Volume 15, Issue 16
1 - 15 May 2016
UK embassy to be sold A Photo source 2Bangkok.com
lthough a public decision by the British government isnâ€™t expected till later this year, insiders say it is certain that the whole remaining British embassy compound in Wireless Road, Bangkok, is to be sold to the highest bidder. The current eight acre premises, which are prime real estate, are estimated to be worth at least 200 million pounds. Embassy officials first took up residence there in 1922. A four-acre frontage of the embassy, located at the intersection of Wireless and Ploenchit roads, was sold in 2006 for 50 million pounds to Tiang Chirathivat Real Estate, part of Central Group, which owned a neighboring flagship retail property. At the time, the sale was one of Thailandâ€™s largest property sales ever but, in the last 10 years, prime real estate in central Bangkok has soared even further in value. The Wireless Road site is famous for its iconic buildings, including the ambassadorâ€™s historic residence, tropical gardens and a 1903 statue of Queen Victoria which was shrouded by the Japanese during their occupation of Bangkok in the early 1940s. However, she was said to be able to keep an eye on what was going on through a small tear in the sheets. Many old-time British expats recall with affection the numerous grand events which used to be held on
Partial demolition of the embassy occurred in 2006
the embassy premises, including the Ploenchit Fairs. Although smaller garden parties have continued to be held from time to time, security concerns have kept these to a minimum in recent years. It is not uncommon for the cashstrapped British government to seek cash savings in its overseas missions. In 2005, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that 30 diplomatic posts in the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean would be downgraded to
combat terrorism, weapons proliferation and global warming. In 2012 it was announced that the British consulate in Jomtien would be closed, followed in 2014 by the news that the long-standing Chiang Mai consulate would also be shut down. Various reasons were given at the time, but included budgetary savings, the need to centralize services in Bangkok and the importance of putting more resources into emergency consular cases. Continued on page 6
1 - 15 May 2016
News More Burmese workers arrested
German tourist robbed
German national Lutz Mohler, aged 45, was beaten and robbed of 4,000 baht by two katoeys along Jomtien Beach Road. The suspects were later apprehended by police and identified as Phumin Saranat, aged 20 from Sakon Nakhon province, and Nopporn Jitsom, aged 21 from Chonburi. Mohler said he was approached and struck by the ladyboys and was unable to escape, feeling dizzy and falling to the ground. The victim was sent to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment. The suspects confessed to police.
Distraught lover ends it all
Following an anonymous tip-off, police raided the Abou Abdollah restaurant in the Pratumnak area of town and arrested 10 Mynamar males and 9 females who are believed to have been working without the required documentation. Police then saw an
Arabian man trying to flee and questioned him. He said he worked illegally as a receptionist for 10,000 baht monthly but added that this rate of pay was disgraceful in this inflation-hit era. The paperwork on this nefarious group was still being processed at press time.
Drug party busted in Jomtien
Pattaya police raided a resort in Jomtien based on a tip that a drug pool party was taking place. Some 33 teenagers from Bangkok were found partying and taking drugs, 19 of whom tested positive
for ketamine (â€œYa Kâ€? on the street). One imbiber, Montri Poubon, made it known that he was a relative of a Bangkok police official. He and the rest were taken to the police station.
Sleeping lottery seller robbed Odd Si-in, 43, reported to police that someone had entered his rented room whilst he was sleeping and taken 10,000 baht cash, 100 lottery tickets, 2 mobile phones and various personal cards. He said he had retired early as he had been on his feet all day and may have forgotten to lock the door. Police said they had found a broken window shutter, hypothesizing that the thief had entered via this route.
Fire of uncertain cause
A Thai woman jumped from the balcony of a hotel on Soi Buakhao after an argument with her Australian boyfriend, Mark Dennis Lane. Police said that Namfon Korpol, 27, had visited Walking Street alone and had returned drunk which had distressed her lover. Following the argument, Namfon said she wanted to die and jumped, the efforts of her boyfriend to save her notwithstanding. Apparently they had lived together for one year prior to this tragic outcome.
Firemen needed to squirt for an hour in order to extinguish a fire on Soi Khao Talo after neighbors saw smoke pouring out of a dwelling and concluded all was not well. The house owner, Usa Inpang, 53, told investigators that she was out at the time but received a phone call from her son asking her to
return if she still wanted a habitable residence. When she tried to question him about this odd statement, he abruptly hung up. He was not on the premises when the fire brigade arrived and the police are looking for him to ascertain more about this bizarre happening.
1 - 15 May 2016
News Bosch plans Thailand’s premier fuel injector factory
Robert Bosch Automotive Technologies (Thailand) Co. Ltd., will build Thailand’s first-ever fuel injector factory boasting annual production capacity of one million units to accommodate the country’s growing base of OEM vehicle manufacturers. Construction of the ‘smart factory’ at the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate will be completed by year’s end. The facility will apply state-of-the art Bosch’s proprietary injection technology, and will
feature electronically-controlled material flow, automated end-of-line testing and parts calibration. Bosch developed the first mass produced, electronic fuel injection system, the D-Jetronic, in 1967, and remains a fuel injection systems leader with the K-Jetronic, L-Jetronic and Motronic systems. The company says that in the aftermarket, more than 85 percent of the European nameplate vehicles use Bosch fuel injectors.
1 - 15 May 2016
News Drivers’ license test rumor clarified Reward offered
for elusive robber
A rumor appeared online that the Department of Land Transport will soon change the passing score of the written test to secure a driving licence to 100 percent. But Nopparat Sornchaiyakorn, head of Department of Land Transport in Banglamung, discredited the rumor. The rules are unchanged, requiring a passing score of 90--which means
applicants must get 45 correct items out of 50 questions. Same rules apply for the extension of one-year license to a full five-year permit: no need for a written exam, just a medical certificate, a vision exam, and a reflex test. Those whose licenses expire for more than a year must re-take the written exam.
Bali Hai watched at Songkran
Extra police, numbering 130 officers, were on duty at the main pier over Songkran to oversee tourist safety during the busy period. They checked the safety of ships prior to sailing and searched for illegal drugs. In a new move this
year, Chinese translators were on hand to explain to the crowds what exactly was going on. It is estimated that three quarters of the visitors to Koh Larn are residents of the Chinese mainland.
A 100,000-baht reward is offered to those who provide police with information leading to the arrest of a man who robbed 8.8 million baht from a Samco’s armored vehicle last month. A bag containin g the cash was later found in a wooded area on Soi Boonsampan 14. The suspect, seen in CCTV footage, is 25 to 35 years old, 165-170 cm tall, and of medium build. Police distributed flyers and are asking the public to report relevant information or videos to the nearest police station.
Indian man robbed by ladyboys
Car slams into motorbike showroom
French national Michelle Boudoux lost control of his car and crashed into Mityon Pattaya Motorcycle showroom on Pattaya Third Road corner South Pattaya Road. Estimated damages were estimated at about 500,000 baht, including 10
motorcycles. Aphaphan, Thai wife of the 71-year-old driver, said they were on their way home when her husband lost control of the car. He tried to stop but hit the gas instead of the brakes.
A Chinese national on Walking Street rebuffed the charms of a group of ladyboys, only to later discover that he had been relieved of a necklace and ring worth 45,000 baht. He reported the incident to police.
In a separate incident, Indian national Rajendra Gupta complained to police that he, too, had been accosted by a group of katoeys who took his necklace worth 40,000 baht. The victim had been walking along Beach Road near Royal Garden Plaza.
Naveen Bansal, aged 25, an Indian national, was robbed by two ladyboys who took the man’s wallet containing 1,200 USD, 5,000 Indonesian rupiah, and 1,500 Mauritian rupee.
Cambodian Tourist robbed on Songkran commits suicide
A Cambodian man jumped from the sixth floor of a Jomtien hotel and later died. Police questioned a resident, 47-year-old Graham Brett Stickells from South Africa, who said that the man, whom he had been dating for several months, came to see him, then walked out to the terrace and inexplicably threw himself off.
1 - 15 May 2016
News Nong Nooch joins flower parade
The Grim Reaper Nong Nooch Garden and Resort Pattaya participated in the Bloemencorso Bollenstreek: Bulbflower Parade in the Netherlands. This year’s theme was Flowers and Fashion 2016. This was the first time that Thailand took part in the event to promote Pattaya tourism. Pattaya City and K Bank were the main sponsors.
Workshop for municipal officials
Scale of the issue The Thai government does not publicize the numbers of deaths and it is not even clear whether or how the data is collected. Also, embassies do not normally publicize the information. But comments from the British Foreign Office two years ago suggest that about 350 UK citizens die in Thailand every year. The total figure for all foreigners nationwide may be in the region of 2,000 annually. Data on Pattaya No agency compiles comprehensive data on the number of foreign deaths in Pattaya or why they occur. It is risky to rely on local media reports as they tend to highlight the unusual and ignore the mundane. One local hospital reported that it sees about two foreign deaths per week, but this particular institution is not the largest by any means. Generally speaking, hospitals are not keen to discuss publicly deaths on their premises. Certainly, there are several farang fatalities in Pattaya every month. Why deaths occur Lifestyle diseases – heart attacks, strokes, alcohol-related diseases – are the most common and rarely receive any media publicity unless the stricken individual was famous locally or internationally. Hospitals estimate that about half such deaths occur in hospitals and the rest, particularly if sudden, at home or in hotels. Accidents too The next most-common reason concerns accidents. Resorts such as Pattaya are notorious for motorbike crashes, sometimes fuelled by alcohol, and it is also true that the engines of typical machines here are larger than those in Europe. Also to be considered are sea accidents and accidental drowning of which Pattaya has had its fair share in recent years. Accidental overdoses of illegal substances are another cause to remember.
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya hosted the fourth iRescue to train rescuers, volunteers and municipal officials in first aid. More than 50 participants were instructed on emergency practices, with the focus on assisting tourists.
Thailand tightens ivory trade laws by Tourism Authority of Thailand, \www.TATnews.org
Suicidal tendencies The most common way of self-inflicted death appears to be a leap from a tall building in a fit of depression. In spite of media reports, it is doubtful if there are more suicides than in any other world city of Pattaya’s size. Other causes include deliberate overdosing and, more rarely, gunshot wounds. It is not always clear whether a death was self-inflicted or suicide. For example, many condominium units have low balconies and accidents have been known to occur, especially if alcohol is in evidence. Murder too Although murders of foreigners receive lots of publicity, the phenomenon is still uncommon. The main reason appears to be strong disagreements between a foreigner and a Thai national – possibly disputes about money – but other causes include violent rape or a contested robbery. It seems that murders of foreigners by other foreigners are very rare. Autopsies usual Wherever a body is discovered, the police will write a report of which a copy is lodged with the appropriate embassy, if known. The police also have the power to insist on an autopsy. This will invariably be required unless the deceased person died in hospital with a documentary trail of the fatal disease. Autopsies on foreigners are normally conducted at the Royal Thai Police Hospital in Bangkok. Foreigners dying in Pattaya are taken there by ambulance or by the Sawangboriboon Foundation. Role of embassies They don’t normally get too involved and their role is largely restricted to issuing a “letter of release” which permits the next-of-kin to make the funeral arrangements and to have the body removed from the Police Hospital. If the death is controversial or disputed, embassies don’t get involved in the detail except to offer translation services and to recommend Thai lawyers. However, huge international publicity in the past has caused embassies to play a bigger role in individual murder cases.
Thailand is stepping up efforts to bring an end to illegal trade in ivory and ivory products. The country has strengthened laws to comply with the Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Implementing the National Ivory Action Plans, Thailand has amended the National Ivory Act of 2015 to recognise African elephants as protected species and to regulate all ivory trade in or passing through Thailand. Any domesticated elephant ivory and ivory products sold or in
transit in Thailand must be accompanied by identification certificates and proof that the bearer is in legal possession or has evidence from an approved dealer. However, it remains illegal to export any domestic elephant ivory or ivory products. Offenders face up to three years in confinement and up to six million baht in fines, or both. To create greater awareness, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has released a series of videos aimed at warning travelers of the regulations and penalties.
Who pays? Most embassies will not pay for hospital or funeral costs. They expect the next-of-kin or friends to do that and will facilitate contact with interested persons overseas. Where this does not happen, the Thai authorities normally arrange a pauper’s cremation or even a burial. The Sawangborboon Foundation, for example, retains a common burial area in Naklua which is periodically cleared and the bones cremated. A typical Thai cremation in a temple costs between 30,000 and 100,000 baht depending on the location, the funeral director and the type of ritual and the number of monks hired for the occasion.
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News UK embassy to be sold Continued from page 1
A long-serving staff member at the British embassy in Bangkok told Pattaya Today, “It’s common knowledge the remaining parts of the embassy will be sold off to create cash for the UK government. The current period of consultation is just a formality to save face and will conclude that the mega-windfall is needed to pay for vital investment elsewhere in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s worldwide estate.” The source added that the selloff was also an indication of Britain’s declining prestige and importance in today’s world. But observers also say that the need for a large British embassy in Bangkok has withered in recent years. Parts of the embassy’s traditional roles, such as issuing passports or granting visas to Thais, have been privatized or handed to outside agencies based in Trendy House Bangkok. Even support for British nationals
in distress has been reduced with much less emphasis on front-line personal services and strong suggestions to read on-line information instead. Recurrent statements by the British government have stressed that such moves apply to all missions overseas, not just in Thailand. Embassy staff and remaining services will relocate either to a smaller compound in Bangkok or, more likely, to some characterless office block along with most other, smaller diplomatic missions in the metropolis. The recentlyretired British ambassador, Mark Kent, is moving to the same role in Argentina and reportedly said he would miss the majestic residence which had been his home for four years. Kent’s replacement in Thailand is Brian Davidson. There are rumours of a public petition to try and save the embassy site from the sell-off, but the track record of such campaigns in Thailand is not encouraging.
Pattaya Tourist Police trained
The Pattaya Tourist Police Volunteers held a training and workshop in Nong Nooch Garden and Resort on how to protect tourists. Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh reiterated that it is important for the volunteers to look after the tourists’ safety in the city now that the Pattaya officials are trying to promote and increase tourism. The training included self-defense, how to search and arrest suspected criminals, how to effectively perform their duties as volunteers and other safety and security measures.
Six-wheeler truck in the pool Two teens killed Police set up on motorbike checkpoints
Facebook user Sermsak Posayajinda posted in his page that Cartoon Network Amazone let a filthy 6-wheeler truck in their pool while guests were swimming. He also said that guests were surprised and confused. Cartoon Network Amazone explained that workers had come to make repairs in the pool and apologised for any inconvenience
Two teenagers were injured and died in a motorbike accident on Thepprasit Road. Pattaya police volunteer Attacjai Keawsaad said that the boys were part of a group of teenagers fighting along Thepprasit. When police arrived on the scene, the two victims fled on a motorcycle and crashed.
Stopped by police at a Third Road checkpoint, two teenagers on a motorbike were found in possession of yaba tablets and crystal meth. The suspects said that they bought the drugs from a Thai woman in a bar for 250 baht per pill. The boys were arrested.
1 - 15 May 2016
News Mayor opens Kong Khao festival Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome led the opening of the Kong Khao rice festival at Lan Pho Park in Naklua. Kong Khao is celebrated on the same day as the Songkran festival in Pattaya. Locals dressed in traditional Thai costumes or Songkran shirts brought food and drinks to share during a mini concerts.
