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Happy Birthday, Queen Sirikit! On behalf of the staff, management and readership of Pattaya Today, we extend sincere and respectful congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on this auspicious occasion. Long may she continue to be an inspiration for her devotion to the Kingdom.

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he country’s elite police crime busters, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), have been instructed by the government that enough is enough as regards tourist scams in Phuket and Pattaya.

The news comes after Ministry of Tourism reports that tourism, particularly from Russia and China, is booming with 13 million visitors to Thailand already counted at airports and border posts in the first six months of 2013. Almost half of the arrivals were from the 10-country ASEAN block and from China. Chinese arrivals alone are expected to hit 4.2 million this year compared with 2.27 million in 2012. Continued on page 4


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News Chinese scammer turns off mobile Eleven Chinese nationals are up in arms after the promise of staying in a luxury hotel in Pattaya went very sour as they ended up in a desolate and shabby place in North Pattaya. Tour leader A-Ping allegedly told the tourists that they would have a luxurious time in Pattaya, but they found out the accommodation provided was of a disgraceful standard with very few facilities. Pattaya Tourist Police tried to contact A-Ping but he had turned off his mobile phone. A decision was then taken by the police to move the group to a luxury hotel which led to smiling faces all round. The search for A-Ping continues.

Motorbike thieves rob Swiss woman

Mystery gun found in nightclub

A woman carrying 7,000 baht, a mobile phone, a credit card and a passport was attacked as she was driving along Soi Buakhao on her motorbike. Milica Ceh, age 48, apparently was followed by two men on a motorbike who bumped into her bike causing it to crash. In the confusion, the 48-year-old woman lost her shoulder bag containing the valuables. She was taken to hospital. Police assigned a special detective to look into the case. The assaulted woman was unable to give a detailed description of her attackers but said they were men wearing black T-shirts.

Police raided a nightclub on Third Road and asked the merrymakers to pass urine in plastic cups, all of which proved negative for banned substances. However, the raid did reveal a loaded handgun in the club’s office. Nobody came forward to claim ownership of the weapon and the police confiscated as evidence. The next day a big shot turned up at Pattaya police station and reported the name and address of the gun’s owner. A police spokesman said the gun had not yet been checked to determine if it was properly registered.

Sexual services were not provided Amorn Chaivongfhun, a 26-year-old Thai women, reported at the Pattaya police station that she had been cheated of a valuable iPhone. She claimed to have met a man in a shop on Walking Street who said he could provide an excellent time in bed. After accepting his offer and going to his room, Amorn stepped into the shower and the man stepped out of the room with her 20,000-baht mobile phone. Police later caught 46-year-old Chalermporn Saeung who admitted to the theft and offered to return the iPhone to avoid going to jail. He was released after giving back the telephone and paying a 2,000 baht fine.

Plastic bag suicide in Naklua

A Swedish man who called his country’s embassy with a suicide threat apparently delivered on his intention. Police found the body of David Cavallin, 43, lying on his bed with a suffocating plastic bag over his head. There was no sign of a struggle or third-party presence; the mobile phone he used was next to the body. Neighbors said Cavallin was a cheerful character who did not appear to have any problems and loved to exercise in his bare feet. The Swedish embassy, which told the police of the fateful phone call, said officials would cooperate in the investigation.

Stressed coconut boss found dead Responding to the sound of a gun shot, workers at a coconut factory in Nonplalai, near Pattaya, found the dead body of their boss in his bedroom. It appeared that Wanchai Suksawat, aged 67, had killed himself as there was a shotgun near the body as well as a suicide note and a photo of his late wife. Police said they were satisfied that Wanchai was demoralized in view of his constant illnesses and the fact that his new wife allegedly neglected him, leaving him alone for long periods of time. Unable to find a way to release his stress, Wanchai decided took his own life.


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News Big discounts in off-season

Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and officials of the business and tourist industry formally opened the Pattaya Grand Sale at a ceremony at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Many stores, restaurants and sporting organizations are offering discounts of up to 50 percent in order to boost business in the slow season.

Russians get a helping hand At last, Russia’s huge and growing Pattaya population is to have a long-promised information and advice centre staffed by Russian speakers ready to help with police, legal, health and general tourist enquiries. The centre is located at 380/31-2 Jomtien Second Road and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Banglamung district chief Sakchai Taengho said the new centre would build confidence amongst the Russian tourist and expat population and help investors to have easier business communications.

Snooker legend plays in Pattaya Snooker legend Ken Doherty will play a series of exhibition matches here in Pattaya, starting at The Kilkenny Bar on Soi LK Metro on Sunday, Sept. 8. The following evening, Monday, he will play at the Sportsman Pub on Beach Road Soi 13. Both events start at 8 p.m. For a small fee you can play against Ken, the 1997 world champion, and also make a donation to the Father Ray Foundation. For more information and updates, call event organizer Stephen Deveraux at 089 062 7671.

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Are you ready to sparkle like a starlet and party like a rock star? Prepare for the first-ever red carpet Pattaya, A Charity Dinner Dance on November 2, 2013, 7:00 PM, at the Hall of Fame Ballroom of Hard Rock Pattaya Beach. Presented to the public by the synergistic efforts of The Rayong-Pattaya Ladies Circle, Women with a Mission and the Hard Rock Events Team. More details soon including ticket information but save the date now for an amusing night of glam, glitz, and serious networking. Dress to be seen, paparazzi on the loose and “academy” prizes yours for the taking. Sponsorship opportunity available, all profits to Women with a Mission. For more info call Kylie at 087-482-3520/kagrimmer@ gmail.com or Tata at 085-800-8030/tata_renatacinelli@ hotmail.com Please like us at Rayong-Pattaya Ladies Circle facebook page for event updates.


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Pattaya Mafiosi Targeted Continued from page 1

Russian signs are everywhere in Pattaya.

However, tourism leaders are concerned that regular reports of tourist rip-offs in coastal resorts are escalating. A Hong Kong-based tour operator told Pattaya Today, “At present mainland Chinese tourists are shielded to some extent as they tend to go round in large groups and don’t speak English or Thai.” However, he warned about zero-sum tours where a comprehensive package is bought in advance, but individuals nonetheless are charged all manner of compulsory extras for shopping and entertainment. DSI chiefs say that their first priority will be foreign mafia organizations operating in Phuket and Pattaya. For example, there are said to be Russian gangs picking up visitors at airports

and forcing them to use their illegal taxi services, stay at their hotels, eat at “preferred” restaurants and shop at their souvenir shops. Some tour companies are operated by foreign bosses using Thai proxies, contrary to immigration law. The scams also allegedly include overcharging for beach chairs, jet skis, charter flights and massage parlours. Lawful Thai travel agencies said they believe that constant complaints by foreign embassies about rip-offs and the publicity given to some highprofile cases are at last having an effect. “You can expect a lot of police action against illegally-operated businesses in Pattaya over the next few months,” said a spokesman for the local tour and travel

Angry factory worker stabs colleague A woman confessed to stabbing to death a fellow factory worker suspected of having burgled her room. The incident took place at the RT Transport Company in Banglamung. Nuanchawee Boonphrom, age 34, told police that she had murdered Kaesorn Sukpee, 44, in cold blood after a furious argument about thefts. The dead woman was found with knife wounds amid pools of blood, but her bankbook and mobile phone had not been stolen. Police found no evidence that the dead woman had stolen Nuanchawee’s property. Investigations continue.

association. “The government is really worried about the country’s reputation, especially with the ASEAN free-trade association on the horizon.” It’s generally agreed that Pattaya police have a better track-record in handling media-sensitive crime against individuals, including murder and guncrime, than in dealing with organized tourist abuse by unscrupulous operators. The government is believed to be highlighting foreign-based mafias partly because those outfits do not benefit the country by contributing revenue or paying taxes. But the acid test will be how many illegal operators actually have their assets seized, their visas revoked and their deportation arranged.

Teens fight for gang territory

The Sawangboriboon rescue service was summoned to the KanEng shop on Third Road where two enemy gang groups had been using knives and sticks on each other. Three youths were taken to Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and loss of blood. One of the injured group said the main culprit was 19-year-old Oak who had run away after initiating the bloody mayhem. Three shots were also heard coming from a parked car. Police later arrested Oak after a tip-off. Further inquiries were being made at press time.


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100 sharks released into the sea The Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture released a large number of brown-banded bamboo-sharks into the ocean at Sattahip as part of the ongoing struggle to preserve and protect the environment. A spokesman for the ministry said that there were 63 species of sharks in Thai waters but they were being hunted to extinction because of their popularity in making certain soups. He added that Sattahip was a good place to release the sharks as the area is controlled by the Thai Navy, which means that the valuable marine creatures have a better chance of survival.

Sexual violation a dire problem Deputy mayor Weerawut Kharkai hosted a conference on sexual abuse and human trafficking with guest speakers from the Ministry of Justice. Speakers at Pattaya School Number 7 explained that many Thai boys and girls are na誰ve and easily tricked into sexual exploitation and disgrace which is a problem for all society. Attorney-at-law Kreangsak Sintaveepermpoon said that an

increasing number of girls under the age of consent are becoming pregnant and seeking abortions. Both boys and girls are being led into selling drugs, offering prostitution and recording obscene video clips which can end up on the internet. The attorney concluded that a massive education program was urgently needed in local schools to offset the tide of scandal and cynicism.


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News POLI CE Not only Pattaya If you are mugged or robbed in our fair city, be assured that it could happen anywhere. Certainly in Paris at any rate. The government in France is worried that street crime is tarnishing the reputation of the capital and keeping cash-rich tourists away. Chanel and Dior, top luxury industry giants, are worrying that the ultra-wealthy might stop buying expensive presents lest they are stolen in an incident whilst customers are in the superstore lift. The Chinese embassy in Paris has joined in the chorus to report an increase in the number of scams and thefts inflicted on their nationals. Where have we heard that before? Immigration law needs change Thai police continue to arrest large numbers of Cambodians and Burmese accused of working illegally here in the hospitality and construction industries. In a recent case there was even a big argument between the authorities and the factory management about what exactly the required documentation is. The reality is that Thailand lacks enough manual workers and the situation can only become worse and worse every year. What’s needed is a thorough re-think on the work regulations for nationals of neighbouring countries. Time is pressing, as the ASEAN Economic Community is only two and a half years away. Weighty sex charges Police have arrested the alleged ringleader of a sex home-delivery service specializing in women weighing from 100 kg to 150 kg. The service was apparently aimed at men who like “explosive boobs and bums” because “larger women are more popular with customers.” Maybe in Japan, but the trend is not at all clear if you venture into the pole-dancing palaces of Walking Street here in Pattaya. There you have to be skinny to make a copper or two.

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Buddhist Lent celebrated

There was a candle decoration march on Beach Road to observe Buddhist Lent and to spread the wise teachings of Buddha. It was attended by many schools and community groups in the city. The colorful displays of candles delighted many tourists. Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presented awards to the schools with the best pageantry.

City formally opens passport office

City Hall hosted a public awareness event at Pattaya school number 11 to pinpoint the various threats to the health and well-being of today’s youngsters. Topics included poverty, aggression, family conflicts, alcohol and substance abuse, and physical disability. Lecturer Pongsak Tungkana said that education in school should supplement parental advice about the social problems affecting many children.

Underage sex charges The latest arrest is alleged pedophile Robert Tschopp, 67, a long-time Pattaya resident who is claimed to have paid young boys under the age of consent for sex. An arrest warrant was issued and the raid apparently produced the usual haul of pornographic pictures and videos of young males. He is alleged to have told his underage visitors to keep their mouths closed when they went home. It’s surprising that Pattaya pedophiles in general don’t take heed of the warnings they are now getting weekly in the local media. Safes are not safe An Oxford-born Brit was accosted in Pattaya’s Soi Buakhao area by two men and forced to return home at gunpoint where he was coerced to open his wall safe, losing 60,000 baht and a smart phone in the process. One of the problems with house safes is that they attract the attention of villains who see, or are told, of their existence--usually in a bedroom. There’s a growing trend in burglaries for thieves to force householders to open their safes rather than rely on safe-cracking techniques when everyone is out. Ladyboy scam international We reported recently the tale of a small group of women who took customers to a flat in a remote area of Pattaya in order to enjoy a horizontal leisure pursuit in exchange for a monetary reward. However, whilst the client’s trousers were down, a ladyboy hidden under the bed used her manual dexterity to steal anything of value in the man’s pockets. The story must be exceptional – it was reported in the British press and on TV over there. Embarrassment at Makro A two-year-old baby was left in a car whilst the mother went shopping. She left the engine running to ensure the air-con continued to work, but unluckily the baby switched off the engine, which both removed the stream of cool air as well as locking all four doors. Eventually, a fire extinguisher was used to break one of the windows to release the child who was not on the point of losing consciousness. You can’t be too careful, eh?

Although the Thai passport office at The Avenue mall on Second Road has been operational for a month, City Hall held a special ceremony last week, cutting the red ribbon at the front of the building. Ronakit Ekasingh, deputy mayor, said that 150 people per day were currently using the new facility, which serves all Chonburi and Rayong. In the high season, he said, double that number of Thais were expected to apply for first-time or renewal passports. The passport office is currently open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there are plans to remain open on weekends.

A welcome from Miss Tiffany

Oil spill threatens local beaches

Songkiet Jongjidaporn, general manager of Tiffany Show Pattaya, welcomed its international fan club Academy Fantasia on a special visit. Tiffany’s was the first cabaret show in Thailand and is still highly popular.

Eastern Seaboard beaches are under threat from an oil spill stemming from a pipe leak in an offshore platform near Rayong. Using ships and helicopters, the Thai Navy and several agencies are working around the clock to contain the spread of the crude oil. The leak itself has been blocked, but not before more than 70 tons of oil had spilled into the Gulf of Thailand over an area of about 1.5 nautical miles. The primary objective of workers now is preventing the oil slick from reaching beaches, thereby threatening tourism and wild life. The offshore platform is operated by PTT Global Chemical, a subsidiary of national petroleum company PTT. Prasert Bunsumpun, company chairman, acknowledged that a crude transport pipe had begun leaking at a single-point mooring in Rayong Province. Barriers have been placed around the spill and an oil skimmer is collecting surface oil as quickly as possible, before the oil slick created an environmental catastrophe.

Autopsy or not An American recently got into an argument with the Pattaya police when he objected to an autopsy on his father who had died at home here after a heart attack. Autopsies in Thailand are at police discretion. All foreigners will have one, usually at the forensics unit of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok, unless they die in hospital and have a clear record of treatment prior to their demise. Relatives of the deceased have no right of veto. Too many cigarettes One of the best reasons to give up smoking is what can happen to you at Bangkok’s main international airport. An incoming tourist was recently stopped and found to be in possession of 1,000 cigarettes which, he said, he had bought at a Manchester airport booth that did not display any warning notice. Excuses won’t save you here. He was subjected to a grueling three-hour interview and waiting period in a police station near the airport and fined more than 70,000 baht with automatic confiscation of the cancer sticks.

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Planting birthday trees

Citizens of Banglamung planted 800 trees in the local national forest in honor of the upcoming celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday on August 12. HM Queen Sirikit has long been a champion of ecological movements and the preservation of natural resources.

Appreciation plaque to Dusit Thani Pattaya

Rotary Club Jomtien-Pattaya chapter awarded the plaque of appreciation to Dusit Thani Pattaya for its continued support to the annual Cross Bay Swim charity event for eight years. Accepting the award is Neoh Kean Boon (middle), hotel resident manager. Each year the hotel sponsors a buffet lunch for swim participants and officials and sponsors of the event, including Thai Airways International, dusit d2 baraquda, and Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, among many others.

Honda dealers meet at Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya

Seen here at the Thailand Annual Dealer’s Meeting at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya, are Andre Brulhart (third from right), the hotel’s area general manager, Chiaki Kato (third from left), president of AP Honda, and his group leaders Suchart Arunsaengroj (left), director, and Dr. Annop Pornprapa (second from right), vice president, and Centara’s George Kenton (second from left), executive assistant manager for rooms, and Wuthisak Pichayagan (right), executive assistant manager for food & beverage.


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News PEACH hosts major food event

More deaths, fewer arrests The 2013 annual report British Behaviour Abroad, published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), is a bit of a disappointment. For example, gone are the humorous examples of what the British on vacation ask their local officials. In the past we have heard about the woman who rang up the honorary consul in the middle of the night to ask him if he happened to know the recipe for Princess Diana’s wedding cake. Or the visitor to Angkor Wat who asked the British embassy in Phnom Penh to translate into English some ancient writing he had happened to photograph on a wall during a visit. Or the backpacker who could not pay his laundry bill after he had accidentally left a huge pile at a dry cleaning company by mistake. No, the 2013 report isn’t a patch on its predecessors. Nonetheless there are new trends. The number of Britons arrested in Thailand has dropped while deaths and hospitalisations have increased. Thailand has seen a significant increase in hospitalisations (31 percent) and deaths (also 31percent) which we trust does not mean that anyone going into a medical unit in this country automatically ends up on the mortuary slab. Apparently the rise in these particular statistics in Thailand is against the worldwide trend. The report attributes the increase partly to road accidents, many involving young people on mopeds, and an ageing expat population who are dropping off their perches regularly as their health declines, and the zooming costs of medical care mean they are left without proper cover. Apparently, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Australia and India have also seen an increase in British stretcher cases. Overall, arrests of Brits abroad for drug offences fell to their lowest level for four years, with a decrease of over a third since 2009. General arrests and detentions showed a drop of one-fifth in the same period. This is also true of Thailand where the number of arrests followed by prosecution has declined. Whether this means that Brits abroad are better behaved, or whether it means that police have decided to have an easier year, remains to be seen.

The top-notch Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall will again host the popular Pattaya Food and Hoteliers Expo 2013, the resort’s largest hospitality event, from August 8 to 10. The showcase event is far and away the most popular event of its kind and annually attracts hundreds of exhibitors and sponsors at the distinguished Royal Cliff complex.

Chelsea football and a good tread

Local youngsters will be invited to learn a few tricks of the football trade by joining the coaching staff of Chelsea football club. Nitto, the well-known Japanese tyre company, is sponsoring the football clinic project. The clinic will be held in every country that Chelsea visits in the 2013 Asia Tour.

Brass band in rehearsal

The dilemmas of insurance The Foreign Office lays a lot of emphasis on having proper travel and medical insurance before you sally forth to foreign lands. It’s fine advice but not always easy to follow. No insurance company in the world, we think, is going to insure a young British guy driving around in Pattaya on a motorbike, probably with an engine capacity much bigger than available in UK. Certainly Thai insurance companies won’t commit themselves or, if they do, the amounts payable will be derisory. The plain lesson is that if you are going to indulge in motorbike driving, parasailing, or jet skiing, you will be on your own if any problems arise. As regards elderly Brits, medical insurance is problematical. The average annual policy for a 70-year-old expat will likely be several thousand pounds and much more unless you have been with the same company for years. Sooner or later, British pensioners overseas have to become their own insurer which often means they have to empty their bank accounts to pay for an operation. Those who can’t will be made comfortable as they die. There is no free medical treatment for foreigners in this country, and neither the British embassy nor the government at home will bail you out. You can only hope a rich relative will chip in from his or her pot of gold. The Thai government is currently examining the possibility of requiring all foreigners, tourists and expats, to show valid insurance. As usual the devil will be in the detail. If insurance means covering your luggage or safeguarding against air delays and accidents, absolutely no problem. But if it means covering foreigners for hospitalisation and major surgery, forget it. No medical insurer is even going to look at a comprehensive scheme, especially for the ever-increasing legions of the elderly. More likely, in the future, elderly expats without full medical insurance will need to show a lot more cash in the bank than they do now or submit themselves to a medical examination to check if they are healthy. But nothing is certain in Thailand. We will have to wait and see. Maybe for years.

