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magine you are the sole passenger in a sleek electric convertible as it speeds along Pattaya’s Sukhumvit Highway. Relaxing in the front seat, you flick through your emails on your mobile phone, sip a glass of wine and even doze off to sleep. Feeling drowsy, you recall the silly days of old when such a vehicle would have been equipped with old-fashioned gadgets such as a steering wheel, pedals and a gear stick. Of course, you won’t need a driving licence as you are not in charge – every traffic cop’s nightmare. You are now living the dream of the driverless car. Google has invested heavily in developing the self-driving vehicle and believes the moment is fast approaching when it will become the norm in towns and cities. The company has been investing heavily in developing the selfdriving vehicle in the United States for the past six years and says they have been involved in just 16 minor incidents over 700,000 miles of actual testing. Work is currently ongoing on sensors and software to detect road signs and other vehicles. Google has also confirmed that a Detroit-based company which designs and builds prototypes for the auto industry has agreed to build 150 Google prototypes. There is no clear evidence of driverless cars on Thailand’s roads and the idea has met with laughter on motoring blog sites. “There can be no future for driverless cars here,” said one Pattaya-based correspondent, “unless it is programmed to drive away speedily without stopping after an accident.” There are other concerns that hackers could meddle with a car’s control mechanisms to create rather than avoid accidents. Not to mention the ethical question that a real-life driver might choose to swerve a

car into a wall in order to avoid hitting a child. But how would a machine choose between two different actions that would impact human beings differently? Moreover, the Department of Motor Vehicles in California, the main testing centre, has stated that fully autonomous vehicles will not be allowed on the roads anytime soon. The regulator says that a real human being with a real driving licence must always be present in the car and capable of taking control in the event of a technological failure or other emergency. Other concerns include the thought that an autonomous car might not be able to tell the difference between, say, a traffic cone and a dog. Although several leading car manufacturers are researching the self-driving revolution – including Ford, BMW and MercedesBenz – they are still unconvinced that the scope for human intervention can be eliminated altogether. The Thai Transport Ministry has not commented on the whole issue, although a spokesperson for the Banglamung

Traffic Office said that the whole subject was still very tentative. “In any case,” he said, “it would require a change in the law to do away with driving licences.” No doubt the police would oppose such a change in the law as handing over your driving licence is the very basis of much official action on the nation’s roads and thoroughfares, including the payment of fines bureaucracy. But Google is not disillusioned by the opposition and the suspicions. It argues that human error is the cause of most accidents and should be eliminated from the driving process altogether. It emphasizes too that a “partial” selfdriving capability, where control is handed back and forth between the car and the driver, is actually dangerous. In the opinion of Google, the whole point of a driverless car is that the human occupants will want to sit back and relax. They could not be trusted to take charge of the vehicle in an emergency.

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Beach huts dismantled

Civic officials visited the beach at Naklua after learning that three huts had been erected and people were consuming alcohol, according to social media. The builders said that the huts had been

built to protect sea animals, but it was pointed out that nobody is permitted to build on a public site as it is against the law. The huts were demolished.

Woman charged with child murder Police and the Pavena Foundation held a press conference to announce the arrest of Wanwisa Noosaen, 26 and living in Nong Plalai district, for killing a boy of 2 years who was in her care. The boy’s mother Meri Nammontri reported that her son had many wounds on his body and that he had a large chili in his stomach, according to hospital reports. Wanwisa, however, stated that she did lose her temper because the baby was crying and pushed him with the result that he hit his head on a wall. On the same day, she said, the boy was surprised by a cat and slipped and fell. Whilst she was cooking, she gave the boy a chili and he ate it without comment. Shortly afterwards, the boy became unconscious and Wanwisa explained she had shaken him for 20 minutes. She then called the hospital. A police spokesman said officers did not believe all that she claimed.

Drug store criticized on Facebook A pharmacy owner has asked the police to arrest a Facebook contributor who criticized his business by saying that the drugs were far too expensive compared with other similar stores. But the owner Thanthanat Singtoniwet, 55, living in Nongprue, said the attack was unwarranted and mischievous as he had been operating for 10 years and never took advantage of customers. Police said they would assemble all the evidence and request the court to issue the necessary warrant of arrest.

Chinese ordered to pay

Two Chinese tourists on Koh Larn became frightened when a local vendor threatened to attack them if they refused to buy leather wallets they were inspecting.

Chen Lei, 43, and Xu Guangming, 45, paid 12,000 baht, then complained to the police who said they would investigate more further.


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News Shanghai Disney Resort to officially open on June 16, 2016 The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group announced that Shanghai Disney Resort will host a multi-day grand opening celebration, culminating in a spectacular welcoming ceremony for the resort’s first official guests on June 16, 2016. The opening of Shanghai Disney Resort will mark a key milestone in the development of Shanghai’s tourism industry, offering a unique new international tourism destination for guests from China and around the world. Once operational, a visit to Shanghai Disney Resort will be unlike any experience in the world as it will not only demonstrate Disney’s relentless innovation and famous creativity but also celebrate China’s incredibly rich heritage and cultural elements to create a one-of-akind destination. From worldclass attractions to Broadwayquality entertainment, the newest Disney destination will

offer premium experiences that guests can only find at Shanghai Disney Resort. The resort will include Shanghai Disneyland – a Magic Kingdom-style theme park with six themed lands; two richly themed hotels – the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and Toy Story Hotel; Disneytown – a huge shopping, dining and entertainment district, and Wishing Star Park with beautiful gardens, a walking path and a glittering lake. Major construction of Shanghai Disney Resort is

now complete and will be followed by an extensive preparation period to ensure the resort is fully operational and ready to greet millions of guests. The theme park’s ticketing plan as well as other operational details of the resort will be announced at a later date. Guests can learn m o re b y v i s i t i n g w w w . shanghaidisneyresort.com/ en, the destination’s newly updated official website for news and information about Shanghai Disney Resort.

New Goodyear Autocare store serves motorists in Chonburi

Goodyear Thailand celebrated the opening of its 61st Goodyear Autocare store located in Chonburi province. Joining the ceremony to celebrate the opening were Finbarr O’Connor (second from right), managing director of Goodyear Thailand, and Kanungnit Viranon (third from right) of VN Autocare, the owner of the new Goodyear Autocare in Chonburi. Goodyear Autocare in Chonburi provides tyre, wheel, battery, brake and auto servicing.

Cleaner performs good deed Pranee Borirak, 50 and a cleaner at Central Festival Pattaya Beach, has been congratulated by management after finding a wallet in the toilet and returning it to the rightful owner. She has been given a certificate of appreciation for her good deed. Pranee has worked on the sixth floor for the past three years.


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DARE marches on School holds market

Police colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang, superintendent of Pattaya police station, presided over a ceremony to hand out certificates and flags to those in communities helping to combat crime and drugs. The programme is known as DARE and, in particular, campaigns against youngsters getting involved with illegal substances.

Navy questions illegal construction Vice Admiral Wipak Noijinda ordered his officers to investigate a restaurant and resort which had been built possibly without permission on land belonging to Sattahip Naval Base. The ow n e r s p ro d u c e d s o m e documentation which is being studied. If any faults are found, the buildings will be cleared within 30 days.

Tara Pattana International S c h o o l a n d G a rd e n 8 8 organized a farmers’ market of homegrown vegetables and OTOP products to raise cash and also to illustrate to students the importance of small businesses. A lecturer was also on hand to give talks about planting vegetables. The school plans to hold the market on the second Saturday of each month.

Anti-dengue fever underway

The Division of Public Health Office in Pattaya organized a seminar for the Soi Khopai community on measures they can take to lessen the possibility of the mosquito-borne disease known as dengue fever. Brochures were given out explaining that stagnant water pots in or near houses are very dangerous. Lotions which contain mosquito-repellant properties were given out to the general public. There is now a dengue vaccine available on the world market but it is not yet available in Thailand pending further tests.

Housekeeper suspected in robbery Facebook Police sallied forth to a hotel in Nongprue after learning that two rooms had been visited by a thief. In one room, a Russian couple lost a valuable earring and ring, in the other a Turkish tourist was robbed of more than US$15,000 and a top-quality diamond ring. The thefts were discovered when guests returned from sightseeing in the Pattaya area. The owner of the hotel suspects a new housekeeper who had apparently left in a hurry.

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A German resident of Pattaya has asked the police to track down the malevolent person who hacked into his website and posted messages which defamed the royal institution. Manfred Peter Gallus, 52, said he would pay 30,000 baht for a resolution of the embarrassing case.


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News Chinese New Year soon

The tourism and sports committee chairman Rattanachai Suttidechanai announced some of the events associated with Chinese New Year on February 8. At Lan Pho Park in Naklua there will be a Chinese boy and girl contest, dragon dance, fan dance, umbrella dance, kung fu demonstration and other wholesome pursuits. At a closing ceremony, there will be a concert by talented musicians Lew Ajareeya and Aof Pongsak.

Duck cooking challenge Central Festival Pattaya Beach was the venue for the Thailand Duck Cooking Challenge 2016 in Eastern Region in which many chefs showed off their talents to the general public. The winner would be eligible to take part in the finals in Bangkok in March and try to win the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy and 500,000 baht prize money.

Pattaya Marriott joins Thailand Tourism Festival 2016

Nostradamus maybe With 2016 one-twelfth over already, here are 10 predictions which the 16th century French soothsayer Michel de Nostradamus predicted for the current year. Nostradamus did study astrology and the occult sciences and as a result tended to foresee tragedies and disasters more clearly than any good news. The last president Nostradamus predicted that Barack Obama would be the United States’ last president. Quite what happens then isn’t so clear. Maybe Donald Trump seizes the White House and declares himself king rather than emperor. Or it’s possible that North Korea may take over America after demonstrating that they could after all rain down nuclear fire on Washington DC. Unusual weather Nostradamus wrote that “water shall be seen to rise as the ground is seen to fall underneath”. Well this has certainly been the case in parts of the flooded northern England. He also predicted natural disasters arising from the weather which could refer to the lack of rainwater in some parts of the world and a surfeit in others. Global warming is upon us. Unusual planetary alignments The seer loved talking about the planets and their impact on world affairs. In 2016 expect to see astronomical changes triggering unpleasant events on earth such as a tsunami or two. Nostradamus also worried about planets or stars or rocks from outer space threatening to collide with the earth. After all, it’s in the bible. Middle East on fire Petrol and oil in the Gulf States will be set on fire according to the prophet’s predictions for 2016. Of course, it’s already happening in Syria and Iraq but Nostradamus may be predicting a more general conflagration caused by European and US meddling in other people’s problems. End of the world Nostradamus was rather fond of this one and refers vaguely to Iraq once again and the likelihood of Armageddon or The Final Battle. However, he was wrong in previous predictions about the termination of our existence and may be wrong again this time. Still, the Middle East is a hot spot by any definition. White House games The prophet talks about America indulging in provocative international behaviour and daredevil tactics in diplomacy. Candidates here could include the Middle East again, ISIS, Afghanistan or even confronting China in the South China Sea. One false move could end the long stand-off on the Korean peninsula. Melting poles So it’s back to global warming. While it is true that the North Pole has been heating up of late, no such warming has been detected in the vicinity of the South Pole. Nostradamus, of course, never used the expression global warming but he did refer once or twice to the conditions akin to a fire lit under the ice. Fate of Israel Nostradamus states that Jerusalem will be assailed on all sides by its enemies and that the United States will lead a coalition to preserve the Jewish state. The problem with this prediction is that the seer makes it more or less every year. He seems to have predicted, too, that a Jewish state would come into existence after the defeat of Hitler. Russia makes peace Given the stand-off between the United States and Russia, it seems odd that Russia making peace should be a firm prediction for 2016. Of course, Nostradamus may be referring to the Ukrainian crisis or Putin may decide that he has bitten off more than he can chew in Syria.

Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa participated in the 36th Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF 2016), held successfully from January 13-17 2016, at Lumpini Park, Bangkok. The event included many activities to promote the preservation of Thai culture, traditions and local lifestyles, along with stage performances and demonstrations of local art, craft and food. Towel art, hydroponic drink and “Mah Hor” Thai snack were on display and provided for the audience by hotel associates.

England in crisis Nostradamus suggests that political changes will leave Britain much weaker. He could be referring here to the Scottish independence movement, a possible Brexit from the European Union or even the rise to power of one Jeremy Corbyn. Can’t wait for 2017 to find out which was true.

Opinions expressed in this column are the author’s alone and do not necessarily represent those of Pattaya Today’s management.


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News Driverless cars in Thailand? Continued from page 1

In the decades ahead, the creation of increasingly advanced robots and the question of how far they should be permitted to conduct traditionally human tasks will be an immense challenge. After all, we already accept a world in which delicate operations on the

human body can be performed elegantly without human hands and in which pilotless drones can conduct devastating warfare. The advent of the driverless car will be an early test for the brave new world, howbeit one still lacking human trust and confidence. But, for the moment, those weary

drivers waiting in traffic jams on Thailand’s crowded roads or trying to turn off after they notice a police road block ahead must continue to suffer in silence. Meanwhile, those action-packed days at the local traffic centre to renew your driving licence for another five years are not coming to an end any time soon.

Pattaya traffic problems highlighted

Spiky problem resolved

Senior police, civic officials and tourism representatives assembled to discuss how to solve the city’s traffic problems. It was pointed out that there were many issues, not least careless driving, not enough roads, too many cars and not enough parking areas for large coaches. Tourism officials stressed that

the police were too lenient and other suggestions included more cameras and extra traffic policemen. The meeting ended on an upbeat note with everyone agreeing that everyone must take their duties seriously and work together to improve the city’s image.

Police station gets renovation

Rescuers rushed to an address in South Pattaya after a report that a man had been cut by barbed wire whilst in a state of undress. Amnat Yindelam, 36, a motorbike taxi driver, said he had hung his pants out to dry but unfortunately slipped and fell down on some barbed wire. He called out for help and was heard by a neighbour in a nearby flat who summoned an ambulance without further ado.

Following a donation from the Ministry of Justice to bring police stations up-to-date, Pattaya police headquarters is to receive enhancements in order to prepare the ASEAN Economic Community,

according to police colonel Sukthat Pumpanmuang. There will be further discussions about how to spend the budget, but a new notice board outside and a repainting of the building are sure to be included.

Lost passports abroad cost Brits millions a year Using your passport as a beer mat or notebook or accidentally putting it in the laundry are just some of the reasons why British travellers are spending millions of pounds each year on Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) – issued when passports are lost, stolen or damaged whilst abroad. In the last two years, 20,663 British passports were reported lost or stolen worldwide and British travellers received 37,890 ETDs: a 22 percent increase on the year before. In 2015, lost and stolen passports in the Southeast Asia region accounted for 44 percent of all ETDs issued. The British Embassy in Bangkok issues the highest number of ETDs in Southeast Asia. On average that is 55 ETDs each month – nearly 700 per year. Over 70 percent are down to lost and stolen passports. Stolen passports remain an issue in big cities like Bangkok, mainly due to people’s bags being stolen, distraction thefts and pick-pocketing. The British Embassy in Bangkok is urging

people travelling to Thailand and the region to look after their passports whilst on holiday and save themselves the time, hassle and cost of buying an ETD. Obtaining an ETD can take several days depending on the circumstances. You may need to file a police report, get new passport photos, and of course, have to travel to the Embassy. You will also likely have to replace any visas you need for your onward journey. These expenses can spiral if you need to rearrange travel plans, so make sure you take out comprehensive travel insurance. Layla Slatter MBE, HM Consul for Thailand said, “Our staff deal with people every day who need ETDs for a range of reasons. Some are victims of crime, but we also hear of passports being damaged carelessly, or lost while travelling. “Many of these situations could have been avoided and end up costing travellers valuable time and money. We strongly advise people to look after their passport, keep it safe and

check its validity well in advance of travel. Simple steps such as locking your passport in a safe if you have access to one and carrying a photocopy with you can help prevent problems later on.” Key tips for keeping your passport safe abroad • Value your passport and look after it carefully • Your passport is not always safer on you – lock it in a safe if you have access to one • Make two photocopies of your passport – leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store it online using a secure data storage site • Where possible, use this photocopy as alternative ID, for example when going out at night • Make sure your passport is valid • For certain countries your passport must be valid for six months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements before you go


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Art exhibition for the king

Snap Judgment The Internet v The Press

A group of artists is preparing an exhibition of Thai royalty in honour of His Majesty’s 88th birthday, to be held at Central Festival Pattaya Beach from February 23 to March 3. More

than 400 paintings and drawings will be provided from artists around the country. The net income will be donated to the Princess Pa Foundation, Thai Red Cross Society.

