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VISA REFUSALS EXPLAINED E uropean embassies in Bangkok routinely state that most visa applications from Thais are granted, but what are the principal reasons for failure? Pattaya Today has been in contact with 35 unsuccessful Thai applicants to ascertain what went wrong. The most detailed feedback came from “reasons for refusal” on the form issued to those who fail to obtain a British visa, but a number of Schengen applications have also been reviewed. Schengen visas cover 22 members of the European Union – the principal exceptions being Britain and some in Eastern Europe – as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. As regard tourist visas, the most common reason for failure was the applicant’s explanation of why she or he would return to Thailand at the end of the holiday. Although applicants typically mentioned on the form paid employment of some kind, ownership of

property in Thailand, family commitments or support from the foreign sponsor, documentary evidence in support of the claims was often not provided. A typical refusal letter stated, “You have not provided real evidence of your work on the pig farm in northern Thailand, nor provided details of your income such as upto-date bank statements or international cash transfer slips. Therefore, I am not convinced on the balance of probability that your reasons for wanting to come to UK are as claimed.” Another major difficulty was that there was confusion between the applicant and the sponsor. In one application, the sponsor had written that he wished his girlfriend to come to Europe for a two months’ holiday, but the applicant had elsewhere stated that she wanted a six months’ stay. In another case, the applicant had said she just wanted a holiday but the sponsor had stated he wanted her to help care for

his bedridden mother. But, of course, tourist visas do not allow working. In other words, the sponsor and the applicant need to be very careful to tell the same tale, or risk suspicions in the minds of entry clearance officers. One lady hoping to visit southern Spain during the summer months claimed her main reason for travelling was to experience snow. When considering familymember settlement visas, which include the right to work in the host country, the reasons for refusal

tended to shift somewhat towards the sponsor. For example, sponsors who are self-employed are required to provide much more documentary evidence than those in salaried employment or on a pension. They are typically asked to provide, in addition to company accounts and bank statements, proof of regular contact with the government tax authority, the VAT bureaucracy and more. As regards British immigration there is a Continued on page 6


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News No fingerprint on doorknob

An unidentified thief entered a hotel room in Naklua Soi 12 by proceeding on a high wall and then entering through an unlocked door. Chinese tourist Li Yang, 47, said she had lost a necklace

worth about 8,000 baht, adding that she was not in the room at the time. Police said they could not find any fingerprints on the handle of the door and speculated the intruder had worn gloves.

Violence over unpaid bill

A Canadian tourist was attacked by waiters and waitresses after he allegedly did not pay up as demanded. Darryl McKinnon, 43, was drinking in a bar in Soi 7 and, according to reports, ran up a bill for 1,450 baht which he said was excessive and offered

to pay just 1,000 baht. This led to a violent argument in which McKinnon received cuts and bruises on his face and head. As police arrived, the staff tried to escape and then offered the defence that they were only reacting to violence and not instigating it.

Foreigner apparently self-stabbed

A Russian man was injured after a heated argument with a Thai driver following a motorbike accident. The Russian tourist, who has not been identified, collided with a machine driven by Wanchana Tulathong and agreed to pay 3,000 baht in compensation. However, the Moscow man said he needed to go home first to collect the cash, leaving his bike with the aggrieved

Unknown man drowns in empty building A French visitor was the first to find the corpse of a Thai man who had drowned in the derelict Batman building in South Pattaya. Francois Gougry, 36, said he had come to the building with some friends and came across the body of a Thai man around 55 years old. Police said the dead man had no identification and had apparently drowned in one meter of water. Several locals said they had seen a middle-aged Thai man jogging in the area but were unable to confirm if he was the dead guy. The body was taken to Banglamung mortuary for autopsy and it is hoped that concerned relatives will make enquiries once they realize one of their kin is missing.

Thai. However, the tourist returned after 10 minutes shouting and screaming which forced Wanchana to defend himself with a knife. Unfortunately, according to Wanchana, the Russian ran into the knife accidentally and injured himself in the abdomen. The casualty was rushed to hospital and police said the whole incident was still under review.


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Discounted water bills At a meeting and parade held in front of the Amari Pattaya hotel, officials of the Provincial Waterworks Authority and other civic officials announced that householders who reduce

CPN invests 100 million baht to hold ‘Fashion Freezta’ campaign for second quarter

their monthly bills by at least 10 percent will receive 100 baht discount on their next bill. The move is part of the water-saving campaign during the current drought.

Hard Rock Pattaya Guitar Battle 2016

Hard Rock Pattaya summoned 94 talented guitarists with virtuoso and rockin’ ability to compete in this year’s Guitar Battle 2016 at Hard Rock Pattaya. Hard Rock Pattaya in collaboration with Chord Tab organized the third annual Guitar Battle. Sixteen finalists brought out their best for three of Thailand’s pro-guitarists judging panel, which included Pop Woravit Charoenponnapachai, Jack Thammarat Duang Siri and

Nueng Vinai Trinateepakdee. It came down to Pathomphol Khiewpleng and Narathip Apasiripol at the final duel with the Legendary Fender American Standard at stake. Pathomphol took all the three winning votes from the judges. John Manley, executive assistant manager of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, presented the awards. Pathomphol, the winner, went home with the legendary guitar and Narathip, the first runner-up, received a hotel stay voucher.

Thailand retail developer Central Pattana PLC (CPN) is continuing the second quarter of 2016 by launching its summer campaign ‘Fashion Freezta’ to boost the general public’s spending during the high season. CPN is investing a 100-million-baht budget to push through the boundaries of summer marketing and create a new experience with complete touch points by organizing a fashion show in the middle of an ice-skating rink to help attract the makers of style. CPN is launching ‘CPN Life Bulletin’, a resource for up-to-date fashion and lifestyle from London, Paris, Milan and New York together with promotions: for every 1,000 baht spent, get a chance to win a free trip to experience extreme ‘Freeze’ in Finland and other ‘Freeze’ events to cool down in the heat throughout Thailand until April 30 at Central World and all branches of CentralPlaza and CentralFestival nationwide.


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News Pedestrian overpass opposed Building to be dismantled

A proposal to build two pedestrian walkways over Sukhumvit Road in front of the Father Ray Foundation and Pattaya City School Number 5 is being opposed by some locals on the grounds that the construction will encourage robbers and thieves as the

area is a shopping and banking district. A budget of 9 million baht has already been approved and Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh has ordered officials to compose a detailed report before a final decision is made or a lawsuit launched.

Illegal tour guides arrested

A group of housewives from the Naklua Soi 11 district visited Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta to ask him to ensure that a building next to Banglamung Post Office will be knocked down as it has been erected without permission on public land. Parts of the building have already been pulled down, and it is hoped that the remaining work will begin within the next 12 months.

Tour bus was on fire

Tourist police officers searched Rubberland on Sukhumvit Road after hearing that illegal, foreign workers were harassing tourists. The officers did indeed find several tour guides operating illegally as this profession is not open to foreigners. The nondocumented workers were accused of working without a permit and obstructing tourists trying to disembark from buses in an attempt to force them to buy souvenirs and trinkets. In the past two months, no fewer than 40 foreign tourist guides or sellers have been arrested with a view to deporting them.

Italian refused Chinese tourist to pay up tricked Police rushed to North Pattaya after locals said a bus waiting for 10 foreigners watching a show had burst into flames. The driver said he noticed the vehicle was aflame and thought the best thing to do was to remove the ignition key. He added that the bus had become rather hot in recent times but he had not thought the problem was too serious. It is provisionally thought that the bus had an electrical problem resulting in a short circuit. An 18-year-old transvestite was arrested by police after an incident on Soi Buakhao in which a 69-year-old Italian man was punched and slapped. The teen, Anuwat Kaewsaengsai, admitted hurting the elderly tourist but said he did not use any weapon or implement in the assault. He explained that the man had agreed a sum of money in return for a bedtime activity but had then refused to pay up as he was allegedly disappointed. This was evidently why Anuwat had commenced an attack in order to take by force the 1,000 baht which he felt he had earned.

A female visitor from Guangdong was shopping in a convenience store in North Pattaya when two men approached her and asked to see some Chinese money. When Haijing Feng, 35, showed them a 1,000 yuan note, the thieves grabbed it and ran out of the store before anyone could stop them. They are believed to have escaped on a motorbike.

Hanged man found in wood

Garage ruined by short circuit

Loud noises, like exploding bombs, were heard coming from a burning garage in Nongprue but the explanation turned out to be fuel tanks bursting owing to the intense heat.

Investigators said the cause appeared to be an electrical fault. Thirteen motorbikes belonging to customers were damaged beyond repair.

A building site labourer who discovered a man hanging from a tree was initially not believed by his colleagues who carried on working without bothering to investigate. Sakol Patchimma, 54, said he was passing a wooded area near The Sanctuary of Truth in Naklua where he noticed a dangling corpse. He added that several of his workmates eventually accompanied him back to the macabre scene before calling the police. The corpse, a man about 30, had been dead for about two days and was sent for routine autopsy. There were no identifying documents found at the scene.


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Beware the firewater

It’s once again time for farang and Thais alike to celebrate Songkran, but more than 300 celebrants are expected to be killed on the roads during the festive period. Nearly half all such fatalities will be attributed to drunken driving. Play it safe this year, particularly if you are driving. For most people, anything more than three or four drinks in one hour will push you over the alcohol limit and render you 11 times more likely to be in a fatal accident than a driver who has consumed no alcohol. Even one drink can affect a person’s response time and driving ability. After drinking, it takes approximately six hours for the body to completely eliminate alcohol from its system. Drunk driving is the major cause

of fatalities in Thailand, which has the dubious distinction of having the second-highest traffic death rate in the world. Last Songkran some 364 Thais and farang were killed

in 3,373 accidents—81 percent of which involved motorbikes. Yes, go out and enjoy Songkran. Play with water to your heart’s content. But beware the firewater.

Save water please Officers of the Provincial Water works Authority visited Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and announced their plans to conserve precious water supplies in the area. These include a peaceful demonstration to be held in front of the Amari Orchid Pattaya to publicize the need to turn off the taps whenever possible in homes, hotels and businesses. The current drought will hopefully end in a couple of months time provided the rains are on time.

paperwork and a DNA record. Also, police identified nine places on the island which were considered risky from a tourist safety point of view, some quite close to clubs and restaurants on the popular holiday venue which attracts up to 10,000 visitors a day.

Hospital thanks Tesco Lotus

Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjanawatta presided over a ceremony in which Tesco Lotus donated two respirators, 892 adult diapers and a cash sum to

Rules and regulations The Singapore government forbids the entry into casino premises of all persons under 21 years and anyone perceived to have a gambling problem can also be banned. Other countries have introduced other barriers such as insisting on a minimum amount of cash to proceed through the entrance or even allowing only foreigners to gamble at the tables or on the machines. One estimate in Thailand is that foreign tourist numbers might rise by 50 percent, although commentators tend to cast doubt on such predictions as being too optimistic. Merits of the case Proponents of legal gambling tend to point to the situation in Sa Kaeo province on the Cambodian border where the number of criminal cases has dropped as the existence of casinos on the Cambodian side has led to a boost in both employment and income. At the moment, all ASEAN countries allow gambling except for Brunei and Thailand. Neighbouring countries host no fewer than 120 legal casinos, mostly in Cambodia and Laos. Some commentators believe that the existence of Thai casinos would keep local gamblers from going abroad to spend their money.

Koh Larn being reorganized

Four hundred police officers descended on the island of Koh Larn to inspect its beaches and to improve the administration and registration procedures there. Thus all renters of motorbikes must now fill in a detailed profile and all foreigners working there must have the requisite

More gambling Thailand’s ongoing debate about officially-sanctioned gambling received a boost from Rangsit University’s study which claimed that more than 100 billion baht a year in tax revenues would pour into state coffers if casinos were legalized here. The estimated revenue excluded contributions from tourism, hotels and conferences. The study emphasized that it took the Singapore government only three years to see annual tax revenue from legal casinos to reach the 100 billion baht threshold, but Thailand could do much better as it already has a much larger pool of international tourists.

Banglamung Hospital. The total value of the donation, given by Jittra Boonprasit of Tesco Lotus, was over 500,000 baht.

Reservations also Critics of legal gambling (apart from the national lottery which is a special case) point to Thailand’s Buddhist traditions as well as concerns about crime fostered by casino culture and the violation of ethics. There are also worries whether profits would be used to benefit the public at large. The Rangsit research stressed that any formal scheme must allow the public to examine the source of revenue in a transparent manner. Those doubtful about casinos in Thailand say there must be a detailed public relations campaign. Other research There have been a number of other projects to ascertain the likely impact of gambling. One was Duangporn Apasilpa’s study of Macau casinos which found that income from casinos in Macau accounted for 85 percent of the government’s income. The most cited social impact from casinos was the increase in foreign workers, followed by how gambling affected the island’s image. The research indicated that the image was a positive one, although that could relate to Macau’s traditions which have been much more open-minded than those in Thailand. Ideal model Worldwide, the most popular model for a casino is a “mixed use” concept where a large leisure and shopping complex houses gambling facilities comprising not more than 25 percent of the total floor space in the resort. One current example is the Naga resort in Phnom Penh, in Cambodia, which is still undergoing some reconstruction. Here, a casino is in the same premises as a fivestar hotel, several restaurants and a high-class shopping mall. The future of official gambling in Thailand, if there is one, is likely linked to the development of “quality” rather than “mass” tourism. 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 VISA REFUSALS EXPLAINED Grand opening of The Agate Pattaya Boutique Resort Continued from page 1

detailed document to consider, commonly known as Appendix 2, and available on the government’s website. The regulations become complex especially if the sponsor has more than one source of income or wishes to include cash savings as part of the total. Several applicants and sponsors explained that they had quite innocently blundered. One Thai lady, intending to travel to UK for one month, noticed that her visa was valid for six months and travelled back only at the end of that period. The next time she applied for a visa, she had trouble because the entry clearance officer noticed there was an inconsistency between the one-month stay promised in the online application and the half-year actually taken. One sponsor stated in a supporting letter that he lived in a one-room flat where his mother and father also stayed. The application for

the Thai visitor was refused on the grounds of health and safety, namely overcrowding. Sadly, he had inadvertently written “one” room when he should have put “five”. The visa was granted on the second application although the full fees had to be paid again. The overall conclusion is that Thais wishing to visit Western Europe – and we have no reason to think the position is radically different for Australia and the USA – need to recognize that the application process these days is essentially a paper chase. Every claim needs to be supported by written evidence. The same is true for the sponsor. Embassies are concerned that applicants for tourist visas have solid reasons for returning to Thailand: claims about family responsibilities, the holding of land or possession of a job must be accompanied by written proof. Examples might be doctor’s reports on

elderly parents, official land or property registration or letter from an employer offering to keep the post open for the duration of the vacation. It’s also important that any Thai bank account should not have a very low balance at the point of application. In one case we saw, a British sponsor had sent over 50,000 baht to primepump his girlfriend’s account. At the time of registration, two weeks later, the sum had shrunk to just 17 baht. One ex-embassy officer said, “There are three issues to a successful visa application. Is the sponsor in a sound financial position to ensure the applicant will not be a liability on state funds? Is the applicant of good character and have solid reasons for returning to Thailand (unless settlement visa)? Is there good evidence of a sound and ongoing relationship between the sponsor and the applicant?” She added, “These days it is not what you say but what you can prove.”

