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White masks rally in Pattaya


round 300 anti-government demonstrators rallied outside the Tesco Lotus superstore, North Pattaya Road, on June 23. They were led by Potjanarot Kaewpaluk, a former Democrat party politician, who spoke out against the corruption of the present Pheu Thai administration led by Yingluck Shinawa-

tra, sister of exiled premier Thaksin Shinawatra who is widely seen as the de facto leader.

Many protestors wore white masks in the image of the 17th century English rebel Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up Parliament and was tortured to death by the authorities. Potjanarot spoke out

against what she claimed was an elected dictatorship in Thailand. She explained that the white mask movement was growing in popularity, thanks largely to Facebook and other social media, and aimed to pressure the government into resigning by democratic and peaceful means. About 600 red-shirted followers of the government as-

sembled on the other side of the road, outside City Hall, to challenge the views of their opponents. Juriporn Sintupai, the red shirt leader, said that it was important to oppose the white masks because their views would only divide the country even more. He added that some white masks were Continued on page 4


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News Luxury cars seized in Pattaya showroom Banglamung Police accompanied Customs and Excise officers to the Auto Exchange Company on Sukhumvit Road where they questioned 44-year-old Targan Yildir, a Turkish national. Following an accident last month in which four supercars were damaged in a fire during transfer from Bangkok to Sisaket, the Department of Special Investigation began checking the documentation

of 488 known luxury cars such as Mustang, Mercedes Benz and Porche. Banglamung Police said that Auto Exchange had been selling such cars in Pattaya but could not provide a complete set of documentation, claiming that much of the paperwork was at a finance company awaiting loan approvals. Three cars were seized pending a full examination of registration certificates.

Illegal sex pills impounded

Corpse found in sea near Koh Larn

Following a tip-off from a stool pigeon, police raided three pharmacies in Central Pattaya that were selling the sex-enhancing drug Kamagra. Staff at the three retail outlets admitted they knew about the pills which were brought secretly to Pattaya from a Bang-

Marine Police off the coast of Koh Larn pulled the body of an unidentified man found floating near Rai Kwang beach. The dead man was wearing only green shorts and was not carrying any identification. Investigators believe he may have been a fisherman who was murdered and thrown overboard during a quarrel. The body was sent for autopsy.

kok factory. They added that most of the sales went to older foreigners who didn’t care whether the pills were authentic or not, just as long as they worked. Statements from staff were taken at the police station and the matter referred to the prosecutor’s office.

Drinking session leads to deportation A labourers’ camp at Pattaya’s Soi 5 was the scene of a boozing session which went wrong when police turned up and discovered 19 Cambodians who were working illegally in the Kingdom. The illegals said that they had had to pay 3,000 baht to be brought to Thailand and were disappointed only to receive 100-200 baht a day for heavy manual work in a 70-hour week. One of the Cambodians, Nok, was hit with a metal pipe during an alcoholrelated argument with other Cambodians; his assailants escaped in the confusion as police arrived. All those caught will be returned to the Cambodian border, but they may turn up here again soon.

Marital strife leads to death The body of a 33-year-old woman was found lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom of her house in Ban Nawang; her 23year old husband stabbed himself with a knife and was rushed to hospital. Police said the wife, Saranaya Banterngjai, had been stabbed and that her body displayed signs of electric burns. Amorntep Datong, the husband with self-inflicted stab on

his neck, was reportedly not in any danger. Neighbors said that the couple had a history of family violence and that Amorntep suffered from a mental disorder for which he was on prescribed medication. It was theorized that he was under a lot of pressure arising from his job as a manual worker and may have killed his wife and then attempted suicide.


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News Tulip Group to launch new 5-star hotel Tulip Group has entered in to a memorandum of understanding with Golden Tulip Hotels and Resorts for a new luxury 5-star hotel on Phratamnak Hill. The 25-story high near Cosy Beach will be a hotel with a limited number of rooms to offered to investors for sale and leasback; full details were not disclosed.

Construction of the 300-room property is expected to begin soon. It will have 2-3 restaurants (including rooftop sky bar), spa, gymnasium, swimming pool, meeting rooms, club lounge and a selection of deluxe rooms, suites and presidential suites. Royal Tulip luxury have 5-star positioning, providing elegant and luxurious facilities, highly

personalized service, ultra-modern amenities and a deluxe level of comfort. The Golden Tulip chain operates Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip, and Royal Tulip, with more than 230 hotels in 42 countries. The chain is part of Affiliate of Groupe du Louvre, owned by the Starwood Capital Group.

Sansiri backs Thai in global race Sansiri PLC is supporting Patinyakorn Buranrom, the first-ever Thai sailor to skipper a yacht in a major international ocean yacht race. Patinyakorn will compete in the TRANSPAC 2013, the 107year-old race that starts in Los Angeles on July 8 and finishes in Honolulu--some 2,250 nautical miles (4,100km) across the Pacific Ocean. The TRANSPAC, known to be one of the most challenging offshore races in the world, is on every international sailors’ bucket list. Patinyakorn will represent Thailand on the entry “Sansiri”, together with Australian Michael Spies, Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race veteran and former winner and record holder. At 29 years old, Patinyakorn has participated in some of Asia’s leading regattas, including Phuket King’s Cup, Top of the Gulf and Samui. He is an inspiration for many young Thais to follow their dreams. “Sansiri’s aim is to ‘Construct a life not just a building’, and having seen Patinyakorn become an inspira-

tion to so many other Thais, especially youngsters, we want to support Patinyakorn to be Thailand’s first-ever skipper in a global ocean race… We hope he can share his knowledge and experience, and encourage many other Thais to follow their dreams too,” said Ob-oom Chutrakul, social director of Sansiri PLC. Skippering the 40-foot Sansiri in the TRANSPAC 2013, against 59 boats and some of the best sail-

ors in the world, is a challenge Patinyakorn is relishing. “I could only ever have dreamed of an opportunity like this when I first started sailing,” he says. “I have worked very hard getting to the stage where I was competitive, and with Sansiri’s support I have now enjoyed success at a local level. To skipper a yacht in the TRANSPAC is a wish come true, and to be the first-ever Thai to do so makes me very proud.”

Hilton Pattaya earns third TripAdvisor® award Hilton Pattaya has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row, according to Philippe Kronberg, hotel general manager, in recognition of its hotels, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site. “Hilton Pattaya is pleased to once again receive the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence,” said Kronberg. “We strive to offer our guests a memorable experience and this accolade is evidence that our efforts are translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor®.”

Philippines introduces long-stay visas Foreign vacationers who want to stay longer in the Philippines can now do so without the traditional hassles and long queues at the Immigration Bureau. The government announced the introduction of a six-month visa for tourists available once the visitor is inside the country. The Immigration Authority explained that the new visa will be a “sticker” variety inserted in the passport and not the old-fashioned “wet” stamp which is commonly believed to be easily faked.

The Philippines Tourism Department said that its aim is to more than double the number of arrivals in the archipelago to reach 10 million per year by the end of the Aquino administration in 2016. With the imminent introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community of 10 Asian countries in just over two years time, many governments are seeking ways of boosting their tourist revenues at a time when economic insularity is breaking down fast.


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News White masks rally in Pattaya

Ancient Rome here in Pattaya

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anti-democratic and wished to bring about another military coup which would lead to serious violence and a political disaster in Thailand. The two opposing groups used loudspeakers to drown out each other’s messages and, for a time, the situation looked very tense. However, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh had taken some precau-

tions and there were several hundred policemen, civic volunteers and municipal officers on duty to keep the two sides apart. At 6 p.m. both groups sang the national anthem and dispersed without serious incident. On the same day, 38 demonstrations were staged in cities and towns nationwide to publicize the white mask

cause. In comparison to the rally in Bangkok, which attracted more than 2,000 supporters, the provincial protests were much smaller. A City Hall spokesman here said, “It is important that political demonstrations remain peaceful in Pattaya as our income depends largely on encouraging foreign tourists who must feel safe at all times.”

Welcome to the fanfareopening of the biggest extravaganza in Pattaya since the Christians were thrown to the lions in the reign of Nero. Pattaya Colosseum, named after the original Flavian amphitheatre built in the first century AD, is billed as the resort’s first universeclass cabaret with the latest Sunlite Suite 3D sound and visual technology and professional male and transgender artists bedecked in costumes never before seen on stage. The Colosseum Show Pattaya, situated on Thepprasit Road next to the newlyopened Ratanakorn Market, reflects the architecture of the original Roman edifice

which is believed to have been the first location in the world to host cabaret-type entertainment. However, the Pattaya version will not field mock sea battles, gory executions and mortal gladiator fights which so fascinated the Roman mobs. The 75-minute performances take place daily at 18.00, 19.30 and 21.00 with ticket prices varying from 400 baht to 1,200 baht, according to choice of economy, deluxe or VIP seating. There is accommodation for 1,200 customers, parking for 400 coaches and cars, shuttle-buses, escalators and all necessary facilities for the disabled. Total investment

is estimated at 400 million baht. The first entertainment plaza of the modern era to be named after the famous Roman amphitheatre was the pioneering Colosseum San Francisco. Opened in 1918, it showed the first versions of Pathe News, the silent films of Mary Pickford and the first “talkie” with Al Jolson. Colosseum Pattaya intends to be just as ground-breaking with its revolutionary version of 21st century cabaret. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Pattaya now has its own unique version of bread and circuses, the entertainment preference of the ancient Roman empire.


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News Bangkok still cheap, report says Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, remains the world’s cheapest destination for travelers with Bangkok in sixth place in the affordability stakes. The TripIndex Cities 2013 report compares 50 tourist cities round the world based on the cost for two persons staying at a four-star hotel, enjoying cocktails, having a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and hiring a taxi there and back for a 3.2 kilometer journey. As an example, the cost of a one-night stay in London in a four-star hotel is US

$361 compared with US $81 in Bangkok. The top 10 least expensive destinations are Sofia, Hanoi, Warsaw, Sharmel Sheikh (Egypt), Budapest, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Tunis, Cape Town and Riyadh. At the other end of the spectrum, the 10 most expensive are Oslo, Zurich, Stockholm,, New York City, Paris, Sydney, London, Copenhagen, Cancun and Punta. A spokesman for TripIndex said, “Our research helps people to know where their money goes the furthest.”

Don Mueang set for a major facelift

The Thai Airports Authority plans to invest at least 10 billion baht to renovate Don Mueang, which is now destined to be a major port-of-call in a two airports’ metropolis. The total number of passengers this year is expected to be 15 million;

the projection for next year is 19 million. At least two more airlines – Lion Air and Air AsiaX, based respectively in Indonesia and Malaysia--have submitted requests to use Don Mueang. The improvement project will install automatic walkways,

public toilets and parking areas, and expand terminal 2, taxiways and bays for super-jumbo Airbus A380s. Experts say it is desirable to invest in Don Mueang in order to slow the growth of Suvarnabhumi--the country’s premier airport.

Smartphone sales up in Thailand More than 2.8 smartphones were sold in the Kingdom during the first four months of this year, according to the market research firm GfK, which reported that smartphone sales last year topped US $800 million in Thailand. Two in every five mobile handsets sold between January and April was a smartphone—twice as many as two years ago, the company reported, with the fastest growing sales seen in the Northeast region. Although basic-feature phones comprise the largest market segment, demand has been progressively waning, with sales volume dropping by more than 11 percent compared to the year before. Revenue for the segment has correspondingly lunged by around 38 percent during this same period, accounting for just over 15 percent of the total handset market compared to 40 percent previously. “Consumers demand for handsets has been growing successively every quarter since the second quarter of 2012, inflating the volume and value of the market considerably by 23 and 61 percent respectively in the past 12 months,” said Wichit Purepong, managing director for GfK in Thailand. “This growth has been purely contributed by smartphones, which registered the greatest spike of 24 percent in volume sales in

the first quarter of this year over the quarter before.” Intensified demand for smartphones is generally seen across the country, but the latest GfK findings for the first four months revealed smartphone sales in the 17 Northeast provinces more than quadrupled (344 percent) compared to the year before, far exceeding the momentum in the central and western regions which reported only 17 and 11 percent growth. “Although the Northeast region is the largest in terms of population and size, it is the least develop and has the lowest average income in Thailand; and the low wage has propelled some of the natives here to head out to other parts of the country to find better paying jobs,” explained Purepong. “However, the establishment of new industrial estates after the heavy flooding of 2011 has attracted the labor force back to Northeast, fuelling higher demand in this case, for smartphones, since mid of 2012.” Yet another reason for the strong growth registered in the Northeast is the availability of more smartphone models which matched the lower purchasing power of the local population. While the average price of a smartphone is US $300 in the most affluent area of Bangkok and vicinity, it is about $230 in the Northeast.


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News POLI CE More British misery It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the Brits. A 38-year-old British man, Patrick Mouncey, died in his hotel room with signs of a head injury and splattered blood. Although he had had a female visitor in the room, he was seen by hotel staff watching her leave on a motorbike. CCTV evidence reveals there were no visitors after that. The body was sent for autopsy but it’s likely that the head injury was caused when he collapsed, perhaps owing to a pre-existing medical condition. For once CCTV seems to have worked usefully in this case. Potato field demise A 57-year-old British property developer was found dead on a road near a potato field in Bang Saray, Sattahip, with injuries to his face and chest. Nicholas Drew had lived in Thailand for many years and, so far as is known, was a regular jogger in good health. One theory is that he fell following a heart attack, as there is no evidence of third party involvement. Results of a post-mortem examination are awaited because of the unusual circumstances. His wife said her husband went exercising most mornings at about the same time. An odd Thai obsession The police handling of the investigation into the murder of Akeyuth Anchanbutr has whipped up controversy about the common practice of including a crime re-enactment in the investigation. After all, they don’t need to do it and it’s an outlawed practice in nearly every country. Even the Thai courts no longer accept accounts in serious cases after suspicions that scapegoats have been convicted in the past. The police defence of the practice is that re-enactment is important because each criminal involved behaves in a different way, thus assisting investigators to track down other criminals with a similar behavioral pattern. But it’s a chancy practice. The widely publicized murder of Thai-American teenager Sherry Ann Duncan in 1986 was an example of a miscarriage of justice. The court, under the old law, accepted confessions during re-enactments and four men were wrongly convicted in what is now seen as a travesty of justice. Wealthy Russian attacked The Russian owner of a resort on Phangan Island was allegedly attacked by a group of transsexuals on Walking Street. Dmitry Kozlov, 36, was assaulted by a group of eight after he fell into an argument with them about motorbike parking. A CCTV recording is said to be helping the police identify the attackers as it suggests that only four of the group were transsexuals. The others appear to be standard males. So far nobody has been identified. A competitive business When a cable was deliberately damaged in North Pattaya, causing Banglamung Cable TV, Sophon Cable TV and Jomtien Cable TV to be off air, suspicion was immediately aroused that it was vandalism and not accidental. This isn’t the first time that a mysterious attack has occurred, although responsibility is near-impossible to prove. Insiders say that the Pattaya media business is a highly competitive matter. If so, we have not heard the last of such mischief. Another pedophile arrest A Thai man has been arrested a second time after taking pictures of himself having sex with an underage boy, converting the material into a short film, and then selling the product on Jomtien beach for 300 baht. Police say that the man had previously been arrested but the evidence was insufficient as his face was obscured in the first movie. However, this time there is no doubt of his identity and an apparently profitable business has been brought to a sudden end. Music scams continuing A group of six men recently visited a restaurant claiming to represent Inter Music Copyright Company. One was dressed as a cop and demanded 30,000 baht for playing music in the eatery without buying the appropriate music licence. The restaurant owner eventually bartered them down to 15,000 baht. The most worrying feature is that the real police seem reluctant to assist even though people are breaking the law in these circumstances. Couldn’t be that real cops are mixed up as well, could it? Unusual toilet escapade A drunk American sailor was arrested after allegedly destroying four public toilet cubicles whilst complaining bitterly that police had stolen from him US $5,000. Jeffrey Allan Roggemann was arrested on Second Road but refused to talk to the Thai police. US navy personnel were summoned and they arranged a compensation package for the damaged loos. It’s rare these days for American military to misbehave in Pattaya to the point of police intervention. Bet he won’t do it again though.

Navy opposes U-tapao expansion The Royal Thai Navy plans to block ambitious plans to boost passenger capacity at its U-tapao airport near Rayong. In July of last year, the government had announced the intention to build a second runway and a new 25,000-square-meter terminal building to deal with 1,500 passengers a day rather than the few hundred at present. This was said to be part of the overall plan to ease airport and air traffic congestion at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang facilities by redirecting some of the passenger load to the provinces. But the 200-million baht development at U-tapao has become

stalled in spite of some modest improvements. The Navy now says that U-tapao is its only airport and that it needs at least half the space for flight training. Full-scale development would compromise national security, it is alleged. Police General Wichean Potephosree, permanent secretary for transport, said that Utapao could be used only when aircraft are unable to land at the Bangkok termini. Currently, U-tapao accommodates charter flights as well as Bangkok Airway flights, handling around 79,000 passengers a year. But inasmuch as the Thai tourist industry plans to receive 24 million

passengers this year, with more to follow next year, especially from new markets including China and India, the notion of making more use of provincial airports has been raised. But some local airports, including Phuket, are already fully subscribed as regards numbers. It has also been suggested that a bullet-train linking Bangkok to Pattaya in the future should be extended to U-tapao. Navy sources say that it is recognized that congestion at airports is a major concern. The Cabinet has asked for further talks between relevant ministries and the U-tapao authorities to seek some common ground.

Deadly virus alert issued for Chonburi There has not been even one case of the coronavirus detected in Thailand, yet Chonburi health officials have been ordered to be on high alert for the deadly disease, particularly in Pattaya and other tourist centers. Pradit Sintavanarong, health minister, said patients with serious respiratory symptoms in all prov-

inces will be monitored for Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV), and that hospitals are prepared to receive suspected cases. Likewise, the Public Health Ministry is ready to deal with the disease. Thai Muslims and Arabs are most at-risk for contracting the SARS-like coronavirus. According to the World

Health Organization, more than 70 such cases and 39 deaths have been reported—mostly in Saudi Arabia and also in Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Consequently, anyone traveling through those countries—including those planning to visit Mecca for the Hajj--may be vulnerable.

Lovers’ tiff leads to murder Belgian citizen Edouard Hubert, 78, was repeatedly stabbed by his Thai girlfriend after they accused each other of infidelity. Neighbours said they heard shouts for help coming from the room and saw a bloody Hubert staggering on his balcony shortly before his death. Boonta, the girlfriend, tried to walk calmly away from the horror scene, but neighbours made a citizens’ arrest pending the arrival of police. She later showed investigators the fruit knife used in the attack, which was hidden in a drawer. Anongluck Jankod, a neighbour, said that the couple had been drinking and began quarrelling about infidelity and treachery.

Pregnancy prompts robbery A Thai woman complained to police that her gold necklace was snatched from her neck as she waited on her motorbike for the traffic lights to change. But police were able to chase the criminal and made an arrest near South Pattaya Road. Kwanchai Kasingh, 25, claimed the necklace was his and that he had dropped it accidentally. He later explained that the theft was a spur-of-the-moment decision as his wife was pregnant and he urgently needed cash to pay for baby clothes and the like.

Transvestites thieves arrested

Police stopped a Toyota Vios near the roundabout in North Pattaya after learning that a group of ladyboys were snatching wallets and jewelry whenever the opportunity arose. South Korean national Han Hyungyu told investigators he was walking back to his hotel when a man in a wig leapt from a car and stole his wallet. The car then sped off. A police patrol later spotted the car and found four cross-gender men arguing about the day’s takings.


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News Dealers Group holds lucky draw At the Zign Hotel Pattaya, the electrical goods specialist Dealers Group with 20 partner retail branches in town, held a lucky draw in which the top prize was one million baht in cash to the buyer of an air conditioner. Also on offer were gold necklaces worth almost 1.5 million baht to be won by buyers of electrical goods in partner stores.

Judge celebrates birthday at School for Blind

Schools join Environment Day

Apichart Tepnhu, senior judge at Pattaya court, celebrated his 47th birthday by hosting a lunch for children at Pattaya’s Blind School. Apichart first saw government service as a Revenue Department investigator, then became assistant judge in Pattani province. He was appointed to the bench in Pattaya in April 2012.

