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October 2013

for travelers, the expatriate community & everyone in Phuket PHUKET

LA CARBONARA KAMALA

PHUKET OLD TOWN WALKS TO SEE REAL PHUKET LIFE. Archery and its legendary fun is available on the island Two Great Restaurant Reviews in Patong & Kamala


Editor’s Note The official start of Phuket’s high season is now only a month away, and as Airports of Thailand officially reported that Phuket International Airport saw a record breaking 1 million passengers pass through in the month of August you have to wonder what kind of figures are going to pass come through come the busiest months if December and January, and whether the amounts are going to put too much pressure on the already over strained facility. October figures should give a little insight into what to expect come the busy months, as for 9 days of October, 5th until 13th, Phuket sees its annual Vegetarian Festival, an event which year on year see growing amounts of visitors. If a so called low season month such as August can see 1 million passengers pass through the airport, you can be certain that October and the following months will also see record breaking figures. Russell Smith Editor

Contents for travelers, the expatriate community & everyone in Phuket

Cover Photo

BAAN CHINPRACHA

Sales & Marketing: Ponglikit Yuadyong Busayamas Sittidej

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14 Phuket Old Town Walks: Must see

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Boating in Phuket

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Recipe: Panaeng

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Restaurant review

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Editor: Russell Smith

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XBOX-OneThe Next Generation in Home Entertainment

Designers: Mana Tinratreengam Somphot Hama

Restaurant review, Seabreeze

Production: Ukit Hanamornset Sutin Wonglang Uten Arrerob

(Part I: Bareboat Sailing Holiday)

, La Carbonara

Archery and its legendary fun is available on the island

Photographers: Suksan Samranrit Ukit Hanamornset Suravut Teepprasan Wasan Limsakul Watchara Sangmanee

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WhisperThe opposite side of social network

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FLUFFY “Adopt a dog”

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Events & News

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READ ‘IN-PHUKET’IN THESE OUTLETS AND MANY OTHERS. Bill Bentley Pub is located on the 2nd floor of Turtle Village shopping plaza, Mai Khao beach, 2 minutes walk from JW Marriott and Anantara

Located in the prestigious Boat Lagoon Marina off Thepkasattri Rd. You will see the on the right-hand side after the security box

Phuket Villas http://billbentleypub.com

The only Pub in the north of Phuket Island in Mai Khao, providing a selection of draft beer and ciders, multi-screen and BIG screen coverage of live sports as well as live music and entertainment. A little something for everyone! Our menu is based on traditional pub favorites’, and some options for those with a taste for Thai.

The Hardstand is a lot more than a great coffee shop, they have a fantastic menu as well just take a look at their website http://www.thehardstand. com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheHardstandCafe and see. Every Friday they offer a great BBQ night starting at 5.30pm and this a not to be missed event. They also have an excellent reputation offer catering for Marine Charters and other events.

Located in Phuket Old Town at 58 Radsada Rd. between Phuket Rd &Takoupa Rd. Tel: 080 524 2121

You will find Dannys Place on the Rim Had Road in Kamala, in-between 7/11 Eleven and the Print Resort

A great café and bistro in Phuket Old Town, offering a wonderful selection of coffee from Nespresso, you can also purchase a fabulous machine for home/

Danny Place is a fabulous bar and restaurant in Kamala where you can

office use. There you will find a delightful selection of sandwiches, salads,

be assured of a wonderful welcome. On offer is great selection of drinks

cakes, ice cream and they also serve breakfast. Not forgetting Wines, Beer

from beers to cocktails or just enjoy great coffee. The menu offer excellent

and Vodka.

value authentic Thai food and is open for breakfast, lunch or diner.

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Daily baked Italian Breads and Italian Pastries, from our Executive Pastry Chef Francesco Giordano. Wide selection of Italian cold cuts and cheeses, delicatessen, fruit and vegetables, pasta, fine extra virgin olive oils, and special gourmet products. Enjoy our Illy coffee at the coffee bar, or a nice lunch from our carte of Italian traditional specialty.

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PHUKET OLD TOWN WALKS : Must see

W

e understand that some visitors here who dreamed of arriving at a tropical paradise may be disappointed when they first step onto the island. Along with the thick and fast development happening around the edge of town and the beach fronts, we don’t think massive air

conditioned superstores, high-end restaurants, luxury hotels, or cabaret shows are what every visitor expects to see.

