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Volume 12, Issue 19
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Russians face mounting debts
here is growing evidence that the two million Russians who visit Thailand annually are not always the rich guys and gals of popular myth. “We are now seeing evidence that Russian loan-sharks are charging their fellow-countrymen extortionate rates of interest to make emergency cash handouts,” says Police Region Two Commissioner Winai Tongsong. Earlier this month, Russian national Ayrat Khabiryanov was arrested after advertizing an unauthorized loan service posted in the Russian language outside his home. He and his associates had allegedly kept passports as collateral and were charging interest of two percent daily. Nearly 300 Russians were said to have used the illegal service and local police are still sifting through a mound of complaints made by disenchanted Moscow and Vladivostock-based visitors. Additionally, a growing number of Russians in the resort are regularly arrested for attempted stealing, especially from malls and beachfront stores. “We are seeing a lot of evidence of hopeless naivety,” a senior security officer told Pattaya Today. “Some Russian customers who try to steal seem unaware of the existence of security cameras and other in-house precautions.” By contrast, wealthy Russians have invested heavily in the Pattaya property market, notably condominiums, and are now considered indispensable for continued Continued on page 4
Russian Ayrat Khabiryanov (seated right) arrested as accused loan shark
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News Lucky German recovers jewelry An attempted theft by a ladyboy on the beach near Tipp Plaza had a fortunate outcome when the thief failed to put the stolen diamond pendant in her shoe as she had planned. German tourist Martin Freidl, 42, told police that he received the unwelcome attentions of the ladyboy who offered a seasonal discount in return for sex. As the German retreated, the transvestite snatched the expensive item from around the tourist’s neck but, in the struggle, misjudged putting it in her shoe—losing it on the sand. The pendant lay on the beach for about half an hour before a search returned it to the lawful owner. Freidl did not press charges as his property had been returned.
Legal ignorance is no excuse
An American sailboat teacher from Phuket was been charged with illegal sexually activity with two underage prostitutes. A police stake-out at the man’s house in Jomtien led to the arrest of Scott Thomas Glery, 47. He told investigators he had no idea he was breaking the law by inviting the girls, aged 15 and 16, to his house several times and paying them each 1,000 baht on every occasion. It was stated that the youngsters had run away from home and that their parents had been unaware of their whereabouts for more than three months.
Tour driver throttled by bus
In what police describe as a freak accident, the body of tourgroup driver Metee Kantapayao of Lucky Tours Limited was found by a hotel employee caught between the hydraulic-operated doors of a his minibus. His neck had been broken by the impact of the closing doors. A security guard, Boonjuer Kenchaiphoom, discovered the body as he was making his rounds. He said he shouted in the direction of the dangling man who made no sound. An autopsy will be conducted.
Illegal lottery dealer gets tough
Two sisters running a food stall were attacked by a gang of teenage thugs. One of the sisters, Pratom Jirawatsunthorn, 43, said she had borrowed the cash to pay for a lottery ticket and still owed 1,300 baht to the dealer known as Wichai. She said failure to pay led to the incident in which she was struck with a blow and threatened with a gun. By the time police arrived there was no sign of the thugs or their lottery-dealing ring leader.
Porn clips taken in toilet A man was arrested after a women in the ladies room on Soi Diamond suspected that somebody was watching her. Theerasak Tiempol, 19, was taken into custody by locals as he left the building. Police later discovered he was in possession of a mobile phone with several indecent shots of women taken in public places. He explained that this was his first offence and he was unlikely to repeat it as he was easily caught lurking in the air vent of the toilet in question.
Child falls to her death A five-year-old girl fell to her death as she was playing by herself on the roof of an apartment building on Pattaya Third Road. The mother, Patcharin Mhoosod, 32, received the distressing news whilst she was at a meeting elsewhere in the city. Police said they found a broken roof tile which may have caused the girl to lose her balance and slip as she was touching a water tank.
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News Russians face mounting debts Continued from page 1
growth in the local economy. The Russian investors typically are cash buyers in their own right, but some are acting as nominees for wealthy Russian business families who became rich in the crony capitalism which followed the collapse of communism in the 1990s. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) points out that Russia and Thailand signed a no-visa pact in 2007, which means that nationals can visit each other’s country for one month without any prior bureaucracy. Uniquely, Russian tourists obtain 30 days-on-arrival when they enter Thailand through a land border, in stark contrast to Americans and Western Eu-
ropeans who receive just 15 days. Ease of travel to Thailand has boosted the number of Russian arrivals especially on charter flights at U Tapao airport near Rayong. “Russians tend to spend longer periods of time here than do tourists of other nationalities,” said a TAT spokesperson, adding, “this is leading to a minority ending up in financial trouble. We are also receiving reports from local hospitals that some Russians are unable to pay their bills.” Meanwhile a Walking Street bar owner commented, “Many Russians are not big spenders except at their local 24-hour convenience store.”
SangSom MOVEaBAR opens
SangSom MOVEaBAR has opened a mobile bar on Second Road, opposite the Grand Sole Pattaya. Launched by Thai Beverage, the bar offers unique design, distinctive food and drinks, and special entertainment such as popular Thai bands and singers like Slot Machine, Da Endorphine, Big Ass, Joey
Rummaging US navy brings Russians fined cash relief
Boy and Kan Kor Club. MOVEaBar will travel to different provinces all over Thailand. Recently, they had their first opening for 2013 in Chiangmai and Udon Thani, setting a new record for visitors after SangSom had their Moonlight party several years ago.
The US navy docked at Sattahip on a recent training exercise involving 2,000 troops according to Navy Commander William McQuilkin. The purpose of the trip is to conduct natural disaster training with the Thai Navy. The American sailors are expected to spend around 200 million baht during their weeklong stay in the area, boosting sorely needed revenue to Pattaya’s entertainment districts.
Store staff heard the sound of falling inventory only to find two Russian tourists trying to steal items from the stock room of a Second Road mall. On investigation it was revealed that the man and woman were attempting to steal four hats and two pairs of pants worth 1,500 baht. Rinat Musin, 25, and Ekaterina Zhakova, 22, were allowed to pay a fine before being released to enjoy the remainder of their holiday.
Foreign tourist police assistants needed The Tourist Police are a special division of the Royal Thai Police. The FTPA assist with carrying out the functions of the Tourist Police including assistance to tourists and local community members, helping to resolve misunderstandings and disputes, offering general advice to tourists and providing services for international events from time to time. We operate primarily in the Walking Street/Beach Road entertainment area, nightly from 9.00 pm to 2.30 am. We are currently inviting qualified male and female foreigners living in Pattaya to join the group. It’s important for members to have a friendly and relaxed attitude, to enjoy helping others and to be able to spare one or more evenings a week. A probationary period, including initial training, is part of the program.
Pattaya Colosseum opens in July With an investment of more than 400 million baht, the 16-rai Pattaya Colosseum will open on Tepprasit Road next month. The venue recreates the entertainment atmosphere of ancient Rome. It’s expected that Pattaya’s latest mass-market attraction will further boost the image of Pattaya as the leading provincial centre for family fun and games.
Tourism ambassador finals set
Early mortality syndrome attacks shrimps
Twenty teams of young men and women are taking part in the run-off for the Thailand Young Ambassador competition to assist with marketing Pattaya to the international community. The finals will be at Royal Garden Plaza on June 28.
Following a spate of fish deaths, mainly affecting shrimp farms, the Ministry of Agriculture has been conducting nationwide tests on sterilization and pool conditions. Early mortality syndrome was first noticed last year. Thus far no cases have been found in the Chonburi area.
Our initial requirements are: • You live in Pattaya most of the time • You have a current and renewable one year visa • You have language skills or relevant backgroud experience • You have a verifiable clean police record in your home country and Thailand Applicants should send a short email telling us about yourself to email@example.com We will send you an application form and try to answer any questions you have. Feel free to visit us on Walking Street any night and don’t hesitate to see us if you need any assistance.
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News Food awards to Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Andre Brulhart (second from right), area general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, congratulates kitchen staff members Prawit Sangkheet (third from left) and Jamnong Sessathit (third from right), winners of two awards at the Thailand Ultimate Chef Challenge 2013 (THAIFEX - World Food Asia) at IMPACT. Prawit won a bronze medal at the Modern Thai cuisine competition, and Jamnong a silver medal from the contest for four different Individual Western Plated Desserts. Also seen are Wuthisak Pichayagan (left), executive assistant manager, Food and Beverage, executive chef Colin Grant (second from left), and Daranat Nuchaikaew (right), director of Human Resources.
Hilton Pattaya named best hotel Thailand Hilton Pattaya was awarded “Country winner for Best Hotel, Thailand” by the inaugural Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2013-2014. Held in association with Virgin Atlantic and Yamaha, the award is rated across various categories such as best hotels, hotel architecture, interior, construction and design. The awards were presented at Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Some 94 awards were given to 19 countries in the region for a variety of hotels, ranging from small to large and general to specialty. “This prestigious and highly coveted award bears testament to Hilton Pattaya’s positioning as a distinctively luxurious hotel that will excel in Asia’s highly com-
petitive hospitality market,” said Philippe Kronberg, the hotel’s general manager. Part of the International Hotel Awards, judging for the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards was a process involving a panel of over 20 experts covering every aspect of the hospitality business. Similar events are held in Arabia, Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and U.K. Hilton Worldwide currently operates eight properties in Thailand including Hilton Pattaya, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Conrad Bangkok, Conrad Koh Samui, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket Surin Beach and the newly opened DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok. The
Extravaganza at Amari Orchid
The Amari Orchid Pattaya thanked guests with a costume party in the Aranda Ballroom. DJs and professional dancers provided the entertainment. There was a prize for the best costumes under the logo of Extravaganza Cocktail Party.
company will open the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok next quarter.
HAI Accredits BHP
New passport office declared a success Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij (2nd right), deputy CEO Group 3 and director of Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, received the Hospital Accreditation Certificate from the Healthcare Accreditation Institute at an event where Manida Wasanasit, Quality Division manager, addressed the topic of Safety Operations.
Library prepares youth for ASEAN Pattaya Municipality Public Library held a Reading Week to encourage school children to study books and quality magazines more thoroughly and to prepare themselves for the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. The library is also providing a computer game, Hello ASEAN, as well as quizzes and puzzles relating to the upcoming freetrade area.
The new Thai passport office at The Avenue Mall, Second Road, attracted more than 100 inquiries in its first few days. Jidapa Suwattaporn, a member of the City Council, said the facility was overdue but was now saving a lot of time for Thais in need of a passport. Previously they had to travel to Bangkok.
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News POLI CE Beach copulation a worry So many tourists have been caught having sex on Pattaya’s beaches that there are actually public-spirited people going around in the early hours warning the addicts that it’s illegal and that they are courting arrest by the police. You might say this a Good Samaritan service. In the recent example of a Russian couple found in a naked and intimate pose near the water’s edge, a British farang was first on the scene with his verbal warning to move along please. But what was he intending to do with the 15 or so photos he took with his mobile before shouting out? Fake police or not? There are persistent stories that foreigners are being stopped by Thais, usually in a car or pickup, claiming to be police and demanding to search them or take a urine test. In one case a tourist claimed she had been advised to pay the men money or face an arrest. Sad to say, there are fake police around sometimes in uniform too. The police authorities in Chonburi province have promised to crack down on this problem, but it still persists.
City Council celebrates
Apichart Tepnhoo, Pattaya city councilor and senior judge, hosted celebrations and merit-making for the organization’s 13th anniversary.
Transnational crime training
Case not over yet A Bangkok criminal court has now ruled that Italian journalist Fabio Polenghi was killed by a bullet fired by security forces during the May 2010 dispersal of red-shirt protestors. But that is not the end of the matter. Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha says the military will defend itself vigorously later as the matter is currently only at the inquest level. He says the army has its own evidence, hitherto undisclosed. Matters like these will be contentious issues for years to come in Thailand. A saucy tale indeed A Thai man got into a big argument with a Pattaya noodle-shop owner after the chicken and rice dish arrived with too little hot chili sauce. The customer demanded more in an uncompromising tone and the owner stuck to his guns that the correct portion had been served up. Although the customer left in a huff, he later drove past the shop house in his car and shot at the owner. Police said the victim was only grazed. The alleged perpetrator was later arrested. Ladyboy sex safer? On reflection, a foreign tourist must be considering himself lucky after police returned his shoes, mobile phone and cash following his bedtime escapade with a transvestite prostitute. The point is that the ladyboy was only 15 and, no doubt, he will be processed according to law. The other point is that if the pickup had not been a transvestite, but a typically-attired boy, the tourist could well be facing arrest for underage sex. Naïve criminal A US tourist who robbed a bank in Thailand made just about every mistake in the book to avoid detection. He handed a hold-up note to the cashier in his own handwriting, the cash was found in bank wrappers in his apartment and clothes just like those on the CCTV video were found in his trash can. Maybe he just wanted to be number one only for the day and didn’t care if he was caught. But then again … only maybe. High-interest puss Apparently nobody told Russian national Ayrat Khabiryanov that foreigners can’t lend money at higher rates of interest than allowed by the Bank of Thailand’s regulations. Not to mention the problem of working without a permit. At least ten fellow Russians are thought to have borrowed cash. He advertised his loan business in Russian by posting a notice at the front of his house and, according to one report, sticking one on the back of his cat. Mee-oow! Jammed doors assisted escape The escape and subsequent recapture of a German convict has prompted a detailed look at security arrangements at Suvarnabhumi airport. Carlo Konstantin Kohl was on the loose for two weeks after evading his escort whilst in transit at Bangkok’s main airport. He had asked his guards for time-out to take a shower and had succeeded in disconnecting the electricity to a fire exit alarm before fleeing. It then came to light that the airport’s security cameras work separately, not as a relaying unit, thus making it more difficult to track down quickly anyone in the airport buildings who should be under guard. Another problem is that some exit doors at the airport are jammed open with wads of paper to prevent them from closing. This carelessness potentially allowed unauthorized people to pass through exit points without challenge. The airport authority says there are more than 900 entrance and exit points at the airport and that better monitoring certainly needs to be introduced. You can say that again. OK, better monitoring certainly needs to be introduced.
Chonburi police’s transnational crime unit, based at Pattaya police station, is set to become much more busy after agreement to train 100 more officers to use computerized data to track down serious criminals, including murderers and bank robbers. The performance of officers post-training will be monitored on a monthly basis. The Center, which is housed at the Soi 9 police headquarters in the city, has successfully arrested many major foreign criminals, including several gangs caught using c The Center, which is housed at the Soi 9 police headquarters in the city, has successfully arrested many major foreign criminals, including several gangs caught using counterfeit bank cards to obtain stolen cash and dispatch it to safe havens overseas. ounterfeit bank cards to obtain stolen cash and dispatch it to safe havens overseas.
Military recruits learn dangers of war
New Tourist Police Center opens soon Police commanders and tourist association officials attended a meeting to check progress on the refurbishing of the new police and information center on Beach Road, near Walking Street. The new sub-station of the Tourist Police will open soon. City Hall has agreed to a budget of 226,000 baht for repainting, cleaning and new signage. The Pattaya Harbor Department and the police speedboat service will be based at the same location, providing a one-stop facility for the public.
Recruits from the Defence Mobilization Department as well as the Thai army, navy and airforce attended training week at the Grand Jomtien Palace Hotel. The National Security Council seminars instructed recruits on dealing with the dangers from wars, terrorists and natural disasters.
Police look at on line game addiction A new set of directors has been appointed to the Nongprue Police Authority. At its first meeting, the committee established as its priorities the containment of drugs and substance abuse and the dire consequences of internet game, such as addiction by children. Police will seek the assistance of the public to address these concerns.
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Pattaya -- the new Maldives? Pattaya’s tourist boom in the last two years has led to many optimistic claims about the future. City Hall has suggested that Pattaya will become the Thai Riviera, to rival the French version, whilst investors have predicted the resort will be the filmmaking capital of Southeast Asia or an entertainment centre to put Disney World in Florida into the shade. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra recently stated that she was impressed with the approach to tourism by the government of the Maldives which attracts a million high-spending tourists a year to the Indian Ocean archipelago. The prime minister said that the Maldives has a beautiful seascape and coral reefs and maintains a good quality of environmental cleanliness. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is now investigating how to turn Thailand into the “new” Maldives. One idea is to invest heavily in Koh Chang (Elephant Island) which is part of Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard and is the second biggest island in the country. Koh Chang is famous for its waterfalls, coral reefs, rainforests and colorful wild-animal life. Somsak Purisrisak, tourist minister, said, “We will be coordinating with each province and with islands in the Gulf of Thailand to promote eco-tourism.” The aim of attracting 25 million tourists to Thailand
in 2013 would include at least two million high-spending upper-class Indians, Europeans, Russians and Chinese, he added. Critics say that Koh Chang is far from ready to receive a large number of high-earners. The island has no airport and the nearest facility at Trat is currently only available for domestic flights. The road network is patchy, with many steep hills which are hazardous to traffic. At present Koh Chang services mainly backpackers rather than discerning and rich visitors who are more accustomed to five-star luxury surrounding them. Pattaya is also part of the hopedfor boom in high-class and ecotourism. There are sweeping plans to have a major beach reclamation project, to buy hi-tech equipment to make refuse disposal more efficient, radically to improve public transport, and to make neighboring Koh Larn a green-friendly zone. But the
major funding necessary for these and other projects is still at the drawing-board stage with no guarantee of government mega-cash. Many Pattaya businessmen believe that the city must put its own house in order first. There are still too many examples of tourists being cheated by overcharging or robbed or subject to historical scams such as the ongoing Jet-Ski menace. The Chinese government recently objected to “zero dollar tours” which appear to be all-inclusive holidays paid in advance but contain many hidden and compulsory extras. Asked about the suggestion for Thailand becoming a new Maldives, a leading travel agent in Pattaya said, “Let’s not forget that the Maldives is Asia’s smallest country by size and population and is very expensive to visit by air. It’s also the planet’s lowest country and only about 1.5 meters above sea level in some places. You can’t replicate the Maldives here.”
Preparing for ASEAN launch The implications of the ASEAN Economic Community was the focus of a discussion by ML Pantda Disakul, deputy interior minister, at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel, Pattaya. The minister told 100 local officials that they must be alert to the opportunities for sales and investment in Southeast Asia over the next few years as the free trade area of 10 nations launches at the end of 2015.
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News Meeting at Rajamangala University
C’est magnifique Pattaya has a tradition of first class French restaurants. Now add to the select group Le Saint-Regis situated in the Jomtien Nivate estate. Three-course set menu, with choices, and a glass of good wine for around 1,000 baht. Excellent value for money. Don’t forget for dessert to try the real French chocolate cake, with a liquid center, which can’t be beaten. Reservations on 088 009 0486. Holocaust revisionism Rewriting gruesome history is catching on. Now some Cambodian academics are saying that the Khmer Rouge did not really murder millions of people: the museums at Toul Sleng prison in Phnom Penh and at the nearby “killing fields” contain mostly fake items. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who himself fought for the Khmer Rouge as a young man, wants holocaust denial made illegal as it is in parts of Europe in a different context. Bangkok pips London The City of Angels has narrowly beaten London as the world’s top tourism destination in terms of visitor arrivals, according to MasterCard researchers. Apparently, Thailand wins because of the many natural and man-made tourism spots in and near Bangkok which cause travellers to come back again and again. We are tempted to ask if the famous Cascading Waterfalls of Central Pattaya are part of the overall fascination. Not many world tourists Did you know that only 3.6 percent of the world’s population has ever taken a foreign holiday, according to new figures from the United Nations? That number is expected to grow to 7.2 percent by the end of this decade. Another sobering figure is that almost half of the world’s population has never made or received a phone call. The world is not as sophisticated as we like to believe. Cutting costs with the police Pattaya police are being asked not to work inside their stations on Fridays so that electricity costs can be reduced. Instead they will work outside with members of the public or liaise with community leaders. In other words, if you need to obtain a police report for any reason, the queues are likely to be even longer on a Friday. Soaring hotel problems One of the downsides of Thailand’s current popularity as a tourism destination – the aim for 2015, by the way, is 30 million foreigners with 2 trillion baht to spend – is that it’s getting harder to get good quality staff. A Pattaya hotel front-office manager told Around Town that he is a university graduate and entitled to a starting salary of 15,000 baht a month. In fact, he was given the minimum wage, 300 baht a day, and advised to make up the difference with tips. He has since left the industry. Tap water woes Amazingly, 50,000 litres of bottled water are sold in Pattaya alone every day. Yet the Thai water authorities are currently running a campaign arguing that tap water is fine and passes all sorts of purification tests. Sure, but the problem lies elsewhere doesn’t it? People decline to drink tap water because it has passed through an underground system of decrepit piping. Where is the implemented policy of maintaining and replacing a system which, in many cases, is 40 years old? Get practising then! According to the Thai tourism website, the 2013 Pattaya Marathon will be on Sunday July 21 starting as ever at 4.30 in the morning. This is just about the most popular annual sporting event in the Pattaya calendar and attracts hundreds of foreign competitors as well as Thais. There’s the full-length marathon, but also quarter and half-lengths as well as wheelchair races. Now is the time to get into the swing as you cut down on the beer and chips.
