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16 - 31 December 2009

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Pattaya gets its Store own

As this edition of Pattaya Today hits the streets, the City is seeing the opening of a brand new Makro Superstore. Conveniently situated on the Sukhumvit Road, next to 'Underwater World', the new store promises to bring the famous 'Makro' style of excellence to the City. The Makro Superstore name has been synonymous with offering the very best quality fresh foods and consumer goods to the business sector

in most major cities around the world, ensuring customers receive the best service and produce together with the Makro Price Guarantee. The Pattaya store will be the 44th store to open in Thailand with many more planed over the coming years. Pattaya Makro will open seven days a week from six in the morning until 11 at night. It boasts a very impressive 6,600 square metres of selling space and car parking for 250 cars. The store will offer fresh produce including vegetables, butchery, bakery and there is a light break restaurant where

customers are encouraged to try out many of the stores produce at very competitive prices, the restaurant is a first for Makro stores in Thailand. The 15th of December saw a special open day for the prospective customers from around the Eastern Seaboard. A press conference was held in the morning with a familiarization trip around the store and later

in the afternoon a cooking competition between local restaurant and hotel chefs.

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With unlimited Wine and Beer + 475 Baht

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South Pattaya, 2nd road, opposite Marriott Hotel, in front of Ruen Thai Restaurant


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New 24-Hour Post Office

Here is a new concept in going to post a letter, with the “Diana Inn” on south Pattaya’s Second Road opening a 24hour, 7-days a week post office, right beside their hotel / restaurant reception desk. The “Diana Inn” staff were trained by the Banglamung Post Office, so they can carry

out most of the functions of a normal post office, and at the normal rates, without any extra service charges. Diana Inn’s Managing Director, Khun Sophin Theppajug, has certainly hit upon a concept that will offer real convenience to customers, both new and old.

Ago-go Dancer found dead after Rape

A 24 year old Ago-Go dancer was recently found dead in her rented room on Thappraya Road. Police officers believe that she was raped before her death, however, there was no obvious signs of how she had died. The girl had not been seen for five days and officers believe this is when she died. At the four storey commercial building where

the young lady was renting, police identified the dead girl as Miss Nooling Waedram, aged 24, originally from the Buriram Province, who had been employed as a Ago-go dancer in a bar in Jomtien. She was discovered with her clothing disturbed, no panties, and signs of a rape. However, at the scene there was no sign of foul play and all the young woman’s belongings seemed to be accounted for. A work colleague, Miss Namphueng Rakketjit, aged 30, told officers that she had become worried when

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Chinese Receive Death Compensation

VIP Chinese officials from Bangkok travelled to Pattaya City Hall to meet with our Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khumplome and his staff, in a landmark case where compensation was paid for the recent deaths of two Chinese tourists. The Chinese Counsellor and Consul General, Mr. Gao Zenting, plus the first secretary of the Chinese

Embassy, Mr. Hu Guang Xiang, signed a compensation agreement, together with Mayor Itthiphol. Gifts of goodwill were presented to Pattaya’s Mayor Itthiphol Khumplome and his staff and this was reciprocated by Deputy Mayor Khun Ronakit Ekasingh, who presented a large framed Thai artwork to the Chinese Ambassador and his entourage.

the girl had not turned up for work for four days, she had come to the girls room to check up on her, found her dead, and contacted the police. She explained to the officers that she had no idea how this could have happened, Nooling did not have a Thai husband or boyfriend and did not go with bar customers, she had a German boyfriend who financially supported her and would always return to her room after work. A very suspiciously acting Thai man, Khun Khamrob Hosue, aged 40, seemed to

be more interested than he should have been, however, despite being interviewed by officers, he claimed he was just a local resident, who hearing of a death in his block, had come for a closer look. Officers will now check the CCTV footage from the surveillance camera that was in front of the dead girl’s room and hopefully shed some light on who had entered her room on the night in question. The body has been sent for an autopsy to establish cause of death.

Scandinavian Expat One-Stop Service

The Managing Director of the Scandinavian Expat Service Company, Khun Yuphaphan Khamjam, recently took great pleasure in inviting local dignitaries, business men, and family and friends, to the official opening of her new One – Stop Service Offices which are located near Jomtien at 315/422 Thappraya road. The company offers a large range of services including car rental, finance, advise on the purchase of real estate, cars, motorcycles, etc, legal

advise and the arrangement of work permits, to name a few. The grand opening ceremony was held in

typical Thai style, with nine Monks invited to conduct the religious blessing of the company, its personnel, and new building.


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‘Ocean Pearl’ Pattaya to celebrate Soft Opening

The ‘Ocean Pearl’ Pattaya is a modern, stylish apartment complex which is now ready for the residents to move in and transfer of the relevant ownership papers. The ‘Ocean Pearl’ is an 8 storey luxury construction featuring swimming pool, Jacuzzi, in fact all the amenities we have come to expect from Pattaya accommodation. The new complex comprises of 67 classically designed configurations, 6 Studio Pool View Rooms 48 One Bedroomed, 10 Two Bedroomed, and

the Duplex Apartments on the top two floors. The ‘Ocean Pearl’ is located close to the Pattaya Park Hotel and Water Park and only five minutes walk from Pratamnak Road and easy access into the heart of Pattaya City. Starting prices range from 39,000 baht per square metre and there are many special offers available to help with your preferred

purchase, including instalment payments, special interest rates, in fact they will tailor make a purchase to fit in with your own financial situation. The project can be viewed at their soft opening, which takes place on the 26th December from 11.00 am, where even more incredible savings can be made. Purchasers on the day need only put down a 20,000 baht deposit to secure their dream property. Further information can be obtained at their website www.oceanpearlpattaya. com or Call 038 252 228

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Sexy Lingerie at Central Festival

‘Big C’ Supercentres award more Scholarships

Recently at the ‘Big C’ Shopping Centre in South Pattaya, Deputy Mayor Khun Wutthisak Ruemkitjakarn, was invited to help present scholarships to chosen students together with Mrs. Pimnapha Artkla, General Manager of the store and Khun Jaruk Jiwjaroen, General Manager of the North Pattaya branch. The presentations took place in front of many students, teachers, parents and local dignitaries. ‘Big C’ Supercentres were established in 1993 with a commitment to meeting their customers needs by

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providing excellent valued items and focusing on helping the local community, the stores participate in many local community projects. Since 1993, the company has expanded into many other provinces throughout the Kingdom, each store with the philosophy of helping the local community. On the 1oth May 2002 the shopping centre’s established the ‘Big C Foundation’ with the primary objective of supporting the education of children, who without their help, would be unable to carry on with their schooling. They know that with the help

The Central Festival Pattaya Beach Shopping Mall was recently the venue for the 1st ‘Playboy Playmates Fashion Show’, with many local dignitaries, both Thai and foreign, guests of honour, and passing shoppers. A large range of very sexy ‘Playboy’ lingerie was on display by leading local, national, and international catwalk models. It was hoped, that as winter sets in around the Kingdom, this steamy show case would bring a little bit of warmth to shoppers under the banner of ‘Bunny Girl in the Bedroom’. The ground floor of the shopping centre virtually came to a standstill once these scantily clad ladies hit the catwalk, enough to warm the cockles of any cold blooded male! To the delight of the assembled journalists and photographers, the models they have provided to 1,000’s of underprivileged children, they have helped to mould beneficial members of society and helped to keep many of them away from the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. During the past six years the foundation has presented in excess of one hundred million baht to these often neglected children, including scholarships, building schools in rural areas, providing sports equipment and venues, including basketball courts, supplying books and libraries, housing orphans, building playgrounds, the list is endless!!

then entertained the crowds with some raunchy poses to bring a flush to the cheeks

of the journalists and more than a little flash from the photographers.

Christmas Celebration at Central Festival Pattaya Beach Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Wattana Jantarawaranon, recently officially opened the shopping mall’s 2010 Celebrations under the banner ‘Central, Let’s Celebrate 2010’. The Deputy Mayor was joined by many famous Thai stars including Dr. Suwit-Khun Ying Songsuda Yodmanee, Mom-Luang Laksasupha Kritdakorakhunapha Kritdakarn, and famous singers including Tata Young and Golf-Mike. There were many activities arranged for shoppers including carol singers, concerts, and a raffle in aid of the children from the Ban Jing Jai Children's Home, with the chance to win some fabulous prizes. Assistant Director to the President of the Central Pattana’s Marketing Department, Dr. Natthakit Tangphoolsinthana, explained to those attending

the start of the Christmas festivities that the goal for the shopping centre was to create an atmosphere in which

everyone could have a festive time, including hopefully, the 1,000’s of tourists who will descend on the city over the Christmas period.

The shopping mall have erected a huge Christmas tree close to the beach and there will be continues special events held throughout the period, including promotions, lucky draws and concerts and shows. The Pattaya branch of these famous stores have also joined with their sister stores to offer shoppers the ‘Central Plaza Gift Wonderland 2010’ Promotion, where with a purchase of 1,000 baht or more, you will receive a raffle ticket with prizes including 2 Mazda cars, 8 BENQ Notebooks, and 100’s of other prizes on offer. Additionally, all shoppers spending in excess of 1,500 baht, will receive two bottles of ‘Power Plus Mineral Water’ and a ‘Spider Hot Spot’ prepaid card with a credit of 100 baht which will enable you to receive two and a half hours of free wifi connection at the store. The promotion will run until the 3rd of March 2010, so go max out those credit cards!!

Imported ‘Australian Lamb’ at Acqua Italian Restaurant of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya The Acqua Italian restaurant at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya invites you to taste the succulent flavors of lamb from Australian. Our Italian Chef Stefano will prepare magnificent culinary creations for your family and friends throughout this December. The atmosphere is smart yet casual, and the service will help you enjoy an unforgettable

evening. Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the Main Lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 18:00 to 23:30 hours. For more information or reservations, please contact Acqua Italian Restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, at +66 (0) 3830 1234 ext. 4265

Vote for your favourite British Venue

Awards scheme celebrates the best British shops, pubs, clubs and restaurants around the world. An annual Best of British Awards has been launched to identify and reward the world’s leading British Clubs, Pubs, Restaurants and Shops. Starting last month (November) and culminating in an Awards ceremony in London in April, British expatriates will be encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourite British establishments across the globe. Launched by The Telegraph’s international newspaper and sponsored by British Airways, winners will be chosen at a

country and, finally, a world level. The results will be used to compile an annual listing of the world’s top British establishments, which will be featured online

at www. telegraph.co.uk/expat, in The Telegraph international edition, and in the Travel section of the Saturday Daily Telegraph in the UK. People can nominate places and vote in the Best of British awards – or the BoBs - by

visiting www.telegraph.co.uk/ expat. It may be a favourite bar serving English bitter and live Premier League football; a shop that stocks pork pies, Marmite, Cheddar cheese and Kit Kats; or a restaurant featuring steak and kidney pudding followed by spotted dick and custard. The six award categories are: Best British Shop; Best British Restaurant; Best British Pub/Bar; Best British Social Club; Best British Business Club; and Best British Sporting Club. Richard Ellis, the publisher of The Telegraph international edition, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating the pubs, clubs, shops and restaurant that form the heartbeat of British expat communities around the world.”


NEWS Tragic Speed Boat Accident Marines pay respect to His Majesty King Bhumipol leaves two tourists dead

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At the beginning of the month the Pattaya Police Department received a report that two speed boats had collided, approximately 200 metres from Bali Hai Pier, which had left many tourists injured, the police officers quickly made their way to the location with Sawang Boriboon Rescue Teams. Arriving at the scene the officers and rescue teams discovered a speed boat, Thawatchai Namchoke 7, in pieces in the ocean with around 30 tourists floating in their life vests awaiting emergency help. The emergency services quickly set a rescue plan into action, and of the 30 recovered tourists, 14 were found to have sustained injuries, with three of them in a critical position. On the way to the hospital, Mr. Zheng Honglu, aged 27, and Mr. Chen Ding Shan, aged 50, both Chinese tourists on vacation, unfortunately died and could not be resuscitated. The skipper of the Thawatchai Namchoke 7, Khun Niret Buadee, aged 35, was questioned by the officers and explained the events which had led to the tragic accident. He stated that previously to the accident he had been transferring 30 Chinese Tourists back from the island of Koh Larn to Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier. With only a few hundred metres before reaching their destination, another speed boat, New Friend, with 11 British tourists onboard, sped out from behind a floating seafood ship and slammed into them. The impact caused a hole in his boat, and whilst quickly sinking, the passengers quickly abandoned the vessel and waited for emergency help. The other speed boat, having only sustained minor damage, made its way back to Bali Hai Pier. Mr. Montree Sae-Ngow, aged 25, a tour guide with the YKL Tour Company, explained to the officers that the group of Chinese tourists had arrived on the 29th November and were staying at the New Sea View Pattaya Hotel. Earlier in the day he had arranged a half day tour to Koh Larn Island and it was on their return that the

crash had taken place. All the tourists were due to return to China the next day, however, he foresaw some having to change their travel plans. Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Ronnakit Ekkasing, arrived on the scene to see if there was anything the City could do to help the situation. The skipper of the New Friend speed boat, Mr. Noy, could not be questioned by the police officers, because having safely got his boat back to its docking area he had used the opportunity to make good his escape and avoid any further problems, it was discovered that he did not have a licence to operate a speed boat. However, officers contacted the owner of the boat, Mrs. Kannika IamsaArd, aged 54, who will be questioned and probably face charges including allowing an unlicensed operator to crew one of her vessels. The Thawatchai Namchoke 7 speed boat was proven to be carrying more than its maximum number of passengers, the boat was registered to carry a maximum of 28, however, it was carrying 30 plus the skipper. Later in the evening, the Deputy Mayor, together with the Deputy Minister of Transport, Khun Kuakool Darnchaiwijit, inspected the scene of the accident, and concluded that with the direction the boats were travelling around the seafood restaurant, they could not have seen each other. However, the skippers were both travelling in excess of the acceptable speed limit for entering and departing the waterways. It has been suggested that separate entry and exit routes should be established to ensure this type of accident can never happen again. All the injured parties, who required medical assistance, had their expenses picked up by Pattaya City Hall with their sincerest apologies for the inconvenience. The Deputy Minister of Transport stated that he and his team would return to Pattaya in the very near future to implement the required changes to make sure the accident is not repeated.

On the occasion of His Majesty King Bhumipol's birthday, and in the presence of Prince Chumphon Camp, over 2,000 military officials, marine students, school

teachers, religious leaders and other local dignitaries, paid their respects at a portrait of the King to wish him well and a quick recovery from his recent illness.

Nongnooch Elephant Show celebrates Father's Day

General Manager of the Nongnooch Tropical Gardens, Mrs. Patthanan Khantisukaphan, welcomed local dignitaries and guests to the annual Father’s Day Celebrations which are held at the gardens each year between the 5th and 7th December. One of the highlights of this years celebrations were a group of 40 well trained elephants, who having paraded down to the portrait of His Majesty, gracefully knelt on one knee and presented beautiful flowers to celebrate this very special day. Other highlights included 6 year old Plai Kwanmuang Pang Saengdao, and 7 year old Plai Maimuang, who

presented their father, Plai Bird, with flower tributes. Another highlight saw 6 year old baby elephant Pang Yok, write ‘Love U Father’ with her trunk. It may have taken almost 20 minutes, but the crowd though it well worth waiting for. A visitor to the gardens, Mrs. Payong Pengthong, aged 28, from the Prachinburi Province, explained to our reporter that she had been very impressed with the gardens and especially the staff and management, who upon discovering it was her birthday, presented her with a special rare plant, ‘Thong Amphai’, that represents good fortune.

Men acting suspiciously get arrested

As two young men, Khun Atthasit Yumthaisong, aged 16, and Khun Chalermkiat Janpetch, aged 18, were driving suspiciously along the Sukhumvit Road, close to the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, on their Honda Wave motorcycle, police officers decided to have a word with the pair due to an increase in crime in the local area, especially snatch and grab crimes. As the two young men could show no proof of ownership for the motorbike, and believing it was probably stolen, officers took the young men back to the police station for further questioning. When their names were

entered into the police computer it transpired that an arrest warrant was outstanding for Khun Atthasit Yumthaisong. It had been issued in the Chonburi Court on the 14th of November, and the case was the responsibility of Pol. Lt. Col. Chaiyaporn Thongnapiang, from the Banglamung police station. The other young man did not seem to have a criminal record, however, he did prove positive for drugs when his urine was tested. He will be sent to the courts to pay for his crime, whilst his friend has been transferred to the Banglamung Police Station for further questioning.


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New Dive Club for Pattaya

Thailand voted favourite sailing venue in Asia Phuket King’s Cup Regatta remains the most popular and is voted the best regatta in Asia Thailand was voted the favourite sailing venue in Asia and the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta best regatta in Asia, according to a recent survey. The survey found also that the Regatta generated approximately 40 million baht for the island economy during the 2009 event. The Sailing survey was conducted by ‘Top of The Gulf Regatta’ (www. topofthegulfregatta.com) in co-operation with the Phuket

King’s Cup Regatta (www. kingscup.com), with the aim to find out sailing trends and provide useful information in helping to attract more sailors to Thailand. Phuket King’s Cup this year attracted 111 boats, approximately 1,000 registered sailors of 33

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different nationalities from all corners of the globe. The survey found that over 30% of the sailors who participated in the 23rd Phuket King’s Cup Regatta have been sailing in Thailand for more than 10 years, while 20% are new — sailing in Thailand for 1-3 years. The survey also found that Thailand is a popular sailing destination with international sailors, with many returning numerous times to enjoy the

cruising grounds and sailing events Thailand has to offer. 56% said that the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta is their favourite regatta in Asia while 71% said that Thailand, with the main sailing areas being Phuket, Pattaya and Samui, is the best sailing venue in Asia

due to an ideal geography, good weather conditions and beautiful scenery. When asked how they found out about regatta’s/ sailing events in Asia, 50% said ‘Friend/ Sailing community’, followed by 38% who said “specific event website.” One of the aims of the survey was to find out what kind of people, and from where, attend the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, and approximately how much money the event generates for the island economy. It was found that participants in the Phuket King's Cup Regatta are truly international with 35% from Australia and New Zealand, 30% from Europe, 27% from Asia with strong participation from USA, Canada and Russia, amongst others. Mr. William Gasson, President of the Top of The Gulf Regatta, said, “Apart of organising a good regatta, we have to understand the sailors and find out sailing trends, to help promote all sailing events in Thailand and expand the sailing network throughout the country and beyond.” The recent survey showed that the majority of participants spent approximately 40,000THB on accommodation, food and

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Pattaya Office together with Pattaya City Hall recently held a seminar ‘Shipwrecks around Pattaya Bay’ and officially launched Pattaya’s first Dive Club ‘Pattaya Dive Club’ at the dusitD2 baraquda. The event was graced by Khun Itthiphol Khunpruem, Mayor of Pattaya City. The objective of this seminar and the forming of the new club, is to take advantage of unique diving opportunities in Chonburi waters, especially renowned wreck diving, and facilitate the future development plans

for sustainable tourism in the area. The seminar was attended and conducted by many well-known expert divers and researchers, including Mr. Mikamin Chajujinda, Director of Marine and Coastal Resources

Department, Dr. Dhron Dhamrongnavasawadi, Advisor to the Director of Marine and Coastline Resources, Mr. Hans Ulrich, Director of PADI and Mr. Serm Phenjati, an advisor to dusitD2 baraquda pattaya.

drink during their time at the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, and that over 30% spent in the region of 150,000THB per person. Based on the survey results, it was found that Regatta participants spent over 40 million baht in the local economy during the Regatta week. These figures do not include expenditure associated with hosting the event, corporate hospitality, travel by participants, charter revenues and more. All of

this is as a direct result of hosting the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta. Mr. Kevin Whitcraft, President of the 23rd Phuket King’s Cup Regatta commented, “On behalf of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, we are pleased that the event was found to be the favourite regatta in Thailand and attracts repeat sailors to come to Phuket every year. We are committed to delivering the best regatta in

Asia.” The Top of The Gulf Regatta is one of the major sailing events in Thailand. The Regatta is hosted by and held at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club on April 30 – May 4, 2010. The event is the only Marina-based regatta in Thailand and attracts over 200 different boats in different classes from optimists to bigger keel boats. For more information, visit www. topofthegulfregatta.com

British Ambassador encourages British Nationals to register on Locate If you are British and in Thailand, let the British Embassy know you are here, click on this link: www.fco. gov.uk/locate Quinton Quayle, British Ambassador to Thailand, launched a registration system for British Nationals who live in or visit Thailand. The 'Click on this link' campaign encourages British Nationals to use LOCATE, an online system, to register their contact and Next of Kin details. Quinton Quayle said "Whether you are visiting Thailand on holiday, fly in for a business trip or simply reside in this beautiful land of smiles, the last thing you want is to be caught up in a situation in which your

loved ones cannot locate your whereabouts. I'd like to encourage British Nationals in Thailand to register with LOCATE so that, if necessary, we will be able to contact your next of kin

and locate you." LOCATE is administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK and allows the British Embassy in Bangkok to contact British Nationals in an emergency.

Residency Visas Are Possible The members of the Pattaya City Expats Club listened to a very informative talk by fellow member, Mr. Drew Noyes, on the increasing possibility of foreign nationals obtaining a Thai permanent residency visa. If you have had a 1-year non-immigrant visa for three years, then for a fee of around 1,900 baht you can make a preliminary application for a 5-year permanent residency visa. There are quite a few benefits with this status, but there is a requirement to speak Thai, and as the application papers are very exacting,

an agent is often needed to assist you. Upon acceptance, there is a much larger fee

to be met, but if you think that you fit the criteria, it is worth a try.


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Makro Pattaya presents Scholarships to needy children

The Management team from the new Makro Pattaya Store, due to open on the 16th December, brought their staff to meet students at the Pattaya School No 7, where they provided a feast for the young

students and rounded the afternoon off by presenting worthy students, from underprivileged backgrounds, with scholarships to mark the opening of their new superstore. The new Makro

Vera Zvonareva to defend title at PTT Pattaya Open Russian star,Vera Zvonareva currently ranked No 9 in the world has confirmed that she will return to defend her title at the US$220,000 PTT Pattaya Open, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tennis tournament, which will be held at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya from 7 – 14 February 2010. Zvonareva, the holder of 9 WTA singles titles beat India’s Sania Mirza in the 2009 final

and is looking forward to playing in Pattaya again, she said "I am very excited to be returning to Thailand, one of my favourite destinations, and will try my best to defend my title at the PTT Pattaya Women's Open. It is a great event with enthusiastic fans and I obviously have very fond memories from the 2009 tournament. I hope I can lift the winner’s trophy again in 2010!" Zvonareva, who reached the

semi-finals of the Australian Open this year, is one of a number of leading players who has signed up for the tournament, which in 2010 will be celebrating its 19th year on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour calendar. Next year’s event will see further improvements to the venue, which were initiated this year after the tournament was upgraded to be part of the newly formed international series. For 2010, the grandstands on three sides of the centre court will be covered for spectator convenience and the lighting on the main courts will be further upgraded for TV coverage of night matches. Another change at the tournament is in the size of the qualifying draw which has been reduced to 16 slots in order to improve the quality of the field. The qualifying matches will be played on Sunday 7 February and Monday 8 February, with the main draw also starting on 8 February and running through to the finals on 14 February. There will be 2 days of “live” TV coverage on NBT on Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February starting from 15.00 – 17.00. Viewers of T-Sports (UBC 68) and

New 5 Star Luxury Spa Resort officially opened The ceremony was held to officially announce the opening of the ‘Silk Resort & Climax Spa Entertainment’ complex located in North Pattaya, behind the Government Housing Bank Pattaya Branch. The opening ceremony was conducted by the former Minister of Tourism and Sport, Khun Sonthaya Khunplome, supported by many local dignitaries including Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome and the Mayor of the Nongprue Municipality, Khun Mai Chaiyanit. The ceremony included performances from many

famous Thai stars and an extravaganza Fashion Show. The Silk Resort & Climax Spa Entertainment Complex is a new 5 star luxury resort with 50 spacious rooms including four VIP suites with their own Karaoke bar area, and 46 luxurious rooms with Jacuzzi and all mod cons. Managing Director of the new resort, Khun Mit Intharaphithak, revealed that the resort’s aim was to become another of Pattaya’s most luxury accommodation venues for both Thai and foreign tourists.

