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Pattaya’s Chinese Future T he current dependence on Chinese tourists, especially in Pattaya, has now started a hot debate about the future of Thai tourism. About one foreign tourist in five in the country as a whole is Chinese, producing a total of 4.6 million travellers from the communist giant. Some research has suggested that, although only one percent of Chinese nationals have so far visited Thailand, about 50 percent would like to do so. The Chinese growing arrivals are fuelled by expanding budget-air routes which make a vacation much cheaper. The scheduled mega-expansion of U-Tapao airport, near Rayong, is expected within two years to lead to many more charter flights from Beijing, Shanghai and other Chinese population centres. Although there are already many complaints in both Bangkok and Pattaya about oversized tour buses filled with Chinese tourists clogging up highways and streets, civic authorities are reluctant to do anything

about the problem because these tourists are bringing much-needed revenue into the country. Or are they? The vast majority of Chinese visitors are “zero tourists�, that is they pay for the entire holiday in advance in China and are dragooned by the tour operators who design all their

activities on a virtual 24-hour basis, including where they sleep, eat and shop. Some travel commentators believe that the tourists are being ripped-off in all sorts of ways and that the inflated money they spend, for example on souvenirs and entrance fees, benefits only a small number of Thai operators.

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News Tour guides demand crackdown

A group of 100 Thai tour guides gathered on Pattaya Beach Road and marched to City Hall to end the unlawful activities of Chinese, Russian, Indian and Vietnamese tour guides who have been working without permits and threatening the livelihood of

the Thais. It was reported that a scuffle had broken out between the hostile group and a Chinese guide who happened to come back from Koh Larn. One of the problems is believed to be that not enough Thai guides can speak foreign languages fluently.

Chinese tourist robbed

Foreigners from the Middle East are believed responsible for stealing 3,700 yuan (20,000 baht) from a Chinese visitor in a convenience store on Naklua Road. Jiaqi Xu, 23, was approached by the group of four who offered her a very good exchange rate for US dollars. Checking her money later, Jiaqi discovered she had been the victim of a rip-off. Police said they would have a look at the appropriate CCTV cameras to see if they yielded anything of interest.

On the same night, two ladyboys, Thai and Cambodian, robbed a Japanese tourist on Pattaya Beach Road of 5,000 baht when his wallet was stolen. Koichi Ikari, 43, said he had been set up when one of the transvestites pretended to kiss him whilst the other was busy searching for the all-important wallet. Although the two ladyboys managed to escape on a motorbike, vigilant locals noted the number and the villains were apprehended later as they were counting their ill-gotten gains.

Violent teen quarrel in mall Police rushed to the Royal Garden Plaza after a fight involving about 10 teens of both sexes broke out. Apparently, the dispute broke out when Jai Kamsaen was accused of behaving dishonorably towards a nubile female. He was chased round the mall and was stabbed once (not seriously) by an unknown person. Security staff at the mall said order was restored very quickly.

Man shot his male lover

British expat Colin Thomas Gardiner, 68, was shot dead through the neck in front of an apartment block in South Pattaya. Police later apprehended the murderer, Teeradate Kakrong,

aged 33, who explained that the Brit was forever criticizing his lifestyle which included smoking and drinking. In any case, their relationship had broken down some months previously.


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News Pattaya’s chinese future Continued from page 1

Casino spin again Every few years, a group of publicity-hungry politicians raises the hoary old question of establishing lawful casinos in Thailand. This time around there’s a new suggestion – that Pattaya, and only Pattaya, should be the centre for whoopee. Indeed, there are all sorts of rumours flying around town that certain hotels have already imported gaming tables and ancillaries and are ready to open shop at the drop of a hat. Commentators on social media are already proclaiming that the arrival of casinos is just the ticket to put Pattaya on its feet again, revive the sluggish property market and send the cash tills ringing all over the Eastern Seaboard. Ready when you are. Cold water But steady on there. The current proposal, put forward by a group of non-elected members of the junta-installed parliament, is no different than many others over the years which have bitten the dust. Firstly, Buddhist teachings say that gambling is a sin and nothing is going to change that any time soon. It’s true that there is a national lottery and gambling is permitted on selected horse racing in Bangkok, but they are the exceptions which prove the rule so to speak. It is something of a paradox that the establishment of casinos is being touted by supporters and nominees of a right-wing coup rather than by left-wing liberals, but it doesn’t make any difference. The powers-that-be are never going to allow the fundamental change in thinking which would be required. Who benefits? Amongst the many problems to be straightened out before any casinos surface in Thailand, or even just in Pattaya, is who will run them and take the profits. It is always assumed that the huge profits – most casino visitors will lose – will go towards improving the lot of the urban and rural poor or building urgently-needed new roads or railway lines. But there is no evidence from other countries which have legalized gambling that this is necessarily so. The main beneficiaries may prove to be those running the gambling dens. Hun Sen, the prime minister of Cambodia, said recently that he hated casinos and all they stood for. The only reason he had allowed them on Cambodian soil at the land border with Thailand was to prove beyond all doubt that this land did belong to Cambodia and to prevent his larger neighbour moving around the marker pegs in an attempt to justify land grabbing. You can’t argue once a building is erected, he reasoned. Thai conundrum It is an open secret that Thais love to gamble. The evidence is overwhelming. Senior policemen have lost their jobs after secret dens of iniquity were exposed in their jurisdiction. In Pattaya, a few years ago, skydiving police descended on a pleasure boat in Pattaya bay after hearing reports that blackjack was in full swing. Nothing was found, but the story is well-remembered by seasoned expats. But there are weekly reports of gambling groups being broken up by the police in Pattaya. The customers flee in every direction, but the organizers and a selection of punters pay a small fine in court before going back to their old haunts. Last year, a suspicious house in South Pattaya did indeed contain 20 gamblers playing roulette. But the bets must have been very small as a mere 25 baht was taken into custody by the enforcers of the law. One suspects that, in spite of a few sackings, many police are happy with the status quo on the gambling front. International lessons It’s often claimed that other countries in Asia have made a fortune after legitimizing gaming. Maybe they have. But the casinos in the Philippines, or those run by the state, are mostly rather rundown establishments which attract Filipinos rather than foreigners. On a recent visit, a group of British tourists noted how many of the fruit machines were out of order. In Cambodia, Phnom Penh has one large casino but it never seems to be particularly busy. In Sri Lanka, which recently introduced casinos, it is not possible to enter if you are a Sri Lankan citizen. On the other hand, the casinos of Singapore are booming in large measure because they are top-of-the-range and plush. If Thailand were ever to consider setting up lawful casinos, the best lessons are probably to be learned in Singapore. Countries do not offer the identical product when it comes to casinos. Not coming soon Whatever the ins and outs, legal casinos are not coming to Thailand any time soon. At least we should be grateful here in Pattaya. Imagine the state of the roads if those huge coaches already jamming the roads were out in force on a 24-hour basis, even during the night. Thailand now has a high dependence on group tours from China and casinos never close.

Opinions expressed in this column are the author’s alone and do not necessarily represent those of Pattaya Today’s management.

several complaints from the Chinese embassy in Bangkok about compulsory visits to entertainment palaces which could not be considered family-orientated by any stretch of the imagination. The Chinese embassy has also expressed concern about crime and cheating in Pattaya’s beachfront area. A MasterCard annual survey on international holiday spending recently sent a warning to the Thai travel industry not to become too dependent on Chinese volume, finding that countries and destinations which have a diverse catchment have the most secure future. MasterCard points to the possibility that a sustained economic downturn in the Chinese economy could have a devastating effect on the Thai tourist industry. But Thai travel gurus say that the Chinese have kept tourism afloat after the disappearance of so many Russians when the collapse of the

ruble doubled the cost of a foreign vacation. Moreover, there has been negative coverage of the behaviour of some Chinese tourists whilst on holiday in Thailand. A temple in Chiang Rai temporarily shut its door to Chinese visitors after allegedly disrespectful acts by visitors. In the Pattaya area, social media has shown several examples of cultural “shock” including changing a baby’s nappy on a restaurant table and ignorance about restroom protocol. Equally, it can be pointed out that the conduct of some western visitors leaves much to be desired. Pattaya City Hall told Pattaya Today that officials are aware of the problems. Extra parking facilities for large vehicles is under active consideration near Bali Hai and handbooks of protocol for Chinese visitors in their own language were now being distributed along with flight tickets. But it was stressed that Chinese tourists in Pattaya are currently spending more than any

other nationality. A suggestion that there should be a limit on the size of coaches allowed on Pattaya sois is said to be under review as a way of reducing traffic mayhem. In the medium term, optimists say that the dependence on Chinese visitors will right itself. For example, serious attempts are now being made to improve Pattaya’s transport infrastructure overall, including ring roads and an underground tunnel for through traffic on Sukhumvit Highway. A Japanese proposal to help build a high-speed rail link from Bangkok to Rayong is also in the pipeline. It is believed that such developments, together with Pattaya’s increasingly upscale image as regards facilities and entertainment, will ensure a truly international clientele. However, most of these initiatives are not scheduled to bear fruit until the next decade when, in the words of City Hall, Pattaya should become “the Thai Riviera”. In the meantime, Pattaya will muddle through. It always has.

More blood to the Red Cross

Mityon Pattaya held a blood donating facility at Honda Wing Center on Thepprasit Road which attracted 142 customers and locals to contribute to the stocks of

the precious fluid maintained by the Thai Red Cross Society. Next blood donation will be held on August 14 and September 14.

Human trafficking spotlighted The labour ministry and harbor authorities hosted a conference to explain that the local fishing industry must be free of human trafficking and forced or slave workers, in accordance with Thai laws. At present there are 4,629 vessels conducting fishing operations along the Eastern Seaboard. Marine authorities are checking all of them for abuse in accordance with the instructions of the National Council for Peace and Order.

Grow your own food

Banglamung civic officials visited a self-sufficient learning centre to encourage local people to develop community agriculture and to grow vegetables. District chief Jakrapong Ratchaneekul said a budget of 500,000 baht had been given so that local people can live healthily and make a profit at the same time.


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News World Spa & Well-being Convention 2015 to drive the Thai spa industry forward in the upcoming AEC Organized by Thai Spa Association (TSPA) in cooperation with Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and IMPACT Exhibition Management, the World Spa and Well-being Convention (WSWC) 2015 will continue to push the standards for the spa and well-being sector, providing more business opportunities than ever before in one of the fastest-growing niche market segments of the travel and tourism industry in the region. The fourth edition of WSWC will build on the past success and continue to explore Thailand to being the hub of spa and well-being in the ASEAN region. WSWC 2015 is the perfect platform to give exhibitors and business leaders a myriad of opportunities to network and build business connections with the expected 15,000 visitors. The event will be held September 24-26 at Hall 5-6, IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. For more information, sponsorship options or to reserve a booth, contact Peerayaphan Pongsanam, acting project manager IMPACT Exhibition Management, at Tel: 02 833 5215 or email: peerayaphanp@impact.co.th.

Asian disabled are spotlighted City Hall officials presided over a meeting in preparation for Workability Asia Conference 2015, which will be held at the Hilton Pattaya on July 8-10. The conference will review the workability of handicapped persons in Asia. The manager of The Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities, Samrit Chapirom, said that organizations which favoured the employment of physicallychallenged persons would be given stickers with a special mark.

Joachim Kreisel is appointed executive chef at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya Andre Brulhart, general manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, has announced the appointment of Joachim Kreisel as executive chef. Chef Joachim is a German national and has over 20 years of extensive international

experience in the culinary field. He has worked for various leading hotels such as Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, The Westin Sydney, and The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Before joining Centara, he was culinary director at Sheraton Incheon Hotel, South Korea.

Beyond Beauty ASEAN-Bangkok launches second edition with exciting new features Beyond Beauty ASEAN-Bangkok 2015 (BBAB 2015) has launched two new activities: “Hosted VIP Buyers Program” to facilitate effective networking and “Beyond Beauty Award” to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements in the respective categories. The second edition of BBAB will take place on September 24-26, 2015 at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok. The inaugural Beyond Beauty Award is conceived as an effort to recognize outstanding beauty products.

Created specifically to facilitate business matching at the show, the Hosted VIP Buyers Program is an effective platform for top-quality buyers from the procurement, purchasing and supply chain management divisions to meet with exhibitors on a pre-scheduled, oneon-one basis. BBAB is looking forward to hosting 150 exclusively-selected VIP buyers from across Southeast Asia to attend over 1,500 pre-arranged meetings. With only a few months to go before BBAB 2015, the show has received

overwhelming response from both local and international exhibitors, with over 75 percent of the exhibition space booked. The 2015 edition will welcome new international pavilions, including Australia, China, Italy, New Zealand and Spain. Returning international pavilions include Indonesia, Japan, K o re a , M a l a y s i a , S i n g a p o re a n d Taiwan. BBAB 2015 is anticipating the participation of more than 150 international exhibitors and 200 Thai exhibitors, as well as 10,000 professional trade visitors.


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News Massage Snap Judgment parlour raided

DASTA Pattaya addresses integrity and transparency

Academic prejudice The controversy at Thammasat University, where a transgender lecturer was appointed but then not confirmed, is a reminder that Thailand is a country of mixed messages as regards sexual minorities. On the one hand, Thailand is usually regarded as one of the most liberal countries in the world on matters concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. One aspect is that Bangkok is far and away the most popular location on earth when it comes to transgender surgery. Polish member of parliament Anna Grodzka openly boasts of her operation and urges transgender-reassignment seekers not to hesitate to come to Thailand. When it comes to gay bars, Thai cities such as Bangkok and Pattaya have more than enough although, like straight go-go bars, they are less popular than they were owing to the growth of the social media which has diversified the options for making contact. Additionally, prices have risen sharply in recent years whilst some European cities, such as Prague or Berlin, have developed their own gay scene to rival what was once a near-total Thai monopoly for vacationers. But prejudice is still there just under the surface or even on top of it. For example, a transgender person is not allowed in Thailand to carry an ID card which reflects a changed gender preference. If you are a male at birth you remain a male all your life which explains why transgenders have to show up on military conscription day, made objects of ridicule and then sent away. Until a few years ago, they were rejected formally for being unfit for military service because of mental defects. Another area which causes surprise internationally is that gay marriages or civil unions are not permitted in Thailand. Even though Bangkok-based foreign embassies are often asked if they can perform a ceremony – as they can in some more tolerant Asian countries – they must decline. After all, if two Thai men cannot officially record a relationship, then the same rule obviously applies to a foreigner based in the country. The draft 2015 constitution does seem to guarantee civil rights to all minorities, but it is too early to say how such a generalization would be interpreted at the level of detail. Nobody knows and the current written draft may not be the final one. As matters currently stand, the surviving partner in a gay relationship cannot pass on his or her property by virtue of that relationship, although he or she can make a will specifying personal legacies. Gay adoption is still a virtually taboo subject in Thailand, often caused by a strange view that it may encourage pedophilia. Nor do gays or transgenders have protection under law against unfair dismissal which the case of Kath Khangpiboon at Thammasat University has highlighted in its own way. Pattaya has a large number of cross-dressers, not necessarily intending to have gender reassignment surgery, and the ones on Beach Road and Walking Street are subject to regular police raids and summary arrest. It is often argued that these arrests are conducted in the name of public safety, but cynics might say that the 100-200 baht fines are a form of tea money paid to the police. Meanwhile, a probably larger group of Thai transgender individuals are not involved in petty crime or prostitution and are found working in banks, factories, hospitals, restaurants and places of entertainment. Thailand presents two images to the world when the question of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) arises in the public arena. Certainly, things are seldom what they seem.

A North Pattaya massage parlour was visited by police investigators after allegations that the herbal balm being used there was substandard and unlicensed. Police also confiscated some shark’s fin and bird’s nest which were taken away for serious forensic examination.

Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) recently held a conference at The Bayview Pattaya to explore the issue of preventing corruption in the future by addressing integrity and transparency in operations of the organization. Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakai and other civic officials joined the meeting on propriety in public life.

Drunk driver arrested

A particularly nasty accident near the railway line in Siam Country Club area resulted in the death of a motorbike rider. Rungrot Kuedsoongnon, 22, had been squashed after an inebriated car driver crashed into the back of his two-wheeler. The dead man’s sister and brother-in-law were injured and rushed to hospital.

Pich Pinyapong, 19 and the car driver, was arrested on suspicion of causing a fatality whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs and taken to Nongprue police station for judicial processing. Onlookers said the car driver did not appear to understand he had crashed and tried to continue driving even after the accident.

Mid East cafés searched Banglamung district officials and excise inspectors visited several premises in South Pattaya in the never-ending campaign against illegal substances. They found Mid East tourists smoking baraku in two cafeterias and seized several kilos of illegal stuff on which duty had not in any case been paid. Nichet Pimput, 34, admitted he was the owner of the drugs in both premises and was taken away for a question and answer session at police headquarters.

Man dies after accident

A fatality occurred at the top end of Soi Post Office, Pattaya, when a man crossing the road was hit by an SUV. The driver Saowanee Finley, 49, said that the victim Panuwat Paochantuek, 24, stepped off the pavement without looking, making the unfortunate collision inevitable. He was badly injured and died later in hospital. Police took several witness statements which appeared to support the driver’s contention.