Thai celebrity Mario Maurer invites Chinese and ASEAN travellers to experience Thailand The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to target young travellers in China and three ASEAN countries with an expanded marketing campaign featuring popular entertainment celebrity Mario Maurer. Launched on April 19 in Bangkok, the “T-Pop” campaign will see Maurer participating in a number of high-profile activities and events in China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam where he has a fan following of nearly one million in each country and more than 5 million in China. Known officially as “Experience Thailand with Mario Maurer”, the campaign will continue until March 2017. It will include a number of media functions, dinners and other events in Beijing, Guangzhou, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta. Maurer is the son of a Thai mother and German father, who has generated millions of youth followers over mainstream and social media as a model and star. A successful campaign with him was carried out only
in China in 2015 and is being expanded to Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines this year. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor said, “The next generation of potential travellers is going to be young people, especially within Asia. We are happy that Mario Maurer has agreed to work with us in promoting tourism to Thailand amongst this new emerging market.” The marketing and PR activities are projected to generate several thousand “likes” and “shares”, giving Thailand millions of Baht worth of publicity across blogs and websites, newspaper and magazine articles, and TV/ radio. China is already Thailand’s largest and fastest growing market with 7.9 million arrivals in 2015 and projected at 10.5 million in 2016. In turn, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, are the three most populous ASEAN countries, with a sizeable demographic profile of young people.
Mounting stray-dog population poses threats Despite local efforts to confront the menace of stray dogs in Pattaya, their numbers are escalating and the threat is becoming more formidable: the majority of strays carry the rabies virus, according to Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development. The department said the growing population of stray dogs has surpassed 700,000 nationwide, causing a number of issues including waste, traffic accidents and diseases. As previously reported in Pattaya Today, the Pattaya Animal Coalition (PAC) and Pattaya City Hall initiated a program to vaccinate and sterilize canines roaming neighborhoods from North Pattaya to Jomtien. But progress is slow and growth of the
street-dog population is rapid because most animals have not been sterilized. One female dog can typically produce more than 10 pups a year, thus exacerbating the challenge further. Most daunting is the fear that untold thousands of street dogs in Pattaya, in packs and individually, may spawn an outbreak of rabies, especially at this time of year.
The public is urged to exercise caution. Once a person is bitten and begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease is nearly always fatal. For this reason, anyone who may be at risk should receive rabies vaccines immediately. The deadly rabies virus attacks the nervous system in both humans and animals and can spread rapidly.
Snap Judgment Water Water Nowhere The current drought, notwithstanding the odd downpour here and there, is said to be the most serious in 20 years. We are constantly bombarded with photos of parched rice fields, dead crops or animals and dried-up dams. Locally, in Pattaya, observers constantly refer to the shrinking water levels at the Mabprachan-area lakes. The local water authority from time to time threatens to disconnect supplies of the precious liquid at certain times of the day or night. For over a year now, we have heard the plaintiff cries of the government to save water by not planting rice, choosing crops that use less water or just taking more care to reduce demand in the home. There are also regular reports of possible water rationing in some areas and demands that revelers at the annual Songkran festival avoid getting involved in water fights. Thus we are reminded that the original and gentle Songkran tradition was a far cry from the antics of contemporary hoodlums in our bigger cities and resorts. Last month, out of the blue, was a statement from an official at the irrigation bureau who assured us that there would be enough water for consumption until July when the rainy season starts, or is at any rate supposed to! The deputy director said that the remaining 7.4 million billion cubic metres in all dams nationally will be enough for the whole country for the next few months. Until then, we must by necessity rely on natural rain or even the artificial kind induced by special aircraft. The problem with optimistic forecasts is that they discourage people in cities from even thinking it’s a good idea to save water. The only exception might be bulk buying of bottles of water to protect the household against a bon-rainy day. The government is clearly concerned about hording water and has insisted that the price of bottled water must not raise. We will see. There are already reports of some bottling manufacturers filling up their reserve tanks at their premises. The last time bottled water began to run out in the shops and stores was – a paradox indeed – in 2011 when there was a major flooding problem on the central plains and outer Bangkok. At that time, the plastic bottle producers said their plants were waterlogged and unable to operate. If nature fails to deliver by July 2016, the plan appears to be to dig deeper for supplies and to construct 4,000 artesian wells in accordance with the government edict. Another suggestion is to make the reservoirs a little bigger and to discourage buildings being erected where they might prevent water from draining away into lakes where it could be collected. The interior minister, Anupong Paojinda, clearly thinks there is a looming problem as he recently instructed every government agency to be prepared for a more serious drought and possible water shortages in villages and towns. The minister did not forget to warn farmers not to grow high waterconsuming plants and advised the general public not to waste water. Some Cabinet ministers, wary of banning Songkran which would never work in any case, suggested that people should abandon the modern practice of water splashing and instead return to the traditional watersprinkling to ensure that taps in the homes don’t run dry. Even so, nobody seems to have reminded the general public that underground water-carrying pipes throughout the country are so old and even broken that up to 50 percent is lost. Meanwhile, another problem is looming. The National Disaster Warning Council has urged the government to be honest with the people, especially in Bangkok, as residents are unlikely to have enough clean water. The reason is that the Chao Phraya river has become salty owing to salt water intrusion: if the situation intensifies, tap water supplies will definitely be compromised. Of course, the whole thing depends on the weather. Early storms would rectify a worrying situation but there is no consensus on the likelihood of that happening. Some say May rains are a certainty, others point to the El Nino phenomenon and the prospect of a prolonged drought. According to some quotes, Thailand is one of the top 10 highest water users in the world, especially in cities. Whilst people in the provinces consume only about 50 litres a day, those in the capital use four times as much. Perhaps this is why it is so dangerous to tell Bangkok residents there is no reason to panic. With statistics like that, there is every reason to be worried about the medium and long term consequences. It is likely that the reassuring words for Bangkok and other urban centres, including Pattaya, are designed to protect the tourist industry. The last thing the government wants is to see vacations being cancelled on a big scale because washing and drinking facilities cannot be guaranteed. Last year, the rainy reason was delayed until September. In 2008 the rains came only later, in October, and were not that heavy in any case. The only water-bonus year was 2011 when the water authorities during the floods could not discharge it from the dams quickly enough. Prime Minister Prayut recently said that much of the problem was that earlier governments had ignored the water shortage problem which led to the ongoing crisis in 2016. Sadly, not even the invocation of Section 44 of the interim constitution can solve this particular scenario. Let’s pray for early downpours this year.
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Our Community Kunplome family donates to disabled centre Influential Kunplome family members visited the Karunyawet Home for the Disabled and provided lunch for the residents. The family also donated fridges, TV sets and other much-needed items to the value of 77,000 baht.
Redemptorist Center Chapel Catholic Mass Schedule
Daily 06:30 (English) Sunday 08:30 (Thai), 10:00 (English)
Sukhumvit Road KM145 Between North & Central Pattaya Roads
038 422 290 Celebrate Mass in the chapel built by Fr. Ray Brennan
Centara Grand at CentralWorld happy memories for the Rajvithi home for girls Eric Weber (4th right), general manager, together with Wichit Wannasorn (3rd right), director of Human Resources at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, led the hotel’s management team in hosting a special lunch and presenting other materials to Rajvithi Home for Girls on the occasion of Songkran Festival. Also seen in the photo is Tanaporn Phaisan (4th left), member of the staff at Rajvithi Home for Girls. This activity was arranged as part of Centara Cares project which is Centara’s corporate social responsibility and environment policy.
Let’s conserve the environment with Amari Pattaya To celebrate Earth Day, Amari Pattaya invited the management of the hotel and all of its guests to participate in a tree planting event to protect and preserve the environment. Beyond what the clients and the public know about this activity, the hotel also engaged team members and guests to become aware of environmental concerns by creating “My Cup My World”. It was a success as all members brought their own drinking water glass during lunch time. People can plant their favourite trees not just on Earth Day, but also every day at home and help green the planet.
College students help out
Students of Pattaya Technical College joined forces with the Department of Land Transport to provide a 24-hour checking service on vehicles during the Songkran holiday. The idea was to check whether or not cars, vans and motorbikes were in
roadworthy condition during the peak time of year for accidents and road fatalities. The service was designed to be helpful, not punitive, with advice being given out freely by the youthful and enthusiastic volunteers.
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Honda wins nine BIG Best Car of the Year
Including Best Car of the Year 2015-2016 Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Thailand’s leading passenger car manufacturer, represented by Pitak Pruittisarikorn (2nd from left), chief operating officer, received the BIG Best Car of the Year 2015-2016 trophy from Dr. Atchaka Sriboonruang (centre), minister of Industry.
Nine models of Honda vehicles, including the Honda Brio Amaze, Honda City, Honda Jazz, Honda BR-V, Honda HR-V, Honda CR-V, Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda Stepwagon Spada, and Honda Odyssey, won car-of-the-year awards in various categories. This success reflects Honda’s commitment to developing high-quality, eco-friendly products that respond to lifestyle preferences of new-generation customers. Jaruay Khanmanee (2nd from right), president and executive director of Yanyont Square Group Co., Ltd., and president of the Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale, joined to congratulate Honda at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club recently. BIG granted their Best Car of the Year 2015-2016 awards to cars sold in Thailand between January 2015 and January 2016 that demonstrated various outstanding achievements. An experienced committee comprised of automobile experts served as judges, including the executive editors of Yanyont Square Group's publications, and seasoned editors from automobile magazines.
Honda Brio Amaze
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Songkran celebration across Thailand Hilton Pattaya marks traditional Songkran Festival
Hilton Pattaya led by Rudolf Troestler, general manager celebrated Songkran Festival by organizing a monk ceremony in the morning to pray for good luck this Thai New Year and to show gratitude for all good things received in the past year. In the afternoon, all team members paid respects to the hotel’s executives by pouring water over their hands wishing them a happy and prosperous New Year.
Traditional Water Pouring at A-One Hotel Pattaya
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya welcomes Thai New Year
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by Andre Brulhart, area general manager, along with management team, celebrated the Songkran Festival in traditional Rod Nam Dam Hua ceremony in the resort’s Mythica suite, offering food to monks. This was followed by a water pouring ceremony for the resort’s senior management, wishing them a fresh beginning for a happy Thai New Year.
Songkran celebration at Dusit Thani Pattaya
Somchai Rattanaopath (center, standing), president of A-One Hotel Pattaya, led the hotel management and staff in traditional water pouring to Mitr and Wantana Rattanaopath (center, sitting), the founding owner of the A-One Hotel Bangkok-Pattaya for Thai New Year on Songkran day.
Songkran Festival at Amari Pattaya The management team, led by Robert Rijnders, senior vice president and area general manager of Pattaya (sixth from the right), celebrated Songkran (Traditional Thai New Year), beginning with merit-making by pouring water over a Buddha statue and then pouring water over the palms of elders' hands, after which all the merriment and splashing water on each other began. Songkran is the time to start life anew with good luck, leaving bad things behind.
Dusit Thani Pattaya GM Chatchawal Supachayanont (2nd right) accepts a basket of ripe mangoes as Songkran present from Nopporn Kanchanamanee (right) of TG Airways Pattaya Booking Office during the Songkran Festival celebration held at the hotel. The event was marked with alms giving, merit making ceremony attended by hotel staff and guests as well as the traditional pouring of scented water over the hands of Khun Chatchawal while staff and management wished him a happy Thai New Year.
Diana Garden Resort celebrates Songkran
Amari Phuket organises a funfilled Songkran ceremony Amari Phuket recently organised a “Rod Nam Dam Hua” ceremony to let team members pay respect to seniors, as well as to members of the management team, Richard Marco, hotel manager (back row, right) and Tipaporn Koonphol, deputy general manager (back row, left), by pouring water over their hands as a way of apologising for unpleasant behaviours in the past year. This is also a great occasion to celebrate Songkran Festival or Thai New Year 2016.
Water Saving Parade The management and staff of Siam Bayshore Pattaya, The Bayview Pattaya and Wave Hotel Pattaya took part at the “Water-Saving Campaign” parade organized by Pattaya City and the Provincial Waterworks Authority Pattaya. The event was organized to create awareness for people to save water and not to pollute it as well as to show the importance of water for us and our environment. The parade was held on Pattaya Beach Road.
The management and staff of Diana Garden Resort led by Managing Director Sophin Thepjak held a traditional Wan Lai ceremony together with the Pattaya Reporters Association. In attendance were city officials and local business people.
Tara Pattana International School celebrates Songkran James Swan, Tara Pattana International School principal, opened a ceremony to celebrate Songkran Day. Thai performers added color to the traditional pouring of water on the hands of elders. Students joined in games and sand castle building activity.
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Level 34, Hilton Pattaya
Nature is all around at Natureza
NC Housing Managing Director Somchao Tanthathoedtham and Executive Vice President Warapong Nilsiri provided an update on the progress of Natureza Art Condominium in North Pattaya. Following the success of its first and second phase, the group plans to build a green zone modernized art park under the project’s concept of “Nature is all around”.
Krit turns 50
Family members, friends, city officials and guests joined together to celebrate the golden birthday of Pattaya City Mayor’s adviser Krit Jiramongkol.
event s calendar MUSIC OF LOVE AND DEVOTION
DANCE ’16 HARD ROCK PATTAYA
Date: 2 May 2016, Monday, 7 pm Venue: Head of State Chamber, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel
Date: 7 May 2016, Saturday, 12 pm Venue: Hard Rock Pattaya
Activities: On the 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 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.
Activities: Hard Rock Pattaya is staging a competition to inspire and provide an opportunity and platform to younger generation to discover themselves through dance. Participants will battle it out in the following categories: Popping 1 on 1, Freestyle 2 on 2, B-Boy 5 on 5, and Dance Crew Performance (2 to 7 persons per team). Prizes and awards include trophy and cash ranging from 1,500 to 20,000 baht.
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For more information: Beach Club Department at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya Tel: 038 428 755-9 ext 8325 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/hardrockhotelpattaya
East Coast Kitchen Open 6.00am - 11.00pm Holiday Inn Pattaya Executive Tower, level 6 Call 038 725 555
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Art exhibition opens Pornchai Chuthamas, deputy director of Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, presided over the “Princess of Natural Resources Conservation” exhibition organized by Christophe Geoffroy, general manager of Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel with the cooperation of 16 famous artists and photographers of Thailand, such as Wattana Poolcharoen, Suwit Jaipom, Dinhin Rakpong-Asoke, Larp Ampairat, Amnat Ketchuen, Sayan Chuenudomsavad, Wisan Numkarng and more at the hotel lobby. The exhibition will be displayed until May 4. Part of proceeds will be donated to RSPG Foundation.
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya welcomes students from Burapha University International College Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by Andre Brulhart (centre), area general manager, along with Ratchamas Muksriprasert (4th left), spa manager, welcomed a group of students from Burapha University International College led by Parinya Nakpathom (4th right), instructor of International Tourism Management, on their visit for spa inspection and working process on spa management’s system.
Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa receive ASEAN Green Hotel Award 2016
Terapan Chuaprasert, executive assistant manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, received the ASEAN Green Hotel Award presented by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, minister of Tourism and Sports. An ASEAN Green Hotel Award is a hotel which is environmentally friendly and adopts energy conservation measures, based on the ASEAN criteria and requirements.
