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Anti-smoking laws to be strictly enforced By AKANEE THONGTHARA

The Koh Samui municipality council said it is time for the smoking ban to be strictly enforced on the island. The “no smoking in public” forum, held Sept. 27 at the World Resort, discussed how to make Koh Samui 100 percent smoke free and drew business leaders and participants from hotels, resorts, airport, restaurants and spa. In 2002, the antismoking law took effect in Thailand. The law says it is illegal to light a cigarette in just about any indoor public place – stores, shopping malls, restaurants, buses, taxis, gyms, beauty salons, among others. Smoking is likewise banned in most areas in hospitals, banks, airports and museums. The Non-Smokers’ Health Protection Act of 2002 has been largely implemented in cities like Bangkok. Praiyanat Bussadee, head of the Health division of Koh Samui, said the Act has not been enforced on Samui. “A lot of people do not even know about the anti smoking laws,” she said. Through public awareness campaigns, the municipality of Koh Samui intends to make the island a hundred percent smoke free. A team of experts, including Dr. Prakit Vatisathongkij (secretary of No Smoking Foundation), Dr. Chai Kitthiphichatkul (expert on tobacco control - World Health Organization in Thailand), Sirichai Panthana (head of Legislation Development group), Dr. Saranya Banjakul (manager of 100% Smoke Free Environment Project) and Assist. Prof. Dr. Monta Keangpanitch (Health faculty, Mahidol University), was gathered to discuss measures on how to implement the law effectively. The municipality is discussing the measures with business owners who will largely be affected by the ban. According to the council, business owners should put up “no smoking” signs at their business premises. Violators will be fined Bt20,000 while smokers will be charged Bt2,000. Smoking areas of establishments, additionally, need be away from open public areas. The law also states that authorities have the power to enter public places and inspect. Although there is doubt among business owners that the smoke ban will be totally implemented, the municipality asks for the cooperation of the sector. Photo from parentingwithouttears.com

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Liquor ban on as Surat goes to polls By JATUPORN MALILA

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s Suratthani districts go to polls to elect a new representative to the Parliament of Thailand at the end of October, a liquor ban will be enforced in all electoral areas including Samui. The liquor ban will be enforced on Samui starting 6:00 am, Oct. 29 to 12:00 p.m., Oct. 30. Selling and consuming of beer, wine Vorawut Wichaidit (Pue Thai Party) vs. Suthep Thaugsuban and other alcoholic bever(Democrat Party) in upcoming MP elections. ages will be prohibited in beer bars, restaurants, food Kanchana (Democrat Party), Votes were cast Oct. 16 to 17 shops, hotels, and convenwas accused of graft and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ience stores. corruption because of undeElectoral areas include Those caught violating the clared wealth amounting to Muang Suratthani, Kanchaban on alcoholic drinks face millions of baht. Chumpol is nadit, Koh Samui, Ban Naa maximum of six months banned to assume any govsan, Donsak, Koh Phangan imprisonment or a fine not ernment post for the next and Vieng Sra. exceeding Bt10,000 or both. five years. The election will see VorSeven districts in SuratA special early voting rawut Wichaidit of the Pue thani will elect a new precinct was set up at the Thai Party face off against representative on Oct. 30 Kanchanapisek Convention former Deputy Prime Minafter the province’s member ister Suthep Thaugsuban of Hall in Angthong for regof the Parliament, Chumpol the Democrat Party. istered voters from Samui.

Municipality braces for monsoon season Flood is the leading problem of Samui during the rainy season and the municipality has put in place measures to prevent heavy flooding after days of torrential rain that caused damage to business and properties in the past. Nine flood extraction machines have been deployed at Na Pralan, Maenam Pavillion, Soi Maenam 2, Ban Hua Tanon, Soi Lan Thong, Soi Por Talapup, Soi Ko Keiw, Ban Bang Rak and clock tower near Chaweng turn to page 5

In a file photo, engineers from the municipality tries to extract flood water in Bophut during the monsoon season in 2008.


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IslandNews

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Oil drilling likely to be postponed for a year By AKANEE THONGTHARA

200,000 illegal foreign workers in Thailand

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During the Hands on Samui protest held Aug. 2010, concerned thousand community members showed up to voice their opposition against the oil exploration project. Several months and some strong protests after, the proposed oil

drilling 42 kilometers off Samui is likely to be postponed for a year ac-

cording to Energy Ministry officials. NuCoastal’s (Thailand) license to explore the Gulf of Thailand will be invalid if their environmental impact assessment (EIA) will not be approved by Dec. 18 said Kurujit Nakornthap, director general of the Department of Mineral Fuels. The postponement was also spurred by the strong opposition of residents and business owners of Samui against the energy resource exploration projects. Protests on Samui and Phangan were held since August to ask the government to cancel the licenses granted to energy companies to explore and dig oil in the Gulf of Thailand quoting the negative environmental impact the drilling would cause the already fragile marine environments of the island.

The Department of Mineral Fuels, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of these explorations to secure energy sources of Thailand in the coming years. According to the energy official, onshore and offshore petroleum fields in Thailand now produce 20,000 barrels per day more than what it was producing the same time last year. The department added that the energy companies risk losing about Bt300 to Bt450 million per platform if the exploration does not start. According to a report, the government already canceled Citra Oil Exploration’s license to explore G3/50 in the Gulf of Thailand because the company was not able to meet the requirements stated in the Petroleum Act of 1971.

ccording to a recent census of the Department of Employment, there are now about one million foreign employees all over Thailand and the department has granted work permits to 800,000 foreigners. Authorities of the department discovered that the 20 percent of the total foreign employee population, or about 200,000, are working illegally. Supat Kukhun, Department of Employment deputy director, said all foreign laborers without work permits and therefore working illegally in Thailand has to register and apply for required permits or risk deportation and fines. The department, however, realizes the increased demand for foreign labor. Only recently, the Department of Employment signed an MOU with neighboring countries such as Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia to supply agriculture and industrial employers with the required manpower but warned employers that all foreign workers should be reported. For example in Suratthani, foreign workers are estimated to be 100,000 but only a little over 50 percent has work permits. “Only 53,947 foreign workers have work permits,” said Kumrop Kwanreang, an officer of Department of Employment in Suratthani.


Island News Bangrak School

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joins roster of ‘low carbon schools’

Grade school students turn trash to useful toys.

Ban Bang Rak school recently joined the roster of “low carbon schools,” a project initiated by the Green Island Foundation, Thai Hotels Association (THA) Southern Chapter and the Koh Samui Municipality. The Koh Samui Municipality granted Bt50,000 to fund the school’s waste segregation and recycling projects. Ban Bang Rak School proposed to recycle materials and create toys for the students. The funding was given in an event held Sept. 28 presided by Samui deputy mayor Surawong Wiriyanon and THA South president Ruengnam Jaikwang. Additional support, in terms of expertise on recycling,

was given by Imperial Boat House Hotel and Anantara Lawana Resort. The main purpose of the Low Carbon School Project is to provide schools and its students information on the environment. The partner hotels will manage activities in schools to reduce, reuse and recycle waste, save energy and water and others. A total of 16 schools are participating in this environment conservation project and it includes Ban Na Khai School, Ban Bophut School, Wat Khirimat School, Ban Angthong School and others. “This event would help this generation to be aware of environment conservation and be more responsible for their society,” said Surawong.

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Island News Samui District Office solicits donation 4

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to build King Rama V Monument By JATUPORN MALILA

To commemorate King Rama V’s 100th death anniversary, the Samui District Office is generating funds to build a monument of the King in front of the district office in Nathon. King Rama V was the fifth

monarch of Thailand under the House of Chakri. More commonly known as Phra Phuttha Chao Luang (The Royal Buddha), King Rama V is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam. “His reign was characterized by

the modernization of Siam, immense government and social reforms, and territorial cessions to the British Empire and French Indochina. As Siam was threatened by Western expansionism, Chulalongkorn, through his

policies and acts, managed to save Siam from being colonized. All his reforms were dedicated to Siam’s insurance of survival in the midst of Western colonialism, so that Chulalongkorn earned the epithet Phra

Piya Maharat (The Great Beloved King).” Koh Samui District chief officer Sakchai Jor-Palit said the council decided to erect a monument for the King to celebrate his death anniversary on Oct. 23. He explained that the King visited Koh Samui several times during his reign and provided the local residents an opportunity to interact with him. “Koh Samui District Office invites everyone to be part of this event including local residents, government officers, students and employees. They can drop their donations at boxes located at the Koh Samui District Office and other places on the island.” For bank transfers, donors are encouraged to get in touch with the District Office.

Nigerian arrested for peddling drugs A 29-year-old Nigerian national was arrested by the Samui Immigration Police Oct. 12 for selling crystal methamphetamine (ice) in pubs and other watering holes on Samui. The arrested suspect, identified as Peter Chigozie, came to Samui two months ago and met another Nigerian friend who persuaded him to sell illegal drugs among teenagers on the island, said the immigration police, headed by Chief Inspector Pol. Lt. Col. Akkorn Bussabadin. The Nigerian possessed seven packs of ice weighing 8.74 grams and deposit slips, believed to be payments for the illegal substance. The two Krung Thai Bank deposit slips showed payments of Bt30,100 each sent to a Thai lady whose identity is yet to be confirmed. Chigozie said that someone delivers the drugs to him after he wires the money to his source’s bank account. The Immigration police charged Chigozie with drug possession.


Island News Coca-cola leads 500 volunteers samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

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in Lamai beach cleanup By JATUPORN MALILA

Coca-cola (Thailand) joined hands with the Koh Samui municipality to clean up one of the most popular beaches on Samui and led 500 volunteers in the cleanup drive held Oct. 3. This event is the beverage company’s support to the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) 2010, the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to eradicate litter and debris from the world’s beaches, inland waterways and oceans. The event engages people to clean up trash and debris, to identify the sources of the debris and challenges them to change the behav-

iors that cause pollution. The event in Thailand is part of Coca-cola’s worldwide mobilization of volunteers in 40 countries to cleanup precious coastal lands. In Thailand, Cocacola and its bottling partners Thai Nam Thip Co. Ltd. and Haad Thip PCL, have been organizing the activity for six years already. “Coca-Cola Group in Thailand intends to help the communities in conserving the environment. Coca-Cola Group is inspired to focus on the ecologically friendly product development,” said Pornwutthi Sansin, vice president of Thai Nam Thip Co. Ltd. As many as 500 volunteers and Coca-cola employees

participated in Lamai Beach on Samui and 1,000 volunteers in Bangsan Beach in Chonburi. An estimated quantity of more than 1,500 kilograms of marine debris has been collected during the cleanup across the two beaches, and has been disposed off. An estimated 25 percent of total debris collected last year was beverage-related items such as plastic bottles, glass bottles, tin cans and caps. The Coca-Cola system is working to advance a global sustainable packaging strategy aimed at preventing waste over the life of our packaging, said a Coca-Cola official. “This global effort provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness about

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Coca-cola Thailand joins ICC’s effort to preserve the marine environment of coastal cities around the world.

the importance of preventing litter and show our support for keeping our oceans free of debris,” he said. In addition to debris removal, the cleanup includes a data collection effort for volunteers to record the specific types of debris recovered, providing insight

into marine pollution. The event also is an opportunity to educate communities on litter abatement. Through debris removal, data collection, public education and collaboration with industry and policymakers, marine debris will be reduced and waterways kept clean.

