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Volume 17, Issue 01

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Pattaya expat worries The key matters concerning long-term farang in Pattaya are visa prospects and their own health care. That is according to a local survey carried out by Pattaya Today with 100 expats, mostly retired British but also involving mainland Europeans, Americans and Australians. The newspaper is not claiming this was a scientific survey but was conducted by interview and telephone over a two-week period. Almost all those contacted said their biggest concern at present was the ambiguity which they sensed about future visa policy in Thailand. At present most long-stay farang have a one year extension of stay based on retirement. A new 10-year visa for those over 50 years and their families has been introduced by the government, but the rules are complex - requiring police clearance from the home base and many financial documents - and can only be obtained in the country of origin and not in Thailand. In spite of rumours to the contrary earlier this year,

the current retirement visa has been left untouched by the immigration authorities. It requires annual foreign income or cash in Thailand, or a combination of both, of at least 800,000 baht. Yet many expats are concerned lest the rules are changed, for example a doubling of the cash or income requirement or a supplementar y rule demanding comprehensive medical insurance. However, a senior immigration source told Pattaya Today there are no

plans to raise the financial floor limits, although he did say he had some reservations about the so-called “embassy letter� appearing to confirm an applicant’s yearly income from abroad since the procedure involved only an affidavit with little or no paperwork such as checked bank statements. He also pointed out that it was open to retirees to apply in Thailand for the mini-Elite card which offered a five year, multiple-entry visa for a oneoff payment of 500,000 baht. A n o the r s o urc e o f

concern to the majority of expats was their own health care. Many are now in their 60s and 70s, although most seem to have a strategy of sorts to deal with the problem. A surprising number, about 50 percent, still managed to maintain some sort of cover which was a protection against bills for substantial in-patient care in private hospitals. Others had a reserve cash fund which they said would come into play if an operation was required. The remainder Continued on page 4


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News Katoey strike again Drain cover

Insurance for high-risk threatens motorists tourists proposed

Two ladyboys on a motorbike snatched a 20,000-baht gold necklace from a visitor from India. The tourist, Sunny Kumar Patel, told police that he was returning to his hotel in Central Pattaya when the katoey pair drove up to him and offered sex for a fee. When he rejected their offer, one of the transvestites snatched his necklace and the couple drove off. Based on Patel’s vivid descriptions, police were able to identify and capture the suspects.

Residents around Jomtien Second Road reported to the press that a drain cover was a danger to motorists. The metal cover had been replaced several times but it still lifts up every time a vehicle drives over it.

House bombed off Motorbike hits Sukhumvit Road parked bus Visitors lured by Pattaya’s diverse water sports may finally be protected by insurance policies provided by related vendors of high-risk activities. A meeting of police, army and district officials proposed that a scheme be introduced to cover accidents in instances such as diving, paragliding, jet skiing and similar activities. The insurance, provided by the operators, would cover up to 200,000 baht for death and 100,000 baht for injuries.

Walking Street sign issue resolved

As they were preparing for bed, an explosion rocked the home of a married couple on Sukhumvit 26/1. Mr and Mrs Chatri Montri responded to find a blown-out window, destroyed furniture, and a huge hole in the ceiling. Police responding to the couple’s call discovered evidence of an improvised pipe bomb. Chatri Montri suspected that the perpetrator might be a competing Beach Road vendor with whom the couple had a conflict. Pattaya’s finest are on the case.

A man on a motorbike taxi was killed when the bike crashed into a bus parked on Jomtien Second Road. Two others were injured and taken to Banglamung Hospital. Bus driver Suk Chimwihok said he was sleeping in the bus while waiting for his tourist passengers when the accident occurred. However, because the bus was in a no parking zone, police told the driver to report to the police station.

Police bust teens doing drugs

Officers from the Nongprue police station found and arrested nine teenagers doing drugs outside a house in Nongprue. The teens, aged 13 to 16, were taken to the police station for questioning and their parents were notified.

City officials and Walking Street business owners reached an amiable resolution to the venue’s signage issues. At a meeting between the two groups, it was reported that some signs exceeded legal limits and others were potentially hazardous to the safety of tourists. The city suggested that both problems needed to be addressed and presented slides demonstrating acceptable signage.


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THAI launches Bangkok to Vienna on November 16 Thai Airways International to herald direct flights between Bangkok and Vienna, Austria home of Beethoven, Mozart, Sigmund Freud, Sachertorte and Schönbrunn Palace. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI acting president and executive vice president, Commercial Department, and Verena Hable, media relations manager, Vienna Tourist Board, jointly held a press conference at Royal Orchid Sheraton to introduce THAI’s new route. “ T h e E u ro p e a n m a rk e t i s substantial in size and potential and is growing on a continual basis. Data from the Tourism Authority of Thailand in 2016 shows that approximately six million tourists

travelled from Europe to Thailand, an increase of 6.8 percent from 2015”, said Sangsingkeo. Tourists from Eastern Europe, including those from Austria in Central Europe, ranked fifth amongst European tourist arrivals in Thailand or an increase of 10.5 percent from 2016. Currently, THAI flies to 12 destinations in 10 countries in Europe: Copenhagen, Oslo, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Stockholm, London, Rome, Milan, and Moscow, which equates to more than 80 flights per week. During January to June 2017, approximately 3.4 million European tourists travelled to Thailand, an increase of seven percent, compared

to same period last year, whereby Eastern Europeans including Austrians remained the fifth largest group and increased 17.3 percent. Opening flights to Vienna, the capital of Austria and the aviation center for Central Europe, enables the THAI to serve passengers in neighbouring Eastern European countries within a 300 kilometer radius. These are countries Czech, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, and Slovenia, with a combined population of approximately 32 million people (Vienna catchment area). Information from Vienna Airport reports that 23.4 million passengers and 27 percent were transfer passengers. Austria holds high potential in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The Republic of Austria ranked eight out of 10 countries in the European Union in real GDP per capita in 2015 and 2016. However, air traffic right restrictions for flights between Austria and Thailand resulted in a slight reduction in the growth rate for Austrian tourist arrivals into Thailand, which continued to decrease in 2014 to 2016. In the first half of 2017, Austrian tourist arrivals to Thailand have increased. By operating flights

Thai Windsurfers going for gold

Thai windsurfing champion Ek Boonsawat is coaching the Thai Windsurfer team at the current RS:X World Windsurfing Championships 2017 in Japan. Ek noted that the team, winner of the recent 2017 Sea Games in Malaysia, is fully equipped. into Austria, THAI will effectively play a part in boosting tourist arrivals to Thailand. Vienna, the capital of Austria, has geographically an advantageous location, as it is beautifully located on the Danube River, the largest European River. Wien in German the former capital of Austro-Hungarian Empire is renowned for its famous residents, such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. As the city of music, Vienna is famous for its classical composers as well as Imperial Palaces that include Schonbrunn Palace and the Museumsquartier baroque district. Visitors can also enjoy the pleasure of Viennese cuisine, like Wiener schnitzel as well

as the world famous Sachetorte made its debut in 1832 at the Sacher Café, Hotel Sachert. The new TG flight BangkokVienna officially starts on November 16. Four roundtrip flights per week will be operated on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. THAI will be utilising Boeing 777300ER with 42 seats in Royal Silk Class and 306 seats in Economy Class. For further information, reservations, and ticketing assistance, visit, contact any THAI sales office or travel agent in Thailand, or call THAI Contact Center tel: 02-3561111 24 hours a day.


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News Thailand showcases luxury lifestyle Pattaya expat worries experiences for top long-haul travel agents Continued from page 1

thought they would probably return home in an emergency, provided they were fit to travel, or would rely on relatives back in the first country. Several maintained that they would likely seek medical treatment in a third country, such as India, where medical costs were thought to be much lower. Other concerns expressed by expats about living in Pattaya were the rising cost of living, blamed both on domestic inflation here and the devaluation of many currencies, especially the British pound. Those who found themselves with less money to spend said they had cut down on eating out and were resisting the attractions of expensive imported food items in supermarkets. Also mentioned as hazards were pollution, street crime, beach restrictions and

ongoing police and army crackdowns on places of entertainment. Only 15 percent of those participating thought it was likely they would quit Thailand. The majority mentioned having Thai partners and children to support, enjoying the warm weather, having access to leisure facilities such as golf and still finding Pattaya “a city of fun” in spite of any reservations they might have. About a quarter of respondents had looked into a possible move to a neighboring country but had rejected the idea. Cambodia, in particular, had a free-and-easy visa policy and was still cheaper than Thailand but was not geared up for expat living. “I tried it for two weeks”, said one 68-year old, “but nearly all the expats were working and I couldn’t find anything to do.”

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) annual Amazing Thailand Luxury Fam Trip 2017 was hailed a huge success by 32 top long-haul travel agents who attended from 15 major overseas countries from August 28 to September 3. As part of the trip, the Amazing Thailand Luxury Trade Meet was also held to allow buyers to meet and discuss emerging trends with luxury travel service providers from around the Kingdom. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT deputy govenor for International Marketing – Asia and South Pacific said, “This educational trip provided long-haul travel agents with compelling examples of why Thailand is firmly established as the region’s leading luxury destination. Thailand is proud to offer a multitude of bespoke luxury experiences for high-end travellers.” “These include five-star pool villa resorts, Michelin-star restaurants, award-winning spas, certified health centres in addition to Asia’s most fashionable shopping venues.” On September 2, 32 buyers joined the Amazing Thailand Luxury

Trade Meet 2017, which provided an opportunity to hold face-to-face meeting with Thai sellers. The group included representatives from upscale hotels and resorts, golf courses and spas. The event provided an ideal platform for Thai luxury tourism operators to discuss business and network with decision-makers from long-haul tour companies. The travel agents from Australia (3); Europe (17) including Denmark, Portugal, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, the UK and Italy, the UAE, and the Americas including Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and the United States (12) came to Thailand specifically for the event.

The fam trip highlighted Thailand’s popular Bangkok-SamuiChiang Mai travel route and produced many luxury highlights. For short-haul markets, TAT organised an earlier Amazing Thailand Luxury Trade Meet 2017 from June 26 to July 2. A survey of participants from that meeting offered interesting Thailand tourism news and insights into the perception of the Kingdom as Asia’s number one luxury destination. The buyers confirmed Thailand as Asia’s leading luxury travel destination with Koh Samui and Phuket named as the most popular destinations, followed by Bangkok. Other notable top luxury destinations were Bangkok, Krabi, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

Opening rates for stylish escapes at new X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere, the sleek new seafront hotel on eastern Thailand’s golden coast, has unveiled its attractive opening rates, tempting urban millennials to enjoy a chic break away from the city. Launching on November 1, X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere is nestled in up-and-coming Na Jomtien, overlooking the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand. This makes it the perfect place for couples, groups of friends and families to escape the commotion of the city and chill out in style. Guests can now enjoy opening rates until November 30, starting from 2,600 baht per night for a contemporary one-bedroom room, which features 35 m² of modern living space, including kitchen facilities, panoramic windows and a private balcony. Alternatively, those seeking extra space can select the 55m² onebedroom premier rooms, which are available from 3,600 baht per night. These expansive suites feature a

private Jacuzzi on the balcony. All rooms come equipped with the latest smart technology, including IPTVs, free Wi-Fi and USB ports, allowing travellers to plug in and instantly connect with social media. X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere is a haven of tropical chic - secluded from the world yet on the doorstep of many major attractions. These include the Cartoon Network Waterpark,

floating market, Buddha Mountain and Underwater World, all of which can be discovered within a short drive of the hotel. The vibrant bars, restaurants and nightlife of Pattaya are just 20 minutes away. Alternatively, guests wanting to simply get away from it all can immerse themselves in the hotel’s sublime surroundings and cuttingedge amenities, including the tropical outdoor infinity pool, which is perched on the eighth floor and overlooks the bay. Mouth-watering fusion cuisine is served throughout the day at the 4K Café, while the trendy VIBAR is the perfect place sit back and sip cooling cocktails as the sun sets over the sea. For urban millennials seeking a hip beachfront break without sacrificing the connectivity of the city, X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere is the perfect option.


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News 5,000 racers conquer Thailand’s first ever Spartan Race Over 5,000 racers experienced the world’s best obstacle race as they took part in the inaugural Spartan Race Thailand at Siam Country Club. The world’s fastest growing sport that has seen over 240 races in more than 30 countries kicked off with two race formats in Thailand – the Spartan Sprint and the Spartan Kids race. The Spartan Sprint race featured a distance of 6.8 km which revealed 23 signature Spartan obstacles such as the Hercules Hoist, dunk wall, barbed wire crawl, monkey bar and fire jump. Hallvard Borsheim from the United Arab Emirates came in first at a time of 00:44:43 in the Elite Men’s category, while Magdalena Cvetkovic from Hong Kong was crowned the champion in the Elite Women’s category with a timing of 01:05:47. Top three racers for both categories walked home with a total of 90,000 baht in cash prizes and up to a year’s supply of My Whey protein worth close to 100,000 baht. Most racers breezed past the dunk wall, over-under-through, vertical cargo and rolling mud while the elite and competitive enjoyed more challenging obstacles such as the olympus, barbed wire crawl, rope climb and slip wall. All Spartan Sprint and Spartan Kids racers received a Finisher Tee and a medal upon completing the race. Pranai Phornprapha, managing director of Exceed Sports and Entertainment Thailand, an awardwinning mass participation events and sponsorship agency, said “Exceed is thrilled by the overwhelming response to our inaugural event and glad to organize a world-class sport experience for the people in Thailand. We are glad to see so many professional racers come in from all

over the world to be a part of the race. We were most encouraged by Thai people who took the first step to get out of their comfort zone and improve their lives. Seeing so many families cheer on their children at Spartan Kids also shows that Thai families are placing more importance encouraging a healthy lifestyle.” Racers started streaming in at 5:30 am and warmed up for the race with workouts led by Fitness First before their flag off. Celebrities who took part in the race included Woody Milintachinda, Mathew Deane, Lydia Sarunrat, Joke So Cool, Antoine Pinto, and Gun Sawadiwat Na Ayuthaya. At the festival area, racers refreshed themselves at the Nivea Men face wash and shower station after the race. Chang’s photo booth, My Whey’s face painting, Fitness First’s trampolines and more mini obstacle games such as the GS battery rope climb and strength hammer kept

racers and spectators alike entertained. Racers who were interested in how the Spartan course was built can see machinery on display at Komatsu show area. There was also a slew of healthy food and tasty drinks such as salads, smoothies and My Whey ice cream for participants to enjoy. All registered racers will also be eligible to participate in a contest to win a pair of flights, accommodation and race entries in the 2017 APAC Championships Series in Perth, Australia in November. The contest closes on September 17 and lucky winners will be announced on September 20 through the official Spartan Race Thailand Facebook page. On the back of a successful event, Spartan Race Thailand will bring an additional two races to Thailand next year. Race details will be announced soon.For more information visit www.facebook. com/spartanracethailand.

Absolute Health 5th Year Anniversary

To celebrate Absolute Health’s 5th Anniversary they will be giving away free bone check-up, liver cancer screening and other health check-up at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya on September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. Call for more details.

CAMBODIAN VISAS ONE One-year multiple entry visas in Cambodia have long been very easy to obtain: get a one month “general” (not “tourist”) visa on entry for US$35 and extend for 12 months by paying the agent around US$300. No paperwork, not even a photo.  Technically, this one year extension of stay was for business purposes and to facilitate obtaining a work permit, but was in practice often used by non-working expats and retirees.  But no more.   CAMBODIAN VISAS TWO Cambodian authorities have announced, effective this month, non-working expats and retirees based in the country must now apply for a new one-year extension of stay known as Retirement.   The problem is that the precise documentation at the time of writing isn’t clear.  There has been talk of “proof ” the applicant is a retiree with an income from his or her first country, but the devil, as usual, lurks in the actual detail.     THAI VISAS ONE The Thai 10-year Retirement visa, actually two periods of 5 years, is now with us, but sources say that the Immigration Bureau has not been overwhelmed by the number of applications.  The documentation is substantial to say the least – police clearance from the home country, proof of 3 million baht in a Thai bank (a bit less with proof of foreign income) and comprehensive medical insurance from named Thai companies.  The one-year Retirement extension of stay, by comparison, is straightforward indeed. Many farang are hoping it remains that way.   THAI VISAS TWO     What happened to the government’s policy that all foreign tourists entering Thailand should have travel insurance which would cover medically holiday accidents and holiday diseases?  With some 30 million tourists expected to descend on Thailand next year, mostly Chinese, the implementation would be Titanic.  The guiding principle seems to be that too many foreigners are taking advantage of free hospital treatment, hence the need for cover.  But, as ever, the devil is in the detail.  For instance, most hospitalizations are not covered by travel insurance in any case.   HELLO CHUNNEL    Pattaya’s new underground pass on Sukhumvit looks very polished and professional.  Its main merit is separating the traffic wanting to turn left and right at or near Pattaya Central Road with less queuing traffic.  The main demerit, on busy days, is the lengthy tailback as through traffic seeks to join the main highway after exiting the Chunnel.  Ah well, Rome wasn’t built in  a day or even a week.   A LIKELY STORY  Of all the social media rumors concerning the flight of Yingluck last month, the most bizarre was surely the notion that she hired a small boat at Rayong and rowed all the way to Cambodia.  Second best was the theory that she could never have crossed an unmanned land border at Trat because the terrain is mountainous and she would not have wanted to risk losing a foot to a land mine.  Hmm!   NO NATION If you wondered why you never see The Nation for sale anymore in supermarkets or the diminishing number of news stands, the explanation is that the newspaper’s owners have now banned sale or return.  In other words, the retail outlets cannot be reimbursed for unsold copies.  However, you can still read the newspaper online or peruse a paper version with your coffee at Starbucks.    THANKS TOBE Not too many people know the name of movie director Tobe Hooper, who died last month, but they certainly have heard of his most famous 1974 horror film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.  Tobe allegedly spent several vacations in Pattaya in the 1990s and even caused a rumpus on Beach Road when he queried whether or not the stalls selling Leather Face masks were in breach of copyright.  Of course, they were.  This is Pattaya.   ELECTRONIC FUTURES Technology is supposed to make life quicker and simpler for us all.  But it doesn’t seem to work when it comes to paying for your snack in a fast food joint.  Using your smart phone to perform the simple transaction seems to take triple the time of actually handing over cash and getting your change.  The days of the banknote may be limited, but let’s keep them in circulation for the time being.   VEGAN-V-VEGETARIAN  Not everyone in the restaurant business understands that whilst vegetarians can be flexible, vegans want to consume only plant-based food and avoid dairy products at all costs.  Two places that certainly do understand the debate are Five Stars, the Thai restaurant located at the junction of South and Third Roads, and Saras, the Indian eatery on the top floor of Royal Garden Plaza.


