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Discover contemporary design, only a step to the beach, features the truly relaxing Pool Villa, Pool Access and the Surface Bar with panoramic views, indulge yourself throughout lifestyle entertainment in tropical paradise on Patong Beach.

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ould you like to get away from your daily routine? Forget about the monotony of everyday life and enjoy an evening of unique experiences? Escape to the magical faraway world of Palazzo. Palazzo is Phuket’s finest hotspot for a great evening out. Enjoy a superb five-course dinner and marvel at the breathtaking, world-class entertainment. The Chefs will bring you Palazzo’s culinary experience. Allow them to indulge your senses with Mediterranean cuisine with Asian flavour, while you enjoy the romantic setting and an evening of spectacular performances.

Palazzo is theatre for all the senses! The event includes theatre, cuisine, acrobatics, comedy, magic and illusion, and whisks visitors away to an enchanted world, far from the harshness of everyday reality. Guests experience Palazzo to be an enjoyable leap into the unknown; a mysterious, sensual and in particular  unforgettable experience. The Palazzo scouts have been searching around the globe in order to bring you a new, stunning, hilarious and spectacular cast for the new show; and they succeeded!

THEATRE FOR ALL THE SENSES! Dmitri Pronin, who is the host for the evening and opens the show, is an opera singer from Australia. Dmitri is a world class actor and singer. His work experience extends simultaneously in a number of directions, including opera, film, theatre circus and musical performance.


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Svetlana, one look at her and you would think Marilyn Monroe had risen again. She has perfected the blonde bombshells mannerisms; she’ll stun everybody with her agility. This amazing acrobat performs to the songs of the great Hollywood diva with grace and elegance. Aerial Silk is a modern circus art that impresses audiences worldwide. Palazzo Phuket will be no exception with Ann wrapping herself into knots to pose, drop and slide. Her positions look almost impossible; she then suddenly plunges towards the ground in a dizzying and death-defying roll.

Vladlen is an International Magic Festival Award winner, he will impress with his various styles of magic including comedy, close up, pick pocket and his unique version of fire eating. Mambo Jumbo is an acrobatic group originating from Africa. Their stunts include limbo dancing, chair balancing and fire tricks. A true example of street performance comes to Palazzo Phuket.

STUNNING, HILARIOUS AND SPECTACULAR!

Originating from the traditional Chinese Circus, Zhao Kun has performed to audiences worldwide during her long and successful career. She performs the most amazing tricks with elegance and ease. Andrea is a modern take on the original circus clown and he is not scared of making a fool of not only himself but also his audience. A strong and powerful character that becomes tender and defenceless in simple real life situations.

Victoria, a German performer, is living proof that full figured women can have rhythm in their blood. This voluptuous lady will amaze you with a Hula Hoop routine of a very special kind. Her grand finale is a dance with more than 30 hoops spinning around her body. Phuket Palazzo a spectacular show you’ll never forget! PALAZZO THEATRE AND RESTAURANT 86/3 Vichidsongkram Rd., Moo 6, Kathu, Phuket 83120 Tel: +66 (0) 76 202 277 Email: info@phuket-palazzo.com www.phuket-palazzo.com


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CONTENTS FEB 2011 - APR 2011

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People Focus: Meet the Family behind Kan Eang @pier, VSET Restaurant and Patak Villa Larry Cunningham Chef Talk: Jean-Noel Lumineau GM Talk: Greg Findlay, Mark Hehir

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Signature Dish Walking Into the Blue Elephant Will Dazzle Your Senses Acqua Unforgettable Dining Ginja Cook Day Program Phuket’s Newest and Trendiest Hangout A Unique Reflection of Contemporary Asian Lifestyle Hair Transplantation Brings Out the Best in You Designing the Life You Would Love Ginger Water/Pineapple Underarm Masks Tips for Performing a Good Foot Massage Arthritis & Chinese Medicine I Was Led to Phuket in a Dream Décor Items All You Need to Know About Feng Shui for the Bedroom Do’s & Don’ts of Bedroom Decorating Bedroom Lighting Checklist My Top 10 Thing to do on Phuket Island Dedicate Your Life to Making a Difference

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THE FAMILY FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, MANN, WALLEE, MAY AND MON

MEET THE FAMILY BEHIND KAN EANG @PIER, VSET RESTAURANT, AND PATAK VILLA How did Kan Eang @pier Restaurant start? The restaurant found its beginnings as a grocery store opened by Mr. Chamnan Pachantabutr, affectionately known as Khun Daeng, approximately 40 years ago. He was and still is close to the local fishermen who are based at Chalong Pier. During those early days they began to have regular friendly gatherings near his store, grilling the fish they caught and cooking other original recipes. Once sold commercially, these

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unique dishes quickly grew in popularity and are still mainstays on the restaurant’s menu today. In 2007, major renovations were initiated to meet increasing demand as well as prepare for the next generation within the Pachantabutr family. Prior to this, the restaurant was officially known as Kan Eang, but the name was altered to favor the modern and stylish look you see there today.


People Focus VSET Restaurant

Kan Eang @pier

What was the incentive behind opening the VSET Restaurant? Feeling that they were ready to expand into other areas of the restaurant market, the Pachantabutrs decided their first step would be to open a small but intimate venue serving the best western cuisine Phuket has to offer. To help them achieve this, they were joined by Chef Ronnie Macuja, a culinary expert Khun Wallee has known for over ten years. Together they conceived VSET, a beautiful restaurant found attached to Kan Eang @pier.

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How did you start Patak Villa?

What roles do Mon, May, Mann & Best, who are the next generation within the family, have in the businesses?

It is common knownledge that real estate is one of Phuket’s most prosperous business sectors, and having an established history and local contacts is very useful. With this in mind, the family started small and elected to build in the Chalong area, which is growing as a Phuket hotspot. Since 2003, Patak Villa has grown into a three phase housing complex with over 300 units in total, serving both residential and commercial purposes. Their highest priorities have always been to offer a great location alongside value in each product.

Mon manages the daily operations of Patak Villa. His parents have allowed him to tackle problems and new tasks on his own as it is the best way to learn. However, when he seeks advice, they do not hesitate in assisting him and passing on their own experience. With his youthful approach, Mon has done a remarkable job, introducing new housing designs for the Premium Patak Villa Townhomes that have been accepted and appreciated by new residents.

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VSET Restaurant

May has been involved in accounting for both Kan Eang @pier and Patak Villa for some time. Her husband, Best, is the newest addition to the family and also plays an integral role in the management of the restaurants’ Mann has his sights set firmly on taking Kan Eang @pier into the future. He is currently in his third and final year of studying International Restaurant Management in Australia. There is no doubt he enjoys the dining industry very much and upon his return he will explore every aspect of the business with the aim of eventually guiding one of Phuket’s most loved dining establishments to new heights.

Kan Eang @pier Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7a.m. - 11p.m. 44/1 Viset Road, Moo 5, T. Rawai A. Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel: +66 (0) 7638 1212 Fax: +66 (0) 7638 1715 Email: sales@kaneang-pier.com Website: www.kaneang-pier.com

Chef Ronnie Macuja

VSET Restaurant Open 7 days a week from 11.30 a.m. to 11p.m. Chalong pier, Viset Road, Moo 5, T.Rawai A.Muang Phuket 83130 Tel: +66 (0) 7638 1159 Fax: +66 (0) 7638 1715 Email: info@vsetrestaurant.com

Patak Villa 135/38 Moo 4, Patak Road, T. Rawai, A. Muang Phuket 83130 Tel: +66 (0) 7628 1583 Fax: + 66 (0) 7628 0333 Email: sales@patakvilla.com website: www.patakvilla.com

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“WE LIKE TO GET TO KNOW THE GUESTS MORE PERSONALLY”

Larry Cunningham

GM The Chava Resort Surin Beach Could you please introduce yourself? Hi, I’m Larry Cunningham, the owner, developer and GM of The Chava Resort, Surin Beach, Phuket. I am also the Australian Honorary Consul for Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi and owner of Phuket One Real Estate. I have lived in Phuket for nine years.

The resort opened during a bad economic time, how did you manage to get through this time?

Larry Cunningham GM The Chava Resort Surin Beach

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Yes we opened at the time of the airport blockade in Bangkok and at this time we had a lot of bookings for Japanese and Korean guests. Unfortunately, these people don’t like anything in the slightest bit risky so everybody cancelled their trips. This was not a great start for the opening. Since then we have had other political issues which have kept people away from Thailand. This has made it very difficult for us. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do about any of these problems. You will get extremely stressed if you sit and try to sort out what you can do about it. So you just have to be strong minded and say to yourself, there really is nothing you can do. So what you try to do is look at your strengths. Luckily one of our strengths is repeat business. We actually have people coming


People Focus back this year and it will be their sixth time staying here. When you think that we have only been open for two and a half years and we have people coming back for their sixth time that is pretty good!

How successful has the resort been since opening? We have been very successful really. We’ve had a lot of VIP’s, movie stars and Australian media. Miss Universe has been here. We receive a lot of free publicity from these people and it is all free advertising. We are also lucky with our resort location and with our staff. We have 80% of the staff still here from when we opened. It’s good for them here. We are relaxed and not too serious all the time.

In what way does your resort differ from those in the Surin beach area? I think the main difference we have is that we are not very big, we are a boutique resort. We also offer apartments which the other resorts don’t have. We are very popular with families. Our typical guests are mum, dad and the two kids. This is because they can all stay within one of our self contained apartments. If they were to stay in a hotel, they would usually have to rent two rooms. Here they are in two rooms but behind one door. It’s a lot safer for them.

What facilities do you have to offer here at The Chava? Our smallest rooms are 2 bed apartments. During the low season we do offer these as one bedrooms and just close off one of the bedrooms. We also have 3 & 4 bedrooms apartments and 4 bedroom penthouses. The smallest apartments are 160sqm and the penthouses are 350sqm. Some of the apartments have actually been sold and you can still buy them if you want to. We have a range of facilities here. The focal point of the resort is probably our lovely pool. We are so lucky with our location; this is probably the key to our success. We are within walking distance of the best beach on the island. I would class the beach as an Australian beach, it’s very deep, and it has nice clear water and fine sand. There are no rocks here like at the other beaches. It is also very clean. I would say that it has become the most high society beach in Phuket. We offer massage here both by the pool and in room and we have a great restaurant. We have a tour desk and laundry service. So really we have full facilities to offer our guests.

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What is your return rate for your guests and what do you think makes them return? This peak season we are probably looking at a 70% return rate. We have been very fortunate because from very early on people have been writing reviews on Tripadvisor.com and are giving us a 4½ or 5 star rating. This was always one of the things that we were hoping for when we opened the resort. We are not a big resort and our maximum occupancy is only 140 guests. A lot of the guests come the same time each year so they get to know one another and we also like to get to know the guests more personally, so this really helps.

Is there anything you feel you would like to change or improve about the resort? There are always things you want to improve or change. It’s more to do with whether you can actually do it or not. I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t put a Spa in here. But then there are many other nice spas nearby for guests to go to. There’s not really anything I would change.

Many resorts promote their restaurants to non resident guests, do you follow this example? Yes we are finding now that our restaurant is developing a great reputation for its burgers.

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Especially for The Chava burger! We are having a lot more people come back for that. Recently we had a lawyer who brought his father to us to try the Chava burger because he had heard so much about it. We have a guest who owns 20 restaurants in Hong Kong and the first thing he does when he comes to Phuket is have his Chava burger. So yes we are getting a lot more people coming from outside particularly in the peak season.

What is your goal for The Chava Resort in 2011? Our goal is to maintain the business that we have and keep the repeat business coming back. Also we still want the free exposure from our VIP guests, both Thai and International. We are happy with the way things are going. All we can hope is that there are no more political problems, because this can have such a great impact on us. The only problem we envisage is the strength of the Thai baht. We really need it to be weaker. We have seen a big change in where the visitors are coming from. The Australian dollar is so strong compared to European currencies, so we are seeing a lot more visitors from Australia. But anyone that reads this, please come and have a look around and see what we have to offer here. Maybe even come and try a Chava Burger!


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CHEF JEAN-NOËL LUMINEAU EXECUTIVE CHEF THE BOATHOUSE PHUKET

Jean-Noël Lumineau Executive Chef the Boathouse Phuket

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rom the age of 8, after being taught how to cook by his late mother, Chef Jean-Noël Lumineau knew what he wanted to do as his career.

