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Volume 9, Issue 08

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Monorail for Pattaya Moves a Stage Closer

Shortly before the Christmas Festivities, Khun Sonthaya Khunplome, the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Tourism, chaired a development strategy meeting to discuss the possibility of Pattaya constructing a monorail system around prime locations within the City. Many local and government officials attended the meeting together with other interested parties and design and construction specialists. Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, led the Pattaya City Hall Administrators and Pattaya Council Members at the

meeting. This latest meeting was an update from previous meetings and discussions on the outcome of various feasibility studies which have been carried out recently. The meeting highlighted the need for a dramatic improvement to the existing transportation system

Let's hope Pattaya has more success than Springfield with their Monorail!!

throughout the City, and the monorail is one of the ways City Hall hopes to lighten the ever increasing loads put on Pattaya roads. This new project would help local residents and act as a tourist attraction for the many 100,000’s of tourists who visit the City each year from around the globe. Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, announced at the meeting a budget of 15 million baht. This has been given final approval, to hire Chotichinda Mouchel Company and Tesco Company, (both experts in

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their field), to carry out further studies on Pattaya traffic and the monorail solution. These companies have been here since October last year, and will complete their studies in March 2010. Representatives from both companies attended the meeting to file interim reports on their progress. The initial studies have revolved around the environmental impact such a project would have on the local community, the best way to attract the finance required, the proposed routes of the monorail and the best type of system to suit

local conditions. The meeting also attracted representatives from private companies in France and Japan, both famous for their monorail systems, so they could offer advice and experience from a qualified position on some of the pitfalls they had encountered. Further meetings are scheduled to take place after the studies have been completed in March.


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Tourism Authority of Thailand Industry Awards

The Director of TAT’s Promoting Tourism Department, Khun Wiwattanachai Boonyaphak, together with Khun Nopphadol Pharkprot, TAT Director of Tourism Promotion, Khun Nitti Khongkrut, Director of TAT Pattaya Branch and Khun Waran Chalermruthai, Director of Administration at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel, recently jointly chaired a press conference at the Dusit Thani, to discuss the arrangements for the 8th Thai Tourism Awards in 2010. Interested parties have

until the 15th January to register their businesses for consideration and the winners will be officially announced at the Award Ceremony that will take place

on the 27th September 2010, World Tourism Day. Further information is available from the Tourist Promotion Division of TAT on 02 - 250 5500 Extension 4495 – 4498.

Free Eye Checks for the Blind A group of Optical Experts from the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya recently paid a visit to the Pattaya Redemptorist Vocational School for the blind, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, to offer free eye checks. The optical team was led by Dr. Phiphat Anuchatrakool, with the purpose of allowing these less fortunate individuals the very best in eye care. He explained that this year the hospital had passed the global standards required for a Quality Certification from the JCI Hospital Institute in

the USA. During January 2010, the hospital are offering various packages under the banner ‘Get Healthy for the New Year’, with a

wide range of health checks at very reasonable prices. If you would like further information, please contact their BHP Hotline on 1719. by Nana

Thai Hotel Association Marketing Plan 2010 Members of the Thai Hotel Association Eastern Seaboard, recently held a meeting at the Centara Grand Beach Resort in Pattaya, chaired by the Associations President Khun Chatchawarn Suphachayanon, to discuss plans for the 2010 Marketing Plan. The meeting focused on the ITB show in Berlin, Germany, which at the moment is a key market for Pattaya. The ITB event will take place in March 2010 in Berlin, and is the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. Every aspect of travel is covered at the exhibition from destinations, tour operators, booking systems and hotels

and hotel suppliers. The ITB Berlin is the ideal opportunity to promote Pattaya as a tourist destination throughout the world. It will give the association an insight into travel trends, new marketing concepts and to establish new business relationships with travel

companies from around the globe. The association believes a high profile at the exhibition will brighten up the flagging Pattaya tourist industry, and allow them to compete with other Asian countries to be the number one holiday destination in Asia.


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A busy year for the Royal British Legion As we approach the end of the Year It is time for us to take stock of the activities of The Royal British Legion over recent months, probably our most important

their placement is enacted with PoppyAppeal Organiser, Mr.Bob Myers, at the helm. The normal scheme is that we place Poppy Appeal

Young Students back to help clean Jomtien Beach Reg Knowles explains the significance of The Poppy to the children at The Regent School

The Pollution Solution Group KOTO One of the keepers of the ocean

The Pollution Solution Group are very happy to announce that the five students from the Thai Austrian Technical College in Sattahip, that took time from their studies in December, and assisted KOTO in putting up new anti-littering posters, removing the old and staples to protect the trees at Pattaya Beach, and taking around four hours to complete, also kept their word and returned the following week, before the Holidays, to help KOTO in cleaning the Jomtien Beach area. After 2 hours in the sun, picking up plastic, toxic cigarette ends (butts), bottle caps and other things that can choke, make sick or kill baby's, wildlife and contaminate our waterways, they also, realised how important it is to educate the unknowing and fine the uncaring and now understand

the need for all of the posters. Khun Umnat Department, of environmental Quality Promotion of Pattaya City Hall, shared with me his delight that these young men wanted to join in these useful activities for the good of the community. To reward the kindness of these young men, as they continue to set examples and educate others, they will be recognised by Pattaya City Hall and will receive a certificate for showing their compassion for Thailand and doing something about it, which will improve their chances of a good job when they graduate. It is students like these that will be tomorrows leaders, by setting examples today, having hands on experience, will greatly improve there chances of holding important decision making jobs in the future.

period of the year. During this period we have in prime position The Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day, both very closely related. The Poppy Appeal is more

Boxes in strategically located Bars and Locations and to all these Bars and Locations we offer our sincere thanks for their great assistance, not only this year but for years preceding In addition, this year we had poppies and boxes in 11 Schools around Thailand and our representatives a t t e n d e d Remembrance Day Assemblies, we Nicky's Bar being presented with their also supplied British 'Friend of The legion' award Legion Packs to a Marathon than a sprint. all 11 Schools. Those of Starting earlier in the year the our Members who attended boxes of Poppies are ordered Assemblies felt honoured to by the Secretary, Mr. Bert be involved and have nothing Elson, and a careful plan of but praise for both pupils

Bangsaen Motorsports event opens its arms to the Children of Father Ray Foundation to learn about team work

Porn CD Vendor Apprehended

In the early hours of the morning recently the police were able to arrest khun SaNguan Pholraksa, aged 30, originally from the Udon Thani Province, after he was caught selling illegal CD’s and DVD’s including a number of pornographic DVD’s. The man was arrested close to the beer bars in Soi Buakhao, and when

questioned, confessed that he had been selling the illegal items for a long time and gave the officers very useful information on where, when, and from who he bought his illegal merchandise. The police hope that by stamping down on the sale of these illegal CD’s and DVD’s the town will get a better reputation. by Somboon

While one motorsport race can last only 5-10 laps or more, and put 8-12 races in one day, it can mean a life time of memories to see all this as underprivileged students, who could only have done so with the help arranging VIP PASSES for children from the Father Ray foundation. K. Sontoya Kunplome (Bangsaen Event Organizer), K Mem GM of Bira Racing circuit and Bobby Brooks 1993 SCCA Racing champion and current- Warden US

Embassy Thailand, just did that! The very excited students were able to get up close and personal with the driver superstars, feel the horsepower of 600-800 HP Porsches, Toyota, and BMW race prepared cars at full speed. Navigating the 3.6 KM street circuit, one child asked is this “Formula 1” like I hear about, my only explanation was that although it was not Formula 1, you could consider this event the

Vol. 9 No. 08  1 - 15 January 2010 and staff, we particularly thank Regents School and St Andrews Schools. We hope to increase the number of Schools involved next year and the number we send representatives to. Cash raised by the Schools came to over 30,000 Baht and we thank them all for their hard work in raising the money. The activities in total Legion, the Embassy kindly raised close to 200,000 Baht allowed us to use their and to all who put in so much Social Club where we were time and effort I offer my heartfelt thanks. Remembrance Day appears to be a sprint, just one day. In effect it is much more, and planning goes on for many months. It is in all respects our most important single day of the year, a day for much soul searching and reflection. It reminds us that those who Pig and Whistle being presented with have 'Given Their All', their 'Friend of The Legion' award 'Will not be forgotten'. The day starts early entertained by The Pipe in Tropical Bert's with a Band and the music of Chris meet at 07.00hrs with the Murray and his Banjo or Coach leaving at 0730hrs. Ukulele. Our thanks here

Remembrance Day, Members of The Royal British Legion at The British Embassy

All the members were well turned out with those who had medals wearing them and all the Ladies looked stunning, then off to The British Embassy with the most members I can ever remember. The British Embassy Hosts the day here in Thailand and here I have to give a big thank you to Mark Watson and all the Embassy staff. The Remembrance Day was an experience it will be hard to forget and was a very poignant day, with The Ambassador taking a leading role, our Chairman, Mr. Derek Brook, leading The Act of Remembrance and our President, Mr. Graham McDonald, laying The Royal British Legion Wreath. We were also pleased to see the Gurkas and The Pipe Band. Our Standard Bearer, Mr. Richard Holmes, was on parade practically the whole time and with a bad elbow he did us proud. After, all were hosted by the Ambassador in the Ambassadors Garden where we could meet old friends from all over the World. Then for the Royal British

go not only to The British Embassy for allowing us to use the facility but to Mackenzie Smith Law who sponsored our refreshment, and have been big supporters of The Royal British Legion. After refreshments we returned to Pattaya and Tropical Bert's where food and drink was available. The food was provided by one of our biggest supporters Asia West Fine Foods Limited and our thanks go to them for not only this day but for support throughout the year. As a finishing thought, at this, the end of my first year as Chairman, I have to express gratitude to so many for making my year so memorable. Not only those above but such as The British Chamber of Commerce who give us whole hearted support, and all the Legion Officials, and of course the 'Members on Sunday at Bert's'. Those interested can see what our interests are on http;//www. tropicalberts.com/legion.htm Until next year Derek Brook, Chairman Chonburi Thailand Branch (BR3588), Royal British Legion

Monte Carlo Racing Event of South East Asia held only once a year at a cost of nearly 100 million to prepare, organise, set-up, tear down, provide safety, and now that the track has a higher FIA accreditation,

more new drivers coming from as far as Europe to participate. Every one has already started preparations’ for next years Bangsaen International Motorsports’ Racing Event.


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Bullet proof vests for the South

Local business operators in Pattaya recently got together to raise money to buy bullet proof vests to donate to woman volunteers who are trying to help the less fortunate in three of

Thailand’s most dangerous provinces in the south, as part of the ongoing projects to show gratitude to His Majesty King Bhumibol, on the occasion of His Birthday. Assistant Director of the

NEWS TAT Pattaya Branch, Khun Akarawit Theppasit, who organised the event, stated that the situation in the three southern provinces was still very dangerous and that many private and government individuals are doing all they can to ease the tension and allow residents as normal existence as possible. Local Pattaya business owners and companies including the Heineken Beer Garden, Sophon Cable TV, Pattaya Tourist Police, Hotel J & JP Villa, Central Festival Centre, Pattaya Graphic Prints, etc. plus many other local business owners, have contributed to purchase another ten bullet proof vests at a cost in excess of 50,000 baht as part of their ongoing project. The whole projects

has been made affordable with the help of Police Lieutenant Colonel Kritsadakorn Chewongsaksophark, the Chief of the Forensics Laboratory in the Tak Province and the Ramathibodi Hospital, who donated films to enable the vests to be made in Thailand, as if ordered from abroad, the vests would have cost hundreds of thousands of baht. This is only one of the ongoing projects local businessmen are involved in and a lot more help is still needed. If you would like further information, or to get involved in fund raising activities, please do not hesitate to contact Khun Akarawit Theppasit, Assistant Director of the TAT Pattaya Branch on 081-7159412.

Emergency Medical Services in Pattaya Pattaya Mayor Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, recently chaired a ceremony at the official signing of a document to provide emergency medical care services to the residents of Pattaya. The ceremony took place at the City Hall with Dr. Chatree Jaroencheewakul, Secretary General of the National Medical Emergency Institute, and Dr. Marut Jirasetsiri, Chonburi Province's Public Health Physician, together with

Pattaya City Hall members, delegates from local hospitals and other interested parties all witnessing the signing ceremony. The National Medical Emergency Institute have been adopted to offer emergency care around the City and the signing saw the launch of a new campaign ‘Restoring life by rescuing the Heart’ project. The new project aims to ensure the quick transportation of injured people throughout

the regions care facilities, be it by land, sea or air. This will help to provide everyone within the City with a reliable

emergency medical support team that will be a great improvement on the existing system.

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Donation to the Ban Tungklom School

Thanking TAT Pattaya and Tourist Police

Deputy President of the Lions Club District 310C, Khun Banjong

Bantoonprayuk, together with former President, Khun Kowit Tianthongnukool, and other

Grand Opening Pakkawadee Postal and Travel Service at Diana in Hotel Pattaya

Managing Director of the Diana Group, Mrs. Sophin Theppajak, recently took great pleasure in officially

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opening the Pakkawadee Postal and Travel Service at the Diana Inn Pattaya. The ceremony was attended by

leading members of the branch recently paid a visit to Khun Akarawit Theppasit, Assistant Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Branch, to officially thank him and his staff for ensuring the smooth running of the OSEAL Conference which took place at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort in November. The delegates representing the Lions Club did not come empty handed, they presented a basket of gifts to the TAT staff before moving on to maker a similar presentation and a big thank you to the Pattaya Tourist Police for all their help over the conference period. many local dignitaries who came to show their support and local residents, both Thai and foreign. The Diana Inn staff has worked very closely with the Banglamung Post Office to offer a new postal solution in the local area, enabling local residents access to sending and receiving domestic and international mail, online money transfers, currency exchange, stamps, payment of bills centre, 24 hour internet, plus a whole host of other much needed services. The staff has received very good support from the Banglamung Post Office Team, and special thanks went to the Head Postmaster, Khun Rungrueng Rattanaphol, for his extensive knowledge and guidance throughout the learning process.

A team from the ‘FlipInvert’ Company led by CEO Mr. Torben Rudgaard, recently paid a visit to the Ban Tungklom School, located near the Charknork Reservoir, Ban TungklomTanman Village, to present a cheque for 250,000 baht which had been donated by the GameDuell Company in Germany. GameDuell are the largest game company in Europe and have had great success with their qualified Thai staff at their offices in Naklua, they decided that their annual donation should go to a Thai charity this year. Everyone was warmly welcomed by the school Principal, Khun Pramote Ngern-Thong, who together with the school board members, teachers and students, enjoyed a traditional Thai Long Drum Dance Performance put on for the special visitors. The school was established in 1946 and allows children from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 6 to attend, which is 220 students with ages ranging from 4 to 12 years, 17 of

the students are mentally handicapped or disabled. The children are taught by 9 full time teachers and the Janitor is known to step in and teach when one of the other members of staff is away sick, and the Kindergarten teacher teaches both kindergarten classes at the same time. The classrooms are not very well equipped, including missing fans, making it very difficult for the young children to learn in such heat. The children have to take it in turns eating in the school canteen as there is not enough plates, cups and spoons for everyone, and the school and canteen do not have a water filter system forcing the young children to drink untreated, polluted tap water. The purpose of the visit that day was to present the school with 3,600 spoons, plates, plastic water cups, and also an immediate installation of two high-quality water filters so that the children would have clean purified water to drink.

Other installations include brand new quality fans to all classrooms, a new construction of a computer room with new windows and ceilings which will be sealed to accommodate two new high-power air-conditions. Further all computers will be cleaned, repaired, and upgraded with a lot more RAM (memory). Also new computers and screens will be provided with the remaining budget. The work is expected to be finished within 1-2 weeks. All this is made possible by the 250,000Baht donation provided by GameDuell Company Germany. Before leaving the school, the staff of GameDuell and FlipInvert had a great time getting to know the children, visiting all the classrooms, and Mr. Torben Rudgaard even presented the Thai dance group with a 2,500Baht bonus to show gratitude for their efforts in their performance that gave everyone such a warm welcome. Mr. Torben Rudgaard explained to the students that good computer skills and good English skills were very important if they wanted to have success in their life and he hoped one day to see many of the students working for GameDuell. GameDuell's department in Naklua, Pattaya (FlipInvert Company) are still looking for more talented game artists, designers and developers. If you wish to apply for a job please visit: www. flipinvert.com

‘Big Camera’ puts on a ‘Sexy Show’

Many local residents, together with Thai and foreign tourists recently crowded the lower level of the Central Festival Pattaya Beach to see the ‘Big Sexy Show’ organised by the ‘Big Camera’ Company. The event was officially opened by Khun Rattanachai Sutthidechanai, President of Pattaya Tourism and Sports Commission, together with the Sales Manager of the Big Camera Company Khun Chidchai Thiankarnjanawong, Khun Chidchai, explained that to mark the companies twelfth anniversary and the companies 150th branch in Thailand, which recently opened in Central Festival, the company were running a special promotion allowing shopping centre customers, who spend

more than 500 baht, to have their photos taken with Penthouse Models by a professional photographer. The customers will them be able to take a copy of the photo home, free of charge, and will also be eligible to a 5% discount on any compact camera purchased at the new Big Camera

shop. Other highlights of the promotion included a ‘Big Sexy Show’, which allowed customers to bring their own cameras and take pictures of the scantily clad models, and a Car Wash and Foam Party which left very little to the imagination.


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Grand Opening Dicey Reilly’s Pattaya Pattaya recently saw the official opening of a brand new Irish Bar, sure to be a hit, as people the whole world over enjoy the ‘Irish’ lifestyle associated with these theme bars. The new bar, ‘Dicey Reilly’s’ of Pattaya, is situated near the Royal Garden Plaza and Soi Post Office, in what use to be the Mooore Bar and Grill. They are open everyday from 11.30am to 1.00am. Pattaya’s Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, together with the Managing Director of the Royal Garden Plaza in Pattaya, Khun

Sutphadit Maniratcharatsri, officially opened the new bar. This new Irish Bar will offer the infamous ‘Irish style drinks’ and favourite Irish food dishes, in beautiful surroundings and that typical

Irish atmosphere. If you require any further information before trying a pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ the bar can be contacted on 038411-755. by Nana

Grand Opening Sea Breeze Villa Pattaya Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, recently had great pleasure in officially opening the new Sea Breeze Villa Pattaya development together with the Managing Director of Sea Breeze, Khun Sonthana Petchthongkham, many local dignitaries and businessmen attended. The new development is located in Soi Banglamung 10, Sukhumvit Road, and offers modern tropical styled homes, equipped for the modern family, and located on your own private beach. You have the convenience of being close to Pattaya City, but far

enough away to ensure your piece of mind, and you have an easy route out of the City to Bangkok and the airport. This very exclusive new

Grand Opening of the Best of E-SARN 2009

development offers only 45 units, all of which have been designed to maximise living and floor space. There are three styles of house to choose from, and the infrastructure includes wide roads, underground cabling, tropical gardens and a luxurious sports club and swimming pool. Pick your plot and start enjoying the Sea Breeze experience with prices from 10.78 million baht.

Birthday Celebration for Pattaya Mayor with religious offerings and prayers. A large lunch party was held for the guests and we would like to take the

The Former Minister of Tourism and Sport, Khun Sonthaya Khunplome, recently presided over the opening ceremony to mark the ‘Best of E-Sarn’ event which was organised by the Pattaya E-Sarn Association. Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, gave a speech officially welcoming the guests and delegates including Khun Witthaya Khunplome, Mayor of Chonburi Provincial Administration, Khun Mongkhol Thammakittikhun, Banglamung District Chief, Khun Nitti Khongkrut, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 3, and Khun Mai Chaiyanit, Mayor of

Nongprue Municipality. Many other government and City officials attended the opening ceremony. Thailand is an international tourist destination for tourists from around the world, and the E-Sarn Region of Thailand is overflowing with culture and traditions, this beautiful area wishes to increase tourism by showing international tourists what it has to offer. Many Thai products, made exclusively in the E-Sarn area, were on show at the exhibition along with shows and booths offering food from the area. The event was a huge success with many local residents, national and international

A ‘Big Birthday Celebration’ recently took place at the home of Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, to mark his 36th birthday. Many leading local dignitaries joined together with family, friends and local businessmen to wish him well on this special day. The Mayor, together with his wife, welcomed the many

well-wishers, including the Mayor’s other brothers, Khun Sonthaya Khunplome and Khun Witthaya Khunplome, both who are respected members of Chonburi’s most influential and honoured political family. The party was an informal occasion with traditional ceremonies conducted by the nine monks together

tourists enjoying the many attractions on offer including a large procession showing the many attractions on offer in the area such as the Bang

Fai Rockets procession, the Pee Ta Khon (the Ghost Festival) parade, and many others that represented the 19 provinces of the E-Sarn.

opportunity of wishing the Mayor many happy returns and the best of luck for the coming year.


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Bomb Explosion in Naklua

The Banglamung Police Department recently received a report that a bomb had exploded near the Naklua Public Park in the early hours of the morning, and that one man, who had been standing in a phone box close by, had been injured in the explosion. Arriving at the scene the officers were told that the injured man, Khun Theeraphong Kroolam, aged 17, had already received emergency treatment at the scene and then been transported to the hospital. Closely examining the area the officers found pieces from the home made bomb that had left a wide hole in the ground. The officers believe one of two possibilities. Either someone had dropped the bomb whist on their way

to another location, or that it had intentionally been made to kill or badly injure, Khun Theeraphong. At the hospital, Khun Theeraphong, explained to the officers that as he had been making a phone call he had observed two men on a motorcycle drive past, the next thing he knew, the glass in the phone box and surrounding areas suddenly exploded. He told the officers that as far as he knows he does not have any enemies, and does not believe the bomb was intended for him. The police will make further thorough investigations to try and determine how this self made bomb came to be deployed in Pattaya; it is a very serious event which needs to be dealt with swiftly.

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Former French Rugby Pointless argument Player dies in Pattaya leads to suicide

The Pattaya Police Department recently received a report that a foreigner had been found dead in his room on the 8th floor of the Center Condo’s in South Pattaya. Arriving at the scene, officers and members of a Sawang Rescue Team were shown the body of Mr. Perrin Claude, aged 74, a French national, sitting inside his room. It was believed that the man had been dead for 2 – 3 days before he was discovered, and there was no sign of foul play or anything suspicious. Relatives of the deceased

man told the officers that Mr. Claude was a former rugby player for the French National Team and that he now lived alone in Pattaya. They had been unable to contact him for the last few days and had travelled down from Rayong to check up on him. However, upon entering his room, they discovered his dead body and immediately informed the authorities. The body of Mr. Claude has been sent to the Police Forensic Laboratory in Bangkok for a full autopsy and the French Embassy has been notified.

Australian Tourist Robbed

The Pattaya Police Department recently received a report that a young woman had been found dead in her rented room in the PY Apartment Complex. Arriving on the scene police discovered the body of Miss Sunantha Khongkaew, aged 32, hanging from the ceiling, and next to her a suicide note addressed to her foreign boyfriend Mr. Mika Kalervo Aaltonen, aged 40, from Finland, who had discovered the body. He explained to the officers that the previous evening they

had had a silly fight and he had refused to stay with her and spent the night at his hotel in Pattaya Soi 8. The following morning, being unable to get her on the telephone, he made his way to her room and made the grisly discovery. The suicide note stated that she was very sad and depressed because she had been left alone after the argument and no longer wanted to live. Miss Sunanths’s family in the Surin Province have been notified. by Somboon

2 years old boy found drowned

Young Bike Thieves Caught

The Pattaya Police Department recently received a report that four young boys had been seen stealing a motorcycle from in front of Mai-Ngam Apartments, in Soi Korphai 14, at around 2.30 in the morning. Arriving at the location the police were informed that the young men had already fled the scene on the stolen Yamaha Mio and two other motorcycles they had arrived on. Swiftly on the radio, and the young culprits were apprehended a short time later in front of the Thepprasit Weekend Market, together with the evidence of the

stolen motorcycle and two steel pipes they had used to break the lock. The suspects, Hern aged 17, Beem aged 15, Fluke aged 13, and Ek aged 13, all confessed to the theft and further admitted that this was not their first offence. They explained that they were all originally from Rayong and that they had stolen a total of ten bikes whilst they made their way firstly to Sattahip and now onto Pattaya. Because of the young ages, police officers will handle further proceedings carefully to try and educate rather than punish.

The Pattaya Police Department recently received a report from an Australian Tourist, Miss Stephanie Andronikos, aged 23, that she had been robbed by two Thai men on Beach Road Soi 1. She explained to the officers that on her way back to her hotel after an enjoyable night out, she mistakenly got off the baht bus at the wrong stop and was forced to walk along Beach Road Soi 1. Whilst she was walking

towards her hotel she was approached by two Thai men on a motorcycle, who with the aid of a gun, demanded she hand over her handbag. The culprits grabbed the bag which contained her documentation, 300 baht in cash and a digital camera with a value of 6,000 baht, before driving off in the direction of Beach Road. Officers radioed a description of the two robbers; however, no sign was seen of them.

German Resident Died in Hit and Run Accident The Pattaya Police Department recently received a report of an accident which had occurred on Naklua Road that had left one person dead at the scene. On arrival at the scene, in front of Soi 18/1, officers found the dead body of a tourist, identified by his driving licence as Mr.

Wolfgang Ley, aged 55, from Germany, he was also found to be in possession of a mobile phone and 1,000 baht in cash. An eye witness explained to the officers the events which had led to the tourist’s death. The man had got off a baht bus, in what appeared to be a drunken state, and attempted to cross

The Pattaya Police Department were recently notified that the body of a two years old boy had been discovered on the beach, near to the Moonlight Hotel, in Soi Naklai 12, officers rushed to the scene with a Sawangboriboon Rescue Team to try and help the poor little fellow. Making enquiries locally the officers discovered the young boy was two years old and named Aem. The officers managed to speak to the little boys mother and his aunt and uncle, they explained that the tot had gone missing the previous evening, around

5.00pm, and despite extensive searching, including the help of local police officers, no sign of him was discovered until his body was found washed up on the beach. There was nothing the rescue team could do to help the young boy and as there was no sign of suspicious circumstances or neglect, the body was handed to the rescue team for transportation to the hospital to determine the cause of death. The parents of the young boy will questioned as to how he had managed to get away unsupervised. by Nana

the road to the beer bar on the opposite side. As he was halfway across, out of nowhere, a bronze coloured Isuzu pickup truck sped from the Naklua area and hit the man a direct hit. The pickup made no attempt to slow down or stop after the collision; it simply carried on in the direction of North Pattaya. Despite police officers

quickly radioing to fellow officers a description of the vehicle, it was nowhere to be seen. However, police officers will do everything within their power to track down the truck and its driver. The body of the dead man has been dispatched to Bangkok for an autopsy and the German Embassy has been informed.


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Government Help for SME’s Navy Saves Cows and Buffalos from Slaughterhouse

The final meeting of the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association was particularly long, because there were important government agencies introducing new plans to help small and medium Business enterprises. The Department of finance has started a new division to facilitate bridging finance for new entrepreneurs who cannot raise the total amount of capital needed to start

their new business and this will be done by guaranteeing the extra loan funds at very low interest rates. Khun Wirasit from the newly formed “Pattaya Centre for Sustainable & Excellent Business Management” (PCEBE) stated that free advice is available from their City Hall office to help fledgling Thai or foreign owned small businesses get started.

Fr. Ray ‘Out Reach Work’ and ‘Drop In’ Centre

As part of the Sattahip Navy’s activities to honour the 82nd Birthday of His Majesty the King, the Navy have arranged to purchase 83 cows and buffalos from the slaughter house in the Ayutthaya province. Shortly after the King’s Birthday, Admiral Kamtorn Poomhiran, Commander of the Navy Sattahip, announced that the animals had been purchased from the slaughter

house, and a number would be presented, free of charge, to local residents on condition that they did not kill, sell or exchange the beasts. The remaining animals would be kept at the Sattahip Navy Recruit Centre to breed and raise in line with the King’s plan for the Navy to set a good example and teach local residents on animal breeding and management. by Nana

Woman robbed on Christmas Day On Christmas Day the Pattaya Police received a report that a Thai lady had been beaten up and robbed in her room at the Weena Apartments in the Pratamnak Hill area. Arriving on the scene the officers found the injured lady, Miss Arinya Korsuk, aged 35, who had been

severely beaten around the face and head and her left forehead was cracked open after a blow from a heavy object. The room was also found to be in disarray. She was given emergency treatment by a Sawang Rescue Team, and was able to explain to the officers

Ripley's Incredible Ambassadors put on free show At 11am on the 19th December at the Fr. Ray ‘Out Reach Work’ and ‘Drop In’ Centre, Father Worawut welcomed representatives from many different organisations around the town who have kindly got together to help raise funds to construct the foundation a new school building and sports field. The representatives included delegates from Pattaya sport club, Pattaya Bunker, U-too Bar, West Island School Hong Kong, Bangkok – Pattaya Ultima Club, Mrs. Tracy Feeney, Mr. Jonhny Reimar and Ms. Christina Obel.

According to Father Ray's wishes - the Fr. Ray ‘Out Reach Work’ and ‘Drop – In’ Centre was opened in 2004 in Central Pattaya to support children and wandering teenagers who had no place to stay, or were facing difficult times within their families. The original building has proven to be too small and now a new building, to support more children, and also a basketball field, together with a Father Ray statue have been constructed with a budget of over 3 million baht raised with everyone's help. by Nana

Husband and wife drug dealers arrested The Chonburi Provincial Police Department recently arrested a husband and wife team, Khun Sompob (Nab) Rotkruea, aged 51, and Mrs. Boonchu (Tam) Narmkajorn, aged 58, at their rented house in Soi Bongkok, on drug related charges. The couple were found to be in possession of

100 Yaba tablets, 105.8 grams of the drug ‘Ice’, and a bank book from the Thai Farmers Bank which showed a revolving balance of hundreds of thousands of baht. The officers revealed that the arrest had been made possible after earlier arrests of lower profile drug dealers who informed on

The Ripley's Incredible Ambassadors show opened on the afternoon of 25th December at the Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya to a packed curious audience of Thais and foreign tourists. Until the 3rd of January, everyone can view the amazing ambassadors perform on stage at a free show to celebrate the New Year. The Ripley's Incredible Ambassadors consists of five very special and gifted

people including the Penguin man, who has no arms but can create very nice paintings and drawings with his feet, the Werewolf girl, who has a tail and hair on her face and body, the King Cobra man, the Centipede King, and also the well known Scorpion Queen of the World. The ‘Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum’ will donate all proceeds from this event to the "Give Kids the World" Foundation in Florida.

their suppliers. A number of arrested dealers had named the couple as major players, and following police confirmation with undercover investigations, an arrest was made. The couple confessed that they had been dealing drugs in the area for a long

time, Khun Nab explained that they did not buy their drugs locally, instead, on a regular basis, he would take the bus to Bangkok to make his purchase. The couple were taken to the local police station where they will await their day in court.

the events which had led to her beating. She was married to a Japanese man who took care of her and paid all her bills, unfortunately, over the Christmas period she had become very lonely, and decided to go out drinking with a male friend she had recently been spending time with. She had a lovely evening with Khun Wisit Monwiset, aged 32, a Thai man from Chachoengsao Province, however, when they returned to her room, Khun Wisit

suddenly turned on her and beat her up and stole all her valuables including a 2 Baht gold necklace, a half baht gold ring, two thousand baht in cash and two mobile phones, before running out of the room and fleeing on his motorcycle. The lady was dispatched to the hospital for further care, whilst the police officers instigated an investigation to find the whereabouts of Khun Wisit and bring him to justice.


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BUSINESS NEWS Amari Appoints Yasuhiro Yoneyama as Corporate Director of Sales Japan

Amari, the hotel and resort group celebrating the colours and rhythms of modern Asia, recently announced the appointment of Yasuhiro Yoneyama as Corporate Director of Sales Japan. Mr Yoneyama brings to this role extensive expertise in sales and marketing gained through working in numerous leading hotels throughout the Asia Pacific region. Mr Yoneyama graduated with BA in English and American Literature in Japan. He began his hospitality career in Tokyo working for both the ANA and Hyatt groups before moving to Beijing, China to join Shangri-La. Mr Yoneyama moved to Thailand in 2006

to join Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. In his new role at Amari, he is responsible for corporate and wholesale including banqueting, weddings and other sales related issues for the Japanese market.

SAS adds new SMS Service

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has introduced a new service to automatically SMS all passengers who will be faced by potential delays or cancelled flights. The new service, available now in Bangkok, is free of charge for SAS customers. If a delay occurs, a text message will be sent automatically to passengers who have provided their mobile phone number in their booking. Members of SAS' frequent flyer program, EuroBonus, receive an even wider offer of SMS services, including, for example, gate information, which is available free of charge. "SAS is Europe's most punctual major airline, but when an irregularity occurs, we want to provide the best

of service for our customers," says Bangkok-based Hakan Olsson, General Manager and Director for SAS in Southeast Asia. For passengers who book on www.flysas.com or at the SAS Sales Centre, the new SMS messages will be sent automatically to the mobile number given to SAS by the customer. Passengers who book with a travel agent should make sure their mobile number has been inserted in the booking. Or contact SAS at 02 645 8200. The new service is available on SAS or Blue 1 flights, except for flights originating in Dubai, Germany, Russia and Switzerland. For more information about SAS in Thailand, please visit: www.flysas.com/th.

