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CASH FUND FOR TOURISTS T he Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that a revised Tourism Response Fund will be launched in time for the upcoming high season. The idea is to offer foreign tourists more protection and to defend the industry from political unrest, according to TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn. The tourist agency is asking the government for 200 million baht to fund the scheme in its first 12 months of operation. “The sector needs to have a special financial assistance unit in order to help build the country’s image, deal with crises and assist tourists on a large scale dealing with big problems,” said Yuthsak. He added that tourists visiting the country during a crisis, including the declaration of martial law or a coup, would in future be covered in a safety package. The new initiative, which will offer travel insurance and make payments to distressed visitors who suffer a problem such as serious assault, is a

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development from TAT’s earlier initiative of a Tourist Assistance Centre which made payments to foreigners suffering significant injuries or death. For example, the fund in Pattaya over the last two years has paid compensation to families of Chinese tourists drowned in accidents in Pattaya Bay as well as to several individuals injured in knife or gun attacks. Of particular interest to future tourists will be the Thailand Travel Shield, an insurance scheme for international visitors, but not covering foreign residents of Thailand. First introduced in July 2014, following the military putsch and with the country still under martial law, the insurance scheme, backed by four Thai insurance companies, was seen as an alternative to insurance in the tourists’ home countries where the existence of martial law in Thailand meant that policies issued elsewhere were void. The governments of many countries at that time also

issued travel advisories pointing out the pitfalls of holidaying in Thailand. Under the new Tourism Response Fund, the insurance scheme available from several Thai insurance companies is likely to be beefed up and will be designed to cover a range of unforeseen events including trip cancellation, loss of baggage, emergency hotel accommodation, a 24-hour call line and inpatient emergency cover. The value of the insurance was up to 2 million baht for packages starting at 1,000 baht. However, the scheme did not cover anyone over

the age of 70 or those with non-immigrant or one-year visas. This restriction, which obviously excluded expats and others, is likely to remain, limiting the insurance to younger foreign tourists with a 15-, 30- or 60-day visa. Although the matter is still under debate, it is likely that the insurance must be obtained by the tourist before landing in Thailand. There has been discussion about the possibility of offering tourists the package to be paid for at the arrival hall of Thailand’s major airports. However, this Continued on page 4


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News Nigerian gang arrested for burglary

Pol Maj Gen Ampol Buarabphon announced the arrest of Nigerian nationals Jaho Jaho Nonso, aged 30, Ugochukwu Ejimadu, aged 33, and Osas Samuel, aged 30, for burglarizing hotel rooms in Pattaya. Buarabphon said, during August and September of 2015 and March 2016, police officers were often notified by hotel managers in Pattaya that there was a group of foreign men staying at their hotel and broke into guest rooms by climbing over the balcony.

Upon receiving a tip-off, police went to a South Pattaya hotel but the suspects had already fled. They were later captured in Samut Prakan during a manhunt operation last month. The Nigerians were charged with illegal immigration, overstaying and eight counts of burglary with an estimated amount of 454,800 baht. The president of Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, Sinchai Wattanasatorn, and hotel operators in Pattaya, commended the Tourist Police Division for their efforts.

Family Mart thieves arrested

Concerned members of the public contacted police after two men entered a Family Mart on Thappraya Road and ran away with cigarettes and alcohol without paying for them. Just one hour later, it was reported that a similar theft occurred in another branch in Central Pattaya. But this second robbery was more serious and a total of 20,000 baht was stolen. The principal criminal told store workers not to contact police or he would kill them all. However, police arrested the thieves the following day after witnesses found their details in a mug-shot book. One of the guys was just 17 years old.

Chinese tour Italian fails in guide robbed suicide bid

A Chinese tour guide, 39-year-old Satta Butsalee, reported to police that a 17-year-old lady robbed him. The incident took place at a hotel between Soi 7 and 8 in Jomtien Road. He said that he had met the lady on Facebook and though he had been in casual conversation with her for a month he doesn’t know her real name. One day, he took the Chinese tour group to Pattaya and he told the suspect to meet him at the hotel. The suspect went to his room and Butsalee asked her to wait for five minutes while he went to the bathroom. When he returned the girl had left the premises with his bag containing 30,000 baht. The suspect was apprehended in South Pattaya holding the 30,000 baht. She told the police that Butsalee gave her the money.

Askari Jamshid, aged 48 and with an Italian passport, tried to jump from a 6-meter iron post at a construction site in Central Pattaya. Local people succeeded in restraining him even though he was wounded and bleeding. The events were recorded by a 14-year-old boy with his smartphone. The tourist was sent to hospital for a medical overhaul.


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News Top Thai sailors take on the region’s best at the 12th Top of the Gulf Regatta The 12th Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina is set to welcome a diverse fleet of 200 plus boats and more than 700 sailors from novice to national and regional champions, Olympic windsur fers and dinghy specialists, and world recordholders. The event, April 30 to May 4, has become Asia’s largest multi-class regatta hosted by Southeast Asia’s largest marina, Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya. The racing yachts will compete over three IRC Classes (IRC 1, IRC 2, IRC 3) led by a fleet of TP52s – the hightech 52-foot racing yachts from the Mediterranean racing circuit. Top sailing talents include Ray Roberts (AUS), multiple regatta winner in Asia and Australia, and past winner of the Asian Yachting Grand Prix, and Michael Spies (AUS), former recordholder of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, amongst others. In IRC Cruising a large fleet of Thailand-based boats with domestic and international crews will battle it out including the 90-year-old classic 6-metre ‘Selma’, while

the Ocean Multihull Class will be led by past winner Kirati Assakul and his 52-foot ‘Sonic’. The largest gathering of one-design yachts in Asia, the Platus will be competing for the prestigious Platu Coronation Cup. Having won in 2002, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2015, a win this year for former Australian youth champion Scott Duncanson will make it six in total and an unheard of three-peat. However, past winners Chris Way (2012) and local favourite Wiwat Poonpat (2004 and 2007), together with crews from Russia, United Kingdom, Holland, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand, will be doing their best to stop Duncanson’s charge. “The line-up of international entries looks to be one of the strongest yet. The TP52s will be joined by competitive IRC racing and cruising classes, while the lineup for the Platu Coronation Cup reads like a who’s who of one-design sailing in the region,” said William Gasson, co-chairman, Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee.

Thailand’s future sailing talent: Young Optimist, Laser and 420 sailors from the Thailand National Sailing Team compete against international crew at Top of the Gulf Regatta

The smallest boats competing are the one-person Optimists sailed by youths up to 15 years old. Racing in the Thailand Optimist National Championships, which is incorporated as part of the Top of the Gulf Regatta, a record fleet of more than 100 sailors is expected as well as the Thailand National Sailing Team and many other young Thai sailors, the international entries look to be strong with a large fleet coming from Hong Kong. Elsewhere in the singlehanded and double-handed dinghy classes are many of the region’s top sailors and Olympic hopefuls including

Keerati Bualong and Kamolwan Chanyim who will be representing Thailand at the Olympics in Rio in August 2016, while returning for the second consecutive year is the RS:One Asian Championship – the onedesign World Sailing-approved windsurf class. In what is the last international windsurfing event in the region before the Rio Olympics, strong national team turnouts from around Asia are expected with local hopes pinned on Olympic first-timers Natthaphong Phonoppharat and Siriporn Kaewduang-ngam. Over the years the Top of the Gulf Regatta has been a

“valuable training ground for young Thai sailors and we’re delighted to see products of that experience be heading to the Olympics this year. We’re also excited to welcome a record Optimist fleet and the RS:One Asia Championship back to the regatta for a second year,” added Gasson. The region’s largest and most diverse regatta of its kind,

the Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will see keelboats and multihull classes racing over four days (May 1 to 4) and the dinghies, Thailand Optimist National Championships and RS:One Asian Championship racing over three days (April 30 to May 2). For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com.


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News CASH FUND FOR TOURISTS Continued from page 1 might prove very expensive as some visitors might already be sick and seeking to obtain medical treatment without having to declare any preexisting conditions. Travel specialists say the scheme is strictly for emergency cover, particularly accidents, and is not to be seen as comprehensive health cover for all. The Tourism Response Fund is likely also to highlight the work of the tourist courts which are now found in Bangkok and major tourist centres including Pattaya. These courts, which are not regular criminal courts, are essentially designed to arbitrate agreements between opposing parties without the formality of a trial. For

example, the Pattaya Tourist Court has settled several Jet Ski rental disputes and has awarded compensation to aggrieved parties who were injured not through their own fault. But the work of these arbitration courts is not well known to most visitors. TAT says that it will be publicizing the new Fund through foreign embassies and will be seeking more “quality” tourists, particularly from the Middle East, Russia, China and Japan. This year TAT will open two offices overseas, one in Canada and another one in Brazil. It is also considering opening more domestic offices, bringing the total to 40. Crossborder tourism will also be put under the spotlight with TAT urging airlines to operate more routes in cities

throughout ASEAN in a bid to boost intra-regional travel. TAT targets 30 million arrivals this year with total tourist revenues at 2.4 trillion baht. Travel experts say that the new Tourist Response Fund is an attempt to unify and broaden several initiatives in the past under one umbrella. They say that the country suffered a lot of bad publicity under martial law in 2014 and that the new package, when introduced later this year, will seek to reassure tourists that their concerns and worries have been addressed. It is estimated that, at the moment, only about half of all foreign visitors to Thailand carry any kind of travel insurance. Whether that will change significantly remains to be seen.

Emergency service scrutinized Nong Yai Temple hosted a meeting held to consider the progress of the city’s 24/7 emergency service manned by Pattaya City Call Center 1337 and local emergency team. It was reported that in the past two months 511 issues needing a resolution were recorded of which 398 had been solved with the remainder still ongoing. The latter included public complaints about the lack of refuse bins in North Pattaya and overhanging trees obstructing the public way in Naklua.

InterBike Thailand grants scholarships

InterBike Thailand led by Weerapol Wannaratsate visited Pattaya Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakai to hand three scholarships for Pattaya City School numbers 3 and 4. The school directors were also present to receive the 20,000 baht worth of scholarship from the Fuji Be Pro Be Champion 2016 event here last month hosted by InterBike Thailand.

Naval Air Division conducts emergency drill

The Royal Thai Naval Air Division in cooperation with Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital, Banchang Hospital, Rayong Hospital, Sattahip Hospital and rescue volunteers from different foundations performed an emergency drill for

aircraft accidents. The drill aimed to educate and train rescuers on how to use equipment and handle fatalities and injured passengers in case of aircraft accident or related emergencies. Five crews and 71 passengers participated in reenacting accidents.

Pattaya City School Number 2 hosted the latest selection procedure for the armed services, summoning 628 young men for service – 85 for

the army and 90 for the navy. Candidates must be at least 160 cm in height and have a waist measurement of 76 cm or more.

City holds anti-drug meet Military recruits in Nongprue

Pattaya City Council Chairman Banlue Kullawanich presided over a meeting as part of the city’s fight against illegal drugs through its White Pattaya project. Pattaya,

a hotspot for drug trafficking, has a growing risk of drug abuse. Communities and schools will be urged to participate in the campaign.

Semi-naked woman stopped Police rushed to an apartment block in Central Pattaya Soi 14 after neighbors complained there was a barebreasted woman shouting and bawling. Concerned for her safety, police broke into her room and found she was not drunk or under the influence of drugs. Locals said the woman, who was not identified, apparently believed in ghosts and supernatural beings and panicked if one appeared.

Sports Centre to be renovated

The local authority has set aside 4 million baht to improve drainage and create anti-flood devices at the 12-year-old Pattaya Sports Centre

on Thepprasit Road, according to Praiwan Arromchuen, chairman of the City Council’s Sports and Recreation Committee.


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News Heritage Conservation Day in Pattaya

Pattaya City Tourism and Sports Chairman Rattanachai Suttidechanai presided over the local celebration of Thai Heritage Conservation Day, an annual celebration held every April 2, birthday of HRH Princess

Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, in honour of her persistence in preserving Thai culture. The event on Central Pattaya Beach Road featured cultural shows and selling of local products.

New café at Mike’s

The Mini Mellow Dessert Café has now opened in front of Mike Shopping Mall. Owners Pattamon and Panthira Mekavarakul spent 6 million baht to open the premises, which specializes in desserts. Musttries include chocolate soft cake, snow ice melon and ice coconilla. Prices start at 50 baht; opening hours are 11 am to 11 pm.

Sustainable development highlighted

The Ministry of Finance hosted a conference at Ravindra Beach Resort to encourage Thai businesses to invest sensibly in the future. The theme of the various seminars was sustainable development in which the needs of the environment are borne in mind in the rush to make profits.

Royal Cliff stages 7th FITZ Club Tennis Tournament Fitz Club - Racquets, Health & Fitness will stage its 7th Tennis Tournament on May 6 to 8. The tournament will be from 12 noon to 6 pm on May 6 and from 8 am to 6 pm on May 7-8. There will be two types of singles entry. For the Singles Open, there are no age or gender limits. For Singles 45+, players are required to be at least 45 years of age. Members and hotel guests are welcome to invite their friends or colleagues to join in the fun. This will definitely be a good chance for players to test out their skills and an exciting opportunity to win a special prize from Royal Cliff Hotels Group. Players of all levels are welcome to participate and enjoy a truly rewarding tennis experience.

The registration is scheduled to close on 1st May 2016. For Singles Open and Singles 45+, the fee is THB 850 for FITZ Club members who have yearly memberships, THB 1,000 for FITZ Club members with monthly memberships as well as hotel in-house guests and THB 1,250 for

participants who are not Fitz Club members. Families, friends and tennis lovers are more than welcome to join as spectators and support the players. For more information or to register for the tournament, contact Chai via email: fitz@royalcliff.com or call 038 250 421 ext 2621 or 2622.

Bangkok Airways onwards Your favourite boutique airline is still spreading its wings, hoping to increase revenue by 10 percent from the 30 billion baht generated last year. Three new routes are now in the pipeline – Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Bangkok to Da Nang in Vietnam and Koh Samui to Guangzhou in China. The carrier also plans to increase the frequency of its daily flights to Phnom Penh and Singapore as well as several domestic routes. Bangkok Airways is also purchasing several more aircraft to increase the fleet to 36 as well as increasing the number of its code-share partners from the current 20 and is in discussions with several Asia-Pacific partners about this issue. The airline also plans to expand the terminal and commercial areas at its flagship airport at Koh Samui to cope with the growing number of people visiting the island. Recently, Bangkok Airways celebrated its 48th anniversary with special promotions, including the total of 48,000 seats with domestic fares starting at 480 baht per sector and international routes starting at 1,480 baht. Some passengers will also receive discount coupons for buying Thai food products as part of the Pracha Rath project which has been initiated to stimulate the country’s economy. Net profits from the airline totaled 1.8 billion baht which was 379 percent higher than in 2015. Last year’s improved performance was due to the growth in the number of passengers served by the carrier, better average fares and a drop in the price of aviation fuel. The airline will also launch a carbon footprint campaign to promote greenhouse-gas control and environmental promotion. Other plans include the possible establishment of marketing offices in the United States and in South Africa. Passenger numbers are expected to grow 10 percent in the current year. Brexit in Pattaya A straw poll suggests that most expat Brits in Pattaya would vote “No” to continued British membership of the European Union if they had a vote. Most do not either because they have been out of the UK for too long or haven’t a clue about the registration procedures. One common refrain is to ask why it is so difficult for Thais to obtain a visa to the UK whilst an untold number of illegal immigrants from Europe and beyond are flooding into Britain. But in the UK, matters may not turn out the way many expect. People there may hate the bureaucracies of Brussels but that does not necessarily mean they will vote to quit. Rather, they will take a view on whether staying in or out is better for their personal finances. It could be a close call. Cameron has claimed that he secured a settlement which gave the UK a special status in a reformed European Union. In reality he achieved nothing of the sort but, then again, the UK had from the beginning a special status. This is because Britain entered late in 1973, because Margaret Thatcher insisted that the UK receive a substantial annual rebate on its fiscal contribution to Brussels, its refusal to participate in the European Monetary System until 1990, its opt-out from the monetary union and the euro and its refusal to join the Schengen area. The referendum debate, which won’t be settled until the actual vote on June 23, is proving to be increasingly negative. The “remain in” spokespersons are warning that an opt out is a leap in the financial dark and that prices in the shops would rise steeply if they lose the argument. The “opt outers”, by contrast, point to the wasteful practices in Brussels and the fact that Britain does not currently control its own borders. Meanwhile, the Scottish nationals say that a vote to leave Europe would be followed by a second referendum about Scottish independence. It is still too early to venture a firm guess about the outcome of the EU referendum in Britain, but when the financial arguments are too hard to digest easily, voters tend to be conservative in their judgment. The odds are still on a “remain in” verdict in what could be the most important decision by the Brits for the next 20 years. Pattaya traffic woes The main point to notice about the current road chaos in Pattaya is that no solution will be found any time soon. It may be a great idea to compel the hundreds of tour buses seen daily on our roads to stop on the city’s outskirts or to pass a law limiting the size of these transport monsters, but the fact is that it is not going to happen. Cash is king in this city and the big buses move the spenders around the area, even though many of them are not in reality “big” spenders. Some people believe that the roads would be clearer if only the police would enforce local traffic laws. One can only say that hundreds of car or motorcycle drivers have been fined in the past few months, but you still see many people breaking the rules, especially motorbike drivers and passengers not wearing a helmet. Meanwhile, it is already clear that the new Sukhumvit underpass – years away from completion – will help but will hardly solve the city’s transport woes. What would solve them? Maybe a collapse in the Chinese economy, Pattaya turning into a permanent Sahara desert or the outbreak of World War Three. It’s a fact of life we are stuck with traffic perils.


