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ollowing a spate of Pattaya bay maritime accidents in the last year, some involving loss of life, the local authorities are now highlighting the problem and organizing safety training. Around 50 delegates from the boat building industry attended a conference held at the Ocean Marina organized by the International Marine College of Kasetsart University and other bodies. Speakers addressed various issues including regulatory matters, boating design, construction technologies, marine equipment and personnel training. Dr Albert Nazarov, of Albatross Marine Design, pointed out that the

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local and international media found boating accidents more newsworthy than road tragedies, especially involving motorbikes, but he accepted that there was room for improvement at sea. He pointed out that 75 percent of all local sea accidents involving injury or worse concerned small tourist craft and speed boats used for transportation. These craft, he said, needed to be updated in terms of safety layout, notably rearranging seats so that they were all aft and forward looking with none at the vulnerable bow area. The concept of a volunteer coast guard with ongoing training by the marine police was given a warm welcome by the conference. It was pointed out that

both Thais and suitable foreigners could be used as there was a long tradition of using auxiliaries in other divisions of the Royal Thai Police including city, tourist and highway. Other subjects covered were pre-departure preparations, safety inspections, post-trip inspection and accident management. Banglamung district chief Sakchai Taenghor said that when tourists choose to travel by boat they expected to receive the best of service from boat operators and staff. He acknowledged that the biggest problem was the fragmented nature of the local Continued on page 4


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News Breast fondler busted on Walking Street Russian tourist Ildar Valeshev, 26, was escorted to the police station after a Thai woman complained that the drunken man touched her breasts. Thirty-five-year-old Apiruji Chudrun said she was ambling down Walking

Street when a drunken stranger blocked her path and fondled her breasts. He refused to apologize, she claimed, so she reported the incident to the police. The Russian was later released after paying a stiff fine and issuing a belated apology.

Katoey gang uncovered

A Walking Street gang of ladyboys has been partially broken up after one member was nabbed when she picked the pocket of tourist. Parinya Yodta, 26, approached and hugged a Dutch visitor near the Wandee House Jomtien. But being affectionate was the last thing on her mind as she

slipped an iPhone from the man’s pocket. Witnessing the scene, two security guards held the alleged thief until police arrived. One of the guards noted that this type of crime was common, and that the gang’s protector--an influential person in Pattaya--took a percentage of their profits.

Chinese tourist drowns

Sawangboriboon volunteers rushed to the Thong Lang beach after learning that a man was struggling in the water. But Guo Burong, 57, was dead by the time rescuers reached him. Guo drowned only 20 meters from the beach. His grief-stricken wife

said he did not suffer from any known diseases. It is assumed that he fainted in the water, perhaps because of the intense heat, and quickly went under before help arrived. An autopsy will be held in accordance with normal procedures.

Another Brit dies after drinking session The body of a Manchester man was discovered by a friend who let himself into the deceased’s Third Road apartment. Brian Herbert, 72, was reportedly fond of alcohol, according to the manager of the guesthouse where Herbert had been living for six years. Although the

body was covered in blood, police said there was no sign of foul play. The most likely explanation was that the Brit had collapsed and hit his head on a glass table broken by the impact. The dead man’s friend became concerned after knocking on the door and not receiving a response.

Broken-hearted thief in a fix

Police were summoned to Big C, North Pattaya, after an observant security guard caught a man trying to steal vodka. Israeli Vladimir Titov, 49, allegedly had removed three bottles of spirits from the shelves and carried them into a toilet area where he had poured the contents into a plastic bottle. The three

empty bottles were found in a bin. Some of the man’s activities were captured by security cameras. Titov told police he had been dumped by a Thai woman and was incredibly stressed. He had no cash and desperately needed a drink, prompting him to try and obtain spirits without the necessity of purchasing them.

Japanese tourist robbed by four on motorbike

A gang of four Thai men on two motorbikes snatched a 5-baht gold necklace from a Japanese tourist as he was walking to his hotel in North Pattaya. Seiji Matsuzaki, 69, had noticed the two

motorbikes converging on him but he was unable to escape. Police said the estimated value of the jewelry was 100,000 baht; they are searching CCTV footage for clues.


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News Princess presents awards to blood donors

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, in her capacity as executive vice-president of the Thai Red Cross, presided over an award ceremony at Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel, where she presented Red Cross medals to 604 individuals who had donated blood on many occasions, up to 108, in fact.

New tourist attraction in Pattaya

Deputy Mayor Weerawat Kharkai helped open the Tuxedo Illusion Hall opposite Central Center Pattaya. The new magic show on two rai has a seating capacity of 350. There are four 80-minute shows daily. Tickets range from 150 to 500 baht.

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boat industry – there are believed to be over 50 small companies or operators – which makes coordination and enforcement difficult. In a related move, Pattaya is changing the design and shape of its swimming-area buoys at local beaches after a spate of accidents, including one death in the Wong Amat

area. Officials also ordered a longer distance between the buoys to discourage tourists from daredevil walking and jumping from one to another. Deputy mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said that some of the problems resulted from intoxicated people trying to use the buoy area as a fun park.

Etihad Airways takes lucky winner to Ireland

Manut Meepong, managing director of Pattaya Floating Market, Pattaya City Council, and other entities brought the Iam Jun Boat to the annual water festival parade in Pattaya. The boat was bought six years ago for 100,000 baht; it can travel by road as well as by water, being

the first amphibious boat made in Thailand. Chat Jayawong, public relations manager at The Sanctuary of Truth, said the Buddha relics carried by the Iam Jun Boat were given by the supreme patriarch of Thailand and were brought to the Songkran parade as a blessing to local people.

Serpent dumbfounds adherents During a Songkran festival at Royal Thai Navy headquarters in Sattahip, Sawitree Seetreewong was the last person to pour water on the Buddha image. When making a wish, however, she acted abnormally--moving like a snake and mumbling under her breath. She

then completed the water-pouring ceremony in an apparent trance of some kind. Onlookers stood aghast; some believed that she had been temporarily possessed by the Naga–the snake in Buddhist tradition--which had wanted to attend the ceremony.

Post Songkran clean-up arduous Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, co-sponsored a raffle of tickets to Ireland for guests at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Irish-Thai Chamber of Commerce. In photo (left to right) are Paul

Scales, president of the Irish-Thai Chamber of Commerce; Kirk Albrow, Etihad Airways general manager Thailand; raffle-prize winner Tasneem Allie, and Siobhan Kennedy, president of the St. Patrick’s Society Bangkok.

Students check vehicles

Kosin Weerananthanaphan, chief of Department of Land Transport in Banglamung, welcomed students from Pattaya Technical College who assisted in checking of cars and

motorbikes over the long Songkran holiday. He explained that the general idea was to give the youthful volunteers an opportunity to perform useful community work.

Pa t t a y a C i t y’s c l e a n s i n g department had a busy time clearing away all the debris and rubbish left by Songkran revelers. The stretch along Pattaya Beach Road and Second Road was particularly dirty in the aftermath of the celebrations. Many garbage trucks were out in force for two full days, with staff on overtime, while water trucks hosed down the worst pavements and side streets. Officials said that the amount of rubbish on the streets far exceeded that left behind after the recent Pattaya Music Festival.


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News Songkran in Pong

At a Songkran ceremony, municipal officers of Tambon Pong gently poured water over the hands of 300 elderly people as a mark of respect. President Poramet Ngampichet said some 700 men and women older than 60 now live in the municipality and many of them are lonely. Therefore, the municipality will arrange monthly gatherings to allow older citizens to make new friends, share experiences, and learn new skills.

Domino’s Pizza comes to Pattaya City officials and other dignitaries were on hand for the opening of the first Domino’s Pizza outlet on the Eastern Seaboard. The new pizzeria, on Third Road, is the American franchise chain’s eighth location in Thailand. At the opening ceremony, Domino’s Pizza officials expressed optimism for greater growth of American-style pizza in Pattaya, given the taste preferences and eating habits of both foreigners and Thais.

Amari Pattaya is FINished with FINS

Management of Amari Pattaya, including Brendan Daly, general manager (middle), as they pledge against the

consumption of shark fins, which has been successfully implemented by ONYX Hospitality Group. Amari Pattaya is a

fin-free hotel. All menus and dishes in the hotel will no longer contain shark fins—including Chinese wedding menus.


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News Somali community leader visits Nong Nooch

Royal Cliff hosts sustainable tourism meet

Bee l d a a j e Moh a m ed , a community leader in the Puntland State of Somalia, visited Nong Nooch Gardens where he was welcomed by management. After touring the site, the visitor said he was impressed by the size and number of activities at Nong Nooch, particularly the performing elephants and the beautiful flower displays.

Thailand hosts difficult maritime issue Royal Cliff Hotels Group hosted an AsiaPacific forum on sustainable tourism focusing on environmental issues in today’s mass markets. More than 60 countries were represented

at the forum which concentrated on what governments could do to reduce the impact of carbon footprints produced by millions of travelers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Chinese scholar welcomed in Pattaya

The Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel was the chosen venue for an ASEAN and China conference about codes of conduct and ownership issues in the South China Sea. In a dispute over maritime borders with several ASEAN members as well as Japan, China claims almost of all the South China Sea

based on ancient maps unaccepted by ASEAN members. Participants agreed that cooperation between China and ASEAN countries on matters such as trade, industry and maritime exploration is the best way forward as well as the possibility of an ASEAN-China Cultural Exchange Year.

Human trafficking gang curbed

Officers of the Ministry of Human Development and police raided a house on Soi Khao Noi where six people were believed to be living. A 42-year-old Cambodian resident, Gia, had no travel or identification documents. Searching the house, police found no children, but came upon a large pile of children’s clothes--raising suspicions. In a house in the Nong Palai district, toys as well as more children’s clothing were discovered, but again no youngsters. A neighbor said everyone had gone to a funeral in Naklua. Proceeding to the Sawang Fah Pruektaraam

Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa’s general manager Jurairat Povibool (left) welcomed as an honored guest Chinese cultural expert and calligrapher Xiao Yunru. He has published 17 books and written 300 articles focusing on Chinese western culture and literature. In 2013 he held an exhibition of his work in Xian, China, which was visited by 8,000 people.

Oil stains repel tourists

A number of ball-shaped oil stains appeared offshore at Jomtien beach, causing tourists to think twice before taking a dip. The stains were quickly removed by the region’s sanitation team which brought the necessary cleaning and dispersal materials. The woman in charge of

the operation, Laddawadee Chaona, said the most likely cause was discharge from a boat which sank at Mahachai Gulf on April 7. Local vendors said that an oil spill like this was highly unusual, as the only thing commonly washed up was seaweed.

Woman arrested for pimping teen Temple, police found 23 girls and boys under 15, none of whom could speak Thai; they were assumed to be Cambodian. Six adults at the temple claimed to be the parents, but dubious investigators suspected that the

children were used as beggars on Pattaya streets. The hair on most of the youngsters had been dyed red, presumably to allow the traffickers to spot them and hinder their escape. Inquiries continue.

Police arrested a restaurant owner suspected of pimping a teenage girl. Rayong Kudloottud, 30, denied the charges, saying she was only trying to help the homeless 17-year-old by offering her a job at the restaurant and encouraging her to continue her studies at a college. Nonetheless, the restaurant owner was arrested.


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News New Thai Property Expo in Bangkok Developers around the country will have a great opportunity to display their latest projects in the luxury surroundings of the Conrad Bangkok Hotel’s five-star Grand Ballroom in three months’ time. The Thai Property Expo will be open each day from August 29 to 31 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Charlie Warner, managing director of exhibition organizers Exact Trading, said: “Bangkokians, both Thai and expats, are keener now more than ever before to buy outside the capital for a number of reasons, as a second home, for holidays, for investments, or simply to escape from the city from time Conrad Hotel, Wireless Road Bangkok, venue for the Thai Property Expo in August to time. Pattaya, Rayong, Phuket, Hua Hin, The show’s media sponsors include Property Report, Pattaya Chiang Mai are all popular locations, the choice for buyers is vast Property Guide, Real Estate Magazine (REM), Hot Property, and so this expo aims to make their decision easier”. He added, “This is the ideal marketplace for property Pattaya Today and DDProperty.com. Fully-equipped stands cost 10,500 baht per sqm; space-only developers to meet buyers and key people. The Thai Property Expo will enable real estate companies to promote their projects areas cost 8,500 baht per sqm. To book a stand, contact Pimowan (Pao) 082 478 4666, or over the three days to both the public and to members of Thailand’s property industry. It also provides exhibitors with a email pimowan@exactthailand.com. Or contact Mike Bridge 083 198 6700, or email mike@exactthailand.com. great opportunity to meet the media.

Spa Cenvaree, Maldives, named best Spa Cenvaree at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives has been named as the Best Luxury Emerging Spa in the Indian Ocean in the World Luxury Spa Awards for 2014. The year-old adultsonly resort is part of Centara Hotels & Resorts luxury spa brand.

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News Canal dredging controversy

S a k c h a i Ta e n g h o r , Banglamung district chief, went to check a 900-rai parcel of land in Pong after locals complained that men were digging up the soil without permission. The area, famous for its many flowers and water lilies, includes a canal and a gutter. The land owner claimed his title deeds permit him to create a weir to help local farmers and possibly to sell the land to investors. Sutat Butnon, Nong Palai sub-district headman, said the concern was for the negative environmental consequences

of digging up a large area. It would be necessary, he added, for him to check the title deed at the land registry office. The Banglamung district chief also revisited the piece of land along with officials from the Chonburi Land Office. The 1978 deed indicated a 28-rai plot could not be altered. However, the land owner explained that the canal needed to be dredged because it caused flooding in the wet season, making a major road impassable. Taenghor said the deed was unclear, but pointed

out that aerial photography indicted some changes had

already been made. A further meeting will be set.

Translator hurt Ladyboys attack Israeli couple in a bar fight

Police advised an injured volunteer translator and his girlfriend to visit the hospital following an altercation in a bar. The translator, identified only as Billy, said he and his lady were drinking when a

group of men approached and started quarrelling with the couple. A fray ignited when the girlfriend hit one of the assailants with a tissue box, following which Billy was injured. Police are investigating.

Drunk sets fire to family home Firefighters raced to a house near Bira Circuit race track responding to reports of billowing smoke. After dousing flames for about 20 minutes, the fire was extinguished. Rampan Boontham charged her 27-year-old son Anon with starting the fire. She said that he drank every day, often became frustrated, and was

involved in frequent family arguments about his laziness and failure to get a job. The 52-year-old mother said that she was willing to forgive her son because the family home had not been seriously damaged, but hoped that this would be a lesson for him. The alleged arson has not been seen since the fire.

Police say a lack of witnesses is hindering their investigation of a robbery against an Israeli couple in which four ladyboys stole a gold necklace and locket worth 200,000 baht. Shmuel Haimpour, 62, and his wife told investigators

they were walking near their Soi 5 hotel when a group of thieves approached them to chat. Suddenly one of the men snatched the jewelry and the quartet escaped on two nearby motorbikes. Investigators are searching for CCTV evidence.


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The New Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

Like an exclamation mark sandwiched between Pattaya Beach Road and Second Road near Tiffany’s Show, opposite Big C, 25 stories of brand new, cutting-edge hotel design. The first Siam@Siam Design Hotel and Spa opened in Bangkok, March 2007. This ‘hip’ city, design hotel is located opposite the National Stadium (BTS) and MBK shopping mall. Now, Siam@Siam hotel brand has made its debut in Pattaya. And it’s all about bold colors, daring design. Concept driven hospitality. Once you step into the spacious lobby you’re immersed in a creative, whimsical and dramatic interior design theme from the reception all way up to the rooftop. Post modern paintings in the ceiling and cool recycled stuff like the funky chandelier entirely made of recycled 75 cl glass bottles. A multitude of textures, tiles and colors. Everything in the lobby is non-uniform, there’s also a massive wooden giant “Jakk” welcoming the guests. Adjacent to the lobby painted in funky ultra bright Technicolor: the Car Bar. Here it’s all about motorcar motifs and recycled automotive parts, cars and tricycles. Amidst this intriguing space guests can sample cocktails served in oversized buckets accompanied by traditional Thai (spicy) street snacks with a twist. The Car Bar is homage to the rich motoring heritage of the hotel’s founder, the Phornprapha family. The Big Fish restaurant on the sixth floor is open 24 hours. Industrial interior design, high ceiling mixed with bright aquatic motifs, fish in all shapes, mermaids, miniature fish sculptures scaling the wall and jellyfish adoring the ceiling.

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Unique sense and style with stunning rooftop vistas 'Anything but standard' by John K. Lindgren photos Mike Perez and Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya

We’re driving on Pattaya Second Road and suddenly like a beacon in a sea of low-rise commercial shop houses, mixed signage and open-air bars, there, painted in dark blue, a tall, slim hotel building appears: at the top in white block letters: SIAM@SIAM.


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Benihana celebrates 50 years

eve n ts c a le n d a r TOP OF THE GULF REGATTA Date: 1-5 May 2014, ThursdayMonday Venue: Ocean Marina Yacht Club Activities: Asia’s largest multi-class sailing event, Thailand’s Top of the Gulf Regatta, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year hosted by Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien with more than 250 boats and 700 sailors from more than 20 countries competing. For more information: www.topofthegulfregatta.com

PILC LUNCH & COFFEE EVENTS FOR MAY 2014 Date: 6 & 20 May 2014, Tuesday Venue: Benihana & Ocean Marina Activities: PILC lunch will be held on 6 May at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, 2nd floor, Royal Garden Plaza, while PILC coffee morning will be held on 20 May at Ocean Marina restaurant. For more information: Lunch bookings can be made by email to lunchpilc@gmail.com Coffee bookings can be made by email to coffeepilc@gmail.com

FOODLAND SUPERMARKET INTERNATIONAL FOOD & BEVERAGE PARTY 2014 Benihana International turns 50 years old in 2014 and to celebrate, the Japanese steakhouse in Pattaya--19 years old--planned a number of activities and promotions, including Benigirls from New York, who performed a hip hop dance show with a Japanese twist at Royal Garden, on Walking Street, and at Mooltripakdee International School, and Benihana Pattaya chefs showcased their Teppanyaki skills at an exhibition. Benihana also introduced dining promotions. Indulge with Teppanyaki sushi and Beni burger. Whether it’s veggie, fish, pork, beef or foie gras burger or you opt for Beni Yaki sushi or Pattaya Yaki sushi, all are inclusive of Japanese onion soup, Benihana salad, Hibachi shrimp, vegetables, ice cream and green tea. Benihana’s Teppanyaki and sushi lunch buffet is offered daily from 12 to 3 p.m. for 550 baht featuring

a selection of maki rolls and sushi with seasonal salad, bread, soup, steamed rice, pasta, fresh fruit and desserts. Teppanyaki chefs prepare the main course of chicken, pork, fish and vegetable. The Omakase menu, 1,550 baht net through the end of July, features a set that includes a bottle of San Miguel beer with a selection of sushi or sashimi jalapenos, hibachi shrimp and vegetable, grilled butter fish with lemon butter sauce, Australian Angus beef tenderloin, hibachi rice with chicken and vegetables, plus soup, salad, ice cream and green tea. Guests also receive a 50th anniversary “Only the Strong Survive” T-shirt for every 2,000 baht spent or a chance to win in the lucky draw for every 5,000 baht spent. Snap and upload a selfie enjoying a Benihana meal for a chance to win a dinner voucher.