Sheraton Pattaya Resort welcomes new General Manager

Wayne Buckingham, Regional Vice President for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore, has announced the appointment of Michael Delargy as General Manager at Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Born in Ireland, Mr. Delargy brings over 10 years’ experience within Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide to his new role at Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Recognized as one of the premier luxury resorts in Pattaya, Sheraton Pattaya Resort occupies a privileged location on Phra Tamnak Hill

which forms a beautifully landscaped cliff headland enjoying dramatic views across the Gulf of Siam. Each of the resort’s 156 rooms includes a spacious

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29th ASEAN Tourism Forum Sold Out

The 29th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), the region’s foremost tourism and travel event, to be hosted by member-nation, Brunei Darussalam, in Bandar Seri Begawan, from January 21-28, 2010, has registered overwhelming response. All 373 exhibiting booths at TRAVEX (Travel Exchange) have been snapped up and the ten member nations are well represented at the annual event, which showcases the best of travel products and services in ASEAN. Thailand and Malaysia lead the pack with the largest number of participating organizations. Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed, CEO of Brunei Tourism, ATF 2010 Host Committee, said: “As the global economy is already showing strong signs of recovery, this is an opportune time for sellers to capitalize on suitable platforms available to re-ignite interests and develop businesses. The sell-out reinforces ATF as a great vehicle for networking and trade for the ASEAN tourism industry.” Among the expected turn-out of more than 1,400 delegates, some 400 buyers from the Asia-Pacific (57 percent), Europe (33 percent), and the rest of the world will congregate in Brunei Darussalam, at the three-day TRAVEX event from January 26-28 at the new BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition) Centre in Jerudong. Apart from TRAVEX, delegates will also get to explore the unexpected treasures of Brunei and Borneo through the pre-show city tours and post-show tours jointly organized by Brunei Tourism, Sabah Tourism, and Sarawak Tourism. These include visits to historic sites and cultural landmarks, spa treats, as well as exciting nature and scenic tours across Brunei and Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia. Driven by the theme, “ASEAN – The Heart of Green," another highlight balcony with ocean, garden or pool view. Deluxe pavilions and ocean-front villas with private pool are among the varied accommodation options while décor tastefully combines traditional Thai and modern Western elements. In character, the resort has been likened to a private country club that comprehensively caters to discerning leisure and business travelers with myriad recreational facilities. Highlights include three outdoor, free-form swimming pools, the award winning Amburaya Spa and a stateof-the-art fitness centre.

of ATF 2010 is the ASEAN Tourism Conference (ATC) to be held on January 26. It will feature a keynote address, titled “Sustainable Tourism in Transboundary Conservation Areas," by acclaimed authority on ecotourism, Hitesh Mehta, on how the region can embrace sustainable development principles and encourage responsible travel behavior

that will help conserve the environment and biodiversity, as well as sustain the well-being of the local people. Mehta’s vast experience in sustainable landscape and architectural design projects, eco-lodge and ecoresort design, as well as environmental and protected area planning across continents has earned him the reputation of being one of the world’s foremost leading authorities on eco-tourism. Currently an adjunct professor at the Florida Atlantic University in the US, Mehta runs his own landscape architecture and planning firm, HM Design, with ongoing projects in Costa Rica, Indonesia, Panama, Dominica, and the West Indies. From 1997 to 2006, he held the position of vice president and head of the Ecotourism and Environmental Planning Market Sector at EDSA (Florida), the world’s largest landscape architecture and planning firm, during which he played an instrumental role in many key projects, such as the Eco-tourism Product Implementation Program in Kenya and the Vision Plan for Wailoaloa Ecolodge in Nadi, Fiji. In addition, a panel discussion will be chaired by leading industry professionals, who include Tony Charters, principal of Tony Charters and Associates, and Anthony Wong, group managing director of Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd. They will share their experiences on developing eco-tourism projects in transboundary conservation areas. With an increasingly sophisticated market of travelers, the aptly-themed event is well poised to meet the demand for green facilities and fuel greater awareness of socially responsible tourism. For full details of ATF 2010 and regular updates, visit www.atfbrunei.com .


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Thai Airways and Nok Air join Skal Asia holds first ever forces to boost domestic green conference in Bangkok and regional air traffic

Tree planting at Skal's green conference

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited is joining forces with Nok Air beginning March 1, 2010, when Nok Air will operate flights to some of THAI’s domestic destinations: Phitsanulok, Ubol Ratchathani, and Mae Hong Son. This cooperation will increase the competitiveness of both airlines, and passengers will be able to take advantage of more convenient travel at lowfare prices while still maintaining THAI’s high safety standards. Mr. Piyasvasti Amranand, THAI president, said that the company’s policy to form cooperation with Nok Air is based on its TwoBrand Strategy. Through this strategy, there will be increased cooperation in the services offered on secondary domestic and regional routes. Through THAI and Nok Air’s cooperation, passengers on these routes will continue to receive the same standard of services that they currently receive on THAI, such as same flight frequencies, whereby there are no less flights than previously operated; same standards of aircraft maintenance; and same cockpit crew standards. THAI has made careful studies and thoroughly assessed the flight sectors

concerned to prevent negative impacts on customers. Connecting traffic between domestic routes from Nok Air to THAI international flights have also been worked out. The cooperation will add more connecting points in the secondary domestic and regional destinations to THAI and Star Alliance’s global network. THAI will be able to better utilize its aircraft by offering more flight options to highdemand destinations, while still emphasizing its premium-service standards to passengers based on its strategic plan. The company has conducted a study on the performance of its domestic routes during the past 10 years, particularly on secondary routes, which was unprofitable for several years, with operations sustained for the traveling public. However, in order to meet demands of a continuallychanging international airline industry, airlines across the world, including THAI, had to adjust their strategic planning on the recovering world economy - fluctuating world fuel prices that are on the rise and Influenza A (H1N1) - in order to surpass the financial crisis and further its business operations. The company, therefore,

The Skal Asia Midterm Board Meeting was recently held at the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok. A variety of topics were discussed including the upcoming Skål Asian Area Congress in Cebu May 27-30, 2010. This was the first ever Mid-Term Board meeting that has closely followed acceptable green conference bench marks. These new green conference guidelines were unanimously agreed upon and all future Skal Asia board meetings will be held under similar themes. As an example, all presentation materials were emailed in advance to all participants, and no paperwork was distributed, thereby saving time, money, and resources. All meeting rooms were powered down when not in use and room temps set at 25°C. All unused food items and unused drinking water were either donated or recycled. Local produce was used as much as possible and homemade amenities and gifts were distributed, including homemade potpourri from rose petals used by

the hotel for decorating wedding banquets. The board also decided to make it a rule that at least one tree will be planted whenever a board meeting is held. A tree planting ceremony was, therefore, held in the grounds of the Chaophya Park Hotel’s gardens to honor this resolution. “Tourism and the environment are closely related. It is natural that Skal, as a grouping of tourism professionals, should lead the protection and nurturing of the environment," said Gerry Perez, president of Skal Asia, which represents over 2,600 Skal members in the region. Commenting on these green initiatives, host Andrew Wood, general manager of the Chaophya Park Hotel in Bangkok, said, “No one can close their eyes and turn away from their responsibilities to protect the world we all share, for the sake of our children's children and all future generations." He added, “The task may seem huge, but it all comes down to one thing, stop greenhouse gas build-up by reducing the amount of CO2 in the air. Whatever small

step you, your company, your club or association can make, no matter how small, multiplied many times over, will make a large impact." “When should we start? Please all of us, start now," he concluded.Director ByongHee Woo of the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Bangkok Office gave a warm welcoming

reception on the first day of the board meeting. The latest promotional video on Korean tourism was presented to all the board members and their guest’s including PATA CEO Greg Duffell. Korea is strongly tipped to host Skal International’s flagship event, the Skal World Congress in Seoul in 2012.

had to establish its corporate strategy and make adjustment on its cost to meet increased competitiveness. Over the past 5 years, losses were incurred for operational results on flights to

Phitsanulok at the average of 86.3 million baht per year, to Ubol Ratchathani at 74.9 million baht per year, and to Mae Hong Son at the average of 49.9 million baht per year.

Passengers can be confident on Nok Air’s standards of flight operations and services that will be supported by THAI, which is recognized for its high safety standards. In

addition, passengers will continue to receive the same standards of service that they previously received from THAI, including flight frequency and seat capacity at attractive prices.


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AROUND PATTAYA

Rising Korean Star @ Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya

Recently, rising Korean Star, Ms. Kim Yoon Seo received rockin’ welcome from Mr. Elyes Ben Brahim, Director of Operations of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. Ms. Kim was in town for a video shooting exclusively for Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya and Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya.

Christmas On Beach Road

Festivities continued late into the night along Beach Road, which was packed with both local residents and visitors along what is Pattaya’s most popular open air night spot. As well as many bargain priced shopping stalls, we spotted a group of senior Bangkok technology students singing Christmas carols and collecting some donations for their fine performance. Other visitors did what all tourists like to do and pose for photographs in front of one of the many Christmas displays in front of the larger businesses.

Santa visited Slum Areas of Pattaya

This year the charity organisation ‘Take Care Kids Italy’ tried to bring a smile to the children living in three slum areas around Pattaya City. On 21st of December, volunteers entered two different slum areas, one located in Look Dod and the other in Potisarn. A very special Santa Claus distributed almost fifty small toys and school supplies to the kids who were there. In the end, however, the adults also received a small present (food supplies) from TCK volunteers. The same thing happened on Tuesday the 22nd in Naklua Soi 12. In this case more then 90 presents were handed out to the children who, we can guarantee, had lots of fun. The organisation wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

PCEC Christmas Carols For Expats

Lufthansa celebrates 50th Year in Thailand

The donation of 1.5 million baht was presented to the Pattaya Orphanage and its children by Thierry Antinori, Member of the Board off Lufthansa Airlines (1st left), and Rita Diop, President of the Employees Association (2nd left).

Lufthansa the German Airline recently celebrated 50 years of successful flights and service in Thailand. As part of the celebrations the airline has donated 1 million baht to the Pattaya Orphanage, with an additional 500,000 baht being contributed by the airlines employees. The donation by Lufthansa will enable the orphanage to install a much needed fire warning and safety system to protect the children and staff.

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Best Regional Map By PILC

Maps of Pattaya City abound in profusion, but what happens when you leave the city centre? The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) has the answer with “The Best Map Guide of Pattaya,” which sells for around 280 baht. This includes street and road maps of many of the surrounding towns, so this makes it particularly useful and already sales have ran into hundreds of thousands of baht. This very comprehensive map was developed by former Architect Sylvia and her PILC team, with all the money from sales being donated to local charitable bodies.

Liam’s Artistic Thermometer

Now this unusual thermometer at Liam’s Art Gallery on Soi-5 off Pratumnak (Hill) Road caught our eye, because with its squishy looking temperature balls it is both artistic and also technologically clever. Liam’s gallery is starting the New Year on a very active note, with two art exhibitions and a new book release and signing, all on the evening of Friday 8th January. Be sure to drop in, as there are plenty of things to interest you and there will also be some light refreshments available at no cost.

Xmas Dinner In Boyztown The final PCEC meeting before Christmas featured a speech by Mr. Mike Lancaster from the “Father Ray Foundation,” with a stark reminder that some children in Pattaya will go hungry at Christmas. With over 850 children and disabled kids currently in the care of the foundation, 200-more have requested help in the last 2-years, so a significant increase of local and international fundraising is needed. Then Pattaya City Expat Club members were entertained by a singing performance of Christmas carols, staged by visiting children from the Father Ray Foundation, and in the true spirit of Christmas, the Pattaya City Expats Club gave each of the children a bag of gift items.

THA Eastern Chapter Members Meeting at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

The Thai Hotels Association-Eastern Chapter (THA-EC), led by the president Chatchawal Supachayanont recently held its members meeting at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The hotel executives thrashed out significant issues that concern the Marketing Plan and Tradeshow 2010 and also informed members about details of ITB 2010. In the photo is Chatchawal Supachayanont with the members of THA-EC.

The “Le Café Royale” in south Pattaya’s “Boyz Town” put on a superb Christmas dinner in their quiet restaurant, with fine food and drinks, which seems to be a specialty of restaurants in this area. A piano bar and excellent accommodation are also features of the “Le Café Royale” and later in the evening, patrons were entertained by local singers and dancers to complete what was a very nice Xmas dinner celebration evening.

Orphanage Holds Christmas Party

At one of Pattaya’s biggest Christmas parties, the children definitely had the most fun, with afternoon outdoor activities and plenty of Thai food and drinks. This was followed by two separate rounds of gift giving, and this also extended to the foreign guests and Thai staff who have helped the Pattaya Orphanage throughout the year.


AROUND PATTAYA Pattaya Mayor Jameson’s Football Team goes from celebrates his Birthday Strength to Strength

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Matthew Fryar, Sheraton Pattaya Resort Director of Revenue Management (1st left) and Ms.Penpapasorn Eamsa-ard, Sales Manager (1st right).

The General Manager of Sheraton Pattaya Resort, Mr. Michael Delargy (2nd from left), together with his team members, recently visited Khun Ittipol Khunpluem, the Mayor of Pattaya city, to convey warm and best wishes on his birthday.

Free VFW Christmas Dinner

Rony Fineman, Managing Director of Nova Group, shakes on the deal of the new Partnership with F.C 'Nova' Pattaya's new Football Team with ever popular Manager Stuart Levy. F.C Nova are playing in the MBMG Football League Division Two where they are coming second in their Debut season, after a disastrous start they have now put together a run of Six games without defeat, to reach the Halfway Break in fine form. F.C Nova are based out of Jameson's Pattaya where they can be met celebrating every Saturday Night.

Jim makes it a 69 to be proud of

The former Commander of Pattaya’s VFW Post No.9876, Mr. Fred Estes, passed away recently, but in doing so his will requested that he would fund this year’s Christmas dinner for all members. Accordingly our American Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) had a very nice Christmas dinner at the “Hogsbreath Bar” in Soi Batman (South Pattaya), where all paid tribute to their departed comrade Fred Estes. The current VFW Commander Al Serrato stated, - “We have doubled our membership in 3-years to around 350, and as well as being the biggest in Thailand, we are the fastest growing VFW Post in Asia.” (See Website www.post9876.org ).

‘Central’ celebrates their ‘Santa Family Contest 2009’

YEP. I actually made it to 69, and got 2 great birthday parties. One was thrown by John and Pim Seaton at their home, attending were Bruce and Judy Hoppe, Chittra Chandrasiri, Mike Diamente, Karl Vochecci, Natalia Borisova, and my wife, Pui along with Jess and Belle Seaton. Natalia made some great Russian food which everyone enjoyed, while John and Pim furnished some fine champagne and wine. John's own chef, Khun Nomg, also prepared some geat dishes. Later, at my home, I was really surprised to find that my Thai family had driven down from Bangkok for a visit and to celebrate with us, it’s always great to see them and my new God son, Jimmy. Many customers, students, parents and tourists crowded to the Central Centre on Pattaya 2nd Road on Christmas Day to take part in the ‘Santa Family Contest 2009’. The competition was for young budding performers who got the opportunity to show off their talent to the audience, and compete for the 20,000 baht prize money. The celebrations were arranged to build closer relationships between the local residents, foreign residents and visiting tourists, to show the Thai community the joys of the Christmas celebrations. Christmas presents were also handed out to the children from the staff at the ‘Central’ Centre.

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by Peter Lloyd

I was in Manila recently, setting up meetings with the biggest medical tourism hospitals in the city, which are often quoted as wanting a bigger share of the regional medical tourism cake. I am currently trying to set up a business in Africa to generate business for some of Thailand’s best hospitals, from a

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that walk I was offered marijuana 6 times, meth twice, Yaba twice, coke three times and on Walking Street I had another 3 dealers/sellers approach me for “marijuana, coke, yaba”. Either I look like a biggest druggie this side of a pharmaceutical company

Pattaya Bay, getting a reputation for its fine white powdery beachfront

When I was in Manila I walked past a venue advertising “One Cock, Fastest Kill”, which made me feel lucky to know where the best hospitals in the city were located. I thought the sign must refer to the sport of cheatinghusband mutilation/murder by a member-amputating

wife, which, to be fair, did strike me as a bit extreme, and not being in Thailand I quickly discounted it. But that still left the options of a Caligula-like grisly misdeed, such as battering people to death with one cock - of whatever description - against the clock (perhaps a novel take

on speed-dating?), a snuff movie-style spectacle or fighting chickens battling it out to the death. None of them are how I would particularly want to spend my Sunday, so I quickly walked on leaving them to it, preferring my chicken choked, not pecked to death.

volunteer” or similar, on any car, or item of clothing, purporting to suggest they are off duty police,

tourist police, road police or any kind of police volunteer whether they are or they aren’t, should be heavily fined. There is too much influence-bartering and peddling here as it is.

The Changing Face of Manila

contacts in Tanzania we are exploring ways to easily and profitably generate business from

lab rat, or there are simply a lot more drugs on the street, regardless of police action. If the powers that be want to seriously clamp down on street-level drug dealers, they should get a dodgy-looking plainclothes Tourist Police Flunky to promenade as I had done, watch as he gets hit up with offers, employ the usual marked banknote procedure, pounce and chase the drugs up the dealer chain, which they seem to do remarkably successfully here, netting bigger fish quickly, often on the same night. Just a thought.

Thai Visa Forum

Along with many Pattaya residents and visitors, I am a regular visitor and sometime poster on the mostly useful Thai Visa and other local Pattaya forums (no, I’m not telling you my usernames), but recently I was taken aback by the aggressive, boorish and bullying tactics one often finds on the Thai Visa board. Surprisingly, not from other posters, many of whom are witty, thoughtful, knowledgeable or amusing, but from the idiots who conceitedly and aggressively moderate the board in a way that would shame the Star Chamber. Recently I was handed down a “punishment” by an extremely rude individual who treated me like dirt. When I protested

business and developing future business relation ships. Especially compared to Thailand’s. By far the most responsive and professional was Asian Hospital, which, surprise surprise, is partly owned by one of Thailand’s own world class medical facilities, Bumrungrad Hospital. And it showed in the way they conducted themselves, and in how they run their hospital, with the result that I will try to work with them to develop some of this business. The rest of them, as far as I could make out, couldn’t organize a clean scalpel in a sterilising unit.

continent that, a few years ago, was estimated to have spent US$13 BILLION on medical treatment abroad. Africa is a vast, relatively untapped market for medical tourism, because of the generally low standards of serious medical facilities in most African countries, and with my excellent business

Drugged

Local press reports suggest increasing numbers of arrests of low level drug dealers (never the big guys here though) in Pattaya. Yet the other night, in full-on high season, I walked along Beach Road at 9pm from Central Mall to Walking Street, and on

Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. I am sorry to say that I ended up deeply unimpressed with the unprofessional way the

International marketing departments of many Manilan hospitals conducted themselves (or simply ignored me) as I tried to put these meetings in place with them. Not responding to emails, even when chased three times (which is when I gave up), in one case cancelling a business meeting after I had booked a flight to attend an already-arranged meeting, stupidly refusing to send me publicly available promotional material, telling me that no-one was available to show me around a facility, most International marketing departments demonstrated a woefully lackadaisical approach to increasing their

and tried to explain they were mistaken, it cut no ice, so I thought – great. Welcome to the world of payback. This mistreatment is going in my column on behalf of the many abused and impotent posters who have been on the receiving end of equally overbearing treatment but who could do nothing about it except moan to their mates. By having such a restrictive, aggressively over-regulated board, presumably - and properly - being paranoid about offending anyone (except their own poster-members of course), worrying about offending advertisers and being sued, I do feel Thai Visa is losing its way by treating its posters so badly that they become

alienated from it. Because of the reduction in longstay expats in Pattaya the quality of the boards has deteriorated significantly this year, in terms of wit, useful posts, content, and probably hits, which are important for advertising revenues. It is still an excellent site for breaking news, local incidents and is a must for knowledge dissemination from other board members, and I would still recommend people used it, but the moderating team need to have a long hard look at themselves, and weed out the bad ones, before they damage the goodwill associated with, and vital to, the success of the brand. Contact me at pattaya todaypete@yahoo.co.uk

Fighting Cocks

Shocked

I was shocked recently to find a Thai man impersonating a police volunteer had been arrested and charged with the crime of, well, impersonating a Police Volunteer. Is this a crime? If so, excellent, and I assume impersonating a proper police officer is also a (much more serious) crime. But what constitutes the crime? If wearing a uniform and holding a walkie talkie clearly amounts to impersonation, where does it stop? People with police helmets on motorbikes? People with “Police” emblazoned on their cars, presumably to gain some degree of immunity from road wrongdoing? People riding motorbikes with ‘Police Volunteer” emblazoned on their jackets? In my opinion everyone with the words “police”, “tourist police” “police


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The Mystery Surrounding the Korean Arms Shipment Dear Editor: Perhaps you can help me with the following problem: Where can I recycle my newspapers after I read them? Sometimes I return my newspaper to the news-stand after I finish reading it. But the person in charge of the news-stand will remove my paper if he/she sees me putting it there. Perhaps the mayor-in his infinite wisdom-could decide to put recycling bins for newspapers along such places as Beach Road so that expats and Thais can participate in making Pattaya a more environmentally friendly place. Eric Bahrt. Dear Eric, We have conducted extensive research into the matter of recycling, which we, like you, consider too little is being done about. The Thai authorities, both civil and educational do not seem to have taken up the lead followed by many other countries across the globe in becoming more environmentally sensitive. It is apparent everywhere, rubbish, especially paper and plastic bags, strewn in all directions. The Thais most definitely need to be made more environmentally aware and if we are lucky, the mayor will read this column and act on it; we’ll also contact him about the waste problem. As for your immediate problem, we are pleased to inform you that The Mercy Centre has a waste paper recycling program in effect. Here is the reply and contact information we received back from them in relation to your request. “Thanks for thinking of us. YES we recycle everything and keep paper & other recyclable products to take to our Chumchon people so they can sell. If there is more that we can do along this line, we’d be happy to work on something, so send any suggestions our way. Meanwhile, I will send copy of this email to Craig Hackwell, one of our newest MERCY project leaders who is keen to help develop micro-enterprise, and he will sort out if this could be developed into a bigger project. Thanks again for thinking of us ... Dianne Doell.” Contact: office – 038-374-531, mobile: 086-688-5867. E-Mail: vfcpattaya @gmail.com. Dear Editor, I would like you to inform your readers of an injustice that I experienced in Bangkok. I am West African and was walking innocently along Sukhumvit Road when I was approached by a man speaking good English who claimed to be a police volunteer. He told me the police were conducted an extensive anti-drugs campaign against dealers and users, many of whom were foreigners, especially black Africans. He then told me he was going to search me and after 3 minutes of rummaging through my bag produced a packet of ganja. I categorically denied that this belonged to me, which was the truth and I accused him of having planted it on me. He then became aggressive and proceeded to frog march me along the road saying

we were going to the police station. After a few paces, he turned to me and told me if I gave him 5000 baht we could forget the whole thing, otherwise it would be the worse for me. I realized that I would probably never convince the real police of my innocence, so I reluctantly handed over the money to him. At no time did this man produce official ID and I am convinced he was a fraud, but what could I do, a stranger in a strange land? I felt I was lucky to get off as lightly as I did. Yours truly, Francis Abaywah Dear Francis, It does indeed seem like you were the subject of a con, particularly as the man in question could not or was unwilling to produce official ID. There are many perpetrators of such scams, especially in Bangkok, who prey on tourists in particular. You were likely correct in your assumption that if the man had affected a citizen’s arrest that the real police would probably not have believed you. There is apparently an anti-drugs crack down in Bangkok at present, prosecuted by the Metropolitan Police (MP), the Narcotic Suppression Bureau (NSB), the First Army, the Office of the Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Department of Special Investigations, who are also recruiting informers, so at least the man was telling the truth about that; there are also many foreigners involved in the drug trade too, not necessarily to sell here in Thailand, but to use it as a way station from where to traffic the drugs to their own countries. There are apparently many black Africans, Iranians, Pakistanis and other Asians, as well as a smaller number of Australians and Europeans, involved according to official sources. So as you say, innocent or not, you were lucky to have got off so lightly. Sadly cons and scams are an ever present problem in Thailand and a problem that there is very little way out of, apart from being informed. Try not to walk down such prominent thoroughfares as Sukhumvit Road, next time. Dear Editor, Regarding Bad traffic in Pattaya. Open Letter to T.A.T. and Pattaya Police I have travelled to 45 countries, and over 200 cities, and the traffic in Pattaya is the worst I have ever seen. Many tourists I spoke to said they would not return because of traffic problems. Why is the traffic so bad in Pattaya? The new road to Jomtien will not make it better. E.G Now it takes only 5 minutes to go from Jomtien to Hiso Hotel in South Pattaya, but it takes 30 minutes to go from Hiso Hotel to North Pattaya. This long delay is because there is no traffic control in Pattaya. Why do the police not control the traffic flow at Hiso hotel- South Pattaya - V.C HOTEL - Mikes Shopping mall etc, this would help to make the traffic move quickly. Also, there are too many private cars driving in Pattaya Second Road, and Beach Road. Most cars do not stop for shopping , as they are passing through only, or just looking. They should use the bypass which is Sukumvit Road, and Pattaya Third Road. A toll charge of 50 or 100 baht could be charged for privare cars that want to pass on Second Road, and Beach Road. This money could be used to improve roads etc. in Pattaya. Peter Wilson. Dear Peter, Excellent points. We will shortly be contacting City Hall for their response and hope to be able to bring you more news in the very near future.

The case of the Ilyushin II-76 cargo aircraft that was seized by the Thai authorities on December 12 is one surrounded in mystery and intrigue, as well as disinformation and secrecy. The government would have us believe that the plane was seized after being tipped off by a number of intelligence sources after it made a refueling stop at Don Mueang Airport en route to Sri Lanka. However, the Bangkok Post recently reported that the U.S. had been monitoring the plane by satellite since five Europeans were apparently spotted loading what appeared to be weapons on it in Pyongyang. The U.S. duly notified the Thais, amongst others and according to the Russian daily Kommersant, as soon as it entered Thai airspace, two Thai fighters on standby intercepted it and ordered it to land at Don Mueang. The seizure was carried out under UN Resolution 1874, which authorizes increased inspections of North Korean air or sea cargo suspected of containing material usable in the development of nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles. The crew declare their innocence, maintaining they thought the 145 boxes aboard the aircraft contained “oil drilling equipment”. The pilot, Mikhail Petukhov, however, admitted that he had flown similar consignments three or four times previously. Hugh Griffiths from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, corroborated that the plane had previously been registered under a company named Beibars, one linked to Serbian arms trafficker Tomislav Damnjanovic. Now managed by the Georgian company Air West, the aircraft was leased to a Ukrainian affiliate of a Thailand-based shipping company called SP Trading, also based in Auckland. Associated Press asserted the plane was registered under three companies previously owned by the now-jailed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, dubbed the “Merchant of Death.” Bout is notorious for his leading role in arms deals covering Russia, Ukraine, and Africa. Bout strenuously denies any involvement in either the aircraft ownership or the arms shipment. Initially, according to Reuters an unidentified Thai government official declared that the ‘sanctions-busting’ arms shipment may have contained components for some 5,000-km. capable Taepodong-2 missiles, which were probably destined for Iran. The Taepodong-2 is a product of joint efforts with Iran, coinciding with the country’s development of the Shehab-5 and 6 missiles. However, government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn later contadicted the unnamed source, hastily attempting to quash speculation of an Iranian involvement, saying the Thai authorities had, in fact, found no sign of components for Taepodong-2 long-range missiles. The manifest of between 30-40 tonnes of weaponry, valued at about Bt600 million, does not include nuclear munitions or weapons of mass destruction, according to unnamed sources close to the government. What is does apparently contain is a number of M1991 or M-1985 rocket launchers made by North Korea, but based on Soviet-era technology. These multiple launch rocket systems have a range of about 60 kms. (37.2 miles). Another unconfirmed report asserted there were a number of Soviet-made rocket-propelled grenade launchers without munitions found on board, but no assault rifles of any type. A military source had earlier said that apart from rocket-propelled grenades, missile and rocket launchers, the haul included missile tubes, surface-to-air missile launchers, spare parts and other heavy weapons. Siemon Wezeman of the Arms Transfers Project of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, maintained that the “types of arms found in the aircraft -- used to add firepower against planes and tanks in the arsenal of government forces -- were typical of those used by insurgent movements, and raised suspicion they could be headed for an African rebel group,” according to Associated Press. However, it is to be noted that the exact type of weaponry on board the aircraft cannot yet be confirmed until the results of an official joint inspection of the cargo, by six military and civilian agencies, is officially released. The six agencies involved are the airforce and police ordnance departments, the Police Crime Suppression Division, the Attorney General’s Office, National Intelligence Commission and the police Special Branch. Apparently, the Thai authorities have mobilized over 100 weapons specialists to determine the types and destination of the North Korean weapons found in 145 boxes on the plane. As for the eventual destination of the arms shipment, the Thai authorities are remaining tight lipped, only saying they wish to avoid harming international relations. Christian LeMiere, the editor of Jane’s Intelligence Weekly, told Associated Press that the aviation path of the plane suggested it was heading to Sudan, where they might have been handed over to armed groups in Somalia through Chad and Eritrea, others have even speculated that it might have been going to Burma. The Wall Street Journal, however, was less circumspect, declaring categorically from information received from Transarms/International Peace Info. Service, the flight plan indicated refuelling stops at Sri Lanka, the UAE, Ukraine and finally Teheran. This was in turn denied by Saeed Jalili, the chief Iranian nuclear negotiator. Only time will tell the true nature, involvement and final destination of the arms aboard the Ilyushin II-76.


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Deportation LEGAL corner today

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Give a dog a bad name and hang it! By: Mr. Ponthep Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Mrs.Darunee Werachon, Thai Solicitor & Accountant of WERACHON LAW OFFICE, 315/304, Moo 12 Theppasit Road (Soi 12) Nongprue,Banglamung,Pattaya City, Chonburi 20260, Kingdom of Thailand Tel:(038)304 084,(038) 251 533Fax: (038) 304 027 Mobile: 081 423 4255,089 889 6483, Website: www.thaisolicitor.com, e-mail: thai@werachonlawyers.com

Land of Smiles Immigration law is always the most common topic of discussion in Pattaya. The word ‘tolerance’ which has been a key word for Thailand, now becomes paradoxical with the new draconian immigration policy. Malaysia promotes their country as a second home for long-stay tourists. How about Pattaya? It becomes the only place many foreigners want to call home, even though the Thai government never seriously promotes it, unlike our neighbours. “You can check out anytime, but you will never leave” is a good metaphor which may explain the feeling of foreigners in Pattaya

which is always ambivalent. period of at least three months the liquidation of properties “Pattaya same same my before filing the application in their native country to buy properties for their expanded home” is the common saying for your visa. For foreigners enjoying families in Thailand, where of many foreigners in their Pidgin English. There is the hibernation in Soi Bua Klao, they call home. Persona Non Grata popular saying in Thailand who may not be able to afford The word “grata” comes that you can stay happily in this financial requirement, a narrow place but not with a may find themselves having from Latin which means to leave Thailand to find “welcome”. The term “Persona narrow minded person. Non Grata” technically means Money is not important “Unwelcome Persons” or but necessary “Blacklisted Person”. If you are a retired baby“You are not wanted by boomer, having 800,000 the country as a persona baht in your bank account, non grata and will have to or proving that you have leave our country” pension equalling that You will never want amount from your home to hear these words in country, “La Vita e Bella” the above context either should be a favourite film from your Thai wife or for their hibernation. immigration police. If you You simply visit the are a backpack tourist, you Immigration Office by may just say OK because yourself and say “Hello” you will easily find other to the immigration officers “The singer from Liverpool who countries for your adventure. who always smile and speak had been spending much times But most foreigners in English to you. Just fill and money seeking justice in Pattaya are not tourists. out a form and show your the US court inspired us all” A foreigner staying in updated bank book to them, you can get a retirement visa, asylum in other countries Thailand can be deemed sometimes within 15 minutes. who can propose more a “persona non grata” by Section 12. of the Immigration The problems will only arise tolerant condition. For the ones who are still Act 1979 which imposes for the ones coming from a country suffering economic in the working age to support detention and deportation recession. The amount of their Thai families, this land from the country. The name 800.000 baht is not a pittance is the only place they can of this deported person can for them. In the first year, the stay. It could be a “heaven” be blacklisted not to come money will have to be in a or “hell”. Some of them back to Thailand for their fixed deposit account for a invest all the monies from whole life.

Education

Christmas Down the Years

‘What are we going to do in the Christmas show?’ is a question which echoes through the corridors and classrooms of international schools around the world, right from the beginning of term in September. This year we decided to look back at ‘Christmas Music down the Years.’ Music, song, storytelling and drama have been a part of Christmas and other cultural celebrations since time immemorial and the Church carol service has been a part of Christmas celebrations in England for at least 300 years. Many of what people now consider traditional Christmas carols have their humble roots in folk music. According to Professor Jeremy Dibble, of Durham University, ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night’ was one of the first folk songs to be accepted by the Church of England in the early 18th century. (http://www.express. co.uk/posts/view/146061/

Hymn-expert-reveals-aChristmas-carol-s-folk-roots [15 Dec 2009]). One of the oldest Christmas carols is ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ whose lyrics are reputed to date back to the 15th century, it is believed that this particular carol

was sung to the gentry by town watchmen who earned additional money during the Christmas season. (http:// www.carols.org.uk/god_ rest_ye_merry_gentlemen. htm [15 Dec 2009]). For the purpose of our show this year we limited the choice of music to songs written within living memory and looked back decades rather than centuries but some of the popular

Christmas songs of the 20th century are already becoming established as traditional Christmas songs by virtue of their enduring popularity. In recent times these songs have been reaching a much wider audience; rather than being a part of annual Church carol services, they are rerecorded by different artists and played on television, the internet, in restaurants, shopping malls and people’s homes around the world, year after year. Testament to their popularity is the fact that many Grade 1 children already knew or had heard the song which they were going to perform, ‘Winter Wonderland’, which was originally recorded in America nearly 70 years ago. Perhaps in years to come there may be people who can’t imagine Christmas without some of the songs that we now consider new, maybe even some of the songs which were performed at this year’s Christmas show.