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City Hall officials visited the indoor sports club on Soi Chaiyapreuk, Jomtien, joining parents of the young people’s marching and show band which is currently competing in the Netherlands for major prizes. Band manager Kittichai Klongnoi said that after-school training had been going on for more than a year in preparation for the visit to Europe.

Drunk Russian couldn’t resist mobile

Nittima Nuntaphrom complained to police that a Russian man she had met in a bar had stolen her mobile phone while she was buying items for him at a 7-Eleven convenience store. The 30-year-old woman, an employee at a bar in South Pattaya, said the Russian had become drunk in her bar and began stumbling around. He asked her to buy him some chocolate and tobacco at the nearby 7-Eleven. When she returned, her mobile phone was missing. The Russian refused the police officers’ request to search him, and was unable to remember his name. Police escorted him to the main headquarters for an interrogation.

Clever elephants parade in style

Thirty highly intelligent elephants arrived at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden after a long cultural march from the Isan region. The march was to demonstrate the importance of Thai Lent in the Buddhist calendar and tradition. Nine temples were visited en route, and at Nong Nooch, the final destination, the animals put on a special show of feats and achievements involving balls, candles, balloons and imitation weapons.


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Grand Opening of Colosseum Show Pattaya The Colosseum Pattaya was unveiled as the resort’s largest transvestite cabaret, with national and local political leaders in attendance. The new theatre on Thepprasit Road can accommodate 1,250 spectators and has the added attraction of 90 restrooms. There is spectacular lighting and the latest sound systems to delight young and old alike. The building is a look-alike to the original Colosseum in ancient Rome, but the modern show does not include gladiatorial fights to the death or throwing Christians to the lions. Montri Sachdev, Colosseum director, said the performances will be the most spectacular ever witnessed in Thailand or indeed any other country.

eve n t s cal en d ar MIRAGE BRIDAL SHOW & WEDDING FAIR 2013 Date: August 2-4, 2013 Venue: Mirage Grand Ballroom, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya 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 various themes such as Thai, Western, wedding at home, or romantic wedding on the beach. The Mirage Bridal Show and Wedding Fair 2013 runs from 09:00 to 19:00. For more information: Sales Department Tel 038-301-234 ext 4164, 4173

PATTAYA FOOD & HOTELIERS EXPO ’13

Date: August 8-10, 2013 Venue: PEACH, Royal Cliff Hotels Group Activities: The 7th edition of Thailand’s biggest hospitality art competition and showcase will run for three days with diverse activities and workshops for the hospitality industry. This year, 18 national teams will strive for the world’s best chef team at the event’s Pattaya City Culinary Cup – Thailand’s largest international culinary competition. Other competitions include The Pattaya Hospitality Art Competition, Pattaya Signature Drink, Housekeeper & Spa Competition, and much more. For more information: Event 9 Marketing Tel: 02-186-8919 www.pfhexpo.com

BANGKOK CHARITY ORCHESTRA CHARITY CONCERT

Ms. Hard Rock Pattaya 2013

Date: August 9, 2013, Friday Venue: Ballroom, InterContinental Bangkok Activities: Sponsored by Kingdom Property, Movers & Shakers invites you to a charity concert conducted by Bangkok Charity Orchestra at 7:30 pm to raise funds for Triamsuksa School Foundation. Tickets at THB 800 (adults) and THB 500 (students).

Six rockin’ ladies battled it out for the title Ms. Hard Rock Pattaya 2013, competing in the areas of music knowledge, music appreciation, talent, rock tee style, swimwear presentation and general questions. The winners: Ms. Hard Rock Pattaya 2013 Dion, Pornsawan Pornwapee 1st runner up Birdie, Budsabong Prommeang 2nd runner up Katze, Pakatida Srongprapa All three will compete for the title Ms. Hard Rock Southeast Asia 2013, which will be at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya on October 4 and 5. Lydia, Chotika Nithi-Athikorn, was named Ms. Rock Friendly, and a fifth award--Ms. Facebook Favorite, will be determined by the highest number of votes from fans of Facebook of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. The vote will close on July 31. In addition to 124,700 baht in cash and prizes to the winner, the first runner-up and second runners-up received gifts valued at 97,700 baht and 91,700 baht, respectively. The three will also become ambassadors of the hotel and will participate in events and parties throughout the year, including Pinktober and Charity Light Up, as well as modeling work. For photos and information, visit www.facebook.com/ hardrockhotelpattaya

For more information: Tel 02-259-9900 www.charityorchestra.org/upcoming.php

BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS

Date: September 21, 2013, Saturday Venue: Baan Souy Resort, Jomtien Activities: Pattaya Players are proud to present their premiere all-singing event, “Broadway under the Stars.” A multitude of local performers will present a cabaret-style program of musical theater standards and contemporary favorites straight from the Great White Way! Tickets are THB 1,600 inclusive of the show, a Kir Royal welcome drink, buffet dinner, goody bag, and entry to the lucky draw raffle. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card from their online box office at www.thelittleboxoffice.co/ pattayaplayers or with cash, in person at Baan Souy Resort located at 308/3 Moo 10, Soi 15, Thappraya Road. For more information: www.pattayaplayers.org


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Disabled ride in Fun Day at Horseshoe Point Pattaya Able the Disabled riders started their ride around Horseshoe Point carrying coloured flags and collecting matching discs, or answering questions. The fastest times for each game won a trophy. The winner for the Colour Disc Game was Bee Sakultiew from the Father Ray Foundation. Winner for the fastest Mystery Tour Questionnaire completed was Ohn Vajrasthira. Able-bodied riders of Horseshoe Point completed a Mystery Tour followed by either a jumping speed class round or, for the less experienced, an obstacle race. Times were added up and the fastest of the day in each category won a trophy. Winner of the Obstacle Race/Mystery Tour was Korawij Devahistin Na Ayudhaya. Second was Melanie Toon, third Charlotte Crabb, fourth Katie Crabb, fifth Coben Shale, and sixth Saffron Shale. Winner of the Show Jumping Speed Class/Mystery Tour was Lily Mae Toon. Second was Sandy Buanmathong, third Woraphat Sittiju, and fourth Saserach Tomongkol. Cartoon Network Amazone’s mascot Ben 10 surprised the riders by awarding the trophies. Able the Disabled Foundation are always looking for reliable volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10 a.m. and noon. Contact Sandra on 0868483684.

Hotel Promotions Eastin Hotel offers Thai residents rate Eastin Hotel Pattaya has been launched in Central Pattaya on Soi 8 between Beach Road and Second Road. For its grand opening, Eastin offers Thai residents a special rate of 2,000 baht net per night for a superior room, including breakfast for two, through October 31. Hotel features include an all-day dining restaurant, bakery, outdoor swimming pool, business center, and fitness center. For additional information call 038 427 120-9, or visit www. eastinpattaya.com

Celebrate Thailand Mother’s Day with Amari Orchid Pattaya Show mum just how special she is with a fun-filled family getaway in an idyllic beachfront location for ultimate pampering and retail therapy at Amari Orchid Pattaya. Amari Orchid Pattaya – Package from 11,430 Baht Treat mum to a relaxing break in Pattaya. Full of pampering extras, this package includes a complimentary 60-minute signature Mood Massage and 20% discount of further treatments at Breeze Spa, a free room upgrade to a Deluxe Ocean view room and many other great extras. The perfect choice for discovering lifetime memories with mum. This mother’s day package is for 2 nights and available from 9 to 25 August 2013 subject to availability. For bookings, please visit www.amari.com

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Dusit Thani Pattaya participates in the Pattaya Grand Sales 2013 P AT TAYA H O T E L G

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and tourism officials seen at launching of the Pattaya Grand Sale at Central Festival Pattaya Beach which runs through September 30. Dusit Thani Pattaya is a participant in the event organized by Visa and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). In photo, from left, are Tanaphol Rodpinyo, Dusit associate director of sales; Bundarik Kusolvit, THA-E president; Itthiphol; Vanjie Lauzon, Dusit senior manager of marketing communications; Vilaiwan Twichasri, TAT deputy governor for tourism products; Prayuth Thamdhum and Wacharee Pornchaiwisuthikul, Dusit director of sales and marketing.

Wedding at Centara Pattaya

Mark Hazlett and Chayakan Taraluetai were wed at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya in the presence of family, friends and well-wishers.

HOT SUMMER PROMOTION 20% off everything except set menu

Carabao in concert at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya Carabao performed a full 140-minute live concert at Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. The legendary Thai rock band entertained a full house with more 20 songs from the very first album to the latest, including such hits as Mon Pleng Carabao, Made in Thailand, Phra Chao Tak, Luang Por Koon, and Nang Ngam Too Krajok. Carabao’s unique singing style and noteworthy lyrics were matched only by a perfect blend of eastern and western instruments: Thai fiddle, flute, trumpet, saxophone, accordion, tumba, folk guitar, electric guitar, and bass.

Hilton Pattaya joined King’s Cup Pattaya Marathon 2013 Hilton Pattaya team members completed the King’s Cup Pattaya Marathon 2013 which emphasized the importance of exercise. An estimated 2,000 participants ran or walked this year.

Liverpool FC player visits Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Luxury Media from Germany and Switzerland at Conrad Koh Samui

(From left) Voytek Klasicki, area general manager of Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives, with Daisy Evans and Jonjo Shelvey, former Liverpool FC player, on their arrival for a holiday at the resort.

Stefano Ruzza (right), general manager of Conrad Koh Samui, and Phatthawut Wutthipraphanphong (left), marketing and communications manager, welcome editors and writers from luxury publications in Germany and Switzerland during a trip to Koh Samui. The familiarization trip is aimed to introduce Conrad Koh Samui and to promote Koh Samui among luxury travelers from Europe. From left, Phatthawut; Baerbel Holzberg, Gate to Travel magazine; Volker Feuerstein, Fuldaer Zeitung newspaper; Susanne Wess, Ricore Media, Bruckmann Island Guide and In Asien; Romy Gutiérrez, Das Ideale Heim & Atrium magazines; Bettina Faust, Media-com GmbH, Monika Kuespert, Abendzeitung: Traumreisen, Wellness & Chic, and Stefano.


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Medical Sciences confab at Centra Complex Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Walailak authorised Damrong Rattanapanich (left), vice president for special activities of Chulabhorn Research Institute, to preside over the opening ceremony of the 21st Medical Sciences for Modern Life Conference at Centra Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana. Damrong is seen here with Temsiri Kidchob (right), general manager of the hotel.

TV Star Visits Holiday Inn Pattaya

MC Kai Pasit at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya

DJ and TV host “Earth”, San Eittisukkhanan, together with Thantip Meeluksana, Chonburi director of Tourism and Sports, seen here during the visit of T Ded Muang Thai TV program at Holiday Inn Pattaya. In photo (from left) are Thanagon Poungbubpchart, Holiday Inn PR & marketing communications manager, Earth, Thantip, and Chutima Konfai, the hotel’s director of sales.

Pattamon Mekavarakul (right), assistant general manager of Cape Dara Resort, seen here with Kai Pasit Apinyawat during the MC’s stay at resort.

Central Restaurants Group Retreat at Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya

Central Restaurants Group (CRG) management was welcomed to Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya by Andre Brulhart (fifth from right), the hotel’s area general manager. In photo during CRG’s “The Power Within You Retreat 2013 Meeting”, are (from left) Trongchit Tankul, CRG chief financial officer; Wuthisak Pichayagan, Centara’s executive assistant manager, F&B; Premhatai Phungbun Na Ayudhya, CRG vice president, Human Resources; Ampaipan Chirathivat vice president, Supply Chain; Thiradej Chirathivat, CRG CEO; Brulhart; Sucheep Tamacheepchareon, CRG chief operating officer, Jung Woo Park, chief corporate strategy & development officer; Nathapol Montolsophon, vice president, Business Development, and Takrit Sanitprachakorn, vice president, Marketing.

India FAM trip Cheewanart Sutthiakawate (standing, right), sales manager, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, seen with delegation of India FAM Trip who were inspecting Pattaya.

SUNDAY - THURSDAY 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM More information, please call 038 933 888


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Built last year at a cost of more than 50 million baht by Korean investor Shin Jae Yeoul and associates, Art in Paradise is the world’s first and largest interactive and illusion 3D art museum. The 5,800-square-meter gallery is divided into 10 zones, one with paintings that trick the eyes of viewers with the use of colors and shadows. Another features underwater paintings that might make visitors feel they were diving among the magnificent fish and sea creatures. A third zone is made up of paintings of wild animals, while a fourth zone offers paintings of famous artists that visitors may touch. Some of the world’s wonders--like the Pyramids of Egypt and Ayutthaya—are featured in the fifth zone, while surreal art is in the sixth zone. Other zones focus on dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles, paintings of wild nature with waterfalls, the forests and the woods of a Thai jungle, and the works of independent artists in a variety of genres. More than 150 interactive three-dimensional paintings are on floors and walls! Not only can you look at these artworks, but you can also become part of them. All of them make even adults feel like children! Play with your imagination! Regularly updated collection of interactive art made by Korean artists take you to travel around the world and through time. An experience hard to describe by words, but can be seen with more than 300 incredible photos in your album! The museum is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. Art in Paradise is on Second Road near Big C.

Exclusive Offer Bring this issue of PATTAYA TODAY to Art in Paradise for Buy One Get One FREE Ticket. Present this at the Ticket Counter to avail this exclusive offer. Valid until 30 September 2013. Offer applies to local and foreign tourists.

Ticket Prices: Foreigner: Adults 300 baht, children 200 baht (100-130 cm) Thai: Adults 180 baht, children 120 baht (100-130 cm) For details, please call Art in Paradise at Tel. 038-424-500

SATURDAY 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM More information, please call 038 933 888


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Koh Kood

The small but stunningly beautiful Koh Kood is the southernmost and second-largest island in the Koh Chang archipelago, and the closest to Cambodia. Home to an array of wonderful beaches with crystal clear water and lush tropical jungle inland, Koh Kood is a real slice of paradise. Photos courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

Although the landscape of Koh Kood is flat, the inner area of the island features lush rainforest and is home to numerous mangroves, waterfalls and coconut and rubber tree plantations. About 70 percent of Koh Kood is covered by tropical rainforest. Development is scarce and mostly around coastal areas, but much of the island is generally free of people. There are several ways to get to the island. Speedboats leave from Koh Chang at Bang Bao pier and from the mainland piers at Laem Ngop and Navarre (Laem Sok). The boat trip takes about one to one and a half hours. Boat schedules vary depending on each operator and the season, so it’s best to first check with the resort you’re staying at before travelling. WHAT TO DO Koh Kood is the largest island in the area after Koh Chang, and is well known for its pristine beaches and crystal clear sea. The island is a popular destination for honeymooners seeking an idyllic isolated setting. Koh Man Nok is famous amongst the Thais for its Maldives-like beach and clean water. Even better, it can be reached in just three hours from Bangkok. The sea is awash with tropical fish and is so clear that finding Nemo is never a problem here! Koh Kood also has many other beautiful beaches including Ta Pho Beach, Klong Chao Beach, Takian Beach and Phrao Beach, all of which are generally uncrowded and hassle-free. For those seeking to learn more about island life on Koh Kood, Ao Salad and Ao Yai are the major fishing villages here and well worth visiting. For trekking enthusiasts, the Khao Paenthee is the highest point

on the island and has only recently been discovered to be a superb view point across the sparkling islanddotted seas. Walkers are also encouraged to visit Khlongchao or Tan Sanuk Waterfall; when King Rama VI visited in 1911, he named the waterfall Anamkok in memory of Ong Chian Sue. WHERE TO SHOP Located in the northeast of Koh Kood, Ao Salad is the largest fishing village in Koh Kood and a great place to buy freshly caught seafood. Among the other stores in Koh Kood are Trat’s Fresh Market for fresh produce, a trendy store that sells mostly clothes and shoes called Mueng Gu Mun, and even a shopping mall, Robinson’s Department Store. If you are a certified diver, you can get all your diving equipment in PADI Dive Center. There is tiny snack shop next to the beach that sells papaya salad with crab, deep friend green peppers, chicken balls and chili pork. For souvenirs, there is a gift shop tucked away in the Koh Kood Away Resort. WHERE TO EAT There are plenty of excellent bars and restaurants in and around the Koh Kood cruise port. Jay’s Bar, on the river, is illuminated by Christmas lights. When the lights are on, the bar is open. Koh Kood Restaurant serves excellent Thai cuisine in addition to international dishes. Shantaa Beach Bar offers snacks, drinks and smoothies. Shantaa Restaurant offers an excellent view of Ao Tapao and

fresh sea breezes, in addition to its gourmet dishes and drinks prepared by local chefs. Escape is a restaurant in Away Resort that serves Asian fusion dishes and international cuisine. TOP 3 THINGS IN KOH KOOD 1. Visit the lighthouse Climb the steps to the top of the large lighthouse on the southern point of the island, and enjoy amazing views of both Thailand and Cambodia. However there are no roads in the area, so you will need some walking boots and a machete! 2. Go on a diving and snorkeling trip Koh Kood Beach Resort recently opened its own dive shop together with Paradise Divers. They offer the cheapest diving courses on the island, in addition to one-day snorkeling and diving trips around the island, where divers can explore the beautiful marine life and different coral around Koh Kood. Tapao Bay is home to shallow-water reefs, and is ideal for snorkeling and swimming amongst the coral. 3. Enjoy an eco spa For spa lovers, Soneva Kiri Resort offers a comprehensive menu of holistic and traditional treatments administered by highly skilled therapists, using products made only from natural ingredients. Featuring spectacular views, the 15 uniquely designed treatment rooms offer personalized treatments, wellness activities, workshops and lifestyle programs.


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La Taverna A neighbourhood nugget La dolce vita has arrived in Bang Saray! Yes, that’s right – this once sleepy fishing village now boasts an authentic Italian restaurant. Its charismatic architecture radiates with Mediterranean appeal with its timber façade and big welcoming terrace, while its prominent location on the village’s main street ensures an abundance of customers. Proprietor Craig is at the helm, meeting, greeting, managing and forever devising interesting weekly special promotions, while the cuisine is in the accomplished hands of chef Corrado hailing from the Pescara region of Italy.

