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he Royal Thai Immigration Bureau has confirmed that holders of passports of certain countries, arriving at Thai border posts without a prior visa, will now receive 30 days permission to stay instead of a fortnight. The beneficiaries of this important rule change are passport holders from UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan. It is believed that there is no restriction on the number of times foreigners from these countries can use the recently-announced facility. They can also receive 30 days on arrival when visiting Thailand by air as in the past. There are no changes to the regulations covering air-borne passengers.

Immigration announces VISA-ON-arrival changes

Passport holders from most other countries will continue to receive only 15 days at Thai borders – at any rate for the time being. Those excluded for now from the widely-welcomed rule change include Australians, New Zealanders and smaller countries within the European Union. To obtain 30 days they must continue to arrive by air. However, there are exceptions. Russians will continue to enjoy a 30-day permission whether they enter by land or air, a discretion they have enjoyed since 2006 as a move by the Thai authorities to encourage Russian tourism and investment. A few countries from Latin America and South Korea receive an automatic 90 days at Thai airports and land-crossing points without, a Continued on page 6


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News Snatch gang arrested

The getaway car used following the robbery of an elderly German was spotted in Banglamung, leading to the arrest of four suspects. The men were apprehended while carrying several guns. The German tourist, 69-year-old Peter Bovenseepen said he was on Soi Potisan when he was jostled and robbed of his wallet. Gang leader Thawatchai told investigators that he targeted foreigners because they were less likely than Thais to report the thefts to police.

Watch sellers attack Russian

Alleged childabuser arrested

Russian tourist Andrey Pratasov and three friends complained to police that he had been attacked by watch sellers near Soi Skaw Beach. The 30-year-old man said that he unwillingly got into conversation with a group of pestering vendors and even examined one watch, determining that it was a fake when the small hand fell off. Refusing to accept Pratasov’s rebuffs, two vendors hit the tourist in the stomach and then fled. Police said this type of crime was disturbingly common and they would check loitering street vendors in the area.

A 50-year-old Australian was arrested following charges of sexual abuse leveled by the 11-year-old daughter of the man’s lover. Officers of the anti-trafficking and women’s protection squad arrested Ben Agame Ofar, a suspect in what was called a sexual harassment case. Officers said that the girl, a student at a school in Pattaya, made a complaint that she was being abused by her mother’s boyfriend and was too afraid to tell her mother. Instead, the girl revealed details to a neighbour. Police further stated that Ofar admitted to being in a relationship with the girl’s mother, but rejected the accusation of child molestation. Adding to the man’s woes, he was found to be holding a passport and visa--both of which had expired.

Police seize 6,000 illegal pills In a local sting operation, police caught 19-year-old Golf Owart with 6,000 methamphetamine tablets. The youth admitted that he was an addict merely hired by a friend to sell the drugs, and claimed he was by no means a major dealer. Golf identified his drug-dealing boss as a man called Nui who lived near Khao Kheow Open Zoo.

Scaling Russian hospitalized

Motorbike taxi driver killed

A Russian man climbing an electric fence on Soi Town in Town was whisked away by emergency volunteers from Sawang Boriboon Foundation. Suspected of being unstable, the man was taken to Banglamung Hospital. The fence was on the four-storey building that houses the Democratic Party office in Pattaya. The Russian had been spotted earlier by a security guard who said the man had initially been with friends but then, oddly, walked alone in circles in a parking lot. Police are searching for his travel companions.

Toi Suksai, a 60-year-old motorbike taxi driver, was killed when a speeding car ran a stop light and slammed into the motorbike. Witnesses said Toi had stopped at an intersection on Sukhumvit Road in Jomtien, then turned left when the signal turned green. That is when his motorbike was hit by a car driven by 27-year-old Theerasak Nongyai. The younger man, who remained at the scene, denied having driven through a red light. Police planned to view CCTV footage.


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News Loy Krathong Festival this weekend

Loy Krathong in Pattaya will be celebrated with a main event at Bali Hai pier beginning at 5 pm, Sunday, Nov. 17, according to City Hall. Festivities will

include traditional cultural shows and games for all. There will also be a pre-teen kids’ personality contest; winners will be awarded academic

scholarships. Loy Krathong traditionally marks the end of the rainy season which has been surprisingly strong and prolonged in Pattaya this year.

Top-off ceremony at Zire Wongamat

Raimon Land celebrated the topping-off of Zire Wongamat condominium, its beachfront residential project in North Pattaya. Zire Wongamat is Raimon Land’s third project in Pattaya after Northshore and Northpoint. With the final beams in place for the project’s 37- and 54-story towers, the beachfront complex is edging closer to completion. Included on the

six-rai property will be a wide range of studios, 1- and 2-bedroom units, and duplexes, all with sea views. Since Zire Wongamat’s launch nearly three years ago, 90 percent of the units have been sold. With architectural works in all 480 units designed by SODA, the structure is complete and will be ready for occupancy in 2014.


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News Police ask for fair play Senior police officers in Pattaya claim to be doing their best to reduce crimes against foreigners. Careless tourists are often at fault because they leave bags unattended or in poorlylocked rooms, noted Colonel Suwan Chiewnavinthawat.

As regards street crimes, the senior police officer explained that transvestite pickpockets are being arrested every day, and his officers are manning more checkpoints, especially at night. Furthermore, the local media was asked not to exaggerate or sensationalize

street crime as excessive publicity has led to a poor image for Pattaya. In the past, police have objected to the expression “foreign mafia�, claiming there are no such powerful cliques operating on the Eastern Seaboard.

Father kills Imposters uncovered son in rumpus

A regretful father told police he was sorry he had knifed his son, 19-year-old Kittitud, who had been trying to stop the older man from beating his wife. Family members told investigators that an inebriated Auayporn Langjumnong, 41, was repeatedly hitting his wife, and that Kittitud threatened his father with a metal bar in an attempt to end the attack on his mother. Auayporn reacted by stabbing the youth, who later died in hospital. During his interrogation, the suspect said it was not his intention to kill his son, and hoped that his wife and second son would forgive him.

Staff at an Indian restaurant in central Pattaya became so angry about a small group demanding money from them that they made an official complaint to local police. Four restaurant workers said that several times in recent weeks three hostile imposters entered the restaurant identifying themselves as being from the Internal Security Operations Command. The imposters claimed that they were collecting voluntary donations for their boss who was apparently very hard up. Police set up a stake-out and arrested one man from Bangladesh and two Thais; they were charged with impersonating state officials and menacingly demanding money. An unregistered gun was also seized.

Road crash kills one, injures 14 A 72-year-old German man was arrested following a traffic accident on Jomtien Beach Road which left one dead, 14 injured, and 13 vehicles damaged. The crash, in front of the Somprasong Plaza at 8 p.m. Friday, led to the arrest of Juergen Heinze. The man appeared dazed, having been assaulted by others involved in the accident.

While his breathalyzer test proved negative for alcohol, police searched his damaged car where they reportedly found prescription medication which may have caused the man’s impaired driving. Because it was difficult to communicate with the suspect, police delayed interviewing him until the following morning. Witnesses reported that the

German was driving erratically and at an excess speed when he hit 10 parked motorbikes and then slammed into two cars and a baht-bus full of passengers. The deceased was described as a female in her mid thirties. Seven Thais and seven Russians were injured and taken to various hospitals around Pattaya for emergency treatment.

Australian arrested for ATM fraud

Shisha raids go up in smoke

A farang suspected of using fake credit and bank cards to access funds from an ATM, sparked a call summoning police to Siam Commercial Bank in Pattaya. CCTV footage provided a clear image of a white man who later was tracked to an hotel on Soi Nern Plubwan, Banglamung. Peter Junas, a 42-year-old Australian, was interrogated for an hour and confessed to such criminal activities for some time. About 200 fake cards were found in his hotel room. Junas said he had spent most of the money on living expenses.

Banglamung district licensing officers, assisted by 30 volunteers of the Civil Defence Volunteers, raided establishments on Walking Street in response to reports of shisha pipe-smoking in some bars and clubs in spite of the ban on such activities. The squad found evidence of shisha stored in the fridges of just one establishment, but nowhere did they discover traces of actual smoking or of warm carbon deposits. The fridge evidence was handed over to police for further investigation.


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News Pattaya Boat Show spotlights marine tourism treasures In the wake of last year’s inaugural Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, which generated revenue of 90 million baht, the second such nautical event sets sail here Nov. 22 to 24, aimed at promoting marine leisure tourism and delivering highend tourists to the resort. Highlights of the event were outlined by Ronnakit Ekasingh, Pattaya deputy mayor, Pataraporn Sithivanich, executive director of product promotions for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Ocean Property executives. These include: *A diverse onshore display by more than 100 exhibitors representing Thai and foreign marine tourism and leisure and lifestyle business sectors such as top yachting brands, luxury real estate, Super Bikes, Super Cars, marine accessories, and more. *A program of onshore and on-water activities and entertainment, including free sailing trials, free kayak trials, lucky draws, cocktail parties, Dragon Boat Races and live music at a marina-side beer garden and festival. More than 3,000 visitors are expected to attend. According to TAT, almost nine million tourists visit Pattaya each year, a mix of domestic and international. And according to Supatra Angkawinijwong, deputy managing director, Ocean Property, “The number of boats in the area continues to grow, and while Ocean Marina Yacht Club is already the largest marina in Southeast Asia, we have plans to expand further. This, together with a growing marine infrastructure

around Pattaya, positions the region as a leading marine tourism hub in Southeast Asia.” Beyond which, she noted, “Yacht owners at Ocean Marina Yacht Club have always been majority foreigners, approximately 80 percent. However, recently we have seen this demographic change as more and more Thais buy into the marine leisure lifestyle. We have seen the number of Thai yacht owners in the marina increase from 20 percent to 38 percent within the last 12 months.” In a press release, organizers pointed out that the Gulf of Thailand “opens up to the South China Sea giving easy access to yachts from Hong Kong and further north, and south to the Indonesian archipelago, Australia and New Zealand. Strategically positioned and with the untouched waters of Cambodia and Vietnam on its doorstep, in addition to the myriad of islands dotted off the coast, gives credence to Pattaya’s claim as a leading marine tourism hub in Southeast Asia.” For more information, go to www. oceanmarinaboatshow.com


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News Immigration announces VISA-ON-arrival changes

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prior visa, reflecting the ease with which Thai nationals can visit those reciprocally. Down until 2006, all nationalities entitled to 30 days at the airport also received 30 days at any Thai land crossing point. The Thai government of that time believed that there were many unwanted foreigners, especially British and German, who were making frequent trips to the border to avoid the bureaucracy and checks associated with long-stay visas. Thus travellers arriving at land borders were cut to two weeks and restricted to three visa runs in six months. Many commentators at the time said this restriction was both petty and unnecessary as well as failing to identify overstayers, petty criminals, pedophiles and the like. A Thai Immigration source told Pattaya Today, “At the moment Thailand is overhauling its entry policies in preparation for the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community in

just over two years time. As an example, a memorandum of understanding is likely to be signed between Myanmar and Thailand to allow visa-less travel for those arriving by air. Also, the Thai government is actively considering removing the requirement for a visaon-arrival for Chinese visitors who now form the biggest tourist group.” He added that the Immigration Bureau was also trying to reduce the bureaucracy associated with “first-world” travellers from Europe, Japan and the United States as part of the policy to make Thailand the tourist hub of Southeast Asia. It is likely that the new 30 days discretion for some land-border visitors will be extended to other nationalities in due course. “Firstly though, the bureau has to be sure that its computerized systems can manage the huge increase in visitors to Thailand which is envisaged once the ASEAN Economic Community really gets into its stride.”

The first in a series of classical music concerts at Parkview Conference Hall at the Siam Bayshore Hotel featured The Four Seasons by Vivaldi and two string quartets by Mozart. The pieces were performed by Silpakorn Summer Music School directed by Leo Phillips and with violin soloist Tasana Nagavajara.

Pattaya music crackdown begins The Department of Special Investigations (DSI) has begun another periodic campaign against the illegal use of music in the resort’s bars, clubs and karaokes. The United States in particular is said to be unhappy that so many entertainment places have not paid licensing fees and are in breach of

copyright. The maximum penalty under Thai law is 400,000 baht in fines or five years in jail. One enforcement problem is that some highprofile karaokes are owned by influential people, including police officers, who may offer protection in return for a slice of the profits. One

estimate is that a holiday city the size of Pattaya should yield about 70 million baht in licensing taxes every year, whereas the actual figure is less than 400,000 baht. The raids are continuing, but there is little detail available from the investigators at the present time. A separate problem is that

some clubs have been visited in the past by fake policemen or licensing authority officials who have demanded money and menaced the owners. In such circumstances, the proprietors have either paid up or made an official complaint at the police station, in which case a compromise is usually reached by all parties.


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News 185 Rajadamri named Best Condo Raimon Land’s luxury property, 185 Rajadamri, has again been lauded, this time taking the award for Best Condo in Thailand at the South East Asia Property Awards in Singapore. The third such annual event at the Shangri-La Hotel honored top developers from across the region with 38 awards in 14 categories. The winners were chosen by judges comprised of professionals in construction, property development, management service, architecture and interior design. “185 Rajadamri represents the very best of Raimon Land’s core values, such as innovation and integrity,� said Chatuporn Supayong, Raimon Land deputy vice president of sales. “We are delighted to see that our efforts are being rewarded. The company’s success lies in its passion and determination to deliver landmark residential buildings in the best locations that make Bangkok such an attractive city for the new generation of Asian investors.�

Sandy fights for Formula 3 Open title A dramatic weekend in Barcelona for the European Formula 3 Open Championship saw Thai racer Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik struggling with car problems and missing the first freepractice session Friday. At the following morning’s qualifying session, Stuvik fought a huge over-steer and could manage only a season worst P8 starting position for the race. He went from P7 on the grid back to eighth on the first lap, before clawing his way up the field. In the end he took the checkered flag in fifth position, with rival Ed Jones winning the race and taking the championship lead. In the meantime it emerged that Jones had raced at the Barcelona Circuit only two weeks ago, in direct contradiction with F3 rules prohibiting testing on championship circuits. A protest was

subsequently filed and accepted for a later hearing by the organizer committee. In Sunday’s race, Stuvik’s car set up was modified for a lower rear ride height before qualifying. Finally the young Thai managed P2 position in the qualification, just one tenth behind Jones in P1. For the final race of the season, Sandy had an unusually slow getaway from the grid and dropped to fifth position before quickly getting past the drivers in front and up to third position. By the end of the race the Thai driver was in second place and Jones had dropped to fifth. Frenchman Alex Cougnaud, also from RP Motorsport, won the race. For the season, Sandy has the most points, 267 vs. Jones 256 points, but

the championship will be decided on only 14 of the 16 races. Since the Thai driver has finished every race in fifth place or better, he has to drop valuable points. On net points, Jones leads with 256 vs. Stuvik 247. The championship, therefore, remains undecided until after the protest hearing against Jones, at the end of November.

Kwai Thong shop opens D e p u t y M a y o r Wu t t i s a k Rermkitkarn and Chang Kwaithong, executive committee of Jia-Li Co., Ltd. opened the 15th branch and first in Eastern Seaboard of the Kwai Thong shop, which sells agricultural produce and machinery throughout the country. The newest location is opposite Makro on Sukhumvit Road. The company is known for its donations to buy boxing equipment for Pattaya youth who practice selfdefence and martial arts.

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News Sanctuary of Truth urges positive thinking

Memories of the Dog’s Bollocks It’s reported from England that Chris “Chubby” Henderson has died in UK. He was famous 15 years ago for running a Pattaya bar ingeniously called the Dog’s Bollocks, when Pattaya had the reputation for being a British lager louts’ paradise; the bar was a favourite hangout for what seems, in 2013, to be a distant memory. The bar also attracted football enthusiasts, some of whom were not beyond starting a riot or two of their own. T-shirts and beer mats of the time advertised the bar as The Dog’s Bollocks – Nuff Said! Indeed. Although some people claim the name dates back to practices in the London brewing industry, in fact it simply recalls the fact that dogs do enjoy licking their genitalia. Nuff Said, again! Cafe Royale sold One of Pattaya Boyztown’s oldest established bars, restaurants and hotels, Le Cafe Royale, has been sold to a Thai leisure company. The new owners say it’ll be business as usual in an establishment which first opened its doors in November 1990 and is due to celebrate its 23rd anniversary soon. For all that time it was operated by British owners. Rumours that the new owners will try to promote a non-gay environment are said to be poppycock by staff actually working there. Another bay tragedy The number of people killed in boating accidents in Pattaya bay over the past year is approaching a round dozen. The recent capsizing of an overloaded ferry from Koh Larn occurred when the engines stopped and passengers fled to the upper deck, thinking it was safer. Expect a lot of flack over this tragedy – promises of new regulations, better police technology, more checks at the docks to enforce safety standards, etc. But will any senior heads roll? Don’t bet on it. Zooming wine prices Recent tax changes on Thai and imported wine mean that you can expect to pay up to a 100 baht more for a bottle of spirits or wine depending on its price. But it’s a fact of life that you can save quite a bit of cash by shopping around still. The price variations are still quite remarkable. Many people wonder why wine and spirits are so expensive in Thailand. Maybe it’s to do with the producers of cheap whiskey and beer; they prefer people here drink the cheaper stuff rather than alternatives. Tourist Police website The Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA) now have a first class website which tells you most of what you need to know if you are interested or want to join. FTPA is still looking for additional recruits, but remember their entry rules are quite strict and training is both extensive and continuous. Most of their work is on Walking Street, but activities are now expanding into motorbike patrols and daytime duties on beaches and elsewhere. Everything they do is under the specific authority of the regular Tourist Police. Go to ftpapattaya. org.

The Sanctuary of Truth in Naklua is encouraging young people to believe in the values of honesty, concentration and meditation as a sensible way of tackling the problems of society, noting that solving problems with a loving heart and patience is a strategy in line with the precepts of Buddhism.

Jongrak named credit manager Jongrak Tepin has been named credit manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya, according to Robert J. Lohrmann, g e n e r a l m a n a g e r. Jongrak, who earned her master in business from Sukhothai Thammathirat University, has 20 years experience in finance and accounting, with eight years in credit functions while working at Siam Bayview Hotel, Cholchan Pattaya Resort, and Hard Rock Pattaya.

More details emerge on ferry tragedy Transpor t minister Phong Chivanonth has announced that the ferry disaster compensation for each of seven dead people would be 500,000 baht with a maximum of 115,000 for each injured man, woman or child. It was also stated that the doubledecker boat’s captain, who originally admitted taking drugs on the day but later rejected the claim, had had his licence confiscated. The announcement of the compensation

has caused some surprise as in an earlier case, concerning two Chinese nationals who died after an accidental ramming in the bay, received much more after a settlement adjudicated by the new tourist court. In other developments, it has become clear that the boat’s water pumps failed to operate properly which led to a rush of water and the clambering of many passengers on to the upper deck in the mistaken belief they were safer there. In fact,

the sudden movement of so many people on an overcrowded boat led to the capsizing. There was an insufficient number of life jackets carried on board, yet another failure to abide by current safety regulations, whilst some of the stock were torn and unusable in an emergency. Both Pattaya City Hall and the Chonburi governor’s office have demanded a wholesale review of maritime safety regulations in the Pattaya bay area.

