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entral Group, the biggest family-owned conglomerate in Thailand, has bought the remaining 23 rai (9 acre) plot of the British embassy in Bangkok for 20 billion baht. The successful bid means that the British government will net over 458 million pounds in the most expensive real estate deal in Thai history. The same group ten years ago bought an initial 9.5 rai (3.8 acres) for 50 million

pounds and built the luxurious Central Embassy which is likely to be linked to the much bigger area to create a mixeduse extravaganza including hotels, condos, shopping arcades and prestigious business premises. Unless some private deal has been struck, the current embassy premises will be knocked down to make way for the mega-construction boom on Wireless Road, one of Bangkok’s most sought-after

and expensive districts. Even familiar icons, such as Queen Victoria’s statue which survived the Japanese occupation in the early 1940s, will have to go. Since the sell-off was long anticipated, the British outcry about the sale has been muted. In fact, very few embassy services to the public are based in the Wireless Road complex. Brits wanting to apply for a passport and Thais wanting a visa Continued on page 4


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News The Royal Project

Banglamung district officer Narit Niramaiwong led the opening ceremony of the Royal Project in Central Marina mall. The joint project of Central Marina mall and the Royal Project Foundation featured booths selling fresh vegetables and fruits from the Royal Project as well as rare orchids and Mexican Marigolds.

Military checks on the beach

A contingent of some 200 Thai military, Banglamung officials, Pattaya and Tourist Police were enlisted to patrol Bali Hai Pier and the beach area. The group was deployed to check the area including illegal parking of boats and tourist bus.

Singaporean drug Holland Wins Pattaya Football Cup dealer busted

The Dutch team won the 12th Pattaya Beach Football Cup with second and third place going to the teams from Norway and Cameroon, respectively. Presiding over the event was Chanatpong Srivisate, Pattaya City representative.

Singaporean Lin Huawei, 35, was arrested with 3.3 grams of crystal meth and 2,000 baht in marked money. He was suspected of selling drugs to foreigners in Pattaya, so the police went undercover to bust him. Lin had been arrested on the same charge 10 months ago.

Betagro 4th lucky draw Bar girl assaults tourist

The 4th lucky draw at Betagro Shop Chaiyapreuk branch awarded prizes worth over 8 million baht, including a Yamaha Fino, gold necklace and cash coupons as Betagro’s way to thank its customers.

How Lions celebrate birthdays

Lions Club officers Charan Chittiwuttikarn and Premrudee Jittiwutikan celebrated their birthday by treating the students from the Redemptorist Vocational School in Pattaya with food and ice cream.

Sixty-three-year old Britain David Lodge was assaulted by a bar girl, Rungpa Pluemjai, 43, when he walked out of her bar without paying his bill. Lodge complained that the tab was too expensive and turned to leave when, he said, Rungpa hit him in the head with her high-heeled shoes. The bar girl was taken into custody.

Thai teens batter man from Japan

Naoya Okamoto, 23, was beaten by a group of Thai teenagers in South Pattaya, the Japanese national reported to police. Okamoto, who sustained injuries to his face and body, said he and a friend were eating in a restaurant when a group of teenagers assaulted them, hitting Naoya’s face with a bottle while another boy battered his body before running off.

Burmese woman injured in fall

Than Than Naing, 22, from Myanmar, reportedly fell from the balcony of a building in Central Pattaya. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment. A witness said that Than went to the balcony to puke when she lost control and fell.

Iranian caught shoplifting

Iranian Seyeb Mohsen Sadab Hoseini was caught stealing clothes in Big C North Pattaya. The department store staff said he set off the scanner beeper when he tried to exit with the stolen items in a bag. Employees found a t-shirt, pants, belt, sunglasses and a bag, none of which had been paid for. The suspect was brought to the police station for further questioning.

Drunken Englishman injured Ukrainian hit by motorbike

An unidentified British man, aged about 65 to 70 years old, was found by police bleeding on the road in front of a bar in North Pattaya. He had sustained a fracture on his left arm. The man had paid a ladyboy for the night, but the two were later separated, the katoey told police. Bar staff reported that the farang got very drunk, fell and hit the pavement.

A man from the Ukraine was crossing Soi 11 near Pattaya Beach Road when a suspected drunk on a motorbike crashed into him. Witnesses said that the motorbike driver was a Thai man traveling at full speed when he hit Steven Ale. Ale was rushed to the hospital and the driver was sent to the police station.


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News Ferry to Hua Hin launched

Thai superstars Mario Maurer and Mai Hoorne were at Bali Hai Pier for the launching of the Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry where Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith presided. The ferry, operated by Royal Passenger Liner Ltd., was initiated because of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s project on promoting water transport between the western and the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand. The ferry has 286 economy seats at 1,250 baht each, 44 business class seats and two air-conditioned VIP rooms.

BPH patients get cake

Some 200 patients at Bangkok Hospital Pattaya enjoyed a strawberry cake from La Baguette French Bakery. Leading the event was Dr. Seeharach Lohachitranont.

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BRITISH EMBASSY GOING, GOING, GONE! to visit the United Kingdom have long been registering at Trendy House facility on Sukhumvit Soi 11. Public parties and receptions have not been held in the main embassy site for 14 years and few Brits have had cause to visit it, unless to obtain a notarial service such as an affidavit. In fact, several embassy services - such as the famous “proof” of income for the Thai retirement visa - are now available only by post. Although some traditionalists feel that the sale has devalued the role of the UK in international affairs, it is also true that Britain’s influence in Southeast Asia has waned, even though economic and trade relations between Bangkok and London

remain strong. The retreat of Britain on the world stage and the recent referendum to leave the European Union mean that the London government no longer needs the awe-inspiring building structures of yesteryear. New premises for the British embassy have not yet been announced. One idea circulating is to make an expanded use of the rented office accommodation at Trendy House. In fact, many Bangkokbased embassies are now housed in high-rise buildings, partly for reasons of security. However, it would still be necessary to purchase or lease a suitable ambassadorial residence. Pattaya-based Brits will not be affected

by the sale as they are used to making the trek to Bangkok. The Jomtien consulate, strategically located near the Immigration Bureau, closed in a round of financial cuts in 2011 and was soon followed by the Chiang Mai closure. Centralization of staff in foreign capitals and a reduction in front-line services have become the hallmark of British government policy for embassies worldwide. Barry Kenyon, the Pattaya-based British consular officer from 1998-2010, said, “British embassy staff have been at Wireless Road since 1922, so this is certainly the end of an era. But the sale is the right decision for the second decade of the 21st century. You often hear people say that Pattaya is changing, but let’s not forget that applies to Britain too, especially in the post-Brexit scenario which is now unfolding.”

Delta wins two awards at SET Awards 2016 During the award ceremony for SET Awards 2016, Hsieh Shen-yen, president of Delta Electronics (Thailand) Public Company Limited, was presented with two awards by Dr. Santi Kiranand, senior executive v i c e p re s i d e n t o f S t o c k Exchange of Thailand (SET), and SantiViriyarungsarit, group editor of Money and Banking magazine. Delta Electronics won the Outstanding CEO Awards and the Outstanding Company Performance Award for listed company

with SET market capitalization of 30 billion baht to 100 billion baht. This event was held by the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Money and Banking magazine at SET‘s Sungvian Indravichai conference room aiming to promote companies’ capabilities and commitment towards quality development, while keeping pace with the new business environment, thus positioning themselves as key drivers in strengthening the Thai capital market and economy.

Thailand sweeps the boards in influential Ctrip awards

Five Thai destinations – Krabi, Ko Samui, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket – have swept the boards in the influential Ctrip Best Tourist Destination of the Year Awards 2016 which were voted for by more than seven million Chinese travellers, making it the largest travel poll in the People’s Republic of China. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “China is Thailand’s biggest tourism market and the Ctrip awards show that the Kingdom appeals to all sorts of Chinese tourists, young and old from students to honeymooners and shopping lovers. We are pleased that Thailand can offer so much and that Chinese tourists want

were voted among the Top 10 Best Destinations in several categories as follows: Krabi was voted among the Top 10 Best Overseas Potential Destinations and the Top 10 Favorite Destination for The Generation After 80’s. Chiang Mai was voted among the Top 10 Best Honeymoon Destination and the Top 10 Best FIT Destination. Phuket was named among the Top 10 Best Island Destinations, while Bangkok was voted among the Top 10 Best Destinations for college students. In the Best Overseas Short Haul Travel Destination category, Phuket was voted the No. 1 destination while Bangkok was voted third.

to come back time after time to enjoy our unique Thai experiences and destinations. We look forward to seeing even more visitors from China in 2017.” Ctrip.com, China’s largest and most influential online travel agent, has held its annual Best Tourist Destination of the Year Awards online voting campaign since 2009, encouraging Chinese travellers to vote for their favorite destinations through its website and via social media and SMS. The winners of Ctrip Best Tourist Destination of the Year Awards 2016 were announced at the award ceremony in Shanghai on February 21, which was attended by more than 500 leading Chinese celebrities and influential people in the tourism industry. C h u w i t S i r i va j j a k u l , director TAT Shanghai Office, also attended the event to receive the awards for the five Thai destinations, which

Koh Samui was voted among the Top 10 Best Luxury Destinations, making it the first time a Thai destination has been voted into this category. Yuthasak said, “This shows that our strategy to promote luxury tourism is working with well-off Chinese travellers recognising that Thailand offers high-class experiences and unparalleled destinations. I hope these awards will cement Thailand’s reputation as a quality holiday destination and that we can offer even more amazing levels of luxury to affluent guests.” TAT has five offices in the People’s Republic of China in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, and Guangzhou, which are tasked to promote and market Thailand to Chinese tourists and travellers. The target for 2017 is to attract at least 9 million visitors from China and generate some 570 billion baht for the Thai economy.

Novotel Samui’s new executive sous chef Novotel Samui Resort Chaweng Beach Kandaburi kicked off 2017 with the appointment of Chanwit Kongkeawkren as its new executive sous chef. “We adapt as per the guests’ requests. If they’d like to eat something from Italy, France or up to a certain extent something from Japan or Korea that is not on the menu, we can find that for them,” promises chef Daeng. Ask him for wagyu beef, tuna from Japan, or mozzarella di bufala 24 hours in advance, and he’ll make the magic happen thanks to the hotel’s suppliers of premium products.While some ingredients used at Novotel Samui’s restaurants are imported, fish and seafood are sourced fresh from Ranong’s fish market. Hailing from Phatthalung province in Thailand, Kongkeawkren decided to become a chef at the age of 17, when he said to himself, “I like to eat and to try different

things – I want to learn how these things are prepared.”A big fan of watching cooking shows and competitions on TV as well as dining out with his family, his favorite dish is the Thai yellow curry with snapper. Chef Daeng acquired extensive experience working as senior sous chef and chef de partie in Krabi, Hat Yai and Koh Samui, where he developed his expertise in both Thai and international food, as well as his passion for Italian cuisine, which he also shares at the hotel’s restaurants.


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News Chevrolet recognizes Grandmasters

Chevrolet Sales Thailand recently honored dealers for their commitment, dedication and contributions to the automaker’s performance in 2016 at the 14th Dealers Recognition Awards Ceremony, with nearly 100 dealership operators in attendance. The annual ceremony brings together dealers from across the country for a series of business meetings and charitable activities. Award-winning dealers are judged on sales, compliance with franchise standards, level of customer care and customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction standards are very stringent due to Chevrolet’s customer-centric focus. Chevrolet’s franchise team serves as the judging panel, and results are audited and evaluated every quarter. During the ceremony, GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand Managing Director Wail A. Farghaly said: “Last year was a positive year for Chevrolet Sales Thailand, spearheaded

by the launch of the Colorado and Trailblazer – which captured the hearts and minds of consumers as well as media nationwide. In 2017, Chevrolet is celebrating 100 years of building trucks while maintaining its focus on continued growth.” He added, “Chevrolet has adopted a very strong customer-oriented approach to our business. This requires the solid support of our dealers. We appreciate our award-winning dealers and our dealers across Thailand for making it happen.” Eleven dealers received Grandmasters awards: 1. Triple M Auto Sales Co.,Ltd (Rachada Thaphra) 2. Phra Nakorn Automobile Co., Ltd.(Rangsit) 3. Yontrakarn Premium Car Co.,Ltd (Chaengwattana) 4. Khonkaen Pijitphet Motorcar Co.,Ltd (Khonkaen) 5. Chaichana Motor (Chiangrai) Co.,Ltd

6. A.S. Auto Place Co.,Ltd (Surin) 7. Udon Pijitphet Motor Car Co.,Ltd (Udonthani) 8. Pijitphet Motor Car Co.,Ltd (Sakonnakhon A.Muang) 9. Rattanahiran Autosales Co.,Ltd (Chokchai) 10. Pijitphet Motor Car Co.,Ltd (Sakonnakhon A.Sawang Daen Din) 11. Pijitphet Motor Car Co.,Ltd (Mukdahan) The 11 winners will be invited to attend a global dealer conference in New York City from May 7 to 10, 2017. The conference will see 133 Grandmasters from around the globe get together for a three-day session. “It is not enough to have a good business practice. We have to be great by going the extra mile to deliver a superior customer experience,” said Teerayoot Rungkhakulnuwat from A.S. Auto Place Co.,Ltd (Surin). “My team has been working hard on customer service. This award symbolizes our outstanding performance in both customer satisfaction and consistent sales growth. We will continue to build customer satisfaction and loyalty, and hope to receive this award again.” The Grandmasters Thailand’s Top-Performing Dealers are awarded to dealers for their commitment to excellence by putting customers at the center of everything they do. Plans for 2017 are to further enhance customer service quality and provide customers with positive ownership experience with dedicated campaigns across various communications platforms and customer touch-points.

Thai-based Valérie Goutard’s monumental sculpture The official unveiling of Ville fantastique II, a stunning sculpture created and donated by the late Thai-based world renowned sculptor Valérie “Val” Goutard, takes place at Benjasiri Park, on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. The unveiling ceremony is presided over by the deputy governor of Bangkok, Wanwilai Promlakano, and the French ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Gilles Garachon, who announced the donation of this sculpture on behalf of Val. After words of appreciation by the deputy governor, she is presented Ville Fantastique II’s certificate of authenticity by Frédéric Morel, Valerie’s husband and the director of Figures & Sala Ltd.

Ville fantastique II is a wondrous sculpture, and a true example of the artristry that Valérie Goutard created. As Val saw it, Thailand, and in particular the city of Bangkok, was her home, and the place where she found fulfillment, happiness, inspiration and love, and where her work as an artist found success. She decided to offer in return this sculpture to the people of Bangkok in order to thank them for their warm welcome and great support. Prior to her passing in October last year, Val was determined to install this piece of sculpture in a prime and public space where everyone could have access to it without having to enter a museum.

Val had especially chosen this piece of artwork as she saw Bangkok as a city that looks like what the piece physically captures, and that what she had created is precisely this expression of the city’s fantastic lifeaffirming urbanity. Val felt real joy knowing that this sculpture, her gift to Thailand, could bring happiness to the people of Bangkok in their daily lives. The plaque on the base of Ville fantastique II was engraved with the following message of Val: “Surreal vision of the city, crossed destinies, doors and windows opened to the horizon to foster dreams and free thinking”.

CNN names Isan as one of top 17 places to visit in 2017

Thailand’s northeastern region of Isan was recently named as one of the top 17 places to visit in the world during 2017. The huge and culturally diverse region of Thailand featured on a list of world destinations put together by CNN’s travel experts. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Isan has a long history with some of Southeast Asia’s oldest settlements found here. In modern times, the region is famous for its fiery salads, country music, stunning scenery and elaborate temples. There is so much to be enjoyed here and most of it unseen by tourists, so we encourage people to explore and discover their own amazing Isan stories.” The CNN list was put together

by CNN’s travel experts and international reporters who named their favourite destinations around the world for a travel feature on the news organisation’s influential website. Other destinations on the CNN list included Penang in Malaysia, Columbia, Bordeaux in France, Bhutan, Albania, and Senegal. Isan was cited as “a piece of Thailand that’s still largely unexplored by the international market”. CNN also noted Isan’s “excellent infrastructure” including domestic airports and hotels. CNN also wrote about Isan’s most famous food exports, sticky rice and papaya salad, as dishes that are among Thailand’s best – provided diners can handle the spice.

Bangkok named Best City 2017 by DestinAsian’s Readers

Bangkok was named the “Best City” in Asia by readers of DestinAsian, a travel and lifestyle magazine in AsiaPacific region with a print run of 33,414 copies and a readership of 100, 242 per edition. This is the 12th annual DestinAsian Reader’s Choice Awards and Bangkok took the top spot in the city category with Singapore and Hong Kong taking the second and third place on the list. Another popular Thai city, Chiang Mai, was also popular with DestinAsian readers, taking ninth place in the poll. This poll shows how Bangkok is fast becoming a popular shorthaul trip for travellers and tourists across

the region. The city offers a range of shopping and entertainment as well as historic sites and temples and attractions that can be easily enjoyed by visitors coming for a few days visit. The annual DestinAsian’s Readers’ Choice Awards looks at the top destinations, spas, cities and islands in the Asia-Pacific region and asks readers to vote for their favourites. DestinAsian magazine was established in 2001 and has become a leading travel magazine for the Asia-Pacific region. DestinAsian is distributed in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Academic Day

To showcase the improvement and innovation of its educational system, the Thai Itoh Technology Vocational College created a student exhibit on Academic Day.


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News Bata Heritage Collection PM appoints Pattaya Mayor Siam Discover y Bata will be present its Heritage Collection with two fresh designs for the first time in Thailand. Join Bangkok’s fashionista scene for the muchawaited unveiling of the limited collector’s edition of Bata’s most iconic shoe models at the press conference to be held at Siam Discovery on March 2 from 2 pm to 4 pm and a public event from 6 pm to 8 pm at the same location. Ploy Horwang will officially present the Bata Heritage Collection in Thailand. During this event, the Bata Tennis X Astro Boy and the Bata Bullets X

Police general Anan Charoenchasri (center) was named Pattaya City mayor by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. Anan will be incharge of the 1.7 billion baht city budget for 2017. The new Pattaya mayor is previously assigned by the Interior Ministry as the resort’s interim deputy mayor

Julien David will be available exclusively at Siam Discovery, making Thailand one of the few countries around the world where these shoes can

be purchased. Ploy Horwang will highlight her favorite styles and why this collection epitomizes one of this year’s fashion must-haves.