The menu, which has recently been augmented, covers the length and breadth of Italy’s 20 regions with traditional dishes rubbing shoulders with chef’s creative recipes. The patriotic wine list also showcases the country’s plethora of leading wineries with an eye not only to value-formoney bottles (from B.800) but also many splurge labels for those on celebratory occasions. Mick and I sipped on a glass of the house white wine (Gran Sasso Pinot Grigio at B.140) while we explored the menu. First impressions were the exceedingly reasonable prices with most appetizers under B.200. I decided

to start with a dish of “acquapazza, cozze e vongole” and on its arrival almost fell off my chair! Come hungry to La Taverna because the portions are huge. Oceans of mussels and clams in white wine, parsley and garlic liquor were generously heaped onto a whopping platter escorted by a duo of grilled breads for luscious dunking. It was a wonderful dish and at B.190 one that shellfish lovers shouldn’t leave without ordering. Mick chose sliced beef with rocket salad and Grana Padano cheese, and again the enormity of the portion was eye boggling. A garden of rocket leaves garnished the 7-denier thin beef slivers and was topped with a more than generous portion of crumbled Italian cheese. Quantity had certainly not been surrendered for quality in this dish; it was an excellent model of Carpaccio at its best. Other starters include prosciutto from the mountains, prawns served with cherry tomatoes and tender seasonal salad, a mixed antipasti of cheeses, salamis, Parma ham and pickled vegetables, bruschetta, caprese or a trio of home-made soups including the famous bean soup with bacon and tomatoes. The “primi” or first dishes feature the restaurant’s signature dish of spaghetti allo Scoglio. Uniquely presented with

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spaghetti cascading from a cavernous wine glass over its selection of fresh seafood consisting of prawns, clams, crabs, mussels and squid, it is a superb signature dish from chef Corrado. I have enjoyed this spaghetti on a previous visit and can heartily recommend it. Tagliatelle, ravioli, lasagna, penne, and pappardelle all would put a smile on any Italian mama’s face, and with prices from only B.180, your purse will be smiling too. Our main courses then arrived at our table. Pork and beef meat balls in a tomato and basil sauce for Mick and fillet of sea bass sautéed in a cherry tomato and mushroom sauce for yours truly. Priced at B.220 and B.240, respectively, our eyes rolled in our heads when we saw (again) the vastness of the portions. The sea bass was splendid, falling in snow white shards under my knife into the tomato/mushroom sauce, while Mick’s giant-sized meat balls, in their tomato/ basil sauce, were equally as good. Both dishes were served with crisply sautéed potatoes and a vibrant carrot and lettuce salad. Roast lamb in a rosemary and white wine sauce, sliced pork with Mediterranean seasoning, chicken in a cherry tomato and sweet chilli sauce, fried lamb with an egg and Pecorino Romano cheese sauce, beef roll filled with ham and omelette and accompanied by a wine sauce are some of the other main courses we spotted from this surprising menu. Pizza is another specialty here and Saturday’s Pizza Happy Hour offers a 50 percent discount if you order between 5 and 7 p.m. From Margherita (B.170) through quattro formaggi, Hawaiian, Neapolitan to the famous calzone, they are all here,

and with 22 optional toppings, your personal creation is only restricted by your own imagination. Now for Craig’s ingenious weekly specials: Tuesday is risotto night, Wednesday is 50/50 night when a coin is flipped and if you call it correctly your appetizer will be on the house, Thursday you can choose one of the selected bottles of wine and receive a 25 percent discount, Friday is BBQ night, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month feature lamb, Italian sausage and roast pork, while 2nd and 4th Fridays offer a special seafood selection. Saturday, as aforementioned, with all desserts on Sundays priced at only B.50, and that includes their much celebrated tiramisu. La Taverna is a neighbourhood nugget. It offers authentic Italian cuisine in a friendly and laid-back atmosphere at uninflated prices. Served by charming, efficient and eager to please staff – it all sounds like a winning formula to us! Last Minute Stop Press: Thursday, August 1, from 5 until 10 p.m., La Taverna is hosting a Southern Italian 4-Course wine dinner featuring roast lamb in white wine sauce priced at B.1,500. (Includes a glass of wine with each course and a bottle of water).

La Taverna

is located on the main Bang Saray Road, 300 metres down from the roundabout. Tel: (038) 436 723, 090 386 4582 or visit their website on www.latavernabangsare.com or www.facebook.com/lataverna.125. Open from 5 till 10 p.m. Closed Mondays. For parties of five or more call ahead to make a reservation. Private dining room for 18 people available.

Balcony

Benihana

Le Saigon

Mata Hari

The Balcony is an appealing destination with its distinctive terrace, its European cookery and modern-day Thai cuisine, it has something to suit every taste and pocket. Scrumptious cakes and pastries and the modishness of the graceful salon.

Specializing in Teppanyaki dining, this Japanese restaurant employs specially trained chefs to prepare the meals right at the guest's table. Fresh succulent seafood, plump juicy chicken and tender filets of beef are perfectedto your delight.

Vietnamese-Eurasian Cuisine. Good Foods, Fine Wine, Spectacular View. Le Saigon is a stylish restaurant presenting lavish cuisine in a dramatic sky high venue. The wines are carefully selected and cocktails are creative and generous.

Mata Hari is a stylish, boutique restaurant, renowned for serving fine European and Thai cuisine and has been a firm favourite amongst the local expats for many years'. An intimate European specialty restaurant where the ambience is casual elegance, big on quality, consistency and service.

The Balcony Restaurant & Bakery 151/39 Moo 5 Naklua Rd. Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Tel. No.: 038 411 429

Benihana Pattaya Royal Garden Plaza, 218-2-4 Beach Road Pattaya City, Chonburi 20150,Thailand Tel. No.: 038 412 120 ext. 1395

Le Saigon Bayview 413/9-10 Jomthien Complex Tappraya Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20260 Tel. No.: 038 250 329, 038 250 322 Website: www.saigonbistropattaya.com

Mata Hari Restaurant 482/57 Moo12 Thappraya Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Tel. No.: 038 259 799 Website: www.mataharirestaurant.com


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F&B Promotions Chili Crab

Mini Buffet Lunch

Squid Fiesta

Romsai - Singapore Chilli Crab

at The Cascade Restaurant

at Radius Restaurant

Chili Crab is a seafood dish that originated in Singapore in the 1950s, and is considered a “must try” food in Singapore. To celebrate Singapore National Day on 9 August, Romsai will feature this popular and delicious dish on its already lavish buffet for dinner and Sunday Brunch. Singapore Chili Crab is available from 9 to 11 August at Romsai, located at the lower lobby level of Banyan Tree Bangkok.

With a full salad and dessert buffet station, diners can select their main course on the menu featuring Thai and western dishes such as Fried seafood with chicken, garlic and hot basil leaf served with steamed jasmine rice; Grilled chicken breast with barbecue sauce and many more. Price is THB 299++ per person. Until 31 August 2013. The Cascade is located near the Main Lobby of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Open daily from 6am- 1am.

Squid Fiesta is here! Throughout the month of August 2013, Radius Restaurant proudly serves special squid promotion with tasty dishes that has been cooked in different styles. Come and try out our chef ’s recommended dishes and enjoy the taste of fresh squid from the sea. Available every day from 6:00 to 22:00 hrs.

For more information and reservations please contact: 02 679 1200

Mother’s Day Special

For reservations, please call (0) 3842 5611-7 ext. 2153

Romantic Dinner on the Beach at Pullman Pattaya Hotel G

at Holiday Inn Pattaya Pamper your mother with delicious dishes on Mother’s Day. Celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day at Havana Bar and Terrazzo with Italian menu including signature pizza, pasta and a variety of cuisines in the most relaxing ambience. In honor of her special day, from 1st until 31st August 2013, mothers will receive a free pizza when accompanied by four or more family members with minimum bill of THB 500 per table. As an extra bonus, on 12th August 2013, all moms will receive a complimentary glass of house wine from 5pm to 11pm.

From now until 30 September, share the ultimate romantic evening with the one you love, with the sea as your backdrop while the sun dips sublimely over the horizon and the flames of tiki torches flicker around your sunset dinner under the stars. Dinner on the Beach at The Beach Club in Pullman Pattaya Hotel G can be customized to your pleasure, from candle preferences to the music of your choice. The chefs have created a delectable fivecourse menu to complement this passionate rendezvous. The Romantic Dinner on the Beach, including one bottle of sparkling wine, is priced at only 3,600 baht net for 2 persons. Please note that at least 1 day advanced reservation is necessary. For more information or reservations, contact 0 3841 1940-8 or email: info@pullmanpattayahotelG.com or www.facebook.com/ thepullmanpattayahotelG

For more information, please call 038 725 555 or visit www.facebook.com/HavanaBar.Pattaya

Special deal in August for mum at A-One Pattaya Show your appreciation to please your mother with many special deals for food and drink at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya throughout the month of August. All regular meals offer a 20% discount; Asian buffet lunch is now only THB 280 net/person, International buffet dinner is only THB 296 net/person and Seafood BBQ buffet is only THB 640 net/person. Food and beverage in a la carte have a 20% discount together with all outlets in the hotel. The A-One Royal Cruise Hotel is located at Pattaya Beach Road between Soi 2 and Soi 3. For more information please call (038) 259 555 ext 4232

For more information please call 038 933 888 or www.capedarapattaya.com

Mother’s Day Plan the perfect Mother’s Day celebration at Benihana Benihana is going the extra mile for the mom who appreciates watching our chefs work their magic, as they prepare a special set menu, featuring delectable Grilled Tiger Prawn with Lemon Butter, Grilled Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce, Australian Marbled Rib-Eye Beef, California Maki, Foie Gras Teriyaki Sushi, White Asparagus Soup with Pan seared Scallops and other premium creations; it will be an epicurean’s heaven. The menus are suitable for 4 people at 4,999 baht net, early booking before the 5th of August at 4,500 baht net. For more information and reservations please contact Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa 038 412 120 ext.1395

Brazilian Food festival

Life is better when shared

at Zico’s restaurant Pattaya

at Elements restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort Celebrate Thai Mother’s day with your family and treat your mother to a special Thai set sharing menu in lunch or dinner: Goong Sarong, Porpia Sod, Tom Kha Gai, Gaeng Ped Pet Yang, Pla Krapong Thord, Nam Prik Long Rue, Khaow Suay and Look Tarn Loy Kaew on Monday, 12th of August 2013, at Elements restaurant. The price is THB 699++ per person. Special complimentary box of homemade macaroons for mom.

If you pop into town between 8th and 12th of August, drop by our sister restaurant Zico's Brazilian Bar & Grill restaurant at Central Festival to taste the culinary delights of our guest chefs, Chef Paulo Machado and Chef Thiago Bettin, who are visiting us from Brazil. Both of them will be staging a festival of authentic Brazilian food, a unique mix of South American cuisine. These fine Brazilian cuisine specialties are available for dinner from 18:00 hrs 23:00 hrs. Price at only THB 699+ per person.

For more information or reservations, please dial 038 259 888 or website: www.sheratonpattayaresort.com or facebook: www.facebook.com/sheratonpattayaresort

For more information or reservations, please contact Zico’s Brazilian Bar & Grill Restaurant Pattaya Tel: (038) 043 516, e-mail: zicospattaya@chr.co.th

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MIXOLOGIST Khun Namphong “Waii“ Nakorn SIGNATURE DRINK A Tribute to Yello BIO An experienced cruise line bartender in USA for three years and he is now a passionate bartender at Pattaya’s premier rooftop bar, Horizon.

A Tribute to Yello INGREDIENTS 2 oz Smirnoff vodka 1/2 oz Cointreau 1 oz Lime juice 1/2 oz Syrup 1/2 oz Monin passion fruit Soda GARNISH Fresh passion fruit HOW TO MIX Mix vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and syrup in a shaker. Shake well. Pour all ingredients into 8-Shot Tower with ice until almost full. Add soda up to top. Garnish with fresh passion fruit.

GLASS TYPE 8-Shot Tower (Biggest in town) Available at Horizon restaurant & bar on Level 34, Hilton Pattaya


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HOT CHILLI

Pasit and Noi’s Thai Eatery

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” - signifying that great things may come from small beginnings. This came to mind recently when Mick and I visited a new bijou restaurant called “Hot Chilli” which is the inaugural culinary venture of two talented and ambitious young people. Housed in View Talay Building 2B (see the exact location below), it is the first time that manager, Pasit Foobunma and his long-time school friend, Noi, have dipped their toes into the precarious world of catering. Allan Riddell, director of the South African-Thai Chamber of Commerce and energetic promoter of his homeland, with particular interest and involvement in its exciting wine industry, recently alerted us to this small eatery. Pasit is also a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, plus he owns a family-operated goat dairy north of Lopburi. Specialising in hand crafted artisan cheese, he supplies gourmet emporiums and restaurants in Bangkok and here in Pattaya and Jomtien.

Stop the press: For all you lovers of this specialty cheese, a quantity of fresh goats cheese is delivered to Hot Chilli on Mondays and is available for sale at B.220 per 150 grams. Residents of the condo understandably are their core customers, and the footfall is brisk during the day with the take-away

side keeping Noi busy from early morning till evening. However, visitors are becoming aware of the good, honest fare and the bargain prices–the word is definitely spreading. Mick and I joined Allan and Pasit recently to sample the dishes that leave this kitchen. Seating is only for about 16, with some seats on the balcony, making

the atmosphere informal and friendly with conversation and banter spilling across the tables. Eager to try Pasit’s goat cheese, we started our meal with a portion of deep fried goat’s cheese at a reasonable B.130. It arrived crisp coated and sizzling from the pan. The gooey, hot cheese had been wrapped in ham before frying making for an interesting textural interplay. Shrimp tempura (again only B.100) were juicy, fleshy and delicious, while the spring rolls with vegetables or shrimp are also recommended. Breakfast is an all-day affair from 9:30 a.m. with mixed western sets and Asian rice soups from B.100. Main dishes on the Thai menu range in price from B.70 to B.100. We ordered red curry with chicken, sour soup made of tamarind paste with shrimp and vegetables and morning glory with minced pork, while Pasit and Allan plumped for tom yam gai and chicken soup with coconut. All was well cooked and perfectly spiced, and we happily tucked into all dishes. Wine is available by the glass at B.100, plus there are some interesting bottles in the wine cooler for your consideration.

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There is a separate Isan-style menu with dishes such as fresh shrimp with spicy seafood sauce, spicy pork with peppermint, spicy pork salad and, naturally for this much-loved provincial cuisine,there are three different papaya salads with peanuts, pickled fish or salted eggs. From the western plates we spotted spaghetti with Bolognese or carbonara, chicken cordon bleu, pork or fish steaks, beef, chicken or pork hamburgers. This is Noi and Pasit’s first venture into the restaurant business and in our opinion a great start for what is undoubtedly going to be a successful partnership for the future. We wish them well. A neighbourhood eatery serving home-style food at exceedingly reasonable prices is exactly what is needed for residents of View Talay 2B and informed visitors alike. Enter the lobby of View Talay 2B and turn left along the corridor. Hot Chilli is located about half way down. Open daily from 9:30 to 9ish with last orders at 8 pm. Tel: 081 132 0949. Details of the goat’s cheese can be provided by Pasit on his mobile: 08 612 45532 or email: yoyoung26@gmail.com.

Dear Readers, it has been brought to our notice that the BYO policy at The Lebanese Palace has changed since our visit. They are now charging B.200 corkage on a bottle of wine.


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Tuna Tartar with Avocado, Crispy Wontons & Grilled Prawns S er v es 2 2 pieces White prawns 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 pieces Wonton wrappers, cut into 2, triangle shape 200 grams Tuna, sushi grade, cut into dice ½ teaspoon Ginger, finely grated 1 teaspoon Lime juice

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Heat the oil in a pan. Season the prawns with salt and pepper. Carefully place the prawns into the hot pan and cook on all sides till nicely coloured and 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 and avocado. Season with salt and pepper. Mix gently to combine and bring together. Check for seasoning.

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Hilton Pattaya’s South African wine dinner

Wining and dining on safari By Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Shaun Venter, Horizon’s executive sous-chef, himself a native of South Africa, presented his first SAFA Weekend highlighting the sun soaked tastes and flavours of his homeland. The two-day affair featured events to showcase premium wines from the Graham Beck winery and to put on show the culinary expertise of chef Shaun’s South African gastronomic repertoire. Mick and I had been invited to attend the wine dinner, so it was that we found ourselves at the Hilton Pattaya soaring to the 34th floor to meet the charming

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

marketing communications manager, Treamprom (Sunday) Klinhom, Shaun Venter, and Graham Beck Wines head sommelier, Alec Louw. This prestigious South African winery has established a loyal international following and an impressive global reputation for quality, consistency and sophistication. They are one of South Africa’s leading ecofriendly wine producers. In fact, each bottle sold of their new Game Reserve range contributes towards conservation initiatives. To commence this sparkling

T omato D ressing 3 pieces Tomato, peeled 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil Salt and 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.

gastronomic event we were served one of Graham Beck’s flagship sparkling wines, namely the Cap Classique Brut Rose. Finely crafted with its charming silver-pink blush and classic fizz with flair, it was the ideal first pour of the evening and enjoyed against the backdrop of Pattaya’s sparkling skyline; it was the perfect opener for this stellar venue. It was now time to move into the Horizon restaurant where chef Shaun and his tribal-costumed staff were waiting to receive us. The dining room is sleek, chic and captivating, also offering the luxury of three floor-to-ceiling glass private rooms, which is where we were seated to experience our South African culinary safari. First served was our welcome amuse-bouche. Resting atop an intense pumpkin puree and scallion vinaigrette was one plumptious scallop with a surprising chilli kick. Escorted by another glass of that elegant bubbly rose, it was a sensational pre-appetiser. The starter then made a dramatic appearance. Snow Fish ceviche with caramelized butternut, blackened corn, jalapeno and roasted avocado was as much an eye pleaser as a brilliant palate teaser. Served with a glass of The Game Reserve, Chenin Blanc 2011, it was one of our favourite courses. Wafer thin slices of melt-in-the-mouth Snow Fish languished on a puddle of a concentrated butternut emulsion. The dish was further enlivened with blackened corn and zesty jalapeno with the addition of creamy roasted avocado plus a small glass jar with its surprise treat of a luscious, briny oyster which we slurped with relish. We loved the Chenin Blanc with its delightful aromas of sweet, juicy melon, and with its long, clean finish, it proved the ideal companion for this

B asil O il 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 of 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 the 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.

S er v e 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.

delightful appetiser. Next to hit the table was the seafood main course, sensationally presented, it comprised of West Coast crayfish risotto with saffron mussels. Served in a Lilliputian cast iron casserole set into a beach of sea salt with hot stones, it made for a charming picture. Top off revealed a tranche of rainbow trout crowning the shell fish risotto with its chunks of this sweet crayfish and intense bisque essence making for yet another sensational course. Accompanied by a light-bodied but zesty Waterside Chardonnay, it made good company with the richness of the shellfish. The big guns were now being poured. The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 followed shortly by The Ridge, Syrah 2009, were the luscious reds of the evening and the pride of the Graham Beck portfolio. Paired with a charcoal grilled Australian beef tenderloin, slow braised tomato ragout, Parmesan paps and boerewors, it was received with lively enthusiasm. Great complexity of blackberry fruit and dark chocolate on the nose from the Cabernet Sauvignon, but it has to be said votes at our table were directed towards the excellent Syrah with its peppery spice, plumy entry and elegant silky tannins. As expected, the beef tenderloin was a seriously-delicious cut of meat, but mention must be made to chef Shaun’s South African specialty boerewors. These are a type of sausage, the name coming from the Afrikaans word “boer” (farmer) and wors (“sausage”). They were dinky affairs but the flavours of beef and pork seasoned with coriander

seed, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice were big and we just loved these South African bangers. The sweetest ending was provided by the Malva pudding accompanied by toasted marshmallows, Amarula ice cream and brandy snaps. This sweet caramelised sponge of Cape Dutch origin is a staple dessert of South African restaurants. Together with the speared marshmallows and sumptuous ice cream flavoured with the cream liqueur that is the spirit of South Africa (and the fruit of the Marula tree) it made for a superb finale. Incidentally, elephants enjoy eating the fruit of the Marula tree, and because of this association, the distiller has made them its symbol and fully supports elephant conservation efforts. This latest wine dinner from the kitchen of executive sous-chef Shaun Venter and the premium vintages from the distinguished Graham Beck winery made for a South African dinner to remember. Sunshine and expertise shone through the wines and chef’s culinary devotion for the cuisine of his homeland sang through the gourmet courses. A bibulous gourmet safari indeed. Horizon is located on the 34th floor of Hilton Pattaya, Beach Road. Tel: (038) 253 000. Open daily from 5 p.m. till 1 a.m. Smart dress code applies.


