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Pattaya Bridge Thriving

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otwithstanding a heap of negative publicity last year, the game of bridge is booming in the resort city of Pattaya. Two registered bridge clubs are operating several afternoons per week and at least one international school is offering bridge as a leisure pursuit. Meanwhile, there is a healthy bridge section at Sattahip’s naval base which also competes in friendly matches against local clubs. In February 2016, Pattaya Bridge Club (more properly named Jomtien and Pattaya Bridge Club) was raided – not by the police – but by the civilian licensing bureau which had been informed (erroneously) that gambling was taking place at the rented premises. Although 32 members of the club spent many hours in detention, they were all released without charge. Their passports and bail money were returned within a couple of weeks. Officials at the club decided to register the club under a new authority and is now a formal part of the Chonburi Sports Association. A separate bridge club in the resort is believed to be registered with the Thailand Bridge League, based in Bangkok, which organizes domestic and international bridge fairs and competitions. The raid on Pattaya Bridge Club received negative international publicity for the resort, largely because of the

advanced age of the 32 arrested members who were in their 70s and 80s. All were foreigners on the day of the raid. What was less widely reported was that none of them was ever prosecuted in court or asked to pay a fine. Pattaya police arranged for all bail money and passports to be returned to members within days. The club reopened in October 2016, howbeit with a different registration certificate issued by the Chonburi Sports Association. Bridge is believed to have been introduced into Thailand around the

turn of the twentieth century by His Majesty King Rama V. The game in a club setting was largely restricted to Bangkok until 1994 when the first provincial branch of the Thailand Bridge League was founded in Pattaya. Subsequently, accredited bridge clubs were also set up in Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hua Hin which are still operational today. Playing bridge or cards is not illegal in Thailand, but gambling is strictly prohibited. Additionally, there are Continued on page 4


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News New tunnel opens…and closes

APRIL FOOL Quite a lot of people were caught out by the April 1 joke that the British embassy was moving to Pattaya following the sale of its residence in central Bangkok.  The cheeky rascals responsible even mentioned Soi 6 as the new venue with the clarification that a plot of land had already been bought.  NO STOPPING UTAPAO Although substantial development is underway at Utapao airport, the military government is said to be entertaining even grander plans for the 2020s with a second runway and facilities to service 15 million passengers a year as opposed to the 3 million currently estimated.  Probably won’t happen without a hi-speed rail link to the airports at Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang.  MONEY IN THE BANK   In response to a visa question:  an applicant for a one year retirement visa who has income of less than 800,000 baht equivalent can make up the difference with cash in a Thai bank.  But that money must have been there for three months prior to the application being made or two months if a first time and not a renewal.  NEW MEXICAN  A new Mexican restaurant has opened on Soi 17 leading to the Land Office in south Pattaya.  Run by Dave, and advertised as such, there is a menu of Mexican favourites such as tacos, burritos and enchiladas.  Vegetarians are catered for.  You can choose spicy or not. Closed on Mondays.  UNDERPASS PROBLEMS The new Sukhumvit underpass is currently open during the Songkran period but will close again for the last-minute essentials.  Apparently, the huge signs and lighting- not the responsibility of the contractor – are part of the delay and are handled by City Hall departments.  LAMINATION PROBLEMS It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a shop offering a reliable lamination service, for example for a miniature version of your passport.  Strongly recommended is the camera and computer shop on Second Road, immediately opposite Soi 8.  Prompt and good value service here.  RETIREE TEACHERS It’s sometimes suggested that Pattaya’s retirees could be useful in teaching the local population English-language skills.  But the problem is the work permit.  On the other hand, retirees may not be up-to-date with modern communication methods or even be clueless when it comes to teaching. 

The Sukhumvit underpass at Pattaya Klang was finally opened to traffic last week then closed again to allow completion of construction. Official opening is now

scheduled for next month (it says here). Originally it was set to open last February. The brief respite in construction was meant to ease traffic congestion during Songkran.

Tourist falls Gold shop to his death thief arrested A tourist from Hong Kong fell from the fifth level of Central Festival Pattaya Beach and was rushed to hospital. He suffered head and body injuries for which he was treated by medical volunteers on site and by doctors at the hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries. Police are reviewing CCTV footage to determine the reason for the victim’s fall.

The Pattaya police arrested Chaichan Phusio, 25, suspected of stealing a gold ring from a jewelry shop in Central Pattaya. Police were able to identify the suspect on the shop’s surveillance video, following which the owner contacted him and asked for payment. When Chaichan arrived at the gold shop he was arrested. He later admitted to stealing the ring so he could buy drugs. The man had previously been charged with robbery and rape.

Yet one more gold necklace snatched A 30,000-baht gold necklace was snatched from a Chinese tourist on Soi 6. The 19-year-old victim said a man on a motorcycle grabbed the necklace from her neck while she was walking to her hotel. Police are on the alert.

Vehicle safety rules imposed, enforced and relaxed

TOUR BUSES Can it really be true that there are fewer Chinese zero-sum tours being organized in Pattaya? The long lines of parked buses on Thappraya Road, which have temporary permission to be there according to City Hall, suggest otherwise.  PATTAYA STEREOTYPE   Strange how critics of the resort still categorize all Pattaya businesses as sex-related.  One would think that all the expensive condos, top class restaurants , exclusive restaurants and familyrelated theme parks might have changed the stereotype.  But, then again, bad news still sells newspapers in the UK.  WAITER UNEMPLOYMENT  Still a small number, but some eateries are now asking you to order your food by pressing buttons on a computer-menu at your table.  The food then appears some minutes later at a serving hatch.  Waiter-less restaurants are cheaper for the operators than the traditional type, but what about customer care?

Just hours after imposing strict regulations for passengers to buckle up in vehicles and stay out of the cargo beds of pickups, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha rescinded that latter dictate until April 18. Recognizing that banning passengers from pickups would inconvenience people during the Songkran festivities, Prayut instructed police to strictly enforce traffic

laws, including speeding, drunk driving and using seat belts when riding in vehicles. However, he said the new restriction regarding travelling in the cargo bed of pickup trucks would be postponed until after the New Year festival. Earlier this month, police around Thailand began fining drivers and passengers between 100 and 500 baht for violating the new rules.


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News Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya joins forces with local partners to promote family attractions on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard A leading luxury resort on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, M öve n p i c k S i a m H o t e l Pattaya, launched a program of family-oriented activities in partnership with Siam Music Yamaha, Siam Country Club Pattaya and the Thailand Equestrian Federation, based on active and engaging vacation experiences that provide young visitors and their parents with an opportunity to learn together. The program was announced during a press conference held at the Pacific City Club in Bangkok, which also included an introduction by Suladda Sarutilavan, Pattaya Office director, Tourism Authority of Thailand. According to Suladda, TAT is keen to promote the Eastern Seaboard region as a family destination. She said: “The TAT already runs campaigns to highlight Pattaya as a diverse and appealing world-class family destination for domestic and international visitors and the area now attracts around 10 million visitors per year. Several major transport and infrastructure projects have been initiated that will help develop the region as

a family tourist destination. These include the expansion of U-Tapao Airport, a new road tunnel, which opened in time for the Songkran public holiday, and also a proposed high-speed rail service.” Such projects make Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard increasingly accessible, which is one reason why the Thai government has identified the region as a new Eastern Economic Corridor (ECC). “Pattaya is also home to a vast choice of attractions and activities, including fascinating cultural sites and temples, championship golf courses, first-class marinas, water parks, as well as diverse shopping options and endless culinary delights,” added Suladda. Dr. Peerawat Chookhiatti, managing director, Siam Music Yamaha pointed out the musical side to the greater Pattaya region. “Pattaya is already home to several popular music events and the surroundings provide the perfect inspiration for children and adults to learn an instrument, make music or enjoy live musical performances. The annual Yamaha Thailand Music

Festival – a competition we run for Yamaha music students around the country – attracts thousands of entries, including a large number of students from our Pattaya branch. We are also hosting a violin camp at Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya from April 21 to 23, which will attract some 20 families and includes workshops and a performance on the beach.” Another activity that is attracting increasing attention for Pattaya is polo. Nara Ketusingha, secretary general and manager, Thailand Equestrian Federation said: “Polo and other equestrian sports are gaining a greater public profile in Thailand. International-class tournaments regularly take place at the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club in Pattaya and these events show the exciting, social side of polo, combining high quality match play with interesting activities for spectators and families. Learning to take care of horses and building a relationship with such intelligent animals is a highly valuable experience for children. As part of this program we plan to introduce

families to new experiences that will help them understand the range of skills required to ride horses and play polo.” Tyrone Renggli, head of instruction and CEO, TPR Golf Academy at Siam Country Club Pattaya, echoed the value of learning and new experiences as a way for children to develop important life skills: “When you teach children to play golf, they learn about concentration and discipline. It’s also a game you can play from the time you’re able to hold a club until the day your arms no longer let you swing. In teaching kids

to golf, we introduce them to new interests they can share not only with their friends but also with other generations. It offers social as well as physical benefits.” With so much diversity and choice available for families visiting the Pattaya, M öve n p i c k S i a m H o t e l Pattaya provides an ideal base for experiences and activities that can be enjoyed in a range of locations within easy reach of the hotel, said Marc Sittl, the hotel’s general manager. “We place great emphasis on families at Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya and our facilities

and services strengthen the hotel’s position as the best place for a family vacation in this part of Thailand. The aim of this program is to help our guests make the most of our unique five-star property while also highlighting the diverse range of attractions on offer in the Pattaya area to enjoy while they spend quality time together. There really is something for everyone around Pattaya, and with our partners we can offer a wide range of interesting new experiences that will continue to draw Thai and international tourists to this part of Thailand.”


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News Travel site TripAdvisor rates five Thai Pattaya Bridge Thriving destinations as Best in Asia for 2017 Continued from page 1

regulations about the need to use playing cards manufactured in Thailand and not overseas. An act passed by the Japanese occupying forces in Bangkok in 1943 restricted the number of packs of cards found in any one location to just two. Presumably, this legislation was never intended to apply to bridge club events as they require dozens of packs in use at the same time. Barry Kenyon, who founded Pattaya Bridge Club in 1994 and is still a regular attender, said “It has taken many months to sort out the knock-on effects of the unfortunate raid in February 2016. Initial

fears that bridge would become unlawful in Thailand have proved to be unfounded. The raid has led to much clearer communication with the local authorities who, I believe, are now fully briefed that we never play for money or reward in a registered Thai club.” He added that bridge, which is being considered for inclusion in some future Olympic events, is an important niche market for Thailand’s campaign to attract good quality tourism. “If you want to be less dependent on beer halls and night clubs in Pattaya, then bridge can be a good recruiting sergeant.”

Five of Asia’s most loved destinations of 2017 are in Thailand, according to a poll of the top 25 taken by the popular international travel website TripAdvisor, which recently released its Travellers’ Choice listings for the year. The southern resort islands of Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Tao and the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai were all named in the Top 25 of the Best Destinations in Asia for 2017. Phuket took 3rd place with Samui and Koh Tao coming in the 7th and 15th place, respectively.

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2017 set to welcome 3,000th entry

More than 250 boats and 700 sailors and friends representing 25 nationalities, will congregate in Pattaya from May 4 to 8, 2017 to take part in what has become the largest multi-class regatta of its kind in Asia – the Top of the Gulf Regatta presented by Ocean Marina. Supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Pattaya City, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, Top of the Gulf Regatta is set to welcome it’s 3,000th entrant this year and is the penultimate event in the 2016/17 AsianYachting Grand Prix championship. Top of the Gulf Regatta is the only marina-based regatta in Thailand. Hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club – South East Asia’s largest marina – it is the only marina in Thailand with the capability to organise a regatta of this size. Following changes to Customs Department rulings in Pattaya last year, the number of visiting international yachts to the region is set to increase, and in response Ocean Marina is to increase capacity to 450 boats, boding well for future regatta growth. Having received international acclaim in 2016 and 2014, the multi award-winning regatta is an international showcase for sailing and the Gulf of Thailand. Famous for its warm weather sailing and good winds, Top of the Gulf Regatta has a well earned reputation for world-class sailing and race management, and a relaxed and convivial après-regatta scene. Unique in it’s diversity, up to 12

classes are planned for the Regatta with participants from six years to 70+ years competing and sailors from novice to professional, with world champions and past and future Olympians also taking part. Joining the international crews are the Thai National SEA Games Team who will be competing against other national teams in their final international event prior to the SEA Games in August, in Kuala Lumpur. “2017 will be a milestone year for Top of the Gulf Regatta as we will welcome our 3,000th entry. Having started from humble beginnings in 2005 and marketed the event to yachting communities in Europe, Australia and Asia every year, our aim has always been to provide an international quality sailing event for a diverse fleet of boats. Two awards in recent years is recognition of our efforts and as we enter our 13th year we are set to welcome a large fleet of more than 250 boats, including some of the region’s best keelboat and multihull sailors,” said William Gasson, co-chairman, Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee. Keelboat and Multihull Classes The racing keelboat fleet will be split into three IRC Classes with some of the region’s best 40-foot and TP52 sailors battling it out for the bragging rights, including Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2016 winner “THA72”, the Sydney 40 “Emagine”, winner of Phuket Raceweek 2016, as well as top sailors such as Ray Roberts (AUS), Steve McConaghy (AUS) and many more. In the Cruising Class experienced local crews, including the

all Thai team on Le Vent (Jeanneau 42i), will be up against a number of international entries, while Kirati Assakul returns to defend his title in the Ocean Multihulls Class. A strong showing of crews from Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore across the classes will make for some topclass racing. Coronation Cup Fi r s t r a c e d i n 1 9 9 6 , t h e Coronation Cup (incorporated in the Top of the Gulf Regatta) is competed for in one-design Bruce Farr 25ft Platu sports boats. Thailand is home to the largest Platu fleet in Asia and the Coronation Cup has become the largest one-design competition in the region. This year sees past champions return and up to 15 teams from as far as the UK, Japan and Australia, as well national champions from Russia and three teams from Singapore, taking part. Dinghy Classes A fleet of 70+ Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7’s will compete in the Single-Handed Monohull Dinghy Class while in the Double-Handed Monohull Dinghy Class a strong line-up of 420s and 470s will take to the start line. As a warm-up event for the 2017 SEA Games national teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand will also be competing. Thailand Optimist National Championships Incorporated in the Top of the Gulf Regatta, Thailand’s premier youth sailing event will again welcome

Ever-popular Bangkok was 8th on the list and Chiang Mai came 12th. These five destinations appear regularly at the top of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, which are based on the quantity and quality of travellers’ reviews and ratings on the TripAdvisor website gathered over the previous 12-month period. Phuket, which is also rated 10th for Best in the World, was praised by the TripAdvisor travellers for its “blue lagoons and salmon sunsets”, while Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand is unique in being a place where you explore the local culture and fishing communities. Koh Tao, also in the Gulf of Thailand, was reviewed as a paradise with “300 days of sun per year” which invites “long afternoons of lounging”. Bangkok, which has long been one of the world’s most popular

cities, was loved by TripAdvisor travellers for its “golden palaces, floating markets and majestic porcelain-laid spires.” Meanwhile, Chiang Mai was recommended for its sprawling night market, ancient city temples and fragrant botanical gardens. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site and gathers advice and reviews from millions of travellers from around the world, covering seven million hotels and types of accommodation, restaurants and attractions. The website reaches 390 million monthly visitors in 49 worldwide markets. For a complete list of the best destinations in the world, region, and Thailand, as well as for the review and traveller’s photos visit TripAdvisor 2017 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

sailors from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and from all over Thailand to compete. A record fleet of 150+ is expected with national teams from around the world taking the opportunity to race in local waters before the 2017 Optimist World Championship in July at Royal Varuna Yacht Club.

facilities at Ocean Marina Yacht Club are unrivalled and further expansion is planned later this year. This, together with recent changes by the Customs Department that will result in more visiting yachts cruising the area, bodes well for future regatta growth and marine tourism in general in the Gulf of Thailand,” added Gasson. The 13th Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will take place May 4 to 8, 2017 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, Thailand and is supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Pattaya City, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy. For more information, visit www.topofthegulfregatta.com, www. facebook.com/topofthegulfregatta, www.twitter.com/togregatta, www. youtube.com/TOGRegatta.

