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British Embassy Impersonated! T

he latest scam to deceive Thai workers into thinking they could get good jobs in England by paying under-the-table cash has caused a great deal of embarrassment. Dozens of Thais are believed to have paid 100,000 to 200,000 baht each for guaranteed employment at Abba Queen’s Gate Hotel in South Kensington, London, near the Thai Embassy. The story was first revealed by investigative journalist Andrew Drummond on his website.

But when they turned up at the British Embassy compound in Bangkok for their booked appointment to arrange flights and visas, they were turned away by security staff that recognized the paperwork as a complete fake. It was headed “British High Commission,” a term which is used only in countries which were once under the British flag, including Nigeria--where many scams are known to originate. The paperwork was signed by one Daniel Godwill, without any job title and another complete fabrication.

Some of the angry, cheated Thais turned up at Regent House in Bangkok where the outsourced visa processing for the UK is based. Again they were told they had been deceived and that there was no deal with the hotel or any other employer. Several angry victims also filed their grievances at Lumpini Park police station, where they were given a cool reception. Three of the Thais then turned up in Pattaya, where they were based, to complain to the British consulate. Unfortunately, that office had closed down permanently in late 2012. Eventually they tracked down Barry Kenyon, former British honorary consul in Pattaya, who retired three years ago. “Obviously I could do nothing but explain to them they had been scammed 100 percent,” said Barry. “These victims simply had no idea how embassies work and had been convinced by fake documentation and a false appointments schedule. I’m afraid they were not best pleased, but all they can do is obtain a police report just Continued on page 6

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News Pattaya pilots sea safety plan Following a spate of maritime accidents, some involving lost lives, Pattaya will introduce a water safety policy to reduce incidents, especially during the ferrying of passengers between Pattaya and Koh Larn. Deputy Transport Minister Pong Cheewanan said that if the Pattaya experience is successful, then the plan would be introduced at other coastal resorts in the Kingdom. Under the plan, Pattaya and Jomtien will introduce safety zones with marker buoys to show the different activities allowed in a particular zone, be they be swimming, banana boats, Jet Skis,

parasailing, etc. If boat operators violate the safety zones, where only swimmers are allowed, for example, then local officials will have the power to levy fines or suspend or even revoke their licences. There will also be designated speed limits in some zones according to the season of the year. The Marine Department will authorize the governor’s office in Chonburi to enforce maritime safety laws. Research shows that most boat accidents in Pattaya are caused by overloading passengers, drivers’ carelessness, violations laws, or exceeding sensible speed limits. Critics of the

Cousins sexually abuse woman

Two cousins aged 22 and 16 were accused of forcing a female cousin to participate in sex acts in her bedroom in LK Village North Pattaya. The two men, who had been drinking, followed the woman into her bedroom and allegedly attacked her using a knife. They then stole her mobile phone and ATM card. It was then that the woman screamed summoning neighbors who detained the two men. Both suspects were arrested when police arrived.

new plan say it’s just a rehash of old regulations which have never been properly enforced. Boat accidents on the Eastern Seaboard have been responsible for a lot of negative publicity about Pattaya. In April this year, 18 Korean tourists were injured in a crash and two lost limbs. In August, two Chinese tourists were killed and three injured when their speedboat struck an anchored vessel near Pattaya. Time will show whether the new plan is workable at the level of implementation and detail, or whether it’s more of a facesaving exercise for the tourist authorities.

Tourist stabbed on Walking Street Omani tourist Muhammed Sed Sajalis, 32, was stabbed by a hustler who’s trying to force him into a Walking Street nightclub to watch a show. The suspect Teawrit, in his early 30s, reportedly punched the visitor, then drew a knife and stabbed the would-be patron when an argument ensued. The assailant fled before police arrived. The victim was rushed to Memorial Hospital, where he was said to be recovering. Police said they were aware of Teawrit’s full identity and address and would arrest him soon.

Red Carpet Pattaya – Charity Dinner Dance Rayong-Pattaya Ladies Circle and Women With a Mission present Red Carpet Pattaya – Charity Dinner Dance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Hard Rock Pattaya Beach, Hall Of Fame. Tickets, at 2,200 baht per person, include a Champagne reception, international buffet dinner, and soft drinks, wine and beer throughout the evening. The fun-filled evening features a local debut designer fashion show by Zuckerbraun Design, a dance show by Steps

& Rhythm Dance Academy with Stephanie Moorhouse, and an art exhibition by local artist Ingrid Van Der Heyden. The evening will finish with dance music by Mr. Pattaya – Chris Parsons. Beyond the fun, the event aims to raise funds for Women With a Mission (WWM), a private voluntary organization based in Pattaya. Their mission ranges from providing food and shelter for displaced tsunami victims to teaching Chonburi residents how to

Unavoidable accident says car driver

Banglamung police rushed to Sai Rongpo Road where a fatal road accident which occurred in heavy rainfall. At the scene was the body of a man about 45 with serious head wounds. His motorbike was nearby. The pillion passenger was seriously injured and rushed to Banglamung Hospital. The driver of a Toyota Fortuner car, 30-year-old Rotjana Supsiri, told investigators that she was driving normally through the intersection when the motorbike came from the left without warning and crashed into her vehicle.

grow their own food and farm their own fish. WWM is continuously busy with the numerous projects that extend to the homeless, orphaned and mentally and physically handicapped. Some 150,000 baht has been raised towards this event through such sponsors as American Axle, GHECO-One/Glow, Caterpillar and The Regent School. For tickets, call Michelle 082 179 1037, Kylie 087 482 3520, or the Hard Rock Hotel 038 428 755.

Truck hit as driver makes inspection

A car rammed the back of a 6-wheel truck on the BangkokChonburi bypass, killing the driver of the car and injuring two passengers. Two Malaysians were hurled out of the car; they were taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya for emergency treatment. The driver Lee Hock Leng, aged 32, was already dead. The driver of the truck, Panya Sarnlong, said he pulled to the side of the road to check a problem with one of the wheels. At this point the car crashed into the rear of his truck.


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News Hilton Pattaya names third Dine ‘n’ Fly winner Aroonnapa Panichjaroon (second from left) is the latest winner of a holiday for two in the ‘Dine ‘n’ Fly with Hilton Pattaya’ campaign. The award includes return airfares for two, two nights’ accommodation and daily breakfast at Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao. In photo, from left, are Gerard Walker, director of Operations, Hilton Pattaya; Aroonnapa; Phatrarika Phatraprasit, newly appointed director of Business Development, Hilton Pattaya, and Markus Hesse, assistant Food & Beverage manager, Hilton Pattaya. Between now and Nov. 30, guests who spend 3,000 baht or more at any of Hilton Pattaya’s restaurants, eforea: spa at Hilton, or on in-room dining will have the chance to win a holiday for two at Conrad Seoul or a rooftop party at Horizon worth up to 100,000 baht.

EarthCheck awards bronze status to Pattaya resort Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya has been awarded bronze status by EarthCheck for the resort’s sustainability policy and nine assessed indicators at or above baseline levels--seven above the best practice level, which EarthCheck called, “an achievement to be highly commended.” EarthCheck, the international environmental and certification body for the travel and tourism industry, named those indicators as: Energy Consumption, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Potable Water Consumption, Water Savings Rating, Waste Sent to Landfill, Cleaning Products Rating and Pesticide Products Rating. Using a science-based approach, EarthCheck helps travel and tourism companies in some 80 countries address risk, deliver bottom line efficiencies, maximise guest experience and minimise their environmental footprints. Robert John Lohrmann, resort general manager, said, “This prestigious EarthCheck certificate is recognition of our efforts to deliver continuous environmental

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improvements and to secure a sustainable future for the business.” Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, on Wong Amat Beach, is a 5-star property that features Lost World-inspired design. The 18-storey hotel has 555 rooms and suites, all facing the ocean, and a water park with pools, waterfalls and a lazy river.


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News POLI CE Avoiding identity fraud Contemporary technology enables us to perform more and more daily tasks at the press of a button. Whether you are paying a bill or ordering a birthday present, your computer can likely handle it. The downside is that more people are vulnerable to a variety of internet and banking scams. Phishing and scamming are two concerns that are particularly associated with bank fraud. Phishing uses fake SMS messages, emails or fraudulent websites to steal personal data, passwords, credit card details and other personal information. Text messages and emails are a prime way of introducing Trojan horses and malware – programmes which display a message asking you to download an application to your computer or mobile phone. Once installed, these programmes can make fraudulent transactions. Here are some simple counter-measures to phishing and scamming: - Do not respond or reply to emails, text messages or phone calls requesting any personal information. If in doubt contact your bank for advice and, if necessary, ask them to suspend your service. - Create a strong password and change it frequently. Hackers can easily break into simple passwords. Use some capitals and numbers. - Beware of sharing personal information with contacts on the social media. Hackers are everywhere these days.

ATM skimming Skimming is the act of illegally collecting data from the magnetic strip of an ATM card. After copying the information, fraudsters can sometimes empty your bank account before you even know about it by putting the stolen data onto a blank card. Skimming can be done with a hand-held machine or by installing a skimmer device over the card itself. There have also been cases where thieves have placed a forged keyboard over the original. Here are some simple counter-measures to skimming: - Check the appearance of an ATM card slot. If you are in any way suspicious, immediately inform the bank authorities. - Also check the ATM keypad and do not use but inform the bank if it feels thicker than usual. - Stand close to the ATM machine and cover the machine with your hand when inserting your PIN number. Some skimmers have used tiny cameras to observe what you are doing. - Don’t be distracted by strangers at the ATM machine and never allow anyone, even a close relative, to use your card on your behalf.

Your responsibility Generally speaking, commercial banks will not hold you responsible for any actions committed by skimmers. The losses are not considered a mistake or negligence on the part of the cardholder. But you may have to obtain a police report and provide full details to the bank concerned. However, the arguments can be long and drawn-out especially where there has been a substantial delay between the skimming and the reporting of the offence by the genuine cardholder.

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Nǐ hǎo, Chinese Navy The vice-commander of Sattahip Naval Base, rear admiral Supapong Siriconti, welcomed senior staff of three Chinese frigates which paid a courtesy visit recently. A major topic of conversation was the activities of Somalian pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the recent international success in curtailing their nefarious activities. Sailors from both navies visited each others’ ships in a spirit of friendliness and cooperation.

Admiral retires

Air and Coastal Command at Sattahip headquarters held a ceremony to mark the retirement of Admiral Surasak Rhunrengrom, commander in chief of the Royal Thai Navy. He retired on September 30 when his period of duty came to an end.

French ambassador meets mayor

Thierry Viteau, French ambassador to Thailand, and consul Pierre Blondel paid a courtesy visit to Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome. They discussed the current state of tourism in the city and the management of infrastructure-related problems. It was agreed that a special bond between the two countries should be developed further.

Natureza Condominium started Somchao Tuntodtum, representative of NC Housing, opened the Natureza Condominium project in Pattaya. A low-rise condominium with the theme of nature running throughout will be finished by the end of 2014. Starting prices are 1.49 million baht. For more information go to the website www.naturezacondo.com

Bike Festival at Central Festival

New hospital building in Chonburi

Leading motorbike dealers and companies, including Yamaha, Triumph and KTM, participated in a “meet and greet” display at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Featured was the Triumph Thunderbird making its first appearance on the Eastern Seaboard.

Deputy Chonburi Governor Pongsak Preechawit opened the commemoration building of Somdet Plasangkaradyannasangwon Hospital in Chonburi. The new faculty will not only prescribe medicine for senior citizens but will encourage patients to integrate properly into their local communities.

Banglamung auctions licence plate numbers Kosin Weranuntanapun, head officer at Chonburi Transport Authority Office in Banglamung, led local officials in a parade promoting an auction in which Pattaya residents could bid on special automobile license plate numbers. This year plate numbers begin with the Thai letters ขค. For luck, the plates were blessed by a famous monk.


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News Kingdom Property launches Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show to showcase Gulf of Thailand as strategic Southeast Asia yachting hub naming competition

Name Kingdom Property’s luxury condominium project on Wongamat Beach and win a business class trip to Surefers’ Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast. The competition, “Name It! Tag It!”, offers participants the chance to win business-class tickets for two and a five-night stay at the five-star Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa. “We are planning to build the development on a generous 8,000 square metre absolute beachfront site at a height of about 50 stories and it will feature innovations which have never been seen before in Thailand,” said Nigel Cornick, Kingdom Property chief executive officer. “I think there are comparisons

between Pattaya and the Gold Coast too. The Gold Coast has developed into an iconic destination in Australia with luxury residential condominiums and a great outdoors lifestyle and I believe Pattaya can achieve the same status. “That is why we are having a bit of fun with this competition giving Thailand’s creative set the opportunity to put their thinking caps on. But equally there is a more serious message as I believe there is a high-end real estate market in Pattaya, and Wongamat will be known as the elite, prestigious destination of the future on the Eastern Seaboard.” Submit your entry to www. kingdomproperty.com by Oct. 18.

Ocean Marina Yacht Club will host the second Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show on Nov 22 to 24, highlighting the Gulf of Thailand’s marine leisure industry and underscoring its position as a strategic yachting hub in Southeast Asia. The event on Jomtien Beach is expected to attract more than 3,000 visitors and upwards of 100 exhibitors including marine businesses, luxury automobile brands and up-market real estate firms, among others. “Last year was the first Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show and we received a lot of positive feedback. We are building on that success and for this year have expanded the onshore space and re-developed the layout. Bookings have been strong and we are looking forward to an exciting show for both exhibitors and visitors,” said Mrs. Supatra Angkawinijwong, acting managing director, Ocean Property. The Gulf of Thailand’s close proximity to the South China Sea opens up the area to yachts from Hong Kong and further north and south to the Indonesian archipelago, Australia and New Zealand. The Gulf of Thailand provides idyllic tropical cruising with islands dotted

off the shore and the untouched waters of Cambodia and Vietnam on the region’s doorstep. A large turnout of Thais, expats and tourists from neighbouring regions, lifestylelovers, entrepreneurs, investors, boat owners and property owners, as well as targeted VIPs and media are expected at the 2013 Show to enjoy a diverse display of products and businesses, including international yacht brands, marine accessories and services, yacht charter, water sports, automobile brands, luxury

real estate, lifestyle brands and much more. There are also lots of onshore and on-water activities and entertainment planned, including free sailing trials, free kayak trials, lucky draws, luxury cocktail parties, Dragon Boat Race and a marina-side beer garden and festival with live band. For more details contact Patcharaporn Sirisapwong (Bangkok) patcharaporn@oceanproperty.co.th, or Scott Finsten (Pattaya) scott.finsten@ oceanmarinayachtclub.com, or go to www.oceanmarinaboatshow.com


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like anybody else who has been the victim of a criminal act. The rest is up to the Royal Thai Police.” Sadly, this is not the first time that Thais have been cheated by bogus agencies or individuals promising highly-paid jobs in England. Last year there was another “nanny scandal” in which young Thai women were fooled into thinking they could bypass the normal rules and obtain jobs looking after young children with wealthy families in Britain. Some Thais were even offered luxury world cruises as nannies to the rich and powerful. Several of those scammed lived in Pattaya. The wasted cash paid to these agencies is often provided by British friends or relatives of

the Thai women trying to help their extended kin. Earlier this year, there was another outcry when a suspected British pedophile gave 400,000 baht to an alleged Thai lawyer, claiming close connections with the British Embassy, who said he could get him off the police charges. Once the money was safely in his pocket, the fake lawyer disappeared without trace. These and other cases have thrown into high relief the lack of support for British nationals in Pattaya. The Jomtien UK consulate opened its doors in December 2008 and offered more or less a full range of consular and notarial services. Following Barry Kenyon’s retirement there were many problems and three staff resignations within 18 months. A decision was eventually taken by the Foreign Office in London to close the consulate in late 2012. A new honorary consul was appointed in February 2013, but without an office and with a much-reduced role, Pattaya Today understands that the position has not yet been formally approved after many months because of bureaucratic delays in London. The withdrawal of services for British nationals in Pattaya seems to be against the trend for other European Union countries. There are now seven European countries with formal diplomatic presence in the Eastern Seaboard city, and the number is expected to grow. The British Embassy has cited several reasons for last year’s Jomtien closure including the unsuitability of the premises, financial cutbacks by London, and the need to free up resources to open a trade office in Laos. But the long-standing British consulate in Chiang Mai has survived The fake invitation letter to attend the British Embassy intact.

TripAdvisor fêtes Amari Orchid Pattaya Amari Orchid Pattaya has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The accolade honours top quality hospitality based on consistent positive reviews from travelers. The award is presented only to the top 10 percent of businesses listed on the TripAdvisor website.

Hi-speed railway in talking stages The proposal to provide a high-speed train from Bangkok to Pattaya by 2018 was discussed at a meeting at Ambassador City Jomtien. Ministry of Transport officials said that the plan involved creating an airport link from Bangkok to Pattaya and eventually extending the line to Trat. Meanwhile, environmental assessment studies are being conducted

to minimize damage. The scheme is part of the government’s plan to raise a

2.2 trillion baht loan, mainly to be spent on infrastructure improvements.

Health threats to be monitored City Hall has established a rapid-response team to monitor the sudden outbreak of diseases, to control their spread, and to inform the public. The newly-formed Surveillance Rapid Response Team will collect statistics on diseases and make recommendations about future health policies.


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News Sophon Cable turns 28

Sophon Cable executives celebrated with their staff and guests the 28th anniversary of the founding of Sophon Cable media group. A feast was provided for them and the nine monk merit makers from Wat Chaimongkol. Sophon Cable TV provides the Eastern Seaboard with 100 channels of entertainment and news, 24 hours a day.

Please wear your helmet

Thidaporn Jitnawa (left), general manager, Central Festival Pattaya Beach, donated 200 motorbike helmets to the city of Pattaya. Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh accepted the helmets which will distributed to local teenage students as part of Pattaya schools’ road safety education program.

Korean ambassador visits Pattaya mayor

Jon Jaw Mun, South Korea’s ambassador to Thailand, paid a courtesy visit to Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome to discuss tourist issues, including street crime, garbage disposal and sewage issues. The ambassador also suggested that Pattaya hire more police officers now that visitor numbers were booming.

