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Volume 8, Issue 24

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Will Pattaya Get a New Garbage Power Plant?

Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, recently enjoyed what turned out to be an interesting meeting with representatives of the Provincial Electricity Authority, on the subject of producing cheaper electricity. The Provincial Electricity Authority suggested a proposal for turning the tonnes of waste created in Pattaya into electricity. They explained to the Mayor that at present a very small percentage of the waste created is recycled. They estimate, that after recycling,

the remaining garbage could produce around 200-300 mega watts of electricity, this would ease the burden on the Kingdom for being reliant on the importation of fuels to create the power. Deputy Director of the PEA, Khun Pasorn Wiangket, stated that the

Pattaya's landfill is becoming a polluted nightmare

New Garbage Power Plant in China, due to go online this year

PEA, are at present selecting an appropriate site where in excess of 100 tons of garbage is available on a daily basis. The company is aware that nobody wants the site near to their home, and the company are doing everything within their power to affect the least amount of residents. They realise that Pattaya is a tourist destination; any plant would need to be away from tourist areas. The Mayor was very interested in the discussions,

as Pattaya would be a superb location, already producing in excess of 350 tons of garbage every day. Both sides are looking forward to the next meeting when the proposal can be explored further. Already this year staff from Pattaya City Hall have visited Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and China in endeavours to discover more information on the foreign administrative arrangements for garbage disposal. With the hope that other


administrations around the world can give insight into the best method of waste disposal. The new power plant will be a joint venture between the Chonburi Provincial Office and the Chonburi Local Organisation Office Region 3, which includes coverage of Banglamung, Sattahip and Pattaya. The authorities have already promised investment in excess of 3 billion baht. The previous arrangements for the disposal of Pattaya waste, has not gone smoothly and an alternative method is desperately required. With in excess of 350 tonnes of waste being collected on a daily basis, Pattaya is the obvious first choice in the Continued on page 8

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U.S. Chief of Naval Security Force Protection Detachment Presents Awards to Foreign Tourist Police Assistants

A special awards presentation was recently held on behalf of past visiting US military ships. Mr. Douglas Robinson on behalf of the US Naval Vessels, USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS Stennis, made presentations of thanks to the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FPTA). Both ships were ported in Pattaya recently for rest and relaxation and wished to extend their thanks and appreciation with signed letters and photos from the ships to the FPTA. The FPTA are very helpful in the Walking street area during the crews visit, and the FPTA worked long,

L to R: John Phillips-NCIS Special Agent, Douglas Robinson-Chief Naval Security Force Protection, Howard Miller-FPTA Group Leader, Pol. Capt. Yodpog Goondkuk,. Bobby Brooks-Warden US Embassy hard hours to help the sailors on leave, as they do with every visiting Navy ship, to ensure

safety, and help the officers and crew back to their ships in case of any emergencies.

Problems for Villagers on Koh Larn Island

After receiving complaints from local residents on Koh Larn Island, Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, along with Chief Executives and Government Administrators held a meeting with the Island Community representatives. The complaints stem from the problems of the Islanders not having their own permanent electric meters, only temporary meters, which they claim results in them having much higher electricity bills. The Provincial Electricity Authority has already connected the island by underground cables to the mainland, replacing the old oil system. However, the problems facing the residents with temporary meters are due to the fact that most of them cannot produce deeds to their land proving ownership. The law states that to receive a permanent meter a copy of the proof of ownership must be supplied, the islanders argue that this is impossible as no deed can be issued. Without the submission of

the house deeds, the electricity company can only treat the property as a temporary building, and as such, only supply them with a temporary electric meter. The resident’s state that in extreme cases residents are being forced to pay electric bills of up to 10,000 baht, however, with a permanent meter, most electric bills would be around 700 baht per month. This is causing untold hardship to some residents. Mayor Itthiphol stated that he completely understood the problems and extra expenses

facing the residents, however, his hands were tied with regard to the law of the Kingdom. He stated that he cannot order the Pattaya Registration Office to issue house registration books from out of nowhere, and that this would conflict with the Ministerial Regulation 43, which prohibits anyone from owning any part of an Island in the Kingdom of Thailand. Mayor Ittiphol did have some good news for the residents. He explained that on their behalf he would coordinate with the Provisional Electricity Authority in an attempt to find a solution to the resident’s problems. He also suggested that as Pattaya had been designated an ‘Area for Sustainable Tourism’, he will contact the government and suggest that Koh Larn Island has an exemption from the ownership law, which would enable the issue of house registration books. He promised to report any progress to the committee as and when any is made.

Electrical Seminar

A seminar was recently held at the Ambassador City Jomtien Complex hosted by the Provincial Electricity Authority in conjunction with the Thai Electrical and Mechanical Contractors Association (TEMCA). Khun Phongsathorn Tantiwanitchanon, Deputy of the Provincial Electricity Authority was Chairman. The Seminar was organised to supply technical knowledge

on electrical engineering, technology, engineering systems and ways that electrical energy can be utilised in the business and home environment. The seminar also provided the perfect opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and members of the public and private sectors to socialise. More than 130 companies displayed advanced electrical equipment at the seminar and

were on hand to offer help and advice on their products. The many services of the PEA were explained in detail.

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Mother's Day at Nongnooch Tropical Garden

Teaching Thai Law

The Directors of the Nongnooch Tropical Gardens decided that this year, their usual Queen’s Birthday celebration extravaganza should be enhanced with a special performance by some

of the younger members of their animal workers. Three young elephants had been trained to pay respects to their mother elephants, a trick that brought a tear to many of the eyes of the mothers who

Children Take Over Walking Street Pattaya City Hall has recently been holding training sessions for local residents to increase their knowledge of legal matters. On this, the third such event, Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, along with fellow Pattaya Council Members took part in a ceremony to present certificates to the 210 participants. The participants came from

varied backgrounds including hotels, restaurants, department stores, tourism agencies, and local communities throughout our region. It is believed that with the training program, the participants will have a far greater understanding of law within the Kingdom. It is hoped that they will be able to use what they have learnt in their everyday lives and careers.

Bodybuilding and Fitness 2009 Asian Championships

President of the Thailand Olympic Committee, General Yutthasak Sasiprapha, was recently the chairperson at the official opening of the Bodybuilding and Fitness 2009 Asian Championships, which were held at the Alangkarn Theatre Pattaya. The event was staged with the purpose of promoting the sport of bodybuilding and fitness, and to give Thailand’s bodybuilding athletes the opportunity of competing at an international level. The event also hopes to give the athletes valuable experience for when they go to compete at international events outside Thailand, including, the 2nd Asian Beach Games to be held in Oman in 2010, the 26th SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games), which will be held in Indonesia and other World

Bodybuilding Championship events held throughout the 2010 – 2011 season. The General explained that the Bodybuilding and Fitness 2009 Asian Championships, was one of the most important sporting events to be held in Asia this year, which sees the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Asian Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Sports. Over 300 athletes from 30 countries participated in the event in nine different categories. 40 of the best bodybuilders Thailand has to offer took part and great hopes were being pinned on Wanchai Karnjanapimai, Somkid Sumethowetchakul, and Pla Meechai, who all won their events at the 2008 Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition which was hosted by China.

Students from Pattaya’s local schools were recently invited along to the multipurpose building in Pattaya School No 2, whilst Pattaya Council Member, Khun Banlue Kunlavanit, officially opened the ‘Children’s Walking Street’ Project. The scheme was initiated to give local kids from the community a sense of purpose and organise a variety of events to bring the youth of the city together. They wanted to create a caring network that will allow the children to show off their talents and better express their thoughts and worries. It is hoped that by creating activities to keep our young people amused and entertained, it will lead them away from the alternative of

drugs, alcohol and getting up to mischief. A total of 500 young people took part in the scheme from schools and youth clubs around the city. The ‘Children’s Walking Street’ event included booths for the children with interesting themes, including, the green classroom, papier-mâché models, knowing science, how to follow your parents in their careers, balloon creations, games and performances. Other events included low priced products which had been produced by skilled children and a variety of musical and dance performances. The event was supported with the aid of a 155,800 baht budget from the Social Welfare Division Pattaya.

Magic Number 9 @ Siam City Hotel The number nine (9) is most remarkable in many respects. It is held in great reverence by all who study the occult sciences; in mathematics it possesses properties and powers which are found in no other number. For this reason, 09/09/09 (September 9, 2009) is a particularly special day on the calendar; full of good fortune, prosperity and maybe even a little magic! To celebrate this enchanted day, the Siam City Hotel is holding special Food & Beverage promotions throughout the month of September. So stop by our Patummat Restaurant, Lin-Fa Chinese Restaurant, Kamon

Japanese Restaurant, Primavera Italian Restaurant, Siam City Bakery Café and City Lounge for some truly unexpected surprises... 09/09/09 – Magic Drink: Today at Patummat, Lin-Fa, Kamon, Primavera and the City Lounge you can enjoy ALL standard drinks (including house wine and drought beer) for the extra special magical price of just Bht 99++. Note: Hotel “happy hour” is suspended today. Patummat Restaurant – Magic International Buffet Lunch and Dinner: Bht 999++ per couple. House guests get an additional 30% off. Lin-Fa Chinese Restaurant

Vol. 8 No. 24  1 - 15 September 2009 brought their young children along to the celebrations. The celebrations this year revolved around a procession of 40 elephants around the perimeter of the tropical gardens and the highlight had to be a 6 year old elephant, Pangyok, who wrote on a piece of paper ‘Love Mum.... Grow Trees to Reduce Global Warming’, obviously a rather large piece of paper! Other highlights included Pangbaitei, aged 5, Pangormsin, aged 7 and Plaimook, aged 6, who were all trained to crawl on the front knees and present flowers to their mother elephants to pay respect and to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Birthday. Each year, Nongnooch

Tropical Gardens hold special celebrations to honour special days and events. A lot of time and energy goes into the extra work and training it takes to get the elephants to perform. Long may the gardens continue with these spectacular events.

Disabled Child Visited by Top Brass

The Mayor of the Nongprue Municipality, Khun Mai Chaiyanit, together with his Deputy Mayor, Khun Niyom Tiangtham, President of the Chonburi Red Cross, Mrs. Chopaka Jitkasem, and officers from the Nongprue municipality's Social Welfare Division, recently paid a visit to the Children’s Home situated near the construction site of the Siam Royal View located in the Khao Talo community. The reason for the visit was to meet Miss Anchaleeporn (Nong An) Jaiwangchana, a five year old girl who has severe disabilities. The young girl’s mother explained to the visitors that at three months old, she started to notice some disabilities, they became much more pronounced by the time the baby

was five months. She attended the Buriram Hospital and it was confirmed that the baby was almost blind in both eyes and had water on the brain leading to slow development. As the young baby was from a poor family, the medical attention she needed could not be provided on a regular basis. However, there are good signs, as for the past two weeks, each Wednesday, helpers from the Redemptorist Centre in Pattaya pick up the five year old and take her for physical and mental therapy, and her parents have noticed a drastic change in her in such a short time frame. The helpers, on behalf of the Redemptorist Centre, were also able to provide some essential items, and a little money, to the family.

– Magic Abalone: Have it your own (choose cooking style and sauce); just Baht 99++ per delectable serving. Enjoy an added 30% off on weekends/ public holidays and 20% on weekdays (excluding dim sum and all-you-can-eat). Kamon Japanese Restaurant – Magic California Sushi: Bht 99++ per portion, including California maki, California temaki and California nigiri. Get a further 30% off weekends/public holidays; 20% off weekdays (excluding set lunch). Primavera Italian Restaurant – Magic Italian Buffet Lunch: Bht 999 nett per couple. Saviour 30% off weekends/ public holidays; 20% off

weekdays (excluding buffet lunch and buffetdessert). Siam City Bakery Café – Create Your Own Magic Sandwich: Bht 99++ for bread, spread, three vegetables and one meat/fish filling (extra fillings Bht 39++ per item). 1, 2… 3: Buy two portions of pastries, cookies or cake and get the third (of equal of lesser value) for only Bht 9! City Lounge – Magic Fruit Smoothie: A remarkably low Bht 99++ per glass gets you a Strawbeeze, Melon Mania, Mango Punch or Truly Kiwi! *Above restaurant prices not applicable in conjunction with One Club or other promotional discounts.

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Pattaya Tourism Recovery Project

An emergency meeting was recently called by Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, to discuss with the relevant tourism organisations the second stage of the ‘Pattaya Tourism Recovery’ plan. The Mayor reported that many tourists had complained that they had not received the discounts promised and that the marketing was simply a scam to try and get them here. He explained that there had been a communications blunder with the timing; the idea was to announce the promotions as part of the ‘first stage’, and allow people to take advantage of them in the ‘second stage’. He apologised that this had not been made clear enough to tourists and assured the meeting that in future they would ensure tourists were aware of the fine print. The ‘Pattaya Tourism Recovery’ plan is aimed at trying to win back the confidence of tourists after the recent political problems and

collapsing world economy. City Hall has hired a private Public Relations Company, who has a budget of 17,000,000 baht at their disposal, to promote Pattaya under the banner ‘Be Our Guest Pattaya - Pattaya Grand Sales’. This promotion is working in conjunction with the 20,000 free rooms of accommodation being offered as an incentive to bring the tourist back, together with huge discounts being offered from stores throughout the town. The new promotion was always intended to be released over three distinct periods. June and July, the first period, was simply to advertise the promotion through both

Thai and international media. The second and third phases, due to start in August and run until the end of the year, was always meant to be the time tourists could take advantage of the many special offers. Deputy Chief of Pattaya City Hall, Khun Sitthiphap Muangkhum, stated that they should look carefully at how to release details of the next stage of the campaign, to ensure tourists do not feel misled. During the first period of the release, Pattaya Call Centre had no specific information on the campaign or those participating. We must ensure that campaign information is readily available to all visitors before

Ozaki Reappointed to Lead Asia at Royal Trophy Naomichi “Joe” Ozaki, holder of 35 professional career titles, has been officially reappointed as Asian Team Captain, continuing his highly successful captaincy during the fourth edition of the Royal Trophy. The Royal Trophy is an emotionally-charged inter-continental clash, where Asian and European golfing greats compete furiously over a three-day series of Matches for stewardship of the solid-silver sixteen-kilogram Trophy, graciously donated by His Majesty the King of Thailand. Ozaki was first appointed Captain of the Asian Team in 2007 for the second edition of the Championship, during which he suffered a punishing defeat. However, he led his Asian Team to a historic and resounding victory in 2009, shocking the Europeans with his Team’s tremendous performance. “We are determined to keep the Royal Trophy in Asia. We will do our utmost to defeat Europe in Asian home ground for the second consecutive time”, said the Japanese golfing giant Ozaki. He continued, “It is indeed an honour to captain the Asian Team for the third consecutive time, and I am fully committed to deliver the Royal Trophy to our Asian people once again.” “Lifting the Royal Trophy in Thailand earlier this year, as a result of a great team effort of all our players, was a very significant moment for Asian golf. Our eight great players showed immense determination and courage in prevailing over the Europeans for the first time ever,” added

a confident Ozaki. “This has been a truly remarkable year for Asian golf. It started on a ‘high’ with our Asian Team’s magnificent win over Europe and now Y.E. Yang has added his terrific win at the PGA Championship – the first ever for an Asian golfer at a Major. Y. E. Yang was a member of my Asian Team for the Royal Trophy in 2007 and it is great to see him achieve such great success,” stated Ozaki. Ozaki’s counterpart and Captain of the European Team is expected to be five-time Major winner, the legendary Seve Ballesteros, who has confirmed his intention to lead Europe. However, confirmation of the Spaniard’s return is subject to his progressing health recovery. “I am carefully considering my player selections for the upcoming edition, as this is of utmost importance. With our historic win earlier this year, the Europeans will surely compete fiercely to regain stewardship of the Royal Trophy. I am confident, however, that our Asian Team will deliver golf of the highest quality and will play with the greatest intensity”, concluded the two-time Japan Open Champion. The fourth edition of the Royal Trophy will take place on January 8 – 10, 2010 at the exclusive Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi, Thailand. The Royal Trophy Premier and Major Sponsors include Heineken, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), PTT, Sports Authority of Thailand, Siam Commercial Bank, Sodick (Thailand) and THAI Airways. The Championship is also supported by Bangkok

Metropolitan Administration and Chonburi Provincial Government. For further Tournament information, please call +662 651 9499 or visit the official website www. The Royal Trophy is promoted by Entertainment Group Limited and Amen Corner S.A.

we embark on the second and third stages. The Mayor suggested that they treat the first stage of the campaign as a ‘pilot launch’, learn from their mistakes and ensure they are not repeated. He explained that there had been a great amount of interest for the campaign and that already the ‘Be Our Guest Pattaya - Pattaya Grand Sales’ website, had enjoyed in excess of 1.4 million visitors. City Hall would like to make it clear at the start of the second stage that the 20,000 free rooms will not be available to all visiting tourists; they will be made available as prizes and bonuses on Thai TV and Radio Stations and by completing online questionnaires. The City Hall has now asked all businesses within the Pattaya area, related to tourism, to offer a 5 – 70% to visiting tourists. The City Hall will provide a ‘Pattaya Grand Sale’ sign to all establishments taking part to be displayed in their shop windows. Detailed information has been supplied to the ‘Pattaya

Call Centre’, together with signs and posters which will be strategically placed around the city. It is hoped that after

the initial hiccup, the new campaign will entice thousands of extra tourists into the region before the end of the year.


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Chonburi's Senior Administration Celebrate HM the Queen's Birthday

Local Pattaya Residents Meet Sir Richard Branson

Pattaya resident Jim Philips meets Sir Richard

Billionaire, Sir Richard Branson, is a master entrepreneur. He started Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines. His latest venture is Virgin Galactic, which is offering flights into outer space to anyone with the money. Virgin Galactic is the first private company to develop the space tourism market. Although very expensive, Virgin Galactic flights in their new Space Ship Two is much cheaper than the Russian government has charged for a private citizen to visit the international space station. This “fantastic voyage ", actually began when the famous aircraft designer,

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Burt Rutan, built a space ship, which achieved a suborbital record in 2004. It was funded by Paul Allen, who with Bill Gates started Microsoft. This was the first time in history that a private company was able to launch a ship into space. Rutan and Allen won the Ansari X space competition prize of $10 million, but it had cost them more than $20 million to build the launch vehicle, White Knight One, and Space Ship One. On July 27, Virgin Galactic flew their second generation spacecraft launch vehicle, called White Knight Two, from California to the world’s largest air show in Oshkosh,

Wisconsin, USA. When this fantastic, four-engine, jet airplane landed, Sir Richard and the aircraft’s designer, Burt Rutan met with the press on the taxiway right by the airplane. Also there to meet Sir Richard were two residents of Pattaya, Bruce Hoppe and Jim Phillips. Jim is a retired 747 Captain with United Airlines and Bruce is Vice President of Asia Operations for Emerson Climate Technologies. So how does it fly? “It flies just beautifully, said Sir Richard.” The feel and the handling are fantastic "... I could see all you guys down here, and one day we will be able to see the Earth very clearly from the ship.” He was referring to the new space ship that his company is planning to fly commercial passengers into space by 2011. He already has a waiting list of 300 people that have given a deposit and are willing to spend $200,000 to become astronauts. Sir Richard Branson's space launch vehicle is the largest all-composite aircraft ever built. Richard also announced a major investment deal with the Abu Dhabi company, Aabar Investments, which is buying a 32% stake in Virgin Galactic for US$280 million.

The Deputy Governor of Chonburi, Khun Samartkit, recently presided over the ceremony to honour the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, together with Members of Chonburi

Senior Administration, at the Sattahip Municipality building. Chairperson of Chonburi Senior Administration, Mrs. Pranee Maneesarn, stated that the celebrations were in

respect of Her Majesty and that Senior Administrators from 11 districts had gathered to offer their respect. Since 2002, these celebrations have been held in different districts each year and focus on three major highlights for the celebrations. Highlights include a Phanphum flower presentation to a portrait of Her Majesty, speeches from honoured guests and stage performances. Additional activities are also arranged for the elderly to ensure they join in the fun on this special day. The Deputy Governor thanked everyone for all their hard work in the preparations for the big day, and hoped that in future, other organisations, including hospitals, other administrations and municipalities would join in the festive fun.

Lions Club Once Again Help the Poor Members of the Lions Club Pratamnak, recently donated 200 bags of rice and 200 bottles of water to the poorer students of local Pattaya schools. The presentation took place at a house on South Pattaya Road, where Lions Club members, Somsak Narksonthi and Suree Narksonthi, made the gifts of rice and water. The presentation ceremony began with a religious ceremony and the presenting of offerings to nine Monks from Wat Thamsamakee Temple, South Pattaya, as a mark of merit making on behalf of the Narksonthi and Klaokliang families.

A lunch party was then attended by the students and their parents along with dignitaries. In addition of the presentation of rice and

water, the Lions Club also presented aluminium lids to the Banglamung Hospital in order for them to be able to make artificial limbs for the disabled in the area.

Commander Promotes Marines The Commander of the Air and Coastal Defence Command Unit, Rear Admiral Jakkarachai Poojaroen, recently chaired a ceremony at which 9 officers were promoted to higher ranks. The Commander stated that the promotions were well deserved, the officers had excelled in their day to day duties and it was an honour to present them with their promotions. He explained that with the promotion

comes responsibility, they must strive even harder to complete their duties to the very best of their abilities. The newly promoted officers, he believes, will have a long, rewarding career in the services and he wished them all good luck in the future. Many friends and relatives were on hand to share in the celebrations.

Infiniti Restaurant at Sheraton Pattaya Resort Selected for Design World TV Segment Infiniti, Sheraton Pattaya Resort’s spectacular cliffside Italian restaurant, recently hosted famous actress-modelsinger Tong Pakkaramai to shoot a special segment of the popular “Design World” TV program focusing on food presentation. Acting General Manager, Gino, greeted the media party and escorted the presenter and crew through the resort’s lush gardens to the specially chosen location for the shoot.

Infiniti is renowned for its classic Italian cuisine featuring prime meats and the fruits of the sea, its original wood-fire oven, its chic sheltered/al fresco ambiance, and not least it’s stunning setting commanding epic views across the ocean to nearby tropical islands. Catch how the venue inspired Tong and her team to create several dishes that indeed looked as good as they tasted against that breathtaking backdrop only

on Design World, exclusively on Channel 9, every Saturday from 11:00-11:30 a.m.

NEWS Bangkok’s 11th International Festival of Dance and Music Kicks Off with Award Winning Production of La Traviata

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Bangkok’s 11th International Festival of Dance and Music, the premier cultural event of the year, will kick off on September 7, 2009 with a lavish and spectacular staging of La Traviata. Performed by over 150 musicians and singers from one of Russia’s most respected opera houses, the Ekaterinburg Opera Theatre, La Traviata is one of Verdi’s most loved operas. Based on Alexandre Dumas’ play, La Dame aux Cameilas, this 3-act opera is a romantic tale set in 18th Century Paris and tells the story of Alfredo, a young poet from a well-known family, who falls in love with a courtesan named Violetta. The story deals with social distinctions, and stresses that a good heart is more important than propriety. With a talented leading cast consisting of soprano Natalia Starkova, a gold medalist at the International Bellini Vocalists’ Competition,

playing “Violetta”, and Dymtry Kuzmin, a soloist with the National Opera of Ukraine, playing “Alfredo”, La Traviata will be under the baton of one of the most respected conductors today, Mikhail Granovsky, from the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. Tickets can be purchased at ThaiTicketMajor’s call center 02 262 3456, outlets or on www.thaiticketmajor. com. Bulk purchases of 10 tickets and above will be entitled to a 10% discount, and students presenting their ID’s will be entitled to a 20% discount per ticket per performance. Please contact Thai Ticket Major for purchase conditions. Bangkok’s 11th

International Festival of Dance & Music, sponsored by Bangkok Bank Plc, B Grimm, Dusit Thani Hotel, King Power Group, Post Publishing Plc, SCG, Thai Airways International Plc, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Toyota Motor Thailand, will be held at the Thailand Cultural Centre from September 7 – October 17, 2009 For the full Festival program, please visit www.bangkokfestivals. com. For further information, please contact Image Impact Ltd., Chutinun Guna-Tilaka. Tel. 02357 1180 – 3 Ext. 108, e-mail chutinun@imageimpact.

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Will Pattaya Get a New Garbage Power Plant? region. The City have been running into major problems at the existing Khaomaikaew landfill site, it is turning into an ugly, polluted area. Many private companies have approached Pattaya City Hall with various solutions to the waste problem, however, all have a very high price tag, and with the current and future budget from central government likely to

be cut further, funds for any project have had to be abandoned. The present contract for the disposal of waste is due to finish in April 2010, and anyone with a proposal on how the waste can be disposed off more efficiently and cost effectively is invited to contact City Hall to discuss the matter in detail.

Tourist Robs Thai Woman

The Police Officers thought they had misheard a report, it was alleged that a foreigner had robbed a Thai lady, they quickly made their way to the South Pattaya Road location, to make further enquiries. In front of a hotel the police discovered, Miss Pritsana Tiangkratok, aged 23, who indeed wished to make a report on being

robbed by a Farang. She explained to the officers that she provided ‘special and discreet services’ to tourists in the Walking Street area. Earlier in the evening she had agreed to visit a hotel in South Pattaya Road with a dark gentleman, after the dirty deed was completed, and she was enjoying a well earned shower, she was

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Chonburi Police Ordination Ceremony Apprehend Drug Dealers for Young Monks

An ordination ceremony for young Monks took place in the afternoon, on the 21st August, with 7,000 young men being ordained. The ceremony took place at the Great Monument at Pattaya City Hall, where the young men, from 7,000 subdistricts around Thailand, dressed in the traditional white robes, were welcomed by Pattaya Deputy Mayor, Khun Ronnakit Ekkasing. The event had been

organised by Government Policy to try and encourage young men to participate in the Monk Program, to encourage them to lead a good and clean life and to show respect to their parents. The tradition has over the last few years had very few participants. The young men will go into training for three weeks from the 22nd August until the 11th September. by Nana

flabbergasted to discover the customer had disappeared when she finished in the shower. Upon checking her handbag, she couldn’t believe it when she discovered that not only had the man done a runner without paying her, he had also been through her handbag and stolen her mobile phone. Obviously furious, she was making her way back

to Walking Street. As she passed Charnthong Place on South Pattaya Road, she saw the thief standing in front and immediately reported the matter to the police. The robbing tourist, Mr. Kouame Nigoran Patrick, aged 25, from the African Ivory Coast was arrested and was still in possession of the young ladies property. He was taken to the police station for the law to take its course.

A team of Police Officers from Chonburi got stuck into a good night’s work in the early hours, aapprehending drug dealers in the Pattaya area. The police discovered and apprehended a number of youths on drug taking and dealing charges. Those arrested included:1. Khun Roongrot (Bow) Tharuengsom, aged 21, with the evidence of 10.4grams of the drug ‘Ice’, he was caught in the act of waiting for a customer in Soi Nongprue 2. Khun Jakarakrit (Add) Khamkong, aged 31, who was found to be in possession of 780 Yaba tablets, a .22 gun with 9 bullets, a mobile phone with a useful long list of clients and dealers, and an Isuzu pickup truck. He was caught in the act, while parking the truck and waiting for a client in front of Tesco

Lotus Sukhumvit Road South Pattaya. 3. Khun Witthawat (Nui) Krasang, aged 20, captured with 4.2grams of ’Ice’ at his room in Nongprue. 4. Khun Tharin (Jom) Luangorn, aged only 17, at his home in Banglamung with the evidence of 4.2grams of ‘Ice’, and a .38 gun with 5 bullets. 5. The team made their last stop that day at house; where they apprehended three suspects being; Khun Sornnarin Seehalord, aged 19, Khun Tinnaphan Kannufa, aged 24, and Khun Samphan Thaharn, aged 25, who were all apprehended with drugs while taking together in the house. All the young men arrested were taken to the Banglamung Police Station and will await their day in court.

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Sting Operation Nabs Navy Sergeant

A serving Sergeant Major in the Thai Royal Navy was recently caught in a sting operation instigated by fellow Marines and in conjunction with the local police. The young Sergeant Major, Pornpot Markchom (Art), aged 22, together with Miss Bee, aged 17, were arrested together in possession of 13 Yaba tablets, a Honda Wave motorcycle used for the distribution of the drugs, and 3,000 baht in cash. As part of the sting operation, the money discovered on the couple had previously been photocopied by the police as evidence. The sting operation was initiated by the ‘Drug Prevention and Suppression Unit’ at Sattahip Naval Base after they became aware of a drug problem on the base. A few of the naval personnel

were known to be dabbling in drugs and it was time to worm out these undesirables and the people who were supplying them. They organised the sting operation with the cooperation of the local police. The arrested man confessed that he had been dealing drugs on the base for almost a year. He received his drugs from a major dealer known as Suea (Tiger), aged around 22, who resides in Soi Thammawitthaya, near to the Sattahip Market, at a cost of 200 baht per tablet, he then sells them on to the young marines in his regiment for 30 baht. He stated that his arrested accomplice, Miss Bee, had no involvement in his operation and was there solely as it was the only place she could find to take drugs n peace.