IOM Class RC Yachts The International One Meter (IOM) Radio Controlled Yacht Class with return for a second consecutive year. Almost 20 yachts competed in this growing division of the sport last year and more are expected this year with participants from Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore confirmed. “Being the only marina-based regatta in Thailand is as huge positive, especially for the international boats and crews. The in-water and onshore


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News TAT classifies four groups of activities and traditions to attract both Thai and foreign tourists Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) invites both Thai and foreign tourists to have new experience that will make the tourists be amazed by the beautiful and unique Thai traditions that should be preserved. The activities and traditions are classified into four groups; food and music festival, cultural and art festival, creative event and festival,

recreation and sport event. The tourists attending the activities and traditions will experience all dimensions of Thailand and it is expected that all tourists who come to Thailand will be impressed and want to come back again every year. Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), says, “TAT focuses on creating the value of Thai activities, traditions and cultures to the tourism in Thailand. Therefore, the project has been made to elevate the level of activities and traditions to worldclass destination with the expectation to increase the number of tourists coming to attend the activities and events of Thai cultures and traditions as well as generating the positive communication on Thai unique activities and traditions leading to the creation of valuable experiences for tourists. This can also generate the circulation of economic revenue of Thailand. Thus, the project of Thailand Festival Experience 2017 has been created to promote and publicize the arrangement of events

of traditions in different regions of Thailand.” The interesting activities are as follows: April t Su-ngai Kolok Chao Mae To Mo Celebration 2017 will be held from 12th – 21st April, 2017, at the Chao Mae To Mo Shrine, Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat Province t Wan Lai Pattaya, Na Kleau and Na Kleau Rice Piling Festival will be held from 18th – 20th April, 2017, at Pho Na Kleau Yard, Chaimongkhon Temple, Chonburi Province t Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival will be held from 21st – 23rd April, 2017, in front of Phra Pradaeng District Office, Bangkok t Memories HuaHin Station of Love will be held on 29th April, 2017, at Hua Hin Train Station, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province May t Samui Big Bike Week will be held from 5th – 6th May, 2017, at Central Festival Samui Shopping Center, Surat Thani Province t Top of The Gulf Regatta 2017will be held from 4th – 8th May, 2017, at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Chonburi Province t Hat Yai International Balloon Festivalwill be held from 5th – 7th May, 2017, at Jiranakorn Stadium, Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province t Mud Festival will be held from 5th – 7th May, 2017, at multi-purpose park in front of Bang Tabun Subdistrict Municipality, Phetchaburi Province  t Elephant Ordination Festival will be held from 8th– 9th May, 2017, at Elephant Study Center, Ban Ta Klang, Tha Tum Sub-district, Surin Province t Visakha Puja Festival will be held on 10 th May, 2017, at Phuttamonthon, Phuttamonthon

District, Nakhon Pathom Province t Atthami Puja Festival will be held from 17th – 18th May, 2017, at Wat Mai Sukhontharam, Nakhon Chai SiDistrict, Nakhon Pathom Province t Sakon Nakhon Visakha Puja Festival 2017 will be held from 10 th – 14 th May, 2017, at Wa t Pa S u t t h a w a s a n d Wa t Phrathatcherngchum Worawihan, Sakon Nakhon Province t River Kwai Trophy 2017will be held on 27th May, 2017, at Felix River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi Province t Ya s o t h o n F i r e R o c k e t Festival 2017 will be held from 13th – 14th May, 2017, at Phaya Thaen Public Park and Muang Yasothon Municipality, Yasothon  Province t Samui Regatta 2017 will be held from 20th – 27th May, 2017, at Chaweng Beach, Mueang District, Surat Thani Province and Bo Phut Sub-district, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani Province

from7th – 8th July, 2017, in front of the City Hall and the monument of Phraya Surinphakdee, Surin Province t Candle Procession Festival, Ubon Ratchathani Province, will be held from 8th – 9th July, 2017, at Upparat Road (in front of Wat Si Ubonrattanaram) Road around Thung Si Mueang, Ubon Ratchathani Province

June t Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will be held from15 th June –15th August, 2017, at participating department stores, hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions across the country. t The Sixth Month Merit Making Festival (Fire Rocket) and Phi Khon Nam Folk Play, Ban Na Sao 2017will be held from10th – 12th June, 2017 at Ban Na Sao, Na Sao Sub-district, Chiang Khan District, Loei Province t Phuket Baba Wedding will be held from17th – 18th June, 2017, at Thalang Road, Old Phuket Town, Phuket Province t Laguna Phuket International Marathon will be held from3rd – 4th June, 2017, at Bang Thao Beach, Laguna, Phuket Province

Weebon raises 232,634 baht

July t Candle ProcessionFestival and Food Offering on the Elephant Back, Surin Province, will be held

August t National Mother’s Day will be held on 12th August, 2017, at the Sanam Luang Plaza, Bangkok, and nationwide t International Mountain Bike Race at Bhumibol Dam will be held from 26th – 27th August, 2017 September t Tradition of long boat racing to win the King’s cup in Phichit Province 2017 will be held from 2nd – 3rd September, 2017, at Nan River, Wat Tha Luang the Royal Monastery,

Weeboon managed to connect people with the story of Daniel and Katia Mokshantsev, two teenagers who were hit by a bus in Pattaya. They were in a coma and needed multiple surgeries on their brains and spines. They are 16 and 14 years old, brother and sister. Masha Zhigunova, regional division manager at Vejthani Hospital, created a campaign to raise funds on www.weeboon.com. The campaign reached an unprecedented demonstration of solidarity and generosity in Thailand’s history. Tens of thousands of views, hundreds of donations in just a few days. They got considerable attention and support especially from the expat community but also from Thais and random contributors around the world. After more than a month in the hospital, Daniel and Katia were finally released on March 28. They are now able to recover at their home in Pattaya where they will follow physiotherapy treatment.

Mueang District, Phichit Province t Songkran and Honey Offering Festival will be held on 20 th September, 2017, at Bang Numpheung Nok Temple, 20 th September, 2017, at Wat Bang Num Phueng Nok, Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan Province t Nakhon 10th month MeritMaking Festival will be held from16th – 25th September, 2017, at Suan Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park (84) Thung Thalat, City Hall of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province t Illuminated Boat and Nakhon Phanom Red Cross Fair 2017 will be held from 28th September – 6th October, 2017 by the Mekong River at Sunthon Wichit Road and Nakhon Phanom City Hall. Anyone interested in traveling and attending the events can check the information and news at call center 1672 and www.tourismthailand.org/ thaifest.

Meanwile, a total of 232,634 baht was raised from 166 persons in 28 days and, on the day of their release from the hospital, a Weeboon representative visited Vejthani Hospital to deliver the cheque to Daniel, Katia and their father. This shows the necessity of a platform such as Weeboon in Thailand where so many similar cases are seen every day. Crowdfunding is still young in Thailand but it surely aims to become a trend in the next few years as it already is in Europe, Australia and America. It is believed that the number of social-media users in Thailand will definitely play a major role in the crowdfunding industry development. Weeboon.com is the first public donation-based crowdfunding platform in Thailand. The vision at Weeboon is to become the crowdfunding platform of reference where people in need can rely on the community’s help in case of unfortunate events in life and where generous people can safely donate with trust and inpeace of mind.


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News Audi Thailand brings world-class lineup to The 38th Bangkok International Motorshow Audi Thailand paraded its world-class automobile products at the 38th Bangkok International Motorshow 2017. The all-new Audi Q5 crossover sport utility features brand new sports design cues SUV as its inaugural appearance for the first time in the ASEAN region. Audi Thailand, also known as Meister Technik Co, Ltd, will also introduce two Audi new models for the Thai market – The new Audi Q2 and The new Audi A5 Coupé. Audi Thailand is also introducing special financial packages; downpayment totaling 1 percent of vehicle price aimed at providing product access to customers. Krisada Lamsam, chairman and chairman of Executive Board of Meister Technik, official importer and distributor of Audi vehicles in Thailand, commented, “ This year’s edition of the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show 2017 at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thanee was joined by Audi innovation and technology through a brand new product portfolio for the Thai customer to experience first hand and test drive. A large variety of Audi product highlights was spearheaded by the regional premiere of The all-new Audi Q5 luxury crossover SUV which features brand new sports design theme that promises to arouse the sporting emotion in the Audi enthusiast. Ultimate confidence on every journey with Audi’s famous quattro permanent all-wheel drive technology which answers every discerning requirement.” Another Audi new model which will have its Thailand premiere at the event is the new Audi Q2 premium compact SUV, which is an entirely new product segment pioneered by Audi Thailand in order to carry on the success created by its “Q” lineup catering to Audi’s SUV target market. The Q2 compact sport utility vehicle has its own unique personality that stands out above its competition in the

same class. Audi incorporated sporty exterior features which it believes will enable the German automaker to penetrate a new customer base which prefers a varied lifestyle, is a city-dweller, loves mobility, and is looking for a car that meets the prerequisites of city society in its entirety. In addition, the Q2 was developed to expand the brand’s customer base across the board; represents a paradigm shift for the brand with four rings as it rejuvenates its image to a younger, fresher market demographic by adding a more passionate dimension to the Audi brand, yet still retain its status as the leader in automotive technology. Sharing the spotlight is the Thailand premiere of the new Audi A5 Coupé – an innovation that is the perfect combination between refined performance and unparalleled luxury, hence giving birth to the slogan “Performance meets elegance”. The A5 Coupé represents the best of innovation that was born from modern design concepts which favor the iconic and powerful robustness of the Coupé shape; the wheelbase was developed to feature a wider stance which enhances performance, capacity and luxury beyond all levels of expectations. Under the hood is the Audi valvelift system which manages the inlet valve timing depending on load and engine

speed. Maximum output is rated at 190 hp. The new A5 Coupé is also available in the special quattro S line version which accentuates its sporty character with maximum power of 252 horses under the hood, while delivering a most confident driving experience thanks to Audi’s world renown permanent quattro all-wheel drive technology and enhanced comfort amenity features – yet another smart alternative which caters to customers who love sports cars of the highest caliber. Krisada added, “Apart from the excellent and wide range of Audi products being presented at the event, Audi Thailand is offering special sales incentives and rebates for its customers as well”: • Special offers for the Audi A4 and Audi Q3 with free One Year 1st class insurance policies. • A u d i c u s t o m e r s who place vehicle bookings through selected leading credit cards at the motor show will automatically receive Points Reward (five times). • An industry first with the Audi Choice program with its monthly installment of only 1 percent of the vehicle price tag. All new Audi cars come with a five-year warranty or 150,000 kilometers and Audi Roadside Assistance which is valid throughout the five years from purchase date.

Colorado and Trailblazer win Car of the Year Awards for the fourth time The all-new Chevrolet Colorado and Trailblazer, both of which were launched last year and received very positive feedback, have been recognized once again in the annual Car of the Year Awards 2017. The awards are organized by Grand Prix International, the organizer of the Bangkok International Motor Show. This is the fourth year in a row that the Colorado and Trailblazer have been honored. The Colorado won the award for the Best High-Lift Pickup Freestyle Cab 2,500 CC, while the Trailblazer LTZ1 4WD won the award for the Best PPV Diesel 4WD Under 2,500 CC. Speaking at the awards

(second from left), marketing and strategic planning general manager, was presented with five “Car of the Year 2017” awards at the 38th Bangkok

International Motor Show organized by Grand Prix International Co., Ltd. Honda won a total of five “Car of the Year” awards including three models that have won for three years in a row (from 2015 to 2017): 1. Honda Jazz – Best Hatchback under 1,500 cc. 2. Honda HR-V – Best SUV under 1,800 cc. 3. Honda Accord Hybrid – Best Hybrid Mid-size Sedan under 2,000 cc. 4. Honda Civic TURBO RS – Best Sedan under 2,000 cc. 5. Honda Accord – Best

recognized with awards for the fourth year running.” He added, “The new Colorado and Trailblazer are the first vehicles in their respective market segments to feature remote engine start and Apply CarPlay, showcasing Chevrolet’s commitment to the introduction of market-leading technology.”

BMW Group Thailand wins 15 Car and Bike of the Year 2017 awards

BMW Group Thailand has reaffirmed its leadership in premium automotive innovations with 15 wins for its three brands – BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorrad – at the “Car and Bike of the Year 2017” awards. Stefan Teuchert, president, BMW Group Thailand, said, “Our success is founded on a vision to create premium technologies that bring together every aspect of our lives.The 15 victories from the Car and Bike of the Year 2017 awards represent solid proof of BMW Group’s leadership in the industry and a longstanding commitment to elevate standards in the Thai

Honda wins five Car of the Year 2017 awards Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., led by Pitak Pruittisarikorn (second from right), chief operating officer, and Natt Patipanthada

ceremony, Wail A. Farghaly, managing director of GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand, said: “Two years ago, we began to focus our business in the Thai market on pickup trucks and SUVs. Since then, we launched the new Colorado and Trailblazer. We are delighted that both vehicles have been

Mid-size Sedan under 2,000 cc. These awards are a great source of pride for the company, as they reinforce Honda’s commitment to developing high-quality, eco-friendly products integrating advanced technologies that respond to the lifestyle preferences and various needs of customers. The awards also strengthen the trust and confidence that Thai customers have in Honda, which has held the top position in Thailand’s passenger car market for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016).

automotive industry.” The Car and Bike of the Year 2017 awards, one of the most prestigious awards for automobile manufacturers in Thailand, is organized annually by Grand Prix International PCL, the founder and organizer of the Bangkok International Motor Show.The awards seek to honor the best vehicles that contribute to the advancement of Thailand’s automotive industry in terms of technology and innovation, design, and manufacturing.This year, a total of 125 cars and 60 motorcycles were tested and evaluated by a panel of judges comprising respected motoring journalists from the Thai Automotive Journalists Association and instructors from the Society of Automotive Engineers. This track record of sustained success of BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad in Thailand reflects the demand for and confidence in BMW Group’s products among Thai consumers – a trust founded u p o n t h e t w i n f o rc e s o f innovation and design. The 15 Car and Bike of the Year 2017 awards won by BMW Group Thailand are as follows: BMW 1. Best Hatchback under

1,600 CC - BMW 218i Active Tourer M Sport 2. Best Hatchback Diesel under 2,000 CC - BMW 320d GT Sport 3. Best Hybrid Sedan under 2,000 CC - BMW 330e 4. Best Hybrid Super Car - BMW i8 5. Best Hybrid Luxury SUV - BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport 6. Best Luxury Car - BMW 740Li 7. Best Luxury Car Diesel BMW 730Ld M Sport 8. Best Sport Sedan - BMW 420i Gran Coupe Sport 9. Best SUV under 2,000 CC Diesel - BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport MINI 1. Best Convertible - MINI Cooper S Convertible 2. Best Sport Hatchback 3 Door - MINI John Cooper Works 3. Best Sport Hatchback 5 Door - MINI Cooper SD 5 Door Seven Edition BMW Motorrad 1. Best Sport Bike Heavyweight - BMW S 1000 RR 2. Best Adventure Heavyweight - BMW S 1000 XR 3. Best Cruiser Heavyweight - BMW R nineT


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Our Community Thailand becomes first Asian country to join upcycling the oceans clean-up effort The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining hands with PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) and the Ecoalf Foundation in launching the Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand initiative. This makes Thailand the first country in Asia to join the global ocean clean-up effort to help rid debris from the Kingdom’s seas and coastal areas, especially in popular tourist areas on the east coast, in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor said, “Tourism is one of Thailand’s top

revenue earners, but Thailand ranks 35th in the world in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness by the World Economic Forum. “This, in part, shows the imbalance in tourism development and management, as some Thai tourist attractions are facing detrimental effects from tourism as well as negative environment impacts. “I am confident that this Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand initiative will not only help clean up our lovely seas, islands and coastal areas of plastic debris, but its creative

methods will also address our aims at moving Thailand’s tourism industry towards being more sustainable and ensuring our country becomes a regional role model for green tourism,” Yuthasak added. Upcycling the Oceans is a global effort initiated by the Ecoalf Foundation to help clean the oceans of debris and transform the plastic debris into thread to make fabric. Ecoalf began to remove trash from the seabed via fishermen off the coast of Levante, Spain in 2012. The project is to show that cleaning the oceans is possible, and that a portion of the collected materials can be recycled into pellets, thread, fabric and products. Under the collaboration between TAT, PTTGC and the Ecoalf Foundation, the Thailand edition of the project will focus on educating and encouraging stakeholders as well as tourists in volunteering to have a part in helping to clean up Thai oceans and coastal areas. The initial target areas will include the east coast of Thailand (Koh Samet, Rayong); the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Tao, Surat Thani), and the Andaman Sea (Phuket).

The initiative will also involve the categorisation of waste for proper management and recycling processing. For the latter, PTTGC will play a leading role in campaigning for the transformation of plastic debris into polyester fibre and fabric to make fashionable clothing. PT TGC has become one of the three founding partners of the Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand initiative, as it corresponds with the company’s sustainable business strategy. It is also in line with the “PTTGC’s Fish Aggregating Device

Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok instructs basic flower arrangement Wim N.M. Fagel (6th left), general manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, recently led the hotel’s florists to instruct the basic flower arrangement for seniors, on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017, at Public Health Center 17 in Prachaniwet district. The event was designed to educate flower arrangement for the elderly, and to follow up on

the hotel’s latest environmental and social responsibilities. Seen in the photo from left to right were Pimolsri Pootrakul (4th left), secretary of the Elderly People’s Association; Waliapan Pornsakulrat (5th left), president of the Elderly People’s Association; Wim N.M. Fagel (6th left) and Ladda Sopee (7th left), vice president of the Elderly People’s Association.

WHA Group gives five million baht sponsorship to Rayong Football Club Hemaraj Land and Development Plc., a subsidiary of WHA Corporation PCL., handed over a five million baht contribution to the Rayong Football Club. This donation affirms Hemaraj’s active participation and continuing commitment to youth-oriented programs in the local community. Hemaraj Land and

Development executives Sunthorn Kongsunthornkitkul (3rd right), Hemaraj’s advisor and Rakphol Kangnoy (2nd right), director - industrial estate operation, present the contribution to Rayong Football Club officers Daeshathorn Roobraekha (center left), chairman; Adul Niyomsaman (4th left), vice chairman, Pramote Chantamit

(2nd left), team manager and Sanith Buddhasank (3rd left),

head of Nonglalok Subdistrict Administrative Organization.

to Create Aquatic Animal’s Hab i t at s al o n g R ayo n g Coastal” project, which was launched in August 2016. The company uses its durability

and environmentallyfriendly plastic products in manufacturing large fibre rope and producing buoys to make fish aggregating devices.


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No Songkran for many The country is now in full swing as it prepares for the Thai New Year festivities, and at the same time Pattaya readies itself for the extended Songkran celebrations. But not everyone will be standing on the side of the road and throwing water over anyone and anything that passes by. There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of young men and children, boys, who will be spending the school summer holidays as novice monks in their local temples. Joining this number are ten young boys from the Father Ray Children’s Village, the youngest just eight and

the eldest almost a teenager, and they gathered with more than 150 boys from the local Nongprue area to ordain as novice monks. The two-day ceremony culminated with the boys changing from their white robes into their traditional orange robes, which are just as difficult to put on as they look. For the next three weeks the boys will have to follow rules that every novice monk has followed. Thankfully there are only ten rules, as opposed to the 227 that regular monks have to follow. As novices monks, they must not kill any living thing, steal, have sex, tell untruths, take drugs and alcohol, eat

after noon, play music and sing, wear per fume and garlands, sleep on luxurious soft beds and finally, rule number ten, they must not accept money.

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The Father Ray Children’s Village will be a much quieter place with the boys away, but it is hoped that they will learn to become better citizens during their time at the temple.

Asia DMC launches ‘Roots and Fruits’ campaign to celebrate 20 years by giving back to nature Following 20 years of successful operations in Southeast Asia, HG Foundation and ASIA DMC are celebrating the achievements of their parent company and marking the beginning of HG Holdings’ expansion into multiple destinations throughout Asia with a tree-planting campaign across the nine countries where the company currently operates. The campaign will see the concurrent planting of hundreds of fruit trees across remote, socially deprived areas, with the aim of providing a new, sustainable resource for communities in need. The ‘Roots and Fruits’ campaign represents the beginning of a new era for HG Holdings, with its imminent expansion linked to positive moves into sustainability, social responsibility through

the recently launched HG Foundation. The Roots and Fruits c a m p a i g n re p re s e n t s a n approach that involves HG Holdings and the HG foundation working together to initiate projects using funds raised by charitable initiatives introduced through the company’s subsidiaries: ASIA DMC, Bhaya Cruises, Sens Asia, Gotadi and HG Aviation. The tree-planting campaign is also representative of the HG foundation’s dual-purpose carbon offset programme, an innovative strategy to incorporate social responsibility and ensure that operations promote sustainable travel and tourism while also creating micro-economies in destinations where socioeconomic development is sorely lacking. HG Holdings has announced a target of 2020 to

achieve carbon neutral status and committed to socially responsible operations in at least 20 areas throughout the region. “Sustainable tourism in Southeast Asia is no longer something companies can choose to ignore,” stated Tran Thanh Nam, CEO of HG Holdings. “HG Holdings and our subsidiaries are dedicated to social responsibility and

environmental sustainability. We are keen to play a positive role in the future of Asian tourism.” ASIA DMC’s CSR initiatives will launch in destinations across Indochina, expanding into Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia in the middle of this year. By the end of 2017, the company also aims to partner with operators in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States to rollout further initiatives in all these popular tourist destinations. “As we celebrate 20 years of success we also want to establish a sustainable base for our on-going achievements,” added Cheveux. “This has inspired us to focus on and commit to socially responsible, sustainable operations as an integral part of our upcoming expansion.”