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Everywhere a hole The October storms and downpours have, as usual, left a large number of potholes all over town and beyond. Some of the biggest and most dangerous are on Sukhumvit and Thappraya Road. There are constant reports of motorbike accidents, people falling and injuring themselves, etc. You can’t sue City Hall because, unlike in some countries, there is no public liability for accidents such as these. All you can do is watch your step and hope the local authority sends out the teams real soon. Gambling a no-no A reader asks whether or not gambling is invariably illegal in Thailand. Not quite. It’s allowed at two horserace tracks in Bangkok, and in the national lottery. But if someone tells you it’s okay to bet on football matches as long as you pay by Barclaycard or send the cash abroad, you tell them exactly where to put their bum information. On a similar theme, card playing is not illegal, but gambling or offering prizes most certainly is. Makro’s answer In spite of much publicity, there’s no sign of Pattaya stores reducing their use of plastic bags when customers check out. Even if you are buying only an Oxo cube (assuming you can find one) or a newspaper, the checkout assistant is likely to wrap it in a plastic bag, or at least offer to do so. Presumably the explanation of this non-environmentally friendly gesture is that the use of bags reduces the prospect of store thefts. Well, Makro on Sukhumvit Road has an excellent no-plastic-bags policy, so everyone else can surely follow their lead or come up with a better, non-plastic solution. Police help wanted Love it or hate it, Andrew Drummond’s bold and investigative website is hitting the high spots now with around 300,000 hits a month, although there are doubtless many repeat customers in that total, not to mention enemies constantly checking what’s being said about them. But we notice that the site is now being asked by police forces, especially the British, to help in the hunt for the relatives of deceased or missing persons. Once you are trusted by Interpol, you must be in a very tiny number of internet sites about crime and criminals in Thailand. Especially one specializing in Pattaya.

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

Asia BackPackers welcomes the World Race to Pattaya as the 60-strong peripatetic group continues its travels through 11 countries in as many months.

The first World Race began in Mexico nearly eight years ago. The event is constantly changing and expanding. For additional information go to www.worldrace.org

Thailand as ‘medical hub’ in question Hospital bosses say that the Kingdom’s current political problems are casting doubt on whether Thailand will achieve supremacy in the race to attract medical tourism. Pongsakorn Chindawatana, senior director at Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, warned that any political violence or seizure of public facilities, including airports, would have a very negative effect on public confidence as Singapore and Malaysia are arch-rivals of Thailand in the competitive industry of attracting rich tourists for medical treatment, both emergency and cosmetic.

He e x p l a i n e d t h a t w h i l s t Thailand is a hub of travel within Asia, it is not without significant competitors. For example Singapore has the attraction of being Chinese speaking, thus making it attractive to the growing medical tourism input from mainland China’s increasingly affluent entrepreneurial class. Malaysia has been in close touch with Arab countries in recent years and is rich in natural resources. Thailand certainly has its natural beauty, Dr Pongsakorn added, and is 10 or 15 percent cheaper than its rivals in

the region, a particularly important consideration for visitors from Europe and the United States. Competition between ASEAN countries for a bigger slice of the medical tourism market is likely to heat up after 2015 when the ASEAN Economic Community begins to come on stream. There is likely to be cross movement of doctors and nurses in each others’ countries at an early stage, particularly amongst those speaking English--the principal language used amongst the 10-nation consortium.


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John K. Lindgren visits the Volvo car plant and takes the new Volvo V60 Sportswagon for a spin in Sweden, the Nordic kingdom that gave us “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, the flat pack IKEA furniture concept and the coveted Nobel Prize. City of Gothenburg, “Göteborg” in Swedish, is on the banks near the mouth of Göta river on the country’s windy west coast. It’s the kingdom’s second largest city. Here Volvo cars and trucks are seen everywhere: four-door S60 sedans, V60 utilitarian station wagons, diesel-powered Volvo taxi cabs, and tall, tenwheel trailer trucks. Our Volvo experience starts on an autumn day with clear blue skies. First stop: the Volvo Museum near the old Arendal shipyard. This museum is a must-see for any auto aficionado. On display is a collection of Volvo's most important historical vehicles and the evolution of the brand, including construction equipment and industrial and marine engines. Nearby, at the

original factory the first Volvo named ÖV4 was rolled out on April 14, 1927. Next, Volvo Cars Torslanda visitor center and the factory tour on the so-called Blue Train. This dinky train is popular among overseas customers arriving at Gothenburg for the Overseas Delivery Service (ODS), where they pick up their new Volvos at the Torslanda factory. On the tour we follow the birth of a Volvo car, from a roll of gleaming sheet metal to the finished product. A first-hand impression of how a Volvo passenger car is built. “Please keep your hands inside at all times. And no cameras, please”, says our guide as the tour starts. Outside the factory we see massive rolls of sheet metal that have just arrived. Inside the factory hall the heavy-duty press shop. Here, doors, hoods, floors and panels are pressed with precision and speed. At

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eve n t s cal en d ar OCEAN MARINA PATTAYA BOAT SHOW Date: 22-24 November 2013, Friday-Sunday Venue: Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya The annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is set to take place for the second year, with the aim to promote marine leisure tourism and deliver high-end tourists to Thailand's number one beach resort destination, Pattaya. Activities: Free Sunset Yachting (4-6 pm), Free Trial Hobie Cat/Kayak, Beer & Food Festival by the Marina, Live band (Pop Jazz), Dragon Boat Race Show (TBC), Lucky Draw for Charity, Kid Games Station. For more information: Tel: 038 237 427 www.oceanmarinaboatshow.com

THE NEXT LEVEL OF DEEP HOUSE WITH DJ NICESTYLE AT HORIZON Date: 23 November 2013, Saturday Venue: Horizon restaurant and bar, Hilton Pattaya

Brazil’s Marcelo Ohio was crowned Miss International Queen 2013 at the Tiffany Show Pattaya. Besting 24 transgender competitors from 16 countries, the reigning Miss Brazil pranced away with 300,000 baht. First runner-up was Shantell D’Marco, Miss USA, while Miss Thailand, Nethnapada Kanrayanon, was named second runner-up. Before the top three battled in the question-and-answer finale, all 25 contestants showed off in the evening gown and national costume events witnessed by a packed audience and the judging panel which included Austin Armacost, American model and 2014 Gay Games Global Ambassador, Poy-Treechada, Miss International Queen 2004, and Haruna Ai, Miss International Queen 2009.

The new Miss International Queen will act as ambassador of goodwill, seeking to improve the rights of transgenders and others. Part of the proceeds from the pageant will be donated to the Thai Red Cross Society for HIV patients. Other winners: Best National Costume – Miss South Korea, Arisa Best Evening Gown – Miss Brazil, Marcelo Ohio Best Talent – Miss Malaysia, Nur Sajat Fariz Miss Congeniality – Miss Spain, Carolina Medina Miss Photogenic – Miss Thailand, Nethnapada Kanrayanon Miss Ripley’s Popular Vote – Miss Singapore, Anne Patricia Lee

Halloween at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Halloween at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya saw the annual gathering of ghosts and ghouls at two venues. Guests at the Zulu Jungle Bar enjoyed bloody Halloween drink specials and a brain-blowing live performance by the house DJ. Zico’s Sky Bar at Central Festival Pattaya Beach had a Brazilian Halloween-style theme featuring Brazilian Samba Queens. Prizes were awarded for the spookiest costume and in lucky draws.

Activities: Horizon, on level 34 will be the venue for the next level of deep house as DJ Nicestyle raise your night to the next level with her talent. Let Horizon take you to the next level. After 9:30pm, the first 50 guests will receive a complimentary cocktail. Entry is free, dress code naturally applies. Get ready to party and experience the next level of relaxation at the open-air bar, stretching out into the never-ending skyline with the hippest beats and the coolest drinks. For more information: Tel: 038 253 000 Email: bkkhp.pattaya.horizon@hilton.com

BELOVED ANNUAL PLOENCHIT FAIR Date: 24 November 2013, Sunday Venue: Bangkok Patana School Ploenchit Fair, the legendary British themed fun fair, is organized annually by the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (BCTFN) and supports a range of diverse charity projects in all regions of Thailand, promoting self-sufficiency and improving the lives of the needy. Activities: Enjoy a fun-filled day, from 10 am to 9pm, featuring an enormous array of outdoor attractions and entertainment for a memorable time with family and friends. Kids will enjoy riding the HSBC Ferris Wheel, Bangkok Hospital’s Hands Spin Boats, Transpo’s Giant Wave Slide, Shooting Gallery, King of the Mountain, Water Roller Ball and the Bungy, as well as many games stalls, and Bumrungrad’s Father Christmas will be paying an early visit to the fair for our younger members. While adults will enjoy over 60 shopping outlets at the Petticoat Lane that has charity stalls selling a vast assortment of treasures ranging from clothes, gifts, and cosmetic products to an amazing variety of international cuisines such as Sunrise Tacos, British Fish & Chips, Masala Art and all sorts of exotic Thai food. For more information: BCTFN Tel: 02 204 1587, Email: bctfn@loxinfo.co.th www.ploenchitfair.org

FIREWORKS FESTIVAL AT CAPE DARA RESORT PATTAYA Date: 29-30 November 2013, Friday-Saturday Venue: Cape Dara Resort Pattaya Activities: Cape Dara Resort will feature a BBQ seafood buffet offering diners a front row view of the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2013. The special packages on offer include BBQ buffet and drinks at 2,700 baht net per person, buffet only at 1,800 baht net per person and drinks only at 900 baht net per person. Room package also available and starts from 9,590 baht net. For more information: Tel: 038 933 888 www.capedarapattya.com


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FEI World Dressage Challenge 2013 at Horseshoe Point Thai and foreign riders all over Thailand competed at the three-day FEI World Dressage Challenge at Horseshoe Point. This marks the 33rd anniversary of the FEI World Dressage series designed to promote and expand horse-riding skills in developing countries throughout the world. Judging this year's challenge were Dr. Hans-Christian Matthiesen from Denmark and Mr. Freddy Leyman from Belgium.

A visit from HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana

2013 Winners: Thailand Championship Qualifier 1 Dressage Class 1: Prix Saint Georges Q1 1st place: Ravisara Wachakorn and Sir Carlos Class 1: Prix Saint Georges Open 1st place: Ravisara Wachakorn and Sir Carlos Class 5: FEI WDC Elementary Q1 1st place: Supasin Kongpun and Roma Vera Class 5: FEI WDC Elementary Open 1st place: Supasin Kongpun and Roma Vera Class 6: Sub-Junior Qualifier Thailand Championship 2013-14 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario Class 6: Preliminary Open 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario Class 9: Junior Qualifier Thailand Championship 2013-14 1st place: Supasin Kongpun and Roma Vera Class 9: Novice Open 1st place: Supasin Kongpun and Roma Vera

FEI World Dressage Challenge

Class: Preliminary Class Juniors 1st place: Woraphat Sittiju and Corsario Class: Preliminary Adults 1st place: Taliah Daniels and Borrachera Class: Elementary Class Juniors 1st place: Supasin Kongpun and Roma Vera Class: Elementary Class Adults 1st class: Chalam Chuewangkam and Maiden Class: Medium Class 1st place: Taliah Daniels and Cash In Class: Prix St-Georges 1st place: Ravisara Wachakorn and Sir Carlos

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Level 34, Hilton Pattaya

Human resources execs meet in Pattaya

Human resources executives from Thailand and abroad meet for Centara Grand Hotels & Resorts Human Resources Conference 2013 at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Robert J. Lohrmann, hotel general manager, is seen here with Pattara Jongcharoenkulchai, corporate vice president of Human Resources (third and fourth from left, respectively, in fourth row).

GIS students stage musical, drama

Hotel Promotions Hilton Pattaya unveils 2013 Seasons Festivities by the Sea Hilton Pattaya announced 2013 Seasons Festivities by the Sea offers that highlight its perfect destination, a choice of tempting cuisines and sparkling entertainment, by providing a selection of packages and a variety of fabulous venues where guests can relax in comfort and enjoy all the best the festive season has to offer. Impressive Moments at Hilton Pattaya At Drift on level 16, guests can enjoy a range of Christmas delights and buy excellent gift hampers, and have a chance to savour a glass of Drift’s famed Mulled Wine. At Edge on level 14, guests will savour cuisine from around the world with a wide selection of menu options in grand buffet style, along with an array of Christmas delights. For an exclusive Christmas dinner on December 24 and 25, guests can celebrate in style at exquisite Flare on level 15. Flare will bring a little spiced, classic and specialty dishes prepared at the hands of our famous local chef. Finally, guests can indulge with friends and family members at Horizon restaurant & bar, on level 34, which offers a set dinner with spectacular views over Pattaya Bay and the Gulf of Thailand. Magnificent Step to 2014 with Hilton Pattaya Guests can enjoy a sumptuous dinner buffet at Edge, exquisite Thai set menu at Flare or secure the premier location at one of the hotel’s stunning private islands at Drift. Guests can also celebrate the New Year with friends and family at Horizon on level 34, the most sought after venue for New Year’s Eve celebrations. To welcome 2014 with joy, guests can kick-start the fantastic year with a tempting brunch for the family at Edge from noon until 3:30 pm. Bookings will be essential. For more information or reservations please dial +66 (0)38 253 000 or email pattaya.info@hilton.com

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Students from Garden International School staged a special performance to show their newly-found musical and dramatic skills. Non-Thai students in Years 7-9 had special music and drama lessons, called Awesomeness, and demonstrated their talents at an assembly. They performed ‘I Won’t Grow Up’ from Peter Pan, ‘Hard Knock Life’ from Annie, John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ in sign language, and ‘America’ from West Side Story. For more information on GIS, based in Ban Chang, go to www.gardenrayong.com

Marriott Sports Day

Somsak Tanruengsri (far right), general manger of Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, led associates in the Marriott Thailand Sports Day, when more than 500 associates from across the country gathered at Chulalongkorn University Sports Stadium. Representatives from all Marriott properties in Thailand competed in futsal, basketball, chair ball, badminton, table tennis, and cheerleading, to name but a few.

Asia Media Fam Trip at Hilton Pattaya

On a familiarization trip to Thailand, editors from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia visit the awarding-winning Hilton Pattaya where they meet with Rudolf Troestler, the hotel’s new general manager.

Superstars’ luxury holiday stay at Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya Dominique Ronge (centre), general manager, and Wassana Pokthang (third from left), executive assistant manager of Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, seen here with actress-model Jeeranan Manojam (third from right), actor Gun Pakdeevijit (second from right), and other celebrities on holiday at the resort.


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Austrian ambassador at Hilton Pattaya

Hotel employee returns lost wallet

Austria’s ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Enno Drofenik (second from left) and his family seen here during their stay at the awarding-winning Hilton Pattaya. Rudolf Troestler, hotel general manager, is on the left, and Phatrarika Phatraprasit, director of business development, is on the right.

Dechanont Wangthong (left), executive assistant manager of Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket, presents a certificate in recognition of the honesty and goodwill of Somchai Chinprai (centre), hotel driver, who returned a guest’s wallet containing 63,650 baht. On right is Prachumchok Chuayrat, hotel security manager.

GMP training at A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya

The food and beverage staff of A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel is seen here during their participation in the Good Manufacturing Practice training. Led by Suppawan Rattanaopath (sitting second from left in the second row) and Suppachai Rattanaopath (sitting second from right, second row), assistant managing director, the training was conducted by Bubpa Songskulchai (middle, second row), Protect Health Consumer and team from the Public Health Pattaya City Hall.

Nina and family at Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya

TV star at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya

Robert J. Lohrmann (centre), general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya, seen here with vacationing guests Nina-Sutita Panyayong (left), TV host and actress, and husband Pachara 'Bank' Panyayong (right), former TV announcer.

Thai TV star Nong Unda Kultera Yodchang (left) seen here with Sittidej Rochanavibhata (right), GM of Cape Dara Resort Pattaya, during her stay while filming the new television series Forget Me Not at the resort.

Creative Business Awards Cracking the Code of Creative Business: Thai Creative Awards was the designation for an event supported by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. It was organized by Kenan Institute Asia and the office of Knowledge Management and Development. Seen here at the event are honored guests ML Kathathong Thongyai, director, Product Value Development, Department of Export Promotion (front row, second from right); Dr. Karndee Leopairote, assistant professor of industrial and operations management, Thammasat Business School (front row, second from left), and Richard Bernhard, executive director, Kenan Institute Asia (front row, third from right).

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Koh Yao The Peace of South PHOTOS COURTESY OF TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND (TAT)

Even though Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are nestled between the two crowded tourist destinations of Phuket and Krabi, these two islands are still surprisingly traditional, maintaining their roots with a culture and lifestyle that go back years and years. Often considered something of an ‘unseen’ side trip from Phuket, the islands are part of Phang Nga province, despite the fact that it is easier to take a one-hour ferry or boat ride from Phuket than Phang Nga. (From Phuket, catch a ferry from Bang Rong pier to Tha Khao pier on Koh Yao Noi, or a boat from Jian Vanich pier to Loh Jak pier on Koh Yao Yai.) Because the number of tourists to the islands has remained small, the islands have changed very little, meaning that services for tourists and accommodation are still very much in the hands of the locals– perhaps the best course for longterm sustainable tourism. Most of the population comprises Thai Muslim fishermen and rubber plantation workers, with a little rice farming, fruit orchards, and palm and coconut plantations. Koh Yao Noi earned the attention of the world following the receipt of the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship from Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler magazine for its eco-friendly home stay programmes. Koh Yao Noi is also home to some government offices, while Koh Yao Yai is less developed with virgin beaches and with unreliable power supplies during the low season. When visiting the islands, take care to show respect to the traditional customs of the local Muslim people. In particular, ladies should avoid wearing bikinis, hot pants or singlets in public places. Activities Experience the local lifestyle with an ecological home stay with a host family. They will take you on daytrips designed to teach you about the local culture. Watch and learn from fishermen and farmers in action! (Koh Yao Noi Eco-Tourism Club, contact +66 (0)76 597 409 for English or +66 (0)76 597 244, +66 (0)81 968 0877 for Thai)

Shopping On Koh Yao Noi, there are some internet cafes and restaurants in town, including a new 7-Eleven shop, while Koh Yao Yai has several restaurants and no internet, ATMs or shops. Dining A combination of Muslim and Thai cuisines is available. Try the local Roti (said to be the thinner and crispier than in other southern areas) served with hot milky tea. Be warned: the villagers are Muslim, and drinking alcohol is prohibited except in restaurants and resorts. Recreation There are no pubs or bars, and no bands or electric lights, so enjoy the

local custom of congregating at the tea shop after dinner. Top 3 Things in Koh Yao 1. Learn the culture Largely undeveloped, the island offers a lifestyle that centres around nature. Take the chance to learn a different sort of lifestyle by staying with a host family, or tour the island yourself to explore this unspoilt paradise. 2. Islet hop Take a half-day trip to nearby islets: Koh Khai (Egg Island), Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nai, and Koh Khai Nui for snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming. 3. Get back to nature Rent a motorbike or hire a tour truck (Koh Yao Yai, contact Bang Seed at +66 (0)89 970 6863) and

ride along the quiet roads, under the shady rubber trees, to discover a peaceful, simple way of life, where agriculture and fishing are the main

livelihood. On the journey, see traditional wooden houses, and buffalos taking mud baths in the rice paddies.