ASEAN Friendship Caravan cements Thailand’s status as transport hub by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

The role of Thailand as a geographical travel, tourism and transport hub of ASEAN has been further cemented with the success of the second ASEAN Friendship Caravan, a 10-day motorcar convoy through Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Thailand. The 3,400-kilometre journey, organised by Toyota Motors in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), was designed to publicise the many cultural and heritage destinations of the four countries that are now becoming increasingly accessible by road. TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, “Thanks to the emergence of the Asian Highway and the support of the immigration and border-control authorities of the Greater Mekong Subregion, roads are set to become the most important source of transport and tourism in the years ahead. “They will help open up new destinations, facilitate a more balanced distribution of income and jobs and enhance the role of travel and tourism in the rural economies,” he added. “They will complement the accessibility being provided by low-cost airlines, which will bring visitors to the regional airports, while the road network will do the rest.” Representing the overseas agents, Manoj Singh Soin, founder and director, Viktorianz Travel Co, Ltd, India, said the new roads will allow the new generation of Indian travellers to indulge their passion for off-the-beaten track destinations, especially those with close affinity to Indian heritage and culture.

Representing the international media, Mohammad Azfar Bin Hashim, editor of the automotive publication EVO Singapore, said it would allow Singaporeans to enjoy a new driving experience. He said many Singaporeans are already taking advantage of the good highways between Singapore and Thailand to drive up to Bangkok via Malaysia. They will now be able to stretch that trip further into Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. Jongkolnee Satiraasavanant, managing director, Panorama Discovery, said it would open up new opportunities for domestic and intra-ASEAN tourism as Thai people can see more of their own country and take quick cross-border trips to the neighbouring countries. TAT also gained some valuable feedback from the participants. Soin noted that it would be important to harmonise the list of nationalities who can enter Thailand via all the different international gateways. He also mentioned the need to improve the connectivity of trans-border telecom networks to facilitate Internet access. Azfar cited the need for better availability of halal restaurants for the growing number of Muslim visitors who would come from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. After the farewell party at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and the South Pacific) Srisuda Wanapinyosak organised a small get-together to allow Thai ground operators based in the border provinces to network with the foreign travel agent representatives on the trip.

The internet was popularized in the 1990s and, since then, many have speculated on the death of traditional media, notably newspapers and magazines. It is certainly true that in Europe and the United States readership and circulation have both been in decline but, then again, that state of affairs began long before the advent of the World Wide Web. So where do we go from here? What the internet does provide, of course, is free (well, usually free) access to news because any individual with basic computing ability can generate news by posting comments on blogs, publishing first-hand accounts or uploading interviews on YouTube or wherever. Moreover, those feeding the internet can do it virtually for free, whereas the traditional media have to pay editors, writers, journalists, data processing people and all the rest. The way people consume news is also changing. Before smart devices became commonplace, accessing news or information from the internet was slow and painful. Until a few years ago, dialup speed was slow and many people still preferred a traditional newspaper rather than sitting in front of a computer screen. Of course, smartphones, tablets and laptops have changed all that in a real media revolution. Since smartphones can access not just the written word, but photos and videos too, smart devices have eclipsed the newspaper in terms of features and accessibility. Popular search engines such as Google have revolutionized the way news is accessed and created. There are now millions of options if you want “the news”. The low cost of internet access and web hosting means that people do not need mega-cash to start publishing news on the internet. But the very cheapness of internet news brings its own problems. The motivation to create a reliable and well-researched story is often not there: the internet is indeed littered with opinions and exaggerated stories created simply to shock. No matter how outlandish the story – that the US president was born in Africa and is a Muslim or that the Titanic was sunk by a German submarine – the internet will provide the space. The question then arises how much of internet news is actually newsworthy. Another issue is speed. Web reports are much faster than those appearing in newspapers as a blogger can start typing a first-hand account minutes after the event. Yet most internet news tends to be short and abridged and, if the issue is complex, the reader may end up with a very simplistic interpretation. Thoughtful deliberation on complex issues is not one of the strengths of the internet. But newspapers are expensive to print and the revenue from traditional or online advertisements may fall short in making up for the decrease in paper subscriptions. In the search for new markets, many newspapers have diversified into other mediums such as satellite communications and radio, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. The entity that banks the most cash on the internet is the search engine. The secret behind search engine profitability is volume of traffic and the ability to target and to direct customers. Content providers such as news websites do not make large profits by being Google’s search results. Regardless, being the top search results on a very popular search engine does help to reinforce the brand by keeping it relevant. We should also remember that traditional media these days receive more and more news leads. With email, anyone can send a news lead to editors and reporters at several news sources all at the same time. Before the advent of email, letters were typed by hand and each had to be enveloped and stamped before mailing. Responses from an editor thus took days. But now responses can begin in a minute or two. Thus the traditional media can benefit from the internet as well as being threatened by it. Both newspapers and the internet will continue to evolve, but they can co-exist. For example in India, daily newspapers actually sold more copies in 2015 than in any previous year. Some believe that this phenomenon can be explained by the amazing number of personal advertisements which most dailies include, whilst others think that the secret of the traditional media in the subcontinent is that it prints very little foreign news which is of little interest to readers according to research on the subject. Another growth area, particularly in Asia, is the development of news sites on the internet which are linked to traditional dailies. The form and content of the newspaper may shift to something else, but the existence of the industry as a whole is forever. That is not to say that print journalism is as attractive a career as it once was. Investigative writers no longer travel first class round the world on over-the-top salaries. It’s a competitive world and one in which a clearly defined business model is indispensable.


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Sailing the seas by Derek Franklin

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Students at the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities had a week off from study as a large majority of students traveled across country to participate in the National Games for the Disabled. Those not selected to travel to the province of Nakhon Sawan, where the Games were taking place, were treated to an afternoon of sailing around the islands off the coast of Pattaya, thanks to the Disabled Sailing Association of Thailand. It was thought that the torrential rains on the morning of the 16th January would

mean a postponement, but a few drops of water were not going to spoil anyone’s excitement. Several vehicles, packed full of students and their wheelchairs, arrived at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Na Jomtien where they were met by Peter Jacops, from the Disabled Sailing Association Thailand, and his team of dedicated boat owners and sailors. Help was available to anyone who required it and many needed assistance getting down the ramps and on board safely. A flotilla of boats, including three large catamarans, left the

marina and spent several hours at sea, a new experience for almost every single student and teacher on board. Dodging the rain clouds the boats made their way south towards Koh Ped, known to most by its more famous name, Monkey Island, where the students were met by several hundred of the island’s inhabitants. Apart from giving the students a new experience, it is also hoped that a few hours at sea will inspire them to take up the sport of sailing. The school has a long tradition of providing sports facilities to its students. Many have gone on to represent

Thailand at international sporting competitions, including the Paralympic Games. However, unlike Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, Thailand has yet to enter a team in any international sailing competition open to people with disabilities. It is hoped that their first experience at sea will not be their last, and in the not too distant future a student from Pattaya will be sailing at the Southeast Asian Games or the Asian Games; or even better, the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email info@fr-ray.org.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi cares for children

Daily 06:30 (English) Sunday 08:30 (Thai), 10:00 (English)

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On the occasion of 10th anniversary of Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel, hotel management including Markus Rainalter (standing 2nd row, 5th left), director of Food and Beverage, Jutamas Gajajiva (standing 2nd row, 4th left), assistant director of Sales – Government, and Naruemol Thierkarochanakul (standing 3rd row, 2nd left), Marketing Communications manager, led the team to visit schools in Bang Phli district and donated stationery and gifts to students. They were welcomed by Pattanapong Jongrakdee (standing 2nd row, 6th right), mayor of Bangplee municipality.

WHA holds annual CSR activity Jareeporn Jarukornsakul (standing, 4th right), vice chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer, WHA Corporation PLC, led a team of WHA executives and employees on a visit to the Khlong Bang Kasi School in Bang Phli district, Samut Prakan, to donate chairs for the school library and hand over 129,000 baht to purchase educational materials. The group also hosted lunch and organized leisure activities for the young students, as part of WHA’s annual CSR activity 2015 under the theme “Creating Dreams, Bringing Happiness”.

Royal Cliff joins second annual Pattaya Colour Run for charity Royal Cliff Hotels Group Director of Sales – MICE Shreyash Shah (right), PR and Marketing Communications Manager Maria Gequillana (front-right) and Secretary to the Director of Sales and Marketing Joane Bravo (front-left) were seen together with Peter Malhotra (2nd right), managing director of Pattaya Mail Newspaper, and Winston Gale (left), founder and developer of Riviera Group, at the second annual Pattaya Colour Run organized by the Rotary Club of Jomtien Pattaya to raise funds to assist Wat Mai Pho Thong, a small school in Sa Kaeo province which provides education to local children from nursery to grade 6 that requires major overhaul.


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Hooters, the world-famous American restaurant franchise, spread its wings further in Thailand with the grand opening of its newest Thailand restaurant, Hooters Pattaya. This latest expansion marked the fourth Hooters restaurant in Thailand with other Hooters locations already in operation, Hooters Sukhumvit Soi 15, Hooters Phuket and Hooters Nana.

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Largest international Hooters opens in Pattaya >> from L1 Hooters Pattaya welcomed guests to its grand opening celebration, bringing uniquely American experience to Pattaya with its delicious food such as the world-famous chicken wings, iconic entertainment, and of course gorgeous Hooters Girls providing their world-renowned service and hospitality, guaranteeing a perfect night of pure enjoyment. The event also featured music from DJs and live band and the restaurant’s very own mechanical bull for customers who want to indulge their inner “urban cowboy”. Located centrally amid the hustle and bustle of the ever-popular Pattaya Beach Road at Soi 13, Hooters Pattaya is the largest international Hooters location with approximately 3,300 sqm of floor area accommodating nearly 500 seats, two bars, 40 high-definition televisions, huge screen and two outdoor patios, perfect for enjoying scenic views over the Gulf of Thailand. Gary Murray, CEO of Destination Resorts – Hooters franchisee in Southeast Asia, maintains his confidence in the Hooters brand, evidenced by their growing popularity of the brand year on year. The company aims to open 30 new Hooters locations around the Asian region in the next five years. Murray said, “To open the largest Hooters restaurant in the world provides its own challenges, however I am confident with the growing tourism industry in Pattaya and solid international brand such as Hooters, will bring an added vibrancy to Pattaya City and create an attraction for visitors and residents alike.” Hooters is expanding soon in other tourist destination and growth cities such as Samui, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen, which will result in seven Hooters locations in Thailand. Hooters Pattaya is ready to welcome you every day from 10 am to 2 am. To find out more about Hooters Pattaya, visit www.hooterspattaya.com.

eve n ts c a le n d a r MADONNA REBEL HEART TOUR BANGKOK Date: 9-10 February 2016, TuesdayWednesday, 8 pm Venue: Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok Activities: The overwhelming demand for Madonna’s first-ever concert in Thailand on 9 February has led to the announcement of a second show on 10 February. The Rebel Heart Tour will be Madonna’s 10th world tour. Her tour is one of the most impressive and successful shows in the world. The set list spanned all decades of the iconic superstar’s illustrious career, including songs from her current album Rebel Heart to classic fan favorites. Tickets are available at Thai Ticket Major outlets and www.thaiticketmajor.com. For more information: BEC-Tero Tel: 02 262 3838 www.bectero.com

AOF PONGSAK LIVE IN CONCERT Date: 12 February 2016, Friday, 8 pm – 12 am Venue: Aranda Ballroom, Amari Pattaya Activities: Celebrate the season of love with Thailand's most famous singer, Aof Pongsak, live in concert. Don’t miss this most anticipated concert of the year for only 1,000 baht net per person for admission including drinks. Book today to avoid missing out. For more information: Amari Pattaya Tel: 038 418 418 Email: fbreservation.pattaya@amari.com

MAYA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 Date: 20 February 2016, Saturday, 3 pm – 2 am Venue: MAYA Space, Naklua, Pattaya Activities: MAYA Music Festival’s goal is to preserve the stunning ancient Thai Art, show it to the world and combine it with the modern day music to create a mega festival for the world to join. There will be an EDM Stage and a Live Stage where line-up includes Thaitanium, Potato, and Da Endorphine. Doors open at 3 pm. Tickets on sale now at www.mayamusicfestival.com. Hotel and ticket package also available. For more information: Tel: 085 225 9225 Email: info@mayamusicfestival.com

TOUCH OF AUSTRALIA WINE TASTING Date: 27 February 2016, Saturday, 6:30-9 pm Venue: Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya Activities: Havana Bar in partnership with Wine Dee Dee Pattaya Co., Ltd introduces the first wine tasting of 2016. Experience the memorable wine night with seven different tastes of Stonefish wines from Australia, matching with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Priced at only 990 baht net per person. For every two tickets purchased, get a bottle of complimentary premium wine. Don’t miss the chance to bring back your favorite wines at a special price on the night. For more information: Holiday Inn Pattaya Tel: 038 725 555 Email: havanabar@holidayinn-pattaya.com


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Level 34, Hilton Pattaya

Intimate Hotel holds piano concert

The Intimate Hotel with D & M Music Studio for the first time hosted a recital featuring Boaz Sharon, a piano professor and chair of piano at Boston University and director of the Young Artists Piano Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. An expert in playing Chopin and Mozart, Boaz Sharon studied from the age of 13 with Stefan Askenase – famed interpreter of Chopin and Mozart – in Brussels, Belgium. He later pursued his piano studies in the US with Leonard Shure. Sharon is the first prize winner and gold medalist of the Jaen International Piano Competition. A second concert will be held in the coming months and will feature other musicians. These concerts are being held to promote intellectual tourism in the area.

New Nong Nooch theatre opens Chonburi governor Komsan Eakachai and various civic officials attended the opening of the new theatre at Nong Nooch Garden which replaces the old theatre on site which was opened 35 years ago. The new theatre can accommodate 2,000+ visitors at any one time and occupies 11,572 sqm. The former site is being turned into a modernized retail outlet. Income from the first show at the new theatre was donated to the Rajabhakti Park Foundation.

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INTIMATE HOTEL

397/42 Moo 10 Soi 14, South Pattaya 2nd Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Tel.: 03872 3349-50, 03872 3779, 03841 6678 Fax: 03841 6679 Line ID: intimatemarketing

The INTIMATE HOTEL is an outstanding boutique hotel located in Pattaya city area, adjacent to the 2nd Pattaya Road, only 5 minutes away from the Pattaya Beach, near pubs, restaurants, shopping and entertainment complexes, and popular public areas. Chill out at this chic, natty elegance boutique hotel with style and ambiance in the heart of Pattaya that excites the living senses. Email : reservation@intimatehotelpattaya.com Website : www.intimatehotelpattaya.com


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East Coast Kitchen Open 6.00am - 11.00pm Holiday Inn Pattaya Executive Tower, level 6 Call 038 725 555

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Pattaya Marriott Resort & Amari Pattaya receives Gold Green Hotel Award Spa welcomes magician The Amari Pattaya management team, led by Sukanyapach Homchuen (right), executive assistant manager, received the Gold Green Hotel Award 2015 from Pavinee Punnakan (centre), Department of Environmental Quality Promotion on World Environment Day. Organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the event aimed to raise awareness of natural resources conservation, promote participation in environmental protection, and honour role-model individuals and organizations.

Somas Tanruengsri (2nd left), general manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, and his team welcomed magician Joe Labero (center) during his stay at the resort.

Royal Cliff welcomes Miss Czech Republic finalists

Executive director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Vitanart Vathanakul (centre) welcomed Miss Czech Republic 2016 finalists at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel.

Grand wedding at Cape Dara

Hilton Pattaya donates to Habitat for Humanity Thailand Hilton Pattaya, led by Rudolf Troestler (3rd left), general manager, has joined with Habitat for Humanity Thailand, led by CEO Timothy Loke (3rd right), in supporting suitable housing initiatives, giving homes to those in need. The hotel donated 310,000 baht to build a house in Chonburi. The funds were raised from April to December 2015 by selling its teddy bear. “For the fundraising project, we were overwhelmed by the kindness of our guests that helped to support this charity by purchasing a teddy bear as all profits from the sale of the bears were donated to HFH,” said Troestler, hotel general manager . “We are recently on process to help selected low-income family in Chonburi and plan to bring hotel’s volunteer to support building and dedicate a house in April.”

Dusit Thani marks National Children's Day The staff and management of Dusit Thani Pattaya, led by GM Chatchawal Supachayanont, marked National Children’s Day 2016 activities organized by Pattaya City. The whole-day event in front of Pattaya City Hall featured snacks, toys, games and fun activities for the children who visited the hotel booth with their parents.

A-One Hotel Pattaya welcomes Tee-Uan

“The Oyster King” arrives at Centara Grand Ladprao

Manachart Paianan (right), Public Relations executive of A-One Hotel Pattaya, welcomed Namchai Janyathitikul (2nd right), aka Tee-Uan, host of Channel 5’s “Tee-Uan Chauan Hew.” The hotel is promoting renovations and its Lobster Lovers Night seafood BBQ buffet every Friday and Saturday evening.

Wim N.M. Fagel (3rd right), general manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, hosted the opening night of “The Oyster King” by guest chef Bill Marinelli (3rd left), Thailand’s most wellknown oyster specialist and founder of the acclaimed The Oyster Bar. The event was held at the hotel’s Blue Sky Bar and Dining.

