocations as

well as the current rice mortgage scheme which he described as being problematic. e Cabinet reshuffle should be done for the benefit of policy implementation and the public, he suggested. Regarding media reports about one Red Shirt leader, Nattawut Saikua, to be brought in as a deputy agriculture minister, Mr. Abhisit said the Prime Minister has to justify how the change would affect the government’s performance. Mr. Nuttawut is one of the Red Shirt leaders charged with terrorism through his role in encouraging violence during the April-May 2010 protests. e Red Shirts are the main political movement supporting ousted premier aksin Shinawatra, brother of Prime Minister Yingluck. (MCOT online news)

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012



Thai exports in Q1 forecast to shrink 7% BANGKOK - Export revenue is likely to shrink in the first quarter of 2012, possibly by as much as seven percent, according to Kasikorn Research Center Co., Ltd. (KResearch). e entire year's exports are expected to grow between 2 to 8 percent, in contrast with the Commerce Ministry's statement that exports would move in a more positive direction this year. KResearch reported balance of payments-based exports may contract by over seven percent year on year in the first quarter of this year partly due to last year's highly competitive base. e forecast of seven percent

contraction for the first quarter of 2012, which is worse than the 7.4 percent drop in the fourth quarter of 2011th, is mainly due to the country's production sector still recovering from the flood crisis of last year. However, accelerating imports of capital goods and raw materials after the flood crisis are a good sign that industrial production capacity may return to normal by the second quarter of 2012 as expected. is is a positive for exports in particular industrial goods, accounting for 62.6 percent of ailand’s exports. Positive export growth is likely

to be seen in the second half of 2012, but variables in the world economy such as the European debt crisis and signs of China's economy slowing, must be closely monitored. Economic momentum of ailand’s trade partners - such as China, Europe and Tokyo - tends to slow down in the face of risks of a European debt protracted crisis. KResearch projects that the 2012 export outlook may grow by about five percent in the estimated range of 2-8 percent, compared to 17.2 percent growth over 2011. (MCOT online news)

Consumer confidence index moves up after 5 months BANGKOK - ailand's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) in all categories in December increased for the first time in five months, according to a survey by the Economic and Business Forecasting Center of the University of the ai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC). e confidence index among consumers on the overall economy climbed to 63.1 in December from 61.0 in November, center director anawat Polvichai announced recently. e rise was attributed to last year's worst flood in decades which now returned to normal, post-flood economic rehabilitation measures which are the 2012 overall projected to drive the economy to grow by from 4 to 5 percent as well as more public spending boosted by the New Year festival. However, the index remained

below the benchmark of 100, meaning that the consumers continue to experience a lack of confidence in the overall situation, Dr. anawat explained. He added that the December index is also lower than the figure reported prior to the flood crisis because consumers are still concerned about the high cost of living and the fragile global economy affected by the debt crisis in Europe. Meanwhile, the director predicted that consumption in ailand will continue at a slow pace until half way through this year's first quarter. Dr. anawat analyzed that

the speed-up in the post-flood economic rehabilitation, including budget injection for boosting the country's economy and a flood-prevention plan for this year will help restore consumer spending and may help the economy to expand by 5-7 percent. However, the economic problems in Europe and oil prices should be closely monitored, he warned, explaining that if the problems continue and intensify, ai exports will be affected immediately. (MCOT online news)

ailand's rice exports likely to drop this year BANGKOK - e Rice Exporters Association has announced recently the country's rice exports from 2.5 to 4 million tons by will fall from 6.5 to 8 million tons to 10.5 million tons from last year's. Rice Exporters Association President Korbsook Lamsuree said that rice exports face many obstacles this year. e US Department of Agriculture believes that the global rice trade will amount to 31.88 million tons, dropping from about three million tons from last year's 34.78 million tons. A major factor is India's export policies with India resuming rice exports after a three year suspension. It has already allowed exports of two million tons of rice and added rice export permissions are likely to negatively impact exports, in particular white rice and parboiled rice which could drop by another 5.1 million tons, she said. In addition, rice prices are higher than their competitors due to the government's rice mortgage

scheme. For example, ailand’s five percent white rice and five percent parboiled rice, both exported at the same price, US $ 533 per ton, while Indian rice is priced at $ 435 per ton for five percent white rice and parboiled rice $ 450 for five percent. Vietnamese jasmine rice sales at $ from 350 to 450 per ton, cheaper than rice. Vietnam has grabbed a share of ailand’s current's rice export market, in particular in Asia, according to Ms. Korbsook. In addition, several other countries have also increased rice exports this year. ey include Cambodia, Myanmar, Brazil, Uruguay and Pakistan, she said rice prices and production this year also depend on regional natural conditions and any possible disaster as well as currency exchange fluctuations and the government's policies. Currently, ai rice price is the world's most expensive, said the ai Rice Exporters Association. (MCOT online news)

NGV, LPG prices rise starting January 16 BANGKOK - e price of natural gas for vehicles (NGV) is due to rise by Bt0.50 per kilogram on January 16, the first rise in almost a decade since ailand promoted the use of NGV, in a government move to restructure energy prices. From Jan. 16 onwards, the price of NGV will rise to nine liquefied petroleum baht per kilogram and gas (LPG) will be for the transport sector increased by Bt0.75 per kilogram, gasoline and gasohol by Bt1.07 per liter and diesel by. Bt0.64 per liter in line with the government's policy to the real capital cost of energy

reflection. Suthep Liamsiricharoen, Director of the Energy Policy and Planning Office said the government has suspended on gasoline and diesel sales collecting contributions toward the state oil fund as outlined and delivered in its policy statement on Aug. 26. e contributions for gasoline and diesel, which are currently zero, will resume Jan. 26. For

NGV and LPG, the increased prices than the lower capital cost will still be at around Bt15 to Bt16 per kilo for NGV. e price rise is necessary, according to Mr. Suthep. (MCOT online news)

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SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012


A year to look forward to THE high season apparently started off well last month when you compare it to the previous one – there’s no political upheaval in the capital, Bangkok, where majority of the tourists fly in to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, from their respective countries. Although floods caused economic havoc there during the last quarter of the year, the situation somewhat gradually improved by December allowing travelers to proceed with their holiday plans in ailand without fear of getting stranded or going through all the troubles and inconveniences experienced by other tourists over the last two years. Koh Samui in particular, enjoyed fair weather and seems to be going on well into the early part of this year. So unlike last year when the continuous heavy rains brought forth the floods in March resulting in tourists stranded in the airport, ferry service stopped, power outages for days because of damaged power lines, thus, so much income lost from those driven away and scaring those just planning to fly into the tropical island paradise. is year, there were rains as usual being the monsoon season, but none that really caused days of flooding and so much inconveniences and of course, business losses to this tourist-dependent island community. A welcome surprise these days rather observed over the past few months was the absence or minimal crimes against tourists which used to dominate news headlines and even the usual reports of scams victimizing hapless tourists appear to have disappeared. Even break- ins targeting tourists’ rooms and expats’ homes alike, which are so prevalent just about a year ago seem to have also disappeared. e illegal drug problem remains and sadly persists, of course, but this is a more serious matter that involves attention from the authorities from the national leadership and the local government and in fairness, judging from the number of arrests being made, we are getting the impression the campaign by the police to really stamp out this menace is succeeding. It is also worth noting the much improved roads around the island these days to the credit of the municipal and the office of the district sheriff, who have promised to do their best to make things, in this case the infrastructure, better for the residents and the tourists alike. Power and water supplies has been adequate so far and is no cause for worry. ere have not been many complaints on taxis overcharging although the much-publicized plan to implement metering on taxis has not materialized till now. Garbage and waste collection is not really that well but is also not that bad as before and the most welcome news lately is that waste recycling programs have been adopted by most businesses. e sun has been shining on most days and this certainly augurs well for the Westerners who choose to visit Koh Samui to enjoy the beach and the warm tropical weather. For Samui tourism, 2012 is really a year to look forward to.

Tony Blair says so WELL ,I see that good old Tony Blair has been over to visit ailand and he seems to have given ailand his blessing. He made a keynote address entitled” e Challenges and Opportunities in a Globalized World.” Not too sure what that really meant to say but then he then went on to give a couple of mixed messages saying that ailand is open for business and we (who are we?) can be confident of its future and the world should be confident about the future of ailand. Hmmm... en in almost the same breath the nice old Mr. Blair warned us that ailand would be affected by all the debt troubles that are besetting Europe. We can trust what Tony Blair says like when he told us Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction both chemical and biological! But of course ailand will be

affected by the European money troubles like the rest of the world will be as well, when at least four countries that I know of in the European Union are almost bankrupt, of course the entire planet is going to be affected. It has been a global economy for an age already we all know that what affects you affects your neighbor. Everyone you speak to at home and abroad are counting their pennies, no one seems to be doing well. Now add on to that we have the baht still doing badly against most of the foreign currencies which doesn’t help any businesses in ailand or make ailand a cheaper viable option for many tourists. While the world sinks further in to debt precisely what ailand does not need is to have put upon them fresh threats of terrorist attacks in Bangkok. Again this depends on who you listen to. e

main story is coming from the American Embassy who are covering all bases on their website telling their citizens to be aware and be careful. en you also have the Israeli Embassy urging its citizens to avoid Bangkok because of a serious and imminent danger. Of course that is going to make some people afraid. You just have to say the word terrorist and that is enough to stop some people from travelling full stop. Apparently the ai government has said there is no real terrorist threat but then came the arrest of a Lebanese/ Swede at Suvarnabhumi airport who was found to be keeping several ingredients for bomb making equipment at his rented shop house, and the Bangkok police are said to be keeping an eye on three major tourist areas in the ai Turn to page 14