Nine restaurants in Bangkok named among 50 best in Asia Thailand has secured a record nine entries in the influential Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017. Gaggan restaurant, famed for its progressive Indian cuisine, took the first spot on the list for the third consecutive year, winning the dual titles of the Best Restaurant in Asia and the Best Restaurant in Thailand. The record number of entries on the 2017 list means that Thailand now ties with China, Japan and Singapore who each have nine restaurants in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. The 2017 awards ceremony took place at W Hotel Bangkok on February 21 with an audience comprising some of Asia’s most influential chefs, food writers, industry VIPs and members of the media. Yu t h a s a k S u p a s o r n , governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards represent some of the finest dining experiences in the world. The high placing of Thailand’s restaurants shows that the Kingdom deserves its reputation as a culinary destination for food lovers. Visitors know that as well as amazing local Thai food, they can also enjoy international dishes created by world-class, award-winning chefs who are attracted by Thailand’s

food-culture and come here to practice their art in their elegant restaurants.” As well as Gaggan, four other restaurants in Bangkok which have appeared in top 50 list before also won accolades. These include Thai restaurants Nahm, (which took 5th position on the list) and Issaya Siamese Club (which came 21st). Fine dining restaurant Eat Me came 31st, and making a welcome return to the 2017 list was Thai eatery Bo.Lan which took 19th place. There were also 10 new entries on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list and four of these were from Bangkok. The German dishes of Sühring earned it 13th place on the list, The Dining Room at The House of Sathorn’s eclectic cuisine earned it 36th place on this list, the Asian flavours of Le Du ensured it debuted at 37th place; and  L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon  with its classic French fare took 40th place.

Now in its 5th year, the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is decided by the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which is made of up 300 leaders in Asia’s restaurant industry. Each region’s panel includes food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs who list their choices in order of preference based on their restaurant experiences over the past 18 months. Voting rules are strict and professional services consultancy Deloitte works with adjudicators to ensure the integrity and authenticity of the process. Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is owned and published by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched back in 2002, and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, launched in September 2013. For more information visit www.theworlds50best. com/asia/en/

Tata Daewoo Mixer chosen by C.C. Concrete Chotipong Kunanunsak, managing director of C.C. Concrete Co., Ltd., commented that “Tata Daewoo Mixer is our choice as it performs as a very strong workhorse and is fully equipped to offer concrete producers an intuitive mixing drum technology that is easy to use and clean. The mixer drum is durable and lightweight, helping deliver more payloads when compared to other brands.” Established in 1996, C.C. Concrete Co., Ltd. is Thailand’s leading concrete producer with a diverse line of products that includes ready-mix concrete, concrete pipes, ready-made concrete support beams, and others. Sanjay Mishra, chief executive officer of Tata

Motors (Thailand) Limited, commented on the recent Tata Daewoo Mixers fleet delivery that “C.C. Concrete Ltd. has been in operation for more than 20 years using other mixer truck brands. However, it is our great pride that they have now converted and praised the use of Tata Daewoo concrete mixer trucks. Dedicated to expanding products to include heavy duty and cement

mixing trucks in Thailand, we have received good response and demand from the market. Tata has proved to be capable of delivering products with best price, quality, and superior performance – leading to better efficiency and profits for operators and businesses. This success marks a solid foundation for commitment and leadership in both Thailand and global commercial truck market.”

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts takes its culinary expertise to new heights Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has rolled out its new vanilla-inspired savoury menu at all its properties, following the concept’s overwhelming success in Europe. Discerning diners can sample the innovative ‘Vanille Salée’ promotion until March 21. Comprising six one-of-akind vanilla-enhanced dishes, the concept is now being made available at properties across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Traditionally used for desserts, vanilla produces exciting results when added to hearty savoury dishes: its mild flavour harmonises to

surprising perfection with white meats and fish. Subtly reinforcing roasting aromas and herbal scents, vanilla also transforms tomatoes, beetroot and even onions with an unexpected touch of the exotic. This exceptional taste experience has been encapsulated in six savoury vanilla creations, championing the queen of spices at Mövenpick hotels worldwide. The tempting entrées include “White onion velouté” (soup), “Sashimi of tuna and salmon” and “Goat cheese and figs salad”, while the main course menu features “Pike perch filet and endive”, “Veal tenderloin and Garden Vegetables” and “Guinea fowl breast Melba”. “These culinary creations have been concocted by our talented Director of Food & Beverage Europe, Thomas Hollenstein, who has set out to surprise our guests with this interesting mix of flavours,” said Olivier Chavy, president

and CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “‘Vanille Salée’ is a real palate pleaser and we hope food enthusiasts who dine at our properties around Asia, Africa and Middle East will enjoy this new gastronomic experience.” Bourbon vanilla Fine Bourbon vanilla is used in all the dishes. Veracruz, a region of the Gulf of Mexico, is regarded as the global home of vanilla-growing. As long ago as the 14th century, the Aztecs enjoyed the fragrance of fermented orchid pods, but it was not until the 19th century that cuttings of vanilla spice arrived in Europe, in the botanical gardens of Paris. From there, they were transported to Madagascar and Réunion, then known as Île Bourbon – hence the name Bourbon vanilla. The French titles of the six ‘Vanille Salée’ dishes pay tribute to vanilla’s origins.


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Our Community Donations for Braille to Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind Dusit Thani Pattaya HR director, Chalisa Vanichrattanakorn (3rd right), led the HR team when they brought donations of used calendars and other reading materials to be converted into Braille for the visuallyimpaired children at the Pattaya Redemptorist School for the Blind. The hotel staff and management carried out a campaign to collect the materials that also included recyclable metal bottle caps that can be used in making

tools to assist physically handicapped children in the charitable foundation. The

donation is one of the hotel’s endeavors that form part of its CSR program.

Hilton Pattaya Donates to Flood Victims in the South

Hilton Pattaya led by Montree Sattham, director of Human Resources, together with team members organized a donation for flood victims in south of Thailand. The hotel is concerned about the welfare of these villagers and invited team members to support and aid the flood victims by donating some necessities. More than 35 boxes of donated items included clothes, shoes, drinking water, rice, canned foods, medicines and other daily needs delivered to communities in Phatthalung Province.

Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 by Derek Franklin The Pattaya St. Patrick’s Day Parade, now in its seventh year, will be taking place as it does every year on the afternoon of the 17th of March; this year, 2017, it will be on a Friday afternoon. Due to the passing of His Majesty the late King, the Parade will this year be more subdued than previous years, and will pay respects to a much loved and much missed monarch. This year the organizers will welcome His Excellency Brendan Rogers, ambassador at the embassy of Ireland in Bangkok, who will join the parade for the first time. The new mayor of Pattaya, Police Major General Anan Charoenchasri, has also been invited, as have several former mayors accompany the ambassador on

the parade and also join together to pay respects to the late King. As usual the parade will star t at Alcazar Theatre on Second Road, then make its way down Soi 4, along Beach Road to the finish line at School No. 8, on South Pattaya Road. The parade each year raises much needed funds for the Father Ray Foundation, Pattaya’s largest charitable organization that currently cares for and educates 850 underprivileged children and students with disabilities, and many of them will be taking part in the Parade. Don’t forget, Friday the 17th of March, the entertainment will start at Alcazar Theatre at 3:00pm. Organizers are asking for people to arrive early to welcome the ambassador who will give a short speech before the start of the parade at 3:45pm.


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Our Community Rock the lunch #48 by Hard Rock Pattaya

Hard Rock Pattaya organized “Rock the Lunch #48” CSR activity at Huay Yai School. Hard Rock Pattaya’s Rock the Lunch, an initiative started in 2011, is one such endeavor to connect our staff with school children, and to also rekindle the childlike wonder in themselves. Our staff volunteer to visit schools which have a limited budget for meals. At the school, the staff would prepare and cook up a fun menu, serving the children’s favorite food. It’s a plate of happiness, served with love. And since it’s a project by Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya and Hard Rock Café Pattaya, a good meal always comes with good entertainment. At the end of the meal, our staff put on a fun and energetic concert, in conjunction with Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The kids had an amazing time, which they will remember for a long time to come. And as for the grown-ups, let’s just say no one ever forgets what it feels like to be a happy child. It is about Love All, Serve All at Rock The Lunch.

Blood drive at Centra Maris Jomtien

Na Jomtien Mayor Sompong Sainapa and Chaiphun Thongsuthum, general manager of Centra BY Centara Maris Resort Jomtien organized the second blood drive in co-operation with The Thai Red Cross Society. More than 60 units (22,750 cc.) were donated by the staff of Centara hotels and resorts in Pattaya and local volunteers. The next blood campaign will be May 2.


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7 Days 7 Themes Buffet by the Bay at Edge

Begin the 2017 with some of your favorite buffets - 7 different themes of lunch & dinner at Edge restaurant, Hilton Pattaya. The well-known buffet serves with a magnificent panoramic view of Pattaya bay. Lunch buffet • Monday Tex Mex and More at 580 baht nett per guest • Tuesday Mediterranean Flavours at 580 baht nett per guest • Wednesday Burgers and Sandwich, Salads at 580 baht nett per guest • Thursday Across Asia at 580 baht nett per guest • Friday Pattaya Seafood at 650 baht nett per guest

• Saturday Weekend BBQ at 650 baht nett per guest • Sunday Sunday Brunch at 1,500 baht nett per guest Dinner buffet • Sunday - Thursday International Dinner Buffet at 1,050 baht nett per guest • Friday Seafood Extravaganza at 1,300 baht nett per guest • Saturday Meat Lovers at 1,300 baht nett per guest Edge restaurant is located on level 14 of Hilton Pattaya, open from 12 noon to 2:30 pm for lunch buffet, 12 noon to 3 pm for Sunday Brunch and 6 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner buffet. For more information or reservation, call 038 253 000 or bkkhp_fb@hilton.com


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Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok wins Agoda.com welcomes Ning Panita and her family Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, managed by Centara Hotels and Resorts, has received the Gold Circle Award for 2016 from Agoda. com, Asia's leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group. Sirikhwan Sonthiphakdee (center), the area revenue manager, was representative of the hotel to receive the Gold Circle Award at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, Bangkok. The Gold Circle Award recognizes and symbolizes the industry-leading hotels that meet the best qualities of excellence in the online hospitality industry. This award is chosen based on several positive criteria from customer review score of Agoda.com including their utilization of Agoda.com’s custombuilt Yield Control System (YCS).

Centara Bartender Competition Andre Brulhart (2nd right), general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya welcomed Ning Panita Tumwattana (centre) and Jarin Tumwattana (right) on their vacation at the resort.

Confrérie du Sabre d’Or Champagne Dinner Carlos Sanchez Vizan (4th left), resident manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, recently hosted a luxurious dinner featuring a 5-course set menu prepared by Italian chef Stefano Zaninelli (6th left), paired with selected wines and champagne, to officially welcome Don Giovanni Restaurant as a Caveau of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or. The Confrérie du Sabre d’Or is devoted to preserving the art of sabrage – the skilled removal of a champagne bottle cork using cavalry sabres - alongside the enjoyment of champagne. The event was held at Don Giovanni Restaurant, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok.

Encounter Church celebrates 19 years

Encounter Church - Asia is one church presently meeting in five locations in Pattaya, Rayong and the surrounding area. They recently celebrated their 19th anniversary held at the Royal Twins Palace Hotel on Second Road with this year’s theme “The Kingdom of God” and well attended by hundreds of members of their church from all over Asia. Encounter Church service is held every Sunday, 10 am at the 15th floor of Royal Twins Palace Hotel. For more information, visit www. encounterchurchasia.com.

Winfried Hancke (4th left), group director of operations food & beverage at Centara Hotels and Resorts, recently organized the Centara Bartender Competition 2017 together with Pornseak Pharksuwan (2nd left), sales director – reserve/prestige channel of Diageo Moët Hennessy (Thailand) Ltd. at Krungthep Suite, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok. Chennarong Bhumichitr (1st left), senior brand ambassador of Diageo Moët Hennessy (Thailand) Ltd., and David Nowak (7th left), executive assistant manager in charge food and beverage at Centara Grand and Bangkok convention Centre at CentralWorld, are also co-referees of the event and jointly congratulated Varaporn Kamta from Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin (5th left), the winner of Centara Bartender Competition 2017; Natramin Chokchaitanarin (6th left), first runner-up from Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya and Veerapong Jairak (3rd left), second runner-up from Centara Karon Resort Phuket.


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Bangkok Hospital Pattaya hosts media party

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya once again hosted a thank-you party for members of the media from Pattaya, Sri Racha and Chonburi to express gratitude for their continuous support to the hospital. The annual party held at Je Juk 3 Restaurant was headed by Dr. Kongkiat Kespechara, CEO of Bangkok Hospital Group – Group 3, Dr. Seeharach Lohachitranont, hospital director, Piyaporn Thipayarat, assistant hospital director, and Juthaporn Huyakorn, director of Business Development and International Affairs. The hospital provided lucky draw prizes which included gift vouchers, pillows, watches and gold jewelry.


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Vol. 05 No. 05 | March 1-15, 2017

Level 34, Hilton Pattaya

Mirage Market

Centara Grand Mirage hold a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity called Mirage Market held at the car park of the hotel. The market was organized and arranged by Centara Grand Mirage hotel and the Social Welfare Division Nongprue Subdistrict Administration Organization. The purpose of this activity is to help and support the elderly from Banglamung Elderly Home for their business. There are various products sold and more than 20 shops such as preserved food, virgin coconut oil cold pressed, hand-made handbags, herb products for skin, spa products, jewelry and etc.

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Party of Love

The Pattaya Professional F&B Club celebrated its third anniversary at Sandalay Resort. The Party of Love was graced by Rattanachai Suttidechanai, Pattaya Tourism Business Association consultant.


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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

MAHARANI RESTAURANT

The Queen of Tastes

It was back in 1973 when the Royal Cliff Resort (then called the Royal Cliff Beach Terrace) opened its doors and became the first luxury five-star hotel in the area. Now, of course, it is the most iconic of Pattaya’s hotels with an internationally acclaimed reputation. Set in a 64-acre tropical paradise overlooking the Gulf of Siam it consists of four 5-star hotels linked by walkways, boasting over 1,000 rooms and suites, 11 restaurants and bars, six swimming pools, two health spas, a world-class convention centre, three ballrooms and countless meeting rooms, not to mention a magnificent catamaran for private charter. The resort’s award-winning restaurants offer gourmet cuisine from around the world: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Thai and new world European. Mick and I were invited to dine at the Maharani, their signature Indian restaurant. Saffron coloured walls and intricate scalloped door canopies and light sconces complement the traditional furnishings all set off to perfection under an imposing crystal chandelier. Al fresco dining (for about 20 people) is offered on the terrace with a dazzling backdrop of the gardens and palm fringed beach. The menu at Maharani is exclusively Indian with prominence given to the cuisine of northern India. Chef Hosan Raj Giri hails

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from Nepal and his epicurean lineage smiles through the succession of dishes that make up this most impressive menu. For starters we chose butter fried prawns and vegetable pakoras. Chicken tikka almost won the vote as did the king fish marinated in spices and cooked in the tawa (a griddle) but when our prawns arrived we were delighted. The most succulent fleshy prawns lightly coated with a gram flour batter and spices had been fried to exactness. They almost melted in the mouth

but held their “bite” imparting the most subtle seasoning. Indian vegetarian cuisine must be the best in the world and here at Maharani the most discerning veggie would be spoilt for choice with the diversity of dishes, also reassuringly, no MSG in used in this kitchen. Tandoori fare is of course exceedingly popular and a global phenomenon. Originating from the traditional mud stoves and clay ovens of rural villages it has been a culinary favourite since the 1960’s. The food is first prepared in a special marinade and then spiked on long metal skewers and inserted in the oven for roasting. Here at the Maharani the royal tandoori platter costs B.550 (small) or B.1000 for the large portion, while for fish lovers the seafood medley is B.780 for two people. All items can be ordered separately from the chicken and fish tikkas to lamb sheikh kebabs, giant prawns coated with spices, paneer cheese plus plenty of fresh vegetables. For a dip into the days of the Raj, why not order the iconic mulligataani soup with its heady mix of spiced mutton and stock and follow with their flagship Maharani lamb chops? We were told the Kashmiri rogan josh (B.350) is a best seller here as are the chicken dishes, tikka and the extremely popular butter chicken

shrouded in its tomato cream gravy. Lamb and mutton are house signature dishes, the Kashmiri roganjosh heading the list with Mysore lamb gently simmered in spices and delicately flavoured with fresh curry leaves and fennel (B.350). Lamb Vindaloo and Hyderabadi lamb biryiani follow closely on their heels in the popularity stakes. Our choice, after a lot of deliberation, was for the Malabar fish curry, a traditional southern Indian fish curry with exotic spices, fresh coconut milk and tamarind. To accompany this we ordered a dhal fry together with a vegetable biryani (B.220). There are 14 bread varieties and any one makes a great accompaniment with our favourite being the deep fried puri. After all this enjoyable eating, a dessert was beyond us, but for a sweet ending the gulab Jamun (cheese-based warm sticky sweet), coconut custard or rasagula (cottage cheese cooked in sugar syrup served with saffron) would harmoniously conclude your subcontinent meal. The Maharani restaurant serves very affordable authentic cuisine rooted in geography and history. The service is exemplary and the setting spectacular. What could be nicer than a tandoori lunch on a charming terrace amid a tropical garden overlooking the azure ocean of the Gulf of Siam? Not much, we think! Maharani is open from 11.00 – 14.30 hrs and from 18.00 to 22.30 hrs and located on the ground floor of The Royal Cliff Resort, Pratanmak Hill, Pattaya. Closed Mondays. Tel: (038) 250 421 or visit www. royalcliff.com. Credit cards accepted.