Mike Group President Surat Mekavarakul and his wife hosted a wedding for their son Pongpol Mekavarakul and his bride Naprang Jareonnan at the Vela Grand Ballroom of Cape Dara Resort Pattaya. Naprang is a veterinarian who takes care of the King’s dogs at Klai Kangwon Palace. The ceremony was presided by former Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai in the presence of family, friends and dignitaries including former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta and Sophon Cable TV CEO Chanyut Hengtrakul.

Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa welcomes “Water Boyy” movie stars

Novotel Suvarnabhumi board meeting Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa welcomed the nine actors from the movie “Water Boyy” for a mini concert and beach activity with their fans held at the resort.

Chaiwat Utaiwan (5th right), chairman of Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Co. Ltd., and Chittimas Ketvoravit (right), managing director of Universal Hospitality Joint Venture, organized the annual board meeting and get-together to celebrate the New Year and the successful performance of 2015 at Crew Lounge, Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel.


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Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv SUV Diesel Stylish, Fun-to-Drive and Economical AWD

Remember the old Mazda Tribute back in 2001? Tribute (what a name for an SUV) was actually a heavily rebadged Ford Escort powered by a fuel-guzzling V6 by John K. Lindgren engine. Flash forward Editor-in-chief: to year 2012 when carsanook.com Mazda CX-5 compact SUV was born being the first Mazda featuring the new KODO – Soul of Motion design language. The current CX-5 is also the first Mazda vehicle featuring the company's full SkyActiv Technology concept boasting a rigid, lightweight platform combined with a new series of efficient power plants and transmissions resulting in reduced emissions and fuel consumption. This is the vehicle that won the coveted Car of the Year Japan award in 2012. Later that year came the CX-5 Mazda diesel variant – not one of those smoke-belching, tractorrattling diesels of yesteryear. Nope, the CX-5 is a “clean diesel” keeping emissions, fuel consumption and noise down. This week Pattaya Today Automotive tests all new Mazda CX-5 XDL (diesel), the top of the CX-5 line-up, priced a cool 1.67 million baht. The entry-level CX-5 2.0-liter petrol engine costs 1.2 million baht. Design The styling is pure “KODO”

inspired by the predatory stance of an animal stalking its prey and this styling captures the essence of poise, aggression and power. The front end features an inverted pentagonal grille. The side-view mirrors have been moved from the A-pillar to the doors to improve visibility with a smaller blind-spot area. The rear shows Mazda's unique styling again, with the “angry eyes” tail light cluster. Additional Mazda “zoom-zoom” in the CX-5 looks comes from the impressive, huge 19-inch alloy wheels. Engine/Drivetrain Under the hood no more big, thirsty V6 but a four-cylinder 2.2-liter normally aspirated (without turbo) diesel motor that produces 175 horsepower and a whopping 420Nm of torque, giving the CX-5 probably the best performance in its class. Regarding the already frugal fuel consumption the SkyActiv i-stop (idle stop-start) system further helps to control the thirst. The six-speed automatic transmission, smooth and willing with power distributed to all four wheels offers responsive performance at all RPMs. Interior Firmly bolstered black leather seats and soft-touch plastics are used throughout the cabin. The fit and finish is first-rate. The cockpit area feels functional and driver-friendly. Not too many buttons, levers and dials. Both front and back rows provide good leg,

head and shoulder room for the two occupants up front and two adults comfortably or three smaller persons. The in-car entertainment comes with a 9-speaker premium Bose audio system. Perfect on a long haul. Music anyone? Adele, Justin Bieber or just plain Mozart? If you want a quiet ride sans singing, Mazda has invented a new type of noise insulation material and it works wonders at all speeds. Safety Here Mazda CX-5 top range model gets a five-star NCAP rating with front, side and curtain airbags, stability control, emergency stop signal, hillstart assist, emergency stop signal, ISOFIX child restraint anchor points and rear view camera. Plus the whole alphabet soup ABS, EDB, DSC, TCS and TPSM (tire-pressure monitoring system) governing, and monitoring brakes, chassis and wheels. The Drive First of all the commanding view. This is the advantage with all SUVs. During the test drive in urban, suburban and highway road conditions, traffic jams, rain, minor flash floods Mazda CX-5's ride quality, handling and roadholding is impressive. The light, direct electrically-assisted steering is responsive, stable and predictable, also when powering through tight corners. Mazda's compact SUV is a very mature vehicle to drive and it has the taut dynamics and impressive agility to match the Japanese and Germanic SUV competition. Verdict Mazda CX-5 scores high with sophisticated macho looks, car-like driving manners and a very fuelefficient high-tech diesel engine that offers a combination of traction and refinement. Plus AWD (all-wheel drive) in case you want to go (soft) offroading.

Mazda CX-5 XDL

Engine: 2.2-liter 4-cylinder diesel Power: 175 hp Torque: 420 Nm Transmission: 6-speed automatic Top speed: 180 kph Fuel consumption: 18km/l Price: 1,670,000 baht www.mazda.co.th


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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

TEA FACTORY AND MORE

at À La Campagne Na Jomtien The innovative development at À La Campagne continues. Somtum Villa, the popular Thai-Esan restaurant is now firmly established and has proved a resounding success. The busy Sukhumvit Highway, opposite the Pattaya Prosecutor’s Office, would not immediately spring to mind as a destination to enjoy a dose of pastoral peace but that’s exactly what the team at À La Campagne have achieved. Tall, leafy trees, a plethora of plants, tiled walkways, with a cleverly chic but unstructured garden contain the rustic European style farm and village. Already established is a bakery and an eclectic gift shop which now joins Somtum Villa. At the Salmon Dip

helm is the charming Chompoonut “Kay” Imudom who is developing this property into an extraordinary rural community destination. The newest sibling to join the latest phase of development is their new western restaurant called Tea Factory and More. Designed with the concept of a Sri Lankan tea plantation, it is a rustic but elegant glassed conservatory set within the grounds with both indoor and outdoor seating. Who doesn’t like a cup of tea? Here at Tea Factory it is raised to giddy heights with over 20 global varieties. A tea lab allows for customers to explore the variances of Sri Lankan teas, Indian, Chinese, Taiwanese and also Thailand’s most

gourmet brands. House blends are very popular with their signature “la vie en rose”, the top seller while their mixologists will concoct a cocktail or mocktail for a surprising twist on the old “cuppa”. If tea is not your thing, a full wine list and drinks menu is available to accompany the carefully devised menu. Just a word here, this is not a late venue, it closes at 8 pm during the week and 10 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it does however, open at 10 am. Mick and I arrived the other week and while studying the menu we chose to start the proceedings with a glass of their house Chilean CornerStone Chardonnay. From the appetizers we plumped for the salmon dip (B.195) to share which proved an excellent choice, soft and creamy with a subtle taste of salmon it was presented with a bowl of garden leaves, grapes, strawberries, celery, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes. The strawberries and grapes were the surprise taste sensations making very good friends indeed with the delicacy of Carbonara

Herbed Marinated Lamb Burger

the dip. We could just as well had tucked into deep-fried calamari or the perennially popular top sellers, baked macaroni in a trio of cheese sauce or the baked spinach with grilled bacon and cheese, both priced at B.170. Soups and salads are perfect lunchtime choices with the crab meat salad served with grilled pineapple or softshell crab salad with a honey mustard seed dressing – both must-tries for our next visit. On the evening we visited, the signature dishes of the day (they change monthly) were duck confit with black pepper and strawberry sauce (B.350), grilled Norwegian salmon with either a rocket salad with balsamic dressing or alternatively accompanied by crab meat, green apple and an avocado salad. Lamb lovers would be well served by the grilled lamb rack with ratatouille, mashed potato and eggplant lasagna. We turned back to the pasta and burger menu for our choices. A reliable gastro-meter for any restaurant is the spaghetti carbonara and this was my choice while Mick opted for the garden herbed marinated lamb burger (B.295). Other burgers include their house gourmet short ribs burger, an organic pork burger and a crab meat wasabi cream burger for a flurry of fusion. A choice of original or carbon (black) rolls are on offer. How did the carbonara rate on the gastro-meter? It came out on top, the al dente pasta was drenched in the creamiest of 3-cheese sauce, topped with slivers of Parmesan and rashers of streaky bacon cooked to crisp

perfection. The lamb burger came piled high with leaves, tomatoes and cheese and escorted by onion rings and a selection of ladies’ fingers, chillies and tarot tempura style crisp and airily light. If ever you should linger and delight in a sugary confection it is here. The in-house bakery produces the most amazing cakes, pastries and macarons made to the French chef’s traditional exacting recipes. We tried the apple crumble and the dark chocolate cake with raspberry cream for a luscious taste of sweet heaven. Kay and her team are already planning for the next stage in the development which will be the organic salad farm, yoga classes, dance classes, and a Moulin Rougeinspired wine bar. If you haven’t already been here, do visit whether it is to taste one of the 21 varieties of som tam and the Esan food at Somtum Villa, the uniqueness of Tea Factory with its myriad of speciality teas, gourmet burgers, daily European inspired dishes of the day and of course those delectable in-house confections. À La Campagne is a very special place – visit for yourself to discover this idyllic countryside village with all the surprises it has to offer. Tea Factory and More À La Campagne Pattaya Farm & Village Sukhumvit Road, Na Jomtien, almost opposite the Pattaya Prosecutor’s Office Open Mon-Thu 10 am – 8 pm, Fri-Sun 10 am – 10 pm Tel: 038 255 872, 088 020 5881 Facebook: A’ La Campagne Pattaya Instagram: teafactoryandmore_pattaya


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F&B Promotions Japanese Sea Scallops on the menu at Infiniti Restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort

Celebrate a season of love at Sky Restaurant, Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

For more information and reservation, contact 038 259 888 or info.pattaya@starwoodhotels.com.

Enchant this season of love and show your loved one how much you care with unforgettable romantic dinner with a masterpiece of five-course set menu featuring Sashimi de thon, Bisque de homard soupe, Lente boeuf wagyu, Poché loup de mer aux palourdes and much more prepared at the highest culinary caliber by Executive Chef Niran Mahayothin. Priced at 5,999 baht net per couple, the valentine’s dinner comes with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and is available from February 13-14, 2016 between 6 to 10:30 pm.

Heirloom artichokes

For more information and reservation, contact 038 930 600 or fbd@siamatpattaya.com.

Plump and succulent sea scallops from the cold clean ocean off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan are being served from now till March 31, 2016. Scallop salad with orange dressing, seared scallops with green pea sauce, roasted scallops with black ink clam jus, and scallops with cauliflower puree are all on the menu to be enjoyed against the magnificent setting of Pattaya Bay. Prices start from 850 baht ++ per dish.

at Acqua Restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Heirloom artichokes are on the menu at Acqua during the month of February. Served in a quartet of Italian dishes they are presented on a crisp bruschetta with Parma ham, creamed with the addition of soft, sweet sea scallops, as a gourmet accompaniment to grilled lamb cutlets or with the famous paccheri pasta and spicy Italian sausage. Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 6 am to 11 pm. Call 038 714-981 for reservations.

A Delicious Duo at M Café Restaurant, Mercure Pattaya Hotel Enjoy a seafood sensation featuring a golden-battered deepfried shrimp and squid combo served with mayonnaise including a soft drink for only 290 baht net. Available every day from 11 am to 10:30 pm from now until March 31. For further information or to reserve a table, call 038 425 050 or visit www.mercurepattaya.com.

World-famous Magician on Wednesday at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Amari Pattaya Mantra Restaurant and Bar has teamed up with Howard Posener, one of the finest close-up magicians in the world. Be amazed as he moves from table to table performing a large array of close-up magic. Known as the ‘Millionaire's Magician’, Posener has performed for many monarchies throughout the world, and his personal clients include Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Sir Elton John and Barbra Streisand, to name a few. Mantra Restaurant and Bar serves an international cuisine with a dynamic dining concept and is open from 6 pm to 1 am every day. Mantra Magic is every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. For further information and reservations, contact 038 429 591 or email email@mantra-pattaya.com.

Enjoy Twice… for Once at Twilight Bar, Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya Enjoy the happy hour and get yourself a treat with two drinks for the price of one! Available daily from 5 to 7 pm and from 9 pm to 1 am. This sophisticated restaurant, located on the 6th floor, offers highlight rooftop dining with wonderful view across Wong Amart Beach. Open daily for dinner from 5 pm to 1 am, the restaurant serves authentic modern bistro fare. Savour succulent tapas, handcrafted cocktails, and wines to pair. For more information or reservations, contact 033 007 888 ext 33.

Special Chinese New Year Buffet Dinner at Garden Cafe, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa’s master chefs look forward to exceeding all expectations this year with an endless buffet spread, promising an array of classic temptations. Join an unforgettable Chinese New Year buffet dinner feast on February 8, 2016. Share the most popular oriental dishes with friends, family and loved ones for 850 baht net per person. For reservations, contact Tel: 038 412 120 or email pattayamarriott@minor.com.

Chinese New Year dinner promotion at Hilton Pattaya Hilton Pattaya welcomes Year of the Monkey with a wide range of tantalizing traditional Chinese menu. Edge restaurant features an exclusive dinner buffet, priced at 1,100 baht net per person, from February 7-8, 2016 while Flare restaurant offers a special a la carte menu from February 5-13, 2016. The restaurants have prepared some well-known traditional and authentic Chinese food for this special moment of the year. For more information and reservations, call 038 253 000 or email Sawitree.Seerasa@hilton.com.

Celebrate a Colorful Chinese New Year at Royal Cliff Beach Hotel Celebrate a colourful Chinese New Year 2016 on February 8, 2016 at the poolside of Royal Cliff Beach Hotel from 7 pm onwards. Come and savor a variety of authentic dishes including Chef Artid’s “Lucky Lo Hai” and sensational mouthwatering “Tao Tse” sautéed beef along with an extensive array of delectable seafood barbecue. Menu highlights also include marinated abalone mushrooms “Szechwan” and steamed white snapper fillet with young ginger. Delicious dim sum stunners created by Royal Cliff ’s master chefs will also be unveiled. Enjoy iconic Chinese displays such as dragon and lion dance, an exciting acrobatic performance and Thousand Faces show. Enjoy the international feast at only 1,800 baht ++ per person. For more information or reservations, please contact 038 250 421 ext 2037 or email gro-main@royalcliff.com.

For food promotions please email press release at lifeandleisure@pattayatoday.net


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Mussels and Baby Clams

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

Chef Corrado’s Kitchen

brings the Adriatic coast to our doorstep… Have you ever been to Abruzzo, Italy? It’s located east of Rome on the Adriatic coast and is known as Italy’s queen of cuisine. It boasts a rich repertoire of robust mountain dishes and an abundance of delicious seafood. Why am I asking? Because if you have had the pleasure you will definitely want to evoke those culinary memories and if you haven’t there’s a treat in store. Chef Corrado (latterly of La Taverna in Bang Saray) has created an Italian home from home where the specialities of his region are served with an abundance of love and charming enthusiasm. Open since late November last year, the buzz is already on the grapevine and Chef Corrado’s new bambino is the talk of the town. A lavish wine dinner has already taken place, the pizzas perfected, the wines settled and weekly promotions are in place. Mick and I visited recently to see (and taste) for ourselves the delights of this regional cooking from Abruzzo. The restaurant itself is cheerful and bright with the state-of-the-art pizza oven taking centre stage at the

Squid with Potatoes

entrance with an open kitchen to the rear and a cool “cold cut” room complete with wine barrel tables and stools for casual eating. Tradition states that Abruzzo’s shepherds were the inventors of the classic bruschetta and here the open Italian sandwiches are represented in a myriad of ways. A collection of the best, fresh vibrant salads are also tempting and I chose to start the proceedings with a “Primavera” salad with rocket and Padano cheese.

Balsamic dressing lifted and raised the taste sensations with sweet pops of cherry tomatoes and that deeply flavoured cheese paired perfectly with the peppery leaves. Mick opted to open with an order of mussels and baby clams (B.230) which had been bathed in a white wine liquor and accompanied by toasted bread to dunk and dip into the briny essence of the sea and the winey reduction. This seems an appropriate time to mention the extensive wine cave upstairs which Corrado has painstakingly assembled since the inception of his restaurant. Italian centric from not only the best wine estates in the country the wines have been chosen for their inherited attributes through the wine growing families across the years. The region’s flagship wine is the famous Montepulciano d’Abruzzo which, together with its white brother, Trebbiano, are exceptional. Talamonti is a very rich, lively red that offers exceptional value. Wines are available by the glass and carafe. Pasta is the integral part of any Italian’s eating plan and here the menu fairly sparkles with pasta variations. From penne alla pastora (shepherd’s style), through the classic spaghetti frutti di mare or amatriciana through linguine alle telline (clams) to a speciality ravioli which caught my eye immediately. This dish brings together the

wonderful flavours of braised beef and wild mushrooms but, not only that, the beef had been steeped in the famous Montepulciano red wine from Abruzzo. For sheer earthiness and profound complexity it was a star dish. Mick chose a tasty classic main dish, squid with potatoes (B.240). Soft succulent potatoes with tomatoes and the freshest squid results in a homely comforting plate of food fit for any nonna’s table. The menu abounds with speciality homeland dishes from pan-fried sea bass with porcini mushrooms to 3-hour slow-cooked lamb with Mediterranean herbs and rosemary potatoes, beef sirloin cutlets and pork steaks to so much more. Pizzas naturally are a great attraction and on a Friday carry a 20 percent discount with a free beer. Crusts are thin and crispy and the toppings of supreme quality and for the epicurious there is the white pizzas which appear on the plate still bubbling and creamy with cheese but without their best pal, the tomato. Try one, they’re smothered in ricotta and mozzarella cheese and whichever topping takes your fancy.