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News Luo Ying leads True Visions team to win Pro-Am Tournament in PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2017 Luo Ying, 24-year-old CLPGA player from Guangzhou, China, led the True Visions team to win the Pro-Am Tournament in PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2017, the

last significant ladies golf tournament in 2017 season of Thai LPGA Tour at Panya Indra Golf Club on September 11. Sports Authority of Thailand

(SAT) together with PTT Group and Singha Corporation joined hands in supporting PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2017 held on September 13 to 15 in Bangkok with a four-million Thai baht purse. It is the first-time tri-sanctioning by leading ladies golf tours of the region: Thai LPGA, China LPGA and Australian LPG. The Tournament had 36 teams consisting of one professional and three amateurs on a team. The competition was in 18-hole stroke play. The True Visions team featured Kittisak Chollasuek, Yodsawin Prachnakorn and TeekayuVechvongvan won in team with score 62, followed by SAT#1 team which led by ParindaPhokan, no.1 Thai LPGA OOM, featured

Kanokphan Chullakasem, Kittisak Sopchokchai and Phongtep Pholanant with score 65 and Kaifa 57 team led by Chonlada Chayanun, no.6 Thai LPGA OOM, featured Lieutenant Commander Anak Choorat, Jirakit Ngonrod Na Ayudhya and Theerin Pattanapholkornsakul with score 67. While Yodsawin Prachnakorn won the lowest gross score individual with 1 over score 73. PTT Thailand LPGA Masters 2017 is the ladies professional golf

tournament originated and organized by Thai LPGA. The field of the fifth edition in 2017 features 114 players from 16 countries which are 40 players of Thai LPGA, 44 players of China LPGA, 20 players of Australian LPG and 10 invitation spots in stroke play competition over 54 holes in three rounds. More information can be followed at www.thailpga.comor Thai LPGA Official Fanpage ( thailpgafanpage).

Thailand launches Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 on November 1 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching the Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 on November 1 to support the government’s national tourism development plan highlighting a busy calendar of international events. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said, “The Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 shows how important tourism promotion is to the Royal Thai Government’s national agenda.

“The emphasis is on inclusive tourism, based on the government’s 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan and 2nd National Tourism Development Plan that maintains a balance between the economy, environment and benefits for Thai society. The Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 once again gives the country another outstanding opportunity to showcase its capabilities during many large events the Kingdom will host in 2017 and 2018.”

Thailand events calendar schedule for 2017 and 2018 includes: – International Fleet Review hosted by the Royal Thai Navy to mark ASEAN’s 50th anniversary since its founding. Over 40 modern warships and 10,000 crew members from 30 countries are expected to join the historic fleet display on Pattaya Bay from November 13 to 22. – Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017 is scheduled from November 17 to 19 at the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport. It will be the only international air race where multiple heats are flown at the same time. – 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism May 2018 will help support the TAT’s gastronomy tourism efforts by promoting Thai food and the country’s culinary potential on a global stage. – MotoGP World Championship superbike races are coming to Thailand’s Buri Ram’s Chang International Circuit starting from October 2018 after recently signing a three-year contract with MotoGP owner Dorna Sports.

Y u t h a s a k S u p a s o r n , TAT governor said, that these events will reinforce the perception of Thailand as a good host venue. Yuthasak said “Amazing Thailand is the country’s most enduring and award-winning tourism promotion. It highlights many new, exciting international events plus cultural elements that make the Thai tourism offering so appealing.” TAT ’s competition for an Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 visual identity (logo) received 168 entries with seven selections shortlisted. The winning design

features an ‘infinity’ motif that captures the spirit of the Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018. The design combines many iconic Thai symbols associated with the country’s unique cultural heritage including elephants and the Royal Barge. The Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 promotion will focus on seven distinct categories. These include: Sports Tourism, Gastronomy Tourism, Maritime Tourism, Wedding and Honeymoon Tourism, Medical and Wellness Tourism, Community-based Tourism and Leisure Destinations.

Freeze your fat in Pattaya Apex Profound Beauty has launched Coolsculpting at their branch in Central Pattaya. The first and only FDA-cleared technology using cold temperatures to reduce fat is a non-invasive procedure designed to contour the shapes of patients. It employs a device with metal plates that directs icy water to fat, thereby destroying fat cells without damaging tissues. The 35-minute procedure reportedly can remove 20 to 25 percent of fat cells. For more information visit www.


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Our Community Back home, her own husband throws acid in her face

Baby turtle’s home cleaning care by Centra Maris and PTT Chaiphun Thongsuthum and Centra Maris Team in co-operation with PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited led by Suwat Suratanachaikarn, executive vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project, held “Baby Turtle’s Home Cleaning Care” at Sea Turtles Conservation Center at the Royal Thai Navy in Sattahip. The center has been

maintained by Air and Coastal Defense Command since 1950. The operation of the Marine Turtles Conservation Center is focused on preserving sea turtles from egg until mature enough to be discharged into the sea. There is also a sea tortoise hospital in the area to treat injured or sick sea turtles and to distribute knowledge to all visitors.

After leaving her for four months, her husband came back home and threw acid at her face and body, leaving her blind with their five year old boy. Before the incident that happened back in Ethiopia, Atsede Nigussie was a young and healthy woman taking care of her family including her young son and her HIV positive mother while her husband was abroad. Back from a trip in Yemen as an illegal worker, her husband threw acid at her face at the doorstep of their home. After having received first aid, the young woman got help from friends and was able to fly to Thailand. Right now, she is at Vejthani Hospital in Bangkok in order to get the only treatment she can as they cannot treat her in her country. One head of the hospital created a crowdfunding campaign to help Atsede get financial support as she cannot afford the cost on her own. Donate to support Atsede: Join and keep in touch with the Weeboon’s community :

EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPY ABLE THE DISABLED FOUNDATION, HORSESHOE POINT PATTAYA Volunteers needed Able the Disabled Foundation (ADF) Thailand is a foundation that provides therapy riding for special needs children. A horse’s movement is therapeutic and improves the child’s balance, coordination, behavior and muscle tone, along with confidence and self-esteem. The warmth of the horse’s body and rhythmic gait relaxes spastic muscles and stimulates muscular development. The horse’s movement naturally in walk simulates the movement of the human walk. ADF Thailand relies heavily on volunteers for its operation, and community support for its funding. There is a constant need for motivated, cheerful and reliable people to help. It is not necessary to know anything about horses, or disabled children, to make a big difference in the lives of these riders. ADF teaches its volunteers what they need to know in order to walk alongside a rider or lead a pony. The classes are held at Horseshoe Point on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10 am to 12 pm. Private lessons are available afternoons from 2 to 6 pm weekdays and weekends. If you wish to know more about volunteering, contact Sandra Cooper on 086 848 3684. If you are a parent with a special needs child who would like to join this programme, call the Riding School office on 038 051 676 or 083 988 7860 or call Sandra on the above number.


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Our Community Tennis, Magic and Healthy Eating by Derek Franklin

Members of the International Tennis Lovers Club, led by one of its founding members, Mark Kolenberg, spent time recently at the Father Ray Foundation to encourage the children to not only take an interest in the game of tennis but also to become more active and lead a healthier life. Also in attendance was Danai Udomchoke, former Thai No. 2 tennis player, gold medal winner at both the Asian Games and the South East

Asian Games, and a player who has played on the clay at Roland-Garros and the grass at Wimbledon. Danai passed on his advice to the children and students, including offering invaluable advice to members of the wheelchair tennis team. Tom Marshall, former Davis Cu p player from Iceland, also spent time coaching the children, while Renaud Cazillac and his team from Greta Farm & Sports Club introduced the children to the new game of Beach Tennis, and also provided

much needed sustenance in the form of pancakes and home made strawberry jam. While more than 100 children were learning new skills on the tennis court, another 200 children and students were watching a magic show by the incomparable Dr. Penguin. For more than an hour the magician astounded the children, young and old, with his skills and there were many watching with confused looks on their faces as they tried to understand just how Dr.

Penguin did what he did. Late morning when the tennis coaching clinic and the magic show were over the children and students were introduced to Prof. Dr. Kalaya Kijboonchoo from Mahidol University. Dr. Kalaya gave a speech on nutrition, letting the children know the foods they should be eating and the foods that they should be eating less of. Sport is not just about playing the game or running the race, it involves discipline and good nutrition, something that the children and students at the Father Ray Foundation now have a better knowledge of.

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All New BMW 5 Series - Still The Ultimate Driving Machine?

BMW 5 Series debuted in 1972. Four decades later the 7th generation sets the benchmark again in the executive luxury saloon class. by John K. Lindgren


o, what is it about the all new “Bee-Emm” 5 series? Simple answer: German state-of-the-art automotive innovation and technology. Providing that unmistakeable “sheer driving pleasure” whilst competing with the German Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6, the new Swedish/Chinese Volvo S90 as well as the British/Indian Jaguar XF. The nouvelle “Beemer” 5 series (G30 as the insiders call it) is massively forward, in every aspect, longer, wider and bigger. But amazingly 100 kilograms lighter, thanks to the use of advanced materials such as aluminum, high-strength steels and magnesium. The weight reduction means the BMW 5 Series is faster and better to drive than ever.

Design: Pattaya Today Life & Leisure demo BMW 520d Luxury Line (3.899 million baht) may at first glance look like a large, long sedan, since it shares technology borrowed form the 7 Series limousine. The new “5” is longer and wider but also more aerodynamic, scoring a remarkable, slippery Cd of 0.22. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Styling remains a tad conservative with cues taken from the larger 7 Series flagship. But, no doubt it's a pure BMW. See the emblematic kidney grille linked to the four-ring LED headlights and distinctive shoulder line. The low roof curvature sloping to the rear lends the muscular >> continued on L5



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Dusit Thani Pattaya congratulates winners in the Pattaya Hospitality Challenge 2017

With the backdrop of the Pattaya Hospitality Challenge 2017 re-created, GM Neoh Kean Boon of Dusit Thani Pattaya gathered for another photo opp the hotel staff who entered the competition and won on that night in the respective categories that included Free Style Floral Display Arrangement, Western Table Set Up with Floral Arrangement, Thai Massage Competition, Miss Bartender, Free Style Fruit & Vegetable Live Competition, among others. The event is a yearly opportunity for Food & Beverage staffs of hotels and resorts in the Eastern Seaboard to showcase their crafts while having fun. It was organized by the Thai Hotels Association with the support of Pattaya City and other sponsors.

Miss Vietnam visits Amari Phuket

Annual Centara Financial Controller Seminar

Dr. Ronnachit Mahattanapreut, senior vice president for Finance and Administration of Centara Hotels and Resorts presided over the annual seminar for the group’s financial controller management team 2017. The meeting was attended by all financial controllers of the group such as Sudarat Thanaunyaporn, group corporate controller of Centara Hotels and Resorts, Pra-orn Somphopkullawej, financial controller of Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, Tapaneeya Khumtrong, Financial Controller of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok and other executives and members.The event was held at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok.

COAST Beach Club and Bistro Hua Hin receives Excellence Award

Amari Phuket welcomed Vietnam’s most beautiful lady of 2016. Pierre-Andre Pelletier, regional vicepresident, Operations – Southern Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives (left), was the hotel’s representative to welcome Do My Linh, Miss Vietnam 2016 (right), during her recent stay at Amari Phuket. Miss Linh arrived in Phuket to promote Phuket’s tourist attractions to the Vietnamese market.

Centara Grand Hua Hin received Customer Review Awards Jan Weisheit (middle), executive assistant manager at Centara Grand Hua Hin together with COAST Beach Club & Bistro team received the Award of Excellence 2017 from Wine Spectator, an international wine magazine. This award is presented to astounding restaurants with at least 90 varieties of wine, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style to satisfy discerning wine lovers.

Centara Grand at CentralWorld welcomes Miss Grand Laos 2017

Centara Grand Hua Hin recently received the Customer Review Awards 2016 from, Asia’s leading booking site. The guests rated 8.9 out of 10 score over the services of hotel during their stay. “This award acknowledges the efforts of our dedicated team who value guest feedback as ways to improve and enhance our service so that we may meet and exceed all our guests expectations.” said David Martens (6th from the left), hotel general manager.

Advances in Diabetes Management

Bangkok Hospital Pattya Diabetes and Endocrine Center held a conference about advances in diabetes management led Dr. Seeharach Lohachitranont (4th from left, front row), hospital director. There were 150 participants who were educated on how to take care of diabetic patients and what treatments they need.

Robert Maurer Loeffler (centre), general manager and corporate director of Operations (City Hotels Thailand, Hua Hin, Bali) welcomes Chinnaly Nolasing (3rd left), Miss Grand Laos 2017, Boutsaba Sengpun (3rd right), Miss Laos 2016 on their arrival to stay at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. Photo shows from left are Sengsavanh Sihalath, the 4th Runner up of Miss Grand Laos 2017, Phounesap Phonnyotha, the 1st Runner up, Chinnaly Nolasing, Robert Maurer Loeffler, Boutsaba Sengpun, Kitsada vongsaisawad, the 2nd Runner up and Nidakone Chandalasane, the 3rd Runner up of Miss Grand Laos 2017.



Vol. 05 No. 17 | Sep 1-15, 2017

Growing marigolds for HM the late King Bhumibol

Dusit Thani Pattaya joins the nation in honouring the memory of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej by planting yellow marigolds in the hotel’s sprawling gardens. The move was in response to the government’s call to grow marigolds or other yellow flowers as yellow represents Monday, when King Bhumibol was born. Flowers planted now are expected to bloom by October 20th, in time for the royal cremation from October 25th - 29th. General Manager Neoh Kean Boon (standing, first row 5th left) is seen with the staff and management after completing the noble activity held in the gardens outside the hotel lobby.

Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya Annual Sport Day held at local school

Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya held a colorful annual sport competition for employees and all management teams. This was the 3rd Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya internal sport competition. The annual sport day is held to cheer up and encourage their employees to take good care of their health and contributing as one part of the team. The whole day ran smoothly with smile and laughter. Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya held sport day was held at the Gymnasium of Muang Pattaya 8 School. Sports competitions include Futsal, Badminton, Volleyball.



Vol. 05 No. 18 | Sep 16-30, 2017

9th Fitz Club tennis tournament a massive success

eve n ts c a le n d a r Enjoy Hotelier Pool action Date: 19-21 September and 25-28 September 2017 Venue: Dicey Reilly's Irish Pub is on 2nd road, next to the AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa

FITZ Club - Racquets, Health and Fitness, ran by the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, successfully held its 9th Fitz Club Tennis Tournament with players of all skill levels participating in the fun three-day event. Keen tennis players gathered at Fitz Club - Racquets, Health and Fitness on Friday afternoon for the opening ceremony where Vitanart Vathanakul, executive director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group along with members of the Fitz Club team, welcomed all the participants. Around 30 international and local tennis players assembled to compete in two types of matches: the 35+ men singles and ladies singles. Competitors had the chance to play against friendly opponents pervading the courts with fun and excitement for the whole weekend. At he end of the matches, Delilah Kuronen, the winner of the ladies singles and Markus Zinkand, the winner of the 35+ men singles, were each presented with trophies and their prizes including a cash prize of 3,500 baht and vouchers for Royal Cliff’s Saturday evening grand barbecue buffet dinner.

Activities: Dicey Reilly’s is the place to be for the 5th 2017 Hotelier Pool Competition! The race for the prizes is divided in 4 categories: Winner: Prize money of 8,000 baht and a trophy Runner - up: Prize money of 5,000 baht and a trophy Third place runner - up: Prize money of 3,000 baht and a trophy Fourth place runner – up: Prize Money of 2,000 baht For more information: Contact 038 411 755 E-mail:

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL LADIES CLUB (PILC) QUIZ NIGHT Date: 30 September 2017, Saturday, 7 pm Venue: Workshop, 4th Floor, Executive Tower, Holiday Inn Pattaya Activities: Fee of 750 baht includes buffet dinner (drinks will be available for purchase). Team of six at a table, hurry and book your team tables! Plenty of fun to be had and prizes to be won! For more information: PILC Email:

Purveyors promote Seafood at Central Marina

Deep Dark Duck X Uner First Live Pool Party in Pattaya Date: 23 September 2017, 3 pm Venue: Fat Coco Beach Club at A-one The Royal Cruise Hotel Activities: This September, event team Deep Dark Duck is kicking off the season by uniting all the party people of Bangkok and Pattaya to throw a new kind of pool and dance party. Playing just one genre of music all night can be boring... that's why we've prepped a stellar lineup of artist's ranging from RnB to funk, and deep house to techno. We are pushing up the tempo all night long and we invite you to ride the wave with us. Along with a slew of talented DJs including Bangkok based favorite DOTT, joining us will be world class artist UNER, who's brand of deep house has garnered him hundreds of thousands of followers. This man is from Mars, he's melted minds and dropped beats around the globe, his sets are simply out of this world. Available all night will be a selection of fresh signature seafood from the Fat Coco Market, and multiple jacuzzi tubs and ice tubs so music fans can have their own personal hot tub party right on the pool deck. Foam and bubbles will be flooding Fat Coco as well. Tickets: Early Duck 500 THB (11 Sept); Regular 800 THB; Door price 950 THB *All tickets include free flow alcohol from 4pm to 5pm.

The Marina Fisherman’s Feast at Central Marina Shopping Center offered fresh seafood prepared by 50 hotels and restaurants in Pattaya. The event was designed to promote Pattaya seafood.