The Bayview Pattaya welcomes '80s singer
Udon Thani Rajabhat University visits Hotel Baraquda Pattaya MGallery
Holger Groninger, general manager of The Bayview Pattaya, welcomed Kullapong “Byrd” Bunnag, famous singer of Byrd and Heart - a heartthrob pop duo of the 1980s and chief operating officer of Live TV Co., Ltd., during his stay at The Bayview Pattaya. The management of Hotel Baraquda Pattaya MGallery by Sofitel led by Cluster General Manager Gerald Hougardy, (back row, center) recently welcomed a group of students and teachers from Udon Thani Rajabhat University. The visitors from the Bachelor of Arts program in the Faculty of Social Sciences had the unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of Hotel Baraquda with a hotel inspection and dining etiquette training class at the hotel’s DNA meeting room.
Thai Airways Bike on the Beach
Thai Airways International or TG Airways (Pattaya Office) together with Dusit Thani Pattaya launched the “TG Bike on the Beach” event to celebrate 16 years of excellent mutual support and cooperation between the hotel and the Kingdom’s flag carrier airline. The bike event covered 12 kilometers of cycling around Pattaya. It was jointly organized by TG Airways and Dusit Thani Pattaya to mark long years of outstanding relations and mutual support to the campaign against global warming. Local offices and agencies came to participate including the Office of the Chonburi provincial governor, Pattaya City mayor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (Pattaya), Pattaya Bike Club, City media, Dr. Jirapol Sinthunava of the Green Leaf Foundation, Thai Airways Pattaya Office headed by Noppon Kanchanamanee, TG customers as well as staff, friends, and management of Dusit Thani Pattaya led by GM Chatchawal Supachayanont.
Famous UK celeb visits Amari Phuket
Amari Phuket’s representative, Tipaporn Koonphol (middle), deputy general manager, gave a warm welcome to Stan Cullimore (right), a celebrity from the United Kingdom and former guitarist of The Housemartins, and his son Robin Cullimore, upon their arrival at Amari Phuket.
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The New VOLVO V40 Cross Country D4
Prestigious, POWERFUL and Super-Safe Family Hatch Pattaya Today tests the new V40 Cross Country. “V” stands for versatility. D4 means twin-turbo Diesel. A brand new compact premium by John K. Lindgren family hatchback Editor-in-chief: carsanook.com sporting new rugged design cues and 35 mm increased height for soft off-roading. World-class Volvo safety, too. Yes, the hatchback “C” segment is growing by leaps and bounds and here Volvo hits the home run. Styling: First look. Superb, Swedish Scandinavian design with functional luxury. Striking, sporty and uniquely Volvo. Light years from the old boxy, square Volvos of the 80s and the 90s. The V40 is a hatchback that stands out in the crowded automotive landscape. The sleek sporty silhouette, the low front with the black honeycomb grill and the iconic VOLVO iron symbol trademark. See the high flowing shoulder and roof line meet at the bold futuristic “L” shaped brake light cluster. The rear design features aluminum rear skid plates and twin exhaust pipes adding more street cred. Exterior paint? Cool 'Ice White' matching the 17 inch wheels. The interior: It’s spacious when you’re inside, but looks compact and sporty from the outside. A sumptuous cabin with a rich scent of delicious premium double stitched, soft- textured leather upholstery in hazel brown color. Ergonomics and creature comfort galore like the perfect, orthopedically designed seats. Mother-in-law age 76 loved the rear seat with armrest and cup holder: “Very comfortable!” Note also the textured soft-touch dash and Volvo's unique center
floating console here in copper-finish veneer. Cockpit and driver display boasts Volvo's Sensus Connected Touch or infotainment with a 7-inch screen integrated to the beefy leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel. Another novelty: frameless interior rear view mirror. Powertrain: The i-ART (intelligent Accuracy Refinement Technology) and Drive-E two-liter twin-turbo Diesel engine pumping out 190 horse power and 400 Nm torque mated to a new 8-speed adaptive automatic with Sport mode and racing inspired paddle-shifters. The zero-hundred km/h sprint 7,5 seconds! Fuel consumption circa 20 kpl. Carbon dioxide emission 132 g/ km. Driving impressions: The V40 Cross Country feels sturdy and strong with precise steering response. The front wheel traction puts a smile on your face. And of course, deployment of the paddle shifters when you're in the proactive driving mood. The V40 'CC' feels balanced and agile. Handles neatly in corners and hugs to the tarmac adequately at high speeds. The new 8-speed automatic gearbox and the powerful D4 motor offer plenty of performance, practicality and fun. Overtaking, lane keeping, braking and parking thanks to BLIS (blind spot system) and lane keep assistant, collision
prevention plus radars and sensors everywhere provide driver assistance constantly. Also new, inexperienced drivers will feel safe and at ease when hitting the expressways and motorways. Remember Volvo invented the three point safety belt in 1959. Volvo V40 received five-star rating when crash-tested by Euro NCAP. These technologies don’t just keep you in one piece after a crash – they actively prevent a collision happening in the first place, despite your best efforts. So, you think a Volvo is not exciting to drive. A Diesel Volvo? Think again. I thought the S60 T5 (petrol turbo charged motor) was the ultimate Volvo challenger to the German Autobahn stormers BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But now, there's a 5-door compact family hatch. The new V40 Cross Country - the hottest hatch in the premium five-door 2 million baht price segment. Furthermore, if you find an SUV is too BIG and the sedan variant vehicles too plain (vanilla). My automotive advice: check out the new V40 Cross Country D4. “MADE BY SWEDEN” Volvo's tagline.
Volvo V40 Cross Country D4
Price: 2,099,000 baht Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder twin-turbo Diesel Power: 190 hp Torque: 400 Nm Transmission: 8-speed auto, front-wheel drive Average fuel consumption: 20 km/l Top speed: 210 km/h www.volvocars.com/th
Vol. 04 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2016
Mick & Di The Food Lovers
23 @ Pattaya Hill
Mediterranean Tapas at the Top This penthouse restaurant is spectacularly located on the 23rd floor of Pattaya Hill Resort. The panoramic views from its culinary eerie are simply stunning. From 3.00 pm when the heat of the day slowly gives way to a magnificent sunset encompassing the night skyscape of both Pattaya and Jomtien Bays, this is the place to be. The wrap-around terrace affords a 360 degree vista and the rustic interior offers a cool, laid back area from which to gaze out over the landscape below. The new owners of this lofty eatery are Peter Garwood and Ewan Macglasham of the popular Eat Me Bistro. Chef Joel (hailing from Sydney, Australia) has an impressive gastrobackground having worked in a host of acclaimed restaurants, rubbed shoulders with such luminary master chefs as Heston Blumenthal, Albert Roux and Raymond Le Blanc and has been involved with many very swanky events companies in London. These included two famous names such as Mustard and Rhubarb where he had the opportunity to cook in
the exalted kitchens of Buckingham Palace. The restaurant serves extremely tasty tapas from across the Mediterranean at seriously friendly prices in an ambiance of a Spanish bodega. The house wine is Spanish and keenly priced at B.120 per glass. From the cold menu we decided to launch our dinner with the antipasto board (B.240). Everything here, where possible, has been cooked, cured, marinated or baked by chef himself making each item stand out with fresh, punchy flavours. The salmon gravlax glowed with
shimmering pinkness and literally melted in the mouth the way only salmon can; the house terrine was a perfect example of a wedge of classic French terrine; the chorizo had been impeccably sourced for its authentic taste; the balsamic mushrooms were addictively good especially when enjoyed with the house Forcaccia. All the items on the board can be ordered individually, for example the gravlax is only B.125 with cream cheese and bread while that delicious chorizo comes with potatoes and a salsa verde for B.110. Chef then prepared us a selection
Duck Chicken Breast
of the dishes from the hot menu. First up was the spicy meatballs with mint yoghurt. The kick of hot paprika in the zesty tomato sauce shone through while the balls themselves were ideal spheres of minced pork sunk deeply into the sauce. I loved the blue cheese Arancini. Tasty rice balls had been coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried to golden goodness. The twist here though was that the rice had been flavoured with a tangy
blue cheese to bring a hit of salty savoury to the palate. These golden globes were my stand out dish but Mick favoured our next offering, potatoes and chorizo with salsa verde (B.110). Crisp, sautéed potatoes had been tossed with the aforementioned piquant Spanish salami to produce a plate of extreme tastiness. Two more dishes followed, duck breast with lime and pomegranate, and Chicken Ballotine with crispy onions (B.115). Both moreish substantial dishes to finish our pageant of dishes. We would have loved to have tucked into a slice of the Pina Colada cake (B.95) courtesy of The Sweet Spot, Pattaya’s popular patisserie, but we’d enjoyed too many tapas by that stage and had to sadly forgo that treat. 23@Pattaya Hill is a welcome addition to Pattaya’s growing collection of eclectic establishments. It serves approachable food at very accessible prices and with its neighbourhood vibe, stunning penthouse location, and Chef Joel’s passion to make it succeed - it surely will. Open daily from 3.00 pm till 11.00 pm except Tuesdays. Situated in the Pattaya Hill Resort, Soi 2, Pratamnak Road. Get the lift to the 22nd floor and walk the final flight to the restaurant. Tel: (038) 250 329. Ample undercover parking.
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F&B Promotions Beefy beef dishes from Australia at Elements Restaurant
International Mother’s Day Brunch
German Blackforest Cupcake
at Edge, Hilton Pattaya
at Vistas Lobby Lounge, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya
at Elements Restaurant, InterContinental Pattaya Resort Hearty beef dishes featuring the best of Australian natural and wholesome beef prepared in exciting ways are being served from now until May 31. On the menu are slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheek served with shallots and ginger puree, Australian beef sirloin with roasted garlic and truffle pomme, veal tenderloin with beetroot and mashed potato, and for those who enjoy the rich taste of curry, massaman short rib served with curried potatoes. Prices start from 690 baht++ per dish, with the menu available for lunch and dinner. For more information and reservation, contact 038 259 888 or email@example.com Website: www.intercontinental.com/pattayaresort|www.facebook.com/ InterContinentalPattaya
Luxembourger “Baiser de Mousse” at Zing bakery, Centara Grand at CentralWorld Zing bakery, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld proudly presents the finest Swiss style Macaron, also known commonly as The Luxembourger “Baiser de Mousse” which is smaller, lighter, finer and more alluring than the usual Macaron. They are composed with an Airy Almond Meringue and filled with a light and fresh butter cream. Choose from our daily fresh selection for only 25 baht each or a Gift Box of 12 at 250 baht (subject to government tax and service charge). For more information, contact 0 2100 1234 ext. 6485.
Take mom out to a family brunch buffet featuring a variety of favorites including grilled and chilled seafood, imported meats as well as live cooking stations of Western and Asian dishes. Special for moms! Receive a 20% discount spa voucher at eforea spa when dining minimum of 4 adults per table. Priced at 1,400 baht nett/adult and children below 10 years dine for free. Available on Sunday, May 8 from 12 noon to 3:30 pm at Edge on level 14, Hilton Pattaya. For additional information and reservations, call 038 253 000.
Savor the flavor of Barracuda fish at Hotel Baraquda Pattaya MGallery by Sofitel Hotel Baraquda Pattaya MGallery by Sofitel’s Executive Chef Nattawut knows the secret to a divine meal. A combination of the most enticing flavors and freshest ingredients matched with a perfectly-paired glass of delightful wine, which is why throughout May, he cordially invites you to indulge in his latest unique fish and wine pairings. You can savour either freshly-grilled Barracuda in teriyaki sauce paired with a glass of Villa Cornaro Sparkling Rosé or Barracuda in red curry complemented by a glass of Chilean Chardonnay. Price only 450 baht++ per dish So to try chef ’s secret to a divine meal, visit us at either S.E.A Restaurant or Sunset Lounge the Rooftop Restaurant at Hotel Baraquda MGallery by Sofitel. For further information or reservation, contact 038 769 999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Galloping Scallops at Benihana Pattaya
Enjoy Twice… for Once
Hokkaido Scallops are on the menu this month at Benihana, with our innovative chefs cooking this fresh juicy seafood in creative ways on the Teppanyaki table while you sit and enjoy the performance. How about lightly grilled Scallops served with BBQ sauce and fried vegetable on the side. There are lots more recipes – just ask your talented Teppanyaki chefs and he will prepare it exactly how you wish.
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.
at Twilight Restaurant & Bar, Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya
For more information and reservations, contact Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa 038 412 120 ext.1395.
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German Blackforest Cupcake at Vistas, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. This month’s focus is inspired from Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte and the flavours of cream, kirsh, chocolate and cherries. Vistas is located at the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and opens daily from 9 am to 10 pm. For more information or reservations, contact 038-714- 981.
New Range of Exceptional Italian Dishes at Don Giovanni, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok This season, the venerable Italian restaurant Don Giovanni, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, is serving up a new range of magnificent signature dishes. Seasoned Chef Stefano Zaninelli says that he was inspired by his childhood days when creating the new menu. The new dishes are to be found in every course such as Culatello ham served with sweet melon 860 baht. These flavorful starters lead to mains such as pan-seared rock lobster, rocket salad with orange sauce and truffle oil dressing 750 baht++; seafood risotto served with roasted salmon cubes and basil sauce 760 baht++; home-made fresh fettuccine tossed with rock lobster and creamy truffle sauce brandy essence 780 baht++; paccheri big shaped pasta with porcini mushroom, speck and fresh tomato 690 baht++; pan fried Australian tenderloin and seared foie gras with roasted potato, root vegetables and black truffle sauce 1,650 baht++ and to finish, there is a glorious orange tart ‘brulee’ served with chocolate ice cream 320 baht++. Don Giovanni is open for lunch and dinner and is truly the home of authentic Italian in Bangkok. For reservations, contact Khun Ying (F&B Reservation Coordinator) at tel: 02 541 1234 ext. 4151 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roast Sundays at Coast Beach Club & Bistro, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Enjoy roast favourites such as Provencal lamb leg, whole roasted gai yang style chicken, roasted suckling pig and Churrasco slow roasted specialties, all accompanied with fresh salads and heavenly treats. Enjoy a selection of three prices (899 baht ++ per person, 1,000 baht ++ free-flow soft drink and 1,500 baht ++ free-flow red and white house wine and draft beer) every Sunday from 12:30 to 4 pm (half price for children below 12 years old). Coast Beach Club and Bistro is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Call 038 714 981 for reservations.