And now for the weather By STEPHEN LARKIN THE weather in this part of the world never fails to amaze me. We used to be able to set our clocks by the arrival and passing of the monsoon, take comfort during the hot season in the knowledge that when it all got too steamy, a thundery downpour would arrive and drench the island for a few precious hours; but not anymore. When I’m back in England I often get people asking me what the best time of year is to visit Koh Samui, and the question leaves me stumped, at a loss for words, incapable of mustering up anything more than a pathetic shrug of the shoulders. ey might as well ask me if there’s life on Mars, because as far as the weather is concerned, nobody really knows anything anymore. Two years ago after a particularly dry wet season, we experienced a period of six months with virtually no rain. Half the island was without water, including my nearest and dearest who runs a laundry and had to cart the dirty

clothes halfway across town and wash them all by hand. After the drought everyone was praying for a proper rainy season, and the heavens were certainly paying attention. Floods not only in November and December, but also slap bang in the middle of the dry season a couple of weeks before Songkran. Lamai was one big lake, people’s fridges, TVs and furniture were floating down the roads, and still we didn’t suffer half as much as the poor folk on the mainland, not to mention the residents of Bangkok during the recent floods there. I am writing this halfway through January and it has been raining now for two days solid – although every rain cloud has a silver lining – the deafening patter on the roof is drowning out the noise from the local karaoke bar (see previous article). My parents are coming to visit soon, and originally they intended to fly over just after New Year, but I told them they might as well come in February so that

when they return to England winter will be almost over. Looking outside now, I reckon this was good advice. But who’s to say the weather will be any better when they arrive next month? Here on the island if I were in charge of the elements I would make it sunny one day and cloudy the next, with regular short downpours thrown in to fend off any potential drought; and so on throughout the year. Holiday makers would then at least be able to spend half their days toasting themselves on the beach and you wouldn’t see them trundling down the beach road for days on end beneath their umbrellas, looking longingly at the racks of swimwear that they won’t need to buy. Residents would get a regular respite from the searing heat – I don’t know about you but for me the energy we get from the sun is entirely disproportionate to the energy I have to get off my arse and do anything. Flooding wouldn’t be a problem Turn to page 14

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DIVER IN LAMAI Roads and maps “ On what road do you live?" "Well," starts the reply, with a deep intake of breath and what I would have taken as a dramatic pause if I had not asked many people that question in Lamai during the last ten years, "You know the road that goes around the island. If you are at Lamai temple (the wat) and coming from Chaweng, you take a ninetydegree left hand turn and go along for nearly a kilometer, I suppose, and then the road goes uphill. When you are at the top, next to the bus shelter (a sala), in fact just before the sala, you turn left again and go down the hill towards the beach. Take a right hand turn up a hill, a new road, and I live up there." What a waste of breath and what a complication to confuse me. But I get that sort of description so often. The problem of course is that there is no road map for Lamai, or even Samui, which is of any much use. And road names are virtually non-existent. The names which the native population has allocated to some roads are generally disregarded, often even by the Thais. To me it beggars belief that there is no comprehensive or even accurate road map of Samui. There is a large expat community here but only a fraction of it remembers the commonly used road names. As always, Lamai is a bit different but still many people who live here do not use road names. It is surprising that a reasonable, useful and accurate road map does not exist when at least for the Lamai Beach area it could be so helpful for tourists and expats alike to have a map with the names that are generally used for the roads. Names on Samui have historically been beautifully simple and descriptive. The simple "Big Rock" is a name that both amuses me and describes exactly what it is at that significant point on the "Ring Road", the name we use for the main road that goes around the island. Overlap Stone was or is another. One huge boulder upon another. This is so Samuiesque. Do they not have Hua Thanon, Maenam, etc? And so politely, Grandfather Rock Grandmother Rock.

So it is with the names we use for the roads in the Lamai Beach area. Beach Road it is because it is the main road of Lamai Beach, even though in places it is not the road nearest to the beach. At what is effectively the center of Lamai Beach we have "The Crossroads" for the place where the two main roads cross. Heaven forbid that we should ever name it after an ephemeral business, a name such as the Outback Bar junction, as I recently heard, but I have no objection to giving that bar a commendation in this article. And, I might add, if they don't cut down the size of

Old Market Road is a name in common use, sometimes as Old Market Street. Likewise "Market Road"

and "Market Road Seaside." You can guess exactly what bit of road I'm referring to, can't you? The same with Ring Road Hill and Beach Hill. The latter, which is the road towards the beach from the top of Ring Road Hill Lamai, has been signposted for at least ten years as Soi Pongponrat, but ask a local Thai where that is and 99 percent will look totally bewildered, in the same way as some often do when you ask for your change.

“Although some people refer to it as German Road I still prefer the familiar name and would not welcome the day when there is an English Road, Australian Road, etc. etc. Lamai is truly international and in my opinion it is wrong to refer to any road as belonging to any particular nationals.” their fish and chips meal, which I noticed they had done for me when I enjoyed the meal recently, they will soon join in the Samui hall of fame with the Red Fox Bar and its Sunday Roast as being the best in value and quality on the island. Yet we do not have Red Fox Street, and we never will. It is Walking Street - a place where for about half of the day cars are not allowed so everyone understands when it is called Walking Street. Likewise, Stadium Road, the road from The Crossroads which goes past the Lamai Boxing Stadium up to Ring Road. Are we ever actually going to have Thai boxing in Lamai again? I fear not. Or is the stadium going to be demolished and we are going to have yet another hotel built in Lamai, on the site? I hope not. Stadium Road on the other side of Beach Road, down to the beach from The Crossroads, I have always referred to as Stadium Road Sea-side, but Seaside will do, as I was surprised to hear recently, although I have always used "Seaside" for no more than the road's continuation alongside the sea down to Chillin Bar and Coconut. Old Plaza Road does nicely for the road from there back to Beach Road. It is all accurately descriptive. All Samuiesque.

Yes, that was a little bit unfair, but if you have lived here a while you will certainly know from experience the look I am referring to. Of course, we expats bear with it. We just learn to keep chai yen and deal with it politely, and then laugh together. Some names are longstanding like Soi Samui Moon. If it ever does get properly surfaced we may have to start calling it Samui Moon Road. The road with the new, largely surplus, bars is New Bars Road. The old concreted road in the center is Central Road and long-time residents will realize there is a secondary reason for that name. Although some people refer to it as German Road I still prefer the familiar name and would not welcome the day when there is an English Road, Australian Road, etc. etc. Lamai is truly international and in my opinion it is wrong to refer to any road as belonging to any particular nationals. The name of one road which people don't seem to agree on is the hill usually referred to as BT Road or BT Hill, a name which does not appeal to me, but I admit I do use it if only as The BT Hill. A definitive road map with names applying good lasting descriptions rather than the names of would-be celebrities would hopefully resolve these issues.


Tips to prevent memory loss as you age YOU may not realize it, but you can take steps to keep your brain fit and flexible as you age. In fact, some experts now say that through proper diet and routine mental health exercises, you even can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease long enough to avoid experiencing the symptoms. “e sooner you start to protect your brain against Alzheimer’s, the sooner you will notice improvement -not only in recall and mental focus, but also in energy level, mood, general health, and sense of well-being,” says Dr. Gary Small, M.D., Professor at UCLA, and author of the new book “e Alzheimer’s Prevention Program” (Workman Publishers). Small offers these staysharp tips to help you get started: • Eat brain food: Stock up on food filled with antioxidants like berries, avocados, and raw vegetables; omega-3 rich, anti-inflammatory food choices, like fish, whole grains, and legumes; and memoryboosting spices like turmeric and cumin. Alcohol in moderation can be beneficial too, so don’t shy away from a glass of wine or beer at dinner. • Train your brain: You can cross-train your brain, by jumping from rightbrain to left-brain workouts. “e Alzheimer’s Prevention Program,” offers great daily mental workouts that combine wordplay, letter scrambles, 3-D drawings, tricky equations, logic challenges, and num-

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Tips to organize your life IF you’re feeling stressed out by life’s daily dose of details, it’s time to get organized. Whether it’s your schedule, your house, or your photos in a jumble, there’s no time like the present to resolve to simplify and organize your life. And there are many new, technological tools out there to help. Organize Your Schedule When it comes to organizing your schedule, are you still stuck on sticky notes? It’s time to go digital so you can access your information when and where you need it. A mobile and online calendar and organizer can help you stay on top of your schedule by consolidating your family members’ calendars and lists all in one place. Consider a service that is available as an app on your mobile phone or tablet (as well as online) and synchronizes with your Outlook calendar. For example, Cozi (, an online and mobile calendar and

organizer for families, sends users email and text reminders about upcoming events and tasks, and helps manage meal planning and shopping lists. With reminders coming directly to your phone about what to pick up for dinner or what time the school play begins, you won’t miss a beat.

Simplify Errands If you could use an extra hand keeping your home, pantry and family in order, consider using services like, an online marketplace for household essentials. It’s all about simplifying errands and restocking your shelves with the essentials you need, saving you time, money and trips to the store. (StatePoint Media)








In front of the New KC-Beach hotel on T-days (Tuesday and ursday) from 9 till 10. Come and join Serge and connect with the elements : Fire/sun, Mineral/earth, Air/ guaranteed not conditioned, and Water: and after float in the Sea and relax Watsu-style. So bring nothing but decent swim attire and 400 baht. No mats no props. Fellow teachers welcome at half-price. If you bring a new friend after two classes, get your one class free.

AMAZON KINDLE Read thousands of books Chris 084 054 5510 Learn to dance to the sensual rhythms of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue Every Saturday 2.00pm or 3.30 pm at Big C, ai Dancing Studio. Bring socks or dance shoes. Beginners welcome. Call for more information: 08-36330365 or visit

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012



Soi Solo, behind Starbucks Chaweng Beach Tel: 087-3811 137, 086-992 4772 Call 089-588 1249 or 081-569 5033

DANCE CLASSES IN ARGENTINE TANGO & SALSA Argentine Tango, the most sensual dance around Salsa, it’s fun, it’s “inClasses and workshops with international instructor in your area limited time. Ongoing weekly follow thru/practices/dances arranged Call: 089-9960406

APARTMENT IN MAENAM With fridge, tv, dvd, fan, fully furnished. Monthly Bt8,000 (including electricity and laundry service). Contact: 089-7255610.