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store is situated next to ‘Underwater World’ on the Sukhumvit Road. The staff from the new store, were joined by Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, along with Pattaya Council President Khun Rattanachai Sutthidechanai, and Khun Wisan Petchtrakool, Pattaya Council Member, who all joined in the festivities and enjoyed the lunch feast. Makro’s Assett Management Manager, Khun Suwit Sutthipan, explained that the day’s events were simply part of the company’s ongoing endeavours to give back to the community. The Makro Superstore will offer a large range of consumer and fresh and frozen goods to business operators in the area at very competitive prices. international audiences will also be able to watch matches being played on Friday 12 February, when three quarter-final matches will be televised. The PTT Pattaya Open is supported by PTT Public Company Limited, Pattaya City, Sports Authority of Thailand, Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organisation, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Dusit Thani, Pattaya, Sony Ericsson, Tez Tour, Philips, Wilson, Head and Yonex. For information, please contact Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd: Tel 02-311 3414- 5, Fax: 02-311 3498 or check the official website at: www. pentanglepromotions.com

Charity Thai Boxing Match sees Europe take on Thailand A Press Conference recently took place to announce that the "Shake the World European VS Thai Boxers" competition will take place at a temporary boxing ring being erected at Bali Hai Pier on the 19th December. The press conference took place at Pattaya City Hall and was chaired by Khun Sophon

Ornsomphong, Deputy Chairman of Pattaya Civilian Harm Protection Volunteer Department. It is hoped that the event will raise a substantial amount of money for the chosen charities, with all the monies, after expenses, going to charities involved in helping underprivileged and

disabled children in Pattaya, with further funds being presented to the Pattaya

Civilian Harm Protection Volunteers to enable them to continue their good works.


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Immigration Department crack down on Illegal Immigrants

The Chonburi Immigration Department recently held a Press Conference to announce that they had been able to arrest 115 illegal immigrants, who had entered the Kingdom illegally, and were engaged in street begging to survive. Those arrested consisted of 111 Cambodian Nationals and 4 Burmese. The press conference announced that Immigration Departments throughout the Kingdom

are taking a keen interest in illegal immigrants, and they expect many more arrests and

deportations from around the nation in the coming months.

The Conference spokesman, Police Lieutenant General, Wutthi Liptaphanlop, explained that during the coming high season many foreign tourists will be visiting Pattaya and it is imperative to create a safe and hassle free environment in which they can enjoy their vacation. By stamping down on these illegal immigrants, many of the crimes committed throughout the city will be eradicated.

Drug Dealers caught in parking lot of DK Mansion The Pattaya Police Department recently mounted a raid on the parking lot at DK Mansions after receiving reports that many drug dealers were staying and working in the immediate area, with both Yaba tablets and the drug ‘Ice’. DK Mansions, a four storey building located in Soi Phaniatchang, Pattaya Third Road, was suspected of being a favourite location for the dealers. As police officers swooped on the car park they quickly arrested Khun Suphot

Urachuen, aged 22, who was in possession of 10 Yaba tablets, Khun Ekkachai Meetham, aged 25, with

17 tablets and 1,700 baht in cash, Khun Natthaphon Yatthakhu, aged 16, with 20 tablets and 1,800 baht in cash, and finally Khun Natthachon

Jeenphuang, aged 19, with 20 Yaba tablets, 1 gram of the drug ‘Ice’ and 1,900 baht in cash. The police officers also managed to detain 16 year old Mr. Ton, who was found taking drugs at the scene and arrested on drug taking charges. All the arrested dealers confessed to their crimes and admitted that they all bought their drugs from the same dealer in Soi Noenplabwan, officers have mounted an investigation to hopefully arrest him in the very near future.

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Young Boys Shot on Sukhumvit Road Pattaya Police Department recently received a report of a shooting on the Sukhumvit Road, opposite the Boonthavorn Ceramic Company, Pattaya branch. Arriving on the scene, the officers were advised that the injured victims, Suksomboon Namkaew (Karn), aged 16, who had been shot once in his right waist, and Natthaphol Hemsan (Nat), aged 16, who had been shot three times in his right thigh, had already been shipped off to the hospital for emergency treatment. Officers were shown a white Honda Click motorcycle, and a substantial amount of blood in the immediate area. A friend of the two young men explained to the officers that they had been shopping at the Mini Siam Night Market and were on their way home

on two separate motorcycles, he was on the second one. As they were travelling along the Sukhumvit Road they were suddenly approached by two youths on a blue Honda Wave motorcycle, who without warning, opened fire on them, hitting them and causing them to crash off their motorcycle, before speeding off in the direction of Central Pattaya.

The young man further stated that the group had had an argument on Halloween night with some other youngsters at Bali Hai Pier, and it could well have been them that attacked his friends. The two injured young man are both pupils at the Banglamung Industrial and Community Education College, studying to become car mechanics.

Local business premises shot at The Pattaya Police were recently advised that the offices of the ‘Unity International Law’, located on South Pattaya Road, had been shot at several times, they quickly made their way to carry out an investigation. Arriving on the scene, officers found that the front window had been shot nine times and they discovered the shell cases from a 9mm gun in front of the four storey building. The company specialises in law work, real estate and car rental. An eyewitness explained to the officers that two men on a dark coloured motorcycle, and wearing helmets, stopped in front of the offices, and the passenger, getting off the motorcycle, calmly walked

up to the window of the company and opened fire. The witnesses could not get over the fact that they did not seem afraid of capture or fear the law, as the offices are next door to a 7 – Eleven and the area is always very busy with lots of witnesses. No one was injured in the attack and the assailants sped off in the direction of the

Sukhumvit Road. The CCTV footage from the convenience store was of no use as the quality was very poor and the subjects too far away. Police think this is a revenge attack and are questioning the company’s owner, khun Moo, to see if he can shed any light on who may have carried out the attack. by Somboon

Gold Necklace Snatchers Apprehended

The Pattaya Police Department recently received a report of a gold snatching incident which had taken place on Pattaya Second Road. It was reported that two men, riding a Honda Wave motorcycle, had snatched a gold necklace from around the neck of a baht bus passenger, officers quickly made their way to the scene. The culprits, once they had snatched the gold chain, proceeded to drop it in the street before speeding off in the direction of North Pattaya. With a quick radio message to their colleagues, the two were quickly apprehended by fellow officers, and were taken to the local police station. The two snatchers were identified as Khun Niphol Khamma (Boat), aged 17, a student of Aksorn Technology Institute Pattaya, and Khun Wasin Phu-Iam

(Tom), aged 16, a student of Phothisamphanphittayakarn School Naklua. Boat confessed to driving the motorcycle whilst his friend Tom did the snatching. The victim, Miss Duantem Saibut, aged 26, explained to the officers that she had been travelling on the baht bus, when the two youths suddenly snatched the gold chain from around her neck.

She quickly made a grab for the chain as it was snatched, and managed to snatch it back again from the boy and it dropped into the road. The culprits stated that they had intended selling the chain so they had some money to go out and play games with their friends. Both were charged and will await their day in court. by Somboon


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NEWS

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Seven Ways to Prevent Atherosclerosis

One of the heart diseases found in many people is blockages in the coronary arteries often called atherosclerosis. Blockages in the coronary arteries of

the heart will reduce the blood supply to the heart. Fatty deposits called ‘plaque’ generally cause these blockages.

The interruption of the blood supply to the heart can be a sudden process with the rupture of the plaques and

the formation of a blood clot inside the blood vessel. This sudden interruption of the blood supply leads to a heart attack or damages to the heart muscle. These patients experience occasional chest pain that spreads to the neck or the jaws or the left shoulder. The pain generally occurs during exercise or work. The pain lasts for 2-3 minutes each time but subsides after rest or taking medicine that expands the coronary arteries. Some patient may also experience heartburn or an indigestionlike symptom. Some may experience irregular heartbeat, fatigue, shortness of breath and lacking in energy to perform basic activities. There are positive steps we can all take to improve the health of our heart and prevent heart disease. It is never too late to make positive changes in your life. 1. Avoid animal fats, and sugary, fatty food including coconut milk and egg yolk. These foods can cause fatty

Hungarian Fugitive arrested on Embezzlement charges The Chonburi Immigration Bureau in Jomtien recently held a Press Conference to announce the arrest of a Hungarian fugitive who had been hiding in Pattaya. The arrested man, Mr. Sakardi Peter Andras, aged 55, was arrested in front of his house on the SP Village after Immigration Officers received an Interpol arrest warrant

dated on the 12th November. The arrested man is wanted in connection to a 40 million baht embezzlement case and had been on the run from officers in Europe. The man was listed in the ‘Kingdom of Thailand’s Blacklist’ which helped the investigating officers find out where he was hiding and make the arrest.

World Famous Actor visits Jameson’s

The Boxer Actor Gary Stretch the former Boxing Champion and now A-listed Actor has his

photograph taken in Jameson’s the Irish Pub Pattaya with some very happy to meet him staff

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya welcomes TAT’s Hungarian Media FAM Trip Recently, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Thailand’s first ‘Themed Resort’ by Mr. Mario Beyer (4th left), Executive Assistant Manager of Room Division warmly welcomes Hungarian Media FAM trip

guided by Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Office. Mr. Niti Kongrut (6th left), Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya Office hosted dinner for the media at Flames, beachfront BBQ Grill Restaurant of the resort.

deposits on the inside of the arterial walls. The deposits become the plaques later on. 2. Eat low-fat food such

as vegetables fish, fruits and high fiber food such as grains and legumes. 3. Exercise regularly, at least three times a week, at

least 20 minutes duration each time. Slowly increase

the time and the frequency of the exercise. 4. Avoid smoking. Nicotine and other substances in a cigarette are harmful to the arterial wall. Smoking also causes the constriction of the coronary arteries resulting in further reduction of blood flow to the heart muscle. 5. Have enough sleep. Make a conscious effort to reduce the exposure to excessive stress at work. Meditate or listen to soft music or relaxation tapes. 6. Develop the habit of eating a healthy diet and keep your weight under control. Exercise and eat the right food. Do not take sweets or high sugar fruits. Excessive body weight causes the overwork of the heart. 7. Have a medical check up at least once a year. Consult the doctor immediately if you have occasionally chest pain. Atherosclerosis can not be cured but can be prevented. It is clear that there are many things we can do to effectively prevent the disease, for example, exercise regularly,

Russians caught in Possession of Drugs

Pattaya Police Officers recently received a tip off that two Russian tourists were suspected of possessing drugs and were wandering around Walking Street, officers made their way to the location to investigate. As the officers approached the two men, they were spotted by the two tourists who attempted to dispose of the drugs by throwing them away, however it was already too late, and the officers quickly arrested them. They were found to be in possession of a bag of Marijuana weighing 3 grams, a white powder, similar to Heroin, stored in a straw and weighing 1 gram, and an amount of raw Opium. The two arrested men were identified as Mr. Alexey Ilgin, aged 30, and Mr. Vladi Mer

The 555-room Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is on Wong Amat Beach in North Pattaya, the 5-star resort hotel is designed to a Lost World concept and as a destination hotel located directly on the beach with its own jungle, waterpark and diverse attractions represents an exciting new opportunity for Thailand’s tourism and MICE industries.

Karpor, aged 29. The arrested men explained to the officers that the drugs were solely for personal use, however, from the information received, police believe they would have sold them to fellow Russian tourists amongst the bars and clubs along Walking Street. Both suspects proved positive after a urine test for drugs. Officers will make further investigations to establish where the two men bought their drugs and hopefully further arrests will be made.

eat fat-free food together with fruits and vegetables. We hope this information will help you change your life in a positive way to improve your heart’s health and to live a fuller, longer and more satisfying life. Bangkok Pattaya Hospital’s is pleased to serve you. For further information, please call our Contact Center

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BUSINESS NEWS New Strategic Plan for ASEAN Tourism Under Way A new strategic plan for tourism in the ASEAN countries of Southeast Asia will be prepared to help the region achieve an integrated ASEAN Community by 2015. The plan will recommend a wide range of policies and reforms in ASEAN's tourism marketing, branding, product development, human resource development, quality standards, investment strategies, cruise development, crisis management and communications, infrastructure, and border, customs, and immigration policy. The College of Innovation in Bangkok's Thammasat University has been tasked with preparing the plan in full consultation with the industry. The ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015 was commissioned as a result of partnerships and agreements between the ASEAN National Tourism Organizations, the ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement office, a project designed and funded by the United States Agency for International Development, and tourism specialists at the university. "The plan will be built on a broad vision and will make fresh, strategic and readily actionable tourism industry recommendations," said Professor Dr Walter Jamieson of the university. Under the supervision of ACE and ASEAN National Tourism Organizations, the university's scope of work will include a review of ASEAN declarations relating to tourism, consultation with public and private sector stakeholders, an assessment of projects initiated under the existing road map, the identification of priority activities, and the formulation of a vision and set of strategies that, when implemented, would lead to the successful regional integration of ASEAN tourism by 2015. The region's tourism sector is required to identify and prepare new strategies and programs for 2011-2015 for the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015. The plan will succeed the ASEAN Roadmap for the Integration of the Tourism Sector which expires in 2010. ACE and Thammasat University are expected to present the final ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan to ASEAN national tourism organizations by November 2010. Felix Cruz, the Chairman of the public-private sector ASEAN Tourism Association, welcomed the deal. "We need Thammasat to take an honest, candid and strategic view that clearly identifies

opportunities, but doesn't shy away from the hard issues," said Manila-based Mr Cruz, who is also Vice President of Marketing Support for Philippine Airlines. Tran Dong Phuong, Head of the Infrastructure

Division, ASEAN Economic Community Department, part of the ASEAN Secretariat based in Jakarta, said a good plan well implemented would create jobs and visitor satisfaction. "We look forward to a plan that identifies priority areas and actions for cooperation and integration across the ten ASEAN tourism markets. The plan will help boost the quality and quantity of tourism across ASEAN," he said. In July, the 30th meeting of the ASEAN National Tourism Organizations in Phnom Penh formally requested the ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement (ACE) Project to support the development of the plan. Bangkok-basedACE project Director, Mr RJ Gurley, said: "ASEAN's tourism senior officials welcome the plan. They realize it will have to strike a balance between being visionary and practical at the same time." The Dean of the College of Innovation at Thammasat University, MR Pongsvas Svasti, said that Professor Jamieson's team will include Ms Pawinee Sunalai, Senior Administrative Officer, at the College, and specialist consultants throughout the region. Dr Jamieson has over 35 years of experience and Ms Pawinee has 11 years of experience working in tourism planning and development in the region. About ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement ACE was designed and funded by USAID's Regional Development Mission in Asia (RDMA), which is based in Bangkok. ACE's objective is to enhance the integration and competitiveness imperatives of two of ASEAN's priority sectors: travel & tourism and textiles & apparel. The ACE Project is part of the broader ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership which was launched in 2006, under which the United States pledged its support to ASEAN in pursuing its objective of becoming an ASEAN Community by 2015. The ACE Project is managed by Nathan Associates Inc. E-mail: rjgurley@ace-advance.com.

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Airline ticket prices expected to increase worldwide According to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, commissioned by the world’s leading travel trade show and compiled by the consultancy IPK International, a shortto mid-term rise in the price of airline tickets is to be expected worldwide. Travelers will have to bear the cost of anticipated increases in taxes and charges by paying extra for tickets, according to the report. The ITB World Travel Trends Report states that in order to become profitable again, airlines will have to significantly adjust their ticket prices. The findings are based on the assessments of 60 tourism experts from 30 countries, on a special IPK International trend analysis undertaken in leading source markets and on core data supplied by the World Travel Monitor®, recognized as the largest ongoing survey of global travel trends in some 60 source countries. The report notes that “current airline prices are clearly too low to allow airlines to become profitable again." Despite the worldwide recession, the ITB World Travel Trends Report expects commercial aviation to grow dynamically over the next two decades. The Chinese market is predicted to expand annually by around 8.4 percent, followed by the

Asian-Pacific region (6.9 percent), and South America (estimated at 6.4 percent). The European market is forecast to grow by 3.4 percent, lagging significantly behind the expected global average growth rate of 4.9 percent. Dr. Martin Buck, vice president, CompetenceCenter Travel&Logistics, Messe Berlin, stated: “The currently unanswered question facing the world’s airline industries is whether priceconscious consumers will continue to drive the downgrading trend we are seeing in bookings or whether we will witness a return to the situation we had before the worldwide economic and financial crisis began. It also remains to be seen whether companies will limit their business travel to a minimum and how video conferences and other new forms of communication technology will influence travel behavior." According to Dr. Martin Buck, the recession has already had a positive effect, “The over-capacity of the world’s airline industries has been reduced and older planes, which consume large amounts of kerosene, have been taken out of service." In the short term, a full recovery of demand is unlikely. Describing the situation he added that “flat is the new growth."

Airline Passengers in future to be Insured against Airline Insolvency

From 1st January 2010 it will be possible to issue insolvencysafe airline tickets for over 200 airlines in 80,000 IATAaccredited travel agencies worldwide for the first time. As a global interline and billing partner for airline companies, Hahn Air has concluded an insurance agreement for this purpose with Generali Versicherung AG, through its underwriting agent “REISEGARANT“ GmbH in Hamburg*. This will enable Hahn Air and Generali to guarantee that all passengers in possession of a Hahn Air (HR-169) electronic ticket get a full refund of the ticket price in the event of bankruptcy of the company or the relevant operating airline. For the first time a solution is provided for passengers affected by airline insolvency, which international consumer associations have been demanding for many years. The transaction is processed by the travel agency through which the passenger has purchased the airline ticket. A joint guarantee declaration from Hahn Air and Generali

can be printed out from the Hahn Air website (www. hahnair.com) and given to the passenger. There are no additional costs for either the travel agency or the airline passenger. Hahn Air is an IATA member airline which is linked to the billing and settlement plan of the International Air Transport Association in over 150 countries and operates the world’s largest “e-ticketing platform”. Travel agencies book flights for passengers with Hahn Air’s international partner airlines, which already number over 200, in the relevant reservation systems and issue them on Hahn Air’s (HR169) electronic tickets for the purposes of documentation and billing. The travel agency that arranges the airline ticket settles the account for the flight with Hahn Air. * REISEGARANT GmbH is one of the largest providers of customer funds guarantee contracts for tour operators (travel guarantee certificates) and acts as underwriting and handling agent for Generali.


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BUSINESS NEWS

Certification for smoke-free Unpredictable summer hotels and health season lies ahead as 2010 promotion hotels in Thailand FIFA World Cup nears Predictions for the summer tourism season 2009/2010 are hard to call in a world where economic goalposts are constantly shifting and a peaked interest in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup has already catapulted Cape Town’s global profile into unprecedented territory. While the United Nations World Tourism Organization believes that the overall global downturn in tourism (based on international arrivals and departures) will level out at an -8 percent drop, Africa has managed to buck the global fall in tourism numbers by being one of the only areas to show improvement, with an increase of 4 percent (source: UNTWO). South Africa remains a popular, value-for-money destination, as recognized by the allocation of several recent consumer-driven accolades, including those from The Guardian UK and www. guardian.co.uk (readers voted Cape Town as their 2nd Favorite Overseas City) and US Travel&Leisure, who voted Cape Town its 2nd Best City in the World. “It has been an imperative part of our marketing strategy to ensure that our key source markets recognize that Cape Town has a multitude of unique attractions and that the city has not out-priced itself ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said Lianne Burton, spokesperson for Cape Town Tourism. “Cape Town offers pristine natural beauty, cultural richness, and a sophisticated, cosmopolitan vibe – the perfect package – all at rates that represent excellent value by global standards,” added Burton. Media attending the 2010 FIFA Final Draw should be able to successfully relay this message to their home countries after visiting in December 2009. According to a local hotel industry perception survey (Howarth HTL Hotel Performance Confidence Indicator), hotel confidence in the 4th quarter of 2009 was down with only 19 percent of hotel managers anticipating an increase in sales. However, 56 percent of survey respondents were confident that average room

rates would increase. Based on accommodation surveys conducted (November 2009) by Cape Town Tourism for season 09/10, accommodation providers in the greater Cape Town area are reporting occupancy predictions for December 2009 of 62.4 percent on average. The greater concentration of bookings are being secured in the traditional holiday destinations of the City and Atlantic Seaboard, where average occupancies are expected to be 68 percent.

However, trends are showing a big shift to lastminute bookings, so these figures could rise quite swiftly as visitors make the spontaneous decision to spend their summer holiday in Cape Town. While much speculation surrounds the issue of whether would-be visitors are holding back on a seasonal holiday in favor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, there are many other groups within Cape Town’s source market demographics that do not fall under the typical FIFA World Cup visitor profile. These groups include those people with family ties in Cape Town who return repeatedly, tour package groups, young individualists, families, and event-focused travelers coming to Cape Town to experience the Final Draw atmosphere or, for instance, specific Cape Town summer calendar highlights like The Mother City Queer Project. Cape Town Tourism is working hard to ensure that the destination is effectively marketed this season. Media hosting, lastminute specials advertised on the Cape Town Tourism website, www.capetown. travel and fully-informed staff at all the Cape Town Tourism Visitor Centres and Contact Centre will serve to ensure that the seasonal opportunities are maximized.

The Green Leaf Foundation, together with the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, awarded certificates to Thai hotels, which have participated in the Smoke-Free hotels and Health Promotion Hotels campaign. The event was held on December 2, 2009 at the Conference Room, Public Relations Department Building, Soi Aree, Bangkok. The campaign was designed to motivate more Thai hotels to become smoke-free and offer smokefree accommodation. Once they have become smokefree hotels for a set period of time, they qualify to be graded as Health Promotion Hotels by adding health and environmentally-friendly programs. These include products, facilities, and services such as climate-friendly menus, health promotion packages, health promotion spas, etc. They help participating hotels to become more competitive in attracting visitors, while preserving the environment and promoting “healthy tourism.” There are 355 hotels in Thailand currently listed as offering health promotion programs, of which 36 hotels are environmentally-friendly certified. The certificateawarding ceremony included a special lecture on “A New Dimension of an Environmental Hotel and Health Promotion Hotel” by assistant professor Prakit Vathesatogkit, MD, executive secretary, Action on Smoking and Health Foundation Thailand, followed by assistant professor Jiraphol Sindhunava, lecturer, Faculty of Environmental and Resources Study, Mahidol University, and vice president of the Green Leaf Foundation. Other speakers included Mr. Pradech Phayakvichien, former TAT governor and secretary to the Green Leaf Foundation; Dr. Suvit Yodmani, former minister of tourism and sports, and presently chairman of the Green Leaf Foundation. According to the Green Leaf Foundation, the Health Promotion Hotel project is designed to publicize the participating hotels in order to enhance their competitive edge in attracting clients and guests in an era of increasing environmentalconsciousness. It will also help promote and enhance the roles of hotel developers, employees, customers, material and service suppliers, and community members in

preserving the environment and promoting healthy tourism. Participating hotels are listed in a directory and can also publicize their certified status via their respective brochures, websites, email newsletters, etc. They can also attract a better caliber of staff who wish to be proud

of working for a hotel that is environmentally and socially conscious. The Green Leaf Foundation organizes several activities and projects to maintain the momentum. These include anti-smoking campaigns for staff, suppliers, and guests; introduction of health-friendly menus, which stress use of local and seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs, all organically grown; and development of spas, which emphasise energy conservation and use of products, which are bio-degradable, free of chemicals, and packaged in environmentally-friendly materials. Meetings, functions, and events in these hotels are also designed to be climatefriendly, as are all the internal engineering and maintenance operations. Transportation systems used by the hotels also follow the same principles, including the use of car pooling for both hotel guests and employees. As of today, over 170 hotels have participated in the Green Leaf program, including the latest batch of 41 hotel,s which received the Green Leaf certificate on December 2. A total of 382 hotels have joined the smoke-free and health promotion program in the following categories: honorary certificate - 146 hotels, silver stars - 32 hotels, and golden stars - 204 hotels. They are among the many 100 percent smoke-free hotels in Thailand. This project is an activity of the Green Leaf Foundation, which is a joint initiative of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Hotels Association, United Nation Environmental Programme (UNEP), Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), Metropolitan Waterworks Authority, and Association for the Development of Environmental Quality.