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This iconic boutique hotel, pub and grill has stood on Jomtien Beach for as many years as we can remember. It enjoys an enviable location on the shores of Jomtien beach amidst the cosmopolitan resort scene that has grown up around this popular beach. It is owned by the Danish entrepreneur/restaurateur Ib Ottesen with his son Allan steering this nautical themed Arthur Elvis (Husain) hotel and restaurant to its redoubtable success. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual on the spacious terrace overlooking the sea or rustic and relaxed in the maritime-style interior. Amongst many signature dishes the huge mixed brochettes (of which more later) and the much ordered surf ‘n’ turf (their signature tiger prawns and sirloin steak combo) are top sellers. Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights at 9 the curtain raises on cabaret entertainment with the appearance of Jomtien’s own Elvis impersonator, Arthur Elvis (Husain). Last week, we were invited to join the fun for Monday’s music night of songs from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. When we arrived at 8 o’clock the restaurant was buzzing with happy eaters and the stage area lit in expectation of the act to come. The menu is a big pictorial affair with exceedingly reasonable prices. For instance, baked mussels or prawns in garlic cheese (gratinee) is B.195 while a helping of chicken in the basket is only B.195. Mick opted for baked bay clams in garlic (B.220) while I couldn’t resist ordering that old retro classic, prawn cocktail. Who doesn’t like this timeless starter, crisp hearted lettuce mixed with big, tender prawns accompanied by a rose-mayo dressing with a dash of Tabasco. There is a long list of interesting starters including tiger prawns with onion rings, fried mussels in garlic butter, crab balls, minced chicken meatballs

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“Mr Dusit Thani” has spent most of his life working in the hospitality industry and has opened stunning hotels in Thailand and abroad. Genuinely passionate about the trade, he by John K. Lindgren recently published “Thailand Tourism: The Early Days”, a magnum opus which acknowledges the contribution made by key figures from the private sector and government during the past 60 years. His aim: to preserve their stories for many years to come. Pattaya Today Life & Leisure meets the soft-spoken Chanin Donavanik accompanied by his affable PR team. What better venue than Asia Books at CentralWorld. Here we are surrounded by thousands of paperbacks – fiction and non-fiction – and handsome, large coffee table books. The ambiance very bookstore. Donavanik carries on Dusit International’s (Dusit Thani Public Company Limited) outstanding heritage as Thailand’s preeminent international hotel group. The company, founded by his mother, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, in 1948, is based in Bangkok next to its flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel (the city’s tallest building when it first opened its doors in 1970), which today inspires the gracious hospitality delivered at Dusit hotels in 21 countries worldwide. Donavanik holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University, USA. He was formerly president of the Thai Hotels Association, a position he held for four consecutive terms. He is also a former president of the ASEAN Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHRA). He grew up in the midst of Thailand's rapidly expanding hotel industry, long before the internet

and fax machines (with paper rolls), when bookings were made by rattling teleprinters and sometimes challenging long-distance telephone calls. His mother’s first hotel, the Princess, opened on Bangkok’s New Road in 1949. Khun Chanin tells us that Dusit International today operates 29 properties worldwide and has 51 confirmed projects in the pipeline in key destinations such as Australia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and UAE. Today, the company is a leader in hotel management and education encompassing a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana including Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya; Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School; and the recently opened Dusit Thani

Hotel School, which is Thailand’s first hospitality school based on the ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals. Also in the pipeline is the pioneering Dusit Hospitality Management College, a unique fully integrated hospitality school and hotel in Manila, Philippines to be opened in 2018. With 32 million tourists arriving in Thailand in 2016, and with the travel industry being one of the most important industries in the Kingdom, employing almost 15 percent of the population and contributing 17 percent of the GDP to the Thai economy, what challenges does Donavanik foresee for the industry? “The government and private tourism operators should work closely to develop more tourism infrastructure and facilities to accommodate the ever growing number of foreign visitors to Thailand, like upgrading and expanding the four international airports,” he said.

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Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya management, led by General Manager Dmitry Chernyshev (2nd left), congratulate new Pattaya Mayor Pol. Maj. Gen. Anan Charoenchasri (2nd right).

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Radisson Blu Resort Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya Hua Hin welcomes joins 60+ Earth Hour 2017 domestic MICE group

Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin led by Preet Singh, general manager, and Andrew Cornelio, director of Sales and Marketing, gave a very warm welcome to participants of “Domestic MICE – Vibrant Journey to Hua Hin” organized by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau to promote Thailand's MICE industry to multinational companies based in Thailand.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by Andre Brulhart (centre), general manager, and hotel staff observed 60+ Earth Hour 2017 by switching off non-essential lighting throughout the hotel for an hour during 8:30 to 9:30 pm. This activity is in order to raise awareness for thoughtful care about the environment and protect natural resources.

Lights out for Earth Hour Earth Hour at Centara at Dusit Thani Pattaya Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok

Taweebhong Wichaidit, deputy director of Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization) or DASTA, brought a group from Tourism Management Program For Executive: TME 1st Class of 2017 to visit and learn Ban Chak Ngaw community which contains uniqueness and way of life of traditional Chinese community. Ban Chak Ngaw community is one of communities where DASTA works on community’s capacity building under sufficiency economy philosophy according to Community-based Tourism strategic plan or CBT Thailand and national policy “Stability Prosperity and Sustainability”.

Wim N.M. Fagel (centre), general manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, joined the hotel’s management team and staff for an Earth Hour activity. They switched off the lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, together with other organizations taking part in Earth Hour 2017 across 170 counties. The hotel continues to place a high priority on sustainable business solutions that align with Centara’s environmental strategy. Every day is an opportunity for the hotel to develop and participate in Green initiatives and demonstrate an environmental commitment to associates, guests, owners and communities worldwide.

Centara welcomes renowned Korean hip-hop stars

Centra by Centara Maris Resort UNO MAS receives Jomtien welcomes Nadao team Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurant 2017 award

Pradapporn Chantaworaluck (3rd left), public relations manager of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, welcomed five famous K-hip-hop stars from AOMG South Korea during their visit to the hotel for a press conference for their first concert “2017 AOMG Follow The Movement in Bangkok”. The event was held at the hotel’s Blue Sky Bar and Dining.

Naphalai Areesorn (2nd from right), editor-in-chief of Thailand Tatler Magazine, presented Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2017 award to UNO MAS Restaurant of Centara Grand at CentralWorld, received by Food and Beverage Manager of Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Unnop Kaewputtan (2nd from left) together with Somchai Deeying (left), executive chef, and Nattasiri Jianurankul (right), PR manager.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the staff and management of Dusit Thani Pattaya marked Earth Hour, a global movement that encourages business establishments and communities around the world to switch off non-essential lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 pm in support of the environmental movement organized by the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature. Executive Assistant Manager Larry Choi led the event held at the Main Lobby in cooperation with the hotel’s Green Team members whose green efforts and initiatives include the preservation of practices towards protecting the environment and making a stand against climate change.

Chaiphun Thongsuthum (standing, middle), general manager of Centra by Centara Maris Resort Jomtien, warmly welcomed Nadao team during their filming of TV program Game of Teens, which airs every Sunday at 11 am on GMM25.


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Wedding fair at Cape Dara The Vela Grand Ballroom of Cape Dara Resort Pattaya was elegantly set up like a perfect dream wedding venue. The ballroom was decorated with splendid flower arrangements that match the stalls of different wedding suppliers. Couples were able to meet and inquire with wedding gown designers, jewelers, photographers, wedding organisers and many more. The highlight of the fair was a bridal fashion show from the collection of Nhoo Matthews Atelier which meticulously crafted a special collection over six months, handembroidering each dress with pearls, sequins, Swarovski rhinestones and lace. The finale dress, inspired by the chandelier of the hotel’s Vela Grand Ballroom that floats above the floor of a wide ocean, drew a lot of attention from the spectators. Pattamon “Beau” Mekavarakul, 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 her big day.

Chevrolet organizes ‘Movie Day’ exclusive for Chevy Plus members Chevrolet Sales Thailand invited customers to participate in ‘Chevy Plus Movie Day’ activity, Chevy Plus’ exclusive privilege and watch a sci-fi movie "Life" starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal last month at SF World Cinema, Central World. Chevy Plus Movie Day is just one of many perks that come with a Chevy Plus membership. The Chevy Plus program is available to all Chevrolet customers.


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A taste of Italy in the Glass at the latest Royal Cliff’s unique deVine Wine Club Pattaya’s foodiegentsia and oenophiles gathered recently in the opulence of the Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar to enjoy the latest deVine Wine Club dinner. The host for the evening was the distinguished sommelier Fiorenzo Dogliani, CEO of the Beni di Batasiolo winery who travels the globe promoting his Piedmontese wines. For centuries the Dogliani name has been synonymous with the distinctive wines of the region. Six excellent and varied vintages had been chosen to accompany the exquisite food of Executive Chef Walter Thenisch and Royal Cliff’s culinary team. Graciously presided over by Panga Vathanakul, managing director of Royal Cliff Hotels Group, these occasions are eagerly anticipated and enthusiastically attended. The Beni di Batasiolo winery is in the heart of the Piedmont Region neighbouring France and Switzerland in the northwest corner of Italy. In light of the colder climates, the grape varietals are quite different from their southern Italian counterparts. Piedmont winegrowers are renowned for their Barbera, Moscato Bianco, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto grape varieties. The first pouring of the evening was enjoyed in The Bar as the sun was just dipping under the horizon as we arrived to be served a glass of Prosecco Extra Dry Spumante NV paired with a lavish collection of canapés and finger food by Chef Romano Kreutz. Moscato Bianco grapes produce a light, sparkling wine that is both flavourful and fragrant making the ideal flute of bubbly to launch deVine Wine Club’s “una notte in Italia” (a night in Italy). We then adjourned to the Royal Grill Room where the glasses

Pan-roasted fillet of Mediterranean loup de mer

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glistened and the starched napery stood to attention to welcome the guests and members of the wine club to another evening of wining and dining Royal Cliff style. The first appetizer to be served was a delicate long-poached Dutch veal tenderloin in the manner of vitello tonnato. Piquant, salty capers dotted the plate with tiny puddles of tuna mousseline and dainty flowers with spring leaves were artistically strewn across the plate. The first white of the evening, Gavi del Comune di Gavi Granee DOCG 2015, displayed a steely reserve with a surprising almost lemon custard finish. Pan-roasted fillet of loup de mer

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(Mediterranean sea bass) followed, served with another interesting white label, this time a Chardonnay, Langhe La Promessa DOC 2014. The rich bouquet with more than a few suggestions of tropical fruit made instant friends with the flaky yet smooth delicacy of the fish. A brown mushroom carpaccio and porcini foam married well with the overall flavours with special mention to the sweet corn puree for its piquancy and flavour. A crystal clear Barbera d’Asti Sabri DOCG 2013 introduced the first red of the evening. Garnet red with nuances of woods and plants its pairing of baked lamb loin fillet with

Dessert variation by Chef Frederic Paris

root vegetables and thyme-rosemary flavoured red wine jus was a culinary romp in the countryside. The penultimate course was a fine selection of Italian cheeses (pecorino, Gorgonzola and taleggio) with walnut bread and fig jam. The wine chosen to keep pace with these bold flavours was a fullbodied Barolo Com Eravamo DOCG 2012. Rich in colour with a complex bouquet it was a very graceful wine which loved the vibrancy of the King of Italian cheeses. Dolce was provided by Chef

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Frederic Paris in the form of a square of strawberry mousse accompanied by a disc of biscuit crumb and a tall white chocolate ring filled with Chantilly cream. Paired with a glass or two of a very acceptable dessert Moscato Spumante NV it proved the sweetest, indulgent closer. The service at the Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar is impeccable serving the sextet of courses with skilled professionalism – the entire gastronomic event orchestrated to precision. Do check out their website, www.royalcliff.com, for future events.

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Slow-roasted Australian beef fillet INGREDIENTS 150 grams Australian tenderloin 100 grams butternut purée 50 grams cream seasoning to taste 50 grams butter 30 grams baby carrot 30 grams Romanesco broccoli 20 grams Shimeji mushroom 10 grams zucchini 10 grams yellow zucchini 10 grams beetroot 10 grams lotus root (fried) 40 grams foie gras 50 grams red wine sauce

Date: 16-17 April 2017, Sunday-Monday Venue: Bangsaen Beach, Chonburi Activities: Sand pagoda ceremony on Lai day, Bangsaen, is an annual convention of the people of Saensuk. This is an ancient tradition that used to be called “Tamboon Wan Lai”, which is to describe the ceremony where members of many different villages come together for Songkran, the Thai New Year celebration. However, these days many customs are slowly disappearing, therefore Saensuk Municipality decided to support and perpetuate their local convention so that people from the next generation can learn about these traditions. Activities include sand pagoda competition, making merits, paying respect to Buddha, splashing water to each other, competing on traditional sports such as sea boxing, tug of war, sticky rice eating, sepak takraw, oyster stripping and so on. For more information: Saensuk Municipal Office Tel: 038 193 500-2 www.saensukcity.go.th/en/wan-lai-bangsaen-festival.html

METHOD Sous vide beef tenderloin at 69 degrees Celsius for 18-20 minutes. Warm the butternut purée, add cream and seasoning, and finish with butter. Sauté vegetables with butter and seasoning. Pan-sear the beef tenderloin and finish with butter and herb. Pan-sear the foie gras. Plate the vegetables and butternut purée, followed by the tenderloin and foie gras. Serve with red wine sauce.

PATTAYA SONGKRAN WAN LAI FESTIVAL Wan Lai Naklua Festival 2017 Date: 18 April 2017, Tuesday Venue: Lan Pho Naklua Wan Lai Pattaya Festival 2017 Date: 19 April 2017, Wednesday Venue: Chaimongkol Royal Temple Kong-Khaw Pattaya Festival 2017 (Rice Piling Festival) Date: 20 April 2017, Thursday Venue: Lan Pho Naklua Public Park and Nongyai Temple Activities: Partake in various activities around Naklua, Wat Chaimongkol and South Pattaya like alms-giving ceremony, other religious rituals, folk entertainment, folk games and water splashing. For more information: Pattaya City Contact Center 1337

MEMORIES HUA HIN STATION OF LOVE Date: 29 April 2017, Saturday Venue: Hua Hin Railway Station, Prachuap Khiri Khan

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SAMUI BIG BIKE WEEK Date: 5-6 May 2017, Friday-Saturday Venue: Central Festival Samui, Surat Thani Activities: See a big bike parade from all over the country. Watch motorcycle contest and exhibition. Enjoy sightseeing around Samui island, live concert and attend environmental promotion activities.

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Activities: Attend the photo exhibition of “Memories Hua Hin Station of Love”.

DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok is located at 18/1 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Khlong Ton, Bangkok. Tel: 02 649 6666 www.sukhumvitbangkok.doubletree.com

For more information: TAT Surat Thani Office Tel: 077 288 817-9 www.tourismthailand.org www.facebook.com/samuibikeweek


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and garlic bread with smoked salmon (B.240). As mentioned earlier, brochettes are the house speciality and are hugely popular items featuring every conceivable combination of pork, beef sirloin, lamb chops, giant prawns and sausages. Our table opted for the skewer of river prawns and fish with mussels (B.395) plus the pork tenderloin with sausage. Chunks of succulent seafood and meats threaded onto long steel skewers with caps of corn looked amazing and tasted as good as they looked. Pages and pages of coloured photos illustrate the other main courses available here. Steak is well represented and, we were told, a big favourite with the regulars. Sirloin with Roquefort sauce (B.375), and their famous Wiener schnitzel were seen zipping out the kitchen. Two Scandinavian dinners have their following, traditional Danish meatballs with boiled potatoes and red cabbage and fried pork in parsley sauce, both priced at B.350. All proprietary spirits and beers are available with house wine coming in at B.135 per glass or B.250 for a small carafe and B.470 for the large size. Selected bottles are also available. The walk-in wine cellar is climatecontrolled and offers a careful

Get your skin healthy and hydrated with a saving spa package from eforea spa at Hilton Pattaya. Purchase Hydrating Facial at special price of 2,900 baht nett per person (from regular price of 3,500 baht nett per person). Available in April only at eforea spa on level 17 of Hilton Pattaya from 10 am to 10 pm. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000 or pattaya.eforeaspa@hilton.com.

Celebrate Songkran in AVANI SPA style at AVANI SPA, AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa

Skewer of river prawns and fish

selection of labels from around the world at reasonable prices. (We enjoyed a bottle of Brokenhills Classic Dry Red at B.1,190). We were then all feeling suitably replete and would have declined dessert but Kannikar’s enthusiasm for their crepe suzettes won us over and we finished our dining out at Jomtien Boathouse with this celebrated dessert. While we were all chatting and enjoying the evening, the Las Vegas overture for Elvis struck up and it was cabaret time. Arthur Elvis sang tirelessly for over an hour and an appreciative audience clapped and tapped their feet, couples took to the floor and all at once it was a party! The Jomtien Boathouse is deservedly an extremely popular pub/bistro/brasserie and has found

its niche in Jomtien. Elvis Arthur is a master showman and entertainer. His cabaret buzzes with excitement and he interacts excellently with the audience creating a memorable evening. Jomtien Boathouse Jomtien Beach Road (corner of Soi 8) Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tel: 038 756 143, 091 056 4911 www.jomtien-boathouse.com

Throughout April, celebrate the Thai New Year with a unique Thai massage that implements techniques passed down through generations. Nicknamed “passive yoga”, but don’t worry, an expert therapist does all the work. Feel renewed at AVANI SPA with a 60-minute Energy Rush Massage and receive 50-gram-sized BHAWA Hand Cream for 2,000 baht nett (regular price of 2,969 baht nett). For more information, call 038 412 120 ext 1711, email spa.vpat@avanihotels.com or visit www.avanihotels.com/pattaya.