Mantra’s tribute to British rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame Mantra restaurant and bar, for two nights only, presented a British rock ‘n’ roll concert featuring more than two hours of golden oldies from the 70’s until the present day. Barry Upton led his UK All Stars band through the spirited repertoire ranging from Phil Collins to Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones. A gourmet 6-course meal from Chef Leonard Faust accompanied the music. The stylish restaurant was converted into a Union Jack event of the very best of British music from over four decades ago. The evening finished with everyone on their feet dancing and jiving to the strains of Rocking All Over The World. More musical events are planned. Check their website for details: www.mantra-pattaya.com.

Date: 8 May 2014, Thursday Venue: Foodland Pattaya Activities: Foodland Supermarket and the Food & Beverage Importers invite you to attend the International Food & Beverage Party 2014. The event starts at 6 pm. Dress code: Smart casual. For more information: Foodland Supermarket (Pattaya Branch) Tel: 038 422 426, 038 360 170-2 www.foodland.co.th

MTV EXIT LIVE IN UDON THANI UPDATE Date: 24 May 2014, Saturday Venue: Udon Thani Hall, Central Plaza Activities: MTV EXIT is holding two free concerts at Udon Thani Hall in Central Plaza to educate young people about the dangers of human trafficking. Multiplatinum artist Bodyslam will join top bands from around the ASEAN region, including Project E.A.R., Slot Machine, Cells and Scrubb. MTV EXIT Live in Udon Thani was originally slated to take place on 15 March at Vesuwan Stadium, but was postponed due to an accident during the stage installation process on 13 March. To accommodate a high demand for tickets at the smaller venue, MTV EXIT will produce two shows, the first at 14:00 and the second at 19:00. Priority ticketing will be offered to those who registered their email addresses with MTV EXIT when they picked up tickets for the original concert. Only those who registered email addresses during ticket pickup are eligible for the priority tickets. The 15 March concert ticket cannot be exchanged for a 24 May ticket. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the public closer to the concert date. Instructions will be announced on MTV EXIT’s social media pages and through its partner, WOW FM. All tickets are free. For more information: All questions about ticketing can be directed to tickets@mtvexit.org www.mtvexit.org/liveinudonthani

CENTARA WORLD MASTERS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

Date: 15-21 June 2014, Sunday-Saturday Venue: Hua Hin Activities: Golfers from around the world are invited to join Asia’s biggest and richest amateur week of golf. The Centara World Masters will see you play at Hua Hin’s world-class golf courses with all the trappings of a major professional tournament. Much more than a golf tournament, there are lively social and entertainment events every night. For more information: www.thailandworldmasters.com


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Cape Dara’s feast of four regions Cape Dara Resort Pattaya celebrated Songkran festival with a feast of sumptuous food from four regions of Thailand. The hotel’s Radius restaurant prepared a special buffet featuring different types of food from south, north, northeast and central Thailand. Hotel guests, family and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening of Thai food and games to celebrate the Thai New Year.


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Pattaya celebrates Songkran Festival Dusit Thani Pattaya celebrates Songkran the Thai traditional way Dusit Thani Pattaya staff and management celebrated the Songkran Festival the traditional way through almsgiving, merit-making ceremony and the customary pouring of scented water and flower petals on elders’ hands as they are wished a fresh and new beginning for a happy Thai New Year. Picture shows hotel’s GM Chatchawal Supachayanont receiving New Year wishes from resident manager Neoh Kean Boon. Hotel guests joined in the almsgiving and religious ceremony held at the Napalai Convention Hall while staff and management prepared their offerings for the 29 monks and novices that were invited to perform the rites. Although the festival is observed during 18-19 April in Pattaya, Dusit Thani Pattaya has made it a tradition to begin the festivities on the 13th of April with prayers and offerings while sharing life’s blessings with everyone.

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Songkran Day at Amari Pattaya

Somchai Rattanaopath (center, standing), president of the A-One Hotel Pattaya and family owner, led the hotel management and staff in Songkran traditional water pouring to Mitr and Wantana Rattanaopath (center, sitting), founding owners of the A-One Hotel BangkokPattaya.

Brendan Daly, general manager of Amari Pattaya, led the blessing of team members and guests on Songkran Day, which featured a long drum parade. After the blessings, guests splashed each other with water and participated in fun games.

Traditional Songkran at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort conducted a Songkran ceremony to maintain the beautiful and ancient Thai culture “Rod Nam Dum Hua” (water blessing) and bless resort family elders. In photo (third row from left) are Robert John Lohrmann, general manager, George Kenton, executive assistant manager Rooms Division, Wuthisak Pichayagan, executive assistant manager Food & Beverage, Montha Thongngam, executive housekeeper, and hotel management and staff.

Drink Dive Duck party at A-One Hotel Pattaya A-One Hotel Pattaya hosted the Drink Dive Duck—Bikini pool party poolside. Symbol of the party on Beach Road was a huge yellow rubber duck floating in the pool. Entertainment was provided by DJs that included Luis del Villar from Spain; he has more than 13 million fans following his music, and Thailand’s Panda. They were supported by Suppachai Ratanaopath, hotel assistant managing director. This first A-One Hotel Pattaya party, with a professional team of light and sound, attracted more than 300 guests.


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Dominique Rongé (far left), general manager and Carl Duggan (far right), executive assistant manager of food and beverage at Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya welcome Vita Chambers (2nd left), award-winning singer and songwriter from Canada, and Nesya (2nd right), singing star from Japan, on their arrival for the Miss Thai Lovely 2014 contest held at the hotel.

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Celebrities at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya

Celebrities Taya Rogers and Yingman Yukol seen during their stay at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya while on a fashion shoot for Numéro magazine. In photo (left to right) are Yingman, Taya, and Pattamon Mekavarakul, hotel assistant general manager.

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Wine dinner at Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya

EU ambassador visits Amari Pattaya

Davide Vacchiotti (left), Asian representative of Beni di Batasiolo, and Alberto Bruni, Italian chef at Acqua restaurant, seen here during wine dinner at restaurant located at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.

His Excellency, Jesús Miguel Sanz (second from left), ambassador to Thailand from the European Union, stayed at Amari Pattaya with his son. Also in photo are the hotel’s Richard Margo (left), resident manager, and Pichchaya Nitikarn (second from right), public relations manager.

Hilton Pattaya celebrated Earth Day 2014 with the Mr & Ms Recycle competition. The event was designed to encourage all hotel departments to reuse materials, to create recycling-theme dress, and to participate in the Earth Hour fashion show at Yim café, the hotel canteen.

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The grand opening of Forno at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa introduced the city to ‘authentic Italian pizza’ baked in a wood-fired oven. On hand for the event were the hotel’s Somsak Tanruengsri (left), general manager, and Matthew Fryar (right), director of operations. Boasting more than 70 varieties of pizza, Forno is on Dicey Reilly’s Terrace, Second Road.

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Maxim fashion shoot at Centara Grand Mirage Pattaya

During her sexy fashion shoot for Maxim Thailand at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, actressmodel-singer “Lischa” Athitara Borisudt meets with Robert John Lohrmann, resort general manager.


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Flare at Hilton Pattaya A wok of art! There are so many good reasons to visit Hilton Pattaya. This stunning hotel is located over Central Festival shopping complex where it soars to the dizzy heights of 34 levels with unrivalled views out over Pattaya bay and beyond. This ritzy 5-star hotel has now firmly established its reputation, not only for the ultimate in hotel hospitality but also for its bevy of restaurants offering topnotch cuisine, on-trend bars and of course their bargain deluxe buffets. The hospitality team at Hilton Pattaya is constantly pushing the envelope to offer innovative and desirous culinary events to please their old friends and to attract new ones. With this creative spirit to the fore the menu at their signature Flare restaurant reflects their progressive attitude to providing quality, innovative cuisine. Chefs in this kitchen have dug deep into their traditional roots to produce a menu of “resurgence” Thai cuisine reintroducing the flavors and ingredients of days of yesteryear. They recognize that Thailand is indeed home to some of the finest dishes in the world and they believe in showcasing the best of Thailand’s famous cuisine for pleasure of both

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their domestic and international guests. Mick and I were invited to sample the menu and that is how we found ourselves meandering through the minimalist décor of this stunning hotel; hand blown glass orbs and artisan designed cages spectacularly lead into their flagship fine dining restaurant, Flare. The lighting is soft and flattering the ambiance opulent bedecked in gossamer, it is serene, sensuous and gorgeous. The menu is traditionally inspired with rural overtones but with chef’s predilection for the finest global ingredients, it is served with the many superior elements that factor into the gourmet Flare kitchen. We commenced our dinner with an assortment of spring rolls the likes of tuna and seaweed, prawn and vegetarian. Crisp little treats all served with a trio of dipping sauces. This was swiftly followed by a big favorite dish of ours, but one we hadn’t spotted on any menu for quite a while – yum pla duk foo (B.350). The quotidian dish is made from catfish but here the kitchen uses prime sea bass fried to fluffiness and mixed with shrimp popcorn, green mango and a spicy, tamarind/lime dressing. We also tasted chae nam pla (fresh Japanese sea scallop and Atlantic salmon in spicy garlic lemon sauce). Soft yielding sliced sea scallop doused in that spicy light as air sauce perfectly complemented by briny salmon made for some wonderful

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taste sensations and we recommend this dish for all those who have a penchant for sashimi. Next up was a sweet clam curry with betel leaves (kaeng hoy waan bai chaplu). No allowances here for the farang palate! – it zinged with chili heat, the woody nutritious flavor of the pak wan adding a distinctive element when blended with the sweet fishy clams. Bamboo fish was the next dish to hit the table and what an eye pleaser that proved. Spectacularly served in a bamboo case, the grilled fillet of sea bass had been marinated with special herbs and came accompanied by a selection of chili dips. A wonderful recipe bursting with tastes of the field and ocean. The final savory dish to be presented was kaeng hed (spicy mushroom and salted fish broth with snake gourd, pumpkin, basil and ya

nang leaf). A jungly mix of vegetables adeptly combined with a forager’s basket of herbs in a saline fish broth. It sang with gourmet reminiscences of “ahaan boran” (ancient food) and we loved every spoonful. Other dishes on the menu include massaman curry, sun-dried Kurobuta pork and palm heart salad, roasted duck in red curry with cherry tomatoes and lychees and many more. Signature chicken sate is a must-order as is the sensational kaeng som. Specialties of the house offer black crab, Maine lobster, tiger prawns, Australian strip loin beef or corn-fed chicken which can all be prepared to your individual taste baked in a clay pot, grilled, and stirfried or deep-fried. Paired with our Thai dinner we were served wine from the distinguished GranMonte Asoke vineyard in Khao Yai. The first pouring was a Chenin

INGREDIENTS 1.0 oz 0.5 oz 0.5 oz 0.5 oz 0.5 oz 15 grams 2 pieces

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Havana Rum

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Flare restaurant

Level 15 of Hilton Pattaya Open daily from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tel: 038 253 000 Valet parking available

Thai Baan

Absolut vodka Sang Som lime juice syrup passion fruit lemongrass, chopped lychee

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Blanc, which with its fruity and floral overtones ably escorted our first dishes. The second pouring was an elegant Heritage Syrah 2011 which again proved an excellent companion to the intense, robust flavors of the Thai curries. Dining at Flare is a joy from the moment you step into its sensual space and take pleasure in the pampering environment. Prices here reflect the sophistication of the 5-star locale and the cuisine but having said that the experience rewards accordingly and the dishes are amazingly good. For a luxury Thai culinary event it would be hard to beat Flare at Hilton Pattaya.

short stalk of lemongrass slice of passion fruit In a cocktail shaker, muddle finely chopped lemongrass, lychees, lychee syrup and passion fruit until soft. Fill with crushed ice, vodka, Sang Som, lime juice and syrup. Shake well for 10 seconds or

until all items are thoroughly mixed. Pour into glass then garnish.

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F&B Promotions Marvelous Ice Cream

White Asparagus

at Elements restaurant, Sheraton Pattaya Resort

at Acqua Italian restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

At Elements, the pastry chefs work day and night to create exotic ice cream and sorbet inspired desserts to make the most of your summer holiday with a chilling afternoon. Choose any or all of these creations for only 320 baht ++ throughout May 2014: Apple ice, Double sorbet sandwich, Banana roll, and Magic mushroom. Enjoy a taste of winter in Pattaya at Elements.

Throughout the month of May 2014, Chef Alberto Bruni from Acqua Italian restaurant, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya invites you to come and enjoy a wide variety of white asparagus menu. The traditional accompaniment of Hollandaise sauce is available with the added pleasure of smoked salmon or Parma ham. Fettuccine is also served with white asparagus, smoked salmon and saffron cream, while the grilled Australian Wagyu tenderloin and Barramundi fillets are accompanied by white asparagus and Hollandaise sauce. Prices start from 690 baht ++. Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and is open from 6 pm to 11 pm.

For more information, please call 038 259 888 or email info. pattaya@sheraton.com

Tapas & Wine Fusion at The Lobby Lounge, Dusit Thani Pattaya For only 199++ baht, enjoy a relaxing night with a glass of red or white wine from the wine menu that comes with a plate of appetizing tapas featuring Assorted cold cuts (coppa, parma ham, Paris ham, mortadella, salami); Marinated olives and pickles; Norwegian Salmon rillettes; Tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil; Grilled marinated vegetables; International cheese board; Artisan bread with herb butter; Seafood salad; Tomato with red onion salad and Artichoke salad. Second plate of tapas goes for only 69++ baht. Available daily from 7 pm to 10 pm. Live band music from 7 pm until midnight. For more information, call 038 425 611-7 ext 2149, 2476.

Arabian Delights at Vistas Lobby Lounge, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

For reservations, please call 038 301 234 ext 4266.

Oyster & Bubble Promotion at Horizon, Hilton Pattaya Hilton Pattaya announced its latest Oyster & Bubble promotion at Horizon restaurant and bar. Guests can savor a perfect match of Fines de Claire oysters and sparkling wine while taking in panoramic sea views of Pattaya Bay at this rooftop restaurant and bar. The Oyster & Bubble promotion features a set of fresh oysters served with seafood dressing, shallot vinegar and fried shallots, and two glasses of French sparkling wine. There are two options on offer: a set of six Fines de Claire oysters with two glasses of sparkling wine for 1,350 baht net and a set of a dozen of Fines de Claire oysters with two glasses of sparkling wine for 1,950 baht net. The promotion is available daily from 6 pm to 1 am at Horizon which is located on level 34 in Hilton Pattaya.

Throughout the month of May 2014, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya highly recommends you to taste Arabian Delights, delectable desserts from Middle East and Greece at Vistas Lobby Lounge. These include Basbousa, a sweet cake made of semolina soaked in sugar syrup; Kunafa a Levantine, sweet cheese pastry; and the famous Baklava from Greece made of filo pastry, chopped nuts and honey. Prices start at just 115 baht ++. Vistas Lobby Lounge, located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and is open daily from 9 am to 10 pm. Special buy 1 get 1 free on all cakes during happy hours between 7 pm to 10 pm.

For more information or reservations, please call 038 253 000 or email bkkhp.pattaya.horizon@hilton.com

For more information or reservations, please contact 038 301 234 ext 4280.

The Flavors of Krachai

Seasonal Tastes of Japan

at Basil, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

at Kisso, The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok Kisso presents special menus for May and June featuring two delicacies that currently dominate the culinary scene from Tokyo to Kyoto: Aji or Horse Mackerel and Hon-Maguro Tuna. Recommended dishes featuring Horse Mackerel are priced from 140 baht ++ to 690 baht ++ and include: Horse mackerel Japanese style tartar with Japanese herbs, Horse Mackerel sushi, Whole horse mackerel sashimi and Fried bread horse mackerel with homemade yuzu tartar sauce. Hon-Maguro Tuna dishes are priced from 580 baht ++ to 1,950 baht ++ and include: Assorted 3 kinds part of fresh tuna tasting platter, Premium tuna sushi, Premium tuna sashimi on rice and Medium fatty belly rare steak with garlic soy sauce. Kisso is open for lunch daily from 12 pm – 2:30 pm and dinner 6 pm – 10:30 pm on the 8th floor of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. For more information, please call 02 207 8000 or email kisso.bangkok@westin.com.Visit www.kissobangkok.com or www.facebook.com/kissobangkok

50th Anniversary at Benihana In celebration of Benihana’s 50th anniversary, enjoy the Omakase menu, available until end of July, for 1,550 baht net including 1 bottle of San Miguel beer per set menu. For more information and reservations, please contact 038 412 120 ext 1395.