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TAT Hotline Internet Call Centre another option to get tourism information The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has established an Internet Call Centre to help visitors get updated tourism information — or even lodge a complaint. The center has been set up at the TAT Head Office since October 1, 2009 and provides 24-hour service in Thai and English. The information can be provided via Internet inquiry or video live chat. Tourists can log in to www.tourismthailand.org and click on the “1672 tourist hotline” icon on the lower, right-hand side of the web page. After selecting the language, visitors will be asked to fill in basic details such as their name and email address. The information available covers these categories: accommodation, traveling, sight-seeing, and season. A fifth category allows visitors to lodge a complaint. Responses will be provided as soon as possible, depending on the kind of information sought and the time it will take to compile and verify it. As of November 30, 2009, the center has responded to inquiries from 3,074 visitors

in 18 countries, including Japan, US, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, China, Denmark, UK, Switzerland, Korea,

Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Indonesia, and Thailand. According to Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, deputy governor for marketing communications, TAT, “The Internet Call Centre is one of numerous actions we are taking in response to the way people are interacting and communicating with each other in an increasingly online world. This service will be of help to travel agents, consumers, and even hotel concierge desks.” Mr. Suraphon said there were plans to expand this facility in future, especially to add assistance in more languages.


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AROUND PATTAYA

AMARI’s Corporate Thank Dusit Thani Pattaya welcomes You Party 2009 @ Koh Sak tourism VIPs from Indonesia

A warm AMARI Corporate Thank You Party was recently organised at Koh Sak, located an hour away from Pattaya Beach, by Amari Orchid Pattaya, with more than 300 corporate guests invited. This cool event was held to thank the guests for their great support. Pictured above with the winning team: Mr. David Cumming, General Manager (centre)

1st Anniversary For ‘’Goodfellas’’

Many regular customers and well wishers attended a big party at “Goodfellas” entertainment centre above “The Blues Factory,” (off the western side of Walking Street). This popular nightly venue does not fit normal categories, being a mixture of pool tables, bars, lounge areas, live band performances plus dance floor. “Goodfellas” is owned by a group of experienced business partners who have hit a formula that is popular with both locals and tourists alike. On their anniversary party it was interesting to note the large number of Russian tourists, who preferred this more up-market venue.

New Kasikorn Bank at Carrefour

All of the staff and management who attended the official opening of the new Kasikorn Bank on the second floor of the Carrefour Department Store were on hand early for the recent 7.00 am opening of this spacious branch. This is their seventeenth branch in Pattaya and with 56-years of banking knowledge, they offer a range of innovative national, plus international services, that make things more convenient for their clients. After the early morning Buddhist blessing and opening ceremony, the new Kasiskorn Bank officially opened its doors for its 10.00 am – 8.00 pm, seven days a week service.

A group of tourism academics and executives from Indonesia recently visited Dusit Thani Pattay for a brief and informal meeting with some of the hotel management executives. The discussions focused on hotel business sustainability and other topics related to hospitality. The group was led by Mr. I Gusti Putu Laksaguna (5th right) of Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. On hand to welcome them were Waran Chalermrritichai (far left), hotel Director of Administration, Thidisida Shingrrisri (4th right), Director of Rooms and Vanjie Lauzon (far right), Marketing Communications Manager of the five-star resort.

Balloon Festival Ends Successfully Even though last year’s Pattaya International balloon festival was slightly down in attendance on the inaugural year, this 2009 balloon festival was a resounding success. Much of this was due to the high level of advertising and promotion, and the increased level of restaurant facilities, vendors and a well organised stage show. Thousands of spectators attended on the final Saturday night and directing traffic kept police busy late into the night, with visitors still pouring in at 9.00 pm. The site, east of Pattaya near the Thamasat University is ideal, and with our reliably stable weather conditions, this is definitely a very popular annual event.

Celebrating Henry J. Bean’s 12th Anniversary

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Birthday

The Management and Staff of The Montien Hotel, Pattaya humbly submit their most loyal greeting and best wishes to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the auspicious occasion of His Royal Birthday.

Popular Aerobatics and Dancercise Championships

An Aerobic and Dancercise championship was held at the Central Festival Beach Road, for young teams from S.E Thailand, with the winners to go on to the Thai national titles to be held in Bangkok in January 2010. Three separate categories included juniors (6-9 years), won by the “Cute Girl Team” from Ratchaburi, pre-teenagers (9-13 years), won by the “Loser Team” from Chantaburi then finally the teenagers (14-24 years), won by the “All Star Talent” team from Ratchaburi.

Students do their bit for the environment The famous Thai Rap, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Reggaton Band ‘Buddha Bless’ and Bangkok celebrities such as Front Mongomerry, Oat Worawut and Linda Cross recently celebrated the 12th Anniversary of one of Pattaya City’s hottest spots, Henry J. Bean’s Bar & Grill, on the North Beach Road, Pattaya. A fabulous Champagne fountain flowed to mark the fun-filled celebration, together with a fabulous concert by Buddha Bless and the hottest surprised duet with Cris Horwang.

‘Central’ celebrates with a ‘Gift Wonderland’

Five students from the Thai-Austrian Technical College in Sattahip recently visited Jomtien to meet with KOTO. Then we all went to Pattaya Beach to put up posters and take down the old ones, removing the staples to protect the trees, they were very helpful and are returning Sunday to clean Jomtien Beach with KOTO. Their names are Chettawat Thongnak, Supichai Sujarienlarp, Sittchi Boongyam, Soonthorn Samsanguan, Supakij Boomwit. 5 very nice, smart young men, wanting to help and learn. The ‘Central Center’ in Pattaya recently announced their special ‘Gift Wonderland’ Campaign under the banner of ‘The Magic of Gifts’. This new campaign officially started on the 1st December with Khun Theeraporn Jitnava, lighting up the tree and decorations to get their latest festive season campaign off to a good start. The campaign featured from the 1st to the 7th, a promotion for ‘Dad’ to celebrate the birthday of HM the King. From the 8th to the 14th was a campaign aimed at the kids where the younger members of our community were blown away with the monster candy and toys. From the 15th to the 3rd January, features their ‘Gift Wonderland’ celebrations with fantastic promotions throughout the store. Santa will pay a visit to the store on the 25th to spread a little Christmas happiness.


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AROUND PATTAYA Thai Airways International top executives meet up at Dusit Thani Pattaya

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) conducts seminar at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Dusit Thani Pattaya general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont (far left) is seen in this photo as he welcomes the top executives of Thai Airways International during their recent board meeting held at the five-star resort. The top management was led by Wallop Bhukkanasut (6th right), Chairman of the Thai Airways Executive Board Committee.

Recently, THAILAND Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) organised a seminar entitled ‘MICE 4 Youth’. The seminar was held to educate interested youth about the MICE industry. Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, (Director of Government and Corporate Affairs, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Ittipol Khunpleum, Pattaya City Mayor were guest speakers at the seminar held in Ballroom B, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

REBA-ES Xmas Party at Gulliver’s

Sheriton Hosts Wine Dinner

Many guests from both Pattaya and as far away as Bangkok, arrived at the Sheraton’s beautiful beachfront lounge bar and restaurant for a wine promotion dinner featuring wines imported by Thailand’s Ambrose Wines company. The main focus was on their range of imported Chilean wines, which represent excellent value for money, and for the fastidious there was even a display of superb French wines. The fine dinner was sponsored by the Sheraton Hotel itself and this turned out to be a very pleasant dinner evening that all who attended, enjoyed thoroughly.

Website Expert Lectures AFG The Australian Chamber of Commerce “Sundowner” gatherings in Pattaya are always preceded by a formal meeting of the Automotive Focus Group (AFG), made up of members of the automotive industry. This month’s speaker was Mr. Uli Kaiser, who runs an on-line sales and engineering company, specifically using his website. He outlined the development of website usage from the days of Bill Gates through Netscape (Firefox), Google, Skype, Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Linked-In and now Xing, for contacts, profiles and even forums. These newer systems allow access to the latest technology and world markets in a way that we could never have imagined a few decades ago, so his advice to AFG members was to boldly grasp all new website technology.

Nearly every member of the Real Estate Brokers Association (Eastern Seaboard) attended the final meeting and Christmas party of REB-ES, which was held in the very stylish Gulliver’s Restaurant at the northern end of Beach Road. The final meeting covered some of the current issues, one being the difficulties that members were having in land transfer via the Sattahip Department of Land office. The attendance of members and friends was almost fifty, for what was a very enjoyable outdoor buffet dinner around the forecourt swimming pool. The next REBA-ES meeting is scheduled for January 13th 2010 at the Marriott Hotel’s “Chaba Room” in south Pattaya.

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by Peter Lloyd

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Thailand’s Hospitals in Africa

Jet-lagged and unable to sleep, I’m writing this pre-dawn in my hotel in downtown Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where I have come for a few days negotiating on some business. Because of the terrible global financial crisis of the past year, my trips to Africa have been few and far between this year, but it is nice to be back, and to see things are looking up here as well as in Thailand, thankfully, as the year draws to a close. On my flight were a team of marketing and medical people from Phyathai hospital in Bangkok, who were flying to Kenya,

Uganda and Tanzania to try to promote their hospital for medical tourism. Already a worldrenowned medical tourism destination, Thailand’s share of the business was badly affected by the airport closure last year and the main medical tourism hospitals are still seriously feeling the aftershock. On some estimates medical tourism to Thailand is down 70%, and other regional countries are muscling in on the market, playing on fears of political instability here, so Thailand’s hospitals are having to go out to promote themselves more aggressively, rather than wait for the patients to

start coming again, because it seems they are not, or not in the same numbers as they were. In Africa, I was surprised to discover that two of the poorest countries, Ethiopia and The Sudan, were the biggest customers of Bangkok’s Hospital’s medical tourism facilities, although I suppose if you have money in such places, where medical facilities are extremely rudimentary, and you need serious and cost-effective medical treatment, a trip to Bangkok is, literally, a life-saver. I was also surprised to learn, especially given the general insularity and conservatism of many

Thai-owned businesses, that Bangkok Hospital Group is building a five star hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to cater to the African market. So this explained the marketing effort from the Phyathai people, and also why I saw a Bangkok Hospital stall at an exhibition in Dar es Salaam, manned by their head of International Marketing. It seems Thailand’s medical brand is being increasingly aggressively promoted abroad, out of necessity from the airport closure, but also because they are actually well run, switched on, international businesses in a sector many don’t even think about.

Trouble just seems to be following me around at the moment. Either that, or I am just unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong (or right) time. I am sure there is a general rise in the level of aggression, maybe caused by money anxieties for foreigners and Thais alike, and longer term political worries in Thailand. High season numbers can’t detract from the fact that the rest of the year was terrible for most businesses here. Following my machete story in the last edition, I was back on South Pattaya

Road on a recent market day when I saw the tail-end of a dispute between a foreigner pickup driver and a Thai motorcyclist, who seemed to have been knocked off his bike. At the conclusion of the incident, as the foreigner got back in his truck, followed by a stream of aggressive abuse, the Thai guy launched a karate kick, badly denting the foreigner’s car. This was witnessed by a large crowd, so I assume the original incident wasn’t too serious, otherwise the driver wouldn’t have been allowed to leave the scene. He was probably grateful it

was the car and not his body on the receiving end of that martial arts demonstration. As I turned the corner, not even one minute later, I came across another looming punch up, with a burly, smartish-dressed foreigner, absolutely screaming at a Thai policeman who had fined him and chained his motorbike for some reason, maybe for breaking the stupid alternate day parking rule. This guy had completely lost it and was aggressively squaring up to the policeman and provocatively shouting in his face. I was astonished the policeman kept his cool,

as this guy was yelling at the top of his voice about how corrupt the Thai police were, and waving a thousand Baht note under the policeman’s nose, and kept trying to stuff it in his top pocket. I hung around as a mostly Thai crowd gathered, to see what would happen, and when the irate tourist started pulling the policeman’s uniform to attract his attention as he went to walk away, I thought this was now behavior bordering on insanity. In any other country the guy would have been arrested, probably of

Downtown Dar es Salaam

More South Pattaya Road Rage

Birthday Tradition

As has become a tradition, on my, or my wife’s, birthdays, early in the morning, we go along to the covered market in South Pattaya Road, to buy some fish, eels, shells, and terrapins from those overcrowded and nastylooking fish tanks they have at some of the stalls in there. We then have a pleasant drive up to Silverlake, behind Khao Chee Chan mountain (the back of which appears to my right on the above photo), and release them into the

lake, accompanied, in my wife’s case, by Buddhist

prayers, but in mine by a happy feeling that I

Better in the lake than in the tank or the pot

have been able to liberate some creatures from the market’s cramped, unpleasant tanks. While we were in the market this time, the stallholders were complaining that the market owner had served them all with notices to quit and they, the owner and the city council are now locked in a three-way battle of wills which is going all the way to court. It would be a shame if the city lost this excellent fresh market, so I hope this is resolved and the market stays. Contact me at pattaya todaypete@yahoo.com

necessity, violently, for his behavior, whether he was right or wrong. I couldn’t believe what he was getting away with. It was like he was on drugs and couldn’t control himself as he squared up to the uninterested and remarkably unprovoked copper. In the end his Thai girlfriend calmed him down, just as the policeman got on his radio to actually do something about it.

It was certainly a strange sight to see, and given it was my third violent Thai/foreigner incident in three weeks on South Pattaya Road, it now well outnumbers even Walking Street for violent incidents I have witnessed in 7 years. Maybe we need some Tourist Police Assistants permanently stationed down there during market days, before they move over to Walking Street at night.


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The Promise of The Copenhagen Climate Conference Dear Sir. I would like to thank and congratulate the organisers of the excellent Golf Memorial Charity outing in memory of the late Steve Donovan. Steve was without doubt the nicest and most popular Irishman to ever grace Pattaya. As a fellow Irishman I found it very sad that the golf bar which purports to be an Irish bar, and from which Steve played all his golf and was golf manager for many years, decided to boycott the occasion. It was left to an American and three Englishmen to do all the work and less than 10% of the people who played in it were Irish. They should all hang their heads in shame. Yours Joe McArdle. Dear Joe, We also at Pattaya Today commend the organisers of the Golf Memorial Charity outing in memory of the late Steve Donovan and likewise sympathise with you at the lack of support from your golfing compatriots, but at least your English-speaking cousins showed willing, demonstrating that nationality alone is not the prime determinant of amity, but rather it shows a sense of common humanity. This especially, Joe, I think you must admit, is perhaps of more importance in a multicultural community like ours in Pattaya, where the national distinctions blur. After all, Joe, is it not time for us all to become citizens of the world and cast aside outdated notions of national separateness? Dear Editor, My Thai boyfriend who is extremely well read and speaks almost perfect English came to me crying his eyes out the other day complaining bitterly at something he had read on the Internet asking me if I thought it was true. Apparently, a Roman Catholic cardinal recently stated on a website that homosexuals and trans-sexuals would never get into heaven. How can a Catholic cardinal be so insensitive and intolerant about us gays? I thought I’d write in to you to see your reaction. Yours truly, James Hadley Dear James, I also happened to have read that article, and the offending remarks made by a Mexican cardinal, Javier Barragan, that your boyfriend was referring to, which were apparently posted on an ultra- conservative Catholic website. However, a Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, apparently spoke for the Catholic Church proper, saying that the website in question should not be considered an authority on Catholic thinking “on complex and delicate issues such as homosexuality.” Cardinal Barragan also apparently stated on the same website that homosexuality was a matter of education, whereas modern scientific thinking ascribes it to genetics, thus illustrating how out of touch the man is. I don’t want to become too deeply involved in a discussion of this nature as it is a very sensitive issue, but in closing I will give you a further quote of Father Federico Lombardi, who stated that the Catholic Church

acknowledges that many people have “innate homosexual tendencies” and should be treated with respect and not be subject to discrimination; a sentiment I think we can endorse, wholeheartedly. Dear Editor, I would like to bring readers attention to the tragic death of one of Jomtien’s best loved restaurant and bar owners, Peter Alfons Schroth of Kanya Romantic Garden Restaurant in Soi Chaiyapreuk, who was stabbed to death by one of his apparent friends. Peter was a dear friend and I think I speak for all who knew him when I say that he was a noble person, who helped many people, irrespective of their nationality and was highly respected in the neighbourhood. I am most sorry for his wife, Kanya, and daughter and offer my deepest sympathies. He will be sorely missed. Yours faithfully, Helmut Schmidt, Jomtien. Dear Helmut, It just so happens that I, too, knew Peter well and always considered him a gentleman and a generous soul, who had never to my knowledge harmed anyone, but was always prepared to help out those in trouble. It was indeed tragic that he should have died so senselessly, apparently over an argument concerning a website that the man who killed him had constructed for him. We, likewise, share your sadness that such a kind-hearted person should have been taken from us so abruptly. We also join you in expressing our condolences to his wife and daughter and, as you so rightly say, he will indeed be sorely missed. May he rest in peace. Hi Pattaya Today, Thank you for an interesting read, as usual. I have lived in Pattaya for many years but can still be saddened at the woeful lack of logic in many fields, no more so than your front page coverage of the Jomtien New Road fiasco. The project received its first budget in 2006 and there are still 28 plots of land owned by 17 landowners holding up the roadworks according to the road construction company, HELLLLLOOOOOO! Logic would suggest the land was purchased BEFORE construction was started, not AFTER. It would be interesting to find out exactly where those plots of land actually are. I bet they have nothing to do with contractors not getting a move on. They seem to keep digging up areas they have dug up many times before. Right now Bruno’s is the woeful recipient of such unwanted lack of coherent forward planning, once again. I wonder how much of the 1,094 million baht total so far has gone Walkies? I remember when City Hall was replacing the pavement tiles in South Pattaya Road, the old tiles were removed from the Second Road junction right the way up to Sukhumvit Road and there was a two months delay before the tiles were slowly replaced, starting again from the Second Road junction. Logically, why not remove 100 meters of old tiles and replace them with the new tiles before moving onto the next 100 meters? Neil Hutchinson who has a regular spot in your newspaper wrote after coming back from Australia, he found Australia boring and over regulated, he went on to say at a press conference ‘Give me a touch of anarchy, a pinch of mayhem, a tablespoonful of lawlessness, a mug full of vice and corruption, a complete lack of any logic and a ton of fun. Give me Pattaya any day’ Regards, RW Dear RW, Many thanks for your kind observances. You raise many salient points, the answers to which we should also like to know, but as TiT (This is Thailand), they may always remain an enigma. Neil’s comments were rather pithy and summed Pattaya up rather well, didn’t they?

What represents not only the largest climate conference in history, but also the best chance to prevent further droughts, desertification, wildfires, species extinctions and rising seas, opened in Copenhagen on December 7. The attendance of 110 world leaders “reflects an unprecedented mobilization of political determination to combat climate change. It represents a huge opportunity. An opportunity the world cannot afford to miss,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen cautioned. Altogether, there were 15,000 delegates from 192 countries; nations divided between the rich and poor sectors of the world. The UN is intent on persuading developed nations to radically reduce CO2 emissions by 2020, as well as raising $10 billion annually in funding to aid the developing world. From the latter, it expects them to begin slowing their increasing emissions. A further unprecedented event is that a large percentage of the world’s media, 56 newspapers from 45 countries, including The Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais and Toronto Star, had united to issue a joint editorial stating “Humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet.” The agendas of the different nations. U.S. The U.S. may commit to cutting emissions by about 17% by 2020, and donate funding to induce poorer countries to adopt low-carbon initiatives for. The U.S. is also intent that the main offenders, namely China and India, should agree to cap their greenhouse-gas emissions by the same date, almost certainly insisting on strict monitoring. China China has already voluntarily agreed to drastically reduce carbon emissions from 40% to 45% by 2020. By so doing, China would gain more funding and technology transfers from developed nations, as well as getting new customers for its of solar-power and wind-power equipment. India India is more reluctant, agreeing only to reduce emissions by 20% to 25% by 2020. It is asserting its rights to give precedence to its development and economic growth, preferring financing and technology-transfer to increase green energy solutions. Russia Russia’s priority is to make its ageing Soviet-era industrial infrastructure up to 40% more energy-efficient, agreeing to reduce emissions between 20% and 25% from 1990 levels. Russia will only join a post-Kyoto agreement, however, if other countries follow suite and if Russian forests’ contribution to reducing global CO2 is taken into consideration. Brazil Brazil’s main contribution will be to reduce the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest, while increasing the use of fuel-efficient vehicles that use bio-fuels as well as petrol. Their target is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions between 36% and 39% by 2010, but to do so they will have to obtain funding and somehow control the trend to lawlessness in the poverty-stricken region. European Union The 27-member European Union is united in its aim to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 from 1990 levels, agreeing to increase this to 30% if other nations join the consensus. It has also committed to contribute funding to developing countries financially, but is divided on an agreement as to exactly how much. Poland Poland in common with other Eastern European nations is concerned that their traditional reliance on coal shouldn’t make them have to contribute disproportionately more than if shares were based on their economic output, as opposed to being based on a country’s emissions. Poland is at a distinct advantage if it is allowed to continue selling certain carbon credits after the expiry of the Kyoto protocol in 2012 as it has already reduced CO2 emissions by 30% and will be able to earn billions of euros-worth of credits Africa African nations as a whole want compensation for the impact of global warming, which they hold the developed nations largely responsible for. The African Union is asking for billions of dollarsworth of funding to adapt to climate change, following record droughts in East Africa on the one hand and inundation in other regions, both of which they attribute to climate change. African oil-producers understandably want to be compensated for lost revenues that will be a consequence of the developed world radically reducing their dependence on oil. Indonesia Indonesia promises to reduce emissions by 26% by 2020 from “business-as-usual” levels, but if it receives the international funding and technology support it needs for forest conservation, it is prepared to increase this to 41%. Being the world’s third largest CO2 emitter, after China and the U.S., much of these emissions coming from deforestation, it isn’t too keen on an international monitoring agency, preferring voluntary measures. Ecuador Ecuador, has two advantages when it comes to funding, it is a major oil-producer and most of its oil comes from the protected region of the Amazon forest. Consequently, it is apparently going to ask rich nations to contribute $3.5 billion to allow it to leave 850 million barrels of its crude oil untouched in the protected ground. As the culminating statement, we’ll quote Lars Lokke Rasmussen stark warning “The ultimate responsibility rests with the citizens of the world, who will ultimately bear the fatal consequences, if we fail to act.”


