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The Official Magazine of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club & RBSC Polo Club

Vol. 1 No. 10 September 2013


Keeping up with the RBSC Squash Section

Rugby maul SCC ------------

Horse Whisperer

Nina Ligon Lamsam ----------------

Oh Boy!

Boy Peacemaker at Polo Club ----------------------

Voranai Vanijaka

Writer, Philosopher and Texan

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Club Information ....................................................................


Chairman’s Message ....................................................................


Boy Peacemaker Delights Crowd at RBSC


GM Message ....................................................................


Club News ....................................................................


Sports news ....................................................................


A Not Unusual Chill Night at Polo Club


Nina Ligon Lamsam on the Olympics and Caring For Your Horse

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Big Plans for Entertainment at RBSC


New Members



Ballroom With a Cuban Twist

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Welcome To‌ ....................................................................


Anutra Jotikabukkana on Battling Leukemia and Winning Gold ....................................................................


Luxury Club ...................................................................

92 Class Act


Voranai Vanijaka Waxes Philosophical





RBSC Calendar ....................................................................


RBSC Election Procedures ....................................................................


Club Directory


The Squash Never Stops at RBSC

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Rugby Roughs Up SCC in Interport Play

Enjoy the Sunny Side of France




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CLUB INFORMATION RBSC CONTACT INFORMATION Comments to General Manager: e-mail: Membership Services: Siraprapa Bamroongpong


Magazine and Public Relations: 02-6525000(150) Panisa Leksukhum Racing: Norrotthamol Parisutthikul


Sports: Nontwaris Jatepiyawat


Food & Beverage: Pornthip Khamchomphu


Functions/Catering: Security: Facility: Cashier:

02-6525000(176,177) 02-6525000(380) 02-6525000(400) 02-6525000(231)


CHAIRMAN Bhumindr Harinsuit 1ST VICE CHAIRMAN Kittipong Decha-Umphai 2ND VICE CHAIRMAN Roy Barrett COMMITTEE MEMBERS Peter Egli Michael Liu Nigel Oakins Pornwut Sarasin Saeng Meenijacin Ravi Sehgal Suthep Santiwongse Anil Tanwani Dr. Wongkulpat Snidvongs RBSC MANAGEMENT GENERAL MANAGER Russell Blagg FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER Tharakorn Bowornsujaritkul MEMBERSHIP SERVICES MANAGER Yuwadee Malakul Na Ayudhhya FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER Theeraphong Jittalatsanee SPORTS MANAGER Autcharee Leosirikul HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Theerapong Palakaprasith FACILITIES MANAGER Chatchai Pachotikan RBSC POLO MANAGEMENT POLO CLUB MANAGER Benjaporn Thongsari RIDING MANAGER Karnaporn Romayanond SPORTS MANAGER Jirasakdi Chomkhwan


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RBSC Polo Club 18 soi Sanam Klee (Polo), Wireless Road, Bangkok Tel. 2526731 (10Line) Fax : (662)2535389

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Dear Members, I would like to update that as at the end of August, there were approx. 46% of total RBSC Members, and approx. 35% of total Polo Club Members who had already renewed the new Radio Frequency Identification membership cards. Those Members who have not renewed their membership card are encouraged to do so. As part of the Club’s charitable projects, the General Committee held the Presentation of the RBSC Scholarships to 78 Graduate Student from 13 universities on Thursday, 25th July 2013 at Henri Dunant Hall. On the sporting front, I would like to highlight the Final Squash of H.M. the King’s Cup Tournament on Friday, 16th August 2013 at the Polo Club. His Excellency Mr. Atthaniti Disatha-amnarj (Privy Councillor), His Majesty’s Representative, kindly presented H.M. the King’s Cup to the winners and runners-up. Congratulations to the winner of H.M. the King’s Cup, Khun Arnold Phatraprasit, and the winners of H.M. the Queen’s Cup, Khun Natthakit Jirasuwan and Khun Chattaporn Juntanayingyong. Another event to be highlighted was the Q&A and Demonstration Session with Khun Nina Lamsam Ligon, the 1st Asian Eventer and 1st female equestrian to represent Thailand at the Olympics, on Sunday, 18th August 2013 at the Polo Club. Members participated could not only gain the dressage competition advices and tips on horse care, but also enjoy the show jumping competition exercises. The event was ended with Q&A on riding development for completion. On the event front, the Entertainment Committee held the following events: •The Chill Night “It’s Not Unusal Concert” featuring “Tom Jones” music on Thursday, 18th July 2013 at the Polo Club Air Bar was very enjoyed by the members attended. Tom Jones was one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s and could sing every form of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. •The Cuban Ballroom Dance Night on Thursday, 8th August 2013 at the Henri Dunant Hall was well attended by those regular dance lovers. •The Special Event “Boy Peacemaker Concert” on Thursday, 15th August 2013 at Polo Club Rajkreetha Hall was also another successful event with around 330 members and guests attended. The singer, Boy, was a great entertainer who could get plenty of audience participation with sing-alongs. Special thanks go to our sponsor, Carmax Praram 9 and Singha Corporation. I would like to encourage you to come along to the Entertainment Committee’s upcoming event, Illuminate Laser Night Party, to be held on Friday, 13th September at the Henri Dunant Hall. Bhumindr Harinsuit Chairman