Anantara’s King’s Cup raises millions for Thai elephants

After four days of fun festivities, the 14th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament came to a close on Sunday, March 13, coinciding with Thailand’s National Elephant Day. Ten teams with players from around the world, including Miss Thailand, the New Zealand All Blacks rugby players and professional polo players created many memorable on (and off) pitch moments. A total of 20 unemployed ex-street elephants took part in this year’s tournament, during which time they received full veterinary checks from the Zoological Parks Organisation of Thailand (under the patronage of HM the King of Thailand) and the Department of Livestock Development. In addition, all elephants were given essential vitamins, food and care which are not available to them during their normal daily lives. The tournament was introduced to

Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in the Kingdom, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population. A sum of 15 million baht has been raised this year taking the total raised to date to an impressive 47 million baht (US$1,300,000). The money raised from the 2016 tournament will be donated to a variety of elephant-related projects including funding a new mobile clinic in Mae Teang, Chiang Mai Province which has the largest concentration of trekking camps in Thailand. Funds will also be donated to the Zoological Parks Organisation of Thailand to support projects to improve the year-round lives of the 200 elephants and mahouts in Ban Ta Klang, in Surin Province where the ex-street elephants face ongoing hardship.

Building collapsed on light posts A building collapsed and damaged three electric posts, which in turn fell on several houses and shops near South Road in Pattaya. The incident took place on Soi Marine Hotel. Construction labourers were working on site when the crisis occurred. They were told to stop all activity while the damage was repaired and electricity restored in the district.

The Agate Pattaya Boutique Resort celebrated its official grand opening with a special ceremony attended by Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 9, Pol Lt Gen Werapong Chuenpagdeealong, commander Pol Maj Gen Ittipol Ittisarnronnachai and other distinguished guests. The Agate Pattaya Boutique Resort’s President Viroon Wongapisumpo (right) together with his wife Wiboonsri Wongapisumpo (left), Jomtien Complex’s Founder Pradit Wongapisumpo (2nd from left) and his wife Suvimol Wongapisumpo (3rd from left) presided over the grand opening of The Agate Pattaya Boutique Resort, the luxuriously designed resort located only 300 meters from

Jomtien Beach in Jomtien Complex. Seventy-one rooms and suites are tastefully decorated in contemporary Thai style with all the facilities

demanded by a modern lifestyle, which will comfort either for a short or long stay or for business or pleasure at The Agate Pattaya Boutique Resort.

TAT welcomes upcoming Qatar Airways flights to Chiang Mai and Krabi by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has welcomed the announcement by Qatar Airways that it will inaugurate flights to Chiang Mai and Krabi as of December 2016. The Doha-based airline’s Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, made the announcement at the ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair, which was held during March 9-13, 2016. He said four flights per week will be launched from Doha to Krabi on December 6 and three flights per week from Doha to Chiang Mai also in December, with the exact date to be announced later.

Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

The two Thailand destinations were the only new ones in Southeast Asia amongst 14 cities worldwide that will be added to the Qatar Airways network over the rest

of 2016. The airline, which is now flying to Bangkok and Phuket, will become the first Middle East airline to begin flights to these two rapidlygrowing Thai destinations.

Honda launches all-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co, Ltd launched the all-new, 10th-generation Honda Civic, which was created and developed to transcend all limits to be the most cutting-edge Civic that is perfected in every dimension. Its elevated design in a premium and sporty new style is combined with automotive innovations, including a new VTEC TURBO engine which provides powerful performance and excellent fuel efficiency, as well as advanced technologies that enhance the sense of comfort and superior safety. The all-new, 10th-

generation Honda Civic is available in four model variants: TURBO RS at 1,199,000 baht, TURBO at 1,099,000 baht, 1.8 EL at 959,000 baht, and 1.8 E at 869,000 baht. There are five choices of exterior colors, namely White Orchid Pearl,

Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, and two new colors namely Lunar Silver Metallic and Cosmic Blue Metallic. For more information, visit Honda showrooms nationwide or go to www.honda.co.th/civic.


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Grand opening for Snap Judgment The Near Residence Changing times

Located near shopping malls and only 400 meters from Sukhumvit Road on Soi Picnic in Sriracha, The Near Residence by Porchland held a grand opening in the presence of senior executives of the company. The

condominium comprises 106 units with state-of-theart facilities, luxurious gardens and attractions. Each of the units contains built-in furniture with starting prices around 2 million baht.

Tara Pattana International Day

Tara Pattana International School has fixed March 18 as the international day. School principal James Robert Swan presided over a singing contest and an international buffet. The students were dressed in the national costumes of their first country.

Hilton Pattaya observes Earth Hour Hilton Pattaya General Manager Rudolf Troestler organized a healthy “run race” for staff from the first to the 34th floor, a total of 660 steps, to encourage teamwork and good health. The activity was part

of the hotel’s contribution to Earth Hour 2016 which aims to protect the environment by turning off electricity for one hour and encouraging careful water usage.

It’s often claimed that the global era that we inhabit is unparalleled for the innovation and technology that we take for granted. There’s the universal power of the iPhone, our Wi-Fisaturated brains and Google’s driverless car for starters, not to mention all the other wonders coming out of Silicon Valley. But how true is the thesis in actual fact? In fact, it may be that the age of high economic growth and disruptive technology may already have passed its peak. For most of history, economic growth was absent. Between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages there was basically none. England’s per capita income doubled between 1300 and 1700, but that was a rate over centuries which was hardly noticed. Only in the 19th century did that change. In other words, economic growth is a recent historical blip and by no means a constant over time. The great leap forward occurred from about 1870. Commercial electricity, the internal combustion engine, penicillin, refrigeration and the telephone turned life upside down. Land was freed up to produce food for humans. The stench of horse manure was cleared from the streets once the petrol-driven engine came into common use. Piped water and gas entered the home. Thomas Edison paved the way for the skyscraper powered by electric lifts. By 1950 only one American in 100 died in infancy, with the rest living to 70 and beyond. By then, most people were literate and journeys which used to take weeks now consumed only hours. Within the blink of an eye, so to speak, life went from being nasty, brutish and short to pleasant, bright and relatively lengthy. People who believe that the early 21st century has more changes, should ask themselves whether they would prefer to give up their iPhone or their flush toilet, their laptop or antibiotics. Or just imagine life without electricity. It is human nature to take for granted what went before, but that can give a distorted sense of reality. Between 1870 and 1970 – the century of biggest change – per capita incomes grew at many times the rate of what went before. They also exceeded anything that has occurred since. With the exception of the 1990s, when the digital revolution hit our desktops, both productivity and incomes have slowed massively. Moreover, it could get worse. Techno-pessimist Martin Ford, in his book Rise of the Robots (2015) envisages a jobless future in which only those who own the machines will live in abundance. Technology, of course, will continue to evolve in dazzling ways. But if the iPhone did not lift productivity rates, what will? Separately, most recent advances are now in the treatment of physical ailments. But prolonging human life such as finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease or even a cryonic leap into immortality won’t bring economic benefits and won’t create extra production. Since most people, apart from a privileged elite, are not getting wealthier in real terms, they may be becoming angry as their hopes are dashed. The embittered US presidential primary battle offers a case study of what happens to politics when people’s economic aspirations are dashed. Donald Trump’s success did not come out of the blue. His rise owes a great deal to the frustrations borne out of economic stagnation. The constitutional referendum battles in the UK and in Thailand can be seen in the same light. Governments always prod the market to go where it decrees. But governments take wrong turns. Huge chunks of the US economy are devoted to financial trading, healthcare claims processing, real estate transactions and other “busy but useless” commercial activity. In so many countries of the world, the watchword is “growth”, but in reality we are a million miles from achieving it. It may well be that we are in global terms reverting to a former model in which stagnation was the norm. Thailand may seem far away from these generalizations. Of course, it is a developing industrial economy and still has strong agricultural roots. But the basic scenario is the same. The rich are getting richer whilst the inequality gap widens broadly in society as a whole. Most people now have an iPhone and take technological change for granted. But is the country actually creating more wealth to fund the people’s aspirations? Probably not. Pessimistically, there is no hard evidence that democratically-elected governments fare any better than military juntas.


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Our Community Hooters makes Happy Easter Sunday for children from Baan Jing Jai Foundation Hooters Asia welcomed orphans to each location. This is one of the committed CSR activities as Hooters Asia is determined to give back to society. Last Sunday, Baan Jing Jai Foundation brought 50 children along to do egg hunt, egg paint, face paint, games and other activities with Hooters Girls. On this occasion, Hooters Pattaya General Manager Mike Warde and newly crowned Miss Hooters Pattaya Jessica Arra presented a donation of 142,081 baht to Khun Pieangtar, founder of Baan Jing Jai Foundation.

Big Cleaning Day 2016 at Amari Pattaya Amari Pattaya hotel team members and management led by Sukanyapach Homchuen, executive assistant manager, organised Big Cleaning Day 2016. This annual activity was created to clean and maintain several facilities around the garden, swimming pool area, walkway and watercourse, and to keep them tidy and spotless. All areas were cleaned by employees who volunteered to create a nice and lovely environment.

Getting bigger every year by Derek Franklin

Giant eggs on Beach Road

by Derek Franklin

Several years ago Christmas was celebrated only in the tourist areas of the country, but as each year has passed it has grown to become a festival celebrated by a large number of the population, Thai and foreign. Easter is another Christian festival that is slowly becoming more popular each year, and Central Festival Pattaya Beach recently held a competition to find the biggest and most beautifully decorated Easter egg. S e ve r a l e n t r i e s we re delivered to the Beach Road site, with the winning entry coming from the special needs children at the Father Ray Foundation. Explaining to a group of

children with special needs what Easter was all about, and then getting them to build and decorate a giant egg was not an easy task. However, they worked for many hours, building and plastering the structure, before several talented artists painted an agreed upon design. Deciding on the best way to transport the egg to Beach Road was a logistical nightmare, but never say never, and the egg eventually arrived in one piece. Eggs also arrived from several local churches, as well as from Alcazar, Tiffany’s and the Cartoon Network Water Park, and there was not a drop of chocolate in sight.

A river of green flowed along Beach Road on the afternoon of Thursday, the 17th of March, a day known the world over as St Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world. In hamlets, towns and cities in Ireland people were celebrating. In Washington DC the water in the fountain on the lawn of the White House poured green. Thousands marched through the streets of New York and Prince William joined the London parade. Unfortunately the parade in Sydney was cancelled this year, but that never stopped thousands pouring on to the streets to celebrate. Now in its sixth year, the Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade is getting bigger each year, with thousands parading along the streets of Pattaya. They were accompanied by several marching bands and 20 decorated vehicles from many local businesses and organisations. The Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade is now firmly established on the Pattaya social calendar, and it is a day for everyone, Thai and foreign, resident and tourist, young and old, to come together for

Donation to Elderly Home

The management and staff of Siam Bayshore Pattaya held another corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity “Give back to Elderly” by donating amenities for residents at Banglamung Elderly Home.

an afternoon of fun and also to raise much-needed funds for Pattaya’s largest charitable organisation, the Father Ray Foundation. Many children under the care of the Foundation took part in the parade, as they do every year. Children with special needs marched alongside students in

wheelchairs and this year the blind students arrived on a decorated float, performing music along the route, much to the enjoyment of the crowds watching. St. Patrick made an appearance, but due to the very hot weather he traveled along the route on a very green vehicle. Sitting beside him

was Derrick Kane, the man who came up with the idea of the annual event and who is responsible for the success of the event. March the 17th is a day for everyone in the Pattaya community to come together, and you now have a year to prepare for the 2017 Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


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Affordable, Modern Design Deluxe Hospitality by John K. Lindgren

Many airlines these days have introduced the “Economy Premium” option. Almost like business class but considerably less priced. If Centara Hotels and Resorts was an airline their business/first class would be Centara and Centra would be the economy premium class with emphasis on premium. The Centra brand belongs to Central Group, Thailand’s largest retail conglomerate which founded Central Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited in 1980. By 2016, the group owns six hotel brands, four under the luxury Centara name, as well as Centra and COSI, and two spa brands; Spa Cenvaree and Cense by Cenvaree. The recently opened Centra Maris in Pattaya is the latest jewel in the Centara collection. At the far end of Jomtien Beach a couple of turns away from the new Jomtien Second Road (Thappraya Road extension) southern end there is a brand new hotel with a cool name: “Cent-RA Ma-Ris”. Easy to remember – easy to pronounce: Centra Maris Resort. Something to

do with the sea, maritime. I guess. And the beach is within a short drive or jogging, walking distance. Centra Maris Resort Jomtien boasts 282 rooms, divided in six categories; Centra Superior, Centra Family, Centra Premium,

Family Residence, Centra Suite and Suite Life Private Pool. For the fitness and spa aficionados there is Cen Fit and Cense by SPA Cenvaree. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property for all Facebook addicts.

The gourmets and gourmands will find lip smacking dishes at the bright and modernly designed Mix Bistro offering international cuisine and with Thai

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Beats and Bites Italian wine experience at Sunset Lounge The unique wine experience is back as Pullman Pattaya Hotel G organized the third round of Beats and Bites at its Sunset Lounge featuring DJ Dennis Frost and a great selection of cheese and cold cuts to complement the northern Italian wines. It was truly an Italian wine experience as guests enjoyed Mezzacorona wines Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Nero, Chardonnay and Mionetto Prosecco accompanied by cheese, cold cuts and delectable canapés while listening to the sounds provided by DJ Dennis Frost.

eve n ts c a le n d a r CARLES LAMA & SOFIA CABRUJA PIANO DUO Date: 3 April 2016, Sunday, 5 pm Venue: Intimate Hotel Pattaya, Soi 14, South Pattaya Second Road (about 100 meters from The Avenue Pattaya) Activities: D&M Music Studio in cooperation with Intimate Hotel Pattaya and Yamaha Music School Pattaya presents Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja Piano Duo. Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja are a paragon of artistic talent in the world of classical music and one of the Europe’s most renowned piano duos. Acclaimed by both public and critics alike as two musicians with a great power of communication and undeniable capacity of moving to tears, the duo exhibits also a spectacular synchronization and a very rare mutual understanding. Tickets are priced at 700 baht (200 baht for students) and are available at the door or for advance booking call 081 682 8000. For more information: Intimate Hotel Pattaya Tel: 038 723 349-50

Earth Hour 2016 in Pattaya

Dusit Thani Pattaya observes Earth Hour 2016

Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya joins 60+ Earth Hour 2016

The staff and management of Dusit Thani Pattaya was led by GM Chatchawal Supachayanont and Green Leaf Foundation Vice President Dr Jirapol Sinthunava in observing Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lights around the hotel for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 pm and organizing a fitness lesson with the DFiT fitness centre team. The global lights off event is one of the environmental campaigns that the eco-friendly resort adheres to in support of the WWF-led movement towards protecting the planet and united stance against climate change. Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by Andre Brulhart (centre), area general manager, and hotel staff joined 60+ Earth Hour 2016 by switching off non-essential lighting throughout the properties for one hour during 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Also hotel guests and more than one billion people around the world joined the activity to raise awareness for deep care about the environment and protect natural resources.

Hilton Pattaya celebrates Earth Hour 2016

Sheraton Pattaya Resort shines a light on climate action

Sheraton Pattaya Resort observed Earth Hour Day with a candlelit seafood dinner at its Elements Restaurant. Along with millions of other people around the world the resort switched off the lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 pm to help save the planet. During this time, the resort’s Elements Restaurant lit candles on every table and enthralled guests with a dramatic fire show. Note: Please be informed that effective from April 1, 2016 onwards, Sheraton Pattaya Resort will be managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) and the resort name will be changed to InterContinental Pattaya Resort.

Hilton Pattaya celebrated Earth Hour 2016 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 19. The hotel joined thousands of Hilton Worldwide’s more than 4,600 properties across 102 countries in switching off energy and shining a light on climate change by hosting various Earth Hour activities for team members, franchised employees and guests to take part in reducing energy use and preserving the environment. This year, Hilton Worldwide is expanding environmental celebrations to the full month of March, reinforcing the company’s commitment to addressing climate change and driving an even larger impact. As part of its commitment to preserving the environment, Hilton Pattaya has in place a weekly program in its team member dining area to instill awareness and drive action around food waste reduction. In line with Hilton Worldwide’s global commitment, Hilton Pattaya has also banned the serving of shark fin in its restaurants and F&B facilities managed by the hotel.