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Promotions Luminous Spa Pay for one spa treatment and get the second at 50% off at Luminous Spa Receive a 50% discount on your second body or facial treatment such as foot massage, body scrub and facial treatment at the Luminous Spa, which will be of the same or lesser value as the first. For more information, please call 038 933 888 or visit www.capedarapattaya.com

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Big Snore

Snoring occurs when the soft palate, uvula, tongue, tonsils, or muscles in the back of the throat rub against each other and generate vibrations during sleep. One in five adults is a chronic snorer, and nearly half of normal adults snore occasionally. The likelihood that a person snores increases with age, and about half of people over 60 snore regularly. Snoring can sometimes be remedied by sleeping on one’s side rather than on one’s back.

10 Ways to Get Better Skin by Marie Sanchez, chief editor, UrbaneWomen.Com

The skin. What an amazing organ it is, and it’s no wonder that so many people are concerned about properly taking care of theirs. It goes without saying that it’s the largest organ of the body, and the one that contains every other portion of your being, but besides that, as everybody can see it, in the interest of vanity at the very least, it’s of dire importance to keep it looking its best. It’s not only about vanity however, because keeping your skin healthy will prevent the chances of developing any unwanted issues or diseases which can often be quite painful. As with anything else out there today, however, it’s difficult to find the correct information on how to keep your skin healthy, and what to do in order to keep it looking young. With that said however, we have put together a list of what we deem to be the 10 best ways to get better skin. 1. Take in Plenty of Vitamin C and Vitamin E Be sure to eat plenty of foods that offer sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals, but especially foods that are high in both vitamin C and vitamin E. The reason for this is because vitamin C works really well to help protect your skin from the rays of the sun, and vitamin E is one of those essential vitamins that helps to repair the skin. A really great food that is high in both of these vitamins is spinach, so if that is something you enjoy, try to include plenty of it into your daily diet. 2. Wash Your Face a Couple of Times a Day This might seem like one of the most obvious things you can do to keep your skin young and healthy, but I’m sure not everybody does it. Make sure that you actively clean your face at least a couple of times a day. These couple of times should be more than just your face cleaning that you do in your shower in the morning, as you need to make use of a nice facial cleaner rather than just your normal body wash or soap. 3. Avoid Popping Your Pimples with Your Fingers This can be one of the more annoying things, and even one of the most difficult things to not do, but if you do get any pimples, it’s important for you not to pop them. The reason is because they can easily become reinfected, which can often develop into more serious problems, and even some issues that are permanent, so try to keep yourself from doing it. It’s always best to let your body go through the process of getting rid of pimples on its own. 4. Drink a Sufficient Amount of Water Drinking a lot of water is an integral part of keeping your skin healthy. One of the biggest reasons for that is because our bodies are made up of between 50 and 60% water, and if you don’t keep it properly hydrated, your skin is going to be the first part that suffers from it. Hence, it’s important that you consume at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day in order to make sure that your body remains properly hydrated. 5. Use Moisturizer on Your Skin Regularly Regardless of whether or not your skin feels like it’s drying out, it’s important to make sure that you apply moisturizer to your skin on a regular basis, so don’t wait until you start experiencing dry spots, or any itchy rashes.

It’s important to make sure that you moisturize your skin at least a couple of times a day, and especially on the areas that are exposed to the sun in order to keep it healthy. 6. Always Wear Sunscreen Spending time out in the sun can be one of the most damaging things you can do to your skin. The sun has a tendency to suck the moisture out of your skin, and while you might not see it so drastically when you’re young, when you get older it will definitely show through. Individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun will without fail show their age worse than those who don’t, so make sure that whenever you go out into the sun, you wear at least a SPF 30 sunscreen in order to provide yourself with plenty of protection. 7. Try Not to Wear Tons of Makeup If you absolutely have to put on makeup every day, try to use as little of it as possible. Whenever you put a bunch of heavy makeup on your face, it has an effect on how your skin actually works. If you absolutely have to put on a bunch of makeup however, make sure that you spend the extra money and get makeup that is either hypoallergenic, or is safe for skin that is sensitive. 8. Make Exfoliation a Regular Part of Your Skin Care Regimen Skin is one of those living organisms that has a tendency to keep renewing itself, so in order to remove and keep all of those old dead skin cells cleared away, it’s important to exfoliate your skin at least a couple of times a week. This is going to prevent any of those dead skin cells from building up, and will keep any excess oil from accumulating as well, which often leads to spots on the skin. 9. Choose a Good Antibacterial Cleanser For those individuals who have a propensity towards acne, making use of a good antibacterial cleanser is especially important. There are a lot of different brands of antibacterial cleansers on the market, which you can buy over-thecounter, but if your acne problem is severe, it might be a better idea to go to your doctor and have them prescribe you one. 10. Try to Avoid Stress The last thing you can do to truly benefit your skin is to avoid stress in your life. Stress can affect people in a plethora of different ways, and for some people it comes out in their skin, so avoiding it can help to get rid of acne and keep your skin healthy. Life is really too short to be stressed out about things anyway, so while it’s obvious that you need to work and go about your business, try to not take things so seriously and enjoy life. This is going to not only benefit your skin, but it will make you a more pleasant person to be around. For additional information on skin care, as well as on beauty, health, fitness, romance, hair care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com


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fairness-fitness-finery

Vol. 01 No. 15 | Aug 1-15 2013

Sports medicine and some solutions by Thonglor Clinic

As we advance in age, we have more free time to enjoy the finer things in life. Sometimes pain can be a real barrier to surmount. We all have aches and pains, and after exercise or sport these can be exacerbated. For some of us even walking can be painful. Even with proper training and equipment some sporting activities leave you in pain, or existing pain prevents you from achieving your sporting goals. Thonglor Clinic offers a new approach to these problems with the Guna Pain Management. This consists of a thorough examination to define the source of the problem. If need be, other investigation may have to be carried out.

The Guna Pain Management Therapy has been developed in Italy following homeopathic principles. A series of injections, patterned upon homeopathic trigger points are isolated and different homeopathic solutions can then be injected in the areas. These treatments are repeated once or twice weekly for 6-8 weeks. Some people benefit from follow-up sessions before tournaments or competitions. Even occasional players will get relief with these treatments. Golfers specially benefit from these treatments when chronic pain is present. Posture and position as freedom of movements are essential for a good game of golf. Guna Pain Management can be applied for a multitude of problems. There are 10 different combinations of solutions that can be applied for each specific condition. Guna shoulder combined with Guna Polyarthritis offers a lot of relief for the scapulohumeral syndrome. Quite often a full golf swing can’t be achieved due to this condition. Some conditions are muscular in origin, others are of bone origin. Combination therapies help to target the source of the pain. There are preparations for the neck,

thoracic, lumbar, ischial, shoulder and hip pains as well as muscle, polyarthritic or neural pains. The doctor can recommend the right combination for your individual problems. The homeopathic approach is a safe method and does not present side effects as do some painkillers available on the market. The Guna method is a form of regulating medicine that teaches your body to heal itself. Quite a different approach to normal therapies that target principally the problem but not the source of the problem. At Thonglor Clinic you can discuss your problems and explore alternative therapies for a multitude of problems. Thonglor Clinic can deal with aesthetic medicine and surgery but also allows you to enjoy your retirement/holiday time to their full extent with the help of the Guna Method. Why suffer or limit yourself? Enjoy life!

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No biting! If biting your nails is your worst habit, take heart. It’s not as unhealthy as smoking and it’s not as gross as picking your nose in public. It’s also a habit that is easier to break. Nails chewed ragged are not only a gross turnoff; they also are unhealthy— and regarded by others as indicative of poor hygiene. Our fingers are rife with germs that do not belong in our mouths and bodies. Beyond which, bite your nails badly enough and you can permanently damage not only your nails but also your teeth and gums. So if you are ready to break that unsightly habit, here are a few tips to help. Apply nail polish that tastes absolutely awful. Some varieties are made specifically to help stop nail biting, or you can make your own by mixing nail polish with offensive spices or other edible ingredients that you detest. (We used chili powder in the old country, but that fiery seasoning might simply encourage nail biting in Thailand.) As an option, ask your dentist to make you an inexpensive tooth guard for either your lower or upper teeth. It’s hardly noticeable, readily removable, and 100 percent effective in preventing you from biting your nails (but only if you use it). Because anxiety is a leading cause of gnawing your nails, do what you can to relieve stress. Meditate, take a yoga class, and try biofeedback. Let your teeth chew on something else constantly, like sugarless chewing gum, healthy snacks, mints or your favorite candy. Go for a manicure and have the manicurist apply acrylic nails. They won’t be as tasty to chew and you probably won’t want to nibble on your expensive accessories. Whatever method or combination of methods you try, don’t allow the challenge to increase your stress levels. Remember that you can resume nail biting anytime you choose, then try again at a later date. Or you might decide to limit your biting to one nail only. When you see how great your nails—and your hands—look, you no doubt will make an all out effort to keep them all looking great and healthy all the time.


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upcoming movies 2 Guns

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The Purge

Lead Actors

Lead Actors Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane

Nokia Lumia 1020

Ever get passed by an eighteen-wheeler while driving a Mini? That’s what it’ll be like comparing the pictures your current phone takes with the 41MP beasts the new 1020 cranks out. Thanks to a ball-bearing-stabilized Carl Zeiss lens setup and a pretty serious image sensor, your panoramas are about to get super-sized. A glare-resistant, 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 display also boasts ultra sensitivity, so it can be used even with gloves; also on board is a 1.2MP front-facing camera, 1.5GHz processor and 32GB of memory.

Boccia Titanium Watch Configurator Bespoke: a word that conjures much fantastical imagery; namely, unique style, desirability and extravagant (read: prohibitive) expense. After all, you don't visit Savile Row so you can blend in. Made to measure suits are one thing, but you don't have to take out a mortgage to acquire custom-made wristwear. Last year Universal Watch Company introduced the Boccia id Watch Configurator, making it possible for customers to shop online and personally choose the case, bezel, dial, hands, sub-hands, strap and crystal used to make their next watch. There are over 12 million variations possible -- about enough for everyone in Shenzen, China and Portland, Oregon to get one watch, each of them different.

Lead Actors

Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton

Director Baltasar Kormákur Genre Action | Crime Release Date 1 August 2013 A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob -- the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.

Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Nathan Fillion

Director Thor Freudenthal Genre Action | Adventure | Family | Fantasy Release Date 15 August 2013 In this retelling of Rick Riordan’s book, "The Sea of Monsters", Percy Jackson, accompanied by his friends Annabeth Chase, Clarisse La Rue and Tyson, his half brother, goes on a journey to the Sea of Monsters to retrieve the Golden Fleece and save Camp Half-Blood.

New Chevy Corvette Stingray gets 29 mpg General Motors says its new Chevrolet Corvette sports car will get 29 miles per gallon of gas in highway driving (that converts to about 12.3 kpl), making the new Stingray the most fuelefficient sports car on the market. The 2014 Corvette Stingray has a 455 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that can take the car from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds.

Director James DeMonaco Genre Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller Release Date 15 August 2013 In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity--including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

music / new release

John Mayer – Paradise Valley Paradise Valley is an upcoming studio album by musician John Mayer and will be his sixth studio release overall. Musically, it is similar to his previous album, Born and Raised, which was released in 2012. It is set to be released on 13 August 2013.The album's title is derived from a major river valley of the Yellowstone River with the same name, located in southwestern Montana.

1. Wildfire

7. I Will Be Found

2. Dear Marie

8.You're No One Till

3. Waiting On The Day

Someone Lets You Down

4. Paper Doll

9. Badges and Gun

5. Call Me The Breeze

10. On The Way Home

6. Who You Love


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Pattaya Today tests the Anniversary Bloom edition painted in “Blossom Purple”. A strong, unique color maybe not for the fainthearted. Step inside: Since this is the top of-the-line version it comes with premium-grade fabric, purple accented seat (just in case the blossom purple paint job is not enough). For the driver, a three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel with silver decor. Thanks to its boxy shape the cabin is spacious, especially the rear seats. The infotainment-center is comprehensive, including DVD/CD/

Mitsubishi Mirage Bloom The Anniversary Mirage edition in Bling-Bling Blossom Purple 2010 was the debut of the first eco-car in the Thai Kingdom when the Nissan March (in Europe named Nissan Micra) was rolled out. We have by John Lindgren one in our garage, Editor-in-chief: we call it the carsanook.com Marshmellow. A super compact 1.2 liter petrol engine, stick-shift, air-con, powerwindows and a solid AM/FM CD radio. (What more do you need?) Fun to drive and easy to park, too. Notwithstanding the active way we drive our “Marchmellow,” we still manage 17-18 kpl. If you prefer a slower Eco-car driving style or light step on the accelerator you should be able to achieve circa 20 kpl. Last year after March came Mirage, Mitsubishi's Eco car. The Mirage is a

“global compact car” produced at a new Mitsubishi Motors Thailand factory in Laem Chabang industrial estate. This automotive factory is the largest MMC plant and export hub outside of Japan. But I still don't know if ECO stands for economy or ecology? Maybe it's both! In order to celebrate the first anniversary of Mirage in Thailand (and sell more cars) “Mitsu” Thailand recently launched a Mirage special model “Bloom Edition”. Voila! Mitsubishi Mirage Bloom. The design language? Cute, tight and a tad boxy with four wheels in each corner a la MINI. The front with the short nose and the narrow, slim front grill does not really impress me. But the side view! The thin A-pillar and the wide C-pillar. And the rear with the over-sized cool, sporty roof spoiler, very Mirage. Plus a fancy “Bloom Edition” emblem on the tailgate.

MP3 UBS and Bluetooth, plus a 7-inch touch screen with navigation system. More goodies! The Start/Stop engine button and Smart Key System. No more hassle. Just touch the door and press the start button. Mitsubishi Mirage is propelled by a three-cylinder, 12 valve, 78 horsepower MIVEC engine mated to a smooth CTV automatic gear box. It runs on 95 petrol, E10 and E20. Safety features include front driver and passenger airbags plus ABS and Electronic BrakeForce Distribution (EBD). Hit the start button and off we go! D-for drive. Step on it. The engine is a tad vocal but it delivers. And the little 870 kg Mirage goes like a weasel. The Mirage is a very small car and ridiculously easy to thread through urban traffic and park in tight spaces. U-turns a piece of cake thanks to the super-tight 4.4 meter turning radius. On the Pattaya-Bangkok motorway a cruising speed of 120 kph or less is enough. There are speed cameras. Be aware! The Mitsu Mirage is not a highway cruiser, but for the 160 km Bangkok-Pattaya run it works. If you're looking for an affordable price, high fuel efficiency, and easy-todrive everyday city car, do consider the Mirage Eco-compact hatch back. For the Bloom Edition two paint jobs are available. To make a statement, the Blossom Purple is priced at 549,000 baht, and the more discreet White Pearl at 554,000 baht. PS. Mitsubishi Mirage won the 20122013 Car of the Year-Philippines award. The ceremony was held at the 2013 Manila International Auto Show. MITSUBISHI MIRAGE Bloom Edition

Engine: 1.2-liter petrol engine Horsepower: 78 horsepower automatic CVT Torque: 100 Nm Top speed: 160 kph Fuel consumption: 21 kpl (Eco-mode Price: 549,000 baht (Blossom purple) www.mitsubishi-motors.co.th


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What's Inside: Pre-Built PCL to build Raimon Land’s Unixx

Issue 14 1-15 AUGUST 2013

Centara plans five-star hotel in Pattaya

Raimon Land has awarded the construction contract for Unixx South Pattaya to Pre-Built Public Company Limited.

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Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya will have a soft opening next month. The five-star hotel in Pattaya’s Phratamnak Hill district is designed to reflect the upmarket ambience of the area. Features include a dramatic entry with two large aquariums, Fendi furniture in the lobby, and a signature restaurant, Ruffino, on the rooftop. Continued on page P2/26


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Business Feature Centara plans five-star hotel in Pattaya Continued from page P1/25

Deluxe Room

Deli Cafe

Spa Cenvaree

The 165 guestrooms and suites, each with private balcony, provide quality furnishings and fittings including the finest cotton sheets, Jim Thompson pillowcases, Harnn bathroom amenities, Nespresso coffee makers, LED flatscreen TV with DVD player, and free Wi-Fi. There is also a meeting room for up to 80 people. “Phratamnak Hill is the Beverley Hills of Pattaya, the city's most prestigious address,” said Chris Bailey, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Centara Hotels & Resorts. In creating “our new five-star resort hotel we have been very much aware that it will form a centerpiece and a landmark for the district,” he continued, adding, “The architecture of the hotel, the interior design and the style will all reflect the exclusivity of the location, and we feel this will become a very attractive destination for top travellers, as well as a gathering place for local residents.” The roof of the nine-storey hotel will feature a pool with a bar, while the beach house will lead guests directly to the beach. Spa Cenvaree will occupy two floors of the beach house, and feature all-natural spa products along with its a la carte of traditional and modern treatments.

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Business News Pre-Built PCL to build Raimon Land’s Unixx South Pattaya

Kenton named to Centara Grand post

Seen in photo (left to right) are Raimon Land’s Neil Hutchinson, vice president construction, Gerry Healy, project director, and Johnson Tan, CEO, as well as Pre-Built’s Wirot Charoentra, managing director, and Robin Goh, project director. Raimon Land has awarded the construction contract for Unixx South Pattaya to Pre-Built Public Company Limited, marking the second collaboration between the two companies. Pre-Built also built Zire Wongamat, a high-rise luxury development on North Pattaya beach. Now with more than 600 buyers in its sales roster, construction of the main Unixx building will begin immediately. Johnson Tan, Raimon Land CEO, described SET-listed Pre-Built PCL as a proven contractor that has completed a number of large residential condominiums, commercial buildings, shopping centers, schools and government centers in the country. For Zire Wongamat, Tan said, “the partnership

with Pre-Built has been successful, and it is reassuring for our customers to know that we are placing our latest project, Unixx South Pattaya, in competent hands. Over the years, we have earned our clients’ trust, as they know they can rely on us to deliver what we promise. We choose our partners with utmost care and consideration, because we do not compromise on quality.” The Pratumnak Road project will offer distinctively designed units ranging from 22 to 62 square meters, from studios, 1- and 2-bedroom units in a single open ‘V’ tower with two distinct wings. Raimon Land’s fourth and largest project here will provide views of the Gulf of Thailand, Pattaya or Jomtien.

Andre Brulhart, area general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, has appointed George Kenton as executive assistant manager - Rooms. The Australian has more than 20 years experience at such hotels as Renaissance Prague Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic; Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort & Spa, Gold Coast, Australia, and Hilton Adelaide, Australia. Most recently Kenton was director of rooms at the Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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Legal & Expat Money

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Divorce in Thailand by: Magna Carta Law Office

What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce in Thailand? Uncontested divorce is the termination of marriage by mutual consent. Contested divorce is when one or both spouses do not agree with the terms of the separation or have broken the marriage agreement. While a couple may agree to divorce, things could become complicated and can be contested when it comes to some important conjugal matters such as child custody and sharing of properties.

file for a divorce in Thailand shall have to go through the court system.