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Dear Members My first month has been a great introduction to the Clubs, I have been made to feel very welcome by the General Committee and indeed by all the Members and staff that I have had the opportunity to meet so far. Of Course, I have a lot to learn over the next coming months and many challenges to drive the improvement of operational performance and raise the standards of quality that is befitting such a prestigious club and iconic property being so rich in heritage, I am very proud to be given the opportunity of serving the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, now celebrating the 112th Anniversary on Friday 6th September with a monk ceremony. Now getting into the thick of things with financial budgeting, management restructuring, operational efficiencies, safety and security, the list is long, but I am enthusiastic to contribute to the Clubs’ future. In order to be effective, I am very keen to receive all and any inputs and comments from any source, but primarily from Members, these are always received as constructive as the first step to bringing improvement. We are currently conducting a Member Satisfaction Survey for Fallabella, feedback forms and surveys are a common and very useful tool in this process and although we are perhaps bombarded by these in our everyday lives, I would kindly ask for your valued contribution to inform the Management how we can improve. It matters to you, the Members. Safety and security in all and every aspect, whether it be food handling, lifeguards, equipment usage, fire drills etc. is always a prime issue to Management and we are keen to constantly review and train staff accordingly. Members can also assist in this process by being vigilant of our environment and respecting security procedures in place and observing the Clubs’ rules and regulations, such as displaying the car badges relevant to the vehicle, seeking relevant permission for overnight parking. Following an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 21st August 2013, Management can announce the changes to the following matters relating to extending the opening hours of the RBSC. Sports facilities Golf Daily 5:30 a.m. – Until dark Ladies Golfers (with handicap) tee-off times : Weekends & Holidays 5:30 a.m. Jogging Daily (Closed on Raceday) 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Swimming Daily 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. First-Aid Room Daily 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Changing facilities Main Clubhouse RSC 2nd Floor Swimming Pool Golf House (Men) (Ladies)

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5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 5:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. 5:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Gate Control Entrance Gate (Main Clubhouse) and Entrance/Exit Gate (Rajkreetha Sports Complex)  Vehicles with a current Club windscreen car pass, and Members, will be permitted entry through these gates between 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. only. Rajdamri/Henri Dunant Link Road Entry through this gate will be restricted to Members bearing Membership Cards/Club windscreen car pass between 5:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. only.

To be effective from Monday, 2nd September 2013. We encourage all Members to take advantage of these new times designed for your convenience and enjoyment. I look forward to continuing to meet the Members and listening to your views, and I pledge that I will always be available and approachable in order to serve you. Russell Blagg General Manager 14 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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The Official Magazine of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club & RBSC Polo Club

Vol. 1 No. 10 September 2013

OFF THE WALLS Keeping up with the RBSC Squash Section

Knock On

Rugby mauls SCC ------------

Dear Members,

Horse Whisperer

Since I have taken over my goal has been to improve the quality of the magazine. This month brings further changes to continue this improvement and bring Members the best possible magazine. An important change implemented this month has been to make the magazine more streamlined. One of the keys has been to pair similar content together. All the news, both club and sport, can be found in the front of the magazine. All of the traditional club information is now easily accessible in the reader friendly directory section.

Oh Boy!

We are constantly looking to continue the improvement of the magazine so if you have any suggestion, be sure to drop me a line. Finally, please note the mailing process for the magazine will be changing starting in October. Each household will only receive one copy of the magazine. If you wish to still receive multiple copies, please contact the Club. Regards, Cheyenne Hollis

Nina Lamsam Ligon ---------------Boy Peacemaker at Polo Club ----------------------

Voranai Vanijaka

Writer, Philosopher and Texan

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PHOTO OF THE MONTH The latest Ballroom Dance Night featured a brilliant Cuban theme. This dance night was just one of many great events held at the Club last month. Here you can see Members and guests flashing some smooth moves on the dance floor inside the Henri Dunant Hall. Turn to pg. 38 for more from the Ballroom Dance Night.

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RECORD TURNOUT FOR BLOOD DONATION RBSC hosted another blood donation on 31st July with a record number of people turning out to donate on this occasion. The event, held at Henri Dunant Hall, saw 116 people spare their time and energy to donate blood. The blood donation at RBSC is held in conjunction with the Thai Red Cross Society and these have been occuring regularly at the Club. The last blood drive held at RBSC was held in April when over 100 people come and donate. A total of 98 people found time to donate during the Club’s first blood drive of the year. Khun Naetsai Chulasai (left) and Khun Chayakorn Chulasai (right)

Khun Kittikawin Cheecharern

The Club will soon announce information for the next blood donation to be held at RBSC.

FIRE FIGHTING A Fire drill was recently held at the Club to help prepare the staff in case of fire. Training was provided by the Banthat Thong Fire Station who helped showed the 27 staff members who participated the ins and outs of dealing with a fire. In the unlikely case of a fire, staff members at RBSC are fully equipped to handle the situation in a timely and assured manned while keeping damage to a minimum. Emergency training is just one of the many actions taken by the Club to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Members.

SAVING LIVES Lifesaving training was offered to the RBSC staff on 29th-31st July as part of the Club’s continuing efforts to ensure readiness in the case of emergency. The Phuket Lifeguard came to club to speak and train the 14 staff who took part in the day of training. The staff that completed the three day training were awarded a certificate of competition for their efforts and left with the knowledge and skills to ensure they were prepared in the case of emergency with the most cutting edge, lifesaving techniques. The Phuket Lifeguard are experts in water safety, rescue skills and first aid among many other areas. They offer training programs throughout the country and have helped train police and fire departments as well as beach and resort staff at some of the prestigious facilities in the country. 18 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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CLUB NEWS LIVERPOOL ROLLS INTO POLO CLUB Some of the stars of Liverpool Football Club made their way to RBSC Polo Club on 27th July for a fun meet and greet with Members. The RBSC Soccer Committee welcomed the team to the Club and Members were able to see their heros up close. Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and new Liverpool signing Luis Alberto were all in attendance. The players rode up to the Polo Club on a customized tuk-tuk that was decked out in Liverpool logos and painted the club’s signature red. Footage of the appearance even appeared on Liverpool’s very own television channel, LFC TV. Liverpool were in Bangkok as part of the club’s tour of Asia and Australia. The Reds would go on to defeat Thailand by a score of 3-0 at Rajamangala Stadium the very next day. It would be Coutinho who would open the scoring with a dazzling goal to delight the crowd.