For more information: Call 088-548-8499



Vol. 05 No. 18 | Sep 16-30, 2017

Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore

Grand Lobby

Luxurious and Flawless Sojourn at the Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore Serviced Apartments by John K. Lindgren

Recently on my umpteenth visit to Singapore, the city state “ Singapura, I arrived on the BKK-SIN “Smooth as Silk” Thai Airways nouvelle Airbus 350 XWB. From the moment I entered Changi Airport’s skybridge, I could feel Singapore’s efficiency and cleanliness as I sped through the immigration customs and even the taxi queue. On the expressway, there were Audis, BMWs, Minis and some Porches, all respecting the island's zero-tolerance 90km/h speed limit. Then the impressive CBD skyline appeared on the way to my destination: 6 Shenton Way, Oakwood Premier OUE Downtown 1. A prestigious address with blue chip global corporate offices all around: Adidas, J.P. Morgan and Price Waterhouse Coopers to name a few. The Oakwood Premier serviced apartments resides in the OUE (Overseas Union Enterprise) Downtown building, a high-rise skyscraper complex in Singapore’s exclusive real estate epicenter or Central Business District. (OUE is a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a real estate portfolio located in Asia and the United States). There is also a smart new retail mall in the building – Downtown Gallery, which contains everything for discerned travellers. As I alighted from the yellow cab at the drop off point at the OUE Downtown building. Wow! There’s Colombian Fernando Botero's Standing Woman, a rubenesque 3.5m tall bronze statue, characterful overtly stylized and executed with great economy of detail but of great volume (and weight). The lift took me to the stylish and quiet lobby cum reception on the 7th floor with sophisticated, modern décor: high floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows, sparkling chandeliers

Outdoor Infinity Pool

and the piece-deresistance the Horse Head (Vestige equine), cast iron sculpture by French artist Mauro Corda (2014 gallery price: 88.000 SGD). I said to myself, “This is more like an art inspired boutique hotel – not a serviced apartment!” Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore comprises Two-Bedroom Apartment - Living Room of 286 luxuriously furnished units, offering loungers and an outdoor barbecue, a mix of studios, one and twoeverything immaculate. The brand bedroom apartments, designed new Fitness Center by Oakwood next to give sophisticated travelers a to the pool is open 24-hours – an relaxing home with all the luxuries excellent cure for the undesirable and facilities of a hotel. jet-lag. The seventh floor incorporates the My one-bedroom apartment Se7enth restaurant with sumptuous on the 13th floor provided ample complimentary daily buffet breakfast space, privacy and comfort. The featuring international and fresh unit is tastefully and functionally local produce. From made-to-order appointed, including a stylish living omelettes to healthy home-made area with sofas, a HD television, a bircher muesli, fresh fruit juices premium Bluetooth sound system, a and premium Nespresso (George Samsung mobile phone and tablet Clooney's favorite coffee brand). for additional connectivity. One of The breakfast service is both affable the highlights is the ultra modern and swift, with relaxed and quiet kitchen equipped with appliances ambiance. The slightly businesslike from Smeg ovens to De’Longhi Residents’ Lounge adjacent to the toasters, brand new pots and cast restaurant boasts a wide-screen iron pans, all spanking new. What TV, comfortable sofas, chairs and a a cool kitchen - made me feel like selection of daily newspapers, latest cooking like those celebrity chefs business and lifestyle magazines. on TV. The intimate lobby bar as well as The bathrooms feature rain The Oakwood Executive Club and showers, toiletries by Peter Morrissey boardroom facilities are also on and the most amazing ultra-soft the seventh floor. Connectivity? bathrobe. The heavenly bed comes Yes! Complimentary powerful Wi-Fi with cooling high thread count connection in guest rooms and bed sheets & pillows. The in-room public areas. No complaints! entertainment includes an LG 40' Anyone up for a swim or a workHD flat screen TV with multi-channel out? The 7 th floor’s recreational & selection. I chose BBC, CCN, TV 5 fitness area on the al fresco terrace and Channel News Asia for local include a stunning infinity pool Singapore flavor. From my bedroom with a harbor and skyscraper vista. window, I enjoyed views of the There’s also a jacuzzi, cabanas, sunastounding Singapore port authority vista. In my Oakwood Premier “apartment”, I had the feeling of a sojourning in a five-star hotel, luxury mini-suite. As I enjoyed the view, in the distance I saw green container vessels, red tankers and blue Ro/ Ro's off loading new SUV's. I decided to buy binoculars next day. With advice from the helpful the reception staff, I find the right camera shop at one of the nearby malls. The next day after my Jacuzzi and lazy laps in the infinity pool, I took out my new Rouya 12 x 40 field glasses to check out the movements in the Port of Singapore, the busiest container transshipment hub in the world. In the evening, there was the 'Happy Hour' at the lounge bar. There was a relaxed after-office hour atmosphere with the bartenders mixing cocktails for the ladies and pulling Tiger draft beer for the

Studio Apartment gentlemen. This was my first stay in a luxury serviced apartment. My two nights at Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore sure beat all my previous stays at the Hilton, Four Seasons and the Fullerton five-star hotels, and the price is also competitive. I am truly impressed. From the check-in to my late check-out, outstanding service and facilities. Chapeau! as the French say. However, since the minimum stay is seven nights, next time I’ll make it a week Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore Holiday with my wife. She'll love it. Trust me! About Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd is a member of Oakwood Worldwide, which is a wholly owned by Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd. Operating an award-winning portfolio of 35 Oakwood branded properties in 19 cities across 11 countries in Asia, with ongoing developments in strategic locations across the region, the Oakwood brand in Asia offers five products:

Oakwood Premier, Oakwood Apartments, Oakwood Residence, Oakwood Studios, and Oakwood Suites, each designed for a different lifestyle. Oakwood Premier caters to travelers who seek luxury and style, combining impressive apartments with amenities and services of luxury hotels. Oakwood Apartments provides value-formoney accommodation with modern essentials located in the heart of the city for independent travelers whilst Oakwood Residence offers spacious and elegant apartments that capture all the comforts of home for relocating families and travelers. Catering to global nomads, Oakwood Studios adds a new dimension to urban city stays, offering curated spaces for creators. For jetsetters and senior executives seeking respite, Oakwood Suites offers comfort in a private and exclusive environment, allowing guests to rejuvenate with their every need attended to. For more information about Oakwood Asia Pacific Ltd and its award-winning properties and locations, visit



Vol. 05 No. 18 | Sep 16-30, 2017

Amari Galle Sri Lanka

Amari enters Sri Lanka with the opening of a new beachfront resort in Galle ONYX Hospitality Group has launched a brand-new Amari property in Sri Lanka’s historic southwest coastal city of Galle. The 172-room Amari Galle, located a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort, is ONYX Hospitality Group’s third hotel in Sri Lanka. This hotel is also the Group’s third Amari opening this year, following Amari Johor Bahru in Malaysia and Amari Yangshuo in China. This new beachfront hotel is prominently situated on the Colombo-Galle main road and offers easy access to nearby attractions including Galle Fort, the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by the Europeans, and Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa,

popular destinations for water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and kite surfing. Sri Lanka’s international airport in Colombo is about two and a half hours away by car. Amari Galle’s architecture and design takes inspiration from the natural beauty of the Galle coastline. A panoramic view of the ocean, the gentle sea breeze and warm southern smiles of the Amari Galle team are what greets guests upon arrival. Every guest room and suite at Amari Galle offers direct sea views and private balconies. The hotel offers accommodation options in five broad categories: deluxe ocean view, deluxe terrace ocean view and grand deluxe ocean view

rooms, one-bedroom suites, and a 360-square-metre presidential suite complete with roof terrace and private plunge pool. Ahara Gourmet Gallery, the signature market-style restaurant of Amari Galle, offers guests the opportunity to interact with chefs and experience the vibrant flavours of Asian and international cuisines inspired by the region’s rich street food culture. Shoreline Beach Club provides the ideal setting for guests to take in the calming view of the ocean while sampling a variety of snacks and cocktails. The Bommu Rooftop Bar, named from the local expression “let’s have a drink”, is the ideal place to unwind and mingle. The ambience of the bar is picturesque with the serene and ever-changing ocean horizon as the backdrop. Bommu introduces a range of classic and innovative cocktails, locally inspired tapas and soothing tunes from the house DJ. Another feature unique to Amari is the Voyager Lounge, a comfortable and relaxed space ideal for informal gatherings, reading, working or light meals. Open to all guests, this 24-hour facility also features a library, showers and luggage-sized lockers, perfect for travellers who are arriving early or departing late at night.

Owners Nick and Angel

Amari Galle is well positioned to cater to a wide variety of guest needs. For families with children, there is a kids’ pool, a supervised Kids Club and babysitting services on request. Guests who want to indulge in complete relaxation can visit Breeze Spa which offers a range of mood-based therapies. Amari Galle is equipped to handle meetings, seminars, product launches and workshops with a ballroom that can accommodate approximately 250 people for seated dinners, supported by three IDEA rooms designed for creative meetings. Amari Galle is also a perfect venue for weddings. The hotel’s

experienced team of wedding planners provides guidance from recommending enticing menus to creating stunning set ups for that special day. Enjoy opening offer at Amari Galle Sri Lanka with price starting from 115 US dollars ++ per night in a Deluxe Ocean View room including breakfast valid until October 31, 2017. For more information or reservations, visit Amari Galle Sri Lanka 523C, Colombo Road, Ginthota, Galle, Sri Lanka Tel: +94 91 203 0500

Hotel Promotions Catamaran – Island Dream at Royal Cliff Hotels Group Sail away to the beautiful Coral island on Royal Cliff's Catamaran - Island Dream. The 120 seat Catamaran offers guests ample space for sun bathe and a bar area to sip your favorite cocktail. We can also arrange private group excursions, catering, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Had a long set of meetings at our venues? We can provide a sunset cocktail or dinner cruise option for your hardworking group. For more information, contact Guest Relations at Tel: 038 250 421 ext. 2007, 2037 or email:

AVANI Pattaya’s Stay Longer special AVANI Pattaya is making it easy to enjoy extra nights. The more nights you stay, the less you pay. Save up to 25 percent with AVANI Pattaya’s Stay Longer special. Treat yourself! Because the only thing better than a relaxing holiday is a longer relaxing holiday. • Stay 3 to 6 nights and receive 10 percent off accommodation with daily breakfast • Stay 7 to 9 nights and receive 15 percent off accommodation with daily breakfast • Stay 10 nights or more and receive 25 percent off accommodation with daily breakfast For more information or to make a reservation, call 038 412 120, email or visit


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F&B Promotions Surf ‘n’ turf in luxury style at Acqua, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya There are two ways you can enjoy surf ‘n’ turf dining this month at Acqua, in Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and both of them are in the premium luxury style! In both dishes a big juicy Canadian lobster supplies the surf, and you can enjoy the turf either as a richly flavoured Australian strip loin, at 2,290 baht ++, or a 180-day-aged Australian veal chop, at 2,590 baht ++. Maybe try one each and share! Acqua is open every day from 6 to 11 pm. For reservations call 038 714-981.

Large and in charge giant prawn extravaganza

Seasonal citrus lovers can rejoice

at Benihana

There is no better time to add those sweet and tangy flavours and aromas. Throughout September, come and discover our seasonal citrus drinks, such as Jangle Bird and ORO Clover Club, at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Amari Pattaya. Prices are at 260 baht net per glass.

The bigger, the better. Skimpy shrimps can’t compete with jumbo Chao Phraya freshwater prawns. Get your fix at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse in a sensational new fourcourse feast. Sashimi, soup and sizzling teppanyaki action. Green tea mochi ice cream offers the perfect finish to finger-licking bliss. 4,500 baht ++ per set, perfect to share! Benihana Pattaya is located on the 2nd floor of Royal Garden Plaza. For more information and reservations, contact AVANI Pattaya Resort and Spa on 038 412 120 or email

at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Amari Pattaya

For more information and reservations, contact Mantra Restaurant & Bar at 03842 9591 or e-mail: mantra. or visit our website at www.mantra-pattaya. com or Facebook page: mantra. pattaya.

Go beyond veggie with the plant-based menu

No’Fin Better Than Trout!

A good catch of fish imported from the UK

at Oasis, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

at T55, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya

at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Amari Pattaya

T55 are tackling trout this month. Pattaya’s favourite New York Steakhouse is taking on the trout challenge in September by serving up a series of delicious dishes featuring the tasty fish. Trout Tartar is the star of the menu; diced Trout fillet and toasted brioche with a deliciously zingy mango & basil salsa. The menu also includes Trout Tataki with a ponzu reduction, Trout en Papillote matched with Kalamanta olive and poached trout fillet in miso broth.

This September, cast your line and reel in our fish imported from the UK. Our passionate Executive Chef, Shaun Venter has selected and will expertly prepare three kinds of fish, skate wings, turbots, and monkfish from the UK. Come and taste the Pan-seared Skate Wing, Sous- vide T-bone Turbot, Blackened Monkfish and Monkfish Masala at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, Amari Pattaya. The price starts at 650 baht.

Nutritious, healthy plant-based foods go way beyond the usual vegetarian concepts at Oasis, in Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, with the Beyond Veggie menu available throughout September. There are four dishes. Vegan lentil burger with BBQ sauce, vegan nasigoreng with tofu, and vegetables tempura are all priced at 250 baht ++. Vegan quiche served with a fresh garden salad is 200 baht ++.

For reservations, call 033 078 888 or email

Cantonese Delight at Huang Chao – Royal Cantonese Cuisine, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel Experience Cantonese dining at its finest at Huang Chao – Royal Cantonese Cuisine. - Royal Cliff crispy duck crackers (280 baht ++) - Chinese oyster omelette (260 baht ++) - Taiwanese egg noodle soup with roasted duck or pork (280 baht ++) Available until September 2017.

For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000, email or visit

Young Rice Dishes

As happy as a clam

Young rice is an organic short grain brown rice. It is well-known as a local ingredient for dessert with its sweet taste and little sticky texture and also rich in nutrition. Hilton Pattaya invites you to try our young rice dishes throughout the month of September.

at Twist Restaurant, Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya

For more information, contact Tel: 038 250 421 ext 2007, 2037 or email

Star of Maris

Join us at Twist this September to ‘Shellebrate’ one of our all-time favourites, clams! We’ll be serving some of the most well-loved traditional clam dishes such as creamy Clam Chowder with potato and bacon, as well as tasty Thai-inspired treats including Steamed Clams with chilli and garlic in a moreish basil broth and Wok-Fried Clams with chilli paste, onion, capsicum and sweet basil. For reservations, call 033 078 888 or email

at Mix Bistro, Centra by Centara Maris Resort Jomtien

Vive La France

Presents to take a break with fantastic afternoon high tea set “Star of Maris”. A perfect enjoy with quality of mini food and bakery with Smoked Salmon & Cheese Sandwich, Ciabatta Club Sandwich, Mini-Roll Caesar Salad & Crab Stick, Salmon & Tuna Sushi, Seafood Fresh Spring-Roll, Fresh Mango & Sticky Rice Tart, Mini Lemon Meringue, Berry Panna Cotta, Strawberry Mousse, Tiramisu, Butter Cake Cumber, French Fries, Vegetable Spring-Roll and Mango Macaroon. This promotion price at 495 baht nett available at Mix Bistro, Centra by Centara Maris Resort Jomtien. Offered for 20 percent discount of beverage first 2 drinks when you order “Star of Maris”

at Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar – Excellence and Heritage, Royal Cliff Beach Hotel Royal Grill Room and Wine Cellar – Excellence and Heritage offers the best of French food essentially made with a rice combination of authentic ingredients refined into haute cuisine. Vive La France! - Boeuf Bourguignon (850 baht ++) - Coq Au Vin (650 baht ++) Available until September 2017.

For more information, contact 038-103333 or email

Oasis has both indoor and outdoor seating, and is open from 6 am to 11 pm. For reservations call 038 714 981.