Live vivaciously in the Pattaya sunshine with Spa Cenvaree’s Spring Ritual! at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya These hot months can be difficult for the skin but a spa package available from Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya will allow you to live your life vivaciously in the spring sunshine. Spring Ritual is the name of the 90-minute package and it encompasses a cooling Aloe Vera Body Wrap and a body massage that utilises houseblended Aloe Vera Oil. Along with Spring Ritual comes a foot cleansing ritual, a healthy drink in the relaxation lounge, and a free Skin Saving Gift Set of Aqua Fresh Body Mist, Sun Block Cream SPF 30, and After Sun Gel. Available throughout April, the cost of the package is 2,200 baht ++ per person. Spa Cenvaree is set within its own spa village in the resort’s jungled water park, and is open from 9 am to 9 pm. For appointments, contact 038 301 234 ext 4333, email spacenvareecmbr@chr.co.th or visit www.spacenvaree.com.

MIXOLOG

Hotel Promotions

Coconut Martini

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INGREDIENTS MIXOLOGIST

Wiraphon “Non” Paengpisan

SIGNATURE DRINK

Coconut Martini

BIO

Bartender at Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Pattaya

1.5 oz 0.5 oz 3 oz 1.5 oz 0.5 oz

Absolut Vodka Malibu fresh coconut juice Monin Rose Syrup cream milk

GARNISH rose petals

HOW TO MIX

Mix all ingredients in a blender with some ice and blend for a while. Serve it nicely in a martini glass and garnish with rose petals.

GLASS TYPE Martini Glass

CATEGORY Cocktail

Available at

Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar on Level 34, Hilton Pattaya from 5 pm to 1 am throughout April 2017 only


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F&B Promotions Relaxing Afternoon Tea

Thailand Journey

at Mellow, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya

at Sala Rim Nam, AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa

All through the holiday season, at Mellow, you can join friends for a taste of tradition with the Classic Afternoon Tea, served anywhere you want in the resort. Treats include homemade bakery such as coconut cake, brownies, chocolate and butter cookies, macarons, and mini sandwiches. Complement your French delights with a variety of Dilmah Tea including Single Region Selection Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and English Breakfast Tea, and more. All served with a selection of quality teas. Priced at 650 baht ++ per set. Available daily from 7 am to 8 pm.

Discover Northeastern Thailand at Sala Rim Nam as the experienced chef created a special ‘E-Sarn rustic set menu’ which combines the traditional dishes and signatures from the largest region of Thailand. Available from April to June 2017. Priced at 650 baht ++ per set menu.

For more information, call 038 933 888 or visit www.capedarapattaya.com.

A Royal Summer Dish “Khao Chae”

Morel mushroom featured in seasonal menu at Red Sky, Centara Grand at CentralWorld The season comes but once a year and connoisseurs around the world await it eagerly. In the early spring, wild morel mushrooms appear briefly at the edges of Northern forests. Gourmets call them “jewels of the earth.” Red Sky restaurant combines morels with fresh, seasonal and local ingredients in unique dishes created by Chef Alan Wesley Kwan and his team. Menu highlights include Josper grilled lamb loin served with mint, morels and zucchini; asparagus with morel mushroom and Madeira cream sauce served with a soft poached egg; morel mushroom risotto served with Parmigiano foam; linguini pasta with leeks and morels served with aged fontina; and crispy rice-coated Alaskan halibut served with a ragout of morel mushrooms and potato puree. Enjoy these delectable jewels of the earth until April 30 at Red Sky restaurant on the 55th floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld, from 6 pm onwards. For more information or to make reservations, call 02 100 6255 or email diningcgcw@chr.co.th.

Earth and Sea dinner buffet at Brasserie Europa, Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok Brasserie Europa revealed its new and tasty ‘Earth and Sea’ dinner buffet concept designed to cater for both local and international patrons. This new concept is available daily for dinner (6:30 to 10:30 pm). The succulent dinner buffet includes characteristic fresh seafood on ice, sushi and sashimi as well as a varied selection of Asian and European favourites. Each evening from April 1, 2017 the hotel’s culinary team will present a sophisticated ‘one earth, one sea dish’ cooked à la minute, representing the European heritage and style of Brasserie Europa. Earth dishes available each evening include Argentinian beef tenderloin (Mondays), Australian lamb cutlets (Thursdays), Wagyu beef medallion (Fridays), and panfried foie gras served every Sunday. Seafood special choices include grilled salmon (Tuesdays), seared scallops (Thursdays), North Atlantic lobster thermidor on Saturdays, and Alaskan King crab cakes every Sunday. New ‘Earth and Sea’ concept buffet dinner with à la carte main dishes is priced at 1,800 baht ++ per adult with freeflow non-alcoholic beverages and 900 baht ++ per child (aged 6-12 years). For more information and reservations, call 02 162 9000 or email brasserie.siambangkok@kempinski.com.

Barbeque Cookout at Coco & Rum, Centra by Centara Maris Resort Jomtien Make a fantastic dinner night with mini fresh seafood and international buffet. The highlight is imported grilled lamb specially cooked by chef. Have this meal for the price of 550 baht nett (excluding beverage) every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9:30 pm. For more information, contact 038 103 333 or email cmj@chr.co.th.

For more information, call 038 412 120, email pattaya@ avanihotels.com or visit www.avanihotels.com/pattaya.

at Sala Thai, Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel offers a traditional royal Thai dish “Khao Chae” during this Songkran Festival. Feel the taste of rice soaked in jasmine water served with flavorful side dishes such as deep-fried shrimp paste balls, sweet pepper stuffed with pork and shrimp, stir-fried sweet snakehead fish, shredded sweetened pork, salted egg, breaded shallot stuffed with fish and more. Come and enjoy this homemade supremely memorable royal dish at Sala Thai restaurant, Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel until April 18, 2017, available for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Price is at 560 baht net. For more information and reservations, call 02 131 1111.

“The Taste Of Gnocchi”, A Classic Pasta From Lazio at La Gritta, Amari Phuket La Gritta’s Italian Chef Patrizia presents her special menu of April 2017 by providing five different dishes of gnocchi, which is very popular in Italy and originates from Lazio region. Guests will experience the wonderful taste of potatoes mashed with different kinds of vegetables and blended with a variety sauces. All the dishes have a colourful presentation consisting of: - Gnocchi al Gorgonzola (450 baht ++) Spinach gnocchi with creamy gorgonzola sauce. - Gnocchi alle Spuntature di Maiale (480 baht ++) Potato gnocchi with pork ribs, sausage and tomato sauce. Historically, this dish is very popular in Rome and available only on Thursday as part of the culture. - Gnocchi di Zucca (650 baht ++) Pumpkin gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, Hokkaido scallops and tiger prawn. - Potato Gnocchi alla Crema di Tartufo (620 baht ++) Potato gnocchi with truffle cream and parmesan cheese. - Gnocchi ai Frutti di Mare (550 baht ++) Beetroot gnocchi with clams, mussels and prawns. For more information and reservations, contact 076 340 112, email lagritta@amari.com, or visit www.lagritta.com and www.facebook.com/LaGrittaPhuket.

Roasted Prime Rib at Flavors, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel A mouthwatering culinary experience and satisfy your gastronomic appetite with the slow roasted prime rib with wide selection of sauce from Béarnaise sauce, pan jus glace to black truffle sauce. Savor into juicy and tender prime rib that is bound to satisfy the meatlover in you. Sunday-Thursday dinner buffet is priced at 1,590 baht ++ per person. Flavors is located on M Floor of Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel. For reservations, call 02 125 5010.

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


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Vol. 05 No. 08 | Apr 16-30, 2017

Spa & Fitness Promotions Stay Fit for Life at LifeStyles on 26, Centara Grand at CentralWorld LifeStyles on 26, located on 26th floor, Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, offers an alternative choice with modern and fully equipped facilities with an expert advice to enhance the quality of your safety and workout as well as other related facilities including water, towels, swimming pool, varieties of classes, etc. LifeStyles on 26 has launched its latest membership promotion that may suit you as follows: • Purchase a Group membership at 38,000 baht and receive 5 percent discount (only 36,100 baht). A group of 3 people will receive 1 month free. • Purchase an off-peak membership (9 am to 5 pm) at 25,000 baht. For more information, call 02 100 6299.

Songkran Temple Fair Journey at Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya Devarana Spa presents Songkran Temple Fair Journey, a creative spa treatment inspired by the water-splashing 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 30-minute 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 45-minute aromatic oil massage, which starts with a 15-minute warm sand back 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 90-minute Songkran-inspired rejuvenation is available until April 30, 2017. Price is 3,650 baht net at all Devarana Spas across Thailand. For more information, contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya on 038 371 044 or pattaya@devaranaspa.com.

Experience The Miracle of Sakura at The Okura Spa, The Okura Spa Bangkok 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 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 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 from 10 am to 10 pm during April 1 to June 30 2017. Price is 3,000 baht++ per person. For more information and reservations, call 02 687 9000 or email spa@okurabangkok.com.

Relief & Relax from Muscle Stress caused by Office Syndrome at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok To treat the office syndrome symptoms caused by long hours in front of a computer, such as headache, neck, shoulder and back pain, aching arms and others, Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok offers an exclusive 60-minute “Hai Muea” package designed to alleviate muscle tension and strains at only 1,500 baht net per person (save 25 percent from regular price). The promotion is valid from May 1 to June 30, 2017. Hai Muea spa treatment is muscle relief ritual which has been created by master therapists, combining deep tissue and Swedish massage and stretching techniques to relax tired back, shoulder and neck muscles. As you start to feel the tightness and pain recede, you will also enjoy signature herbal back compresses, expertly laid on to tension-ridden body parts with a therapeutic touch. Reservations can be made by calling 02 541 1234 ext 4292 or 4567 or email spacenvareecglb@chr.co.th.

Brazilian football academy now in Pattaya

Samba Soccer brings Brazilian youth development to Pattaya Samba Soccer has opened a Brazilian football academy in Pattaya for boys and girls from ages 7 to 18. The academy is based at Star Soccer on South Pattaya Road. Training takes place at 4:30 pm on weekdays and at 10 am on Sundays and costs 4,000 baht per month with a minimum of eight hours per week. Lionel Izaaks, director of Samba Soccer, has been involved in coaching young footballers for 22 years having been involved in opening the first football academy in Durban, South Africa. Lionel has produced 23 junior international players and sent boys to Manchester City, Southampton and Reading for trials as well as sent boys on scholarships to USA to play football. Samba Soccer is an international company with over 500,000 children having been involved in Ireland, South Africa, Swaziland and now Thailand. The academy aims to produce footballers in Pattaya to go on and play professional football here in Thailand or if good enough to send overseas for trials. Samba Soccer is also doing multiactivity camps for children ages 4 to 7 on Sunday mornings at 10 am for 2,000 baht per month. All trainings will be headed up by a Brazilian coach and the director of Samba Soccer himself, Lionel. Anyone who is interested can call Lionel on 064 792 9701. Samba Soccer Brazilian Football Academy – Thailand Tel: 064 792 9701 Email: lionelzaaks@gmail.com www.sambasoccer.eu

Four ways to make nut “milk” for a dairy-free alternative! by Goodful

These four ways to make nut "milk" are perfect if you're vegan, vegetarian, or dairy-sensitive! Plus they're so easy! Below recipes make four servings. Almond "Milk" Ingredients 1 cup raw almonds 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons honey 1 pinch salt 6 cups water Preparation 1. In a medium bowl, soak 1 cup of raw almonds in 2 cups of water overnight. 2. Drain the bowl of water and place the almonds in a blender. 3. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 pinch of salt, and 4 cups of water to the blender. 4. Blend the mixture on high for 90 seconds. 5. Use a cheesecloth to strain the liquid into a pouring container. 6. (Optional) refrigerate 1-2 hours or serve immediately. Pistachio "Milk" Ingredients 1 cup cracked pistachios 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons honey 1 pinch salt 4 cups water Preparation 1. Place 1 cup of cracked pistachios into a blender. 2. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 pinch of salt, and 4 cups of water to the blender.

3. Blend the mixture on high for 90 seconds. 4. Use a cheesecloth to strain the liquid into a pouring container. 5. (Optional) refrigerate 1-2 hours or serve immediately. Chocolate Hazelnut "Milk" Ingredients 1 cup raw hazelnuts 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons honey 1 pinch salt 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 6 cups water Preparation 1. In a medium bowl, soak 1 cup of raw hazelnuts in 2 cups of water overnight. 2. Drain the bowl of water and place the hazelnuts in a blender. 3. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 4 cups of water to the blender. 4. Blend the mixture on high for 90 seconds. 5. Use a cheesecloth to strain the liquid into a pouring container. 6. (Optional) refrigerate 1-2 hours or serve immediately. Chocolate Pecan "Milk" Ingredients 1 cup raw pecans 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon honey 1 pinch salt 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 6 cups water Preparation 1. In a medium bowl, soak 1 cup of raw pecans in 2 cups of water overnight. 2. Drain the bowl of water and place the pecans in a blender. 3. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 4 cups of water to the blender. 4. Blend the mixture on high for 90 seconds. 5. Use a cheesecloth to strain the liquid into a pouring container. 6. (Optional) refrigerate 1-2 hours or serve immediately.


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Vol. 05 No. 08 | Apr 16-30, 2017

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Takedowns by Rory Coughlan

TOP OF THE GULF REGATTA 2017

Double Leg Takedown If you grapple then you should be able to do at least a basic double leg. This takedown is a mainstay in BJJ. You cannot use the double leg if you’re afraid of commitment, you have to hit it hard and fast, this is a highly technical manoeuvre with sophisticated setups and followups. There are lots of different variations for the double leg. The biggest differences between these variations include head position (is the head to the side or in the middle of the chest) and whether you drop down to your lead knee as you shoot (the penetration step).

Date: 4-8 May 2017, Thursday-Monday Venue: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Na Jomtien Beach, Pattaya Km157 Activities: A festival of fun on and off the water, the 13th edition of Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina will welcome a diverse range of boats: Optimists competing in the Thailand Optimist National Championships, dinghies, one-design Platus racing in the Platu Coronation Cup, multihulls, and keelboats made up of strong cruising and IRC fleets including the TP52's.

Single Leg Takedown The single leg takedown is another hugely important technique in BJJ. Basically you reach down, grab one of his legs, lift it off the ground, and topple him over. There are a lot of subtleties that you have to observe when you do that though, and changing the position of your hands, your head, or your body by a couple of inches can change this from a high-percentage takedown to an ineffective waste of your energy that lands you in a bad place. Single leg turn into double leg, and double leg can turn into single leg depending on your opponent’s reaction. They are often chained together. For BJJ you want to be very careful not to put your head to the outside of your opponent’s body (or let him force it to the outside) because that’s essentially sending him an invitation to guillotine you immediately. Low Single Takedown While technically still a single leg takedown the mechanics and finishes of the low single are so different that it’s worth considering it as a separate technique. Basically you get as low as you can go, shoot forward, cup your opponent’s heel with your hand, and then drive forward to take him down. Depending on his reactions to that initial attack there are a lot of different ways to finish

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For more information: Email: info@topofthegulfregatta.com www.topofthegulfregatta.com

PITBULL CLIMATE CHANGE TOUR Date: 25 May 2017, Thursday Venue: Impact Exhibition Halls 3-4, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi

the technique once you’re in on his foot. Some wrestlers have built their entire career around this attack and you see it all the time in BJJ competition, with competitors shooting for it both from outside of gripping range and after they’ve tied up with their opponents.

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Activities: Pitbull Climate Change Tour Live in Bangkok 2017 will see the king of dance back in Bangkok with wall-to-wall hits including “Rain Over Me”, “I Know You Want Me”, “On The Floor”, “Don’t Stop The Party”, “Feel This Moment” and “Timber”. Tickets start at 2,500 baht. For more information: Thai Ticket Major Tel: 02 262 3838 www.thaiticketmajor.com


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diversions music / new release Something Else – The Cranberries

Something Else is the upcoming seventh studio album by alternative rock band The Cranberries, scheduled for release on April 28, 2017, through BMG. The album, which features "unplugged" and orchestral versions of 10 previously released singles and three new songs, was recorded with the Irish Chamber Orchestra at the University of Limerick. 1. Linger 8. Ode to My Family 2. The Glory 9. Free to Decide 3. Dreams 10. Just My Imagination 4. When You're Gone 11. Animal Instinct 5. Zombie 12.You & Me 6. Ridiculous Thoughts 13. Why 7. Rupture

Vol. 05 No. 08 | Apr 16-30, 2017

upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya BITTER HARVEST

Release Date Lead Actors Director Genre

April 20, 2017 Max Irons, Samantha Barks George Mendeluk Drama | Romance | War

Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, Bitter Harvest conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Joseph Stalin. The film displays a powerful tale of love, honour, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

Release Date Lead Actors Director Genre

April 27, 2017 Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana James Gunn Action | Sci-Fi | Adventure

Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid.

038-052-227

Khun Chanin Donavanik Book Review Meeting of Dusit International – Bangkok by John K. Lindgren

>> from L1

“The long immigration lines need to be reduced, too, especially in Phuket. “According to World Tourism Association, there is strong growth in the Asian market. The new wealthy Asian travelers are here,” he added with a smile. We agree on the issues of infrastructure, airport expansion and upgrading. Yes, those long immigration arrival/departure lines. Can also we also ask for more BTS “Skytrain” carriages, please! And escalators on every station. Up & Down! Our discussion moves to perhaps the most comprehensive publication ever published in English on the history of tourism in the

on “THAILAND TOURISM: The Early Days” Thai Kingdom – Thailand Tourism: The Early Days – a must-have publication for everyone in the airline, hospitality and travel business. The cobalt blue 1.2-kg tome is published by Dusit International in partnership with Bangkok Bank, Boon Rawd Brewery, Central Group, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Jim Thompson, Siam Piwat, Thai Airways, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Written by veteran journalist and lecturer Steve Van Beek, and edited by Roy Howard, the original advertising manager of Thai Airways International, Thailand Tourism: The Early Days charts the rise of the industry since the 1950s and examines the people, places, institutions, hotels and agencies which have transformed Bangkok from the 'Venice of the East' to a dynamic gateway to all the attractions the Kingdom now has to offer. Never has there been book detailing the history of the tourism industry in Thailand and the pioneers behind its early development. The book examines in rich detail the challenges faced by these early pioneers and, through profiles, anecdotes and quotes, underscores the need to preserve their stories. Among the key figures profiled in the glossy, full-colour book are His Serene Highness Prince Bhisadej Rajani, president of the Royal Project Foundation; General Prem Tinsulanonda, former Prime Minister of Thailand; Lieutenant General Chalermchai Charuvastra, founder of the Tourist Organization of Thailand; Niels Lumholdt, former executive vice president of Thai Airways International; Dr Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, founder of Bangkok Airways; Kusa

Panyarachun, founder of Thailand's first travel agency; Chin Sophonpanich, founder of Bangkok Bank; Samrit Chirathivat, founder of Central Group; and Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, founder of Dusit International. A special section dedicated to Thailand's royal family highlights how projects initiated by His Majesty the late King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, have had a positive effect on tourism. Donavanik hopes the book will not only help to preserve the stories of the early pioneers, but also inspire a new generation of hospitality workers to follow in their footsteps. “I think it’s vitally important that the new generation understands what happened in the past, and how the risks and opportunities taken by the early pioneers ultimately shaped the industry as we know it today,” he said. And what a magnificent industry! This year an estimated 33 million people are set to visit the Kingdom. Do you recall the “Amazing Thailand” campaign by TAT? In keeping with Dusit's aim to help boost hospitality education in Thailand, copies of the book will be distributed for free to schools, colleges and universities offering tourism, hotel management and culinary programmes in Thailand. The book is available at Asia Books and all Dusit hotels in Thailand, priced at 1,500 baht. In remembrance of His Majesty the late King, all proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the Royal Project Foundation, which helps to improve the living conditions of Thailand's rural communities.