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by Bee McConville The curse, rag week, the scourge of Eve, the visit from a friend, Aunt Flo, that time of the month, moon time … and so it goes on. Eskimos may well have dozens of words to describe different kinds of snow and African tribes might well have developed a vast vocabulary to describe different shades of green, but women have a hundred and one ways to describe a monthly period, or menstruation. A generation ago, it would have even been problematical to write about such ‘women’s things’ in a mainstream newspaper, as people would have found it distasteful, uncomfortable, unpleasant and other assorted negative adjectives. However, in the twenty first century we like to think that we have moved on from such Victorian

WOMEN TODAY

Monthly Myths

women only started having them a couple of hundred years ago so people are not yet quite used to the fact. Women have been having their monthlies for thousand of years, so surely it’s time we got over the embarrassment of it all? In which case who exactly is it that is perpetuating the embarrassment that a woman

might feel when her tampon falls out of her handbag onto the office floor, or when she can’t get to the bathroom in time and has an unfortunate leak on her skirt, or when she comes on unexpectedly so has to stuff a wad of tissue in her

as having special powers and as someone who can punish a disrespectful male just by snapping her fingers. And in other cultures men try to emulate a woman’s period by inducing genital bleeding in themselves in the belief that this is a special gift stolen from women. On the other side of the

coin, other cultures believe that a menstruating woman should be set apart as she is unclean. Typically, she must not cook, have marital sex, receive communion, enter a mosque or a synagogue, get divorced, have fillings (they will fall out at this time of the month) or perm their hair (it will stay straight if you are bleeding!) Not much is said on the matter in the bible apart from Leviticus, who tells us:

‘When a woman has a discharge and the discharge from her body is blood, she will remain in a state of menstrual pollution for seven days. Anyone who touches her will be unclean. Anything that she lies on in this state will be unclean; anyone who touches her bed must wash clothing and body. If a man goes so far as to sleep with her, he will contract her menstrual pollution and be unclean for seven days. Once she is cured of her discharge, she will allow seven days to go by; after that she will be clean’ As no other man mentions the subject in the bible, in either Testament, we can only regard Leviticus as quite the liberal for his post-modern comments on the subject!! Buddhists, as ever, have the knack of following the middle path and hitting just the right balance when they state that menstruation is: ‘a natural physical excretion that women have to go through on a monthly basis, nothing more or less.’ Hurrah for the common sense of Theravada Buddhism! Actually, long, long ago when females produced babies from the time they entered puberty and were married off to the time they ‘dried up’ for menopause,

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they probably didn’t have that many periods anyway – between pregnancies and breast feeding, their fertile times were more than likely few and far between. So when a period came along it was probably a signal for starting yet another pregnancy. In modern times, when many couples stop at one or two children, a woman will have many years of menstruation ahead of her (or behind her, if she waits until middle age to procreate.) So just to get things straight, and to knock those silly myths-that-just-won’t -go-away on the head, the following are quite permissible when having your period: washing your hair, having a shower, going swimming, doing exercise, cooking, cleaning, having sex (even though it’s a bit eeeww), working, sleeping, driving, riding a bicycle (or a horse), spending time in the back of the

Khun Frosty

attitudes to women’s bodies, although we haven’t moved on as far as we’d like to think. Young women are still not being told about periods by their mothers, they are still operating under some myth-fuelled mis-information, and discussing period issues with men in general is still mainly a big no-no. They might have talked non-stop about sex, pubic hair, oral sex, condoms and hairy men in Sex and the City but they sure didn’t talk non-stop about periods! What strikes me as odd is that women have always had periods. It is not like

knicks before she can beg, borrow or steal something more appropriate? Is it men who make women feel the shame or is it women themselves? Historically, society has tended to be polarized about women’s cycles. In a number of cultures a young girl’s first period is seen as something to be celebrated as a rite of passage into womanhood. Women who are menstruating often go to a ‘special’ place and are regarded as being particularly powerful at this time. A certain tribe in the Kalahari regards a bleeding woman

Now I know that Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and all that, which means, of course, that we have to have seasonal musak blaring at us from all directions when out shopping, but who is it that is choosing the songs? I mean, there I am, walking off Beach Road into a mall on a hot, hot day and I’m being forced to listen to songs with lyrics about glistening snow, a snowman called Frosty, sleigh bells ringing, winter wonderlands, and where on Earth am I supposed to get the boughs of holly that I’m supposed to be decking my halls with??? And then there are the songs which go on about shepherds and angels and sheep and donkeys and boys with drums and obscure places by St Agnes’ fountain. My goodness, what must our Thai brethren think about it all? As far as I am aware, the Thais enjoy one song about Loy Krathong, which actually describes what happens at the khlong pretty accurately, and that’s about

it for them in the seasonal song department. I accept

that the flying reindeer song has a universal appeal –

cave, going to church (temple, etc.), going to school, running around the hockey pitch, speaking to and touching other people, staying in your special hut, going shopping, reading a book, walking through the streets with a bell shouting ‘unclean, unclean,’ and just about anything else you’d care to mention. In fact, there is nothing that you can’t do when having your period, except yoga inversions as then the blood runs the other way, accumulates in your brain and leads to insanity……. but everyone knows that anyway. However, I’ll leave the last word to Gloria Steinem who wrote in her book, ‘If Men Could Menstruate’, that if men could menstruate and women couldn’t, ‘Men would brag about how long and how much.’ And isn’t that just so typical. there are cute furry animals, although one has a physical impediment, and a jolly man who puts the impediment to good use, so there’s lots of sanuk and a happy ending. But, perleeeeze, can somebody somewhere pick out some songs that are not quite so blatantly wintery and unlike anything that Thailand is likely to experience. And if you are about to suggest that nobody listens to Christmas songs lyrics anyway as they trawl around the shops, least of all our Thai buddies, then why not choose songs in which nobody, but nobody understands the words anyway? I mean what is ‘incarnate deity’ all about, or ‘not abhorring the Virgin’s womb?’ If I were choosing I’d have those jolly songs that we used to sing at school about highly flavoured gravy, the King’s from Leicester Square who sold ladies underwear and those shepherds who washed their socks at night. Our Thai friends would certainly understand what these were all about, wouldn’t they? I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie


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Fool in Paradise Christmas Notes

Soon it will be Christmas so I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my column throughout the year. Both of you have been very supportive. I confess that I really do enjoy the Christmas Season and I am not going to succumb to the politically correct stupidity of calling it the ‘Holiday Season’ to avoid offending people. If merely mentioning the word ‘Christmas’ is offensive to anyone then it is their problem, not mine. Get over it! I have never hidden the fact I am a card-carrying atheist, but the word ‘Christmas’ doesn’t offend me so why should it upset others? I enjoyed Christmas as a child, for obvious reasons, and enjoyed it when I had young children of my own. Their happiness and excitement was contagious. Now, as a geriatric-in-waiting, I enjoy it because, as the song says, “Tis the season to be jolly.” With regard to politically correctness, there is a joke doing the Internet rounds which sums up the insanity perfectly. If you haven’t seen it, the letter originally

referred to Democrats and Republicans, but I have given it a more general title: “To all my Politically Correct friends, Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/ or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race,

creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee. To all my Non Politically Correct friends, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” Here in Pattaya, Christmas is a great time of year. The weather is cooler and many bar hostesses don red miniskirts and silly elfin hats. Cashed-up tourists flock in for the party, bar owners clear the cobwebs from their cash registers and expat retirees salivate at the thought of free roast pig. There is no doubt 2009 has been a bad year as far as Pattaya’s economy goes, but with December comes the hope of balancing the financial slate and the opportunity to forget all the woes of the past ten months. I do have a couple of problems with this time of year. The first is Christmas Carols. Even in Buddhist Thailand, the shopping mall managers have followed suit with their cousins in the capitalist West and play their Christmas tape in what appears to be an endless loop. There is no escaping Jingle Bells if you’re a mall shopper. I am sick to death of that song which, thankfully, they don’t

play in the local markets. My second problem is what to give as gifts. For many years I have told friends and relatives not to buy me anything and, strangely enough, this is the one request to which they rigidly adhere. My children are all grown up and in Australia, while my only other close relative, my brother, lives in Hong Kong. This extinguishes the need for exchanging gifts since the postage on the parcel would probably cost more than the contents. I do however have my Primary Care Giver to consider. Even though she is Buddhist and doesn’t comprehend the significance of Christmas, she does understand that it means the receiving of gifts. I actually have a photo of her, taken some years back, kneeling under our decorated Christmas tree with a childlike look of anticipation on her face. She was waiting for her gifts to miraculously appear. I jokingly explained to her that Santa only comes to ‘good girls’ but that went over like a lead balloon. I strongly advise any male finding himself in a similar situation NOT to say anything remotely akin to that. I then explained

A Little Christmas Cheer

Will it be a cold Christmas? Why there’s an angel on top of the tree...

One day in early September the chief of a Native American tribe was asked by his tribal elders if Christmas of 2009/10 was going to be cold or mild. The chief asked his medicine man, but he too had lost touch with the reading signs from the natural world around the Great Lakes. In truth, neither of them had idea about how to predict the coming weather. However, the chief decided to take a modern approach, and the chief rang the National Weather Service in Gaylord Michigan. ‘Yes, it is going to be a cold Christmas,’ the meteorological officer told

the chief. Consequently, he went back to his tribe and told the men to collect plenty of firewood. A fortnight later the chief called the Weather Service and asked for an update. ‘Are you still forecasting a cold winter?’ he asked. ‘Yes, very cold’, the weather officer told him. As a result of this brief conversation the chief went back to the tribe and told his people to collect every bit of wood they could find. A month later the chief called the National Weather Service once more and asked about the coming Christmas weather. ‘Yes,’ he was told, ‘it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever.’ ‘How can you be so sure?’ the chief asked. The weatherman replied: ‘Because the Native Americans of the Great Lakes are collecting wood like crazy.’

One particular Christmas season a long time ago, Santa was getting ready for his annual trip ... but there were problems everywhere. Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones so Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule. Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her mom was coming to visit...this stressed Santa even more. When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where. More stress. Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys. So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of coffee and a shot of

whiskey. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hid the liquor and there was nothing to drink. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the coffee pot and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw it was made from. Just then the doorbell rang and Santa cussed on his way to the door... He opened the door and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said, very cheerfully, “Merry Christmas Santa. Isn’t it just a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Isn’t it just a lovely tree? Where would you like me to stick it?” Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

that it was impossible to find the right gift for the woman who has everything. I strongly advise NOT going down that route either. Next I considered the old standby of – gold. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen this year. Have you seen the price of gold lately? Finally I settled on the last refuge of the unimaginative and lazy; a few Noahs in a self-decorated envelope. (For those unfamiliar with Aussie slang, ‘Noah’ is short for ‘Noah’s Ark’ which is rhyming slang for ‘shark’, an animal which is usually a grey colour similar to that of a large denomination Thai banknote.) This year, my farang friends and I are having our village Christmas party as usual. Everyone brings a plate of food or cooks something special for the occasion. Going by previous years, there is usually enough food to feed a small country This brings to mind an anecdote about a group of young Western guys working together in the Middle East. With military precision, their Christmas Day party was organised so that each person brought a specific food item

Pattaya Today 17 to the feast; one was responsible for the roast potatoes, another for the salad and another for the gravy etc. The only problem was with the guy who was to cook the enormous turkey. It was just after midnight at their party on Christmas Eve when someone happened to ask him if the turkey was ready to be put in his oven. He thought they were joking and responded that no, he would “get it out” it in the morning. Everyone within earshot suddenly stopped their conversation and looked at him to see if he was joking. “Where is the turkey now?” someone asked. “In the freezer,” he innocently replied. With that, all hell broke loose. “We want the turkey on the table at one o’clock tomorrow afternoon,” one person shouted. “That is a ten kilogram bird and will take at least twelve hours to thaw out and another five hours to cook. Get it out now!” He didn’t believe them so went off to call his mother back in the UK. She confirmed his worst fears and told him to immediately fill his bath with warm water and put the turkey in to thaw. He did as instructed and, just before 10am, the massive bird was ready for the oven. Their Christmas dinner was eventually served at 3 o’clock that afternoon. Back in present day Pattaya, this is the season to be jollier than usual so, turkey or no turkey, may you all have a safe and Merry Christmas.


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LEGAL corner today

Checking Up Your Annual Balance Sheets!

What lies beneath?

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

It can be proved that the 2009’s property market in Pattaya has been affected more by outside factors than the enforcement of Thai law. The real sector is still focused on residential property, not speculation. You may ask yourself if you can find any other places which can be an Eden for the hedonist man like yourself. The main problem is there are too many second hand car salesmen who become a consultant in Pattaya. What they do is simply use their lying tongues to make easy money. To set up a company to buy property is not really a complicated matter. It is why many unlicensed people find it an easy way to

extract money from gullible foreigners. These unlicensed professionals are usually foreigners, who speaking English with the beautiful native accent, simply inform you “No problem my friend, everyone does it like this in Pattaya”. Some unlicensed consultants front their own law firm, to steer some gullible foreigners into transferring money into their fake client or escrow accounts. In Europe or America, the law is quite strict with a client or escrow account. Many foreigners were steered to buy fake business or beer bars by transferring money into the fake client account. After losing money, these gullible foreigners are frightened into not fighting for “Justice” on the misconception that these crooks are powerful in Pattaya. “Having a good lawyer and dare no one” should be the motto you may share with our former prime minister, who retained a team of lawyers to fight with the junta. If you need a lawyer, you should deal directly with the Thai lawyer who is licensed as a “Tanai Kwam” not only “Legal Advisor”. You may check his or her professional license which must be issued by the Lawyers Council of Thailand. A qualified accountant must

hold a license issued by the Federation of the Accounting Professions of Thailand. A qualified accountant may work under the same roof with a licensed lawyer, however, not with a certified public accountant (CPA) who has to work independently. It is similar to the relation between a “solicitor” and “barrister” in the UK who have to work independently. Most foreigners who set up a company to buy real estate property will know only that they have to pay for their accounts every year. Do they know what lies beneath their accounts? The Annual Financial Statements (Balance Sheets & Tax Returns) The end of May is the deadline for filing in the balance sheets and tax reports of all companies having the normal accounting period starting from 1st of January to the end of December each year. Failing to file the balance sheets and tax report, within 150 days from the end of the accounting period, is punishable with the maximum penalty fines of 50,000 baht for each director and company which can total 100,000’s baht. Imprisonment can be imposed if you still ignore after the lenient fine has been imposed. For the good faith violator, the minimum penalty fines can be about 12,000 baht

Education

Around the world!

At the Montessori Children’s Center International, Preschool A2 classzbvgff has just returned from an exiting journey around the world. We have visited many different countries and have, among other things, been so fortunate to try out the exquisite Japanese cuisine, to peek into the Jewish Hanukka festival with its many beautiful traditions, to create our own Flemish pottery etc. Our “Multi-cultural Project” which took us around the world in one month, has been a fantastic experience and a great success. All the children enjoyed the many different activities and were all very excited and engaged in everything presented to them. Learning about other countries and their cultures

is important; especially in our school which represents a wide range of nationalities amongst the children and their parents. Gaining knowledge about “the outside world” opens ones mind to “strangers” and creates understanding and respect. At the same time it provides the children with a feeling of belonging and takes them

back to ancient times when everybody was part of one big family. The teachers at MCCI, PA2, would like to express their deepest gratitude to all the wonderful parents who have helped us making this project a success. Thanks a lot for taking us on a wonderful voyage “around the world”.

for the Police Department and 2,000 baht for the Tax Department. But the tax you will have to pay is a separate issue. Before paying for the annual financial statements, which are balance sheets and tax returns, you should have a profound discussion with your licensed lawyer and qualified accountant about the accounting and tax structure of your company. You may search for more information about taxation for dormant companies in our reading room www.thaisolicitor.com. The English language of Thai professionals in Pattaya may not be excellent, but somewhat fair enough for your understanding in all technical aspects. Most of them will prepare a trial balance in English in order that you may review the structure of assets and liabilities to verify tax implications. If you set up a company to buy real estate property, which includes the parcel of land and house building, the assets in your balance sheet should be recorded as follows:Current Assets ● Cash & Bank Deposit ● Accrued Interest Receivable Fixed Assets ●Account Receivable & Loan from Director ● Land & Building Total Fixed Assets Total Assets The real property is called “immovable property” under the Civil and Commercial

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Code of Thailand which means “land” (geographical part) and “building” (building structure). The ownership of the land is recorded in the Land Title Deed (Cha Nod) and the ownership of the building house is recorded in the House Register Book (Tabien Baan). If you buy the land and house, you should check if the seller has registered with the land office for transfer of both land and building house to you. Some unethical developers avoid the transfer tax by only declaring the land, and not the house, in order that the transfer tax will be based only on the land. Some buyers may receive only the land and not the house once they buy the property. It is advisable to use the term “land & building house” instead of “property” once you deal with a seller or broker. Once you prepare the balance sheet, you should ensure if the “building house” is also recorded in the balance sheet. What tax lies beneath? In case you buy only the empty plot of land and build up a house, all payments you make to your contractor will be subject to the 3% withholding tax for construction service fees. If you fail to deduct this 3% withholding tax, you will be responsible for the tax with surcharge and penalty fine. Under the Revenue Code of Thailand, the company

making a payment for service fee must deduct the 3% withholding tax. The problem can be that some buyers buy the “property” from the developer who avoids the transfer tax by registering with the Land Office only for the transfer of the “land” not the “building”. The developer may use the name of your company to apply for a building permit. Your company will automatically become the owner of the building house. The question is “How do you get this house?” If it is understood that you bought the house from the developer, however, you fail to register the transfer of ownership of the house with the land office, it can be regarded that you are involved with the “conspiracy theory of tax evasion” with the developer which is punishable under Thai law. The developer may say that you hired him to build the house for you. In this case, the payment you make to the developer will be subject to the 3% withholding tax which must be your responsibility. If you fail to deduct 3% from the payment you make to the developer, you will have to be responsible for this withholding tax with the Revenue Department.

What lies beneath is the 3% withholding tax with a scenario which may shock you more than a thriller from Hollywood.


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in luxury and comfort, with all rooms enjoying balconies and electronic safes,mini bar,coffee maker,scales,bath robs and slippers,art work, 32 inch lcd TV with DVD player and they are the first hotel in Thailand to offers FREE COMPUTER AND FREE WIFI in every room. The hotel has underground car park,tropical pool with jaccuzi and well equipped gym ,breakfast is served at Jamesons Irish Pub which also suplies room service. Check out the special introductory Free computer and WiFi in every room offers at www.

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FREE COMPUTER and WIFI IN EVERY ROOM

On the 23rd of November the nova group opened its flagship boutique hotel “Nova Gold Hotel” located next door to the famous Jamesons Irish pub and Nova Park. Nova gold is a designer boutique property with gold playing a big part, from the rooms and lobby decor to the gold service you have come to expect from Nova Group staff. Nova gold hotel has 77 well appointed rooms offering the ultimate

oamhotels.com/novagold Nova Group also started construction on 3 other hotels. Nova platinum phase 3 located behind Nova Platinum Hotel, Nova Hotel Bangkok located in Sukhumvit Soi 15 and Nova Tropical Hotel located next to Amari Nova Suites, all properties are scheduled to open late part of 2010. Nova Tropical Hotel will

also offer a unique spa concept called “the dead sea spa” where customers will have a real dead sea pool and dead sea mud treatment imported from Israel, together with 1 hour oil massage, the 2.5 hour treatment will cost only 995 baht, including soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks, now that’s AMAZING.

Come and check out one of the Deluxe rooms


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Mantra Frescobaldi Wine Dinner

By Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Mantra’s Global gourmet wine dinners are always spectacular and the latest epicurean adventure featured wines from the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, Frescobaldi. The bar was where we rendezvoused recently to enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif, extravagant canapés and to savour the first goblet in the Frescobaldi flight of wines. Danzante Pinot Grigio IG delle Veezie 2007 was the selected first sip to accompany these delicate bites. Once seated we were presented with an amuse bouche of fresh tuna to accompany a glass of Albizzia 2007 Chardonnay. Full bodied but velvety it proved the perfect partner for a fishy appetiser. Pan-seared Tasmanian salmon trout fillet with a scallion and herb crust accompanied by a pomelo and orange butter sauce was my delight of the evening. The salmon was attended by Castello di Pomino Blanco

Christmas Carols performed by the Children from the Father Ray Foundation Children and students from the Father Ray Foundation will be performing Christmas songs at the Floating Market on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of December. The Children’s home, Vocational School for the Disabled and the School for the Blind will all make an appearance with performances starting at 4pm and 5pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. For more information call: 038 716 628 or Email: info@ fr-ray.org 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

DOC 2007 for a tantalising blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco. Carpaccio of venison followed served with shavings of Parmesan and rocket leaves. This was a first tasting of venison for Mick and I and one that was surprising in it’s elegant but rich gamey essence. The Tuscan wine was crying out for a pasta and it was not disappointed. We were then served a delicious German reindeer ragout tossed with penne pasta, wild mushrooms and infused truffle oil. Another first for Mick and I and one that was rewarding in its powerful flavours. A Remole Toscana IGZZT 2005 with its fruited aromas and tangy acidity provided just the precise full flavour to enjoy with this brawny meat. Charcoal grilled Australian lamb chops with a roasted gratinated garlic bulb, Provencal vegetables daubed with lamb jus was a hit from the first bite. Pink, succulent lamb is always a winner and served with a ruby

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 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

red vintage wine was an instant success. It needed a full-bodied darkly fruity wine to do justice to the passionate culinary flavours and the Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Ruffina DOCG 2005 performed the task admirably. It is a robustly solid wine but not too heavy with a deeply aromatic finish. Our favourite wine of the evening. A wheel of baked, caramelised apple tart and vanilla ice cream was the decadent dessert to conclude our extravagant evening of wining and dining. These extraordinary wine dinners are presented every month and are amazing gastro-events, details can be found on the Mantra website but, of course, any night is a good night to visit The Manta Bar and Restaurant. Mantra Restaurant is open daily from 6.00 pm till 1.00 am. The bar opens at 5.00 pm. The celebrated Sunday Buffet is served from 11.00 am to 15.00. Tel: (038) 429 591 or visit www.mantrapattaya.com. Dress code.

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; book a table of 4 or more and receive a free bottle of house wine. To view the current early dining selection visit www. manhattans-pattaya.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.

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. gregskitchennorthpattaya. com

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

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. pattayabackgammonleague. com

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

British Embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate 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.

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.pattaya-archeryclub.com

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 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.

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

Greg’s Kitchen is now taking reservations for their 3 day Christmas Special Menu. Please call Greg at 081 254 3624, 038 361 227 or see Greg at the restaurant on 2nd road opposite soi 6, for further information see their advert on page 5 of Pattaya Today.


Private Posts

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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 live in the countryside, so I appreciate your answer to the correspondent who implied that expats who lived away from expat communities did so because we couldn’t afford to live in them. I have heard and read similar comments before from expats based in Bangkok and Pattaya, sneering that we must be losers to “go native” instead of living amongst other expats. I used to live in Pattaya, but a few years ago decided that I wanted to move away from a place where all most expats see, apart from Thai service people and bar girls, are other expats, and settled close

to my wife’s village. I’m a pensioner, with no family back home, so having a family close by, and integrating just a little into their way of life (although they give me my privacy), has given me a new lease of life. We still visit Pattaya to see friends and enjoy a holiday, but I am happy to return to my quiet country life. St. Ives Most expats here prefer life in a large town or city. It is usually how they lived back home, and they like the comfort of being surrounded by fellow expats and the expat-favoured amenities that apparently some cannot live without. Some town-based expats do talk disparagingly about people who choose to live a more rural life being unable to afford better, and the cheaper cost of living will certainly be a draw for some. However, there are expats who have

no desire to spend each and every day in the company of others, with the same daily conversations— visa problems, exchange rates, or the latest antiThai whinge. Some rural expats in the larger towns still gather in farang bars, but most prefer to keep to themselves. No lifestyle is the best, it’s just a matter of personal choice, so people should live and let live.