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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

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Cape Dara hosts South African wine dinner

Hildenbrand Wines dazzle diners Mick and I were invited to the stunning Cape Dara Resort for the latest in a series of South African wine dinners. These perennially popular dinners are held regularly to promote and educate us into the pleasures of South African wines. Sponsored by the South African-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Food Com (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Jubulani (a social organization to support and maintain a gateway for South Africans and friends living in Thailand) and on this occasion showcasing the wines from the distinguished Hildenbrand Wine & Olive Estate. Reni Hildenbrand,

owner, vintner and creator of this famous winery, presided over the evening. Cape Dara Resort is a fairly new addition to Pattaya’s portfolio of 5-star hotels. “Dara” means star and this resort displays not just one but a galaxy of star-studded assets. Set on the most southernly promontory of the Naklua peninsula the edifice rises 26 stories into the sky and offers incomparable vistas of Pattaya Bay. All 264 guest rooms, suites and villa compounds have open sky views giving spectacular glimpses in all directions. Hildenbrand wines hail from the foot of the majestic Hawegua Mountains in the town of Wellington where wine maker Reni Hildenbrand has followed her childhood passion for wine making and has created something special at

From left to right: Pasit Foobunma, Board Member/Web Master; Reni Hildenbrand, creator and vintner of Hildenbrand Wine & Olive Estate; Allan Riddel, Director of South African-Thai Chamber of Commerce; Antje, friend of Hildenbrand Wine & Olive Estate

Klein Rhebokskloof, home to her Hildenbrand wines and olive oils. All wines in the range are vegan and vegetarian friendly and her artisan olive oils are sought after by oil connoisseurs across the world. With the distinguished provenance of the winery it was with great expectations that we gathered on the terrace where we sampled the first pouring of the evening. Shiraz Rose 2011 was the chosen vintage and with its medium body, fresh raspberry and cherry flavours (with just a hint of spice) it made very good friends indeed with the salmon tartar canapés and perfectly launched the pageant of wines and dishes to come. On behalf of the South AfricanThai Chamber of Commerce, Alan Riddell, its director, and Linda Reay, chief of Jabulani and joint-venture partner, welcomed the assembled guests and fearless volunteers kicked off the evening with some resounding fanfares on the famous South African blowing horn – the vuvuzela. First course was a delicious roast pumpkin, rocket, feta and pine nut salad served with a drizzle of that celebrated Hildenbrand olive oil. A delightful opener which complemented the much underrated Chenin Blanc which is a great shame as Hildenbrand wine makers have created a balanced fresh grassy wine with citrus freshness which was the perfect pouring to accompany the roasted pumpkin salad. The next course was grilled sea bass and prawn open ravioli with a lime, garlic and coconut milk sauce. The pairing for this course was a Chardonnay

Barrique. An elegant pale gold wine that had been fermented and matured in French oak for nine months before a skilful blending of 1st and 3rd fill barrels to create a perfect harmony of fruit oak balanced with an extremely pleasant long linger. This was my favourite wine of the evening. The big guns were now being brought out. Beef tenderloin served with a biltong cream on a potato rosti followed. Served with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, this robust big-hearted red was the perfect companion to the beefy rich flavours of the tenderloin. Desert followed in the shape of a coffee and vanilla panna cotta with flambéed black cherries. Accompanying this scrumptious dessert was an award winning Shiraz. Matured in Hungarian oak for 14 months this Shiraz displayed a deep purple colour with a taste of rich fruits and just a hint of oak. The cheese course included board member Pasit Foobunma’s farm-produced goats cheese which was quite our favourite. Its mild nourishing taste was a marriage made in heaven with the Hildenbrand’s dessert wine, she named “Sleepless Nights” after tossing and turning for many a night

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trying to give the wine a name. It is a sweet (but not too sweet) charming late harvest Semillion with overtones of citrus, grass and honey which impeccably brought down the curtain on our most enjoyable evening of wining and dining, South African style. A truly delightful experience and our thanks to Cape Dara for expertly hosting the event, chef Nicky Hobson-Grobler for having taken the Cape Dara chefs under her highly experienced wing in the execution of the South African inspired gourmet treats, and our thanks to Reni Hildenbrand for packing so much passion and sunshine into each bottle of her delicious wines. For more information on Hildenbrand wines, go to www.wineestate-hildenbrand.co.za.

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Two glasses of house wine for the price of one when order with the cheese & cold cuts platter

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F&B Promotions Let’s Rum & Roll

Choice Skewers

at Infiniti & Latitude lounge, Sheraton Pattaya Resort

at Oasis restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

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

Oysters – Pearl of the Sea in November at Mantra restaurant & bar From France, Japan, USA, Canada, Australia and Thailand – Executive Chef Leonard Faust and the Mantra culinary team have selected the best from the oyster world. Flat Belon and Pousse en Claire, Hokkaido Rock, Calm Cove Pacific, Hammersley, Coffin Bay and Eagle Rock will be on the menu this November. Enjoy oysters simply served fresh on the half shell with your favorite condiments or try the Bloody Mary Oyster shooters, the Samurai Oysters Poached in Sake or treat yourself with the Canadian Lobster & Oysters Omelet. Mantra’s superb wine selection will offer you a vast choice of great names from France, Italy, Australia and Chile by glass or by bottle. Mantra restaurant & bar, located at Pattaya Beach Road, is open daily 5 pm to 1 am. Advance reservation recommended. Contact +66 (0)38 429 591, email@mantra-pattaya.com or www.mantra-pattaya.com

Game for Game at Acqua Italian restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Throughout the month of November, Chef Alberto Bruni at Acqua Italian restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya invites you to enjoy bird and game autumnal culinary treats. Grilled marinated quail is served with an original Mesclun salad. Lush venison fillet is accompanied by a rich red currant sauce and he has created a delicious rabbit ragout which is served with sage fettuccine for a true taste of Italy. Prices start from 360++ baht (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT). Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the Main Lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 18:30-22:30 hrs. Call now for reservations at (038) 301 234 ext. 4266.

Sea Scallops at Radius, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya This November, Radius restaurant at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya offers a variety of mouthwatering juicy sea scallops. The sea scallops are delicately prepared by the master chef to maintain its freshness and juiciness in the dishes including steamed US scallops with Poached scallop and seafood with spicy raspberry sauce, cantaloupe melon and mint leaves, Poached scallop with white wine butter sauce served with pilaf rice and buttered vegetables, Cauliflower puree served with seared US scallops and more. Prices start from 245 baht net. Sea scallops are available every day from 16:00-22:00 hrs. For more information, please contact Cape Dara Resort Pattaya at Tel. 038 933 888 or visit www.capedarapattaya. com, www.facebook.com/CapeDaraPattaya

Throughout the month of November, chefs at Oasis restaurant are proud to present Choice Skewers. This month’s menu features “Meat on a Stick”. Turkish kebabs, Jamaican chicken, Tandoori inspired seafood and BBQ pork kebab will all receive their signature treatment. If you love meat, don’t miss it. Prices start at only 300++ baht (subject to service charge and VAT). Oasis restaurant is located at lower Main Lobby near the water park of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. Open daily from 6:00-23:30 hours. Call to reserve at (038) 301 234 ext 4260-61.

Expertly Seasoned at Kisso Japanese Restaurant, The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok After extensive renovations, Kisso Japanese restaurant confirms its position as a favorite among discerning diners and continues its focus on seasonal variation with their menu. From November to December, Kisso brings Hokkaido’s bounty to Bangkok with Chef Shinsuke “Yone” Yonekawa’s seasonal menu featuring three Hokkaido crab types: zuwai kani (snow crab), ke gani (hairy crab) and taraba kani (king crab); along with two seasonal fishes: samma (Pacific saury) and modori katsuo (fatty bonito). Kisso’s Seasonal Menu is available daily for lunch from 12 pm – 2:30 pm and dinner from 6 pm – 10:30 pm. Special Crab Course is also available at weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Kisso is located on the 8th floor of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. For more information, please call 02 207 8000, email kisso.bangkok@westin.com, or visit www.kissobangkok.com, www.facebook.com/kissobangkok

Thanksgiving Buffet November 28th at Dicey Reilly’s Thanksgiving is a time for fun, family, friends, and a traditional feast not to be missed at Dicey Reilly’s. Enjoy our Thanksgiving buffet, lunch or dinner, for only 699 baht net. Make your booking for the best Thanksgiving spread in Pattaya. For more information please contact 038 411 755, e-mail: diceyspub@minornet.com

Dine and dance with pizza of November ‘Lambada Pizza’ at Havana Bar & Terrazzo Available throughout November is a new delicious signature pizza “Lambada Pizza” at Havana Bar & Terrazzo. Savor the taste of lamb, grilled red capsicum, sautéed onion, cherry tomato, roasted garlic, Kalamata black olive, topped with feta cheese and mint leaf served on thin and crispy pizza base. Enjoy signature taste of Italian pizzas while listening to live music performance. Meet the signature taste of “Lambada Pizza” every day throughout this November at only 395 baht net and receive 50% discount from 4 pm to 6 pm daily. Havana Bar & Terrazzo restaurants serve home-style Italian cuisines such as signature pizza, antipasti, salads, pastas and Thai dishes. For more information or reservation please call 038 725 555.

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November 2013 From France, Japan, USA, Canada, Australia and Thailand. Executive Chef Leonard Faust and the Mantra culinary team have selected the best from the Oyster world. Flat Belon and Pousse en Claire, Hokkaido Rock, Calm Cove Pacific, Hammersley, Coffin Bay and Eagle Rock will be on the menu this November. Join us and enjoy our oysters simply served fresh on the half shell with your favorite condiments or try the Bloody Mary Oyster shooters, the Samurai Oysters Poached in Sake or treat yourself with the Canadian Lobster & Oysters Omelet. Mantra’s superb wine selection will offer you a vast choice of great names from France, Italy, Australia and Chile by glass or by bottle.

Open daily 5 pm. – 1 am. * Advance reservation recommended. Mantra restaurant & bar Pattaya Beach Road 20150, Thailand T: +66 (0) 3842 9591 F: +66 (0) 3842 8165 E: email@mantra-pattaya.com W: www.mantra-pattaya.com


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L’Olivier

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Dine for Less

Question: Where can you dine for less? Answer: L’Olivier in Jomtien Complex. This cordial restaurant has been serving the neighbourhood walletfriendly food for more than decade. It recently was closed for redecoration and has now reopened and once again offers quality 3-course dinners starting from as little as B.275. The décor is elegant Mediterranean style, the staff are friendly and efficient, and the French-style food is top notch and served in generous portions. Over the years the meals have remained consistently good. Here’s how it works. For the price of your main course you will receive soup of the day with as many trips as you like to the daily changing cold buffet table. Also, for only B.40 more you can indulge in one of the restaurant’s scrumptious standard desserts. Sounds like a great deal to us, so Mick and I revisited recently to admire the new décor and partake of the new menu. House wine by the glass is B.105 with a small or large carafe costing B.165 and B.265, respectively. A good selection of wines from the new and old worlds is also on hand, and it was from here that we ordered a very palatable Cote du Rhone 2010 for B1,195. This is broadly the nuts and bolts of this agreeable

restaurant, so read on for the finer points and details of the dinner Mick and I enjoyed on our last visit. The large terrace affords al fresco dining and also makes the perfect spot to enjoy the night air and watch the comings and goings in this part of town. However, we elected to enjoy the cool interior and settled ourselves at a window table. As mentioned, the set menu sets sail with soup of the day which, on the night we visited, was a tasty onion soup. It was then time to tackle the cold buffet table. If you would like to enjoy only one or two courses, the buffet on its own is only B.175 and the soup B.45. Salads galore are on offer including carrot, coleslaw, Russian, beetroot, kidney beans, peas, broccoli, and a big bowl of crunchy mixed leaves. Quiche, quails eggs, stuffed tuna tomatoes, pates (fish, chicken and beef), hams, salamis, cold cuts and more. Having enjoyed our soup and taken our fill of the cold buffet, it was time to move on to the main course. I had chosen the special of the day, mussels in white wine, while Mick had opted for mixed seafood in curry sauce. Big squashy mussels were accompanied by a

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flavoursome white wine sauce and French fries. The mixed seafood was plentiful and varied and the sauce creamy with curry flavouring. Other main courses include their signature fish soup with shrimps, crab, squid, mussels and fish fillet with turnip and potatoes in a spiced saffron soup (B.375). Beef lovers should head for the Angus rib eye with whisky sauce, steak in green pepper or Roquefort cheese (B.295) or the grilled maitre d’hotel. Other options are duck breast in orange sauce, salmon steak Florentine, grilled fish with sauce meuniere. Tiger prawns, those astonishing Alaskan king crab legs (B.275 for 100g) or New Zealand lamb chops with herbs de Province are also available. An extensive menu indeed. There also are more than a dozen Thai dishes the likes

of green curry with pork, chicken or beef, fried chicken with cashew nuts and vegetables, and lots more. For dessert we treated ourselves to a chocolate cake with cream sauce. Beautifully presented, it tasted darkly decadent and delicious. Their chocolate ice cream with rum and whipped cream also is highly recommended. The nerve centre in this restaurant is the amiable Khang and his delightful wife, Amy. They are hands-on proprietors who own not only L’Olivier but also the penthouse restaurant, Le Saigon, and the brilliant Saigon Bistro on the 6th floor of Central Festival, both definitely worth a visit. Mick and I have visited Le Saigon Bayview many times since its opening in 2004. Whether we were there to sample the regional Vietnamese specialities, the excellent Thai cuisine or the

top-notch European cuisine, it has always been a delightful evening. This penthouse restaurant is spectacularly located on the 23rd floor of Pattaya Hill Resort. The panoramic views from this eerie are stunning, encompassing the night skyscape of both Pattaya and Jomtien bays resulting in a jawdroppingly spectacular vista. If you were planning to view the upcoming fireworks contest, Le Saigon would be the perfect viewing platform. L’Olivier offers a dining out experience of finesse and style with prices that are as “cheap as chips”, or should I say French fries. Come here to sit back in delightful surroundings, eat great food and enjoy an evening of wining and dining. With prices this low you can’t afford not to go. Open daily from 6 till 10:30 p.m. Tel: (038) 251669. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Havana Devil INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 oz pomegranate juice 1 oz vodka 1/2 oz Southern Comfort 1/2 oz white crème de cacao 1/2 oz lime juice 1/2 oz sugar syrup 1/2 oz grenadine GARNISH Cherry tomato Red chili HOW TO MIX Coat the rim of a martini glass with grenadine and sugar. Shake well

all ingredients with ice and pour into the glass. Garnish with cherry tomato and red chili. GLASS TYPE Martini Glass CATEGORY Cocktail Available at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya


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Pumpkin Cappuccino Broth Seared Scallop & Crispy Parma I ngredients 50ml olive oil 80g white onion, finely chopped 100g carrot, peeled & diced 100g celery, diced 40g garlic, finely chopped 500g pumpkin, peeled & seeded 800ml chicken stock (or vegetable stock for vegetarian option)

C ooking method

2 bay leaves

In a hot heavy based bottom pot with the oil, sauté the onions,

2 sprigs thyme

carrots, celery and garlic without colouring for 5 minutes.

200ml cooking cream

Add the diced pumpkin and sauté for a further 10 minutes until

5ml Worcestershire sauce

nicely brown and caramelized.

50g parmesan cheese

Add the stock, herbs and season.

1 pc Japanese sea scallop

Simmer on a medium heat for 20 minutes.

Brioche crouton

Add the cream, Worcestershire sauce and parmesan cheese.

Parma ham, sliced & dried

Put the soup in a food processor and blend until smooth.

milk foam

Strain through a fine sieve and season to taste.

micro celery

In a frying pan, the rest of the oil sear the scallop on both sides and

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set aside until ready to serve.

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To serve place the scallop and crouton in the middle of the plate and

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By Mick and Di The Food Lovers

Diwali at Indian by Nature by Mick and Di

Diwali is certainly the biggest and brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is known as the Festival of Lights and is marked by four days of celebrations which literally illuminates India with its brilliance. Indian by Nature marked this sparkling festival with a two-night Diwali Bollywood Buffet Dinner. Both evenings were a sell out and all tables were fully charged with happy eaters ready to enjoy Av Khanijou’s celebrated cuisine. Notable dishes from the starters included chunks

of delicious chilli paneer, softly cooked salt-and-pepper potatoes, the most tender barbequed chicken brochettes and our favourite opening dish, Malai Fish Tikka. Accompanied by pickles and spicy sauces it was a shining selection of Indian appetizers. We were entertained by an Indian dance troupe from Bangkok later in the evening but, in the meantime, melodic classical music from the sub-continent rang out as we all headed back to the buffet table for a profusion of main

courses accompanied by mushroom pilaf, assorted naan breads and green salad. Chennai Express Fish Curry was a headliner dish for Mick and me, bursting with subtle flavours and sweet, yielding fish it was a winner. For lamb lovers the Dabangg lamb from Northern India received kudos as did the chicken cooked with spinach and methi Mumbai style. A tangy okra preparation, the perennially popular Jhalfrezi vegetables favoured by the British Raj and a creamy dal Bukhara completed the pageant of dishes. The sound system then took charge and the first of three classical dances sprang into action. Nareen, the dance master was to perform in the closing dance but the first two dancing displays were exciting examples of their craft and danced to perfection by his two protégées. The finale had diners on their feet joining the dances on the floor and lifting the ambiance into an exhilaration of colours and sounds of India. Av is a dessert diva and her assorted confections were a scrumptious end to this delightful celebration of the most famous Indian festival of the year. Another not to be missed event is The Exchange Theatre Company from London who will perform “The Elephant Man” and “Shakespeare for Dummies” at Indian by Nature on Nov. 15 and 16. Ticket price: B.1,000. Doors open at 6 p.m.


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Vol. 01 No. 22 | Nov 16-30 2013

Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Significantly Reduce Your Risk of Cancer by Eating These 10 Foods

Holistic Retreat to celebrate Loy Krathong festival

by Idalyne Davis, UrbaneWomen.com

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld is offering a “Holistic Retreat” spa treatment package during the Loy Krathong festival. The two-hour treatment is priced at 2,600 baht++ per person or only 4,600 baht++ for a couple and is available from 1-30 November 2013. Holistic Retreat begins with an Herbal Foot Ritual in neem tea with neem and citrus salt for relaxing and for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, then the burning of specific incenses which help in raising awareness, clearing thoughts, and creating energy flow. This is followed by Krathong Thai Body Glow, a body scrub with special ingredients including safflower, ginger, sesame, honey, strawberry, yoghurt, milk powder and olive oil to soften your skin and make it radiant. After that, your body is relaxed and your skin rejuvenated with Replenishing Body Massage with Vanilla Shea Butter to release tension and ease blocked energy with a Balinese massage technique. Complete the treatment with a Facial Acupressure, a technique used in ancient medicine, to stimulate detoxification and benefit muscles, nerves and aching joints. Finish your spa treatment with a cup of detoxifying herbal tea to rehydrate your body.

The overall importance of your diet cannot be understated. The varieties of foods we eat have a direct impact on our health. Certain foods, when added to our diets, will lower the risk of developing a serious illness. Maintaining a proper (as well as healthy) diet can help prevent obesity as well as lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer. There is of course no magic diet or single food that will prevent you from getting cancer. But with regular physical activity and a healthy diet (consisting of the following 10 foods), you can greatly reduce your risk of cancer.