Jaguar unveils F-Type sports car in Thailand City Automobiles Co., Ltd, has unveiled the Jaguar F-Type in Bangkok, according to Danai Chandrangam, general manager of the dealership. The two-seater convertible focuses on performance, agility, and driver involvement with a V6 or V8 engine coupled with a twin-vortex supercharger on all models. “The launch of the new Jaguar F-Type is a significant milestone in Jaguar’s history,

confirming a new sporting era in which the brand has become truly alive,” said Chandrangam, who sees the car as “uniquely suited to the Thai market and for the Thai driver who loves the sporting spirit of the Jaguar brand. Supercharged engines, lightweight aluminium body construction and advanced driving technologies deliver a responsive and dramatic driving experience that is second to none.”

Charity ballet show

Hotelier celebrates birthday

Tickets are now on sale for the charity ballet show Sangtong on October 6 with prices ranging from 800 to 1,000 baht per person. Further information from Pattaya Dance Studio on 038 361 908 or 081 865 2987.

The Anchaleewiwat family celebrated its senior administrator’s 70th birthday at Shine Hotel in Pattaya. Suwatchai Anchaleewiwat owns eight hotels in Pattaya which are run as a family business by his children.


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Tourist court acclaimed The new Pattaya tourist court, a pilot for other tourist cities, has received a generally favourable press. However, at the time of writing, only one case of compensation is known to have been settled. What’s important to know is that this court does not try criminal cases or hand down punishment – that’s the job of the ordinary courts. But it can hear testimony from farang witnesses or complainants who must return to their own country soon, and it can arbitrate in situations where both parties agree to turn up. We will know more about the usefulness at a practical level in a few months. Philippines to open consulate It has been speculation for several months that the embassy of the Philippines in Bangkok would be opening a branch consulate in the country. After all there is a very large Filipino community in Pattaya, many working legitimately in the hospitality and music industries. So it’s a bit of a surprise to hear that the branch consulate is to be opened in Chiang Mai which has a much smaller Filipino population. Still it’s not all that surprising. Both the British and Indian embassies have offices in Chiang Mai but not in Pattaya. Certainly the reason can’t be that there isn’t enough case work in Pattaya. No more young fuzziness The media are fully aware that youngsters under 18 must not be shown with identifiable faces in criminal cases, whether as alleged perpetrators or victims, in newspaper and on-line reports. The usual solution is to “Vaseline” out their faces or disguise their features in some other way. But now legal experts say that even photographing suspects under 18 could be a breach of the child protection legislation which states that it’s an offence to “have a negative impact on social order and morality”. Many children say they have felt humiliated after being photographed at police line-ups and re-enactments. About 50,000 juveniles are arrested in Thailand every year and just over half are subsequently dismissed from school. Caddy Shack good value A hangout for Brits and golfers etc, the Caddy Shack serves really good food at some of the most reasonable prices anywhere in town. The Sunday roasts, to give one example, can’t be beaten for price, taste and quantity. It’s clean and staffed by pleasant ladies who will serve you inside or out. Excellent selection of drinks including scrumptious cider. It’s very close to the Eden Hotel. On Thepprasit Road, going towards Sukhumvit Road, turn left at Soi 10 and follow the road round until you see the Caddy Shack on the right.

Badminton Club makes award

Amari Orchid turns 41

Tammarat Jangsiriwattana, representative of the Badminton Club of Thai Airways, presented a trophy to Pattaya City as an expression of thanks for the latter’s support of the 2013 World Airline Badminton Championship.

The five-star Amari Orchid Pattaya celebrated its 41st anniversary with a merit-making ceremony attended by nine monks from Wat Nongyai.

Dusit recognizes veteran staffers

More than 100 staff members who have served and worked for Dusit Thani Pattaya for more than 15 years were honored at a ceremony at the Napalai Convention Hall.

Chatchawal Supachayanont (seated center middle row), has been the hotel’s general manager for 20 years. The staff shared some of the highlights of their nostalgic years

since joining the hotel when it was still called Dusit Resort, Pattaya. The hotel was rebranded in 2007 following the rollout of Dusit International.

Cowboy night at birthday party

Vegetarian festival coming soon

Family and friends of Satit Piewtong, chief executive of Supavut Industries, organized a cowboythemed 60th birthday party celebration at A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya.

Planning for this year’s festival is complete and the event scheduled for the period 4-14 October, hosted as usual by the Sawangboriboon Foundation. The event has become a major tourist attraction in Pattaya in recent years with parades and shows held throughout the period. This year there will be special vegetarian cooking demonstrations held at several leading hotels.

What Pattaya needs If you think Pattaya has everything think again. Thailand has 123 hot spring facilities in 27 provinces – bath areas, spas restaurants – but none in our area. Now the government is considering subsidies to develop hot springs throughout the country and generate more tourism along the lines of the Japanese “onsen” which are so popular there. Only one problem – Pattaya doesn’t have any suitable underground springs to start with. Ah, well, the expression “some like it hot” will have to mean something different in our fair city. Up and up we go Millions more are queuing up to come to Thailand. From 19.2 million in 2011, 22.3 million last year and 17.4 million in the first eight months of 2013, tourist income now tops one trillion baht annually with no sign of slowing growth in view. At least one third of these big numbers spend some time in Pattaya and most of the hotels here are averaging 70 percent occupancy and even overbooking at weekends. The disappointed business owners in Pattaya are largely in the pub and nightclub sector. The traditional market of single Europeans is giving way to the Chinese and other Asians who now greatly outnumber Europeans. The Chinese don’t usually spend money in bars run by British and German expats. Slimmers photograph meals The latest idea to help you if you just can’t lose weight, or fear diabetes, is to take a snapshot of every meal you eat and show the results to your doctor who will be able to see where you are going wrong. For example, he or she will be able to point out that a mound of French fries does not satisfy the requirement to eat five portions of vegetables every day. Another problem is that naughty patients are not photographing the “extras” such as bottles of beer and stray chocolate bars bought at convenience stores as they buy their bottled water.

The editor and management of Pattaya Today don’t necessarily share the views expressed in this column

Eye care for seniors promoted A new project has been launched by City Hall to provide glasses for 300 old age pensioners who have been identified after exhaustive inquiries. Most of the problems encountered by the elderly are inability to read without prescription lenses, although a number of men and women have been listed as requiring cataract surgery. Public funds will support the initiative.


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IUCN and Marriott International launch environmental project

eve n t s cal en d ar SINGER CLAUDIA EDWARD AT CONRAD BANGKOK DIVA Date: Now until 30 November 2013, Mondays to Saturdays Venue: Diplomat Bar, Conrad Bangkok

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Marriott International have launched a partnership to protect the environment and support Thailand’s local communities through mangrove restoration, the use of sustainable seafood sources and local procurement practices in Bang Krachao and southern areas. The two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding and opened a Mangrove Education Garden at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, followed by a planting of 100 mangroves by Marriott associates at Bang Krachao. The partnership targets three main initiatives. Marriott will help raise funds and awareness among guests;

both organizations will identify opportunities for creating small businesses in local communities for production of sustainable souvenirs and gifts for hotel guests, and IUCN will help Marriott locate sources of sustainable seafood for its hotels. Dr Robert Mather, head of IUCN’s Southeast Asia Group, was “...very excited by this innovative new partnership. It moves beyond the simple ideas of hotels demonstrating environmental commitments just by reducing water and electricity consumption, to really working on how they can be a force for positive change for the communities, habitats and species in the landscapes and seascapes on which their business ultimately depends.”

Mantra Latino Concert by the Siam Cubano Band by Mick and Di

Yet another musical evening was hosted by the popular Mantra restaurant & bar. The topic for this musical event was everything Latino. The Latin rhythms were provided by the talented Siam Cubano 8-piece band which raised the roof with their infectious South American dance music and had everyone tapping their toes and wriggling in their chairs to the vibrant sounds. Local accomplished dancers took to the floor demonstrating their virtuosity of the Salsa, Merengue, Samba, Cha Cha Cha and lots more exciting moves.

More than half of Thailand’s original mangroves have been lost since the 1970s. After the 2004 tsunami, a new determination to replant mangroves in Thailand was marked by the symbolic planting of a mangrove by former US President Bill Clinton in Phuket and the launching of Mangroves for the Future in 2006. Don Cleary, Marriott International’s chief operations officer in Asia Pacific, said, “This is a very exciting time for us all -- our associates, guests, local communities and the environment, who will all benefit from this partnership. IUCN and Marriott International have powerful networks and together we hope to inspire best practice in environmental partnerships.”

Activities: Be mesmerized by the soothing and sultry sound of Claudia Edward, a glamorous diva with distinctive voice hailing from St. Lucia, from Mondays to Saturdays from 8 pm onwards at Diplomat Bar, one of Bangkok’s classiest house of jazz. Claudia Edward began performing professionally since fourteen. Throughout the years, she has perfected her singing by performing in various showcases in countless places, such as Barbados, Costa Rica, New York and Grenada. She also has released numerous singles and albums and was nominated for the Best Female Artistes of the Year 2004. In 2005, she toured Europe, playing the main role in Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott‘s “Helen of Troy”. With collaboration for a number of top performers, including Michele Henderson, Boo Hinkson, Beenie Man, Neyo and Shaggy, Claudia sets in motion a fresh sound that will surely captivate you. Guests can enjoy Diplomat’s happy hour “Sundowners” promotion which runs daily including 50% discount off selected cocktails, wine by the glass, house pour spirits and beers from 4 pm to 8 pm. For more information: Diplomat Bar Tel: 02 690 9999 Email: bkkci.diplomat@conradhotels.com

WINE TASTING PARTY Date: 4 October 2013, Friday Venue: Twinkle Pool, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya Activities: Join the wine tasting party and enjoy wines from more than a dozen wineries and a variety of appetizers as you watch the sunset by the Twinkle Pool for only 950 baht net per person from 18:30 to 21:00 hrs. For more information: Cape Dara Resort Pattaya Tel: 038 933 888 ext 3507 Email: marcom@capedarapattaya.com

JOEY BOY LIVE IN CONCERTY Date: 5 October 2013, Saturday Venue: Aranda Ballroom, Amari Orchid Pattaya Activities: Watch Joey Boy live in concert with unlimited draught beer, house wines, soft drinks and whisky from 20:00-24:00 for only 1,000 baht net per person. For more information: Amari Orchid Pattaya Tel: 038 418 418 Email: orchid@amari.com

THE 16TH CHARITY MIDNIGHT RUN 2013 AMARI WATERGATE BANGKOK & BMW THAILAND Date: 19 October 2013, Saturday Venue: Amari Watergate Bangkok Activities: Start and finish at Amari Watergate Bangkok with distance of 6 km and 12 km. Application fee of 400 baht and 1,000 baht. Participants who make an entry donation of 1,000 baht will be entered into the grand raffle. All participants with an entry ticket are entitled to a free T-shirt and finisher’s medal, while stocks last. For more information: Amari Watergate Bangkok Tel: 02-653-9000 www.amari.com/watergate/charity-midnight-run.aspx


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Movers & Shakers partied in Pattaya More than 200 guests showed up at the Havana Bar at the Holiday Inn Pattaya for the September edition of Movers & Shakers. Some came to network, some to socialize and others to party. Cees Cuijpers is the founder of Movers & Shakers and is also managing partner at Town & Country Property in Pattaya. The colorful businessman has an inherent sense of fun. He is the linchpin for making these corporate networking events successful, and his enthusiasm spreads by creating loyalty to him and his events from the people who attend and also from his generous sponsors. For the year 2013 Kingdom Property, showcasing their inaugural project in Pattaya, Southpoint, have been the principal sponsor for all the events in Bangkok and Pattaya and once again returned to the Havana Bar with a large and innovative backdrop featuring two windows where networkers could interact. Co-sponsor for the event was Bartercard, the business to business trade exchange that works with small to medium sized businesses to assist in increasing their income facilitating a trade exchange network that offers dynamic and effective ways of conducting business. Irina Breslavtseva, head of marketing for Kingdom Property, made a brief speech thanking everybody for attending and said her company would support Movers & Shakers through 2014. The speeches over the crowd got back to the free flow beer--sponsored by Heineken for the entire year, red and white wine, and soft drinks— not to mention an assortment of finger foods The next Movers & Shakers event at the Havana Bar will be on Dec. 13.

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Academic meeting – Heart Center Bangkok Hospital Pattaya held the 2013 Academic Meeting on New Frontier Treatment of Cardiac Disease for the medical staff to exchange experiences and learn new technologies. Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij, hospital director, opened the meeting. Lectures were delivered by Heart Center medical director Dr. Sujit Banyatpiyaphod and his team of cardiologists.

Brazilian Food Festival at Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui

Paulo Cesar Meira de Vasconcellos (centre), Brazilian ambassador to Thailand, cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Brazilian Food Festival 2013, with the help of Danny McCafferty (2nd right), regional director and general manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. The event was held at the resort’s Zico's Brazilian Grill & Bar and was attended by dignitaries from several nations. In photo from left are Scott Bowen, general manager, Centara Villas Samui; chef Paulo Machado; Vasconcellos; McCafferty and chef Thiago Bettin.

Iron Chef Thailand at Cape Dara Resort

Sittidej Rochanavibhata (left) general manager, and Yongyuth Phianprasit (right) executive chef, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya, seen here with Chumpol Jangprai (center), TV’s Iron Chef Thai Cuisine. Chefs from Thailand and abroad visited and ate at Radius restaurant during Food & Hoteliers Expo’13.

Erawan Group helps conserve marine ecosystem

Hotel Promotions

Winter sun on sale at Centara Hotels and Resort Just because the summer is almost over it doesn’t mean the holiday season is finished, and Centara Hotels & Resorts is offering special rates at selected properties for those who are already thinking of winter sunshine. All the rates are available at Centara’s own website, where under the Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) programme, the lowest Centara rates on the internet are guaranteed. Rates vary according to the property, stay period and minimum length of stay. Full information and bookings can be found at www.centarahotelsresorts.com/special_offers/ Two new five-star Centara hotels soft-opening in Pattaya during October will be offering special rates from the beginning of November. Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya is located in the exclusive Phratamnak Hill residential district, just steps from the beach, and has a starting price for rooms of 2,960 baht per night from 1 November to 13 December. Centara Grand Modus Resort Pattaya is in North Pattaya, set directly on its own exclusive beach, and is offering 30 percent discount on its room rates from 1 November to 24 December. Centara Koh Chang Tropicana Resort, meanwhile, enjoys its own beachside setting on the tropical island of Koh Chang, and is offering a 45 percent discount on its published rates until the end of October. Visitors to Bangkok will find the newly opened Centra Central Station Hotel Bangkok convenient, as it is located near to the city’s mainline railway terminus and subway, and so is ideal for travelling around both the city and the entire country by rail. Rates begin at 1,350 baht per night for twin occupancy, including breakfast for two persons. All rates are subject to service charge and government tax. For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +66 2 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr.co.th

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Staff members of two Erawan Group PLC hotels--Holiday Inn Pattaya and Ibis Hotel—organized the second Conserve the Marine Ecosystem to help enrich marine life on Pattaya’s coast. Usanee Muttaharuch (center, behind banner), senior manager of Erawan’s executive office, and 120 volunteers from Pattaya, Marine and Coastal Conservation Center 1 (Rayong), and Baan Nongyai school planted imitation coral reefs.

Unusual gin and single malt Scotch at King’s Cup Elephant Polo William Grant & Sons (WGS) showcased its Hendrick’s Gin and Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky brands at the 12th King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Hua Hin. Hendrick’s brand ambassador, Erik Andersson, led a Victorian troop of models in period costumes reflective of the Hendrick’s gin brand heritage. Celebrities at the tournament included supermodels Cindy Bishop and Metinee Kingpayome Sharples, Edward Sharples, actor Byron Bishop, and Angie Hasting. Poy Treechada and the Miss Tiffany team visited the Hendrick’s and Glenfiddich bars, and Vilaiwan Twichasri, TAT deputy governor, was photographed with the troop. Glenfiddich showed a series of elephant ice sculptures by renowned Thai ice artist Alongkorn Timcharoen, displayed in its bar area in the ChindAsia Lounge and at its own exclusive VIP lounge. A range of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whiskies were on offer to tournament

guests, ranging from Glenfiddich 12 Year old, the world’s best-selling single malt, through to the multi-awardwinning Glenfiddich 21 Year Old.


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Centara’s five-star workshop in Pattaya Centara corporate senior executives and general managers participated in an operations workshop for Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. In photo second row from left: VP Michael Horn, GM Andre Brulhart, VP David Good, GM Robert John Lohrmann, GM Alex Jureeratana; third row from second left GMs: Jacques Mury, David Martens, Danny McCafferty, Robert MaurerLeoffler, Dominique Rongé.

Sixty Six Condominium Pattaya wins award

Celebrities at Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket

Sixty Six Condominium by The Urban Property was named Best Botique Condo Development on the Eastern Seaboard at this year’s Thailand Property Awards. Accepting the award was managing director Sompop Vanichsenee (center) and his team. The seven-story project in North Pattaya has 32 residential units with modern furniture and state-of-the-art amenities.

Dechanont Wangthong (far right), executive assistant manager of Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket, presents bouquet to Rinraphat Ariyakornwijit (2nd left) and Nattawadee Thiangpak (2nd right), actresses and hosts of the TV show Teaw Sabai Sabai Style, while filming at the resort’s Splash Jungle Water Park. At left is Martin Cote, Water Park operations manager.

World Peace Day Students from Garden International School (GIS) organised a fun afternoon of activities – and raised thousands of baht for charity at the same time. Secondary students paid 50 baht to take part in the events, while in Primary there were several house-based activities, including making a peace sign using the students’ bodies. In Secondary, events were run by the IB students and included football and basketball challenges, charades, blindfold hunt-the-food, origami making and creating a peace tower using only one hand. Some 9,311 baht was raised. The winning team got a take-away lunch. All money left over from the day will go to the Camillian Social Center Rayong, which cares for children and adults with HIV. GIS is based in Ban Chang. To see a video of our Peace Day activities, visit www.gardenrayong.com

Dusit Thani Pattaya joins Car Free Day campaign

Neah Kean Boon (front row, third right), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya and Prawes Akanimart (first row, right), the hotel’s Green team president are seen with Pattaya City officials as they lead staff members in the recent Car Free Day campaign. A number of organizations and bike clubs in and around Pattaya show support to help reduce gas consumption and noise pollution, as well as promote a healthy lifestyle.