MASSAGE ROOM GETS FACELIFT The Massage Room at the Polo Club was renovated during a few weeks in July. The most visible change is to the decoration which now was a traditional Thai style atmosphere. The Massage Room provides several services including Thai traditional massage, relaxant massage, a foot relaxant, a massage for good health and massage treatments by a traditional Thai doctor. Members are urged to check out the new look and relax with one of the several messages available at the Polo Club Massage Room. 20 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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เงือ่ นไขการใช้ E-STAMP 1.ใช้ในการสะสมยอดการรรับประทานอาหาร Buffet ที่ ห้อง Winning Post 1 ท่าน ต่อ 1 แต้ม (เด็ก 2 คน นับ 1 แต้ม) สะสมครบ 5 แต้ม มีสทิ ธิร์ บั ประทานอาหารบุปเฟ่ต์ 1 ท่านฟรี 2.ระยะเวลาทีก่ �ำ หนดในการสะสมแต้ม 15 กันยายน- 27 ธันวาคม 2556 แต้มสะสมจะมีอายุในการใช้ไม่เกินวันที่ 30 มิถนุ ายน 2557 3.สามารถสะสมยอดการรับประทานอาหารบุปเฟ่ตฟ์ รี โดยใช้ในครัง้ เดียวกันได้แต่ไม่เกินสัดส่วน 2 ใน 3 เช่นทาน 7 ท่าน สามารถใช้สทิ ธิไ์ ด้ 4 ท่าน 4.กรณีทไ่ี ด้ท�ำ การบันทึกยอดการสะสมลงในบัตรสมาชิกไปแล้วไม่สามารถเปลีย่ นหรือโอนยอดการสะสมดังกล่าวให้ สมาชิกท่านอืน่ ได้ 5.ขอสงวนสิทธิใ์ นการใช้แต้มสะสมในการใช้บริการในวัน Thanks Giving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day เนือ่ งจากราคาและรูปแบบของอาหารในวันดังกล่าวแตกต่างจาก บุปเฟ่ตป์ รกติ 6.หากท่านมีขอ้ สงสัยซักถาม กรุณาติดต่อ 02 251-0181-6 ต่อ 244

RBSC HOCKEY SECTION NAMES NEW COMMITTEE FOR 2013/14 Khun Anong Jamkrajang Khun Nakorn Jandrakholiga Khun Panu Seisawasdi Khun Cudphong Sethikul Khun Sanit Buranavithyanon

1.The E-Stamp will collect points every time you have Buffet Lunch at Winning Post. Each person your bring will count for 1 point (2 children for 1 point) and every 5 points can be redeemed for 1 free buffet 2.Point collecting starts from 15th September – 27th December 2013. Points will expire before 30th June 2014. 3.The redemption can only be used at one time by ratio of 2/3. For example, if 7 people come to The Winning Post, a maximum of 4 may claim a free buffet. 4.Points recorded by the card cannot be transferred to other Members or exchanged for prizes. 5.The Club reserves the right to not accept any redemption of free buffet during Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The food and price for mentioned date set for very special value already. 6.Please call 02 251-0181-6 Ext. 244 for any questions.

COMMEMORATIVE BOOK SIGNING The signing of the commemorative books for Her Majesty The Queen took place at RBSC and RBSC Polo Club on 10th-12th August 2013. Members were invited to the RBSC Lower Verandah Club House and the RBSC Polo Club Verandah to sign the commemorative books. A total of 202 Members at RBSC and 191 Members at Polo Club signed the books.

RBSC Ladies’ Tennis Sub-Committee Members

(A.G.M. held on 7.8.2013) Khun Chalathip Dunnvatanachit Khun Pamela Bunnag Khun Tharntip Cowie Khun Asasa Krairiksh Khun Yurachatr Brook Khun Vachira Na Ranong Khun Sareerarat Porapakkham Khun Anyamas Kashemsant Na Ayudhaya Khun Patchareeporn Phathayakorn 22 | SEPTEMBER 2013

Khun Gusnee Bhatayanond at RBSC Polo Club

The Watakeekul Family

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SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION The annual presentation of post graduate scholarships by members of the General Committee took place at the Henri Dunant Hall on 25th July. The students were rewarded for their hard work and discipline at school. The special scholarships are presented to students with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. This year scholarships were given to 78 students from 13 universities. Each student’s scholarship was worth THB 30,000,

RBSC PRESENTS DONATION Dr Wongkulpat Snidvongs presented a Baht 200,000 donation to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the chairman of the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation under the royal patronate on 3rd June, 2013 at Chaipattana Building, Suan Chitralada.

SPORTS SHOP NOW OPEN Dr. Racket is now open for business. The new sports shop is located in the RSC Building, on the M Floor. Dr. Racket is open from 10am – 1pm and 2pm-7pm daily, except on race days.


On Sunday, 18th August, Members had the great opportunity to meet up with the smart and charming Nina Ligon Lamsam, Ladies’ Privilege member at RBSC and, most importantly, the First Asian Female Eventer, First Thai Female Equestrian and one of the youngest riders to compete at the Olympics’ three-day event equestrian competition. At the Q&A and Demonstration Session aptly conducted by Khun Nina, members were inspired to see and learn the basics of the different levels of dressage movements, the judge’s point of view, jumping stride practice to get the rider’s eye for approach, as well as training exercises for horses & riders. 24 | SEPTEMBER 2013

Starting with the October issue, only one copy of RBSC Magazine will be mailed to each household. Currently the magazine is sent to all Members even those who have the same place of residence. Often times this sees households receiving multiple copies of the magazine. “This initiative is being put in place to be less wasteful. If a family has four Members living in its house, than four copies of the magazine are sent there. Most of the time they don’t want or need these extra copies of the magazine,” RBSC Magazine editor Cheyenne Hollis said. Those who still wish to receive multiple copies of the magazine each month can contact the Club directly and update their mailing preferences.

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Badminton Victorious The RBSC Badminton Section hosted the Thai Military Bank Badminton Team for a friendly match on 3rd August. It was a busy affair with 19 matches taking place between the two sides. It was the team from RBSC who earned the victory on this occasion, winning nine matches, drawing eight and losing two. The players and supporters enjoyed both the matches and the food served during the games. Badminton will be back in action with a friendly match against Crown Property on 28th September.