ORIGINAL MARKETING CONCEPT Promote your business or special event with our attention grabbing Post Card Puzzles. Parties, product marketing, greetings, etc. Hotels, resorts, real estate, bars, restaurants..... find out how puzzles can promote your business. Cost effective, Unique and original Call: 089-2887294 for quote

GARDEN VILLA Stunning house, peaceful & serene, set in 1 rai tropical garden. 2 Bed. High standard, fully furnished. South of Samui, Laem Sor. Monthly 25,000 Bht. Contact 087 385 1663


ai lessons for foreigners. All levels. One to one instruction. Bt200/hour. Located between Hua anon/Tiger Zoo. Call Kaew 081-19289146.

SAMUI SOUND & LIGHT Musical instruments, small to medium-sized sound and lighting for rent. High quality equipment & friendly professional service 087-5050354

Planning a PARTY?

Call the Party Divas! for decorations, catering, music, venues. contact 084 8506220 or 081 8951978 FAH KITCHEN RESTAURANT ai, European and vegetarian foodGreat taste and friendly staff Maenam, opposite hot pot Tel: 077-247-541 LIFE COACHING & HYPNOSIS: Reach your goals and clear your life. English and French speaking, 081 749 35 09

Professional Hypnotherapist Available now on Koh Samui Quit Smoking-Lose WeightFears-Phobias-Panic Attacks Anxiety-Stress-Depression and many more treated Quickly and Effectively! Contact 084-931 3546 for more info ; Because it works!


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Koh Samui Chiropractor 30 years experience, house/resort calls available. Phone: 0828058195

No key money. Bt12,000/month including water, toilet. Located in Chaweng. Near all amenities and top tourist destinations. Call 077-601072.




FOR SALE Panasonic TV + DVD player Surround Sound, Subwoofer and high quality 3 tier wood stand Sell for 7,000 Baht Tel: 0881788443

Do you live on Koh Samui? You could take over the local branch of a growing real estate portal enterprise. We want your commitment not your money. Franchise like, we will provide all the infrastructure, the know-how and the contacts and will help you to establish your local real estate business. Should you be prepared for a long term engagement, we look forward to hear from you. Please e-mail to: stefan@

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Baan Arisara Bophut 1-2 bedrooms luxury Fully Furnished Fully Equipped Apartments for rent with Free Wifi swimming pool, fitness, car parking, security 16000 to 30000 Baht PM call: 0871050841


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Located in central Chaweng. 9 rooms w/ AC, bathroom, cable TV, big ref; 9 rooms w/ fan, bathroom, ref. Durther 2 AC rooms on top floor of the 5-storey building w/large terrace area w/ nice overview of Chaweng. Busy Irish Pub and Restaurant. Call 081 892 1990 for details and pricing.

Good English level, outgoing & positive personality. Have own transport, Good computer knowledge. Base Salary of 12,000 THB, and very exciting commission & bonus structure. Contact us: 088 530 2828 or 088 530 2929 Email CV to

INTERNET CAFE Small investment, low risk! Fully fitted coffeeshop and internet , good location, 2 bedrooms, 1 year left on the contract, low rent, good opportunity to start your own business. 0862680548 LOOKING TO SELL YOUR BUSINESS? We place your business on a global market place via the internet. We take the photos, write the ads and market to pre-qualified clientele. See immediate results. Call 089 589 3907 RESTAURANT FOR RENT

Fully functional kitchen offered at a very low rent (no key money). Business needs a self motivated experienced professional to take over a prime location within the very busy Fisherman’s Village 0896491971




Beautiful range of colorful beach bags and home design (basket set, pouf, table mat) for wholesalers and hotels for further information: mobile: 0895 893 507/ 0854 786 494 WANTED TO BUY Looking to buy a kayak preferably an open kayak for two people with paddles.

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LAMAI BEACH RESIDENCE 18 luxury apartments for rent daily or monthly. Special rate starts at Bt990. 100 meters from the beach and town center. Walking distance to all amenities in Lamai. Call 077458314.

MAID WANTED International family in Nathon area is looking for an English speaking help. Please call: 0870 21 21 42 WANTED TO BUY “Restaurant” Interested in buying Preferably on beach Open to all propositions. Please contact: 088-8214300

BEACH FRONT SPA & RESTAURANT Fisherman’s Village, beach front hotel location with beds and furnishing for rent 3 years. Start at 25,000 rent plus key money. Call 085-0328122

FOR SALE Many English magazines - cars, motorcycles, science, history and many more. For sale together or in small parcels Call: 0879365501

FOR SALE WANTED RECEPTION/SALE STAFF For luxury Spa in Chaweng Good English, Basic computer Contact 084-7701777

ROOM FOR RENT BIG ROOM 64qm, Maenam town, 150m from the beach, 3BR, fridge, DVD, sofa & fan. Incl laundry service. MONTHLY-7500 B, WEEKLY-2500 B, DAILY-500 B. CALL 089-7255610



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SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

LUNA 5 Cavitation and Radio Frequency CAVITATION: last technology for cellulite and greasy rolls without surgery in a long-lasting way. Radio Frequency face and body: to fight against the slackening of the skin: oval of the face, the neck, the wrinkled aspect of cheeks and crow's feet but also stomach, arms and buttocks. What is Cavitation/Radio Frequency Luna 5? is method is a soft alternative for the dissolution of the fat without surgery, without pain and without risk. Local greasy tissues, resisting the sports activities and the diets, decrease in every treatment, tissues are simultaneously firmed up. Fat cells are eliminated in a natural way by the body. For whom is intended this treatment? For all the 18-70-year-old elderly, who in spite of the sport and the diets, have unwanted rolls of fat and who would like to get rid of it. e persons in big overweight have to consult doctor and nutritionist for advice deepened in nutrition to optimize the result.

e duration of the session : max. 30min Cavitation then 30min Radio Frequency to fight against the slackening of the skin and lymphatic drainage allowing a better elimination of fat cells by the blood system and the liver. What happens during the session ? By putting the head-handle on rolls, the low-frequency ultrasounds, the pressure and the waves are directly managed on the fat cells. By this action, small bubbles of gas form in greasy tissues, which are put in movement / oscillation. As a balloon which we inflate repeatedly and which finally explodes, the membrane of the fat cells is definitively destroyed. We call this phenomenon "Stable Cavitation." is method acts in a selective way and only on fat cells. Other tissues and blood vessels remain intact. Because fat cells are not renewed, the result is long-lasting. e session can be renewed after a week, in the same or in another place, until obtaining of

the wished silhouette. It was demonstrated that we can obtain the reduction of a size of garment after 4-8 sessions. e advantages in a look : • modelling of the silhouette• • reduction of the cellulite under all its forms • decrease of fats • elimination of the inflations • high stimulation of the blood and lymphatic circulation • enrichment of the fabric(tissue) in oxygen • a visible result at once, discreet, do not leave a track • without surgical operation, without anesthesia, without medicine • without stay in private hospital / of hospitalization • What parts of the body can be treated ? Almost all the parts of the body. Even the most resistant rolls in hips, stomach, calfs and ankles decrease. e Face Radio Frequency technical : It is based on the emission of very high-frequency electric currents getting through the skin and which produce some heat in subcutaneous tissues. is

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heat infers a shrinkage and a production of collagen which improves the firmness and the cutaneous tension. Contraindications: the pregnancy, the problem of cholesterol even treated by medication, skin disorder: eczemas, beauty spots (cancer or not), problem of liver and biliary, intra-uterine device (ex:

coil, the treatment can be made everywhere so as the surroundings), ganglions, cancer, metallic prostheses, metal plate and saw screw, cardiac prostheses. All health problems others than those mentioned must be indicated before first session. In certain cases, an authorization of your doctor could be asked.

Tony Blair says. . . From Page 10 Great start to the year that the Mayans have told us will be the last ever. 2012 is supposedly the last year we are all doomed so lets just try and forget all our problems and worries as we could all be sucked into a black hole any second and then what would all the worrying be for. Who knows what the truth is? No one has any money yet the building on Koh Samui just keeps on going and there are al-

ways plenty of farangs with fresh cash to buy that business and try to turn it around so forget all the gloom and doom and sit down on a beach near you and order a nice cold beverage be close to the ones you love and lets just be thankful that we are able to see the beautiful sunset over the beautiful ai horizon and hope that good prevails over evil, oh and that the Mayans were wrong. Cheers!

And now for the . . . From Page 10 because the drains would never fill up from incessant rain. Farmland would still thrive. Everyone would win, except the sun worshippers who long to spend every waking moment of every day blistering their unprotected skin in the sun; and even they would thank me in the long run when they reach sixty and their skin hasn’t taken on the texture of a horse’s saddle. My girlfriend and other laundry owners would benefit. Sex tourists and alcoholics I admit would simply carry on as normal. But unfortunately I am not in charge and Mother Nature is, with a little help from carbon emissions and flatulent cows, and we can only hope that we don’t have a repeat of the ex-

treme conditions which we have suffered over the last couple of years. So on to tomorrow’s weather – I reckon it will rain again, or maybe it will be sunny with a gale force wind. Freak waves are possible, or perhaps a precedent will be set and we will witness Samui’s first ever snowfall. Or maybe, just maybe, a bolt of lightning will strike my local karaoke bar and leave them without power for a few days. Who knows? ese days it’s anyone’s guess.