Phuket life, real Phuket life is what many visitors come to see, isn’t it? This is a good reason to spend a day lingering around Phuket Town. If you’re staying near a beach reaching Phuket Town by taxi can be nearly 1,000Baht, a much cheaper alternative is a Po Tong, a pick-up converted into a bus which run from the beaches to Phuket Town. The Po Tong station is located at the market on Ranong Road and this is an ideal place to start your tour of the town. The Old Town is made up of five roads in the center of town. These are Rasada Rd, Phang Nga Rd, Thalang Rd, Dibuk Rd, and Krabi Rd. The town was built in late 19th century when tin mining was booming, thus the community had a mix of nationalities. One was a unique mix of Hokkien Chinese and Thai called ‘Baba’ and the old town features the homes of these affluent Baba people and they offer a glimpse into their opulent lifestyles and also their customs and traditions. Grandiose Sino-colonial mansions are also a dominating feature. Some of them have been turned into trendy shop houses, restaurants, quaint cafes, museums and art galleries. History is to be found around every corner in the old town and below is some places which you really shouldn’t miss.

BAAN CHINPRACHA

- The first building of its kind to be

SHRINE OF THE SERENE LIGHT – or Ting Kwan Tang is

built on the island. This elegant Sino-Portuguese mansion is located

over 120 years old and is hidden down a tiny alleyway. The shrine has

on Krabi Road. The sixth generation of the original owners still

been renovated and opened to the public early in 2013.The shrine

lives there and certain areas of the house are open to the public.

features colorful intricate sculpture made from bits of colored

Opening hours are from 09:00-16:30 every day except Sunday, and

porcelain. It is located on Thalang Road very close to the On On Hotel and

there is small entrance fee.

admission is free.

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SOI ROMANEE - This road is full of colorful renovated buildings, and it was once a red light district for the Chinese laborers who came to work in the tin mines. Some shophouses have been turned into chic bars, while some continue to be what they were originally such as old style barbers. Today, all the electric and phone cables have been put underground and it is one of the most popular location for romantic pre-wedding photo shoots.

THAI HUA MUSEUM - This is also on Krabi Road and is less than five minutes walk from Baan Chinpracha. At first it was a Chinese-language school but it has since been renovated and is now a museum which exhibits various aspects of Phuket’s history. Highlights include a short film about the Phuket-China connection which has English subtitles. Opening Hours are 09:00 – 17:00 daily and admission is 200 Baht

AMULETS MARKET - This can be found down a tiny alley off Rassada Road in Phuket Town, not far from the Fountain Circle and adjacent to the Krung Thai Bank. This is where religious amulets, charms, and talismans are sold. Here you can see faithful believer’s squatting down with their magnifying glasses to study tiny images of the Buddha. It is great fun to see and makes an excelling pit stop while walking around the old town.

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BOATING IN PHUKET (PART I: BAREBOAT SAILING HOLIDAY)

Staying in a hotel room may become a little boring for some, so how about lying on the deck of a boat, sailing to visit different locations, whilst feeling the heat of the sun and the sea breeze blowing on your skin, and anchoring up at night and staring at the star filled sky above?

Where and when to catch the wind? Phuket lies 8 degrees north of the equator and experiences mild tropical weather. The winds generally blow from the northeast in the dry season months, which are from November until April. During this time it is possible to sail in all parts of the area, including the West coast of Thailand and the famous Surin & Similan Islands, known for their great diving locations! The days are generally blue skies in the day and clear starry skies at night. March and April can be very sunny, with absolutely no rain and rather light breezes; so it is ideal for sailors who like flat seas. In the “Green season”, which falls from May to October, the wind turns and comes generally from the south west direction. Fortunately being blessed with mild weather Phuket does not experience cyclones or typhoons and the weather in this season is often pleasant with some rainfall. Although the Andaman Sea coast is unsuitable for sailing during this time, Phang Nga Bay, off Phuket’s East Coast, provides a sheltered, calm and enchanting place to cruise. With its numerous islands, all unique in formation, this makes a great cruising area by any one’s standards. This is one reason most boats are based on the west coast of Phuket offering possibilities to cruise all

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year round.

It’s an experience in which, depending on your mood, you can choose where you want to be and how you wish to spend your time. If you want peace and quiet, you can visit one of the many deserted beaches. If you are in more of a partying mood, you can

watch the sunset from a seafood restaurant and then attend a beach party or dance till sunrise in a nightclub.