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Level 34, Hilton Pattaya

Miss Hooters Pattaya Pageant 2016 The Road to Vegas 2015 was the first year Thailand had its very own Hooters Girl, Sukanya “Pan” Phunkok competed in the 19th annual Miss Hooters International Pageant in Las Vegas in the United States. The annual competition boasts 100 of the world's most beautiful Hooters Girls who battle it out to walk away with the crown and title of Miss Hooters International. The pageant contestants were selected from more than 18,000 Hooters Girls and evaluated based on interview questions, personality and their overall contribution to the iconic Hooters brand. The pageant night (broadcast on Fox Sports last year) consisted of a five-person panel of celebrity judges, which included Lyn Austin, the “Original Hooters Girl”. This year is the competition's 20th year and Hooters Thailand is holding their own local pageants for Phuket, Pattaya and Bangkok (Soi 15 and Nana). One Hooters Girl from each location will be sent to the US to represent Thailand in this year's pageant. The first Miss Hooters Thailand pageant was held at Hooters Nana on March 25, and the second was held at Hooters Pattaya on March 26. The third pageant will be held at Hooters Phuket on Sunday, April 3. Each pageant showcased 10 of the most gorgeous Hooters Girls in three rounds: swimsuit, cocktail dress, and uniform and interview.

The winners from Hooters Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket will then compete not only for the crown and title but the chance to be the face of the Hooters Thailand brand and the $30,000 (1 million Thai baht) cash prize. The lucky winner will become a brand ambassador and

spokesperson, traveling to assist international openings, appearing in national advertisements and contributing to marketing initiatives and special events throughout the year. This is an opportunity that most people dream about and is certainly a perk of being a Hooters Girl.

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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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rendezvous Irish Ambassador to Thailand visits Amari Pattaya

Recently at the Horizon Club, Amari Pattaya, His Excellency Brendan Gerard Rogers (right), Irish Ambassador to Thailand, along with his partner, Kevin Doris Ejon (centre), were warmly welcomed by Richard Gamlin (left), resident manager of Amari Pattaya, during their visit and stay at the hotel.

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

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Benihana Pattaya selected as Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2016 Benihana Pattaya was delighted to accept the highly sought-after honor. Based on suggestions from readers, Benihana Pattaya has been recognized as one of “Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2016” by the editors of Thailand Tatler. This accolade is given to leading destination restaurants, which have excelled in their respective fields; creating more competition and therefore setting higher standards in the food, wine, ambience and service categories. “My Kitchen is Your Table” has always been part of the Benihana story, inherent to its uniqueness. This recognition is a testament to the culinary experts’ imagination and skill to develop a series of sumptuous menu options that rival that of any stand-alone restaurant. Pictured left to right are Chaipat Obkinjun, restaurant manager, Asanee Intaring, Marketing Communications manager, and Chef Theerayuth Plangsorn.

First Dinner Event for 2016 by Confrrie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs Bailliage National de Thailande Chef Jens Heier (left), executive chef of Dusit Thani Pattaya, is seen with the service team of The Bay Italian Restaurant where the Chaine des Rotisseurs Bailliage de Thailande, Bailliage Eastern Seaboard held their first dinner event for the year 2016. Chef Jens is also the Conseiller Culinaire of the association chapter in Thailand comprising of international connoisseurs and working professionals who enjoy a nice and relaxing get-together with gourmet food and wine. The event was attended by the Pattaya Chapter officers and members including (seated, L-R): Max Sieracki, Paul Frankland, Chevalier (NP) and Bernd Heier.

Top Norwegian rally driver visits Royal Cliff Hotels Group Royal Cliff Hotels Group welcomed another worldrenowned athlete, Andreas Mikkelsen, the 2011 and 2012 Intercontinental Rally Champion who holds the record for being the youngest driver to score FIA WRC points. Mikkelsen is a true all-rounder and has actively been involved in rally racing since 2006 when he made his debut in the World Rally Championship (WRC). He joined Volkswagen Motorsport full time in 2013, contesting the full WRC for the first time in the Polo R WRC. While he was under no pressure to push for top results, he still finished a season-best fourth on the Acropolis Rally, setting three fastest stage times – his first for Volkswagen in the WRC – along the way. He won the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and successfully defended his title in 2012. Mikkelsen’s record was as high as 150 points when he finished in the top three of the WRC Drivers’ standings. He also showed he has the pace to win at WRC level, setting 20 fastest stage times proving that he has the skill, speed and consistency to master any type of WRC terrain.

Centara Grand Mirage won best float at St Patrick's Day Parade 2016

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya won the Best Float Decoration out of 34 teams at the 6th St Patrick’s Day Parade 2016. David Nowak, executive assistant manager – Food and Beverage, was on hand to receive the award.


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>> from L1 favorites à la carte menu for lunch and dinner, with indoor and outdoor dining options. Mix Bistro opens daily at 6:30 am with a sumptuous buffet breakfast and all-day dining until 11 pm. Look out for the weekly F&B promotions like the ongoing for Friday-Saturday BBQ Buffet at 812 baht net. If you arrive by car, self-drive or driver, the stylish and spacious entrance, the drop-off is conveniently located. Underground parking is provided with helpful security guards and elevator access to the al fresco lobby. The first impression: spanking new, modern resort ambiance with a pleasant sea breeze. Opposite the reception desk sofas and easy chairs incorporated in three large, funky, open bamboo huts concept with faux palm leaf roofs. The pretty receptionists all dressed in corporate Centra blue uniforms. On our inspection, walk-around conducted by the affable Marketing Communications Executive Chanida “Nida” Sinman, member of the young and service-minded hospitality team led by General Manager Chaiphun “Jok” Thongsuthum. This all-new property impresses us with its chic, fresh, contemporary and familyfriendly design. The generous use of natural textures, local material and colors create a cheerful resort-style atmosphere, complete with the wideopen swimming pool area, verdant tropical green areas and tall coconut trees. Centra Maris piece de resistance is the long, unique lagoon-shaped swimming pool flanked by two wings of four- to six-storey guest rooms and balconies. The pool area includes Jacuzzis, pool bar, and play area for children and a dramatic waterfall feature.

After checking in you can relax in the comfort of top-quality accommodation, from superior rooms to spacious family suites with bunk beds for the kids or even suites with private plunge pool. Most guests prefer the unique lagoonshaped swimming pool or just having signature cocktails in their deckchairs. Downtime, holiday time – recharging their batteries. My guest room, the Centra suite on the 6th floor. The corner unit comes with a living room and balcony overlooking the swimming pool and the gardens. On the wall a flat 40-inch Samsung flat screen smart TV. The cool bedroom with a brand new king size bed, high thread count sheets and fluffy pillows. For entertainment another 32-inch TV monitor. The off-white light grey bathroom with tub and separate shower stall all reflects the luxurious functionality of my Centra suite. After a most invigorating sleep,

Family Residence

Suite Life Private Pool

Centra Suite

Centra Suite

Lobby

Mix Bistro

hot and cold combination shower and a delicious buffet breakfast with freshly brewed coffee, flaky irresistible croissants and a threeegg omelette a la minute and delicious healthy super fresh local fruits in all colors – the time has come to check out after a short but so delightful new Centra experience. You certainly know Centara Grand at Central World in Bangkok and Central Festival in Pattaya. Next time try Centra Maris Resort in Jomtien – premium class with innovative, stylish design and family-friendly focus. Centra Maris Resort is 90 minutes drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and only 35 km from U-Tapao International Airport.

Centra Maris Resort Jomtien

98/2 Moo 1, Na Jomtien, Sattahip, Chonburi Tel: 038 103 333 www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centra/cmj


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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

AMARI PATTAYA APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF And Under the Toque is Chef Shaun Venter

There’s a new toque in town and it’s the return of the creative, charismatic Chef Shaun Venter. He has countless culinary notches on his belt having spent 17 years touring the globe from his birthplace of South Africa. He’s no stranger to Pattaya, having worked at Hilton for many years before being appointed executive chef at Hilton Hua Hin. He and his family are now back in his favourite Thai city and have taken up the mantel at one of the area's premier resorts, Amari Pattaya. The resort’s flagship restaurant is the stunning Mantra located on Pattaya Beach Road in front of the property facing the bay. Here, world signature cuisine is served on an open stage encompassing international food without barriers prepared in seven dedicated kitchens. April 2016 is a landmark year for Mantra as it is celebrating its 10th birthday with a brand new menu created by Chef Shaun and many planned musical events with carefully selected sounds to make the ambiance swing while you indulge in the global gastro fare from the new innovative menu. If you haven’t already visited Mantra it really is a world-class gourmet destination. Seven regional specific kitchens offer Japanese, Thai Contemporary, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean and Charcoal Grill. We embarked on our Mantra experience with a hot and sour Szechuan soup with fresh blue crab meat and a white miso soup with truffles and foie gras. I was the fortunate recipient of the miso soup and it was sheer nirvana with

Deep-fried jumbo prawns with sweet horseradish sauce

its fascinating umami tang combined with the earthiness of truffles and the final luxury kiss of foie gras it was simply sensational. Meanwhile across the table the Szechuan soup was disappearing fast and Mick pronounced it the best example of this spicy Chinese soup he had tasted in a long time. Deep-fried jumbo prawns with sweet horseradish sauce (B.610) followed. These chubby fat prawns were sauce doused and accompanied by an apple and celery salad for a more textural interplay resulting in another “must-have” dish. We stayed in Asian cuisine to enjoy “Chef Pet’s” trio of barbequed meats and sauces. Crisp pork belly, red pork and duck languished on the plate. These succulent meats had been

Snow fish in Chinese brown sauce

cooked by a master; the duck was juicily tender, the pork with its layer of crispy crackling a delight and the red pork melted in the mouth. Accompanied by various sauces including hoisin, it was a stellar standout dish. Wok-fried shitake mushrooms in oyster sauce (B.230) hit the table escorted by snow fish in Chinese brown sauce with choi sum, garlic, ginger and black mushrooms and accompanied by a side dish of fried noodles (B.1350). Yes, it was as good as it sounds; polar white fish fell in shards under the fork and fell immediately in love with the succulence of the brown sauce. We were replete with the finest pageant of dishes and yet again Mantra had hit the gourmet heights with bells and whistles. The dozen or so pages of this new pan-gastro menu is extraordinary. Let me run through just some of the many highlights. The Chinese menu produces remarkable duck and pork dishes from the wood-fired oven, such as Hong Kong BBQ duck roll with hoisin sauce and from the wok comes its celebrated beef tenderloin slices with onion rings and Cantonese sauce. For Japanese lovers the whole gamut is represented from sushi through tempura to misoglazed Chilean sea bass (aka snow fish). The Thai Contemporary section offers traditional cuisine tempered

What's Cooking? Wine Tasting at Twilight Restaurant & Bar Twilight Restaurant and Bar at Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya hosted its first wine tasting event featuring a selection of wines paired with snacks and tapas. On offer for wine aficionados were Chilean wines from Trewa Winery Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Alicanto Winery. Also featured were Australian wines Chardonnay and Shiraz from Inspired Company Winery. To pair with the wines, Executive Chef Alongkorn “Goff ” Seanganant prepared a sumptuous lineup of tapas including seared scallop wrapped with Parma ham and pomelo salad; oyster fritter and green apple; spices chicken and feta cheese roulade and mango chutney; beef and gorgonzola tartlet; seared tuna, poached cherry tomato and chili mayo, and beef timbale and roasted tomato sauce. Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya, located on Naklua Soi 12, will soon launch a regular F&B event. Call 033 007 888 or email cgmp@chr.co.th for details.

Chef Shaun Venter

with a touch of fusion. For example, Spanish mussels, shrimps and squid with US sea scallops and seaweed noodles or Australian beef massaman with pumpkin and peanuts. Italian favourites are well represented with a quartet of various pastas, porcini mushroom risotto with pan-seared foie gras, black truffle and rocket or the ritzy pizzas with the frutti di mare featuring US sea scallops, prawns, Spanish mussels and Boston lobster. From the Mediterranean kitchen fresh shucked Fine de Claire oysters are served with lemon and condiments or baked Thermidor fashion with hollandaise, English mustard and roasted red peppers. Main courses offer slow braised Australian beef short rib in red wine, prunes and blue cheese gnocchi or the Mantra signature burger consisting of 100 percent pure Australian Wagyu beef with cheese, onions, semi-dried tomato, iceberg lettuce, fried egg, smoked bacon, pickles and steakhouse fries. Which brings us to the subcontinent and Indian cuisine. Here the tandoor oven yields tandoori lamb rack and king prawns while the curries and dhals offer a myriad of gourmet dishes: Goan prawn curry with tamarind, coconut milk and curry leaves or New Zealand lamb leg slow-cooked with

pickled vegetables in tomato gravy, the list goes on. Desserts are decadent and delicious. The choices are huge and the designated zone chefs experienced and proficient. The Sunday brunch is a wonderful gourmet affair (B.1,690++). The gastronomic choices and attention to detail totally deserves its celebrated reputation. The walk-in wine cellar offers the opportunity to select from an inspiring stock of hundreds of labels from across the globe. The ambiance at Mantra is chic, trendy and seriously cool. It can be relaxed and laid-back in the main dining area, private and intimate snuggled into one of the romantic coves on the upper balcony or an evening of candlelit enjoyment on the al fresco terrace. Mantra hits the spot in so many ways. It is a popular stylish venue offering a wealth of cuisines to suit all pockets, served in a beautifully elegant architectural phenomenon. Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm. Reservations recommended. Dress code applies. All credit cards accepted. On-site parking available. Mantra Restaurant & Bar Open daily from 6 pm till l am (The bar opens at 5 pm) Tel: 038 429 591 www.mantra-pattaya.com


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F&B Promotions Bangkok's Best Waffles to die for Thursday Kobe Beef at Zing bakery, Centara Grand at CentralWorld

at Benihana Pattaya

Take a break during the working day with three styles of waffles to choose from, with a touch of soft, sweet exclusive recipe from Zing bakery. Prices start from 180 baht ++ only. Come try Waffle Freshly decorated with fresh strawberry and soft vanilla cream that melts instantly in the mouth, strawberry sauce with homemade gelato ice cream to complement the sweet taste. Or enjoy Waffle Valrhona Chocolate topped with bananas, manjari chocolate sauce, Valrhona chocolate pearls and gelato chocolate ice cream. Waffle Classic with pecan nut caramel, maple syrup, vanilla sauce and add a few scoops from a selection of gelato ice cream. Zing bakery is located on the ground floor of Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld and opens daily from 7 am to 9 pm.

Delight in an experience at every table at the renowned Japanese steakhouse. Interact with the chefs, famous for their theatrical Teppanyaki culinary skills, with international Kobe beef prepared in Hibachi cooking style. Choose to share the fun with fellow guests or book a private dining room. Every Thursday, customers are invited to a 30 percent discount on Kobe beef. Benihana Pattaya is located on the 2nd floor of the Royal Garden Plaza.

For more information, contact 02 100 1234 ext 6485.

at Coast Beach Club & Bistro, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Experience the charm of Siam with Authentic Thai sets at M Café restaurant, Mercure Pattaya Hotel

For more information and reservations, contact Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa on 038 412 120 ext 1395.

Roast Sundays

Enjoy roast favourites such as Provencal lamb leg, whole roasted gai yang style chicken, roasted suckling pig and Churrasco slow roasted specialties, all accompanied with fresh salads and heavenly treats. Enjoy a selection of three prices (899 baht ++ per person, 1,000 baht ++ free-flow soft drink and 1,500 baht ++ free-flow red and white house wine and draft beer) every Sunday from 12:30 to 4 pm (half price for children below 12 years old). Coast Beach Club and Bistro is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Call 038 714 981 for reservations.