Swapping Petrol for Yaba Tablets

Police Officers from the Na Jomtien area recently apprehended the owner of a Honda Civic car, which had visited a petrol station, filled with fuel, and then taken off before paying. The incident had taken place at a station in the Sattahip area, local police had radioed the information through to their fellow officers in Pattaya, when he was last seen heading in that direction.

The arrested man, Khun Saratoon Detrangap, aged 31, along with his vehicle which he used as a taxi, were taken to the police station in order for further investigation by the officers. The member of staff on duty at the petrol station explained to Sattahip officers that he had never experienced

anything like this before. He filled the petrol tank of the Honda Civic, along with extra containers the customer had brought along, a total of 1,050 baht. The man asked for a receipt, and as he walked away to get it, the customer suddenly jumped in his car and drove off in the direction of Pattaya. He immediately notified the police who radioed through to Pattaya officers. When apprehended, Khun Saratoon, confessed that he had done similar crimes at other petrol stations usually in the Chonburi and Rayong areas, more than 30 in total. The goal was not to fill his car, but to fill the extra containers which he later sold or exchanged for Yaba tablets. He explained that as a drug addict himself, he did not earn enough money as a taxi driver to feed his habit. He would usually park on Pratamnak Road in Pattaya and look for foreign customers wishing to travel to Bangkok. The police made a note of the other locations he has done similar robberies and


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Swearing Match Leads to Shooting

Pattaya Police were recently notified of a shooting incident which had taken place in front of Pattaya Pat Condo’s in Soi Arunothai, Central Pattaya Road. Arriving at the scene, police found Pongkritsana Changnoy, aged 16, who resides at the Niran Grand Condo, who had been shot three times by a .38mm pistol, in his right leg, right thigh and in the ribs, he was in a very serious condition and was rushed to the hospital. At the hospital a number of friends of the shot man had gathered to check up on his condition. Police officers took the opportunity to question them to find out any information they may have on the incident. The young men explained that they had been sitting in front of the Niran Grand Condo’s, when the two attackers, Pe and Diaw, approached them on a

motorcycle and started swearing at them, before driving off. Being very angry indeed, the youths decided to follow the two and sort the problems out once and for all. They caught up with the two attackers and Pongkritsana, swore at the two men, a argument followed, and it was decided they would sort out their differences, one on one. They drove to a deserted Soi so the fight could take place. When they got off their motorcycles, instead of getting ready to fight, one of the attackers pulled out a gun and started shooting at Pongkritsana, before fleeing from the scene. The police already have information on the boys and where they can be found. Further investigations will take place and hopefully the two attackers will be behind bars in the very near future.

Making a Bad Situation Worse

The Sattahip District Offices recently received a couple of unusual guest, when two ladies, with almost one hundred thousand baht in cash, requested officers to close a recent drug case with no prosecutions. In the early afternoon, the Sattahip District Chief, Khun Chanchai Iamjaroen, received a request from Mrs. Suchada Sukkhum, aged 40, to drop the charges against Khun Jang Kongtei, who was arrested on the 13th August with 400 Yaba tablets, a gun, and a list of his drug will contact those police forces with the information. Charges have been made and the gentleman will appear in court in the near future.

contacts. The lady in question, upon his suggestion, returned later in the afternoon with Miss Suphaporn Thepnuan, aged 33, and a bag of cash. Whilst the two young ladies were counting out the money, the District Chief in conjunction with officers from other drug related agencies, interrupted, and arrested the two women on charges of trying to bribe an official. The arrest is part of the ongoing battle for drug suppression forces to try and curb the wide use of drugs in our area. They hope this will be a lesson to other criminals facing charges, that their officers cannot be bribed. The two women confessed to their crimes and will await their date in court.

Thief Arrested

A taxi was recently spotted in the PTT Gas Station on Sukhumvit Road, opposite the Tesco/ Lotus Supermarket, which was believed to have been used in a number of robberies in the Bangkok district of Lardprao. Police approached the vehicle, and the driver, Khun Prasit Saenlao, aged 35, originally from the Huay Yai sub-district, Banglamung, explained that he rented the yellow and green Toyota Corolla taxi, and had no knowledge of it being used in any robberies.

The taxi had been reported earlier for being involved in robbing its passengers in Bangkok. The driver, still claiming his innocence, explained that he rented the taxi for 600 baht per day from a friend called Noi. Despite his claims of innocence, police believe he was involved in the robberies and the Lardprao Police Department have been informed and will soon pick him up for transportation to Bangkok for further investigation.

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BUSINESS NEWS SK Opens New Location

The well-known and trusted SK Pattaya Construction Company recently held a ceremony to officially open their new development on Chaiyapruek Road. The company’s Director, Khun Sa-Nga Kitsamret, who is also the Chairman of the Pattaya Real Estate Entrepreneurs, invited 9 Monks to perform a religious ceremony and to bless the new premises. Many relatives, staff, friends and business acquaintances attended the event with Father Nakorn Manoonyo performing a good luck ceremony in front of the building. Later on the same day,

an official ribbon cutting ceremony took place with many government officials, politicians, fellow businessmen and close friends in attendance. The SK Construction Development Company is one of Pattaya’s leading real estate construction companies. It has a superb reputation for being a trustworthy company that completes its projects on time and on budget. The SK Company are also involved in well known cattle breeding projects in America. For more information on this interesting company and its activities, please contact http://www.

Oasis Spa

Oasis Spa (Thailand) launched its GO GREEN COMPANY POLICY to commemorate the company’s sixth anniversary. Fifty Oasis employees, lead by CEOs Toby Allen and Pakin Ployphicha, cooperated with ‘Trees for Life project’ and local villagers to plant 1,000 trees in Mae Tang District, Chiang Mai. The

Charity Acrobatics Fantasy from Beijing!

area is essential as a water source for the Ping River. Taking a holistic approach, a two day workshop was held in conjunction with the tree planting to educate top management and formulate an action plan for the future. The goal is to become an ecofriendly business, therefore benefiting staff, customers and the community.

GS Bank Opens New Branch

In aid of Fr. Ray Foundation

One of the current ‘must-not-be-missed’ is the world class ‘Beijing Acrobatics Fantasy’ which has recently been showing all around Thailand. In Pattaya City on 20th September 2009 at 2 pm there will be a performance by this fantastic acrobatic group from Beijing. This adventure, excitement and fantasy that involves a crew of 40 elastic Chinese performers will be shown at The Tiffany Theater, Pattaya 2nd Road. All proceeds will go towards supporting the 850 underprivileged children and disabled young adults in the care of the Father Ray Foundation. Tickets for the event are now on sale! Please contact the following for more information: Khun Somnuk 081-8612377 Khun Chavalit 086-4453427 or 038-716628 email:

A large opening ceremony was held at the Central Festival Pattaya Beach Shopping Complex for a new branch of the Government Savings Bank. Pattaya Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Khunplome, was joined by the Director of Government Savings Bank Region 11, Khun Preecha Keeraphimol, to perform the official cutting of the ribbon

ceremony. The new branch will keep the same opening hours as the shopping mall and will pride them on offering their customers a more varied selection of services than other main street banks. The new branch will be manned by eight full time staff and will be open from 11.00am to 8.00pm seven days a week.

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Royal Orchid Holidays and Amari Hotels to Offer Thailand Packages from Pakistan

Thai Airways Pakistan Office, together with Amari Hotels and Resorts and leading local tour operators in Pakistan, met recently to plan special Thailand packages to be operated in 2009/2010 by Royal Orchid Holidays. The meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel Karachi, and inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Joompol Manaschuang, Consul-General of Thailand. Pictured above with leading local tour operators, H.E

Mr. Joompol Manaschuang, Consul-General of Thailand, Royal Thai Consulate General, Pakistan (3rd from right), M.L. Suravut Thongtham, Vice President Sales, Amari Hotels and Resorts (4th from right), Mr. Kittiphong Sansomboon, General Manager Pakistan, Thai Airways International PCL. (2nd from right), Mr. Suphot Prakitjanuruk, General Manager, Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel (3rd from left).

Raimon Land Offers Exclusive Promotions at Northpoint, Pattaya PATTAYA; August 25, 2009 - Leading property developer, Raimon Land, has launched two unprecedented payment options at its exclusive Northpoint project in Pattaya to assist buyers in achieving their dream of owning a luxury beachfront condominium. An innovative Preferred Payment Programme provides Northpoint buyers with a twoyear period to make full payment of their condominium after it has been completed and they have moved in. The Credit Card Scheme offers buyers using Visa or MasterCard the option to pay the THB100,000 booking fee and the 10% contract fee if they so wish, with Raimon Land absorbing the bank fees. Raimon Land Chief Executive Officer, Hubert Viriot, said the company understands property buyers are currently facing challenges in securing lines of credit. “However, we also realise that demand remains strong for the high-quality real estate developments that Raimon Land offers, and this prompted us to offer these very generous payment avenues at Northpoint to help make people’s dreams come true,” he said. Through July 2009, Raimon Land has sold 72% of the 376 residential units in the award-winning Northpoint development. Located on North Pattaya’s prestigious

Wong-Amat Beach, the project is ready to move early 2010. Recognised as the “Best Condo Development Eastern Seaboard” at the Thailand Property Awards 2008, Northpoint redefines beachfront living in Pattaya with a mix of one, two and three bedroom luxury units, as well as three to four-bedroom

duplexes and penthouses, ranging in size from 53492 sq.m., with tropical modern designs, and every unit enjoying uninterrupted views of the Gulf of Thailand. Located on 80-metres of beachfront amid tiered horizon pools and specially zoned sun decks, Northpoint also features spectacular Sky Gardens, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a kids’ playground and lush greenery.For more information, please visit www.northpointpattaya. com Nortpoint Pattaya Sales Office: Tel: +66 (0) 3848 8613; Fax: +66 (0) 3848 8617 E-Mail: sales@northpointpattaya. com

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Asian Office Market Begins to Stabilise, but Companies Remain Cost-cautious

The Asian office market showed signs of stabilising in the second quarter of 2009, but companies remained focused on reducing costs and tightening their real estate expenditures, according to CB Richard Ellis. Pressure to further reduce office space requirements nevertheless began to ease as the macro economic environment became somewhat calmer and, in the case of China, began to recover and improve. Most Asian cities either recorded a smaller negative net absorption or a mild increase in office requirements. Overall vacancy for Asian cities rose 0.6% quarteron-quarter 12.5% in the second quarter, but the rate of increase slowed from 1.2% in the previous quarter. In Bangkok, the total amount of occupied office space increased over the last six months, but only by 22,131 square metres. Total office supply as of Q2 2009 was 7.86 million square metres with a vacancy rate of 14.0%, compared to 14.2% at the end of Q1 2009. Grade A CBD rents decreased 5.7% year-on-year, standing at THB 700 per square metre per month for 200 – 300 square metre transactions. There is very little new office space under construction. The Energy Complex on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road, comprising 119,000 square metres, will be completed in Q4 2009, but this has been fully let to PTT and affiliated companies. In 2010, only Sathorn Square, Golden Land’s grade A development next to the Chong Nonsi BTS station will be completed with 73,500 square metres and Sivatel with 5,880 square metres on Wireless Road. In 2011 the only new office building in Bangkok will be Park

Ventures with 28,000 square metres on the corner of Wireless and Ploenchit Roads. With such a limited amount of new supply, any increase in the amount of occupied space created by a recovering economy will lead to an increase in rents,” said Mr. Nithipat Tongpun, Executive Director and head of Office Services at CB Richard Ellis Thailand. Retaining existing tenants and attracting new ones remained the top priority for office landlords in Asia. In many markets, office landlords displayed a definite willingness to negotiate lease restructuring and offer more incentives to desirable corporate occupiers. However, leasing markets were sluggish overall and office rents remained caught in the down cycle. According to the CB Richard Ellis Asia Office Rental Index, overall office rents in Asia fell 6.7% in the second quarter, decelerating slightly from the 8.1% decline witnessed in the previous quarter as most cities underwent a milder rate of rental reduction. Occupier activity in Tokyo was slower than expected in the second quarter. The majority of transactions concluded comprised either renewals in which existing occupiers achieved reduced rental costs in exchange for committing to longer lease terms, or corporate flight to quality in which companies opted for better locations without assuming higher rental costs. Although economic conditions in South Korea improved during the review period, demand for quality office space in Seoul continued to shrink. The average vacancy rate for grade A offices climbed to 3.1% in the second quarter from 2.2%

Success at Asian University

Ms. Varittha Sanphuang, a fourth-year electrical and electronic engineering student, won an IEEE MTT-S (Microwave Theory and Techniques Society) Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship of US $1,500 to carry out her research during 2009-2010 at Asian University. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Only six students around the world receive this IEEE scholarship each year. In addition, she also won an IEEE AP-S (Antennas and Propagation Society) Pre-Doctoral Research

in the first quarter. The Chinese government’s implementation of its four trillion Yuan stimulus package continued to help bolster business confidence in China during the second quarter. In Beijing, prime office demand from overseas companies began to rise and a number of major leasing transactions involving foreign companies were completed. However, in Guangzhou it was domestic occupiers, particularly state-owned enterprises with monopolistic positions in certain industrial sectors, who comprised the main source of demand for prime office space. Both cities enjoyed a significant increase in net absorption over the second quarter. Elsewhere, Shanghai edged towards positive absorption as overall sentiment improved, although the city continued to record negative net absorption during the review period. In Taipei, the commercial property investment market performed well in anticipation of closer economic ties with Mainland China, prompting landlords to raise their rental expectations during the second quarter. However, office occupiers seemed disconnected from the optimism displayed by landlords as they struggled to make ends meet under the present tough economic environment. Overall demand for office space in Hong Kong remained weak during the second quarter, directly reflecting the fact that the city is home to a sizeable concentration of MNCs and international financial institutions that have been directly impacted by the current crisis. The Central CBD, which accommodates many overseas banks’ Asian headquarters, witnessed an extremely sharp quarterly decline in rentals, and rents remained generally soft across all office sub-markets. Singapore is also home to the Asian headquarters of a large number of MNCs and consequently saw the further weakening of prime

office demand during the quarter. Prime rents have now fallen 46.6% from the peak recorded in Q3 2008 and occupancy rates will continue to face pressure from substantial new supply. Singapore has some 770,000 square metres of new office space in the development pipeline between now and 2013 and it seems certain that for the short term at least, supply will continue to outstrip demand. In India, the election of a new government and falling interest rates improved local business sentiment during the second quarter. Although there were some small signs of improvement, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore witnessed office rents slide further as buildings in the CBD saw an exodus of occupiers as corporates moved to alternative locations in order to reduce real estate costs. Although the rise in demand for less costly premises bolstered office sub-markets outside the CBD, landlords of buildings in secondary office destinations struggled with the consequences of speculative overbuilding and were forced to increase incentives to recruit tenants. Jakarta was the only city in Asia where rentals held firm, while Kuala Lumpur saw only a mild rental correction within the period under review. In Ho Chi Minh City, the low rent strategy adopted by the newly completed Centec Tower, the first grade A building to come on stream in a decade, drove average grade A rents down by 28.8% from the previous quarter. CB Richard Ellis anticipates that the Asia office occupier market is witnessing demand beginning to stabilise and business confidence turn slightly more positive as clearer signs of economic recovery emerge. However, the recovery Asian economies are currently experiencing is unlikely to translate into the kind of brisk corporate expansion witnessed during the 2005 and 2007 period. Rather, it is anticipated that corporate

Sheraton Pattaya Resort Welcomes New Sales Manager

Award of US $1,000 during 2009-2010. Her research projects will be carried out under the supervision of Assistant Professor Dr. Danai Torrungrueng, a senior IEEE member, at Asian University.

Sheraton Pattaya Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Penpapasorn Eamsa-ard as its new Sales Manager responsible for corporate accounts. Ms. Penpapasorn has accumulated many years of sales experience in 4-5 star hotels and resorts. Prior to joining Sheraton Pattaya Resort, she was with the Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel for four years.

occupiers will continue to adopt a conservative approach towards real estate decisions, especially those that would lead to an increase in operating costs. With respect to companies in Asia with operations which

do not need to be situated in prestigious locations, many remain receptive to relocating these elements to lower cost premises, sometimes even opting for less mature business precincts in exchange for substantial savings.

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Ramadan Day celebrated

The administrators of Q.D. Sweet Mansion located in Soi Buakhao, gave something back to the community by giving out free bags of rice and dry foods to local Buddhist and Muslim residents on the occasion of Ramadan Day – led by Mr. Hassan Ahmed M Malalla and staff of the Q.D. Sweet Mansion.

AFG learn business management

There was a very informative meeting by the Automotive Focus Group (AFG), which is made up mainly of those associated with the car manufacturing industry in S.E. Thailand. Guest speaker, from the Visteon Company, Mr. Varadan Devanathan, is based in Bangkok and was born in India, but has spent considerable time in Asia and other countries, and had the members eager to ask questions and learn more.

Dr. Ian blows the whistle

After considerable research, an interesting address on ‘Swine Flu’ was delivered by Dr. Ian Corness (Bangkok Pattaya International Hospital), at the Automotive Focus Group meeting in the Sheraton Hotel. Dr. Ian stated that the WHO needs regular world epidemics to keep international funding flowing into their coffers. It is interesting to note that one of the few pharmaceutical companies that manufactures drugs to combat ‘Swine Flu’ lies close to the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. As for wearing masks, - the only really effective one is a special ‘N.95’ mask, however, taking Vitamin-D tablets is also an effective preventative measure.

One million from music festival

Pattaya’s dedicated jazz enthusiasts gathered at Jomtien’s ‘Chateaudale Complex’ on Thappraya Road, to enjoy a real 300-baht value for money night of modern music and jazz. This included a delicious serve yourself buffet dinner, with one free drink, plus raffle prizes totalling over 350,000 baht. Entertainers included the Blues Factory Band, American singers ‘Sunrise and Sunset’, plus an impromptu ‘Elvis Presley’ performance by Mr. Michael from Pattaya Aquatics, who donated 60,000 baht for his fantastic efforts. A charity cheque for one million baht was presented to the Pattaya City Mayor, Khun Itthiphol Kunplome.

Venue for MICE

Somsak Tanruengsri (1st right) , General Manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, recently hosted lunch for 60 delegates from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore for the “Connections Plus 2009, Thailand Moving Forward” event. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) organized this trip to Pattaya to promote Pattaya as a potential MICE venue.

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Loei kids meet the ocean

A children’s windsurfing event was organised by the Commander of the Loei Provincial Police, Police Major General Attagrit Tharechat and his officers, with Pattaya City giving it very strong support. What a big event it was for children from every area of Loei to participate in wind surfing races on Pattaya’s Jomtien Beach, because most of them, had never seen the ocean before. Around 140 children participated from the nineteen provinces.

AustCham Sundowner at Sheraton

The Australians have succeeded again, though not in the Ashes, but by holding a very well attended social and business evening on the beach front of Pattaya’s Sheraton Hotel.

Don’t forget the charity golf

Pattaya’s best map

At an environmental and tourist promotion meeting at Pattaya City Hall, samples of a large map were handed out, that were more detailed than anything else previously seen. This map comes as a normal cartographic map, plus a real life satellite picture complete with added local area information and folds down to a size of approximately 10 x 20 cm. The Mayor’s Secretary, Khun Rugby, who is a leading computer expert, has worked for well over a year to complete this massive project.

Friday 25th September, an afternoon charity golf event at the Plataluang Navy Golf Course (South of Pattaya), to aid local charities, followed by an evening of great entertainment at Pattaya’s Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Three of Pattaya’s ‘movers and shakers’ are organising this worthwhile charity day, the Real Estate Magazine, JVK International Movers, and Town & Country Properties; ( E-mail movers-shakers@ for details).

Liam’s Gallery sponsors BCCT

Driving licences for Expats The Director of the Land Transport Department, Khun Kalorn Wuntip attended a Pattaya City Expats Club Meeting at Henry J. Beans Pub on the northern end of Pattaya Beach Road. Ms. Kanchanar from the Rayong City Land Transport Office did an excellent job of translating the presentation into English, and explained that as well a copy of your passport and the equivalent photos of yourself, you must have a ‘Residency Certificate’ which can be obtained at your local Immigration Office, plus a medical report on your health condition.

Property Care Services (PCS) have entered into a round of sponsorships, with the latest being a British Chamber of Commerce (BCCT) networking evening at Liam’s Gallery on Soi-4 off Pratumnak Road in Pattaya’s Jomtien area. This fine art gallery is owned and managed by Liam, who not only has a passion for art, but also has excellent reference library upstairs, as well as free internet facilities.

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Ketsiri honours the Queen

Medical supply presentation

Dr. Phichit Kangwolkit, from the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, is captured presenting medical supplies to the elderly at Banbueng Municipality, Chonburi, whilst doctors and nurses from the Hospital administer health checks to the elderly.

DASTA lend a helping hand

Khun Siriwan Thongamphai, Ketsiri Beauty School Administrator, led her students to perform a tree planting ceremony at the area of Maiyoo Sa-Ngad Temple, Bangsaray, as a way of showing respect to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on her 77th birthday and also to encourage the students to take care of their environment.

Happy Birthday from the Montien

Representatives from ‘DASTA’ (Designated Area for Sustainable Tourism Administration), attended a meeting at Pattaya City Hall to meet with local government officials. A very informative book was available and a questionnaire was handed out to those who attended as a way of gaining some new ideas on local conditions. The objective was to boost tourism, and DASTA are already giving help to small and medium sized enterprises in Thailand.

Burapha and City Hall liaise

Mr. Joachim Fluchter(4th from Left) , V.I.P guest of The Montien Hotel, Pattaya who celebrated his 85th birthday Anniversary at Paradise Garden Pool was greeted by Mr.Prayuth Thamdhum, GM. of The Montien Hotel, Pattaya family and friends who came by to wish his a Happy Birthday recently.

A Burapha University experts, specialising in business and tourism, met Pattaya City Hall officials for a formal meeting on ways to improve the situation in the city. The end result was the agreement to a permanent arrangement whereby the Burapha University would not only give assistance in tourism matters, but also assist small and medium sized enterprises, through these difficult times.

Don’t miss the Beijing Acrobatics

On 20th September an afternoon performance will be staged by the world famous Beijing Acrobatics Troupe, whilst on their world tour. This will be a one off show at Tiffanys, so be sure not to miss out. Khun Sri-Udom from the Pattaya Ladies Club has further information, or contact Tiffanys in north Pattaya. Why not buy two tickets and give one to an under privileged child?

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by Peter Lloyd

The recent reports of a financial crisis at City Hall lead me to wonder if anyone is ever held accountable for the enormous waste of money spent on the most absurd, pavement cluttering monst rosities, which seem to only be a delivery system for the lining of contractor’s pockets, and which are usually then abandoned to rot in the streets. My all time “favourite” is that disgusting, unsightly concrete base dolphin fountain at the junction of Beach Road and Central Road in Pattaya, which now looks even worse than when it was so cheaply and badly built. How much budget was allocated for that eyesore I wonder? And who is responsible for maintaining it? Can the original builder or commissioning official

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Beachside Junk

hoarding, someone has had the wisdom to build huge metallic structures, which could (and should) have better functioned as public toilets, just to hold four small advertising signs for the Pattaya Helpine number. It’s an absurd waste of money which could have been better spent on schools, the hospital or the poor. I walked down both Pattya and Jomtien Beach Roads the other morning and was amused/ dismayed to notice the many pieces of previous administrations’ junk TV Scam – a Sight for Sore Eyes littering the beachside We will never know, and cluttering up the probably. pavements. These items A number of shiny new, should never have been unnecessary structures built but they were, and now have recently been erected both beachside locations on Pattaya Beach Road, are scarred by these unsightly, to further block the abandonded objects which pavements. Instead of a have been left to rust and small discrete advertising clutter the pavements and be held to account for what is now a serious blight on Beach Road? And why has it just been left to rot?

make the place look terrible. What is the point of putting unsightly electrical wiring underground, then scarring the beachside

Another Bright Idea, once

with this expensive, ugly, unnecessary rubbish? Lots of this junk even when it was built was a laughing stock (my old Jomtien favourite being the beach TVs pictured above). If city hall is not interested

Jomtien Beach Business

I always like to see a bit of corporate deal doing and innovation, whether it’s a Dow Jones or London Stock Exchange multinational takeover, or a nifty bit of corporate footwork down at Jomtien Beach. On my recent peregrina tions, I noticed an excellent development on a previously struggling beach concession site. All around are empty chairs and glum faces, as beach concessionaires struggle in the low season, but at this newly branded one, business is booming, as the concessionaire has done a tiein with an Asian tour company. The tour company has re-liveried the tired beach furniture with distinctive and eye-catching green and white corporate umbrellas, chairs, advertising signs and

even luminous green safety vests for its tour groups. It is sadly a sign of the times when you have to make Koreans and Japanese tourists feel safe on a beach by herding them to one beachside venue, but we know Asian tourists don’t mind this treatment and are prepared to pay through the nose for it. And there are some significant upsides for all concerned. The tourists feel safe in their “own” protected and branded area, beach hassles are kept to a minimum as vendors are carefully chosen and the tourists aren’t swamped by them. They have a guide who explains the parasailing, bananas, speedboat and jet ski deals, and the tourists probably rightly feel much safer about not getting scammed in the

timehonoured Pattaya way for “damage” to this equipment. The people who presumably supply these services take a reduced fee for guaranteed business, so the tour company makes even more money, even though the tourists

probably pay more. The beach vendors have clients, the beach conces sionaire has clients it can sell drinks and food to, and everyone seems to be very happy. That’s what I call win win.

Economist Article

Thailand was in some pretty rum company recently when the Economist featured a report by the World Bank on which governments had made the most progress in accoun tability in the past decade (Serbia and Sierra Leone since you ask). Even

in Iraq and Afghanistan there had been progress in the right direction, but in Eritrea, Thailand, Belarus and Zimbabwe, conditions have become significantly worse, accor ding to the data and sources used by the World Bank to compile their report.

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in pursuing the culprits Contractors should also and forcing them to pay have to pay deposits as for the maintenance or a bond against shoddy removal of these substandard workmanship, and commis items, the city should at least sioning officials should maintain or remove them themselves. And in these b u d g e t challenged times, City Hall should ban any “scheme” which involves putting This used to be a pavement any advertising or information boards, be made to take full structures, huts, displays, professional responsibility screens, maps, tourist for these schemes. help boards, or hoardings Maybe we should all of any description any phone the Pattaya Helpline where on any pavement to complain about unwithout good cause and sightly, rotting clutter without a well planned being abandonded on the and funded construction pavements of the city by and maintenance programme. City Hall.


I recently joined Facebook to view a friend’s engagement photos in Australia which he posted on his site. I am sorry I bothered. Not for his photos, which were very enjoyable, but suddenly I have been added to all kinds of teenager relatives’ friends lists and daily I watch as my Facebook page fills up with illiterate,

late night, inconsequential, drunken, mindless crap. Or people bombard me with boring corporate postings. My general principle is anyone who I want to keep in touch with has my telephone number and my email address. I think I will keep it that way, even though that also has its downsides (see below).