Bareboat Yacht Charter also known as independent charters. This is an option which allows experienced sailors to sail where and when they please. They provide the utmost freedom and privacy. Sailing licenses are not mandatory for most charter companies, however the charterer is required to have a minimum of three years sailing experience as a skipper and there will also has to be a required refundable security deposit or damage waiver option. One or two days practice with a local skipper for familiarization is also possible if needed. Sailing yachts that available for bareboat come in different types and sizes. You can find anything from 30 foot single hulls up to 50ft catamarans which can accommodate 10-12 crew members. Motor yachts are not yet allowed for bareboat charters. Most bareboats are fully equipped and come with a dinghy and outboard engine. At the start of your yacht charter there will be full briefing about the boat and the sailing area.

Sailing schools and regattas - you have zero knowledge about sailing there are companies that offer sailing courses. They are short, fun courses that teach you the basics of sailing, and you will be surprised how capable you are of guiding a small yacht which could change your holiday forever. Advance courses including race training are also available.

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PANAENG CURRY WITH PRAWNS

The word PANAENG takes its name from the city island in Malaysia “Penang”. It is a much richer, sweeter and creamier than any other Thai curries. Peanut is a signature flavor in this curry, but can be omitted if you are allergic. SERVES 2

PROCEDURE

3

tablespoons coconut cream

1. Heat the coconut cream in a wok for

1

tablespoon panaeng curry paste

about 20 seconds. Add curry paste and

1

cup colossal prawns, peeled

fry for about 1 minute or until fragrant.

and deveined

Add the prawns and stir well until the

1/4

cup coconut cream

prawns cling to the paste, fry for a further

1/4

cup chicken stock

30 seconds.

2

teaspoons palm sugar

2. Pour in the coconut cream and chicken

1

tablespoon fish sauce

stock and bring to the boil. Then season

1

tablespoon shredded kaffir

with the sugar, fish sauce and half the

lime leaves

shredded kaffir lime leaves. Taste and

1

teaspoon thinly sliced big red chili

adjust the flavour as required and remove from the heat. 3. Serve and garnished with the

NOTES: 1. Vegetables are not usually added in Panaeng curry.

remaining shredded kaffir lime leaves and chilli strips.

La Carbonara Ristorante Pizzeria – Authentic Italian Cuisine at a Reasonable Price

H

ailing from central Italy, Valentina & Francesco

a meal here is a reasonable 300 baht. For main i

are managing director/host and chef of

was recommended the Spaghetti Carbonara, and

Ristorante Pizzeria, La Carbonara, located

i wasn’t disappointed, the pasta was served with

at Foxtail Plaza, Rim Had Road, Kamala.

just the right amount of sauce which had a perfect

This spacious restaurant with indoor and outdoor

amount of flavours from the bacon, Pecorino

seating is comfortable with its tables set out so all diners can dine in private, whilst enjoying a typically Italian homely atmosphere which Valentina & Francesco

cheese and black pepper and was as authentic as it could possibly be. I only had a beer to go with my meal but they do have a fantastic drinks

focus so hard on providing.

menu with a range of wines to suit all budgets.

The menu here is heavily influenced by northern Italian

Along with the menu they also have a small

cuisine but of course they also serve some classis Italian dishes. Most of the main ingredients used at la Carbonara are imported from Italy, the vegetables are all organic and the pasta homemade on the premises. For my visit I decided on the Antipesto Misto Carbonara, a selection of cold cuts & cheeses, melon and flatbread nicely presented on a wooden serving board. From the taste of the meats and cheese you could tell that they use only the best imported products, surprising considering the average price of

number of dishes on their special board which changes at least twice a week, as well as regular nightly specials which are promoted on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ LaCarbonaraphuket?fref=ts). All in all both the food and service was

Mon: 17:00 - 23:00 Wed - Sun: 17:00 - 23:00

excellent, and if you’re in any doubt or perhaps think I’m being biased, just check out La Carbonara’s

72/6 Moo 3 Rim had Road,

reviews on TripAdvisor.com or go along for yourself.

Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83120 Tel: +66 (0) 808925204 or +66(0) 860585793 Email: lacarbonaraphuket@gmail.com

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HISTORY OF THE PHUKET

VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL

he Phuket Vegetarian Festival is the most talked about vegetar-

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between China, India and South East Asia and a large number of Chinese

ian festival and probably can only be described as mind-blowing.

immigrants came to work at the tin mines and rubber plantations. At

This dramatic celebration takes place during the first nine days of the

this time, there was a group of Chinese opera singers who had come to

ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which this year falls from

entertain the workers and it was during the Chinese ninth lunar month

October 5th to October 13th.

that Phuket was hit with an epidemic which caused many of the group to become very sick. After some time it was realised that they had forgot-

This auspicious grand event sees the whole island taken over by the

ten to pay homage to two of the emperor gods, Kiew Ong Tai Teh and Yok

white clothed devotees. For nine days they convert to vegetarians, and

Ong Sone Teh. The traveling opera then knew that they would have to

follow the tradition of refraining from killing animals for food, drinking

observe a strict vegetarian diet. The traveling opera all recovered from the

alcoholic drinks, engaging in sex, quarreling or telling lies in order to

sickness. The people of Phuket were so amazed that vegetarian ritual, with

purify their minds and bodies.

its ceremonies, had resolved the problem and they therefore embraced the faith enthusiastically. Thus the festival began on the first evening of the

Throughout the festival wafting smoke fills the air and drums are

ninth lunar month and continued until the ninth evening and has done ever

sounded, especially during ceremonies. It is believed that the louder

since. Today, the belief is that the festival will bring good luck to individuals

they are the better, because the noise drives away evil spirits. Some of the

who partake as well as to their communities.

highlights of the festival are the ear splitting sound of firecrackers, lion dances and incredible acts of self -mortification such as climbing knife ladders, walking on hot coals, a ritual bridge crossing and street

SCHEDULE FOR STREET PROCESSIONS OF CHINESE SHRINES

processions through the main roads of Phuket Town in which the

MON

OCTOBER 07, 2013

SAPAM SHRINE

mediums, in a state of trance, have their cheeks pierced and bodies spiked

TUE

OCTOBER 08, 2013

SAMKONG SHRINE

WED

OCTOBER 09, 2013

BAN THA RVE SHRINE

THU

OCTOBER 10, 2013

BANG NEOW SHRINE

with various types of sharp objects like large knives, skewers and other household items without showing any signs of pain. This is definitely not recommended for the faint hearted.

CHERNG THALAY SHRINE FRI

OCTOBER 11, 2013

JUI TUI SHRINE

SAT

OCTOBER 12, 2013

KATHU SHRINE

Although the true origins of the festival are unclear it is believed that

YOKKEKENG SHRINE

it originated in the south-eastern part of China near Fujian Province

SUN

OCTOBER 13, 2013

SUI BOON TONG SHRINE

but first came to Phuket in 1825 when the island was a trade center

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Enforcing aforeign court’s verdict in Thailand.

E

nforcing a foreign court’s verdict in Thailand is not an easy process. As an example, imagine you have filed a case overseas and a foreign court has ordered a Thai defendant to

pay compensation. Internationally, there are guiding concepts that allow for verdicts to potentially be imposed in a different jurisdiction; however, there are few standard conventions. Thailand has no treaties in place, so it falls to the courts to determine the applicability of a foreign verdict. The general practice is that the foreign nation’s judgment will not be upheld unless local law requirements are clearly met. The four principal concepts with which an individual can seek to enforce a verdict in another country are as follows. In Thailand, only the fourth avenue is available: 1. A foreign court’s verdict can be used and enforced in another country without any need to file an application to the court. The foreign court’s verdict can be enforced and issued by the court within the country. 2. A foreign court’s verdicts can be used and enforced in another country only when the territorial court considers the said verdicts or orders are not conflicting or prohibited by their law or contrary to public order / good morals. 3. A country court will accept the other foreign court’s verdicts or orders dependent upon the relationship between that country and the comity of nations. 4. A foreign court’s verdicts and orders can only be used as evidence in the territorial court trial. If you want to enforce them, you have to file an application to the court as a new case. Generally, verdicts or orders from a foreign court are not enforceable in Thailand because they are granted outside of Thailand’s court jurisdiction and there are currently no existing treaties. In order to enforce a particular verdict, the ruling from the case must be submitted as evidence to the court (only the verdict is required).The evidence is used to show that a case trial is unnecessary, as the court is not readdressing the case, but only considering the final verdict. There are three rules that must be followed in order for the Thai court to accept and enforce the foreign court’s verdict or order. These are as follows: 1. The foreign court who issued the verdict or orders must have jurisdiction over the case. 2. The verdicts or orders must be analyzed to determine that there is an appropriate cause for dispute. 3. The verdicts or orders must be final with no further proceedings available to either party. Despite the difficulties in this process, enforcing a foreign verdict in Thailand is a viable option. You should seek out credible legal counsel who has the expertise to manage this process for you.