American dies alone in condo

An American pensioner, 76, was found dead in his apartment after security staff were alerted that he had not been seen for several days. Thomas Stamps Darby III was found lying beside the bed and had breathed his last about 72 hours previously. The manager of the condo on South Pattaya Road said a friend of the deceased had come to the office to express his concern after banging on his door in vain. The body was sent for autopsy but police said there were many medicines in the room which suggested he had been far from well.


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News Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa recognized with Green Hotel Award Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment named Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa as a Gold winner of the 2015 Green Hotel Award. Matthew Fryar (right), director of Operations at Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, received the award from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at Royal Paragon Hall. Fryar commented, “We are extremely grateful to be recognized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand as we are a leader in sustainability and look forward to continuing our practices of reducing environmental impact and protecting our planet’s natural resources whilst concurrently enhancing our guest experience.”

Charity marathon event

The Pattaya City sports chairman, Rattanachai Suttidechanai, presided over the opening of the Walk-Run charity competition in which over 2,000 persons took part. A claim is being made to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not as this is believed to be the first time in Thailand that so many individuals have taken part in a beach race.

Obituary Father Francis Victor Gautreaux C.Ss.R. 1925 – 2015

Former pastor of St. Nikolaus Church Pattaya, Father Francis Victor Gautreaux C.Ss.R., died on Friday, June 19, and was laid to rest in the cemetery of his former church. Francis Gautreaux was born in America in 1925, the youngest of 12 children. He lived his early years on a sugar plantation where his father was foreman, located on the outskirts of the town of Houma in Louisiana. Like his siblings he attended a local grade school for six years, but at the age of 13 he entered the Catholic Minor Seminary in Kirkwood, Missouri. On Thursday, June 29, 1950, Francis Gautreaux was ordained a Redemptorist priest. The young Father Gautreaux was one of six newly ordained priests who were selected to join overseas missions. He was hoping to be sent to Brazil, where ‘they used God’s alphabet, English’, but instead was informed he would be off to Thailand. Departing from Oakland, California in 1952, the journey to Thailand took 26 days and he often recalled his earliest memories of his new home, where the heat was unbearable and cattle were still grazing on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road, now one of the busiest and most urbanized areas in Southeast Asia. For the young priest his first six months in Thailand was spent in Chanthaburi, studying the Thai language with teachers for three hours each day, plus another five hours completing homework. This was followed by his first assignment, taking care of several parishes in the northeastern province of Nong Khai and getting from one part of the province to another was not as easy as it is today, “One day travel by bus from our base in the village of Xang Ming, wait for a merchant’s boat and then travel by boat for two and a half days along the Mekong River – no travel at night and the last two hours by the river paddle boat. All was new and exciting.” Father Gautreaux spent many years in the northeast of Thailand, but, as is normal in the life of a missionary, was sent to work in parishes throughout the country; four years in Loei province, Pastor at Holy Redeemer in Bangkok, teaching the seminarians in Sri Racha as well as several years in Pattaya working alongside Father Ray Brennan who set up the Father Ray Foundation. Francis Gautreaux died a few weeks short of his 90th birthday. He had spent more than 63 years in Thailand. He was laid to rest near his good friends, Father Ray Brennan and Father Pat Morrissy, following a Mass which was attended by many, including more than 40 bishops and priests, as well as many nuns who had traveled from all over Thailand. Francis Gautreaux’s final years were spent in poor health. He will be remembered by everyone who met him as a man of faith, devotion, short in height but big in character.


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Sharing the Road Over 1,500 cyclists participated in the “Nation Bike Share the Road 2015” which was held under the auspices of Pattaya City Hall and Nation Broadcasting Corporation. The event, which is held annually, is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and to set a good example to couch potatoes. In a separate development, civic authorities are planning a special bikers-only lane at Mabprachan reservoir.

Aerobics at Tesco Lotus

Tesco Lotus held a “good health good life” aerobics competition in Pattaya with selected teams going forward to the finals in Bangkok. As regards the under-15 teams, Kanchananukroh School and Ban Tha Madue School will represent the Eastern Seaboard.

Whale video a surprise

Thai passports Q: My Thai girlfriend needs a new passport and I have heard there is now a quicker way to obtain one. What is it and how much does it cost? A: Ordinarily a Thai passport costs 1,000 baht and takes three days to process. There is now a new system in operation at Thai passport offices whereby an applicant can pay 2,000 baht for a 24hour service and 3,000 baht for same-day service (provided you apply in the morning). What kind of visa? Q: I am a British guy who wants to leave Thailand and resume a career in UK. I want to take my Thai girlfriend with me to live permanently over there. What sort of visa do I need? A: A settlement visa is your long-term aim, but it is awarded principally to foreigners who are joining a partner already “settled” in UK. But you told me that you don’t have a job yet in UK and no home of your own. So it sounds to me as though the best thing at this point is a visit visa for your girlfriend. Later on, when you become “settled” the long stay visa will become more appropriate.

A tour company representative was surprised to see a whale swimming near his boat en route to Koh Larn. He managed to take a snapshot, much to the delight of the passengers who said they had never seen a whale

before, at any rate in the flesh. The whale remained near the boat for three minutes before disappearing. A marine life specialist said it was unusual to see a whale so near the coastline.

Much ado about nothing Police were called to inspect mysterious luggage which had been left at the side of the road on Sukhumvit Highway, near the Spanish Condominium. Lek, who worked in a nearby restaurant, saw a man about 40 years leave the luggage before quickly driving away. She feared that some crime may have been committed and thus called in the long arm of the law. However, there was nothing remotely suspicious in the contents and the matter remains a conundrum.


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Rossini at the Royal Cliff Luminous Spa The Godfather's Favourite

Rossini, the signature Italian restaurant at The Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, has recently been given a complete makeover. The space has been rezoned, revitalized and reinvented into one of the classiest classic interiors in Pattaya. The on-trend colours of grey, taupe and tobacco are immediately pleasing and peaceful with the innovative new zoning surprising and unexpected. For instance, there is now a cigar salon where aficionados of these smokes can lean back on leather Chesterfield-type sofas and enjoy premier brands from the world’s best houses. A new “wine by the glass” bar sports a huge table-top wine centric tablet where at a touch all the relevant information on the wines is available. Recommended bottles border the table and a wall of vintage wines invites inspection. Comfy seating is provided for leisurely sipping. The main restaurant sports a private salon for six people, a long table for 10 or so, a terrace for 40 people and masses of comfortable seating either booth style or at wonderful wooden blocked tables;

Chef Massimo Gullota

seating can accommodate up to 100 people. The resident band, the “Living Harmony Duo”, perform a selection of Mediterranean songs contributing to the soothing ambiance and contemporary opulence that floods the new Rossini. Chef’s 27 years of culinary experience and his passion for Italian cuisine shines through the new menu. The man behind the menu is Massimo Gullota, a Roman born chef with an impeccable pedigree and a contagious enthusiasm for the cuisine of his homeland. Rome adores its pizzas and chef has installed a wood-fired oven from which the finest, thinnest pizzas emerge bubbling and molten. The wine list is a magnificent assemblage of over 1,000 bottles from the old and new worlds. The Royal Cliff prides itself on the diversity and eminence of their labels which run from the pinnacle of the wine world at half a million baht to B.1,000 for the likes of the rest of us. They have been awarded Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence for 12 years now and continue to explore the world in

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their quest to maintain vinisupremacy. Even the water menu is something extraordinary, 16 different artisan mineral waters are on offer from Norway to Fiji to the Mediterranean complete with sodium, magnesium and calcium content. Attentive staff escort you to your table and once seated we selected a glass of the elegant Trabocchetto Pecorino (B.230 ++) whilst we perused chef’s new menu. The menu is a delight with dishes from the length and breadth of Italy, with many regional specialities and even one or two from his mother’s native Sicilian soil. Seafood and fish are to the fore but there also are enough meat dishes to satisfy the most dedicated carnivore. We put ourselves in chef’s capable hands and tucked into the straight-fromthe-oven focaccia, pizza bread and crispy sticks served with a piquant tomato salsa and one of the best pesto sauces we have tasted in a long while.

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Luminous Spa is a sanctuary where you can detach yourself from busy city life and enjoy serenity through pampering while leaving your hectic daily routine behind. With a beautiful panoramic view and integrated spa design you can sense and feel the tranquility of nature all around. The secret recipes will brighten your soul, inflame your body and shine pure light into your mind. The spa is well equipped with high-end facilities and features sea view treatment rooms. The landscape and interior were designed to afford unique sensations from your arrival until the completion of your spa journey. Each treatment was delicately developed for your utmost relaxation under “Your Time to Shine” concept. Treatments range from body massage and treatment to facial treatment. Salon services are also on offer, including shampoo, blow dry, hair styling, hair colouring, manicure, pedicure, French manicure, and nail paint. Pattaya Today was invited to experience the “Luminous Signature Massage,” which combines special techniques of East and West (Thai massage and aromatherapy) using Luminous warm aroma oil to soothe your soul and make your skin glow. The signature massage drifts away your tension, alleviates muscular aches, and leaves you feeling completely restored. The special oil was developed by Cape Dara Resort’s vice president, Pattamon “Beau” Mekavarakul. A special combination of vanilla and mint oil blended well with glitter, which leaves your skin glowing after the treatment. Should you prefer an oil-free massage, go for the famous Thai massage, known to heal muscle pains and unlock all the stress in your body. Another option is the award-winning Swedish massage, a press of rhythms that enhance blood circulation and with a side benefit of reducing cellulite. Apart from other types of body massage, Luminous Spa also offers Kid’s massage with natural oil to help children 10 to 14 years old relax and learn to calm themselves to better manage stress and relieve depression and anxiety.

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Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa put People First Somsak Tanruengsri (rear middle), general manager of Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa, led the management team in promoting the Team Member Engagement Survey (TMES). It is the online survey that’s designed to measure work environment health, from the perspective of the associates. Specifically, the Team Member Engagement Survey allows the management to monitor the extent to which they provide a work environment that fosters associates’ engagement: how passionate they are about the company’s mission, and their willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ to see it succeed.

A superb evening at Mantra’s Stonefish Wine Dinner

Ravindra Beach Resort & Spa welcomes Playboy Thai Bunnies

Peter Papanikitas (right), managing director of Stonefish International Pty Ltd, gave a special speech during the exclusive Stonefish Wine Dinner at Mantra Restaurant & Bar, along with Bantawat Kerkpittaya (second from left), manager of Wine Dee Dee Pattaya Co., Ltd. They were both welcomed by the management team of Amari Pattaya, led by General Manager Brendan Daly (second from right) and Benjamas Sitthi (left), Public Relations manager of the restaurant. It was a successful evening as more than 70 wine lovers joined the event.

Sunshine Hotels & Resorts’ Group Director Thanet Supornsahasrungsi (2nd from left) together with Sunshine Hotels & Resorts’ Group General Manager Suvit Vanichprapa (2nd from right) welcomed Playmate of the year 2015 “Natty” Patcharatorn Ketkoson (center), Bunny 2015 “Sodaize” Tachada Suwannagud (left) and Bunny 2014 “Zu” Voranan Patthamakonrattanakun (right) during their visit for swimwear photo and video shoot with Playboy Thailand Magazine at Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa.

Centara GMs Annual Strategic Conference

Thirayuth Chirathivat (first row, center), chief executive officer of Centara Hotels and Resorts, presided over the 2015 Centara GMs Annual Strategic Conference and the launch of the new vision, mission and core values of Centara. The conference, held at Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, was attended by the top management team from corporate head offices as well as all general managers of Centara Hotels and Resorts.

Amari Pattaya welcomes Middle East press Amari Pattaya led by General Manager Brendan Daly (third from the left), together with Assistant Manager, Communications – Global, ONYX Hospitality Group, Seetala Bell (third from right, back row), extended a warm welcome with a drum performance to representatives of Middle East media during their visit to the hotel in Pattaya recently.


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Burapha University students visit Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya led by David Nowak, executive assistant manager – Food & Beverage, welcomed students from Burapha University during a recent tour and training for future hospitality professionals. The students enjoyed a full day experience in the food and beverage department, receiving valuable information and insight for their professional development.

Leaders of the North Pattaya Alliance (NPA) meet at Amari Pattaya Recently at Amari Pattaya, Brendan Daly (third from right), general manager of Amari Pattaya and current chairman of the North Pattaya Alliance, welcomed the leaders of the North Pattaya Alliance during their meeting and brainstorming for the group’s Domestic MICE Mart’s Spa Experience event, which was held on June 25, 2015 at Holiday Inn Pattaya.

Team Member appreciation week at Hilton Pattaya To celebrate the 96th anniversary of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Pattaya took the opportunity to raise awareness of Hilton’s history as well as to boost the staff engagement. Rudolf Troestler, general manager, along with hotel management recently created the team member appreciation week at Hilton Pattaya to ensure that all team members are involved in determining team role and enjoy this special occasion. Activity during the appreciation week included a special theme lunch at the staff canteen, a facebook photo contest, and a photo exhibition showing all history of Hilton since 1919 until present. Seen in the photo (from left): Montree Sattham (director of Human Resources), Thanongsak Thephawaraphruek (director of Finance), Rudolf Troestler (general manager), and Matthew Wren (director of Food and Beverage).

Royal Cliff conducts Workplace Fire Safety Training and Emergency Response Program

Royal Cliff Hotels Group conducted its 26th Annual Workplace Fire Safety Training and Emergency Response Program together with the Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Pattaya. Over 200 employees from various departments were selected to join the informative program which comprised of sessions covering the fundamentals of fire, hazard recognition and prevention, along with an introduction to firefighting equipment such as smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire hoses. In the afternoon, participants also had the great opportunity of learning basic first aid needs and were given a demonstration of how to professionally carry out a CPR and other lifesaving techniques by qualified nurses.


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Mick & Di The Food Lovers

thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

A California Wine Icon comes to Sheraton Pattaya

Beringer Wines and the Cuisine of Chef Pichit Make for a Memorable Evening The sunset terrace at Sheraton Pattaya was transformed into a Californian set (complete with Hollywood sign) to stage this latest vinous-gastro event featuring the wines of the Beringer Vineyards from the Napa Valley, California. Sheraton Pattaya wine dinners are always high flying affairs and this night was no exception. A selection of five vintages had been carefully chosen to pair with Executive Chef Pichit Plaibua’s special menu. Said to be the epitome of modern, classic wines, Beringer has been the Napa Valley benchmark producer since its establishment in 1876. Their winemaking legacy of more than 130 years is reflected in an acclaimed portfolio of wines which are collected worldwide. It is worth noting that if California were a nation, it would be the fourth leading wine-producing country in the world behind France, Italy and Spain. Wine and food lovers gathered at sunset for the first pairing of

Cured hamachi

the evening, a chilled Beringer Founder Estate Chardonnay 2012 accompanied by the most delicious canapés enjoyed with the backdrop of Sheraton’s privileged panoramic vista out over the bay. Dinner was called and once settled we were served the prestarter of olive, Gruyere and tomato brioche, cheesy focaccia and pretzel twists accompanied by a sundried tomato pesto. An absolute scrumptious basket of artisan breads and zesty pesto but restraint was needed – we had five more courses to go. The first of which was promptly served: cured hamachi (yellowfin tuna) with avocado, harissa yoghurt, duck crackling, caviar and basil oil powder. Now we’ve eaten yellowfin tuna sashimistyle before but never cured and it was absolutely incredible, soft and tender with the freshness shining through plus the addition of the other embellishments, especially the harissa yoghurt and duck crackling

it was a beautiful, dramatic dish. The Chardonnay made for the perfect combo to pair with the tuna. Pear and apple on the palate with a hint of citrus, it was a marriage made in heaven. The next course presented Swiss chard and duck served cannelloni fashion. Attended by earthy wild mushrooms and a rich foie gras pop, it was another inspirational dish. The wine coupling was a Beringer Zinfandel 2012. Medium ruby red in colour with soft tannins and fruity aromas, it did indeed make good friends with this flavoursome dish. The third course highlighted roasted lamb loin. Cooked to the perfect manner of pinkness, for our taste, and served with the thymeinfused aubergine the nutty lush fava beans together with the added sweetness of balsamic honey and crunch of sea salt, it proved another hit. The selected wine for this course was our favourite of the evening, a Beringer Founder Estate Merlot

Swiss chard and duck cannelloni

2012. A medium bodied, fruity wine with light oak notes and fine tannins married well with the sweetness of the lamb. Beringer Founder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 was the next pour of the evening to be served with the main course, slow-cooked Wagyu short rib escorted by parsnip puree, spring vegetables and rosemary. This renowned beef benefited by being heavily marbled and cooked slow and steady to bring out its natural flavourings. Partnered by the ruby red Cabernet Sauvignon with its fullness and vanilla oak finish the room gained a much quieter ambiance as this point as we all appreciated the high quality beef and wines before us. Comfort food par excellence indeed! Our fifth and final pouring of the evening comprised a Beringer White Zinfandel 2013. With a hue of pale rose and an aroma of strawberries and rhubarb, it was a delicate, slightly sweet wine with a soft finish.