Chef Lumineau now has gained more than 42 years experience as a chef and for over 25 years was renowned as Executive Chef at the Gault-Millau and Michelin-star rated Chateau- Hotel Le Prieure in the Loire Valley in Anjou, France.

Chef Lumineau joined Mom Tri’s in September 2008 as consultant chef for all four of its restaurants.

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He was appointed as Executive Chef of The Boathouse Phuket’s Wine and Grill Restaurant in November 2010. Chef Lumineau earned a distinction as Maitre Cuisinier de France, an elite group of the most famous chefs in the world with about 300 members worldwide, more than 14 years ago. The role of Maitre Cuisinier de France is to maintain and promote the quality and prestige of French cuisine with the added goal of training and nurturing young culinary professionals. He is the only chef with this title in Thailand. Asked about his thought on French Cuisine Chef Lumineau says “French cuisine is very important for me; it is very much about the produce and the taste of the produce. If I cook fish, I want it to have a fish taste. It is served in a very simple way with a little sauce and some vegetables. There are very little ingredients which go into French food.”


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Chef Lumineau is dedicated to continuing with the Boathouses reputation for the finest food and wine and developing new, creative recipes for their menu.

The Boathouse Wine and Grill The Boathouse Wine and Grill is located in The Boathouse Phuket Boutique Hotel, directly on beautiful Kata Beach. The restaurant is renowned for its beach front terrace and stylish interior presenting the perfect tropical location for an excellent lunch or dinner. The sea facing open terrace is the best place to relax, to the sound of the sea, and view an amazing sunset before enjoying a romantic meal. The Boathouse Phuket offers a menu that comprises of a fine mix of French Mediterranean and Thai cuisine and also offers a great selection of local seafood. All dishes are prepared with the freshest local produce which is very important in French Cuisine. They also offer a special Chefs menu which changes daily.

Children under the age of eight are welcome until 20:00h. Open from 06:30 to 23:00h.

The Boathouse Phuket Kata Beach, Kata, Phuket 83100 Tel: +66 (0) 76 330 015 Fax: +66 (0) 76 330 561 Email: info@boathousephuket.com www.boathousephuket.com

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NAUGHTY RADISH RESTAURANT, BURASARI RESORT, PATONG, PHUKET

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Burasari Resort Patong introduces the Naughty Radish Restaurant. This spacious and light open front restaurant features an incredible fresh salad bar that not only tastes great but definitively rock your world. They also offer a great range of pasta dishes and soups along with a good wine and drinks menu. Opening Hours: Daily from 11a.m – 9.30p.m NAUGHTY RADISH 18/110 Ruamjai Road, Patong Beach (Look for the Burasari Resort) Tel: +66 (0) 76 292 929

TANTALISING SNACKS @ THE CHAVA RESORT, SURIN Once you’ve arrived at The Chava, you can do as much or as little as you choose. Relax and unwind by the pool on any one of The Chava’s private day beds or sun loungers or savour a delicious meal at the Tonsai Pool and Bar Cafe. Or if you feel like staying in, try the tantalising snacks, and Thai and Western delicacies from room service dining.

Signature dish: Chava Burger Prime minced beef burger, tomato. Lettuce and homemade tomato relish in homemade bun served with French fries.

The Chava Resort 113 Moo 3 , Tambon C herng Tala Thalang D y, istrict, Phu ket 83110 Tel: +66 (0 ) 76 372 60 0 Fax: +66 Reservatio (0) 76 372 ns: reserva 606 tions@thech www.thech avaresort.c avaresort.c om om

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“WHERE SHOULD WE MEET?” AR | RESTAURANT AFE | BAR CAF LUB C CLU EE C FEE OFFE COF THEE C

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At Coffee Club, although specialising sing in coffee, you can also cool down with an ice e frappe; soothe yourself with a hot chocolate or order der a pot of quality leaf tea. The food menu, offers Modern Western and Thai cuisines, open grills, salads, pasta dishes, light meals, sandwiches and unrivaled breakfast options. The Coffee Club - Jungceylon Shopping Complex, Rat-u-thit, Patong Beach, 200 Pee Road, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 76 292 036

ishh:: dis ure d tur at ignna SSig Eggs Benedict Toasted Turkish bread topped with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and your choice of the following options: shaved ham smoked salmon spinach & mushroom (vegetarian)

CASUARINA BEACH RESTAURANT & PUB @ DUSIT THANI LAGUNA Set five meters from the waves, Casuarina Beach Restaurant & Pub’s interior is unique in the Laguna complex as it provides an air-conditioned space right on the beach and a lounge where cocktails and cold drinks can be enjoyed while watching the famed Phuket sunset. Open daily from Noon – Midnight

Signature dish: Caption Basket Whole sea bass, Whole Phuket lobster, Squid, Tiger Prawn, Blue crab, Fresh Oyster

Dusit Than i L ag u n a , 390 Srisoo Cherngtala ntorn Road y, Talang, , P huket, 831 Tel: +66 (0 10 ) 76 369 99 9 Fax: +66 (0 ) 76 362 90 0 www.dusit. com/hotels /thailand/p huket/dusit_ than

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18 Rassada Road, T.Talandnua, Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand Tel: +66 (0)7621 0511 Fax: +66 (0)7638 345 Email: info@brasseriephuket.com www.brasseriephuket.com


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“THE BEST OF VIEWS @ SURFACE BAR” LA FLORA RESORT, PATONG

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La Flora Surface Bar is set on the roof deck overlooking Patong Bay at La Flora Resort, Patong, Phuket. Surface Bar is the only bar where you can enjoy dining and drinking all night long. Here you will also get to see the best view of Patong bay and you can relax with soothing music as you marvel the breath taking sunset. The Surface Bar provides a wide selection of cocktails, wines and slow grill dishes. THE SURFACE BAR 39 Thaweewong Road., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 344 241 Fax: +66 (0) 76 344 251 E-mail:info@laflorapatong.com www.laflorapatong.com

KAN EANG @PIER A “ MUST RESTAURANT TO VISIT” Kan Eang @pier offers the finest selection of freshly caught and live seafood: live Phuket lobster, live tiger prawns, king prawn, crab, squid and fish which can be prepared by their talented chef in any cooking style you choose. Kan Eang @pier: Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7a.m – 11p.m.

Signature dish: Fried king prawn in tamarind sauce, topped with crispy, fried lemongrass and garlic.

Kan Eang @pier 44/1 Viset Road, Moo 5, Rawai, M Tel: +66 (0 uang, Phuke ) 76 381 21 t 83130 2 Fax: +66 Email: kan (0) 76 381 eang-pier@ 715 hotmail.com www.kanea ng-pier.com

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RICH AND FILLING CHINESE CUISINE AT THE ROYAL KITCHEN

The Royal Kitchen is a Chinese restaurant located on the top floor of the Royal Paradise Hotel, Patong. The Royal Kitchen has a much sought-after 180-degree view out over Patong and the Andaman. The Royal Kitchen opens daily from 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-23:00 Royal Paradise Hotel and Spa 135/23 Rat-U-Thit Road, Patong, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 76 340 666 Email: sales@royalparadise.com www.royalparadise.com

Signature dish:

Peking Duck served with Chinese Pancake, Cucumber Stick & Spring Onion.

EAST 88 “SUPRISE AND DELIGHT PRIVILEGED GUESTS” Nestled below shading palms at the water’s edge in Chalong Bay, on Phuket’s sunrise coast, East 88 is Serenity Resort & Residencies Phuket’s signature Restaurant. East 88, serves a selection of contemporary Mediterranean, Asian, and traditional Thai cuisines in a chic and stylish poolside setting. East 88 is open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight.

Signature dish: Lamb Rack with Garlic and Spanish paprika, served with sliced baguette, rosemary, garlic and balsamic vinegar.

Serenity R esort & Re sidences 14 Moo 5, Rawai, Phu ket 83130 Tel: +66 (0 Thailand ) 76 371 90 0 Fax: +66 Email: rsvn (0) 76 613 @serenityp 831 huket.com www.seren ityphuket.co m

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“A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE” BABA POOL CLUB

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Baba Pool club, offers a menu featuring authentic Thai, continental European, BBQ with a wide selection of cuts of meat and Japanese with the finest sushi & sashimi. Baba Pool Club 88 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 76 371 000 Fax: +66 (0) 76 371 004 Email: chill@sripanwa.com www.babaphuket.com

GENUINE ITALIAN FOOD IN THE HEART OF PHUKET TOWN Salvatore’s Phuket is one of the longest running Italian restaurants on the island. The restaurant has a traditional Italian feel to it and has a typical European ambience. There are a variety of tasty Italian dishes on the menu along with possibly one of the best pizzas on the island. It also has an impressive offering of over 60 different Italian wines. Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 12p.m - 2.30p.m and 6.30p.m – 11p.m (closed Mondays) It is advisable to make a booking prior to visiting!

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Salvatore’s Italian Res taurant 15 Rasada Road, Tam bol Taladya Phuket City i, , Phuket 83 150 Tel: +66 (0 ) 76 225 95 8 Email: info @salvatore staurant.co www.salva m torestauran t.com


GOOD FOOD GREAT SERVICE EXCELLENT COFFEE

The Coffee Club is a welcoming, relaxed meeting place offering All Day Breakfast, Gourmet Sandwiches, Salads, Pasta from 165 baht, Grills, Light Meals and Thai dishes for 100 baht. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a relaxing coffee and cake. With two great locations in Phuket we look forward to meeting you at The Coffee Club. :: FREE WI FI :: NO SERVICE CHARGE

JUNGCEYLON SHOPPING COMPLEX , Patong Beach T: 07 629 2036

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TURTLE VILLAGE Mai Khao Beach T: 07 631 4305

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VSET RESTAURANT A “RESTAURANT AT ITS EXTRAORDINARY BEST” EXTRAORDIN NARY BES ST””

VSET (extraordinary), as its name implies, offers something extraordinary and previously unseen on Phuket Island. The style of Western cuisine combines a unique list of tantalizing dishes with a fantastic assortment of desserts. The selection of wines available is second to none. VSET restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11.30a.m -11p.m

“IT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS IT IS” WHITE BOX PHUKET

i hh: dis ture d Signat Si Wok fried fillet of long line red snapper, vine ripened cherry tomatoes, quail egg and . potato salad served with creamy stilton sauce VSET restaurant, Chalong Pier, Viset Road Moo 5, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel: +66 (0) 89 727 0067 or +66 (0) 76 381 159 Fax: +66 (0) 76 381 715 Email: info@vsetrestaurant.com www.vsetrestaurant.com

White Box Restaurant is a high class eatery set on the sands of Kalim beach, a little North of Patong. The White Box menu features Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. The dishes use the finest ingredients that Phuket has to offer. Dinner can be taken inside or al fresco on a terrace which is lodged on the beachside rocks.

Signature dish: White Box Restauran t, 247/5 Pra (Beach Ro baramee R ad) Kalim, oad N orth of Pa Tel: +66 (0 tong, Phuk ) 76 346 27 et 1 www.white boxphuke t.com

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Phuket Blue Crab Meat! Crab meat cooked in olive oil with a variety of spices and served on top of Smoked Salmon & diced white asparagus & crispy toast


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Kitchen Plus HomePro Village, Chaofa (West) Rd., Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel/Fax: + 66 (0) 76 383 244

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The Real Thai Taste Kitchen Plus is a newly established Thai restaurant by three owning partners who fell in love with the delicacy and depth of Thai cuisine. Inspired by their own characters, the restaurant interior becomes the perfect place to sit for either relaxation or hearty dining with a selection of delectable dishes and drinks.

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“WALKING INTO THE BLUE ELEPHANT RESTAURANT WILL DAZZLE YOUR SENSES”

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lue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant is located at the site of the well-known Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion. This historic Sino-Portuguese mansion was built in 1903. In the past, it was used as the governor’s residence. A splendid building, it is a combination of European and Chinese style. The architecture  is European (Sino-Portuguese), while it is decorated in traditional Chinese style, especially with a big ventilator on the rooftop called “Shim Jae”, which is feng-shui science. The front is open to the South and captures fresh breezes throughout the year.  Walking into the Blue Elephant restaurant will dazzle your senses. Blue Elephant is a total sensory concept based on the very best of traditional Thai beauty, charm, and courtesy. Superb “Royal Thai Cuisine” sets the standard of dining excellence, requiring expertly trained chefs endowed with great patience; the results are deliciously diverse, colorful, and delicate dishes. The menu of Blue Elephant is a rainbow of tradition and novelties. As such you will find dishes from the past known as

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Feature “Forgotten Recipes”, preparations from the present known as “Blue Elephant Classics”, and innovations for the future known as “Our Chef’s Creations”. Blue Elephant takes restaurant dining to new heights and ensures a most memorable occasion. The restaurant is available for exciting theme parties and complete takeovers.