Experience the true taste, tradition and secret recipes of Siam served at your table. Enjoy perfectly-prepared tom yum goong or green curry and chicken wing served with steamed rice with everybody’s favorite dessert sticky rice and mango as the ideal ending. Only 390 baht net per set including a Thai herbal drink. Available every day from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Imported Oysters, Bloody Mary & Sunset City Views at Up & Above Bar, The Okura Prestige Bangkok

For further information or to reserve a table, call 038 425 050.

at Twilight Restaurant & Bar, Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya

Renew Your UK Passport Without Visiting Bangkok From April 7, the stylish bar will serve premium seasonal French, Australian and American oysters. The succulent oysters can be enjoyed with a choice of six delicious dressings: mignonette, ponzu, Thai spicy seafood sauce, spicy yuzu, cocktail sauce, and grated wasabi. A decadent sharing experience, the oysters are available in sets of four, six, eight or 12. Oysters are priced from 410 baht for four and cocktails are priced at 475 baht. Available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from April 7 to June 30, 2016 from 5 to 9 pm. Up & Above Bar is located on the 24th floor of The Okura Prestige Bangkok. For more information and reservations, call 02 687 9000 or email upandabove@okurabangkok.com.

For more information or reservations, contact Tel: 033 007 888 or email cgmp@chr.co.th.

Cinta

Salmon Tonkatsu

at Acqua Restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

at Garden Terrace Café, The Bayview Pattaya

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Pan-fried salmon fillet with sundried fish and tonkatsu sauce served with butterfly pea rice and ginger pickles. Special price for only 295 baht net.

Cinta is the famous pig from Siena in the Tuscany region of Italy. The name "cinta" (belt) comes from the pink stripe around the belly of the animal. This April 2016, Acqua features three unique combinations of this prized ingredient. 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.

For more information, call 038 423 877.

Call 038 714 981 for reservations.

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thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

KINSEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT

An “Oishii” experience – that’s delicious in Japanese This bijou restaurant is situated on Sukhumvit Road just before Nong Nooch Gardens on the approach from Pattaya. It is truly a family restaurant with father (Chef Tharathorn) in the kitchen, his wife Pichit front of house waiting tables with assistance from their niece (Narawan) to keep the service lively and Chef Arkom manning the sushi/sashimi station. This restaurant was a recent recommendation for which we are truly thankful. With only 24 covers (with an extra four on the small terrace), it is indeed petite but the menu is anything but – with 10 illustrated pages covering the full gamut of Japanese favourites from maki sushi to yakimono (grilled and pan-fried dishes). We have been back many times since our first visit and felt we weren’t doing our job as food writers if we didn’t pass on the word. Chef

Tharathorn has 20 years of this cuisine under his belt having worked in Japanese kitchens from Tokyo to Turkey to Abu Dhabi before returning home and opening his own restaurant. Mick and I are firm fans of sashimi and here it's polar fresh and top-notch. We usually order Set C (B.360) which includes a generous selection of salmon, tuna, crab sticks and sea bass presented on a foundation salad of leaves, grated daikon and carrot. Larger parties can order larger sets for B.620 or B.520 with extra servings of a whole variety of succulent, juicy fish. Sushi lovers will not be disappointed; the maki sushi, which is the wrapped toasted seaweed around vinegared rice, comes with various fillings. They include all the fresh fish plus freshwater eels, mixed seafood and that ’60s Los Angeles invention the ubiquitous California roll.

Yakimono (grilled food) comes as fish, shellfish, meat or vegetables usually pierced with a skewer and grilled over an open fire. The medley here is extensive including the universal favourite chicken yakitori, a speciality beef teriyaki, salmon (B.200), whole saba fish or shishamo yaki which is grilled small smelt fish (B.100). Steak is also available either beef, pork, squid or chicken with prices from B.140 for the buta (pork) steak. Japanese folk love slurping noodles and here at Kinsen you can enjoy oodles of noodles. Tsukimi literally translates as “viewing the moon”. The egg in this dish represents a full moon surrounded by clouds of thin noodles, while nabeyaki is a bowl of goodness bursting with fishcakes, chicken, mushrooms and other vegetables with an egg topping and shrimp tempura (B.150). The yakisoba is the healthiest option made from fried buckwheat noodles with masses of vegetables and seasoned spices. While at Kinsen a must-try is one of their curries. Japanese curry is very different from Indian curries. It’s thicker and has a milder flavour but the real secret is using a curry mix from a box and we have been assured that this is truly the case. Japanese people like to make a lot of dishes from scratch but when it comes to curry not many people do that. The katsu curry is wickedly wonderful. What makes

it stand out from other curries is that the meat or prawns are fried before having the luxurious silky curry sauce slathered all over it. Prices start from B.100 and rice is always included. Beer is available in 660 ml bottles of Singha (B.110), Heineken, San Miguel and the Japanese Kirin at B.140. Hot or cold sake is also available. We usually take a bottle of wine with us and have never been charged corkage. This menu is a cornucopia of Japanese delights. Mick loves the gyoza ground meat dumplings and we both love the salads especially the prawn version which comes in a bowl filled to the brim with carrots, crispy lettuce, cucumber and topped with prawns, hiyashi wakame (thin shreds of seaweed) and a

healthy portion of tobiko fish eggs; it’s a wonderful salad perfected with the wine vinegar and sesame oil dressing. This is such a find this small family restaurant serving Japanese favourite dishes at extraordinarily wallet friendly prices. Kinsen means “cash or rich” and we wish them every success in their new venture which is rich in flavours, friendliness and their eagerness to please. Kinsen is situated on Sukhumvit Road in a small group of shophouses just before Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens (from the Pattaya Approach). Look out for the red hanging lanterns. Kinsen Japanese Restaurant Open daily from 10 am to 10 pm Tel: 092 879 4236

Hotel Promotions Songkran Splashing at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Celebrate the traditional Thai New Year in style by booking a night next to the beach with Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa. The resort has created a special Songkran package for Thai residents, which includes a one-night accommodation with breakfast and buffet lunch at Benihana or buffet dinner at Garden Cafe for two people. Rates start from 4,599 baht net in a Deluxe Premier Garden View and available from now until April 30, 2016. For more information, visit Marriott.com/PYXMC, promotion code: IC9.

Hand in Hand in Thailand welcomes Phuket Pride Festival 2016 Phuket Pride Week, one of the biggest festivals in Phuket, will be held from April 24 to May 1, 2016. This year, proudly themed “Hand in Hand in Thailand”, the festival allows participants to enjoy eight days of fun and celebrations, including sporting events, dinners and parties, competitions, grand parades, and island trips. Take advantage of Amari Phuket’s convenient location to this spectacular event, highlighted by a colourful parade with LGBT performances along Patong Beach Road on May 1 with the Hot Deal package with prices starting at 16,800 baht +++ for a five-day, four-night stay. Other benefits include: • Complimentary round-trip Phuket International Airport transfer • 20 percent discount on food, beverages, Breeze Spa and laundry service for the whole period of stay • Guaranteed late checkout until 3 pm For more information, contact 076 340106-14 ext 8033-34, email reservations.phuket@amari.com or visit www.amari.com/phuket.


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Heaven for Spa Lovers

Devarana Spa’s Summer Promotion Enjoy sunbath and maritime breeze with less sunburned worry

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My life, my health! by Thonglor Clinic

Now that the holiday season is over, it is time to get serious about getting into better shape. Our face creates the first impression we give to others most of the time. Having a healthy, relaxed complexion is always a good start. Stress and worries amount to the development of wrinkles and furrows on our faces. With age we also lose underlying fatty tissue and lose collagen. This leads to more skin sagginess. Over time, small skin tags or benign tumors also appear. Unwanted pigmentation adds to the problem! Don’t despair; a multitude of treatments exists to help you turn the clock back. A favorite for many people is Botox. This relaxes the wrinkles and smooths out the appearance of the face. A few simple painless injections will give you the refreshed look for 4-6 months depending on the individual. As the muscles causing the wrinkles are paralyzed by the effect of the toxin from Clostridium botulinum type A, these muscles lose the memory effect that creates the wrinkle. These wrinkles return but not as pronounced as the effect of Botox wears off. Sometimes the intervals between treatments can be extended. Botox has multiple applications beyond treatment of wrinkles. It can be used to stop muscular spasms like excessive blinking. Excessive sweating can also be controlled. Some people develop sweaty axilla within minutes of showering or have constant sweaty hands. This can also be controlled with Botox injections.

Some people with excessive calf development can also have the calf contour attenuated to give a more feminine appearance. A multitude of problems can be controlled this way. Botox can also be used to produce a lifting effect to the smile. Quite often we can look bitter without meaning it when the mouth corners tend to point downwards. A few units

of Botox injected in the appropriate muscles can return your expression to a much more pleasing one. It is amazing to see other people’s response to your facial expression if this sour look disappears. Probably the second most popular treatment is the use of hyaluronic acid to fill in deep wrinkles or to restore volume to areas of the face that have suffered from aging or severe weight loss. Chronic disease like HIV can lead to loss of facial fat deposits and fillers can help in restoring a plumper effect. Chronic smokers develop small wrinkles around the mouth; these can be attenuated with fillers. Giving them more volume with hyaluronic acid gels can enhance lips that have become too thin over the years.

These gels are gradually reabsorbed by the body as they are made principally of water molecules held in a cross-linked mesh. Small skin tags and benign tumors can be removed with lasers without needing major surgical interventions. Lasers can also be used to help in skin rejuvenation by removing the superficial layers of damaged skin cells. Repeated treatments give better results for skin rejuvenation. Skin tag removal is done in a matter of minutes. Anesthetic creams are used to make a more pleasant experience. Nobody likes pain! Melasma patches and liver spots on face and hands can be attenuated with the use of the Perfect laser Dual Yellow. This special laser has wavelengths specific for colored skin lesions. It is also very good at removing small facial, perinasal veins referred to as telangiectasia. Detoxifying treatments are also available to help your liver function and to remove heavy metals from your system. All you need is a few hours to relax while a saline solution in combination with other medications is used to flush out these toxins from your system. Other forms of treatments are also available. Omeopractice is a different approach to health that you may find interesting. It approaches disease from a different perspective. A free consultation with our doctor will help you choose the appropriate treatments for your skin or health complaints. A careful, attentive and caring service is assured so that you can relax and allow our staff to help you achieve your goals. Thonglor Clinic – Pattaya is located on Thappraya Road towards Jomtien. For more information and to book a free consultation, contact 038 252 055.

Spa Promotions Mango Tango! Dessert for Your Skin at Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya Delight this summer with Breeze Spa’s scrumptious duet of Mango and Sticky Rice Body Scrub treatment, a delicious treat for the skin! Soaking in the sun and activities in the summer heat can leave the skin dull and hungry for moisture, this delicious aromatic scrub, inspired by the popular Thai dessert, will deeply nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals, whilst revealing smoother skin all over the body and leaving a delightful scent. Guests can enjoy the Mango Sticky Rice Body Scrub Package, which includes a body massage of their choice, topped with a mango sticky rice dessert after the treatment. Prices for the two-hour package start from 2,400 to 3,500 baht, with mango sticky rice dessert after treatment and a take-home Mango Sticky Rice Body Butter or Mango Sticky Rice Exfoliating shower gel. The package is available at all Breeze Spas across Thailand, including Amari Watergate Bangkok, Amari Pattaya, Amari Hua Hin, Amari Koh Samui, Amari Vogue Krabi and Amari Phuket. For more information, visit www.breeze-spa.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 the vanilla shea butter cream. The vanilla is more than just a pretty scent, but 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.


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Spa Promotions Songkran Refresher at Royal Garden Spa, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Celebrate the spirit of Thailand’s famous New Year, water festival, with this special 90-minute spa package. Feel all the past year’s tension melt away in a 60-minute body massage and give your complexion a radiant boost with a 60-minute Anantara facial. Leave with complimentary jasmine body lotion. Price is 3,300 baht net and available from now until April 30, 2016. For more information and reservations, contact Tel: 038 412 120 ext 1711 or email spa.pmrs@minor.com.

After Festival Reviver at Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya There are countless festive celebrations at the beginning of the year till April. With all the excesses of the holiday season, it is no wonder that we begin to feel weary and look terrible. Do not let this ruin your day when you can opt for an After Festival Reviver program that helps to get rid of these classic symptoms and make you look and feel your best after these parties. This program begins with a 60-minute Algae and Caffeine Slimming Wrap, which relieves your hangover by sweating alcohol out of your body and promoting weight reduction as well as skin remineralization. During the slender wrap, a whitening and soothing face mask is applied to restore natural hydration and radiance to your fatigued eyes and tired skin. To revitalize your strained body after a whole night of standing or dancing, a 60-minute Swedish massage works together with a 30-minute foot reflexology to relax your tired and aching body and supersore feet and drift you into a sleep. Once you awaken, you feel relaxed and look refreshed and rejuvenated. The 2.5-hour program is priced at 5,000 baht ++ and available from now to April 30, 2016. For more information, contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya on 038 371 044 or pattaya@devaranaspa.com.

7 Miracle Grains at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand at CentralWorld Enriched with the powerful antioxidants of seasonal fruits and plants, the heavenly-scented seven miracle grains body polish procedure will repair stressed skin while helping to protect against sun damage. Taking its inspiration from the time-honoured hot pouch therapy of Thai healing filled with freshly steamed grains, this restorative treatment features seven different types of treasure grains: wheat germ, barley, cornmeal, oatmeal, millet, red rice and soy beans. On application, the heat loosens tight muscles while revealing a radiant and smooth skin through its exfoliation process. After a shower, an aromatic vanilla shea butter massage will follow, complete with a hot tea drink and fresh fruits. Price is only 1,500 baht ++ per person for 60 minutes. Spa Cenvaree is located on the 26th floor of Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. For more information or reservations, contact Tel: 02 100 1234 ext 6511-16 or email spacgcw@chr.co.th.

Solution for excessive underarm sweating Botox is one of those beauty treatments that everyone has an opinion on. You’re either out and proud with your wrinkle-free face and make you look much younger and to add on some contour on your face, but the major purpose aside from beauty treatment is to avoid excessive sweating by Dr. Natnicha Loichuen especially in underarms. Botox is FDA-approved for excessive armpit sweating. Botox minimizes and blocks out the body’s sweat glands, anywhere from six months to one year. For some people, it’s about keeping your gown dry on your wedding day. It’s about keeping dry everyday of your life. That's right! Excess sweating is a medical condition. Hyperhidrosis is the official term for those who sweat constantly out of the underarms, hands, feet, groin, and face. You know if you are a sufferer — you sweat in everyday situations; when you are stressed or anxious, in a new situation, or when meeting new people. And you ruin all of your clothes because of sweatiness. How does it work? Some are not scared of needles, but the idea of injecting a solution into the armpits caused by sweating problem is admittedly a little terrifying. Still, the prospect of a year without ruining every white T-shirt is too good to pass up. It is not to cut sweat glands with this treatment, Botox simply blocks the nerves from reaching the sweat glands — it decreases the chemical reaction between the two.

What about the side effect? It has so much safety data and has been proven for safety, efficacy and predictability. Just a little bit of redness due to small needle injection but it will be gone in a couple of hours. And does it actually work? Right after the treatment, you need to wait two weeks to one month for you to see the good result. The treatment longevity varies from person to person but normally it is really going to last for six months or longer.

FREE one-time laser rejuvenation when you avail botox treatment For more information and to book a FREE consultation, call Tel: 038 411 190, 063 297 372 or visit Nicha Clinic on Pattaya Second Road (opposite View Talay Beach Condominium and Central Festival Pattaya Beach). Line ID: nichaclinic. Email: nichabeautyandbeyond@gmail.com. Visit www.nichaclinic.com for promotions.