Government adviser Chanyut Hengtrakul (5th right) hosted a seminar at Rajamangala University of Technology to give academic staff the opportunity to publicize their research and innovative technologies to the general public. It is also hoped that similar meetings in future will help other researchers and students in universities around the country to exchange knowledge and methodologies.
Dengue fever threatens to infect 100,000 With the rapid rise of dengue fever having already infected an estimated 40,000 women, men and children in Thailand—killing at least 44 victims, the Public Health Ministry finally is planning a nationwide awareness campaign. Dengue, also called hemorrhagic fever, is transmitted by the Aedes mosquitoes which thrive in urban centres and semi-urban areas. The health ministry predicts at least 100,000 dengue cases this year and more than 100 deaths, a three-fold increase from last year and a recordhigh for Thailand. There is no drug to prevent or cure dengue fever. Pattaya residents are urged to eliminate all standing water, including that in receptacles such as pots, bottles and cans, inasmuch as the Aedes mosquito breeds in such environments. It also is advisable to wear protective clothing—long sleeved shirts, long pants—and to apply
and reapply Deet-based repellants throughout the day. Unlike other mosquitoes, the Aedes is a daytime feeder; its peak biting period is from early morning to dusk. The female bites multiple people during each feeding period. Aedes mosquitoes are identified by black and white stripes on their bodies. Everyone should frequently check and remove stagnant water in and around their homes. Thus far, government action has been limited to sending an official letter asking the Education Ministry to instruct 23,000 schools across the country to eliminate mosquito-breeding sources at least once a week. Calling the situation “very critical,” Dr Narong Sahamethaphat, the Public Health Minister’s permanent secretary, reported that about 50 percent of the dengue patients were children under-15, but all age groups are susceptible. He wants to “beef up our measures to get rid of mosquito-
breeding places within 90 days.” Narong said strong cooperation from local authorities is needed. He also instructed medical workers at the ministry’s hospitals to stand by around the clock to provide timely treatments for dengue fever patients. Urging those infected to seek medical treatment immediately, he advised against taking painkillers, ibuprofen, aspirin and steroids to relieve symptoms, lest symptoms develop into a more severe condition. While severe dengue fever is often difficult to diagnose, standard criteria of the World Health Organization describes symptoms such as high fever, easy bleeding (positive tourniquet test, bruises, nose-bleed, gum bleeding, etc.), abdominal pain at the right costal margin because of the enlargement of the liver, shock, decreased platelets, and hemoconcentration. Serological and/or virological investigations may be performed to confirm the diagnosis.
Turtle hospital underway The Sea Turtle Conservation Center at Sattahip reported that a mother and baby sea turtle fell ill and required treatment for liver malfunction and eye disease, respectively. A hospital is being built in honour of Her Majesty the Queen where the 1,500 turtles can be monitored prior to being released back into the sea in the annual environmental project of the Royal Thai Navy.
Korean beauty shop opens in Central Road
E-transactions are safe In view of all we hear about Thailand being a criminally-inclined country when it comes to stolen mail and internet scams, it’s refreshing that Visa.Inc, the US based financial services corporation, points to Thailand as a low-risk country in the world of electronic payment transactions. Apparently customers are now using more Smartphone and tablet devices to conduct transactions through the use of near-field communication technology. Thai licences abroad A farang reader asks whether a full Thai motorbike licence can be used to drive in all 10 ASEAN countries. Yes it can, but you may still need an international licence if you want to rent a motorbike abroad. It’s up to the renter. The same is true of a full Thai permit for cars.
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The Alex and Queen Salon has opened opposite Big C Extra on Pattaya Klang (Central Road). The 10-million baht beauty parlor, boutique and barber shop is offering special discounts until the end of July.
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eve n t s cal en d ar UbonRatchathani Candle Festival Date: July 22 - 23, 2013 Venue: Ubon Ratchathani
On the heels of its success in Bangkok, the CLA-Class premiere moved on down the road to Central Festival Pattaya Beach last week. The mobile showroom features a 20-meter indoor exhibition area plus an outdoor display of up to 12 new CLA and other Mercedes-Benz cars like the E-Class.
CARAT Cocktail Reception at Dicey Reilly's Somsak Tanruengsri, general manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, Rear Admiral Paitoon Prasopsin, commander of the Royal Thai Navy Frigate Squadron 2, and Peter Thorand president of the Navy League Siam Council, led the cocktail reception for CARAT 2013 at Dicey Reilly’s. More than 300 U.S. and Thai crew members enjoyed refreshments, finger food, and entertainment.
A ‘De Vine’ taste of South Africa The Royal Cliff Hotel Group’s De Vine Wine Club held a South African wine tasting for club members and wine lovers. The Grand Ballroom was transformed into an African savannah complete with jungly music and life-size animal props. Morgan Morel, brand manager for Wine IWS Thailand, hosted the evening. Wines were presented from the houses of Nederburg, Two Oceans with J.C Le Roux providing the white wine sparkling element. Creative canapés were served to complement the appropriate vintages with briny oysters from Brittany making friends with the sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2012. For details on joining the wine club, email the club’s acting president, Christoph Voegeli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activities: Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is the traditional well-known festival in I-san and the largest religious ceremony in Ubon Ratchathani, which held on Asalha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day every year. This day marks as the beginning of the rainy season retreat for Buddhist monks. During the cerebration, the huge candles are prepared by people from temples throughout the province a couple of days before the procession, and then paraded through the city on floats with a beautiful lady representing an angel for each candle, each representing a local temple, district or other institution. The procession moves from in front of Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram along the road to Thung Si Muang. There are also the dancers and the musicians in traditional dresses joy in the parade. In addition, there are the impressive exhibition of wax sculptures, which created by the international artists from various countries. For more information or reservations please contact: Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Office Tel. +66 4525 4827 TAT Ubon Ratchathani Office Tel. +66 4524 3770, +66 4525 0714
FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Date: October 1- 31, 2013 Venue: Chonburi Activities: The world - class beach volleyball competition is one of the largest in Asia with participants from all over the world. This event is part of the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour that accumulates points for the world ranking. It is also an event for the selection of Olympic players. It is also the tournament, which offers prize money of US$190,000 draws and more than 70 world's best women beach volleyball players from over 30 countries including the current world championships and reigning Olympic champions. In addition, there are supporting amateur tournaments at both international and local level as well as sponsor village featuring an expensive range of sale outlets and fun activities. For more information or reservations please contact: Pentangle Promotions Tel. +66 2311 3414-5, +66 2311 3497 TAT Pattaya Office Tel. +66 3842 7667, +66 3842 8750
PTT Jet Ski King's Cup World Cup Championship Date: December 1 - 31, 2013 Venue: Chonburi Phi Ta Khon is a type of masked procession celebrated on the first day of a threeday Buddhist merit making holiday known in Thai as “Boon PraWate”. The annual famous festival takes place on the second or third weekend in June at a village of Dan Sai, Loei Province. The festival is held to worship spirits, the protectors of the village, and to ask for plentiful rain for the coming farming season. Activities: PTT Jet Ski King’s Cup World Cup tournament has been receiving great interests from a variety of people including both international and domestic racing teams. The annual Jet Ski King’s Cup is considered one of the most important competitions on the professional jet-ski calendar. It is an International standard tournament, classified as a World Cup Grand Prix event that satisfies by worldwide racers with spectacular and thrilling races. Additionally, the world – top professional racers over 30 countries come to win the title which can also bring the International media and sport lovers to travel in Thailand. It is crucial for the growth and expansion of this sport industry and Thai racers can improve their skill by joining this world class tournament. For more information please contact: TAT Pattaya Office Tel. +66 3842 7667, +66 3842 8750
ROMANTIC DINING ON THE BEACH THB 3,600 nett.
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Horseshoe Point Invitational 2013
Riders from around Thailand converged on Pattaya to compete in the Horseshoe Point Invitational 2013. The three-day event showcased dressage and show-jumping horses and riders abilities. The next Horseshoe Point event is the Presidentâ€™s Cup August 23-25.
Winners included: Class 1: Warm-up Showjumping Optimum Time Class 1st place: Chonnarite Tomongkol and Bluto Class 2: Warm-up Showjumping Speed Class 1st place: Thongsri Kiengbontod and Mario
Class 9: Power and Speed 1st place: Nuttanich Buntavong and Pluto
Class 3: Warm-up Showjumping Speed Class 1st place: Lily Mae Toon and Crystal
Class 10: Power and Speed 1st place: Lily Mae Toon and Crystal
Class 4: Dressage Prelim 2 Horse 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario Class 4: Dressage Prelim 2 Pony 1st place: Supasin Kongpun and Kody
Class 12: Dressage Prelim 4 Pony 1st place: Chloe Hermans and Olala Class 12: Dressage Prelim 4 Horse 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario
Class 5: Dressage Novice 2 Horse 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario Class 5: Dressage Novice 2 Pony 1st place: Chloe Hermans and Olala
Class 13: Dressage Novice 3 Pony 1st place: Chloe Hermans and Olala Class 13: Dressage Novice 3 Horse 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario
Class 6: Dressage Elementary 1st place: Supasin Kongpun and Roma Vera
Class 14: DressageMedium 1 HC: Supasin Kongpun and Roma Vera
Class 7: Dressage Walk-Trot 2 1st place: Raksina Sakchirapong and Whity
Class 15: Pony Challenge Accumulator Open 1st class: Natthapatt Sooppapipatt and Dragon Class 15: Pony Challenge Accumulator Pony 1st place: Lisa Sivokon and Oreo
Class 8: Pony Challenge Power and Speed Open 1st place: Natthapatt Sooppapipatt and Dragon Class 8: Pony Challenge Power and Speed Open Pony 1st place: Nuttanich Buntavong and Pluto
Class 16: Show Jumping Accumulator 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Mona Lisa
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Dusit Thani Pattaya marks Visakha Bucha Day with charity work
Dusit Thani Pattaya performed charitable deeds including donating 300,000 baht to Jittapawan College in Pattaya to help the Buddhist school repair its main pavilion. Hotel general manager Chatchawal Supachayanont led his staff, management, and other benefactors through the Thai Hotels Association in presenting robes and essential items for the monks and novices in the temple compound. Visakha Bucha Day is one of the most important days for Buddhist followers. It commemorates the three important stages of the Lord Buddha: his birth, enlightenment and passing.
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Sheraton Pattaya Resort welcomes Asia Regional Golf Tournament 2013 Tomo Kuriyama, general manager of Sheraton Pattaya Resort (center) and Thanaphat Chakkaphak (right), marketing communications manager, seen here with editors of Golf magazine from Hong Kong who participated in the Asia Regional Golf Tournament in Chonburi. Wanna Tonak (third from right) is Hong Kong marketing officer of Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Chonburi Vocational students at A-One
HOT SUMMER PROMOTION 20% off everything except set menu
A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel welcomed students from Chonburi Vocational College and Kornchanok Phoochareon (fourth from right, third row), professor of tourism. The group came to experience western dining and etiquette at the hotel. Santi Keawyam (fifth from left, third row), hotel assistant food & beverage manager of hotel, was the lecturer and trainer.
ICE live at Amari Orchid Pattaya Get ready to party next weekend with Thai Pop sensation Ice (Saranyu Winaipanit), also known as the Prince of Smile, as he performs at Amari Orchid Pattaya. He will showcase his latest album, Ice Festa, and hits from previous albums including Kon Jai Ngai. Entry is 1,000 baht, including draught beers, house wines, soft drinks and whisky. The show on Saturday June 22 begins at 8 p.m. in the Amari’s Aranda Ballroom.
U.S. Democrats Abroad elect officers
The Eastern Seaboard Chapter of Democrats Abroad Thailand elected new officers at its annual general meeting. The new line-up, left to right, includes Rey Buono, vice chair, Bud Kanitz, treasurer, Bobby Books, member at large, Loran Davidson, chair, and Len Levine, treasurer. Brooks has stepped down as president of the chapter as he is returning to Hawaii where he will run for the state legislature.
Chile auto distributors visit local factories
Juan Pabloo Mir E (front center), president of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (Chile) and auto dealers from Chile visit the Mirage, Triton and Pajero Sport factory at Laem Chabang Industrial Estate, Chonburi. The group also joined the Mirage test drive at Bira Circuit, Pattay.
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Four Seasons, others donate to cancer research
A donation of nearly 3.5 million baht was presented to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (right), executive vice president of the Thai Red Cross Society, on behalf of the Hematological Cancer Research Centre at Chulalongkorn Hospital, by Lubosh Barta, general manager, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Titiya Chooto, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, and M.R. Priyangsri Watanakun, director, Thai Red Cross Societyâ€™s Fund Raising Bureau. The funds were raised through the 16th Cancer Care Run in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui, 7th Clutter Sale of the NewsMakers, and the 6th Christmas Tree Charity Project organized by the hotel with Livingetc. and Wallpaper Magazines. In photo (right to left) are the Princess, Priyangsri, Titiya, Lubosh, Annabelle Daokaew, PR manager, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, and Duangrat Watanapongchat, (chief of Portfolio Management & Trading, KT-ZMICO, one of the sponsors.
Dome holidays at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Poo Praiya models at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya
Thai singer, model and actor Pakorn "Dome" Lum (right) is seen here during his stay at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. Denis Thouvard (left) is the hotelâ€™s area general manager.
Poo Praiya Soandokmai (right) stayed at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya while the actress and model was there for a photo shoot. Left is Pattamon Mekavarakul, hotel assistant general manager
Thai Interior official at A-One Royal Cruise Hotel M.L. Panadda Diskul (middle), deputy permanent secretary for the Interior, was at A-One Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya for a seminar on preparing border officers for the ASEAN community. Tassanee Maneenet (fourth from right) is hotel human resources manager.
Dusit Thani Pattaya marks No-Tobacco Day
The perils of smoking were stressed on the annual World No Tobacco Day 2013 at Dusit Thani Pattaya. Aimed at raising awareness, hotel staff and management distributed anti-smoking leaflets and created banners to spread the message that smoking is unhealthy and related ads must be banned. Staff members who quit the habit were presented with a Certificate of Recognition.
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Anantara Si Kao Resort and Spa Trang
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It was our first visit to Krabi which, it’s true to say, contains some of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. Located just an hour south of Krabi airport and only 30 minutes from Trang airport, we discovered a nature lovers’ paradise: baby sharks and orange clown fish abound in these blue waters. No wonder this is the ideal spot for watersports, including windsurfing and canoeing, or off-radar island hopping if you are keen to explore real beauty.
Anantara Si Kao Resort and Spa boasts spectacular, indigenous gardens designed by the talented landscape architect Bill Bensley. These are framed by a forest of casuarina trees and island-dotted sea views. In this tropical oasis, 139 rooms and suites of Thaiinspired décor feature private balconies and terraces with lush garden and sea views. The Anantara suites offer expansive space, oversized bathtubs and polished teak furnishings, whilst the Anantara Pool Suites have their own private plunge pools, which certainly redefine elegance and style, as well as an i-Pod docking station and espresso machine amongst all the expected contemporary comforts. We spent a whole day strolling and searching for shells along the Anantara’s expansive private beach. It’s surprising how fascinating this novel (for us) pastime really is. A real-must is the resort’s main infinity pool where there are special water-wading sections for the kids including a special juice bar. A second infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea provides a quieter haven for couples or friends not travelling with children. Guests can energize in the fitness studio and at the tennis court, not to mention the opportunities for mini-golf or petanque in lush gardens or for beach volleyball. Younger children may be safely entertained
at the Dugong Club where qualified staff supervise a range of activities including water aerobics, clown- and cartoon-character entertainment, treasure hunts and even a kids’ disco. Return to the signature pampering of the renowned Anantara Spa which invites individuals and couples to choose from an extensive menu of traditional, Asian therapies and western treatments which are all enhanced by luxurious elixirs made from natural local ingredients. You can also indulge in naturopath at the wellness centre to manage stress and to practice yoga in true oriental style. When it comes to dining, real delights await. At Leelawadee restaurant each day commences with an international buffet breakfast, followed by a lunch selection of western and Thai favourites to be enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort or on a scenic outdoor terrace. Refreshments and afternoon tea can be enjoyed at the Lounge Café with a 180degree ocean panorama. The Beach House is also available for relaxing, reading a book or magazine from the in-house library or enjoying an inspirational cocktail. Lots of mouthwatering temptations await the
evening diner. The Leelawadee Thai restaurant serves bold and spicy southern Thai specialties in both the contemporary dining room and al fresco. An extensive buffet is available on most evenings. The signature evening restaurant, Acqua, offers classic and contemporary Italian cuisine with freshly-caught seafood a first-class delight. Of course, the wine guru is always on hand to make appropriate suggestions to accompany every dish. Couples seeking the ultimate private experience can Dine by Design, a unique opportunity to dine in a setting of your choice from a secluded stretch of beach to the intimate forest or, if you wish, in your own suite. Choose from the resort’s extensive menus or create your own with even the opportunity to have your own personal butler on-hand to ensure that perfect evening. The list of interesting things to do is endless. Sign up for a Thai cooking class or a guided local market trip to buy your ingredients. Hire bicycles and ride to the nearby fisherman’s village or venture into the national park to discover the island’s playful monkeys and the wonders of nature. Take out a kayak and cruise across the Andaman’s gentle waves. Delve beneath the surface and explore the Andaman’s best dive sites, or sign up for a PADI scuba course or a private sunset cruise. Take a speedboat to the island paradise of Koh Kradan. Swim or splash in the crystalclear waters, sunbathe on the
Hotel Promotions A holiday treat from Centara for late bookers If you are leaving it a bit late to plan your summer holiday, don’t worry as Centara Hotels & Resorts has special lastminute seasonal rates available throughout Thailand and in overseas destinations for all room categories, with breakfast included. The special rates are available at selected Centara properties in Phuket, Krabi, Hat Yai, Samui, Pattaya, Hua-Hin, Trat, Koh Chang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Rates are for single or double occupancy, and with up
to two children under the age of 12 years sharing their parents’ room and bedding accommodated with breakfast included for no extra charge. Categories of suites and villas that are designed for a greater number of guests are also included in these special rates. Available from now until 31 October 2013, more information and a booking form can be found at http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/ Special_offers Rates begin from as little as Baht 1,200 per night for a Superior room at Centra Government
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soft and powdery white sands. Snorkel around reefs teeming with tropical fish. Alternatively, shop for the area’s Na Muensri silk weavings, originally designed only for the elite class, or for the pinewood carvings of Buddha or local animals. The rural areas of Trang are filled with small temples and caves along the Buddha Trail. We were sad to take our leave of Anantara Si Kao Resort and Spa. Discerning travelers who feel that Phuket and Koh Samui have been discovered already can’t argue that here are luxury, seclusion and beauty indeed. The uniquely diverse geography of the area means pristine beaches, majestic limestone cliffs, virgin rainforests, rich mangrove reserves, hidden caves and rushing waterfalls. The word Anantara is taken from an ancient Sanskrit word that means “without end”, symbolizing the sharing of water and the sincere hospitality that lies at the core of every Anantara experience. For hundreds of years, throughout Thailand, people would leave a jar of water outside their house to provide refreshment and to extend a helping-hand to the passing traveler. We can’t wait to plan our next trip to unwind in this quiet, romantic and exciting getaway destination. Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa 198-199 Moo5, Had Pak Meng - Changlang Road, Changlang beach, Maifad, Sikao, Trang 92150 Thailand Tel: +66 75 205 888 Fax: +66 75 205 899 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sikao.anantara.com
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Holiday Inn Pattaya wine tasting Holiday Inn Pattaya had its first wine tasting this month, featuring VS Classic Wines from Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Chile and New Zealand. Hosting the event were Massiri Chaleewan, Food and Beverage manager, and Akkarapong Yuwaphan, wine consultant from VS Classic. Attention Please provided the entertainment, and a lucky draw provided prizes to attending wine lovers. For information on upcoming wine tastings, call 038 725 555, Ext 3515
CARAT 2013 chili cook off
The Winner Cooking USS Tortuga
Navy League Siam hosted a chili cook-off at the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa for four teams, two Royal Thai Navy and two US Navy. The Americans are here for CARAT 2013. They joined the cooking competition at Benihana, the Japanese Steakhouse, laid on by the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa. The teams worked hard and it was difficult for the jury to determine the winners of the close competition; all competitors were only a few points apart. The USS Tortuga Team was declared the winner. The runnersup were the team from the HMS Taksin, Royal Thai Navy. Second place went to the Curtis Wilbur DDG54, and the third place was awarded to the second Thai team. Everyone received certificates, food vouchers and souvenirs. Winners: Demetrous Simmons and Pao Hua Huang, USS Tortuga First runner-up: PO1 Pongpat Pienprasert and PO2 Kraingkrai Sriiamtrakul, Royal Thai Navy Second place: Levi S. Nichols and Calvin Brown, USS Curtis Wilbur DDG54 Third place: PO1 Monchai Fuengtrakulvit and PO1 Pornsawan Srianu â€“Royal Thai Navy
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Mick & Di Le Saint Regis The Food Lovers
A charming French villa restaurant The newest French restaurant to arrive on the Pattaya/Jomtien dining scene is this hidden gem tucked away in a residential development off Thappraya Road. With a passionate French native chef in the kitchen, charming gardenthemed décor and prices that will not drain your wallet, Le Saint Regis will be welcomed with open arms by the area’s foodiegentsia.