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Give Continuity a Chance

Dear Sirs: I would like to comment on the city as I perceive it one day into my stay in July 2009 in contrast to the city I first witnessed in the years 2002-2007. During prior administrations of the Prime Minister’s Office, it was decided to institute and enforce a mandatory closing time or curfew in Pattaya of something like 1:00 AM. Having decided to take a midnight ride around town upon my arrival, I was immediately impressed by the number of persons involved in the economy who had no business due to imposed closing restrictions. These are hard pressed people to begin with. Taxi drivers, bar girls, retail establishments all suffer not only because of the general world recession but also because of the imposed curfew which was based on misplaced moral issues. Strategically speaking, the government was attempting to reposition Pattaya as a more main-line resort. But the truth is, Pattaya is hugely successful with its formula based on demand and customer “satisfaction” albeit in more ways than one; this coincidentally is also CUTTING EDGE MARKETING! Las Vegas is a 24 hour town, the lights don’t go out at 1:00 PM because the President is afraid of the international image or whatever! When you have people who are willing, ready and able to provide services and a tourist who wants it, it makes more sense to respond to the customer. Pattaya must redefine its strategic role in order to remain successful. Building high rise condominiums in a town that is regulated-- past issues of health and safety-- allows competitive forces to build on Pattaya’s weaknesses, namely the lack of responsiveness to customer demand. Redefining Pattaya strategically based on the success of real estate development is only as good as the economy. Why restrain it? Why reposition a world class success story into something less cutting edge. Again, it is important to all of us that the government redefines Pattaya’s strategic marketing efforts and business practices based on customer satisfaction and demand and willingness of people to work rather than arguments which justify curfews. Sam Carpenter Dear Sam, Your arguments are very cogent and make would total sense in the ‘real’ world. The only problem is the TiT (This is Thailand) syndrome. The Thai administrations have long adopted a paternalistic approach to governing their people, effectively never allowing them to come of age; a policy that seems to be being reinforced by the media. It’s likewise further reinforced by commercial interests, which seem intent on pandering to that which is puerile in the populace, as evidenced in the childish slogans and logos on T-shirts, bags etc. sported by all ages. Issues of morality, ethics and general behaviour are defined for the people as a whole and independence of thought discouraged; this is particularly evident in the educational system. Hopefully, the present administration will begin to redress the balance, but it’s hardly something that’s going to happen overnight. All we can do is to try individually to influence the system in whatever way we can to bring Thailand into the real world, as you have done in your letter. Dear Editor, My wife still insists that the Swine flu is being

spread by pigs and still refuses to eat pork. I have told her time and time again this is not true, but she won’t have any of it. You know the problem - Thais always know best. Can you give me some ammunition so I can persuade her to eat pork again. It’s driving ne mad. Best regards, Jim Hancock, Jomtien. Dear Jim, Tell your wife that although this virus is generally called ‘Swine’ flu it has only limited reference to pigs. The virus should actually be called the ‘new’ A (H1N1) influenza virus, as it is markedly different to the other types of influenza type A, subtype H1N1, such as the Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Russian Flu of 1977. The virus is now thought to be a mutation or re-assortment/cocktail of four known strains of the influenza A virus, subtype H1N1: one endemic in humans, one endemic in birds, and two endemic in pigs. It is believed the virus “most likely” came from pigs in Asia, and was taken to North America by infected people. There is also evidence that the new strain has been circulating among pigs on other continents for years before infecting humans. Almost all infections have been from humans to humans, with cooked pork products safe to eat because the virus can’t be transmitted by eating foods. The virus is actually airborne, people being infected by coming into contact with the phlegm or spittle of infected people, usually transmitted by coughs and sneezes. Hope that give you enough ammunition to persuade your wife, Jim. Dear Editor, We seem to be being given all kinds of contradictory statistics on the true numbers of Swine Flu cases in Thailand. Can you shed any light on this? Yours faithfully, Charles Haverington, Naklua. Dear Charles, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged that there is no standardization internationally of investigation and reporting the Swine Flu statistics and therefore infection figures are unreliable, so much so that it now only requires the numbers of fatalities rather than cases of infection. Interestingly, Dr Kamnuan Ungchusak, spokesperson for the Thai Disease Control Department, said the ministry estimated the “real” number of people who had caught the type A (H1N1) flu strain in the three months since the outbreak hit the country in early May was about 440,000, when deaths at that time were 44. This was based on a ratio of about 10 deaths per 100,000 people infected with the new virus. If we use the same ratio for the latest fatality figures, which were 111 on August 21, then the total number of infections in Thailand would be somewhere in the range of 1,110,000. Although the infection and death rate from Swine Flu hardly compare to the normal annual seasonal flu infections of 340 million –1 billion and 250,000–500,000 deaths per year, worldwide, the rapid spread of the virus in Thailand is disconcerting. However, for the most part the virus seems to be most fatal to those with chronic diseases, pregnant women, or those who ignore the severe symptoms like severe chest pains, chronic coughs, diarrhoea and vomiting and don’t seek medical advice within 2-5 days. There are also those who recommend catching the virus now and so gaining some immunity before the predicted 2nd and 3rd outbreaks later this year and next, which are expected to be more virulent.

Reuters News Agency recently reported a very unique event in the UK, a broadband provider had apparently recruited 20 former pickpockets to act as ‘put-pockets’. This newly coined term means that instead of picking people’s pockets, these past-masters of the art were trawling the London streets ,sneaking up to people at random and surreptitiously slipping £5 (Bt270) and £20 (Bt1080) notes into their pockets. The broadband benefactors said they wanted to brighten up people’s lives in unusual and unexpected ways. Before you utter the words, “now, wouldn’t it be nice if someone did something like that here in Thailand?” I have news for you if you hadn’t already noticed, someone is already doing just that, namely the Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. You may remember from last issue’s editorial PM Abhisit said in his address to the people after the first six months in office “The government’s main objective is to make Thai people happier and this policy has been implemented through more than 100 measures which I believe can deliver happiness to Thai people”. To briefly remind you, some of these measures have included subsidising utilities and public transport, free education, benefits to the elderly, and doling out 2,000 baht “help the nation” cheques to low-income workers, as well as farming subsidies and training schemes for the unemployed. Abhisit’s government has also helped small business enterprises (SBE) nationwide and is arranging loans totalling Bt5 billion for ailing smaller tourism operators, implemented a wave of economic stimulus measures aimed at relieving rural poverty, as well as starting numerous major infrastructure projects and attempting to help the most vulnerable social groups by issuing the 1st phase economic stimulus scheme to inject money into the macro-economic level. It’s largely thanks to the economic stimulus measures implemented by the present government that Thailand has begun to turn its economy around. In short, in the six months since he has been in office, Abhisit has done more for the country than virtually any politician previously, and not by buying votes at Bt100 a time or cynically paying lip service to social change initiatives, as many of his predecessors have done. The premier has also courageously militated against the corruption which seems endemic throughout this country, notably in the making of all those involved in the SBE subsidy scheme accountable, and effectively scotching the potential for corruption in the recent Bangkok NGV bus purchase, specifically as regards maintenance costs. Yet, virtually at every turn, PM Abhisit is thwarted by the malcontents, from those in his six-party coalition to the Red Shirts. Only this week, the premier had his choice of police chief blocked by the deputy prime minster and a high ranking police officer. Then the UDD Red Shirts have once again threatened to stage a protest and rally outside PM Abhisit’s office on August 30 to demand the premier’s resignation. And then there’s our chief fly in the ointment, Thaksin Shinawatra, constantly rebel (or should that be rabble?) rousing by telephone, currently from his base in Dubai, while professing to want to promote national unity and supposedly offering to return to help the premier solve the nation’s problems. Significantly, Pheu Thai MP Pracha Prasopdee only recently said he expected Thaksin to stage a comeback following the political upheaval, provoked either by renewed riots or a coup, which in his opinion would happen within the next three months. “Today (Thaksin’s) shoes and clothes are already packed and his return might be facilitated by a pardon or an amnesty; the slate must be wiped clean, just you watch the next three months,” said Pracha. Thailand’s international reputation still hasn’t recovered from the Suvarnabhumi closure by the Yellow Shirts last year and the consequent disruption to tourists’ travel plans, or the Red Shirts storming of the ASEAN conference in Pattaya, let alone the recent King Power Suvarnabhumi airport scandals. The confidence of both the foreign investors and tourists remains fickle, this despite Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand, convictions that travel disruptions, like the Suvarnabhumi fiasco, are now most definitely a thing of the past, and will not affect tourism or conference events in the future. Many must wish they had Mrs. Juthaporn’s assurance. It shows just how serious the situation has become for HM the King to make an impassioned plea for national unity to civil servants on Friday, August 21, in a speech, later aired on national television last weekend, where he said “I am quite worried our country is going into ruin because people have done things their own way,” continuing by astutely saying “But if people are working together ... the country will prosper”. This, in a nutshell, is the only way to free Thailand from the quagmire, by putting aside petty political differences and infighting and working conscientiously towards solidarity; all for one and one for all. And by encouraging continuity of government to allow them to fully implement the measures already on the drawing board.

16 Pattaya Today

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:, e-mail:

Many readers enquire how we have so many never ending stories to share with you. It comes from “déjà vu” we hear many stories in which we are too late to help with a remedy. The time consuming litigation process always discourages most gullible foreigners from seeking justice by the judicial mechanism, in the old belief that “delay of justice is a denial of justice”. Nobody wants to spend money, time and your sanity for a justice which will cost you more than the original value. However, natural justice should not only be sought when you have already ended up in perdition. It should be

LEGAL corner today

The Broker A fiduciary duty in question sought from the first step you take along the road which may lead you to your destination or problems. A good lawyer can always protect you by the old maxim “forewarned is forearmed” if you seek good advice. Only your wisdom can open the door of justice. In this issue we tell the story of a gullible property buyer who lost his hard earned money for a broker who jacks the whole trade. This unfortunate buyer can sue the broker to get his money back. However, the cost and value of justice must be calculated to find out the momentum. How much times and money will he have to spend? However, you can put the administrative pressure onto this broker by filing a complaint with the Work Permit Office or Immigration Bureau to investigate the behaviors of this fraudulent broker. Real Estate brokerage is a prohibited profession under the Foreign Occupation Act of Thailand. The profession in every country requires

a license and etiquette to perform the fiduciary duty. This fake broker should be considered as a public enemy and deported from Thailand.

“Jack the Ripper who will never jack the whole trade in Pattaya”

If the buyer breaches the Sales Contract, the seller can forfeit the money deposit. The money deposit which can be forfeited by the seller must be only the money paid on the signing date of the Sales Contract. The second partial or installment is not deemed the money deposit. For more details, you may search the article about the forfeiture of the money


deposit in the reading room of We quote the letter we received recently “I recently came across an article you wrote for the Pattaya Today dated 31 March 2009 and therefore I am writing to you both to see what advice, if any, you could give me regarding a land purchase problem. The circumstances of events are as follows . In April last year, I contacted a broker (foreigner) who was recommended to me by colleagues who had dealt with him before regarding land purchase in Pattaya. I asked him to contact the seller of a piece of land outside Pattaya which was advertised for sale. He contacted the seller and agreed a purchase price of 2m Baht. On 16th April, I transferred the sum of 201,200 Baht into the broker a/c as a deposit to secure the piece of land. On 9th May, I transferred another 1,827,900 Baht into the broker’s a/c and later that month, went to Pattaya to complete all the

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necessary paperwork. On 4th Jun, I transferred another 207,900 Baht into the broker’s account giving a total of 2,237,000 Baht. On 21st April, the broker transferred to the seller 100,000 Baht as deposit and on 2nd June another 1m Baht leaving a balance of 900,000 Baht payable to the seller to complete the purchase. Through email’s obtained from the broker, he entered into an agreement with the seller, to delay the payment of the remaining balance due to his need to settle an outstanding medical bill, with the understanding that he would pay the seller back after he had obtained funds from else where. This was apparently verbally agreed by the seller. However, later contact with the seller’s wife rescinded this agreement leaving the sale of the land uncompleted and me stuck in the middle. This story was never fully explained to me and from June to now, the broker has been promising to sort out the mess to no avail. From the broker’s dealing with the lawyer representing the seller, he is of the ‘legal’ opinion that the payment of 1.1m Baht is a deposit and thus non refundable. He is refusing to return any money owed to me and has now sold the land, for the original asking

price, to a third party. From the broker’s perspective, he has openly admitted that everything that has happened is his fault. He has however, claimed he has no money to pay me back. I have copies of emails between the seller and the broker, although they contain little of relevance, plus a signed receipt from the broker detailing payments from me to him, copies of bank transfers to the seller’s a/c and receipt which clearly states 100,000 Baht as deposit. From my point of view, I am the innocent party. I accept that 100,000 Baht was necessary as a deposit, but the broker entered into a verbal agreement to delay full settlement of funds without my consent. The seller, I believe, has committed criminal intent, by refusing to hand back 900,000 Baht claiming it is deposit! From my conversations with the broker, his lawyer has stated that even though the seller has re-sold the land, the original money paid to him by the broker can not be claimed back!! Surely, this is against all forms of natural justice; how can a person benefit twice from selling land? I am at ‘wits end’ and have no idea what should be the next step forward”.

Summer Learning

Summer school is a great opportunity for children to get out of the house in the long summer holidays, revisit some of the work they have done earlier in the year, keep their minds in ‘learning mode’ or to familiarise themselves with a new school setting. For the youngest members of the school community in Preschool A it can be a nice way to get a taste of school life before the new term begins and begin to form relationships with their teachers and future classmates. For the slightly older Preschool B children, Summer school provides a bridge between Preschool and Kindergarten/Reception and at this age children just love to be busy, ask any parent who has tried

to entertain their 4-5 year old for 6 or 7 weeks! The children in the higher age ranges get a chance to brush up on their key skills in a relaxed yet vibrant learning environment, get outside with some (literally) ‘hands on’ learning activities and to re-visit familiar subjects from a different angle, making new connections that may

solidify their understanding. They have an opportunity to keep in touch with their network of school friends and maybe make some new ones. Summer school also keeps them thinking, questioning and otherwise exercising their brains, keeping them primed and ready for the coming school year.

‘Are we really going to lift this?’

‘Perhaps we could just drag it’

‘Maybe this will be easier than lifting it’

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Fool in Paradise

On the 4th of August in Bridgeville, Pa., a 48-year old computer programmer walked into a gym and opened fire with three guns on a dance-aerobics class for women. Three women were fatally shot and six were put in hospital. The man, George Sodini, finally turned a gun on himself and committed suicide. Certainly, my heart goes out to the innocent victims, their friends and families and, in my opinion, the perpetrator got exactly the punishment he deserved. But what I found interesting was the aftermath, when police and people who knew the murderer attempted to analyse why it had happened. There are two points I want to make; the first is in regard to the American religion of gun ownership. Police said Sodini did not have a criminal record and had legally purchased the guns he used. “Guns don’t kill people – people kill people!” is the catchcry of the deranged gun proponents. Well, let me ask them this question: if he had not been able

by Frank Thring

Running north off South Pattaya Road, about half way between Sukhumvit Road and Third Road, is Soi 16, affectionately known as Soi Bongkot. You can’t miss it because there is a 7-Eleven on the corner. Tell your friends. It leads through to Third Road and some motorcycle taxi drivers use it when there is heavy traffic along South Pattaya Road to avoid the traffic lights at the Third Road intersection. It is a sleepy little soi with not much action but I have never reported on it before so now is a good time. From the aforementioned 7-Eleven the first point of interest is across the street in the form of

don’t like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one. Not one of them finds me attractive.” Two undated videos, apparently recorded by Sodini, surfaced on the Internet. During a tour of his home, he points out his computers, living space and a basement where he highlights his handy work, hanging paneling and a suspended ceiling. He notes that a sofa and chair in his living room match and says, “women will really be impressed.” He also focuses on reading material on a table that included a book titled Date Young Women. Moving through the home, he talks about a newly purchased dining room set, and shows his bedroom, which includes a bed, computer and a dresser. “It looks pretty clean,” he says. “I’m sure she’ll be impressed.” It seems his anger stemmed from unfulfilled desire: He complained that women “don’t even give me a second look ANYWHERE,” even though he was tanned and fit and claimed to dress well and smell nice.

While I do not condone nor have sympathy for his actions, I do have sympathy for his situation and can’t help but wonder how many other men are going through similar depression. The common flea is a tiny insect with back legs powerful enough to enable it to jump six feet in a single bound. Superflea! So how do you train a flea? Simply put it in a small box, say a matchbox, for a period of time. The flea will keep trying to jump but each time it will hit the top of the box. Eventually, it will become conditioned to believe it can no longer jump to great heights and, when you let it out of the box, it will only jump to the height of the box even though it is still physically capable of major leaps. I mention this because it appears that in the battle of the sexes, men in the Western world are becoming ‘flea trained’. From a young age, males are hearing that “all men are sexual predators” and women are victims. Children are being taught ‘stranger danger’ and if a stranger ever approaches them they should scream at the top of their lungs and run to a policeman. It is being protective but, in

every case, the ‘stranger’ is depicted as a man. The logic of the ‘scream and run’ defence is lost on a small child and they merely develop a general fear of adult males; a fear which carries on into their own adulthood. “All men are child molesters” until they prove otherwise. Don’t believe me? A guy arriving in Australia was stopped and searched by customs at the airport. They found one photo in his wallet of him in a bathtub with a small boy. He was abused and given the ‘third degree’ by customs Gestapo and Federal Police even though he explained the boy was his own son and his wife took the photo. (A generation ago many parents kept photos of their baby or young child in a bathtub. I suspect it was a way to embarrass the kid the first time he brought his new girlfriend home to meet them.) But the authorities would hear none of it, and it was only after they located his wife and she corroborated his story that they let him go. Guilty until a woman proved him innocent! In the dating game the indoctrinated distrust of men manifests itself as women continually reject

male advances, no matter how polite and well intentioned the guy may be. A guy will cop the first rejection on the chin, but after the twentieth or the hundredth, his ego plunges below sea level. He has hit his head on the top of the box so many times that he asks himself, “What’s wrong with me?” So he tries a metamorphosis into something he’s not in a vain attempt to be accepted. When he is again rejected, his self-loathing reaches a stage where life begins to have little meaning. The strange thing is that at this point, sex has nothing to do with it. For the man, sex may be the ultimate confirmation that he is liked but in reality all he needs is for a woman to get over her ‘attitude’ and take the time to smile and talk with him. Perhaps if Sodini had sold his guns and used the money for a plane ticket to Pattaya, things would have been different. That is why I am firmly convinced places like Pattaya are necessary. Sure, Pattaya is a mirage and the underlying motivation is purely money, but at least a man can live a fantasy, however briefly, and be accepted for what he is rather than what society makes him out to be. The English poet, Lord Byron (1788–1824), wrote: “The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.”

accept that not every street in Pattaya can be full of excitement. Soi Bongkot is too far off the beaten track to be anything but what it is a typical

Thai residential street - for the foreseeable future. I promise to find something more to my liking next time I am Up Your Soi.

Rock Cafe take note.) Nothing else to report until reaching the very comfortable looking Eurogrand Pattaya Hotel at the T-intersection. The road off to the right heads back to Sukhumvit while the road to the left heads to Third Road. I turned left and it was not far to a small soi (Family Mart on the corner this time) leading to Full Love Inn; the sign coming complete with a heart obviously to emphasize the ‘love’ part. I made a note to come back and check their weekly, nightly, and possibly hourly, rates. Next on the right is Cat Pub and Restaurant which I later realized is probably the only foreigntype bar in the soi.

A little further on the left is aplace I am familiar with. It used to be Anzac Guesthouse, operated by an Aussie friend of mine. He sold it and it became Scandia Guesthouse and Bar. Now that seems to have disappeared, except for the sign, and the premises are now occupied by Planeta Siam Co. Ltd., a real estate firm. This leads me to think that perhaps beer bars catering to foreigners don’t do as well as expected in this soi. Around a slight bend is MG Lodge apartments and shophouses on the right and the back of Cherry’s Restaurant on the left. I wrote nice things about Cherry’s Restaurant when I covered Third Road back in July. And that’s where I found myself; at Third Road opposite XZyte Disco and thus the end of my short journey. Nothing very thrilling, I know, but we have to


to obtain the guns, how many people could he have injured with a knife or a baseball bat? It is just so simple to point and pull the trigger from a distance, but a lot more difficult to kill a number of people with less lethal weapons. When will Americans learn? How many more people have to die? (I just had to get that off my chest.) My second point and main purpose of this article involves the motive behind his murderous rampage. I will paraphrase the Internet news item: According to police, Sodini did not have a relationship with any of his victims but “just had a lot of hatred in him.” He held a degree in computer science, had never been married and outlined the reasons behind his shocking act in a 4,610-word Web diary. He wrote that he hadn’t had a girlfriend since 1984 and hadn’t slept with a woman in 19 years. He could not understand why women ignored him, despite his best efforts to look nice. “Women just

Pattaya Sports Clinic, offering acupuncture, acupressure, sports therapy and electrotherapy to tired sporting enthusiasts. Most of the expats I know would simply require treatment for an overused right elbow. A little further on the left is Dude Club, a large nightclub or disco set behind an orange wall and security gate. I’m always nervous when I see a sign outside saying something like “No Weapons” or “Weapons Not Allowed”. I figure that if it was such a problem that the management found it necessary to put up a sign telling people what they should have already taken for granted, then perhaps it is not the place for me. (Hard

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18 Pattaya Today

Summer Savings at Amor Richard and his team have arranged Great Savings at Amor for you this summer! From May 1 To September 30 they are offering an Early Bird Discount! Enjoy a 20% Discount From 5pm. to 8pm. Also, Financial Crunch Busters Menu . Enjoy this special three course menu from May 1st. to September 30th. For only Baht 280 +10% service. Cream of Tomato Soup, Cream of Pumpkin Soup, Country Vegetable Soup or a, Mixed Salad; Richard’s Famous Meatball Curry with homemade mango chutney and rice, Hungarian Pork Goulash with rice, Chicken Breast Piccata with spaghetti, Fish Cakes with vegetables, tartar sauce and rice croquettes, Pork Fillet (150 grams) with mushroom gravy or pepper sauce, vegetables and potato croquettes or Rib Eye Steak (150 grams) with mushroom gravy or pepper sauce, vegetables and potato croquettes. A Scoop of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Ice Cream (Early Bird Discount not applicable). Tel: 038.710. 680, Mobile: 081.945. 5396, Email: richard@, Pattayaland Soi 3, South Pattaya Royal British Legion Thailand Now is the month to join the Legion for a number of reasons, you get 1 months free membership, you get to join in all our events and trips and now you also have the opportunity to join our group medical insurance. 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,

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you have to be in it to win it!!!. The Royal British Legion meet at Tropical Bert’s 2nd Road opposite the Bangkok Bank every Sunday from 2pm, or phone Bert on 089.807.2335. You do not have to have served in UK armed forces to join, you must however agree to the principles of the Legion. Decorum 10th Anniver sary 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 Say it with flowers… Differently! Give the special lady in your life a treat that she will be talking of for the rest of the year! Whether mum, sister, grandma, aunt, daughter, wife or girlfriend, it’s time to pamper her with the Lotus Package, a 2.5-hour floral treat for the senses…Lotus body scrub (30 mins), Body wrap (60 mins), A soothing massage with floral scented oil (60 mins). The package is available at Sivara Spa from 1st August - 30th September 2009 at Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya. Be pampered with the Lotus Package from 4,700Baht++. For more info, contact sivaraspa@orchid. and visit www. Live jazz concert Saturday September 5th Manhattans Restaurant & Bar is proud to present a sensational evening of music with the renowned singer of classic jazz Pricela Limbaga and the the Manhattans Band. The entertainment begins

at 8pm in the dining room with three sets each lasting forty five minutes. Dinner from 6pm - last orders 10pm Step by Step Step by Step dance studio is now open, anyone who is interested in dancing is welcome, whether you are a complete beginner or an intermediate dancer, it will be our pleasure to guide you step by step on the dance floor. They specialize in zumba fitness, international ballroom standard, and Latin, social dancing and plus many more. For information please call Jojo: 086.836.7092 or Frankie 089.095.2172 or please call in to our studio at 194/73 Pom Court soi 17 Paniad Chang, next to Carrefour. Manhattans Early Dining Menu Manhattans Restaurant & Bar have extended the hours of their popular Early Dining Menu to 5pm 7.30pm. It is a great way for people to enjoy a very wide variety of 5 star cuisine and excellent service at really unbeatable value. We offer a choice of 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 sinfully delicious desserts. Our 2 course meal is only 795 baht and a full 3 course meal is only 895 baht. We change our Early Dining Menu regularly to give our cus tomers 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.manhattanspat Call 038 259 790 to book a table. Also don’t forget another great service from Manhattans,

complimentary transpor tation in their luxury vehicles in the Pattaya, Jomtien and Naklua area. Toddler Playgroup Meets every Tuesday and Friday 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 0850841626 or Kim 087. 600.5306 or see www. Babies Playgroup Meets every Monday and Wednesday at 10am at Wiggle Town on Sukhumvit Rd. For information, call Amber 085.084.1626 or Kim 087.600.5306 or see www. 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.rotary Jazz Pit Pub Live entertainment every day, except Tuesday, at Jazz Pit Pub featuring Jazz Pit duo Rein on Vocals and Thomas on Guitar. All musicians and jazz singers are welcome every Monday with the weekly Jam session from 8pm to 12mn. Located on soi 5, beach road Pattaya. Greg’s Kitchen With over 30 years experience, chef Greg Sulis has the very best of British and international cuisine at Greg’s Kitchen on Second Road (just before Bangkok Bank, opposite Soi 6 or Yodsak). Generous portions and top quality menu. Try Greg’s Kitchen Cod & Chips Day every Friday. Great value only 299 B. Don’t miss Sunday’s 4 traditional Sunday Roasts (Lamb 299B, Beef 260B, Pork 260B, Half Chicken 260B) with all the trimmings. Also, all day big breakfast at only 199B, www. gregskitchennorthpattaya. com Ocean Tower Super Saver Package Get the best deal of the day on accommodation with added value spa, food & drink credit from just THB 7,650 for 2 nights in an Ocean Deluxe Room at the Ocean Tower of Amari Orchid Resort & Tower, Pattaya. The offer

is excluding breakfast, and extra nights can be added on for the current internet rate… This package is available from 9th June – 31st October 2009. Call 038.418.418 for more details. 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.pattayabackgammon. com Onward with Optimists The Optimist International Club of Thailand is now meeting at Shenanigans, 2nd Road, at The Avenue lifestyle mall. Meeting times noon on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Further information from Drew Noyes on 084 .111.7999 or Recession Survival Kit Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya offering a special 3 courses set menu with a choice of Soup or Caesar Salad for the starter, Grill Chic Sandwich served with Coleslaw and French Fries or Seafood Creole Pasta Saute Prawn, Squid, Fish and Penne or Braised Oxtail with Vegetable and Smash Potatoes for your main course and a scoop of your favorite ice cream for dessert. Stand a chance to win a 2 days/1 night stay in Seaview Deluxe Room inclusive of a buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Opening date 19 September 2009. Package at THB 500++ only. For more information and reservation please call 038.426.635 British embassy office There is now an office of the British consulate in Pattaya. It’s located in the row of shop units imme diately 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. Honeymoon Package at Nova Platinum Hotel Celebrate your honeymoon in style with a romantically inspired stay at Nova Platinum Hotel. The package includes 3 days/2 nights in a superior room, daily American

breakfast, a romantic dinner for 2 at Zia Restaurant, heart of rose petals on the bed. The Honeymoon Package starts from 4,974Baht net and is available from now until 31st October 2009. For reservations and more info, call 038.711.345, email: reservations@novaplatinum. Royal British Legion The Chonburi branch meets at Tropical Bert’s, opposite the Bangkok Bank on Second Road and adjacent to Soi Yodsak. You don’t need to be ex HM services to join but must share the Legion’s principles. There’s a get together every Sunday. Phone Bert on 089 807 2335. Free Thai lesson The Pro Language Thai Course has been designed and structured to meet those with no or limited Thai. Covers both conversation and reading/writing. Free introductory lesson available by phoning 038 4899 225 or writing to pattaya@ 2 days before you wish to start. Granmonte Wine Dinner Indulge in an evening of fine wines and gastronomic delights and meet Thailand’s first female oncologist, winemaker visootha ‘Nikki Lohitvavy. Granmonte’s exquisite new latitude wines are paired perfectly with ‘Chef Alan Ho’s’ sumptuous five course dinner menu. This not to be missed dinner takes place on Saturday 5th September at the DusitD2 S.E.A. Restaurant. Jazz Club New Venue There is a new lounge bar, with the feel of a jazz club due to open soon in Pattaya. If you are a professional musician with a proven track record or an amateur with jamming session experience, we would love to hear from you. Call Joe on 083.246.7807 Archery Club Meets every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, at the Pirates of Pattaya Shooting Club in Hua Yai. Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free. For more information call Eric on 089 535 1193 or visit www.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy (or die early!)

by Bee McConville American research shows that optimistic women now live longer than pessimistic ones, although I don’t think we really need scientists to tell us that. Apparently, optimistic women have a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease and have lower blood pressure, hence their increased longevity. Conversely, women whose glasses tend to be half empty and who are cynical, mistrusting and hostile are much more likely to die an earlier death and suffer from illnesses connected to high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels. Science

has shown, without doubt, that a positive attitude really does translate into tangible health benefits. If being of positive mind and body increases our chance of a healthy life, then we need to take a look at what makes a woman happy and keeps her that way. I think that we would all

agree that nobody can be happy all the time, unless you are Mrs Do-Lally and living in Cloud Cuckoo Land, but we can agree on the fact that we can have many happy moments throughout the day, week or month, if we are positive thinkers. So what makes us ladies happy? Well, apparently those of us with small children have many a happy ‘aaaahhhh’ moment when see the world through the eyes of our young offspring. Silly questions such as, ‘Are caterpillars waterproof?’ or ’Can you play a recorder out of your bottom’ would bring a smile to anyone’s face and certainly give us a positive lift and a good laugh. Children’s happiness is very also very contagious and it’s almost impossible to be grumpy when you hang out with small, inquisitive people. Getting presents when it’s not your birthday is also something that makes women happy. And the presents do not have to be expensive ones either. I, for one, am happy with the usual girlie gifts of flowers and chocolate and I am sure I am not the only one. Chocolate has the additional advantage of making you happy chemically, too, as it boosts ‘happy hormone’ levels. Pampering yourself by taking a long soak in a perfumed bath surrounded by glowing candles can easily relax you and put you into a good mood (and costs next to nothing). In fact, anything that helps you to chill for awhile and gives your brain time to switch off will have a beneficial effect on your mind and spirit.