For more information, contact Tel: 038 250 421 ext 2007, 2037 or email

at Hilton Pattaya

Flare Restaurant introduces an authentic Chinese young rice dish ‘Lotus Leaf Young Rice’, steamed young rice in lotus leaf with prawns, Chinese sausage, shiitake mushroom, jujube, ginkgo and salted egg yolk at 450 baht nett and experience Thai dessert ‘Fried Banana Coated with Young Rice’ served together with tamarind ice-cream, papaya and sweet mashed taro at 300 baht net. Available every day at Flare Restaurant on level 15 from 6 pm to 10:30 pm. Drift Lobby Lounge and Bar invites you to enjoy a variety of flavorsome appetizers and dessert including ‘Crispy Young Rice Coated Prawns’ served with tom yum paste and sweet and sour sauce at 400 baht nett, ‘All Star Sushi Rolls with Young Rice’ with grilled salmon, tuna and caviar at 450 baht nett and ‘Crispy Young Rice Tart with Banana’ comes together with caramel ice-cream at 300 baht nett. Available every day at Drift Lobby Lounge and Bar on level 16 from 11 am to 11 pm. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar proudly presents ‘Mozzarella Stuffed Young Rice Arancini’, a perfect combination of Italian cuisine and Thai local ingredient, served with tomato sauce and fennel and lobster salad at 950 baht nett. Available in September only at Horizon rooftop Restaurant and Bar on level 34 from 6 pm to 11 pm. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000, email or visit

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Vol. 05 No. 18 | Sep 16-30, 2017

Mick & Di BENIHANA Presents a Californian Wine Experience The Food Lovers

Tiger Prawn Salad

“It’s a culinary circus, a foodie playground and a piece of gastronomic theatre that hits all the right spots” says Mick and Di, The Food Lovers… Benihana has been providing “eatertainment” since its conception in 1964. Now there are over 116 franchises around the world and the name is synonymous with top notch food served in an ambiance of fun, amusement and exuberance. Here in Pattaya, Benihana is under the auspices of Avani Resort and Spa and located on the 3rd floor of Royal Garden Plaza. Its reputation is based on its teppanyaki style of cooking: teppan meaning “steel grill” and yaki “broiled”. Their chefs receive sixteen weeks of intensive training before the final accolade of a red kerchief is awarded to confirm their proficiency. Interaction between chef and guest is positively encouraged and the culinary cabaret is great fun, natural and bodacious Mick and I were invited recently to join the assembled diners to experience an evening of tasting

a collection of carefully chosen Californian wines, paired with a five course gourmet menu. Our host for the evening was Matteo Clini, Area Sales Manager for IWS (Independent Wine & Spirit (Thailand) Co.Ltd.) who imbued us all with his enthusiasm for these lesser known wines. California produces nearly 90 percent of all American wine and is the fourth world producer after France, Italy and Spain. It has been said that Californians are serious about their wine but relaxed about everything else. The evening was launched with a welcome drink of Prosecco Extra Dry served with snacks before being seated around the teppanyaki tables for the pageant of dishes to come. Our dinner set off charmingly with a Kendall-Jackson Sauvignon Blanc, a Vintner’s Reserve from Sonoma County. The food pairing was a Tiger Prawn salad with Japanese pumpkin and rocket leaves with a sesameginger dressing. The prawn was sweet and perfectly deep fried while the salad just loved their sweet yet tangy dressing. However, the star of the plate, for us, was the Japanese Kabocha squash. Very much prized in Japan for its sweet taste and velvety texture, we predict that its popularity will soar over here for its versatility and delightful taste. The luscious Sauvignon Blanc was the perfect opener affording a fresh open window into the pleasures of Californian wine. Fruity and floral with a subtle mineral content Manager Dicey Reillys with Matteo Clini, Area we loved it and the Sales Manager, IWS appealing interplay


Okinawa Potato Soup

between the food and wine. Next to hit the table was an amazing violet-purple soup (Okinawa potato) crowned with a Hokkaido scallop. These sweet potatoes have bright purple flesh which is much sought after in Japan and some claim it can help you live to 100. We licked the plate clean. The selected wine was from the Wente Vineyards and goes by the remarkable label, Chardonnay 2016, Morning Fog, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay. Named after the summer morning fog that billows into the San Francisco Bay, it creates a Mediterranean climate perfect for these grapes. This Chardonnay pays homage to the phenomenon with its bright, crisp flavours and hints of toasty oak blended from 98% Chardonnay and 2% Gewurtztraminer. Another corker which was a winner at our table. At this stage the Benihana Master Chefs made their appearance and within minutes the atmosphere was high energy, knives (and eggs) were thrown, flipped, juggled, lobbed and pitched with skill resulting in a delicious bowl of Hibachi rice with bacon and mushrooms, topped with honey glazed ham. Grilled lamb cutlets were next to receive the Bussaba Ex-Weisse Benihana treatment accompanied by a herb butter and mint sauce. Wente Vineyards produced the next

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 again from the San Francisco Bay, Southern Hills. A delightful herby wine with flavours of black cherry and some subtle dark chocolate undertones. Wagyu beef tenderloin provided the deluxe ingredient for the next course. A luxury beef item benefiting from the speedy teppanayaki treatment to produce a juicy, tender, steak. Another Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 was then served, this time from Kendall Jackson and their Sonoma County Vineyards. A magic marriage indeed. The curtain was then lowered on this gourmet feast with a dessert of apple compote with a homemade Yuzu sorbet. We had a “funtastic” evening, the food was top notch, the wines

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Kittasak (Phak) Ngamdee



Bartender at Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Pattaya

an eye opener into the interesting complexities of Californian vineyards and we shall certainly be looking out for them from now. Benihana scores on so many levels having creating a totally distinctive ambiance where the preparation of the food is driven by the prowess and skill of its highly trained staff who not only produce the product but entertain, surprise and amuse along the way. It’s a culinary circus, a foodie playground and a piece of gastronomic theatre that hits all the right spots. Benihana is located on 2nd Floor, Royal Garden Plaza, Second Road, Pattaya. Tel: (038) 412 420 Ext.1395 or visit www. for full menu and prices.


1 oz Gin Beefeater 0.5 oz D.O.M Benedictine 1 oz Genesis Merlot 1 oz Monin Cinnamon 1 oz Pomegranate Juice 1 oz Apple Juice 0.5 oz Lime Juice 2 oz Fresh Ginger


Thames Bouquet


Put all ingredients together in mixing glass, shake well and served nicely in brandy glass also garnish with Thames bouquet.

GLASS TYPE Brandy Glass


Available at

Horizon Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, Hilton Pattaya Time 5pm -1am Available in September only


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Havana Hosts its Monthly Wine Tasting with a Selection of New World Wines It’s Back! The Havana Bar at the Holiday Inn Pattaya has resumed its popular monthly wine tasting. The latest event showcased the wines from the award-wining wine maker, Kim Crawford from Marlborough, New Zealand and the acclaimed Robert Mondavi winery from Napa Valley, California. Havana’s format for its wine tastings is to present six rounds of free flow wines served at about half hour intervals from its start at 6.30 pm until 9.00 pm. Live blues and jazz was performed by Jowel and the Blues Machine. The evening set sail with a pouring of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. This juicy exuberant wine, fresh and zesty was packed with flavour. It was a great opener to the evening. We found it paired well with one of the many canapés that were presented around the bar, especially the roasted mushroom and goat cheese plus the green apple and crab salad. Next up was another Kim Crawford wine, this time a Pinot Noir. Pleasingly aromatic with notes of dark cherries and further enhanced by partial aging in French oak barrels which was responsible for providing its pleasing complexity. With this robust wine we found that the Tuscan salami and grilled chorizo married well.

Wine three and we were back to white as the Robert Mondavi Private Collection Chardonnay was poured. Described as California’s First Family of Chardonnay, it was an extremely attractive wine and another of our stand-out bottles. Essences of Asian pears, red apple fruit and crème brulee dance across the palate in this classic 100 percent Chardonnay. It paired beautifully with salmon gravalax with herbed cream cheese. Round four produced a Robert Mondavi Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon. This smooth, elegant wine with its smoky oak and roasted nut characteristics was another instant success. Eaten with a particularly good lamb curry pie and Italian meatballs they both made instant friends with the Pinot. The evening was running away with us and it was now 8.15 pm and a Robert Mondavi Woodbridge White Zinfandel was being served. An off-dry blush, rose in colour it is one of California’s favourite wines and has won many prizes over the years. A delicate, low alcohol wine with a slightly sweet quality which surprisingly paired well with savoury black pudding and crispy Parma ham. The cheeses beckoned. All these beauties are surrounded by a full complement of nuts and dried fruits, marinated Kalamata olives,

cornichons, quince, and silverskin onions. The bread selection is astonishing, Turkish pide, polenta boule, baguettes, Danish rugbrod, a fig and aniseed baton, a black olive and onion focaccia plus Parmesan rosemary crackers fresh from the bakers to accompany these finest cheeses. This must be one of the very best cheese tables in the city. A cheese lovers dream, it displays some of the premium artisan cheeses from France: Roquefort from the South of France, one of the world’s best known blue cheeses, Poiret de la Meuse, a cow’s milk cheese matured in pear brandy and coated with walnuts, Reblocon de Savoie an excellent goat’s cheese, Tomlette de Province al-Huille, and a sensational orange Mimolette Extra Vieolle, the French version of a classic Dutch cheese but this had been aged for 24+ months to produce its salty, sweet, caramel-like taste. All made perfect companions to the last wine of the evening a Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Zinfandel. The bright aromas brimming with blackberry jam, cherries, black pepper and spice adding life to this full bodied wine with velvety tannins. Craving a little sweetness we headed to the dessert table. Whether you prefer chocolate, fruit or a slice of cake, it has been said that everyone

has their own “sweet” Achilles Heel. Havana’s pastry chef excels and his counter is a not to be missed station. Here, the wontonly luscious pastries the likes of brandy snaps, chocolate ganache choux buns, salt caramel donuts and a sumptuous almond honey cake with strawberry ripple sat awaiting our selection. Sadly the event was drawing to a close but all the wines could be purchased at a special price of B.1,600 per bottle before leaving. These events are staged monthly so check their website for details.

This night the cost was B.1,190 net for the free flow wine flight and gourmet canapés, finger food, those connoisseural cheeses and the sumptuous desserts. The Havana Bar is an atmospheric spot evoking the old style Havana glamour tempered with an up-todate fusion. The pricing is realistic and the food big on quality and quantity making Havana a distinctive leisure destination. Open daily from 11.00 am till 1.00 am. Tel: (038) 725 555.

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Your mom will love the Klin Mali jasmine spa journey at Spa Cenvaree in Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, a total of 120 minutes of pure, jasmine-scented relaxation. Available until September, the spa package is priced at 2,800 baht ++ and includes a gift set of Jasmine Massage Oil and Jasmine Body Lotion. The journey begins with a five-minute foot ritual, burning incense to ease negative energy. This is followed by a gentle aroma massage with jasmine body oil, using soft to medium pressure, to release muscle tension and ease the mind with the fragrant jasmine scent. An aloe and jasmine gel mask is then applied over the entire body for 10 to 15 minutes, followed by a refreshing shower and the application of soothing jasmine body lotion. The journey ends with refreshments in the relaxation lounge. Spa Cenvaree is situated within the Spa Village on the edge of the water park at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

Roll out your Pilates mat, get ready to strengthen your core and get seriously sweaty in a Pilates session, one of the most popular fitness classes available at LifeStyles Fitness Centre on the 26th floor of Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. Pilates is an exercise to your fitness level, anyone can enjoy its health benefits. The class involves performing slow and precise movements in repetition with an emphasis on developing the overall balance of the body through improving core strength, flexibility and awareness in order to support efficient and graceful movement. Come to experience fun and motivating Pilates classes, which are held every Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Special offers for non-members! Price: 400 baht per session. Or you can save by purchasing 10 sessions for 3,500 baht or 20 sessions for 6,000 baht. Schedule a class today!

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Vol. 05 No. 18 | Sep 16-30, 2017

Water Fitness v Land Fitness

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Relax, Refresh & Revitalize with Rejuvenating City Retreat Package at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok presents “Rejuvenating City Retreat Package” for those who long for a revitalizing break in a bustling city. The perfect retreat for couples and single travellers alike combines great accommodation with sheer pampering and culinary delights to make one’s stay a memorable experience at a starting rate from 3,450 baht++ per room per night for a minimum 2-night stay in a deluxe room. Available for booking from now until December 30. Rejuvenating City Retreat Package is inclusive a daily breakfast up to two persons, in-room wireless internet access, a complimentary 90-minute aromatherapy massage, Swedish massage or Royal Thai massage per person per stay, a complimentary non-alcoholic soft drink at mini bar and 20 percent discount on food only at all the hotel’s grand restaurants. For more information, contact Public Relations Department: 02 541 1234 ext. 4202, 4204.

D.O.M.S Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after unaccustomed or strenuous exercise. The soreness is felt most strongly 24 to 72 hours after the exercise. When muscles are required to work harder than they're used to, or in a different way, it is believed to cause microscopic damage to the muscle fibres, resulting in muscle soreness or stiffness. DOMS is often mistakenly believed to be caused by lactic acid build up, however, lactic acid is not involved in this process.

Should i train sore muscles? If you’re overloading muscles then you’re causing damage at a cellular level. Repairing it hurts, but it’s also what makes you bigger. Pain, gain. That’s when your muscles grow, if you let them recover.” Which is where that post-workout whey shake comes in, providing muscle-rebuilding protein for your body to patch itself back together. But heading straight back to the squat rack batters your body again before it’s fixed itself, putting excess stress on your muscles and halting that growth. If you keep repetitively damaging them, and training through DOMS, you risk damaging them long term. Lots of pain, definitely no gains!!

The best way to prevent soreness and injury is prevention, so add these elements to your game plan: 1. Stretch it out. 2. Warm up before weight training. 3. Hydrate. 4. Work out with correct form. 5. Jump in an ice bath. 6. Heat up later in the day. 7. Reach for pineapple or tart cherries. 8. Use your sore muscles.

Mix it up That’s not an excuse to only make a weekly trip to the gym, though. The key is variety. You need to cycle body parts. Legs with shoulders one day, cardio the next day, chest and back after that. Then biceps, triceps and abs. While you’re curling, your burning quads can rebuild for the next day’s lunges. If you’re gym time’s too limited to fit in a split routine and you’re opting for full-body workouts, then mixing up

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movements is equally important. Throbbing muscles can’t produce the same power, which means support muscles – as well as tendons and ligaments – have to take the strain. If you’re racking your one rep max onto the bench press before you’re fully recovered, expect to get pinned under the bar. But it’s not just lifters that need to take care with sore muscles. Running the same route at the same pace every lunchtime forces tired knees and ankles into repeating movements which can strain cartilage and ligaments. You’re looking at long term injuries like runner’s knee because people just plough through, even when things don’t quite feel right. Whether you’re race training or just looking to shed some extra timber, mixing your runs up with gym work, or swapping your eight-miler for a sprint session, tests your body in new ways. If you do a core session you’ll be developing your ability to withstand impacts. Or you can mix up distances to stimulate muscle, which is key to development. You’ll avoid injury and shave seconds off your race time.

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Train like a beast, look like a beauty at Fitz Club – Racquets, Health and Fitness, Royal Cliff Hotels Group Train like a beast, look like a beauty and achieve your fitness goals at one of the best sports club in Pattaya, Fitz Club – Racquets, Health and Fitness at Royal Cliff Hotels Group this August. Day pass for just 500 baht, exclusive of tennis and squash for ladies. For more information or to book a personal training session, call 038 250 421 ext 2621 or email

Release Date September 21, 2017 Lead Actors Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong Director Matthew Vaughn Genre Action | Adventure | Comedy

Release Date September 28, 2017 Lead Actors Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Murphy Director Martin Campbell Genre Action | Thriller

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy in order to save the world.

The story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love – his teenage daughter – is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-andmouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.




Vol. 05 No. 18 | Sep 16-30, 2017

All New BMW 5 Series - Still The Ultimate Driving Machine? Shonin Wearable Camera

>> from L1 body an elegant coupé-like silhouette matched by sporty 18-inch alloys. And the broad rear with new taillights emphasizes high performance. Maybe, the BMW isn’t as sleek as by John K. Lindgren the Jaguar XF or as imposing as the Mercedes E-Class, but its handsome design oozes understated prestige. Interior: Logical German layout, functionality combined with luxury. Access to the well appointed cabin is easy thanks to wide-opening doors. With almost threemeter long wheel base, BMW 5 Series boasts ample legroom and head room for rear seat passengers. The quality of the materials and finish is first rate; leather trimmed seats, fine-wood surfaces; chrome and piano black accents create an interior that is both elegant and user friendly. A highlight is the new infotainment system, the intuitive BMW iDrive concept (the best in the market) with 10.25-inch high resolution touchscreen including the amazing, Gesture control, first seen in the 7 Series. Just wave your hand in front

of the screen and you're controlling the volume. Wow! Driver orientation. The cockpit, which makes this a driver’s car, par excellence. Everything is right at your fingertips and the large, chunky leather wrapped wheel rim is comfortable to hold and increases the feeling of control. Almost like you’re driving a race car, not a luxury sedan. Then there is the uber-kool display-keyfob which features a small touchscreen with various information about the vehicle's status. More highend features: adaptive LED powerful headlights and HD rear view camera. Engine: The 2.0-liter BMW advanced diesel motor develops 190hp and 400Nm of torque and features a twin-geometry turbocharger for lag-free acceleration, propelling the car from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and to a top speed of 235 km/h. A smoothshifting 8-speed automatic contributes to the quick acceleration. Fuel economy average 20 km/liter. The secret? BMW's EfficientDynamics innovation. Ever since it was launched a decade or so ago, BMW has been leading the way for low running costs. Great mileage and tons of torque. The Drive: Overall weight reduction and the the slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission means plenty of performance. The 520d’s four-cylinder diesel is hushed, while wind and road roar are barely perceptible. Pin-sharp steering and expertly tuned suspension increases the driving pleasure. On our test drive to Korat Plateau, Khao Yai National Park with motorway, dual carriage way, the winding mountain roads motoring all the way to the verdant Pak Chong, PB Valley. The new BMW 5 Series did certainly not feel like a

It's an increasingly dangerous world out there. Give yourself an extra layer of protection with the Shonin Wearable Camera. This clip-on camera provides wideangle, POV video during an altercation or attack, and saves video directly to the cloud over a built-in LTE or tethered Wi-Fi connection, while also backing it up on an internal SD card. It's both waterproof and sturdy so it can take some abuse, and its intelligent design lets you easily switch between the standard clip and optional accessories like a magnetic clip or extra battery pack.

Nix Mini Color Sensor Whether you're picking out a shade for your living room or working on a design, the Nix Mini Color Sensor can help you find and organize hues you like. Using a calibrated sensor and high-CRI white LEDs, the Nix captures accurate representations of colors on nearly any surface, which it can then match to RGB, HTML, CMYK and LAB colors, or over 10,000 brand-name paints. In addition to color matching, you can save your favorite colors and instantly find new palettes via the companion app, and thanks to its lightweight and size — smaller than a ping-pong ball — there's little excuse to not carry it with you. almost five meter long vehicle. Despite its size no heavy feel heavy through corners. Superb, dynamic driving qualities and smooth assertive braking power. I felt that I could drive this fine machine all the way from Bangkok to Mae Sot, Burmese frontier in the North or all way South to Phuket island. Verdict: The latest BMW 5 Series is back with improved economy, a luxurious connected interior offering a great driving experience. Still the ultimate driving machine? YES! BMW 520d Luxury Line Engine: 4-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel turbo Transmission: 8-speed auto; FWD Power output: 190 hp Torque: 400 Nm 0-100 kph: 7,5 sec Max speed: 235 kph Fuel consumption (combined): 20 km/ liter Price: 3.899 million baht

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HP Z VR Backpack PC Most VR rigs have been focused on gaming. The HP Z VR Backpack PC is not your average VR rig. Aimed at the professional market for visualization, walk-through simulations, and employee training, the Z is a workstationclass PC, with an Intel Core i7 Pro processor, up to 32 GB of RAM, and a Nvidia Quadro GPU. While in backpack mode, it supports most head-mounted displays and runs off of dual hot-swappable batteries yet weighs just 10 pounds, and when it's time to sit down and get work done IRL, its dock gives you support for two 4K displays and plenty of ports.