Several Pattaya schools planted trees on Environment Day and learned about dust and air pollution which are a problem in some districts, especially where there is heavy use of concrete in construction sites. About 200 pine trees were planted at the perimeter of Pattaya School Number 11 at a total cost of 38,000 baht provided by STC Concrete Products Ltd.

Japan to ease visa policy In an effort to double tourism numbers, Japan is set to relax visa restrictions, perhaps as early as this month. Most such concessions are aimed at citizens of Southeast Asia. Thais, for example, will not need a visa to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Same for Malaysians. Also, Japan will introduce a multipleentry visa allowing frequent visits for Vietnamese and

Filipinos for the first time, and Indonesians will be able to remain in Japan for more than 15 days—the current time limit. Japan attracted more than 8 million visitors last year and had set a goal of 10 million for this year. However, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now says that his government wants to double that number.

Samui Boat Charter launches Pattaya Boat Charter Samui Boat Charter has launched a sister company here called Pattaya Boat Charter, providing luxury speedboat and yacht charters as well as VIP tours to local islands. Mark Titterington, owner of the 10-year-old company, noted in a press release, "The demographic of Pattaya has changed over the last few years, it is losing its bachelor image and we are seeing a much greater influx of family’s coming to Pattaya. The recent rise in the number of high quality hotels

in the area has been staggering. These guests demand high quality attractions and activities. At Pattaya Boat Charter, as is already provided at Samui Boat Charter we give customers the best beaches, the best snorkelling, the best boats and the best service." Pattaya Boat Charter has a range of boats equipped with the latest safety and recreational equipment. The luxury speedboats all include side scan sonar for the fisherman, dive tank holders for SCUBA enthusiasts, fresh water

showers, toilet and WiFi. The VIP tour (3,000 baht) visits three islands with small groups and English speaking guides. The tour is inclusive of transport, snorkelling, beaches, soft drinks, lunch, fishing, sea kayaks, fresh fruit, swimming, and an opportunity to feed monkeys on Koh Ped. Full-day charters start at 18,000 baht. For more information, visit http:// or call 0871 323566.


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News YMCA organizes Walk-Run

Phuket is not Pattaya It’s noteworthy that the tourist problems of Phuket – the jet ski-menace, shopping scams, unsafe swimming and rising street crime – are met by more than a dozen foreign ambassadors lobbying the governor down there to come up with solutions lest Phuket loses its mass appeal. Yet surely Pattaya has the same problems and it’s arguable that some of them, including street crime, are actually worse. Strange that these same foreign embassies have never once got together for a mass grumble at City Hall. Ladyboy on the defensive In an unusual case, a Pattaya transvestite complained officially that a foreigner stole her handbag containing 2,500 baht as well as a mobile phone and a supply of lipstick and makeup. She said she was just doing her job trying to get men to sleep with her in return for money, when this guy punched her in the face and ran off with most of her worldly possessions. The list of stolen items included pepper spray. Doubtless this last item was for sprinkling over lunch. Living on a pension New American research suggests that retirees need 70-90 percent of the income when they were previously working to keep up with inflationary pressures and to cope with new demands such as rocketing medical insurance bills as they age. If a man of 65 wants to live in Thailand in any degree of comfort he needs around 27 million baht, either in a lump sum or spread over 15 years. The notion that retirement is cheap is unconvincing unless you eat in street kitchens and forget all about entertainment. Dengue fever threat Try extra hard to keep the mosquitoes away because it’s rapidly becoming a record year for this most painful and exhausting of diseases. No pill or medication will make dengue go away. There is no medical prevention nor any proven medical treatment. The best cure is prevention. Simply do not get bitten by an Aedes mosquito. Already this year there have been more than 55,000 cases and 52 deaths, most among the elderly and children. Trencherman portions Momento restaurant at Cocco Resort – go down Soi Norway (Soi 15, at Manhattan) as far as you can and turn left into a winding road – is a delightful French eatery with a large menu of international and Thai choices. It’s incredibly good value for money and the food is excellent. The portions are substantial so it’s a bit of a challenge to complete three courses. If you are on a diet don’t even look at the dessert menu, which is said to be irresistible. BA will codeshare British Airways has signed an accord with Bangkok Airways to send its longhaul passengers to Thai holiday hotspots on routes operated by the Thai carrier. The code share means that BA passengers can continue their journeys from Bangkok to Phuket, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai in one seamless transaction on The agreement also covers Bangkok Airways’ Singapore – Koh Samui service. Several other European and Middle East-based airlines are already in the code share network. Easier ID cards The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says it will allow transgender people to wear clothes of their choice when obtaining a new national identity card. Now they will be permitted to pose for the photos wearing clothes of their preferred gender. The change follows several complaints made to the Administration that some district officers were refusing to accept photos because the person was wearing clothes of the opposite sex. Water meter zooming A reader has written to tell us what to do if your water or electric meter is wildly out of control, charging you many thousands of baht for your economical use. These things do happen, even in Pattaya. Well you have to pay the bill first, no matter how outlandish it may be. Only after you have done so will the utility authority come and take the meter away for testing. If it’s faulty, you’ll get a full refund (it says here). Spectacular success The new office in The Avenue Mall which can issue Thai passports to applicants in less than a week is proving to be a really great hit. What a contrast with British nationals trying to obtain a replacement in Thailand. You have to send the documentation off to Hong Kong, give your credit card details or obtain a cheque in Hong Kong dollars (no mean feat) and risk all the delays inherent in the system. Why bother with Hong Kong anyway? Your passport is actually issued in London and sent to you here.

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Competing for the Princess Soamsawali Trophy, men, women and children were invited to compete in the YMCA-sponsored Walk-Run from Pattaya’s Soi 4. The purpose was to raise money for disadvantaged youngsters and to encourage tourism in the resort. There were various categories for men and women of various ages. Winners were presented prizes by the Princess.

Thai and US sailors train in Sattahip The Royal Thai Marine Corps and sections of the United States Navy conducted land and sea training exercises in Sattahip, particularly landing and alighting from vessels. Also during the 18th annual maneuvers, civilians were provided with emergency medical training.

Tattoo convention inked for Pattaya To boost sorely-needed revenues in the slow summer season, AIM Global Service and a number of tattoo professionals will host a marketing convention at Hard Rock Pattaya on August 24 and 25. Sessions will discuss the history of tattooing, practices in other countries, and safety and hygiene standards. Featured also will be exhibitions and competition among local talent.

Art can save the world The Amari Orchid Pattaya Hotel is sponsoring an art competition in conjunction with the Onyx hospitality group with prizes of 60,000 baht. Local students are encouraged to paint with the preservation of nature and the environment in mind. The competition is entitled Art Heals The World. Judging will be in the Garden Wing of the hotel on August 3.

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Discover acrobatic pizza with two-time world champion from Italy La Tavola & Wine Bar, Italian restaurant, features a world championship acrobatic pizza for two years consecutively in the role, guest chef Pasqualino Barbasso from Italy who will perform his showcase for the first time in Thailand. He has 36 years in acrobatic pizza making and over 10 years performing around the world. Experience live cooking acrobatic with twirl pizza dough possibly up to 2-meters wide in different styles--like Cenerentola pizza topped up with potatoes, ricotta cheese and caviar, Arrotolata pizza rolled up with mozzarella, Parma ham and artichokes sauce, and Bolero pizza topped up with Burrata cheese, cherry tomato, air-dried beef Bresaola and Modena balsamic. And for those seeking world-class pizza making, experience one exclusive night only of Pizza Acrobatic show in RLife Live event at R Bar on July 12. For further details and reservations, call La Tavola & Wine Bar, Renaissance Bangkok at 02 125 5020.



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Founder’s Day celebration at Hard Rock

eve n t s cal en d ar Hilton Pattaya Unveils ‘The Next Level Of Chill’ Session With Region’s Premiere DJs At Horizon Pattaya’s Only Rooftop Entertainment Venue Offers The Exclusivity Of Bangkok’s Hottest DJ Line-up

Hard Rock Cafe premiered in London 42 years ago, and last month Hard Rock Pattaya staff and management visited Khao Chi-On Non Hunting Area in Sattahip to plant 100 Hairy-Leafed Apitong or Yang Na, Padauk, Siamese Rosewood and Bullet Wood trees in order to rehabilitate the wasteland. Under the scorching sun, everyone started the mission with digging holes and planting the saplings, still with the smiles on their faces. Thitikorn Kittinanda, chief of the Non Hunting Area, explained to the visitors, “His Majesty The King had initiated a project to rehabilitate the wasteland and protect the wildlife around Khao Chi-On and it is the responsibility for all of us to take care of it. Due to sandy and arid soil and the low level of precipitation, the trees cannot grow well and need our help to keep the ecosystem sustainable.” That evening, Hard Rock Cafe celebrated its anniversary with a party. It started with a burger eating competition and was followed with shows by the staff. Prior to that, the staff went to Ban Huay Yai School for the underprivileged where they provided lunch to 350 students. The ongoing monthly project is funded by donations from guests and Hard Rock staff.

Date: July 13 & 27, 2013 Venue: Horizon, Level 34, Hilton Pattaya Hilton Pattaya presents its latest DJ events at Horizon restaurant and bar. It has enlisted an eclectic DJ line-up, playing various famous tunes from new funk, Nu jazz, hip hop and house upbeat to the hottest music trend such as DJ Duke, DJ Queen P, DJ Tohmo, DJ Ben and DJ Freddy. Guests can indulge in style with a twist or simply relax in the most chilling Infinity Bar and enjoy the gentle sea breeze and romance sunset in a comfortable and relaxed entertainment venue. Activities: Saturday July 13, 2013: The Next Level of House Horizon will be the venue for the next level of groove when DJ Ben, one of Thailand’s premier DJs, sets the mood with his perfect blend of House, Lounge and Hip House. Saturday July 27, 2013: The Next Level of Funk DJ Freddy is one of the premier DJs in Asia when it comes to Jazz. Entry is free, dress code naturally applies. Get ready to party like a rock star and experience the next level of relaxation at the open-air bar, stretching out into the never-ending skyline with the hippest beats and the coolest drinks. For more information or reservations please contact: Hilton Pattaya Tel. +66 (0)38 253 000 E-mail:

Mirage Bridal Show & Wedding Fair 2013 Date: July 26 – 29, 2013 Venue: Mirage Grand Ballroom, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Cheese master visits Pullman Pattaya Hotel G

By Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Activities: Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya invites you to join the “Mirage Bridal Show and Wedding Fair 2013 in Pattaya”. Find everything to plan your perfect wedding under the “Lost World” atmosphere with variety design such as Thai, Western, Wedding at home or romantic wedding on the beach. The wedding arrangements also come along to present bridal gowns, caterers, photographers, florists, cake, jewelry and more. The Mirage Bridal Show and Wedding Fair 2013 will be held during 26th – 29th July 2013 at 10:00 – 20:00 hrs., Mirage Grand Ballroom at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya. Special promotion! Confirm your wedding party during the event, and enter the lucky draw to win fabulous prizes. For more information or reservations please contact: Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Tel. 038-301-234 ext. 4164, 4173

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival Date: July 22 - 23, 2013 Venue: Ubon Ratchathani

Tuesday 24th June was the night when France’s official cheese ambassador to the world, Gerard Poulard, presented his astonishing collection of artisan cheeses to the guests at Pullman Pattaya’s Beach Club Restaurant. Since 1999, this cheese master has travelled the world promoting French cheeses and sharing his encyclopedic knowledge. His expertise on the subject has been recognised with many prestigious awards including The Order of Agricultural Merit, the Cordon Bleu France, Prosper Montagne from Quality House, and a formal recognition from the esteemed Michelin organization. From a delicious Brillat Savarin (a soft, white crusted cow’s milk cheese), to a delicate goat cheese infused with lavender from Province, to an exceptional Ossau Iraty Basco, a sweet buttery cheese made from Basco ewe’s milk. They were all outstanding, and this knowledgeable maitre fromager charmingly presented this most exquisite gastronomic event.

There is always something happening at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G. The F&B team are constantly reinventing their gourmet events and always offering these dining experiences at exceedingly reasonable prices. Forthcoming events include a wine tasting on July 8 from 6 to 8 pm, featuring wines from the celebrated producer Terra Mater priced at only B.590 net. France’s national day will be celebrated on Saturday July 13 with a Bastille Day fete offering an extensive BBQ buffet at The Beach Club Restaurant for only B.590 net with pouring of special French wines by the glass at B.100 and by the bottle for B.450 net. Reservations can be made as below. For more information contact Nannadda – director of Marketing Communications: nannadda@pullmanhotelG. com or Janjira (Jenny) – Public Relations manager: Tel: (038) 411 940 or visit

Activities: Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is the traditional well-known festival in Isan 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




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A-One Hotel now 25 A-One Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya management and staff led by owners Mitr and Wantana Rattanaopath celebrated their 25th anniversary by providing lunch to 25 monks. Later in the day, staff was treated to a buffet.

Marriott chefs help train Thai Navy cooks Thai sailors and officers serving on the Royal Thai Navy Frigate HTMS Bangpakong in Sattahip were treated to a special meal prepared by top chefs from Marriot Resort & Spa Pattaya and 12 Navy cooks overseen by the elite chefs. Phanita Salapirom, the Marriot’s award-winning executive chef, and Boonma Intaraksa, the resort’s chef de partie, joined Peter Thorand, NL Siam Council president, for the trip to Sattahip Naval Base where the chefs volunteered their time to train the select group of Navy cooks. The chefs and cooks worked as a team in the small kitchen preparing the meal for officers and crew. The training was focused on food preparation and cooking tom yam gung, lab moo and Masaman chicken. All cooks hailed from different ships within the FS 2. The special feast was served in the officers’ mess where the staff set the lunch table for everyone. Phanita and Boonma then presented the RTN cooks with a Marriott certificate declaring that they had participated in the training session.

Hotel Promotions A holiday treat from Centara for late bookers If you are leaving it a bit late to plan your holiday, don’t worry as Centara Hotels & Resorts has special last-minute 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 Rates begin from as low as Baht 1,200 per night for a Superior room at Centra Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana. Rates, period and minimum length of stay vary depending on the destinations, and all rates are subject to service charge and government tax. For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to Facebook: Twitter:

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Centara welcomes TTM fam trip from UK Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by Wuthisak Pichayagan (left), executive assistant manager for food and beverage, and George Kenton (back row, second from right), executive assistant manager for rooms, welcomed delegates from the UK during their Thailand Travel Mart visit. The TTM fam trip was hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Centara Hotels & Resorts.

In photo are Ian Mills (front row, third from right), Centara representative for the UK; Philip Hall (back row, second from left), Centara corporate director of sales and marketing, and Chris Lee (front row, second from left), trade marketing manager, Tourism Authority of Thailand, UK and Ireland.

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya donates jackets to Sawangboriboon

Meets and Greets with Manchester United Stars

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya donated 100 high-visibility jackets to the Pattaya Sawangboriboon Foundation. The presentation was made by Juthaporn Huyakorn, hospital director of Business Development and International Affairs, and Saichol Panchumchit, manager of Thai Health Insurance Division, to Dr. Prasit Thongthitcharoen, Foundation chairman, and Sinchai Wattanasatsathorn, vice chairman.

Halal group meets at A-One Royal Cruise hotel

Sukanya Wongdonma (centre), financial controller of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, presents a welcome bouquet to Manchester United Legends Andy Cole (second from left), Lee Sharpe (third from left), Dennis Irwin (third from right) and Clayton Blackmore (second from right) on their visit the resort for Meets & Greets the Manchester United Legends Charity Gala Dinner. Also in photo are Wuthisak Pichayagan (left), executive assistant manager for Food & Beverage, and George Kenton (right), executive assistant manager for rooms.

Royal wedding Thanpuying Bhansawli Kittiyakarn (center), Royal representative, presides over wedding at Cattleya Ballroom, The Montien Hotel, Pattaya. The newlyweds and family (left to right) are. Achana Snitwongse Na Ayudhaya , Pasu Snitwongse Na Ayudhaya, Nuchand Lertprasitchok and Wacharasak Snitwongse Na Ayudhaya.

Somkiet Rattanaopath (third from right), managing director of A-One Royal Cruise hotel, and Manit Laemitr (middle), Halal chef, seen here as the Halal committee from the Central Islamic Council of Thailand lunches at the Harbour Restaurant. Also in photo are Faruth Safieh (left), Kasem Jehdaman (second from left), Dr.Kathawut Lohmuth (third), Suwat Koobkrabi (sixth), and Nanthawuthi Supanatpanitchareon (seventh).

Birthday party at Montien

The management and staff of the the Montien Hotel Pattaya hosted a birthday party of their managing director, Achana Snitwonge Na Ayudhaya. Friends and family also enjoyed the party.

Tajikistan president at Centara KhumPhaya Resort & Spa

Jerome Sim (centre), general manager of Centara KhumPhaya Resort & Spa, seen here with Emomali Rahmon (left), president of the Republic of Tajikistan, who was staying at the resort while attending the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit at the Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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Wittaya Khunpluem (center), president of Provincial Administrative Organization at Chonburi, presided over the MOU signing ceremony to work together in the areas of education and internship program. The event was organized by Dr. Juree Tapvong (second from right), director of Chonburi Vocational College.

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Artists stay at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya

Oil Thana Suttikamol (left) and Lift Supoj Chancharoen (right), artists from RS, seen here with Sittidej Rochanavibhata (center), general manager, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya, during their stay at the resort.

Thai Air meets at Dusit Thani Pattaya

Dusit Thani Pattaya GM Chatchawal Supachayanont (seated second from left) seen here as regional sales and marketing managers of Thai Airways International gather at the hotel for their annual Marketing Worldwide Conference. The event was attended by senior executives of Thailand’s national flag carrier. In photo, (left to right) are Quynh Anh, TG Office Vietnam; Chatchawal; Chatchai Panyoo, director, Passenger Inventory & Revenue; Subhakrid Boonya-Ananta, vice president, Sales & Distribution; Danuj Bunnag, executive vice president, Commercial; ML Bhudhisarn Varavarn, area director, Thailand, Indo-China and Myanmar; Ohm Planichaya, director, Commercial Resources Management/Strategic; Kunjit Reanthong, manager, Domestic Sales, and Viset Sontichai, manager, Area Sales.

Indian wedding at Royal Cliff Hotels Group After the successful completion of a large-scale, luxury Indian wedding at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Mickey Jain received one of the 38 “Friend of Thailand 2013” awards from Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). In honour of his recognition, Panga Vathanakul, managing director of Royal Cliff, presented Mickey Jain with a special gift. Initiated by TAT in 1996, the Friends of Thailand Awards are conferred every two years to recognise and reward the efforts of those who maintain a positive image of Thailand and ensure a steady flow of visitor arrivals. For more information, visit

Brulhart on top! Andre Brulhart, area general manager of CentaraGrand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, seen here during his weekly rock climbing routine. The rock wall is provided as an adventure for guests, along with the resort's water park and lazy river--all of which are in Centara's Lost World.