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Tea Tree Spa, Holiday Inn Pattaya SPArkling Foot Massage by Dazzling View Tea Tree Spa at Holiday Inn Pattaya offers a fabulous spa package for the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival 2013 on 29-30 November 2013. Enjoy the remarkable fireworks with an hour long romantic foot massage while sipping a bottle of sparkling wine at the exclusive outdoor pavilions. Limited seats are available for you at 2,290 baht net per person from 6 pm to 10 pm. This spectacular non-stop event takes place along Pattaya bay and attracts more than 100,000 visitors per year. The festival also features booths selling locally made products, a carnival-style parade, shows and concerts. For reservations please call 038 725 555 ext 3902 or email: spa.reception@ Holidayinn-pattaya.com

Devarana Spa, Dusit Thani Pattaya DIY Program When you plan your beach vacation getaway to Pattaya, be sure to schedule a DIY program that allows you to sample the goodness of spa treatments of your choice from the treatment list for two hours.Your DIY program will make your trip the perfect getaway. Visit Devarana Spa today to relax, unwind and rejuvenate! The DIY Treatment Sampler List includes: Choice of 30 minutes Massage (Back/Head or Foot) Choice of 60 minutes Massage (Swedish/Back/Head or Foot) Choice of 90 minutes Massage (Swedish/Devarana/Detoxify or Thai) Choice of 30 minutes Body Scrub Choice of 30 minutes Relaxing Facial Choice of 30 minutes Milk & Rose Bath or Herbal Compress DIY program is priced at 4,000 baht net per person. For reservation, please contact Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Pattaya,Tel: +66 (0)38 371 044, Email: pattaya@devaranaspa.com

Royal Garden Spa Feel Transformed by Unique Seasonal Spa Retreat Look and feel your most radiant and relaxed with the Unique Seasonal Spa Retreat special package, priced at 6,500 baht net, at Royal Garden Spa, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa. Unwind into a 90-minute Deep Tissue Muscle Massage which offers deep rhythmic pressure to alleviate stress, ease aching muscles and revive the senses. A luxurious 60-minute Skin Specific Facial then delivers deep cleansing and active aromatherapy for all skin types. Choose between Herbal Lavender Repair to heal and balance combination and oily skin and Exotic Moisture Dew for dry and dehydrated skin. After your treatment, take away a free Elemis Bath or Shower Gel worth 1,890 baht. For more information and reservations, please contact Royal Garden Spa 038 412 120 ext. 1711 or e-mail ms_pmrs@minornet.com

1. Green and Black Tea Several studies have shown that the compounds found in both green and black teas are extremely helpful in the lowering of many types of cancer. 2. Allium Vegetables Allium vegetables assist your body’s antioxidant defense systems. These include garlic, scallions, onions, leeks and chives. These vegetables have been found to be helpful in protecting against cancers in the esophagus, stomach, and breast. 3. Brassica Vegetables Family In a large study done, results (non-conclusive) have suggested that individuals who incorporated more Brassica vegetables into their diet had their risk of contracting neurological disorders, as well as cardiovascular diseases lowered. Not only that, the study has also found that Brassica vegetables can also help to reduce the effects of aging. Kale, cabbage, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower and mustard are examples of Brassica vegetables. 4. Mushrooms Most mushrooms, whether it is inexpensive button mushrooms or the more exotic mushrooms like Reishi, Maitake, and Shitake, can help to prevent cancer due to their immune boosting properties. According to studies done, Maitake mushrooms can help reduce your body’s blood sugar levels, and hence reduce your risk of cancer. Also, it has been found that Reishi mushrooms can help to inhibit the growth of malignant tumors. One thing to note, however, is that if you are going to eat mushrooms, it is advisable that you eat only organic mushrooms, as non-organic mushrooms often have high pesticide levels. 5. Hot Peppers Known as fat-busters, hot peppers contain capsaicin. And because capsaicin is an appetite suppressant, your calorie intake is naturally reduced. This leads to a higher metabolism, which in turn burns extra calories (allowing you to drop some pounds as well). Also, studies have shown that capsaicin can help to slow down the rate of tumor growth.

6. Pumpkin Rich in alpha-carotene, as well as beta-carotene, pumpkin is a superfood that you can eat to help reduce the risk of contracting lung, as well as ovarian cancer. 7. Tomatoes Tomato contains a powerful antioxidant called Lycopene. It is also Lycopene that gives tomatoes their bright red color. Studies have shown that the risk of certain cancers like skin and prostate cancer, cervical, lung, bladder and stomach cancers are lowered when you have a diet rich in tomatoes. Some other fruits that have Lycopene in them include pink grapefruit, watermelon, apricots, papaya and guava. However, the highest concentrations of Lycopene are found in tomatoes. 8. Apples Although there is no concrete evidence that eating an apple every day will keep you from getting cancer, it can help to significantly reduce your risks. Quercetin found in apple may help to lower your risk of lung cancer, as well as slow down the growth rate of prostate cancer cells. Plus, there’s also evidence that pectin, along with other antioxidants (found in an apple), may halt the replication of both liver and colon cancer cells. 9. Spinach Spinach is helpful in warding off prostate, colon, ovarian, and liver cancers. The powerful antioxidants along with vitamin E and Lutein, which are found in abundance in those beautiful green leaves of spinach, make this vegetable a must for your diet. 10. Pineapple Bromelain is the key enzyme found in pineapples. It is believed that this enzyme is responsible for reducing the growth of malignant cells in breast cancer and lung cancer. As a bonus, eating pineapples can help speed up your digestion. It can also be used to treat sore throat, gout, and arthritis. For additional information on health, fitness, skin care, beauty, romance, hair care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com

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The chance of a woman developing breast cancer may rise if the BRCA1 gene mutates, but such mutations do not appear to worsen her chances of survival. About four out of five women live for at least 10 years following a breast cancer diagnosis, whether or not they have a BRCA1 mutation. A stronger predictor of survival is whether cancerous cells have infiltrated the lymph nodes. Breast cancer patients with positive lymph node status are three times more likely to die during that same period than those without.


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STRONGER, BRIGHTER, FITTER.

fairness-fitness-finery

Vol. 01 No. 22 | Nov 16-30 2013

eforea spa at Hilton Pattaya

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The King of Antioxidants – Astaxanthin Astaxanthin is referred to as the most powerful natural antioxidant in the world. It is extracted from algae called Haematococcus pluvialis. This antioxidant helps reduce inflammation and by Dr. Natnicha Loichuen has anti-aging benefits. Astaxanthin can eliminate a variety of damaging free radicals. Benefits of Astaxanthin Stroke protection. Reduces the risk of stroke and helps improve memory and learning. Eye fatigue relief. Reduces eye fatigue, especially for people working on a computer for a long time. Fights skin aging. Reduces wrinkles, age spots, and visible signs of aging caused by UV rays. Helps enhance skin moisture content, elasticity and suppleness. Increases male fertility. Improves sperm quality and function. Immune stimulation. Stimulates immune response by increasing the number of antibody-producing cells. Promotes a healthier liver. Improves insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, and prevents fatty liver diseases. Increases cardiovascular health. Lowers blood pressure, decreases fat accumulation and prevents inflammation of blood vessels. Maintains blood circulation and inhibits thrombosis (blockage by clots). Reduces inflammation of digestive tract. Reduces risk of gastric ulcer formation and dyspepsia. Alleviates symptoms in patients with peptic ulcer. Reduces symptoms of acid reflux. Prevents diabetes. Reduces level of blood glucose. Reduces oxidative stress on

the kidneys. Preserves pancreas function and insulin sensitivity. Improves sports endurance and strength. Improves exercise performance and provides excellent recovery from exercise. Prevents muscle atrophy in aging. ACT: Astaxanthin, vitamin C, Tocotrienol ACT promotes collagen rejuvenation by preserving fibroblasts and keratinocytes vitality; inhibits formation and darkening of existing age spots and combats premature skin sagging by suppressing an increase in the enzymes that breakdown elastin in the dermis. A – Astaxanthin • revitalizes photoaged skin by quenching oxidative stress and inflammation in all skin layers. • repairs dermal wrinkles and sagging by stimulating collagen production. • lightens age spots by inhibiting overproduction and oxidation of melanin. • restores smoothness and eliminates fine wrinkles by improving the moistureretention capacity of the skin surface cells. • lessens chronic itchiness and rebalances immune response in patients suffering from atopic dermatitis. Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant in the world – king of antioxidants. C – Vitamin C • stimulates the production of collagen and the reduction of melanin. • reduces sunburn caused by UVB and prevents the consequences of long-term sun exposure. Natural Vitamin C boosts the body's immune system by enhancing collagen production. It also helps repair skin wounds. T – Tocotrienol • protects human skin fibroblasts from

oxidative stress-induced skin aging by modulating collagen synthesis and its gene expression. • inhibits skin melanin synthesis by suppressing constitutive and UV-induced tyrosinase activation. Tocotrienol is a superior form of vitamin. It helps prevent heart disease, reduces the incidence of breast cancer, lowers cholesterol, and provides neuroprotection. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid xanthaphyll that imprints salmon, crab, krill and lobster with vivid reddish pigmentation. The rising popularity of astaxanthin as an antiaging nutraceutical supplementation and cosmeceutical application has been endorsed by acclaimed researchers, health specialists and professional athletes worldwide as well as being featured in many nutritional regimens in popular mass media. Astaxanthin has a unique molecular structure that makes it literally hundreds of times stronger than any other anti-aging molecule. 1. Lessen dermal wrinkles' width, length and depth by inhibiting degeneration of elastic fibers and the collagen network. 2. Lessen epidermal fine wrinkles and skin roughness by improving the water retaining capacity of the skin surface layer. 3. Lighten age spots by inhibiting overproduction and oxidation of melanin after UV exposure. 4. Reduced itchiness and inflammation in patients suffering from atopic dermatitis by rebalancing immune response and lowering DNA damage and levels of catecholamine (a hormone that accelerates the breakdown of skin cells). 5. Enhance skin vitality by preserving transportation of vital nutrients to skin cells, waste-removal from tissues and antioxidant strength.

Astaxanthin is now available at Nicha Clinic. Recommended use is at least three months to see results. Present this article to get 5% discount. For more information and to book a FREE consultation, call Tel: 038-411190, 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


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upcoming movies The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Counselor

The World's End

Lead Actors

Lead Actors

Lead Actors Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman

iPad Air Amid rampant consumer and media speculation (as well as some half-hearted industry competition) Apple announced their most powerful, lightest, and thinnest full-sized tablet to date, the iPad Air. At just 1 pound and 7.5 millimeters thick, it's 28 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner than the previous full-sized iPad — and it's still packed with massive performance improvements. It features an A7 chip built on 64-bit architecture, giving it two times better computing and graphics performance, on top of a battery that lasts up to ten hours. Couple all that with a front-facing HD camera, dual antennas for better wireless performance, a retina display, and an M7 motion coprocessor, and you get a tablet that will have the competition scrambling just to keep up. Available next month.

LG G Flex Curved Smartphone We’ve always been fans of the old “banana is a phone” gag around here, and our dreams have finally come true. LG’s G Flex curved smartphone is designed to fit the contours of a face, ostensibly to improve voice and sound quality. (It does not flex in any way.) The 6-inch plastic OLED display is the largest used in smartphones today and features 2GB of memory, a 13MP camera and a quad-core Snapdragon processor.

iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot You’re likely familiar with Roomba, the robot floor sweeper, so a robot floor mopper makes a great bit of sense. The Braava comes in two flavors: the 320 utilizes dry or damp microfiber cloths; 380t models have an onboard reservoir to re-moisten cloths if necessary and have a larger battery than their smaller siblings. Both are guided by a sort of indoor GPS to ensure they clean every inch of floor space. With an easy-to-use interface and sensors that keep the scrubbers away from carpet and obstacles, what could go wrong?

Samsung Smart Media Player Samsung steps into the ever-growing streaming gadget pool with its Smart Media Player. Think of it as a slim and sleek take on the Roku, AppleTV, et al., with built-in apps like Amazon Instant Video and Netflix as well as a television show recommendation engine that suggests shows users might enjoy. The Streaming Media Player also makes content watchable from any mobile device or streamed directly from a device to the television.

Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin

Director Francis Lawrence Genre Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller Release Date November 21, 2013 The Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel that finds a revolution brewing as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take a "Victor's Tour" of the districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots their downfall during preparations for The Quarter Quell, which only occurs every 25 years in celebration of the Capitol's victory over the districts. Jason Buchanan, Rovi. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt

Director Ridley Scott Genre Crime | Drama | Thriller Release Date November 21, 2013 Ridley Scott's The Counselor, from a script by Cormac McCarthy, stars Michael Fassbender as the title character, a slick lawyer who is madly in love with Laura (Penélope Cruz). He asks her to marry him, and she agrees, though she is unaware that serious financial troubles have prompted him to fund a drug deal with a shady but established middle man named Westray (Brad Pitt), that could bring in millions. Part of the counselor's financial troubles stem from the fact that he's investing in a club being opened by his best friend Reiner (Javier Bardem), a hedonist and occasional client who has attained his wealth by any means necessary, and likes to keep his wife, Malkina (Cameron Diaz) covered in all the accoutrements the wealthy enjoy. However, when the drug deal starts to go wrong, the counselor finds himself unprepared to deal with the fallout, and soon he's trying to protect his bride-to-be as well as himself from the wrath of a drug cartel that has no qualms about exacting revenge.

music / new release

One Direction– Midnight Memories Midnight Memories is the third studio album by British-Irish boy band, One Direction, due to be released on 25 November 2013 through Sony Music Entertainment. The album was described by the band as edgier and as having a "slightly rockier tone" than their previous efforts.

1. Best Song Ever 2. Story of My Life 3. Diana 4. Midnight Memories 5.You and I 6. Don’t Forget Where You Belong 7. Strong

8. Happily 9. Right Now 10. Little Black Dress 11. Through The Dark 12. Something Great 13. Little White Lies 14. Better Than Words

Director Edgar Wright Genre Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi Release Date November 28, 2013 Twenty years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.


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the next corner, sparks fly all over as hundreds of bright yellow robots work the line sans fatigue. This is called the “robodance”, performed by the robots. Further down the assembly line, male and female teams of specialized workers fit the electronics into doors and dashboards. Next area, the marriage point! This is where the power pack (the engine) joins with the body. Moments later the wheels are attached, followed by a battery of sophisticated diagnostics and tests. The assembly line ends here and the new Volvos are rolled out; first a bright, shining, white V60 followed by a black XC 90 and a metallic silver S60. All new Volvo cars ready for delivery to customers round the world. Torslanda factory manufactures 165,000 passenger cars per year. Or 800 units per day. Apart from the Blue Train tour of the plant, Volvo Cars Visitor Center offers a visit to the Volvo Cars Brand Experience Center. Here, a permanent core-value exhibition focuses on safety and environment research, on-site accident investigation, and crash laboratory research. Remember the Volvo advertising tagline “Volvo For

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Life”. The aim for 2020 is that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. What is a premium car brand plant without a test track? Volvo Torslanda boasts of a 1.5 kilometer long circuit in a realistic Swedish country road setting with real traffic signs, speed limits, tight turns and a long straight. Waiting for us outside the visitor center is a collection of new Volvos with several different engine alternatives. The latest Volvo S, V and XC models, or the sedans, the station wagons and the SUV's. All lined up outside the paddock just like at the Le Mans circuit. We have the whole track all for ourselves. What a treat. This track is not for the fast and furious. But it is part of the Volvo Torslanda factory experience for customers, journalists and visitors. A unique chance to drive all the different Volvo models on the road in a secluded, clean and safe environment with trees and shrub as a backdrop. Volvo Design Inside the vast Torslanda Volvo plant there is a top-secret department--the design center. Here, classic values of Scandinavian design such as simplicity,

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functionality and durability have been cornerstones of Volvo cars’ exterior and interior styling for many decades. We meet Volvo's senior design adviser, Jose Diaz de la Vega, a Mexican who graduated in industrial design and later received his degree in vehicle design from Royal College of Art, London, regarded as the world's leading center for vehicle design education and research. “RCA was my 'Ticket To Ride'”, says Diaz de la Vega, who has worked 23 years with Volvo. He presents us with PowerPoint images of Volvo’s design concepts. Here, the materials and colours are often inspired by Sweden's beautiful nature. And contemporary Scandinavian art,

fashion and music are other sources of inspiration. “Modern Swedish, Scandinavian design is cool, not cold!”, says Diaz de la Vega, and shows an image of the spectacular Norwegian Opera and Ballet building in Oslo. The V60 Finally, the time for the extended test drive has arrived. Parked outside the visitor center is a bright, ice-white station wagon that does not look like a station wagon, or estate (shooting brake), if you like. The new Volvo V60 looks more like a sleek, stylish coupe. Gone are the straight lines and severe

angles, the “soccer mom” vehicle styling and income curves, low-set air intakes, racy exhausts and in front a smaller grille. The badge reads V60, V for “versatility” and 60 is the model number. AWD (All Wheel Drive) drive train, traction in each corner. I have seen many station wagons and driven many. But hands down this is the best looking Volvo so far. Trust me. The Swedes are practical and versatile people, that's why the “combi,” as the Swedes call the station wagon, is the most sold Volvo passenger car in Sweden. Volvo's V line up consists of three variants: the baby V40, the midsize V60 and the big brother V70. Our demo unit is the top-of-the-line V60 T6 AWD. Fully loaded with a powerful straight six cylinder petrol engine under the hood. The powerful turbo-charged T6 petrol pumps out 304 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Inside its luxurious offblack, stitched leather, brushed aluminum accents and a floating centre console, the sweep of the dash is cool and classy and the materials are excellent. It's rationality, simplicity, clarity and functionality at its best. Including a 40/20/40split rear seat and the fold-flat front passenger seat make it possible to combine passengers and cargo. Perfect for the big IKEA shopping spree. There's also an amazing array of bells and whistles like ergonomic leather power memory seats, sat-nav, premium sound system, parking sensors, self-leveling headlights and dual-zone climate controls plus all the safety gear you could ever wish for. Like: Driver Alert Control (DAC), a unique technology to alert tired and distracted drivers. This function monitors the car's progress between

lane markers and warns the driver if his or her driving pattern changes in a random or uncontrolled way. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) alerts the driver if the car runs across the lane markers without the turn indicator being used. Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) helps detect vehicles in the offset rear blind spot on both sides of the car. A warning lamp beside the relevant door mirror comes on to alert the driver to the danger. The Drive On our 1,000-kilometer run from Gothenburg to Stockholm and south to Malmoe and back to the Gothenburg Torslanda plant, our Volvo V60, lifestyle wagon passed the test with flying colours. The roads were perfect. Half of the distance on motorways with maximum speed 110 kph. Along the journey plenty of large 7-Eleven stores at petrol pumps providing free Wi-Fi, clean restrooms, Red Bull, freshlybrewed coffee, and delicious cinnamon rolls. What a drive and what a station wagon. No! A sport wagon called V60 V for versatility (or could it be V for Volvo). The colour? Ice white, of course. “Swede dreams are made of these”... PS. When driving in Sweden do not forget the 30, 50, 70 kph speed limits. There are many speed cameras. Suddenly you're slightly blinded by an instant flash. That's when you're caught. I was doing 80 kph in a 70 speed limit area. Fine 1,500 SEK (7,300 THB) No excuses! Road safety is taken seriously in the Nordic Volvo country. Volvo V60 T6 AWD