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012



Britain looks east: UK - Asean relations for the 21st century By British Foreign Secretary William Hague (Second of two parts)

WHILE continuing to strengthen these important relationships we should also be looking for opportunities in ailand, Vietnam and elsewhere. We also need to continue to work with EU partners to secure free trade agreements with Asean countries which will open up markets and boost trade. And lastly, we need to do more to promote two-way investment. e UK offers attractive investment opportunities for emerging economies. International institutions regularly rate the UK as the easiest place to do business in Europe, with the strongest business environment on the continent and the lowest barriers to entrepreneurship in the world. Our relationship, however, is about more than trade and investment. We have shared interests in maintaining security in a region which straddles some of the world's most important shipping routes and to tackling together common threats such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cyber-crime and climate change. e UK therefore maintains a stake in regional security and defence cooperation through our 40-year commitment to the "Five Power Defense Arrangements". is agreement between the five Commonwealth partners of UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand is unique for East Asia and enables our countries to undertake joint exercises and to share information on issues

from piracy to illegal fishing. ere are a number of separatist or other domestic conflicts within Asean and tensions remain in the South China Sea. e UK has experience which we are keen to share to help promote stability and we are already part of a small group of countries formally supporting the Philippine government and Mindanao groups in their efforts to end conflict in the south of that country.

that the voices of these emerging economies are heard. We also want to work with Asean members on climate change, an area where their leadership can make a real difference. ey are among the heaviest emitters of greenhouse gases but could also be among those most seriously affected by the consequences of changing temperatures, with sharply increased risks of droughts, typhoons and, as we saw in

British Foreign Secretary William Hague

Externally, the voices of Asean leaders will be increasingly influential in regional and global affairs. Indonesia's impressive democratization and Malaysia's strong stand against violent extremism are examples of where the experiences of countries in the region can be of great value to the international community. We welcome calls by Asean leaders for efforts to enhance their collective contribution on global issues, in the United Nations and other fora; Indonesia as a full member of the G20 has an important role in ensuring

October, devastating floods. Any durable solutions will therefore require commitment and close coordination with Asean. So this will be our approach: to build up our relations with the Asean countries, to seek to share expertise and knowledge, to promote increased and freer trade and to work together in a wide range of areas from security to climate change. We will continue to look east to the great wealth of opportunity to be found in Southeast Asia.

Asean countries agree. . . From Page 8 Pangestu stated that there will be regular data and information analyses concerning Asean tourism marketing strategies. Asean tourism product enrichment will also be conducted as one of the strategies to attract foreign tourists to come to the region. Four main Asean products to be developed are: cruising and river-based tourism, nature-based tourism, culture and heritage tourism, and community-based tourism. Minister Pangestu looked forward to the creation of thematic packages, for example a Sail Asean, that takes the route of Malaka-Karimata-South China Sea-Gulf of ailand. Asean cruising should grow like in the Caribbean, which covers 27 countries. Meanwhile, officially opening ATF 2012 on January 12, Indonesia’s vice president Boediono warned of the impact that the growing economic crisis in Europe will have on tourism. “e crisis has hit European countries and the United States of America and caused the number of unemployment in those countries to increase,” said Boediono. Considering that Europe and the USA contributed highly to

the Asean tourism industries, this condition will undeniably have impact. “e fact is that Europe is the largest market for the region, and at the moment, Europe is seemingly in trouble,” said the Indonesian vice president. Boediono sees that the continuously-growing economies of Asia and other growing economies can be an option as an alternative market source besides the European markets which are projected to decrease due to the crisis. He pointed out an example stating that 43 percent of foreign tourists in Asean countries are from within the Asean countries itself, while 2/3 of the total came from the region of Asean plus China, Korea, Japan, India, and New Zealand. “With a strong growth of the economy that has boosted a burgeoning Asean middle class, the Asia markets should be a new focus for the tourism industry,” said Boediono. In this context, the Asean tourism ministers also held a joint tourism meeting with representatives from Japan, China, South Korea, and India to strengthen tourism between these Asian countries. (Source: via

Roads and maps. . . From Page 11 "Market Road" and "Market Road Sea-side." You can guess exactly what bit of road I'm referring to, can't you? The same with Ring Road Hill and Beach Hill. The latter, which is the road towards the beach from the top of Ring Road Hill Lamai, has been signposted for at least ten years as Soi Pongponrat, but ask a local Thai where that is and 99 percent will look totally bewildered, in the same way as some often do when you ask for your change. Yes, that was a little bit unfair, but if you have lived here a while you will certainly know from experience the look I am referring to. Of course, we expats bear with it. We just learn to keep chai yen and deal with it politely, and then laugh together. Some names are longstanding like Soi Samui Moon. If it ever does get properly surfaced we may have to start calling it Samui Moon Road.

The road with the new, largely surplus, bars is New Bars Road. The old concreted road in the center is Central Road and long-time residents will realize there is a secondary reason for that name. Although some people refer to it as German Road I still prefer the familiar name and would not welcome the day when there is an English Road, Australian Road, etc. etc. Lamai is truly international and in my opinion it is wrong to refer to any road as belonging to any particular nationals. The name of one road which people don't seem to agree on is the hill usually referred to as BT Road or BT Hill, a name which does not appeal to me, but I admit I do use it if only as The BT Hill. A definitive road map with names applying good lasting descriptions rather than the names of would-be celebrities would hopefully resolve these issues.



SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

“e gift in me” Rosanne Turner relocated to Koh Samui from Africa, a year ago, and is relishing the adventure. She is a trainer at Samui TEFL, as well as being a travel writer for several international publications. Share Rosanne’s discoveries of all things Eastern, curious and extraordinary.

e Best of Plai Laem and Choeng Mon ALTHOUGH not far from the main tourist drags, Plai Laem, just past Big Buddha is often quite void of tourists who seem oblivious to its existence and quaint charm. Slightly better known is Choeng Mon, which consists of a main beach, as well as several intimate coves, often only accessible via resorts, or dirt paths that wouldn’t be discovered without some exploring. It would be easy to drive right past Choeng Mon’s main beach without knowing this wonderful swimming beach even exists, as it is hidden behind resort facades, shops and restaurants. Turn left just before the family mart, and a road leads you to a parking lot next to Choeng Mon bungalows and Restaurant. I am torn between sharing a few of my favorite spots, or letting them stay a well-kept secret, only known by locals and a few adventurous tourists. On the Plai Laem side, about 200 meters past Big Buddha, on the right, is Star Beach Bistro & Café. is quaint little cafe is one of the few places offering cheap Western food. e menu includes great salads and soups, and daily Russian food specials, as well as ai options. e mushroom soup, at only Bt60, is rich, creamy and delicious. Join locals enjoying their morning wake up with coffee and breakfast on the patio while reading the paper. Ask about daily specials, and try the fruit shakes. Tango Luxe in Plai Laem, opened in September 2011 and consists of 15 luxury villas. All villas, irrespective of grade have their own private swimming pool with jacuzzi. Everything about this resort emits a ‘wow factor’, from the moment one enters the lobby, wanders down the wooden walkway connecting the villas to the restaurant and the large seafront swimming pool with pool bar, ideal for sunset cocktails. Careful planning has gone into the design and décor, and attention to detail is evident. ink crystal chandeliers, plush couches, state of the art luxurious bathrooms, four poster beds, and cool, shaded private court yards with jacuzzi pools to mention a few of the features in these villas. row in all the amenities and creature comforts one would expect from a resort of this class and add to that a great spa with steam room and jacuzzi, a fusion restaurant, and quiet beach location and Tango Luxe Villas make for a great stay. Several good Indian restaurants exist on the island, and the best on Samui’s north east coast is Akbar. What it lacks in view, it makes up for in flavor, and one could easily mistake being in India when sampling owner Binod’s lamb Rogan Josh, with a buttery garlic naan, or some spicy samoosas with his signature minty yoghurt dip. e menu is vast, with several vegetarian options, and all the usual Indian dishes, including Tandoori chicken, paneer dishes, and a ai menu too. e restaurant is located in the middle of Choeng Mon’s main road, well signposted and reasonably priced. Choeng Mon Restaurant is part of Choeng Mon Bungalows and provides free sun loungers and umbrellas, so even if you don’t feel like eating, spend the day lazing on the beach in style, and order drinks from the restaurant. If you choose to eat, leave your towel on your lounger, and move up to the open-air restaurant for well-priced ai Turn to page 17

AS the New Year dawned, an astonishing article in the Australian press proclaimed that cancer had outstripped heart disease as the number one killer in the country. is is quite astounding. What has been going on to cause such a turnaround? “Why” is a very important question, yet it is seldom asked. Many believe the diagnosis of cancer is an automatic death sentence. is is simply not true. In its estimations for 2012, the American Cancer Society named prostate cancer as the most common type and projects that there will be 241, 740 cases during the year. Of all of these 28,170 men are expected to die as a result. at means 213,570 will survive. at gives a survivability rate of approximately 80 percent. is is a far cry from an automatic death sentence.

True, the chances of death from some other types of the disease such a pancreatic cancer are considerably greater. Martin Silverman was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was 17. His gonads swelled to the size of an orange, overnight. His mother acted promptly, so he was seen by a specialist within two days. An aggressive terratoma was diagnosed resulting in surgery two days after that. is was followed by a course of radiation and he was then fine. Two years ago, or 37 years after the original event Martin went for a blood test to screen for diabetes that ran in his family. In Britain, the Health Service also performs a battery of additional tests from the blood sample. He did not have diabetes but instead had a PSA reading of 63. PSA stands for “prostate specific antigen”; a level in excess of four suggests the possibility of prostate cancer. Martin was almost 16 times over that limit. When faced with the side effects resulting from the conventional medical treatment for prostate cancer, he was hesitant about entering allopathic care. However, at the outset his oncologist talked him into taking hormone pills but he alarmingly found himself developing breasts.