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W Bangkok

Hyper Design & Features by John K Lindgren

There's a hidden, sparkling gem nestled in the corner of old Sathorn Road and Thanon Narathiwas, between the river and the CBD. Name of the precious gem: W – and it's a hotel. A century ago deluxe hotels had names like: Excelsior, Grand, Majestic, Palace and Ritz. Flash-forward to the internet, iPad and smart phones of the 21st century--many of the modern travellers aren’t interested in “Grand Royal” hostelries, but would prefer something cool, short and smart like “W”. Enter the first one letter, super-chic luxury city hotel in the Thai capital: “Double You”. The W brand was established in New York in 1988: a concept encompassing slick design, cutting-edge fashion and vibrant music. W Hotels operate more than 50 properties across five continents. The brand is owned by the global luxury hotel group Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In the Thai kingdom the W brand boasts of two properties: W Retreat on Samui Island in the Gulf of Thailand, est. 2008, and the brand new W Bangkok launched at the end of 2012. The 31-floor contemporary glass tower sits next to the charming century-old, ex (USSR), Russian colonial-style embassy edifice, which the hotel has acquired and is currently renovating, to turn into a W dining venue, meeting space and four duplex suites. As I enter the driveway in my burgundy red Nissan NV Resort California wagon, the young, fit valet parking attendant asks: “May

I park your wheels, sir?” “Yes, please,” I reply. Moments later I step from the blistering highnoon heat into a cool, soothing lobby, which has eclectic styles of juxtaposing décor, consisting of modern Thai paintings and international sculptures. The design teams, consisting of Palmer & Turner Architects, SODA Thailand and AvroKO, have crafted a luxury hotel that mixes BKK's Thai heritage with modern Western influences. The W reception area-cum-lobby is actually more like a sophisticated art gallery. There’s a check-in counter in the middle and WOOBAR on the left. After sunset, WOOBAR becomes a vibrant venue to mix and mingle: a fashionable watering hole for BKK's A-list crowd to lap up original beats by international DJs and sip cocktails concocted by W’s talented mixologists. The new W BKK has 407 rooms and suites, yet it feels like a private club. Here, there, everywhere, the devil is in the details; such as those heavy Taschen books featuring sexy photography, lingerie, art, architecture, design and lifestyle placed on the coffee tables in the lobby lounge. The W Room My guestroom is on the 17th

floor. It’s a room with vibrant décor, boasting all the state-of-the-art features and a big BKK skyline vista. I like the iPad W tablet that controls the wakeup call, temperature, 40inch LED TV and lighting systems. For work there is a long glass desk by the window. The open-style bathroom is separated from the main living space by a velvet curtain. A freestanding, white bathtub and coloured glass panels add ambience. The bed is a W signature creation, with divine 350-thread count sheets and cute, fluffy pillows. And then there’s the oversized, stuffed and sequined, red Muay Thai boxing glove pillows on my bed with the text: “Lights Out!” Kitchen Table But before lights out, let's go to dinner! The Kitchen Table, the all-day dining venue on the second floor, features amber-coloured, Thai folktale-inspired glass décor, wood panels and shining parquet floors. There are booths, high tables and an outside terrace. This is New York

bistro meets Thai interior design. The W signature restaurant is run by Aussie Chef Sarah Briegel. My cosmopolitan dinner starts with a delicious trio of appetizers: hamachi carpaccio with deliciously delectable asparagus, an heirloom tomato salad served with extra virgin olive oil and a vegetable ceviche with jalapeño pepper. The two latter dishes are deliciously vegetarian. The wine recommended by Kitchen Table’s restaurant manager, Adel Mojarrad, is a chilled and crisp South American sauvignon blanc. The main course consists of Aussie lamb cutlets with shiitake ravioli and pea puree. The tender lamb is washed down with a robust Spanish rioja: Marques de Riscal. The dessert consists of decadent, super premium Valrhona Guanaja dark chocolates, which are made from 70 per cent cacao and have a bitter yet superb taste. Bravo! Compliments to the chef, manager and the Kitchen Table team. More hotel inspection. On the

third floor is the Great Room, W's interpretation of the traditional ballroom. This is where the Elle Fashion Week 2013 took place and many high-profile fashion events, TV shows and international product launches. Space? Enough to swing a cat, with 425 sq m in volume, a ninemetre ceiling and a state-of-the-art LED lighting system. “Where is the business centre?” I ask. “No have,” says the housekeeper! W Bangkok calls it WIRED — a new take on the old, tired hotel business centre. No “how-todo-business” books or company directories in sight, but rather titles like Alexander McQueen: Evolution and 100 Ideas that Changed Fashion. The Pool & The Bar In W lingo, Wet is the name of the outdoor pool and SWEAT is the fitness centre; both open 24 hours. The poolside chill-out music is nonstop as well, with tracks compiled by the W hotel's global music director, Michaelangelo L'Acqua. Fancy a moonlight swim at three in morning with hip-hop and Alicia Keys as backdrop audio while doing laps? The sun has set over Bangkok's modern skyscrapers and ancient temples. It's past 2300 hrs as I head for the W Lounge and WOOBAR, which are filled with fashionistas, business types and jet-setters. The DJ spins the perfect tracks and the bartenders are busy at the long bar counter. I am watching the scene. This bar is like a theatre stage: there are actors, lights and music. After downing a couple of amazing W molecular cocktails created by expert mixologist/beverage manager Bard Phetpradit, I retire to my cool room with high-speed Wi-Fi connection, 40-inch TV, the soft 350thread count sheets and goose-down pillows. It's been a total WoW - OMG! hotel experience. Trust me: whether you are a trendsetter or a trendseeker, I do recommend the W Bangkok to chill out, explore the urban escape and immerse your senses in a new hotel concept driven by design, fashion and music. And not a single doorknob in sight! W Bangkok 106 North Sathorn Road Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok Tel: 02-344-4000



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Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the third biggest island in Thailand, after Phuket, the largest, and Koh Chang. Koh Samui was once one of the richest islands in the world in terms of natural resources, where locals survived easily on fishing and farming, and enjoyed all the bounties of the sea, mountains and waterfalls. Then, some 30 years ago, backpackers and free-loving hippies discovered it, and gradually but surely news of the tropical paradise spread. Tourists were drawn to the island, so were investors, ready to cash in on a destination that would clearly turn a profit. Samui was to be turned not only into a hippy’s idea of a dream island, but everyone’s dream island. As roads were laid, infrastructure built and hotels designed, Samui was ready for a whole new era as a dream vacation for all. The island plays the role well. In spite of its almost hurried growth, with luxury hotels, fine dining outlets, spas and night spots mushrooming all over the island, Samui also continues to provide the visitor with boundless natural beauty, coupled with all the fun-filled activities that any holiday should include: nature trekking, swimming in waterfalls and hiking through forests are just some of the outdoor fun. Visitors can also glimpse the island’s rich local culture. As for getting to the island, Bangkok Airways provides an extensive network of flights connecting all major cities in the region. DO There is a wide range of activities on Koh Samui. Sign up for island hopping to the neighbouring islands, a day trip that covers the famous five rock islands plus the swallow nest cave. Go to Angthong National Marine Park, and discover 42 islands for sightseeing, snorkeling and kayaking. Visit the natural stone bridge at Koh Sam Sao, and the amazing emerald lagoon at Koh Mae Koh, Koh Hin Dub, with the longest beach, is considered the most beautiful island. For those who would prefer staying on land, rent a motorcycle, car or the local song-taew (red minibus) and enjoy some beach driving. Check the rental rates with your hotel when getting a minibus to the picturesque Bang Rak, Choengmon, Chaweng, Lamai and Laem Set. Stop over at Koh Tan for sunbathing and swimming. There are several waterfalls on Koh Samui, with Na Muang Waterfalls (10 kilometers from Nathon) considered the island’s most beautiful. There are actually two waterfalls: Na Muang I, at 18 meters high and accessible by car, and Na Muang II, at 80 meters high, and reached by a 30-minute walk. While Na Muang is small, it nevertheless has historical significance, having been visited by King Rama V, VII and King Bhumibol. Today, it is also one of the island’s water resources. The mummified monk (Luang Pho Dang, former abbot of Wat Kunaram) is a must-see. Renowned amongst his disciples and Buddhists, Luang Pho Dang is also remembered for his serious meditation practice. After his death, his body did not decompose, and has been kept in a glass casket in accordance with his last request to inspire the younger generation to embrace Buddhist teachings. The Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) is the most popular attraction. A sacred temple of the local people, the Big Buddha statue sits 15 meters tall on the hill. The statue was built in 1972 by the local community to provide visitors with a place to pay respect. The Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks (Hin Ta Hin Yai) comprise a famous rock formation depicting the male and female sex organs. In contrast to nature’s own erotic display here, the spot is rather tranquil and beautiful, with a turquoise-blue pool nearby. Drop by to watch, taste and take home a bottle of Thailand’s only rum! Visit the AGM Magic Alambic Rum Distillery. Local freshly squeezed organic sugar cane juice is used to produce what is considered a superior agricultural rum! Tee off at one of the most beautiful scenic golf courses on the hill. Santiburi Samui Country Club is an 18-hole course that overlooks the Gulf of Thailand. SEAT Eat, drink and be merry, as no visit to Koh Samui would be complete without experiencing at least some of the island’s

many fine dining outlets and award-winning restaurants, including Art Café by June, formerly About Art & Craft, a vegan-friendly bistro (serving both meat and vegetarian options) and healthy bakery. The Cliff Bar & Grill, EuropeanMediterranean cuisine delights just as much as the venue’s location – overlooking the crystal-blue waters of the bay and Elephant Rocks. For a view to remember, try the awardwinning Dining on the Rocks, but only if money is no object! The Page, a smart conceptual design beachfront restaurant, serves western and Thai fusion dishes. The Pier, a chic chillout bar and restaurant, is known for its great atmosphere, and the mood is kept romantic thanks to the venue’s splendid sunset views. Prego, meanwhile, is one of the finest Italian restaurants on the isle, and is famous for its pizza and homemade pasta; great prices and service also. PLAY The liveliest road in Koh Samui is Chaweng Beach Road. At noon, there are plenty of shops, fast-food and international dining options, and at dusk the road takes on a whole new look with vibrant beats and colourful lights. Soi Green Mango is a hub of nightlife spots. TOP THINGS IN KOH SAMUI 1. I should coco The prolific palms used as a signature backdrop of Koh Samui posters are also known for producing some of Thailand’s premium coconuts. Coconut juice is one of the most refreshing drinks ever, while coconut milk is the base ingredient for Thai cuisine, sweets and desserts. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E, a natural product excellent for nourishing the skin post-sunbathing and drinking! (After drinking, use it in a cold press, to help boost blood circulation and as an anti-oxidant). While the leaves can be woven to produce hats and baskets, the shells can be used too to create home decor items. 2. Well….ness Spoil yourself! As part of your weekend getaway, get pampered and revitalize your mind, body and soul at the island’s holistic wellness and spas. Highly recommended are Anantara Spa at Anantara Bophut Resort and Spa; Chuan Spa at Langham Place; Samui Hhomm Spa at the Scent Hotel, Kamalaya; the Rainforest at Banyan Tree Samui; Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Hideaway Samui, and Tamarind Springs. 3.To dine for Koh Samui is one of the best places in Thailand for fine dining options--from international cuisine to fresh seafood, from authentic and fusion Thai dishes to spicy foods Samui style. 4.Green work Koh Samui might have suffered environmentally from over-fast development, but the locals have started all sorts of initiatives to take part in the island’s preservation. Projects include the Green Island Project, the Samui Mala and the Tongsai Bay.

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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

The Cabin Grill @

A-One Royal Cruise Hotel

For many years this unique hotel has graced Pattaya Beach Road looking for all the world as if both ships are about to set sail on the high seas. The ships boast 466 beach front cabins, entertainment venues such as a piano lounge, Compass Karaoke including 10 private rooms, the Harbour Restaurant serving Halal food, the Boat Music Place for latenight dancing and dining and on the second deck the latest eatery in their fleet of restaurants, The Cabin Grill. This interesting ship-inspired design is the flag ship of the A-One Hotel Group. Everything about it resonates the nautical theme from the decks to the nattily dressed sailor outfits of the staff to the gang ways and chrome designs of the connecting staircases; we were

fascinated by the attention to detail of it all. Every night a vast seafood barbeque is held poolside but we were aboard to visit their most recent restaurant The Cabin Grill on number two deck of the Royal Wing. Having been “piped” aboard by the charming public relations manager, Sunee Vaewmanee, we were guided to our table overlooking the prow and the lower deck swimming pool with the lights of Beach Road flickering through the palm trees. The western menu highlights their signature steaks with 400 grams of T-bone heading the options with 300 gms. of rib eye and 250 gms of tenderloin completing the choices at B.550, B.450,and B.420, respectively. They are served with the famous Idaho russet potatoes and a choice of sauces from red wine to mushroom to curry. The eclectic European menu offers soups (the likes of crab bisque and French onion), pasta, salads (Caesar and Greek), sandwiches, burgers including the Royal Cruise house burger, lamb stew, duck breast in orange sauce with waffle chips and more concluding with an extravagant 700-gram lobster a l’American accompanied by pilaf rice at B.1,800. Mick and I, however, plumped to delve into the delights of their Thai menu. We eschewed the hot soups preferring to start with a cold opener, but for soup lovers

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tom yam gung (B.180), tom kha talay or aromatic beef and aniseed soup would, I’m sure, hit the spot. Top of the yam dishes (salads) is the perpetually popular som tam with fresh prawns which we passed over on this occasion and instead ordered the crispy soft shell crab salad (B.230), and seafood lemon grass salad. Both were excellent examples of these spicy, salty, sweet combinations--fiery and vitalizing. Everyone knows a noodle fan and here at The Cabin Grill they are catered for with oodles of noodles: braised beef, fried with pork, chicken, shrimp or beef, tom yam ramen with prawns and of course the quintessential national dish–pad Thai. Red curry is served with roasted duck or pork for only B.180 with the green variety priced the same and served with chicken, pork or beef. However, we couldn’t leave

without trying at least one dish from the European menu and on Sunee’s recommendation we ordered the tuna steak Burgundy style. Juicy tender tuna had been wrapped in a cured pork rasher and served pink and moist escorted by baby onions and carrots. It was a dish big on taste so to accompany these robust flavours we enjoyed an excellent bottle of the house Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon at B.1,170. One of our favourite Thai dishes is whole fried crab with curry powder which almost won our vote but was narrowly beaten by a Massaman chicken curry. Thick, luscious, aromatic and delicious it had been perfectly executed with those wonderful succulent potatoes steeped in the robust sauce melting delightfully in the mouth. Accompanied by a big selection of stir fried vegetables and steamed

Jasmine rice our culinary cruise came to a close on a high note. There are many reasons to climb on board the A-1 Royal Cruise Hotel apart from The Cabin Grill. That nightly seafood BBQ held poolside, with every conceivable option, is only B.800 net per person while up on upper deck 2, the Harbour restaurant serves Halal and Indian cuisine with an a la carte menu and a nightly international buffet for only B.370 net. A coterie of cocktail lounges, bars and live bands make this hotel a top class international venue and life style destination to head up the vibrant night life on Pattaya’s North Beach Road.

The A-1 Royal Cruise Hotel

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F&B Promotions Hilton Pattaya Presents Exquisite Seven Course Thai Wine Dinner at Flare Hilton Pattaya announced its latest exquisite Thai wine dinner promotion at Flare restaurant. The promotion is held in partnership with Assistant Winemaker Suppached Sasomsin who learnt his trade in the Bordeaux and Montepeyroux wine regions. As part of this promotion, he will host a seven-course dinner while presenting matched award winning Monsoon Valley Wines at its popular wine dinner series. The wine maker believes in blending traditional skills with state-of-the-art winemaking while utilizing the finest grapes from the foothills of Hua Hin. Each of the seven courses will be accompanied with perfectly chosen Monsoon Valley vines. Highlights include seared Hokkaido sea scallops, roasted duck curry and lychee served in pineapple cases and traditional ripe mango and sticky rice. Guests can indulge in a fabulous evening of food and wine on Friday, July 5, 2013 from 7 p.m. for only THB 2,300 nett per guest.

Mango Festival Mango Festival at Radius Restaurant Radius Restaurant, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya invites you to beat the heat and taste our all time favourite mango festival. Chef Yongyuth proudly presents a selection of mouth watery mango menus including Grilled Prawn and Mango Salad, Crab salad with mango salsa, Salmon steak with mango sauce and more. Finish your meal with mango dessert such as Mango and passion fruit tart or Mango with Sticky Rice. ‘Mango Festival’ promotion is available everyday at 6:30am – 10:00pm from July 1 – 31, 2013. Starting price at only THB 165 nett. For more information, please call 038 933 888 or

For more information or reservations please call +66 (0)38 253 000 or email:

Steak and Lobster Promotion 1 – 31 July 2013 at La Tavola & Wine Bar, Italian Restaurant Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel Naturally Australian Wagyus from Darling Downs and Maine Lobsters are sourced to La Tavola & Wine Bar, Italian Restaurant. Savor surprising creations by Executive Sous Chef Fabio including Wagyu Rib-eye steak, Tomahawk Bone Steak, Live Maine Lobster Thermidor, Live Maine Lobster served grill or steam and many more…. All are served with one choice of Sauces like Green peppercorn sauce, Béarnaise, Potatoes like Garlic mash potato, Truffle parmesan steak fries and Sides order like Green asparagus with béarnaise sauce and Creamed spinach. If not, order them as part of Surf & Turf plate. Price starts at THB. 1,650++.

Discover an exclusive White Asparagus Menu Experience the finest White Asparagus with your favorite succulent steak and salad. This is what our inimitable Benihana Chefs have in store this month. White Asparagus prepared at the teppanyaki table as you watch, and served in a variety of styles. A lunch or dinner with Benihanas’ chefperformers is always a memorable occasion. For more information please contact Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa: 038 412 120 ext.1395 E-mail: pattayamarriott@

For further details and reservations, please call 02 125 5020

Tavern by the Sea Every Monday Curry Night - Fancy something spicy? Try the tastiest curries, naan and Indian rice together with a buffet of salads, side dishes and desserts. THB 449 net excludes beverages. Every Tuesday Tacos Tuesdays (New) - As much as you can eat! Beef, chicken, pork chili con carne, Mexican beans, vegetables, salad bar and tacos. THB 399 net excludes beverages. Every Wednesday Ribs & Wings - Finger licking good ribs and 6 different kinds of wings -

all you can eat! Including French fries!! Come and get them! THB 399 net excludes beverages and THB 449 net served with one glass of Heineken Every Thursday Shellfish Night (New) - As much as you can eat! Mussels, cockles, clams and shellfish. Prepared 4 different ways, served with rice or fries. THB 499 net excludes beverages. Ever Friday & Saturday Churrasco Night - Enjoy prime meats and seafood grilled to perfection on the fire and freshly skewered for you on our

churrasco pens at our Tavern. Of course complemented by full buffet of starters, side dishes and desserts. THB 690 net Every promotions start from 18:30 - 22:00 hrs. Tavern By The Sea, Amari Orchid Pattaya, Beach Road, North Pattaya,Tel.: 038 418 418

Masters of molecular at Zulu Jungle Bar From now until end of July 2013, our talented bartenders of Zulu Bar at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya are created and mixed flavorful cocktail glasses. Following the current trend for molecular cocktails our bartenders are presenting their interpretations with delights such as melon illusion, molecule of love and amazing flavours molecular. Satisfied price is at THB 220++ (subject to service charge and VAT). Take a glimpse at the bartenders as they ‘flair’ while they mix, muddle or stir your drink to perfection. ‘Zulu’ jungle bar is located adjacent to the lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 5.00pm - 01.00am. For more information or reservations, please contact (038) 301 234 ext. 4283

Happy Sunday Brunch – COME 3 PAY 2 All you can eat brunch buffet at Radius Restaurant Enjoy the time-honored 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 20Pattaya-Naklua Road Pattaya 20150., Tel 038 933888., or http://

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Mixology – the newest addition to Pattaya Today’s Life & Leisure section – features the art and science of preparing mixed drinks. This content highlights the skills of some of the country’s mixologists at combining various drinks and ingredients to create cocktails.