Dear Kris & Noi, Why don’t the ladies look at me? I’m not a young man so I don’t attempt to make contact with young women, it’s the older women I am interested in for a proper relationship. But, try as I might, I can never make eye contact with Thai ladies (I’m talking about regular ladies, not those working in bars and gogos). Granted, I’m not much to look at, but I would think they would at least check me out before coming to a

negative conclusion, even if just to evaluate my financial status based on appearance, clothing, grooming (I’m always clean and smartly dressed). Not so, they never even look my way. Is it a cultural stigma or some societal doctrine that dictates that girls must not look at men? Or is it just me? Shy bachelor The western media likes to use the raunchier parts of Pattaya, Bangkok and other tourist venues, to portray Thailand as a promiscuous society. Although it’s true that many married Thai men do pay for extra-marital nooky, and the wealthier ones flaunt mia nois, most Thai ladies are still rather conservative when it comes to revealing interest in a man; only the service girls are in to the “come and get me” stare. It is quite common here even for a woman who is at the actual

wedding-planning stage to still introduce her intended as a “friend”. Throw in the fact that many people still unfairly consider that any Thai woman seen with an expat must be on the game, and there isn’t much chance of a decent lady openly acknowledging eye contact with a farang stranger. So, meeting a nice lady is difficult, but certainly not impossible. You must be bolder and strike up a conversation with a woman you admire. Take it slowly with some friendly talk, maybe chat to her a few times, then, if she seems well-disposed towards you, ask for a date, or even just a meeting for a coffee. Being well-groomed is a definite plus, as many expats, when in Thailand, like to wear ragman rejects. And if you have Thai friends, or expats with Thai wives, maybe they will introduce you to someone in their circle. Dear Kris & Noi, Once again, we are experiencing the first signs of Christmas in Thailand: Christmas songs in all shopping

areas, Christmassy sales promotions to rival the western shops—and expats writing letters and blogs to complain about it all in their usual pompous manner. Still, it makes a change from their regular daily political rants. It doesn’t matter that most Thais are Buddhists; religion takes a back seat to business and pleasure in most Christian countries anyway, so why not just be happy that we can have a good time when so far from our homes? Look forward to following your column next year, with its friendly style and sly humour. Jen & Barry G Most of the expats who write in to letters pages and forums do seem to be a right bunch of opinionated miseries, that’s for sure. Can you imagine sitting in a bar with half a dozen of them for company? Luckily for us, we get all sorts writing in: happy, sad, angry, bemused, but thankfully no political pontificators. Thank you for your kind words, and Christmas and New Year greetings to all readers.


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New Year’s Resolutions I Can Keep

by Alan S. Brown

It’s that time when we all resolve to make improvements in our personal lives, appearances, etc; and then promptly forget our promises for self improvement by January 5th. So, this year I’ve resolved to make some New Year’s resolutions that I can actually keep. 1. I resolve not to make any more New Year’s resolutions. What’s so special about the first day of the year, anyway? Why promise to lose weight after pigging out during the entire holiday season? If I’d just shown a little restraint the previous month, I wouldn’t feel the need to make another futile promise to take off ten kilos. 2. I resolve to go out to more bars, drink more booze and take home more horizontal exercise partners. As a philanthropist, I want to do more to help the local economy. Anyway, it seems kind of silly to resolve to drink less while holding

my champagne glass to welcome in the New Year. 3. As a contributor to this fine periodical, it’s my duty to sample and peruse all of Pattaya’s literary offerings. Each weekly or biweekly has its own unique point of view and style; and, what some of them lack in newsworthiness is made up for by their usefulness in cleaning up the waste left by my two dogs. 4. I’ll spend my money with abandon. I won’t try to keep to a budget or save money by eating at home once in a while. I’ll max out all my credit cards and then apply for more. 5. Starting tomorrow, I resolve to procrastinate more. On second thought, maybe I’ll start next week. 6. I won’t try to speak Thai anymore. Nobody, especially Thais, understand me when I do that, anyway. Just because this is Thailand, why should I try to speak Thai? 7. I resolve to eat whatever I want whenever I want; and to throw my

lifetime membership to the fitness center in the trash. (As it’s counterproductive to overeat and then try to sweat away the excess

some oaf decides to blow smoke in my direction in an enclosed bar or restaurant, I’ll extinguish his butt with my glass of water (and then

calories, I’ll just forget the exercise.) 8. I won’t be mindful of other people’s feelings. When someone who obviously hasn’t showered in awhile sits next to me on the songtaew, I’ll tell him he needs to bathe (or at least use deodorant). When

run the hell out of their, pronto). When someone tells me a joke that I don’t get or don’t think is funny, I’ll just give them a blank stare. 9. I’ll vegetate more (if that’s possible). I’ll watch ten hours of mindless TV every day. The rest of

usually went like this:

Now, I ask you: Is that boring, or what? Students will fall asleep halfway through. You probably did, too. I fell asleep three times while writing it. What this dialogue needs is a little pizzazz. And it was because the English Department knew I would add pizzazz that they never asked me to write dialogues. They knew I would turn in something like this:

I used to teach English at a Thai university that offered a program called English for Special Purposes (ESP). It contained courses designed to prepare students for different occupations: tour guides, flight attendants, restaurant workers, businesspeople, etc. I often thought that we should expand this admirable concept and offer ESP courses for a wider variety of

occupations: godfathers, minor wives, service girls, transsexuals, tuk-tuk drivers, somtam vendors, drug dealers, unusually rich politicians, corrupt cabinet ministers, officials relegated to inactive posts, and generals aspiring to mount a coup. I was sure that course titles like English for Coyote Girls, English for the Baht-Bus Mafia, English for Jet-Ski Rental Thugs, English for the Irredeemably Corrupt, and English for Ambitious Generals would be instant hits. But like most of my ideas, this one was quickly rejected by a cold and unfeeling world. One of my favorite ESP courses was called English for Hotel Personnel. This was tailored for students aspiring to be bellboys, concierges, reservations clerks, front-desk receptionists, food-andbeverage managers, hotel public-relations directors, and managers on different levels. The English Department sometimes asked foreign teachers to write dialogues for its courses. I never got asked to write dialogues for this or any other course, and you’ll soon see why. A typical dialogue

the time, I’ll surf the net looking for free porn and other worthwhile sites. In between these meaningful activities, I’ll take a nap. 10. I won’t pay my bills on time. I’ll wait until the cutoff day to pay my telephone, Internet, power and water bills. I won’t do regular maintenance on my car or motorbike. When they stop working, I’ll just junk them and buy new ones. Or, I’ll take taxis. 11. I’ll develop some more bad habits; maybe take up smoking. 12. I won’t answer emails or promptly return phone calls. 13. I will speak on my mobile, eat a sandwich and ride my motorbike at the same time, while riding the wrong way on Tappaya Road. 14. I won’t swear and curse every time my bike goes into a pothole on Tappaya Road. I’ll accept that the ‘road widening’ project is not a temporary manifestation,

but a permanent feature of driving in Fun City. I won’t complain that the work never seems to get finished because I realize that it will never be completed. It’s an ingenious plot to keep tourists and residents alike away from Jomtien Beach. I won’t ask stupid questions like “Why didn’t they acquire all the land they needed before they started the project?” In ten years from now, I won’t wonder if this is the year that the Tappaya Road widening will be finished. 15. I won’t complain about the bad Internet Service provided here in Fun City, as complaining falls on deaf ears and is futile. 16. Instead of getting drunk, I’ll binge on chocolate and other sweets. Maybe, I should modify that: In addition to getting drunk, I’ll binge on chocolate and other sweets. 17. I resolve to wish my reader a very happy holiday season!

baked, grilled, poached, or cooked in a tasty casserole? G: Oh, I see. I’m sorry, I’m terribly obtuse this morning, haven’t quite woken up, you know. Well, errrmm…I’d like him fried. RS: Very good, sir. Belly up or over easy? G: Over easy, I guess. Er, excuse me, but what state is the American from? RS: California, sir. All our Americans are flown in directly from Los Angeles. They’re deep-frozen so they’ll still be fresh when we cook them. G: Well, if it’s a Californian I suppose I’d better have him belly up. RS: Yes, sir. Excellent choice, sir! Californians do taste better that way. Now would you like him deep-fried or pan-fried? G: Pan-fried, I suppose. RS: Very good, sir. Rare, medium, or welldone? G: Mmmm, mediumrare. RS: And do you want him to be lean, average, muscular, or fat, sir? G: Average. I don’t want too much fat or muscle. And I’d like him to be fairly young. More tender, you know. Oh, er,

and I hope there’s no body hair. RS (offended): Of course not, Mr. Farraday. All our American breakfasts are shaved clean before they’re shipped over. So that’s one American breakfast, average build, fairly young, pan-fried, mediumrare, belly up, for Mr. Richard Farraday in Room 302. Any particular condiments you’d like to go with that, sir? G: Ketchup. Americans always taste better with ketchup, don’t they? Oh, and I’d like some toast, a pot of coffee, and some orange juice. RS: Very good, Mr. Farraday. Your American breakfast will be up as soon as we can thaw him out and cook him. Enjoy your meal, sir. It was my talent for writing snappy dialogues like this that made the English Department really sad when I left for greener pastures.

Mr. Farraday’s Breakfast Room Service: Good morning, room service, may I help you? Guest: Yes, good morning, I’d like to order breakfast, please. RS: Yes, sir. May I have your name and room number, please? G: Richard Farraday, Room 302. RS: Thank you, Mr. Farraday. Would you like the Continental, American, or Thai breakfast? G: American, please. RS: Very good, sir. That’s one American breakfast for Mr. Farraday in Room 302. How would you like your eggs, sir? G: Fried, please. RS: Very good, sir. And would you like them sunny-side up or over easy? G: Sunny-side up, please. RS: That’s fried eggs, sunny-side up, for Mr. Farraday. And would you like toast or muffins, sir? G: Mmmm, toast. With strawberry jam, if it’s available. RS: Yes, sir. We offer a choice of strawberry jam, grape jelly, or marmalade. Coffee or tea, sir? G: Coffee, please. …

Room Service: Good morning, room service, may I help you? Guest: Yes, this is Richard Farraday in Room 302. I’d like to order breakfast, please. RS: Yes, Mr. Farraday. Would you like the Continental, American, or Thai breakfast? G: American, please. RS: Very good, sir. And how would you like him? G: Beg pardon? RS: Your American, sir. How would you like him prepared? G: I’m afraid I don’t understand. RS: Sir, you ordered an American breakfast. I need to know how you would like the American prepared. Fried, boiled,

S. Tsow can be flamed at s.tsow@ymail.com, except when he’s writing snappy dialogues and looking for greener pastures.


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Clayton Wade’s Eye on Pattaya Thailand Property Awards!

By Clayton Wade, Managing Director, Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. 081-6342915, clayton@premierinternational.com R e s i d e n c e ’

As in each previous year, this year’s 2009 Thailand and this year Property Awards proved to be yet another fabulous success winning with and glamorous showcase for Thailand’s finest and most ‘The Village’ at successful in the residential real estate industry. Horseshoepoint. To win a Thailand Property Award is by far the highest I was most symbol of achievement that a company or an individual can honoured to receive here in Thailand and the very best in the business present, for a were in attendance to receive their property awards at second year in a the lavish Thailand Property Awards gala dinner held at row, that award to Bangkok’s Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. a very pleased and The very professionally- is best known by its signature proud Khun Jate run Thailand Property housing project name – Sopitpongstorn Awards event, now only in ‘Baan Fah’, with more who accepted the its fourth year, has become, than 35 housing projects – award on behalf without any doubt, the single including Pattaya’s Jomtien of ‘The Village’ at most important vehicle in Beach development Baan Horseshoepoint. This year promoting the high level Fah Rimhadd. and quality of Thailand’s One of this year’s more proved to be Clayton Wade awards Jate Sopitpongstorn ‘Double residential real estate significant judging points, a representing ‘Horseshoe Point’ as industry. challenging us, was ‘value Surprise’ With more than 1000 for money’ and ‘state of Horseshoepoint also received ‘The Sanctuary’ and again, the coveted Thai National Horseshoepoint with ‘The nominations this year, a 300 completion’. percent increase on last year, This year’s Thailand Green Development Award Village’. As for next year’s award the Bangkok panel judges Property Award Eastern allowing both Khun Jate had to draw up a short-list Seaboard’s Best Condo Sopitpongstorn and Khun winners, there is plenty of for each Thailand Property Development award went Tossapol Thitipattarametha new construction under way Award category, which was to the Daika Estate Co. to present themselves on the likes of ‘The Cove’, which then delivered to the local Ltd. for their fascinating stage with their trophies in is, no doubt, a landmark in provincial judging teams. and wonderful beachfront hand for the final ‘Winners architecture and design with no challengers for luxurious “The judging process was development The Sanctuary Group’ photo. It is, to me, very impressive living. more rigorous than ever this on Wong Amat Bay. Yes! Eastern Seaboard….. year, from having a central This award was presented and most satisfying to see Bangkok panel make the by Khun Somnuek Pattaya and the Eastern we are looking good. Our very special thanks looking so initial short-lists and then Tanthathoedtham to a Seaboard provincial judging teams very happy Dr. Suebpong incredibly good on the to Clayton Wade, managing undertaking site inspections Atichartakarn of the Daika National stage of residential director of Pattaya’s Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. real estate. for the condo and villa Estate Co. Ltd. With the regional property for preparing this ‘Eye On categories. Not to be outdone, The final list of winners the award for this year’s awards only in their second Pattaya’ report. Clayton Wade has been was delivered to BDO Thailand Property Award year, the Eastern Seaboard been represented running the Premier Homes Richfield Advisory Limited Eastern Seaboard’s Best Villa has for safe-keeping, with the Development was once again magnificently with Raimon Real Estate Co., Ltd. with his Land’s Northpoint Condo, wife, Khun Supap for over winners being announced at Horseshoepoint. ‘The twelve years. the gala dinner.’’ Last year having won Horseshoepoint’s Clayton Wade has been in I was very pleased, having the 2008 award for ‘The Residence’, Daika Estate’s the real estate industry for 22 been asked, once again, to years. Having started his real head up the judges for this estate career in the United year’s Thailand Property States, he was licensed and Awards Eastern Seaboard practiced both real estate sales categories. Completing and property management in the judging panel with Seattle. me was Khun Pongstorn He was personally Sangruchi, owner developer responsible for bringing in of the Eastern Seaboard’s the first 53 General Motors beachfront condominium executives for the ‘start up known as the Golden Sands phase’ of Thailand’s General and the beachfront housing Motors manufacturing developments Blue Lagoon facility and had a three year and Baan Dhewaran, which exclusive with the company. are all five star projects Following that experience and Khun Somnuek he placed most all of the Tanthathoedtham who is the ‘start up’ executives for the Deputy Managing Director Dr. Suebpong Atichartakarn receives TPA award Eastern Seaboard’s BMW of Thailand’s renowned N.C. from Somnuek Tanthathoedtham manufacturing facility. Group of companies, which

Clayton Wade is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his writing, public speaking and television presentations. His many accomplishments in promoting Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard real estate industry include having been a guest speaker with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s

Managing Asia program. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, which may be seen by visiting their website at: www.premierinternational. com Clayton Wade may be contacted by telephone at +(66) (1) 634-2915 or by email at: clayton@ premierinternational.com


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Vol. 9 No. 07  16 - 31 December 2009 The Study of Anti Semitism BRITAIN is to get its first academic institute for the study of ant Semitism, the University of London announce. The Institute at Birkbeck College will be located beside the world’s oldest Holocaust memorial library, the Wiener Library which will move to Birkbeck in 2011. The Institute will be funded by a donation of £15 million from the Pears Foundation, a charitable organisation.

Students to guard stars at Olympics OLYMPIC security chief have ruled out using the Army to protect competitors and spectators at the 2012 Games, and instead they will rely on thousands of teenagers taking a 3 hour events safety course. The move has provoked anger among military figures, who believe Army expertise is needed to ensure the London Olympics are safe from a potential terrorist outrage. The task of protecting the Olympic Park will rely on private security staff, and 6,000 16 to 19 year olds taking specially developed BTEC qualifications Sir Ian Johnston, the Director of Security for the Olympics Organising Committee said policing the event would require thousands of private security guards. The former Chief Constable of British Transport Police said to provide the extra staff needed, 50 colleges were being encouraged to set up courses that would supply 6,000 students to patrol Olympic sites. Security Minister, Lord West, said the Olympics presented the greatest security challenges since the Second World War, the level of terrorist threat is expected to be severe the second highest level he added. Shadow Security Minister, Dame Pauline Neville Jones, said the Army should have a role at the Games but stressed this did not necessarily mean it should conduct high-profile patrols. Leaving Britain THE NUMBER of Eastern Europeans returning home from Britain more than doubled last year, pushing emigration to a record level, at the same time, the number of new arrivals increased to almost 600,000 according to official figures . Almost nine out of ten new arrivals were not British citizen, the Office for National Statistics said. A total of 427,000 people left Britain, up from 330,000 in 2007. The figure included 172,000 Britons heading for countries such as Australia, France and Spain. The number of non-Britons leaving rose by 50 per cent from 169,000 in 2007 to 255,000 last year. Almost half of the rise was attributed to people from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Slovakia departing as the recession deepened. Large numbers of Poles left the country, resulting in Poland being the second-most popular emigrant destination after Australia. The nerve to forget SCIENTISTS claim to have discovered why we forget where our keys are, but usually remember where we live. A study found the brain decides what memories to store longterm and what to discard by altering nerve fibres called synapses. These chemical changes are then converted into long-term memories, which are stored. The research, by a Karolinska Institu team in Sweden, could help with treatment of memory loss.

The report from Supermarket Aldi BRITS spent more than £15 billion on takeaways last year, despite nearly half cutting back during the credit crunch, a survey revealed last week. The average person splashed out £13.03 on the unhealthy treat once a fortnight; this was despite 43 per cent having less fast food to save cash in the recession. Chinese was the favourite takeaway, followed by Indian, pizza, fish and chips, and kebabs. Eat less meat to be Green PEOPLE should eat less meat and dairy products to reduce the effect of climate change, according to the Lancet journal. Cutting the consumption of saturated fat could also help prevent about 18,000 premature deaths a year medical researchers say. Alan Dangour of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said “UK agriculture could make its contribution to halving emissions by 2030”. A cup of tea can fight Heart Disease A DAILY cup of tea can fight heart disease, boost brain power, and even help to live longer, experts said last month. A global review of research papers on the health effects of caffeine has found that drinking up to eight cups of tea a day offers ‘significant health benefits’ including a lower risk of heart attack and stroke. Caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee and cocoa also have positive effects on mental function, increasing alertness, feeling of well being and short -term memory. The research even suggested that people who cut out tea and coffee from their diet in a bid to be healthy may be doing more harm than good. The major review of 47 published studies was carried out by independent dietician Dr. Carrie Ruxton. Tea is Britain’s most popular beverage drunk daily by 77 per cent of the population. Take more exercise HALF of Londoners still take no exercise despite government attempts to increase participation in sport the capital’s health watchdog warned. The recommended amount is one hour a day for children and 30 minutes at least five times a week for adults. But a snapshot survey by the London Health Observatory found that only just over a quarter worked out for up to three hours weekly and just under 15per cent for longer. Bobbie Jacobson, Head of the Observatory said “Unhealthy lifestyles put lives at risk. We want to avoid people only taking action when they’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness such as diabetes.” The least active were Asian communities, where two thirds of people did not exercise or take part in sport, compared with 55 per cent for whites. Just over half of Londoners consumed the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day, slightly higher than the national average. However more women than men ate their ‘five day’ and consumption was also higher in the Asian community.

News from the Auction Room A COPY of James Bond book ‘Diamond are Forever’ annotated by author Ian Fleming has fetched more than £60.000 at auction. The copy from 1955 is covered with notes written with Fleming’s blue ballpoint. Bonham’s auction house had expected it to fetch about £30.000. Historic Treasure A GOLD ring with a lock of Napoleon’s hair that belonged to architect Sir John Soane has been found at a Christie’s auction. It was thought missing since Soane’s death in 1837. The buyer will sell it to the Soane Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Field for £41.000, You called him What? A LONDON firm is offering parents-to-be the chance to check whether their chosen baby names mean anything embarrassing or offensive in other languages. Liver scan detects fatal ‘Iron Overload’ A LONDON hospital is the first in the world to use a scanner to detect a potentially fatal liver condition. Whittington in Archway is using an MRI machine in a new way to measure the iron concentration of the liver in only 10 minutes, meaning patients will not have to undergo an invasive and expensive biopsy. The scans can detect a potentially fatal ‘iron overload’ which can happen to patients with diseases including sickle cell anaemia Britain’s population may grow to 74 million BRITAIN’S population may grow to 74 million over the next 20 years according to official estimates. The Office for National Statistics said that if immigration continues at such high levels the population will swell by more that a fifth, some 12 million, in two decades. And according to calculations of the highest likely scale of future population growth the numbers will reach the 70 million mark by 2023, six years earlier than otherwise expected. Students to test stadium for Olympics BRITAIN’S leading student athletes will be the first to use the 80,000 seat Olympic stadium in rehearsal for the 2012 Games. The Standard has learned that the annual three-day British Universities and Colleges Sport championships featuring athletes from 90 colleges and universities will take place in May 2012 as a ‘test event’. Plans to switch the annual athletics grand prix from Crystal Palace before 2012 have been abandoned, broadcast live, it cannot risk any teething problems.


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PATTAYA STYLISH LIVING

Want to spend a really pleasant afternoon?

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Anyone who has spent a pleasant afternoon in one of the many ‘afternoon bars’ scattered around our fair City, cannot I imagine, find more congenial young ladies than at one of Pattaya’s original establishments, the ‘Winchester’ bar situated just off Jomtien Beach Road. The Winchester was the original hostess bar in the Jomtien area and information at the bar. And Finally, Christmas is coming, don’t be alone this Christmas, come and enjoy a great day out, every day is Christmas day at the Winchester. The Winchester club is situated in Soi Wat boon Jomtien there are two easy ways to get there from Pattaya travel south

opens its doors each day at 12 noon. With a recent refurbishment, the bar now sports a light, airy, side with pool tables, good music and plenty of fans to keep you cool, or why not pop into the more discreet, ‘Darkside’, where a no smoking, fully air conditioned environment offers quieter background music, featuring the hits of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The bar offers a wide and varied menu of good quality affordable food supplied by KPK Foods with most dishes priced to enjoy at only 99 baht. Customers rave about our burgers, many claiming they are the best in town.