Refuse a dessert in an Italian restaurant and they think you’re crazy and you would be to miss one of Corrado’s sumptuous homemade dolces. Fruit tarts (blueberry, apricot or apple) are prepared daily and exceedingly luscious they are – especially if you have a scoop of ice cream to melt over the fruity mirrored surface. Mick and I tucked into an oozingly delectable molten centred chocolate cake which with its 80 percent cacao was indeed a sweetly intense experience. Chef Corrado’s Kitchen is located on Sukhumvit Road on the way to Sattahip. Pass Bang Saray and the Navy Base on your right and shortly after there’s a left-hand turning on to Route 332, pass this and shortly after you will see Chef Corrado’s Kitchen on the left set back from the road (but with lights blazing).

Chef Corrado’s Kitchen

Open daily from 5 to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday also open for lunch from 12 to 2 pm Tel: 038 435 127, 082 324 9013 www.corrados.kitchen

F&B Promotions Chinese New Year Feasting Week

It is the Season of Love

at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G

at Hilton Pattaya

This year Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is looking forward to an abundant and prosperous Chinese New Year with a six-day celebration of delicious Asian delicacies from February 5-10, 2016 from 7 to 10 pm. Enjoy an inviting red and gold theme, decorations and surroundings that emphasize the monkey year concept as you enter the Chinese mobile decoration at the lobby and continue onwards to dine in the trendy ambience of The Beach Club restaurant. An extensive buffet of Asian cuisine features delicious classics including roasted duck, chicken, fish maw, mushrooms, stir-fried egg noodle Chinese style and Chinese cabbage, and costs just 1,088 baht net per person. In addition, on Saturday 6th an exclusive international seafood BBQ buffet will be presented including a host of value-added Chinese lucky dishes, priced at 1,390 baht net.

Whether for your sweetheart or family, Hilton Pattaya’s exclusive venue is one of the most romantic places in Pattaya on Valentine’s Day. On Sunday, February 14, come indulge in the restaurants at Hilton Pattaya. Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar: Drift offers a sharing seafood platter set menu at 2,800 baht net per couple. Edge Restaurant: Treat your beloved with an international dinner buffet by the bay at 1,400 baht net per person. Flare Restaurant: Delight in a 4-course authentic Thai set dinner with romantic atmosphere at 2,200 baht net per couple. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant: An outstanding rooftop bar and restaurant on level 34 offers a premium 4-course set menu at 4,950 baht net per couple. Valentine’s Day dinner in all restaurants is available at regular dinner hours.

Call 038 411 940-8 or email info@pullmanpattayahotelg.com.

To book the special Valentine’s Day dinner, contact 038 253 000 or email Sawitree.Seerasa@hilton.com.


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Botox, answering some of your questions! by Thonglor Clinic

Enjoying a relaxing time in Thailand, you want to return looking refreshed to your work after and hopefully remain looking younger for a bit longer! Botox injections will help you achieve your goal. These injections can erase or at least attenuate greatly the crow’s feet from the corner of your eyes, also reduce your frown that seems to remain even if you are not mad at your coworkers! Some ladies have a smile that turns downwards at the mouth corners and gives them an unhappy look. Again Botox can help return a nicer smile to their face. Different techniques can also help lift a sagging jawline, smooth out the neck area…the uses are multiple and most importantly almost painless. The procedure can be done in less than two hours; an anesthetic cream can be applied to the face prior to the injections. The needles are even smaller than what diabetics use on a daily basis, so fear of needles should be minimized. The only requirements are to not take aspirin or other forms of anticoagulants for a few days before the treatment. It is also recommended to stop vitamin supplements at the same time. This is to minimize the risk of creating some skin bruising during the injections. If some bruising occurs, a concealer can easily hide this. Immediately after the injections, the patient must remain upright for four hours post injections to reduce chances of the solution migrating under the skin and create

an uneven muscle relaxation. It is also recommended to avoid extreme heat for a few days after: no sauna or full sunbathing. Sitting under umbrellas on the beach is recommended if staying outdoors. The patient can expect the effect to last four to six months. Then the wrinkles will return gradually but usually not as pronounced as the original status. This can be explained by the mode of action of the Botox toxin. This toxin, totally safe if used by a professional, works by relaxing the muscles creating the wrinkles. These muscles are trained over the years into creating the wrinkles by repeatedly making the same facial expressions. Once under the effect of the Botox, these muscles become weaker and have to be retrained to regain their strength…somewhat like if your arm is in a cast for a couple of months, your muscles then atrophy and you need to rebuild them over the subsequent months. Most patients see an improvement in their facial relaxation within four to seven days after the injections. The doctor usually discusses with the patient the intensity of relaxation that is desired. Some people want a stronger relaxation than others. Botox has many uses other than cosmetic but this article will limit its scope to the aesthetic effects. Many foreigners appreciate the sharper features that some Thai people show on their jawline but it is not the same from a Thai perspective. Strong masseter muscles (the chewing muscles) can be injected with Botox and give a

softer jawline. From an oriental perspective, an oblong face is most desirable. Again different strokes for different folks. Thai women also frown upon excessive calf development. These muscles can have their contour softened by Botox injections. Excessive sweating, either underarm or from the palms, can also be controlled by Botox injections. These treatments require larger doses than facial contouring. For some patients, as they are aging, the loss of facial fat may also need correction with hyaluronic acid injections. People refer to these as “fillers”. Many facial features can be improved and altered with these products. This will be discussed in a future article. So, in conclusion, make the best of your holiday while in Thailand and go home with a refreshed look. Come into the clinic for a free consultation and the doctor can then explain your available options. Thonglor Clinic – Pattaya is located on Thappraya Road towards Jomtien. For more information and to book a free consultation, contact 038 252 055.

Farang men face hefty problem

Looking at the profusion of older farang in Pattaya, what would you assume is the biggest difficulty among aging men? If you said heart problems you would be wrong. How about prostate issues? Wrong again. Diabetes? Hair loss? Low testosterone? No, No, and No. Maybe not surprisingly (by the looks of it) the leading problem faced by a good number of men is actually abdominal fat. Not only does a beer belly—or spare tire—detract from a man’s appearance, it also is indicative—and the cause—of potential medical disorders. In a poll of some 600 men between the ages of 60-74, researchers asked about quality-of-life factors such as physical ability, vitality, and social and emotional health. They also measured the men’s body composition and testosterone levels. The results: a big belly has the biggest impact on a man’s general health— potentially leading to heart problems, diabetes, stroke, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure and maybe even Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, the study concluded, as men’s waistlines expand, their quality of life and sense of well-being diminishes. Low testosterone, by comparison, had little effect on the men’s lives. There is little new here; hundreds of studies have shown that any excess fat can be problematic. However, when the fat accumulates in the abdomen, it’s much, much more dangerous, particularly for the typical sedate retiree in Pattaya.


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Spa Promotions Fruitful Love Passage at Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya This Valentine’s Day, let Fruitful Love Passage spa program convey your passionate messages to your sweetheart through Fruit of Love Body Scrub and Mellow Aromatic Oil Massage. Devarana Spa sets aside four different kinds of fruits and each one signifies romantic meaning – strawberry symbolizes love, watermelon signifies unity, grape stands for kindness and lemon means patience. The cherished spa ritual starts with a 30-minute blissful skin polish using the fruits mixed with milk and griddled brown rice to deeply cleanse the skin. Complete the intimate experience in an evenly romantic setting with a 90-minute Mellow Aromatic Oil Massage, using gentle pressure to soothe tired and overworked muscles, relieving aches and pains and rebalance the body. The 2.0-hour spa program is priced at 3,800 baht net per person or 7,000 baht net per couple and available throughout February 2016. For more information, contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya on 038 371 044 or pattaya@devaranaspa.com.

Shea Butter Skin Nourishing Package at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya The 90-minute treatment starts with essence of mulberry tea and chrysanthemum flower scrub followed by a soothing massage with vanilla shea butter cream. Vanilla is more than just a pretty scent, the constituent of vanilla is a powerful antioxidant that helps skin repair cell damage. Package includes foot ritual, mulberry tea and chrysanthemum flower scrub, and soothing vanilla shea butter massage. Price is 1,800 baht ++. For more information or reservations, contact 033 007 888 ext 21 or e-mail spacenvareecgmp@chr.co.th.

Night Queen Collection at Banyan Tree Gallery Banyan Tree Gallery introduces a new and exclusive range of personal care products infused with the alluring scent inspired by the night queen flower, one of the world’s most exotic flowers popular for its fragrance. Smelling pleasantly sweet, the night queen flower blooms late in the afternoon and gives off its aromatic scent until sunrise. This exotic bloom’s mesmerising aroma aids to rejuvenate the mind and body, provide relief from stress, alleviate negative feelings and uplift the mood. The Night Queen Collection comprises an assortment of moisturising products blended with shea butter, vitamin E, honeysuckle extracts and botanical oils, such as sunflower seed, sweet almond and jojoba seed, to promote soft, smooth and nourished skin. Ideal for all skin types, the new hand and body care range includes body lotion, shower gel, hand lotion and glycerine soap for a pampering ritual daily. Available in Banyan Tree Galleries located in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui. For further information and online purchases, visit banyantreegallery.com.

Chelation Therapy For over 50 years chelation therapy has served as a highly effective and safe intravenous treatment for the elimination of toxic heavy metals and improvement of circulation and health. Chelation involves the intravenous administration of a synthetic amino acid called EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic by Dr. Natnicha Loichuen acid). EDTA (in a complex with magnesium, vitamin C and other nutrients) enters the bloodstream by the intravenous route and binds to heavy metals such as lead, iron and cadmium that can cause free-radical damage and calcium deposits in the arteries, and carries them harmlessly out of the body through the urine. This treatment reduces toxic metal-induced free radicals, which cause the development of arteriosclerosis and many other degenerative diseases of aging. The body's regulation of calcium and cholesterol is improved by normalizing the internal chemistry of cells. This gives the body time to heal and to restore blood flow through the blood vessels. After several months this intravenous therapy often brings profound improvement to many metabolic and physiological processes in the body. Intravenous EDTA chelation brings these benefits to every blood vessel in the body, from the largest arteries to the tiniest capillaries, most of which are far too small or deep within the brain and other vital organs for surgical treatment. In many cases, the smallest blood vessels are the most severely diseased. The benefits of chelation occur from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet, not just in blocked segments of a few large arteries. Chelation is a chemical reaction that results in a bond being formed between a metal ion and an organic molecule. The resulting complex, metal bound to molecule, is called a "chelate" and contains one or more rings of atoms in which the metal ion is so firmly bound it cannot escape. This allows the metal ion to be transported in the same manner as a prisoner, first handcuffed, and then moved from one location to another. In the presence of aging and disease, the cells' ability to move metal and mineral ions through the system and eliminate them when they are in excess becomes progressively impaired. This is especially true for calcium. There are several known, and easily avoided, risk factors at work in the creation of atherosclerosis: - polyunsaturated fatty acids (present in many junk food) - oxidized cholesterol (from cooked, or pasteurized milk and other animal foods cooked in open air) - relative absence of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E - high levels of homocysteine (a condition easily prevented with vitamins B6 and B12). Tobacco smoke drains the body's resources of antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, and further accelerates atherosclerosis. With arteriosclerosis, calcium also builds up and becomes many times more concentrated in the wall of the normal artery than it was in childhood. Calcium content is what atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis have in common. Aging can be thought of as a progressive dysfunction of calcium metabolism, which involves the entire body. - EDTA lowers blood calcium and thus stimulates the production of parathormone from the parathyroid glands. This mild pulse of parathormone is responsible for the removal of calcium from abnormal locations (such as arteries) and the deposition of calcium in locations (such as bones) where it should be. This accounts for the mild recalcification of osteoporotic bones seen with EDTA.

- EDTA stimulates the enlargement of small vessels, so that they serve the purpose of collateral circulation around a blockage, rendering the blockage irrelevant. - EDTA controls free radical damage due to lipid peroxidation by serving as a powerful antioxidant. - EDTA removes abnormally located metal ions such as toxic heavy metals such as copper and iron that accumulate with age. This may be the major benefit of EDTA. With detox from heavy metals at the level of the vascular lining, small constricted vessels are allowed to expand to their normal (some would say "pre-industrial") size. This would allow better blood flow and better oxygenation of tissues. - EDTA removes lead, cadmium, aluminum, mercury, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals, restoring enzyme systems to their proper functions. - EDTA enhances the integrity of cellular and mitochondrial membranes. - EDTA helps reestablish prostaglandin hormone balance. Prostaglandins, among other things, are responsible for the balancing act between contraction and relaxation of arterial walls and between clotting and the free flow of blood. Prostaglandins are produced from fatty acids, therefore lipid peroxidation upsets the balance of these vital hormones. EDTA chelates out the catalyzing metallic co-enzymes and thus inhibits lipid peroxidation, also serving the same function as an antioxidant. - EDTA reduces the tendency of platelets to cause coagulation too readily. This tends to prevent inappropriate thrombosis, which blocks coronary arteries during a heart attack. - EDTA increases tissue flexibility by uncoupling agerelated cross-linkages that are responsible for loss of skin tone and for wrinkling. A chelation therapy session takes one hour, during which you relax in a comfortable recliner and enjoy conversations with others, or if you prefer, you can read, work on your computer using free Wi-Fi or take a nap as soothing music plays in the background. This kind of treatment is available in our clinic for only 4,000 baht. You can have it at a cheaper price when you avail a course.

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From internationally renowned relationships expert Leil Lowndes comes this easy-toread blend of tips, tricks and advice to charm anyone. This is the ultimate guide to the art of charming everyone you meet. Ever wanted to enter a room full of strangers and leave with new friends? Or find the key to being Miss Popular or Mr Charming? With bestselling author and renowned life coach Leil Lowndes, you can.

This is THE new happiness book. From Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling, famed cartoonists and the authors of Me Without You (more than 100,000 copies sold), this adorable gift book illustrates 500 things to be happy about. Happiness is ...an unexpected bouquet, cheese, fixing something, a good high-five and so much more! The charming, make-you-smile illustrations hit just the right note, not too sappy, not too sweet, and remind us that there are dozens of things to be happy about every day. A universally appealing gift for birthdays, graduation, holidays, or a little pick-me-up, this cheerful collection is sure to be a hit year after year!


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diversions music / new releases Wonderful Crazy Night – Elton John Wonderful Crazy Night is the 32nd studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John. It is John's first album since 2006's The Captain & the Kid to feature the Elton John Band. The album is set to be released on February 5, 2016. All songs written and composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

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Release Date February 4, 2016 Lead Actors Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth Director Burr Steers Writers Burr Steers, Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith Genre Action | Horror | Romance

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Time of My Life – Ronan Keating Time of My Life is the 10th studio album by Irish singersongwriter Ronan Keating. The album is set to be released on February 12, 2016 by Decca Records. Ronan Keating announced the album on November 25, 2015 writing: "It's taken a year to write but in that time I have given the most honest piece of me." Keating has said the album was inspired by his wife Storm Uechtritz, whom he married in August 2015: "I think it's my best yet. I’m in a great headspace, the songs are all very optimistic and positive. I'm at this place in my life, I feel very secure. It’s all optimism and hope – it's because of this woman. I feel very lucky." On December 25, 2015 the album was made available for preorder on iTunes Store with "Falling Slowly released on the same date as an "instant-grat track". The album's lead single "Let Me Love You" was released on January 4, 2016.

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More than 3,800 exhibitors unveiled their latest technologies at CES® 2016 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, CES is the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. CES 2016 touched every major global industry and showcased the latest wave of products and technologies that are connecting the world, enhancing lives and solving global challenges. More than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 50,000 from outside the US, were drawn to this high-level business event driving the ever-changing global technology industry. Below are some of the trends featured at this year’s show.

All-Electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet introduced the 2017 Bolt EV, fulfilling its promise to offer a long-range, affordable electric vehicle for the masses. The Bolt EV, which will go into production by the end of 2016, will offer more than 200 miles of range on a full charge. It also features advanced connectivity technologies designed to enhance and personalize the driving experience.

LG OLED77G6P Awarded Best of Innovation at CES 2016, the award-winning LG OLED77G6P features OLED, short for organic lightemitting diode, a display technology with self-lighting pixels that can be individually controlled to achieve perfect black and infinite contrast. The individually illuminating pixels of LG OLED TV can switch completely off to achieve perfect black. That means that contrast—the difference between the lightest and darkest areas of the screen—is truly infinite, for a more natural, lifelike image with bolder colors. Other key features include expanded color palette, incredibly thin screen mounted on glass, and HDR Pro for greater picture detail.