“Contra bonos mores behaviours” to be or not to be that is the question of facts If it is found by the immigration police that any foreigner is involved with any unwanted behaviour by the committing of any illegality, or being a fugitive wanted by another country, which may harm the national security or good morale as technically said “contra bonos mores”, that foreigner can be detained by the immigration police and investigated for deportation. The preliminary detention can be 48 hours for the prompt investigation and extended to seven days if it is necessary. The extension of detention period to more than seven days must be investigated and approved by the Court of Justice. The extension can be made each period of time for not more than 12 days with justifiable ground. Persons coming from England may compare the judicial intervention in Thailand to the doctrine of “Habeas Corpus” in Magna Carta. The investigation will be made on the facts if the behaviours of the detained foreigner fall into the

restrictions under Section 12. of the Immigration Act 1979. At this stage, a lawyer can be retained by the detainee. The Immigration Bureau will have the authority to decide if the detained foreigner will be deported or released. If the order is not satisfactory to the detainee, an appeal can be made to the Ministry of Interior. The Administrative Court can be a last resort in seeking justice from the judicial power which is separated from the executive power. If you knock on the door of justice, your situation will definitely be better than Cat Steven because there is always a bread of justice in this Kingdom which should be a Heaven for everyone. If you are a good faith retired baby-boomer who buys property within the area not more than 1,400 square meters, for residential purpose, and not involved with any conspiracy theory, you should deal with only a real Thai licensed lawyer or Tanai Kwam who will assist you to justify the transparency of all transactions, with all law enforcement authorities, especially the Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) who will inspect the movement of money. It is still miraculous to quote the words of wisdom ‘that if you seek justice, you shall always find it’. We wish you peace and justice for this New Year.


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Fool in Paradise

New Year’s Eve

The following is an extract from the last chapter of my book, A Fool’s Diary, which is a chronicle of a year in the life of a Pattay expat. New Year’s Eve has arrived, proving once again that time flies when you’re having fun. I take a moment to ponder the year that has been; the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met and my personal life, in order to gauge my success or otherwise. Considering our current world is being run by lunatics, I am happy to be here in fantasyland watching, at a safe distance, the machinations of the world’s brain-dead political masters behaving as if they were a pile of dung beetles fighting over a morsel of dung. On the personal side, my long-suffering girlfriend, still at my side, has given me a year of fun and entertainment. As a companion, I couldn’t have wished for better. Nevertheless, if she ever walks out it would come as a shock and I would be very disappointed, but I know I’d survive. Companionship is not a problem in Pattaya although it does take time and effort to find sincerity.

What about adhering to the resolutions and promises I made myself just twelve months ago? Well, I am still in good health but my finances have been sorely depleted. Paraphrasing a well-known Biblical expression, ‘It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven’. If that is indeed true – and there is no evidence to dispute it – then I have a BIG chance of making it through those Pearly Gates. At least, if I am excluded, the reason won’t be for failing some heavenly means test. That brings me to the people I’ve met in Pattaya over the past twelve months, most of whom could be described as living either on the edge of reality, the fringe of legality or the brink of morality. Some seem to have been on a mission to relieve themselves of worldly possessions well before undertaking that final journey. After all, what is the good of having money if you don’t spend it? A problem arises because none of us are really sure when our ascension to celestial paradise will occur, and, although it may be a lot of fun, living a

New Year’s Resolution My Diary to lose weight!!

Dear Diet Diary As a Christmas present this year, my daughter, Cresley [what a thoughtful darling] bought for me a week of personal training at the local health club. Although I am still in reasonable shape since being a high school cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try. I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Juan Antonio [ooh what a name] who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear. My daughter seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started. The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress. Monday Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Juan Antonio waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god: he has curly hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Yippee! Juan Antonio gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching the skilful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring! Juan Antonio [call me Tony by now] was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my stomach was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FABULOUS week! My New Year resolutions will be easy. Tuesday I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out of the door. Tony made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air. Later he put weights on it. My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. Tony’s rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT! It’s a whole new life for me.

hedonistic lifestyle every day could, in fact, reduce our life expectancy. Wine, women and good food may take their toll on the heart and arteries. Most of the guys I know find it difficult to strike a balance. We (yes, I include myself) have trouble leading a lifestyle which is less likely to result in premature heart failure, a stroke or cirrhosis of the liver. But I think and analyse too much. Perhaps the best way to enjoy life is either by being as dumb as a doorknob or the wisest of the street-wise. I’ve met some guys who are so stupid it is a wonder they ever survived to adulthood. They are so gullible they believe everything they see, hear and read. And you know what? Their world is rosy and they have a wonderful time. They will enter a bar, meet a girl who professes her deep and undying love for them, give her a wad of money to help with her family’s ‘problem’ and leave happy, believing the girl really did fall in love with them after only five minutes. They sleep like babies. I’ve met other guys who are so clever they out-con the con artists, out-lie the liars and out-smart the smarties. They

get the better of anyone who tries to get the better of them and, they too, have a great time. They will go into a bar, meet a girl, profess undying love for her and promise her the world. Once she thinks they are the greatest thing since McDonalds introduced McSomDtum to the menu, they take her for a (free) ride. They too, sleep like babies. Then, there are the rest of us – the walking mediocrity. Stuck between the optimist and the pessimist, we know too much to be truly happy in fantasyland but too little to survive in a pool of sharks. We are the ones with a B-minus average in the classroom of life. The fool sees everything as white. The wise man sees everything as black. All we see is grey. Unlike the doorknob, we know better than to believe everything we see or hear and we won’t accept everything at face value. We don’t know enough to reject everything we see and hear and are perpetually wondering whether, this time, it may actually be true. This time it really may be the ‘best price’ or maybe this time she really does love me. We are stuck in a world of uncertainty.

Wednesday The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. Tony was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for early in the morning; and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying. My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Tony put me on the stair ‘monster’. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Tony told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other garbage too. Thursday Tony was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late; it took me that long to tie my shoes. That man then took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent a skinny woman to find me. Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine - which I sank. Friday I hate that man, Toady or whatever his name is, more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. He is a stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic little bighead. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it. Toady wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the flippin’ barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on the health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director? Saturday That person, that Toady, left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did

Maybe she is; maybe she isn’t. Maybe it’s true; maybe it’s not. And we don’t sleep. In Pattaya, the danger of being the eternal fool is that you will eventually run out of money and a penniless fool is as welcome in this town as a fart in a spacesuit. Rich fools we love, poor fools we send packing. The danger with being eternally wise is that you will eventually become too cynical. When the opportunity of a lifetime does present itself you will reject it simply because it sounds too good to be true and you are too smart to fall for that one. Sometimes we can be too clever for our own good. So where do we draw the line? Many foreign men in Pattaya enter relationships with a level of trust higher than it should be. Others fear entering a relationship because they are certain they will be cheated or it will cost them too much money. Like a fool, I think most people are basically honest but like a cynic, I don’t trust any of them. That is my humble end-of-year advice to those of us who want to enjoy this town without being burned. But then, I’m too smart to be

Pattaya Today 17 totally stupid and too stupid to be totally smart. Stuck in the middle again. *** 6:00pm *** As the sun set on a dying year for the last time, I made myself ready to go out into town for a night cavorting at the innumerable parties being prepared. The love of my life doesn’t like crowds, the noisy parties and fireworks so opted to stay home. She informed me she wanted me home before midnight for kao dao. I told her I didn’t understand, so she repeated the words slowly, then once again loudly. That did not work so she left me to work it out for myself. Thirty minutes or so of checking through my library of Thai-English dictionaries resulted in kao either meaning ‘enter’, ‘him’, ‘her’, ‘rice’ or ‘white’, and dao meaning either ‘star’ or ‘turtle’. Trying all the permutations and combinations, the only ones making any sense were ‘turtle and rice’, ‘white turtle’ or ‘white star’. I couldn’t work out whether I was supposed to eat it, play with it or worship it. Seeing my confusion, my darling eventually provided some further, somewhat crucial, information. She said they were English words, not Thai. While mentally assessing the need to confess there are many English words I don’t understand as well, she explained that, as midnight approached, she wanted me home beside her for the ‘kao dao’ [count down], and illustrated her point: “Ten ... nine ... eight ... seven ...”

not show up today. Just hearing him made me want to smash the machine with my planner. However, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel. Sunday I’m having the Church bus collect me up so I can go to services today and thank God that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my daughter Cresley [the cruel, whingeing creep] will choose a gift for me that is fun: like root canal treatment or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!


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Royal British Legion Thailand We have joined forces with Thailand’s leading health insurance company and Pattaya’s top brokers (who have dropped their commission to Legion members) to offer massive discounts but still giving you top of the range cover, you have to be in it to win it!!!. The Royal British Legion meet at Tropical Bert’s 2nd Road opposite the Bangkok Bank every Sunday from 2pm, or phone Bert on 089.807.2335. You do not have to have served in UK armed forces to join, you must however agree to the principles of the Legion. Decorum 10thAnniversary Decorum Furniture & Decoration celebrates their 10th year anniversary by offering their customers, free design on house and condos. For more information, visit

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their shop at South Pattaya Road next to Friendship Supermarket or call 038.410. 763, 038.420.203 Manhattans Early Dining Menu Manhattans Restaurant & Bar have extended the hours of their popular Early Dining Menu to 5pm - 7.30pm. It is a great way for people to enjoy a very wide variety of 5 star cuisine and excellent service at really unbeatable value. We offer a choice of 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 sinfully delicious desserts. Our 2 course meal is only 795 baht and a full 3 course meal is only 895 baht. We change our Early Dining Menu regularly to give our customers a fantastic variety throughout the year.” Orders must be placed before 7.30pm after which diners can savour the excellent cuisine at leisure. Another wonderful incentive to try the Early Dining Menu is;

New Year’s Resolutions As we all start a new year, it is time again to make those ever so important New Year’s Resolutions. I have faithfully made such resolutions in the past, and while I haven’t been able to keep all of them, I have tried my best to continue making progress on them year after year. Following is my revised list of “New Year’s Resolutions 2010 Edition”: Resolution #1 2007: I will try to be a better husband to Marge. 2008: I will not leave Marge. 2009: I will try for a reconciliation with Marge. 2010: I will try to be a better husband to Wanda. Resolution #2 2007: I will stop looking at other women. 2008: I will not get involved with Wanda. 2009: I will not let Wanda pressure me into another marriage. 2010: I will stop looking at other women. Resolution #3 2007: I will not let my boss push me around. 2008: I will not let my sadistic boss drive me to the point of suicide. 2009: I will stick up for my rights when my boss bullies me. 2010: I will tell Dr. Hodger and the group about my boss.

book a table of 4 or more and receive a free bottle of house wine. To view the current early dining selection visit www.manhattanspattaya.com. Call 038 259 790 to book a table. Also don’t forget another great service from Manhattans, complimentary transportation in their luxury vehicles in the Pattaya, Jomtien and Naklua area. Rotary Club Pattaya Marina French speaking Rotary Club, meets every Friday at 18.30 at Amari Resort. Call President Florent Pellegrin 086.565.1955 for more info. www. rotarypattayamarina.org Jazz Pit Pub Live entertainment every day, except Tuesday, at Jazz Pit Pub featuring Jazz Pit duo Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar. All musicians and jazz singers are welcome every Monday with the

weekly Jam session from 8pm to 12mn. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Try Greg’s Kitchen Cod & Chips Day every Friday. Great value only 299 B. Don’t miss Sunday’s 4 traditional Sunday Roasts (Lamb 299B, Beef 260B, Pork 260B, Half Chicken 260B) with all the trimmings. Also, all day big breakfast at only 199B, www.gregskitchennor thpattaya.com Pattaya Backgammon League Meet Up The Pattaya Backgammon League meets up every Saturday at Somboons Restaurant in Jomtien Beach for a tournament. Full Details @ www. pattayabackgam monleague.com British Embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate

Resolution #4 2007: I will read at least 20 good books a year. 2008: I will read at least 10 books a year. 2009: I will read 5 books a year. 2010: I will finish Airport. Resolution #5 2007: I will not get upset when Charlie and Sam make jokes about my baldness. 2008: I will not get annoyed when Charlie and Sam kid me about my toupee. 2009: I will not lose my temper when they tell the guys I wear a girdle. 2010: I will not speak to Charlie and Sam. Resolution #6 2007: I will get my weight down below 180. 2008: I will watch my calories until I get below 190. 2009: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200. 2010: I will try to develop a realistic attitude about my weight. Resolution #7 2007: I will not take a drink before 5:00 p.m. 2008: I will not touch the bottle before noon. 2009: I will not become a “problem drinker”. 2010: I will not miss any AA meetings. Resolution #8 2007: I will not spend my money frivolously. 2008: I will pay off my bank loan promptly. 2009: I will pay off my bank loans promptly. 2010: I will begin making a strong effort to be out of debt by 2015. Resolution #9 2007: I will see my dentist this year. 2008 I will have my cavities filled this year. 2009: I will have my root canal work done this year. 2010: I will get rid of my denture breath this year. Resolution #10 2007: I will go to church every Sunday. 2008: I will go to church as often as possible. 2009: I will set aside time each day for prayer and meditation. 2010: I will try to catch the late night sermonette on TV.

in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units immediately outside the Pattaya immigration bureau, Jomtien soi 5, next to the Yingchit money changer and a few steps from the Meesen coffee shop. Office hours 9.00 a.m.11.30 a.m. weekdays exc. public holidays. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to pattaya@ prolanguage.co.th 2 days before you wish to start. Jazz Club New Venue There is a new lounge bar, with the feel of a jazz club due to open

soon in Pattaya. If you are a professional musician with a proven track record or an amateur with jamming session experience, we would love to hear from you. Call Joe on 083.246.7807 Archery Club Meets every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, at the Pirates of Pattaya Shooting Club in Hua Yai. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarchery-club.com Jazz at Manhattans Don’t forget that you can enjoy an evening of fantastic Jazz every Saturday evening at the Manhattans Restaurant, with special international guest artist on the first Saturday of the month. For further information or to make a reservation, please telephone 038 259 790 to book a table. Also don’t forget another great service from Manhattans, complimentary transportation in their luxury vehicles in the Pattaya, Jomtien and Naklua area.


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Little Miss Modesty

by Bee McConville Are you happy to change in communal changing rooms or do you prefer to hide away in your own personal space? I have asked this question as when I am at the gym I use the communal area to get changed in. However, there are a variety of different places on offer in the ‘girls’ locker room’ which cater for the more modest miss as well as the ‘let it all hang out’ kind of girl. I myself am more than happy to strip down to my undies as I change into or out of my action gear. I am no spring chicken and most of my bits tend to be a tad wobbly, but as I am only standing there in my underwear glory for a matter of seconds, I have no shame or embarrassment, even when other women are changing nearby. But then I noticed the behaviour of other

women around me and it dawned on me that they split along cultural lines when it comes to exposing flesh in public. If you have lived in the Land of Smiles for any amount of time it’s not hard to guess which women are the most modest amongst us – yes,

it is the Thai ladies who nearly all prefer to go into a private, curtained cubicle to change, even if it’s just to put on a clean t-shirt. Despite having near perfect bodies with not an ounce of cellulite in sight, these modest maids much prefer to keep their slender bodies well out of the public eye. Now I was inclined to

believe that most Asian ladies tend to be modest by western standards, but just recently, as I was I was tugging my soggy sweatpants off, I was startled to see an almond eyed young beauty whip off her top and give herself a good rubbing down with a damp washcloth. I noticed this from the

corner of my eye (one has to be careful not to stare in case others think that one is a closet lesbian). She then proceeded to hoik up her skirt only to show a pair of very bare buttocks which she proceeded to rub vigorously with baby lotion. It then occurred to me that she must

be Japanese, as in that country, although the women are very modest indeed, they do have a habit of jumping into mixed gender public baths completely in the buff. So we can assume that exposing private areas in front of a bunch of women is really not anything to get your kimono knotted over. And then there are the

German women. As we all know very well by now, these women will get their kit off at the drop of a hat. There are more naked Germans on beaches than there are, well, sex tourists in Pattaya. Unfortunately for the boys, it tends to be the older, more rotund German women who

favour the full frontals, although at my gym they tend to be younger and more shapely, but they still whip it all off and give everyone a flash of their nipples, despite the painful and abashed looks of their more modest Thai sisters. Speaking of public female modesty reminds me of the time when I worked in the Middle East as an aerobics teacher. Most of the women in that particular part of the world cover themselves from head to foot in hijabs and abayas, whenever they are outside the home. However, once they are well out of the public (and male in particular) eye – in this case in a basement gym with absolutely no windows to peep through - they are more than happy to bare all and cavort naked around the steam bath and changing rooms. So what about the British women? Do we align ourselves with the

‘there’s nothing wrong with a bit of bare body’ Japanese and German ladies or do we side with our local sisters and cover everything up even when it’s probably not even worth covering? Well, to be honest, I can’t really say as, apart from me, there are no other English ladies at my gym so I cannot go by personal experience. However, judging by changing rooms used back in

England, I would certainly put us in the Thai camp rather than the German one. Just like our Thai sisters, we tend to go for the closed curtain cubicle over the mass strip down in a communal area. Unfortunately, though, this is not out of pure modesty but rather due to the fact that the pasty, white, blobby, wobbly western body is best unclad in private!

would anyone choose to spend a stack of money on a duvet jacket and thick

these clothes or else the shops wouldn’t sell them, right? So where are they

leggings? Except that there must be people out there roaming the shops of Thailand who actually buy

wearing their cold weather gear? Have the locals all headed off to the Osaka ski slopes, or gone to Dream

World to play in the snow, or even up country to climb the north face of Doi Inthanon clad in knee length boots, polo neck jumpers, heavily padded jackets and extra thick pashminas? Am I missing something here when I dress up in my usual jeans and a t-shirt that seems just right for the pleasantly low humidity we have at this time of year. Am I leaving myself open to variety of winter ills and chills including kidney infections, sore throats, or even the common cold as I am refusing to wear anything that has a sleeve that goes below my elbow? Call me Mrs Stupid, but I’m afraid I just don’t get the ‘winter’ fashion at the moment which seems simply outrageous for a tropical climate!

Cold Comforts

Have you been shopping recently? And have you noticed what is in the shops? Yes, I know it’s ‘winter’ in Thailand which means that instead of being 35 degrees for most of the day it is now only 32 degrees and the temperature at night has fallen from 28 degrees to 24 degrees, but is that any reason to fill the shops with woolly jumpers, thick padded coats, scarves and other assorted Arctic winter clothing. Copying the west when it comes to sex before marriage, eating McDonalds and listening to Susan Boyle is one thing, but trying to pretend it’s winter and we all need to wear warm clothes so we don’t catch a cold is extremely ridiculous and the height of pointlessness. When tourists are lying sweating by their hotel pools and sitting out the midday sun in heavily shaded and airconditioned cafes why

I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie


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Father Ray Foundation, Thailand

Father Ray Foundation’s Disabled Vocational School students were presented with a prestigious Ministry of Development and Human Security Award by Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva recently. The Film Unit of the Media Department of the Father Ray Foundation Vocational School has produced a powerful TV programme “Khieng Ba-Khieng Lai” considered by many to be the most inspirational presentation produced for and by the disabled of Thailand.

“Khieng Ba-Khieng Lai” promotes the need for the people of Thailand to recognise and accept the need and desires of disabled students to walk “shoulder to shoulder” “side by side” with able bodied young people. PM Abhisit (pictured) was surprised and delighted to be unofficially thanked by Fr Ray Foundation’s Opor and signed an autograph for the 29 year old Vocational School student, who studies Computer and Business Management in English. The bubbly young woman suffers from poor eyesight and one atrophied leg. She is among 270 disabled young adults who, with 600 abused and abandoned children form the Father Ray Foundation family; Pattaya’s largest and longest established children’s charity. Fr Larry Patin, President of FRF (pictured ) officially received this prestigious award on behalf of the Media Department of the Vocational School. Father Ray Foundation projects: School for the Blind, Children’s Home, Day Care Center, Children’s Village, Outreach Work and Drop In Center, Vocational School for people with Disabilities, Job Placement Center, Independent Living Center, Center for Children with Special Needs. That’s around 850 needy children and add 250 staff and volunteers and we need a lot of rice! Please donate now: www.fr-ray.org/donate. For further Info: Tel: 038 716 628 Email: pr@fr-ray.org www.fr-ray.org

Christmas Party at the Banpharkhun Early Learning Centre

By Jim Phillips

My good friends, John and Pim Seaton, have spent much of their time and money to support the Banpharkhun Early Learning Centre here in Pattaya; it is a school for underprivileged children. They wanted to have a Christmas party for their kids, plus an additional 50 kids from the Mercy Centre, and asked me to do something to help entertain the kids. Since they came from poor families, I thought that instead of toys, candy, or teddy bears, I would give them money. I came up with the idea of a ‘Baht Box’, since I live in Las Vegas, and the kids would have to have “luck” to win big. Every kid would draw from the ‘Baht Box’ a card which had a banknote attached to it, 20 baht to 100 baht. So I brought the box to the party, however, no one wanted to stick their hand in. The Mayor was going to give out presents, however he was running late and the kids were getting restless, so the teachers lined the kids up and told them to draw money out of the ‘Baht Box’. The first kid drew out a 100 baht note, gave me a suspicious look, and put the money back in the box. This happened a couple of times, and then the teachers explained that the kids could keep the money. Things got exciting after that. Instead of 60 kids we got over a 100+ kids, including kids from the neighbourhood. I ran out of money, and the Mayor showed up and took over. We went home after about 2 hours, but were told later that several hundred people showed up later for “free money from the Baht Box”.


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by Kris & Noi Do you have a question about customs, culture or life in Thailand? Send it to Kris & Noi at: PTPrivatePosts@yahoo.com

Dear Kris & Noi, I am a relative newcomer to Thailand and, since moving to Pattaya, I have learned a great deal from your column about Thai people and customs. Thank you for that important service. Now for my question; I have a Thai girlfriend who has been living with me for about a month. We met while I was here on vacation a year ago. Anyway, her mother (who I’d never met previously), came to stay with us last weekend and as she was preparing to return to Buriram, we all said our goodbyes, then she spoke in Thai to her daughter. My girlfriend then asked me if I could give her mother 5,000 baht,

with no explanation as to why or what for. Taken aback, I instinctively withdrew the money from my wallet. My girlfriend handed it to her mother, who proceeded to walk out without a word. That is, no smile of appreciation, no words of thanks or gratitude, nothing. Is that common? Personally, I felt slighted (not to mention used). Her actions endorsed the reputation of farang being seen as nothing more than walking ATMs. Marvin It could have been a genuine request, made at the last moment out of shyness with a foreign stranger, but most likely it was a blatant handout demand. Certainly some Thai families do look upon a girl’s farang boyfriend as an easy take, grabbing as much as possible before he disappears, and you appear to have met a prime example with Buriram Mum. As she stayed for

the weekend, the matter could have been raised earlier, with your girlfriend explaining it, instead of being sprung upon you at the last moment. Until you get to know your girlfriend better, you should be careful about your spending, don’t just give freely to any demand, especially regarding her family. This is not to denigrate the girl at all— until you are better acquainted just treat your relationship as you surely would with a girl from your home country. Most expats, once they have settled into a Thai family and they have all got to know each other better, lose the money machine tag. Regarding the lack of gratitude shown, try not to feel offended, as you will come across this a lot, especially with rural people. For some reason or other, they find it hard to show appreciation; we feel that it is often down to being shy in showing feelings,

particularly to a foreigner, and not knowing whether they should or not, or even what is proper. You will find that, as you become closer to a family, they will show their feelings more openly to you. Dear Kris & Noi, I have seen more tattoos on large western men and small foxy Thai chicks than I have ever seen. I have seen more silicone implants on feisty young bar girls and quite a few Thai “blokes” than ever before; this place really does work hard at bombarding the senses! Apocalypse Tattoos do seem to be more popular than ever amongst expats—possibly because they are accepted here whereas they would be frowned upon back home— and service girls. Knockers are swelling like never before amongst normally small-breasted Thais, not only due to implants, but

also with lifelike boobboosting bras; but Thai bodies are becoming fleshier too. Dear Kris & Noi, There may not be so many tourists coming this season, but there are plenty of two-week millionaires out and about already, spoiling the scene for everyone else again. Already I’ve seen idiots throwing money around on dancers and bar girls, buying drinks for whole groups of them and giving huge tips. They are also paying hugely inflated prices for short and long times. If only these people would read about Pattaya before they come, they would know the correct prices to pay for the girls, and wouldn’t be buying lady drinks for any girl who hangs around or even just smiles at them. Now, when they have left, we regulars will be facing greedy girls who expect crazy high prices. They don’t deserve any more than the regular fee, as it isn’t exactly hard work, or too demanding on their brains. Bodger

High-spending tourists have been coming here for many years and rates for service girls haven’t really increased much, so your argument, like most whinges about girly fees, doesn’t hold water. Despite the usual claims about the stupidity of the girls, they obviously have a far better grasp of the market than many expats. They, quite rightly, want to earn as much as possible when renting out their bodies, so they enjoy meeting big spenders and making the most of their time with them. They also accept that, once the tourists have left, they will have to settle for the regular fees, as well as the cheapos who like to boast on web sites about how they got a girl for the cheapest price, as if it’s something to be proud of. If a man is spending his own money it isn’t any business whatsoever of other expats as to how much of it he lavishes on booze and birds. What next—are you going to tell people not to buy expensive drinks, or only stay at cheap hotels?


Silly Season

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by Alan S. Brown

Whatever your particular religious persuasion, the end of the year is a time to celebrate, unwind and let your hair down. Blood alcohol levels are way up and inhibitions way down. There seems to be an endless orgy of eating, drinking and debauchery. (This is ‘Sin City,’ after all.) This seems to apply to all segments of society, including private citizens and public officials. I have no way of knowing if the following incident really ever happened, but I suppose it could have. I’m told by usually highly unreliable sources that, recently, at a local police station, the desk sergeant noticed that one of his junior officers was walking around with a clipboard in front of his lower area and a sheepish expression on his face. ‘What’s up, Officer Boy?” asked the sergeant. “Why do you think something’s up? Nothing at all is up. Really,” replied an obviously embarrassed

Officer Boy. At that, the sergeant grabbed the clipboard away and was shocked to see that a tent had formed in the front of the officer’s trousers. It was the longest tent pole he had ever seen. Astonished and clueless as to what had caused this stimulating reaction, the sergeant surveyed the squad room and noticed that the door to the evidence room was open. Upon further inspection, he realized that last week’s haul of illegal Viagra was missing. After shining the harsh light of interrogation on the hapless policeman, Boy admitted that he had raided the cookie jar, so to speak, and had imbibed several of the blue, diamond shaped tablets; in the interest of investigative research, of course. Officer Boy was sent home to ‘relieve’ his problem and told not to return until all was placid or, in this case, flaccid again. The last I heard, Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. As only a couple percent of the whole population is Christian,

Christmas is not recognized as an official holiday here. Banks, schools, shops and offices are open for business as usual. So, why does my Thai partner expect an expensive Christmas present? I also noticed that the security guards and other workers in my village have been extra solicitous lately; no doubt hoping for a generous Christmas tip (which they will undoubtedly get from ‘papa,’ who is known to gave a ‘good heart’—hmmm.) For that matter, why are the malls and department stores decked out with Santas, Christmas trees and all kinds of Christmas decorations? The answer to all these rhetorical questions is obvious: TIT (This is Thailand.) Not so silly is the issue of drunk driving. Unfortunately, Thailand has the dubious distinction of having record traffic fatalities and injuries as a result of people driving while under the influence of alcohol during the holiday season. This carnage often takes

Vol. 9 No. 08  1 - 15 January 2010 place on the crowded highways as people are returning to their home villages to celebrate the festive season and the New Year. The authorities have made many laudable, though sometimes misguided, attempts to stem the slaughter. For example, it’s illegal to sell or buy booze during the

way home from a hard day of studying. I wouldn’t imagine this is particularly effective in cutting down underage drinking as the kiddies, if so inclined, can obtain their illicit beverages at other hours. It certainly causes inconvenience to those of us over twenty years old and must hurt the retailers who are

hours of 2 pm and 5 pm. This is, apparently, to discourage school kids from buying beer or other adult beverages on their

restricted from selling the stuff. I’d suggest a more direct approach. Prosecute merchants who don’t check ID!

I read that a law will be enforced that prohibits selling gift basket containing booze. Apparently it’s believed that including such items in the popular holiday baskets leads to road accidents. First of all, what’s to stop someone from buying and giving whiskey bottles separately? Again, why not try a direct enforcement approach: a zero tolerance policy on drunk driving and a mandatory jail sentence for those who are caught with unacceptable blood alcohol levels? Why do we all go nuts with spending during this season? Many of us depend on fixed incomes. With the economy in the toilet, we try to economize for most of the year. When December rolls around, we spend with abandon on lavish decorations, cards, gifts, eating and drinking as if it’s the last day of the world and on things that will end up at the bottom of a closet or in the trash at the end of the season. We party, get drunk and act silly. Why do we do that? We do it because, it’s fun. I hope everyone had a great New Year and is recovering from all the partying.

Second Thoughts on Death Panels

There was a big uproar in the media recently when former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin suggested that President Obama’s health plan included death panels for Grandma. She seemed to think that the government would set up panels of judges to decide which elderly citizens deserved to receive health care and which ones deserved to have the plug pulled on their

life-support systems. That wasn’t part of Obama’s plan, but it was quickly hooted down. The idea of empowering the government to decide which old people should live and which ones should be consigned to the compost heap was condemned as outrageous. I disagree. This is a great idea. Critics have slandered Ms. Palin as a brainless bimbo airhead twit, but with this idea she has proven herself to be a woman of imagination, moxie, and pizzazz. As an old guy, I’ve noticed that my peers and I tend to get sloppy in our old age. We figure we’ve paid our dues and can take it easy. And society cuts us a lot of slack just because we’re old. The prospect of facing a death panel would quickly snap us back into line. It would motivate us to upgrade our behavior before the crucial day. It would also enable us to practice our answers to the hard questions we are bound to be asked after we die and come before the heavenly bar for judgment. For us, death panels would be nothing to fear. These are U.S. government death panels we’re talking about

here. Old age has endowed us with cunning and guile. If we can’t fast-talk our way past death panels run by the U.S. government, we deserve, in the immortal words of Jesus Christ, to be cast into the outer darkness, where there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. I believe that every old geezer ought to face a death panel and undergo a lifetime performance review at the age of 65. (I exempt women from this requirement because they’re better than we are.) This is how I’d expect mine to go. Call the judges Yama (after King Yama, the judge of the dead in the Hindu-Buddhist tradition) and Pete (after St. Peter, the guardian of the Pearly Gates in the Christian tradition): Yama: S. Tsow, eh? You are a dubious character, Tsow. What do you have to say for yourself? During your long and dissolute career on this planet, what have you contributed to its betterment? Have you fed the starving, clothed the naked, housed the homeless, nursed the sick, and sucked the leper’s sores? Tsow: No, sir. I was an English teacher. I taught my students what a gerund is.

Pete: A gerund? What’s that? Some sort of groundhog, isn’t it? Tsow: Sir, a gerund is a verb that functions as a noun. Yama: Say what? A verb that functions—? That doesn’t make any sense at all. Tsow: Ah, sir, but it does, and that is why my pedagogy was so vital to the welfare of our species. Take the sentence, “Running is my favorite activity.” “Running” is a verb. But because it is the subject of the sentence, in this context it functions as a noun. Ergo, thus, and therefore, it is a verb that functions as a noun: in short, a gerund. (The entire courtroom bursts into wild applause.) Yama (growling): I fail to see the usefulness of such pedantry. Tsow: Sir, there is a law of linguistics known as the Domino Theory of Language Degeneration. If students are ignorant of what a gerund is, it follows as surely as the elephant pie follows in the wake of the elephant that they will also be ignorant of what a participle is; not to mention a conjunctive adverb, a subordinate clause, the past perfect progressive tense,

and the Oxford comma. With the population thus wallowing in ignorance, the entire magnificent edifice of the English language— the language of Chaucer and Shakespeare, of Donne and Dryden, of Milton, Coleridge, and Keats—yea, even of Moaning Minnie, the Fool in Paradise, and Mr. Pobaan—will come crashing to the ground. Pete: I’m impressed. I think we should pass him. Yama: I’m not, and we shouldn’t. This man is a bullshitter. Tsow: O, sir, afflict thou not mine ears, nor the delicate ears of this most august court, with such rude and uncivil locutions! Why, sir, were the noble gerund to be lost from the vast storehouse of human knowledge, ‘twould merely be the first small step in the gradual but inexorable unraveling, the erosion, the disappearance unto extinction, of all knowledge whatsoever. The gerund is a tiny island, cut away from the main; sink it beneath the waves, sir, and let no man ask for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. Pete: By George, the man knows how to talk. He’ll do well when he comes before the heavenly bar. Tsow: You mean this isn’t

the heavenly bar? Pete: This is an earthly bar. You’re not dead yet. Tsow: Can I have a drink, then? I could use a Saengsom soda. Also a cold washcloth and some peanuts. Yama (sternly): No drinking in front of a death panel! Have you no decency? Now, I do not believe that your efforts to preserve the gerund from extinction constitute sufficient justification for your continued existence on this planet. I therefore vote that, at the earliest opportunity, you should be staked out in the snow to be devoured by wolves. Pete: Yam, with all due respect, I have to disagree. The gerund is a valuable grammatical construction, worth preserving to stimulate the brains of generations of students yet unborn. I vote in favor of this venerable English teacher. Yama: Then we have a split decision. Come back in five years for a re-evaluation, Tsow. And don’t forget to sign in every 90 days. Tsow: OK. But next time I want to see a cold washcloth and some peanuts. S. Tsow can be scolded for writing such piffle at s.tsow@ymail.com. Send peanuts.