Members vs. Staff – Badminton Match The 2013 RBSC Polo Club Badminton Friendly Match between Members and Staff was held on 24th July. As always, the yearly competition between Members and staff is organized to continue to build good relationships among each other. This year’s competition was full of excitement and filled with friendly atmosphere. During and after the games, the Badminton Committee entertained all players at the Badminton courts. Gourmet food was prepared and served to all players and participants. The evening ended with both teams being happy and leaving with good memories of the contest. It was certainly worth the effort as players spent the whole-year practicing for the event. The RBSC Polo Club Badminton Section would like to thank all the teams who participated in the competition for making the event a fun day for everyone involved.

Sports Camps Coming RBSC and RBSC Polo Club will once again be hosting youth sports camps at the Club during the next mid-term break. There will be two sessions with each lasting a week. The first sports camp session will run from 7th to 11th of October and the second session will be held from 14th to 18th of October. The sports camps at RBSC and Polo Club are a great way for children to stay active and have fun. Each camp offers several exciting activities during the week including soccer, swimming, tennis and much more. Early registration for the RBSC and Polo Club Mid-Term Sports Camps is recommended.

Tennis Takes Interport The Chinese Swimming Club visited RBSC for an Interport match in July as the two Clubs continued their friendship. The contest went down to the wire but it was the hosts who picked up the victory winning by a final score of 7-5. The RBSC Tennis Section would like to thank their guests from the CSC for a fun day out. 26 | SEPTEMBER 2013



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Soccer Spilts in HK The RBSC Soccer section headed to Hong Kong for Interport matches against HKFC and the historic Kowlon Cricket Club. With three matches in two days, the team was quite busy. Friday’s match for the Chamras Cup against HKFC did not end well for the visiting side as RBSC was easily beaten 5-1. Things got better the next day as RBSC captured the Bruno Ruegg Trophy from KCC with a scrappy 1-0 win. The Laura Trayford Social Match between the two sides also ended with an RBSC win, this one by a final of 6-5.

Table Tennis Host Tournament The RBSC Table Tennis Section hosted the RBSC Invitational Table Tennis One Day Tournament at the end of July which saw five local teams visit the Club. The competition was a round-robin event meaning each of teams played each other and the top two sides would advance to the final. RBSC played extremely well and qualified for the final where they would face the team from the Japanese Association. The hosts would be overmatched and the Japanese Association took home the award by winning the final match by a score of 4-1. Final Standings: Champions: Japanese Association 1st runner-up: RBSC 2nd runner-up: Chulalongkorn University 3rd runner-up: Bank of Thailand 4th runner-up: Piyarom Sports Club

The 30th Kovit’s Cup 2013 The 30th Kovit’s Cup 2013 was held on 27th July at Henri Dunant Hall. As usual the event was well attended by bridge enthusiasts and 22 teams competed in the tournament. They were there in loving remembrance of Khun Kovit Sucharitkul who was an important figure for the game of bridge in Thailand. 28 | SEPTEMBER 2013

Badminton in July

Squash H.M. Queen’s Cup 2013

The RBSC Badminton Section organized the Club’s annual badminton tournaments, H.M. The King’s Cup (Men’s Singles), H.M. The Queen’s Cup (Ladies Singles) and H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup (Mixed Doubles) in July, 2013. Active Committee Member Khun Veerades Panvisavas was responsible for organizing the tournaments. He worked hard to gather a record number of interested players to take part in this year’s tournament. The finals for all the three events were witnessed by fan clubs of each individual player making them some very exciting contests. All players in the finals played hard to cap off three great tournaments. Here are the winner’s from each event:

The 2013 Her Majesty Queen’s Cup was hosted at the RBSC Squash Club on 27th July. The event is a doubles squash competition and this year five teams participated in the tournament. The 2013 Her Majesty Queen’s Cup was won by Khun Natthakit jivasuwan and Khun Chattaporn Juntanayingyong. Finishing as runners-up were Khun Kitirak Jatarupamaya and Khun Krit Puspakom.

RBSC Represented at HK Junior Open Jaruj Wongvibulsin and Phanawat Ayanaputra , two RBSC youth members, represented the Thai Squash Association attended the Hong Kong Junior Squash Open 2013 under the supervision of Prapangkorn Potiruk andNathakit Jivasuwan. The event was held between 7th-11th August at the Cornwall Street Squash and Table Tennis Centre, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. The tournament was known as one of the most popular junior events among the Asian countries. This year the tournament was certified by WSF as “Tier 2” of the World Junior Circuit and ASF as a “Platinum” event of Asian Junior Super Series. This year’s competition attracted the most participants and countries in the Open’s history. There are around 500 entries from 16 different. The RBSC Squash Section is pleased that of its squash members were able to join the prestigious tournament.

H.M.THE KING’S CUP Winner: Pimadej Siwapornpitak Runner-Up: Ratchtaphol Sabhavasu H.M. THE QUEEN’S CUP Winner: Sasicha Peechapol Runner-Up: Siwaree Siwapornpitak H.R.H. PRINCESS MAHA CHAKRI SIRINDHORN CUP Winners: Supsith Damrongrat Veeraya Sansanakiet Runners-Up: Pimadej Siwapornpitak Siwaree Siwapornpitak

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Name: Khun Aswin Techajareonvikul Proposer: Khun Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi Seconder: Khun Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi

Name: Khun Chanit Phenjati Proposer: Khun Chanet Phenjati Seconder: Khun Sarun Phenjati

Name: Khun Kannop Kashemsant Proposer: M.L. Anuporn Kashemsant Seconder: M.L. Pongthorn Kashemsant

Name: Khun Krit Bovornratanaraks Proposer: Maj.Gen. Krisna Bovornratanaraks Seconder: Khun Paisan Srisaan

Name: Khun Naiyanobh Bhirombhakdi Proposer: M.L. Chayotid Kridakon Seconder: Khun Surin Banyatpiyaphod

Name: Khun Napol Sirimongkolkasem Proposer: Khun Thanathip Pichedvanichok Seconder: Dr. Anan Sirimongkolkasem