Municipality braces... FROM page 1 Beach. Forty thousand sacks of sand were also delivered to Angthong and Lipanoi (10,000) Taling Ngam, Na Muang and Maret (15,000) and Bophut and Maenam (15,000) to use as sandbag dikes to prevent or reduce flood damage. Report from the Thai Meteorological Department indicated that in October this year, Samui expects about 190 mm of rainfall, 120 mm more than what Samui got in 2009.

An officer from the Koh Samui Municipality said the flood problem is less now considering that the amount of rain this year is higher. She said the municipality continues to look for sustainable methods to handle inundation problems on the island. In 2007, sections of the Koh Samui ring road have been rendered impassable to motorcycles, cars and pickup trucks due to very heavy flooding.


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Police

American teacher hangs himself after row with girlfriend

POINTS OF VIEW Cherdchai Taweemuang

A look at govt officials Samui Gazette reports what things are keeping the key government officials busy towards the end of the year:

By Cherdchai Taweemuang

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man hanged himself in the apartment’s bathroom following a fight with his girlfriend, the police reported. Pepper Andrew Ediwand’s body was discovered by his girlfriend Wanida Sithiwannawong in the morning of Oct. 2 in the bathroom of her apartment with a brown belt tied around his neck and already showing signs of livor mortis or purple-red discoloration of extremities. The police said the 28-year-old English teacher just vacationed from Songkhla province and stayed at his girlfriend’s apartment in Bophut. The couple apparently had a row three days

before the incident; Wanida didn’t go home and instead stayed at the hotel’s staff room. She tried to call Ediwand but he was not answering his mobile phone. The Bophut police, led by Pol. Lt. Col. Jaru Petchpan, said the victim may have been dead for two days before he was found. They also said there seems to be no foul play in his death. Apartment owner Usa Suksai said Wanida was renting the room since Sept. 24 although she is not aware that Wanida has been sharing the room with the victim. Ediwand’s body was sent to Koh Samui Hospital for autopsy.

Teenagers killed in hit and run accident

Vorrawut Wichaidit and Suthep Thaugsuban The elections for the representative of Suratthani to the Parliament of Thailand will be held Oct. 30 and two candidates are facing off: Vorrawut Wichaidit (Pue Thai Party) and Suthep Thaugsuban (Democrat Party). Samui held early elections on Oct. 16 – 17. Liquor ban is scheduled on election days and anyone caught selling or consuming alcoholic beverages will be imprisoned or fined. Thirayut Eiamthakoon Suratthani has seen some major movement after the former governor retired from his elected post. The new provincial governor is from Phang Nga province. Everyone is hopeful that he will do a good job to help local residents. Ramnet Jaikwang Samui mayor Ramnet Jaikwang is focused on the flooding problem of the island especially during the rainy months of October and November. The municipality has set up flood relief centers in three areas: the police booth at San Sea junction in Lamai, Koh Samui Municipality and Chaweng Fire Center in case there are areas that will need to be evacuated. Nine pump machines and 40,000 bags of sand were also prepared to ease flooding in problem areas. For more info, contact 199 or 077-426005. Suraphong Wiriyanon

Hit-and-run suspect who killed two teenagers are still at large.

A 16-year-old boy and one other teenager were killed recently in a hit-and-run crash in Nathon recently. Pol. Lt. Phuriwat Rodkerd said the teens were riding a white Yamaha Fino motorbike near an intersection in Nathon when a pickup truck hit them. Police reports say that the truck was trying to

pass another vehicle at the intersection midnight of Sept. 21 and collided with the motorbike head on. Jakkaphong Muangkerd died of massive head and neck trauma while his passenger 14-year-old Worravit Indum died on his way to the hospital. The driver of the pickup

truck left the scene before the police arrived. The vehicle involved is described by witnesses to be a bronze Toyota Vigo with plate number 4952 which sped from Ban Saket to Ban Nathon Market. Investigation by the Koh Samui police is still ongoing.

Deputy Mayor Suraphong Wiriyanon has just granted Ban Bangrak School Bt50,000 worth of funding to support the school’s environmental activities. Under the “Low Carbon School Project,” the school’s recycling efforts are also supported by two major hotels on the island. Jaroen Jantra Suratthani council member Jaroen Jantra reported that a World Championship Boxing event will be arranged on Koh Samui in May 2011. The boxing event will help promote the island’s beauty and boost the tourism industry. This will also show that Samui has world class sports facilities.

Restaurant staff critically injured in revenge attack By Cherdchai Taweemuang

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21-yearold employee of a European restaurant was seriously injured in a possible revenge attack in Chaweng, the Bophut police said.

Two men, both Thais, between 25 to 30 years old, stalked Vittawat Nachaison and shot him in close distance in front of a popular pub in Chaweng, where he attended a friend’s birthday party. Vittawat tried to run away and fell down at the pub’s parking lot.

He was taken to the Thai International Hospital for treatment. Pol. Lt. Col. Jaru Petchpan said 38-year-Vittawat works at the Star Food Restaurant, one kilometer away from where he was shot. In the wee hours of Oct. 7, he left his friend’s

birthday party and witnesses said they heard a gunshot nearby. Vittawat tried to escape injured and called for help. Based on the CCTV footage, the suspects parked their motorbike across the pub and waited for their victim. One of the sus-

pects drew his pistol and shot Vittawat in his abdomen. Both suspects fled the scene. Medical reports say Vittawat is still in critical condition because the bullet damaged the victim’s lung. Suspects are still at large.


TheWorld

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

They’re all out: 33 miners raised safely in Chile

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he longest underground nightmare in history ended safely — and faster than anyone

not the same, and the country is not the same after this. You were an inspiration. Go hug your wife and your daughter.” With hardhats held to their hearts, the pair led a joyous crowd in singing expected. the national anthem. In a flawless operation The first rescue worker that unfolded before a down was last up — hopeful, transfixed world, Manuel Gonzalez, a mine 33 miners who were rescue expert with Chile’s trapped for more than two state-owned Codelco months deep beneath the copper company, talked Chilean earth were raised the men through the final one by one Wednesday hours inside the mine. through a smooth-walled Then, he spent 26 minutes shaft of rock. alone down below before The last man out was the he strapped himself into one who held the group the capsule for the ride together when they were up. He reached the surfeared lost, a shift foreman face at 12:32 a.m. Thursday named Luis Urzua who en- local time to hugs from forced tight rations of their his comrades and Pinera. limited food and supplies The rescue exceeded before help could arrive. expectations every step of “We have done what the the way. Officials first said entire world was waiting it might be four months for,” he said immediately before they could get the after his rescue. “We had men out; it turned out to strength, we had spirit, we be 69 days and about 8 wanted to fight, we wanted hours. to fight for our families, and Once the escape tunthat was the greatest thing.” nel was finished, they Not even a full 24 hours estimated it would take after the rescue began, 36 to 48 hours to get all Urzua made the 2,041-foot the miners to the surface. ascent in a rescue capThat got faster as the sule called Phoenix and operation went along, and emerged from a manholeall the miners were safely sized opening in the ground above ground in 22 hours, to a joyous celebration 37 minutes. of confetti, balloons and The crowd in “Camp champagne. Hope,” down a hill from President Sebastian the escape shaft, set off Pinera told him: “You are confetti, released balloons

Miner Daniel Herrera Campos embraces his mother after being rescued from the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine, near Copiapo, Chile. Herrera was the sixteenth of 33 miners rescued from the mine after more than 2 months trapped underground. (AP Photo/Hugo Infante, Government of Chile)

and sprayed champagne as Urzua’s capsule surfaced, joining in a rousing miners’ cheer. In the capital of Santiago, hundreds gathered in Plaza Italia, waving flags and chanting victory slogans in the miners’ honor. In nearby Copiapo, about 3,000 people gathered in the town square, where a huge

screen broadcast live footage of the rescue. The exuberant crowd waved Chilean flags of all sizes and blew on red vuvuzelas as cars drove around the plaza honking their horns, their drivers yelling, “Long live Chile!” “The miners are our heroes,” said teary-eyed Copiapo resident Maria Guzman, 45.

Eurotunnel confident Siemens trains will pass test The head of the company that runs the English Channel tunnel said Wednesday he’s sure that a train at the center of a Franco-German spat will pass a weekend safety test. Deutsche Bahn’s Siemens AG-built ICE 3 train is certain to meet all Eurotunnel’s requirements when it undergoes an evacuation test in the tunnel Saturday night, Eurotunnel Chairman Jacques Gounon said at a news conference. Eurostar, the company that operates the passenger train service through the tunnel, awarded Siemens a contract last week for similar trains, but losing bidder Alstom SA of France has objected, saying the trains do not meet safety standards set by a French-British committee that regulates the tunnel. “I’m convinced that the ICE 3 will

pass all our security tests,” Gounon said. Siemens trains are shorter than current regulations permit, and they use a “distributed motorization” system in which motors are placed under each carriage. This configuration allows the train to carry more passengers than the Alstom trains currently run through the tunnel by Eurostar, which have engines placed at either end of the train, as current regulations require. The Siemens trains can travel at 320 kph (200 mph) per hour, potentially cutting the London-Paris journey times to just over 2 hours, compared to the current two hours, 15 minutes. Deutsche Bahn plans to test one of its high-speed trains on a run through the Channel Tunnel as it

contemplates opening direct service between London and Germany. Alstom, backed by France’s Transport Ministry, objects that the Siemens trains don’t meet current safety regulations for the Channel Tunnel. Safety rules are set by the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority, an AngloFrench body. Gounon said he’s confident the safety body will adapt its regulations and permit both Deutsche Bahn and Eurostar to operate the Siemens trains through the tunnel. Current regulations date from the tunnel’s opening in 1986, Gounon said. “I can’t imagine continuing until 2086 (the date when Eurotunnel’s concession to operate the tunnel ends) using the same rules as in 1986,” Gounon said.

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Dozens charged with largest Medicare scam ever A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat the government medical insurance program Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program’s history, U.S. authorities said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere charged 73 people. Most of the defendants were captured during raids Wednesday morning in New York City and Los Angeles, but there also were arrests in New Mexico, Georgia and Ohio. The scheme’s scope and sophistication “puts the traditional Mafia to shame,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a Manhattan news conference. “They ran a veritable fraud franchise.” The operation was under the protection of an Armenian crime boss, known in the former Soviet Union as a “vor,” prosecutors said. The reputed boss, Armen Kazarian, was in custody in Los Angeles. Bharara said it was the first time a vor — “the rough equivalent of a traditional godfather” — had been charged in a U.S. racketeering case. Kazarian, 46, of California, and two alleged ringleaders — Davit Mirzoyan, 34, also of California, and Robert Terdjanian, 35, of New York — were named in an indictment in Manhattan charging racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud, money laundering and identity theft. The indictment accused Terdjanian and others of hatching other schemes involving stolen credit cards, untaxed cigarettes and counterfeit Viagra. It also alleges that during a meeting last year at a Brighton Beach restaurant, Terdjanian pulled a knife on someone who owed him money “and threatened to disembowel the individual if the debt was not paid.” A judge jailed Terdjanian without bail Wednesday at a brief hearing. Afterward, his attorney said his client denies the charges.