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Camera360 – world’s most popular mobile camera app >> from L1 Camera360 has been invited to participate in the Fortune Global Forum 2013 (attended by Fortune 500 CEOs), and has been ranked number two in this year's best startups. Additionally, Audio Camera, a new feature of Camera360, was released in Apple Stores last June. It allows users to record sounds while taking photos. The company also launched Movie360, a video recording application, and Camera360 Cloud, a cloud based service platform that allows users to upload, manage, and share photos and other multimedia. Last August Camera360 raised US $18 million in its latest round of Series B financing. This new round of investment was led by Susquehanna International Group China, with additional support from existing investors, Gobi Partners and Matrix Partners. "This new round of capital will help to support the company's new product development and to expand management team capabilities," said Hao Xu, CEO of Camera360. "It will enable us to build on our

core competencies in mobile camera and cloud management services." The company also reported that it has teamed up with Sony to include their range of photography software on the Sony DSCQX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style camera. They will be first photography software to be customised especially for the new smartphones that look to significantly improve the mobile photography experience without the need to incorporate a giant lens into a smartphone. The DSC-QX100 has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 lens that captures images at 20.2MP, while the DSC-QX10 has a Sony G Lens and 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that captures images at 18.9MP. The lenses connect to a smartphone via Wi-Fi or NFC, and Camera360 has incorporated this into the updated app via the Sony Camera mode. This feature will allow smartphone users to search and connect to a Sony Wi-Fi network manually so that users can save their images on a microSD card in the lens-style camera.

Hotel Promotions Dive into a new adventure at Anantara Si Kao When thinking of diving in Thailand, most enthusiasts usually talk about the more famous and busier reefs around Krabi and Phuket but what most don’t know is that some of the world’s greatest dive sites are off the small coastal town of Trang and all within a 60-minute boat ride from the beautiful Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa. Anantara Si Kao now offers a variety of dive adventures from beginners right through to those for more experienced divers. Take the plunge with three scuba diving packages available to book now for stays between 1 November 2013 and 30 April 2014.

Each Package includes: - Five nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe room - Daily buffet breakfast for two persons - Four-day Open Water Scuba Diver Course, including four dives and the following equipments, for one person - Mask, snorkel and fin - BCD, wetsuit, regulator, tank and weights - Drinking water, snacks and fruit on board - Dive Master service - Liability insurance Terms and conditions apply. For more information on different dive packages please visit http://sikao.anantara. com/ The Anantara Si Kao Open Water Diver package offers a stay of five nights or more, so that beginners have enough time to complete the four day PADI Open Water Diver Course and four dives. This is the world’s most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the pleasures of a diving lifestyle. Comprising three main phases, scuba students learn the basic principles, before putting theory into practice

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with confined water dives and then open water dives to review skills. Idyllically situated with a private beach along a breathtaking stretch of the Andaman coastline, only an hour south of Krabi Airport and just a 30 minute drive from Trang Airport, Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa forms part of Hat Chao Mai National Park, which is home to some of the world’s best dive sites. Anantara scuba students will be led by a multilingual team of highly qualified dive professionals from the award winning dive company Sea Bees Diving. In addition to the studies required, guests benefit from visits to some of the best local dive sites, where colourful fish swim against a magnificent backdrop of varied hard and soft corals. Reefs provide shelter for lobsters, crabs, seahorses, anemones, colourful nudibranchs, sea stars and turtles. Beautiful coral covered boulders, surreal caverns and swim-through channels offer a maze of enchantment. While dazzling schools of small darting fish are accompanied by giant barracudas, tuna and manta rays, as well as leopard sharks and even grey reef sharks.


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Hilton Pattaya

supports youth careers Hilton Pattaya participated in the Youth Career Development Program (YDP) in partnership with UNICEF to support youngsters in Pattaya. The comprehensive 20week hospitality training program equips selected students with skills in food and beverage, kitchen, housekeeping and engineering. In Hilton Pattaya’s initial participation in this initiative, the hotel is training four students on-site under a mentor system. “The Youth Career Development Program was established to support the growth and development of youths in our community,” said Gerard Walker, director of operations, Hilton Pattaya. “This is a challenge we face globally, and at Hilton Pattaya, we see this as an opportunity to provide the resources we have available at our hotel to help young people reach their full potential.” Hilton Pattaya’s participation in the YDP is part of its support of Bright Blue Futures, a global community relations initiative by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, designed to help young people achieve stability through the delivery of basic needs such as food, shelter and hope through education, life skills development, training and employment. As the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts is contributing to the company’s broader goal of creating opportunities for young people by engaging 144,000 team members across communities in this brand-wide effort. A full version of the Creating Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality white paper is available at hiltonworldwide.com/ youth. Learn more about Bright Blue Futures by visiting www.youth.hilton.com.

Jullasak (Moo) Moonmanut 19 Kitchen, Engineering

Narongrit (Toh) Suya 19 Housekeeping, Kitchen

Moo aims to find a job in a city bigger than Khon Kaen, his home, where he thinks that there will be more opportunities. He applied for the YDP program accidentally but he thinks that this program is cool as he could earn money and experience job skills he likes such as engineering. His passion is cooking, and he dreams to work abroad after completing his training so he can earn more money and gain more experiences that would help advance his career in hospitality. Manob (Tong) Butyothi 19 Kitchen, Engineering Tong comes from a poor family in Sakonnakorn province, where he had no idea about hospitality. He hopes the YDP program will allow him to become an electrical engineer and support his family.

Toh is from Nan province. He has a passion for cooking, flower decoration and crafting. He dreams of working with Hilton and sending money to support his family. He also wants to be a hospitality ambassador in northern areas where teenagers--especially girls-are lured into the sex trade. Sarawut (Pom) Phukhrongthung 19 Kitchen, Engineering Pom is from Udonthani province. He was sent to be educated in Khon Kaen’s better secondary schools, which allowed him to work part-time to support his family. After graduating from secondary school, he was accepted into the YDP to fulfil his dream to be either a chef or engineering team member.


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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

Pullman Pattaya Hotel G Beach Club dining Head down to the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G on Wong Amat Beach and most nights of the week something special is happening at this cool, contemporary destination. Mick and I were invited to their second wine tasting evening, held on the first Tuesday of each month. These new vino-happenings are on the terrace of their Beach Club restaurant on the edge of the beach overlooking the palm-fringed sands with the lights of Pattaya Bay twinkling in the distance. It makes for a sensational setting. This event featured wines from the portfolio of Bangkok’s I easywine Importers. Under the baton of managing director and sommelier, IX.Anuchit Saeng-on, we were presented with a quintet of interesting vintages from Chile, Australia and Italy. The first pouring was an Italian Proscecco, namely, Montasolo Treviso. A medium tasting light party wine which would be a welcome guest at any gathering. Next we enjoyed a Sauvignon Blanc from the house of Quincho. Dry and fruity, it would complement most seafood and lightly flavoured dishes. Next, from the same winery, came a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon--our favourite of the five. Fruity and full bodied with a juicy, long finish, it was a very pleasant wine. Two Australian easy-drinking varieties followed,

both from the house of IronBark. We tasted a versatile, medium bodied Chardonnay and to close a rich oaked full bodied Shiraz. Small pastry canapés are complimentary but for a more substantial plate, a selection of cheese and cold cuts are available exclusively for the wine tasting. The house homemade terrine would make good friends with the more robust wines. We tasted it and it was delicious. Duck rillettes, Parma ham and Brie (B.270) and a selection of French cheeses. Choose three items, one from the cold cut selection and two cheeses for only B.340 or five items and three cheeses for B.620. All come with country

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bread and pickles. The wine flow is unlimited (from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.) and at only B.590 net per person represent uber-value for money. The next tasting is on Oct. 1. For more information and reservations contact (038) 411940-8 or email info@pullmanpattayahotelG. com or www.facebook.com/the pullmanpattayahotel G. The wine tastings are held on the first Tuesday of each month and as it was a Tuesday we were delighted to be able to indulge in their weekly Bistro Night menu. This 3-course set menu is B.690 net with bottles of French wine from B.450 or by the glass B.100. This weekly changing gourmet menu offers luxurious and extravagant choices. From the appetisers, Mick chose the Parma ham and Brie cheese while I opted for the pan seared foie gras with maple syrup and summer greens. Both were top notch items worthy of any fine dining restaurant. The foie gras in particular with its silky

richness was absolutely sublime. Seafood and porcini chowder was another option or seared beef tenderloin served with Provencal vegetables. On to our main course. Here the selection included wine-simmered beef cheek with Parmesan polenta, the house signature duck confit with Anna potatoes and mushrooms, snow fish a la plancha, prime beef ribs grilled for two persons with Dauphinois potatoes and black pepper sauce or poached salmon on morel cream sauce and pasta. We plumped for the two fish options and were more than pleased. The salmon fillet fell in softened shards on to the scrumptious morel cream and perfectly cooked tagliatelle making for a delightful dish while the snow fish had been cooked in the pan with expertise and a light hand. We were astounded that such quality could be offered at such a reasonable price. Desserts were heaven; a vanilla cream stuffed choux pastry, French

toast and orange blossom flavoured Catalan cream and exotic fruits accompanied by a warm Chardonnay Sabayon. Chapeaus off to all concerned–to be able to produce such a gourmet French-inspired 3-course dinner for this price is more than commendable. It’s amazing. This new wave hotel brings cosmopolitan refinement to Pattaya with its cool contemporary concept and it’s innovative restaurant where out of the box ideas are a constant and their prices kept low with their “net” pricing. There is always something original happening at this chic beachside eatery so check out their website to discover daily promotions at value for money prices and one of the most contemporary elegant venues in Pattaya.

Pullman Pattaya Hotel G

is on Wong Amat Beach, (off Sois 16 or 18) Naklua Road. Tel: (038) 411 940-8 www.pullmanpattayahotelG.com.

EVERY DAY INGREDIENTS Finlandia Cranberry triple sec blackcurrant juice (AC fruit) seaweed sugar syrup lemon juice

SIGNATURE DRINK Monday Radar (Ring of the Moon)

GARNISH Cherry tomato Mint leaf

CERTIFICATION/ACHIEVEMENT Winner, Finlandia Vodka Cup Thailand 2012 8th runner-up, International Finlandia Vodka Cup 2012, Finland

HOW TO MIX Put all ingredients in mixing glass. Shake with ice and station into martini glass. Top with seaweed.

GLASS TYPE Martini Glass CATEGORY Cocktail Available at Radius Bar & Restaurant, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya


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F&B Promotions Discover the unique truffle

Fit for your set

at Benihana

at Cabin Grill, A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya

Benihana has a special truffles menu this month and innovative chefs cooking these mushrooms in creative ways on the teppanyaki table while you sit and enjoy the performance. They are irresistible. Come by and try. For more information and reservations please contact Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa 038 412 120 ext.1395.

Let’s Rum & Roll at Infiniti & Latitude lounge, Sheraton Pattaya Resort Let’s Rum & Roll with amazing panoramic sea view at Infiniti and Latitude lounge, Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Enjoy special cocktails with Dream Girl, Orange Mojito, Blue Dolphin, Kick Boxing during October and November 2013 with price of 290++ baht per glass. For more information or reservations, please dial 038 259 888 or website: www. sheratonpattayaresort.com or facebook : www.facebook. com/sheratonpattayaresort

Throughout the month of October, Cabin Grill Restaurant offers you a special ‘fit for your set’ with the selected food of crispy salad and kinu tofu with sesame dressing, thick tuna steak burgundy style and a glass of mocktail ‘Surf Rider’. Price is only 599 baht net per person. Chill out your valuable meal with the stunning view of Pattaya Beach 180 degree from the place you eat! Cabin Grill is located on the 2nd floor of Royal Wing in the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel between soi 2 and soi 3 on Pattaya Beach Road. Open daily from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. For more information please call (038) 259 555 ext 4232.

Free flow beer with Churrascaria buffet at Zico’s Pattaya

Oktoberfest stages every Friday night until end of October at The World, Centara Grand at CentralWorld The World restaurant at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld, in the heart of Bangkok, is offering an authentic Oktoberfest themed buffet every Friday night. Specialties include suckling pig, pork knuckle, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, Bavarian bratwurst and pork schnitzel, along with a selection of Bavarian desserts and cheeses and a free flow of Paulaner Draught Beer. Price is 1,490++ baht per person, and you can also enjoy the Chinese and Japanese Buffet at Ginger restaurant valued at the same price. This promotion will last from now until 31 October 2013. For more information or to make a booking, please contact the hotel at 02 100 1234 or e-mail to diningcgcw@chr.co.th

“I Love Banana” monthly dessert on October 2013 at Elements Restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort

A banana lover as you will enjoy our four wonderful, innovative and modern creations: Banana Parfait, Banana Cheesecake, Choco Banana, and Banana Caramel Bar. Enjoy a tasty promotion all day and every day at Elements Restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort with price of 280++ baht per dish. For more information or reservations, please dial 038 259 888 or website: www.sheratonpattayaresort.com or facebook: www.facebook.com/sheratonpattayaresort

HOT SUMMER PROMOTION 20% off everything except set menu Zico’s Pattaya restaurant of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is Pattaya’s only Brazilian Churrascaria restaurant. Enjoy succulent meat and fresh seafood; as much as you can eat on long skewers which gracefully pass through the tables. Special on every Wednesday and Thursday enjoy free flow beef unlimited 2 hours with 15 skewers at only 999+ baht per person (subject to 7% VAT). And don't miss the great selection at the salad bar. Brazilian Samba Queens perform at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm with an amazing dance routine (except on Mondays) and hot music! For more information or table reservations, please contact (038) 043 516 or email: zicospattaya@chr.co.th

Fruity Temptations at Vistas Lobby Lounge, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Throughout the month of October, the resort’s pastry chefs invite you to visit Vistas Lobby Lounge of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The succulent fruits of Thailand are highlighted here this month. Delectable desserts have been crafted from fruits including rose apple Romanoff, papaya and mango mousse, a scrumptious frangipane tart and a novel orange basket with Thai fruit salad – all for only 90++ baht. Vistas Lobby Lounge is located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and opens daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. Special buy 1 get 1 free on all cakes during happy hours between 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information or reservations, please contact (038) 301 234 ext. 4280

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Drifters Café Chill out and watch the waves roll in…..

What makes for a great beach bar/ café? Is it the sand-in-your-toes factor, the stunning sunsets, the edge of the sea location, great food or the people you meet there? In fact there’s no magic formula to create that quintessential laid back beach bar/café, but we’re going to let you in on one of the best-kept secrets on Na Jomtien beach (and one of our favourite beach cafes) where all of the above is there in buckets and much more. Family fun overlooking this fantastic stretch of beach is what this laid-back bar is all about during daylight hours. But once the day winds down that’s the time to chill out, order one of Drifter’s signature cocktails and kick back on the edge of the sea while the cool music drifts out of the bar.

Mick and I arrived on a balmy Tuesday night to find Drifter’s abuzz with regulars. Big, bumptious Margaritas and Lilliputian sized nachos with cheese and zinging with jalapeno chilies hit the spot immediately. Minty Mojitos, Drifter’s Iced Tea, Tequila Sunrise and fruit Daiquiris (mango, banana or strawberry) are all on offer made from the finest ingredients in generous measure. Mon is the driving force in this kitchen. Guidance and support is given by the Drifter’s Australian owner, but Mon runs a tight ship and is the reason why this beach cafe has become such a success over the years. Italian thin crust pizzas, perfect for casual beach-side enjoyment, are top of the menu here. Freshly

baked to order in their wood-fired oven they cover the gamut of desirable varieties from Anchovy 2 (olives, capers, anchovies, mozzarella), to Gorgonzola e pepperoni, prosciutto e fungi, Hawaiian and lots more. Prices start from B.210 and there are over 20 varieties. Snacks (listed as Small Stuff on the menu) include the likes of salsa and corn chips (B.65), sausage rolls and potato skins while pasta lovers can indulge in a plate of spaghetti Napolitana or Carbonara. Drifter’s co-ordinates are posted at the neighbouring marina and yacht club which periodically results in flotillas of sailing boats descending on their sandy doorstep to enjoy the hearty victuals and icy beers before

What's Cooking?