Throughout May and June, Chef Kesinee finds inspiration from the intriguing rhizome, krachai or Chinese Keys. Her menu of authentic dishes showcasing krachai includes tasty appetizers, fragrant soup, satisfying mains, and a divine dessert. Chef Kesinee uses krachai to enhance her delicious appetizers spicy grilled scallop salad with crispy krachai and spicy northeast Thai pork sausage with young krachai. Salmon and coconut soup with taro and fresh krachai is a sophisticated interpretation of a classic dish. The soothing soup is also the perfect accompaniment to her main dishes of baked exotic mushrooms with chili, krachai and local Thai herbs and chicken curry with krachai and fermented rice noodles. There is also stir-fried Andaman seafood with green peppercorn and krachai, a tasty dish that highlights the exotic rhizome’s natural affinity with fish and seafood. The menu ends with the refreshing dessert of sesame dumplings in black krachai syrup. Join Chef Kesinee for lunch or dinner and enjoy memorable dishes from her exceptional krachai menu. Prices start from 350 baht ++ per dish. Basil is open for dinner from 6:00-10:30 pm, Monday to Sunday. For reservations, please call 02 6498366 or visit the online store www.sheratongrandesukhumvit.com/en/store

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Pig & Whistle Pub & Restaurant Jomtien The best of British! The British have been responsible for many inventions over the centuries but probably the most imitated worldwide is the good old pub. There’s hardly a country in the world that doesn’t boast an Olde English (or Scottish, Welsh or Irish) pub of some description. Their names have interesting origins, largely in the beginning from the masons and craftsmen involved in church building like The Masons Arms and The Carpenters. However, Pig and Whistle is different as it is said to derive from two words “Piggin” and “Wassail.” A piggin is a vessel (such as a jug) used to carry ale, and wassail means a toast as in “good health.” The famous Pig & Whistle Inn on Soi 7 Pattaya has been serving up its quintessential pub grub to its many regulars and guests for over 17 years. Now Jomtien is the auspicious location for its sister hostelry. We reviewed this friendly pub on its

opening, just over two years ago now and felt it was high time we revisited to enjoy its great pub grub. From 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. this kitchen is in full flight providing the class of dishes that has made the Pig & Whistle famous. Inside the new establishment, the décor is a modern, loungy sports bar with three big screens showing the matches of the day, a big comfy bar and banquette seating for friendly get-togethers and sociable events. On-tap beers include Tetley and Carlsberg plus the very popular draft cider, Strowford Press. The English breakfast menus are legendary and many a trencherman has been defeated by the Pig’s “full Monty” of two eggs, two English sausages, two rashers of Wiltshire bacon, baked beans, grilled mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, fried potatoes, fried bread plus toast and marmalade at only B.195. Breakfast meatheads would be well and truly

satisfied with the No. 1 special set: fillet steak (100 grams) two eggs any style, bubble and squeak and mushrooms for B.200. Even those folk who enjoy a kipper for breakfast are kept happy with the No. 2 special set: kipper, scrambled eggs, bacon and toast for B.200. All the breakfast items, including the bubble and squeak and black pudding, can be ordered singly or with any item of your choice. Mick and I were back and were (again) very impressed with the hearty and the homely “just as mom used to cook” quality of all this pub fare. Come hungry though, the portions are huge and the staff (especially chef) disappointed if your plate isn’t licked clean before its return to the kitchen. After much deliberating (it all reads so well), we chose to kick off the proceedings with a portion of their signature chicken liver pate (B.125). Deeply rich in flavor and served with dark brown bread toast and garnish it was top drawer. Other starters include the perennially popular Norwegian prawn cocktail, spring rolls or one of their homemade soups with the pea and ham variety coming highly recommended. We should mention the sandwiches now before we move on to the main courses. These are wonderful

“doorstop” affairs: huge slices of thickly-sliced white bread generously packed with the filling of your choice, i.e. hot chicken, roast beef, bacon and egg, sausage and egg and even pork and apple with prices from B.75. The perfect accompaniment to a mug of builder’s tea. Half time by now and Mick and I were wondering where to take our taste buds for a nostalgic trip back to the times when the term “gastro-pub” had never been coined. We chose a traditional Wiltshire gammon steak served with an egg, fresh pineapple, garden peas and chips and the house chicken ham and mushroom pie accompanied by garden peas, carrots, cabbage, roast potatoes and gravy (B.250). The pie exceeded all my expectations, the pastry was simply superb, a crisp crunchy exterior with a softer interior playing host to chunks of succulent chicken and mushrooms. Accompanied by the best roast

potatoes I have tasted in a long while and a gravy that shrieked “mmm Bisto” -- it was delicious. Mick meanwhile was tucking in and reminiscing about the last time he had enjoyed a gammon steak so much (decades ago!) and we were both waxing lyrical about this classic, traditional food that had successfully made the long trek from the British Isles to the Land of Smiles. Incidentally, the Thai menu covers over 30 items to please the most discerning Thai diner. Meaty diners are spoilt for choice from the signature beef stew, the homemade steak and kidney pie, fillet or sirloin steak, braised steak in a rich red wine sauce and their celebrated liver, bacon and onions plus daily roast lunches (with all the trimmings) starting at B.275. No selfrespecting pub would be without fish and chips and here it is a house specialty featuring huge fillets of white fish deep fried in a “light as a feather” batter and served with mushy peas and chef’s individual tartar sauce. We really enjoyed the classic homely dishes here at the Pig & Whistle Jomtien. For a true taste of the best of British it would be hard to beat this most convivial pub with its hearty, nourishing food, friendly staff and welcoming vibe. Pig & Whistle Pub & Restaurant Jomtien Situated at the bottom of Thappraya Hill on the right hand side going towards Jomtien beach and opposite the Hanuman statue Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tel: 038 303 289

What's Cooking?

Dicey Reilly’s introduces Black Lava Burger Dicey Reilly’s Pub & Eatery presents its own take on the colored burger bun: the Black Lava Burger. The latest creation from the Dicey Reilly’s culinary team features a freshly-made black bun with black sesame seeds. The color comes from purified squid ink imported from Europe mixed into the dough, and has no distinct smell from the squid ink. Offered in two varieties: Dicey’s Burger--which consists of beef patty, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, and the Hawaiian Burger--made from beef patty, ham, pineapple, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. For additional flavor, the Black Lava Burger comes with bourbon sauce, coleslaw and tomato sauce. It is served with a side of French fries, potato wedges or mashed potatoes. Priced at 249 baht net, the Black Lava Burger is the first black bun burger to be made available in Pattaya market starting this month. Dicey Reilly’s Pub & Eatery is on Second Road. Open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. For reservations call 038 411 755 or visit www.diceyspub.com


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Grilled Fines de Claire Grilled Fines de Clare oyster & Hokkaido sea scallop with spicy seafood salsa Oyster INGREDIENTS 3 pcs Fines de Claire oyster

30 g red chilli

3 pcs Hokkaido scallop

20 g garlic

20 g sea salt

10 g coriander root

10 g frisée

20 ml fish sauce

10 g Chinese cavilla

20 ml lime juice

10 g horse tamarind leaves

20 g sugar

10 g deep-fried shallot

COOKING METHOD Seafood dressing preparation Add red chilli, garlic, coriander root, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar into the food processor. Blend well. Fines de Claire preparation Peel and wash Fines de Claire oyster thoroughly then add Hokkaido scallop on top of the oyster. Grill the oyster on the grilled stove until medium rare. Take off the grill then put seafood dressing on the oyster and top with mixed frisée, Chinese cavilla, horse tamarind leaves and

Hilton Pattaya is located at 333/101 Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi Tel: 038 253 000

deep-fried shallot. Place them on top of sea salt on a plate and serve immediately.

Special Feature Crab Feast at The Bay Dusit Thani Pattaya launched a new culinary delight, Crab Feast, available every Friday night at The Bay Italian restaurant. The hotel’s new executive chef, Alistair Carter, put together a menu of wonderful crab creations using fresh ingredients along with other culinary items for guests to indulge in. Enjoy crackling crab creations – steamed, deepfried, or prepared any other way while sipping a complimentary glass of wine or beer for only 850 baht ++ or 1,449 baht ++ for crab buffet with free-flowing wine, beer, juice, and soft drink. It’s truly a crab feast with delectable items in the buffet line like crab cocktail and stir-fried crab Singaporean style. The Bay’s culinary team also highlighted crab in Thai dishes including baked crab claw with glass noodles, stir-fried crab claw with creamy

curry sauce, deep-fried crab meat cake, and steamed crab meat mousse in banana leaf cup, among many other items. Apart from the crab dishes, the buffet also features international items from appetizers to barbecue to desserts. Must-try items are mini pork burger with lobster tail and grilled lamb chops. While enjoying the food, The Bay provides diners sweeping views of Pattaya Bay at both indoor and outdoor settings. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., the restaurant offers Come 3 Pay 2 promotion for the Crab Feast every Friday and Saturday night BBQ (Cuisine du Monde). Crab lovers definitely should not miss the crab feast. For reservations, call 038 425 611-7 ext 2149, 2150.

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The 25th floor. This is as good as it gets. The rooftop concept with its infinity pool, sundeck, sky bar and comfy deck chairs plus nightly open-air movies; black and white oldies, and modern day Cannes Prix Palme d’Or selections. Screening every night 7 and 9 p.m. But before the movie experience a knock-your-socks-off panorama vista when the sun sets over the Bay of Siam. C’est Magnifique! Our hotel inspection continues. The Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya boasts of 268 exquisitely designed guest rooms in bold hues of orange, green, blue or yellow. Our unit located on the 7th floor ‘Leisure Class’ category is spacious, with high ceiling and large windows. Infotainment comes with a 42-inch plasma TV, and high-speed internet access. Leisure Class rooms provide comfort and technology in an art-

inspired atmosphere. Yes, there is a painting, modern abstract art up in the ceiling. During our short stay we experienced a true five-star service sans the snobbery and stuffiness you sometimes encounter when staying at the grand deluxe city hotels. Furthermore, valet parking is also available and free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel. No extra (++) charge. If you want to experience avantgarde hotel design, bold colors, delectable cuisine, excellent service and a stunning 24th and 25th floor rooftop concept – check-in and checkout the new Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya Pattaya Second Road, Soi 2 opposite Big C Tel: 038 930 600 www.siamatpattaya.com

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The international buffet breakfast is served daily from 6 to 10:30 a.m. Big, long tables, perfect for that extended, lazy delectable Sunday breakfast. Details, again like those milk bottles with wire stoppers, or brown sugar in lab test tubes. Not your tammada runof-the-mill ABF setting. The all-day-dining menu features Thai and international selection of seafood-based cuisine. Late-night menus are available from p.m. onward with Siam@Siam’s quick food/self-service concept, offering guests a fine selection of dishes prepared à la minute by the hotel’s star station chef. During the day, the space functions as a large living room, where guests can relax with an iPad loaded with the

hotel’s extensive movie rental selection, chill out and read to the backdrop of soft jazz, swing and blues, while sipping a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The Big Fish also offers a range of wines for pairing with food at any time of the day as well as an extensive list of cocktails, mocktails and smoothies. Pool Bar, Fitness Center, The Roof Mixology Elevator up to 24th floor. The lower deck. Here pastel shades and warm, earth tones frame the stunning doublelevel infinity pool, which is surrounded by rich greenery and star-patterned lighting. High up here you'll also find a bar and an al fresco roof restaurant serving international tapas and conceptual cocktails.

For the fitness aficionados, next floor, the fitness center equipped with top-of-the-line spanking new Precor machines with built-in internet connection for all those important Facebook updates even while working out on the treadmill.

Hotel Promotions We are family at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

The Okura Prestige Bangkok introduces the new We are Family package. Guests booking the package for two or more consecutive nights receive a complimentary family entrance ticket to the popular Siam Ocean World, located at the nearby Siam Paragon shopping mall.

Package includes: - Accommodation in a Premier Club or Deluxe Suite - International buffet breakfast at the popular all-day dining venue Up & Above - Free entrance to Siam Ocean World for 2 adults and 1 child under 12 years old including an up close and personal tour of the aquarium, a ride on a glass bottom boat, amazing visual effects in the 5D cinema plus popcorn and soft drinks. Families also enjoy a very special behind the scenes look with guides. - Two complimentary BTS day passes for adults. - Unlimited access to the hotel’s Club Lounge with exclusive benefits such as complimentary laundry/pressing (3 items), daily replenishment of soft drinks/beers in the in-room refreshment cabinet, iPad for use in the lounge only, use of the Club Lounge meeting room (up to two hours per stay - subject to availability), cocktails and snacks from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, high-speed internet access and much more. We are Family package prices start at 10,200 baht ++ per night and valid from now until 10 December 2014. Reservations may be made by visiting www.okurabangkok.com or by contacting 02 687 9000.

Relaxing Weekday Package at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya Cape Dara Resort Pattaya offers special price for luxurious 2-night stay of your choice for stays between Sunday to Thursday. The package includes complimentary daily breakfast, welcome drink, and one set lunch at Radius Restaurant for 2 persons. Rates start from 4,500 baht net per room. For more information, please call 038 933 888 or visit www. capedarapattaya.com


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Southern seaside provinces still Thailand’s most popular

Spa Promotions Buy 1 Get 1 Free at Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya Amari Pattaya offers guests buy one get one free spa promotion by booking via www.amari.com. Make a reservation for a spa treatment between 10 am to 1 pm any day from now until 31 October 2014 at Breeze Spa and the second person’s treatment will be free of charge. Choose from five Signature Mood Massages available depending on your mood such as Dreamy: Take it E-Zzzz, Serene: No Worries, Rejuvenated: Let it Glow, Invigorated: Past Tense, and Energised: Thai the Knot. Invite your loved one to spend time together and share a relaxing experience. Don’t miss this offer.

Ao Maya, Ko Phi Phi Le, Krabi

For more information, please contact Breeze Spa, Amari Pattaya 038 418 418 ext 840.

Summer Breeze Retreat at Amburaya Spa, Sheraton Pattaya Resort

by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

Thailand’s southern beach resort regions remain some of the most popular holiday destinations for international tourists with hotels in the area reporting occupancy rates of up to 78 percent during the first quarter of this year. According to figures from the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT), eight domestic offices and two coordination centers in Southern Thailand, Krabi, Phang Nga, Chumphon and Surat Thani have been attracting a consistently high number of tourists. In Krabi and Phang Nga, hotels reported occupancy rates hovering at 75 and 78 percent, respectively, levels that match last year’s numbers. These healthy occupancy rates can be attributed to the enduring popularity of islands in Krabi, such as, Ao Maya, Ko Hong and Hat Railay, which are thronged with local and international tourists especially during the long public holidays. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT governor, said, “The figures speak for themselves that Thailand remains a popular and welcoming tourist destination. Our southern provinces, in particular Phuket, Krabi and Samui, have seen an increasing number of domestic and international direct flights, meaning that foreign visitors and locals alike can cut down the travelling time (needed to travel via Bangkok).” Phang Nga Phang Nga, just one hour’s drive from Phuket, recorded an average length of stay of 5.81 days. About 90 percent of visitors to Phang Nga are from overseas, with tourists from Germany topping the rank, followed by Scandinavia and other European countries. Phang Nga can boast the highest number of tourist arrivals as well as visitors. Ao Phang Nga recorded approximately 5,000 visitors per day; Ko Khai saw some 3,000 visitors per day, with Ko Ta Chai attracting some Ko Tao, Surat Thani

400 daily visitors. The Similan and Surin Islands each saw some 200-300 daily arrivals. Krabi In Krabi, which has its own airport but can also be reached via Phuket (about 176 km or two hours by car), it is the community-based tourism activities such as those found at Ban Ko Klang, Khlong Prasong and Ko Poo and Ko Jum that are popular. Inland, tourism activities such as cycling trips amid the limestone peaks and rubber plantations are popular. Tourists can see palm plantations and take boat trips to learn about the community’s ecology and mangrove forests. Chumphon Chumphon, on the Gulf of Thailand, remains popular, being the port that serves the famous Ko Tao and Ko Nang Yuan islands. The region has recently maintained its normal occupancy rate of around 55 percent. Popular destinations in Chumphon province include Hat Sairee, Hat Tung Wua Laen, and the Shrine of Krom Luang Chomphon. Surat Thani Nearby Surat Thani is also attracting an increasing number of meetings and incentives travelers and stopover tourists looking to continue their journey to other destinations, including the famous Ko Samui, Ko Phangan or Ko Tao. Surat Thani’s Ratchaprapa Dam and water reservoir, farm stays, and important religious sites still attract local and international tourists. Occupancy rates for hotels in this area are an impressive 95 percent.

Amburaya Spa invites you to experience 150 minutes of the art of traditional Thai therapy from head to toe to help rejuvenate your mind and spirit. The exclusive massage integrates the benefits of tamarind and ginger with traditional Thai massage that uses pressure points and stretching techniques. Tamarind is a rich source of antioxidants including vitamin C and beta-carotene, while ginger is antiseptic which helps heal and cleanse your skin. The package is inclusive of Aromatic foot bath, Tamarind and ginger scrub, Majestic therapy of Chao Phraya massage, and Natural facial cleanse. Price is 3,900 baht ++ per person or 7,500 baht ++ per couple. Available every day until 30 June 2014. Discover truly relaxing treatments at Amburaya Spa and take home a complimentary Amburaya’s signature essential oil. For more information and reservation, please call 038 259 888 or email spa. amburaya@sheraton.com

Relax, Renew and Emerge Brighter at eforea: Spa, Hilton Pattaya eforea: spa located at Hilton Pattaya offers its new special promotion package, “Relax, Renew and Emerge Brighter”. Available now, the spa package is designed for guests’ relaxation, replenishment and release with the ultimate spa experience at eforea spa: at Hilton. Guests can book the spa package for only 3,500 baht and receive a 90-minute meditation massage, which focuses on instilling a deep sense of mental and physical relaxation. A choice of native aromatic oils is prescribed to suit your individual needs to rejuvenate, harmonize or detoxify. For an additional 500 baht, guests can enjoy a 30-minute body scrub and receive an eforea music CD, which features soothing tunes that they can relax to in their own home. For more information, call 038 253 000, email pattaya.info@hilton.com or visit eforeaspa.com

Summer Paradise at Royal Garden Spa, Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa Meadow Bliss spa program offRoyal Garden Spa at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa salutes the summer with dazzling skin after this heavenly treatment duo. Every inch of your body is youthfully renewed with the cooling sensation of a 60-minute Anantara Summer Cooling Scrub and the relaxing effects of a 30-minute Anantara Back Massage. Leave with a complimentary Anantara Sun Soothing Mist to calm your skin throughout this summer and a rejuvenated spirit. This package is priced at 2,800 baht net. For more information and reservations, please contact 038 412 120 ext 1711 or e-mail: ms_pmrs@minor.com


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A perfect “Home” for your retirement

by Pensiri Panyarachun, Absolute Living Thailand

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease and the most common movement disorder. It is a fairly common agerelated and progressive disease of brain cells (brain disorder) that affect movement, loss of muscle control, and balance. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease of the nervous system which is common in patients older than 55. The actual cause of the disease is not confirmed. However, the symptoms mainly occur due to the decreasing of cells in the brain, called the substantia nigra, that produce a substance called dopamine. As a result, patients move slower than usual; some have shaking of their hands and feet, and some have difficulty walking. Other symptoms can include constipation, urinary difficulty, fatigue, forgetfulness, depression, and sexual dysfunction. Some suspected causes of Parkinson’s disease include: 1. Aging brain. The brain cells that produce dopamine are decreased. It is usually found in people older than 65; it is equally common in males and females. Statistics shows that this disease occurs in 1 to 5 percent of the populations of those over the age of 50 in many countries. 2. High blood pressure medication. In the past, such medications were found to affect the brain substance dopamine. However, recently medicine for controlling high blood pressure has no effect on the brain. 3. Blocked artery in the brain. This would be affected by reducing or eliminating brain cells that reduce dopamine. 4. Toxin damages brain. Toxic substances from plants including manganese and carbon monoxide poisoning can cause brain cell degeneration and Parkinson’s disease. 5. Head injury or common shock. Patients with a history of accidents in cars or on motorbikes have an increased chance of having Parkinson’s disease. This is true as well for boxers who are constantly punched in the head. 6. Lack of oxygen to brain. Patients subjected to drowning, strangulation or obstruction in the respiratory tract. 7. Brain inflammation. Reversing inflammation in the fluid surrounding the brain’s cortex may provide a solution to the complex riddle of Parkinson’s disease. 8. Genetic diseases such as Wilson’s disease, liver disease, disability with brain aneurysm. 9. Long-term use of tranquillizers or sleeping pills. Patients with psychiatric disorders often take medication to control the symptoms of hysteria, delirium or confusion. Taking such pills for long period of time could cause Parkinson’s disease. Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease • Shaking of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face • A shuffling gait with poor arm swing and stooped posture • Slow movement, which is called bradykinesia • Postural instability • Abnormal movement such as smiling, blinking and swinging of arm • Difficulty speaking, slow speech, or unable to make higher or lower voice

• Unsteady balance, difficulty rising from a sitting position • Sleeping disorder from depression Other symptoms • Depression • Unstable emotion • Confusion • Feelings of fear and anxiety • Difficulty chewing and swallowing • Constipation • Urinary incontinence • Oily skin and dandruff • Sleeping problems and nightmares • Memory problems • Changes in handwriting • Dementia • Fatigue • Drooling A simple test to check the symptoms of the Parkinson’s disease By evaluating Activities of Daily Living below, you can assess or track the progression of the disease.