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The INTIMATE HOTEL is an outstanding boutique hotel located in Pattaya city area, adjacent to the 2nd Pattaya Road, only 5 minutes away from the Pattaya Beach, near pubs, restaurants, shopping and entertainment complexes, and popular public areas. Chill out at this chic, natty elegance boutique hotel with style and ambiance in the heart of Pattaya that excites the living senses. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Website : www.intimatehotelpattaya.com
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L’Olivier – Jomtien’s Olive Tree Under New Ownership with Ooh, La, La a Plenty! The new Patrone of L’Olivier is a charming Thai lady, Maneewan (Wan), who has an extensive globetrotting background having lived in Nice and Normandy with her French husband where she honed her skills and her love of all things Francophile, especially its cuisine. She has now returned to her native Thailand and is transforming L’Olivier into a bistro to live up to its Provencal name. The name means Olive Tree and is the symbol of the Provence region of France where the fruity olive oil characterises the flavour of this Mediterranean cuisine. The menu is in the foundation stages at present still retaining the Indochine and Thai menus of old, but peu ȧ peu (slowly, slowly) it will be readdressed to reflect Wan’s passion for French food and her hands-on approach to her new restaurant. Located in the lively Jomtien Complex with a big front terrace for al fresco dining, it also makes the perfect spot to watch the coming and goings in this vibrant part of town. Inside it's cool and serene with a casual, cordial ambiance and
friendly staff. Word travels fast in this fair city and none more so than good deal dinners. We had received so many recommendations that this restaurant was serving a gourmet 4-course set dinner for only B.390 that we hightailed it down to the complex to find out for ourselves. There are two menus du jour – one at B.350 and the other at B.495 and both change daily to reflect the seasons and the markets. We elected to sample the B.350. Both menus include soup of the day and on the evening of our visit it was spinach. What a soup; it was a lovely, leafy bowl of goodness swirled with a touch of cream which illuminated the bright green colour and texture. It was then time to visit the new hors d’oeuvres buffet. The first item to catch our eye was the Pissaladiere. Originating in Nice in the South of France, this is a classic Provencale dish comprising of caramelised onions, olives, garlic and anchovies. Nestling next to the savoury pie were asparagus spears wrapped in ham, all manner of salads: Caesar, tuna, pasta, broccoli and a wonderful Thai herby
salad tossed in punchy lemon grass vinaigrette. Prawn cocktails were assembled in white spoons, creamy Mimosa eggs begged to be picked up, the salami beckoned and three final pates completed the display, fish, mushroom and a silky smooth chicken liver pate. If we had been eating the B.495 we would have had the benefit of the salad buffet plus we could have chosen from smoked duck breast, smoked salmon or salad Nicoise as further appetizers. It was now time for our main course. Mick had chosen fusion fried soft shell crab sautéed with onion and bell pepper in a black pepper and garlic sauce (+ B.30), while I opted to try the filet de perche meuniere (+B.30). The other two options that evening were chicken thighs baked in a tomato Provencale sauce with mashed potatoes or pork filet mignon with garlic parsley vinegar. Both our dishes were palate delighting, the fish soft, juicy and yielding and the accompanying vegetables cooked with a light hand. Soft shell crabs are tricky items to execute well and here they had received all the right treatments and had emerged crisp and delicious. Options for the B.495 menu would have been fillet of tenderloin with a whisky and Paris mushroom sauce, duck a l’orange served with roasted potatoes or grilled salmon steak with mashed potatoes. House wine is B.105 by the glass or B.165 for the small carafe or B.245 for the large. The wine list contains some excellent bottles starting from only B.895. Desserts are lavish with a definite ooh, la, la feel about them: ile flottante, chocolate mousse or an Italian panna cotta with raspberry compote. We took Wan’s advice and plumped for her own invention, gourmet coffee (+B.30). Not just coffee this dessert it’s a quartet of signature confections escorted by a cup of fragrant espresso. A wobble of panna cotta, a square of luscious chocolate brownie, a rectangle of the most delicious cake in the world, chocolate lava cake with its molten, oozing chocolate centre plus a spoonful of yummy strawberry ice cream completes this
heavenly plate of sweet bliss. Five standout desserts are listed on the other set menu which also includes the famous French apple tart and of course that wonderful gourmet coffee plate. The daily special menus hit all the right notes with such keen pricing to astonish diners. Lively, well located and hitting the right price points, this restaurant will become understandably popular.
Quite honestly, where else in the world could such a quality French feast be enjoyed for approximately 8 euros! We take off our chapeaux to Wan, her brigade and team of happy servers. Open daily from 6 till 11 pm. L’Olivier is located in Jomtien Complex, a few restaurants down from Poseidon. Tel: 038 251 669. A full catering service is also available.
Hotel Promotions The Longer You Stay, the Less You Pay
Farewell Summer 2016
at Centara Grand, Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok
at Amari Phuket
Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok presents “Long-Stay Package” for you and your families to enjoy a luxury accommodation and culinary delights in bustling Bangkok, alongside amazing value with long stay rates starting from 3,000 baht net per night for a one month consecutive stay or pay 3,400 baht net per night for a 20-night consecutive stay or 3,800 baht net per night for a 10-night consecutive stay in a deluxe room. The package is available now until June 30. For reservations, contact reservation department via tel. 02-541-1234 ext. 4116 to 19 or email: email@example.com
Amari Phuket invites guests to celebrate the end of this bright and colourful season by launching a OneBedroom Suite Promotion with an extra savings up to 15% for a minimum three-night stay. A special room rate after the discount for two people starts from 14,025 baht+++ for a four-day and threenight stay with exclusive offer for The Clubhouse benefits, valued at 7,200 baht net. The Clubhouse benefits include access to an infinity pool, sun deck and FIT Centre, as well as a daily buffet breakfast, complimentary tea, coffee, cookies, fruits and also the Cocktail Hour with a selection of drinks, canape and carving station from 5:30 to 6:30 pm daily. On top of the offer there is a complimentary dining credit valued at 1,000 THB net per stay. The promotion is available to book now and valid for stays until June 30. For more information and/or reservations, contact 076-340-106to 14 extension 8033 or 8034, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.amari.com/phuket.
Vol. 04 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2016
Think your way slim Did you know that your thoughts can determine whether or not you will successfully shed unwanted weight? You can turn your self-defeating thoughts and habits into positive processes using a few simple tools, beginning by getting rid of such attitudes as, “I’ll never lose weight,” “I can’t stick to a diet,” etc. Repeat such phrases often enough and you and your body will believe them. Instead, focus on the benefits of reaching a healthy, more attractive weight. Positive images will encourage and inspire you to make positive changes. Constantly remind yourself that you can be healthier, you can be slimmer, and you can achieve your goals. If your past weight-loss attempts were not successful, instead of allowing those
experiences to deter you, learn from them and start fresh with a positive attitude for a new you. In order to succeed, you need positive self-esteem. That might be hard if you have a setback and pig out on fish and chips and a few beers. But see it as a one-time lapse and focus instead on how healthy you have been eating, how positive your life style has been of late. Allow your successes to boost your self-esteem. Each time you make a positive move to your goal it will inherently give you more motivation; keep moving forward. Ignore false advertisements and tabloid tripe promising extreme weight loss in weeks or extolling fad diets. Reaching a goal weight takes time, so be patient. Safe, healthy weight loss is up to a kilo per week. And don’t let your scale discourage you. If it does, weigh yourself less often—no more than once a week.
Exuse me….Excuse me…Excuse me… We’ve all had the hiccups from time to time. They usually are a passing phenominon that cause little problem. But if you suffer from recurring or chronic hiccups, there are several things you could do. Monitor your food and beverage intake. Eating too quickly (or too
much) and drinking carbonated or alcoholic beverages can cause hiccups. Stress, smoking and swallowing large amounts of air can also be factors. Hiccupping is a normal reflex that occurs when the diaphragm muscles in the lower part of the chest go
into spasm. The resulting rapid movement of the chest is harmless but can be annoying, and can last anywhere from a few minutes to as much as an hour. If your hiccups last more than a few days, or recur frequently, see your physician to rule out any underlying medical condition.
Fitness Promotion Hot Deal 1 month 2,400 baht only! at Lifestyles on 26, Centara Grand at CentralWorld Lifestyles on 26, located on 26th floor, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld has a special promotion for students. For a monthly membership of 2,400 baht per person or you can enjoy a variety of classes such as yoga, yoga fly, pilates, Zumba dance, Aero boxing, Thai boxing and HIIT class at only 250 baht per session. Being ripped rules! You will see the new you at Lifestyles on 26, Centara Grand at CentralWorld. Present your student card to take this advantage from today until May 2016. For more information, call 02-100-6299
Body Transformation Challenge 2016 at Lifestyles Fitness Center, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Lifestyles Fitness Center at Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya invites you to join Body Transformation Challenge 2016 trained by professional trainer, Murray Sogen, starts on May 14 for a month; every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 11 am-12 noon. Early bird is 6,800 baht from 8,000 baht if booking before May 8. The best performance will receive a FREE 1 month of fitness membership at Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya. For more information, contact Lifestyle Fitness Center of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya at 038 714 976 or e-mail: email@example.com
Vol. 04 No. 09 | May 1-15, 2016
Spa Promotions Relaxed from Head to Toe at eforea spa, Hilton Pattaya Pamper yourself with any 90-minute all body treatment at eforea spa throughout this May. Receive signature journey enhancements which there are three options to choose from: head & face, shoulder neck and scalp, feet. The body treatment price starts from 2,900 baht nett. Be fresh by visiting eforea spa on level 17 at Hilton Pattaya. For more information, call 038 253 000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click beeforeaspa.com.
Mango Tango! Dessert for your skin at Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya Throughout this summer, Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya is providing a delicious aromatic scrubfor all health loversthat helps their skin recover from all theexposure to the sun and outdoor activities that leave the skin dull and hungry for moisture. This delicious aromatic scrub can pamper your skin with a treatment inspired by the popular Thai summertime dessert, mango and sticky rice. It will deeply nourish the skin with vitamins and minerals, while revealing smoother skin all over the body and leaving a delightful scent. Guests can enjoy the Mango Sticky Rice Body Scrub Package, which includes a body massage of their choice, topped with a mango sticky rice dessert after the treatment. Indulge yourself this summer at Breeze Spa, withAmariPattaya’s scrumptious duet of Mango and Sticky Rice Body Scrub treatment, a delicious treat for the skin. Come visit us and try this promotion from now until May 31, at 2,400 baht per person. For more information, call Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya on 038-418-418 or visit www.breeze-spa.com and https://www.facebook.com/BreezeSpas.
Lullaby Lavender Program at Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya Suffering from sleepless nights? Let Devarana Spa puts you into a slumber with a Lullaby Lavender Program - an emergency assistance for those who suffers from sleep deprivation to get the rest they need. Poor sleep has a major impact on how a person functions during the day. Sleep-deprived people are chronically tired, moody and potentially depressed. To help the restless get sufficient rest, Devarana Spa’s 2.5-hour lullaby lavender program combines a soothing 30-minute lavender body scrub, a 30-minute hot milk bath, a 90-minute aromatic lavender and chamomile oil massage. Price is 4,600 baht net. Available until July 31. For more information, contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya on 038 371 044 or email@example.com.
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How to get rid of Stretch Mark Carboxytherapy refers to the cutaneous and subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide gas [CO2] for therapeutic purposes. Carboxytherapy originated at the Royal Spas of France in 1932 with the treatment of patients afflicted by peripheral arterial occlusive disease. by Dr. Natnicha Loichuen In South America and Europe, carbon dioxide therapy has been applied to the treatment of stretch marks, cellulite, and hypertrophic scars with impressive results. Studies have demonstrated that carboxytherapy improves skin elasticity, improves circulation, encourages collagen repair, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and destroys localized fatty deposits. Carbon dioxide is a natural constituent of our very being. We breathe in oxygen, and we exhale carbon dioxide. Plants take up the carbon dioxide, and in turn give us the oxygen that we need. There are no known risks associated with carboxytherapy. Carbon dioxide injection. What is Carboxytherapy? Carboxytherapy is the process of treating your cellulite problems, stretch marks and also old wounds with Carbon Dioxide gas in order to restore the shape and appearance of healthy skin. Carboxytherapy uses Carboxytherapy could be used for the treatment of cellulite, stretch marks. As for the cellulite, patients could make use of Carboxytherapy to get rid of cellulite because of its effect on fat cells. Carbon Dioxide is able to destroy most of the fat cells beneath the skin. In addition to its effect on fat cells, carbon dioxide will also increase the amount of blood reaching the fibrous tissue layer beneath the skin. So, your skin will look healthier because of the increased blood supply, your fibrous tissue will get thicker and firmer with less fat cell in between. Carboxytherapy for Stetchmarks Those who are suffering from stretch marks will also benefit from Carboxytherapy immensely. Stretch marks appear after stretching skin to the limit. This always happens during puberty, when the body grows up quickly over a short period of time; also it occurs during quick weight gain or pregnancy. When the collagen fibers are stretched to the limit, it breaks down and several blood capillaries are torn during the process and these results in the appearance of pink streaks. After that, the blood is absorbed and the line loses its pigmentation leading into a white line or a stretch mark. Carboxytherapy can increase the amount of fibroblasts at the site of the stretch mark. Fibroblasts are the source of collagen fibers which are responsible for the elasticity of the skin. CO2 also will help increase the blood supply carrying micro globules of pigments
that will restore the normal pigmentation of the skin. On continuation of Carboxytherapy for several sessions, the stretch marks will disappear completely leaving the skin healthy, homogenous, firm and elastic. What is the process of Carboxytherapy? First of all, your physician will examine your body and decide the amount of CO2 that should be injected in the site. The session will take from 10 to 15 minutes where the CO2 will be injected under the skin using very minute caliber needle (less than 0.3 mm) The process is very simple; there is no recovery period or pre operative technique as there is no anesthesia involved in the session. Carboxytherapy possible side effects Surprisingly, the process has the minimal side effects when compared to other methods. The possible side effects are the redness and numbness of the skin at the area of injection. There are no other common or known side effects recorded with patients treated with Carboxytherapy. Carboxytherapy duration of treatment Carboxytherapy can extend from 4 to 16 sessions. Sessions could be attended every other day or every three or seven days. The duration between sessions is determined by the treating doctor. Is carbondioxide toxic? Some people think that CO2 is a toxic substance like Botox or other chemical peelers or treatments used for body reshaping. The truth is that CO2 is a natural gas the naturally exists in your body. The increase in CO2 concentration inside the body can help increasing the blood supply and destroying fat cells.
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How to combat BO naturally Do you find people backing away from you—beyond your odor range? If so, it may be time to alter your hygienic routine, particularly if you’re prone to perspire. The culprit that produces BO is not perspiration itself, which normally is odorless. It’s the breakdown of bacteria in sweat that causes the stench. There are several steps you can take to rectify the unpleasant problem naturally. Begin your day by splashing rubbing alcohol under your arms after showering. That will help reduce bacteria in that area. If you’re a coffee, tea or soft drink devotee, reduce or eliminate all such beverages that contain caffeine. Caffeine stimulates body odor by increasing the activity of apocrine sweat glands in hairy
parts of the body; that’s what produces those strong-smelling, musky secretions. Read the labels on your underarm products. Many contain irritating or harmful ingredients, including aluminum salts and dyes. Avoid the antiperspirant varieties.
Instead, opt for deodorantonly products, especially those containing extracts of green tea, which is antibacterial. Finally, increase your intake of probiotic or healthy bacteria. Eat fermented foods such as plain yogurt or kefir, or take supplements.
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upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
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Release Date May 5, 2016 Lead Actors Chloë Grace Moretz, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Selena Gomez, Seth Rogen Director Nicholas Stoller Writers Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Genre Comedy
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Apple 12-inch MacBook The iPad of laptops is back with better specs and a change of clothes. The Apple 12-inch MacBook was already a lustworthy object, weighing just 2 pounds and measuring only 13.1 mm at its thickest point yet still offering up to 11 hours of battery life, a 12-inch Retina display, and a completely silent, fanless design. It just wasn't that great for actual work. The new model improves the situation, adding sixth-generation, dual-core Intel Core M processors with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1 GHz, faster graphics, and speedier storage. It still has only one USB-C port, but that's less of a hassle than it was when it first launched, and for the fashionconscious, it's now available in rose gold, alongside the prior silver, space grey, and gold finishes.
Facebook Surround 360 Camera No, Facebook isn't suddenly getting into the electronics business. It's just giving it a boost. The Facebook Surround 360 Camera is an "open" 360-degree, 3D-capable video production system that uses specialized stitching technology to weave the output of its 17 cameras together into one VR-ready stream, letting producers focus on the thing that's most important — the content. Expect to see it on Github later between June to August, where anyone can take the plans, build their own, or offer up improvements.