Mack Weldon Vesper Polo Inspired by the timeless look of 007, the Mack Weldon Vesper Polo brings effortless style to your wardrobe. To pull it off, the company created a lightweight knit fabric that uses micromesh to enhance breathability and high-end, fine-thread cotton for added comfort and a smoother look. The collar keeps its shape wash after wash, the chest pocket gives you a little added on-the-go storage and the modern tailored fit pairs well with everything from shorts to sport coats. Now available in four different colors to keep your look fresh and clean at all times.

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Emerson celebrates 20th Anniversary of Rayong Plant Company commits to maintain as leading manufacturer in HVACR that caters the global markets through implementation of Thailand 4.0 model

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merson celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Rayong Plant for Commercial and Residential Solutions platform. Throughout the two decades, the company has manufactured more than 80 million high quality compressors to cater for markets across the globe, including Asia, Europe, South America, Middle

East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Emerson also commits to maintain its position as a leading manufacturer in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) by continuing its highquality products and solutions offering to the global market, enhancing productivities through implementation of Thailand 4.0

model while prioritizing on the quality of lives and well-being of key stakeholders where the company operates. Established in 1997, Emerson’s Rayong plant is built on an area of 60-Rai, located in Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Rayong province. The plant emphasizes on the scroll compressor production for the HVACR industries. Thomas Zofkie, vice president of Asia operations, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions platform said “We are very grateful for our long business relationship with Thailand. Over the past 20 years, we have offered

innovative and reliable solutions to create value for our customers and shareholders. Our technologies create comfortable indoor environments with energy-efficient heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems for commercial and residential. Our objectives are to solve the industry challenges with state-ofthe-art technology compressors, condensers, heat exchanges and related equipment and components with high performance that delivers reliability and efficiency.” In addition to technology and innovation, Emerson has committed to the quality of lives and wellbeing of key stakeholders where the company operates. The company has prioritized work place safety by strictly implementing people and work place safety measures. “We have created a highperformance culture by understanding that it is a two-way street. Emerson expects nothing less than top performance from our employees, and employees expect a destination-of-choice workplace from Emerson. We strive every day to keep both ends of that bargain.” “We strive to create and sustain a safe and healthy work environment for all of our employees, focusing our efforts in three critical areas: implementing global safety and health standards, tracking global injury, and conducting safety and health audits of our operations around the globe,” he added. Continued on page 4/24

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Has Apathy Struck Our Real Estate Industry? Apathy can be cruel as by its very nature its victim is often the last to know. My recent column, Thailand’s 10-year economic cycle, obviously was punctual in reporting that market downturns strike once a decade—in those years ending with the number seven. And here we are once again! The good news is that the real estate booms that followed the last two crashes were incredible, boosting Eastern Seaboard property prices and sales volumes to new highs. Now, however, on the heels of a protracted slump, I fear that real estate agents and private home sellers are suffering from a deep sense of apathy. The question that must be asked is: How do we best begin our journey back to prosperous times? On this very subject, I found a Pattaya Today article written by Khun Dee nearly 10 years ago in which he points to the lingering apathy that then plagued the market. The writer’s observations are no less valid today for every real estate agent and individual home seller. To wit: Are you an apathetic seller As I explored neighborhoods in and around Pattaya recently-looking through the eyes of a friend who was shopping for a home, it occurred to me that there are an inordinate number of condominiums, townhouses and single family homes available for sale. That in itself was not surprising, of course. It was more of a recognition that this decade’s seemingly-giddy building spree so sharply contrasts with the current doldrums plaguing the local economy, tourism and the property market. What was surprising was how apathetic so many sellers are. Not that I expected open houses with balloons, clowns and free refreshments; but I did expect smiles, enthusiasm and presentable properties. My friend and I were attracted by one home with excellent curb

appeal. Unfortunately, that’s where the appeal ended. Inside we were half-heartedly greeted by a cheerless woman, four overly-affectionate cats and offensive odors emanating from litter boxes. Before I could exit, my friend had already climbed over boxes and shoes scattered in the entryway and was well on his way to the kitchen. That room could have been a deal clincher for him because cooking is his passion. Instead, we found unwashed pots and pans in the sink and a fifth cat eating leftovers out of breakfast dishes on the counter. The floor was lined with newspapers under cat bowls. And what was once an impressive stove-and-oven appliance had been allowed to deteriorate into a grimy grease pit. Before making my escape, I wandered around the dreary house enough to find that discarded clothing had been left here and there, that the floor and furniture were dusty, and that the bed had not been made. I could see past the bad housekeeping and recognize that the house itself had some lovely features and an underlying quality that would impress knowledgeable homebuyers. But most visitors would be put off by such slovenliness; they would not even consider looking beyond the superficial. Instead they probably would be inclined to ask themselves: if the owner has so little regard for those areas of the home that are accessible and visible to prospective buyers, how has he maintained those areas that are inaccessible? The roof? The air conditioner? The plumbing? And how much will it cost me to repair those failings? Regrettably, that house was not unique in being unprepared for market. Nor was the cheerless woman the only apathetic home seller we met. It cannot be stressed enough that if you’re sincere about wanting to sell your home you can’t afford to be apathetic in your preparation or in your attitude. Particularly now when there are so many other homes available--homes which have been well-maintained and convey the owners’ sense of pride.

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Granted, it may be that some owners are of the opinion that homes just aren’t selling now so why bother making an effort? Which makes sense if you don’t really care whether or not you sell. But if you do care, then adverse market conditions should provide even more incentive to redouble your efforts to attract and impress the few potential buyers who do exist. Your real estate agent will probably advise you on such basics as: pick up your clothes, clean everything, eradicate the odors and eliminate the pets (at least temporarily). But that’s just the beginning of the checklist that you should follow prior to showing your home. Here are some additional suggestions: * Clean behind and under all appliances; remove dust. * Clean floors. * Dust and clean all light fixtures. * Clean windows and window coverings. * Wash walls and baseboards; touch up scuffs with paint. * Clean and polish the furniture. * Clean out your closets. Expect visitors to open every door. Do what you can to make closets look spacious; storage space is appealing. * Clean your kitchen pantry and all cabinets. * Dust and vacuum every room in your home thoroughly before each showing. * Scrub all areas of your bathroom, removing any soap scum and mildew. Make the porcelain and chrome shine. Use air fresheners in the bathroom and any other room that might need help. Display your best towels. * Clear as much clutter as you can from every room, particularly from counter surfaces. In the bathroom, for example, remove personal items (toothbrushes, combs and grooming supplies) from vanities. Appliances and tools that you typically keep out on the kitchen counter should be stored under the sink or somewhere out of sight. Clutter creates the illusion of less space (i.e., less counter space). * If you have excess furniture

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

in any room, either sell it or store it. Your goal should be to create as much open space as possible throughout every room in your house. * If a wall needs painting, or you painted a wall or two some unorthodox color, repaint it white or neutral. They are the most universally appealing shades and they open up rooms, making them appear larger. * Open up drapes and blinds to invite natural light into your home. If a room tends to be dark, purchase light bulbs with brighter wattage or add lamps. One final thought. Curb appeal is the home’s exterior appearance-that quality which lures buyers inside. So even before you begin to prepare your home’s interior, focus on the exterior. Begin by looking at your house from across the street; look at nearby houses, too. How does yours compare? Is your landscaping at

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

least average for the neighborhood? Is your yard neat and trimmed? If your house looks faded, a paint job may be in order; it’s a good investment. Spruce up the front door, polish fixtures, refinish windows if needed, and repair the doorbell. Remove exterior clutter: clear your lawn and driveway of all toys, equipment and debris. Consider adding some flowers and plants, and definitely get a new welcome mat and augment it with a welcoming attitude. Remember, you are setting the tone for the rest of the showing. --------------------------------Despite the article being 10 years old, I feel it has a ring of insight and helpful truths that we, as real estate agents, should take to heart even today. Let’s all sellers and agents alike start moving from apathy to inspiration. The next fantastic real estate cycle just might be at our doorstep.

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 Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at

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Legal Advice L E G A L A DV I C E Thailand Civil Litigation

by Magna Carta Law Office

What is Civil Litigation? Civil Litigation is a lawsuit between persons or entities that does not involve criminal penalties. It generally includes all disputes that are formally submitted to a court, about any subject in which one party is claimed to have committed a wrongful act, but not a crime. The remedy sought in Civil Litigation is usually to recover money or a judgment that requires one party to do something or to stop certain acts. What cases go through Civil Litigation? There are many cases which may involve Civil Litigation such as landlord/tenant cases, property disputes, business disputes, personal domestic controversies, personal injury or negligence cases, accident cases, breach of contract cases, defamation cases, medical malpractice, etc. How does a civil lawsuit get started?

A typical lawsuit begins with filing a complaint in court, clearly setting out the nature of the claim, the relief sought and the allegations. Under Thai Law, the plaintiff must bring a civil case to the court where the cause of action arises or where the defendant resides. If involving an immovable property, the plaintiff has to bring a lawsuit to the court based on such property’s location, or where the defendant resides.  Once the defendant gets the complaint notice, he or she must file a written answer to the court within 15 days. The answer must clearly state his stand on every point of the complaint and what part of the claim he admits or denies. The defendant may also make a counterclaim against the plaintiff. If a counterclaim is filed, the plaintiff must answer it within 15 days from the date the answer is reached at the plaintiff. What are the consequences for failure to file an answer and statement of defenses within the specified time? If one is duly served with a summons and complaint in a civil action and then fails to respond within the time limit, the plaintiff may file a motion in court to declare the respondent in default. Once in default, the court shall continue conducting the proceedings and the defendant making a default of answer may crossexamine the evidence but will lose the opportunity to defend himself or attest his own evidences on the accusations made against him. In case a defendant making a default of answer appears in court before the court decides the case and informs the court in the first instance that he intends to defend the case, upon consideration of the court

that the default of answer did not occur intentionally or occurred with reasonable excuse, the court shall allow such defendant to submit his answer within a period of time he so specifies and shall re-conduct the proceedings since the time that the defendant made default. In case the court does not allow the defendant making default to submit an answer or the court once issued a retrial order as per request of the defendant, he shall be barred from filing request for submission of answer and request for retrial. Do Thailand courts accept documents in the English language? All documents must be in the Thai language as all court proceedings are conducted in Thai. Documents in a foreign language have to be translated to Thai before they can be admitted in court. This is except for Intellectual Property and International Trade court proceedings which may be conducted in English and only in case the parties mutually agree not to translate and the document is not an evidence of the main point of the case. Is there a deadline for filing a civil lawsuit? The Civil and Commercial Code sets statutes of limitations for filing a complaint. The time in which you may file a complaint depends on the type of action or nature of the claim you are pursuing. It is important to promptly consult with a lawyer regarding the facts of your claims and whether it is advisable to file a lawsuit. If you fail to respect the time limitations set out in the statute you will be barred from bringing an action in court. How long will my case take if it goes through the litigation process? Each case is different. The length of the litigation procedure depends on the complexity of the legal issues and facts and the number of witnesses. The volume of cases being handled by the court also affects the process.  Some lawsuits are quickly resolved, whereas lawsuits involving complex high value claims may take several months or years from start to finish. How do I know if I have a valid claim for a civil lawsuit? The easiest way to determine whether you have a possible claim is to consult a civil litigation lawyer who is experienced in the area of your concern. A lawyer will be in the best position to evaluate your situation and make an assessment of your claim. 

MAGNA CARTA LAW OFFICE 193/126-8 South Pattaya Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150, Thailand Telephone : 038 373735 MOBILE NO. : 082 479 1204 Fax : 038 373736 Email :

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Emerson celebrates 20th Anniversary of Rayong Plant Tom Zofkie revealed further that Emerson also believes in supporting the communities where the company operates. The company is committed to enhancing and improving people’s lives and to help in building communities that are attractive places to live and work. “For the past two decades, Emerson has worked closely

with the public and private sectors in Rayong province, particularly in Pluakdaeng area to improve the community’s quality of lives and well-being in four key areas, including education through volunteer teaching and school improvement projects, health and human services such as donations and house rebuilding project, arts and culture such as

hosting field trip visits to museums and aquariums, and civic through environmental protection and promotional activities,” he said. Emerson is moving toward its 21st year with the commitment to support Thai economy and the industrial sector within Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) along with Thailand 4.0 policy. “We have started investing in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) the technology that will allow our employees to configure computer software or a “robot” to capture and interpret existing applications for processing a transaction and manipulating data, as well as communicating with other digital systems. Hence, the goal is to improve our productivity.” said Zofkie. Currently, Emerson has operated 10 manufacturing locations, as well as established 30 sales and service locations in Asia, including Thailand. The company has reached over $1 billion sales and employs more than 9,000 employees across the region.

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Business News Marriott International wins coveted honours at Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards Marriott International took home six prestigious awards from The Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards at a presentation luncheon at the Conrad Hong Kong Hotel. The Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards celebrate the best in the travel and hospitality industry as recognized by the region’s business travellers. The six awards include JW Marriott winning the Best Business Hotel Brand in North America, The Ritz-Carlton being named the Best Luxury Hotel Brand in the AsiaPacific, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) being recognized as the Best Hotel Loyalty Program. In addition, three hotels took individual awards: JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach won Best New Business Hotel in AsiaPacific, W Bali in Seminyak won

Best Resort Hotel in Asia-Pacific and The St. Regis Bangkok won Best Business Hotel in Bangkok. These awards recognize outstanding hotel properties that go above and beyond and set the standard in daily operation and customer service. “Many congratulations to Marriott International for a number of impressive wins at this year’s awards. Our readers voted JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton as some of the best luxury brands in the world – a testament to the excellent offering for business travellers”, said Peggy Teo, director, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific. “The welldeserved award for Best Hotel Loyalty Program is further proof of the company’s dedication to looking after its guests.” Speaking after the event, Craig Smith, president and managing

Snyder named director of revenue management

Robert F. Maurer – Loeffler, general manager and corporate director of Operations (City Hotels Thailand, Hua Hin, Bali) has appoint Christopher Gerard Snyder as director of revenue management at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld. Christopher has more than 30 years of experience in leading hotels and resorts including Marriott International Headquarters, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Maryland USA, Anantara Resorts and Spa’s, Thailand. He also worked as group director of sales and revenue at Ovolo Hotels, Hong Kong and Australia. Prior to joining CGCW, he was director of global reservations sales and customer care at Marriott International, Bangkok Thailand

director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International said, “These awards are testament to the hard work and dedication that our associates across Asia-Pacific put in to providing the best possible experience for our guests. On behalf of all our associates I would like to say thank you to the people that voted for our brands and properties. “These awards confirm that we have the broadest portfolio of brands, the most comprehensive global footprint, and the most extensive loyalty programs. All of which adds to unparalleled guest experiences.” The Business Traveller AsiaPacific Awards is now in its 26th year and are voted for by some of the region’s most qualified judges: the Business Traveller AsiaPacific readers. These 30,000-plus

individuals travel for a living, taking an average of 19 business trips a year, and their views provide valuable industry feedback. Between April and June, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific sent out a voting poll to subscribers, with the results independently compiled by market

research leader Ipsos. Marriott International’s luxury portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, JW Marriott, W Hotels, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, BVLGARI Hotels and Resorts, and EDITION Hotels.

MUT launches Zimbra innovation center embraces government policy to become digital hub of ASEAN Mahanakorn University of Technology (MUT), in partnership with Synacor (Nasdaq: SYNC), a leading IT company from the United States, has established a new software innovation center, Zimbra Innovation Center. To meet the needs of economic, social, and industrial sectors and to be in line with the government’s policy to push Thailand as the hub for ASEAN’s digital network, the center has main objectives to develop a learning and teaching system that encourages university students to build critical thinking skills essential for software development. Associate Professor Dr. Sujate Chantarang, president of Mahanakorn University of Technology, or MUT, revealed, “IT personnel of Thailand have attracted a lot of international attention in terms of potential and creativity. Implementing a modern learning system and technology is important to help Thai talents grow by leaps and bounds and reach their fullest potentials. This will give Thailand a competitive edge in order to become the regional leader. Cooperation with the leading US IT giant, Synacor, is one way to put Thailand on a fast track of becoming the digital hub.” The Zimbra Innovation Center encompasses world-class knowledge from around the globe such as Linux operating system, virtual reality systems, Zimbra messaging solution, cyber security systems, and networking operating systems. The center also provides technical and operational trainings to IT engineers who will receive certificates from the Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Mahanakorn University of Technology after

completing the training. Brent Rhymes, vice president of Sales and Marketing, Synacor, said, “Mahanakorn University of Technology is famous for its robust education in fields of science, technology and engineering. Recognized by leading educational institutions in England and Europe, the Zimbra Innovation Center will certainly be able to empower and uncover potentials in Thai IT personnel and students, the future innovators who drive Thailand’s economic growth." For those who are interested in the service provided by the Zimbra Innovation Center, contact the center at the Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Mahanakorn University of Technology.

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Business News Linksys launches two new Tri-Band Bangkok Life annual MU-MIMO Wi-Fi routers in Thailand Assurance outing returns to

Linksys, a global leader in networking solutions for the home and business and the first to ship 100 million routers, has introduced the Thailand market to two new 802.11ac Tri-Band Mu-Mimo Routers to its Max Stream™ product series. The Linksys EA9300 is an AC4000 Tri-Band MU-MIMO router that allows users to experience faster speeds for downloading, streaming, gaming and surfing and the Linksys EA8300 AC2200 TriBand MU-MIMO router. Linksys is the only company on the market with more than five MU-MIMO products representing the largest and broadest portfolio of MUMIMO home Wi-Fi solutions on the market. Tri-Band routers will offer working MU-MIMO (MultiUser, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output), the next generation Wi-

critical than ever. Tri-Band and MUMIMO enables multiple devices to communicate with the router and/ or range extender simultaneously, so the result is a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi.”