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Primo - Corrado’s Kitchen

Eat on the Abruzzo shores… Have you ever been to Abruzzo, Italy? It’s located east of Rome on the Adriatic Coast and is known as Italy’s Queen of cuisine. It boasts a rich repertoire of robust mountain dishes and an abundance of delicious seafood. Why am I asking? Because if you have had the pleasure you will definitely want to evoke those culinary memories, and if you haven’t there’s a treat in store. Chef Corrado has created an Italian gastro-bistro where the specialities of his home region are served with an abundance of love and charming enthusiasm. Open since late November last year the buzz is already on the grapevine and Chef Corrado’s new bambino is the talk of the town, the pizzas have been perfected, the wines settled and weekly promotions in place, so its time to visit Primo – Corrado’s Kitchen. Mick and I visited recently to see (and taste) for ourselves the delights of this regional cooking from Abruzzo. Tradition states that Abruzzo’s shepherds were the inventors of the classic bruschetta and here they are represented in a myriad of ways. Their signature starter includes a quartet presented with

a variety of toppings (B.180) the best, vibrant salads looked extra tempting especially the creamy centered Burrata mozzarella decorated with a market garden of peppery baby rocket. I chose to start the proceedings with an Abruzzo speciality, cozze e vongole (mussels and baby clams) (B.230) which had been bathed in the region’s famous Trebbiano white wine and accompanied by toasted bread to dunk and dip into the briny essence of the sea and the winey reduction. Mick opted for a dish of carpaccio di manzo, thinly sliced Australian beef had been well dressed with an intense balsamic vinegar and served with rocket and Grana Padano cheese for an interesting layering of flavours (B.320). Italian centric wines are served here from not only the best wine estates in the country, they have also been chosen for their inherited attributes through the wine growing families across the years. The first pour of the evening was a delightful, soft, refreshing, fresh white from Abruzzo called Trebbiano and our second, a Talamonti, a very rich, lively red from the same region.

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Both are excellent and priced at B.180 per glass. Pasta is the integral part of any Italian's eating plan and here the menu fairly sparkles with pasta variations. From penna alla pastora (shepherd’s style), through the classic spaghetti frutti di mare or Amatricina through lenguine alla telline (clams) to a speciality ravioli which caught my eye immediately. This dish brings together the wonderful flavours of braised beef and wild mushrooms, but not only that: this beef had been braised in the famous Montepulciano red wine from Marche and Molise regions. This very nearly won my vote but in the end I was lured by the delicious black ink flat spaghetti served with plump, sweet prawns, squid, basil leaves and pops of cherry tomatoes. Mick chose a tasty classic main dish, squid with potatoes (B.240). Soft succulent potatoes steeped with tomatoes and the freshest squid results in a homely comforting plate of food fit for any nona’s table. The menu abounds with speciality homeland dishes from pan fried sea grouper with porcini mushrooms to 3-hour slow-cooked lamb with

Mediterranean herbs and rosemary potatoes, beef sirloin cutlets and pork steaks and so much more. We now come to Primo’s pizzas. Crusts are thin and crispy and the toppings of supreme quality. For the epicurious there are the white pizzas which appear on the plate still bubbling with cheese but without their best pal, the tomato. Try one; they’re smothered in ricotta and mozzarella cheese and whichever topping takes your fancy. There’s a culinary surprise most nights of the week down at Primo. Mondays it’s a pizza and pasta buffet for B.340 (17.00 – 20.00), Tuesday buy one dessert and another free. Thursday buy just one pizza and get a steaming plate of spaghetti in oil (from 16.00 to 19.00). Friday night is Ladies night and all the fairer sex get 20 percent discount on pasta and pizza (one or two ladies) or 30 percent for three ladies or more plus buy 1 drink and get 1 free. Saturday and Sunday there’s a 10 percent discount between 13.00 and 17.00 and Sunday it’s family day with a 10 percent discount on three people or more. Refuse a dessert in an Italian

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Located in Phettrakul Road, behind Big C on Second Road, Pattaya and opposite the soon to be open Gran Palazzo Hotel. Tel: 033 641 015. Open daily except Wednesdays from 1.00 pm to 9.00 pm Sunday – Thursday and 1.00 00 to 11.00 pm on Friday and Saturdays. Visit their facebook page at Primo by Chef Corrado’s Kitchen. Co-ordinates: 12°56’40.0”N 100°53’29.4E

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restaurant and they think you’re crazy, and you would be to miss one of Corrado’s sumptuous home made dolces. Fruit tarts (blueberry, apricot or apple) are prepared daily and exceedingly luscious, they are, especially if you have a scoop of ice cream to melt over the fruity mirrored surface. Mick and I tucked into an oozingly delectable Tirimisu bursting with cocao and sweetness. It was indeed a sweetly intense experience to bring down the curtain on our dining. If we weren’t quite able to make it to the shores of Abruzzo it was surely the next best option to visit Chef Corrado’s Primo restaurant and taste the specialities of the region in his kitchen.

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F&B Promotions After work addiction – off work o’clock

The Bay Grill & Buffet at The Bay International Skewers Restaurant, Dusit Thani Pattaya

Craving a mighty meat feast for two? Share a Teppanyaki Tomahawk steak special at Benihana Pattaya

at Car Bar Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya Enjoy after working hours at the most unique bar in Pattaya city with our brand new promotion “After Work Addiction”, featuring 12 kinds of canapé starting from - Mini BLT, Mushroom bruschetta, Blue cheese, Antipasto skewers, Pork terrine, Grilled asparagus, Salmon gravlax, Rocket salad with balsamic dressing, Camembert cheese, Tortillas crab bites, Quiche and 6 sticks of grissini. Only at 490 baht net per person for 4 choices of canapé and complimentary one bottle of red/white wine or bubble. The promotion valid everyday from 5 pm to 9 pm with live entertainment at Car Bar on the Lobby floor of Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. For more information or reservation contact 06 3903 9754 or fbm@ siamatpattaya.com

Dine with a sea view and enjoy seafood and meat barbecue accompanied by Thai and international items from soup, appetizer and main course to dessert for only 900 baht ++ per person. Free flowing beverage for 599 baht ++ per person. Every Friday & Saturday Open from 6:30 pm to10:00 pm. For reservations:Tel: 038 425 611 to 7 Ext. 2149, 2150

It's hot! It's delicious! Its Dim sum!

Get your chops ready for a great big juicy treat, as the mightiest steak meets flavourful ‘eatertainment’! Invite a fellow meat fiend to share a feast that outweighs everything else in taste and size. Start with Japanese onion soup and Benihana salad. Watch fiery acrobatics as your teppanyaki chef sizzles a supersize 1 kg Australian Wagyu Tomahawk Steak that is loaded with flavour, served with sides of fried tempura onions, grilled mushrooms, spicy coriander lemon dip and garlic herb butter. Starting from 3,900 baht for 2 persons per set. Available from March 1 to April 30, 2017. Slice, Dice, Sizzle and Sear at a Benihana near you! For further information, call 038 412 120 or e-mail pattaya@avanihotels. com

at Ming Xing Restaurant, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya

An Introduction to Spanish Paella at UNO MAS, Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Experience a large selections full of delicious tastes such as Shanghai xiaolong pao, pork and shrimp dumplings, shrimp dumplings, rice noodles stuffed with spinach and fish maw dumplings and so much more. Now ready to serve you at 11 am to 2 pm only 650 baht nett. Moreover, the supreme tastes of Chinese dishes is waiting for you as well with a special price. Open daily at 11 am to 2 pm and evening time starts at 6 pm to 10 pm. For reservation call 038 933 888 or visit our website www. capedarapattaya.com

Enjoy the best paella in Bangkok this spring. UNO MAS has created the ‘Mar i muntanya’ paella, made with Maine lobster, wild mushrooms, black truffles and the creamiest of rice-perfect for sharing. Feel an authentic Spanish ambiance even with the distinctive city views of the capital below, and enjoy watching our chefs in action at the show kitchen. Chef Joan Tanya Dot, Spain native, also offers a wide selection of traditional Spanish tapas and desserts. This Spanish tradition is now on offer every Monday night for just 1,800 baht ++ at UNO MAS on the 54th floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld, from 4 pm to 1 am. For more information or to make reservations, call 02 100 6255 or e-mail: diningcgcw@chr.co.th; or make reservations online at www. unomasbangkok.com

Flow Café, Holiday Inn Pattaya invites you to sit back and relax with a pot of coffee or tea serve with variety of bakery items to share including finger sandwiches, smoked salmon quiche, mini beef pie, fresh fruit tart, scone with jam, macaroon and homemade chocolates. Available daily from 2 pm to 4 pm. Price 690 baht net for two people. Additional glass of sparkling wine is available for purchase at 150 baht net per glass. For more information please call 038 725 555.

at The Double C, Radisson Blu Hua Hin

High Tea Set

Don’t miss out on homemade fresh baked Toddy Palm Pie throughout this March 2017. Enjoy buttery pie with crispy outside and filling soft juicy toddy palm seeds inside make it’s such a wonderful refreshing taste. Toddy palm pie is a part of The Double C promotion on March 2017, priced is just only 200 baht net per set (toddy palm pie & a choice of your favourite coffee). Available daily at all outlets from March 6 to April 2, 2017.

at Zing Bakery, Centara Grand at CentralWorld

For more information or to make a reservation, call 032 421 777 or facebook.com/radissonbluhuahin

Creatively Colourful Thai Rice Noodles

at Hanuman Bar, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

at Hotel Baraquda Pattaya MGallery By Sofitel

For more information or to make a reservation, call 02 162 9000 or email hanumanbar.siambangkok@kempinski.com

at Flow Cafe, Holiday Inn Pattaya

Toddy Palm Pie

A magnificent afternoon delight for Chocolate lovers Hanuman Bar at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok presents a delightful new afternoon tea dedicated to chocolate lovers. This magnificent new ‘Chocolate Confession’ Afternoon Tea is available at Hanuman Bar every afternoon throughout March 2017. It is a fantastic opportunity for guests and visitors to indulge in their favourite afternoon delights. The selections include chocolatechip orange scone, tasty macadamia-studded chocolate fudge pound cake, Malt whisky & Guanaja chocolate petite pot, and mouthwatering Valrhona chocolate pralines from France. These delicious chocolate delights are complemented by an equally amazing selection of savory items such as corned beef hash quiche, truffle-scented mushroom quiche, pulled lamb steamed rye roll and much more. A selection of tea blends and coffees is also available as part of this impressive Hanuman Bar variation of traditional English afternoon tea. ‘Chocolate Confession’ Afternoon Tea set is served daily at Hanuman Bar from 2 pm to 5 pm on March 1 to 31 and is priced at 800 baht++ per set.

Sit back and relax with High Tea

Hotel Baraquda Pattaya MGallery by Sofitel’s Executive Chef has gone all colourful for the New Year and come up with his own special recipe dishes featuring delicious colourful Thai rice noodles with 2 kinds of rich, creamy curry served with an assortment of fresh seasonal vegetables. So why not put a dash of colour back into your life and try a plate? Priced at 150 baht net per portion. Available in all outlets from January to March 2017.

If you’re looking for fresh breathing place, baked breads, pastries and fragrant afternoon tea set, we offered you at Zing Bakery at Centara Grand at CentralWorld Our talented Pastry Chef and his team have created a multi-colored array of classic sweet and savory pastries, such as Paris Brest, Éclair Chocolate, Mille Feuille Vanilla, Pâte à Choux, plus Assorted Macaroons. And even more with Foie Gras Terrine, Tuna Tartar and Smoked Salmon with sour cream and chives. All of this can be enjoyed with a selection of fine teas, such as the distinctive “Ice Eternal Summer Tea” and “Hot Smoky Earl Grey Tea” teas. ‘Parisian tea-time’ costs only 699 baht++ for Couple, and is available every day from 3 pm to 5 pm.The set is containing two different TWG tea flavors and delicious confections. Don’t miss the chance to the advantage of the Happy Hours everyday from 6 pm pm to 9 pm and get 50% discount. For more information or reservations, please contact 02-100-6255 or email: diningcgcw@chr.co.th.

Digging the ribs at The Exchange Restaurant, Radisson Blu Hua Hin

Make a fantastic dinner night with fresh seafood and international buffet. The highlight is imported grilled lamb especially prepared by our chef. Favour your meal with the price 485 baht nett per person excluded beverage. Available every Friday and Saturday, 6 pm to 9:30 pm.

Dig into the awesome slab of prime rib that is bound to satisfy the meat-lover at The Exchange Restaurant during March 6 to April 2, 2017. Savour the taste of meaty ribs by our chef’s secret recipe including Kansas City Sweet & Sticky Ribs-Meaty, tender ribs basted with homemade honey barbeque sauce, J. D. Ribs-Great, meaty ribs combined with Tennessee whiskey barbeque sauce, Memphis Smoked RibsTender, slow smoked ribs, covered with Memphis barbeque sauce Rib in a half slab is priced at only 320 baht net or full slab just only 480 baht net All served with Texas Barbeque Baked Beans and mashed potatoes. Digging the Ribs promotion is available daily at The Exchange Restaurant for lunch 12 to 3 pm and dinner 6 to10 pm

For more information and reservation, contact 038 103 333 or e-mail: cmj@ chr.co.th

For more information or to make a reservation, call 032 421 777 or facebook.com/radissonbluhuahin

For further information contact 038 769 999 or info@hotelbaraquda.com

Barbecue Cookout at Coco & Rum, Centra BY Centara Maris Resort Jomtien

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


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upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya Logan

Kong: Skull Island

New Nikon Cameras Nikon announced three new cameras: D5600, COOLPIX A300 and COOLPIX W100. The new Nikon D5600 is compact, lightweight and connected for those who want to step up their photography and unleash their inner artist. Pairing a highresolution 24.2MP CMOS sensor and Vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, the D5600 is sure to impress. The COOLPIX A300 is small and light enough to slip in a pocket or bag, so you’re always ready to shoot close-ups of friends and family with its 8x optical/16x Dynamic Fine Zoom. You’ll take share-worthy high-resolution photos that you can share with family and friends using Nikon SnapBridge. The COOLPIX W100 is the compact camera that makes photography simple for everyone. Waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof, take it to the beach, pool, lake or out in wintery fun on ski slopes. With built-in SnapBridge capability you can share the great memories from your outdoor fun easily.

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March 2, 2017 Doris Morgado, Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook James Mangold James Mangold, Scott Frank Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Release Date March 9, 2017 Lead Actors Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L.Jackson Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Writers Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, Derek Connolly Genre Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second installment in Legendary's Godzilla–Kong film series.

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Beauty and the Beast (2017): Original Motion Picture Beauty and the Beast (2017): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists Soundtrack is the upcoming soundtrack album to the

2017 film Beauty and the Beast, a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's fairy tale. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. In the film, Belle is taken prisoner by a fearsome Beast in his enchanted castle and learns to look beyond his appearance while evading a narcissistic hunter who seeks to take Belle for himself. Condon originally planned on not only drawing inspiration from the original film, but he also planned to include most, if not all, of the Menken/Ashman songs from the Broadway musical, with the intention of making the film as a "straightforward, live-action, large-budget movie musical". Menken will return to score the film's music, which will feature songs from the original film by him and Howard Ashman, plus new material written by Menken and Tim Rice. Menken said the film will not include songs that were written for the Broadway musical and instead, created three new songs. On January 19, 2017, it was confirmed by both Disney and Celine Dion, singer of the original title track, that she will perform one of the new original songs, "How Does a Moment Last Forever", to play over the end titles. The film will also feature a new version of "Beauty and the Beast" by Ariana Grande and John Legend.

The world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 with InfinityEdge display for virtually borderless viewing and gorgeous detail with optional UltraSharp QHD+. The XPS 13 is one of the most popular Windows laptops around. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop isn't a full-on replacement — but it does gain some new tricks. As the name suggests, the InfinityEdge display now sits on a hinge that lets it work in four different modes. It's powered by Intel's latest Core M processors, and has two USB Type C ports, a machined aluminum shell, carbon fiber palm rest, support for the Dell Active Pen, and your choice of a Full HD or Quad HD+ display. In other words, what it loses in performance, it more than makes up for in versatility.

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fairness-fitness-finery Facial design to regain a youthful appearance

Vol. 05 No. 05 | March 1-15, 2017

by Thonglor Clinic

With the modern advances of cosmetic medicine, it is now easier to regain our youth or at least slow down the aging process. A healthier lifestyle definitely helps but other tools are available. We are constantly exposed to stresses and toxic chemicals via either our environment or from the food and beverages we consume. Sometimes even water appears innocuous but can contain harmful chemicals as is often reported on the news. Our foods are now heavily processed and contain all sorts of additives, preservatives and colorants. Over time all these accumulate in our body and end up causing different disease processes. Chelation therapy, an intravenous injection of Calcium EDTA combined with vitamin supplements in a saline solution, will help in removing heavy metal toxins and different harmful chemicals. Fish is a good source of protein but quite often can contain mercury or other heavy metals. Polluted air also contains a lot of toxins. Analyzing our diet carefully helps to identify deficiencies. Vitamin supplements can then help rebalance our bodies. Discussing your lifestyle, a physician can identify the pitfalls and suggest how to correct these. A healthy person will always

radiate more than someone that just survives on a poor diet and excessive lifestyle. Once you are on the right path then it becomes easier to return your youthful appearance. Many tools are at the disposition of your doctor. Laser treatments can help to rejuvenate the superficial layers of the skin. Skin imperfections can be removed using lasers. Most people are familiar with Botox to remove or attenuate wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid injections can help to replump areas where collagen has long gone. Skin

sagginess can be reduced with these injections. Skilled doctors are now more and more using a very popular form of treatment: thread lifting. Different types of threads are available on the market and these are inserted in grid fashion to promote collagen deposit and promote a lifting effect in the sagging areas of the face or neck. Even hands can be rejuvenated via these processes. These threads are made of absorbable synthetic suture material that is commonly used in regular surgeries. The art of creating dimensional lifting is very rewarding

Clear your plate of Alzheimer’s You may think you enjoy the Western diet--loaded with red meats, added sugars and syrups and processed foods—but none of those foods feed your brain or your body. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition looked at the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the eating habits of folks in Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, India, Mongolia, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka and the United States. If nothing else, it reinforced how mind-numbing the typical Western diet is. In the U.S., one in nine people 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease. But the study found switching to a traditional Mediterranean diet (lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and fish, olive oil, and occasional meat as side dishes and not every day) cuts your risk of AD in half. And traditional, meat-sparing diets in India, Japan and Nigeria are associated with an additional 50 percent reduction in AD risk. To protect your brain, eat 5 to 9 servings of produce daily; opt for 2-3 servings of fish (salmon is super) weekly; eliminate red meats, added sugars and syrups and processed grains from your diet. That adds up to chasing Alzheimer’s disease off your plate!

to the patient. The maximum effect takes one to two months to be achieved and the effect can last one to two years depending on each case. This procedure is done as an outpatient. The treatment takes one to two hours and is relatively painfree. An anesthetic cream is usually applied for one hour to desensitize the area. Following this the skin is carefully cleaned and sterilized.