Myth of the Good Nazi Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect and later armaments minister, has had good press. He managed to escape the hangman’s noose at the Nuremberg trial by claiming he knew nothing about the Jewish holocaust, blaming others for atrocities and claiming to have tried, howbeit unsuccessfully, to kill Hitler in his bunker with poison gas in the closing stages of the war. After Speer was released from prison in 1966, he spent the next 15 years giving TV interviews, publishing his memoirs, making pots of money and living a life of luxury. He died in London in 1981, a curious twist of fate as he had tried hard to destroy that city during the Second World War. Most historians have lapped up the Speer propaganda that he was a “good Nazi” who only tried to do his best for his county, had absolutely no idea what was going on in Auschwitz and had avoided socializing too much with other “bad” Nazi leaders such as Himmler. Speer was always prepared, if pushed, to apologize for the errors of the Third Reich even while insisting he had played no part in murders and mass starvation. He even denied he had heard Himmler giving a lecture in Posen in 1943, to assembled Gauleiters and others in which the SS leader talked openly of the need to murder Jewish men, women and children. Yet Speer had given a talk on an unrelated subject at the same conference and on the same day. Martin Kitchen in his new biography “Speer: Hitler’s Architect” (Yale University Press) will have none of this. Trawling well-worn ground but also making full use of recently discovered archive material in Germany and Russia, Kitchen shows that Speer, far from being a good Nazi, was a genocidal villain of the first order: in fact the most successful

conman of the 20th century who managed to hoodwink the Nuremberg court and fool public opinion as well as two generations of historians (or most of them). After reading Kitchen’s book, it is impossible to escape the conclusion that Speer was very, very fortunate to have escaped the short drop on the end of a rope. The prosecution at the Nuremberg trials, it must be admitted, did not have the resources or the time to dig up all the dirt on Speer. For example, they ignored the fact he was in charge of underground factories building so-called miracle weapons where conditions were appalling for the thousands of slave labourers involved as they died like flies without proper food or beds or sanitary facilities. Although Speer denied he was on good terms with Himmler, documentation has turned up to illustrate that the two had a successful working relationship in which the SS leader regularly provided concentration camp inmates for Speer’s military projects. Speer was also responsible for clearing Berlin of many Jews and sending them to camps in Poland. Although Speer’s reasons were largely economic – he wanted the accommodation vacated by Jews for Aryan Germans – his later defence that he had no idea what fate awaited the unfortunates on arrival in their new “homes” is extremely suspect. Given that some Auschwitz documentation certainly found its way into Speer’s files, for example he was asked his opinion about oven technology at the camp, one has to be extraordinarily naïve to swallow the Speer defence of total innocence. Fortunately for him, a lot of damning evidence did not turn up before Speer’s death. The author also demolishes the well-known claim that Speer was spectacularly successful in making so many weapons that he almost single-handed prolonged the Second World War by two years. We now know that Speer doctored the production figures he showed Hitler. Soldiers at the front knew Speer was lying about his armaments success, but nobody of course took any notice of them. Speer also funded some very silly projects, such as the V-1 flying bomb and the V-2 rocket, which were very expensive and wasteful of resources but achieved next to nothing in military terms in 1944 and 1945. In fact the armaments minister wasted a lot of his time arguing with colleagues and subordinates about military policy in the very confusing bureaucracies which typified the Third Reich. Yes, Speer was a very lucky liar.


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Olympus O City Garden Showroom Opening

Global Top Group, one of the leading luxury developers in Pattaya, recently held the grand opening of Olympus City Garden showroom on Soi Khopai in South Pattaya.

lympus is the latest development and the biggest project to date of Global Top Group, which has a total of seven projects around Pattaya. Olympus is the first and only Mediterranean theme residential park condominium located in the city center with facilities that promote a combination of comfort living and luxurious lifestyle. Continued on page 4/24

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What’s Ahead in 2016!

The real estate sector is in for some exciting annual events—and some new ones—as we look ahead One of the first exciting news items this year came from Terry Blackburn, managing director, Property Report Asia Magazine, announcing that “Ensign Media’s assets and operations are now part of PropertyGuru, Asia’s leading online property portal group.” The deal was formalized last month between Blackburn, CEO and founder of Ensign Media, and Steve Melhuish, CEO and co-founder of PropertyGuru. The current issue of Property Report Asia magazine notes that the new entity, PropertyGuru International, will continue Ensign’s core operations, including Property Report Asia Magazine, Asia’s leading bimonthly print and online magazine for luxury real estate, architecture and design; the conference brand Property Report Congress, and the Asia Property Awards, entering its 11th year now with events across Southeast Asia and China.

Melhuish said, “I am very excited to welcome the Ensign team and businesses to PropertyGuru. This latest acquisition strengthens the group’s content, geographic reach and services we provide to real estate developers regionally.” All existing Ensign staff will be absorbed into the PropertyGuru Group. Ensign, cofounded in 2003 by Blackburn and Duncan Worthington, is a fast-growing media company headquartered in Singapore with offices in Thailand. Needless to say, after 10 years as a judge with the Thailand Property Awards and recently having participated in the South East Asia Property Awards, I was more than surprised by this announcement, inasmuch as Blackburn had kept the deal close to the vest. In a recent telephone conversation, I congratulated him and was pleased to learn that he has

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. clayton@premierinternational.com

some big ideas in mind for the dynamic real estate media companies he co-founded 12 years ago. As part of the transition, Blackburn will maintain his same executive role, but now will be driving growth in Ensign Media products for PropertyGuru International. After ten years, the upcoming Thailand Property Awards is looking to be a more than spectacular evening as a result of this acquisition by Property Guru. Another great International event that featured its first venture outside the United States is the International REALTORS® Conference. It was the great South East Asian economic upturn and ASEAN integration that motivated the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to conduct the first-ever International REALTORS® Conference and Regional Leadership Summit outside of the U.S. The event in Manila last July was organized together with the NAR’s local bilateral partner, the Chamber of Real Estate & Builders Associations, Inc. (CREBA) of the Philippines. For that very successful Conference and Leadership Summit, the NAR and CREBA gathered real estate industry leaders and practitioners from all over Asia for a chance to conduct business globally and to enhance their knowledge and skills in real estate sales through a series of talks and lectures from influential experts in the industry. The conference was so well received that before the closing ceremony the NAR had already begun fielding volunteers for the second annual event, selecting

Our very special thanks to Clayton Wade, managing director of Pattaya’s Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., for preparing this Pattaya Today column. Clayton Wade is managing director of Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., the Eastern Seaboard’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, and managing director of Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 20 years. He himself has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years, having started his career in the United States where he was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle, Washington. Wade is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS certification instructor

Incheon, South Korea as the venue in 2016. There will be more than 300 exhibition booths showing the present and future of real estate development in Asia and three days of nonstop seminars featuring such topics as Asian Economic Issues; Real Estate Policies of Different Countries; Idea Exchanging Forum; IT Real Estate Forum; Risk management of Real Estate Finance; Plans and Measures of Asian Property Developments, and Research of Real Estate Development. And this exciting conference will also be featuring the top 50 real estate developments in Asia! The International REALTORS® Conference is to be held from August 31st to the 3rd of September 2016 and the event will begin with a REALTORS® Global Leaders Meeting and the Expo Opening on August 3rd. September 1st will feature a huge Welcome Reception followed by a REALTORS® Cocktail Reception. September 2nd attendees will be able to participate in The Top 10 East Asian Seminars followed by the International REALTORS® Conference Real Estate Awards presentation. Finally, on September 3rd will be the Investment in Asia presentation and the International REALTORS® Conference Gala Show to close the events festivities. As well as organizing and developing on an Asian and ASEAN regional level, an awful lot has been happening

with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. He is an instructor with the Thailand Real Estate and Business School (TREBS) and heads the International Marketing Committee as vice president for the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand. He also is a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York-based international research and consulting firm, and is a registered consultant with the Coleman Research Group in Hong Kong. He has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for almost 10 years. Having done business successfully in the Eastern Seaboard/Pattaya area for over 20 years, Clayton Wade is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his public speaking and television presentations as well as

within the Thailand real estate industry. A number of leading real estate associations have been engaging one another in an effort to join forces in developing opportunities for the organizations and their members, including such groups as the Thailand Real Estate Association (TREA), Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association (RESAM), Real Estate Information Center (REIC), Thailand Condominium Association (TCA), Thailand Real Estate Brokers Association (TREBA) and the Real Estate Professionals Association (REPA), to name a few. So as you can see the Asian real estate sector is very much on the march with new and exciting exhibition events, training courses and innovations throughout the industry. An exciting year is developing before us as we will be seeing the Thailand Property Awards judges going out in just a few months to survey the very best luxury properties in Thailand and be looking out for Property Guru and their newer, bigger and better Property Report Asia Magazine. With bigger and better real estate publications in print and on line, and with even more impressive luxury properties coming onto the market, there is no question that Thailand really is a major player in today’s Asian and ASEAN real estate industry, and that 2016 will be a year to remember!

having written regularly for leading newspapers and magazines (Bangkok Post, Thailand Property Report, Tropical Homes Magazine, Real Estate Magazine Thailand, Big Chilli Magazine, Tattler Magazine, Homes and Condos Magazine, etc.). The American-born entrepreneur is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his many accomplishments in promoting real estate on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard include having been a guest speaker with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s Managing Asia. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals. Visit their website at www.premierinternational.com. Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at clayton@premierinternational.com.


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Olympus City Garden Showroom Opening Aside from having the largest swimming pool in the city, this elegantly designed project also features five swimming pools, children’s play area, sky gyms, badminton courts, jogging track, sauna rooms, yoga rooms and steams rooms that support a healthy and active lifestyle. The six buildings, each with 8 storeys, stand on 8 rai land consisting of 1,000 units including commercial spaces. The modern and smartly designed units are available from one-bedroom to combined two or more bedrooms. Olympus has shown a remarkable success in sales from the first two buildings offered to the market namely Apollo and Corsica. The success has made the company to consider welcoming the new fiscal year by showcasing

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LEGAL ADVICE

by Magna Carta Law Office

Last Will and Testament What happens to my assets in Thailand if I don’t have a Last Will and Testament? A Last Will and Testament is a declaration of intent concerning dispositions of assets or other matters which shall take effect, according to law, after the demise of the testator. The document will detail your assets in Thailand, such as property, bank accounts, vehicle, and personal valuable items, designating who shall inherit and control them according to your wish to prevent unnecessary complications and quarrels between family members. In Thailand, when a person dies without a Last Will and Testament, the intestate’s assets must be distributed in accordance with the law. As stipulated in The Civil and Commercial Code Section 1629, there are six classes of statutory heirs in Thailand. Each class is entitled to inherit in the following order: 1. descendants 2. parents 3. brothers and sisters of full blood 4. brothers and sisters of half blood 5. grandfathers and grandmothers 6. uncles and aunts The right of a surviving spouse to share in the estate of a deceased spouse arises automatically from marital status. Spouses who are under separation do not lose the right of inheritance to one another as long as divorce between them has not been granted according to law. Ordinances awarding such rights on a surviving spouse make the spouse a statutory heir. Before any distribution of the estate to the relatives, half of the estate (Sin Somros) will belong to the spouse, if any, and the rest will be distributed accordingly. Other than assets, what does a Last Will and Testament cover? Your Last Will and Testament shall cover five important points: 1. Specifying your assets in Thailand 2. Appointing an executor or the person who will be in charge of settling and ensuring that your beneficiaries will receive their inheritance 3. Naming all the beneficiaries of your assets 4. How the assets shall be distributed to your beneficiaries 5. How your funeral must be arranged What are the documents that I need to prepare for my Last Will and Testament? • Copy of identification cards (Passport/National ID Card) of the testator, beneficiaries and executor • Contact Information of the testator, beneficiaries and executor • Copy of documents pertaining to your assets a) land, house or condominium – copy of Title Deed, Sale and Purchase Agreement, and House Book

Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

‘Leveraging’ your Portfolio

b) business/company - copy of Company Registration Papers c) vehicle – copy of Motor Vehicle Registration Book d) bank account – copy of bank book account information page e) list, description and photos of other personal valuable items • Possible funeral requirements

The term ‘leveraging’ is one of those overused words. Nonetheless, in certain financial situations, it can be a positive option for reasonably well-versed investors. The fundamental premise is based on funds loaned against a current or new portfolio, at a very competitive interest rate, with a view to placing that additional money in investments that are deemed to have a strong possibility of achieving a higher return than the cost of borrowing. Whilst this system has worked successfully for many, it should be considered carefully and is not for the uninitiated. Particularly for first-time users, conservative investments should form the basis of the additional portfolio; a modest gain on a larger amount with low volatility is preferable to buying higher risk holdings with much less chance of predicting the outcome. We have shown below an example of how a $270,000 portfolio could, hypothetically, be increased to $510,000 by leveraging. In fact, the existing portfolio could be increased by 100 percent to $540,000, as long as it complies with the terms and is reinvested alongside the existing arrangement: Leveraging Portfolio Portfolio breakdown

What should I consider when selecting an executor for my will? Overall, the executor will administer your estate and make sure that everything is done according to the terms of your will. Appointing a trusted executor is an important decision that needs thorough consideration. The responsibilities of an executor include making sure all assets are accounted for, all existing debts and tax obligations are paid, and that remaining assets are distributed to the correct beneficiaries in accordance to your will. Most individuals tend to choose family members or other close friends or relatives to act as an executor, it is important that he is someone you can completely trust. If you don't have a friend or a family member with the necessary expertise, consider hiring a lawyer, accountant or similar type of professional to act as your executor.

Existing Funds Banco Santander Ord €0,50 shares 24,640.00 Daily Ishares Trust - S&P Global Financial Sector Index 56,058.00 Daily Omnivision Technologies Com 0.001 USD shares 52,400.00 Daily Invesco Powershares Golden Dragon Halter USX China Portfolio 27,030.00 Daily ProShares Ultra Real Estate ETF 49,010.00 Daily Barclays Bank ETN IPATH GBP/USD exch rate 53,965.00 Daily Cash 6,911.00 Daily Proposal for loan funds Royal Bank of Scotland shares 40,000.00 Daily iShares Dow Jones US Telecom Sector Index Fund 40,000.00 Daily Biofuel Corp ETF 40,000.00 Daily ProShares Ultra Real Estate ETF 40,000.00 Daily Darwin LPF 40,000.00 Monthly Vanguard Bond ETF 40,000.00 Weekly Totals 510,014.00

I already have my Last Will and Testament in my home country; do I need a different will for my assets in Thailand? Different jurisdictions usually require different formalities for the wills. Having a will drafted in your home country to cover all your assets in Thailand may be troublesome to your family, especially in the event that the will might be invalid in Thailand courts should it not conform to the Thai law requirements. A Thai will should be prepared and signed on Thai territory to ensure that Thai rules regarding the form of your will apply. It is very important to observe the correct legal formalities when signing, amending, or revoking your Will. If you fail to follow all of the specific formalities, then your Last Will won't be legally valid.

There are, naturally, limitations on the amount of the total portfolio that can be invested in any one fund – 20 percent is the current maximum. The downsides are that if the new purchases fail to produce sufficient return to cover costs, the operation would be running at a loss and, worse still, if the value of the chosen additional investments drops significantly, then a liability for the shortfall would be incurred by the investor to the lending institution. Hence, our earlier comment that a conservative selection is generally the way forward. On the brighter side, carefully chosen asset purchases can, especially in the current low interest rate cycle, often produce consistent, really worthwhile returns which produce very useful gains on a much larger figure than the investor’s original investment. The attraction of this system loses its sparkle once central bank rates climb markedly. To balance that concern, the ‘Fed’ in America and other central banks are indeed likely to increase rates this year, however, a gradual and measured approach has been much publicised. This is open to interpretation but almost certainly means small increments, so as not to further destabilise the markets. It’s also important to note that the leveraging arrangement can be cancelled at any time, should the attraction diminish. In conclusion, ‘leveraging’ is not for everyone but can be a very useful tool if handled with care.

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Percentage of portfolio with weekly or lower dealing dates Largest fund as % of portfolio

% of portfolio 4.83 10.99 10.27 5.30 9.61 10.58 1.36 7.84 7.84 7.84 7.84 7.84 7.84 100 92% 17.45%

Important Note - This article contains general information only and is not intended to be taken as specific financial, investment, or tax advice. A personal analysis should always be obtained. Tim Whiteley of IFA International has over 25 years as an IFA, advising international investors and expatriates, both onshore UK, and offshore in Asia. With offices in Bangkok, and regular client visits to Pattaya, IFA specialises in wealth protection services, offshore trusts, QROPS UK pension transfers and QNUPS, creating tailor-made investment solutions for individuals around the world. IFA International does NOT provide discretionary portfolio management, securities advice, forex trading, or local brokerage / insurance products. The services that IFA International Group provides are for international investors and expatriates only and are not applicable to local nationals. This is NOT a solicitation to sell or market securities. Questions to the author can be directed to: timwhiteley@ifainternationalgroup.com


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Volume 5

Issue 2

1-15 February 2016

Business News Thailand’s hotel occupancy hits 20-year New Tax Incentives high, reveals Thailand Tourism Forum 2016 for Thai businesses

Thailand's hospitality industry reached new highs in 2015, enjoying its best year in over two decades, according to research revealed exclusively by leading research institute STR Global at Thailand Tourism Forum 2016, held at the InterContinental Bangkok.