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ustralian couple Ian and Fay Hamilton gaze across their pool past swaying palm trees to the waters of the Gulf, and ponder how their life has been enriched since their Samui dream became a reality. Like so many couples who visit Samui, their love for the island was immediate and it only took a couple more visits to come to the decision that buying their own pad in Paradise was the way to go. They had both previously been involved in numerous leisure related business ventures including tourism on Australia’s Gold Coast and subsequently iconic Byron Bay but are now fortunate enough to be able to follow their dreams and travel the world. “Samui is the perfect place to build a home which would be our base while we’re not travelling” said Ian, a theatrical agent, entrepreneur, restaurateur publisher, journalist and author in previous lives. “After deciding that Samui was the place, we spent weeks checking out sites, developments, developers and real estate agents.” Horizon Homes Garden Villas Estate in Choeng Mon was eventually their choice location and development company and over a period of 12 months of planning, fine tuning architect’s plans and selecting furniture and décor, their home was completed in 2008. After joining them for coffee in the Sala, we then toured the villa with them and realized the amount of time and effort that had been put into the final details. “Some investors just leave the fittings and furniture to the development company,” Fay said. “But we had the time and expertise to ensure that everything was exactly right, particularly as we intended spending so

Property

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many months of the year here.” Fay’s business background is equally as diverse as Ian’s. She has spent many years of her life in hospitality, travel consultancy, publishing, accommodation management and interior designing. It would be her very personal touches in terms of color, coordination and style that are apparent throughout the villa. “It is so much easier planning a home that is built around a swimming pool and all on one floor. Everything flows so beautifully and embraces a casual indoor and outdoor living style so conducive to relaxation in the tropics.” Ian and Fay spend the northern hemisphere summer months travelling around Europe in their motorhome. They’ve still got the travel bug and are young and fit enough to continue exploring the many countries of that very diversified

continent. They have visited a dozen European countries as well as spending a month around Morocco and are continually enthralled by the various cultures, history, architecture and magnificent scenery. Ian regularly writes articles for the Australian magazine “The Wanderer” which is circulated to 45,000 members of a motorhoming club. He first started writing when he owned one of Queensland’s largest publication house and remembers interviewing celebrities and stars that visited the Gold Coast. “Actually sitting down and interviewing people such as Michael Parkinson was one of the most rewarding parts of the business. You’ve got to wear many hats running a magazine company” he said. Back in the 60s he operated his own management agency in the UK for rock and roll bands which was built

up to be the second largest in the country. “Manchester was a special place in those days. There was a band on every street corner, we handled 40 of them plus cabaret artists so it was go go g,” he recalled. Fay and Ian met fifteen years ago, got married five years later and live on the basis that “every day’s a winner.” They’ve been involved in lots of things together, have a wonderful relationship and some friends think they are “joined at the hip,” an expression indicating they can work and play together and are kindred spirits. They have just arrived back on Samui fresh from another European adventure and are planning to stay for three months to relax catch up with friends and make some new ones before they head to the South Africa Game Parks and then visit family and friends back in Australia.


Business&Finance

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SCB supports plan to levy tax on foreign investors Siam Commercial Bank’s president expressed her approval of a plan proposed by the Finance Ministry to levy a15-percent tax on foreign investors for income made from investments in fixed income securities. Siam Commercial Bank President Kannikar Chalitaporn said the tax will slow the baht’s surge, saying that so far, the baht’s value has increased too quickly. She is confident that the tax measure will not negatively affect

capital markets or the economy. However, she urged relevant agencies to closely follow the impact of the measure after it has been implemented. SCB chairman of the executive committee, Vichit Suraphongchai said the weakening value of the US currency has prompted every country to work to stabilize the exchange rate between their currencies and the US dollar. He added that any measures to deal with these concerns must be implemented

gradually and without controlling the movement of capital, as this would have an impact on the capital market. SCB has introduced a new structure, which they have divided into four business divisions to increase their competitiveness including business clients, individual clients, major business clients and special business clients. This year the bank aims to provide Bt80 billion in credit, or seven to ten percent more credit than last year.

IPad Impact: Tablets contribute to PC market pain Few companies can disrupt an entire industry with a single product launch. But Apple Inc., whose history is filled with such game-changing moments, has done it again with its iPad tablet. Apple’s iPad has rattled the technology world by causing many consumers to think twice about buying new personal computers, two market-research firms reported Wednesday. That hesitation was one reason worldwide shipments of new PCs stumbled in the third quarter, growing more slowly than research firms IDC and Gartner Inc. had anticipated. The other big factor was consumers’ dreary outlook on the economy, especially in the U.S. and Europe, which has led them to pinch pennies more, pay

off debts and spend less on PCs and some other kinds of electronics. The hype about tablets has computer makers and their suppliers worried about how much ground traditional PCs might lose in coming months and years. Apple sold 3.3 million iPads in the device’s first three months on the market, and some analysts estimate Apple sold more than 5 million during the following quarter, which ended in September. Until now, it wasn’t clear whether Apple was poaching would-be PC buyers with the iPad, or merely giving Apple fans another expensive gadget to add to their computer collections. Far fewer tablets are sold than PCs, of course, and Intel Corp., the biggest maker of PC microprocessors and a new entrant

in the tablet market, said Tuesday in reporting its quarterly numbers that it’s too early to tell how much of the PC business is being cannibalized by tablets. But IDC and Gartner said the smaller, keyboardless devices are at the very least pushing many consumers to pause their decisions on buying new computers. Gartner said PC makers shipped more than 88.3 million machines in the third quarter, an increase of 7.6 percent over last year. Gartner was expecting a 12.7 percent rise. IDC put the third-quarter number at 89.3 million, a 10.5 percent increase, which was 3 percentage points below what it expected. Both companies blamed economic anxieties for depressing sales, and each had its own take on the iPad’s effect.

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Travel Agents Association: Thai travelers go abroad as baht surge

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he Thai Travel Agents Association, or TTAA, said that Thai people are traveling abroad more as the baht strengthens. The association reported that in October alone, the number of Thai people traveling abroad increased by 20 percent. Meanwhile, regional budget airline AirAsia plans to introduce a new route between Bangkok and India, on December 1. While various business sectors, especially SME exporters, have been negatively affected by the baht’s appreciation, travel agents have certainly benefited from it. Thai Travel Agents Association President Charoen Wangananont reported that from August to September, the number of Thai people traveling abroad increased by 17 percent, an increase of 20 percent compared to the corresponding period of last year. Two main factors that encourage travel are the baht’s appreciation and the current school break. According to Charoen, it has been predicted that about 5.2 million Thai people will travel abroad this year, an increase of 500,000 from last year’s figure. About 80 percent of Thai people traveling abroad have gone to Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore,

with the latter having become the most popular among Thai travelers. Meanwhile, Thai AirAsia CEO Tassapol Bijleveld said that AirAsia plans to open a new route from Bangkok to two towns in India on December 1. Tickets for BangkokKolkata start at Bt999 per flight, which will fly daily, while tickets for Bangkok New Delhi start at Bt1,490 per flight, which flies four days a week. The new flights are expected to boost tourism for both countries and to draw more Indian travelers into Thailand. Tassapol said that the baht surge has had a positive impact on his company, settling expenses and repayment in the US dollar while it receives 70 percent of its income in Thai baht. He is confident that AirAsia will post turnover worth Bt12 billion, or 10 percent turnover growth, this year. There were 610,000 Indian travelers in Thailand in 2009, an increase of 14.45 percent from the figure in 2008. Indian people are among the top five Asian tourists traveling to Thailand, creating about Bt16 billion in revenue. Through the first eight months of this year, the number of Indian tourists in Thailand increased by about 20 percent, compared to the corresponding period of last year.


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Opinion

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

Wikepedia describes the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Thailand as “a bicameral legislature composed of a Senate and a House of Representatives. Combined, the Assembly has 630 members, 476 of which are elected (400 MPs and 76 Senators). Others include 154 non elected (80 MPs through Party-lists and 74 Senators through party selection). The majority of elections in Thailand follow the First Past the Post system which is used in the elections for the 400 members of the House of Representatives and 76 members of the Senate.” Recently the Koh Samui police circulated a letter to bar, restaurant, and retail establishments all over Samui, that they were banned from selling an alcoholic beverages from 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 to 12 midnight, Sunday, Oct. 17. The letter also stated that there would be another ban on Oct. 29 and 30. This was being done because there was a special election taking place to elect ONE parliamentarian for Suratthani, the province on the mainland to which Koh Samui belongs. The Oct.15-17 ban was for a “pre-election” vote, evidently to provide a time for people who could not vote in the regular voting period, Oct. 29-30, as voting in Thailand is compulsory. The ban on alcohol sales, evidently, was imposed because the government feels that the local populace cannot vote if they have consumed alcohol. Many businesses, such a resort owners, were not sure if they also had to comply with the ban. Most businesses, we observed, complied, fearing possible massive fines, or worse, and we noted that the resulting effect on local tourist fed businesses was, to say the least, brutally devastating. Chaweng and Lamai were turned into virtual “ghost-towns.” Many businesses just closed down for three nights and those that stayed open had a few disgruntled customers, sipping their sodas and coffees, and muttering about how much they were NOT enjoying their “revised” vacation, for this weekend. We respect the election process and the laws of Thailand, regarding electoral processes, and the ban of alcohol during election times is not that unusual in certain countries in the region. But we would hope that some reasonable common sense could be implemented in regions where tourism is, by far, the lifeblood of the whole economy, as it is on Koh Samui. We acknowledge that a few days of sobriety could do a lot of people a lot of good, but the fact is that tourists generally expect to have a few drinks on their holidays. If they are suddenly deprived of that because of some local election, they are not going to be real happy with the locale, in which they chose to spend their hard earned money, and may bear a grudge, and will probably not be as likely to return. Local merchants, with a few rare exceptions, are suffering due to the worldwide economic recession, and there is definitely a tourist recession on Koh Samui, as we recently reported. Many businesses reported ZERO sales during this weekend. When local merchants suffer, their employees are also bound to suffer, as businesses are often lucky to break-even, if not losing money, so employment definitely will have to be cut back. We would hope that the local, regional, and national government bodies could address the economic hardship that they are imposing on tourism regions, with this ban that will virtually wipe out income for five days of this “low season” month. At the very least they should recognize that businesses whose bulk of sales comes from foreign tourists, not locals, should be exempted from these bans in the future.