Name: Khun Pakorn Srimongkol Proposer: Khun Kiti Taychachaiwongse Seconder: Khun Chockchai Sethiwan

Name: Khun Papon Virameteekul Proposer: Khun Banyong Lamsam Seconder: Khun Nakarin Virameteekul

Name: Khun Parint Lertdumrikarn Proposer: Khun Piyabutr Lertdumrikarn Seconder: Khun Apichat Natasilpa

Name: Khun Pongphisud Dejakaisaya Proposer: Khun Phisud Dejakaisaya Seconder: Khun Chanikul Krairiksh

Name: Khun Pornphrom Vikitsreth Proposer: Khun Nitt Vikitsreth Seconder: Khun Nitiphong Vikitsreth

Name: Khun Puthipong Kitipraporn Proposer: Khun ChonCholkchai Kitipraporn Seconder: Khun Samkhan Erchukiat

Name: Khun Varit Taifayongvichit Proposer: Khun Aphimuk Taifayongvichit Seconder: Khun Kashem Kornseri

Name: Mr. Wayne Russell England Proposer: Mr. Claude Jean-Pierre Bohren Seconder: Khun Nophadol Siwabutr


Name: Mrs. Doungkamol Bowra

Name: Miss Juthawan Thongborisute Proposer: Dr. Eklarp Thongborisute Seconder: Khun Prathan Olaranont

Name: Mrs. Viyada Sukhanindr

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Name: Miss Nina Rujiraporn Ligon Proposer: Khun Suchin Wanglee Seconder: Khun Saran Wanglee

Name: Mrs. Wanna Whittaker

Name: Miss Patlapa Davivongsa Proposer: Khun Pathrlap Davivongsa Seconder: Khun Panthil Hongprayul

Name: Miss Amara Sribhibhadh Proposer: Khun Derek Sribhibhadh Seconder: Khun Arporna Paul Sribhibhadh

Name: Miss Saithip Lara Rotrakarn Proposer: Khun Addisorn Rotrakarn Seconder: Dr. Tosaporn Sererak

Name: Miss Sirinya Laochinda Proposer: Khun Apichart Lee-Issaranukul Seconder: Khun Thanong Leeissaranukul

Name: Miss Sarina Pathela Proposer: Mr. Anmol Rattan Pathela Seconder: Khun Akarathep Srikuruwal

Name: Miss Siriporn Sophonpanich Proposer: Khun Chali Sophonpanich Seconder: Khun Vivat Suthiphongchai


Name: Mr. Francisco Mauricio Proposer: Khun Paradorn Leosakul Seconder: Khun Paritt Ruengvisesh

Name: Mr. Pravit Thanabadeepathara Proposer: Khun Vinai Sachdev Seconder: Khun Chuchai Kasemsarn

Name: His Excellency Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam Proposer: Khun Paitoon Maneepairoj Seconder: Dr. Petoon Maneepairoj


Name: Mr. Adam Reuterskiold Arnback Proposer: Dr. Nat Indrapana Seconder: Mr. Peter Egli

Name: Khun Chantawat Charawanich Proposer: M.L. Sidhichai Jayant Seconder: Khun Chayapos Jayant Na Ayudhaya

Name: Mr. Jorge Avelino Elliott Perez Proposer: Khun Kumphol Srirathum Seconder: Khun Thada Savetsila

Name: Khun Nuttavut Eamsanudom Proposer: Khun Kasem Phaerakkakit Seconder: Khun Sanguan Srinakarin

Name: Khun Weerayot Taeyarajakul Proposer: Khun Poj Adireksarn Seconder: Khun Pat Korndilok


Name: Khun Aryuthai Angpanitcharoen Proposer: Khun Praphan Angpanitcharoen Seconder: Khun Phisit Dachanabhirom

Name: Khun Krit Keeratimongkollert Proposer: Khun Thaveekiat Keeratimongkollert Seconder: Khun Nattavoud Lertplakorn

Name: Khun Nipit Ngamsopee Proposer: Khun Varah Sucharitakul Seconder: Khun Akarat Na Ranong

Name: Khun Prin Phanich Proposer: Khun Panat Phanich Seconder: Dr. Nujit Panich

Name: Khun Wasupol Itthirojanakul Proposer: Khun Wasun Itthirojanakul Seconder: Khun Warin Itthirojanakul


Name: Miss Jidapa Phuangketkeow Proposer: Khun Thawee Phuangketkeow Seconder: Khun Chokechai Puapattanakajorn

Name: Miss Nicha Thanarugchok Proposer: Khun Amnuey Thanarugchok Seconder: Khun Vasit Taepaisitphongse

Name: Miss Pawika Thienwongpetch Proposer: Khun Kiertnarong Komin Seconder: Khun Pratharn Komin

Name: Miss Thanisa Naripthaphan Proposer: Dr. Pichit Naripthaphan Seconder: Khun Pichai Naripthaphan

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here have been some big names playing at RBSC this year and it was no different on 15th August as Boy Peacemaker visited the RBSC Polo Club for another exciting concert. The intimate atmosphere at the Rajkreetha Hall at Polo Club gave fans a chance to get close to the stage and made for a great night. It was a full house and Boy did not disappoint as he made full use of the stage. He took the time to get up close with those in attendance and even let a few lucky fans sit next to him on stage. The high energy performance saw everyone in the crowd dancing and singing along. Boy Peacemaker is an extremely successful pop star and has won numerous Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards. His hit song, “I Belong to Her� propelled him into superstardom and saw him win several other awards in 2009. The RBSC Entertainment Committee would like to thank the Singha Corporation and Carmax Rama 9 for their support of the Boy Peacemaker concert at RBSC. Photos by: Anna Rigby Wilson

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WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? Tom Jones once famously sang, “It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone.” Those words certainly rang true at the RBSC Chill Night on 18th July. Tom Jones by the General Band was the musical act the Polo Club Air Bar, serenading the crowd with some of the singer’s most famous hits. The evening was a smashing success and if you were to close your eyes you would have thought Tom Jones was actually singing, that is how great the General Band sounded. It was certainly was a memorable experience for those in attendance. Of course, no Chill Night would be complete without the lucky draw. This month’s winner was Khun Atcha Tanadhanand. The RBSC Entertainment Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support of Chill Night at RBSC: Heineken, See Fah, Trumove H 3G+, Furama hotel, Nok Air and Mont Fleur.