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Treatment by surgery Generally, surgery is only considered when medication cannot adequately control symptoms. Surgery destroys the brain in a procedure called thalamotomy; it could reduce shaking symptoms only. It would cause slow speaking ability and may cause uncoordinated body movement. Treatment by diet No specific food or vitamin can cure this disease, but the following recommendations may help: • Healthy eating with three meals every day. • Weight watching once a week to check that you have no malnutrition. • Eat vegetables or foods with high fiber and drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day to prevent constipation. • Avoid fatty foods or foods with high cholesterol. • Restrict high-protein foods For each item, score from 0-4. 0: Means could practice as normal person. 1: Means could practice but slowly. Do not need help from others. 2: Means could practice but slow and incomplete. Need help from others. 3: Means hardly practice. Always need for help. 4: Could not practice at all. Ratings range from 0-56. The more points mean more potential to get Parkinson’s disease. Treatment and Care People with Parkinson’s need solitary treatment and care. Most Parkinson’s disease treatments aim to restore the proper balance of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and dopamine by increasing dopamine levels.

The “No Poo” Method: How to Wash Your Hair without Shampoo by Laura Cox, www.UrbaneWomen.com

Shampoo is so ingrained into our lifestyle that it’s easy enough to think that it’s the only way to get your hair clean. For those who are curious or open-minded, it is indeed possible to clean our hair without the modern convenience of shampoo; or even soap for that matter. Read on to learn about other convenient ways you can get those filaments sparkly clean. All the following methods have the added convenience of being both simple and cheap.

Treatment by Exercise Exercise makes the muscles stronger and improves mood. It will not stop Parkinson’s disease from progressing, but it will improve walking ability and balance and it can prevent joint stiffening. Assisted living Assisted living is a type of housing for people who need various levels of personal care. Living spaces can be individual rooms, apartments, or shared quarters. Nursing home care Long-term care offers a vast range of medical, personal, and social services required to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of people who have longterm illnesses or are disabled by Parkinson’s disease.

1. Eggs This method is perhaps the hardest one for people to get their heads around. Why would anyone want to use eggs for washing their hair? Well for one; eggs are packed with vitamins A, D, and E, which all help to give your do that extra bit of shine. Whenever you see an advertisement for the latest shampoo, they usually always make sure you know how much protein they have packed into the latest formula. It’s the same deal with eggs, as they are also packed full of nourishing protein to give your hair added strength. The benefit of eggs in your frizz doesn’t stop there, as they are also a superior moisturizer and conditioner. To apply, whip one or two eggs up in a bowl and then simply rub them into dry hair. Keep your hair covered for at least 15 minutes before washing out with a thorough rinsing. It may take some getting used to but a lot of people have tried it and swear that their hair has never looked and felt so good. 2. Baking Soda Baking soda is terrific for keeping your hair shiny and clean. It’s just ever so slightly alkaline, so it’s excellent for preventing chemical build-up without being too harsh. The usual constitution is 1 tablespoon to a cup of water. Curly or thick hair styles may require a slightly stronger mix and thin hair may require a little less.

Firstly, soak your hair with plain water then apply the mix to your scalp. Gently rub the mixture through your hair. And lastly, just as with a shampoo wash, rinse thoroughly until all the mixture is removed. Baking soda is great for hikers who regularly remove themselves from civilized areas for any length of time, as it takes up no room in a pack, weighs a lot less, and has other uses as well such as teeth cleaning. 3. Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar is ascetic and as a result is a great clarifier of hair. The pH is just right to create soft, smooth, and shiny hair. Dandruff sufferers can also derive great benefit from using apple cider vinegar due to its anti-fungal properties. To use, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water and completely soak your hair with the resulting mixture. Gently massage your scalp using the tips of your fingers. Once you are done rinse just as you would with shampoo, and follow up by applying a conditioner. You are now free to follow your usual styling routine. For additional information on hair care, beauty, health, fitness, romance, skin care and more, go to www.urbanewomen.com


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Refreshing time! by Thonglor Clinic

We all survived the Songkran period this year. Lots of abuses were committed by revelers. Our bodies may show some wounds following these days of water wars! Strong sun exposure with no skin protection can age the skin dramatically. No one wants to look like a parched lizard. Loss of fluids reduces skin elasticity and wrinkles appear deeper and more pronounced. Rejuvenation can be achieved with good skin cleansers and the help of mace and collagen injections. These help repair the damages inflicted by helping the detoxification processes. Other adjuncts are the amino acid glutathione, aiming specifically at liver detoxification (from too many drinks and late night binges). Glutathione gives a glowing effect to the skin as a secondary benefit. A pinker complexion results and with some vitamin C will also stabilize the melanocyte receptors in the skin. Dark skinned people will have a “pinker” appearance. A coveted look by most Thai people. For all the ladies that resent looking at the effects of gravity on their faces in the mirror, we can also use Botox to provide a lifting effect on all theses “turkey

necks”. Used intradermally, Botox creates a smoothing effect on the skin’s appearance and helps–used on a slightly deeper plan– to lift the neck skin in the décolleté area. Another little secret of Botox users is that we can improve the appearance of your smile and eliminate the sour look that

sometimes appears on the corners of the mouth. Involuntarily giving a sour look is not conducive to a serene look. By using a few units of Botox in specific areas near the mouth, the corners can be turned upwards and not only lift your smile but also lift your spirits! The sun being at its strongest in Thailand during April and May causes us to squint a lot when we are outdoors. Crow’s feet then appear more pronounced. Who has not been caught with a tan that shows these whiter areas around the outside of the eyes once you return indoors and relax your squint? Botox is a good preventative! Hooded eyebrows can also be lifted by placing a few units of Botox in the appropriate muscles. The effects usually take 3-5 days to show and the duration of the effect varies from individual to individual, but you should expect 4-6 months or more. Time never stops for anyone, but we can slow down the ravaging effects of aging with some simple treatments. Many other treatments are available at our clinic, and the doctor will be able to give you a free consultation and recommend the

best solutions to your problems. Our surgeon can discuss the best surgical solutions to improve your appearance and well being. You are welcome to come and discuss with our consultants with no obligation

Crowded markets, clubs, malls, plus frequent travel, heavy traffic, and spending time in hospitals, clinics and schools expose you to environmental toxins and more germs than people had to deal with in the past. You can help protect and strengthen your immunity by eating right, getting enough activity and rest, washing your hands frequently, and practicing stress reduction.

and be well informed in regards to your dermatological needs. Thonglor Clinic is conveniently situated on Thappraya Road facing the large tower of Pattaya Park, next door to Thai Living legal offices.


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XSCAPE – MICHAEL JACKSON Xscape is the second posthumous compilation album, of previously unreleased tracks by American recording artist Michael Jackson, released by the Jackson Estate through MJJ Music and Epic Records on 9 May 2014. It is the second album that the estate has released in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, since Jackson’s death in June 2009. L.A. Reid, chairman of Epic Records, curated and executively produced the album, enlisting Timbaland to lead a team of record producers to re-tool and contemporize the eight recordings selected to complete the album. Producers who worked on the album include StarGate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, John McClain and Rodney Jerkins, who not only produced the title song but is the only original song producer to work on the final productions. American band, The Time’s former guitarist Jesse Johnson will make a guest appearance on the album, along with fellow American artists Mary J Blige, Questlove, and D’Angelo.

1. Love Never Felt So Good 2. Chicago 3. Lovin’ You 4. A Place with No Name

5. Slave to the Rhythm 6. Do You Know Where Your Children Are 7. Blue Gangsta 8. Xscape

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upcoming movies THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx

GODZILLA

Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff

Directors Marc Webb Genre Action | Adventure | Fantasy Release Date May 1, 2014

Director Mike Flanagan Genre Horror Release Date May 8, 2014

Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Lead Actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen Director Gareth Edwards Genre Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Fantasy Release Date May 15, 2014 The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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Review TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch If you’re into fitness, you know by now that monitoring your heart rate is pretty much the best way to determine the effect your workout has on your body at any given moment — but you also know what a pain it can be to track consistently. The TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch uses a sensor that casts light through the skin in your wrist, accurately measuring blood flow without the need for a separate chest strap. With five intensity zones, you can tailor your workout to meet your needs, whether you’re training for speed, endurance, or fat loss. And since it’s weather resistant, durable, and has a long-lasting battery, you can rest assured it will outlast you on even your best day.

Micro 3D Printer Over the past couple of years we’ve watched as the barriers to entry for 3D printing came down one-by-one — machines grew steadily cheaper, more competition entered the market, software became easier to use — and the Micro 3D Printer is just one more example of that trend. Made to be truly consumer-facing, this 3D printer is small enough to fit on your desk, affordable enough to not put it out of reach of the average tinkerer, and easy enough to use to eliminate the intimidation factor. It’s also flexible, with interchangeable components, the ability to accommodate a range of material and filament options, compatibility with most operating systems and software, and an online marketplace where novice designers can download a wealth of objects.

Baking with Tropical Fruits Apart from going to beautiful beaches for a holiday getaway, summer season is the best time to get a taste of the tropics by enjoying tropical fruits, which are sweetest this time of the year. What better way to do this than to indulge in desserts made from tropical fruits, especially if you prepare them yourself. Whether it’s durian, mango or rambutan, Baking with Tropical Fruits is your guidebook to produce delectable desserts using summer’s finest fruits. With 70 original recipes, this book also goes all year-round with other recipes using fruits available in different seasons. Author Melinda Lim, a baker trapped in a lawyer’s body, shares in her first book on baking not only recipes with commonly used tropical fruits but also the innovative use of other fruits readily available in the local market. Not just with limes, mango, durian, pineapple, banana or coconut but also jackfruit, mangosteen, rambutan, soursop, starfruit, papaya, passion fruit, longan, lychee, and even guava.

A self-taught baker herself, Melinda shows home and professional bakers how to use luscious and flavorful tropical fruits in baked goods of all kinds: • cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, • cookies and biscuits, • pies and tarts, • puddings and soufflés. The author also allots the first few pages to information and tips on handling tropical fruits. This groundbreaking book, Baking with Tropical Fruits, clearly presented the details from ingredients to easy-to-follow procedures. This book will appeal to those who want to create something unusual and different from their ovens. Impress your family and friends by serving up fabulous-looking treats with the intense tastes of the tropics and they will certainly find a new favorite among the fresh, delicious treats created from these original recipes. Baking with Tropical Fruits is available at Asia Books for 675 baht (10 percent off the original price). Order online via www. asiabooks.com with free delivery in Thailand.


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Vol. 02 No. 09 | May 1-15 2014

Proton Suprima S

The Malaysian game changer with Lotus handling or from standstill to 100 clicks in 9.9 seconds Two years before the start of AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) 2015, Malaysian automobile manufacturer Proton (Perusahaan by John K. Lindgren Otomobil Nasional) Editor-in-chief: launched its new carsanook.com product code named P3-22A; a five-door compact hatchback. The official launch was on August 17, 2013. The car: Proton Suprima S. Three months later, the all new Proton made its début at Thailand International Motor Expo 2013 in Bangkok. A compact 5-door hatchback. A Proton hot-hatch? A game changer? I would say, yes! Pattaya Today tested the new Proton Suprima S recently. By the way “S” stands for Sport. And sporty it is. The sprint 0-100 clicks in 9.9 seconds, not bad. In comparison, the German

BMW 3-series diesel takes about 7.6 seconds. Suprima’s secret is the compact but powerful 138 horsepower 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine. The extra kick comes from the light turbo mated to the 7-speed CTV ‘auto’ gearbox. How about the looks? The best styled Proton so far. Short and compact with a high shoulder line and a sturdy c-pillar integrating a cool roof spoiler with a short antenna. Aerodynamic looks. The front boasts a black honeycomb grille, Proton logo, and downsized projector daytime running lights. The rear view badges spell it out: “Handling by Lotus” and “Turbo”. The new Suprima measures 4.4 meters long, 1.7 and 1.5 meters tall. Curb weight 1.3 tons-perfect specs for urban daily driving and parking.

Inside our demonstrator, leather upholstered seats and adequate space for a small family. The truck space is large for a vehicle of this size. More space needed? Use the 60/40 split fold rear seats feature. The dashboard of the new Suprima has it all: engine start and stop button, touch screen 7-inch LCD screen and USB. Android and iPod connectivity. For driver and passenger safety, 6 airbags. This car received an ANCAP 5-Star safety rating from Australia. And for the passengers’ wellbeing, the important air conditioner – so cool! On the road. I am lovin’ it. From the moment I press the start button and put the shift in “D” for drive mode. Acceleration is exhilarating. Tight, fast turns no problem. Superb handling. It’s the Lotus racing car technology: driveline, brakes, suspension. Excellent traction and grip, great

driving dynamics, and the 7-speed Protonic transmission really delivers. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels, too. You want more racing inspired driving feel? Use the F1-style paddle shifters. Nighttime driving. LED lights front and rear inside the instrument display in crimson red. I like that. And ‘follow me home lights’. After you turn off the lights they stay on for 40 seconds and then automatically turn off. This allows you to find your way to your door in the dark. Exterior colors: there are five to choose from: Fire red, Genetic silver, Tranquility black, Solid white. Our demonstrator the top-of-the-line “Premium” version was painted in a solid cool blue called, Atlantic blue. Verdict I’ve tested many Proton’s, sedans and MPVs, but here the Suprima S

A NATURALIST’S GUIDE TO THE BUTTERFLIES OF THAILAND AND SOUTHEAST ASIA By LAURENCE G. KIRTON 9781906780906 An easy-to-use photographic identification guide to 280 butterfly species covering Thailand and Southeast Asia with descriptions of 190 additional species.For each species, the authoritative text describes identifying features, distribution, subspecies, and habits and habitats.Illustrated with photographs from some of the region’s top butterfly photographers. Overview of climate, vegetation, habitats, butterfly behavior, life history and taxonomy. Includes a complete classification of the butterfly genera of Thailand.

THAILAND’S BEST RESTAURANTS 2014 9786169053897 Thailand Tatler’s best-selling restaurant guide, Thailand’s Best Restaurants, has become an indispensable companion for Thai food lovers and regular restaurant-goers. The new edition for 2014 is coming out soon. Thailand’s Best Restaurants 2014 features all-new reviews of the top 150 restaurants in Bangkok plus an expended selection of the best establishments in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, Pattaya and Hua hin, selected by our readers. There’s wine guide, a look at Bangkok’s best tea rooms and interviews with some of the most exciting chefs working in Thailand today. Every restaurant featured is personalities, and is rated for setting, food, wine, ambience, service and price.

really impressed the most. Check every box. Yes! Here is a fully loaded compact hatchback. I do recommend a test drive. Watch out Ford and Honda, here comes a true ASEAN, Southeast Asian contender. Proton Suprima.

Proton Suprima S

Engine: 4-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L Power: 138 bhp Torque: 205 Nm Transmission: Automatic CVT Top speed: 190 km/h Fuel consumption: 14-16 km/L (combined) Price: 829,000 baht www.protonthailand.com


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Mitsubishi Motors Thailand is set to organize test drives and a family day event at Central Festival Pattaya Beach Mall on Saturday May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The main activity will be the test drive of the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

where SUV safety and better driving techniques will be shared with drivers. Family day activities will include photo booth, face painting, makeup tutorial, entertainment and snacks and refreshments. Prizes will be given to those who

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Test Drive the New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2014 Mitsubishi’s rally-proven Super Select 4WD lets the driver move smoothly from 2H mode highway performance to rugged 4H mode traction without breaking stride and additionally offers four shift on-the-fly driving modes. - Exterior Design. New design front grille with chrome and a new front bumper. Body color door mirrors’ covers with sideturn lamp and rear lamp with clear lens. Also new-design alloy wheels and 4WD All Wheel Control for the 4-wheel drive models. Choice of colors includes titanium gray, cool silver, quartz brown, dark blue, Pyrenees black and white pearl. - Interior Design. Decoration with carbon print on console panel and door-trim accent panel. New fabric seat pattern, driver and passenger seats with 8-way adjustment, automatic air-conditioning, LED screen roof monitor and LED backlight for GT.