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Economic Suicide Koh Samui alcohol ban for five nights in October

RAMBLES ON Charles Rambles

Not today, thanks maybe tomorrow Does anybody know where I can buy a suit? As one wander around the streets of Samui shopping, you notice a pattern emerge with the types of shops you see as you try to haggle the prices down and sometimes getting a mixed response! While walking pretty much anywhere, you will have tailors asking if you would want to buy a suit, and so you end up befriending your local tailor and always have the same joke “not today, thanks maybe tomorrow” Ho ho ho! If it’s a pair of glasses wanted, prescription or sun or maybe you are in need of some medicine or suntan lotion? Then you are in luck with the amount of pharmacies, opticians and tailors there seem to be on this isle, and money is no problem with an ATM every 10 meters. Then you have the big boys, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and even a Warner Brothers shop, to name but a few. Then throw in the trio Tesco Lotus, Big C and Makro now you can buy almost anything you want. Feeling peckish? I’m sure there will be a 7-11 or a Family Mart or both pretty close and open 24 hours a day,

damn handy but will we all have our own personal one each soon? There is a spot in Laem Din market where you can stand in one 7-11 and see three more. You cannot help thinking how do all these shops stay in business when there are so many of them and so close together. You can think back to the “good old days” on Samui when electricity, a mosquito net and a western toilet were more of a worry than where can I buy a new pair of sunglasses, a slurpee and some Viagra. When the only food you could get 24 hours a day was freshly cooked Thai food from Nakorn and Ninja. Look back to how Samui was 10 or so years ago and remember how unspoilt it was by the now numerous western trappings. It was so much simpler then and therefore seemed nicer. But tell that to the people visiting now, they cannot see it any other way. They love that you can get a Mikky D’s and a Pizza delivered 24 hours a day. You cannot stop progress and if it is in the interest of Samui then great. But is it? As you pan around the streets you may have noticed

a few empty shops, they sit there empty week after week, month after month, shutters down. The infamous Shop Houses, they usually come in singles, triples and multiples of fives. Occasionally a restaurant or bar opens, but not for too long and many just end up having to close their doors. So when you see ten shop houses sitting empty you have to think why build ten more next door? To have these shops sitting empty does not seem to be helping anyone in any way. If they insist on building them then I think I may have a foolproof idea to suggest to the shop house owners, if they build five in a row with a 7-11 next door to a pharmacy next to an optician next to Family Mart and finally our old friend, the tailor. That might just about cover everything. You never know I might give him a shock and buy a suit. When I come to think of it, no not really! Not today, thanks maybe tomorrow. Charles has been living on Koh Samui for over 12 years in this life with no plans on leaving and thinks he was probably here before in one or another shape or form.

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Opinion

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

Letters to the Editor Love us? Hate us?

Send letters to editor@thesamuigazette.com or 124/524 Moo 3 Lamai Centre Unit 6 1/2 Lamai Beach Road, Koh Samui Letters may be edited for length and clarity. The opinions are those of our readers and not necessarily those of the Newspaper.

Time to clean up The mess Samui is generating may be not be visible to the ordinary resident or tourist but as we all know, we are making a truly big one. The 50,000 tons of trash photographed in the last issue is a proof to that. We’ve seen plastic bags handed out in grocery and convenience stores, even small stalls in the market pack a single item in non-biodegrable store bags and single use Styrofoam containers. I wish the Municipality will implement a law that will encourage more retail patrons to bring their own multi-use carry containers or if they want a store-supplied bag, purchase it like in Makro. Communities which implement similar bans in plastic use have demonstrated that consumer habits can be adjusted and eventually improve the enviroment. If these communities can do it, why can’t we? -- TERRI CLARK

GREEN CORNER Jules Kay

Money for old rope The amount of waste produced in tourist destinations like Samui is now a serious problem. Local residents are suffering from the rapid increase in waste and the lack of proper disposal methods. Local municipalities are trying various approaches to deal with waste. but one of the most promising is integrated waste management, where local people actually participate in waste separation at the household level and collectors are rewarded for recycling waste products. Recycling can save energy and provide cheap base materials for industry and also means less waste has to be disposed in landfills. But it is also a lucrative business. The waste business in Thailand has existed for decades. In the past, Chinese immigrants roamed the streets of Bangkok using a tricycle, collecting used materials and reselling them. Later, local people known as “Saleng” did the same. These collectors were generally poor people from remote rural areas and would exchange the products they collected for food and used clothes in the town. Waste dealing is generally considered as a very dirty, low status profession but recently, private sector businesses have realized that recyclable wastes could play an important role in waste management in Thailand, while generating profit at the same time. According to the Financial Times, Ms. Zhang Yin is now

the richest woman in China. Worth an estimated $3.4 billion, she made her fortune after starting up Nine Dragons Paper company just a few years ago. Ms Zhang’s listed company, of which she owns 72 percent, buys scrap paper from the US and processes it in China for sale. Simple, but effective. Here in Thailand, Wongpanit Garbage Recycling Separation Business was started in 1974 by Dr. Somthai Wongcharoen. With a pick-up truck, he went to every village in Phitsanulok province to buy their garbage. In the beginning, he bought 1,000 kilos of garbage, which he sold for about Bt2,000 a day. Three years later, he opened a small junk shop and the garbage he bought reached 5,000 kilos a day. He continued to expand his business and by 1995, Wongpanit Garbage Recycling Separation Plant was established with an investment of around Bt50 million. This plant can now handle around 100 tons of waste per day. The business has expanded to 153 branches and 10,000 employees around Thailand. Wongpanit recently opened on Samui, and its primary aim is to solve the problem of garbage in the Chaweng and Lamai area, as these two locations are the biggest in terms of generating waste. The company set up its first recycling plant in Chaweng Noi, Opposite the Imperial Hotel and actually buys used glass bottles, plastic, paper and metal, as well as a range

of other unused items. “Many people say that we are crazy, as this business is generating very small returns on Samui,” said Somchai Sangchaysuppakorn, Managing Director, “but if you think about the future, if we don’t do something now we face a very negative impact on key businesses around the island.” Wongpanit plans to expand its facility, sourcing investment for machinery to deal with everything from wet garbage to toxic waste. This type of waste has a particularly damaging effect on the island and is being generated every day. “We aim to create profit from recycling waste and at the same time help Samui,” continued Khun Somchai. “We need a lot of people to donate their waste so we can recycle more and generate profit to buy the necessary machinery. Donating waste means selling it to Wongpanit. The suppliers are paid and Wongpanit uses the profit they generate to help eliminate waste that would otherwise end up in a land fill site. Wongpanit Recycling is located in Chaweng Noi, Opposite the Imperial Hotel, 86/1 Moo 3, Bophut. Tel. 0819588997, 087-2814646, 077413023. Jules Kay has lived on the island for 10 years and regularly contributes to a number of publications and websites about Samui. He also volunteers as a media representative for the Samui Mala and Green Island Project. Email Jules at samuieditor@gmail.com.

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DON’T GET ME STARTED David Paul Janes

Advertise or eat It saddened me to read about the dead turtle recently washed up on the beach of Koh Samui. The turtle has been around for millions of years and is now standing shoulder to shoulder with other endangered species such as the giant panda. Maybe Tommy turtle was a victim of tuna fishermen, or maybe just old age. If in the unlikely event it was old age, old Tommy would have been pushing past 100 years. So, what’s to be done? I have a cunning plan. In my humble opinion I believe one of the best ways to save an endangered species is to encourage people to eat it. No... wait before you turn the page, hear me out. If we could persuade the fashion conscious women of the world that the best way to get beautifully glossy hair was to have a daily bowl of tasty panda chunks, I bet it wouldn’t be long before somebody somewhere found a way to get the lazy sods breeding again. End of problem. In my time I have been persuaded to eat many things including, whole crunchy baby birds still in their shells, crocodile, snake and deep fried bugs. I am not sure I could be persuaded to eat dear old Tommy though. So what’s the alternative? How can we make people take more care of dear old Tommy? What about advertising space? People love to watch turtles either swimming majestically under the ocean, or lumbering up and down the beach, so why not use that magnificent shell to its full potential and have a mobile advert. Advertisements were once confined to newspapers, town centers and television, now you see them everywhere, so why not turtle shells. Switch on your computer and you get bombarded with adverts asking if you would like to go large, and they are not referring to a burger meal. In days gone by if you stepped into a telephone box, that’s what you found, a telephone. Now it’s full of adverts for young ladies offering all sorts of services, and curiously, posters which talk about the advantage of mobile phones. Just recently I received a mail shot asking if I would sponsor a child in Pakistan. Does this mean that some

poor lad has to struggle through the mud and filthy water with “Read David Janes in the Samui Gazette” tattooed across his forehead? It doesn’t matter where you are, somebody will find a space to shove an advert. Hanging baskets, town center roundabouts, buses and taxis. Get into a London cab and they even have an advert stuck to the bottom of the foldaway chair. Go for a long bracing walk in the countryside. You may come across a leafy glade where there will be a handy bench for a well earned rest. Look closer and you will see a brass plaque advertising some dead person who also liked to sit there. “Aha” I hear you cry, if advertising winds you up so much, just avert your eyes.” Dear gentleman reader, where is the one place you cannot avert your eyes? The public toilet that’s where. If you gaze from left and right whilst relieving yourself, a punch in the ear could be coming your way in very short order. Those clever advertising agencies have picked up on this. I went to a local bar recently and after a couple of beers had to make use of the facilities. The twometer long and one-meter high urinal was a plasma screen advertising all the latest releases at the local cinema. It’s not going to be too long before they introduce 3D. Imagine the chaos when they advertise “When Sharks Attack.” Everybody walking back into the bar with wet patches everywhere. With the decline in manufacturing industries soon the only business left may be advertising agencies. That would be bad for the economy but irrelevant as far as Tommy turtle is concerned. He doesn’t care whether it says Samui Gazette or Nikki Beach on his shell, as long as it says something.

David was born in Suffolk, England and was a surveyor for a large civil engineering company until the recession in the early eighties. He then had many jobs, sometimes two at once, ranging from cleaning toilets to area sales manager. He came to Thailand in 2004 with his wife. They bought a piece of land and built a house and are now looking to stay full time.


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Night&BeachLife samui gazette |

BARS

SAMUI SHAMROCK

Lamai Beach Road

If you need a daily dose of live music then The Shamrock is where you need to be heading featuring live acts every night of the week.

ARK BAR

Chaweng Beach Almost an institution in itself. Extremely busy with the 18 to 30 something crew, fantastic atmosphere and a great place to hang out if you’ve just arrived on the island. Party every Wednesday with free BBQ from 4pm and DJs spinning funky house and classics.

MINT Soi Green Mango, Chaweng THE DEAL: Each night features a different music policy. I’d recommend Thursday’s Deep Blue featuring deep and jackin’ house. This is probably Samui’s smallest and most intimate club, normally fills up around 11pm. Great for a knees up with your mates! Friday’s are always great if you’re looking for good party music and if breaks are what you’re looking for then pop on down there on Sunday.

SOLO BAR

Soi Solo, Chaweng Solo Bar welcomes back the “Latino Bro’s” for their weekly Monday night percussion and sax party with DJ Simon Solo. Party Nights on Friday and Saturdays.

HENDRIX BAR

Soi Solo, Chaweng Just by its name, this bar doesn’t need much of an introduction. It’s a real Samui treasure and probably what many a theme pub tries to aspire to be. The resident DJ spins the best in rock, indie and forgotten 80s classics. He’ll take requests and even bump you up the request list if you buy him a drink!

BONDI

Chaweng New on the block: ‘Club Bondi’ traditionally a bar 6 days a week. Saturdays, Bondi transforms its music policy to house with new resident Phil Drummond playing a mixed bag of vocal & funky house

CASTAWAY BAR

Bangpor Open the weekend up with The Reggae Sundowner Beach Party with BBQ & reggae / cosmic sounds - sunset “til late!

X Party

Chaweng (behind Bondi) – Friday Nov. 12 What normally starts off as a most civilised occasion usually ends up in complete mayhem and destruction! Hosted by Mr Pepe featuring DJs Andy Vier (Nikki Beach) & Steve Bray (Movement Party) with some live percussion thrown in for good measure. Party starts at 9pm

oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

CLUBS

BEACH CLUBS

SOUND

NIKKI BEACH Lipa Noi

Soi Green Mango, Chaweng

THE DEAL: Opens everyday for breakfast, lunch, dinner and amazing sunset cocktails. Set on the quieter side of the island Nikki beach is ideal for getting away from it all even for just one day. From jet setters parting for the weekend to the local sexy sunbather, you’ll find it all here. Kick back and relax on their king sized daybeds enjoying endless brunch buffet, refreshing Miami mojitos and poolside entertainment for the ultimate beach club experience. DJ Andy Vier is spinning soulful US each and everyday to get that body grooving round that extremely curvy pool! Amazing Sundays is the big day at Nikki with one of the largest buffets I’ve seen for a long time. The champagne seems to flow endlessly and anything within the realms of possibility can happen!