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Thai Rewards - Simply The Best Discount Scheme Nationwide There is a new scheme offering excellent deals to businesses and ordinary people, which has been operating for four months that is proving incredibly popular in Pattaya and is doing a great deal to generate much needed business in this currently depressed economic climate. This new scheme goes by the name of Thai Rewards and is without doubt the best discount scheme available, nationwide. Pattaya Today had the pleasure of interviewing Matt O’Sullivan, one of the Partners, and Angela

Turton, the Tourism Executive, to discover exactly what the service was that Thai Rewards is offering and how it can benefit both its customers and providers. We were significantly impressed! Unlike most cardbased schemes, Thai Rewards requires no join-up fee and is free for businesses; no irksome ongoing participation or management fees. All that is required for businesses is that they should offer discounts of at least 10% to card-holders and prominently display the Thai Rewards logo in their front windows, as well as accompanying literature in situ. In return, Thai Rewards will publicise

their business free via its website, through the media, and a variety of pro-active and creative promotions, as well as offering an easy to use map, listing all participants, available throughout Pattaya, so customers have no difficulty in finding providers. These will all be updated on a regular basis. The publicity is currently available in English, Thai, and Russian, thus tapping the most prominent segments of the market. For the customer, there is a series of four cards, priced from Bt500-5000,

which can be used without restriction within the specified card duration, from the date of issue. These are: 1. Holiday Card - Bt500: 30 days - ideal for all types of holidaymakers; 2. 6 Month Card Bt900: for long-term holidaymakers and seasonal residents; 3. 12 Month Card Bt1,500 - fantastic for all residents and expats; 4. Corporate Card Bt5,000: excellent value for business people, who can entertain up to four clients or friends on one card. Customers can buy the card online and it can be delivered to their hotel, apartment or home by secure post. Alternatively,

they can use one of the Thai Rewards’ selected outlets to collect their cards. The benefits to the customer are outstanding. For the first two cards, it is easily possible to recoup the card cost in just one day, whereas the long-term resident likewise regains the money spent in a very short time, after which the savings keep pouring in; this, of course, applies to all the cards. For the active business person, constantly having to entertain clients, the card is an absolute godsend, having the potential of saving the

company vast amounts of money. The other really pleasant feature of Thai Rewards cards is that customers won’t feel like pariahs when they attempt to use them; on the contrary, they will be appreciated as valued customers, as the incentive to keep returning to favourite providers will be great, knowing what substantial savings are being made. Another significant feature of Thai Rewards providers is that rather than constantly ‘dropping off the radar’, like some other card-scheme members, the Thai Rewards providers will constantly increase as it is the avowed intent of the Thai Rewards’ management to pursue a pro-active marketing

strategy, devoting their energies to consistently improve the quality of the service and number of participants. Their mission encompasses increasing the service both within the local marketing area and to expand nationwide to such venues as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Chang, Koh Samet, and Hua Hin, and others yet to be determined, including venues abroad. To date the categories under the aegis of Thai Rewards include cars & motorbikes, clothing & fashion, education, entertainment, food & drink, health & relaxation, house & garden, jewellery, nightlife, play centres, property, services, shopping, sports, tours & attractions, travel, wedding, and video. As can be seen, the listing is comprehensive and is growing daily, both within the category areas and the categories, themselves. At the date of writing, there were 265 participants with a target of 2000 plus by the end of 2010, in Pattaya, alone. One of the single most cost-effective bargains currently is golf, with 10 major golf courses currently participating and Thai Rewards is proud to be able to offer the lowest green fees available. For example, at Burapha one can save Bt950 on weekday green fees, and Bt1,050 at the weekend, whereas Pleasant Valley is willing to give discounts of Bt1,050 during the week and Bt1,650 at weekends; major incentives by any criteria! Most tourist venues are also becoming participants. Hotels and major restaurants are also clamouring to join the scheme, as are a host of other service providers. More and more are

realising the wisdom of the axiom “you’ve got to spend money, to make it”, thus seeing the benefits accruing from offering substantial discounts to attract more custom. All in all, Thai Rewards is promoting a win-win scheme that can only improve money circulation and prove

mutually beneficial to providers and customers alike, as the scheme’s popularity grows. Thai Rewards Co. Ltd., 3rd Floor, 215/15-18 Pattaya Second Road, opposite Royal Garden Plaza, Pattaya, Chonburi 20260. Phone: 038 723 120, Website: www.thairewards.com.


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Vol. 9 No. 08  1 - 15 January 2010 wine or a pint of beer under a review of drink driving laws. Transport Secretary, Lord Adonis, asked legal expert, Sir Peter North, to advice on a shake up of the current system, which could bring Britain in line with much of Europe. Drink driving led to 430 deaths in the UK last year, and 100,000 motorists fail or refuse tests each year. The legal limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, or about one and a half pints of average strength beer for the average man. Drivers over this limit face an automatic 12-month ban.

How expensive is London? LONDON has slipped to 20th most expensive city in the world, falling from 2ND spot in 2007. Prices on 26 goods including milk, mobiles and Big Macs were compared. Norway’s Oslo is the most expensive, followed by Copenhagen in Denmark and Sao Paulo in Brazil. Paris is No 4 and New York No 30. London’s fall is due to price cuts and the Pound’s collapse, said PriceRunner.co.uk. which compiled the poll. UK ‘to fall out of top ten economies within five years BRITAIN could drop out of the worlds top ten economies by 2015 a hard hitting report warned last week. The Centre for Economics and Business Research says Britain has slipped to seventh in the league table, this year behind America, China, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. It goes on to warn that Britain could be overtaken by Russia, Brazil, India and Canada by 2015. The findings are a blow to Gordon Brown as Britain was rated the fourth largest economy in the world as recently as 2005. Mr. Douglas McWilliams, Chief Executive of the CEBR said, “Australia could also catch and overtake the British economy by 2020”. He went on to warn that Britain could lose its influence on the global stage if its economy slips further down the leagues. The report says Perhaps the area where this will be most noticeable, will be on the diplomatic front. PM Gordon Grown has top brain. PM GORDON BROWN was named among the top 100 global thinkers by an influential US magazine. He was ranked 74th in Foreign Policy for his ‘leadership during the financial crisis’, however, six other Brits were higher. Barack Obama was second on the list, topped by chairman of the US Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke for “staving off a new Great Depression. Britain scores low for cancer survival BRITON has some of the worst cancer survival rates among the world’s 13 richest nations a survey revealed last month. The UK has the second lowest five-year bowel cancer survival rate and came fifth from last for breast cancer survival rates after five years, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said. Mobile phones have been given a clean bill of health after new in-depth research was published last month. Experts found no increase in brain tumour rates during the years when the mobile phone caught on and became the must have gadgets they are today. The Danish Cancer Society study was based on data for the 16 million adults in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden during the 30 years to 2003. The aim was to discover whether the mobile phone boom during the 1990’s could be linked to any statistical increase in brain tumours. Professor Malcolm Sperrin, Director of Medical Physics at Royal Berkshire Hospital said “If there is a link between mobile phones and tumours then it is very, very difficult to find.” Marriage is good for you MARRIAGE is good for you; it can reduce the risk of

depression and slash anxiety, say scientists. Most people said they felt happier when married, according to the study of 34,493 people in 15 countries. However, separation and divorce were shown to undo the benefits and lead women to abuse drugs and alcohol and men to become depressed. Kate Scott the Clinical Psychologist from New Zealand’s University of Otago, who led the findings, helped to explain the link between mental health, marriage and divorce. She said “What makes this investigation unique and more robust, is the sample study is so large, and across so many countries”. She said the study found that getting married was good for the mental health of both men and women, confounding previous claims that men do not benefit. However, if depression did strike during marriage, it was more likely to happen to women, probably because of the pressure they felt to run a household, cook and clean. The study was published in the British journal Psychological Medicine. Beating the winter chills BRITS feeling the heat of rising power bills are turning to old-fashioned ways of beating winter chills, including hot water bottles. Sales of the humble bed warmer are up by 27 per cent compared to last year at supermarket Tesco, and bosses expect to sell 115,000 bottles at £5 a time by the end of January 2010. The supermarket giant has also seen a massive 126 per cent increase in sales of electric blankets and a 225 per cent rise in thick bed covers and duvets. The world’ favourite landmarks BIG BEN doesn’t even get a mention in a new Top 10 of the world’s favourite landmarks. In fact not one British attraction made the list, not even the London Eye, St. Paul’Cathedral or Tower Bridge. Even Britons failed to choose one of our landmarks in the survey of 10,000 travellers on the Hotel.com. website. In first place was the Eiffel Tower in Paris, chosen by 16 per cent followed by St. Peter’s Basillica in Rome on nine per cent, while eight per cent voted for the Taj Mahal in India Three American icons, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Empire State Building together with the Statue of Liberty in New York took the next three positions on seven per cent. Website spokesman Alison Couper said, “The pull of these landmarks is so strong people travel specially to see them.” Cycling in Britain is dangerous CYCLING is much more hazardous than car travel with June the most dangerous month, the British Medical Journal said last month, For every 100 injuries a year to car occupants there were 68 cyclists and pedestrians injured, however 40 times more car journeys were made, A University of Surrey study of hospital admissions between 1999 and 2004 found 10,000 more injuries to pedestrians and cyclists in the summer; June was the worst month for adults on bikes. A warning to motorists MOTORISTS could be banned after just one glass of

Drink a Glass of Red Wine or Champagne A DAILY glass of red wine helps fight tooth decay as it contains chemical that stop bad bacteria sticking to enamel say scientist at Italy’s Pavia University. A glass of champagne it good for your heart. British academics have found that champagne is packed with polyphenol plant chemicals, thought to widen the blood vessels, easing the strain on your heart and brain. And researchers believe the health benefits aren’t limited to the expensive stuff, but are also found in cheaper alternatives such as cava and prosecco. The Reading University study builds on earlier finding that two glasses of red wine a day help keep heart circulatory problems at bay. Researcher, Dr. Jeremy Spencer said “The question was would champagne have the same impact as red wine or would it have the limited impact of white wine? He showed that champagne had a far bigger impact on nitric oxide levels than a polyphenol free “dummy drink” of alcohol mixed with carbonated water’ Sceptics about Global Warning NEARLY half of Brits do not believe mankind is causing global warming, say a poll. Some 46 per cent quizzed by ICM said there were no proof of human responsibility. And around seven per cent were not convinced it was happening at all. Just 23 per cent said global warming was the most important problem man faced, while 17 per cent did not think it was serious. Britain is to get its own space agency LORD DRAYSON, the science minister said “We will take over from the British National Space Centre and aim to put Britain in a better position to negotiate international space deals, as well as boost jobs and growth. Scientists say that the present joint funding by six government departments, two research councils, and the Met Office, hinders long-term planning. The sector supports 68,000 jobs. The agency is about making sure the UK fully exploits its competitive advantage in satellites and robotics Lord Drayson told the Appleton Space Conference in Didcot, Oxforshire, Goodbye to your Cheque Book CHEQUE books could be signed to history after a meeting of finance chiefs. Industry experts say 2018 is the most likely date to axe the use of cheques. In 1990 Britons write 11 million cheques a day. This year the figure will be closer to 4 million and in eight year’s time it is likely to have dwindles to 1.1 million a day. Most high street stores have already stopped accepting cheques, and the Payments Council, which represents industry, will soon discuss how to phase out cheques completely, however, more than 100 MPs oppose the move. Liberal leader, Mark Hunter, said “It’s scandalous that banks, bailed out by the taxpayer, are now planning to cause their customers massive inconvenience by scrapping the cheque. A spokesman for consumer group WHICH? Said “Prematurely getting rid of cheques will make life very difficult to many of the most vulnerable, including the elderly, those housebound and those who don’t have access to internet. Many small businesses also oppose the plan.


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PATTAYA STYLISH LIVING

Simply the best!

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by Dr. Iain Corness

Anna Mae Bullock’s rendition of “Simply the best” in 1991 is still a hit almost 20 years later. Australia’s rugby league adopted the song as their theme and flew her out to Australia to perform it for the football fans. For many, she simply was, and still is, the best! If you haven’t guessed already, Anna Mae Bullock changed her name to Tina Turner, got shot of Ike, and is one of the top touring acts in the world. I would like to think that this hospital is also “Simply the best”, but these kinds of claims were difficult to prove until this year. Generally, comparing hospitals throughout the world is a case of comparing apples and oranges. Both are fruits, but what is the measuring stick? Well, for Tina Turner, bums on seats is a reasonable yardstick, and for interest, Guinness World Records announced that Tina had sold more concert tickets than any other solo concert performer in music history. What an achievement! But bums on seats is hardly the way to measure a hospital’s performance. There has to be another way. And there is. It is a totally neutral body of examiners who can compare one hospital with another, and is not restricted by local

rules. In other words, this has to be a ‘world’ board of examiners. An organszation that knows the world healthcare industry and the hospitals within it. An organisation with the bona fides to be accepted by the world. That organization is known as the Joint Commission International (JCI) which has its headquarters in the USA, but performs an ‘umbrella’ function over hospitals all over the world. JCI in its website states categorically, “The JCI program is clearly an organizational accreditation approach with evaluation of all the ‘systems’ of a health care organization. The JCI model evaluates the ability of an organization to assess and monitor

Tina Turner still ‘Simply the Best’ after turning 70 last November

its professional staff through internal mechanisms. The JCI program provides a comprehensive framework for quality management in an organization, expanding the boundaries of the quality leadership and management found in the EFQM model, and beyond the quality control of the ISO model. The JCI organizational accreditation program was designed to permit international comparisons, difficult under the other models due to country specific variation. In 2009 we threw

our hat into the ring and asked the JCI for evaluation of the hospital, its services, its staff and its methods. In October 2009, after the evaluation group had finished with us, we were given full accreditation by the JCI, which is known as having reached JCIA.

This means we are the equal of any JCIA hospital in Bangkok. However, that is not just as good as the Bangkok hospitals, but as good as any JCI accredited hospital in the world. Like Tina Turner, we can sing “Simply the best” under our breath as we go

through the business of being a world class healthcare provider. Of course, JCIA is not a one shot wonder. We are being continuously evaluated, to make sure our standards do not slip. This is good insurance for you, our patients, and does help to keep us on our toes!


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Thai Airways Boss Accused Of Trying To Avoid Customs Over 390kg Excess Baggage A committee of inquiy has been set up by Thai Airways International board over asertions that Wallop Bhukkanasut, the THAI executive chairman, abused the terms of his office by effectively smuggling 390kg. of family excess baggage on a THAI flight from Tokyo to Bangkok. Khun Wallop apparently used the lost baggage channel at Suvarnabhumi Airport to get the luggage through, thus bypassing customs control. He had apparently forced the airline to carry the excess luggage free of charge. PAD Cuts Off Its Own Nose To Spite Its Face Apparently, members of the People Against Democracy (PAD) are in favour of expelling all foreigners from Thailand, to enable the country to solve its own problems. Were this to happen, the consequences would be dire: no more Honda, Toyota, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, GM, Ford, Chevrolet cars made in Thailand; steel and ancilary cutbacks in consequence; 95% of hotels and businesses catering to tourists and businessmen closed, non-Thai business franchises likewise, plus the millions of Thais employed by foreign firms redundant. Nice one, PAD! Enraged Burmese Bra Factory Workers Up In Arms Over Two Fellow Workers’ Disappearance Following the injuring and disappearance of two female Burmese workers in the Top Form Brassiere factory, Mae Sot, by security officers of the factory, the 2,000 Burmese workers employed there became enraged and staged a twoday protest, forcing some 300 police, military officers and defence volunteers to step in to attempt to exert control. Rumours had it that one of the Burmese women had been killed, while the other had actually returned to the Myowaddi Hospital for treatment. Bomb Blast Kills Three And Injures Two More In Narathiwat A 20-kg. cooking-gas tank blast killed three rangers of a special team providing security for teachers and injured one more, as well as an assistant district chief, recently, near Yueroh School in Bacho District, Narathiwat Province. The two critically injured victims were rushed to Bacho Hospital for emergency treatment. Meanwhile, police thoroughly investigated the scene of the incident and found the Muslimin Dalowittaya militants’ letter admitting culpability for the crime. The Second Wave Of The Type-A (H1N1) Flu Begins To Strike Thailand As the second wave of the type-A (H1N1) influenza pandemic begins to take its toll, 2 million Thais stand at risk of catching the virus, with an estimated death rate of at least 90 unless local communities adopt strict surveillance and preventative measures, according to the Disease Control Department’s Kamnuan Ungchusak. Apparently, 8 million Thais caught the virus in the first wave from April to October, of whom six million showed symptoms, with 185 deaths recorded. Terrorist-Linked Passport Forgery Gang Nabbed By DSI Eight individuals, including Thai women, alleged to be members of two passport forgery gangs, with links to the terrorists responsible for the 2004 Madrid train bombings, have been arrested by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI). Their target groups were criminal gangs involved in drugs and human trafficking as well as male travellers aged between 25-35. The passports are excellent forgeries based on those stolen from Europeans and were sold at US$10,000/ Bt330,000 on average.

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Government Sponsored Debt Refinancing Scheme Uncovers Bt25.96 Billion In Bad Debts A government sponsored scheme to refinance the debts of debt-stricken low income earners owed to loan-sharks from December 1-18, attracted some 249,484 individuals with a staggering combined debt of Bt25.96 billion, with an average debt of Bt100,000 per head. The Government Savings Bank (GSB) reported the respective debts of individual areas as being: Bangkok Bt2.67 billion, Nakhon Ratchasima Bt1.26 billion, Songkhla Bt795.38 million, Samut Prakarn Bt682.84, Surin Bt801.11 million and Mae Hong Son Bt20.02 million.

Leaked Document Details War Preparations Against Cambodia Opposition MP Claims Having seen a leaked confidential paper, Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Prompan has accused the government of planning military force against Cambodia if Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thaksin Shinawatra take any action considered a violation of Thai sovereignty, including establishing a government in exile for Thaksin in Cambodia. Thaksin is apparently viewed as “a major threat to the government”, employing a two-pronged strategy to bring down the government: co-operation with Hun Sen and activity by the Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship.

2004 Tsunami Legacy Still Smarts In the 2004 tsunami, which killed 226,000 in the 13 affected countries, Thailand suffered 8,212 killed or missing. The fishing village, Ban Nam Khem, for example, lost half of its 5000 population and has never recovered. “So many people here are still looking for their family,” said resident Suvadee, “The village is scared of the sea, but we don’t know where to go. We live in new homes, but I don’t think I could ever leave here knowing my son has never been found.”

Thaksin Supporters Straem Across Border En Route To See Thaksin In Phnom Penh Approximately 200 Puea Thai Party members and other supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, largely from Bangkok, Rayong and other central provinces, were seen crossing the border at Aranyaprathet en route to meet the fugitive former prime minister in Phnom Penh, who has apparently just returned to Cambodia. About 30 Thaksin supporters accused Thai authorities of attempting to block their entry into Cambodia; however, police said they were denied access due to not having passports.

Thieves Begin To Raid National Treasures A spate of recent robberies from national heritage sites, including the Chawsamphraya National Museum, have prompted Ayutthaya police to increase their vigilence, to include snipers. The Khon Kaen National Museum also recently lost 91 over 1,000-year-old “national treasures”, including bronze Buddha statues, Buddha heads, amulets, sheets of gold from ancient temples and burial sites and other items. The authorities have appealed to the public to report any of the missing antiquities or tips to help police find the robbers. Thailand Trounces Rivals In 25th Southeast Asian Games, Except For Football. Thailand retained their top title, achieving 86 gold medals out of 372, with a total of 266 medals overall in the 25th Southeast Asian Games, held in Vientiane, Laos, in which athletes from 11 nations competed in sports ranging from athletics and swimming to sepak takraw (a cross between football and volleyball) and wushu (combined martial arts disciplines). Thailand was top in athletics, but was roundly defeated in the football tournament, by eventual soccer winners Malaysia. Burmese Government Failing Its People According To Report ‘The Gathering Storm’ Burmese people are coming to the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai-Burma border for basic health care due to poverty, military oppression and the lack of human rights in Burma. People are dying because there’s no significant investment in health infrastructure, no access to the most basic, costeffective health interventions that should be available domestically, but due to years of neglect, Burma’s health system has failed its people, with over 7% of Burmese children dying before their first birthdays and 10% before their fifth. Authorities Crack Down On Drug Abuse In Bangkok Valiant attempts are being made by an official consortium to radically reduce the amount of illegal drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, ice [crystal methamphetamine], methamphetamine, marijuana and kratom coming to Bangkok, affecting 587 out of 1,900 communities in the city, especially Klong Toey, Suthisarn and entertainment venues like Ratchadapisek Road, Royal City Avenue on Rama 9 Road and some places along Sukhumvit Road, like Soi Thonglor, through surveillance and investigations, arrests and recruiting informants. Bangkok Property Market Shows Improvement According To Research Recent research by the Nexus Group maintains the property market in Bangkok is slowly improving with the cumulative condominium supply in Bangkok now being 117,183 units, projected to reach 147,311 units by the end of 2010. Up to 4,225 new units were added to the market from 15 new projects in the first half of 2009, with Sukhumvit being the best-selling location. A new customer group is emerging, namely elderly people, concerned with location, facilities, and security.

Jatuporn Inistant That Secet Memo Contains Thaksin Assassination Plot Despite criticism , Pheu Thai MP Jatuporn Prompan is insisting that the ‘secret’ confidential paper prepared for PM Abhisit Vejjajiva by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contains a secret plan to “get rid of” Thaksin Shinawatra. In addition to the alleged plot to assassinate Thaksin, which the premier has condemned as a dirty tricks campaign, the memo also allegedly included banning Thais from visiting Cambodian casinos, cancelling the extradition treaty, reinforcing borders troops, and cancelling the m.o.u on maritime boundaries. Corruption On The Increase According To The NACC The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has revealed that corruption is on theincrease, with 2,933 complaints filed with the agency, largely against members of the police, accusing them of malfeasance and abuse of power. Other complaints included 2,000 against local administration authorities, 132 specifically related to Bangkok, in addition to corruption in relation to environmental damage, bid-fixing and state procurement projects. This evidence was given by Vicha Mahakhun, a member of the NACC. Air Force F5E Jet Crashes Into Swamp, Killing Pilot A Royal Thai Air Force F5E jet fighter, based at Wing 21 in Ubon Ratchathani, crashed recently killing the pilot, Flight Lieut. Chatchawal Rassami. The pilot apparently lost control, which dived into a swamp near the village of Ban Kengkheng in Tambon Kengkheng in Ubon Ratchathani’s Kudkhaopoon district at 11:30 am. Air force deputy spokesman, Group Captain Monthon Satchukorn, reported that the incident occurred at about 11.55 am, soon after the aircraft had taken off from its base. Thailand To Deport Ethnic Hmong To Lao To Face Persecution Thailand intends to shortly deport 4,000 ethnic Hmong back to communist Laos, where they are likely to face persecution, causing considerable concern among Human Rights groups and diplomats. “It is shocking that the Thai army is now trying to use the Christmas and New Year holidays to push back more than 4,000 Lao Hmong, many of whom have escaped from political persecution, rights abuses and fighting in Laos,” Sunai Phasuk, a Thailand analyst at Human Rights Watch, complained. Separatists Up The Ante In Pattani Province Violence Pattani Province has seen a spate of separatist incidents over the space of three days. In one incident, they shot a three-year-old girl in the head, killing her and seriously wounding her older sister, whilst they were playing at home. Later, two soldiers were injured trying to arrest suspected school arsonists and in a roadside bomb explosion, a further six soldiers travelling on three motorcycles patrolling the Bannang Sata district of Yala Province , were also wounded.


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B U S I N E S S M AT T E R S

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A Second Storm is Brewing

by Simon Philbrook Is the US dollar the safest place in the world to store your wealth? Most (sane) people would laugh in your face if you posed that question. And yet, when the world economy took a nosedive in 2008, the greenback rocketed higher. If another round of defaults triggers the next leg down, might the dollar be a good bet, at least for a while? In the first half of the past decade, subprime loans were king. They were cheap and easy to get approved. Along with the subprime boom came subprime adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), which were equally easy to afford... for a while. Of course, the “A” and the “R” in ARM meant that the interest rate borrowers pay changes, or resets. The majority of these resets occurred between the summer of 2007 and the summer of 2008. This period saw a massive amount of mortgage interest rate hikes, which caused millions of foreclosures. Things spiralled down from

there, eventually freezing nearly all credit and causing the panic of 2008. Of course, that’s the 50cent version of recent history. There were plenty of other financial calamities that went along with this, including the bundling of mortgage-backed securities and risky derivative products. If you believe the Obama White House and the glasshalf-full press corps, you’d think this mess is now behind us. We are, after all, in a recovery...right? Unfortunately, no one is talking about the second wave of ARM resets and foreclosures... You see, this second wave will come crashing even harder than the first. It’s made up of a type of mortgage called “Option ARMs.” These give borrowers the option of how much they want to pay during the first five or 10 years of repayment: 1) The full amortized rate, including interest and principal. 2) Interest only, or... 3) A token payment, well below the amount needed to cover the interest on the loan. This third option causes the mortgage balance to INCREASE instead of decrease. And usually, the

borrower can continue to make minimum payments until the mortgage balance increases to 125% of the

Once their rates reset, they could be in serious trouble. And that could be happening very soon:

That means they are resetting early...like right now. As you can see from the second chart, the expected

original amount. That’s when the trouble begins...especially if the interest rate increases at the same time. This is the exact situation in which many homeowners now find themselves. Obviously, these option ARMs were supposed to be reserved for customers with better credit than those who took out subprime mortgages. But apparently, they were handed out to almost anyone who wanted them. According to Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue of T2 Partners, who are experts on this subject, about 80% of option ARMs are negatively amortizing. Meaning these socalled top-tier borrowers are heading further into the hole.

The chart above shows the two peaks in the mortgagereset wave. The first peak is comprised of subprime ARM resets. And the second is mostly constructed of option ARM resets. We appear to be in the eye of the storm. That fact alone shook our nerves when we first discovered it. But it was a different chart in Tilson and Tongue’s most recent presentation that really got us startled... It’s also the reason I’m predicting the dollar spike in 2010. Instead of resetting as expected after the first five years, many option ARMs are so negatively amortized that they are hitting their automatic reset cap.

reset peak was to occur in 2011. But the real peak is happening now. You can also see that the amount of mortgages resetting is spread over a longer period of time than originally thought, but is peaking much earlier. Unfortunately, it’s not the peaks that matter. You see, those are just resets. But with unemployment reaching quarter- century highs every month, and the massive number of homeowners about to receive mortgage bills for two to three times what they are used to paying, we find ourselves in an even scarier environment than this time last year. It takes anywhere between 3-12 months for most homeowners to actually go

These things take time

by Mr Pobaan

Mrs Pobaan, the love of my life and brightest star in my firmament, has hurt her foot. After a couple of days of hobbling around the house in increasing pain, she asks for a lift to the hospital on Pattaya Klang where, with swift efficiency, the Pobaan foot is x-rayed and bandaged by a team of smartly-dressed doctors, nurses and medical orderlies. The bone is broken, they conclude. My wife is issued with a pair of wooden crutches and an invoice and told to take it easy for a few weeks, after which the ends of the bone will reach out to each other like long-lost friends and knit together like lovers. The doctor didn’t say that bit about the lovers; that was Mr Pobaan, usually a practical and down-to-earth sort of fellow, resorting to poetic imagery to express the beauty of his wife’s foot. Back to the story. So for

four weeks, Mrs Pobaan perambulates by means of crutches. Everywhere we go, people stop to stare and ask concernedly about what happened to necessitate the bandaging and the sticks. It must have been a motorbike accident, is the immediate assumption, and the enquiry is usually accompanied by the concerned person gripping a set of imaginary handlebars and twisting the accelerator manically to suggest the sort of speed that Mrs Pobaan must have been doing at the moment she confronted the Toyota Vigo head-on or shunted the rear of the Chang beer lorry. ‘I fell down some steps,’ she replies, rather regretful that the truth is much less dramatic than people imagine. ‘Ah! So sorry.’ ‘I don’t tell them I’d had a bit to drink,’ she confides in me. ‘If I tell them the steps were outside a karaoke, they’d say I deserved it.’

As the weeks hobble by, the pain begins to subside and the swelling retreats. Her foot no longer looks like an inflated rubber glove, but it also doesn’t yet quite make a matching pair with the other one. ‘Why isn’t my foot better?’ she sighs impatiently, a month after the original tumble down the steps. ‘These things take time,’ I reply in my most medicalsounding voice. ‘The bone will mend itself, but it needs time. There’s nothing you can do except take it easy and let nature take its course.’ There is a long silence. ‘I could go to the magic doctor,’ she suggests eventually. Now, as readers of this column will know all too well, the Pobaans are a loving couple who agree on all the major things of life. There is no discord at Khao Talo Towers, our graceful residence beyond the railway line, where we cultivate peace

and harmony as if they were garden vegetables. Where to go for lunch, what to watch on TV, where to place the carved wooden Buddha – these things are agreed without argument, most commonly by Mrs Pobaan making the decision and Mr Pobaan not minding terribly much one way or the other. But when it comes to magic, it’s fair to say that our views are, er, contrasting. Mr Pobaan’s confession: I am a rationalist. I need evidence, explanation and a connection with the real world before I will sign up to anything. I’m afraid magic doctors are unlikely to satisfy these exacting criteria. However, it’s not my foot, and if my wife’s reasons for accepting advice are not as demanding as mine, what has it got to do with me? But on the other hand, isn’t it my duty to avail my wife of the wisdom and experience with which my greater years and exposure to Western thought

have equipped me? I can’t let her waste her money on a useless quack without at least pointing out that the recovery of her bone is governed by the powers of nature, not supernature. ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea, my Sweetness. It just needs time. If you want to consult someone, I think it would be better to go back to the hospital.’ ‘But everyone says I should go to the magic doctor. It works.’ ‘Who told you that?’ ‘The lady in the salon. Her son got better after they went to the magic doctor. And the man who sells sausages outside the wat in Jomtien. He knows someone very good.’ So much for Western rationalism and the wisdom of years. Man has struggled for centuries for an explanation of the way the world works. We invest vast resources into investigating what the first split-second of the universe may have been like. Millions of people in thousands of institutions across the globe put on white coats every morning and devote their energy and brainpower to working out how our bodies work and how we can stop them going wrong. It’s a huge undertaking and has yielded extraordinary benefits for mankind. It is this sort of

into foreclosure. Therefore, the wave of Option-ARMs that are now resetting could cause a major wave of foreclosures over the next 6 to 18 months. It’s tough to say exactly when the storm will come. But my guess is the second half of 2010. This second wave of foreclosures will not be good news for the economy or the stock market...At least that’s my guess. MBMG have taken every step to ensure their investors are well protected against any major downside and are looking forward to their Christmas and what the New Year may bring. Are you? For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on simon@ hamptonsthailand.co.th The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be reliable, however, neither Hamptons International Mortgages (Thailand) Ltd nor its officers can accept any liability for an errors or omissions in the above article nor bear responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not taken as a consequence of reading the above article.

endeavour that I have in mind when I try to persuade Mrs Pobaan to trust in the rational rather than in her hairdresser. ‘So what exactly will the magic doctor do?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘If he’s going to make your bone heal today so you can stop using the crutches on the way back from seeing him, then I will encourage you to go.’ ‘I don’t think he’s going to be able to fix my foot right away.’ ‘Why not? If he’s magic, he ought to be able to do magical things.’ ‘I don’t think he can do that. These things take time.’ Kuhn Pobaan’s by-theway We recently spent a week’s holiday in Cambodia, at a time when Mrs Pobaan was still on crutches. The folk at Bangkok Airways couldn’t have been more sympathetic and efficient. My wife was pushed everywhere in a wheelchair, taken to the lounge, fast-tracked through passport control and delivered to the plane. The evil thought that passed through the Pobaan mind was that crutches would appear to be the ultimate travel accessory. Only kidding, Bangkok Airways. I wouldn’t do that to you. Email your evil thoughts to kuhn.pobaan@gmail.com.


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P. & N. Poolshop was formed in 2005 by Phillip & Nittaya. Philip worked as a competent building contractor for 20 years, mostly building private properties including swimming pools. Now, he’s the company’s director, sales, swimming pool design, pool construction supervisor, quantity surveyor and pool structural engineer. While Nittaya used to be a photographer before she became the company’s director, administration, purchasing officer and pool maintenance supervisor. Many residents and property developers in and around Pattaya are benefiting from Phillip’s many years of experience, expertise and knowledge in swimming pool design, build and maintenance. Questions that are continusioly being asked by pool owners. Why is the water in my pool forever cloudy? There are many reasons why this is a problem. Starting with the easiest and les cost, try. 1. Make sure that the PH is set correctly at 7.4 on your test sample kit. 2. Make sure that the chlorine level is set at 2.2 – 3.4 Monitor you pool over a 3 day period, if problems persist, then check the following. 1. The filter and the pump should be balanced ie. If you have a filter that has a filtration rate of 20,000 liters per hr.

then the pump should be of the same flow rate, check that the filter gauge is working, after a back wash check the filter pressure, the gauge should read approx. 10 psi. 2. Check the system for air leaks, if when the system is first shut down, listen for air getting into the system, if air gets into the system, then you

should call out an experienced system hydraulics’ engineer. The most likely cause is that there is a problem with the MPV. Perhaps one would only need to change the MPV. Seating gasket, of course the complete MPV. may need replacing, the life expectancy of an MPV. Is approx. 5 years, or less if the

filter is of an inferior quality (cheep Chinese ) 3. If air comes in to the pool lint basket, then check the pump connections, if these

connections are leak free then there may be a problem with the pipe work, again if in doubt call a qualified engineer.

4. How often do you change your filter medium? If you use sand from an unknown source, to which there are no guarantees, then this would need to be changed after 26 back washes or 2 years, If you were to use Zeolite which is made from crushed volcanic rock imported from Australia, then this medium will last for up to 7 years or 80 back washes. 5. The pool shell, what is the condition of the tile grout? Are there gaps in the joints, where there is no grout? If the answer is yes then this needs to be taken care of, because exposed concrete, plaster work, will break down with chlorine or acidic water, which makes the pool alkali, this will cause the pool to be cloudy and prone to green algae.


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Ask Andy

Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: andypattayatoday@gmail.com Quick Tip Looking for a stud? An electric razor can be a just as effective as an electronic stud finder. Turn the razor on and drag it along the drywall. You will notice a change in the vibration as the razor passes over a stud.  Au de Toilette Dear Andy: We often hear our toilet begin to spontaneously refill, as though someone has flushed it. Yet we hadn’t used the toilet for hours. It’s not only annoying, but it’s also a waste of water. Can anything be done, short of calling in a plumber? Dan and Elyse A toilet that cuts on and off by itself, or runs intermittently, has a problem that plumbers call a ‘phantom flush.’ The cause is a very slow leak from the tank into the bowl. This problem is almost certainly caused by a bad flapper or flapper seat and, yes, you can fix it yourself. The solution is to drain the tank and bowl, clean the flapper seat, and check to see if the flapper is worn or damaged. If it is, replace it. 