Book Review by John K. Lindgren
Titanic’s killing field After literally hundreds of books, movies and videos, you might have thought there was nothing new to say on the 1912 Titanic disaster. But David Dyer in his new novel The Midnight Watch (available on Amazon as an ebook or print version) has dredged up one of the disaster’s most controversial incidents: did the Leyland liner ss Californian ignore the doomed liner’s distress rockets and could she have saved 1,500 lives? Although the author dresses up his views as a work of fiction, by introducing a made-up journalist who decides to get to the bottom of the matter, this is a firmly antiCalifornian, historical text. Dyer postulates that second officer Herbert Stone and apprentice James Gibson, on the Californian’s midnight-4 am watch, did indeed see plainly the Titanic’s rockets as well as the distant liner herself. They attempted to report what they were seeing to captain Stanley Lord who was snoozing below and declined to come up to the bridge, instead ordering his subordinates to morse the mystery ship on the horizon to find out what was going on. In the morning, when it became clear that the Titanic was at the bottom of the ocean, he bamboozled Stone and Gibson into telling lies both to the press in New York and later at the official inquiry in London. The novel suggests that second officer Stone was actually frightened by the remote and stern captain Lord, seeing in him the reincarnation of his (Stone’s) father who had beaten him as a child and forced him to watch the drowning of some kittens.
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Is it all true? The British government’s last word in the subject was a report of 1992 into the Californian incident which broadly concluded that the Californian did see the Titanic’s rockets but was too far away to have saved any lives. The two writers of the report, both sea captains, differed on whether the Californian could actually see the Titanic and on whether there was a third mystery ship lying between the two vessels. In other words, there was a partial exoneration of captain Lord. Of course, Dyer (and some earlier writers) will have none of this. Lord was guilty of grave dereliction of duty – he never even roused his radio operator until too late – and he, Stone and Gibson all lied under oath. The 1992 report and this book also pour scorn on the Californian claim that the rockets or flares were company signals of some kind. Captain Lord in 1912 was never accused of any offence – he was merely called as a witness to Lord Mersey’s official inquiry. Although the Leyland shipping line dismissed him, he was employed as a captain by another company until he retired in 1929. There the matter rested until the appearance of the movie A Night to Remember in 1958 which gave prominence to the failure of the Californian’s captain and officers to assist the Titanic. Lord, by now in his 80s, was incensed and visited his sea captain’s union, the Mercantile Marine Service Association, to campaign on his behalf. Lord died in 1962 but the controversy continued until today. Captain Lord’s case essentially was that the Californian never saw the Titanic or its rockets and was 20 or 30 miles from the wreck site. In any case, many Titanic witnesses said they saw the lights of a moving steamer on the horizon whereas the Californian was stationary all night. Frantic attempts over 100 years have been made to identify the mystery ship, but without success. In the 1960s, a popular candidate was the Samson, a Norwegian whaler, whose captain Ring in 1929 claimed his ship had seen the doomed Titanic but fled the scene as she was carrying a cargo of illegal seal pelts.
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But the tale is nonsense. Ring claimed he feared arrest by the American coastguard patrolling the area, but the Titanic sank in mid-ocean. Another candidate was the British liner Mount Temple which was certainly in the broad area of the sinking, but analysis of her navigational position on the night of the tragedy shows she never witnessed anything of significance. At least a dozen other vessels have also been identified, but none conclusively. As The Midnight Watch claims, the Californian’s captain was certainly amiss in not coming to the bridge to see for himself the rockets when advised by his officers. But David Dyer’s other major claim that the Californian could have saved all, or most of the stricken vessel’s passengers is likely pure fantasy. Yet the Californian incident is not a dead issue yet. A movie is to be made next year based on David Dyer’s novel. Captain Lord must be turning in his grave. No wonder his family gravestone in Wallasey, UK, makes no mention of the fact he was ever a sea captain. No wonder.
THE LAST MILE By DAVID BALDACCI 9781447277835 Memories can be a real killer Melvin Mars awaits his fate on Death Row. He was one of America’s most promising football stars until, aged 20 years old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL.
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iviera Group, owner of two of the most luxurious condominium development projects in Pattaya, The Riviera Wongamat Beach and The Riviera Jomtien, unveil progress of The Riviera Wongamat Beach’s construction site which is located at Naklua Soi 16. The Riviera Wongamat Beach luxury high-rise condominium, with almost 100 percent of units having direct sea views and only 2 minutes walk to the beach. This project comprises of two towers, 43
and 40 stories high, a total of 979 units. Sitting on more than 8.2 rai of land filled with facilities such as ground level freeform swimming pools, infinity edge sky pool with
sky fitness on the 23rd floor of the South Tower and the 24th floor of the North Tower. As of today, The Riviera Wongamat Beach has reached the 30th floor on the South Tower and the 29th floor on the North Tower. Both towers are being built at the same time. The average speed for this construction is to complete three floors per month for each tower. Sukanya Gale, project director of Riviera Group, said, “Sales of this project is now at 82 percent and we still see continuous buy and sale
activities within the project both, for our own units and re-sale units, hopefully we will be able to hit 90 percent soon.” The construction contract for this project was rewarded to the professional team of “JWS Construction Thailand”, whose profile and long work history are well known for many high-rise condominium buildings, shopping malls and big hotel chains all over Thailand and not forgetting “Ramayana Water Park, Thailand’s biggest water theme park. Continued on page 4/24
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You know the old idiom ‘No news is good news.” Well, when it comes to the real estate market ‘No News is Bad News’. Haven’t you noticed that after years of being inundated with information, photos, graphs and diagrams celebrating robust property development, incredible expansion and unprecedented growth in Pattaya’s real estate sector, there is now a virtual vacuum of information. How many real estate agencies, magazines, newspapers, TV programs, etc., are no longer with us? How many real estate ‘hot shot personalities’ have we seen come and go over the years? After years of extraordinary growth and development, the local real estate sector has come to a screeching halt; it started with the collapse of the Russian ruble and the exodus of Russian nationals—out of Pattaya and back to Russia. Although Russians represented the largest segment of foreign buyers, a more devastating loss was felt when Thailand became Asia’s highest consumer debt nation and Thais opted out of the market. The Pattaya real estate industry lost 50 percent of its buyers. Many industry professionals here will estimate that Thais comprised as much as 50 percent of the Eastern Seaboard propertymarket, and that Russians represented at least 20 to 30 percent. As a result, the real estate industry on the Eastern Seaboard began contracting to what it is today. Yes, there are still a few strong, wellbranded developers, and their developments continue to sell. To everyone’s astonishment, new developments continue to go up, but the more unfortunate result is the number of developments that have been terminated and those that have failed and the number of unfinished buildings that mar the Pattaya skyline. The result is failed magazines, failed newspapers and failed TV programs leaving the few remaining real estate publications with fewer and fewer pages; they look more like brochures than magazines. The construction of new condos throughout Pattaya has become a
by Clayton Wade Managing Director
competition for the highest sales commissions and the steepest discount on developers’ prices. For some time there has been precious little to say about the Pattaya real estate industry. Thus, the following twisted idiom: ‘No News is Bad News’! Speaking of idioms we all know the expression, ‘I’ve got some good news and some bad news.’ Well in the case of this article we had some bad news and it is now time for some good news...very good news! All is not at a complete loss. This downward cycle will not last forever, as things have to and always do change. Sometime soon we will see things pick up once again and another property boom will be on its way bringing with it the latest designs, materials and innovations! Yes, although news has been very quiet lately on the Eastern Seaboard, there are some positive indicators related to Thailand’s economy. Coming from one of the most important and strategic sources of business development in Thailand is the recent news from the Board of Investment (BOI) about this year’s foreign investment surge during the first quarter of 2016. BOI recently said it is confident that the foreign investment growth already seen this year will continue through the rest of the year. An impressive 89.9 billion baht was invested in Thailand’s industrial sector in the first quarter compared to only 26 billion baht in the first three months of last year. Even more impressive is that at this current rate of investment into Thailand’s industrial sector a whopping 45 percent of the 450 billion baht targeted for this year has already been met with nine more months left in the year! For many years now the largest contributor of these Thai industrial investments has come from Japan (26 percent) as well as China, South Korea and Singapore. Keep a good eye on China as it is moving up the industrial investment ladder quickly here in Thailand. There are even signs that European investment in Thailand is showing signs of improvement, with Germany leading the pack.
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Sometimes No News is Bad News!
The BOI already has embarked on a major and very aggressive marketing strategy to attract more investment and ensure that Thailand continues to be an attractive area for foreign investment for years to come. We are even hearing great words of confidence from our government leaders. Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha last month expressed great satisfaction with the success of Thailand’s business community in gaining a competitive edge towards sustainable growth. While chairing a recent meeting of the National Committee on Competitive Advantage, the Prime Minister acknowledged the many improvements accomplished so far and said that he was content in all areas, ranging from economics, human resources and public administration to information management and public relations. Even though in 2015 the IMD placed Thailand at number 30 out of 61 countries in terms of economic competitiveness— down from the previous year’s standing at 29, and the World Economic Forum downgraded the ranking of Thai education quality from 31 to 32, the World Bank recently ranked Thailand 46th on ease of doing business, up from the 49th place previously.
Our very special thanks to Clayton Wade, managing director of Pattaya’s Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., for preparing this Pattaya Today column. Clayton Wade is managing director of Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., the Eastern Seaboard’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, and managing director of Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 20 years. He himself has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years, having started his career in the United States where he was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle, Washington. Wade is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS certification instructor
with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. He is an instructor with the Thailand Real Estate and Business School (TREBS) and heads the International Marketing Committee as vice president for the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand. He also is a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York-based international research and consulting firm, and is a registered consultant with the Coleman Research Group in Hong Kong. He has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for almost 10 years. Having done business successfully in the Eastern Seaboard/Pattaya area for over 20 years, Clayton Wade is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his public speaking and television presentations as well as
On the very same day (April 22) that the Prime Minister chaired the National Committee on Competitive Advantage meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Chatusripitak was presiding over the Innovation and Startup Meeting attended by the ministers of Finance, Industry, Commerce, and Information and Communication Technology, as well as representatives of the private sector. Somkid also expressed his confidence that the Thai economy had definitely started to improve as a result of the recent growth in the export sector and property development sector, evidenced by strong sales growth in the cement industry. With these solid signs of growth and the positive government changes to ease the foreign business incorporation process, and with provincial agencies cutting red tape and accelerating approval of export clearance for foreign businesses, things are definitely looking up for Thailand’s economy. And when Thailand’s economy is looking better, surely it won’t be long before Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard’s real estate economy will start looking better as well. Now there’s some ‘Good News’ for us all! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winston Gale, the owner of Riviera Group Thailand, said “Our goal is to finish and deliver the project to the buyers on schedule, which is the last quarter of 2017.” Also, not only trying to meet the goals, the health and safety for all of the construction team are also important. Within the construction area, all workers, team member must wear hard hats, safety vests and proper closed toe shoes. The construction site is kept very clean. Construction debris or waste materials are neatly separated for recycling. Some small details might not matter for some but for the Riviera Group, they take everything seriously and believe that every single detail is important. The Riviera Group believe that a good home should be built on a solid foundation. Construction progress is also updated by video and pictures regularly on their Facebook page, The Riviera Group Thailand or visit their glamourous showrooms at both locations, Naklua Soi 16 and Jomtien Second Road Soi 14. For more information, call 038 225 830 and/or visit their website www. therivierapattaya.com.
Exclusive mixed-use development MontAzure Phuket sweeps all Thailand categories at Asia Pacific Property Awards MontAzure, an exclusive mixed-use community project in Kamala, Phuket, has scooped all three property awards at the Asia Pacific Property Awards in its Thailand categories and been nominated for a regional award during a glittering gala dinner held at the Shangri La Kuala Lumpur. In a sensational triumph for the luxury development, MontAzure swept two five star awards, winning first place in each for Best MixedUse Development Thailand for MontAzure and Best Condominium for Twinpalms Residences MontAzure, as well as a Highly Recommended award for Property Single Unit Property Thailand for The Estates at MontAzure. Twinpalms Residences MontAzure was also nominated for the Best Condominium Asia Pacific Awards on a night of excitement and celebrations for the property developer. MontAzure is a joint venture of three of the most
prestigious property and hotel investment groups in Asia - ARCH Capital Management (Hong Kong & Shanghai), The Narai Group (Thailand), and Philean Capital (Singapore) part of Pontiac Land Group - which have teamed up to launch Asia's most exceptional resort residential development. The first phase is the
Twinpalms Residences MontAzure that occupies 100 metres of absolute beach frontage. It will be operated and managed by Twinpalms when it is completed offering one and two-bedroom units with penthouses having access to a private roof top and pool with prices ranging from THB8 million to THB93 million.
Twinpalms Residences MontAzure consists of 75 upscale branded beachfront condominiums designed by Martin Palleros of Tierra Design which will be completed in 2018. Pre-sales have been brisk with over 37% of the units sold supported by the recent opening of the Sales Gallery and Show Suite.
Raimon Land bags Property Development Product Leadership Award
Raimon Land PLC, a leading high-end real estate developer receives Property Development Product Leadership Award in 2016 Frost & Sullivan Thailand Excellent Awards as a recognition of the outstanding factors for its product leadership; design, location, exclusivity and quality with The Lofts Asoke. Johnson Tan, company ceo and director, announced this triumph following the success fromThe Lofts Ekkamai and Zire Wongamat in 2016 Asia-Pacific Property Awards. “We are truly honoured to receive Frost & Sullivan’s Property Development Product Leadership Award this year. This award is a gratitute to our work and dedication from everyone in Raimon Land family. We strive to provide worldclass developments and contribute to elevate the quality of Thailand’s real estate market.” said Tan. “Raimon Land’s ability to anticipate and meet market demand through quality and innovative designs has enabled it to grow sustainably in the competitive industry.” said Jonathan Leong, research analyst of Frost & Sullivan.
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Legal & Expat Money
by Magna Carta Law Office
SALE WITH THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION (KAI FAK) What is Sale with the Right of Redemption? Sale with the right of redemption (Kai Fak) is a contract of sale wherein the seller who owns a real estate has a legal right to redeem his or her sold property within the agreed period of time. With this method, the ownership of the property is transferred to the buyer at the seller’s expense. The redemption takes place when the entire amount of the redemption price has been reimbursed by the buyer including all related fees incurred in the process. Ownership will be transferred back to the original owner only when the buyer gets the money back on the date agreed upon in the contract. The period of time to buy back the property is registered on the Title Deed. The property must be returned in the condition in which it is at the time of redemption, provided that if the property has been destroyed or deteriorated through the fault of the buyer he must, therefore, be liable to pay compensation. Who has the right to exercise the Right of Redemption? The right of redemption may be exercised only by: 1. The original seller or his/her heirs; or 2. The transferee of the right; or 3. Any person expressly allowed to redeem by a contract The right of redemption may be exercised only against: 1. The original buyer 2. The transferee of the property or of a right to the property provided that, in the case of movable property, he knew at the time of the transfer that such property was subject to a right of redemption. What happens to the sold property if the seller fails to reclaim the said property within the Kai Fak period? In the event that the seller fails to comply within the Kai Fak period or when the Kai Fak period expires, the seller loses his/her right to redeem the property from the buyer. What happens in case the buyer is not present during the expiration of the Kai Fak period? The seller who intends to redeem may make the deposit of the redemption price to a government depositing office within the period. The ownership of the property shall be vested in the person who redeems from the time of payment or deposit of the price has been made. Can the buyer sell the property within the Kai Fak period? The parties may agree that the buyer shall not
dispose of the property sold. If the buyer disposes of it contrary to the agreement, he or she shall be liable to the seller for any damages resulting thereby. For how long is a Kai Fak exercised? If the period is not defined, the right of redemption cannot be exercised later than ten years after the time of the sale in case of immovable property and three years after the time of sale in case of movable property. The period of redemption may be extended which must be evidenced by a contract and registered to the Land Department by a competent official. If a longer period is provided in the contract, it shall be reduced to ten years and three years respectively. What is the legal Rate of Interest? If the price of redemption is not fixed, the property may be redeemed by reimbursing the price of the sale and the annual profit must not exceed the rate 15% per year. What is the difference between a Kai Fak and a Mortgage? A Mortgage is a debt instrument or a contract, secured by the collateral of specified real estate property that the borrower is obliged to pay back with predetermined payment terms. Mortgages are used to make real estate purchases without paying the entire value of the purchase up front, by borrowing money from a bank or financial institution and registering the mortgage loan at the local government office using house registration documents or title deeds without changing the property ownership. With Kai Fak, it is not treated as a financial debt and there is a right to redeem the property sold and the ownership is transferred to the buyer. This method has been widely used in Thailand as an alternative to a Mortgage.