BEACH REPUBLIC

Lamai Opens everyday for breakfast, lunch & dinner and offers a rather large beach side pool and spa. Soulful Saturdays: Drinks and tapas specials. Music policy anything from northern soul to house. Sunday Sessions: groove on down to the resident DJs playing some cool beachside vibes. Massive buffet brunch from 11.30pm ‘til 3.30pm.

THE DEAL: Samui’s largest club with one huge main dance floor looking up to the heavens. Music policy: upfront electro house and remixes Room2: Very cool and dark, great for getting some AC action and out of the thick of things: music policy R&B and hip-hop

THE BLACK MOON PARTY (NOW AT SOUND!) Samui’s largest party without a doubt and it could be argued that it’s Samui’s equivalent to The Full Moon Party, although with just one huge sound system it’s a little easier on the ears. Usually starts to fill up around midnight and goes on until the sun rises. Resident DJ A is one of Asia’s best DJs and full moon legend!

The Movement Party: Halloween Special @ Karma Oct. 30 After a very successful launch in August, The Movement Party returns for more dance floor action with live DJs, percussion and other instrumental delights. Music policy: from funk, hip hop & soulto house, latin and breaks. Starts at 9pm! Check out face book for more details or logon to www.theagencyasia.com/parties Dress code: Black & Red

CD Profiles Ben Folds and Nick Hornby - Lonely Avenue Top Track: “Saskia Hamilton” deserves a Grammy for polysyllabic silliness. The rollicking tune sings the praises of the American poet: “She’s got more assonance than she knows what to do with.” “Belinda” is a ballad about a has-been singer on the nostalgia circuit who each night performs his one hit, a love song written about a woman he later lost and now misses, which makes reprising his golden oldie for sing-a-long crowds a bizarre form of public torture. Such is the richness of a three-verse plot when a novelist turns lyricist. Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity,” ‘’About a Boy”) wrote the words for the 11 songs on “Lonely Avenue,” and Ben Folds set them to music. The collaboration clicks: There’s a depth to the lyrics rare in pop songs, and they inspire top-notch work from the ever-inventive Folds. Hornby finds fresh ways to approach his topics, such as on “Belinda,” which is both funny and sad. He writes about divorce from the perspective of the couple’s 9-year-old daughter on “Claire’s Ninth,” and shows sympathy for Bristol Palin’s ex in “Levi Johnston’s Blues.” Hornby’s lyrics are smart, profane, violent, poignant, hilarious and absolutely true.

Neil Young - Le Noise

Top Track: “Walk With Me,” the opening track, uses a power chord that hits the listener in the gut right out of the gate. It’s always refreshing to hear something new from an artist who’s been recording for nearly 40 years and has released 34 studio albums.

The concept is tantalizing: Neil Young, alone with his guitar, hooks up with musician and producer of the stars Daniel Lanois in his acoustically souped-up house for an intimate, off-the-cuff recording done with no band or overdubs. Unfortunately, the resulting pretentiously titled “Le Noise” mostly works better in theory than in reality. The biggest detriment is that while it sounds cool, the songs themselves are mostly not all that interesting, with a couple notable exceptions. “Love and War” and “Hitchhiker” both find Young in a reflective mood, and coupled with Lanois’ delirious production, makes them seem all the more like they’re being transmitted in a dream. The star of this disc is Young’s guitar and what Lanois is able to do to it. The audio effects they use, including a generous dose of echo on the vocals, can be hypnotic in small doses. Luckily they showed some restraint in keeping the disc to a concise 37 minutes, since there’s a certain sameness to the eight tracks. “Le Noise” seems destined to fall into the same category of other ambitious Young projects that get high marks for distinctiveness, like “Greendale” and “Trans,” but that won’t get many repeat plays.


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Entertainment

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

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{REVIEWS} Buzz follows mother-son pair with ADD “Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention” (Voice, $24.99), by Katherine Ellison: If you think having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be exhausting, imagine what happens when the child’s parent has it, too. “I go back and forth from thinking I’m the best possible mother for Buzz, because I can so deeply empathize, to thinking I’m the worst, because we so often clash,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Ellison in her new book, “Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention.” Ellison chronicles her quest to understand her son and their shared clinical-grade distraction. (Buzz was 9 when he was diagnosed three years ago.) As she delves into the world of ADD, the nation’s most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children, Ellison learns that “we’ve ended up with much more data than knowledge.” First comes the debate over the label — is it an excuse or an explanation? A character or a syndrome? Then there are the countless contradictory therapies “running the gamut from medication to meditation,” as Ellison puts it. What follows is a smart, easy-to-understand explanation of the disorder and Ellison’s experience with various interventions, including neurofeedback, the prescription stimulant Concerta and supplements with names like Mind Power Rx and BrainSustain. Ellison also highlights schools and programs around the country that have had great success with kids like Buzz. At one such high school, “the rule rather than the exception is that students are out of their seats, involved in hands-on projects and teamwork,” she writes. Teachers are required to advise small groups of students throughout their high school years: “Each student knows that there is at least one adult at the school who feels personally responsible for his or her success.”

Jet Age recounts how Boeing beat the Brits “Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World” (Avery, $27), by Sam Howe Verhovek: The years immediately following Britain’s victory in World War II were unkind to the island nation. Rationing seemed as if it would never end; Britons suffered through the coldest winter in memory; and the empire on which the sun would never set was dissolving ever so quickly. Amid the gloom, there was one great source of pride: Britain’s leadership in the development of a commercial jetliner that would usher in a new era in air travel. The de Havilland Comet, a sleek, bullet-shaped plane with its four engines tucked into its wings, made its debut in 1952 and was the odds-on favorite to be the first to fly passengers across the Atlantic. That was before three Comets blew apart in the sky in less than a year. As the aircraft maker scrambled to determine the cause of the mysterious explosions, Boeing entered the competition, in effect betting that a company that thrived on military contracts could reinvent itself by developing passenger jets. The race between the U.S., also represented by Douglas and Lockheed, and Britain is brought to life in Sam Howe Verhovek’s fast-paced book, “Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World.” The book captures the zeitgeist of a decade in which all manner of advances, including globe-girdling flight, seemed possible. Although today’s flights are far cheaper in constant dollars, travelers of a certain age can look back wistfully to an era in which riding in a jetliner was something more than traveling in a flying bus. “Jet Age” is a quick read, one that can be completed in the time it takes to wait in a terminal, board a jet and cross an ocean. It’s a book that is likely to prompt some readers to delve more deeply into this fascinating subject.

ACROSS 1. International standard unit of electrical capacity 6. *Trick or treat accessory on top of head 9. ____ school 13. Children’s book “Is Your Mama a _____?” 14. ___ polloi 15. Congo, formerly known as 16. “Do not ___ __ the furniture!” 17. Belonging to us 18. Bornean ape 19. *Bram Stoker’s creation 21. *Hot _______, candy 23. *___-Wan costume requires a light sabre 24. Ray-finned fish 25. General Services Administration 28. Jane Austen classic 30. Abduct 35. River islet 37. Baseball great easily identified by this first name 39. Deteriorate 40. Hahn, co-discoverer of nuclear fission 41. Sid from movie “Ice Age” 43. Absent in the army 44. To cut, as in sheep’s wool 46. Batty or bonkers 47. *Witch’s facial mark 48. Trunks, so to speak 50. Iranian monarch

Sudoku

52. “Owner of a Lonely Heart” band 53. One from Oklahoma, especially during Dust Bowl 55. *How werewolves like their meat 57. *Candle holder? 61. Used for injecting 65. Wombs 66. Hair controller 68. Circular island of coral 69. _____ Antoinette 70. Romanian money 71. Curtain fabric 72. Interjection to get someone’s attention 73. It’s only human to do this? 74. Pillows, but not typically for sleeping DOWN 1. Ran away, as in perpetrator 2. Having wings 3. Pro ____, meaning prorated 4. It merged with BP in 1998 5. Johann Strauss’s was blue 6. “Stop” to a horse 7. Promissory note 8. Fat Albert’s problem 9. “For” in Spanish 10. Iranian money 11. European sea eagle 12. Used for scoring in cribbage 15. *Living dead

20. *Often pruned in horror movies 22. Black and white sea bird 24. Last train car 25. *Another use for a bed sheet 26. Bantoid language 27. Modify 29. Popular teenager hangout 31. Big attraction 32. __ ___ out 33. “I love you” or “J’_____” 34. Fox’s coat, pl. 36. Extinct flightless birds of New Zealand 38. Make a sketch 42. Ancient 45. Greenhorn 49. Biathlon skill 51. What bullies do 54. Fireplace 56. *Infamously tied to Salem 57. Feline-like shoe maker 58. The Beehive State 59. Frenchman’s mother 60. “____ and proper” 61. Disparaging remark 62. Romance writer Roberts 63. *Jack-o-lanterns in the dark do this 64. *Trees on Freddy’s street 67. Poetic “ever”


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Calvin & Hobbes

Comics

For better or for worse

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Movies&tv

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

100-word reviews

‘Social Network’ epic and intimate at once My dog trainer has seven new friends. A classmate from my college newspaper is celebrating a birthday. They’re all the usual mundane updates and observations that have become second nature in an age when we must share the meaningless immediately. But the origin tale of Facebook itself is filled with high drama, betrayal and rage — just one of the many fascinating contradictions that make “The Social Network” so smart, meaty and compulsively watchable. Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin have gotten together to create an epic tale about how we’re able to tell the world about the tiniest details of our lives. It’s sharp, funny and tense, has great energy and pulsates with the thrill of discovery. Just as you can’t stop yourself from checking into Facebook more than once a day, you’ll find yourself drawn to “The Social Network” again and again. It’s easily one of the year’s best. “The Social Network” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language. Four stars out of four.

‘Nowhere Boy’ sweetly reveals young Lennon We’re so used to thinking of the Beatles and John Lennon as finished products: the band broken up 40 years ago, Lennon shot dead 10 years later; the epic story now hallowed, practically consecrated into marble. How refreshing, then, to go back before the beginning with “Nowhere Boy” and see Lennon as a brilliant brat. A lusty, angry, quixotic, defiant, naive and yearning kid, without all the baggage that musical canonization placed on the guy’s shoulders. It’s a sweet and touching love story to Lennon, and for many fans, that love is all you’ll need to get in tune with “Nowhere Boy.” “Nowhere Boy” is rated R for language and a scene of sexuality. Three stars out of four.