What are grounds for divorce? - One spouse has committed adultery - One spouse is guilty of misconduct - One spouse has seriously harmed or tortured the body or mind of the other - One spouse has deserted the other for more than 1 year - One spouse has been imprisoned for more than 1 year - The spouses have voluntarily lived separately for more than 3 years - One spouse has disappeared for more than 3 years - One spouse has failed to give proper maintenance and support to the other - One spouse has been an insane person for more than 3 years continuously and such insanity is hardly curable so that the continuance of marriage cannot be expected - One spouse has broken a bond of good behaviour executed by him or her - One spouse is suffering from a communicable and dangerous incurable disease and may cause injury to the other - One spouse has a physical disadvantage so as to be permanently unable to cohabit as husband and wife What are the advantages of uncontested divorce in Thailand? The procedure is typically faster and cheaper as there is no need for a representation in court while preserving both parties' privacy. There is less emotional stress involved to both parties, as well as to their children and respective families as it enables the couple to end their marriage in a civilized manner. You lose control of the divorce process once the matter is turned over to a judge to decide. The judge may come up with an arrangement that neither of you will be comfortable with. He may also come up with a property settlement where you lose things that were more valuable to you. How do we file an uncontested divorce in Thailand? Uncontested divorce is possible only if the couple has no disagreements over children or property. Filing for uncontested divorce is as simple as registering your marriage and the process can be completed in one day at the local district office. There is no need to have a ground for divorce. The couple’s mutual decision to end the marriage is enough. This must be made in writing with at least two witnesses. Relevant documents shall be presented, proper forms must be completed, and important questions must be answered, then a divorce certificate will be issued by the registrar office. This type of divorce only applies if the couple are married in Thailand. Marriages outside the Thai jurisdiction who wish to

divorce registration.

What must our divorce agreement contain? A settlement or divorce agreement contains provisions regarding the terms of sharing of assets, child custody and support, alimony, and other important matters. It is recommended that you decide these matters beforehand and formalize them in a divorce contract. This will guarantee that there are no disagreements before you go to the registration office. The details of the divorce conditions shall be specified in the

In case of uncontested divorce, can my lawyer appear on my behalf? No. Each party must be physically present before the officer to make a personal declaration of their intention to divorce. Who shall determine the concerns regarding maintenance of children upon divorce? In the case of divorce by mutual consent, an arrangement shall be made and contained in the agreement of divorce as to who--both or either spouse--will contribute to the maintenance of the children and the amount of such contribution. In the case of divorce by judgment of the court or in case the agreement of divorce contains no provisions concerning the maintenance of the children, the determination shall be made by the court. How will marital property and debts be shared between the parties? Marital property is anything acquired during the course of marriage by way of gift, purchase, or inheritance. Personal property is anything acquired before the marriage. When a couple divorces in Thailand, all marital property is divided equally, and personal property remains that of each individual. If both parties agree to the terms then the proceedings are not complicated. However, if the couple cannot agreeably settle the property distribution issues, the court will have to resolve the issues based on Thai laws. Common debts incurred shall be of equal liability between the couple upon termination of the marriage. When does a contested and uncontested divorce case take effect? In a case where a marriage has been registered according to law, divorce by mutual consent takes effect from the time of registration. If all documentation is in order, the divorce can be completed and registered in one day. Divorce by judgment of the court takes effect on and from the time when the judgment becomes final, however, such judgment may not be set up to the prejudice to the rights of third persons acting in good faith unless the divorce has been registered. Is it possible to change from a contested to uncontested divorce? Yes. The filing party or both parties may withdraw the contested divorce case anytime and file an uncontested divorce instead.

MAGNA CARTA LAW OFFICE 193/126-8 South Pattaya Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150, Thailand Telephone : 038 373735 - 6, MOBILE NO. : 082 479 1204 Fax : 038 373672 Email : legal@magnacarta.co.th

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Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

Shelter from the inevitable economic cycles Very few ever seem to learn from the enormous amount of historical evidence surrounding the economic cycles of both markets and the macro (national) economics of individual countries. We are now witnessing the slowing of the so-called ‘world engine’ of China with levels of growth down to their stated minimum requirement of around the 7 to 7.5 percent per annum necessary to sustain a colossal population’s demand for jobs and thus avoid potential social unrest. China’s average wage increased last year by almost 50 percent and the currency continues to strengthen; that coupled with often a 120-day lead time from order to delivery of goods in Europe, for example, is taking the icing off the cake. This same ‘pricing themselves out of the market’ has happened over centuries as the prosperity increases in particular economies, the unit-labour costs increase, and the once-cheap haven for manufacturers becomes much less competitive. If you couple that with the current trend in the US, the UK and parts of continental Europe to bring manufacturing home, where possible, you have the beginnings of a shift. With the habitual inequalities in this world there will, seemingly, always be somewhere the economic powerhouses can have their products manufactured at rock bottom labour rates and, business being what it is, multinationals will have no compunction in moving operations to the latest cheap hotspot, whilst also using favourable tax regimes as bases, a fact that has resulted in much publicised criticism of many global players in recent months. With the rear end of the financial crisis still flexing its muscles in the markets, the lessons we can take from this ballet that has been played out since time immemorial is that there is always a ‘rise and fall’ in national economies, from the British Empire to the American version and now the Chinese rocket. No one is writing China off economically; however, the never-ending meteoric growth of individual countries is unsustainable. The fact is that in China’s case, there may be a new burgeoning middle class; nonetheless, they still have well over one billion people in poverty. As is often the case in economically developing countries, only a relatively small percentage of the overall population sees significant benefit from the country’s success at a macro level, certainly in the earlier stages of development. The cyclical nature of specific countries’ economies brings knock-on effects in their markets, which, in turn, has similar effects on other global markets and so we go on. The recent glaring example of this has been the immense volatility in equities over recent years, following the crisis starting in 2006, which was in full swing by 2008. These wildly swinging fortunes should lead us to Economics 101, ‘supply and demand’. When I first studied economics at my grammar school, they gave me a ‘Hanson’ textbook and on near enough the first page ‘demand and supply’ was covered. Why have we forgotten this basic truism? We have studied the available options for investors over many years and there are, in fact, more than a few examples of funds whose sphere of activity is based in a sector where demand far exceeds supply and--surprise, surprise--they have been able to maintain consistently decent results throughout the whole financial malaise of the last five to seven years and can attribute more than a little of their success to Mr. Hanson’s first lesson. 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: timwhiteley@ifainternationalgroup.com


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Property

When is leasehold more valuable than freehold? by

Amari Residences Phuket “In over 35 years in the property industry in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Thailand, and having worked in many Asian countries, I would have said until very recently never. However, I have to acknowledge that with the arrival of some excellent leasehold properties, the Thai property industry has recognized that a wellappointed and managed leasehold property can out price, outperform, and be preferred by buyers to freehold condominiums. Leasehold can also be a better investment, if it offers better management and/or income returns,” according to David Simister, chairman of CBRE Thailand. “Just to confirm my terminology,” Simister explains, “a condominium is a strata title property within a juristic development where the owner, foreign or Thai, has a perpetual freehold title. The communal property of the condominium is run through the juristic management committee and subject in Thailand to the Thai Condominium Act. A leasehold property does not offer perpetual ownership; the longest initial term (registered in Thailand) is 30 years, and a developer may offer a series of extensions. The ultimate ownership of the property and its control is in the hands of the lessor, an independent individual or corporation, who grants the lessee(s) a lease. Leasehold is considered a depreciating asset, because as time passes the value of the remaining term of years decreases. It is fair to say a condominium of equal quality with an equal certainty of a continuation of good quality management is a better and more valuable investment than any leasehold property; however, in Thailand, leasehold property has evolved and similarly-located freehold condominiums are not always more valuable than leasehold”. In a statement, CBRE notes that the evolution of the quality leasehold has arisen due to the leaseholder’s decision making ability and the

superior attitude to maintenance standards. The leaseholder has the ability as the sole freehold owner to make decisions. He can appoint and enter into a long-term contract with top quality managers including branded hotel groups such as St. Regis or Amari. A top-level hotel operator, particularly where a property is a resort, can maximize income returns, compared to a typical juristic condominium. Only the single condominium leaseholder can give a quality hotel operator sufficient confidence to enter into a long-term contract for the professional and high-quality operation of the property, the statement continues. Only with a long-term contractual commitment will hotel operators invest the necessary time and resources to create an investment vehicle capable of regularly securing the maximum achievable returns. In 1990, CBRE Thailand marketed off-plan Laguna Phuket, a concept of an integrated resort in a private, wellmaintained and managed beachfront area along Bang Tao and Layan beaches. The residential properties were to be operated by several hotel groups: the Sheraton, Allamanda, and Banyan Tree. The management resources devoted to those properties would provide five-star hotel quality (Sheraton) and five-star plus (Banyan Tree). The hotel-branded residences provided quality services and, in the case of the Sheraton, double digit income returns to buyers. Twenty years ago, hoteliers were prepared to operate both freehold and leasehold projects, says CBRE, adding, “Sadly today, most if not all major international hotel brands will not contemplate offering hotel management services to a multi-owned condominium. Largely, this is because of legal disputes in the U.S.A. and the worry that a single disruptive or litigious owner can pull down the house to the detriment of his co-owners and the manager.

Condominium management relies on a concept of majority votes and democracy. This is fair in principle but in practice can create disputes over services, budgets, and result in a lack of clear leadership and consistent management. Most importantly, a juristic body where the governing committee can change annually cannot effectively enter into long-term service contracts. By comparison, the single lessor who does not require any vote or approval can enter into a long-term contract with a hotel group and can more directly and effectively ensure continuity in the operation and management of the property.” In Bangkok today, CBRE Thailand sees “first-class leasehold properties with strong sales performance and occupational demand in Rajadamri competing head to head with freehold condominium projects. If one looks at three projects: 185 Rajadamri, a top-quality freehold condominium, St. Regis, leasehold units, part of the St. Regis hotel building a leasehold property, and Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, who is bringing the Waldorf Astoria to Bangkok, one sees three very different offerings in the market. Prices span a range of THB 250,000 – 350,000 per sq.m. and buyers are making purchase decisions on preferences and the market is buying both 30-year leases (St. Regis and Magnolia) and freehold condominium title (185 Rajadamri). This is not a question of a bad condominium versus a good leasehold, but a very good condominium versus a top quality and branded leasehold operations. Purchase decisions vary and it should be stressed that purchasers of St. Regis are largely purchasing for their own use. Purchasers of 185 Rajadamri are both investors and end users.” In comparing leasehold versus freehold, CBRE Thailand says it never has an exactly like-for-like situation, but it is clear that the well-appointed quality luxury leasehold has a clear market demand.

In Phuket, leasehold is also outperforming freehold sales where the total package of property and services is more attractive than ownership of freehold title. “One of the most successful leasehold projects this year has been Amari Residences Phuket on a site overlooking Patong Bay,” CBRE states. “Amari Residence Phuket has been achieving prices in excess several West Coast condominiums with freehold title. Much more interestingly, this has been one of the first projects in Phuket to show a strong level of demand from Thai Bangkok investors. “Why specifically is Amari Residences Phuket better than many of the West Coast freehold condominiums? The answer is simple: the quality, unbeatable views, the continuity of management, and sustainable regular income that comes only from good hotel management. “Many other projects that promise high returns have failed to secure the right operators. Many small and medium Phuket developers have not been able to deliver in terms of capital to complete to the original specification or to provide rental management programmes. “Amari also brings its experience from Amari Residences Hua Hin in terms of finishes and consistency of the package. Offering 6 percent guarantee returns, it is the ideal balance of an investment and a resort property

with owner’s use for his family. The quality of management and the ability to make single-minded management decisions, is proving leasehold is now capable of out-performing freehold condominium. “This does not mean that every condominium is now an inferior product to every leasehold property, but it does throw into the highlight the need for condominiums to develop good and consistent management levels. In Phuket where a variety of ownership structures have been employed, CBRE Thailand has found a broad commitment amongst owners to manage up to a quality standard, not down to a budget. “Sadly, in Bangkok many condominiums are not able to manage up to luxury standards commensurate to the built quality of the condominium. Ultimately, for long-term value preservation of any property asset, good management is essential. Condominium owners need to pay more attention and collectively be more constructively demanding of their building and juristic managers to ensure that they enjoy the price appreciation that freehold property in a prime location should merit. “For the time being, there will be more instances where well-managed and professionally-run leaseholds will outperform condominiums in terms of operational standards and ability to generate income.”


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Scams, Facelifts and Russians Burst!

I knew with a headline like that you would just have to read at least a little, but make sure you read until Russia bursts! Most often I choose a single topic I wish to write about and I dedicate the entire page to that subject, but several interesting topics concerning our real estate sector have come to my attention lately, those being real estate scams, quality of construction (facelifts) and the continuing growth of the Russian tourist and resident here on the Eastern Seaboard. As for real estate scams, recently the very popular Web forum ThaiVisa.com posted a comment from a local expat asking the following question: I hope to buy a small block of land sometime soon in my Thai wife’s name with a 30-year lease in my name. I hear so many stories about real estate scams or Thai lawyers scamming people while dealing with real estate. How do they scam people and how can we protect ourselves? Well, the very first comment that came up was: ‘Retain your own lawyer from a reputable firm’; wiser words could not have been written! I might add to that statement that in avoiding being scammed by those presenting themselves as ‘legal support’, that you find a reputable company with expat clients who speak highly of them instead of a local ‘lawyer want to be’ who speaks highly of himself. There are a couple of very well-known characters in real estate here who present themselves as being connected all the way to the King, parliament and a throng of high-ranking Thai military officials, but it wouldn’t take very much effort to meet or hear about the throngs of ripped off and angry clients they have behind them. Keep in mind also that it is more likely that you will be cheated in real estate by a fellow expat than a local Thai. Remember, a lie is much easier to believe when delivered by a native speaker. Now let’s talk facelifts. How many facelifts will be needed for the condominium buildings we are watching being built right now in Pattaya?

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

First, let’s go a little farther to Bangkok, New York and London in recalling a recent property report published by Bangkok’s CBRE in which they discussed quality building management and its effect on the appearance of buildings as well as their smooth-running day to day management experience. CBRE (Bangkok) Challenges & Opportunities: A challenge the property market must tackle is professional property management. All too often, high-quality developments fail to appreciate on completion and deteriorate rapidly due to the lack of expertise and insufficient budgets to maintain their values over the long term. Without good property management, properties which should become an appreciating asset can become a depreciating consumer durable which is illiquid. That CBRE property report went on to say: For example, selected quality buildings in Bangkok age significantly within less than 10 years, whereas 100year-old properties in Manhattan and London continue to appreciate and remain prime investments. Now that’s Bangkok. It only makes you wonder what might be the fate of many Pattaya area condominium buildings. How long will it take before they need a genuine structural facelift in the very near future? There are some great examples in our area of condominiums that do have strong management companies and that do take great care of their buildings' internal and external needs. Take the Royal Cliff Garden Suites Condominium, which in just the past few years has resurfaced the roofs of all four buildings, repainted the exterior of all four buildings and recently completely renovated--to a very nice, modern design motif--all four buildings’ lobby entrances. Now that’s a management company and

Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. clayton@premierinternational.com

its co-owners taking very good care of their asset, and you would be very surprised to know that the Royal Cliff Garden Suites still only charges 27 baht per square meter for monthly management fees. I am also very impressed with incoming Bangkok real estate management firms such as Jones Lang LaSalle, CBRE, Savills, Knight Frank, Property Plus, etc., just to name a few. These are top Bangkok property management firms that are coming into Pattaya and picking up property management contracts with many of the new condominium buildings under construction, and this is a very good sign for our area. Having said that, what about the many other condominiums being built that are still following the past tendencies of ‘selfmanagement’ or ‘local management’? How many years did it take for many of the older condominium buildings in Pattaya to break away from the strangle hold that insufficient and negligent management had on so many of our area’s condominium buildings in order to establish good coowner self-management with proper management companies subcontracted for their buildings? Are you living in a condominium building that is properly managed or are you in one that is going to need a facelift sooner than you would hope? Well, you made it through the scams and past the facelifts and it’s time we cover the ‘Bursting Russians’…well, it’s not really bursting Russians but a very interesting thing has happened just recently on the world stage and that is that Russia has burst into the top five strongest economies and recently displaced Germany as the fifth largest economy in terms of equivalent purchasing power, according to the World Bank ranking that evaluates 214 economies based on their 2012 GDP performance. Purchasing power parity (PPP) is an

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 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 start-up 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

economic theory and a technique used to determine the relative value of currencies, but I must say we here in Pattaya don’t need any fancy theories or technical formulas to see that Russians have more money than they used to. We simply need to look down the street at the throngs of Russian tourists and residents that are enjoying their lives while spending that ‘disposable income’ each and every day. Well, you made it through the scams, past the facelifts and even dodged the bursting Russians only to find that Pattaya and the entire Eastern Seaboard are doing quite well. There are, in my opinion, some pretty dramatic events scheduled for ‘parts’ of our real estate sector over the coming year, and the good news is that all in all we’re a big city now and Pattaya is strong enough to handle just about anything…even scams, facelifts and bursting Russians!

known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for his writing, public speaking and television presentations. His many accomplishments in promoting real estate on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard include having been a guest speaker with several of Thailand’s top political and business figures on CNBC’s Managing Asia. Premier Homes is Pattaya’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, which may be seen by visiting their website at: www.premierinternational.com. Clayton Wade may be contacted at +(66) (81) 634-2915 or at: clayton@premierinternational.com


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GM Outlook

The businessman with a

bigheart Chanyut leads more than Sophon Cable

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f you type just his first name into Google, the search engine knows immediately whom you are seeking: Chanyut Hengtrakul, the founder and chief executive of the largest cable TV company on the Eastern Seaboard. Founded more than 30 years ago, Sophon Cable has a subscriber database of more than 50,000 members, Thai and farang, in the greater Pattaya area. “Our

by Barry Kenyon

success owes everything to the fact that we offer a quality service with currently more than 100 channels in many languages with the aim to double that number to 200 with the arrival of digital technology. Also we have media partners in a total of 37 provinces and are looking to expand still further.” He adds that investors in the local media will see excellent returns on their money in years to come. “This is a sure-fire development,” he predicts.

Chanyut, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday party in great style, was born in Phichit province and gained a bachelor’s degree in economics at Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, and a master’s degree in public administration at Burapha University, Chonburi. His list of public offices held sounds like an entry in the international Who’s Who. Amongst many others, he has been chairman of Chonburi Provincial Administrative Council, a member of parliament representing a Chonburi zone, a president of the Mass Media Club of Pattaya and an advisor or secretary to several government ministries. Good in English, Chanyut is currently an advisor to the deputy minister of the Interior, the key government department which supervises all the citizens from the cradle to the grave. “I was recently involved in the tracking down and arrest of a Russian mafia figure who was illegally loaning money at the fantastic interest rate of two percent a day, which is an astonishing sixty percent a month,” he explains. “It is a government priority to crack down on organized criminal gangs in Pattaya and we are experiencing a lot of success now in conjunction with the local police.” Another area of interior ministry work he is involved in is disaster management. “For example floods, terrorism, major transport crashes and landslides all come within my purview and not only in Chonburi province,” he adds that if there ever was a plane crash in the Pattaya area, heaven forbid, he’d be one of the first officials on the scene. It’s doubtless true. He is that sort of guy. His public spirit


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Road offices the Sophon Siam Security Company which provides guards for local businesses. “Security is a very important consideration for Pattaya these days. As the city has grown there has been tremendous investment and capital growth and the resulting companies, factories, complexes and residences need to feel safe on a 24-hour basis.” He adds that all the security personnel have their backgrounds thoroughly checked and are trained in both public relations and security-related issues. I didn’t know that Chanyut also runs a free legal advice centre, staffed by lawyers, with four branches in the Pattaya and Banglamung area ready to discuss both criminal and civil matters. “It’s meant to be a service to the poor who find themselves with a legal problem on which they need assistance. Recently we have been dealing with a Naklua woman who was having trouble with a former husband. Family disputes and marital problems are just one area of concern, but we also see clients who have been involved in traffic accidents or have been served a court paper they don’t fully understand. Or whatever.” On the future of Pattaya, Chanyut is as confident as you’d expect him to be. He is sure the proposed hi-speed train proposal to link Bangkok and Rayong through a new Pattaya railway station in Nongprue district will be finished on time by the end of the current decade. He is also conversant with plans, already approved, to modernize U-tapao airport by extending and renovating the passenger terminal, the runway and all the facilities. U-tapao, if properly used, could offset the overcrowding at Bangkok’s two major air termini. It is also the repair and maintenance depot for Thai Airlines as well as being an important military facility. “There’s also the beach reclamation projects for Pattaya and Jomtien and plans to improve the water supply problems throughout the area,” says Chanyut. But he knows only too well the current environmental problems of Pattaya brought about by its phenomenal success in attracting both domestic and international visitors. “We have got to tackle the problem of waste and rubbish collection in the resort as a whole. Some of our streets are in a disgusting state; I admit.” One has the strong impression that if anyone can sort out that particular ongoing problem, Chanyut Hengtrakul is the man for the job. “Drop by for a coffee anytime you are passing,” is his farewell greeting. Yes, he’s a man of the people for sure.