Very fine needles are then inserted in grid fashion respecting facial structures. Some more severe cases will require more than one intervention. Thonglor Clinic offers a free consultation without obligation. Thonglor Clinic – Pattaya is located on Thappraya Road towards Jomtien. Phone us to book an appointment for a consultation on 038 252 055 or mobile 086 345 6670.


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Vol. 05 No. 05 | March 1-15, 2017

Spa Promotions Songkran Temple Fair Journey at Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya Devarana Spa presents Songkran Temple Fair Journey, a creative spa treatment inspired by the watersplashing festivities of Thailand’s renowned New Year Festival and specially designed to add vibrancy back to moisture-starved skin. The treatment begins with the cooling sensation of a Traditional Thai Coconut Ice Cream Body Scrub that smells almost good enough to eat. Straight from the cooler and wonderfully refreshing, the scrub has a temperature of between 15 to 20 degrees celsius and comes complete with a potent mix of potatoes and butterfly pea petals which help to give skin a healthy glow. The soothing journey is completed with a dreamily relaxing aromatic oil massage, which starts with a warm sand compress before moving onto a skin-nourishing massage conducted with aromatic oil infused with Mint and Jasmine essences. Expect stress and tiredness to melt away as the scents and elements of Songkran revitalise your mind, body and soul. This Songkran inspired rejuvenation is available throughout March and April 2017. The 90-min Songkran Temple Fair Journey includes: 30-min Traditional Thai Coconut Ice Cream Body Scrub 15-min Warm Sand Back Compress 45-min Aromatic Oil Mint & Jasmine Massage Price for 90-minute package is 3,650 baht net at all Devarana Spas across Thailand, 5,500 pesos at Devarana Spa, Manila, and USD 190++ at Devarana Spa, Maldives. For more information, contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya on 038 371 044 or pattaya@devaranaspa.com.

Non-Surgical Facelift (Thread lifting) A thread lifting is a popular procedure to achieve facial refreshment and improve skin quality without having to undergo surgery and the problem of scarring. The procedure is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can be performed at the practice with a minimum of downtime and will cost much less than a conventional by Dr Natnicha Loichuen facelift. It can be used to enhance and improve the appearance of a sagging neck, sagging cheeks and jowls and droopy eyebrows. You can personalise your surgery to suit your exact needs and your doctor will also make recommendations for improvements. The procedure can be tailored to suit your exact needs to ensure you are totally happy with the results. It is a type of face lift that is often referred to as the “lunch hour lift”. This is down to its simplicity and the time it takes to carry out the procedure. A tiny notch will be made behind the ear or behind the hairline and then fine threads are then advanced along pre-marked contours. These threads have fine filaments that become fixed to the tissue and are then gently smoothed down. Your body then starts to produce new bundles of collagen which surround each filament and this in turn creates a subtle yet effective lift. The results differ for each person, but look very natural giving a rejuvenated and refreshed look. There is no scarring and recovery times are a lot less than those associated with traditional surgery. A typical thread lift takes as little as one hour to perform, but the length will depend on the number of filaments your doctor uses and the areas being treated. The great thing about a thread lift is that it offers quick

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recovery together with excellent results. This procedure requires a minimum amount of invasive surgery and leaves no scarring. Local anaesthetic is all that is required and there is no hospital stay required. Another good factor about the thread lift is that it is much more affordable than a regular face lift and the results are long lasting. If you are looking for a quick and effective solution to a range of aging problems then a thread lift is the perfect solution.

Summer Promotions • Threadlift + Filler + Botox 1 area for 29,000 only. • Fractional Laser for 8,900 only.

For more information and to book a FREE consultation, call Tel: 038 411 190, 038 411 990, 086 329 7372 or visit Nicha Clinic located at 519/8-10 Moo 10 Pattaya 2nd Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya City, Chonburi. Line ID: nichaclinic. Email: nichabeautyandbeyond@gmail.com. Visit www.nichaclinic.com for promotions.

Rose Renewal at Aisawan Spa, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G From February to March 2017, experience an absolute sensual Rose Treatment with ‘Rose Renewal’ at Aisawan Spa. Prepare yourself for this special occasion at Aisawan Spa with exclusive rose rituals that exfoliate the skin and sooth your mind. Begin with a sensual Foot Soak, a rose-infused salt scrub, before unwinding with an aromatic rose aroma body massage. Complete your treatment with a Facial Care ritual, including massage and scrub with Le Club, a skincare line from France. Conclude your visit with soothing Rose Tea - having perfected the art of renewing your most radiant self. Two hours for just 2,595 baht++. Rose Renewal is exclusively available until March 31, 2017. For advance reservations, call 038 411 940-8 or email us at aisawanspa@ pullmanpattayahotelg.com

Experience the miracle of Sakura at The Okura Spa As the annual Sakura cherry blossom takes place in Japan you too can experience the wonders of this beautiful flower with the 75-minute Miracle of Sakura treatment at The Okura Spa. The Sakura flower has great symbolism in Japan where cherry blossoms are likened to clouds as they bloom en masse across the country each year. Celebrated with picnics under the blossoms, a practice known as ‘hanami’, the flowers are also associated with the ephemeral or transient nature of life, reminding us to seize our opportunities and to enjoy what nature has to offer. Nowhere is that better encapsulated than in The Miracle of Sakura treatment currently available at The Okura Spa. The treatment begins with the gentle Sakura body scrub, which exfoliates the skin and makes it feel soft and supple. It also helps to protect because Sakura is rich in antioxidants that strengthen the body’s ability to fight against oxidative damage. The second part of the Miracle of Sakura treatment is a back, neck and shoulder massage using Sakura massage oil. Guaranteed to ease stress and revive tired muscles, the massage leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Available daily at The Okura Spa from 10 am to 10 pm, during April 1 to June 30, 2017, price: 3,000 baht ++ per person. The Okura Spa is located on the 25th floor. For more information and reservations, call 02 687 9000 or email spa@okurabangkok.com

Scientists have discovered that men's and women’s brains actually function somewhat differently. When focused on a task, men tend to use only one side of their brain at a time, devoting all of their attention and concentration to the task at hand. Women, on the other hand, tend to use both sides of the brain at the same time, making them more adept at "multi-tasking.” Thomas Edison, the American who invented the light bulb, was afraid of the dark.

Muay Thai Punches by Rory Coughlan

When training in a the art of Muay Thai, students are taught many different techniques. One such technique is the Muay Thai punch. At a time when men did not have any weapons to fight wild animals and even other human beings they made use of every part of their body as a defensive weapon needed for survival. Punching is the easiest defensive and offensive weapon to control compared to the other parts of the body. Muay Thai teachers and trainers emphasize the proper Muay Thai Punch techniques in order to accurately hit the target. One should use the knuckles as this is the most effective way to hit the target. The usual target of a Muay Thai fighter is the area of the upper body towards the face. But regardless of where the punch hits the target it is important to remember to immediately pull back the fist straight away from the opponent in order to prevent exposing yourself to counter-punching. The punch thrown should unnerve the opponent. Some basic categories of Muay Thai punches, which are learned in Muay Thai are:• The Jab • The Straight Punch • The Hook • The Swing • The Uppercut Muay Thai punches if combined with different style of kicks could badly hurt an opponent especially if it’s executed with so much power. Everyday intensive Muay Thai training enhances a fighter’s skill and senses in mastering the art.

A good punch is a result of harmony and perfect synchronization, namely, the twist of the heels to add momentum to the hips movement, the move of the hips to strengthen the shoulder movement and the turn of the shoulder to add to the power of the punch. Everything must be in synchronization to make the punch effective. The powerful punch will come if you combine forces of shoulder, hip and foot to put additional power of punch. Twisting the wrists just before the contact is the most useful technique for an effective punching. If you do not have enough technique to throw a punch your punch will often end up against the opponent’s arm guarding. By twisting and pushing its way through the protecting guard. The power and the accuracy of the punch will increase significantly.

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Vol. 05 No. 04 | Feb 16-28, 2017

Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin

Ultramarine Blue Pristine and Absolutely 1st Class

Hotel Promotions Hard Rock Pattaya “POOL PARTY” is back

by John K. Lindgren Arriving in Hua Hin we make a left and drive down the quiet lane, all the way until Radisson BLU Hua Hin property branded in striking ultra marine  blue greets us.  This recently opened beachfront international resort with breathtaking vistas of the Gulf of Thailand is the latest in international upper-upscale resort design featuring 118 guest rooms and 22 deluxe pool access units. Design is undoubtedly a  n important part of Radisson Blu's DNA. Here it includes  the mascot, the Radisson Blu Hua Hin  Quail bird (Coturnix coromandelica). A modified golden brownish, oversized b   irdie with baby quails nearby. “So cute” says my wife. The inviting hotel entrance and the breezy alfresco lobby with a towering ceiling sets the tone; stylish, iconic and sophisticated.  Also featuring a l  obby lounge cum bar and library. G   lass and light wood elements and refined  bric-a-brac create the ambiance. Not the u   sual resort bibliotheca with paperback romance and crime fiction – but genuine h   ard cover selected coffee table tomes covering art, design and travel topics.  There's a t  ouch of  elegant g   entleman's club i  n the lounge which includes  a large pool  new table and cues. Lets go to our r  oom. The concierge service with a fleet of w   hite electric buggies  whisks us silently to your guest room,  contemporary, stylish  and functional i  nterior. One of the deluxe pool access room with 55 square meters of living space. I  ncluding a terrace and sun loungers with  immediate Blu pool  access.  The tastefully designed room features a brand new king-size bed, and comfy corner sofa. Complimentary high-speed  wireless internet, user friendly individually controlled airconditioning and a brand new LG 42" flat screen TV, mini-bar, tea  and c  offee making facilities. “Don't forget the powerful Swiss made hair-dryer and a that nice, fluffy carpet in the bathroom, says my wife”, Madame Bunnag. I agree.  The bathroom is flawless  with a separate rain shower shower cubicle and a large, long tub.  Again, this is a spanking new hotel room where everything works impeccably. After a quick refreshing Grohe, branded shower and a swim in the long rectangular pool  (perfect for laps) . BTW for more h   ealth and recreation.  Radisson Blu Spa ESC encompasses with six private rooms and professional therapists to get you re-energized and your senses invigorated. For your biceps and six-packs there's a fully equipped fitness centre. “Just Do It!” Nike tagline.  And so it's off to the IVY, the beach front grill and pool bar with sea view dining and delectable snacks and innovative cocktails.  Here we discover the p   oolside cabanas and sun loungers . Yes! Also two  massive quail bird mascots creating that  conceptualised r  esort ambiance. Our choice the Ivy Roof Top Lounge. A chill out venue. A must if you want to catch the remains of the day and grab the 'IVY Happy Hour' buy one get one free. Two glasses of chilled Chardonnay including tasty finger food accompanied by cool lounge music. Oh, yes!  Followed by dinner downstairs in the Ivy restaurant teeming with guests; Families and young couples. We order zucchini pasta and lamb with potato puree. Culinary perfection with excellent service. Chapeau! Next day. BBC morning news   on the LG 42 inch screen  and hearty breakfast for two a  t the all-day dining  Exchange restaurant n   ext to the lobby.  Eggs a la minute, Pa Thong Koh (traditional

Thai doughnuts), Khao Tom Moo (rice soup with pork), muesli, yogurt a  nd freshly pressed (100 percent carrot juice)  two smoothies, and half a liter of  strong, hot Arabica coffee. All finger licking good.   Compliments to Swiss chef Curdin Schaufelberger and his dedicated team.   As we sip our Javas the affable Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin General Manager Preet Inder Singh swings by for a little chat. A veteran hands-on hotelier with  30 years experience to the hospitality landscape including The Taj Group of Hotels and Radisson Blu. “Hua Hin has long been favored by Thai royalty as a preferred summer retreat,” says the hotel’s GM. “With its laidback but sophisticated feel, the resort offers a holistic getaway from the bustling capital city of Bangkok, satisfying the needs of the discerning traveller while offering a connection to the local community.”  We totally agree. Yes, this resort is pristine and has that exclusive designer feel. The French maybe would  say Nec Plus Ultra.  Take my word  and Madame’s, if you're looking for an outstanding week-end get-away in Hua Hin.  Our 

recommendation R adisson Blue Resort It's brand new, not refurbished,  facelifted, renovated nor rebranded. It’s just so new,  innovative and totally upscale. Combined with “  Yes can do” Radisson Blu's a  ttentive and courteous  guest service attitude. "Yes, we shall return! “, says my wife. What about, Radisson Blu?  I  t's the leading upper-upscale hotel brand in Europe, with more than 380 hotels open or under development around the globe; powerful growth – and a brilliant, dynamic reputation. And Hua Hin? Well still the perfect getaway destination. Now, with a daily ferry service from Chonburi-Pattaya by R   oyal Passenger Co., Ltd. Departure: Pattaya 10:30 Arrive: Hua Hin 12:30 Departure: Hua Hin 13:30 Arrive: Pattaya 15:30 Information tel. 038-488-999, 098625-9949

The legendary Pool Party is on again, with guest DJ’s, percussionists, hot Hard Rock dancers and of course lots of foam. Every Saturday from 9:30 pm to 1:00 am, turn up the heat, come chill or “Rev it Up” and dance the night away. The entrance fee for walk-in guests is 380 baht and for in-house guest 200 baht inclusive of 1 drink. It is strictly reserved for guests aged 20 years and above only. Come get wet and wild at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya every Saturday. For reservations, call 038-428755-9 ext. 8323 or e-mail: secfb.pty@hardrockhtoels.net

Think about events, think about “Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya”

Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin www.radissonblu.com/resort-hua-hin Info: huahin@radisson.com Tel: 032 421 777 Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya offers outside catering service for parties, wedding ceremony, conferences from 10 person up to more than 1,000 person. Our catering service has all the requirements you need from decorations to professional waiters. The menu has a wide variety of savoury dishes prepared by chefs with over 30 years experience on international food, Thai-Asian cuisine, grill seafood style and Brazilian food.. For more information or reservations, contact 038 301 234 ext. 4851 and 4174 or e-mail: cmbr@chr.co.th

AVANI Family Package

Your loved ones deserve the best. Treat them to an unforgettable getaway of sun, sea and sand at AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa. Spend time together by the pool or trying new flavours together in our restaurants. Little ones eat for free. Prices start from 5,500 baht ++. Package include: • AVANI Garden View Room. Minimum two consecutive nights • Daily breakfast for two people • A visit to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum for 2 people • Kids eat for free from the kids menu when dining with parents at Garden Cafe or Benihana • Valid from March 1 to May 31, 2017 For more information, call AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa: 038 412120 or email: pattaya@avanihotels.com or visit www.avanihotels.com/pattaya


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Habitat Group set to launch a new project worth 800 million baht “X2 Pattaya Oceanphere” The only luxury pool villa for investment in Pattaya Habitat Group Company Limited continues its expansion in the Pattaya market. Starting with the launch of “X2 Pattaya Oceanphere”, a luxury pool villa project that comes with 5-star services, located on Soi Na Jomtien 56, valued at 800 million baht. The project promises high returns of 7 percent rental income per year for 5 years. It is expected to do well despite the slower economy.

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hanin Vanijwongse, CEO of Habitat Group Company Limited, a real estate developer which offers holiday experience and worthy investment opportunities, unveiled the company’s business plan for 2017. The company has a plan to expand its investment in popular destinations, such as Pattaya. According to market research, Pattaya is still growing steadily. In the first 10 months of 2016, occupancy rate stood at an average of 75 percent per month, which is a satisfactory number. Therefore, the company is confident that there is still room for growth in real estate for investment in Pattaya, especially for hospitality and industry businesses.