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News Leaders of the new Aglow Pattaya Chapter of Aglow International meet to prepare for the 2nd meeting of the Aglow Christian Woman’s Luncheon planned for April 26

From left to right, Dianne Doell, Joanna Samuels, Lynne Thompson and Michelle Jeffries

All women are welcomed to attend the April monthly meeting to enjoy a buffet lunch, meet new friends and hear an uplifting, faith-inspiring speaker. Once established, Aglow Pattaya hopes to be able to support some of the local Pattaya charitable foundations as well as foster greater connections with Thai and English Christians. All Thai and English speaking women are invited to attend the luncheon meeting at the Sandalay Resort (Pattaya Beach Road Soi 2), from 12 to 2 pm, April 26. Cost 220 baht (buffet lunch included).

Barking bullies on parade

Pattaya Council member Banjong Banthoonprayuk formally opened at the Royal Garden Plaza the 2016 International Exotic Bullies Dog Show which is another event designed to promote

tourism. American and English pit bulls can be hard to control and require specialized training by their owners on an ongoing basis but they are also friendly in nature.

Graffiti gurus meet in Pattaya

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Boys attacked on bikes An international group of street artists met in the disused Batman Center, near South Pattaya Road, to establish an exhibition of graffiti drawings under the theme of Unconditional Freedom in Pattaya. More than 120 artists from Asia, the US and Europe

produced a large number of drawings and paintings, many squirted exquisitely with coloured paint. Reporters who attended the opening event were told that the exhibition was meant to promote tourism and to illustrate the grandeur of the graffiti movement.

Robbers active in hotel Two 15-year old schoolboys were ordered by two men to stop their motorbike and were then deprived of their smart phones in a brief struggle. The incident near Pattaya City School 7, Central Pattaya, occurred very quickly and no details were noted by bystanders. One witness said the thieves were men in their mid-20s and were wearing dark clothes.

Stepfather caught in the act Two thieves, armed with knives, knocked on the door of a guest room in a budget hotel near Bali Hai pier and demanded all the cash and valuables therein. Miss Risolat Nematova, a 34 year old Uzbekistani on vacation with her young son, said she opened the door in response to knocking and was forced at knifepoint to hand over cash and various

Police patrolling in the Nongprue district visited a pickup parked by the side of the road and found a man sexually abusing his nine year old stepdaughter. Wanchai Chansri, 44, admitted sexual abuse with the pre-teen on two occasions and was charged with indecency in a public place. The girl’s mother, Jaew, said she had married the offender four years ago and had no idea of these proclivities. She explained that her daughter lived in another province and was just staying with her for a short holiday. She now intended to end the relationship and to sue her husband in court.

Death caused by toilet cleaner A man who had broken up with his girlfriend became so depressed that he killed himself by imbibing poisonous toilet cleaner. Pongsakorn Phopetleb, 39, killed himself at the Mountain Condominium in Nongprue, where investigators found on the kitchen table some empty bottles of beer and remains of liquid cleaner. A friend told officers that Pongsakorn felt so low that he gave up his job and remained in the flat for days on end, just staring into space. Authorities stated there were no suspicious circumstances or signs of third party involvement.

items worth 50,000 baht. Another residents from Laos also suffered a similar financial loss when his room was broken into whilst he was at work. Police believe the criminals entered the hotel via a window next to a staircase. One knife was left on the premises and has been taken for forensic investigation.


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News Songkran regulations announced

Snap Judgment South sea bubble

Deputy Mayor Wattana Jantanawaranon announced that Pattaya Songkran and Wan Lai Day will be held on April 18 and 19. As regards the water-throwing activity, use of high-pressure water guns is once again outlawed. Locals and tourists are encouraged not to use too much water in view of the current drought. The sale of alcohol is forbidden in areas which are very wet. The Kong Khao Festival will be hosted on April 20 starting at noon in Lan Pho Park, Naklua.

Patong Girl wins the Grimme-Prize De Warrenne Pictures announced that the German-Thai co-production movie, “Patong Girl” has been awarded the Grimme Prize, a prestigious award from the Grimme Institute in Germany. Lead actress Aisawanya Areyawattana flew to Marl Germany to accept the award. The award-winning intercultural romance was written and directed by Susanna Salonen, who spent time in Phuket researching the film when she was working as a diving instructor. Thailand based filmmaker Tom Waller was the local co-producer for the film, which was shot predominantly in the Kingdom. “It is a great honour for us to have been involved with this prize-winning production” says Waller, who founded De Warrenne Pictures in Thailand in 2004 to make high quality movies for a worldwide audience. “It is not

your average holiday romance – a couple from two cultures falls in love, and things get complicated!” His company also helped facilitate filming last year on the forthcoming action movie “Mechanic Resurrection” starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba and Tommy Lee Jones, set for release in August. De Warrenne Pictures is also known for Thailand set titles such as “Butterfly Man” and “Soi

Cowboy”, which was selected in competition for the Cannes Film Festival. “Patong Girl” will enjoy a limited release from April 21 in SF cinemas in Bangkok (SF Central World), Chiang Mai (SF Maya), Pattaya (SF CentralFestival Pattaya Beach) and Phuket (SF Jungceylon) where the film will have its Gala Premiere on April18.

A trio of Miss Hooters from Thailand set for Las Vegas Miss Hooters International The third of the Thailand based Miss Hooters Thailand competitions was held at Hooters Phuket in Patong this past weekend, with Hooters Bangkok and Hooters Pattaya holding their individual competitions during March. The Hooters Girl contestants will compete not only for the crown and title but the chance to be the face of Hooters Thailand brand and the US$30,000 (1 million baht) cash prize. Gary Murry, CEO of Destination Resorts and owner of the Hooters Franchise in Asia, said the winners for 2016 are Miss Hooters Bangkok, Nera Wongwai, Miss Hooters Pattaya, Arra Jessica and Miss Hooters Phuket, Mena Kithen. 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”. The lucky winner will become a brand ambassador and spokesperson,

travel to assist international openings, appear in national advertisements and contribute to marketing initiatives and special events throughout the year.

China’s approach in the South China Sea, most of which it claims as sovereign Chinese territory, has been to assert its claims and to outlast any and all opposition. It now claims that land masses in the sea, such as the Spratly Islands, were always Chinese as “proved” by various pots and pans dug up by archaeologists and a “cow’s tongue” map drawn up in Taiwan in 1947 before the establishment of the modern Chinese state. It moved into Mischief Reef in the Spratlys, significantly three years after the Americans withdrew from their bases in the Philippines. Before that, it occupied the Paracels after a skirmish with Vietnam which claimed some 80 Vietnamese lives. Some commentators see these events, and other more recent ones such as massive dredging operations to create artificial islands, as a narrative on China’s largely peaceful rise to domestic and international prominence. Even some ASEAN countries through their spokesmen have stated that China isn’t really much of a threat to them individually or collectively. The problem with this way of thinking is that it accepts that the resolution of conflicts and the world order depends solely on size. In other words, some countries are big and powerful and some are not. So it’s hard luck folks if you are in the latter category. But such an approach will inevitably lead to fear and resentment which in turn can spark conflict, for example with the United States which has taken several ASEAN countries – notably the Philippines – under its protective wing. The Chinese president some months ago reassured US President Barack Obama that his country had no intention of militarizing the areas under dispute. Yet missiles have now appeared in the Paracels and it is hard to accept the Chinese claim that these are not aggressive weapons and that the building of lighthouses to protect shipping in the South China Sea are rather more important. Military installations are invariably both defensive and aggressive by their very nature. Quite a lot of what nations do can be interpreted in terms of their insecurities. In the case of China, much has to do with its fear of encirclement. True, this has been true in the distant past when China was partly occupied by foreigners – the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 was one response – and also of the Second World War when China suffered horrendously under Japanese forces and even faced a Russian onslaught in the dying days of that conflict in August 1945. Fears of this kind, howbeit historical, are presumably one key reason why China has consolidated itself in the South China Sea before the international court at The Hague delivers a ruling on the complaint by the Philippines about Chinese behavior at sea. One assumes that China, which refuses to accept international arbitration, is expecting a ruling against it in The Hague. This is a shame as China should realize that “mine is the only way” approach will simply increase insecurity in the region as well as being the cause of a renewed arms race. China, which has the world’s biggest population as well as being the number two global economy, is actually threatening its own long-term interests. After all, international rules helped its own economic rise – witness how effective China has been in exploiting the World Trade Organization’s dispute-settlement machinery. Such rules cannot be ignored at whim. An approach based exclusively on self-interest can only serve to alienate others and is not in keeping with China’s reputation for taking the long-term view of diplomacy. Already, Myanmar which used to be a close Chinese ally has turned against Chinese presence in the country whilst the Philippines, which kicked out the US bases in 1991 in a wave of anti-American fervor, is now firmly back in the American camp. Many of the disputants in the South China Sea business are developing nations which should be spending money on infrastructure and education. Instead, countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines are being driven into putting resources into armaments. It will be a sad day for Asia if the grim scenario becomes an ongoing reality. As the world learned in 1914, at the start of the First World War, nations can easily drift into war. Once the trains or the tanks start to roll, or the nuclear bombers become airborne, they can be difficult or even impossible to stop. It is doubtful if Chinese actions in the foreseeable future will actually create a war scenario. There has already been some shuffling in Beijing which has called for a renewed dialogue and better communications with “brother” Vietnam. But the South China Sea is rich in mineral resources and fish which China no doubt desperately would like to control unimpeded. Much of the world’s seaborne trade passes through the same waterway and any disruption would be catastrophic for the world economy, including that of China. For Beijing to claim almost the entire area based on archaeological digs and a dubious map drawn up in Taiwan in 1947 simply won’t wash in the 21st century. After all, Mongolia could claim to own the whole of Asia on the grounds that Genghis Khan hundreds of years ago planted his flag more or less everywhere on the continent. It is to hoped that diplomats the world over are politely warning China that the greedy and sinister grab for the South China Sea frankly won’t work.


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Our Community Another Queen arrives into the Kingdom

by Derek Franklin

Environmental Activity at Hilton Pattaya Hilton Pattaya led by Montree Sattham, director of Human Resources(3rd from the left) recently organized the green activity to save the world by planting trees within hotel area which aimed to increase green space and natural environment in the hotel for being environmentally friendly. Moreover, this activity also encourages hotel’s staffs to concern about environmental sustainability.

Five Star Charities

by Derek Franklin

Laem Chabang is a popular stopping off port for many cruise ships which visit Thailand each year. Cunard, one of the world’s leading operators of passenger ships for more than 175 years, each year has a ship which arrives in port as part of its world cruise. The world famous QEII was a regular visitor, but since retiring in 2008, the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the newest ship in the fleet, Queen Elizabeth, have all dropped anchor in Thailand’s largest port. The most recent visitor was the Queen Mary 2, which was half way through its one hundred and twenty day world cruise. Most visitors disembark and visit local attractions here in Pattaya, but many stay on board where they are invited to the ship’s theatre to watch a show titled ‘A Taste of Thailand’.

The show is performed each year by the children and students from the Father Ray Foundation, who are invited on board for a feast cooked by the chefs and a tour of the ship before the curtain is raised for the start of the show. Several hundred guests filled the theatre, and the opening performance came from the youngsters living at the Father Ray Drop-In Center who performed a dance routine to a popular pop song. They were followed by the traditional Isaan dancers from the Children’s Village before the toddlers from the Day Care Center arrived on stage to dance, though several just stood staring into the audience. Other performances included a magic show, wheelchair dancing, a Muay Thai exhibition and a traditional Thai dance routine. The final act on stage was the choir from the Pattaya School for the Blind, who sang three songs. It was their rendition of Amazing Grace that saw many in the audience wiping a tear or two. Not only did the guests on board experience Thai culture without even leaving the ship, the children from the Father Ray Foundation had a day they will remember forever.

Representatives from four local charitable organizations recently traveled to Bangkok to attend a ceremony where they were recognised for their work with the underprivileged here on the Eastern Seaboard. Three well-known Pattaya institutions, the Father Ray Foundation, Human Help Network and the Fountain of Life, together with the Camillian Social Center in Rayong were presented with certificates from the Giving Back Association in recognition of their work. The Giving Back Association is a non-profit organisation that reviews charities, large and small, throughout Thailand. It grades each charity according to the way it uses the money given by donors and also the way each organisation is run. Gold stars are awarded for excellence in the field of financial efficiency and good governance and all four local organizations received five stars from an independent reviewer; the charities have no input in the reviews. The review of each charity, which is available to the public on the Giving Back Association website, gives an overview of the charity, as well as a brief history and recent financial reports.

The Giving Back Association website is used by many potential donors seeking a suitable organisation to make a donation to. Donors nowadays want to know where there money will be going, who will benefit and they also want to know that their donation will be going to help the people it should be helping; they want to know that their money is going to the right place. The ceremony took place at the headquarters of HANA Microelectronics PLC where the Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO, Richard Han, presented a donation to several charities listed on the Giving Back website. The charities also received certificates from Terry Weir, founder of Giving Back, each of which proudly show the five gold stars that each of the local charities deserve. There are many charities in the local Pattaya area, most doing wonderful work, but there are also those who may not be as honest as the rest and who seem to be more interested in collecting money, no matter what they do or say to get it. Unfortunately, these bad charities give the good ones a bad name, but the Giving Back website will give you all the information

Blood donation at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by Andre Brulhart (3rd left), area general manager, along with Daranat Nuchaikaew (7th left), human resources director with the management and staff, joined the blood donation for Thai Red Cross represented byWachari Vanda (4th left), head of Thai Red Cross Volunteers for Chonburi. This is part of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya’s CSR activity at the hotel’s Utopia suite.

you need, and if you are still skeptical about giving money to a charity, pick up the phone and make an appointment to visit one and see for yourself

how your money is being spent. Giving Back reviews of the local charities can be found at www.givingbackassoc.org


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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya launches Roast Sundays at the Coast Beach Club & Bistro. Sunday lunch is the best time to treat your family with roast favourites such as Provencal lamb leg, juicy medium-rare roast beef, whole roasted gai yang style chicken, roasted suckling pig and other Churrasco slow roasted specialties, as well as fresh salads, Thai cuisine and desserts. The buffet-style barbeque are served up hot and fresh from the rotisserie and there is a unique way of serving to their diners, the waiters serve from skewers right at your table. You can enjoy a variety selection of 3 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. Available every Sunday at 12:30 to 4 pm. Half price for children below 12 years old. Come hungry to avoid being overwhelmed by the generosity of it all! Coast Beach Club & Bistro is located at the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Call 038-714-981 for reservations.