I aim to offer a quality product in all of my businesses and to expand by listening to what my customers tell me.

has always been one of the secrets of his professional and personal success. Chanyut is married to Wilawan, also his business partner, and has four children. He runs several businesses from a large red-painted (politically significant) building on Pattaya’s Sukhumvit Road. It can’t be missed as it displays a huge picture of him on the outside whilst, inside

the large reception area, there’s another proud mural of him with deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra prior to the 2006 coup. Chanyut stood as a Pheu Thai candidate in the 2011 general election and maintains good relationships with the Phalang Chon party which is part of the current government coalition. Chanyut heads up from his Sukhumvit


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French Restaurant for Articles for Sale Sale/Lease: Established (ptmas-e0009)Mobility 11 years in the same location Scooters -- Free test ride at in Jomtien rent 25K THB your home! Portable mobility p/m. 6 year lease. Sale scooters, latest models.  Full P r i c e : 3 , 9 5 0 , 0 0 0 T H B ser vice from Thailand’s includes everything please mobility scooter specialist. call 0823440822 Email at Call 081 875 0860 or 02 964 admin@bobbybrooks.com 8405-07, www.ecobrand. THAI RESTAURANT net, info@ecobrand.net WITH ROOMS IN BUSY for prices and brochures.  L O C A T I O N - S i n g l e Contact us now for your free three storey building in the test ride at your home! busiest foot traffic location in Jomtien, presently a Thai Business restaurant with rooms above, Opportunities easy to convert to office, An English Language massage or retail premises. Magazine for sale for 2 For sale 950,000 Bt, monthly Million baht. Call 089 607 rent of 20,000 Bt and no 9850 for more details key money. Website Ref: (ptmpt-bo00)For Sale BUSS026. Tel: 085 129 5657. or Lease. 23 Nice Two Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienRoom Apartments located property.com. www.pattayain 3 buildings on a one rai jomtien-property.com land parcel in a very central OFFICE – RETAIL WITH location south Pattaya. Within ROOMS – Ideally located 5 min walking distance to on a highly visible corner walking street, however location in Soi Korpai. A still a quiet and secure area. single unit 4 storey building For more info contact 081 with ground floor office 9099098, No agents please and 3 rooms on the upper Office and Commercial Retail floors, in a really great traffic Space: For Lease in a Great location in this busy Soi. For Location on Thrappaya Sale: Leasehold 150,000 (this Road , improvements includes security deposit) includes Kitchen/ensuite and a monthly rent of just b a t h r o o m a n d s t r e e t 12,000 Bt and no key money. frontage with Clear Glass Website Ref: COMS027. around, 295,000 THB Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: (leasehold) 20K THB rent l a m @ p a t t a y a - j o m t i e n per month call: 085-910- property.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com 5124 S k y V i e w Pe n t h o u s e BEAUTY SALON & R e s t a u r a n t f o r S a l e / ROOMS FOR RENT Lease: Stunning views of Easy to run Central Jomtien Pattaya and Jomtien Bay business oppor tunity. Decorated in Vietnamese Owner has to relocate back and French Style. 500 sqm home and is offering this fully fitted beauty salon Rent 45k THB p/m. SALE business together with 3 PRICE: 4,950,000 THB large furnished rooms for includes everything please rent which come complete call 0823440822 Email at with European kitchens admin@bobbybrooks.com and very nice furnishings. Guest House/Coffee Shop These rooms have a separate Soi Buakhao: 6 rooms entrance to the salon, so can Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: bring in substantial additional 30,000 Baht/Month. 19% incomes that will easily cover cash return annually SALE the monthly rent of the PRICE: 2,100,000 THB entire building. The sale please call 0823440822 (eng) price includes all the salon 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at furnishings and equipment, admin@bobbybrooks.com all furnishings for the rental G u e s t H o u s e / P u b rooms. There are 2 years Dongtan Beach: 4 rooms left of the present three Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: year lease with a monthly 23,000 Baht/Month. Fully rent of 25,000 Bt. For Sale: occupied SALE PRICE: 600,000 Bt. Website Ref: 1,499,000 THB please call BUSS027. Tel: 085 129 5657. 0823440822 (eng) 085-910- Email: lam@pattaya-jomtien5124 (Thai) Email at admin@ property.com. www.pattayabobbybrooks.com 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 1 st 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 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: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com 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: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com GUESTHOUSE – 6 RO O M S & G RO U N D 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@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

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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 Fur niture and Kitchen , Curtains Wall Paper, Renovations and General Maintenance. “One Call For All Service”. Tel: 080 104 4700, 089 9957078; E-mail: homemaidpattaya @gmail.com PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate yo u r c o n d o a t a ve r y reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai If You ar e Having a P r o b l e m w i t h Yo u r Computer either software or hardware, 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 some printed matters at reasonable price, please phone 0868202577 (Thai) or 0812951310 (Thai &Eng)

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HOUSES FOR SALE

Charming Tropical Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW. (PR2799) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 29 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. (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. (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. (PR6004) Amazing Pratamnak Luxury Estate! Selling Price 60 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 634 Sqm/330 TLW. (PR5946) Oriental Thai House in Jomtien Location! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/155 TLW. (PR5972) Stunning Townhome on Jomtien’s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. (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. (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. (PR4176) Beautiful Balinese Style Estate Home with large swimming pool! Selling Price 12 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 362 TLW/280 Sqm. (PR4802) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. (PR4854) Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. 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. (PR5790) Great Home in Town! Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/80 TLW. (PR6394)

HOUSES FOR RENT

Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. PR2184) Exclusive Home in Family Friendly Village! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/400 TLW. 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. (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. (PR2977) Gorgeous Seaview from Bang Sarey Hills! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 470 Sqm/600 TLW. (PR2424) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 TLW. (PR0193) Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. (PR3982) Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW. (PR6017)

CONDOS FOR SALE

Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 23.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 363 Sqm (PR5414) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm (PR4136) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm (PR5786) Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. (PR4990) Great Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. (PR4862) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. (PR3990) Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. (PR4987) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 17.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 177 Sqm, (PR3834)

CONDOS FOR RENT

Very Impressive Sea View Apartment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64 Sqm. (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. (PRC084) Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. (PR0737) North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 Sqm. (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. (PR5423) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. (PR4570) Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR4187) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Jomtien Beach Area! Rental Price 27,500 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 102 Sqm. (PR4464) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price 60,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 214 Sqm. (PR5166) Beautiful Apartment with Spacious Living Area! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 340 Sqm. (PR5491)

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Apartment for Sale

Life’s a Beach – and you could be Living this P r iv i l e g e d L i f e S t y l e Tomorrow. Two spectacular beach side apartments have just come on the market. Situated on Na Jomtien’s sandy quiet beach they both offer a piece of paradise. The Penthouse is a 240 sq/m, 2-storey (4th& 5th floors), 3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 3 toilets with extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Semi furnished. Price: 55,000 Baht/month on yearly contract (other terms can be arranged). Apartment 1 is 140 sq/m, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/ showers. Semi furnished. Extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Price: 34,000 Baht/month on 1 year basis (other terms can be arranged). Contact: Tony Trail – Drifters Café and Apartments – Tel: (Thai) 087-7432319 or (Eng) 0816198626. info@ driftersbeachcafe.com www.driftersbeachcafe. com

House for Sale

(ptmhfs-O2312)Beautiful – New – 3 Bed 2 Bathroom House on 1 Rai. 45 TW with fruit trees and own water well, internet and cable connected. Near Mabprachan Lake. A real bargain for the discerning buyer. 6.9 million 083 102 9293 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: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

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 fur nished throughout, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, European kitchen, living room, dining area, covered terrace, sun deck, lagoon style private pool, covered parking, 24/7 security, less than a 5 minute drive to Sukhumvit Road.Sale Price: 4.5m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS169. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com House For Sale – Bang 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: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com 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@pattayajomtien-property.com. 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

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area 390 sqm ,unfurnished with 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury b a t h r o o m s, E u r o p e a n kitchen, living room, dining area, landscaped tropical gardens, communal pool and clubhouse, 24/7 security. An ideal property for those looking for a quiet and secure village yet near to all amenities. .Price: 4.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES096. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com House For Sale – East Pattaya - Two storey semidetached 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

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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@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com C h a r m i n g Tr o p i c a l Bangsarey Home! Selling Price 12.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/183 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2799) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 29 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846)


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Great Mabprachan Lake Family Home! Selling Price 11.9 Million Baht and Renting at 90,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 330 Sqm/350 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR2694) Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxur y Resor t 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5946)

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Oriental Thai House in Jomtien Location! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm/155 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5972) Stunning Townhome on Jomtienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6083) Char ming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR6075)

EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR PATTAYA

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 1 million

For further information contact Sven on 087 283 5349 or email sven.tbac@gmail.com

Beautiful Home in Ta d a r a wa d i V i l l a g e For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR5758) G r e a t Jo m t i e n Pa r k Villa with Ver y Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4176) Beautiful Balinese Style Estate Home with large swimming pool! Selling Price 12 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 362 TLW/280 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4802) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Great Home in View Ta l a y Vi l l a s ! S e l l i n g Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. For appointment and private

viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4854) Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5365) Stunning House at Santa Maria For Sale! Selling Price 37.5 Million Baht, 4+2 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 900 Sqm/650 TLW. This is an exceptional home built with the best of materials furnished with only the best. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5790) Great Home in Town! Selling Price 6.5 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/80 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6394) Tropical Jomtien Villa with Private Swimming Pool: Thai-Bali Style, 3 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, And 524 Sqm Sale Price: 8,695,000 THB. (Co Name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks. com J O M T I E N PA L A C E ESTATES- Modern style 6 bedrooms home, 3 bath, and 3 beds upstairs and downstairs. Living Area 280 SQM 10.9 million (Co name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 1 bed 1 bath 4.59 mil (co name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email to admin@bobbybrooks.com

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House for Sale

Nice House 2 Bed 2 Bath for Sale off Soi Khao Talo: 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms, 1 Living Room, Total Size 156 Sqm 1,899,000 THB. (Freehold) Thai Name Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com 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 admin@bobbybrooks.com Nirvana Pool Villas 1 - 3 Bed 3 Bath House with Private Pool/Fully Fur nished/ Enclosed Garage 364 SQM. Sale Price: 5.99 Million THB co. name (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com Baan Suay Mai NgamNewer 2 Bed 4 Bath House/ fully furnished/private pool/ owner must sell 3.25 Million Thai name. (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com

House for Rent

(ptmhfr-n0313) OCCASION! Beautiful townhouse (South Pattaya), just 2 minutes to city or beach, green environment, superbly fully furnished, 3 bedrooms, 3 televisions, ADSL, garage. Must have seen! Contact: 089248 8484 EAKMONGKOL 4. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 A/C, fully fur nished European Standard. Corner lot. 12,000 baht per month. Call 089 607 9850 Wat Nongkete Noi. 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 3 AIR-CON. Fully furnished, quiet area, 24hour security. Long-term rent only. 10,000 baht per month. 081 782 1164 Mooban Ponthep 2. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished. 24-hour security. 18,000 baht per month. 081 782 1164

J O M T I E N PA L A C E HOME- 3 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 admin@bobbybrooks.com 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 admin@bobbybrooks.com House For Rent – Spacious fur nished two storey property in this exclusive development just a 2 minutes drive to Jomtien Beach. The property offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan lounge, living area 300 sqm ,land area 324 sqm, covered parking, communal pool, 24/7 security and just 5 minutes from Tesco and downtown Pattaya. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. Rent 38,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER046. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com House For Rent – East Pattaya - A two storey semidetached house in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit R o a d . Ve r y s p a c i o u s, 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: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

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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@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - A spacious 230 sqm pool villa, stylishly fur nished 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@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2184)

E xc l u s ive H o m e i n Family Friendly Village! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601) Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/600 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family home right on a lake next to Phoenix Golf Club and in the country just minutes from town. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2977) Gorgeous Seaview from Bang Sarey Hills! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 470 Sqm/600 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2424)

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Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 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@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR0193) Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/ Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3982) Beachfront Villa with I m p r e s s ive I n t e r i o r Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW. For

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Condo for Sale

Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from the beach, this high floor unit is superbly finished and stylishly fur nished throughout with a stunning interior renovation by one Pattayas leading interior designers offering 68sqm 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes a n d l a r g e b a l c o n y, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. A contemporary building, which does set it aside, in a quiet secluded location. This is a ‘must view’ , to fully appreciate this beautiful beachfront location and the extensive interior design..For Sale: 6.9m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS582. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com


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The Gallery - Very popular new moder n low rise buildings ideally located in Central Jomtien, just 150m from the new Night Plaza and the beach. This high floor sea view studio, 26 sqm has been stylishly and expensively furnished throughout with fitted wardrobe and LCD TV, luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, roof top infinity edge communal pool, sundeck, fitness, key card entry, reception, 24/7 security. For Sale : 2.1m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS128. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com View Talay Residence Superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout, this new 101 sqm one bedroom mid floor condo has white UPVC double glazed windows and doors, offering European kitchen, huge luxury bathroom with shower and bath tub, open plan lounge and dining area, large wrap round corner balcony overlooking the communal pool, sauna, excellent security. These new stylish low rise buildings are extremely popular, ideally located in the heart of Jomtien near Jomtien 2 nd Road and just 150m from Jomtien Beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis... This unit is priced

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to sell, in foreign name. For Sale : 4.3m Bt. Website Ref: CDOS069. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5414) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4136)

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 sven.tbac@gmail.com

Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5786) Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4990) Gr eat Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4862)

Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3990) Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4987) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Ocean Marina! Selling Price 17.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/3 Bathroom. 177 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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@bobbybrooks.com Park Lane Resort – Reduced 100,000 now 1.29 million++ THB. 1 bedroom 1 bath (co name). Outside park view please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com Sunset Boulevard Residence I, Corner Unit 1 Bedroom-1 Bathroom, Total Size 52 Sqm (co. name) Sale Price: 2,595,000 THB++ Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com Sunset Boulevard Residence 1, (2) Studio Rooms, Total Size 36 Sqm each. Side by side 5th floor units with sea views Sale Price: 1,795,000 THB. Each++. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email at admin@ bobbybrooks.com 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) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com

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Jo m t i e n C o n d o t e l – 81 sq meter 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom 3.8 million T H B ( Fo r e i g n N a m e ) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com LK Legend Condo - 1 Bed 1 Bath Nicest unit available in Central Pattaya. Total Size 86 Sqm. 5.900.000 T H B ( Fo r e i g n N a m e ) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com View Talay 2B - 10th floor Jomtien Seaview 1 Bedroom 1 Bath 76 (Sqm): 2.890.000 THB. (Thai Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com Park Royal 1 Pratamnak – Brand New 7 th f loor studio fully furnished 31 sqm 1,650,000 THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com Shining Star Condo- Studio fully furnished 37 sqm, pool view, walk to Jomtien or Dongtan Beach 2 mins. 1,490,000 THB (co. name.) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com

Park Lane Resort Jomtien 1 bedroom 1 bath 36 sqm. 12,000 per month. (1 year Lease) Fully furnished linens, cooking utensils and are City Side View Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com Thip Condotel - A newly renovated and stylishly furnished 30 sqm studio with European kitchen, luxury bathroom, washing machine, balcony, communal pool, 24/7 security and a minutes walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars, Jomtien Night Plaza, taxis and 150m to the beach. Price : 12,000 Bt per month. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies.. Website Ref: CDOR344. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com 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: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Very Impressive Sea View Apartment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5045)

Condo for Rent

For Rent in Soi 6. 2 bedroom, 1 livingroom, 84sqm apar tment with t wo b a l c o n i e s. F u l l y 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 balconyfor sea views. Fully furnished, kitchen. Everything you need. Excellent location. 12,000 baht per month.Call: 087 139 1539 S E A - V I E W 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.

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Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/ Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRC084) Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR0737) North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/ Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5423) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real

Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4570) Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4187) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Jomtien Beach Area! Rental Price 27,500 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 102 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th 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) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5166) Beautiful Apartment with Spacious Living Area! Rental Price 55,000 Baht/ Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 340 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5491)

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Job Vacancies

A leading Irish Pub in Pattaya is looking for a Pub Manager. Qualifications: College degree in Hotel Management or related field; At least 5 years experience in Food & Beverage, or Pub & Restaurant Management role; Strong commercial/ business acumen; understanding of finance; Proficiency in English, and computer literate; Strong inter-personality, leadership, and creative skills; Passion for operation excellence; Strong in driving results; people management and development. Interested candidates please send your compr ehensive resume with recent photo to: supakhun_ch@minornet. com Housekeeper in Naklua. Full-time 5-6 days a week. Limited cooking, drivers l i c e n s e a p l u s. G o o d references, prefer age 30-45. Generous pay relating to experience. Please email to: sanmyn@yahoo.com with full details including education, past experience, age, marital status and residence location or call (Thai) Karuna at 086 110-6674. Centara Hotel & Resorts. Will be opening its fourth property in Pattaya, the five-star Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, located at Phratamnak Hill on the East side of the city. Now we are seeking candidates for many position; - Food & Beverage Department (Restaurant Manager, Server, Bartender, Supervisor, Chefs, Commis...) - Front Office Department (Reservation Manager, Night Manager,

Front Desk Super visor, Front Desk Clerk, Bell Man...) - Housekeeping Depar tment (Assistant Executive Housekeeper, Floor / Public Area Supervisor, Room / Public Area Attendant, Order Taker...) - Finance & Accounting Department (Financial Controller, Chief Accountant, Purchasing Manager, Cost Controller,  AR/AP Supervisor, Night Auditor...) - Spa & Sports Recreation Department (Spa Manager, Therapist, Spa Receptionist, Fitness Supervisor, Pool Attendant...) - Engineering Department (Technicians). If you are an energetic, organised and result-driven team player who is looking for challenge at the highest level of standards, send your resume or walk-in interview:  Human Resources Department Pre-opening Office PhratamnakSoi 5, NongPrue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150Mb: 081861 4505, T: 038-306 337 E: hrmcgpx@chr.co.th Junior Graphic, Junior Accountant at True North, Production Manager at URS’s behalf. Requirements: Secondary 6/Vocational - Salary based on ability - Full-time; Sr. Account Representative John.- No age limit. Requirements: Bachelor Degree- Salary based on ability- Full-timeThe experience will be an advantage.Call: K. Nid 082 478 6444, email: nidjarin@ silvermover.com Assistant to Condominium Manager Wanted. We are looking for a female who is interested in working with property management. Job description: customer service to the condo community residents, proper ty

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inspections of the common areas, building’s accounting and more. Requirements: Good written and spoken English, independent, well organize, good computer and accountant skills. Experience is a plus. Salary according to skills. CV with photo to allott25@hotmail.com Urgent! Experienced Wa i t r e s s Wa n t e d f o r International restaurant. Must speak English. Good salary + tips. Call 091 240 4331.