Le Chef: Hailing from Toulouse, the titular chef radiates with passion for his chosen profession and the cuisine of his native France. The food is modern but classically driven and when asked his rationale for his food he quickly responded “cuisine de grandmere” (and not only his grandmother – his mother too!) Le Décor: Set in a delightful villa with open terraces overlooking the pool, al fresco dining has never been more appealing. The interior room is flatteringly lit with warm earth tones reflected in the linen napery and burnish of Thai antique furniture resonating with the feel of dining “en famille”. Le Menu: Admirably short and concise, the menu changes monthly to reflect the seasonable ingredients favoured by the kitchen. Prices are extraordinarily reasonable with the sextuplet of hors d’oeuvres starting at only B.150. Traditional French main courses offer boldly seasoned dishes such as their signature 7-hour lamb with desserts
and cheeses echoing the culinary history of chef Regis. Mick and I were invited to dinner recently and were enchanted by this new villa restaurant. We chose to dine in the air-conditioned room but with big picture windows and an unobstructed view of the garden it lent an al fresco feel to the room. We were joined by the charming Ella, wife of Regis, who enthusiastically recounted their tireless search for the perfect location and the three months of hard labour to complete the decoration and kitchen areas. Complimentary Le Saint Regis cocktails are served to commence the evening and quickly followed by another complimentary (generous) serving of a quartet of pre-appetisers. Serrano ham rolled around pineapple, various meat and fish terrines on miniature toasts set the scene for our meal to come. From the starters that evening we chose scallops in saffron sauce and a terrine of poison et crevettes (fish and prawns) for a very evenhanded
B.190. Other choices were cold rosy gazpacho of zucchinis, a warm goat cheese salad, prawns flambéed in rum de Antilles and chef’s signature rabbit terrine. Creamy and velvety with that unmistakable flavour of saffron the scallops didn’t languish for very long in their silky sauce. I loved my fishy terrine; delicate in flavour and texture, it made the perfect first course which we enjoyed with a glass of the excellent French house white wine (B.100 by the glass or B.500 for ½ litre
carafe). An interesting wine list offers a selection of bottles to suit all pockets. It was now time to choose a main course out of the five options which included the melt-in-the-mouth 7-hour lamb, paupiette de volaille of chicken with Champagne sauce, filet of perche with savoury traditional butter sauce, pork filet mignon with Normandy cider or duck with sauce au poive vert. (Prices from B.280). I plumped for the duck while Mick satisfied his penchant for pork. Both were cooked to exactness the duck with its crisp, luscious skin and perfect pinkness inside while the roasted pork was tender, moist and juicy. Both dishes were served with stuffed mashed potato towers and broccoli. Regis is a dessert divo! He loves his French patisserie so we couldn’t leave without trying at least one. With the aid of two spoons and an order of hot chocolate cake with crème Anglaise we were soon ‘mmming’ and ‘oohing’ over the its decadent lusciousness. Lemon cake with raspberry sauce is another delicacy or that time-honoured French classic dessert, crème brulee served at Le Saint Regis with honey and vanilla. Before we left chef had prepared another dessert for us to try. This time it was his rum fruit flambé served with a mango and raspberry compote. What a combo, the sweetness of the mango offset by the tartness of the raspberry was sensational and when drizzled over the rum flambéed fruit it was a dream.
Le Saint Regis is a neighbourhood jewel offering good food without the expensive price tag. Classic French dishes with a modern twist, a romantic dining setting in an informal atmosphere of geniality must surely be a formula which will attract the area’s discerning diners and rapidly become part of Jomtien and Pattaya’s culinary scene.
Le Saint Regis
is located in Jomtien Nivate between Sois 7 and 9 off Thappraya Road. Tel: 088 009 0486 for reservations. Open Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. till midnight and Saturday and Sunday for lunch from 12 noon to midnight (last orders 11 p.m.)
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F&B Promotions The lingering subtle flavours of lychee at Zulu Jungle Bar
Shell Fish & Seafood Promotion in June
Throughout the month of June, lychee is the fruit of the month at “Zulu” Jungle Bar, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Our bartenders invite you to taste variety of cocktail glasses. Starting with the amazing taste of lychee berry, lychee & mint or lychee a martini. Don’t miss!! Price is started at only THB 150++ (subject to service charge and VAT). ‘Zulu’ jungle bar is located adjacent to the lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 5.00pm - 01.00am. Should you fancy some privacy, our two fully sound proofed karaoke rooms will certainly cater for such needs. Resident DJ’s serve you up with the coolest rhythms in town… chill out pure!
At Mantra Restaurand & Bar
For more information or reservations, please contact (038) 301 234 ext. 4283
A Taste of California Celebrate Independence Day with ‘A Taste of California’ Wine Tasting at Havana Bar
Holiday Inn Pattaya today announced its second wine tasting promotion at Havana Bar. The promotion is held in partnership with the leading wine expert from Central Wine Cellar. Celebrate American Independence Day together with discovering a variety of wines from California on 04th July 2013, from 6.30pm to 9pm. Experience some of the best Californian wines paired with International Cheeses and a selection of Canapés created to compliment the wines. Only THB 890 Nett per person. Guests can also bring home their favourite selection of great wines available at a special price. For reservations and more information, call 038 725555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Tea Time at The Eugenia Hotel and Spa Zheng HE Lounge located in the 19th century colonial-style house of the renowed The Eugenia Hotel and Spa retains the ambience of a bygone era. Savour a delicious delicious selection of sweet treats prepared by our gifted Pastry Chef Kritkhajorn Photin and his team. Our Talk of the Town High Tea set featuring an array of homemade mini French desserts served along with a wide selection of scones, sandwiches, cheesecake, brownie, fruit tart and your choice of Ronnefeldt tea, the top premium brand tea for first class hotels. Baht 350++ per person and Baht 420++ per 2 persons. Available daily, from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. For more information or reservations; please call 0-2529-9011-9 or Email: email@example.com website: www.theeugenia.com Thank you for your kind support. For more information, please contact Thitima Puttan – Group Marketing Communications Manager.
Argentinean Wine Dinner at the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa
Alaskan King Crab and King Scallops, Lemon Sole, Mussels, Monkfish, Lobsters, and more are all the talk at Mantra Restaurant & Bar in June. A range of exquisite and creative dishes have been prepared by Executive Chef, Leonard Faust for what is sure to be a wonderful month of seafood. In addition, enjoy a range of classic Chardonnay's, Sauvignon Blanc's or indeed some beautifully rounded crisp Alsace Rieslings, be it by the glass or the bottle, to accompany this exclusive range of seafood on offer! Menu for example ; King Prawn and Alaskan Crab Cocktail price at 750++ THB and Seared Hokkaido Scallops price at 650++ THB
Argentina’s winery owners have successfully embraced the science and art of wine-making, with a passion that is reflected in the quality of their wines. If you are curious about what Argentina has to offer, we invite you to partake in a very special wine dinner event on June 28th. As a highlight, experts from Santa Julia Winery will present compelling facts about wines and grapes. Experience the exquisite tastes of supreme wines of Argentina, coupled with the scrumptious culinary talent of Executive Chef Luis Zamora! Enjoy with sensual gusto and romantic flamboyance, the Marriott way! Baht 1,400 net. Early booking before Monday 24th June Baht 1,200 net. Time: 18.30 -21.00 hrs.
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Happy Sunday Brunch – COME 3 PAY 2
Artichoke the representative of spring at Acqua Restaurant
All you can eat brunch buffet at Radius Restaurant
Throughout the month of June 2013, Chef Alberto Bruni invites you to visit “Acqua” Italian Restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya to enjoy the taste of artichokes, the perennial native of the Mediterranean. Taste it cream with Castelmagno cheese as a quiche, as garlic spaghetti in olive oil with rock lobster, Carpaccio of bresaola beef or bralised with monk fish. Priced starting from THB 240++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT). Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the Main Lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 18.30-22.30 hrs.
Enjoy the timehonored tradition of a Sunday Brunch with family and friends Radius Restaurant, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya. Executive Chef Youngyuth and his culinary team have created more than 300 items for the buffet, and there is a healthy juice and vegetable bar. Brunch includes seafood buffet, grill, carving station, sashimi, dim sum, chafing dishes and much more. End the meal at dessert station, where there are cakes, tarts, and many other selections, along with ice cream, sorbet, and fresh fruits. Price is only THB 1,500 per person with free-flow soft drink or THB 2,200 with free-flow red and white wines. A discount of 50 percent is applied for children below the age of 12, and there is no charge for children below six years of age accompanied by their parents. All prices are subject to service charge and tax. Brunch is served from 11:30am to 3:00 pm. Cape Dara Resort Pattaya 256 Dara Beach, Soi 20 Pattaya-Naklua Road Pattaya 20150 Tel 038 933888 www.capedarapattaya.com or http://www.facebook.com/CapeDaraPattaya
Argentinean Barbeque Buffet on Every Tuesday Night
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Brasserie Europa at Siam Kempinski Hotel bangkok Lunch: International buffet at THB 950++ per person Dinner: A la carte European brasserie cuisine. Price starts from THB 350++ For more information and reservation, please call Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok at 02-162-9000. 991/9 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok. www.kempinski.com
At The World and Ginger Restaurants, Centara Grand at CentralWorld
On Tuesday nights our multinational team of chefs at The World and Ginger Restaurants, Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, present the best Argentinean meats and sausages cooked over an open fire and served direct from the skewer including Atlantic salmon Argentinean, Short rib with chimichurri, Lamb rump skewer, Argentinean prime ribs & beef barbeque sauce and more. Add to your dinner with the wide selection from the international buffet, including seafood, teppanyaki, sushi, dim sum, and a dessert station. The buffet is available every Tuesday night from now until the end of June 2013. And to accompany the buffet we are offering free flow of Argentine Malbec wine all night long for only THB 1,490++ per person.
One Night with Gérard Poulard: The Cheese Master
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At last! France’s official Cheese Ambassador to the world, Gérard Poulard, visits Pattaya on Tuesday, 25th June 2013. The famed “Maître Fromager”, Cheese Master, will present his 2013 Collection of Fromages de France, bringing with him 150 varieties of French farmed cheese from the best of France’s boutique producers — selected cheeses available at The Beach Club Restaurant! His presence is supported by China Airlines. An unforgettable experience combining the sea breeze with his exquisite arrangements, Gérard Poulard has arranged these special prices by plate : 3 cheeses @ THB 450 net, 5 cheeses @ THB 750 net or 8 cheeses @ THB 1,200 net The Beach Club Restaurant opens every day from 6:00 – 22:00 hrs. For more information or reservations, please contact 0 3841 1940-8 or email info@pullmanpattayahotelG.com or www.facebook.com/ thepullmanpattayahotelG
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The Bondi Beach Bar & Boutique Hotel
Open all hours!
Essential bullet points for the popular Bondi Beach Bar: ● Great location overlooking a tree lined beach and rolling sea ● Hearty café-style meals at wallet-friendly prices ● Ice cold beer and daily B.99 cocktails and shots ● Wicked ice cream sundaes, iced cappuccino and banana splits Add friendly service to the above, mix them together with the management team of Colin and Malcolm and it makes for a beach bar/café which resonates geniality and bonhomie in buckets (and spades!) Dong Tang Beach is the perfect locale to relax a while, enjoy a frothy coffee, bite into a bacon buttie or sup a beer or two and generally enjoy the laid-back vibe and good humour that prevails around these tables. Daytime front of house host is the genial Colin, a gold medalist chef
from the south coast of England who spent many years in the culinary industry before relocating to Thailand. Night-time hospitality is managed by the indefatigable Malcolm who stays up all hours ensuring that Bondi rolls on oiled wheels. In fact, “open all hours” is the perfect description for this breezy beach bar which serves breakfast from the crack of dawn to cocktails and snacks in the wee hours of the morning. Breakfast is served all day with a substantial Bondi special serving of a fried eggs, bacon, toast, baked
beans, orange juice, coffee or tea for only B.120 or the healthy option of yoghurt and muesli for only B.110. Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs is always a much loved combination (at any time of the day) and here it is one of the kitchens best sellers. From the “Light Bite” menu, burgers are on offer with a plentiful
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serving of French fries, while the jacket potatoes arrive to your taste, oozing with butter, cheese and onions, or baked beans, ham and cheese and tuna mayonnaise. Favourite bites include their onion rings, chicken strips with plum sauce, cheese and biscuits or an ample wedge of pate and salad garnish (B.110). Mick and I often pop into Bondi for a lunchtime sandwich which are big, hearty affairs (two rounds of white or whole meal bread making for the normal portion). Served either hot or cold with fries or potato chips. Lashings of crispy bacon, sausages, egg mayonnaise, cheese, tuna, ham and smoked salmon or any combination thereof make for delicious doorsteps of bready bliss from B.150. There’s always an attractive foodie promotion running here. At present there’s chicken fillet, strips or burgers offered at attractive prices or beer and a sandwich for B.150 or with a glass of red or white wine for B.190. A glass of draft Chang is also offered with a beef burger and fries or pasta salad (cheese, tuna, ham) for only B.175. Thai dishes are available; just ask the serving staff. For all you sweet toothed out there, Bondi offers a slice of fruit cake for B.80, pineapple pie with ice cream, fresh mango and ice cream or one of their dastardly ice cream sundaes (think retro Knickerbocker glory!) Something magical happens when ice cream, fruit, sauce and glace cherries and cream get together. Also check out their signature banana split where spending B.100 for a sugar overload couldn’t be sweeter. Night birds listen up – it’s not easy to get a tasty snack in the early hours, but here at Bondi they serve up a Night Menu (from 1 to 8 am). Sandwiches, hot or toasted, chicken nuggets, fried rice, Danish
pastries and more are all available at exceedingly reasonable prices from B.150. Social events include the well attended Quiz Night every last Sunday in the month starting at 9.30 p.m. when Bondi’s brain trust intelligenza gather to pit their wits against Colin’s dastardly devised questions. The weekly bi-lingual Bingo Nite (Wednesday) is always an animated evening (9.30 p.m. start) with locals and ex-pats eyes down for a full house. Bondi Beach Bar is a breezy beach eatery offering unpretentious fare, in generous portions, throughout the day and night. Come here to relax beside the sea and enjoy a plentiful breakfast or snack, icy cool beer, a pot of English tea or a cocktail or three and let the lively vibe of this part of town entertain you. Located at the top end of Dong Tang Beach. Tel: 080630 7314. Open 24/7.
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Blue Crab & Citrus Salad Avocado, salmon caviar, coconut, citrus, soft shell crab & micro salad Ingredient Soft Shell Crab
Blue Crab Meat
Toasted White Sesame Seeds
Ingredient of Citrus Dressing
Cooking Method Dust the soft shell crab with the tempura flour and fry in the deep
Orange Reduction Lemon Juice Salt Olive Oil
fryer until crispy. Mix all the crab meat, frizee, radish, pomelo, orange, dill, spring onion and cherry tomato in a bowl and dress with the citrus sauce.
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Put the orange reduction, lemon juice and salt in a no-metallic bowl and slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking to incorporate.
Season to taste. Slice the avocado really thin and fan it out to create the bowl effect. Place the salad mix in the avocado bowl and sprinkle the coconut, sesame, salmon caviar and micro celery over the top.
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Chef Roy’s Blackened Florida Catfish with Corn Salsa and Yuzu & Turmeric Remoulade For t he Blackene d cat fi sh: I was just away cooking in Gulf Shore Alabama, a beautiful beach community just west of the Florida Pan handle during the Hang Out Music Fest 2013 and was assigned the Main stage artist lounge where a few amazing artists like Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and the Kings of Leon performed. Aside from feeding the main acts, we had to cook for 400 of their friends, family and crews for the whole weekend. Catfish was one of the proteins we had to work with and it inspired me to make this dish, as soon as I got back home. Of course, I gave it an Asiatic touch with a few distinct ingredients that makes it oh so much yummier! The remoulade is so versatile, you won’t have to worry about leftovers (I doubt there would be any!) since they would be great as a sauce for anything else you would want to fry up! Happy Cooking!
2 fillets of catfish, cleaned and patted dry
For the remoulade, mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the fridge until ready to use. For the relish, heat up a medium sauté pan with a little bit of oil and sauté the garlic and onion, season with salt and pepper then add the corn. Let it cook for about a minute, while mixing then add the rest of the ingredients starting with the hardest ones like the carrots and with the soft ones like the tomatoes last. Re-season for final taste For the fish, preheat a cast iron to medium to high with oil. Mix all the dry ingredients for the spices. Brush the fish with the melted butter and season it heavily with the spice mixture. Cook on one side for 4 minutes and turn to cook for another 4 minutes on the other side. Remove from pan to a paper towel. To serve, spoon some of the remoulade on the plate. Layer the fish and the corn relish and garnish with some of the relish on the top or some scallions cut on a bias.
S e a son i ng : 2 teaspoon cayenne powder 2 teaspoon togarashi pepper 2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon dried cilantro powder 2 tablespoon melted butter Salt and pepper to taste Blended oil for sautéing
F or t he Y uzu and t urme r i c R e moulad e 2 tablespoon chopped Gherkin pickles or pickle relish 2 teaspoons capers, chopped 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro 2 tablespoon scallions, chopped 1 teaspoon yuzu juice ½ teaspoon turmeric powder 1 tablespoon sriracha 1/2 cup mayonnaise Salt and white pepper to taste
F or t h e Corn r e l i sh : 1 cup corn, kernels off the cob ½ cup shredded Brussels sprouts ¼ cup carrots, fine diced ¼ cup red onion, chopped 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped ¼ cup diced bell peppers ¼ cup diced tomatoes Blended oil for sautéing Salt and pepper to taste
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10 Acne Myths You “Must Know”
Facts To Keep Your Skin Acne Free
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One of the biggest things that can affect a teenager both emotionally and socially during their high school years is the problem of acne, and if you have ever been in that situation, you know full well what I’m talking about. Then you have all of the adults in your life, or other individuals who have no idea what it’s like, telling you what you need to do, or what you need to cut out of your diet in order to get rid of it. Things like “you’re eating too much junk food”, or “you need to wash your face more”, or “quit eating so much chocolate”, which can all really start to grate on your nerves after a while. The fact of the matter is that it’s likely that the majority of what you thought to be true about acne both as a teenager, and as an adult, is likely all a myth. The focus of this article is going to be on dispelling 10 of those acne myths that everybody has been promoting for so long, for which they have no scientific evidence to back them up. 1. You can get acne from eating chocolate. This is likely one of the most common myths that people have developed over the years as a way to steer kids away from eating too much chocolate or other sweets, but there is absolutely no evidence to back it up. Chocolate never has, nor will it ever play a role in whether or not an individual suffers from an acne breakout. This myth is easily dispelled when an individual knows what actually causes acne. Acne is created from a presence of sebum, which is created within the endocrine system, and has absolutely nothing to do with an individual’s digestive tract. So the next time somebody tries to tell you that eating too much chocolate is what’s giving you the bad acne, take another bite and say, you don’t know what you’re talking about. 2. Eating specific foods can lead to a breakout of acne. There hasn’t ever been a study that has positively linked any sort of dietary habit directly with the presence of acne. On the other hand, there has been some speculation from individuals who claim that eating a diet consisting of lean meats, which are a source of high-protein, and a selection of different whole grains, can reduce the chances that individual will suffer from acne. When it comes to the scientific studies, it is been established over and over again that neither eating foods that are high in fat content, nor the eating of candies and chocolate plays any role whatsoever in someone getting acne. One of the most obvious ways to test that is to remove those foods and sweets from an individual’s diet, and without fail, nothing ever changes with the acne sufferers. Therefore, the idea that foods of any variety can lead to an acne outbreak is completely mythical in nature.
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You'll weigh less at the equator than at either of the earth’s poles? That’s because you're farther from the earth's center of gravity. The earth is not a perfect sphere; it is "flattened" at the poles because of the rotation of the earth, and this causes our planet to "bulge" a bit at the equator. In addition, a person on the equator will have the rotation of the earth trying to "throw them off" the planet. This will subtract a bit more from a person's weight at the equator. In other words: You weigh more at the North Pole or the South Pole because you are closer to the earth's center of gravity and there is no extreme rotation at the poles. However, the difference in your weight will be less than 1 percent.