Khun Banthit Chankanit (left) and Khun Suthep Pongkiatikul (right) 36 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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BALLROOM BACK AT IT The Ballroom Dancers at RBSC took to the dance floor once again showing off their silky moves for another fun night out on 8th August. It was Cuban Night at the Henri Dunant Hall on this August night and the outfits and dancing certainly had the flair for the occasion. Cuban rhythm is some of the most distinctive in the world and the Members of RBSC brought their own twist to the dance floor. Some of the more famous Cuban dances include the cha-cha and the mambo, both of which were seen at Ballroom Dance Night. No ballroom dance night would be complete without the awards. Congratulations go out to the following dancers: Best Dress: Khun Waralee Pipatpan Dr. Sunee Chuengviroj Best Performance: Khun Usapand Lavapandhu Khun Ratana Chaichanakol 38 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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THE BEAT GOES ON AT RBSC Since taking over as Entertainment Committee Chairman, Major Pansuang Xumsai Na Ayudhya has revamped the concerts and events held at RBSC. However, he is not done yet and needs the help of Members to continue improving the entertainment choices available at the Club. Entertainment Committee Chairman Major Pansuang Xumsai Na Ayudhya sits back in his chair and effortlessly recites a few of the General Committee guidelines for his position. “To serve the majority of Members at the Club, to serve Members of all ages at the club and to serve guests who visit the Club,” he recited but as we know, saying it is the easy. Doing it, now that is where the hard work comes in. During the past year, the Club has hosted some of the largest concerts in RBSC history including The Pleasant Night Concert and J Jetrin. The Chill Nights at Polo Club have also continued to grow in popularity and events like the New Year’s Eve Celebration and the upcoming Laser Night Party have helped attract Members of all ages to the Club.

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“The events that have been planned are targeted to interest a wide-variety of Members, some of whom may not normally attend Club events,” Major Pansuang explained. “It is important we try to incorporate all Members and the easiest way to do this is to offer diversity in the entertainment options available to Members.” Of course, this means that some Members may not like every event and some might be slightly inconvenienced. Major Pansuang hopes those Members understand that many others at RBSC do like these events and will embrace changes. “Entertainment events at RBSC should target as many Members as possible and this means we need to continue to evolve what is available at the Club from an entertainment standpoint,” Major Pansuang pointed out. “The most

important thing is to at least give it a chance. Please realize there are many more Members who do enjoy themselves at these functions.” One of the next changes that will take place is the introduction of Club Night at RBSC. Similar to the Chill Nights at Polo Club, Club Nights will be held on a Saturday each month at the RBSC Air Bar. “The Air Bar at RBSC is a great venue for music and by having a Club Night in there, we hope to attract Members who may have never been there by having a musical act people want to see,” Major Pansuang stated. “This will also serve as a social gathering for Members, so they have a chance to meet each other make new friends. This is another important aspect of the Club that is sometimes overlooked.” Another plan is for the formation of an RBSC House Band to start regularly playing at the Club sometime in the next few months. The band will be comprised of Members who have an extensive musical background and will perform regularly at the Club. “The RBSC House Band is made up of Members who have a passion for music. This isn’t people just coming together and playing but Members who rehearse and who are music professionals or could be if they wanted to,” Major Pansuang said. “There are several benefits to having a RBSC House Band. It gives Members who are music lovers an outlet, it is another live-music experience at RBSC and it is another chance for a social gathering.”

After much hard work and planning, the Illuminate Laser Night Party presented by LG is another event that should excited Members. The Henri Dunant Hall will be transformed into a discotheque and famous DJs will be performing live. “The goal of the Laser Night is to have a different atmosphere at RBSC. We really want to attract the younger crowd and to show we have something for everyone,” Major Pansuang expressed. “It is new and very exciting. I think it will be a success when everything is said and done.” Speaking of successes, last year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at RBSC was a smash hit. The Entertainment Committee plans to improve this year’s festivities and already identified some changes that can be made. “It is still in the early stages but we are already looking at ways to improve the New Year’s Eve party at RBSC,” Major Pansuang proclaimed. “Some of the changes are simple, better seating arrangement and improving the quality of the food. We also want to make the event bigger and more festive overall. There are some really exciting things being planned.” With RBSC hosting a multitude of new events at RBSC, Major Pansuang wants to stress the importance of being willing to accept these changes. “The Club belongs to the Members and that means all of the Members,” Major Pansuang concludes. “By having new events, we can open the Club up and share the great facilities we have with all Members of RBSC.”


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Share Your Experiences Members who are interested in sharing their experiences or impressions of the dining room at RBSC can contact the F&B Office at 02-6525000(170).

With its diverse menu and central location, the Tea Room at RBSC is a favorite of Members. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a chat with friends over a cup of coffee or a nice breakfast. There are also numerous healthy options available making the Tea Room a great place to grab a snack after a workout too. It’s easy to forget just how much is on offer at the RBSC Tea Room. In fact, some Members may not even be fully aware of all the delicious food and drinks available in the quaint, little area located on the ground floor of the Club. Dr.Vivat Visuthikosol and Dr. Yupha Visuthikosol are two Members who are fully aware of just how grand the Tea Room is. The pair has been stopping by here for some time and frequent the eatery around four to five times each week. You might be asking yourself, why do they come to the same place so often? Dr. Vivat and Dr. Yupha both love the Tea Room but for different reasons. They both agree that the view from the Tea Room can’t be beat. Overlooking the golf course and racetrack at RBSC, the view offers a unique look at the Bangkok skyline as the space opens up towards Ratchadamri. Both doctors also concur that the quality of the food and drinks can’t be beat. For a fitness enthusiast like Dr. Vivat, he says he really enjoys the salad bar at the Tea Room. It’s the perfect place for a bite to eat after a good workout if you want something on the light side. He also believes the location is perfect because it is conveniently situated near the 42 | SEPTEMBER 2013