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New cruise ship for hire South Korean Mike Bae has invested in two cruise ships which can provide dinner, hold parties and give vacationers a pleasant journey in neighboring waters. The sunset dinner cruise boat, the Veles, leaves Bali Hai pier every Friday and Saturday evening at 5:30 pm to sail through Pattaya Bay until The Sanctuary of Truth and comes back two hours later. Seafood, desserts, fruits and drinks are available for partakers. For details and reservations, call 038 373 254.

eve n ts c a le n d a r SUMMER POOL PARTY Date: 19 April 2016, Tuesday, 12-8 pm Venue: Grissini Champagne Bar, A-One Pattaya Beach Resort Activities: Enjoy the local celebration of Songrkan on April 19 with the wet and wild pool party at the new champagne bar in town – Grissini. Have great fun with your friends and dance away in the hot sunny day with your sexy bikini. Exclusive tickets available only for 50 persons. Price is only 799 baht per person with free-flow beer for two hours. For more information: A-One Hotel Pattaya Tel: 038 259 500 www.facebook.com/aonehotel www.a-onehotel.com

TOP OF THE GULF REGATTA 2016 Date: 30 April – 4 May 2016, Saturday-Wednesday Venue: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya

“Beat da Heat” Pool Party at Hotel Baraquda Pattaya Hotel Baraquda Pattaya M Gallery by Sofitel hosted the “Beat da Heat” Pool Party where revelers had a splash-tastic afternoon listening to the latest EDM hits while enjoying drinks, barbecue and the uniquelyshaped swimming pool. The pool party also featured a sizzling sexy bikini dance battle between Thai and Russian teams dancing to the beats from DJ Lisa Bluestar. The winning Russian team received 15,000 baht cash prize. Catch the next pool party calling 038 769 999 or email info@ hotelbaraquda.com.

Activities: The best sailors from throughout Asia and beyond will come together to celebrate the nautical lifestyle in this friendly waterside setting with high-octane racing in the day and chic parties on the lawn each evening. For the casual sailors, yacht charter opportunities are available and for non-sailors, tickets to the evening parties can be purchased at Ocean Marina Yacht Club. The gala dinner under the stars is a regatta finale not to be missed. For more information: Regatta Call Center Tel: 090 909 7469 Email: info@topofthegulfregatta.com

MUSIC OF LOVE AND DEVOTION Date: 2 May 2016, Monday, 7 pm Venue: Head of State Chamber, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel Activities: On the auspicious occasion of the 70th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Accession to the Throne, Royal Cliff Hotels Group together with the Grand Opera (Thailand) are once again organizing the “Music of Love and Devotion: An Evening of Opera and Musical Favorites”. Enjoy the special songs selected to convey love and loyalty to His Majesty the King by legendary composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Lehár, Johann Strauss II, Mozart, Handel and many others from popular musicals. Tickets are now available for purchase at 300 baht for students, 500 baht for hotel guests and 700 baht for the public. For more information: Mr Piyanarong Tel: 02 259 1204-6 Email: piyanarong.com@gmail.com

BODY TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE 2016 Date: 14 May – 9 June 2016, every Tue, Wed & Sat, 11 am – 12 pm Venue: Lifestyles Fitness Center, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Activities: Lifestyles Fitness Center invites you to join the Body Transformation Challenge 2016 to be trained by professional trainer, Murray Sogen, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11 am to 12 noon starting May 14 and will run for a month. Early-bird price is 6,800 baht ++ from regular price of 8,000 baht ++ for bookings before May 8. The best performance will receive a free one-month fitness membership. For more information: Lifestyles Fitness Center Tel: 038 714 976 E-mail: lifestyles@chr.co.th


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Harbor Pattaya here at last Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and various officials from the public and private sectors formally opened Harbor Pattaya. Managing Director Somkuan Nokhong said the LT Group had invested 2.5 billion baht in various projects including this one. There are nine zones including Kidzoona, Deep Climbing Gym and Baby Pool as well as a huge choice of retail outlets.

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TAT/Air Asia Singapore Media FAM Trip Holiday Inn Pattaya welcomes FAM Trip from India

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Air Asia Singapore guided the Singapore Media FAM Trip to Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa. The renowned Singaporean Bloggers were warmly welcomed by the resort’s General Manager, Somsak Tanruengsri (center). The media experienced the variety of Pattaya for modern travelers.

A-One Hotel Pattaya welcomes SCG Muangthong United Kate Gerits (center), area general manager – Holiday Inn Express, Bangkok and general manager, Holiday Inn Pattaya welcomed the Indian Wedding Planners and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) India office representative at Holiday Inn Pattaya. The wedding planners participated in Wedding Symposium FAM trip organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) last month to Pattaya, Rayong, and Bangkok.

Safari Weekend Brunch Starts at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok A-One Hotel Pattaya led by Phuwanrt Arunchit (center), director of Food & Beverage, warmly welcomes the SCG Muanthong United, a well-known football club in Thailand who visited Pattaya recently.

Green Hotel Supplier and Consumer Conference

The Green Leaf Foundation in cooperation with Thai Hotel Association and Designated Areas for Sustainable Administration (DASTA) recently held the Green Hotel Supplier and Consumer Conference, an event which emphasized environmentally-friendly procurements. The purpose of the conference was to promote and strengthen the environmentally-friendly procurement network in the Eastern Region of Thailand. The participants got together with experts and more than 20 suppliers to share their experiences about environmentally-friendly products. In addition, the Green Leaf Foundation awarded Wave Hotel Pattaya with the Non-Smoking Hotel Award which goes to hotels that focus on a smoke free and healthy environment. Both events were held at Park View Conference Hall, Siam Bayshore Pattaya.

Carlos Sanchez Vizan (5th left), resident manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, recently hosted the opening of the “Safari Weekend Brunch” a culinary tour of four of the finest restaurants of the hotel including Le Danang Vietnamese restaurant, Dynasty Chinese restaurant, Hagi Japanese restaurant and Suan Bua Thai restaurant. Seen in the photo from left: Albert Jan van Beusekom, food and beverage manager of the hotel; Boonchob Lua-urai, corporate director of mass communications of Centara Hotels & Resorts; Vee Mar; Theresa Peroni; Carlos Sanchez Vizan; Cavaliere Enzo Peroni and Pradapporn Chantaworaluck, public relations manager of the hotel.

A-ONE Hotel Pattaya welcomes Malaysian and Thai Delegation Combined Maritime Working Group

Royal Cliff welcomes Capital Market Academy welcomes CMA 22 Italian actress

Royal Cliff Hotels Group warmly welcomed another world-famous Italian actress, the beautiful Claudia Gerini (right), along with her family for a remarkable stay experience at the luxurious Royal Wing Suites and Spa. She will be starring in the upcoming blockbuster, “John Wick II”, alongside Keanu Reeves.

The Capital Market Academy (CMA) welcomed CMA22 at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. A big welcome was led by Supatra Chirathivat (3rd right), senior vice president of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibilities of Central Plaza Hotel Public Co, Ltd, along with CMA’s friends including Dr Chaiyawat Wibulswasdi (centre), chairman of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, and Vithit Leenutaphong (2nd left), president of CMA21.

The management team of A-ONE Hotel Pattaya led by Phuwanrt Arunchit (1st right), director of Food & Beverage , Achawin Sornthip (1st left), assistant director of Sales and Tassanee Maneenate (2nd right), personnel manager, welcome Vice Admiral Phonchai Pinthong (center), commander 2nd Naval Area Command, Thailand and Rear Admiral Dato' Azhari bin Abdul Rashid (2nd left), commander of Naval Region 1, Malaysia at the Malaysian and Thai Delegation to the Combined Maritime Working Group (69th CMWG) meeting at A-ONE Hotel Pattaya.


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Why rivers and water are at the heart of Thai culture by Tourism Authority of Thailand, www.TATnews.org

As a nation, Thailand grew along the banks of its mighty rivers. For centuries, the Kingdom’s waterways have provided the Thai people with their staple foods of rice and fish, fuelled by the abundant monsoon rains that have made the land fertile. So it’s little wonder that so many local ceremonies and traditions are water-based – be they intimate family rituals or nationwide celebrations. The most important festivals of the Thai calendar are celebrated with water. Best known of course is the Thai New Year celebration of Songkran. For three days, during the hottest month of the year, the Kingdom plays host to the world’s biggest water festival. Every town and village hosts a frantic three-day water fight with young and old taking part as a way of cooling off and coming together. Tourists love the fun and party atmosphere, but for local people, this is a family event. In homes and temples nationwide, people gather to sprinkle sacred water on images of the Buddha as a form of ritual bathing. In Thailand’s mostly rural culture, this is a way of praying for ample rainfall in the growing season to come.

Songkran festival in Chiang Mai

This is also a time to pay respect to family elders. In what’s considered the oldest ritual of Songkran, elders will daub the face and necks of younger participants with a white perfumed powder called dinso pong – this has long been seen as a way of warding off evil, but has also the added benefit of protecting the skin from the sun and even warding off spots – a Thai folk cure that has been passed down the generations. Later in the year comes Loi Krathong. Held under the creamy full moon of the 12th lunar month, the celebrations are aimed at giving a little back to the water gods, to thank them for their bounty over the year. Banana stalk floats, crewed by incense and orchids are released onto the Kingdom’s waterways. As these flowery floats bob out into the current, they take their owners’ wishes for love, fortune and success with them.

Loi Krathong Sai in Tak

The charming festival of Loi Krathong is celebrated in varied ways. In the western province of Tak, the festival is called Krathong Sai, and the local krathongs are made of coconut shells, which are abundant in the area as well as throughout Thailand including popular beach destinations of Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, Phuket, and Ko Chang. These coconut shells are filled with wax and floated out into Tak’s

The Royal Barge Procession

portion of the majestic river Ping. In the northern area of Chiang Mai, Loi Krathong is called Yi Peng and fire lanterns are released so the lights in the sky mirror the candlelit city canals below. H2O plays its part in more personal Thai ceremonies, too. At weddings, water is sprinkled upon the wrists of the bride and the groom to bless the union. Of course, now couples come from all over the world to wed in Thailand, and they often do this by taking part in traditional Thai ceremonies. But Thailand offers a wedding to match every taste. Real water lovers can tie the knot below waves in the famous annual underwater wedding off the coast of Trang. Other watery weddings can be enjoyed as couples float on the amazing Red Lotus Sea in the province of Udon Thani – be there from November to late February to enjoy the pink blossoms at their finest. For more memorable nuptials, how about a wedding on Thailand’s highest mountain, or atop a mighty Thai elephant, the symbol of the nation? In this land of love you can do it all. Of course, Thailand’s waterways and rivers have long shaped the Kingdom’s landscape and history. And it’s the mighty Chao Phraya River, which flows through Bangkok, that’s the most important to the Kingdom’s history. Three of Thailand’s capitals were built along the banks of this River of Kings – Ayutthaya (1351-1767), which was both an administrative and religious centre, Thonburi (1767-1782) and then Bangkok, which was established in 1782 and thrives to the present day. As Thailand opened up to the world, the Chao Phraya River became the gateway to the Kingdom. Traders and ambassadors followed the local example and made their homes along the river. Even today you can find embassies, five-star hotels and trading firms on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok grew up as a network of canals or khlongs, and the local residents made their homes either on boats or stilts above the waters. In the 1840s, about 90 percent of the city’s residents lived on the canals. Theatres, shops and restaurants were run from boats and people would go between them on small rowboats. This watery lifestyle led to Bangkok being called the Venice of the East. Now once again, the river is buzzing with new trade and industry. The most popular themed shopping venue of recent years, Asiatique The Riverfront, built on the docks of the old East Asiatic Company, teems with local and international visitors, who come to shop, eat and to enjoy the riverside atmosphere. There is also the Yodpiman River Walk which recreates the glories of old Siam in its waterside mall created in a colonial style. It’s a perfect place to get a feel for the river as a community. The Chao Phraya is opening up in other ways,

too. The tranquil little park of Suan Nagaraphirom by Wat Pho is a good place to reflect and relax, and even hosts a Loi Krathong Festival from which you can watch the annual illuminated boat processions. Above all, the Chao Phraya is a royal river, and plays host to one of the most spectacular displays in Thai culture – the Royal Barge Ceremony. More than 50 gilded barges are rowed majestically down the river by 2,200 sailors of the Royal Thai Navy. The ceremony is to transport members of the Royal Family during special events such as when new robes are delivered to monks at the end of Buddhist Lent (Ok Phansa). It’s a rare display these days as the delicate barges are only brought out on special occasions, but it’s a very special sight if you’re lucky enough to be in Bangkok when it takes place. It’s worth going to see the barges at the Royal Barge Museum. They are amazing pieces of Thai craftsmanship. The original royal barges were commissioned by King Rama I the Great and the most impressive are decorated with figureheads from Thai mythology. Further afield from Bangkok, many water-based communities can be found. Thailand’s famous floating markets remain popular and offer a great way to interact with local people, see how traditional foods are cooked and soak up the atmosphere. Many floating markets, like Amphawa in Samut Songkhram province, encourage local artists and artisans to come and show off their creations, which make for original souvenirs and can help fund grassroots organisations.

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HAVANA BAR @ THE HOLIDAY INN PATTAYA

Havana Hosts its Regular Wine Tasting with a Duet of Wineries The Havana Bar at the Holiday Inn Pattaya hosted its monthly wine tasting recently showcasing the wines from the largest producer of wines in Latin America, Concha y Toro from Chile and the Australian favourite Wolf Blass from the Barossa Valley, Australia. Havana’s format for its wine tastings is to present six rounds of free flow wines served at about half hour intervals from its start at 6.30 pm until 9.00 pm. The evening set sail with a pouring of Concha y Toro Sendero Sauvignon Blanc. This fresh young wine was packed with fruity aromas of lemon and grapefruit and was a great opener. We found it paired well with one of the many canapés that were presented around the bar, especially the miniature bruschetta topped with roasted red and yellow capsicums over a spread of goats cheese and the crispy crab cakes. Next up was our favourite of the evening, a Concha y Toro Sendoro Merlot which, with its soft but firm tannins and polished finish, proved a smooth companion to the smoked bacon and cheese croquettes and the delicious pulled pork toasts. Wine three and we were back to white as the Concha y Toro Reservado Chardonnay was served. This was an extremely attractive wine and another of our stand out bottles. Medium bodied with a lemon but creamy character, it was a winner, especially when enjoyed with chicken balls and Tandoori chicken kebabs. The last Chilean pouring of the evening in round four showcased the Concha y Toro Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon. Mid-bodied for easy drinking, this is a popular party wine especially for its affordable pricing. Its perfect food companions were the avocado, tomato bruschettas topped with grilled Wagyu rump beef and more of the grilled polenta with its mound of pulled pork. The evening was running away with us and it was now 8.15 pm and a Yellow Label Wolf Blass Chardonnay was circling the bar. It’s subtle edge of integrated oak and classic peach nose matched well with return visits to the smoky bacon and cheese croquettes and more of the roasted peppers with that tangy goats cheese. A full table of cheeses and accoutrements was then calling from its centre stage position in the bar. Olives, cornichons, nuts, quince pate, beetroot and silverskin onions plus a huge basket of house-baked breads were just screeching to be

enjoyed with a full bodied red wine. The wine that fitted the bill and was the final pour of the evening a Wolf Blass Cabernet Sauvignon. A Yellow Label 100% Cabernet Sauvignon bursting with flavours of plum and cassis with a long finely textured finish proved the perfect partner to the strong flavours of the cheeses and dramatically brought down the curtain on another excellent wine tasting Havana style. These events are usually staged monthly so check their website for details. This night the cost was B.950 net for the free flow wine flight and the gourmet canapés and finger food. Two purchased tickets received a complimentary bottle of wine to take home. Havana Bar have recently revamped their menu to highlight the full personality of the Cuban-themed bar. Signature cocktails (B.250) and classic renditions (B.230) now command centre stage. For example the house special “Pattaya” is a must have and the mixologists exclusive creation. The secret ingredients include pineapple juice, blue Curacao and Bacardi rum for a memorable kick. “Havana Mama” is for rum lovers as it contains dark rum, light rum, Malibu, crème de banana, orange

juice, pineapple juice and Grenadine. All the legendary Mojitos feature plus the more traditional Pina Colada, Long Island and Singapore Sling. A connoisseurial list of artisan gins, vodkas, rums and liquers make for impressive reading together with five serious craft beers. The wine list is a carefully selected collection from across the globe with a first class selection by the glass including a Stonefish Cabernet Sauvignon and a Garfish Pinot Grigio. Snacks to go with all this drinking offer light bites and small nibbles such as smoked salmon spring rolls, Santiago Street BBQ pork spare ribs, Havana chicken wings, chicken and

cheese quesadillas and many others. For a more substantial filling there’s the signature burgers. Prime beef burgers are served with five all star toppings. The Revolutionary comes with cheddar cheese, bacon, Parmesan, panko onion rings and BBQ sauce while the Havana House is packed with Gouda cheese, green peppers, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms, all priced at B.395 net. If beef is not your bag then there’s a veggie burger, a crispy fish burger or a Castro chook burger with Parmesan panko crumbled and fried chicken with iceberg lettuce, onion, tomato and a special roast garlic mayo. Are you partial to a Cuban cigar?