Like Watermelon? Eat Up If you love watermelon, you're onto a good thing. This refreshing favorite is a nutritional superstar too. Here are four reasons to add it to your shopping list: Watermelon helps keep your arteries clear. Early research suggests that watermelon juice reduces body fat, lowers LDL cholesterol and— the biggest effect—it cleans heart threatening plaque from your arteries. It drops your blood pressure and boosts your circulation. Watermelon is one of the few food sources of citrulline, a protein that may lower systolic blood pressure by as much as nine points. That's enough to prevent full brown hypertension. Furthermore, watermelon is loaded with lycopene; this potent plant polyphenol starts to fend off heart disease and some cancers. Cup for cup, watermelon has 40 percent more lycopene than tomatoes. And you can eat watermelon without guilt, because it is naturally low in calories. You get

SMARTER, FASTER, BETTER

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In the international bestseller The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, rigorous reporting and rich storytelling to explain how we can get better at the things we do. The result is a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology and behavioural economics, this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies and organizations don’t merely act differently.

Some people know they sweat in certain areas of the armpit so we’ll concentrate on that, while the average patient just knows they sweat everywhere. For the average patient, a whole vial of 100 units is generally required — 50 units for each armpit. Unit dosing is tied to longevity, so if you do less than the clinical amount, it may not last as long.

all those great benefits and flavor for just 48 calories per cup. That's a lot of punch for a sweet fruit.

Will Rhodes is an award-winning correspondent for The Travelers, on assignment at a luxury Argentinian resort - fine wines and gourmet food, polo fields and the looming Andes. But Will’s life is about to be turned upside down when a new flirtation turns into something far more dangerous, and he only realises too late. Turns out he’s been targeted, he just doesn’t know why. He doesn’t know what these people truly want and how far into his life they will reach, to his friends and his colleagues, to his boss and his wife. He doesn’t know that they will stop at nothing in their pursuit, and he doesn’t know about the secrets he has already been keeping.


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Simulations World Tour – The Mirror Trap

“The Mirror Trap ooze a charisma that we haven’t seen since bands like The Killers first started out. Bring the Noise” Dundee based band The Mirror Trap (TMT) are set to tour the world in support of their new album Simulations. After the release of their album Stay Young the six-piece rock band were spotted playing at Club Zero in Dundee by Brian Molko and in a short time they were supporting indie legends Placebo both in Russia on a Trans-Siberian arena tour adventure and on their UK tour which included the iTunes Festival – TMT’s debut London show! Fronted by Gary Moore and backed by a powerful line of guitars and rhythm in Paul Markie, Paul Reilly, Ben Doherty and Mike Mcfarlane, their live show has attracted fans from all over the world. The new album was recorded at Karma Studios in Thailand (Libertines, Young Guns, Enter Shikari) and is a 10 tracks of modern rock and roll. Gary’s lyrics deal with the lack of identity in today’s electronic world. The first single New Trance is about “the feeling of being hypnotised by smart phones and iPads and social media. Knowing that you have so much to be doing, so many places you could be, and experiences you could be having, but still finding yourself sitting in the same spot, scrolling through pointless information.” The release of Simulations is planned for early June to tie in with playing festivals throughout 2016 including SXSW in Texas, the prestigious Summersonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan this August, a headlining show in Moscow in June and a major European tour in the autumn.

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Release Date April 6, 2016 Lead Actors Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Writers Evan Spiliotopoulos, Craig Mazin Genre Action | Adventure | Drama

Release Date April 13, 2016 Lead Actors Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken, Neel Sethi Director Jon Favreau Writers Justin Marks, Rudyard Kipling Genre Adventure | Drama | Family

As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land; two renegades – Eric the Huntsman – who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara set out to stop them.

automotive by John K. Lindgren Editor-in-chief: carsanook.com

In 1995 it began with Honda's urban SUV, the globally famous CR-V (Compact Runabout Vehicle). Three years later in 1998 the compact HR-V (Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle) was rolled in Japan based on Honda Logo. Now the latest of Honda's Automobiles uppercase three-letter combinations has arrived, the BR-V. Decoded it stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle. What about “How brave are you?” That's the message of the Thai BR-V advertising campaign, online and offline. I've seen the billboard poster. Pattaya Today Automotive tests the new BR-V which Honda calls Active Sport Crossover vehicle aimed at only the Asian market, while the CR-V and HR-V are global models, the new BR-V jointly developed by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. Thailand and P.T. Honda R&D Indonesia is truly Asian. Remember Honda's MPV Mobilio? The BR-V is built on the Brio/Mobilio platform at Honda's Thai Ayutthaya plant sharing the same 1.5 L engine plus interior design elements. The rest is uniquely BR-V. Styling Compact SUV looks, par excellence with wide tracks and high ground clearance. Honda's signature thick chrome grille with the stylized “H” badge at the center. Note the angular projector

LED headlights, round fog lamps, skid plates and the sleek, sporty roof rails. The side view boasts sculpted flowing lines and diamond finish, cool 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 16-inch tyres. The prominent rear with bulging high-positioned LED taillight cluster and more chrome accents. The Honda BR-V is available in five paint jobs: Premium Amber Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl. Interior Our entry trim level BR-V five-seater V variant demo unit retails at 750,000 baht. The seven-seater SV range-topper costs 820,000 baht and comes with more bells and whistles like leather interior, rear A/C and touchscreen monitor with rear-view parking camera. Pay 70,000 baht less and you still get a solid Honda interior. All dials and buttons functional and easy to operate. No fiddling! Honda style always user-friendly like the important A/C controls, radio with 'scan' function. Stylish black fabric upholstery and piano noir dashboard. Generous cabin space thanks to the wheelbase of 2,660 mm space. The rear seats are split-foldable 60:40 the “One Motion” Honda concept. Engine Under the engine lid Honda’s trusted 1.5-liter petrol SOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum power of 117 horsepower and a peak torque of 146 Nm. The famous VTEC power plant has got the right balance between thirst and performance with regards to city and motorway driving. Average 16.5 kpl. Fuel tank capacity: 48.5 liters. Honda BR-V drinks E85 gasohol and E20.

An orphan boy is raised in the jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther.

All-New HONDA BR-V – How BRAVE R U? Honda's Nouvelle Asian Compact SUV is here

Driving Experience The BR-V drives more like a sedan than an SUV. The body roll is minimal thanks to the wider track and stiffer suspension. Step on it! Acceleration zero to highway speeds in a Ferrari is less than 4 seconds. Honda BR-V around 10. Engine noise? Ferrari roaring! Honda BR-V's a tad noisy when the selector is in S-mode – full throttle. On the highways and byways to Chonburi, Pattaya and Jomtien Beach good solid handling and enjoyable driving. All the way. Safety Front driver and passenger SRS airbags, ABS + EBD, hill-start assist VSA (Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist system) and ISOFIX (the international standard for attachment points for child safety seats in passenger cars). Plus side mirror integrated turn signals.

Verdict The new kid on the block Honda BR-V is a fine regional new option to the global urban SUVs Honda CR-V and HR-V. Competitive price, too. Fuel consumption is the lowest of the three as well. A solid, good looking five-seater propelled by a fuel efficient 1.5 L engine. Honda has crossed over successfully with a new segment they call: Active Sport Crossover or Bold Runabout Vehicle.

All-new Honda BR-V V CTV (Automatic) Engine: 1.5 L 4-cylinder petrol engine Max power: 117 horsepower Max torque: 146 Nm Transmission: CTV Top speed: 180 kph Fuel consumption: 16.5 kpl (combined) Price: 750,000 baht www.honda.co.th


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HARBOR PATTAYA The Family Paradise: The Mega-Fun Shopping Mall opening April 1

Shopping malls these days, no matter where, still don’t provide enough real space for families. It is this observation that has led to the creation of the mega-fun shopping center HARBOR PATTAYA, with an initial investment of more than 2 billion baht, on an 8 rai (12.8 ha) area in the heart of the city of Pattaya. HARBOR PATTAYA is a new concept and a first in Thailand, endeavoring to create a happy atmosphere for all the members of the family, so that every day can be family day for you. The place is packed with entertainment, smiles and laughter, the highlight being Harbor Land, the biggest indoor playground in Asia. A mega-event is about to happen! HARBOR PATTAYA, the mega-fun shopping center, opens its doors today on Pattaya Klang as a new landmark in the heart of town which

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Property When Pattaya’s Condo Market Went Ballistic! Remember when the Pattaya real estate development scene was taking off like a rocket? By 2006 prices on land and condos had already doubled and it would triple and in some cases quadruple in the coming few years. Those were the days and that was what started everything that we see around us today: a huge oversupply of condo units and abandoned development sites. Yes, a good number of developers just didn’t put the brakes on in time and found themselves with too many unsold units and very few buyers in sight. But it is not all doom and gloom, as we all know that even this vast supply of condominiums will eventually be sold and Pattaya will be on to its next property boom cycle. From where I am sitting I can see a good number of high-rise condominium towers popping up along the Na Jomtien beachfront over the coming few years. It might be tough now but it won’t last long, and the next Eastern Seaboard property boom is going to be more than ballistic. I’m thinking supersonic! So while we are disposing of our available supply of condominiums, let’s take a little stroll down memory lane and look back at the Pattaya property market of a decade ago. Some of the greatest development on the Eastern Seaboard in 2006

was the ambitious developments and projects going up along Jomtien beach and south to the Bangsarey beach and hills area, including the Silver Lake Winery Group with their Winery and Chateau Resort concept. In the Na Jomtien area just south of Pattaya was the construction of The Sails Condominium and Ocean Marina Yacht Club’s second condominium tower known as the Portofino. There is no question that major developers already are looking down the Jomtien beachfront, as it is definitely showing itself to be one of the greatest investment potentials for the very near future, and the good beachfront land parcels are going fast. We also looked back to see more high-end housing developments in the area. The Wongamat Beach area in North Pattaya also was vibrant with the construction of a number of fine resorts and 3- to 5-star condominiums. And in central Pattaya we saw more and more smaller (seven- to eight-story lowrise) boutique condominiums, reflecting demand for the city’s first five-star ‘inner city’ living apartment buildings. One most notable design and construction group back then was the Nova Group, which designed and built eight low-rise boutique condominiums in the Pattaya area: Nova Mirage I, II & III; Nova

Atrium; Nova Suites; Tara Court; Mayfair Residence, and the Nova Residence Jomtien. All were selling very well. In fact, the Nova Group sold 80 percent (57 of 72) of its Nova Atrium apartments in five months from November 2005 to April 2006. Coming up soon after for the Nova Group was the Hyde Park Court (first of four buildings), Nova Central and the fantastic Nova Plaza Hotel. Rony Fineman of the Nova Group was saying he was literally turning investors and developers away; he could not find enough construction workers to keep up with the demand! Another incredible developer at that time was Michael Suttie’s Pattaya Properties Group. In just a matter of about five years, they had turned their small real estate brokerage into a construction and development empire. It began with their View Talay Villas, a successful ‘modern tropical’ housing estate, and then their View Talay Residences (Buildings 1 through 6). Their next great move was the Majestic Residence, a huge beachfront estate of 65 welldesigned modern tropical homes, with 80 percent of phase I and 50 percent of phase II sold! Pattaya Properties Group had just begun their skyrocketing climb to success. In fact it is their designs and planning that had made that Pattaya real estate boom go ballistic! Recently off the drawing board and soon to be the world’s tallest residential building, the Ocean One Tower was set to appear before our very eyes right in the middle of the Jomtien Beach business district. That represents 91 floors of design expertise! Ocean One Tower was designed by the prestigious Australian architect firm Woods Bagot Co., Ltd., and featured the structural engineering expertise of Connell Wagner, one of the Asia Pacific’s largest and most experienced multidisciplinary engineering consulting practices. Together, they were going to change the Pattaya skyline forever, with purchasers already knocking at the door during those days. Pattaya Properties had already sold 75 Ocean One Tower units—12 percent of the 626 apartments-before they even had their first press release or had driven one piling into

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

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

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

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

the ground. They sold 40 units in December of 2005 at 85,000 baht per square meter, 20 units from February to March at 90,000 baht psm, and in April they sold 15 units at 100,000 baht psm. If that is not ballistic enough for you: during their recent press launch in Hong Kong, Suttie announced that Ocean One Tower units would start selling at 120,000 baht per square meter when construction started in August 2006. Now that’s an over 40 percent increase in less than eight months. That’s ballistic! Unfortunately ballistic just wasn’t fast enough as Ocean One Tower never got off the ground. Looking back 10 years at the Pattaya real estate development scene just makes one realize that we have done it once again a decade later. Enough looking back as we look forward to the next property super boom where we will surely see some phenomenal designs and construction...one more time!

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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HARBOR PATTAYA

1. Harbor Land: The Largest Indoor Playground in Asia: This amusement park for children is packed with playthings and equipment manufactured to Euro standards regarding safety and ease of use. To test courage (and fear), there is the tallest Slider in Asia, and there are more than 20 models of it, again another Asian record.

4. DEEP Climbing Gym: The first artificial cliff climbing in the Eastern region, with an underwater theme as if climbing from a depth of 10 meters to the surface, all with world standard, from the United States (opening on May 5). 5. Kidzoona & Molly Fantasy: Amusement park for little children imported from Japan – the biggest branch in Thailand, together with toys of the latest concept from Japan. 6. Harbor Learn & Play: The biggest learning center for children in the Eastern region with development institutions such as KPN, Kumon, Bangkok Dance, Clay Works, Shane English School, Mind English, Robot’s Child, Juno Park Town, Perfect Art, CookCool, and Pesuso Gym Taekwondo. 7. LED Slider: In the middle of the first mall in Thailand to allow usage free of charge. 8. International Food Garden: An assortment of regional cuisines with versatile, creative menus worth testing, such as Kimkun’s succulent broiled chicken (the first Thai branch of the Korean chain), Tuna Ichiban, Hokkaido Tokachi Butadon (from the Hong Kong branch), Tokyo Teppanyaki, With Snow Bigsu (a first in Thailand, with a snow corner for the children to play), and many other restaurants.

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2. Rope Courses: Playthings under ropes and under shelter, a first in Thailand, to improve confidence and courage as well as to help develop the sense of balance of children. 3. ‘Jump XL’ Trampoline Park: Number One in Europe, the first branch in Asia, and super-fun with the Ninja Warrior Course, another first in Thailand (opening on April 12).

‘Jump XL’ Trampoline Park

9. A new meeting point in Pattaya: With dozens of coffee shops in various styles, parking space for over 1,000 cars, and free Wi-Fi. 10. The Rink and Snow Land: The first world-standard skating rink of the Eastern region and the biggest snow city in Thailand (opening in October). Apart from these 10 good reasons, HARBOR PATTAYA, the mega-fun mall, also boasts a Baby Pool, a first in Pattaya, sundry leading shops able to answer all of their customers’ requirements, the MaxValu Supermarket, a new concept from AEON of Japan and a first in Thailand, a bank of banks, entire floors of comprehensive IT wares and of premium-grade offices, along with the most complete array of facilities in the Eastern region. Let’s meet on April 1 in Pattaya Klang. (NB: This is NO April 1 joke!)