Fi 802.11ac (Wave 2), which helps improve overall performance and efficiency of a Wi-Fi network while providing dedicated bandwidth to MU-MIMO capable client devices as if they have their own dedicated router.

exclusive Linksys app that provides added control of the EA8300 Wi-Fi Router from anywhere, at any time using a mobile device. The MaxStream EA8300 Wi-Fi Router also features a robust set of advanced offerings: t Tri-Band AC2200 – Up to 2.2Gbps (867 Mbps 5GHz + 867 Mbps 5 GHz + 400 Mbps 2.4 GHz) t MU-MIMO (WirelessAC Wave 2) for simultaneous 4K Streaming on multiple devices at the same time t Main system processor: QuadCore 716Mhz Processor (Equal to 1.4GHz Dual-Core Processor) 32-bit, ARMv7 compatible, 5.5K DMIPS t RAM: 256MB DDR3 t Flash memory: 256MB t Four high performance antennas and powerful amplifiers deliver the best coverage and range t Linksys Advance Beamforming focuses Wi-Fi signals and delivers stronger connection to all devices t Airtime fairness enables faster devices to transmit at faster speeds while the slower device will not impede the speed of Wi-Fi network t Linksys Smart Connect- Auto select the best 5GHz band for the fastest wireless speed t Seamless Roaming with Max Stream Range Extenders provide

MU-MIMO is growing fast According to a white paper by ABI research the importance of MU-MIMO in the Wi-Fi ecosystem more than 84 percent of all wireless 5GHz chipsets will be MU-MIMO enabled by 2019. To keep up with the speeds and performance of client devices coming to market such as 4K TVs, laptops, smart phones, tablets and game consoles, consumers will want to make sure they have the latest Wi-Fi router that can support all the latest devices that they have in their homes. “We are excited about the introduction of two additional Tri-Band MU-MIMO routers to our Max Stream line- up being offered in Thailand. This signifies our commitment to the latest 802.11ac specification,” said Kawin Issarachaipisit, sales manager, Linksys Thailand at Belkin International, Inc. “With the rise of bandwidth intensive activities, such as 4K streaming and movie downloads, the importance of an efficient and optimized Wi-Fi network is more

Linksys Max-Stream™ AC2200 Tri-Band MU-MIMO router (EA8300) When using the Next Gen AC Wi-Fi technologies such Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and TriBand at the same time , they work in conjunction with one another to deliver powerful Wi-Fi and the same speed to multiple connected devices at once including TVs, gaming consoles, wireless printers, laptops plus others at combined speeds up to 2.2 Gbps‡. The Linksys MaxStream AC2200 provides easy setup options to get a home office up and running quickly along with the

Royal Cliff for 20th consecutive time

Room-to-Room Wi-Fi with one network name t Linksys App – Remote Manage, monitor, and control your Wi-Fi from anywhere, anytime t Easy setup out of the box Price is 6,990 baht. Linksys Max-Stream™ AC4000 Tri-Band MU-MIMO router (EA9300) The Linksys EA9300 is equipped with the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, MU-MIMO, TriBand and six high-powered external antennas that work in concert to deliver powerful Wi-Fi at combined speeds up to 4 Gbps‡. With the EA9300, the entire household can use their Wi-Fi connection to play 4K video games, listen to music, check email, shop, stream 4K movies and more. As one of the most powerful Wi-Fi routers in the market, the Linksys MaxStream AC4000 provides business grade functionality to get a home or small office up and running quickly along with the exclusive Linksys software app for your smartphone that provides remote access control of the EA9300 Wi-Fi Router from anywhere, at any time. EA9300 WiFi Router also features a robust set of advanced offerings: t Tri-Band AC4000 – Up to 4Gbps (1625 + 1625 + 750 Mbps) provide more Wi-Fi for more devices t Frequency bands: Tri-Band (2.4GHz and two 5GHz bands) t MU-MIMO (WirelessAC Wave 2) for simultaneous 4K Streaming on multiple devices at the same time t 1.8GHz Quad-Core Processor provide the high speed data processing t RAM: 512MB DDR3 t Flash memory: 256MB t Six high-performance antennas and powerful amplifiers deliver the best coverage and range t Linksys Advance Beamforming focuses Wi-Fi signal and deliver stronger connection to all of your devices t Airtime fairness enables faster devices to transmit at faster speeds while the slower device will not impede the speed of Wi-Fi network t Seamless Roaming – Roomto-Room Wi-Fi with one network name t Linksys app – Remote Manage, monitor, and control your Wi-Fi from anywhere, anytime on your smart device Available: October, 2017

Over 1,200 delegates gathered at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) for Bangkok Life Assurance PCL’s Annual Sales Seminar 2017. The two-day event consisted of a series of key plenary sessions, workshops and insightful talks from motivational speakers in Thailand’s most flexible and versatile convention venue. This is the 20th year that Bangkok Life Assurance chose Royal Cliff and PEACH to hold their event even before Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) was born. “We are delighted to welcome Bangkok Life Assurance PCL back to the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH for their annual sales seminar,” Vitanart Vathanakul, executive director of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group said. “It is always our top priority to provide our clients with an exceptional venue and excellent service to ensure a successful and remarkable event experience. We are pleased to have another opportunity to showcase our world-class facilities to Thailand’s leading life insurance company.” Reaffirming the property’s commitment to environmental conservation excellence, Michael Goh, the resident manager of

PEACH and the director of Events of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group presented a Tree Planting Certificate to Ruangsak Panyabodegun, the senior executive vice president of Bangkok Life Assurance. The certificate is awarded to organizations who help safeguard the environment by opting to have their event at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group or PEACH and is part of its tree planting program where flames trees are planted in various vital locations on behalf of these companies. For more information on the Royal Cliff Hotels Group and PEACH, visit and

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Business News Akaryn Hotel Group introduces exclusive activities for women Akaryn Hotel Group, the innovative Thailand-based hospitality group specialising in boutique experiences, is offering unique stay, play and learn packages created especially for independent women travellers. Following the rise of the female traveller, four Akaryn Hotel Group properties in Thailand are giving women the opportunity to enjoy an array of engaging experiences and learn new skills during a fourday, three-night stay known as the Deluxe Doyenne package. Upon arrival, female guests will enjoy the aroma of an evocative scent emanating from an oil burner or candle in their room as they savour a refreshing welcome drink and healthy snacks. Then on the second day of the stay, they can participate in an Art of Hospitality course with an introduction to floral design led by a professional florist, along with lessons on how to make a selection of creative canapés and cocktails – skills they can put to good use when hosting a gathering or entertaining friends back home. On the third day, different activities are available at each of the participating properties: At akyra Beach Club Phuket, learn surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, or develop basic DJ skills with the resort’s resident DJ using a special smartphone app.

At akyra Manor Chiang Mai, absorb the hotel’s design-driven surroundings and pick up a brush to learn the art of painting from a local artist. At Aleenta Phuket Resort and Spa, learn the basics of Thai massage, yoga or Thai boxing from experienced instructors. At Aleenta Hua Hin Resort and Spa, visit the resort's own organic farm, learn about Thai herbs and their benefits, then see how they are used at the Aleenta kitchen and Ayurah Spa. Meeting the needs of modern travellers has always been a priority for Akaryn Hotel Group. The company’s founder and managing Director, Anchalika Kijkanakorn, is a highly successful female Asian entrepreneur, and she makes it a priority to ensure hotel staff members are well trained to be

responsive to female travellers. “Twenty years ago, independent female travellers were somewhat of an anomaly and certainly not the norm when compared to other demographics,” she says. “Today, women are not only an important guest segment, but they also create new trends for the industry while providing invaluable insights into hotel operations.” “With this new package we hope to make stays for women in some of Thailand’s most popular destinations more enjoyable and fulfilling than ever, while also giving them new skills to learn along the way.” she adds. Visit and theakyra. com for more information on Akaryn Hotel Group’s new Delexe Doyenne package, or E-mail: to make a booking.

Successful 33rd TEMCA Forum and Exhibition 2017 With its spacious state of the art facilities and superb customer service, Pattaya Exhibition And Convention Hall (PEACH) was once again the chosen venue for the 33rd TEMCA Forum and Exhibition 2017, Thailand’s biggest electrical and mechanical products showcase and seminars. The two-day event brought together thousands of contractors, consultants and end users for insightful seminars and exhibitions that showcased the latest electrical and mechanical innovations and technologies currently available in Thailand.

Established in 1985, the Thai Electrical and Mechanical Contractors Association has made its mark in

Thailand's electrical and mechanical industry with a membership of more than 380 companies.

GM’s Rayong plant honored at Thailand Energy Awards 2017

General Motors Thailand’s Rayong plant was recognized for its outstanding efforts in energy conservation at the Thailand Energy Awards 2017. The facility was one of only two automotive companies and one of only seven manufacturing plants in Thailand to be honored in its category. Deputy Prime Minister, Air Chief Marshal Prachin Chantong presented the award to Amnat Saengjan, vice president of Manufacturing at GM Thailand, on August 21. The Thailand Energy Awards 2017 were organized by the Ministry of Energy’s Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency. A total of 66 awards were presented in five categories: renewable energy, energy conservation, personnel awards, creative energy, and the promotion of energy conservation and renewable energy. Saengjan said, “GM Thailand’s Rayong plant is proud to be recognized as one of the most advanced automotive manufacturing hubs in the Asia Pacific region. We will continue our commitment to minimizing the impact of all of our facilities on natural resources and the environment through the ongoing adoption of sustainable strategies.” GM Thailand is the first automotive company in the country to receive ISO 50001 certification recognizing its commitment to energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its manufacturing process.

The Rayong plant has achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry voluntary energy-reduction challenge for three consecutive years. To fulfill the challenge, the facility cut its energy intensity on its truck line by 20 percent. The plant also implemented the Energy Management System (EnMS), which allows GM Thailand to monitor and control the energy

consumption of machines, power transmission systems and utilities in each individual area. Twenty-three measures were implemented in two years, resulting in a 4.85 percent reduction of energy consumption and decreased energy expenditures of 33 million baht. The measures included turning off machines when not in use, reducing start-up times for production, separating the chilled water system between the paint shop and the engine plant, expanding the size of the heat exchanger in the paint shop, and optimizing the heat exchanger and installing an inverter for ovens in the paint shop.


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Business Opportunities

(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@ ( 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: (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


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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

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Purchased in Pattaya for 590,000 Baht + only modification is changed standard wheels to Lenso Mags 17” & DunlopTyres = 22,000 baht Total on road cost 612,000 Baht • Top of the line model (RX) -No accident (slight mark on rear r/h corner) • Driven only in Chonburi province, total kilometers = 15,800 km - Used mainly by lady for resturant shopping supply • Serviced only by the Suzuki Dealer. (there has being no unscheduled repairs)

Sale Price 435,000 Baht (ono) Call 087 7432319

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Houses for Sale

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: or visit our website at www. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 R a i / 3 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: or visit our website at www. (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: or visit our website at www. (PR5052) Wat Yan & Bangsaray Are Home Villas For Sale! Selling Price 5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1154) Un i q u e a n d Sp 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4516) Ma g n i f i c e n t C o u n t r y 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: or visit our website at www. (PR6004)

Houses for Rent

Siam Countr y Family 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. 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. 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3451) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 380 Sqm./125TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (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. 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. 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: or visit our website at www. (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. 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6999)

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Pool Villa for Sale

Urgent! Luxury Pool Villa for Sale. Price reduced from 14M to 11.9M. THB. Fully furnished   3bed, 3 bath, private pool. Land is 340 sqm, house is 235sqm. Welldesigned and well-decorated. Must see! Contact 2THAI. ASIA Real Estate tel. 089934-04-50, line:

Condos for Sale

V N 3 Condo Pattaya. The V N Residence 3 condo has is located in the quiet and peaceful Prathumnak Road Soi 5. The condominium has 53 apartments spread over 7 floors, a basement parking lot, rooftop common area with swimming pool, gym and relaxation area. 3x1 Bedroom condos ONLY 2.79 MB per unit. 60% finance is available subject to terms and conditions. Call +66 (0)38 250 944 or +66 (0)856 981 023 The Cloud Condominium – Pratumnak. 2 Bedrooms 48 Sqm From 4.32 MB. Up To 60% Finance Available (subject to t&c’s). Features Include: 24/7 CCTV & Security, Fire Alarms & Escapes, Smoke Detectors With Sprinkler Systems, Atrium Garden, Infinity Pool, Modern Bathroom Facilities, Sky Gym, Sauna & Steam Room, Underground Car Parking, Key Card Entry System. Call +66 (0)38 250 944 or +66 (0)856 981 023 Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 200 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. It is a very good value for someone looking for a great beachfront home or a great rental property. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (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: or visit our website at www. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1896) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1667) Sp a c i o u s 1 B e d r o o m 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: or visit our website at www. (PR3478) Sa n c t u a r y C o n d o f o r 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: or visit our website at www. (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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4468) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1871)


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Classified Condos for Rent

Condos for Sale

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. 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. 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 Email: premier@loxinfo. 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4979)

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: or visit our website at www. (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: or visit our website at www. (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 45,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 99 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. 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: or visit our website at www. (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. 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6793)

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Condo with Gorgeous Interior Design! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 153 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. 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

Land for Long Term Lease. Location: Sukhumvit Road, right on the Pattaya Klang intersection, where the new tunnel has been made. Size: 8 Rai land, dimensions 40 meter wide 320 meters long. Suitable for driving range, full spa concept, school, apartments, storage, etc. Interested call Danny at 081 949 8702 or 090 786 9949 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: or visit our website at www. (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Se l l i n g 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: or visit our website at www. (PLD0718) Bang Sarey Beach Front A re a ! S e 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. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PLD0706)

CONDO FOR SALE (Serious buyer only, no agent please) Area: Naklua Condo: Wongamart Tower Room: Duplex with 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms with large balcony (high floor, seaview) Room Area: 67 sqm. Price: 6.8 million baht Transfer: 50/50 Facilities: pool on 37th floor, fitness, car parking, 24 hrs security


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Land for Sale

Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (PLD0004) Na Jomtien – Bangsaray Area! Selling Price is 28,000,000 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (PLD1011) Pratamnak Hill Area! Selling Price is 34 Million 1 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call t h e Pr e m i e r H o m e s Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (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: or visit our website at www. (PLD0013)

Koh Chang Area! Selling Price is 8,500,000 Million 83 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call t h e Pr e m i e r H o m e s Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (PLD1012) Sukhumvit-South Pattaya Area! Selling Price is 170,000,000 Million 6 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call t h e Pr e m i e r H o m e s Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (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: or visit our website at www. (PLD1010) Pratamnak Beach Area! Selling Price is 76 Million 2 Rai For appointment and private viewing, call t h e Pr e m i e r H o m e s

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Na Jomtien Beachfront! Selling Price is 60 Million 343 TLW For appointment and private viewing, call t h e Pr e m i e r H o m e s Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. (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: or visit our website at www. (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: or visit our website at www. (PLD0987)

Job Vacancies

Pe r s o n a l Ca re Gi ve r Needed. Thai woman (ages 18-30 years) needed to provide personal care for American male expat living in Pattaya. Due to illness,

expat needs help moving around inside and outside of his room. Experience with massage therapy is a plus, but will train good candidate. Some English speaking needed. Only original women will be considered. Salary: 8,00012,000 baht/ month plus expenses. Please contact 66+0647765910. Thai to English Translator. Thai to English verbal translator needed for work in person in Pattaya. Rate: 400 THB per hour. Please send an email if you are local and have good verbal English. altmail55@gmail. com 0927700984

Vehicles for Sale

Honda City 2010 sell 350,000 baht. Call 085 146 1499 Nissan Nivara Calibre 2.5 Turbo Diesel Sports Version 4 Door Automatic. 2012 manufactured (top model) silver with black leather uprated suspension factory alloy wheels two air bags cruise control electric Windows / door mirrors new stainless steel roll bar side steps roof rack CD player etc one lady owner 68000kms full service history. Immaculate inside and out and drives like new 1st class insurance and tax have all papers and blue book for transfer real

Pizzeria/Café for Lease

Fully furnished, Top Touristic Location, Running Business Owner wants to retire

Land for long term lease

Location: Sukhumvit Road, right on the Pattaya Klang intersection, where the new tunnel has been made. Size: 8 Rai land, dimensions 40 meter wide 320 meters long Suitable for driving range, full spa concept, school, apartments, storage, etc.

Retail shop for rent

Fully furnished retail shop on Pattaya 2nd road, near to Alcazar Show.

Interested call Danny at 081-9498702 or 090-7869949

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bargain. Call 087 139 1539 Chevrolet Colorado 7seater Mpv 3.0 Turbo Diesel 4x4 Automatic all roader built by thairung using all mechanics from Isuzu basically the same as Isuzu mu7 car was sold new in 2010 it’s finished in metallic black with beige hide interior refinements such as front and rear a/c two TVs cruise control electric Windows alloy wheels and so much more magnificent looking all purpose vehicle drives superb such value. Have everything for transfer. Call 087 139 1539 Suzuki Swift RX – 2015. Purchased in Pattaya for

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590,000 Baht + only modification is changed standard wheels to Lenso Mags 17”& DunlopTyres = 22,000 baht. Total on road cost 612,000 Baht. Top of the line model (RX), No accident (slight mark on rear r/h corner), Driven only in Chonburi province, total kilometers = 15,800 km, Used mainly by lady for resturant shopping supply. Serviced only by the Suzuki Dealer. (there has being no unscheduled repairs). Sale Price 435,000 Baht (ono) Call 087 7432319. (ptmvfs-0716)Ford Fiesta Auto 2015. Only 8,600 km. Price 425,000. Consider PX. PCX 150 and cash. Mobile 086 102 5400


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Youth Focus

What is your profession? by Jay Chambers

In the movie 300, the Spartans’ commitment to the cause of stopping Xerxes is questioned by Leonidas’ Athenian counterpart. The Athenians had brought thousands of men to fight whereas the Spartans had only 300. Leonidas counters the verbal jab with a simple question to three of the Athenian men, “What is your profession?” Even though the men are going off to war, none of them reply with the answer of warrior. When Leonidas asks the same question of his 300, all give a resounding cheer, indicating that they are all warriors. If you were to come to Mooltripakdee International School, line up all of the Thai assistant teachers and ask them, “What is your profession?” you would get that same resounding cheer. The cheer would demonstrate that they were not warriors of course, but teachers. When most people come to observe an English international school for whatever reason, their focus is typically upon the homeroom teachers. That focus only makes sense, for most of the subject teaching is done by the foreigners who have been hired to teach in English. But what of the Thai assistants, just what is their role in the macrocosm that we call an international school? Why should their contributions be looked at closely when observing an international school? At MIS, there are two assistant teachers placed in each classroom, many of them Thai. Just what is their purpose in the classroom? This is a question that is often overlooked

in the race to find a competent foreign homeroom teacher. It is astounding that this is so, since those same assistant teachers are the homeroom teachers’ left and right hands. While the homeroom teacher organizes the curriculum into lesson plans and sets the objectives for the day, the assistant teachers often help turn those objectives into reality. They do so by efficiently finding the materials needed for lessons and even expanding upon what the homeroom teacher has in mind. Many homeroom teachers have been pleasantly surprised by their assistants’ ideas when holding meetings about their lessons. After all, three heads are better than one. There is a reason that assistant teachers are given that name for their profession in the first place. It is because they proactively help the homeroom teachers to teach, not just sit back and relax while the foreigners do all of the work as many people seem to think they do. The competent assistant teacher is in constant

Unique opportunity for student exchange at Regents by Susan Dineen

movement, aiding the homeroom teacher by helping to manage the classroom, preparing materials so that they readily come to hand, and even by dealing with outside distractions that may interrupt the lesson. At MIS, the assistant teachers never leave the students’ sides. They follow them to lunch, watch over them at recess and make sure they focus on their work during each and every subject. They are more than teachers; they are mentors, father and mother figures and helping hands when needed.