There is no surprise in learning that good, satisfying sex can really boost your optimism levels, particularly if you are having it within a loving and

happy relationship. But did you know that male sperm itself can actually lift your mood? Scientists have discovered that women who are exposed to their partner’s semen during sex feel happier than those who use a condom. Semen contains a range of hormones which have been shown to improve mood. Apparently these mood-altering hormones are absorbed through the vaginal wall and help to boost a woman’s state of mind. However, if you are having happy sex with anyone you don’t know that well, then it would perhaps be wiser to stick to chocolate to improve your mood and continue to use condoms to prevent contracting anything that would end up making you downright miserable. If you don’t happen to have a partner around at the moment so are not in a position to improve your mental well-being by having a jolly bedroom romp, then don’t worry as exercise will have a similar effect (and you don’t have to worry about using condoms). Most women

It doesn’t add up!

Why is it that every single shop assistant in Thailand has to use a calculator to work out your change, if they haven’t got a till handy? No matter where you go, from the hairdressers to the beer bar, the pathetic person who has just taken your money then reaches for the ubiquitous calculator to work out what change to give you. The most obvious change and simplest subtraction such as when something costs sixty baht and you proffer a hundred baht note still invites the use of artificial intelligence! Even Little Master Dunce sitting in the corner can work out that one without any battery operated assistance. Now this never, ever happens in Vietnam, where the people are so focussed on your money that they can work out how much change to give you quicker than they can scream ‘give us yer dollars!’ They never miss a trick. And in Korea the youngest of children

can work out even the most complicated change, including fractions to at least three decimal places, and if x is 3, due to the fact that they stay up till four o’clock in the morning

on a daily basis studying like crazy because that is what all the young people do in Korea. Even in backward England, which consistently compares very badly when it comes to Maths ability around

the world, people can actually work out correct change You can go into the lowliest bakery in the country, ask for two custard tarts, three iced buns, a lardy cake and a Bakewell slice and the lady behind the counter, who probably left school at fifteen, will have totted it all up before you’ve had time to get your purse from your pocket and she will equally expertly count your change out back to you with all the confidence of a teenage binge drinker! So why can’t Thais work out change? It’s not as though their schools don’t teach them maths is it? I am sure they can count just as well as the rest of us, so maybe they are just too, too afraid of getting the change wrong and losing face in front of a farang! I say it like I see it! Moaning Minnie

who already follow a healthy exercise regime will agree that doing a workout, or going for a jog along the beach makes you feel great when you’ve finished. Physical exercise stimulates the production of endorphins chemical substances produced by the body that make you feel happy and exhilarated. So exercise is not only good for you, but it makes you feel happy, not least because you’ve managed to survive another grueling session at the gym or yoga studio! Don’t fret if you find yourself having a grumpy day or two – as we’ve already noted, you can’t be happy all the time and it’s only human to feel annoyed by others or to have an off day now and again. Women also have to contend with their own hormone balancing act at certain times of the month or when going through menopause. So don’t think that you are shortening your life span by feeling low or by giving in to a bad mood. Just bear in mind that, ‘… the majority of evidence suggests that sustained, high degrees of negativity are hazardous to health,’ and if you are already one of those lucky ladies who believes your glass is constantly half full, then you will find it almost impossible to maintain any degree of negativity for very long anyway.

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Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya Hosted Lunch at BanBanglamung Social Welfare Development Center for Elderly Person

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya led by Mr. George Hazard and the Band member of Hard Rock Hotel and Cafe Pattaya celebrated the National Mother’s day of Thailand by donated the adult diapers worth THB 13,000 and hosted lunch for the elderly persons at BanBanglamung Social Welfare Development Center for Older Persons in Bang lamung District. The events start with a greeting and speech

from Mr. George Hazard, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel and Cafe Pattaya and following with another speech from Mr. Somsakul Ponlachan, Director Of Human Resource which he also invited the elderly persons to our upcoming Dinner for the Celebration of the Father’s day at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. Before lunch start the leader of the elderly person gives the Souvenir to Mr. George

Hazard as a token of appreciation and also give all Band Member a blessing for good luck through our the year. BanBanglamung Social Welfare Development Center opened since 13 April 2511. The current building has a total of 15 buildings and elderly men - women not over 300 persons. Please feel free to visit the website for more information at

In Loving Memory of Father Ray ......

It is six years since the people of Pattaya mourned the death of Fr. Ray Brennan. He may be gone but Father Ray is definitely not forgotten, and each year on the anniversary of his death the children and students under the care of the Fr. Ray Foundation celebrate his life and work. Apart from the significant Mass ceremony on the Saturday 15th August which received more than a thousand people at St. Nikolaus church, the 16th of August started early with the arrival of nine monks from a local Buddhist temple. They were here to receive alms from the students and children from the various projects of the Fr. Ray Foundation and hold a seminar with special prayers to Father Ray. On the Fr. Ray Day there was a huge amount of food being offered, more than the Monks could possibly eat so they will pass it on to the poor people who rely on the temple for food. Later on there was an inaugural ceremony by Khun Vithaya Kunplome and his brother Khun Ittiphol Kunplome, the

Mayor of Pattaya City, followed by blessing ceremony of Fr. Ray’s statue and visiting Fr. Ray’s museum. After the visit of the museum there were many activities for the children and students; free haircuts, a demonstration of making glass figurines and every one was treated to a huge feast. Later on in the day local department stores offered us a space to put on a show. The biggest event was held at Central Festival Pattaya Beach . Starting with a selection of classical Thai music performed by the School for the Blind, the large crowd was very impressed that blind children could play such beautiful music. Following this performance were several shows from the Children’s Home, Children’s Village and the Day Care Center who performed dance routines to traditional and modern Thai music. The Thai boxing exhibition by the young boys from the Fr. Ray Children’s Home drew a large noisy crowd who cheered whenever one of the boys fell to the ground

or hit his opponent with a good punch, but it was just for show and no one was hurt. Followed by the famous Wheelchair Dance from Vocational School for the Disabled and Fire Poi from Fr. Ray Outreach and

Drop-In Center and fantasy show from the Tiffany’s show and from Tuxedo Magic Show. By early evening the younger children were feeling tired so as they left for home the rock band from the Vocational

School for the Disabled moved to Walking Street and played until midnight. The later they played the more people came out of the bars and clubs to listen and dance in the street. The whole day was a lot

of fun. We welcomed many new visitors and made them aware of the work started by Father Ray and how we are continuing his work. Father Ray may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

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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:

Dear Kris & Noi, When I took my children to school today I saw a man carrying three young children on his motorbike. All four of them were wearing the supposedly anti-flu masks that many people say are useless anyway, but not one of them was wearing a helmet! I looked at others after that and sure enough there were many people wearing masks, but hardly anyone bothering to protect the head. Now I don’t know the daily figures for deaths from motorbike accidents, but I would bet that more people die in one week than have died so far from swine flu in Thailand. Isn’t it strange thinking,

to be quite happy to walk around with a face covered by a mask like a bank robber because of the rare chance of catching swine flu, but refusing to wear a helmet to stop you from serious injury or death? Connie

There are disagreements as to the effectiveness of the masks, but maybe they do help to reduce the risk of infected people passing the flu to others. What is not in doubt is that a safety helmet made to the proper standard definitely offers more protection in the event of an accident, but most Thais ignore the danger. It does seem that wearing a mask is more acceptable than wearing a safety helmet and no amount of warnings or campaigns will get them to see sense; only tougher laws such as licence withdrawals or confiscation of motorbikes will manage that.

Dear Kris & Noi, Regarding the prima donna football “superstars” who come here and run around for ten minutes, leaving their fans having to watch a bunch of unknowns. The money that league clubs receive from Asian sponsors and television companies, along with the near fanatical following of half of Asia, should entitle the fans to see their heroes for more than a measly few minutes stroll. Don’t forget that the Thais paid hard earned money for tickets, money that helps to pay for the narcissistic lifestyle of these pampered posers. If a man who is paid astronomical amounts of money to be ultra fit can’t manage an hour or so of effort to reward his adoring fans he should throw away his boots and hair gel and find another career. If it wasn’t for football, many of them would be unemployed as they are too thick to do any useful work

Grumpy Loiner



As we stated in answer to the earlier letter, preseason tours are for building up fitness as well as adding to the financial coffers by travelling to far-flung fan bases. The tricky part is finding the right balance, which you obviously don’t think they manage, and you make some good points. For most fans, who will never be able to afford to travel overseas, these tours are their only opportunity to ever see their idols in real life, and ideally they would see the greatest stars performing for at least one half. However, sometimes this is impossible, as no manager will risk overstretching a star player, and regarding the Liverpool visit several players had only just rejoined the squad. Footballers’ bodies cannot become fit in a few days, irrespective of what they are paid. In addition,

tour matches are windows of opportunity for the junior and lesser known players to show the manager that they are ready for the first team squad, so it is important for them and the club to play in these games. Dear Kris & Noi, I can understand the tourists who were uncomfortable watching dirty old men pawing seminaked young women. No doubt they were as disgusted as any normal person would be. I’ve been here for six months and cannot get used to the daily sights of aging expats fondling the young girls hanging on to them while out on the streets or in cafés, a sight that wouldn’t be tolerated in European countries. Let’s be frank, these men are usually no hopers who have no charm whatsoever to attract women in the usual way. Any woman with a brain would reject them so they have to come here to take advantage of ignorant young girls who should stay in their home towns and find decent work. These

girls should be as ashamed as the men. Geraldine You are painting the whole scene with too broad a brush. There are some obnoxious expats who behave badly in public with the girls, and some brazen hussies who have no qualms about encouraging them. However, most expats with their young and usually temporary tee ruks mix in with the general population without causing any embarrassment. In fact they blend in much better than a bunch of yobs looking to batter innocent people, or a hen night with plenty of street puking involved: scenes which appear to be fairly regular in some European countries. The expats here are a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly, just the same as in any other country. As for the girls you are so scornful of, after just six months in Thailand it’s doubtful that you have enough knowledge of the country or their backgrounds to be able to judge them on their chosen lifestyle, or to call them ignorant.

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Society To Hinder International Tourism (S.H.I.T.) Holds Celebratory Dinner

cooed Melba Toast. Al C. Hall reported on the bar and entertainment front. “We’ve continued our campaign to eliminate Pattaya’s reputation as a party town,” said Mr. Hall. “We continue to hassle the imbibing establishments about closing hours. We’re working on establishing a uniform closing time of 10

pm for all entertainment establishments. We intend to be known as the Nanny City in the future. To further discourage customers from drinking, and spending their money in our pleasure palaces, all bars and entertainment places are subject to police raids at any time. Make the staff and customers, as well, pee into a cup to check for ya-ba. That’ll put a damper on any party mood. What’s more, we’re holding seminars for the bar owners on bad business practices. A few of our suggestions, amazingly, have actually taken hold in some establishments. When business is bad, raise the drink prices. That’s sure to discourage an increase in customers. When a customer buys a “lady drink”, why should the proprietor pay her commission? Let the stupid customer pay it. So, if a drink is normally 150 baht, and a generous farang wants to buy his new friend a drink, charge him 180

baht for her drink. The bar keeps all the proceeds and the customer even pays her commission, plus a tip of course.” “Well,” said Miss Toast. “We’ve made great progress in our quest to make our city free of tourists and international visitors. However, we still have a long way to go. Economic indicators suggest that the worst of the recession may be behind us. That means, some annoying foreigners may decide to come back. The red shirts and yellow shirts did a pretty great job of shutting down the airports and the ASEAN conference. But, there have been setbacks, as well. Phuket recently held a successful ASEAN conference, as did Pattaya. We can’t allow that to continue. We have some plans in the works. Wait until you see the striped shirts next high season.’ With that, the live make your own grasshopper dessert bar was open.

cold and unfeeling term “partner,” on the grounds that “partner” implies a business relationship. A sidekick can be any woman with whom one enjoys an intimate relationship, ranging from the merely chummy to the utterly carnal. A British friend has suggested that such a woman should be called “me woman wot does.” While charmed by this earthy expression, I believe that “sidekick” is more concise.) New Taoism gives men the following advice: 1. Never go shopping with your sidekick. It will only give you ulcers. 2. If you cannot avoid shopping with your sidekick, remember that the answer to any question she may ask must always be “Yes, dear.” If it’s an “either-or” type of question, never answer, “Which one is cheaper?” The correct answer is “Why don’t you buy them both, dear?” 3. If at all possible, contrive to run into one of her girlfriends. This will enable you to suggest,

“Why don’t you girls continue shopping? I’ll just shuffle off to Walking Street to look up me mates and have a little drinkie.” 4. If you see something you like, buy it. Do not browse. Do not shop around. Do not compare prices. That is what women do, and it is extremely unhealthy for the male disposition. It is also a huge waste of time. Immediately upon completing your purchase, speed quickly to Walking Street for a little drinkie with your mates. Tarrying in the shopping area can be fatal to your peace of mind. You are bound to come across a much better model of the item you have just purchased, at a much cheaper price. And that will ruin your day. 5. Remember the aphorism, “A Corvette always looks better in the showroom.” Any product always looks bright and shiny before you buy it, but suddenly looks shabby and shopworn immediately afterwards. To apply this insight, follow the Pretense

Principle. Imagine that you’ve already bought the product. See how it has lost its magical allure, how its luster has suddenly dimmed, how it has morphed into a despicable reject, odious and foul! Who would want such a wretched thing? You can save a lot of money by following the Pretense Principle. 6. Never try to explain the Pretense Principle to your sidekick. Women are genetically programmed to reject it instantly, without discussion, and may throw violent temper tantrums if you persist. Men who can prove that they follow these principles religiously can apply to Master Hsin Tzu for the title “Quality Male Shopper.” Applicants who qualify are eligible to run in the annual competition for the title “First Shopper Under Heaven.”

Recently, the good folks at the Society to Hinder International Tourism (S.H.I.T.) held a gala celebration at a local two star resort, here in our fair city. To underscore how successful their efforts have been in driving away tourists and visitors over the past year or so, they were the only guests at this 900 room hotel; and theirs was the only affair held there in the last month. Cheap food, consisting of yesterday’s rice and scraps of pig intestines and tap water were enjoyed by all. (As times are tough, these days in Fun Town, nobody could afford to pay for an expensive dinner with booze.) Before the dessert course, several members and officers recounted their successful efforts on killing tourism during an economic crisis. “Some of us got together and brainstormed how to make the airport experience

as miserable as possible,” explained Miss Melba Toast, Head of S.H.I.T. “One of our innovations,” she continued, “was to initiate the good old shoplifting scam. Here’s how it works. Some poor shmuck decides to do a little duty free shopping at the airport. He picks up a bottle of perfume for his honey and walks around with it while he browses for more goods. The hapless shopper then wanders over to the liquor section, which is actually another shop. Bam! He’s nabbed for leaving the perfume shop without paying for the goods in his hands. Then, he’s brought to a seedy room, where he is extorted into emptying his bank account, to avoid arrest, by a faux police officer. Britain and other European countries are warning their citizens about this scam. Unfortunately, the prime minister has vowed to put an end to this; killjoy!” “Another not so unique

but effective tactic was to raise the departure tax. Get em when they come in and again when they leave,” summarized Miss Toast. Mr. Ive Krabs reported on the infrastructure scheme. “The beauty of this,” he said, “is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

ended up in the trenches. Most of the victims are still down there. We won’t be bothered by them again. In addition, we’ve got plenty of roads that just have giant, run of the mill potholes; great for causing flat tires and broken axels.” “Great work, Krabby,”

When the Tappaya Road widening project began, my kid was in anuban 1 (prekindergarten). He’s about to enter university and the project is barely midway completed. We even got the contractors to dig giant, unmarked pits right next to the road. We’ve lost count of how many cars and motorbikes

None of the traditional religions have anything good to say about shopping, which just shows how out of touch they are with the needs of today’s trendy, switched-on world. But there’s good news for the pious, for a new school of Taoism is promoting an entire moral code devoted

to that noble activity. Traditional Taoism doesn’t even mention shopping. But if it did, it would probably say something like this: Best shopping is no shopping. No matter what you may be thinking of buying, you don’t need it. If you did, you’d already have it. The fact that you’ve lived this long without it proves that it is utterly superfluous to your life. So put that shopping cart back where you got it, tear up your credit card, and retire to a hermitage in the mountains. There you can enjoy the spiritual bliss of going weeks without a bath, developing an intimate acquaintance with lice and vermin, subsisting entirely on cold water and boiled nettles, and contemplating the Great Oneness. You can see from this that traditional Taoism was no fun at all. No wonder its founder, Lao Tzu (meaning the Old Master), has been relegated to the ranks of philosophical has beens.

But we’re in a bright new world of glitz and flash, folks, and there’s a new school of Taoism that views shopping more favorably. Founded by a graduate of the Harvard Business School who calls himself Hsin Tzu (meaning the New Master), New Taoism offers wise advice to contemporary shoppers. It focuses on male shoppers, on the premise that women don’t need to be told how to shop. Women have a gender-specific chromosome that gives them a natural instinct for shopping. They are genetically programmed to follow three principles: 1. If it’s for sale, buy it. 2. If two identical items have different prices, go for the expensive one. 3. When in doubt, buyboth. Men are genetically challenged, shopping-wise, so they require guidance. Sometimes they are trapped into shopping with a woman, usually their sidekick. (Scholarly digression: I have chosen the term “sidekick” to replace the

by Alan S. Brown

The Tao of Shopping

S. Tsow can be flamed at, except when he’s practicing his shopping techniques with his sidekick.

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Global Solidor – The One-Stop Solution to All Your Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Requirements When embarking on the adventure that often constitutes life in Thailand, many of us at first have our heads in the clouds. We often neglect matters which would be of supreme importance to us back home. One of these matters concerns the need to be adequately covered financially in case of emergency, namely by being insured. You may initially shake your heads and say I don’t need insurance cover.

insurance is a good idea, where can you get insurance that you know will be reliable? The answer to this question is Global Solidor, who has consultants that speak five languages: English, German, French, Russian and Thai, so you know all your questions will be answered to the best of your understanding, with all the benefits that come from long experience in the fields of real estate, insurance and legal matters.

Managing Director, Mr. Rainer Heinzmann

However, it’s essentially false economy to try and get away with having no insurance cover; the laws of fate invariably come to bear sooner or later, usually to your cost. This can apply equally to medical matters, driving, or home safety and security. I’m sure you all know the expression forewarned is forearmed; having a secure insurance policy is just that. Being insured will bring comfort of mind, with the knowledge that if you fall ill or become involved in an accident, you have the power and resources of the insurance companies behind you. Having decided that

The parent company of Global Solidor, the German Thai Group, has been established here in Pattaya since 1986 with the goal of supporting foreign clients with professional, qualified information and help in the fields of legal advice and management consultancy, as well as in the real estate and insurance business. As such it represents a onestop enterprise where you need seek no further to find answers and solutions to all your real estate, insurance and legal needs and the peace of mind which will naturally come from so doing by working hand-in-hand with a reliable, long established company that has gained its

reputation largely through the recommendations of satisfied customers in all the above fields. The offices of both the parent company, the German Thai Group, and the subsidiary, Global Solidor, have always been in Naklua, which when the companies were first established was a predominantly German inhabited area, however, this is no longer the case. Naklua, like virtually every other part of Pattaya, is essentially international, which is why, Rainer Heinzmann, the MD of Global Solidor, prefers to lay emphasis on the name Global Solidor, as it is more international that the name German-Thai. This especially as their clients, unlike at first, are now largely international, with consultants speaking five languages, as mentioned above. All Global Solidor’s consultants are professionals and none more so than Rainer, who has been involved in the fields of both real estate and insurance since 1988, initially in Germany’s Black Forest and in Pattaya since 2001. Consequently, one can rely on their sound advice and the choices of insurance that are available through Global Solidor. All the insurance companies that Global Solidor represents offer comprehensive coverage in the major areas of life, medical, home, vehicle, and business insurance. What’s more, these companies are all big names with international operations, such as AIG, LMG Pacific, QBE, BUPA, NZI, and Allianz C.P. All these companies offer continuity, won’t randomly cancel coverage as some might do, and offer cover you can rely on, at a competitive price. Let’s look at some examples of the services and coverage given in the areas of health care, home insurance and business insurance. In health care, the LMG Pacific Comprehensive Plan, for instance, has no age limits and offers two types of plan, Executive and Premier, giving maximum

coverage of Bt1.25 million or Bt2.5 million, with room and board of Bt3,000 or Bt5,000, respectively. The annual premiums at age 45 would be Bt12,952 or Bt22,674, depending on which plan you choose. For someone aged 65, on the other hand, the annual premiums rise to Bt23,433 or Bt39,595. Taking the example of home insurance, QBE Home Secure/AXA Home Sweet Home will give coverage up to Bt2 million, or Bt5 million for annual premiums of Bt6,000 or Bt9,800, respectively. Included in this one gains burglary compensation of Bt200,000; temporary accommodation of Bt2,500 daily, up to a maximum of Bt75,000; electrical injury Bt100,000; and personal liability of Bt1 million. For business insurance, QBE Business Secure is a good example, the coverage is again up to Bt2 million or Bt5 million for annual premiums of Bt7,400 or Bt13,200, respectively. Taking the cheaper policy, burglary compensation amounts to Bt100,000, business interrup tion of Bt2,000 daily; electrical injury Bt100,000 and public liability, again Bt1 million. With vehicle insurance, Global Solidor gives you three options of prime insurances to choose between, depending on your vehicle. With these and all other cases of individual insurance, Global Solidor’s consultants will only be too happy to explain the ins and outs, and tailormake an affordable policy to match your requirements. Why not drop in and check out the comprehensive

services offered by Global Solidor in insurance, real estate services and legal matters? Can you actually afford not to? Their address is: 157/142 Moo 5, Naklua Road, Pattaya, Chonburi 20250, Tel: 038 427 364-5, German:

082 469 55 50, English: 082 469 55 51, French: 082 469 55 52, Russian: 082 469 55 53, Thai: 082 469 55 57, Hotline Hua Hin: 082 716 96 00, Koh Samui: 082 716 98 00, Email address info@, Website:

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Vol. 8 No. 24  1 - 15 September 2009 About 340 vehicles will be tested for a year by drivers across Britain to help shape green policies. The £50 million project launched in London is supported by Toyota, Ford, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Mitsubishi. It will be monitored by British universities. ‘Early birds’ link to brain activity PEOPLE really are ‘early birds’ and ‘night owls’ as their brain functions peak at different times of the day research has found. Canadian scientists discovered the brains of ‘morning people’ were most alert at 9am, while those of people who called themselves ‘night people’ peaked at 9pm.

Amnesty for immigrants AN AMNESTY for long-term illegal immigrants could be worth up to £3 billion a year to the economy, according to a new report. A London School of Economics study, commissioned by London Major Boris Johnston, estimated that there are 618,000 illegal immigrants in Britain. About 71 percent or 442,000 of these live in the capital. A five year residency plan could mean 67 percent of the total would be eligible to stay in the UK. The report claims that an amnesty would not lead to an increase in immigration, because of the absence of land borders in the UK. Far from a financial burden, as some suggest, the new research has found an amnesty

could be worth up to £3 billion a year to the country’s economy. Rain during the Olympics MAJOR of London, Boris Johnston, says it is a widely accepted hypothesis’ that it may rain during the August 2012 Olympics when only a third of spectators will be under cover. Free umbrellas are useless because they block everybody else view, so he’s thinking of free ponchos. Boris Johnston is something of an expert; last month he toppled into a river in South east London during a publicity stunt. Eco-cars start trial THE UK unveiled the world’s largest trial of electric cars.

Happiest age for women is 28 WOMEN are at their happiest and most confident at the age of 28 researchers say, that is when women feel the most content about their bodies, image, love life and career, however, this happiness is short-lived, by 30 they are worrying about their finances, romantic future and growing old. A spokesman for Clairol, which carried out the survey of 4,000 women said, job security, a steady income, being in a relationship and strong friendship create the perfect point in our lives. However, two thirds of woman felt they aged more quickly than men.

Why Motorbikes are better than women! A True Story!

1. Motorbikes don’t pregnant. 2. You can ride your Motorbike any time of the month. 3. Motorbikes don’t have parents. 4. Motorbikes don’t whine unless something is really wrong. 5. You can share your Motorbike with your friends. 6. Motorbikes don’t care how many other Motorbikes you’ve ridden. 7. When riding, you and your Motorbike can arrive at the same time. 8. Motorbikes don’t care how many other Motorbikes you have now. 9. Motorbikes don’t care if you look at other Motorbikes. 10. Motorbikes don’t care if you buy Motorbike magazines. 11. You’ll never hear, “Suprise, you’re goning to own a new Motorbike” unless you go out and buy one yourself. 12. If your Motorbike goes flat, you can fix it. 13. If your Motorbike is too loose, you can tighten it. 14. If your Motorbike gets misaligned, you don’t have to discuss politics with it. 15. You can have a black Motorbike and bring it home to your parents. 16. You don’t have to be jealous of the guy who works on your Motorbike. 17. If you say bad things to your Motorbike, you don’t have to apologize before you ride it again. 18. You can ride your Motorbike as long as you want and it wont get sore.

19. You can stop riding your Motorbike as soon as you want and it wont get frustrated. 20. Your parents wont remain in touch with your old Motorbike after you dump it. 21. Motorbikes don’t get headaches. 22. Motorbikes don’t insult you if you’re a bad rider. 23. Your Motorbike never wants a night out with other Motorbikes. 24. Motorbikes don’t care if you’re late. 25. You don’t have to take a shower before you ride your Motorbike. 26. If your Motorbike doesn’t look good, you can paint it or get better parts. 27. You can ride your Motorbike the first time you meet it without having to take it to dinner, see a movie, or meet its mother. 28. The only protection you need to wear when riding your Motorbike is a decent helment. 29. When in mixed company, you can talk about what a great ride you had the last time you were on your Motorbike.

If any of you guys out there have ever thought you have balls, forget about it. This is a true story that just happened at a wedding at Clemson. This was a huge wedding with about 300 guests. After the wedding at the reception, the groom got up on stage at the microphone to talk to the crowd. He said that he wanted to thank everyone for coming, many from long distances, to support them at their wedding. He especially wanted to thank the bride’s and groom’s families for coming. To thank everyone for coming and bring gifts and everything, he said he wanted to give everyone a gift from him.So taped to the bottom of everyone’s chair was a manila envelope. He said that was his gift to everyone, and told them to open it. Inside the manilla envelope was an 8x10 picture of his best man

having sex with the bride. (He must have gotten suspicious of the two of them and hired a private detective to trail them.) After he stood there and watched people’s reactions for a couple of minutes, he turned to the best man and said Screw You, he turned to the bride and said Screw You, and then said I’m out of here. He got the marriage annulled the next day. While most of us would have broken it off immediately after we found out about the affair, this guy goes through with it anyway. His revenge: making the bride’s parents pay for a 300 guest wedding and reception, letting everyone know exactly what did happen, and trashing the bride’s and best man’s reputations in front of friends, family, grandparents, etc. This is his world, we just live in it.

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Thailand Property Awards register 300% increase in nominations

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Entries expected to be competitive. Judging panel to be made public.