Reality TV meets the Internet in new Web series UNIVERSAL CROSSWORD

the show’s producers haven’t already prepared. “Based on what his life starts to become, we’re going to have to adapt as producers,” says Senreich, who co-created the Adult Swim animated series “Robot Chicken” with Green, who has appeared in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Austin Powers.” Couvares, who was chosen from many applicants, will be streamed live 24 hours a day. A webisode will also run daily summarizing each day’s events. In his audition tape, Couvares said he grew up in Connecticut and moved to Los Angeles about two years ago. “At the end of the day, if I’m in a situation, I’m going to know what makes good TV,” he says. “I’m going to know what’s going to be funny, what people are going to want to see. That’s what I bring to the table.” “It isn’t like we’re pretending there’s no camera,” says Green. “It isn’t like we’re saying that this is real life. Everyone is acknowledging how strange and bizarre this situation is.” Though many have experimented in streaming their lives live on the Internet, “Control TV” hopes the interactivity with the audience will set the show apart. There are also clear parallels to CBS’ “Big Brother,” which also includes live webcasts and viewer multiple choice voting options for certain aspects of the show. Green admits he’s addicted to “Big Brother.” Green and Senreich — and producer Richard Saperstein, formerly president of Dimension Films — managed to persuade Ford and Sprint to back the project. Couvares will drive a Ford car and use a Sprint phone.

SUDOKU

NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Green promises his new Web series “Control TV” isn’t a Dr. Evil kind of thing. “Control TV,” which launches Wednesday, is a new reality Web series that is billing itself as a “a real life ‘Truman Show.’” Like the Jim Carrey movie, Tristan Couvares will have cameras following him all day long, but with “Control TV,” viewers on the Web vote to make Couvares’ decisions. It may sound slightly dystopic, but Green, who is producing the show with Matthew Senreich, says “Control TV” is “part entertainment and part vicarious improvement of another human being.” “It’s not Gerard Butler in ‘Gamer,’ it’s not ‘The Running Man,’” Green says, referring to two films where lives are sacrificed for entertainment. “We’re doing something a little less malicious than that.” Instead, Green sees the show as a chance for an uncertain, 25-year-old man to be propelled by the Web-watching masses. In his view, the Internet can be a benevolent god. “We’re going to guide it so that none of the decisions are really detrimental to him,” says Green. “It could be as simple as putting him in funny clothes when he goes to a job interview or insisting that he has a hidden agenda when he speaks to a girl for the first time, or whether he’s going to eat oatmeal or an English muffin to start his day.” Viewers, who can follow at http://controlTV. com and sign up for cell phone alerts, will get the opportunity to decide things for Couvares approximately 10-15 times a day. Voting will be for multiple choice options — A, B or C — which means Couvares won’t be forced to do anything

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Features

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

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a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q q r s t u v y a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q q r s t u v y My ISLAND

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sland TEFL, located in Maenam, offers a 4-week TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) Certificate course, with a strong emphasis on the practical training required by teachers in the EFL classroom. After graduating, teachers can use their skills and knowledge acquired in the course, to start an exciting and rewarding EFL teaching career anywhere in the world. Rosanne Turner, a recent graduate of Island TEFL, tells us why she chose to do her TEFL training on Samui, and what she plans to do with her qualification.

TEFL experience

“My family and I have visited Samui several times, and fell in love with the island’s charm and character. Earlier this year, we decided that we needed a change, as well as a challenge, and Samui was our obvious choice to satisfy this wanderlust. Relocation is not an easy decision, and we had many factors to consider, such as suitable schooling for our 7-year old daughter, Madison. The International School of Samui ticked this block, so we were one step closer to calling Samui home. I am a writer – a rather fickle profession, but that satisfies my creative desires. I needed the stability of a regular income to supplement my writing, and with my love of words, a career in TEFL fitted the bill perfectly. I discovered the Island TEFL website, and after several emails back and forth to the owner, Philip Dunne, it was clear

that I was dealing with someone that was passionate about teaching, and I signed up to do the course. I made a difficult decision to come to Samui on my own, leaving my husband to tie up our businesses in South Africa, so that I could concentrate on my studies. Any apprehension I may have had before beginning my training soon proved to be unfounded. Philip and course director Julia Obetz, were inspirational teachers, going the extra mile to ensure that their TEFL students had a keen understanding of their subjects, on both a practical and theoretical level. Our practical training involved teaching at the Maenam primary school and helping out at their English summer camp, as well as teaching staff at local businesses, including resorts and spas. The children are endearing; their infectious smiles dissipate any “new teacher” nerves, and they are hungry to learn English. I felt as though I were holding some magic elixir rather than a few brightly coloured flash cards and board games, so was the look of excitement on their faces as they welcomed the new “ajarn” to their class. Teaching adults in the businesses is so different to teaching the children, but is equally as rewarding. They are as eager to learn - their motivation being employment. There is a conscious awareness that tourism is Samui’s biggest asset, and a high

level of English is required for anyone to excel in the industry. Philip has offered me a position as trainer at Island TEFL. He will not always be available to teach, as he is expanding the business to several other locations, including Phuket and Bali. I am excited by this opportunity, as I will now be able to convey my passion for words to other TEFL students, and I only hope I can be as inspiring as my tutors were. In addition to staying on as a TEFL trainer, I have taken on several private English language students. Island TEFL’s language school provides tailored English packages to businesses, and I will be heading this corporate aspect of the business, which includes a copy writing service. My family will be joining me shortly, and we look forward to becoming part of the Samui community, who have welcomed me and shown me the island way of life. Teaching English as a foreign language is a gratifying career. Whether you decide to settle in one location as I have, or prefer to travel the world from one exotic destination to the next, a TEFL certificate will open doors for you, and make this dream possible.”

ISLAND TEFL may be contacted by email philip@islandtefl.com or mobile 084-7554968.


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Life

Gay community sends video message: It gets better David Valdes Greenwood was 15 when he climbed to the highest arch of a bridge in his small Maine town and got ready to jump. It was 1982. He was distraught over a pastor’s Sodom and Gomorrah sermon that his homosexuality would bring God’s wrath down on everyone around him. He did not think his friends, family and fellow churchgoers deserved to suffer because he was gay. “It had never occurred to me that I would wound people by my simply existing,” Greenwood said. “And it seemed kind of true.” So he became that boy on the Sophie May Lane Bridge in Norridgewock. Thankfully, a neighbor walked by and shouted for him to stop fooling around up there; he listened, then fled town the first chance he got. All grown up, married to a man he loves with a 5-yearold daughter they adore, the 43-year-old Greenwood hopes gay young people in pain will now listen to him. So do hundreds of others who, like Greenwood, have taken to YouTube to make a promise: If you hang on through the self-doubt, the coming out years, through the slurs, the isolation at school and being slammed up against the lockers, through the rejection and anger of parents and grandparents, it gets better. A whole lot better. Moved by a recent spate of suicides by teens who were believed to be victims of anti-gay bullying, syndicated relationship and sex advice columnist Dan Savage began the YouTube project Sept. 21, hoping it would turn into exactly what it is: A destination for gay young people to receive comfort from a variety of perspectives on their Internet home turf. There is a gay cop and an ex-Mormon, a young Muslim from a conservative Pakistani home, gay parents showing off photos of their kids and an openly gay Baptist minister. Mixed in with somber stories of suicide attempts are a sassy lesbian cartoon, a video with gay men surrounded by shirtless male hotties, and a sprinkling of celebrities: Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn from “Project Runway,” Chris Colfer from “Glee” and blogger Perez Hilton, who went to a Jesuit high school in Miami and said in his contribution, “I would have loved to have had me around when I was a teenager.” There are gay people who confess THEY were the bullies and people with guitars singing. Cities and campuses (San Francisco, Smith College) are represented. There also is a lot of anger and frustration that the middle and high school years for so many gay youth have not changed all that much since Greenwood was a kid. “I really, really believed that kids killing themselves over being gay was a relic of another time,” Greenwood, a writer and English instructor at Tufts University near Boston, said in an interview. “I mean, it was nearly 30 years ago when I climbed my bridge. I thought that even kids who were bullied now had online communities or other ways of feeling hope about their identities.” Savage, a gay rights activist who also writes books, travels the country speaking, but he knows many towns and schools will never invite him. That is one reason he set up the “It Gets Better” channel on YouTube and asked for video stories, starting with himself and his partner, Terry. In the first two weeks, the channel has racked up more than a million views, the number of videos has exploded from a handful to 1,000 submitted, comment threads are growing and e-mails are pouring in from bullied and closeted teens. “We’re totally overwhelmed by the response,” Savage said. “The most gratifying are parents sitting down at the computer and watching with their kids. So many kids, they’re bullied at school by their peers, they go home to homophobic parents who bully them, and then they’re dragged to church on Sunday for more bullying from the pulpit.” Sitting in an airport reading about the deaths of Minnesota 15-year-old Justin Aaberg and 15-year-old Billy Lucas, who killed himself in his family’s barn in Greenburg, Indiana, Savage knew the power of his own story, his years in Catholic boys schools as the son of a church deacon and a lay minister. “High school was bad,” Savage said. “I was picked on because I liked musicals. I was obviously gay.”

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

Fasting & cleansing on Koh Samui

By ALISTER BREDEE

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is name is Pete; he is thirty something and comes from Middlesex, which is really that part of West London that lies out towards Heathrow Airport. In the past couple of years he has made four visits and has completed 2 de-tox fasts at one of the health resorts on Koh Samui. Originally he finished what the “Resort” describes as a Nurture Fast. This is a comprehensive de-toxification programme. In essence you forgo food for nine days. This is not as austere as it sounds as participants like Pete are allowed fruit juices, unlimited fluids and enjoy two bowls of vegetable broth on a daily basis. Once the digestive system shuts down in this manner it is in a position to eliminate the toxins that have accrued due to a less than ideal diet, poor lifestyle habits and of course the pollutants that are found in the environment and in food itself. To assist in the elimination process guests at ‘spas’ like this cleanse with the help of colonic irrigation, and experience a liver flush at the end of the treatment. To many this sounds like a harsh regime. Pete, however, disagreed. He found the experience easy. Although he did not eat solid food for nine days, he says he was not in the least hun-

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I did miss the varied flavors of food during my fast.

gry. He did admit, however, that he did miss the varied flavors of food during his fast. As for the colonics he said,”they were just okay.” Over the nine days he lost an amazing 7 kilos in weight. At the end of his stay he said that he looked better; he felt relaxed and rested and above all felt clean both inside and out. Pete is a single guy and he is certain his de-tox made him much more attractive to women. Moreover he admits that his major achievement was going without food for nine days for which he feels proud of himself. The programme recommends a morning yoga class on a daily basis. Pete attended the class on his first day but discovered “yoga was not really for him”, so instead swam regularly in the pool and worked out in the gym which is attached to the Resort. After it was all over he says he had learned a lot about health and fitness.

He saw the advantages of exercise and grasped the importance of healthy eating. Before he was quite content to eat fast convenience foods but after his visit to Koh Samui he saw how important it is to include at least five portions of fruit and vegetables in the daily diet. Overall he was so impressed with the results of the fasting and cleansing programme he has returned three more times in the intervening two years. He feels the place keeps him on track for good health. The fasting and cleansing programme reminds him to eat healthily and exercise regularly when he leaves the lush paradise of Koh Samui and returns to the real world. Pete is not alone in this experience, talking to other guests at the Resort it quickly became clear that they all returned each year for what they described as a health promoting inner and outer cleanse.