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The Blue Elephant Cooking School invites you to the dazzling century old mansion, where you will discover and experience the culinary wonders of Royal Thai Cuisine. The Blue Elephant Cooking School has fully equipped facilities offering you the chance to put your hand to practicing Thai Cuisine. A typical day will commence with a visit to the morning market. Accompanied by their instructor, you will learn to select and buy the best Thai ingredients for your personal cooking lesson.

The class will be followed by a meal in our delightful restaurant sampling your own cooking as well as additional Thai dishes. Blue Elephant Governor Mansion Cooking School & Restaurant 96 Krabi Road, Tambon Taladyai, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 354 355, +66 (0) 76 354 357 Fax: +66 (0) 76 345 393 info@blueelephantphuket.com www.blueelephantphuket.com

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ACQUA UNFORGETTABLE DINING

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cqua Restaurant Phuket, possibly the most talked about restaurant on Phuket. If you are looking for the best Italian restaurant you should definitely make a reservation at the Acqua Restaurant Phuket. Acqua is owned by Chef Alessandro Frau who is one of the most reputed chefs on the island. The reason why Acqua Restaurant has won so much praise is because of the spectacular Italian dishes which are served at this Kalim beach restaurant. With seafood being imported from France on a weekly basis, to ensure the best quality products are being used. The dishes are presented in a way which makes the whole experience at Acqua unforgettable. We would also like to point out; the restaurant is designed in a modern fashionable style, which clients love. Acqua Restaurant certainly offers an unforgettable dining experience.

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Another aspect of this Italian restaurant is the extremely high level of customer service which is provided. The waiting staff has been personally trained by Chef Alessandro Frau and do their best to satisfy any needs or requirements of the guests. Signature Dish: Smoking Seafood Plateau served on ice & flavoured with lemon and parsley. Description: The flavoured smoke gives the seafood a fresh taste. What’s served: Canadian Lobster, Tiger Prawn, French Oysters, French Mussels, Clams & Langoustines (Scampi).

ACQUA RESTAURANT 324/15 Prabaramee Road - Kalim bay - Patong 83100 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 618 127 Fax: +66 (0) 76 618 129 reservations@acquarestaurantphuket.com www.acquarestaurantphuket.com

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t was an early start for all enthused chefs on Thursday 6th January 2011 and I had to whip into gear to make sure I arrived at JW Marriott, Resort and Spa Phuket, by 8 am to meet my fellow students for the Thai cooking course at Ginja Cook. The course starts early because the introduction is a trip to the local Khokkloy market. Here the instructor gave tips and tricks in the use of Thai fruits and vegetables and explained in great detail about the use of the multicoloured spices! Once back at JW Marriott we were taken to the Ginja cook building. This building was designed by the award-winning Bensley Design Studios in Bangkok. It celebrates southern architecture and is built in the style of a typical Thai Sala using

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Traditional cooking utensils from made of brass and wood were there ready for meal preparations. So weapons were at the ready, ingredients were at the ready and for the next two and a half hours there was plenty of chopping, grinding, roasting, and pounding, mixing, boiling and tasting to be done. When our time was nearly up, it was time to garnish

teakwood as its main material. Floor to ceiling glass sliding doors provide natural light and showcase stunning views of the resort’s fragrant gardens and the Andaman Sea. The instructor began by discussing the three dishes we were about to attempt to make. Luckily for me, prior to us being thrown into the fire, the instructor presented a cookery demonstration of the dishes that we would have to prepare! To make life even easier, each student also received a leaflet for each individual recipes of the day. The task ahead of me was to prepare and cook the following three dishes.

and serve our concoctions. Lunch is provided for you in the form of your own three dishes along with a good drinks selection. I am happy to say I came away with no food poisoning or sickness and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

1. Gai Yang Krueng Gaeng (Grilled chicken with curry sauce) 2. Pla Nueng Manao (Steamed seabass with spicy lime sauce) 3. Goong Som (Poached prawn in coconut, shallots, chilli and lime broth)

At the end of the course everyone is presented with a Thai cookbook with local herbs and spices, a Ginja Cook Souvenir apron and Ginja Cook Master Certificate.

So it was time to make our way to our allocated cooking stations. There are four cooking stations; each is for two students and a spacious station for the instructing Chef. Each station has dramatically designed overhead exhaust fans adding to the overall ambiance of the Sala.

Reservations: Please contact our Food and Beverage Reservations Desk in the Lobby Tel. +66 (0) 76 338 000 ext. 3748 www.jwmarriottphuket.com

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PHUKETS NEWEST AND TRENDIEST HANGOUT

LAN LOM BAR CIRCLE CENTRAL FESTIVAL PHUKET

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fter celebrating its 6th Anniversary, everyone has been asking the question “what will be next for Central Festival Phuket?” Well that question has now been answered with the opening of its Lan Lom Bar Circle. Central Festival Phuket has invested over 100 million baht to improve the Lan-Lom Bar Circle area (near Starbucks) and ensure it becomes one of the hippest and upbeat bar and restaurant areas in Thailand. Set on the ground floor the area is covered by an imported fabric roof (at a cost of 15 million baht). So rain or shine there is no excuse not to come and enjoy the atmosphere at Lan-Lom. It also has state of the art lighting and high spec sound system. The new look area is there to serve local and tourist customers and make it a much needed meeting point for Thai people wanting to live an International Lifestyle. Lan-Lom Bar Circle is a 1000 square meter area which will provides a relaxing place to meet for a drink and enjoy an alfresco dining experience. The area will house 10 luxury International Bars and Restaurants. Its existing residents are “Zen” the stylish Japanese restaurant, Starbucks Coffee Bar, Pimento Tapas Bar and Central Festival is pleased to announce that Wine Connection and McDonalds have already confirmed the opening of new branches within Lan Lom (some units are still available to

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rent please contact Mr. Ekkachai Krittayon on 080-146-5557 or 076-291111#1220 for information.) The Lan-Lom bar area is suitable for customers of all ages due to the various venues available. It is also a place you can visit anytime of day. If you’re out shopping at Central Festival in the daytime, you can sit and relax with a coffee and enjoy some lunch. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine in the evening, the soft lighting, gentle water features and relaxing music will certainly make this your choice to come and enjoy a fine dining experience within a gentle and relaxing atmosphere. Lan Lom Bar Circle is open 7 days a week so please come and enjoy Phukets newest and trendiest Bar and Restaurant area.

74-75 Moo 5 Vichitsongkram Rd., Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 291 111 Fax: +66 (0) 76 249 243 E-mail : marketingpf@central.co.th www.centralfestivalphuket.com

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“A UNIQUE REFLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ASIAN LIFESTYLE” IndoChine Group Resorts, Villas, Restaurants, Beach Clubs The IndoChine Group is a unique reflection of contemporary Asian lifestyle. It is fast growing into an International lifestyle group, which is rapidly expanding in Asia and into Europe. The IndoChine Group takes pride in presenting guests with a sophisticated and Holistic lifestyle concept which is hard to find any where else. The essence of IndoChine is deeply influenced by the rich tradition, culture and heritage of Indo-China - including Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Along with 11 outlets in Singapore, IndoChine has establishments in Phuket Thailand, Hamburg Germany and Jakarta Indonesia. In total, the IndoChine Group has 22 International outlets offering local and international clients more than just a bevy of restaurants, bars, clubs, villas and resorts. Each IndoChine venue is able to accommodate corporate functions and private events for up to 2,000 people. From cocktail parties, to formal dinners, IndoChine will design and conceptualise a memorable and distinctive experience for all guests.

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IndoChine Kalim Beach, Phuket This luxury development is located in a prime location overlooking Kalim Bay (2 kilometres North of Patong) and is IndoChine’s first venture into luxury resorts and villas. IndoChine Resorts and Villas are fully equipped with a health and fitness club and tennis court. All complimented by an all-day dining and entertainment complex in the form of an impressive 3-storey glass building with a rooftop pool terrace which provides one of the best panoramic views of Patong and the Andaman Sea.

Indochine “A feast for your senses” If you have been passing through Kalim Bay, between Patong and Surin Beach, and have been distracted by the sight of an imposing, three level structure then we are happy that you have noticed it. However, we are not so happy if you have not taken the time to investigate further and see what culinary delights are on offer within the structure.


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“For discerning diners, heaven just came to paradise”

“Highly nutritious” IndoChine serves food that is not only deliciously tasty but highly nutritious and contains pharmaceutical benefits. They also abstain from the use of artificial ingredients like MSG, colorings and preservatives. This concept has garnered IndoChine a highly loyal international clientele that is hooked on the pure authenticity of their cuisine and also its profound health benefits. IndoChine cuisine has been developed over the last 11 years. Their menu expresses the Indo-China cuisine in a unique and delicious way, concentrating your senses on a very rich palette of flavours and aromas. As you dine, IndoChine’s fine and creative cuisine will delight you. The flavours of Thailand, China, Laos and Vietnam meld together to produce a wonderful culinary palette that is sure to impress yours and your guests’ tastes. In complement to the meal, select from IndoChine’s extensive wine list which features flavoursome and aroma rich wines from around the world.

“Attentive and friendly” IndoChine staff are recognised for their attentiveness and friendly manner. Actually, there are many interesting facets of Indochine and our staff that set us apart from other operations you may have visited. But... you’ll just need to come in and check them out for yourselves. IndoChine, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand, 328 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 76 290 324

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INDOCHINE SURIN BEACH CLUB

Located on Surin Beach, the IndoChine Surin Beach Club showcases IndoChine’s award-winning nutraceutical menu. In keeping with our active and fervent environmentalist and conservationist business practices, it is IndoChine’s policy not to serve endangered species-related foods such as sharks’ fin, caviar, blue-fin or yellow-fin tuna in all of the group’s kitchens. This practice continues at the IndoChine Surin Beach Club.

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The décor is nautical, modern and chic; meals are served under the palm trees on beautiful Surin Beach. With all day breakfasts, a gourmet sandwich counter with fresh bread, fish & chips, authentic burgers plus pasta, light meals, snacks, noodles, salads, cakes & pastries, Italian gelato and much more. Eat in or take-away. Open 9AM to 12 midnight (last meal orders 10:30PM).


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The pleasures of Surin Beach are now augmented with the opening of IndoChine Surin Beach Club. It is a Phuket institution and one of the hippest places to hang out to enjoy refreshments while watching the sunset over the Andaman Sea. There is something for everyone, with a beach bar, games room, Moroccan lounge, award-winning menu and

luxurious al fresco seating on the beach. Surin Beach is a hotspot for nightlife in Phuket for a more discerning crowd and for those seeking an alternative to Patong. IndoChine Surin Beach Club is perfectly situated, staffed and equipped to provide the ideal venue for all types of parties, events and functions. Perfect for any get-together both work and play, IndoChine Surin Beach Club offer the complete package including internationally acclaimed chefs, award-winning nutraceutical menu and delightful beachside ambience. 4025 Choeng Thale, Tha Lang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

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Offering 3 types of fully equipped airconditioning room with facilities and services provided such as swimming pool, taxi service, tour desk, and WiFi internet. This is a boutique hotel where you can stay at ease in Patong. Located in Soi Sansabai, just 100 metres away from Jungceylon (biggest shopping complex) and famous Bangla (night entertainment).