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Vol. 05 No. 08 | Apr 16-30, 2017

Explore Ancient Cambodia with the Newly Renovated All-Suite

Anantara Angkor Resort

Appealing to discerning travellers, Anantara Angkor Resort reopens as Siem Reap’s premier all-suite boutique resort and gateway to the heart of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer Empire. Renovations to the suites, restaurants and common areas plus the addition of several amenities and services ensure that every step of the guest’s local immersion and high adventure are seamlessly navigated and masterfully personalised. Anantara Angkor carves out a quiet nook in Siem Reap, bringing a retreat-like atmosphere to guests at its central location between downtown, airport and temples. Only a seven-minute drive from the city centre, travellers can investigate a charming town of bustling markets, ambient riverside attractions and a French colonial quarter. Most notably of all, Siem Reap is home to the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Khmer ruins, including the Eighth Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat. Each of the 39 suites has recently undergone a complete upgrade and is accented with teak wood trimmings and sandstone sculptures reminiscent of the famed Apsara dancers. Guests are invited to relive traditional Cambodian (Khmer) lifestyle through ample lounging space. Romance and relaxation abound between the bathtubs of the Premier Suites or the Terrace and Premier Terrace Suites with their private plunge pools. Lush greenery provides privacy, emulating the jungle-clad temples that still stand only a few minutes from the resort. The prestigious Anantara and Sothea Suites feature a private garden, those on the second level, a large balcony perfect for in-suite

Pool

Premier Terrace Suite

al fresco dining under the stars. The most luxurious of the suites, each provide a separate living area perfect for lounging in between local exploration. Indulgence overflows into the bathrooms with twin wardrobes and vanity units, a rain shower and water closet, and also an en-suite spa room with daily massage inclusion while the Sothea also includes a whirlpool Jacuzzi bath. Aficionados of Southeast Asia and textiles will regale in the addition of a one- and two-bedroom Jim Thompson Explorer Suite. Boasting 178 and 235 square meters respectively, imported Thai silk will overflow throughout each suite, draping the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal. Several automatic inclusions entice guests to choose the resort as its authority on local experiences, including chauffeured roundtrip airport transfers, Experience Butler service to create bucket-list

Anantara Spa

adventures, unlimited private tuk-tuk transfers to and from city centre, complimentary in-room minibar, plus exclusive in-suite spa treatments for the Anantara and Sothea suites. Two all-inclusive packages are also available for wellness and exploration enthusiasts. Experience Butlers offer guests curated local knowledge unparalleled throughout the country. Butlers greet guests with a white lotus – a symbol of purity and enlightenment in Khmer culture, before whisking them to the Anantara Spa for a welcoming foot ritual. They remain on-hand to personalise each moment of the journey, from temple tours to jungle exploration and countryside visits for their guests. More than 100 uniquely created activities are on offer through the resort’s Discovery Guidebook, ensuring guests carry home enchanting memories of Cambodia. Dining at Anantara Angkor is

also refined with a new concept at Chi Restaurant and Bar. Offering progressive Khmer cuisine, ‘Chi’ derives its name from the Khmer word for ‘herb’ and indigenous herbs and spices are very much the hero here – flourishing in the resort’s garden, plucked fresh each day and woven into a thoughtful menu that fuses local sensibility with contemporary artistry. Inside the restaurant, brass chandeliers recreated by master craftsmen depict the “chats” – or umbrellas in Khmer Buddhism – which are believed to offer divine protection to royalty. The restaurant’s recent renovation was executed to harmonise space with luxury, and perfectly sets an environment of upscale dining and evenings in Siem Reap. Dining by Design journeys include a private chef and butler, a choice of connoisseur menus, and an enchanting courtyard setting. Opt for ultimate in local immersion by taking your dining experiences to hidden temples or countryside rice paddies – offered exclusively to Anantara guests. Foodies rejoice with Spice Spoons cooking class, an Anantara classic on local food expertise. Guests join chef on his morning market reconnaissance to choose the freshest produce of the day and learn Cambodian-specific herbs, such as the world famed superfood moringa. Upon return to the resort, guests learn the intricacies of this

Chi Restaurant & Bar

lesser-explored cuisine at a private, open-air kitchen overlooking the resort’s picturesque central courtyard. A stay at Anantara is incomplete without visiting the rejuvenating spa. Khmer massage is heralded as the front-runner to traditional Thai massage. The assisted stretching and body alignment was originally created to revitalise monks after long periods of meditation. At Anantara Spa it serves best to invigorate explorers after a day of quad biking through the countryside, trekking at Kulen Mountain or prepare journeymen for their next destination. Anantara Angkor pays tribute to Khmer culture in thoughtful ways. A bird’s eye view reveals that it is shaped to resemble Angkor Wat. At ground level it is reminiscent of a grand Khmer villa, with a central courtyard pool inspired by an ancient royal bathing pool. Featuring naturally salted water, its therapeutic properties ensure no chemicals are necessary, thereby providing soothing relief to a sun-drenched or travel-weary body. Poolside service from Salt dining outlet provides modern comforts. The temples of Angkor are considered a must-visit destination, and Anantara Angkor is a respected authority in Khmer culture. Nestled only 10 minutes away from the UNESCO World Heritage Area that includes the legendary Angkor Wat, no other 5-star resort in Siem Reap offers such a comprehensive destination experience, all while supported by the renowned expertise of the Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas brand. Anantara Angkor Resort is your luxurious gateway to Cambodia’s ancient wonders. Suite prices start at USD 192 per night. For the ultimate temple touring and local immersion, the Angkor All-Inclusive Discovery Package starts at USD 565. Bookings can be made via website. Anantara Angkor Resort National Road No 6, Khum Svay Dangkom Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia Tel: +855 63 966 788 Email: angkor@anantara.com www.angkor.anantara.com

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Global Top Group Updates

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Condominium Juristic Management

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Amari introduces its newest destinations around Asia

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Sam Hali Sales and Business Relationship Manager Global Top Group

Olympus City Garden gets EIA approval

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roperty developer Global To p Gr o u p a n n o u n c e d the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval of its luxurious residential park project, Olympus City Garden, recipient of a Highly Commended Award for the Best Boutique Developer for Eastern Seaboard at 2016 Thailand Property awards. Sam Hali, Global Top Group sales and business relationship manager, said, “After receiving the much awaited EIA approval, the construction of Olympus City Garden will immediately start next month. Our latest project will be built upon the experience gained from the success of our previous projects. The uniqueness of Olympus is its concept of building six Mediterranean-style buildings, making it a private community to our buyers.” Olympus City Garden will be built on an eight-rai property and the buildings consist of eight storeys. Continued on page 4/24

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Property

No More Real Estate Brokers

Riding on a Bangkok BTS Sky Train, I noticed that five of the seven passengers sitting across and around me were completely entranced playing with their mobile phones. Everywhere we turn today we are faced with some new technology that is taking over another part of our individual and shared lives. Whether it is a technology that is replacing us ‘more than just humanoids’ or a technology program that is used to replace us...it is all the same, as it seems that we are quickly being replaced and discarded. Just look at what Uber is doing to traditional taxi services worldwide and it is easy to see there is a war going on; a war for survival! Yes, taxi drivers all across Europe are mad as hell, but do you think that they will stop this online trend? There is even a £198 million joint legal action against the taxi-booking app Uber by taxi drivers in Canada's biggest city, Toronto. Look at the tour and hospitality businesses and the incredible changes they have undergone in the last ten years or so. Try to search the internet for a particular hotel; you can’t find it! You are first barraged by dozens of ‘best price on the internet’ hotel web portals, and if the particular hotel you are looking for is paying that search engine for placement, you might get lucky and find it on the second or third page. Most often, however, you just get lost in the discount-hotel pricing menagerie. Look what is happening to the print industry as newspapers and magazines are being challenged daily by online magazines and news portals. Who needs pharmacies and pharmacists anymore when everything from aspirin to prescription drugs is online for all to purchase for home delivery? Amazon is trying hard to get groceries delivered to your home from online orders. Every major city in the world now has online services offering home delivery of everything from fast food to fine dining from restaurants across town. Let’s face it, from the clothes we

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

wear, the food we eat and the form of transportation we choose, we are replacing one service job after another, and now with the advancement of drone technology, high-tech is about to ‘shoot the messenger’ as we won’t even need delivery people anymore. It seems that there are no employable services out there that are safe from the menacing advance of technological progress. In fact, to my horror, I very recently clicked open an online copy of Property Report Asia and read the shocking headline: ‘It may be time to say goodbye to traditional property brokers’. Getting rid of traditional property brokers may not be so bad; I have always considered myself to be a progressive property broker—modern thinker that I am--so surely that headline did not pertain to me. Then I read the article to learn that there was a new app from India poised to make real estate brokers obsolete. ALL real estate brokers would become a thing of the past! That was just too much, as now it was my toes that technology was stepping on. These monsters even had their own tech-savvy brand name: NoBroker.com. The minds behind NoBroker.com-Akhil Gupta and Amit Agarwal—have created a Web portal designed to directly link home owners with prospective buyers and renters, thus eliminating the need for the traditional real estate broker. Eliminate the need? They might as well have said ‘shoot me in the head.’ I continued reading and thinking that this cannot be good for me as a broker. The article related some drivel about Agarwal and Gupta conceiving the app after they had bad experiences of their own with brokers. Agarwal said, “Our algorithm is designed to keep the broker out of the system. When a new customer registers on our site, the algorithm works in the background and validates the user in around two minutes.” That’s when something about these two ‘online salesmen’ started smelling a little fishy.

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At this point I was reading with more than a little speculation as the article went on to say that ‘NoBroker stands out from the rest by replacing everything a broker would normally do in the course of a transaction with technology’. How could this possibly be? I asked myself. Then they finally tripped up with their bait-and-switch ploy to outmaneuver professional real estate brokers. (Are you ready? I think you are going to like this): The NoBroker.com online technology will verify the listing, photo, location and owner and also will provide customizable rental agreements for the parties to peruse. So far so good, eh? But now it gets even better as the peddlers reveal that the next step is for a NoBroker.com team member—a real human being--to visit the property owner and buyer or tenant to help

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

Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS certification instructor with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States. He is an instructor with the Thailand Real Estate and Business School (TREBS) and heads the International Marketing Committee as vice president for the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand. He also is a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York-based international research and consulting firm, and is a registered consultant with the Coleman Research Group in Hong Kong. He has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for 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

finalize the agreement and take care of all formalities. Now isn’t that nice as NoBroker.com’s ‘off line and very human’ team member has just materialized and entered the real estate transaction as the brand new high tech ‘NoBroker broker’ at your service. It was then that I let out a sigh of relief realizing that as long as people need to make the very personal decisions necessary to choose a place to call home, they will continue to rely on the skills and judgment of an experienced real estate professional capable of helping them make one of the most important decisions of their lives. Choosing a home is a decision that comes from within, and we will all continue to appreciate professional real estate brokers who also can reach within to a place that has more than just hard drives, cables and software!

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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It is inspired by Mediterranean architecture. The exterior features classical facades and soft accents and a huge swimming pool surrounded by green lush gardens. “The residents at Olympus will enjoy all the features and facilities more than a five-star hotel can offer. This is a residential park with a balance of location, quality, smart design, facilities and price. It is also about after-work convenience and leisure. Besides providing all of these lifestyle features, it will cater to the leisure side of life by providing a supermarket, cafés, restaurants, a rooftop providing both a golf range and sky gym and over 700 square meters of retail space.” Hali added. Located on Soi Khopai in South Pattaya, buyers are promised a high rate of investment return with a rental guarantee for two years at seven percent like their other project, City Garden Tropicana, which currently rented out 40 units from a company in Laem Chabang. Olympus comprises of 1,060 units including commercial areas with units of one, two, three or four bedrooms.

City Garden Tower new sales office Global Top Group has opened a new sales office for City Garden Tower on Third Road, South Pattaya. Sam Hali, sales and business relationship manager, said, “Its timeless classic concept is the highlight of the sales office. Decorated with European furniture and decors and a neutral-colour wall. This will also serve as the City Garden Tower’s lobby and reception area.” Set to be the first luxury highrise in the heart of Pattaya, City Garden Tower is located near the intersection of South Pattaya Road and Pattaya Third Road. It offers a unique and lavish style of living. The three-rai project comprises a 29-storey building featuring 465 units of smart designed layouts ideal for both living and investment with choices of studio, one- and two-bedroom from 24 to 79 square meters. All units are fully furnished, fully equipped bathroom and fitted European design kitchen. “Now the construction is up to the 23rd floor which is ahead of the schedule, and the structure completion is expected on the first quarter of 2018,” Hali noted, adding

that the company “is always ahead of its expected completion date because of the hands-on management company CEO Yigal Yonah Heli, who has 35 years experience in construction business and has built 17 buildings around the world and on some projects working with his son, Shlomi Netter, who is now

the project manager of Global Top Group. The business is being run by our family members, who control and monitor the quality and standard of each of our projects”. The showroom is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. For more information call 090 741 7417 or visit www.citygardentower.com.

Olympus City Garden is the seventh Global Top Group project in Pattaya which includes City Garden Pattaya, City Garden Pratumnak, City Garden Tropicana, Paradise Ocean View, The Cloud and City Garden Tower. For more information visit www.globaltopgroup.com.


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by Magna Carta Law Office

Condominium Juristic Management

by Paul Gambles, managing director, MBMG Investment Advisory

Who has the responsibility for taking care of the communal facilities of a condominium? The condominium juristic person, by its committee and manager, assumes responsibilities for taking care of communal facilities such as communal swimming pool, garden area, and other shared parts of the condominium project in order to maintain order and cleanliness throughout the condominium for the benefit of all the residents and co-owners. What is a juristic person? A juristic person is a body of persons, a corporation, a partnership, or other legal entity that is recognized by law to have legal rights and to perform certain duties. What are the qualifications of a juristic manager? A juristic manager can be an ordinary person or a juristic person. In the case where the manager is a juristic person, such juristic person shall appoint an ordinary person to act for the juristic person in the capacity as manager. According to the Thailand Condominium Act, juristic manager must possess the following qualifications: 1. Must be at least 25 years old 2. Must not be bankrupt 3. Must not be an incompetent or quasi-incompetent person 4. Must not have been dismissed, removed or discharged from government service, government or private organization/ agency for wrongful exercise of lawful authority 5. Must not have been imprisoned by final judgment except for an offence committed through negligence or for a petty offence 6. Must not have been removed from the capacity of a manager because of corruption, wrongful exercise of lawful authority, or moral/behavioral defect. 7. Must not have unpaid debt being the expenses on tax and duty according to the ratio of his/her freehold in common property What are the powers and duties of a manager? The manager shall have the following powers and duties: 1. Carry out the work consistent with the objectives; manage and maintain the common property with the power to take whatever action to achieve the said objectives, or the resolution of the joint owners general meeting without contradicting the law 2. In the case of necessity and urgency, use his/her own initiative to act for the safety of the building in a manner a prudent person should do to his/her own property 3. Provide security operations or take actions to maintain peace and order within the condominium 4. Serve as representative of the juristic condominium 5. Arrange to have a monthly income and expenditure account prepared and posted on the bulletin board to inform the joint owners within 15 days from the end of the month and for at least 15 consecutive days 6. Sue delinquent joint owners for more than six months overdue payment of expenses on tax and duty according to the ratio of their freehold in common property 7. Perform other duties prescribed under ministerial regulation Does the appointment of a manager need to be registered? The appointment of the manager shall be in accordance with the resolution of the joint owners general meeting. The appointed manager shall bring the proof of appointment or employment agreement to the competent official for registration within 30 days from the date on which the joint owners general meeting has passed the resolution.

Ups and Downs: Recent trends in the Thai Baht

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

Cast your mind back, if you will, to 2013, when the world seemed to be an altogether saner place… or was it? The White House may have been occupied at the time by someone who’s actually read a book without pictures; but it was also a time when the city of Detroit officially declared itself bankrupt, 15 million people in Egypt demonstrated against their president and a Briton even won Wimbledon. Not only that, the Thai baht – which was at over 41 to the US dollar as recently as 2005 and at almost 36 in March 2009 – was now at below 29 to the greenback. This had happened once before (for a day); because of a dollar-weakening policy in autumn 2010. Once again, the sub-29 baht-toUSD rate didn’t last long (for six days and was sub-30 for barely over a month) partly because the Bank of Thailand cut its interest rates slightly in a successful attempt to make its currency cheaper. For the next 18 months, the THB stayed at around the relatively strong rates of 32 and 33-to-the-dollar marks. With Thailand’s current account in surplus for two straight quarters, it was tempting to think that the baht could only get stronger – maybe even to sub-30 again. For my part, I thought at the time that there would be an initial short-term risk that the baht may gain value as far as between 31 and 32. But my overall longer term feeling was that any weakening of the global economy would dominate and send the Thai currency up to 36. That forecast was on the money: Baht initially gained in value – its strongest closure rate was slightly above 32 but it momentarily got as far as 31.14 during trading on April 5, 2015. Nevertheless, the economy was showing persistent weakness and, in September 2015, my forecast of 36 indeed became reality. Consequently, one of my strategies – shorting THB to USD – paid off. In an update in July 2015, I also mentioned that I was looking at a long THB/short GB pound strategy. That was because metrics such as the unscientific Big Mac index showed sterling as being overvalued; particularly in relation to Southeast Asian currencies such as my own main proxy for Thai baht base portfolios – the Singapore dollar – which was undervalued by a significant 23 percent. My feeling that those metrics were telling the real story has proven to be correct: baht-to-pound rate on March 22, 2017 was 23.22 percent stronger than on July 20, 2015, the day I penned that update. Of course, I wasn’t expecting the UK’s EU-referendum result, but I did see the fragility of the UK currency, caused by huge levels of private debt, the increasingly fragile housing bubble and the record current account deficit. In recent months, I’ve expected a stronger baht than some of the analysts. In March last year, for example, Kobsidthi Silpachai, the head of capital markets research at Kasikorn Bank and one of the most erudite commentators on matters Thai, revised the bank’s 2016 year-end target rate from THB37 to the US dollar, to THB38. I wasn’t convinced by this, and aimed my strategy at something around 35. In fact, the highest close of 2016 was at THB36.018 in December (the first time baht had exceeded 36 since October 2015.) In the coming weeks and months, I wouldn’t be surprised to see baht trying to establish a clear pattern but initially struggling to break out from a quite tight range. One game-changer could be a reversal in US interest rate expectations. The Federal Reserve have stated their intention to raise interest rates a two times further this year, even though the US economy is growing at its slowest rate since the dark days of the Global Financial Crisis. Concerns that the Fed may be speaking with a forked tongue have been evident ever since the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) increased the US base-interest rate by 0.25 percent a few weeks ago. The dollar has weakened against world currencies, including the baht, which strengthened by 1 percent overnight, from 35.25 to 34.89, and by 2 percent in 10 days, to 34.53 (see chart) on March 25.