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3. Washing your face more often is going to get rid of your acne. The only way that this could hold any validity at all, is if an individual never washes their face at all. If however, you’re not a slob, and actively wash your face at least two times a day, then we can feel safe in saying that this is not an issue. There have been studies that have been completed that have shown that washing your face too often can result in your skin drying out, rather than benefiting or helping the actual acne problem, so try not to ever wash your face more than a couple times a day. Additionally, if you’re using any special type of face cleaners, it’s important to note that these are only going to stay on your face for a couple of minutes after you’re done washing, so you’ll be better off making use of retinoid creams and other leave on acne medications since they are significantly more efficacious.
damaged. Due to that, it’s not uncommon for bad cases of acne to cause significant permanent scarring when they are popped. A much better way to handle one of those really painful zits is to wash the area with a gentle cleanser, dry it off, then make use of one of the quality benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid products that are on the market. These are very effective at penetrating the skin and destroying the bacteria that is causing the acne in the first place. If you are more of a fan of the mask solutions, then obviously you can also use one of those, but when it comes to such things as toners, try to use them only in the summer. 6. Wearing makeup is bad for women who have acne. This is another myth where some truth could be attributed due to the fact that there are certain types of makeup that can make breakouts of acne worse. If you are somebody who suffers from acne, and are looking for a makeup product that isn’t going to affect your acne, then it is a good idea to look for brands that are listed as non-comedogenic. Another good option is to connect with your dermatologist, and ask them whether you specifically should or should not wear makeup, and if you can, ask them to recommend a brand that will be safe for you to use. There are several products on the market that effectively conceal acne, and also contain some of the nonprescription medications that are commonly effective like resorcinol, salicylic acid, and benzyl peroxide. You can also find other acne treatment products that provide tinting for the skin if that is something that you’re interested in. 7. An effective treatment for getting rid of acne is steam. This myth is absolutely false, and that is proved out through several studies, one of which was done in India where it gets really hot, and all of the individuals who took part in it claimed that whenever they got too hot, or started sweating, it made their acne significantly worse. So in essence, if you are suffering from acne, stay out of the sauna, stay out of the heat, and try not to sweat to profusely if at all possible. It’s important to try and keep your skin as cool as you possibly can. 8. You can clear up your acne by tanning. This is another myth that is completely false, and in fact is a case where can actually make your acne significantly worse. There have been some studies that have shown that specific types of light can help to treat acne, but this is not the light that is common within any of the tanning beds. Ultraviolet light is a known cause for premature aging, as well one of the causes for skin cancer, so not only will it make your acne worse, but it will also lead to other significant health risks. If you are suffering from a really bad case of acne, then your best bet will be going to see your dermatologist to see what they can do for you. One of the processes that a dermatologist can use is what is known as a chemical peel. This process actually works at opening up all of your blocked pores, without causing any harm to your skin. 9. Putting on sunscreen is going to make your acne hurt more. There is some truth to this myth, in that there are some types of sunscreens that are made with chemicals that can cause aggravation to the skin. One such brand is called Helioplex, which makes use of a chemical reaction in order to dissipate the UV light when it comes in contact with your skin. One of the side effects of this is heat bumps, so it wouldn’t be a good idea to use that product on skin that is suffering from acne. With that said, you just need to find a sunscreen that doesn’t use any of those chemical reactions. Such products are going to most often make use of zinc oxide as the protective agent, so try to find brands with that in it. 10. Putting toothpaste on your acne can cure it. This is another one of those acne myths that are absolutely false, and don’t provide any benefit whatsoever. This one typically arises from an individual running out of their acne medication, and who then goes on to Google to seek out any type of “natural acne remedy” that they can find in an effort to provide themselves with some relief. The fact is, you’re not going to get any relief from using toothpaste on your acne, so stick with washing your face with soap and water and let your body take care of the acne. Toothpaste is made for your teeth, not for your skin, so just leave it that way.
4. Stress causes acne. This is one the acne myths that might hold a little bit of weight due to the fact that whenever an individual suffers from stress, it causes the release of specific hormones which in turn leads to a greater production of oil on the skin. Another issue that stress causes in an individual is that it has a tendency to weaken a person’s immune system. And due to the fact that acne is caused by bacteria, when you have a weakened immune system, your immune system is going to be less likely to destroy all of that bad bacteria, which could very likely give way to a breakout.
After reading this article, we hope that we have sufficiently dispelled many of these acne myths, or misconceptions that individuals have believed throughout the years, or who have purposely perpetuated for their own diabolical reasons.
5. Popping a pimple will help it to go away faster. It’s never a good idea to pop a pimple because of the fact that doing so results in the top layer of your skin becoming
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Melasma -- Darkening of the skin Melasma is the brown splotchiness on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, or jaw line that is triggered by hormones and light. Hormones stimulate the growth of cells that make brown pigment (melanocytes), by Dr. Natnicha and natural light Loichuen stimulates the production of even more brown pigment (melanin). Overachieving melanocytes are to blame. These pigment-producing cells become stimulated to produce extra unwanted melanin resulting in patchy discoloration. Mostly, it is common in women above the age of 20, when a woman’s hormones change, whether through pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or hormone replacement therapy after menopause. While women of color are more prone to melasma-and it is a significant problem for many, people of any skin type can get melasma. Causes of Melasma The cause of melasma remains unknown. It is believed to be due to an increase in the production of cells which release the pigment melanin, which is responsible for the dark color of the skin. The cause of the increased production of melanin is not known but some triggers include: • Hereditary factors and hormone fluctuation/production; the rash is most common in pregnant females • Prolonged sun exposure • Use of birth control pills • Certain medications like tetracycline and anti-malarial drugs.
Melasma is not related to any medical disorder and by itself is a harmless skin condition despite the cosmetic concern associated with its appearance on facial skin. Melasma is not difficult to diagnose as it can be readily observed on the surface of the skin. Melasma Treatment Over the years, various treatments have been developed to treat melasma. These include: • Chemical peels. This method involves the use of acidic elements to eliminate the intensity of melanin pigment on the surface of the skin. Different types of acids are used to accomplish an efficient result. These peels also remove a few layers of dead skin, help to clean out pores, and ideally are done in series. • Microdermabrasion. It is a method of superficial exfoliation that removes dead or damaged skin cells, refines the texture and color of the skin, helps minimize fine lines, cleans out pores to improve acne, helps with melasma and some small scars. Depending on how much pigment you have and how sensitive your skin is, approximately five microdermabrasions are done two to four weeks apart, followed by a maintenance treatment about every four to eight weeks. • Skin lightening agents with Ultradeep Vitamin treatment. Ultrasonic waves enhance the absorption of skin-lightening agents in the stratum corneum. The use of ultrasound radiation together with the skin-lightening gel can significantly reduce facial hyperpigmented spots compared with both no treatment and skin-lightening gel alone after 4 weeks. • MesoRoller. It is a micro needle
therapy system used to increase effective delivery of active ingredients in skin lightening and vitamin products. The dermatologist will deliver an antioxidant agent and nutritious active ingredients directly into the pigmented areas to revive skin cells from within. Dark spots will noticeably fade after consecutive treatment sessions. • Laser skin rejuvenation. Resurfacing laser treatments penetrate deep into the skin with columns of microscopic light to eliminate the cells that cause melasma. The YAG laser delivers short, intense pulses of light targeted to the melanin in the cells affected by melasma. The laser has no effect on the surrounding skin. The laser treatments are given monthly for a three- to four-month period, along with topical lightening treatments that are used for a few weeks prior to the laser treatments and continue after laser treatments have been completed. • Sunscreens. No matter the level and amount of treatment applied, melasma will not be permanently removed if the skin dermis is always exposed to direct sunlight. The skin surface areas should be protected from excessive sunlight by the use of sunblock to protect the skin against harmful effects of sunrays. The effectiveness of each will vary from patient to patient. Some treatments may have to be continually performed to sustain results, such as applying a skin lightening agent on a regular basis, combined with effective sunscreen usage and sun exposure avoidance.
All these methods are capable of removing melasma totally from the skin. But, before using them, appropriate consultation with a dermatologist is highly advisable. Call 038-411190 or visit Nicha Clinic at Pattaya 2nd Road (Opposite View Talay Beach Condo and Central Festival Pattaya) for more information and to book a FREE consultation.
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United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.
Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner -- or a friend for that matter.
by Barry Kenyon
How sexy is Pattaya? The chunky paperback Thai Lottery and Other Stories from Pattaya is Matt Carrell’s first book, according to his comments on Twitter, and is a work of fiction. It’s the latest in a long line of novels, or noveldocumentaries, which have sought to profit (literally and figuratively) from Pattaya’s sordid reputation for sexual excess and its resulting disappointments. Thai Lottery, which takes its name from the author’s observing of the underground Thai lottery, which is several times bigger than the state-sponsored one, is one of the best of its kind. That’s because the author not only understands the farang mind – let’s go to Pattaya to get our rocks off – but also analyzes the Thai female perspective – let me make as much money as possible in double-quick time. One big spender in the book, Charles by name, has developed the theory of the Five Stages of Man. The first occurs in the teenage years when many opportunities are missed as boys are nervous and don’t realize girls are equally eager to find a mate. But not many sex tourists in Pattaya are under 20 even though the objects of desire often are. The golden years follow in your 20s and 30s when you have the best choice of hitting it off with the lady of your choice. The marginal years start in the early 40s when you are still in with a chance, but only just. When you hit 50, the final stage is “Invisibility,” when attractive women don’t give you a second look. The only thing to look forward to then is the crematorium. Most punters in the Pattaya bars these days are in “Invisibility” category – balding, paunchy and fond of booze. They know it and the go-go girls know it. It’s simply a case of cash for sex. Those who expect more are in for a bitter disappointment, possibly a very expensive one. If you like reading about points-of-view in the sex industry this is certainly the book for you. Many of the encounters in Thai Lottery are hilarious. Contradictory perspectives are everywhere. When a Thai girl tells a customer she will “love you for a long time,” that sounds like a lifetime commitment or wedding bells to the western mind. But what she is really saying is that she will stay with him till the following morning for a second boom-boom if he pays an extra 1,500 baht. Then she will shower, get dressed and head for the door if the money has dried up. The book ends with a helpful list of Thai phrases for the lazy farang. The useful list includes bhakwan (bullshit), peeshua (butterfly), teelak (darling) and ting tong (crazy). You get the general impression anyway. The 13 stories in this volume readily accept that there are people who don’t come to Thailand for sex, but they do tend to be thin on the ground in Thai Lottery. As the Tourist Police captain judiciously puts it, “Few visitors are in Pattaya to see the waterfalls”. Thai Lottery is an enjoyable read, but I was left wondering if it really describes Pattaya today. Hasn’t Pattaya changed in recent years? Isn’t it now more of a family resort with excellent sports and recreational facilities? What of City Hall’s aim to turn the Eastern Seaboard city into the Thai Riviera by the end of the decade? There is none of this in Thai Lottery. There is a brief mention of golf courses but only as a cover for males wanting an excuse to visit Sin City. The up-market shopping malls get one of two references but usually as places where pickups occur. It’s sex, sex and more sex. Well maybe, but many people would doubt that the mega-rich international investors in Pattaya’s five star hotels and state-of-the-art condominiums which now litter the resort are relying on customers whose range of vision stretches no further than Walking Street and the next bottle of beer. As Pattaya has expanded, the prostitution districts have either been bulldozed or left as they were. Walking Street, Sexy Soi 6 and Boyztown (the last of which is for gays and does not merit mention in this book) are still there, but they aren’t getting any bigger. Pattaya is surely diversifying as the sex districts, relative to size, shrink. They can be expected to shrink further as fewer Europeans, Americans and Australians visit Pattaya and the numbers are more than compensated by more sober Chinese and Indian tourists. Pattaya’s future lies in Asia and best not to assume otherwise. Thai Lottery describes a world that is actually disappearing, admittedly bit by bit. You might think that’s all the more reason to read about it now. You can download Thai Lottery as an e-book – go to Amazon for example for the Kindle version. Or purchase it directly from www.thai-lottery.net. Price of the online version is about £ 5 or $7.50.
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Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
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Suzuki Ertiga GX: The Flavour of the Season
A new compact mini-MPV. Road presence and sweet handling included Would I buy a vehicle named Ertiga? Err-tii-ga... Suzuki Ertiga. Yes, as a matter of fact, I would. Because, I trust the Japanese Suzuki brand, maker of the mighty popular by John Lindgren Suzuki Swift, the Editor-in-chief: eco-car that looks carsanook.com like a MINI Cooper and comes with one of the best resale values in the market. Suzuki Motor Corp. also builds motorcycles, millions of them, including the world's fastest and meanest street bike, the CSX 1300 R Hyabushi. Enter Suzuki's new mini MPV (multi purpose vehicle) named Ertiga. Here we go. Another boring, boxy, little bus on wheels. Right? No! Even though the new Suzuki is a (family) people carrier
or seven-seater, it looks more like a stretched version of its best selling sibling--the 5-door hot-hatch Swift. Ertiga's styling elements include the swept-back headlights and the Swiftish looking grille. The sleek roofline, the pronounced wheel arches, the high positioned tail-lights and the sturdy side mirrors with integrated blinkers. Hey, hey good lookin'. The Pattaya Today demo unit painted in elegant Pearl White is the top-of-theline Suzuki Ertiga GX with automatic transmission. Sticker price: 689,000 baht. The entry-level base model GL comes with a manual gear box and a sticker price of 554,000 baht. This MPV is built in Indonesia. Hence the name Ertiga, which in Bahasa Indonesia means “three rows”. Three-rows of seats in a 2 + 3 + 2 configuration. The interior is light and airy with beige fabric and greygreen textured dashboard plastics. Our top trim line GX features a second row airconditioner in the ceiling. For
adult passengers the back third row has limited knee room and narrow access. But it is a great space for the kids. The cockpit looks like it’s lifted from the Swift. Well designed. For the driver, a good-to-grip multi function steering wheel and a neat pop-out cup holder for the front passenger. Driver and passenger airbags, too. And, of course, USB port and Bluetooth for Smartphone users. For the young at heart, AM/FM radio and a CD player! Who uses them these day? Someone still carrying around CD's in a little soft CD bag. Remember cassette tape players? Adios! “So Long It's Been Good To Know Ya.” The compact 1.4 liter, 4-speed Suzuki VVT (Variable Valve Timing) power plant pumps out 95 horsepower and 130 Nm of pulling power or torque. Fuel consumption combined driving circa 15 kpl. Suzuki Ertiga runs on Petrol 95 octane, E20 or gasohol 95. During our test-drive on wet and dry tarmac, motorways and city streets, the Ertiga performed surprisingly well with quick and easy throttle response.
The ride was steady and composed without too much body roll and confident around corners. The steering, almost feather light and perfect for the endless u-turns and reverse maneuvers into tight parking slots. This vehicle is definitely a winner. The Japanese mini-MPV competition Honda Freed and Toyota Avanza better watch out for the new challenger the ERTIGA by Suzuki.
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Issue 11 16-30 June 2013
CBRE predicts future of Bangkok property market On the occasion of CBRE’s 25th anniversary as the first international property consultancy company to open in Thailand, senior management reflects on changes seen in the past and expected in the future. Bangkok Residential Market CBD: The Bangkok condominium market has grown significantly from having less than 10,000 condominium units in 1988 to over 350,000 units today. With continuous supply coming on to the market, the condominium market will become even more complicated and competitive. The downtown CBD market offers a wide range of units with higher prices per square meter compared to the midtown market which is almost exclusively made up of one-bedroom units. Within the prime downtown locations such as areas surrounding Lumpini Park including Rajdamri, Ploenchit, Wireless Road, Langsuan and major main roads on Sukhumvit, there will be fewer new freehold projects as there is limited freehold land available. The high land price above 1.5 million baht per sq.wah, which is set to continue to rise further, will also affect the feasibility of condominium projects. In secondary locations within the CBD and sub-sois, developers need to be
more cautious in terms of launching new projects as higher land prices and construction costs will drive up prices over the market affordability. The prime downtown areas have drawn continued interest from foreign buyers, particularly Asian buyers from Hong Kong/China, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan. They consider Bangkok both attractive and affordable for second residences. We expect the downtown market to be a healthy, low-volume and highvalue market with the clearance of built, unsold inventory and a limited number of new launches. Market prices have dramatically shifted over the past two decades from 35,000 baht per sq.m. at Somkid Gardens, one of Bangkok’s first condominium developments, to prices in excess of 250,000 baht per sq.m. today. Whilst each price barrier at 100,000, 200,000 and 300,000 baht per sq.m. seemed impossible to achieve at the time, these barriers have all been broken. In the next decade, prices will continue to rise on
the back of limited freehold supply and increased buyers’ affluence demand for prime CBD locations. The Sukhumvit area has shown the highest price appreciation in recent years and no one would have predicted prices of 200,000 baht per sq.m. 18 months ago. With continued redevelopment, the sky train and new major retail and office developments, Sukhuvmit is becoming the prime location, albeit at a discount to Central Lumpini prices. Midtown The midtown market has the biggest challenge in terms of supply volume and distortions in the percentage of one-bedroom and studio properties, yet it remains the only purchase opportunity closest to the CBD
for young, middle-level executives and white-collar employees. Developers in this segment should be cautious about the potential for saturated demand in certain locations, particularly for first-time developers. In our view, there is an imbalance in the midtown market that will need to be corrected. CBRE believes that the Bangkok condominium market is set to grow further and will encroach on the suburbs. The midtown market will face a situation where a small condominium unit with
Thailand: Asia's most popular hospitality investment market
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Living on retirement income
Booming and Busting at the Same Time
proximity to a mass transit station will be more expensive than a townhouse in the same general area and growing competition for midtown and emerging suburban locations with lower prices. This conflict will be resolved with sizing and market pricing and will require in-depth market study to ensure feasibility. At present, the midtown market is not a market for shortterm speculators as the re-sale market will be less liquid. Continued on page P2/26
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Special Feature CBRE predicts future of Bangkok property market Continued from page P1/25
Office Market With more than 8 million sq.m. of office accommodation in Bangkok today, compared to less than 1 million sq.m. 25 years ago, the office stock in Bangkok is significant and 25 percent more than that of Singapore. The quality of standards of the best buildings are now also on par with the world’s leading cities, where new buildings are designed around the tenant’s needs to offer features such as flexible floor plates and high-speed, zoned lifts. The growing eco-trend is also reflected in the increasing number of LEED certified buildings with energy-saving features. The office market is moving into a period of robust health, and for the first time in 20 years, the market is becoming a landlord’s market, and the first time in five years where take-up has exceeded 100,000 sq.m. per annum, with further growth expected. At present, the market record monthly rent is 980 baht per sq.m. at Park Ventures on Wireless Road, the highest level of rent achieved in the past 25 years, even higher than the previous peak in 1992-1993 at 820 baht per sq.m. at Diethelm Towers, Wireless Road. Office rents in Thai baht terms will continue to appreciate, but still offer extremely good value regionally. In many respects, Bangkok is a natural regional base, particularly with the opening up of Myanmar. If a regional office package incorporating work permits and visas, the transfer of technology and tax benefits was
improved by the government to attract companies such as in Hong Kong and Singapore, the service sector could grow significantly. Bangkok can offer regional companies a base for operators at a third of the cost of Singapore. The footprint of the Bangkok office market is also evolving. It is no longer just one CBD market, but a number of viable Secondary Business Districts (SBDs) has emerged. For example, with the extension of mass transit connections and retail in the north of Bangkok, the Ratchada area is becoming the predominant choice for office locations compared to Vibhavadee, which was once a popular area before the mass transit system was completed. Land & Investment Bangkok has lagged behind Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of transactions of high quality, tenanted, income-generating investment property such as offices, retail centres and hotels, with only one to two transactions complete per year. With the advent of REITs, property funds and a higher profile of the Bangkok market within the region, we predict this will change. For example, CBRE completed the transaction of Liberty Square, a 40,000 sq.m, 23-storey office building adjacent to Silom BTS earlier this year. However, with the office market on its rising cycle, most landlords of Grade-A offices will hold onto their properties to capitalise on
the high returns. Buying opportunities may exist for older properties in a good location, but will require renovation or refurbishment to enhance long-term appreciation. Competition for key land sites will always be fierce, as evidenced by the tender of Crown Property Bureau’s Suan Lum site. Within the land map of Bangkok’s prime locations, there are clearly extremely valuable sites with huge development potential such as Makkasan and sites owned by government organisations such as the state railway land, the port, and the tobacco monopoly, which are mostly available on leasehold. Current Thai law permits a maximum registered lease term of 30 years. In our view, in the modern property economy, 30-year leaseholds will become increasingly unviable as it would not be financially feasible for quality, large-scale investments. The government and developers would benefit from the extension of the 30-year lease to a maximum of 99 years. The market would be healthier and perform better for both freeholders and leaseholders and would encourage large-scale income producing projects and transactions. It will offer the ability for investors to purchase long-term interests and allow for at least one redevelopment cycle, following the patterns adopted in other markets such as Europe. The extension of the leasehold term would also simplify the 30+30+30 leasehold tenure and be of significant benefit to the residential sector.