The first project to launch in 2017 is ‘X2 Pattaya Oceanphere’, a modern luxury pool villa resort with 59 pool villa units. The 800 million baht project is located on Na Jomtien 56 with only 500 meters from the beach. The project is distinctively designed as a 5-star pool villa and comes with a unique investment program which offers 7 percent guaranteed return per year for 5 years and 60 percent profit sharing after the first 5 years. Another unique selling factor of the project is the 5-star hospitality management provided by X2 Resorts which is internationally recognized as a luxury boutique hotel brand with ‘high design’. X2 Resorts will offer a variety of professional services from rental management to facility maintenance to ensure

Chanin Vanijwongse, CEO of Habitat Group Company Limited the consistently good quality of rooms, common areas, and other hotel services. The buyer will not only benefit from these advantages, but also a complimentary 14-day free stay per year at the property as well as a privilege to swap the free

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Property

It’s Just a Matter of Time--Once Again! The article below was written almost nine years ago when our local real estate industry was facing the same obstacles and mistakes faced today; it seems like déjà vu, but the big question now is: will we be as lucky as we were nearly a decade ago? And will we recover as quickly this time? PATTAYA, November 2008— Real estate on the Eastern Seaboard has suffered so many setbacks over the past year or so, with one obstacle after another eradicating most of the incredible growth and momentum we experienced just a couple of years back. As a result, the natives are getting restless as many foreigners who invested during the euphoria of the boom now feel like the market hasn’t delivered on its promises. There have been battles in the courts and threats on the streets; people are unhappy with market reversals and recent developments. A few years ago all was good. Local real estate attracted dozens

of newcomers, know-it-alls eager to share their wisdom with property investors. And share they did: local newspapers and magazines bulged with optimistic articles and photographs of these real estate hotshots sitting behind desks, working at their computers, posing with military officers, civic leaders or Thai beauties. We all have our own way of branding. It’s part of the game! Whatever approach a real estate company takes in projecting its image or mission, customers usually rely on the media when selecting trustworthy professionals in our industry. Unfortunately, too many of those property gurus are nothing more than con men who are now being recognized as such because financial disasters and huge losses are starting to pile up--and so far with very little recourse. Yes, sir, your money is gone! As I have been writing this ‘Eye on Pattaya’ column for some time now, I have managed to

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

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

attract a loyal following of those who applaud my challenges to the injustices so often found in our real estate business. But then there are those who feel I am somehow personally damaging the real estate industry and should just shut up! No matter how one might feel about my editorial approach, one thing is certain and agreed upon by most: Nobody likes the Bad Guy! We’re not talking about ‘Real Estate Robin Hoods’ that pull off a clever land deal and fill the stomachs of the poor. No, we’re talking about people who bilk investors out of huge amounts of money and enrich their own lots. We’re talking about smooth talkers who sell the dream and don’t deliver! These characters are starting to surface out of the post boom real estate market showing their true colors...and it’s not rosy pink. The names of these devious players have been the topic of more and more rumors of late—from Web forums and editorials to

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

word-of-mouth, and I am afraid it is just the beginning. As the world is embroiled in a turbulent economic climate, the Eastern Seaboard is facing difficult times ahead. How much longer? That is, how much longer before we must face the music and accept what many foreigners here already know? Look at the facts: We have huge projects throughout the Eastern Seaboard that will not be built; we have extensive residential and commercial developments on and off the beach that will not be completed. Look at the facts. They are staring us in the face and too many have closed their eyes to the reality of it. No, it’s not the end of the world; it’s simply the beginning of a new cycle. We in all levels of real estate must learn from our mistakes and create ways to better protect those that support our industry with their investments. The sooner we stop throwing away bad money into projects and developments that are not going anywhere, the sooner we can make the adjustments in our property investment strategies. It is just a matter of time before the industry will start taking inventory on the developments that aren’t going to be completed at this time, during this cycle. How the industry addresses these setbacks will determine the level of consumer confidence we can carry into the ‘New Cycle Mindset’ of the property market consumer. We need to free stagnating investments and release them back into the market. We need to deal with renegade developers and failed properties now, as the manner in which these issues are handled will predict the level of confidence and financial support we deserve and get from investors and end users. During the boom years, many investors made money in a rising market; in the New Cycle, many

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 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

investors will profit as values adjust to the market. We have a lot of new construction coming on the market and a huge secondary market of existing resale properties. These are condos and houses that will be value for money for those that do their homework and sharpen their negotiating skills. And as always…..those quality, class act condominium and housing developers with deep pockets to weather the storm always have a market and they will continue to do well even in these hard times. Property developers and real estate brokers may have a lovehate relationship, and many of their clients may have had to fight their way through the property market conmen and pros. But in the end, the Eastern Seaboard has some fantastic condo and housing developments to choose from and a good number of qualified and experienced international property specialists ready to provide clients with highly professional property consulting services. March 2017: Now the big question is: What level of consumer confidence are we able to carry into the next New Cycle Mindset? And will we maintain the level of confidence and financial support the investors and end users will need to once again inject capital into the real estate market? Recently a couple of articles have surfaced referring to the Pattaya real estate market as having ‘hit the pause button,’ or falling into ‘a lull in the market,’ and—according to a well-known Bangkok blog— going through ‘a terrible slump’! Consequently, many are asking how long the slump will last. I say it will last about as long as it takes to sell those 10,000 new unsold condo units we started 2017 with! Having said that, all is not lost as with the robust take-up rates and sales quota statistics we have seen in recent years, those 10,000 new units could sell quicker than you think. Bottom-line is that we can clearly see the incredible progress that road, rail and air transportation infrastructure is making combined with some huge commercial, retail and residential developments planned and poised to be launched in the near future. What does it all mean? The next real estate boom is just ahead.

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


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chance of enjoying the sea breeze. The project’s interlocking master plan creates privacy from the terraced layout to every single unit in the project. The interior seamlessly connects to outdoor swimming pool and private garden allowing guests to easily arrange the space for multi purposes and various activities. The full height sliding glass doors and windows beckon guests to enjoy the idyllic beautiful ocean vista. X2 Pattaya Oceanphere comprises two unit types – one bedroom unit at 138.5–193.5 sq. m. and two bedroom unit at 201.5-267 sq. m. Each type is fully furnished and has features such as spiral staircase in two bedroom units and electric appliances. Every unit has a private swimming pool and

garden. Price starts from 9.79 - 15 million baht or 70,000 baht per sq. m. at average. Currently, 40 percent of the units have been reserved, 100 percent of which is for investment. Sale is expected to close by end of 2018. In the past year, although the economy was not well, one of its two real estate projects which launched in 2015, X2 Vibe Pattaya SeaPhere on Soi Na Jomtien 32, were sold out. About 80 percent of the buyers were Thais who wanted to invest in real estate, while the other 20 percent were international investors such as those from Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Another project, Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya, is a lowrise beachfront condominium, located on Soi Na Jomtien 18. The 700 million baht project began

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presale in September 2016, and 60 percent of the units were reserved within four months, which is a big success. Although the real estate market in general was quite slow, especially in the fourth quarter of the year, 100 percent of the buyers were Thais from Bangkok. This shows that there is still purchasing power, and investors are still looking for properties to invest in. This year, the company expects to close sales of the remaining units (40 percent) at Best Western Premier BayPhere Pattaya. The sales target is around 300 million baht. For revenue recognition, there will be one project ready for ownership transfer in the second or third quarter of the year, which is the 300 million baht X2 Vibe Pattaya SeaPhere project. A part of X2 Pattaya Oceanphere pool villa project will also be ready for transfer, amounting to 200 million baht. In total, the revenue recognition for 2017 as for now will be approximately 500 million baht.

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Volume 6

Legal Advice L E G A L A DV I C E

Issue 04

1-15 march 2017

By: Magna Carta Law Office

DIVORCE AGREEMENT What is a Divorce Agreement? A Divorce Agreement is a legal document that allows divorcing spouses to come to an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce. This is possible in an uncontested divorce wherein the couple mutually agrees to terminate their marriage and that there has no disagreements over children or property. What does a Divorce Agreement contain? Do we need to enter into an agreement before we separate? It contains provisions regarding the terms of sharing of assets, child custody and support, visitation rights, alimony, and other important matters. It is recommended that you decide these matters beforehand and formalize them in a divorce contract. This will guarantee that there are no disagreements before you go to the registration office. When one or both spouse does not agree with the terms of the separation and things become complicated, or an agreement thereon cannot be reached, you’ll probably end up putting your case in court where a judge decides on all related issues. Do I need a lawyer to make the divorce agreement? It’s highly recommended that you appoint a lawyer to make your Divorce Agreement. In case the other party has arranged it, it is recommended that you have it reviewed by your own lawyer to make sure that important legal provisions are clearly specified in order to protect your interests. It is necessary that you trust the experts to help you completely understand the content of the agreement as you may miss some serious provisions and end up losing significant rights; or if there will be some disagreements on a provision later, you may end up spending more money trying to resolve the problem.  What are the benefits of entering into a Divorce Agreement? A Divorce Agreement lets you settle issues without

the need for court actions. There is less emotional stress involved to both parties, as well as to their children and respective families as it enables the couple to end their marriage in a civilized manner because important matters are mutually agreed upon. Because the parties agree upon the terms themselves, they are likely to abide by the agreement. Once the Divorce Agreement is signed before two witnesses and registered at the district office, it becomes a binding contract and both divorcing spouses shall be obliged to follow its terms. In case one party violates or fails to comply with the provisions stipulated in the agreement, the other party may bring this to court for enforcement. Can a Divorce Agreement be modified? Changing certain provisions of the divorce agreement may be necessary if there is a significant change in circumstances after the divorce has been granted. Child custody, visitation, and child support are modifiable as long as you can show a significant change in circumstances and that the new arrangement shall be in the best interest of the child. How can a Divorce Agreement be modified? If both parties agree to the new terms, a revised agreement must be drawn up with the assistance of your lawyers to be certain that there will be no problems in the future. The revised agreement must be filed with the court to be officially enforceable.

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Volume 6

Issue 04

1-15 march 2017

Business News Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts Compass Hospitality appoints veteran hotelier appoints resident manager Swiss hospitality management company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has named Joseph Yamdee resident manager for the launch of its new Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok – the company’s first serviced residences in Asia -- set to open in this month. Having worked at leading Bangkok hotels and services residences since 1997, Yamdee has extensive experience in the sector, including a recent spell as resident manager for Viva Garden Serviced Residence. Prior to that, he held the Resident Manager position at Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok and Citadines Sukhumvit 11 Bangkok and also worked at Citadines Sukhumvit 23 Bangkok and Citadines Sukhumvit 16 Bangkok.

“A resident manager always has a critical role in running the property’s day-to-day operations, and this is especially true when opening a new property,” says Andrew Langdon, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts chief development officer and senior vice president Asia. “Joseph’s key goal is to strike a balance between offering exceptional service to our guests while achieving a profitable revenue level for the owners and a harmonious workplace for the team. We are confident he can help bring the Mövenpick Residences concept to life in the heart of Bangkok.” Built by Thai developer Nusasiri Plc, Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok will be the hotel group’s second property in Bangkok and a flagship for the company’s contemporary serviced apartment

Nigel Tovey to launch new resort brand

concept in Asia. The newly built property will offer long-term leisure and business travellers a choice of fully furnished one- and twobedroom units in Bangkok’s vibrant Ekkamai neighbourhood. Along with all-day dining, an outdoor swimming pool, library and comprehensive fitness centre, the stylish residences also offer a small boardroom with capacity for up to 14 delegates. Mövenpick Residences Ekkamai Bangkok also enjoys a convenient metropolitan location that offers easy access to the city’s BTS sky train network, plus direct road connections to either of Bangkok’s two international airports.

Mazda redefines subcompact car segment with new Mazda2 Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co. Ltd., is stimulating the Thai passenger car market once again with a second new model for this year. While the new Mazda3 was introduced in January, Mazda follows up with the launch of the new 2017 Mazda2 staged in grand style. The new Mazda2, which is expected to set new standards in the subcompact segment, bears the concept of “The Next Level of Excitement” and gets superstar Napat Siangsomboon as presenter. The Mazda2 is also the second Mazda model to be equipped with the innovative SkyactivVehicle Dynamics system featuring G-Vectoing Control (GVC) and added features. Meanwhile, the retail pricing has been raised just marginally, starting at just 1,000 baht for increased value.

The launch event of the improved Mazda2 today signifies a new concept, with the new model introduction being preceded with a full concert. Praew Kanitkul starts off the program with soft jazz tunes while the highlight is the introduction of the new Mazda brand ambassador Napat Siangsomboon, one of the hottest celebrities in showbiz today. Napat comes with the new Mazda2 and talks about his experience with the car, travelling around the country as Mazda presenter. Another big surprise follows, with Thailand’s rock band Bodyslam taking on the stage for a full rock concert. Chanchai Trakarnudomsuk, president of Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co. Ltd., said although the Thai automobile market fell by 4 per

cent to 767,798 units last year, it is expected to recover in 2017 with fiercer competition among automakers, particularly in launching new models into the market. “Last year each market segment had mediocre performance, and only the pickup truck market experienced growth, with 333,415 units representing a growth of 2 per cent. The small car (B-car and Eco car) market was next with 192,518 units (down 11 per cent) and the MPV market reached 111,481 units (down 11 per cent). We can see that these thee markets combine to make a very large market, and the new Mazda2 launched today will be an important part in helping revitalize the small passenger car market once again,” he said. The Mazda2 has always been a core model for Mazda in Thailand, with more than 165,000 units having been sold in the country since it was first introduced in 2009. Of these, 121,000 were from the first generation and 44,000 from the second generation. The introduction of the new Mazda2 today will help Mazda achieve its 50,000-units sales target in Thailand this year and grow by 18 per cent. “The Mazda3 launched in January received

International hotel group Compass Hospitality has appointed veteran hotelier nigel tovey as general manager of Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa, a newly built luxury beachfront property and the group’s first Ananda branded fivestar flagship resort scheduled to open next month. Tovey, a highly respected hotelier renowned for his people skills and track record for successfully opening hotels, has over 35 years in the hotel business, with the past 25 years in Thailand working with a host of international chains and independent brands, said, “It is a very exciting hotel project and one that fits the market like a glove.” Tovey added “There are three very clearly defined sections to the resort – starting with what will be Hua Hin’s largest hotel ballroom, an outstanding water-focused family resort area, and private luxury pool villas leading down to the beach.” Located two and a half hours from Bangkok, Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa is situated on a 30 rai (12 acres) site extending from the main Petchkasem Road to the beachfront itself. The high-end resort features 196 rooms, suites and exclusive villas, ranging in size from 33 square metres (sqm) to a 268 sqm two-bedroom beachfront lagoon pool villa with private concierge service. “Launching Ananda Hua Hin brings a new luxury brand to market, one that has the freedom to offer informality while ensuring the highest standards of a five-star resort experience. This is a tremendous opportunity and we are assembling a team which will deliver on every aspect of a luxurious but laid-back hospitality experience.” The resort is also set to unveil Hua Hin’s largest ballroom with 900-sqm of pillar-less flexible space catering to domestic and regional

corporate events as well as social occasions, being specially suited to luxury weddings. Another resort attraction will be Blue Biscuit, a contemporary-styled club-comerestaurant featuring live Blues and Jazz from Thailand’s up and coming talents as well as visiting international artists. “Unique experiences are in many ways a new concept in luxury,” said Tovey. “We will offer these both inside and outside the resort providing an opportunity to discover Hua Hin, its history, nature and beaches at your own speed.” Compass Hospitality, one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality management companies, manages and operates a wide portfolio of 42 hospitality properties across all market segments. Brand identities include Compass Hotels, Citrus Hotels, Citin Hotels and Ananda Resorts and Spas. Compass’ portfolio includes hotels, resorts, executive serviced apartments and spas located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Hua Hin in Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Pulau Langkawi in Malaysia; and in Shrewsbury, Halifax, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Eastbourne, Nottingham, Oxford, Manchester, Inverness and Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

tremendous customer response and we expect that the Mazda2 will also enjoy the same reaction thanks to the new technologies being offered,” he said. Mazda plans to sell 27,000 units of the Mazda2 this year, an increase of 16 per cent compared to 2016, making it the largest-selling Mazda model in the Thai market. Thee Permpongpanth, senior marketing director said the introduction of the new Mazda2 represents a new concept in product launching. “Mazda is a brand that is unique and we have our own way of doing things. What you see here today is a new form of product launching that corresponds with the lifestyle of our customers,” he said. “Mazda customers have their own character, and they give importance to arts and modern technology. They

are trendy and look for new forms of inspiration, and this is why Mazda has decided to adopt a new style of product launching to impress our customers.” The new Mazda2 comes with the latest Skyactiv technology and new-generation ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme. Powertrains incudes a high-performance 1.3-litre gasoline engine and 1.5-litre clean diesel powerplant with turbocharger and intercooler. The Mazda2 is the first diesel-powered subcompact Mazda model in Thailand and boasts an outstanding fuel economy of 26.3km/liter. The car comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, i-Activsense safety package, new version MZD Connect, i-Eloop, i-Stop and the most recent addition is G-Vectoring Control.


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Volume 6

Issue 04

1-15 march 2017

Business News Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok introduces Japanese-Italian culinary love affair Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok announced the award-winning modern Italian restaurant Scalini will host Japanese-Italian guest chef Masanori Tezuka from Japan. This follows the successful visit of Italian guest chef Riccardo Catarsi from Singapore in late 2016. Top chef Masanori Tezuka brings his amazing blend of Japanese and Italian cuisine to Scalini restaurant until March31, 2017. His live cooking at Scalini takes place March 2 to 5, while his special à la carte menu will be available until March 31. Tezuka-san is chef at the Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort’s Corrente Italian restaurant. He spent more than 10 years fine tuning his culinary skills in Italy before

returning to Japan where his unique blend of Italian and Japanese flavors has generated a loyal following of regular patrons. Chef Masanori’s special à la carte dinner menu at Scalini is presented under the heading ‘Japanese-Italian culinary love affair’. Choices for starter are Hamachi carpaccio and tomato soup with mozzarella. For the pasta course, guests may choose between spicy shrimp linguine and violet potato ravioli. Main course options are Hokkaido scallops with shrimp and seared Wagyu beef tenderloin. Chef Masanori’s signature dish of Matsunaga Wagyu beef is served with a glass of Chivas Regal Mizunarawhisky priced at 2,700 baht ++). Other dishes start from 410 baht ++.

Akaryn Hotel Group names operations guru as cluster general manager

“We are thrilled to welcome chef Masanori as a unique and very talented Italian guest chef whose expertise will surely inspire our food and beverage team,” said Ian Barrow, general manager, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok". His expansive knowledge and Japanese-Italian culinary touches are one-of-a-kind and we are sure that his presence in Bangkok will be a major asset as we position our award-winning restaurant, Scalini, at the forefront of the city’s dining scene. I know that Tezukasan is looking forward to working in the open kitchen at Scalini in partnership with our resident executive chef Supoj Suwanwong.” Guests can enjoy chef Masanori’s special à la carte dinner menu at Scalini restaurant until March 31 from 6 pm to 10.30 p.m. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 02 620 6666, email bkksu.info@hilton. com or visit the hotel’s website at Hilton.com.