On a Sunday you can enjoy their FREE Sunday Buffet, which is now getting back to full flow now that high season is upon us. So you have a number of good reasons to drop into the Winchester and spend a very pleasurable afternoon. Need another great reason? Well how about the fact that the cost of lady drinks has not increased for 10 years, they are probably the cheapest in town at 75 baht. And with wheelchair access, the policy of the girls is for no prejudice, and the friendly staff will be on hand to cater to your every requirement. The bar can also cater for larger groups or private parties and you can get more

on Sukhumvit road past Tesco go a little bit further there is a new Makro store 300 yards past this there is set of traffic lights with a temple turn right and follow the road 1 km. the Winchester is there on the right. Alternately from Jomtien beach road come along the beach past soi II

there you will see a big Siam Commercial bank next turning is Soi Wat Boon, there is no number in this soi but the big grand Jomtien Palace Hotel, turn here follow the road up approximate 500 meters and the Winchester club is there on the left

there is ample parking opposite or Call us at 085 541 8390


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Thailand Goes Insane For Pandas Thailand’s obsession with pandas has reached new levels of bizarreness, with the country’s top zoologist attending TV interviews wearing a panda costume, and two armed robbers holding up a Bangkok petrol station just to steal two stuffed pandas, leaving the cash register untouched. Some commercial aquariums and animal parks are even painting their animals, including baby crocodiles, in black and white stripes and there is now a 24-hour TV Panda Channel, totally dedicated to the antics of Lin Ping. Westerner In Apparent Suicide From Bangkok Condo Building A Westerner, identity unknown, recently leapt to his death from the 38th floor of Q House Condominium in Bangkok’s Sathorn district, falling onto the rooftop of an adjacent five-storey building. A ladder was found by police on the 38th floor which the man had used to climb over the wall, as well as some cigarette ends near the ladder. Two pieces of paper containing hand-writing believed to belong to the man were also discovered. Medics Make Turning Katoey More Difficult To Stem New Trend. Following a radical increase in castrations over the past two years, as young men in particular rush to emulate their friends to turn katoey, Thailand’s medical establishment has instituted new rules to make irreversible sex-change surgery more difficult, including demanding that potential lady-boys cross-dress for a year. Additionally, applicants must be over 18 and those suffering from ‘indeterminate gender disorder syndrome’ must undergo mental evaluation before the operation and continue follow-up psychiatric visits after having a sex change.

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students had been in the vicinity of the impacting shell. Police Team Accused Of Mounting Pseudo Sting Operation On Drug Users A Thai police team have been accused by a Bangkokbased drug-users support group and the Canadian BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/Aids of setting up a pseudo sting operation to catch injection drug users who were seeking treatment. According to the testimony of 50% of 252 users surveyed, the police team were also accused of having planted drugs on them and forcing them to pay bribes to the police to avoid arrest. Police Raid On Red-Shirt House Finds A Small Arsenal A recent police raid on the home of Narong Boonjongcharoen, 45, a Red-Shirt guard, in Chong Thong district of Chiang Mai, discovered 6,000 small homemade ‘ping pong’ bombs, as well as four .38 revolvers, 2 automatic pistols and two .22-calibre rifles. Members of the Red Shirts had threatening the life of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who was due to address a meeting of business leaders in Chiang Mai, but called it off. Narong was arrested. Billionairess Gunned Down Outside Office Prominent billionaire business woman, Sunattee Nerngchamnong, Chairwoman of the Prime Nature Group, and wife of Pol. Maj. Gen. Piyachart, a former deputy metropolitan commissioner, was shot dead on December 5 by a gunman wearing a grey T-shirt and a hood, according to security guard witnesses. Ms Sunattee had apparently visited the Prime Nature Villa housing project offices in Bangkok for only an hour when she was gunned down. No motive has so far been discovered for the killing.

Economy Doing Better Than Expected Economic analysts are apparently optimistic about Thailand’s economic recovery, with a spokesman for Barclays Capital in Singapore, Rahul Bajoria, stating “In recent months, we have seen a stronger-than-expected recovery in exports. We believe that domestic consumption and manufacturing output should continue to increase in the coming months.” GDP only decreased 2.8% from Q3, 2008, after contracting 4.9% in the previous three months, according to the government; 16 economists in a Bloomberg News survey had predicted a 3.2% contraction.

Woman Stabs And Emasculates Husband Who Assaulted Her For Refusing Sex A Lop Buri woman, Saifon Tadthong, 32, incensed at her drunken husband’s instance that she have sex when he returned home after a heavy drinking session, refused his advances, after which he assaulted her, Thai boxing style. Retaliating, she grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the chest, after which she emasculated him for good measure. Saifon then called for help from her neighbours, but her husband, Sakkarin Suksawat, 24, died before an ambulance arrived.

Suzuki To Build New Eco-Car Plant In Rayong Province Suzuki Motors is planning to invest JPY20 billion to build a new plant in Rayong Province to make compact eco-cars, with facilities for pressing, welding, painting, assembly, and engine production. Production is expected to start in March 2012, with an estimated 100,000 small cars being made in the first year of operation. Suzuki also wants to move responsibility for sales and marketing from Suzuki Automobile Thailand to Suzuki Automobile Manufacturing Thailand.

Northernmost Province Hit By Severe Cold Thailand has recently been suffering from a spell of severely cold weather, with over 138,200 inhabitants of Mae Hong Son particularly badly hit, so much so that 44 tambons in seven districts in the province have been declared disaster-hit areas. Disaster Prevention and Mitigation official Thirayuth Chandiswong reported that disaster relief in the form of cold weather apparel has been requested from the Interior Ministry, to the tune of one million baht.

Army Fires Tank Training Shell At School Shocked students eating lunch at Wat Thung Salika School canteen, Saraburi, hastily took cover after hearing an explosion from the cavalry tank training ground nearby, as a misfired shell landed in the school grounds. Army spokesman, Captain Prakorb Imjai, said the shell’s ‘bark was worse than its bite’, however, as the training shell contained no shrapnel and only made a bang! He didn’t comment on what would have happened if any of the

Expats Find Thailand An Easy Place To Fall In Love According To Survey In a recent HSBC Bank Expat Experience Survey, Thailand featured along with Canada, and Australia as being one of the top three preferred locations for expats to work. In all three, expats experienced an increased quality of life as well as finding it easy to fit in to their new communities. Thailand was particularly recommended as the place to come to find love and the friendliest place to live. Although the UK was amongst the lowest ranked, it remains the expat entertainment capital of the world. Thai Populace Pessimistic About Economic Recovery On a grassroots’ level, the Thai populace doesn’t share the economists’ or government’s optimism, according to a Suan Dusit Rajabhat University opinion poll. Over 70% thought the economy was worsening; 56.55% believed their household expenses were increasing; while 21% supported free train and bus trips, 33.93% thought the government’s economic rehabilitation policy ineffective and nearly 50% were doubtful of the government’s optimistic predictions of economic growth in the range of 3-3.5% next year. Suspected Suicide Of American Scuba Diving Teacher American scuba diving teacher, Kenneth Earl Steube, 49, from Los Angeles, was suspected of having committed suicide after his body was found in a hired Honda Jazz on a remote hillside road leading to a rock grinding plant near Sattahip. The car contained remains of burning charcoals and the door was locked. A cattle man apparently saw the car driving on the road leading to the rock grinding plant but it didn’t return. Premier Urges National Unity Accordance With HM The King’s Wishes Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva urged all factions to unite to achieve national peace and stability in accordance with HM the King’s wishes expressed in his 82nd birthday address that all Thai people perform their duties with sincerity, true intention and honesty, and put the country above self interest. The PM also vowed that government will pursue and implement the King’s policies on alternative energy, the environment, economic self-sufficiency, the new agricultural theory, community development and marine resource management projects. Burmese Ethnic Women Exploited By Thai Businessman Near Chiang Mai Women kidnapped by a Thai businessman from Burma’s Karenni tribe are reportedly being exhibited as a tourist attraction at a human zoo in the vicinity of Chiang Mai. From the age of five, the women wrap heavy copper coils around their necks to elongate them. Their necks after a time become so long and weak that they cannot support their heads without the coils. In some tribes, the coils are removed to punish women who have committed adultery.

Family Killed By Train on Level Crossing In Prachuap Khiri Khan Three family members, a mother, her sister and daughter, were killed instantly when their pick-up truck was struck by a southbound train while driving across an ungated level crossing in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Tambon Nongkae, Hua Hin district. The incident occurred at 7:40 in the morning while Pichuda Yaemkesorn, 40, was on the way to drop her 14-year-old daughter, Suwimol Sunthornnan, off at her school in Khao Takiab village.

Bangkok Airport Rail Link Should Be Completed Within Three Months PM Says Good news on the long-awaited 28-kilometre-long Airport Rail Link connecting Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok’s Makkasan area, the prime minister has given his personal assurance that it will be opened for public use, hopefully by the end of February. The PM said “The fare at this quality of service is much cheaper than other rail services provided by major airports in different countries. The Airport Rail Link will later be connected to other transportation systems as well.”

Hunt Resumes For Valuable Saudi Blue Diamond An incident which caused several years of alienation between Saudi Arabia and Thailand, after a Thai worker employed at the Saudi Royal Palace stole a considerable amount of jewellery, may soon be resolved. The worker was arrested on his return here and most of the jewellery returned except for a blue diamond and several other pieces. Now the Department of Special Investigations has agreed to resume the hunt as it believes the diamond is being held by one of four groups in Thailand.

Two Industrial Accidents At Map Ta Phut Result In Multiple Injuries In two separate incidents at Map Ta Phut Deep Seaport, 18 injured personnel were hospitalised following a butane 1 gas leak from a Global Hime ship during cargo transfer onto the ship on December 5, while a further 20 workers were sent to Bangkok Hospital, Rayong, after a chemical leakage on December 6, when the chemical was in transit from a nearby factory to the port. So far, no one has admitted responsibility for either incident.


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Most Expensive Catastrophes in History by Simon Philbrook 11. Titanic – $150 million The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it doesn’t quite make the top 10, but is here because of its historical prominence. On 15 April 1912 the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. More than 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today’s dollars). 10. Tanker Truck vs. Bridge – $358 million On 26 August 2004 a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 litres of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany. The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 million.

9. MetroLink Crash – $500 million On 12 September 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles. It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink. 8. B-2 Bomber Crash – $1.4 billion Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we’re only at 7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety. 7. Exxon Valdez – $2.5 billion The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world’s biggest oil

spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On 24 March 1989 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship’s master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion. 6. Piper Alpha Oil Rig – $3.4 billion The world’s worst off-shore oil disaster, which at one time, was the world’s single largest oil producer, spewing out 31,000 barrels of oil per day. On 6 July 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves, which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. 100 identical safety valves were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10:00 pm that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world’s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion. Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulted in $3.4 billion in damages. 5. Challenger Explosion – $5.5 billion

The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff on 28 January 1986, due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. 4. Prestige Oil Spill – $12 billion On 13 November 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia, Spain. Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores also. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea. 3. Space Shuttle Columbia – $13 billion The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first spaceworthy shuttle in NASA’s

At your service

by Mr Pobaan

We’re not very good at it, but Mrs Pobaan and I like to play pool. We enjoy the whole Pattaya pool experience – a lively bar with good music, fun people to set up the balls and have a joke with, a few drinks and, of course, that extraordinarily satisfying ‘clunk’ as you whack a ball straight into the middle of the pocket. (I try to hit them as hard as I can because Mrs Pobaan says she finds it sexy; as there are few things I do that qualify for this level of appreciation, I try to make the most of it.) It’s not easy to find a bar that has exactly the right combination of all these elements. You might find a good table, but the place is deserted; the beer may be cold but the music isn’t hot. When you have to compromise, you discover what’s really important, and that’s service.

After months and years of trailing round the bars of Pattaya on every road and in every soi, we find that we can put up with worn baize, wonky cues, tables that are so close to the wall that you have to use one of those sawn-off jobs to reach the white ball, karaoke musicians who have learned the English words phonetically, sweet white wine and scruffy furniture; but we leave pretty quickly if the bar has grumpy staff. ‘Let’s go after this game,’ my wife suggests. ‘But we’ve only just arrived,’ I point out. ‘The bar ladies don’t really take care.’ And she’s right. At this place, there are more people behind the bar than there are on our side of it, but they’re not interested in us. They’re on the phone, doing their makeup and nattering among themselves. So we put the money in the wooden pot and

head for the brighter lights and they don’t even notice us go. After a bit of cruising, we find a bar with terrific staff and a pool table with a surface like a mountain range... and have a great evening. ‘Sorry about that pot; it was a bit of a fluke – bumpy table.’ ‘That’s OK, my love. Are you having a good time?’ ‘Yeah. Nice people here.’ It’s the same when we go shopping. Take last week, for example, when we decide we’ve had enough of putting things on the floor in front of where we sit. What we need is a low table to go between the sofa and the television, big enough to take a glass or two of Chang and all the remote controls. ‘We need a coffee table,’ I suggest to my wife, feeling that I have neatly summarised the wishes of all present. ‘Don’t forget I want a

model table,’ Mrs Pobaan responds. I wasn’t expecting an argument. ‘Why model?’ ‘I don’t like old stuff. I know you like old stuff, but in this room I want it to be model.’ ‘Ah, you mean modern. That’s OK. We can get a modern coffee table, as long as it’s nice.’ ‘I mean glass.’ ‘Glass is OK, as long as it’s nice.’ ‘Model glass.’ ‘OK.’ So off we go, cruising the boulevards of Pattaya, looking for furniture shops without shunting other motorists or colliding with scooters. We visit perhaps six such stores, but we can’t find anything that’s both nice and model – er, modern. We’re close to giving up – in fact Mrs Pobaan disappears off on some unrelated mission while I have one final look in

orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on 1 February 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. 2. Chernobyl – $200 billion On 26 April 1986 the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socioeconomic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. More than 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl, including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. And now for Number 1... George Bush – $11.065 trillion When GW took office, the US had a $431 billion government budget surplus. When he left office the budget deficit was $10.634 trillion and it’s increasing almost $4 billion every day. And it gets worse – here are more negative issues caused during GW’s time as commander and chief: 6 million more Americans live below the poverty line than before his presidency

10 million more Americans don’t have insurance and the cost of insurance in the US has doubled Household income dropped by more than 10% Personal savings became negative for the first time in 2 decades The dollar lost more than 50% of its value 6,211 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 million orphans in Iraq (almost half of the country’s children) I could go on all day on this…but I’ll end here… suffice to say the world is a much worse place today AGW (after GW)

the very last furniture shop. They have a coffee table in there which I think might fit the bill. It’s made of wood, rather than glass, but its design is uncompromisingly contemporary. When Mrs Pobaan returns from her errand, I take her into the shop. Kerr-ching! Bells ring. Fireworks burst. Choirs sing. The organist plays one of those huge chords that mean, basically, ‘ta-da’. Mrs Pobaan likes the table. Because she likes a bargain, the love of my life has a go at getting a modest reduction in the price. The shop owner is stony faced. His heart is of ice. He grumbles a lot about the cost of timber, credit card fees, the rain, the global recession and his bunions. I made up the bit about the bunions, but you get the picture – he is a grumpy curmudgeon who won’t play the bargaining game. In the end he sighs and says, challengingly, ‘Why do you feel I have to reduce the price?’ ‘Because it’s nice to have a discount,’ Mrs Pobaan says disarmingly, answering a rather silly question with unarguable logic. ‘Oh, OK, then,’ the vendor reluctantly capitulates as if we were taking the last grains of rice from his begging bowl. So we buy the table for a few baht less than the ticket

price, but we won’t be in a hurry to return to that shop because, although it has nice furniture, the total experience was not as good as it should have been. We didn’t feel special, or even particularly welcome. We got the table, but didn’t receive any of the other important parts of what customers call ‘service’. People like the grumpy bar ladies and frosty furniture seller are mercifully quite rare in Pattaya, and probably getting rarer. We consumers are faced with a staggering choice of places to spend our baht and those who wish to do business with us now pretty much understand that we will seek out places with not only the best goods on offer but also the best overall shopping experience. And sometimes we’ll even go to places that are less than perfect just because the people offer the service we want.

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.

Kuhn Pobaan’s by-theway Christmas is a big thing in Pattaya, at least in the shops. It starts in November when the malls and supermarkets bring out their plastic fir trees and 1984 Band Aid CDs. Hot on the heels of Loy Krathong, the festival of renewal, comes the Christian festival of buying things and eating too much, all with spray-on snow. Email your views to kuhn.pobaan@ gmail.com.


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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 When laying tile, use one-baht coins as spacers instead of store-bought plastic ones. Coins are easier to handle, more uniform and cheaper.  Almost Stainless My new condo has a stainless steel fridge, stove and sink which are not living up to their name. There are some spots that might be stains or maybe even corrosion. Is that common? Admittedly, I’m not sure how to clean and care for stainless steel. Some pointers please. Carson While stainless steel resists corrosion, rust and stains, things like dirt, dust and grime put it at risk. It’s a durable surface that responds well to cleaning. Even excessive cleaning will not wear it out. But you must provide proper care. In general, simply wipe it down with a cloth soaked in warm water, then towel dry to prevent water spots. For stubborn stains and spots, add mild dish-washing detergent to the water, then rinse thoroughly and towel dry. You can remove

any remaining spots, as well as fingerprints, using glass cleaner or household ammonia. Again, rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft towel.  Cool Aid Dear Andy, I have lived in my condo for several years with the same refrigerator. Does it require regular maintenance just like an AC unit, i.e. refilling it with refrigerant fluids or something like that? Thanks. Steve Wong No worries, Steve. Your fridge will run for many years even if you do nothing (it says here). But for even longer life and top efficiency, you should periodically clean the coils and vents at the rear of your appliance. Remove all collected dust with a vacuum cleaner and remove grease with a rag. While you’re back there, you might take the time to clean out the drip pan under the unit and-if yours is a self defrost model--clear out the drain tube that leads to the drain pan. It sometimes becomes clogged with food particles. Just remove the stopper

at the opening and bore out the tube with a pipe cleaner or a slim bottle brush, then flush with soapy water. Finish off by cleaning out the pan. The only other ‘maintenance’ you might consider is checking the gaskets (the door seals that keep cold air in). With the fridge door open, hold a business card over the seal, then close the door keeping the card in place between the seals. If you can pull the card out with ease (that is, without any resistance), you may need new gaskets. Assuming they are in good condition, just wash them with soap and water from time to time.  Stirring Tale Thanks for your great painting tips in recent issues, Andy. I’m getting ready to put them to good use in my condo. But I have one question: I just opened a half-used can of paint after storing it for a few months and found a dry layer of paint covering the top. Can I still use it? And if so, do I stir that top layer into the paint or what? (I guess that was two questions.) Jason in Jomtien

Selecting a Builder Most home buyers in Pattaya have been around the block a few times at this point in their lives and they have a pretty good idea of what they want when selecting a home. Since they are going to live in it, perhaps for rest of their lives, they feel their living space requirements are the most important ingredients in their home buying decision process. Most certainly, finding a home plan and location that fits your lifestyle is of great importance. But if you are planning to build a new home or buy a newly constructed home, it is equally important that the builder has integrity and builds with craftsmanship using the latest, best and correct materials plus utilizes accepted quality construction methods.

There are several things you can do to find a quality builder. 1. Save your emotions for enjoying your new house after you move in. Building a home is a major financial investment. Emotions must take a back seat to the serious decisions you must make. Be excited, yes, but don’t let that excitement cloud your good judgment. Never buy only on looks and a great sales presentation. It doesn’t matter how good the home’s design and appearance is if the construction is substandard. 2. Looking at builder’s ads in this Pattaya Today newspaper is a good indicator. Advertisements help you get an idea of how much house you can expect to get for your money. They also let you

know which contractors are building the type of home you desire so you can begin your research. A contractor that is financially sound with a solid business who will be there if you experience problems will generally place quality advertisements. A great advertisement doesn’t guarantee the builder is good, but it is a starting point of the many factors you need to look at. 3. If the home you desire is in a village where all the homes are built by one builder, venture out and talk to the homeowners. You can often catch them outside their home in the afternoon and they will be happy to talk to you if you casually approach them. Buyers will generally be truthful, but don’t just get one owner’s opinion. Get

Stored paint often separates in the can, Jason, forming that dry layer on the top. You don’t want to stir it into the good portion of the paint. Instead, remove the dry layer with a stirring stick and toss it. Stir the balance of the paint well to remove any lumps, then pour it through a paint strainer. If the paint is too thick, add water to latex paint or thinner to alkyd paint.  Bag It Andy, do you have any suggestions for how to deal with the unwieldy plastic bags that seem to pile up after shopping sprees? Patti

Where does our water come from? Is it treated? Incidentally I have lived in Jomtien/Pattaya since 2005 and have always drunk the tap water and used it for cooking, much to the wariness of local and farang alike. I have never been sick. I grew up in Canada so perhaps the water there inoculated me. Where does our dirty water go? I have never seen a sewage water treatment plant, though it seems there must be. Arthur Lee

Yes, Patti, don’t use them. That’s the best answer for you and particularly for the environment. Provide your own cloth shopping bags when you go marketing rather than accepting plastic bags from retailers. If that doesn’t work for you, try this: Tack an empty tissue box to the inside of a cabinet door and stuff your empty plastic grocery bags into the box. This will hold them secure and organized. It also makes a convenient dispenser.  Muddy Waters Andy, I live in Jomtien where it rained pretty hard recently and the water in our pipes became almost instantly muddy. Can you explain why?

Heavy rains often cause turbidity--muddy, cloudy or hazy of water caused by invisible particles (suspended solids), Arthur. Tap water generally is supplied from water tanks, reservoirs and/or wells. Heavy rain can produce turbidity in water coming from many sources. Pattaya currently has four water treatment facilities, one of which is in Jomtien. However, from time to time, each has been afflicted with problems or setbacks, which often prevent them from operating at their desired potential. I congratulate you on your having been able to drink tap water for years with no adverse effects, but be warned that even treated water may cause severe ailments. Water treated for bacteria sometimes contains toxins and chemicals--elements that are invisible, so your water may appear to be

several. Visit homes the builder has already sold and ask the owners: A. Was the builder easy to work with? B. Did you get the quality and service you thought you were going to get? C. Almost all new homes have some problems. Did you experienced any problems with your home after the sale and did the builder come back promptly and correct them in a quality manner? The homeowners you talk to may be foreigners, but if you happen to talk to Thai homeowners be aware that, by their culture, they tend to not speak badly about others even if they have had problems with them. 4. Create a list of builders and keep a notebook of your findings so you are able to make a knowledgeable comparison once you have finished collecting data. Remember, just because one home is less expensive

than a similar home from another builder does not mean it offers less value. In other words, a more expensive home does not assure higher quality. Also, homes of equal size and quality may vary in price due to location. Some things to look for: A. Is the home visually appealing? B. Is the floor plan logical with little wasted space? C. Do the cabinets, fixtures and finish work show quality? D. Look around the neighborhood and consider its potential to remain well maintained. E. Is the home ‘state of the art’ in energy efficiency and insulation? F. Will upkeep on the home be inexpensive? G. Is the location convenient to shopping, schools, golf, transportation or whatever lifestyle needs you have? H. Does the area flood? Regardless of location, is

clear. If you continue to have turbidity, do what you can to encourage local sanitation engineers to flush the distribution lines more quickly when it rains heavily. Or install a good quality water filtration system at your water line in your home. And to answer your final question, there is a sewage water treatment plant at the corner of Beach Road and South Pattaya Road. You can smell it as you approach Walking Street.  Garbage In Khun Andy, we have new home come with garbage disposer but me and wife never before have or to use. You can tell to me if can put all garbage in or something not to put? Abu In general, Abu, all biodegradable food waste can be fed into garbage disposals. But that does not include clam or oyster shells, corn husks or other material with a high fiber content. To keep your appliance working at top efficiency, I would suggest that you periodically insert small bones, ice and egg shells. When the disposal grinds such materials, it helps clean the unit by scraping away stubborn deposits, citric acid and pulp. Grinding a little ice will also help get rid of odors.

--Handy Andy

the house constructed so heavy rains won’t create a water problem? I. Does the builder offer a verbal or written warranty? J. Does the builder offer service after the sale to repair any problems that may develop? If an emergency arises do to a construction related problem, a quality builder will offer immediate relief. K. How long will construction take before you can move in? Don’t get stuck in a long drawn out construction project. Get a completion date in writing. You can add to this list and don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are no stupid questions, so don’t worry about sounding ignorant. You are making a substantial investment and it is imperative you understand what you are getting for your money. Pattaya has some great, quality builders. Compare and make an informed choice.