Havana Bar have an attractive wooden humidor displaying legendary cigars of such illustrious names as Cohiba, Montecristo, Bolivar and Romeo y Julietta. The bar itself is a lengthy affair, snazzy and sophisticated, lined with comfy bar stools making it a great spot to watch the action and enjoy the ambiance. The Havana Bar is an atmospheric spot evoking the old style Havana glamour tempered with an up-to-date fusion. The pricing is realistic and the food big on quality and quantity making Havana a distinctive leisure destination. Open daily from 11.00 am till 1.00 am. Tel: (038) 725 555.


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F&B Promotions International BBQ Buffet

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Savor an exotic rendez-vous at the Garden Cafe, where popular set dinner promotion features a delicious combination of sumptuous BBQ seafood, salads, cold cuts, fresh-baked breads and carvery. While the chefs cook your main course to order and serve directly to your table, hot, fresh and full of flavor. Every evening from 6 to 10 pm. 850 baht net per person. For more information contact 038 412 120 or e-mail: pattayamarriott@minor.com

Northern Thai Style at Oasis Restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Discover a set of Lanna cuisine, “Thai Lanna”. Transport yourself to Northern Thailand as we feature Northern Thai style yellow curry noodle soup with braised beef and soft noodles with spicy pork rib and blood pudding soup. The Oasis Restaurant opens daily from 6 am to 11 pm. For reservations, call 038 714 981.

Drink, Dine, Dance at Mantra Restaurant and Bar

Every Sunday, Edge restaurant is offering a wide selection of dishes from across the globe. Guests will be able to choose from the following options: chilled seafood and caviar, raw surf and turf, Japanese, Italian and Thai. Other highlights include fresh seafood on ice and on the grill, pizza, pasta and complete this delightful brunch with an array of cakes and pastries. Let the kids meet the popular brunch bear and join Sunday brunch from 12 noon until 3 pm. Priced at only THB 1,400 nett per adult. Kids 6-12 years old at THB 700 nett and below 6 years dine for free. For additional information and reservations, call 038 253 000.

Boston Lobster menus at Terrazzo Restaurant, Holiday Inn Pattaya Terrazzo Restaurant, Holiday Inn Pattaya announces the return of the mouthwatering Boston Lobster menu. The 4 styles of Boston Lobster are ready to be served to you throughout April to June 2016. Priced at THB 1,550 net/item. The 4 selections of imported Boston Lobster, cooked to perfection in Asian and Western style. Starting with Stir Fried with Garlic, Black Pepper & Spring Onions, Cream Sauce With Asparagus & Mushrooms, White Wine and Garlic Cream Sauce Thermidor, all served with a salad and your choice of mashed potato or fries. Available daily throughout April to June 2016 from 2 pm to 10 pm at Terrazzo Restaurant, Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information or reservation please call 038 725 555

Celebrate Mantra Restaurant and Bar’s 10th Anniversary with tasty exciting new and legendary menus. Enjoy new bar snacks and special price for happy hours from 9 pm to 11 pm. Fabulous prices and giveaways every night, live music nightly except Mondays and amazing value with our 10thanniversary promotions. For new menus, prices start from 280 THB. For further information and reservations, please contact 038 429 591 or e-mail email@mantra-pattaya.com.

Summer Seafood & Shellfish at Yamazato, The Okura Prestige Bangkok Renowned for his use of seasonal ingredients, Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara, marks the transition from spring to summer with a fabulous menu of Japanese seafood and shellfish dishes at The Okura Prestige Bangkok from June 10-26. Highlights include hamo yanagawa nabe sea eel, and summer sashimi moriawase with a selection of horse mackerel, red snapper, sea eel, tuna belly, and glass shrimp, kinmedai red snapper in an anchovy paprika sauce, and mushi tako natsu yasai, steamed octopus with summer vegetable ceviche, and kegani su hairy crab with vinegar. Enjoy a taste of summer with fresh seasonal seafood and shellfish at Yamazato daily from 11 am to 2:30 pm and 6 pm to10:30 pm during June 10-26. For more information and reservations, please call 02 687 9000 or email yamazato@okurabangkok.com

Argentinian BBQ Experience at Flames, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya invites you to try the best Argentinian barbecue and fine dining experience. Experience the bold flavours of classic dry rubs and marinades as they are featured in three power packed meat lovers platters. Flames Restaurant is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and opens daily from 6 am to 11 pm. For reservations, call 038 714 981.

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

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BITE ME BISTRO Where the dishes only look (and taste) expensive! This bijou bistro has only been open since January but already has a firm following of fans who have made this eatery the new buzz of the town. Situated on Third Road near the corner of Soi Lengkee - you could easily miss it which would be such a shame - so look out for it directly opposite New York Pizza. Bite me is the gastro-baby of Chef Ewan Macglasham who has enjoyed an extraordinary culinary career transversing the globe in boats and planes and private catering to the rich and famous from Sidney to the Bahamas to Panama. Inside the décor is rustic, with bamboo terraced walls with hanging plants, a tree trunk rafted ceiling and antique worldwide city maps under glass decorated tables. The menu has been kept commendably concise with four appetisers, eight main courses and three desserts, but also there’s a regularly changing

set menu and a daily dish of the day. Starters are creative and interesting featuring on trend ingredients with quality produce found at pricier restaurants, but here the prices are extraordinarily reasonable with most starters under B.200 and main courses kept as low as possible. Our “Bite Me” dinner kicked off with the seared tuna as an appetizer (it can also be ordered as a main course), plus a stellar dish of oysters Mornay: three fresh oysters in the half shell grilled in a creamy sauce of mixed cheeses featuring Parmesan, Cheddar and Gorgonzola. Luscious melting cheeses over sweet briny oysters, we could have sat eating them all night. The seared tuna (B.195) was another 5-star dish. This time the tuna had just been seared in a sizzling pan for a mere minute and a half and served on a base of seasoned seaweed, pickled vegetables,

together with the fragrant thrum of a sesame/basil dressing. It was a knock out of a dish and we urge you to get tucked in to both of these. Other starters that evening featured wild mushroom and Parmesan Arancini (risotto) balls (B.150), and a Caesar style salad on mackerel fillet again priced at B.150. Eye candy presentation with a taste to match the salad is a riot of flavours in the deconstructed fashion with a Parmesan crisp, a pungent anchovy dressing and a perfectly soft boiled duck egg offsetting the powerful strength of the mackerel. We were drinking the very acceptable house wine at B.120 per (big) glass. Chef Ewan suggested we sample the two fish dishes on offer and we were happy to oblige. Barramundi is not a fish seen often in Pattaya, which is a pity because of its unique eco-friendly profile, it is popularly known as Asian Sea Bass. It had been cooked with a

Mominori (powdered seaweed) crust and accompanied by a mixed beansprout salad. Barramundi is not a “fishy-fish”, it has a mild buttery flavour with a dense meaty texture which was complimented by the seaweed crust, the delightful crunchy vegetables and the circle of soy sauce and ginger emulsion. The Snow Fish was another master class in how to perfectly cook a piece of fish. Served in its Panko and wasabi crust and escorted by broccoli, greens and bay leaves on its bed of wasabi mash and its trendy brushed on sauce of a light Japanese mayo, the world of culinary synthesis has never been more keenly demonstrated. Other main course choices included lamb kofta and houmous, lamb burger with pea puree and houmous, New York strip steak with beer battered onion rings (B.450), red wine marinated venison strip loin and a vegetarian option of a Parmesan basket with eggplant and a zucchini ratatouille with a pepper coulis.

We would have loved to indulge in one of the luscious collection of desserts here but we had eaten too well to add another course. We did however, take photos for your edification with the beetroot and rosemary cheesecake looking exceptionally spoon-worthy. Mostly the desserts are supplied by The Sweet Spot Chocolate café run by Steve in Soi Bukhao. Bite Me is a diamond of a restaurant, Chef Ewan has carved out a special niche for himself. His passion for his cuisine together with his drive and enthusiasm will see these tables become some of the most sought after in Pattaya. All the dishes are achingly original, innovative and delicious. They only look and taste expensive! Bite Me Bistro is located on Third Road just before Soi Lengkee on the left hand side and opposite New York Pizza. Tel: 09 23456 385 or visit http://fb.com/Bitepattaya. Open daily 1.00 pm till 10.00 pm. Closed Sundays.

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fairness-fitness-finery

Vol. 04 No. 08 | Apr 16-30, 2016

Going Nuts in Pattaya With the number of heart attacks going up and more and more farang trying to slim down, it may be time to take a new look at nuts. Yes, nuts! Everything from the lowly peanut to the elite cashew offer valuable proteins, vitamins and minerals that are good for your heart and for your weight. Admittedly, these nutritious kernels are packed with calories and fat, so eat them in moderation. But do include some in your daily diet, as our ancestors have been doing for millennia, according to Hebrew University and Bar-Ilan University researchers, who found that nuts comprised a major part of prehistoric man's diet some 780,000 years ago. Here’s what nuts offer: Eating almonds can raise your good (HDL) cholesterol while making your bad (LDL) cholesterol not quite as bad. Also, eating almonds can help your body better regulate blood sugar levels if you have type 2 diabetes. Limit your intake to about 28 grams a day (a couple dozen nuts). That will provide you with 6 grams each of protein and carbohydrates, and 3.5 grams of fiber. That also yields 163 calories and 14 grams of fat. For everyday snacking, peanuts are a good option and plentiful here in Thailand. Like almonds, they are nutrient dense, heart healthy, may help you lose weight, and may also help fight cancer. The same amount of peanuts (28 grams a day) yields about the same nutritional and caloric breakdown as almonds.

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Walnuts offer powerful antioxidants that repair cell damage and are thought to help fight cancer. They may be good for your brain, too. Several studies have shown that the antioxidants and healthy fats in walnuts could improve thinking and memory in older adults. A 28-gram serving (about seven nuts) contains 185 calories and 18.5 grams fat. It also provides 4 grams protein, 4 grams carbohydrates and 2 grams fiber. If you’re not into pistachios, you should be. They contain significant amounts of nutrients that can reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration. And did you know that pistachios have as much fiber in them as oatmeal? Like almonds, pistachios have been

shown to reduce the bad effects of LDL cholesterol thanks to the antioxidants they contain. Eat up to 50 pistachios a day for 6 grams protein, 8 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 150 calories and 13 grams of fat. Finally, the elite cashew is a virtual must. One ounce (28 grams) of the kidney-shaped kernels supplies about 20 percent of your recommended daily value of magnesium and phosphorous, and almost a third of copper. It’s also a good source of zinc, manganese, vitamin K and iron. Cashews are lower in fat (12 grams) and higher in protein (5 grams) and carbohydrates (9 grams) than most other nuts. A serving yields 157 calories and 1 gram fiber.

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diversions automotive

Vol. 04 No. 08 | Apr 16-30, 2016

upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya GREEN ROOM

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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Release Date April 28, 2016 Lead Actors Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen Directors Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Writers Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely Genre Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Volvo’s 2016 Flagship: The All-New Volvo XC90 One of the safest cars in the world

Volvo Car (Thailand) Ltd introduces the all-New XC90 to announce its confidence in the world-class luxury car segment. The All-new XC90 is the seven-seat luxury SUV that comes in two versions including one plug-in hybrid engine. The model reflects the Swedish sense of class and details, while depicting the brand's revamped reputation and its future direction. The comprehensive safety technologies equipped in the XC90 puts the car at the forefront of the automobile industry, as number one in safety. Anette Andersson, managing director, Volvo Car (Thailand) Ltd, revealed, “The All-New XC90 is one of the most luxurious seven-seat SUVs in Thailand’s car industry, with the Swedish touches on the details and designs. Moreover, it comes with the new comprehensive and technologically sophisticated safety standard that includes two world first safety technologies; a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability to prevent or reduce danger from cars coming in the opposite direction at the intersection. Volvo has always been a leader of safety innovations with the discovery of intelligent safety system (Intellisafe), which does not only protect the drivers and passengers in the car, but also protecting others on the road as well.”

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After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band is forced into a vicious fight for survival against a group of maniacal skinheads.

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music / new release

Classic Carpenters – Dami Im Classic Carpenters is the third studio album by Australian recording artist Dami Im, scheduled for release on April 22, 2016 by Sony Music Australia. The album consists of cover versions of American vocal duo The Carpenters' songs. Im said "My intention wasn't to copy Karen's voice or her tone, our voices naturally sound so different. I tried to bring out the joy and the innocence in the songs while trying to sing them as honest and raw as I could as Dami, rather than pretending to be someone else." Adding, "With this album and through my live performances, I hope to be remembered as the girl who is a real musician at heart who speaks truthfully through her craft."

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The all-new XC90 comes in three exterior colours: Onyx Black Metallic, Luminous Sand Metallic, and Ice White Solid. The three different variants in Thailand are D5 AWD Momentum, T8 Twin Engine Momentum, and T8 Twin Engine Inscription. Meet the all-new Volvo XC90 at Volvo showroom nationwide. For more information, call Volvo care center 02 305 4499 or visit www. volvocars.com/th.