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The general rule-of-thumb right now, however, is that absolutely anything can happen in the global economy. Any number of countries, especially the US, China and Australia, could hit crisis mode at any time in the foreseeable future. This could strengthen the baht in the immediate period but may weaken it in the long run as the fallout negatively affects Thailand and relatively safe havens such as America attract inflows that push up safe asset values, such as Treasuries and the US currency at the same time. My best advice, then, is to regularly keep an eye on the baht’s value so that you’re prepared to react. I certainly am, so I can advise accordingly and promptly.


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Business News Delta EV chargers enhancing Thailand’s investment for EV charging station infrastructure The President of Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT), Associate Professor Yossapong Laoonual, visited Delta’s Electric Vehicle (EV) charger exhibition booth at the contract presentation event for “Thailand’s Funding Support for Charging Stations” government program to 35 organizations at the Infinity room in Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel. The team was greeted by Kittisak Ngoenngokngam, SEA business director of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL. The event was organized by The Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO), Ministry of Energy; and EVAT to showcase selected suppliers’ products to potential companies that are benefiting from the government program. Delta has been one of the world’s leading companies in R&D,

design and production for Delta EV chargers which have become the preferred choice for many top tier automotive brand names from Europe and USA. The “Thailand’s Funding Support for Charging

Stations” government project aims to promote investments in EV charging stations and quality infrastructure for EVs in the near future and to enhance the public’s confidence in using EVs in Thailand.

Amari introduces its newest destinations around Asia

As Amari is preparing to welcome its first properties in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and China, Amari is inviting their guests to join and discover the new Amari destinations in Galle, Johor Bahru and Yangshuo.

Be transported back to the colonial era in Galle L o c a t e d o n S r i L a n k a’s southwestern coast, Galle offers a variety of historical and cultural features that allow visitors to travel back to the colonial era. Its famous Galle Fort, a world heritage site and the largest remaining European fortress in Asia, will take guests back to 1588, when it was built by the Portuguese. Situated on the fort’s highest point is the Dutch Reformed Church, one of the oldest Protestant churches. The fort has a colourful past, and today, it is no less vibrant with chic boutiques, cafés and galleries. Antique lovers should not miss the Historical Mansion Museum, where the private collection of old-time memorabilia collected by a long-time resident of Galle has been on display for more than 40 years. Beach enthusiasts can head to Unawatuna Beach to laze the day away. Ideal for a restful stay by Galle’s beachfront, Amari Galle Sri Lanka

will offer guests rooms and suites with direct sea views, and an open design which circulates the natural ocean breeze throughout the property. The resort is set to welcome its first guests this summer. Explore the culture rich urban jungle of Johor Bahru Located in the southern end of the Malaysian Peninsula, Johor Bahru is a mixture of the modern and tradition. It is a rapidly growing city

and a regional business hub where visitors can be immersed in its rich culture, heritage sites, architectural blend of colonial-Malay buildings, and tantalising food. From laksa, roti to wood-fired oven-baked banana cakes, there is a wide range of local eateries, old-school coffee shops and bakeries to discover. Coffee lovers will find Johor Bahru a great destination as its café scene is booming with more than 50 different cafés to experience. At night, pay a visit to Pasar Karat,

Free KKday vacation for Thais who love to travel in Asia

KKday, a leading E-commerce travel platform in Asia offering localized travel across the globe launched in Thailand last month, and is now offering Thais a chance to win a free all-expenses dream holiday for two to Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore or Taiwan with a video competition from now until May 31. The KKvacay contest invites Thais to create a fun and engaging one-minute video of their own travel trip in any destination. To be automatically entered, each film needs to then be uploaded to the competition entrant’s Facebook Page wall by the end of May and tagged @KKdayThailand with the hashtags #KKvacay and #KKdayth added too. The full entry rules for the KKvacay video competition can be found at the KKday Thailand Facebook Page. The winning KKvacay video will be announced on the KKday Thailand Facebook Page in June 2017. Ming Chen, CEO of KKday is encouraging Thai vacation videographers to be as creative as possible as there could be some fierce competition. “We know that Thais love to travel within Asia and each of the KKvacay prize destinations is

incredibly dynamic; promising an exhilarating, action-packed trip with lots to see and do and fascinatingly diverse cultures. We are expecting to see some really creative videos that explore these different holiday hotpots through the script and the filming style, as well as with the use of props, costumes and setting. Thais are renowned for their inventive style and sense of fun so it will be interesting to see videos portraying their chosen destination and with a free holiday for two up for grabs I imagine there will be some great entries.” Part of winning the holiday prize is for the recipient and travel partner to create a short video highlighting their vacation experience along with five KKday activities they enjoyed during their trip. This video diary will be shared by KKday and partners on social media. Easy to navigate and book online, KKday appeals especially to those travelers who enjoy immersive vacation experiences and exploring destinations through localized, customized travel rather than simply following the standard tourist trek or trying to seek out ever-more remote locations.

an enormous flea market, for a fun shopping experience. Amari Johor Bahru is situated in the city’s commercial district, the perfect location to discover the surrounding museums, cafés, traditional bakeries and local restaurants. The hotel is only a fiveminute walk away from the customs, immigration and quarantine complex for guests arriving from or departing to Singapore. Amari Johor Bahru is set to open May 2017.

limestone hills and scenes of rural life. Various cycling routes and rock climbing sites provide exciting ways to experience Yangshuo’s natural beauty for adventure enthusiasts. Craft and cultural admirers should not miss a visit to Fuli Town, home to painted paper fans and a preserved ancient community where the traditional way of life in old stone houses can still be witnessed. Amari Yangshuo is located right next to West Street, a central location with strong historical significance. Filled with restaurants, shops and bars, the bustling street is a combination of local architecture and contemporary design. Enjoy pre-opening offers at these destinations with prices from USD 160++ per night including breakfast valid until July 15, 2017 at Amari Galle Sri Lanka and from MYR 320++ per night including breakfast valid until July 31, 2017 at Amari Johor Bahru. For reservation or more details, visit www.amari.com/specialoffer.aspx.

Immerse in the picture perfect landscape of limestone peaks in Yangshuo The heart-stirring scenery of Yangshuo’s karst mountains has not only attracted visitors to this countryside town of Guilin, but also inspired traditional Chinese paintings, classical poetry and even the design of the 20-yuan note. Ride a bamboo raft along the Yulong River, a tributary of the significant Li River, and pass through ancient bridges to unwind in the midst of hundreds of


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Business News TCC Group to build US$3.5 billion integrated district called 'One Bangkok' in Bangkok City-centre TCC Assets (Thailand ) Co., Ltd. and Frasers Centrepoint Limited ("FCL") will jointly develop 16.7 hectares in the heart of Bangkok into one of the world's "must-visit" destination city districts. The project will create Thailand's first fully integrated district that is built on peoplecentric principles and a focus on environmental sustainability and smart-city living. The project has a generous allocation of eight hectares of green and open space to the city centre. It promises to become a new global landmark when its first components open in 2021. The project is the largest private sector property development initiative ever undertaken in Thailand with an estimated investment value of approximately US$3.5 billion . Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, chairman of TCC Group and FCL, said, "The fundamental aim in the planning and design of One Bangkok is to enhance Bangkok's stature as a key gateway city in Asia." One Bangkok is a fully integrated "city-within-a-city" district. When all components are completed in 2025, it will have a gross floor area of 1.83 million square metres, comprised of five Grade A office towers built to LEED and WELL standards, five

luxury and lifestyle hotels, three ultra-luxury residential towers, a comprehensive array of retail offerings within differentiated retail precincts, and a rich variety of civic areas, and art and culture facilities. The land is leased from the Crown Property Bureau and enjoys a prime location right next to Bangkok's largest central park -- Lumphini Park -- with direct linkages to the city's mass transit systems, as well as easy access to the expressway network. Charoen said, "We are honoured to be entrusted by the Crown Property Bureau to turn this important plot of land in the heart of the city into a showpiece district. It is a responsibility that I am privileged to carry and I affirm my commitment to ensure the creation of something exceptional and transformational." He added, "With One Bangkok , I hope to enhance global confidence in Thailand as the epicenter of ASEAN and a key gateway and lifestyle city in Asia , as well as bring prosperity to all associated with the project, whether as tenants, owners, or business partners." "To accomplish this gamechanging endeavour, I have placed my confidence in two TCC Group companies that perfectly complement each other, combining the financial strength and local

Suan Bua Restaurant is acclaimed at Thailand’s Best Restaurant Awards

Suan Bua, the Thai Restaurant at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, was awarded as one of Thailand Tattler’s “Best Restaurants 2017.” The award was presented by Naphalai Areesorn (4th left), the magazine’s editor in chief, to the hotel’s representatives. They included Santiparp Petchwao (3rd left), chef de cuisine of Suan Bua Restaurant, Panicha Tailanan (2nd left), the restaurant’s manager, Pradapporn Chantaworaluck (5th left), public relations manager, and Watcharaporn Tongpoon (1st left), food and beverage manager of the hotel at Quartier Water Garden, The Emquartier.

knowhow of TCC Assets with the enormous international property development expertise of Frasers Property," Charoen noted. One Bangkok is being developed by a joint venture between TCC Assets ( Thailand ) Co., Ltd., holding 80.1 percent, and Frasers Property Holdings ( Thailand ) Co., Ltd., holding 19.9 percent. Frasers Property is the international property brand of FCL, a full-fledged multi-national real estate company with more than US$17.6 billion in assets. Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, group CEO of FCL said, "No single development of this scale and diversity has ever been undertaken in Thailand . One Bangkok will be a vibrant lifestyle destination that will affirm Bangkok's position among the most desirable cities in the world to live, do business, and to visit. It will attract top-level local and multinational companies to set up their AEC headquarters in the district as Bangkok's most prestigious corporate address, and

their employees and visitors will enjoy an unrivaled ecosystem of facilities and lifestyle experiences available here." He added that One Bangkok 's design will be sensitive to its social and cultural context, incorporating Thailand's heritage, and make the district an integral part of the city. Su Lin Soon , a highly reputed and experienced real estate professional and chief executive officer of One Bangkok, said, "Accessibility, connectivity, and sustainability are top priorities in our urban planning. New quality standards, international

best practices and diversity in the mix of uses and architecture are fundamental features of the master plan, designed by Skidmore , Owings & Merrill. Supported by local expertise from Plan Associates, and A49, the master plan combines both international and local experiences from the most influential architectural and urban planning firms." She added, "One Bangkok will also be the first district in Thailand to be built entirely around sustainability principles and to LEED for Neighbourhood Development Platinum standards."

Thailand’s cultural capital Chiang Mai gets extreme makeover as millennials drive destination reinvention Thailand’s legacy Chiang Mai tourism market has undergone a millennial transformation that is now tapping into a new base of travelers seeking authentic Thai experiences. Last year over 4.6 million arrivals at the city’s international gateway thrust the destination into a new light, as the passenger volume only trailed Phuket in terms of provincial airports in the country. According to C9 Hotelworks’ latest market research Chiang Mai Hotel Market Overview, much of the growth has been fueled by rising low-cost carriers, with 5,346 flights from Greater China last year. Over the past 10 years passenger arrivals have shot up three-fold with 2013 being the turning point fueled by the epic success of the Chinese film ‘Lost in Thailand’. Noting the explosive impact of cinematic wanderlust on tourism, C9’s managing director Bill Barnett said: “Be it ‘Eat Pray Love’ or ‘Notting Hill’, the impact of film in destination marketing is remarkable. While Thailand’s travel market outside of Bangkok shifted to the beach early in the millennium, a rising tide of Asian travelers and westerners increasingly want into the culture club instead of the atypical surf and turf.” As Thailand’s government has

pivoted its tourism ambition from quantity to quality, Chiang Mai has fit nicely into the equation with a range of impressive new boutique hotels, a rampant art scene and budding culinary offerings; the shift is resonating with Thai and foreign travelers alike. One of the most eagerly awaited entries to the creative scene was the debut of the MAIIAM Museum of Creative Art in mid-2016. This 3,000 square meter facility has attracted global attention. “We are certainly seeing increasing demand for personalized itineraries for Chiang Mai – for both the city itself and also a connecting city to explore the far north of Thailand,” said ASIA DMC Thailand managing director Andre van der Marck. “Strong domestic

airlift is helping access while the increase of creative, boutique accommodation is an ideal match with the experiential millennial travelers we see more and more.” Looking into the prospects for 2017, while the government instituted a crackdown on zero-baht tours from Mainland China in the mid part of last year, the impact is normalizing given strong demand from Thai domestic travelers who are being drawn to a different Chiang Mai experience. Digital media is super charging the pace of change as millennials abandon guidebooks and replace them with smartphones and a new mode of travel driven by authentic local experiences and a lifestyle of sharing thanks to Facebook and Instagram.


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Boat for Sale

1990 Arriva 24ft Ski/ Offshore Boat For Sale. This is 1 of 200 24ft Arriva’s (sports division of Bayliner) built. There are 5 of these imported to Thailand in the late 90’s. This boat is fully restored with an all new custom built 454, 420 HP Chevrolete Engine. Bravo 1 Drive. Other features include: New Upholstery, All exterior in As New condition. Original Paint, Less than 100 total hours of use since built, Less than 50 hours on new engine, Galvanized Ta n d e m A x l e s p r u n g trailer, Thai Registration, Windlass Anchor, Complete new wiring and gauges, New Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Roller Rockers, Eldelbrook Manifolds & Rocker Covers. Reduced from US$40,000 for fast sale US$ 35,000. Contact: info@ driftersbeachcafe.com

Business Opportunities

STARS RESORT (near Pheonix Golf Course) 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.

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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 ( p t m b o - s n 1 3 1 5 ) Bar & Guesthouse for sale in Central Pattaya. New

lease available 3 + 3 years & NO KEY Money. Security deposit on the lease THB 200,000. Large ground floor bar tastefully decorated with separate Jacuzzi suite, 6 large rental rooms (all with air con, en suite bathroom, balcony and furnishings), small office, laundry room, large staff sleeping quarters/studio apartment and a 65 sqm one bedroom top floor apartment with its own kitchen and large en suite bathroom. Separate rear entrance to gain access to rental rooms. Priced to sell. Sale Price: THB 1.7 million. Contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email: sven.tbac@gmail.com (ptmbo-c0015)Business Partner required. 50% share in busy prestigious beachfront bar on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. 8 bedrooms, bar & restaurant, work permit available, new lease. Call Colin on 084 350 9304 (ptmbo-sn1115)Resort for Sale. A beautiful resort set in over 2 Rai of land in a tranquil area of Pattaya, but within 20 minutes drive of the town centre. The resort comprises of 9 (nine) chalets, a swimming pool, a large clubhouse/bar/restaurant with full kitchen facilities and seating for over 100 customers + 2 staff rooms. The land is leasehold with 11 years still remaining. The lease has been registered in a company 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.

Services Provided

Magna Carta Law Office can assist you in securing loans from 1 million up through various financial institutions with no credit checks or black marks and no penalty for a bad credit history. All loans are secured against either land or property and we are able to lend you up to 50% of the appraised valuation of your asset.   The funds will be available around 10 days from the start of the application.   Loans can be for a period of 6 months to 1 year and can be extended for longer if needed. Call either 038-373735 or 081-9833620 to make an appointment. Service for set-up company, accounting, balance sheet, visa, work permit, application of social security. Contact Korawit Accounting Co., Ltd. 084 754 4214 Nattakit

Construction Renovation Company. Need office, home, garden, swimming pool improvements? Very reliable contractor, high quality standard job with reasonable price. Please call 038 373 145 (English), 086 831 8879 or 087 509 0102 (Thai) PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software or hardware, please phone 0868202577 or 0972549072 (Thai &Eng). I will go to service at your place.

Education & Training

(pta-tk0008)Do you want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 373 175 or 038 416 493.