Cool Clean Water Can you recommend a particular water filter system for domestic kitchen, Andy? There seems to be quite a choice out there. Thanks to your advice I have gone off RO [reverse osmosis] water. But I was talking to someone who puts electrolyte powder in his RO water to make up for the lost chemicals. It sounds like a good idea to me, dirt cheap at any chemist. Richard If I were you, Richard, I’m not sure I would “go off” the RO water. In your earlier query, you said your housing complex provides two sources of RO water. That overcomes some major objections, i.e., the cost of the unit, installation, the amount of water wasted in processing (to the extent that you are not paying for it). Your point about electrolyte supplements is well taken. However, despite my personal views, I must admit there remains controversy over the importance of minerals in drinking water. In the end, it’s a personal decision. Research various studies

and opinions, then decide. As to which water purifier you should buy for your kitchen, virtually any major brand is adequate (Pure, Fujika, Mazuma, etc.) While a stainless steel unit might last a lifetime, they are more expensive and more difficult to maintain. I’d go with a three-step ceramic system. Shop around for sales and/ or negotiate a discount (even at major retailers). Ask about continued availability, longevity and price of replacement filters. And have the salesperson demonstrate how to change filters and maintain the unit. Also ask: Does the price include delivery and installation? What does the warranty cover and for how long? (If you buy a more popular brand, you’re more likely to readily find replacement filters and parts.)  Spud Stash Andy, can you tell me the best way to store potatoes? Molly Not a problem, Molly. First off, do not rinse potatoes until your ready to use them. As soon as

Moving to Thailand Moving to Thailand isn’t difficult, but when making the decision to relocate to the “Land of Smiles” it is in your best interest to do some research beyond just enjoying a vacation and deciding to make it permanent. 1. Perform some investigation into the legal aspects (i.e. what kind of visa and the requirements for getting it, property ownership, employment, business management and/or ownership, customs, medical clearance requirements, marriage to a Thai and so forth). The Internet offers a considerable amount of information from web sites operated by the Thai government as well as information you can find from your own Department of State. An Internet search can provide excellent sources of information for travel and moving tips. You can also obtain information from the Pattaya City Expats Club web site.

2. There are certain things that are always required when moving overseas. Make a check-off list so you don’t forget anything like: passport, birth certificate, driver’s license, immunization records, ID and fingerprint records, school transcripts, ID cards, ATM cards, credit cards and all other legal or financial records necessary to keep with you. Hand-carry these items and keep them safely with you at all times. Do not ship or mail any legal document. 3. Be honest with yourself about finances. This is not a time to gamble and hope you will be able to support yourself. If you have a steady retirement income from your home country that will sustain you, plus satisfy the visa income requirement, you are in great shape. Employment by foreigners is restricted in Thailand. If you must work in Thailand, it is imperative you research your chances of obtaining employment

and qualifying for a Work Permit. Also, check the current currency exchange rates and predict how low a negative exchange rate can drop before your budget gets into trouble. It is best if you have a cushion and not just be scraping by at the current exchange rate. Also, check to make sure your sources of money are easily accessible from Thailand. Don’t have just one source for money. If an ATM or charge card is lost, damaged, stolen or otherwise compromised you must have a back-up plan. 4. Look into the cost of housing. Whether you intend to rent, purchase a condo or acquire a home or business, find out before you move here what you can afford and if it satisfies your lifestyle. Bangkok and Phuket are more expensive than Pattaya. Pattaya is more expensive than living in a rural village. Be sure you have the finances to support the area where you choose to live.

you return from the market, place the potatoes in a brown paper, burlap or plastic bag with holes in it to allow air to circulate. Put the bag in a cool, dark, dry place. Ideally, an area with a constant temperature of about 10 degrees C (about 50 degrees F). Don’t store potatoes in the refrigerator or they will become too sweet. And do not store them with onions; when stored together, they each produce gas that spoils the other. Store mature potatoes no longer than two months. If they are new, store no longer than one week. Check on them occasionally and remove those that have become soft or shriveled, as well as those that have sprouted.  Nuke Test Khun Andy, how I know if dish or bowl can put in microwave, or maybe I can use anything? Gung

the container comes out hot, or even very warm, it is unsafe for the microwave. If it’s just lukewarm, you may use the container for heating food. If it’s cool, it may be used for actual cooking.  Nozzle Tov I had a small painting project that I’ve been postponing for months. When I finally got around to it yesterday, I grabbed a spray can that I hadn’t used in a while, only to discover the nozzle was clogged. What ‘s the best way to clear it and is there something I can do to avoid clogging in the future? Tov

Not anything, Gung. Use only microwavesafe utensils. Hot food melts some plastics in the microwave which may cause migration of potentially toxic package constituents. It’s a good idea to use glass for fatty foods (which tend to get particularly hot). However, not all glass and ceramics are microwave-safe. To quickly test for suitability, microwave the empty bowl or dish for one minute. If

It’s a common problem, Tov, because after using it, paint remains in the nozzle and it can dry and clog the opening . To clear the aperture, pull off the nozzle and drop it in a small container of paint thinner for a few hours. (You can use the spray paint can’s plastic top.) Next, take a small pin or wire and clean the inside of the nozzle from the end that connects to the can (not the nozzle tip). Scrub any paint off the nozzle tip with a cloth or brush. Rinse the nozzle again in paint thinner to remove any particles you just dislodged. Then attach the nozzle to a can of WD-40 and spray a little through the nozzle. If the nozzle is still clogged

5. There are training and education opportunities in Thailand. Whether you want to obtain a TFEL and teach English as a foreign language, learn to speak Thai or learn Thai cooking, research what is available that fits your interest and how much it will cost. 6. Do you have any pets? If so, find out what it will cost to ship them, customs regulations and whether they need any vaccinations or certificates of health. Keep these records with you when you travel. In addition, stay current on any Thai airport, customs and quarantine regulations as well as those regulations of the countries you will be passing through. Whatever you do, don’t abandon your pet. If you can’t bring it with you, find it a good home. Domestic animals have feelings too, and your leaving will be traumatic for it. 7. It is generally better to purchase new appliances and household furniture and electronic equipment when in Thailand. If you feel you must bring some major items, check first with customs on what is allowed and how

much duty you can expect to pay. 8. It is also best to purchase a car, truck or motorcycle in Thailand rather than try to import one in. Duty can be very high, as much as 100% on a new vehicle. Chances are you can find any conveyance you need in Thailand and at considerable less cost than shipping a vehicle in. 9. If you plan to drive in Thailand you will need to obtain a Thai driver’s license. The easiest way is to obtain an International Driver’s License in your home country before moving to Thailand. Thai license officials will accept it when obtaining a Thai driver’s license. They will NOT accept a driver’s license from your country, state or province, and it will be more difficult to obtain a Thai driver’s license if this is all you have. An International Driver’s License is generally valid for one year, but it is only valid for temporary travel for thirty days in most foreign countries. After that you must obtain the country’s driver’s license. 10. Collect information on any lifestyle requirements you may have like schools, travel,

repeat the process. You can prevent this problem in the future if, after you’ve finished painting, you turn the can upside down and spray until the stream becomes clear. Then wipe any paint off the nozzle tip. It’s also a good idea to save the clean nozzles of used cans of spray paint to avoid this cleaning regime in the future.  Decked Out I’m having a wood deck and fence built in my back yard, Andy, and would like your input as to what type of coating would be best for the wood. Thanks. Sven A penetrating deck stain tends to work best on horizontal wood surfaces (flooring) of decks due to constant foot traffic. The vertical surfaces of decks and fences may be stained or painted according to personal preference. Before applying the stain, check the porosity of the wood by sprinkling water on the surface. If the water beads, then the stain will not penetrate the wood. Because you’re building a new deck, let the wood age for about 30 days and check the porosity again. For those who want to coat an existing deck, use a deck cleaner and power-washer to prepare the surface before staining. --Handy Andy hobbies, local entertainment and so forth. Make sure you are moving to the Thai city you wish to stay in so you don’t have to make a double move if you are not happy with your location selection. 11. Before you decide to live in a rural Thai village, consider your age and health. A remote area may be to your liking, but if you need medical care, especially emergency medical care, will you be within reasonable range of a hospital or emergency care center? Pattaya has several hospitals, as do all major Thai cities, but good medical care in rural areas is scarce to non-existent. 12. In conclusion, keep an open mind. Living overseas is not like vacationing overseas. Don’t expect Thailand to be like your country only with hotter weather. The cultural difference can be taxing for some people, so be honest about your acceptance of their different view on life. It is your choice whether your new life is enriching or miserable. We at Pattaya Today newspaper wish you the best and welcome you to the Pattaya community.


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Three Sisters Golf

by Thomas Cotton

There was the good and there was the bad. The good was the course in fine shape, the weather beautiful and the company, as usual, convivial. The bad? A five some who kibitzed every tee shot and got down on hands and knees for every putt. To say it was slow going would be an understatement. The idea of a course Marshall chiding the five-some borders on the ludicrous. I’ll refrain from telling what the composition of the five-some was but they were not expats. One threesome skipped around the fivesome but were disqualified later as they were not able to make up the skipped hole, though even with the skipped hole they had higher scores

Paul Kinmond on the left with Herbie Ishinaga on the right than the subsequent winners. Straub came in with 30 each. Bad luck fellas. Back at Caddy Walt lost out on the count Shack II when the cards came back. Herbie provided the in the scores of many of the usual snacks and his entree regular high scorers were was slow cooked roast beef low. Paul Kinmond came slices in delicious gravy. A in with a respectful 37 as golf culinary experience to Herbie Ishinaga and Walt be envied.

11th Diana Gold golf Tournament

by Nigel Cannon

The organizing of any major golf tournament starts some months before the actual event. This year the annual Diana Gold Tournament did not have the benefit of the organizer for the last 10 years the late Mike Franklin – however we had help from him in the form of the information he held both on his computer and in hard copy form. So in August the first meeting of this year’s committee took place under the Chairmanship of Khun Komsan of the Diana Group. Members were Khun Jack Prajug (Diana Golf range manager) Bernie Tuppin (Adviser to the Diana Group) Nigel Cannon (Diana Seniors Organizer) David Race (PGA Professional Diana Driving Range) to be joined later by Tony Stevens who had assisted Mike Franklin in many of the tournaments he was involved in. We began with a number of problems to be addressed not the least having to change the tournament date. In any Charity Competition you need Sponsors and players. The Diana Management - helped by the success of past Diana Gold’s

– were able to obtain a good number of sponsors enabling ‘Gold’ to be presented to all the 18 technical hole winners as well as the Ladies and Men’s Champions. Ok we had the sponsors now to find the players bearing in mind both the economy and a number of other tournaments both established and new scheduled for this time of year. Flyers were distributed around the golfing community and in Pattaya Mail. Past competitors were contacted – thanks to Mike’s records, and personal contacts were made by the committee. At the final meeting 3 days prior to the event there were 80 plus signed up and on the day some 103 played. The day before the Tourement saw Bernie, Tony and Jack at Eastern Star to set up the course ready for the first tee time and to brief the caddies who were assigned to each hole. There was a special technical prize on the 11th hole in memory of the late Mike Franklin. It was ‘nearest the keg’ which was placed between 2 bunkers – those whose shot landed in either bunker was invited to make a donation to the charity and

was rewarded with a free drink. After the Tourement there was 600 baht in the box – later in the evening two major donations were made to make the total in Mike’s memory 10,000 baht With the first tee time of 0707 it was an early start on the day for the registration team of Bernie, Tony and Nigel and Course Marshall, David Race. With tee times from 0700 to 1130 and 103 players some arriving early – some late the registration was at times confusing however thanks to the patience and experience of Bernie Tuppin and the eagerness of the Diana staff all competitors were give their day’s package , shirt and hat. All were away on time with the minimum of delay. As is usual at this event Bangkok Pattaya Hospital provided an ambulance and 3 doctors on standby all day – thankfully they were not used on this occasion. There were a couple of casualties but did not require medical treatment – just a taxi home. The weather was overcast, hot and humid as those who chose to walk discovered. Using the ‘36’ system means that all cards have to

Golf from Tropical Bert’s by Thomas Cotton There was a generous gaggle of golfers at Bert’s Tuesday morning and this tumescence in our ranks could have only been matched by what goes on on nearby Soi Six. Our busy Captain was quite stressed out rearranging the foursomes and the rides. The players were impressed with the good shape that Greenwood is now in and one of the drinks’ stands has been renovated. We were to have tough competition against Mashi Kenata, fresh from a string of wins and Paul Sharples, club champion back in

Mike O’Brien, TC, Carole Kubicki Oman. But our Captain dramatic as Peter Dessaix lucked out today, because from Brisbane shot one of the your correspondent was his best rounds of his life, with partner and we outgunned four birdies and an eagle to Mashi and Sharples. Play in propel him to top spot for the the other foursomes was more day and an almost certain cut in his handicap. Winners, Flight A (0-17) 1. Peter Dessaix, 42 pts 2. John Binns, 37 pts 3. Mike Gaussa, 34 pts Winners, Flight B (18 & up) 1. Mike O’Brien, 36 pts 2. TC, 34 pts 3. Carole Kubicki, 32 pts Near Pins: Eddie Gunsek, Peter Dessaix, Mike Gaussa, Petere Whitehead Long Putts: Bill Knight (2) Mike Gaussa, John Binns, Peter Dessaix

be analyzed hole by hole – thankfully Eastern Star had a computer loaded with the ‘36’ system so it was just a matter of inputting the gross for each hole and let the computer do the work which then produced both the net score and handicap. After the results were calculated and the technical winners listed it was off to the Diana Garden Resort. As the guests arrived they were greeted with the tables set out around the pool covered in white table cloths and flowers on each table, and soft music. The buffet was arranged on each side of the pool allowing all to obtain their food without queuing and the Diana staff serving the drinks with quiet efficiency. With 18 Technical prizes, the main prizes and a number of certificates of appreciation to be presented as well as the lucky draw it was going to take some time so it was managed by having 4 separate sections.

It was the dual presenters of Khun Boonrong Diana (Thai) and Nigel Cannon (English) and the stage management of Khun Komsan that kept the proceeding in order and at times amusing. Before the prize winners were announced there was a welcoming address, read by Boon (Thai) and Nigel (English), to all players their guests, sponsors and their guests and Diana Group guests. There was also a personal welcome from Khun Noy - Chief Executive of the Diana Group It was the winners and runners-up of the two men’s flights and the Ladies flight that were presented first. This was followed by the 18 Technical Prize winners who each received 50 satang gold. It was then time for the Ladies and Men’s Champion to be presented with their trophies and ‘gold’ The Ladies Champion was Lamun Hanley with a net 70 and winning on count back from Lumyai.

The men’s Champion this year made history in being the youngest ever as Pottasan (Poom) is just 13 years old. His winning score was a net 69 beating all three men in Division ‘A’ by just one shot! Both Champions were warmly greeted by all. Poom has for the last 2 years been coached by the Diana Driving Range PGA teaching professional David Race. To close the evening it was the Lucky Draw time and the dual MC’s of Boon and Nigel that called out the winning numbers keeping all eagerly waiting to see if it was their number being called. The final announcement was the total raised by this 11th Diana Gold Golf Tourement and the sum going the Diana nominated Children’s Charities. 277,071 baht was the total however thanks to a 3000 baht donation by City Life FM 93.75 the final total was 280,000 baht. Then it was ‘Goodnight’ see you in 2010.


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Latest Golf from the Bunker Golf from Tropical Bert’s

by Mick

Emerald The greens were unusually fast here at Emerald today making scoring pretty difficult as nobody broke par. The best score to come in to the clubhouse was from Gordon Melia who’s one over par was enough to win the A Flight, Colin Greig took second place a couple of shots back and Gerry Cooney came third a couple

B Flight: 1st Geoff Parker (hcp 17) nett 79 2nd Geoff Hart (hcp 18) nett 79 3rd Roger Privett (hcp 16) nett 82 Near Pin Winners – Mike Corner, Colin Greig, Dave Keats and Gordon Melia. Treasure Hill Another journey north saw the Bunker Boy’s take on the challenging Treasure Hill and

Emerald winner Gordon (centre) with runner up Colin (left) and Geoff Hart getting in on the act!

of shots further back. The cut was set at handicap 14 and Geoff Parker beat Geoff Hart on a count back to take the honours in the B Flight. The was a count back for third place too, Roger Privett just edging out Ken Ellery to steal third place! Results: A Flight: 1st Gordon Melia (hcp 14) nett 73 2nd Colin Greig (hcp 13) nett 75 3rd Gerry Cooney (hcp 11) nett 77

this course being just up the Soi from Greenwood, it too was in great shape. In a single flight we saw John Graham have another good round to win on a count back from ‘Skinny” Newton in second place. There was a count back for the next places where Geoff Parker took third place, Koji Yamada nicked fourth place and Gerry Cooney lost out altogether having had a poor back nine. Results: 1st John Graham (hcp 13) 33 points

2nd ‘Skinny’ Newton (hcp 28) 33 points 3rd Geoff Parker (hcp 17) 32 points 4th Koji Yamada (hcp 16) 32 points. Near Pin Winners – Only three hit (as usual) John Graham, Mashi and Koji.

Greenwood With Greenwood open on Monday’s for the high season it made a welcome change to travel there at the beginning of the week. The news mustn’t have gotten around yet as we had the course to ourselves and it was in superb condition. The cut was set at handicap 16 and Tony Berry had a great round coming in with a three under par round to win the A Flight.Paul Smith came second with a level par score closely followed by John Graham a shot back. Geoff Parker shot a two under score to win the B Flight ahead of Geoff Parker who beat Reg Smart on a count back. Results: A Flight: 1st Tony Berry (hcp 11) nett 69 2nd Paul Smith (hcp 4) nett 72 3rd John Graham (hcp 13) nett 73 B Flight: 1st Geoff Parker (hcp 17) nett 70 2nd Geoff Hart (hcp 18) nett 74 3rd Reg Smart (hcp 26) nett 74 Near Pin Winners – Gerry Cooney, Bernie Stevens, Barry Trowell and PJ.

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by Derek Brook Rayong CC - Stableford Returning to Rayong CC for the second time this month and not a complaint was heard. With all the courses to choose from, it always goes down well to have one that is pleasant to play and fairly inexpensive to boot. The course was in the final throws of getting ready to host a Thai PGA event during Christmas week and, other than playing off the yellow T-boxes for the most part, was in excellent shape. The greens were the best any of us had seen at this venue to date, rolling true and a bit quicker than in the past. Getting started was a bit slow due to other groups booked in before us, but our first group was off only about 20 minutes late so

so bad all in all, and once underway, play moved along at a reasonable pace. The only drawback at this course is for the older and /or infirmed players as there always seems to be a shortage of golf carts. However it is not a difficult course to walk and our older guys sucked it up and made it around without any serious consequences. With the round complete and the scores in and tabulated, all were eager to get back to Tropical Bert’s and ‘’Happy Hour”. While food and drinks were consumed, the results of the days competition were sorted out and, after welcoming the new and returning players, the results as listed below were announced. With a good turnout, five places were rewarded for their fine

play, along with a full slate of technical prizes. John Marritt, playing with our Friday group for the first time, took top honors by a long way with an exceptional 42 points. A good day out, enjoyed by all. All are welcome to come and join us for our friendly competitions. rlw RESULTS 1st: John Marritt (24) 42 pts, 2nd: Tony Scambler (15) 37pts, on count back over, 3rd: Keith Phillips (35) 37pts, 4th: Steve Compton (22) 35pts, and 5th: Brian Downey (14) 33pts. Near Pins: Peter Whitehead, Brian Downey, Dick Warberg, Mike O’Brien Long Putts: Brian Downey, Mike O’Brien

Monday Quiz League

R2Q4: Q: Tony Allcock won the men’s singles titles in 1986 and 1987 world championships of what indoor sport? A: Indoor Bowls. Palmers appealed for Lawn Bowls. From Wikipedia: Tony Allcock [...] is twice world outdoor singles champion (1992 and 1996), and world indoor singles champion (1986, 1987 and 2002). But also from Wikipedia: Bowls, either flat- or crown-green, is usually played outdoors, on grass and synthetic surfaces. Flat-green bowls can also be played indoors on synthetic surfaces. Both variants are collectively known as “lawn bowls”. So indoor bowls is also known as lawn bowls - two points to Palmers. R2Q7: Q: Who in 1988 became the first boxer to win world titles at 5 officially recognised weights? A: Sugar Ray Leonard. Palmers and Nervous Wreck appealed for Thomas Hearns. According to Wikipedia, Hearns won his fifth title on 4th November 1988, and Leonard won his 4th and 5th titles (he won two in one match) on 7th November 1988. So Hearns is correct. Two points to Palmers, Nervous Wreck, Offshore and The Haven. R3Q5: Q: In which country was Mother Teresa born? A: Albania. Palmers appealed for Macedonia. From the official Vatican website: This luminous messenger of God’s love [Mother Teresa] was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, a city situated at the crossroads of Balkan history. At the time Skopje was in the Ottoman Empire, now it is the capital of Macedonia. She had Albanian parents and felt herself to be Albanian, but was not born there. So Ottoman Empire or Macedonia are correct, but Albania is incorrect. Two points deducted from all teams who put Albania, and two points to Palmers! R3Q7: Q: What year saw the first flying bombs drop on London? A: 1944. Bowling Green appealed for 1943. From Wikipedia: On 13 June 1944, the first V-1 struck London next to the railway bridge on Grove Road, Mile End. Appeal denied. R5Q1: Q: Worcester Black, Arlington Pippin and Winter Cole are all varieties of which type of fruit? A: Pears. Nervous Wreck appealed for Apples. Worcester Black and Winter Cole are definitely pears. Arlington Pippin is an apple, but it is also the name of a pear: There are also dozens of varieties of pear local to the county. Many of the varieties have names that reflect their origins within the county such as Chaxhill Red, Arlington Pippin, Severnbank, Gillyflower of Gloucester and Blakeney Red, a perry pear (Gloucester County Council). Appeal denied. R4Q5: Q: To the nearest whole number, what percentage of the earth’s atmosphere is nitrogen? A: 78%. Cheers appealed for 79%, saying that the actual figure was 79.1%. I consulted a number of websites on this and virtually all give the figure of 78.084%, as the percentage of nitrogen in the air (others say 78.1% or 78%). Appeal denied. R5Q5: Q: Name any two of the three parts of the spine for 1 point each. A: Lumbar, Cervical, Thoracic. Londoner and Haven appealed for coccyx. From Wikipedia: Viewed laterally the vertebral column presents several curves, which correspond to the different regions of the column, and are called cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and pelvic [...] The pelvic curve begins at the sacrovertebral articulation, and ends at the point of the coccyx. So there are actually 4 regions of the spine, but the coccyx is only part of the pelvic region. Appeal denied. No sheets received from the match between W. Tankie and Legends. So W. Tankie receive zero points and I can only give Legends two, unless the sheets appear. Ian. “Next week’s matches 4th January: Bowling Green vs. Londoner, Legends vs. Offshore, Palmers vs. Cheers, W. Tankie vs. Nervous Wreck, Haven vs. Rising Sun.”


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LOCAL SPORTS

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golf from the Café Kronborg

by Peter Blackburn

Treasure Hill (Yellow Tees) – Stableford On another beautiful day in Paradise thirty – nine golfers assembled at Café Kronborg in readiness for the journey to the challenging Treasure Hill course. Welcomes were handed out to Aussies Munch, Santa (both have to be seen to explain their names) & Peter Bye who were all playing with Café Kronborg for the first time. Welcome also to John Marritt from the U.K. complete with his new hip. Our convoy of mini-vans arrived at the course after the 55 minute journey and after a very brief delay we our first group were able to tee off at 0925, 35 minutes ahead of schedule. Apart from the twosome that teed off in front of us the golf course appeared to be all ours

so it was “millionaires golf” once again. The weather was perfect although hot at times and a stiff breeze early on made things a little tough but the course was again in great shape and the greens were very good, although hard to read at times. Scoring on the day was fairly difficult as refected in the scores and 33 points was the best score in our opening group of four. After three fairly lengthy stops for drinks we were able to complete our round in four hours and forty minutes. Once more the large field enabled us to have three Flights, A Flight for 0 to 15, B Flight for 16 to 20 and C Flight for handicaps 21 to 35 plus of course nearest the pins on all par threes and longest putts on the last hole of each nine. A Flight was easily won by Johan Reynisson who

Mike Winfield, Johan Reynisson, The Admiral & Per-Olav Baarli

finished three points ahead of yours truly. Don Richardson finished third on a count back from Brian Downey in fourth place. That very consistent golfer Per-Olav Baarli finished on top in B Flight, four points ahead of Elias Magnisson in second place. Stu Rifkin was third and Jan Lovgreen got fourth place on a count back from Koji Yamada. Mike Winfield won the C Flight by one point from Carole Kubicki (fresh from her 44 points in last Friday’s Members Open). Martyn Topham was third and The Admiral himself finished in fourth place. Results for Treasure Hill: A Flight 1st – Johan Reynisson (12) – 36 points 2nd – Peter Blackburn (14) – 33 points 3rd – Don Richardson (8) – 31 points 4th – Brian Downey (14) – 31 points B Flight 1st – Per-Olav Baarli (17) – 36 points 2nd – Elias Magnisson (16) – 32 points 3rd – Stu Rifkin (19) – 30 Points 4th – Jan Lovgreen (18) – 29 points C Flight 1st – Mike Winfield (21) – 37 points 2nd – Carole Kubicki (27) – 36 points 3rd – Martyn Topham (29) – 35 points 4th – Dave Richardson (23) – 30 points

NTP’s 2nd – Per-Olav Baarli 6th – Elias Magnisson 13th – Graham Buckingham 17th – Carole Kubicki Longest Putts 9th – Kevin Dinan 18th – Hugh O’Donnell Café Kronborg Monthly Mug – Phoenix, Lakes & Ocean , White Tees – Stroke There were always going to be some “casualties” from the PSC Winter Party the night before and there is nothing worse than playing a stroke round at Phoenix with a hangover but 26 of us were ready to tackle Phoenix for the Café Kronborg Monthly Mug. We departed right on 0815 and were at the course within 30 minutes. Once again we were very well treated and invited to the first tee almost immediately which enabled our first group to tee off Lakes 1st tee at 0920, forty minutes ahead of our allotted time. As usual the course was in perfect conditions and the greens beautifully prepared so along with the perfect weather (maybe a tad hot early on) there were no excuses for bad scores. Our round was completed in the excellent time of four hours and thirty minutes which included 3 stops for drinks. We had just the two Flights with A Flight being for handicaps 0 to 17 and B Flight for 18 and over. The winner of the Café Kronborg Monthly Mug

with an excellent score was Koji Kamada. This was his very first Monthly Mug win

Kronborg December Monthly Mug – Koji Yamada (16) – Nett 63

Bjarne Presents The Cafe Kronborg Monthly Mug To Koji Yamada

so congratulations to him. A flight was won by Unnnstein Sigurjonsson four shots clear of Don Richardson in second place. The consistent Per-Olav Baarli beat Peter Hammond and Peter Bye on a count back for third with Peter Hammond finishing Fourth. Kristinn Helgasson took out B Flight, three shots ahead of Mike Winfield in second place. There was a count back for third & fourth with Stu Rifkin finishing just “pipping” Jan Lovgreen. Results for Phoenix: Winner of the Café

A Flight 1st – Unnstein Sigurjonsson (16) – Nett 68 2nd – Don Richardson (8) – Nett 72 3rd – Per-Olav Baarli (17) Nett 76 4th – Peter Hammond (17) – Nett 76 B Flight 1st – Kristinn Helgason (18) – Nett 72 2nd – Mike Winfield (21) – Nett 75 3rd – Stu Rifkin (19) – Nett 77 4th – Jan Lovgreen (18) – Nett 77

Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League Results Table

The Sun was rising in Soi Yomato last night, as we played Mellies crew! At the Mee Chew Sports Bar, the Rising Sun lost the battle but we won the war as we claimed a free beer from Mel, a good evening and excellent Mince and Mash. 1st week of the new season and a surprise in the leader’s table, as Palmers were the only team to win game and beer which puts them in first place, can Bob keep them there? We will see what happens in the New Year. Cheers hosted the Lucky Time Bar and I wonder if Barry’s team like the beer leg trophy donated from Stan (Bunker) that much as they hit the most under 10’s this week, and looks like they wish to keep hold of it. Yates first game and they got themselves a free beer courtesy of Londoner Eddie. Palmers and the Ok Corral were 5 all but Palmers nicked the beer leg, hence putting them in pole position. Darts Palmers..O’Leary’s couldn’t stop the Bunker boys from winning the match, but they wouldn’t give them a FREE drink and kept it for themselves. Regarding the end of season’s party at the Rising Sun, the competition winners were Mark & Ernie from RS and 2nd place Stan bunker and Pon from Cheers. The next game is on the 8th Jan 2010 see you all then and Merry Xmas and a Happy New year to all…


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ld Moore back in the Almanac: Irish-themed bars in Pattaya have two things in common: the colour green and not a hint of an Irish accent from the management or staff. The latest incarnation of an Irish-style boozer is Dicey Reilly’s (Second Road). It was formerly known as Moore bar, but this obviously was just too bland. So some bright spark in the marketing department I presume decided Irish is the way to go and the end result is exactly the same as before, but with a new name that is unpronounceable for 84.7 percent of natives. Although a few thousand baht was spent on a flash new front façade it’s arguable the Moore things change the Moore they stay the same: after all, Dicey Reilly’s used to be the Irishthemed Shenanigans (now re-located just across the road in the Avenue shopping complex and night trashand-treasure bazaar), and its original name was the very Irish Delaney’s. A Clinical Deal: One of the most central roads in Pattaya as far as proximity to almost everything is concerned is Soi 13/1, colloquially known as Soi Yamato, but originally called Soi Samanmit. It’s a five or six minute stroll to Walking Street or Soi Buakhow, a 10-minute baht bus ride to North or South Pattaya. One of the few joints in Pattaya run by a genuine Irishman, but thankfully eschewing an Irish name, is The Clinic beer boozer, sports emporium and guest house in Soi Yamato. Mine host Deadly Derek

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used to have ladies he termed Service Prevention Officers working out of the bar, but he sacked them all some time back and since then has relied for business primarily on renting his rooms upstairs and visits from the many regulars he has built up after almost 20 years in business in Fun Town. With his ankle-biter now four years old, Derek has decided to return to Northern Ireland to give the boy a good catholic education and has put The Clinic up for sale. As Derek notes, the place has always turned a profit, has a fixed low rent with a four-year renewable lease which, importantly, can be held in the sole name of a non-Thai or a single non-company name. Sale price is 7.5 million baht and includes everything. Derek suggests the joint is suitable for conversion to a go-go (after all, Pattaya is short of these), a restaurant, or a mini-mart. Then again, if it was simply done up a bit there’s no reason it couldn’t be a successful Sierra Tango facility. Anyone interested in more information should wander down and have a word with Derek. Twat’s it All About? Keeping with the Irish theme, the much anticipated Baccara go go officially opened its doors on Walking Street on Wednesday night 16 December. In this case the luck of the Irish has gone because the location of the new den is where the somewhat out-of-place Molly Malone’s bar and noshery used to be. Molly Malone’s started life as Kilkenny before changing its Irish name. There’s absolutely

nothing Irish about the new den. For those familiar with Baccara in Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, this is the Pattaya version, apparently established in partnership with the people who run the successful Happy, Peppermint and Beach Club go go’s. As with its Bangkok elder sibling, the Pattaya version also possesses a glass ceiling with a crew of young ladies employed to wiggle and wobble minus a usually essential item of netherregion apparel for the perving delights of punters sitting downstairs. Overall the place is well appointed and features something I’ve never seen before: single lounge seats in front of the stage instead of the usual bar stools. I guess any damsels beckoned over for a 105baht lady drink would be compelled to sit in a customer’s lap. The stage appears wider than the average den with eight girls hugging a chrome pole at any one time. The discounted libation is draught amber at 59 baht. While there was nothing glaringly wrong about Baccara I felt it lacked atmosphere. There was nothing about it that would make me put it on a must-visit regularly list, unlike Happy or Peppermint. I have no doubt it will be successful but I doubt it’s going to rival some of the newer places on Walking Street such as Airport and Iron. If it’s Friday it must be Barushka: If Irish doesn’t do it for you, head East towards the Urals where the old Polo show go-go bar has been refurbished and is now open as the strangely-named Lady Shadows dance club with East European ladies as the prime attraction. You can’t miss them as you saunter down Walking Street as most appear to be seven foot tall and stand in a cluster at the base of the stairs leading up to the bar. The question has often been asked as to how these ladies are able to work so openly when a beer bar owner from Shafting, East Yokshire can be arrested for placing an empty glass behind his bar. Can I just say the language spoken in

Pattaya is money: you have enough of it and Fun Town is your oyster. It’s a Sin to stay too long: He was cheerful in Happy, employed to pave the way in Highway Star, missed breaking the speed of light in Rocket, was obviously none too comfortable in Cosy because he is now meeting and greeting the few customers who find their way to Sin City. I’m talking of the peripatetic Khun Satit who has been one of the longest running go-go managers in Pattaya and has now moved to Club Sin City (Soi 16, off Walking Street) in an attempt to revive that bars fading fortunes. Given the way he has moved about in recent times he may well have gone again by the time this column hits the streets. Perhaps because they are at the southern end of Walking Street both Club Sin City and Club Boesche (across the way) don’t kick into life until 8:30pm. Still packing them in: With high season well and truly here the good places are all experiencing boom times and included among those is the Windmill Club (Soi Diamond). While not always packed to the gunwales from opening until closing, it is still one of the busiest gogo bars in Pattaya. Some of the damsels would be recognisable to punters who haven’t been in for a few months, but others are new faces with professional approaches. Windmill Club, along with Baby Dolls (in Soi 15, off Walking Street), offer some very hands-on and raunchy shows with most thirst-quenchers reasonably priced. Not the Salmon mousse? One of Pattaya’s busiest, cheapest and most popular nosh houses among expats and regular visitors was the Seaside 2 joint in Soi Chaiyapoon. I walked past the other evening and was surprised to see the shutters down. Affixed to the shutters was a hand-written note in English which read, ‘Closed 18-Infinity. My boss sick.’ Hope it wasn’t something the boss ate. Catz in the Cradle: With around 80 go go bars operating in Pattaya it came as a shock to this writer that the Catz chrome pole den