Following an active period of nominations for the 2009 Thailand Property Awards, well over 1,000 nominations were received which represents over 300% increase on last year. “We’re taken aback by the response. The number of nominations has been a surprise this year and as a result BDO Richfield Advisory Limited have done a fantastic job checking them all against the eligibility criteria,” said Duncan Worthington, Managing Director of Ensign Media, organisers of the awards. All nominations were collated by the organisers and passed on to BDO Richfield Advisory Limited who’s role it is to check the eligibility of nominations against the awards eligibility criteria. This is a very important stage, and due to the large number of nominations beating everyone’s expectations, the process has taken longer than normal. “After BDO Richfield’s checks, we now have a final list of nominations. Some had to be discarded due to not

Seaboard, Phuket, Samui and Hua Hin respectively. The significant change in the judging process this year is that a panel of judges, sourced from the real estate industry, will review entries and submit their short-list of upto five per award category, to BDO Richfield Advisory Limited. The panel will then meet, discuss and select the final short-list of up to five per award category. In 2008, a selection of anonymous judges from around the country used a scoring system whereby the highest five scorers made the short-list. This year a team of independent judges will produce the short-lists through a consultative process and the panel will be announced publicly. “It is a significant change this year. We’ve had feedback that people would like to know who the judges are. So this year we will announce the judging panel. We are recruiting the panel now and are being selective to ensure fair representation and no bias. The panel will cumulatively have nationwide knowledge, be both experienced on the Thai real estate industry and in general business, and a number of nationalities will be represented,” added Worthington. Those short-listed in the development categories will then be contacted and visited

Gala Dinner The gala dinner will be held on 7th November, 2009, at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok, and the awards winners will be announced on the evening. The format will be similar to last year: a wine reception followed by a 4-course dinner and awards presentation. The price is 35,000THB (+VAT) for a table of 10. So far ten tables have been booked, and space is limited. Last year capacity was reached and some had to be turned. To avoid disappointment, it is best to book early. Sponsors of the 2009 Thailand Property Awards include Gaggenau and Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville as Co-Sponsors. Media Partners include Deluxe Property Vietnam magazine, i-Marketing, Luxury Properties magazine, Phuket Post newspaper, Prestige Thailand magazine, Property Report magazine, and Thaizeit magazine. The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, The Lighthouse Club Bangkok and RICS Thailand are Supporting Associations. The judging is supervised by BDO Richfield Advisory Limited and the awards are organised by Ensign Media Co. Ltd. For more information, visit www.thailandpropertya About Thailand Property Awards Thailand Property Awards was first held in 2006.

2008 Thailand Property Awards was a sell-out success

meeting the awards’ eligibility criteria, but the number in each award category is still well in excess of previous years, and we are expecting very competitive entries as a result,” added Worthington. Entry forms have now been issued and already many have been completed and returned. Judging Process The Judging will be similar to previous years with the first round of judging producing a short list of upto five in each of the development categories. These short-listed developments will then be inspected by local judging teams in Bangkok, Eastern

by local judging teams in Bangkok, Eastern Seaboard, Phuket, Samui and Hua Hin, respectively. Following the site visits, the local teams will select the winners. Following their success in 2008 and involvement in the awards since the beginning in 2006, BDO Richfield Advisory Limited have again been engaged by the organisers to oversee the nomination, entry and judging process, and to ensure all is transparent and fair. BDO Richfield Advisory Limited and the organisers of the awards are not involved in judging the awards.

The awards aim to create awareness and showcase the best of Thailand’s real estate and promote the quality of Thailand’s real estate, construction, architectural and interior design as well as industry professional services. The award night is a unique networking night for Thailand real estate professionals. For more information, please visit www.

About Ensign Media Ensign Media Co. Ltd. ( has published the monthly English language real estate publication Property Report Thailand since 2003 - a leading property magazine in Thailand reknown for it’s strong content. In 2006 Ensign Media launched a sister publication Property Report Singapore-MalaysiaIndonesia. Ensign Media

also publish Asia’s only online real estate portal Asia Property Report (www. Ensign Media also offer tailor-made contract publishing tools for companies and products, as well as publishing niche publications such as The Sailing Legacy, Phuket Marine Guide, Phuket For Kids, and the Culture & Cuisine series of books (Phuket and Samui editions).

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Teenager Arrested After Stabbing New-Born Narinrat Pinijmontree, 19, from Udon Thani, was arrested on Koh Samui recently, charged with the willful, premeditated murder of her new-born baby boy. The girl’s mother received a distraught phone call from Narinrat asking her to come quickly to the staff living quarters of a bungalow. Arriving there, the mother found Narinrat still bleeding and the new-born wrapped in blood-soaked towel. Narinrat had apparently been depressed after her boyfriend abandoned her and stabbed the baby 20 times. French Not Happy About Repatriating Suvarnabhumi ‘Hostages’ The stranding of 500 tourists at Suvarnabhumi airport after the Yellow-Shirts siege last year, forcing the French government to pay for their repatriation, has been one of the key events that has prompted the French foreign minister to propose that any French tourists travelling to global trouble spots should pay for their own rescue if stranded. Under the terms of the draft law, diplomats, reporters, aid workers and others engaged in professional activity abroad would be exempt. Patient Jumps From 3rd Floor of Hospital But Survives A 36-year-old woman suffering from a chronic illness leapt from the third floor of a provincial hospital in Pathum Thani, but miraculously survived. Her fall was broken by a tree, after which she landed on the soft and wet lawn of the hospital. The only injury she apparently sustained was a cut on her chin, but medics will reserve judgement on any internal injuries, until after they have X-rayed the patient. Government Offers Further Help For Travel Industry According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the government has approved a raft of measures to help local operators promote more domestic and international tourist arrivals. The initiative’s measures includes loans to smaller tourism operators of Bt5 billion, extended exemption of tourist visa fees until 4 March 2010, and a 50% entry fee discount for visitors to Thailand’s national parks. There will also be special marketing campaigns, particularly via online media. Tamil Separatist Used Thailand as Base for Arms Dealing Tamil Separatist advocate and LTTE Chief, KP, who migrated to Thailand in 1991 after undergoing plastic surgery and later marrying here, is being accused by the Sri Lankan government of masterminding an ongoing terrorism campaign largely from Thailand. He has apparently used Thailand as a base to visit arms manufacturing countries in the former Soviet bloc and Yugoslavia, Middle East, West Asia, Africa and developed contacts with dealers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Lebanon, Thailand and Cyprus. Thailand Uses Its Recognition To Promote Exhibition Market Internationally Thailand is intent on improving its exhibition market by 10% in 2010 by targeting 200 international exhibitions, as a result of Bangkok being recognised as the leading exhibition destination in the ASEAN region by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. Thailand as a whole has been ranked as first in ASEAN, and 8th in Asia. The new exhibition campaign is expected to generate

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Bt7.5 billion for the local economy.

flyover near the market.

US Request For Russian Arms Trafficker’s Extradition Rejected A Bangkok court has rejected a US request to extradite Russian Viktor Bout for global arms trafficking. Bout was arrested in a sting operation trying to sell arms to US agents posing as FARC rebels. The US request was dismissed because Thailand recognizes FARC as a political organization, not a terrorist group and on charges that Bout was conspiring to kill American citizens, Judge Patanasiri said “A Thai court cannot judge a case regarding aliens killing aliens outside of Thailand”.

Upmarket UK Travellers Returning To Asia The high-end UK tourist market is beginning to show a comeback according to luxury travel firm Kuoni. The Swiss firm has seen a resurgence in bookings to Thailand, the Maldives, Mauritius and Malaysia. Bookings for personalised top-end trips, some costing between £6,000 and £8,000, are on the increase after Swine Flu severely affected the Asian market earlier in the year, but it appears the wealthy British are less concerned about the threat now.

International Economists Maintain Thailand Is Economy Recovering According to Singapore-based economist, Tetsuji Sano, Thailand is showing signs of ‘a nascent recovery’. Tetsuji was one of a consortia of economists who assert that Thailand’s economic contraction began to diminish during Q2 as the global recession subsided, thus reducing the necessity for the central bank to cut interest rates. Gross domestic product (GDP) also fell 5.1% during Q2, compared with the previous year, after contracting 7.1% in the previous three months. PM Abhisit Quietly Confident Of Thailand Economic Recovery Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has again said that, in common with other Asian economies, Thailand’s economy is recovering in a ‘V’ shape. PM Abhisit apparently based this assertion on a consideration of the various indices of economic growth, published on a quarterly basis. However, he cautioned that the public and business sector should not be over-confident as the V-shaped recovery could turn into a ‘W’ if there are any destabilising influences, such as those seen recently. Panda Cub Finally Named The panda cub born at Chiang Mai Zoo on May 27 has finally been named after great deliberation. After a naming campaign generated 22 million postcard-votes, the final choice, amounting to 60% of the vote, was “Lin Bing”, meaning “a forest of ice” in Chinese. Under the conditions of the Sino-Thai loan, Lin Bing’s parents must be returned to China within 10 years, but any cub born must be returned after two years of its birth. Aussie Carriers Add More Flights To Phuket Phuket is to increase its air-traffic with the addition of new flights from two Australian carriers, Jetstar and Virgin Blue’s Airlines. Jetstar will be putting on a twice daily Singapore-Phuket service, operated by Jetstar Asia, with ongoing flights to Perth, amounting to 7000 seats weekly. Virgin Blue’s international airline, Pacific Blue Airlines, on the other hand, will be running a direct, twice-weekly service between Perth and Phuket, from 14 November 2009. Thaksin Petition Handed In To Grand Palace More than 30,000 Red-Shirt supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra submitted a petition containing 3.5 million signatures (figures opponents dispute) at Bangkok’s Grand Palace seeking a royal pardon for the ex-premier’s 2008 corruption conviction. “I would like to say thank you to my fellow Thais, who have a good attitude towards me and to Thailand,” Thaksin said in a speech broadcast live by video from an undisclosed location to the cheering crowd in Bangkok. Two Bombs Disabled In Klong Toey Market A police bomb disposal squad used a high-pressure water gun to successfully disable two home-made bombs, containing a mix of C4 explosives and petrol in cans, left in Klong Toey Market, recently. Police think the bombs were to intimidate vendors who have been protesting against the market developer. The first bomb was found by a vendor at 6 am when he opened his market stall, whereas the second was discovered at 1 pm, under a

Elephant Has Artificial Limb Fitted A 48-year-old female elephant, from Lampang, that lost a foot and part of her leg to a land mine 10 years ago, has had a permanent prosthesis successfully fitted. The elephant is apparently happy about the development as she walked out of her compound, picked up some dust in her trunk and triumphantly sprayed it into the air. She was previously fitted with a temporary device after an initial operation which used sufficient anaesthetic to knock out 70 people. Protected Species Parts Turn Up In Alaska A packaged posted in Thailand to a Fond du Lac house in Alaska supposedly contained tribal clothing, but when x-rayed was found to actually contain an elephant tail, snouts, skin, toe nails and a tusk. Also in the package were supposedly rhinoceros horns, which turned out to be cow horns. The search which discovered these items was part of an investigation into the international smuggling of parts from endangered and protected animals by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Seven Wonders Of Thailand As part of the ‘revive Thailand tourism campaign’, seven of the most appealing aspects of Thailand are being promoted by tourist agencies to familiarise the world with the essence of Thai culture, heritage and natural attractions. These include Thainess or gracefulness; Golden Treasures of Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai; white sand beaches of Phuket and Samui; flora and fauna of the rain forests; spas and medical facilities; shopping centres, restaurants and nightlife; and national festivals. Thai Airways Promotes Thai Culture As part of the Tourist Authority of Thailand’s revive tourism campaign, Thai Airways is promoting several travel packages to noteworthy cultural spots in Thailand, including hassle-free packages for luxury spa breaks, family trips or golf. One in particular is the three-city tour: Chiang Mai for mountain culture, Phuket for beach culture and Bangkok for urban culture. Lasting a week, tourists’ time is spread equally between shopping, eating, sunbathing, sightseeing and relaxing. Esarn Boutique Collection Esarn, NE Thailand, is launching an Esarn Boutique Collection with the collaboration of hoteliers and businesses in the region to introduce tourists to one of the most vibrant regions of the country. The people are portrayed as hospitable and kind-hearted with a fun-loving outlook on life. The region is blessed with its own unique customs, colourful festivals, a fiery spicy cuisine, legacies of an ancient Khmer culture, and historical and traditional fascination. Nobel Laureate Comes To Help Thailand’s Poor Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus launched a centre at Thailand’s Asian Institute of Technology to explore new ways for coping with poverty in the region, particularly through micro-credits, or making loans to the poor without collateral. The Yunus Center encourages new projects that find innovative, sustainable solutions to poverty reduction, food security and environmental degradation problems. There is an “urgent necessity to equip poor communities with the skills needed to adapt to changes,’ said AIT’s Vice President Peter Haddawy.

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Fraud Deterant - Sacks, Snakes and Death Penalties

by Simon Philbrook I recently came across this interesting interview with Mats Isaksson, OECD Head of Corporate Affairs: What are the key corporate governance lessons from the financial crisis? The most obvious lesson is that corporate governance is important. Company executives, policy makers, regulators and shareholders need to pay more attention to corporate governance. When times were good, it seems that many took their eye off the ball and now we see the consequences. A firm’s rising share price is not necessarily a sign of good corporate governance. History tells us that it could actually be the opposite. What issues need the most urgent attention? There are four key areas: 1) corporate risk management; 2) pay and bonuses; 3) performance of board directors; and 4) the need for shareholders to be more proactive in their role as owners. Let’s start with remuneration. There’s a lot of public anger over executive pay in many countries. Is this a sign of poor corporate governance within firms? How can corporate governance principles help? I am not surprised by the public outcry. And when there is a very weak link between pay and performance, it is obviously a case of poor governance. Recent

surveys have shown that four out of five financiers believe that compensation practices played a role in promoting the accumulation of risk that led to the crisis. There are clearly big problems with the “pay for performance” system. But to get it right we need to look at pay structures across whole companies, not just at their highprofile CEOs. Our work has shown that it is equally important to come to grips with how bonuses are designed and paid among traders and portfolio managers throughout the company. We have seen too many examples of employees being given short-term incentives that are not in-line with the longterm sustainability of the company. This contributed to the build-up of unmanageable risks that eventually brought the companies down. Corporate governance principles can be of great help by providing a structure for remuneration. Here the board will play an important role. When looking at various models for compensation, boards should explicitly ask themselves if the company’s compensation model is aligned with prudent risk-taking and the long-term objectives of the company. If pay for performance doesn’t work, what will? Pay for performance does work, but needs to be better managed and more transparent. The governance of remuneration systems has often failed because decisions and negotiations are not carried out at arm’s length. Managers and other insiders often have had too much influence over the level and conditions for performance-based pay with the board unable or incapable of exercising objective, independent judgment. In many cases it is even hard to establish the link between performance and remuneration.

For example, companies have often used general measures of stock price rather than the relative performance of an individual firm. Often, the pay schemes are also described in a way that makes it hard for shareholders and others to understand their implications in terms of risk, cost, etc. The crisis has thrown up some massive failures in risk management. While many companies had internal controls on financial reporting, it’s clear that their executives did not fully grasp or communicate the financial risks of many of the instruments they were betting on. Can the OECD’s principles address this issue? Yes. Our message is that risk management must be seen in a corporate wide perspective where the risk management system is continuously adjusted to corporate strategy and risk appetite. We also need to improve the exposure to risk management among board members and make sure that they get all the necessary information to make informed decisions. We have therefore suggested that corporations have a special risk officer. We believe that this person should report directly to the Board of Directors and not via the CEO. Surveys of audit committee members have shown that they are not too satisfied with the current state of reporting. Only four out of ten said that the risk reporting reports they received were very good. What about the boards? After all, these are charged with overseeing the risk management systems of firms. Is this their failure too and what must be done? As I said, they have not always received high-quality information. But the question is also if they actually demand high-quality

information? And if they received it, would they be able to understand and interpret it in any meaningful way? Being a board member in a large complex organization is extremely demanding. And it would not be realistic to expect all board members to have detailed knowledge of all aspects of the business. But particularly in financial firms, a good understanding of risk management is vital. This is why the OECD has suggested that the “fit and proper person” test could be expanded to include their technical and professional competence in areas like risk management. It might also be worth looking at strengthening the legal duties of board members – and enforcement of those duties. Is there a case for turning the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance into laws? The OECD Principles are focused on achieving certain outcomes in terms of performance, transparency, etc. How you do this can vary between countries and companies, but in many cases they have chosen to implement the OECD Principles through regulation and legislation. Considering the desire to ensure a level playing field this is sometimes the preferred route also for companies who may otherwise find it difficult to “take the first step”. So together with private sector initiatives the formal framework of rules and regulations is fairly solid in most OECD countries. But what we need to do better is to monitor implementation. Starting soon, the OECD will set up a mechanism for peer reviews of how countries and companies actually live-up to agreed corporate governance standards. This will not only be a way to increase awareness. I hope it will also help to generate ideas for improvement by pointing at good examples.

If you can’t stand the fun, stay out of the a-go-go

by Mr Pobaan

Go-go bars are a cultural gem and, quite rightly, the pride of Pattaya. Although other cities try to emulate their formula of good, wholesome fun with a twist – and sometimes a healthy dollop – of sex, none has succeeded. Even Bangkok, with its sophisticated metropolitan airs, can’t touch Pattaya for the raw enjoyment that go-go bars were invented to dispense. We’re the carefree beach resort, BKK is the serious business and administrative capital. We’re the friendly town; they’re the urban sprawl. We’re the young upstart; they’re a bit long in the tooth. Krung Theppians may have sharper creases in their trousers, but they have to get up earlier the next morning than we do, which gives us more time to perfect the art of partying. How would a dedicated

house-husband like me know so much about go-go bars, you may enquire. It’s true that there’s nothing Mr Pobaan enjoys more than a quiet evening at home in Khao Talo Towers, the modest residence across the Sukhumvit Road he shares with his betrothed. After a day spent tending our unostentatious garden, changing lightbulbs and completing the hundred-and-one other little chores from my rolling to-do list, I’m usually too tired to contemplate the trip into town. But occasionally Mrs Pobaan, my lovely life companion, has been known to coax me from my comfy chair to whoop it up for a night out in the bars of downtown Pattaya. As is the custom, such an evening is likely to involve visiting more than one bar. It’s a strange process, if you think about it. Just when you’ve finished your first – or it may be your second – Johnnie

Red soda, you’ve relaxed into the milieu of the place, tuned into the music and got on speaking terms with some of the staff, you feel an irresistible urge to move to another bar where you are obliged to repeat the process. Whatever the reason, every drink or so, it’s check bin, krap and you move on. Pool bar, bar beer, music bar and a-go-go bar, all formats are grist to the Pobaan mill when we have our party hats on. What drives us ever onwards? Perhaps it’s the fear that we might be missing out. However much we’re enjoying the sanuk where we are, we suspect that it might be even better somewhere else. And funnily enough, as we lose count of the Johnnies and gin-tonics, things do seem to be on an upward trend. All of which prompts me to ponder the quality of service and entertainment available in the

jewel of the Pattaya night scene, the a-go-go bar, and how this is appraised by ignorant outsiders. Read about these establishments in the farang press, guidebooks or blogs and you will form one picture of what goes on within. The customer is a ‘lone male’, often ‘unsuspecting’ or ‘hapless’ and occasionally a ‘victim’. We are invited to imagine a dirty raincoat. The role of the door girl or boy is to ‘lure’ this schmuck into the killing field of the bar itself where the waitress, dancer, showgirl and mama-san somehow cause him to lose control of his mental faculties, drink more than he wants, throw ping-pong balls around unwittingly, buy drinks for people he doesn’t know and, quite possibly, invite one of them home, entirely against his will and with no clear benefit to himself. The mission of the bar is to ‘extract’ the maximum amount of

Have you seen any sign that the private sector is taking greater interest in improving their corporate governance since the crisis? Yes. I think this is on everybody’s mind right now. And large parts of the private sector realize that they need to re-gain credibility. We believe private sector initiatives to improve corporate governance are very important and encouraging and we have therefore established a standing forum for dialogue and exchange of experiences with the private sector and other stakeholders. Earlier this year we also launched a global consultation on the Internet, where people with different backgrounds and expertise provided input and suggestions to our report on corporate governance and the financial crisis. Thanks Mats! We’re reminded that following the “South Sea Bubble” financial scam in 18th century England, parliament debated a motion to tie bankers in sacks with snakes and lower them into the Thames. We think that we may need that kind of regulation again today! Although we’re not sure what the snakes have done to deserve it. It is now generally accepted that America’s economic primacy will be replaced by a period where China is the world’s leading economy. In this scenario the surrender of pole position owes a great deal to fin de siecle decadent frippery on Wall Street alongside the sheer determined, ruthless focus and postmillennium New (Asian) Century esprit of the powers in both Shanghai and Peking. Although this, along with images of bloated American regulators asleep at the wheel and highly driven Chinese technocrats with noses to the grindstone 24/7, is a stereotype, in our experience stereotypes invariably contain

significant grains of truth. What’s undeniable is that China executes more people than any other nation (China would argue that currently - and demographic trends indicate that this will be the case until the middle of this century - China has more people than any other nation, therefore this less glamorous example of China as the world’s #1 is merely a reflection of that). We’re indebted to our good friend, Gareth Marshall at Director Magazine, for bringing to our attention a story recently carried by the BBC, which highlights this. Gareth writes, “Enron, Madoff, Ebbers, Leeson...names synonymous with large scale fraud, but perhaps Du Yimin and Si Chaxian are about to become the most famous fraudsters to date. Why? They are two Chinese business people who, through a real estate scam promising a 10% monthly return, conned investors out of US$ 120 million. An insignificant amount, compared to some of the names mentioned above. Their sentences varied in severity, but none as extreme as the Chinese duo - death. Will this verdict be enough to deter future fraud in China?” It’s certainly might have made Madoff think twice about playing quite so free and easy with US$ 65 billion of other people’s money! For those wanting more information on this or other financial topics then please contact Simon on 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.

cash from each punter and give nothing in return. But this picture doesn’t accord with Mr Pobaan’s experience of a-go-go bars and neither - if I may presume to paraphrase the thoughts of my lovely life companion – does it accord with that of Mrs Pobaan. To us, our iconic Pattaya bars appear to be staffed by hard-working and conscientious folk, who toil long and unsocial hours. Some are required by their job profiles to do things that may not be of their choosing or even appear on their list of top 500 favourite pasttimes. These long-suffering professionals offer entertainment unobtainable in any other city in the world and they do it at the very highest levels of customer service. A good mama-san will bend over backwards (and probably did when she was younger) to ensure the satisfaction of her clientele. The girl sitting on that customer’s lap may have a headache, a ruthless landlord and a sick buffalo back in Isaan (OK, so she invented the buffalo) but she still manages to smile as she tells the ugly so-and-so he’s handsome. And he so rarely is. And what’s wrong with making money, anyhow? Does anyone accuse Chang or Singha of being money-hungry hoodlums for demanding payment in exchange for their precious golden liquids? No they don’t. And what about

Toyota, Samsung or Nike? Of course not. These are businesses that survive in a competitive world by providing what people want - slightly better, or at a more reasonable price, than the businesses next door. There are nearly 100 a-go-go bars in Greater Pattaya (if there are more, please send details), not all of them packed with customers all the time, and so all with good reason to vie with the next to make an honest baht. Let’s acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the a-go-gos. Let’s raise our foam-encased bottles to these noble establishments and reject the slurs of their detractors. They’re not sleazy clip joints, but a central part of Pattaya’s unique culture, honestly offering good, clean fun to open-minded adults. If you don’t want the go-go treatment, don’t go to a go-go. And if you don’t like the price they charge for a Heineken, go to 7-Eleven, that’s my view, krap. Kuhn Pobaan’s by-the-way When I visit the Royal Palace in Bangkok, why do touts approach me to tell me the site is closed when it isn’t? Does my ‘My mum went to Pattaya...’ T-shirt indicate that Kuhn Pobaan is some kind of country hick? Please email your experience of curious scams to

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P. & N. Poolshop was formed in 2005 by Phillip & Nittaya. Philip worked as a competent building contractor for 20 years, mostly building private propert-ies including swimming pools. Now, he’s the company’s director, sales, swimming pool design, pool construction supervisor, quantity surveyor and pool structural engineer. While Nittaya used to be a photographer before she became the company’s director, administration, purchasing officer and pool maintenance supervisor. Many residents and property developers in and around Pattaya are benefiting from Phillip’s many years of experience, expertise and knowledge in swimming pool design, build and maintenance. Enquiry from James Bangsaray, Dear Phil, Could you please inform me more regarding the use of Zeolite filtration medium? Dear James, Zeolite is manufactured in Australia to exacting standards from natural zeolitic material. This natural material was formed over 300 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity. Over the passage of geological time, this material was overlain by hundreds meters of other material giving rise to a zeolitic material of

exceptional hardness and durability. In fact, a material exceptionally suited to filtration applications. The active ingredient of Zeolite is clinoptilolite, a mineral with very special properties. These include an exceptionally high surface area, an infinitely extending three- dimensional cagelike structure with large internal pore spaces, and the ability to chemically capture pollutants by a mechanism called cationexchange. Exceptional Filtration Capability These properties enable three mechanisms to interact to produce superior

filtration. First there is physical capture between particles as occurs in conventional sand filtration. Secondly there is Capture of

Chemical pollutants such as ammonia are captured by the third mechanism of cation exchange. The result these three mechanisms working together is superior water quality not matched by traditional methods of water & pool filtration.

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pool odor and eye and skin irritation form marked reduction of chloramines formation superior water quality resulting from additional surface capture of contaminants and chemical capture by cation-exchange. Superior water quality enhances the effectiveness of disinfection to eradicate micro-organisms (bugs) Environmental: Greater dirt holding capacity results in less frequent backwashing with savings in power and less discharge of backwash to the environment. The buffering capacity and cation-exchange capabilities result in more efficient use of chlorine and reduction of chemicals used for pH control.

Economic: Savings from significant reduction in chemical addition, Savings in power due to less backwashing and lower pump head due to lighter filtration material. Zeolite is a new and exciting product which offers significant advances in the art water, pool and spa filtration. The Zeolite advanced media offers the performance of diatomaceous earth, or better, with the convenience of a sand filter. The ultimate benefit for the user; superior water for house and pool/ spa environments which is both safer and more pleasant to use and swim in.


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Ask Andy

Looking for a solution to problems in or around your house? Email questions to: Quick Tip Self-defrosting refrigerators need care too. Water from the frost flows out a drain in the base of the refrigerator and into a pan where it evaporates. Food particles and other debris may be carried along and clog the drain. To ensure a clear drain, periodically remove the stopper and use a pipe cleaner to push any clogs through to the drain pan. Then mix a few drops of liquid detergent and ammonia into a cup of water and pour the solution down the drain.  Crime Watch An item in your last column [Light on Crime] advised a reader to install lights around his house to deter would-be intruders. Wouldn’t a burglar alarm be even more effective? Or he could employ a downhome remedy which was cheap and always worked for my family in Alabama: Pa went to a flea market and picked up a giant pair of men’s second-hand work boots—size 16. He would set the huge old boots out on the front porch near the door and surround them with several empty beer cans, a couple of red neck magazines such as ‘Guns & Ammo,’ and a few oversize

dog dishes. We never had an intruder. Jimmy Jack Amusing recollection, Jimmy Jack, and—like exterior lighting--a burglar alarm as well as your ersatz security system would no doubt discourage intruders. Also effective are guard dogs, video surveillance systems, state-of-theart locks, neighborhood watch groups, a larger and more diligent police force, and many other strategies I could have suggested. But I proposed a simple solution (exterior lights) that is quick, easy, inexpensive and effective. As to burglar alarms or any other type of security system, there are many different types, brands, and options. For peace of mind, talk to a security expert about your specific needs and your family’s lifestyle. For example, a system activated by motion sensors will be problematic if you have pets. Also, if you receive business associates, numerous family members, or other visitors at your home, then it may be impractical to install an alarm system that requires inputting a security code to gain entry. Anyone truly concerned

with home security would be well advised to study all of the available options.  Prime Time I’m getting ready to do some painting around the house, Andy, and I have assembled some of the useful tips you’ve provided over the years, which will help enormously. One question: several times you’ve made reference to using primer when painting. What do primers do? Andres The main function of primers, Andres, is to seal the surface to be painted and to cover any minor imperfections. That helps with stain blocking and corrosion inhibition. The result is a finished surface that looks better, and the paint will last longer. Use a primer when you’re painting a light color over a dark color, when covering stained surfaces or wallpaper, and when painting bare surfaces such as wood, masonry, fresh plaster, or drywall.  Power Drain? In our house, which has single-phase electricity and numerous electrical items, everything works well, including the hot water

heaters. But when the water heaters are being used we notice that the lights dim in our house. This problem is normal up country, in some large condominiums in Pattaya, and even where 3-phase electricity has been installed. A friend who knows about electricity in other countries told us that most houses only have single phase electricity installed but have no problem like this. When living in an oldish flat in Bangkok before moving to Pattaya we had no problem. The local power company observed the power and said that it is OK. Frankly I do not believe them; it is my opinion that it has something to do with the power coming from the electricity organisation. What is your opinion, please? Richard In my opinion, Richard, the dimming lights have nothing to do with the power supplied by the power company. It’s not unusual for lights to flicker or temporarily dim when an electrical appliance kicks in. Granted, it is more common with major appliances such as air conditioners, but even water heaters drain off substantial current. The cause may well be a voltage drop due to excessive demand. (Have you recently installed equipment that draws heavy power?) Nevertheless, check for any loose wires or connections as best you can. If, in fact, your home has inadequate

Save Time and Reap the Benefits Ready to relocate to the Pattaya-Jomtien area? Prior to driving around the Pattaya-Jomtien area searching for that special residence you can save yourself a lot of time if you first write down your future seaside lifestyle needs and desires. You can do this exercise easily, and it doesn’t require a lot of time and effort. Think about it. You will soon be investing a considerable sum of money and then living the retirement years of your life in your new home or condo. It is well worth your time to sit down for a few of hours and jot down those things will make your new life enjoyable. With your list in hand you and your real estate agent will save considerable time by not

looking at properties that do not fit your needs. If you anticipate building a new home your list will help you focus only on floor plans that meet your requirements. Here are some suggestions to help you get started. You can add more personal details from there. 1. What will be the purpose of your new residence? Will it be a second home for vacations and holidays or your retirement home? Unless you entertain you probably won’t need a huge two story multi-bedroom home for vacations once or twice a year. If it will be your retirement home you will probably have very different requirements for comfortable year around living.