Orange and Grand Marnier soufflé

The significant other for this course was an orange and Grand Marnier soufflé with a vanilla citrus and lime mousse escorted by a green tea biscuit. An exquisite melodious offering which sweetly brought our pageant of dishes to a close. This outstanding evening of feasting and imbibing not only demonstrated the degree of high chefery in this kitchen but the team effort that is needed to produce these affairs. The evening concluded with the entire room applauding Chef Pichit, his brigade and the serving staff for executing and delivering such a superb dinner. Innovative cuisine with a confluence of luxury overload and fine wines is always going to be a dinner to remember.

Elements Restaurant

Sheraton Pattaya Resort 437 Phra Tamnak Road, Pattaya Open daily from 6 am to 11 pm Tel: 038 259 836 www.sheraton.com/pattaya


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thefoodloverspattayatoday@msn.com

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Antipasti

Rossini

First up was a platter of fish and vegetable antipasti (B.800 for two people or single serving B.500). Salmon tartare rested on the sweetest diced avocado, a tube of grilled eggplant revealed sharp crumbly cheese, rolled Bresaola bursted with ricotta, two fat mussels were doused in a tomato and garlic sauce, and three plump, chubby scallops wrapped in pancetta comprised the presentation. Every item excelled in its own individual flavour, the salmon tasted freshly chopped and bright with lemon, the mussels were briny yet sweet with the tangy sauce, the Bresaola (air-dried, salted beef) sweet and musty, the scallops bursting with flavour from the cured pancetta and to top it all, three Hawaiian volcanic salts accompanied this outstanding opening dish adding yet another amazing element. Next to appear was a Sicilian speciality from chef’s childhood called Schiacciata (B.600), a traditional Italian savoury pie. Filled with broccoli, anchovy, Fontina cheese, chilli and black olives, it was another star dish. A not to be missed item is the porcini and truffle risotto (B.480), soft, creamy and ambrosial, it had been cooked with a master’s hand and I wished I could have finished it down to the very last Arborio grain but our main courses were in store. We had now moved on to a glass of Vitiano Falesco 2011 from Umbria. Clever blending of three classic grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese) has produced a rich, savoury wine from this topnotch Umbrian wine producer. Our main courses consisted of snow fish wrapped in Parma ham (B.650) and a parchment baked sea bass (B.490). For lovers of snow fish this one is superb, cooked to perfection with the succulent ham providing the umami kick, we loved it. The sea bass had benefited from its baking in paper with its intensified delicate nuances. Dessert brought a chocolate cake of extreme, dark intensity enhanced with rock salt and olive oil (B.290) to deepen its exquisite cocoa essence – it was scrumptious. Partnered by a big sugary pillow of tiramisu soaked in cream and Amaretto.

Schiacciata

Chocolate Cake and Tiramisu

What a treat – please don’t leave without delving into the delights of Rossini’s desserts. To round off a stunning meal we imbibed a glass of Limoncello. Chef Massimo pushed all our foodie buttons, his cooking is exquisite and his ingredients lavish and authentic. The evening was a hit from the word go, each course produced a riot of richness and wonderful flavours. This is

ingredient-led food with emphasis on the traditional but pursued with an individual style.

Rossini – The Godfather’s Favourite

Royal Cliff Grand Hotel Phra Tamnuk Road, Pattaya Open from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm (closed Wednesdays) Tel: 038 250 421 ext 2874-5 www.royalcliff.com


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Mirabel Resort presents a cheese night to remember by Mick and Di Barker

Craft Beer lands in Silom

A dedicated beer bar concept for fans of boutique beers and cask ales Craft, a cool recreational space serving premium craft beers on-draught, launched its second Bangkok location in June with the opening of Craft Silom. Incorporating beers from all of the major craft beer suppliers in Thailand (Beervana, Hopsession, Mikkeller, Evil Twin, Brewdog) all under one roof, Craft offers over 20 draught taps of popular, niche and avant-garde beers and ales. The original Craft location started life as a temporary “pop-up” F&B concept on Sukhumvit Soi 23. Following strong demand and a consistent following of enthusiasts, the decision was made to make it a permanent fixture – and now, naturally, to open a second Craft outlet. Hathor Investment Group, the owner of Craft, has chosen to incorporate Craft Silom into the existing Whisgars/Belle’s Room/ Minus 13 Ice Lounge development, rounding out a superb entertainment complex in the heart of Silom (Soi Surasak, lower Silom Road).

Hathor Investment Group is focused on offering very select products that are rare and unique, expanding a hospitality portfolio and reach into new premium markets. The new Craft venue will provide both food and beverages,

Mirabel Resort is out on Sukhumvit Soi 87 (sort of opposite Makro) and is an extraordinary playground for kids, dogs and lovers of mini golf. It is home to suites, apartments, standard rooms and much more. An 18-hole mini golf course circles the resort, with two holes on the roof of the restaurant. The resort features two swimming pools (one exclusively for dogs and kids), a wrap-around canal, and waterfalls. Eco-friendly owners have created 100 percent natural bio pools set in a tropical garden. From space it would resemble a giant raft surrounded by greenery. From earth-side it is a unique destination offering a dog-friendly ambiance in which to bring the family for a peaceful sojourn. The restaurant is open daily and serves excellent French cuisine from Bistro 89 plus a selection of fondues including cheese, bourguignon and mookata, a Thai adaptation. Mick and I were invited to sample Remy’s exclusive cheese dinner under the stars. A glass of chilled Sangria kicked off the evening with an aperitif of grilled cheese and Serrano ham croutons. Cheese

croquettes followed with a glass of Australian Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. Both starters were made from premium French cheese and worked well. Next up was a glass of Saint-Emilion 2009 with cheese and ham crepes accompanied by an oven-baked potato molten with cheese. A “Trou Lorrain” followed with an exceptional lemon sorbet with Mirabel sanctified water to clean and stimulate the palate for the humungous cheese assortment to come. The boards included Reblochon, Muenster, Saint-Félicien, Tomme, Brie, Comté, Goat cheese, Blue, Brick, Merzer and more, much more. All these wonderful artisan cheeses were served with a quartet of handcrafted breads from the new French Bakery 89 (situated on Soi 89). Three cereals, rye, farmers and five-grain made for very good friends indeed with the sensational collection of the best cheeses which are all available on the a la carte menu at B.190 for a serving of three or B.390 for seven. Contact Mirabel for more events and news on www.mirabelthai. com or visit their facebook page on Mirabel Club Resort Pattaya.

including a takeaway kiosk on-site, from 12pm to midnight every day. Guests who wish to pre-register for the upcoming Grand Launch on August 7 can do so at www.facebook. com/CRAFTBANGKOK.

event s cale ndar 8TH BANGKOK GRAND WINE TASTING Date: 10 July 2015, Friday, 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm Venue: Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Activities: Bangkok Grand Wine Tasting is Thailand’s biggest and most elaborate wine event – a wine trade, sommeliers and F&B professionals’ event. Wine producers and Thailand’s leading wine importers meet to showcase new wines, new vintages and offer wine for tasting – plus lavish cocktails from the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok.

SALAYA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Date: 12 July 2015, Sunday, 5 pm Venue: Ballroom, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya

Ticket at 1,700 baht net and available by advance purchase only. For more information: Pat Tel: 099 439 4413 Email: communications@thailandwinetoday.com

Activities: Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) presents Salaya Chamber Orchestra featuring the music of Bach, Haydn, Elgar, and Carl Nielsen. Tickets at 600 baht and can be reserved by email. Special offer of 20 percent discount on food at any of the restaurants in Centara Grand Mirage upon presentation of ticket (valid until September 30, 2015).

Proceeds will be donated to PILC charities. For more information: PILC Tel: 091 442 4423 Email: presidentPILC@gmail.com


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Khiri Travel introduces culinary experiences in Asia New tour options celebrate the beautiful relationship between food and travel

F&B Promotions Digital Loyalty Card at Benihana, The Japanese Steakhouse Pattaya Benihana Pattaya introduces Stamp Application: a digital loyalty card available for iOS and Android mobile phones. It’s easy to use. Get one point for every 500 baht spent at Benihana. Collect points to redeem prizes including discount, lunch buffet, set dinner menu or accommodation at Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa. For more information and reservations, please contact 038 412 120 ext 1395.

Ramadan Festival at Harbour Restaurant, A-One The Royal Cruise Hotel Pattaya

Burmese dishes inspired by the royal traditions of Bagan

Cruising on the moat at Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Khiri Travel has introduced seven culinary experiences across five countries that showcase authentic local food in iconic settings. The signature food experiences have been designed to give a visceral flavor of place that will appeal to everyone from serial snackers to committed gourmets.

budget or modified for guests who prefer things spicy, mild, with or without certain meats or with local or international soft drinks or alcohol. Our signature Khiri Travel dining interactions are as flexible as they are varied,” he says. The dining experiences give intimate insights into the culture and history of each destination. The Bagan Royal Food experience, for example, is inspired by a former king of Bagan who – legend has it – insisted on 300 different dishes per meal. Khiri guests in Bagan visit the Myinkaba market to survey and smell pungent herbs and greens and learn about ingredients such as tamarind paste. After a visit to a monastery, the trip ends with a banquet of, not 300, but a more manageable, 30 local dishes.

Celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan with a sumptuous, mouthwatering and delicate international buffet dinner exclusively prepared for you and your loved ones. The special international buffet dinner is priced at 420 baht net for adult and 300 baht net for child including free dried dates and a glass of refreshing drink. Available throughout July 2015. Harbour restaurant is a Halal dining venue certified by The Central Islamic Council of Thailand. Open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. For reservation, call 038 259 555 ext 4209.

Authentic Italian Signature Dishes at Don Giovanni Restaurant, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok

Picnic in garden in Chiang Mai temple

The seven mouthwatering options include a Bagan royal food feast of 30 dishes in Myanmar, a picnic in the grounds beside a giant Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka, and a delicious lunch in gardens beside ancient Mon ruins in Chiang Mai. In Indonesia, guests can go to a market in Lombok and then prepare their own local sasak meal in a shaded bamboo retreat beside rice paddies. In Bali, hungry guests visit the Sindhu night market and eat snacks such as sate, bakso soup, gadogado or mee goring. In Yogyakarta, a guided discovery of the Malioboro area allows guests to sample dishes such as gudeg (jackfruit curry with egg), soto daging (beef soup), and a mindboggling array of sweet meats in a local market. In Cambodia, Khiri Travel has arranged for a spread of Khmer snacks to be prepared for guests cruising on the moat at Angkor Thom in the early evening. “Each culinary offering can be tailored as a tour in its own right or as part of a full-day, half-day or multiple-day tour,” says André van der Marck, VP of Khiri Travel. “All the dining experiences can be prepared to a

Anuradhapura heritage setting for the best of Sri Lankan home cooking

In Sri Lanka, Khiri Travel works with a former vegetable carrier and his wife who prepare authentic Sri Lankan fare from 5 am. The buffet is ready for Khiri guests arriving at lunch after visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jetavanaramaya at Anuradhapura. “Some people live to travel, others travel to eat,” says Van der Marck. “Either way, our signature culinary experiences have been designed to celebrate the beautiful relationship between food and travel.” Find mouthwatering details of Khiri’s signature food experiences on Khiri.com.

Chef Stefano Zaninelli created authentic Italian signature dishes with a modern taste using the finest Italian ingredients. The featured Italian delicacies include pan roasted Australian beef tenderloin and grilled tiger prawn, sautéed crispy root vegetables and rosemary potato with morel mushroom sauce (1,400 baht ++); pan-fried foie gras on wild mushrooms, grilled Williams pear and rocket bouquet Marsala wine and truffle sauce reduction (850 baht ++); half moon ravioli filled with concasse of summer truffle and potato, pan-fried foie gras, Parmesan cheese and beurre noisette (580 baht++), and traditional Italian tiramisu (180 baht++). Available for both lunch and dinner from now until September 30, 2015. Don Giovanni – Italian Restaurant is located on the lobby floor of Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok and is open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for lunch and 6 to 10:30 pm for dinner. For reservation, please contact Tel: 02 541 1234 ext 4151 or email fb_office@chr.co.th. For food promotions please email press release at lifeandleisure@pattayatoday.net

Hotel Promotions Nah Pah Cooking School at Royal Cliff Learn how to cook one of the world’s most popular cuisines at the Nah Pah Thai Culinary Arts School at Royal Cliff! Join a fun, interactive and hands-on cooking class with an award-winning chef who will teach you step by step the art of Thai cooking. Nah Pah can also arrange special classes for children. To book a class or to request for more information, please contact Guest Relations at Tel: 038 250 421 ext 2037, email: gro-main@royalcliff.com or visit www.royalcliff.com/leisure/nahpah.

Stay more, pay less with the Ocean Wing Super Saver Package at Amari Phuket To celebrate the opening of its new Ocean Wing, Amari Phuket launches the Ocean Wing Super Saver Package to invite guests to marvel at the stunning ocean views and experience an elegant and incredibly homely holiday. This package is exclusive for guests booking a room at the Ocean Wing, which combines a one-bedroom suite and twobedroom suite. The Super Saver offers excellent benefits, which include: • Round-trip airport transfer on a private limousine • One complimentary Thai set menu dinner at Rim Talay Restaurant located on the beach • Guaranteed late checkout until 4 pm on departure day • “Toe-tal Bliss” foot massage for 30 minutes, inspired by traditional reflexology techniques, at Breeze Spa • A 20 percent discount on food and beverages • A flower and seasonal fruit basket set up in the guest room on arrival • Complimentary in-room Wi-Fi internet access throughout the period of stay

Package price starts at 23,907 baht+++ for a six-day, fivenight stay. Valid from now to December 20, 2015. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact 076 340 106-14 ext 8033-34 or visit www.amari.com/phuket/hotelpackage.


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Luminous Spa at Cape Dara Resort Pattaya >> from L1

With regard to body treatments, products are available for you to choose from to go along with your choice of body scrub or body wrap. Luminous Spa’s facial treatments use Thalgo, the French brand famous for its algae ingredient to help rebalance the skin. Spa packages are available for total rejuvenation. Check out the spa’s seven days, seven promotions for discounts and special deals. Advance reservations are recommended to ensure your preferred time and service is available. Luminous Spa 4th floor, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya Open daily 11 am to 8 pm Tel: 038 933 888 Email: spamgr@capedarapattaya.com

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Fractional Skin Resurfacing

Selected spa treatments include: • Herbal Steam Therapy (15 minutes) • Succulent Strawberry Scrub (45 minutes) • Mocha Chino Mud Wrap (45 minutes) • Aromatherapy Oil Massage (60 or 90 minutes)

• Thai Massage (60 or 90 minutes) • Head Massage (30 minutes) • Foot Massage (30 minutes) • Signature Organic Facial (60 minutes)

For more information or reservation, please contact 02 100 1234 ext 6511, 6516 or email spacgcw@chr.co.th.

Thai Journey Packages at Amburaya Spa, Sheraton Pattaya Resort Three blissful treatments in one session will take you on a two-hour Thai Journey, relaxing and refreshing your skin and pampering your entire body with this heavenly package. Your journey begins with a 30-minute Tamarind Scrub. Tamarind extract improves skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness. Next Thai Journey Packages comes a full 60-minute massage of your choice. A 30-minute Thai Nourishing Facial completes your journey. A blend of nourishing extracts and other elements of nature’s goodness will help remove the impurities from your skin,AMBURAYA making it SPA JUNE - JULY 2015 smoother and brighter from the inner glow. THB net 4,500 net Available until July 2015 for 4,500 baht net per person or 8,500 baht per per person couple. THB 8,500 net per couple Amburaya Spa is open daily from 10 am to 9 pm. Three blissful treatments in one session will take you on a 2-hour Thai Journey at Amburaya Spa, relaxing and refreshing your skin and pampering your entire body with our heavenly package.

Your journey begins with a 30-minute Tamarind Scrub. Tamarind extract improves skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness. A rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin C and beta-carotene, it helps reduce blemishes and increases cell renewal to brighten your skin.

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For more information or an advance reservation, please call 038 259 888. A 30-minute Thai Nourishing Facial completes your journey. A blend of nourishing extracts and other elements of

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For more information or an advance reservation, please call “038 259 888”

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For more information and to book a FREE consultation, call Tel: 038 411 190, 038 411 990 or visit Nicha Clinic on Pattaya Second Road (opposite View Talay Beach Condominium and Central Festival Pattaya Beach). Website: www.nichaclinic.com. Facebook: Nicha Clinic Beauty and Beyond.


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Plastic surgery explained: Breast enlargement by Thonglor Clinic

To continue our series of articles on surgical procedures, we will now talk about breast augmentation and lifting. Quite often, with age and child breastfeeding, breasts are depleted of the fatty tissue that gives them their perkiness of youth. It can be a very stressful condition for women and can lead to lack of selfconfidence and depression in some cases. Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enlarge or enhance the shape of a woman’s breasts through the use of artificial breast implants. Women may choose to have breast enlargement surgery either as a reconstructive technique following mastectomy, to balance different sized breasts, or to accentuate the contours of the body. Whatever the specific purpose, women who undergo breast enhancement can expect larger, firmer, and more visually satisfying breasts.