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TELEPHONE DIRECTORY Emergencies Police & Emergencies Fire Department

191 199/ +66 (0)76-211111

Ambulance Bangkok 1646 Vichara Hospital 1554 Narenthorn Emergency Services 1669 Diving Medicine Center 1719 (Bangkok Phuket Hospital ) Tourist Police National Hotline 1155 Phuket Hotline 1699 Phuket +66 (0)76-225361/ +66 (0)76-254693 Marine Police +66 (0)76-211883 Hospitals Bangkok Phuket Hospital 1719/ +66 (0)76-254425 Mission Phuket Hospital +66 (0)76-237220-6 Patong/Kathu Hospital +66 (0)76-344034-5/ +66 (0)76-342633-4 Phuket International Hospital +66 (0)76-249400 Thalang Hospital +66 (0)76-311033-4 Vachira Hospital +66 (0)76- 361234 Travel & Tourism Suvarnabhummi Airport +66 (0)2- 132 1888 Don Muang Airport +66 (0)2-535 1192 Phuket International Airport +66 (0)76 327230-7 Air Asia +66 (0)2-5159999 Bangkok Airways +66 (0)2-2655555 One 2 Go/ Orient Thai Airlines 1126 Nok Air 1318 Thai Airways +66 (0)76- 360444 Lufthansa German Airlines +66(0)2-2642400 Jetstar Asia Airways +66(0)2-2675125 Business Air +66(0)2-1346036 United Airlines +66(0)2-2530558

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1100 1103 1322

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Yon Bay

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Nai Harn Beach Rawai Beach Phromthep Cape

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ARCHERY

AND ITS LEGENDARY FUN IS AVAILABLE ON THE ISLAND

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n the last few years arrows have been hitting the big screen in films and our hearts have been filled with the strained bows by the likes of Legolas, Son of Thranduil of Mirkwood (The Lord of The Rings), Katniss Everdeen from District 12 (The Hunger Games), Princess Merida of Clan DunBroch (Brave), Neytiri Princess of the Omaticaya

Tribe on the world of the Na’vi (Avatar), Susan Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia) and top archer Robin of Loxley. It has become pretty clear that archery is a sport that is having quite a big moment at this time. The first known use of bows and arrows, usually for the hunting of animal, dated as far back as the Stone Ages. In later years armies used them as weapons. Many of the most successful armies in earlier centuries such as the Persian, Japanese and even Roman were successful because of the large amount of archers in their military. In fact, Native Americans used bows as weapons since the 1800’s, and in view of the Archery is probably one of mankind most ancient tools which soon spread around the world. And today, archery isn’t treated simply as a social activity, but as a national sport even in countries such as South Korea and Bhutan. Archery first appeared in the Olympics in 1900 but it went away, it returned in 1972 and has remained as an Olympic sport ever since, with Korea and the United States being the two most successful countries in the competition at the moment. However, to excel and enjoy archery you don’t have to be a professional athlete, unlike some male-dominated sports. To get started you require focus and patience rather than strength.

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Luckily, Phuket offers a chance for those interested in fulfilling their action movie fantasies with the Phuket Archery Club (Phuket AC) which was founded in July 2010 and is a registered member of the Sport Association of Phuket. The club is located in Phuket Town and here you can discover all about your shooting instinct. Phuket Archery Club is a family oriented range where people of all ages are welcome, especially children aged 8 or over. At the club, senior and junior members all shoot together and therefore more experienced archers are there to look out and assist newer and younger members. Once in a while national archers are also invited to come and train members and give secrets and tips about special techniques. For those new to archery a taster session called the “Discovery Course� is available at a very cheap fee, just enough to help the club keeps running the range and repair the equipment and backstops. It is about an hour session which provides an introduction into archery, the safety rules, types of bows and a shooting trial. Three types of bows are available to try; a recruve, traditional and the most powerful, a compound. Archery can be fun and exciting especially for kids, and when conducted properly, is very safe. Injuries occur in less than one out of every 1,000 people who participate in the sport. It develops ones physical attributes and, at the same time, keenness in observation, analysis, and calculation are developed or enhanced.