Sansiri unveils 100 percent ready-to-move-in The Base Central Pattaya Sansiri once again emphasises its leadership in Thailand’s housing developments with the introduction of The Base Central Pattaya project under The Base brand in the heart of Pattaya City located on the highpotential Pattaya Second Road close to myriad amenities and only 300 metres from Central Festival Pattaya Beach. The project is completely ready for transfer as 50 percent of both Thai and foreign customers flock to inspect and take ownership of their units to usher in the summer high season in Pattaya. This phenomenon clearly demonstrates the potentials of Pattaya. Uthai Uthaisangsuk, senior executive vice president – Business

Development and Project Development Division (High Rise) of Sansiri Public Company Limited (SIRI), said, “The Base Central Pattaya project was quickly sold out on the pre-sale day in 2013 totalling 1,112 units worth over 4 billion baht. We could transfer the units exactly on schedule in accordance with our strict policy to underline the sense of dependability for customers who can now take ownership. We hope to deliver the ultimate living experience in a resort town as well as the convenience of home for our customers. This is partly due to the many amenities and shopping projects in the vicinity such as Central Festival Pattaya

Beach, The Avenue and Terminal 21 Pattaya (soon to open). “We still see continuous growth of the market in Pattaya and Central Pattaya in the big picture, as it is a high-potential resort that is perennially popular among Thai and foreign tourists throughout the year. We also take into account the advent of the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) this year that could lead to a growth in housing demand by expatriates both for investment and for own domicile. In addition, Sansiri’s Baan Plai Haad Pattaya highend condominium on Wongamat Beach has posted a 70 percent sold rate reinforcing the belief that Sansiri projects are well recognised

and respected in brand and quality by consumers in Pattaya. Sansiri has also organised a special promotion for Baan Plai Haad Pattaya project in the ‘Move Fast, Time's running out!’ fair at Fashion Hall, 1st floor, Siam Paragon, on March 11-13 at the

starting price of 3.99 million baht without any additional expenses on transfer day, in order to boost sales during the high season.” The company hopes to increase the proportion of foreign customers especially among Japanese who have increasingly shown interest in The Base Central Pattaya project as it is located near a Japanese community. Sansiri first introduced the new condominium brand The Base to customers four years ago. The Base condominiums were conceived under the concept “You Are Where You Live” to reflect the individuality of the tenants whose preferences and lifestyles greatly differ. At present, there are 15 projects under The Base brand throughout the country, divided into five projects in Bangkok and 10 projects in the provinces.


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Volume 5

Issue 6

1-15 april 2016

Legal & Expat Money

LEGAL ADVICE

by Magna Carta Law Office

THAILAND PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMIT How do foreign nationals qualify for a permanent residence permit? A foreign national who meets the following qualifications is eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit: 1. Foreign national applicant must hold a passport of his/her current nationality, which was granted a non-immigrant visa and has been permitted to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand on the basis of one-year visa extension for a total of at least three consecutive years up to the date of the submission of the application. 2. Foreign national applicant must have personal qualifications that meet one of the following categories: • Investment category – the foreigner must bring in at least 10 million baht into Thailand to invest in a limited or public company, state-issued security, state enterprise’s security or the stock market; • Working / Business category – the foreigner must be an executive officer such as president of Committee or Committee of a juristic person registered in Thailand with a capital of at least 10 million baht and is authorized as a signatory for such juristic person, up to the date of application submission, for at least one year. The applicant must earn at least 50,000 baht per month for two consecutive years prior to submitting the application. Also, his work must be in an area of interest to the national economy. Alternatively, the foreigner must earn at least 80,000 baht per month for a period of at least two years, up to the date of application submission, or have been filing tax return for the amount of annual income of 100,000 baht for at least two consecutive years, up to the date of application submission. He, also, must have held work a permit for at least three consecutive years and worked with the current company for at least one year, up to the date of application submission.

• Humanity Reasons category – the foreigner must be the spouse, parent or child of a permanent resident or a Thai citizen; • Expert or Academic category – the foreigner must hold at least a bachelor’s degree, possesses special ability that is needed and of benefit to this country, and his current position requires him to work at least three consecutive years in Thailand;

• Extra circumstances on a case by case basis 3. The applicant must reveal information on his/ her income, assets, knowledge, vocational ability, and family status in terms of connection with Thai national conditions on national security or others as deem appropriate for the consideration. 4. The applicant must be able to understand and speak the Thai language. What are the benefits of holding a permanent residence permit? Foreigners who obtain permanent residence permit enjoy many benefits which include the following: 1. Living permanently in Thailand without obtaining further visa renewals; 2. Eligibility to apply for Thai citizenship after holding a residence permit for five consecutive years; 3. Eligibility of his/her spouse, children, and parents to apply for their own residence permits; 4. Their children born in Thailand automatically acquires Thai nationality; 5. Eligibility to become a director of a Thai public company. What is the procedure to obtain a permanent residence permit? Ministry of Interior announces the annual quota of foreign nationals to be issued a residence permit in the Government Gazette each year. The application can then be submitted until the last working day of the year. Applicants must submit the application in person with all the required documents. Procedures after the applications are accepted 1. The immigration officers will grant the applicants for 180 days extension of stay on the date of application submission first and the next extension will be granted for 180 days until the results of the applications come out from The Immigration Commission. 2. The applicants and those who get involved with the applications will get an appointment card to come for an interview with the immigration officers. The interview includes an oral Thai language proficiency test. 3. The applicants who are 14 years of age on the application submission date is subject to criminal records check according to the following: • Their fingerprint sheets with identity information are forwarded to the Criminal Records Division, Royal Thai Police for the investigation to confirm his/her criminal records. • Investigation through a watch list system of the Immigration Bureau will be made to determine whether the applicant is a prohibited person. • They are to be checked whether they are wanted by a foreign warrant of arrest by the Foreign Affairs Division.

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Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

Outlook – Student Accommodation Sector – Savills 2015 Report The purpose-built student accommodation sector looks set to continue its strong growth. Student numbers are recovering and are set to increase further with the removal of the cap. With increased numbers, there is the need for more supply. The level of supply required will vary by town and city depending on the strength and type of demand. It will also depend on the quality, location and price of existing supply. We expect the ‘flight to quality’ to continue with higher ranking institutions benefiting most (subject to their expansion plans). Investment into the sector has increased substantially in 2015 and looks set to continue. Perhaps the biggest barrier to its continuation will be sourcing opportunities for investment. As competition increases with more actual and potential investors from across the globe looking at the sector, it is likely that we will see some compression in yields. The biggest risks to the sector are political. The rhetoric around migration is unhelpful and the risks arising from an EU referendum are apparent. Policy makers should acknowledge the important role that higher education students play in both local and national economies. Students also have a major impact on local housing markets. The provision of more student accommodation can play a role in solving the housing issues and should be considered as part of a larger solution. Higher education is an important contributor to many local economies. Nationally the sector contributes £40 billion to gross domestic product, and students are a key component of population growth and housing demand in many locations. Both central and local decision makers therefore need to carefully consider the financial and housing implications of any policies relating to higher education. We have analysed all local authorities in Great Britain and selected a subset of 76 that have a significant student population. Within this subset, we have calculated that the average contribution of higher education to local economies, as measured by gross value added (GVA), is 6 percent of the total. The traditional university powerhouses of Oxford and Cambridge put their corresponding local authorities in the top two spots, with higher education contributing an estimated 21 percent and 17 percent respectively. Elsewhere in the top 10 are Canterbury (University of Kent), Ceredigion (Aberystwyth University), Lancaster (Lancaster University) and Bath and North East Somerset (University of Bath and Bath Spa University), all large universities in otherwise small local economies. Alongside their contribution to economic growth, students also have an impact on local population growth and the housing market. In some areas, students have been a large proportion of population growth and even counterbalanced population declines in two areas. Ceredigion is one of those areas, with its student age population growing by over 1,600 between 2001 and 2011, more than offsetting a fall of 600 residents of other ages. Dundee City (home to the University of Dundee and Abertay). London Supply There were approximately 367,000 students studying in London during the 2013/14 academic year, according to HESA data. Of those, 77 percent were studying full time, 28 percent were from overseas and the majority of full-time students (75 percent) lived either at home or in the private rented sector. This figure was slightly down on the previous academic year (378,000) but by a similar percent as student numbers across the UK (-1.7 percent). Looking ahead, it is likely that London will continue to be an attractive city for students from across the UK and around the world. However, there is the risk that prospective students will be put off by the cost of living in the capital. The pressure on London’s housing stock is particularly acute. New housing supply has failed to meet required levels and so the pressure on living costs has continued to build post recession. House prices have risen by 46 percent and private sector rents by 19 percent over the last five years, according to the ONS. Other measures put rental growth even higher. With increased competition in the private rented sector from other household groups, purpose-built student housing plays an important and growing role in London’s housing market. With 70,000 purpose-built beds in the capital (40,000 university managed and 30,000 privately managed), the sector houses around a quarter of London’s full-time students. With the pressure on London’s housing market expected to continue and student numbers likely to increase, the sector should be well placed to expand further. 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. 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: info@ifainternationalgroup.com


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Volume 5

Issue 6

1-15 april 2016

Business News

Thailand to boost profile at ITB 2016 with strong teamwork by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to strengthen its partnership with the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT) and Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) to enhance the impact of the strategic marketing to promote Thailand as a “Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess.” The delegation for the Thailand Networking Lunch organised at the ITB Berlin 2016, was led by HE Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports, together with the heads of three organisations, Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of TAT; Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of AOT, and Charamporn Jotikasthira, president of THAI. The Networking Lunch, attended by 150 senior executives and representatives of the German and European travel trade and media as well as related Thai officials and private sector representatives, is one of the primary events organised

at the ITB Berlin by the Thai contingent to outline new plans and strategies and network with buyers and operators. The European market is projected to be a key player in achieving the success of the plan to enhance the image of Thailand as a “Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess”. This means

growing average visitor expenditure, average length of stay and repeat visitation. This year, Thailand is targeting 60.6 billion euros (2.41 trillion baht) in revenue. Of that total, 39.2 billion euros (1.56 trillion baht) will come from international markets and 21.36 billion euros (0.85 trillion baht) from domestic travel. Germany is Thailand’s third

highest source market from Europe. In 2015, Thailand welcomed 760,604 German visitors, an increase of 6.34 percent over 2014. This generated tourism income of 1.27 billion euros (50.6 billion baht), a growth of 8.04 percent over 2014. In 2014, German visitors had an average length of stay of 17.5 days and daily expenditure per person of

94.4 euros (3,756 baht). This is one of the highest average lengths of stay of all nationalities, while the overall average length of stay in Thailand was 9.8 days. This year, Thailand is targeting a 4.38 percent increase in tourism revenue from the Europe market as a whole, and a 3.87 percent growth from the German market specifically.

ADFEST returns to Royal Cliff Thailand’s Best Hotels Group and PEACH Restaurants 2016

ADFEST is an advertising festival celebrating creativity. Not only does the festival recognize and award creative excellence, but more importantly, it is a forum and platform for learning and meeting other professionals in the industry. It is the ideal place to engage, interact, and exchange views in a relaxed atmosphere. Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) hosted the 19th Asia Pacific Advertising Festival (ADFEST 2016) with over 1000 creative campaigns from March 16-19. This year’s theme for ADFEST was "Be Bad" which signifies embracing the relentless pace of change that is transforming this region and the world. The most creative and innovative minds of the region gathered in PEACH’s grand halls to showcase their brilliant talent in seemingly endless galleries of stunning creations. The event was bursting with activities and featured thousands of cutting-edge advertising artworks, promotions and campaigns. The three-day event offered delegates a unique learning opportunity through seeing the finest artworks and listening to inspiring speakers. The highlight of the event was the award presentation of design masterpieces on the evening of March 18 and 19 which included categories such as the film craft lotus, new director lotus, design lotus, effective lotus, branded content and entertainment lotus, special awards and more. General manager of Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Antonello Passa, presented the Tree Planting

Thailand’s Best Restaurant award for UNO MAS Restaurant

Naphalai Areesorn (2nd from left), editor-in-chief of Thailand Tatler Magazine, gave an award of Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2016 to UNO MAS Restaurant, Centara Grand at CentralWorld received by executive chef of Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Somchai Deeying (2nd from right), together with Passawee Kotesrimuang (far right), Food and Beverage Promotion manager, at Zen Gallery, Zen Department Store. 9th consecutive year of Thailand’s Best Restaurant award for PRIME Steakhouse

Certificate to Vinit Suraphongchai, chairman of ADFEST. The certificate signifies that Royal Cliff will be planting flames trees in various vital locations on behalf of ADFEST who have selected

Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH as the venue for its event. This long-lasting commitment to environmental sustainability reflects the company’s dedication to corporate social responsibility.

Naphalai Areesorn (center), editor-in-chief of Thailand Tatler Magazine, presented a Thailand’s Best Restaurant award 2016 for PRIME Steakhouse at Millennium Hilton Bangkok to Chef Sethasak Anavachasuk (right), chef de cuisine, and Patcharee Sookpaiboon (left), PRIME Steakhouse supervisor. It is not easy to be a champion but it is harder to maintain the success. For the ninth consecutive year, PRIME Restaurant has been awarded Thailand’s Best Restaurant.


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Volume 5

Issue 6

1-15 april 2016

Business News Travellers paid 8 percent less on hotel prices in Thailand foreign visitors also saw a drop, as seen in Phuket by 14 percent to 2,754 baht, while Pattaya and Chiang Mai dropped by 9 percent to 2,110 baht and 8 percent to 2,170 baht, respectively.

The latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from Hotels.com™ shows that average prices paid (including taxes and fees) per night for hotel accommodation in Thailand fell 8 percent in 2015 as compared to 2014, due partly to Thailand's low inflation rate and lower global oil prices. The global Index sat at 114 for 2015 and is closing the gap on the previous peak of 117 in 2007, the year before the global economic crisis. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the number of travellers to Thailand surged in 2015. Visitor arrivals increased by 20.4 percent over 2014, totalling 29.8 million, driven by demand from the Chinese market. The 8 percent fall in hotel prices paid in Thailand was good news for travellers who found even more affordable rates at most destinations. Travellers to cities outside of Thailand also saw a decrease in prices per room, per night, such as in Kuala Lumpur by 20 percent to 2,087 baht, Seoul by 19 percent to 3,232 baht, Bali by 19 percent to 2,790 baht, Singapore by 18 percent to 4,527 baht and Taipei by 13 percent to 3,279 baht. Travellers paid less in 95 percent of Thai destinations Hotel prices paid in 95 percent of Thai cities dropped in the Hotels.com HPI report for 2015. What the travellers to and within Thailand paid per night was 2,968 baht, down from 3,226 baht in 2014. Among Thai cities analysed in the HPI, Kanchanaburi and Koh Samet saw the highest declines at 39 percent. The only destinations where travellers experienced an increase were Pranburi and Koh Ngai, by 7 percent to

Average hotel prices per room per night paid by travellers, both domestic and international, in 2015 for top Thai destinations (in baht)

5,529 baht and 5 percent to 3,473 baht, respectively. Hotel accommodation in popular destinations such as Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Songkhla and Surat Thani proved to be competitively affordable with average prices paid ranging from 810 baht to 1,720 baht per room per night. Top destinations for

Thai Hotels Association Eastern Region elects its second-term president

Thai Hotels Association Eastern Region (THA-E) held its 10th general meeting on March 14, 2016 following the re-election of Sanpetch Supabawornsathien as its second-term president. The event, held at the Napalai Ballroom of Dusit Thani Pattaya, was attended by hotel representatives in the Eastern Seaboard. Photo shows Sanpetch (6th left) as he is congratulated by THA-E members and officers including Dusit Thani Pattaya GM Chatchawal Supachayanont (6th right). Sanpetch will carry out his responsibilities for two years until 2018. In his message, he thanked everyone for their support and pledged to continue the projects that he has started towards uniting business partners and associates for the success in promoting tourism in Pattaya and the eastern region.

HPI is a regular report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok appoints James Norman as executive chef Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has appointed James Norman as executive chef. James has worked previously as executive chef at the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi and regional executive chef for Europe for the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva. Prior to his formal appointment at the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok he was assisting the Kempinski Group’s Corporate Vice President of Food and Beverage Michel Gehrig with a number of important culinary ‘task force’ assignments. James Norman’s impressive career covers 23 years of professional culinary experience in Europe, Middle East and Asia and includes appointments working for the Sultan of Brunei at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei

and for Guy Savoy in Paris. The five-star properties under his belt include the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva and Hong Kong, Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the Lanesborough Hotel and The Dorchester Hotel – both located in London’s West End. James is a UK national who also speaks fluent Spanish and French. When working at Geneva’s famous Grand Hotel Kempinski he generated widespread news coverage by inviting guests to visit the hotel’s organic farm in the Swiss countryside that was providing a range of healthy products such as organic vegetables and goat’s cheese. James said, “I have enjoyed some truly remarkable culinary experiences during my career and I am always excited by the challenges

that lie ahead. Thailand, with its wonderful culinary heritage, is no exception. We have some exciting plans in store for our three fabulous restaurants and I look forward to receiving feedback from our local and international clientele.”