Challenges & Opportunities A challenge the property market must tackle is professional property management. All too often, high quality developments fail to appreciate on completion and deteriorate rapidly due to the lack of expertise and insufficient budgets to maintain their values over the longterm. Without good property management, properties which should become an appreciating asset can become a depreciating consumer durable which is illiquid. The whole industry needs to revisit its approach to property management and take a more professional and more pragmatic approach. Co-owners must also realise the necessity of raising CAM fees in cases where the budget is insufficient to manage and maintain a property effectively to a high standard. It is vital to the property market to ensure longterm appreciation where quality is sustained. For example, selected quality buildings in Bangkok age significantly within less than 10 years, whereas 100-year-old properties in Manhattan and London continue to appreciate and remain prime investments. Another challenging area is property taxation. The tax system is complex and does not support constructive growth in the market, both in its approach on tax on rental revenue and upon property disposal. The current taxation system neither benefits the investors nor the government. In many circumstances investors are double taxed with the property tax on rental income and personal income tax. Amongst the challenges, the market also offers plenty of opportunities for the years to come. With the integration of the ASEAN
economies through AEC, Thailand appears to be one of the most highlighted markets. Given its strategic location as a regional hub and proximity to borders of emerging economies such as Myanmar and Laos, its property market stands to benefit in various sectors from offices, serviced apartments and residential leasing to hotels. The opening of Myanmar has been particularly highlighted, where Thailand is expected to be the principal beneficiary. At present, there is an extreme shortage of serviced apartments, hotels and office space in Myanmar. However, there is no clear market understanding by foreign developers, nor land laws at present. There is significant potential for property development and investment in the Myanmar market; however, there are huge risks. The risks equal the rewards. CBRE Thailand is advising a number of international parties for projects in these areas. The market will always present challenges and opportunities. The key to succeeding in any market condition is the ability to adapt to the changing trends and the need for quality personnel and a strong team. CBRE Thailand’s strength in the past 25 years lies in continuity of our people and services. To capitalise on growth opportunities, the market also needs to overcome challenges presented by the imperfections of our laws and regulations and recognise the need for change. Thailand needs to embrace the changes required to develop the market into a truly global property market which attracts large-scale developers and investors, and no longer remain inwardly focused.
Raimon Land launches the Lofts Ekkamai Raimon Land launched The Lofts Ekkamai, the developer’s latest freehold residential condominium along Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road. CEO Johnson Tan said the project targets a new generation of potential homeowners looking for a combination of style, comfort and convenience in the Ekkamai-Sukhumvit area. The 28-storey building features studios, 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom and duplex units. The developer says it “offers exceptional value in a location that’s hard to beat, affording easy access to the city’s transport system and proximity to major entertainment, shopping and business districts.” The project was designed by Hans Brouwer of HB Design, who also did Raimon Land’s The River and 185 Rajadamri. The interior space was drafted by Infine Design using bright and airy volumes due to the generous ceiling height and use of glass. The Lofts Ekkamai showroom and sales centre is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call 02-651-9600 or visit www.raimonland.com. (left to right): Gerry Healy, project director, Raimon Land (1st left), Johnson Tan (centre), Raimon Land CEO, and Hans Brouwer (1st right), HB Design founder and designer of the Loft Ekkamai
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eforea: Spa at Hilton Pattaya named Thailand’s best
Hilton Pattaya’s eforea: spa at Hilton has been named Thailand’s Best Luxury Hotel Spa in the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards™. The Awards are comprised of 12 spa categories and are universally acknowledged as the world’s leading awards initiative for luxury spas. “This award bears testament to our commitment to offer guests an exclusive retreat in the heart of Pattaya city that is backed by a high level of service excellence,” said Philippe Kronberg, general manager, Hilton Pattaya Winners of World Luxury Spa Awards were selected
by means of an annual online voting process by thousands of spa guests worldwide. Created by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, eforea: spa at Hilton is a global spa concept that features an exclusive menu of treatment journeys and innovative design elements providing a turnkey spa solution that owners can easily implement and customize. For more information, call +66 (0)38 253 000, email email@example.com or visit eforeaspa.com.
Thailand: Asia’s most popular Hospitality investment market
The Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference saw 300 delegates representing over 100 hospitality companies in attendance.
Thailand was voted the most popular hospitality investment market in Asia by industry and investment executives at last week’s Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference here. Runners up were Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia ,Vietnam and the Philippines. "Without a doubt, the travel and tourism industry is growing throughout Asia, with more and more travelers from the region and elsewhere moving around than ever,” said key-
note speaker Chanin Donavanik, managing director and chief executive officer of Dusit International, “For Thailand to be regarded as an alluring investment option at the center of all this activity is surely a sign of exciting times ahead." The conference also saw a fiercely-contested yet friendly debate on the recent wave of early terminations of hotel management contracts in the US and China. The motion "Hotel owners bear all the risks while opera-
tors reap all the rewards from the agency relationship between them (sic),” generated a vote of 78 percent in favor of the motion. The two-day conference attracted nearly 300 delegates representing more than 100 hospitality and luxury companies, including some of the region's leading hotel owners, investors, operators, developers, policymakers, designers, architects and master planners.
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Legal & Expat Money FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Thailand Work Permit by Magna Carta Law Office
What is the importance of obtaining a Work Permit? If you are a foreigner intending to work in Thailand, you are subject to the Alien Employment Act, which requires you to have a work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour except for approved temporary and urgent work for a period not exceeding 15 days. In accordance with the format and procedures prescribed under the Ministerial Regulations, a Work Permit defines the locality you are permitted to work, length of time permitted to work, category or nature of work and the employer for whom you will be working. Failure to comply with Thailand’s employment regulations shall be punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. What are the typical jobs in Thailand that are open to foreigners? Any work may be performed by foreigners provided that it is a job that will not in any way compromise national security or career opportunities of Thai people, and if the demand for foreign labour is necessary for national development. Here are some of the jobs that foreigners are likely to perform: -Teaching English and Translation -Computer and Information Technology -Engineering -Writing and Editorial -Sales Professionals -Hotel Management and Culinary -Music and Entertainment -Specialized Skills -Opening Your Own Business What type of visa I must secure prior to work permit application? Any foreigner who intends to work in Thailand must have a residence in Thailand or must be authorized to enter Thailand temporarily in accordance with the Immigration Law. The first step in the work permit application process is to obtain the correct visa. In most cases, the applicant will be required to apply for a Non-Immigrant Type “B” Visa which can be obtained in your home country or any neighbouring countries of Thailand. This allows the applicant to stay in Thailand for the initial 90 days which shall give
ample time for the application of a work permit to take place. What are the important points to consider in order to be granted a work permit? -It is important to consider the registered capital of the company that you will be working for. One foreigner can be hired by a company for every 2,000,000 baht registered paid-up capital, but shall only be allowed up to a maximum of 10 work permits per company. However, certain considerations apply in certain situations. -There are compulsory requirements for a minimum number of Thai employees per foreign employee depending on the status of the company. The standard ratio is 4 Thai employees to 1 foreign employee. Who has the right to keep the work permit booklet, the employer or the employee? You, as the work permit recipient, have the right to keep your work permit, but it shall be your responsibility to make it available at all times, especially during working hours. However, for security purposes, this can also be kept at your workplace so as to be made available any time a competent official or registrar demands proof of employment authorization. Should your employer demand to secure your permit in the company premises, you may request its release whenever needed. What is the standard validity of a work permit? A work permit is issued for a period of one-year and may be renewed every year thereafter which shall then be valid only as long as your visa allows you to remain in Thailand. If the duration of employment of a foreigner is less than one year, a work permit will be granted for not longer than the period requested. Can I work anywhere in Thailand other than the location specified in my work permit if the job is in the same field? Any intention to change or increase the category of work, employer, working locality or conditions shall be effective only upon the approval of the registrar in accordance with the rules and procedures prescribed under the Ministerial Regulations.
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Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley
Living on Retirement Income
Unless you are in receipt of an index-linked two-thirds final salary scheme from, for example, the civil service and/ or have accumulated millions of dollars/pounds etc, then budgeting on a more modest pension, combined with savings that are subject to historically-low interest rates from bank deposits, can be a challenge. Investment alternatives such as the worlds’ stock markets have lurched around at almost unprecedented volatility levels in the last 5 or 6 years. The media has made much of ‘record highs’ in recent weeks and months. However, the fact remains that most major markets have only recently returned and slightly surpassed 2007 levels! In fact, as we speak, very recent corrections have caused markets to tumble yet again. We have come across many traditional portfolios in recent times that would have been fine in more stable times but over the last few years have caused angst and financial loss because that has not taken into account the almost unique financial position the world has found itself in. So can reasonable yields be achieved without undue risk? There has been consistent growth achieved from sectors of growing importance where demand significantly exceeds supply. Such funds are non-correlated, meaning they are not connected to the stock markets. A number of sectors can boast extremely consistent results throughout the turmoil of the last 5 or 6 years and, in many cases, much longer than that. These are not insignificant achievements, particularly in today’s financial climate. To produce secure, worthwhile returns on a consistent basis is something many fund managers would envy. The Financial Times wrote a piece recently noting the growing standing of the student accommodation sector, for example, and it should be noted that the fund price for the sector’s prime funds have never dropped. We are of the view that specific sector funds will continue to expand, as they genuinely offer an alternative to the non-event of cash deposit accounts, or the volatility of the equity markets. Important Note - This article contains general information only and is not intended to be taken as specific financial, investment, or tax advice. A personal analysis should always be obtained. Tim Whiteley of IFA International has over 25 years as an IFA, advising international investors and expatriates, both onshore UK, and offshore in Asia. With offices in Bangkok, and regular client visits to Pattaya, IFA specialises in wealth protection services, offshore trusts, QROPS UK pension transfers and QNUPS, creating tailor made investment solutions for individuals around the world. IFA International does NOT provide discretionary portfolio management, securities advice, forex trading, or local brokerage/ insurance products. The services that IFA International Group provides are for international investors and expatriates only and are not applicable to local nationals. This is NOT a solicitation to sell or market securities. Questions to the author can be directed to: email@example.com
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Business News Centara works with EarthCheck toward green tourism Centara Hotels & Resorts, throughout its 30year history, has always believed passionately in green and sustainable tourism, a policy that is at the heart of the company and which engages every property in its portfolio. With the company rapidly expanding, both in Thailand and overseas, this deeply-embedded philosophy is more important now than ever. “Each of our hotels and resorts operates to strict environmental standards,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s chief executive officer. “This means involving staff, and also whenever
possible guests, with the result that there is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and that everyone feels they have a personal contribution to make.” Centara also strives to comply with regional and international environmental laws. Along with this positive approach, Centara has begun working with EarthCheck, the organisation that sets benchmarks for environmental awareness and conservation for the international hospitality industry. “Working with EarthCheck involves the use of their Environmental Management System, a series of practical tools for the benchmarking and certification of operations practices,” says David R Good, Centara’s vice president for operations, whose responsibility covers the environment. “The environmental performance of each property is monitored against policy, benchmarking the indicators against baseline and best practices. The environmental and social impact is measured through the EarthCheck
Online Self-Assessment. All results are assessed and verified by third party auditors on an annual basis.” Centara has started with 10 hotels under this Earthcheck programme. Four hotels have recently achieved Silver Certified status and another six hotels have achieved Bronze Certified status. Centara has now committed to have all of its self-owned Centara Grand properties to be Silver Certified by 2014. Bronze certification is awarded to participating hotels that have a sustainable policy in place, including key major indicators for energy, water consumption, recycling waste and waste sent to landfill, and paper usage. Silver goes to participants that have a sustainable policy in place and implement an environmental action plan for proper monitoring and measurements on 10 key performanceareas:greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency/conservation and management, management of freshwater resources, ecosystem conservation and
management, social and cultural management, land use planning and management, air quality protection, wastewater management, waste management, and environmentally harmful substances. List of EarthCheck awards Bronze Benchmarked Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Centara Kata Resort Phuket Silver Certified Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui Centara Karon Resort Phuket Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld Gold Certified (By 2014) Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi
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Booming and Busting at the Same Time!
Paul Strachan (left) and John Collingbourne (right) launch Pattaya Property Auction It’s amazing how quickly things have changed. Just a few years ago everything that hit the real estate media in print and on TV was luxury this and luxury that, and then the scales began to tip with the entrance of affordable luxury. Today the new buzzwords that replacing those top-class superlatives are words like ‘reduced,’ ‘bargain’ and ‘competitive pricing.’ Remember a few years ago when Unseen Thailand was the brand of the day? Soon after ‘unseen’ was being applied to so many marketing campaigns that it became silly and just plain ridiculous-- including a real estate agency that adopted the name Unseen Properties, which I could never figure out.
Well, the way things have been developing we are going to be seeing the ‘Incredible Unseen Prices’ campaign any day now as the word ‘oversupply’ already is being replaced by the word ‘overstocked’ with more and more product on the way. Yes, we are seeing more and more vacant properties coming on the market and prices are still going higher, especially in Bangkok. We have a housing market that is still growing because the banks are still expecting to loan more money to purchasers than last year. Yet those same bankers know that personal, non-performing loans are also going to rise higher than last year! About a month ago I brought
by Clayton Wade Managing Director
Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. firstname.lastname@example.org
up a report made last February by John Le Fevre regarding non-performing loans at the SME Bank, a Thailand financial institution specializing in small and medium company financing, having reached 40 per cent of all loans, while those at Islamic Bank, Thailand’s only Sharia-compliant bank, were at about 30 per cent of all loans! I was a bit reluctant about publishing and passing on such incredibly insane statistics, but I had a source and it was John Le Fevre, but just as soon as it was published and the article hit the streets I had severe second thoughts about just how credible those statistics really were. I immediately wrote John Le
Our very special thanks to Clayton Wade, managing director of Pattaya’s Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. for preparing this Pattaya Today column. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 17 years. He himself has been in the real estate industry going on 27 years, having started his career in the United States where he was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle, Washington. Clayton personally was responsible for bringing in the first 53 General Motors
Fevre and asked what his source was for those unbelievable nonperforming loan statistics. His response floored me! It was Thailand’s favorite English language newspaper, the Bangkok Post, which on February 27, 2013 headlined an article: Bad loans: SME Bank 40%, Islamic Bank 30%. You cannot find a more credible source in this country. We are in a very precarious property market environment as the international press let it be known less than two months ago (Reuters April 19, 2013) that Thailand's booming banks were warily watching for signs of a credit bubble, even as they rake up record profits on robust loan growth on the back of a strong economy. It really is a jungle out there as the Thailand property market looks like it is booming and busting all at the same time. Yes, huge numbers of bad loans and yes Thailand’s Government Housing Bank’s Real Estate Information Center recently reported a huge oversupply (more than 70,000 units!) in the provinces and more than half of those in Chonburi. Yet at the very same time Thailand is climbing up the ladder monthly as one of the top three places for foreigners to consider purchasing property. Just last month for overseas property searches on one of the United Kingdom’s leading online property portals, Thailand was the third most popular property destination in the world! The MoveChannel.com in the United Kingdom has what they call their monthly Top of the Props data, and although Thailand shot up placing as one of the top three countries – third, its highest ever ranking it shared that position in the top spot with number one the United States and number two Spain retaining their rankings. It was reported online that while the main two contenders (United States and Spain) stayed the same, the status quo was disrupted by Thailand, which leapt 14 places to take the number three slot.
executives for the start-up phase of Thailand’s General Motors manufacturing facility and had a three-year exclusive with the company. Following that experience, he placed most of the startup executives for the Eastern Seaboard’s BMW manufacturing facility. Clayton Wade is a Council Member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York based international research and consulting firm, and has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for many years. The American-born entrepreneur is known throughout the Asia-Pacific
Isn’t that great? Isn’t that a great market indicator? Well, if you call being associated with two of the largest property crash destinations on the planet a great market indicator, knock yourself out! Honestly, it’s hard to tell whether the rest of the world is seeing the glitter of property gold in Thailand or can smell blood from the other side of the planet. Meanwhile, leaving speculative matters aside for a moment, what is actually happening in Pattaya’s real estate market today? Many of us have received a number of communications from developers lately about ‘why’ they were reducing their prices and how they were adjusting their easy payment plans to super easy payment plans. Just recently Andrew Batt, editor of Property Guru, announced on DDProperty.com that Pattaya’s own John Collingbourne and Paul Strachan of the newly-established Pattaya Property Auction are about to auction more than 300 million baht worth of assets later this month at a property auction right here in Pattaya! That will include more than 50 villas, condominiums and land lots. I can just see it now: John Collingbourne slams the hammer down as Paul Strachan pulls the curtains for Unseen luxury with incredibly reduced prices and super easy payment plans. I say go for it, John and Paul, and knock ‘em dead, as this is a fantastic time for purchasers in Pattaya and it’s about time the end user got a chance to pick up some terrific real estate deals here on the Eastern Seaboard. Whether you’re keeping an eye open for some of these great price adjustment deals on new construction or joining John and Paul in the audience for the next Pattaya Property Auction, there is always something great here in the local real estate marketplace. “There’s ten million five! We’re nowhere near a sale here, folks, can I hear eleven million? I’ve got eleven million! Going once! Going twice! Sold to the tall Russian man with the cowboy hat!” Have times changed or what?
region for his writing, public speaking and television presentations. His many accomplishments in promoting real estate on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard include having been a guest speaker with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s Managing Asia. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, which may be seen by visiting their website at: www.premierinternational. com. Clayton Wade may be contacted
at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at: clayton@ premierinternational.com
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Bangkok Hospital Pattaya still growing in excellence Juthaporn Huyakorn is at the heart of progress by Barry Kenyon
Asked to name the best known hospital in Pattaya, virtually everyone would agree it’s the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya (BHP) with its imposing buildings out there on the northbound Sukhumvit Road. Probably no institution in the city better illustrates the ever-changing nature of Pattaya and its population over the past 20 years or so.
ounded in 1990, with 100 beds and a predominantly British clientele, BHP has grown to 400 beds with over 100 full-time medical specialists currently active and a huge number of ancillary staff and facilities. Over the years the area has expanded from 5 to 9 acres (20,800 square meters to 36,800 square meters). Moreover, it’s just one of 30 locations nationally run by Bangkok Dusit Medical Services with a further two hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. BHP is the main referral hospital for the entire Thai eastern seaboard.
Juthaporn Huyakorn, an energetic and well-humored Thai- born Australian resident for many years, started her challenging role as BHP Director of Business Development and International Affairs at the beginning of 2013. With both bachelor’s and master’s degrees to her name, Juthaporn has long experience in laboratory management, health-care groups and clinical marketing in all its manifestations. “BHP has always strived to be a centre of excellence and our accreditation with the Joint Commission International was renewed just last year,” Juthaporn says, “but there are so
many exciting developments now happening that we can look forward to the future with absolute confidence.” She adds that the physicians and all the staff and administrators will continue to develop medical service standards and quality to be one of the best health care providers throughout Southeast Asia. The introduction of new technology has always been part of the BHP’s growth and development. Recent developments include MRI scan, 128-slice CT scan, OCT scan (for retinal tomography), PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication
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Bangkok Hospital Pattaya is a premier tertiary healthcare provider, dedicated to international standard and quality, customer focused care. System) and completely electronic medical records. New technology, explains Juthaporn, by speeding up the investigative process can actually reduce the amount of time patients spend in hospital. With upgraded equipment, the hospital’s hip and joint replacement clinic is providing patients with a new technique for operations. On another front the cardiac centre now provides patients with irregular heartbeats ablation technology which does not require medication. The cardiac centre can also offer off-pump open-heart surgery which allows the heart to continue beating during the operation. Meanwhile, the oncology centre will be providing radiotherapy in the near future whilst there is a brand-new intensive-care unit for newborns (Neonatal Intensive Care – NICU) with the opening of the paediatric ICU for children aged from one
month to 15 years. “The investment in the special clinics costs hundreds of millions of baht annually but is essential for BHP to maintain its leadership position in the latest medical care technologies,” points out Juthaporn. But there is more to excellence than advanced treatments. Customer care has always been, and remains, central in the BHP success story. As the patient profile has evolved – there are increasing numbers of Russians and Arab speaking customers both as in-patients and out-patients – the hospital is increasing the number of multi-lingual staff who between them cover 22 languages. The patients generally are divided into three distinct groups: long-stay expats, fly-in visitors and those coming specifically as medical tourists. “The contemporary trend in customer care is certainly value for money,” asserts
Juthaporn. “We can cater for the high-end expats and tourists who expect five star care analogous to the very best hotels as well as to the locals. With so many nationalities we need constantly to train staff to be sensitive to diverse cultural norms.” It’s likely that one of the secrets of BHP is its realization that “one size certainly does not fit all” when it comes to treating patients professionally who come from well over 100 countries and varying religious and social attitudes and beliefs. Increasing numbers of patients are introducing themselves by phoning the Call Centre help-line 1719. The staff here is already multi-lingual and more Russian speakers are currently being recruited. Callers can receive introductory advice about their stated medical concern or problem and appointments made with the appropriate specialist. Mention should also
be made of the mobile intensive care and coronary care ambulances, a frequent sight on Pattaya’s highways, which are equipped to the same standard as the main-site facilities. One of the very latest innovations is the provision of remote medical care via Robo-doctors equipped with an audiovisual system. Still under development, the system will eventually allow on-line consultations between doctors and patients who are thousands of miles distant. In fact, the BHP and two other partner hospitals in the Dusit Group pioneered the Robo-doctor concept in the whole of ASEAN. The first groups given this sort of treatment were paralyzed patients, although the potential value worldwide is still in its infancy. Juthaporn concluded the interview by reminding us of the mission statement of BHP. “We are committed to being the leader in providing an international standard, efficient and ethical high quality care through a dedicated healthcare team, effective leadership and state-of-the-art technology. We are also committed to maintaining our standards through continuous quality monitoring to provide the highest possible satisfaction for our patients and customers.” Of course, it’s a tall order but Juthaporn is the right choice to deliver the goods.