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automotive

Vol. 04 No. 08 | Apr 16-30, 2016

Bangkok International Motor Show 2016 Salon Internationale de L'Automobile Bangkok

Brand new shining cars and pickups, cool big bikes and a sea of aftermarket stuff heralded the 37th“BIMS” at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani – Thailand's annual by John K. Lindgren “springtime” Editor-in-chief: automotive exhibition carsanook.com extravaganza. They did it again! The Grand Prix International (GPI) executives: Dr Prachin Eamlumnow, Jaturont Komolmis, Anothai Eamlumnow and Peerapong Eamlumnow – and the entire GPI Motor Show team. They rolled out a great show despite the stagnant economy and a struggling auto industry, which dropped by almost 12 percent during the first two months of 2016. The 37th BKK Motor Show from March 23 to April 3 ended with an order tally of 32,571 bookings – less than the 40,000 expected sales by its organizer GPI – but Thailand's annual mega motor show still pulled in 1.6 million visitors and generated circa 32 billion baht in sales. A total of 30 car and 10 motorcycle companies and dozens more accessory brands including a large luxury yacht filled up the 140,000 sqm of exhibition

space at the annual auto industry fair which always kicks in when the hot season arrives. The ubiquitous concept cars this year included the Japanese Toyota C-HR (Coupe High Rider) which recently debuted at Geneva Motor Show. “C-HR a diamond shape based bold design language, and engaging full-hybrid power-train experience,” according to Toyota. Subaru showed off its Viziv Future Concept, a forward-thinking SUV propelled by a new hybrid powertrain, downsized turbo motor, and reworked version of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Subaru also provided an exciting stunt driving show by British Russ Swift. This was one of the many outdoor activities. The mass market brands 'sold' briskly with Honda in the top collecting 3,432 orders thanks to the all-new Civic and BR-V models, followed by Isuzu with its downsized new 1.9-liter MU-X Blue Power pickup securing 3,022 bookings. Toyota, with no new models except special versions, was third with 2,986 orders, followed by Mazda 2,565 orders fueled by the new CX-5 Crossover, Mitsubishi 2,430 and Nissan 2,313. The American global brands Ford and Chevrolet (GM) were next with 1,989 and 1,035 orders. Chinese-owned MG's expanding

product line-up helped it gain 766 orders while Suzuki took 763 orders. Premium and Super Premium Vehicles Aston Martin Aston Martin featured the first Asian premiere of Aston Martin DB11, a stunning piece of British automotive engineering. A combination of “Power, Beauty and Soul”. DB11 is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine pumping out 600 hp and 700 Nm torque. Ever wondered what “DB” stands for? Dennis Brown or Sir David Brown was a tractor manufacturer (like Ferruccio Lamborghini), who in 1947 bought Aston Martin company in an effort to get into the road car business. AM also highlighted the DB10, specially made for the recent James Bond Spectre film.

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BMW 330e

BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke introduced the new BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, which marks the third consecutive year of Beemer plug-in hybrid launches in Thailand following the BMWi8 and the BMW X5xDrive40e in 2015. Volvo XC90 Volvo displayed the all-new sevenseater luxury SUV XC90. This Chineseowned luxury super safe, Swedish form and function designed vehicle comes with two powertrain options – a D5 diesel and a T8 plug-in hybrid.

Rolls-Royce Ghost “KoChaMongkol” Volvo XC90

Mercedes-Benz The Stuttgart premium marque unveiled the new E-Class, the 10th generation executive saloon with an all-new distinctive MB design and highgrade interior. Two trim levels: E 220 d Exclusive and E 220 d AMG Dynamic, both powered by Mercedes-Benz new common rail 1,950cc turbo diesels. Porsche Porsche held the Thai debut of its updated 911 Carrera model as it shared the stage with the Cayman GT4 and other stablemates.

Rolls-Royce The revered Rolls-Royce owned by BMW introduced the bespoke extended wheelbase Ghost “KoChaMongkol”, inspired by the history of Thailand. RR also launched the new Dawn convertible (cabriolet) priced at a cool 32 million baht.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé

The theme of 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show was “No Boundaries Mobility”. Like the no boundaries journey from the very first Motor Show at Lumpini Park in 1979 with 380,000 visitors. In the ’80s the show moved to Suan Amporn. The new millennium arrived and BIMS moved again to BITEC. In 2011 when a bigger venue, more parking was needed IMPACT Muang Thong Thani became the perfect locale for all the indoor and outdoor activities. Finally, all the charming, smiling presenters aka “pretties” – what would this super-sized automotive show be without them?


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Blue Lagoon Condominium Live Your Tropical Dream

Touch of your dream The Blue Lagoon is a new 7-storey luxury low-rise condominium project by CK Blue Lagoon Co, Ltd with 284 units in two buildings covering an area of 2 rai 161 wah (961 wah). Located just off Soi Chaiyapruek 1, the ultra-modern premium quality project is just a short walk to the pristine Jomtien Beach and with all the benefits that this area has to offer. The Blue Lagoon is ideal for both independent and family living. The condominium boasts two 50-metre lagoon pools separated by a walkover bridge, each with their own Jacuzzi, which you can relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. This spacious welldesigned condo has excellent finishing too. Superior construction All units will have double-glazed windows, secure Scorpion entrance doors and doubleskinned cavity walls between units as standard. All units are fully finished with air conditioning, modern stylish European kitchens with brand-name appliances and fully tiled bathrooms with glass shower screen. Room types and price Studio type unit sizes include 27.5 sqm and 29 sqm with price starting from 1.2 million baht while one-bedroom unit has 36 sqm, 39 sqm, 41 sqm and 45 sqm with price starting from 1.6 million baht. Continued on page 4/24

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Property

Thailand Property Awards 2016 Nominations are Open!

The Thailand Property Awards nominations for the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Condominium Development and Best Villa Development are being submitted until July 8, with the nominated developments submitting their entry forms up until July 15. Eastern Seaboard site visits will be conducted from July 25 to August 15, with the Thailand Property Awards 2016 Central and Regional panel judges meeting in Bangkok on August 15. Yes, once again we are quickly approaching the eagerlyawaited annual event that recognizes the residential sector’s leading real estate professionals, property developers, interior designers, and architects. Along with this year’s Best Villa and Best Condo Developments for the Eastern Seaboard, nominations and entries are coming in national categories including Best Developer, Best Boutique Developer, Best Commercial Development (Retail), Best Commercial Development (Office), Best Commercial Development (Hotel), Best Residential Architectural Design, Best Residential Interior Design, Best Hotel Interior Design, Best Retail Architectural Design, Best Office Architectural Design, Best Hotel Architectural Design, Best Landscape Architectural Design, Best Green Development, and Special Recognition in CSR. For ten years now this great annual awards event has established itself as the highest symbol of achievement that a company or an individual can receive in Thailand’s residential, commercial, design and hospitality real estate industries. In order to avoid accusations of favoritism, the organizers use a panel of independent judges, and the entire judging process is monitored by one of the world’s leading internal auditing firms and official supervisor, BDO Advisory Thailand. Having said that, you might ask how these awards are decided and what is the process that produces them. The Thailand Property Awards central (Bangkok) and regional panel of judges are comprised of leading Thailand professionals, i.e., real estate agents, appraisers, lawyers, architects, etc., who examine and score all nominees. In the Development Awards category, the central and regional panel of prestigious judges review, examine and score each nominee and then submit their initial short-lists of five properties for each category to Paul Ashburn of BDO Advisory--the official supervisor insuring that the judging is done fairly and with integrity. Next, the regional panel heads and their appointed judging teams inspect all nominees in their respective region. Along with the Eastern Seaboard’s regional head panel judge and organizer Clayton Wade and honorary judge Pongstorn Sangruchi, the Eastern Seaboard judges include Teresa Biesty, a seasoned national panel judge and long-time Eastern Seaboard judge. There will be at least 3 to 5 scoring judges that will make each and every property site visit to complete the process of identifying the best properties in each of the above categories. The actual on-site judging procedures for the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Condominium and Villa Development Awards along with the other award categories submitted will score each property based upon the criteria of design/concept, value for money, sales success and construction.

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

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

Some of the 2016 Thailand Property Awards central (Bangkok) and regional panel of judges include: President of the Judges Panel Dr. Manop Bongsadadt Professor at Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University Prof. Manop was awarded a BA in architecture from Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University and master's degrees in architecture and regional planning in the United States and Netherlands and certificate in development planning from University College, London. Professor Bongsatad is widely considered a true "property guru" in real estate studies and development in Thailand. His expertise and insights into the real estate field are exceptionally valuable and widely respected. Chairman of the central panel judges Suphin Mechuchep Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Limited Suphin Mechuchep is managing director of one of Thailand’s largest international property services firms. With her 20 years of experience in real estate and comprehensive market knowledge, she is regarded as one of the most respected real estate professionals in the country. Assistant chairman of the central panel judges Dr. Theerathon Tharachai CFO, Project Planning Service Public Company Limited Theerathon Tharachai, a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Project Management, is a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and Thammasart University, among many others. He is currently with the PPS group, a leading project management and construction management firm in Thailand. Eastern Seaboard judging officials Clayton Wade Managing Director, Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. Clayton Wade has been in real estate for more than 30 years, with 20 years as managing director of the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. and Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. He is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his writing and public speaking and has appeared on CNBC’s Managing Asia program.

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

Pongstorn Sangruchi Managing Director, The Monttra Pattaya Pongstorn Sangruchi is the owner developer of the Eastern Seaboard's beachfront condominium the Golden Sands and the beachfront housing developments Blue Lagoon and Baan Dhewaran. His Eastern Seaboard residential developments are all five-star projects, including his new venture into the hospitality sector with his Monttra luxury boutique Hotel.

Teresa Biesty Managing Director of Access Property Limited Originally from Hong Kong, Teresa graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a degree in finance and business administration. In the Hong Kong banking industry she specialized in exchange and treasuries. Moving to Thailand 20 years ago as Colliers Jardines’ director of residential property, she subsequently established Access Property Limited. Actual dates for visiting nominated sites will be determined during July and August and will be announced in one of our next Thailand Property Awards 2016 updates. The Thailand Property Awards is truly a spectacular event. Terry Blackburn, Ensign Media managing director and organizer of the Thailand Property Awards--now working under the ownership of the Property Guru Group, deserves tremendous credit for having produced, in just a few years, Thailand’s cutting-edge residential, commercial and hotel industry property awards venue. We are also pleased to announce that the hugely successful sanitary fittings manufacturer Hansgrohe Company, founded by Hans Grohe in 1901, in Schiltach, Germany, is the Platinum sponsor for this year’s Awards event. Thailand’s most glamorous and expensive residential, commercial and hotel industry developments will once again be represented at this spectacular event along with the country’s most innovative and successful developers, interior designers and architects. Just as last year, the event promises to be yet another glamorous showcase for the industries finest and most successful. So, for all who appreciate and enjoy the real estate business, the Thailand Property Awards is the industry’s ‘Big Night Out,’ so be sure to join us while we celebrate the very best that Thailand’s property and real estate sector has to offer. Winners will be announced at the gala dinner and awards ceremony--the Oscars of Thailand's property and real estate industry--at the Athenee Crystal Hall, Plaza Athenee Bangkok a Royal Meridien, Wednesday September 22. All tickets are inclusive of cocktail networking reception, fourcourse dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks throughout the evening. To book your Thailand Property Awards 2016 Gala Dinner and awards presentation ceremony tickets you may email info@asiapropertyawards.com or go to http://www. asiapropertyawards.com (Click: Gala Dinner Thailand)

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

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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16-30 april 2016

Property

Thailand Property Awards 2016 ushers in a new era of real estate excellence The Thailand Property Awards presented by Hansgrohe returns for a successful 11th edition to reward the finest developers and current developments in the country’s resilient real estate sector. The annual event was launched to the media on March 29, 2016 at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel. Building on the monumental success of last year’s 10th anniversary event, which saw SC Asset Corporation PLC claim the biggest award for Best Developer, the Kingdom’s biggest and most respected industry awards programme will champion the leading industry players in Bangkok and Phuket, which continue to evolve alongside the secondary markets of Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai, Samui and the Eastern Seaboard. “The tourism sector is playing an increasingly important role in driving the country’s economic growth,” Suphin Mechuchep, managing director of JLL Thailand and newly elected chairperson of the central panel of judges, said. “A decent chunk of tourist spending goes to retailers in various retail formats from street-side retail strips to modern shopping centres,” she added. “Retail markets in key tourist destinations such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Chiang Mai will benefit most from this trend.” This economic boost, as well the recently reported strong year-end finish to

2015 following the implementation of the government-led boosting measures and incentives, will be discussed by the industry's leading experts, developers and innovators at the high-level forum that takes place before the awards gala – the Property Report Congress Thailand. The whole day conference on September 22, Thursday, from 9 am to 3 pm, and will be held at the Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel, the official venue of the Thailand Property Awards. An internationally recognised celebration of the country’s real estate achievements, the Thailand Property Awards 2016 have already begun accepting nominations from developers and the general public starting in late February. The nomination period will close on July 8, with the official shortlist revealed to the world in the third week of August. Entry is free. All successful entries will be supervised by BDO, one of the world’s largest accounting and auditing firms, and the trusted awards supervisor of the Asia Property Awards, which, in its 11th year, is widely recognised for its fairness and transparency. This year’s awards programme will be boosted by the support of title sponsor Hansgrohe, a leading global manufacturer of innovative and designer bathroom products, official media partner Property Report, as well as the large network of awards organiser PropertyGuru, Asia’s largest online property portal group.

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Blue Lagoon Condominium

Facilities and amenities Large edge pool, family-sized Jacuzzi, steam, sauna, fully equipped fitness centre, secured underground car parking, lush landscape, two high-speed elevators, high-speed internet access, garden, first-class luxurious lobby, CCTV system for security and free shuttle service to Jomtien Beach for four years. Blue Lagoon Condominium Soi 2, Chaiyapruek 1 Road Tel: 038 074 644, 098 935 8057 E-mail: info@bluelagoonpattaya.net www.bluelagoonpattaya.net Project start: Third quarter of 2015 Expected completion: First quarter of 2018

“We’re excited to be working with PropertyGuru Group as the Asia Property Awards programme continues to expand in ASEAN in its second decade,” said Terry Blackburn, founder and managing director of the Asia Property Awards. “In trying times like these, Thailand can always depend on exceptional projects that boost investor confidence and elevate market standards. We’re delighted to reward their hard work at the Thailand Property Awards.” Suphin will be joined on the esteemed judging panel, which is presided by Dr Manop Bongsadadt, renowned professor of architecture at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, by some of the best-known names

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in the industry. Aside from the central panel of judges, each region will have its own panel comprising local experts to ensure credibility of the Awards. A total of 31 trophies will be presented in 2016, with award categories covering the condominium, housing/villa, hotel, office, and retail segments. A special recognition for Thailand’s Real Estate Personality of Year, whose influence and achievements resonate across the Kingdom, will be named by the editors of Property Report prior to the gala night. For more information about the Thailand Property Awards, visit the official website: asiapropertyawards.com/ thailandpropertyawards.


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Volume 5

Issue 7

16-30 april 2016

Legal & Expat Money

LEGAL ADVICE Condominium Juristic Management Who has the responsibility for taking care of the communal facilities of a condominium? The condominium juristic person, by its committee and manager, assumes responsibilities for taking care of communal facilities such as communal swimming pool, garden area, and other shared parts of the condominium project in order to maintain order and cleanliness throughout the condominium for the benefit of all the residents and co-owners. What is a juristic person? A juristic person is a body of persons, a corporation, a partnership, or other legal entity that is recognized by law to have legal rights and to perform certain duties. What are the qualifications of a juristic manager? A juristic manager can be an ordinary person or a juristic person. In the case where the manager is a juristic person, such juristic person shall appoint an ordinary person to act for the juristic person in the capacity as manager. According to the Thailand Condominium Act, juristic manager must possess the following qualifications: 1. Must be at least 25 years old 2. Must not be bankrupt 3. Must not be an incompetent or quasi-incompetent person 4. Must not have been dismissed, removed or discharged from government service, government or private organization/agency for wrongful exercise of lawful authority 5. Must not have been imprisoned by final judgment except for an offence committed through negligence or for a petty offence 6. Must not have been removed from the capacity of a manager because of corruption, wrongful exercise of lawful authority, or moral/behavioral defect. 7. Must not have unpaid debt being the expenses on tax and duty according to the ratio of his/her freehold in common property What are the powers and duties of a manager? The manager shall have the following powers and duties: 1. Carry out the work consistent with the objectives; manage and maintain the common property with the power to take whatever action to achieve the said objectives, or the resolution of the joint owners general meeting without contradicting the law 2. In the case of necessity and urgency, use his/her own initiative to act for the safety of the building in a manner a prudent person should do to his/her own property 3. Provide security operations or take actions to maintain peace and order within the condominium 4. Serve as representative of the juristic condominium 5. Arrange to have a monthly income and expenditure account prepared and posted on the bulletin board to inform the joint owners within 15 days from the end of the month and for at least 15 consecutive days 6. Sue delinquent joint owners for more than six months overdue payment of expenses on tax and duty according to the ratio of their freehold in common property 7. Perform other duties prescribed under ministerial regulation

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Does the appointment of a manager need to be registered? The appointment of the manager shall be in accordance with the resolution of the joint owners general meeting. The appointed manager shall bring the proof of appointment or employment agreement to the competent official for registration within 30 days from the date on which the joint owners general meeting has passed the resolution.