Houses for Sale

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, 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. 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. Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Selling price is 9.5 million baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135

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Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). 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 (PR2567) 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) Gre a t D e a l Ho m e i n 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) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 2 5 Mi l l i o n Ba h t , 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! Se l l i n g 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 2 0 Mi l l i o n Ba h t , 5 + 1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 R a i / 6 6 0 Sq m . 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 (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! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6075) Beautiful Private Home Village For Sale! Selling Price 16,000,000 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3+1 Bathrooms, 111 TLW/289 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR1158) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 26 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465)


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Houses for Sale

Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 27 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Wa t Ya n & B a n g s a r a y Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1154) Un i q u e a n d S p a c i o u s Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. For appointment and

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

Houses for Rent

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 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:

1990 Arriva 24ft Ski/ Offshore Boat Forsale

This is 1 of 200 24ft Arriva’s (sports division of Bayliner) built. There are 5 of these imported to Thailand in the late 90’s. This boat is fully restored with a all new custom built 454, 420 HP Chevrolete Engine. Bravo 1 Drive. Other features include: • New Upolstry • All exterior in As New condition. Original Paint • Less than 100 total hours of use since built • Less than 50 hours on new engine • Galvenised Tandem Axle sprung trailer • Thai Registration • Windlass Anchor • Complete new wiring and gauges • New Aluminium Cylinder Heads, Roller Rockers, Eldelbrook Manifolds & Rocker Covers

Reduced from US$40,000 for fast sale

US$ 35,000

Contact: info@driftersbeachcafe.com

premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601) Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Rental Price 50,000 baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135 Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). 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 (PR2567) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6999)

Condos for Sale

(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

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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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) 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/

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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 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)


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High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5075) Luxury Wongamat Beach Area 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) Gorgeous Sea View! Selling Price is 10.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 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 (PR2507) B e a c h f ro n t L i v i n g i n Jomtien Condo! Selling Price is 11.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 142 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by

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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 Re n t . 4 8 s q . m . , f l o o r 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5853) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/ Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 45,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 99 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the

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

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 (PR1255) Beachfront Apartment.... Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 49,000 Baht/ Mo n t h , 1 B e d r o o m / 1 Bathroom, 80 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6284) G o r g e o u s Pe n t h o u s e 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)

Apartment for Rent

Beachfront Apartment for Long Term Rent. 4th and 5th floors, 3 bedroom, 220 sq/m, 25 meters to the Beach 40,000 baht/month. Na Jomtien Penninsula. Contact via email for more details info@driftersbeachcafe. com

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 or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0325)

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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 (PLD0978) Na Jomtien – Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 21.5 Million 2 Rai. (PLD0013) 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

Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Selling price is 9.5 million baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135 Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). (PR2567) 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) Spacious Home! Truly one of the finest homes in the area. Rental Price 50,000 baht. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and 164 square meters of beautiful interior design set upon 135 Tarang Wah (540 sq/mts). (PR2567) 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 (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 (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) Gorgeous Sea View! Selling Price is 10.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 68 Sqm. (PR2507) 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 45,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 99 Sqm. (PR1255) 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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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 A re a ! Se l l i n g Pr i c e i s 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

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 A re a ! Se l l i n g Pr i c e i s 48,000,000 Million 324 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0706) 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) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya A re a ! S e l l i n g Pr i c e i s 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai For appointment and private

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visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0978) Na Jomtien – Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 21.5 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 (PLD0013) 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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Tutors required to help 2 home school students ages 11 and 16. Work anticipated to be 15 hours per week to fit the tutors schedule. College students or teachers acceptable. Please email enquirers to skomby@ gmail.com

Vehicles for Sale

Honda Jazz i-DSI Silver Metallic 2005 Urgent. With ABS & Airbags Satin Silver, cylinders: 4 cylinders, drive: rwd, fuel: gas, odometer : 189400, paint color: silver, size: compact, title status: clean, transmission: automatic. Interior is very clean with minor wear and tear on some plastic parts. Remote controlled lock/ alarm system (2 remotes for the 2 set of keys). Call 085 632 1545 Ford Ranger Auto 2007. Ford Ranger, automatic, 2007, 4 doors, silver, 143000 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 with tan leather interior, 20-inch 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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Youth Focus Raising awareness for women by Mark Beales Students and staff at Garden International School (GIS) came together to mark International Women’s Day. IB Diploma students made placards and went on a ‘march’ around school to raise awareness about equality for females. This was followed by a whole-school assembly that highlighted the achievements of women. Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School.

GIS students star in LAMDA exam results by Mark Beales photo by Ritche Guisona

The Multiple Benefits of Music Education by Eunice Maratas

Talented students from Garden International School (GIS) did amazingly well following their recent LAMDA examinations. This is the 5th year GIS students have been taking the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) examinations. This year the results were outstanding with a pass rate of more than 94 percent. This included an extremely rare 100 percent pass for Grade 8 Public Speaking for IB student Shomit. Grade 8 is the highest level available. Of the

105 students in Primary and Secondary who took the assessments, more than 94 percent passed, most with flying colours. Gold medal distinctions went to IB1 students Jignil and Sabrina, while Srishti was given a gold medal with merit for acting. To help prepare for LAMDA, several IB students acted as coaches. Well done to Mr Lund, Mr Abbs, Ms Hilmi and everyone who took part this year! Mark Beales is assistant head of Secondary at Garden International School

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. It is one of the best tools for child’s development. Scientific research has proven that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social, and creative potential. It speeds the development of speech and reading skills, it trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods, and it helps them gain a sense of empathy for others. Studies have shown that music participation provides opportunity for literacy; whether singing, playing, or listening, it helps exercise children’s aural discrimination. Playing instruments and adding movement to the lessons are essential in reading comprehension. Music education also plays an important role in children’s language development. According to the Children’s Music Workshop, the musical training physically develops

Research shows that participating in music study benefits both brain structure and brain function. Just like well-exercised muscles protect the bones and joints, reduce blood pressure and increase energy levels, music education produces bigger, better-functioning brains - a benefit to people of any age.

the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Dr. Kyle Pruett, Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and a practicing musician, agreed that the development of language over time tends to enhance part of the brain that helps process music. She added that language competence is at the root of social competence and music experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent. Reading and speaking abilities are among the most important skills that we gain through experience, and help us understand our native language and new ones. Research has also found a causal link between music and spatial intelligence, which means that understanding music can help children visualize various elements that should go together, like they would do when solving a math problem. According to Zabinki, music exposure to music

education gives students an advantage in understanding basic mathematical concepts such as ratios, fractions, proportions and thinking in space and time. Music education develops children’s critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment. Lastly, students and even adults who are engaged in music studies are sharpening their cognitive skills and developing social connections. Eunice Maratas is a music teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.


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This & That Whatever will mother say?

The lasting impact of Psycho

The storyline is simple enough. A woman (Janet Leigh) steals US$40,000 from her boss, hides out in a secluded motel and is murdered in the shower by a transvestite with a mother complex (Anthony Perkins). Her sister (Vera Miles) investigates and the killer is arrested. That’s it. Yet a movie made for less than one million dollars in 1960 grossed forty times that. And it’s no exaggeration to

say that movie history was never the same again. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho spawned several sequels, one prequel, one (awful) remake and a television spin-off, not to mention numerous DVDs with film historians queuing up to lecture us in the “Extras” sections of the disc. Even today Psycho is still making history. A book has just been written by Robert Graysmith, The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower, which sets out to show that Janet Leigh skipped parts of the notorious shower scene and was replaced by actress Marli Renfro. Psycho has even got into children’s TV. There are episodes of both Bugs Bunny and The Simpsons which refer to the movie or play a few bars of the musical score.

Psycho provided many firsts in film history. It was the first time a flushing toilet was shown in a movie. Arguably it was the first “slasher” movie and it was certainly the first representation of a killer transvestite. But the real importance of Psycho is that it showed that families could be dysfunctional – the boy next door who is devoted to his mum could turn out to be a serial killer. There have been many attempts to explain Psycho in analytical terms. In his book The Pervert’s Guide to the Cinema, Slavoj Zizek points out that Norman Bates’ mansion has three floors. The top floor is where is mother lives, or used to, and where Norman is subdued. The ground floor is where Norman eats and sleeps and keeps himself to himself. The basement fruit cellar is where it’s all happening. All this stuff Zizek relates to the superego and the id in Freudian terms. Best of luck if you are following up the philosophical stuff. The early 1960s saw the collapse of the US Production Code and directors were beginning to show daring

scenes of sex and violence. Yet there isn’t actually much sex in Psycho, although you do see Janet Leigh in her underwear once or twice. Nor is there really much violence apart from the chocolate sauce shower scene (tame by contemporary standards) and the fatal stabbing of a detective as he walks backwards downstairs (funny rather than horrific). The horror owes as much to Bernard Herrmann’s score and the screeching violins as to Hitchcock’s directional skills. The real novelty in the movie is the subject matter it treats. For the first time, horror is not about cobwebs, castles, creatures or mad scientists. The seemingly normal and dutiful son has another self and one which challenges our innermost emotions about trust, loyalty and making assumptions about other people. This was the film too which brought to the surface Hitchcock’s unspoken suggestion to the audience: “Wouldn’t you like to kill?” Understanding Norman, or trying to, is the major task set for the viewer. He is a likeable young man who really cares about the stranger who comes

to his motel in a rain storm. You can even feel sorry for him, for example sharing his tension as the car he pushes into the swamp doesn’t immediately submerge. Many cinema audiences actually heaved with relief as the mud and water closes over the vehicle. Even some characters in the movie like Norman. The sheriff and his wife see him as the unfortunate son of an unhappy marriage. Norman could have turned out to be a great guy. But by pure chance he’s a murderer. That’s the dilemma all watchers of the movie have to address in the recesses of their own minds. Psycho certainly shocked a lot of people but it shocked a lot of cash out of them too. Hollywood quickly

understood that there was a lot of money to be made from explicit violence. Every single horror movie made since 1960 owes something to Psycho. Just showing a woman naked and a knife against her flesh as blood goes down the drain may not devastate cinema audiences today. But the visceral scene was revolutionary in 1960. That’s the point. Incidentally, there’s one joke in Psycho which never made it to the final proofs. Early in the movie Marion says to the Texan oilman who inquires after her health, “I’m going to spend the weekend in bed.” To which the oilman replies, “Bed? Only playground that beats Las Vegas.” Quite so.


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This & That Your Pattaya Horrorscope

by Laura Cox, www.UrbaneWomen.com

by Professor Blunt

How To Rekindle A Relationship: 5 Ways To Help You Start Falling In Love (With Your Partner) All Over Again The honeymoon may have been relegated to a warm memory but that shouldn’t be the death knell for maintaining a little romance. Rekindle the flame by connecting with your partner and bring back some of the passion that brought you close together in the first place. Use these five simple tips to restore your relationship back to the passion and harmony you know you once felt for each other:

3. Pay A Compliment These are not meant to be cursor y empty compliments but instead should be the genuine article. Empty compliments are very easy to spot so you should ensure that you are striving to make your spouse feel important, wanted, and needed. Smile and be positive and tell him or her every day that you were meant to be together.

1. Take A Break

4. Be Intimate

Years spent together can stifle even the most loving of relationships if you don’t occasionally explore new ways to connect and have fun together. One of the best ways to re-connect is to escape from the day-to-day drudgery and take a break from the usual routine. Try visiting a foreign country to discover a new culture. You will more than likely learn new things about each other as well. Can’t afford a holiday? Then why not try camping? The outdoor environment and fresh air can breathe new life into your relationship while leaving you both feeling relaxed and refreshed.

There’s a very real difference between physical intimacy and sex so you should make a point of knowing exactly what it is. Many couples mistakenly feel they are maintaining their intimacy simply because they still regularly engage in sex. It’s the little things that often matter the most, such as a quick hug, or holding hands while shopping. These are acts of true intimacy and they help keep the memory of the early days of the relationship alive and well. It can also be something as simple as watching a movie together while wrapped in each other’s arms.

2. Attentive Listening After spending a few years together, our communication habits can take a turn for the worse. As an example, the usual question of how your day went is asked because of an ingrained habit rather than any legitimate interest. The situation degenerates into partners talking at each other rather than to each other. Start actively listening to what your partner has to say. Use eye contact and show your attentiveness by asking relevant questions. Communication in a relationship is a vital component for ensuring it stays strong, even after many years together.

5. Spend Time Together

(Jan23-Feb22)  Aquarius A financial matter is holding

back your overall progress in life. In other words, you want to have a good time but have absolutely no money whatsoever. With Jupiter running rings around you, there is little chance of your prospects improving in the near future. You could eating at a five star restaurant and then refusing to pay the bill on some technicality such as cockroaches. Posh places often don’t fancy having the police making an arrest on their premises, and you may just get away with it. Pisces (Feb23-Mar22) You have unusual skills but these may not be enough to raise your prospects in life. For example, you may be able to play the harpsichord extremely well but there are very few openings in Pattaya. To most people, this instrument sounds like two skeletons copulating on a tin roof in the rain. Another useless skill is a knowledge of ancient Etruscan pots. Most Pattaya residents would mistake them for a mobile latrine. You need sensible career advice we think. Aries (Mar23-Apr22) You are depressed and lonely right now and the Milky Way isn’t making life easier for you as some of the galaxy is not working properly just now. More than anything you need a change of scenery. Given your disastrous financial situation, this will not be easy. One idea is to break a shop window and get arrested. You will certainly get some new scenery as well as a host of people only too anxious to talk provided you keep giving them a cigarette. Taurus (Apr23-May22) Put your heart on the line. Keeping secrets like yours will only lead to misery. We suggest you clear the air by being frank with your partner. This may be difficult if you wish to confess to your wife that you have been dressing up in her clothes and sneaking out in the middle of the night. But you never can tell. She might even find the whole matter amusing especially as you are much taller and fatter than she is. Thai women tend to be broadminded if the cash holds out. Gemini (May23-Jun22) The heavenly bodies are agreed that you are a social failure because you are an intellectual looking in the wrong places. You are keen on poetry but it’s not likely you will meet kindred spirits in the Walking Street. Producing a volume of verse there is rather like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. You might fare better in the temples of Angkor Wat as people there quickly get bored with clambering over old stones. Cancer (Jun23-Jul22) You have to face the fact that your wife married you only for your money. This likely explains why she climbs into bed in an overcoat or comes on with a headache every time you feel randy. However, there are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal in women. Chief amongst these is the Mercedes Benz 500 SL. Remember too that erotica is using a feather whereas pornography is using the whole chicken.

by Madam Zyra

(Jul23-Aug22) It is all very  Leo well being economical and fru-

gal, but you are in danger of carrying things too far. For example, cutting down on toilet paper could land you in a real mess and you will surely make a fool of yourself by buying birthday presents at the local 7/11 store. On the other hand, there are some positive features you can be proud of. Thus the only time you tell lies is when your lips are moving. Virgo (Aug23-Sep22) The stars are agreed that a career move is imminent in your case, but there’s no unanimity about where you will be going. Since you want to make a lot of money quickly you may wish to consider becoming an organ donor, but do take care les something is removed before you are ready for the crematorium. If you want to become something unusual, then apply to be a cat companion or sewage transporter. Both these will attract public attention. Libra (Sep23-Oct22) People born under your star sign tend to very ugly, for example with flapping ears that look like a taxicab with both doors open. It is unlucky for you that you are so highly sexed as very few people fancy hitting the sack whilst you are in it. You may find you will become a skilled negotiator in the future. This is because of your need to reduce the exorbitant fees charged by the prostitutes you have to visit in order to remain sane. Scorpio (Oct23-Nov22) Some other horoscopes say you are a strong person but we feel this must refer to your body odor. It can’t be a coincidence that membership of the local expat clubs has dropped off since you became a member. It is unfortunately true that you are very thick and frankly dumb. You are the sort of person who flies to Manila just to thank them for the envelopes. Sagittarius (Nov23-Dec22) Your problem is that you are very suspicious of other people. You imagine you are being followed by the FBI when in reality it’s only the local police. When you enter a room you think everyone is staring at you but this is only true if you have left your flies accidentally undone. Your ignorance is encyclopedic and you believe that metrosexuality is indecent behavior on the French underground. Capricorn (Dec23-Jan22) You are exceptionally mean-spirited which explains why you are always alone. You even carry a button in your back pocket to slip into the tin cup of a beggar or to insert into a charity box. Your loneliness is so acute that you even get a busy signal when you lift a sea conch to your ear. Your application to join the Samaritans was turned down after you wrote “yes” in the box on the application asking for your particular sex. There is absolutely nothing to be done.

Contrary to what some people think waiting at the mechanic together, hanging out the washing together, or visiting the park with the kids is not quality time spent together – at least not the relationship building time you need to bolster the relationship. Real quality time spent together is where you and your partner are doing something you both enjoy as leisure, and not one of the many daily chores. Chores are not looked upon favorably and tend to be avoided. If you turn your relationship into one then you should expect the same results. For additional information on romance, health, fitness, beauty, skin care, hair care and more, go to www. urbanewomen.com.

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First Medal for Mulholland! Kaneta and Parish by Steve Ellison

Results: 1st – Bob Mulholland (8) net 67 Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees 2nd– Alan Rothwell (7) net 71 (cb) There were only three of our TGC 3rd– Robbie Taylor (14) net 71 tournaments this week as Khun Nirand was graciously putting on a bargain fourman scramble for Pattaya’s finest, so our thanks to him for that lovely day out. Thanks also to our mate Klaus for hosting and organizing the Tuesday event. Our six teams had a grand time, but alas, no silverware for the mantle! It was a strange day weather wise on LK Metro as all morning was non-stop rain. Some blokes just didn’t show up, and the rest were reticent at best, but we all piled into the vans and headed up to Green Valley. When we got to the course, things were a bit better and the optimists teed off in a light mist. Eight other blokes sat to think it over and after 20 minutes, decided to call it a day before hitting one ball. They headed Bruce Miller, Peter (44) Thomas with Doc Beard. right back to town and the rest persevered. Hanging in there turned out to be the correct Silky Oaks – White Tees - Stableford You will be seeing many more events at Silky decision as by the 4th hole, things had cleared and the rest of the day was just fine. Our Aussie Oaks this summer as the closure of Green Valley mate Bruce Miller was glad he hung in there from the 17th of April will see The Golf Club as he put it closest to the stick to win the near here and at St. Andrews on Mondays. We are scheduling a rotation of those courses through pin loot. For their effort and diligence, Dave Ferris, November, when Green Valley is supposed to Fred Birch and Gary Emmett were handed those re-open. Hope their schedule goes better than collectible handsome man vouchers from Capt. that Pattaya Klang tunnel! Everyone really likes this golf course now. Phil. Turned out nice again, right Mr. Formby? Of course, when you scribble down 40 or 44 points on the scorecard, the likability factor Results: makes huge leaps! Bruce Miller did not get to 1st – Gary Emmett (16) 32 points those numbers, but his 36 sealed his third place T - 2nd– Fred Birch (16) 30 points on the podium. T - 2nd– Dave Ferris (18) 30 points Speaking of seals, Doc Beard had his personal best round in Thailand with that 40 pointer here today. He got to that number even with an astonishing 35 putts! Doc has bullet wounds, scars, blown out discs, and chronic pain to battle, but that does not stop this former S.E.A.L. from soldiering on. We are proud to have Doc on our side, so great shootin’ today, buddy. Some days it all seems to fall together. When an 18 handicapper nails 14 pars, the world is good. One of those pars was on the par3 Caddy Smile near pin, so that thankfully saved me from buying Bill, Medal Winner Bob Mulholland & Alan après golf Peter Thomas a drink back at the club. That is only rewarded with a birdie, Pete! Emerald – Monthly Medal – White Tees There were several new faces to join us By his own admission, February was not kind to this outing so there are a few tourists in town Mr. Thomas, but my how the tide has turned in after all! A smallish turnout, but two full vans March. Great 44 today, mate, hope that Mojo met up with those locals who drove to total 22 continues on the Songkran trip! contestants for the March Medal. The weather was now back to normal after Results: 1st – Peter Thomas (18) 44points the wetness of Monday but we still played lift, 2nd – Doc Beard (23) 40 points clean and place which turned out the correct rd decision. Yardage was at the 6,350 mark with 3 – Bruce Miller (8) 36 points Thanks to all our locals and tourists for wet fairways but beautiful greens. Bill Challton joining us for another great week of golf in our took the near pin. Regulars Robbie Taylor and Alan Rothwell sleepy little fishing village of Pattaya. The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in battled to a net 71 each but Alan took the second place win on countback. Bob Mulholland was Pattaya” and located in the heart of Pattaya the star of the show and his 67 on this tough on Soi L.K. Metro. We broadcast all PGA, EPL, UFC, NFL, MLB and NHL games course won by four shots. Bob credits his win to the encouragement live. Our kitchen is open from 7 am to (and chiding) from seven-time winner Kenny 10:30 pm with our famous Steak Nights on Aihara in his group, who was genuinely happy Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. to see Bob drop three birdies on the day. Bob Just call 085 434 3377 or see website www. made the turn at lever par and the three over golfclubpattaya.com and for more information on the back gave him his first Antigua shirt in mail pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates our vivid orchid. As he himself said, “That’s one at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya... all handicaps welcome. more ticked off the bucket list”!