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(ptmbo-sn1315)Ice cream shop with external seating for customers at a major tourist attraction in Pattaya. The business is easy to run and maintain. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. Sale Price: THB 450,000. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@ gmail.com (ptmbo-sn1315)Bar & Guesthouse for sale in Central Pattaya. New lease available 3 + 3 years & NO KEY Money. Security deposit on the lease THB 200,000. Large ground floor bar tastefully decorated with separate Jacuzzi suite, 6 large rental rooms (all with air con, en suite bathroom, balcony and furnishings), small office, laundry room, large staff sleeping quarters/studio apartment and a 65 sqm one bedroom top floor apartment with its own kitchen and large en suite bathroom. Separate rear entrance to gain access to rental rooms. Priced to sell. Sale Price: THB 1.7 million. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@gmail.com (ptmbo-c0015)Business Partner required.50% share in busy prestigious beachfront bar on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. 8 bedrooms, bar & restaurant, work permit available, new lease. Call Colin on 084 350 9304 (ptmbo-sn1115)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

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Ice cream shop with external seating for customers at a major tourist attraction in Pattaya. The business is easy to run and maintain. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm.

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swimming pool and tennis court. Contact Allan Ottesen on 085 697 8245 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! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR0855) 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private v i e w i n g , c a l l t h e P re m i e r Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 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 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5035) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms Lakeside Home! Selling Price24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 TLW, For appointment and private v i e w i n g , c a l l t h e P re m i e r Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(PR3346) S tu n n in g N ew 8 Bed roo m Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 TLW. For appointment and private v i e w i n g , c a l l t h e P re m i e r Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR6363)

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Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW, For appointment and private v i e w i n g , c a l l t h e P re m i e r Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(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. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 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 081634-2915 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 081634-2915 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) 231931 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 v i e w i n g , c a l l t h e P re m i e r Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email:premier@ loxinfo.co.thor visit our website atwww.premierinternational.com (PR5052) W a t Ya n & B a n g s a r a y 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.thor visit our website atwww.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 v i e w i n g , c a l l t h e P re m i e r Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR7006) 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 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR4516) Magnificent Country Estate Home or Resort for S a l e w i t h G re a t B u s i n e s s 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR6004)


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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, 2 0 0 S q m / 1 0 2 T LW. F o r appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(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. 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 T LW. F o r a p p o i n t m e n t 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.thor visit our websiteatwww. 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 081-6342915 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, 250 Sqm/98 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 (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)

1-15 April 2016

Condos for Sale

Several Condominium Units for Sale in City Garden Pattaya- 2 bedroom,2 bathroom 108.08 sq.m.,thai ownership, B8,700,000; 2 bedroom,1 bathroom 67.71 sq.m., thai ownership, B5,500,000;1 bedroom,1bathroom 63.73 sq.m., thai ownership, B5,500,000; Studio,1 bathroom 45 sq.m., thai ownership, B4,000,000; 2 bedroom,1 bathroom 75.88 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 75.82 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000; 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 97.08 sq.m., thai ownership B8,000,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 78.35 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 75.88 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 75.75 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 75.88 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 81.06 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000; 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom 79.74 sq.m., thai ownership B6,000,000. Call 083 0009 6424 for more details 1 bedroom unit in Atlantis resort condo in foreign name1,790,000. baht. 36.44 sqm, fully furnished, forinquiries,pls. callPanida(thai) 0839097822 or Edward (eng) 0814918406, 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

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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. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(PR1667)

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Classified 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. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(PR4979)

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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 atwww.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

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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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)

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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 FloorView Talay III CondoApartment!! 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 SeaView andWell 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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Condos for Rent

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 Golfcourse 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

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www.premierinternational. com(PLD0711) 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 Area!Selling Price is 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 Area!Selling Price is 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 Area!Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 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(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 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 M i l l i o n 1 2 2 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(PLD0988)

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HIRING: MARKETING STAFF. We are looking for a personinterested to join our team and be part of the most successful developer in town, Global Top Group Co. Ltd.Requirements: Thai Female,Good command in English both verbal and written.Must be enthusiastic and hardworking. Send CV/Resume jobs@ globaltopgroup.com or call 090-741-7417 Painter to paint our kitchen cupboards and also a carpet fitter to fit a carpet in our bedroom.Tel: 085 084 4270

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The Ranch Steak House Requires Manager, Steak Chef, Steak Sous Chef, Pizza Chef, Captain, Bartender, Welcome Staff. Interested call Mr Danny at 081 949 8702

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Youth Focus How often do you read stories to your child?

by Jennisa Madan

Reading aloud to your child is a priceless time spent that enhances strength and joy in the parent- child relationship. When you spend time reading books to your child, the bonding experience is unbeatable, this is when they get your full attention to themselves and children love getting attention from the parents because it gives your child a sense of love and intimacy. This feeling of intimacy, the feeling of being loved and getting attention promotes the child’s EQ. A child is never too young for a shared story. What better way to build sweet memories than snuggling up together with a book? So don't make reading time a "have to." Make it a "want to." Story reading has long been known for many benefits, fosters parent-child bond, boosts child’s brain development, enhances language skills and sparks the child’s creativity and imagination, also improves concentration and attention span and cultivates the love for books. So snuggle up, prop your child on your lap and enjoy the reading. Reading stories to your child helps jump-start their brain development. Story reading can make many brain valuable connections. Children are exposed to language by hearing words that are read

from the stories and pictures, thus helping them to make sense of what they hear and see. Numerous studies have shown that reading stories improve strong oral language skills that build the foundation for emergent literacy skills. Reading stories help children imagine character in the story therefore, stimulates their creativity and makes them more imaginative. Interesting pictures and words pattern helps stimulate children to talk about he/she is seeing and thinking, help train them to stay focus. This ignites their curiosity about people, places, animals and things. Moreover, this reinforces them to explore, discover and wanting to ask more questions which stimulates their thinking and learning skills. Reading stories to your children helps making them acquainted with language as well as improving communication skills. Children learn to make

links between pictures and stories with the sound of the words they hear. Through the medium of storytelling, children learn to make connections of hand gestures, facial expression and sound effects as they visualized and imagine the character of the story. Reading story is great way for children to expend their energy in a productive way while they choose to sit down and read a book. This helps them to maintain and focus their attention. Story reading is wonderful way to promote concentration since it encourages child to listen attentively and promotes longer attention span. In addition, it also assists them in learning to listen for important cues which promote memory skills. So get started, start young. Remember reading is fun way to spend quality time together. Jennisa Madan is Preschool A2 lead teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.

A MAD Night at GIS Garden International School (GIS) celebrated its students' incredible talents with an evening of Music, Arts and Drama. The MAD (Music, Arts, and Drama) night was held on March 23 in the school's main hall. Before the show, parents saw an art exhibition from IB students and enjoyed wine and cheese. The show was an excellent mix of music and drama, set on two different stages. Among the first half stars was the school's Chamber Choir singing 'Autumn Leaves', the Choir singing 'Pompeii', and

by Mark Beales

the Year 7 Band singing 'It's Only a Paper Moon'. After a short interval, the second half opened with a rousing performance by the GIS Samba Band, and then included scenes from 'Cider with Rosie', the orchestra playing 'It Don't Mean a Thing', and a fantastic performance of 'Cell Block Tango' from the musical 'Chicago'. Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.

Chocolate Workshop by Hilton Pattaya

Hilton Pattaya organized Chocolate Workshop for students from St. Andrews International School (Green Valley). This workshop aims to practice learning skills and creative thinking skills of students. They had learnt the basic skills of baking chocolate cake and also decorating cake on their own in an enjoyable and cheerful atmosphere.


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This & That Popular Conspiracy Theories The official cause of the death of Marilyn Monroe is suicide and that’s still the most widely believed explanation. After all, she had tried it four times before and the actress was clearly prone to violent mood swings. On the other hand, there are many forensic facts at odds with the suicide notion unless you can believe Marilyn making up a barbiturate

enema and administering it herself. If she did manage that, it’s the only such suicide ever to be recorded. Another problem with suicide is that she was in good spirits in the month of her death in 1962, was making plans for future movies and planning a remarriage to Joe DiMaggio. Doesn’t sound like suicide eh? Maybe it was an accident.

The body of Marilyn Monroe in the mortuary

Marilyn’s murder, suicide or accident A field day of speculation for all Doctors were trying to wean Marilyn off Nembutal, a powerful narcotic, substituting instead chloral hydrate to help her sleep. The point is that Dr Greenson, according to later testimony, did not know that Marilyn had been dosing on Nembutal capsules which are a fatal combination with chloral hydrate. Any doctor or nurse might be loath to admit that he or she had made a mistake in such a high profile patient, especially as Marilyn appeared drugged in the afternoon. This could explain the denials by all the medical staff attending Marilyn Monroe that they knew anything about an enema. Of course, murder is much more exciting than suicide or an accident. John Kennedy was known to indulge himself in extramarital affairs, so it’s certainly on the cards that he had an affair with one of the sexiest women of the era. Incidentally, there is much less circumstantial evidence that Robert Kennedy had bedded her as well. Some writers have argued that Marilyn had unrealistic notions about becoming First Lady and was proving some-

thing of an embarrassment. Her letters and phone calls to the Kennedy brothers had become both tiresome and risky. So maybe the president decided to terminate the relationship with Marilyn, absolutely permanently! Knowing all about his many affairs, Marilyn after all could have brought him down in a sea of scandal. Maybe Robert Kennedy delivered a message to Marilyn about his brother’s desire to finish the relationship. Some sources, including a policeman, placed him at her home on the night of her demise. Of course, Marilyn might have been very upset by the news Robert Kennedy brought and decided to kill herself on the spur of the moment. So we are back to the suicide theory. Then again, maybe the secret service killed Marilyn to cover up the president’s indiscretions. In favour of that theory is the claim that records of phone calls and secret reports have been destroyed. Against the idea is the fact that there is no evidence the mob hit the woman with a rectal enema. Somehow it sounds absurd to all but the

most determined conspiracy theorists. In spite of the huge volume of books, articles and TV shows, we shall likely never know the truth. Following the autopsy – itself a treasure trove for conspiracy addicts – Marilyn’s body was released to her family. Her mother, who was institutionalized, did not take custody of the body. Joe DiMaggio claimed her remains and he arranged a quiet funeral for the woman

he continued to love up to her death. On August 8 1962, she was laid to rest in Los Angeles’ Westwood Memorial Park in the Corridor of Memories. Thousands lined the streets and grieved for the icon who was arguably the world’s number one movie legend. In a poll of 2009, a majority of people interviewed said the most likely explanation of the death was a tragic medical mistake, one admittedly followed by a gigantic cover-up.


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This & That TripAdvisor's Top 10 Best Destinations in the World TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for destinations, recognizing travelers’ favorite places around the world. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor. 1. London, United Kingdom

4. Paris, France Lingering over pain au chocolat in a sidewalk café, relaxing after a day of strolling along the Seine and marveling at icons like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe… the perfect Paris experience combines leisure and liveliness with enough time to savor both an exquisite meal and exhibits at the Louvre. Awaken your spirit at Notre Dame, bargain hunt at the Marché aux Puces de Montreuil or for goodies at the Marché Biologique Raspail, then cap it all off with a risqué show at the Moulin Rouge. 5. Siem Reap, Cambodia When the morning light washes over the overgrown temples and ruins of Angkor Wat, a simple Siem Reap sunrise becomes a profound event. The ancient structures are contained within one of the largest religious complexes in the world. The complex and the 12th century Angkor Thom royal city are considered the main reasons to visit Siem Reap. Get a lesson in national history at the Cambodian Cultural Village, and a lesson in bargaining at the Angkor Night Market, a bonanza of shopping stalls, food vendors, and bars. 6. Prague, Czech Republic

The crown jewels, Buckingham Palace, Camden Market…in London, history collides with art, fashion, food, and good British ale. A perfect day is different for everyone: culture aficionados shouldn't miss the Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House. If you love fashion, Oxford Street has shopping galore. For foodies, cream tea at Harrod’s or crispy fish from a proper chippy offers classic London flavor. Music and book buffs will love seeing Abbey Road and the Sherlock Holmes Museum (at 221B Baker Street, of course). 2. Istanbul, Turkey

The mosques, bazaars, and Turkish baths of Istanbul could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip: an eyeful of breathtaking architecture here, a good-natured haggle over a carpet there. Kick your trip off at the aweinspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), which is visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits. 3. Marrakech, Morocco

The “Red City” of Marrakech is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the city’s historic mosques (taking note that, unless you are Muslim, you are not allowed to enter).

The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture. You could devote an entire day to exploring Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), then refueling over a hearty dinner at a classic Czech tavern. Spend some time wandering the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Prague’s best bars are found in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling. 7. Rome, Italy Rome wasn't built in a day—and you'll need much more than a day to take in this timeless city. The city is a real-life collage of piazzas, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, contemplate the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and sample a perfect espresso or gelato before spending an afternoon shopping at the Campo de’Fiori or Via Veneto. Enjoy some of the most memorable meals of your life here, too, from fresh pasta to succulent fried artichokes or a tender oxtail stew. 8. Hanoi, Vietnam The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or "ascending dragon," but it hasn't forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi. 9. New York City, New York Conquering New York in one visit is impossible. Instead, hit the must-sees – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art – and then explore off the beaten path with visits to The Cloisters or one of the city’s libraries. Indulge in the bohemian shops of the West Village or the fine dining of the Upper West Side. The bustling marketplace inside of Grand Central Station gives you a literal taste of the best the city has to offer. 10. Ubud, Indonesia The village cluster of Ubud is the ideal place to try a famed Balinese massage and soak up the ambiance of one of Asia’s top spa destinations. Acupressure, reflexology, stretching and aromatherapy star in the island's distinctively firm massage treatments. Ubud is also the vivacious center of Bali’s arts scene, home to a small treasure trove of museums and galleries. Monkey around at nearby nature reserve Monkey Forest Park, home to hundreds of mischievous long-tailed macaques. Don’t miss the valley of tomb cloisters at Gunung Kawi.

by Karen Burns, www.UrbaneWomen.com

How to Spice Up Your Relationship with Your Partner: 5 Clever Ideas

One of the biggest problems that can crop up in a relationship is when people start taking themselves too seriously and forget that they need to have fun. By learning to relax with your partner, you’ll find that your time together can be immensely fun and satisfying. Being able to laugh together also makes it easier to get through the hard times. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship you have – whether it’s work or family – keeping them happy involves injecting fun into them. And it’s especially true in your love life. If you’re looking for ways to bring more fun to your relationship, here are five clever tips that have worked for many other relationships. They can certainly help to rejuvenate a relationship that may be feeling stale. 1. Try Laughing Instead Of Complaining It’s easier to see the fun around you when you make an effort to be happier. Laughter take the seriousness out of everyday stresses which leads to healthier relationships and a generally more happy life – really, it’s all connected! So help each other laugh, whether it’s making silly faces and jokes or remembering funny situations from the past. If your partner has a habit that bothers you, it can really be helpful to laugh at it instead of complain about it. Laughing will help you get past the annoyances and anxieties, which will help you connect with the reasons you loved each other in the first place. 2. Play Tickle Games with Your Partner Sometimes you don’t even have to actually tickle someone to get them laughing; just the threat of a tickle is all some people can handle! Sometimes our busy lives cause us to forget to touch each other often enough. Tickling is a great way to bring physical contact and fun back into a relationship. 3. Schedule Time for Fun Between work, school, kids and all the other responsibilities of life, we sometimes forget to make time for fun. Schedule it in if you have to, and make it as important as any other appointment. It can be as simple as an evening on the couch with popcorn and a comedy or it might involve heading out to an amusement park, kids and all – just do it! It helps take your mind off of work and life stresses, which makes you happier in general – and happy people have happy relationships. Remember how we said it was all connected? 4. Relationships Need Surprises Even if your partner says they don’t care for surprises, do it anyway! Surprises don’t have to be a huge deal. Guys, get home early and cook dinner one night (or bring it home if you can’t cook!). Ladies, surprise him with a DVD of a movie that he likes that you normally wouldn’t want to go see. Slip a special “I love you” note into his or her briefcase or purse. 5. Spontaneity Leads To Happier Relationships Even though we talked earlier about making sure to schedule fun in, there is quite a bit to be said for throwing the schedule out and being spontaneous. Wake up on a Saturday morning and go on a road trip to a little bed and breakfast, or pick up tickets to a concert in the park. 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 Hooters is a Championship PSC Golf from the Racing Success Phantom Golf Society Drives Home with Four Motorsport Wins

American dining and sports bar Hooters has proved it is on the right track when it comes to success with four wins at the Toyo 3K Racing Car Thailand 2016 Championship; an impressive achievement especially since Hooters was a firsttime entrant in the races. Experienced Swiss driver, Urs Schoenenberger, claimed victory at

the Pattaya Bira Track over the three-day event from March 4-6, 2016. Driving a BMW E36 with a 3000 cc turbo engine and 490 horsepower, plus a BMW E30 with 2500 cc turbo engine and 435 horsepower, Urs took home wins in Class F5A, F6T and C62 for Hooters, as well as second place in the C6 open class.