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How many members must a condominium corporate committee consist of? There shall be a condominium corporate committee consisting of members between three and nine appointed by the joint owners general meeting. How long is the tenure of office of the appointed committee members? The committee members shall hold office for two years each term. A member vacating office may be reappointed but shall not be eligible to hold office in excess of two consecutive terms unless no other person can be found to succeed him/her. What are the powers and duties of the committee? The committee shall have the powers and duties as follows: 1. Monitor control over the management of the condominium juristic person 2. Appoint a member to assume duties of the manager of the juristic condominium in the case where there is no manager or the manager is unable to perform normal duties in excess of seven days 3. Arrange to have the committee meeting convened at least once every six months 4. Perform other duties prescribed under ministerial regulation The committee shall arrange to have the ordinary general meeting convened once a year within 120 days from the last day of the accounting period to approve the annual report and the balance sheet, appoint an auditor, and discuss other important matters. Who is qualified to become a committee member? According to the Thailand Condominium Act, a committee member must meet the following criteria: 1. Be a joint owner or spouse of a joint owner 2. Be the legal representative, guardian, or curator, if the joint owner is a minor, an incompetent person or a quasi-incompetent person 3. Be a representative of a juristic person, if the joint owner is a juristic person. If a condominium unit is owned by many people, only one person shall have the right to be appointed as committee member 4. Not be a minor, an incompetent or a quasiincompetent person 5. Never having been removed from the capacity of a manager because of corruption, wrongful exercise of lawful authority, or moral/behavioral defect 6. Never having been dismissed, removed or discharged from government service, government or private organization/agency for wrongful exercise of lawful authority 7. Never having been imprisoned by final judgment except for an offence committed through negligence or for a petty offence

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With the likelihood of only a very gradual increase in the historically low interest rates of many developed economies, deposit account holders are, in many cases, receiving a rate less than half that of inflation; Some jurisdictions are in negative territory! Watching the value of your money slowly depreciate is a wearing process. There are a huge variety of alternative options available but sorting the financial wheat from the chaff is no mean feat. Most of us are looking for a low risk, reasonable return. Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? Nonetheless, the fact is that consistent, worthwhile returns with a low risk profile are few and far between. The problem is that, in most cases, in order to achieve better rates, the traditional school of thought says one needs to move away from the alleged safety of bank deposits, all the way to equities (shares), with sovereign and corporate bonds being somewhere between the two, offering a less volatile alternative but with historically much lower potential returns. Rather than direct investment in equities, there are managed funds that spread their exposure across a variety of shares, with the intention of smoothing out the bumps along the way, the better of these offerings have fared well. Not only are there ‘managed’ funds that are spread across the equity sectors and markets, there are also similarly managed propositions that are referred to as ‘multiasset’ funds that hold selected worldwide equities, fixed interest, alternative investments and cash, where necessary. The various assets held by these funds provide a broadening of the Investment, further reducing the risk profile. Conventional wisdom says that, if you hold on to blue chip stock for 10 years, you could be assured of a good return on your capital, whether or not you bought at a peak and/or sold in a trough. There is still some truth in that maxim despite the mayhem that’s prevailed in the worlds’ financial system. All this is fine as long as you don’t need income, above dividends, throughout the 10 years and you can cope with the interim fluctuations of the share prices. Nonetheless it has to be said, for long term capital growth, quality equities have a very important place. Since the upheaval in the world’s financial system, fund managers have also had to come up with real alternatives for the millions of people looking for decent growth and/or income from their capital. This has resulted in funds that are linked to sectors where demand far exceeds supply, into the middle distance. Such funds mushroomed out of enterprise and necessity and have provided a stable, worthwhile investment for many throughout the general market turmoil that has existed over recent years. Unconnected to the stock markets and benefitting from increasing demand from their particular sectors, many of these offerings have been real a boon to those of us partially, or wholly dependent on growth and/or income from capital. 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 7

16-30 april 2016

Business News Chevrolet Motor Show Booth Wins Best Design Award The Chevrolet booth at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show won the Best Design Award 2016. Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow, president of the show’s organizing committee, presented the award to Pipat Lorkrailert, senior marketing manager, Chevrolet Sales Thailand. “We are honoured to win this award again,” Piphat said. “We always take pride in how we present the Chevrolet brand and products at the Motor Show, and this year is no exception. Motor show booth design, like the automotive industry itself, is highly competitive. So, we raised the bar even higher this year. We very much appreciate the recognition for it.” Chevrolet’s booth theme, “Era of the New Evolution,” provided the perfect stage for unveiling two exciting show vehicles, Colorado Xtreme and Trailblazer Premier, which explore two very different directions for the popular pickup truck and SUV segments. These vehicles give customers a hint at the brand’s design direction that takes inspiration from its worldrenowned truck heritage. During public days at the Motor Show, the Chevrolet booth featured a thrilling performance under the concept "Iron & Fire" that combined the art of synchronized street tap dance, creating sound and rhythm that was inspired in part by automotive manufacturing. Also at the booth, there was a Smartphone Integration Kiosk

Demonstration that showcased Chevrolet’s New MyLink technology, 30% faster than the previous system and enables a more convenient, more connected customer experience through the use of Apple Car Play and Android Auto applications, available on the new 2016 Chevrolet Captiva. The booth also featured the exclusive Chevy Plus Lounge, offering Chevrolet key holders a sample of the VIP treatment offered at the Chevrolet Centennial Suite located in Manchester United Football Club's legendary Old Trafford Stadium. Customers

who made a booking with Chevrolet during the 2016 motor show also got a chance to win a trip to England to experience the Chevrolet Centennial Suite and watch a Manchester United Football Club game. Chevrolet’s Accessorized Car Zone, the new highlight of the booth, offered customers inspiration on how to customize and accessorize their vehicle to reflect their personal style and identity. The booth also featured the Chevy Collection, offering a variety of Chevrolets products, souvenirs and car accessories.

Bangkok to host 2017 WTTC Global Summit Bangkok has been selected as the host venue for the prestigious 2017 WTTC Global Summit, which is scheduled to be held on April 26-27, 2017. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced its decision at the closing of the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas on April 7. David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC said, “The WTTC Global Summit is the most influential travel and tourism event of the year, bringing together hundreds of leaders from public sector organisations and private sector companies to discuss and tackle the most important issues in our sector. Travel and tourism is one of the most important generators of jobs and wealth in the world, contributing to over US $7.2 trillion in GDP to the world economy and supporting 284 million jobs, which is 1 in 11 jobs on the planet.” Scowsill continued, “Thailand is an extremely well established travel and tourism economy. Despite challenges, the sector grew by a stunning 18.4% in 2015, contributing nearly 21% to the country’s GDP (USD$ 81.6 billion or THB 2.8 trillion) and supported 5.9 million jobs, which is 15.4% of the total employment. I am delighted that Bangkok will host the 2017 Global Summit, which will highlight the Thai government’s great efforts in supporting travel and tourism across the country.” H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “We are excited and honoured to host next year’s WTTC Global Summit,

which is a great opportunity to showcase Bangkok as an important meeting place for gathering the world’s top travel and tourism executives. “Being selected by the World Travel and Tourism Council to host the Summit acknowledges the commitment the Thai government has to the expansion of the travel and tourism sector in the country,” she added. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Holding the Summit in Bangkok is recognition of the city’s importance as an international hub, serving a large number of international visitors through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. "We are looking forward to welcoming everyone in Bangkok next year to experience the beauty of our country,” the Governor concluded.

Vietjet hosts Cabin Crew Recruitment Day in Bangkok

As part of an exciting Thailandbased recruitment initiative, Vietjet recently held a cabin crew recruitment day for Thai citizens at Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok (Huaykwang). Successful flight crew candidates will attend intensive Vietjet training courses and take the first step towards enjoying an attractive income and many other benefits. Thai applicants who were selected will also be able to take advantage of unlimited opportunities for promotion and career development

within the team-focused Vietjet and its family of dynamic airline professionals. Vietjet offers a superb entry into the world of global travel, along with outstanding career development pathways and the chance to excel in a demanding yet highly coveted professional industry. Competition for places is high, yet Vietjet is keen to give as many Thai applicants as possible the chance to live the dream and become cabin crew members for Vietjet, one of the region’s fastestgrowing airlines.

Launch Party of CÉ LA VI Bangkok at Sathorn Square

Revelers come together to celebrate the launch of new brand CÉ LA VI atop the 37th floor of Sathorn Square International lifestyle and entertainment brand CÉ LA VI celebrated their launch in Bangkok at its venue in Sathorn Square, at the former KU DÉ TA Club Lounge. Bangkok’s party elite were in attendance to usher in the exciting new chapter of upscale, elevated clubbing. The city’s acclaimed Bangkok Invaders and their member DJ Ono’s new project, OZMO, rallying the party crowd as the headline of the night. The celebration saw a themed experience with the new look and feel of the CÉ LA VI brand. With one of the brand symbols being lips, guests were treated to specially

crafted lips-inspired cherry shots and CÉ LA VI branded giveaways. A kissing photo booth added a touch of playfulness to the atmosphere. Bangkok Invaders and OZMO rocked the crowd with the support of the talented CÉ LA VI resident DJs Jedie, SG, Knatz and Tommy Nori. Lite bites were provided by Indus for the night. Derived from ‘C’est La Vie’, the universally known French phrase that translates into ‘This is Life’, CÉ LA VI aims to create a global family of sophisticated world-class dining and nightlife hotspots in key cities worldwide. It currently has prominent locations at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong. CÉ LA VI has most recently been named as No. 90 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs 2016 poll.


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Volume 5

Issue 7

16-30 april 2016

Business News Wyndham Hotel Group debuts its Days Inn® brand in Thailand Days Inn Patong Beach Phuket opens in the heart of Phuket’s entertainment precinct

Wyndham Hotel Group has recognised the growing demand from price-conscious travellers to Southeast Asia and recently launched its first Days Inn® branded hotel in Thailand. Days Inn Patong Beach Phuket, a 122-room hotel, is a franchise agreement with developer Roberts Phuket LLC, and is well poised to offer comfortable and affordable accommodation consistent with the expanding Days Inn brand. Wyndham Hotel Group will be placing further emphasis on key emerging markets such as Thailand, in line with the larger global development strategy to increase its footprint across the region. Days Inn is a globally recognised hotel brand with nearly 1,800 economy to upper-midscale properties located throughout the globe. Most properties offer free Wi-Fi, complimentary DayBreak®

continental breakfast, meeting rooms, banquet facilities, copy and fax services, fitness centres and more. Wyndham Hotel Group will once again be collaborating with KosMopolitan Hospitality, which has taken on the management of the hotel. This collaboration will continue with several new-builds and conversions expected to take place within the next couple of years, including Wyndham Legend Halong in Vietnam. Barry Robinson, president and managing director of Wyndham Hotel Group Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim commented, “Phuket is a major beach resort in Thailand and attracts millions of visitors annually. This is a timely opportunity for us to expand our offerings, with the country hitting a groundbreaking record of 29.99 million tourist arrivals in 2015, which is a

phenomenal increase of 20 percent from 2014. “The KosMopolitan group is a key partner in our joint efforts to expand our portfolio of hotels in emerging markets throughout Southeast Asia. Their team’s expertise in managing and developing successful hotels and resorts is proven and well-respected in Southeast Asia. We share similar goals and our interests are aligned.” said Robinson. The former Aloha Villa Phuket was rebranded to Days Inn Patong Beach after a facelift and has unveiled a refreshed and modern concept. Set in the heart of Phuket’s entertainment district, the economy hotel consists of 36 double rooms, 80 twin rooms and six triple rooms, all comfortably furnished with mini bars and satellite televisions. The hotel also includes two restaurants, a rooftop pool and an Internet centre. A six-minute walk to the lively Patong Beach, the laid-back hotel is 10km from the revered Wat

Chalong temple and 13 km from the scenic Khao Rang hill look-out point. Glenn de Souza, CEO of KosMopolitan Hospitality added, “Days Inn is an esteemed brand with a wonderful concept that will appeal to budget conscious travellers with its great value. Wyndham Hotel Group’s Count On Me! service is one of its distinctive factors and we are confident of delivering the

highest level of service excellence to our customers.” All Wyndham hotels in Southeast Asia participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-touse, revolutionary loyalty program from Wyndham Hotel Group that offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate. To learn more and join for free, visit www. wyndhamrewards.com.

Thailand projects rise in Indian weddings and honeymoons Thailand is forecasting a huge growth in the number of Indian weddings and honeymoons following an annual fam trip organised for wedding planners from major Indian cities. A total of 17 planners from Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Bangalore

were invited for this year’s trip, which covered Bangkok, Phuket, Khao Lak, Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Rayong and Pattaya. It was the third such trip organised in as many years. The visit ended with a briefing symposium and tabletop opportunity for business

networking between the Indian wedding planners and 31 Thai hotels together with 23 wedding service and attractions keen to cater to the market. Indian wedding planners find that Thailand is perfect for the growing number of destination weddings thanks to airline accessibility, great Thai hospitality, affordability of luxury, strong cultural connections, and products

and services that deliver the highest standards of excellence and attention to detail. Thailand hosts about 300 weddings from India every year, or roughly one event every two days. Each wedding party comprises between 100-600 people, covers three to six days, with budgets ranging from 10 million baht to 50 million baht per event.

The TAT’s India offices will be stepping up their marketing in India’s second- and third-tier cities, and also expand the events from weddings and honeymoons to anniversaries, birthday parties and family reunions. At the conclusion of the trip, all the participants were presented with a Thailand Specialist Wedding Planner Certificate.


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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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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.

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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 viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6686) 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR6075) Beautiful Private Home Village For Sale! Selling Price 16,000,000 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3+1 Bathrooms, 111 TLW/289 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR1158) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 26 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR4176)

G o r g e o u s L a k e Vi e w Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 27 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Wat Yan & Bangsaray Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1154) Unique and Spacious Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht

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for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4516) Magnificent Country Estate Home or Resort for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! Selling Price 43 Million Baht, 7 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 700 Sqm/2 Rai 285 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6004)

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

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First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5614) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6902) Nice Rental Home near Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 420 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5086) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601)Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier

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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

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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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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 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) 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 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)

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Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront home or a great rental property. (PR0359) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm. (PR1667) Spacious 1 Bedroom Pratamnak Hill Condo! Selling Price 2.95 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 39 Sqm. (PR3478) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area! Selling Price 15.750 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 101 Sqm. (PR3104) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. PR3990) Beachfront Living in DongtanAreaApartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 Sqm. (PR6646) StunningandGorgeousPratamanakAreaApartment!SellingPrice6.39MillionBaht,1Bedroom/1Bathroom.68Sqm.(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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and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6646) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4979)

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High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area! Selling Price 15.750 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 101 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 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

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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

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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 (PR3114) A b s o l u t e l y B e a c h f ro n t 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 081-6342915 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) 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0706) Soi Tungklomtanmun 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0002)

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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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0978) H u a y y a i A re a ! S e l l i n g 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0983) Na Jomtien Beach Area! Selling Price is 22.078 Million 122 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0988)

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Youth Focus Centara Hotels & Resorts in Pattaya, Burapha University and International College signed the MOU for internship programme

A Personal Theory of Learning Centara Hotels and Resorts in Pattaya, Burapha University (BUU) and Burapha University International College (BUUIC) organized the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony to collaborate and work together in the areas of education and internship programme held at Mythica room of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Photo shows (seated from left) Manop Wongchaikam – executive assistant manager at Centra Maris Resort Jomtien; Jonas Sjostedt –

general manager at Centara Pattaya Hotel and Centara Nova Hotel and Spa Pattaya, Centara Boutique Collection; Assoc Prof Dr Rana Pongruengphant – dean of Burapha University International College; Prof Sompol Pongthai – MD, president of Burapha University; Andre Brulhart – area general manager at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and Kanyaporn Kongfoo – area director of Human Resources at Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya and Centara Avenue Hotel Pattaya.