In a bold strategic move to strengthen the operations of the entire group and introduce best practice as it braces for future expansion, Akaryn Hotel Group (AHG) has appointed Daniel Steinke as cluster general manager for the group’s two beachfront properties in Phuket-Phang Nga – Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa and akyra Beach Club Phuket. Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa is the brand’s flagship property, where the concept of "all suites, all private" is delivered in style with luxury accommodation ranging from 80 sqm for the smallest suite, up to the 5-bedroom beachfront Grand Villas. A short stroll along the sand sits akyra Beach Club Phuket, the newest upscale lifestyle address on the Andaman Coast just 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport, which opened on January 1 and offers 58 luxurious rooms, suites, and villas, complemented by an array of generous in-room comforts and myriad facilities including

to ensure that our new akyra Beach Club Phuket enters the market with a solid foundation.” During his 25 years in hotel management, Daniel Steinke has held numerous executive positions in Asia, Europe and most recently Russia, opening and managing a cluster of hotels for IHG (Holiday Inn) and as managing director of

a beach spa and fully equipped gym. The property also features the region’s most stylish oceanside venue, Club akyra where in-house DJ Wii spins chilled tunes from 1 to 7 pm daily and special guest DJs take to the decks for Weekend Getaway hangout sessions every Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 pm. “Phuket is a mature hospitality destination and competition is fierce, so we were keen to find an experienced general manager to create the right synergy to take our Phuket-Phang Nga portfolio to the next level,” said AHG founder and managing director Anchalika Kijkanakorn. “We’re delighted to welcome Daniel to our team – with his strong F&B and operations background, I’m sure that he’ll prove to be the steady leader Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa needs to stay relevant to ever evolving traveller demographics and trends, and also

InterContinental Hotel in Prague. Prior to this, Daniel also opened and ran operations for Shangri-la, Mandarin Oriental, Kempinski, and InterContinental hotels in China, Indonesia, Germany, and Russia. The Swiss national is a graduate of the Hotel Management School Lausanne EHL and also holds an Executive MBA degree from Reims Management School. “Having worked in the corporate offices for the last few years, I must say I am thrilled to get back to the frontline as general manager. Although it is a substantial change geographically from Moscow to Thailand, I was sold by Anchalika’s passion and belief in operations and getting the basics right. All my past experiences have well equipped me to take the helm on AHG’s two Phuket-Phang Nga properties, and I am ready to hit the beach running,” he said.

Beach wedding collection at Cape Dara Resort A wedding by the sea is the dream of many women and surely the very heart of such an affair is the bridal gown that makes the beach-side ceremony like a dream come true. Nhoo Matthews Atelier has meticulously crafted a special collection over six months from the first inspiration and initial designs to the careful hand-embroidering of each dress with pearls, sequins, Swarovski rhinestones, and lace presenting a texture of fluffy flowers in full bloom. It is a collection of dazzling elegance and the most ravishing detail, plucked starfish, pearls, and coral from the ocean. These are the highlights of these wedding gowns together with a blue color that comes equally from the sea and the sky. Beau, vice president of Cape Dara Resort, has contributed her own dress design, reflecting the character of today’s bride, clean, chic, and accentuates the body line for the perfect figure on your “Big Day”. As for the “Finale” dress of the collection, Nhoo got her inspiration from the chandelier of the Vela Grand Ballroom at the Cape Dara Resort that floats above the floor of a wide ocean. In March of next year, Cape Dara Resort will be hosting a wedding fair where you can choose from the widest selection of services and products like wedding dress, cosmetics, invitations, souvenirs, mementos, and wedding organizers who can assist you both before and after your ceremony. For more information call 038-933-888 or line: @capedara.


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Business Opportunities

S TA R S R E S O RT ( n e a r Ph e o n i x G o l f C o u r s e ) for sale or rent. Ideal as a private club, tourist, golf or retirement centre. A secluded resort with a swimming pool and eight villas set in tropical gardens all with en suite and resort front parking for 20 plus cars. Front complex consists of kitchen, large bar and restaurant plus security room with CCTV and cameras. First floor comprises 2 luxury owners apartments and a newly refurbished 60.sq m. room for use as a private sauna, Jacuzzi or massage facility. Land total 2200 sq m. and total built space 1600 sq m. 15 km to Pattaya and 10 km to Bang Saray plus 7 golf courses within 20 mins. Available freehold direct from the owner. Sports Club Expansion. Necessitates slashing price by 20%. Now 14.5 Million plus transfer costs or leasehold at 1.8 million baht ingoing and agreed monthly rental plus legal costs. Call 084 867 7299 Private club/meeting point for rent. 2,000 sq m garden bar/restaurant, road access, parking for 200 motorbikes or 25 cars as a club, pool, darts including 4 luxury rooms could be massage, Jacuzzi and space for band - no passing traffic - quiet - ideal gay nights - any offers or suggestions – located at Phoenix Golf – Call 084 867 7299 (ptmbo-sn1315)Ice cream shop with external seating for customers at a major tourist attraction in Pattaya. The business is easy to run and maintain. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. Sale Price: THB 450,000. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@gmail.com (ptmbo-sn1315)Bar & Guesthouse for sale in Central Pattaya. New lease available 3 + 3 years & NO KEY Money.

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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 ( p t m b o - c 0 0 1 5 ) Business Partner required. 50% share in busy prestigious beachfront bar on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. 8 bedrooms, bar & restaurant, work permit available, new lease. Call Colin on 084 350 9304 (ptmbo-sn1115)Resort for Sale. A beautiful resort set in over 2 Rai of land in a tranquil area of Pattaya, but within 20 minutes drive of the town centre. The resort comprises of 9 (nine) chalets, a swimming pool, a large clubhouse/bar/restaurant with full kitchen facilities and seating for over 100 customers + 2 staff rooms. The land is leasehold with 11 years still remaining. The lease has been registered in a company name at the land office. The land rent is paid annually and is fixed for the full term of the lease at an exceptional rate. There is room for expansion and building permits can be obtained to build a further 9 chalets. This is a rare business opportunity and viewing is highly recommended. The business comes with a limited company. Sale Price: THB 7.80 million. Owner Finance Available. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349, Email: sven. tbac@gmail.com.

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.

Sale Price: THB 1.7 million Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@gmail.com

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Single-Storey House for Sale. Floor area is 352 sq.m, land area is 185.5 sq. wah, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, maids room, utility office, semifurnished, private swimming pool, large access roads, located in a very quiet development, underground utility water and electric. House and land is owned in company name. Company balance sheets are all up to date. House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days. The house has been for sale at 7.5 million baht. However, it has now dropped to 5.5 million baht. Contact Ruby 082 479 1204 or Nisa 085 272 7557.

2-Storey House for Sale. Floor area is 352 sq.m, land area is 211.2 sq. wah, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, maids room, utility office, semi-furnished, private swimming pool, large access roads, located in a very quiet development, underground utility water and electric. House and land is owned in company name. Company balance sheets are all up to date. House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days. Original selling price 9.5 million baht. However, owing to the owner relocating back to the UK and the low GBP Pound against the Thai baht, the price now reduced to 6.5 million baht. Contact Ruby 082 479 1204 or Nisa 085 272 7557. 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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. Selling price is 22 million baht. 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3644) Two Homes One Great Price! Selling Price 6.4 Million Baht 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 270 Sqm interior/132 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 (PR6422) Great Deal Home in Huayyai! Selling Price 6.99 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/3+2 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/169 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 (PR7018)

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Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5035) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Se l l i n g Pr i c e 21 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6075) Beautiful Private Home Village For Sale! Selling Price 16,000,000 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3+1 Bathrooms, 111 TLW/289 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR1158) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 26 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the

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

Houses for Rent

S i a m C o u n t r y Fa m i l y Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/130 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 (PR6276) 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)

Reasonable and Well Priced Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/149 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 (PR3451) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 8 0 , 0 0 0 B a h t / Mo n t h , 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5614) 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 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 (PR6507) Large Rental Home near Town! Rental Price 88,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/187 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate

The house has been for sale at 7.5 Million Baht. However, it has now dropped to

Floor Area: 352 square meters Land Area: 185.5 square wah 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Maids room / utility office Private swimming pool Large access roads Located in a very quiet development Undergound Utility Water & Electric House and land is owned in company name Company Balance Sheets are all up to date House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days

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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 (PR1168) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 2 5 0 Sq m / 9 8 T LW. Fo r appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6999)

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Condos for Sale

(ptmcfs-g1116)Pratumnak Studio for Sale. Spacious 56 sq m studio in Pratumnak Soi 6. Brand new and ready to move in. 6th floor with sea views, large pool, quality THB 100,000 furniture package included. Price THB 2,990,000. Call 086 002 9536 or e-mail manlybeach@ hotmail.com (ptmcfs-p1416)Beachfront Condo at Bangsaray Condominium. 150sqm. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms attach, 300 meter beach condo. Only137 unit in 20Rai. Most green surrounding landscape,  romantic and privacy condo in Pattaya. Most wonderful design. Fully furnished, TV LCD50’. Hot Sale 8.9mil.  59,000bth/ sqm.  081 335 8102, ask pictures pitipity@hotmail. com by owner 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 h o m e o r a g re a t re n t a l property. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR0359)


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Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6517) Wo n d e r f u l l y D e s i g n e d Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1896) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1667) 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) Sanctuary Condo for Sale ! Selling Price 11.765 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 149 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

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or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2548) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 235 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 (PR4468) 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 27.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 155 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 (PR1871) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6369) Luxury Jomtien Beachfront Condo with Gorgeous Sea View! Selling Price is 19.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2

Original Selling Price was 9.5M Baht. However, owing to the owner relocating back to the UK and the low GBP Pound against the Thai Baht,

Floor Area: 352 square meters Land Area: 211.2 square wah 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Maids room / utility office Private swimming pool Large access roads Located in a very quiet development Undergound Utility Water & Electric House and land is owned in company name Company Balance Sheets are all up to date House is unoccupied and can be completed in a few days

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 www.premierinternational. com (PR2178) Beachfront Living in 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR2185) 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-p1416) Condo WongAmat Beach Rent. 48sq.m., floor 27, corner room. Most beautiful sea view in Pattaya. Magnificent design.  19,500/month, 081 335 8102 pitipity@hotmail. com Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5853) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084) Sp e c t a c u l a r ‘ D e s i g n e r Apartment’! Rental Price i s 2 5 , 0 0 0 Ba h t / Mo n t h , 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 104 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3114) Beachfront Apartment.... Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Re n t a l Pr i c e i s 4 9 , 0 0 0 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6284)

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LAND FOR SALE

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 57,490,000 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 37.8 Million for 31 Rai 161 Tarang Wah. (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front Area! Selling Price is 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah. (PLD0706) Koh Chang Area! Selling Price is 8,500,000 Million 83 TLW. (PLD1012) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya Area! Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai. (PLD0018) Jomtien Second Road Area! Selling Price is 96,080,000 Million 30 Rai 10 TLW. (PLD1010) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai. (PLD0004) Na Jomtien – Bangsaray Area! Selling Price is 28,000,000 Million 1 Rai. (PLD1011) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai. (PLD0978) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 1.95 Million per rai (1 or 2 rai available). (PLD0927) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 60 Million 343 TLW. (PLD0983) Na Jomtien Beach Area! Selling Price is 22.078 Million 122 TLW. (PLD0988) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 135 Million 1 Rai 346 Tarang Wah. (PLD0987)

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) Quality Phoenix Gold Golf Club Home! Live the life at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. Selling price is 22 million baht. Spacious 4 bedroom/4 bathroom with 420 square meters of interior space and 220 tarang wah of landscaped gardens. (PR3644) Two Homes One Great Price! Selling Price 6.4 Million Baht 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 270 Sqm interior/132 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! (PR6422) Great Deal Home in Huayyai! Selling Price 6.99 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/3+2 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/169 TLW. (PR7018) 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

Siam Country Family Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/130 TLW. (PR6276) Beautiful Private Home For Rent! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 370 Sqm/188 TLW. (PR5695) Reasonable and Well Priced Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/149 TLW. (PR3451) 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. (PR1896) 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) Sanctuary Condo for Sale ! Selling Price 11.765 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 149 Sqm. (PR2548) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 235 Sqm. (PR4468) 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 27.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 155 Sqm. (PR1871) 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 ‘Designer Apartment’! 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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or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 37.8 Million for 31 Rai 161 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front Area! Selling Price is 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0706) Koh Chang Area! Selling Price is 8,500,000 Million 83 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 (PLD1012)

Gorgeous Penthouse Jomtien Beachfront Condominium! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/ Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR0359) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on 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) 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) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1866)

Land for Sale

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 57,490,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th

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Sukhumvit-South Pattaya Area! Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0018) Jomtien Second Road Area! Selling Price is 96,080,000 Million 30 Rai 10 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 (PLD1010) 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) Na Jomtien – Bangsaray Area! Selling Price is 28,000,000 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 (PLD1011) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0978)

Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 1.95 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 343 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 (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) Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 135 Million 1 Rai 346 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 (PLD0987)

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km for sale 279,000 baht. Call 0971315638 or 0890980329. (ptmvfs-0716)Ford Fiesta Auto 2015. Only 8,600 km. Price 425,000. Consider PX. PCX 150 and cash. Mobile 086 102 5400 Toyota Fortuner 2008 for Sale. 3.0 litre turbo diesel 4x4 automatic. Midnight blue

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with tan leather interior, 20inch alloy wheels, loads of extras, just been serviced. 1 rarang owner from new, taxed and insured, immaculate condition inside and out, and drives without any faults, Chonburi registered, have book and papers for transfer. Real bargain, 590,000 baht. SMS 080 572 5164 (Eng).

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Vehicles for Sale

Ford Ranger Auto 2007. Ford Ranger, automatic, 2007, 4 doors, silver, 143000

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Youth Focus The Living Classroom by Mike Jacobson She awakens in a forest. Rising from the earth, she palms her dampened eyes, and then –she feels chilled – a stranger draws near. Eye locks into eye – she softens and the worries of the world crumbling away as he stands before her, a fetching figure she estimates as surely the most heroically handsome, perfectly princely, roundly rotund, dim-witted man-donkey. Peering from the brush, a mischievous little sprite lets loose a chuckle upon seeing that the spells he cast over them both ended up creating such an awkward scene. All of this unfolds just a few kilometers outside Central Pattaya. Year 5 students at Mooltripakdee International School (MIS) are performing one of the comical moments from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They adapted their own scripts based on a prose version of the Shakespeare play. The teacher watches their work to see that there is a demonstrated understanding of plot, setting, character, and conflict. MIS aims to infuse the arts into students’ lives as an important component of their education. The school holds progressive educational values and strives to provide an environment that promotes spirited, inquiring minds. Forming and sustaining a performing arts programme where there has been none will be in line with MIS values. This past January, MIS started its effort by launching an after-lunch Drama Club for Year 4 to 6 students. Each Monday, group members have a 30-minute class with the Year 5 teachers to learn acting skills and rehearse for an eventual performance in front of the school at morning assembly. The club has close to a dozen students and parents are already asking for an additional after-school drama club to be created. Miss Maddy, one of the

Students learn about river life by Mark Holmes teachers working with the Drama Club, said she wants to “Make it fun and have a lot of laughs while we learn something about ourselves.” With enough interest, an expanded programme can be developed. This might lead to an after-school drama club that stages full-length productions, takes field-trips to see professional performances, attend theater workshops, or lead to inter-school cooperation for competitions in drama, singing, and storytelling. The school initiative will flourish if students are enthusiastic and if it is supported by teachers and parents. Performance art does not pertain only to English class or after-school programmes. Those same Year 5 students who acted as Shakespeare’s Titania, Bottom, and Puck used drama to enrich their study of the Spanish invasion of the Maya and the Norman invasion of the Anglo-Saxons. Instead of a limited investigating of the history by reading just a summary of distant dates and unheard of names about conquests and coronations, students lived those events. The data students often must memorize is now

lifted from the page and life is breathed into it. It becomes meaningful. Information is retained because it is not simply an exercise in the rote memorization of facts, dates, and names. Students engage and explore the material, which results in meaningful learning. Drama is an exploration of humanity and self, a reflection of life that is written, performed, seen, and thought about. Students apply their own prior experience to learning that immerses them in the material. In writing and performing a script for something like a historical invasion, students are asked to make sense of a different set of people and ethics; accepted notions of truth and justice are challenged and expanded upon. They hone their ability to empathize with another perspective and connections to their own experiences can be made. The inclusion of the arts at school is significant as a generator of creativity and ideas. As enthusiasm continues to grow, the realization of a full arts programme can be fulfilled. Mike Jacobson is a Year 5 teacher at Mooltripakdee International School Pattaya.

Year 5 students from Garden International School (GIS) spent three days living and learning on a barge. They travelled along the Chao Phraya River to study sustainability and the current threats to the ecosystem by interviewing local people on Koh Kret, viewing wildlife and plants along the river and participating in a water hyacinth investigation to check the health level of the water. Among the highlights were getting to experience a pottery wheel to shape and spin their own pots, swimming at Bang Sai Bay and jumping off the barge into the water and learning lots of new games to play - Ultimate Ninja was the favourite! On the last day, students visited a large market and bought breakfast to share with all their classmates and teachers. The students also demonstrated responsibility by being part of barge crews, and took turns mopping the deck, recording the navigation details and preparing, cooking and serving meals. GIS is based in Ban Chang near Pattaya. Mark Holmes is a primary teacher at Garden International School.

Backpack to School: Finding the perfect bag for your child A child totes his backpack around all year long, so finding the right satchel, knapsack, or carryall can be the difference between daily ease and constant discomfort. Find the very best backpack for your child by keeping three simple factors in mind.

sack lunch can opt for lighter-weight backpacks. Remember to think about activities your child uses his bag for outside of school. If he takes his backpack camping or to swim practice, for example, you may want to select a bag with weatherproof fabric.