So it is easy to see why so much focus is placed upon the competency of assistant teachers when hiring at international schools such as Mooltripakdee International School. At MIS, the management’s work does not end at hiring, either. The Thai assistant teachers are constantly aided and urged to continue with their professional development. Each week they stay after school to practice their English with the ESL teacher. Many of the Thai assistant teachers have gotten quite good at English as a result. They take time out of their busy schedule to speak with the native English speakers to further improve upon what they have learned. They also have their own English notebooks to write about various subjects which are later read by those fluent in English. Every assistant teacher is encouraged to keep a daily journal. This journal is used to help give the assistant teachers and management some idea of how the class is progressing

As a Round Square school we are part of a worldwide network of 180 schools in 50 different countries that all share a holistic approach to learning built around six IDEALS of learning: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, Service. A key feature of being part of this group are the exchanges that take place for both students and academic staff with other schools in this network. This provides a unique opportunity to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers around the world. Two girls, Yuki and Sid, from Woodleigh School in Melbourne Australia, a fellow Round Square school, have just arrived to start their exchange programme at Regents International School Pattaya. They have joined our Year 9 students and are staying in our boarding facilities for the duration of the exchange. They were chosen after going through an application process at their own school where they had to explain why they thought this could be a beneficial learning experience for themselves. They also had to present what they thought they would be able to bring back to share with the rest of the school on their return. Both girls like to travel and enjoy the new experiences that this can bring but more than that, they

wanted to experience a different culture for real, not just as a tourist. They felt that this exchange programme would give them the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Thai culture, to really connect and see the world from a different perspective. McKenna, Round Square And Global Campus coordinator at Regents International School Pattaya said, “As a Round Square school we are passionate about helping our students to understand, experience and appreciate the many diverse cultures and communities that exist in the world. As they grow into the leaders of the future this experience will stay with them, instilling in them an understanding, tolerance and respect for others. We welcome exchange students from all other Round Square schools

throughout the year. If a student consistently causes problems, then the pattern can be detected and proven through the journal, and the homeroom teacher can be notified if he/ she hasn’t yet seen the problem. The Thai assistant teachers are also required to write a research paper every year. Last year’s research papers were about classroom management and how to improve upon it. It gave the assistant teachers and homeroom teachers much to think about and discuss, once the results were concluded and shared. It becomes easy to see why assistant

around the World, and we are always looking for Regents students who would like to experience other schools and cultures too.” When Yuki and Sid return to Melbourne the girls hope that, by sharing their experience, they will inspire other students to do the same. They already feel they have more appreciation for a different culture and a different point of view. Being at Regents has also shown them how many different nationalities and cultures can come together as one family. Their advice to other students who may have this opportunity is, “Just go for it! It will be a great experience, a chance to do something different and open your eyes to the wider world.” Susan Dineen is the director of Admissions and Marketing at Regents International

teachers and their contributions should not be so easily overlooked, especially where the assistants excel, like at Mooltripakdee International School. They assist the homeroom teachers during lessons, watch over and take care of the students throughout the day and constantly look for ways to improve upon their professional development. So be warned, hold onto your hats when asking the Thai assistant teachers, “What is your profession?” at MIS. Jay Chambers is 1/1 Homeroom Teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.


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This & That Screen goddesses don’t live forever Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

This favourite movie of 1962 begins with a car wreck which is fine and dandy. The movie itself is a car wreck and you just can’t look away even for a moment. The two aging divas – Bette Davis and Joan Crawford – play out their rivalry and hatred which began when both were juvenile screen goddesses in the middle of the first world war. Bette Davis delivers a gripping performance as a drunken and ugly former movie star falling into utter madness as she realizes

her stage future is definitely behind her rather than to come. Faithful to the novel by Henry Farrell, Davis plays “Baby Jane” Hudson as a spoiled child brat who stamps her feet and threatens mayhem when she can’t have an ice cream. Daddy quickly caves in. But her golden curls and daddy’s-girl routine brought her fame and fortune, if only for a while. The older, gentler sister Blanche (Joan Crawford) who was ignored during Jane’s heyday became a big star in the 1930s

whilst Jane faded into obscurity and heavy drinking. But one fateful night Blanche is crippled in a car accident at the gates of their Hollywood mansion. For the time being, the audience is led to believe that drunken Jane was driving the car. Blanche is trapped and wheel-chair bound for years on the upper floor of a somewhat dowdy mansion. But Jane is increasingly losing her sanity, finding all sorts of ways to terrorise her sister, even serving up for lunch Blanche’s beloved parakeet and providing a dead rat for a later meal. Jane has the notion she can become a star again and hires an accompanist for her delusional comeback plans based on the now creepy songs of her childhood stardom. The gold-digging accompanist finds out rather more than he should and the movie climaxes in the surreal environment of a California beach. At the end it transpires that Blanche was driving the car when she was crippled and not Jane. But the silly plot is beside the point. The real fun of the movie is watching the two main characters rip each other apart. In real life they hated each other too. Joan Crawford underplays her role, probably deliberately. Wheelchair bound and a long

suffering martyr, she could hardly compete with the antics of Miss Davis. Crawford is restrained and nearly always looks good even when abused. In a way she has retained her youthful glamour even with lines on her face. Davis by contrast sinks into utter depravity – a slovenly slut who doesn’t mind all those camera angles making her look as ugly as anything. She even keeps a hideous caricature of herself in the basement – a life-size doll of Baby Jane 1917 vintage. The accompanist is played by Victor Buono, the overweight guy who died of a heart attack in his early 40s. Buono is convincing as the schemer trying to coax cash out of Jane by pretending she can find stage fame once again. But some of his scenes look as if they have been cut, perhaps because the movie is overly long as it stands. Sadly Buono’s talent was never recognized by Hollywood and his later roles were mostly stereotypical murderers or a boring interlude as a silly Egyptian pharaoh. It was common knowledge that Davis was hoping to get an oscar. She came close but was beaten into second place in the best actress nomination by Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker. In fact, Whatever

Happened to Baby Jane won only one oscar and that for Best Costume Design (Black and White), probably for Davis’ collection of ill fitting dresses and frills. Despite modest reviews in the early 1960s, the movie was a box office smash and inspired other crazy-old-bat tales including Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte which also starred Davis. Whatever Happened quickly found its place in popular culture. There are references to it in a French

and Saunders comedy routine, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and the Simpsons. There are several video games where the heroine is a certain Baby Jane, a 1920s Chicago style female big shot who wears tattered dresses and ill-fitting cocktail outfits as she machine-guns her opponents on screen. The title of the movie is parodied in the American gay TV soap opera Rick and Steve where one episode is titled Whatever Happened to Baby James?


16 - 30 September 2017

This & That

Popular Conspiracy Theories The 2004 tsunami was man-made

Or did UFOs try to do us a favour?

Everyone knows that an enormous 9.0 earthquake triggered the gigantic tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands in south Asia. Or do they? Some conspiracy theorists believe that the US and Indian militaries deliberately caused the tsunami with electromagnetic pulse technology. At the time these opinions were freely expressed by Al-Jazeera and have filled certain internet websites ever since. One popular theory is that the United States government knew of

the disaster ahead of time but failed to warn Asians in affected countries. So-called evidence is provided by the fact that the American Navy base situated on the Indian island of Diego Garcia was alerted and escaped unscathed from the disaster. Another suggestion is that aliens caused the disaster as a way of correcting the planet’s wobbly rotation. There’s even a “photo” of a Martian-like character observing the tsunami crashing into the Indonesian coast. Some scientists are now

claiming that the wobbly rotation of the earth has been corrected since the massive underwater quake. Orthodox scientists have ridiculed the claims, pointing out that the weapons-testing theory holds no water because of the amount of energy needed to cause such a quake. You would need so much energy and not even a billion tons would do it. A wave activity might conceivably be triggered very close to the scene of a giant explosion, but its effect would be only a tiny fraction of the tsunami which hit the Asian coastline in December 2004. Undeterred, conspiracy theorists have moved on to the possibility that the tsunami was caused by a secret Indian nuclear explosion, duly reported by the Jerusalem Post. The idea is that India, in its heated nuclear race with Pakistan, received sophisticated nuclear assistance from the United States and wanted to test the apparatus. If thousands of Muslims were killed, India and the United States wouldn’t be too concerned, goes the argument. In the last two years, focus has again switched to the UFOs. According to some observers, UFO sightings before the earthquake and tsunami were very unusual for that part of the world. The United States Geological Survey and Ocean Monitoring Agency knew about the imminent earthquake but decided to do nothing. Warnings could have been given to countries in the region, but in fact none were made. Are we already controlled by beings from outer space? As ever, the conspiracy enthusiasts are not united but put forward a variety of competing or even flatly contradictory claims. On the one hand, the Americans and the Indians wanted to explode a nuclear device to keep one jump ahead of the Pakistanis. But, on the other hand, the idea was to kill as many Muslims as possible throughout the continent. Or, if UFOs were responsible, maybe they were demonstrating their capacity to control earthly governments or, on the other hand, just doing us a favour by correcting our wobbly tilt. We’ll just have to wait until the next time.

Your Pattaya Horrorscope

by Professor Blunt


(Jan23-Feb22)  Aquarius Whenever you express

opinions people never listen. This is because you are witless, ignorant and totally boring.  Watching grass grow would be an improvement on being in your company for more than a couple of minutes.  Even if you have to appear in court as a witness, nobody will pay any attention.  There is absolutely nothing you can do about your situation – simply shut up and wait for the next time around if there is one. Pisces (Feb23-Mar22)  It is traditional for children travelling with their parents to ask “Are we there yet?” But it is highly unfortunate that you have perpetuated this habit into adulthood.  You have no idea how to handle people and your tendency to offer sexual services to strangers has led to a great deal of hostile gossip.  You should consider taking a long break on a remote island if you can afford the bus fare. Aries (Mar23-Apr22)  A great many murderers were born under this star which is likely why you suffer from insomnia on a regular basis.  You cannot escape your destiny but you could improve matters by adopting a more positive frame of mind and becoming a committed vegetarian.  It would help your social life somewhat if you got rid of the many gruesome titles in your book collection, especially the tomes on Jack the Ripper. Taurus (Apr23-May22)  You are not the sort of person to inspire confidence in other people.  For example your habit of holding road maps upside down or trying to dive into empty swimming pools makes you totally unsuitable for a career in the hospitality industry, or any other come to that.  As you have so few advantages in life, none in fact, you must pay more attention to personal hygiene and proper washing under the arms. Gemini (May23-Jun22)  During the next few weeks your eyes will grow bigger than your stomach which will mean that many social engagements you were scheduled to attend will be cancelled.  You must also avoid buffets in hotels as you are likely to be thrown out when staff see the huge platefuls that you disdain.  Your personal appearance leaves much to be desired and you should note that ill-fitting wigs are not in fashion this year. Cancer (Jun23-Jul22)  You really must start doing one job properly rather than trying to do four at the same time.  For example, there is absolutely no point in trying to repair the washing machine, failing, and then loading it up with smelly clothes.  You are commonly mistrusted for giving out misinformation.  You recently told people you were not buying any more cigarettes and then proceeded to demand a free smoke from other people. This is poor behavior.

by Madam Zyra

(Jul23-Aug22) You have  Leo been advised by a relative to try something different in the next few days.  However, you must beware lest this involves your catching a dread disease or ending up in jail.  It is understandable that you are very keen to end your totally boring lifestyle, but not at the cost of incurring huge hospital or legal bills.  You are in real danger of throwing out the baby with the bathwater and then trying to revive it. V i r g o ( A u g 2 3 - S e p 2 2 )  Although you claim to friends and relatives that you have nothing to hide this is very far from being the truth.  You simply can’t explain a criminal conviction by saying it must have been someone of the same name and date of birth.  Nor can you destroy the quite disgusting pictures of yourself on the internet, especially Youtube.  A long holiday is suggested as people tend to forget after a while. Libra (Sep23-Oct22)  You must remain flexible as plans may change at the last minute and appointments may fall through.  You may have to go to Plan B to get your show on the road.  If you are involved in a bank robbery in the near future, you need to heed this advice very carefully indeed in case the getaway car stalls or the bank turns out to be closed for renovations.  You are not a person to inspire confidence in others. Scorpio (Oct23-Nov22)  You have become very suspicious of other people in recent months.  This may be because acquaintances have seen through you at last.  Just because you mistrust your wife, it is arguably over the top to block up the door to the balcony simply on the belief that she may push you over it.  Try to be a little more trusting of other people but not to the point of stupidity.  For example, do not give your credit card pin number to strangers. Sagittarius (Nov23-Dec22)  The next few weeks look very bad on the financial front and you may have to make some corrections in life.  You may be facing a huge bill from the tax authorities and it is no good simply returning the envelope endorsed “gone away”.  One thing you could do is to buy food at the supermarket when you are feeling ill.  That way, you are likely to spend a lot less on calories you do not need in any case. Capricorn (Dec23-Jan22)  Although you may be very keen on short skirts so far as the opposite sex is concerned, you need to remember that in this city many of the aforesaid are men in disguise.  You also need to read up on the fact that transvestite people and cross-genders are quite separate categories of persons although this may not matter much if your wallet has disappeared.


16 - 30 September 2017

Local Sports Jack climbs that beanstalk! Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees Lots of weather out there today but with an early start, we managed to escape the rain. It was a great day for golf and a day for a great score. A record breaking score in fact! Peter Thomas must be a fantastic swing coach. We can only assume his mentoring efforts with the little woman have paid off well as we see J.P. make it to the podium once again. Another high handicapper did well and we give second place to our mate Steve Coghlan with a fine 41 point round. Our near pin was won by Jeff Acheson, but had to settle for a par. What can you say? The man was on fire today and set our house record for low gross with an astonishingly good round for 45 points. Those came off a five handicap and our longtime mate Jack Grindvold played like a pro (in fact, better!) for an easy win today at Green Valley. Nice shootin’ buddy, when you’re hot you’re hot! Ever considered the Asian Tour?

Phoenix Gold – Stableford – White Tees I will bet that a lot of guys wish they had played here today. The course was just stunning, it really would be hard to find better condition at any price. All the signage from the last months L.E.T. tournament were still up to add to the ambience of this championship golf course. It was so good in fact, it got the better of most golfers and the scoring here was actually pretty darn poor. Pierre had a mere 20 points on the card and still was rewarded with a third (are you kidding me?), as well as our Caddy Smile near pin. I was surprised to see Walter Baechli turn in just 28 on the scorecard, he is usually a mid-thirties man at worse. Must have been tough out there, Walter! Lee Short was the man of the match and just 31 Stableford points was enough for first. Lee and his buddy Louie are joining us regularly during their brief two week holiday from Oz. Good to have you lads around to reduce the average age here!

Results: 1st – Jack Grindvold (5) 45 points 2nd – Steve Coghlan (35) 41points 3rd – J.P. Thomas (32) 39 points

Results: 1st – Lee Short (16) 31 points 2nd – Walter Baechli (16) 28 points 3rd – Pierre Gymer (14) 20 points

BuraphaA & B – Stableford – White Tees Burapha is actually one of the closest golf courses to get to from TGC as just 22 minutes will put you in the two kilometre driveway to the clubhouse. It is an outstanding course but unfortunately overshadowed by neighbour Jack Nicklaus’ Laem Chabang. They host several Asian Tour tournaments here and G.M. Mike is a great host and manager. Condition of the course was excellent, and usually is. There were overcast skies for our journey up highway 7 this morning but it was a blessing as it kept things a bit cooler. The last group got round in the nick of time and just beat the afternoon showers! It pays to get out of bed 20 minutes early! Dave Ferris is the D.O.G. for the next 10 days or so as Capt. Phil takes a break (well-earned I must say) back to Australia to stay on top of things back home. Thanks very big to Mr. Ferris for filling in for us! What would I do without you guys? Lee is back on the podium but this time a bit short, 34 points is only good for third. On to second place and we find “The Master of Burapha” Jimmy Brackett turning in a card of 35. A bit light for Mr.