2. If your Pattaya-Jomtien residence will only be for vacations, make a list of the things you like to do when in Thailand. If you are a golfer you have vastly different needs than if you are a scuba diver. Specifics like this help determine location as well as the size of your residence as well as the storage spaces for your equipment. Your holiday lifestyle, which more than likely is drastically different than your working lifestyle in your country, will determines the size, location and features of your new vacation residence. 3. If this will be your retirement home your new life of leisure becomes a very important factor. You will be considering a totally different list of

requirements for retirement living year around when compared to a vacation home or condo. An excellent way to obtain the retirement home you have anticipated is to go back to the home you are currently living in and take a good look around. Make note of the things that irritate you and you wish were different. This will help make sure you don’t end up with the same irritations and your new retirement home will better serve your needs. To make your list, visit every room in your current house. Look each room over carefully. Example: Consider your master bedroom. If you spend little time there and use it only for sleep it doesn’t require much space. If you spend

power, as you conjecture, then the restriction probably is in your main breaker and not with supply levels from the power company. Did a technician from the electric company actually inspect your power lines, breaker box, etc.? If so, then have a qualified electrician check your main breaker (does it need to be repaired, replaced, upgraded?), power lines and connections (are they intact, tight?), and your entire electrical system.  Bad Wrap A lot of food has freezer burn when I take it out of the freezer--usually after it’s been stored there for a while. Is it safe to eat it? And how can I avoid that happening to frozen food? Molly

older apartment building last week, Andy, and from day-one whenever I flush the toilet the water fills to the rim but the you-knowwhat does not drain out of the toilet. Neither does the toilet paper. Finally, the water level goes back down very slowly. What can I do? I really don’t want to put my hand down there to unblock it. Rose

It’s not unsafe to cook and eat freezer-burned food, Molly, but it usually doesn’t taste very good. Freezer burn is not caused simply by food being frozen, but rather it is the dehydration of the food when it is exposed to air in the freezer. My guess is that you purchase items such as chicken and toss them into your freezer. The problem is that the wrappings used in supermarkets are not meant to prevent dehydration. To avoid freezer burn, the next time you bring food home before storing it in your freezer rewrap it in airtight containers or wrappings.  Toilet Training I just moved into an

If you have a plunger use it. If not, try clearing the obstruction with a wire hanger. Actually, Rose, the problem may not be limited to your toilet. It might well be that another tenant threw something into the system that caused widespread blockage. Do your other drains allow water to pass freely? If your sink, for example, is also draining slowly, then the blockage is farther down the line and may require professional help. But that’s rare. Get a good plunger and that should do the job. Or don rubber gloves and pull out what you can. Until the problem is resolved, turn off the water supply to the toilet so that you are not floating in whatever it is you don’t want to stick your hand in. In any case, do not use chemical drain cleaners for a blocked toilet; that’s an accident waiting to happen. Perhaps the best advice I can offer is that you report the problem to the building manager, maintenance staff, or owner, and have them deal with it. --Handy Andy

a lot of time there you may want your master bedroom to be large to allow space for more furniture in it. Be sure to consider what size bed and other furniture you plan to place in the room. Measure your bedroom’s length and width. Let’s say it is 12’ X 14’ and you decide your new bedroom should be larger by 2’ in each direction. It will help when you tell your real estate agent you want the master bedroom that is approximately 14’ X 16’ rather than saying, “I want a big bedroom.” If you are a chef you’ll want to concentrate on the requirements of your new kitchen. It is your work place, and for you to enjoy cooking it must be functional in a way that suits your cooking style. If you have lived with a small bathroom you may be fed up with banging your elbows into the walls

when drying off after a shower. Measure your bathroom and write down a larger size that will suit you better. Room size can go the opposite way too. If you have wasted space in your current home, now is your chance to design a more efficient floor plan. Space costs money. A great design will give you spaces in your new residence that will be useful and provide for more enjoyable living. Perform this exercise in every room in your house. Sitting in a real estate office and imagining what you want in a home, or standing in a show home void of furniture, makes it tremendously difficult to “guess” what you really want or need. It is much easier to some advance planning and then head out house hunting armed with useful facts that are relevant to your needs and lifestyle. Happy house hunting!

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Golf from the Café Kronborg

by Peter Blackburn

Bangpra – Stableford We had 15 golfers on the starting sheet and we headed off in 2 mini vans 45 minutes later than normal as we had a 1030 hrs tee off time which afforded us the cheaper, after 1000 hrs price. Humidity was high as our first group hit off 10 minutes early and as usual the course looked in excellent condition. We were surprised at the shortage of monkeys hanging around the second green and third tee but it was to become apparent that they had read the weather forecast in much more detail than we had. It wasn’t long before the thunder started and then some lightning and although we played through the rain for most of the round we were never seriously inconvenienced by heavy rain and we battled on. The final scores were indicative of the inclement weather and no-one was able to play to his handicap. We had 2 Flights, A which was handicaps 0 – 20 and B which was 21 +. The winners in both flights were both U.S. “old timers” in Bill Plath & Wayne Koch with Doug Maiko missing out to Bill in a count back with Peter Blackburn third. Kevin Dynan was runner up to Wayne with Hugh O’Donnell edging out

Bill Plath - A Flight

Per Anders Karlsonn on a count back for third place. Results for Bangpra: A Flight 1st – Bill Plath – 34 points (17} 2nd – Doug Maiko – 34 points (14) 3rd – Peter Blackburn – 32 points (14) B Flight 1st – Wayne Koch – 35 points (23) 2nd – Kevin Dynan – 34 points (22) 3rd – Hugh O’Donnell – 33 points (25) Phoenix, Mountain & Ocean Nines – Kronborg Monthly Mug – Stroke I looked out of my window at 0700 hrs and it was absolutely bucketing down.

Wayne Koch - B Flight

Soi Diana Inn was starting to flood and I was thinking that golf today was doubtful. However – I arrived at the Café Kronborg at 0730 hrs and the rain was starting to ease and by 0800 hrs it had stopped. GAME ON! A very good field of 18 golfers departed on time and we arrived at Phoenix in plenty of time for our 0930 tee off. We were surprised to see that there had been no rain in the immediate area and the course was in fine condition, although a few people did

by Paul Donahue

Walter Bachli Receives His Monthly Mug From The Admiral complain about the greens, particularly on the Mountain Nine, but all in all the golf course played very well, as some of the scores indicated. Such a good turnout allowed us 2 Flights – A for handicaps 0 to 17 and B for handicaps 18 and over. Special mention to Walter Bachli who had an eagle 2 on the Ocean Nine third hole par 4. He tells me he hit a perfect 7 iron from 140 yards out and that would not have been his only great shot as he took out his very first Café Kronborg Monthly Mug. Marcel Wittwer won the A flight on a countback from Ted Morris with Bill Plath in third place. Darryl Evans finished up winner in B Flight from Dave Richardson with Herb Schwieterman in third place. Results for Phoenix: Kronborg August Monthly Mug – Walter Bachli – Net 67 (16) A Flight 1st – Marcel Wittwer – Net 68 (16} 2nd – Ted Morris – Net 68 (10) 3rd – Bill Plath – Net 71 (17) B Flight 1st – Daryl Evans – Net 72 (19) 2nd – Dave Richardson – Net 76 (20) 3rd – Herb Schwieterman – Net 77 (23)

Darkside Dart’s League

by Peter Blackburn

Dave and his Squadron attacked the Chill Bar superstars, but the superstars were not frightened and won the game 8 – 1 Mark must have been thinking

elsewhere as he was the only player to loose!! Darts Dave. Fred’s 19th Hole crew beat Moanies 6 – 3 and Debbie was not HAPPY! There was fun and excitement down at the Court Jesters

Three Sisters Gol

venue who were playing the Lucky Time Bar, It was neck and neck all the way with the Lucky Time eventually taking a 5 - 4 victory after winning the Beer Leg. Good night had by all......Darts.

The Three Sisters group headed out early this 25th of August at the Pattaya Country Club. Despite lightning on the horizon at 5:45 am, the day turned out to be a golfer’s delight. Sunny but with a cool breeze. The breeze had some effect on the ball but only on a couple of holes. The course was in fine shape and the greens are now mostly in great shape with a few “work in progress” patches. A few of the group had putting problems that had nothing to do with the greens. Two casualties occurred with both Bill Key and Bob Benda swinging their way into apparent painful back muscle pulls. We hope they are in repair

Herbie Ishinaga on the left with Sus Ige on the right and are able to go out again followed by Sus Ige with a next Tuesday. Back at Caddy 36. This being the end of the Shack II, Herbie Ishinaga month play, Herbie will have had the pot full of two his name engraved on the kinds of sausages as well as “Monthly Winner Trophy”. snacks on the tables. A tally The rest of the group had of the cards revealed Herbie respectable scores but a bit Ishinaga coming in with a 37 shy of the leaders.

Wednesday Quiz League

R1Q2 Q: Which actor was known for his roles in films such as ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and the 1970s TV series ‘The Streets of San Francisco? A: Karl Malden. Shagwell were marked wrong for “C. Maldren”. I think it’s close enough - 2 points. R2Q1 Q: Discounting Australia and New Zealand, name two countries that depict the Southern Cross on their national flag. A: Samoa and Papua New Guinea. Bowling Green appealed for Brazil. From Wikipedia: On the modern republican flag [...] the blue circle [...] depicts the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning of November 15, 1889. And indeed The Southern Cross or Crux can be plainly seen. One point to Bowling Green and Boxing Roo. R2Q2 Q: The Sea of Cortez, a body of water that separates the Baja California peninsula from the Mexican mainland, is also known by what name? A: Gulf of California. Derbyshire appealed for “Sea of California”. Sorry Derbyshire I cannot accept that as it is the Gulf of California, and many clues were given in the question. R2Q7 Q: Formed in 1987, name the computer reservation system which sells tickets globally for multiple airlines. A: Amadeus. Palmers appealed for Galileo. Galileo is, indeed, a computer reservation system for airlines (and others), but it was founded in 1971 by United Airlines, not in 1987. Appeal denied. R4Q6 Q: Who played the roles of Arthur & Guenevere in the original 1960 Broadway production of ‘Camelot’. A: Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. Palmers appealed for Richard Harris. From Wikipedia’s article on the Broadway production: King Arthur - Richard Burton; Queen Guenevere - Julie Andrews. Richard Harris appeared as King Arthur in the movie version. Appeal denied. R5Q4 Q: What decision of the Thai government in 1997 initiated the Asian financial crisis? A: To float the baht. The Londoner appealed for “Joined Asian Basket Currency”. From Wikipedia: The crisis started in Thailand with the financial collapse of the Thai baht caused by the decision of the Thai government to float the baht, cutting its peg to the USD. Nothing about joining the Asian Basket - appeal denied. R5Q5 Q: What part of the Dill plant is used as a spice? A: Seeds. Palmers appealed for leaves. From Wikipedia: Fresh and dried dill leaves (sometimes called “dill weed” to distinguish it from dill seed) are used as herbs. […] Dill seed is used as a spice. Appeal denied. R6Q6 Q: A spire is a descriptive term for which part of the body of a snail? A: Shell. Cheers (who put antennae) complained that the shell is not part of the body of a snail. From Wikipedia: The gastropod shell is a shell which is part of the body of a gastropod or snail. Appeal denied. “The sheets for the match between OK Corral and Rising Sun did not turn up. OK Corral lose by default. NB: There will be an end-of-season meeting at Palmers this Friday, August 28th at 3:00pm. Would all bars please send a representative. Thanks, Ian.” “Next week’s matches September 2nd: Boxing Roo vs. Bowling Green, Cheers vs. Bunker, Londoner vs. Rising Sun, Nervous Wreck vs. Shagwell, OK Corral vs. Derbyshire, W. Tankie vs. Palmers.”


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Golf from the Bunker

by Mick

Mountain Shadow Unusually Rab McDonald hasn’t been in the frame this week, but. finishing off a week of Stableford comps Rab came storming back to win by a mile. He scored 39 points, a full 7 points ahead of the second placed Mashi. There was a clutch of golfer’s on 30 points and it took a count back to separate them, Ron Ryan getting third place, John Graham fourth and Eddie Martin came fifth! Results: 1st Rab McDonald (hcp 11) 39 points 2nd Mashi Kaneta (hcp 11) 32 points 3rd Ron Ryan (hcp 14) 30 points 4th John Graham (hcp 13) 30 points Near Pin Winners – PJ, Lee

Butler, Frank Dante and Ron Ryan.

Pattana Another Stableford game and another 36 points was enough to win again. Playing off the same tees as the LPGA golfer’s who were having a tournament there Gerry Cooney was the winner today. The closest our lot got to the ladies was when they were sheltering in the drinks hut when the course was closed to allow a lightning storm to blow over! Hugh O’Donnell took runner up spot a point behind and Eddie Martin came in third with 33 points. Results: 1st Gerry Cooney (hcp 11) 36 points 2nd Hugh O’Donnell (hcp 25) 35 points 3rd Eddie Martin (hcp 13) 33 points

Near pin winners – Tony Robbins, Colin Stokes, PJ and Frank Dante. Bang Pra Frank Dante had his first win with the Bunker Boy’s (says he’s struggling with his UK handicap!) Playing a “Rainbow” format he shot a level par (36 points) to take the loot, PJ (another one who seems to be struggling with his handicap) beat William on a countback to claim second place. Results: 1st Frank Dante (hcp 8) 36 points 2nd PJ Redmond (hcp 14) 35 points 3rd William Macey (hcp 12) 35 points Near pin winners – Frank Dante, Hai Sul Chung, Geoff Parker and Eddie Martin

Golf from Tropical Bert’s by Derek Brook Rayong Country Club Stableford After a week off from the normal Friday golf from Bert’s to support the PSC monthly members tournament last week at Pattana we journeyed back to Rayong CC. This was our fourth visit over the past two months and the numbers of players that attend continues to rise due to the continuing improvements to the course and the excellent price on offer. This morning, both the first and tenth tees both had groups waiting, but the efficient starter had things well under control and our

first group was headed down the first fairway a little before our scheduled time. Play moved along at a good pace over the challenging Faldo design and in a bit over 4 hours we were back at the clubhouse. The scoring was not as high as our previous visit but a handful were at their handicaps or a bit better and with near-the-pins flags out, there was close competition for the prizes. With all the score cards in and tallied we were soon headed back to Pattaya and the friendly confines of Tropical Bert’s where, in addition to the normal Friday special, a

golfers special “Burger’s and Chips” was on for the participants. With thirst quenched and food downed the prize giving was held and all invited to join us again. Well played! Results 1st: Joel Flor (18), 38 pts, winning on countback over, 2nd: Grant Dawson (22), 38 pts, 3rd: Per Olan Baarli (17), 36 pts, 4th: Doug Maiko (14), 35 pts, by countback over Daryl Evans Near Pins: Doug Maiko (2), Per Olan Baarli (2)

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Mickey Mouse Friday Night Dart League Results Table

O’Learys played away at the OK Corral where the Posse showed the Lepracorns what fast draw shooting was all about, the Posse taking both game & beer. The lovely Too (OK) outgunned all of the Posse and managed to score 3 *. Darts Too (maybe you can give Bob a few lessons before next Friday!) The Londoner has a very thirsty team, however they have yet to win a game, Cheers taking the match and Londoner the beer. Gorgeous George took the Palmers Crew along to the secret location to play the Coffee Shop Quartet, the Blue Mountain taking the game with Palmers Crew supping a free beer. Blue Mountain have now dropped out of the league, apparently all the BM girls have a crush on Gorgeous but as they can not have him they just do not see the point in carrying on! Team Lucky Time made their way to the Bunker to find Mrs Mick (Ta) washing the customized golf buggy and then hanging a ‘For Sale’ on it. Ta said that now they had a little daughter they needed something more appropriate. Capt’ Mick sat inside sulking and casting longing looks at his beloved golf buggy. Lucky Time started strong but then the Bunker Boys made one of those dastardly comebacks. Then result could have gone either way, the final score being 5-4 to Lucky Time. The beer leg was nip and tuck all the way, yours truly checking out for LT on X1. In the Soi Yamoto derby, Risby led the Sunshine Boys along the Soi to the Dungeon and then at the end of the evening he led them back home again, wondering why he had bothered leading them anywhere in the first place! Melly’s Crew taking their frustrations out on the Sunshine Boys, taking the game 10-3, and then also taking the beer. Not naming any names or pointing the ‘finger of ridicule’ at anyone in particular, but guess who lost to a girl? Darts Pai. Okay, before he starts, Mark (RS) also lost to a girl, darts Thip. Until next week. DARTS

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Golf from the Travellers Rest

by Barry Hooper

Golden Day for David Gray It was a golden day for David Gray when he came home with forty-one points to win on Thursday at Phoenix. David a part time player and a thirty three handicapper had his first win ever, beating the field by four points leaving Alan Evans in his wake at thirty-seven and Jon Lay the triple winner of last week back in third at thirty-four. Congratulations David may this win be the first of many more. On a very different note I have been asked to remind all players who join the TRGG whether members or visitors that it is their responsibility to make sure that they declare before play their lowest recorded handicap where ever it may be held. Failure to do so could result in disqualification under present golf regulations. Apologise for no published report last week I sent it out as usual by e-mail on the Saturday but it was not received by the publications.

I have no idea why. But remember you can always find it on the official website for the TRGG at On Monday 17th August Pattana A and C was the venue A good turnout on the day the players obviously like

thirty-five and the winner Gerald Thwaites with thirtynine. Four two’s Ray Allison, Alan Evans and Richard Talbot at the eleventh and Eamonn Murtagh at the sixteenth Tuesday the 18th and a trip to Khao Kheo C & A

Saturday Winners – Mike Moreton, Bob St.Aubin and Mod Chaviraksa this course. The course was We have not been there in excellent shape and played in some time so a welcome well as the scores show. Just return. A small turnout on one division and places to the day I suspect because this fourth. That was Ito Akitoshi venue is a little expensive for with thirty-three. Third went some. Billy Fitzgerald with thirtyPoints were obviously hard four. Second Alan Evans at to get, as the top man John

Franklin only posted a thirtysix Jon Lay was second with thirty-two and third was Richard Talbot with his twenty-nine. No two’s on the day Thursday 20th of August Yes another visit to our regular Thursday venue of Phoenix (Mountain and Ocean) With a good turnout of participants. Course excellent as always. Scoring high again This was to be a golden day for David Gray and one he will never forget. Reason being that it was his first ever win and you do not forget those do you. He lead the field with forty-one points for a fine win with Alan Evans back by four at thirty-seven for his 2nd second place of the week. Jon Lay was third at thirty-four unable to find the form of the previous week. No two’s so the traditional bell ring back at the Travellers Rest. Saturday 22nd August a regular weekend visit to Green Valley. A smallish turnout this time and the course played hard

with many a golfer struggling including yours truly who was able to play for the first time in some four months. But a very enjoyable course to play. Unfortunately our organiser was unable to join us this week having to rest up some badly torn ligaments. The winner Bob St.Aubin was also disappointed because Fergus and he usually have good personal battles and Fergus usually come out on top. That would I doubt have been the case this week as Bob came home with thirtyeight points beating second placed Mod Chaviraksa (31) by seven. Mike Moreton was third also with thirty-one being beaten on the count-back. No two’s so the customary bell ring at the presentation. Detailed Results for the week –

Monday 17th at Pattana Gerald Thwaites 39 hc 10 Alan Evans 35 hc 23 Billy Fitzgerald 34 hc 16 Ito Akitoshi 33 hc 07 Tuesday 18th at Khao Kheo John Franklin 36 hc 13 Jon Lay 32 hc 11 Richard Talbot 29 hc 18 Eamonn Murtagh 26 hc 16 Thursday 20th August at Phoenix (Mountain & Ocean) David Gray 41 hc 33 Alan Evans 37 hc 23 Jon Lay 34 hc 11 Roger Wilkinson 33 hc 17 Saturday 22nd August at Green Valley Bob St.Aubin 38 hc 13 Mod Chaviraksa 31 hc 11 c/b Michael Moreton 31 hc 25 c/b Barry Hooper 29 hc 30 c/b

Golf from the Café Kronborg Golf from Tropical Bert’s

by Peter Blackburn

Treasure Hill – Stableford We welcomed back Peter Blackburn & Daryl Evans from their brief trips back to Australia and for Peter (your co-scribe today) it was a very pleasant return. Once more 13 very keen golfers left the Kronborg right on time & headed off on the 50 minute journey to the testing Treasure Hill golf course. The weather was overcast & humid (the exact opposite to Perth which was clear skies and very cold) but there was no real threat of rain. We were able to tee off slightly early and the first group got away at 0936 hrs. As usual there was a very keen tussle in our group between Marcel and myself with Doug Maiko also playing some very good golf. I must also mention The Admiral, who was the fourth member of our group and he finished very strongly but just missed out on joining his three playing partners who took out three of the four top spots.

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The course was as usual in good condition although the greens were at times a bit inconsistent & difficult to read. Wayne Koch reinforced the old saying “beware the wounded golfer” by declaring himself in some pain with his sore back prior to leaving Café Kronborg and missed out on first place by the smallest of margins, losing on a count back to Blacky (yes, him again) with Marcel and Doug following close behind. Results for Treasure Hill: 1st – Peter Blackburn – 36 points (14) 2nd – Wayne Koch – 36 points (23) 3rd – Marcel Wittwer – 35 points (16) 4th – Doug Maiko – 34 points (14) Pattana, C & A Layouts – Stableford A small group of 8 golfers headed off on the 50 minute journey for Pattana and we welcomed Paul Jackson from Melbourne, Australia, Per Anders Karlsonn back from Norway and it was great to see 81 year old Arthur Bailey back with us and looking as “fit as a fiddle”. We were able to tee off as soon as we were ready and our first group got away at 0933 hrs with cloudy skies and very high humidity. The course was looking excellent and the greens were immaculate but

by Thomas Cotton

Per Anders Karlsonn unfortunately on our first nine, which was C Layout the designated yellow tees were all placed directly next to the red tees which made the nine holes ridiculously short. The Admiral quite rightly directed that on the second nine, which was the A Layout we would hit off the white tees. Thunder accompanied us all through the second nine and just when we thought we would get away with it the heavens opened with 2 holes to go. We managed to finish ok but some fairly ordinary golf was the result for holes A8 & A9. One golfer that didn’t have too much trouble was Per Anders Karlsonn for a first up win. The very consistent Marcel Wittwer finished in second place followed by another regular to the “podium”, Doug Maiko. Results for Pattana: 1st – Per Anders Karlsonn – 38 points (21) 2nd – Marcel Wittwer – 34 points (16) 3rd – Doug Maiko – 32 points (14)

A bunch of us had nothing better to do, so we headed out to Bert’s for Tuesday golf and then onto the day’s venue: Crystal Bay, which brings to mind Bay Watch and that lovely fellow-Canadian, Pamela Anderson. But most of our fellow golfers are too old and un-libidinous to appreciate the allusion, so I’ll just talk about the golf. We played off the white tees and had a strong complement of golfers anxious to prove their mettles. The grass on the fairway was generously long and the greens slow to medium. The air was thick with humidity but thin on testosterone. The fairway was rich in bird numbers but poor in species, mostly populated by common mynahs and doves with a few hoopoes.

Daryl Evans, Dick Warberg, Perry McNeely (2) The shot of the day was showers and onto Bert’s made by Dick Warberg, who to commence the evening’s on a par-three ricocheted libations. Joel Flor seems his ball off a rock in the to be in the lead for water hazard onto the green “Alan Bolton Golfer of within two feet of the cup. the Month”. Winners: Dick then sunk the putt Joel Flor, 38 pts for a birdie. Dick confided that was how he had really Perry McNeely, 36 pts on planned the shot. Anyhow, count-back from the heat was quite oppressive Alan Thomas, 36 pts on and many of us were just count-back from Daryl Evans, 36 pts glad to get back to the

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old the front page: A few weeks ago two British nationals –one youngish male and one older femalewere caught secretly filming inside a popular den of the chrome pole. When the eagle-eyed foreign manager spotted their surreptitious activities he immediately confronted the sheepish pair, demanding they surrender their ultramodern version of the Box Brownie. Naturally, they were unwilling to do so. According to the manager, a standoff ensued in which the pair claimed they were freelance journalists employed to search for a Thai bargirl whose British boyfriend had died leaving her a sum of money. When the manager told them he would get the local plod they relented and handed over their camera, leaving the bar in high dudgeon. The pair returned a little while later with Howard Miller, the leader of the Foreign Tourist Police Volunteer Assistants, and a fellow Englishman, in tow. He asked the manager what had transpired. Sensibly, Howard asked to look at the film and after seeing that footage simply showed girls engaged in the sorts of activities associated with places where UV lighting and chrome poles are the staple, he sided with the bar manager and told the shutterbugs they could come and collect their valuable equipment the next day, after the bar manager and owners had erased the tape. The manager told me the pair had been secretly filming in at least two other dens of the chrome pole. The pair collected their camera the next day.