Vehicles for Sale

Toyota Vigo 3.0 Turbo. 4-door, manual, first reg 2008. Loaded with extra service history, A1 insurance. Looks and drives superb. Only 490,000 baht. Call 087 139 1539. Honda Jazz Top of The Line. Silver gray, 2009 year model. Only 21,000kms. Expat sell for 440,000 Baht, new 700,000. Ser ved by Honda. Call 087 108 0995

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Fancy another coup, folks? We asked local readers, expats and tourists, about the possibility of another military putsch in Thailand and what the results might be. Here’s a selection of the replies. Another coup is out of the question. Just look at the mess they made of it last time in 2006 (John Beddows) You have only to look at Egypt today to see what the results of military intervention might be (Laurence Beesley) I would like to see a coup but I fear there would be too much violence this time around (White Mask Guy) A coup would work, as the Red Shirts are disillusioned already with the government, in my estimation (Peter Dawson) No point in a coup as Pheu Thai, or whatever replaces it, would be returned big time whenever elections were next held (TS)

Coups are always morally indefensible and just confirm a country’s third-world status (Yvonne Griffiths) Corruption in this country has reached such a point that a coup is the only way out (Beach Observer) The military leadership is no longer anti-Thaksin and a coup is completely out of the equation (Harry Driver) No coup please, but I think the result of the next general election will be closer than many people think (Ivan L) Thailand is the most coup-minded country in the world and there will be another one eventually (Jean LeClerc) Eighteen coup attempts in Thailand of one sort and another, but I think they won’t dare again (GB) I really don’t care as long they don’t close the pubs or shut the airport down (Jimmy Songster)

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a special list of those which can be utilized for retirement visa purposes? A: All the major currencies are fine but you would need to check at the Immigration Bureau if you are not sure. I see you are from Iran and most retirement visa holders with an Iranian passport hold funds in US dollars here.

Unconscious visa extension Q: I have a friend who now has www.visacentergroup.com www.visa2britain.com Fax: 66 38 710 163 a two months’ overstay situation in his passport. This is because he had a heart attack and was incapacitated in hospital for a Passport to Hong Kong long period of time. Provided he takes medical papers Q: I notice that the British embassy in Bangkok with him to the airport, now that he is well enough no longer issues any passports. Why is it necessary to leave, I assume I’m right in thinking he won’t have to send the old one to Hong Kong and is there any to pay the fine of 500 baht a day up to a maximum chance of a proper service coming back to Thailand of 20,000 baht? any time soon? A: He will have to pay. There is no special dispensation A: Not exactly true. The Bangkok embassy can in cases such as the one you describe. The solution, too late still issue emergency documentation but not the regular now, was for the hospital authorities or friends or relatives passport. Hong Kong is one of several regional offices round to obtain an extension at the local Immigration Bureau the world handling the applications. All these regional on sickness grounds. offices will close in the spring of 2014 and everyone will apply to London. Incidentally you do not send your passport to Hong Kong, only the ID page. For further details, see Too sick to attend Q: Can you tell me which documents I need to the British embassy in Bangkok website. extend my friend’s visa on sickness grounds as he is in Extra pages hospital? He is very worried about going into overstay Q: Can I have extra pages put in my UK passport which he has never done in his entire life. as I don’t want to go to the bother of getting a new one? A: You need a photo of your friend, if possible taken My friend, who is American, has the same question so at his bedside, and a letter from the hospital stating the a combined reply would be helpful to us both. nature of his illness and how long he needs. Then you go A: The answer is no as regards UK. There is a to Immigration with his passport, fill in the TM7 form, limited opportunity as regards US passports and the do the necessary photocopies and you will be OK. Don’t details appear on that country’s embassy website. Some forget to take the 1,900 baht fee. countries do extend the life of a passport by up to five years, pages permitting, but neither of your two countries Documentary trail offers this service. Q: Where can I read about the Thai law in English regarding the situation of foreigners working Retirement visa cash in Thailand? Q: Can I use foreign cash in a Thai bank account A: Well I just typed in “Alien Working Act in to use as my 800,000 baht guarantee? I also want Thailand” in Google and up popped all the links you could to know if any foreign currency is OK or if there is possibly need. Best of luck!

Today's Editorial Snap Judgment Our popular city has many things going for it: excellent restaurants and hotels, ever-improving sports facilities, family entertainment options, widespread use of English and Russian being amongst them. City Hall in the last few years has successfully marketed Pattaya, particularly overseas, which is now the preferred venue for a host of internationally-sponsored sporting competitions and music festivals. Subject to government funding being available, much-needed infrastructure improvements are in the pipeline. Unfortunately, Pattaya’s major problem is not being addressed properly. Tourist scams remain the single most disastrous area in both Pattaya and Phuket. A high-level diplomatic meeting was held in Phuket some weeks ago to protest the scams in front of the governor and the police. A similar meeting is rumoured to be on the cards for Pattaya. There would be little or no point unless the underlying issues are addressed properly. Much of the action against tourist scams and violence frankly is propaganda. Slogans such as “Your Safety Is Our First Priority” on behalf of the authorities are no doubt meant well, but don’t translate into action if tourists are still being threatened by greedy jet ski operators, ripped off by shady gem shops or assaulted by taxi drivers. Earlier this year there was a great fanfare when police observation towers were introduced along Beach Road to be manned by eagle-eyed cops with binoculars. Apart from the first time, the edifice at the start of Walking Street has been unused for the whole period. Of course, we can’t expect miracle solutions. Tourists must take some responsibility for their own actions. Thus wearing expensive jewelry whilst walking around at night is silly in any country in the world, let alone in Pattaya which is increasingly attracting high-end visitors and expats. It’s also true that foreign tourists can’t wait months on end for a case to be heard at the criminal court even when the alleged offender is identified. The tourism ministry said two months ago that special fast-action courts would be established to deal with these matters. Since then nothing has been heard. Was this notion just propaganda once again? The reality is that in some quarters tourists are looked on as prey rather than as guests. Wherever tourists show up in force, with lots of money to spend, confidence tricksters and villains will be on hand to greet them. Tourists are out to enjoy themselves and tend to forget about personal security. Sadly there are video clips on the internet which frankly show visitors being ripped off in jet ski set-ups and other notorious scams. In the vast majority of cases, nothing happens to the perpetrators whilst the complaining tourist might receive a brief police report on the incident – period. Perhaps it is true that European, American and Australian visitors are relatively wise about these matters. They have had the advantage of countless TV documentaries, embassy warnings and social media messaging to put them on their guard. But the increasing number of Russian, Indian and Chinese tourists may not be so savvy. Not yet anyway. The Thai tourist ministry urgently requires an action plan dealing with the realities on the ground. Simply putting out reassuring press releases is no longer enough. After all, Pattaya’s future is at stake.


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Local Sports Local and International Motorsports Report

Phoenix Members Golf Society by Mike Gerrard

Recent Rumors and MotoGp Race Update FORMULA 1: Fernando Alonso's manager has rubbished speculation the Spaniard might soon tire of Ferrari's failure to win a title as, “Nonsense” and his teammate under-pressure Felipe Massa has again received unequivocal support from Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo. Red Bulls Mark Webber is leaving F1 and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has repeated that the only candidates to replace Mark Webber next year are the two current Toro Rosso drivers. However; Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion who drives for Lotus, is also rumored as a frontrunner for the Red Bull seat, but he has other choices, so time will tell. INDYCAR: With their F1 careers seemingly consigned to history, Bruno Senna formerly will Williams F1 in 2012 and Narain Karthikeyan who was left stranded by the implosion of HRT at the end of 2012 are both thinking of moving to the US for their next challenges, with IndyCar a likely destination. NASCAR: NASCAR announced a 10-year deal on July 23rd with NBC for the broadcasting rights to the final 20 Sprint Cup and final 19 nationwide races each season starting in 2015. The deal is worth $4.4 billion. NBC last aired NASCAR races in 2006. Fox already extended its pact with NASCAR in the fall for the first half of the NASCAR season for $2.4 billion over eight years. Total to NASCAR $6.8 billion for TV rights. MOTOGP: Marquez victorious on Laguna Seca debut MotoGP sensation Marc Marquez stretches his lead at the top of the world championship with a brilliant victory over Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi on his debut at Laguna Seca

2013 FI World Calendar (July- Sept)

11 FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2013 (Budapest) 26 - 28 Jul 12 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps) 23 - 25 Aug 13 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA 2013 (Monza) 06 - 08 Sep 14 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (Singapore) 20 - 22 Sep www.formula1.com (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 TV Race 7/28/13 Sun Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN 8/4/13 Sun Pocono Raceway ESPN 8/11/13 Sun Watkins Glen International ESPN 8/18/13 Sun Michigan International Speedway ESPN 8/24/13 Sat Bristol Motor Speedway ABC 9/1/13 Sun Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN 9/7/13 Sat Richmond International Raceway ABC 9/15/13 Sun Chicagoland Speedway ESPN 9/22/13 Sun New Hampshire Motor Speedway ESPN 9/29/13 Sun Dover International Speedway ESPN www.nascar.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

Start ET 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM

2013 Indy Car Schedule (July- Sept)

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 www.indycar.com (free live timing and scoring online)

2013 MotoGP Grand Prix (July-Sept)

18 August Indianapolis 25 August Czech Republic 01 September Great Britain 15 September San Marino & Riviera di 29 September Aragón www.motogp.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

Indianapolis Brno Silverstone Marco Simoncelli MotorLand Aragón

Top 3 F1 Drivers' Championship 2013 after round 9 of 19

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari-Ferrari 3 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault

157 123 116

1 Helio Castroneves 2 Scott Dixon 3 Ryan Hunter-Reay

425 396 356

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

696 640 623

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

163 147 137

Top 3 IndyCar Drivers' Championship after round 13 of 19

Top 3 NASCAR Drivers' Championship after round 19 of 36

Top 3 MotoGP Drivers’ Championship after round 9 of 19

**Local Thailand Motorsports Schedules 2013** Thailand Super Series Schedule (TSS) 2013 17-18 August Pattaya Bira Circuit (Updated: schedule date change from July 13-14) October 5-6 Pattaya Bira Circuit December 13-15 Bang Saen Street Circuit, Chonburi

Nitto 3K Racing Series Schedule 2013 Pattaya’s Bira Circuit 6-8 September Bonanza Speedway 1-3 November Pattaya’s Bira Circuit 6-8 December

Pro Series Schedule 2013

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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Thakkar's Day With a course in as near as perfect condition as you could wish for, the scoring was pretty poor. Nothing to do with bad golf? We had a nice turnout but all suffered poor scores. Our winner was predictable under the circumstances. When the scoring is so low then it is usually the lower handicapper who plays consistently that prevails. And so it was. Mukesh Thakkar returned a score of only 34 points to win the day with even worse scores to claim the

other places; 31 points by Arthur Barrett came second, and 30 points by John Clift came third. Doesn't say a lot for the rest of us does it? Never mind. There is always near-pin prizes and the lucky draw. The sole near-pin went to Mukesh Thakkar. This meant that three prizes went into the lucky draw along with the other lucky draw prizes donated by our hosts, The Relax Bar at Ban Amphur. Recipients of the lucky draw were Mike Gerrard, John Clift and Peter Harris. Mike Gerrard won a massage and guess who won the free drink, Joris Goetschalckx. Scribes Scramble Yes, folks, you know when it is getting near football season again. You cannot keep that name Gerrard out of the news. Not that Steven Gerrard is a relative (Mind you there are not many Gerrard's in the U.K. Maybe my great, great grand dad had a bike?). The scribe managed to collect a tally

of 37 points, mainly helped by an eagle 3 at the Mountain 2 Par 5 hole; 6 iron from about 160 yards straight in the hole. Not bad for a pensioner. (Nothing in the record books for that but as good as a hole in one). Never mind, had that last year. In second place with 36 points was Stuart Gordon, and in joint third place were John Bartley and John Clift both with 34 points with identical back nine scores. The near-pins were won by Tim (chippy) Mason, Heinz (57) Roembell, Mike (69) Gerrard and Stuart (88) Gordon. The lucky draw winner of prizes donated by our hosts, The Relax Bar, went to Peter Harris, John McCarthy and David Lusha. Next week we play for the Trattoria Italiana restaurant voucher donated by our good friend Giorgio Baccioli. Suffice to say the course is in magnificent shape and with much work being carried out on the ocean course it looks like being a great high season at Phoenix with the members of Golf Society. For information on joining us call me on 087 091 7565. (Spaces will be limited this year). Happy hooking.

Wayco wins his second mug! by Peter Blackburn Eastern Star – stroke – Monthly Mug Due to the two-day public holidays last week, our only outing for the week was very well supported with 29 golfers. We assembled at the Growling Swan in readiness for the journey to the Eastern Star Golf Course where the 14th Monthly Mug was to be contested. As there invariably is for this monthly event, there was a fine representation from the Growling Swan Delinquents. We welcomed Mark Stapleton and Vince Romero from Melbourne, Victoria but sadly said farewell to Warwick “Kiwi” Anderson, Neil Herd and Mike Quill, who are returning to Geraldton in Western Australia, and very occasional golfer Jeff Melon, who is going back to Melbourne after several months in Pattaya. Also, veteran Kevin Dinan was bade a fond farewell as he is returning to Ireland for a month or so. Departing the GS right 8:30 a.m., we headed south in three mini vans. After encountering much drizzling rain during the 45-minute journey, it ceased on cue as we arrived at the golf course. It was very quiet, so we relaxed with a few practice putts and a hit on the driving range for some and sent our first four-ball away 10 minutes ahead of schedule. The rain had stopped and the sun was out as we commenced and the course was looking really good with well kept fairways and greens. With no one ahead of us we proceeded in timely fashion and, even though it was a stroke round, we managed to complete the whole round in four hours and 15 minutes. It was an enjoyable round with very good company on a very good golf course. In addition to the Monthly Mug award we were able to have two grades with A grade being for handicaps 0 to 20 and B Grade for handicaps of 21 and over with four prizes in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins all the par threes and longest first putts on the

9th and 18th greens. For the second time in three months it was Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (net 38 back nine and net 28 on the last six holes) who took out the Monthly Mug in a count-back with a steady net 72. Losing the count-back but winning the A grade section was Martin “Toddy” Todd (net 38 back nine and net 29 on the last six holes), also scoring a net 72). Another count-back was required to determine second and third places with two golfers on net 74; Mike Allidi (net 36 back nine) just beat Bent Agerbo (net 40 back nine). In fourth place came Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei with a net 79. The B grade was won by Gary Monley with a net 77, one better than Mark Stapleton in second place. In third spot came Fred Dineley with a net 79 and Geri Crilly (net 40 back nine) was fourth in a count-back with a net 81 from Graham “Grunter” Buckingham (net 44 back nine). Results for Eastern Star: Monthly Mug Winner – Kevin Waycott (10) – net 72 A grade – 0 to 20 1st –Martin Todd (9) – net 72 2nd – Mike Allidi (2) – net 74 3rd – Bent Agerbo (20) – net 74 4th – Alain Taddei (16) – net 79 B grade – 21 and over 1st – Gary Monley (36) – net 77 2nd – Mark Stapleton (25) – net 78 3rd – Fred Dineley (26) – net 79 4th – Geri Crilly (26) – net 81 NTP’s 3rd – Neil Herd 6th – Martin Todd 13th – Ebrahim 17th – John Pierrel

LFP’s 9th – Ken Hole 18th – Tony Olcorn The Growling Swan NAGA Award (to the golfer with the worst score, which discreetly is not made public) was well won by Growling Swan mine host Peter Grey, who naturally wore the cap with distinction in the bar. Presentations were of course back at the bar on this occasion. We thanked Peter Grey for his continued sponsorship of this monthly event and for providing the delicious dinner. Toddy then did his usual fines session and paraded Deefa the Dog who collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our very generous Growling Swan crew. It was another very successful day and many of us stayed at the bar afterwards enjoying the excellent facilities. Growling Swan, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya, welcomes golfers of any persuasion–low and high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays and Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8 a.m. with transport departing at 8.30. For bookings or more information contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com


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Tips & Advice bag) over the metal end of your curtain rod. That should prevent the rod from snagging the curtain as the rod goes into and through the curtain.

QUICK TIP

Smear petroleum jelly on the inside threads of your glue cap to prevent it from sticking to the container when you screw the cap back on.