He stopped treatment and embraced a holistic route instead. He realized his diseases both developed within two years of a break-up of an intimate relationship. is he saw was no coincidence on realizing that it was the reproductive system that was affected. is coincides with the findings of Dr. Gert Hamer, the founder of “Germanic New Medicine.” Dr. Hamer developed testicular cancer two years after his son was murdered. After years of investigation and many CT scans to back his thesis, he stated that “all illness” was the result of a stressful event that caused a lesion to develop in the brain. e area of the brain affected, impacted directly on a specific place in the body. In this case, the relevant area involves the testicles in men and the ovaries in women. e stressful event itself involves a profound loss conflict. Martin worked to quell the resulting emotional issues, but the first major change on his route to holism was a radical alteration in diet. He fully grasped that the average western nutrition and lifestyle pattern were a means of committing slow suicide. Out went the staples of bread and meat and in came living raw foods. His journey was much influenced by the Hippocrates Health Institute located in Florida. is was co-founded by the late Anne Wigmore who cured herself of cancer by taking what grass juice and enzyme rich raw foods. Martin feels wheatgrass juice tastes awful but all pet owners will have noticed that their dog or cat goes off and eats grass when feeling unwell. Nobody taught the animal to do this, it’s instinctual. e same impulse applies to humans but we have all been educated away from natural cures. Aside from the juices, Martin includes sprouted seeds and good quality nutritional supplements into his eating program. He adds coconut water to this, saying it is like drinking hemoglobin. He eradicates fruit as it is too sugary. Sugar is believed to be the main food for cancer cells. Such a diet provides him with all his nutritional requirements and he is now a picture of glowing good health. Martin is in the process of writing a book called “e Gift in Me”. He is doing this because most men are hugely out of touch when it comes to health issues. is is particularly true in the realm of the emotions. Women are much better at dealing with these issues and so he decided to produce a book written by a man that reaches out to other men confronted by similar challenges. If you feel that this will help, you can contact him via his website… e book with the same title is scheduled to launch this summer.


SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012


Visa runs from Samui VISA RUNS! Who needs them, and why do so many people go? Wouldn't it be far easier to go to the Immigration Office in Nathon, and just pay what is technically a 'fine' for the overstay period, and resume normal life? Why does the ai government make it so awkward for tourists anyway? Surely they would attract far more numbers if they simplified the system and stopped all this hassle, or is it in reality, such big business, that they want it to continue much the same. Just over a year ago, they changed the rules, and now a visa run by road or sea, only allows an extension of 14 days, whereas it always used to be the standard 30 days. is now only applies to passengers re-entering by air. In my own case, I applied for a 60 day visa with two entries, and paid the relevant fee. In error, I was sent a 60 day visa, but only with one entry. When I unexpectedly had to go to Australia, to treat a patient with severe skin cancer, my visa was cancelled, and as I was staying more than 30 days on my reentry to ailand, I had to do something about it. Nathon or a visa run? e latter would take all day, and cost about the same. So why go to all the trouble? Excitement? A little bit of the unknown? e day dawned, or at least promised to some two hours later. Up at 3 am, ready to be collected any time from 4.30 am in a minibus. Whisked off to Nathon, where we disembarked, got a sticker and an incredible but meagre packed Western style breakfast roll with Spam ought that had gone out of fashion soon after the Second World war had ended. Arriving in Donsak at the familiar pier there, we joined another Minibus, full to capacity, and sped down the familiar narrow road to join up with the main highway. Clearly visible between the backdrop of majestic

mountains, was a large flat tract of land, which I unnderstand is the area a group of businessmen on Samui, planned to buy in order to construct a second airport to serve Samui. and ferry passengers and luggage by high speed boats to the island. Apparently, at the last minute, they were outbid by a new bidder. Who? Rumor tells me that it was Bangkok Airways! A new airport for Samui, even on the mainland ?. Not likely, if that monopolistic airline can possibly prevent it. On then to Nakhon si Tammarat. I had elected to go to the nearest Malaysian border, as it was quicker, less expensive and less hassle. Ranong would have been a far more interesting journey, but longer, and would incur some more expense on arrival, as forms have to be paid for, and the boat trip up the estuary to the Casino on the Burmese side in Myanmar, has to be paid for too, as well as obviously incurring some extra time. e extent of the severe recent flooding around Nakhon, had to be seen to be believed. Some roads had apparently been 2 meters under water, and even some crocodiles had been encountered, escaping from a local crocodile farm - the second such escape in well under a year in that area ! ey rise with the floodwaters, then chomp through the heavy duty netting at the top of their cages, and escape into the surrounding waters. After passing the area around ale Noi, the famous bird and wetland lake, we had a 30 minute stop, which only a few took as an opportunity to try some genuine ai food. In fact, very occasionally, some ais are found on these visa runs, presumably to keep their latest boyfriend company or just to see the terrain in a direction they would never normally travel to. After four hours of very fast driving, we turned off on to a small and bad surfaced road, and made Turn to page 15

e best of Plai Leam and...

From Page 16 or Western food. In the evening they move tables onto the beach, and add fairy lights and lanterns for atmosphere. For dessert, try the banana fritters with coconut ice cream – the hot and cold sensation with tropical flavours is a delicious way to end a meal. A long time favourite vendor on Choeng Mon beach is Mr Coppi. He can be seen from about 11am each day, setting up his beach kitchen, and drawing the crowds for his grilled buttered corn on the cob, grilled chicken with sticky rice and fresh fruit. Visitors to Samui who would like to escape Chaweng’s crowd, would do well to explore the north-eastern beaches of Choeng Mon and Plai Laem. Plai Laem harbour makes for an interesting walk. Drive the side roads and explore hidden beaches such as the

one in front of Melati Resort, with its public access point being near ongson Bay Bungalows. As far as fun family activities are concerned, options include football golf, mini golf and the vibrant Wat Plai Laem where the fat fish are waiting to be fed.

I’m sure I will regret revealing Samui’s north-eastern villages of Choeng Mon and Plai Laem, but in the spirit of the festive season visitors should enjoy all that Samui has to offer those tourists willing to venture further afield.


Aid for southern Philippines

FOLLOWING the devastating floods, then later mudslides in Mindanao in southern Philippines, a donor charity in the UK, namely, Cytoplan (UK), is generously offering to supply medicines and badlyneeded supplements to the flood victims, where over 2,000 people are known to have died so far, and in excess of 300,000 rendered homeless. is aid was originally destined for impoverished families on Samui, with a daily income of $2 or less, but in the light of the devastation in the Philippines, the editor of this newspaper particularly requested that this first tranche of aid should be directed there instead of Samui, who will now receive their intended donation later in the year; probably in June or July this year. I strongly appeal to anyone who can, to support this very worthwhile humanitarian mission, which

will be professionally organized in both instances, from one charity to another charity, as only in this way can things proceed smoothly at governmental level, ensuring effective passage of all aid, without any hold-ups. A small team of volunteers has already started work on this project in the Philippines, and we cannot stress too strongly, how vital it is for other healthcare and medical companies to come on board, and contribute or match the wonderful example and initiative displayed by Cytoplan (UK). I shall devote my time and energy to ensuring that I am on the spot, to facilitate the successful distribution of this aid to the most needy population in this devastated area and try to bring back some semblance of normality to an undeservedly ravaged region. Please do your bit too, and help! (Dr. Chris Hertzog)

Vision after 40 By DRA. MARIA ABALON (Contributor) LIFE begins at forty as the adage goes, but do you know that your vision starts to change at forty? You usually read the newspaper without difficulty but lately the print starts to be blurred, you try to squint, you try to adjust the distance where you have to read, but still your vision is not a good as before. is situation is what we called presbyopia, it is a condition where the lens of the eye loses its flexiblity to focus at near distance making it difficult to see objects up close. Although it's an annoying condition, Presbyopia can be corrected by wearing eyeglasses. e following are aides for Presbyopia: 1) Reading glasses It can be set at the reading distance that is comfortable for you around 35 to 40 cm. but anything closer or farther will be blurred. 2) Desk glasses for computer

work and reading It can be set to the distance of your computer(desk top or lap

top) up to your reading distance. 3) Indoor glasses inside the room for watching TV, computer desk work and reading. it can be set to room distance, computer up to your reading. 3) Multifocal glasses, for driving, watching TV, computer work and reading. this is the most ideal for clear and natural vision. To have a clear understanding and appropriate solution to your visual condition, visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist. (Dra. Abalon runs Euro Optic Pattaya located at 2nd Road opposite Marriot Hotel. Tel: 038-426-275/ 081-8613468 or email: or visit



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Apollo 8:

In the pursuit of beauty NESTLED in the heart of Lamai, at Lamai Center, behind the Subway Store, lies a unique, upscale gem of a boutique, Apollo 8. Created over two years ago by Joseph Noble, Bolortsetseg Tsogtbaatar and Mungun Ulambayar, this shop offers truly unique products in an otherwise drab and repetitive market. People who enter the store consistently say, “I have never seen any store like this” or “this is like a fantasy land“ or “You need to have one of these stores in my city!” e store was originally created, in December 2009, to offer truly original, hand- made tiffany style glass or fiber sculptures, whose inner core is a light source, which emanate light through the various colored glass and fiber outer-coating. e result is what Noble calls-

“Lighting Sculptures” or “Sculptured Lighting.” Mungun, the sculpture store manager stated, people also ask “How did you come up with something so original?” or equally often, “How can we get these sculptures back to our homes?” In our first few months of operation we had to become experts in packing fragile items and experts in international shipping modes, as well!” After about six months in operation, the store was doubled in size and a line of upscale clothing was added. e collection is primarily for women, evening and beachwear but also offers beach clothing for men. Cashmere clothing, from Mongolia, from the premier manufacturers “Gobi” and “Goyo” are also for sale.