From left: Jesper Palmqvist, area director – Asia Pacific for STR Global, Clarence Tan, InterContinental Hotel Group senior vice president – Asia, Middle East and Africa; and Kenneth Gaw, president and managing principal of Gaw Capital Partners. Thailand closed the year with an overall occupancy of 73.4 percent, an increase of 13.6 percent over 2014, as arrivals soared to near the 30 million mark, driven by the demand from the mainland China market. December was a particularly strong month as occupancy levels reached 77.4 percent, the highest levels since 1995.

Organised by C9 Hotelworks, in cooperation with Thailand's American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and supported by the InterContinental Hotel Group, Thailand Tourism Forum, now in its fifth year, has emerged as an important platform for tourism news and discussion, attracting over 500 registered delegates this year. Key announcements included global hotel chain InterContinental Hotel Group unveiling expansion plans of its Hotel Indigo brand in Phuket, following its Bangkok launch last year, and Southeast Asia.

Centara Grand at Central World opens new fitness centre at LifeStyles on 26 Suthikiati Chirathivat (centre), chairman of the board Central Hospitality International, presided over the opening ceremony of the new fitness centre at LifeStyles on 26 of Centara Grand at CentralWorld together with Eric Weber (3rd left), general manager at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. LifeStyles on 26, located on 26th floor of Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, has renovated and refurbished its fitness centre to let all hotel’s valued guests experience its new look and fitness equipment. The fitness

centre has a variety of classes per week conducted by experienced teachers and personal trainers, including innovative fitness equipment for members such as yoga fly, TRX and kick-boxing. LifeStyles on 26 also offers personal training solutions to guide your continuous progress. You can choose the package that suits you: personal training, buddy training (two people) or group training (three to five people). For price and more information, call 02 100 6299.

"We are delighted to be expanding our boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, after its successful debut in Bangkok with Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road in 2015. In Thailand, we are slated to open the 180-room Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong in 2018 with our partners Kebsup Group Company Limited," said Clarence Tan, senior vice president, Development, IHG Asia, Middle East and Africa. "The brand continues to expand across Southeast Asia this year with the opening of Hotel Indigo Katong in Singapore and Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak both distinctive, stylish properties with a vibrant design inspired by their neighbourhood," he added. The hotel investment community was out in force, led by keynote speaker Kenneth Gaw, president and managing principal of Gaw Capital Partners, whose company handles over USD 10 billion in hospitality and real estate AUM (Assets Under Management) across the world. Thailand interests include Dusit Thani PLC, Pullman G Hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya and the upcoming Park Hyatt Phuket under the Pioneer Global Group. Gaw Capital Partners also recently purchased the iconic Strand hotel in Myanmar, built by the Sarkis Brothers of Raffles fame, underscoring Thailand's tourism hub credentials in the AEC grouping. "As a destination for hotel investment, Thailand remains one of our preferred choices because it is one of the most attractive travel destinations in the region," Gaw said. "Operating costs are relatively low and there is an abundance of opportunities. "Thailand will remain the preferred travel destination for ASEAN and all Asian markets for years and we wish to continue to grow and be part of that. But there is the opportunity for even higher potential if it can achieve long-term political stability and relax foreign ownership restrictions." Thailand's unique position in ASEAN, its upcoming 30 million annual arrivals milestone, the China market and its economic woes and what is termed the "new normal" – a period of almost continual disruption and challenge in the destination – were all addressed – along with the future of the hospitality industry in Thailand. C9 Hotelworks Managing Director Bill Barnett said, "I think everyone can feel the buzz. There is palpable excitement in the industry tinged with the uncertainly of not knowing what is around the corner. This is a very dynamic operating environment as Thailand works out what life is like after 30." "One thing is for sure. Thailand clearly possesses the most vibrant tourism industry in the region. It is attracting investment and is positioned as the tourism hub of AEC. We will see this emerge as a major storyline through the year as the country will lead the region's tourism development." Other notable speakers included senior executives from Minor Hotels, InterContinental, ACCOR, Centara and Onyx along with noted experts from Horwath HTL, JLL Hotels, STR Global, Vanguard Hotels and QUO.

by MBMG Group The Thai Cabinet has approved new tax incentives for companies which register with the One Book accounting system.

Under a Royal Act made at the end of 2015, firms which sign up will be exempt from the following tax audits on transactions made before January 1, 2016: • Corporate income tax • VAT • Special Business Tax • Stamp Duty To qualify for these audit exemptions, the company must have had an income of 500 million baht or less in the last completed accounting period ended on or before December 31, 2015. Registration with the Revenue Department is open between January 15 and March 15, 2016 at www.rd.go.th. The Revenue Department has also issued Royal Degree no.595 of December 31, 2015, which states that smalland medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which register for One Book will qualify to pay income tax at a new, lower rate. An SME is defined as a company with a registered and paid-up share capital not over 5 million baht and income from sales and services of 30 million baht or less in the previous accounting years. The new tax rate for SMEs is calculated as follows:

These exemptions do not apply to all current tax audits, companies avoiding tax, companies who have issued or used false tax invoices or currently involved in tax court proceedings. Also, firms which register on time but do not pay the correct tax in the future will be subject to investigation into back taxes. It is also important to note that if a tax payer requests a refund during the year that it is exempted from an audit, the Revenue Department maintains the right to audit the specific month or year for which the refund is being claimed. Furthermore, it is possible that, in the near future, the Revenue Department will oblige all tax-payers to use the e-payment system, which will be linked between banks and the tax authorities. It is also planned that banks be required, when considering a company loan application, to only accept the version of the financial statement usually submitted to the Revenue Department. Please Note: While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained herein is correct, MBMG Group cannot be held responsible for any errors that may occur. The views of the contributors may not necessarily reflect the house view of MBMG Group. Views and opinions expressed herein may change with market conditions and should not be used in isolation. For any further information, contact MBMG Group by e-mail at info@mbmg-group.com or call 02 665 2536.


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Volume 5

Issue 2

1-15 February 2016

Business News Royal Wing Suites & Spa wins An ‘app’etite for success: 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Eatigo wins multiple awards Choice for luxury hotel The Royal Wing Suites and Spa has been recognized as the winner in the luxury category of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels, ranking in the top 25 hotels in Thailand. The hotel continues to be part of an elite group which is the top 1 percent of the hotels on TripAdvisor that are known for remarkable service, quality and value. For the 14th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. “Receiving the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award is a true source of pride for our entire team at the Royal Wing Suites and Spa,” said Vitanart Vathanakul, executive director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group. “This prestigious accolade based on guest reviews is a remarkable vote of confidence to our services and excellence in hospitality. I am truly grateful to our valued guests who took the time to cast positive comments and

Vitanart Vathanakul (second right), executive director of Royal Cliff Hotels Group, showcases the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award with the Group General Manager Antonello Passa (second left), PR and Marketing Manager Maria Gequillana (right) and Royal Wing Suites and Spa Resident Manager Panata Van Der Kraan (left). recommendations towards our property on TripAdvisor and who greatly appreciate our continued commitment to service quality and guest satisfaction.” Thailand and specifically Pattaya is one of the most sought-after travel destinations for tourists. Staying in the right hotel can guarantee a luxurious experience filled with facilities, amenities and adventures. The Royal Cliff Hotels Group operates four award-winning hotels providing tourists from home and abroad with the ultimate

experience. The success has created a new high point for the Group, which has so far won over 195 national and international awards. “We congratulate the properties that have won Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards”, said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “As travelers consider where to book their next trip, they should be sure to check out these award-winners that have already delighted millions of members of the TripAdvisor community.”

Eatigo, the leading dining deals and restaurant reservation portal launched in Thailand in 2014 and Singapore in 2015, has already bagged several awards in the area of tech and entrepreneurship held locally and regionally. The young startup, founded by entrepreneurs of diverse nationalities who aim to fill up restaurants’ empty seats in off-peak hours and increase their profitability, was named as one of the Top 8 Tech influencers at Echelon Thailand 2014, a startup contest organized by e27, Asia’s largest tech media platform. In the same year, Eatigo won BNOW (Bangkok Now) and Big Chilli Magazine’s Expat Entrepreneur Awards 2014 in the Discount Trade category. At Tech in Asia Singapore 2015, another Asian conference organized for entrepreneurs, investors, media, and friends in the technology and startup community across the region held in April, Eatigo won the Global Brain Award and was second place in the Best Startups in the Region category. In November 2015, Eatigo was crowned with two awards: Winner of the

ASEAN-wide Digital/Online Startup of the year at the Rice Bowl Startup Awards in Malaysia and its Group CEO Michael Cluzel received the Most Outstanding Male Entrepreneur Award at BNOW’s (Bangkok Now) Entrepreneur Now Awards 2015. “As a startup, it is an honour to be recognized by such prestigious organizations and to be applauded for our achievements,” said cofounder and Thailand CEO Pumin Yuvacharuskul. In December 2015, Eatigo raised a multimillion US dollars Series A funding round from undisclosed strategic investors. It has seated over 1 million diners in Bangkok, Pattaya and Singapore to

date and has seen 25 percent month-on-month growth every month in 2015. “With over 500,000 downloads and more than 400 restaurants in our network with new weekly additions, we are confident of a strong growth this year and will be expanding to new markets within the region,” added Cluzel. Eatigo will use the funds to bolster its presence in Thailand and Singapore by increasing user and merchant acquisition. It is currently investing USD 1 million in several offline branding and advertising campaigns in Bangkok in the MRT network and out of home media including digital billboards on highways and major road intersections.

Thailand advancing towards sustainable tourism in line with global trend by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

Thailand is advancing in its efforts to place more emphasis on community-based tourism in line with the Royal Thai Government’s national tourism development plan for 20162017, and as part of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ strategies to attract more ‘quality’ visitors to Thailand. The Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability Tourism Forum 2016 held in Bangkok on January 16 formed part of the many activities under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to educate the industry and encourage greater participation in promoting community-based tourism in order to achieve stability, prosperity and sustainability for

Thailand’s tourism. About 230 travel and tourism operators, private and government organisations from all around the country attended the forum. In his opening address, H.E. General Thanasak Patimaprakorn, deputy prime minister of Thailand, provided a broad overview of the national social and development priorities, and lauded the role of tourism in fulfilling the targets and objectives. He pledged full government support for the industry. H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports said, “Under the Royal Thai Government’s national tourism development plan for 2016-2017, we plan to disperse income to local communities nationwide as well as build a better quality

of life for the local people, strengthening the communities, and promoting the preservation of Thai culture and traditions. All these will lead to the conservation of our natural resources and the sustainability of the country’s tourism industry as a whole.” Hosted by the newlylaunched TAT Academy, the Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability Tourism Forum 2016 was conducted to promote community-based tourism knowledge and to help various stakeholders identify new business opportunities. The event was also set to provide opportunities for participants to establish networks with the entrepreneurs who had successfully implemented a community-based tourism platform. Dr. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of TAT said, “Community-based tourism is a global trend. Today, travellers are in search for tourism products and services that take into account the environmental, economical, and social sustainability. This is a new aspect of tourism that TAT will be gearing toward for future tourism development of Thailand.”

The Forum featured keynote speakers: Robert Basiuk, director of Borneo Adventure, Sarawak, Malaysia, outlined how community-based tourism was becoming a global trend. The next speaker, Peter Richards, a sustainable tourism expert with the Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I), provided a more detailed focus on how Thai communities are catering to the tourism sector, both domestic and foreign. Basiuk lauded Thailand as a model destination that adopts strategies and practices towards sustainability tourism. He said that in order to achieve sustainability from the development and promotion of community-based tourism, which helps disperse income to all part of the society, the initiative would require cooperation from all involved, especially the private sector. Richards added that, “Community-based tourism is popular among European travellers as they are looking for memorable quality travel experience. Community-based tourism means something simple but with a unique identity and story, and offers a new and insightful experience of the local way of life of the people

in that particular community.” Some of the successfully developed and promoted community-based tourism products highlighted at the Forum included: • Bang Phlup Community, Bang Khonthi district, Samut Songkram: successfully combines agriculture to create tourism stories and activities for tourists. • Ban Ko Klang, Mueang district, Krabi: creates a tourism product by presenting the people’s way of life. The community has received recognition at both the local and international levels including the Thailand Tourism Awards and the PATA Gold Award. • Hivesters website: the online platform provides a onestop-shop for community-based

tourism activities where tourists can look for information and books instantly on www. hivesters.com. • Local Alike: this is community-based tourism where local people take part in designing the trips and activities so visitors can travel like a local. • Akha Ama Coffee: a local coffee brand originating in Ban Mae Chan Tai in Chiang Rai but has made a worldwide reputation. • Maajaidum: brand of local whisky made from coconut flower based in San Kamphaeng in Chiang Mai. • Mae TEETA: a brand of organic textiles and indigo-dyed fabric which has found success from further developing the folk wisdom to create a brand of unique fabric.


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Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Ya c h t C l u b ! ! S e l l i n g Price 25 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5035) F a b u l o u s 5 B e d ro o m s Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3346) Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6536) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6686)

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Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 2 1 M illio n B a h t, B a h t, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6075) Beautiful Private Home Village For Sale! Selling Price 16,000,000 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3+1 Bathrooms, 111 TLW/289 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR1158) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 26 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465)

Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 27 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Wat Yan & Bangsaray Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1154) Unique and Spacious Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR7006)


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House for Sale

Beautifully located 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for sale in Casa Jomtien in the heart of Jomtien, just 100 meters from Jomtien Beach. Land size: 72 w2. Price: 10 Mill. Baht. Facilities include communal swimming pool and tennis court.

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Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4516) Magnificent Country Estate Home or Resort for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! Selling Price 43 Million Baht, 7 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 700 Sqm/2 Rai 285 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6004)

Houses for Rent

Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4606) T h e Aw a r d W i n n i n g Development Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/102 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1090) Luxury & Modern Home Designed! Rental Price 1 3 5 , 0 0 0 B ah t / M o n t h , 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 480 Sqm/256 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family

close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR7007) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5614) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6902) Nice Rental Home near Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 420 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5086) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or

visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 2 5 0 S q m / 9 8 T LW. F o r appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6999)

Condos for Sale

1 bedroom unit in Atlantis resort condo in foreign name 1,790,000 baht. 36.44 sqm, fully furnished, for inquiries, pls. call Panida (thai) 083 909 7822 or Edward (eng) 081 491 8406, or you can e-mail us at info@4wallsthailand. com Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront

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home or a great rental property. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0359) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6517) Wo n d e r f u l l y D e s i g n e d Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1667)

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Condos for Sale

Spacious 1 Bedroom Pratamnak Hill Condo! Selling Price 2.95 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 39 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3478) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6662) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area! Selling Price 15.750 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 101 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier

Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3104) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3990) Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6646) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.