Step Up in Life! Mitsubishi Motors Thailand is introducing the new Pajero Sport 2014 model with the concept of Step Up in Life. This offers new sporty and more luxurious design with full options of entertainment and safety systems and versatile utilities. The models are available now at Mitsubishi showrooms nationwide. Masahiko Ueki, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand), explained that the 7-seat vehicle had been designed to provide more luxurious driving with an elegant yet avant-garde appearance in both the exterior and the interior. The new Pajero Sport has modified its grille and bumper in a new design, and has many new features including colorkey door mirrors with LED turning lamp,

electronic chrome mirror with automatic glare reduction, new design alloy wheels, an interior decorated with carbon print material on console and door panels to provide a luxury appearance. There is an updated and revolutionary entertainment system as well as a USB port to connect a variety of entertainment through iPod, iPhone, SD card and flash drive. Not to mention a power sound system with eight highquality speakers and amplifiers. There are steering wheel remote switches and built-in Bluetooth to connect with the entertainment system and to support all communication with the navigational display of traffic reports along the route. The 4-wheel drive model is specially equipped with All Wheel Control which uses computer technology to control the operation of the wheels, thus delivering the best safety to both driver and passengers. Product Specification Outstanding in design, technology, performance, full entertainment, safety systems and versatile features all round, the

new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport meets every customer’s lifestyle demands. - Diesel Engine. The new model will generate maximum output of 178 hp at 4,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,800-3,500 rpm. There’s automatic 5-speed INVECS II transmission with Sportronic and intelligent transmission system that responds quickly and can learn and remember driving patterns to match optimally shift points to engine speed at all times. - Pajero Sport 4WD Super Select.

- Entertainment System. As described above. - Safety System. Dual SRS airbags together with pretensioner and load-limiter front seatbelts. Ventilated disc brake system and ASTIC-activity stability control to assist brake function. - Model Line-Up. 2WD from 1,031,000 baht. 4WD 1,397,000 baht.

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Property Big Splash Songkran Party Owners, business partners and guests celebrated Pattaya Songkran at the Savanna Sands showroom on Soi Wat Boon Jomtien. A baby elephant was the highlight of the event, which Thais believe brings good luck to the business.

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Legal & Expat Money FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS by: Magna Carta Law Office

Due diligence on Thai property purchase What is Due Diligence? Due diligence is the research and analysis of a company, organization, or individual which is done in preparation for a business transaction or investment. A reasonable person takes extra precaution before entering into an agreement or a transaction with another party to prevent unnecessary harm; the procedure helps identify potential risks and liabilities. Due diligence serves to confirm all material facts and legal parameters in regard to a sale or acquisition by investigation and evaluation of a potential investment. What is the importance of Due Diligence on Thai property purchase? Investing in real estate certainly involves a huge amount of money. We cannot deny the fact that there are some fraudulent dealers and developers taking advantage of naïve investors who can easily be victimized in unscrupulous deals. Therefore, investors are advised to take extra precaution before finalizing any transactions. Due diligence is a useful tool for estimating the status of a prospective project and the developer. The failure to conduct the necessary safeguard in ensuring that the potential property to be purchased is what the seller claims or promised it to be usually results in severe consequences such as serious financial and legal distress on the part of the buyer. It must be remembered that almost always after the transfer has been completed, the seller will not be held responsible for any problems not discovered by the buyer. What are the important factors to consider in carrying out Due Diligence? • You need to be guaranteed that the seller is holding the said property under a true title of ownership. Land descriptions contained in any title deed must match the records on file with the Land Department. It is necessary to establish whether or not the chanote or title deed has been correctly and legally issued. • You need to be aware of the burdens existing on the property. It is necessary to review the Register of Records stated at the back of the title document, which contains all encumbrances and liens currently levied upon the property.

• You need to determine whether the seller is the one who holds title to the property and, therefore, has full legal rights to sell the property. • You need to be aware of any pending or potential legal action involving the property. • You need to make sure that the developer has all of the required permits and legal documents for a project that is not yet built. • You or your legal consultant may have some minor concerns with the sales contract, details that can be corrected before signing to purchase. • You need to be informed of the details and status of the developer. It is essential to know how long the developer has been developing properties in Thailand and the amount of their registered share capital. • You must have a clear understanding of the rights and obligations of each party. This includes who pays which taxes and fees, when the deposit and balances gets paid, how long the project will take to completion, and what remedies there will be if the project is not completed on time. • It is recommended that you have a lawyer in Thailand to review the contract drafted by the seller to ensure it is prepared with proper terms and conditions that meet the standard terms as required by relevant laws and confirm that the contract does not contain terms of any hidden cost or drawbacks. Your lawyer will also negotiate and discuss with the seller on your behalf any proposed changes until both parties mutually agree with the content of the final contract then set to meet for signing. When is Due Diligence conducted? The need for thorough, detailed due diligence begins prior to the signing of a binding contract. The necessary title and background investigations provide the initial basis to confirm a safe purchase and ensure that both parties deal with each other fairly. How long does Due Diligence procedure take? Completion of a due diligence procedure varies with each situation. Due diligence is all about research; that is why a reasonable schedule should be allotted to ensure that all essential aspects are scrutinized. Your lawyer or consultant will evaluate and define the timeframes in which due diligence will be conducted.

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Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

Gibraltar – a prime destination for QROPS planning

The terms of the QROPS offering from Gibraltar are as follows:Retirement income may be drawn commencing at age 55. Up to 30 percent of the value of a member's pension fund may be withdrawn as a PCLS (pension commencement lump sum) at the time benefits are taken. There is no Gibraltar withholding tax on payment of PCLS. Gibraltar withholding tax of 2.5 percent is applied to all retirement income paid. The pension fund can be used by the member for his lifetime, and any remaining balance can be passed on to his heirs upon the member’s death without any deduction of tax at source in Gibraltar. Investments can be invested and paid in any major currency. On June 22, 2012, the long-awaited introduction of a new Gibraltar tax legislation under Section 14 was passed in parliament and came into operation on June 28, 2012. On August 31, 2012, the Gibraltar operators received clear HMRC acceptance of Gibraltar QROPS. Highly regulated and transparent – Gibraltar became a dependent member of the UK in 2007. The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (FSC) follows the same guidelines and principles as the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), formerly named the Financial Services Authority. All fiduciary entities including banks, trust companies, and other regulated businesses are monitored and registered with the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (FSC). The Gibraltar Association of Pension Fund Administrators (GAPFA) was formed in 2009 to ensure that operators carried out the highest standards of professional compliance. Transfer to schemes in Gibraltar must, by law, carry equivalent or more stringent terms than other jurisdictions to be permitted. In addition, GAPFA is currently finalizing its Code of Practice to ensure absolute clarity over QROPS business, which has been lacking in some of the other jurisdictions. Since 2004, the Finance Centre Department continues to compile Gibraltar’s portfolio investment position for submission to the IMF. Gibraltar was reviewed by the Financial Action Task Force and classified as a co-operative jurisdiction in June 2000. The Government of Gibraltar submitted a letter of commitment to transparency and effective exchange of information in 2002, and its approach has consistently been one of constructive dialogue with the OECD. Autonomous government as European Union member Gibraltar is a self-governing parliamentary democracy. It joined the European Union in 1973 under Article 299 (4) of the treaty. Being under the dependency of the UK, all EU legislation is separately adopted into Gibraltar law. This therefore gives the advantage of providing a firm EU based business and legal infrastructure. Straight and clear tax treatment - Gibraltar has no double tax treaties with any country. Gibraltar offers a low tax regime for both residents and non-residents. Pension drawdown for imported pensions is taxed at 2.5 percent and there is no inheritance or death tax.

Important Note - This article contains general information only and is not intended to be taken as specific financial, investment, or tax advice. A personal analysis should always be obtained. Tim Whiteley of IFA International has over 25 years as an IFA, advising international investors and expatriates, both onshore UK, and offshore in Asia. With offices in Bangkok, and regular client visits to Pattaya, IFA specialises in wealth protection services, offshore trusts, QROPS UK Pension Transfers and QNUPS, creating tailor made investment solutions for individuals around the world. IFA International does NOT provide discretionary portfolio management, securities advice, forex trading, or local brokerage/insurance products. The services that IFA International Group provides are for expatriates and international investors only and are not applicable to local nationals. This is NOT a solicitation to sell or market securities. Questions to the author can be directed to: timwhiteley@ifainternationalgroup.com


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Property Japan accounts for over half of Asia Pacific commercial real estate investment in Q1 2014 Latest figures from JLL show direct investment into the region’s commercial real estate markets slowed in Q1 2014 but firm maintains forecast for record year-end market volumes Following a record year in 2013, transaction volumes in Asia Pacific’s commercial real estate markets slowed to US $23.1 billion in the first quarter of 2014, down 15 percent year-onyear, according to the latest figures from JLL. Attributing the slowdown to government cooling measures and various seasonal factors, JLL maintains its forecast that full year transaction volumes will surpass those in 2013 as a result of the continued allocation of capital to the real estate sector and improving leasing demand. Stuart Crow, head of Asia Pacific capital markets at JLL, said, “Transaction volumes in Asia Pacific are traditionally lower in the first quarter than the rest of the year as the region experiences the effects of both the Western and Chinese New Year holidays. While investment has been slightly muted by concerns around growth in emerging markets and renewed economic uncertainty in China, we expect transaction volumes to pick up throughout the year as a wave of closed-end funds mature and deals

that are already in the pipeline come to market. Coupled with unrelenting demand for commercial real estate, this leads us to maintain our forecast that investment in commercial real estate in the region will outstrip that of 2013.” Outperforming the rest of the region, transaction volumes in the larger markets of Japan and Australia grew by 15 percent and 31 percent, respectively, with Japan accounting for an impressive 53 percent (US$12.2 billion) of direct investment into the region’s commercial real estate markets in the first quarter of the year. What is traditionally a strong quarter for Japan’s investment markets was buoyed further by the increase in the country’s consumption tax on April 1, which meant many investors deliberately brought deals forward. Dr Megan Walters, head of Research for Asia Pacific capital markets at JLL commented, “During the first quarter of 2014, we saw QE tapering start, and the subsequent cuts to the program coupled with a small increase

in interest rates in core markets, has forced investors to focus more on their capital management strategies and reconsider their return requirement. This led to a periodic standoff between landlords and investors and, as a result, price growth has slowed for the time being. However, we fully expect the market to find a balance, particularly as the disconnect between leasing and capital markets that we saw throughout 2013 has started to close, following an improvement in the corporate sector, and perform well for the remainder of 2014.” COUNTRY FOCUS l Portfolio transactions and foreign investors played a prominent role in Japan’s regional outperformance during the first quarter of 2014, with a number of mega-deals boosting overall volumes. While the consumption tax rise could slow investor appetite over the short-term, the general trend in Japan remains positive in both liquidity and transaction volumes, with the

market set to experience further strong growth in 2014. l Australia’s 31 percent year-onyear growth in transaction volumes was in line with expectations with foreign investors accounting for 32 percent of all deals. While investment during the quarter reached a substantial US$4.2 billion, volumes were down 34 percent from a strong year-end in Q4 2014, and it is unlikely that overall investment activity in 2014 will match that of 2013 as both demand and supply slow. l Direct investment in China’s commercial real estate markets slowed slightly in the first quarter, down 18 percent year-on-year to US$3 billion. Debt markets remain a concern with the high profile default of a Chinese developer, emphasizing the potential risk that firms are exposed to and the subsequent stress in the Chinese economy. While concern remains in the residential sector, it is likely that the government will remove cooling policies should the market deteriorate further, in order to avoid significant price declines and further stress on banks. Looking forward to the remainder of 2014, China’s commercial property market will

likely see acceleration in transaction activity as large pools of capital within private equity groups chase assets. l In Q1 2014, transaction volumes in Singapore declined by 42 percent to reach US$1.2 billion. However, with a number of large enbloc assets coming to the market, a healthier rental market and improved investor sentiment, volumes are set to pick up during the remainder of the year. l Investment activity in Hong Kong remained lackluster with volumes reaching US$1 billion at the end of quarter one, a year-onyear decline of 69 percent. There is potential for improvement towards the end of the year if Chinese investors look to Hong Kong assets in search of more favorable debt conditions. l The global uncertainty over emerging market growth and the subsequent capital outflow was reflected in Indonesian and Indian markets over the quarter, although Indonesia’s real estate markets continue to see growth. Policy makers in both countries have reacted by lifting shortterm interest rates and deploying foreign reserves in order to protect currency valuations and curb inflation.


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Property

Thais do mean business! (Part 2) As I mentioned in my last article, Thais Do Mean Business! (Part 1), less than 2 percent was the biggest dip in tourism Thailand experienced in its previous 15-year run of record-breaking tourist arrivals. That minuscule decline developed in the midst of the global recession and financial crisis of 2007–2008 with the Thai political crisis making hardly a dent in the Thai business sector. Now we are all wondering if the Magic Kingdom’s economic dream run can last forever. Is it Thailand’s time to ‘pay the piper’ as one bad government after another has graced the political scene in recent years doing the Shinawatra two-step (one step forward and two steps back)? Two Thai sectors that are always on the minds of most economic pundits as they voice their opinions and predictions are tourism and automotive--both of which have had stellar performances for more than a decade. Ultimately we would like to look ahead to determine what affect these two sectors will have on real estate on the Eastern Seaboard, which also experienced its own stellar performance in the form of two property booms in a 10-year span even while the aforementioned global recession brought most of the world to its knees. Unquestionably, recent tourism figures have dropped, particularly in and around protest sites in Bangkok, where hotel occupancy declined in the past five months. For example, the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World had an occupancy rate of 82 percent in the first quarter of last year compared to 43 percent this year—a dramatic decline. Having said that, Ronnachit

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

Mahattanapreut, senior vice-president for finance and administration at Central Plaza Hotel Plc (Centel), was recently quoted as saying that the recent protests caused Central Plaza Hotel revenues to drop year-on-year by only 5 percent, and he went on to say, “I believe that the tourism situation will recover in the second half of this year if political problems end by June.” As for 2014, the Tourism Authority of Thailand predicts a whopping 28 million foreign tourist arrivals to score another record-breaking year, boosting revenues to about 2 trillion baht. Yes, that’s two trillion baht--a very reassuring figure for our tourism industry which is looking to continue very well if the country can get past the political impasse in the next month or so. What about the automotive industry? How are things looking there? Cars and auto parts valued at US$223 billion accounted for Thailand’s top exports to Japan in the first two months of 2014. Toyota Thailand this year plans to increase showrooms from 390 to 450, and forecasts that domestic sales will reach more than 1 million vehicles. Furthermore, an additional Toyota manufacturing plant in Bang Po is on the drawing boards, scheduled to open within the next two to three years. Sounds like a pretty sound automobile industry, doesn’t it? Thai economy 'close to recession’ and the Thai economy is ‘on the cusp of recession’ have been the headlines in two highly-publicized banking articles prominent in the Thai financial industry lately. Charl Kengchon, managing director of Kasikorn Bank’s Research department, has been quoted as saying, “the prolonged political unrest had

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

seriously hit the economy, causing the pressure on domestic spending in the first three months.” Kengchon and the Kasikorn Bank are not alone, as similar reports have already been published by the National Economic and Social Development Board and the very influential Bank of Thailand. What I find very interesting and confidence building is that whether it is the tourism sector, automobile industry, or top Thai banking institutions, its seems that all are tempering their gloomy forecasts with economic predictions that economic growth can definitely recover if the political unrest subsides. Kengchon went on to say, “Economic growth can be recovered if the political unrest is resolved, plus the prospects are that the export sector will significantly rebound from the recovery of trading-partner markets.” Yes, Thailand’s very positive and confident business mindset seems to have been a major contributor to the quick recoveries and mind-boggling financial rebounds we have witnessed over the years, but once again, can Thailand do it one more time? Sumet Laomoraporn, senior executive managing director of the International Business Affairs department for CP Inter Trade, more recently reported that the months of January and February of this year saw rice exports rise to 1.5 million tons-the highest amount in the world, making Thailand once again (Thank you Buddha!) the world’s number one exporter of rice. In a matter of just a few months Thailand has climbed from its fall from grace back up to being the world leader in quality and quantities of exported rice. Yes, we are witnessing another example of the ‘Amazing Thailand’

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 18 years. He himself has been in the real estate industry going on 28 years, having started his career in the United States where he was licensed and practiced both real estate sales and property management in Seattle, Washington. Clayton personally was responsible for

syndrome, and if the political impasse can find a way to unravel, we may be en route to another miraculous economic rebound; the sky is the limit for Thailand’s march towards confirming its position as the ASEAN hub of industrial growth and success. There is incredible growth and expansion all over the Eastern Seaboard. Whether it be residential, commercial, hotel, or the growing amusement and theme-park sectors, real estate on the Eastern Seaboard is looking great, with land prices continuing to climb as they have for 10 years straight. Land prices within the city on Pattaya’s Beach Road, Second Road and even Thappraya Road have increased 10 times in as many years. That is simply amazing! Yes, we’re all putting a lot into a long-lasting and sustainable solution to the political unrest, and once that has been resolved, it’s full steam ahead for the continued economic successes for the ‘Magic Kingdom of Thailand’. Who knows, maybe that famous Expat's Guide to Doing Business in Thailand by Robert Cooper may need a brand new title…...because ‘Thai’s Really Do Mean Business’!

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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GM Outlook

Bringing Hope to Those in Need

A positive response to Pattaya’s dark side

by Barry Kenyon

Some people like to think that the “new” Pattaya, with its five-star hotels and luxury malls, no longer has serious social problems such as poverty, hunger and exploitation. Fred and Dianne Doell, founding pastors of MERCY Pattaya and the newly renamed Encounter Church (former Victory International Family Church), know that is far from being the whole truth.