“e store was originally created, in December 2009, to offer truly original, hand- made tiffany style glass or fiber sculptures, whose inner core is a light source, which emanate light through the various colored glass and fiber outer-coating. e result is what Noble calls “Lighting Sculptures” or “Sculptured Lighting.” “We, basically, stock the store with beautiful things that we have found throughout our travels” said Bolortsetseg (also known by her nickname “Balthra”) who is the clothing store manager and buyer. “When we added the cashmere, people said to us “why are you selling cashmere in ailand?” and we said “Because it is beautiful, and most of our tourists are going back to somewhere cold!” e clothing line was recognized in 2011, with Apollo8 being asked to participate in the first Samui fashion show “Shades of Summer” organized by Samui Lifestyle magazine. A couple months later, Apollo 8 brought in a stunning collection of one of a kind silver and semiprecious stone jewelry from

Nepal. “Each piece is unique in that we create a shape in silver, then make the piece unique by adding one of nine semi-precious stones, like amethyst, citrine, or turquoise to it. We make that shape with nine different stones and then move on to the next silver shape. So each piece is one of a kind” said Noble. Apollo 8 expanded again by creating a line of distinctive painting and opening another retail unit for them in Lamai Center. e paintings are different in that shapes are created by individual dot colors, much in the style of Pointillism or Australian aboriginal art, but with modern shapes. “While we recognize that these painting are not classical, such as a Renoir or Degas, they are tailored to decorating a home or

Apollo 8 store at the Lamai Center in Lamai beside Subway process before we will export on a their products, and over 50 of his or apartment and are beautiful large scale-if ever.” light sculptures enhance the furin their own right.” Noble says. “e concept of Apollo 8 is to niture showroom and are on sale. In December 2010, Apollo 8 offer uniquely beautiful, upscale As far a future expansion opened a second store location, plans, Noble said that “We would products. We are eclectic in our on the western side of the island, tastes and will only add products like to have a that we find to be beautiful and store in made with quality in mind.” Chaweng but until we are offered a location with reasonable rent and no key money that idea will be on hold. We also have had many people who want at the beautiful, chic and world to bring our products to various renowned Nikki Beach Resort. locations in Europe, Russia, “We considered the fact that India, and many other countries we were allowed to open a store and cities but in Nikki Beach to be we have an indication that our Noble spent the last twenty unique, handobjective of creating a years as a VP of sales for two made produniquely upscale store growing telecommunication testucts, whose in Koh Samui was ing companies, both now publicly production is coming to fruition.” not consistent traded on U.S. exchanges, Ixia stated Noble. and Tekelec. with many of In April 2011, these people “While helping grow and imApollo 8 was asked to requests so we prove the internet was satisfying add products to the will wait for to some degree, offering folks well-respected furnideals with beautiful art objects is more perture store “Beautiful folks who sonally satisfying than anything I World” in Maenam, completely understand the have ever done before.” creating a third retail outlet for

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ACROSS 1. *"We Are the _____" 6. *Madonna's cone-shaped garment 9. Clarified butter 13. Farewell in France 14. *"Barbara ___," sung by e Beach Boys 15. Private university in Des Moines, IA 16. Times New _____ 17. *Papa's got a brand new one 18. Oil tanker 19. *A rockabilly original 21. Ran away to marry 23. Open box attached to long pole handle 24. Scratch or scrape 25. Programmer's bane 28. Pocket bread 30. Chew the fat or chat 35. It will 37. Literary "through" 39. Peter in Russian 40. "In ____ of" 41. *Behind Wilson sisters, this group rose to prominence in 1970s 43. Japanese soup 44. Treeless plain 46. Affirm 47. A bunch, often followed by "of" 48. Inhabitant of republic on southwestern shores of Arabian Peninsula 50. *"Heat of the Moment" band 52. ___ Luis Obispo 53. Similar in quality 55. Some pop-up online 57. *Founding member of legendary British band 60. *"___ ____ Rock and Roll" 64. *Rock and Roll, e.g. 65. Not divisible by two 67. *New _____, formerly Joy Division 68. Sometimes precedes "nonsense" 69. Motion of assent 70. Period from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6, pl. 71. Cook slowly 72. *"Owner of a Lonely Heart" band 73. Farley's side-kick in "Tommy Boy" DOWN 1. *"Let's do the time ____ again" 2. Detected by olfactory organ 3. Ice crystals or frost 4. Some keep others on a short one of these 5. Tire brand 6. *e Beach Boys' "Don't Worry ____" 7. DNA transmitter 8. *Aerosmith song with one-word title 9. "Get a ____!" 10. Exhibiting vigorous good health 11. Added to, commonly followed by "out" 12. Poetic "ever" 15. *Popular R&B style of 1950s and 1960s 20. Archie Bunker's wife 22. French lake 24. Single-file procession 25. *"It's still Rock and Roll" to him 26. Being of service 27. Flash of light 29. Titaness who was mother of Helios, Selene, and Eos in Greek mythology 31. Jodie Foster's "____ Island" 32. Laertes and Fortinbras to Hamlet, e.g. 33. Like ship away from harbor 34. *Mr. Dynamite 36. Anything half-moon shaped 38. Mine deposits 42. *Chuck Berry went to prison after one 45. Medieval siege weapon 49. *___ & Tina Turner 51. Software plug-ins 54. Literary technique 56. Razor sharpener 57. *"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" singer 58. Initial stake 59. What Jack's beanstalk did 60. Made in Vegas 61. It turns on a light bulb? 62. Mix together 63. Gaelic 64. *"Hop on the bus, ___" 66. John or Jane___





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When bugs swim

SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012


MILLIONS of passengers eagerly board cruise lines. In fact, in 2010, CLIA member lines recorded that 14.8 million people (10.29 million from North America) decided to take a cruise. In 2010, the cruise line industry contributed more than $35.8 billion to the US economy and created nearly 330,000 jobs in the US. FOR an average of seven days, passengers expect to be well-fed and pampered, entertained and amused – at a value price. What cruise line passengers don’t expect – is to get sick. Yet, this is exactly what happens. Cruise ships provide ideal conditions for the rapid spread of respiratory viral illnesses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010), the cruise ship is the perfect environment for the spread of disease, with “…many persons living closely together, frequently interacting in enclosed and partially-enclosed environments, and often originating from both hemispheres.” In addition to being a host environment for germs, cruise lines employees only appear to be proactive in sanitizing surfaces. Jim Walker, Esq. a legal expert in cruise law found that, “Cruise line cabin crews substitute sanitizing sprays for water (because they don’t like the smell), and spread germs throughout the cabins, without a thought to the fact that they are dispersing germs and not killing them.” 20 years and still learning In 1975, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP), began surveillance for enteric diseases aboard passenger cruise ships in response to widespread findings that food handling and water sanitation practices were deficient and posed a significant potential for transmission of food-borne and water-borne diseases. Influenza viruses are usually transmitted from person-to -person via respiratory droplets expelled through coughing and sneezing. Affected individuals typically drink/ingest contaminated water (includes water stored on cruise ships; food handled by an infected food service worker; and foods washed in contaminated water such as shellfish, fruits, and salad ingredients. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, and low-grade fever that appears 24-48 hours after infection and lasts 12-60 hours, according to Dr. Chris Allison in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (2003). Germ Hunters e first place for caution is

getting onboard the ship and grabbing the handrails, which are touched by everyone, as viruses are brought on by passengers and crew. e next place for vigilance is public restrooms. A study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that only 37 percent of 273 randomly-selected public restrooms on cruise ships were cleaned daily; another researcher found that only 25 percent of restroom exit door handles were cleaned daily. Caution is recommended at the buffet table. In June 2010, 260 Disney Magic passengers developed gastroenteritis. e US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traced the illness to shrimp served on the lunch buffet as the ship left port. “…A variety of bacterial and parasitic and parasitic pathogens” were found in stool samples of passengers who ate the shrimp,” the report stated. In April 2009, the Holland America Line’s Amsterdam ship reported an outbreak of Cyclospora Cayetanensis (a onecelled microscopic parasite), with 10.24 percent of the 1,318 passengers and 4.17 percent of the crew becoming ill. e parasite is spread by people ingesting something (e.g., food or water contaminated with feces). It is thought that the parasite was transmitted through fresh fruits or vegetables brought onboard in South America. It is likely that cruise passengers consumed large amounts of the fresh fruit from the ship’s buffet thinking they were getting value from their cruising dollars. In reality, by ingesting large amounts of fresh fruit, they put themselves at a higher risk for E. coli and salmonella, which often leads to intestinal upsets and Norovirus. Norovirus symptoms include nausea and vomiting, watery diarrhea and abdominal cramping. e virus is very contagious and easily occurs when many people are confined to relatively close quarters. Food handlers with poor hygiene are often suspected to be the source of outbreaks. e virus is able to survive freezing and high temperatures, as well as chlorine levels greater than what is normally present in public water systems.