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Luxurious boutique serviced apartment and hotel, located at the heart of Phuket town. Every guest can enjoy 180 degree view of green area from private balcony, accommodated with large in-room space and fully equipped pantry. Baan Suwantawe will bring you to the memorable ‘JUST @ Home’ atmosphere/experience. Address: 171/8 Soi Sansabai, Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 T. +66 (0) 76 344 141, +66 (0) 81 638 8787 F. +66 (0) 76 344 649 E. reception@whitepatong.com, ssomkiet@whitepatong.com www.whitepatong.com

AREA: PHUKET TOWN STUDIO: 26 PENTHOUSE: 4 Address: 1/10 Dibuk Rd., Taladyai, Muang, Phuket T. +66 (0) 76 212 879 F. +66 (0) 76 215 541 E. baansuwantawe@yahoo.com www.baansuwantawe.com

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SALVATORE’S

ITALIAN RESTAURANT The true taste of Italian cuisine in Phuket Town

Great tasting original Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere! SALVATORE’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO IS OPEN TWICE DAILY Tuesday to Saturday

from 12p.m-2.30p.m and 6.30p.m-11p.m and Sunday and Monday

from 6p.m-11p.m only!

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15 Rasada Road, Tambol Taladyai, Phuket Town, Phuket. Or mail to: info@salvatorestaurant.com www.salvatorestaurant.com


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THE BREAST CANCER RESEARCHER FOUNDATION, SHOP PINK FOR PREVENTION AND A CURE

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he Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent notfor-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.

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In 2010, the American Cancer Society estimates that about 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States, and that 40,230 women will die from the disease. At this time there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. In men, 1,970 new cases are projected in 2010, with 390 deaths. Here you can choose from an amazing variety of products benefiting BCRF all year long. Products are available from all major department stores.

1. LA MER CRÈME DE LA MER

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Synonymous with skin care miracles and ultimate luxury, the legendary Crème de la Mer has inspired a devoted following. A special pink box has been created especially for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

2. BOBBI BROWN PINK SHIMMER BRICK COMPACT

Bobbi Brown has created an exclusive, limited-edition Pink Shimmer Brick Compact. Hand-made in Italy, each brick contains five bars of iridescent colour. Sweep it along cheekbones, lids or all over for a fresh, soft pink glow.

3. CLINIQUE GREAT SKIN, GREAT CAUSE

It has become a Clinique tradition to offer a special limited-edition edition features a collectable Clinique key ring with a Pink Ribbon heart charm and Clinique “C” charm.

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4. ORIGINS PEACE OF MIND ON-THE-SPOT RELIEF

This icon product, launched in 1990, is still a best-seller thanks to the powerful de-stressing properties in the key ingredients of Basil, Eucalyptus and Peppermint that help to produce calm feelings.

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5. DARPHIN INTRAL SOOTHING CREAM

This exceptionally gentle, non-irritating, comforting Darphin cream is particularly recommended for skin that is sensitive and easily irritated. Respects skin’s vulnerability as it replenishes skin with essential moisture and helps protect against environmental aggressors.

6. CLINIQUE GREAT LIPS, GREAT CAUSE

Description: This limited-edition lip trio key ring features an exclusive Pink Ribbon heart charm, Clinique “C” charm and three mini lip favourites: Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Clearly Pink, Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Grapefruit and Different Lipstick in Glazed Berry.

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7. ESTÉE LAUDER PINK RIBBON COLLECTION: JEWELED PINK RIBBON PIN This twinkling pin, covered in 20 deep pink crystals with a jewelry pin backing closure, is a simple, elegant way to show your support.

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8. ESTÉE LAUDER PINK RIBBON COLLECTION: EVELYN LAUDER LIP DESIGN COLLECTION The Lip Design Collection is hand-picked by Evelyn Lauder and includes Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Tiramisu, Pure Color Lipstick in Candy and in Rubellite. The lipstick trio comes in a pink accessory bag.

9. DKNY BE DELICIOUS/FRESH BLOSSOM COFFRET Be sweet. Be playful. Satisfy your every mood. The DKNY Be Delicious/Fresh Blossom Coffret is perfect for the tried and true who want to take their favorites on the go.

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HAIR TRANSPLANTATION BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN YOU!

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ore and more reality TV programmes are using cosmetics surgery as their theme. A typical storyline is to present a person whose real or self perceived cosmetic imperfections are corrected using cosmetic surgery. ‘Makeover’ programmes, as these have now become known, have a positive effect when they reinforce the idea that no one has to live with cosmetic imperfections that surgical or medical treatment can correct. Hair loss, as an example, is one of the easiest imperfections to correct by using either surgical or medical hair restoration. Correction of hair loss has high public acceptance, it is not regarded as a ‘vanity’ procedure but rather as a procedure that improves self -confidence as well as the way in which is perceived by others.

Restore and improve the ‘REAL YOU’. ‘Makeover’ crosses from positive to negative when it is understood as a way to become someone other than your self. Hair restoration and other cosmetic surgery can correct cosmetic imperfections and enhance your appearance to both restore and

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improve the ‘real you’. Surgery cannot make you into somebody you are not. Professional performers may seek cosmetic surgery to make them look like a famous person who they are intending to imitate on a stage. However, the performer understands that he or she is not the person they will imitate. Makeover programmes may encourage you to investigate the value of hair restoration. You can also be encouraged by the success of hair restoration in a friend or relative to seek hair restoration for your self. Your best approach to achieving successful hair restoration is to make certain that the procedure is individualised to your characteristics. What worked well for your friend or relative may not work well for you. You and the physician hair restoration specialist must work together to achieve the outcome which best suits your needs.


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Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness Resort

5/10 Chaofa - West Rd., Tumbon Vichit Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand Tel. +66 76 263 222 Fax +66 76 264 533 www.sukkospa.com

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BEING AWARE AND INFORMED FOR

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he first step towards healthier food choices is understanding the ingredients, reading the ingredients labels, and making informed decisions by identifying the toxins and unhealthy substances. As a general rule processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. Thailand is abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables. Even if you are lazy you can go out and find a fruit seller who will actually peel and cut a whole mango, watermelon, pineapple or papaya for you! Sadly it is often more temping to go into one of the many convenience stores and buy something in a pre-packed plastic wrap. If it comes in a sealed plastic bag more often then not, it is processed and with no nutritional value. So what are some seemingly harmless ingredients that can pose health hazards and make us fat too?

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP (HFCS) this is derived from corn and is one of the main ingredients in many processed foods. Next time you are shopping just pick up a bottle of ketchup, sweet cakes, pie, frozen dinner, soda, juices etc. HFCS is naturally sweet and helps maintain the self life of food for long periods. It is also known to be responsible in contributing to significant weight gain.

MSG - MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE Monosodium Glutamate is a flavour enhancer cleverly hidden in many foods. It can be called natural or artificial flavouring instead of being listed as MSG. Without thinking about it we just accept an “artificial” flavour in our food, but now

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we know better to question it when we see it. If it is something savoury then the chances are it means MSG. And what is wrong with MSG? It is a neurotoxin, a nerve poison that assaults your nerve synapses and attacks the brain cells. A few side effects are headaches, rashes, bloating, feeling dizzy or thirsty, insomnia, numbness and many more.

HYDROGENATED OIL There are some oils that are good for us, and it is now being discovered that eating fat does not necessarily make you fat. Organic oils such as those found in flaxseed, sunflower and sesame have necessary Omega-3 and Omega 6 oils. But these are natural cold-pressed oils.

WHITE FLOUR White flour is the main ingredients in many foods we love, breads, pastas, pastries and a staple of many diets. Flour is derived from wheat and wheat is not white, so to get it white it must be bleached by chemicals which stay in the bread. Also because of the removal of the bran (the outside layer) and the embryo there is no fibre and no nutritional value in the flour. Companies will then enrich the bread, adding nutrients after but this is not a natural way to get vitamins and minerals. Enriched white bread is terribly unnatural. Also some breads marked “whole grain” have added molasses or other colouring agent to bread to give it a darker brown colour so it appears more healthy. To find natural products in Thailand visit Good Karma All Natural online health food store www.goodkarmathailand.com


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ORGANIC FLAX SEEDS

STEVIA TEA BAGS

250 grams 199 baht Flaxseeds contain many healthy components and are especially high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flax seed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.

20 bags 125 baht Native to Paraguay, Stevia is a small green plant bearing leaves that have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. The leaves are so remarkably nutritious, containing a variety of vitamins and minerals. Stevia can be an aid in weight loss efforts because it contains no calories, yet it helps reduce cravings for sweets. It also improves digestion and soothes an upset stomach, plus it nourishes the pancreas and does not adversely affect blood sugar.

PSYLLIUM POWDER

300 grams 400 baht Psyllium can be a convenient way to increase the intake of dietary fiber. The powder is soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet. It has the ability to swell up to 50 times.

ORGANIC QUIONA

USDA certified Organic Quinoa from Peru! Pronounced ‘keen wah’, Quinoa is a perfect balance of all nine essential amino acids. Free of cholesterol and trans fat, quinoa contains antioxidants, and is a source of vitamin E, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium and a great source of protein. Gluten-free and full of nutrients quinoa is ideal for those who are health-conscious, vegetarian, or physically active, as well as for those with wheat allergies.

ORGANIC SUNFLOWER SEEDS

500 grams 250 baht These are beautiful large sunflower seeds and organic, the same seeds used to make organic sunflower oil.

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DESIGNING THE LIFE YOU WOULD LOVE!

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he clearer and more meaningful your purpose the greater will be your direction and feelings of inspiration for life. People who are inspired and committed to fulfilling their dreams grow, while those who do not, tend to decay mentally, emotionally, and physically. In other words, if you’re not fulfilling your life’s mission and doing what you love and loving what you do, then you are not really planning to live an inspired life. You are simply living a quiet life of desperation. The first step towards discovering your purpose is making the decision of what you would love to be, do and have in all areas of your life. If you knew you couldn’t fail, listened to your heart and soul, and wrote down what you would love to

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be, do and have in all areas of your life, what would they be? Take the time to write it all down. A short pencil is greater than a long memory. Any detail you leave out is a detail that others may determine. Assume you are the captain of your ship and the master architect of your destiny.

Everything we do is another piece to the puzzle of life! No matter what we decide to be, do and have in our lives, if it comes from a place of inspiration, it does in some way make a difference. Whether it is in business, the arts, at home or a spiritual quest, everything we do is another piece to the puzzle of life and if there are any pieces missing we do not have the whole picture. The second step is the questions we ask ourselves on a daily basis. To live an inspired rather than a despired life there are skills to be mastered, and one such skill is the ability to ask yourself inspiring, quality questions. The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the questions you


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ask, so don’t say to yourself, I’d like to do that, but do I have enough money? Because this creates a mindset that assumes you can’t. Ask yourself, “How can I do what I love and be magnificently paid for it?” Don’t stop looking until you find the answer, and get an entirely different outcome. Just reframing the statements you make to yourself offers tremendous power. This allows your vacation to become your vocation.

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Be grateful for everything in life! Finally the third step is being grateful for everything in life. Those who count their blessings, who are grateful, have more blessings and fulfilment in life than those who do not. This is a simple principle. Yet it has the power to change your life. Gratitude is the key to growth and fulfilment.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE LOVE WHAT YOU DO Imagine if you dedicated your life to your dream and let nothing stop you, and I mean nothing. If you let no person on the planet, any challenge, obstacles, fears or emotions stop you from being exactly what you dream about, how could it not come true? There’s nothing more inspiring in my life than to speak to people who are willing and receptive to discovering their magnificent potential. The pain of regret far outweighs the pain of discipline, so don’t spend your life on little dreams when you have something magnificent inside that is just waiting for expression. Start today to create your master plan for 2011 and beyond so you can live a purposeful and inspired life.

Article courtesy of Dr John Demartini human behavioural specialist, educator and author. For more information about Dr Demartini and his Methologies please visit: www.drdemartini.com or contact: info@drdemartini.co.za or call 0110119093 (Johannesburg)

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GINGER WATER TO HELP RELIEVE WRIST PAIN Using a computer keyboard or mouse for long periods of time often causes wrist pain, which is often referred to as repetitive strain injury (RSI). This is due to the nerves of the wrist being pressed together. This can also cause pain to the fingertips. If symptoms are severe hand muscles can often be weakened. You do not have to wait for a cure for symptoms of this illness, as you can simply apply ginger water to the affected areas. Ginger water will help relieve symptoms of RSI due to ginger having a warming herbal effect; it stimulates blood circulation around the nerves, helping to relieve the pain.

How to prepare: Add grated ginger to boiling water and simmer for 30 minutes, remove from the heat and set aside. Allow the water to cool but not to get cold.

How to use: Soak a small towel in the ginger water. Twist the towel to remove some of the water and place on the affected area. Place a dry towel over the wet towel to keep in the warmth. Leave until the towel is cold. Do this 2-3 times a day and the pain will be reduced.