Besides physical benefits children

involved in archery have the advantage of gaining social and emotional benefits such as character development, respect for others, habit formation, etc.

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The XBOX-One is the latest and greatest, next generation, all-inone gaming and entertainment system. This system is really a one-stop shop because it allows you to quickly and easily switch over to different forms of entertainment. The digital and cloud technology is all wrapped up in a sleek, black console, which is extremely powerful, fast and capable of letting you customize your entertainment options. XBOX-One is currently scheduled to launch on November 22, 2013.

XBOX-ONE | The Next Generation in Home Entertainment

All-in-One Entertainment System One of the best things about this entertainment system is that it allows you to do a couple of different things simultaneously, such as talk with friends on Skype while watching TV, or play a game while listening to music, so you never miss a moment. You are able to customize your entertainment options however you like, allowing them to include TV, movies, music, apps and of course, games. Set it up so you can quickly switch back and forth between entertainment options, or enjoy more than one at the same time. Everyone can have their own personalized Home screen, for instant access to their favorite games and entertainment, available wherever you sign in on any XBOX-One.

The Ultimate Gaming Inside XBOX-One

And speaking of games, they are so good that XBOX One walked away with twice as many awards over the competition at the E3 Video Game Awards.

The system itself is packed with memory for ultimate speed and performance. It features an 8-core processor to quickly switch

Play such classics as Call of Duty Ghost, Titan, Halo or Motosports. The true-to-life nature

between your favorite games and entertainment choices. There

of the games and graphics will literally make you believe you are right in the middle of

is an 8GB RAM/500 GB hard drive to give you the most enhanced

the action.

graphics and quality you have ever seen. The multiplayer function is easier to use, offers tons of new features and it’s a lot faster to An HDMI Pass-Thru allows you to hook up the cable or satellite and

jump in on the action. When you are waiting around in game lobbies, you still can watch

watch TV, movies or play your favorite video games with Blu-ray.

TV or chat with you friends while XBOX-One finds opponents from the millions of players around the world. Take a giant leap into the future, the next generation, and customize your entertainment options there.

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Travel & Eateries

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SEABREEZE SEAFOOD BUFFET SEEING IS BELIEVING

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ach and every Tuesday and Saturday night,

and knowledgeable staff will always be on hand to

Seabreeze Cafe, the flagship restaurant

lead the way.

of the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket , Patong

Start in the cold room and choose from a range

, offers a real treat for lovers of seafood with their

of salads, sushi, sashimi , fresh marinated mussels

Sumptuous ‘Seafood Buffet’.

and oysters. Then move onto the carving station

Now, when one imagines a buffet dinner, one usually

where whole roasted local fish with herbs, garlic &

thinks of large steel trays of premade dishes kept

tomatoes awaits. Or if it’s freshly prepared treiyaki

warm under a heater for who knows how long, and

you desire, move onto the grill and select your

once emptied replaced with another identical dish.

ingredients and wait as the chefs prepare your dish

But with the Seabreeze Seafood Buffet, while selected

right in front of your eyes. If the belly isn’t yet full

dishes are pre-cooked for convenience, the majority

enough then there’s always the BBQ hotplate with its

of the items are cooked to order, yes a buffet that

selection of the freshest local caught shellfish. There

actually allows diners to choose their ingredients and

is of course a selection of delightful desserts to finish

have a dish cooked there in front of them.

off the meal.

When it comes to what’s available at this amazing

Seeing really is believing at the Sumptuous Seabreeze Seafood Buffet, and at only 899 per person it is something which visitor’s to Phuket

buffet dinner there is so much on offer that it’s easier to mention what’s not available, but what would be the point. There is such an astounding array of fresh Andaman produce for you, yes truly fresh, that upon a first visit the whole experience may seem like a

can afford to eat but cannot afford to miss. 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 / Tel: +66 (0)76 370 200

daunting one, but don’t worry as one of the helpful

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WHISPER: THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF SOCIAL NETWORK Millions of people all around the world use social networks to connect with their friends, meet new people, share images and videos, play games and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, there are a lot of privacy issues with the big social networks. People are becoming increasingly worried about their personal data that they voluntarily provide to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. If you want to use a social network that allows you to stay anonymous, you should take a look at a new site called Whisper.