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The bar manager told me the local peelers weren’t all that interested in the incident, one officer claiming any footage these people might have obtained couldn’t be used without Thai government permission on British television anyway. Obviously an officer whose knowledge of foreign media doesn’t stretch beyond cartoons featuring Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam, with subtitles. The obvious question is, if the pair was indeed looking for a particular lady, why didn’t they approach the police volunteer assistants and ask for help? The answer, of course, is there is no bargirl with a Cinderella fortune awaiting collection. What this pair was about was simply trying to get as much sleazy footage as they could, put together an expose of the Pattaya bar scene, and probably hope to sell it to some British independent TV channel. The two ‘undercover’ journos managed to get off lightly. Had they tried the same trick in a genuine bonded brothel in the ThaiBurmese border areas (or anywhere else for that matter) I doubt they would simply have had their camera confiscated for a period of time. There might well be a missing persons report out for them. Of course, they wouldn’t bother doing a story like that because it doesn’t involve Western males, especially those with accents originating within the Sceptred Isle and, inter alia, their perceived audience aren’t interested in the sordid fate that awaits a bunch of slant-eyed Asians. The thoughts of a fellow night traveller: One of the joys of doing this column is

the interaction from some readers. Granted there are a couple who appear to possess the intelligence of a dead wombat, but most offer interesting feedback. A recent respondent sent in one of the better commentaries I have received and I will quote much of it as it certainly reflects much of what many others seem to be experiencing and thinking. Note: parts have been edited for brevity. ‘A few nights ago I went out and noticed the definite decline in the numbers of “sexy mans” walking the streets of our fair metropolis not to mention frequenting the many entertainment establishments. It was, therefore, with some confusion I entered Club Blu (Soi Buakhow). After ordering and receiving my drink I was immediately treated to “I ignore you long time”. I admit I hadn’t been here in a while and wanted to see how things were going. One thing that immediately jumped out at me was I was the only “pappa” in the place. Everyone else was in their mid 20’s to late 30’s. I am in my mid-fifties, not Tom Cruise but not Quasimodo either. I’m well dressed and of the quiet type. In the past there were always a few of us “older” folk around. I must have missed the memo. There were at least a half dozen cuties standing/ sitting behind me and as I attempted to make eye contact they averted theirs eyes, started talking to their neighbours, or appeared bored. I’ve lived here long enough to know not to waste my time much less my hard earned resources in pursuing a course of action leading to a lady’s drink. I finished mine and left. I had read the old Taboo bar in the Covent Garden area off Walking Street had reopened as Sin City. I went there as I had enjoyed myself in Taboo in the past. The prices of the drinks had “improved” from 65 baht in Taboo to the new and improved price of 95 baht for a draught beer (very small glass). Then there was the “talent”. Where do they get these zombies? There were about 20 dancers trying mightily NOT to make eye contact with any of the few customers in the place. They all had that vacant “1,000-

yard stare”. Pity really, since more than a few were attractive looking. Again I finished my drink and left.’ How much is that dildo in the window? Local peelers, possibly curious about just what a two-pronged length of ribbed moulded plastic could be used for, raided the long-established Boutique Sexy premises (Third Road, opposite the Boxing Roo beer boozer) at the beginning of August. After coming across a variety of leather and PVC style goods designed specifically for night wear, as well as a selection of lingerie with seemingly important parts of the apparel missing, rumour has it they left with a pair of pink handcuffs, a feather duster, and a curious grin on their faces. A nice touch up: Many bar owners in Fun Town take pretty good care of their employees, some provide copious amounts of alcohol (usually tequila) on a nightly basis, others have birthday parties for their dancers and serving staff, still others have regular staff outings to places like Koh Larn. The owner of the popular Windmill ogling den (Soi Diamond) likes to be different and gave one of his favourite chrome pole molesters a special gift, probably purchased from the aforementioned Boutique Sexy, of a doubleended dildo. Something she can share and enjoy with her other classmates from the Lickem-on-Toppe School of Darting Tongues. In the wars: Talking of raids, you have to feel some sympathy for the embattled TJ, the owner of the Coyotees ogling den (Soi Marina Plaza, off Walking Street). In the early hours of Saturday morning 21 August police from the Immigration Department, no doubt acting on information, raided the den. They found two under-age employees and a Cambodian national who did not possess a work permit and carted them as well as TJ and a number of dancing damsels off to the cop shop to answer some tough questions. The peelers also had photographic evidence of rooms upstairs being used for short periods by overexcited customers and willing wallet emptiers. Coyotees has gone through

much in the way of change in recent months, from ownership and partnership problems, to an unenforced but necessary closure after allegations of extreme impropriety were uncovered among the staff. Coyotees was one of the better dens around, although a number of people complained about the avaricious nature of the wallet emptiers. It just looked to be regaining some momentum with a reasonably attractive brace of chrome pole shufflers engaged when this raid took place. It’s not as if there aren’t more nightlife

joints of all descriptions employing ladies whose ID card shows them to be up to a couple of years shy of 18 or others who don’t have anything resembling a Thai ID card and instead have crossed from Cambodia to find gainful employment. It’s just Coyotees has drawn the short straw. Piece of Pith: I’ve often been asked, ‘What do you old folks do now that you’re retired’? I’m fortunate to have a chemical engineering background, and one of the things I enjoy most is turning beer, wine, Scotch, and margaritas into urine.’


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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. 6

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6 8

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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:

Go on, risk it! When you are not sure whether to bid game or not, try to interpret partner’s bids with some care. You are dealt ♠ K 9 7 5 2, ♥ 7 6 3, ♦ 8 7 2, ♣ K Q. It’s not a wo9nderful collection by any manner of means, but never despair until








1 2

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

you have heard the auction proceeding. You partner opens the bidding with one diamond and you obviously respond one spade. Partner then bids two clubs and you probably return to two diamonds. This is to give partner an indication you are very weak and nervous of getting out of your collective depth. Mind

1. Toe 2. Rose 3. Kind 4. Monk 5. Sound 6. Pigs 7. Wind 8. Short 9. Space 10.Father

Ability Bone Breast Finger Reading power Play Some Able Locked

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Solution Issue 23

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Form a word from the Jumbled Letters

1. CAT ON PI 2. EDS RINK 3. RAW SYNC 4. U EAT FIG 5. I NEAR IT 6. VIA LARR 7. SET TEAS 8. LIKE LSD 9. GROPY DI 10.TRY RAMS you, in some systems, you may have to reply two spades in order to show you have five cards in that suit, although this automatic parrot bidding has gone out of fashion. So you are back to two diamonds. But partner mildly surprises you by responding two spades. What do you say now? The best bid is a jump to four spades. It’s true you have a weak hand,

Answers ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... ...................... but partner has a lot more than minimal opening values. In effect, it’s a kind of delayed reverse. It’s also clear that partner is very weak in hearts and could well have a singleton. After all, he has bid three suits in as many bids. Sure, go all the way. Even if you are one down in four spades, your reasoning was above board which is far more important.

ANSWERS 1. Bread 2. Club 3. Cave 4. Alley 5. Alter 6. Dog 7. Jig 8. Lift 9. Cur 10.Scatter

Ball Hold Date Lay Wide Dog Dust Beat Ridden Child

Basket House Man Way Nation Watch Saw Off Bed Brain



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Hard Rock Café

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Let the Good Times Roll

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Just in case you didn’t already know: the first Hard Rock Café opened its doors to the public on June 14, 1971 on Hyde Park Corner in London, England. It’s famous décor developed over the years reputedly starting with one of Eric Clapton’s guitar collection until today when it is considered the largest and most valuable rock ‘n roll memorabilia collection on the planet. The operation is now huge with 140 cafes in over 36 countries spanning the globe and now including the Thai locations of Bangkok and here in Pattaya. Mick and I found ourselves

in this nostalgic hall of fame recently and were blown away by the assembly of such eclecticism from the early days of rock and roll in the 50s until today. Just stroll through the hotel foyer and gaze upon the collection of legendary guitars, gold albums and spectacular stage clothes worn by famous artistes to appreciate the Hard Rock ethos. The Café is a big friendly place staffed

by young, zany servers who contribute to the air of fun and celebration. On arrival we were greeted front of house by the amiable restaurant manager, Laurent Levraud and the hotel’s charming marketing team, Bella and Ricki.

Once seated we looked around at the amazing collection of guitars, records and music paraphernalia that adorn the walls, including Elton John’s famous platform boots. Corona beer was the (BOGO) promotion of the month and so with beer in hand we reached for the menu. American fare is the order of the day offering everything from smokehouse items through

burgers, steaks, fajitas and sandwiches to scrumptious salads and sundaes. Don’t eat for a couple of weeks before coming to this café! The portions are Fred Flintstone sized. We were served the Jumbo Combo to kick off the proceedings. The platter was stacked with onion rings, potato skins, tupelo chicken tenders, hickory smoked chicken wings and Sante Fe spring rolls accompanied by sour cream, barbeque and blue cheese sauces (B.450). A veritable feast of flavours and enough to feed a family of very hungry people. Burgers are legendary on this menu and after being fashioned into 10 oz. patties, they are served S.O.B. (basted with spicy chipotle pepper puree, hickory barbequed bacon and cheese), or patriotic

red, white and blue style laced and grilled with spicy buffalo sauce and Cajun seasoning. This was our choice and we enjoyed every beefy bite. Steak is always a popular option and here we spotted the 12 oz. Angus beef New York strip (B.820) or 8 oz. sirloin served with garlic butter, plus their well-known fajitas (grilled chicken, beef or both) served with Cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce on hot flour tortillas from B.480. Fish lovers do not fret, an 8 oz. tranche of grilled Norwegian salmon would surely fit the bill or their acknowledged cod and chips for B.360. Desserts are wicked, indulgent, extravagant and delicious featuring their famous hot

fudge brownie sundaes and the luxury Haagen Dazs ice cream. In these recessionary times HRC now offer a multichoice set menu for B.500 (commencing at 11.00 am through till 9.00 pm), happy hours from 4.00 pm till 7.00 pm and special nights with discounted meals and drinks. Check their website for details. Hard Rock Café delivers in volumes. It is big on hospitality, ambiance, generosity of portions, fun and good vibrations. Come here to enjoy the quintessential spirit of rock ‘n roll, chill out and listen to the sounds from the new Philipino band,“Prime Pitch” . You’ll be assured of a rockin’ good time. All that’s left to say to everyone at HRC is “see you later aligator!”

Open daily from 11.00 am till late. Located on Beach Road, Pattaya in front of the Hard Rock Hotel. Tel: (038) 426 635. Parking in the hotel area, accessed on Second Road. All credit cards accepted. Website: www.

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Dear Food Lovers, I have never made Guacamole before but have always been meaning to give it a try. I’ve noticed that the big supermarkets are offering avocados at a very reasonable price this month so I thought to myself it would be the perfect time to experiment with this famous Mexican dip. Have you any tips? Regards, Nigel. Dear Nigel, The key to a good guacamole is to use perfectly ripe avocados. A ripe avocado will yield or give to gentle pressure. If it does not give it is not ripe and if it gives a lot or seems very soft it is probably over ripe and the flavor may be compromised. Good eating!

Ingredients 1 lime, juiced 2 avocados 1/2 white onion, finely diced 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or finely chopped red chilies 2 tablespoons coriander Directions 1. Put lime juice into a medium bowl. The lime will prevent rapid browning of the avocado. 2. To remove avocado flesh, slice avocado in half. Turn the halves in opposite directions to separate. Gently peel the skin off each half – it may help to slice the pieces to make it easier to remove the skin. Cut avocado into small cubes and place in the lime juice. 3. Using a fork, mash the avocado slightly. Leave it chunky - do not make it into a sauce. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. 4. Guacamole will brown if left out too long. Some claim that leaving the avocado pit in the guacamole overnight will prevent this but it has not worked for me. Therefore I suggest you serve and consume immediately. If you would like to request a recipe, please email

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dining out

The Wine Cellar A must for the Epicurious

by Mick and Di The Food Lovers This must be one of the coolest, most unique places where we have had the pleasure to dine. The setting is an exquisite bijou vinoteque/wine cellar/fine dining restaurant which encompasses a gourmet emporium selling some of the finest epicurean items in the world. Master Chef and sommelier at The Wine Cellar is the charismatic Alessandro Haab, a Swiss born gentleman with an illustrious culinary history. He has been a member of the Swiss national culinary team for years. They won the world championships many times over and his experience spans judging for the prestigious culinary world cup and culinary Olympics. He is also a member and judge for the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS). This gold medalist and member of the prestigious La Chaine de Rotisseurs is a gastro-celebrity in any culinary circle. The cellar is a happy valley of hundreds of five star wines, predominately Italian, but also offering some remarkable labels from the old and new worlds. Also, every conceivable gourmet-related luxury item is available here from

the finest world-class extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, truffle oils, dried morel mushrooms, cheeses, salamis, prosciutto, Czech Republic crystal glasses, oenophile’s paraphernalia to premium Cuban cigars. From the moment you walk through the door (also seating on the terrace) whether for a memorable romantic dinner for two or a group celebration, the ambiance is cocooning in its exclusivity (seating for only 24 persons), and uniqueness. There is an extensive selection of fine wines by the glass or bottle and you then have the option of having them professionally recorked (duration 15 days) to take home with you or you could just finish the bottle whilst enjoying the

exceptional mixed antipasti plate. Eight salamis and prosciutto, three cheeses, olives, dried tomatoes, mixed dried fruits and bread and butter for B.390 per person would make the perfect accompaniment. This is available at any time during opening hours. However, for the evening fine dining experience, Chef Alessandro requests a reservation, preferably with

24 hours notice. There is a concise special menu and it was from this that Mick and I made our choices but arrangements could be made for alternative dishes. The proceedings were launched with an amuse bouche of chicken liver pate served on sweet homemade mango pickle which excited the taste buds and set the scene for the treats

to come. A mixed plate of supreme salamis and prosciutto followed with each paper thin sliver of rosy cured meat flaunting its own unique personality before dissolving into richness on the tongue. We were also served a portion of Lardo Colonnata, the luxury gourmet Italian lard and, if your cholesterol count can take it, it is said to be one of the finest antipasti. Other appetizers include cold smoked Norwegian salmon garnished with horseradish foam (B.350), and the celebrated home made goose foie gras terrine accompanied by a pumpkin chutney, veal sweetbread on morel sauce or tossed pappardelle noodles with creamy fish cream sauce and smoked salmon (B.350). Then down from cloud nine came our main course of the sweetest, most delicious snow fish. It rested on a vibrant Mediterranean

ratatouille and was solely accompanied by steamed, oiled potatoes. Oh, but my, these potatoes were fantastic with a divine consistency and crowned with a sprinkling of crushed sweet pistachio nuts. Other main courses include roasted Australian lamb loin with herb crust, aged beef – fillet steak Rossini style (B.890) or beef sirloin with café de Paris butter, or goulash of beef tenderloin Stroganoff. We were imbibing and enjoying a well-balanced, fresh and fruity bottle of Pinot Grigio 2007 (Sartori) at B.220 per glass or B.1050 a bottle. We decided to indulge in a cheese platter rather dessert and were rewarded with a platter of the most distinguished cheeses including English Stilton, Swiss Appenzeller, French Chaubier and Italian Taleggio plus a homemade slice of a Swiss sweet/ savoury bread packed with mixed dried fruits and nuts which was quite delicious. Alessandro is a worldrenowned Chef who creates meals of distinction and his knowledge of gastronomy is remarkable. We heartily recommend that you take the journey out to Naklua and visit this extraordinary gastro-vinoteque and experience for yourself the revelation that is The Wine Cellar. The wine Cellar has an extensive printed list of available wines, liquors and liquers and all are welcome to visit. Open from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm. Lunch by appointment. Closed on Sunday. Located on Soi 12, Pattaya Naklua Road. Follow the signs for the Garden Seaview Resort and it’s located on the right just before the hotel. Tel: (038) 226 055, Fax: (038) 226 055, mobile: 081 8069038 or visit www.

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(ptm-0609)Mobility Scooters -- Free test ride at your home! Portable mobility scooters, latest models. Full service from Thailand’s mobility scooter specialist. Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 8405-07,, info@ for prices and brochures. Contact us now for your free test ride at your home! (ptfas-c0008)Rolex Gents Date Watch. Gold face, gold bezel, jubilee gold and stainless steel strap. Beautiful original condition with box. Only 65,000 baht. Call Alan 087 139 1570. (ptfas-g2408)Antique Hand Carved Thai Teak Bench; made decades ago in a small Province in the far North. This distinctive piece will astound all who view it. Unfortunately, it is too bulky to work in my small bedroom and I have decided to part with it. 150L X 60D. The first to see it will grab it. 9,500 Baht. Email: sanmyn@aol. com or call Gary at 089 803 0388. (ptfas-g2408)Wireless “G” Linksys Access Point Unit together with SMC ADSL Converter both like new and ready to give a clear wireless signal throughout your abode. Very cheap price for both, 1,800 Baht. Gary Hacker 089 803 0388 or 038 225 349. (ptfas-h2208)T.V. Table on wheels, black,700 baht. 087 100 5726 or 087 235 6835 (Thai) (ptfas-h2208)Baseball Glove, Rawlings 13 inch, brand new for a “lefty” 1800 baht. Tel: 087 100 5726. (ptfas-t2308)Ping G10 Complete Golf Set. 12000 bht. never used; call Tomas 082 257 9027.

(ptfas-j2108)Sony 40” LCD TV, Big Refrigerator 15 Cubic, front load washing machine, big microwave, two sectional couches, new queen bed, carpets, desk, wooden file cabinet, printer, fans, kitchenware. All one year new, half price. 086 846 3200. (ptfas-j2308) Laem Chabang Golf Family life membership 4 sale B 595,000. Prem 089 002 3493. (ptfas-j2308)BBQ for Sale. 3 burner, oven, USA temperature gauge, cast iron plate and grill, stainless steel trolley, Baht 20,000. 081 376 1773.

Business Opportunities

(ptmbo-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/ recushion etc. Bought and sold/profit charing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptmbo-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call : 081 762 8379. (ptmbo-k0109)Bargain Soi 8 Beer Bar for Rent. Key money 100,000/year, rent 58,000/month. Tel: 086 512 4387. (ptmbo-k0109)Beach Road Soi 8 Sexy Bar for Rent. Key money 80,000/year. Rent 18,000/month. Tel: 086 512 4387. (ptmbo-j2408)Bar for Sale/ Rent Soi Buakhao. Rent 17,000/Month, 50,000 Baht key money. Sale 350,000 Baht. Bar takings up to 10,000 baht per day. Call 080 195 3021 (Gina) (ptmbo-w2108)30 Room Apartment Building for Sale with long-term land lease contract, and if required with running company including 1-year visa and work permit. Location is next to Tesco-Lotus and Big-C at North Pattaya. Very good monthly return and low land lease costs. Selling price: 3.5 million baht. Call 089 938 6022.

(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. (pta-j0409)Restaurant for Sale. 3 Years Lease, Renewable. Naklua Soi 18, Wongamat opposite Sky Beach condo. All Equipment included. 2,800,000 baht (Negotiable). Surrounded by Hotel & Resorts. Call : Jonny 085 110 1161. (pta-j0409)2 Shops for Sale. 3 Years Lease, Renewable. Approx. 45sqm each, with separate extra room. Naklua Soi 18, Wongamat opposite Sky Beach condo. All Equipment included (1) 900,000 baht (2) 1,100.000 baht. Surrounded by Hotel & Resorts. Call Jonny 085 110 1161. Cafe/Restaurant, Great Location on Thappraya Rd.Jomtien. Full size Kitchen,Office & 4 rooms above. New fit out, nothing to spend. Owner returning to UK. Urgent sale. Price reduced from 1.5mb to 750,000 bht. Pattaya Ocean Property. M. 081 158 0065, Office 038 374 623. Beer Bar. Air Conditioned plus Beer Garden 4 TV’s with cable, Internet, Located off Soi Buakhao. Rent 17,500 p.m. 3 year Lease. High Profit Popular Bar, 2.2mb. Pattaya Ocean Property, M. 081 158 0065, Office 038 374 623. (ptfbo-0008)Massage Business for Sale Behind Tukcom South Pattaya. 600,000 baht. Call Khun Mina 081 782 9821, 085 221 1108. 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@ 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 –

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: 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 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: 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: 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@ Bar – Located in Central Pattaya, this double shop house bar is priced to sell. There is a pool table and kitchen with accommodation for staff. Call Craig 087 077 0475, email: 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. 5 million O.N.O. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@

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Fax: (038) 374535 BS0256: This Italian Restaurant has just been reduced in price as the owner needs to reside back in Italy. fully functional kitchen inclusive of wood burning pizza oven for the authentic taste of Italian pizza!! Fully furnished with rooms above also which could be used to reside or to rent. This business needs to move fast hence the price at 850,000bht!! Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Thai Living : HOT SALE 8.5 M.THB. Apartment for sale. Soi Arunothai near Carrefour, 5th storey with 20 rooms of apartments, all rooms are fully furnished . For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: Corner Commercial Building for sale in popular soi. (Between 2nd rd. and beach rd) for 8.5 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Bali-Style Shops on Siam Country Club Road. Surrounded by 1,000 Homes. For Rent or Sale by owner. Perfect for Mini mart, Pizza Delivery, cafe, coffee shop/ bakery, bar, deli, restaurant or retail sales business. Large outside seating and sales area. Front unit rents for 42,000 Baht per month. Back unit rents for 18,000 Baht per month. Entire building rent is 50,000 Baht. Will sell on 83 square wah, corner plot directly on main road for 8 million baht. Financing available. Includes air cons, refrigeration, cooking extractor hood, counters, displays. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please.

Education & Training

(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@ (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. ( p t a - t e 0 0 0 8 ) TE F L 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

House for Sale

(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 bah t 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@ Stunning Townhouse for Sale in a Famous Village in Soi Tan-Non. Only 4.8 Million Baht, 25 sq. wah under Thai Name. Have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 w/ jacuzzi) have heater, fully furnished, a very nice living room, dining room, have Euro Kitchen, 4 aircons, 2 balconies, swimming pool, small garden, 2 parking space, playground, maid room, underwater tank, ADSL, Cable, Direct telephone line, 24 hr security, w/ alarm system, maintenance paid already. For viewing and more information please call us: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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House for Sale 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 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 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 exciting 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 must do yourself the favor of making an appointment for a private viewing. Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! Quick Sale Opportunity! A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Selling price lowered again from 15.9 Million Baht to 12.8 Million Baht! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house has a lap-pool, big balcony with ocean-view and stunning furniture. Also a nice investment as the house is rented for 80,000 BHT/Month for the next two years. We have a re-sale in Phu Tara! Stunning two level designed house on a Rai of land for 29 Million Baht. 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. Want a Thaibali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. 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!

Condominiums for Sale

NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 12 Million Baht………..‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for one year. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 2.9 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.3 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/Month guaranteed income! Together for 7 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/ Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 21 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. Central Pattaya Living in View Talay 6!!! Cheapest front corner available with us! One Bedroom / One Bathroom Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 105 sqm. 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!

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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Captivating Townhouse is now for Sale for only 5 Million Baht. Located at 378/69 Moo12 Nongprue, Banglamung Chonburi 20260, 20 meters from Royal Cliff Hotel and opposite of Royal Cliff Sports Club. 82 sqm land size, 200 sqm living area w/ garage and balconies. Have 2 big bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms (master w/ jacuzzi), quality fitted Euro Kitchen, amazing wardrobes and other built-in furniture. Furnished including T.V, expensive sofa, dining table and equipped with alarm system. For viewing and more details please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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 13 Million Baht. To view, please call: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Fascinating House for Sale at Chateau Dale Village, Thappraya Rd. 496 sq. m, have 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, car park and a private swimming pool. A haven that is so peaceful. Price is only 17.5 Million Baht. For viewing and more information, please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. For Quick Sale!!! A 2-storey Brand New House at Banglamung in Soi Water Office. Only 1.5 Km. from Sukhumvit Rd. 250 Talang Wah. Have 5 rooms, kitchen, living room, 3 bathrooms, (1 w/ jacuzzi), with built-in thick wooden furniture, garden, parking space. Now price is only 9.5 Million Baht. For details and viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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 5 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. HS1260: 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom bungalow for sale located in east Pattaya close to the Maprachan Lake. Just recently come available with new private pool, 170sqm house and land size 472sqm!! This is priced at 3.5 million for a quick sale. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HS1258: This property has just been reduced from 6.5million to 5.999 million!! This property is 3 bedrooms, modern furniture and a fitted European kitchen with all modern appliances, complete with Jacuzzi. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HS1266: This property is located in SP 3 Village in east Pattaya. A very nice property with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom full A/C and full furniture, ready to move in. with in the project there is a communal pool and gym. Priced at 5.290 million. Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HS1261: This property has just been finished located in Bang Sarae with in reach to the beach by only 2 minutes!! The property sits on 500sqm land, 182sqm of living space, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, European kitchen, A/C and inclusive of private swimming pool! Priced at 5.8 million!!! Call us 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Thai Living: Chateau Dale Thabali Villa. Prime location residence, 2 storeys with 124 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 3bed/4bath, private pool. 11.9 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: Baan Natcha Village, Central Pattaya. Nice residence area, 2 storeys with 104 sq.wah of land, fully furnished, 2 bed / 2 bath, 1 office, Private Pool. 14.5 M Baht. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ /

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Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien Beach. Single storey house with 85 sq.wah. 3bed/3bath. 5.2 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. In Central Pattaya. 10 room house and three room house in small compound. Behind Carrefour. Near Third Road. Perfect for Bed & Breakfast or private home. Only nine million baht. Financing Available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038. 301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@ Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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 038231-931, 087-021-7014 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at www. 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 Million Baht for this stunning 3 bedrooms, 4 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at The most exciting 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 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. or visit our website at Investment opportunity in a 5-star Village between 9-14 Million Baht! 25% Down-payment! Six year Mortgage! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.

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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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. Want a Thaibali House? We can’t be matched for selection and prices at this exclusive development! Very tastefully designed and decorated modern Balinese style homes right in the heart of Jomtien. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. Immaculate Beach House next to the Dusit Hotel 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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www.

Classified 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: or visit our website at www. Act Quick…..we have the last remaining house in a 5-star development for 14 Million Baht. 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@ or visit our website at 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at www. 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) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

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)

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231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at (ptmhr-n2308)A Beautiful New House on Pratumnak Hill Soi 5, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, air-con, European kitchen, private pool, UBC, telephone and ADSL. 38,000 baht/month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (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 7 82 0206, 084 362 5920. (ptmhr-n2308)A Beautiful Townhouse for Rent: On Pratumnak Rd. Soi 5. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, Euro kitchen, communal pool. 25,000 baht/ month. Call 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920.

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(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. House 3 Bedroom Nicely Furnished. With Euro kitchen and large garden and lawn area. Secure complex in Sth Pattaya. 5 mins. to Carrefour Shopping. 55,000 Pm. Tel.: 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) (Ref.POP 5000)

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House on Pratumnak. 2 mins. to Dongtan Beach. 4 bedroom all with en-suite. Private pool, Euro kitchen. Bargain price 55,000 Pm. Tel.: 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) (Ref.POP 1060) Thai Living: Jomtien Condotel & Village, Jomtien beach. Single storey house. Fully furnished, taxi route. 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: Royal Park Village (Rungrueng) Jomtien Beach, fully furnished, nice residence, fully facility, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 30,000-35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: View Talay Villas, Jomtien Beach, 1bed/1bath. Fully furnished, Private Pool, a few minutes to Beach and Central of pattaya. 25,00035,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net /

Thai Living: We have house in Thepprasit area for rent (new house) price from 18,00025,000THB./M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@thailiving. net / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill, 2-3 bedrooms, 3 storey house. fully furnished, Euro Kitchen, Rent start from 25,000 - 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. HR1175: this property has just come available for rent and is located in east Pattaya close to the Maprachan lake and easy access to Bangkok. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, A/C and euro kitchen. Private swimming pool all for the exclusive price of only 25,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HR1176: This large bungalow has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 1 office, maids quarters, fully furnished, European kitchen with appliances, A/C, 1600sqm of land, ADSL ,Satellite TV, private swimming pool priced at 55,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HR0525: If you are looking for peace and quiet and a small development then this is the property for you!! This 2 storey house has 3 beds, 3 baths, fully furnished and ready to go with free internet!! Hurry before this one goes too! 20,000P/M. Call for more info 038-373 966or by E-mail: pattaya@ HR1173: This private 2 storey property has just been placed on the market in Pratamnak. 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, and modern furniture, the best kitchen ever ADSL, UBC and private swimming pool also inclusive of CCTV for extra peace of mind. Priced at 55,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@

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HR1153: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom bungalow located in SP5 Village. Comes fully furnished with euro kitchen and a/c and inclusive of ADSL! New very large house ideal for the family as it is very close to communal features just 40,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HR1169: This house has just recently come available again. Consists of 2 bedroom and 3 bathrooms, fully furnished, euro kitchen and ready to move in. The property is located in east Pattaya with very good communal features priced at 23,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HR1170: This property is located in the Jomtien area. It is a 2 storey Thai/Bali house inclusive of large garden and private swimming pool with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, ADSL connected already. An ideal property for the ex pats who are now residing here in Pattaya! Priced at 70,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HR1168: This property is located in Suwattana Garden in East Pattaya. Large village with good communal facilities. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished, European kitchen with private pool. Priced at 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ HR1167: This property is located just of the third road of Pattaya and sits in a small village. It is 2 storey property with 2 bedrooms, fully furnished and inclusive of Euro kitchen. A must to view for the price here in central Pattaya at 22,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Spectacular Family Home at 80,000 Baht per month! A luxurious four bedroom, six bathroom home with a lovely swimming pool. The house is built on a 2400 m2 plot with an enormous landscaped garden. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.