A Culinary Trio, Centara opens 3 new restaurants in Bangkok Three new dining venues have been opened in October 2013 by Centara Hotels & Resorts at two of the company’s newly opened properties in Bangkok. CHYNA is located at Centra Central Station Hotel Bangkok, which is near to Hua Lamphong mainline railway terminus, and has spectacular views over Chinatown and the city. Authentic Cantonese cuisine is served in a contemporary fashion, with an extensive list of creative desserts, and a Tea Bar with a large array of Chinese teas. For more information and reservations, contact 02 344 1699 or csb@chr.co.th Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok is located in the centre of the city’s fashion and garments district, Pratunam, and has two new outlets. CHILI HIP is a Thai restaurant offering authentic Thai cuisine and selected Asian specialties, served in a contemporary manner. WALK is a rooftop open-air sky lounge on the 21st floor offering outstanding views of the city, a bar serving all manner of drinks, and a DJ station with music each night. Contact 02 625 1234 or cwb@chr.co.th for more information and reservations.

heading back home. When the yachties sail in after their strenuous voyages–hearty dishes are needed to fuel their voracious appetites. We tasted the split pea and ham soup (B.185) and it would certainly satisfy any hungry mariner with its robust flavours and comfort food appeal. Ditto the beef stew; it’s an old time stew just packed with meaty goodness and some interesting underlying spicing. Aussie’s love their pies and here at Drifter’s they have received the bona fide antipodean seal of approval (all priced at B.155). Hand-sized short crust pastry filled with steak and kidney (Pommie favourite), steak and bacon, spinach and potato in cream sauce, broccoli and pumpkin in a cheesey white sauce or the quintessential Aussie mince. They are always well received and declared “pucker tucker”. Mick and I wanted to try the new dishes that had appeared on the menu. Thai food has always been available: fried rice, tom yam kung, tom khaa ghai, musaman and penang gai but the latest additions to the menu are yam woon sen, baked river prawns and oven baked whole pla krapong (sea bass). The yam woon sen was delicious, singing with spicy flavours complete with big, fat prawns while the baked giant prawns were delightful especially with their fiery dipping sauce. A 45-minute wait is necessary for the baked fish but believe us it’s worth the wait. It arrived beautifully baked with a crispy, seared skin which was scrumptious. For me a piece of fish without crispy skin is like

a cake without any frosting. For pud lovers, don’t leave without trying the sticky date pudding, apple pie or everyone’s favourite, apple crumble. To sum up, Drifters Café is a find. Great food combined with a rustic simple beach bar vibe is magic in anyone’s book. So come here to chill out, sit back and watch the waves roll in for a laid-back Drifter’s “no frills” experience. How to get there: Located on Na Jomtien Beach just past the Kilometer 154 marker and Wat Na Jomtien. Heading south from Jomtien on Sukhunvit Highway make a U-turn after the Shell station on your right. Soi 8 is marked for the Pinnacle Hotel. Follow the road to the bottom and turn right. 500 metres on the left hand side you will see Drifter’s Café. Drifter’s Café

Open daily (except Mondays) from midday till 10.00 pm (ish) Tel: 08 1619 8626 E-mail: info@driftersbeachcafe.com


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Thai Tea Tart INGREDIENTS (10 servings) Thai Tea Mousse 300 ml whipping cream 20 grams Thai tea powder 115 grams white chocolate 10 grams gelatin 150 grams whipped cream

Chocolate Sponge 300 ml cake flour 50 grams cocoa powder 2 grams baking powder 5 pcs eggs 115 grams sugar 10 grams SP cream 50 grams melted butter

Thai Tea Ganache 150 grams white chocolate 250 ml whipping cream 15 grams Thai tea powder

Glaze 10 grams Thai tea powder 230 grams sugar 150 grams glucose 30 grams gelatin 100 ml water

Thai Tea Ice Cream 10 ml whole milk 300 ml heavy cream 150 grams sugar 2 tablespoons corn syrup 75 grams Thai tea powder

COOKING METHOD Thai Tea Mousse 1. Bloom the gelatin with cold water. 2. Bring the whipping cream and Thai tea powder to a boil, infuse for 5 minutes and strain and set aside to cool slightly. 3. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Stir until melted. Remove bowl from heat and set aside to cool slightly. 4. In a separate bowl, whip cream until thickened, fold the cream into the chocolate mixture, fold the tea mixture and gelatin until combined. Chocolate Sponge 1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C 2. In a large mixing bowl, add sifted flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, eggs, sugar, SP cream and beat together on medium speed until pale. 3. Then add the melted butter, fold in until

combined, pour the mixture into an un-greased angel cake pan, baking for 45 minutes. Thai Tea Ganache 1. Boil together whipping cream and Thai tea powder, simmer for 1 minute. 2. Strain the mixture and pour over the chopped white chocolate. Stir until combined, let cool. Glazing 1. Boil together water and Thai tea powder, simmer for 1 minute. 2. Strain the mixture and add sugar, glucose and gelatin, stir until dissolved, set aside. Thai Tea Ice Cream 1. Combine milk, cream, sugar, and corn syrup in a large saucepan and bring to boil over medium to high heat for a few minutes, then remove from heat and add the Thai tea powder. Let steep for 10 minutes. 2. Strain the milk mixture through a fine sieve and press to extract as much cream as possible, pour in the bowl, cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge until chilled thoroughly. 3. Pour the ice cream base into ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions (for 20 minutes).

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Asiatic Mussels Japan is one of my favorite countries to visit, and as a foodie you can’t come to Japan and not stop by the Tsukiji Market, one of the world’s biggest seafood Mecca! I had the opportunity to witness the Tuna Auction on my last visit and I’m still in awe weeks after I’ve been home. Another stop you can’t miss is a sushi bar! We visited all kinds of sushi bars including a Kaiten sushi restaurant where the sushi are place in a conveyor belt around the sushi bar and you just pick up the ones you like. Surprisingly, at this particular Kaiten sushi, they also include some seasonal fresh fruits in the rotation and the watermelon was particularly mouth-watering that hot summer day! Voila, this week’s recipe!

We will always be influenced by the things from our past, but I look at every dish I make like a new creation. I love the juxtaposition of different taste all together in one plate. Here I get the sweetness of the mussels with coconut milk, the freshness from the tomatoes and Thai basil, the heat and spiciness from the curry and bitterness from the zest. When I’m done and after I tasted it, it reminded me of a nice bowl of chili, only as if it were first made somewhere in Asia! Mussels Tomatoes Garlic Chorizo coconut milk salt and pepper to taste yellow curry paste In a medium size pot, heat up the oil and sauté the chorizo with the garlic (add paprika if needed). Push to the side of the pot to make room, and add the yellow curry paste. Mix everything together. Add the coconut milk and let it simmer. Finish it with the zest of lemon and picked Thai basil. Keep warm. On another pan, sauté some garlic, lemon slices and white onions. Add sake and the mussels and cook until they open. Move the mussels to the curry and mix well. Plate in a bowl with tomatoes and scallions and serve.

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Spa Promotions Nicha Clinic Special Promotion Get free facial spa with any laser treatment worth 3,000 baht until 31 October 2013. For more information and to book a FREE consultation, call Tel: 038411-190, 038-411-990 or visit Nicha Clinic on Pattaya Second Road (opposite View Talay Beach Condo and Central Festival Pattaya). Website: www.nichaclinic.com, facebook: Nicha Clinic Beauty and Beyond.

Oasis Spa Free 1-Hour Body Scrub with any 2-Hour Signature Massage Purchase any Oasis Signature Massage (2 hours) and received a 1-hour KIN Celebration Body Scrub valued at 1,500++ baht free. KIN Celebration Body Scrub contains shea butter and pure organic argan oil that nourishes and naturally moisturizes with anti-aging properties. Active charcoal powder made from the ashes of coconut shells detoxifies your skin by absorbing and eliminating toxins along with deep-rooted impurities. In addition, the fresh scent of grapefruit, mandarin orange, lavender and lemongrass invigorates your senses. Offer only available from now to 31 October 2013 at any Oasis Spa. For more information and reservation please contact Bangkok: +66 2 262 2122, Chiang Mai: +66 53 920 111, Phuket: +66 76 337 777, Pattaya: +66 38 364 070, Email: res@oasisspa.net, www.oasisspa.net

Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand at Central World Heavenly treats with new privilege card

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is offering Heavenly Care category spa memberships, with a host of benefits from now until 31 December 2013. Membership fee for a 12-month period is 18,000 baht, payable in advance and including service and tax. Members will receive over the course of the year ten 60-minute oil massages, two 60-minute facials, five 60-minute body scrubs and two 60-minute pedicures or manicures. They will also receive a special member’s welcome gift set of four bottles of essential oils, 10 complimentary vouchers for the juice bar, and a complimentary birthday cake. There is a 30 percent discount on further spa treatments upon fully utilising the treatments in the benefits. Upon the spa treatment booking, members will have unlimited use of facilities including the infrared sauna for general detox and weight loss (only in the female facility), the herbal steam room, the plunge pool, the hot-air sauna (only in the male facility), the outdoor Jacuzzi in the sala garden, and the swimming pool. There is also free access to group exercise classes, including tai chi, Thai boxing, yoga, and zuma. Members wishing to bring their friends will have five fitness guest passes free of charge, and there is a 25 percent preferential discount on a la carte treatments for members’ guests. Members will also enjoy 25 percent discount on Spa Cenvaree retail products, and a 20 percent discount on food purchased at The World restaurant. Six-month Heavenly Care memberships are also available at 9,500 baht, inclusive of service and tax, with a reduced range of benefits. For more information or reservation, please contact Spa Cenvaree on 02 100 1234 ext 6511, 6516 or email spacgcw@chr.co.th

Revealed!

Top 5 Diet Mistakes That Make You Fat by Grace Schultz, UrbaneWomen.com

Just Google “how to lose weight” and you’ll find tons of information about it. While some of them really work to help you lose weight, most of them don’t. And the worst part of it all is – some of these so-called “tips” that you may read about can actually make you gain weight and not lose it! Hence, you need to separate out the facts from the fiction. In this article, we shall take a look at 5 of the most common dieting mistakes (that most people make) when it comes to losing weight, along with what you can do to rectify them… 1. Not Eating Breakfast We all know that it is the most important meal of the day and it’s not to be missed, yet many of us still miss it totally either due to being in a hurry or because we think that by missing it, it will help us lose some weight. The problem is, not having breakfast creates the opposite effect as it makes the body want to eat more food at lunch time, just when your metabolism is most likely to be much less active, and means it does not process what you eat efficiently. So please make sure that you kick-start your body’s metabolism by eating a good breakfast every day. 2. Reducing Fat Intake by Too Much Many people think that by eating less fat they will become thinner. But many people do not realize that certain fats are very important to have in our diet. This is because our body ingests fat quite slowly, and this helps stabilize your blood sugar level. So if you eat too little fat, then you will find yourself wanting to eat more snacks but end up feeling less full. Also lots of fat-free foods contain a very high level of sugar designed to improve the flavor of them. However, this results in even stronger cravings after your sugar level gets over the ‘high’ from it. Do not cut all of the fat out from your diet. Instead consume moderate amounts of healthy fat such as nuts, avocados, reduced fat dairy items, olives, and healthy fish such as salmon. These foods make you feel full but in a healthy way. 3. Not Having Any Dairy Products Some dieters say dairy products are no good as they have a bad reputation as dieters think of them as being high in fat and lactose. Whilst it is true having too much full fat milk and cheese will make you gain weight, much

evidence shows that low-fat dairy products are a good choice for those on a diet. They contain a hormone known as calcitriol, which tells your body that it should burn more fat and also convert less sugar into fat. Also the protein that’s in dairy products keeps you feeling fuller for longer. So aim to eat three portions of low-fat dairy products daily. 4. Becoming Very Obsessed about Your Body Weight Many people give up on diets and exercise routines when we do not see rapid results (or even none at all at the start). However if you exercise properly, then you

will burn fat and build muscle all at once. Do not feel discouraged if your weight does not drop instantly, just stay focused and you will soon look and feel fantastic, as well as being able to fit into that little black dress once again. 5. Having Too Little Sleep

Many people do not consider getting enough sleep a vital point if they are to lose weight. However, to enable your body to function correctly, especially during exercise as well as having a reduced calorie intake, then you need six to eight hours sleep every night. Not enough sleep will slow your metabolism down. For additional information on health, skin care, beauty, fitness, romance, hair care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com

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The brains of adult men on average are about 10 percent larger in total size than the brains of women? Because men generally have a larger stature and more muscle mass than women, their brains require more neurons to control the body.


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Get your sparkle back for the upcoming party season by Di Barker

Yes, unbelievably the party season is hurtling towards us once again so why not give yourself an early Christmas present to ensure that you are at your sparkling best when the invitations start to roll in. Is the mirror not as friendly as it used to be? Are the inevitable signs of aging causing you to fret? Would some softening around the eyes and mouth be welcome or perhaps some uplifting around the jaw or maybe some fading of age spots? There are so many non-surgical procedures around these days for the face and body that with little help from your friends at Thonglor Clinic the spring in your step will be back and you will be brimming with extra confidence. Thonglor Clinic–the forever young clinic on Thappraya Road, Jomtien--has a portfolio of beauty procedures to remodel and refresh your looks for an improved younger appearance. State-of-the-art technologies and top experts unite to make sure your Thonglor experience is pleasurable, uplifting and rejuvenating. Have you a minute to browse these groundbreaking beauty procedures? Some require only one visit while others need a few appointments but all are non-invasive, pain-free ways to repair and refine your face or body. Botox To help smooth these wrinkles that creep up with the years of frowning and squinting. It can also eliminate the sour look that sometimes we sport without knowing by turning the mouth corners up.

Fillers To fill in furrows left behind as we lose the underlying layers of fat on our facial areas: good to smooth out the nasolabial folds, reduce the tear-through that often appears under the eyes. Also great to fill in the large wrinkles that Botox alone cannot eliminate totally. These fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a watery gel that gets reabsorbed by the body over the course of months. Laser Different types exist to either attenuate small wrinkle or even remove moles and unsightly skin tags on the face or the body. Skin tags can be removed in one session but facial treatments usually need to be repeated to achieve better results. Liposuction A very useful tool to reshape the body. Eliminate saddle bags, abdominal fat that can’t be budged with exercise. Reduce the size of men breasts that can be detrimental to self-image. Face Lifting The Thonglor surgeon can assess your needs during a free consultation and give you time to plan your rejuvenation. Less down time procedure like UltraV lift also can be discussed during a consultation with the doctor.

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Life-span gap widens between rich and poor To paraphrase an old song, the rich get rich and the poor die sooner. Life expectancy for women 50 years old has improved, but the gap between those living in poor countries and people in rich countries is growing and could worsen without better detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A new WHO study found that in wealthier countries deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) has fallen dramatically in recent decades, especially from cancers of the stomach, colon, breast and cervix. Women over 50 in low and middleincome countries are also living longer, but chronic ailments, including diabetes, kill them at an earlier age than their counterparts. "The gap in life expectancy between such women in rich and poor countries is growing," said a WHO monthly bulletin devoted to women's health. There is a similar growing gap between the life expectancy of men over 50 in rich and lower income countries, and in some parts of the world this gap is wider. In women older than 50, NCDs, particularly cancers, heart disease and strokes, are the most common causes of death, regardless of the level of economic development of the country in which they live, the study said. Developed countries have tackled cardiovascular diseases and cancers in women with tangible results. Today, fewer women over 50 in rich countries are dying from heart disease, stroke and diabetes than 30 years ago, and these improvements contributed most to increasing women's life expectancy at the age of 50. That reflects two things: better prevention, particularly clinical prevention around control of hypertension and screening of cervical cancer, and better treatment. Low-income countries offer community services to treat diseases like AIDS or offer maternal care but many lack services to detect or treat breast cancer, for example, and there is often limited access to medications for many ailments.


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music / new release

upcoming movies Gravity

Insidious: Chapter 2

About Time

Miley Cyrus– Bangerz Bangerz is the upcoming fourth studio album by American singersongwriter Miley Cyrus, scheduled to be released on 4 October 2013 by RCA Records. Described by Cyrus as "dirty south hip-hop", the album represents a musical departure from her earlier work. During its production, Cyrus collaborated with hip-hop producers Mike Will Made It and Pharrell Williams among others to achieve her desired new sound.

Lead Actors Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Lead Actors Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey Basher Savage, Ed Harris

Lead Actors

Director James Wan Director Alfonso Cuarón Horror | Thriller Genre Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller Genre Release Date October 10, 2013 Release Date October 3, 2013

Director Richard Curtis Genre Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi Release Date October 10, 2013

The haunted Lambert family seeks to A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the adrift in space. spirit world.

About Time is a British romantic comedy science fiction film revolving around time travel where a young man tries to change his past to have a better future.

Book

Review Baking with the Cake Boss features 100 of Buddy Valastro’s best recipes and decorating secrets. Buddy, owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey, is the star of the TLC hit shows Cake Boss and Next Great Baker and author of the New York Times bestselling Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia. His award-winning designs have been featured numerous times in bridal and baking magazines, as well as on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Good Morning America, and The View. Throughout the book, Buddy will guide you into what he called a “Buddy System” in the art of baking and decorating, from kneading to rolling, fondant to flowers. He’ll give you access to his more than 100 most sought-after recipes including

Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy

Baking with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro

birthday and holiday cakes and other special theme designs culminating in the show-stopping cakes for which Carlo’s Bake Shop is famous. Baking with the Cake Boss offers readers the same on-the-job education earned by everyone who comes to work at Carlo’s Bake Shop. From simple cookies and pastries to pies, flower-adorned cupcakes, and basic fondant cakes to breathtaking cakes for every holiday and special occasion; you progress from an apprentice to a master baker. Buddy provides the tools for creating your own personal trademark cakes, with a chart that lets you mix and match cake, frosting, and liqueur syrup for cakes the way you like them. Buddy also shares numerous tricks and step-by-step instructional photos that let you follow him as if you were

in his bakery. Baking with the Cake Boss is an incomparable dessert education that will become an essential reference for aspiring and skilled bakers alike. It is a rare treat–a fun, accessible guide to baking, all in a gloriously designed, fully illustrated package.

1. Adore You 2. We Can’t Stop 3. SMS 4. 4x4 5. My Darlin’ 6. Wrecking Ball 7. Love Money Party

8. Get It Right 9. Drive 10. FU 11. Do My Thang 12. Maybe You’re Right 13. Someone Else

PlayStation Vita TV The PlayStation Vita TV (THB 3,150) packs an incredible amount of entertainment potential into a truly tiny console, capable of playing games, video, music, and much more. This little device is a miniaturized internet-connected console, built to natively play PS Vita games on your HD TV, instead of that small handheld. It offers easy access to Sony's subscription music and video services, as well as a growing handful of third-party apps like Hulu. Perhaps the most exciting feature, it will act as a bridge for the yet-to-be-released Playstation 4, letting you play PS4 games in another room even while the console is in use. So far sale plans have been announced in Japan for November — but you should expect it in America shortly thereafter. PS Vita TV will be available in Asian regions during the lunar New Year season in January 2014. In addition, “PS Vita TV Value Pack” which comes with Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) and 8 GB Memory Card, will also be available.