(Soi 16, off Walking Street) was subjected to a raid which appeared to involve everyone who has ever worn a uniform, from the local and provincial plod to out-of-work admirals and car-park attendants. On the Risque Scale, where 10 is an amphibian tarted with red lipstick and a dart up its clacker and 1 is a slow dance to Leonard Cohen in a cemetery at midnight, Catz would rate about a 4 or 5. If anything, Catz has a reputation as a regular’s hangout so a raid by the Tactical Risque Squad appears right out of the

ordinary. Hopefully more will be revealed as to the reasons in coming weeks. Piece of Pith: Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy…And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night. (Kahlil Gibran)


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Pattaya Today’s

Brainy Fortnightly Crossword Across 9 Beastly schoolmate misbehaved, caught out (9) 10 View missing page one: it’ll make you weep (5) 11 Extra spinner with bounce essentially in turn (7) 12 A girl’s ugly husband’s rather big (7) 13 Pound’s variable during long period (4) 14 Dog collars cat in interminable mad hothouse production (4,6) 16 Peacekeepers for the most part ceding current base (7) 17 Irish poet Russell considered effervescent (7) 19 Rings about going to meet the King’s No. 1 (3,5,2) 22 She ends programme with a somersault (4) 24 Struggles to make Betsy beefy, for instance (7) 25 I’m with my Roman counterpart, tucking into extremely dubious appetisers (3,4) 26 Bad news for Wimbledon players? (5) 27 Point to kid eating one in each dish (9)

Down 1,8 Charity appeal that follows increase in seasonal fare (6,3,1,5,2,3,3,4,3) 2 Herb Simpson tumbled in grass (8) 3 What my dog may do when I go out (5) 4 Local legwear that is scrubbed for Terry (8) 5 Top-level luminary keeps hide for writing (6) 6 It may be put in restaurant’s pot pourri mixed with rose tip to mask pong (9) 7 Glass-maker with degree builds Roman church (6) 8 See 1 15 Is he in the middle of nowhere at odds with creation? (9) 17 Water-carrier died in a never-ending line at court (8) 18 Seafood dishes or rump steak cooked with no rump (8) 20 Irish novelist’s devotee in Romanian capital (2,4) 21 When man quits monastery abroad he’s tightlipped(6) 23 Old blend in Italy 2009(5)

Hope you enjoy the Crossword

Sudoku Puzzle

Find the word which, when placed after the first word & before the second To solve the puzzle, each row, column and word, will form two more words. box must contain each of the numbers 1 to Example Field....Trap Answer Mouse 9. Solution on page 42. 5 3

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YOU WOULD imagine that with such a name this puzzle originated in Japan, but it has been around for many years in the UK. However, the Japanese found an example under the title ‘Number Place’ in an American magazine and translated it as something quite different: su meaning number; doku which translates as single or bachelor. It immediately caught an in Japan, where number puzzles are much more prevalent than word puzzles. Crosswords don’t work well in the Japanese language:

Countering a pre-empt bid It’s doubtless easier to find the right fit when the opponents mind their own business and keep quiet. But life is not always that simple. In today’s deal

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The sudoku puzzle reached craze status in Japan in 2004 and the craze spread to the UK through the puzzle pages of national newspapers. The Daily Tetegraph uses the name Sudoku, but you may see it called su doku elsewhere. However, there is no doubt that the word has been adopted into modern parlance, much like’ erossword’. Sudoku is not a mathematical or arithmetical puzzle. It works just as well if the numbers are substituted with letters or some other symbols, but numbers work best.

you hold ♠ A, ♥ Q J 10 6, ♦ A 10 7 2, ♣ K 9 3 2 and are delighted to hear your partner open the bidding with one heart, but your right hand opponent jumps in with a call of two spades. It’s your turn, so what do you say? It’s clear that two spades by the opponents is an

1. Fool Reading 2. Cross Proof 3. Sage Work 4. Sack Tow 5. Open Away 6. Clothes Age 7. Post Go 8. Sea Walk 9. Post Board 10.Fish Ball

Solution Issue 07

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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters

1. DIG TO BE 2. TOE RAPE 3. SUE POPS 4. ONION PI 5. REG CHAD 6. DOE POPS 7. CORNY RAT 8. THIS OLE 9. DINS WOW 10.LIVE BEE interference bid designed to put you off your course. There could well be a slam in hearts with your partner, so be careful how you go. A jump to four hearts, for example, is a bad choice because it’s likely to finish the bidding and your partner has the right to know you are actually very powerful. So it’s important that you flash a slam signal,

Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... howbeit provisional at this stage. Your best course is to cue bid three spades – a raise in the enemy suit – which suggests that you have support for hearts as well as a control in spades. That control could be a void in spades or, as here, the ace. If partner next cue bids four clubs, you’ll cue bid four diamonds and likely will not stop before a little or grand slam.

ANSWERS 1. Snake Tight 2. Light Lifting 3. Throw Hand 4. Lime Mason 5. Mill Mason 6. Cock Fall 7. Kin Lore 8. Fly Chair 9. Staff Mate 10.Tic Pin

Skin Weight Back Stone Stone Pit Folk Wheel Room King

ANSWERS 1. DENT LES 2. SIR PHEW 3. ELF RUST 4. LET SIR G 5. MA AT LEO 6. RAG CHIN 7. RIO CARS 8. REPS SIT 9. NOT C DUC 10.TRAI PSE

NESTLED WHISPER FLUSTER GRISTER OATMEAL CHAGRIN CORSAIR PERSIST CONDUCT PIRATES


g o u r m e t cor n e r

THAT WAS THE YEAR

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by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

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Edible Memories

Operating a restaurant is a risky business; you can debut with a splash but unless you resonate with what the paying customers want the initial impact will be short term.

mind here is a reprise of the new restaurants we visited in 2009. We started the year by visiting a new restaurant which has now gained a loyal following and is now firmly established in Pattaya’s culinary circle. We remarked at the time that the concept

Restaurant reviewing is also a tricky business. Also, we are constantly asked why we don’t ever give a really bad review. Well, we don’t review bad restaurants! All our reviews are either recommendations or somewhere we have already eaten, none are unknown venues. So with that in

was spot on with the menu offering a mixed repertoire with more than a nod to French inspired cuisine and a wink to healthy, fresh food served in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere. We are talking about CAFÉ DES AMIS. Mick and I just love the big, loungey bar filled with lots of comfy seating,

excellent cocktails and this is definitely the place for first rate gourmet bar snacks: deep fried Camembert, croque monsieur, BBQ wraps, prawn toasts and the house Des Amis canapés are just a few of the appealing finger food on offer here. We counted eight supreme vodkas, sixteen bourbons and whiskies and countless liquers, cognacs and brandies from the finest houses around the world to satisfy the most discerning imbibers. Among the recommended dishes we can endorse appetisers such as salad d’escargot (B.220), the chicken liver parfait and the popular crispy duck salad. Main courses we enjoyed were pan fried calves liver with pancetta, the braised lamb shank and the blackened salmon served with julienne vegetables and a spicy tomato relish (B.395). Other recommended dishes are the lamb Wellington, which is a best seller here, as is the stuffed chicken breast with whisky. Café Des Amis’ core

business is serving the community. It is here that residents hold their anniversary and birthday parties, meet and relax in the swish bar, enjoy the European food and wine and lose a few hours in the company of close friends. So many things conspire to make this a special place; the atmosphere, the fine food, the friendly staff, the carefully selected wine and spirits plus the good management. Do visit soon and discover for yourself why savvy diners and imbibers head down to CAFÉ DES AMIS. Located on Theppraya Hill. Turn down Soi 11 and it is at the end just around the corner on the left hand side. Open daily from 4.30 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Tel: 084 026 4989. Another culinary debut at the start of 2009 was the house restaurant in the spectacular Dusit D2 Baraquda Hotel on Second Road. THE S.E.A. INDOCHINE RESTAURANT. Chef Allan (hailing from Singapore) is a gastro-wizard and produces

pan Asian recipes of inspirational taste sensations. The pomelo and prawn salad (B.220) is sensational, the grilled rock lobster skewers with a ginger-garlic dip inspired but the star of the menu for Mick and I is the crabmeat sausage and batter fried calamari (B.180). The luscious crab meat is lightly fried in the crispiest skin and accompanied by gossamer battered calamari and served with a plum,chili sauce. Grilled sabat with red capsicum, potato and caper berries with roasted vegetables is another example of Chef Allan’s mastery. Tel: (038) 769 999. Open daily.

In August we visited CAFÉ RITZ in response to so many positive endorsements for this bijou restaurnt. It is small in size but BIG on value. John, the owner/chef is a well-known character in these parts who runs a tight ship and always serves a square meal harking back to his naval days. Tucked away in Jomtien Complex it is a unique and worthwhile destination. The menu is admirably concise. The main attraction is the splendid 3-course dinner priced at B.340, although single dishes can be ordered. Australian steak as an alternative main dish to the set menu is only an extra B.50.

RSVP

Dear Food Lovers, After all the richness of holiday fare (and the left-overs!) have you a recipe for that great dish. Bubble and Squeak. Thanks, Frank. Dear Frank, yes we all remember Bubble and Squeak with affection and here’s a good recipe (with a few gourmet twists) which obviously can be changed to accommodate whatever veggies you have to hand (you could add carrots, peas or brussel sprouts if you have them). Bubble and Squeak, for 4 200g Brussels sprouts 700g potatoes, peeled and roughly cubed 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 onion, chopped 2 tbs capers (optional, though they add great ‘bite’) olive oil a little butter flour for coating fresh coriander, chopped Boil the potatoes in salted water for about 10 minutes, until tender. Drain and mash with the butter. Season well. Cook the sprouts in salted water for 8-10 minutes. When they’re done, drain and cool them under the cold tap. Shred them roughly. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until translucent. Mix potatoes, sprouts and onion together in a bowl. Stir in the capers and chopped coriander and season well. Put a little flour on your hands and shape the mixture into 8 cakes. The flour helps the cakes to retain their shape when being fried and creates a wonderfully crispy coating from which oozes the soft potato within. Heat a little more oil in the frying pan and cook the cakes for a few minutes on each side. Don’t put too many in the pan at once as they can be hard to manoeuver and will fall apart if you’re rough. Serve with eggs, fried tomatoes or whatever you fancy, or have them with salad for a healthier option. HP Brown Sauce is brilliant here, as is ketchup. If you would like to request a recipe, please email : thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com


dining out

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From 2009

With diverse choices in each course it covers the spectrum of international dining. Portions are gargantuan so be prepared to indulge. There is a vegetable wizard in this kitchen, fantastic bowls of freshly “cooked-to-perfection” vegetables are served with every dish on the menu and they are impeccable. Crunchy broccoli, creamy cauliflower, sweet carrots and tasty cabbage are cooked to exactness. The half roast chicken (which came with an extra portion of roast potatoes) was admirably skinned for arterial damage control and sat in a puddle of light gravy with a robust stuffing. The red snapper was delightful; perfectly pan fried and perched atop of a profusion of soft red, yellow and green peppers together with caramelised onions. Single dishes (all priced at around B.250) feature pork chops, lamb chops, liver and onions, steak and kidney pie, beef stew and more. Do save room for a dessert. The list evokes nostalgic puddings: apple and blackberry pie, apple/ marmalade or jam sponge, sherry trifle, ice cream with chocolate sauce or their acclaimed blueberry or chocolate cheese cake. To sum up, CAFÉ RITZ is “a find” and it would be a glaring omission if as food reporters we failed to spread such good news to our readers.

Located in Jomtien Complex. Best to approach from the entrance by Shenanigans, first right and it’s about 50 meters on the right. Open daily from 6.30 pm till 10.30 pm (last orders 9.30 pm). Tel: 084 865 0415 for reservations. Where do you go for “zee best couscous in town?” ALLO COUSCOUS, of course. This delightful French restaurant has recently moved to Pratanmak Hill and more specifically to the stylish boutique hotel, Le Victoria. Mick and I have been lovers of couscous for many years and were excited to come across this restaurant, which not only serves the eponymous dish, but also an excellent a la carte menu of sound traditional French cuisine. Chef/restaurateur, Patrick Joyon is the patron of this most convivial new destination. Couscous is naturally the raison d’etre of this restaurant. However, it also offers an extensive selection of traditional French classic dishes. If you have never tasted couscous before here is the place to put that right. Pieces of slow cooked meat are gently simmered in a heady broth with many varieties of vegetables and seasoned with generous amounts of cumim, coriander, cinnamon, saffron and other aromatic spices. The result is a delicious spicy mélange with tender vegetables and succulent meat accompanied by the texture of soft grainy couscous. The choices are

chicken (B.330), mutton, beef, brochettes, merguez (a red spicy sausage from North Africa), or the jewel in the crown, couscous royal which serves an ample medley of all of the above. Among the starters cuisse de grenouille (frogs legs), terrine maison (B.150), assiette de charcuterie are featured while amongst the main courses entrecote in a pepper sauce (B.380), magret de canard a l’orange, cote de porc or lamb and the legendary hachis parmentier are all poplular.

Fine dining in airconditioned comfort or poolside al fresco are the seating choices while the menu offers everything from creative pizzas through traditional favourites and gourmet dishes on Chef’s Special selection with such mouthwatering items as home made ravioli stuffed with foie gras, Australian lamb shank braised in red wine, beef strips pan fried with porcini mushrooms and black truffle paste. Among the appetisers, Mick and I tried the succulent carpaccio of salmon (B.230), impepata di cozze (Australian black mussels in a white wine and garlic emulsion) and for main courses the grigliata di carne mista and the sensational sea bass fillet in lemon grass sauce. Steak lovers are catered for with fresh (not frozen) Australian grain-fed black Angus beef. It is grilled on a lava stone and served in 200 gr. fillets (B.640), 300 gr. rib eye or the extravaganza of a 500 gr. “Florentine” style T-bone

ALLO COUSCOUS is a charming culinary find with yet another surprising facet, it delivers! Phone Patrick, give him your order and it will be transported to your door. If the order is over B.1000 it will be delivered free of charge and only B.60 if not. Allo Couscous is the sort of local gem beloved of those in the know and it gets a big tick from us. Located in Le Victoria Hotel (Soi 4) Pratanmak Hill, Pattaya. Open daily from breakfast till late. Tel: 087 936 7102 or 086 1083 600 for reservations, take away or delivery service. Just a few weeks ago we visited a new venture in an old venue namely LA LUNA BRASSARIA on Third Road. The gastronaut at the helm of this new moon launch is the consummate professional restaurateur, well known character and vivacious Venetian, Alex Gregoris.

grilled on the bone and sliced to the plate. La Luna pursues an individual style whilst retaining the traditions and values of the Italian kitchen, This is a charming restaurant offering quality and a profusion of fine ingredients served with style and panache. La Luna is situated on Third Road (near the driving range) towards North Pattaya Road. Open daily from 12 noon to 14.30 and 18.00 till 23.00. Tel: (038) 489 329. These are only a few of the new establishments that opened during 2009 in the Pattaya/Jomtien area and we wish them many more prosperous years. We also wish all our readers a very happy, healthy New Year and please keep writing to us with your feed-backs on our articles and of course, your own restaurant recommendations, we appreciate your input.

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Quick & Easy. We buy/sell used goods. We pay instant CASH. TVs, HiFis, Watches, Jewelry, Sporting Goods, Cameras, Musical Instruments, Phones, CD Players, Electrical Appliances & more. Home/office clearances. Large item pickup. All goods must be in working condition. Bring your I.D. Visit our 300m2 store 2nd Floor Pattaya Klang. Tel 038 488 240 Fax 038 488 249

(ptmas-e0609)Mobility Scooters -- Free test ride at your home! Portable mobility scooters, latest models. Full service from Thailand’s mobility scooter specialist. Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 8405-07, www.ecobrand.net, info@ ecobrand.net for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptmas-c0609)DVD Boxed Sets, New Titles every week. British Comedy, Detectives, Movies & Documentaries - Delivered today! Free Catalogue, www.go2delboy.com “Free Classifieds Section” Tel 086 111 9181. (ptmas-c0609) Hypnosis & Psychology. Stop Smoking, Lose Weight Tel. 086 111 9181. (ptfas-c0008)Rolex Gents Date Watch. Gold face, gold bezel, jubilee gold and stainless steel strap. Beautiful original condition with box. Only 65,000 baht. Call Alan 087 139 1570. (ptfas-g2408)Antique Hand Carved Thai Teak Bench; made decades ago in a small Province in the far North. This distinctive piece will astound all who view it. Unfortunately, it is too bulky to work in my small bedroom and I have decided to part with it. 150L X 60D. The first to see it will grab it. 9,500 Baht. Email: sanmyn@aol. com or call Gary at 089 803 0388. (ptfa-l0809)Probably The Biggest Most Powerful Pair of Binoculars you have ever seen, Together with Heavy Duty Extendable Tri-pod. Both indistinguishable from new. Total cost over 15,000 baht. Sell 8,000 bath Call: 038 421 502. Business Tool; NOKIA E90 Communicator, Brand New in the Box with Acessories, New Price in Th. 30.000 Baht, Sell for 18.000.- Call; 081 822 9968. Dupont King Size Water / Gel Bed, Used only 1 Month, Comes with all accessories, Covers, Underlay, New Price 75,000 Bath Quick Sale 32,000 Baht incl. Delivery, Installation. Interested pls call 081 822 9968.

Notebook, ACER TravelMate C215TMi/core 2 duo, 2.0 GHz, High speed, Comes with all accessories, 2 Batteries, Charger, Bag, all in the original Box, New Price; 82.000 Baht, Quick Sale 30.000 Baht; Call 081 822 9968. Sonny VAIO Notebook PCGZ1XJP, Upgraded Blackberry RAM, Docking Station, 2 Charger, 2 New Batteries, Documentation, Bag, 16000.Baht. Pls call 081 822 9968. Sailing dinghy for sale. Laser 13, complete with the following; sails, top cover, launch trolley/ combi road trailer, life jackets, oars & more. All in very good condition. Only 110,000 Thbt. For more details and viewing contact Mike, tele 089 095 2309.

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(ptmbo-em0509)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/ recushion etc. Bought and sold/ profit chairing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptmbo-bb1109) Soi 8 Beach Road Restaurant & Bar Good for Farang Food, 5 Story Building Fully Furnish. Rent 35,000P/M key Money 1.25 Million/ 3 YRS. Call BB 081 147 6767. (ptmbo-p0509)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379. (ptmbo-k0809)Beach Road Soi 8 Sexy Bar for Rent. Key money 80,000/year. Rent 18,000/month. Tel: 086 512 4387. (ptmbo-j0509)Go Go Bar on Walking Street, low rent 30,000 baht/month, long lease. For sale 3.5 million baht. Call 084 109 3159. (ptfbo-0008)Massage Business for Sale Behind Tukcom South Pattaya. 600,000 baht. Call Khun Mina 081 782 9821, 085 221 1108. (ptbo-c0409)Bar for Sale. Jomtien Plaza Corner Unit next to entrance to condo quick sale!! 2 million baht 084 350 9304 (English) 080 630 7314 (Thai)

(ptbo-g1009)Restaurant for Sale. In prestigious location of Pattaya, Naklua, Wongamat Beach. The shop is surrounded by Hotels, Resorts, Condos, Near Centara Mirage, Sky Beach condo, Northpoint. All equip included, 130sqm. Leasehold, Rent pcm only 7,000 baht. Sale for 1,950,000 bht (Offers Considered) Call Gianni 085 110 1161. (ptbo-g1009)Real Estate Agency all equip included, 45sqm. In prestigious location of Pattaya, Naklua, Wongamat Beach. The shop is surrounded by Hotels, Resorts, Condos, Near Centara Mirage, Sky Beach condo, Northpoint. Leasehold, Rent pcm only 7,000 baht. Sale for 850,000 bht (Offers Considered) Call Gianni 085 110 1161. (ptbo-g1009)Empty Shop. In prestigious location of Pattaya, Naklua, Wongamat Beach. The shop is surrounded by Hotels, Resorts, Condos, Near Centara Mirage, Sky Beach condo, Northpoint. Leasehold, Rent pcm only 7,000 baht. Sale for 650,000 bht (Offers Considered) Call Gianni 085 110 1161. (ptbo-b0509)For selfemployees and potential investors, Video game and retail store at good location for Sale. For more information Call 089 600 9545. (ptbo-n0809) Beauty Salon for sale. Prestigious Location City Walk (Next Royal Garden Plaza) 7 work stations, 2 massage tables, Good clientele base, NO KEY MONEY. 30,000 baht month rent. Only 1.8 million baht Call: 080 095 9002. Office for rent. Off Jomtien Beach Road, Soi 12. Ok for 5 desk spaces. 4,000 baht/month. Charlie 080 091 6669. Leading English Magazine Publication FOR SALE in Pattaya. Leading English Magazine in Pattaya for 7 years now is up For Sale! Staff in place and very low cost production makes this an ideal business for the right person. Health conditions forces the owner to sell this profitable publication. Particulars of purchase price and details will be given to serious inquiries. Contact James at 081 000 8192 or Email : jordygwaping@yahoo.com A serious ‘hands on’ investor requires a 50% share in a running, successful, well renovated and maintained 15 - 25 room guesthouse/hotel in a good location. Up to date accounts must be available. All replies treated with complete confidence. Email to – kevinh@ jomtien-property.com

Two office spaces for rent located on the 4th floor of a low rise building along Sukhumvit Road, in between South and Central Pattaya, 20 meters after Spanish Condo. Both spaces have toilet, unfurnished. The first one is 36 sqm., price is only 7,200 baht per month and the other one is 64 sqm. and the price is only 12,800 baht per month (FOR LONG TERM LEASE ONLY). Accessible to public transportation. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Two Shops are Available for Rent. Good business opportunity at the excellent locations, nearby hotel lobby area at Ocean Tower & Garden Wing in Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, North Pattaya. Please call for more information at 038 418 418 ext. 701 (Ms. Supanee, Executive office) or email: orchid@amari.com WE SELL GOING CONCERNS! If You Want Expert Professional Advice on Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya TSBA Have a large selection of businesses available. Call Craig 087 077 0475 www.tsba.info Bar /Guest House – Located in central Pattaya, there are 16 rooms a well stocked bar with pool table and included in the price are 20 motorbikes. Call Craig 087 077 0475. Email: craig@tsba.info Bar/Guest House – Located just off soi buakhao, this busy bar has 4 rooms for rent as well as a staff room .The owner is relocating so this business is priced to sell. Call Craig 087 077 0475, email: craig@tsba.info Bar/Guest House – This guest house located in central Pattaya has 12 rooms , a fully fitted commercial kitchen , and fully stocked bar with pool table.. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info Walking street – An opportunity has arisen to purchase this well known walking street bar, this business is a turn key operation and is ready to make big money. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info (ptmbo-v1109)Bar Guesthouse 2.9 Million bht Yin Yang Bar 64/89 Soi Buakhao Tel 086 832 5939. BS1029: A great investment opportunity for someone looking for a bar/guesthouse to run. This property is on a 3 year + lease agreement and located in the Metro area (very busy). No key money and has 12 rooms available for rent which are rented. Just been reduced from 5 to 4 million O.N.O Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com BS1033: This steak house Restaurant has just come on the market. Fully functional kitchen inclusive of all bar and furniture This business is located in south Pattaya on a busy road. Must sell quickly at the price of 5.5million o.n.o Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com (ptbo- p0209) Thai Restaurant for Sale. Urgent Sale, All Equipment included, Soi Make in Thailand Opposite Central Beach. 420,000 bht. Call 084 928 7489 or 087 050 9197.

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Fax: (038) 374535 (ptbo-f0309)Extraordinary Possibility!!! Because of Moving Home Playing Machine for Sale with Company. Tel.: 080 571 4910. (ptbo-u1609)Brand new guesthouse for sale on Jomtien “ SIAM WAVE” 3 storey ,550 sqm., 14 rooms, internet, cable TV, Fully furnished, bike park, swimming pool (8x4m) , Land 844 sqm. 16,500,000 baht please call 084 867 4635 ,087 915 3681 email unley@yandex.ru (ptbo-ml0409) International Bar Restaurant. Northeast Thailand For Sale! Large Restaurant, Bar Area, Pool Table, Internet, Large Screens TV’s. European Kitchen, 2 Motorbikes for Rent, Specializing Imported Food and Drink, Accomadation Above. Good Profitable Business, Law Rent, No key money, Rent paid till July 2010. 1.7 Million O.N.O Tel.: 087 868 1621. 45-Rooms + 1 BigHouse Big pond in the middle 917 t.wah Sukhumvit Soi 87, only 600m from Sukhumvit Rd Income of 100,000 BHT/month selling for 15 million Call: 081 244 6970. Restaurant –An opportunity to purchase Pattaya only original 50’s diner, complete with one of the largest collections of 1950’s memorabilia. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info Laundry – This busy laundry located in central Pattaya has been fitted out to the highest of standards and is priced to sell. Call Craig 087 077 0475. email: craig@tsba.info Beer Bar Jomtien 3 Nice Rooms Above 25,000 P/m. 3 Year LeasAbsolute Bargain 495,000 Baht Thai 086 1425 719 Eng 081 1580 065 Info@ PattayaOceanProperty.com Ref: B 2018 Right on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. We have a stunning boutique Hotel for sale (freehold) for 19.9 Million Baht. NEED TO SELL ASAP. Only the real estate is already worth more than this!!!! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Right on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. Hotel for sale (freehold) for 39 Million Baht. NEED TO SELL ASAP, 34 rooms!! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th

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(ptmet-s2408)Thai, English and German Lessons! Bored from learning Languages conventional style? Want fast success for daily conversation? With us you can learn it for your needs, comfortable in your own home. For a free trial lesson please call 089 602 2272 or Email to timeforlearning@ gmail.com

(pta-tk0008)Do you Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. We speak Thai, English, German & Duetsch. (ptmet-p2208)Learn Thai/ English at Home by Experienced Teacher. Personalized and effective learning at your convenience. Tel. 081 945 7241. (pta-te0008)TEFL Intercontinental, we are specialist in teacher training, a full 120 hours TEFL certificate course, we offer Guaranteed job & Work permit, Earn 36,000 Baht while you practice teaching for 2 Months. Please contact us at: 086 841 5976 or 038 406 640. Pro Language Training Institute, Central Pattaya. We offer a variety of effective language courses and professional corporate training, including English, Japanese, German, Russian, French and Spanish. We specialize in teaching Thai to foreigners from beginner to advanced level and offer Ministry of Education Thai Competency test preparation. 3 year ED visas arranged for full-time students. Please call for a FREE TRIAL LESSONS. Located in Central Pattaya opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038 489 225-7 Fax. 038 489 228 www.prolanguage.com

House for Sale

Huge House for sale in Naklua area. Very close to sanctuary of truth. Located in a nice and quiet villag. 213 Talangwah with 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 separate living room, 2 separate dining room, 2 kitchen, 1 dirty kitchen, 1 laundry room, 1 storage room, 9 air-conditioned. Private swimming pool, beautiful landscape garden,UBC,internet, water pump, For quick sale at 13 million baht. Call 089 607 9850. (ptm-j0309) Luxury Bungalow 3 bed 2 bath 2 kitchen, 3 aircon, fully furnished, solar panel, water purifier, garden with fishponds and water falls, situated in new villas in soi Khaonoi with large communal pool and top security, 4.8 million Tel. 081 153 2422.


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House for sale The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12.9 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. The most exiting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as this.....you must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home.

Condo for Sale Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ 53sqm for 3 Million Baht discounted from 3.9M and 83sqm for 4 Million Baht discounted from 5.7! Together for 6.75 Million Baht. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 25 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a five-star beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors….. prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Splendid investment opportunity! For sale Tip-Condo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy is only one of the many features in this condo. Act quick we have the Top-Corner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 226 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. We have a stunning Home in Jomtien Park Villas! Supurb Design and Construction! Three Bedrooms / Two Bathrooms. Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht. (PR3875) Investment Opportunity, Jomtien Beach! 200 sqm design condo in Grand Condotel! Price Lowered from 14.5 to 9.9 Million Baht! Three Bedrooms / Three Bathrooms. Call Now! Central Jomtien Living in View Talay 7!!! Cheapest front corners available with us! Also we have studios available on high floors (starting at 2.8 Million Baht)

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(ptm-c0109)Bargain Opportunity. Luxury Bungalow Completed January 2007. Good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, aircon, etc. 24 hours security. Cost 4 million baht will sell for 2.9 million baht. Parking several cars. Tel. Thai 089 669 1507, Tel. English 085 934 5411. (ptmhs-r0409)House for Sale in Pattaya with Lovely Sea View, 300 metres from beach, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, large pool. 332tw land, A/C throughout. 25 million baht (buy direct from owner) 087 833 1719, sales@pattayahouse builders.com (ptmhs-t1009) Private Sells Bungalow. 7 rooms, 3 baths, furnished, large outside livingeating area in beautiful garden, swimming pool, doublegarage. On 720 sqm land. THB 3,700,000. 20 km South of Pattaya, off Sukhumvit Rd., Tel. 038 436 998 Thai/Eng/ German (ptmhs-E0809) This truly is a lovely, extremely well finished modern tropical bali style home. Nagawari development just minutes away from main Sukhumvit Road also area close to Jomtien Beach. . This executive Single storey house features 2 spacious bedrooms, all ensuite, 2bahtrooms, Euroepean Kitchen,a private pool,sala, garden , 4 airconditioners,UBC TV, Phoneline and ADSL Hispeed internet, 24hr security .House 140 Sq.m /Land 77 sq. Wa. Price for rent 49,000 baht / month and for sale 7,500,000 baht Contact: Eugene 085 120 1414 Eng, Ong-art 081 899 1910 Thai French Style Town House Freshly painted , nice window shutters,2 bedroom 3 bathroom Air Conditioned. Very quiet secured area in South Pattaya, Some furniture included in sale. Only 3mb Tel.: 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www.pattayaoceanproperty.com Magnificent Homes for Sale Located only minutes to Jomtein beach Rare opportunity to own a luxury home built to your specifications 1, 2, 3, or 4 bedroom homes From 5.9 mb. Email: info@ p a t t a y o c e a n p r o p e r t y. c o m Thai: 0861 425 719 Eng: 0811 580 065. The Best Low Price Ever. A 3-storey Spectacular Designer Townhouse located near the Royal Cliff Hotel. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master with jacuzzi). Top of the line European Kitchen. Fitted with amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table. Equipped with alarm system. Only 6 Million Baht. Great Offer! This townhouse + a nicely decorated studio unit in Khieng Talay, both for only 6.5 Million Baht. Call us at: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. For Quick Sale! Only 11 Million Baht. A spacious and well furnished 90 sq. wah house. Have 3 bedrooms, living room. European kitchen, private pool. Located in Soi Kao Talo, only 10 minutes drive from Lotus South Pattaya. For viewing, please call us at 081 334 5291 pr 081 357 7491.