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Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley
About the most expensive way to pay school and university fees is out of income at the time they’re due; that is, for those of us who don’t have them paid by corporate employers. If there is the chance to plan ahead, there are specially designed savings arrangements that may well fit the bill. Such schemes have a built in ‘drawdown’ facility that allows for fees to be withdrawn at the required times. Even a modest growth rate has the effect of discounting fees, and the longer it goes on, the bigger the cost savings. The fact that, as expatriates, we can save offshore in a tax-free environment is a big plus. Educational fees are climbing at a higher rate than inflation, so it’s prudent to build in an escalating estimate of the amounts likely to be required. As a rule of thumb, the approximate increase in fee costs runs out at around 5 or 6 percent and, as a further safeguard, savings contributions can also be increased automatically year on year by specific amounts, or percentages. University costs may well also have the additional expense of providing accommodation should the campus be some distance from the family home. The total cost, in this part of the world, to privately educate a child from the age of 5 to age 22, including university, is estimated to be approximately 200,000 USD. If you now multiply these figures for two or three children, the need for early planning becomes even more evident. Another possibility is to take out life insurance for the estimated amount required over the term needed to guarantee the fees are available should the worst happen to the family breadwinner(s); this, of course, gets more expensive as we get older. The other option is to set aside a lump sum earmarked for the purpose. Funds can be invested and the necessary amounts stripped out as and when required. There are offshore platforms that allow access to all listed stocks and securities available on all major markets, as well as deposit accounts with major banks. This provides for enormous flexibility of investment, and the money can be placed in trust to ensure that your wishes are carried out, should the worst happen. Either way, planning as early as possible is the most effective way of making substantial savings on the cost of your children’s education. A personal illustration of the various schemes should be obtained to reflect your own particular circumstances, including the specific school’s tariff and the selected, potential university’s tuition fees. 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: email@example.com
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Business News Veteran hotelier Michael Sagild joins Blink Design Group Hospitality veteran Michael Sagild has been appointed chief executive officer of BLINK Design Group, as the Bangkokheadquartered hospitality design firm sets its sights on accelerated expansion throughout the region. Sagild is a seasoned hotelier and executive with more than 30 years of experience across four continents in project development strategies, brand selection, competitive positioning, tourism development, corporate social responsibility, and concept creation for mixed-use projects. He brings a new perspective — that of a former client of top design companies — to the Asia-born firm founded by Chief Creative Director Clint Nagata, who continues as the creative heart and soul of the company. "The client has become the CEO," Sagild said, "which introduces a new business dynamic in design. BLINK will now offer a more strategic approach based on our knowledge of hotel development and contract management. This will benefit owners, developers, investors, and other stakeholders."
Nagata adds, "The design of luxury hotels has to evolve with the changing needs of hotel operators and their guests. I've known Michael personally for many years and am excited that he's joining BLINK to share his insider experience and to guide us to be more holistic in our services." Before joining BLINK, Sagild founded Sagild and Associates, offering hospitality advisory services to owners and developers of prime Asian hotel assets. Prior to that, he had served as managing director Asia Pacific Development for MGM Hospitality, tasked with expanding a portfolio of iconic luxury brands including MGM Grand, Bellagio, Sky Lofts, and numerous restaurant partners. In other senior executive roles, he served as CEO of Stein Group International, responsible for directing all aspects of strategy, growth, and worldwide expansion for the Group, Luxury Lifestyle Hotels, and LUX magazine. As chief operating officer with Minor Hotels and Resorts, he created the team and strategy to set the fledgling
Anantara brand on the path to becoming a global success story, as well as having oversight of the Four Seasons portfolio in Thailand. "We welcome Michael to the group," said Space Matrix Group CEO Anurag Srivastava, who heads BLINK's parent company. "BLINK has gained momentum these past few years, and Michael's experience will be instrumental to further BLINK's growth and transformation into the next generation of hospitality design."
Hilton Pattaya named Awards of Excellence 2015 by Booking.com
Hilton Pattaya received the 2015 Award of Excellence by Booking. com for exceptional performing hotel based on guest review with scores 8.7 out of 10. The award was presented to the hotel that received the highest average review score by global travelers, reflecting the high level of guest satisfaction of Hilton Pattaya’s services and facilities on the world’s leading hotel booking site.
“The outstanding level of guests satisfaction is one of our high priorities here at Hilton Pattaya,” said Rudolf Troestler, general manager, Hilton Pattaya. “This prestigious award from Booking. com bears testament to Hilton Pattaya’s positioning to offer the finest in hospitality, service and dining for guests’ memorable experience.”
Beyond Resort Khaolak named Showa Global Partner Meeting 2016 most romantic resort Love is in the air with luxury award
Akira Kadoya (3rd right), representative director, executive vice president and executive officer, chief operating officer and Kazuhiro Nishioka (right), operating officer, deputy chief operating officer - Motorcycle and Hydraulic Components Operations of Showa Corporation organized the 1st Global Business Partner Meeting 2016 in Thailand at Suvarnabhumi Grand Ballroom, Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. They were welcomed by Christophe Geoffroy (3rd left), hotel’s general manager. Beyond Resort Khaolak by Kata Group Resorts Thailand, a leading hotel management company, was presented with Luxury Travel Award 2016. Love is definitely in the air at Beyond Resort Khaolak in Thailand’s stunningly beautiful Phang Nga. The beachfront adults-only resort has been named the ‘most romantic resort’ in Asia and Australasia in this year’s high-profile honors. Couples looking for a beach break to fall in love with can set their sights on the ‘most romantic’ resort of them all. Beyond Resort Khaolak made its amorous intentions clear from the start, with the 2012 built resort
designed around the concept of ‘romancing the beach’. The seaside paradise creates a lifelong love affair with the mesmerizing tranquillity and sparkling sands of Pakweek Beach. Light, space and a sense of intimacy are created within the villas and grounds, along with the sophisticated elegance of indigenous Thai design. Romance is all about enticing the senses and the laid-back luxury of Beyond Resort Khaolak is specially designed for couples to feel revitalized as they breathe in the beautiful surroundings and fresh seaside air. From candlelit dinners on the beach
to castaway beach experiences and blissful wellbeing treats for two at Kanda Spa, Beyond Resort Khaolak is a worthy winner of its ‘most romantic’ award. The resort of individual villas features private Jacuzzis and pools, outdoor bathtubs, private terraces and even a Just for Two romantic package with gourmet hamper, couple’s massage and private beach dinner. The Luxury Travel Awards highlight the absolute best luxury hotels and resorts across the globe, celebrating the crème de la crème of the high-end hospitality industry; a celebration of excellence appreciated by discerning travelers.
Thailand has long been a destination for lovers, whether beachside proposals, memorable weddings or unforgettable honeymoons. White sands, turquoise waters and blue skies fringed by palms create the perfect backdrop to any romantic vacation. A luxury resort for couples creates the rest, from relaxing, laid-back luxury in the day to indulgent, romantic evenings savouring fine dining. For more information or reservations, contact Kata Group Resorts Thailand: +66 (0)2 616 3140-4, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.katagroup.com/beyond-khaolak.
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Business News Three Thailand islands score TTM+ 2016 to be Unique, strong recognition in the 2016 Different and Distinctive TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Islands Three of Thailand popular southern islands scored top spots in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ Awards for Islands. Phuket gained the second spot in Asia and 8th in the global ranking. The awards identify the top 10 island destinations globally and by region. Two other Thai islands, Samui and Tao, achieved third and fourth places in the Asia rankings. TripAdvisor said it highlights the world’s top islands based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide gathered over a year, as well as traveller booking interest registered on TripAdvisor. Barbara Messing, TripAdvisor chief marketing officer, added, “With common traits like breathtaking beaches, exciting activities and popular hotels and restaurants, the Travellers’ Choice Islands are favourites of the TripAdvisor community. While most of these islands have yearround appeal, TripAdvisor booking data shows that bargain hunters can save on their hotels when staying at the top islands during the shoulder season rather than the peak.”
Sugree Sithivanich, Tourism Authority of Thailand deputy governor for Marketing Communications, commented, “We are glad that our destinations continue to be among the top choices for a great island vacation. Phuket has some of the best beaches in the world and a huge range of attractions, while Samui and Koh Tao with their warm seas and nearby marine parks allow visitors to enjoy a combination of stunning scenery and friendly local culture.” In the citations for each of the winning destinations, TripAdvisor states that Phuket musters 1,086 things to do based on its visitor reviews and feedback.
It recommends Phuket’s Baba Wedding Festival hosted in the island’s old town this June, as an impelling reason to book a Phuket holiday. TripAdvisor identifies 475 things to do while visiting Samui, the third place island in the Asia rankings. It recommends a booking in May to catch the spectacular Samui Regatta at Chaweng Beach, during May 21-28. Reviews of Koh Tao, a worldclass dive destination, identify 156 things to do. TripAdvisor recommends a visit in June to capture the ambience of the ecotourism event, Save Koh Tao Festival, June 18-19.
Cape Dara Resort newly appointed Director of Sales & Marketing Cape Dara Resort announced the appointment of Siratcha Chantharat as director of Sales & Marketing, effective February 2016. Siratcha has gained her experiences in hospitality industry from her previous work in Woraburi Resort and Spa, Montien Hotel Bangkok, Santiburi Resort and Spa and Soltwin Tower, to name a few. She has been working for
Cape Dara Resort in strategising sales direction since February, she already has an interesting vision. “Pattaya City is one of the wellknown tourist destinations. There is a high potential for high-end market growth. My commitment is to seek for an upscale market for Cape Dara Resort and to up bring Pattaya City towards luxury direction.”
A new destination, record number of first-time buyers and a unique range of exhibitors are among the highlights of Thailand’s leading travel trade event to be held on June 8 to 10. For the first time, the Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion TTM+ 2016, will be held in the northern capital of Chiang Mai. As of March 23, it had attracted 570 buyers from 62 countries, of whom roughly half were first-time participants. Amongst the sellers, the line-up of 343 exhibiting companies includes unique boutique hotels in the Greater Mekong Subregion, in addition to a range of creative small and medium sized products and services seeking to expand their profile in the international market. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said, “This year’s event promises to be unique, different and distinctive from anything we have done in the past. We have carefully analysed all the feedback we have got over the past few years and done our best to act upon many of the valuable recommendations. “The enormous interest we have received from the buyers is certainly very encouraging. We believe this year’s TTM+ will go a long way towards facilitating business opportunities and meeting our national development priorities.” Now in its 15th year, the Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion is eagerly awaited in Chiang Mai where provincial authorities and the tourism industry are working hard to deliver a memorable and productive event.
Registration for the event has closed. As of March 23, India has the largest contingent of buyers (120) followed by the United Kingdom (40), China (33), Australia (25), Italy (25) and the USA (21). A group of smaller but high-quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets such as Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine. Of the total number of buyers, 57 percent or 325 are first timers and 245 are repeat buyers. Amongst the exhibitors, 30 percent or 103 organisations are first timers, and 70 percent or 240 organisations are repeat sellers. The sellers comprise of hotels and resorts (260), tour operators and travel agents (22), entertainment (8), transportation (3), associations (6), NTOs (3), the Greater Mekong Subregion (16), other travel services (23) and 12 Hidden Gems destinations (2). In January-February 2016, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to a record 6.09 million, up by 15.48 percent over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as the top source of visitor arrivals with 1.77 million arrivals in January-February 2016, up by 32.21 percent over the same period in 2015. Visitors from East Asia and ASEAN totaled 3.87 million (+20.61 percent), the Americas 265,166 (+14.70 percent), South Asia 220,381 (+9.13 percent), the Middle East 79,166 (+16.25 percent), Europe 1.46 million (+6.86 percent) and Africa 22,111 (+8.13 percent). Only one region reported a decline: Oceania -2.77 percent to 137,115.
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(ptmbo-sn1315)Ice cream shop with external seating for customers at a major tourist attraction in Pattaya. The business is easy to run and maintain. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. Sale Price: THB 450,000. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven. email@example.com (ptmbo-sn1315)Bar & Guesthouse for sale in Central Pattaya. New lease available 3 + 3 years & NO KEY Money. Security deposit on the lease THB 200,000. Large ground floor bar tastefully decorated with separate Jacuzzi suite, 6 large rental rooms (all with air con, en suite bathroom, balcony and furnishings), small office, laundry room, large staff sleeping quarters/studio apartment and a 65 sqm one bedroom top floor apartment with its own kitchen and large en suite bathroom. Separate rear entrance to gain access to rental rooms. Priced to sell. Sale Price: THB 1.7 million. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@ gmail.com (ptmbo-c0015)Business P a r t n e r re q u i re d . 5 0 % share in busy prestigious beachfront bar on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. 8 bedrooms, bar & restaurant, work permit available, new lease. Call Colin on 084 350 9304
(ptmbo-sn1115)Resort for Sale.A beautiful resort set in over 2 Rai of land in a tranquil area of Pattaya, but within 20 minutes drive of the town centre.The resort comprises of 9 (nine) chalets, a swimming pool, a large clubhouse/bar/restaurant with full kitchen facilities and seating for over 100 customers + 2 staff rooms. The land is leasehold with 11 years still remaining. The lease has been registered in a company name at the land office. The land rent is paid annually and is fixed for the full term of the lease at an exceptional rate.There is room for expansion and building permits can be obtained to build a further 9 chalets.This is a rare business opportunity and viewing is highly recommended.The business comes with a limited company.Sale Price: THB 7.80 million. Owner Finance Available. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349, Email: sven. firstname.lastname@example.org.
(ptmsp-kp1815)New Storages & Warehouses & Lockers for Rent.Short/Long Term okay. Located in South Pattaya. Start from 600BHT/ Month! Call 081 107 1717 www.WonderStorage.com Magna Carta Law Office can assist you in securing loans from 1 million up through various financial institutions with no credit
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.