Perfect Flair Ingredients Finlandia Lime, Midori (melon liqueur), apple syrup, fresh lime, fresh lemongrass, refined sugar

How to Mix In a bar shaker crush together fresh lemongrass, fresh lime and sugar with a mortar or the back of a spoon until the mixture becomes slightly mushy. Add Finlandia Lime, Midori, apple syrup and ice. Shake and serve in martini glass. Garnish with young pineapple peel and maraschino cherry. Glass Type Martini Glass

Mixologist Nattaphon “Pik” Wongjan Flair Bartender/Mixologist at Radius Bar & Restaurant, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya Signature Drink Monday Radar (Ring of the Moon) Certification/Achievement • Winner, Finlandia Vodka Cup Thailand 2012 • 8th runner-up, International Finlandia Vodka Cup 2012, Finland


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EVERYDAY 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM More information, please call 038 933 888

“I often wonder what the vintners buy One half so precious as the goods they sell.” Omar Khayyam

Mantra’s Cape Mentelle and Terrazas de Los Andes Wine Dinner Perennially pushing the culinary envelope, Mantra recently hosted a wine dinner celebrating the connoisseurial wine estates of Cape Mentelle and Terrazas de los Andes under the auspices of Estates & Wines, the Moet Hennessy Wine Division. In 1995, Robert-Jean de Vogue, then president of Moet & Chandon, commenced on a mission to search for further regions, other than his native Champagne, to produce top-quality sparkling wines. He saw the potential in Argentina and four years later established the winery’s first subsidiary outside of France, Bodegas Chandon Argentina. During this time, their stablemate, Vueve Clicquot Ponsardin, acquired interests of their own in three fledging new-world wineries: Cape Mentelle in Australia’s Margaret River, Newton Vineyard in the Napa Valley, California, and Cloudy Bay in New Zealand. Terrazas de los Andes was also embraced and in 2003 Estates & Wines was founded forming Moet Hennessy’s dedicated wine division. With such an illustrious pedigree,

Mick and I were more than excited to be invited to this 5-star wine dinner. Chef Sumit, under the guidance of executive chef Leonard Faust, devised a gourmet menu to complement these celebrated wines. So it was with huge expectations that we entered the stunning red and black décor of Mantra’s famous restaurant. The first pouring of the evening belonged to a Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012 which was to be paired with tuna saku carpaccio with wasabi aioli, rocket salad, balsamic and champignon. This young, juicy white wine was a brilliant opener, textured with ginger and lemon flavours with just a touch of oak, it made best friends with the delicate flavours of the sushi-grade tuna. Providing the

necessary kick, the garlicky wasabi and an intense sticky balsamic gave that final rough kiss to the sweet, mild taste of the tuna. Next to be served was my star course of the evening. Created personally by chef Sumit, it was a sensational recipe. Described on the menu as Canadian lobster cappuccino and shaved fennel topped with mocha-whipped cream and Kahlua. This high-tech soup

was served with a lobster and cheese roll. Imagine if you will a dark, creamy lobster bisque with just a background hint of coffee topped with super whipped cream and crowned with a lobster espuma – it was a spectacularly intense dish. Stirred and sipped from a delicate cup together with bites of the miniature lobster roll, it was foodie heaven, and the murmurs of appreciation around the room were almost audible. Served with a Terrazas Reserve Chardonnay 2011 with its hugely intense fruity notes complexed by an oak fermentation it made for a partnership to remember. We passed on grilled, grain-fed beef tenderloin with oven-baked Portobello mushrooms accompanied by a Terrazas Reserva Malbec and instead elected to be served pan-roasted grouper fillet with a pistachio and coriander crust on spinach with braised yellow lentils and another glass of that muchappreciated Chardonnay. Perfectly cooked fish topped with a nutty aromatic crust did not disappoint

especially satisfying with the gutsy spinach and yellow lentils. It was now time for us to dip into the Cape Mentelle red portfolio. Cabernet Merlot 2011 is a Bordeauxstyle blend from their Margaret River area. Aged in French and American oak with a black cherry fruit aroma and a voluptuous palate it adeptly attended the cheese selection of milky smooth Muenster, pungent Roquefort and a tangy goats cheese. We were pretty sated by now but forever the professionals we tucked into the dessert and last course of the evening. Mixed berries and a lychee sabayon was presented with an assortment of berries. Escorted by a delectable Chandon Brut Rose NV it brought a sweet, sparkling end to our feast of gourmet dishes, memorable wines and another superb gastronomical event at Mantra. Mantra's Cap Mentelle Open daily from 6 pm till l am. (The bar opens at 5 pm) Tel: (038) 429 591 visit


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Tuna Tartar, Avocado, Crispy Wontons & Grilled Prawns Serves 2 2 pieces White prawns 2 tablespoon Vegetable oil Salt & Freshly ground black pepper 3 pieces Wonton wrappers, cut into 2, triangle shape 200 gram Tuna, sushi grade, cut into dice ½ teaspoon Ginger, finely grated 1 teaspoon Lime juice

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4 tablespoon Sweet chili sauce 1 tablespoon Spring onion, chopped 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil 1 pieces Avocado, diced Salt Fresh ground black pepper Basil oil (see recipe) Tomato dressing (see recipe) Micro greens

B a si l O i l Makes 1/3 cup 3 cups Basil leaves ¾ cup Olive oil Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Use about ¼ cup of salt for every quart of water. Place the herbs in a strainer and dip them in water for 15 seconds, keeping the water at a strong boil. Remove the strainer and plunge herbs straight into an ice water bath to chill. Drain the cold herbs and squeeze as dry as possible. Cut the herbs with scissors into smaller pieces. Place half the herbs in the blender and cover with the oil. Turn on the blender to medium speed and allow herbs to blend for a minute to begin to process. If the herbs aren’t moving freely, add slightly more oil so they will. Turn the speed to high and continue to blend for another 2 minutes. Add half the remaining herbs, blend for 2 more minutes, add remaining herbs and blend for a further 2 minutes. Remove the oil to a container and leave to infuse for at least 1 day. The puree will keep for a week, once strained it will discolor after about 2 days. Strain the oil through cheesecloth, it will go slow and could take almost an hour. Pour into a small plastic squeeze bottle and refrigerate.

Heat the oil in a pan season the prawns with salt & pepper, carefully place the prawns into the hot pan and cook on all sides till nicely coloured &cooked through. Deep fry the wontons until crisp and drain on a wire rack. Put the diced tuna into a bowl with the ginger, lime juice, sweet chili sauce, spring onion, oil & avocado &season with salt & pepper, mix gently to combine and bring together. Check for seasoning.

T om ato D r e ssi n g 3 pieces Tomato, peeled 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper Put the tomato and balsamic into a blender and blend for about 1½ to 2 minutes. Strain into a bowl, add the mustard and slowly whisk in the oil till emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve Put a small mix of tuna on the plate and top with a wonton crisp, add another spoon of tuna mix over the wonton then add another wonton crisp creating a stack, place another tuna mix and then another wonton, finish with some more mix. (You should have a stack of 3 wonton crisps). Drizzle some basil oil and tomato dressing on the plate, and then neatly arrange the prawns around. Finish with some micro greens.

Unagi Maki with Portobello Mushrooms Makes 3 rolls

F or t he Roll: 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!

1 ½ cups cooked Sushi Rice* 3 half Nori Sheets

F or t he U nagi F i ll i ng : 1 unagi kabayaki (roasted fresh water eel), trimmed and cut in strips 1 cucumber cut into strips and deseeded ½ cup toasted sesame seeds ½ cup cilantro, picked

F or t h e P ortobe llo M u shroom s: 3 large portobello mushrooms, cleaned For the marinade: Balsamic vinegar Garlic Garlic powder Ginger powder Salt and pepper sugar

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For the Portobello Mushrooms: Left over marinade from the mushrooms Clean the mushrooms by pulling the stem and ½ cup balsamic vinegar spooning the gills off, being careful not to break the 1 cup soy sauce caps. Mix all the marinade ingredients and place the 3 garlic cloves, chopped mushrooms seasoned in salt and pepper in it and hold in ¼ cup sugar the fridge for about an hour or two. To cook, take it off the Trimmings from the eel marinade and place in a foiled sheetpan, then place in a broiler set on high. Flip ot once and cool down, before sprinkle the sesame seeds. Place the eel, cucumber and slicing on the bias thinly. Set aside. some cilantro inside before forming the roll. Place the sliced portobello nicely to cover the roll on top, then press For the Unagi Filling: a piece of platic wrap to keep it in place before cutting it Cook the eel pieces in a broiler on high il a little crisp into eight pieces. Serve it with the sauce on the side, with on the outside just before making the rolls. Set aside. some sesame seeds sprinkled on it. For the sauce: *Cooked Sushi Rice In a small sauce pot on low heat, saute the garlic You’ll ne ed 3 cups of Sushi Rice and 1 cup of Rice and eel trimmings, then deglaze with the mushroom Vinegar. Wash the rice about three times, then drain well. marinade. Add the rest of the ingredients and lower Add 3 cups of water and cook in a rice cooker for 45 the heat to lowest setting and let t reduce to about half minutes. Place the rice in a Hangiri+ or any non-reactive the amount. Make sure to stir often as to not scorch the bottom. When desired thickness is achieved (coating the container and add the rice vinegar, fanning and folding the rice. Cool the rice down to slightly above room back of a spoon), let it cool down in room temperature temperature. Make sure to avoid breaking the rice grains. and set aside. To Serve: Spread the sushi rice evenly over the Nori sheet then flip it over onto a Makisu** wrapped in plastic wrap and

** Bamboo mat + Wooden rice container used for cooling down sushi rice.



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Got Dry Skin?

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Fix It With These 5 At-Home Remedies

Nicha Clinic at Pattaya 2nd Road.Tel. 038-411190, 038-411990., (Opposite View Talay Beach Condo and Central Festival Pattaya) for more information and to book a FREE consultation.

Luminous Spa Pay for 1 Spa Treatment and Get the 2 at 50% Off at Luminous Spa

Receive a 50% discount on your second body or facial treatment such as foot massage, body scab and facial treatment at the Luminous SPA. which will be of the same or lesser values as the first. For more information, please call 038 933 888 or

Green Season Special! Staying healthy during a long period of humid and gloomy rainy season, you must call for help from this program “Green Season Special”. This program assists in restoring your vitality, preventing your skin from humidity and balancing your mind through a 30-minute Warm Natural Green Bath and 30-minute Mineral Sea Salt & Tea Tree Body Scrub. Complete this health prevention program with a 60-minute Swedish Massage that performs with aromatic oil blends of Tea Tree for totally relaxed. Price: THB 4,000++ for 2 hours Period: from now until July 31, 2013 For more information or reservation, please contact: Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya 240/2 Pattaya Beach Road Cholburi 20150,Thailand.Tel: +66 0 3837 1044., Email: or Website:

Jetlag relief treatment at Cense by Spa Cenvaree of Centara Hotel Hat Yai From now until 31July 2013, Cense by Spa Cenvaree at Centara Hotel Hat Yaiis offering to re-balance and relax your senses with Jetlag Relief, a treatment using special blended warm relaxing oils combined with pressure point technique to focus on the tension areas in your back and shoulders. The next stage is to reduce water retention and enhance your immune system with a green tea foot ritual, and for the eyes, a mint-and-green-tea contour mask. The special package is for two hours andis available as a package for singles at Baht 1,700net/person. For more information or reservations please contact Cense by Spa Cenvaree, Centara Hotel Hat Yai Call 074-352 222 or visit

Are you troubled with skin that is dry or flaky? Or do you suffer with a constant unpleasant itch? There are many dry skin cures on the market. Some work and some do not, but one thing’s for sure – they all leave your bank account a little bit smaller. So, how do you soothe your dry and cracking skin? In this article, you’ll find five at-home remedies to help you with your dry skin condition. Each of these remedies you’re going to learn about uses inexpensive ingredients that are often found in your own kitchen or can easily be found in your local grocery store. Best of all, they work! 1. Honey You may have noticed that honey is often an ingredient in many of the over-the-counter products made for skin care. That is because honey has antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, and it also helps to lock in moisture. Having said that, doesn’t it make sense to buy your own honey to treat your skin, saving the high cost of all those skin care products? It is a lot cheaper and easy to use. Here’s what you need to do: Lightly heat up two teaspoons of honey and apply it onto your skin (hands, legs, face) while it is still warm. Let the honey remain on your skin for 15 minutes, and then wash it off. Your skin will love you for this treatment. 2. Coconut Milk Coconut milk combats skin blemishes and dark spots as well as reducing the dryness of your skin. You can buy coconut milk at your local grocery store or make your own. After applying the milk to your skin, you will need to leave it on overnight. One thing to note here: Because the coconut milk will rub off during the night, it is advisable to use old bed sheets and pillowcases. 3. Oatmeal Yes, the same oatmeal you eat for breakfast. Oatmeal has been used by many to both soothe and heal their skin. Although not very fancy, the same

quick cooking or rolled oats you have in your kitchen cupboard can be used to give your skin relief from itching. Use your blender or food processor to lightly grind the oats. Place one cup of these ground oats into your warm bath water and enjoy your soak. Do not make the water too hot, as hot water tends to dry your skin. 4. Aloe Vera The aloe vera plant is one of those things that you should always have around your home. If you don’t have one, go to your local nursery and get one. Aloe is really good for your skin. After bathing, cut a piece of aloe from the plant, and gently apply the gel from the plant to your skin. It can be used on your hands, legs, and face. The aloe will form a protective coating, as well as moisturize your skin. This protection will aid in keeping your pores clear of impurities. Keep in mind that although aloe vera is very good at hydrating your skin, it can make your skin feel tight. All you need to do here is to apply some moisturizer to relieve that feeling. 5. Olive Oil Filled with fatty acids and antioxidants, olive oil is a natural moisturizer. It instantly soothes and conditions dry skin. You can use olive oil on your elbows, hands, even on dry cuticles. Olive oil can also be used to remove makeup. Olive oil is very easy to use, all you need to do is to massage a little into your skin while it is still damp from your bath. Then just let the oil work its’ magic. For additional information on skin care, as well as on beauty, health, fitness, romance, hair care and more, go to

Birth control pill may lower ovarian cancer risk

One in 72 women is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but it may be possible to reduce this risk simply by taking birth control pills. While previous research has linked the pill to an increased risk of cervical cancer, a new metaanalysis of 24 studies found that, overall, women who had taken the pill had a 27 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The risk was further reduced in those who had used the pill for 10 years or longer; women who fell into this category were half as likely as those who had never used an oral contraceptive to receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis.



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There appears to be a correlation between the body mass index (BMI) of a pregnant woman at her first prenatal visit and her risk of preterm birth. A review of Swedish medical records found that the more overweight a woman was early in her pregnancy, the more likely she was to have a premature baby. Among both overweight and obese women, weight-related maternal complications increased the risk of medically indicated preterm delivery— meaning artificially induced labor or cesarean section. Additionally, obese women were at greater risk of spontaneous extremely preterm delivery, defined for the purposes of the study as between 22 and 27 weeks gestation.




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Laser treatment helps restore youthful appearance by Thonglor Clinic

Time always takes its toll on our appearances. Either we become more wrinkly, gain too much weight or start to sprout different skin tags on our body. It is never too late to take action. The worst thing we can do is ignore these problems. Unattractive skin tags can be removed with the aid of laser technology without leaving unsightly scars. The doctor will examine you during a free consultation to assess the best way to approach your special needs. Lasers also have a rejuvenating effect on the skin and can improve early changes. If your masses appear to be more like some skin cancers, then an appointment with the surgeon may be in order. Caucasian skin is more easily damaged by the effects of the sun; all sorts of changes can be then encountered. Asian skin is more subject to developing melisma or to have some scarring post acne. Lasers and rejuvenating products will help to resurface the skin and reduce the depths or severity of old scars. These laser treatments have to be repeated in some instances if the skin lesions are severe. Thonglor Clinic has a special laser that targets colored skin lesions and blood vessels. It can be used to remove liver spots and small red veins that often appear around the nose. This laser can also be used to treat small varicose veins. These capillaries can be zapped away with no scarring.

Lasers come in different wave lengths and are used to treat multiple skin conditions. If you are wondering if it is for you, please make an appointment for a free consultation. Just don’t ignore the problem…it won’t go away on its own. Unwanted fat deposits too stubborn to disappear with exercise can be removed with the help of liposuction. This is not a weight reduction method, more a body reshaping intervention. Many older men present large breasts that make them uncomfortable to be seen on the beach without a shirt. These can be markedly reduced in size and shape. Lower abdomen aprons can also be reduced by up to 4 kg in one session. With our female patients we have to deal more with reshaping saddle bags and ventral fat deposits. Arm circumferences can also be reduced by this procedure. It can reduce the ‘bat-wing’ effect on the arm area. Another area that can be targeted is fatty chins and double/triple chins that some of us sport. This quite often is combined during a facelift operation. Liposuction can be performed in the clinic with some light sedation and the use of saline laced with local anesthetic to make it painless. It is called “tickle lipo” as the feeling is more like a tickling effect when the fat is aspirated out. Wearing a support bandage post operatively allows the skin to resume its place without sagginess. Some

bruising is present for one week after the procedure and then a firming effect takes place during the healing process. There is no down time as most people resume their normal activities almost the same day. Only a slight preparation is required medically. The patient must not take aspirin medications or other blood thinning products for one week prior to the procedure. Blood tests are conducted also prior to the surgery to rule out any other underlying problems. Our staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have before making your decision to rediscover the new you! The rainy season is the best time to tackle these issues as the beaches are not as much the focus of our daily activities. Take control of your life and your appearance now!

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The right way to a toned, healthy body Whether you’re a woman, a man, or a child, muscle tone is important if you want a healthy body. For most, that requires at least some strength training. Just do it right, because doing musclestrengthening exercises the wrong way can do more harm than good. Here are some tips to help you keep in shape and avoid injury. 1. Before doing any strength training, warm up your muscles. When

finished, cool down properly. 2. Learn proper form either in a class or from a private instructor. 3. Breathe out when exerting effort (lifting weights, for example); breathe in as you release the load or weight. Never hold your breath while straining. 4. Don’t lock your joints; always leave a slight bend in your knees and elbows when straightening out your legs and arms. 5. Be patient. Results take time. Rushing it can do damage. So too can working out too much or too long. Allow 48 hours between strength training sessions so the muscles can rest. 6. You may exercise if you have a cold or other minor ailment. If it’s anything more serious, take a day or so to recover before resuming modified training. 7. If any exercise causes severe pain, stop immediately. You may have a physical problem or you may be doing the movement improperly. Seek advice from an expert. Meanwhile, do only what is comfortable and extend your range of motion and effort gradually.


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Pet Shop Boys – Electric

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upcoming movies Despicable Me 2

The Lone Ranger

Grown Ups 2

Lead Actors Steve Carell, Ken Jeong, Kristen Wiig

Lead Actors

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Electric is the twelfth studio album by English synthpopduo Pet Shop Boys, to be released on July 15, 2013. It is the band's first album to not be released on Parlophone, and will be released on the duo's own label, x2, through Kobalt Label Services.

Director Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Genre Animation|Comedy|Family Release Date 3 July 2013

1. Axis 2. Bolshy 3. Love Is a Bourgeois Construct 4. Fluorescent

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Inside a Dream The Last to Die Shouting in the Evening Thursday Vocal


Review A most controversial murderer

The last serial murderer to be hanged in Britain was John Reginald Christie in 1953. He had strangled his own wife and several prostitutes he picked up in cafes in London and hid their corpses under the floorboards, in cupboards and in holes in the garden. There is some forensic evidence that he indulged in sex with most of the unfortunate women during their last moments.

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

But three years previously, a lodger in the same house, at 10 Rillington Place, was judicially hanged for the murder of his own wife Beryl and his baby daughter Geraldine. His name was Timothy Evans and he was eventually granted a posthumous pardon in the 1960s long after it was realized that Christie was a mass murderer. Surely there could not be two stranglers living in the same house at the same time. The popular 1971 movie 10 Rillington Place starred Richard Attenborough and presented Evans as a harmless simpleton and Christie as a manipulating arch-villain. This famous miscarriage of justice, if that is what it was, played a significant role in bringing about the end of capital punishment in Britain. But was Evans actually innocent? A new book, John Christie of Rillington

Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner

Director Gore Verbinski Genre Action|Adventure|Western Release Date 3 July 2013 Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Place, by Jonathan Oates (Pen and Sword Books, $18 from Amazon UK) argues that, whilst Christie was certainly a mass murderer, the violent and abusive husband Evans killed his wife and child. The case against Evans is that he confessed to killing them both in three out of four confessions he made to the police. Only in one account did he blame Christie. Evans knew details of the family crime which only the killer could know. For example, he stated that he had strangled baby Geraldine with a tie because she wouldn’t stop crying. Yet the detail of the tie had not been released to the public at the time Evans made his statement. There is also the point that Beryl Evans’ brother always maintained that he was sure Evans had a hand in the murder of his wife.

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock

Director Dennis Dugan Genre Comedy Release Date 12 July 2013 After having the greatest time of his life three summers ago, Lenny (Adam Sandler), decides he wants to move his family back to his hometown and have them grow up with his gang of childhood friends and their kids. But between old bullies, new bullies, schizophrenic bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, psycho grade school girlfriends and 400 costumed party crashes he finds out that sometimes crazy follows you.

The evidence against Christie on these two murders was weak. Christie’s usual method of killing was to gas his victims before having some sort of sex and strangling them. But two separate autopsies on Beryl Evans failed to show evidence of gas or sexual penetration. Yet if Christie did not indeed murder Beryl then it’s difficult to say why he murdered the infant. Author Jonathan Oates accepts that his findings are controversial but goes into great detail about the mistakes of fact in the famous movie and in the earlier book by anti-hanging campaigner Ludovic Kennedy on which it was based. It’s a sobering thought that, if Oates is right, the movement to end capital punishment in Britain was based on a false premise. Nobody was executed in UK after 1964, eleven years

after Christie went to the gallows for perhaps the wrong crimes. According to hangman Albert Pierrepoint, Christie complained on the scaffold that his nose was itching. “Don’t worry lad,” came the brusque reply, “it won’t bother you for long.”