PSC Tropical Golf from BJ's by Derek Brook Bangpra (Stableford) We had a late start at Bangpra, it seemed a good idea as this is still the high season and by starting late, a midday tee off, we could save a few coppers. One more good point is that we got a lie in and did not have to leave until 10:30 am. I do like a lie in and could go for this, but there are those who get up early. There are some really funny people playing golf.

sand. I suppose the good golfers might be able to play such a shot but the average golfer has difficulty. The fairways were good in parts, dry in others, but again need water, and all shots played were such that the hands became jarred. The greens to me seemed fast and true as usual but some players thought they were a bit inconsistent but that would be picky. A really difficult day with a strong wind. We did get round and a cool shower was

Flight winners with one of BJ’S finest So off to Bangpra and at the first tee well in great then up for a bite to eat before the drive time to find that the starters seemed to have no back in the twilight. Then as soon as possible idea where we were teeing off. At the first tee the into the results as it was dark. message came we were to tee off at the 10th, so In the A Flight, 0 to 17, the winner was Tony checking with the starter at the clubhouse, yes we Brown with 37 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta had to go off the 10th. Once there and waiting in second with 36 points. In third was Glen Lee to go, Mashi came dashing over to say the starter with 32 points and in fourth was John Hackett at the 1st said we could go off the 1st now. So all with 31 points on countback over Landis Brooks over to the first. And before it changed again we and Tom Herrington. teed off and got going. In the B Flight the winner was Barry Oats There was a strong wind blowing but we all with 40 points ahead of a countback on 34 hit it down the middle and so started the day. points that saw Carole Kubicki in second and The day was hot but the strong wind kept the Derek Brook in third. In fourth was Jim Ferris temperature at a reasonable level, however those with 33 points. walking found it very difficult and by the time As it was so late and dark outside we decided they had finished they were all hot and bothered. to have a few drinks before leaving as sadly the Not forgetting with a late start it was a late finish. Kubicki’s and George King will do soon as they The course was in what one might call a go home for a few months. Good trip we hope. burnt condition and that is not surprising as the TTFN. course has not had much rain of late. Anywhere Near pin: Landis Brooks, Carole Kubicki, off the fairway seems to be bare and get your ball Barry Oats, Glenn Lee there and the ground is really hard and brown Long putt: Walter Baechli, Nigel Perry

It’s The Phil & Tony Show!

Combining with Colin’s Golf Bar we had an excellent number of 33 on the starting sheet for the trip to the best value for money golf course in Pattaya at the minute – Greenwood. The 331 highway is slowly improving and delays are minimal which enabled us to get to the golf course in just under one hour and at 400 baht green fee for PSC members it is certainly worth the extra few minutes’ drive. Surprisingly the course was not too busy and our first group was able to tee off on B1 five minutes before our scheduled 10:33 am tee time. It was hot and humid so water (except Mr Pickles) intake was crucial to maintain concentration and as usual the golf course was in fine shape although a little dry on some fairways and the greens were at times tricky but well maintained. There were no major delays and most of our groups completed their rounds in under four and a quarter hours. We had two flights – A Flight for handicaps of 0 to 16 playing off the white tees and B Flight for players with handicaps of 17 and over playing from the yellow tees with four places in each flight. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the B9 and C9 greens. Once again it was Phil Davies who “got the chocolates” in A Flight with a fine 39 points and with two golfers on 36 points the countback awarded second place to Paul Smith (18-point last nine and 13 points on the last six holes) from Peter Kelly (18-point last nine and 11 points on the last six holes) in third spot. Another countback was needed to determine fourth place with two on 35 points and this resulted in Paul Walia (19-point last nine) just shading Pat Regan (17-point last nine). In the B Flight it was Tony Cook who was returning from a spell due to injury (beware the injured golfer) and did it in fine style with the best score of the day which gave him first place, four points ahead of the rapidly improving Satita “New St” in second spot and Vaulton Reece was third with 36 points. Countback time again with two players on 34 points and that saw Murray Edwards (19-point last nine) grab fourth place from his old mate John Tallett (17-point last nine). Results: A Flight – 0 to 16 1st – Phil Davies (14) – 39 points 2nd – Paul Smith (1) – 36 points 3rd – Peter Kelly (11) – 36 points 4th – Paul Walia (16) – 35 points B Flight – 17 & over 1st – Tony Cook (32) – 41 points 2nd – Satita Cheoychao (37) – 37 points 3rd – Vaulton Reece (17) – 36 points 4th – Murray Edwards (21) – 34 points NTPs B2 – Alan White B5 – Svend Hommel C3 – Nigel Harrison C6 – Svend Hommel LFPs B9 – Rune Aksdal C9 – Alistair Gall

by Peter Blackburn

Larry Gibb Returns To Form! Another good field of 27 golfers was signed up with Phantom and Colin’s to tackle the challenging Mountain Shadow Golf Course and with a later tee time of 10:48 am it meant a bit of a sleep in for most. We arrived at the course after a 47-minute drive and found it quite busy with another golf society directly in front of us but we were able to send our first group away pretty much on time. The weather was good although fairly hot as usual but with a nice breeze conditions were pretty good. The course needs some rain as it was very dry on many fairways but the greens were well maintained and fairly quick at times. With all the traffic on the course the going was slow and most of our groups got round in about four and a half hours. We had two flights – A Flight for handicaps of 0 to 18 playing off the blue tees and B Flight for players with handicaps of 19 and over also playing from the blue tees with three places in each flight. There were also rewards for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th and 18th greens.

The golf course was definitely the winner on the day as no-one played to their handicap or better and in the A Flight it was Peter Hynard who was victorious with 35 points with Mark Cooper finishing second with 34 points. With three golfers on 32 points a countback was needed to determine third spot and that resulted in Nick Shaw (20-point last nine) prevailing from Paul Smith (16-point last nine) and Robbie Taylor (15-point last nine). In the B Flight another countback was required with two on 34 points and the result of that was that Larry Gibb (19-point last nine and 13 points on the last six holes) was declared the winner with Mogens Melander (19-point last nine and 12 points on the last six holes) taking second place and Nigel Harrison was third with 33 points. Results: A Flight – 0 to 18 1st – Peter Hynard (14) – 35 points 2nd – Mark Cooper (13) – 34 points 3rd – Nick Shaw (17) – 32 points B Flight - 19 & over 1st – Larry Gibb (20) – 34 points 2nd – Mogens Melander (25) – 34 points 3rd – Nigel Harrison (29) – 33 points NTPs 5th – John Tallett 8th – Mogens Melander 15th – Larry Gibb 17th – Pete Shaw LFPs 9th – Robbie Taylor 18th – Mark Cooper 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 2016 FEI World Jumping Challenge Event No 1 Thailand by Zherwin Acosta, DVM Horseshoe Point Resort Pattaya once again started their equestrian calendar for 2016 with a huge turnout of exactly 100 horses registered and more than 300 entries in a three-day event when they hosted the 2016 FEI World Jumping Challenge Event No 1 last March 18-20 with Category A (120-130 cm), Category B (110-120 cm) and C (100-110 cm). This event also featured dressage competitions for children and adults. This is the 38th year that the challenge has been held worldwide, and

was created to provide less experienced riders to compete in an international level without leaving their respective countries. The FEI World Jumping Challenge made a big contribution to develop jumping, an equestrian discipline in the Olympics, and the most popular of the equestrian sport worldwide. This is the first of three events organized in Thailand based on a new three-event format that was introduced last year, with a slight change, where athletes now only keep the two best results, giving them a chance to drop the lowest result or skip one event in case the

Winners: Class 1: Warm-Up Show Jumping 1st place: AonicchaTreesansri and Santana Class 2: Warm-Up Show Jumping 1st place: Sorajitr Sookyothin and Dallas Class 3: Warm-Up Show Jumping 1st place: Dhewin Manathanya and Rusty Wave Class 4: FEI World Jumping Challenge Cat. C 1st place: Nattanid Tossamartvorakul and Celeste Class 4: FEI World Jumping Challenge Cat. C Open 1st place: Nattanid Tossamartvorakul and Celeste Class 15: FEI World Jumping Challenge Cat. B 1st place: Kanyapat Tokamolthun and Sassy Class 15: FEI World Jumping Challenge Cat. B Open 1st place: Korntawan Samran and Amadeus 882 Class 16: FEI World Jumping Challenge Cat. A Open 1st place: Alexander Davis and Clemens Class 16: FEI World Jumping Challenge Cat. A 1st place: Natthapatt Sooppapipatt and Dorcha K Class 7: Thonglor Show Jumping Equitation 1st place: Alexander Davis and Bumando Class 8: MaxWin Show Jumping 1st place: Supanat Sri-Angkura and Mario Class 9: Dressage Preliminary (Pony) 1st place: Nuttanich Buntavong and Iowa Class 9: Dressage Preliminary Open 1st place: Supitcha Khanjanavisttaphol and Al Pacino Class 10: Junior Dressage Open 1st place: Siraputt Minanandana and Leipzig Class 10: Junior Dressage 1st place: Lissa Welser and Feliz Navidad Class 11: Dressage Intro Open 1st place: Katie Crabb and Peanut Class 11: Dressage Intro 1st place: Katie Crabb and Peanut Class 12: Senior Dressage Open 1st place: Larinda Nandhabiwat and Strahlemann Class 13: Young Rider Dressage Open 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario Class 14: Sub Junior Dressage Open 1st place: Yulia Yusova and Ostwind Class 14: Sub Junior Dressage 1st place: Pylintara Tia McLean and Amazing Grace Class 15: Thonglor Show Jumping Equitation 1st place: Aoniccha Treesansri and Santana Class 16: MaxWin Show Jumping Accumulator 1st place: Josefine Kristensen and Astrid Cecilia Class 17: MaxWin Show Jumping 1st place: Nuengtawan Sukcharoen and Aletta

Preliminary Dressage winners with Dr Ellen Ryan

horse is lame or rider is not well. The course plans for all the events were designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR). The president of the Ground Jury for Category A and B was Pakin Chamswad (THA) and president for Category C was Phutthihat Sethchaivut (THA). The member of the Ground Jury for all Categories was Zherwin Acosta, DVM (PHI). The FEI Veterinarian was Metha Chanda, DVM (THA). The final of the World Jumping Challenge this year will be in Rabat, Morocco; the qualifications for the final will be based on the results of Category A.

Category A winner Natthapatt Sooppapipatt and Dorcha K

Category B winner Kanyapat Tokamolthun with Harald Link, the THA Equestrian Federation president, 1LT Supab Khanw-ngam and Korntawan Samran

Category C winner Nuttanid Tossamartvorakul with the Maxwin sponsor representative and other placers

Dressage Prix Saint Georges and Medium winners with Dr Ellen Ryan and Sandra Cooper


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You & Your Pets For a happier, healthier and longer life…

Get a pet!

Are you deliberating between wet and dry food for your cat? The answer is simple: both can be nutritionally complete, but only if they are high-quality products appropriate for your pet's life stage and nutritional requirements. Wet cat food, such as those in cans and packets, contains higher protein levels, decreased carbohydrate levels and higher water content—up to 78 percent, compared to 10 percent in dry food. The advantage of dry food, of course, is that it can safely be left out all day without spoiling. When it comes down to it, water is the most important nutrient—whether you feed your pet wet or dry food. So ensure that fresh water is available at all

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/

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times. Feeding a diet high in water can be especially beneficial for cats with constipation, diabetes, kidney disease and tendencies toward crystal formation. In addition, increased protein levels may be beneficial for overweight and diabetic cats. However, it is generally acceptable for a pet without any of these health

concerns to primarily eat dry food. Just keep in mind that in addition to feeding your pet a high-quality food, kittens, adults and mature cats all have different nutritional requirements. Therefore, it is important to feed your cat a diet intended for his or her life stage.

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.

Tansy is our meet-and-greet cat for 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 favorite hobby is eating and cooling his cockles.

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This young lady has been with us for quite a while now; the reason for this is that she is very shy: as soon as someone comes to visit she runs and hides under the bed. However she is a very loving girl who, once she gets to know you, will surely be your best friend "furever"!

Tiny Tots

These three tiny tots were born here just a couple of weeks ago; there are two girls and one boy. By the time you read this article they should be nearly ready to be adopted so please be quick to come and see and choose one before they are all reserved.

Dog Day Afternoons

Spending 8-10 hours alone in a house, a yard, or—worse yet, a crate or tiny laundry closet—is cruel treatment for most dogs. It can lead to separation anxiety and destructive behaviors including chewing, soiling, digging, and nonstop barking or howling. In a timid dog, such isolation may cause depression. If you must be gone all day, your best friend would be much better off in a doggie day care. Lacking that, arrange for a mid-day visit from a friend or a pet sitter. Better yet, adopt a

Ginger Nutz & Pepe

compatible dog as a companion. If necessary, you may confine an adult dog for up to four or five

hours, but before and after such confinement, allow your best friend to get some exercise.

After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.

Going to the Dogs... In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man. ~Maurice Maeterlinck

These two handsome ginger boys are friendly and lively cats. Although they look alike they are not in fact brothers but do enjoy each other's company so it would be nice if they went to a home together. Both of these fine fellows are neutered and vaccinated ready to go to their new home.

Cat Corner Tip Cat Loss

Just as shedding hair is normal for people, so it is for cats. Felines usually lose more hair around this time of year, as the weather warms. But cats also shed because of medical issues such as stress, poor diet, allergies, medication, infection, and even sunburn. To help minimize normal kitty hair loss, feed your cat a healthy, balanced diet, and brush and groom your cat regularly. While grooming your cat, check for suspicious hair loss, redness, bumps, cuts, fleas, ticks, or other parasites. If you see signs of any of these problems, or you just aren’t sure why kitty is shedding so much, visit a veterinarian.


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This week’s subject is Films of the 1990s 1. Who played Eva Duarte in a 1996 musical? 2. Which creatures had the prefix Teenage Mutant Ninja? 3. In which film is Peter Pan a father and a lawyer? 4. Which Disney story was the first to be wholly computer generated? 5. Which Tom was the star of Forrest Gump? Answers: 1. Madonna; 2. Turtles; 3. Hook; 4. Toy Story; 5. Hanks

Hidden Words Puzzle Source: www.puzzles-world.com

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