Engine: 3.5 liter petrol engine Max power: 304 horsepower Torque: 440 Nm Top speed: 200 kph Fuel consumption: combined 10 kpl Price: 420,000 SEK www.volvocars.com


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Issue 21 16-30 november 2013

For a really personal real estate service Pattaya Jomtien Property has the right answer

by Barry Kenyon

Nestling in Jomtien Beach Road’s Soi 5, immediately opposite the popular Jomtien Thani hotel and not far from the Immigration Bureau, Pattaya Jomtien Property has a professional feel. A Thai-registered company founded in 2010, Pattaya Jomtien Property sources specific properties for clients and acts as broker for the purchase of all types of residential and commercial buildings, hotels, businesses and land for both industrial and personal living on the Eastern Seaboard. Kevin Hurst, the British-born managing director, points out the company’s main ethos. “We are not the biggest estate agency in Pattaya, but we aim to give a strongly personal service by listening to the customer and presenting him or her with a range of intelligent choices. Investing in property of any type is a huge financial decision for most people, whether it’s a dream pool villa, a luxury beach-side condo or a parcel of land. By helping you with the free search, the

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viewing, and the negotiation, our aim is to take the stress out of the equation.” Lincolnshire, UK born and bred, Kevin had a varied career before settling in Thailand. Leaving school at 15, he became a welder and then took a complete change of career, employed by one of the world’s largest insurance and investment companies, initially as an agent and then gaining promotion as a finance consultant. This was followed, Continued on page P2/26

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interestingly, by a seven-year spell in the Middle East working directly with members of the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Dubai. He has lived in Jomtien since 2004 and was previously a director in one of the area’s Big Four real estate offices. Kevin formally set up his current company in 2010 and was joined by his Thai wife and co-director, Chanram, who herself has wide experience of the area’s real estate business. “I first visited Thailand as a tourist,� says Kevin, “and like so many others soon fell in love with the place. As of today’s market I’m concerned that the resort may soon have a surplus of properties in what I would class B-grade locations, especially tiny condominium units, but I’m extremely confident there is a bright future for top-grade properties in prime locations whether it be near the beach, with easy access to the area’s facilities, or a well-run gated community in an attractive environment.�

He adds that with so many sites already occupied in other districts, the resort’s principal expansion will be in Jomtien, especially along Jomtien Two Road and south to Na Jomtien and Bang Saray. “These are going to be the popular, valuefor-money areas for the remainder of this decade, and that’s especially true for expat families.� Pattaya Jomtien Property lays a lot of emphasis on internet marketing and now boasts one of the most popular independent websites on the Eastern Seaboard by Alexa ratings. Additional and ongoing marketing on a selection of global real estate portals means the company is able to connect with an increasing number of international clients. Kevin’s

“We give independent property advice by presenting the customer with a range of intelligent choices.� portfolio now includes large international PLC groups from India, Britain, Russia, Singapore and Indonesia with specialist interests in residential properties, industrial land and factories, and upscale hotels and resorts.

Asked about the changing visitor profile to Pattaya, Kevin agrees that the trend to more Russians and Asians is having an effect. “Eight years ago most customers in the real estate market were Europeans in general and Brits in particular, but especially since 2008 that has been changing. Our company has seen more clients from Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia in particular, whilst the advent of the ASEAN Economic Community from the end of 2015 will see more integration with the ten ASEAN partners in the medium term. Chinese buyers are now beginning to enter the Pattaya property market, but I do think the larger impact is still some years down the road.� What then has been the secret of Pattaya’s remarkable success story? Kevin points firstly to the resort’s cosmopolitan nature. “There really is something for everybody here,� he muses. “But large scale property purchases require a good infrastructure, including quality schools, hospitals and leisure pursuits. People want to work or retire in a place where the services are readily available and that is where Pattaya scores very highly. Expats are now actively looking at the whole range of the Eastern Seaboard from Sattahip to Chonburi, which is reflected in our vast portfolio of properties of all types, both residential and commercial.� Kevin and his professional staff clearly have a very firm grasp of the local property market and are certainly committed to giving independent and

qualified advice about the range of options, which can be bewildering to the newcomer. It is that confidence which lies at the heart of the company’s success. The managing director concludes, “There are larger real estate companies in the city, but being the biggest does not always mean the best.�

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16-30 november 2013

Property Realtors get first look at The Riviera

The Riviera at Wongamat was introduced to real estate agents at an event hosted by the Riviera Group, codeveloper of award-winning The Palm, also in Wongamat. This first look at details of the luxury Riviera project were presented to more than 150 real estate professionals as well as the Pattaya media at Amari’s Ice Bar on Beach Road. The 3.2-billion-baht project covers eight rai and will consist of two towers, 43 and 40 stories, featuring views of the Gulf of Thailand. EIA planning is underway. The Riviera onsite showroom is set to open later this month. “This project is being well received, and we are hearing many, very positive comments,” noted Ubonjitr Thamchop, Riviera marketing manager. “Many agents registered with us, and sales have been very strong, already.” The Riviera Group is led by founder Winston Gale, co-developer of The Palm in Wongamat, which was awarded Best Eastern Seaboard Condo Development at the Thailand Property Awards 2013.

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Volume 2

Issue 21

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Legal & Expat Money

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Condominium Ownership in Thailand

Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

QROPS & QNUPS – Explained!

by: Magna Carta Law Office

Can foreign nationals own a condominium in Thailand? Non-Thai nationals are allowed to own a condominium under their names upon proving all the evidence presented is correct and provided that the ownership ratio held or to be held by the foreigner does exceed the “foreigner quota”. The Foreign purchaser shall be able to present evidence of bringing foreign ACQUA Condominium currency into the Kingdom to the amount not less than the price of the condominium I am a foreign buyer with a Thai co-owner; do I unit in the form of a Foreign Exchange Transaction still need to transfer the full amount in foreign Certificate. currency? No, you only need to remit half of the purchase What does “foreigner quota” mean? price of the condominium in foreign currency if you Although foreigners are allowed to purchase purchase, transfer and register in co-ownership with condominium units in Thailand, there are still a Thai person such as your wife. The other half of the certain limitations. Only 49 percent of the total condominium price can be paid in Thai currency as space of all units within a condominium building the Thai share of co-ownership. can be sold to foreigners and registered under their own names. This means that in any condominium Are there other ways to purchase a condominium project, Thai nationals must own at least 51 percent unit if the 49 percent quota is filled up already? of the units by area. That is why, prior to selecting a If the quota of 49 percent is already filled, you condominium, a foreign buyer must first check the can form and name the unit under a Thai company current ratio of foreign ownership in a condominium to be able to purchase a condominium unit or go with the Juristic Person. with a leasing option. What is a Foreign Exchange Transaction Certificate? Why is it necessary? A Foreign Exchange Transaction Certificate or Thor Thor Sam is a legal document issued by banks upon receipt of foreign currency into your bank account in Thailand. This must be requested from your bank when you are remitting funds to Thailand for the purpose of purchasing a condominium unit. In line with a foreigner’s acquisition of a property, it is Thailand government’s condition that the money used to pay for the purchase price must originate from an offshore source in the form of foreign currency. This certificate shall be presented to the officer at the land office where ownership of the condominium unit will be registered. Failure to comply with this requirement will prevent the registration of the property under the purchaser’s name. Is it possible to transfer the money directly to the account of the developer or my lawyer? This shall be possible considering that your name must appear as being the sender and the money must have been transferred from your own bank account. It is important that your name shows at one end of the transaction.

How can I be sure that the property I will purchase is not a scam and the person selling it to me is the legal owner? You can consult a legal advisor on how to check all the papers for validity. Due Diligence procedure is normally performed to confirm all material facts of the property being sold. What should the sale and purchase agreement cover? The sale and purchase agreement for a condominium shall specify in detail the responsibilities of the buyer and seller of the condominium. It covers among, others, the agreed price and payment schedule, transfer date, exact details of the condominium, responsibilities for transfer fees and taxes, warranties, and matters relating to due diligence. Can I legally rent out my condominium unit? Yes, you can legally rent out your unit unless restricted in the bylaws of the condominium and as long as you are settling all the corresponding taxes and it is not intended to be a business. Only when you engage this as a business, then it should be in strict compliance with the requirements of the Foreign Business and Foreign Employment act.

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Let’s start with what they stand for: QROPS – Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme QNUPS – Qualifying Non UK Pension Scheme Now that we’ve gotten that far, what relevance are they to most of us? Earlier this month we had a seminar on these two confusing topics and, I’m pleased to say, it was well received. QROPS Firstly, all pension funds held in the UK by expatriates, over and above the state pension, can be transferred to a QROPS to take advantage of the benefits of being non-resident in the UK for tax purposes. Every case needs to be assessed and judged on its own merits but, for the majority, the combination of… 1) The ability to leave the entire fund to dependents. 2) No 55 percent tax liability on death. 3) No requirement to purchase an annuity at any age. 4) Very low deduction of income tax on pension payments. 5) Much greater flexibility of investment choice. …is hard to ignore. Much has been vaunted about the various jurisdictions that offer QROPS. The important thing to remember here is that anything that is deemed to be “pension busting” by the dear old HMRC is likely to incur their wrath to the extent of a 55 percent unauthorised payment charge and further possible penalties; not something you want to be taken out of your precious life’s pension pot! Currently, favoured jurisdictions include Gibraltar, Malta, and The Isle of Man. In all instances, specialist advice should be sought to ensure such a transfer is in your interests and that the appropriate jurisdiction is selected. QNUPS This is an entirely different animal but is particularly useful for those looking at their disposable assets with a view to pension planning, either as UK residents or expatriates; the scheme works equally well for both. Any funds can be placed in a QNUPS, including bank deposits and savings of any kind. The basic principle is that, as we all know, the UK Government are hoping none of us will be a drain on the state well at any time, but particularly in retirement. With that in mind, they are allowing residents and non-residents alike to place their cash in a QNUPS and, by doing so, the entire fund is regarded as outside the estate for inheritance tax purposes – and with IHT at 40 percent above the threshold, it is a significant tax planning tool. So, what price do we have to pay for this nugget? Well, the basic remit of pension schemes is to provide the beneficiary with an income for life. It is for that reason that the tax free cash is restricted at retirement to 25 percent or 30 percent of the total; the remainder must be taken as income, based around the (here come another acronym) GAD (Government Actuary’s Department) guidelines. Good financial planning is important here. There is no need to place all of your funds in this type of scheme but, properly assessed and executed, with 30 percent cash available, flexible investment choices, transparency of costs and an income for life, together with, perhaps most importantly, the ability to leave the whole amount intact for your loved ones, the QNUPS route is a considerably better option than their having to part with 40 percent to the tax man if you are no longer around. Important Note - This article contains general information only and is not intended to be taken as specific financial, investment, or tax advice. A personal analysis should always be obtained. Tim Whiteley of IFA International has over 25 years as an IFA, advising international investors and expatriates, both onshore UK, and offshore in Asia. With offices in Bangkok, and regular client visits to Pattaya, IFA specialises in wealth protection services, offshore trusts, QROPS UK Pension Transfers and QNUPS, creating tailor made investment solutions for individuals around the world. IFAInternational 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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Volume 2

Issue 21

16-30 november 2013

Property

Why Shoot Yourself in the Foot? Thailand has been my home for well over two decades. It is a country I have learned to love; the government…not so much. Fittingly, I have fashioned an aphorism that depicts the mind set of Thai politicians: Why shoot yourself in the foot when your face is so much closer? I am sure, very sure, that many of my Thai brothers and sisters agree that their political lot is off the charts. In fact, a whole lot of those Thai brothers and sisters are in the streets of Bangkok right now, as it appears that we have come full circle in about six years and are once again caught up in the Shinawatra Shuffle--as in the old two step...two steps forward, three steps back… and now you don’t have a dance partner. Or a country! Even some leading red shirts are starting to have doubts, questions, and the great apprehension that must accompany such huge political gyrations. Having spent years giving away anything and everything that Yingluck and her government could give, the chickens are definitely coming home to roost, and the curses for those deeds are looking them dead in the eye. If all hell breaks loose in Thai politics again as before, I’m not at all worried about tourism, as I have been here long enough to know that nothing will keep foreigners from coming to Thailand. Nothing! What is of interest to me is how this might play out and affect the real estate sector, especially after such a bull run on the construction and sale of condominiums in Pattaya. To understand what might be ahead, we need only to look back at the major factor that drove the bull run on the condominium market: Thai buyers provided with easy and convenient bank loans. We all remember the special incentives over the past few years that encouraged Thais to purchase new cars and to buy

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

properties as homes and as second-property investments. Just three to four years ago, and for a long period previously, the real estate market was virtually devoid of Thai buyers. Then, at about the time when the Yingluck government came into office, Thais flooded into the local market, aggregating more than 50 percent of all properties sold in the resort areas of Thailand. Money became easy to come by for Thais, with super-quick loan prequalifications and better and better payment terms. Some buyers were offered down payments as low as 5 percent with the balance due upon transfer of title. I even heard of one scheme providing loans in excess of the home’s cost, allowing purchasers to walk out the door without having to pay any cash. Now that might be just an urban legend, but it was being discussed in legitimate real estate circles, and it does indicate how free the banks were getting with their property loans. My big question is: What has happened to the economy while all these Thai buyers wait for their homes to be constructed? The answer is clearly painted in the headlines of the past two to three months: * Thai Air posts 8-billion baht loss in Q2 due to volatile Thai currency * Thailand unexpectedly slips into mild recession in second quarter * SET [Thai stock market] sinks further to a one-year low * Baht slides further against US dollar * ASEAN as a grouping is a failure, academic insists

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

And that was just during the month of August 2013. Talk about having your head in the sand or up that dark warm place. That same month Prime Minister Yingluck declared that there is no economic recession, saying that growth was only missing its target! Are you kidding me? Are we all starkraving mad or what? A recession IS when growth does not meet its target! Alright, let’s see if we can make it through the September headlines: * Explain why costs are up, Democrats say * Thailand’s Central bank reports economic slowdown in July *Thai ministry faces public anger over cost of living *Thailand's consumer confidence worst in 9 months * SET undaunted by foreigners dumping Thai stocks * Thailand grows only 1% *GDP forecast lowered to 3.7% for this year In September we went from having one’s head in the sand to having one’s head in the clouds when another political pundit, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, said that despite the country’s economic slowdown, the real estate industry is still expanding as the number of houses is increasing constantly, therefore Thailand will not face a real-estate bubble. Khun Kittiratt, sir, that’s what happens while a real estate bubble develops just before the industry loses its buyers and the bubble bursts! October didn’t improve forecasts by any means, with headlines like:

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

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

* Consumer confidence down to 11-month low * World Bank says Thai GDP to declines to 4% this year * LPN Group postpones condo launches * Thai investors told to brace for foreign capital outflows * Political uncertainty and floods worry investors With news like the above, it becomes obvious that things are changing across the nation. Consumer confidence is dropping. Disposable income is estimated to be declining at levels of 20 to 30 percent; just ask owners of local grocery stores, restaurants, and retail shops—the majority of whom grumble that things aren’t like they were last year. With the Yingluck government’s lust to buy votes, their 100,000-baht car-purchase rebate also is coming back to haunt them; an estimated 20 percent of the 1.2 million buyers of cars under the scheme are expected to default on their loans. The big question for the Eastern Seaboard is: What percentage of Thai condo buyers will be forced to--or choose to--default when their balances come due? Fortunately, and most likely, the major brand high-quality developments will be little affected by this scenario, but many smaller and lower-grade condo developments just might have a rude awakening. That is also why I always suggest paying good money for a great condominium when shopping in Pattaya. Reminds us all once again of another maxim so often heard here: Cheap is expensive in Pattaya!

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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Volume 2

Issue 21

16-30 november 2013

GM Outlook

Tulip Group Takes A Step Towards the Thai Riviera by Barry Kenyon

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya has the special "wow" factor Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 38 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the country and a further 18 throughout Asia, has scored another gold hit with the soft opening of Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort Pattaya. Located at Phratamnak Hill on the east side of the city, and just few steps from the attractive beach, the newly built eightstorey hotel with delightful sea views on the upper floors features 165 luxury rooms and suites with a host of innovative features to maximise guests’ comfort and delight.

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Dominique Ronge

General Manager

Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort

Dominique believes that the opening of Centara Grand Phratamnak Resort is his biggest professional excitement to date in a career that has certainly seen several already. “It’s an amazing hotel and we are aiming very high, an aspiration firmly backed by the company’s chief executive officer Kobi Elbaz and vice president Jason Payne,” he explains. “Our Tulip Group corporate philosophy is simple but all-embracing, namely to give

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ur aim is to ensure that everyone staying at the hotel will experience the wow factor, that is to say, the positive consumer engagement with the Centara brand in the form of an absolutely unforgettable experience,” says Dominique Ronge, the youthful Belgian-born general manager with 16 years hospitality experience in his busy career, the last six being in Thai hotels.” He adds that “touching the hearts” of vacationers and business people alike with excellent surroundings, tip-top services and staff friendliness is the key to success in today’s high-end hospitality industry.


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Issue 21

16-30 november 2013

GM Outlook

A really excellent hotel will be ambitious enough to touch the hearts of its guests.

only the best in five star quality.” To say Dominique is committed would be an understatement: he is passionate, treating every detail as though the hotel is his very own property. The wow factor kicks in immediately upon entering the spacious and highceiling lobby area. Top quality marble furniture clads the open spaces and the furniture is all Fendi, the Italian luxury designer of merchandise of all kinds. The real eye-catchers in the lobby are two aquariums – the larger predator tank which sports several sharks and the smaller coral reef tank for smaller colourful fish. This underwater world theme subtly pervades the whole hotel in the public areas and the guest accommodation alike. Waves, bubbles, reefs, fish and shells are found blended into many of the architectural features. Blended light and glass throughout the hotel create the illusion that water and land have fused.

Needless to say, the no-expensespared suites and rooms are designed with quintessentially cosmopolitan decor with wooden furnishings and touches of the Orient to complement the latest mod-cons and contemporary luxuries. The mattresses are Sealy, an international company which has been supplying the best in night-time comfort for over 60 years. The finest linen, the soft furnishings and the host of extras, including oversized smart TVs up to 55 inches in some suites, and Nespresso machines, DVDs and free internet access in all rooms, can’t be bettered. “But the wow factor also includes the staff interaction with the guests,” adds Dominique. “We have around 200 staff and our induction and training programmes lay heavy emphasis on friendly and efficient service. This starts with the top management and it is certainly one of

my most important roles to greet guests whenever I can and create what I call a magical moment. The snowball effect throughout the staff ranks of making guests feel welcome and appreciated is a key element in customer satisfaction which we will survey both on-line and in face-to-face contact.” Dominique adds that he looks forward to seeing the wow factor highlighted on the Trip Advisor website which monitors customer reactions to over 300 Pattaya hotels.