Songkran at GIS Students splashed, soaked and generally drenched each other as part of the Songkran celebrations at Garden International School (GIS). On the final day of Term 2, the Thai department organised a range of traditional Thai games and activities for all the students. These included collecting water in sponges and going through an obstacle course trying to hit a box while blindfolded. Students also paid respects to their teachers by pouring water over their hands and daubing their faces with powder. The day ended with a competition to see which teacher and students could make the biggest splash in one of the school's pools! Many thanks to the Thai Department – and Mr Carr – for helping to organise such a great event! GIS is based in Ban Chang, near Pattaya. Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.

by Mark Beales

by Rob Cable

In the context of a classroom, Simon (2001) contends that learning occurs from‘…what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can advance learning only by influencing what the student does to learn’ (Simon 2001, in Ambrose, Bridges, Lovett, DiPietro and Norman 2010: 21). On the contrary, Bruner (1966) argues that the connection between human beings and learning, is so instinctive that we, as a species, have intrinsically evolved to learn. The basic principles of learning, such as the conservation and transmission of past learning are paramount to our survival. It is believed that for one to improve oneself, one must be educated rather than embark on a process of casual learning (Bruner 1966). I feel that as a learner I am highly motivated when the subject is engaging and of relevance to my interests. I prefer exercises, which stimulate intrinsic behaviour where the reward is obtained through completing the task at hand, thus satisfying my curiosity. I enjoy tasks that utilise the three main forms of cognitive learning, which include auditory, visual and kinaesthetic activities. These methods help me to digest and consolidate new information quickly and efficiently, whilst fulfilling my physiological needs and sensory pleasures (Maslow 1943). I often become distracted and lose concentration rather easily. Therefore, I prefer to learn independently and in an environment which is peaceful and conducive to learning. Students in my classroom are exposed to a wide range of learning styles that include independent child-centred learning, ability and mixed ability group-based activities

and teacher-led whole-class collaborative tasks to name but a few. Each learning style has its advantages and disadvantages; however, I believe that it is important to consider and support each child’s individualism. Consequently, I feel that children learn better when a range of learning styles are applied to the classroom to cater to all of their learning needs. Furthermore, this approach allows children to develop areas that are perhaps unnatural and more challenging for them. I think that it is imperative for teachers to study different learning processes in order to gain a broader understanding of the numerous ways of how learning actually takes place in the classroom. I believe that once a teacher has established a sound knowledge of a range of learning processes, they will then be able to implement

these skills into their teaching methodology. This should enable them to develop lesson plans to accommodate and differentiate to the various learning styles in their classroom. Moreover, this should allow the teacher to identify and provide adequate support to learners who require additional assistance. Bruner, J. (1966) Toward a Theory of Instruction. MA: Harvard University Press. Maslow, A. (1943) A Theory of Human Motivation. Psychological Review 50(4): 370-396. Ambrose, S., Bridges, M., Lovett, M., DiPietro, M. and Norman, M. (2010) How Learning Works: ResearchBased Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Rob Cable is a Primary Year 3/1 classroom teacher at the Mooltripakdee International School.


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This & That

Will the real Cleopatra stand up please? Hardly beautiful, she had a hooked nose

There have been around 45 movies about the life of Cleopatra, not to mention at least 15 made for television mini-series. The very first offering, in fact, was a silent horror film of 1899 about an attempt to find the Egyptian queen’s mummy in a tomb which oddly anticipates the Tutankhamen “curse” theme of later decades. The 1899 silent, long thought not to have survived, turned up in Paris in 2005 but lasts only a few minutes. Sorry, it’s not on Youtube yet. Absolutely none of the movies have really told the truth about Cleopatra. She was from a Greek dynasty, not Egyptian,

and was not especially beautiful. Indeed, the coins minted in her reign show her with a hooked nose and with her hair in a bun tied at the back. Although the universal movie tradition is that she poisoned herself with an asp, this tradition really comes from Shakespeare. Several of the ancient sources would disagree she died from an asp’s bite. Indeed, she might even have been murdered. The most famous movie is undoubtedly the 1963 version, directed by Joseph Mankiewitz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor, which was disastrous in more senses than one. The movie was the biggest grosser at the box office

in 1963 yet lost millions of dollars. As Lew Grade said of Raise the Titanic, another flop in a different genre, “it would have been cheaper to lower the Atlantic”. The Elizabeth Taylor movie just goes on and on, for over four hours, and frankly bores the pants off nearly everybody. Arguably, the best Hollywood portrayal is the 1953 Cleopatra starring Rhonda Fleming and titled Serpent of the Nile. Rhonda, who was born in 1923, is still going strong today after appearing in over 40 major movies and was nicknamed long ago The Queen of Technicolor after her bombshell appearances at the time. She once put down living a long time to being a

Presbyterian, so there you have one theory of longevity. Rhonda’s Cleopatra is perhaps “the best” for a number of reasons. The movie is mercifully short at around an hour and a quarter so the action has to be swift moving. No chance to get really bored. Although the queen is shown as beautiful, which is untrue historically, she also has a nasty side which the real Egyptian pharaoh undoubtedly shared. For example, in the film she has her ambitious sister Arsinoe murdered in the desert, the only Hollywood movie even to mention the incident, and she is interested in adultery even while claiming to be the darling of Marc Antony. All this is power politics typical of the age, even though missing from the mainstream Hollywood tradition. That said, there are several silly features as in all the Cleopatra films. The sets are tacky and largely left over from Salome starring Rita Hayworth. Several of the backcloths are zany including a scene of galleys paddling their oars in waters which are totally still. The siege of Cleopatra’s palace at the end of the movie

is just plain daft with a single battering ram ending centuries of rule by several dynasties. Many of the costumes, both Roman and Egyptian, are more reminiscent of Halloween than of ancient history. The main characters make you smile even though they are not supposed to. Rhonda Fleming herself favours dresses which are remarkably similar to the bullet proof gowns for women, popular in America in the 1950s. The main lover, Raymond Burr as Marc Anthony, is never quite convincing as the adoring suitor, perhaps as he was silently wrestling with being gay in his private life at the time. He also mispronounces names as when he refers to Cassius as “Cashius” and Cleopatra’s sister Arsinoe as “Our Snowy”. William Lundigan, as Lucilius, an aide to Marc Anthony, described this as the worst film he had ever made. Probably this is an exaggeration as he never made a decent one. Lundigan ended up quitting the movies and becoming a first class auto salesman which was a wise career move. Incidentally, Michael Ansara, who plays Cleopatra’s captain of the guard,

is still around in Hollywood having been born in 1922. He was to become best known for his portrayal of Cochise in the TV series Broken Arrow. Serpent of the Nile, compared with the other Hollywood offerings, is the best of the bunch precisely because it’s short, keeps to the point and contains a great deal of humour, howbeit unintended to a substantial degree. Regrettably, it has not been released on DVD but there are still a few copies of the VHS tape around. Both sellers at Amazon and at e-bay have copies available between US$ 10 and 20.


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by Karen Burns, www.UrbaneWomen.com

Top 10 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Four Effective Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Partner Are you having trouble nurturing your relationship with your partner and making it grow? There are a lot of things that can get in your way. Maybe you have a growing career that’s putting more and more pressure and responsibility on your shoulders, maybe you have kids who constantly need your attention and care, or maybe your to-do list in general just keeps getting longer. With all these things going on in our lives, sometimes partnerships and marriages may take a back seat. When your life has you constantly rushing around, is there any way to return to those peaceful, intimate moments of companionship you and your partner used to enjoy? We believe there is. The four tips in this article can put you on the road to improving your romance and strengthening your relationship, whether you’ve been dating for a few months or married for 20 years. 1. Make An Effort To Show Your Fondness And Admiration This may sound obvious, but one of the most crucial ingredients in a strong bond is admiration. Even expressing your appreciation for things that don’t seem like a big deal, like a new haircut, a delicious meal, a considerate gesture, or a small victory in parenting, can have a powerful impact on your

relationship. Those little moments are the stuff that real memories are made of. Make your relationship a realm in which you and your partner exchange compliments often, and demonstrate how much you admire each other. This is a great way to create a generous, positive relationship. 2. Know What’s Happening In Your Partner’s World To have a strong bond, both partners in a relationship must be aware of what’s going on in the other’s life. They each must understand the challenges the other faces, so that they can celebrate their partner’s victories and help them through their defeats. Couples that are struggling in their relationships often only have a high-level view of the everyday world their partner experiences, like a topographical map. Couples with strong relationships, on the other hand, are familiar with the details of their partner’s day-to-day challenges – like having a streetlevel view of their partner’s life. Compassion, shared joy, and genuine interest can help you go from an aerial view to a street-level view. Partners can strengthen their relationships by remembering details about each other’s lives, asking questions, and making an effort to understand each other’s different worlds. 3. Notice And Accept “Bids For Connection” A “bid for connection” is when one partner attempts to engage the other in conversation, for example, by initiating a discussion or asking a question. Once, there was a study focusing on how couples talked to each other during dinner. The scientists conducting the study counted how many bids for connection were offered, and how many were accepted (the other partner answered the question, or continued the discussion) and rejected. They discovered that, in the couples with strong relationships, the bids for connection made during their conversations had an acceptance rate of around 86 percent, on average. On the other hand, couples who divorced down the road demonstrated an acceptance rate of only 33 percent.

We’ve all had those days when we’ve come home to our partner and only half-listened to what they were saying to us – or worse, we’ve come home, snapped at them, and then refused to speak to them for the rest of the evening. The more bids for connection you accept, the stronger your relationship will become. 4. Make Time for Meaningful Communication In addition to getting into the habit described above, you and your partner should also have a particular time each day set aside to just talk to each other, and listen to each other. You don’t have to solve any problems during that time, nor do you have to talk about anything tremendously important – all you have to do is really listen to each other. This time should be dedicated to communicating and being heard. When you’re the listener, give your partner your undivided attention and be supportive. When it’s your turn to speak, talk about anything that’s on your mind, openly and without trying to advance an agenda. Traditional romantic gestures, like boxes of candy, roses, and surprise vacations, won’t keep a relationship strong all by themselves. They are not a substitute for real intimacy. To have a healthy relationship, you must nurture it by giving it your attention every day. If you do, then the big, splashy romantic gestures will enhance your relationship, and can end up as your most treasured memories. To sum up, what we’ve learned is that the little things, done often, are what make a strong relationship. For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www. urbanewomen.com.

by Top 10 Home Remedies Fiercely hot and pungent cayenne pepper is one of the most popular spicy ingredients. Belonging to the capsicum genus, the hotness of cayenne on the Scoville scale is 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units. It is used in whole and powdered form in different cuisines, particularly in southwestern American and Mexican cuisine. It has been a part of Native American cuisine and medicine for thousands of years. Plus, it’s widely used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. The active compound capsaicin is what brings the heat to the table. In fact, many of the health benefits of cayenne pepper are also attributed to the capsaicin. It also contains vitamins C, A, B6 and E, potassium, manganese, copper, iron and several flavonoids, which provide its powerful antioxidant properties. Capsaicin is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in over-the-counter products and can be found in creams and ointments. Regular intake of a very small amount of cayenne pepper is also beneficial for your health in many ways. Here are the top 10 health benefits of cayenne pepper. 1. Relieves Joint and Muscle Pain The compound capsaicin in cayenne pepper exhibits an anti-inflammatory effect that helps reduce pain and inflammation. It also prevents the activation of the brain’s pain transmitters, which in turn reduces the feeling of pain. Be it achy joints or tender muscles, cayenne pepper is highly effective. 2. Prevents Blood Clots Capsaicin in cayenne pepper works as a powerful antioxidant and helps dilate blood vessels to ensure proper blood flow throughout the body and organs. It even encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots. Capsaicin also helps reduce triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol), two of the major risk factors for heart disease. It even helps lower blood pressure and get rid of blockages in arteries and veins. 3. Supports Weight Loss This spicy ingredient helps to reduce appetite. This means less caloric intake throughout the day, which helps in reaching your weight-loss target. Plus, being a great metabolic-booster, cayenne pepper helps the body burn excess fat more quickly. Also, it aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients, which are essential for maintaining a healthy body weight. 4. Supports Detoxification As cayenne is a circulatory stimulant, it raises the temperature of the body and kick-starts your metabolism to streamline the natural detoxification process. Plus, it activates the sweat glands, another important factor in detoxification. 5. Heals Sore Throat Capsaicin works as a natural decongestant to provide relieve from inflammation and even controls mucus production in the nasal passages. Plus, it helps eliminate infection causing germs. 6. Prevents Cancer Cayenne pepper may help prevent cancer of the lungs, liver, prostate, breast and skin. This again is related to the goodness of capsaicin, which induces cancer cells to kill themselves in a process called apoptosis. 7. Relieves Headache Pain Capsaicin offers pain-relief abilities and healing powers. It is very effective for migraine pain. Capsaicin reduces the platelet aggregation factor, which is often responsible for the onset of migraine headaches by constricting blood circulation in your head. 8. Fights Common Cold The fiery effect of cayenne pepper helps stimulate secretions, which in turn relieves nasal congestion and blocked sinuses. It even induces sneezing to help get rid of the mucus and allergens in your sinuses. 9. Improves Psoriasis Symptoms Topical application of capsaicin is effective in treating psoriasis. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties significantly improve itching and other symptoms. Plus, being an antimicrobial agent, it helps prevent infection. 10. Improves Oral Health Cayenne pepper has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain and swelling of the gums. As it stimulates saliva production, it can even treat dry mouth and bad breath. To read full article, visit www.Top10HomeRemedies.com.


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Local Sports PSC Tropical Golf from BJ's by Derek Brook

Khao Kheow (Stableford) It has been bit hot of late and as we met at BJ’s early in the morning the promise of another hot day was there to see and the player who said he would not play for a couple of months until it cooled down was remembered . Still a hot breakfast and soon all the players were on their way, Not as many as of late but many things go to make up the numbers, and it is low season. Getting to Khao Kheow is really easy at present, straight up Route 7, and it does not take that long; however, what the near future brings, I have no idea as tolls seem to be springing up all over. Just like a rash. I suppose that may mean the toll road should get a bit quieter, but who knows. Still, soon at the course, it was noticeable the parking area had few cars, so that of course meant we were able to get away a bit early. It was as expected as after talking to the starter we were told we were to play A & C Nines and could get away as soon as we were ready. So we did. The wind was there as usual but did not seem to cool the day down, still we

Winner and Third

moved on. As the temperature has been high of late, the reservoirs, or ponds as you will, were all down, so a ball in the water quite often was playable. The fairways were not too bad and generally had grass on them, although a bit dry, and a few patches were seen. The rough was dry but as such was easy to get out of if you can play off hard bare sand with a little grass. The greens looked fast but were in fact quite slow. I assume they were trying to keep the grass a little longer. All in all, Khao Kheow was quite playable and a fine day out. It was a pleasure to get in the shower and cool off. Most players seemed to take a long time until they felt the need for a cooling drink. Fine changing room. So upstairs to the fine restaurant where

a cool drink and a bite to eat went down well, before it was into transport and home to Pattaya and BJ’s. Back nice and early, it was time to get into the results early and on the day we had only one flight. As said with the course being relatively dry on the day, hot and windy the scores would not be really good. However, two golfers shot their handicap and with 36 points John Davis won on countback over John Hackett in second. In third was Rita Zoebeli with 34 points ahead of a countback on 33 points that saw Andre Van Dyk in fourth and Doug Maiko in fifth. Then as usual we took advantage of a well priced cold one or two at BJ’s. TTFN. Near Pin: Brian Parish, Dave Cooper, Barry Elphick, Tom Herrington

The Queens Cowboy comes up Trumps by Peter Grey Treasure Hill Fifteen competition golfers (plus three of Ricey’s visiting family) loaded into two vans for the trip to Treasure Hill. The roadworks on 331 are improving all the time, so the trip took only about 50 minutes. Now into low season, we are few in numbers, and so was the golf club on the day. Why you ask? With a great price of 1200 baht for green fee, caddy and cart, and a course in excellent condition, we were surprised to be told to start when ready, and with no one in front of us, our first 4 ball finished in a tick under 4 hours.