Breast Augmentation Surgery Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. It is performed for a number of reasons. After a thorough consultation with the surgeon to evaluate the condition and the expectations of the patient, blood tests will be done to ensure the patient is healthy and able to undergo the procedure safely. Chest radiographs and heart screening will also be performed. Breast augmentation surgery begins with an incision, made either in the crease of the breast, the armpit, or the perimeter of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). The placement of the incision will vary according to body type and the specifics of each breast enhancement procedure. The plastic surgeon then creates a pocket for the breast implant; either underneath the breast tissue or under the chest wall muscle. Breast implants can be placed in either location, centered

directly behind the nipple. Finally, the original incision is sutured. Breast lifting is more complicated but can be performed at the same time if needed. After Breast Enlargement Once the surgical incisions have been closed and taped, the breasts are wrapped and supported by a gauze bandage. Breast augmentation patients are fitted with a surgical bra that provides support for several weeks. Fatigue, soreness, and discomfort are postoperative conditions that are greatly reduced through medication. The swelling that follows breast enhancement surgery gradually subsides and becomes undetectable in one month’s time. Stitches are removed within seven to 10 days following breast augmentation.

Breast Enhancement Risks and Complications As with any surgical procedure, complications following breast augmentation, although rare, do exist. Capsular contracture (a tightening of the scar or capsule surrounding the breast implants) can occur following a breast augmentation procedure. If this happens, the plastic surgeon either “scores” the scar tissue, or removes the breast implant and re-inserts another. Other breast enhancement complications include excessive bleeding and infection in the area surrounding the implants. Scars may be evident for several months, but they gradually fade. In some cases, the nipples may become hypersensitive or under-sensitive for a period after breast augmentation surgery. In rare instances, the breasts

may produce milk for several days after the surgical procedure. To maximize the success of breast enlargement and minimize the risk of complication, always follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for surgical preparation and postoperative care. It is very important that you choose a qualified and highly experienced plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation. Please feel free to ask us for a free consultation with our surgeon if you would like to improve your breasts’ appearance. Thonglor Clinic – Pattaya is conveniently situated on Thappraya Road facing the large tower of Pattaya Park. For more information or to book for a free consultation contact 038 252 055.


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upcoming movies at Major Cineplex The Avenue Pattaya TERMINATOR GENISYS

MINIONS

Release Date July 1, 2015 Lead Actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney Director Alan Taylor Writers Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier Genre Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Release Date Lead Actors Directors Writer Genre

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Holus: The world’s first interactive, tabletop holographic display

Holus by H+ Technology is a tabletop holographic platform that converts any digital content from a computer, tablet or smartphone into a 3D hologram. Whether it is a board game, DNA structure or the solar system, your content comes alive – view it from four different angles and interact with it in ways that have never been possible. Use Holus at home to learn, collaborate and have fun. It also opens up opportunities for developers to create their own holographic applications.

July 9, 2015 Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin Brian Lynch Animation | Comedy | Family

music / new releases

Mobile Orchestra – Owl City

Sometime Last Night – R5

Mobile Orchestra is the fifth studio album by American electronica project Owl City, to be released on July 10, 2015. After the song was previewed on ESPN’s “Draft Academy” on May 5, it was announced that “Verge”, featuring Aloe Blacc, would be released on May 14 as the album’s third single. A lyric video of “Verge” was later published on Owl City’s Vevo channel on YouTube on May 13, along with an announcement for an upcoming music video. On June 5, the music video for “My Everything” was released on VEVO and YouTube.

Sometime Last Night is the upcoming second studio album by American pop rock band R5, set to be released on July 10, 2015. On April 6, this album was announced along with a summer tour to promote the new album. A US leg and a European leg have been announced so far.

1.Verge (featuring Aloe Blacc) 2. I Found Love 3. Thunderstruck (featuring Sarah Russell) 4. My Everything 5. Unbelievable (featuring Hanson) 6. Bird With a Broken Wing 7. Back Home (featuring Jake Owen) 8. Can’t Live Without You 9.You’re Not Alone (featuring Britt Nicole) 10. This Isn’t the End

FINDING AUDREY By SOPHIE KINSELLA 9780857534590 Audrey can’t leave the house. She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house. Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable. Be prepared to laugh, dream and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you feel like you have lost yourself, love can still find you...

1. All Night 2. Wild Hearts 3. Dark Side 4. Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight 5. Repeating Days 6. Smile 7. Lightning Strikes 8. F.E.E.L. G.O.O.D. 9. I Know You Got Away 10. Do It Again 11. Did You Have Your Fun?

MONOCLE TRAVEL GUIDES: NEW YORK 9783899555752 MONOCLE TRAVEL GUIDES: LONDON 9783899555738 The definitive travel guides that make you feel like a local wherever you go. Created by the Monocle design team, these authoritative guides will be trim enough to drop into your pocket and wise enough to stay by your side throughout your travels. These beautiful books reveal the Monocle team’s favorite places, from the ideal route for an early morning run to the best spots for independent retail. Aimed at people who do not want to be tourists but rather feel like locals when they travel and know they can get a feel for a city even if they only have a few days.


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The All-New Hyundai

Elantra Sport

What a Wheeling

Kool, Korean 4-Door Coupe with Comfort, Hi-Tech Features & Performance The first South Korean car I drove was a Hyundai Sonata four-door sedan. That was years ago. I was impressed. I was convinced that these Korean guys design by John K. Lindgren and build world-class Editor-in-chief: carsanook.com products ranging from LG stylish, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Samsung sleek smart phones to Daewoo mega size supertankers. In Korea they have enough iron ore, sheet metal and know-how to make first-class passenger cars, too. Case in point: Hyundai Motor Company, a multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea with a solid presence in Thailand since year 2007. Today 23 showrooms nationwide including a new

state-of-the-art Thai head office cum showroom/service center on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Lak Si district. The Hyundai product line-up today boasts of luxury vans: Grand Starex VIP and the new upgraded H-1; the Tucson a capable, tough SUV; the unique styled 2+1 door Sport Coupe Veloster, and the all-new Elantra Sport four-door compact saloon. Pattaya Today takes the Elantra Sport for a spin in Bangkok, Chonburi and the Nakhon Sawan hinterland. Innovative design (design: nawattakamm in Thai). “Innovation”, I say to myself as I walk up to the vehicle painted in metallic Santorini Blue. I have not seen such a cool four-door sedan since I reviewed the red-hot Italian Alfa Romeo 156 – a decade ago. The all-new Elantra Sport architecture is tight yet curvaceous. The high beltline, 17-inch wheels,

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the short rear deck and ‘forward cab’ styling is what Hyundai calls Fluidic Sculpture. Just looking at the Elantra Sport makes you wanna slide in to the driver’s seat – buckle up – step on it! The interior of our demo unit 1.8 GLS Navi: cockpit and cabin boasts contemporary, functional interior design with comfortable leather upholstery, electric seat for the driver. Rear occupants have air-con vents and adequate legroom. Multifunction black leather covered steering wheel including easy-to-use cruise control buttons. In the center console sits a 7-inch HD touchscreen: GPS Navigator, Bluetooth, DVD, MP3, USB – the works. Plus a rear view camera access. Clear vista “in the back” when reversing. No more “Oops...WTF!!!” especially in obscure, unknown, low ceiling, pillars everywhere parking spaces. Push the engine start button. Adjust the tilt/telescopic steering column. Put the shifter in “D” mode and the 1,800cc Gasohol 91-95, E20 compatible 6-speed motor delivers, pronto! They say Elantra Sport has the performance matching many bigger 2-liter engines but with a fuel consumption of a 1,600cc power plant or 18.9 kpl on the highway. 14.3 kpl, combined. “Hit the road Jack”. But, first coffee! The new Starbucks drive-thru at Auto

Level 34, Hilton Pattaya Mall Navanakorn, Phaholyothin Road near the Saraburi-Ayutthaya fork. One “cappu-roon” and one “espresso-roon”, please. Cup holders OK! And ABBA’s Golden Hits in the loudspeakers. Rubber to the road. Asia One highway to the north. This is where Hyundai’s all-new Elantra Sport is in its true element. With the Flex Steer System you can choose between: Comfort, Normal and Sport. I choose Sport. The 1.8-liter 6-speed motor provides plenty of performance when accelerating, overtaking, zigzagging and braking. Pure driving pleasure – all the way to Nakhon Sawan town by the river. More coffee at McDonald’s drive-thru beside the PTT pump. Back on Asia One highway direction Kamphaeng Phet province. Now, it’s time to engage the easyto-use cruise control. Engage it at 90 kph. Click. Right foot off the accelerator. Wiggle your toes. Comfortable cruising. Next day at high noon when driving on the two-lane winding, no-traffic country road to Khlong Lan National Park the Elantra Sport performs with gusto. The 17-inch alloy wheels, and the sport-tuned steering and suspension provides extra tight handling. Impressive

driving dynamics. The Elantra Sport puts a big smile on my face. Hyundai’s all-new Elantra Sport represents a solid win for Hyundai. A true driver’s car. The base model Elantra GL is priced: 799,000 baht, Elantra GLE: 869,000 baht and Elantra 1.8 GLS Navi: 976,000 baht. We recommend the top spec 1.8 GLS Navi with all the bells and whistles. Well-suited for both city and highway driving. Value for money. Hyundai Elantra Sport 1.8 GLS Navi Engine: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder petrol Horsepower: 150 horsepower Torque: 178 Nm Transmission: Automatic 6-speed Top speed: 180 kph Fuel consumption: Combined 14.3 kpl Price: 976,000 baht www.hyundai-motor.co.th facebook: Hyundai Thailand


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Just How Bad is the Economy? There are all kinds of pricing indicators that have surfaced over the years to help us gauge the economy and determine how we are doing financially. Normally, pricing trends are measured for modern wholesale markets, manufacturing industries and commodities markets by what is known as the Producer Price Index (PPI). The PPI is the international industry standard for communicating pricing fluctuations and, more importantly, pricing and economic trends. Then there is something called the Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), which is an economic theory and a technique used to determine the relative value of currencies. When one wishes to understand these pricing trends and/or changes in relative currency values as concerns modern wholesale markets, manufacturing industries and commodities markets, it’s the PPI and PPP that can answer the big questions. But what about the guy on the street? You know, the average ‘Joe Consumer’ who might be your neighbor, friend or coworker. Just how does he or she really know how things are going in their economy and the financial condition of their geographic area? Many in our society and throughout the world are unable to decipher or apply such concepts as the PPI or PPP. Most simply have such questions as: Are things getting

by Clayton Wade Managing Director

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

better? Are things getting worse? And just how bad is it? So how can we simplify economics to a level that the average person can understand and appreciate? Well nearly 30 years ago a clever American pricing standard known as the Big Mac Index (BMI) was introduced in The Economist magazine. The parody by Pam Woodall was a tongue-in-cheek illustration that was so well received that the prestigious magazine has reprinted an updated version every year since. You may not have heard of Pam Woodall, but I’ll bet you’ve heard of her ‘Burgernomics’! Thailand has its own pricing index parody introduced by Achara Deboonme. According to Achara’s version of the Big Mac Index, the average price of a Big Mac in America in July 2013 was US $4.56, while in Thailand it was 89 baht—or $2.85 at the exchange rate of 31.27 per dollar at that time; the BMI suggested that the Thai baht was undervalued by 37.5 percent. Achara realized that the BMI allows economists the world over to easily compare international currencies and their relative strengths, thus pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of purchasing powers from one country to the next by the price of a Big Mac hamburger in local currencies. Taking the concept to the next level in Thailand, Achara

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 is managing director of Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd., the Eastern Seaboard’s leader in exclusive property sales and rentals, and managing director of Premier Land and Development Co., Ltd. Clayton Wade has been running Premier Homes with his wife, Khun Supap, for more than 19 years. He has been in the real estate industry going on 29 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.

devised her own clever insight into pricing parity within the Kingdom, calling it the Isaan Som tam Index (ISI). Her new metric in determining the purchasing power parity of the Thai people is based on the price of som tam, known to most foreigners as papaya salad. Using the BMI or ‘Big Mac Index’ formula to compare the price of som tam in each province of Thailand, Achara determined that the cost of living in Phuket was the highest in the country. Yes, economically things are getting tough almost everywhere with almost no country unaffected. Having said that, according to the Associated Press (AP), we recently witnessed a shocking American newspaper headline, ‘The burger chain that put “supersize” into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald’s says the number of US restaurants it has is shrinking’. Now that is a pricing reference that anyone can understand and relate to in America, but what about Thailand? The popularity of a burger in America is about equivalent to a bowl of noodle soup in Thailand, and recently Thailand witnessed its own shocking newspaper headline: Mama brand instant noodles sales drop for the first time in 42 years. The article went on to say that sales of Mama brand instant noodles dropped 0.3 percent in the first four months of this year, the first decline ever in the company’s 42 years. Now that’s an economic indicator that everyone here— rich or poor—can understand and relate to. Pam Woodall’s Big Mac Index and Achara Deboonme’s Isaan Som tam Index demonstrate that there are easier and less confusing methods to measure the state of local economies. Well Clayton Wade has come up with his own economic indicator: the SBI—better known as the Sign Board Indicator. I have been researching this formula for many months now as I drive back and forth to Bangkok a couple of times every month and I have determined without a doubt that the Thai economy is not going in the right direction yet and has not yet hit bottom either. On June 15, as I drove past the last 40 sign boards on the Motorway (Highway 7) before reaching Pattaya, I counted 19 that were blank. That represents an SBI Indicator of 47.5 percent. That’s right; nearly half the sign boards were completely empty! If that is not a sure indication of our current economic situation I don’t know what is. So, the next time you find yourself driving down the motorway to or from Bangkok and happen to ask yourself ‘Just How Bad is the Economy’… just start counting those empty sign boards and calculate Clayton Wade’s ‘Sign Board Index’ (SBI) and you will have a pretty good idea ‘Just How Bad the Economy is’!

Wade is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and a CIPS certification instructor with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the United States and a current board member with the Real Estate Sales and Marketing Association of Thailand. He also is a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, the New York-based international research and consulting firm, and is a registered consultant with the Coleman Research Group in Hong Kong. He has been a national panel judge with the Thailand Property Awards for many years. Having done business successfully in the Eastern Seaboard/Pattaya area for nearly 20 years, Clayton Wade is known throughout the AsiaPacific region for his public speaking and television presentations as well as having written regularly for

leading newspapers and magazines (Bangkok Post, Thailand Property Report, Tropical Homes Magazine, Real Estate Magazine Thailand, Big Chilli Magazine, Tattler Magazine, Homes and Condos Magazine, etc.). The American-born entrepreneur is known throughout the Asia-Pacific region for 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. Visit 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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Business News Bangkok Remains One of the World’s Cheapest Office Locations by

Bangkok was ranked among the cheapest office locations in the world whereas other Asian cities continued to dominate the world’s most expensive office locations, accounting for four of the top five markets, according to CBRE Research’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey. London’s West End remains the world’s highest-priced office market. Bangkok was ranked at 105th place out of 127 cities worldwide surveyed by CBRE Research in Q1 2015 for overall occupancy

costs for Grade A office space. Canberra in Australia was the only city in the Asia Pacific that is cheaper than Bangkok at 111th position. London’s West End’s overall prime occupancy costs topped the ‘most expensive’ list at 8,058 baht per sqm per month. Hong Kong (Central) followed in second place at 7,669 baht per sqm per month. Beijing (Finance Street) (5,907 baht per sqm), Beijing (Central Business District (CBD)) (5,657 baht per sqm) and New Delhi (Connaught Place – CBD) (4,735 baht per sqm) rounded out the top five.

Top 10 Most Expensive Office Markets (in baht per sqm per month) Rank Market 1 London – Central (West End), United Kingdom 2 Hong Kong (Central), Hong Kong 3 Beijing (Finance Street), China 4 Beijing (CBD), China 5 New Delhi (Connaught Place – CBD), India 6 Hong Kong (West Kowloon), Hong Kong 7 Tokyo (Marunouchi Otemachi), Japan 8 London – Central (City), United Kingdom 9 Moscow, Russian Federation 10 New York (Midtown Manhattan), US Source | CBRE Research, Q1 2015 The change in prime office occupancy costs mirrored the gradual recovery of the global economy. Overall global prime office occupancy costs rose 2 percent year-over-year, with Asia Pacific up 1.4 percent. “Occupier caution has declined and corporate confidence has been on the rise, and this confidence is starting to translate into a degree of expansionary momentum,” said Richard Barkham, global chief economist, CBRE. “At the same time, many office markets are increasingly short of the quality, modern, flexible and highly accessible or CBD-located office buildings which corporations are seeking to execute workplace strategies that will drive productivity and attract or retain talent.” Dr. Henry Chin, Head of Research, CBRE Asia Pacific, comments, “In the Asia Pacific region, occupancy cost trends were mixed, with regional surveys showing stronger hiring intentions among employers in India, Taiwan, New Zealand, the Philippines and Japan while corporate hiring activity remained muted in other locations. India and the Philippines also continued to benefit from growing IT back office services looking for operational and cost efficiency. Throughout Asia, technology firms, business process outsourcing (BPO) firms and non-banking financial

Occ. Cost 8,058 7,669 5,907 5,657 4,735 4,532 4,307 4,305 3,864 3,831

institutions are in expansionary mode, stimulating demand for office space. However, we are also seeing diverse occupier activity in the region with less expansionary markets—some occupiers are looking to optimize existing accommodations rather than expand.” In Q1 2015, average Grade A CBD rents in Bangkok increased by 3.2 percent year-over-year to 859 baht per sqm per month. There is limited supply due for completion between 2015 and 2017. Less than 400,000 square meters of office space is under construction. About 20 percent of space under construction will be Grade A in the CBD. The total net take-up in Bangkok for Q1 2015 was around 65,000 sqm, increased by 17 percent year-over-year. “The space taken up at owner occupied buildings was a significant part of net take-up this quarter. A reasonable level of demand and limited supply has caused office rents to rise by 3 to 12 percent year-over-year in all grades and areas,” reported James Pitchon, executive director – Head of Research, CBRE Thailand. CBRE tracks occupancy costs for Grade A or prime office space in 127 markets around the globe. Of the top 50 ‘most expensive’ markets, Asia Pacific had the most number of markets featured, with 20 markets ranked.