Truly 25% discount OFF the original price. Magnificent and Fabulous Beach Side Living at a very low price. You can design and build your own house on the remaining plots. Hurry there are only 10 remaining plots left. Plots range from 520 sqm to 680 sqm. Price starts at 7 Million Baht. Call now at: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Gorgeous Houses for Sale and Investment. Absolutely all brand new houses, in a modern high quality and extremely nice tropical villa project. With underground cables, private pool, furnished. Located in Naklua Area. Only a few minutes away from Pattaya, very convenient, no hassle on driving around the city. Accessible to public transportations. Ready to move in. Price starts from 12 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Beautiful Family House Very spacious house in Soi Siam Country Club, with big swimming pool in well kept garden. 3 Beds,3 baths and large lounge. Quality furnished throughout, European kitchen, high security alarm system and electric gate (only 800 meters from Sukhumvit Road) Don’t miss this one!! Call now at: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. HS1240: This 3 bedroom property is located in Jomtien Park Villas in the heart of Jomtien. It has a European kitchen and fully furnished, land size is 564sqm, A/C, private swimming pool included. Just been reduced to 9.9million!! Call us 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HS1294: This property has just been placed on the market. The property is located in east Pattaya and has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, fully furnished and a Thai kitchen with all appliances, 90sqm living space. Ideal first time family home 1.4million! Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HS1206: This property is located in Greenfield villas 3. The latest project from the developer. A very nice townhouse with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom full A/C and full furniture and Euro kitchen, small garden and opposite the communal pool. Priced at 3 million. Call us 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HS1181: This single storey property has just come available located in east Pattaya. The property sits on 500sqm land, 220sqm of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, European kitchen, A/C and inclusive of private swimming pool! Priced at 3.8 million!!! Call us 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com The best deal in Thabali, Chateau Dale ever! This very nice, fully renovated, three bedroom, four bathroom Thabali home is situated in one of the finest villages and locations in Pattaya. Asking price only 10.9 Million Baht! Full financing available, only 2 Million Baht down and payments over 5 years. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931, 087 021 7014 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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We as Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. have a lot of emergency sales. This is a buyers market and we have dozens of fire sales!!!!!! Millions under the price of the developers!!! Act quick. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have a re-sale in a new 5-star housing project in Jomtien! Stunning two level designed house on 120TLW with 4 Bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms. Asking price 18 Million Baht, 4 Million under the developer price. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. We have for sale a stunning house in View Talay Villas! Asking price 12.9 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms house! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Stunning House For only 10.5 Million Baht! Four extra large bedrooms, four Bathrooms with separate Guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool. The house is built on a 1200 m2 plot in the very prestigious area of Phoenix Golf Course. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com The most exiting Estate on the entire Eastern Seaboard for Sale for 150 Million Thai Baht. This 7 Bedroom, 11 Bathroom on 35 Rai of land is one of the most impressive homes you will ever see. Its grounds, water features and landscaping are second to none. If you have the finances to secure a home such as this.....you must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Downpayment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. Call Jan for more information 087 021 7014. Most incredible sea views from a designer 4 bedroom home for 19.9 Million Baht! Situated high in the Bangsarey Hills, this gorgeous four bedroom four bathroom home was completely decorated by one of the areas most noted interior designers, which makes it both beautifully appointed as well as being a very comfortable family home. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Want a Thabali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! We now have a 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom (125 TLW) house discounted from 15 to 12.9 Million Baht! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style home right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com


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We Have Several View Talay Villas for Sale from 7.9 Million to 50 Million Baht! Live in one of these highly sought after villas in this exclusive development! For appointment and private showing call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Immaculate Beach House for sale at 27.5 Million Baht! Each room in this extremely well laid out home has been designed and decorated to a very high standard. The location and sea views are to die for….. this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

An Absolutely Stunning Home For 60 Million Baht! With over 3,000 square meters of living space all done in the finest hardwoods, marble and granite this is a grand and very impressive estate home. The estate has seven master suites and four separate lounge areas with a cinema room, games room and three kitchens all built around an outdoor lounging area and swimming pool. To put it simply, this is luxury! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Gorgeous and Very Large Estate Home For Sale at 25 Million Baht! This is luxury on a large scale, with five bedrooms five bathrooms and a lovely swimming pool with Jacuzzi. The interior design

Classified work is very tasteful. There is not a better address, as this is in the areas best Expat development. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautifully Designed Bali Style home for 15.5 Million Baht! This very nice three bedroom home is in one of the finest villages in Pattaya for foreigners wishing to have a familiar and safe environment, make sure to see this fine home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14.9 Million Baht unfurnished now discounted to 12.9 Million Baht including new high end furniture. This stunning house is located 200 meters from the beach and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 280 m2 living space on 400m2 land. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have several Owner Finance opportunities! We have houses available with Owner Finance. For more information about the finance call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Want a Fabulous Home in Paradise Villa? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Great home layouts and designs in these spectacular and modern homes at Pattaya’s ‘Number One’ development. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Beautiful Regent Village four Bedroom, five bathroom Home For Sale at 14 Million Baht! Absolutely stunning interior design. This five bedroom plus home is a must see. Fantastic fully equipped European kitchen and you will love the wonderful landscaping and finishing work, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have houses for sale in the range of 3-130 Million Baht!! We have by far the most listings……examples are houses in Siam Royal View, Paradise Villa 1 and 2, Nagawari, Thabali, Park Villas, View Talay Villas, Little Hill, Phu Tara, etc, etc. We are known for the best listings and the best prices. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Situated local to the ISR, furnished, quiet location but close to main routes to Bangkok & Pattaya. 3 double bedrooms c/w fitted wardrobes, 2 bathrooms, large lounge & dinning area, European kitchen, Full AC, swimming pool c/w jacuzzi set in a well laid out private garden, total area 145sqw/580sqm. 6M Thbt. For more details and viewing contact Mike, tele 089 095 2309.

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Exclusive luxury two bedroom house in Jomtien park villa with luxury pool with Jacuzzi in tropical garden, high specification European kitchen, open plan lounge 11.8 Million, Tel. 038 723 995, www.property-in-pattaya.com Brand New Two Bedroom House at East Pattaya Knock Down Price: For QUICK SALE!!! A fantastic opportunity for first time buyers or investors seeking a property at an affordable price. Newly constructed home in company name, enjoy your lifestyle. Make your dream come true!!!! 1.99 Million Tel.038 723 995, www.property-in-pattaya.com Beautiful House for sale in good project (Fan Thip 1) Soi Kawtalo. 2 story house 4 bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, built in furniture and European kitchen ready to move in situated on 61 Wah. price includes furniture as seen. No transfer costs as house already in a company name.3,300,000 Thai Baht Please call 081 983 3551 English 086 249 5592 (Thai) European Place House for sale/rent in East Pattaya Spaciously set out in 336 sqm. 2 storeys, 3 beds 3 baths, living room, European kitchen and fully furnished. Available now. Call for more information 086 312 2964.

Royal Park Rung Ruang for sale in Jomtien area 332 sqm. Have 2 storeys, 2 beds, 3 baths, and living room, A/C, fully furnished big terrace with huge swimming pool and garden. Call for more information 086 312 2964. Town House on Pratumnak Hill for sale 5.5 million and 32,000 baht/month for rent. 5minutes walk from the beach, 128 sqm. Luxury furnished, 2 storeys, 2 beds ,2 baths, large living area with balcony and Euro kitchen have swimming pool , 24 security. Call for more information 086 312 2964.

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(ptmhr-0709) Newly Renovated Shop House Na Jomtien, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Part Furnished, 4 Aircons, Electric Garage. Ocean Views 100 Meters from the beach 14,000 baht/month Phone: 081 084 3423. (ptmhr-n2308)A Beautiful House for Rent at Jomtien Chaiyapruk Rd. Soi 3. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished, Euro-kitchen, private pool, UBC + ADSL 28,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptmhr-r0609)2 Storey, 3 Bedroom (En-suite 1), 3 Bathroom, fully furnish, with satellite at Panchan Spa Resort, the way to Rayong. Price 25,000-40,000 short, long term. Ph. 087 039 9784 Wan or 081 833 5489 Sanoon.


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(ptmhr-a0109)2 Storeys in Pattaya Rungrueng Village. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. With parking space. 10,000/months. Contact 084 164 8872. (ptmhr-a0109)Single Storey House in Eakmongkol 4 Kaotalo. 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 air, fully furnished. European kitchen. Parking space for 2 cars. 084 164 8872. Newly Renovated Farang Owner Townhouse for Rent. Convenient location at Pattaya Tai, 3 bedrooms 2 bahtrooms, big living room and kitchen, with balcony and car park, fully furnished. Interested please call 087 141 2783 or 089 607 9850. (ptmhr-E0809) This truly is a lovely, extremely well finished modern tropical bali style home. Nagawari development just minutes away from main Sukhumvit Road also area close to Jomtien Beach. . This executive Single storey house features 2 spacious bedrooms, all ensuite, 2bahtrooms, Euroepean Kitchen,a private pool,sala, garden , 4 airconditioners,UBC TV, Phoneline and ADSL Hispeed internet, 24hr security .House 140 Sq.m /Land 77 sq. Wa. Price for rent 49,000 baht / month and for sale 7,500,000 baht Contact: Eugene 0851201414 Eng, Ong-art 081 899 1910 Thai 2-storey opp. Huaiyai municipality 2-Bedroom 2-Bathroom Not Furnished 25 t.wah Rent 6,500/month Call 081 244 6970. Lovely 3 Bedroom Furnished Home with enclosed garden & lawn areas. Very quiet secured villiage with Communal Pool. Situated only one minute to Pattaya/Bangkok hwy near crocodile farm 22,000 pm Eng. 0811 580 065 Thai 0861 425 719 Pattaya Ocean Property.com Very nice 3 bedroom house located in a very quiet small secure village in South Pattaya Only a few minutes To Sukumvit Hwy & Carrefour 25,000 pm. Email: info@pattay oceanproperty.com Thai: 086 1425 719 Eng: 081 158 0065

Beautiful 3 Bedroom Pool Villa with private pool. 3 minutes to secluded Beach. Located in Na Jomtein Only 1 minute to Sukumvit Hwy, Fully furnished 70,000 pm Email: info@pattayoceanproperty.com Thai: 0861 425 719 Eng: 0811 580 065. HR1203: This property is located in Jomtien. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, A/C and euro kitchen. With full use of communal swimming pool, UBC & Internet, reasonable Garden! What more can you ask for??? 28,000 P/M Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1201: This large townhouse has just come available in east Pattaya. It has 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, European kitchen with appliances, A/C, cable TV Priced at 15,000 p/m. Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1184: If you are looking for peace and quiet and a small development then this is the property for you!! This single storey house has 2 beds, 2 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with a nice outside garden area. Hurry before this one goes too! 20,000P/M Call for more info 038 373 966 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1193: These private 2 storey properties are located in Pratamnak. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and modern furniture, European kitchen, ADSL, UBC and communal swimming pool also inclusive of CCTV for extra peace of mind. Priced at 28,000 p/m Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1195: These properties are located in Jomtien in a small development of 6-8 bungalows. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c and inclusive of ADSL, private swimming pool only30, 000bht p/m. short term available. Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com

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HR1185: This house has just recently come available and is located in Naklua. Consists of 3 bedroom and 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, euro kitchen and ready to move in. priced very reasonable for this size house at 30,000 P/M. Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1115: This property is located in East Pattaya and has just come back on the market. It is a single storey bungalow inclusive of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, Euro kitchen, fully furnished to a high standard in a nice communal development. Priced at only 22,000 p/m Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1186: This property is located in East Pattaya. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, European kitchen with a nice size garden and outdoor sala area. This property has a living area of 200sqm. Nice size for a family home. Priced at 30,000 p/m Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com HR1180: This property is located near the crocodile farm in east Pattaya. It is single storey property with 3 bedrooms, fully furnished and inclusive of Euro kitchen. A must to view for the price here that includes a nice size garden area at 23,000 p/m Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com New 2 storey shop house units for rent/sale. Located in Soi Khaotalo 9 (corner with Soi Kao noi). 2bed/2bath/kitchen/large balcony, large parking space, Land size 24 & 37 sq.wa, living space 100 & 125 sqm. Ideal for home and any kind of business. Last 2 units available, rent 8,000 & 12,000B. Quick sale 2.3million ONO. CALL 038 413 551 or 087 132 5600. JOMTIEN PALACE HOME3 Bdrm 3 Baths This is a nice, Bali style 3 bedroom home with It features very nice furniture & decoration, 3 bathrooms, UBC, 2 large TVs, home theatre, DVD, large Jacuzzi in living room, superb Jomtien location just a few minutes from the beach, storage, laundry facilities. 5 minute walk to beach and the best fine dining in Jomtien all within walking distance from this Living Area 140 SQM European Kitchen Fully furnished with cooking supplies, towels, and linens. Short term 40,000 per month Long term 35,000 per month. (2 available now) CALL BOBBY 084 158 0785 FOR SHOWINGS. European Place House for sale/rent in East Pattaya Spaciously set out in 336 sqm. 2 storeys, 3 beds 3 baths, living room, European kitchen and fully furnished. Available now. Call for more information 086 312 2964.

Town House on Pratumnak Hill for sale 5.5 million and 32,000 baht/month for rent. 5minutes walk from the beach, 128 sqm. Luxury furnished, 2 storeys, 2 beds , 2 baths, large living area with balcony and Euro kitchen have swimming pool , 24 security. Call for more information 086 312 2964. House at Jomtien beach for rent 400 sqm. 2 storeys, 3 beds, 3 baths, living room, Fully furnished and European kitchen and parking. Call for more information 086 312 2964. House for rent on Jomtien. 500 meters from the beach, 3 beds, 2 baths, living room, European kitchen, beutifull furnished , swimming pool. Area 350 sqm. In the garden. 35,000 baht/month. Call for more information 086 312 2964. Tiya’s Bungalows near South Pattaya Road. Traditional Thai style in wood, 1 room + shower room. 6,000/month. Charlie 080 091 6669.

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(pta-n2309)Pattaya Yacht House Boutique Residence. Photisarn Soi 6 behind Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. The most exotic living in Pattaya with spacious aroma garden. For rent, weekly & monthly. Only 15 units in 962 sq. wah. 50110 sq.m. per unit. Studio, 1-4 bedroom. Fully furnished & service. 12,000-28,800 baht/month. Tel. 085 318 4433 (Eng.), 083 727 518, 083 119 4488, 084 701 3232, www.pattayayachthouse.com (ptmcr-0309)Royal Park Luxury Serviced Apartments, 5 minute walk from Jomtien Beach: 56-70 sqm. Luxury furnished, one bedroom, large living area with balcony and kitchen, free wireless internet, Cable TV and DVD player, enjoy our rooftop swimming pool. Daily, Weekly and Monthly rentals starting at 16,000 per month and daily rates. Call 086 111 7414 or check out our website www.royalparkjomtien.com


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Fully furnished at Sukhumvit Soi 87, only 600m from Sukhumvit Rd Free cable+wifi Rent: 3,000/month Call: 081 244 6970. Serviced Apartments. Studio 40 sqm 17,000 Pm 1 Bedroom 80 sqm 30,000 Pm Swimming Pool 24 hr Security Quiet Location 2 mins. to Walking St. Thai 0861 425 719 Eng 0811 580 065 Info@Pattaya OceanProperty.com Ref: POP 1085

(ptm-w2108)Aromdee Apartments has availability for rent. Fully furnished apartments with balcony, cable, telephone and also private internet lines available. It is quite and clean with in house laundry and supermarket by European management. Only 5 minutes walk to the Big C and Lotus Supercenter in North Pattaya. Furnished standard apartments 3,000 baht/month. Furnished air conditioned apartments 3,700 baht/month. Daily rent 390 baht with aircon. Call 089 938 6022. (ptrr-p0509) Siam Wave Hotel near Jomtien, A/C, Swimming Pool, Internet, Cable TV. 5,000 bht/month Call 084 867 4635. (ptar-n0809) At Jomtien lovely 2 bed condo, all new, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, kitchen, washing machine, free internet, long term 10,000 baht, Studio 8,000 baht. Tel 080 014 1844 (Thai) 087 137 9446 (Eng), thaigerry properties@gmail.com (ptrr-u1609) Thonglor Tower at Bangkok soi 18, 14th floor, 1 bed, fully furnished, 50 sqm. 15,000 baht/ month call 084 867 4635, 087 915 3681 email.: unley@mail.ru Poolside Studios and Apartment for Rent at Mabprachan, Kitchen, Gym, Internet. Daily/Monthly Rates Call Duncan 081 636 9289. Very Busy Laundry with Rental Rooms and Accommodation for owner and staff. Excellent Lacation Central. Longterm Lease 1.5 Mil, Rent Paid til March 2010. Call 083 587 5877 or 038 720 243. Tiya’s Place Jomtien Beach Road, near Soi 12. Large studio apartments. 10,000/month. Charlie 080 091 6669.

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Jomtien Beach Condominium (Rimhad) 32 sqm. 8th Floor, Studio S3 Building, Fully Furnished, Kitchenette, Fridge, LCD TV, etc. Very Popular Complex Only 200 Meters from Beach, Good Value 890,000 BHT. (In Foreign Name) Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Casa Paradise Condominium Soi 6 , Pratamnak Close to Pattaya Park. 53 sqm. 4th floor,Corner Studio in Need of Refurbishment with Big Balcony. You wont find a room of this size in this very sought after area at this price of only 890,000 Baht (In Foreign Name) Be Quick!! Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Spanish Place Sukhumvit Rd., Two 32 sqm. Studios Side by Side 1st floor in Need of Refurbishment only 1.2 million baht for both ( In Foreign Name) Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com

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Royal Beach Condominium 200 Metres From Cozy Beach Pratumnak. 38 sqm 9th floor studio, beautifully renovated with quality furniture, LCD TV and more. Nice balcony for beautiful sea views. A lovely room in a prestige area. Fantastic bargain 1.3 mil. baht (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Baan Suan Lalana Condominium, 84 Sq. M., 5th Floor (Top Floor). Huge balcony for sea views, 1 bedroom with built-in wardrobes, A/C. 1 living room, fully furnished, A/C. New large kitchen with fridge freezer, 2 LCD, big screen TVs, 2 ceiling fans, etc. Just been furnished and completely refurbished to high standard with very high art deco ceilings. 2 big swimming pools, fitness centre, shop, restaurant, lovely gardens, 800 metres Jomtien Beach. Lovely living and a beautiful atmosphere. 3.5 mil. Baht. Serious Offers invited (In Foreign Name). Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Spanish Place (Sukhumvit Road) 32 sqm. 4th floor Corner Studio, Original Empty Room. Building Now Being Refurbished Be Quick Only 690,000 bht ( In Foreign Name) Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Cozy Beach Pratumnak Jomtien, 200 Meters from Beach, Two 38 sq.m. Studios, side by side. 6th and 8th floor with sea views in need of renovation. Make 76 sq.m. or sell separate. Excellent opportunity investment in one of the best areas. Only 990,000 baht each. Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com View Talay 2A Building, 8th Floor, 37 sqm. Studio Jomtien Beach, Sea View, Furnished, A/C, a very popular building, good investment ideal for letting only 1.6 million baht (In Foreign Name) Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com View Talay Building 2B, 14th Floor, 41 sqm. Studio Lovely Koh Larn Island/ Pattaya Park Sea view, Refurbished, European Kitchen, Fully Furnished only 1.9 million

baht (In Foreign Name) Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Majestic Jomtien 600 meters from Beach. 60 sqm, 4th floor, 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 bathroom, kitchen, 2 balcony, fully furnished and renovated. Overlooking swimming pool. Very good price. Only 1.6 mil. Baht. Freehold. In Foreign Name. Rent 12,000 baht a month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Angket Condominium 500 meters to Jomtien Beach, 45 sqm. Corner studio, 2 big balconies. For sea view, refurbished with new furniture, LCD big screen TV, Kitchen, fridge, freezer, everything new. The building is now being refurbished and this room represents excellent value for money real bargain only 1.5 mil baht. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com New Angket Jomtien Beach, 18th Floor (Top Floor), 39 sq.m. Spectacular scenic views from big balcony, refurbished and furnished with new A/C. Only 1.5 mil. baht (in Foreigner’s name). Freehold. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com ABSOLUTE BARGAIN OF THE YEAR. 42 sqm. 5th floor Studio with sea view’s near Pattaya Park, new kitchen and air conditioning, big balcony. Don’t miss it ONLY 890,000 bht. (In Foreign Name) Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com (ptmcs-g0809)Condo Baan Suan Lalana. 42 Sqm., Top Floor, Nice Views, Fully Refurbish, 1.2 M Baht Call 087 901 5229, 084 105 4533. (ptmcs-p1009)Cheapest Condo for Sale in Pattaya! 76sqm. only 2.32mil.completely furnished with LCD 42’ nice sea view 1 min. walk to beach @ Jomtien Call.: 081 933 2240 ask pictures pitipity@hotmail.com Superb 188 sqm condo With expansive views over Pattaya Bay & Jomtein Centrally located only a few minutes to Carrefour Rare opportunity to purchase a 20th floor Penthouse at such a bargain price 10.9 mb Email: info@pattayoceanproperty.com Thai: 0861 425 719 Eng: 081 1580 065.

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Luxury 113 sqm one bed Condo On 17th floor of new apartment building in Central Pattaya Superbly fitted out with luxury Kitchen & bathroom 6.6 mb Email: info@pattayoceanproperty.com Thai: 0861 425 719 Eng: 0811 580 065. Private Owned 69 Sq. M. Suite Room at the Hotel in Jomtien for Rent or Sale. Newly, elegantly and brilliantly renovated, sea view, 24 hours service, safe and convenient. 1 bedroom, 2 toilets, living room, European kitchen. For rent at 30,000 baht per month. Long term rent, negotiable. For sale at 6 million Baht. Call 087 141 2783 or 089 607 9850. (ptmcs-j0909)Royal Green Area, Khao Pratamnak Rd. 60 sq.m. living room, 30 sq.m. bedroom. 3 condos together 90 sq.m., turn into one big apartment. Fully furnished, beautiful seaview. 200 meters from beach (up great area). 8th floor, 3 bathrooms, car parking, 24 hours security, cable, key card entry. Foreign name. 3.5 mil. baht. Tel: 080 638 2240 or 085 6975060. (ptmcs-g0109)Baan Suan Lalana, top floor, nice views, totally refurbed, nice condo – Foreign owner. 1.250 M. 087 901 5229/084 105 4533. (ptmcs-g1209)Sale View Talay Condo Project 5. Located on Jomtien Dongtan beach on fl. 21(top), very wonderful sea view and greenery view. 55 sqm. luxury fully fitting furnished. 100% perfect condition Elegant design & very nice decoration, Beautiful guarantee! Luxury Cozy breezy & newly. 3.19 mil. by owner (foreigner name) 081 933 2240, pitipity@hotmail.com. See pictures as vedio virtual tour www.chosenmarketing.com /viewtalay (ptmcs-n0509)Brand New 53 sqm, Sea View, 50 m. to Private Beach, 10th floor, Studio, for 5.2 MB, All inclusive! (NorthPoint) Tel. +66 829 726 335,+79 145 447 742. (ptmcs-L0909)Northpoint Beachfront Condominium, 2 Bedroom , 2 Bath, #3304, 33rd Floor, South Tower Nearest Ocean. Overlooking Pool and Beach, 105 Sq. Mtrs, Fully Luxury Fitted, Soi Wongamart, Naklua. 15 million baht

(7 million to seller and 8 million to developer on January 2010). FOREIGN NAME. Realtors Welcome! Gary 089 544 0634 or e-mail: hovelots@hotmail.com (ptmcs-L0909)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 4 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street (Units are unfinished shells with electric outlets; bathroom completely finished with tile floor, tile walls, shower, sink, toilet, granite counter tops, lights, etc.). Units available 1805 and 1806 (18th floor; side by side); 1906 (19th floor) and 2206 (22nd floor). Purchase Option One: Cash 3.0 Million to 3.2 Million Baht Each. Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 600,000 to seller at 120 days from contract date; 600,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634 or e-mail: hovelots@hotmail.com. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! (pta-r0008)Condo 80 SQM. in Nova Atrium. Brand New. Furnished and decorated in high standard. 2 bathrooms, 1 bedroom, 1 big living room with European kitchen bar open. TV, LCD, 2 aircon Daikin. Furniture (Decorum), big terrace. 5 min. away walking “Carrefour” and “Big C”. In new condo with huge swimming pool in tropical garden, fitness room, internet and etc. FIRE SALE. 4 million baht. T. 081 863 1076. (pta-r0008)Penthouse 720 sqm with a Spectacular Front Sea View. 300 meters from the beach, 5 minutes away from Walking Street. In the best location of Pratamnak Hill. This residence is a 360° unblocked sea view, with a golf and Buddha Hill. Large terrace (240 sqm) with huge Jacuzzi. New modern design concept, 4 beds/baths + maid room. Any room have terrace. Euro style kitchen, living 118 sqm. Fully furnished at high standard. Price exceptional at 41,000 baht/sqm. 29.9 Million Baht. Tel. 081 863 1076. http:// pattayabeachviewcondo.com


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(ptmcs-tw0909) 1 Bedroom, Fully Furnished, Air, Pool, Gym, Shop, Built-ins, Nirun Condo, 1,295,000 Phone 084 868 1088. Stylish Condo for Rent at Khieng talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. For only 1.3 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. For Quick Sale! Condo for only 3 Million Baht. Located at Wong Amart Beach. Luxurious Studio, 53 sqm at high floor, fully furnished with built-in furniture. For viewing please call at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. An Amazing Panoramic view in Baan-Am-Pur, only 10 minutes drive and 8 kilometers from Big C in South Pattaya. Located on the 14th flr, 105 sqm, 1 bedroom, living room, furnished with European designs, 2 balaconies, 24hr security, big swimming pool. Price for quick sale, only 7 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated, breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Top Quality Beachfront Condominium! In Foreign Name for only 7.9 Million Baht. Have 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, high floor, with superb overlooking view at the ocean and at the pool, 64 sqm, fully furnished, downtown location, Owner financing can arrange (will consider payment terms of up to 8 months). To view, please call at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491.

The Perfect Destination. Absolutely brand new project with high standard quality. Feel the cool breeze in the modern tropical villas with only 49 units. There are 3 lovely designs of family home to choose from, with 3 bedrooms, 3 restrooms, underground cabling and with private pool. Being located off Sukhumvit Road, driving to and from Bangkok is so convenient and also without the hassle of driving through the city of Pattaya which is only few minutes away, getting in and out Pattaya is easy with several kinds of public transportation available. Price starts from 12 Million Baht. For viewing please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Great Opportunity for Low Season! Only 5 Units Left!!! For Quick Sale only 3.8 Million Baht. New 5 Star Condominium at Jomtien Area, 96 sqm. Have 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 2 air-cons, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to everywhere. To view, please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Majestic Sea View and Private beach in North Pattaya, Laem-Chabang view, 137 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, unfurnished, big living room, with a large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, unfurnished. Only 12 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Condo on Wongamat Beach Great unobstructed sea views to Koh Larn, Spaciously set out in 163 sqm. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, big living room, European kitchen and decorated and furnished throughout Very quiet location with all condo facilities. For suick sale @ 14 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Condo on Wongamat Beach,Sea views face to Laem Chabang ,Spaciously set out in 125 sqm. 2 bedrooms, 2bathrooms, big living room, European kitchen and decorated and furnished throughout Very quiet location with all condo facilities. For suick sale @ 8.5 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491.

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Condo on Wongamat Beach Condo for sale 125 sqm., 2 bedrooms, 2bathrooms, big living room, European kitchen and decorated and furnished throughout Very quiet location with all condo facilities. For quick sale @ 7.5 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Beach House (situated in the garden of a good condo development)Wongamat Beach ( Immediate Beachfront ) 250 sqm. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, modern style kitchen with washing machine and dryer, all sports facilities inc. Swimming pool / tennis and car parking etc.A private house with all the facilities of a condo set in a well kept private garden. Bangkok owner wants to sell quickly. (This area commands a selling price of over 26 Million Baht) Please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. CS1345: This apartment is located in the Residence Jomtien. A newly renovated Studio apartment of 53sqm, Euro kitchen, A/C, fully furnished with great views of the distant ocean and city, foreign quota, inclusive of tenant for the investor to gain capital! Priced at 2.6 million. Call for more info 038 373 966 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS1321: The Avenue condo under construction as we speak and will be complete December. 1 studio available, come complete with euro kitchen, A/C and located looking over the communal pool on the 4th floor, foreign quota an investment not to miss! Price at 2.180 million CHEAPEST UNIT AVAILABLE! Call for more info 084 780 8457or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS1248: studio apartment located in a low rise in Jomtien in Bann Sawan La Lana. 40sqm, fully furnished, kitchenette, A/C, foreign name 1.2million! What more can you ask for? Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com

CS1343: New studio apartment located in the View Talay 3, Jomtien. 48sqm over looking the grand swimming pool and modernly furnished to a high standard. A must to view! Priced at 2.85 million! Call for more info 081 761 3238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CS1138: Brand new renovation 1 bedroom apartment located in the center of pattaya, 72sqm, euro kitchen, fully furnished, A/C, a must see unit. Available at only 3.95m Offers considered! Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com The Best Location in Town Near Royal Garden & Behind the Avenue Mall. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom from 1.6 Million Baht. Phone: 038 -723 601 Mobile: 084 866 9644, E-mail: theavenueresidence@hotmail.com, www.avenue-residence.com Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051, 081 921 4508, E-mail: novaatrium@hotmail.com, www.novagroupthailand.com Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www.novagroup thailand.com, E-mail: nova miragecondo@yahoo.com 1 Bed Appartment in Avenue Residence soi 15 ready to move in end of this year. Corner unit overlooking pool 3 mil. Foreign Ownership Call 083 587 5877. (ptm-L0909)View Talay 6 Condominiums – Beachfront on Beach Rd and Soi 9, Pattaya directly next to the new and largest shopping mall in Asia. 2 condos to choose from, 48 sq meter studio units, high floors, FRONT SIDE of building facing Walking Street. Units available 2506 and 2507 (25th floor; side by side) and COMPETELY NEW INSIDE AND TURN KEY FURNISHED. Purchase Option One: Cash 3.6 Million Baht Each, Purchase Option Two: 1,000,000 to seller upon contract signing; 1,000,000 to seller at 60 days from contract date; final payment of 800,000

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to seller at 120 days from contract date; 800,000 to seller at 180 days from contract date. Gary 089 544 0634 or e-mail: hovelots@hotmail.com. Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! Offer of the Month, The Park Condominium, Developers Price 55,000 Baht/sqm, Selling Price 45,000 Baht/ sqm, 117 sqm, Type A, Building B, Foreign Ownership. We also have a 167 sqm unit on a high floor in building A. Act Quick, foreign ownership not available anymore from the developer. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ 53sqm for 3 Million Baht discounted from 3.9M and 83sqm for 4 Million Baht discounted from 5.7! Together for 6.75 Million Baht. Call Jan at 087 021 3170. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 25 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Special Promotion in La Royalé Condominium! We have several units far under the developers price, starting from 8 Million Baht 106 sqm, 145 and 268 sqm units. Take this opportunity to purchase a high-end unit in a five-star beach front condominium. We not only have everything far under the developers price but we even have an owner who gives a car for free. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Northshore Unit for sale! 80 sqm front unit for only 8.9 Million Baht! Buy this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Northshore is the only 5-star Condominium on the Pattaya beach Road. High Floor! This is not the only unit we have for sale……..we have almost all the different Northshore units available on all the high floors…..prices range from 7.5-30 Million THB. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Splendid investment opportunity! For sale TipCondo for 1 Million Baht. Steady rental-income of 13,000 Baht/Month. The best quality renovation money can buy is only one of the many features in this condo. Call Jan for more information. 087 021 7014. Act quick we have the TopCorner View Talay 5 facing Jomtien. 226 sqm for 18 million Baht. Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. This must be the best corner unit in town. Also available a 239 sqm View Talay 6 corner on the 22nd floor facing Walking Street for 16 Million Baht. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have a stunning Home in Jomtien Park Villas! Supurb Design and Construction! Three Bedrooms / Two Bathrooms. Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht. (PR3875) Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Investment Opportunity, Jomtien Beach! 200 sqm design condo in Grand Condotel! Price Lowered from 14.5 to 9.9 Million Baht! Three Bedrooms / Three Bathrooms. Call Now! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com


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Central Jomtien Living in View Talay 7!!! Cheapest front corners available with us! Also we have studios available on high floors (starting at 2.8 Million Baht) Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Very Nice Jomtien Condos for Sale Starting just under 1 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We have the best selection of Ananya Condos Available on the Market Today! We have the last two units available on the penthouse floor of Ananya (5th floor, Phase 3) two bedroom, 155 sqm. Ananya the best location on the best beach of Pattaya, Wongamat Beach. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Two Bedroom Condo at Jomtien Beach’s Best location for 7.9 Million Baht! This has been very nicely renovated and has two bedrooms two bathrooms all within 126 square meters of comfort and security. Priced to sell, make sure that you see this apartment soon. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Na-Jomtien 3 Bedroom Sea View Apartment for 11.8! A beautifully renovated 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. Thai Bali Style interior design, 178 sqm, high floor and huge balcony with Fantastic Sea view. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Spectacular Sea View unit in the new project La royale! Only with us is this rare opportunity to purchase something special for only 8 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing Seaviews Available from only 900,000 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Condominium for 8 Million Baht! This is a great opportunity to purchase in a great ‘downtown’ location. If you are looking to live in a dream, be sure to take a look at this popular building. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com INVESTORS: For the latest and most Exclusive Condominium Developments….. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 9.9 Million Baht! LOWERED FROM 14.5 MILLION BAHT FOR A QUICK SALE!!! Just 1 minute walk to Jomtien Beach with a really spacious living area and an enormous balcony. The condo is completely renovated, ready to move in. A lot of facilities are available, two swimming pools, a gym and a tennis court are just examples. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Classified Pattaya’s Hottest New Five Star Condo Still Has Units left! Yes Nirvana Place Condo does have a few one and two bedroom apartments available. The very best in security, construction and location between Pattaya and Jomtien Beach. You will love the interior design motifs available and will love the fine dining and socializing at the Matahari Restaurant downstairs. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Gorgeous Sea View Condominium Apartments on Wongamat Beach! Starting as low as 1.8 Million Baht, you may want to take a look at these brand new units that are being completed with beautiful interior designs and will be ready for occupancy very soon. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Several Very Nice View Talay Condos for Sale Starting at under 2 million Baht! One of the most popular developments in the city has several units for sale, many of which feature beautiful furniture and finishing and priced to sell! Call Jan for more information. 087 021 7014. We Have a lot of units in the new Popular Seafront View Talay 6 with Amazing Seaviews. We have all the units available on all the floors for the best prices in town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a few re-sales on very high floors for 110,000 THB/SQM. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Pattaya’s New Five Star Condominium, NORTH POINT, is sold out! We have a few re-sales on very high floors for 110,000 THB/SQM. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Nova Mirage Condominium Luxury studio , New Furniture design. LCD T.V. DVD and Fridge. ADSL Internet 1.8 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile:087 808 8789. Nova Mirage Condominium Luxury studio stuit, Sea view unit. Fully furnished. LCD T.V. Internet wifi modem. 2.6 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile:087 808 8789 or www.mirage-real-estate.com Siam penthouse 3 Condominium Beach front building 2 bedrrom, 2 bath Sea view unit. European kitchen, LCD T.V. Wireless internet. Swimming pool,Fitness room. 4.9 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-real-estate.com

Park Beach Condominium Studio sea view Swimming pool, Fitness room and stream room 2.95 Million. Please Tel : 038 367 414 Mobile:087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com Nova Mirage Condominium 88 Sq m. Sea view unit 1 Bedroom , 2 bath 4.2 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-real-estate.com Nova Mirage Condominium 88 Sq m. Sea view unit 1 Bedroom , 2 bath Shell unit. 3.85 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-real-estate.com Nova Mirage Condominium 88 Sq m. Sea view unit 1 Bedroom, 2 Bath Fully furnished, 3.5 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com Nova Mirage Condominium 96 Sq m. Sea view unit 1 Bedroom, 2 Bath Fully furnished, 4.4 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com Jomtien Beach 12th Flr. Seaview Condo 32sm. Furn. New kitchen. Pools, fitness rooms. Excellent maint. security. Low dues. Free Cable.Near Immig. Post Office. Private Sale. Foreign name. B1.29M. English: 083 294 0240 or 038 233 887. PRICE REDUCED: Baan Suan Lalana Lowest Priced 84 SQM in Foreign Name Sale Priced: 2,100,000 Baht Covered Parking, Near Communal Pool. Tennis Courts. Building C-1. Double wide Balcony. Just Remodeled 50/50 on Transfer Fees CALL BOBBY 084 158 0785 FOR SHOWINGS 17th Floor Direct Oceanfront View Talay 7 (Jomtien) 86 sqm; Empty Shell on the 17th Floor. 50% now and balance upon completion of building. Jomtien Side Foreign name. Priced at: 6,900,000 Baht. Due for Completion in Early 2010 (no busy road to cross) just walk out direct to the beach in front. CALL BOBBY 084 158 0785 FOR SHOWINGS Very Nice & Affordable Price!!! Furnished Studio for Sale. Special price in Nirun Grand Ville Condo, this 37 sqm. Studio on the 14th. Floor is offered at an absolutely knockdown price by the owner... a great opportunity to purchase at a bargain price and live in the heart of pattaya. 1.25 Million Call now 038 723 995 www.property-in-pattaya.com Northpoint - Two Bedroom Unit On Hight Floor In South Tower This is a superbly located , two bedroom unit South Tower at Northpoint, prime beachfront. The finished properties boast European kitchen, luxurious bathrooms, top-quality fixtures and fittings throughout, , gorgeous swimming pools, lovely beachfront, sea views. Ref Code: NTPT0006 Sale Price 15,000,000 THB Call now 038 723 995 Or www.property-inpattaya.com Jomtien Majestic. Must be sold quickly a beautiful 30sqm. Studio just been renovated to high standard. Including kitchen, fully furnish. Must See! Reduced to 770,000 bht. In foreigners name, returning to UK. Private Sale. Call now 087 139 1539 and 087 139 1570.