Sale Price: THB 450,000 **********
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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checks or black marks and no penalty for a bad credit history. All loans are secured against either land or property and we are able to lend you up to 50% of the appraised valuation of your asset. The funds will be available around 10 days from the start of the application. Loans can be for a period of 6 months to 1 year and can be extended for longer if needed. Call either 038-373735 or 081-9833620 to make an appointment. Service for set-up company, accounting, balance sheet, visa, work permit, application of social security. Contact Korawit Accounting Co., Ltd. 084 754 4214 Nattakit Construction Renovation Company. Need office, home, garden, swimming pool improvements? Very reliable contractor, high quality standard job with reasonable price. Please call 038 373 145 (English), 086 831 8879 or 087 509 0102 (Thai) PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software orhardware,please phone 0868202577 or 0972549072 (Thai &Eng). I will go to service at your place. WORACHAI AIR Services o f f e r e d : A i r- c o n d i t i o n installation, cleaning, and repair. Refrigerator repair. Call 089 513 7826 or 087 149 4976 (Khun Pom)
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Pets for Adoption
(ptmpa-d1715)Free 6-weekold Thai Puppies. Looking for a good home. Can be looked at Soi 8, Soi Khaotalo. Phone anytime for Dan on 099 491 7537.
Houses for Sale
Pool Villa for Sale in Silk Road Place. Best Place to Live & Invest. Swiss owner selling his very nice corner plot pool villa.Great facilities include top security, automatic gate, communal swimming pool, tennis court, kids’ playground, gym. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. 94 sq.wa.Please call 090 130 9302.Price: 8.9 million baht neg.
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Beautiful 5-Bedroom villa w/pool in a very popular village in Jomtien 28,500,000 baht. 1,000 sqm land area, house is around 380sqm,with tropical garden,for more inquiries pls. contactPanida(thai) 0 8 3 9 0 9 7 8 2 2 o r Edward(eng)0814918406,or you can e-mail us at email@example.com Luxurious 4-Bedroom house w/ pool near Mabprachanlake16,500,000baht. Includes 2 living rooms and a European-style kitchen,for inquiries please contact Panida(thai) 0839097822or Edward(eng)0814918406,you can also e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
House with private pool in Central Park 5 Village Pattaya6,900,000 Baht,3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms,around 200 sqm area, forinquiries,pls. callPanida(thai) 0839097822 or Edward (eng) 0814918406, or you can e-mail us at email@example.com (ptmhfs-p0000)House for Sale in Siam Country Club. Land size of 56 Talangwa. Located in Soi Pronprapanimitr, 12/1 Central Pattaya Soi Siam Country Club. Price is 2.9 Million Baht. Call 081 487 5627 for more information. (ptmhfs-r0000)Townhouse for SALE 1.75M Soi Siam Country Club House, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 100 sqm, 2 floors. Call 082 479 1204 (ptmhfs-ao0000)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. Contact Allan Ottesen on 085 697 8245 Gorgeous Award Winning Luxury Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Selling price is 21 million baht. 4+2 bedrooms and 5+1 bathrooms and 435 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon one rai (1,600 sq/mts) of beautifully landscaped gardens. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1339) Quality Phoenix Gold Golf Club Home! Live the life at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. Spacious 4 bedroom/4 bathroom with 420 square meters of interior
space and 220 tarang wah of landscaped gardens. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3644) Lovely Home and Spacious in Town! Selling Price 6 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 400 Sqm interior/129 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0855) Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Ya c h t C l u b ! ! S e l l i n g Price 25 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier
Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5035) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com 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)
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Houses for Sale
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, 9 0 T LW / 2 0 6 S q m . F o r appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Wat Yan & Bangsaray Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.
co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1154) Unique and Spacious Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6004)
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Beautiful Private Home For Rent! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 370 Sqm/188 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 (PR5695) 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR7007) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. Beautiful Modern Style Home! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm/115 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the
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Houses for Rent
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Houses for Rent
House for Sale
Beautifully located 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for sale in Casa Jomtien in the heart of Jomtien, just 100 meters from Jomtien Beach. Land size: 72 w2. Price: 10 Mill. Baht. Facilities include communal swimming pool and tennis court.
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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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3478) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6662) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area Condo! Selling Price 10 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2196) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. Luxury Jomtien Beachfront Condo with Gorgeous Sea View! Selling Price is 19.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 145 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 Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. B e a c h f ro n t L i v i n g i n Jomtien Condo! Selling Price is 11.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 142 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 (PR2185)
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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 39 Million for 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 2.3 Million per rai (1 or 2 rai available). (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
Gorgeous Award Winning Luxury Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Selling price is 21 million baht. 4+2 bedrooms and 5+1 bathrooms and 435 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon one rai (1,600 sq/mts) of beautifully landscaped gardens. (PR1339) 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) 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) Beautiful Private Home For Rent! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 370 Sqm/188 TLW. (PR5695) 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) Beautiful Modern Style Home! Rental Price 85,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm/115 TLW. (PR6507) Large Rental Home near Town! Rental Price 88,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/187 TLW. (PR1168) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai. (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. (PR6999)
CONDOS FOR SALE
Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront home or a great rental property. (PR0359) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm. (PR1667) Spacious 1 Bedroom Pratamnak Hill Condo! Selling Price 2.95 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 39 Sqm. (PR3478) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area Condo! Selling Price 10 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR2196) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR6369) Luxury Jomtien Beachfront Condo with Gorgeous Sea View! Selling Price is 19.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 145 Sqm. (PR2178) Beachfront Living in Jomtien Condo! Selling Price is 11.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 142 Sqm. (PR2185) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 Sqm. (PR4979)
CONDOS FOR RENT
Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. (PR5853) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. (PRC084) Spectacular ‘DesignerApartment’! Rental Price is 25,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 104 Sqm. (PR3114) Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 49,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 80 Sqm. (PR6284) 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 Wongamat Beach! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/ Month, 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bathroom, 68 Sqm, (PR6793) Condo with Gorgeous Interior Design! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 153 Sqm. (PR1866)
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Condos for Sale
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)
Condos for Rent
(ptmcfr-k1615)Apartment for rent in North Point Tower A. 3 bedroom (136 sqm) 20th Floor 100,000 baht/month; 2 bedroom (108 sqm) 37th Floor 80,000 baht/month; 2 bedroom (108 sqm) 38th Floor 80,000 baht/month. Seaview, private beach, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court! Tel: Rus +66 86-772-1158, Eng,/Thai +66 87-746-1287 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084)
Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 25,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 104 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3114) Beachfront Apartment.... Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 49,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 80 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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6284) Gorgeous Penthouse Jomtien Beachfront Condominium! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/ Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR0359) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Wongamat Beach! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/ Month, 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 (PR6793)
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Condo with Gorgeous Interior Design! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 153 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (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: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 39 Million for 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front A re a ! S e l l i n g P r i c e i s 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0706)
S o i Tu n g k l o m t a n m u n A re a ! S e l l i n g P r i c e i s 21,000,000 Million 14 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0964) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya A re a ! S e l l i n g P r i c e i s 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0018) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 96,000,000 Million 2 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0003) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0004) Soi Chaiyapornvithi Area! Selling Price is 40,000,000 Million 7 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0002)
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P r a t a m n a k H i l l A re a ! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0978) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 2.3 Million per rai (1 or 2 rai available) For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0927) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 60 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0983) Na Jomtien Beach Area! Selling Price is 22.078 Million 122 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real
Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0988)
HIRING: MARKETING STAFF. We are looking for a personinterested to join our team and be part of the most successful developer in town, Global Top Group Co. Ltd.Requirements: Thai Female,Good command in English both verbal and written.Must be enthusiastic and hardworking. Send CV/Resume jobs@ globaltopgroup.com or call 090-741-7417 Painter to paint our kitchen cupboards and also a carpet fitter to fit a carpet in our bedroom.Tel: 085 084 4270
Vehicles for Sale
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid – pearl white, full option, beige leather seats, 36,000 km mileage, with insurance and service book. Selling at 750,000 baht. Call 089-6079850 2012 Toyota Yaris – pearl white, full option. 400,000 baht. Call 089-607-9850
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Integrating the Montessori and EYFS by Annemaree Grant
Drawing on the Birth to Three Matters Framework, the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) puts a new emphasis on children as active learners throughout the foundation stage. This new emphasis has in turn increased the attention given to the environments from which children learn. Dr Maria Montessori was one of the earliest pioneers of educational practices based on these ideas. Today, Montessori communities have a unique contribution to make to the delivery of the EYFS because of the very different way in which they function to support active learning. At the same time the EYFS poses a difficulty, in the form of the statutory targets, to those seeking to comprehensively support active learning. Over many years children in Montessori environments have comfortably arrived at the indicators of development described through the targets. Supporting children to this level of development has come about by planning activities that follow each child’s deepest interests at any particular time. The emphasis on target-based planning within the EYFS
could lead some practitioners to dictate a learning timetable to the children at the expense of following the deep interests of an active learner. Montessori Education (UK) has written a document mapping Montessori against the guidelines given in the EYFS. The purpose of this document is to highlight how the EYFS can be delivered very effectively through Montessori environments, highlighting those areas where Montessori practice has a particular contribution to offer. Each of the Themes and Principles is comprehensively addressed, including the six areas of Learning and Development. A central idea of Montessori education is that children have within them the power they need to develop themselves. Following from this is the
understanding that it is through the child's interaction with his environment that this selfconstruction takes place. It is the child that needs to be active in his dynamic experience with the world around him. The task we set ourselves as Montessori educators is to provide children with an environment carefully prepared to meet their particular developmental needs and, through careful observation, to connect them with that environment, so that they can build themselves through their own activity. The parallels between the Montessori approach and some of the main themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage are clear. The EYFS theme of 'A Unique Child' is based on the principle that 'Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured'. Similarly the EYFS makes the provision of 'Enabling Environments' one of four priorities. The emphasis placed on 'active learning' and 'learning through experience' within the theme of 'Learning and Development' is again very much in line with Montessori practice. There are many sections of the EYFS that emphasize the importance of the child's own decision making, both in what they do and how they do it. Other parts of the EYFS emphasize that children are innately 'primed' to learn from the human and physical environments around them. This is a radical departure from
traditional educational practice, which in general follows a curriculum decided by the adult that determines what the children should do and learn. In the Montessori approach decision-making for the child's day-to-day activities shifts away from the adult, to the child. Montessori environments take these principles to their natural conclusion. The child enters an environment, which both in its contents and functioning is designed to meet the particular physical, mental and spiritual needs of children
GIS Says Goodbye to its Oldest Students by Mark Beales
Garden International School (GIS) said farewell to its oldest students as they prepare for their final IB examinations. There was a special whole school assembly to say goodbye to the Year 13 students, who are in their final year of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Our IB students entered the main hall to a fanfare and guard of honour from the IB1 students. Random teachers and students then stood up to offer some memories of each IB student, and wish them well for the future. IB students then performed their own IBinspired song to send off their
friends. IB is the world's leading pre-university course; for more information, visit
www.gardenrayong.com. GIS is based in Ban Chang, near Pattaya.
Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.
aged between 2 ½ to 6 years. Within this space there are very few limits to the child's freedom and decision-making. A child is shown a variety of activities, is free to choose what to do, and for how long. Through detailed observations of his choice and use of activities, further individual lessons are offered, giving him an increasing range of materials to explore. When a child is choosing freely within an environment carefully prepared to support his independence, it is relatively easy to observe his real interests
unfolding – those that are driven by developmental urges - and to support and follow these. For more than 20 years, the Montessori Method of education has been a part of our Early Years curriculum, beginning with our Wonga mat location. Our Early year’s department is well set with extensive Montessori materials. We see the importance of your child’s education right from the early years of age. Annemaree Grant is a Montessori coordinator/ Early Years educator at Mooltripakdee International School, Pattaya.
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This & That Popular Conspiracy Theories The Adventures of Quentin Durward in 1955 was Robert Taylor’s third offering in the trio of movies which also included Ivanhoe and Knights of the Round Table, all made in MGM’s British studios. For more than 30 years Taylor remained one of the studio’s principal leading men, usually playing against glamorous leading ladies. In this case it’s Kay Kendall who was to die prematurely just a few years later. Billed as a swashbuckler,
there isn’t so much action in Quentin Durward compared with, say, Ivanhoe a couple of years previously. Filmed on location in the British and French countryside, the story is set in fifteenth century France. It’s an era, according to the blurb, when the introduction of gunpowder was overturning the old ideas of chivalry and honour. Quentin Durward (Robert Taylor) is instructed by his aged uncle the Duke of Crawford (played by Ernest
Robert Taylor bags his uncle’s bride
Quentin Durward not too serious Thesiger in one of his final film roles) to go to France and prepare the way for a dynastic marriage between the Duke and the Countess of Marcroy (Kay Kendall). Taylor is impoverished and doesn’t have any real choice in the matter of obeying his uncle. The Countess is none too pleased to be forced into marriage with an old Scottish baron. “His left hand may be on the Scottish throne,” she sighs, “but his right is on the graveyard wall”. So she slips away from her socalled protector The Duke of Burgundy (Alec Clunes), who has arranged the match,
to seek shelter in the court of the French king Louis XI (Robert Morley). But she is forced to flee again upon learning that the crafty Louis is planning to betray her once again. The dashing Durward naturally foils the plot, falls in love with the Countess and marries her on hearing the glad tidings that his uncle in Scotland has passed away at last. The plot is somewhat unbelievable at this point though, to be fair, it does mirror the story line in Sir Walter Scott’s original novel. Actually it is Robert Morley who steals the picture as the jovial but unscrupulous monarch who has absolutely no loyalties except to himself and to France which, at the time, was in danger of being dismembered or even overrun by the dastardly English who still held a few cities from the long drawn out Hundred Years War. Morley trusts only his barber played by Wilfrid Hyde White with his usual aplomb
and wit. “If a monarch must trust somebody,” comments Louis XI, “let it be the man who daily presses a razor against his throat.” But Wilfrid is far more than a barber, acting also as a gobetween or messenger for whatever scheme his master currently has in mind. Director Richard Thorpe, by now an old hand at costume dramas, unusually for him throws in a dash of humour, making fun of the so-called Scottish trait of miserliness personified by Ernest Thesiger who is actually more interested in his future bride’s income than in her famed good looks. He also makes the dialogues between Louis and his barber very amusing as they consider what deviance may next serve king and country best. “Oh, do get on with the shaving!” pines Louis at one point. The action is low key with very duelling or fight scenes and emphasis on the matlock rifle revolution whose fire throughout the movie seems
to miss everybody aimed at. But there is an impressive final sword fight on the belfy ropes between a double for Taylor and the chief villain which makes a fitting conclusion. Robert Taylor made eight films with director Richard Thorpe, four prior to Quentin Durward and including The Crowd Roars (1938), Ivanhoe (1952), All The Brothers Were Valiant (1953) and Knights of the Round Table (1953). By the mid fifties it was becoming clear that Robert Taylor’s swashbuckling days were over as the years clocked on and his health began to deteriorate. Taylor continued to make movies almost until his death from lung cancer in 1969, but Quentin Durward was his last medieval epic or historical costume drama.
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This & That Your Pattaya Horrorscope
by Karen Burns, www.UrbaneWomen.com
by Professor Blunt
Five Fun Things to Do In a Relationship to Keep the Spark Alive! After a couple has been together for a while, the partners start getting comfortable with each other. There’s nothing wrong with comfortable – until it goes too far and becomes boring.
That’s why it’s so important that couples make a constant effort to inject fun and playfulness into their daily routine. Relationships thrive on growth, so finding new things to do can be all it takes to turn your dull routine into a loving and fun relationship. Here are five tips to get you started: 1. Find Out What “Fun” Means For Both Of You It’s no secret that men and women are different; what he thinks is fun might not be fun at all for you. So it’s important that you both find places where your sense of fun connects and both of you should be prepared to make occasional compromises.