Social Media Marketing Hacks For Small Businesses by Hanry James

I have seen small business owners saying it so many times that social media is not their piece of cake. Well today, I would like to tell all those startups or new entrepreneurs that social media marketing can bring a hefty influence to their businesses. Just with a little effort, they can attract customers more than ever. After all social media is the most outspread marketing channel for all successful businesses. A few major benefits of social media marketing is that it’s cost effective, productive and perfect for any newcomer. So why wouldn’t a niche and funds-stricken clothing or a low-carb home-based baking business make use of it? This is how you can commence from the scratch: Focus on Quality not Quantity We all know why we resort to small businesses—Quality that comes out of human hands. If you are a baker then hand-scooped shakes and custom cupcakes with organic ingredients is what your potential customers would look out for. Set up a page for your business on Facebook, make it work around as if it is your personal profile. Consider your business your new identity. So rather than spending time on selfies, focus on some quality photos and video uploads of the special products that your business produces. Don’t overdo it, and remember, it’s all about the quality of your marketing campaign. Post Regularly Well I prefer a consistent behavior in all my tasks. It can do wonders. Don’t procrastinate your decision of setting up a social media profile nor consider it a waste of time. Social media marketing may progress slowly in the beginning but it takes-off eventually with the right use of subsidiary tools. Imagine your business’s social media page or profile like a product too. It goes through different product life cycles. Your development stage may be very greasy and damp and you can expect some cash outflows (if you are advertising) but with a right mix and acumen, it’s never difficult to push it to another stage of growth. Draw Traffic (with Little Advertising) So that now you have invested your time, invest a bit of money too. Advertising is like a catalyst to boost sales as it draws more traffic towards your website. If you can, put some funds to Google AdWords. This will bolster your website’s ranking to the top. To do this, you will require keywords that reflect your product and are found frequently on your website. Social media profile on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can also serve a big audience with just a few clicks. Advertising on Facebook is extremely easy and anyone can do it. Just remember who your audience is and you are good to go. Stay Unique Well I see too much information overload over business’s social media pages. They are only helpful, if managed properly. On the contrary, they can also defame your product. Product differentiation is vital to any startup or homebased business. You need that differentiation in your advertising too. Or you will lose that brand persona that you had always wished for your business. On your social media journey, you will learn to deal with positive and negative feedback. Customer care experience needs to be phenomenal. Try to stay unique on delivery or after sales services. Let’s say your competitor offers a three-day delivery period. Potential buyers will prefer to buy from you if you have a ‘same-day delivery’ or less than a three-day

delivery period. You need to advertise your specialties if you want more customers. Watch out for what other stakeholders, like your employees, posts on their social networking profiles. You seriously don’t want those hashtags that can put your business reputation to rubble. Employee monitoring is important as to keep a check on your staff. Try using a mobile monitoring software for that can let you access their social networking apps. Focus On Community Social media can widen your reach to your potential customers but this is not how small businesses should do it. They should focus on community. Advertising something to the world and expecting to receive a big response would be somehow naïve, unless you are targeting the right people, who can then become your virtual sales force. Try taking some help from influential personalities like famous bloggers or people with robust followings. This way you can engage the online community, hitting right on the money. Deliver Value for Money As aforementioned, niche businesses survive because they are unique. If you could deliver not only quality but also value for money in your social media campaign, that would be a double bull’s-eye. Just make sure that your product or its description doesn’t contradict. Your terms and conditions that tell customers that ‘actual product may vary’ might save you the refund money but it can badly disrupt the reputation of your business. Always make sure that you have a sound refund policy. Repeat the Success Part If you are able to grab the perfect mix of your social media campaign, repeat it! There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Do it all over again with the same factors. If you didn’t obtain the desired results, make changes. For example, if your Facebook ad wasn’t very successful, don’t ditch the idea of social media marketing. Just try something else like retargeting your audience or increasing your advertising budget. Marketing through social media is the biggest weapon of a small business’s arsenal. Within the limitations and competition posed by big firms, it can get very hard to compete on their scale of operations. People tend to research before purchasing in today’s connected world. It’s a great opportunity for small businesses to have a strong, vibrant and effective social media presence. It’s the time to embrace social media. Get close to your customers and don’t be afraid. Give them a big squeeze and communicate your marketing message. Just a few hours and few clicks every week can magnify your return, building a stronger relationship with existing and new customers. So if you think that posting pictures online of your business is a waste of time, you are wrong!


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Legal & Expat Money

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS by Magna Carta Law Office

Usufruct in Thailand What is a usufruct? A usufruct is a legal right accorded to a person or party called the usufructuary. It is an ownership right to use, enjoy and manage someone else’s immovable property with the advantage of deriving income or benefit from it as long as the property is not in any way damaged or altered.

out at the owner’s expense. All extraordinary expenses must be borne by the owner, but in order to meet these or expenses coming under the foregoing section he may realize part of the property unless the usufructuary is willing to advance the necessary funds without charging interest. Can a usufructuary sell or lease the property? A usufructuary cannot sell the property but he can transfer his rights on the property to a third party with up to 30year lease. Can usufructs be inherited? A usufruct cannot be inherited. Its right and benefit dies with the usufructuary.

Basically it is a right that allows the usufructuary to live on the land and his/her name is registered on the title deed or chanote acknowledging that right. The right of usufruct is only valid and enforceable after the registration with the land department has been completed. The registration of the usufruct shall make the public aware of the recorded usufruct burden on the property and is therefore enforceable against any third party such as a successor of the property. For how long can a usufruct be granted? A usufruct is usually granted for a 30-year period or for the lifetime of the usufructuary. If no time has been fixed, it is presumed that the usufruct is for the life of the usufructuary. Who shall be responsible for the maintenance and monetary obligations of the property? The usufructuary shall, for the duration of the usufruct, bear expenses for the management of the property, for ordinary maintenance and petty repairs, pay taxes and duties, and be responsible for interests payable on debts charged upon it. If major repairs are necessary for the preservation of the property, the usufructuary must immediately inform the owner thereof and ask permission for them to be carried out. In case of default by the owner, the usufructuary may have the work carried

What happens when the usufruct agreement comes to an end? When usufruct comes to an end, the usufructuary must return the property to the owner, replacing anything which he has wrongfully consumed. The usufructuary is liable for the destruction or depreciation in value of the property, unless he proves that the damage was not caused by his fault. He is not bound to give compensation for depreciation in value caused by reasonable use. What are the benefits of a usufruct? For foreigners who cannot own land directly, the benefit of a usufruct is that the Thai land owner will find it more difficult to sell or register mortgage on the land with the usufruct. The usual buyer would ask the owner to terminate the usufruct before buying such land.

Expat Money Corner by Tim Whiteley

QROPS Just when you’d got a handle on QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme), it’s now become ROPS – losing the Qualifying tag. Also the QROPS, now ROPS list has been suspended until July 1, 2015, most likely, because when, in April, HMRC sent out what has been described as a “courtesy letter”, together with a questionnaire asking all schemes whether they still complied, two of the jurisdictions for QROPS did not comply, in the strict sense of the legislation, namely Australia and Ireland. It would appear that when they applied for a QROPS reference number not all pension funds/schemes remembered their undertaking to HMRC that they were obliged to keep abreast of current regulations and if unable to do so, inform HMRC and apply to be delisted. Some jurisdictions had complied already, and others changed their laws/rules to be compliant by April 5, 2015. A large number of schemes had already returned their questionnaires to HMRC signing off that they were compliant, having made what they thought were suitable retrospective amendments to their Trust Deed and Rules. Unfortunately there was a further problem lurking. On June 16 the Superannuation Committee of the Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia wrote to HMRC in which they acknowledge that – and I quote: “Australian law is broadly consistent with the ‘pension age test’. However, there are limited circumstances where a member’s benefit may be cashed on an earlier date. This means that, applied strictly, an Australian regulated superannuation fund will not satisfy the pension age test because of the law of the country in which the [fund] is established.” It then goes on to ask HMRC for their views and an exemption. We are of the opinion that HMRC cannot and will not respond in any detail to the letter. The reason behind this is quite simple. Since 2006, all pension funds have operated on a ‘self-assessment basis’ – that is, a pension scheme applies for an HMRC reference number by submitting an application stating that they conform with the necessary regulations. If you check the HMRC website regarding ROPS – though it is currently suspended – it stated on June 9 that: “This list contains some of the overseas entities that have told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) they are Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (ROPS) under section 169 (2) Finance Act 2004. HMRC can’t guarantee these are ROPS or that any transfers to them will be free of UK tax.” If HMRC were to respond to the Australian letter, they would ‘de facto’ be giving “approval”, which they could not do to a single jurisdiction without an outcry from all others wanting to be treated in a similar vein. It would also signal a return to the pre-2006 regime of “approval”, something HMRC is not geared up for, in the short term at least. We’d like to credit Bethell Codrington for elements of this piece. So where does this leave QROPS/ROPS transfers going forward? Our understanding is that HMRC’s hands are tied by the UK domestic legislation, and that any pension transfer that was made to an Australian pension scheme between April 5, 2015 and the date the ‘list’ was suspended on June 18 will be deemed “unauthorised” and an “unauthorised payment charge and surcharge” totalling 55 percent will be issued. The same is likely true for Ireland. For schemes that were compliant on April 5, 2015 there will be little change apart from an amended list and disclosure from HMRC. For those considering a transfer, it is essential to take specialist advice in this complex field. 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 International Investors and Expatriates 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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Ahead of the Curve Universal Group Thailand is steadily building its momentum and continues to stay ahead of the curve with its five marvelous projects in three years with more than 2,000 units sold. Our flagship project—Seven Seas Condo Resort—is moving toward completion. This project, located at the corner of Soi 3 just 350 meters from the popular Jomtien Beach, has captured the eye of many residents and foreigners around the city. We have a workforce on site of more than 300 as well as professional and technical experts working to achieve 100 percent quality. Landscaping and lagoons, painting, and wall fencing are in the process. We have also upgraded the window slides, tiles and other components to exceed the customer’s satisfaction and looking into technical details for the timely delivery of one of the biggest water themed project in town. Seven Seas Condo Resort, a seven-island themed project, will be one of a kind with landscaped cave pool, volcano slide, shaded Jacuzzi, and Easter Island Moai sculptures. Its international cuisines, coffee shops, restaurants, shopping, and community services have made it a one stop for an ideal place to live in.

Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa unveils Meetings Imagined Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa participated in the unveiling of Meetings Imagined (MeetingsImagined. com) and its Meeting Services App to the region’s event planners and organizers. The new concept was introduced at a joint chamber event of Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce held at the resort. The two digital innovations are the first-of-their-kind in the industry and are intended to assist the planner, from inspiration through execution. Meetings Imagined: Transforming the Meeting into an Experience Meetings Imagined is an online platform modeled on the user-friendly Pinterest.com and the Chinese Huaban.com online forum. Meetings Imagined provides expert tips on everything related to meetings, including networking activities, maximizing social media exposure, and how to create the right meeting environment. Meetings Imagined also includes the latest meeting trends and hundreds of inspirational images to spark creativity. Marriott International’s research discovered that there are seven purposes for meetings: celebrate, decide, educate, ideate, network, produce and promote. Meetings Imagined allows meeting planners to design their meeting with the purpose in mind; the website is curated around these purposes and the component building blocks of meetings – setup, food and drink, tech and supplies, and experiences. In addition to the website, event planners can collaborate on event creation with Marriott International’s Meetings Imagined specialists who are available in 11 Asia Pacific markets. Meetings Imagined will be launching across approximately 100 properties throughout Asia Pacific from April 2015 onwards. It is available in six languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Russian. Meeting Services App: Offering real-time connectivity The Meeting Services App is a continuation of Marriott International’s innovation in technology, spaces and services, and builds upon the brand’s existing offerings. The app provides real-time connectivity to Marriott for meeting planners and features a wide range of functions. This includes a chat facility to connect MICE organisers with Marriott’s event team throughout the planning and execution process, and allows Marriott to respond immediately to any issues or requests, and to inform the planner of how the request is being handled. As of this year, the Meeting Services App is available in 20 languages and available at 100 hotels under Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Renaissance, The Ritz-Carlton, Autograph Collection and Courtyard by Marriott across the region.

Other Projects On the other had our other esteemed modernized high-rise condo project Savanna Sands is also shaping its curve. Savanna Sands located at Soi Wat Boonkanjana (Soi Wat Boon), about 1 km from Jomtien Beach, is finished with Building C and is now laying the foundation for Buildings A and B.

After achieving EIA approvals in the span of a few months, our ultimate project with lifestyle of the Mediterranean coast of South France, Seven Seas Cote D’ Azur has speeded up with its process. Contact: 038 074 625 or 099 240 020 Visit Our Showroom: 324/90 Moo 12, Soi Chaiyapruek 1, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150

Holiday Inn Pattaya introduces IHG® Business Rewards Holiday Inn Pattaya announced the launch of global business loyalty program, IHG® Business Rewards. IHG® Business Rewards is a new, global business booking program offering rewards for members who make all qualified business bookings for guest rooms, meetings and events at participating IHG hotels worldwide. IHG® Business Rewards membership is linked with IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s largest hotel loyalty program. The launch event was held at Workshop, Holiday Inn Pattaya Executive Tower. Corporate guests and business partners enjoyed a fun night with great prizes up for grabs. “It’s my pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce IHG® Business Rewards. It’s our way of saying thank you and to reward you for booking with IHG. Each room you reserve, meeting you plan or event you organize could earn you points through IHG® Business Rewards. Anyone who books business on behalf of others is eligible to earn points and in turn redeem those points

for almost anything,” said Kate Gerits, area general manager – Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam and general manager – Holiday Inn Pattaya. IHG® Business Rewards extends more benefits to all the members especially bookers. With no minimum threshold, it is easy to earn points with many options of redemption for members. For more information, visit www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/ businessrewards/home.


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Business Opportunities

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. 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 (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

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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) Restaurant-Bar in Bang Saray – Established more than 8 years, well known and popular Scandinavian restaurant and two storey house on more than 700 sqm land plot, commercial kitchen, mini-mart specializing in Scandinavian products, can accommodate 200 people for private parties, private pool, landscaped gardens, detached house with 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom. For sale: 8.5m Bt. Website Ref: BUSS047. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Restaurant – A very popular fully fitted restaurant with rooms above, serving international and Thai food,

in a great location in central Jomtien just 50m from the beach. For sale leasehold: 650,000 Bt and 30,000 Bt per month rent NO KEY MONEY. Website Ref: BUSS046. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com GUESTHOUSE - Jomtien. An opportunity to take over this easy to run guest house with 5 fully furnished rooms located in a busy location in central Jomtien just 100m from the beach. For Sale Leasehold: 250,000 Bt and rent 15,000 Bt per month on 3 year lease. Website Ref: BUSS033. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com

Services Provided

Magna Carta Law Office can assist you in securing loans from a minimum 700,000 up to a maximum of 50 Million Baht through various financial institutions with no credit checks or black marks and no penalty for a bad credit history. All loans are secured against either land or property and we are able to lend you up to 50% of the appraised valuation of your asset.  The funds will be available around 10 days from the start of the application.  Loans can be for a period of 6 months to 1 year and can be extended for longer if needed. Call either 038-373735 or 081-9833620 to make an appointment. Service for set-up company, accounting, balance sheet, visa, work permit, application of social security. Contact Korawit Accounting Co., Ltd. 084 754 4214 Nattakit

Construction Renovation Company. Need office, home, garden, swimming pool improvements? Very reliable contractor, high quality standard job with reasonable price. Please call 038 373 145 (English), 086 831 8879 or 087 509 0102 (Thai) PAC Co., Ltd. Can renovate your condo at a very reasonable price with very good standard of work. Ring 087 139 1539 for estimates Eng, 087 150 4845 Thai DeKu German Windows & Doors. Top-quality uPVC window profiles according to German quality standards! Tel: 038-424-092, Mobile: 094896-0060, Email: info@deku. asia, Web: www.deku.asia If You are Having a Problem with Your Computer either software or hardware, please phone 0868202577 or 0958466533 (Thai &Eng). I will go to service at your place. WORACHAI AIR Services offered: Air-condition installation, cleaning, and repair. Refrigerator repair. Call 089 513 7826 or 087 149 4976 (Khun Pom)

Education & Training

Are you interested in a PhD at a well-known European University? We help, we support, we advise. It is possible to achieve a PhD, even if you live far away from Europe! We offer regular meetings in Bangkok. Institute for Management, Tourism and Social Sciences. Have a look at  www.imts-web.eu. If you are keen to know more please message us on +66 99 372 8594 or IMTS - Prof. Dr. Raphael Breidenbach, PhDr. info@ imts-web.eu

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(pta-tk0008)Do you want to Study Thai Language or Thai Culture in Fun & Easy Way? Come to Thankful Knowledge Learning Center. Learn with the native professional teachers. Affordable price & friendly environment call 038 373 175 or 038 416 493. We speak Thai, English, German & Deutsch.