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Chevrolet Spin – GM's all new MPV

Drove my Chevy to the levee... No! I took my Chevy for a Spin. Don't get me wrong the Spin is the new Chevrolet by GM. Here we have a brand new mini MPV, a multipurpose by John Lindgren vehicle. Something Editor-in-chief: looking like a carsanook.com minivan. The Spin is a global vehicle, designed in Brazil and built in Indonesia by the US giant automaker General Motors. Spin's styling comes with striking muscular lines, a high belt-line, and impressive, protruding wheel arches making the vehicle look bigger than it is, in addition to providing a touch of ruggedness, including the useful roof rails. The front-end design is distinctively

Chevrolet--Chevy--with the large blueand-yellow bowtie logo and dual-port front grille. The interior is functional and welcoming, with soft fabric upholstery called Lumini & Light Platinum. Three rows, seven seats with ample, comfortable room for adults, children and canines or felines, in what automotive stylists call theatre-style seating layout. In case you want to use your Chevy Spin as a cargo hauler, just fold all the seats and there is as much as 1,608 liters of cargo space. The engine that propels the Spin is a 1.5-liter 16-valve petrol power plant producing 107 horsepower. The smooth, 6-speed, automatic transmission works well and can be operated manually with a (+) and (-) button mounted on the shifter. On the road, Spin’s passenger car

like drive-line with 15-inch alloy wheels, MacPherson struts and stabilizer--both front and rear--add a sporty, fun-todrive touch to the Spin. After a two-day drive around Bangkok and upcountry, the Spin did not disappoint. No complaints from either the two-legged or four-legged furry passengers. In the Kingdom of Thailand, the Spin is available in one trim only--the LTZ with silver, white, black and red exterior paints. The Spin is well equipped with dual front airbags, seat belts with pretensioners, ABS front and rear airconditioning, roof rails, anti-theft alarm, a Follow-Me-Home safety function, an audio system with USB and Bluetooth streaming, and DC power outlets. If you have a large family, including a canine or two, the Indonesian-built Spin by Chevrolet, General Motors, could be the right choice for you. “Drove my Chevy to the levee...” Chevrolet Spin LTZ AT

Engine: 1.5 liter petrol engine Max power: 107 horsepower Torque: 148 Nm Top speed: 160 kph Fuel consumption: combined 12 kpl Price: 762,000 baht www.chevrolet.co.th


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2013 Property Awards celebrates Thailand’s best Jones Lang LaSalle, biggest winner; scoops five awards The nation’s real estate industry gathered in Bangkok to acknowledge the best of the best at the 2013 Thailand Property Awards gala dinner and awards presentation at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Center at Central World. An engaging keynote address on sustainable design by award-winning architect and professor, Jason Pomeroy, followed opening remarks by Terry Blackburn, CEO of organizers Ensign Media, set the tone for an exciting evening of celebration. Now in its eighth year, the awards organizers welcomed a new chairman to the judging panel, Sunchai Nuengsit, managing director of Buildersmart Public Company Ltd., and recognized

the evolving nature of the industry through four new awards: Best Residential Development (Khao Yai), Best Villa Rental Agent, Best Villa Architectural Design and Best Villa Interior Design. In total, 33 awards were on offer including regional awards for best condominiums and villa developments on the Eastern Seaboard, in Hua Hin, Phuket, Samui and Chiang Mai, as well as arguably the two most sought after awards: Best Developer Thailand and Best Boutique Developer Thailand. For the third consecutive year Kalara Developments was crowned Best Boutique Developer.

Sansiri Public Company Ltd. scooped the prestigious Best Developer Thailand award and, acknowledging Sansiri's success, the judging panel stated, “With 257 projects since 1984, Thailand’s Sansiri has introduced numerous innovations and advancements in the luxury villa and Continued on page P2/26


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condominium sector, with customer satisfaction and lifestyle always at the core of the company's impressive achievements.” Jones Lang LaSalle took home five trophies in the Real Estate Services categories, winning Best Commercial Agent, Best Property Management Company (Bangkok), Best Property Management Company (Resort), Best Property Consultancy and Best Agency Deal for the

sale of Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. “The quality of nominations and entries this year was exceptional and have pushed the bar ever higher, showing the growth and diversity of Thailand's robust real estate industry,” said Blackburn. The full list of Winners and Highly Commended developments and businesses, are listed below. A thorough and rigorous judging process by an independent panel of

judges, with oversight by BDO Advisory, evaluated a record number of nominations and entries this year. Those developments short-listed were then subject to site inspections before the judging panel submitted their list of Winners and Highly Commended developments and businesses to BDO Advisory for safe keeping. “That the judges and the judging process is independent is paramount for

us and has been the cornerstone to success for the awards since their inception eight years ago. BDO Advisory have again overseen the entire process from start to finish ensuring the judging process was undertaken fairly, without bias or favour,” added Blackburn. The only award not to follow the same procedure is Real Estate Personality of the Year, which is decided upon by the editorial team at Property Report

Magazine. This year recognized Sorapoj Techakraisri, CEO, PACE Development Corporation, was selected for his bold and contemporary vision of modern Bangkok encapsulated in the iconic MahaNakhon development. For more information on the judging process, visit www. thailandpropertyawards.com/process. For more information on the awards, visit www.thailandpropertyawards.com.

Winners and Highly Commended at the 2013 Thailand Property Awards Best Developer Thailand

Sansiri Public Company Ltd. – Winner Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Ltd. – Highly Commended Pace Development Corporation PLC – Highly Commended Raimon Land PLC – Highly Commended

Best Boutique Developer Thailand

Kalara Developments – Winner Absolute World Group – Highly Commended

Best Commercial Development Thailand

Megabangna, Super Regional Shopping Centre by SF Development Company Ltd. – Winner Mimosa Pattaya by Mimosa Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai by ECC Chiang Mai Project 1 Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Housing Development (Bangkok)

Narasiri Buddhamonthon Sai 1 by Sansiri Public Company Ltd. – Winner Grand Bangkok Boulevard Phetkasem-Pinklao by SC Asset Corporation PLC – Highly Commended Narasiri Bangna by Sansiri Public Company Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Luxury Condo Development (Bangkok)

185 Rajadamri by Raimon Land PLC – Winner Royce Private Residences, Sukhumvit 31 by M J A I Development Company Ltd. – Highly Commended The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bangkok at MahaNakhon by Pace Development Corporation PLC – Highly Commended

Best Affordable Condo Development (Bangkok) The Chambers Ramindra by SC Asset Corporation PLC – Winner H Sukhumvit 43 Condominium by V Sukhumvit 43 Development Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Whizdom @ Punnawithi Station by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Boutique Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard)

66 Condominium by Thalay 66 Co., Ltd. – Winner Novana Residence by The Nova Group – Highly Commended

Best Villa Development (Phuket)

Anchan Villas by Pearl Island Property Co., Ltd. – Winner The Royal Villa by Royal Phuket Marina Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Villa Development (Eastern Seaboard)

Silk Road Place by Better Home Development Co., Ltd. – Winner Sedona Villas by Sedona Villas Company Ltd. – Highly Commended Siam Royal View, Pattaya by Keereekham Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended The Vineyard, La Residence by Bravothai Lifestyles Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Residential Development (Samui)

Samujana by Samujana Estate Company Ltd. – Winner Mandalay Beach Villas by Mandalay Samui Developments – Highly Commended

Best Residential Development (Hua Hin)

Best Shared Ownership Development

Anantara Vacation Club, Phuket by Samui Beach Club Owner Ltd. – Winner Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa by Absolute Word Group of Companies – Highly Commended

Best Residential Agent (Bangkok)

C.I.T. Property Consultants Co., Ltd. (trading as Colliers International Thailand) – Winner Nexus Property Marketing Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended The Agent (Property Expert) Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Residential Agent (Phuket)

Exotiq Property - Phuket – Winner Indigo Real Estate Co,. Ltd – Highly Commended

The Orchid Palm Residence by SLM Real Estate Co., Ltd. – Winner Oriental Beach Pearl by Oriental Beach Pearl Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Red Mountain Hua Hin by Red Mountain Hua Hin – Highly Commended

Best Residential Agent (Eastern Seaboard)

Best Residential Development (Chiang Mai)

Best Residential Agent (Hua Hin)

The Resort Condominium by Quality Condominium Company Ltd. – Winner The Nimmana by Key Star P roperty Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Residential Development (Khao Yai)

Toscana Valley Town Square 1 by Toscana Valley Co., Ltd. – Winner Magnolias French Country by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Ltd. – Highly Commended Momento by Bonanza by The Bonanza Group – Highly Commended

Best Condo Development (Phuket)

Kata Rocks by Kata Rocks Co., Ltd. – Winner Zcape Condominium by Tri Property Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Condo Development (Eastern Seaboard) The Palm, Wongamat Beach by Nova Luxury Developments Co., Ltd. – Winner Reflection Jomtien Beach Pattaya by Major Development PCL – Highly Commended The Cliff Residence Pattaya – Highly Commended

C.I.T. Property Consultants Co., Ltd. (trading as Colliers International Thailand) – Winner Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Savills (Thailand) Ltd. – Highly Commended Town & Country Property Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Century 21 Pro Real Estate Co., Ltd. – Winner C.I.T. Property Consultants Co., Ltd. (trading as Colliers International Thailand) – Highly Commended Hua Hin Property Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Residential Agent (Samui)

Exclusive Properties (EP) by Samui Villas & Homes – Winner Exotiq Property – Highly Commended Kalara Real Estate – Highly Commended

Best Commercial Agent

Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Ltd. – Winner C.I.T. Property Consultants Co., Ltd. (trading as Colliers International Thailand) – Highly Commended

Best Property Consultancy

Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Ltd. – Winner C.I.T. Property Consultants Co., Ltd. (trading as Colliers International Thailand) – Highly Commended

Best Overseas Property Agent

Savills (Thailand) Ltd. – Winner C.I.T. Property Consultants Co., Ltd. (trading as Colliers International Thailand) – Highly Commended

Best Villa Rental Agent

Luxury Villas and Homes – Winner Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Agency Deal

Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels Re-Sale of the Laguna Phuket Beach Resort – Winner

Best Residential Architectural Design

Samujana Samui by GFAB Architects Co., Ltd., for Samujana Development Co., Ltd. – Winner Kata Rocks By Original Vision, for Kata Rocks Co,. Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Villa Architectural Design

Moon Shadow Villa by Neo Concept Design and Construction Co., Ltd., for Sritrakul Development Co., Ltd. – Winner Baan Se Thai by Neo Concept Design and Construction Co., Ltd., for Kanchamudee Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Landscape Architectural Design

Toscana Valley by Toscana Valley Co., Ltd. – Winner Kata Rocks by David Forestier-Walker Landscape Design, for Kata Rocks Co., Ltd – Highly Commended

Best Hotel Architectural Design

Best Property Management Company (Bangkok) Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Ltd. – Winner Property Care Services (Thailand) Ltd. – Highly Commended Savills (Thailand) Ltd. – Highly Commended

W Hotel Bangkok by SODA (Thailand) Co., Ltd., for Istithmar World – Dubai / Golden Land Property Development PLC – Winner Anantara Vacation Club by SODA (Thailand) Co., Ltd., for Samui Beach Club Owner Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended Casa de La Flora by Phuket VaSLab Architecture Co., Ltd. – Highly Commended

Best Property Management Company (Resort)

Real Estate Personality of the Year

Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) Ltd. – Winner Luxury Villas and Homes Ltd. – Highly Commended

Sorapoj Techakraisri, CEO, PACE Development Corporation PLC


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Legal & Expat Money

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Thailand Retirement Visa by: Magna Carta Law Office What is Thailand Retirement Visa? Thailand retirement visa is obtainable by anyone 50 years of age or older, regardless of their nationality, and with financial capacity to settle in Thailand. A retirement visa is actually an extension of an original non-immigrant single or multiple-entry O or B type visa. How do I qualify for a Retirement Visa? You can qualify for a Retirement Visa if: 1. You are 50 years of age or older; and 2. You have obtained a temporary Non-Immigrant Visa; and 3. You have proof of ongoing source of income (such as pension) of not less than 65,000 baht per month; or 4. You have an account at a bank in Thailand with not less than 800,000 baht on deposit as evidenced by bank account transactions over the previous two months (three months for subsequent extensions); or 5. You have an annual income plus bank account deposit totalling not less than 800,000 baht as of the application filing date What are the required documents in applying for a Retirement Visa? - Passport with validity of not less than 18 months - Completed visa application forms - 3 passport-sized photos (4x6cm) of the applicant taken within the last six months - A copy of a bank statement or income letter (original) or a bank deposit plus a monthly income totalling not less than the minimum financial requirement per year. - Original Letter of guarantee from the bank, if a bank statement is issued. - A medical certificate showing no prohibited diseases, issued in the country where the visa application is submitted. The certificate must be notarised and have been issued within the past three months. Could the foreign husband and wife use a bank account with their combined name for this purpose? No, the bank account name must be only that of the particular applicant. Does this mean we, as foreign couples, are required to submit an evidence of a total of at least 1.6M baht in our Thai bank accounts? Since you are required to have individual bank accounts, it is imperative that you have at least 800,000

baht in each account. Can I apply for a Retirement Visa outside Thailand? You can start the retirement visa procedure outside Thailand, most preferably from your home country, by obtaining a Non-Immigrant Visa which will be valid for 90 days from the date of entry. A Non-Immigrant visa can be extended or converted to a One-Year Retirement Visa in Thailand during the last 30 days of your permitted stay. The 90-day validity of your non-immigrant visa shall give you enough time to deposit in a Thai bank the required amount of money which must be reflected for two months in the bank transaction certificate upon your visa application. What are the restrictions that I have to consider while I am holding a Retirement Visa? You will be permitted to stay in Thailand for one year from the date your retirement visa is granted. You are strictly prohibited from having employment while on this type of visa. You must report to the Immigration officer in your area of residence every 90 days during your stay in Thailand. During this period, if you wish to leave and reenter the country, you are required to apply for and obtain a re-entry permit (single or multiple) at the Immigration Office before leaving the country. If you leave without a re-entry permit, the permit for you to stay for the rest of the retirement visa duration will become invalid. Is the one-year Retirement Visa renewable? Retirement Visas may be renewed annually at the Thai Immigration Office. If you wish to renew your retirement visa, you must do so approximately two weeks before the expiry date on your visa stamp and you have to show the same documents as required in your first application. Remember, however, that the Immigration Office, at their discretion, can ask for additional documentation. I am eligible to apply for a retirement visa but as my wife is under 50 years of age, what type of visa can she obtain? If your spouse is not eligible to apply for a retiree visa, she must--prior to entry into Thailand--obtain a Non-Immigrant O Visa which may also be extended for a period of one year by submitting an application to the Immigration Department, stating as her purpose “to stay with the family”. A notarised marriage certificate must be provided as evidence together with other documents and financial requirements.

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

www.magnacarta.co.th

Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

Water – while stocks last! Water is a basic survival commodity for us humans and just about everything else living on our little blue planet. But how does this sector shape up when it comes to investing? What are the facts? Estimates suggest that the world population will increase by 40 percent to 9 billion by 2050. As their purchasing power increases, developing countries like China and India are consuming more and more goods that require water for their production. Meat, for example, can take up to 10 times more water to produce than cereal crops. Several studies have concluded that demand for water is increasing at twice the rate as the world's population. Water is one of the strategic resources of the 21st century, along with energy resources. Increased Investment in water infrastructure and water treatment will be necessary in order to meet higher demand. It has been suggested that investing in water will not only help improve the living conditions of people all over the world, giving an ethical element to this type of investment, but also earn attractive returns, giving an ethical angle to this type of investment. To illustrate how the water market is likely to evolve over the coming few years, let’s look at the figures. In China, for instance, investment in water conservation was a record 142.7 billion yuan ($20.9 billion) in 2009, over twice the 2008 expenditure. This trend is unlikely to ease up if Beijing wants to reach its ambitious economic goals and prevent the social and political unrest that almost certainly would result from water shortages. The developed countries have more stringent regulations and, for that reason, the European Union intends to invest a total of almost €350 billion in new infrastructure between 2006 and 2025. And by 2019, the United States is expected to invest some $900 billion in the same sector.

It has been suggested that investing in water will not only help improve the living conditions of people all over the world, giving an ethical element to this type of investment, but also earn attractive returns. Notwithstanding all these financial commitments, nation states will not be able to meet the increasing global demand for water on their own. When many countries are looking for ways to reduce their sovereign debt, both industry and private citizens will need private sector involvement, as well. The so-called “water outsourcing” market’s share of this segment is already significant, with an estimated $260 billion current annual turnover. In light of these facts, The world faces a daunting challenge in the coming years. The scale of the problems might lead one to question the reality of achieving the necessary goals. The theory goes as follows. Firstly, unlike fossil fuels, water is a renewable resource. The water cycle is similar to a closed circuit. Water evaporates from the world’s oceans into the atmosphere, only to return to the surface in the form of precipitation. The total available water, therefore, remains basically stable. However, the problem is that only a miniscule fraction of the world's water, approximately 0.25 percent, can be used by us, as the rest is in the form of salt water, glaciers and wastewater. Global demand for soft water will therefore exceed supply in the years to come, resulting in an inevitable price increase. As we speak, the world water market stands at around $500 billion, which is growing steadily, at an annual rate of 6 percent. There are many listed companies involved in this trend, which offer attractive opportunities for investors. One part of the industry that looks particularly promising is the water desalination sector, which is enjoying higher rates of growth. This technology allows freshwater to be created from sea water at a reasonable cost in regions where drinking water is scarce. Experience has shown that a careful selection of companies within the water sector that offer a competitive advantage over their peers, with a solid outlook for growth and attractive multiples, should continue to offer higher returns, when compared to the MSCI World index.

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 management & 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 Award Winning Developer of 'The Palm' soon to Launch 'The Riviera'

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ast Thursday evening saw the 2013 Thailand Property Awards being won by the highly acclaimed 'The Palm' in Wongamat. After the event we spoke to Winston who said "We are delighted to accept this award, it's taken us 5 years to get to where we are today. So much hard work by so many good people has been done, this award is also for all of those people who are part of our team." The Palm first started its life when Winston met land owner Khun Birathon in late 2008 and they soon agreed to form a joint-venture to create The Palm, Wongamat Beach. Rony Fineman from the Nova Group was later invited to join the team in early 2010. The early success saw 50% or 1.6B THB of sales achieved in less than 8 months from launching making it a record breaking achievement for Pattaya at the time.

With all The Palm's efforts now being acknowledged by winning the 2013 Thailand Property Awards, Winston Gale's attentions soon re-direct to his newest project, the Mega scaled 'The Riviera'. Another award winning project in the future? "Who knows (Laughing) , it's still very early, but I will make sure The Riviera has just as much opportunity as The Palm has had, " said Winston.

Winston Gale, Founder and Co-Developer of The Palm with Wife Sukanya.


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Thailand Property Awards 2013 Eastern Seaboard Winners!

TPA 2013 Winners on stage

The Thailand Property Awards proved once again to be a spectacular event, this being the first year the Gala Dinner has completely sold out in advance and we saw the largest Eastern Seaboard contingency to date as well. Once again, all top real estate agents, property developers, interior designers and architects throughout Thailand's housing and condominium industry were in attendance to see the highly coveted property awards presented at the Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World. This year’s Thailand Property Awards 2013 ‘industry spectacular’ began with an entertaining wine reception, where you could enjoy fine wines and appetizers, while mixing with all the top players and dignitaries including VIP guest Professor Jason Pomeroy. Following the wine reception was a delicious and very well presented four-course dinner, which was pleasantly accompanied musically by a number of impressively choreographed dance presentations and then, finally, the awards presentation. Without question and once again, these awards showed themselves to be the highest symbol of achievement that a company or an individual can receive in Thailand’s residential real estate industry.