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Latest Golf from the Bunker Latest Golf from the Bunker

Friday 4th December 2009 Phoenix Phil Moore had the best round of the day today. Playing the Mountain and Lakes courses Phil came in with a four under par ahead of Mashi who was one under and Cenc Zlazici nett 75. The cut was set at handicap 14 and Gordon Melia won the B Flight with a one over round, Mike Corner was a close second and Geoff Parker was surprised to find himself third with a modest nett 78!

Treasure Hill ( Stableford) Friday at Bert’s is fast becoming nearly as popular as Tuesday at Bert’s. Generally the same people play but we do have an influx of new blood. We usually play the ‘Lesser’ Golf Courses on a Friday so it gives a chance for the ‘More Careful Financially’ player to have a Gerry, Gordon, Mashi and Geoff game. At this time of the year Results: Wednesday2nd with the rates as high as they December2009 Rayong get why not?. Another good turnout for A Flight: On this day it was up this ‘value for money’ course 1st Alan Sullivan Results: ‘The Rickety Road’, and which is improving all the (hcp 14) 41 points A Flight: it is getting a bit rough, to 1st Phil Moore time. Some big scores came 2nd Richard Scoby in and a count back was (hcp 14) 41 points Treasure Hill, a Course I have (14hcp 0) nett 68 needed in the A Flight. The 3rd Colin Greig not played for some months, 2nd Mashi Kaneta cut was handicap 14 and (hcp 14) 39 points (hcp 9) nett 71 but on the day it proved to Alan Sullivan got the better 3rd Cenk Zlazici be quite presentable and nice of ‘Scoby’ on a count back (hcp 12) nett 75 B Flight: and quiet. That was until we both scoring 41 Stableford 1stMike Corner got back in the locker room, points and Colin Greig took B Flight: (hcp 21) 41 points but more later. third place with a very good 1st Gordon Melia 2nd Arthur Rowley 39 points. The B Flight (hcp 14) nett 73 Out on the Course the was close too, Mike Corner (hcp 28) 40 points 2nd Mike Corner conditions were dry, and winning by a point ahead of 3rd Gordon Melia (hcp 20) nett 74 you did not want to be in the Arthur Rowley and Gordon (hcp 15) 39 points 3rd Geoff Parker rough, but the fairways were Melia took the third place (hcp 15) nett 78 in fine condition and the Near Pin Winners – Colin by beating Jim Wooler and Near Pin Winners – Geoff Greig, Paul Smith and Phil Geoff Hart on a count back, Hart, Tony Scambler, Dave greens were fast and true if a Keats and Gerry Cooney. all three scoring 39 points. little bare. There was a slight Moore won the other two.

wind but all in all a fine day, and of course the views here are really fine. The fun started back in the dressing room and it was like a scene from a Comedy Spoof. One of our players, Let us call him ‘Bumble’ for reasons of friendship, was sat on the bench with the Manager and Locker room staff there. He had come back and opened his locker to find it empty, and he remembered having his bag as he took his shoes out of it. A return to his car did not find the suspect bag. The staff to their credit were nonplussed and opened all the lockers close by and it started to look awkward as out hero had his locker key number 113 and it was empty. Being a person of high intelligence, after some time he returned to the desk and checked his locker number and found he had signed for number 131, and yes on checking his bag was

in 131 and his key opened it. An International Incident was averted, and at least a half hour late he was able to get a shower. A sure sign of Murphy’s Law, but it always seems to follow some people, and they are usually the nicest. He will not obviously live this down, probably ever. Back at Bert’s all gathered to hear the results, and of course to have a little fun at our ‘Bumble’s’ being ‘Lockered Out’. The Winner of the day was once more Dick Warberg with a fine 39 points ahead of Rob Brown in second with 35 points and Peter Whitehead in third with 34 points. We then had a countback on 33 points which saw Bill Knight in fourth and J.C. Lhoste in fifth. There was however only one Hero on the day, he who put a smile on out faces. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Bob Benda Joel Flor (2)

Micky Mouse Darts Legue WINNERS - Rising Sun

Congratulations to this years winners of the Mickey Mouse League 2009, the Rising Sun. It’s got to be said, Lance (RS) and Jim’s game (OK) was the game to watch, as it was a very tight game as the 140’s and tons were coming out of nowhere, even Spongebob was on tender hooks as this game was so tense! The nerves got to both Lance and Jim as the doubles were so near, but yet so far away. Sadly the best man lost, Jim had a brandy and Checked out first, so their were no stars for Lance this week! At least there was a saviour, Could Ronnie help me get over being the only loser? Ronnie and Tony (lance’s little big brother) were last on the oche and their was bribes going on behind Lance’s back, can you believe my team? Jerome!! Offered

Tony a 1,000bt if he would throw it and let Lance be the only loser, but brother lee love took over and Tony stood proud to beat Ron! So their were two very good players and close games both without stars. Quote from Lance and Ron and remember this “it’s a team game”....... Elsewhere from Soi Yomato Mee Chew beat O’Leary’s and Mel checked the beer leg on double 1, Darts Melly... Streamline Soi 7 are pulling out of the Mickey Mouse League and Eddie from Yate’s Bar yet

HIGHEST CHECKOUT:- STAN (Bunker) 132 Most U10’s Streamline 90, Palmers 83, Rising Sun 82 another venue from Soi as he would have kept Yomato are joining us! Pity that one quite. Remember as Streamline played the to catch up on www. Bunker last night and drew pattayadarts.com A good the game and all on the season and thanks to beer ended with the Bunker everyone Merry Xmas and getting a free drink and a Happy New Year, See you winning the game, also from all on Friday night, get their the bunker, Colin the t****r early to join in the darts lost to a girly, thanks Les competition.......Darts


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The Darkside League Three Sisters Golf

180’s Mark LTB, Kenny CB x 3, Aus Ron x 2 Chester’s, Chris CB, Lars SB, Tony 19th, Mark CB, Kooky Mo, Smoggy LOB, Pai CB

19th Hole 8 v Lucky Time Bar 1 Showdown at the OK Corral, the 19th Hole and the Lucky Time Bar cross paths. Lance and little big brother Tony “Suet” drew each other Suet took the 1st leg Lance came back and showed him what big brothers do best! The suet “gutted” Lucky Time handicapped by borrowing “Gaylord” from Fred “the power” Dixon of dock greens team or is it Eddie Kidd? Fred showed the power to Del Boy but we had our chances and it wasn’t Lucky Time’s Night... Written and Directed by Phil “ Travolta” Ps congrats to Phil for passing his bike test on his 7th time, and he proved why he failed, by falling of the back of a bike taxi outside the bar, Georgie Porgie did laugh (a lot) Sailor Bar 1 v Chill Bar 8 The visitors came minus big Simon and the Viking, and at least the Sailors crew reasonably sober for there return match between the top and bottom teams. Although the game was fairly well matched, once again the superior doubling won the day. The tons tally showed it all 23 - 5 with Kenny ‘G’ getting 12 on his own and a truly memorable 180 from Simon’s lady Pai gave the visitors a heads up. In fact the only time the Chill Bar all-stars stopped chilling was after sampling the Admiral’s

curry. Once again an enjoyable evening all round with friendly banter and good humor....the Admiral. By the way the team tactics didnt work, Hamburger and a free pint during training???

a feeling, unlucky Daz! PJ team and captain Rodger the Lodger changed their team around and came back fighting with Micheal checking the beer leg. Good crack and fun night!!

Pioneer Bar 3 v Load Out Bar 6 New recruit Sue must have been Smoggies secret weapon and lucky mascot as the Load Out Bar won their 1st game! Dave’s international pioneer squad brought back Pistol Pete (we luv PP) and Smoggies secret weapon was no match as Pistol Pete knows how to chkd out on double 1. Stuart “little” is now feeling lucky as he beat Anna (tasia) Looks like Smoggie is back in it as Bing Bang Bong was no match for him! But Bing Bang Bong got his revenge by stealing the Beer Leg.

Moonies 1 v Chester’s Bar 8 After a confusion the Court Jester’s headed up west to Moanies Bar, where Debbies services were not required! Nearly new players Chris and Rodger were the team to be afraid off, but sadly managed only to win one of their doubles games by beating Alan and Ronnie. But Ron came back by showing Rodger who’s boss, Welsh Ian actually managed to make a dart stay in the board long enough to chkd the Beer leg for the Jester’s.

Cinnamon 3 v PJ Bar 6 After speaking with Darren, the Cinnamon were feeling quite confident after a 3 - 2 lead! But sadly it was just

“Just a touch of mist as the Three Sisters Group teed off this 9th of December at the Pattaya Country Club. Early on the dewy fairways didn’t help runs but the sun soon took care of that. The early morning cool lasted until hole number 11 when old Mr. Sol heated things up. Aside from one dead battery, things went smoothly for the group. Back at Caddy Shack II Herbie Isninaga had provided sandwich slices of thick Canadian bacon and Pork loin. There was also a wide variety of liquid beverages available. A check of the cards showed

Paul Kinmond on the left with Herbie Ishinaga on the right. three coming in with 31 points, Paul Kinmond, Herbie Ishinaga and Dale Murphy. On count back,

Dale lost out with Paul & Herbie placing 1st and 2nd. As usual, a good time was had by all.”

Wednesday Quiz League

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R2Q1 Q: Name the country that enjoys the world’s highest quality of life according to a United Nations agency on 5 Oct 2009. A: Norway. Palmers appealed for New Zealand. According to the Human Development Report 2009 published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Norway is top followed by Australia and Iceland. New Zealand is 20th and the UK 21st. See http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2009_EN_Complete. pdf for the complete report. Appeal denied. R4Q1 Q: Van Morrison was born in what country? A: UK (Northern Ireland). Stag’s Head ‘B’ and W. Tankie appealed for Ireland. From Wikipedia: George Ivan (Van) Morrison was born on 31 August 1945, in Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ireland is a different country - appeals denied. R4Q6 Q: What type of designer is David Carson; renowned for his inventive magazine design, and use of experimental typography in the 1990s? A: Graphic Designer. Cheers appealed for “Computer Graphics”. According to Wikipedia, Carson was an extremely inventive and influential graphic designer, but was not noted in computer graphics. Appeal denied. R5Q2 Q: Name the filled pie, known colloquially as a tiddy oggy. A: Cornish Pasty. Stag’s Head ‘B’ appealed for “Cornish Pie”, because the word ‘pie’ in the question confused them. A pasty is a type of pie, that is not baked in a pie dish, but flat on a baking tray. However I will allow their answer as the word ‘Cornish’ is the important part. “Next week’s matches December 23rd: Bowling Green vs. Rising Sun, Bunker vs. Queen Victoria, Cheers vs. Palmers, Nervous Wreck vs. Londoner, Stag’s Head ‘A’ vs. Stag’s Head ‘B’, W. Tankie vs. Shagwell.”


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PSC golf from the Café Kronborg

by Peter Blackburn

Rayong Country Club – Stableford This was our best turnout for quite some time with 40 starters for the event at the improving Rayong Country Club. Hearty welcomes are given to a regular visitor from the USA - Doug Maiko from Providence, Rhode Island, Darren Cottrell, Trev Priestley, Mark Elvers & Stuart Mansfield from the UK. Neil Allison from Canada and also Bent Agerbo & Uwe Kessler from Denmark. Departing from Café Kronborg at the usual time of 0815 we arrived at the course 50 minutes later to find it very busy as was to be expected on a Thai Public Holiday. This resulted in the first of our ten groups hitting off at 1020 which was 20 minutes later than our allotted tee time, not too bad under the circumstances. The weather was perfect with

just a slight breeze and the course was in fine shape with the greens in better condition than they were three days ago when half a dozen of us had a practice round there. Our group played reasonably well with my 34 points being the lowest but we had a suspicion that there were going to be some great scores and we were proved correct. Despite the busy course we moved along quite quickly and managed to complete our round in four hours & forty minutes with three stops for drinks. I must state my commiserations for Marcel in the second group who managed to separate the club head of his sand iron from the shaft not quite accidentally. Oh those bunkers can be so frustrating! With the large field we were able to have three Flights, A Flight for Handicaps 0 to 15, B Flight for 16 to 20 and C Flight for 21 and over. Also rewards for nearest the pins on all the par 3’s and longest

Brian Gabe, Freddie Townhill, Wayne Koch & The Admiral. putts on the 9th & 18th holes. We were honoured to have with us a scratch handicap golfer in Freddie Townhill and he absolutely “tore the course apart” with 66 off the stick (6 birdies, 1 eagle and 2 bogeys) to win A Flight. A remarkable feat considering it was his first time at Rayong Country Club. Ted Morris finished second 2 points behind with Rob Brown in third place, 1 point ahead of Johan Reynisson who finished fourth on a count

back from Marcel Wittwer. B Flight was well won by Brian Gabe with another great score and he finished 5 points ahead of Elias Magnisson in second place. Peter Hammond got third place on a count back from Per-Olav Baarli who was fourth. In C Flight fortytwo points was once again the winning score with Wayne Koch finishing four points ahead of Hugh O’Donnell in second place. The Admiral himself finished in third place just 1 point ahead of J C Lhoste who finished fourth

on a count back from Bent Agerbo.

4th – Per-Olav Baarli (17) – 35 points

Results for Rayong Country Club:

C Flight 1st – Wayne Koch (22) – 42 points 2nd – Hugh O’Donnell (23) – 38 points 3rd – Dave Richardson (24) – 37 points 4th – J C Lhoste (23) – 36 points

A Flight 1st – Freddie Townhill (0) – 42 points 2nd – Ted Morris (10) – 40 points 3rd – Rob Brown (9) – 36 points 4th – Johan Reynisson (12) – 35 points B Flight 1st – Brian Gabe (17) – 42 points 2nd – Elias Magnisson (16) – 37 points 3rd – Peter Hammond (18) – 35 points

NTP’s 5th – Freddie Townhill 7th – Graham Buckingham 12th – Colin Swann 16th – Freddie Townhill Longest Putts 9th – Wolfgang Bade 18th – Carole Kubicki

Golf from the Travellers Rest Golf from Tropical Bert’s

by Barry Hooper

It was a “Cheetham” win and they have finally caught up with him. I dare say that the headline this week needs a little explanation. I will try so here goes. Norman Cheetham has played with us before and some concern was made over his declared handicap when last he played. “No Cheating” it had been verified I might add. So when he was back this visit he again being given a lot of rag by his fellow players again. However on Saturday he won division two with thirty-six points (he had a third a couple of weeks ago) this finally resulted in a second cut to his handicap down to fifteen. Not enough I heard some say. But a win is a win isn’t it. Good turnouts this week and a change from our usual outing days were required because of the holidays. So it was Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Good to see a lot of old friends returning The first outing of the week was a visit of the week to Crystal Bay on Tuesday the 8th. Not been there in some time. But apparently the course was as usual in good shape. A very good attendance Places to fourth. Number one was Mike Sanders at thirtyseven after count back over Jon Dean. Third was Bruce

Saturday Winners and friends Chris Dopp. Bill Peach, Poopay, David Park and the infamous Mr. Norman Cheetham himself Kusyk at thirty-six also after count back over Ted Senior. Six two’s. Two at the fifth from Jack McNamara and Ted Senior. Two at the eighth From Mike Sanders and Ted Senior. Two at the fifteenth from Ross Bunce and Mike Sanders. Wednesday the 9th December had us visit Emerald One Division and the win went to Alun Webber with thirty-seven who was a full two up on Mike Rushant who was top of a three way count back with Tewin Lamthong and Neil Allison all at thirty-five. Just the two two’s Joe Kowalczyk and Tewin Lamthong Friday the 11th and yet another visit to our regular venue of Phoenix but not on our usual day because of the holiday. Mountain and Lakes. Another great turnout

players like this course. The day was won with a good score of thirty-seven points by Nick Thomas after winning the count back over Mod Chaviraksa (she likes this course as her record there proves but was two lower on the back nine than Nick this time.) Third was Ross Bunce at thirtysix. Only the one two by Jack MacNamara at the eleventh. Saturday the 12th and our second weekend visit to Khao Kheo in a row. Great Participation so two full divisions. But it must have played tough as the scores were lower than of late. Division One and a win for Tewin Lamthong with thirty-five followed home by Jon Dean with thirtyfour and Mike Sanders third at thirty-three.

by Derek Brook Treasure Hill - Stableford Well, a week later and here we are back at the site of last weeks “Saga of the Lost Key” featuring Bumble himself. Hopefully today, no keys will be mis-placed nor belonging go a-stray. We are here due to a scheduling misstep due to having to move things around due to the Thai PGA event scheduled for Rayong CC later this month. However, players seem to enjoy this course and our participants increased over last Friday with several frequent visitors returning for the holiday season. Check in at the course was smooth as we appeared to be the first arrivals of the day and our five groups were quickly off the first tee a bit ahead of our scheduled time.

The course was in very fine condition with a bit of run on the fairways and greens that held as well as allowed putts to roll smoothly. Four and a half hours saw all our players finished and in the showers. To boot there were no lost keys reported and the cars were soon loaded up and headed back to Pattaya. Back at Tropical Bert’s all were pleased to find an assortment of drinks at reduced prices for a 3 hour ‘’Happy Hour”. While food and drinks were consumed the results of the days were tabulated and, after welcoming the new and returning players, the results as listed below were announced. Because no one in our competition was able to hit the 200 yard, par 3 second, we were able to

reward the best five scores. All in all a good day out, enjoyed by all. All are welcome to come and join us for our friendly competitions.

In Division Two it was the Cheetham himself (Norman) at the top with thirty six followed in by Bill Peach at thirty-four. Martin Solberg was third with thirty-three after winning the count back over Nick Thomas. David Park had the two’s pot all to himself. This resulted in him ringing the bell back at the bar along with many others. In fact I heard it rung some six times and as you can imagine a good night was had by all in attendance. If you want any further information about the golf outings played by the TRGG please contact Fergus Brennan on 0860567019 or call in to the Travellers Rest in Soi LK Metro. You can also access this

report and past reports on the website of the TRGG www.trgg.biz which I am happy to report has now had over 10000 hits as of this week

Friday 11th December at Phoenix (Mountain and Lakes) Nick Thomas 37 hc 15 c/b Mod Chaviraksa37 hc 11 c/b Ross Bunce 36 hc 13 Brendan Moore 33 hc 12 c/b Monique Bunce 33 hc 20c/b

Detailed Results for the week Tuesday 8th December at Crystal Bay A & B Mike Sanders 37 hc 06 c/b Jon Dean 37 hc 08 c/b Bruce Kusyk 36 hc 12 c/b Ted Senior 36 hc 12 c/b Ross Bunce 34 hc 13 c/b Edward Graham34 hc 10 c/b Wednesday 9th December at Emerald Alan Webber 37 hc 24 Mike Rushant 35 hc 13 c/b Tewin Lamthong 35 hc 13 c/b Neil Allison 35 hc 18 c/b

RESULTS 1st: J. C. Lhoest(23) 37pts, 2nd: Mike Gaussa(15) 36pts, 3rd: Dick Warberg (17) 35pts, on count back over, 4th: Bill Knight (18) 35pts, and 5th: Rob Brown ( 8) 33pts, on count back over Tom Cotton. Near Pins: Steve Hamstad, Mike Gaussa, Bill Knight Long Putts: Dick Warberg, Brendan Byrne

Saturday 12th December at Khao Kheow C/A Division One Tewin Lamthong 35 hc 13 Jon Dean 34 hc 08 Mike Sanders 33 hc 06 Marc Napier 32 hc 08 Division Two Norman Cheetham 36 hc 16 Bill Peach 34 hc 19 Martin Solberg 33 hc 19 c/b Nick Thomas 33 hc 15 c/b


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othing like a happy ending: In the last issue of this column I made mention of the unusual disappearance of Bill, the main front man for the popular Club Oasis go-go (Soi Buakhow), and Tall Stan, a partner in the chrome pole palace. A series of unusual occurrences led me to believe something was not right in the running of the place. The fact Bill’s phone number no longer worked, that he was not responding to emails, that his staff in the bar hadn’t seen him for a time and didn’t know when he would be back, and finally, an email from an American friend who had known Bill from his days in Costa Rica. I am pleased to report that Bill is alive and well although he may well be living in a little hole in the ground in Tikrit in northeastern Iraq. After the publication of the newspaper Bill contacted me by phone to say he has taken the pledge and given up drinking alcohol as well as smoking cigarettes. He is still interested in conjugal relations with members of the opposite sex, so all is not lost. Tall Stan also contacted me with a sorry excuse of spending his time in some village located in the backblocks of Issan where he is supervising the construction of a family dwelling for his wife and child. Hence the reason he is missing from the meeting and greeting duties of Oasis for long periods. Bill did say that Club Oasis would be celebrating its third anniversary on Friday night 18 December with a special party. In his usual flamboyant style Bill suggested the go-go might offer free house booze (amber froth and cheap

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liver wasters as well as Thai rotgut) for up to four hours on the night. At the time of writing I have had no further communication from Oasis but there’s no doubt the den will be packed to the gunwales with or without any discounted specials. Gearing up for a strong 2010: The Diamond gogo (Soi Diamond) not only celebrated 10 successful years in October with what proved to be a huge party, it’s regular in-house dance contests continue to draw good crowds no matter what night of the week they are scheduled. The last dance contest for 2009 was held on Monday night 30 November and while the dancing wasn’t especially inspired the place was pretty busy. Owner Khun Tee is still keeping a rotating roster of 10 or so dancing damsels from Bangkok who spend about two weeks in Fun Town on a kind of working sabbatical. It looks as if the early plans of this year to turn the den into a kind of shower room are now permanently on hold, even though some of the intended fixtures for the new concept remain in place. Although there are still a number of long-time veterans of Diamond, the chrome pole palace has engaged a lot of new talent in recent weeks making it a worthwhile place to visit if you haven’t been in for a time. Just lounging around: Third Road has never been really noted for foreignoriented bars, although places like the pioneering Buffalo and the more recent Darling, Harry’s and Boxing Roo have their regulars. A newer addition to the bar scene is the Bliss Lounge, situated practically on the corner of Third

Road and Soi Bongkot, and opposite the end of Soi X-Zyte. It’s an enclosed airconditioned boozer that is more like a sports lounge than a knocking shop. Brightly lit, with a pool table and bigscreen TVs, thirst-quenchers start at 50 baht. There are only six or so damsels employed to minister to the tumescent, hoping to persuade customers to take a tour of the lying-in facilities for a modest impost of 600 baht. It’s one of those places I imagine attracts a mainly ex-pat clientele. Worth a look if you are in the area. Even further removed from the madding crowd is the Venus Lounge. Also on Third Road but about 100 metres or so north of the Central Pattaya intersection, it’s quite plush for a knocking shop. Red is the predominant internal colour scheme with the six or seven ladies operating in the place dressed in similar fashion. As with Bliss, the place looks more like a sports lounge than a Sierra Tango joint, although apart from the large-screen TVs it doesn’t have a pool table. Open from 1:00pm to 10;00pm, lady drinks start at 100 baht while most other thirst quenchers are 90 baht. An extended and accompanied viewing of the horizontal leisure facilities is priced at 1,400 baht. Habitues used to the value available in Soi 6, for example, are hardly likely to get much of a rise in Venus. Another place that looks to be designed in the way of a gentleman’s club is the O’Leary’s air-conditioned beer boozer in Soi Town-InTown, off the eastern end of Central Road. First opened and called the Driving Range it was designed to cater to the golfing crowd with a few hostesses employed to help empty the odd bag of unwanted contents. It didn’t last too long and closed down. It opened as a bar-restaurant offering Scandinavian food, but that too was a losing proposition. After a lengthy hiatus which included a name change and a splash of sickly green paint it has opened its doors with no more than three or four ladies of dubious virtue employed to entice what little passing trade there might be into the bar. Hard to see how it could possibly be a viable operation in its present state.