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he Canadian expats first visited Thailand in 1995 to be emergency parents at a Sri Racha children’s home, but also visited Pattaya during their stay. They were shocked by the amount of exploitation and misery inflicted on poor Thais in the Eastern Seaboard sun and sin city, especially the child victims, so returned in January 1997 to begin their work as international Christian missionaries. “All the world comes to Pattaya, as it were, but we realized that fun for the tourists also created many social problems,” says Dianne. So was MERCY Pattaya born, a small organization actively looking for the poor who frequently lacked the skills to ask for help or to seek community intervention. One of the keys to MERCY’s success over the years has been to realize its own limitations. “Not all children are in a good position to receive long-term help from us, for example members of gangs or the offspring of illegal immigrants, but the children of the very poor often dwelling in slums with or without their kin proved to be very responsive,” notes Dianne. MERCY’s first children’s home housed just eleven young children in a centre near Thepprasit Road which later transferred to Nong Yai in North Pattaya, then almost three years ago, to the four rai complex at the current location in Pong district Banglamung. There are currently 33 youngsters there. MERCY provides emergency shelter plus a long term “family”

environment for children who are at risk from direct abuse or neglect. But it’s very important to realize that MERCY actively works to help families become reunited, where feasible, and uses counselling and community networking to find the best way to meet the most urgent needs as well as long-term futures. “Actually the children’s home is just a small part of MERCY’s work in Pattaya, the tip of the iceberg you might say,” explains Dianne. MERCY is in fact a needs-led organization which finds out what an individual requires and then tries to help either through its own initiative or by referral to other agencies. For example, small food packs of tinned food, a kilogram of rice, oil, fish sauce and basic necessities are taken each week to various chumchon (slum) areas of the city. Not to mention food, clothing,


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GM Outlook under the auspices of the local authority. On the issue of child prostitution, both boys and girls, Dianne says that recent police crackdowns on clubs and perpetrators have only gotten rid of the obvious face of sexploitation. “Actually, the problem is still very significant but has been driven underground to less obvious meeting place and secret venues.” Police spokesmen have taken the same view, pointing out that the child sex trade has moved to certain internet cafes and areas well away from central Pattaya. So this particular battle has only been partly won. Reporting about the work of MERCY makes one thing crystal clear. It is certainly true that Pattaya has changed out of all recognition in the past 15 years or so. It may even become the Thai Riviera in the next

bedding and miscellaneous household goods distributed along with emergency first aid care and a watchful eye for the children, the sick and the elderly who may need that little bit extra in their community. There’s also the scholarship project, with a total of 1,000 beneficiaries past and present, which helps needy youngsters by providing school uniforms, books and equipment required for study. MERCY, along with other agencies, works with young people aged 12-18 in the Provincial Youth Prison system in Chonburi province. Indeed, Fred and Dianne’s dream is the establishment of a residential Youth Centre where exyoung prisoners could experience work-related and life skills, a sort of half-way house to independence in the

post-incarceration period. The priority of MERCY remains the issues arising from children (of all ages) at risk and the need for community based projects. But Dianne says there is absolutely no intention to be monopoly providers. “We liaise with many other local organizations and avoid duplicating initiatives which are already going on.” One example of this liaison concerns the deportation of illegal Cambodian children. “Once the Cambodians children reach their home borders again, we are able to use the community services of a Cambodian children’s organization which offers the same sort of immediate help to children at risk which occurs here.” Funded by donations, MERCY has about 20 full-time workers including foreigners who are not paid any salary for their services. They are supplemented

by part-time volunteers also working without financial recompense. The vision is “to reach the city’s most destitute to help in any way possible with short-term relief and long-term planning, always protecting and providing for children at risk.” MERCY is now liaising with local social service organizations to ensure the best use of scarce resources, to encourage strategic projects and to avoid duplication of services. Thus all NGO and local government agencies involved in child welfare work now meet together

decade in accordance with the City Fathers’ policy aim. But the deep social problems, especially relating to vulnerable children, are still there just as there are Thai families living in tin huts or in makeshift homes hidden by the trees. MERCY is becoming yet busier as Pattaya becomes increasingly a concrete jungle. MERCY Pattaya Tel: 038 416 707 Email: mercypattaya@gmail.com www.mercypattaya.com


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Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 TLW. (PR6600) 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) Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 TLW. (PR6536) 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) Grand Estate Home or Resort with Restaurant for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! 8 Guest Suites all with en suite Bathrooms! Americana Antiques in Every Guest Suite! Over 2 Rai of Beautiful Gardens (847 TLW) Absolutely Gorgeous Swimming Pool! 1950’s Rock n Roll era Siam Country Club Roadside Restaurant. (PR5796)

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) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/120 TLW. (PR0112) 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) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. (PR2587) Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW. (PR6017)

CONDOS FOR SALE

Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 127 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. The price has been reduced for immediate sale and is a very good value for someone looking for a breat beachfront home or a great rental property. (PR6471) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm. (PR4136) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm. (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm. (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 26 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) 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) Beachfront Living with Stunning Seaviews! Selling Price is 13 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 202 Sqm. (PR5323) Sea, Sunset and Island Views at Jomtien Beach! Selling Price 10 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom. 165 Sqm. (PR6410)

CONDOS FOR RENT

Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 Sqm. (PR5853) 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 Luxury Penthouse Wongamat! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 240 Sqm. (PR6500) 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)

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

Fantastic Investment with Great Rental Return! 12 Million Baht only for Five (5) spacious 160 square meter 3 bedroom 3 bathroom multiplex houses on 37 Tarang Wah (148 square meters) of land each. That is only 2.4 Million Baht per house! All five (5) houses are currently rented and bringing in 80,000 baht per month total. (PR6164) Grand Estate Home or Resort with Restaurant for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! 8 Guest Suites all with en suite Bathrooms! Americana Antiques in Every Guest Suite! Over 2 Rai of Beautiful Gardens (847 TLW) Absolutely Gorgeous Swimming Pool! 1950’s Rock n Roll era Siam Country Club Roadside Restaurant. (PR5796)

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HuayYai- A new modern interior design and refurbishment makes this the real stand out property within this highly popular quiet and secure village. The property offers 3 bedrooms with white high gloss fitted wall units and an en-suite master bedroom, 2 luxurious redesigned bathrooms, brand new white high gloss fitted European kitchen with central island, oven, microwave, large double fridge-freezer, dining area, living room with white high gloss fitted wall-TV unit. All the standard dark aluminum windows and doors have been totally replaced throughout with high standard white UPVC and mosquito net sliding doors. The standard sand-wash path and terrace has been replaced and extended with non-slip ceramic tiles to give a covered and uncovered terrace. Large landscaped gardens with more than enough room for a private pool if required although not needed as the property is ideally located next to the huge communal pool and club house with fitness, double g arag e, maids room and laundry room. Price: 7.9m Bt. Ref Code: HSES128. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Ban Amphur - A really spacious 4 storey semidetached 340 sqm town house, stylishly finished and furnished in a modern ThaiBali style offering 3 en-suite bedrooms, 1 guest bedroom (presently used as an office), 4 luxurious bathrooms, fully fitted European kitchen complete with oven and washing machine, dining room, open plan living room, snooker room, top floor lounge-TV room leading onto a large balcony with great views over the sea and Ocean Marina. A really great value property 200m from the beach and offering great views from the higher floors. Price: 7.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES112. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com East Pattaya - An ideal budget single storey semidetached 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. The owner has the adjoining house for sale which can be

purchased together to make a wonderful and spacious 3 b e d r o o m p r o p e r t y. Price: 1.5m Bt each. Ref Code: HSES121. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com East Pattaya - Located on a spacious corner plot in this popular, quiet and secure village less than 5 minutes from Sukhumvit Road and Central Pattaya, the single storey property is offered living area 150 sqm , land area 390 sqm,unfurnished with 3 bedrooms, 2 luxury b a t h r o o m s, E u r o p e a n kitchen, living room, dining area, landscaped tropical gardens, communal pool and clubhouse, 24/7 security. An ideal property for those looking for a quiet and secure village yet near to all amenities.Price: 4.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES096. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Great Pattaya Central Home! Selling Price 8.9 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 200 Sqm/71 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 (PR6600) Beautiful Home in Jomtien Yacht Club!! Selling Price 29 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5035) Spectacular 7 Bedrooms Luxur y Resor t Style Residence on 3 Rai ! Selling Price 39 Million Baht and 7 Bedrooms/4+2 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/3 Rai. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and

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House of the Year 2005 Lake Mabprachan for sale now only at 19 million baht or rent for 100,000 baht/month Owner reduced the price from 29 to 23 and now to 19 million baht for urgent sale. Appraised at 34 million baht. Kinnaree Palace has been in 11 int. movies and TV series, and is located direct at Lake Mabprachan on 1 Rai (1600m) and have 2 pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, pool bar, gym, 3 terraces, 5 bedrooms, guesthouse, 7 bathrooms and tropical garden with waterfalls. For rent at 100,000 baht per month. Financing possible or trade in condo or small house www.villaspattaya.info or email colindjpattaya@gmail.com Tel: 081 290 7310 (English), 087 820 1529 (Thai)

081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR6004) Stunning New 8 Bedroom Beachfront! Selling Price 65 Million Baht, 8 Bedrooms/8 Bathrooms, 650 Sqm/850 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 (PR6536) 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)

S t u n n i n g To w n h o m e on Jomtien’s Dongtan Beachfront! Selling Price 22 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/4 Bathrooms, 25 TLW/400 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR6083) Char ming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 25 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 300 TLW/300 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR6075)


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Houses for Sale

Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR5758) Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 34 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 238 TLW/500 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com. (PR4176) Gorgeous Lake View Thabali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465)

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Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 29.9 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 50 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5052) Great Home in View 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)

G r e a t P r iva t e E s t a t e 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) Grand Estate Home or Resort with Restaurant for Sale with Great Business Opportunity! 8 Guest Suites all with en suite Bathrooms! Americana Antiques in Every Guest Suite! Over 2 Rai of Beautiful Gardens (847 TLW) Absolutely Gorgeous Swimming Pool! 1950’s Rock n Roll era Siam Country Club Roadside Restaurant. 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 (PR5796) View Talay Villas (Jomtien) 3 Bed 2 Bath with Private Pool /Private Garage 332 SQM, 11.8 Million THB (Company Name) please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com J O M T I E N PA L A C E ESTATES- Modern style 6 bedrooms home, 3 bath, and 3 beds upstairs and downstairs. Living Area 280 SQM. Sale Price 10.9 million (Co name) please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 1 bath, Sale Price 7.9 million THB. 196 SQM (Company Name) Freehold. Please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com Nice House 2 Bed 2 Bath for Sale off Soi Khao Talo: 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms, 1 Living Room, Total Size 156 Sqm 1,899,000 THB. (Freehold) Thai Name Please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com

View Talay Villas with Private Swimming Pool, Jo m t i e n 1 b e d 1 b a t h 4.6 million THB. 160 SQM (Company name) Freehold. Please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproper ty@ gmail.com Nirvana Pool Villas 1 - 3 Bed 3 Bath House with Private Pool/Fully Fur nished/ Enclosed Garage 364 SQM. Sale Price: 5.9 Million THB co. name (Freehold) please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com Baan Suay Mai NgamNewer 3 Bed 4 Bath House/ fully furnished/private pool/ owner must sell 3.25 Million Thai name. (Freehold) please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com View Talay Villa with Private Swimming Pool, Jomtien 2 bed 2 bath 8.9 million (Company Name) Freehold. Please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproper ty@ gmail.com Royal Par k Villa ge (Jomtien) House 2 Bed 1 Bath, 1 Living Room, Total Size 190 Sqm. / Furnished, European Kitchen, Communal Pool, Sale Price 4.2 Million THB. (Company Name) Freehold. Please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com

Houses for Rent

(ptmhfr-c1713)Jomtien Palace great villa with new private pool with Jacuzzi.4 bedrooms, European kitchen. Very private and quiet place with security next to the house. 4 TV and barbeque, etc. Short or long term.1 year 45,000 baht per month. www.villaspattaya. info Email: colindjpattaya@ gmail.com Tel: 0812907310 (Eng), 0878201529 (Thai) (ptmhfr-c1713)Jomtien Royal Park 2 bedroom villa with European and Thai kitchen and swimming pool in the back of the house. Short or long term. 1 year contract 25,000 baht per month. www.villaspattaya. info Email: colindjpattaya@ g m a i l . c o m Te l : Te l : 0812907310, 0878201529 (Thai) J O M T I E N PA L A C E HOME- 3 Bdrm 3 Baths modern 140 SQM Fully fur nished with private Jacuzzi, towels, and linens. 30,000 per month for (1 year lease) please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproper ty@ gmail.com

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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 bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com East Pattaya - A two storey townhouse in a very quiet secure development just a 5 minute drive from Sukhumvit Road. Very spacious, well furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven, car parking, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for this large family home. Rent: 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@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Fantastic Home in Great Developement! Rental Price 110,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 440 Sqm/300 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR2184) Gorgeous and Brand New Marina Home! Rental Price

90,000 Baht/Month, 3+1 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/120 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR3982) I m p r e s s ive L a ke s i d e 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) Resor t 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) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3

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Bathrooms, 250 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 (PR0112) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Cour se Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5230) Fantastic Home in the Mabprachan Lake Area! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 5 Bedrooms/3+1 Bathrooms, 360 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0193) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 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 (PR2587) Beachfront Villa with Impressive Interior Design! Rental Price 130,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/400 TLW. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6017)

Pool Villas for Sale

Jomtien - A ver y 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: 4.99mBt.Website Ref: PLVS142. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com East Pattaya - A spacious and stylishly fur nished throughout, executive style pool villa in one of the most popular developments in East Pattaya offering 3 ensuite 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.Price: 6.95m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS190. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com East Pattaya - A spacious and stylishly fur nished throughout, executive style pool villa in one of the most popular developments in East Pattaya offering 3 ensuite bedrooms with built-in units, 4 luxurious bathrooms, land 480sqm, living area 230 sqm, fully fitted European kitchen with oven, Thai

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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. Price: 6.95m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS190. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Bang Saray - A brand new unfurnished 154 sqm single storey pool villa ideally located in a quiet residential area of Bang Saray village and just 500m to the un-spoilt beach. The villa has been built to European standards offering 3 bedrooms with the two main rooms having direct access to the pool, 3 luxurious bathrooms, a white fully fitted European kitchen with oven and gas hobs, open plan living room and dining area with step-ceiling and dimmer lights, private pool, poolside terrace, covered parking with remote electronic gate. A great value pool villa close to the beach.Price: 7.9m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS198. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com

Pool Villas for Rent

Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Located in this exclusive new development near to the new Jomtien 2nd Road this moder n 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

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Condos for Sale

(ptmcfs-wg1713)New seaview condos ready to move in at Wongamat Beach, North Pattaya for sale. 1-bedroom, 58sqm, unfurnished, starting from 3.342 million Baht or fully furnished from 3.742 million Baht. Quiet location with swimming pool, fitness court, car parking space and BahtBus taxi connection. Only 300-meters to the sea, 10-min to Big-C and Tesco Lotus, North Pattaya. Maintenance fee only 10 baht/sqm. Foreign ownership available. For more infor mation please call 080 637 0013 THE CHEAPEST A PA R T M E N T P E R SQUARE METER IN PA T TA Y A , I N T H E PA T TA Y A R U N G FA CONDOMINIUM. 144 sqm corner penthouse, 10th floor, 2 bedrooms, huge lounge, 3 bathrooms, lovely views needs complete renovation. Only 12,500 baht per square meter. Give away at 1.8 Mil Baht. (can go in foreign name). Be very quick. Call 087 139 1539.


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GOOD LOCATION. BEACH MOUNTAIN 2 CONDOMINIUM JOMTIEN OFF SOI CHAIYAPRUEK 1. 800 meters to beach (Built 2010). 7th floor corner, 37 sqm studio, big balcony for distant sea views, fully furnished, big screen TV, kitchen, big bathroom, p i c t u r e s, p l a n t s, e t c. , Facilities such as swimming pool, fitness center, shop. Good quiet location. Very cheap price1.39 Mil Baht. In foreign name. Call 087 139 1539, 087 139 1570 (English). MAJESTIC JOMTIEN CONDOMINIUM.700 Meters Jomtien Beach.60 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 living room apartment, 3rd floor. Beautifully renovated with fully equipped Euro kitchen, all matching furniture, 2 big screen TVs, 2 ACs, big bathroom, 2 big balconies overlooking garden and s w i m m i n g p o o l . Ve r y cheap price 1.69 Mil Baht. In foreign name. Call 087 139 1539, 087 139 1570 (English). Nam Talay - The owner has three 26 sqm studio units side-by-side so the purchaser has three choices, to purchase a single studio or two studios to make a 1 bedroom unit or to buy all three studios to make a 78 sqm two bedroom condo. Each studio has luxury bathroom, European

kitchen, fitted wardrobes and the developer’s full furniture package. The buildings are due for completion end of 2014 complete with communal pool, fitness, 24/7 security and are located just 200m from the beach, next to the forthcoming Centara Grand Hotel & Resort. Price: 1.4m Bt each in foreign names. Ref Code: CDOS787. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. comwww.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Avatara - With great sea views from Koh Larn down to Bang Saray and just 40m back from the beach, this high floor unit is superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout with a stunning interior renovation by one Pattayas leading interior designers offering 68sqm 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes and large balcony, 1 luxurious bathroom with open shower, fully fitted European kitchen with breakfast bar, open plan living room with large balcony, roof top infinity pool, Jacuzzi, fitness, key card entry, 24/7 security, Wifi and just 40m walk to the beach, numerous fish restaurants, shops, and taxis. A contemporary building, which does set it aside, in a quiet secluded location. This is a ‘must view’ , to fully appreciate this beautiful beachfront location and the

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extensive interior design. Fo r S a l e : 6 . 9 m B t i n foreign name.Website Ref: CDOS582. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com The Gallery - Very popular new moder n low rise buildings ideally located in Central Jomtien, just 150m from the new Night Plaza and the beach. This high floor sea view studio, 29.5 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 : 1.89m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS710. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com Par k Lane Resor t REDUCED: High floor 36 sqm unit offers some sea views in this new low rise resort style building just 800m from Jomtien Beach, offering 1 bedroom, luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, stylishly fur nished, huge 1600m lagoon style pool, 24/7 security. For Sale : 1.57m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS225. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com Centara Avenue Residence - A stylish top floor 30 sqm studio in these new exclusive hotel and residence buildings located in the heart of the city due for completion end of 2014, early 2015. Superbly finished with European kitchen, luxurious bathroom, fitted wardrobes, balcony, communal pool, fitness, CCTV, 24/7 security, key card entry and just minutes away from the night life, shopping malls. For Sale: 2.35m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS783. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com Incredible Sea Views and Right on the Beachfront! You will be impressed by this spacious 127 square meter fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo apartment with gorgeous sea views. The price has been reduced for immediate sale and is a very good value for someone looking for a breat beachfront home or a great rental property. 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 (PR6471) Spectacular Penthouse For Sale! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 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 (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 10.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5559) Beautiful Apartment with Sea Views! Selling Price 12.6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 135 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4136) Foreigner Ownership in Jomtien’s La Royale! Selling Price 11.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 148 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4015) Great Sea Views and In Town Location! Selling Price 29.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 268 Sqm For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5786) Ocean front Super Luxury Condominium! Selling Price 26 Million Baht, 3+1 Bedroom/5 Bathrooms, 217 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 (PR6662)

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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) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5075) Nicely Decorated Apartment in Town at Northshore! Selling Price 9 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 67 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4990) Gr eat Sea Views and Stunning Décor in North Pattaya! Selling Price 7.474 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 74 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR4862) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 13.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR3990) Beachfront Living with Stunning Seaviews! Selling Price is 13 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 202 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 (PR5323) 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) 231-931 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 Million THB (Foreign Name) High Floor please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com Baan Suan Lalana – New Renovated Studio / 1 bath 40 sqm, fully furnished 1.25 Million THB (Foreign Name) Low Floor please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com View Talay 1B Condo 1 Bed / 1 bath 96 SQM (Jomtien Side) with Sea View, Fully furnished, Sale Price 3.3 Million THB (Foreign Name) Please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com The Cliff PratamnakCorner Unit Condo 1 Bed 1 Bath 72 SQM High Floor with Beautiful Sea View 7.2 Million THB (Foreign Name) please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com View Talay 2B - 10th floor Jomtien Seaview 1 Bedroom 1 Bath 76 (Sqm): 2.890.000 THB. (Thai Name) please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com

Condos for Rent

(ptmcfr-u0013)The Cove – Ultra luxury residence i n Wo n g a m a t ’ s b e s t location. Ocean front living with stunning, unobstructed views over Pattaya Bay.3 beds, 2 baths, 235 sqm. Fully furnished. Rent 180,000 THB/month. Call: +66 89 213 0248 (Eng/German). Email: axisamproperty@ yahoo.com MAJESTIC JOMTIEN CONDOMINIUM 800 METERS FROM BEACH. Lovely 30 sqm studio, fully fur nished, everything you need, 5th floor. Only 7,000 Baht per month. Call 087 139 1539, 087 139 1570 (English). Park Lane Resort Jomtien 1 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 bobbybrooksproperty@ gmail.com


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Condos for Rent 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 overlooking 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 studio32 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. Website Ref: CDOR392. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Great Marina Beachfront View! Rental Price is 70,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 157 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 (PR5853) 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 Luxury Penthouse Wongamat! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/ Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 240 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 (PR6500) North Pattaya Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 100,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 311 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4262) Modern Designed Beachfront Apartment! Rental Price is 48,000 Baht/ Month, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 101 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR5423) Stunning Apartment for Rent in Northshore! Rental Price 40,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 64 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4570) Fantastically Designed Apartment at Grand Condotel! Rental Price 42,000 Baht/Month, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR4187)

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.