Alister Bredee is a freelance author specializing in articles on health related topics. He is also a health care practitioner and trainer. He currently lives in Thailand and can be contacted via his website: http://www. healthambit.com. He publishes a regular blog at www.healthambit.blogspot.com. Also see Health Ambit Consultancy on Facebook


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samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

Mood Foods

Jo Rowkins dipNT MBANT is a nutritionist and the executive health adviser at The Spa Resorts, Lamai. She is available for one-on-one nutrition and lifestyle consultations (or online). Contact 082-2813078 or jorowkins@hotmail.com. Beat the blues with bananas Do you often feel sad, de-motivated or have mood swings? You may need to start eating more of the right type of foods to support your brain chemistry. Mood foods provide the body with the nutrients it needs to enhance your feel-good neurotransmitters. When you are low in brain chemicals, you may begin to crave foods for emotional reasons. Forget heroin, your brain chemicals are much stronger! If you are low in them, you may become addicted to sugary foods or start over-eating. Depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, irritability, tension and cravings are a sign that your brain is deficient in mood enhancing chemicals. All aboard the depression express! Think about how you feel throughout the course of a day. Do you ride high and low on an emotional roller-coaster unable to find your equilibrium? Everybody at some stage in their lives will experience low moods, be it because of stress at work, relationship challenges or simply feeling demotivated and apathetic. This is a normal part of life’s challenges, however if your mood swings are consistent or you are feeling low on a regular basis, you may wish to begin looking at what is making you unhappy and taking positive steps to improve the way you feel. It’s important not only to look at lifestyle factors, like relationships and work, but also to consider the effect your diet is having on your moods. Sweet misery It’s not just pre-menstrual women that are affected by cravings, mood swings and emotional outbursts. Diet and mood effects men as well as women. We’ve all seen children who have been fed sugary foods or drinks go from excitedly high to crazy monster in the blink of an eye. Sugary foods will have the same effect on adults as in children. Being more emotionally free and uninhibited a child will react by screaming, crying and throwing a tantrum, where adults are more likely to feel sad, irritable, demotivated and unhappy. So what exactly do we need to eat to avoid mood swings and make us feel happier? The biochemistry of happiness It’s possible to eat foods that boost a substance in our brain called serotonin, our “feel-good” neurotransmitter. This feel good chemical is made out of an amino acid called tryptophan, so feeding the body with tryptophan-rich foods will make you feel happy naturally. Carbohydrates can improve your mood as they also boost serotonin in the brain. Avoid the white carbohydrates however as they will play havoc with your blood sugar regulation leading to more mood swings! Protein not Prozac! Another brain chemical, dopamine motivates us and keeps us interested in things. It is made from protein-rich foods containing an amino acid called tyrosine. It’s interesting to note that tyrosine is also needed to make thyroid and stress hormones, so if we are stressed or have sluggish thyroid function, it is likely that we will also be depressed and demotivated. Nature’s helpers B vitamins, zinc, vitamin C and essential fats help to improve our brain chemistry and function, as they work as cofactors in the production of our “happy chemicals.” Top ten mood foods 1 Turkey & chicken 2 Oily fish like salmon, sardines & tuna 3 Vegetables, especially green leafy ones like spinach 4 Bananas 5 Cashews and other nuts like almonds 6 Wholegrains, like brown rice and oats 7 Eggs 8 Pulses & beans like lentils & chickpeas 9 Sunflower seeds 10 Chocolate (the dark stuff, not the sugary one!) Its all in the balance Like the crazy kid at the party who ate too many sweets, we are constantly affected by our body’s blood sugar levels. Avoiding the sugar rushes is the most effective way to avoid the resulting sugar lows. It’s during those “sugar lows” that our moods drastically drop contributing to mood swings and irritability. The drop in blood sugar levels will also lower our energy, creating even more demotivation and apathy, graze regularly on healthy foods to keep your levels even. Find joy in your food, bring awareness to what you pop in your mouth and watch yourself transform. Outrageous joy. It’s your birthright!

LIVING WELL Neal Hoptman

CREATIVITY as a balm for what ails us

PART 2 of 2

6. Know you have the power to be creative. “I am not creative and never have been” is a common response at this stage of the process. Contemplate for a moment the idea that you are creating a reality, which is “I am not creative,” and then living it. A selffulfilling prophecy whereby the denial of your creativity then brings about that reality. Psychologists who have investigated what makes some people creative and others not have found one common denominator: the creative people truly felt they were creative while the others did not. No other factor seemed to distinguish the two groups other than this belief in themselves. It is time to let go of that self-fulfilling prophecy and begin to create. When creating a healthier lifestyle, the key is to know that you can do it. 7. Develop momentum along the way and use it to carry you forward. There is no better way to help you get over the obstacle of not believing in yourself than to be successful at creating. The key to this is to set small and achievable creative steps on the way to your creative vision. This will allow you to see that you do possess the magic which will carry you forth in reaching your ultimate goal. The importance of building up momentum in the creative process by taking small steps cannot be overstated. When setting goals in your health-

enhancement program, remember to make them attainable to allow you to develop this momentum. 8. When stuck, go back to the vision and look at the big picture in relation to the reality. There will be critical moments along the way when you will require patience, faith, confidence, and a restating of your creative vision to keep your focus. Realizing this before experiencing the feeling of being stuck will allow you to approach that challenging situation with a perspective that will lead to even greater learning. If you focus exclusively on the fact that you are stuck, it is often difficult to find your way out. You could be in the midst of creating a healthier lifestyle and fall ill; remember to keep your vision. Be patient and take a step back. Look at the big picture and you will find the answers to extricating yourself and continuing toward your goal. This is the key to learning by doing when all is not going according to plan. 9. When completed, accept your creation and acknowledge it. Once you have successfully completed your vision, take time both to accept it and to acknowledge what you have created. In the process of creation the completion of the vision can often be a difficult period. Whatever your creation, take time to acknowl-

edge the fact that you have completed it, and accept all the steps along the way that resulted in it coming to fruition. 10. After acknowledgment, feel the energy being magnified for your next creative vision. Through this process of completion and acknowledgment, you set the stage for your next creative vision to take place, with the energy reinforced from the creation you have just concluded. By enhancing your own health you may decide to help create opportunities for others to share the benefits of your experience. The creative process will continue as long as you have a vision and a desire to create it. The vision of enhancing your present health is a goal with which most of you can identify. The creative part is making it happen in your life now. Once you have been successful in this domain, the same creative process is applicable to other areas of your life. By allowing creativity to flow into your life you will feel a sense of balance and integration, release distress, feel vital and alive. Who would not want to create that?

Neal Hoptman is the author of the book ‘HELP YOURSELF TO HEALTH’ and creator of the Health Enhancement Lifestyle Program. Enjoy his website: www. virtualhealthresort.com. Feel free to send Neal comments and questions at beingresilient@gmail. com


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Food&Wine

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

Fall in love with Zazen! S

ome years back, Zazen painted their hotel rooms in crimson and people said the idea was crazy but still fell in love with it. Fast forward to 2010, Zazen just as crazily built an underground wine cellar in the middle of sand and sea water and set up a fire place in a tropical afternoon tea lounge. Through these bold strides in renovating the restaurant and building other dining venue options, however, the boutique resort has just taken excellence in dining and service in a whole different level. The newly refurbished Zazen restaurant is picture perfect in its open air beachside elegant setting. The area, which can seat up to 56 diners, is dominated by carved teak wood pillars from Chiang Mai with matching red Moroccan lamps hanging from the high ceilings. The salmoncolored curtains frame the restaurant magnificently. The corner of the extended

area, slightly elevated and bordered by English leather sofa custom made in Bangkok, has a glass floor where the underground wine cellar can be viewed. The new underground cellar houses about 1,200 bottles of reds and whites kept in a cellar that is below sea level. General Manager Alex Andries said that engineering-wise, building the cellar in the middle of sand and sea water was quite a challenge. “We had to build the structure on ground level and dig up the sand to eventually lower it down.” The 25-square-meter cellar has 300 different labels of wine from 17 different countries. Zazen said that unlike many other restaurant and hotels, Zazen decided to mark up their wines with a very small margin of profit to allow their guests to enjoy a decent bottle of wine. Price per bottle ranges from Bt1,000 to Bt50,000. The wine list is extensive with ratings from wine spectator

and wine advocate. Upstairs is where you can find Le Salon de Ti, an afternoon tea lounge open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. where 23 different kinds of tea from Sri Lanka can be enjoyed. The heritage, style and luxury of the English afternoon tea are celebrated here with all the trimmings. Cookies, pastries and scones especially prepared by an experienced Thai pastry chef, are served with Dilmah tea poured into unique china cups. The quintessential afternoon tea experience in Zazen is a mix of the old and the new. The interiors of the lounge, clean ecru linens on soft fabric couches, white chandeliers, traditional wooden drawers and old photographs, make for the familiar English scenario. Zazen then throws in a modern open show kitchen imported from Indonesia and a superb AV system (TV is concealed as an antique mirror) used during wedding functions.

The modern fireplace is the centerpiece of the lounge. “It gets really cozy when it’s raining or you feel too damp because of the humidity.” In the coming months, the area will be Zazen’s second restaurant. Poised to be a high-end dining venue, the second restaurant will cater for only 12 persons at a time. Five to seven courses

of the finest French dishes, paired with exquisite wine, will be cooked in front of guests while they enjoy the restaurant’s beautiful views of the beach and large open space. The construction was spearheaded by the resort. Alex and his wife TURN TO PAGE 23


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samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

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Where mice come to play By SUZANNE BUCHANAN

If you are looking for a good honest pub that serves superb food, shows all of your favorite sports, has attractive and attentive staff and delivers a great atmosphere then you won’t go far wrong with CatCanDoo. CatCanDoo has two venues, one on the popular Green Mango Soi in Chaweng, and

one in Bangrak, a stone’s throw away from the airport and just across the road from the SeaTran Ferry service. Some friends and I recently visited CatCanDoo Bangrak and we were more than impressed with the food. I enjoyed some authentic Mexican fair that was as delicious as it was affordable. My

companions equally enjoyed the Thai menu that comes in more than ample portions and a rack of ribs that were cooked to perfection and came with a healthy amount of chunky french fries, barbecue beans and some fresh homemade coleslaw. For those who have a large appetite and enjoy pizza, then you could not fail to be impressed with the homemade 16-inch pizzas available on bases cooked to perfection and every topping imaginable. If you want to share the pizza, but not the topping, you can have half of a pizza topped with one selection and the other half with another topping. You can also create your own pizza from the exciting list of ingredients. Aside from a superb range of authentic Mexican food and arguably the best pizzas around, CatCanDoo also serves an excellent range of other fares such as delicious pork chops and cordon bleu and vegetarian dishes. The Big Cat Breakfast that includes three eggs, two English sausages, hash browns, toast, tomatoes and baked beans as well as either tea or coffee is a hit. If you fancy something a bit different, try the Denver omelet. CatCanDoo is extremely popular with the local expat community and it is easy to see why. What is one of the best breakfasts on the island plus prime imported rib eye, t-bone and top sirloin steaks are Western best sellers. CatCanDoo Bangrak is a thatched building that has a certain rustic charm and is delightfully decorated with fairy lights to the front that lend a rather special feel. The eating area is spacious and has large fans to keep you cool on a hot night and offers a wide range of beers and spirits and has Chang on draught. There is also an excellent and affordable house wine that comes in either red or white. The CatCanDoo team is delightful and on the night we visited we saw one member of staff help a less able lady out to her car, the service here really is exceptional. CatCanDoo is an excellent choice of bar when you want some top quality food in a relaxed atmosphere. Deliveries are available for orders over Bt300. Visit Catcandoo’s funky website, www.catcandoo. com.