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All new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport V6 3.0L

The all-around, powerful, big-family SUV Mitsubishi Motors Thailand is in overdrive mode launching new models non-stop. Last year saw the debut of new SUV Pajero Sport 3.0 liter by John Lindgren V6 and the dinky, Editor-in-chief: budget aka 'eco-car' -the 5-door hatchback Mitsubishi Mirage. This month the four-door sedan version of the Mirage hatchback hits the 'Mitsu' showrooms throughout the Thai Kingdom under the name Attrage. In the meantime, Pattaya Today takes out the all new Pajero Sport for a weekend spin. There it is. Just one look and you'll see it’s a Pajero by Mitsubishi, the mighty muscular looks with the 'Mitsu' face; the iconic chrome grille with slanting bars and the well-recognised three diamonds logo in the center. The projector headlamps, the sturdy silver

skid plates and chrome wing mirrors with integrated blinkers add rough elegance to the exterior. Interior: instead of getting away from it all why not just take it all with you. More luggage, more family, more friends and the dogs, too. Seven passengers, baggage and the toypoodles. ('Poodle-toy' in Thai). The Pajero Sport V6 cockpit layout is modern. Black leather upholstery, silver chrome inlays on the dashboard and doors. For the driver there's a seven inch touch screen monitor on the center console. SUV-like commanding view for the driver and a sturdy threespoke multi function steering wheel. Plus, all the bells and whistles that not long ago you found only in luxury imported SUVs, like cruise control and F-1 inspired paddle shift. And more goodies like satellite navigation, a 12.5-inch DVD screen for backseat passengers, a rear-view parking camera, Bluetooth, USB connectivity– the works.

Down in the engine room we find a lightweight six-cylinder petrol power-plant. A bit rare these days, a V6 engine like the supercar Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini big block V8's and V12's smooth, powerful and fuel guzzling motors. Mitsubishi has resisted downsizing the trend by offering a 219 hp 3.0-litre V6 option

with a user-friendly 5-speed automatic gearbox. Our demo unit painted in Eisen Grey Mica (where do they get all these names?!) tanked up with 70 liter 95 octane or gasoline 'gas' as the North Americans call this petroleum derived oil still used in internal combustion engines. 'Hit the Road Johnny', says my navigator as we exit the Mitsubishi Motors Thailand HQ in Rangsit, Pathum Thani. Moments later on the straight eight lane Viphavadee Rangsit highway I step on it. And the 219 horse power V6 petrol motor delivers with an instant kick accompanied by that unmistakable, full-bodied six-cylinder soundtrack. Not the coarse diesel clatter, or the high pitched whine of a hybrid vehicle. On the highway and the motorway the Pajero Sport produces effortless performance right away from standstill to highway speeds to 120 kph effortlessly–all the way to top velocity, about 165-170 kph. But at these speeds Pajero's V6 burns a lot of petrol. The 'fuel economy' or consumption; kilometer per liter drops to single digits. An hour later on the elevated expressway to Pattaya City halfway to Chonburi province the dark low heavy rain clouds move in and suddenly the

skies open. The visibility drops to zero. The sky, the tarmac and the cars in front disappear disappear in the violent rainstorm. Windscreen wipers working full speed. Headlights on and high beam. No music! “Steady as she goes”, says my navigator. And we're only half way to Pattaya. But we are safe inside the big sturdy Pajero. Cocooned inside the high tensile steel body, protected by dual front SRS airbags and ABS, EDB brake systems. The torrential rain later subsides and Jomtien beach welcomes us with a light breeze and a stunning technicolor sunset. The new Pajore Sport V6 has passed the test with flying colors. This is a Japanese SUV built in Thailand with style comfort, big passenger/cargo space, tons of raw V6 performance and high ground clearance for soft-medium off roading. A powerful, spacious vehicle for all seasons with a competitive price tag including Mitsubishi's solid resale value. Book a test-drive at your nearest Pattaya Mitsu dealer. Especially if you've never driven a V6 six-cylinder petrol engine. Feel the power! New Pajero Sport V6

Engine: 3.0 liter V6 Horsepower: 219 horsepower Torque: 281 Nm Top speed: 190 kph Fuel consumption: Combined 13 kpl Price: 1,305,000 baht

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What's Inside: Chevrolet launches more powerful Sonic 1.6 E85

Chevrolet Sales Thailand (Chevrolet) has launched the latest variant of the Sonic, featuring an all-new lightweight and highefficiency 1.6 liter engine.

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Mazda aims for Thai sports market

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Expat Money Offshore Trusts

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Kingdom Property names Bouygues Thai to build Southpoint

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Build It and They Will Come

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Yuki Nakamine, senior managing executive officer of Mazda Motor Corporation, Choichi Yuki, managing director of Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co. Ltd., and Suwat Liptapallop, former deputy prime minister of Thailand and now chairman of the advisory board, Nakhon Ratchasima-Mazda FC H.E., were at Mazda’s first football club sponsorship press conference in Thailand. Mazda hopes to make a strong contribution to Thai football through its sports marketing strategy as it becomes the main sponsor of the Nakhon Ratchasima FC (SWAT CAT) for three years, targetting participation in the Thai Premier League. The Thai Division 1 football scene has become highly active thanks to the sponsorship from the Japanese automobile company.

Mazda hopes that this professional football sponsorship will serve as an inspiration and help increase the popularity level of the sport in Thailand. In addition, it is expected to help attract Thai youths to become interested in sports and exercise, and most importantly to help raise the standard of Thai football to international levels. Nakamine called Thailand an important strategic location for Mazda in developing new vehicles and technologies through strong collaboration with the Thai people. “Football is the most popular sport in the world,” he pointed out, “and there is a large number of people who are fascinated with this game. More importantly, this sponsorship will serve as another tool in strengthening Thai football

in order to reach the ultimate goal of breaking into the final round of the World Cup.” Yuki added that Mazda has been a keen supporter of sports both at the global and regional level. “In Thailand Mazda had supported world-class sports events before such as the World Beach Volleyball Championship. And at the global level, Mazda has been supporting the Italian Serie A team Fiorentina. In Japan Mazda supports a large variety of sports, especially baseball, which is a very popular sport in Japan. Mazda is the main supporter of the Hiroshima Carp, the official baseball team of Hiroshima that we helped to build along with the Zoom-Zoom Stadium. In addition Mazda is also the main sponsor of Sanfrecce-Hiroshima FC, which won the J-League championship

crown last season. This is the type of success that Mazda hopes to achieve in Thailand,” he said. Dr. Chaichai Intraprawat, vice president of Nakhon Ratchasima-Mazda FC, noted that “With tremendous support from chairman of the advisory board H.E. Suwat Liptapallop, we are determined to dedicate ourselves to strengthen the team. Apart from this generous support form Mazda, there are many other private companies that have stated their intention to become partners with the Club. “The main objective for Nakhon Ratchasima-Mazda FC this year is to get promoted to the Thai Premier League next season. This major change will start with the signing up new and capable Continued on page P3/27

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Business News

Chevrolet launches more powerful Sonic 1.6 E85 Chevrolet Sales Thailand (Chevrolet) has launched the latest variant of the Sonic, featuring an all-new lightweight and high-efficiency 1.6 liter engine. The new Sonic 1.6 E85 now packs more performance while offering impressive driving dynamics and personalization in a chic design package, attributes that have made it a highly popular model in its segment. The Sonic 1.6 also brings with it two segment firsts - it is the first vehicle in its segment to offer E85 capability, and the first vehicle in its segment to offer an infotainment system with a seven-inch touch screen system along with seamless connectivity with smartphones. Known as the Chevrolet MyLink, this is the automaker's latest generation vehicle infotainment system. Speaking at the launch, Gustavo Colossi, vice-president of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Chevrolet Sales Thailand and GM Southeast Asia Operations, said, "Chic, fun and sophisticated just got more powerful. The Sonic 1.6 E85 is an option for those customers who want more high-technology and more power from the Sonic. The Sonic 1.6 E85 shows a clear execution of our ‘Find New Roads’ brand promise, with several segment firsts. “The Sonic nameplate has been so successful in this market, that Thailand became the fifth largest market for the Sonic worldwide in the first quarter of this year, behind the US, Russia, China and Mexico. With the 1.6-litre E85 capable engine and the MyLink feature, I have no doubt the Sonic 1.6 will be equally successful. " As of May 2013, some 14,858 Sonics were sold. In terms of variants, 9,732 of the total units sold consisted of the Notchback variant. Design The Sonic 1.6 comes with several aesthetic additions, like stunning new body colors of Orange Rock and White Metallic, along with wing-mirror mounted LED turn signals. The new colors further add

to the uniqueness of the Sonic and further enhance the vehicle's chic and fashionable lines. Both are available for the Hatchback and Notchback variants. Similar with other variants, the Sonic 1.6 features exposed headlamp fixtures reminiscent of highperformance motorbikes, accentuated wheel arches and tight panel gaps. The Sonic 1.6 also comes with more

can also project a photo album as a 'slideshow' , with the last music selection playing in the background. There is also a dedicated AUX port for other personal music devices and smartphones that do not use USB or Bluetooth connections. In Thailand, MyLink-equipped Sonic models will be launched with compatibility for two apps--TuneIn Internet Radio and Stitcher Smart

than 35 personalization options, with a range of accessories that encourage personalization possibilities.

Radio. These apps allow for an even higher degree of personalization--users can choose to tune in to a collection of 70,000 stations worldwide. More than 135 Thai radio stations are available on TuneIn. The apps will also update the user's favorite stations with the most current and up-to-date contents. The Sonic 1.6 features the same trademark dual-cockpit interior and an instrument binnacle that combines digital and analog indicators housed in a separate unit attached to the dashboard.

MyLink The most significant addition to the Sonic 1.6 E85 is the Chevrolet MyLink system, which enables access to online content via a smartphone with 3G data connection, making the car a 'smartphone on wheels'. The Sonic 1.6 E85 is the first in its segment to offer such an advanced vehicle infotainment system. The six-speaker system, when connected to a smartphone, allows for streaming audio and voice recognition, voice calls and more. It integrates and aggregates content from the smartphone onto the seveninch, high resolution, full color touchscreen display via USB or Bluetooth connection. Users can access personal playlists and make hands-free voice calls, amongst other functions. MyLink also works with mass storage devices, including MP3 players and iPods. When connected to a mass storage USB device, MyLink can play videos and project picture that are stored in it. MyLink

E85 capable 1.6-litre Engine The Sonic 1.6 E85 is the first FFV (Flex-Fuel Vehicle) in its segment. It is capable of running on pure benzene (E0) up to gasoline with 85 percent ethanol (E85). In addition to components with improved and hardened materials to handle the characteristics of ethanol, the Sonic 1.6 also comes with an engine management system with the flexibility to alter operational settings such as fuel-flow rate, ignition timing and spark advance, depending on whether pure gasoline, E10, E20 or E85 is used.

New Electrolux series launched

Electrolux Professional executives seen here as the company launched the Line 5000 series of washer extractors and tumble dryers for the professional laundry business. The new range of cutting edge washers and dryers is designed to appeal to a diverse market --from self-service, hospitality and industry to health providers and commercial laundries. In photo at the Amari Orchid Pattaya event are (left to right) Paolo Schira, global segments director, BU Laundry Systems; Jean-Pierre Blanchet, Thailand sales manager Electrolux Laundry Systems; Francesco Maso, head of category, BU Laundry, and Wolf-Markus Frank, senior vice president sales, emerging markets.

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players for the team during the second leg. In addition, we also have a head coach who is highly experienced. Arjharn Songngamsap is the head coach of SWAT CAT who will lead us to victory with his vast coaching experience including the national football team for the Asian Games. The high spirit of the team members who are determined and victory-hungry would help us reach our goals in the very near future.” Mazda is the first and only automobile manufacturer that offers sponsorship to Thai football, with the intention to help raise the level of the sport in Thailand to global levels. The move is seen as a great initiative for private companies with long vision and true intentions in becoming a part in the development of the Thai football scene for the future. MP Vatcharapol Tomornsak, manager of Nakhon RatchasimaMazda FC, feels the team has great potential for success. “We have players who are highly capable and we play as a team. We have at least 10,000 followers at each game and our stadium is able to accommodate 20,000 people. “The team management has agreed that the Thai Premier League is where the SWAT CAT army is destined for. We must walk ahead and do everything required to enter the Thai Premier League after the end of this season.”

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Special Legal & Feature Expat Money FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Prenuptial agreements in Thailand by Magna Carta Law Office

What is a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial or ante nuptial agreement is a written contract between two people in anticipation of marriage. It normally lists all of the assets each person owns, specifies the rights and obligations of the parties, how finances will be managed during the course of marriage, and specifies what each person's property rights will be if the marriage is terminated either by death, divorce or cancelled by court. Who generally needs a prenuptial agreement? Prenuptial agreement may sound odd because most couples are not open to discuss money matters, property ownership or even possibilities of separation, but these agreements are fairly common and essential, especially if either or both parties have substantial assets, valuables, stocks, inheritances, bonds or collectibles that he or she wants to keep as separate property; or both parties want to clarify financial obligations to a parent or a child from a previous marriage and even extensive debts that they will bring into their marriage. Why is it important? Prenuptial agreements set financial arrangements and agreements between couples before their marriage. Future concerns about money, work, children, home, and any other mutual issue can be discussed openly. Both parties can retain personal properties and financial assets they owned prior to marriage which can prevent disputes over property in the future. By setting forth a formal agreement, both parties will be assured that their valuables will be disposed of according to their intentions and both will be aware of what to anticipate in the event of dissolution of marriage. Can a prenuptial agreement protect us and our assets from being liable to extensive debts incurred before our marriage? Under Thai law, this agreement can be used to protect assets of the other spouse from being used or seized to satisfy all separate debts incurred before the marriage. Without it, your future spouse's liability and negative credit history can become your own, and creditors can go after the marital property even though only one spouse is the debtor. How does a prenuptial agreement protect my family business, family members and family heirlooms? Protecting Family Business A pprenuptial agreement keeps control and protects ownership of assets, finances and properties belonging to a family business. In the absence of a premarital agreement, a court could award some of your ownership rights in a family business to your partner that can lead to a potentially difficult situation in case the marriage fails. Protecting Family Members Often a prenuptial agreement is used to designate responsibility and to protect the interests of children from a prior marriage as well as children from the upcoming marriage. By signing a formal agreement, you can ensure that your children receive the assets,

property or money you want them to have in the event of separation. Protecting Family Heirlooms Heirlooms could be anything valuable passed down from generations to family members. A prenuptial agreement can ensure that family heirlooms are kept out of the marital estate as this is important when there are children from a prior marriage or other relatives for whom they are intended. What is the significance of a prenuptial agreement in a divorce? This could help as a guideline between the couple on how to divide the properties upon divorce. By entering into a prenuptial agreement, there is less stress and bitterness and less to fight about in a divorce procedure. Divorce may be far less expensive if the spouses’ respective rights are prearranged. What are the important points to consider when preparing a prenuptial agreement? Prenuptial agreements need to be in writing and signed before the marriage with at least two witnesses present and must be registered in the local office where the marriage will take place. This must be written in both Thai and English or the spouse’s native language for better understanding of both parties. It is important to consider that prenuptial agreements cannot be altered except by authorization of the court. It is extremely important that both parties understand exactly all the rights and obligations that go along with the signing of the agreement; that is why each party needs legal counsel from their own respective lawyers. Will a prenuptial agreement drafted in Thailand be valid to cover my assets in other countries? It is recommended that you also obtain legal advice from a legal professional under the other jurisdictions involved because a prenuptial agreement you make in Thailand under Thai law may not always be fully recognized in other countries as there may be a conflict of laws between the different jurisdictions. Can a prenuptial agreement cover child support or child custody? Prenuptial agreements do not deal with child custody or child support issues. The court makes the final decision on custody, and parties cannot set child support since no one can predict all the circumstances which will arise at the time of a dispute. The court shall have the power to decide what is in the child's best interest and will not deny a child the right to financial support or the opportunity to have a relationship with an able parent. What if my spouse and I decide, after years of marriage, that we no longer want to have the prenuptial agreement in effect? Most well-written prenuptial agreements will stipulate a condition that dictates exactly how to withdraw the prenuptial agreement, or a provision for automatic cancellation after an agreed-upon number of years.

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Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

Offshore Trusts Here we look at ways to protect accumulated wealth during one’s lifetime and beyond, and also how to Protecting accumulated wealth and providing for beneficiaries using offshore trusts available from mitigate multi-jurisdictional probate prime, regulated jurisdictions. issues for beneficiaries. Many expatriates and international investors will have assets of one form or another in more than one country that is not their country of domicile, for example bank accounts, investment portfolios, property and other assets, and so should consider establishing offshore wealth protection and succession planning vehicles. What is a Trust? The concept of the trust was familiar to the Romans but the origin of the modern trust is Anglo-Saxon and dates back to the Medieval Crusades. During prolonged absence from England, a knight would transfer ownership of his property and belongings to a friend or trusted person so that if he should be killed, he could be certain that his wife and children would inherit his estate. A modern trust is an established means of safeguarding an individual's wealth, ensuring their continued access to (and control of) the assets during one’s lifetime, and facilitating its safe passage to one’s chosen beneficiaries and or future generations. A suitably worded trust can be very effective in minimising multi- jurisdictional probate issues, associated legal expenses thereof and long, frustrating delays for beneficiaries trying to locate assets in different parts of the world. Having a trust also removes the need to write a will in each country where assets are held (where that jurisdiction recognizes the trust concept) as ownership of the assets can be transferred to the care of the trust by a deed of assignment. What assets can be held in a trust? • Bonds, stocks and shares • Bank accounts • Fixed term cash deposits • Insurance policies • Real and intellectual property • Portfolio bonds & unit trusts • Private company shares • Pension plans and QROPS Indeed, most other asset types where legal transfer of ownership can be affected can be transferred into the trust. Assets held in trust do not form part of the estate of the settler, and consequently, the trustees are able to use them for the benefit of the trust beneficiaries without going through complex legal procedures. A suitably-worded trust can also help to reduce or eliminate inheritance tax or estate duty liabilities in the future. Who are the Trustees? Professional trustees are appointed at the outset and have legal title to the assets, but no beneficial interest. • They are not able to make a profit for themselves out of the assets. • The assets are not available to their own creditors. • They must use the assets only for the benefit of the beneficiaries. • They operate under a fiduciary license in regulated environments. Who are the beneficiaries? The person (or entity) setting up the trust is called the ‘settlor’, and they name the beneficiaries in a ‘letter of wishes’ to the trustees that clearly sets out the parameters for the trustees to follow. For example, this may state that children should be provided for by having their education costs fully funded through university and receive an income at a pre-selected level. A spouse, or anyone else, anywhere, can be named as a beneficiary and provided with an ongoing annual income or lump sum paid directly to their bank account in any country. Assets can be safeguarded to protect the interests of minors or vulnerable members of the family, thus keeping them separate from other interests. The settlor remains as a lifetime beneficiary and will therefore be included in the letter of wishes. As such, he or she retains the authority to amend the list of beneficiaries at any time via written requests to the trustees, add or remove assets, and even to close the trust completely at a later date should it no longer be required. In summary then, individuals with holdings outside their country of domicile should examine the possibilities of establishing a Trust in a regulated jurisdiction to protect themselves, their assets, their chosen beneficiaries, and future generations.

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 expatriates and international investors 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:

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Property Kingdom Property names Bouygues Thai to build Southpoint

Kingdom Property has appointed Bouygues Thai to build the Thailand-based real estate developer's Southpoint Pattaya project. Set in the Pratumnak Hill area, the piling of Southpoint by Thai Bauer was completed last month. Now construction will begin with completion planned for the end of 2015. Bouygues Thai is the international construction company behind many of Bangkok's most iconic buildings, including The River as well as MahaNakhon which, at 77-stories, is destined to be the tallest building in Bangkok housing the city's most expensive condominiums in the Ritz Carlton Residences.