Five Bedroom, Four Bathroom Family Home for 95,000 Baht per month located in Jomtien. This house has a large and gorgeous guest bungalow and a huge swimming pool! This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. Great Family Three Bedroom Home for 85,000 Baht per month in Chateau Dale Villas! Located in one of Pattaya’s quietest and most beautiful villages with large and gorgeous swimming pool. This house is just an example, we have over 3000 homes for sale and rent. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Family Home for 100,000 Baht per month! Located in one of South East Pattaya quietest and most beautiful villages with a large and gorgeous swimming pool! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at Luxurious Homes for Rent at Phoenix Golf Course Ranging from 40,000 – 130,000 Baht per month! Only fifteen minutes from the city, live in luxury at one of the area’s best golf courses. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. Great Mediterranean style villa for rent at 60,000 Baht per month! This superbly finished four bedroom four bathroom home with swimming pool is a must see for those wishing to rent a great home. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. Executive Class Rentals In and Around Pattaya from 15,000 – 150,000 Baht per month! A very rare opportunity awaits those discerning home hunters looking for both a luxurious quality home and with it a lifestyle most all would love to have. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at

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Magnificent House in Grange Park Village. Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms for 80,000 Baht per Month! The decoration and design are from a high standard! This house you really need to see to appreciate its beauty. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com A Truly Exotic and Incredible Home. Renting price 200,000 Baht/month! This is a masterpiece in home design and comfort, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house has an enormous-pool and stunning furniture. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at

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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. 12,000-28,800 baht/ month. Tel. 085 318 4433 (Eng.), 083 727 518, 083 119 4488, 084 701 3232, www.

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View Talay Building 2 B, 10th Floor, 37 sqm balcony for lovely sea views Jomtien beach side, retiled empty room. Very good price, only 1.4 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, e-mail: Ideal 1st Time Buyer. Hagone Condominium Thepprasit Road Soi 10, Jomtien. 32 sqm 5th floor studio, newly decorated with kitchen and furniture. Good location area with restaurants and bars, good facilities, swimming pool, restaurant, shop, laundry. Only 690,000 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, e-mail: 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, e-mail: 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 (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, e-mail :

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Lovely 11th Floor 39 sqm Jomtien Sea View Condo, just been renovated with big balcony, new A/C, furniture, kitchen, fridge, microwave, washing machine, LCD TV, DVD, pictures and plants… Fantastic bargain. Only 1,350,000 mil. baht. Freehold or rent 12,000 baht per month. In Foreign name. Call P.A.C. Co., Ltd. 087 139 1539/087 139 1570(English), 087 150 4845(Thai) for details www., e-mail: 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., e-mail: Private Sale, Majestic Condominium, 800 Meters from Jomtien Beach. A lovely 30 sqm studio on 1st floor, big balcony overlooking garden and swimming pool. Just been renovated with new A/C, new furniture, big screen TV, small kitchen with fridge freezer, etc, etc. You won’t find better. Ideal for 1st time buyer. Only 840,000 Baht. (In foreign name). Call Alan 087 139 1570 (Eng.) (ptmcs-g0109)Baan Suan Lalana, top floor, nice views, totally refurbed, nice condo – Foreign owner. 1.250 M. 087 901 5229/084 105 4533.

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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., e-mail: 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. Real Bargain of the month. Only 1.3 mil. In Foreign Name. Freehold or 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., e-mail: 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., e-mail:

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(ptmcs-s0209)Angket Condominium - Perfect Sea View Corner Unit with 79 sqm. 1 bedroom. Brand new, fully furnished. Call 087 672 2020 or 086 312 9126. (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-a2408)ViewTalay 6 Condo-Two Back from Beach Front Side Facing Walking Street. 86 sqm9th floor-Foreign Name4,900,000 Baht Unfurnished Shell 087 145 8491. (ptmcs-nat0309)Beautiful View Talay 5D for Sale. 140 m2, 3rd floor, 3bedrooms, big balcony, beautiful view Jomtien side. Fully furnished. Foreign ownership 7,800,000 Baht (incl. transfer). Tel: 081 003 3521, Email: post@ (ptmcs-r2408)Amazing Condo in Jomtien 45 sqm, 9th floor, panoramic sea view, huge balcony, swimming pool, convenience store, fully furnished, A/C, European kitchen, electric stove, sink, bed, storage & closet, sofa, fridge, microwave, TV/DVD. 24H Security, parking lot. Foreign name. 1.8 Million Baht or best offer. Call 085 347 9257 before 5:00 pm and e-mail: eternalterritory@ for pictures. (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@ See pictures as vedio virtual tour www. viewtalay (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: (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: Keys at View Talay Office. Realtors Welcome! (ptmcs-b2408)Jomtien Condominium for Sale: Park Lane Resort Jomtien - Take Over Contract New Condo. This re-sale unit is a far less than the Developers price in Building 1 and can be easily made into (2) one bedroom units if required. This is an ocean view facing unit on the 7th floor is offered at 1 million baht less than the developer’s price currently. Fully furnished. The new owner can take over the easy terms re-payment with approximately 50% down and quarterly payments of 300,000 until the scheduled completion date around April 2010. Sale Priced: 2,995,000. Call Bobby 084 158 0785 for showings (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.

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(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:// Stylish Condo for Sale at Keang 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. Now for only 1.25 Million Baht. Tel: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. A Very Nice Condo for Sale. Located at the 3rd flr. of Bangsaray Condominium. Totally renovated and has 2 bedrooms. Price is only 4.2 Million Baht. For more viewing and more information please call us : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. FOR SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY. Fascinating Penthouse at Wong Amart Beach in a Low Rise Condominium for Quick Sale!!! For only 20 Million Baht, 260 sqm, two levels, with great interior designs, a spacious living area, executively decorated,

breath taking sea view, just 1 minute walk to Wong Amart Beach and accessible to everywhere, good facilities are available. For viewing please call at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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 aircons, kitchen, 1 bathroom and 1 toilet. Slightly furnished, accessible to everywhere. To view, please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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CS1316: This apartment is located in North shore on beach road Pattaya. It is an 01 unit next to the elevator. Euro kitchen, A/C, fully furnished at 64sqm 1 bedroom apartment with a great sea view. Easy access to the beach and in foreign quota. Priced at 7.4 million. Call for more info 038-373 966 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS1309: the Avenue condo under construction as we speak and will be complete December. 1 bedroom available, come complete with euro kitchen, A/C and located looking over the communal pool on the 8th floor. An investment not to miss! Price at 3.25million. Call for more info 08-47808457or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS1311: studio apartment located in a low rise in Jomtien. 28sqm, fully furnished in which case everything is new and never been lived in!! Owner needs to reside back in UK. Only 890,000 O.N.O. Call for more info 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS1314: New studio apartment located in the Residence, Jomtien. 53sqm over looking the grand swimming pool and modernly furnished to a high standard. A must to view! Priced at 3.2 million! Call for more info 08-1761 3238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CS1230: Brand new A.D condo studio apartment on the top floor, 32sqm, euro kitchen, fully furnished, A/C with sea views! Available at only 1.55m Offers considered! Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Thai Living: Jomtien Beach Condominium (RimHaad S1), Jomtien Beach, 8th floor, corner room, Original condition. 34 sq.m. 1.5 M.THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www. Thai Living: View Talay 2A- 74 sq.m, Foreigner name, 4th floor, For 2.75 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ /

Thai Living: Metro Jomtien, Corner unit, Fully furnished and great sea view, 9 M THB. 165 sqm, duplex unit. 40th floor. For more information contact us today: 038 364515 / / Thai Living: Jomtien Complex. nice sea view and good location, 68 sqm, high floor, fully furnished. For 2.9 M. THB / unit, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Pattaya side and nice sea view, fully furnished. 48 sq.m, 14th floor, 2.75 M THB., For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: The Avenue Residence, Building C, Pool view on 6th floor, great location. 2.1 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: The Trendy Condominium, Bangkok. 66 sq.m, 18th floor, For 5,500,000 M THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: View Talay 5D, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, 14th floor, 86 sq.m. fully furnished .For 5.8 M.THB, For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. 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@, 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:, Wong Amat Nova Mirage. Luxury Studio & 1 Bedroom for Sale or Rent. Phone: 038 225 723, www., E-mail: novamiragecondo@


(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! View Talay 1B. 42 square meters 10th floor. One million two hundred thousand baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime,Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. For sale by owner. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only two million baht. Fifty percent financing available. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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. or visit our website at

NORTHSHORE 112sqm FOR 12 Million Baht……… ..‘05’ unit in NORTSHORE for the LOWEST PRICE POSSIBLE! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at Investment opportunity! I have two units for sale in the new spectacular building ‘Jomtien Residence’ with a guaranteed rental return for one year. Buy a steady monthly income! 53sqm for 2.9 Million Baht with 16,000 Baht/Month guaranteed two year income and 83sqm for 4.3 Million Baht with 25,000 Baht/ Month guaranteed income! Together for 7 Million Baht with 41,000 Baht/Month two year guaranteed rental return. The rent is paid every three months in advance. Call Jan at 087-021-3170. EMERGENCY SALE!!!!! Royal Cliff ‘B’ Building High Floor, Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom Apartment for 21 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at

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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. or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. Central Pattaya Living in View Talay 6!!! Cheapest front corner available with us! One Bedroom / One Bathroom Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 105 sqm. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www.

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: or visit our website at www. 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at

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Act quick we have a front corner unit, A building, View Talay 3 facing Pattaya (cool side). 137 sqm for 7.4 million Baht on a high floor!! Spectacular views, 50 meters from the ocean and the best beach of town. Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at We Have Several Studio units in Popular Seafront Jomtien Condo with Amazing SeaviewsAvailable from only 900,000 Million Baht! Call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at

Beautiful Condo in the Low Rice condominium of Grand Condotel for 12,25 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at


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. 087-0217014. 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. or visit our website at 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. or visit our website at

Condo for Rent

(ptmcr-n2308)Condo for Rent on Pratumnak Hill Soi 4, 80 sqm. 1 bedroom, 1 living room, fully furnished, air con, cable TV, telephone with ADSL. 12,000 baht/ month. Phone 081 782 0206, 084 362 5920. (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, 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 internet, enjoy our rooftop swimming pool. From 16,000 per month and daily rates. Call 086 111 7414 or check out our website to see the quality of our apartments, www. (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. 12,000-28,800 baht/month. Tel. 085 318 4433(Eng.), 083 727 518, 083 119 4488, 084 701 3232,

(pta-ft0008)Privately Owned Suite Room at the Hotel in Jomtien for Rent, newly, elegantly and brilliantly renovated, sea view, 24 hours service, safe and convenient. 1 bedroom, 2 toilets, living room, kitchen. Normally 2000 Baht per day but will be negotiable for monthly or yearly rent. Interested call 087 141 2783 or email: (ptfcr-gh2408)Brand New1BR Condo Adjacent to Avenue Mall and Villa Market. Top floor view, swimming pool and elegant lobby with security. Passcard entry, hardwood floors, dramatic tile bathroom with plate glass. Spacious kitchen, aircon throughout, garage parking and one block to Beach. By Owner 17,000/ mo. English: 089 803 0388 or 038 225 349. 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., e-mail: 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., e-mail:

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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., e-mail: 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., e-mail: 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Stylish Condo for Rent at Keang 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

A 105 sqm. Superb Condo which has captivating sea view is now for Rent. Furnished, has 2 relaxing bedrooms, 2 cool bathrooms and direct telephone lines. Price is only 28,000 Baht per month. Call now at: : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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:, 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:, CR1185: This property is located on the top floor of View Talay 2. It is a 41sqm studio apartment that is fully furnished and has some great views of Pattaya. Only 15,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1183: 1 Bedroom apartment located in Wongamat area has just been finished to a high standard, fully furnished with free wi-fi internet and fitness center at only 30,000 p/m. Call for more info 08-478 08457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1184: Just recently come available 2 bedroom apartment is located in Star beach on the 11th floor, with fantastic view of Koh Larn island. It has also just recently been refurbished too. Only 45,000 P/M, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@

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CR1112: Outstanding 3 bed penthouses, SHORT TERM LET, Wongamat beach, great sea views, High speed internet connected, modernly furnished from 60,000 P/M view http:// index.asp to view pictures or call 08-494 42541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR0871: 2 bedroom apartment for rent, Wongamat beach area,70 Sq m, Euro kitchen, modern furniture, A/C, LCD TV, from 28,000 P/M. Call for more info 08-4780 8457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1182: Studio apartments located in Jomtien close to the beach, short & long term, fully furnished, Wi-Fi internet, big TV, brand new renovation with great Prices start at 9,000 P/M, call 08-4944 2541 or by E-mail: pattaya@

CR1122: 1 bedroom apartment, brand new, 51 Sq m, fully equipped, superb location 5 minutes to Walking Street, reduced price 22,500 B Per month, Call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CRGR: New golf range has some brand new apartments for rent all with TV, fully furnished with shower room and use of the communal swimming pool as well as have a pratice at your golf techniques!! Bar and restaurant open soon. Only 7000!! Per mth call for more info 08-49442541 or by E-mail: pattaya@ CR1180: Newly renovated 12th Floor sea view apartment, located in Pratamnak on the hill, fully furnished, euro kitchen and only 14,000 per month. Call for more info 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@

Classified CR1019: Ground Floor 1 bedroom apartment in View Talay 2A, Located in the center of Jomtien, modern furniture, European kitchen, ADSL. A must to view 25,000 per month. Call for more info before its too late!! 08-17613238 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 1 Bedroom Condo, 80 Sqm, 6th Floor, beautiful furniture. Luxury apartment, magnificent swimming pool, 5 mins. to Jomtien Beach. 30,000Pm.0861425719(Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www. (Ref.POP 1049) Northshore 1 Bed Condo, 11th Floor with Sea Views facing Walking St.. Lovely apartment in secure complex, overlooking pool. 32,000 Pm. 086 142 5719 (Thai), 081 158 0065 (Eng.) www. (Ref. POP 1069) 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. (Ref.POP 1080) Thai Living: Pattaya Hill Resort, Jomtien Beach, 40 sq.m, 3rd floor, fully furnished. 10,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www.

Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 6th floor Pattaya side. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, fully furnished 18,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: Grand Condotel, Jomtien Beach. Fully furnished and great sea view on 16th floor, 226 sq.m. 1b/1b, Big Balcony, 35,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / info@ / www. Thai Living: Jomtien Complex, Sea View-high floor, Fully furnished. 68 sq.m. 17,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / www. Thai Living : Ananya Beachfront Condo Naklua soi 4, Building C, 4th floor. Beautiful beachfront unit with fantastic Sea View, huge balcony, 143 sq.m, 2b/2b, fully furnished. 60,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515 / / www.

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Fax: (038) 374535 Thai Living: Studio for rent at View Talay 5C, 18th floor. Nice area and easy access to taxi and short walking to beach, beautiful furnished 15,000 THB/M. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. THAIHUS : Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 1 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 27 floor, 96 Sqm. Sea view and full facilities. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent 19,000/month, 1 bedroom / 2 bathrooms Full facilities newly renovated condo, tastefully furnished unit at a reasonable price with full European kitchen. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. THAIHUS :Condo for rent in Wongamat Beach 2 beds 2 baths 38,000/month, 143 Sqm. uses of the facilities of the 5 star beachfront hotel located next door. Call us NOW at Eng: 0 852 777 900 Or Thai: 0 879 739 704. Where the largest Night Market in Pattaya is located. Near Sukhumvit Hwy. Panoramic ocean views. Older building. Top floors. 60 square meters (600 square feet). Large swimming pool, tennis courts, near Tesco-Lotus and Big C. Great security. Only 14,000 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. 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. or visit our website at

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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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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@ or visit our website at

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) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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

Classified seaviews. Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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: or visit our website at www. 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@ or visit our website at 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: or visit our website at www. 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,

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we simply can’t be matched! Contact the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at 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@ or visit our website at

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. or visit our website at

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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@, www. (ptmls-g0109)Bangsaray 2 rai. Close beach. 2.6 M per rai. 084 105 4533 (ptmls-n2308)Land Plot for Sale. 200 to 400 sq wah land size on Eastern Star Golf Course: Phone 081 782 0206 or 089 249 1364. 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 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ 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 08-47808457 or by E-mail: pattaya@ Thai Living (L163): Soi Siam Country Club, land for sale with 20 Rai-122 sq.wah for 35 M THB. Only 1 km from Sukhumvit Road. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: land and house for sale. Bang Sare, 1 Rai 200 sq.wah for 2.55 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364515/ / Thai Living: Pratamnak Hill Soi 4 (Opposite Star Beach) 207 sq.wah Sale 55,000 THB per sq.wah. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Thai Living: land for sale. Bang Sare, Less than 1km. to the beach. 2 Rai 100 sq.wah for 1.9 M THB. For more information contact us today: 038 364-515/ / www. Land for Sale. 11 Rai in Jomtien Area, only 10 Million per Rai. For viewing please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398.

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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. 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, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale. 50 Rai in Boput Area at Samui Island. Best idea for business and investment. For quick sale, only 10.8 Million Baht per Rai. Please call us at : 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398. Land for Sale 7 Rai. 43 Sq. Wah located at Najomtien Soi 8-12, Soi Pinnacle Resort, Opposite of Thai Alangkarn Show, only 350 m. from seaside. Price is only 20,000 per sq. wah (56,800,000 Million Baht). Please call us at: 081 334 5291, 081 357 7491 or 038 422 398 for details and viewing. For sale by owner. Almost one rai (368 square wah) in Central Pattaya between Third Road and Motorway 7 entrance on Sukhumvit Road. Perfect for shophouses, condo building or small housing estate. 15 million baht. Call 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) E-mail pappa@csloxinfo. com. Agents welcome. No time wasters, please. 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 Email to 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 Email to 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


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 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- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Beachfront Land Jomtien 16 Rai at 18 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 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. or visit our website at 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 (01) 634-2915 Email: premier@loxinfo. or visit us online at 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 Email to Beachfront Land Jomtien 23 Rai at 16 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to Beachfront Land Jomtien, 5 Rai at 27 million per rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to

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 trees-absolutely 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- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ Land Parcels all locations Starting Baht 300,000 per Rai. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231-931 or Email to 274.4 Rai Prime Master Plan Development Land- Baht 570 million. Call Premier Land and Development Business Brokers- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ 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 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- 038-231931 or E-mail to premier@ 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.

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THAIHUS : Properties urgently wanted for rent in Pattaya and Jomtien areas: Call us today at (Eng) 085 277 7900, (Thai) 087 973 9704 or send email to

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Fax: (038) 374535 (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. (ptmsp-g0109)Travel Visas from 10,000 B. Translations 175 Bht/page. 084 105 4533 (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. pattayaoceanpropperty. com, E-mail info@ ( p t m s p - 1 3 0 9 ) A rc h i t e c t Services Plans, houses, shops, apartments, etc. Contact 081 295 8038. (ptfjv-em1908)Pool Tables Professional Installation. Moving/recovering/leveling/ re-cushion, etc. Bought and sold/profit sharing/rent. Mobile 081 762 8379. (ptmsp-p0409)Pool Tables and Touch Screen Game Machines Coin Operated. You provide the location we provide the pool table or Touch screen game machine for free of all maintenance cost. Make good money from profit sharing. Call: 081 762 8379. (ptmsp-p0409)Eden Massage. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own place. Thai massage, Oil massage, foot massage, Aromatherapy massage, Sports massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) (ptmsp-p0409)Need a Sports Massage. Call : 081 781 3861 (no sex) Do You Have Back Pains, Body Pains, Kidney Problem, High Cholesterol or High Blood? We have cure that are proven by our many cured and satisfied client. Simple, safe & secure

treatments come to our health spa for free trial and consultation; pre booking will be highly appreciated. Interested call 038 416 493 or 087 141 2783. Do You Want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun, Easy and Effective Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native eligible, professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment. Call 038 724 239 or 038 723 324. *Email: thankful.knowledge@**.* 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 Visit their website www. 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@

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Legal and Visa services provided by American expert living in Thailand more than 10 years and Englishspeaking Thai lawyer.see ads in PattayaToday. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English) for a free consultation. E-mail

Job Wanted

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

Job Vacancies

(ptfjv-w2408)Urgent Needed, A Person (Preferred Lady, Fluent English) who can play sports (Cricket, Swimming etc.) and do activites (Painting etc.) with Down-syndrome man (21). OK. to do activites at our home @ Horseshoepoint 2-3 days a week. Negotiable Wages. Contact ; Warangkana. Tel. 038 667 112, iamwarang (ptfjv-m2408)Chinese Translator Wanted. Thai national who can translate English-Chinese and viceversa. High salary. Any age. No experience required. Email: or Tel: 038 423 405 for more information. (pta-sfm2408)Can You Sell What You Can’t See? A lot of freelance Sales positions available at a new modern radio station for both Thai and Expats. For more information contact 038 052 037-8 or 083 773 3210.

(ptfjv-es0109)Sales Agents Wanted. 10,000 baht monthly salary plus earn up to 150,000 baht per month. Call 084 645 9439 (English), 082 264 9572 (Thai) www. (ptfjv-b2408)Driver Wanted by Private Real Estate Advisory and Law Firm: must have valid driving license and capable of driving around Pattaya and Bangkok. Must speak English!! Some house and office work required as well. Good Salary easy and flexible hours are required. Call 084 158 0785 or 082 344 0833 Salary 10,000 THB per mo. (ptfjv-p2408)Sales Person Needed for ROSTEDT Store in Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Ability to speak, read and write English is must. Contact Khun Phut 089 403 0903. (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. (ptfjv-g2408)Experienced Chef Wanted to Cook European Food in a Well Establish Restaurant. Must be hotel trained. Good wages plus tips for the right person. Call 081 254 3624. 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

Classified (ptfjv-em1908)Electronics Company of Game Vending Machines. Thai male with experience with computers. Tasks include repairing and production of vending game machine and a call out service for the vending machines. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-em1908)Thai Male with Experience with Pool and Snooker Tables. Tasks include repairing and production of pool and snooker tables and a call out service. Also, driving a delivery truck. Must have a driving license. We offer good salary. Contact 081 762 8379. (ptfjv-em1908)Needed a Handy Man. Call 081 762 8379. 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@ (ptfjv-0108)Needed immediately secretary, receptionist, ad sales people and graphic artists for publishing company. Top pay for experienced professionals. Call PAPPA Co., Ltd. at 084.111.799 (anytime, English) or 038.301.048 (daytime, Thai & English). Send resume, CV or inquiries to pappa@ 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.


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....

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Vehicles for Sale

(ptfvs-e0109)Mitsubishi G Wagon for sale.40,000 km 2.8 turbo diesel. Fix price 460,000 bath. Tel 087 067 0239. (ptmvs-h2308)Yamaha 1100 Dragstar. 2003, 15,000 km., special paint. 320,000 baht, 087 100 5726. (ptmvs-c0007)Ford Ranger 4 Door, 4x4, 3.0 Diesel, 2003, silver, loads of extras, full service history, excellent all round condition. Farang owned. Must see at 390,000 baht. Private Sale 087 139 1570. (ptmvs-c0007)First to See Will Buy! Ford Laser 1.6 GLXi, 4 Door, Automatic 2002 (same size as Toyota Vios) champagne gold, power steering, air conditioning, alloy wheels, electric windows, air bags, CD, alarm etc. Regularly serviced with service book, beautiful unmarked condition. Only 270,000 baht. Falang owned. Call 084 565 7656. (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-k2408)Automatic Opel Corsa 4 Door, all power, Falang lady owner, immaculate, low kms. Just replaced transmission cost 22,000 B. Must sell, returning overseas. Recently paid 125,000 + transmission, 147,000 Baht. Will sacrifice for only 99,000 or offer. 086 006 8390 Kevin or Marina. (ptfvs-qc0008)Ford Ranger 2002, 4 Door. Manual, 4x4, Foreign owner and maintained. Top up lockable lid. 320,000. Call 081 996 8915.


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Laying the foundation at the Jomtien Beach Penthouses

On Friday 21st August at the auspicious time of 10:09 am, The abbot of Wat Song Mettatham, Bang Saray presided over the foundation laying ceremony of Jomtien Beach Penthouses.. Located on Jomtien Beach Road Soi 9, only 80 meters from the beach road, this exiting new condo offers a total of 79 units. Studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. The 6 gorgeous penthouses, each offer sea views and a private swimming pool. Prices start at less than 1.8 mill Baht for a studio unit, complete with air-conditioners, kitchen and wardrobes. Buyers can expect to move in by November 2010. For more information, visit the showroom on Jomtien Beach Road soi 9, or call Director of sales, Allan Ottesen on 038 757445, or visit the website www.jomtienbeachpenthouses. com The Ottesen family’s previously successfully completed projects include, The Residence Suites, The Residence Garden, Jomtien Beach Residence, Jomtien Boathouse, Captain’s Corner Restaurant, and Nanda’s coffee house on Jomtien Beach Road.

The Ottesen Family

Dusit Thani Pattaya sweeps five awards in Pattaya Bartender Contest 2009

This year’s Pattaya Bartender Contest was held at Dusit Thani Pattaya was once again the venue for the spectacular extravaganza in which contenders from participating hotels in Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard gave their all in showcasing their creative talents in Food and Beverage skills. Themed “Shall We Dance?”. Dusit Thani Pattaya won a total of five awards: 2nd prize in Western Table Setup went to Mr. Pongkit Jaiwanna and Mr. Premsak Phaomongkol; 1st prize in Head Table Skirting was awarded to Mr. Direk Wangsa and Mr. Nutnaphat Yusabai; 2nd prize in U-Shape Function Room Indoor Garden was won by Mr. Rittee Kumsamer and Mr. Somparn Jungkundee. Mr. Panya Inkhongngam grabbed the 1st runner up prize in the Bartending Flair category while Miss Supaporn Boonsan took home the 1st prize winning hands down as Miss Bartender 2009 after her stunning dance performance accompanying the bartending flair presentation of Mr. Inkhongngam. The event was organized by the Chonburi Provincial Organization, Pattaya City, Tourism Authority of Thailand with the cooperation of Thai Hotels Association-Eastern (THA-E) Chapter, F&B Management Association of Thailand and many others.

GM Gang monthly get together

Chatchawal Supachayanont, president of the Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter and general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, recently hosted a special get together dinner and cocktail attended by some VIP guests and GMs of other leading hotels in Chonburi, particularly in Pattaya. Aperitif was served at The Bay Terrace with the hotel’s dance troupe, The Honeybees presenting a couple of performances. Italian Chef ClaudioMendini prepared a sumptuous 7-course meal that the guests tremendously enjoyed. The GM Gang event is held every month and provides everyone the opportunity to catch up on other matters while enjoying each other’s company in a more relaxed social atmosphere.

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PGF Charity Dinner at Bruno’s Restaurant

The Pattaya Gay Festival’s charity dinner turned into a lot of fun for all those who attended. The menu prepared by guest chef Patrick Zellweger was very good, along with the many bottles of wine that were served during the evening. After dinner, the staff from , “ Boyz, Boyz, Boyz “ started selling raffle tickets which offered the chance to win some very nice jewelry, dinners, and other great prizes donated by members of the community. It was almost full house, and a complete success. Master of Ceremonies, Jim Lumsden, owner of the Ambiance Hotel, announced that over 150,000 baht had been raised for the PGF charities.

Presentation of Scholarships by YWCA

On the 25th August at the Mike Shopping Mall on Second Road, members from the YWCA Pattaya Branch presented a number of scholarships to needy students from our area. The scholarships were presented to students from Pattaya Schools under the care of Pattaya Education Office Region 3, Huay Yai Municipality Schools, Burapha University, Ramkhamhaeng University, and Rajamangala University of Technology, Tawan-Ok Bangpra Campus, in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday. The very generous members of the YWCA are well known in the area for continuously giving back to their local community in a large variety of ways. This year saw 408 students from less fortunate families being presented with scholarships, Various activities are held throughout the year to raise funds by the charity organisation, and they would like to say a special thank you to the following clubs, businesses and privateindividuals who have supported them over the last year, Pattaya Sports Club, the Rotary Club Pattaya Marina Jomtien, the Siks Association, Thai 4 Life, HHN For Thai Kids Foundation, For Love Fund, Khun Nonglak Fakkrit, Khun Somchai-Khun Kanlaya Suksomboon, Khun Visa Chimdee, Khun Siriporn Thammajaroen, Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Khunplome, Khun Santana Mekhawarakul, Khun Amnuay Jiansuk, and a very special thank you to everyone not mentioned who have supported them through the last year.

Elvis week a hit at Central Festival

Rock-n-Roll fans got a week of rock music at the giant Central-Festival Centre on Pattaya’s Beach Road, the stage show was preceded by the appearance of some well known Bangkok stage celebrities. Then one of Bangkok’s most prominent young actors appeared in his Elvis costume, and with the aid of trapeze wires, walked up the vertical glass wall at the entrance. Then back to the stage and a lively dance routine was staged, followed by another appearance by the ‘look alike’ King of Rock. Those who visited the Central-Festival Centre on Pattaya’s Beach Road, during this week, really got great value with all of the Elvis Presley memorabilia.

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