PINEAPPLE UNDERARM MASK TO HELP REDUCE DARKENED SKIN Some skincare products may cause irritation and splitting of the skin, when used underarm, if the skin has blackened. Also if the area has been n shaved or plucked violently. Some people turn to laser technology, forr permanent hair removal, or pay for expensive creams to assist with underarm whitening, to eliminate thiss problem. However, the original problem m soon reappears. We have an option that will not only save you time but also money. All you need is the following ingredients: ts: 2 tablespoons crushed pineapple 1 tablespoon Plai powder 1 teaspoon Borneol 1 egg white

How to do: 1. Mix and stir all the ingredients together. 2. Clean thoroughly under the arm and wipe dry. 3. Using cotton or soft tissue, apply

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the mixture to the underarm area. Once you have applied to both armpits, allow for the mask to dry, using a fan may make this quicker for you. Then rinse off the mask using warm water. Try to do this about 3 times a week, for 3 consecutive months. Due to pineapple containing natural AHA, Plai powder helping skin irritation, Borneol reducing body odour and egg white helping strengthen the skin, the dark traces in the underarm area will slowly be reduced and will leave the skin smoother.


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TIPS FOR PERFORMING A GOOD FOOT MASSAGE

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WHY TO TREAT YOUR PARTNER TO SOME RELAX TIME Foot massage raises levels of oxytocin, the hormone that makes you feel warm and dizzy (oxytocin is the hormone a mother’s brain generates when she’s breastfeeding). It causes arousal; due to the fact the foot contains its own of sexual nerves. It raises levels of lymphatic drainage. Massage helps release waste material from your system.

represents the neck. The inner sole of the foot reflects the belly, while the outer sole reflects the spine. If one specific area is giving your partner a problem, spend some time there to help ease the problem

4. WORK FROM THE TOES UPWARDS.

HOW TO DO IT: 1. PREPARATION. Make your partner comfortable; soak his or her feet in warm water and clean with a warm flannel.

A lot of tension is held in the ankles, so move the foot around to help relax the ankle joint. Start with the heel and push up toward the leg; pull the heel down and work it side to side. Use slow, deep pressure, and work the whole foot, including between the toes. Pull each toe for 10 seconds. Rub the calves from the ankle toward the knee. Since the calves and feet are furthest from the heart and fighting gravity, it is challenging for them to move lymphatic waste along. Now let your partner try on you.

2. USE GOOD MASSAGE OIL, Perhaps one scented with lavender, as this is often seen as an aphrodisiac by both men and women.

3. MAKE SURE YOU MASSAGE THE WHOLE FOOT. Different areas of the foot reflect on different parts of the body. The big toe reflects the top of the head, and the sensitive area at the base of the toes

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ARTHRITIS &

CHINESE MEDICINE ABOUT ARTHRITIS

Arthritis refers to the inflammation of the joints. It is an illness a sufferer may have to deal with for the rest of his or her life. The usual soft padding between the joints slowly deteriorates, allowing the bones to rub together causing sharp, persistent pain. There are two basic forms of arthritis that occur frequently: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterised by autoimmune attacks that usually come and go, and may be influenced by numerous factors that alter the immune functions, including dietary components, infections and stress. Osteoarthritis also involves some autoimmune responses, but is characterized by a gradual loss of tissue in the

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joints as a person gets older. Inflammation of the joints with constant pain is an ongoing condition.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Arthritis has been a recognised medical condition since ancient times. The Chinese believe the cause is due to poor chi and blood circulation that leads to symptoms of pain, numbness, swelling and stiffness. Therefore they developed treatments to nourish and improve the circulation: Acupuncture, Herbal Formulas, and Tai Chi.

CHINESE HERBAL FORMULAS

The ability of the Chinese medical community to document herbal formula treatments has allowed


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the medical community to gather 31 different formulas. The formulas reveal eight commonly used herbs: Cinnamon, Liquorice, Dong Quai, Peony, Siler, Chiang-Huo, Atractylodes, and Cnidium.

For additional information, please contact: The Tai Chi Center, Kamala Nathong House, 99/148 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, 83150 Phuket, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 81 728 9980, Email: serenethai@yahoo.com Website: www.taichiphuket.com

These herbs improve chi and blood circulation, as well as tonify the liver, kidneys and spleen. In general, they are warming, a bit spicy yet gentle in nature, without any toxic side-effects. From various Chinese studies, providing the formulas are suited to the individual, pain relief and possible remission in the case of rheumatoid arthritis may occur from one month to several months after treatment begins.

HOW TAI CHI HELPS ARTHRITIS

Tai Chi has been practiced as a Chinese health-promoting martial art that focuses on slow, gentle movement, providing a smooth, continuous and low intensity exercise. The movements of Tai Chi keep the body alert yet balanced and soft, and allow a freer range of motion in the joints and greater flexibility. The deep, rhythmic Chi Gung breathing exercises expand the lungs; lower the blood pressure and heart rate, thereby improving the body’s immune system. The focused attention to long, slow breathing and smooth, gentle movements gradually decreases emotional anxiety while lowering hypertension. All these factors improve the chi and blood flow throughout the body thereby reducing the arthritic inflammation and pain.

TAI CHI KEEPS THE BODY ALERT

With a smoothly flowing energy system, reduced emotional stress levels and calm, steady mind, the door is open to achieve new levels of arthritic pain management.

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Inter v i e w

Esmeralda Proprietor of The Dream Gallery

“I WAS LED TO PHUKET IN A DREAM” Esmeralda, the Dream Gallery Rawai Originally from Spain, 42 year old Esmeralda is the proprietor of The Dream Gallery. The Dream Gallery, which opened in September, already houses a vast collection of Chinese antiques and artefacts. There are pieces of hand embroidered dress material, hand painted porcelain, traditional Chinese tea sets, framed antique advertising posters; hand carved wooden furniture and ornate Chinese wooden lanterns. Most of the artefacts were

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hand made for wealthy families, with some pieces dating back hundreds of years. However, also on display are items of jewellery which are designed by Esmeralda and hand made by her team based in Beijing China. Esmeralda’s fascination with Chinese artifacts began about 14 years ago when she moved to Beijing. In 1996 she was in charge of establishing foreign companies within China. She worked for many years as high advisor for the Chinese market and helped foreign companies to enter the market. In 2003 she set up her own company. She then started to be involved in exporting goods from China to various places worldwide. It was during this time in China she collected her vast range of


Home & Décor furniture, paintings, pottery and various ornamental pieces. Nowadays she still works advising foreign companies in China but she is spending more time in the design field.

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“He showed me a footprint in a rock” The story of how Esmeralda came to be in Phuket is a very interesting one. She advises us she was led by Buddha to Phuket. “I saw Buddha in a dream back in January 2007. He was dressed in gold and told me I would soon be moving to a new country” she said. “He showed me a footprint in a rock, this rock was underwater. He also showed me an island.” “I had visited Thailand for holidays previously but never Phuket. However, in May 2007 I booked to come here. When I arrived at my hotel, I was unpacking and a map of Phuket fell out. Strangely, Phuket was the shape of the island from my dream. During my holiday here I asked various people if they knew anything about this mysterious underwater footprint, but nobody could help me. Then close to the end of my holiday, when out, I ran into an old lady. I asked her if she knew of the footprint in the rock.”

“I told her about my dream” “She was shocked and wanted to know how I knew about this because it was located in a small island and only devout Thai Buddhists knew about it. When I told her about my dream, she was happy to show me how to get to this island.”

Esmeralda paid a local fisherman to take her to this island. It is located about 30 minutes away from Cape Promthep. “The island is inhabited by a group of monks and the head monk took me to the sacred rock. He advised me that Buddha had come to the island 2500 years ago and left his footprint there.” It seemed natural that Esmeralda should bring her collection here to Phuket and open her Chinese antique shop. Because all of this came to her in an incredible dream, she decided to name the business The Dream. One aim of Esmeralda’s, and The Dream Galleries, is to help the Temple in Kho Kaew Pisadarn Island (Buddha Island) to finish building their pagoda. The pagoda was destroyed by a strong storm just before the Tsunami and the monk that takes care of the island is trying to rebuild it. So she hopes, with the gallery’s help, to finish this project. Since last year, the island has become very popular with tourists and is now becoming known as Buddha Island. It can be seen from Rawai beach and there are many boats that can take you there. Esmeralda plans to return to China every 6 weeks or so to purchase new stock for her new business. We wish her every success with her new venture. The Dream Gallery, Viset Road, Rawai (opposite Vijit Resort) is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10a.m to 7.30p.m. For further information telephone +66 (0) 76 226 556 or email gallery@asiansourcinggallery.com www.thedreamgallery.asia.

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19th Century miniature hand carved display cabinet made from elm wood with 2 drawers with brass handles. 19th Century miniature hand carved cabinet made from elm wood, features 2 hand carved panel doors and 3 drawers. 19th Century hand carved book case made from soft wood with 4 drawers with decorative brass handles. 19th Century hand made miniature dressing table with swing mirror, made from elm wood with 4 drawers.

The Dream Gallery (Opposite Vijit Resort) 43 /128 Moo 7, Viset Road A. Muang, Phuket Thailand 83100 Tel./Fax.: +66 (0) 76 226 556 E-mail: gallery@asiansourcingallery.com Website: www.thedreamgallery.asia

Decorative wire sphere, distinctive and lasting table decorations designed and hand made in Paris.


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(Silky Lady) Jewellery designed by Esmeralda (The Dream Gallery)

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Hand painted Chinese Poem Calligraphy Scroll Paintings. The poems have inspirational, motivational or moral messages.


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Handmade White Ceramic Decorative Sculpture feat Faces of Mother and Child

Synthetic Rattan Chair with Wooden Arm Rest (Available in Various Colours)

NINA DECORATIVE Nina Decorative is an interior design service for both residential and commercial interiors and is supported by the company owned OPEN HOUSE retail outlet in Phuket to provide beautiful hand crafted furniture and artifacts at a competitive price. From supplying an outdoor water feature to a whole resort of indoor or outdoor furniture you will find Nina Decorative have a truly professional approach to your requirements at a surprisingly affordable price. Nearly all stock is directly imported from Indonesia and direct means right from the manufacturer, not from agents.

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Handmade White Ceramic Decorative Sculpture feat Mother, Father & Child, Handmade Black Ceramic Decorative Figure Sculpture

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SOFA BED

WOODEN TRIPOD LAMP

Whether used as a sofa in the lounge or an extra bed in the den or bedroom, the unusual design of this sofa bed makes it a striking piece of furniture. Made from banana leaf but getting its inner strength from a stainless steel frame, it provides comfort for either function. Popping in for coffee, or unexpectedly staying overnight, your guests will appreciate your taste.

The lamp bears the classic look of an old wooden tripod for a turn-of-the-century camera crafted in solid wood and accentuated with solid cast aluminum. This well appointed floor lamp features a machine-turned gear mechanism, a telescopic tripod base with adjustment so that it can stand on a table or the floor. Comes with a black lamp shade.

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ECO WOOD STOOL These small stools are available in a natural finish, and are perfect for living room or garden decor. Hand-carved from sustainably harvested solid wood, the bench has a smooth surface and is well finished for easy cleaning. These versatile accent pieces can be side tables or extra seating.

DECORATIVE BRANCH Elegant and stylish this creation is purely artistic. What used to be called a ‘conversation piece’ perhaps, but with a great deal more sophistication. Viewed by day it is a natural element to your home, and spot lit by night, a pleasing form of subdued lighting.


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Cozy Company

1/1 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket Thailand 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 270 847 Fax: +66 (0) 76 270 633 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 970 8272 Email: cozy_company@yahoo.com

WIRE CHAIR Intriguingly out of the ordinary, these wire chairs are eye-catching and definitely different. Nevertheless they are extremely strong, surprisingly comfortable, light and cool without cushions.

RESIN LADY FIGURINE This lady figurine with a meaningful gesture has been crafted using a relatively lightweight resin mix with a wonderfully authentic bronze and gold finish. This piece will make a stunning focal point in any home.

FIGURATIVE LADY SCULPTURE

What a meaningful piece manifesting a woman face down on her knees. The contemporary design is in beautiful bronze tones, this sophisticated figure would make a stunning feature in a modern home, yet is sure to add something to any space.