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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 (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PLD0928)

Property Investment

East Pattaya - Two storey semi-detached houses in a ver y quiet secure development just a 5 minute d r ive f r o m S u k h u m v i t Road. Very spacious, well furnished and offering 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining area, European kitchen with oven, clubhouse, communal pool and 24/7 security. Outstanding value for such large family homes. The seller has in total six of these rental properties, all with tenants in place, that are rented for between 17,000 Bt and 20,000 Bt per month on medium to long term leases bringing in a return of 8%. They can be purchased individually from 1.99m Bt to 2.2m Bt each or all six houses together for 11.9m Bt. Only for sale because of the owners continued ill health problems. Website Ref: HSES071. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property. com

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Guest House/Pub Dongtan Beach: 4 rooms Leasehold: 3+3 Rent: 23,000 Baht/Month. Fully occupied SALE PRICE: 1,499,000 THB please call 085-910-5124 Email to bobbybrooksproper ty@ gmail.com

Job Vacancies

(ptmbo-s2213)Laurelle Parfums Thailand Co., Ltd. Our fragrances are designed and developed in the UK. We are looking for sales teams to promote our products throughout Thailand. All FDA tests available from Thai government. Buy 1 perfume 500 Bht. Buy 3 perfume for 1,000 Bht. Wholesale inquiries welcome. Thai 086 835 9497 English 080 101 4885 www.laurelle.co.uk Experienced Sales Person / Customer Ser vice Wanted. We are looking for a female who is interested to work in a property industry. Requirements: Good written and spoken English / Chinese / Russian. Must be customer service-oriented. Must be sales driven, enthusiastic and hardworking. Send CV/Resume to john@ citygardenpattaya.com or call 0903855595. Assistant to Condominium Manager wanted for a condominium located on Jomtien Beach. We are looking for a male/female who is interested in working with property management. Responsibilitiesinclude: TheAssistant Building Manager works directly under the Building Manager, and oversees building and swimming pool maintenance, utilities and communications infrastructure, repairs and upgrades, and supervises the staff.Coordinates building, pool and grounds maintenance and repairs with maintenance staff. Provides co-owners with updates of electrical, water and other service outages, fire drills and scheduled shutdowns. Oversees building security. Issue invoices and collects payments from co-owners for maintenance fee, water charges etc.Oversee daily accounting to be presented to the Building Manager each month. Coordinates fire drills and emergency equipment maintenance. Requirements: Good written and spoken English, independent, well organize, good computer and accounting skills.CV

with photo and salar y requirement to allott25@ hotmail.com 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 to the condo community residents, proper ty inspections of the common areas, building’s accounting and more. Requirements: Good written and spoken English, independent, well organize, good computer and

accountant skills. Experience is a plus.Salary according to skills. CV with photo to allott25@hotmail.com Urgent! Experienced Wa i t r e s s Wa n t e d f o r International restaurant. Must speak English. Good salary + tips. Call 091 240 4331.

Vehicles for Sale

2005 NISSAN TEANA 230JM- Diamond Black/ Cream Leather interior, all options, new paint, serviced by Nissan, low miles, 499,000 call 0841580785 (ptmvfs-c0013)NISSAN CEFIRO 2.0 Twin cam 24 valve, automatic, year 2000, champagne gold, grey leather, top model with loads of extras. Full Nissan service history and all bills.Great looking car for only 240,000 baht. Call 081 004 6497. (ptmvfs-o0013)Honda Jazz 1.5, Auto 2010.Leather interior, remote central locking, 2 airbags, 55,000 km, grey colour. As new, 420,000 baht. Call 083 102 9293 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

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Tips & Advice A: No problems for you. There is no penalty once a person dies. If you have the death certificate and his passport, take them along. The documents will be photocopied and the originals returned to you. To do all this is a courtesy but, if the death is not reported by you to immigration, you still won’t be bothered. There is not actually an obligation on you.

Family extension Q: I am married to a Thai lady but I don’t need a one-year visa as I’m out of the country too much working in the Middle East. On the other hand, a month on arrival is often not enough for me and I dislike leaving the country just to get another short period. Is there any other way for me to see my family on a regular basis? There is no Thai embassy in my area of work. A: If you enter with a month on arrival, you can extend at the immigration office for two months by bringing along your wife with her ID and proof of local residence – the tabian baan for the house. You will also fill in a TM7 (plus photo) and pay the normal extension fee 1,900 baht. Another family extension Q: I am in the same position as the person in the question above except that I have two Thai children, aged 2 and 4, but no Thai wife as she left us a few months ago. The children are well looked-after in my absence, but I work for part of the year on the oil rigs in northern Europe. A: Yes you can also get the 60 days extension if you need it. You bring along the children’s birth certificates, but you still need the tabian baan or proof of residence. Some immigration offices may require you to show the children, others will accept a photo of you with them. No evidence of the wife’s disappearance is needed for this visa purpose.

Overstay concerns Q: I read a lot of stuff about what happens if a farang overstays his visa – fines, jail, deportation of whatever. But why is it so difficult to get at the truth? Surely the law must be clear on the penalties? A: The law, as you call it, is discretionary. It says that overstay must be paid at 500 baht a day up to a limit of 20,000 baht. Provided you have the cash, arrest is unlikely. Beyond that timeframe you may still be able to pay the maximum of 20,000 baht even though the limit has been exceeded. In any and all circumstances, arrest is entirely a matter for the immigration authorities. “Up to you” fits the situation entirely. South Korean entry Q: I understand my South Korean friend will get 90 days free at Bangkok airport on arrival. But what happens if he comes by a land crossing? Does the same rule apply? A: Yes it does. Several countries – South Korea and some in Latin America – do not need a prior visa to obtain three months on arrival by land, air or sea. They can obtain a further three months by exiting the country and returning by any lawful means.

Death of retiree Q: My father, who is American, recently died in Thailand. He had a retirement visa but I notice it was overstay for two months because his final illness precluded his appearance at the immigration office. Will I get into trouble if I appear at the immigration office to report his death?

Number of entries Q: I have heard that a British person can only come to Thailand three times in six months unless they have a prior visa. I live and work in the Philippines but I enjoy coming to Thailand for a holiday more frequently than that. I am 55 years old. A: You can. There is no restriction on the number of times you can enter Thailand and obtain your 30 days free at the airport. Of course you could, if you wish, apply for a retirement visa (minimum age 50) as long as you have the required income or bank deposit. You do not need to be retired in spite of the visa’s name, but whether it’s worth it (considering visa and reentry fees as well as processing efforts) depends on your individual circumstances and the length of your frequent visits to Thailand.

Pattaya golfing professional dies The resort’s golfing community is sorrowful after learning of the death of British expat Richard Livingston, the European PGA professional who settled in Pattaya as a teacher. He was 75. He died in a Trat hospital on April 6 after years of illness. Born in Kidderminster, near Birmingham, Richard came from a golfing family. He started playing at age eight. His best round ever in UK was a remarkable 61 which included 9 pars and 9 birdies. He settled in Thailand in 1999 after claiming he was weary of the drab daily life in Europe. He later moved to the Diana Lodge in North Pattaya, where he was the PGA teaching professional for some years. Richard was equally popular with Thai

and farang learners, and was very tolerant of the mistakes of beginners, patiently working with many expats in their 60s and 70s. Barry Kenyon, former British consul, said. “I was one of Richard’s biggest headaches but I will never forget the flabbergasted look on his face when I got a birdie at Pattaya Country Club by a poor fluke before I ever had a par. Sadly I never got another.” Richard retired in 2003 and moved to a small apartment on Pattaya’s Second Road with Poo, his long-term companion and carer. Ill-health dogged his last years and he was unable to move back to the UK, as he wished to do, for financial reasons. The funeral was held at Wat Chaimongkol, South Pattaya.

Snap Judgment Thailand’s murder rate Contrary to what you might think when watching cable TV or perusing the more sensational online media, you have a low chance of being murdered in the Land of Smiles. A new report by the United Nations does not even include any Asian country in the top 20; Thailand isn’t even in the top 100. According to the UN, about half a million people in the entire world were willfully murdered in 2012. This means that you have about one chance in 16,000 of being shot dead, strangled, knifed, or what have you. But the report goes on to stress that much depends where in the world you happen to live. The main point is not to live in the Americas or in Africa as the murder rate there is one in 6,100 and one in 8,000, respectively. By comparison Western Europe and most of Asia are as safe as houses. The safest country of all is tiny Liechtenstein which recorded no murders whatsoever in 2012, but before you fly off there with your worldly possessions, remember there isn’t much to do, while the high cost of living makes going to the supermarket in Pattaya look like they are giving everything away. Of the countries which measure their populations in millions, Singapore is the safest nation in the world with just 11 murders in 2012; one killing per 480,000 people. The country with the highest murder rate is Honduras where one in every 599 citizens is killed. Maybe that is why retirement visas are easy to obtain there. You certainly don’t need 800,000 baht in the bank. The next issue is sex. If you want to avoid being murdered, it’s best to be a woman. The fairer sex has barely 25 percent of the likelihood of being dispatched compared with men. In fact, it is best to keep well away from men of every description since nearly half of all female murder victims are dispatched by their male partners or another male family member. The older you get the less chance you have of being bumped off. From the age of about 30, murder rates fall substantially in most places. But not in Europe, where both men and women are at risk until well into middle age. In Western Europe, women aged over 60 are actually more likely to be murdered than much younger females. Nobody is sure why this is. It may have something to do with heavy drinking as alcohol features in half of all murders in Scandinavia and, indeed, Australia. Sad to relate the chances of your murderer being caught are not good. Worldwide only about 40 percent of murders are solved in the sense that somebody is found guilty and jailed or, in the case of Iran, made to stand on a chair with a rope round his neck while an aggrieved relative kicks the stool away to dispatch him, after some long minutes, into eternity. The best place to be murdered is Europe, as around eight out of 10 murders are solved, but this sinks to about 10 percent in Latin America and is not much better in North America. Far and away the most common method of murdering someone is by shooting, although knifing, strangulation, and poisoning are more common in countries where guns are strictly controlled or ownership outlawed. At least detective Columbo got that one right as three quarters of the murderers he brought to justice used a firearm. And so what about Pattaya? It’s a comparatively safe place, to be sure, and most murders here are committed by Thais on Thais. When it comes to foreigners, a study of media reports suggests that the most common reason for being dispatched is that somebody wants your wealth or you have made enemies, perhaps in the world of drug trafficking. But most farang deaths in Pattaya are neither murders nor suicides. In the older population the reason is lifestyle disease such as cancer or heart attacks, while the trend setter amongst the young is a nasty road accident, usually involving a motorbike. If all that comes as a bit of a surprise, remember that the media are all about the unusual and the sensational rather than the typical and the commonplace. If you are found hanging upside down at the end of a pier with several gunshot wounds and clutching a suicide note, you will certainly be in the news at once. If you die quietly on the top floor of one of our leading hospitals after suffering a stroke, you may well be spared a Vaseline-blurred photograph and a sensational write-up. The choice is yours.


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Local Sports Local and International Motorsports Report Recent Race Updates: 2014 F1 News: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone in his opening argument to the court has denied the bribery charges as his trial in Munich which began on Thursday, April 24, Ecclestone is accused of paying $44million (£26m) bribe to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky (who is now in jail due to this action) to help ensure a stake in F1 was sold to a company Ecclestone favored, the trial will continue on May 2. The Chinese UBS GP was won by Hamilton, so the score is Hamilton 3 wins, Rosberg 1 win; however, Rosberg holds a 4-point lead in the championship after 4 races. There are 14 races left in the 2014 season Upcoming Races: May 09-11 S panish GP, Catalunya May 09-11 www.formula1.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia 2014 NASCAR News: A new US-based NASCAR racing team is confirmed as heading to Formula 1, after Gene Haas NASCAR team co-owner with Tony Stewart, and with 4 drivers in the Sprint NASCAR CUP SERIES, announced last Friday that his bid for an FIA license had been accepted. That will allow him to set up the first US racing team since Penske Racing competed in the F1 world championship in 1970. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone attempted to steer Haas into investing in an existing F1 team needing an injection of funds instead, but Haas remained committed to his vision of a new US-centric team instead. Upcoming Races: May 04 T alladega Superspeedway May 10 K ansas Speedway www.nascar.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia 2014 Indy Car News: LONG BEACH: After long-time leader Ryan Hunter-Reay was involved in a multi-car pile-up, the substitute driver for Ed Carpenter racing Mike Conway used his winner’s knowledge of Long Beach to triumph again. Upcoming inaugural GP of Indianapolis 2 weeks prior to the INDY 500 will include French sports car star and former F1 driver Franck Montagny who will drive for Andretti Auto sport. Look for more last minute entries from known and unknown last minute driver entry’s for this event as the month of May progresses. Jacques Villeneuve’s will also return to the 2014 INDY 500, he was the winner of the 1995 Indy 500, and a former F1 world champion with the F1 Williams team in 1997. He will be funded by US retail chain Dollar General Upcoming Races: May 10 G rand Prix Of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Indiana) *Inaugural event May 25 I ndianapolis 500 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana) www.indycar.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia 2014 MotoGP: Marc Marquez made it look easy as the Repsol Honda rider cruised to his second victory, in only the first 2 races of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Austin, Texas on April 13. Upcoming Race: May 04 S pain MotoGP www.motogp.com (free live timing and scoring online) **All events will be shown on Star Sports Asia **Local Thailand Motorsports Schedules 2014** Race 1 & 2 10-11 May 2014 Sepang, Malaysia* Race 3 & 4 16-17 August 2014 Bira, Pattaya* Race 5 & 6 1-2 November 2014 BRIC, Buriram* Race 7 & 8 10-14 December 2014 Bangsaen, Chonburi* * date and venue subject to change The Thailand Super Series opens in Sepang Circuit in Malaysia May 1011, 2014. NISSAN has a fresh new racing project that fans have been anticipating for several months with arrival of the dramatic GT-R in the TSS Super Car Series. It will compete in the Class 2-GTM category with 2 cars on the grid.

www.thailandsuperseries.net Photo credit to Racing Spirit Bobby Brooks™ Follow me on Twitter: @racebobby

PSC Golf from The Growling Swan by Peter Blackburn

Anzac Day, April 25, is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Two years ago at The Growling Swan we held the inaugural Anzac Day Tournament, so naturally the tradition must continue. Many of the 31 starters assembled at The Growling Swan at 7 a.m. for a short memorial service where “The Ode” was delivered, the Last Post was played, and we observed a minute’s silence to pay tribute to those brave men and women. It was then time to partake of the traditional rum and milk (just in shot glasses) and then wait for those who could not make the early service. We welcomed back Geri Crilly from Australia and Paul Marshall from Brisbane. Our three mini vans departed five minutes ahead of schedule at 8:25 a.m., and after a 42-minute drive we arrived at the course. After a few chips and putts we were ready, and our first group, a three ball, teed off 10 minutes early in very hot conditions with very little wind. Although there was

a Thai five-ball directly in front of us, we proceeded at a steady pace for the early part of the round. The golf course was in fine condition with very well maintained greens but, while playing off the blue tees, it was apparent that there would not be too many really good scores. That indeed turned out to be the case. It was necessary to rest and drink a couple of times due to the heat, and towards the end we were slowed down by the group in front who were also suffering. We managed to finish a very enjoyable round on this important day for Australia in four hours and 15 minutes. In addition to the Anzac Day Medal winner

A Grade – 0 to 18 1st – Gerd Riedler (7) - 34 points 2nd – Ebrahim (14) - 34 points 3rd – Mike Gosden (10) - 32 points 4th – Phil Taylor (15) – 31 points 5th – Sal Brizzi (6) - 30 points B Grade – 19 & over 1st – Rita Zoebelli (23) - 37 points 2nd – Gary Monley (33) – 33 points 3rd – Graham Buckingham (22) – 29 points 4th – Lindsay Slender (24) – 28 points 5th – Andrew Allen (32) - 28 points The Growling Swan NAGA Cap is awarded to the player who has the least attractive score on the day and discreetly this score is not made public and in this instance it was won on a count back by Paul “Muncha” Moloney who accepted the cap in good spirit, even though he had declared himself the winner of the Anzac Day Medal