Apartments for Rent

(ptmafr-r1514)AROMDEE A PA RT M E N T S , q u i e t , clean, well maintained, with European management. Fan/ AC rooms for rent start from 5,000.- baht to 18,500.monthly. Free Wi-Fi, CableTV, Gym, and Car park. Inside Minimart, breakfast dishes, coffee bar/bar, 24 hr laundry, and CCTV security coverage. Within walking distance of Big C, Tesco Lotus, and BKK Bus Station North Pattaya. Phone Thai/Eng.: 082-3043907, Phone Norwegian/ Eng.: 087-329-0300, Office/ Fax: 038-370-861 Email: aromdeeapartment@ hotmail.com

Houses for Sale

(ptmhfs-p0000)House for Sale in Siam Country Club. Land size of 56 Talangwa. Located in Soi Pronprapanimitr, 12/1 Central Pattaya Soi Siam Country Club. Price is 2.9 Million Baht. Call 081 487 5627 for more information. (ptmhfs-r0000)Townhouse for SALE 1.75M Soi Siam Country Club House, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 100 sqm, 2 floors. Call 082 479 1204 (ptmhfs-ao0000)Beautifully located 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house for sale in Casa Jomtien in the heart of Jomtien, just 100 meters from Jomtien Beach. Land size:

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72 w2. Price: 10 Mill. Baht. Facilities include communal swimming pool and tennis court. Contact Allan Ottesen on 085 697 8245 Exceptional Home at a Fantastic Price! Selling Price 8.5 Million Baht Reduced from 13.5 Million Baht! 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/ Full Basement with spacious interior of 164 Sqm interior/135 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! 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 (PR2567) 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 27.5 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 3 9 0 S q m / 2 1 2 T LW. F o r 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 9.9 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) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 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 (PR3346) 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 To w n ! S e l l i n g P r i c e 2 0 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) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 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 (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 21 Million Baht, Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathrooms, 3 0 0 T LW / 3 0 0 S q m . F o r appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR6075) Beautiful Home in Tadarawadi Village For Sale! Selling Price 42,075,000 Million Baht, 4 Bedroom /4 Bathrooms, 526 TLW/769 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR5758)

Great Jomtien Park Villa with Very Nice Modern Furniture! Selling Price 32 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 Thaibali Home! Selling Price 7.5 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 90 TLW/206 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com. (PR4465) Great Home in the very popular Siam Royal View! Selling Price 33 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 35 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) Phoenix Golf Course Villas! Selling Price 13.950 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 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 (PR6407) Unique and Spacious B e a c h s i d e To w n h o m e s ! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. 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 (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 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

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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) East Pattaya - A two storey semi-detached house 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. Price: 1.99m Bt. Website Ref: HSES071. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com East Pattaya - Offered at below market price in this very popular modern gated community is this partially furnished single storey family house located on a corner plot giving added privacy. The property is 160 sqm offering 2 bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area with 50� new Panasonic LCD TV with sound system and karaoke, 364 sqm gardens, car parking, communal pool, sauna, fitness, kiddies garden, beautiful lake with fish, CCTV, 24/7 security and just 10 minutes to central Pattaya. Price: 4m Bt. Website Ref: HSES135. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com

Houses for Rent

(ptmhfr-l1914)House for Rent. Swimming Pool. Fully furnished, 2 floors, Thepprasit Road, Soi 8. 19,500 baht. 087 137 9460 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 , fully furnished with 3 bedrooms all with Flat screen TV, 2 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, living room with large LCD TV, 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. Rent: 30,000 Bt per month on 1 year lease. Website Ref: HSERxxx. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 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 (PR4606) T h e Aw a r d W i n n i n g Development Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 2 6 0 S q m / 11 0 T LW. F o r 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 (PR6483) Bangsaray Beach Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/200 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. 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 (PR5961) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm./133 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 (PR5025)


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Houses for Rent

Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 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 (PR6902) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 4 0 0 S q m / 6 0 0 T LW. F o r 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) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai, For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. At (038) 231-931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo.co.th or visit our website at www. premierinternational.com (PR1601) 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) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/3

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Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 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 (PR6999)

Condos for Sale

View Talay Building 1B, 13th Floor Jomtien Side for Lovely Sea Views. 32-sqm studio just been decorated, nice big Euro kitchen, fridge freezer, all matching furniture, big screen TV, new A/C. This condominium is located right near the main Jomtien to Pattaya Road. Ideal for buses and taxis and ideal for renting. Nice big swimming pool, bars and shops. Don’t miss it! For only 1,450,000 baht. In foreign name. Call: 084 529 9939 Baan Suan Lalana Condominium 800 Meters, Jomtien Beach. 52 sqm corner unit, ground floor, completely renovated to very high standards. Big fully equipped Euro kitchen, with balcony for BBQ, another big balcony from the lounge, nice big bathroom with Jacuzzi, bath, all new furniture, big screen TV, pictures and plants. Nice and peaceful, 2 big swimming pools, shops, etc… Must see. Only 1,490,000 baht. In foreign name. Call: 087 139 1539 Porchland Condominium J o m tien 8 0 0 Me te r s to Beach. Lovely 38sqm, 2 nd floor, 1 bedroom, 1 lounge, 1 bathroom unit with beautiful lake views from the balcony. Fully furnished with nice Euro kitchen; fridge freezer, 2 big screen TVs, 2 A/Cs, everything as new. Building only 2 years old, lovely swimming pool, fitness center. Private sale. Only 1,450,000 baht in foreign name. Call Alan: 087 139 1570 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 20 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) Wo n d e r f u l l y D e s i g n e d Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 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) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 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 (PR1667) 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 24 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) 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) Great Sea View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 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 (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 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)

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Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 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 (PR6646) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 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 (PR4979) View Talay Residence – FIRE SALE. Superbly finished and stylishly furnished throughout this new 1 bedroom condo offers European kitchen, huge luxury bathroom with shower and bath tub, open plan lounge and dining area, large wrap round front corner balcony overlooking the communal pool and excellent security. These new stylish low rise buildings are extremely popular, ideally located in the heart of Jomtien on Jomtien 2nd Road just 150m from Jomtien Beach and the Night plaza with numerous restaurants, shops, bars and taxis. This unit has been reduced in price to sell, in foreign name. Price: 3.99m Bt. Ref Code: CDOS069. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Atlantis – A new resort style low rise development ideally located just 300m from Jomtien Beach. This high floor pool facing front corner

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unit offers 1 bedroom with fitted wardrobes, 1 luxurious bathroom, European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area, balcony, huge lagoon style communal pool with Jacuzzis, kiddies pool and slides. Fitness, sauna, restaurants, key card entry, 24/7 security. Price: 2.579m Bt in foreign name. Ref Code: CDOS941. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Jomtien Beach Rimhad - The owner has carried out a very nice renovation, with stylish furnishings and fittings over 56 sqm offering 1 bedroom, 1 luxury bathroom with new LG washing machine, European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area with large LCD TV and sound system, office, 2 balconies, communal pool, fitness, cafes, laundry, 24/7 security and just 300m to Jomtien Beach. Great value for money, probably the best one bedroom available in these popular buildings. Price: 2.5m Bt in foreign name. Ref Code: CDOS835. Tel. 085 129 5657 Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com View Talay Residence - These ever popular modern low rise buildings are ideally located just 150m from Jomtien Beach and 75m from the Night Plaza and fresh food market. This 55 sqm studio really is one of the best value for money studios we have offered. Stylishly furnished throughout, spacious living area with builtin wardrobes, 1 luxurious bathroom, large European kitchen, large balcony overlooking the communal pool, sauna, 24/7 security and close to all amenities and taxis. For Sale: 3.2m Bt in foreign name. Website Ref: CDOS885. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com


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Condos for Rent

View Talay Residence Ideally located 100m from the new Jomtien Night Plaza and 150m from Jomtien Beach, this spacious high floor corner unit with pool and sea views offering 1 large bedroom with built-in wardrobes and flat screen LCD TV, luxurious bathroom with shower and bath tub, European kitchen with microwave, open plan living room and dining area, large 40” flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet, huge wraparound balcony with balcony furniture, communal pool, key card entry, 24/7 security and numerous restaurants, shops, fresh food market, bars and taxis outside the building. For Rent: 30,000 Bt high season, 27,000 Bt low season or 25,000 Bt per month on a long term lease. Website Ref: CDOR328. 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) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PRC084) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 168 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR0689)

A b s o l u t e l y B e a c h f ro n t Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR1704) The Resort Style Residence Apartment! Rental Price is 65,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 138 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR6896) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 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) Lovely Apartment with a Nice Sunset & Island Views! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 254 Sqm. For appointment and private viewing, call the Premier Homes Real Estate Co., Ltd. at (038) 231931 and 081-634-2915 or by Email: premier@loxinfo. co.th or visit our website at www.premierinternational. com (PR5338)

Pool Villa For Sale

Jomtien - Fully furnished 124 sqm single storey pool villa in a private cul-de-sac development just 800m from Jomtien Beach. 3 bedrooms, 3 luxury bathrooms, European kitchen, large open plan living room and dining area, private pool, covered terrace, 280 sqm land. Price: 4.6m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS270. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com

Exceptional Home at a Fantastic Price! Selling Price 8.5 Million Baht Reduced from 13.5 Million Baht! 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms/Full Basement with spacious interior of 164 Sqm interior/135 TLW of Land. Fully Furnished including a fully European Kitchen. This will not be on the market very long before it sells! (PR2567) 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 27.5 Million Baht, 4+1 Bedrooms/4+1 Bathrooms, 390 Sqm/212 TLW. (PR5846) Great Phoenix Lakeside Family Home! Selling Price 9.9 Million Baht 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 180 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR5035) Fabulous 5 Bedrooms Lakeside Home! Selling Price 24.95 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 6 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 380 TLW. (PR3346) 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 20 Million Baht, 5+1 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/660 Sqm. (PR6363) Magnificent House with a Grand Palace Style! Selling Price 75 Million Baht, 5 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 620 Sqm/ 320 TLW. (PR6686) Charming Detached House with swimming pool and lovely gardens in Wongamat Location! Selling Price 21 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 32 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 33 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 1 Rai/360 Sqm. (PR4211) A Really Unique Estate on One Rai of Land! Selling Price 35 Million Baht, 6 Bedrooms/7 Bathrooms, 1000 Sqm/440 TLW. (PR5052) Phoenix Golf Course Villas! Selling Price 13.950 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm/200 TLW. (PR6407) Unique and Spacious Beachside Townhomes! Selling Price 15.9 Million Baht or 28 Million Baht for both side by side Luxury Townhomes with each having 5 Bedrooms/6 Bathrooms, 356 Sqm/89 TLW. Great layouts high standard interior design and just a few steps to the beachfront. (PR7006) Fantastic Estate Home For Sale! Selling Price 32 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

Thai Balinese Designed Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 387 Sqm/ 282 TLW. (PR4606) The Award Winning Development Home! Rental Price 70,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 260 Sqm/110 TLW. (PR6483) Bangsaray Beach Home! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 600 Sqm/200 TLW. This is an absolutely fantastic family close to Bangsaray beach and Cartoon Network Water Park. (PR5961) First Class and Exclusive Home! Rental Price 125,000 Baht/Month, 5 Bedrooms/5 Bathrooms, 450 Sqm./133 TLW. (PR5025) Lovely Thai Bali Style Homes! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 300 Sqm/125 TLW. (PR6902) Nice Rental Home in Phoenix Golf Course Area! Rental Price 95,000 Baht/ Month, 3 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 400 Sqm/600 TLW. (PR5230) Spacious 4 bedroom home with large private pool! Rental Price 100,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 4+1 Bathrooms, 500 Sqm/ 1 Rai. (PR1601) Very Impressive Nagawari Home for Rent! Rental Price 80,000 Baht/Month, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 250 Sqm/98 TLW. (PR2587) Baan Amphur Beachfront! Rental Price 50,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 220 Sqm/74 TLW. (PR6999)

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 20 Million Baht, 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom, 282 Sqm. (PR6517) Wonderfully Designed Luxury Apartment! Selling Price 9.5 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 134 Sqm. (PR5559) Charming Condo with Great Sea View! Selling Price 45 Million Baht, 4 Bedrooms/ 4 Bathrooms, 640 Sqm. (PR1667) 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 24 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 View and Well Located on Pratamnak Hill! Selling Price 6 Million Baht, 2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom, 95 Sqm. (PR6369) Wongamat Bay Sea View Apartment....This Month Huge Reduction! Selling Price is 14.375 Million Baht, 3 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 210 Sqm. (PR3990) Beachfront Living in Dongtan Area Apartment! Selling Price is 4.95 Million Baht, 2 Bedrooms/2 Bathrooms, 96 Sqm. (PR6646) Stunning and Gorgeous Pratamanak Area Apartment! Selling Price 6.39 Million Baht, 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom. 68 Sqm. (PR4979)

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) Spectacular ‘Designer Apartment’! Rental Price is 80,000 Baht/Month, 2 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 168 Sqm. (PR0689) Absolutely Beachfront Apartment....Definitely a 5 Star Lifestyle! Rental Price is 90,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms, 350 Sqm. (PR1704) The Resort Style Residence Apartment! Rental Price is 65,000 Baht/Month, 2+1 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms, 138 Sqm. (PR6896) Ocean front Super Luxury High Rise Residence on Jomtien Beach! Rental Price 120,000 Baht/ Month, 4 Bedrooms/ 5 Bathrooms, 217 Sqm. (PR6662) Lovely Apartment with a Nice Sunset & Island Views! Rental Price 75,000 Baht/Month, 4 Bedroom/4 Bathroom, 254 Sqm. (PR5338)

LAND FOR SALE

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 Tarang Wah. (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 Rai 200 Tarang Wah. (PLD0718)

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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Pool Villa For Sale

Price: 7.9m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS198. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Huay Yai - So much is included in this great value buy 190 sqm detached villa built to European standards with block walls, white Upvc windows and doors, ceramic tile floors. Offering 3 en-suite bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms, high gloss European kitchen with center isle work top, Franke oven and dishwasher, open plan living room and dining area opening up to the 8m x 4m pool and terrace, ceiling fans in every room, garage with remote electronic doors. Price: 5.95m Bt. Website

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.

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Ref: PLVS241. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattayajomtien-property.com. www. pattaya-jomtien-property.com Ban Amphur - FIRE SALE POOL VILLA: A really great buy, a spacious and stylishly furnished 450 sqm two storey villa offering 5 ensuite bedrooms, 5 luxurious bathrooms, white gloss European kitchen with center isle, open plan living room and dining area, office, private pool with pool side terrace and covered patio, large 680 sqm landscaped gardens, covered car parking, alarm and CCTV, just 3km to Sukhumvit Road. Price: 7.9m Bt. Website Ref: PLVS242. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

Pool Villa For Rent

Pool Villa For Rent – Jomtien - Located in this exclusive new development near to the new Jomtien 2nd Road this modern design single storey pool villa is stylishly finished and furnished throughout offering 2 en-suite bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, 125 sqm , land area 210 sqm ,high gloss European kitchen, open plan living room and dining area, UPVC windows, private pool, poolside sun terrace, car parking, small park outside the property, 24/7 security and just 700m to the food market and shops and 1km to Jomtien Beach. Minimum rental period of 6 months applies. Rent: 55,000Bt for 6 month lease or

48,000 Bt for 1 year contract. Website Ref: PLVR289. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com East Jomtien - Located in a quiet village off Soi Chaiyapruk is this new build fully furnished 80 sqm single storey pool villa, 2 ensuite bedrooms, 2 luxurious bathrooms, large European kitchen, open plan living roomdining area, terrace, 7m x 4m private pool, underground water storage, parking with remote roller shutter doors, 24/7 security and just 5 minutes from Makro and Tesco Lotus. Great value. Rent: 30,000 Bt on 1 year lease.Website Ref: PLVR346. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Bang Saray – A large and spacious family single storey corner plot 250 sqm pool villa stylishly furnished throughout in a quiet and secure village just 1.2km from the beach, o ff e r i n g 4 b e d r o o m s , 3 bathrooms, European kitchen, open plan living room with dining area, private lagoon style swimming pool with water features and children’s slide, poolside terrace, covered terrace, 664 sqm walled secluded landscaped gardens, secure covered parking for 2 cars, remote garage gates, alarm system, communal pool, fitness, 24/7 security. Rent: 35,000 Bt on 1 year lease. Website Ref: PLVR359 . Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com

Land for Sale

Wat Yan Area! Selling Price is 41,250,000 Million 16 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 (PLD0325) Phoenix Golfcouse Area! Selling Price is 12,000,000 Million 2 Rai 1 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 (PLD0711) Huayyai Area! Selling Price is 23 Million 31 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 (PLD0718) East Pattaya – Soi Siam Country Club - A rectangle cleared walled plot of 3 rai, electric and water straight outside, seller already holds plans for 95 room

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apartment building or can do small exclusive pool villa development. Price reduced: 12.95m Bt. Website Ref: LAND164. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Central Pattaya – 150m from Central Festival. A 42 sw rectangle plot in a small Soi just 150m from Central Festival ideal for small hotel or serviced apartments, not possible to find land this low price so close to the center. Price: 9m Bt. Website Ref: LAND104. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com Huay Yai Road - A rectangle plot of 359 sw, electric and water straight outside, already have outline plans for small exclusive pool villa development and seller also has an identical adjoining plot for sale at same price, total of 718 sw. Price: 3.5m Bt each plot. Website Ref: LAND166. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@ pattaya-jomtien-property. com. www.pattaya-jomtienproperty.com Bang Saray - A 538 tw plot just 300m from the beach, ideal for luxurious 5-Star pool villas. Price: 17m Bt. Website Ref: LANDxxx. Tel: 085 129 5657. Email: lam@pattaya-jomtienproperty.com. www.pattayajomtien-property.com

Job Vacancies

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are looking for a female who is interested to work in a property i n d u s t r y. R e q u i r e m e n t s : Good written and spoken English / Chinese / Russian. Must be customer serviceoriented. Must be sales driven, enthusiastic and hardworking. Send CV/Resume to john@ citygardenpattaya.com or call 0903855595.