Winner Pierre Cere, Aden Page with mum Meagen Page

Treasure Hill is regarded as a course where playing to handicap is a good result, but today we had 4 of the 15 players scored 36 or better. Playing from the yellow tees we were headed up by Piere Cere with a great 39 points, followed by the “always about the place” Alex Field on 37 points. A countback was needed down to the last 6 to separate 2 players on 36 points, with another regular on the podium, Ebrahim, edging out John Anderson for third spot. A relatively quick trip back to The Growling Swan and results tallied ready for Mine Host, Peter Grey, to announce the winners. He also welcomed “Riceys” family

The Coach says goodbye in style by James Olsen Stableford As we assembled at The Swan, all golfers showed up enthusiastically with eager anticipation on playing that great golf course, Pleasant Valley, being a good five months since we last joined there. Twenty six on the starting sheet but alas only twenty players as Cindy Lauper (Sandy Leiper) failed to show, unlike Sandy! This is a great course in good nick sometimes renowned for having a bit too much water on fairways there is no criticisms that you can put on this course. Fairways were lush, greens were true and generally speaking caddies were good as well. I knew this was a day of some great scores with having (myself ) scored 16 points after seven holes. The writing was on the wall that we were in for some excellent scores and as you will read we were not let down in that department. We went from the white tees, with the fairways having some run this suited both the big hitters and the not so big hitters, resulting in a very smart choice for the day. This course is definitely improving as the years go by and with the very affordable golfing prices, friendly staff and caddies all eager to help, it would be no surprise to see this course frequented by us again soon. Mike Gosden said goodbye to all in a way that he knows best, he let his clubs do the talking, Mike heads back to Aussie for a week or two to fix a few things. Alex Field continued on taking out A Grade with a very neat 41 points. Taking out the next two placings were Phil Taylor and Peter Bailey. The coach (Mike Gosden) blitzed the players in B Grade with a fantastic score of 45 points filling the placings were Andrew Allen beating Grahame Buckingham in a countback! Scores are as follows.

members, Meagan Page, Shaun Canobie and young Aden Page. Sadly also some farewells to Rod Weekes and after quite a successful stay Roy and Kae Dayton. See you all next trip. Results: Piere Cere (11) 39 points Alex Field (18) 37 points Ebrahim (17) 36 points John Anderson (28) 36 points NTPs Alex Field (2) Bill Steinman (6) Alex Field (13) Ebrahim (17) Longest First Putt Ebrahim (9) John Edwards (18) Once again, Alex paraded D-For our resident hound and collected numerous donations again for the needy youngsters of Pattaya and contributors are thanked once again. He is becoming quite good at this is our donation dog! For some serious golf with a dash of fun, the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 0861 503086. Bowls The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs The GS on Sundays at 10 am for open grass bowling at The Retreat. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht, so great value for a day out.

Winners Alex Field & Mike Gosden

Winners Division A 1st – Alex Field (18) 41 points 2nd – Phil Taylor (17) 40 points 3rd – Peter Bailey (14) 39 points Division B 1st – Mike Gosden (19) 45 points 2nd – Andrew Allen (30) 39 points 3rd – Graham Buckingham (24) 39 points NTP’s 5th – John Edwards 8th – Simon Niven 13th– Steve Younger 17th– Graham Buckingham Longest First Putt 9th – Peter Bailey 18th– Graham Buckingham Back at the Swan, we welcomed back the following, Lyndon Przybiliski, Phil Taylor, Tom McMahon, Simon Niven, Graham Buckingham, Brendan Devlin and the most consistent comer and goer Fletch. We said goodbye to The 3 Amigos or better known as the 3 stooges played all games together, John Coetzee, Frank Riley and The Queens Cowboy Pierre Cere and Mike Gosden. Tony Campbell set “D-For”free to collect much needed funds to help the less fortunate of Pattaya and surrounding areas. All donations are gratefully accepted. The GS is a “friendly” golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female to have a hit on any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Please contact Peter Grey if you are interested in playing on 0861 503086 Lawn Bowls The Growling Swan also caters to the bowls enthusiasts. Bus transport departs the GS on Sundays at 10 am when they go for open, grass bowling at the Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454005 if you wish to partake. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 350 baht, so great value for a day out!

Landis Smooth at Silk

by Derek Brook

Low season is officially upon us and crowds are rapidly thinning as people begin their SAT (Songkran Avoidance Trip). Still, eleven hardy golfers met at BJ's Holiday Lodge for a rare trip to Silky Oak. Silky Oak was in its usual good condition, and the greens are well tended. There are many forced hazard carries off the tee, but if one has the composure to analyze the distance the carries are mostly for psychological impact. Still, duffed shots pay Winner Landis Brooks (L) is congratulated by John Davis the penalty. It’s that very hot time of the year for sure, but mandatory maybe made a wrong turn before Magnolia carts and a steady breeze kept the round Lane? tolerable. Back at BJ's the scores were 1) Landis Brooks (9) 42 pts announced, and Landis Brooks smashed the 2) John Davis (14) 37 pts field with five shots to spare. Some wondered 3) Dave Cooper (23) 33 pts if Landis was at the right course, and 4) Barry Elphick (25) 33 pts


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Local Sports PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society by Peter Blackburn Hynard and Lindgaard Too Good! Well, low season is certainly upon us now as we only had 37 starters for this event but nevertheless it was a quality field with many low handicappers participating. The deal of 800 baht green fee was appreciated

second place came Jeff Wylie on 38 points and Gerd Riedler once again got in the frame and was awarded third spot after scoring 37 points. It was Torben Lindgaard with the best score of the day, 42 points, who took out the B flight with PSC Golf Handicap Chairman Aidan Murray finishing

Last Group - A Five Ball and thanks to Bangpakong for that and with New’s sister Nim at the wheel of the Phantom mini bus it was just a 60-minute drive. We arrived with plenty of time for our first tee time of 9:30 am and our first group were able to get away pretty much on time following two groups of Thai five balls, who I must say were quite slow despite all being in carts, but I guess they knew that “Pyscho” Boysen was behind them so they had to maintain a reasonable pace. It was a perfect golf day although quite hot and the golf course was in great shape with the greens being beautifully prepared. There were a few hold ups at the par threes but all in

Torben Lindgaard & Peter Hynard all it was a reasonable pace with most groups finishing between four and a quarter and four and a half hours. In addition to the low gross prize, we had two flights with A flight for handicaps 0 to 15 playing Stableford off the white tees and B flight for golfers with handicaps of 16 and over playing Stableford off the yellow tees and there were three places in each flight. As usual there were technical prizes for the two flights on all holes – nine for A flight and nine for B flight. This time it was four-handicapper Jason Barnett who took the low gross award with a fine 74 and the A flight winner was once again the consistent Peter Hynard with 39 points. In

in second place with a fine 41 points (could be an R next to his handicap this weekend). With 2 golfers on 39 points a count back was required to determine third spot and that went to Mogens Melander (21 point last nine) from Nick “Holywood” Shaw who just missed out.

of 16 combining with Colin’s Golf Bar and Crystal Bay was the venue. It was necessary to switch the groups around due to a couple of late arrivals, being Mogens who had motorbike problems and Steve who actually missed the turning off Sukhumvit and ended up in Chonburi! Our first group got away a tad before our scheduled 10.00am tee time and although quite dry in parts the course was okay but the weather was quite oppressive so the pace was fairly ordinary. On a course that he doesn’t care much for (it’s purely a mental thing with him) it was Christian “Pyscho” Boysen who won the day with 37 points and with two golfers on 35 points, the count back resulted in Tore Eliassen (19 point last nine) finishing second from Mogens Melander (13 point last nine) in third place. Another count back was required as there were

Results: Low Gross Winner: Jason Barnett (4) - Gross 74 A Flight – 0 to 15 1st – Peter Hynard (13) - 39 points 2nd – Jeff Wylie (7) - 38 Points 3rd - Gerd Riedler (7) - 37 points B Flight – 16 & over 1st – Torben Lindgaard (30) - 42 points 2nd – Aidan Murray (20) - 41 points 3rd - Mogens Melander (25) - 39 points It had been yet another successful monthly tournament despite the reduced field and some great golf played on a fine golf course. We had a terrific buffet meal back at the Phantom Bar and thanks to Alex of Hotel Dania for that and also thanks to newly married Neil and Pat Smith who provided a roast pig on the evening. Also, many thanks to Christian Boysen and Neil Smith of the Phantom Bar for sponsoring the event. We would also wish to thank Ali Baba Restaurant, Colin’s Golf Bar and Hotel Dania for helping us with sponsorship. Next month’s Tournament will be held at Green Valley on Wednesday, May 5, with a special green fee rate of 700 baht, so get in early for that one. “Psycho” Boysen Keeps His Cool & Wins! Well, this was our last game for a couple of weeks as 19 of us from the Phantom Golf Society are heading off for a golf trip to Kanchanaburi so we can avoid the mayhem of Songkran in Pattaya. After a couple of late withdrawals, we were left with a field

Christian Boysen three players with 33 points and that saw fourth spot being awarded to Barry Oats (18 point last nine) with Mick Coghlan (15 point last nine) and Satita Cheoychao (14 point last nine) just missing out. Results: 1st – Christian Boysen (10) - 37 points 2nd – Tore Eliassen (21) - 35 points 3rd - Mogens Melander (25) - 35 points 4th - Barry Oats (22) - 33 Points NTP’s B4 - Tore Eliassen C4 - Peter Kelly LFP’s B9 - Ken Box C9 - Tore Eliassen 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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You & Your Pets Sit Felix, Sit

Yes, you can train your cat

Believe it or not, cats are trainable, with one proviso: do not use the same methods employed to train dogs. Why? Because Felix is less likely to be motivated by praise than is Fido. Nor are cats instinctively driven to work in partnership with their human companions. But with the right techniques — and some creativity on your part — your

cat’s talents may amaze you. Cats learn new behaviors best through positive, rewardbased training—not punishment and dominance, which create stress. Stress is a common cause for problem behaviors such as compulsive grooming and not using the litter box. Getting started Use treats as reinforcements, but not just any treats. Leave the kibble in the cat food bin and try special tidbits such as Soft Sticks (available locally in a variety of flavors) or other commercial cat treats. Or look through your cabinets for morsels your cat loves: diced chicken or turkey, low-sodium tuna, meat-flavored baby food. Get your cat used to receiving rewards in response to specific behaviors. Start with a simple trick to show your cat that good things happen during your training sessions. Practice, practice, practice…but not too much. Repeat this training process several times in a row so that your cat learns why he’s getting rewarded. You don’t want to wear your cat out or bore him, but you do want to drive home the relationship between a particular

reward and behavior — as well as the command associated with that behavior. Teach only one command or trick at a time and limit sessions to 10 or 15 minutes a day. Repeat the routine daily so that your cat doesn’t forget what he’s learned. Try using a clicker to reinforce timing and – eventually — cut down on treats. It’s important for your cat to be rewarded as soon as she performs the desired action, but it can be difficult for many people to time their rewards precisely with their cat’s behavior. A clicker can help with timing by introducing a sound that tells the cat that what they just did was good. To teach your cat what the clicker means, “charge” the clicker by clicking and treating your cat without requesting any action. After a few times your cat will learn that the clicker noise means good things are coming and, eventually, the clicker can be its own reward. You now have an aid for perfecting the timing of a reward. Once your cat has fully mastered his first trick, move on to others. Using treats and your clicker, you can introduce common tricks like come, down, stay and sit up. And get creative, maybe teach him practical behaviors like how to walk on a leash. And remember to use only positive reinforcement.

Some tips to help provide for your pet’s well-being and perhaps answer some common questions.

The dangers of roundworms Roundworms are common parasites in both dogs and cats. They cause diarrhea and vomiting and may lead to serious illness. It’s important to have your pets dewormed. Beyond that, many people don't realize that roundworms are a threat to humans, as well. An infected pet can contaminate soil or sand with tiny eggs. In turn, children playing in the contaminated soil may ingest the eggs by putting dirty fingers in their mouths. When the worms hatch inside people, they can cause blindness and other tissue damage. Consult your vet about a regular deworming schedule.

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/

Tansy

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.

Tasha

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.

Ginger Nutz & Pepe

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 Stretch Enough?

Going to the Dogs... If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater... suggest that he wear a tail.

~Fran Lebowitz

Your cat certainly does, and you know the importance of stretching, particularly if you suffer from arthritis. You also know it can be hard to know when you're stretching enough. Take a lesson from your cat. Watch how many times she stretches every day, and when she does, you do it too. If you can, get down on the floor and go through the same motions. If you can't get on the floor, sit on a chair and follow along by stretching your upper body.


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Games

CROSSWORD Across

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1. Excitement 5. Grind one’s molars 10. “Beetle Bailey” dog 11. A la ___ (menu choice) 12. Author Godwin 13. Soda sizes 15. Dry up, like a grape 17. Brit’s bathroom 18. Trio following C 19. Pooch pest 20. Motorbike 23. Lab container 24. Pious 25. Dove’s song 26. Wanted poster inits. 27. Makes haste 31. Extreme fear 33. Tiny amount 34. Jaworski and Trotsky 35. ___ tape 36. Tend the furnace 37. Tennis star Arthur

1. London mists 2. Ogden’s state 3. Start to awaken 4. Compactly 5. Sheet music sign (2 words) 6. Fasten firmly 7. Gallery contents 8. Cry for Stanley Kowalski 9. Role models 14. Drench 16. Goose formation 19. Sunshine State 20. Internet’s ___ room 21. Rustics 22. Red wine 23. “Fool ___ Love” 25. Witch’s power 27. Cry of a goose 28. Chits 29. Engrave with acid 30. Fill 32. “Pooh” character

Solution Issue 14

This week’s subject is Hobbies and Leisure 1. In which card game is Chicago a form of play and scoring? 2. If you like bonsai what are you interested in? 3. Which is the oldest swimming stroke? 4. What’s your hobby if you collect first day covers? 5. Europe’s first Disney theme park was built near which city?

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Answers: 1. Bridge; 2. Dwarf plants; 3. Breast stroke; 4. Stamp collecting; 5. Paris other

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Identify which word is being defined. 1. Definition: An armed force for protection and participation. First letter: P Answer: __________ 2. Definition: After a negative statement used to indicate that the next statement is similarly negative; "I was not happy and _____ were they"; "just as you would not complain, _____ should he". First letter: N Answer: __________ 3. Definition: To a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common; "he was _____ fussy about spelling"; "a _____ gruesome attack". First letter: P Answer: __________ 4. Definition: An apparatus for distilling liquids, particularly alcohols; it consists of a vessel in which the liquid is vaporized by heat, and a cooling device in which the vapor is condensed. First letter: S Answer: __________ 5. Definition: The science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of the world's resources and the management of state income and expenditures in terms of money. First letter: E Answer: __________

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Answers: 1. Police; 2. Neither; 3. Particularly; 4. Still; 5. Economics


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