Centara Grand Phratamnak hosts many amenities including the famous Spa Cenvaree, with its menu of signature oils, and the Oceana all-day dining venue complete with the exotic shark tank in the background. Not to mention the rooftop swimming pool and the new-technology fitness centre. However, the jewel in the crown must be the rooftop branded restaurant Ruffino, with truly breathtaking ocean views, after Tulip Group signed an exclusive agreement with the Italian-based winemaker of that name. Ruffino has a 130 year history in producing world class Italian wines and this brand attachment is set to give the restaurant a different edge from that normally expected within a hotel food and beverage outlet. As Dominique likes to say, “It’s our goal that people will not say Let’s go to dinner at Centara Grand, but Let’s go to dinner at Ruffino.” City Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome has envisaged Pattaya as the Thai equivalent of the French Riviera by the end of this decade. It’s a bold aspiration and there’s certainly a lot still to be done on the city’s communication and environmental issues. Dominique concludes, “Pattaya has already moved on a great deal and now has a diversity of catchments including the budget vacationer, the high-end domestic and foreign tourist and the increasing number of business and corporate representatives. The city’s hotels now have the highest occupancy rates in the resort’s history. And

there’s still a lot of scope for further development with the Asian market as a whole showing great signs of promise and the 10-nation ASEAN free-market now on the horizon.” In this still-evolving panorama, Centara Grand Phratamnak is a model for the future with its emphasis on the high-end spender, both Thai and foreign, and the constant quest for luxury, service and self-improvement. “You see,” says Dominique, “we always come back to the wow factor.” Indeed we do.


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French Restaurant for Sale/ Lease: Established 11 years in the same location in Jomtien rent 25K THB p/m. 6 year lease. Sale Price: 3,950,000 THB includes everything please call 0823440822 Email todew@bbpasia.net BUSINESS – Na JomtienIn a great beachfront location this popular restaurant with living accommodation above is offered for sale with 3 years remaining on the lease. Seating for more than 20 with bar, refrigerators, cooler, commercial kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and great sea views. Monthly rent is just 16,000 Bt. For Sale: 860,000 baht. Website Ref: BUSS031. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com BUSY INTERNET & TRAVEL AGENTS IN A ‘5-STAR’ LOCATION Single four storey building in the busiest foot traffic location in Jomtien and near to several hotels and guesthouses. Ground floor internet and travel office with 3 rooms and small office above. Can convert to massage or retail premises. For sale: Only 500,000 Bt including computers and furniture, monthly rent of 25,000 Bt and 100,000 Bt key money. Website Ref: BUSS031. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com B A R - T H A I RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS IN BUSY ‘5-STAR’ LOCATION Single three storey building in the busiest foot traffic location in Jomtien, presently a Thai restaurant with 4 rooms above, easy to convert to office, massage or retail premises. For sale leasehold: 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-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com GUESTHOUSE & BAR Ideally located profitable 10 room guesthouse and bar. Located in a busy Soi in Central Jomtien and close to the beach is this 3 unit building with the ground floor running as a bar with pool table, music system and large flat screen TV. There is ample room to install a kitchen to offer breakfasts and food to the guests and customers, thus increasing the profits further. The upper floors contain 10 renovated and fully furnished guest rooms, a store room and maids room. An established business. For Sale: Leasehold 3.3m Bt, monthly rent 30,000 Bt. Website Ref: BUSS019. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com GUESTHOUSE - A single unit guesthouse in a central location in Jomtien, 4 storey , 6 bedroom recently been renovated and partly furnished. The ground floor is suitable for restaurant, office, massage, beauty salon etc. the upper floors have either one very spacious bedroom with AC, en-suite bathrooms with showers, large LCD TV, fridge, kitchenette and microwave, Wifi, and balcony or 2 smaller bedrooms with AC, en-suite bathrooms with shower, large LCD TV, fridge, kitchenette and microwave, Wifi and balcony. A 60 sqm penthouse for the owner, Jacuzzi, 50” LCD TV, washing machine. A great value property in a location surrounded by shops, guesthouses and bars. For Sale 6.9m Bt (Owner finance available). Website Ref: BUSS026. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

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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) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. (PR4854) Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. (PR5365) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 39 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/6+1 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/291 TLW. (PR4516) Great Home in Town! Selling Price 6.9 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, 280 Sqm/70 TLW. (PR6394)

HOUSES FOR RENT

Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. (PR2184) 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. 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 (PR5786) Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. (PR5084) High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. (PR4990) Great Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. (PR4862) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. (PR3990) Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. (PR4987) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at 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)

LAND FOR SALE

Pratamnak Beachfront! Selling Price is 45 Million 203 Tarang Wah. (PLD0903) Na Jomtien Beachfront! 21 Rai 348 Tarang Wah from Sukhumvit 400 meters deep to a 45 meter beachfront! Two low rise buildings with 4 units each set upon a large swimming pool. Purchaser can build up to 70+ floor high rise. 24,188,384 Baht per rai and 60,471 Baht per tarang wah and the entire 21+ rai can be purchased for a selling price of 529,000,000 Baht . (PLD0866) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 15.8 Million 7 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0928)

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(ptmhfs-P0513)BANG SARAY, NEW 2 BEDR O O M , T WO B A T H 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 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@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Pool Villa For Sale – Jomtien - A very nice renovation, the detached single storey villa, land area 248 sqm , living area 130 sqm. Stylishly furnished throughout with top quality fittings, 3 bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, full European white kitchen with oven and microwave, dining area, living room, flat screen LCD TV in every room, private pool, pool side terrace, water features, remote closing gates, communal pool, 24/7 security and just 600m to Jomtien Night Plaza, food market, restaurants, shops and bars. Great value. Price: 4.99m Bt.Website Ref: PLVS142. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtien-property.com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Pool Villa For Sale – East Pattaya - A spacious and stylishly furnished throughout, executive style pool villa in one of the most popular developments in East Pattaya offering 3 en-suite bedrooms , 230sqm land 480 sqm with built-in units, 4 luxurious bathrooms, fully fitted European kitchen with oven, Thai kitchen, open plan living room and dining area, private 10m pool, terrace, lovely tropical landscaped private gardens, covered parking, 24/7 security and 10 minutes drive to central Pattaya. Must be viewed

to fully appreciate what’s on offer. Sale Price: 6.95m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS190. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Pool Villa For Sale – East Pattaya - A spacious and stylishly furnished throughout, executive style pool villa in one of the most popular developments in East Pattaya offering 3 en-suite bedrooms with built-in units, 4 luxurious bathrooms, land 480sqm, living area 230 sqm, fully fitted European kitchen with oven, Thai kitchen, open plan living room and dining area, private 10m pool, terrace, lovely tropical landscaped private gardens, covered parking, 24/7 security and 10 minutes drive to central Pattaya. Must be viewed to fully appreciate what’s on offer. Sale Price: 6.95m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS190. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com House For Sale – Bang Sarey - Nicely designed new single storey house, Living area 132sqm, Land area 400sqm, one of two side by side, in this popular area of Bang Saray. The properties are built to European standards offering 2 - 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchens with ovens, spacious living room, dining area, patio terrace, car parking and landscaped gardens. Really great value for money and less than 5 minutes to the beautiful beach, shops, restaurants, bars and 20 minutes from Jomtien. . Price: 2.95m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS092. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com House For Sale – East Pattaya - An ideal budget single storey home in a small village just 5 minutes from Sukhumvit Road, offering 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, land 22 Tw , living area 65 sqm, Thai style kitchen, covered patio terrace, unfurnished except for one bedroom. Price: 1.5M. Ref Code: HSES121. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com House For Sale – East Pattaya - Located on a spacious corner plot in this popular, quiet and secure village less than 5 minutes from Sukhumvit Road and Central Pattaya, the single storey property is offered living area 150 sqm , land area 390 sqm ,unfurnished with 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living room, dining area, landscaped tropical gardens, communal pool and clubhouse, 24/7 security. An ideal property for those looking for a quiet and secure

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village yet near to all amenities. .Price: 4.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES096. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-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 081-6342915 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.

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co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (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. 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 Luxur y Estate! Selling Price 60 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 634 Sqm/330 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5946) Great Family Home Near Town! Selling Price 24 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/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)


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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 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)

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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 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5052) Great Home in View Talay Villas! Selling Price 12.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 160 Sqm/72 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR4854) Great Private Estate Home! Selling Price 14.9 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 375 Sqm/500 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5365) 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 to dew@bbpasia.net 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 to dew@ bbpasia.net View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 1 bed 1 bath 4.49 mil (thai name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-910-5124 (Thai) Email to dew@bbpasia.net

Nice House 2 Bed 2 Bath for Sale off SoiKhaoTalo: 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 todew@ bbpasia.net 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 todew@bbpasia.net 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 todew@ bbpasia.net Baan Suay Mai Ngam Newer 3 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 todew@ bbpasia.net View Talay Villa with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 8.9 million (co name) Freehold. Please call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net

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JOMTIEN PALACE HOME3 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 todew@ bbpasia.net View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 55,000 THB/Month (1 Year Lease) Fully Equipped Please call 085-910-5124 Email to dew@ bbpasia.net House For Rent - Stunning detached single storey property in this exclusive development, just a 5 minutes drive to Jomtien Beach. The property offers 2 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan lounge, living area 120 sqm ,land area 240 sqm, covered sun terrace, covered parking, communal pool, gym, restaurant, tennis court, park and childrens play area, key card entry, 24/7 security and just 5 minutes from Tesco and downtown Pattaya. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. Rental Price : 30,000baht per month. Website Ref: HSER026. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property.com. www.pattaya-jomtien-property.com House For Rent – East Pattaya - A two storey townhouse i n a ve r y q u i e t s e c u r e development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit Road. Very spacious, well furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven, car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for this large family home. A minimum rental period of 6 months applies at 20,000 Bt per month or 18,000 Bt for a 1 years lease. Website Ref: HSER011. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com

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Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Located in this exclusive new development near to the new Jomtien 2nd Road this modern design single storey pool villa is stylishly finished and furnished throughout offering 2 en-suite bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, 125 sqm , land area 210 sqm ,high gloss European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area, UPVC windows, private pool, poolside sun terrace, car parking, small park outside the property, 24/7 security and just 700m to the food market and shops and 1km to Jomtien Beach. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. Rental Price :55,000Bt or 45,000 baht for 1 year contract. Website Ref: PLVR289. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Pool Villa For Rent – Silk Road - Stylishly finished and furnished throughout, single storey family home in one of Jomtiens most popular and exclusive developments. The property offers 3 ensuite bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms, 350sqm ,land area 520 sqm, European kitchen, living room, dining area, detached self contained

guesthouse or maids room, private pool, covered patio, landscaped gardens, double covered garage, communal pool, fitness, kiddies play area, tennis court, CCTV throughout the development, key card entry, 24/7 security, j u s t 1 m i nu t e d r ive t o Sukhumvit and less than 5 minutes to the beach and Tesco Lotus. 70,000 Bt for 6 month, 65,000 bt for year contract. Website Ref: PLVR298. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Fantastic Home in Great D e ve l o p e m e n t ! Re n t a l Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: 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.,

RW-Treuhand AG, founded in 1975, a reliable partner Looking for actively involved and co-operating partner The owner of a vacation resort in Thailand is planning to take a step back from work. Wonderful weather and sunshine comes with this position. Financial investment is THB 12,000,000. Interested in something new and exciting? Properties for rent in Pattaya at Naklua Road /RFDWHGRQWKHQGDQGUGĂ€RRU QRHOHYDWRU [VTP %XLOGLQJVWLOOXQGHUFRQVWUXFWLRQĂ€DWURRI\HDUOHDVHDYDLODEOH Luxury suite in Pattaya at Soi 18, Naklua /RFDWHGRQWKHWKĂ€RRUZKLFKRIIHUVDZRQGHUIXORFHDQYLHZ One bedroom, one bathroom, one parlor including open area kitchen. 0RQWKO\UHQW7+%DOOLQFOXVLYH A property with the special touch of one thousand and one nights!

7KLVGUHDPSURSHUW\LVVSUHDGRYHUVTP$WUXHMHZHOWKDWIXOÂżOOV HYHU\ZLVK,WLVWKHSHUIHFWSODFHWRUHOD[DQGÂżQGSHDFH The selling price for this Garden of Eden is THB 23,000,000. Contact information: rw-treuhand@bluewin.ch (only seriously interested parties welcome, no curious onlookers!)

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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 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 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 tm e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1

Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n tm e n t and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0193) Stunning and Gorgeous Home for Rent! Rental Price 90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3982) Beachfr ont Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 T LW. Fo r a p p o i n tm 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

View Talay Residence - This is one of the most stylish furnished studios 57 Sqm available in these very popular modern low rise buildings, ideally located at the top of Soi 5, just 150m to the beach and 75m from the new Jomtien Night Plaza. This pool facing unit offers 1 luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, spacious and stylishly decorated living area with fitted wardrobes, large balcony overlooking the pool, UPVC double glazed windows and doors, key card entry, 24/7 security, covered parking and surrounded by restaurants, shops and easy access to taxi route. A really great value studio offered at well below normal price.Price 2.9M. Ref Code:Â CDOS745. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com www.pattayajomtien-property.com Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from

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the beach, this high floor unit is superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout with a stunning interior renovation by one Pattayas leading interior designers offering 68sqm 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes and large balcony, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. A contemporary building, which does set it aside, in a quiet secluded location. This is a ‘must view’, to fully appreciate this beautiful beachfront location and the extensive interior design..For Sale: 6.9m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS582. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Jomtien Beach Condo A really great buy studio 27sqm ,with new furniture throughout, bathroom, new AC, water heater, bed, fridge, microwave, LED TV, internet, cable TV, balcony, communal pool, fitness, 24/7 security, cafes, bars, mini-mart, laundry all onsite and just 250m to the beach! Price: 890,000 Bt. Ref Code: CDOS715. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.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

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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 Neo Condo - With soft dimmer lighting and a new stylish interior this mid floor studio 37 sqm offers great value for money with European style kitchen, luxurious bathroom, well designed living area, balcony with furniture, communal pool, key card entry and a very short walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. For Sale : 2.7m Bt. Website Ref: CDOS635. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 23.9 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 363 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5414) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5559)


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High Floor View Talay III Condo Apartment!! Selling Price 14.4 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 198 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4990) 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 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4862) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3990)

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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5786) Great Jomtien Beach Area Apartment! Selling Price 3.5 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/2 Bathrooms, 80 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR5084)

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Best priced Apartment in Na Jomtien’s Pine Shore Condo! Selling Price is 8 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 91 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ 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) The Residence Jomtien Beach - Large Studio 52 sqm fully fitted and furnished 1.79 MillionTHB (foreign name) High Floorplease call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email todew@ bbpasia.net View Talay 5C – 2 bed / 2 bath 146 sqm direct ocean front corner unit cool side, fully fitted and furnished 5.95 MillionTHB (foreign name) 3 rd Floorplease call 0823440822 (eng) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email todew@ bbpasia.net 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) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net 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) 085-9105124 (Thai) Email to dew@ bbpasia.net JomtienCondotel – 81 sq meter 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom 3.59 million THB (Foreign Name) please call 0823440822 (eng) 0859105124 (Thai) Email to dew@bbpasia.net 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 todew@bbpasia.net

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 permonth.Call: 087 139 1539 For Rent in Soi 6 PratamnakJomtien.42 sqmstudio with big balconyfor sea views. Fully furnished, kitchen. Everything you need. Excellent location. 12,000 baht per month.Call: 087 139 1539

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 to dew@bbpasia.net Paradise Residence - Stylishly finished and furnished throughout in these new modern buildings just 100m from the beach and Jomtien 2nd Road, offering 1 bedroom 53 sqm,with fitted wardrobes, 1 luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, living room with large LCD TV, dining area, large balcony over looking the communal pool, key card entry, 24/7 security and a minute walk to numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. Minimum rental period of 6 month applies. Price: 20,000 Baht per month, long term lease only . Ref Code: CDOR390. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Jomtien Beach - A low floor studio 32 sqm, in these popular buildings, nicely furnished throughout with fitted wardrobes, luxury bathroom, European kitchen, balcony, huge communal pool, key card entry, 24/7 security, mini-mart, laundry, cafes, bars, internet, travel agents all on-site and just a short stroll to numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. Minimum rental 1 year.. Price : 10,000 Bt per month. Minimum rental period of 1 month applies Website Ref: CDOR392. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Very Impressive Sea View Apartment!! Rental Price is 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedrooms/1 Bathrooms, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5045) Beachfront Living at its Best for Rent! Rental Price is 42,000-227,500 Baht/ Month, 2-5 Bedrooms/2-5 Bathrooms, 77-450 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PRC084) Beachfront Life Style for Rent! Rental Price is 85,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 266 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-6342915 or by Email: premier@ loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational.com (PR0737)

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Condo for Rent

North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5423) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4570) Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private view-

ing, 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 (PR4187)

Land for Sale

Pratamnak Beachfront! Selling Price is 45 Million 203 Tarang Wah 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 (PLD0903) Na Jomtien Beachfront! 21 Rai 348 Tarang Wah from Sukhumvit 400 meters deep to a 45 meter beachfront! Two low rise buildings with 4 units each set upon a large swimming pool. Purchaser can build up to 70+ floor high rise. 24,188,384 Baht per rai and 60,471 Baht per tarang wah and the entire 21+ rai can be purchased for a selling price of 529,000,000 Baht. 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 (PLD0866) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 15.8 Million 7 Rai 200 Tarang Wah For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at

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Job Vacancies

No.1 Professional Thai Massage Centre in Kuching, Sarawak looking for Experienced Thai Massage Therapist (male and female) to join in our company. If you are mature (age between 30-42 years old), independent and experienced, please contact us via email: angel@thailegend.net or contact +65 83210687, we will arrange an interview with you soon. Accountant wanted for condominium project: 1 position available. Minimum 1 year experience. Computer skill – MS Excel, MS Word. English is a plus. Female. Must be able to work overtime. Maid wanted for sales office and showroom: 2 positions available. Female not older than 45.Hardworking with service mind. Messenger/ driver wanted: Male. Must have driver license for car and motorcycle. Must be able to work overtime and travel. Please call K. Passanee 081 293 3390 or send resume to passanee@ therivierapattaya.com Assistant to Condominium Manager Wanted. We are looking for a female who is interested in working with property management. Job description: customer service

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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 196,000 baht. Call 086-820-2577, 086-383-6853 2005 NISSAN TEANA 230JM- Diamond Black/ Cream Leather interior, all options, new paint, serviced by Nissan, low miles, 559,000 call 084 158 0785 Toyota Vigo Model G, Automatic – Toyota Vigo model G, automatic, 4 door, 2005. Metallic burgundy color. Loads of extras, including 4 TVs, electric top up back cover, electric windows etc. 1 falang owned from new. 103,000 km, full service history, tax 1 year. Absolutely immaculate inside and out, no accidents. Must see for only 460,000 baht (in foreign name). Call Alan (owner): 087-139-1570 (Eng)

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Awful sea safety standards The recent ferry disaster, apparently brought about by the incompetence and drugs impairment of the captain, reminds us just how dangerous a place Pattaya is in which to travel. In other countries there would be a thorough public inquiry, but here the best they can manage is a visit by the prime minister and a promise to station guards at the piers. I know it has been said before many times, but tragedies here are handled so that faces are saved rather than much-needed improvements made. (H.K. Lee)

without cash or insurance. I must be missing something. (Dan Bolton)