Vehicles for Sale

Isuzu DMAX SLX 3.0 TDi Turbo Diesel. 4-Door Automatic 2003, 2 air bags , electric windows door mirrors, 18” alloy wheels, raised suspension, new chrome roll over bar. New front and rear nudge bars, loads of extras, just been serviced. Lovely condition inside and out and looks great. Only 270,000 baht. Call: 087 139 1539 Toyota Tiger Sports Cruiser. 4-door truck 2002. Champagne gold over silver, powered by Toyota 4 litre 24 valve 4 cam V8 rules on LPG or Benzine, with automatic gear box and overdrive, raised suspension, new front and rear shockers, new front and rear stabiliser bars, new 17” alloy wheels, new interior, carpets and headlining. The bodywork is 100% immaculate with no marks, TV with power AMP, chrome roll over bar and much more. This must be the finest available looks, goes and sounds awesome . All this for only 340,000 baht. Call 084 529 9939 Beautiful Toyota Camry ’05. Drive only 79,000km. Colour Silver blue. Have many extras, Car look like new… Best price only 280,000 THB. Tel: 087 025 9711.

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Summer school The summer holidays are with us and for some in our international school community this means long journeys to visit family and friends in other countries. Of those who are not travelling so far afield, some will attend summer school. This can be a great opportunity for children to get out of the house, see their friends and keep their minds in ‘learning mode’ for part of the long summer holiday. For those who are starting school in August it can be an opportunity to make new friends, or to familiarise themselves with a new school setting. It is important for children to spend some time away from school to enjoy free time with family or friends or to travel and broaden their knowledge of the wider world. With this in mind, the summer holiday at Mooltripakdee International School lasts six weeks so the children who choose to attend summer school get a break of a week

at either end of the four-week summer programme. For the youngest members of the school community in Preschool A, summer school provides a taste of school life before the new term begins and they can begin to form relationships with their teachers and future classmates. For the slightly older Preschool B children, summer school provides a bridge between Preschool and Kindergarten/Reception and at this age children just love to be busy; ask any parent who

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has tried to entertain their 4to 5-year-old for six or seven weeks! The children in the higher age ranges get a chance to brush up on their key skills in a relaxed yet vibrant learning environment, get outside with some ‘hands-on’ learning activities and perhaps revisit familiar subjects from a different angle. International schools like ours often have a wide catchment area; with children traveling from all around a town or city to attend school. For some of these children,

school time is their only opportunity to socialize with their peers and so summer school can be a way to keep in contact with their school friends over the long break. For non-native English speakers it can be a good way of keeping their language skills up to scratch and for those who live in busy metropolitan areas, summer school can be

an oasis where children can play and exercise in a friendly and safe environment. In order to continue to spark children’s interest, motivate and inspire, it’s important that any additional school programme offers something slightly different from the day-to-day school life. Outdoor activities and field trips are the perfect way to

bring summer school topics to life and make the children feel like they are part of something special and fun. Invariably it is these departures from routine which provide some of the lasting memories which children may carry with them for years to come. Dan Nicholson is Year 2 teacher at Mooltripakdee International School.

Bangkok Prep to open new secondary campus in 2017 Bangkok International Preparatory and Secondary School (Bangkok Prep) is opening a new secondary campus on Sukhumvit 77. The land will be approximately 3 kilometres from the existing campus on Sukhumvit 53, and conveniently accessible from

BTS On Nut, Sukhumvit 71 and Ram Inthra – At Narong Expressway. The campus will be surrounded by a private residential neighborhood and is scheduled to open in August 2017. Catering for students aged 12-18 years, Bangkok Prep’s secondary campus

will offer classes in Year 7-13. The school’s current campus on Sukhumvit 53 will be turned into a primary school, offering classes from Nursery to Year 6 for students aged 3-11 years. Bangkok Prep’s programme of study is based on the National Curriculum

GIS student named top in Thailand!

by Mark Beales

A student from Garden International School (GIS) has won the Amnesty International Young Journalist of the Year Thailand 2014-2015 competition. The Thai branch of Amnesty International ran the competition in international schools across Thailand. Nupur, aged 12, was the overall winner in the Under 18 category, an amazing achievement for such a young student. Nupur wrote a moving story about women’s rights.

As well as Nupur’s triumph, other GIS students did well. Seren in Year 10 and Reha in Year 11 were both placed in the top 7 of the Under 18 category. The competition is seen as important as it encourages students to know more about real life issues and also teaches them how to write engaging, interesting articles about important matters. Mark Beales is IB coordinator and English teacher at Garden International School.

of England, offering high-quality education to students from Nursery up to Year 13. A rigorous IGCSE programme (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) is offered to Year 10 and Year 11 students as a precursor to the Cambridge-approved

A-levels available to study in Year 12 and Year 13, preparing students towards university education. Founded in 2002, Bangkok Prep has grown steadily in recent years in response to demand from expatriate and local families looking for highquality British education in a diverse and international community. The school’s current student body is now 774, comprising more than 39 nationalities with 57 percent non-Thai students and the remaining 43 percent Thai students. Tuition fees start at 390,000

baht per academic year. Approximately 500 students are expected to transfer to the new secondary campus. The state-of-the-art technology and facilities that will be available at the new Bangkok Prep secondary campus will feature modern classrooms and labs, a full-size sports field, a 50-metre swimming pool, tennis courts, a sports complex, a creative arts, drama and music center, and an auditorium. Note: Photos of the new campus are an artist impression and may be subject to change.


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Our Community Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya joins Environment Day beach cleaning activity

Centara Hotels and Resorts Pattaya led by Miguel Maldonado (centre), resident manager of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, along with management and staff from Centara Pattaya Hotel, Centara Nova Hotel and Spa, Centara Grand Modus Resort, Centara Grand Phratamnak, Centara Avenue Hotel and Centra Avenue Hotel joined in the global effort and spirit of

Environment Day by conducting a cleanup of Yin Yom beach in Pattaya. The activity was followed by a fashion show at Centara Grand Mirage where contestants used their imaginations and recycled materials to create clothing and celebrate their commitment to the environment as they competed for the title of Mr and Ms Environment.

“Relief for Nepal” T-shirt by Amari Pattaya

Amari Pattaya supports UNICEF as the nation of Nepal endeavours to rise

from the earthquake that devastated the country. More than 1.7 million children

have been affected by the incident and are in need of help from people around the world. It is the hotel’s intention to help support the effort by selling “Relief for Nepal” T-shirts, where all the proceeds will go to UNICEF’s Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal. For only 400 baht per shirt, the donation will help save and rebuild lives. Amari Pattaya supports UNICEF; UNICEF does not endorse any brand or product. For more information, please contact Amari Pattaya on 038 418 418.

Hilton Pattaya donates to the Nepal earthquake

Pullman Pattaya Hotel G cleans up Wongamart Beach on World Oceans Day 2015

On World Oceans Day, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G team gathered to clean up Wongamart Beach to raise awareness of ocean deterioration. Led by GM Sophon Vongchatchainont, Pullman Pattaya Hotel G team marched along with Sky Beach Condominium. The G Team assembled with other beachfront entrepreneurs as well as tourists who had seen the activity and joined the

action to show their support of the ocean’s well-being promotion. “Since we’re a beachfront property, it’s our top priority to take good care of the beach as well as the ocean not only because the guests will experience a refreshing and clean scenery but this action will also ensure that the ocean is always being taken good care of by us who reside on the beachfront,” said Sophon.

One Man and His Motorbike: A Mission for Children In Need The Goodwill Journey, a charitable mission, is raising awareness for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), a non-political and non-profit entity, by going on an epic one-anda-half-year-long motorbike journey. Wissam Al Jayyoussi, founder of The Goodwill Journey, started his solo journey from Dubai on March 1, on a customized KTM 1190 Adventure R motorbike. His trip will see him travel around the world following an X-axis

Hilton Pattaya led by hotel’s General Manager Rudolf Troestler recently donated over 43,000 baht to UNICEF Thailand to help support the urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal. This contribution is part of the Hilton Pattaya’s garage sale to raise money for the victims of Nepal earthquake.

and Y-axis route, spanning 240,000 km and visiting 100 countries (scheduled to be in Thailand on July 1216). He will return to Dubai approximately 15 months later. His aim is to raise US $2.5 million for the PCRF. Wissam will bear all the costs and expenses of the journey; all donations and proceeds will all go towards the cause supporting sick and injured children across the region – irrespective of nationality or religion. An intrepid traveler, Wissam’s previous missions saw him climb Mount Pumori, and ride a motorbike across 23 countries, all for one reason – to raise awareness for the needy. The funds raised from previous missions have helped build a cancer department and a school for children with special needs

in the Middle East. This journey is the longest and most ambitious that Wissam has ever undertaken. Speaking about why he has chosen to embark on the daring trip, Wissam said, “The worst thing in life is to fall down and realize that there is no one to offer a helping hand to get you back up. “Sometimes you can rise back up on your own; but that isn’t always the case. The sick and injured children of the Middle East have fallen down, and they have no strength to rise up on their own. We need to be that hand; we must be that hand.” For more information about the mission, or how to support the PCRF and The Goodwill Journey, visit the website www.pcrf.net and www.goodwilljourney. org.


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Our Community

A day to pay respect On any particular Thursday in June, students attending kindergardens, schools, colleges and universities throughout the Kingdom take time off from their studies to perform the wai khru ceremony. This is the day students present their teachers with elaborate, decorated floral arrangements to show their respect for what their teachers do for them. At the Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities, students were given Wednesday afternoon off from study to prepare for the ceremony and they certainly put the time to good use. With more than 220 students, most sitting on the floor or in wheelchairs, the ceremony was opened by Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri C.Ss.R., director of the School.

by Derek Franklin

Father Michael, together with Sister Pavinee, manager of the school, then accepted the floral arrangements from a representative of each class on behalf of the teaching staff, and prizes were awarded for the most beautiful as well as the most imaginative gift. Special guest at the ceremony was Dr. Yanyong Phataralaoha, president of

Thai Pipe Industry Co., Ltd., who presented a donation of 500,000 baht to the school, as well as presenting several students with personal

scholarships. Since the school opened in 1984, more than 3,000 young adults living with a disability have successfully graduated

GIS lands top eco award Garden International School (GIS) has been given a top award for its successful environmental projects. The school has received the Silver Award from the UK-based Eco-Schools organisation. Eco-Schools is a group that aims to promote environmental awareness in the UK and also in international schools like GIS, which is based in Ban Chang, near Pattaya. Head of Humanities Tommy Elderkamp said, “We have worked hard in the past two years for this award. “We now have a full recycling scheme, which has paid for a new garden area and other landscaping

around the school, creating lots of biodiversity. We removed fences and now we have hedges, which were all bought from the recycling scheme. “The concept of sustainability and environmental awareness is thoroughly embedded in our curriculum. For example, all the Years 7 to 9 students have eco-awesomeness lessons in their timetable. During these lessons, students carry out their own mini projects; Year 7 have set up a battery recycling scheme, there was a ‘cycle to school’ week and others made bird houses, butterfly feeders and furniture from scrap wood.”

Higher up the school, students who study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, also learn about sustainability in Geography, Design Technology (where they study green design), Biology

and are now living and working in society as equals. More information can be found at www.fr-ray.org or email info@fr-ray.org.

by Mark Beales

and even Mathematics. The next step for GIS is the prestigious Green Flag. For more on the scheme, visit www.eco-schools.org.uk. Mark Beales is IB coordinator and English teacher at GIS.

Sukosol Pattaya Hotels join World Environment Day 2015

The management and staff of Siam Bayshore Pattaya, The Bayview Pattaya and Wave Hotel, Pattaya participated with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment of Pattaya City to release marine lives on World Environment Day 2015. More than 60,000 fish, squids and spotted babylons were released into the sea at Jomtien Beach, and a beach cleanup was conducted afterwards.

Redemptorist Center Chapel Catholic Mass Schedule

Daily 06:30 (English) Sunday 08:30 (Thai), 10:00 (English)

Sukhumvit Road KM145 Between North & Central Pattaya Roads

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


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Local Sports Phoenix Gold Offers Free Carts RACE REPORT

Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik climbs high at the Austrian Grand Prix

Round 2 of the GP3 Series on June 19-21 took place at the Red Bull Ring circuit in the mountains of Spielberg, Austria. The Thai driver was keen to improve upon his results from the previous round in Spain, and was seeking rewards for a top 10 finish. Stuvik, as usual, is racing for Status GP with the support of Singha Corporation, The Pizza Company, Dacon Inspection Services, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand, and the Sports Authority of Thailand. Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik qualified in 7th place with a time of 1:19.970, just 0.620 from the pole position driver Luca Ghiotto who set a 1:19.350. Second and third grid spots were Esteban Ocon and Alex Palou, respectively. Stuvik said, “I feel that we’ve made a step up from the first round at Barcelona in terms of car balance but there is still more time to gain. Again we will be working closely with the engineers and teammates to set up the car for the race.” Race 1 of the weekend on Saturday afternoon saw Stuvik finishing in 7th place after a tough fought battle. First place was Luca Ghiotto, followed by Antonio Fuoco and Esteban Ocon in second and third positions. Stuvik said, “This circuit lends itself much better to racing as there are areas to overtake and it suits my driving style. Also, now we’ve seen how much more we can use the tire throughout a race. The key for the next race will be to maximise the tires for the slightly shorter race tomorrow. But overall I’m very happy to be in the top 10 and scoring good points.” Race 2 on Sunday morning the Thai driver was crashed out in the second corner when another driver overestimated his brake point and took out five cars including himself. First place was Oscar Tunjo, with Marvin Kirchhofer and Esteban Ocon filling out the podium. Stuvik said, “It’s a shame to have my race ended by the mistake of another driver. We were in for a strong points finish. Now we have shown our pace and know that in Silverstone we will be up there fighting for points once again.”

During the low season (July and August), the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club is offering free golf carts on Tuesdays for everyone. After recently upgrading their Mountain and Ocean courses, the new owners at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya have also decided to completely redesign their Lakes course. Top Thai designer Piraporn Nimatra is back again to create this exciting new 9 holes and is rerouting some of the holes and creating new water hazards, bunkers and greens. The work is expected to be completed by November 2015, meanwhile the club is open for business and the members and visitors are enjoying the remaining 18 holes.

A completely new management team has also now taken over the day-to-day running of the club, headed up by Nathawat Aksornchat, who was previously the general manager at Palm Hills in Hua Hin, and more recently at Thana City Golf Resort in Bangkok. Poommarin “Kae” Sainoy also formerly from Thana City has taken over as Sales and Marketing director. Nathawat said, “The potential here is fantastic and over the next couple of years we will be working hard to improve not only all 27 holes, but also updating the clubhouse and facilities too.” For more information check out their website www.phoenixgoldgolf.com or contact tel: +66 (0) 38 239 400, mobile:

L-R: GM Nathawat, owner Chanya Swangchitr and designer Piraporn

+66 (0) 84 873 5363, email: reservation@ phoenixgoldgolf.com.

Mercedes-Benz Junior Golf Championships Asian Masters Final 2015 at Dusit Thani Pattaya The Mercedes-Benz Junior Golf Championships Asian Masters Final 2015 held at Burapha Golf and Resort in Chonburi from June 1012 concluded in the Napalai Ballroom of Dusit Thani Pattaya where more than 70 international junior golfers gathered to celebrate the tournament and all the winners. Photo shows the champions of the four age groups with the major sponsors in the back row: Neoh Kean Boon

(5th right), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya; Kullaton Meesommont of Burapha Golf and Resort; Ukrit Poshyanonda, marketing GM of Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd., and Apichat Chatchalermkit, TAT director of events and promotion. Six Thai winners, one boy and one girl from each age group, except the aged 23 and under category, will be eligible to play with the Mercedes-Benz junior golf team in China this August.