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Guest House/Pub Articles for Sale Dongtan Beach: 4 rooms (ptmas-e0009)Mobility Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: Scooters -- Free test ride at 23,000 Baht/Month. Fully your home! Portable mobility occupied SALE PRICE: scooters, latest models. Full 1,499,000 THB please call ser vice from Thailand’s 0823440822 (eng) 085-910mobility scooter specialist. 5124 (Thai) Email at admin@ Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 bobbybrooks.com 8405-07, www.ecobrand. French Restaurant for net, email@example.com Sale/Lease: Established for prices and brochures. 11 years in the same location Contact us now for your free in Jomtien rent 25K THB test ride at your home! p/m. 6 year lease. Sale Business Price: 3,950,000 THB Opportunities includes everything please (ptmpt-bo00)For Sale call 0823440822 Email at or Lease. 23 Nice Two firstname.lastname@example.org Room Apartments located in 3 buildings on a one rai A P A R T M E N T land parcel in a very central BUILDING - Easy to location south Pattaya. Within run business opportunity. 5 min walking distance to This new three storey 21 walking street,however still room apartment building a quiet and secure area.For in a central location, not far more info contact 081 from Siam Country Club 9099098, No agents please Road, has been built to Office and Commercial European standards with 3 Retail Space: For Lease in a one bedroom apartments Great Location on Thrappaya and 18 studio apartments all Ro a d , i m p r o ve m e n t s with spacious bathrooms and includes Kitchen/ensuite bathroom and street frontage balconies, most are furnished with Clear Glass around, and most have AC units fitted, 395,000 THB (leasehold) ideal for long stay expats and 20K THB rent per month holiday lets. Included in the sales price is an adjoining call: 085-910-5124 Office and Commercial plot of land approx. 450sqm Retail Space: For Lease in a that can be used to extend Great Location on Thrappaya the building and add a Ro a d , i m p r o ve m e n t s communal pool or to build includes Kitchen/ensuite a private villa. The building bathroom and street frontage has its own water bore and with Clear Glass around, a water filtration system is in 295,000 THB (leasehold) place. Total land area 1,465 20K THB rent per month sqm. For Sale: 12.5m Bt. call: 085-910-5124 S k y Vi e w Pe n t h o u s e Website Ref: HOTE010. Re s t a u r a n t f o r S a l e / Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: Lease: Stunning views of l a m @ p a t t a y a - j o m t i e n Pattaya and Jomtien Bay property.com. www.pattayaDecorated in Vietnamese jomtien-property.com and French Style. 500 sqm GUESTHOUSE & BAR Rent 45k THB p/m. SALE Ideally located profitable PRICE: 4,950,000 THB 10 room guesthouse and includes everything please bar. Located in a busy Soi call 0823440822 Email at in Central Jomtien and close email@example.com to the beach is this 3 unit Guest House/Coffee Shop Soi Buakhao: 6 rooms building with the ground Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: floor running as a bar with 30,000 Baht/Month. 19% pool table, music system and cash return annually SALE large flat screen TV. There PRICE: 2,100,000 THB is ample room to install a please call 0823440822 (eng) kitchen to offer breakfasts 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at and food to the guests and firstname.lastname@example.org customers, thus increasing
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the profits further. The upper floors contain 10 renovated and fully furnished guest rooms, a store room and maids room. An established business. For Sale: Leasehold 3.3m Bt, monthly rent 30,000 Bt. Website Ref: BUSS019. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com GUESTHOUSE - A single unit guesthouse in a central location in Jomtien, 4 storey , 6 bedroom recently been renovated and partly furnished. The ground floor is suitable for restaurant, office, massage, beauty salon etc. the upper floors have either one very spacious bedroom with AC, en-suite bathrooms with showers, larg e LCD TV, fridg e, kitchenette and balcony or 2 smaller bedrooms with AC, en-suite bathrooms with shower, large LCD TV, fridge, kitchenette and balcony. A great value property in a location surrounded by shops, guesthouses and bars. For Sale 6.4m Bt . Website Ref: BUSS026. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com
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Apartment for Sale
Life’s a Beach – and you could be Living this P r iv i l e g e d L i f e S t y l e Tomorrow. Two spectacular beach side apartments have just come on the market. Situated on Na Jomtien’s sandy quiet beach they both offer a piece of paradise. The Penthouse is a 240 sq/m, 2-storey (4th & 5th floors), 3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 3 toilets with extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Semi furnished. Price: 55,000 Baht/month on yearly contract (other terms can be arranged). Apartment 1 is 140 sq/m, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/ showers. Semi furnished. Extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Price: 34,000 Baht/month on 1 year basis (other terms can be arranged). Contact: Tony Trail – Drifters Café and Apartments – Tel: (Thai) 087-7432319 or (Eng) 0816198626. info@ driftersbeachcafe.com www.driftersbeachcafe.com
House for Sale
Pool Villa For Sale – Jomtien - A very nice renovation, the detached single storey villa, land area 248 sqm , living area 130 sqm. Stylishly furnished throughout with top quality fittings, 3 bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, full European white kitchen with oven and microwave, dining area, living room, flat screen LCD TV in every room, private pool, pool side terrace, water features, remote closing gates, communal pool, 24/7 security and just 600m to Jomtien Night Plaza, food market, restaurants, shops and bars. Great value. Price: 5.6m Bt.Website Ref: PLVS142. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com
HOUSES FOR SALE
Amazing Pratamnak Luxury Estate! Selling Price 60 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 634 Sqm/330 TLW. Oriental Thai House in Jomtien Location! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/155 TLW. Beautiful Balinese Style Estate Home with large swimming pool! Selling Price 12 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 362 TLW/280 Sqm. Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. Stunning House at Santa Maria For Sale! Selling Price 37.5 Million Baht, 4+2 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 900 Sqm/650 TLW. This is an exceptional home built with the best of materials furnished with only the best. Great Bungalow with wonderful interior décor on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 11.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 170 Sqm/100 TLW. Charming Tropical Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW.
HOUSES FOR RENT
Gorgeous Seaview from Bang Sarey Hills! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 470 Sqm/600 TLW. Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 TLW. Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW. Exclusive Home in Family Friendly Village! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/400 TLW. Resort Living just 50 meters from the Beach in Jomtien! Rental Price 75,000 Baht / Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/25 TLW. Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/600 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family home right on a lake next to Phoenix Golf Club and in the country just minutes from town.
CONDOS FOR SALE
Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm. Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm. Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. Fabulous and Low Priced Apartment at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 19 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 274 Sqm. Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 17.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 177 Sqm.
CONDOS FOR RENT
Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. Stunning Apartment for Rent in Jomtien Beach Area! Rental Price 27,500 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 102 Sqm. Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price 60,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 214 Sqm. Beautiful Apartment with Spacious Living Area! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 340 Sqm.
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House for Sale
Pool Villa For Sale – East Jomtien. Single storey 140 sqm villa in a quiet secluded s m a l l d e ve l o p m e n t o n land plot 280 sqm, stylishly finished and fur nished throughout, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, European kitchen, living room, dining area, covered terrace, sun deck, lagoon style private pool, covered parking, 24/7 security, less than a 5 minute drive to Sukhumvit Road.Sale Price: 4.5m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS169. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com House For Sale – Bang Sarey - Nicely designed new single storey house, Living area 132sqm, Land area 400sqm, one of two side by side, in this popular area of Bang Saray. The properties are built to European standards offering 2 - 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchens with ovens, spacious living room, dining area, patio terrace, car parking and landscaped gardens. Really great value for money and less than 5 minutes to the beautiful beach, shops, restaurants, bars and 20 minutes from Jomtien. Price: 2.95m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS092. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com
House For Sale – East Pattaya - A great value for money single storey house in this established village on Kho Noi offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room with dining area, kitchen, laundry area, covered parking, alarm system. Just 2 minutes from Sukhumvit Road. Price : 1.95m Bt each. Website Ref: HSES098. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com House For Sale – East Pattaya - Located on a spacious corner plot in this popular, quiet and secure village less than 5 minutes from Sukhumvit Road and Central Pattaya, the single storey property is offered living area 150 sqm , land area 390 sqm ,unfurnished with 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury b a t h r o o m s, E u r o p e a n kitchen, living room, dining area, landscaped tropical gardens, communal pool and clubhouse, 24/7 security. An ideal property for those looking for a quiet and secure village yet near to all amenities. .Price: 4.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES096. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com
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C h a r m i n g Tr o p i c a l Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR2799) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 29 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Mabprachan Lake Family Home! Selling Price 11.9 Million Baht and Renting at 90,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 330 Sqm/350 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR2694)
Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxur y Resort Style Residence on 3 Rai ! Selling Price 39 Million Baht and 7 Bedrooms/4+2 Bathrooms, 4 0 0 S q m / 3 R a i . Fo r appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR6004) Amazing Pratamnak Luxur y Estate! Selling Price 60 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 634 Sqm/330 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5946) Oriental Thai House in Jomtien Location! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/155 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5972)
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House for Sale
S t u n n i n g To w n h o m e on Jomtien’s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR6083) Char ming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment
and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR4176) Beautiful Balinese Style Estate Home with large swimming pool! Selling Price 12 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 362 TLW/280 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4802) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052)
Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4854) Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5365) Stunning House at Santa Maria For Sale! Selling Price 37.5 Million Baht, 4+2 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 900 Sqm/650 TLW. This is an exceptional home built with the best of materials furnished with only the best. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5790) Great Home in Town! Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/80 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6394) Tropical Jomtien Villa with Private Swimming Pool: Thai-Bali Style, 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, And 524 Sqm Sale Price: 8,695,000 THB. (Co Name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
J O M T I E N PA L A C E ESTATES- Modern style 6 bedrooms home, 3 bath, and 3 beds upstairs and downstairs. Living Area 280 SQM 10.9 million (Co name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 7.99 mil (co name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email to admin@bobbybrooks. com Nice House 2 Bed 2 Bath for Sale off Soi Khao Talo: 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms, 1 Living Room, Total Size 156 Sqm 1,899,000 THB. (Freehold) Thai Name Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org Pob Choke Garden Hill – Just Built - New House 2 Bed 2 Bath. Located in Bangsaray just off hwy. 331. Sale Price: 1,699, 000 THB (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com Nirvana Pool Villas 1 - 3 Bed 3 Bath House with Private Pool/Fully Fur nished/ Enclosed Garage 364 SQM. Sale Price: 5.99 Million THB co. name (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org Raviporn Village II - Newer 2 Bed 2 Bath House/ fully furnished/corner lot/ owner must sell 1.95 Million Thai name. (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com
House for Rent
(ptmhfr-2112) OCCASION! Beautiful townhouse (South Pattaya), 2 minutes to city or beach, peaceful and green environment, superbly full furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, garage. Must have seen! Contact: 081 862 9710
LIFE’S A BEACH –
AND YOU COULD BE LIVING THIS PRIVILEGED LIFE STYLE TOMORROW
Two spectacular beach side apartments have just come on the market. Situated on Na Jomtien’s sandy quiet beach they both offer a piece of paradise. The Penthouse is a 240 sq/m, 2-storey (4th & 5th floors), 3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 3 toilets with extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Semi furnished. Price: 55,000 Baht/month on yearly contract (other terms can be arranged). Apartment 1 is 140 sq/m, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/showers. Semi furnished. Extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Price: 34,000 Baht/month on 1 year basis (other terms can be arranged). Contact: Tony Trail – Drifters Café and Apartments – Tel: (Thai) 087-7432319 or (Eng) 0816198626. firstname.lastname@example.org www.driftersbeachcafe.com
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House for Rent
House For Rent - Stunning detached single storey property in this exclusive development, just a 5 minutes drive to Jomtien Beach. The property offers 2 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan lounge, living area 120 sqm, land area 240 sqm, covered sun terrace, covered parking, communal pool, gym, restaurant, tennis court, park and childrens play area, key card entry, 24/7 security and just 5 minutes from Tesco and downtown Pattaya. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. Rental Price : 30,000baht per month. Website Ref: HSER026. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com House For Rent – East Pattaya - A two storey townhouse in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit Road. Very spacious, well furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven, car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for this large family home. A minimum rental period of 6 months applies at 17,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Stylishly finished and furnished pool villa, living area 80sqm, land area 240sqm, ideally located just 250m from Jomtien Beach offering 1 bedroom, 1 luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, living room, private pool,
sun terrace, communal pool, restaurant, 24/7 security, 150m to numerous restaurants, shops, bars in Jomtien Night Plaza on Jomtien 2nd Road and taxis. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies at 40,000 Bt. Website Ref: PLVR300. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Pool Villa For Rent – Silk Road - Stylishly finished and furnished throughout, single storey family home in one of Jomtiens most popular and exclusive developments. The property offers 3 ensuite bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms, 350sqm ,land area 520 sqm, European kitchen, living room, dining area, detached self contained guesthouse or maids room, private pool, covered patio, landscaped gardens, double covered garage, communal pool, fitness, kiddies play area, tennis court, CCTV throughout the development, key card entry, 24/7 security, just 1 minute drive to Sukhumvit and less than 5 minutes to the beach and Tesco Lotus. 70,000 Bt for 6 month, 65,000 bt for year contract. Website Ref: PLVR298. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Fantastic Home in Great D e ve l o p e m e n t ! Re n t a l Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2184)
Land for sale 3.2 Rai 49 TLW,
Close to Jomtien 2nd Road
Call: 084 754 4214
Exclusive Home in Family Friendly Village! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601) Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/600 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family home right on a lake next to Phoenix Golf Club and in the country just minutes from town. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5679) Resort Living just 50 meters from the Beach in Jomtien! Rental Price 75,000 Baht / Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/25 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2977) Gorgeous Seaview from Bang Sarey Hills! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 470 Sqm/600 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2424)
Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n t m e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n t m e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0193) Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3982) Beachfr ont Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n t m e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6017)
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J O M T I E N PA L A C E HOME- 3 Bdrm 3 Baths moder n 140 SQM Fully furnished with private Jacuzzi, towels, and linens. 25,000 per month for (1 year lease) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 3 bath 45,000 THB/Month (1 Year Lease) Fully Equipped (Freehold) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email to email@example.com
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View Talay 5 D - A really stylish finish and modern furnishings in this mid floor studio 48 sqm on the Pattaya side of these very popular beachfront buildings with stunning sea views over Koh Larn Island. The studio offers a truly luxurious bathroom, fitted wardrobes, a fully functional European Kitchen with , stylishly furnished living area, large balcony, huge communal pool, CCTV, 24/7 security and a couple of minutes stroll to the beautiful Dongtan Beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. For Sale 2.85m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS587. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from the beach, this high floor unit is superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout with a stunning interior renovation by one Pattayas leading interior designers offering 68sqm 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes and large balcony, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen
with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. A contemporary building, which does set it aside, in a quiet secluded location. This is a ‘must view’ , to fully appreciate this beautiful beachfront location and the extensive interior design..For Sale: 6.9m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS582. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com The Gallery - Very popular new moder n low rise buildings ideally located in Central Jomtien, just 150m from the new Night Plaza and the beach. This high floor sea view studio, 26 sqm has been stylishly and expensively furnished throughout with fitted wardrobe and LCD TV, luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, roof top infinity edge communal pool, sundeck, fitness, key card entry, reception, 24/7 security. For Sale : 2.1m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS128. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Neo Condo - With soft dimmer lighting and a new stylish interior this mid floor studio 37 sqm offers great value for money with European style kitchen, luxurious bathroom, well designed living area, balcony with furniture, communal pool, key card entry and a very short walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. For Sale : 2.7m Bt. Website Ref: CDOS635. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com
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Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 23.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 363 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5414) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier
Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4136) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5786)
Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4990) Gr eat Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co.,
Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4862) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3990) Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4987) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 17.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 177 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3834)
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Jomtien Condotel – Studio 36 sqm Pattaya Sea view mid floor with Beach access (Foreign Name). SALE PRICE: 1,990,000 THB. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org Pa r k L a n e R e s o r t – Reduced 100,000 now 1.59 million++ THB. 1 bedroom 1 bath (Foreign name). Pool and lagoon view please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ bobbybrooks.com Sunset Boulevard Residence I, Corner Unit 1 Bedroom-1 Bathroom, Total Size 52 Sqm (co. name) Sale Price: 2,595,000 THB++ Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com Sunset Boulevard Residence 1, (2) Studio Rooms, Total Size 36 Sqm each. Side by side 5th floor units with sea views Sale Price: 1,795,000 THB. Each++. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org The Gallery Condo for Sale in Jomtien Beach: Studio, Total Size 36 Sqm. SALE PRICE: 2,350,000 THB. (Foreign name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com Jomtien Condotel – 81 sq meter 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom 3.8 million THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org LK Legend Condo - 1 Bed 1 Bath Nicest unit available in Central Pattaya. Total Size 86 Sqm. 5.900.000 T H B ( Fo r e i g n N a m e ) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com View Talay 2B - 10th floor Jomtien Seaview 1 Bedroom 1 Bath 76 (Sqm): 2.890.000 THB. (Thai Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org Park Royal 1 Pratamnak – Brand New 7 th f loor studio fully furnished 31 sqm 1,650,000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com NEO Condominium- 1 Bedroom fully furnished 40 sqm, pool view, walk to Jomtien or Dongtan Beach 2 mins. 1,650,000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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SEA-VIEW APARTMENT. Newly remodeled, fully furnished unit on high floor in Center Condo. Nicely appointed. 15,000 baht per month with minimum threemonth lease. Call 081 493 5454 (English only) between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Park Lane Resort Jomtien 1 bedroom 1 bath 36 sqm. 12,000 per month. (1 year Lease) Fully furnished linens, cooking utensils and are City Side View Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at email@example.com Baan Suan Lalana - A new renovation and stylish furnishing has just been completed by the owner of this very spacious 84 sqm unit in this popular tropical garden style development located just 800m from Jomtien Beach. The unit offers 1 en-suite bedroom with fitted wardrobes, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen with oven and breakfast bar, living room and dining area, huge balcony, large communal pool, fitness, sauna, tennis court, minmart, 24/7 security and just a minutes stroll to numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies at 20,000 Bt. Website Ref: CDOR384. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pattayajomtien-property.com View Talay 5 C - A really stylish finish and modern furnishings in this mid floor studio 48 sqm on the Pattaya side of these very popular beachfront buildings with stunning sea views over Koh Larn Island. The studio offers a truly luxurious bathroom, fitted wardrobes, a fully functional European Kitchen with hob, hood and breakfast bar, stylishly furnished living area, large balcony, huge communal pool, CCTV, 24/7 security and a couple of minutes stroll to the beautiful Dongtan Beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. For Rent 25,000 Bt per month or 20,000 Bt on long term lease. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies. Website Ref: CDOR364. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Thip Condotel - A newly renovated and stylishly furnished 30 sqm studio with European kitchen, luxury bathroom, washing machine, balcony, communal pool, 24/7 security and a minutes walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars, Jomtien Night Plaza, taxis and 150m to the beach. Price : 12,000 Bt per month. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies.. Website Ref: CDOR344. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com
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The Gallery - A very stylish studio 28 sqm,in these new buildings ideally located just 100m from Jomtien Beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars, market and taxis. The unit has a European style kitchen, luxury bathroom, well furnished living area with LCD TV, rooftop infinity edge swimming pool, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security. There is some building work still ongoing nearby, thus the low monthly rent. Minimum of 6 month lease applies. . Website Ref: CDOR309. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: email@example.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com Very Impressive Sea View Apartment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5045) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/ Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084) Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR0737)
North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premier international.com (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apar tment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/ Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premier international.com (PR5423) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premier international.com (PR4570) Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: email@example.com or visit our website at www.premier international.com (PR4187) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Jomtien Beach Area! Rental Price 27,500 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 102 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premier international.com (PR4464)
Established manufacturer and supplier of cleaning solutions and chemicals are looking for an exclusive distributor/franchisee within Pattaya for their complete product range. A solid sales base has already been built up within area with a turnover in excess of THB 3 million. Interested parties must be motivated to grow sales.
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Centara Hotel & Resorts. Will be opening its fourth property in Pattaya, the five-star Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, located at Phratamnak Hill on the East side of the city. Now we are seeking candidated for many position; - Food & Beverage Department (Restaurant Manager, Server, Bartender, Supervisor, Chefs, Commis...) - Front Office Department (Reservation Manager, Night Manager, Front Desk Super visor,
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The company manufactures and supplies cleaning materials to the commercial market – hotels, restaurants, guesthouses and numerous other businesses under a brand name. The hard work has been done in setting up the business and establishing a good customer base. Last year the business turnover was in excess of THB 5 million. The owner has to reluctantly sell due to personal reasons, however is willing to stay on for period of time to oversee the transfer of the business to a new owner.