Tourist tax the last straw I almost swallowed my false teeth on reading that most tourists are to be charged 500 baht to come into Thailand. It’s obvious that the powersthat-be believe they can get away with anything. The tax is being justified on the grounds that somebody has to pay for all those unpaid hospital bills clocked up by foreigners, even though there is absolutely no guarantee that hospitals are to be funded from the four billion baht which is predicted to fill somebody’s pockets. My experience of Thai hospitals is that the private ones want a copper-bottom guarantee of payment before using the knife and I am baffled how foreigners manage to obtain treatment

Transvestite passions I’m glad to see that the police are at last taking seriously the issue of the thieving ladyboys in the tourist parts of Pattaya. Nobody can accuse me of being prejudiced, but I do take exception to men dressing up as women with the sole intention of stealing somebody’s wallet or jewelry. In the hotel where I am staying there are two of these crossdressers who help clean the rooms. I have given strict instructions to the hotel management that I will clean my own room for the remainder of my stay and, if necessary, will bring any dirty laundry to the front desk. Pattaya will never be a tip-top resort until it comes to grips with people like that. (John Potts)

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The main difference Q: I’m rather confused about the difference between a visa-on-arrival and visa-free entry. Is there in fact a difference and, if so, what is it. I have seen various interpretations on the internet and in the papers. A: Visa-free travel means being able to enter Thailand without either a prior visa or needing to fill in a visa form at the airport. As an example, Brits and Americans can enter Thailand at an international airport and obtain a free 30day stamp. If they come in by land, they get a free two-week visa. However, some nationalities, Indians and Chinese, for example, as things stand, need to fill in a form when they arrive at the international point. This is a visa-on-arrival and currently allows a stay of two weeks. All categories mentioned above can extend their stay by one week by visiting a Thai Immigration Office and paying a 1,900-baht fee. Angry Australian Q: As an Australian national, I am very disappointed to see that recent visa changes that allow US and some European nationals to obtain 30 days at the border but do not include my country. It is simply ludicrous to exclude Australians as well as New Zealanders when we all know that the number of European visitors is actually declining. What is the explanation? A: Well, nobody knows for sure as the immigration authority doers not issue a commentary of visa rule changes of this sort. The most likely explanation is that the move is a pilot and subject to a widening of the rule after a period of time, say some months or a year. Difficult now in UK Q: For many years I obtained a multiple entry “O” visa at a Thai consulate in Cardiff or Birmingham, but no

No Pattaya riots It is interesting that the demonstrations in Bangkok and in other cities over the government’s blanket amnesty bill have avoided Pattaya altogether. Not even a token demo outside City Hall. It seems as if there is a general agreement that Pattaya is a protected tourist bubble which must not allow any interruptions to making money. (Naklua Observer)

longer. I am now faced by a barrage of bureaucracy or told that I am too young, even though I am a 60-year-old pensioner. Admittedly, the consulates still issue 60-day tourist visas, but why the big deal about “O” visas? Why are they treated as gold dust? A: The Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry does not make public its instructions to Thai embassies and consulates round the world. But it is believed that most “O” visas in the past were given to foreigners who married Thais or had children here. Because of the number of fake marriages and relationships which have collapsed, the Ministry seems to prefer long-term visas to be issued by Immigration in Thailand, where documentation can be properly checked. That’s my hunch anyway. Fine or prison? Q: I am still not clear: My friend has a four-month overstay, caused because he ran out of money here and his father in Ireland had a heart attack and was thus unable to send funds until now. My question is a simple one: Will he be fined or jailed? A simple question deserves a simple answer – yes or no! A: Well now, the law isn’t that clear. It simply says that the overstay fine is 500 baht a day, subject to a maximum of 20,000 baht. After that it’s a matter of discretion for the Immigration officer on duty at the point of exit. Informally, foreigners with fewer than six months overstay are normally allowed to leave without prosecution as long as they pay the maximum. After that, it’s a matter for negotiation. People with more than one year overstay are routinely prosecuted. You can’t give a crystal clear answer to a question based on a misunderstanding. Girlfriend’s shop Q: My Thai fiancée has opened a poodle trimming shop here. I have paid for all expenses in setting it up and can prove it. Presumably there is no problem if I just attend the shop and keep a low profile, just welcoming customers and operating the cash till. Am I right? A: If a complaint is made to the Immigration or the Labour office, you will be charged with working without a permit. Big trouble for you – talking to customers and keeping the cash is far from low profile. The people most likely to complain are the owners of a rival business down the road. Don’t assume nobody is watching. Many have made this mistake in the past!

Snap Judgment Deviancy and the Microscope The local police have once again appealed to the media - without specifying which bits they mean whether print TV or online – not to sensationalize crimes or tragedies in Pattaya. The argument is that concentrating on law-breaking gives a bad impression about the Eastern Seaboard and the safety of its 10 million foreign guests. Certainly the first point to notice is that Pattaya does have a habit of shooting itself in the foot. There have been several tragedies in Pattaya bay this year and Russian, Chinese and Indian lives have been lost as a result of sheer recklessness by the drivers or captains of sea-borne craft. For example, the November 3 toppling of a ferry boat apparently was the fault of the man-in-charge having allegedly taken illegal substances. In an earlier accident, two Chinese tourists were killed when the speedboat driver rammed another craft; that led to compensation payments not opposed by the boat owners. Then there is the recurrent ladyboy problem. No doubt most Thai transvestites and transsexuals are law abiding citizens, but those attracted to the dark spots along Beach Road and in certain areas of Walking Street may not be exactly lilly-white. City Hall and the police both receive numerous complaints about ladyboy loiterers whose only source of income is petty theft or, worse, drugging and robbing victims in hotel rooms. It is a simple question of statistics. More than half of such crimes, including bag snatching on motorbikes, include ladyboy suspects or arrests. If the media suppressed information on crimes like these, they would indeed be failing in their public responsibility. The same can be said of drug-related arrests. Many visitors to Thailand seem to be unaware that smoking marijuana—which is permitted or ignored in many parts of the world--can result here in arrest, bail or incarceration and a trial some months down the road because of the overcrowding on the court rosters. Thus, foreigners are risking their freedom when they purchase illegal substances, defined broadly in this country; it is just plain stupid to become involved in buying or selling drugs, even on a small scale. It should also be remembered that much gun crime in Thailand stems from disputes over drugs and the cash profits entailed. The police themselves, of course, encourage the reporting of crime by holding press conferences, identity parades and reenactments of the scenes to trumpet their triumphs. This is true of all local police stations whether in Pattaya, Banglamung, Nongprue, or further afield. Arrests these days are often publicized by senior police from the Region Two headquarters in Chonburi, again underlining the fact that the authorities do favour the reporting of crime or, at any rate, of arrests. Thailand, incidentally, is one of the few countries in the world which allows re-enactments of criminal activity in front of media cameras. Then there is matter of various kinds of sexual abuse-including child prostitution. Anyone who has seriously studied this issue knows that the number of foreign perpetrators has declined in recent years as police raids have reduced such opportunities in night clubs and arrests have increased, often as a result of stakeouts or informers. Most people would agree that Pattaya’s public image has improved as a result of these moves, although some illegal sex activity has moved to internet shops and, if we are to believe some reports, to boats anchored off-shore. If the media declined to publicize the police success in discouraging child prostitution, one can imagine the public outcry. The real point about the media and crime reporting is that it’s a matter of balance. Bad news and scandals, everyone knows, are more widely read than good news, whether in newspapers, on TV, or on the Internet. A San Francisco newspaper some years ago pledged to report only good news which would cheer up its readers; the enterprise went bust in a matter of weeks. Separately, the current popularity of blog sites and social media in general allows readers to express their disgust about sordid activities to their hearts’ content. That’s human nature. It’s clear that the whole relationship between crime and the media is complex. But there is no point in officials bemoaning the reputation of Pattaya whilst organizing events precisely to obtain the maximum media exposure for wrongdoers. Incidentally, it is a scandal that so many CCTV cameras in public areas of the city are not in working order, a factor in the non-resolution of many criminal cases by the police. You can’t eat your cake and have it too.


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Youth Focus

Your Five-Year-Old is Amazing! by Ayesha Rahman Your five-year-old is amazing! They learn so fast. They speak in proper sentences, tell you stories, and make choices about what books they want to read. Your five-year-old can look at you when you talk to them and think about what you are saying. They can listen to and understand instructions, even if they are doing something else, they can understand longer sentences with two to three parts, e.g. “Get a toy from the shelf, choose a piece of fruit and sit at the table.” They can understand “how” or “why” questions, e.g. “How did the family escape from the bear in the story?” Telling stories to each other is one of the ways we communicate and share our experiences. Your child will be learning how to tell stories that make sense. A five-yearold can list events with some detail, e.g., “We went to the seaside and I made the biggest sandcastle ever and we ate fish.” They should be able to re-tell favourite stories, some parts as they are and some in their own words, e.g., “… going on a bear hunt, going

to catch a big one, we’re not scared…and he chased them all the way home.” Play a game with your child: “Choose a pencil in a colour you like, then draw around your hand really carefully onto the piece of paper.” Talk to your child: “Why couldn’t the wolf blow down the house made of bricks?” Your five-year-old’s speech will be mainly clear and easy to understand. They will be developing a good knowledge and understanding of sounds and words, which are important for reading and spelling. Some sounds can be hard for a fiveyear-old: “wabbit” for “rabbit”,

and “fum” for “thumb”. Some beginnings of words are hard to say: “pider” for “spider” and “fower” for “flower”. Longer words are hard to say too: “pasketti” for “spaghetti” and “efalent” for “elephant”. They can put words into the right groups, like animals, transport, and food. They understand how to describe ideas like time (soon, early and late), shape (square, triangle), texture (soft, hard and smooth), size (big, small). Your child uses conversation to mix and make friends. They can start conversations with others and join in with group chat. They can take part in

role play games with friends, for example, imagining being cowboys, aliens, princesses or dinosaurs. Talking with others also helps your child to get better at thinking and learning. They will be asking for things, giving opinions and discussing ideas and feelings, e.g., “Can we go to the park after school today? It’s a lovely sunny day and it will be fun.” They should be able to give details that they know are important and will influence the listener, e.g., “Nick fell over that stone; Jack didn’t push him.” Remember all children are different and they develop at different rates. Chances are your five-year-old can do some of these things. This is normal.

If you are at all concerned about your child’s speaking and listening, reading, or writing development, you should first talk to their teacher. There are a number of reasons why your child may not be keeping up with the other children in their year and it is important

that you discuss this with their teacher. They may be able to provide you with some simple ways you can support your child, or direct you to more in-depth help, if that is what is required. --Ayesha Rahman is a kindergarten teacher at MIS

Diwali at Garden International School by Abhigyan Khullar (Year 10) Diwali night was replete with sizzling curries and equally sizzling performances at the multi-cultural Garden International School. The event started with a variety of food provided by Spices Restaurant that included tikka masala and aloo gobi. Dinner was followed by a shadow puppet play depicting a small tableaux of the story behind Diwali, presented by the IB1s. Then a classical Indian dance was presented by four divas in traditional Indian attire. Primary students were next to shine, after which a group from Year 10

performed a dance based on an Indian Bollywood song, demonstrating the true spirit of GIS’s being an international school as students from different countries celebrated this Indian festival. The second half of the event featured a fashion show by the Friends of Garden. Rashmi Raturi created vibrant and beautiful costumes for everyone. The fashion show was followed by a dance by the Primary students, and another by IB students, who danced to an energetic Indian song. One of GIS’s most talented dancers, Yogesh, was next to take the stage. He was

followed by the final two performances-one by the IB2 girls, who danced to two songs, the other by the GIS band performing a patriotic Indian song. Thanks to all the IB students, Mr Martin and his team as well as Ms Lenz, Mr Ken and Ms Morris, along with all thosee who helped put this show together. Special thanks to the show’s sponsors: Aditya Birla Group Thailand, Indorama Group Thailand, SRF Industries (Thailand), Universal Plus Co, Ltd, and Lek Store. A video of the night is posted at www.gardenrayong.com


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Tips & Advice QUICK TIP

Confused by all the keys on your key ring? Identify them quickly by dabbing the tops of each with a different colored nail polish. To know where each goes, dab locks with matching colors.

Ring-A-Ding Dang Khun Andy, my doorbell work no problem but two days ago no work. No make sound. You think maybe I must buy new doorbell or something maybe I can fix? Khap khun khrap. Dang The most common problem with doorbells that just stop working, Dang, is a defective button outside your home. It’s something you can resolve yourself quickly and easily. Start by shutting down the electrical power at the circuit breaker, then remove the two screws that hold the doorbell button in place (you may need to remove a face plate first). Gently pull the button fixture from the wall, careful not to detach the wires as you pull. Now use a screwdriver to remove the wires from the back of the doorbell unit. Take the button to a hardware or home improvement store to ensure you are buying the same model of the right size. Attach the new doorbell button by screwing on the wires. Then screw the unit in place. When you turn the power on, you should be able to ring in the new. Nocturnal Visitors I seem to have a minor ant infestation in my bed, and they bite. My bed is Thai redwood so I don't want to put the legs in liquid. Don J

My initial reaction, Don J, is to sprinkle your sheets and yourself with baby powder (talc). It will feel good to you and smell good as well, yet it will repel the ants. I can’t figure out why you would have ants in your bed to begin with, unless you make a habit of eating in bed (while watching TV, perhaps?) Stop it. Keep all manner of food totally out of your bedroom. Ants usually assemble in areas where one of their scouts finds tasty morsels to take back to their nest (even just a couple crumbs). So even before using the baby powder, change the sheets and eliminate anything that might lure your new friends. On the other hand, if you, indeed, do not eat in bed, you might try sprinkling black pepper on the floor around the legs of the bed. It’s the easiest and least offensive (to humans) natural substance that repels ants. Options to pepper include fresh mint, cinnamon and sliced cloves of garlic. Also, check the ant trail to determine how the little critters are getting into your bedroom or into the house, and block their entry point using any of the above substances or even coffee grounds, chili pepper or any pungent spice. Out, Damned Mold The wet weather seems to have encouraged mildew growth on my shoes. I have cleaned them up and sat them out in the sun. That hasn't

worked, however, as the mildew returns even though I now have them on a shoe rack in the air rather than in an enclosed cupboard. What can I do to cure this? Peter Your initial approach was sensible, Peter, inasmuch as the sun is a natural mold killer. You could also try this: brush off all the mold from your shoes, then wipe them down with a cloth moistened with clear (white) distilled vinegar. Wipe inside and out, and let them set in a dry area. The mold should disappear in a few hours. If not, repeat the wiping process, this time using a cloth moistened with a mixture of half alcohol, half warm water. Do this several times, then dry with a clean cloth. Mold needs moisture to grow, whether the wetness comes from dampness or perspiration. If it’s the latter, wear different shoes every day to allow one pair to dry thoroughly. Or you might place some silica gel in your shoes overnight to absorb excess moisture. Hot Topic Our clothes dryer doesn’t get hot, Andy. We’ve replaced the heating unit several times since the warranty expired, but the repairmen are unable or unwilling to tell us why we have the problem or what we can do to avoid repeated repairs and replacements. Can you help? Ann

Frank, Forthright & Frigid Dear Agony Ivy, Cure for depression? My stepmother died in hospital earlier this year after a long illness. It was particularly distressing because her doctor had told us the previous day that all she needed was a good rest. However, this is surely taking things a bit too far. Anyway, my stepfather after the funeral suggested that one needs to keep busy in order to overcome grieving over the dear departed. Consequently, he asked me to clean his house on the grounds that I would feel better afterwards. Well, that was four months ago and I am still slaving away in his house. I am now in the garden clearing rubbish and digging up weeds and tomorrow I have a huge pile of washing to do. The whole saga never seems to end. I told my stepfather I no longer suffer from depression as I am

too exhausted to worry about it. However he simply tells me I must carry on or the depression will surely return. Do you think I am being exploited? I don’t want an argument as he is a wealthy old man without children and the house is full of expensive ornaments. Miserable Mavis Dear Miserable Mavis, Exploitation certainly can’t be ruled out. The best solution is probably for you “accidentally” to break an expensive ornament when you are dusting and polishing. You will obviously apologize but, when it happens again and again, your stepfather is likely to tell you not to work anymore. However, he may alternatively instruct you to work only in the garden and outside burning rubbish. In this case, you may have to consider becoming an arsonist.

The culprit probably is your lint filter, Ann. Even if you clean it regularly (after every couple of washes), remove it and check for blockage. But don’t just perform a visual inspection; take it to the sink and run hot soapy water through it. Odds are the water will just sit on top of the mesh rather than flow through it. Several substances, including dryer sheets, can cause an invisible film to form over the mesh. When the filter becomes clogged, the heating unit can burn out. The best way to keep your dryer working for a long time (and at the same time reduce your electric bill) is to take that filter out every three to six months and wash it with hot, soapy water and scrub it with an old toothbrush. Water Woes My water bill has climbed for some unknown reason in recent months. It used to average 300 to 400 baht a month, but now has climbed to nearly 2,000 baht a month (and I live alone!) Do you think I might have a leak? If so, it is undetectable. I’ve checked the plumbing (pipes, faucets, drains, etc.) and all appear to be dry, so I assume there are no leaks. Any ideas? Ray Have you checked your water meter, Ray? Turn off all water outlets and jot down the meter reading. Give it several hours (or longer) then check again. If

Dear Agony Ivy, Open marriage dilemma Please don’t think I am narrow-minded because nothing could be further from the truth. When I married my husband we agreed that our marriage would be of the open kind, that is we would not expect our relationship to be a 100 percent exclusive. Frankly things have escalated beyond all possible anticipation. My husband, to my certain knowledge, has bedded both my sisters and is a member of an online dating service which results in his frequent absences overnight. Obviously I have tried talking to him, but it is a waste of time. He simply says our relationship was always meant to be open and he enjoys my cooking very much indeed. We even went to the marriage guidance counselor but she wrote and told me not to come again. She explained that a professional like her could not give advice whilst at the same time bedding the male partner. I have tried to get my own back by sleeping with other men but I have put on weight lately and nobody seems interested. Opaque Olive

the meter reading is higher, you have a leak. The most common source of such undetected leaks is the toilet. Put a bit of food coloring in your toilet tank. Do NOT flush. Just watch the bowl for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It's not uncommon to lose 300 to 400 liters a day from one of these otherwise invisible toilet leaks. That alone might well explain your exorbitant water bill. Silver Pinings We had our good tableware in storage for about a year and, with the holidays approaching, we wanted to get it ready for entertaining. But alas our finest silverware is tarnished. Please give us some advice on how to best remove tarnish. Nit and Carl Here’s a simple and effortless way to deal with tarnish. Line a cake pan with aluminum foil. Fill the pan with water, measuring in one cup at a time, then add a tablespoon of baking soda for each 2 cups of water. Heat to 18 degrees. Lay the silverware in pan, making sure each piece is touching aluminum foil. Watch the tarnish disappear. Closing Line Sign on the back of a septic tank truck: Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises. --Handy Andy

Dear Opaque Olive, Thank you for sending me a photograph of yourself. I do understand a lot better now why nobody finds you physically attractive. It may be that you should take up a hobby and, to this end, I am enclosing a copy of my popular booklet “20 Board Games for the Bored”. Please note that on page 6 there is a misprint. The word should be Snap and not Nap. Dear Agony Ivy, Guess my age The other day I was sat in the park when I overheard two middle-aged men discussing a very old guy sat on a form. One said that the pensioner was very famous as he had fought in World War Two and was now 103 years old. The other middle-aged man questioned this, asking whether it was really true about his being over a hundred years. The first man asked why his friend doubted this. “Well, he looks so much older,” came the reply. I’m not sure what to make of this so have you any comment? Curious Charles Dear Curious Charles, No I haven’t.