A recent site inspection (November 2011) by the CDC of the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Sea, found numerous violations and public health risks including: - Dish washing equipment in poor condition. - Improper cooling temperatures for stored provisions. - Improper cooking temperatures for cooked food. - Accumulation of food debris in wash and rinse areas. - Clean plates soiled with food residue. - Soiled plates stacked with clean plates. - Waiter stations, food prep counters, slicers, and strainers soiled with dirt and food particles. e CDC recommended that: - Food preparation should not take place in rooms used for living or sleeping quarters. - Employees should prevent crosscontamination of ready-to-eat food by not using their bare hands. ey are encouraged to use suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment. A CDC inspection of the Queen Mary 2 in June 2011 found many violations including: - Pool floor tiling and the pool water extremely dirty, coated with dark soil and hairs. - Potentially hazardous foods stored out of temperature and not properly discarded. - Toxic items stored with food and clean items. - Improper storage of food (e.g., food stored on deck). - Improper storage of food equipment. - Blocked hand washing sink. - Human hair found inside ice machine. - Food debris found on cleaned plates. - Internal beer lines soiled. - Big plastic container of limes, a container with celery, a container with clean bar utensils, and a tray of clean drink glasses stored in a locker in front of the splash pool. - Food items and utensils stored along with clean and soiled pool towels, dirty drink glasses, a blue tarp, and a variety of maintenance tools, such as screws and tape. What to Do Virus outbreaks are preventable and controlled by practicing good sanitation and hygiene; however, once a situation is discovered, food handlers with Turn to Page 23

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Tropical Murphy’s Pool League

Tam’s beat Lord’s, emerge league champs By PATRICK ROXAS IN a rare final week match of the season so crucial that a number of results could decide the 17th season champion, Tam’s bar played true to form, defeating Lord’s Bar, 4-2, in Choengmon to raise their total points to 42 which proved enough to top the Tropical Murphy’s -sponsored league here in Koh Samui. Bamboo Bar, which has mathematically the better chance of winning the championship needing only a draw in their game against home team Spicy Bar, appeared to have collapsed under pressure, yielding the match, 42, to bid goodbye to their hopes of retaining the league trophy for the fourth straight time. e Soi Reggae-based Spicy Bar team are also aiming for the championship in case of a Tam’s – Lord’s draw result or Lord’s winning and them beating Bamboo as they did and then defeat On’s Livewire in their postponed match to be played on the 30th of January but Tam’s victory doused cold water on their important and morale-booosting victory against George’s boys.

With the league trophy won, Albin and his boys, Timmy, Mark, Paul, Tony and Stell go for a double when they meet Aussieland in the second leg of the Knockout Cup on Jan. 30.. Having won the first leg, 114, away, Tam’s enjoy the advantage of a 7 point lead in the first to 22, two-leg championship match plus the advantage of playing home. Division 2 was won by Barbs and will be promoted to Division 1 next season. In the race for the best individual performer, the league’s coordinator, Ian, has clarified the criteria for choosing the best player of the season is based on who has the most wins and not necessarily on who has lost the least. Spicy Bar’s Tanee is currently leading the top 20 players in the ranking with 9 games won and only one game lost but guys behind him have scored more wins. like Bamboo’s Yak who is running second to Tanee as of January 23 and has 13 wins and two losses while Tam’s Timmy has 13 wins and 3 losses.

BEST PLAYER CANDIDATE - Bamboo Bar’s reliable go to guy Yak, shows the form that made him the strongest candidate to win this season’s best player trophy in this recent game of his team against Spicy Bar.

League of Gentlemen starts Feb 1 By PATRICK ROXAS

AFTER a highly-competitive 7th season that saw newcomer Tam’s Bar ending Bamboo Bar’s domination of the League of Gentlemen, the league is now preparing for the opening of the 8th season set February 1 after the pre season meeting held at the Premier Sports Bar in Bangrak last January 11. e Knockout Cup, a side competition introduced for the first time last season and won by

League Table ( as of January 23, 2012) Division 1 POS 1 Tam’s Bar 2 Bamboo Bar 3 Spicy Bar 4 On's Livewire 5 Chillin Bar 6 Jack’s Bar 7 Lord’s Bar 8 Aussieland 9 Premier Sports 10 International

P 18 18 17 17 18 17 18 17 18 18

W 13 12 12 12 6 4 4 4 3 2

D 3 5 2 2 2 7 4 3 2 2

L 2 1 3 3 10 6 10 10 13 14

F 70 77 67 64 51 52 44 38 38 27

A 38 31 35 38 57 50 64 64 70 81

+32 46 32 26 -6 2 -20 -26 -32 -54

PTS 42 41 38 38 20 19 16 15 11 8

P 17 18 17 18 18 17 16 17 18 18

W 12 9 8 8 7 5 7 6 3 2

D 2 4 6 4 4 10 3 0 3 4

L 3 5 3 6 7 2 6 11 12 12

F 66 59 62 63 56 53 44 43 40 36

A 36 49 40 45 52 49 52 59 68 72

+30 10 22 18 4 4 -8 -16 -28 -36

PTS 38 31 30 28 25 25 24 18 12 10

Division 2 POS 1 Barbs 2 Jordan's 3 Tam’s 2 4 Thairish Bar 5 Cosmic 6 Tre-kronor 7 Samui Rock Cafe 8 The Office 9 The Hut 10 Ostaria

M&Ms Bar, will again be part of the competition and is now called Rik’s Bar Cup after its sponsor Rik’s Bar. Five teams opted not join the competition this year but a new team, Soi Reggae-based airish Bar, has joined the League of Gentlemen, putting the total number of teams to eight. e league has retained the race to 11 format adopted last season. e first round of the Cup will

be played on the 22nd of February and will be played over 4 singles matches and 2 doubles best of three frames. In the case of a draw it will come down to frame difference and there will have no drawn matches in the Cup. In the case of the frames being equal then we will have a play off with any two players one from each team and playing three frames to decide the winning team. POKER KING – Koh Samui businessman Marco Maki aka “e Mexican” proudly shows off his award /certificate for winning this year’s best player award. Maki is a member of a group of poker players in the island who get together for a friendly game every Sunday night and play until the wee hours of the morning. He garnered a total of 13,000 points.



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Profile of an emerging artist “I consider myself a surrealist working both two and three-dimensional formats which allows me to express my artistic observations of life’s fantasies and its realities,” American ceramic artist and Koh Samui resident Robert Rose says in his statement describing his work. One of the low-profile foreign artists based on the island, Rose says Trompe l’ oeil effects are often employed in the sculpting of the form to interact with the imagery unfolding on the surface. “I am fascinated with getting a surrealistic graphic narrative to transcend the usual plane and interact with the physical form. Creating an inter-dimensional canvas, for me this is taking the medium to its fullest potential,” he says. Rose says “We live in a world with incredible cultural diversity

and I find myself so intrigued by these differences that I set out to experience them first hand. Many of these tribal cultures strike me as quite surreal when held in contrast to the world from which I grew up.” In the past six years, Rose has focused on the tribal cultures of the South Pacific islands, south East Asia, and the historical empires of the Middle East. “I create a form inspired by traditions, beliefs, and the environment on which I further express my observations using a pictorial narrative. Similarly to many of the world’s ancient civilizations whose ceramics preserved a narrative of their culture. So it is with a surre

alist’s eye that a culmination of tribal identity is captured and respectfully a story is told from an inquisitive outsider’s perspective,” he said. His awards and commissions from 1998 to 2011 include: 2011-12 Taiwan Ceramics Biennial Taipai , Taiwan ( Jouried

2011-12 Taiwan Ceramics Biennial Taipai , Taiwan ( Jouried Group Show) 2010 Archie Bray Foundation permanent collection, Helena, MT. 2010 ‘Malloy Stevenson Award’ commissioned award plaques, ABF 2010 Gloria & Sonny Kamm teapot collection, Sparta, NC. 2010 Ferrin Gallery, Pittfield, MA. 2010Kolva Sullivan Gallery Exhibition, Spokane, WA. 2010 Claudia Terrintino & Bill Abright collection, San Anselmo, CA. 2010 ‘Nude’ SOFA Chicago Ferrin Gallery/Perimiter Gallery, Chicago, Ill. 2010 ABF resident exhibition Archie Bray, Helena, MT. 2010 New Millenium in Clay SNC, Incline Village, NV. 2009 Ceramics of the Americas MLA Gallery, LA, CA. 2009 ‘Strange Brew’ group exhibit Nat, Ceramic Research Cntr. Tempe, AZ. 2009 Mindy Solomon Solomon Gallery permanent collection, (collaborative piece B. Rose & B. Johnson), Palm Beach, FL. 2009 Dianne & Sandy Besser collection, Santa Fe, NM. 2009 Gerald & Daphina Cramer collection 2008 Museum of Modern Art Clark DelVecchio collection, Huston, TX. 2008 Sushi Bistro, commission/SF, CA. (A large animated fish w/sushi bar in its belly) 2007 De Young Museum Dianne & Sandy Besser exhibit, SF, CA. 2007Gloria & Sonny Kamm collection, Sparta, NC. 2007 DeYoung Museum/Besser permanent collection, SF, CA. 2007 National Museum for Ceramic Research permanent collection, Tempe, AZ. 2006 Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY. 2006 ‘Erotic Art in Ceramics’ group exhibition, Santa Fe, NM. 2006 Dianne & Sandy Besser collection, Santa Fe, NM. 2006 Claudia Terrintino/Abright collection, San Anselmo, CA. 2005 ‘Representing Representation’ Arnot Art Museum biennial exhibit Elmira, NY. 2005 Dianne & Sandy Besser collection, Santa Fe, NM. 2003 CCACA California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art group

exhibit ,Davis, CA. 2003 ‘Forms & Figures in Clay’ juried show SFSU, San Francisco, CA. 2003 Sandy Besser collection, Santa Fe. NM. 2002 Feats of Clay national juried show, Lincoln, CA. 2002 CCACA group student show, Davis, CA. 2002 Visions in Clay regional juried show, Reynolds Gallery, Stockton, CA. 1999 Italian Street Painting Fair, sponsored group exhibit, San Rafael, CA. 1998 Robert Shekter, ( creator of the Troll dolls ) Commission, multiple figurines of a zepher & nymph playing together, for factory reproduction 1996- 98 1998 Dorthy Weiss Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