Eastern Seaboard Best Villa Award

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

The industry’s high regard was substantiated with yet another full house of more than 500 real estate elite at the event organized by Terry Blackburn and his Ensign Media team. “Over 1,500 nominations where received and from those over 300 entries and the quality of nominations and entries this year was exceptional and have pushed the bar ever higher, showing the growth and diversity of Thailand's robust real estate industry,” said Blackburn, CEO, Ensign Media Co. Ltd. “The evening was a huge success and it was good to see so many major players in Thai real estate in attendance. I was particularly pleased to have such an engaging keynote speaker as awardwinning architect and professor, Jason Pomeroy addressing our guests on sustainable design.” “The judging process was even more rigorous than ever this year, from having a central Bangkok panel make the initial short-lists and then regional judging teams undertaking site inspections for the condo and villa categories.” The final list of winners was delivered to

Eastern Seaboard Best Condo Award

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

the podium by Paul Ashburn of BDO Richfield Advisory Limited, one of Thailand's largest accounting and advisory firms. Being one of the largest contingencies in attendance, we Eastern Seaboard attendees sitting together were all very excited and looking forward to knowing which one of ‘our own’ Eastern Seaboard entries might win this year. To everyone’s enjoyment, the Thailand Property Awards Eastern Seaboard Best Villa Development award went to the Silk Road Place. It was accepted by a very proud and deserving Thana Sangmitr, managing director of Better Home Development Co., Ltd. Also receiving awards for the Eastern Seaboard Best Villa Development were the highly commended finalists Sedona Villas, Siam Royal View and The Vineyards La Residence. Yes the evening was getting off to a great start and next the Eastern Seaboard’s Best Luxury Condo Development Award was presented to the Eastern Seaboard’s iconic development company the Nova Group for it’s very impressive The Palm

(L to R) Russ, Clayton, Sunchai, Paul and Terry

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

Condominium. Accepting the award was a very pleased Winston Gale and Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya. For this year’s Eastern Seaboard’s Best Boutique Condominium we witnessed a very close race. Finalists for Best Boutique Condo Eastern Seaboard was down to two of the area’s best and most prolific development groups--the Urban Group and their 66 Condominium, and the Nova Group’s Novana Residence. The Urban Group triumphed, with its managing director, Sompop ‘Pleu’ Vanichsenee, proudly accepting the award. The final Eastern Seaboard award was for the Best Residential Agent Thailand with the Eastern Seaboard’s Premier Homes, Savills and Town and Country all placing as highly commended finalists. For the third year in a row Mark Bowling graced the stage to accept Colliers International’s Eastern Seaboard’s Best Residential Agent award, and finally Premier Homes received a second highly commended finalist award for Best Villa Rental Agent. Well, as you can see, the Eastern Seaboard stacked up some pretty impressive wins while, once again, it really makes one realize just how competitive Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard have become and continue to be in Thailand’s residential real estate game. Bravo, Eastern Seaboard!

Eastern Seaboard Best Boutique Condo Award

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

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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Rediscovering

The Lost

World

by Barry Kenyon

WITH ROBErT LOHrMANN

entara Group, the leading hotel and hospitality investment chain in Thailand, is now ready to move to the next level. Grand Mirage is designed as two 18storey towers connected by sky bridges with its own jungle, the Lost World motif, where there is an intriguing water park with swimming pools, water slides and a lazy river with waterfalls especially popular with the children,” explains Robert. He adds that, subject to final approval, there will be more fun items to come next year in the park with playful sprays, water cannons and lots of surprises in the Lost World tradition. Another possibility is to introduce multi-media dimensions to create breathtaking fantasy and excitement in the jungle. Conan Doyle’s The Lost World was a 1912 novel about an expedition to the Amazon Basin in South America where prehistoric animals still survived. It has been the inspiration for

generations of derived radio, movie and TV programmes as well as DVD and Blueray discs. The novel was in particular the ancestor of the Jurassic Park themes which have become exceptionally popular in Europe, the United States and Asia over the past 20 years following the making of the Steven Spielberg movie of that name. Robert agrees that the core business of Centara Grand Mirage remains families, as instanced by the glowing tributes on the TripAdvisor customerfeedback internet site. The kids’ club,

PhotoS MIKE PEREZ AND CAPE DARA RESORT

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the indoor camp safari and the games rooms are popular with younger children, whilst teenage guests have a separate e-zone games and meeting area. “But we also have many business visitors and couples and for these groups in particular we will be expanding the quiet zone in our gardens,” says Robert. It’s the large size of the resort – the beach area alone is a 230-metre stretch of gently sloping sand – which allows for so many different interests among the guests. The extensive range of beach and water sport activities includes windsurfing, kayaking, boating and fishing. For all ages, a distinctive feature of Centara Grand Mirage is the exceptional choice of innovative speciality restaurants and bars. For example, Flames is a beachfront BBQ and grill, whilst Ginger and Lime, located in the resort gardens, serves a wide variety of Asian cuisines. Particular mention should be made of the Acqua Italian specialty restaurant which serves genuine Italian fare from all regions of the country, not forgetting delightful stone-baked pizzas. There’s a


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I’m a results-focused leader and looking forward to the executive challenges of moving Centara Grand Mirage to the next level of development.

large Italian and international wine cellar and, unusually, there are no fewer than six red and six white wine selections by the glass for those who prefer the choice and diversity. The restaurants at Centara Grand Mirage are so popular with non-residents as well as residents that another niche market has been discovered by the enterprising management. Synonymous with providing the best in wellness, SPA Cenvaree at the hotel is regarded as one of the best equipped and luxurious in Pattaya. Located on the ground floor of the resort, the spa offers a full service menu that goes beyond the usual trappings of a city spa. Each spa journey takes into account all aspects of an individual’s current fitness and lifestyle through an “awakening” concept designed to enliven senses through music, rituals and traditions. Guests are presented with the opportunity to learn about traditional herbs and their benefits in spa treatments as well as enveloping the philosophy of letting go of time and finding peace in a tranquil setting. Robert is an American national with over 35 years of experience in hotel management and with many years of

international service with Marriott Hotels. Earlier in his career he also worked with Hilton Hotels in Australia, Disneyland Paris in France, and in several hotels in the USA. Prior to joining Centara Hotels and Resorts, he was general manager at the Renaissance Zhongshan Park in Shanghai, China. He holds a bachelor degree in psychology from William Paterson State University in New Jersey, USA. He enjoys a passion for golf, cycling and spending quality time with Diny, his wife of 30 years. “My most useful management skills are solid strategic planning, mentorship and overall effective execution ability,” he says. “I’m very much a results-focused leader and am looking forward to taking Centara Grand Mirage to the next stage of its already-proud development.” Robert has been in Pattaya only a very short time, although he has property in Chiang Mai, but already feels he has the measure of the Eastern Seaboard. “Pattaya and its hospitality industry have come a long way but there are still major opportunities ahead, such as the diversification of the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) market to include the Mirage Grand Ballroom which, at 1,000 square metres, can accommodate 1,200 persons for corporate meetings, receptions, banquets, product launches and multimedia productions.” “We are now seeing a lot more Asian visitors,” Robert explains, “and this is a trend likely to increase as the ASEAN Economic Community starts to pick up after its beginning in two years. City Hall’s plan aims to create Pattaya as the Thai version of the French Riviera by the end of the decade which is certainly on the cards, although we will need to see the details of the much-needed infrastructure expansion, the beach reclamation project and transport improvements such as the much-heralded high-speed train linking the resort and beyond to the metropolis.” Robert Lohrmann is a man of the future and well-suited to keeping Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya at the forefront of hospitality developments in this remarkable city.


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T H A I R E S TAU R A N T WITH ROOMS IN BUSY LOCATION - Single three storey building in Soi 5 Immigration the busiest foot traffic location in Jomtien. Presently a small Thai restaurant with 4 rooms above, easy to convert to office, massage or retail premises. For sale leasehold: Reduced to 700,000 Bt, monthly rent of 20,000 Bt and no key money. Website Ref: BUSS026. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com OFFICE – RETAIL WITH ROOMS – Ideally located on a highly visible corner location in Soi Korpai. A single unit 4 storey building with ground floor office and furniture plus 3 rooms on the upper floors, in a really great traffic location in this busy Soi. For Sale Leasehold: Only 175,000 Bt (this includes security deposit) and a monthly rent of just 12,000 Bt and no key money. Website Ref: COMS027. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com RESTAURANT – FINE DINING - A great opportunity to take over this leasehold fine dining restaurant in a quiet location between South Pattaya and Jomtien. The restaurant, with a well fitted commercial kitchen, offers 40 seats in the ambiance of the intimate interior with a further 30 seats available for those who desire to dine alfresco on the spacious garden terrace. There are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and living room on the 1st floor and a private pool that are at the moment used by the owners for their own living accommodation. The business is being sold leasehold this includes company with one 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-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.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 breakfast and food to the guests and customers. The upper floors contain 10 renovated and fully furnished guest rooms with new AC units, a store room and maid’s room. An established business. For Sale: Leasehold 3.3m Bt, monthly rent 30,000 Bt and key money. 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 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. For Sale 6.9m 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, Builtin Furniture and Kitchen, Curtains Wall Paper, Renovations and General Maintenance. “One Call For All Service”.Tel: 081 657 5972, 089 9957078; E-mail: homemaidpattaya@gmail.com PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software orhardware,please phone 0868202577 or 0812951310 (Thai &Eng). I will go to service at your place. If you are Looking for a Computer Graphic Designer,Web designer or would like to make someprintedmatters at reasonable price, please phone 0868202577 (Thai) or 0812951310 (Thai &Eng)

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Learn Fruit and Vegetables Carving from a Professional teacher with more than 18 years experience. For inquiries contact Yui at tel no. 0863209569 and/ or 0852385453 or email at yuibua@hotmail.co.th (pta-tk0008)Do you want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning C e n t e r. L e a r n w i t h t h e native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 373 175 or 038 416 493. We speak Thai, English, German & Deutsch.

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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 Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5035) 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) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. (PR6363) 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)

HOUSES FOR RENT Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. (PR2184) Gorgeous and Brand New Marina Home! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/ Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. (PR3982) Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 125,000 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) Wonderful Beachside Homes! Rental Price 80,000-110,000 Baht/ Month, 3-5 Bedrooms/4-5 Bathrooms, 188-280 Sqm./75-100 TLW. (PRH133) 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. (PR3390) 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 Jomtien Beach! Selling Price 10 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 165 Sqm, (PR6410)

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) Luxury Suite Condominium on Pratamnak Hill! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 115 Sqm. (PR6391) 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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L i f e ’s a B e a c h – a n d you could be Living this Privileged Life Style Tomorrow. Two spectacular beach side apartments have just come on the market. Situated on Na Jomtien’s sandy quiet beach they both offer a piece of paradise. The Penthouse is a 240 sq/m, 2-storey (4th& 5th floors), 3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, 3 toilets with extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Semi furnished. Price: 55,000 Baht/month on yearly contract (other terms can be arranged).Apartment 1 is 140 sq/m, 2nd floor, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms/ showers. Semi furnished. Extra large balconies rear and front with full sea view. Price: 34,000 Baht/month on 1 year basis (other terms can be arranged).Contact: To ny Tr a i l – D r i f t e r s Café and Apartments – Tel: (Thai) 087-7432319 or (Eng) 0816198626.info@ driftersbeachcafe.comwww. driftersbeachcafe.com

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(ptmhfs-O0213)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. 6.5 million 083 102 9293 (ptmhfs-P0513)BANG S A R A Y, NEW 2 BEDROOM, TWO BATH HOME WITH MOUNTAIN VIEW Great location, The house size is 158 square meters and the property size is 458 square meters backing on navy land for complete privacy. The property offers a lovely mountain view and only minutes to the beach. The price includes a fully western kitchen and air conditioning. Construction time is three months giving you lots of time to pick your own colours. Price: 3.1 million 0852872957 email: paul@ gulfchartersthailand.com Located Inside an Exclusive and Gated Village Proximate to Sukhumvit Road and Thepprasit Road. Built of Thai-Bali architecture sitting on more than 500 square meters of prime land in the resort city. Resort-type swimming pool and landscaped gardens, 3 bedrooms, entertainment room, living room and dining area, European kitchen, staff quarter with own toilet (or office) and bath and separate entrance. All internal areas fixed with split-type air conditioners.

Spacious balconies (lounge) areas. Covered garage spacious for two (2) vehicles. For Sale 13 Million Baht or for Rent 60,000 baht per month. Call 089 607 9850. 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 4.99mBt.Website Ref: PLVS142. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-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 furnished throughout, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, European kitchen, living room, dining area, covered terrace, sun deck, lagoon style private pool, covered parking, 24/7 security, less than a 5 minute drive to Sukhumvit Road.Sale Price: 4.5m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS169. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.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@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 area 390 sqm ,unfurnished with 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living

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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, five with tenants in place, that are rented for between 17,000 Bt and 20,000 Bt per month on medium to long term leases bringing in a return of 8%. Only for sale because of the owners continued ill health problems. They can be purchased individually from 1.99m Bt to 2.2m Bt each or all six houses together for 11.9m Bt. Website Ref: HSES071. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattaya-

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jomtien-property.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) Great Phoenix Lakeside Fa m i l y H o m e ! S e l l i n g Price 10.5 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 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 (PR5035)


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Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxury Resort Style Residence on 3 Rai! Selling Price 39 Million Baht and 7 Bedrooms/4+2 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/3 Rai. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: 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) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1Rai/660 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 (PR6363) Stunning Townhome on Jomtien’s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR6083) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and

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private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com. (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 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. (PR4465) 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.thor visit our website atwww.premierinternational. com (PR5052) Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.thor visit our website atwww.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) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 39 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 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 (PR4516) Great Home in Town! Selling Price 6.9 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, 280 Sqm/70 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: 8,250,000 THB. (Co Name) Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com JOMTIEN PALACE ESTATES- Modern style 6 bedrooms home, 3 bath, and 3 beds upstairs and downstairs. Living Area 280 SQM 10.9 million (Co name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email atadmin@ bobbybrooks.com View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 1 bed 1 bath 4.49 mil (Thai name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085910-5124 (Thai) Email to admin@bobbybrooks.com Nice House 2 Bed 2 Bath for Sale off Soi Khao Talo: 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms, 1

Living Room, Total Size 156 Sqm 1,899,000 THB. (Freehold) Thai Name Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email atadmin@ 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 atadmin@bobbybrooks.com Nirvana Pool Villas 1 - 3 Bed 3 Bath House with Private Pool/Fully Furnished/ Enclosed Garage 364 SQM. Sale Price: 5.9 Million THB co. name (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email atadmin@ bobbybrooks.com Baan Suay Mai Ngam- Newer 2 Bed 4 Bath House/ fully furnished/private pool/ owner must sell 3.25 Million Thai name. (Freehold) please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email atadmin@ bobbybrooks.com View Talay Villa with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 7.9 million (co name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to admin@ bobbybrooks.com

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(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 (ptmhfs-C0313) House 3 Bed- 3 Bathr./Shr, big living in-/outside kitchen, 2 air-con. Carport, garden, furnished, 15,000 BHT/month fcewald@gmx.net Tel.+ 34 96 571 4225 Located Inside an Exclusive and Gated Village Proximate to Sukhumvit Road and Thepprasit Road.Built of Thai-Bali architecture sitting on more than 500 square meters of prime land in the resort city. Resort-type swimming pool and landscaped gardens, 3 bedrooms, entertainment room, living room and dining area, European kitchen, staff quarter with own toilet (or office) and bath and separate entrance. All internal areas fixed with split-type air conditioners. Spacious balconies (lounge) areas.Covered garage spacious for two (2) vehicles.For Long-term rent 60,000 baht per month. Call 089 607 9850. 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. 30,000 per month for (1 year lease) please call 085-910-5124 Email atadmin@bobbybrooks.com View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 35,000 THB/Month (1 Year Lease) Fully Equipped Please call 085-910-5124 Email to admin@bobbybrooks.com

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House For Rent – Jomtien Spacious furnished two storey property in this popular village just a 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-jomtien-property.com. wwwpattaya-jomtien-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 Road. Very spacious, furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven, car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for a large family home. A minimum rental period of 6 months applies at 17,000 Bt per month.Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattaya-

jomtien-property.com House for Rent – Ban Amphur - A really spacious 340 sqm 4 storey semi-detached town house, stylishly finished and furnished in a modern Thai-Bali style offering 3 ensuite bedrooms, 1 guest bedroom (presently used as an office), 4 luxurious bathrooms, fully fitted European kitchen complete with oven and washing machine, dining room, open plan living room, snooker room, top floor lounge-TV room leading onto a large balcony with great views over the sea and Ocean Marina. A really great value rental, 200m to the beach, offering great views from the higher floors. Minimum rental period of 1 year applies at 40,000 Bt per month. Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com 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, 100m to numerous restaurants, shops,

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bars in Jomtien Night Plaza. 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 - Ideally located 250m from the beach and just 100m from Jomtien Night Plaza. The 140 sqm villa offers 2 en-suite bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living room and dining area, private pool with poolside terrace and sun deck, landscaped garden, communal pool, restaurant, 24/7 security. Monthly rates are 75,000 Bt (excluding utilities) in low season from 1st April through to 31st October but excluding August and high season 1st November to 31st March and August 90,000 Bt per month (excluding utilities). Also available for weekly leases contact us for details. Website Ref: PLVR314. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Fantastic Home in Great Development! 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) Gorgeous and Brand New Marina Home! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3982) Impressive Lakeside Estate Home! Rental Price 125,000 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

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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) Wo n d e r f u l B e a c h s i d e Homes! Rental Price 80,000110,000 Baht/Month, 3-5 Bedrooms/4-5 Bathrooms, 188-280 Sqm./75-100 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

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visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PRH133) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n t m e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email:premier@loxinfo. co.thor visit our websiteatwww. premierinternational.com (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n t m e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0193)


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Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from the beach, this high floor unit is superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout with a stunning interior offering 68sqm 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes and large balcony, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. ForSale: 6.9m Bt in foreign name.Website Ref: CDOS582. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com The Gallery - Very popular new modern low rise buildings ideally located in Central Jomtien, just 150m from the new Night Plaza and the beach. This high floor sea view studio, 26 sqm has been stylishly and expensively furnished throughout with fitted wardrobe and LCD TV, luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, roof top infinity edge communal pool, sundeck, fitness, key card entry, reception, 24/7 security. For Sale : 2.1m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS128. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