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Our Community Resort treats children at Father Ray Foundation St. Nikolaus Catholic Church, Pattaya

Mass Schedules Wednesday 18:30 hrs Novena and English Mass 19:30 hrs Novena and Thai Mass First Friday of the Month 18:30 hrs English Mass 19:30 hrs Thai Mass

Saturday 18:00 hrs English Mass 19:30 hrs Thai Mass Sunday 07:00 hrs 08:30 hrs 10:00 hrs 16:00 hrs

Thai Mass English Mass Thai Mass English Mass

In celebration of its fourth anniversary, the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya treated the children of the Father Ray Foundation to a special lunch. Robert Lorhmann, hotel general manager, and his team of administrators, front of house staff, and chefs—as well as a clown—catered first to the Vocational School for People with Disabilities and then went on to the Father Ray Center for Children with Special Needs. The resort’s executive chef was on hand to ensure the food was up to standard. Lunch included soup, fried rice, chicken, fresh fruit, and ice cream. A big thanks goes to all the staff at the Centara from all the children and students at the Father Ray Foundation.

Sukhumvit Road, 144 Kilometer Post P.O. Box 6 Muang Pattaya Chonburi 20260 Tel: 038-422-290 to 1

Redemptorist Center Chapel Catholic Mass in English

New term, new students at Redemptorist Vocational School Daily 06:30 Sunday 09:30 Redemptorist Center Sukhumvit Road KM145 Between North & Central Pattaya Roads

038 422 290 Celebrate Mass in the chapel built by Fr. Ray Brennan

November 4 was the first day of the new school term, and 72 new students from provinces all over the Kingdom were enrolled at the Vocational School for People with Disabilities. For most it was the first time in a city, and their first time away from the comfort and security of their families and homes. Many had experienced years of ridicule for having a disability, treated like second-class citizens with no hope of a decent future. As usual, the new students received a welcome from their peers who helped them into their uniforms. The heads of each department noted that they all received many string bracelets, a sign of good luck in a new venture. Today their lives will start to change. Today they will have to take responsibility for their lives and for their actions. Today is the day their life changes for the better.


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Local Sports PSC Golf from The Growling Swan by Peter Blackburn Sal, Max & Gary Sparkle at Crystal Bay! Crystal Bay, A & B – Stableford After two weeks in Perth, Western Australia, it was great to be back playing golf in Pattaya. I must firstly thank the guys who ran the show so efficiently in my absence, mainly Peter Grey, John Pierrel, Dick Braimbridge, Max Bracegirdle and, of course, Stuart Rifkin, who did a superb job doing those very funny write-ups. Many thanks to them all. We also welcomed Tony Campbell from Melbourne and newcomer Bill Roycroft from Canada. It was sadly time to say farewell to Niall Stuart who is returning to work in Guinea, West Africa. The rain seemed to have gone away (unlike Friday morning as I do the write-up) and we had an excellent starting sheet with 30 golfers signed up to play the popular Crystal Bay Golf Course. Our three mini vans got away on time, arriving at the course 45 minutes later. It was fairly busy but were able to tee off A1 (A and B nines were the allocated combination) 12 minutes ahead of schedule. The weather was perfect for golf, not too hot with a nice breeze (at times a bit stronger than that), and the golf course was in very good shape, although the greens had suffered from the recent heavy rains and were a touch ordinary. It did not deter my playing partners in Group 1, which provided the first two place getters in Division A, and it was a

very enjoyable day as we completed the round in four hours and 20 minutes. We had three divisions – A for handicaps 0 to 14, B for handicaps 15 to 24, and C for handicaps 25 and over, with three places in each division. There were also rewards for nearest-thepins on the four par threes and longest first putts on the A9 and B9 greens. The A division was won by Sal Brizzi with a fine 40 points, just 1 point ahead of Bill Steinman in second spot. With two golfers on 37 points, a count-back was required; Peter Bye (19 point back nine, 14 points on the last 6 holes and 7 points on the last 3 holes) took third place from a luckless John Pierrel (19 point back nine, 14 points on the last 6 holes and 5 points on the last 3 holes). Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was victorious in B division with 37 points, 2 points ahead of Mark “Westy” West in second place, with Ebrahim on 33 points returning to form in third spot. C division was won by Gary Monley with 36 points, and Fred Dineley was second with 34 points. Another count-back was needed to determine third place, with two golfers on 33 points. It was Sandy “Cyndi Lauper” Leiper (16 point back nine, 11 points on the last 6 holes) who captured third spot from Andrew “Turtle” Allen (16 point back nine, 10 points on the last 6 holes).

Phoenix Members Golf Society by Mike Gerrard We played at Plutaluang (Navy) Golf Course for a voucher donated by Ann's Salon, where the winner can receive a beauty treatment of his or her choice. I can say without fear of contradiction that most of our members need it! So a good prize. Sadly, due to badly burning my hand, I could not play, but I was there to sort the teams out and send the boys off the first tee. I was filling up with tears as I watched the last group amble into the distance. Well, most of them anyway. Some never really got too far with the first shot. All I can tell you about the golf on the day is that the weather was set very fair indeed and, unlike our beloved Phoenix, the stint meter readings for the greens were a maximum of 6.7. Ugh! Back at the Relax Bar later I waited for our lads (lads, that's a joke to start with) to return, many with tales of woe, woe, and thrice woe! Very soon all were back including Mukesh Thakkar (who told me earlier that he would not be able to get back because his wife wanted him home early). However, it soon transpired why the crafty little bugger came back. He was the winner with 37 points. A good score round the west and north course at Plutaluang. In our little society, if you don't come to the presentation you don't get anything! In second place was Jim Neilson with 32 points (now that's more like it) and joint third were, Richard Baldwin and Goort Gelten, both with 31 points; Richard had the slightly better back nine. Near pin winners were Jim Neilson (2), Richard Baldwin, and Peter Harris. Richard was the only player to hit the short par-3 lighthouse island green. Our lucky draw winners were John (I never win the lucky draw) Bartley, Joris (Don't know why we bother to put his card in. He always wins the lucky draw) Goetschalckx, with the free drink going to Steve Gibson (very apt) and the free massage going to Bart Starink. The last two lucky draw prizes were donated by our hosts, The Relax Bar. Most of our men on Friday were supporting the Poppy Appeal at Kaew Kheow, again run by Derek Brook. On Sunday, Nov. 17, a boat will sail out into the ocean for a day's fishing. There is one spot left if anyone would like to join us. For further information regarding both golf and sea fishing contact me on 087 091 7565. Happy hooking.

Results for Crystal Bay: Division A – 0 to 14 1st – Sal Brizzi (7) - 40 points 2nd – Bill Steinman (8) - 39 points 3rd – Peter Bye (12) - 37 points Division B – 15 to 24 1st – Max Bracegirdle (23) - 37 points 2nd – Mark West (16) - 35 points 3rd – Ebrahim (18) - 33 points Division C – 25 & over 1st – Gary Monley (36) – 36 points 2nd – Fred Dineley (25) – 34 points 3rd – Sandy Leiper (35) – 33 points NTP’s A5 – Patrick Poussier A8 – Bill Roycroft B4 – John Pierrel B6 – John Pierrel LFP’s A9 – Greg Prefrement B9 – Peter Bye The Growling Swan NAGA Award (to the golfer with the worst score--discreetly not made public) once again went to the departing Niall Stuart; he accepted the award in good spirit. Max paraded Deefa the Dog and, of course, collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous Growling Swan golfers. It was

then back to The Growling Swan where the low-priced, Aussie cold beers were flowing freely and the good crowd stayed for quite some time having fun and recounting the day’s events. 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 on Soi Chaiyapoon at 8 a.m. For bookings or more information, contact Peter on 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 on each of those mornings. For more information contact Paul Rennison on 0843 454 005.

Bunker Boys at The Ranch by Geoff Parker Mountain Shadow G.C. (Stableford) Another beautiful bright sunny morning, and the high season has obviously arrived as 29 golfers turned up at The Ranch for our second visit to Mountain Shadow in recent weeks. Fortunately the course was quiet, enabling us to fit in the extra groups without any problems; we teed off on schedule. The sudden increase in numbers meant that we would have two flights for the first time since the end of March, and the organizers quickly realized that their workload would now be significantly increased for the next five months. The course is in good condition but always provides a stern test, as any wayward drives are invariably punished by difficult lies in the copious coconut and mango trees which line the fairways. Tony Scambler got off to a flying start by carding an eagle on the par-4 first hole, and continued in a similar vein to take the honours in the A Flight five clear points ahead of Dave Ashman and Neil Hurst, who had to be separated on a countback. This course is clearly designed for lower handicappers, so it was no surprise that the scores in the B Flight were significantly lower than those in the A Flight, but it was still an extremely tight contest. With the cut set at 16 and over, three golfers were tied on 30 points. PJ Redmond took first place on the count-back ahead of Drake Mooser and John Hughes, who were both playing their first game since returning to Pattaya.

Crystal Bay G.C. (C and A courses) Stableford We had 25 golfers for our visit to the Crystal Bay course, which was, in effect, a practice round for the upcoming John Preddy Memorial Charity tournament here on Nov. 22. The first group teed off without delay in bright, breezy conditions, and the course was in good shape, apart from the bumpy greens still recovering from recent monsoon rains. Crystal Bay is one of those courses where someone usually manages to card a good score, but no one was expecting the winner to come home with an amazing 44 points (off a handicap of 10). This is what Chris Cox achieved, which is even more amazing since he carded a modest 24 points in the first game of his visit Monday! The cut was set at 17, and Derek Stephenson took second place in the A Flight with another great score of 41 points, with Mike Lloyd taking third with 38 points. Our popular veteran, Reg Smart, won the B Flight with 38 points, which included a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole (for 5 points!) Such are the joys of getting two shots on a hole! Ken Davidson produced his best round so far to take second place in the B Flight on a count-back ahead of Peter Habgood.

Results : A Flight 1st Tony Scambler (hcp. 10) 39 points 2nd Dave Ashman (hcp. 14) 34 points 3rd Neil Hurst (hcp. 11) 34 points

Results : A Flight 1st Chris Cox (hcp. 10) 44 points 2nd Derek Stephenson (hcp. 14) 41 points 3rd Mike Lloyd (hcp. 16) 38 points

B Flight 1st PJ Redmond (hcp. 27) 30 points 2nd Drake Mooser (hcp. 20) 30 points 3rd John Hughes (hcp. 17) 30 points Near pins : Eddie Kelly, Bernie Ruschmeyer, Keith Norman, and Tony Scambler.

B Flight 1st Reg Smart (hcp. 26) 38 points 2nd Ken Davidson (hcp. 25) 35 points 3rd Peter Habgood (hcp. 17) 35 points Near-pins: Chris Cox, Derek Stephenson, Steve Durey and Neil Hurst.

Emerald G.C. (Stableford) Following heavy, overnight rain, the morning was dark and grey with persistent drizzle, so it was no surprise that only 14 golfers turned up at The Ranch. There was no sign of the rain abating, but this hardy group decided to make the trip to Ban Chang on the off-chance that the weather would clear up in an hour or two. The rain persisted throughout the drive to the course, and we arrived to find only a handful of determined golfers in the clubhouse waiting for the weather to improve. After an hour or so the rain appeared to be stopping, but as we were prevaricating as to whether to pay the green fee, another storm front moved in with accompanying thunder and lightning, so the decision was made easy as the greens and fairways quickly turned into lakes and rivers. The disappointed group decided to head off to the hostelries in nearby Ban Chang, and spent an enjoyable couple of hours discussing the vagaries of the weather in Thailand, so the journey wasn’t entirely wasted! 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 three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). If you enjoy a fun day out and a friendly but competitive golf competition, come and join us. We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation. New players are always welcome. Contact “Buff” ( 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663) for all enquiries. For news, schedules and results, go to www.bunkersociety.com. The 8th Annual John Preddy Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be at Crystal Bay Golf Club on Nov. 22. Entry fee 1,700 baht (includes green fee, caddy fee, buffet, lucky draw ticket, and individual and team Stableford prizes). Interested players and sponsors may contact Buff on the telephone numbers above.


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You & Your Pets

Important things about dogs by Thonglor Pet Hospital

Truth is always more amazing. Here we’ve collected only facts about dogs for you to chew on, from their accomplishments to their remarkable abilities. The next time Scruffy tears up your favorite pair of slippers, consider what his forebears have accomplished. * The vitals of a canine are different from those of his human counterpart. A dog’s normal temperature is between 100.2 and 102.8 degrees Fahrenheit. The dog takes between 10 and 30 breaths each minute, depending on his level of activity. * In a dog, the nose knows more quickly than the other senses. While humans have to be content with a mere 5 million to 20 million scent-sensitive cells, most dogs boast between 120 million and 200 million of these cells. Bloodhounds have the best sniffers of all – more than 300 million scent cells line the nostrils of these dogs. * Ever wonder how dogs can tell one dog or person from another? Every odor has a distinctive “shape” that excites scent cells in a specific way. Because dogs have so many more of these cells, they can identify many different smells. * Right behind a dog’s nose sense is his sense of hearing. Again, your dog’s hearing abilities put yours to shame. Human beings can hear sound waves of up to 20,000 cycles per second. A dog can hear up to 100,000 cycles per second. Filters within the ear enable your dog to distinguish the far-away sound of your car. This is why he pricks his ears up while the rest of your family is unaware of your imminent arrival. * Although a dog has a vastly superior nose, he has decidedly inferior taste buds. Compared to a person, who has almost 10,000 taste buds, a dog makes do with only a few hundred. In other words, dogs cannot tell many tastes apart. The enjoyment of food comes primarily from the aroma. In addition, a dog is genetically wired to gorge, especially if there’s another dog around, because in the wild dogs never knew when their next meal was coming. * One taste many dogs do enjoy is that of sugar, and many dogs have a sweet tooth. This may be because sweetness signals that a plant is ripe and at its highest in nutritional value. However, this taste can get them into trouble if they eat

Did you know that the average bear has 42 teeth?

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/

Rosie and Jim

Are a lovely blue-eyed brother and sister who were abandoned just a few weeks ago. They have now settled in nicely and are getting fatter by the day. Ideally they need a home together.

Buster

chocolate or lap up antifreeze, which has a sweet taste. Both are poisonous to dogs – antifreeze is especially dangerous. * Your dog’s heart is similar to your own. It is divided into four chambers: the right atrium and ventricle channel blood to the lungs to get oxygen, while the left atrium and ventricle pump the blood to the body. But unlike you, your dog has very little chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke or atherosclerosis. * Unfortunately, dogs do suffer from other common ailments found in people, such as diabetes and cancer. One common disorder is congestive heart failure, which means the heart muscle cannot pump blood efficiently. (Heart failure is not the same as a heart attack, in which the heart muscle begins to die because of obstruction of circulation to the area.) Congestive heart failure is in the top five illnesses for which veterinary treatment is required. * Dogs often get conjunctivitis and their owners worry that the infection can be passed on to humans. Relax. The bacteria that causes conjunctivitis in dogs is not the same as the one that affects humans. * People sometimes consider their dogs almost human. That’s fine when it comes to showering affection and attention on your pet, but dangerous if you try to give him human medication. Dogs should never be given over-the-counter medication unless specifically prescribed by a veterinarian. For instance, if aspirin is given incorrectly it can cause stomach bleeding in dogs.

Was found in a local car park by a concerned shopper and has had medical treatment at a local animal hospital. He is now out of quarantine and ready for adoption by the time you read this column.

Midge

Is another of those “garden finds” with which we have become very familiar. Although he was separated from mum and never saw cat food before, he is now fighting fit and no longer frightened.

Bart and Tasha

Are of course older than the kittens but are both delightful and friendly cats as you can see. Don’t forget we have dozens of other bigger moggies just longing for a home, perhaps your own.

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

In the wild, lions demonstrate the best-known group dynamic for cats. However, most cat species are loners, including house cats, unless they have been raised in a compatible group in your home. And even then, there is no guarantee that they will all get along. It's likely that being a loner is part of a cat's nature-given strategy for survival. If they travel alone, there is less opportunity to spread diseases or to give themselves away to enemies. People who live with many cats can make it work, but it takes a lot of patience from humans to do so. Dr. Peters’ informative and entertaining book, Our Amazing Cats, and her newest feline publication, Our Amazing Cats Vol. 2, are now available from Amazon Books and at www. ouramazingcats.com. Even more recently The Cat Lady has penned a compelling book on our canine friends, “Our Amazing Dogs.” To download ebook versions of any or all of the three books (only about 200 baht), go to http://youniquesolutions.com/3Books.htm. For additional tips, or to subscribe to Dr. Peter’s free newsletter, The Kitty Times, go to: http://www.theproblemcat.com.


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Games

CROSSWORD Across 1. 4. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 16. 18. 20. 21. 24. 25. 26. 27.

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11. Which Columbo episode takes place in a wine distillery? 12. Which one city must a movie play in to be eligible for an Oscar? 13. Which director was the voice of God in the 1956 The Ten Commandments? 14. To the nearest thousand, how many episodes of Coronation Street were there to October 2013? 15. Who played Minnie Caldwell in a British soap opera? 16. In which decade was Emmerdale Farm first shown? 17. Who portrayed Fred Scuttle? 18. Who played pope Alexander the Sixth in the TV series The Borgias? 19. The name Lawrence Talbot is closely associated with which movie monster? 20. In which 1965 movie was Charlton Heston holed up in a besieged tower?

1. Roger Moore; 2. The Bride of Frankenstein; 3. Snow White and the 7 Dwarves; 4. Joseph Wiseman; 5. The Ghost Train; 6. The Godfather; 7. Jaws; 8. Double Indemnity; 9. Victor/Victoria; 10. Twister; 11. Any old port in a storm; 12. Los Angeles; 13. Cecil B De Mille; 14. Eight thousand (8243); 15. Margot Bryant; 16. 1970s (1972); 17. Benny Hill; 18. Jeremy Irons; 19. Werewolf or Wolfman; 20. The Warlord.

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• A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption. • The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work. • No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery. • A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

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This week’s subject is MOVIES and TV

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Brain Tester 1. Alphabetically who was the last actor to play James Bond? 2. In which film did Boris Karloff say We Belong Dead? 3. What was the first full colour Walt Disney animated film? 4. Who played Bond’s key enemy in Dr No? 5. In which movie did Arthur Askey fight fifth columnists at a railway station? 6. In which 1972 movie do you hear “Look how they massacred my boy”? 7. In which 1975 blockbuster do you hear “We need a bigger boat”? 8. In which movie did Barbara Stanwyck try on the black hat before her husband was dead? 9. Which movie gave Julie Andrews the chance to play a man? 10. Which 1996 movie had the tagline “It’s blow audiences right out of the theatre”?

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