Franchise For Sale THB 2 million
Modern Designed Beachfront Apar tment! Rental Price 60,000 Baht/ Month, 2+1 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 214 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.premier international.com (PR5166) Beautiful Apartment with Spacious Living Area! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 340 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5491)
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Front Desk Clerk, Bell Man...) - Housekeeping Depar tment (Assistant Executive Housekeeper, Floor / Public Area Supervisor, Room / Public Area Attendant, Order Taker...) - Finance & Accounting Department (Financial Controller, Chief Accountant, Purchasing Manager, Cost Controller, AR/AP Supervisor, Night Auditor...) - Spa & Sports Recreation Department (Spa Manager, Therapist, Spa Recptionist, Fitness Supervisor, Pool Attendant...) - Engineering Department (Technicians). If you are an energetic, organised and result-driven team player who is looking for challenge at the highest level of standards, send your resume or walk-in interview: Human Resources Department Pre-opening Office Phratamnak Soi 5, Nong Prue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150 Mb: 081861 4505, T: 038-306 337 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Graphic, Junior Accountant at True North, Production Manager at URS’s behalf. Requirements: Secondary 6/Vocational - Salary based on ability - Full-time; Sr. Account Representative John. - No age limit. Requirements: Bachelor Degree- Salary based on ability - Full-timeThe experience will be an advantage. Call: K. Nid 082 478 6444, email: nidjarin@ silvermover.com Assistant to Condominium Manager Wanted.We are looking for a female who is interested in working with property management.Job description: customer service to the condo community residents, proper ty inspections of the common areas, building’s accounting and more.Requirements: Good written and spoken English, independent, well organize, good computer and accountant skills. Experience is a plus.Salary according to skills. CV with photo to email@example.com Urgent! Experienced Wa i t r e s s Wa n t e d f o r International restaurant. Must speak English. Good salary + tips. Call 091 240 4331.
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(ptmvs-j1712)Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6G Auto Gold, new car warranty until Jan.2013. 24,000 klm, local driving only, as new condition, lots of extras. 620,000 baht. Will not last be quick! Phone: English: 0811 709562; Thai: 0870 512057. (ptmvs-a1612)Honda CRV 2.0 Automatic Future Classic Blue Metallic 2001, Perfect Condition, power windows, ABS, Airbags Aloy wheels. Radio/CD. Central Alarm System and Locking. Farang owner from new, maintained by Honda dealer, 210,000km new engine by 180,000km. All bills available 365,000 baht only. Call 089 015 4072 or 089 030 8891 Email: schovol@ gmail.com Nissan March, 1.2 E CVT 2012. Automatic, silver, electric windows, central locking, CD player, 16,000 kms, with service book and A1 insurance. As new 420,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539. Honda Jazz Top Of The Line. Silver gray, 2009 year model. Only 21,000 kms. Expat sell for 440,000 Baht, new 700,000. Ser ved by Honda. Call 087 108 0995
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Should Thaksin be allowed home? Pattaya Today asked a number of Pattaya residents and expats whether ex premier Thaksin should have his land-scam conviction quashed and his 46 billion baht restored to him. Here is a selection of the replies.
motivated. They waited until the coup had occurred before chancing their arm. (Philip Marshall)
Political risks rising
Maybe the way out of the problem is to cancel his conviction but retain the cash in the coffers. (LH)
Thaksin was convicted in a political court which denied the accused any appeal mechanism. This cannot be right. He should be allowed back a free man. (Ken Brookfield)
Personally I doubt whether Thaksin will return, even if absolved. He knows the country would face a real crisis. (Franco)
An ABAC poll late last month illustrated that the conflict between the Pheu Thai-led government and its opponents is becoming more serious. Street clashes between opposing political colours, disputes between the constitutional court and the elected government over the “turf” they can control, and even the possibility of a military coup are all of deep concern to the electorate. Recently an anti-Thaksin Facebook campaign which uses the image of a Guy Fawkes mask – the guy who tried to blow up the English parliament over 400 years ago and was executed for his trouble – went viral. “The people’s army has risen and will root out the Thaksin regime from the country,” bluntly stated one of the messages. Naturally the government was not best-pleased and threatened legal action using the draconian powers of the computer crime law. The Facebook onslaught comes shortly after the hacking and defacing of the website of the office of the prime minister. Asked about the Facebook claim that the government is a parliamentary dictatorship disguised as a democracy, a Pheu Thai spokesman said the online campaign was “psychologically disturbed”. There is no doubt that the political climate is heating up, the central issue being the possible decriminalization of former Prime Minister Thaksin and the return of his confiscated 46 billion baht. Many commentators argue that the opposition to Thaksin is weaker than in the heady days of 2008 when the yellow shirts occupied the international airport but have since become disunited. Some say the yellow movement is apathetic, quoting the fact that it backed away from supporting any major party in the 2011 general election. On the other hand, there was a larger-than-expected demonstration by an anti-Thaksin group several months ago which produced a turn-out of 20,000 protestors in Bangkok even though it was abruptly called off by the organizers after several hours to avoid a potential loss of life. If the political temperature continues to climb, there is no telling how many anti-government protestors may take to the streets. A coup remains unlikely but cannot entirely be ruled out. It was thought in 1992 that the age of coups was over, but there was another 14 years later. Although a coup these days would not be entertained without serious civil disorder because it would likely be resisted, the fact that opposition is on the rise is something the government should not ignore. The Facebook campaign is merely the latest portent. True, it’s possible to exaggerate the danger of a putsch occurring. After all, Guy Fawkes was a failure and is remembered mostly as an excuse for an annual fireworks celebration in UK rather than as a libertarian which he certainly was not. Those who believe that recent activity against the government is reminiscent of the Arab Spring revolts are surely wrong in placing contemporary Thailand in the same political mould. The biggest danger to political stability in Thailand is not doubtful historical analogies but a failure to realize that the country today is still badly split. National reconciliation is a worthy aim but an impossible dream at the present time. One has only to look at the numerous examples of politically-inspired litigation before the courts to see that politicians are more interested in revenge than in healing the national divide. Meanwhile domestic inflation is on the rise, the single biggest public concern according to some polls. The ruling coalition, led by Pheu Thai, has a commanding majority in the House. But democracy means much more than ramming through controversial legislation come-what-may. There are too many warning signs out there to risk ignoring all the possible consequences of charging ahead and hoping for the best.
Democratic leader Abhisit says he will face any legal music against him. Thaksin will not. That’s the difference and that’s why I oppose amnesty for him. (GK) The government of the day has every right to change the constitution or bring in new laws. That is their duty. (Chris Mayhew) There was a coup in 2006 because of corruption, but it’s now worse than before. (SD) The verdict against Thaksin was politically
My solution would be to let Thaksin return home but insist on a retrial. (Cindy) Whatever they say, Thaksin listened to the poor and still does. That’s why he was convicted by the old elite. (Ken Garner) Thaksin was rich before he became prime minister. I think the 46 billion is a red-herring. (HF) He was duly convicted by a properly constituted court. Overturning the rule of law is not the answer. (Lionel)
directly with the Labour Department or Immigration. Show them a letter setting out the starting date, duties and salary of the estate agency work. Work permit and 90 days Q: I have a work permit and have been in Thailand for seven months. I Mr. Chang @ VISA SERVICE IN PATTAYA Sponsored by E-MAIL: email@example.com forgot to make my 90-days report several 183/27 M.10 Soi 13/2 Nongpure, Banglamung Chonburi 20150 months ago, but somebody told me you Mobile: 66 81 7549342 don’t need to do this if you are working Tel: 66 38 711 145 www.visacentergroup.com www.visa2britain.com Fax: 66 38 710 163 officially in the kingdom. Is this true and, if not, what should I do now? A: Work permit holders are not an exempt category so Consulate volunteer Q: I have been asked to do a little work for my you should have made the report. Turn up at your local embassy, requiring me to visit a prison twice a month, Immigration Office and apologize. Chances are you will but I am concerned that this is technically illegal as I be fined 2,000 baht but, if you are really lucky, it might don’t have a work permit. Also I shall be receiving travel be just a slap on the wrist. expenses so do I have any reason to be concerned? A: No problem. The Employment of Foreigners Act Working as police volunteer Q: I have a lot of time on my hands and want to 2008 specifically excludes from the work permit regulations anyone working for, or on behalf of, a foreign embassy offer my services as a foreigner in the Thai police force. or consulate. Even if you were being paid a salary, this As there is no payment involved, I assume I don’t need a work permit? My friend says the police are exempt. would still be true. A: Interesting question. The 2008 act is a catch-all definition and defines work as muscular or mental activity, Post work permit period Q: My work permit expires in a few weeks and I whether paid or not. Therefore, voluntary police work understand my non-immigrant “B” visa will come to is not excluded from the law as it stands. In practice, an end at the same time. How much longer can I stay however, it is exempted and no cases have ever been brought – after all you are assisting the state authorities in Thailand before I must leave the country? A: How long is a piece of string? Typically you can as are court translators and other jobs we can think of. If apply for a one week’s extension for a fee of 1,900 baht somebody did complain to the police officially, it is unlikely (but remember you go into overstay starting the day after that anything much would happen. the work permit stops). However, if you are old enough and otherwise qualify, you may be able to transfer to a one- Work permit period Q: What is the maximum length of time a work year retirement visa. Check with your local Immigration permit in Thailand is valid for? Office. A: We are told that in the 1970s some lifetime work permits were given out by the then post-coup military Teacher with two jobs Q: I am a teacher with a work permit and I have the junta. However, those days are long gone. Most work time to do extra work. I have been offered a sales job permits are valid for one year but some are valid for two with a local property company. My question is whether years. Those longer than a year often relate to the Board of Investment. There is a non-immigrant “B” visa issued I need a separate work permit for the second job. A: Well, the blue work permit book has space for a in some Thai embassies for three years, but it is decidedly second employer. In theory the answer to your question not a work permit, rather, it is a facility for business people is yes. However, we suggest that you raise the matter who come and go often.
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Local Sports Local and International Motorsports Report Resnt Race Results Updates
Formula 1: Monaco Grand Prix: made history as Rosberg repeats on the streets Nico Rosberg kept a calm head to survive a fraught Monaco Grand Prix and follow in his father's footsteps as a winner of F1's blue ribbon event. This happened 30 years ago at the same event when his father Keki Rosberg won the Monaco GP - 26 May 2013 Canadian GP: Vettel was in crushing form from the minute he leapt away at the start of the race there was barely a second when Sebastian Vettel's complete domination in Canada was remotely in doubt, Alonso was second and Hamilton third. - June 9, 2013 OTHER SAD NEWS FROM THE CANADIAN GP: A Marshall at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal was killed when he was run over by a mobile crane during the closing stages of the race. We here a BBR send our condolences to the family. INDYCAR: Indy 500: Tony Kanaan makes it to victory lane - at last! Popular veteran racer Tony Kanaan finally made it onto victory lane in Indianapolis, after an impressive run in the Indy 500 that rarely saw him far away from the front. Kanaans payday officially from the race was $2.3 million, however with bonuses, sponsor incentives, the unofficial amount was nearly a whopping $4.5 Million one of the highest paid racing events in history - 26 May 2013 Texas Motor Speedway: Castroneves shines as the lone star in Texas Penske's Helio Castroneves led for 132 consecutive laps to score a crushing victory over his rivals at one of his most successful circuits - 09 June 2013 NASCAR: All-Star Race Jimmie Johnson collects fourth All Star win - and is a million dollars richer after winning the 2013 All-Star event for the fourth time in his career, setting a new record in the process. 19 May 2013 Pocono Raceway: Jimmie Johnson won the 'Party in the Poconos 400' NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the unique Pocono tri-oval on Sunday afternoon, by over a second from Greg Biffle. June 9, 2013 RUMORS WITH ANSWERS: F1 teams with engine swaps for 2014-2015 McLaren from Mercedes™ back to HONDA™ - True and confirmed starting in 2015 with the new 1.6 liter V-6 engine turbo charged rules that start in 2014. Williams from Renault ™ to Mercedes™ - True and confirmed for 2014 season and beyond, Team will build their own transmissions, however
2013 FI World Calendar (May-June)
06 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2013 (Monte Carlo) 23 - 26 May 07 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2013 (Montréal) 07 - 09 Jun 08 2013 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX (Silverstone) 28 - 30 Jun www.formula1.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (May-June)
Date Day Race Site Location TV Race 6/2/13 Sun Dover International Speedway FOX 6/9/13 Sun Pocono Raceway TNT 6/16/13 Sun Michigan International Speedway TNT 6/23/13 Sun Sonoma TNT 6/29/13 Sat Kentucky Speedway TNT www.nascar.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia
Start ET 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
2013 MotoGP Grand Prix (May-June) Circuit de Catalunya TT Assen
Top 3 F1 Drivers' Championship 2013 after round 7 of 19
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari-Ferrari 3 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
132 96 88
1 Helio Castroneves 2 Marco Andretti 3 Ryan Hunter-Reay
259 237 232
Top 3 IndyCar Drivers' Championship after round 8 of 19
Top 3 NASCAR Drivers' Championship after round 13 of 36
1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 473 2 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing 443 3 Clint Bowyer M ichael Waltrip Racing 423 Top 3 MotoGP Drivers’ Championship after round 4 of 19 1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 83 2 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 77 3 Jorge Lorenzo Factory Yamaha Racing 66
**Local Thailand Motorsports Schedules 2013**
The new era of Thai motorsports has started the drivers, teams, support personnel and racing cars have made their way back from Sepang; the Malaysian track played host to the first ever round of Thailand Super Series. The second round which is set to take place on much more familiar turf at the long-time ‘Home' of Thai motorsports, Bira Circuit, on July 13-14th 2013. Full results from the Sepang event of all classes are online at www. thailandsuperseries.net
Thailand Super Series Schedule (TSS) 2013 July 13-14 Pattaya’s Bira Circuit October 5-6 Pattaya’s Bira Circuit December 13-15 Bang Saen Street Circuit, Chonburi
Nitto 3K Racing Series Schedule 2013 Kaeng Krachan Circuit 5-7 July Pattaya’s Bira Circuit 6-8 September Bonanza Speedway 1-3 November Pattaya’s Bira Circuit 6-8 December
Pro Series Schedule 2013
June 29-30 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit July 27-28 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit September 28-29 - Kaeng Krachan Circuit October 26-27, 2013 - Kaeng Krachan Circuit
OMP Challenge Series Schedule 2013 June 16 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit November 17 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit December 22 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit
by Derek Brook
Khao Kheow (Stableford) The question when we got back was ’Did it rain?’ and the answer was yes it absolutely poured it down, and we got soaked. You tend to forget that it does chuck it down here at times after months of hot weather, and you hope it will not be you, but we suspected it might be when we booked in and were told that there were no carts allowed off the path as it had rained for days on end at the course. However, we are always optimistic. So after booking in, off we went on the test for the day, the A & C nines. I suspected that was what we would play as the B nine is dug up. There is, however, a lot of progress and B9 looks close to completion. Back to the golf and the A nine was soaked but we splashed on, but it soon became obvious that the storm clouds were gathering. As we started A6 it started to rain and we had to make a dash for the rest stop, which was packed. It rained really hard for quite a while, but as soon as we were able we were able we got underway. The course by this time was soaked, but we had played the green fee so we battled on. It soon got hot and humid and underfoot was a bit, well a lot, sloshy, but we did not have to rush as we found ourselves behind a few five balls. Still the course was playable and the greens not too
bad, and as it was lift clean and place, we could at least play with a clean ball!! It was a long round, and we finished wet. A few were a bit upset at the slow pace, still, a great day out. So into the changing rooms and a good shower put us right for a bite to eat in the restaurant. The food is pretty good here and the view is fine. Then into cars and back to Bert’s for the presentation. In the A flight, 0 to 19, the winner was Max Scott with 38 points ahead of Derek Brook in second with 37 points. In third was Brian Parish with 36 points. In the B flight we saw the difference a difficult day on the course can have and how it can affect the results. The scores in the B flight were not as good but you only have to beat the rest to win. The winner of the B flight was Daryl Evans with 32 points on countback over Geoff Bracegirdle. In third was Mick Coglan with 30 points ahead of Max Bracegirdle and Paul Alford. Of course a day on the golf course deserves to be rounded of with a few ‘cold ones’, so we did. Near Pin Paul Sharples Max Scott Mashi Brian Parish 0792 Flight Winners Treasure Hill (Stableford) A small group gathered to go to the course. This being low season I am never
surprised how many turn up; it ranges from overfull when players wake up, to a few when they stop in bed! One of the good things about a relatively small group is that it is easy for the organiser to run things. Also there seems to be a lighter atmosphere; give me 3 or 4 groups anytime to 6 or 7 groups. We arrived to find that the course was not packed out. So a quick change and onto the first tee. The course is in good condition and has had a lot of work done on it over the last few months. Several trees are where they did not use to be and make a difficult course much harder. However the greens were not particularly fast on the day. Round over. After a shower, it was into the restaurant. A reasonable restaurant without reaching the heights of most places, it still produces good food at a good price. Then it was back to Bert’s. With a lesser number, we were soon into the presentation and realised the course had won. The winner with 35 points was Brian Parish ahead of Henry O’Brien in second with 32 points. Mark West was third with 31 points on countback over John Harrison. Then, as is usualm we sat and had a few. T.T.F.N. Near Pin Mashi Mark West Dick Warberg Mike O’Brien.
Bunker Boys at the Ranch by Geoff Parker
2013 Indy Car Schedule (May-June)
J une 8 Firestone 550  Fort Worth, Texas June 15 Milwaukee IndyFest  West Allis, Wisconsin June 22 Iowa Corn Indy 250  Newton, Iowa www.indycar.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia
2 June Italy Mugello 16 June Catalunya 29 June Netherlands** www.motogp.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia
PSC golf from Tropical Bert's
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Phoenix G.C. (Mountain & Lakes courses) Medal Dark clouds were gathering as we left Pattaya on the short drive to the Phoenix course, but fortunately we appeared to have chosen the right direction as the clouds were heading the opposite way, and we arrived at the course in bright sunshine. Thunder could be heard in the distance during the round, but no rain came our way and conditions remained pleasant throughout the day. There’s a lot of cosmetic work being done around the course before the new owners take over in August, but the fairways and greens are generally in good condition. The only complaint was that the greens on the recently reopened Lakes nine had not completely recovered from recent coring and were considerably slower than those on the Mountain nine. Barry (never accused of being “Mr. Consistency”) Murnin had one of his more spectacular rounds, with four birdies and two nines on his card, but still came home the winner with a nett 69, four shots clear of second place Reg Smart. Results : 1st Barry Murnin (hcp. 13) nett 69 2nd Reg Smart (hcp. 28) nett 73 3rd Lee Butler (hcp. 17) nett 74 Near pins: Geoff Parker, John Graham and Barry Murnin (2). Khaow Kheow G.C. (A and C courses) Stableford It wasn’t a day for the fainthearted as grey skies and persistent rain hung over Pattaya in the morning, and predictably a number of fair weather regulars failed to show up at The Ranch. However there’s always a small group of determined golfers who will set off in any weather in the knowledge that here in Thailand conditions can be totally different just a
few kilometers away. As we drove up Route 7 optimism began to fade when we passed though a heavy shower, but once again the golfing gods were smiling on us, and we arrived at Khaow Kheow to find the course dry and the car park almost empty. We set off with no other golfers in sight in almost perfect conditions (definitely the coolest day of the year so far) and the course and greens were in great shape. Geoff Parker and Barry Murnin had a tough battle all day, with Geoff fighting off a late rally from Barry over the closing holes to hang on to the winner’s place. There wasn’t a drop of rain all day. After the round all the golfers who turned up agreed it had been a great day’s golf on a great course, and well worth taking the risk of setting off in miserable conditions. Results: 1st Geoff Parker (hcp. 15) 33 points 2nd Barry Murnin (hcp. 13) 30 points No near pins competition due to the small field. Crystal Bay G.C. (B and C courses) Stableford A delayed start as we were forced to wait 30 minutes before teeing off behind another local society. As expected, it turned out to be a long day playing behind a large group, and most players were relieved to eventually get back to the clubhouse after a round which took the best part of five hours. The course was generally in good shape and the weather was fine, so it was reasonable to expect that someone would shoot a high score, but in the event the scoring was very tight. Barry Murnin, Geoff Parker and Tony Robbins were all playing in the same group and had a dingdong battle all day, eventually arriving on the 18th tee with all three players level on 35 points. Standing on the green, each player had a putt for par
but Tony and Geoff both cracked under pressure, Tony managing to three-putt from 15 feet, and Geoff missing a threefoot putt for par! Barry Murnin also failed to make par but still took the honours, winning on the count-back ahead of Geoff. Following the presentation back at The Ranch there was much discussion over Barry’s newly-found good form, which he attributes to slowing down his swing, the purchase of a new driver, and chipping tips from Bernhard Langer on the Golf Channel! Barry was generous enough to keep the beer flowing as the discussion became more animated. Yours truly is heading out to buy a new driver this weekend in order to try and end the American dominance - but I think I’ll give the Golf Channel tips a miss ! Results: 1st Barry Murnin (hcp. 13) 37 points 2nd Geoff Parker (hcp. 15) 37 points 3rd Tony Robbins (hcp. 14) 36 points Only three near pins were hit, all claimed by Barry Murnin, who narrowly missed out on the chance of becoming only the third player in Bunker Boy’s history to claim all four near pins in a single round. The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya Third Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar). We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you enjoy a fun day out and a friendly but competitive golf competition, why not come and join us? We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome. Contact Buff on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries. You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website http://www.bunkersociety.com.
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Tips & Advice
If you’re getting ready to do some painting around the house but find that your paint brushes have hardened, don’t despair. Simply simmer the brushes in full-strength white vinegar. When the caked paint softens, comb through the bristles using a wire brush to remove the grunge. After cleaning your paint brushes, a few drops of oil worked into the bristles will leave the brush soft and ready to use.