(ptmcfr-j1415)Private seaview apartments; beachfront or city location; weekly/ monthly; from 330 THB/night; 092-753 9309; photos: www.jkl53.com Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5853) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 25,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 104 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3114) Absolutely Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1704) Gorgeous Penthouse Jomtien Beachfront Condominium! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0359) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6662)

LAND FOR SALE Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah. (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front Area! Selling Price is 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah. (PLD0706) Soi Tungklomtanmun Area! Selling Price is 21,000,000 Million 14 Rai. (PLD0964) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya Area! Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai. (PLD0018) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 96,000,000 Million 2 Rai (PLD0003) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai (PLD0004) Soi Chaiyapornvithi Area! Selling Price is 40,000,000 Million 7 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0002) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai. (PLD0978) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 1.7 Million 1 Rai. (PLD0927) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 60 Million 1 Rai.PLD0983) Na Jomtien Beach Area! Selling Price is 22.078 Million 122 TLW. (PLD0988)

HOUSES FOR SALE Lovely Home and Spacious in Town! Selling Price 6 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 400 Sqm interior/129 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! (PR0855) Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 TLW. (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5035) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 TLW. (PR3346) Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 TLW. (PR6536) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW. (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. (PR6075) Beautiful Private Home Village For Sale! Selling Price 16,000,000 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3+1 Bathrooms, 111 TLW/289 Sqm. (PR1158) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 26 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 27 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Wat Yan & Bangsaray Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm. (PR1154) Unique and Spacious Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. (PR4516) Magnificent Country Estate Home or Resort for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! Selling Price 43 Million Baht, 7 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 700 Sqm/2 Rai 285 TLW. (PR6004)

HOUSES FOR RENT

Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 TLW. (PR4606) The Award Winning Development Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/102 TLW. (PR1090) Luxury & Modern Home Designed! Rental Price 135,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 480 Sqm/256 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. (PR7007) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. (PR5614) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 TLW. (PR6902) Nice Rental Home near Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 420 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5086) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai. (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. (PR6999)

CONDOS FOR SALE Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront home or a great rental property. (PR0359) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm. (PR1667) Spacious 1 Bedroom Pratamnak Hill Condo! Selling Price 2.95 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 39 Sqm. (PR3478) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area! Selling Price 15.750 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 101 Sqm. (PR3104) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. (PR3990) Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 Sqm. (PR6646) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 Sqm. (PR4979)

CONDOS FOR RENT Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. (PR5853) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. (PRC084) Spectacular ‘DesignerApartment’! Rental Price is 25,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 104 Sqm. (PR3114) Absolutely Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm. (PR1704) Gorgeous Penthouse Jomtien Beachfront Condominium! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm. (PR0359) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) Absolutely Finest Designed Condo! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 153 Sqm. (PR1866)

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Absolutely Finest Designed Condo! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 153 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1866)

Land for Sale

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0711)

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Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front A re a ! S e l l i n g P r i c e i s 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0706) S o i Tu n g k l o m t a n m u n A re a ! S e l l i n g P r i c e i s 21,000,000 Million 14 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0964) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya A re a ! S e l l i n g P r i c e i s 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co.,

RESORT FOR SALE A beautiful resort set in over 2 Rai of land in a tranquil area of Pattaya, but within 20 minutes drive of the town centre. The resort comprises of 9 (nine) chalets, a swimming pool, a large clubhouse/bar/restaurant with full kitchen facilities and seating for over 100 customers + 2 staff rooms. The land is leasehold with 11 years still remaining. The lease has been registered in a company name at the land office. The land rent is paid annually and is fixed for the full term of the lease at an exceptional rate. There is room for expansion and building permits can be obtained to build a further 9 chalets. This is a rare business opportunity and viewing is highly recommended. The business comes with a limited company.

SALE PRICE: THB 7.80 million Owner Finance Available Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 Email: sven.tbac@gmail.com

Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0018) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 96,000,000 Million 2 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0003) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0004) Soi Chaiyapornvithi Area! Selling Price is 40,000,000 Million 7 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0002) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by

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Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0978) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 1.7 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0927) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 60 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0983) Na Jomtien Beach Area! Selling Price is 22.078 Million 122 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0988)

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(ptmvfs-a0915)Honda CR-V 2010 Pearl White for Sale. Honda CR-V, 2010, Pearl White, 2.0-litre, automatic, all-wheel drive (AWD). Black leather interior, full factory spec including 2 air bags, electric windows / mirrors, multifacation Hi-Fi CD MP3, cruise control, 17-inch rims and so on. This beautiful MPV is unmarked

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and original inside and out, and still smells like new inside. Falang owned, full Pattaya Honda service history. Absolutely lovely car and selling at a cheap price of only 550,000 baht (cost around 1.4 million new). Call 062 350 6900 (ptmvfs-a0915)Isuzu MU 7 for Sale. Isuzu MU 7, automatic, 4x4, 7-seater, 3.0-litre, turbo diesel, 2005, pearl white, grey interior, alloy wheels, front and rear, a/c, cd, electric windows / mirrors, 175,000 km (108,000 miles), looks and drives beautiful. First to see will buy at only 370,000 baht. Contact 084 529 9939 Beautiful Toyota Camry ’05.Drive only 79,000km. Colour Silver blue. Have many extras, Car look like new‌ Best price only 280,000 THB. Tel: 087 025 9711.

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Youth Focus The Importance of Physical Play in Child Development by Hettie Visser

“Understanding the importance of physical play is vital to your child’s development.” “Learning – According to the Child Development Institute, 75 percent of brain development occurs after birth. Physical play helps a child to develop connections between the nerve cells and the brain. As these connections develop, a child’s fine and gross motor skills, socialization, personal awareness, language, creativity and problem solving are improved. Ideal physical play incorporates play with social interactions and problem solving. “Health – Physical play provides various health benefits. According to the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, physical activity promotes early brain development and learning in infants and young children. It also decreases the risk of developing health conditions like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, obesity and many other chronic health conditions.” — Kimberly Wonderly In ancient times everybody had to be physically fit in order to survive. Today we think that physical fitness is for sport professionals, and that the rest of us can watch them on TV. Schools that must operate on a low budget, often “save” by cutting back on their sporting

activities. There is an outdated perception that body and mind can be separated since the brain is in the head and the body is below the head. Many people think that students can still function properly if they are inactive. The truth is that they will learn much better if they include physical activity in their daily schedule. But this is not the only good (or bad?) news. The function of the cerebellum in the brain was always seen as only related to the control of voluntary muscle movements. Neuroscientists have now established that the cerebellum was totally underrated. Apart from movement, this part of the brain also processes learning. (1995: Annual Society of Neuroscience Conference) Many established beliefs about the cerebellum have been challenged in recent years. It is now realized that its function is of vital importance for our whole existence.

International Hat Day by Mark Beales

Students from Garden International School (GIS) created some wild and colourful hats to celebrate International Hat Day. Many students and teachers came up with some incredible designs to mark the occasion, and then paraded them around school to show others their amazing work. Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.

Strong links exist between the cerebellum and memory, spatial perception, language, attention, emotion, and even decision-making. These findings shed new light on the value of physical education, movement, and games in boosting the process of acquiring knowledge. As children move over, under, around, through, beside and near objects, these words take on greater meaning to them. Such spatial orientation is also necessary for letter identification, e.g. the difference between ‘b’ and ‘d’. It indicates that early movement is an essential element of the basic learning process. Knowledge acquisition relates to all aspects of children’s lives and it must actively involve them. Many researchers have indicated that children who are physically active achieve higher marks than their sedentary friends. Every bit of exercise is beneficial. The

American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. There is a perception that sport activities are for a small number of achievers and that the rest of us can be spectators. Some form of sport activity must continue throughout life. Parents should set an example and get involved as far as possible. A weekend is the ideal time for active family fun! Swimming is an excellent form of exercise which is perfect for our climate. Mozza Yamaguchi, one of the top swimming coaches in Tokyo, writes in an article for the magazine Tokyo families (14.11.2011): “The benefits of swimming are unique, uplifting, and contribute to the positive development of the child. Researchers have documented that the stimulating effect of child-paced swimming lessons has the potential to increase intelligence, concentration, alertness, and perceptual abilities; as well as an improvement in social, emotional, and physical development”. Hettie Visser is a teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.

KPIS Music Challenge 2016: Singing, Band & Dancing Contest in Bangkok

Keerapat International School (KPIS), Bangkok invites students to participate in the “KPIS Music Challenge 2016: Singing, Band and Dancing Contest” on Friday, February 26, 2016, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the auditorium of KPIS International School, Bangkok. This competition aims to promote singing and dance contests around Southeast Asia. In addition, the focus is to develop and encourage young people to use their recreational time creatively, and raise the quality of music competition

around Southeast Asia. The contest is open to grade 6 to 12 students enrolled in international or bilingual schools from around Southeast Asia. Closing date of registration is on February 2, 2016 for Bangkok schools and a later deadline will be set for schools outside Bangkok. The winners will be awarded a trophy, certificate, scholarships, and cash prizes. For more information, contact Pang or Pornpimol at Tel: 02 943 7790 ext 517 or 515 or email mscl@kpis.ac.th.


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This & That Popular Conspiracy Theories It’s not that hard to see why conspiracy minded folks are suspicious about the assassination of bin Laden in a Pakistani villa. A ten-year search for the alleged terrorist master-mind ends with his body dumped at sea and no photos of the corpse or reality close-ups of the military operations. Mind you, even if genuine photos did surface, some would still say they were fake. “The potential is tremendous,” says Barna Donovan

Did bin Laden really die here?

who is a New Jersey professor and the author of a forthcoming book A Tour of Dark Places in the American Consciousness. Indeed, the first doubts were fuelled by the US military’s disposal of the body at sea within 24 hours as dictated, so officials said, by Muslim practice. Yet the US has not always abided by this tradition. The bodies of Uday Hussein and Qusay Hussein, sons of Saddam, were held for eleven days before being released for burial. Conspir-

Death of bin Laden is a lie acy theorists say there was no need to rush the dumping of bin Laden’s corpse. In Pakistan, still smarting from a US helicopter mission that bypassed their security, residents said the US was just fibbing. A local lawyer said that it was nonsense to suppose that bin Laden had lived amongst them for five years: the locals would have known for sure. Senior officials in Islamabad, on the other hand, postulated that bin Laden had been captured alive but then shot to death in the complex’s garden in front of his young children. Yet a senior official of the Pakistani special services put forward an alternative view – that kidney disease had killed bin Laden years ago, but the US kept the news secret until a politically convenient time. That time was now as president Obama wanted to fire off his first salvo in his bid next year to be re-elected American president. In 2007 former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto said in an interview with Al Jazeera that bin Laden had been murdered “years before”. Not surprisingly, conspiracy theories are thriving

in Iran. One Iranian MP has said that bin Laden was actually working with the US during the war on terror. “He was just a puppet controlled by the Zionist regime to justify Christian attacks on Arab countries after the September 11 attacks.” Another Iranian MP said that bin Laden had served his purpose for the Americans and now needed to be silenced lest he spill the beans in public. Meanwhile, conspiracy theories have raged on Facebook. One blogger argued that the death hoax was necessary to deflect questions about president Obama’s citizenship or to boost his approval ratings in public opinion polls as the US economy remained in the doldrums. Another claimed that the supposed DNA match was done suspiciously quickly, or that the real bin Laden had been kept frozen in ice for ten years to be rolled out when convenient. On Fox News, a host said that bin Laden’s death could not be verified and suggested that Obama was using the supposed death to save his “lousy” presidency. As regards DNA evidence, that’s

just “numbers on a piece of paper”. Although al Qaeda has publicly stated that bin Laden was killed in the US raid of early May, some sources remain unconvinced. Thus the Taliban has stated it’s odd that the Americans never showed bin Laden’s corpse as they did produce publicly the earlier footage of the killing of Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s chief military com- The elder president Bush apparently feared May 1 mander. the fact that both Adolf Hitler It goes on and on. The an- and bin Laden were declared nouncement of bin Laden’s dead on May 1 (US time), death was delayed so as not leading to the idea that the to clash with the festivities Illuminati sacrificed them on surrounding the wedding of one of their holiest days. It’s prince William and Catherine even possible to go through Middleton. Or the announce- May 1 in history and show ment of bin Laden’s death what a disastrous day it has was timed to punish Donald often been: in 1957 there was Trump for questioning the a terrible air crash in Hampauthenticity of Obama’s birth shire UK, in 2009 same sex certificate and taking his TV marriages were legalized in programme Celebrity Ap- Sweden (bad idea according prentice off the air. to some) and in 2011 ex-pope Or could it be that Wil- John Paul the Second was beliam and Catherine delayed atified. The elder president their honeymoon so that their Bush was said to be especially love life wouldn’t restrict the nervous of May 1. May Day, publicity given to bin Laden’s it has to be admitted, has demise? Still others point to much to answer for.


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This & That 6. Romantic dinner This idea might be the most challenging because most couples have dinner plans on Valentine’s Day, so restaurants are mostly full or at best have a long queue waiting for tables.

Valentine’s Day ideas

By Karen Burns, www.UrbaneWomen.com

Whether it’s a gift, a date or an activity that you’re thinking of for Valentine’s Day, remember that the most important thing is to be with your loved one and the quality time you’ll spend together on that special day.

5 Things You Need to Know About Your Man One of the keys to a healthy relationship is have a good understanding of each other. That’s why we gathered together a few things about your man that you might not be aware of – and tell you how you can respond to them. 1. Men Have Feelings Too! It might be hard to believe, but in many ways, men are more emotionally affected by things than women are. The thing is, unlike women, men are trained from an early age not to let their feelings show. That makes men like the ocean on a calm day; motionless on the surface, but crazy currents swirling underneath.

As Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated days of the year, it might be a good idea to plan ahead, be it an enormous surprise or a last-minute DIY gift, to avoid turning your romantic moment into one of those real-life Valentine’s Day disaster stories. Here are 10 Valentine’s Day ideas that will help keep the romance going all-year round. 1. Gifts for her Nothing beats the old-fashioned custom of giving flowers and chocolates. If you have some extra cash, spend it on jewelry with her birthstone or surprise her with a bag, a purse or a pair of shoes she’s been eyeing for the last few months. 2. Gifts for him It’s not as easy as it seems to find the perfect gift for your boyfriend or husband. If he’s a tech geek, search the internet for the latest trends and order well in advance if it’s only available via online shopping. An electric shaver, a gym bag or a timeless watch— anything practical will be appreciated. 3. Last-minute DIY gifts When all your plans don’t work out or you’re so busy that you simply forgot the day, there are lastminute do-it-yourself crafts you can do at the office. Or stop by a store to buy some balloons and make the most out of it. Make it extra special with a sincere note; maybe even promise a bigger activity in a few days. [Don’t get into the habit of doing a last-minute thing every year.] 4. Movie date Head to your local cinema at off-peak hours, daytime or during mealtimes, for a guaranteed spot at one of those couple seats for a more comfortable time at the movie house. Major Cineplex Pattaya offers opera chair (pair) seats and you can select seats and reserve or buy tickets via www.majorcineplex.com. Another option would be to have a movie night in the comfort of your home. Recreate the first movie date you had or watch your all-time favorite romantic movie. 5. Activities for him and her For a more adventurous celebration, share the day doing each other’s favorite activity. Drag him to a yoga class or tag her along to your favorite sports bar.

If you plan on having dinner at a restaurant, booking a reservation is highly recommended. Look out for special promotions at local restaurants and hotels. For example, Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya is offering of a 5-course set menu and a bottle of sparkling wine, Hilton Pattaya has a 4-course meal, a buffet and a sharing seafood platter deal, Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa offers two culinary options with a glass of sparkling wine and a red rose, Teppanyaki set menu at Benihana and Thai set menu at Sala Rim Nam. For an intimate dining experience, opt for homecooked meals. Set your table and have a fancy, candlelit dinner. 7. Sunday Valentine’s brunch Take advantage of this rare opportunity as Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday. Go for a Sunday brunch instead of the usual dinner date, at least you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening for other activities. Go the extra mile and try the famous Sunday brunch at Amari Pattaya’s Mantra Restaurant and Bar. 8. Couple’s spa

If you and your partner are at a point in your relationship where you prefer a relaxing time instead of the usual surprises, book a couple’s treatment at one of the many spas around town. Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya offers a two-hour spa program of body scrub and oil massage for 7,000 baht net per couple all this month. 9. Staycation Spend the day at home. Have a backyard picnic with your favorite meal or set up a camp with the perks of your own home – the comfort of having a toilet and Wi-Fi. Escape for romance with special Valentine packages offered by hotels around town. Look for those that offer in-room treats for a more private affair. 10. Get Outta Town This will take some planning – go to a town, a province or a country you haven’t been to before; create new, romantic memories that will last a lifetime.

As a woman, it’s up to you to encourage your man to let his feelings show – at least when he’s with you. Let him know you think it’s much braver to show them than to hide them. If you can inspire him to talk more about how he feels, you can help him learn to let go of the stress and tension that he’s keeping bottled up, which can not only help his attitude, but even improve his health. 2. Sex Means More than You Think Despite the stereotypes we see on TV, most men really do long to have a solid partnership with their girlfriend or wife. Sex matters to them because it is a literal demonstration of the bond that you have. So when he’s pestering you for a little action, remember that it really does mean more than “just sex” to him; for him, it proves that your relationship is solid. 3. Men Are Searching For Commitment We often hear that men “can’t be faithful”, and they certainly seem to value their independence; but they also prize faithfulness and loyalty. When you pledge yourself to your man, you’re filling a fundamental need for him. When he knows that you’re committed to be there for him, he will let you know it’s appreciated. It might not be with flowers or jewelry, but he’ll make sure that you know how he feels. 4. Men Want Communication Most men like to talk; just ask them how their favorite sports team is doing! They may want to talk about their thoughts, plans and fears – but they aren’t sure what kind of response it might get. So they keep quiet on their deepest thoughts, because they fear the chance of rejection. It’s up to you to share your feelings with your man; ask him questions and be nonjudgmental about the answers. This is the way to encourage more openness from him, and that’s a good thing. 5. Your Looks Don’t Matter As Much to Him As You Think They Do Of course, looks attract a man, and men like to look at women – no one’s going to deny it. But when it comes to their relationship and the woman they want to settle down with, looks aren’t the most important thing. Men want a woman who is smart, who has a witty sense of humor and a heart full of compassion. For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com.