Moreover, it reunites Nigel Cornick, Kingdom Property CEO, and Jean-Marie Verbrugghe, Bouygues Thai managing director. The two have worked together on numerous projects beginning in 2003 with The Lakes Bangkok. "We are very fortunate with our relationship with Bouygues,” said Cornick. “It is not an accident or borne out of any necessity for them to build a project in Pattaya like ours--but more of a long-term relationship based on trust and a win-win philosophy where the combination of core values unite and create a partnership than creates value, efficient delivery and quality of product in the most challenging of environments." Southpoint Pattaya is on a four-rai freehold plot a short distance south of Bali Hai in Pattaya City, on an elevated site on Pratumnak Hill, offering extensive sea views and within walking distance of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Project finance has been provided by Krung Thai Bank. Units range from 30-sqm studios to one bedrooms between 41sqm and 87sqm, and two-bedroom units from 61 sqm to 97 sqm. The condominium includes a dedicated sky deck with an infinity edge lap pool and fitness centre along with a landscaped family zone featuring a children's pool and playground.

22 Centara properties win awards

Some 22 properties operated by Centara Hotels & Resorts have been awarded the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, placing each property within the top 10 percent of all businesses worldwide on the TripAdvisor website. The recognized properties are in Bangkok, Krabi, Samui, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, Trat, Koh Chang, Chiang Mai, the Maldives, and Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. “This is an outstanding recognition of our commitment to our guests and for the quality of our Thai-style hospitality,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat,

Centara CEO. “As the certification is based entirely on the consistency of high ratings given by guests to businesses listed on the TripAdvisor website, it reflects the authentic feelings of our guests towards their experience with us. “The entire Centara team, management and staff alike, are thoroughly delighted by the announcement.” Centara Hotels & Resorts operates 38 properties in Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, the Maldives, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.

Compass points in new directions

Compass Real Estate are about to open two offices and expand their Bangkok branch, all designed to sell new condo projects in Pattaya. Founded in 2011, Compass specializes in supporting property developers by marketing and selling off-plan and new condo projects. The first new branch is the Compass Condo Sales Centre, 3km south of Compass’s original office on the Sukhumvit Road. The Sales Centre is opposite the Ford showroom near Makro. The new headquarters consists of five converted shophouses with an area of 980m2 spread over three floors. It will house the sales and marketing team and feature an in-house property showroom on the ground floor where potential buyers will have access to full information on select developments in Pattaya, Jomtien and Bang Saray. In Pattaya, the entire Compass portfolio will be on display at a second showroom facing the car park for the TukCom IT Center on South Pattaya Road. The original Compass office in Central Pattaya will remain open as well. It will specialize in general property sales including re-sales and the sale of land plots. The company’s Bangkok office on Sukhumvit Soi 13, opposite The Hyde, is doubling in size. The additional space will showcase the company’s entire portfolio of developments in Pattaya, catering to Bangkok-based Thais and expats to invest in Thailand’s fastest-growing resort city.

Minor Hotel Group to Launch Avani in Thailand Minor Hotel Group (MHG) plans to introduce the first Avani hotel in Thailand when it takes over management of the Amari Atrium Bangkok in October. Avani Hotels & Resorts, a new upscale hotel brand, was launched by MHG in 2011 to complement the group’s five star Anantara brand. Amari Atrium Bangkok, with 528 rooms, is on New Petchburi Road in the Asoke-Sukhumvit area. The 23-storey property is centered around a 12-storey atrium lobby. Facilities include restaurants and bars, swimming pool, sun deck, fitness centre, ballroom, meeting rooms and events space. MHG plans extensive renovation of guest rooms and public areas prior to rebranding the hotel as Avani in 2014. Avani currently operates two resorts, both in Sri Lanka. MHG plans to grow the brand across Asia, India and the Indian Ocean, and the Middle East. Two additional resorts are set to open later this year in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, and in Sepang, Malaysia. Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group which owns and operates some 87 hotel properties across twelve countries, was “excited to announce our first Avani in Thailand and also to enter into this partnership with the GP Group. Taking over the management of this well established city centre hotel will be a great launch platform for our new Avani brand here in Bangkok.”

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Build It and They Will Come For many years now, ‘Build and They Shall Come’ has been the mantra espoused by Chinese government officials about their phenomenal construction-growth philosophy. Yes, China--with its very name meaning The Center of All Nations --has had the entire world braced for the great Chinese takeover as we have watched that nation grow from a struggling mass of comrades-in-chaos to one of the world’s preeminent super powers. And then….Reuters reports on June 20, 2013 that Patrick Wolff— the former chess grandmaster who

Competing for this, copying that, and both countries hacking into anything and everything with an open back door! Are we seeing the ultimate battle of the super powers right before our very eyes? It’s time to play the “Battle of the Super Powers” game where this week the big prize money is on which super power can have the biggest economic crash-and-burn imaginable! In this corner we have the volatile and psychotic United States of America who’s Super Man Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman, has print-

went on to become a professional hedge fund manager--is betting on a stock market crash in China where, he says, corruption and bad debts have spiraled to dangerous levels. Do you think that maybe Chinese communism finally is starting to show its vulnerability to its own corruption resulting from abusive leadership from city to province and all the way to the top? We have been watching America falling to pieces for some years now as a result of its own capitalistic vulnerability to corruption in the form of what Yahoo blogger Pluto C. Rat once referred to as a “rich class monopolistic and oligopolistic collusion for the appropriation and hoarding of any and all societal and natural resources.” (Wow, that was a mouthful! Way to go Pluto C. Rat!). America and China have been going back and forth for years competing for one thing after another.

ed so much currency that the stock market rebounded from its record high just a few years ago to recently (May 2013) reaching its record-high Dow Jones Industrial Average level of 15,116 even though statistics show that current US industry fundamentals remain extremely weak. In the March edition of this publication I predicted that America was approaching its biggest stock market bubble and crash in history, but is China going to beat America to the punch? And how about China ‘The Center of All Nations’ which was recently touted as getting closer and closer to surpassing Germany as the second largest depositor of gold in the world. Speaking of China, gold and stock market crashes, remember just recently when the financial headlines were reporting that George Soros was “abandoning gold”? Yes, Soros

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd.

has been selling off his gold, and the price of gold has been dropping, dropping, dropping! Back on the 22nd of August 2011, gold reached a new record high of over $1,800 in the United States followed by the predicted collapse, which actually took place immediately in late August–September 2011. As of this writing (June 26), gold is trading at well below $1,230 per ounce--down 17 percent since midApril 2013, down 23 percent for the year, and racing towards its biggest annual drop since 1981. So I guess George Soros was pretty smart to sell off his gold, causing huge sell offs in the interim. Well George is even smarter than that because very recently Arabian Money, noted as being the leading online financial commentary for the Arab nations, reported that George has recently reinvested his gold ‘sell off’ money in a far more volatile investment in a gamble into call options on GDXJ, the junior gold miners’ ETF. It’s a little alphabet soup to me, too, but what it boils down to is George is now putting his money on the future of gold by investing in gold mines and the gold miners, as when things come back (after the crash) their investment returns will go up even faster than returning gold prices. It all kind of reminds me of that game we used to play when we were young. You know the one where you have a group of people and you whis-

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

per something into a person’s ear and then they whisper it in the ear of the next person and then the next person and on and on until finally the last person faces the group and repeats the secret….and usually what the last person repeats is totally different than what the original person said. You know the game. Sometimes I think that the international financial investment game is an awful lot like that game, especially during the heights of financial bubbles. It’s kind of like when a really savvy investor knows that things are about to financially overheat and he whispers in his close friend’s ear, “Sell your gold and sell your stocks,” and then the same thing is whispered to another friend and then the next person whispers the same thing until finally it gets down to all the little people at the end of the investment line who get the message, “Your gold is gone and your stocks have crashed”! Now that brings us back to China--The Center of All Nations--and all that glitters is not gold! Build and they will come doesn’t always work, and looking back (don’t you just love hindsight!), China has been burying itself for some years while blinded by the golden glow of prosperity. Take, for example, the now infamous New South China Mall, until recently the largest shopping centre

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

in the world. It opened its doors in 2005 and is twice as large as the largest shopping mall in America. Known as the Great Mall of China, this monstrosity of free enterprise communist China was built with government officials predicting 70,000 shoppers per day! This incredible feat of communist Chinese ingenuity included an enormous indoor and outdoor rollercoaster, almost a mile-and-a-half long canal with gondolas and a full-sized 82-foot tall Arc de Triumph entryway. There was only one little thing the local communist officials overlooked: the mall was not situated on or near any major transport network, nor is it near any airport. The lack of transportation infrastructure needed to bring in shoppers resulted in the project never taking off, creating one of the largest real estate investment fiascos in history. Eight years later, the nicknamed “Not-So-Great Mall of China” continues to have 99 percent of the complex vacant with only the guards working and living there. China’s “super mall,” having totally missed the mark, has paved the way for the current largest shopping centre in the world by total area, the Dubai Mall, experiencing more than 54 million visitors a year! Now, while America and China are punching and jabbing away competing in the “battle of the super powers” game, what is it that we in Pattaya can learn from our super power friends up north? It’s not a wise old Chinese proverb and, in fact, it’s something you and I read and hear everyday all over the Eastern Seaboard: Location, Location, Location! When you are looking around Pattaya to purchase a place to live or an investment property, purchase from known and trusted developers. Name developers that build quality developments in great locations.

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@

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Tony Justice at Magna Carta Law by Barry Kenyon

In the spacious reception area of Magna Carta Company on SOUTH Pattaya Road there’s a copy of the Latin text of Magna Carta (The Great Charter), the list of baronial demands which King John was forced to sign in thirteenth century England. That document is commonly seen as part of the historical process leading to the rule of constitutional law throughout the Englishspeaking world.


hus it’s appropriate that Tony Justice, a 49-year old Englishman from Harrow, should head up the law advisory team at Magna Carta here in Pattaya. “Actually,” he says disarmingly, “my background in UK before starting work at Magna Carta was largely in building and construction and I also ran a club in Pattaya for a couple of years.” He adds that the biggest turning point in his professional life was meeting Pattaya-based barrister Chalermwat (Pico) Wimuktayon who founded Magna Carta in 2003, with Tony starting work in mid-2005.

Anthony Justice

Thai Law Advisor Magna Carta Law Firm

Tony – whose real surname is Justice–– whatever the cynics may believe – is a burly, imposing and friendly figure of nearly 300 pounds – whose role at Magna Carta is to be an executive facilitator. He’s not a lawyer and doesn’t claim to be. “I see the new farang clients in an initial free interview to ascertain what their problem is. I then discuss the case with appropriate Thai lawyers and barristers at the company and then get back to the enquirer with a plan of action, recommendations and a price.” Tony adds that he has a client base of more than 4,000 men and women and believes that one big secret of Magna Carta’s success is absolute honesty and frankness. “If for some reason we can’t help you in your predicament we say so.” The company’s legal team consists of 6

barristers, 10 senior lawyers, 6 junior lawyers, and 2 Englishspeaking foreign law consultants. It’s a comprehensive and first-class service in criminal law, civil law, accounting and business planning. Pico, the chief executive officer, has many community responsibilities as well, for example the chairmanship of the lawyers’ association of Pattaya provincial court and committee membership of the Immigration Bureau of Chonburi province.

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So what kind of problems do new clients present to Tony? He admits that it can be anything under the sun. “But many of the people I meet for the first time want to purchase something, be it a business or a home in most cases.” Then there are relationship problems. “When a farang fathers a Thai child, but doesn’t marry the woman, he doesn’t have the automatic right to be recognized as the father for legal purpose and may need to go to court.” Other cases include legal disputes between business partners, interpretations of employment law, immigration problems and matters of insurance. “The sky’s the limit really including traffic accidents,” admits Tony. Many of the difficulties that foreigners experience in Thailand arise from confusing the cultural norms here with those of the first country. Tony cautions, “The most important thing is to remember we are guests in a foreign country. That’s often said but it’s easy to forget. You have to be on your guard here, especially when it comes to money and relationships. Cultural differences abound. Because many Thais you meet on the street here speak English quite well, that doesn’t mean they share British ways of conducting business or getting to know you.” What’s impressive about Tony Justice is his deep grasp of everydayThai legal issues and his ability to interpret them for the new client. “If I know the answer I tell you. If I don’t I find out from one of my Thai colleagues and get back to you,” he says. “We are a professional company from start to finish. In court you will be represented by a barrister, a lawyer and a

qualified translator. We are in the business of providing only the highest-quality and personalized representation.” In other words if you want to cut corners, don’t go to Magna Carta. Contrary to what some expats believe, the law in Thailand is for everyone. For example there is no bias towards Thai nationals.

“What matters in court,” states Tony, “is the quality of your documentation which, of course, must be in the Thai language or translated officially into it. Verbal evidence is there but is actually less important than in the British system. To win in the Thai courts you have to understand that. Thai judges above everything else are concerned with the quality of the presented written evidence. They are not interested in your nationality. The successful cases on our books show the truth of that again and again.” As regards the future of Magna Carta, Tony sees exciting prospects ahead. From the beginning of 2016 the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) , a free-trade zone of 10 member countries, starts to come on-stream. “We have already established partnership arrangements and alliances with legal entities in some of these countries,” Tony points out, “and we expect to complete the circle in the next two years.” This is a sensible strategy for any legal company as, over time, there will be freedom of movement for both workers and tourists in the 10 country AEC. And what is the official language of the ASEAN countries? English of course. Like so many British expats in Pattaya, Tony first visited Thailand in the 1990s and more or less instantly fell in love with the place. Married to a Thai lady and with four children, he now finds that most of his time is taken up with Magna Carta and with his family. “I honestly never expected Pattaya to grow and expand like it has,” confesses Tony. “When I first arrived I was told by an estate agent that Jomtien was dead and that Pattaya was on the way out. I sometimes smile about that particular prediction when I’m in a traffic jam on my way home.” And so say all of us!

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Articles for Sale

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Business Opportunities

An English Language Magazine for sale for 2 Million baht. Call 089 607 9850 for more details (ptmpt-bo00)For Sale or Lease. 23 Nice Two Room Apartments located in 3 buildings on a one rai land parcel in a very central location south Pattaya. Within 5 min walking distance to walking street,however still a quiet and secure area. For more info contact 081 9099098, No agents please Of fice and Commercial Retail Space: For Lease in a Great Location on Thrappaya Road , improvements includes Kitchen/ensuite bathroom and street frontage with Clear Glass around, 295,000 THB (leasehold) 20K THB rent per month call: 085-910-5124 Sky View Penthouse Restaurant for Sale/Lease: Stunning views of Pattaya and Jomtien Bay Decorated in Vietnamese and French Style. 500 sqm Rent 45k THB p/m. SALE PRICE: 4,950,000 THB includes everything please call 0823440822 Email at admin@ Guest House/Coffee Shop Soi Buakhao: 6 rooms Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: 30,000 Baht/Month. 19% cash return annually SALE PRICE: 2,100,000 THB please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ Guest House/Pub Dongtan Beach: 4 rooms Leasehold:

3+3 Rent: 23,000 Baht/ Month. Fully occupied SALE PRICE: 1,499,000 THB please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ French Restaurant for Sale/ Lease: Established 11 years in the same location in Jomtien rent 25K THB p/m. 6 year lease. Sale Price: 3,950,000 THB includes everything please call 0823440822 Email at admin@ BEAUTY SALON & ROOMS FOR RENT - Easy to run Central Jomtien business opportunity. Owner has to relocate back home and is offering this fully fitted beauty salon business together with 3 large furnished rooms for rent which come complete with European kitchens and very nice furnishings. These rooms have a separate entrance to the salon, so can bring in substantial additional incomes that will easily cover the monthly rent of the entire building. The sale price includes all the salon furnishings and equipment, all furnishings for the rental rooms. There are 2 years left of the present three year lease with a monthly rent of 25,000 Bt. For Sale: 600,000 Bt. Website Ref: BUSS027. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ www.pattaya-jomtien-property. com RESTAURANT – FINE DINING - A great opportunity to take over this leasehold fine dining restaurant in a quiet location between South Pattaya and Jomtien. The restaurant, with a well fitted commercial kitchen, offers 40 seats in the ambiance of the intimate interior with a further 30 seats available for those who desire to dine alfresco on the spacious garden terrace. There are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and living room on the 1st floor and a private pool that are at the moment used by the owners for their own living accommodation. The business is being sold leasehold this includes company with one

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Work Permit, a monthly rent of 40,000 Bt and NO key money. For Sale: 2.9m Bt. Website Ref: BUSS028. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: GUESTHOUSE & BAR Ideally located profitable 10 room guesthouse and bar. Located in a busy Soi in Central Jomtien and close to the beach is this 3 unit building with the ground floor running as a bar with pool table, music system and large flat screen TV. There is ample room to install a kitchen to offer breakfasts and food to the guests and customers, thus increasing the profits further. The upper floors contain 10 renovated and fully furnished guest rooms with new AC units, 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: GUESTHOUSE – 6 ROOMS & GROUND FLOOR RETAIL UNIT. A single unit guesthouse in a central location in Jomtien, 4 storey , 6 bedroom recently been renovated and furnished. The ground floor is suitable for small restaurant, office, massage, beauty salon etc. the upper floors have either one very spacious bedroom with AC, en-suite bathrooms with showers, large LCD TV, fridge, 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: lam@ www.pattaya-jomtien-property. com

Services Provided

Magna Carta Law Office can assist you in securing loans from a minimum 700,000 up to a maximum of 50 Million Baht through various financial institutions with no credit checks or black marks and no penalty for a bad credit history. All loans are secured against either land or property and we are able to lend you up to 50% of the appraised valuation of your asset.  The funds will be available around 10 days from the start of the application.   Loans can be for a period of 6 months to 1 year and can be extended for longer if needed. Call either 038-373735 or 081-9833620 to make an appointment. Home Maid Service & Design. Cleaning Services, Built-in Furniture and Kitchen , Curtains Wall Paper, Renovations and General Maintenance. “One Call For All Service”. Tel: 080 104 4700, 089 995 7078; E-

mail: homemaidpattaya@ PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software orhardware,please phone 0868202577 or 0812951310 (Thai &Eng). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer,Web designer or would like to make someprintedmattersinreasonable price, please phone 0868202577 (Thai) or 0812951310 (Thai &Eng)

Education & Training

Learn Fruit and Vegetables Carving from a Professional teacher with more than 18 years experience. For inquiries contact Yui at telno. 0863209569 and/ or 0852385453 or email at (pta-tk0008)Do you want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 373 175 or 038 416 493. We speak Thai, English, German&Duetsch.

Apartment for Sale

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) driftersbeachcafe.comwww.

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, small 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: Reduced to 4.99m Bt.Website Ref: PLVS142. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: www.

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Charming Tropical Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW. Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 29 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. 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. Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxury Resort Style Residence on 3 Rai ! Selling Price 39 Million Baht and 7 Bedrooms/4+2 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/3 Rai. 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. Stunning Townhome on Jomtien’s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. Charming 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. Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. 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. A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. 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 Home in Town! Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/80 TLW.


Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. Exclusive Home in Family Friendly Village! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/400 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. Resort Living just 50 meters from the Beach in Jomtien! Rental Price 75,000 Baht / Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/25 TLW. Gorgeous Seaview from Bang Sarey Hills! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 470 Sqm/600 TLW. Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 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.


Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 23.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 363 Sqm 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. High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. Great Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 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. Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 17.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 177 Sqm.


Very Impressive Sea View Apartment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/ Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64 Sqm. 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. Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 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 small development on land plot 280 sqm, stylishly finished and furnished 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: www. House For Sale – Bang Saray - Nicely designed new single storey house, Living area 132sqm, Land area 400sqm, in this popular area of Bang Saray. The property is built to European standards offering 2 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen with oven, 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: HSES092. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: House For Sale – East Pattaya - An ideal starter home in a quiet established village just 3 minutes from Sukhumvit Road offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, kitchen, living room with dining area, laundry and storage area, covered patio terrace, covered car parking and alarm system. Price: 1.8m Bt. Website Ref: HSES098. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ www.pattaya-jomtien-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 bathrooms, European 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@ www.pattaya-jomtien-property. com

House For Sale – East Pattaya - Two storey semi-detached houses 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 such large family homes. The seller has in total six of these rental properties, some with tenants in place, that are rented for between 17,000 Bt and 20,000 Bt per month on medium to long term leases bringing in a return of 8%. Only for sale because of the owners continued ill health problems. They can be purchased individually from 1.99m Bt to 2.2m Bt each or all six houses together for 11.9m Bt. Website Ref: HSES071. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ www.pattaya-jomtien-property. com Charming Tropical 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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: or visit our website at (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: or visit our website at (PR2694) Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxury Resort Style Residence on 3 Rai ! Selling Price 39 Million Baht and 7 Bedrooms/4+2 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/3 Rai. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email:

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or visit our website at www. pr em ier inter nation (PR6004) Amazing Pratamnak Luxury 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: or visit our website at www. pr em ier inter nation (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5972) Stunning Townhome 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: or visit our website at (PR6083) Charming 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 pri-

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vate viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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: or visit our website at (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: or visit our website at (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR4802)

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House for Sale

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 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@ 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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: or visit our website at (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: or visit our website at (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@ 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) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ JOMTIEN PALACE 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) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ 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 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) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at

FOR SALE - MANUFACTURER AND SUPPLIER OF CLEANING SOLUTIONS AND CHEMICALS 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.