Test the Water Dear Andy, I think my toilet tank is leaking water into the bowl but I can’t be certain. There seems to be a constant (though subtle) ripple in the water and I can’t think of any other reason for it. How can I be sure that it is, in fact, leaking? Donna To test your toilet for leaks, Donna, put about a dozen drops of red food coloring into the tank. After 30 minutes or so, check the bowl to see if the water has turned red. If so, mark the water level on the inside of the tank and turn off the shut off valve for incoming water. Wait another 30 minutes, then check the water level in the tank. If the level has dropped below the mark, you probably have a leak at the seal between the tank and the bowl. Salt Shaker My wife has a thing for artificial flowers, Andy. They are all over our house. They pose no problem except that they are dust collectors and my wife seems to be unable or unwilling to clean them. Some flowers got so dirty that I even tried cleaning them, but getting between those

fragile petals was tedious and difficult. Is there an easy way to attack the problem before I attack my wife? Harry Relax, Harry, no problem presents itself without a solution. Your solution begins with a paper bag (plastic also works). Pour a good amount of salt into the bag, then add the flowers. Shake the bag as vigorously as the delicate contents allow (no fair intentionally breaking them all and then telling your wife it was my fault). As you shake the bag, the salt will absorb the dust and dirt and leave your wife’s imitation blossoms looking like new. Curtain Call Air pollution and dust being problems in Pattaya, we must wash our window curtains often. We have a washer, so that’s no problem. However, replacing the curtains onto their rods is a problem. They always snag. Is there some way to slip the curtain on without snagging? Antonio One thing you might try, Antonio, is slipping a plastic sandwich bag (or any small

Sticky Wicket I recently replaced the on/ off valve on the plumbing leading to our clothes washer because it was frozen, that is to say, it was stuck and I could not shut the water off. Is there something I might do to prevent the new valve from sticking? Karl As part of your regular washer maintenance program, Karl, you should periodically close and reopen the tap that supplies water to the washer. Get into the habit of turning it on and off every month or so, especially if you have hard water. Otherwise the valve may again bind up and you will not be able to be close it when needed, or it may leak at intermediate positions. Adrian's Wall With kids and a husband— none of whom are clean freaks (to say the least), our walls are constantly dirty and/or marked. A simple washing often doesn’t work. However, scrubbing the walls seems to remove the paint or leave streaks. Can you offer any insight? Adrian One problem with using flat paint on interior walls is that-while it can be washed-- it doesn't take kindly to scrubbing. If you scrub it with a damp cloth, you'll remove the dirt or smudges, but exposed pigment particles actually become burnished or polished--which ruins the

Frank, Forthright & Frigid Dear Agony Ivy, What a Stinker My husband’s feet are absolutely ruining our marriage and I am seriously thinking of divorce. We were married about three months ago in what I can only describe as a shot-gun wedding which I entered into without enough forethought, or foreplay come to that. I thought there was a bit of a smell in the church but I put this down to the fact that the vicar had bad breath. But on the so-called honeymoon I realized that the stench was from my husband’s feet. It makes no difference whether he wears socks or not – there is always this dreadful odor when he is around. He is the only man I know who is even refused a foot massage in Pattaya’s many parlors because the ladies just feel sick at the very prospect. I have tried putting talcum

powder in his shoes and we have even put his feet in a bucket of vinegar (with the legs still attached). I can’t bear him anywhere near me and sex is completely out of the question without a gas mask or whatever is the modern equivalent. I am turning to you in a last desperate attempt to save our marriage. Please don’t suggest a counselor. The one we tried fainted on the spot. Fed Up in Sri Racha Dear Fed Up in Sri Racha, I suggest you buy a tin of baking soda but instead of putting the contents in his shoes pour them down his throat. You are trying to change his habits when you should be changing your husband. Dear Agony Ivy, Grandfather in Trouble I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing

finish. To avoid this, it's better to choose a high-performance eggshell (not flat) paint. Some new high-performance finishes are amazingly easy to clean-you just sponge them off as if you were wiping off a countertop. Ketchup, food, scuff marks, mud...all of these things just wipe clean. Grout Bout We had our bathroom remodeled about a year ago, Andy, and the grouting began to loosen and crumble after about three months. I tried regrouting using powder grout the first time and more recently I tried tileand-grout ready-mixed cement, each time thoroughly removing the old grout. But it’s become a constant battle because again, three months later, the grout cracked and started lifting and I don’t know why. Can you come up with a solution? Michael Grout might crack because there is excessive water in the grout mixture, the tiles have absorbed water from the grout stopping the hydration (curing) needed for strength and reduces the mass of the grout, or the substrate has flexed. You are right in not applying more grout on top of the cracked grout, which can cause uneven coloration. You can avoid grout problems by making sure to let your adhesive set properly before applying grout and to begin with a surface that is clean, dry, and free of dust and oils. Also, choose the appropriate type of grout for your project. If using cementbased grout, for example, use the sanded version for joints wider than 4mm. The sand helps to

about my wife’s father who apparently lives in the back of beyond near the border with Myanmar. I have never met him but my wife has shown me a faded photograph which looks like it was taken during the Japanese occupation. Anyway, ever since I got married I keep hearing about how I need to send money to deal with the latest set of problems. I have lost count of the number of times he has been hospitalized over the past year. I asked my wife for a photo of him being treated, but all she showed me was a picture of the outside of the building. He has also fallen twice off the new motorbike I paid for and I simply do not understand, at the age of 82, why he is asking for a pair of roller skates. I did write to him last month and went to the trouble of having the letter put into Thai at a local translation office. I was delighted to receive a reply the other day but, on opening the envelope, I discovered that it was from somebody I don’t know telling me that grandfather had lost his reading glasses. My wife says I worry too much and everything will be OK once he recovers from dengue fever which is the latest affliction. My bank account is going down and down, so what can I do? Worried William

prevent shrinking and cracking. If grouting joints less than 4mm, use only non-sanded, otherwise the joints will be filled with sand, not cement. When mixing grout, be sure to mix the water and dry mixture thoroughly. Do not use a mechanical mixer as it may create air bubbles/pinholes that lead to weakened grout. After mixing grout, allow it to slake (i.e. rest) for 10-15 minutes. This will allow the mixture to completely wet-out. Most grouts have a limited shelf life, so be sure that your grout is not old. It also is advisable to seal the tiles; however, be sure to use the appropriate sealant. Use of a latex-modified grout is also helpful in this circumstance. If there is excess water in the grout and small cracks are forming during grouting, rub dry grout into the joints to absorb the excess water. Do not grout in direct sunlight. Allow the grout to dry naturally, that is, do not use artificial means (such as a hairdryer) to speed drying time. It is best to grout in a cool, dry atmosphere. When cleaning, avoid using harsh chemicals on dried grout, as this may cause the grout to become powdery and to disintegrate. You might also consider applying a sealer about two or three days after the grout work is done. It soaks into the grout and dries, creating a protective barrier against water and dirt. It can help extend the life of your grout and make it easier to clean. Closing Line DIY aficionados believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet. --Handy Andy

Dear Worried William, You will find out that grandfather’s health will become great again – assuming he actually exists – once your bank account is completely empty. In the meantime be prepared for the worst, for example, grandfather being knocked out in a village boxing competition or, if you are lucky, stepping on a landmine which might unexpectedly put a stop to the whole issue. Dear Agony Ivy, Mistaken Identity I feel very embarrassed after picking up a young lady on Walking Street and taking her back to my hotel room. You see, she turned out to be a man in the shower we were sharing and I had to pay a large amount of money just to get him to leave. The hotel receptionist said this often happens and some men don’t even realize it was a man until after the sex act has been completed. How can I stop this sort of thing happening to me again? Red Faced in Pattaya Dear Red Faced in Pattaya, You could try looking for the Adam’s apple before getting too interested. Another sign is if the breasts are rocksolid. However you should remember what it says on the packet of cashews: “Warning – May Contain Nuts”.


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A sporting weekend by Derek Franklin

As many tourists and residents of Pattaya were preparing to participate in the annual King’s Cup Pattaya Marathon, a smaller sporting competition was taking place at a school just off Sukhumvit Road. Each July the students from the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities hold a two-day sporting event where four teams compete in a variety of sports, including athletics, swimming, wheelchair basketball, sitdown volleyball, wheelchair tennis, boccia and petanque. All students are expected to take part in at least one sport; for many new

students it may be the very first time they have ever participated in a sporting event or even entered a swimming pool. They nevertheless learn to swim for the good of their team. Other female students learn to use a wheelchair to ensure there are enough players in the wheelchair basketball team competition. Friendships are put on hold as pals compete with each other to gain as many points as they can for their team, and each team wants to win the trophy for having the loudest supporters. The school has a long tradition of sport, and at the London Paralympics 2012 eight out of the 50 Thai athletes

who took part were former students at the Pattaya school. One came home with a gold medal from the boccia competition, while a former teacher won a silver medal in the 4x100m wheelchair race, bringing his total Paralympic medal tally to nine after winning four gold, three silver and a bronze at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and the Beijing 2008 Games. Students regularly take part in local, national and international sporting competitions. The experience gives them much more than a chance to win a medal. It also provides students with a sense of belonging when they are part of a team and a sense of achievement when they win. Watching sports for the disabled may not be everyone’s preferred viewing, but the vocational school in Pattaya is where sporting legends are made.

Pattaya Sports Club and two members come to the aid of family

by William Macey

Pattaya Sports Club first learned of the problem when Nongprue City Hall requested our help to provide school uniforms to four children who did not have a complete set and were being verbally abused at school by other students. Conveniently, two PSC members had made generous donations for exactly this situation and we were able to solve the problem immediately. But when handing the uniforms to the delighted children, further family problems came to our attention. Parsud and his family live in a small house (a large room actually) just off Nernplubwan. The husband and father worked as a motorbike taxi driver and he barely eked out a living. It is sometimes difficult to accept how events, which are beyond our control, can affect our lives. Parsud’s father died last year. A problem presented itself inasmuch as the motorbike belonged to his father and had to be sold so that Parsud and his brothers could share in the amount raised. End of income! To make matters worse, in January of this year he was hit by a speeding motorbike, incurred serious head injuries and has been unable to work since then. Lack of income has

resulted in the rent not being paid and very little food on the table. But there is happy ending. His wife has had experience in the past selling BBQ chicken, pork and other items from a motorbike and sidecar. So the Welfare Department of Nongprue City Hall decided that something had to be done and, after a few phone calls, a solution was found. Mityon donated a motorbike, the Lion Club the sidecar, and Pattaya Sports Club the cooking equipment, flood lights, battery and other items. Thus, Parsud’s wife is able to travel around the area selling her various goods. City Hall donated funds

to bring their rent up to date and supply some food to tide them over. Both Parsud and his wife were a little overwhelmed with all the activity for, as usual in these events, the mayor, deputy mayor, TV, newspapers and many of the City Hall staff were present to give the family a rousing send off.


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Youth Focus

Hey teacher, leave them kids alone! by Prof. Anthony Lawrence Kelly, M.I.S. With the national curriculum in the United Kingdom facing an impending overhaul, questions have been raised as to which approaches, strategies and methods are most beneficial to the long-term cognitive development and emotional well-being of children.

According to International League tables, children from Finland, South Korea and Hong Kong outperform British, American and Thai school children in PISA and IEA academic tests. Such testing and comparison has led predictably to significant debate, rhetoric and politicking all over the developed world. In Britain it has contributed to a re-thinking of what ‘facts’ young children should be learning, and by what age they should be learning them.

Ignoring for a moment the huge cultural, economic and genetic factors which play a monumental role in any child’s intellectual development, I believe the best way to allow children to develop to their full cognitive capacity is to facilitate discovery-based learning mediated by careful guidance from a welltrained instructor. Taking reasoned guesses at problems; formulating hypotheses; trying to explain one’s thought process and discussing ideas with one’s peers. This style of teaching is known as Socratic style or (dialectic) instruction. This style of learning is most beneficial to curious, well-disciplined learners working in small groups and is difficult to achieve with large class sizes or with poorly motivated learners or those with learning disadvantages. The way that many of our parents and grandparents were taught in the early mid-20th century was via the more overtly disciplined didactic style of teaching which is much more structured, organised with an emphasis on periodic testing and evaluation at the end of each topic module. The British education system, over the last 40 years, has been credited with attempting to blend both dialectic and didactic methods in the classroom and thus having a more flexible, perhaps Gestalt (the whole being greater than

the sum of the parts) approach to learning. Moreover, during the last two decades didactic education systems have been criticised, both internally by teachers and students and externally by education experts, for their rigidity in terms of curriculum content, the pressure they put children under at a young age, and fostering a culture of memorisation of information as opposed to instructing kids on how to problem solve and think independently. Examples of these systems are to be found in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. However, these three systems, known for their usage of prescriptive rote learning followed by examination, have consistently ranked higher, in recent years, in the International League tables for literacy and numeracy capability than the UK model. So is didactic learning the key tool for developing

our children’s minds during their formative years, or does this merely produce yet another brick in the wall? As Britain is currently introducing a more prescriptive model encompassing more memorising of facts and more challenging learning targets to mimic the Korean success, Koreans are looking at how to devise systems to nurture creativity and novel problem solving to help their society ‘think outside of the box’ more and stimulate the growth of an entrepreneurial culture. Perhaps the Brits could do with a more rigorous system where the Koreans and Singaporeans could benefit from more inquiry and discovery-based learning during their formative years at elementary school. I will discuss this issue as it relates to the Thai education system next time.

Regent’s students celebrate IB exam results Principal Mike Walton congratulated the graduates, calling the IB Diploma “a rigorous and challenging qualification, but one which is ideally suited to helping young adults to gain places at leading universities...from University College London to the Korean

by Dr. Tim Eaton

Students from The Regent’s School Pattaya are celebrating following the announcement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma results for 2013. Their excellent results ensure that this year’s graduates will soon be taking up places on degree courses at some of the finest universities around the world. The IB is considered the gold standard of pre-university qualifications, highly regarded by admissions tutors around the world. Currently there are more than 1 million IB students at over 3,600 schools in 145 countries. The average score for the 60 students from The Regent’s School who sat this year’s examinations was 32 points, well above

the worldwide average of 29.8. Four of the school’s students scored 40 points, which is considered the benchmark of an outstanding performance. The Regent’s graduates will now go on to study a wide range of subjects at degree level. The sciences are particularly well represented this year, with students securing places to study Neuro-engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics and Computer Science. Economics and finance degrees have also proved popular, whilst two graduates have been accepted to study music at university.

Advanced Institute of Science and Technology to the University of British Columbia. I offer them all my best wishes for the future and hope they will stay in touch with all their friends and teachers here at The Regent’s School Pattaya.”


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You & Your Pets Obesity in Dogs: Canine Weight Management and Obesity Prevention by Thonglor Pet Hospital Canine obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems seen in dogs today. As with people, obesity can lead to a variety of diseases, disorders and other complications in dogs. In a 2008 study, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimated that 44 percent of U.S. dogs were overweight or obese. That's approximately 33 million dogs in the U.S. alone. Needless to say, something must be done. You can start with your own dog. Learn how to manage your dog's weight, start a weight-loss plan for your dog, and prevent weight gain in the first place. Causes of Canine Obesity There are many reasons a dog can become overweight. The obvious culprits are improper diet and lack of sufficient exercise. A dog recovering from an illness or injury is usually required to remain sedentary and is therefore at risk for weight gain. It is also important to know that weight gain may actually be a symptom of some hormonal disorders, such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's syndrome. Finally, genetic predisposition is a big factor. Certain dog breeds are simply more prone to obesity than others, such as English Bulldogs, Beagles, Dachshunds, Pugs, Dalmatians and Cocker Spaniels--just to name just a few. Health Risks of Obesity in Dogs Canine obesity is dangerous because it can lead to a great number of health problems. It may also adversely affect an existing health issue. The following diseases and disorders may be caused or exacerbated by obesity: • Cardiac disease • Diabetes mellitus • Hypertension (high blood pressure) • Orthopedic injuries (such as cruciate ligament rupture or patellar luxation) • Osteoarthritis • Respiratory disorders • Various forms of cancer Determining if Your Dog is Overweight You can often see the telltale signs of obesity in a dog, but sometimes it sneaks up on you. Gradual weight gain is not as noticeable when you see your dog on a daily basis. A friend or family member who is not often around your dog may notice a weight change. Other warning signs are exercise intolerance and apparent laziness. These could indicate a weight problem or other health issue. In any event, it is best to visit your vet if anything seems amiss. Also, be sure your dog goes to the vet for a wellness exam every 6-12 months. This is the best way for your vet to detect changes before there is a serious problem. Assessing Your Dog's Weight There are some basic things you can do at home to evaluate your dog's weight. Contact your vet if you suspect a problem. 1. Running your hands along your dog's ribcage, you should be able to palpate the ribs covered by a thin layer of fat. Inability to feel the ribs is a sign of an overweight dog. 2. Looking at your dog from the side, you should be able to see the upward tuck of the abdomen. An overweight dog will have very little or no tuck. 3. Viewing your dog from above, there should be a moderate narrowing at the waist just past the ribcage. A straight or bulging line from the ribcage to the hips indicates an overweight dog. Managing Your Dog's Weight If your dog needs to lose weight, or you just want to maintain his healthy weight, work with your vet to develop a weight management program. That program will consist mainly of a structured diet and an exercise plan. In addition, your vet will help you set up goals and

schedule times for quick check-ups to monitor your dog's progress. It will be helpful to weigh your dog on a regular basis--ideally every week or two. If you do not have the right scale at home, you can just stop by your vet's office for this. Many vet clinics have a scale in the lobby, so you can just run in and check the weight, free of charge. Canine Weight Loss Tips Weight loss for dogs is not a matter of willpower for the dog. You, however, may need to use willpower to resist those begging eyes. Remember, food is not love! For most dogs, the traditional diet-and-exercise plan does the trick. However, some dogs need an extra helping hand. These dogs might be candidates for a canine weightloss drug called Slentrol (dirlotapide). Another way to boost your dog's weight loss plan is to get involved with agility or another dog sport. You will be working with experts who want your dog to succeed but will not push him. In addition to losing weight, your dog will have a new skill. Diet and Exercise - The Cornerstone of Weight Loss DIET Feed your dog table scraps and human "junk food," and you might as well be asking for weight gain. Dog food and treats that are high in calories may also pack on the pounds, depending on the dog. Your vet can help you choose the right food for your dog. In some cases, vets will prescribe a special low-fat/high-fiber diet that is not available over the counter. However, there are also many commercial diets that might work, including some holistic/natural diets. Even healthy food and treats will lead to weight gain if given in excess. Allowing your dog to "free feed" by leaving a full bowl out all day is not a good idea, especially in a multiple dog household. Establish two or three set mealtimes per day. Use a measured scoop to give only the recommended amount of food. Feeding instructions on bags are general and may not be appropriate for your dog, so ask your vet to help you determine the right amount. Dog treats should be significantly decreased for an overweight dog. Treats should never make up more than 10 percent of a dog's diet, and that percentage should be decreased for weight loss. You will also need to change the type of treat. No cheese, hot dog pieces or fatty commercial dog treats. Shop for dog treats that are low in calories. Better yet, give small pieces of carrots and apples as treats--many dogs really love them. EXERCISE Obviously, your dog is going to need more exercise to lose weight. If you do not already walk your dog daily for a specific period of time, start now. Schedule times to play fetch or tug-of-war. If you have an exercise schedule, increase the frequency and difficulty if possible; this will be good for you, too. The most important thing is to commit to a plan and stick with it. Your dog is at your mercy. Many dogs will be happy to be getting more exercise and attention, and they will joyfully await their scheduled exercise sessions. However dogs that are very overweight and out-of-shape may pose a challenge. Some dogs will simply stop in the middle of a walk, refusing to continue. This is probably because they are winded and/or in pain. To be safe, stay close to home and keep a slower pace. These dogs benefit from several short walks a day rather than one or two long ones. Some dogs cannot exercise as needed due to an illness or injury brought on or worsened by obesity. Consult your vet for recommendations. You may find that physical therapy with a canine rehabilitation practitioner helps.

Cats have 32 muscles that

control the outer ear (humans have only six). A cat can

independently rotate its ears 180 degrees.

Cats for You in Pattaya

Cats for You is a great and much needed service in our area, but Paul and Sandra point out that adopting a cat or kitten is a longterm commitment with costs such as feeding and veterinary fees. Many adopters find it’s a good idea to adopt two animals so that they can enjoy each others’ company as well as yours. Contact Paul and Sandra on 0852875004 or look at their useful website http://cats4youinpattaya.webs.com/

Pebbles is lost!

Pebbles went to a great new home in the Mabprachan area of Banglamung with her brother Colin, but sadly managed to get out after a few days and has disappeared. If anyone has seen Pebbles, we don’t mind if she has moved elsewhere, but we need to know she is safe.

Moccha

This lovely three-year old girl went to a new home but the owners have moved and could not take her with them. She is very loving and friendly and is looking forward to a new home with new people. She was previously an indoor puss so she is suitable for a safe apartment or condo.

Madge

Madge has been with us for a couple of years now and we are surprised nobody has yet chosen her. Although no longer a kitten, you should watch her run and play and you would think she is six months old still.

Gina

Gina came to us with her three babies, mostly now re-homed. Gina now is looking for a nice, quiet home where she would be happy to be the only cat in residence. She loves to be the centre of attention and to be spoilt rotten. Wouldn’t we all?

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

To prevent "collisions" with your cat in a doorway, at the top of a stairway, or virtually anywhere else, simply stop your movement. If you "freeze" in place and let the cat go in/out or up/ down, you may save yourself from a nasty fall, and you could save the cat from being kicked as you try to avoid each other. Cats don't realize you didn't mean to do it. Of course, cats are also known for pausing in doorways while they make up their minds to come in or go out. Perhaps they are freezing in place to let *you* go first! Dr. Peters’ informative and entertaining new book, Our Amazing Cats, is available from Amazon Books and at www.ouramazingcats. com. For additional tips, or to subscribe to her free newsletter, The Kitty Times, go to: www.theproblemcat.com


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