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Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3982) B e a c h f r o n t Vi l l a w i t h Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n t m e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6017)

Condo for Sale

The Residence – This executive low rise building is one of the most popular in the area, located in a quiet non-tourist location just 1km from Jomtien Beach. This 52 sqm pool facing studio offers 1 luxurious bathroom, small European style kitchen, open plan living area, large balcony overlooking the exclusive lagoon style pool, fitness, hotel style reception, car parking, 24/7 security, 800m to Jomtien Night Plaza and fresh food market. ForSale: 1.79m Bt in foreign name.Website Ref: CDOS700. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

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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 2nd Road and just 150m from Jomtien Beach and numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis... This unit is priced to sell, in foreign name. For Sale : 4.3m Bt. Website Ref: CDOS069. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-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 081-6342915 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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. p r e mi e r i n t e r n at i o n al .c o m (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4136) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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) 231931 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 081634-2915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apar tment!! 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website atwww.premierinternational. com(PR5075)

Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4990) Great Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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, 210Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 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, 91Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(PR4987) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Jomtien Beach! Selling Price 10 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 165 Sqm, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com(PR6410) AD Condo Wongamat– Studio 36 sqm 4th floor with view (Foreign Name). SALE PRICE: 899,000 THB. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email atadmin@bobbybrooks.com Park Lane Resort – Reduced 200,000 now1.29 million++ THB. 1 bedroom 1 bath (Thai name). Pool Side 6th Floorplease call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email atadmin@ bobbybrooks.com View Talay 5C – 2 bed / 2 bath 146 sqm direct ocean front corner unit cool side, fully fitted and furnished 5.95 Million THB (foreign name) Floorplease call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email atadmin@bobbybrooks.com Sunset Boulevard Residence I, Corner Unit 1 Bedroom-1 Bathroom, Total Size 52 Sqm (co. name) Sale Price: 2,995,000THB++Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com Sunset Boulevard Residence I, (2) Studio Rooms, Total Size 36 Sqm each. Side by side 5th floor units with sea views Sale Price: 1,995,000 THB. Each++.Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email at admin@bobbybrooks.com

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Jomtien Condotel – 81 sq meter 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom 3.59 million THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email atadmin@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 atadmin@ bobbybrooks.com

Condo for Rent

For Rent in Soi 6.2 bedroom, 1 living room, 84sqm apartment with two balconies. Fully furnished, 3 TVs, kitchen, 2 AC’s. Excellent location. 24,000 baht per month. Call: 087 139 1539 For Rent in Soi 6 PratamnakJomtien.42 sqm studio with big balcony for sea views. Fully furnished, kitchen. Everythingyou need. Excellent location. 12,000 baht per month. Call: 087 139 1539 SEA-VIEW APARTMENT. Newly remodeled, fully furnished unit on high floor in Center Condo. Nicely appointed. 15,000 baht per month with minimum three-month lease. Call 081 493 5454 (English only) between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Park Lane Resort Jomtien1 bedroom 1 bath 36 sqm.15,000 per month. (1 year Lease) Fully furnished linens, cooking utensils and are Pool View please call 085-910-5124 Email at admin@ bobbybrooks.com Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from the beach, this high floor unit offers great sea and beach views, 68sqm superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout with a stunning interior offering 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes and large balcony, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. Rent: 40,000 Bt per month on 3 month lease and 38,000 Bt on long term lease. Website Ref: CDOR392. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.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. Rent: 12,000 Bt per month. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies.. Website Ref: CDOR344. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com The Gallery - A very stylish studio 28 sqm,in these new buildings ideally located just 100m from Jomtien Beach. 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. Rent: 13,000 Bt month. 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 Apar tment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5045 Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081634-2915 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, 266Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. p r em i er i n ter n a ti o n a l . co m (PR0737) North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apar tment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5423) Stunning Apar tment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4570) Fa n t a s t i c a l l y D e s i g n e d Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/ Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com(PR4187) Luxury Suite Condominium on Pratamnak Hill! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 115

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Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(PR6391) 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 081-6342915 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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com(PR5491)

Land for Sale

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

Job Vacancies

We are Looking for an Experienced Commercial Vehicle Builder, Foreigner Only! TP Technical Panels is a Commercial Vehicle Manufacturer based in Bangkok .Due to increasing demand we are searching for an experienced vehicle builder for expanding the production, and to ensure our finished vehicles are produced to a world class standard. The position is based at our factory in Latkrabang/ Bangkok. Attributes & Skills: Experience in Coach or Commercial Vehicle manufacturing, High degree of manual dexterity, Ability to read technical drawings, Mechanical aptitude and interest, Ability to use manufacturing tools and equipment to perform tasks requiring precision (machine saw, hand saw, air rivet gun, hand drill, welding equipment etc.), Working experience in Thailand required, Other assignments possible. If you are interested please send your CV to Mr. Roger Immel roger@technicalpanels.com or contact 081 816 98 12. 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 comprehensive resume with recent photo to: supakhun_ch@minornet.com 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

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many position; - Food &Beverage Department (Restaurant Manager, Server, Bartender, Supervisor, Chefs, Commis...) - Front Office Department (Reservation Manager, Night Manager, Front Desk Supervisor, Front Desk Clerk, Bell Man...) - Housekeeping Department (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 Phratamnak Soi 5, NongPrue, Banglamung, Chonburi, 20150Mb: 081-861 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-time- The 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, property 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 Waitress Wanted for International restaurant. Must speak English. Good salary + tips. Call 091 240 4331.

Vehicles for Sale

Audi A4 1.8 Automatic 1996. Colour Red, 17” BBS Genuine alloy wheels, C.D., alarm. Excellent all round condition. Thai owner. Only 186,000 baht. Call 086820-2577, 086-383-6853 2005 NISSAN TEANA 230JM- Diamond Black/ Cream Leather interior, all options, new paint, serviced by Nissan, low miles, 599,000 call 0841580785 REAL BARGAIN! PROTON EXORA 1.6 CPS automatic highline, reg 2012, 7-seater, top model. Full spec with rear TV. 1 farang owner. 33,000 km, full service history. Immaculate condition cost new: 840,000 baht. Absolute giveaway at 490,000 baht. For full details: Call 087 139 1539 (Eng), 081 004 6497 (Thai)

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Reactions to New Tourist Court We invited expats and long-term visitors to give their views on the recent establishment of a tourist court at the Jomtien courthouse. It is seen as a pilot for the setting up of similar courts in popular Thai resorts as well as Bangkok. From what I understand it’s not a fullyfledged court as criminals cannot be tried and convicted there. I think it’s a PR exercise in the main. (Geoff Howe) It’s good that tourists with a complaint can now make a statement to the court in cases where they have to leave the country soon afterwards. (Steven Lord) It may not be a full court but it can summon the parties in a dispute and make a ruling. In the recent case involving the death of two Chinese visitors in a boating accident, compensation for the bereaved families was agreed. (HF) But it’s also true that the trial of the driver of the speedboat, arrested for criminal negligence, I understand, will need to be held in the regular criminal court sometime in the future. (Yvonne Welsh) I think the court has been established

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

because of the complaints about Jet Ski ripoffs when tourists are being charged huge amounts for small or non-existent damage by unscrupulous boat owners. The new court will work out only if both sides agree to arbitration. What happens if the Jet Ski owner refuses to join in? (Cynical Chris) There’s another new sort of court as well just set up at Suvarnabhumi airport. It will be linked by video to the controlling local court at Samut Prakan and, unlike the tourist courts, will be able to make real decisions. That’s what I read anyway. (Larry Button) Although Thailand has a name for tourist scams and street crimes in some cities, the numbers of overseas visitors keep on going up. I doubt the tourist court is intended to do much apart from create positive publicity here and there. (Vlad the Impaler) The only advantage I can see is that if I am robbed but must leave the country within days, I can make my statement before returning home. But they still have to catch the robber and try him in criminal proceedings. (John Ligmore) I think it’s too early to say. Ask me in 100 years. (MB) 30 days by going to the border with Cambodia but only 15 days at the Laos one. Is that correct? A: No. You will get 15 days at any border crossing. It’s irrelevant which neighboring country you come from. To get another 30 days you would need to return to Thailand by air and not by land. X-ray issues Q: My Thai girlfriend has applied for a visa to a European country and has been asked by the embassy to visit the panel doctor again for a second x-ray of her chest to test for TB. Does this mean she has failed? A: Not necessarily. It might just be that the first x-ray was blurred. These things happen and it’s just a question of wait and see. It is becoming standard practice to ask for this kind of clearance, especially for longer stays abroad. Work permits again Q: I am currently waiting for the Labour Office to issue my one-year work permit as a chef but all the necessary paperwork and bureaucracy have been cleared. There is a problem in the restaurant and I need to start training the staff immediately. Surely there is no problem in the circumstances I describe? A: The work permit regulations do not allow you to jump the gun. The personal circumstances you described at our meeting are certainly unusual, so it just might be worthwhile talking to the local Immigration Bureau. Parting with passport Q: I am currently applying for a new British passport through Hong Kong. Why is it that I must not send my actual passport for cancellation but instead send only a photocopy of the ID page? A: Thai law says that foreigners must have their passport available at all times. This rule does not apply to many countries with softer regulations. Obviously the British embassy has to stick to the letter of the law here in the Land of Smiles.

Snap Judgment Shortage of Thais Every day more evidence surfaces that Thailand is about to face a serious population imbalance: too many older Thais and a shrinking labour pool of younger workers. By 2040, it’s estimated that more than a third of the Thai population will be in their 60s or older compared with about 14 percent today. There was even a spoof item on Twitter recently claiming to reveal that the Thai government was about to offer tax rebates for married couples to have a family. Come to think of it, that’s not a bad idea! Taipei already pays cash bonuses to couples to have children, whilst Singapore offers generous incentives to maintain population replacement rates. The reasons for the plummeting birth rate are not mysterious and are duplicated in many parts of the world. People are getting married older, or not at all, and are aware that bringing up a large family in the 21st century is very expensive indeed. There’s an exceptionally low birth rate right now – an average of 1.6 per family. This is in stark contrast to 40 years ago when prophets of doom predicted the collapse of society because there were too many births for a third-world economy to support with jobs and services. Meanwhile, advances in medical technology mean that people are living longer. Seeing Thais well into their 70s and 80s is no longer a rare sight. Various solutions are being proposed. The normal retirement age in Thailand is 60, but that generalization has become outdated by the rise in life expectancy. So, sooner or later, the retirement age will rise to 65 or even older. There is already a shortfall of one million workers with the construction industry, fisheries and tourism being the hardest hit. Thailand could even abandon altogether mandatory retirement as a concept because falling birth rates mean making the best use of increasingly scarce human resources. The ever-increasing number of elderly men and women means that the Thai state will have to divert large sums to care for this group. The current government’s borrowing plans speak of massive investment in infrastructure, particularly railways, but are silent on the social services budget. What is clear is that the country will need to spend a lot more on hospital and care services in the foreseeable future. This is all the more urgent as there are clear signs that the traditional Thai extended family – where the younger members take responsibility for the older relatives – is cracking under the strain of working in cities, which means that young workers see much less of their older kin who are often still residing in rural communities. The country also needs to reform its immigration policies to ensure that labour can be imported from neighbouring countries. At the moment, the rules governing this subject are confusing with the result that many workers from Cambodia and Myanmar are being arrested for having inadequate documentation and are being transported back to their own border. Often the same labourers keep turning up month after month. If Thailand needs foreign labourers, for example, then the system needs to be overhauled to retain them. The issue needs to be addressed in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community, whose arrival is just over two years away. The danger is that Thai politicians, obsessed with other agendas, will ignore this demographic ticking time bomb. In fact, the matter is central to the future economic and political development of the country. The time to sort out sensible policies is now and not in some vague future which we would rather not think about just now.


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FORMULA 1: Singapore Grand Prix: Vettel dazzles under the lights. It was

Nico Rosberg in the lead going into turn one, but a patient Vettel waited for a mistake, then re-took the lead at the exit of turn 1 and never looked back. 22 September 2013 INDYCAR: Juan Pablo Montoya returns to IndyCar from NASCAR, after a 13-year absence in IndyCar, former Indy 500 winner, CART Champion, and Former Williams and McLaren F1 driver will race for Team Penske in the IZOD IndyCar Series next season. 16 September 2013 NASCAR: New Hampshire: A second straight 1-2 for Joe Gibbs Racing to start the 2013 Chase saw Matt Kenseth claim his seventh win of the year at New Hampshire ahead of team mate Kyle Busch. On a bit more of and odd issue: Michael Waltrip Racing lost a major sponsor over the events that occurred at the last race in which the team was caught trying to “rig” the race outcome. NAPA Auto Parts has confirmed that it is to end its sponsorship of the MWR Team beginning in 2014, at a loss of 18 million USD per year in funds to the team. 22 September 2013 MOTOGP: San Marino Grand Prix: World champion Jorge Lorenzo claims second victory in a row with dominant ride at San Marino MotoGP over Repsol Honda pair Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo is now level on 215 points with Dani Pedrosa, 34 behind Marquez with five rounds remaining. 15 September 2013 2013 FIA Formula One World Calendar 2013 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX (Yeongam) 04 - 06 Oct 2013 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX (Suzuka) 11 - 13 Oct 2013 FORMULA 1 AIRTEL INDIAN GRAND PRIX (New Delhi) 25 - 27 Oct 2013 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX (Yas Marina) 01 - 03 Nov 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Austin) 15 - 17 Nov FORMULA 1 GRANDE PRÊMIO DO BRASIL 2013 (São Paulo) 22 - 24 Nov www.formula1.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Oct-Nov) Date Day Race Site Location 10/06/13 Sun Kansas Speedway 10/12/13 Sat Charlotte Motor Speedway 10/20/13 Sun Talladega Superspeedway 10/27/13 Sun Martinsville Speedway 11/03/13 Sun Texas Motor Speedway 11/10/13 Sun Phoenix International Raceway 11/17/13 Sun Homestead-Miami Speedway www.nascar.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia

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2013 Indy Car Schedule (Oct-Nov) October 5 Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Houston, Texas October 6 October 19 American Real TV 500 IndyCar World Championships Fontana, California www.indycar.com (free live timing and scoring online)

2013 MotoGP Grand Prix (Oct-Nov) Malaysia Sepang Australia Phillip Island Japan Motegi Valencia Ricardo Tormo

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Top 3 F1 Drivers' Championship 2013 after round 13 of 19 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 224 2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari-Ferrari 187 3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-Mercedes 151 Top 3 IndyCar Drivers' Championship after round 16 of 19 1 Helio Castroneves 501 2 Scott Dixon 452 3 Simon Pagenaud 431 Top 3 NASCAR Drivers' Championship after round 28 of 36 1 Matt Kenseth 2 Kyle Busch 3 Jimmie Johnson

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Top 3 MotoGP Drivers’ Championship after round 12 of 18 1 Marc Marquez 2 Dani Pedrosa 3 Jorge Lorenzo

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**Local Thailand Motorsports Schedules 2013** Thailand Super Series Round 5-6 will be held at Bira Race Circuit on Oct 5-6. Take a short drive out to the track in Pattaya and take in the sounds and sights of this new series in its first year in Thailand.

Thailand Super Series Schedule (TSS) 2013 October 5-6 Pattaya Bira Circuit December 13-15 Bang Saen Street Circuit, Chonburi

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

Pro Series Schedule 2013 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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Phoenix G.C. There are lots of rumours making the rounds of Pattaya golf circles about the changes being implemented by the new owners of Phoenix, so we set off to the course anticipating some problems. Our day got off to an inauspicious start as the reception staff informed us that the green fee was 300 baht more than agreed upon when making the booking. Eventually we were able to sort that out with the assistance of two of our players who are members of the course. We managed to tee off on schedule after being messed around by an aggressive starter, who made us wait at the clubhouse staring at a vacant first tee, as the group scheduled ahead of us failed to show up. Rumours of golf bags being searched for illicit food items (i.e. anything brought in from outside) proved to be unfounded, but the management have instituted a voucher system (minimum charge 100 baht, no refunds and valid only on the day of purchase) for all purchases from the kiosks on the course; a bit pricey if you intend only to buy water! As we progressed through the outward nine it was noticeable that a number of staff (who we originally thought were marshalls) were following us around the course in golf buggies. Only when we overheard one of these guys asking our caddies if they’d seen us consuming any illicit food or drinks, did we realize what their true purpose was. Phoenix has never been known for good customer relations, but the atmosphere now is distinctly unwelcoming; we will not return until the situation improves—which seems unlikely in the near future, since compulsory buggies and further increases in the cost of green fees will be introduced in November. On the golfing front, Colin Greig rediscovered his winning form ahead of Mashi Kaneta, who took second place on a count-back ahead of Tore Eliassen. The highlight of the day was Mashi Kaneta’s hole in one on the par three second hole on the Lakes nine. At the presentation, the drinks flowed freely as Mashi generously shared his good fortune with his competitors. Your scribe now has another job to do tomorrow: adding Mashi’s name to the Bunker Boys Hall of Fame board at The Ranch. Results: 1st – Colin Greig (hcp. 9) nett 74 2nd – Mashi Kaneta (hcp. 14) nett 76