Sale Price THB 7.9 million

For further information contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email

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 Nirvana Pool Villas 1 - 3 Bed 3 Bath House with Private Pool/ Fully Furnished/Enclosed Garage 364 SQM. Sale Price: 5.99 Million THB co. name (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at Baan Suay Mai Ngam- Newer 2 Bed 4 Bath House/ fully furnished/private pool/ owner must sell 3.25 Million Thai name. (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@

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 EAKMONGKOL 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 A/C, fully furnished European Standard. Corner lot. 12,000 baht per month. Call 089 607 9850 JOMTIEN PALACE HOME3 Bdrm 3 Baths modern 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 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 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. Rent 30,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER026. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: House For Rent – East Pattaya - A two storey semi-detached house in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit Road. Very spacious, 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 a 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: www. Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Stylishly finished and furnished pool villa, living area 80 sqm, land area 240 sqm, 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: lam@ Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - A spacious 230 sqm pool villa, stylishly furnished throughout offering 3 bedrooms (1 a separate guest house), 3 luxurious bathrooms, European kitchen, living room and dining area, private pool, 344 sqm landscaped gardens, covered parking, alarm system, high speed Wifi access, communal pool, restaurant, 24/7 security. A short stroll to the fresh food market, Jomtien Night Plaza, numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. Rent 65,000 Bt for 1 year contract. Website Ref: PLVR303. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ www.pattaya-jomtien-property. com


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.

Franchise For Sale THB 2 million

For further information contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email

E-mail: | Fax: (038) 374535

E-mail: | Fax: (038) 374535

House for Rent

Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental 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: or visit our website at www. premierinter (PR2184) Exclusive Home in Family Friendly Villa ge! 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: premier@loxinfo. or visit our website at (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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: or visit our website at www. p r emier int e r na t ion a l.c o m (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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 TLW. For appoint-

ment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 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: or visit our website at (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: or visit our website at (PR3982) Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 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: or visit our website at (PR6017) Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6017)

Condo for Sale

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 KohLarn 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: Avatara - With great sea views from KohLarn 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..ForSale: 6.9m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS582. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ www. The Gallery - Very popular new modern 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: 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@ www.pattaya-jomtien-property. com 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. p r e mi e r i n t e r n at i o n al .c o m (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. p r e mi e r i n t e r n at i o n al .c o m (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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. p r e mi e r i n t e r n at i o n al .c o m (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apar tment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and pri-

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vate viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4990) Great 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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

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Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3834) 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 admin@ Park Lane Resort – Reduced 200,000 now 1.19 million++ THB. 1 bedroom 1 bath (co name). Outside park view please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at 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) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ 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 The Gallery Condo for Sale in Jomtien Beach: Studio, Total Size 26 Sqm. SALE PRICE: 1,890,000 THB. (Foreign name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at Jomtien Condotel – 81 sq meter 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom 3.8 million THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at LK Legend Condo - 1 Bed 1 Bath Nicest unit available in Central Pattaya. Total Size 86 Sqm. 5.900.000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at

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Condo for Sale

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 admin@ Park Royal 1 Pratamnak – Brand New 7th floor studio fully furnished 31 sqm 1,650,000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ Shining Star Condo- Studio fully furnished 37 sqm, pool view, walk to Jomtien or Dongtan Beach 2 mins. 1,490,000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at

Condo for Rent

For Rent in Soi 6. 2 bedroom, 1 living room, 84sqm apartment with two balconies. Fully furnished, 3 TVs, kitchen, 2 AC’s. Excellent location. 24,000 baht per month. Call: 087 139 1539 For Rent in Soi 6 Pratamnak Jomtien. 42 sqm studio with big balcony for sea views. Fully furnished, kitchen. Everything you need. Excellent location. 12,000 baht per month. Call: 087 139 1539 SEA-VIEW APARTMENT. Newly remodeled, fully furnished unit on high floor in Center Condo.Nicely appointed. 15,000 baht per month with minimum three-month 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) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at Baan Suan Lalana – 1 Bedroom - The owner has just completed a very high standard renovation with completely new and stylish furnishings. The 84 sqm unit offers 1 en-suite bedroom with fitted wardrobes, 2 luxurious bathrooms, European kitchen with oven and breakfast bar, living room, dining area, extra large double balcony, huge communal pool, mini-mart, fitness, sauna, tennis court, 24/7 security and just a couple of minutes walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars, taxis and 800m to the beach. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies at 20,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: CDOR384. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: www. 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. Website Ref: CDOR364. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: www. 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: www. 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. 13,000 Bt monthly rent. Minimum of 6 month lease applies. . Website Ref: CDOR309. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: Very Impressive Sea View Apar tment!! 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. p r e mi e r i n t e r n at i o n al .c o m (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website

E-mail: | Fax: (038) 374535 at www.premierinternational. com (PR5423) Stunning Apar tment 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4570) Fa n t a s t i c a l l y D e s i g n e d 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: or visit our website at (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4464) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! 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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: or visit our website at www. pr em ier inter nation (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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5491)

Land for Sale

(ptm-lfs0012)Land for sale. 3.2 Rai 49 TLW, Close to Jomtien 2nd Road. Call: 084 754 4214

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What do you think of the Guy Fawkes Maskers? They are making a protest against the evils of government as in many other countries right now. It’s just a sign but not a specific ideology in my opinion. (Keith Marshall) It’s ridiculous to name yourself after a reactionary who tried to blow up parliament four hundred years ago. (June Stamford) They are just the yellow shirts rebranding themselves under another name. (LP) I don’t think they exist in Pattaya but I’ve seen the masks for sale on Walking Street along with the devil and Osama bin Laden. (Trudy) The movement will grow and grow as dissatisfaction with the Pheu Thai government increases. You can see it in people’s faces! (Dan Seymour) Never heard of these guys. Are they something to do with fireworks? (JH) It’s different this time. The opposition rep-

resented by the maskers is essentially on-line, a new phenomenon. They are trying to learn from the Arab Spring I think. (PK) The Guy Fawkes movement seems to be mainly middle-class royalists, but I don’t think they represent large swathes of the country, especially in the north. (Frances O’Rourke) I worry that all this will lead to more street riots in the future and the possibility of another military coup when the temperature boils over in Bangkok as has happened before. (Jean Clarke) I can’t really respect people who hide behind masks. Let them show their faces if they want to be taken seriously. (Kent) I think Guy Fawkes as well as the mistakes of the current government led to the electoral mishap at Don Muang when the Democrats retook the seat from Pheu Thai. (Stuart) I’d like to think the maskers have a bright future but I rather suspect this is a nine days’ wonder. Let’s wait and see. (Clark Dennison)

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paying 1,900 baht. I have heard I can obtain a further 30 days by going to the border with Cambodia but only 15 days at the Laos one. Is that correct? A: No. You will get 15 days at any border crossing. It’s irrelevant which neighboring country you come from. To get another 30 days you would need to return to Thailand by air and not by land.

Police volunteers Q: I am a retiree in Thailand and need something to do in my spare time. I would like to be a police volunteer but I don’t know how to proceed and whether I would need a work permit. Can you help? A: Since police chiefs sign the ID cards of foreign police auxiliaries, I think we can assume you won’t be arrested performing the duties. If you check the internet for Foreign Police Volunteers (FPV) and Pattaya Foreign Tourist Assistants (FTPA) you can read more about the two separate groups. Double entry visa Q: I have a double-entry tourist visa issued in Vientiane and my first 60 days finishes soon. Must I leave the country to obtain any more time? There are wildly contradictory opinions in the bar I frequent. A: The answer is in two parts. You can extend the tourist visa for a further 30 days at a Thai Immigration Office and even for a further week if you wish. Each extension costs 1,900 baht. To obtain the 60 days of the second entry you must leave the country, however briefly. But check the date in the middle of your Thai visa from Vientiane for the last date you can use it to obtain the second entry. Return to Thailand after that date and the visa will have expired. Laos or Cambodia? Q: I have 30 days on arrival at Bangkok airport and am a British passport holder. I understand I can have an extra week by visiting Thai immigration and

X-ray issues Q: My Thai girlfriend has applied for a visa to a European country and has been asked by the embassy to visit the panel doctor again for a second x-ray of her chest to test for TB. Does this mean she has failed? A: Not necessarily. It might just be that the first x-ray was blurred. These things happen and it’s just a question of wait and see. It is becoming standard practice to ask for this kind of clearance, especially for longer stays abroad. Work permits again Q: I am currently waiting for the labour Office to issue my one-year work permit as a chef but all the necessary paperwork and bureaucracy have been cleared. There is a problem in the restaurant and I need to start training the staff immediately. Surely there is no problem in the circumstances I describe? A: The work permit regulations do not allow you to jump the gun. The personal circumstances you described at our meeting are certainly unusual, so it just might be worthwhile talking to the local Immigration Bureau. Parting with passport Q: I am currently applying for a new British passport through Hong Kong. Why is it that I must not send my actual passport for cancellation but instead send only a photocopy of the ID page? A: Thai law says that foreigners must have their passport available at all times. This rule does not apply to many countries with softer regulations. Obviously the British embassy has to stick to the letter of the law here in the Land of Smiles.

Today's Editorial Lessons of Don Mueang The surprise, perhaps shock, of the governing Pheu Thai party losing the parliamentary bi-election to the opposition Democrats in the supposedly safe seat of Don Mueang has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. Understandably, government spokespersons have rushed to down play the significance. They point out that the Pheu Thai candidate was not as well-known as his Democrat opponent or that the reduced turnout compared with the 2011 general election distorted the result. If only it hadn’t been raining! This is the first time in a generation that the Democrats have won at Don Mueang and they are understandably dubious. However, they would be unwise to assume that Pheu Thai is now on an inevitable electoral slide. Governments are unpopular in many countries in the middle of their term of office. What the electorate is likely sending out to the governing party is a warning. In other words, it’s a wake-up call. Inflationary pressures are mounting in Thailand notwithstanding the government’s populist schemes which are designed to be a vote puller. The price of eggs, pork and vegetables in the markets continues to escalate. There are complaints that the 300 baht a day minimum wage has already been eroded by daily living costs. There is also concern that the rice-pledging scheme has backfired, costing the taxpayer goodness knows how many billions of baht. The people who are worried are voters in parliamentary elections. The questions go further. The government is proposing borrowing over 2 trillion baht to fund huge infrastructure programmes including high-speed bullet trains linking Bangkok with the provinces. So much money is hard for ordinary people to conceive but they listen to the arguments expressing disagreement. For example no bullet train in the world makes a profit and the costs of ongoing maintenance are colossal, even in China where millions use the service rather than the mere thousands expected to do so in Thailand. Is it good value for money? Meanwhile, political opposition to the government continues to mount. There is no immediate danger to the Pheu Thai-led administration posed by the on-line demonstrations by the multi-coloured shirts or the various movements parading behind Guy Fawkes masks. But, in the future, all this could spill over into street demonstrations which might well be met by counter-demonstrations by the red shirt movement who are lackeys of the government. Although a military coup is unlikely – largely because the last attempt in 2006 was a disastrous failure – it is a moot point whether army leaders would stand idly by if street rioting erupts on a massive scale in the metropolis. So often in Thai political history, governments have been made in the provinces only to meet their Waterloo in the metropolis. The wake-up call by the electorate in Don Mueang is meant to send a warning to the government to concentrate more on the everyday problems facing ordinary Thais and to pay less attention to issues which do not seem to be central according to recent opinion polls. These secondary issues include constitutional reform with all its hidden agendas and borrowing trillions of baht which will take more than a generation to pay back. How the government reacts to these macro-issues over the next few months could well dictate the course of Thai politics over the next few years.


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Local Sports Local and International Motorsports Report

Royal Varuna’s “Drifters Dash”

Resnt Race Results Updates

24 Hours of Le Mans: Audi wins dramatic - and tragic - 2013 Le Mans – Audi achieved its ambition on the 90th anniversary of Le Mans by adding a 12th Le Mans 24 Hour title to its already bursting trophy cabinet, but the post-race atmosphere was a very subdued affair. The rain wouldn't stay away for more than half an hour at a time, making for a record number of safety cars and time spent under yellow flag condition, Allan Simonsen the Danish driver of the #95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE CLASS was on the second lap when his car lost grip over wet curbs and snapped left into a brutal impact with the racing barrier. Tragic news came from the hospital two hours later with confirmation that the 34-year-old from Odense had died of his injuries. This is first in-race fatality at Le Mans since 1986. The Aston Martin Racing team now down to 2 cars decided to continue competing at the request of the Simonsen family, with the need to claim a class win in one of the GTE categories and did, giving an added emotional impetus. It was in sports cars where Allan Simonsen made his name; with countless wins around the globe. Allan Simonsen: 1978-2013 June 23 2013

Several key members and enthusiastic sailors from the Royal Varuna Yacht Club joined a moderate upwind sail for the inaugural Drifters Dash last month. Drifters Beach Café (Naa Jomtien, Soi 8) served a pizza and Aussie meat pie. Drifters Dash is planned as a quarterly event.

2013 FI World Calendar (July- Sept) 09 FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND 2013 (Nürburgring) 05 - 07 Jul 11 FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2013 (Budapest) 26 - 28 Jul 12 2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps) 23 - 25 Aug 13 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA 2013 (Monza) 06 - 08 Sep 14 2013 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore) 20 - 22 Sep (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (July- Sept)

Date Day Race Site Location 7/6/13 Sat Daytona International Speedway 7/14/13 Sun New Hampshire Motor Speedway 7/28/13 Sun Indianapolis Motor Speedway 8/4/13 Sun Pocono Raceway 8/11/13 Sun Watkins Glen International 8/18/13 Sun Michigan International Speedway 8/24/13 Sat Bristol Motor Speedway 9/1/13 Sun Atlanta Motor Speedway 9/7/13 Sat Richmond International Raceway 9/15/13 Sun Chicagoland Speedway 9/22/13 Sun New Hampshire Motor Speedway 9/29/13 Sun Dover International Speedway (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

TV Race Start ET TNT 7:30 PM TNT 1:00 PM ESPN 1:00 PM ESPN 1:00 PM ESPN 1:00 PM ESPN 1:00 PM ABC 7:30 PM ESPN 7:30 PM ABC 7:30 PM ESPN 2:00 PM ESPN 2:00 PM ESPN 2:00 PM

2013 Indy Car Schedule (July- Sept) July 7 Pocono IndyCar 400[38] Long Pond, Pennsylvania July 13 Honda Indy Toronto[39] Toronto, Ontario July 14 August 4 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio August 25 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma, California September 1 Grand Prix of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland (free live timing and scoring online)

2013 MotoGP Grand Prix (July-Sept) 14 July Germany 21 July United States*** 18 August Indianapolis 25 August Czech Republic 01 September Great Britain 15 September San Marino & Riviera di 29 September Aragón (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

Sachsenring Laguna Seca Indianapolis Brno Silverstone Marco Simoncelli MotorLand Aragón

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

Top 3 IndyCar Drivers' Championship after round 10 of 19

1 Helio Castroneves 2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 3 Marco Andretti

332 323 277

Top 3 NASCAR Drivers' Championship after round 16 of 36

1 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports 2 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing 3 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing

573 543 528

Top 3 MotoGP Drivers’ Championship after round 6 of 19

1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2 Jorge Lorenzo Factory Yamaha Racing 3 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team

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**Local Thailand Motorsports Schedules 2013**

The second round of (TSS) 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. More information is online at

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

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 November 17 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit December 22 - Pattaya’s Bira Circuit

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PSC 124th monthly golf tournament by Nigel Cannon June Eastern Star Golf Club All 89 PSC members went east for the PSC June monthly tournament at the delightful Eastern Star Golf Club. The course was presented in good order and the management had no others on the course, allowing the two tees start to go uninterrupted. The only concern was rain, as most left Pattaya in a downpour. Apart from just a sprinkle, however, no rain affected the players. The weather was cool with a stiff breeze. Golf chairman Joe Mooneyham and social chairman Nigel Cannon welcomed members for registration. There were five men’s flights A B C D and silver and a ladies flight. A and B were played from the white tees, C and D from the yellow tees with seniors and ladies from their respective tees.

With a clear course it was rounds of about four hours, and as the cards were submitted it was evident the course – with the wind - was playing a little difficult for most but as always some there were good scores. The low gross was Michael Allidi (2) with 76 gross. Leading ‘A’ Flight was Mike Newbert (8) coming in with a net 76. In form Freddy Starbeck (15) took ‘B’ Flight with 36 points. Another 36 was enough for Rod Brown (19) to win ‘C’ Flight. The best of the day came from Graham Buckingham (23) with 40 points to secure ‘D’ Flight. Kevin Dinan (21) with 34 points was the senior winner and Usa Phaohom (22) took the ladies’ prize.

It was to Lewiinski’s for the presentation where again Colin and his team provided another great buffet with plenty for all. Time for the presentation. Nigel welcomed all and introduced Joe Mooneyham who expressed his appreciation for the support to all players and the help from Nigel, William and the PSC unseen office staff for the preparatory work prior to the day. Nigel called the winning names and Joe presented the prizes with William taking the photos. Lucky draw followed and then the traditional 50/50 draw. The next PSC monthly is at Green Valley and will be rather different with a ‘shotgun’ start at 10:30 with the buffet and presentation at the course.

Bunker Boys at The Ranch by Geoff Parker Burapha G.C. (B and C courses) Stableford Another good low season turnout of 17 golfers today and we were allocated the unusual combination of B and C courses. The weather was bright and breezy again and we were able to tee off on schedule even though the course was quite busy. We welcomed back Geoff Hart on his return from a long visit to U.K., but unfortunately he was forced to cut short his round after nine holes with stomach problems-- must be all that healthy English food he’s been living on for the past couple of months. The fairways and greens here are in great condition, but the premium is for straight hitting and any shot straying from the short grass is likely to find some extremely punishing rough. It’s fair to say that Burapha is a genuine championship course and no golfer managed to play to his handicap; only Geoff Parker came close, scoring 35 points to comfortably win the honours, four points clear of the field. Lee Butler took second place on a count-back ahead of John Graham. John is usually one of the best putters in the group, but today he had a tough day with the short stick, and even finishing with a single putt for par on the 18th green wasn’t enough to compensate for his frustrating day. A special mention is due for Dave Keats who picked up his first near-pin prize of the year, hitting a great shot on the short par-three third hole on the B course.