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“Romance Escape Package” at Le Meridien Samui RELIVE those special moments where it was simply just the 2 in absolute romance. Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa invites romantics and lovers alike to celebrate St Valentines for the entire month of February (not just one day) with the exclusive “Romance Escape Package” by the Gulf of ailand. Enter the Resort through the Yin Yang Porte Cohere, leaving the worries behind and stay with a neutral feeling and open mind. Discover an enchanting romance escape with nightly accommodation in the room type of your choice, 60-minutes of ai signature massage in a couples rooms at Le SPA, eye-opening breakfast for 2 daily and a contemporary romantic east and west blended set dinner at the ocean front

restaurant, Latest Recipe. For a 2 night stay, rates start from Bt8,500+++ for per night for stays from 01 February to 29 February 2012 with DOUBLE SPG POINTS for all February 2012 stays. Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa goes beyond the traditional five-star hotel experience and invites guests to discover more than just a new destination – to experience a new perspective with a focus on contemporary art and cuisine. e resort is an idyllic enclave on exclusive Lamai Beach – on the eastern side of the island close to the airport and island attractions. Inspired by Koh Samui’s timeless beauty and diverse cultural influences, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa features an intimate selection

of 77 refined suites and villas designed with fengshui principles in mind. Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is also introducing the signature arrival experience programme for Le Méridien brand in Koh Samui; an inspiring restaurant concept: Latest Recipe; and the chic lobby lounge bar Latitude 9 as well as the hotel’s poolside bar Plunge Bar. For guests seeking retreat, Le Méridien Koh Samui offers a world-class luxury spa with private suites and a holistic mix of ancient and modern treatments. And a main focal point of the resort is the 224-meter floating ocean pier over the Gulf of ailand, a unique and inspired venue for private dinners, celebratory cocktail parties, and intimate receptions. (ETravel Blackboard)

Conrad offers weekend stay promo CONRAD Koh Samui and Hilton HHonors have unveiled the "Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale," entitling Hilton HHonor loyalty members up to 33 percent off their 2012 weekend stays at the resort. Non HHonors guests get 20 percent off, when booked by January 31, 2012. is means a twonight Valentine's weekend getaway at Conrad Koh Samui for Hilton HHonors guests will be reduced from Bt29,352 to just Bt19,666 and Bt23,482 for non

HHonor guests. Currency Converter ere are a number of exciting events happening at Conrad Koh Samui in 2012 to entice guests to the resort. Book by the end of January to take advantage of the sale and in 2012 you could be enjoying the enthusiastic ai New Year celebrations in mid April, or be enchanted by the floating candles and air borne lanterns during the stunning Loy Krathong festival on Chaweng Beach in mid No-

vember. Justin Philips, general manager of Conrad Koh Samui comments, "ese promotions offer our guests a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a special rate for any weekend stay at Conrad Koh Samui before the end of the year. at's 51 weekends in which to enjoy a relaxing spa break, indulge in fine dining from Conrad Koh Samui's gourmet chefs, or simply relax in the five star surrounds and drink in the stunning views over the Gulf of ailand." (Luxury Travel)


Seeing through the eyes of a child WHAT is seeing? Seeing is a very complex collective process of the visual system. Seeing starts when the lens of the eye focuses an image of its surroundings onto the retina e major problem of this system is that what people see is not merely a transmission of retinal stimuli, It involves the visual perception. It's a kind of relay between the eye and the brain, the eyes see, the brain interprets. But what is seeing in the eyes of a child, if she was raised to believe that an orange is an apple, she would always see an orange as an apple. We see what we have thought we see and we have learned this process since we are infant. Children in nature are more imaginative than adult, my gut feeling is saying that their world is far more colorful than our world. A child is capable of creating an imaginary friend that no one else sees except for herself. Seeing in the eyes of a child is not always black and white in the eyes of a child the Newton's

sevenfold (red,orange,yellow, green,blue,indigo and violet) are always present. One story of a mother who's daughter was in a coma for weeks, and when the daughter wakes up she could not recognized the mother. e doctor explained that the child has lost her memory but it will come back in time. e doctor advised the mother to just keep on talking to the daughter, the doctor said, "that she doesn't know you but she associates your voice to this warmth and being loved feeling". Of course the daughter can see, but why she doesn't recognize her own mother, that's one of the many mysteries of the relation of the eye and the brain. Seeing through the eyes of an innocent child, must be a feeling of living in a wonderland. For more info: Visit Euro Optic Pattaya or email: Located 2nd rd opposite Marriot Hotel Tel/fax=038-426-275

When bugs.... From Page 20 symptoms should be excluded from work and not permitted to return for at least 48 hours. Unfortunately, on cruise ships, this does not happen. According to Walker, “… cruise ship employees are often forced to keep working although they complain to management that they are not feeling well, have chills, are coughing, vomiting, and running a fever.” - When an infection is detected, all employee uniforms, clothing, sheets, towels – everything that has been in contact with the sick person – must be washed with a laundry detergent and allowed to dry thoroughly. - Contaminated surfaces must be cleaned with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectants. - Staff cleaning bodily fluids should wear appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g., disposable masks, gloves, eye shields, disposable shoe covers, plastic disposable aprons). - Use disposable mop heads, cleaning cloths, or paper towels and transfer these into a “waste bag” during clean up. What to expect - e Cruise Line Association requires licensed medical staff be qualified to administer cardiac care and life support and be fluent in the language spoken by most passengers and crew. - Do not expect the level of medical care available at a major city hospital, according to eodore Harrison, MD, American College of Emergency.

- Visits to an onboard doctor may range from $70-$500. e total cost of treatment will depend on the extent of the medical intervention. Procedures such as a cast, splint, or sutures, will be charged separately. - ere must be adequate infirmary space based on size of ship. - Wheelchairs, stretchers, cardiac monitors, portable defibrillators, and other equipment used for medical emergencies and emergency medications must be available; however, passengers are expected to bring their own wheelchairs or rent wheelchairs from independent agencies for use during the voyage. On Your Own e cruise industry believes that it is doing its best to keep passengers healthy and happy. e true bottom line is that each passenger is ultimately responsible for his/her good health. Bring lots of hand wipes and use them. Ask housekeeping for cleaning liquids and paper towels, and wash down all furniture, fixtures, table tops, bathroom fixtures, and door knobs in your cabin before and during the trip. Take hand sanitizers with you and clean hands before every meal and use caution in selecting what to eat and where to eat it. Do not rely on the cabin crew to be specifically interested in your individual well-being. e crews are notoriously underpaid and overworked earning less than $1.00 per hour. Caveat emptor. (Source: ETurboNews)



SAMUI GAZETTE | Jan. 25 - Feb. 7, 2012

Visa runs from...


13. You sexy man. 12. You handsome man. 11.

Play game?


Buy drink for lady?


Where you from?


How long you stay?


You have good heart sexy man.


You pay bar fine? We go?


Want long time or short time?


Me hungry. Eat first. Let's go 7/11.


You shower first.


My mother/father/brother/sister/aunt/uncle/third cousin/second cousin once removed/family water buffalo is sick. Need money.


Bye bye honey. I need taxi money.

From Page 17 our way to the Malaysian border. e driving on the journey, was not only fast, but involved an unfortunate and potentially dangerous ai habit - that of tailgating. ey would sit right on the bumper of the vehicle in front, waiting to overtake, but if that vehicle were to stop suddenly, for something that was invisible to the following minibus - us in this case- a crash would be impossible to avoid. Was this indeed the cause of the minibus that crashed on a visa run only last month? We arrived suddenly and almost unexpectedly at a clearing, which was the border. Quite unceremonious and certainly not ostentatious. ere seemed to be no hurry. No-one told anyone what to do or where to go. Most waited for a lead from someone, then followed like sheep. Someone collected a form, and we all followed suit. Why would we want a ai form, when we already had one in our passport ? OK, we are jumping the gun. at must be for our return over the border. Where are any other forms then?

Someone found a hatch, nearly getting run over by a sudden stream of cars wanting to go through Immigration, so we had to watch our feet and the proximity to their wheels, particularly if it were a truck. Eureka! Someone found another hatch, and we got some Malaysian forms. Sat on the grass bank, and filled it out. Took it back to the hatch, where a smiling but almost bemused Malaysian official stamped it, and now we were officially in Malaysia - all 10 meters into the country, no less! Sought out yet another hatch, and this time exited Malaysia again, all within a space of 10 minutes. Back across No-Man's land to the ai border. Handed in the new and completed ai arrival forms and 'Hey Presto ,' we were back in ailand again- legally. Uneventful journey back. Saw the extent of the flooding around Nakhon from another direction and arrived at a ferry one hour early. Enjoyed a fabulous sunset, and were back in Nathon by 7:30 p.m. Was it worth it? I think so. Would I do it again? Possibly, but maybe to Myanmar next time for a change.

1st Annual Samui Wedding Cake-Off set February ENGAGING THE WEDDING CAKE-MAKING SKILLS OF ALL BAKERIES AND PASTRY CHEFS ON KOH SAMUI KOH Samui will be sweeter than ever this February when the 1st Annual Koh Samui Wedding Cake-Off 2012 takes place on this 3rd largest island in ailand. e event, organized by Samui Bride & Honeymoon magazine and Samui Culinary Circle, aims to bring together the island's best cake-artists to showcase their skills with all winners to be features in the next issue of Samui Bride & Honeymoon magazine the island's only dedicated wedding, honeymoon and romantic getaway magazine. e magazine’s editor, PM

Carter, in a press release sent to Samui Gazette said “Samui’s best cake artists are invited to reveal themselves by joining the event which will be held over three consecutive Saturdays, starting on Feb. 11 at the Silavadee Pool Spa Resort located in Lamai, then at the - Kandaburi Resort & Spa in Chaweng for the 2nd day of competition on Feb. 18 and Chaweng Regent, which will host the 3rd day and see the final winners announced on Feb. 25 at their beach resort. Cake viewing will be open to the public from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

and tasting will be available at 3 p.m. while cakes are being judged. Complimentary sparkling wine and canapes will be served throughout the event. Each judging day, the top winners will be chosen in three (3) categories; 1) Most Creative, 2) Best Tasting and 3) Best Overall Cake Design. Cash awards and prizes will also be given. Entry is open to all bakeries, pastry chefs or resort chefs based on Koh Samui. Carter said the competition is not available to short-term

residents and tourists. For more information, to be a sponsor or to enter the competi-

tion; call 089-590-8823 or go to

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