Steve Truelove in Crystal form This US Open Friday, the Tropical Golf group was at Crystal Bay rather than Chambers Bay, which explained the lack of cameras and spectators. Still, for the members playing this day there was no golf tournament more important, and with grit, determination and a coffee buzz, we set off for the day’s venue. The weather this day was hot (naturally) but not so skin blistering as recent weeks. We hope the worst is over for another year, but probably not. Playing the C and A courses (why is it always in that order?) the consensus was the greens are in pretty good condition, and the

patchwork of different grasses is merging nicely. The fairways are a different matter; some areas were nice, while many others were hardpan or dead grass. Some spot watering would make a huge difference here. However when one figures in the price of just over 1000 baht to walk, including caddy, it ranks as excellent value. Crystal Bay is a fair test, and there are usually good scores here. Such was the case today and anyone not playing to their handicap was an observer come awards time. Taking first place with an impressive 40 points off his low handicap was Steve Truelove (8). Great golf by any measurement! Second place

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went to Gerd Riedler (9) winning on countback over Tom Herrington (16) each with 38 points. Not too shabby. Barry Elphick (22), recently a regular on the podium, took fourth place honors on countback over Alan Sullivan at 36 points. Pity Mike O’Brien and Landis Brooks who also had fine 36 point rounds and Winner Steve Truelove (L) is congratulated by third place winner Tom Herrington left empty-handed. Near pins: Gerd Riedler, am departure. Complimentary Landis Brooks, Steve Truelove, coffee and tea is provided and a “Golfer’s” breakfast is available Alan Sullivan The Tropical Golf Group from 7 am. All golfers are welcome so generally plays every Tuesday and Friday, meeting at The BJ if interested, stop by, check the Holiday Lodge located just off bulletin board and put your Beach Road on Soi 3 for 8:30 name down.

Fond farewell to the Three Amigos! by Dilligaf

With the weekend over, Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik took home 6 points, and achieved his goal of finishing in the top 10. However, the work is only just beginning for the Thai driver as the next race will take place in just two days at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on July 3-5. “I’m looking forward to the next race, Silverstone is a very fast and flowing circuit, and I feel it will suit my driving style. Thank you to all my fans and my sponsors for your support, it is an honour to represent Thailand in the top level of motorsports.”

Date July 3-5 July 24-26 Aug 21-23 Sept 4-6 Oct 9-11 Nov 27-29

2015 GP3 Series Calendar Venue Silverstone, UK Hungaroring, Hungary Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Monza, Italy Sochi, Russia Yas Marina, UAE

Remark Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8

With a few cancellations after the overnight rain, Thursday’s expectations were high as 16 diehards gathered for The Growling Swan’s outing to Pattaya Country Club. High expectations indeed, because, at our last visit, the facilities and services were outstanding and once again, they didn’t disappoint. The recent heavy downpours have reinvigorated the course and it is presenting extremely well. The management team must be complimented and the level of service provided at Pattaya CC continues to rule in the region. The weather was refreshingly overcast and the rain stayed away thanks to Peter Grey, who spent a small fortune purchasing a wet weather bag cover at the pro shop. Fred Starbeck scored a hard-fought victory over Mark Stapleton and Kevin Waycott. Dave Fletcher battled hard to snare a podium finish. Winners: 1st – Fred Starbeck (14) 38 pts 2nd – Mark Stapleton (19) 37 pts c/b 3rd – Kevin Waycott (10) 37 pts

4th – Dave Fletcher (22) 32 pts NTP’s 5&7 – Fred Starbeck 12 – Kevin Waycott 16 – Rocky Lawson Longest One Putt 9 – Kevin Waycott 18 – Peter McDonald Golf outlets in Pattaya are ever reliant on Peter Grey farewelled Niall Stuart and the Three Amigos a combination of positive proprietors, helpers and faithful patrons. The Growling Swan has For some serious golf with a dash of fun, come enjoyed, for the past month, the company of on down to The Growling Swan on Mondays and the Three Amigos (Peter McDonald, Rocky Thursdays, contact Peter Grey on 086 150 3086 if Lawson and Rob Cross). I say Three Amigos, you are interested in playing. but they were more like ‘The Good, the The Growling Swan also caters to bowls Bad and the Ugly’ or ‘The Three Stooges’… enthusiasts. Bus transport departs The GS on nuck, nuck! These three ripping blokes were Wednesdays at 10 am to play at Coco’s on farewelled heartily and bode bon voyage. undercover synthetic greens and on Sundays at Back at The Growling Swan, charity dog the same time for open grass bowling at The Deefa gratefully received significant donations Retreat. Please contact Paul Rennison on 084 from many and they are thanked for their 345 4005 if you wish to partake. The cost, continued contributions. All Deefa donations including return bus transport, bowling fees go to the PSC to be directed to projects to assist and a hot lunch is less than 400 baht, so great the needy children of Pattaya. value for a day out.


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Local Sports Stanton leaves on top! by Steve Ellison

Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees 1st – Darren Stanton (21) 33 points T-2nd – Stephen Dunn (0) 32 points T-2nd – John Hutt (23) 32 points It was a very busy weekend as we found ourselves mesmerized by the unusual, but fabulous, Chambers Bay golf course, home to

pop in to Stephen’s new bar on Soi Buakhao called “Scooters” and see some of his Vespa collection. It’s right across from the Bangkok Bank so it’s easy to find. Winner winner chicken dinner was TGC resident Darren Stanton! He has been staying with us for four months, and this was Darren’s last round of golf in Pattaya for a while as he shifts back to Sydney to replenish the coffers. If you recall, Darren won our Monthly

Phil Smedley congratulates John Hutt and Darren Stanton back at the club the 2015 US Open. Getting up at 6 am to watch a good four hours of live golf was well worth it, and a dozen or so of us did just that. We also now have a PVR so have recorded the final day to play over and over again. I think now it is plain to see why we play “ball in the hole” and no “gimmes” as we watched Dustin Johnson hand it on a silver platter to Jordan Speith by missing a 2-foot putt for the trophy. We would also like to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to Maurice Roberts who is the new golf chairman at the Pattaya Sports Club. Today was another winner at Green Valley as the course was in perfect condition. We saw John Hutt continue his purple patch and come in with 32 Stableford points to tie Stephen “Scooter” Dunn for second place. If you like ’60s and’ 70s music (and who doesn’t?), then

Medal in March and this win was perfect timing to end his holiday in Thailand. Don’t you just love a happy ending? Parichat Links – White Tees This was an invitational tournament provided by the Parichat management, so four of us went out to play Pattaya’s newest track, Parichat International Golf Link. For a course that has just opened, it was in remarkably good condition and shows loads of potential. The temporary clubhouse was just fine and the new hotel/ clubhouse facility already has the foundation pilings down. The staff went out of their way to make us feel at home and the buffet dinner provided was top quality. The golf course was very interesting, but hidden water will make your first round there a challenge. Do not let that get you

Check out the immaculate fairways at the new Parichat Links frustrated, this is a unique layout for Pattaya and a welcome addition to the courses here. It is actually quite a different style and I enjoyed it very much even though I played poorly. Tee boxes were Siam quality and fairways reminded me of Kabinburi, they were so pristine. They have a summer promotion for 1,400 baht which includes green fee, caddy fee and buggy and yes, all 18 holes are now open, so give it a try, it’s a bargain! Phoenix – Mountain/Ocean – White Tees 1st – Kenny Aihara (2) 35 points T-2nd – Peter Thomas (18) 32 points T-2nd – John Hutt (23) 32 points Phoenix was the easy destination for today’s competition and a nice (fairly) cool day was ahead of us. A couple of weeks ago we really had some stifling hot weather, but now the heat is manageable and humidity is down as well. Our trusty minibus, the Toyota Commuter 9266, is in the shop for a much-needed facelift. With a new paint job, spoiler, wheels and front end, we now have her back to her former glory. A month back she got new Goodyear tyres and we installed glass safety hammers for the guys in the back seats. You can never be too careful! Don’t worry, our price is still just 300 baht.

Today Phil got a break from the driving and we hired two vans from Khun Sangket to take us up near Buddha Mountain. Phoenix is in such a beautiful setting and those stunning views always impress the new visitors, but unfortunately we take it all for granted. We are lucky to live in the best golf destination in all of Asia, are we not? There are three guys on top of the leaderboard that surely think so. John Hutt once again comes through and continues to amaze. We don’t call it age, we call it experience! Well played, mate. Another Englishman, Peter Thomas, made a return to the podium to share that 2nd place with John. But it was the famous Kenny Aihara, now down to a 2 handicap, who stole the thunder with a nifty 35 on the card. Must be all of that broccoli, Ken! See our Facebook page (www. facebook.com/golfclubpattaya) for the new July schedule. The Golf Club is “The Home of Golf in Pattaya” and located on Soi LK Metro. We broadcast all English Premier League, UFC, NFL, MLB and AFL games live. Our kitchen is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm with our famous Steak Nights on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya.com. For more information email us at pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/ golfclubpattaya. All handicaps welcome!

PSC Golf from the Phantom Golf Society by Peter Blackburn Big Steve’s Gross 74 Just Good Enough! There was a huge downpour in the early hours of the morning but by the time we arrived at the Phantom Bar to await our departure it was all clear. Christian had flown to Denmark

had a gross 74 for 42 points and took out first place just 1 point ahead of Big Thomas Nyborg in second spot. Departee Dave Neal came third with 35 points and your writer, Peter Blackburn, scraped into fourth spot with a very modest 31 points. Results: 1st – Steve Truelove (8) – 42 points 2nd – Thomas Nyborg (17) – 41 points 3rd – Dave Neal (25) – 35 points 4th – Peter Blackburn (14) - 31 points NTP North 3 – Ian Pickles

for a couple of weeks the night before so we had big Thomas Nyborg as our bus driver and he navigated his way to Plutaluang without any dramas. It was sadly time to say farewell to good friend Dave Neal, who has been with us for six weeks, and his lady, Thientong – we will miss them both. However it was a hearty welcome back to Dick Braimbridge who is now back with us after several months in Australia. We had three groups on the starting sheet and requested the North and West nines which was granted and we headed off to the North 1 tee. The fairways were quite wet after heavy overnight rain so preferred lies on the fairway was the rule and our first group got away 10 minutes early at 9:50 am. Once again the golf course was in great shape with excellent greens and it was certainly terrific value for money and surprisingly the course was extremely quiet. With no other groups immediately in front of us we maintained a very good pace and finished our round in three hours and 50 minutes. It was a close finish as Big Steve Truelove

LFP

West 9 – Steve Truelove

Marco Signs Off with a Win! Numbers are down currently for golf in Pattaya but with the help of Lewiinski’s who supplied a few golfers we had four groups ready to play at Phoenix and for a change the weather was looking good. It was time to say farewell to dear friend Marco Beer who is returning to Switzerland in a couple of days and also Dave Fletcher who is going back to work in Western Australia after an extended stay here. Our first group teed off on Mountain 9 about five minutes before our scheduled 10:24 am tee time and the weather stayed fine throughout the round with the golf course in good shape and the greens still improving. With very few other golfers on the course the pace was quite good and most groups finished in a little over four hours. For the first time this trip Marco Beer found himself on the podium and was one of two golfers with 38 points with the resultant countback

determining him the winner with his 21-point back nine; Thomas Nyborg (18-point back nine) finished in second place. Neil Skilton, who is finally playing some consistent golf, came third with 35 points, and the colourful Walter Baechli finished in fourth spot with 33 points. Results: 1st – Marco Beer (16) – 38 points 2nd –ThomasNyborg (17) – 38 points 3rd – Neil Skilton (7) – 35 points 4th – Walter Baechli (15) – 33 points NTP Mountain 8 – No one good enough LFP

Ocean 9 – Walter Baechli Just a reminder that the Phantom Golf Cup No. 2 will be held at Treasure Hill today, July 1, with the first tee time at 10 am. Sign up at the Phantom Bar or Lewiinski’s. The Phantom Golf Society welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low and high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners. We generally play Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Phoenix, meeting at the Phantom Bar on Soi Buakhao at 8 am with transport departing at 8:30 am. Breakfast is now available at the Phantom Bar from 7:30 am onwards. For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 080 635 1386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com.


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You & Your Pets

Children are most at risk of dog bites Of the hundreds of thousands of people bitten by dogs in Thailand every year, more than half are children. And the majority of fatalities from dog bites are children, babies and newborns. Dogs bite for many reasons, including improper care and/or a lack of socialization. All dogs are capable of biting when provoked, especially when eating, sleeping or caring for puppies. It’s vitally important to keep both children and dogs safe by preventing dog bites wherever possible. Instill in your children that they must never approach an unknown dog, and before petting any animal they must first ask for permission. Equally important, they are never to approach an injured animal or a dog that is eating, sleeping or nursing puppies. And when petting or playing with a dog, they are not to poke, hit, pull, pinch or tease it. If you’re a dog owner, do not leave a baby or small child alone with a dog—even if it is a family pet. Teach your children to treat the dog with respect— no rough or aggressive play.

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/

Oliver

This lovely fellow is the last of three kittens rescued from Jomtien. His two sisters have already gone to their new home. He is very friendly and full of fun; he loves all other cats and would make a lovely new friend for your lonely puss. Socialize your dog when it’s a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals. Ensure that your pet gets adequate exercise and is always leashed in public. See a vet regularly, because a sick or injured dog is more likely to bite. And caution everyone to wait until the dog appears comfortable before petting your best friend.

Gingy

This lovely young kitten was rescued from a local market along with her brother and sister. She is very friendly, has lovely blue eyes and a funny short crooked tail!

You probably are aware of family health measures, but do you know what issues are important to provide for your pet’s well-being? This Pattaya Today feature may help answer some common questions.

Muffin

Muffin came to us pregnant a few years ago, she had four babies while she was here all of which have now been re-homed, she is a very friendly soul who loves her food and of course lots of cuddles!

Bottom Line Does your dog or cat have a bowel problem? You might not know unless you check…and that is a smart habit to get into. Why? Well, if your cat has diarrhea, for example, it might be caused by mild factors like a change in diet, eating plants or bugs, or parasites. In older cats especially, diarrhea may point to more serious problems, including dental disease, kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, liver disease, and cancer. Dogs get diarrhea, too, for many of

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the same reasons, including thyroid problems. If your dog or cat develops diarrhea, be aware that there is one major difference: When a cat has a thyroid problem, it is more often caused by an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) gland; in a dog it is more likely to be from an underactive thyroid (hypothyroid) gland. You can't diagnose these conditions yourself. Take your pet to the veterinarian, who will run tests like stool samples, urine cultures, and blood tests to help determine a cause of your pet's digestive system troubles. Diarrhea or other unusual stools can be your pet's way of telling you something's wrong.

Going to the Dogs... An old dog, even more than an old spouse, always feels like doing what you feel like doing. ~Robert Brault

These four tiny kittens were found abandoned in a cardboard box at a temple close to our home. They are still being fed milk every three hours at the moment but by the time you see this article they should soon be ready to go to a new home.

Cat Corner Tip Food Dishes

Cats are known to be finicky, but it's not always about their food. Sometimes it's about their food and water bowls. Cats may choose not to eat or drink if their bowls aren't right. What does that mean? Usually it's about keeping the bowls clean. It's important to wash the utensils every day to prevent any buildup of residue that might interfere with the desirable scent of their meal. Unlike dogs, cats will not eat spoiled food. Consequently, daily cleaning is a must, preferably in a way that disinfects them while removing any food remnants and eliminating foul odors. Plastic bowls are especially susceptible to harboring bacteria and offensive smells because they are porous; stainless steel or glass dishes are more hygienic. A cat also might shun a bowl if it's in the wrong location. They like privacy, or at least some assurance that they may eat without being harassed, interrupted or otherwise bothered.


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CROSSWORD Across 1. Military rank (abbr.) 4. Lincoln and Burrows 8. Punch at wildly 10. Luxury car make 12. Vocalist Frankie 13. Barbecue locale 14. Author Hemingway 16. Kids 17. ___ Moines 18. Figure of speech 20. Worth 21. Locales 23. Wheel part 26. Gap 27. The “D” in FDR 29. Repeat a passage from a book 31. Orange peelings 32. Deteriorated areas 33. Philosophers 34. Proofreading instruction 35. Critic Reed

Down 1. ___ Boothe Luce 2. Back woes 3. Queue 4. High mountain 5. “Get lost!” (2 wds.) 6. Praise 7. “Grand Canyon ___” 8. Hightailed it 9. Abate 11. “Help!” 15. Needing sleep 19. Scrooge et al. 20. “___ in St. Louis” (2 wds.) 21. Spiritual parts of people 22. Influence 23. Kitchen stove 24. Book part 25. Model Kate 26. Operation ctrs. 28. Slanderer 30. New York time (abbr.)

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Solution Issue 19 Sick Humor 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.

*Patient is tearful and cries constantly; she also seems depressed.

*Pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

*When man admitted he was alert and unresponsive.

*The patient has been depressed since she *Rectal examination revealed a normal began seeing me in 2009. size thyroid. *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.

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