car park. He says this and the menu makes it a very nice place to invite friends. While he enjoys all the healthy food choices and the wide variety of coffee, teas and juices on offer, Dr. Vivat thinks a full American breakfast would be a great addition to the menu in the Tea Room. Dr. Yupha is quite enamored with the pastries and baked goods available at the Tea Room. She says her favour-

ite is the crème puff. She likes it so much that she will frequently buy them as gifts for her friends or children because they are so tasty. Often times you can catch Dr. Yupha enjoying a mixed juice at the Tea Room after she has completed her workout. The ambience and service allows her to feel comfortable and the location is perfect. So, if you’re looking for a nice juice and quick snack

after a workout, you want to start your day off right with a delicious breakfast or you just want to relax with a cup of coffee and a great view, stop by the Tea Room at RBSC.

----------------------------------RBSC TEA Room Location: RSC Building Hours: 7am-8pm Phone: 02-6525000 ext. 184

เนื่องด้วยความหลากหลายของ เมนูรวมถึงสถานที่ที่ตั้งอยู่ใน ใจกลางของเมืองนั้น ยิ่งทำ�ให้ ห้องน้ำ�ชาที่ RBSC เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ ของบรรดาสมาชิก อีกทั้งยังเป็น สถานที่ที่สร้างความเพลิดเพลิน ให้แก่วงสนทนาระหว่างกลุ่ม เพื่อนในขณะนั่งจิบกาแฟหรือทาน อาหารเช้าร่วมกัน นอกจากนี้ ห้องน้ำ�ชายังมีตัวเลือกเมนูเพื่อ สุขภาพอีกมากมายซึ่งเหมาะสม ที่จะเป็นอาหารว่างหลังการออก กำ�ลังกายได้อย่างดีอีกด้วย สมาชิกบางท่านอาจจะยังไม่ ทราบว่าทางสโมสรมีห้องน้ำ�ชา ซึ่งเป็นพื้นที่เล็กๆ ที่ตั้งอยู่ที่ชั้น ใต้ดินพร้อมให้บริการอาหารและ เครื่องดื่มที่มีรสชาดดีแก่ผู้ที่เข้า มาใช้บริการทุกท่าน

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เพื่อนหรือลูกๆ ของเธอเสมอ บ่อยครั้งที่เราจะได้เห็น พญ.ยุพา กำ�ลังเพลิดเพลินไปกับการดื่มน้ำ� ผลไม้ ณ ห้องน้ำ�ชาแห่งนี้หลัง จากการออกกำ�ลังกาย และเนื่อง ด้วยบรรยากาศที่ดี พร้อมกับ การบริการที่เป็นกันเอง จึงทำ�ให้ ท่านรู้สึกสะดวกสบายในการเข้า มาใช้บริการในที่แห่งนี้ ถ้าคุณกำ�ลังมองหาเครื่องดื่ม และอาหารว่างเบาๆ หลังการ ออกกำ�ลังกาย หรือถ้าคุณ ต้องการเริ่มต้นวันใหม่ของคุณ ด้วยอาหารมื้อเช้าอันแสนอร่อย หรือถ้าคุณต้องการเพียงแค่จะ ผ่อนคลายไปกับการจิบกาแฟ และชมทิวทัศน์อันงดงามแล้ว นั้น ..มั่นใจได้เลยว่า ห้องน้ำ�ชา ที่ RBSC จะเป็นที่ที่สามารถตอบ สนองความต้องการของคุณได้ อย่างสมบูรณ์

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NINA LIGON LAMSAM Equestrian Elegance

A classic beauty with maturity way beyond her years, Nina Ligon Lamsam has total and absolute composure. Articulate and natural, despite her youth, she is disciplined and sophisticated at the same time and at ease with unassuming confidence. She sits down and chats to Tuptim on a breezy afternoon at RBSC Polo Club. By Tuptim Malakul Lane. Photos by Anna Rigby Wilson Are we going to see you competing at the Olympics in 2016? No. I had to defer my studies for two years in order to qualify and compete at the 2012 London Olympics, so now it’s time to concentrate on getting an education. I am currently studying Product Design, a branch of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in California. My classmates are two years younger than me, but I don’t mind that. It is difficult to successfully pursue both careers at once, because of the total dedication needed. I can always come back to riding later. Age coupled with experience can actually be an advantage. The Gold medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics is an older German dentist! Tell us a little of your background. I’m Thai-American, my father Austin Ligon is an American from Texas but was working in Richmond, Virginia and my mother, Samornmitr Lamsam, daughter of Khun Kasem and Khun Wanee Lamsam, neé Na Pompej, met each other at the Yale School of Management class of 1980. I have a sister and a brother. Qualifying for the Olympics required planned organization and my mom and I have been a team the whole way, we call her CEO of Team Thailand. My father now retired from CarMax, and my brother helped with the points analysis to qualify, by researching and trying to figure out how the system worked. My dad took that load off my mom and me, so we could focus on the horses. You speak Thai quite well considering you haven’t spent that much time in Thailand, how did that come about? I speak Thai better now because I have been in Bangkok working for over a month. Previously my Thai was so limited that it was embarrassing and a handicap, especially when being interviewed. Once my riding got serious, I could only visit Thailand for no more than 2 weeks at a time. Culturally I am more American. Surprisingly my Dad speaks Thai, reads and writes a bit also.