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Sports

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

SAMUI Pool UPDATES By JOHN GREENWOOD

LOG season 5 goes to Bamboo Bar The ultimate game of the season Bamboo bar vs Lords Bar winner takes all. The Bamboo had just taken first place by one point, due to Lords game against the Elephant and Castle being postponed. Even with the one game in hand, an away loss would see the title snatched from Lords hands and fall into the Bamboos. Paul vs Tom 3-0 great start for the home team, then Pat vs Andy 2-1. Andy really needed that win to boost his team’s momentum, next Yak vs T-Bone 1-2 a true heavyweight match up with T-Bone demanding a Lords fight back. The last singles match up was Big ‘G’ vs Nick 2-1 ‘G’ proving his doubters wrong with a strong performance. 3-1 to the Bamboo. With that win Lords could only hope for a draw and Bamboo needing just one game to win. Doubles: Yak and Paul vs Ian and T-Bone then ‘G’ and Pat vs Andy and Nick. At 1-1 in this crucial first doubles game it came down to who wanted it more and that was the Bamboo Bar, 2-1 to the home team. The final black was potted to rapturous applause and loud cheers from both teams and supporters, with backslapping and handshakes all round. Lords Bar was gracious in defeat in this match which was played in such a great friendly atmosphere. The last doubles match was played out final score Bamboo 5-1 Lords. In conclusion to a great season it was the Bamboo Bar who took the frame, game, match and retained the League of Gentlemen Title. Congratulations!

Week 13 Highlights As predicted first in The Samui Gazette, this season is down to the wire. The final game between Lords Bar and The Bamboo bar could be the title decider. A win for either team sees them take the title. The Bamboo Bar who demanded a win away at the Premier Bar were shocked when their inform team seemed to implode. Graham is considered one of the best potters on Samui. ’G’ is also the mentor and guru of the Bamboo Bar team and also one of the originators of the Pool League. When he gets spanked 3-0 tonight may not be your night. The Premier Bar in an unassailable position at 3-1 up then missed their chance of an upset as ‘G’ and his crew came back for a 3-3 draw. The Cork and Cask with a 5-1 win over Riks bar moved into third place above the Elephant and Castle whose game against Lords Bar was postponed. Pos

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Bamboo Bar

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10

2

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151

101

50

32

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Lords Bar

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9

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1

145

89

56

28

3

Elephant & Castle

13

7

3

3

130

104

26

24

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4

Cork & Cask

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8

6

0

128

124

4

24

5

Premier Bar

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5

2

7

137

115

22

22

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Bungy Jump

14

6

6

2

114

138

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20

7

Arada Bar

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11

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96

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8

Riks Bar

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11

3

89

163

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Samui Pureshores: The Beach Retreat

198

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The Elephant & Castle

199

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GB Lounge

204

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Lord’s Bar & Grill

205

5

Bar Ice

220

6

Lazy Coconut

232

7

Bondi Bar & Grill

268

8

M&M’s Bar

290

K.S.S.C. golf tourney gets underway The Koh Samui Sports & Social Club played their first ‘Associated Bar’ golf league match at the very impressive Royal Samui Golf & Country Club. With the emphasis more on fun and social interacting this was a day that produced more smiles than Birdies. With the sun shining and a cool breeze blowing the conditions were perfect for golf, although that didn’t stop balls flying everywhere, bar the fairways and greens. Each team consisted of 4 players from a number of

Associated Bars who were then paired off with 2 other players from another bar. With no handicaps in play and each player scoring 1 point for each stroke, the format was simple. With the hills echoing with the sounds of ‘FORE’ it wasn’t too long before all players were at the 19th hole to tell tales of their unbelievable shots or putts. The best round of the day went to Jay Cuddy who shot an impressive 39 but this is a team event and that accolade went to Samui Pureshores: The Beach Retreat

who won with a combined score of 198. The team consisted of Captain Johnny Greenwood, Lionel Helena, Boot and crowd favourite Flea (who also had the best shot of the day on the 2nd hole with a drive landing 5 foot from the pin) With the league fixtures now being played every 2nd Saturday of the month, this could prove to be a very competitive league to be in and if any player wishes to represent an Associated Bar then please give your name to the relevant bar owner.

K.S.S.C. SNOOKER REPORT

New league leader The Koh Samui Sports & Social Club Snooker League saw a dramatic turn around at the top of the league table. Lincoln easily cruised past the usually in form Steve Harker who put in one of his worst performances of the season. With Lincoln playing his best snooker and Steve his worst, this was a one sided affair that quickly finished 3 nil in Lincoln’s favor.

Meanwhile on the table with the most spectators, crowd favorite Flea played well above his usual standard. Playing the current league champion T-Bone, Flea always knew he would have to bring his” A” game to stand any chance of winning and this is exactly what he did. With great breaks and even better safety play, Flea ran out a 3 nil winner in a match that has completely changed the look of the league. Jay Cuddy also put in a good performance with a 3 nil victory over the usually steady John Martucci. Jay who has been playing well below his ability showed glimpses of why all players in the league need to be weary when he is on form. On another table Ian Bax-

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endale beat Paul Feeney 3 v 1 in an entertaining match. With both players making high breaks this match was a close encounter which could have gone either way, but it was Ian who made the critical pots. Robbie Tremarco produced his best match of the season with an impressive 3 nil victory over GB Simon. Robbie who has struggled most weeks will now have some confidence that may see him able to move from the bottom of the table and out of the Wooden Spoon position. With players all jostling for positions the league is really hotting up to see who wins the “Tropical Interiors’ Cup and gets to wear the much sought after League Crown.

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T-Bone

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32

8

24

20

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Flea

12

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25

13

12

16

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Jersey Steve

12

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4

24

16

8

16

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Premier Ian

12

6

0

6

22

22

0

12

6

Jay Cuddy

12

6

0

6

22

23

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12

7

Premier John

12

4

0

9

15

28

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Todd

12

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13

27

-14

6

9

GB Simon

12

3

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9

13

31

-18

6

10

Robbie Tremarco

12

1

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11

9

33

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On theIsland

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

Fall in love with Zazen!

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Ti conceptualized the design while the team of Thai construction workers refurbished the area that took six to eight months to finish. The bits and pieces of the décor were personally handpicked by Zazen and imported from countries such as India. The renovation, Alex iterated, will not affect the restaurant prices at all. In fact, Zazen has dropped the prices from what it used to be. “We’d like our guests to be able to enjoy a threecourse meal with wine.” French master Chef Cyrille Keyser and his team have created a menu that uses the best local and imported ingredients. According to Zazen, the lunch menu is fresh, light and nutritious. It offers many choices such as roasted lamb with cumin seeds,

tomato, cucumber, onions in pita bread pocket with coriander yoghurt dressing, grilled beef burger with your choice of “Emmental” or cheddar cheese. Served with bacon chips, coleslaw and Belgian fries and tuna à la plancha, with honey and balsamic mustard sauce, mini ratatouille and roasted potatoes. The dinner menu is just as varied and appetizing. Zazen recommends the Zazen Lobstertainment which includes Zazen Bellini cocktail, Vietnamese fresh summer rolls with Canadian lobster and mango, lobster bisque cappuccino, pan seared rosemary rock lobster with garden baby greens, pink guava granite, grilled half-tail Phuket lobster with market vegetables assortment and saffron fettuccini and pastry chef

symphony. There are also the Thai Discovery Meat and Seafood menus that showcase the flavors of Thailand from curries to satays to traditional Thai desserts. Zazen definitely has something for everyone so whether it is for a cup of tea, lunch or a full dining experience and it is one place you’ll definitely fall in love with. For reservations, call 077425085.

ZAZEN Boutique Resort & Spa recently won the World Luxury Hotel (WLH) Award in the Island Resort Category. The honor is a “celebration of ultimate achievement in hoteliering.” It acknowledges the extra step Zazen took to create an exceptional hotel.

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KOH SAMUI TOP TEN LIST

Lomprayah Ferry

Rob Newman

Top ten great things about taking a VISA RUN 10. Stimulating way to make 12 hours pass like 40. 9. Great view of identical repeating scenery. 8. Minivan trip to border for sake of stamp on passport is great for the environment. 7. Good news! Only 15 days before it’s time for your next visa run. 6. Fantastic way to watch onboard movies that you saw on the last visa run. 5. Great sensory experience if fellow visa run traveler doesn’t believe in deodorant.

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4. How fun it is to listen to other people talking loudly into their cell phones for twelve straight hours. Possible to pick up good stock tips you might not ever get otherwise. 3. Fantastic cuisine served aboard in Styrofoam china. Who needs Prego? 2. Putting your life in hands of speeding mini van driver shows your faith in the Almighty. 1. Still a better way to pass a day than passing a kidney stone.

Rob Newman is a television commercial producer who first fell in love with Koh Samui in 1995. With blessed thanks to his United Airline 1K status, he now commutes between his homes in Los Angeles and Koh Samui. Rob can be reached WaldoIsOnKohSamui@gmail. com.

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On theIsland

samui gazette | oct. 22 - nov. 4, 2010

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Bio Aid: A solution to Samui’s pollution?

veryone that lives or visits the islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao would agree that over the last few years, the level of pollution has been getting exponentially worse. This makes the seaside a not very nice place to take the kids, often followed by a visit to the doctor a couple of days later for another handful of antibiotics to get rid of the all too common ear infections contracted by swimming off the beach. Whilst sewage is a known major problem, much of the pollution in the sea is caused by waste water from restaurants, bars, hotels and even private homes from which most of what is called “grey water” is produced. Food waste, grease, soap, hair and other organic waste is washed down the drains and finds its way to the sea where it

BEFORE

permeates the sand turning it into a sticky, silty mud. This type of waste is more commonly dealt with the use of poisonous chemicals such as bleaches, caustic soda, acids and alkali. These together, with ever more waste, means that we are quickly turning this paradise into a place that smells like a toilet and where one cannot safely swim in the sea. A steady deterioration of corals and beaches is very noticeable. In turn, this means a decrease in visitors and the money they bring in. The basic fact is that unless we all do something to improve the situation on these islands, we are going to see a continued decrease in visitors and therefore income, even when the recession is over.

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How can everyone do their bit? A totally eco-friendly product called Bio Aid is now available on Samui. It can be used in place of most chemical cleaners for unblocking drains, grease traps, odor control, septic tank maintenance, and general cleaning. The product is a concentrated solution of selected good bacteria that has only two functions --quickly become the dominant group of bacteria putting the bad smelling bacteria out of business and digest organic waste with a by-product of water and carbon dioxide with no bad odors. Is it economical? Yes is the only answer. Unlike chemical cleaners which lose strength as they do the job, bacteria in their very nature split from

one single cell organism into two single cell organisms as they digest waste. The solution is actually getting stronger as it works. Where and how to use it? This can pretty much replace all chemical cleaning agents and be used in kitchens, bathrooms and floors. A mix of 10-15 parts water to one part of Bio Aid is adequate for general cleaning while a mix of five parts water to one part of Bio Aid is used to unblock toilets and drains, keep grease traps and septic tanks working properly and flowing freely, and stop bad odors. Is it safe? Bio Aid is non toxic, pet friendly, fish friendly, and environmentally friendly. This is the Yakult for the environment. For further product information, call 07742 5254 or 085791 4610.

Maenam Walking Street every Thursday

A big blast of fireworks thrilled onlookers at Maenam’s first walking street held Oct. 14. Residents and tourists came out to enjoy a great selection of food including Stuart’s homemade sausage rolls from Jardan’s Pub. A must-do every Thursday. Ample parking on the ring road and Wat Phukhao Thong Temple.

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