What is Whisper? Whisper is a new social network that allows us to stay anonymous whilst posting our experiences, thoughts, and feelings. It’s a bit different from other social networks because you don’t share your personal information. You can share all your darkest secrets and never be worried that somebody will find out it’s you! It works a bit differently from the popular social networks like Facebook. Basically, you can share your thoughts using photos and then type on top of the photo using an array of different fonts. It has been described as “A Pinterest for Memes” (Quotapalooza).

What makes it fun? One of the best things to do on this social network is to scroll down the page and take a look at the kind of things that people confess to. If you find a picture that you like, you also have the opportunity to share it on Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter. Probably the biggest bonus about this social network that is really is a place to vent your ideas and thoughts and actually have freedom of speech over everything you say. Even today, we are not free to say some of the things we’d like to, not because it’s illegal, but because we fear the scrutiny of our family and friends. Here, you can say absolutely anything you want and not have to worry about a thing.

What makes it better for privacy? If you already use Facebook, you’ll have noticed that your account is set to public, unless you change the settings to private. Even still, Facebook still know your name, where you are and what you like. This information can be used to push advertising in your face, or even passed onto the authorities when they put in a request. Whisper, on the other hand, won’t even ask your name. When you post, it says that the post came from ‘Near New York’, for example. This really is truly anonymous and if you’re the kind of person that worries about your online anonymity but still want to share your thoughts and ideas sometimes, there really is no better place to do other than Whisper. Whisper is probably the first 100% anonymous social network and if privacy is your thing, then this is the social network for you. To use Whisper you do need to download the app for your iPhone or Android phone, at the moment you can’t reply to people or post your own ‘whispers’ on your computer.

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Events & News

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FLUFFY “ADOPT A DOG” Hi my name is Fluffy & I have spent most of my life locked in a concrete cage with no room to move around. That was up until not long ago when someone came & rescued me & helped me get free from this prison &I am forever grateful as I was very sick with Liver failure, severe jaundice & open wounds on my rump from sleeping on the wet concrete for so long. That was up until not long ago when someone came & rescued me & helped me get free from this prison &I am forever grateful as I was very sick with Liver failure, severe jaundice & open wounds on my rump from sleeping on the wet concrete for so long. If you might be looking to adopt a small cute dog, that’s full of love I would like to love you!!

I’m looking for a new home .... PLEASE ADOPT ME!! You can contact: Sherin.peace@gnail.com To find out more about me...

Or check out : www.doggieheaven.net to see some more photos

Events

Phuket International Women’s Club Monthly Lunch 8 September 2013

The International Women’s Club (PIWC) holds monthly lunches to help raise funds for charities and to network. The September lunch will be

Beach Volleyball World Tour hits the sand in Phuket Oct 29 - Nov 3 2013

held at the Cape Panwa Hotel. All are welcome but registration is essential. Lunch for members is 500 Baht and for guests, 650 Baht. Contact: Carole Dux, Tel: +66 7631 6711. Email: info@phuketiwc.com. Web: www.phuketiwc.com

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will make its penultimate stop at Karon beach, Phuket at the end of October. This will be the 8th successive year that Thailand

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

has staged an Open series women’s event on the FIVB calen-

05-13 October 2013

dar. The US$110,000 Phuket Thailand Open powered by PTT,

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the

which is organized by Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd and the

ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the

Thailand Volleyball Association will be held from 29 October –

vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good

3 November 2013. The Phuket Thailand Open powered by

fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time,

PTT is the biggest annual beach sporting event in South East

local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian

Asia and Thai beach volleyball fans will be able to watch over

or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making.

50 of the world’s top women beach volleyball teams in action

Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such

on Karon beach. Admission to the tournament is free. http://www.pentanglepromotions.com

as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as “Ma Song”.

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SUDOKU These Sudoku puzzles are pitched at a middle level: not too easy, and not too frustratingly hard, for the average person.

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STAY FRESH

Fresh, live action cooking Sumptuous Seafood Buffet: THB 899++ per person

Every Tuesday and Saturday, an un-paralleled choice of fresh Andaman delights: Oysters, rock lobster, steamed mussels, seafood curry, Tom Yam Goong, crispy prawns, whole baked fish and more!

We also offer a variety of themed dinners and family focused buffets throughout the week. Open daily for dinner 18:30 to 22:00 Kids Eat Free: Under 12 years, when dining with an adult 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong, Phuket 83150 Tel:+66(0)76370200 Fax:+66(0)76370298 Email: dine@holidayinn-phuket.com

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