Consider your child’s life How your child uses his backpack will determine the type of bag needed. Older kids who carry heavy books back and forth to school may need more supportive backpacks with ergonomic shoulder straps as well as belts that go across the waist and chest. Young children who typically only need to tote a few papers and a

Make sure it’ll last Kids go through a lot in a year, and it really takes a toll on their backpacks. Because of the rough-and-tumble student lifestyle, kids’ backpacks should be sturdy so that they last through the school year and beyond. Look for bags with water and tear resistant fabric, as well as reinforced shoulder straps.

It has to be cool Lastly, it’s important for your child to have a say in the style and color of his backpack. A child will wear his backpack almost everyday of the school year, so finding a design that makes him smile is essential. Look for interesting patterns or colors that your child will like. And don’t forget that you can always make a backpack a little more special with a monogram of your child’s initials or a few pins and patches. Focusing on these three backpack factors will help you find the perfect satchel for your child at the end of summer. Enjoy searching for the perfect backpack with your child.

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This & That J.Edgar Hoover a victim of gay gossip?

Popular Conspiracy Theories There is no shortage of suggestions that the FBI director for 48 years, until his death in 1972 at age 77, was gay. But some at any rate are suspect. Author Truman Capote openly admitted he was more interesting in spreading salacious gossip about Hoover than in verifying the truth. Socialite Susan Rosenstiel claimed she had once seen Hoover dressed in full drag and high heels at a sex orgy, calling himself Mary. But had she really? As founder and director of the FBI for so long, Hoover had many enemies. He was overbearing and arrogant and ordered his agents to snoop on Americans for no particular reason. Although several presidents thought of sacking him, none dared to make the move. His biographer Richard Hack denies the rumour that Hoover was gay, saying he had an affair with Dorothy Lamour and was absolutely straight.

Hack thinks that all the gay gossip about Hoover doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. In 2011 the gay rumours surfaced again with a new biopic starring Leonardo diCaprio. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film “J.Edgar” makes out that the fanatical persecutor of gays and lesbians was himself a closet homosexual. This is the guy who banned gays from joining the FBI and spread gossip about Adlai Stevenson, Eleanor Roosevelt and even Madame Chiang Kai Shek to damage their political reputations. What is clear is that Hoover had a strong male bonding with his deputy at the FBI, Clyde Tolson. The two life-long bachelors worked together, ate together at the same Washington restaurant, played together, vacationed together and more or less lived together. When Hoover died, Tolson inherited the estate and is even buried only yards

from his lifelong companion. Inseparable even in death, it seems. Most FBI historians, then and now, dismiss the gay rumours as sour grapes and portray the relationship with Tolson as platonic or buddybuddy. After all, Laurel and Hardy shared the same bed in several movies but nobody has ever suggested gross indecency. But the new movie suspects the FBI director of homoeroticism. It was scripted by Dustin Lance Black, a gay writer who won an Oscar for his 2008 film about the San Francisco mayor and civil rights activist Harvey Milk. Scriptwriter Black never quite puts Hoover’s sexuality beyond all possible doubt. After stumbling encounters with women in the movie, including Ginger Rogers’ mother, Hoover settles down to live with his mum, played in the movie by Judi Dench. So everyone can agree Hoover was a “mama’s boy” but that’s hardly proof of hard sexuality. Attila the Hun was decidedly heterosexual, with a penchant for virgins, but he lived with his mum in the same bumpy wagon until she dropped dead of exhaustion somewhere on the Asian steppes. In the movie, Tolson fusses over Hoover, straightening his tie and even occasionally

holding his hand when nobody’s around. Photographs of the period show them at their ease side-by-side in natty suits. In one scene, Hoover goes to his mum’s bedroom after her death and tries on one of her dresses before ripping it off and bursting into tears. Of course, whether this happened in real life is a moot point.

pleasure as well as business. Yet there is circumstantial evidence that Hoover would never dare risk a gay affair. He was continually shadowed by FBI men throughout his career. One might think that at least one agent might have talked later of the relationship with Tolson. But none ever did, in public anyway. It also seems

FBI director Hoover (left) with life-long companion Tolson

The case that Hoover was gay – and it matters only because of his anti-gay policies at the FBI – is in the Scottish sense of the term “not proven”. Certainly there were rumours during the second world war. Diplomats back then claimed Hoover wore perfume and fussed over afternoon tea “like an old woman”. Truman Capote dubbed Hoover and Tolson “Johnny and Clyde” and Dorothy Parker joked that Hoover chased men for

unlikely that Hoover, with so many enemies, would dare risk picking up young men at parties or on the street. It’s even more doubtful that Hoover might have cross-dressed at gay orgies. All we can say is that, if he did, he miraculously escaped detection. Not a single authentic photo. No one signed affidavit by any male who had a casual affair. Not one definitive attempt at blackmail. Not a word in the News of the World.

But the rumours persist. It has been argued that Hoover was indeed being blackmailed by the mafia which explains why the FBI director never ordered a serious investigation into Casa Nostra. Interesting but just speculation. A former model, Luisa Stewart, claims she vividly remembered the two FBI men holding hands in Hoover’s limousine. What a pity cell phones weren’t around in the 1950s. As Tom Leonard has argued in his review of the new film, whether Hoover was gay or not, he was certainly weird. He had a fascination with the child star Shirley Temple and, for her 21st birthday, gave her a tear gas gun disguised as a fountain pen. Hoover also had a morbid interest in violent death and even kept a copy of bank robber John Dillinger’s death mask outside his office. All that is for sure is that both Hoover and Tolson took their gay secrets, if there were any, to the grave. For my money, I rather think Hoover may have been asexual, that is not able to experience sexual attraction or feelings as most people do. Maybe that’s why he allowed Tolson to paint his toe nails when they were on holiday in Florida. But, then again, you can’t believe everything you read in the newspapers.


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by Gwen Vasquez, www.UrbaneWomen.com

5 Things You Can Do To Cheat-Proof Your Marriage Marriage is rarely easy, indeed it’s one of the oxymorons of life. It’s both beautiful and fun when well-nurtured, but can be very ugly and grueling if you ignore it. So if you are married and you love your spouse, your life and your marriage, then you must take some simple steps to make sure that you make as much effort as possible to keep it a happy and stable marriage, as well as keeping the fun in it alive. So we’ve come up with five great ways by which you can nurture your marriage and most importantly not ruin it by one of you having an affair! 1. Make Sure You’re His Best Friend Make sure that you have many common connections in life, as the more that you have then the less likely your partner is going to treat you as though you’re not there. By always being his best friend, it will help you both to share a lot both good and bad, from having hobbies to do together, to you knowing all that is going on with his work. Also make sure that he knows all about you and your life, as he will then have much more to lose if he hurts you. By doing this it will make it so that he is much less likely to stray away. 2. Keep Being Interested And Support Him As the years pass by, both of you, like many people, can begin to take each other for granted. Don’t let this happen to you, and make sure you listening to each another. Essentially you need to make sure that what matters to your partner also matters to you as well. The key to doing this is to pay attention to each other and always acknowledge one another. This will ensure that neither of you looks for any comfort with anyone else. 3. Keep Varying Your Sex Life Quite often couples or partners who have been together for some time will say that they find their sex life can be boring, so ensure that you keep trying to “spice it up” and keep getting pleasure with your partner. Why not try making love in different locations as well as just trying different positions, even varying the time of day you make love can help. Also try and remember to be playful and spontaneous, and be anything but predictable. 4. Touch Him Often It’s vital that you try to be casually affectionate, just as much as it is for you to be passionate in the appreciation that you show each other at appropriate times. Make sure you do this by holding hands, giving each other back rubs, cuddling each other, and snuggling up in bed before you go to sleep. Doing all of these sorts of things can make the world of difference to keeping your marriage going strong, and they will also greatly help to alleviate your worries that anything is wrong. Also, by touching him regularly, it makes it much harder for him to feel distant from you, like someone can feel if you rarely touch him. 5. Hang Out With Your In-Laws Whilst visiting the shops with your mother-in-law might not sound like your idea of fun, however spending plenty of time with his parents is a very good way to help contribute towards stopping any cheating in your marriage. A research in the journal “Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health” has shown that when people get along well with their partners parents, statistically they are not as likely to stray from their partners. This is because infidelity is often the byproduct of feeling that something in your relationship is missing, and so when your partners’ family both welcome and accept you then you are not so likely to cheat on your partner, as your relationship is carrying an extra layer of support, which develops your overall closeness with your partner. For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com.

Top 10 Hotels in the World TripAdvisor announced the very best hotels in the world, chosen by millions of travelers. And the winners of Travelers’ Choice 2017 are: 1. Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection (Budapest, Hungary)

Recognised by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the best hotels in Europe, the luxurious Aria Hotel Budapest, brings a unique musically inspired travel experience to the historic city center. Aria combines incredible Neo-Baroque style with the generous amenities and guest-focused, unpretentious service the Library Hotel Collection is known for. Aria offers guests the richest package of complimentary amenities available in Budapest, including free breakfast, complimentary afternoon wine and cheese reception, free Wi-Fi and use of in-room iPad, Nespresso Coffee Machine with free coffee capsule assortments, free bottled spring water, turn-down service with handcrafted fine chocolates, access to the hotel’s Music Library and Harmony Spa. 2. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Ubud, Indonesia)

Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is the third property in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection. Located in Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart of Ubud, Mandapa is an exclusive journey inside an indigenous Balinese village, providing a sensory journey to wellness and nature. An ideal destination for the experience collector, Mandapa is beautifully set where the lush jungle meets the Ayung River and temples stand majestic against a backdrop of rice terraces. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will offer 35 suites, 25 private pool villas, four unique dining concepts, including exclusive dining beyond experiences within the Reserve, and a restorative Spa and fitness center. Designed as a sanctuary to relax one’s mind, body, and soul, Mandapa will offer individually tailored spiritual, wellness and health programs as well as activities to suit travelers of all ages along with the personalized attention of a dedicated Patih or butler. 3. Turin Palace Hotel (Turin, Italy) The Turin Palace Hotel, completely renovated, offers its guests airconditioned rooms, decorated in warm pastel colors with wooden floors, flat

screen TV, minibar, safe and private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. All rooms are also equipped with free Wi-Fi. Complete the facilities a 24-hour front, concierge service, lounge and restaurant L ‘Hotel is located opposite the train station of Torino Porta Nuova Station and less than 5 minutes from the metro, making it easy to reach monuments, museums and shopping streets. 4. Hotel The Serras (Barcelona, Spain) This luxur y boutique hotel comprises 28 trendy and very spacious rooms and suites, a Michelin star Chef Restaurant and a chill out rooftop terrace. This elegant 5-star boutique hotel overlooking the new luxury Port Vell alongside the Mediterranean Sea, offers a unique hideaway with a modern understated decor. Ideal for your weekend breaks, business trips and luxury holidays in the heart of Barcelona. It boasts a cool, trendy atmosphere, world-class amenities and dedicated personal service for a truly memorable hotel experience in the first studio of Pablo Picasso on vibrant Barrio Gotico. 5. BoHo Prague Hotel (Prague, Czech Republic) Located just steps from the Old Town Square, BoHo hotel provides guests with an ideal opportunity to enjoy or discover Prague. BoHo redefines comfort, elegance and charm in the Golden City of a thousand Spires.

French Quartier between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area. Each of the courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms and 1 junior suite enjoy first floor balcony views or direct access to the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens. Public spaces include an all-day dining cafe/ restaurant as well as complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. The Spa, Bensley’s Bar and Kroya Restaurant which are located directly opposite the Resort at the Shinta Mani Club are open to guests for their enjoyment. 8. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa (Hanoi, Vietnam) A peaceful hotel with a homely feel, The La Siesta hotel is the newest member of the Hanoi Elegance hotel Group. Set apart from the rest of other properties, it embodies pure luxury. Promising a warm welcome and personal service superbly located on old Ma May Street, it is in easy reach of Hanoi’s evocative Hoan Kiem lake and major attractions. The latest gem is both modern in style as well as embodying the hidden charm of Hanoi’s old quarter. The hotel has 50 spacious bedrooms, including Suites and Duplex rooms. The Suites have modern and comfortable facilities with seating area. And the duplex rooms are particularly good for families and groups of friends. Other facilities include a spa, gym, movie room to help you relax even more during your stay with us. For food lovers experience Vietnam’s authentic cuisine at the Redbean Restaurant on the ground floor. 9. Tulemar Bungalows & Villas (Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica) Tulemar is the premier resort development in Manuel Antonio. Gated and secure, the 33-acre jungle resort is perched on the hillside overlooking the Pacific, but continues down all the way to its own beach. It includes the Tulemar Bungalows and special and unique villas such as Villa Mot Mot, Casa Panorama, Casa de Frutas, Casa Las Nubes, Villa Kiskadee and the new Tulemar Bamboo Villas just for couples. 10. JA Manafaru (Manafaru Island, Maldives)

6. Portrait Firenze (Florence, Italy)

With a spectacular view of the river Arno, the Portrait Firenze is located right next to Ponte Vecchio and Via Tornabuoni’s alluring boutiques. Elegance, sophistication and utmost attention to detail are redefined in this palatial mansion, portraying Italian haute couture of the ’50s, when Florence captivated the world’s attention once again. Interior designer Michele Bonan took inspiration from traditional Florentine craftsmanship, to design 34 splendid suites and guest rooms. The simplicity of classic and contemporary lines is complemented by exquisite fabrics and lavish materials, such as linen and cashmere, warm wood and leather. 7. Shinta Mani Resort (Siem Reap, Cambodia) The Shinta Mani Resort is a newly renovated Bensley-designed boutique property centrally located in the leafy

Situated in the northernmost atoll of the Maldives, Haa Alifu, JA Manafaru recreates the style and charm of traditional Maldivian hospitality, while seamlessly blending Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance to its overall appeal. The resort offers a level of serenity unsurpassed in the Maldives. Sleek and contemporary, it offers unparalleled luxury to the discerning few. Experience luxury in an inimitable style – effortlessly chic while maintaining the charm and tradition that is indigenous to the islands. With two additional private islands to escape to near the resort, you are promised a journey of discovery, and an array of delightful opportunities to experience the virgin beauty of Maldives. Take your pick from the beautifully designed contemporary thatched villas, complete with your own private pool and a Villa Host to attend to your every whim. Each villa is a celebration of sleek, contemporary Maldivian architecture, where floor to ceiling doors opening out onto a spacious deck blur the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors.


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Local Sports Stanton scores in the Scramble! Mashi and Dave conquer

Steve Ellison

Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees First off, our March golf schedule is now posted on our Facebook page so you might want to get a jump and get signed up for our road trip to Kabinburi for an overnighter on the 23rd. Another good turnout saw eight groups hit the road for Green Valley. It’s a shame about the roadworks causing such chaos but in a few months it will all be back to normal…I think. One good thing is that the construction on those toll booths seems to have come to a standstill. The Sweeney had a good day and 35 got Stevie third on the podium. Eternal bridesmaid (but in the frame once more) Alan Rothwell bettered his cap with 38 points for second. He’s making a career out of this game! Our old pal the Z-Man joined us and showed the regulars how the game is played with a big red 40 circled at the top of his scorecard to claim the win. Martin is a regular at Siam so maybe these greens were a bit easy for the 14 handicapper! Nice shootin’, bud. I had to buy Mark Wood a drink as his birdie on the Caddy Smile near pin gave him the required “2” for a bevvie of choice back at The Club.

times booked and chose the 6,340 yard white tees for the scramble. Our first group teed off at 10:10 am and the last of the groups came in at 4:30 pm so it turned into an 11-hour day with traffic on the way back. The course was in really good condition and weather was a bit warm but beautiful. The lower handicapped teams seemed to rule the roost and the podium was full of Pattaya’s best. I thought for a minute about going to the hundredths for the handicaps, and in retrospect should have, as the winners tied at 65.3! The reason for this trip was for me ol’mate Darren Stanton who had some lads coming over from Oz and he wanted to show them Wangjuntra. They were well impressed but trust Dazza to go out and win the darn thing! With his mate Mick Neyland, they tied with Sean McHugh (Yep, that’s Johnnie’s nephew.) and his

tough Treasure Hill Treasure Hill – St Hello wanna-be golfers. The busy season is winding down, and soon temperatures will be winding up. Right now the Tropical golfers are in that in-between time. A slightly reduced but still healthy nineteen golfers met at BJ's Lodge for good eats and ride assignments. Today we headed out to Treasure Hill – an interesting layout and tough test. Despite some construction

on the way we arrived in time to get some putts in before teeing off. With a 1,150 baht price including cart, many elected to ride this day even though the weather wasn't so hot. Treat yourself sometimes! The course was in pretty good condition, although the lack of recent rain is starting to show, and TH suffers from that unique Pattaya malady of cutting the fairway too short when the underlying surface doesn't support it. Greens at

Michael Brett Golfer of the Month

Results: 1st – Martin Zimmerman (14) 40 points 2nd – Alan Rothwell (7) 38 points 3rd – Steve Sweeney(22) 35 points T – 4th Andy Makara (26) 34 points T – 4thIan Whitworth (20) 34 points Mountain Shadow – Stableford – Blue Tees As we all know, the clubhouse here has seen better days but the course is holding up OK and reports back from the lads were positive. Mountain Shadow is at a great price point and as a local it can be recommended. If I were flying 16 hours to get here, there would be other courses higher on the list. Boy was it windy out here today! Gusts up to 30 mph protected those quick greens and made for some laughable scoring. Having a 29 and being in the money was a shocker for some! Dandy Dan Dietz and Fred Birch were the two blokes with raised eyebrows and smiles on their faces and were happy to collect some handsome man vouchers from Capt. Dave. The Mayor of New York took sole third behind his Wangjuntra partner Kenny Aihara and Rob Taylor, both on 32,who were the winners. Results: T - 1st –Kenny Aihara (6) 32 points T - 1st –Rob Taylor (9.6) 32 points 3rd – Alan Rothwell (7) 30 points T-4th – Dan Dietz (10) 29 points T-4th – Fred Birch (17) 29 points Wangjuntra Highlands – Scramble White Tees I can give you all a piece of advice when playing this course, book a room at the hotel and stay overnight and play the Jungle or Valley the next day. It is just too long of a day to drive two hours out there, play a round and then drive two hours or more back to Pattaya, even when somebody else is driving. The hotel rooms here are quite nice, very large but basic and all are clean and comfortable. You must bring your own nightlife, and the game room has a big TV, pool table and foosball in a log cabin motif. By nine o’clock you will be knackered anyway. A two-man scramble was on the cards for today and that is the perfect format for this crazy course. The Highlands track is spectacular and truly a one of a kind design, but offers certain challenges that would take the wind out of your sails playing a standard comp. We had 18 teams (36 golfers) and nine tee