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Local Sports Brian Parish great at Pattavia Alex splits the Field whilst The Turtle sticks his neck out by Derek Brook On the rotation this Friday for the Tropical Golfers was Pattavia Country Club. A large group of 25 golfers decided it was worth it to take the drive out, and after cups of ambition and victuals at BJ's Lodge, the cars and van were loaded and off we went. The drive to Pattavia is slowly getting better. Some more shortcuts and bypasses have been discovered, and when the freeway (or will it be tollway?) is finally done things will be better still. Even with the current drive it's worth the trip. Pattavia represents great value and the course is in very good to excellent condition. The back nine especially is scenic and well maintained, and certainly no one complains about the facilities anymore. Check it out. With a full load of golfers it would be difficult to get into the winners circle,

A Flight winner Brian Parish and runner-up Landis Brooks but some rose to the occasion. A Flight (0-18) Brian Parish (h'cap 13) is on a roll lately and continued this day with the best score of the day with 39 points! Wow... great shooting Brian! In second place was Landis Brooks (9) with a fine 37 points winning on countback over the always steady Takeshi Hakozaki. B Flight (19+) Winning

the B Flight was the lovely Rita Zoebeli (25) on countback over Dick Warberg (21) each with 34 points. Steady golf! Next came Tom Cotton (22) with a respectable 32 points. Congrats to all. Near pins: Landis Brooks (2), Carole Kubicki, John Anderson Long putts: Dick Warberg, Brian Parish

PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society by Peter Blackburn

John & Vero just too good on the day! After the first two weeks of January being taken up by the PSC Club Championship and Colin’s Golf Society 3-day Tournament at the Green Valley complex it was business as usual with a combined competition at the Pattavia Golf Course. We had six groups signed up and a normal tee time of 10 am which we were easily on time for despite the roadworks on 331 but we weren’t so lucky on the way home with a one-hour-and-20-minute journey due to the “crawl” for several kilometres once we got back on 331. Our first group got away 10 minutes ahead of schedule in perfect weather although a bit “steamy” with very little wind and the course was in good shape with the greens being considerably more friendly than has been reported lately. There were no major holdups in the earlier groups and our round was over in about four hours and 10 minutes. We had two flights with A Flight being for handicaps 0 to 20 and B Flight for players with 21 handicap and over. In addition there were nearest the pins on two of the par threes and longest first putts on hole 9 and 18. Playing exceptional golf, it was one of my playing partners that won the A Flight

John Charlton & Vero Morgan

with an almost flawless 41 points, Dave Dadwallader came second on 38 points and Mr Consistency (well most of the time) Christian “Psycho” Boysen ended up in third spot with 36 points. We had a “bolter” in the B Flight with Vero Morgan taking first place with an outstanding 44 points. With two golfers tied 11 shots further back on 33 points, a countback was needed which resulted in second place going to Jim Proctor (18-point back nine); Peter Gangur (16-point back nine) finished in third spot.

by James Olsen Twenty-seven golfers headed out to tackle The Big Navy Course. We were to play courses north and west from the yellow tees. Big Navy can be daunting to some but personally I find it a challenging course in particular north and west. Course was in great nick with the greens being slow for the first hour, but as soon as the sun was out the greens did a 360. There was a threat of rain but that passed as quick as it arrived. Fairways had a bit of run and there was plenty of water to challenge all golfers as it was placed, sometimes at two or three locations on the one hole. Alex Field left day light between he and the next place getter (it is rumoured that Essendon is looking at Alex as a fitness adviser). In Division B it was tight at the top of the tree with Andrew Allen taking the chockies on a C/B from Shane Young. A great day was had by all returning to the Swan where the beer was cold and flowing freely as were the stories. Welcomed back was Colm Mullen, here to enjoy the warmer weather and great golf courses. We also said goodbye to Andrew Allen, Robert Allen, Gary Williams, Brad Green, all returning to Aust. Travel safe and come back soon. Results: Division A 1st Alex Field (19) 42 pts 2nd Fritz Weber (24) 40 pts 3rd Alan Sanders (22) 36 pts 4th Pierre Cere (11) 34 pts

NTPs 4th – Torben Lindgaard 13th – Rita Zoebelli LFPs 9th – Larry Gibb 18th – Jim Proctor Christian, Nat & Nicklas on top at the Mountain! With a fabulous field of 40 golfers, we headed off to Mountain Shadow after confirming with the golf course that we would have more than the original six groups that we had booked for. The course was quite busy but we were able to get our first group away a few minutes ahead of our scheduled 10 am tee time. The weather was fine and the golf course was in very good shape with the greens firm and true. The field moved smoothly throughout and most of us completed the round in about four hours and 20 minutes.

Long first putts Nth 9 – John Davis West 9 – Robert Allen Deefa was the happy recipient of many donations for the needy children of Pattaya and the golfers are thanked for their generosity. The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, male and female, to have a hit at any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Contact Peter Grey if you are interested on 086 150 3086. Flight with a fine 39 points; Tore Eliassen was second with 36 points. It was countback time again with two on 32 points and third place was won by Vero Morgan (19-point back nine) and Barry Elphick (13-point back nine) just missed out. Results: A Flight – 0 to 14 1st – Christian Boysen (10) – 34 points 2nd – Gerd Riedler (8) – 32 points 3rd – Ed Wyckoff (12) – 30 points

Results: A Flight – 0 to 20 1st – John Carlton (11) – 41 points 2nd – Dave Dadwallader (14) – 38 points 3rd – Christian Boysen (10) – 36 points B Flight – 21+ 1st – Vero Morgan (26) – 44 points 2nd – Jim Proctor (22) – 33 points 3rd – Peter Gangur (22) – 33 points

Andrew Allen & Alex Field

Division B 1st Andrew Allen (30) 32 pts on countback 2nd Shane Young (27) 32 pts 3rd Harry Wszola (36) 31 pts 4th Allan Ray (26) 30 pts Near Pins North 3 – Stu (Casserole) Rifkin North 6 – Patrick Poussier West 3 – Colm Mullen West 8 – Brad Green

B Flight – 15 to 19 1st – Nat Rukkid (18) – 31 points 2nd – Colin Davis (19) – 31 points 3rd – Dave Lehane (18) – 28 points

Christian Boysen & Nicklas Lohse With the large field we were able to have three flights, A Flight for 0 to 14, B Flight for 15 to 19 and C Flight for players with handicaps of 20 and over, with three places in each flight. In addition there were four nearest the pins and two longest first putts on the 9th and 18th greens. The winner in A Flight was Christian “Psycho” Boysen who had 34 points, 2 more that Gerd Riedler in second place and with two golfers on 30 points; the resultant countback saw Ed Wyckoff (17-point back nine) finish third with Dave Cadwallader (15-point back nine) just missing out. Nat Rukkid (17-point back nine) was the winner of B Flight with 31 points on countback from Colin “Donkey” Davis (15-point back nine) in second place. In yet another countback to decide third place we had two players on 28 points and it was Dave Lehane (16-point back nine) who prevailed over a luckless Jayson Schembri (15-point back nine). With the best score of the day it was youngster Nicklas Lohse who triumphed in C

C Flight – 20+ 1st – Nicklas Lohse (29) – 39 points 2nd – Tore Eliassen (21) – 36 points 3rd – Vero Morgan (26) – 32 points NTPs 5th – Ed Wyckoff 8th – Maurice Roberts 15th – Tore Eliassen 17th – Ian Pickles LFPs 9th – Dave Cadwallader 18th – Ian Pickles The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low and high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, meeting at the Phantom Bar on Soi Buakhao at 8 am with transport departing at 8:30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7:30 onwards. For bookings or more information, contact Peter on 080 635 1386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com.


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Local Sports PSC Tropical Golf from BJ's Tuesday: Greenwood (A & B) It is a long way to this course. I suppose it is the same distance it has always been, but for the last few years it has been much quicker and getting better, until the last few trips. Of late the trip has become an ‘obstacle course’ especially on the 331 and although I am informed that beyond Greenwood the road becomes fine, it is now a bit of a nightmare. Indeed some of our drivers have expressed concern about driving to the three courses in this area and some have decided not to drive there. The ‘bouncy, bouncy road’ between Route 7 and the 331 continues to deteriorate, but the ingenuity of some of the drivers never fails to amaze me and we go down roads now that I never knew existed and I have been driving to the courses in this area for many years. But the 331 is still a problem. One day! However this road many years ago was really dangerous to drive and was my most hated road, I nearly got wiped out twice on a single lane as oncoming

traffic insisted on filling the road. I suppose it is much safer now and it will get better. On this day we had an early start. I am pleased to say that all the transport made it in time, just, most shaken but not stirred. Fortunately we went through paying for the round very quickly and it was soon onto the first tee where we were told we were to play the A and B nines. On the way up some had gone through heavy rains so on reaching the first tee we were surprised to find the course in good condition, although it had some rain of late. We expected rain, but as it turned out the day became a really fine day, only a few spots, it actually became quite warm in the last few holes. It was a really nice day, the fairways were good, the rough was as expected and the greens were fast and true. It has to be said that all the players had a really good walk about and played well in the circumstances. Then it was time to get in the changing room where we found probably the worst showers of

by Derek Brook

Flight winners the last year. Sad after a great round but also surprising as this was the first time we could remember them being bad and a cold shower that only dribbled was something we could put up with. Then it was into transport and back to Pattaya and no talk about the road on the way back as if anything it is less good that way than it is going. We were back about the normal time so it was soon into the results. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, we had some great scores and in both flights if you did not score 39 points you were not in the frame. The winner in the A Flight was Landis Brooks

with a really fine round of 42 points that meant a gross of 75, good round. In second, on a countback, was Brian Parish with 41 points and Richard Kubicki in third. In fourth was John Hackett with 39 points. In the B Flight we had a countback on 41 points that saw Jim Ferris in first and Derek Brook in second. In third was Dick Warberg with 40 points and in fourth was Torsten Bischoff with 39 points. A great day and then some great cold beers in BJ’s. TTFN. Near Pin: Nigel Perry, Takeshi Hakozaki, Bob Watson, Landis Brooks Long Putt: Carole Kubicki, Richard Kubicki

The heat is on! by Steve Ellison

Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees 1st – Peter Wilson (7) 41 points T-2nd – Ken Aihara (6) 35 points T-2nd – Huw Philips (12) 35 points 4th – Chris Bailey (14) 34 points Oh, boy, has it ever been hot lately. Most of us who have been here for 15 years or so have never seen it this warm in January. Even Emmerson has not needed to wear his sweatpants and hoody watching those 4 am NFL Playoff games! I guess this heat beats the alternative. Chris Bailey has been here almost a month and for his last round in Pattaya, Chris finally earns his first podium place! Good timing, mate, shame you can’t stay a bit longer now that you’re warmed up. Up the leader board we see the familiar name of Kenny Aihara again, but this time it is Peter Wilson who snags a first place today. Nice 41 there, Pete!

and one better again were Alan Rothwell and Andy Makara who tied for the win on 34 points. You just never know.

Treasure Hill – Stableford – Yellow Tees T-1st – Alan Rothwell (5) 34 points T-1st – Andy Makara (23) 34 points 3rd – Mark Wood (9) 33 points 4th – Kenny Aihara (6) 32 points Treasure Hill is one of those courses you either love or hate. It is a tough and tight layout and you never see good scores here, but it is a little gem of a track that is a great test of golf. We got lucky here today as our final group that teed off at 9:45 were followed by the greenskeepers sanding all the greens! For us, the course was in great shape and really lovely condition. For later groups, maybe not so much! Anyway, there’s Kenny on that podium again! I am sure he did not expect a 32 to get him anything, but here at Treasure Hill that’s a decent score. Our old pal Mark Wood did one better with a 33

Mountain Shadow – Stableford – Blue Tees 1st – Kenny Aihara (6) 40 points 2nd – Kevin Hamilton (15) 35 points 3rd – Brent Philp (18) 34 points Time to take the journey down Sukhumvit to the wonders of a golf day at Mountain Shadow. The course was a wee bit wet in patches but otherwise in good nick. The greens were in great shape and rolling very true and it was a real challenge from the blue tees today. It was another day of hot summer weather and that seemed to be the only universal complaint here. Our buddy Brent Philp is just in from Vancouver for the Mulberry Ryder Cup this February so what better way to get ready than a podium finish here today. Kev Hamilton usually saves his

Kenny Aihara, Alan Rothwell and Mark Wood après golf at The Golf Club good shots for Green Valley, but today his 35 gets you second place. Last Friday Kenny shoots a 40 for the win at Silky Oaks and this Friday he nets the same score here at Mountain Shadow. It is good to see him back in form; now that he has sorted out his 3 wood debacle it should mean more appearances up on the podium! Hey, Dave, loan Kenny those fairway woods man! Thanks to all who joined us this week at The Home of Golf in Pattaya. The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and located on Soi LK Metro. We broadcast all English Premier League, UFC, NFL, MLB and NHL games live. Our kitchen is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya. com, and for more information mail us at pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/ golfclubpattaya. All handicaps welcome!


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You & Your Pets Sat liang phoong phlooi

Pet treats can be a weighty problem Recognizing the dangers of obesity, most of us watch our weight (we either watch it climb or keep an eye on our diets) and we may pay particular attention to treats such as desserts and other sweets. But many do not give that same consideration in dispensing treats to our pets—a major factor contributing to overweight cats and dogs which can lead to lifethreatening ailments. If you want to help Felix and Fido stay healthy, limit treats to 10 percent of their total daily calories. Their calorie needs depend on their weight, age and activity level. For example, a small 5-kilogram dog may need only 300 calories a day if he is old and inactive, whereas a younger, energetic animal may need up to 500 calories; so treats should be limited to 30 to 50 calories, respectively. Ask your vet about your pet's needs. And beware: some treats can weigh in at more than 75 calories each! Cats generally need fewer calories than dogs of the same size, and even fewer if they are indoor cats that live sedentary lives. Tailor your treating habits accordingly. Looking for nonfattening treats? Catnip is a good

Cats for You in Pattaya Cats for You is a great and much needed service in our area, but Paul and Sandra point out that adopting a cat or kitten is a longterm commitment with costs such as feeding and veterinary fees. Many adopters find it’s a good idea to adopt two animals so that they can enjoy each others’ company as well as yours. Contact Paul and Sandra on 0852875004 or look at their useful website http://cats4youinpattaya.webs.com/

Chippy

We found this tiny 3-day-old kitten when visiting a local builder. While talking to the office manager we could hear her desperate cries and found her in a small box on top of a stack of pallets. Sadly her two siblings were already dead. She is now 3 weeks old, is doing well and should be ready in a few weeks’ time.

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low-calorie option. Your cat also may enjoy toys that encourage him to chase and hunt. Training with treats works with cats and dogs. The keys are consistency and moderation. If you're using treats to train your pet to stay off the couch, for example, always keep the couch off-limits. Instead of practicing a good behavior once with one large reward, try training frequently with tiny, low-calorie treats.

Treats also work as motivators. Boost your pet's brain and body by using treats to train for agility exercises. You can also help your cat or dog get moving by hiding dry treats around the house — an especially effective tactic with indoor pets. Another option: some toys are made so you can hide a treat inside them. Your pup then has to play, paw, and tussle with the toy to retrieve his yummy reward.

Tansy is our meet-andgreet cat: he is always the first at the gate when people come to visit. He has to have his eyes cleaned every day after surgery that he received when he was just a tiny kitten. As you can see, his favourite hobby is eating!

Wilbur

This handsome boy was rescued as a kitten with his three brothers and sisters. Sadly, he was sick for quite a while and so missed the opportunity to get a new home like his siblings. As you can see, he is grown-up now and still waiting to be chosen.

Bill & Ben

You’re probably aware of family health measures, but do you know what issues are important to provide for your pet’s well-being? This Pattaya Today feature may help answer some common questions.

Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is second only to trauma as the leading cause of death in cats, killing 85 percent of persistently infected felines within three years of diagnosis. The virus commonly causes anemia or lymphoma, but because it suppresses the immune system, it can also predispose cats to deadly infections. But the virus doesn’t have to be a death sentence; about 70 percent of cats resist infection or eliminate the virus on their own. FeLV is passed from one cat to another through saliva, blood, and to some extent, urine and feces. Older cats and indoor-cats in single-cat households have little risk of contracting the virus. Symptoms of infection include pale gums; yellow color in the mouth and whites of eyes; enlarged lymph nodes; bladder, skin, or upper respiratory

These two handsome and friendly brothers did go to a new home together last year but sadly their new owner had to go away and couldn't take them with him. So they are back here waiting to be chosen again. Both are very friendly, are used to children and just love to run and play in the garden.

Cat Corner Tip Playing Rough infections; weight loss and/or loss of appetite; poor coat condition; progressive weakness and lethargy; fever; diarrhea; breathing difficulty, and reproductive problems like sterility in female cats that have not been spayed. If your cat suffers from one or more of the above symptoms, take her to a vet immediately.

Going to the Dogs... “No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." ~ Louis Sabin

When cats play, sometimes it's hard to tell if it's a game or real. They pounce, swat, scratch, and bite. There’s no doubt that play scratches and bites still hurt.

To channel your cat’s energy, use toys like balls or a fake mouse for batting. A paper bag can give her hours of pouncing fun. And to protect yourself, never encourage a kitten to play with your hands or feet. Nips become bites as a cat grows up.


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