A perfect niche: It may not have the cream of the crop, but the Sexy Soi 8 go go (in Soi 8 of course, close to the Second Road end) packs them in most nights with its combination of cheap amber fluid (50 baht for the frothy stuff in a glass; 70 baht in a bottle) and about 30 dancing damsels, nine of whom are on the narrow stage at any one time. The music tends to be on the loud side for a small place, but that’s what you get in a Thai-run establishment. It’s made bearable by the video screens showing the music, which can be from artists such as Michael Jackson, Queen and, naturally, the Eagles. There’s a Jacuzzi, of course, but the highlight is watching as the next girl on stage shimmies down a chrome pole onto the stage. These girls would have no problems with a fire drill. Worth a look if you can find a seat. Opened and Closed and Not Quite Sure: The BJ Club go go (Soi BJ) has closed, although there is a sign suggesting it’s going to re-open again, possibly some time prior to the end of the world in December 2012. Just segueing slightly: if anyone wants to take bets on 2012 being the socalled ‘end of the world’ I’m willing to take them. Absolute rubbish in my opinion, just like most socalled dire predictions. Anyway, back on theme, the Blue Lagoon II go go on Beach Road also had a sign up suggesting it was closed on a temporary basis, but as at the time of writing the temporary had dragged on into being something longer. The largest go go bar in the history of the planet, to be called the Pleasure Dome (Walking Street), was supposed to fling open its larger than John Holmes doors in November but it has yet to recruit the 7,000 or so staff it would have required to make the joint look even half full. I have heard it suggested the go go idea is to be shelved. This is probably because it would have been just about impossible to find 200 or so suitable women prepared to don a g-string for the first time after stepping off the overnight bus from Amphur Anywhere. The reality is that very few top line go go dancers working in the 50plus dens of Walking Street

are going to leave their current place of employment on the off chance the Pleasure Dome turns out to be another Happy or Heaven Above. On Second Road the former Hotties coyote dance den was turned into a go go bar at the end of November. The place is at the back of a small clutch of beer boozers located almost directly opposite Mike Shopping Mall. This is a far better idea because the better quality of coyote gyrator tends to wind up in either Club Blu (Soi Buakhow) or Papagayo (Soi Diana Inn), both of which are close enough to keep Hotties less than warm in the talent

stakes. As a go go the nearest competition is Tim’s which only rarely manages to field much in the way of dancing talent, so there’s a chance Hotties might create a niche for itself. It’s a longshot, but still a better bet than the world ending in 2012. Down in Soi Diamond, the Mirage go go bar reopened its doors towards the end of November. My understanding is that the new management is not the same as the people who had the place previously, even though the name remains unchanged. Piece of Pith: A closed mouth gathers no foot.


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Pattaya Today’s

Brainy Fortnightly Crossword Across 8,18 Pretty moribund? (4-4,8) 9 Tried one’s ’and at gobbling one slowly (6) 10,23 As a basic alehouse sad, wasn’t stupid to get drunk (4,3,7) 11 Noise as a geek secures the cross-channel server (6,4) 12 See 7 14 Extra stuff — why hang the washing out? (8) 15 Taser? One’s 8 18! (7) 17 Cause friction blowing top, around you calm (7) 20 Crawlers get past new landlord (8) 22 Teeth, perhaps, ripping 7 from alcoholic additive (6) 23 See 10 24 See 5 25 Old Indonesian backing native American (6) 26 A little taste, plus small number of nuts (8)

3 See 22 4 Abnormality seen in legs: send doctor up (7) 5,24across Just survive floods reversing past round the bend, keeping sharp (4,4,4) 6 Nautical fashion nice girl’s love on the quarterdeck? (6,4) 7,12 One’s disrespectfully raised one who’s not 18 to embrace cheat, heading to the 22 (6,6) 13 Biscuit tin in range — pig excited (6,4) 16 Movie star with female turning up, going round as couple (8) 18 See 8 19 Bishop inspired by old Roman god, say, disheartened composer (7) 21 Greek relative circling island under the moon (6) 22,3 One on the bed behind one at the table (6,6) 24 See 1

Hope you enjoy the Crossword

Down 1,24 Mouth most unfortunately opening a shade — though his shut? (8,4) 2 Pickle lids lifted (4)

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. 4

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Don’t jump too soon In the old days, we were mostly taught to jump bid in response to partner’s opening bid if you had opening points too. The idea was that both you and partner would know at the very beginning of the auction that there was surely a game (or a slam) for your side. But modern practice is to delay a jump bid as responder or even

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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:

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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.

not to do it at all and to keep things on the move by bidding a different suit. The theory is that jumping too soon can end you in the wrong contract. Take today’s hand as an example. You hold ♠ A K 7 6, ♥ 5 4 3, ♦ A Q 10 7, ♣ A 6 which totals 17 high card points. You are delighted to hear partner open one diamond. Against silent opposition throughout, what

1. Snake 2. Light 3. Throw 4. Lime 5. Mill 6. Cock 7. Kin 8. Fly 9. Staff 10.Tic

Tight Lifting Hand Mason Mason Fall Lore Chair Mate Pin

Solution Issue 06

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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters

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 is your response? In the old days, you would have needed to jump bid – presumably with a reply of two spades which is certainly misleading given your holding of only four cards in the suit. Other old timers might have grasshopped to three no trumps – certainly closing off slam options and praying that partner has some good hearts to stop the enemy. Surely, the correct response to an opening bid from partner

Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... of one diamond is one spade from you. Where you go next depends on partner’s rebid. If he says two diamonds, showing a solid suit, then you are certainly interested in a slam in that suit. But it may be wise first to cue bid three clubs showing the ace control. If partner’s second bid is two hearts, then it’s looking like a no trump game rather than a no trump slam. In other words, best to look before you leap

ANSWERS 1. Cat 2. Head 3. Cock 4. Rot 5. Bird 6. Neck 7. Hand 8. Key 9. Ground 10.Gun

Folk Width Back Fold Bird Ration One Room Shy Place

Kin Band Tail Ten Cage Lace Some Board Work Fire

ANSWERS 1. JOY REIN 2. NO LESS I 3. TRA QUER 4. DOLE CAT 5. CON MOLE 6. HITS LEW 7. IN GRAVE 8. BAR A LEG 9. SET RIGS 10.COP MEET

JOINERY LIONESS QUARTER LOCATED MONOCLE WHISTUE VINEGAR ALGEBRA TIGRESS COMPETE


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Vol. 9 No. 07  16 - 31 December 2009

Tomas Wine Bar and Restaurant A Friendly Neighbourhood Eatery and Bar

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers A new venture in an old venue is always a reason for Mick and I to visit on your behalf and so it was that we found ourselves ensconced in the genial surroundings of Tomas Wine Bar and Restaurant on Jomtien Beach Road. Mathieu and his charming wife, Tik, are the force behind this most convivial of locations. They are the owners of the famous Tulip House, a Nederlands restaurant, guest house and travel agency near Soi 9 further down Beach Road. The new enterprise is named after their son, Tomas. Before our dinner we were

enjoying a Campari aperitif with Mathieu and hearing how this convivial Dutchman transformed Thailand from a holiday destination into his permanent residence and home. He explained that the rationale behind the new Tomas restaurant was to serve quality international cuisine in a friendly atmosphere at affordable prices. “This is not fine dining”, he said, “Pattaya already has its world-class gourmet destinations, this is a relaxed, smart but casual eatery providing good quality produce at affordable prices.” The bar area is a delightful place to be, both friendly and laid-back, but it was now time for us to move into the

restaurant and order our meal. The décor is charismatic; displaying glowing Bhudda pictures mounted on stoneclad walls, flattering lighting plus the soothing sounds of a trickling water feature. The menu is global and interesting offering the gamut of eating from burgers to beef lasagna to BBQ meats to banana splits. The ambiance is stressfree but stylish with tables on the front terrace overlooking Jomtien’s boulevard and cool and comfortable in the airconditioned restaurant. From the appetisers we ordered beef carpaccio and New Zealand mussels in garlic and cheese sauce. Both priced at only B.190. Scallops with cream sauce, Parma ham and melon, prawns in garlic butter or a salmon carpaccio are all similarly priced. My mussels were drenched in lovely molten Gouda cheese and Mick’s marbled ruby beef tender and flavoursome with a generous serving of shaved Parmesan. From the wine list we had chosen an eastern Australian Blue Moon Cabernet Sauvignon at B.950: a medium soft wine which we enjoyed. The house wine at B.750 is a Chilean Yali label featuring either a Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon. A selection of French and

Argentinian bottled wines are also represented at reasonable prices. For Belgium beer lovers, Kwak and Duvel are offered for the informed quaffers. Main courses are eclectic and diverse from snow fish with tartare sauce (B.350) to chicken rolls with orange through pork spare ribs with BBQ sauce (B.350) to roast beef with gravy, tenderloin with red wine sauce, grilled New Zealand tenderloin, sirloin or ribeye. From the fish selection I chose the salmon fillet with pesto while Mick opted for a grilled lamb cutlet with garlic. The salmon fillet was perfectly cooked

all dishes are either mashed potatoes, French fries, sautéed potatoes or croquettes, butter rice, vegetables or salad. An extensive Thai menu is also available. In a nutshell, Tomas Wine Bar and Restaurant is a friendly neighbourhood venue

and the addition of the pesto crust something I will be more than happy to copy at home. Mick enjoyed the crisp lamb cutlet and the robust garlicky sauce. Accompaniments for

that combines the easiness of relaxed eating with style and taste. Finally a seasonal message from Mathieu to all his friends from Holland, “Een Fijne Kerstclagen en

RSVP

een Gezond 2010” and from Mick and I, “A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” to all our readers. The Christmas menu at Tomas is being served Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 19.00 – 24.00 and is priced at B.990. (No a la carte menu Christmas Eve). Amuse Bouch Seafood Cocktail Chicken or Mushroom Soup Mixed Fruit Sorbet Roast Beef Tenderloin with red wine and kiwi sauce accompanied by potato croquettes or mashed potatoes and vegetables Or Snow Fish fillet with white wine and garlic sauce accompanied by yellow rice or mashed potatoes and vegetables Fresh Strawberries with vanilla Ice Cream Coffee or Tea Located on Jomtien Beach Road, just south of Chaiyapruk Road. Open daily from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm. Bar open until 1.00 am. Tel: (038) 231 720, 087941 4015, 081 761 2564.

Dear Food Lovers, We are roasting our own turkey this Christmas, any tips to make it even more delicious? Happy Christmas to you, regards, Helen. Dear Helen, Yes we have a little something that will transform your turkey! It is a spiced Christmas rub from Jamie’s Oliver’s recipes. Wishing you a very merry Christmas too! Christmas Spiced Turkey Rub Serves 8-10 Jamie advises “A salt rub made from Christmas spices is a brilliant way to transform your traditional turkey into something more exciting. For a more intense flavour, rub it on the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight. If you’ve got other favourite spices, you could add those to the mix – allspice berries, bay leaves and cloves work a treat too.” Ingredients: • 2 clementines • Small handful of fresh thyme leaves • 2 dried red chillies • 1tsp ground mixed spice • Sea salt • 1 turkey, preferably free-range or organic (approximately 6kg/13lb in weight) • 3 sticks of celery, roughly chopped • 3 carrots, roughly chopped • 2 onions, peeled and roughly chopped • Olive oil You can make this Christmas rub a few weeks ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container in your fridge, or make it on the day and it will be just as delicious. Peel large strips of zest from the clementines. Using a pestle and mortar, grind the zest with the thyme leaves, red chillies, mixed spice and a pinch of salt until you get a nice rough paste. Mix in 2 tablespoons more salt. Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with kitchen paper. Take the edge of the skin covering the turkey’s breasts and gently peel it back. Carefully, work your fingers, then a rubber spatula, under the skin to free it from the meat, keeping it attached at the sides and without ripping any holes in it. Rub the spice mixture between the skin and the flesh of the turkey, then all over the outside. Roast as normal. If you would like to request a recipe, please email : thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com


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Valentino

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Riccardo’s Romagna Ristorante by Mick and Di The Food Lovers Valentino’s Restaurant is the domain of chef/owner/ restaurateur/bon vivant, Riccardo (Ricci) Neri. It is here that he gently shapes his pasta, bakes his authentic breads and pizza pies and lovingly crafts his sensational signature semifredo dessert; all without additives, preservatives or monosodium glutamate. He has spent his life in the pursuit of culinary happiness across the globe from Italy to Latin American to S.E.Asia. He hails from near Bologna, in the EmiliaRomagna region of Italy which is regarded as the heart of Italian gastronomy producing the famous salamis, prosciutto and of course, probably the best known cheese in the world, Parmigiano Reggiano. So expect the true taste of Italy in the dishes with profound Romagna influences. The main dining area is an al fresco Italian garden with a relaxed and laid-back ambiance, plus there are two air-conditioned dining rooms available for any occasion. So it was by the light of a huge silvery full moon that Mick and I settled ourselves into Riccado’s attractive giordino. The wine list is succinct and serviceable, but Riccardo is amenable to bottles being brought in (the close proximity of the famous Foodland comes to mind) but there is a corkage charge of B.300. The house Sangiovese or Trebbiano is available by the glass or in half or whole litre carafes at B.290 and B.520 respectively.

As an overture to our main meal we were served a bowl of minestra di fagioli which Chef had cooked earlier in the day. This is not on the menu, but let us tell you it was sensational; a simple bean soup but deeply flavourful, soothing and comforting. Shortly after a secondi plate of breseola (dried cured beef) arrived liberally scattered with aged Parmigiano Reggiano and

lemon juice and olive oil, octopus accompanied by boiled potatoes and beans (B.200) and many seafood and cold cut combinations. A Valentino house signature antipasto dish is spiedimistri alla griglia (B.250). These scrumptious skewers of grilled shrimps and squid are sprinkled with light garlicky breadcrumbs flavoured with lemon zest and then expertly grilled.

garnished with baby arugula from Riccado’s private garden. This is a jewel of cured meat, air-dried with a distinctive musty aroma. Simply doused with deeply flavoured virgin olive oil and ground black pepper it is a classic Italian dish that needs no further embellishment. Other starters include fresh tuna or salmon in

Home made pasta is “de rigueur” on any Italian table and are fashioned into many shapes and always carry a soft spot in all Italians’ hearts. Here at Valentinos it is lovingly made every day, cut, moulded and formed into the diverse traditional shapes. The two that Riccardo served us were tortelloni filled with pink ham and ravioli with ricotta cheese and spinach served in a creamy sauce. A traditional pizza oven dominates the cucina and many combinations appear on the lengthy menu. The pizza chef can be seen preparing and baking the breads in an open kitchen at the rear of the restaurant. Beef steaks are another house speciality; either rump, fillet or T-bone can be cooked to order and served with one

of their acclaimed sauces. Veal shanks, osso buco alla Milanese (B.350), scaloppini, and many other favourites are all represented on the diverse menu. For dolci we couldn’t leave without dipping our spoons into Riccardo’s unique Valentino semifredo (half-cold) dessert. It is probably the most decadent dessert imaginable and here at Valentino flavoured with aromatic brewed espresso transforming it into sheer ambrosia. Valentino’s Christmas Day menu is priced at B.800: Shrimp cocktail in pink sauce Turkey carpaccio with rocket salad and Parmigiano Reggiano Tortellini in brodo (home made pasta soup) Cold salad of meat, potatoes and spices Sorbetto – dolce - espresso This is a charming restaurant serving specialities of the Emilia-Romagna region and root Italian food. It is cooked and served without pretense or pomp, utilising time-honoured recipes, the very best of ingredients and very importantly, no additives whatsoever just allowing the intrinsic flavours to speak for themselves. In closing Chef Riccardo and his team wish all their old and new customers, “Buon Natale”. Open daily from 12 noon to 3.00 pm and then 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm. Cash only. Extensive parking at rear of the restaurant in their own car park. Tel: (038) 842 8210 & 427 154. Mobile: 086 107 0322. E-mail: valentinopattaya@hotmail.com or check out their website: www.valentinopattaya.com

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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. 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@jomtienproperty.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

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Fax: (038) 374535 (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. (ptbo-f0309)Extraordinary Possibility!!! Because of Moving Home Playing Machine for Sale with Company. Tel.: 080 571 4910. (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 Email to premier@loxinfo.co.th Right on Dongtan Beach, Jomtien. Hotel for sale (freehold) for 39 Million Baht. NEED TO SELLASAP, 34 rooms!! Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038 231 931 or Email 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. (pta-pl0008)Pro Language we offer a variety of effective and enjoyable language courses. English, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Thai course. For foreigner from beginner to advance including a preparation for the Grade 6 examination by ministry of education. 3 year ED Visa for full time students. Please call for Free Trial Lesson. Opposite Carrefour, Central Pattaya Rd. Tel. 038-489225-7 Fax. 038-489-228 www.prolanguage.co.th


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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 lappool, 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)

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. (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 3 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 085-1201414 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.pattaya oceanproperty.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@pattayocean property.com 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

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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 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


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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

Classified 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 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 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

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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


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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. 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-inpattaya.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. (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.

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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 Hi-speed 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 085-1201414 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@ pattayoceanproperty.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 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

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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 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


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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

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 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

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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 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 HOME - 3 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.

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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. 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 (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 (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.

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(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), thaigerryproperties@ gmail.com 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. 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@ PattayaOceanProperty.com Ref: POP 1085

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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.pac pattaya.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 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.pac pattaya.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.pac pattaya.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.pac pattaya.com, e-mail: info@ pacpattaya.com


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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.pac pattaya.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 .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. 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.

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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. (ptmcs-j2408)Royal Green Area, Khao Pratamnak Rd. 60 sq.m. living room, 30 sq.m. bedroom. 3 condos together, 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 53sqm, 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 (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.

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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. 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


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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@paradise cityproperty.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@paradise cityproperty.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.avenueresidence.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 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

Classified 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 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

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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

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


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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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-in-pattaya.com

Classified 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. 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.pac pattaya.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 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

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Fax: (038) 374535 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@paradise cityproperty.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@paradise cityproperty.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@paradise cityproperty.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@paradise cityproperty.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@paradise cityproperty.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 44 sqm, 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@paradise cityproperty.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 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.


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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@csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. Royal Cliff ‘A Building’ Double View Four Bedroom Apartment for 90,000 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 931or 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 931or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

Classified 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. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at 038 231 931or 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 931or 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 931or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com

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 931or 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

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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 931or 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 931or 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 931or 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 931or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com


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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-in-pattaya.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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 : countryproperty@loxinfo. co.th, www.countryproperty services.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@paradise cityproperty.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@paradise cityproperty.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 pap pa@csloxinfo.com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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 Brokers- 038 231 931 or Email 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 Email 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 Email 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 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

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Fax: (038) 374535 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. 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

Services Provided (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-secretarial-services.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.


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Classified 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

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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 serviceAustralian 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.skiblind.com

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(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)

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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@heightsholdings.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 0819498702 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


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Job Vacancies

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 is language training institute located on Central Pattaya. Now we are seeking Part - time and Full - time Teachers to join our team. Italian Teacher, Russian Teacher and other language teacher. Please call K.Pabhada 038 489 225-7 or pattaya@prolanguage.co.th

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 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, EnglishDutch-German-ItalianFrench-Japanese-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. 02-250-0072 www.Prolan guage.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. 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@heights-holdings.com Tel 038 364 877.

Classified 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@heights-holding.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. 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.

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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. (ptmvs-r0007)Volvo 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 0848651355.

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. 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

Issue January 1 - 15 Please Forward Your Classifieds by 5:00 PM December 24 E-mail : info@pattayatoday.net Fax : 038 - 374 535 Or drop of at our office 42/91 Moo 9 Sukhumvit Rd. Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi (50 meters after Spanish Place Condo)

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Asia Beats German Polo Team

Members and guests gathered at the “Thai Polo Club” behind Horseshoe Point Country Club and Resort, east of Pattaya, to watch a very interesting international Polo match between our combined S.E. Asian team and a visiting Polo team from Germany. Besides the Thai Polo Club President Harald Link, the Asian team featured three top Malaysian horsemen, and while the early stages of the game were even, the S.E. Asian team forged ahead to a 6:4 victory. The next big matches will be the Thai Polo Finals on Friday 15th January, followed by an exciting England v/s Malaysia match on Sunday 17th January 2010.

55th Birthday for Police Chief

Many VIP guests from Bangkok, Pattaya’s Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, and his Deputy Mayors, plus other important business officials including Khun Chenyut Hengtrakul, who is the C.E.O. of the “Sophon Cable TV Network’ all made a point of attending the 55th birthday for Police Colonel Somnuk Changate. Well over one hundred people attended this prestigious official party celebration at Banglamung’s “Boon-Alloy Restaurant” for Colonel Changate, who was formerly in charge of the Soi-9 station, but after an absence has returned as the very competent Police Chief of the Banglamung District. Dining, speeches and festivities continued late into the evening, with our Mayor Khun Itthiphol captivating the guests with his very professional singing in both Thai and English

Rossano’s by the sea opens in Bang Saray Village

Gennari Rossano has added another restaurant to his coterie of gourmet establishments. It officially opened on Sunday 6th December, in Bang Saray. Seen here at the opening party are (left to right), owner chef, Rossano, Lars Faeste, Rirchard Cromwell and Richard Harvey. Many friends gathered to toast the new venture and wish him well.


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Holiday Inn Hosts JCCT Xmas Party

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Many members from various Chambers of Commerce and other business people enjoyed the services provided by the Holiday Inn Hotel at the northern end of Beach Road, for a Joint Chambers of Commerce Thailand (JCCT) Christmas function. Organised by the British Chamber of Commerce (BCCT), this event saw a massive turnout of over 200-guests and the main sponsor was the European Concepts Safety Co (ESC). JCCT Vice Chairman, Mr. Mark Butters informed us of the huge amount of work going on behind the scenes on a weekly basis, with lobbying committees who negotiate with Thai government departments. Managing Director of ESC, Mr. Steve Graham commented that his company has had another successful year with around 30% in growth, and all were delighted with the input of ESC as sponsors.

Pattaya Players at Mabprachan

The “Pattaya Players” theatrical group departed from their usual tradition, by holding a series of three Xmas themed one act plays at the Lake Mabprachan Resort (behind the lake), and complete with a buffet dinner, this two night showing was very successful. All of the plays were very different, with an “Implausible (Santa) Claus” being very popular due to the efforts of Pattaya’s junior boy actor, Jaisal Lambar. In his first ever stage performance he went through his major role without a single mistake, and won the admiration of the audience.

Asian Junior Yachting Titles

Competing teams from many surrounding Asian countries recently assembled at the Royal Varuna Yacht Club to compete in the Asian Junior “Byte-CII Yachting Championships,” which will be a big decider in who goes to the World Titles next year. The course was very professionally laid out by Chinese yachting expert, Mr. Shao Xianl, and Thailand won the young men’s section. The winner of the girl’s section was from Singapore, with Thailand coming in second, and with teams coming from as far away as China and Japan to participate in this four day event.

We are looking for an aggressive Sale person

Thai National with good command of English

Basic salary plus good commission for the right applicant please telephone 038 410 077 or Email info@pattayatoday.net


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Merry Christmas

2009 Joyeux Noel

Froehliche Weihnachten

Merry Christmas Sawadee Pee Mai Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

Buone Feste Natalizie Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

Feliz Navidad GlĂŚdelig Jul Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast

Maligayan Pasko! Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom and a Happy New Year

The Management and staff of Pattaya Today would like to take this opportunity to wish all

our Readers and Advertisers a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support over the last 12 difficult months, may 2010

be more prosperous for us all.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 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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