24 hours earlier. (It may be better not to make those kinds of predictions in the future, Muncha!) It was then back to The Growling Swan for presentations. A large crowd enjoyed the excellent facilities and celebrated this important day on the Australian calendar. We thanked Growling Swan mine host for sponsoring the day and

we had two divisions--A for handicaps 0 to 18 and B for 19 and over with five podium spots for each. There were rewards for nearest-the-pins on all par threes and longest first putts on the 9th and 18th greens, plus special prizes donated by The Growling Swan for longest drives in each division on the 18th hole. Winner of the Anzac Day Medal for the second year in a row was Fred Dineley with a terrific 39 points. In division A the winner was Gerd Riedler (18 point back nine) with 34 points on a count-back from Ebrahim (16 point back nine) and Mike Gosden was third on 32 points. In fourth place

came Phil Taylor with 31 points, and Sal Brizzi was fifth with 30 points. Rita Zoebelli continued her fine form and won division B with 37 points, and Gary Monley came second on 33 points, 4 points ahead of Graham “Grunter” Buckingham in third place. With three golfers scoring 28 points, another count-back was needed which saw Lindsay Slender (16 point back nine) finish fourth, Andrew “Turtle” Allen (15 point back nine) in fifth spot, and Ken Hole (14 point back nine) just missed out. Results for Mountain Shadow: Anzac Day Trophy Winner – Fred Dineley (24) – 39 points

NTP’s 5th– Ebrahim 8th – Graham Buckingham 15th – Bill Steinman 17th – Gerd Riedler LFP’s 9th – Ian Masterson 18th – Bill Steinman Longest drives on 18th hole Division A – Kevin Waycott Division B – Lindsay Slender providing the delicious meal. Andrew then kindly took Deefa the Dog for a walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our generous patrons. It had been another day to remember and we look forward to next year’s event – Lest We Forget! 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. with transport departing at 8:30. For bookings or more information contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@ gmail.com


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Tips & Advice QUICK TIP

Check the tread on your vehicle’s tires on a regular basis—at least every month. The wear should be uniform around the entire tire. The tread grooves must be at least 1-1/2 cm (about 1/16 inch) deep for the tire to be usable. If you have wear at both edges but not in the middle, you have underinflated tires, and they aren’t wearing properly. Cool Colors Andy, I’ve been told to keep my nail polish in the refrigerator so that it stays fresh longer. But I find that when it’s cold it becomes thicker and harder to apply. Is there a better way to keep it fresh? Betty Many nail polish aficionados swear that keeping fingernail paint in the refrigerator renders the liquid a little thinner and easier to use, Betty. Indeed, such advice to refrigerate nail polish has been repeated in numerous newspaper "household hints" columns, and many users agree. However, like you, many women (and select men) who have tried this tip assert that the cold temperature imparts undesirable qualities to the polish. So the jury is still out on this one. Where there is clear-cut agreement is on the topic of keeping bottles of nail polish tightly capped when not in use. Air is the enemy of nail polish, rendering the liquid thicker and more difficult to apply. Therefore, to extend the life of the polish, even when waiting for one coat to dry before putting on another, recap the bottle tightly. Gold Mold Can you tell me something about cleaning gold? Otto The best way to clean gold is simply washing it in soapy water. For plain jewelry, soak for a few

minutes in soapy, lukewarm water, then dry with a soft cotton cloth. If the item contains gemstones, do not soak. Just rub with a soft cloth dipped in soapy water, remove any residue with a damp cloth, then set upside down to fully dry. If dirt has become lodged in the crevices of your gold jewelry, it can be cleaned out using ordinary white toothpaste on a soft toothbrush. Then wash thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth. If your jewelry requires more extensive cleaning, take it to a professional. Ziploc ‘em up In a recent column you said the best way to store onions is in a cool, dry, well ventilated place. But what do I do with unused onions that I have peeled, chopped, sliced, etc? May You’re right in remembering where to store onions, May, and it’s equally important to remember to not store whole onions in plastic bags; they need air movement to maintain freshness. As to peeled and cut onions, if you’ll be using them within a week or so, wrap them in plastic or put them in a sealed container and place in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. For longer storage, after slicing or chopping the onions, lay them flat on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen, remove from the sheet and store them in Ziploc bags or storage containers in the freezer.

Songkran Panes We usually enjoy Songkran as much as anyone, Andy, but this year some revelers got out of hand and broke several windows on our house. (Don’t ask why or how.) Anyway, never having replaced window panes, I’m wondering if you could tell me the proper way to do it, hopefully, step by step. Soo Sure, Soo. Begin by removing the old glazing from the window. A heat gun works well for this, but avoid pointing it directly at the glass and be careful not to scorch the frame. Take out the small glazier points that hold the pane. Then remove the broken pane from the frame. Roll a small bead of glazing compound and lay it out where the pane sets on the frame. Center the new pane in the opening and set it snugly into the compound. Carefully install new glazier points, starting them by hand and pushing them home with the tip of a putty knife. Roll out a bead of glazing compound slightly larger than the size of the old glazing. Set the bead around the pane's perimeter and pack it into the frame with a putty knife. Give the compound a beveled edge by angling the putty knife between the frame edge and glass (forming a triangle). Finally, run the knife around the perimeter, pressing the compound smooth and trimming the excess. Avoid messing up the fresh bevel by picking up the excess

with a small ball of sticky compound. Slow Flow Our clothes washer is taking longer and longer to fill with water. Can you offer an explanation and/or a solution? Norris

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Award

The most common reason for slower flow of water into a washer is blockage in the water inlet hose. So turn off the water and unscrew the hose at the tap side. Remove the filter and clean it well with a stiff brush. Refit the filter and screw the hose back onto the tap. (Don’t forget to turn on the water when finished.) Door Chore My screen door to the patio gets jammed up and even slips off the tracks. Anything to be done? Isaac Vacuum out the top and bottom of the door tracks. Then clean the tracks with detergent and a reasonably stiff bristle brush. If the door is dragging at the bottom, manipulate the adjustment screw found near the bottom roller so the door frame rises off the track. Grease both top and bottom tracks with white lithium grease (which is excellent). Out of Sight Andy, when you insert shims to level a cabinet, board, etc., must the shims stay in forever or should they be removed after the screws

Photo submitted by John Haggett or nails are put in? Willie If you will not see the shims again (that is, if you will cover them with trim, for example), leave them in there. If they will remain uncovered and visible, you can take them out once the cabinet is securely screwed in place. Different Strokes I am attempting to paint the closet doors in my condo white. I am having trouble with too many brush strokes and the paint drying almost immediately. I have primed them, sanded them and kept my brush strokes to a minimum, as you’ve suggested. I am using a latex paint (which you said

is easier to apply), and I am using a high-quality brush. Admittedly, I have little experience painting anything (okay, basically none, but surely I should be able to do this job. Right?) Help, what should I do? Carlos Assuming you are painting a flat surface, Carlos, you can eliminate brush strokes by using a smooth surface roller. For areas with variations in the surface, use a 4- or 5-cm foam paint brush. Signs of Our Times Seen in a bar: Caution-Drinking alcoholic beverages before pregnancy can cause pregnancy. --Handy Andy


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Our Community Pattaya Sports Club assists ATCC by William Macey

Are the streets of Pattaya really paved with gold? We all know that the answer is NO, for life in the city can be difficult. But that does not stop Thai families and their children. And it does not stop workers from neighbouring countries from coming here to seek employment with hope for a better life. But others take the less arduous route of crime and exploitation, including thousands of tourists, some of questionable pedigree. Sadly, children are the most vulnerable group prone to abuse in all its forms. Fortunately, there are a number of people helping these children. One in particular is Ja who, for the last 15 years, has devoted his life to stopping child trafficking and abuse. Ja is with the Anti-human Trafficking and Child abuse Center (ATCC) in Nongprue. He has 38 children in his care at Child Protection and Development Life-

skill Center, which helps children to acquire skills that will enable them to reintegrate into normal society either in Pattaya or in their home communities. You only have to visit the center to realize the children are happy at the ATCC; they have friends and a home. Pattaya Sports Club has built a close relationship with Ja and has helped finance much of the development at the center. Recently he asked PSC to help with a particular problem. With 38 boys and girls, the toilet and shower facilities had not kept pace with the expansion of the site. The decision to help was easily made by the committee, and Ja quickly had the boys improving their building skills to erect the buildings. In a seemingly-separate issue, PSC replaced the hundreds of bricks forming the car park at our offices along Third Road but, never missing the opportunity to help those in need,

we could see a solution to a problem at ATCC. The boys’ area is the lowest point of the center and becomes a quagmire in the rainy season causing many problems. So replacing the car park was perfect timing; the bricks were transported to ATCC and within hours the boys were hard at it creating walkways to alleviate the water problem. The end result showed the skills the boys have acquired from Ja; a professionallooking job was completed without delay. March is the time of year that we donate rolls of cotton to various centers so they make new, brightlycoloured bedding, which was made by Liab in this case, and welcomed

by the children. There is nothing quite like new bedclothes to provide a good night’s sleep. All charities in Pattaya need help to overcome the ongoing problem of providing food, clothes, and school uniforms. If you would like to make a donation of any kind, please contact William on 086 152 2754, or leave your donation at the PSC offices.

Pattaya Sports Club Charity Update It was once a field; now it’s a built-up area by William Macey Sixty years ago Nongprue, like Pattaya, was an open expanse of land with very few buildings or roads. This is when Mut, now 81, built his house in the middle of nowhere. Things have changed dramatically since then but not for the better as far as his house is concerned. A big ongoing problem has emerged.

It does not take a large sum of money to help families in need. The families’ regular income comes from collecting items that can be sold for recycling. If you have nothing of value, a few thousand baht can go a long way to easing the burden of everyday life and is so welcome by the family. As was the case recently, Nongprue Municipality asked Pattaya Sports Club to help a family

Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok plants on Earth Day Most people know well that many different things happen naturally depending on the weather. This year Park Plaza Sukhumvit Bangkok team and Klongtoey district joined forces to plant and clean Suan Chaloem Phra Kiat Somdet Ya Nursery Public Park to celebrate Earth Day.

of six, three generations, living in cramped conditions in Nongprue. The problem concerned the living/sleeping area which accumulated water at an alarming rate during the rainy season making sleeping impossible. The house built by Mut was in the middle of a field, but since being built, drains were installed along the road and below the house. Other homes have been built on either side and behind and at a higher level, the end result being that the floor had cracked and water seeped through the floor, to a level of about 6 inches.

Pattaya Sports Club was asked to help. We met with a surveyor on site, and in his opinion the situation would only worsen. The solution, he said, was to raise and strengthen the floor--easier said than done. Hard core had been donated by a local builder, but sand and cement were now required and, with the help of Pattaya Sports Club, these were purchased and delivered. Friends, neighbours and relatives rallied around to help and within just a few days the work was completed. The family now has somewhere dry to sleep come the rainy season.


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Youth Focus Why is healthy eating important for young children? by Edward Emmett, Mooltripakdee International School (MIS) It is important for young children to have a good, balanced diet at home and at school. Having a healthy diet helps: l Improve behavior, l Build strength, l Provide energy, l Resist infection, and l Minimize iron deficiency anemia, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and dental decay. Good eating patterns and habits continue from childhood to adult life. Children need energy in the form of calories to

grow. Young children have different nutritional needs than adults and, as they age, their dietary needs constantly change. Encourage youngsters to eat different foods daily from all four main food groups: l Fruit and vegetables, l Bread, cereals and potatoes, l Dairy, and l Meat, fish and alternatives for vegetarians. Sugar is a no-no for children under five. If they do eat foods containing sugar, it should be included

in their main meal and not as snacks during the day; they do not need sweets, chocolate, or soft drinks for energy. Examples of good healthy snacks include cheese, plain yogurt, fruit, raw vegetables, plain popcorn, cereals, and bread. Children aged from two to five years old should not be fed too much at snack times. When children are allowed to make their own choices they will start to experiment tasting new healthy snacks. Too much choice though may confuse young children. Some children can take a long

time to eat their snack. A child should not be rushed; gentle encouragement can be used, but showing anger or frustration will not help a young child eat healthily.

Water, milk or 100 percent fruit juice mixed with water are the only drinks children under five should be allowed. Young children should not drink carbonated beverages, or anything with added sugar—even milk and juice sold in small cartons often contain sugar. In addition to keeping a watchful eye on children under five while they are eating—in case they choke on food, it also is important to encourage good food hygiene, such as washing their hands before meals and snacks. Fruit and vegetables need to be washed and peeled.

Food can be fun and educational. There are a number of activities that help young children learn. Parents can help open their children’s minds to different cultures through cooking, shopping, and eating. Some activities to consider for young children include: l Food picture cutting, l Food painting prints, l Making food for animals, l Planting seeds, l Restaurant role-play, l Making play dough, l Food-related singing and dancing, l Food tasting and smelling.

students it was the first time they had ever donned a pair of boxing gloves or kicked an opponent, but everyone had

a great time before moving outside to throw water on one another in the tradition of Songkran.

End of term fun by Derek Franklin Before returning home for the Songkran and Easter holidays, students from The Regent’s School Pattaya participated in an unusual

day of fun. A large group of children from the Father Ray Children’s Home were invited to The Regent’s School to host two workshops, one for

Thai dancing and the other for Muay Thai boxing. At some point during their time in Thailand most Regent’s students had seen Thai dancing, but almost none had ever taken part; most soon

realized that it is not as easy as it looks. All students and teachers visited the dance workshop and within 30 minutes had to perform an intricate traditional dance routine. There were a few embarrassed faces, mostly from the boys who had no interest in learning to dance, but as the minutes passed they became more and more enthusiastic until with just a few minutes to go the whole group danced in unison. Moving on to the Muay Thai workshop, students were given a demonstration by the young boys from the Children’s Home, and were then taught the correct way to punch and kick an opponent. For the majority of


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You & Your Pets Cat Corner Tip by Dr. RJ Peters to Pattaya’s cat lovers

Comforting a dying cat isn’t something everyone knows how to do. These tips may help you and your cat get through an emotionally difficult time: a. To hold or not to hold? Let the cat decide. b. Be near, be available for anything that might be needed.... water, a taste of food, a gentle hug, an accident clean-up. c. Talk calmly and soothingly to let them know they are loved. d. Consult with your veterinarian for help, such as pain control. e. Keep the cat warm, unless cool would feel better. f. Avoid loud noises, such as a blaring television or raucous children tearing through the house. Don’t yell or argue with anyone. Surely you can keep things quiet for a little while. g. Stay with your cat if euthanasia becomes necessary, but try not to cry, as it may make him or her feel it has done something wrong. Cry afterward. h. Allow other pets to visit for a moment so they know why the cat isn’t there later and they won’t go nuts searching for it. Your other pets will recognize and understand the “death smell.” i. After the cat has passed away, you or your family may need closure, too. It’s a nice gesture to hold a short funeral or ritual of some kind.

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/

Jelly

Went to a new home a few months ago but, sadly, the resident cat there did not accept the newcomer and she is back with us. She loves lots of attention and cuddles by the way.

Tweety

Is a handsome boy and is full of beans. He is vaccinated and neutered and waiting patiently for a new home. He would make an ideal companion if your puss is on the lonely side.

The Famous Five

Dr. Peters is the author of three informative and entertaining books about household pets. They include Our Amazing Cats, and Our Amazing Cats Vol. 2, now available from Amazon Books and at www.ouramazingcats.com. Her newest book is Our Amazing Dogs.

To download ebook versions of any or all three books (about 200 baht each), go to http://youniquesolutions.com/3Books. html. Dr. Peters also publishes a free newsletter, The Kitty Times. To subscribe, go to: http://www.theproblemcat. com. (Proceeds from book sales help support abandoned cats; the books help support your emotional health through their heartwarming stories.)

Did You Know…? Turtles can breathe thru their rear ends? Dolphins sleep with one eye open? Polar bears’ hair is not white, it’s transparent? The largest animal that ever lived is still living – the blue whale?

These lovely kittens will be ready to be re-homed by the time you read this in Pattaya Today. There’s a good mixture of boys and girls but best to be quick as these beauties won’t be with us long.

Ziggy

This attractive young lady has been with us for a few years now as she missed out owing to illness when her siblings were found new homes. Her favorite hobby by the way is eating, anything and everything.


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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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avarice (5) tumult (6) animal disease (7) move rhythmically (5) ancestral group (4) musical instruments (7) colliery (3) surrender (4) english river (4) joke (3) interlace (7) operatic song (4) less contaminated (5) joint (7) without warning (6) irritable (5)

1. quick look 2. additional 3. mend 5. less-fancied competitor 6. firm covers 7. mammary gland 8. precise 13. line of descent 15. went in 17. entices 18. small lizard 19. bread shop 22. dissolute men 23. oxidise

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Sick Humor

Solution Issue 15

Patient charts are not always written clearly and with precision, but often translate into humorous diagnoses and observations. Such comments collected from several hospitals offer some healthy laughs. To wit… *On day two the patient’s knee was better and on day three it disappeared. *Pelvic exam will be done later on the floor. *The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 2009. *While in ER, she was examined, x-rated, and sent home. *Patient has no previous history of suicides. * She is numb from her toes down. *Patient’s skin was moist and dry. *Occasional, constant infrequent headaches. *Patient has no rigors or chills, but her husband reported she was very hot in bed last night. *Patient complains of chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

*Patient is tearful and cries constantly; she also seems depressed. *When man admitted he was alert and unresponsive. *Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid. *Patient stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce. *Patient remains in my car for physical therapy. *Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized. *The lab test indicates abnormal lover function. * Skin: somewhat pale but present. *Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

Brain Tester 1. Which rock makes up the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland? 2. The Lutine Bell is sounded in which London institution? 3. What relation was Prince Philip to Princess Elizabeth before their marriage in 1947? 4. According to Winston Churchill who was “that bloodthirsty guttersnipe”? 5. The Renaissance was a period in history but what exactly does the term mean? 6. In which century did Catherine de Medici rule France? 7. Which law prevents a woman from succeeding to the throne? 8. What’s the name of the cut of beef taken from over the bone of the rump? 9. What’s the term in cookery to mean to heat in a liquid until partially cooked? 10. What’s the name of the large sandbank in the center of the Thames estuary?

11. From which plant is linseed oil produced? 12. What’s another name for oil of vitriol? 13. A tar-like substance is obtained from petroleum, named what? 14. What color does gold leaf appear when held up to the light? 15. At which sport did Mick the Miller excel? 16. What device was used at Wimbledon for the first time in 2009? 17. What position do fencing opponents adopt when preparing to fence? 18. Which straits connect the Persian Gulf with the Arabian Sea? 19. In the USA what kind of drink is applejack? 20. Do pelagic fish live near the water’s surface or at the bottom?

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1. Basalt; 2. Lloyds; 3. Third Cousin; 4. Adolf Hitler; 5. Rebirth; 6. Sixteenth; 7. Salic; 8. Aitchbone; 9. Parboiled; 10. Nore; 11. Flax; 12. Sulfuric acid; 13. Bitumen; 14. Green; 15. Greyhound racing; 16. Sliding roof over Centre Court; 17. En garde; 18. Hormuz; 19. Brandy made from apples; 20. Surface.

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