3rd – Tore Eliassen (hcp. 14) nett 76 Only two near pins were claimed, one by Ken Young and the other was Mashi’s hole in one. Bangphra G.C. (Stableford) Some 14 golfers turned out to tackle the popular Bangphra course under heavily overcast skies, but with the weather forecast calling for zero percent chance of rain. We teed off on schedule, but the pace of play, particularly over the outward nine, was slow as we were following a large group of local golfers. Colin Greig continued where he left off, scoring 22 points on the front nine, and eventually coming back to the clubhouse with a winning total of 38 points. We welcomed back Alan Freeman for a brief visit and he played the outward nine in level par, but faded slightly on the inward nine, taking second place on a countback ahead of Takeshi Hakozaki. Just to prove you can never believe any weather forecast (or for that matter any rumour) in Pattaya, the final three holes were played in steady but light drizzle. The par three holes were once again playing long, but two of our higher handicap golfers, Dave Keats and Reg Smart, both managed to produce great shots to claim rare near-pin prizes. Results: 1st – Colin Greig (hcp. 9) 38 points 2nd – Alan Freeman (hcp. 3) 34 points 3rd – Takeshi Hakozaki (hcp. 12) 34 points Near pins: Alan Freeman, Dave Keats, Duncan Lee and Reg Smart. Pleasant Valley G.C. (Stableford) It wasn’t a day for the faint hearted, with heavy rain overnight and persistent drizzle still falling in the morning. Our small group of die-hard golfers assembled at The Ranch to learn that the PSC tournament scheduled at Pattana had been cancelled, but a quick call to the Pleasant Valley course assured us that the course was open and playable. We set off up the 7 motorway in heavy rain, which was still

falling when we reached the course, but after a 10minute wait we made the decision to tee off in light drizzle. There were only four other golfers on the course. Later in the day, when we started the back nine, other fair-weather golfers started to appear. We made the inevitable decision to play winter rules and the fairways had plenty of additional water hazards, and the greens were saturated but playable. The drizzle persisted throughout the outward nine, but then conditions improved and the inward nine was played in cool dry conditions, although the fairways were still soggy. Geoff Parker coped with the difficult conditions better than the rest, with Colin Greig taking second place on a count-back ahead of Mashi Kaneta. Tony Robbins struggled on the front nine, but almost scored the second ace of the week on the 17th hole, with his tee shot heading straight for the pin, but coming to rest twelve inches short. Results: 1st – Geoff Parker (hcp. 14) 34 points 2nd – Colin Greig (hcp. 9) 33 points 3rd – Mashi Kaneta (hcp. 14) 33 points Only three near pins were claimed: Geoff Parker, Colin Greig and Tony Robbins. The Bunker Boys are a PSC-affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya Third Road (in front of the fire station opposite the Buffalo Bar). We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition, why not come and join us? We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation. New players are always welcome. Contact Buff on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries. You can find all the news, schedules and results on our website www.bunkersociety.com

PSC Golf from The Growling Swan - 2013 by Peter Blackburn We had 35 golfers signed up for the day’s event and as it was Kevin Waycott’s 60th birthday it was suggested that he had boosted the numbers by contacting “Rent-A-Crowd” but in actual fact we just wanted to celebrate with a genuine good bloke. As we assembled at The Growling Swan hearty welcomes were handed out to Roald Thorsen from Norway and a welcome return to golf for Sandy “Cyndi Lauper” Leiper after a month or so off. We also welcomed newcomers Rick Forrest and Chris Playforth from Lakelands Golf Club in Perth, Western Australia, and Greg Hill, John Player, Murray Hart, Sel Wegner, Dave Bowers, Dave Fletcher, Dennis Steele and Keith Buchanan who are just about all Pattaya residents. It was sadly time to say farewell to J J Harney who will shortly return to Ireland, Mark Stapleton who is off to Melbourne, Australia, for a month or so and good friend Dave Neal who is returning to the UK after six weeks of golf in Pattaya. Everyone showed up on time so our three mini vans left early in drizzling rain. We arrived at the Plutaluang complex 43 minutes later. It was quite busy and we were allocated west and east nines, an unusual combination for us. As we proceeded to the first tee the heavens opened and we ran for cover. After about 15 minutes the rain abated and we managed to send our first four ball away in very light rain at 10 a.m., which in fact was our allotted tee time. The rain soon stopped completely and naturally preferred lies were in place so we proceeded at a steady pace on the West nine which was in excellent condition especially considering the recent rains and the greens in particular were of a very high standard. After a first nine of just over two hours we came to a screaming halt at the East 1 tee where a few groups had been “slipped in” and weren’t the quickest in the world but after a 20-minute delay we were underway again and did not experience any real delays after that. Four hours and 30 minutes later we were back in the clubhouse after a round which was most enjoyable and the company was excellent. We had three grades - A Grade for handicaps 0 to 13, B Grade for handicaps 14 to 20 and C Grade for handicaps of 21 and over with four places in each grade. There were also rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the E9 and W9 greens.One of my playing partners, John Pierrel, played steady golf all day and took out the A Grade first prize with 37 points, one point ahead of Chris Playforth in second spot. There were three players on 34 points vying for

third and fourth places so a count-back was required which resulted in birthday boy Kevin “Wayco” Waycott (20 point back nine) taking third spot from Sel Wegner (18 point back nine) in fourth place and Peter Bye (17 point back nine) just missed out. The B Grade was won on count-back by Charles Cunningham (17 point back nine) with Dennis Steele (16 point back nine) in second place, both having 34 points. With two golfers on 32 points another count-back was required to decide third and fourth places and it was Thientong Charoenrung (16 point back nine and 11 points on the last 6 holes) finishing third from Stu “Heineken” Rifkin (16 point back nine and 9 points on the last 6 holes) in fourth place. C Grade was won by Graham “Grunter” Buckingham with 37 points, 1 point ahead of John Davis in second place. Patrick Poussier was third on 35 points and Phompinmon Seesa finished fourth with 33 points. Results for Plutaluang: A Grade – 0 to 13 1st – John Pierrel (11) – 37 points 2nd – Chris Playforth (10) – 36 points 3rd – Kevin Waycott (10) – 34 points 4th – Sel Wegner (12) – 34 points B Grade – 14 to 20 1st – Charles Cunningham (17) – 34 points 2nd – Dennis Steele (15) – 34 points 3rd – Thientong Charoenrung (19) – 32 points 4th – Stu Rifkin (14) – 32 points C Grade – 21 and over 1st – Graham Buckingham (22) – 37 points 2nd – John Davis (23) – 36 points 3rd – Patrick Poussier (23) – 35 points 4th – Phonpinmon Seesa (26) – 33 points NTP’s W3 – Graham Buckingham W8 – Keith Buchanan E2 – Dennis Steele E5 – Roald Thorsen LFP’s W9 – Sel Wegner E9 – Murray Hart

The Growling Swan NAGA Award, (to the golfer with the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was won by first timer David Fletcher. He accepted the award in very good spirit. Max then paraded Deefa the Dog and of course collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan Golfers. Back at The Growling Swan afterwards there was a big crowd as Wayco was generously providing a meal to celebrate his 60th and it was indeed scrumptious and very much enjoyed by all. Another great day of golf with a terrific turnout. Growling Swan Golf, 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, 0806 351 386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@ gmail.com We also play bowls out of the Growling Swan every Wednesday and Sunday. Sunday is Lawn Bowls and Wednesday is Indoor Bowls. All are welcome. Transport leaves The Growling Swan at 10 a.m. For more information contact Paul Rennison, 0843 454 005.


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Tips & Advice QUICK TIP Have you cleaned your doorbell recently? Doorbell chimes become faint—if they work at all-when their clappers or plungers are dirty. Dust and grime muffle or mute the sound. Make a regular habit of removing the cover from the unit, then—using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol--wipe down the bells and the points that strike the bells.

Grout Grouse I just bought a previously occupied condo. It seems the previous owner was negligent in cleaning the tile grout in the bathroom. I’ve tried commercial cleaners, but nothing seems to work. Can you help? Frank It’s next to impossible to restore long-neglected grout to its original, pristine appearance, Frank, but you can try this: Combine 2 parts baking soda, 1 part Borax and 1 part hot water, adding additional water as necessary to form a thick paste. Apply to the tile and grout and scrub with a soft brush. Rinse well. If your grout still needs help, make a paste of baking soda and chlorine bleach and apply to the grout. Let dry, then scrub with a soft brush and rinse. Do this in a well-ventilated area, using care near carpet or fabric. Even the fumes of chlorine bleach can remove color from towels left hanging in the tub area. In the future, to keep ahead of grout cleaning, use a dry typewriter eraser on dry grout to remove mildew and stains as they appear. Odor Eaters You cautioned, in an earlier column, against the dangers of toxic fumes when removing adhesive from floor tiles. (I’m happy someone in Pattaya expresses such concerns; keep your warnings coming.) How

about some “Handy” suggestions for safe alternatives to commercial air fresheners? Rena Good query, Rena, inasmuch as most commercial air fresheners do not freshen the air anyway, they simply mask one odor with another. To make matters worse—and address your concern—some spray fresheners can coat your nasal passages with an undetectable oil film; others can diminish your sense of smell with a nerve-deadening agent. For a safer way to eliminate household odors, try one of the following: *Ventilation. Open windows or doors in the house for at least a short period every day. This will also help to reduce toxic fumes that may be building up indoors. *Vinegar. Distribute partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room, or boil 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odors. *Cinnamon and Cloves. Boil these spices for a fragrant smell. For ease of cleaning, make a cheesecloth bag to contain these spices, and boil the cheesecloth bag. An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider. *Potpourri. Buy or make your own potpourri from your favorite herbs, spices, and flower petals. Place the potpourri in a small basket, open jar, or in small sachet bags.

*Perfume. Spray or dab a bit of perfume or cologne on a light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent when the light is turned on. Andy’s Helpers Hi, Andy, a friend just sent this to me and I thought you might want to share it with your readers. Roberto The cucumber—a real gem. 1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. 2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. 3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance. 4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. 5. Looking for a fast and

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

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

easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles, too. 6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache! 7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation. 8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water. 9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone! 10. Stressed out and don't

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

have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams. 11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath. 12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean. 13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls! Closing Line If you lend someone 500 baht and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. --Handy Andy

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


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Our Community Snooker legends – true gentlemen by Derek Franklin Fresh from competing in the 6-Reds Snooker Tournament in Bangkok, former World Snooker Champion Ken Doherty and the legendary Jimmy White came to Pattaya for a series of exhibition matches. While here, they visited the Father Ray Children’s Home where they were welcomed by more than 100 children, workers and volunteers. Upon arrival at the Home the two VIP’s received welcome garlands from the younger children, who impressed the visitors as they were all dressed in traditional Thai costume. Recently two pool tables were donated to the Children’s Home and it has become a very popular pastime for all the children, boys and girls, and a group of selected children were sitting nervously near each table as they waited their turn to play the legends. First up to play against Jimmy White was a 12-yearold boy called Dream, who was not quite tall enough to reach the center of the table, but he played well; it came down to the black ball to decide the winner which, to everyone’s surprise, the youngster potted. No one was more shocked than Dream when

he realized he had won, and whom he had beaten. Meanwhile, Ken was on the second table showing the older boys some of the skills that made him the 1997 Snooker World Champion. After more than an hour of nonstop games the visitors were surrounded by the children asking for autographs on T-shirts, shorts, school books, scrap pieces of paper and even hands. Then a further 30 minutes was spent taking photos of everyone with Jimmy and Ken. Another reason for coming to Pattaya was for Ken and Jimmy to discuss the possibility of organizing the first annual Pattaya Open snooker tournament next year. This competition is seen involving eight players, four Thai and four foreign. For more information about the Father Ray Children’s Home, go to www.fr-ray.org or email info@fr-ray.org

Raimon Land continues sustainable reforestation project For the fifth year, property developer Raimon Land is supporting Plant a Tree Today Foundation (PATT) in its effort to help improve Thailand’s environment and to offset carbon emissions. Employees and friends of Raimon Land recently headed to Baan Sap Tai in Khao Yai to plant trees--from sowing seeds to de-potting more than 300 saplings that were transplanted to replenish the natural reserve. “Reforestation is life,” said Nuch Kalyawongsa, Raimon Land director and chief finance officer, who said the company has been “coming to this sapling nursery facility since 2008 and we are

motivated and determined to help restore the health of our forests.” Andrew G. Steel, PATT founder and director, said, “Raimon Land’s unwavering commitment has enabled us to make the Baan Sap Tai nursery project a true center of knowledge in sustainable reforestation. We are now able to host various environmental protection initiatives to ensure the preservation of our ecosystem.” In addition, the Raimon Land group demonstrated its commitment to education by making a donation to the nearby Baan Sub Tai School to buy school supplies and improve the facilities.

The property developer has been a partner of the Foundation that has brought life and growth to the local community by offering guidance, education and training on the environment, enabling some members to seek job opportunities. The company also works closely with Habitat

for Humanity Thailand, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating poor housing and homelessness by helping low-income families construct simple, decent and affordable houses. For more information, go to http://www.raimonland. co.th/csr/index.php

Pattaya Sports Club aids flood victims by William Macey We have been fortunate here in Pattaya recently for we have had less rain than usual, but in the northwest of Thailand this has not been the case, where heavy rains have resulted in severe flooding. It has been particularly disastrous for Bang Wang Pha—a small village where 24 homes were badly damaged and an orphanage—housing 65 children 5 to 16 years old--was virtually washed away. A friend asked the help of Margaret Grainger of Hand to Hand. In turn, Margaret contacted Pattaya Sport Club which launched an appeal to its members. Although PSC normally limits its activities to Pattaya and surrounding areas, an exception was made in this case. The wheels were put into motion. When the supplies arrived, many willing hands helped unload the goods. Thousands of items were donated, and the PSC office at times resembled a secondhand store with clothes, toys, food, and other items left at the office. Many members did not have access to children’s clothes and made cash donations instead. All contributions were delivered to Margaret, and three of her

staff left in the early hours one morning to make the long trip to the village. Many children were taken ill from contaminated water but, like all children, they can still smile, which is a perfect reward for all our efforts. Other organizations that helped in the effort included Jesters and the newly formed TFI group.


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Youth Focus One, Two….. by Rochelle, Mooltripakdee International School Some parents run out of ideas on how to keep their children entertained at home and will go to great lengths to make sure they are not bored. Many parents and teachers will agree that there is nothing so disheartening as a bored child and when that child becomes struck down with boredom they become, well, let’s just say slightly less fluffy and friendly. So what can we do? We want something fun, yet stimulating; something creative, yet developing friendly. I think I have discovered the secret tool and I’d like to share it with you. Hold on now, this may change your life!

It’s as easy as one, two… play dough! Why? Because it’s fun; it’s messy; it’s so simple yet extremely effective! Play dough provides enjoyable and satisfying experiences for children, but it is not merely a fun activity, it also is so much more—it provides valuable hands-on, active-learning experiences that support children’s growth and learning. For young children, development of fine motor skills is an area that is focused on to prepare them for their school life. The malleable properties of play dough make it fun for investigation and exploration as well as secretly building strength in all the tiny hand muscles and tendons, making them ready for pencil and scissor control later on. Creatively children will grow massively and as soon as you introduce open ended play items to add to the mix, play dough becomes the perfect medium for numerous types of imaginative play and can

represent so many things in a child’s eyes. Play with play dough not only enhances children’s emotional development but also promotes their social development and interactions. Some children may choose to play independently at the play dough table, but many will interact with others. As a teacher, I use strategies to promote social interactions, such as asking questions (like “What does this do?” “What does a bear say?”), and commenting on what the children are doing (“Look, you cut it again!” “You made a great circle shape”), and encouraging them to make connections between their play and the world (“That’s a great car, who drives a car that you know?” “Can you make me a star shape for my night scene?”)

Eco Ninjas Turn Garden Greener! by Mark Beales

Garden International School (GIS) is going even greener - with help from a group of Eco Ninjas! The green-clad Eco Ninjas have been 'secretly' appearing at school to encourage students to recycle bottles, paper and other materials. So far they've been incredibly successful and money raised from recycling has helped provide new green areas all around the

Ban Chang school. The money is also helping fund other projects, such as creating new bird tables and replacing fences with ecofriendly hedges on school grounds. Special recycling bins have been provided around school, all clearly marked to show what should go inside them, and students are often reminded about the importance of caring for their environment.

Garden has already taken part in a Keep Britain Tidy campaign that promotes environmental awareness in schools and last year was awarded a Bronze Eco Schools' certificate. This year it will be aiming for Silver. Several students, known as Eco Warriors, have been helping with this and encouraging others to recycle. For more on GIS, visit www.gardenrayong.com

In more focused play, play dough can be used as a fantastic way to practice letter and number work. Children can form letters of the alphabet, spell out their name, create numbers, form 2D and 3D shapes, compare with lengths

or thicknesses, count out play dough shapes to match numeral cards, match and sort by colour and much more! Teachers can best support and nurture a young child’s interest and learning by providing creative play

experiences and materials such as play dough and serving as facilitators and supporters of natural play, we recognize and advocate the importance of hands-on experiences in development and learning. Now you can join us too!


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You & Your Pets Obesity Prevention in Dogs: Canine Weight Management 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 dogs in America 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: r Cardiac disease r Diabetes Mellitus r Hypertension (high blood pressure) r Orthopedic injuries (such as cruciate ligament rupture or patellar luxation) r Osteoarthritis r Respiratory disorders r 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 to 12 months. This is the best way for your vet to detect changes before there is a serious problem.

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 checkups 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 dietand-exercise plan does the trick. However, some dogs need an extra helping hand. These dogs might be candidates for a canine weight loss 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

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

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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 you feed. 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 make a commitment 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 the obesity. Consult your vet for recommendations. You may find that physical therapy with a canine rehabilitation practitioner helps.

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/

Gracie and the Kids

This lovely ready-made family of three would love to go to a home together if possible. They are happy to stay indoors and would be suitable in a safe and secure condo environment. For anyone taking these beauties, you’ll get lots of cuddles in return.

Ginnie and Family

You will remember Ginnie was pregnant when we first met her on this page. She now has four babies to rear and they will be ready for adoption at the beginning of November. Give us a call if you’d like to reserve one or more.

Cucko and Bilbo

Surprisingly these two little boys are still with us. They are the best of friends and would love to entertain you too. Like most naughty boys they can get up to a bit of mischief now and then.

Minnie

She was literally at death’s door when she came to us a while back: a walking skeleton with virtually no fur. However she is now a happy and healthy puss who is looking for pastures new, perhaps at your home.

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

To prevent your pet's food dish from becoming infested with crawling insects—such as ants, do not leave their bowls on the ground or floor all the time. Set a specific feeding schedule, usually twice a day for adult pets, more often for kittens and pups, and pick up the dish when your pets have had their fill and feeding time is over. It can also help to locate pet dishes on a table or bench where the crawlies won't find them right away. Dr. Peters, author of Our Amazing Cats and Our Amazing Cats Volume 2, has now published Our Amazing Dogs. All of her books are touching, funny and informative, and are available from Amazon Books and at www.ouramazingcats.com. They may also be downloaded online (about about 200 baht) at http://youniquesolutions.com/3Books.htm.


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