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Condo for sale/ rent in Jomtien, Stunning sea view and garden, private beach in Jomtien. 158 sqm. 2beds, 2 baths, living room with large balcony, 24 security, swimming pool, furnished, 8.5 Million for sale and 45,000 baht/month rent. Call for more information 086 312 2964. Condo for sale/rent in Jomtien. 83 sqm. 2 beds, 2 baths, living room. Near the beach and fully furnished, European kitchen and big television, swimming pool. Call for more information 086 312 2964. Condo for sale on Pratumnak hill. Stunning sea view, 127 sqm., 2 beds, 2 baths, living room with large balcony, furnished. Special price at 5,500,000 baht. Call for more information 086 312 2964. Condo for sale/rent on North Pattaya 5.5 million for sale and 25,000 baht/ month for rent. A beautiful 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, luxury condo 68 sqm. Beautiful furnished , swimming pool, Call for more information 086 312 2964.

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Private Owned 69 Sq. M. Suite Room at the Hotel in Jomtien for Rent or Sale. Newly, elegantly and brilliantly renovated, sea view, 24 hours service, safe and convenient. 1 bedroom, 2 toilets, living room, European kitchen. For rent at 30,000 baht per month. Long term rent, negotiable. For sale at 6 million Baht. Call 087 141 2783 or 089 607 9850. (ptmcr-0109)Royal Park Luxury Apartments, 2 luxury Penthouses for rent short term. Private rooftop swimming pool. 30,000 & 35,000 per month. Check out our website www.royalparkjomtien.com, call 086 111 7414. (ptmcr-0309)Royal Park Luxury Serviced Apartments, 5 minute walk from Jomtien Beach: 56-70 sqm. Luxury furnished, one bedroom, large living area with balcony and kitchen, free wireless internet, Cable TV and DVD player, enjoy our rooftop swimming pool. Daily, Weekly and Monthly rentals starting at 16,000 per month and daily rates. Call 086 111 7414 or check out our website www.royalparkjomtien.com

(pta-2309)Pattaya Yacht House Boutique Residence. Photisarn Soi 6 behind Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. The most exotic living in Pattaya with spacious aroma garden. For rent, weekly & monthly. Only 15 units in 962 sq. wah. 50-110 sq.m. per unit. Studio, 1-4 bedroom. Fully furnished & service. 12,00028,800 baht/month. Tel. 085 318 4433 (Eng.), 083 727 518, 083 119 4488, 084 701 3232, www.pattayayachthouse.com Rare Opportunity 1 of Only a Few, 6th Floor (Top Floor) in Majestic Jomtien, 61 sq.m. 1 bedroom with large balcony and en-suite, 1 living room with very large picture windows for excellent Jomtien views. Euro kitchen with breakfast bar. 2 TVs, fully furnished, A/C. This is an original room from new (not converted). Good price, only 12,000/month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Majestic Jomtien, 800 Meters from Beach, 32 sqm, 1st floor, big balcony, fully furnished, TV, fridge. Just been renovated. Lovely room. Only 6,500 baht per month. Call Pin 087 150 4845. 500 Meters from Beach, 39 sq.m Studio, 8th Floor, Big Balcony with Nice Breeze and Lovely Sea Views of Jomtien Beach. Beautifully refurbished and furnished to a very high standard, stoned pictured walls, marble shower room and new European kitchen, fridge freezer, microwave, new air conditioning, safety box, LCD TV, DVD. Rent 15,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai). For more details and pictures, visit our website www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com Angket Jomtien, 8th Floor Studio, 38 sq. m with lovely sea view, just been renovated to high standard, with marble floors, quality kitchen, matching furniture. Everything new. Really must be viewed. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com


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Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants. For rent 12,000 baht per month. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570 (English), 087 150 4845 (Thai) for details www.pacpattaya.com, e-mail: info@pacpattaya.com 9-Karat 12th floor near Carrefour. 32m2 Fully Furnished 7,000/month Call: 081 244 6970. Nova Park Executive Sevice Apartment. For rent Luxury Studios 1or 2 bedrooms fully furnished from 16,000 Baht / Month, LCD TV, Free Internet, Pool & Gym. 30 % Discount on Daily Rates. Tel: 038 415 304-8, E-mail: novapark@loxinfo.co.th, www.novaparkpattaya.com Sale or Rent Luxury Condo. In Centre Pattaya Luxury fully furnished 1+2 Bedrooms, Rent from 25,000 Baht / Month. Sale 50,000 Baht / m2. Call Khun Ann 085 090 0051 , 081 921 4508, E-mail: novaatrium@hotmail.com, www.novagroupthailand.com CR1067: This property is located on the top floor of Moonlight hill in the Pratamnak area. It is a 115sqm 1 bedroom apartment that is fully furnished and has some great views, ADSL available and saterlite TV Only 25,000 p/m Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1202: 2 Bedroom apartment located in Naklua area has just recently come available in Ananya, fully furnished, euro kitchen, full A/C, 150sqm, great sea views and inclusive of ADSL at only 60,000 p/m Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1200: Just recently come available 2 bedroom apartments located in Pratamnak with fantastic views of Koh Larn island. All complete with full furniture, European kitchens, Free Internet.200sqm and your own private elevator to the apartment!! Only 50,000 P/M Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com

CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouses, SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 50,000 P/M view http:// www.pattaya-property.biz/ index.asp to view pictures or call 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CR1196: 1 bedroom apartment for rent located in S2 Jomtien Beach on the 9th floor with 68Sq m, Euro kitchen, modern furniture, A/C and some great sea views only 18,000 P/M Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1192: Studio apartment located in Jomtien close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, internet, big TV, brand new renovation, very large communal pool with great Price at 15,000 P/M calls 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1101: Studio apartment located in View Talay 2 on the 12th floor, Pattaya side, and 37 sq, m fully furnished to a high standard inclusive of euro kitchen. Priced at 12,000p/m for 12 month contract. Call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CR1176: Studio apartments located in Pratamnak, short and long term, fully furnished, internet available for 6 months lease, European kitchen and full A/C. 14,000 Per month call for more info 084 944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com CR1133: Newly renovated in Nova Mirage a studio apartment of 44sqm, fully furnished, Euro Kitchen, Internet available, 42’’ LCD. All round a nice comfy room! Priced at 15,000p/m and short term available. Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@paradisecity property.com CR1122: This unit has just come available again and is located very close to Walking Street!! It is a 1 bedroom of 51sqm, modern furniture, European kitchen, Wi-Fi internet and fantastic roof top terrace and swimming pool. A must to view 22,500 per month!!! Call for more info before it’s too late!! 081 761 3238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com

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Studio 46 Sqm, Modern Furnishings, roof top pool. 2 mins. to Nth Pattaya Beach. Nice view, comfortable living. 23,000 Pm. Tel.: 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www.pattayaoceanproperty.com (Ref.POP 1080) Great 2 bed, 2 bath condo Only 2 minutes to Carrefour 7th floor corner unit with lovely views, fully furnished Absolute Bargain at 23,000 pm Or sale at 3.9 mb Email: info@ pattayoceanproperty.com Thai: 0861 425 719, Eng: 081 1580 065. Two Captivating Condos for Rent. Private Beach on North Pattaya, 64 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 living room, with balcony, 24 hr security, swimming pool, furnished. For only 25,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Stylish Condo for Rent at Khieng talay (near Cozy Beach) 40 sqm on 5th flr (have mountain view). Good size kitchen and bathroom. Totally renovated with all brand new equipment and furniture. Price is 10,000 Baht per month. Tel: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Best Quality beachfront Condo for Rent. Stunning sea view and private beach in North Pattaya, 105 sqm, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, with large balcony, 24hr security, swimming pool, furnished. Price at 35,000 Baht per month. For viewing, please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. Only 10,000 Baht per month with one year lease. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@cslox info.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 80,000 Baht per month! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com View Talay 2 Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month! This is a masterpiece in condo design and comfort, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The condo has a big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Pratamnak 3 Bedroom for Sale and Rent 7.35 Million Baht, 45,000 Baht/Month! A beautifully 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom luxury condo. 128 sqm, beautifully furnished and decorated. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Sea View Condominium for 65,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished 112 square meter unit with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, at a great ‘downtown’ location. Our Northshore rentals are starting from 42,000 Baht/ Month. This is just one of our many units available in NORTHSHORE Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Beautifully Renovated Three Bedroom Condo in Jomtien For Rent at 55,000 Baht per month! Great three bedroom, three bathroom furnished apartment. Ready to move in, this is a great way to live! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Great Two Bedroom Condos for rent from 20,000 to 45,000 Baht per month! We have a number of very nice condominium apartments available for rent in this price range. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Very nice Royal Cliff Two Bedroom Plus Apartment for 55,000 Baht per month! Those that know the ‘Cliff’, know that it is one of the most sought after places to live. Enjoy this two bedroom plus office apartment with fantastic sunsets and seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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Fax: (038) 374535 Ocean Marina Yacht Club Three Bedroom Suite For 50,000 Baht per month! What more can you say? If you would like a ‘Five Star’ lifestyle with the yachts and all….this is your apartment. There are no better building amenities anywhere. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, weight training gym, the list goes on and on…..and don’t forget their first class gourmet restaurant with Dim Sum on Sundays! This is just one of our listings in Ocean Marina. For a total overview of our listings contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Incredible Sea View Three Bedroom Apartment for 65,000 Baht per month! A very sharp building right on the beach with gorgeous beachfront swimming pool and roof top pool as well….what a view from the top! This apartment has 198 square meters of comfort and style with sunset and Jomtien Beach views to die for. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Royal Cliff ‘C Building’ Double View Three Bedroom Apartment for 70,000 Baht per month or for sale for 19.9 Million Baht! One of the most sought after places to live with fantastic sunsets and sea views. Also we have other magnificent rentals in Royal Cliff starting from 50,000 Baht per Month! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Northshore Sea View Condominium for 45,000 Baht per month or for sale for 7.5 Million Baht! Rent this beautifully furnished unit with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many Northshore rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We Have Many Studio, 1, 2, 3 or 4 Bedroom Condos for Rent in Every Major Condo Building in the Area at the very best possible prices! From Sri Racha to Naklua and Pattaya to Jomtien and beyond. Examples are, Northshore, Baan Rimpa, Saranchol, Grand Condotel, View Talay, and a lot more, we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

View Talay V Sea View Condominium for 20,000 Baht per month! Rent this beautifully furnished unit at a great ‘downtown’ location. This is only one of our many rentals. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com We are the absolute leader in rental properties in Pattaya! We have over 1000 units for rent available in all the major condominiums. Examples are units on high floors in Northshore, Royal Cliff, Chateau Dale, Saranchol, etc, etc. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com Sunset View!!!! Studio On Hight floor. Jomtien Plaza has been a staple on the very popular beachfront condo located on the corner of Thappraya Rd and Jomtien Beach, very nice sunset view!! Just put in brand new sofa with 42” T.V., Computer for THB. 28,000 shot term renting minimum 3 months or THB. 26,000 for 6 months. Ref code: JPLA0024 Price 28,000 THB / month Call now 038 723 995 Or www.property-inpattaya.com Poolside Studios and Apartment for Rent at Mabprachan, Kitchen, Gym, Internet. Daily/Monthly Rates Call Duncan 081 636 9289. A.D. Condominium Penthouse studios room. Communal swimming pool, 24 Hr Security. Quick sale 1.3 Million Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile:087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com Nova Mirage Condominium Luxury studio, 44sq m Brand New Furniture. LCD T.V. DVD and Fridge. ADSL Internet. Baht 15,000/Month Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile:087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com Park Beach Condominium Studio, sea view Swimming pool, Fitness room and stream room. 15,000/Month Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile:087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com


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Nova Mirage Wong Amat Beach Luxury studio unit, Sea view unit. Fully furnished. LCD T.V. Internet ,wifi modem. 16,000/Month Please Tel: 038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.miragereal-estate.com Nova Mirage Condominium Luxury studio ,LCD T.V. and Refrigerator, Internet cable line in charge 12,000/ Month Please Tel :038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-real-estate.com Siam penthouse 3 Condominium BeachFront building 2 bedroom, 2 bath, Sea view unit. European kitchen, LCD T.V. Wireless internet. Swimming pool, Fitness room. 28,000/Month Please Tel : 038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com Nova Mirage Condominium Luxury Penthouse,2 Floors, Sea view unit.1 bedroom and 2 bath. LCD T.V. European kitchen, Internet wifi modem. 23,000/Month Please Tel : 038 367 414 Mobile: 087 808 8789 or www.mirage-realestate.com View Talay Villas home 1 bedroom and 1 unsuited bathroom plus private swimming pool, 45,000 baht per month short term and 40,000 long term 6-12 months. Also have a. CALL BOBBY 084 158 0785 FOR SHOWINGS

Jomtien Beach 12th Flr. Pattaya side. Seaview Condo. 32sm. Furn. New kitchen. Pools, fitness rooms. Excellent maint. security. Free Cable. Near Immig. Post Office. B8,500 monthly English: 083 294 0240 or 038 233 887. Condo for sale/ rent in Jomtien, Stunning sea view and garden, private beach in Jomtien. 158 sqm. 2beds, 2 baths, living room with large balcony, 24 security, swimming pool, furnished, 8.5 Million for sale and 45,000 baht/month rent. Call for more information 086 312 2964. Condo for sale/rent in Jomtien. 83 sqm. 2 beds, 2 baths, living room. Near the beach and fully furnished, European kitchen and big television, swimming pool. Call for more information 086 312 2964. Condo for sale/rent on North Pattaya 5.5 million for sale and 25,000 baht/ month for rent. A beautiful 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, luxury condo 68 sqm. Beautiful furnished , swimming pool, Call for more information 086 312 2964. Condo for rent on Pratumnak Hill Jomtien, 120 sqm. 2 beds, 2 baths, living room, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, full A/C, 5 minutes to the beach. Special price 35,000 baht/month. Call for more information 086 312 2964.

Sea and Mountain views from 300,000 baht Tel. 081 576 0035. Email: country property@loxinfo.co.th, www. countrypropertyservices.net BANG SARAY THE MOST DESIRED AREA! U-Tapao planned for Pattaya’s International Airport. Unprecedented Mega Projects Starting. Land plots from 300,000 baht. Check our Exclusive Land, Villa & Condo’s. Tel: 081 576 0035, Email: countryproperty@ loxinfo.co.th, www.country propertyservices.net LS1020: a fair size plot of land at 672sqm surrounded by other houses already, electric, water available, road frontage all around. Priced at 3.5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com PL 046: This land is located in the center of the city. Ideal for house or apartment building filled and leveled already. Asking 12 million for 473sqw (1892SQM). Call for more info 084 780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ paradisecityproperty.com For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. (ptls-n0809)Land for sale on south pattaya, 319 sq. wah, between Suksabai Villa and Soi Kophi, 17,000 baht /wah. Please call 087 132 3765 (English) 087 743 0831 (Thai) email.: norriemiddleton@ hotmail.com Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien Area, only 10 million per rai. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Land for Sale. 20 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, only 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road and 70 meters from the main road, perfect for small housing project. For quick sale, grab our cheapest offer, only 500,000 baht per rai. Nothing cheaper than this! To view please call: 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Land for Sale. 4 Rai in Soi Hua-Yai, 7.5 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, next to the main road in soi, perfect idea for a big house suitable not only for a big family, but for small family as well. For quick sale, we’re selling it for only 1.5 Million Baht per rai. For viewing please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for investment. For quick sale, only 8 Million Baht. Please call us at 081 334 5291 for viewing.

Land for Sale. Beach front, in Baan Chang area, 3-4 Rai per plot, price started from 5 Million Baht only. For viewing please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. Land for Sale. 2 Rai in soi Wat Yan ( Budha Mountain ), 8 Kilometers from Sukhumvit Road, we’re selling it for only 2 Million Baht. For viewing please call us at 081 334 5291 or 081 357 7491. 48 Rai for 5.5 Million Baht/Rai 500 meters from La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th 2 Rai for 27.5 Million Baht/ Rai Beach Front near La Royale condominium! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th

32 Rai on a hill near Phoenix Golf Course with nice sea views, ideal for a housing development. 550,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers038 231 931 or E- mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Land for sale next to Siam Country Club Golf Course! 36 Rai perfect for a housing project for 2.1 Million Baht/ Rai. The land is located in a beautiful landscaped area with stunning mountain views. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Two land plots for 1.1 Million Baht/Rai near Mabrachan Lake. 19 and 31 Rai ideal for housing developments as the whole area is already developed with other housing

developments. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beautiful located plots of Land! A few examples are stunning plots on the Prathamnak Hill (1 Rai up), 21 Rai of beachfront near the Ambassador Hotel and 7 Rai of Land on the beach in Bangsaray. Our database contains over a 100 exclusive plots of land in and around Pattaya. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com


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Looking for Beach front land? We have prime beach front land parcels available. For appointments and private tours contact Premier Land and Development 038 231 931 or 081 634 2915 Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit us online at www.premierinternational.com Land next to the Polo Club in the Mabrachan area! 8 Rai at 1.2 million Baht/Rai, 23 Rai at 920,000 Baht/Rai, the whole plot (31 Rai) at 850,000 Baht/Rai. Owner motivated to sell quickly. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Incredible 35 Rai of Land perfect for Development includes designs for 160 Unit Condo project 2 Rai lake and area for 20 homes. Priced to sell. Property is in a fast growing area only 10 minutes to the beach and covered in mature coconut treesabsolutely beautiful. Good flat ready to build condition with three road frontages. Smart money buy- call to take a look. Making your Business our Business – Premier Land and Development. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th

274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or E-mail to premier@ loxinfo.co.th 20 Rai- Bang Saray 4 mil per Rai, sea view, ready to build. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th 2 Rai Beachfront land in Jomtien for 25 Million Baht/ Rai. If you are looking for land to build a beach front condominium or a small scaled up class housing project this is it! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th FOR INVESTORS……1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087 021 3170. FOR INVESTORS……1.5 Rai plot of land for sale on Pratamnak Hill including Building designs, Brochures, Building License, etc, etc. for 32.5 Million Baht including everything you need to start your development. Call Jan at 087 021 3170. Sea and Mountain views from 300,000 thb Call 081 576 0035 www.countryproperty services.net BangSaray Land only few minutes to Beach and Shopping, Land filled 2 years previous and now ready for construction of Villiage or Resort etc. 15 Rai available 37.5 mb Eng. 0811 580 065 Thai 0861 425 719 Pattaya Ocean Property.com Jomtein Land nearly One Rai, Only 500 metres to Beach. Beautiful flat block with made road on three sides. 15mb Eng. 0811 580 065 Thai 0861 425 719 Pattaya Ocean Property.com Sea and Mountain views from 300,000b, Call 081 576 0035 www.countryproperty services.net

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(ptmsp-g0109)Travel Visas from 10,000 B. Translations 175 Bht/page. 084 105 4533. (ptmsp-p2208)Learn Thai /English at Home by Experienced Teacher. Personalized and effective learning at your convenience. Tel. 081 945 7241. (ptmsp-p2208)Meditation: Learn how to get beyond the “thinking” mind into a state of conscious relaxation and stress reduction. Tel. 081 945 7241. (ptmsp-vp0109)Visas Plus – births, marriage, certified translations, passport renewal, English first language, 038 757 527, 087 804 3943. Next door British Consulate Jomtien Soi 5. Lloyds Co., Ltd. (pta-0008)Pattaya Secretarial Services. One Stop Service for your office needs, www.pattaya-secretarialservices.com. Client service 081 550 0885. We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, Swimming pool Installations, New kitchens and Bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional service. Australian and Thai owners. WM Renovations - Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 Eng : 0811 580 065 www.pattaya oceanpropperty.com, Email. : info@pattayaocean property.com (ptmsp-1309)Architect Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038. (ptmsp-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379. (ptmsp-p0409)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptmsp-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783. Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful.knowledge@gmail. com**.* We speak English, Thai, German & Deustch

We Have Built Over 50 Houses and Also Specialize in Landscaping, swimming pool installations, new kitchens and bathrooms etc. Free quotations and professional service Australian and Thai owners WM Renovations – Design and Construction. Office: 038 374 623 M: 0811 580 065 (Mal) Ski Blind. For blinds, sunshade, retractable awning, canopy, folding doors. PVC strip doors, wallpapers, canvas, umbrellas, curtains, partitions, window shutter, and tents. Call Mr. Kiat at 081 307 7732 or e-mail skiblind@hotmail.com. Visit their website www.ski blind.com Renovation Services Carried Out on Condos or Houses. All types of work carried out at a very high standard with very reasonable prices. For quotations call PAC Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539 (Eng), 087 150 4845 (Thai) If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software and hardware, please phone 086 820 2577 or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer, Web designer or would like to make some printed matters in reasonable price, please phone 086 820 2577 (Thai) or 081 157 4561 (Thai & Eng) or e-mail: info@ssallinone.com

Service Provided

(ptfjv-em0509)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/ re-cushion, etc. Bought and sold/profit sharing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0509)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call : 081 762 8379. (ptm-p0509)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptm-p0509)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) WE SELL GOING CONCERNS! If You Want Expert Professional Advice on Buying or Selling a Business in Pattaya TSBA Have a large selection of businesses available. Call Craig 087 077 0475 www.tsba.info

Fax: (038) 374535

Job Wanted

Im a Filipina Looking for a Job as a nanny or housekeeper full time or part time around Pattaya or Bangkok, pls. call at 084 561 2566.

Job Vacancies

Waitress Wanted for International Restaurant must speak English with good experience, good salary + tip. Tel 081 254 3624. UPVC Thai sales person wanted. call 038-378302 for interview. We need a responsible person to oversee our kitchen as well as sharing in the regular cooking activities. English is appreciated but not essential. Call Aniruth 081-817-0170 or E-Mail rsvp@greatrib.com English or Thai speaking Plummer, Electrician, Roof tiler wanted, Phone 089 058 4509. 5 young ladies to train as good maebaan/ cooks in good quality English and Thai. Household Ta Praya Area, Sakeaw. No experience necessary, 3 months start 1,000 as weekly + full Phone Eng 089 058 4509 Thai 084 958 6569. We are a property development company now urgently!! Looking fr Foreigner Sale Manager, who has experience in real estate business, Sale Exclusive, and Assistant of Marketing . Male or Female, Thai nationality, Excellent in English language and good command of computer skill. Contact : nana@ heights-holdings.com or 038 364 877. I am looking for a Filipino nanny for part time and full time job. Tell 087 067 0239. Required for Restaurant in Pattaya. Russian speaking PR person and Hostess, good salary for the right candidate. Call Nani at 081 949 8702 or send resume to 779grover@gmail.com Required for travel Agency in Pattaya. English speaking ticketing person, must have knowledge for computer ticketing, such as Amedeus, Galileo or something similar, good salary for the right candidate. Call Nani at 0819498702 or send resume to 779grover@ gmail.com

Required Sales Person for Light Fitting Showroom. English speaking Sales Manager fro Light Fitting Showroom, must have interior designing knowledge, good salary and commissions for theright candidate. Call Nani at 0819498702 or send resume to 779grover@ gmail.com MAID, Seeking reliable Maebaan part time experienced Cleaning Washing Ironing Speaking some English or German and worked for Foreigner Advantage Phone: afternoon 081 810 58 41. Our new company involved in restaurant, delicatessen, is seeking for the following positions:Thai citizen (male or female) speaking English or French requested for assisting manager. Also needed assistant chef (Thai and European cuisine), waiter (tress) cashier. Contact 089 912 8979 Eng. and 085 431 6190 Thai. Thai Female Required for New Travel Agency Must speak English & have experience in the Galileo Booking System Nice Conditions & Working Environment Thai 0861 425 719 Joy Eng 0811 580 065 Mal (ptfjv-pt0008)A Local English Language Newspaper, Urgently Needs Sales Representatives. Great salary and high commission. Applicants must be Thai, outgoing & confident, fluent in English, computer literate, university/college educated, presentable and hard working. Call 038 410 077. Pro Language Training Institute, Central Pattaya. We are regularly looking for qualified and experienced Native Instructors of all major languages for both inhouse and corporate training in Pattaya and surrounding areas. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your CV/resume and details to: prolanguage. recruitment@gmail.com


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E-mail : info@pattayatoday.net

Job Vacancies

Pro Language is language training institute based in Bangkok. Now we are opening a new office in Pattaya and seek Part-time and Full-time Teachers to join our team in Pattaya Branch. English Teachers and other Language Teacher, English-DutchGerman-Italian-FrenchJapanese-ChineseRussian-Korean-Spanish, Thai Teachers to teach Thai and English for Foreigners, Marketing. Please call K. Jerry and K. Nutcharee to arrange an appointment. Tel. 02-2500072 www.Prolanguage. co.th Internet Company is looking for a telesales, administrative officier, age 20/35. Education : college or university. Salesdriven, selfmotiveated and well organized. Computer literacy such as word, excel and PowerPoint. Familiar with telesales, any experience about selling advertising space on the internet is welcome 9.00 till 17.00 (4 or 5 days a week only) Good salary plus commissions. Information 082 493 8526. LC International languages and Computer School is looking for German, Dutch, Italian, French, Russian, Chinese

and English speaking teacher. Interested person please call: 038 361 948 - 9 or contact us by lc_ pattaya@hotmail.com We are a property development company. Urgently, looking for Accountant staff/ Male/ Female, Thai nationality. Qualifications: must have knowledge in accounting taxation, good command in speaking and reading English Contact: Please send CV to pui@heightsholdings.com Tel 038 364 877. Heights Holdings Co.,Ltd. Is a real estate development company focusing on luxury residential development. We are now looking for Foreigner Sale Manager who has experience in real estate business. Please submit your resume with full details of qualifications, experience, portfolio current & expected salary. Call 038 364 877 Email nana@heights-holdings. com or Ticha@heightsholding.com We are property development company. Urgently, looking for Accounting Officer. Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Good knowledge in tax accounting program quick book and Express etc. Must have good command of English Please Contact : Pui@heights-holdings.com Tel.: 087 150 2801.

Classified We require a Sales Person / Office Administrator for our Real Estate sales office.Applicant must be a Thai national and speak English with computer skills. Experience in real estate is preferred but not essential. Great salary plus commission. Contact 084 866 6 010. Volunteer Work Permit available. If you don’t mind volunteering 6hrs. a week, you can live in Thailand free of charge and hassle. call 085 388 1577 email: jdlsimons@ yahoo.com

Travel

Mc Flight Travel & Visa. Cheapest Air Fares. Promotion BKK-LON, FRA,PAR, ROM, GVA Start from 10,000 O/W 20,100 R/T. Special Promotion on September AMS-BKK-AMS. Start from 570 Euro’s. All the price not include tax. Visa to Europe, Vietnam, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Indonesia; Ext Hotel Reservation, Scuba Diving, Taxi, Minibus. Tel 038 413 530, 038 724 023, Fax 038 413 540 Email.... Mcflightpattaya@ hotmail.com

Vehicles for Sale

Ford Ranger Pick up 4 doors 4x4, Must be sale quickly!! 2.9 diesel, 2003, silver, 5 speed, loaded with extras including detachable rear, carryboy, full main agent service history, immaculate, all round condition farang owned only 350,000 baht all best offer call 087 150 4845. 2 hp Mariner/Yamaha 2 stroke outboard engine, used very little hence in good condition. 11,000 Thbt. For more details contact Mike, Tel. 089 095 2309. (ptmvs-c0007)Awesome Vehicle on Sale. Toyota Tiger 3.0 High Output Turbo Diesel 4x4 2 Door. Big Cab 1999, 5 speed, power steering. Heavy duty front and rear bumpers. Raised suspension, 7 foot high!!! Air bag, ABS, C.D. Huge chrome alloys, loads of extras, 160,000 kms. Full history. Falang owned for 5 years. Immaculate condition. Only 390,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539.

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( p t m v s - r 0 0 0 7 ) Vo l v o S60 Turbo, New Design 2005. 50,000 km, black. Full options. First hand, like new. 1 million baht (new 2,450,000 baht). Tel. 081 863 1076. (ptfvs-qc0008)Ford Ranger 2002, 4 Door. Manual, 4x4, Foreign owner and maintained. Top up lockable lid. 320,000. Call 081 996 8915. (ptmvs-(d0709) Honda Black Super 4 (400cc) Great Condition, new chain, sprockets and tyre, Low km’s 55,000 baht ph: 087 013 5770. Suzuki bike: electric starter, tax paid till March 2010, 79000 km good condition 6000.- Tel 084 865 1355. TOYOTA Vigo Hilux Diesel 4 Years old, Manual Shift, Clean, One owner 2 door truck 325,000 baht (OBO) English

Pets

Urgently need loving safe home for 2 months puppy. I have nursed her broken leg to good as new she is a joy. If can help please call 085 284 7731. Persian Cat for sale. many colours and age to choose. please call 086 7803 791. Shiwawa 1 year old, brown color looking for girlfriend please call 081 945 7241. Registered/register able (AKC, NKC, etc.), Current vaccinations, Veterinarian examination, Health certificate, Health guarantee Tia is a very Tiny English Bulldog. She is registered with AKC and should grow to be around 3-4 lbs. Call Caryl for more info email brownphillip67@ yahoo.com Looking for a handsome and strong Golden Retriever Boy Friend for friendship and further more. My name is Chin Gu, 11 months old Female Golden Retriever. Very active and friendly. Any one interested, please call 081-983-4182 Kim

Deadline

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Amari’s Sparkling Wine Night

The “Amari Wine Tasting Evenings” have gone from strength to strength throughout the year and these monthly wine evenings are very popular as a meeting place on Friday evenings. At the current entrance fee of 750 baht per person this is excellent value for free flowing wine plus the high quality of food. The wine tasting evening featured a French champagne, plus a selection of three Italian sparkling wines, including an Italian red “Bellagio, which was appropriately named “The Beautiful Life.”

New Second Rd. Irish Pub

The opening ceremony for “Dicey Reilly’s” Irish Pub was led by our Pattaya City Mayor, Itthiphol Khunplome, Royal Garden CEO Khun Supadit and Irishman Cahel, who is the Dicey Reilly’s Pub Manager. Formerly the Moore Bar & Grill, this new Irish Pub and Eatery underwent a month of modifications that have seen a bigger bar, large lounge areas, pool tables and large TV screens. The whole frontage has been replaced with new full length windows plus two separate entrances and the furnishings are all of a traditional Irish pub style, so go in for your “Irish Experience;” – You will not be disappointed.

Teenager Wins Diana Charity Golf

The winner of the A-grade men’s section and overall winner of the Dianna Group of companies’ very successful Charity golf day at the “Eastern Star Golf Course” near Rayong, was Ben, a 13-year old Thai boy from a disadvantaged family. Afterwards at the Diana Resort Hotel trophy dinner, the founder and CEO Khun Sophin Theppajug saw that young Ben went home a happy boy with big trophies and a promising future ahead of him.


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Alcazar lavishes Millions for 4 Brand-New Shows

Alcazar Cabaret launches 4 new shows to attract tourists both foreigners and Thais, and to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The Executive Board of Alcazar Co., Ltd considers the importance of Pattaya’s economy and tourism; therefore, the board has approved millions of baht to create dazzling costumes and settings, including light and sound for these new shows. The brand-new shows are Thai Folk Dance, Indonesian Folk Dance, Supernova light and Poker Face which are aimed to attract the 3 target tourist groups, moreover, Alcazar has changed its new Thai Folk Dance costumes which was the most budget consuming. Nevertheless, Alcazar emphasises making a lasting impression as the show draws to a close and ensuring customers leave the theatre knowing they have visited one of Pattaya’s and Thailand’s best cabaret shows.

SKAL Christmas at Hardrock

Ingo Rauber, who is the Pattaya and East Thailand SKAL club president, was M/c at their Christmas Party held beside the huge swimming pool at central Pattaya’s Hard Rock Hotel. Many junior SKAL members and friends attended this stylish end of year celebration to receive certificates, plus a fund raising auction was also held. SKAL international promotes tourism globally and currently has over 22,000 members worldwide, so with an increase of over 200% in membership, Pattaya’s club rates as amongst the top ten SKAL clubs in the world.

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Pattaya Today is published & edited by Lucksika Natham for Siamese Vision Media Co., Ltd. Printed at Print 87 Co., Ltd. Naklua, Pattaya City. Office : 42/91 Sukhumvit Rd. T. Nongprue, Banglamung Pattaya City 20150. Tel: (038) 410-077, (038) 427-391 Fax: (038) 374-535 E-mail : info@pattayatoday.net

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