Rise to the top Greenwood A & B – Medal Seventeen hearty souls (seems many early departures to escape Songkran) met at BJ’s Holiday Lodge in anticipation for Tropical golf ’s monthly mug competition at Greenwood. With possible thundershowers in the forecast, would the golf be played without interruptions and the need to dry out the gear over the weekend? With both the mug competition and the final chance for points for the Golfer of the Month (GOM) award, it’s a busier than usual day for the organizer, but on time all were in the cars and headed out to Greenwood. Arriving at Greenwood to a nearly deserted parking lot we were assigned the A and B nines for the day and were soon off A-1 under cloudy skies and warm and humid conditions on a wonderfully presented course. With no groups in front of ours the pace of play was very good, and other than a threat from a huge black cloud complete with thunder that skirted the area, we had neither rain nor delays. It is a real pleasure to play when the weather cooperates and the course is in such fine condition. With the quick pace

by Derek Brook

Brian Parish, Bill Jones Sponsor and Mashi

of play, showered and changed, and score cards turned in, all were back on the road to Pattaya by 3 pm, which is a definite advantage on a Friday afternoon. Back at BJ’s with most having a late bite of lunch along with their favorite beverage, the results of the day and the final GOM points were tabulated and the presentation got underway. Up first the coveted BJ/Tropical golf monthly mug was awarded to Mashi Kaneta (c/h’cap 19) who managed a fine net 70. Congratulations, Mashi, for the only round this day that beat the course. The runners up were in order: Brian Parish, net 73; John Bland, net 73; Paul Weatherley, net 74, and Dave Cooper, net 75. Just missing the podium on count-

back, also with a net 75, was Bob Watson. On to the “BJ Holiday Lodge Golfer of the Month”, and the fine second place finish on the day by Brian Parish edged out Landis Brooks for the GOM award as the two were tied on points starting the day. Congrats to Brian for his consistent play over the month and a fine finish. The “Near the Pin” tech prizes went to Takeshi Hakozaki, Bob Watson and John Bland (2) Tropical Golf Group meets and plays from “The BJ Holiday Lodge”, Pattaya Beach Road, Soi 3, generally every Tuesday and Friday. All are welcome to join for friendly competitions on a variety of local courses.

Here comes the judge by Peter Grey

Silky Oak With only a dozen golfers it was game on! Everybody was set for the challenge ahead taking on Silky Oak. This can be a sometime daunting Silky Oak golf course with its water carries this tends to play on golfers minds. All was peaceful as we made our way to the course, some would say the atmosphere was a little eerie as anticipation kept some quiet as if preparations for the day had begun. For those that have not played at this course, I will explain a few things. The first hole has a 150 yard carry (over the water) off the white tees. It makes the first shot of the day a little daunting for many, golfers are confronted with the fact that there are several holes ahead, with similar water carries! Well it was The Judge (Eric Black) that set the pace having played a few decent games so far this journey. Today was set up to be his, and it was. He returned 39 points to win the day with a bit of comfort up his sleeve. Keith

winner Eric Black with 2 of the lovely vendors that look after our bar.

Buchanan took second spot on the podium with Cavin Kenyon filling third spot, beating Steve Younger and JJ Harney (on a count back) Results: 1st – Eric Black (14) 39 points 2nd – Keith Buchanan (16) 36 points 3rd – Cavin Kenyon (18) 35 points NTP’S 3rd - Keith Buchanan 8th - Roy Dayton 14th - Steve Younger 16th - JJ Harney Long First Putt 9th - Cavin Kenyon 18th - Keith Buchanan On returning to The Swan, we welcomed back Cavin Kenyon, joining us yet again. We then bid farewell to JC Lhoste who is leaving us till April. Good luck, JC, and travel safe. D-For the Charity Dog was once again the recipient of generous golfer’s handouts, with almost all players giving something toward the funds raised by the Growling Swan golf bar for the less advantaged in Pattaya. The Growling Swan 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 086 150 3086.


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

Khao Kheow (Stableford) The permanent on our schedule and usually the first Tuesday of the month we visit this top class course. This may be the start of the ‘low season’ but we still had six groups who stood on the first tee as we proceeded to tee off on the A nine. The test for the day was to be the A & B nines, I believe the original nines, but there is also a C nine and whichever two you play is in the lap of the Gods, unless you book certain nines before you go. I think that the A & B combination is the best and not many would argue with it. So off we went on a really fine, if hot, day. Many reading this will have played the course and know how difficult it can be. One bad shot and you will be in trouble for the hole and big scores are everywhere. This is a very well designed course by a master course designer and not to be taken lightly at your peril. On the day the weather was, as said, hot, so suntan lotion was well used by most. The course itself was long on the day as we had some rain in the last few days, but was a pleasure to play with clear fairways, tough rough and fast tricky fairways. So we had a

Flight winners typical day at Khao Kheow, fair but tough. The facilities in the clubhouse here are excellent, in fact the only complaint I have, and I did hear someone also comment this day, is that the restaurant is at the top of a flight of stairs that after a tough round can be a struggle for those with a few years under their belt. And if that is the only complaint we are doing well! Incidentally, some years ago I used to book this course simply because the Khao Kheow beef was simply excellent. However, progress, is a funny thing. Back at BJ’s, it was soon time for the results. In the A flight, 0 to 17, the winner was Landis Brooks with 36 points, and the only player to

shoot his handicap. In second was Paul Weatherley with 35 points and in third was Mashi Kaneta with 34 points. In the B flight the winner was Andy Murphy with 34 points ahead of a three way countback on 32 points that saw Gordon Clegg in second, Dick Warberg in third and Derek Brook just missing out. However in the best front nine the winner was Derek Brook with 18 points and the best back nine was Charlie Sykes with 18 points. Then like snow on a hot day the players just melted away until only the ‘organisers’ were there to enjoy the peace and quiet and a few cold ones. T.T.F.N. Near Pin: Gerd Riedler, Mashi, Charlie Sykes and Dick Warberg

John Edwards is first in greeting The Fleet! by Peter Grey

Plutaluang Twenty golfers ventured out to greet The Admiral and take on the challenge of Plutaluang, north and west nines from the yellow tees. Weather was on our side; sun was out and a slight breeze kept the mercury down. The course was in tip top condition and as usual the course was busy with quite a lot of golfers enjoying not only the great course that it is but the great price that we are charged. The greens have become a lot slicker than in the

Phoenix Gold Lakes and Ocean The last Wednesday of the month rolled around, with a good turnout of 126 players, which included 12 ladies, for the third PAGS Tournament of 2017. The Lakes and Ocean combination at Phoenix Gold was the test for the day. The course condition overall continues to improve, and despite a heavy downpour, with associated electrical activity, after an hour or so the course was in good playable condition. The outstanding players of the day were Todd Doss who picked up the low gross with 73, to go with his maximum two technical prizes, while Graham Beaumont and David

holes offering two and more prizes across flights, genders and age groups. Rob Kelly (10) was this month’s A flight winner with a respectable score of 41 points, ahead of Dennis Steele (14) with 39, as he edged David Lohman (14) into third after a countback went to the last six

Lohman figured in their flight prizes with a technical to boot. Jason Barnett, Steve Truelove and Magnus Svantesson picked up their maximum of two technical prizes. The opportunity for technical prizes is an attraction of the PAGS tournaments, with prizes on each hole, several

holes, Dennis winning 12/11. Martin Kempton (15) won the B flight, for handicaps 15 to 19, with 41 points, after his back 9 of 25 relegated Jari Laakonen (17) with his back 9 of 22. Graham Beaumont (15) got third spot, no countback required, with a solid 40 points.

by Jeff Wylie

The C flight (20 -) winner required no countbacks this month with Dave Belton (20) the clear winner with a day’s best of 46 points while Kevin Johnson (22) beat Sami Sarajarvi (21) on countback 22/17 on the back 9, after both signed for a creditable 42 points. The ladies’ winner was clear cut, however, with a smaller contingent turning out this month. The winner was Nantaporn Rukkid (13) scoring an outstanding 44 points, proving that her recent practice is paying dividends, well done, Nat. The social side of the PAGS tournaments, the prize presentation at Hemingways Jomtien, continued its high standard, as golfers, family and friends got together to support all the prize winners of the day, while enjoying the abundance of tucker served up by Dave and his crew. April’s tournament is at Phoenix Gold on Tuesday, April 25. Early registration with Shane on 085 945 9689 is recommended to ensure your preferred tee time.

past, but played reasonably true considering the constant heavy traffic. As per usual, the gnarly crabgrass lies took their toll on most of the field. Two flights today catering for today’s numbers. A-flight saw John Edwards take first (by the countback system) with Keith Buchanan being the unlucky golfer losing the countback. Coming in third and again getting thru on a countback was Denis Steele. B-flight saw Frank Riley come up trumps yet again, talking about leaving the best to last, well done, mate, it is always the cream that rises to the top. Second saw Tony Cook greeting the judges with Cavin Kenyon filling third spot. Results: A Grade (0-17) 1st - John Edwards (16) 41 points.c/b 2nd - Keith Buchanan ((16) 41 points 3rd - Denis Steele (12) 38 points B Grade (18 + ) 1st - Frank Riley (23) 41 points 2nd - Tony Cook (27) 37 points 3rd - Cavin Kenyon (18) 35 points

Eric Black, Frank Riley, Colm Lawlor and John Edwards

NTP’s N3 - JJ Harney N6 - Rod Weeks W3 - JJ Harney W8 - Rod Weeks

Long Putt: N9 - Eric Black W9 - JJ Harney Back at The Swan, we welcomed back John Edwards, Colm Lawlor, Glenn Henriksen, Rod Weekes and Gary Barker. Then we had to say goodbye Frank Riley, Eric Black, both returning to Australia, and Gerri Crilly also heading to Australia to do some business. We wish you all safe journeys. Travel safe. D-for, our charity collector, snaffled many donations and the players and patrons are thanked for their continued generosity. The donations go to the needy children of Pattaya. The GS is a friendly golf outlet and welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. For some serious golf with a dash of fun, contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 150 3086.


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You & Your Pets Does your dog or cat get off on grass?

Cats for You in Pattaya

Whether you have a dog or a cat, an indoor or outdoor pet, odds are your furry friend has nibbled on grass and other plants on occasion. While it might seem like strange behavior – especially because the animals often throw up afterwards, there's really nothing to worry about. Not only is there no evidence to suggest that grass will harm your pet, but many experts theorize that munching on those long, green blades can have benefits. Admittedly, scant research has been done on the subject. It is known that wild canines and felines in nature eat grass and plants. And it is theorized that plant eating likely serves a biological purpose. It may have played a role in the ongoing purging of intestinal parasites in the wild ancestors of dogs and cats that were constantly exposed to intestinal parasites. As observed in wild chimpanzees, which eat whole leaves from a variety of plants, the plant material passes through the intestinal tract, increasing intestinal motility and wrapping around worms and thereby purging the tract of intestinal nematodes. In one study, younger animals were observed eating plants more frequently than did older animals,

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/

perhaps because they are less immune to intestinal parasites and are actively growing, thus nutritional stress could be more costly than in adults. Whether intestinal parasites in wild ancestors of domestic cats were less prevalent than in wild ancestors of domestic dogs is an open question. Certainly cats are more fastidious about making their feces, a major source of intestinal infestations, less available for incidental ingestion. On the other hand, cats often regurgitate when they eat grass because they lack the necessary enzymes to break down vegetable matter. Does this mean cats like to throw up? Not at all. It’s more likely that they need to eliminate all indigestible matter from their digestive tract, making it feel a whole lot better. This is important in nature because cats eat their prey whole—including the edible and inedible parts (fur, bones, feathers, etc.). Another theory is that grass juice contains folic acid—much like mother's milk. This essential vitamin helps in the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen in the blood. Or our four-legged friends might eat grass because it acts as a

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natural laxative. In cats, for example, if a fur ball moves deep into the digestive tract, kitty needs a little help to break it down and pass it out the other end. Maybe your cat instinctively knows this. So if your pets tend to consume plants, be assured it is fairly typical and not usually associated with gastrointestinal illness. Instead it may be a trait inherited from their wild ancestors. However, if your dog or cat appears ill before eating plants or if vomiting persists, a medical checkup is in order. WARNING: Keep your pets away from chemically treated lawns and toxic plants. And make sure that all your household plants are of the nontoxic variety. (You may want to buy a small tray of grass for your best friend, or start an herbal home garden.)

Some tips to help provide for your pet’s well-being. We’ve covered several lists of foods and drinks that are dangerous to dogs and cats. With the growing popularity of coffee, it and other caffeine drinks are climbing higher on those lists. No need to be concerned if your pet simply tastes—or takes a lap or two—of coffee, tea or cola, but moderate amounts of such substances can spell death for small dogs or cats—as little caffeine as 150mg/ kg body weight. For a 3-kg cat, 8 teaspoons of coffee is potentially fatal, and there is NO ANTIDOTE. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning generally present in an hour or two. They might include hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits and collapse. The danger is present in most homes, not only in the form of coffee and soft drinks, but also in coffee

This handsome boy was rescued as a kitten with his 3 brothers and sisters. Sadly he was sick for quite a while and so missed the opportunity to get a new home unlike his siblings. As you can see he is grown up now and still waiting to be chosen.

Smudge

This friendly but shy girl has been with us for a few years now. She just loves helping in the garden or with the chores! Smudge's best friend is her sister Bobbie Bobtail who is also shown in this article and it would be nice to find them a home together.

James

James is a fine looking fellow who is friendly and loving but quite shy with strangers at first. He loves running and playing in the garden and his favorite hobby is teasing the girls here. A new home with an outside area for him would be ideal.

Bobby-Bobtail

This friendly soul has been with us for a few years now, she was always a bit shy when people came to visit but seems to have come out of her shell over the last few months. She is happy to be an indoor cat too so would be ideal for a secure apartment.

grounds, tea and tea bags, energy drinks such as Red Bull, diet pills, and chocolate. If you suspect that your pet has ingested such substances, rush him to the vet.

Going to the Dogs... The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

~Author Unknown

Many Egyptians worshipped the goddess Bast, who had a woman’s body and a cat’s head. Generally, penguins are not sexually dimorphic, meaning male and female penguins look alike. The inner ear is the only sense organ to develop fully before birth. It reaches its adult size by the middle of pregnancy.

Cat Corner Tip Wake up and smell the kibble If your cat spends the entire day sleeping—or appearing to be asleep—she may be in need of visual stimulation. One of the easiest ways to fight boredom is to enlist the help of Mother Nature. Cats love looking out the window to see what’s going on, to spot passing birds or to gaze upon unidentified moving objects in the distance. If you don’t have an ample windowsill, consider installing a comfortable window shelf or setting up a table— replete with soft pillow, where she can while away the hours. If the view lacks visual stimulants, place some items outside the window--a bird feeder, mobile, spinning weather vane or wind chimes. As an alternative, get a cat tree. A tall cat tree. Ms Kitty loves to be as high up as possible so she can survey her domain, and a cat tree provides a safe and sturdy way for your cat to see the world from the highest vantage point. (This may preclude her nesting on your bookcase or atop the TV.)


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Games

CROSSWORD Across

Down

1. Pirate’s drink

1. Perch

4. Purge

2. Aunt’s hubby

7. Air-rifle ammo

3. Motor court

10. Yoko ___ 11. Abel’s mother

4. Some clergymen (abbr.)

12. August zodiac sign

5. “___ Been Everywhere”

13. Musical intervals

6. Tyrant

15. “___ aboard!”

7. Spills the beans

16. Luges

8. Dixie damsel

17. Picasso’s first name 19. Prefix for gram or port

9. Sings alone

20. Drenches

14. “___ Fideles”

21. Bed boards

18. “Pride and Prejudice” author

23. Sailed

20. Father, affectionately

26. Clock sound

22. Bank, at times

30. Entertainer Buddy

23. “Mr. Television”

31. Actress Mullally 32. Home (abbr.)

24. Minds orders

33. Reduce in number

25. Valuable thing

35. Caustic solution

27. Actor David ___ Stiers

36. Corn spike 37. Building extension

29. Prepared to propose 31. Quicksand

40. Natalie Cole’s father

34. Method

up think

year back

way

know

well

want

first

give

make

good

come

people

look

WHAT’s the WORD? new

over

take

after

time day

work

39. Seeded bread

out

say

38. Superlative suffix

other

Solution Issue 14

28. Type of lily

get

Identify which word is being defined.

4. Definition: The pass or passes which immediately precede a goal. First letter: A Answer: __________ 5. Definition: Merchants selling prepared food in a face-to-face environment, who normally use conventional terminals and swipe their transactions. First letter: R Answer: __________ 6. Definition: Acknowledge: accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority. First letter: R Answer: __________ 7. Definition: A discipline concerned with

SUDOKU 1

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10. Definition: Failure to make mortgage payments on a timely basis or to comply with other requirements of a mortgage. First letter: D Answer: __________

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9. Definition: A detailed plan of income and expenses expected over a certain period of time. A _____ can provide guidelines for managing future investments and expenses. First letter: B Answer: __________

Answers: 1. Below; 2. Visitor; 3. Helping;

3. Definition: An individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal. First letter: H Answer: __________

8. Definition: A person having racial origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian sub-continent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, Guam, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. First letter: A Answer: __________

4. Assist; 5. Restaurant; 6. Recognize; 7.

2. Definition: An individual who interacts with a website. First letter: V Answer: __________

determining value and making decisions. The _____ function allocates resources, including the acquiring, investing, and managing of resources. First letter: F Answer: __________

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Finance; 8. Asian; 9. Budget; 10. Default.

1. Definition: Beneath the deck. First letter: B Answer: __________

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