DAY BED Again, for the den perhaps, or if used as a functional but somewhat decadent sofa in the lounge, this piece is perfect to give a good night’s sleep to those guests who call in unexpectedly and maybe have a little too much to drink to drive home. Can be split into two separate beds.

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Home & Décor Bed r o o m Guide

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

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re you sleeping badly? Follow one or more of the Feng Shui bedroom tips below, and get your beauty sleep back, or at least your zenaptitude. Learning how to Feng Shui your bedroom is not all that hard, if you follow the tips:

1 Feng Shui Bed Placement According to Feng Shui in the bedroom, bed placement is important. The bed should be as far away from the door as possible. The foot of the bed should not be facing the entry way (this is called the dead man’s position), and it is preferable to have the head of the bed against a wall.

2 No Electric Wires In a Feng Shui bedroom, there should be no electric wires running through the room, or piling up in a corner. A bedroom is a place to rest not an office. Remove TV’s, computers and video games to another room.

3 Colours Are Important Colour plays a crucial role in a Feng Shui environment; choose cool colors for bedroom walls, like blue, mauve, white or gray. Warm up the cool wall colors with bedding and curtains in soft warm colors

4 Pleasant Aromas Are Nice Use a candle to perfume the room. Santal is particularly

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effective, it purifies and protects from bad vibes. A few drops of essential oils on a pillow (such as lavender) will help you relax and sleep better.

5 Use Lights to Your Advantage Look how the room lighting is affecting your feelings about the room. Feng Shui for bedroom lighting needs to be soft and diffused. Avoid suspended lights above the bed, choose a bedside light. Remove mirrors as they do not really belong in a bedroom.

6 Round Smooth Stones Use a few smooth stones in a plate or a bowl on a nightstand. It is said to promote good sleep.

7 Keep Things in Their Place Disorder is not Feng Shui! As your mother kept telling you, “Tidy your room”, it will help your chi circulate. What can I say Mother knows best!


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Naruemit Engineer & Surveyor Co., Ltd.

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Construction & Maintenance Services Naruemit Engineer & Surveyor Co., Ltd. is a leading construction service company in Phuket. We have focused on building excellence for our clients for over two decades, by delivering the highest quality projects at competitive prices in the required amount of time. Our team of qualified and experience engineers, project managers and supervisors pledge to pay close attention and are willing to dedicate themselves to satisfy your needs at every level. Beyond engineering, we also offer services for legal consultations, building permits, project management, site supervision, turnkey projects, cost control To Airport and quality control. Airport

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DO’S AND DON’TS OF BEDROOM DECORATING

Consider function when decorating any room of your home, particularly the bedroom. The function is, of course, to provide a relaxing, comfortable environment for sleep.

Don’t Allow yourself to watch television in the bedroom, although sleep experts say you should not have a television set in the bedroom, reality says otherwise.

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Invest in a quality, comfortable bed. You’re spending at least ¼ of your day there, it’s worth it. Have all types of lighting in the bedroom – ambient, task, and accent and decorative. Arrange furniture for you to easily enter and exit the bedroom without twists and turns – it’s bad Feng Shui decorating and it means furniture is not properly arranged. Let your personal style and taste shine through when decorating your bedroom.

Turn your bedroom into a multi-functional room. Sleep and comfort reign supreme in the bedroom, keep desks and work areas out of the room. Allow your television to become the focal point of your bedroom. Make it as unobtrusive as possible or have an armoire or cabinet to hide it away. Keep your mattress and bedsprings for longer than 15 years – they wear out. If you notice your back is sore in the mornings and you’re more tired than usual, consider your bed comfort before scheduling the MRI. Rely on one overhead light for all your lighting needs. Put the side of your bed against the wall or on a diagonal in the corner. Let trends dictate the style of your bedroom.

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Phuket Awnings Services Co., Ltd. 108/92 Moo 5 Chalermprakiate R.9 Road, Tambol Rassda, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 612 870 Fax: +66 (0) 76 612 869 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 788 1639 Email: sunshadesystems@yahoo.com Website: www.phuketawnings.com

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Professional Awning Maker Phuket Awnings Services Company Limited is a professional awnings and sail making company with over ten years experience in the field. Our products range from tensioned membrane fabric roofs through yacht sails to shade sail structures. All materials used are imported and are of premium quality designed for functionality as well as longevity. In addition to providing protection to you and your property from the effects of the sun, our imaginatively designed products can also enhance the aesthetic appearance of your home.

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Home & Décor Bed r o o m Guide

BEDROOM LIGHTING CHECKLIST To make sure you have proper lighting in your bedroom or master suite, the American Lighting Association suggests asking the following questions. (Tip: You want to be able to answer “yes” to all!) 1. Can I see well enough to get dressed? 2. Is there a light in the closet? 3. Are there individual reading lights on each side of the bed? 4. Is there an overhead light source? 5. Do I have enough light to determine the colors of clothing in my drawers? 6. Do I have a light source near the door? 7. Have I installed outlets in convenient locations while building/renovating my bedroom? 8. Can I fill dark corners with portable lighting sources? 9. Do I have a dimmer installed on the overhead light source? 10. Are there lights at the dressing table to help with makeup? Article written by experts of The American Lighting Association, an organization of lighting manufacturers, showrooms, and sales representatives dedicated to providing the public with quality residential lighting.

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Numsang Hi-Fi

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33/7-9 Vichitsongkram Rd,. Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket, 83000 44 Phang Nga Rd., Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 81 892 2807, +66 (0) 86 662 7766, +66 (0) 76 219 406 Email: info@numsang-hifi.com Website: www.numsang-hifi.com

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Thai-Balinese Style Luxury 4 Bedroom Private Pool Villas Near Phuket International Academy

Green Hill Villas

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re you considering bringing your family here to the warmth of Phuket Island? Phuket Island is a naturally abundant land, well known worldwide for its attractive scenery, white sandy beaches, clear Blue Sea and excellent choice of facilities.

Green Hill Villas Phuket

is located opposite to Phuket International Academy School and is set in a secluded, private and peaceful atmosphere. The Green Hill Vilas project is surrounded with lush beautiful green hills. The villas have been designed in a Thai-Balinese style and each offers a total plot area of more than 800sqm. Each villa contains 4 spacious bedrooms


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each with en-suite bathroom. The fully equipped kitchen and dining area is open plan so you can enjoy the company of your guests whilst cooking your favourite dishes. You can also enjoy al-fresco dining on your luxurious and spacious decking area which is perfectly situated right next to your infinity swimming pool. High spec security systems are installed in each villa and cover all locations within the property, ensuring confidence that your family are secure and well cared for and makes sure that every day becomes your relaxation day.

For further information please contact:

Phone: +66 (0) 7661 7936    Fax: +66 (0) 7652 5615    Email: forcepkt@yahoo.com

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“EXCLUSIVITY YOU CAN AFFORD” THE SQUARE X, CHENGTALAY, PHUKET

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he success of the project “The Square Kuku” in Phuket Town, with sales of more than 95%, and the construction at this time having progressed significantly has been amazing. Due to the great success the developers have bought forward their idea to develop a second project, “The Square X”, in a new location, and respond to the needs of customers requiring condominium type residencies. Therefore, the second project has now commenced in the area of Chengtalay. “The Square X” is strategically situated in the landscape of the tropical living area of Chengtalay -Baan Don. Complete your paradise lifestyle completely with assorted restaurants, a sophisticated shopping arcade, 5 Star Laguna Resorts, white sand beaches or even the nearby local market. The combination of a quality community, great residential neighborhood and the most convenient transportation make this the perfect condominium location. Being located amongst agricultural territories creates a sense of peace and privacy, but also possesses the ability to reach outside amenities, facilities, and societies within a few minutes.

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“THE SQUARE X”

     The Square X is a development of residential condominiums. It will offer 72 units, in six styles, ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms. Each unit will be fully furnished. The units will be housed within a 7-storey building. It has been designed with a modern resort style in mind and will be equipped with full amenities and excellent security system.

The 6 unit types 1 1 2 1 1 3

Bedroom @ 37sqm - 40 units Bedroom @ 60sqm - 7 units Bedrooms @ 75sqm - 15 units Bedroom Duplex @ 60sqm - 6 units Bedroom Duplex @ 90sqm - 1 unit Bedrooms @ 125sqm -3 units

PRICE STARTING FROM 2.2 MILLION BAHT

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The Facilities Communal roof pool Fully equipped gymnasium 2 Lifts WIFI access within the entire building Cafe 50 parking spaces

The Security Lift Card CCTV in all public areas 24 hours security guard Emergency lighting Smoke detectors in communal area Fire extinguishers

Nearby amenities

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minutes drive/20 minutes walk from Phuket Laguna Resorts minutes drive/25 minutes walk from Bang Tao Bay/Beach minutes drive/30 minutes walk to Tesco Lotus Chengtalay 20 minutes drive from the airport      

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THE LANDSCAPE OF THE TROPICAL LIVING AREA OF CHENGTALAY-BAAN DON. Contact: Tel: +66 (0) 76 615 544 +66 (0) 87 462 2588 Website: www.thesquarecondo-phuket.com

Kids Center Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa Laguna Phuket

To Kamala

Wat Phranang Sang Baan Rim Tarn

Cheng talay Wittayakorn School

Monument of Thao Thep Kasattri and Thao Sri Sunthon

Sri Sunth on Rd.

Phuket Town

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WELCOME TO THE CHARM RESIDENCE These modern and stylishly appointed condominiums are set beside the sea near the world famous Patong Beach, on the west coast of Phuket Island, Thailand’s premier resort destination. THE OVERVIEW Astute investors are offered the opportunity to own a part of this outstanding development which will operate as a 4+ star hotel when completed in 2013. No matter if your investment is for return or lifestyle an investment in the Charm Residence is a sound choice.

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THE PROJECT This superb beachside location will allow owners (and guests of the hotel) to relax and enjoy the beach which is practically at your door. The hotel is situated close to the vibrant nightlife, the vast range of restaurants, Jungceylon shopping Centre and the local markets of Patong. The development comprises of 246 units (Studio and One Bedroom) built in 4 interconnected buildings, surrounded by lagoon swimming pool. Ground floor units will have access to the pool via their terrace. The buildings are modern and stylishly designed; glass has been used extensively to allow natural light to fill the units and sliding doors are used on the balconies and terraces to allow the natural breeze. Each of the 4 buildings will have its own passenger elevator.


Land & Property Project Overview The generously sized studio units will be stylishly finished with modern décor. Each unit will have Wi-Fi internet access, kitchenette, separate bathroom, private balcony or terrace, individual air conditioning controls and high quality fittings, furnishings and equipment. 39 of the units will be duplex suites which will include a separate lounge and an upper level balcony where the Jacuzzi will be located. For the safety of the residents and guests access will be operated via a key card access system and the entire building will have security 24 hours a day. Along with the reception, there will be an indoor/outdoor restaurant located on the ground floor and a business centre and fully equipped fitness room on the level above. Underground car parking will be provided. Upon completion the development will be operated as a 4+ star hotel by professional hospitality management company. Owners will receive rental returns based on rental programs operated by the developer through the hotel operation. The returns will be guaranteed at a minimum of 5% per annum for 3 years, or non-guaranteed, in which case the return will be based on the profit of the hotel. All owners will enjoy generous own usage allowances under the rental programs. The maintenance of the units will be carried out by the hotel operator for those owners who enter the rental programs.

SUPERB BEACHSIDE LOCATION

For further information please contact:

“The Charm Residence” by Proliving Co., Ltd. 200/28, Thaweewong Rd., Patong beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand. Phone: +66 (0) 76 344 499 E-mail: info@thecharmphuket.com www.thecharmphuket.com

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‘THE SIXTH PHUKET’ FIRST LIFESTYLE SHOPHOUSE TO BE LAUNCHED IN PATONG BEACH!

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ux’s Manor has launched ‘The Sixth Phuket’ project, the first ‘Lifestyle Shophouse’ in Patong Beach. It will have a distinctive architectural design, with the Sino-Portuguese style of old Phuket. There are now spaces for rent, suitable for various businesses. Mrs. Sarawee Bodharojtham – General Manager of Lux’s Manor, the developer of ‘The Sixth Phuket’, said the company recognizes the importance and potential for marketing in today’s consumer-focused climate. ‘The Sixth Phuket’ will be located on 1 Rai of land located on the corner of Soi Bangla, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket. The new three-storey shopping arcade occupies 3,150 square metres of utility space, of which 2,350 square metres will be set for rental and 800 square metres as shared space. 42 rental shop units are also available. The Sixth Phuket will open in November 2011.