Irregular Flow The water flow from my shower has been uneven for a few months, Andy, and seems to be getting worse. In fact, it no longer has as much force as it used to. I’ve also noticed a similar problem with the water coming out of the bathroom sink. Any idea what it is or what to do about it? Larry Sure, Larry. Rust from water pipes, dirt and sand, lime and calcium--all build up in your showerhead and faucets which can reduce pressure, clog the strains, and generally make water flow slow and uneven. To fix that, unscrew the heads on the shower and faucet, and then soak them for a few hours in a decalcifier or in clear vinegar. Finally, scrub them thoroughly with a toothbrush and reattach. Foam It Out Dear Andy, I have a seldomused utility sink that for some reason has a mildew smell coming out of it. How can I get rid of it? Molly
Pour a few tablespoons of baking soda into the drain, Molly, and then top it off with half a cup of hot white vinegar. The mixture will foam, cleaning the drain and removing the mildew odor. If you use the sink more often it might help avoid the odor. Noisy Floor In one of your columns a while ago, Andy, you provided some advice to a reader who complained about his bamboo floor making squeaking noises whenever anyone walked on it. I don’t recall what you said, but I don’t have the same problem anyway. I have a plain wood floor which makes creaking sounds when people walk on it. Is there an easy and cheap way to eliminate—or at least reduce—the annoying creaks? William There is one fast, easy and very inexpensive method that may (or may not) work to make your wood floor more quiet, William. Try sprinkling baby powder on the wood floor and let the talcum work its way in between the strips of wood flooring. As the powder
fills the cracks, it tends to buffer noises that would otherwise be created by the wood planks rubbing against one another.
clean and sharpen themselves as they grind away at the hard grains. (Remove the rice before grinding your next batch of coffee beans.)
Copper Condiment In our travels around Thailand and elsewhere in SE Asia, my wife and I have picked up a number of copper wall hangings and other old, decorative pieces made of copper. Can you advise us on how to restore some luster to these copper relics, preferably without resorting to harmful commercial cleaning products? Luigi
Silicone Bust Is there a solvent that removes clear silicone from glass, Andy? I have tried oil, detergent, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol—and it’s all a bust. Mike
Reach for the catsup, Luigi, (or the “ketchup,” if you’re from that part of the world) and use it amply on your copper collection. Rub each piece thoroughly with the red sauce, and let stand for five minutes or so. Then, using hot water, rinse off the catsup and dry each piece to an incredible shine. Beans and Rice As a coffee lover, I like to buy whole coffee beans and grind them as needed each day to ensure maximum freshness and flavor. But now, after about five years, my coffee grinder is discolored and it seems that the blades are not as sharp as they once were. Can I get new blades somewhere, Andy, or must I buy a new coffee bean grinder? Carl As a fellow coffee lover, Carl, I grind my own beans as well, so I am prepared to deliver good news to you. You need not buy new blades or a new grinder. Just do what I do: Every so often I put a cup of uncooked white rice in my coffee grinder and let the blades
A new single-edge razor blade should take the silicone right off, Mike. I just built some shower doors and used clear silicone to seal them. I used a razor blade to clean them, worked great. Low-Tech Solution My wife keeps complaining about the unsightly cables, wires and electrical cords hanging from my computer and snaking around the floor. A friend recalls that you once provided an easy solution to the problem, but he could not recall what it was. Can you help? Steve People without computers also experience the same problem, Steve, to the extent that appliances and entertainment systems have given rise to a pronounced number of cords, cables, etc. Even if you can hide the unsightly connections, it still is a good idea to consolidate each group to keep them from being disconnected and to make it more convenient for you to deal with them when necessary. To that end, collect short lengths of vacuum tubing and or the inner rolls from toilet paper and paper towels. Run your cables and cords through the tubes to keep the wire maze neat. You can even label each tube to identify what the cords are
chocolate on his pillow and buying very sexy nightclothes. But there has been no response. Norman (that’s his name) says he loves me and, to be fair, he does pay for a fish and chip supper every alternate Friday. But I am a human being with needs and urges that he seems to be completely Goodbye to all that result I have taken up residence in a hotel oblivious about. I suggested we go and see a As a retired expat, I married this Thai and left a note in the house to the effect that marriage guidance counselor and he agreed, lady but everything was dreadful from day if she doesn’t change her habits I shall return but the office was closed owing to sickness one. The honeymoon cost me a fortune in a to Salford in UK. Do you think she will when we arrived. I am absolutely at my wit’s five star hotel in Singapore which was a total contact me? I will be lonely in Salford and end but a divorce is out of the question as waste of time as my new wife spent most of my money has run out. we are both very religious. Can you help in Forlorn Frank her time on the phone and did not appear any way whatsoever? for two nights. She said later she got lost Miserable Mary Agony Ivy writes: Nope. After the in the Indian quarter which is ridiculous as the hotel was just round the corner. I well has run dry your value as a person has Agony Ivy writes: I see from the Facebook soon learned that she has very extravagant disappeared down the drain along with your photograph you enclosed of you both that habits with a shoe collection to rival Imelda investment. Incidentally hoof rot is only found you are wearing clothes two sizes too small. Marcos. in animals with too rich a diet, rather like gout Whether your weight gain has anything to Then there were many emergencies in in humans. They must have money to burn up do with your husband’s loss of interest I don’t the northern province where she came from. there in that farm you bought. Look on the know. However, he looks a total wimp in any First several of the buffalos caught hoof rot, bright side. Salford has a beautiful cathedral. case. I am sending you by plain post a copy then the pigs refused to eat and the medical of my leaflet on marriages which have ceased bills were enormous. Her grandmother Dear Agony Ivy, sexual activity and I hope it is of some use to broke her leg in three places whilst trying to Disinterested husband you. It’s entitled 20 Ways To Liven Up Your For the past five years my husband Sex Life Without A Partner. Please note that milk a cow and her grandfather was injured when he tried to stop a thief from stealing the has not had sexual intercourse with me. the DVD mentioned on page 8 is currently second-hand tractor I had just bought. As a I have tried begging him for it, putting a unavailable following a police investigation.
Frank, Forthright & Frigid
connected to. Do this behind your TV or entertainment console. Full Steam Ahead Hi, Andy. I've got black mold in the nooks and crannies around the bottoms of my shower doors, both inside and out. These are places that I just can’t get to with a brush or even a sponge. What's the best way to clean this stuff out knowing that elbow grease and a good stiff brush are not options? Martha Hand-held steamers have become popular cleaning gadgets for small but tough cleaning jobs in the bathroom and kitchen, Martha. One would be ideal for cleaning shower door tracks, tile and grout, around tub jets and fixtures. Tracks, nooks, and crannies can be cleaned with an old toothbrush. Make sure drain holes in the tracks are not clogged. Pour water into track to flush. Pouring water from one of those little plastic houseplant watering cans would be helpful for keeping water in the track when rinsing. Never use cleaners containing abrasive cleansers, ammonia, bleach, acids, waxes, alcohol or solvents for cleaning the metal on shower doors as such emulsions may damage the finish. Do not let cleaners sit or soak on metal surfaces. To avoid soap deposits or lime buildup in hard water areas, make a point to wipe the door dry after each use. Keep shower doors ajar and enclosures open so that air can circulate to reduce mildew growth. Closing Line I didn't like my beard at first… Then it grew on me. --Handy Andy
Dear Agony Ivy, Duty free after death My husband recently died in Pattaya and I am here to take the body back to Europe for burial being paid for by his brother. Frankly, there was no love lost between my husband and me. He constantly lied over the years and said he was visiting Paisley to see friends when in reality it was Pattaya. Finally, he admitted where he was going but then claimed he was learning to play tennis which is ridiculous as he had very bad arthritis and only one arm. I am getting on very well with the details and the embassy has been very helpful in arranging a flight with the coffin on board. However, I have one question: Various relatives have asked me to bring back a bottle of whisky and 200 cigarettes. Do you think it would be OK if I placed extra items in the coffin so that he gets his proper duty-free allowance? Inquisitive Iris Agony Ivy writes: Not really, but if you really must do this bizarre thing, then put the items in a brown paper bag on top of the coffin. If the coffin is inspected, simply remove the bag and explain it is your lunch as you hate airline food.
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Youth Focus Competition in primary physical education by Amy Chapman It has been proposed that the new English curriculum for primary schools will prescribe that primary aged children should be involved in more competitive sport. This has fed a mass of debates across primary school teachers delivering P.E all over the world. The stimulus for this change has reportedly come from the 2012 Olympics. One of the slogans was ‘Inspire a Generation’. David Cameron said he wanted to end an "all must have prizes" culture and push pupils to think about beating their personal bests. It has also been suggested that as teachers it is our duty to educate and prepare children for the competitive life they will endure. Arguments towards competitive sports at such a young age suggest that the power of a team, pushing yourself, and learning that life involves losing sometimes as well as winning are all valuable skills for any child’s future. In 2009-10, the Department of Education collected data relating to the percentage of pupils involved in regular competitive sport, within and between schools; they found the following statistics:
a drive towards competitive sport in primary schools is a positive path for the new national curriculum, however, valid worries have arisen about increasing the disconnection of those pupils who are already disengaged with P.E., forcing them to compete competitively in an area of education which they already feel under confident. We have all known those children within our school life that have dreaded physical education lessons and found days such as sports days or inter-school competitions to be mortifying, however, most have also had experiences in their lives where they have had to compete to obtain the things they desire: higher education, university, jobs, etc. Generally, most things in life that we desire for ourselves and for our children are things that in a variety of ways involve the possibility of losing. Taking both of these points into consideration, it is essential that competition in school sports be innovative and inclusive of pupils who are not as attracted by the physical aspects of sport but enjoy the
Regular intra-school sport Of pupils in years 3-13 taking part in regular competitive sport 39%
Regular inter-school sport 21%
DfE, PE and Sport Survey 2009/10, September 2010
The general consensus seems to agree that
cognitive aspects such as tactics, strategies and
problem solving. Competitive team-building activities, outdoor and adventurous activities, and individual personal competitions can be utilised to ensure that schools are trying to offer competitive opportunities within physical education to the majority of the school’s population. Implementing more competitive sports in Pattaya primary schools could have various positive outcomes for all schools involved. The school links could be greatly reinforced, encouraging the utilization of specialized sports knowledge, sports facilities and equipment, and encouraging the pupils within the schools to socialize with those outside
their own school communities. This could lead to further benefits across the curriculum. Each international school within the Pattaya area has its own set of specialties, and sharing these amongst each other is a great way to prepare the children for the various competitions life will inevitably throw at them.
Dr Tasker, GIS principal, then gave each student a special IB medal and video so they could remember their time at GIS. The IB programme at GIS continues to go from strength to strength - next year
GIS is set to welcome our biggest ever IB intake! GIS is based in Ban Chang, near Pattaya. For more on Garden's IB programme, visit www.gardenrayong.com/international_baccalaureate.html
IB Graduation Dinner by Mark Beales
Garden International School held its biggestever IB Graduation Evening at the Holiday Inn, Pattaya. Nineteen students finished their examinations as part of GIS’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the world's premier pre-university course of study.
Once the students' last examination was over, they headed to the Holiday Inn to celebrate. The evening highlighted some of the talent and friendships that exist at GIS. Several students took to the stage to demonstrate their outstanding musical skills while parents enjoyed their meals.
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Our Community Urban Property helps orphans Urban Property Co., Ltd. donated food and needed supplies to the Pattaya Orphanage and treated the children to lunch and ice cream. On hand for the generous occasion was Sompop Vanichsenee, managing director of Urban Property, and his staff.
Pattaya Sports Club meets Kate’s Project Trust by William Macey Nongprue covers a much larger area than Pattaya with many more residential areas and, as a consequence, has more families living in very poor conditions with very little to call their own. In 2006 Kate’s Project was founded. The aim of the trust is to assist the poorest families with particular attention to helping children receive an education which includes providing uniforms, books and transport. Although there is help from the government in this respect, it is nowhere near sufficient, and a substantial contribution must be made, by the family, for every child. There are other areas of concern. Living in shacks made of any material that is lying around, the families live a very basic existence; living conditions are very challenging to say the least. With no air conditioning, the temperature in the huts soars to well over 40 degrees, and having to cope with tropical storms and no running water, these families, particularly the children, face many difficulties. Clean drinking water is taken for granted by almost everyone in the developed world, but this is not always possible for these families without a mains water supply. Water is delivered on a regular basis, but each truck-load accounts for 250 baht of their hard-earned money. Noi of Kate’s Project contacted Pattaya Sports Club for help. We responded immediately and visited some of the 45 families under Noi’s care, highlighting the areas where we can be of assistance. To help purify the water, we supplied simple water filters to many of the families so they may, at least, be able to use clean drinking water for their everyday cooking and drinking needs. We were also introduced to a family that had been evicted from their home and were fortunate enough to have access to a small
area next to a family member, but with no walls or facilities. Open planned toilets and just a pot on which to cook needed looking at as did protection against flooding. Supplies were purchased and a home evolved as did a more private toilet facility. It was a pleasure to meet Noi and to experience the amount of effort she puts into helping these families, but she herself needs help either financially or to be able to distribute clothing where most needed. If you feel you can help, please contact William on 0861522754 or Pattaya Sports Club on 038361167
Chang-Everton Football Academy
by Derek Franklin
More than 500 boys and girls converge on the ThaiBev Football Academy in Bangkok for free soccer coaching sessions each weekend. The youngsters--of all ages and from all sectors of Bangkok society--are coached by the experienced staff of the ThaiBev, owners of Beer Chang. The brewing company sponsors the UK Premiership team Everton FC and several Thai Premier League teams. The free training sessions have been available to kids for the past nine years, during which time more than 20,000 have registered for the program. Several have gone on to play professionally in the Thai Premier League. The founding of the academy, also known as the ChangEverton Football Academy, was one of the obligations of the Everton FC sponsorship deal with Chang Beer. Each year Everton FC send officials and coaching staff to the academy. Local coaches have worked with the Everton FC staff to incorporate the best and most up to date training techniques. Boys from the poorest slum areas of Bangkok arrive on foot to play alongside those who are delivered in the latest model Mercedes. But once on the pitch there are no social divides, everyone is expected to work hard, listen to the coaches, and play as a team. Players are expected to be on time, be serious about taking part, show respect to the coaches and also do well in their studies.
The soccer team from the Father Ray Children’s Home was recently invited to take part in a training session. Leaving Pattaya before the sun came up, it took a while to find the academy, but once there the boys were impressed with the facility, which includes several full-size soccer pitches. After several hours of non-stop coaching the boys were exhausted, but happy in the knowledge they had gained new skills which they will put to good use the next time they have a competitive match. Everton FC said that they would like to be the first English Premiership team to have a professional Thai player. Who knows, that first player may just come from the Father Ray Children’s Home. More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You & Your Pets Top Five Dog Grooming Basics by Thonglor Pet Hospital Dog grooming is one of your dog's basic needs and an important part of dog ownership. Just like people, dogs need physical maintenance to look and feel their best. Fortunately, dogs do not need to bathe as often as people, but you do need to learn how much grooming your dog actually needs and keep it on a schedule. Generally, a dog’s grooming needs depend on the breed and hair type. If your dog has a skin, ear or nail condition, follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding grooming. It is also important to use the appropriate grooming tools.
Here are some grooming basics: 1. Hair Brushing Most dogs enjoy being brushed, and sessions will strengthen the bond with your dog while maintaining a healthy coat. A dog’s minimum brushing needs depend on hair type. Choose the right tools and follow these guidelines. • Long-haired dogs usually require daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling of hair. • Medium-haired dogs may be prone to matting and tangles and should be brushed at least weekly. • Short-haired dogs can typically go up to a month in-between brushing. Regardless of hair type, you can brush your dog daily -- especially if he enjoys it. More frequent brushing during shedding season can help prevent hair buildup and excess shedding. Consider products like the FURminatordeShedding tool or the Bamboo Shedding Blade. 2. Nail Trimming Nail trims are often detested by dogs and owners alike. Most dogs dislike even having their paws handled and know how much it hurts when nails are cut too short. Dog owners are often uncomfortable with the process for fear of hurting their dogs. Dogs will develop an aversion
to nail trimming once they experience the pain. The best way to avoid this is to learn how to trim nails correctly and exercise caution. Ideally, a veterinary technician, vet, or groomer should teach you how to trim your dog's nails. Most dogs need monthly nail trims, but your dog may need more or less depending on the rate of growth. An alternative to nail trimming is the use of a rotary tool to file down nails. Consider the Peticure Grooming Tool for this task. 3. Bathing Bath time does not mean fun to most dogs and owners. It may bring forth an image of a wet dog running from the tub, dripping all over the house. Bathing does not have to be this way if your dog can get used to it. He may not like the bath, but he’ll be easier to manage. Learn how to bathe your dog properly and make the experience as positive as you can for you and your dog. Most dogs should be bathed monthly, but bathing as often as once a week is not considered harmful. Always use a soap-free shampoo that is intended for dogs. Depending on the condition of your dog’s skin and coat, your veterinarian may recommend a specific shampoo. In this case, be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions about bathing. 4. Ear Care Your dog's ears can be a haven for bacteria and yeast if not kept clean. Some dogs can go their whole lives without ear problems, and the only routine ear cleaning needed is during the monthly bath. Other dogs have chronic ear disease and require multiple daily cleanings. Ear problems can often be traced to genetics. Dogs with floppy ears or long hair tend to be predisposed to ear problems because the ear canal simply does not have as much air exposure. Many ear problems are a sign of allergies. If your dog has excess debris or foul odor in his ears, your veterinarian will likely prescribe special ear cleaners and medications. If your dog's ears are relatively healthy, you can help keep them that way with proper ear care. 5. Haircuts Dogs with continuously growing hair, such as the Poodle or Shih Tzu, typically need their hair cut every 2 to 4 weeks depending on the breed of the dog and the style of the cut. This task is often best left to professional groomers, though many dog owners are able to learn some basic maintenance haircuts. If you are interested in learning professional dog grooming skills, consider dog grooming school.
Cat Corner Tip by Dr. RJ Peters to Pattaya’s cat lovers
RJ Peters, who has just published Our Amazing Cats Volume II, sends this tip to Pattaya’s cat lovers: When giving your pet any medication for the first time, especially if it's a non-prescription product, be sure to give the
Cats for You in Pattaya
Cats for You is a great and much needed service in our area, but Paul and Sandra point out that adopting a cat or kitten is a longterm commitment with costs such as feeding and veterinary fees. Many adopters find it’s a good idea to adopt two animals so that they can enjoy each others’ company as well as yours. Contact Paul and Sandra on 0852875004 or look at their useful website http://cats4youinpattaya.webs.com/
This tiny 2 day old, distressed baby was found in a garden and covered in ants. A kind neighbor took it to a local vet who removed the ants and called us to see if we could help. Hopefully this little fellow will be ready for rehoming in a couple of months’ time.
Tigger is the last of four kittens that we had here as a family. We saw her being born and she has turned into the most beautiful lady you’d ever hope to meet. She’s friendly and playful and will make an ideal pet.
BB The Rescued Puppy
BB was rescued last November from Big Buddha Hill and underwent major surgery. He is now recovered and has been neutered and vaccinated. At 9 months old he is a lively big pup who just loves to play fetch. He loves the cats but has now grown too big and is a bit rough with them. He is currently at the Mabprachan Animal Shelter.
Gina and Her Kittens
Meet Gina and her three beauties Rinky, Dinky and Alistair who were abandoned recently and are now safely with us. Mum is booked in to be neutered next week and will be ready for a new home very soon.
first dose in the morning during the week, when your vet is most likely to be open. This simple precaution could be a lifesaver if your cat or dog has a reaction to the product and you need to rush them to the office for treatment. I learned this the hard way with my dog. I bought a new pestrepellant collar, called Defy the Fly, and within two hours she had collapsed and was non-responsive. She might have died without
vet care. If it had been a weekend, or if I had gone somewhere and left her alone, I believe she would have perished. The company insists the product is safe. But clearly, some individuals are sensitive to it. Dr. Peter’s latest book–even more entertaining and informative than her first volume–is available from Amazon Books and at www.ouramazingcats.com for only about 240 baht.
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This week’s subject is pot luck 1. Columbia is the capital of which US state? 2. Maputo is the capital of which country? 3. What does the Latin Mea Culpa mean? 4. Which Hitchcock film title ties in with his father’s field of work? 5. Which Hitchcock film saw the director standing on his own outside an office? 6. What are the two colours of the flag of Pakistan? 7. In seven letters what does a flabby wine lack? 8. Who was older – Liam Gallagher or Ryan Giggs? 9. Which US state is the Hawkeye State? 10. Which vitamin is also known as biotin? 11. Who killed Marvin Gaye?
12. Which female vocalist duetted with George Michael on If I Told You That? 13. Who was the first singer to have number one hits in five decades? 14. Was Michael Schumacher born in the 1960s or the 1970s? 15. How many personal birthday concerts did Hitler attend in world war two – none or two or four? 16. Which Bond film was released on the same day as The Beatles’ first single? 17. In which movie did Al Jolson say “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet”? 18. In which movie did Elizabeth Taylor first act with Richard Burton? 19. In 1941 which American defined the Four Freedoms? 20. Which named individual lived at Number One London in the 19th century?
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