Darren Stanton, Mick Neyland, Sean McHugh and Andy Bell back at The Club. buddy Andy Bell. These boys were just killin’ it off the tee box and drove the green on a couple of par-4’s! William Hill and Ladbrokes favourites Kenny Aihara and Alan Rothwell had a big disadvantage playing off just 2.9 but had a respectable day with a 66.1 on the card for third place. Results: T - 1st – Darren Stanton/ Mick Neyland (5.7) net 65.3 T - 1st – Sean McHugh/ Andy Bell (4.7) net 65.3 3rd - Alan Rothwell/Kenny Aihara (2.9) net 66.1 Crystal Bay – Stableford – Yellow Tees Twenty-eight golfers joined us today and the venue was Crystal Bay. The sister to Mountain Shadow, this course is remembered by the three tall condo towers looming over the clubhouse and visible from most holes. There are 27 holes here and it is an enjoyable track. Today was a lovely day for golf, clear skies and that wind we had earlier had died down to a nice breeze. Scoring was good. Ishi and Zed both managed to hit that 40 mark and Freddy Birch came good for third place as well. MasaTojo got the Caddy Smile near pin and the birdie, but ran off after the presentation so, Masa-san, I still owe you a drink! Results: T - 1st – Zed Belogavec (19) 40 points T - 1st – Masao Ishikawa (18) 40 points 3rd – Fred Birch (17) 36 points Thanks for joining us this week, and keep it in the fairway! The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and located in the Heart of Pattaya on Soi L.K. Metro. We broadcast all EPL, UFC, NFL, MLB and NHL games live. Our kitchen is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail. com and see updates at www.facebook.com/ golfclubpattaya... all handicaps welcome.

by Derek Brook

TH are notoriously difficult, and the pin positions this day were extra punishing. After last week's scorefest at Bangpakong, would the confidence hold over? No way! A-Flight (0-18): Treasure Hill was the winner this day with no one getting to handicap, but someone has to be first. Mashi Kaneta (c/h 15) tied for best score of the day with 35 points. Way to hang in there, Mashi! Next was Landis Brook (10) with 32 on countback over Richard Kubicki (15) with the same. B-Flight (19+): Dave Cooper (22) continued his amazing roll by winning B-Flight with 35 points, followed by Gorden Clegg (34) and Carole Kubicki (27) each with 32. Near Pins: John Davis (2), Daryl Evans, Walter Baechli Best Nines (non-winner): Dick Warberg, Graham Buckingham

Gerry Arthur bids a fond farewell! by Peter Grey Pleasant Valley As we assembled at the Swan all golfers showed up enthusiastically with eager anticipation on playing that great golf course Pleasant Valley. The discount pricing that was on offer made it very worthwhile. One would say that it’s been about nine months since we last journeyed here! A couple of late pull outs dropped the field down to 20 which I have to say was a shame as this is a great course. The course was in good nick sometimes renowned for having a bit too much water on fairways, but there is no criticisms that you can put on this course. Fairways were lush, greens were true and generally speaking caddies were good as well. Scores were good but could have been a little better. We went from the front tees, with the fairways having some run; this suited both the big hitters and the not so big hitters, resulting in a very smart choice for the day. Gerry Arthur in his last outing this trip showed a clean pair of heels and his 36 points put him ahead of the rest. Second spot went to the countback with JC Lhoste winning the countback from Steve Younger. Fourth and fifth also went to the countback with Martin Todd taking fourth from Dave Maw.

Back at the Swan, we welcomed back JC Lhoste, and said goodbye to Terry Farmer Payne, Andy Zwart, Drew McGaw and Gerry Arthur. All returning to their respective homes. D-For was let off his chain and was free to collect much needed funds to help the less fortunate of Pattaya and surrounding areas. All donations are gratefully accepted. The GS is a “friendly” golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers, young and old, male or female to have a hit on any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya. Contact Peter Grey if you are interested in playing on 0861 503086

Results: 1st – Gerry Arthur (18) 36 points 2nd – J C Lhoste (28) 34 points 3rd – Steve Younger (12) 34 points 4th – Martin Todd (10) 33 points 5th– David Maw (10) 33 points NTP’s 5th – Gerry Arthur 8th – Tony Berry 13th - Gerry Arthur 17th – Bill Stienmann Longest First Putt 9th – Martin Todd 18th – Martin Todd

Winners Gerry Arthur with runner up JC Lhoste.


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Local Sports Just like Bastille Day, J.C PSC Tropical Golf from BJ's Lhoste Storms to the front! by Derek Brook

by Peter Grey

Treasure Hill Another perfect sultry day greeted us, and with an easier than normal bus trip, we teed up off the yellow markers before scheduled time. Probably the first time that we have witnessed Treasure Hill a little on the dry side. Still playing at a very good price this course is still worth the journey. Once again, our compliments are extended to the management of Treasure Hill GC who oversee a fantastic course and have made it available until the end of August at the very good rate of 1,050 baht including g/f, caddie and cart. Well done indeed! With a small field we played one flight only with J.C Lhoste playing to win his first game at the Swan. His 36 points (with 20 from the back 9) gave him the nod (via the countback system) from Mike Johns. Another countback separated 3rd and 4th with Alex Field getting the nod over Sal Brizzi. Results: 1st - J. C Lhoste (28) 36 points c/b

2nd - Mick Johns (16) 36 points c/b 3rd - Alex Field (16) 35 points c/b 4th - SalBrizzi (4) 35 points c/b

NTP’s: 2 Bill Steinman 6 Tiziano Dal Pastro 13 Bill Steinman 17 Glenn Smith Long First Putt: 9 Patrick Poussier 18 Tiziano Dal Pastro Back at The Growling Swan, D-For ran amongst all the punters, he accepted many donations and the players are thanked for their continued contributions to assist the needy children of Pattaya. For serious golfing with a dash of fun, the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. Contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.

Alan Sanders and winner JC Lhoste

Crystal Bay (Stableford) This course has always been a bit special to me. I have played all the major courses many times and all the courses here are great, but for a few years this course was in such prime condition that it outshone the others. Whilst this is just my own personal view, I believe many others remember this course when it was at its best. Sadly some years ago it started to go downhill. The fairways started to get the weed type grass, into it, and the greens started to become like a patchwork green quilt of many colours. The whole course went downhill as did the changing rooms, and the restaurant also showed deterioration that was indeed sad. Cold showers were not unusual. On this day, I was interested to see how the course was playing and how the whole set up was getting on. Well it was a mixed bag. We played the C nine first and it was not in prime condition. The fairways were patchy and the greens were, in my opinion, not at all good. The greens were still a patchwork and mottled if still green. You had to pass over many colours to hit the hole. Then onto the B nine and it was a whole different game. The fairways

Flight winners

were a bit bare, but then so are most courses at present, but the greens were totally different, at least they seemed one colour and seemed fast and true. I seem to remember the B nine was closed for some time while it was refurbished. Not a bad job. This is a great place to go, with good rates, and some good scores, but I cannot help but remember how good this course can be. At least when we got back to the changing room we had some hot showers and some nice white towels. With the nice polished floor, no carpet, in the restaurant it felt good and the food was well priced and tasty. So back to home base. Soon into the results the scores were quite good. In the A flight, zero to 18, the winner

was Brian Parish with 39 points ahead of a countback on 38 points that saw John Davis in second, Landis Brooks in third and Brian Gabe just losing out. In the B flight the winner was Carole Kubicki with 38 points ahead of Gordon Clegg in second with 37 points and George King in third with 36 points. Best front nine was Brian Gabe with 20 points, on countback from Don Carmody, and back nine was Richard Kubicki with 19 points. Then it was time for going home and straight to bed. And if you believe that you will believe the moon is made of green cheese. T.T.F.N. Near pin: George King, John Davis, Richard Kubicki and Carole Kubicki

“The Don” Richardson wins monthly mug! by Cassa Plutaluang Two buses and some cars headed to The Big Navy course loaded with enthusiastic golfers, ready to test their metal against the challenging north and west courses. Pre game comments were subdued, both enroute and in the locker room, as minds

were already focusing on their individual game plans. One of the oldest players in the group today certainly kept his cool and used his mental stability to fall over the line ahead of the second placed player and way ahead of the rest of the field. The four courses at this Navy facility (North, South and East and West nines) are

Winners Don Richardson and Tom McMahon

challenging at the best of times, but with fair pricing, it is worth the time to take on. Martin Todd was the elected captain for today’s stroke round, and he had the field play off the white tees with drop zones in play. The signature “Lighthouse” par three 3rd hole “drop zone”, behind the green, was utilized by three players in this scribe's post. With all electing to putt up the face of the green and take on the down slope to the pin on the other side, Steve Younger managed to salvage a bogey, Tom McMahon sent his ball over the green into the water on the other side, for his second wet ball on this hole, but taking the cake was Glenn Smith sending another three balls into the depths to follow his wet tee shot! Not to be outdone, one player had 16 on a par 3! So back to the oldest player in the group today. Senior golfer Don Richardson (14) played smart golf to take out the February Monthly Mug award with 73 nett. He was closely followed by the French Connection, Patrick Poussier (26) with 74 nett. Third spot was a count back between visitor G Cho (10) and, not seen playing for a few months, Stu Rifkin (16) who ended up with fourth position overall with nett 78. Results: (One grade 0 – 36 handicaps)

1st - Don Richardson (16) 73 nett 2nd - Patrick Poussier (26) 74 nett 3rd - G Cho (10) 78 nett (CB) 4th - Stu Rifkin (16) 78 nett

NTP’s 3rd – Stu Rifkin 6th – Stu Rifkin 12th - G Cho 17th - G Cho LFP’s 9th – G Cho 18th – Lawrence Lee Before hosting a lovely tom yum chicken dish, Peter Grey announced presentations and made his customary welcomes to the following: Tom McMahon, Bill Hol, G Cho and Lawrence Lee, and bid farewell to young Tom McMahon and Peter Bye! D-For the dog was the happy recipient of many more donations for the needy children of Pattaya, and the golfers are thanked yet again for their kind generosity. The GS is a friendly golf outlet and caters for and encourages all golfers male and female to have a hit at any of our weekly outings. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays at one of the many fine golf courses in and around Pattaya.


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You & Your Pets

This dog’s for you The rewards of pet ownership are many and varied—everything from companionship and affection to improved immune system, reduced depression, and even lower blood pressure. We covered some of these points in our January 1 column, leaving some readers with the question: what type of pet should I adopt? However, others immediately decided that a dog would be a perfect addition to their household. Leading to a different question: What kind of dog? The answer to that question is: what kind of person are you? If you’re an outdoors type you probably want a canine companion that shares your joy. Just about every dog loves to get out and about, but breeds that adore long daily walks or vigorous exercise tend to be mediumlarge breeds, including Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Doberman

Pinschers, Rottweilers, Irish and English Setters, Weimaraners, Border Collies, most Pointers, German Shepherds, and Dalmatians. If the extent of your al fresco ventures is limited to a daily walk along Jomtien or Pattaya Beach, a Golden Retriever or Portuguese water dog would love to go with you. Make sure your water-loving dog doesn't get dehydrated, sunburned, or drink salt water, and never leave your pup alone near water. Got kids? Virtually any breed will be a great companion for a child, but some breeds are particularly known for their love of children from beagles and boxers for little kids to dachshunds for gentle, older kids, and Labrador Retrievers and Saint Bernards to protect and play with children of all ages. If you live in an apartment or a condo, you may want a dog that

doesn't tend to bark and who needs only moderate exercise during short walks around the neighborhood. Think English Toy Spaniels, Bedlington Terriers, or Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Basenjis don’t bark (they make low crowing sounds), but they are energetic. Other breeds known to have a quiet temperament include Greyhounds and English Sheepdogs, but they may not work in a confined space. Not-so-quiet apartment dogs include a Havanese, Affenpinscher, and Chihuahua. Then there’s the emotional question: yours and theirs. If you have a lot of love and affection to give, opt for a pup that thrives on human companionship. Think Pomeranian, Chinese crested, French bulldog, or toy poodle. For a dog that loves your attention and is a good watchdog too, consider a Beagle, Bloodhound, or American Cocker Spaniel. Not so needy? More independent breeds may be a better fit, particularly if you lead a busy life. Such breeds include Alaskan Malamutes, Borzoi (Russian Wolfhounds), and Chinese Shar-Peis. Finally, for those who tend to socialize or are looking for a love connection, you probably crave a canine confederate who likes to go places, loves to meet new people, and doesn’t tend to bite strangers or friends. The Golden and Labrador Retriever along with Setters rank at the top of the list for attracting members of the opposite sex and are friendly companions. Stay clear of pit bulls.

Some tips to help provide for your pet’s well being.

Gott segne dich Is your cat sneezing? Like people, cats are vulnerable to allergies, sinus irritation, and upper respiratory infections. Symptoms may include sneezing and a runny nose. Sneezing in cats is most often caused by a viral infection picked up from being around other infected cats. Other causes of sneezing may include inhaled allergens, grass (the green variety, as in lawns), or even tumors. If sneezing continues for more than a few days, check with your vet.

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/

Sleepyheads

These 3 lovely kittens, 2 boys and a girl, were found on Christmas day and had only just been born. As you can see they have grown up to be big and strong. In this photo they are having a well deserved nap after spending most of the morning tearing around the house.

Holly

Holly is the mum of the kittens in the previous photo. We found her and her babies on Christmas day it was clear that they had just been born. Since being with us she has put on a lot of weight and is now a very friendly girl. By the time you read this article she will neutered and vaccinated.

Shelley

Shelley is a very friendly girl who loves helping in the garden and with the housework. She is a little shy though and will need a bit of time to get used to a new home and owner. Once she gets to know you though she will never leave your side.

Mr. Tibbs

This friendly handsome boy has been with us for a few years now. He just loves playing in the garden and is a good cat for catching vermin. He would love to go to a new home where he could be the centre of attention but could also be a good friend for your lonely puss.

Cat Corner Tip

Going to the Dogs... I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl.

~Penny Ward Moser

A lost Dachshund was found swallowed whole in the stomach of a giant catfish in Berlin. Cats are extremely sensitive to vibrations. They are said to detect earthquake tremors 10 or 15 minutes before humans can.

Don’t let Tabby become Tubby How much food does your cat need? It depends on a variety of factors, some of which you might not expect. For example, is your cat an indoor or outdoor animal? Has your cat been spayed or neutered? Both affect your cat's dietary requirements. But don’t guess. Ask your vet for advice. He or she will determine your cat's ideal weight and daily calorie count. But as you may have noticed already among local veterinarians, you cannot wait for the doc to volunteer such information. Be proactive. Ask specifically about your cat's weight, recommended foods and portion sizes, feeding schedule, etc. Then stick to those guidelines to ensure your cat’s healthy weight. If your cat gets fat, you’ve got a big problem.


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Games

CROSSWORD Across

Down 1. Air-rifle ammo 2. Cookie type 3. Despots 4. Tennis area 5. Type of inedible pie 6. List abbr. 7. Narc’s org. 8. Last-year students (abbr.) 10. Commit slander 11. Parts of ft. 15. Horizontal 16. Where Munich is (abbr.) 17. Moved in a circle 18. Fretted 19. “___ a miracle!” 22. Senior to 26. Agnes de ___ 27. Washington VIP (abbr.) 28. Switch positions 29. Frequently, to Keats 30. Ad ___ (improvise) 31. Heredity inits. 33. Catch sight of

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Identify which word is being defined. 1. Definition: An understanding between two or more parties that is often embodied in a legally binding, written contract. First letter: A Answer: __________ 2. Definition: A collection of securities held by an investor. First letter: P Answer: __________ 3. Definition: Physical structures that form the foundation for development. _____ includes: wastewater and water works, electric power, communications, transit and transportation facilities, and oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. First letter: I Answer: __________ 4. Definition: An acknowledgment of

appreciation. First letter: T Answer: __________ 5. Definition: Area between the belly and the wing. First letter: S Answer: __________ 6. Definition: Electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the eye. First letter: L Answer: __________ 7. Definition: The term most commonly used to refer to an academic unit, i.e., a sub-unit of a college under the supervision of a chair who reports to a dean. Because of new organizational patterns in the university, such units are also sometimes called schools or divisions. The term may also refer to divisions or schools.

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1. Bungle 6. McBain and McMahon 9. Marshy inlet 10. Liquid measure 12. Play the guitar 13. Peruvian natives 14. Agates 16. “___ Ben” 17. Intl. conflict 20. Enjoy a meal 21. New Year’s ___ 23. Sizzling 24. Author Stevenson’s inits. 25. Fudd and Gantry 27. “Tinker, Tailor, ___, Spy” 29. Ancient 32. Immigrants’ island 34. Helsinki residents 35. Slumber 36. Vague schedule info (abbr.) 37. Lingerie item

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First letter: D Answer: __________ 8. Definition: Currency and coins on hand, bank balances, and negotiable money orders and checks. First letter: C Answer: __________ 9. Definition: A bird that rises from its own ashes. First letter: P Answer: __________ 10. Definition: A division of the year according to some regularly recurring phenomena, usually astronomical or climatic. For example, in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is said to begin on the winter solstice and end on the vernal equinox when spring begins, covering the months of December, January, and February. First letter: S Answer: __________

Answers: 1. Agreement; 2. Portfolio; 3. Infrastructure; 4. Thanks; 5. Side; 6. Light; 7. Department; 8. Cash; 9. Phoenix; 10. Season.

Hidden Words Puzzle

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Answers: 1. Garden; 2. Bloom; 3. Farm; 4. Seed; 5. Dig; 6. Vine.


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