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Land & Property Project Overview

‘The Sixth Phuket’ has arisen under the concept ‘Lifestyle Shophouse’. The meaning of the phrase is a place that houses various types of shops within the same area. The project will have spaces to rent on all 3 floors. The areas can be adjusted, as required, to the size of the shop that wishes to rent. The businesses which will suit ‘The Sixth Phuket’ include restaurants, financial services, health and beauty shops and service centers. The rental fee for vendors will depend on the size and position and will start at 40,000 baht to 150,000 baht. The main highlight of ‘The Sixth Phuket’ is the unique design in Sino-Portuguese style. The project has the intention to merge the local cultural identity and trade location. This will become a key selling point to attract tourists, both Thai and foreign and become a source of shopping that anyone can visit. The current business is not just about selling a product or service, but also the sales experience for customers. Therefore, location is very important when opening shops or businesses. Mrs. Sarawee said: “We are ready with a public relations and marketing plan to attract customers. It is a great chance for entrepreneurs wanting to open shops at ‘The Sixth Phuket’, because the company is prepared to promote the project via various channels. Public radio, print ads, online media and social media are being used to invite customers to contact the rental company to ensure the location is prime. The Patong area is popular with both residents and tourists throughout the year. The number of domestic tourists is more than 1.7 million people per year and foreign tourists are more than 1.2 million people per year. A large amount of people, with high purchasing power! There is no center with the same concept in this area.” For businesses interested in renting space to open stores please make contact to the Project Office ‘The Sixth Phuket’ Tel: +66 (0) 76 342 554, +66 (0) 81 844 9600 or info@thesixthphuket.com www.thesixthphuket.com

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GM Talk

“IT’S NICE TO BUILD A NEW RESORT AND INCLUDE ALL OF THE WESTIN FEATURES” Greg Findlay GM of Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket Would you like to tell us a little about yourself? I am originally from New Zealand and have been working for Starwood for 17 years with the Westin and Sheraton brands, prior to hotels I gained my experience in the hospitality and airline industry. I started my career in hotels as a front office manager and then moved into the sales & marketing field,

8 years later after joining Sheraton I had my first position as a General Manager and have been in this role for over 10 years working in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Thailand twice.

Did you train to work in the hospitality business? No actually I have a Bachelor’s degree in Science and majored in Geology. However upon completion of my studies I was involved with managing restaurants and then the airline industry. I only expected to work in the industry a couple of years but I ended up working for much longer. After making the move into the hotel industry I studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in Australia. I have always loved the hospitality industry and working with people, so decided to stay and focus on the skills I had already gained.

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Greg Findlay GM of Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket


Recreation & Rooms GM Talk

The resort is located on a steep hillside, all rooms, suites and villas offer stunning sea views. How long have you been involved with this project and what has your role been? I have been involved since February 2009 when we started the majority of the pre opening work and implementing brand concepts and working with the architect, interior designer and construction team. To set up a Westin resort we have to ensure that the resort fits within our brand guidelines with facilities, interior design, fittings, fixtures and restaurant concepts. We also have to purchase all the hotel equipment, recruit and train the team and get them ready for an opening, plus develop sales & marketing strategies to open the hotel with.

What obstacles have you had to overcome with the new project like the Westin? The main obstacles with this project have been to do with completing the construction and the physical layout of the resort. The resort is built over 39 rai of land on a steep hillside. In total we have 40 separate buildings on this site that all require their own septic systems, electrical and fire safety and back up power systems which has been technically challenging given our dramatic building site. The fine tuning of details with a new project can also be quite time consuming and even more so when the resort is located on a steep hillside, but the views are well worth it! The recruitment of staff was relatively straight forward as Starwood is so well known and established here in Thailand, so the standard of applicants were high and we received a huge response.

What are the challenges of your hotel location? The East coast of Phuket is still very undeveloped as far as hotels and resorts are concerned. However I think being located so close to Phuket town is a bonus, as it is relatively undiscovered but has so much history and culture which adds to its unique local character. Phuket town is certainly still developing but there great eclectic shops, cafes and restaurants located in original Sino Portuguese shop houses. The East coast has great access to the surrounding islands which is also perfect for day trips and cuts down on the travel time if you compare to travelling from the West Coast. As the resort is located on a steep hillside, all of our rooms, suites and villas offer stunning sea views which I never tire of, so I believe the benefits far outweigh any challenges.

What is your customer base? Phuket has traditionally been popular with the Europeans, Russians and Australians as well as the regional Asian markets which have opened up even more due to direct flight access into Phuket. We are seeing, as is the rest of the world, a lot of growth out of the Chinese and Indian markets. We are lucky as Phuket is such a popular and well established tourist destination, as is Thailand.

How would you compare the opening of The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket to The Westin Auckland? First of all The Westin Auckland was a corporate hotel and it was the first Westin hotel in New Zealand so the majority of our staff did not have previous Starwood experience. Starwood has many systems and guest programs which we use, so we had to undertake a comprehensive training program to arm the team with the knowledge they needed to prepare for an opening.

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GM Talk

Here in Thailand most people are aware of our expectations and that of the brand and challenge has been more on the construction side and getting the project finished ready in time to open.

Can you tell us a bit about The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket? Westin is a lifestyle brand and as such we focus on wellness and ensuring that our guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. We have many brand initiatives that focus on wellness of body, mind and spirit such as Superfoods RX which incorporates the nutrient dense foods and also pairs food together that are mutually beneficial like Cinnamon with Oatmeal as Cinnamon slows the release of sugar in the blood stream so keeping you feeling fuller for longer. Westin is also renowned for the ‘Westin Heavenly Bed’ which incorporates layers and layers upon comfort, as well as the ‘Westin Heavenly Bath’ which are featured in all of our 261 rooms, suites and villas. All rooms are equipped with LCD televisions, WIFI, LAN and iPod docking stations. We have six restaurants and bars which are Prego our Italian restaurant, EEST which is Pan Asian cuisine and Seasonal Tastes which have open kitchens for an interactive dining experience and serves International

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cuisine. We also have the first Heavenly Spa by Westin to open in Thailand which is a Westin branded spa so it gives our guests a cohesive hotel and spa experience, it has eight treatment rooms as well as suites with private spa, Jacuzzi and steam rooms. We also cater for families with children with our Westin Kids Club which put on daily activities to keep them occupied; many of them do not want to leave! The most spectacular thing about the resort is the view, you can see out to Phi Phi Island, Cape Panwa and Big Buddha on the hill, the sunsets are truly amazing.

What is next in terms of marketing for the resort? Phuket town and the East Coast of Phuket has great potential to really broaden tourists travel experience in Phuket which only adds to the variety so we will continue to promote this area of the island. As we are the first Westin resort to open in Thailand we would like to communicate more about our brand and that Westin is truly a lifestyle brand and our goal is to create a feel good wellness experience to all of our guests so they leave feeling better than when they arrived.


“SPOIL YOUR SENSES!” @ The Chava Resort Surin Beach

The Chava resort is located on Phuket’s exclusive Surin Beach, which features perfect white sand and crystal clear waters. A crescent shaped bay with rocky headlands at the foot of forest-fringed cliffs, this is Phuket’s premier beach and has become one of the most desirable and exclusive holiday destinations. The Chava combines modern comforts and 5-star facilities in a relaxed tropical setting just a stroll away from the white sands and crystal waters of Phuket’s exclusive Surin Beach. The Chava is the perfect destination for pleasure or business. Whether you’re a family, couple or on business, The Chava Resort’s luxury apartments will relax your mind, spoil your senses and fulfill your every need!

The Chava Resort

113 Moo 3, Tambon Cherng Talay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 372600 Fax: +66 (0) 76 372606 Reservations: reservations@thechavaresort.com


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GM Talk

Mark Hehir GM of Anantara Phuket Villas

“WE CONTINUE TO DRIVE OUR PEOPLE’S DEVELOPMENT AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE RESORT"

GM Anantara Mark Hehir

First of all, would you give us a little background information about yourself! I am originally from Australia and have been involved with the Hospitality industry for over 27 years, mainly within Asia. I am married but no children as yet. I have a wonderful dog called “Prada” who is training and preparing me for when I do become a responsible parent.

Have you always been involved in the Hotel Industry? Yes, since the age of 15 I got directly involved in the Hotel industry. When I participated in work experience at School I became a Chef.

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Recreation & Rooms GM Talk

What is your work experience? I was a Chef for over 19 years, working in London, Maldives, Tokyo. This was in 5 star Hotels and Resorts, cooking for many celebrities, Royals and other dignitaries with many stories to tell. I eventually become Executive Chef with Hilton International in the latter part of my cooking career. In the past 8 years I became involved with Hotel operations and more recently as a GM. For the past 6 years this has been in countries such as the Maldives, Bali (Indonesia) and Thailand.

How did you become involved with Anantara? I got involved with Anantara though my work in the Maldives and being exposed to Mr. Heinecke. This lead to a opportunity to Join Minor (Anantara Parent Company) to open the Anantara Bali Seminyak.

What are your main duties as GM here? As GM of our beautiful resort, I am tasked with strategically managing the resorts business potential

and future developments. This is done whilst guiding the Operations team to ensure our customer service and product is the best it possibly can be, and always striving to improve it. Our people are our most important assets and their development is a critical part of our success.

How successful have you been at doing your job, give examples? In 2010 against 2009, by strategically managing our resorts business we have grown our Occupancy by 33% and our average room rate growth has been 5%. Our total growth of revenue has been 37%, which meant our service charge for our team grew by over 25% in 2010 against 2009.

What is your area of expertise? In my opinion, my obvious area of expertise is Food and Beverage, along with a very strong operations insight to customer service. I also have a great passion for Sales & Marketing!

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Is there any aspect that you feel needs to be improved here and how would you go about improving it? We always have many areas where we can improve; we continue to drive our people’s development and their commitment to the resort and its heart and Soul. By continuing to educate via English and other skills training, our department heads continued commitment to their team’s development via personal development plans for key performers.

What do you hope to achieve here at Anantara? I want to achieve the No. 1 ranking in our Pool Villa Resort competitor set. To be known on the island for the best Pool Villa product and services and to be Phuket’s preferred employer.

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Where do you see Anantara in 1 year’s time? One year goes very fast, we are going to continue to pursue our goal of being a market leader, we will continue to be ranked in the TOP 3 Pool Villa 5 star Luxury resorts in Phuket.


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different depths for Toddlers & Adults, Professional Fitness Studio as well as special Benefits and Vouchers (Helicopter Sightseeing Flight, Girls Beauty Spa Day, Accommodation, Spa Treatments, Birthday Party for 20 kids and more). Visit our website or call us for a guided tour on 076 336 500. www.twinpalms-club.com

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Ze n i t h Hol i d a y

“SOPHISTICATED CITY LIVING ON THE PARADISE ISLAND� Cape Sienna Villas, Kamala, Phuket Cape Sienna brings sophisticated city living to the Paradise Island of Phuket. Cape Sienna offers 9 luxury villas to rent. Each spectacular villa is positioned to give the most stunning of sea views from the West Coast of the Island. These extraordinary ocean front cliff set villas, offer 3-4 private bedrooms. Each has been designed with a contemporary approach and are ideal for people suited to an up-market way of life and imbues a clean, sophisticated look and feel. Internal areas are, in total, in excess of 350sqm. The modern Asian styling is further enhanced by stunning views and high end furniture and fixtures, including state of the art sound systems and high

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Recreation & Rooms Zenith Holiday

DESIGNED WITH PRIVACY IN MIND!

class kitchens. Kitchens have been specifically designed for each villa and each features a full size wine cellar fridge. All bedrooms are designed to allow you to wake up to the view of your private marble infinity pool on the outer deck. This deck area is also the ideal setting to watch the amazing Phuket sunset. Designed with privacy in mind, all villas enjoy direct ocean frontage and are not overlooked by any other property. If you are not impressed enough already, free wireless internet is provided in each of the villas and every guest, staying at Cape Sienna Villas, is entitled to use all in house facilities Cape Sienna Resort has to offer, at no additional cost. For those wanting to relax completely and not get involved in general day to day routines, a private butler service is readily available, to make your stay as comfortable and restful as possible; or on the other hand to help you plan your days to make them as pleasurable and fulfilled as you wish. Cape Sienna Villas are available to rent for however short or long a period you wish to stay. There is no minimum stay period and villas are

usually available at short notice. If you are only looking for 1 or 2 bedroom accommodation, you can still enjoy these luxury villas, as unused bedrooms will be closed and the villa classed appropriately.