Results: 1st Geoff Parker 2nd Lee Butler 3rd John Graham 4th Neil Griffin

(hcp. 15) 35 points (hcp. 17) 31 points (hcp. 10) 31 points (hcp. 22) 30 points

Only three near pins were hit : Dave Keats, Lee Butler and Paul Corner Plutuluang Navy G.C. (East and South courses) Stableford A great start to the day at The Ranch, when John Graham donated his recently won KPK voucher to provide free bacon sandwiches to all the golfers. Suitably satiated, our group of 17 golfers set off down Sukumvit under bright breezy skies. We were allocated the east and south courses and tee’d off on schedule, with the first three-ball soon disappearing off into the distance. The Navy course is certainly one of the most scenic in the area and is currently in as good a condition as anyone can remember, although as always the greens were slow. Neil Griffin and Skinny Newton were in fine form, particularly when they discovered (on the first tee) that cans of Carlsberg beer were on sale at 50 baht! The round progressed smoothly and the first groups were back in the clubhouse in well under four hours, to enjoy the fine food also available at very reasonable prices. Geoff Hart was making a quick return after being taken ill on Wednesday, but decided to take an early dip on the 11th hole whilst

trying to retrieve Reg Smart’s ball from the stream–so much for doing good turns, as the rest of the group were rolling around in laughter. Paul Corner was playing his final game before returning home. He narrowly missed out on first place, being beaten on a count-back by Ken Young. Dave Keats made a welcome return to form, also scoring 35 points, to take third place ahead of Neil Griffin. Results: 1st Ken Young 2nd Paul Corner 3rd Dave Keats 4th Neil Griffin

(hcp. 27) 35 points (hcp. 14) 35 points (hcp. 32) 35 points (hcp. 23) 34 points

Near pins : Barry Murnin, Geoff Hart, Gerry Cooney and Paul Corner. 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, across from the Buffalo Bar). We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so 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. 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 at


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Tips & Advice


Instead of buying a variety of household cleaning products which may or may not contain harmful ingredients, try squirting some good quality liquid detergent into very hot water, then clean virtually anything with the solution, using cloth or sponge. Ring out the cloth or sponge as much as possible, then wipe down windows, mirrors, tiles, marble furniture, even bedroom furniture. Use it for dusting around the house, cleaning floors, car windows or anything on which you otherwise would use cleaning products or polishes. Safe, easy, cheap and it doesn’t leave smears. (You might want to wear rubber gloves if the water is too hot for your delicate hands.)

Indoor Furniture Out I rented an apartment in Naklua which had kind of old furniture which is still usable but rather unattractive. So I bought new furniture for the living and dining areas, and moved the old furniture out to the patio. I think it probably won't last long exposed to the elements, but with it already painted, what can I do to weatherize it? It seems paint, at some level, waterproofs wood, but I'm not sure the existing paint would. Should I cover it with some kind of sealant? Any better ideas? Michael Applying a coat of exterior paint would help, Michael, as most paint types on indoor furniture aren't formulated for the exterior. It would probably be best to use an oil-base primer first, then apply exterior paint. If you are really worried about protecting the furniture from the elements, use a tarp to completely cover it, including the legs. Note too that a lot of furniture is not real wood but ve-

neer over some other substrate. If this is the case, I would hold little hope of its surviving outdoors for very long. Spotless Stainless We just bought a stainless steel refrigerator, Andy, and need some guidance on how to best clean the surface. And while you’re at it, maybe you can add some tips for cleaning other stainless steel items like our cooking utensils and sink. Any input would be welcomed. Seth Stainless steel is relatively easy to care for, Seth, because it resists stains. Occasionally, however, the surface dulls or will show oily finger prints. To remove stains from the fridge, rub the surface with olive oil. To simply clean and polish the surface, moisten a cloth with undiluted white or cider vinegar and wipe clean. If you need to remove streaks, rub with club soda. As to cooking utensils, be careful to not let pans boil dry, or overheat on

the burner, which causes discoloration. Wash by hand or in dishwasher. If washed by hand, rinse well, and polish dry at once with a soft dish towel to avoid spots and streaks. Stainless steel sinks should be thoroughly rinsed after every use to keep them clean and to prevent potential pitting. Mild soap or glass cleaner on a nylon sponge work well for daily cleaning. Dry with a soft cloth. If spots are a problem, a clean cloth soaked in vinegar can help to remove these. To keep the finish at its finest, avoid using bleach, ammonia, abrasive cleaners and abrasive sponges and steel wool pads.

Resprouting Potatoes In a recent column you talked about potatoes sprouting. Is it important to keep them from sprouting? If yes, how can I prevent them from sprouting? Thip There are three ways to prevent potatoes from sprouting, Thip. Don't store the potatoes in a humid area; moisture will ensure that sprouts grow. Potatoes also should be stored where air can flow freely to some degree. Finally, temperature should be closely monitored-anything much higher than 50 degrees may lead to the formation of potato sprouts. That last point may be difficult to control here in Pattaya, even in an air-conditioned home, so just find the coolest place in your kitchen and cross your fingers. When you prevent sprouting during storage, you extend the vegetable's shelf life. A po-

Frank, Forthright & Frigid Premature funeral I am getting very worried that my new Thai wife wants to get rid of me. We were married only five weeks ago but, even on the honeymoon, I discovered her reading a leaflet on the cost of different kinds of coffins. When we got back home the very first phone call was from a funeral director asking if I was feeling well or not. Last week I caught her in the bedroom trying on a black hat for no obvious purpose. When I asked her about these odd happenings, she said that she was rehearsing for a part in a play to be performed by a local amateur dramatics society. My brother in Manchester says I must be mad. Do you think I have anything to be worried about? Curious Charles

Dear Curious Charles, I don’t think you can rule it out. Do you happen to live in an apartment in a high-rise condominium? The best thing to do is to make a police report and send it to your relative in Manchester. If you do end up in the mortuary, they will at least know where to start the questioning. Dear Agony Ivy, Boyfriend has girlfriend I am very worried as a gay man because my live-in boyfriend of two months is showing an improper interest in young women. When we met I agreed to buy him a new sports car and an allowance of the equivalent of 5,000 US dollars a month. At the time he signed a paper agreeing to keep his hands off any

tato with sprouts indicates the vegetable's starch is turning to sugar. If the potato is not shriveled, it is generally edible after removing the sprouts. But if the sprouted potato is shriveled, throw it away or add it to your compost pile after cutting it into small pieces. Eating green potatoes or their sprouts is not life-threatening but, as members of the nightshade family, potatoes under these conditions are mildly poisonous. While effects are not severe, eating green parts of a potato or eating a potato while raw can cause an upset stomach and digestive problems. Other helpful hints to maintain freshness: store the potatoes in a dark area, and place some dried sage or rosemary in the bin or sack. Do not keep the potatoes near any fruits. Flickering Lights Lights in my kitchen flicker every minute or so, Andy, and I can’t figure out why. It lasts only a fraction of a second, and doesn’t pose any problems as far as I can tell. But it has become an annoyance. What does the flickering mean and what can I do about it? Alex There are many reasons for flickering lights, Alex, which is not an uncommon phenomenon. Most of the time the flicker is subtle and unnoticeable. When current flows through wires, some amount of voltage gets 'used up' to make the current flow. This means less voltage for your various loads (lights, toaster, etc.). If you have loads that turn on

females in return for the monetary reward. I am fairly sure he is cheating on me as the other day I found a bra in his coat pocket and he has not hitherto shown any interest in being a drag queen. When I asked him about the bra he said he found it on a park bench and meant to put it in a refuse bin but forgot. On the confidential front, I might add that he is a sexual disappointment to boot and snores so loudly that I have constant headaches. What can I do? Offended Oliver Dear Offended Oliver, It seems to me that you may have jumped into the swimming pool from a high diving board and found that it was completely empty. This would explain your headaches. The evidence that your boyfriend was ever even remotely interested in you is fragmentary at best, but the 5,000 dollars a month a sure incentive. Other than making a scene and cutting out his allowance, there isn’t a lot you can do. Console yourself that you might be even more angry if he was sleeping around with other men.

and off, then the voltage supplying your lights will change, and the lights will flicker. Also, many loads have 'inrush current,' and draw lots more current when they are first turned on; on startup they will cause significant voltage drop in the supply, and flickering. Essentially, flickering of lights is a measure of the resistance of the circuit that feeds both the lights and the load causing the flickering. If the flickering is large, or if the amount of flicker has changed without any intentional changes in the electrical system, then this could be an early indication of a problem. Possible issues include a circuit connection getting loose, since this becomes a high resistance point. It might also indicate that a switch is starting to fail, a motor that is 'hard starting' (an appliance may have something like a bearing failure, which causes the motor to work harder on startup, drawing more current and making a more noticeable flicker) or an unexpected but correctly functioning load, i.e., a sump pump. If the flicker is significant, or has changed in unexpected ways, check appliances for buzzing, or crackling sounds at your breaker panel when loads start. But you may have to contact an electrician and have him measure what sort of voltage drop you are seeing when various loads turn on. Closing Line A new buffet restaurant just opened with a big sign in the window that declares: 99 baht for all you can stand. --Handy Andy

Dear Agony Ivy, Bridal blues I’m attending a wedding in a few months and the bride has requested all guests not to wear high heels because the to-be-married couple are short in stature. I don’t have any flat shoes that will go with my dress so I will either have to buy a new pair of shoes or disappoint the bride by arriving in my stocking feet. I must say I am very flattered to be invited to the wedding as I am not a particularly good friend of either the bride or the groom. I have included a photo of myself in various styles of flat shoes, or no shoes at all, so that you can help me choose the appropriate look. Flipper Frank Dear Flipper Frank, You must be very stupid. The bride means that all women guests should arrive in flat shoes and you are obviously a man. A heterosexual marriage is no place for you to be cavorting about in drag in flat shoes or high heels. The best thing you can be is a No Show on the day of the wedding. I really do despair sometimes at the abysmal level of intelligence of people writing in to me for sensible counseling.


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Youth Focus

Samet 'safe' after water tests by Sofia Tan

Tourists have been assured the water around Koh Samet is safe after chemistry students went on a field trip to the popular island. Students from Garden International School (GIS) went to the island to carry out investigations into water quality as part of their studies. International Baccalaureate (IB) Chemistry students and Year 10 Geography students were joined by three teachers. After a fun, but tiring three days there, they came back with some interesting results. The IB students found out that most water on Koh Samet is safe for people since it is close to neutral, or ph7. One student said: "We also investigated the soil ph levels, which were around ph 6 and 7, which is

good as well. Interestingly, the Geography students also counted the amount of litter they collected in Koh Samet which, even though it is known as a tourist place, wasn’t that much. "We didn’t only do investigations the whole time. We also swam around

the beach, talked to other students we had never talked with before, and went kayaking - but most of all, even though it was a tiring trip, we all had a great time." GIS is based in Ban Chang, close to Pattaya. For more information visit www.

The importance of teaching English through drama by Nikki Ireland

The modern concept of English teaching was created in the Newbolt report, published in 1921. This placed strong emphasis on the development of cultural values and personal growth within the teaching of English and suggested that unlike other disciplines, English does not have clearly defined subject boundaries. At this time there was also an emphasis on learning by doing, the notion that English should develop creativity as well as recommendations about the importance of oral work. The 2007 Key Stage 1 Programme of Study for English outlines four current key concepts within the study of English – competence, creativity, cultural and critical understanding. It can be argued that drama is an active and integral part of all these aspects of English teaching. It supports competence in developing coherence and accuracy in spoken and written communication. It helps children make informed choices about effective ways

to communicate formally and informally. It supports creativity as it provides an imaginative and inventive environment in which individual responses are encouraged and incorporated. Improvised work, role play, thought tracking and numerous other dramatic techniques can be used in the English classroom to convey themes and arguments, solve problems, and create settings, moods and characters. Drama also supports cultural and critical understanding in that it provides a fertile forum for debate in which students can express both their own opinions and the imagined opinions of others, in order to discuss topical issues. In this way, students’ own views and interests can be used to inspire and engage them in their work as ideas are shared and interpreted by other students, enabling a creative atmosphere in the classroom. It is this creative, interactive and inclusive atmosphere that makes English what it is – a subject concerned with all aspects of learning and living. Drama enables students to bridge the gap between the classroom and the outside world through creating imaginary real life situations. This feeds into all aspects of English teaching, including writing. While drama has been a requirement of the National Curriculum Order for English

since 1989, when the National Curriculum was first introduced, it was not recognised as a separate subject. This has caused great debate as it is not seen as a priority subject and can appear officially invisible. The Cox Report (1989) placed drama within the speaking and listening category of English, which is where it remains now. The report presented five models for English, all of which incorporated drama, and thus Pitfield suggests that the report seemed ‘to propose a wider definition of the contribution of drama than its positioning within speaking and listening might

imply’ (Pitfield, 2011, p.125). The NATE Position Paper shares this view and includes a comment from John Hertrich, Subject Advisor for English, OFSTED: ‘The place of drama in the curriculum rests on its inclusion in all three of the attainment targets for English in the National Curriculum’ (QCA, 1995 cited NATE, 1998). It is, therefore, a significant part of English teaching and should not be restricted to speaking and listening but should be integrated throughout all aspects of teaching and learning.


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Our Community Dressage competition for special needs riders

Special needs children compete in their inaugural dressage competition at Horseshoe Point Pattaya. Many disabled people benefit from riding, some from the therapy it gives, others by actually learning to ride. The benefits can be enormous and wide-ranging. They include improvements to balance, co-ordination, muscle tone, concentration, cooperation and behavior. The riders may benefit from the necessary discipline, respond to requests, overcome fears, learn trust and interact socially with their helpers and their peers, develop an increase in confidence and self-esteem. Dressage tests consist of a series of circles, turns and transitions. For a person with limited physical ability who has mastered the basic skills of halt, walk and steering, dressage provides a continuing challenge and the opportunity to compete against others. Riding for the Disabled standards range from Walk

Tests where the rider maybe led, and have a side walker. As they progress they remove the side walker and can ride independently in a Walk/Trot Test. As riders progress to riding independently off the lead rope they can have a caller telling them which letter in the arena to go to and what shape to perform. Later the rider will develop skills to remember the test, and compete on their own. It takes many hours, months and sometimes years to train some special needs riders to compete at a given level. Last week at Horseshoe Point Pattaya, a dressage competition was held under International Riding for the Disabled rules; dressage tests are a Walk Test and a Walk/Trot Test taken from the UK system. The Walk Test lasts for 8 minutes consisting of some 20metre circles which must be ridden correctly in shape and size. The Walk/Trot Test moves the rider up to another level where some sitting or rising trot will be performed from certain dressage

letters. Each test has two salutes which the riders love to do. Marks are out of 10 per movement within the dressage test. These tests encourage memory, following instructions, coordination, basic riding skills and a huge feeling of achievement. Each of the 15 riders was awarded a medal and rosette for competing and the rider with the most marks got their name on a large trophy sponsored by Pattaya Sports Club.

Pattaya Sports Club’s annual charity report by William Macey

The bus arrived at the Camillian Social Centre bursting with bags of rice which we had just purchased in Bang Chang. We were invited to have lunch with the children and staff and, in the meantime, the rice was unloaded, which provided the children with a new challenge, to climb to the top of the pile. Just one magical moment amongst many others in the last financial year culminating in April when Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn honoured PSC by presenting us with a plaque to acknowledge our support of the children at the Blind School over many years. All this is made possible by the continued support of our existing members for renewing their membership and to the new members who have joined this year, so we must extend a big ‘thank you’ to all Pattaya Sports Club members.

During the last financial year, PSC have donated 3,206,198 baht of which more than 900,000 baht was donated to promote sport in the region, badminton, table tennis, swimming, athletics, golf scheme for caddies and others. The causes, as usual, were many and varied, including support for those in slums, building extensions, food supplies, school uniforms, scholarships, glasses, bicycles and many other activities this year. Looking through the list, there were 48 different projects and many of our long- time friends are in evidence again, Jesters, YWCA, Rotary, Fr. Ray Foundation, Camillian Social Centre, Blind School, Pattaya Orphanage, Baan Jing Jai and many others. There were also some new charities which included Kate’s Project, A.T.C.C. and the Melissa Cosgrove Foundation. When analysing the figures we were delighted when we realised that, although each year we receive donations from our

members for distribution and in one case a friend of PSC, this year has been exceptional for more than 800,000 baht has been donated in cash, together with clothes, toys and computers, many supplies being donated anonymously. Sufficient funds to build small houses and a computer room for abused children. Food and supplies given, on a regular basis, to handicapped children. Clothes no longer required are quickly retrieved by both young and old who have no alternative but to wear the same clothes for many years. Bicycles and computers being very useful for children. In addition many PSC golf outlets run Charity Golf days and raise many hundreds of thousands of baht for distribution to various charities. The rewards for PSC and the members are simple, to see the smiles and to experience the show of appreciation from the children and those that are less fortunate than we. Some 26.5 million baht has been donated over the last 10 years, and Pattaya Sports Club will continue to support the handicapped and underprivileged around Pattaya. If you feel that you would like to make a donation, please contact William on 086 152 2754 or the PSC office on 038361167.


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You & Your Pets Puppy socialization: handling exercises by Thonglor Pet Hospital Train a puppy to calmly accept petting and other handling Teaching a puppy to calmly accept handling is a big part of puppy training. Imagine all the ways your puppy may be handled in his life. A child may hug him. A groomer may trim his nails. A veterinarian may restrain him to examine him. How he reacts to all these types of handling may depend on how he is handled in the early weeks of his life. Critical Period Puppies go through a critical period of development which ends around the age of 16 weeks. It is believed that they will be more accepting of things they encounter later in life if they are exposed to them during this period. For instance, a dog that has never had his feet handled as a puppy is more likely to growl, snap, or bite when a groomer tries to trim his nails later on. This doesn't mean that every dog that isn't used to having his feet handled is going to become aggressive when he goes to the groomer. It just increases a dog's chances of being comfortable with handling. Keep Handling Positive When you first start doing handling exercises with your puppy, start off gently. Try to pair handling with things the puppy likes, such as praise, treats, and games. With this type of positive reinforcement, your puppy will soon associate things such as being hugged and having his ears examined with things he enjoys. Who Should Handle the Puppy To get your puppy comfortable with being handled, you should start by doing the handling exercises yourself. Your puppy is familiar with you and most likely to accept being pet, poked, and prodded by you. Once your puppy is comfortable with you handling all parts of his body, you can ask other people to help with handling exercises. If the puppy is kept happy and comfortable during handling exercises, he'll quickly learn to accept or even enjoy being pet, hugged, and examined by anyone who comes along. How Often Should Handling Exercises Be Done Handling exercises should be done a few times a

day for several minutes each time. You may also want to join a puppy training class. These types of training classes, often referred to as puppy kindergarten, usually focus on puppy socialization. Doing a puppy class once a week gives you the opportunity to introduce your puppy to being handled by other people under the supervision of an experienced dog trainer. Ideas for Handling Exercises Not sure where to start with handling exercises? The following ideas can help make sure you cover all the bases: • Stroke and pet the puppy from his head all the way down his back. • Gently hold each of the puppy's paws. • Unfold ears, and look inside. • Rub his belly. • Gently tug the puppy's tail. • Lift the puppy's muzzle to check his teeth. • Gently hug the puppy. • Gently restrain the pup, hugging him and holding him still. Troubleshooting The point of puppy handling exercises is to make the puppy comfortable with accepting petting and other types of handling. The following tips can help resolve any problems you have when practicing the puppy training exercises: • If at any point your puppy seems fearful or uncomfortable, take a step back. Give your him some space; continue handling exercises later, preferably once he's approached you on his own. • Don't force the puppy beyond his comfort zone with strangers. Allow him to approach new people in his own time. • Always handle the puppy gently. If he is hurt during handling exercises, he may always associate being pet or touched in certain places with the pain. • If you accidentally hurt the puppy (for example, if you step on his toe while you're petting him), don't make a big deal of it. Instead, continue to gently pet him, and give him lots of praise in a happy tone of voice. Coddling him will simply reinforce his fear.

Cat Corner Tip by Dr. RJ Peters to Pattaya’s cat lovers

When it's time for litter box duty, you can simplify the process by eliminating the old search-andscoop with the scooper. Gently tip the box up

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

Rinky and Dinky

These two lovely sisters were abandoned along with their mother and brother. These two little beauties are still with us waiting for new permanent abode.


This little fellow was rescued after his mother was poisoned. He was just a few days old, his eyes still closed, but he pulled through. He’s now about 4 weeks old and will soon be big enough to go to his new home. Reserve him now!


This great little chap is living at our local animal hospital. Sadly he tested positive for Felv. He was found with an injury to his back, now almost healed. He will need to be kept indoors by a new owner so that he cannot transmit to other cats. All he needs is lots of love and cuddles.


Mamma came to us at the beginning of this year. All her five kittens have now been adopted and, now neutered, she’s now waiting for that special someone with a comfortable couch for her to snooze away the afternoons.

about 30 to 40 degrees so all loose sand can drift to the low side, revealing the clumps from liquids and allowing the solids to "float" to the top. Just scoop them out as you slowly lower the box to level again. To be thorough, tip the box from the opposite direction and repeat the process.

Dr. Peters’ informative and entertaining new book, Our Amazing Cats, is available from Amazon Books and at For additional tips, or to subscribe to her free newsletter, The Kitty Times, go to: www.


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Vol 12 issue 20 1 15 july 2013  
Vol 12 issue 20 1 15 july 2013