John and Graham win score fest at Bangpakong by Derek Brook Bangpakong – St As we get into the month the Tropical Golfers took a much anticipated trip to Bangpakong. Many of the golfers were eager to use discount coupons they received the last time. Not easy to keep track of that little slip for over a month and maybe not all did or remembered to bring it. Never mind, 22 golfers signed up for the longer ride to this course, among the “favorite” courses on our list. Bangpakong was in its usual excellent condition. Wide (most of the time), well groomed fairways and greens that run pretty much as expected usually provide plenty of good scores. This day proved to be the same – and how! Don't take the course for granted though, most golfers still lost a ball or three somewhere on the course. And it was HOT, as in really, really, with nary a hint of breeze. Still, when all the counting was done if you

Pierrel on the left and Buckingham on right didn't at least make handicap you were part of the audience not part of the show. Last Friday at Treasure Hill we reported the course won. This week the Tropical Golfers regained some pride. A-Flight (0-17): Tying for the best score of the day, John Pierrel (c/h 15) took first place with an amazing 43 points, beating Paul Sharples (16) with the better finish. Right behind was Andre Van Dyk (17) showing he has the form back with 42 points, and then big Steve Truelove (11)

with 39 points, getting the nod over Brian Parish(12) also with 39. Great scoring! B-Flight (18+): Good scores but slightly lower than A-Flight saw Graham “Buckers” Buckingham (26) win his flight with a fine 40 points. Next Nigel Perry (24) with 38 points took second, followed by Mashi Kaneta (18) earning 37 points, and Tom Herrington (18) with 36. Best Nine (non-winner): The best half rounds went to Brian Parish and Takeshi Hakozaki.

by Steve Ellison

Jim as he knows this course like the back of his hand. Have you seen the back of Jimmy’s hand? The win today is given to one of the most improved golfers over the last couple of years. He has the potential for much better scoring and should be a single figure dude, but such is golf. He knows he has it in him but a 37 out here was all Darren Stanton delivered today. Darren is a lanky, Dustin Johnson type and hits the ball a mile. Sometimes it even goes where he is aiming. Potential aplenty, just do it mate! Results: 1st – Darren Stanton (15) 37 points 2nd – Jimmy Brackett(6) 35 points 3rd – Lee Short (20) 34 points The Emerald – Stableford – Yellow Tees The Emerald is a humble little track that can eat you up if you get complacent. This Faldo-Muirhead layout sits on a beautiful piece of land near Ban Chang in heavy forest with rolling hills. These elevation changes are what make this course such a lovely golfing experience. Those four par-3 holes are all a fair and beautiful test of the short game. There is no fancy clubhouse here, just a fine golf course

Darren Stanton, the D.O.G. and Jimmy Brackett après-golf at TGC that has been in very good condition and usually sees the signup sheet full. We had a light rain on the first couple of holes but the fine mist did no real harm. Two very short par fours start the round here and I like the fact that it does give you a chance to warm up at least! By the par-5 fourth hole the sun broke through and welcomed us to the drinks stand and par-3 fifth hole. On to the scoring, and TGC regular and longtime supporter Fred Birch turned in a solid 39 for his efforts today. That 39 would usually get you a win here and I would take that score any day at The Emerald. It was a very tight comp and just one stroke better was Kevin Wood with 40 circled on the card. Another stroke up the ladder, Lee Short was on top once more with a fine 41 to add to his win on Tuesday. The Lee and Louis show was on a roll as his mate Louis Schlebusch nicked our Caddy Smile near

pin! The D.O.G. got all the boys safely there and back, and there was no extra charge for the tour of the temple! Thank you Khun Dave! Results: 1st – Lee Short (19) 41 points 2nd – Kevin Wood (21) 40 points 3rd – Fred Birch (15) 39 points The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and located in the heart of Pattaya on Soi L.K. Metro. We broadcast all PGA, EPL, UFC, NFL, MLB and NHL games live. Our kitchen is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website and for more information mail us: and see updates at www.facebook. com/golfclubpattaya... all handicaps welcome.

Younger wins by a whisker Bankpakong A keen group of 14 golfers headed up Highway 7 to the marvelous Bangpakong golf course. The conditions were sunny with a gentle breeze about, and it seemed perfect for good scoring, which proved to be the case. The course was in great nick with spongey fairways and nicely paced and true greens. Greetings were handed out to Bill Steinmann returning from the US, as well as Patrick Poussier and Takeshi. A farewell was given to Graham Laurie, you will be missed Patch. So only one division today and it was the highly competitive Steve Younger who snuck home by one point from evergreen Frank Riley. Frank finished second by way of a countback from Jayson Schembri, who was seen staring up a palm tree on the 18th, wondering if his ball was going to drop out of that palm tree… which of course it never did, thus finishing his chance of victory. Fourth place was filled by the improving Glenn Smith who motored home with an

by Peter Grey

Jayson Schembri, Glenn Smith, Steve Younger and Frank C Riley impressive 25 points on the back nine. Results: A Grade (0-36): 1st - Steve Younger (13) 42 points 2nd - Frank Riley (22) 41 points 3rd - Jayson Schembri (19) 41points 4th - Glenn Smith (24) 39 points NTP’s 4 - Steve Younger 7 - Takeshi 13 - Eric Black 16 - Takeshi Longest Putt’s 9 - Stu Rifkin

18 - Alex Field Alex Field let D-For off his chain to collect donations, the Swan’s players and punters are a very generous bunch and keep giving to D-For. All are thanked for their continued contributions to assist the needy children of Pattaya. For serious golfing with a dash of fun (and compulsory sledging), the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. We also encourage women to play. contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.


16 - 30 September 2017

Local Sports Buffalo Bill beats the demons by Peter Grey

Khao Kheow With a smallish group of 14 golfers, we headedup the highway to the popular Khao Kheow golf course, where previous night rain left the course a little damp. White tees were selected and lift, clean and place was evoked given the aforementioned overnight precipitation. The conditions were overcast most of the day. No rain was evident even though most of us got wet heading to The Growling Swan in the morning. Greetings were handed out to Rod Weekes, Makito Homma and Lorraine Percy who was returning after a short stint in Queensland. Cooky will now have to revert back to behaving himself. Farewell’s were given to both Terry Dreierand our

regular visitor, Eric “The Judge” Black. So only one division today, and it was Bill Steinmann who forgot about his putting demons for the time being to record a very handy 42 points, which saw him home by a comfortable margin of three points. Bill was happy to drain a few lengthy putts to give him some much needed confidence with the flat stick going forward. Regular podium finisher, Steve Younger ran second with 39 points after a sluggish start, which gave Jockey false hopes of finishing ahead of him with a scintillating 24 point back 9. Only theory for the sluggish start after conjecture from his peers is that possibly he was early to bed. Mashi Keneta was third place with a solid 37 points.

Winner with The Judge Eric Black

We all got back to the bar quite early where a chicken curry was awaiting us. Then a beer and a chat about what we can do better next time we venture out onto a golf course. Results: A Grade (0-36): 1st - Bill Steinmann (14) 42 points 2nd - Steve Younger (13) 39 points 3rd - Mashi Kaneta (16) 37 points NTP’s C3- Frank Riley C8 - Bill Steinmann B3 - Bill Steinmann B8 - Shane Young Longest Putt’s C9 -Terry Dreier B9 - D- For Jockey let D-For off his chain to collect donations, the Swan’s players and punters are a very generous bunch and keep giving to D-For. All are thanked for their continued contributions to assist the needy children of Pattaya. For serious golfing with a dash of fun (and compulsory sledging), the Growling Swan welcomes golfers of all persuasions. We generally play on Mondays and Thursdays at any one of the fine courses around Pattaya. We also encourage women to play. Contact Peter Grey for bookings or any information on 086 1503 086.

Course conditions promote big scores Phoenix Gold Golfers would have awoken Tuesday morning to light drizzle and grey skies, with the possibility of a wet day of golf. Early tee-off groups of the 106 players including 12 ladies, may have had to deal with some light rain for a few holes, but from 8 am on perfect conditions were the order of the day. With the overnight rain, it was decided to play lift, clean and place

on the closely mown surfaces, to avoid mud balls following good shots. There were a host of exceptional performances, so difficult to single out a star player of the day with several nominees. Top points score of the day came from the B Flight for handicaps 14 - 19, with John Sherriff (18) signing for a spectacular 47 points. A series of countbacks was required

Bob Watson - A Flight Winner

by Jeff Wylie

to separate five players on 41 points for the minor placings. Mikael Andersson (19) beat Fred May (16) after both had 21 on the back 9, while John Pierrel, Tom Thompson and Steve Atkins were the unlucky players. No countbacks required in A Flight for handicaps up to 13, as Bob Watson (7) made a return to form shooting par 72 to sign for 43 points, while Myles Knowlson (13)

John Sheriff - B Flight Winner

Jim Bell wins with room to spare by J Olsen Silky Oak Golf Club All was peaceful as we boarded the bus to make our way to Silky Oaks for another challenging game of golf. With 15 players all eager to get hold of the coveted Monthly Mug! As per usual this course was in perfect condition, with out doubt this will be the jewel in Pattaya’s crown. With its 5 par threes and par 5’s that all look impossible to conquer it sets a challenge for all that dare to take it on. As we congregated on the first tee nerves come into play as the first drive has a decent water carry, with the prospect of going in the water that early plays on a lot of peoples minds, drop zones can be used if you (as a society) choose to play. It is a 150 yard carry off the white tees and with the yellow tee another 30 odd yards further back. The course was in great shape with superb fairways offering perfect lies for those who managed to reach them. Again all that the course has to offer is perfect and for a hack golfer like me I find it a challenge. Greens are good caddies are excellent. It will be a brave man who nominates the yellow tees on this course! With the low numbers we only played one flight today. Jim Bell was first past the post returning with an excellent score of 69 net. Martin Todd and Jim Beresfordcame in got 2nd spot with 41, and a point further back was Manny Defteros (13). C Flight for handicaps 20 winner Sami Sarajavi (21) was well clear of his nearest rival, John Seton (23) who had 40 points, while the bronze position went to Roy Steinbach (25) with 39 points. Ladies division was a hotly contested affair with three players on 44 points, Nat Rukkid (13) with 25 points on the back 9, which included an eagle and a birdie, saw her get the top spot ahead of

Sami Sarajavi - C Flight Winner

Mick Beresford, Jim Bell and Martin Todd second and third separated only by the countback system. Steve Younger was fourth filling all places on the podium.

Back at the bar we welcomed Terry Dreier, Mick Beresford and Jim Bell. For those who think that guys come in to win the big games, I can assure you all that that

was not the case as Jim Bell rang the bell shouting all a drink. Well done, Jim, we hope you come more often and win more often. We then tucked into a good feed that the girls had prepared for us, thank you! 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. All donors are thanked for their continued support of this fine charity drive. 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 0861 503086.

Supranne Dokkhaoram (35) who had 24 on the back 9, to edge out the unlucky Yurie Murakami who had to be satisfied with the Ladies long drive on 18. Many outstanding performances of the day, including Todd Doss shooting 69 to win the Low Gross to go with his two technical prizes. Bob Watson, Myles Knowlson, Sami Sarajavi and Nat Rukkid getting a technical prize to go with their placing, while Hannu Simmonen and Keith (Kissy) Buchanan both had

Eagles on hole #8. Hannu and Peter Kesby each getting the maximum of two technical prizes. All in all, some outstanding golf over the day, followed by Dave and his crew doing a tip top job in the tucker department, well done and a big thanks to all. We can all look forward to another successful tournament with this month’s event on September 26. Contact Shane on 0863720084 or through Birdie at to ensure your preferred tee time.

Results: 1st – Jim Bell (20)69 net 2nd – Martin Todd (11) 74 net 3rd – Mick Beresford (16) 74 net 4th – Steve Younger (13) 75 net NTP’S 3 - Mick Beresford 8 - Martin Todd 14 - Terry Dreier 16 - Glenn Smith Long First Putt 9 - Terry Dreier 18 - D-For

Nat Rukkid - Ladies Winner


16 - 30 September 2017

You & Your Pets

Families need pets Parents already know that their kids are happier and healthier when a pet is part of the household. Pets provide companionship, comfort, incentive to be active and nurturing. One additional benefit was highlighted by children themselves in a small survey. Asked what advice

they would give to unpopular classmates and other children to help them make friends, they didn’t say some cool toy or the latest computer game; the number one answer was, “Get a pet.” That cogent advice from the mouths of babes applies on many

levels. In addition to bringing youngsters closer together through shared interests, things to talk about, etc., pets also provide a source of comfort to children. Ask any young pet owners what they do when they are sad, angry or afraid, and most will admit turning to their pets. Having a dog or cat also is a great opportunity to learn how to care for others. Looking after a pet teaches the necessary ability to nurture, which doesn’t come naturally in children or adults. People need a way to practice being caregivers when they're young. It’s especially important for boys because taking care of an animal isn't seen as a 'girl' thing like babysitting, playing house, or playing with dolls. Beyond the companionship, bonding and nurturing aspects of having pets, there also is an important health benefit: it actually decreases a child's risk of developing certain allergies. A study of nearly 500 boys and girls under age 7 found that the children who were exposed to two or more dogs or cats as babies were less than half as likely to develop common allergies—like pet and dust-mite allergens as well as outdoor allergens such as ragweed and grass. Other studies suggest that early exposure to pets may decrease a child's risk of developing asthma. So for a happier, healthier family, get a pet…or two.

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

Cats for You in Pattaya Cats for You is a great and much needed service in our area, but Paul and Sandra point out that adopting a cat or kitten is a longterm commitment with costs such as feeding and veterinary fees. Many adopters find it’s a good idea to adopt two animals so that they can enjoy each others’ company as well as yours. Contact Paul and Sandra on 0852875004 or look at their useful website

Celia and Wilson

This lovely mum and son combination were rescued from our local temple. Celia had 3 kittens 2 of which have already been re-homed, leaving just this little black and white rascal Wilson. This "Purrfect pair" would love to go to a new home together if possible.


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

Temple kitten 1

This lovely kitten was born here just 6 weeks ago: we found her mum at our local temple. She was heavily pregnant. Just a few days later she gave birth to 5 beautiful babies. This one is called Moley and has many lovely colours.

Temple kitten 2

This next lovely kitten is an unusual ginger girl as most Ginger cats are boys. Just like her sister above, she is lively, friendly and very naughty as most kittens are. It would be nice to re-home her with one of her brothers and sisters.

Cough it Up

Like humans, dogs cough now and again to get rid of dust, germs, etc. But if your dog can’t stop coughing, it may be an infection that needs treatment. Has your pet recently been to the groomer, a shelter, or playground? Was he around another sick dog? He may have kennel cough, which is highly contagious but not serious as long as he’s eating well and acting normal. If the cough isn’t gone in a week or so, have him checked out by your vet.

Cat Corner

Going to the Dogs...

Hiss and Miss

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

~ Groucho Marx

A bird's heart beats 400 times per minute while it is resting. Male cats are called toms. Many hamsters blink only one eye at a time.

Don’t assume that a cat who is hissing is the bully. Hissing often means “Leave me alone!” and signals that the cat feels threatened. Usually, the cat that is a bully is less vocal, intimidating other cats with hard stares, confidently sitting close, or edging the other cat off a place he’s sitting.


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1. Sparkly headwear 6. Lackland, for one (abbr.) 9. England’s capital 10. Durocher and Carroll 12. Encompass 13. Fleming and McKellen 14. Part of history 15. Kind of pencil 17. Mink and sable 19. Vacation resort 20. Radiate 22. Alphabet start 25. Rebuttal word 27. Intangible air 29. Pilot’s “office” 33. “___ Tin Tin” 34. Spindle 35. Slacken 37. Gentle creature 38. Typos, e.g. 39. Numerals (abbr.) 40. Brings up, as a child

1. ___ twister 2. Make known 3. Excitement 4. Part for an actor 5. Griffith and Rooney 6. Morgiana’s master (2 wds.) 7. NBC’s “___ Factor” 8. Cher’s former partner Sonny 9. Autumn faller 11. Compass dir. 16. Smog-watching agcy. 18. Fishing line weights 21. Summit 23. Computer blip 24. They help with the dishes 26. Roofer 28. Landers and Jillian 29. Unprincipled lout 30. Conestoga wagon pullers 31. Egyptian queen, informally 32. Shredded 36. “…a man ___ mouse?”(2 wds.)

Solution Issue 24 1. Who painted "La Gioconda" (Mona Lisa)? 2. Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe together are? 3. Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space in which year? 4. Continue this 1944 movie title: "A Guy Named..."? 5. Who directed "Rumble Fish"? 6. The poster to which movie reads "It's too much... for one James Bond"?

7. Who founded 20th Century Fox in 1915? 8. Who played the killer in the original "Psycho"? 9. Who wrote "South by Java Head"? 10. When was Elizabeth Taylor born? 11. Who's the "Halloween" killer? 12. In which city was Ingrid Bergman born? 13. In 1969, John Lennon married who? 14. In which year did comedian Groucho Marx took a turn as a game show host? 15. Where was "Mad Max" shot?

Identify which word is being defined. 1. Definition: “An area of land, smaller than a continent, completely surrounded by water.” First letter: I Answer: _____ 2. Definition: “The ratio of a measured value to the true value. A percentage of the measured value, surrounding the measured value, which is supposed to contain the correct value. Also see: precision.” First letter: A Answer: _____ 3. Definition: “Our natural and cultural inheritance.” First letter: H Answer: _____ 4. Definition: “To simultaneously send the same message to all the users on a network.” First letter: B Answer: _____ 5. Definition: “Within your own country.” First letter: D Answer: _____ 6. Definition: “An individual or entity selling online advertising space, including portal media planners, webmasters and other ad networks. _________, web

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Answers: 1. Leonardo da Vinci; 2. REM; 3. 1961; 4. Joe; 5. Francis Ford Coppola; 6. Casino Royale; 7. William Fox; 8. Anthony Perkins; 9. Alistair MacLean; 10. 1932; 11. Michael Myers; 12. Stockholm; 13. Yoko Ono; 14. 1947; 15. Australia. other


_________, webmaster and host are synonymous with respect to online advertising.” First letter: P Answer: __________ 7. Definition: “Unlike a resolution, a __________ is a formal agreement and leads to binding actions. It becomes part of the agreed body of decisions that direct the work of the cop.” First letter: D Answer: __________ 8. Definition: “To add a newsgroup to the list of groups you want to read. If you __________ to a group, that newsgroup will appear every time you open your newsreader. See un__________.” First letter: S Answer: __________ 9. Definition: “An agreement between a buyer and a seller on the price to be paid for a security, followed by delivery.” First letter: S Answer: __________ 10. Definition: “Any representation of words, letters, or figures, whether by printing or otherwise.” First letter: W Answer: __________











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Answers:1. Island; 2. Accuracy; 3. Heritage; 4. Broadcast; 5. Domestic; 6. Publisher; 7. Decision; 8. Subscribe; 9. Sale; 10. Written.

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Pattaya Today Vol 17 Issue 01 - 16-30 September 2017  
Pattaya Today Vol 17 Issue 01 - 16-30 September 2017