For more information regarding availability, rates and for any further queries please contact: Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas 18/40 Moo 6, Nakalay Rd, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel: +66 (0) 76 337 300 Fax: +66 (0) 76 337 399 Email: mail@capesienna.com www.capesienna.com

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MY TOP 10 THINGS TO DO ON PHUKET ISLAND WE ASK KHUN PRAEW TO LET US KNOW HER TOP 10 WAYS TO SPEND HER FREE TIME HERE ON PHUKET ISLAND

Praewpayom (Praew) Aikwanich

Advertising | Sales Assistant of Asia Web Direct

1. Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) I used to be a lazy girl who never participated in sports. One day, one of my best friends persuaded me to try Muay Thai. One Sunday, evening during July last year, I went to Boat Lagoon Fitness with him to try it out and found it really excited me! Muay Thai not only makes me stronger and healthier but also motivates a chubby girl like me to be more active. Since then, I have been doing Muay Thai twice a week, at Boat Lagoon Fitness, with my personal trainer, Khun Pae, who has been doing Muay Thai since he was a little child. I love it!

2. Hosting lunches and making donations for those who need help My friends and I often go to host lunches and donate useful items for the residents of Phuket Sunshine Village, Baan Lung Pitak and Paklok Social Welfare Development Center.

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There are so many homeless children and elderly people in Phuket. We usually visit institutions that support the less fortunate every 2-3 months. Last year I posted on my Facebook page that I wanted to raise money for Baan Lung Pitak, a place that looked after over 50 children during the day time. I felt very bad for the children because they did not receive enough support and care from their parents, due to circumstances such as imprisonment or working far away. I managed to raise more than 20,000 THB from friends and relatives. The proceeds were used to buy pillows, towels, bed sheets, electric fans, books, toys, baby milk powder and other basic necessities for them. It was exhilarating to learn that people still care for others despite their hectic schedules, which may have had made them nonchalant to what’s going on around them.


Recreation & Rooms Lifestyle

Kan Eang @pier

Serenity Terrace

3. Theme Parties My girlfriends and I enjoy coming up with ideas for theme parties for our friend’s birthdays or other special occasions. Just the planning is fun by itself! For example, we came up with a theme of “Wig and White” for my birthday in 2009. All the girls were required to wear wigs, while the guys had to wear white outfits. We started our night at the Point Bristol. It was very funny as other diners in the restaurant gave us very strange looks! During the dinner, one of my friends asked me how I felt about my larger-than-life photo. Initially, I didn’t know what she was talking about, as I had not noticed anything unusual in the restaurant. When I turned myself around, OMG, I saw a big billboard photo of myself hanging on the wall. I was so shocked, but the billboard photo was very impressive. Later, we moved on to Kor Tor Mor to continue with the celebration. My friends had prepared special birthday cup cakes and a crown made from sugar icing with my name on it. It was the most beautiful birthday cake I’ve ever received. Then, the last surprise was that three of my special friends from Bangkok had flown all the way down to Phuket just to say Happy Birthday and to give me a bouquet of flowers. I couldn’t hold my tears as I was overwhelmed with joy. It was one of the most unforgettable birthday parties I’ve ever had, and I was really grateful that I have a group of friends who really care for me.

Other activities that I enjoy to do in Phuket are usually simple. I do not need anything sophisticated, as long as I get to spend time with the people I love: just to say Happy Birthday and give me a bouquet of flowers. I couldn’t hold my tears any longer. I cried a lot but it was tears of happiness. It is one of most unforgettable birthday parties I have ever had.

4. Jet Ski at Sunset Beach, Thanoon (Sarasin Bridge) 5. Eating at Kan Eang @pier, our favorite restaurant in Phuket 6. Trying out new trendy places such as: SALA Phuket, Renaissance, Serenity Terrace, Indigo Pearl, PARESA etc with a group of friends 7. BBQ’s with a group of close friends 8. Playing with my lovely dog, Foo Foo 9. Island hopping for the day, with friends 10. Cooking and Baking

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Social Responsibility Environme n t a l

“DEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE!”

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ome readers may find the content of this interview controversial and some may find some comments offensive. However, the truth often hurts!

1.Could you tell us about yourself, your age (if Ok) where from etc? Would you like me to write a trilogy for you? I’m John Gray, I’m 66 and was born an environmentalist, taught to be humble but quietly understand I can do anything I want. I’ve lived ten lives. My friends are rich and powerful, poor and disadvantaged, but the true value of a person is in their heart - not their wallet. In fact, the more wealth you have, the more difficult it is to be a real person. My resume is attached.

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2.How and why did you become involved with environmental issues? From birth, I was given the curse of vision, and I have eyes.  We were given a miraculous gift Mother Earth - and we are destroying it.  We live in the most marvelous era in history, and the worst.  Like our governments, we live beyond our means, and like any government or person who does so, we will collapse - It’s won’t be pretty, and it won’t matter if you are rich or poor.  In fact, the rich will suffer more than the poor.


Social Responsibility Environmental 3.What is the most important thing a person can do to help the environment? A - Be aware of the issues! B - Dedicate your life to making a difference! C - Consider your environmental footprint - your business, your wheels, your family and you! D - Don’t care what others think. Ten years after you upset them, they thank you for what you did. E - Do good just to be good!  Don’t worry if anybody notices or not! F - Remember, all life comes from the same source, and all life is precious!  G - Be vegan! Killing animals is bad karma, cruel and vicious no matter the justification (even if you didn’t kill what you eat). You eventually pay the price for killing - in heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. Furthermore, animal husbandry contributes as much to greenhouse gas as cars and airplanes combined.

4.What is your opinion on the environmental state of Phuket? Low! I don’t blame anybody, but until the rich and common Thai people become environmentally aware, we are doomed. Education is the key, but when the rich don’t pay their taxes to support better education, the future is hopeless. In two generations time, it won’t matter if you are rich or poor - life will be miserable for everyone.

5.How can it be improved? We have to educate people to become aware of the

issues, and encourage them to do something about it. Get upset with incompetence and lack of awareness.  Consider every action you do. Don’t worry about money. Government officials must put Phuket and the public before themselves, and forget hierarchy.  Set an example - Get down in the mud and plant mangroves with the school kids - on TV, so everybody gets the message. If you can’t do the mud walk, your are insignificant no matter your status and power- you are just a worthless animal, taking up space on Mother Earth. Everybody must pay their taxes so we can create a strong government and educational system.    Remember that corruption costs more than money - it costs all of us the future, even those who take the corruption. Corruption and criminal both start with the same letter.

6.If people would like to get involved with your project how can they do so? Call 076-254-505. That’s all.  If you are Thai, be proud of Thailand, be proud to be Thai, and be proud you protect your own country! If you are a tourist, be proud to help Thailand - and the Planet. We are all one!  The rubbish you take from the Bay may have made it to your home country!

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SOCIAL CIRCLE Dj.Louie Vega

15 December 2010 | Surin Beach Club

Christmas Party

14th December 2010 | Palazzo Phuket

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A “must restaurant to visit”

Kan Eang @pier, Chalong bay, Phuket

Call : + 66 (0) 7638 1212, + 66 (0 ) 8 3173 1187

E-mail : sales@kaneang-pier.com www.kaneang-pier.com

VSET, pronouce “V- sate”, Chalong bay’s very first gastronomic restaurant, serving “Modern Western Cuisine” created by celebrated Master Chef Ronnie Macuja. Its name has a wonderful Thai meaning of “Extraordinary” A “restaurant at its

best”

VSET Restaurant Chalong pier, Phuket (next to Kan Eang @pier ) Tel + 66 (0) 7638 1159 , + 66 (0) 8 9970 7348 E-mail : info@vsetrestaurant.com


SOCIAL CIRCLE New Year Eve Party 2010 31 December 2010 | Twinpalms

Last Performance in Thailand of Dj Cut Killer 13 January 2011 | White Box 3rd Anniversary Celebration

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Perched above Kata Beach on the West coast of Andaman Sea, amidst a world class tourist destination, sits the striking and exclusive Sea & Sky Condominium. Sea & Sky Condominium boast an ideal location, nestled between the surrounding mountains and serene ocean, under a stunning sky. The property will houses 53 units. All with virtually 180 degree views of Kata Bay. The condominium will comprise of 6 floors and the units will range in size from 39sqm to 101sqm, with either one or two bedrooms. Elegant and understated in design and stature, Sea & Sky Condominium has presented a unique integration of sunlight, blue sky, rippling water and distant vistas. Construction will commence January 2011 with completion around mid 2012. For Further information please visit: Sea & Sky Condominium Sales Office 5/2 Patak Soi 12, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100 Or contact: Tel: +66 (0) 76 396 308 or +6 (0) 86 282 3355 info@seaandskyphuket.com www.seaandskyphuket.com


SOCIAL CIRCLE

The Square X Condominium Pre-Launching 09 January 2011 |Chengtalay

Classical Music Concert 24 January 2011| Mom Tri’s Villa Royale

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Phuket’s Coolest Bar and Restaurant

Cool Cocktails-Cool Cuisine-Cool Sounds-Cool Cruises

14 Moo 5 Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 371 900 Fax. +66 (0)76 613831 E-mail: rsvn@serenityphuket.com www.serenityphuket.com


The Island’s Best Shopping Center


Exclusivity you can afford

The Square X, Chengtalay, Phuket “The Square X� is strategically situated in the landscape of the tropical living area of Chengtalay-Baan Don. The Square X is a development of residential condominiums. It will offer 72 units, in six styles, ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms. Each unit will be fully furnished. The units will be housed within a 7-storey building. It has been designed with a modern resort style in mind and will be equipped with full amenities and excellent security system.


Contact

+66 (0) 76 615 544 +66 (0) 87 462 2588

Price Starting from 2.2 Million Baht The 6 unit types 1 1 2 1 1 3

Bedroom @ 37sqm - 40 units Bedroom @ 60sqm - 7 units Bedrooms @ 75sqm - 15 units Bedroom Duplex @ 60sqm - 6 units Bedroom Duplex @ 90sqm - 1 unit Bedrooms @ 125sqm -3 units


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An exquisite 5 star design situated across the bay from Patong Beach in a prominent location, exclusive beach front with breathtaking sunset city and magnificent ocean views, surrounded by rainforest and natural butterflies and bird-life. Intimate seclusion, familiar pleasures with great restaurants, bar, night club and cafe. IndoChine Resort & Villas • 328/81 Prabamaree Road, Kalim Beach +66 76 380 800 • www.IndoChinePhuket.com

IndoChine Phuket

Ocean View Villas

Boutique Hotel Rooms

5 Bed Room Pool Villa

Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Empress Place Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore +65 6339 1720

Clarke Quay, Singapore +65 6557 6268

SaVanh Bistro • Lounge • Restaurant 47C Club Street, Chinatown +65 6323 0503

Waterfront Restaurant Hamburg Neumühlen 11, 22763 Hamburg (+49) 040 39 80 78 80

Cafe Siem Reap, Holland Village 44 Lor Mambong, Singapore +65 6468 5798

Restaurant + SupperClub fX lifestyle X’nter f8, Jakarta, Indonesia +6221 300 30 330

info@IndoChine-Group.com • +65 6323 1043 • www.IndoChine-Group.com


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Surin Beach Club, StereoLab Surin Beach South, Front Beach Walk +66 086 476 1170

IndoChine Hotels + Resort, Phuket 328 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel : (+66) 76 380 800

BEST RESTAURANT IN SINGAPORE WINNER 2000 - 2010

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN ASIA

WINNER 2005 - 2006

SINGAPORE TOP RESTAURANT AWARD

WINNER 2001 - 2006

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN OF THE YEAR 2000

NIGHTSPOT OF THE YEAR 2001

2004 - 2005

VOTED NO.1 BAR & RESTAURANT 2002


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Phuketindex.com Magazine Vol.11  

Phuket Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

Phuketindex.com Magazine Vol.11  

Phuket Luxury Lifestyle Magazine