Sharing a laugh is a great way to relieve the stress that’s built up over your day. What’s more, it helps build a stronger bond in your relationship. 3. Be Active Together The sun is out and the skies are blue – now’s the time to take your relationship outside and breathe some fresh air into it! If you and your man are the athletic sorts, you could go rock climbing, hiking or cycling in your nearby nature areas. If you’d like to take things a little easier, why not spend a day at the beach or lake, or even hit a local amusement park – riding a roller coaster together is always fun! An added bonus – activities that get your adrenaline flowing can mimic the same brain chemistry that happens when you fall in love, so doing them together can help to make your love stronger! 4. Switch Up Your Boring Routine While routines can be comforting, they can also be dull – which leads to boredom. Boredom is a relationship killer, so it’s very important that you stay out of that rut and make a habit of injecting newness into your lives. In fact, studies have shown that experiencing new activities produces dopamine, a brain chemical known to play a part in experiencing pleasure. It only takes doing a few things differently – go to a new restaurant, or try a new food; have sex in a different room of the house; or jump in the car and go on a road trip! Different doesn’t have to be crazy – it can be as simple as planning a special meal for no reason – you don’t even have to cook! Order take-out from somewhere nice, put on soft music and light a few candles. 5. Loving, Touching – Teasing? While we often think of teasing as something meanspirited, light-hearted and loving teasing can be fun and can help build a stronger bond.
Talk to each other about things you can do to have fun together. You can both throw out ideas of fun couple activities. You both may like bowling, going on picnics, going out to dinner or staying home to watch a movie; you might want to do those things just the two of you, or with another couple. The important thing is to find things you both enjoy then make an effort to do them regularly.
There are lots of ways you can laugh together – enjoy a comedic movie, go out to a comedy club, share funny things that happened at work or just telling jokes. However you do it, it always feels good to laugh together.
(Jan23-Feb22) Aquarius With the Milky Way now shrinking rapidly, the outlook for you is extremely poor for the remainder of 2012. But your disgusting personal hygiene is making matters worse – frankly you smell. Until this problem is addressed, your sex life will be non-existent. Pisces (Feb23-Mar22) The good news is that you are shortly going on a journey to a place you have not previously visited. The bad news is that you will be making this journey all alone. The stars suggest that your final destination will be a crematorium, the only time you have ever ridden in a Rolls Royce. Aries (Mar23-Apr22) Too much of anything is bad for you, so your watchword needs to be moderation at all costs until Jupiter is again in line. This could take several decades. But you may not live that long if you drink gin neat. Lack of tonic in the shops is no excuse. Taurus (Apr23-May22) The only connection between you and the bull is that you are very fond of speaking it. Be very careful not to tell strangers too much about yourself, especially if it involves your bank account, email log-in or wall safe combination. Gemini (May23-Jun22) You will be having an impact on people who don’t know yet on Wednesday, and this will likely be a car accident or an argument about ringing the bell in a bar. Striving for perfection in your case is stupid as you are degenerate, ugly and bad tempered. Cancer (Jun23-Jul22) Be careful of accepting a favour this week until you are clear what is expected in return. For example, there is little point in agreeing to a sexual encounter without charge if you end up drugged in a hotel room with your wallet stolen and a huge headache.
2. Laugh Together When you’re married or living together, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind; it’s up to you both to learn to laugh at it! Silly pet nicknames that are just between the two of you; sexy texts sent to him while he’s at work; or even reminding him of something silly or goofy he did in the past can bring a laugh and a warm feeling to both of you. It’s important that you keep thing natural – if something feels too forced, you shouldn’t do it; it will be more of a chore and that’s definitely not fun! The best relationships evolve organically, when the two people stay true to themselves. Use these tips as a starting point to find the best ways to insert more fun into your own relationship. For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www. urbanewomen.com.
by Madam Zyra
Leo (Jul23-Aug22) You are far too keen on personal publicity and need to test the waters before committing yourself. Thus diving into a swimming pool without checking if it has been emptied for repairs is likely to get you on the front page of the newspapers faster than you would wish. Virgo (Aug23-Sep22) A project or hobby could turn into a moneymaker but land you in serious trouble. An example might be starting a scout troupe without checking the credentials of the supervisors. Passion is highlighted on Friday but, to be fair, this is likely a fruit. Libra (Sep23-Oct22) Your secret sex life will prove to be your undoing. Your wife knows more than you think she does. On the other hand, don’t become too concerned as she is also an adulteress with a fetish which cannot be described in a family newspaper. Scorpio (Oct23-Nov22) Take on a new challenge today and you are likely to meet somebody new. If this turns out to be a police officer, a private investigator or an armed person, then try to extricate yourself as quickly as possible. You are not scheduled to have any lucky numbers this year. Sagittarius (Nov23Dec22) You may want to put a little adventure into your life on Thursday this week. This is fine but don’t expect too much. If you are fat, 65 plus and poverty stricken with bad breath, you are not likely to transform your sex life during this cosmic cycle. Capricorn (Dec23Jan22) Sit back and listen to what’s being said about you. Maybe you can’t help being a nerd but you could improve by restricting your habit of throwing water on people to the Songkran period. Try holding your breath for long periods to avoid belching in public.
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Local Sports April Golf Summary by Frank Quinlan
April Blue Sapphire Stableford A&B Blue Tees The full cast of 12 players headed out to the Canyon course which is about 30 minutes from Kanchanaburi town on good roads. The course is set on an old abandoned open cast copper mine surrounded by hills and between man-made emerald blue lakes. This is a peaceful layout in a rural setting and has many holes where water comes into play, especially on the par threes. A good test of golf with close finishes for the top three spots. Results: 1st - Les Cobban (8) 35 2nd - Lee Butler (19) 33 3rd - Mark Stanley (8) 33 Near Pins: Les Hall, Lee Butler, Mark Stanley, Colin Gregg April Evergreen Hills Stableford All our golfers set out for the hour journey south to this heavily-wooded area near the Myanmar border. A gem of a course which is not too long and favors accuracy over length with both the
16th and 17th holes having island greens which claimed their share of golf balls. Not too much English from the caddies but the great big Thai smiles overcame that problem. Unfortunately two golfers signed for incorrect scores resulting in Les Cobban losing out on poll position after disqualification. Results: 1st - Les Hall (23) 35 2nd - Jimmy Carr (18) 34 3rd - Mark Stanley (8) 33 Near Pins: Les Hall, Lee Butler, Mashi Keneta, Les Cobban April Mida Kanchana Stableford All our intrepid golfers headed west to a course originally called Lion Hills golf club about 35 minutes away. The scenic views with pine forests make this an enjoyable location to play golf but the holes were predominately flat with the fairways in desperate need of a little tender, loving care and slightly undulating greens which were easy to read. The top three positions were ties so a count out determined the final positions.
Results: 1st - Mark Stanley (8) 34 2nd - Les Cobban (8) 34 3rd - Geoff Parker (14) 34 Near Pins: Ross Schiffke, Mark Stanley, Lee Butler April Dragon Hills Stableford All our players stopped off at this course on the way back home after traveling for one and a half hours. This 18-hole layout is spread out in lush, mountainous jungle, valleys and hills with the back nine the more impressive as you play through parkland settings. Hole 12 is an island green of about 170 yards which made it challenging. After a quick shower, everyone headed back to Pattaya after missing out on all the Songkran fun. The result of the best 4 stableford scores out of the 5 games played was very close with Les Cobban winning the Trophy with a score of 141 points edging out Mark Stanley by one, but Mark is ahead by 3 points on the golfer of the month at this stage. There were only good comments about the accommodation at Good Times Resort in Kanchanaburi and we will definitely be staying there again next year.
Results: 1st - Mark Stanley (8) 40 2nd - Ross Schiffke (18) 36 3rd - Les Cobban (8) 36 Near Pins: Lance Conway Jones, Lee Butler, Tom Mc Dowell, Mark Stanley, Ross Schiffke April Khao Kheow Stableford C&A Yellow Tees A poor turnout after the games as some of the golfers were relaxing at home out of the heat. The course was in its usual good condition with plenty of greenery but the greens were like putting through treacle and we can only assume that the greens keeper is protecting the greens from the heat by letting them grow a little longer. There were also many other golfers on the course which slowed down our three-ball groups but we still finished in good time. Scores were not that good with no players equaling or beating their handicaps. Results: 1st - Ross Schiffke (18) 34 points 2nd - Colin Gregg (11) 33 3rd - Mark Stanley (8) 33 Near Pins: Ross Schiffke, Frank Quinlan, Colin Gregg, Lance Conway Jones
Happy Birthday Steve Younger Fourteen golfers turned out to have a crack at Parichat golf course; this is the first visit that we as an outlet were going out to play. Numbers are still a bit low as we are recovering from that wasted exercise called Songkran. Price for our game was 1,400 baht covering green fee cart and caddie! 800 baht if you walk! We gathered on the first tee and took our first look at this course; a couple of things came to mind. Dobbsy telling
me that I would love this course and that it would suit me; well, looking at the course and the course layout (on the score card), panic set in. We teed off about half an hour earlier than booked for, as per this time of year we were the only golfers out there! We attacked the course from white 1 tee; if I said that there was plenty of water on this course, I was not kidding. Some of the water carries were a bit too long for
this golfer. Other than that I found the course to be in great shape, pin placement on a few of the holes were questionable. The weather was on the warm side with little or no breeze; ironically the only time the wind sprung up was on the tee box and attempting to hit into it. But that’s golf for you! Steve Younger came to play on his birthday and play he did breaking his 61st year he did not show any signs of slowing down. Steve took the honors today 4 shots ahead of Alex Field with 37 points. Winners: 1st – Steve Younger (13) 37 points 2nd – Alex Field (18) 33 points 3rd – Bill Steinmann (12) 32 points 4th - Simon Niven (11) 30 points NTP’s 2 – Jayson Schembri 6 – Bill Steinmann 11– Lindsay Slender 14– Bill Steinmann
Birthday boy and today’s winner Steve Younger
Longest First Putt 9 – D-For 18 – Jason Schembri Back to Jerry Dobbs, well, mate, I hope you read this and get as much pleasure as possible,
by James Olsen
this is the hardest course that I have played. Do the numbers 16 and 17 mean anything to you? 16 was the number of points scored and 17 the number of balls I donated to the water gods. You got me! Alex Field took pleasure taking D-for “The Charity dog” around the throng for some spare change to boost his collections for charity to the needy of Pattaya. Golf 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 for open grass bowling at The Retreat Bowls Club. If you wish to partake just be at The Growling Swan before the bus departs at 10 am. The cost including return bus transport, bowling fees and a hot lunch is about 350 baht, so great value for a day out! The bus usually returns at 3:30 pm.
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You & Your Pets Pregnant? Keep your cat! by Dr. R.J. Peters Recent reports in publications and online warn pregnant women about the dangers of contracting toxoplasmosis from their cats, thus potentially harming the fetus. But pregnant cat owners can rest easy; the organism is rare (particularly in Thailand), the threat is minimal, and infection can be prevented. Don't let anyone scare you into throwing your cat away. Here are the facts: Dreaded toxoplasmosis disease may be associated with the litter box, but infection is less common than some shockmongers would have you believe. It actually takes more to get the parasite than simply cleaning up cat waste. To become infected, the cat must have the disease. That, in itself, is rare. Furthermore, the cat's waste must be several days old, you must never have had a cat before, you must actually touch the waste, you must ingest the germ orally, and you must be in your second or third trimester of pregnancy before your fetus is at risk. If all those criteria are not met, chances of infection are little
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/
to none. Additionally, a cat only sheds the organism for two weeks during its life. The primary path of infection is by ingesting the Toxoplasma gondii organism. How does one eat this by simply scooping a cat's litter box? Answer: carelessness. Just don't put your hands to your mouth, or better yet, don't touch the cat's waste with your bare hands to begin with. The disease is much more likely to be contracted through other means, such as eating inadequately cooked meat or contaminated garden produce. All fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly washed inasmuch as the organism can be present in soil. That is a common hazard for children who play in the mud or sand or adults working outdoors in gardens or on construction sites. All of which has nothing to do with cats, unless you happen to find some stray cat feces on
the ground and touch it. Also, pregnant women who garden should wear gloves and wash well after working in the yard. If you are extremely paranoid, you can allay your fears by having someone else clean the litter box. Or just take precautions: wear gloves; scoop the box daily and dispose of the waste immediately; do not touch your lips until you have washed your hands; wash fresh produce, and cook your food well whether you have a cat or not. Since this is a temporary and minimal risk with cats, you can relax and keep your pet. Dr. Peters’ books--Our Amazing Cats, Our Amazing Cats Vol. 2, and Our Amazing Dogs--are available as eBooks (about 200 baht each; proceeds help support abandoned cats) at http:// youniquesolutions.com/3Books.html. She also publishes a free newsletter, The Kitty Times; to subscribe, go to: http://www.theproblemcat.com
Some tips to help provide for your pet’s well-being and perhaps answer some common questions.
Dog Diagnosis Have you heard the one about diagnosing your dog for illness by feeling the tip of his nose for wetness or heat? Don’t believe it. The temperature of a dog's nose changes easily and is not a good indication of the animal’s well being. Your dog’s nose can be hot and dry after lying in the sun or cool and wet from lapping up water from his water bowl. Better signs of illness are lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, coughing, or a body temperature above 39˚ (102.5˚F) on a rectal thermometer. The wet snout? It comes from ducts that carry tears toward the nose.
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.
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"!
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 Tuna
Going to the Dogs... A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. ~Ogden Nash
Cats can be addicted to tuna, whether it's packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won't hurt. But a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it won't have all the nutrients a cat needs. And too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning. Warning: Remember the saying, "Honest as a cat when the meat's out of reach." An open can of tuna next to the sink may be seen by your cat as a dinner invitation.
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1. “___ voyage!” 4. Teases 9. Oil cartel (abbr.) 11. Loves 13. Lass 14. Empty 15. Serious 17. ___ Paulo 18. Part of BMOC 19. Presidential power 20. Actor Bean 23. Founded (on) 24. Yogi ___ 25. Swindle 26. Ten-percenter (abbr.) 27. Lifts 31. ___ d’hotel 34. Washing machine option 35. Ventilate (2 wds.) 36. Mountain trek 37. Salamanders 38. Actor Ayres
1. Marshes 2. Sheriff Taylor’s boy 3. Adolescent outcast 4. Black bird 5. Director Lupino 6. Medic’s moniker 7. Deletes 8. Lawmaking group 10. Noise 12. Tolerated 16. Sun bather’s desire 19. Fade away 20. President Barack ___ 21. Put the weight back on 22. Parody 23. Halloween shout 25. Atkins and Huntley 28. Planting need 29. Confiscate 30. Distort from a true value 32. Pull a trailer 33. Worn groove
Solution Issue 15
This week’s subject is Books 1. In which language did Plutarch write his Parallel Lives? 2. In which century was Paradise Lost first published? 3. What is the second book of the Old Testament? 4. What is the fourth book of the Old Testament? 5. What job did Matthew have before becoming a disciple? Answers: 1. Greek; 2. 17th century; 3. Exodus; 4. Numbers; 5. Tax collector.
Hidden Words Puzzle Source: www.puzzles-world.com
Can you see 6 words hidden in the picture below:
Solution on Page 31
5 2 1 8 7 6
9 8 3 7
9 4 9 3 8 2 2 7 5 1
Answers: 1. Fish; 2. Wave; 3. Nice; 4. Boy; 5. Hot; 6. Tree.
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