Have you ever had to put a horse down? Fortunately not. Though luck is a factor, good horse care minimises the chances. One of the most common causes of horse deaths is “colic”, basically, a stomach ache. It has such a fast onset that, if not caught early, usually requires surgery, or results in death. Seventy percent of an equestrian life is about horse care. I grew up doing Pony Club, which is a program to teach riders from age 5-25 proper horse management and basic veterinary care. Parents are not allowed to help at competitions, which means you are forced to learn everything yourself, which I think is a major part of being a successful rider. Taking care of your horse is not only important for their well-being, but also tells you a lot about their personality and helps you better understand their training needs. Dressage, cross country, show jumping - which one would you say is most difficult. Definitely dressage is more difficult. Cross country is really my strength although I was a timid rider. Is buying a horse much like buying a car? Purchasing a car in today’s world can be problematic. Many criteria enter into the decision factor such as budget constraints against requirements. Choosing the right vehicle for your needs, whether it’s’ a sports car or a typical city car, is the most important thing. What do you look for when buying a horse? My mom always says it’s more like getting married. Of course it’s tempting to go for the really beautiful horses (like a fancy sports car) that are great in dressage, but usually those horses aren’t as brave or reliable Cross Country. It’s a bit like used car buying; every horse is for sale for a reason! You have to research the horse as much as possible by checking their competition records, talking to other coaches and riders, and looking for videos or pictures. You will get one or two

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STANDING OUT chances, at the most, to test ride the horse. It’s nearly impossible to get a good idea of how they will perform once you start training them yourself, so it’s a pretty big gamble. Once you’re sure you get along with the horse, you get a vet to do a full physical exam, take x-rays, ultrasound their tendons and ligaments, check their lungs, to find any factors that can predispose them to injury. But in the end, the most critical part is that you and your horse get along. You have to enjoy working with them in the barn and wake up every morning looking forward to training with them. You’re looking for a partner for a very dangerous sport, so there has to be absolute trust. The day you purchase a horse is the scariest. You wonder if you’ve made the right choice and that doubt sticks with you until you really get to know them, often six months to a year down the road. But one of the proudest days is when, all of a sudden, everything just clicks and you feel like you understand your horse better than anyone else. It might not be true, but I think you have to have that confidence for the partnership to work. Though it’s important to listen to the advice of your trainer, parents, and vet, in the end, trust your instincts. Only you can know if the partnership is right. A lot of young riders look up to you; they say you are cool, strong and determined. What valuable advice can you pass on to any potential Olympic medalist for that extra push to succeed? Commit to excellence. At a rough patch, what helped me through was to think about what I loved most. For me it was Cross-Country. If you love it enough, then it becomes worth all the work, the training that goes with it. 46 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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VORANAI VANIJAKA Empathetic. Erudite. Editor. Much has been written about Voranai Vanijaka, the outspoken, thought provoking, Bangkok Post columnist. His weekly column ignites issues so controversial, that debates for and against his arguments are whispered throughout the underbelly of Bangkok’s social media network. His writing style is elegant, yet stings with provocation. It has been immensely challenging and somewhat intimidating as a writer to portray a man with such a prolific talent for words - I will not attempt to compete. However what I will do, much like Maxine and Craig in “Being John Malkovich” is to sell my readers a trip into the mind of Voranai Vanijaka. By Tuptim Malakul Lane


oranai’s early beginnings allow us to see his character formation, and how he reflects on different issues. It is not surprising to find that it is a mind honed by a balanced view based on a Political and Philosophy degree from the University of Texas. A self-professed book worm and a pupil from the Ruam Rudi School Thai section, he left Bangkok at the age of 12 to live with his uncle in Austin, Texas. “My uncle married an American, they have a home there so it was easy, more convenient and especially financially cheaper to have an education abroad.” For 11 years, he went through the high school system until he graduated from University. Two professors were pivotal in influencing and shaping his character. One taught Understanding the Cold War, learning to critically analyze, and digest information to find the cause and effect. The other was a Professor who taught Social History in the Victorian Age, which he enjoyed immensely because of her storytelling way of teaching. “The education I received had a lot to do with the way I think and the way I do things – but again it was the influence of Texas, one of the most conservative places in the US.” Although his remarks about conservatism in the Southern State seemed rather off hand, one can’t help but acknowledge how moving from gun toting cowboy country to Bangkok must have given him the exposure to acquire and analyze issues in the antithetical way that makes his opinions so compelling.

While he did not study journalism, his interest in the World Wars from 10 years old propelled him to read more history, philosophy and politics. In part he says, “It’s my foundation and that’s why I’m able to write relatively well because I have always had an opinion and passion about these issues and I am always reading books.” He started GURU, Bangkok Post’s a weekly magazine dedicated to lifestyle and entertainment that bridges the gap between newspaper and the internet generation. The opportunity came up to write more seriously and he grabbed at the chance, “it was time to change to more serious writing, you can write about parties and nightclubs for so long.” His unique writing style stems from four insatiable things that drive him to voice his thoughts: The intellectual stimulation of picking an issue, finding an angle, dissecting it, then coming up with an argument for and against it. This is his technique; his passion and emotions are born out of the fact that he cares about where he lives, he cares about what goes on around him, “I can come up with an issue week after week because I am Thai, and this is Thailand, and I care.” Succinct in his way, “I don’t necessary write as a journalist but more like a philosopher, it may sound arrogant but I try to put on that hat.” His family are very supportive but Voranai chuckles at his father’s remarks, “Thank God I don’t really read English so I don’t have to feel the pain or the worries that my son might get into trouble.”

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It seems like a catharsis for him to put things in perspective and be empathetic. His response is, “life is tough, half pleasure half pain, good and evil, there are weaknesses and disappointments, aches and pain everywhere, so you either choose to defeat it or drive it away.” He continued, “I’m a thinker and a writer; and with the issues I write about, I choose to rise to the challenge and tackle it head on. If certain things are illegal to openly confront, I try to find ways to get around it, using words, innuendos, and satire to put my point across.” Most people can only fit in one job, but Voranai also lectures at Thammasart University, Rangsit in the mornings, before he traverses the city in the afternoon to his office at the Bangkok Post. He teaches journalism and mass media, and the classes are filled between 50-70 students, rather too big for his comfort but shrugs, “it’s just the way it is.” The youngest lecturer by far, his teaching style is more liberal and can connect at that level where discovery and questioning is at the very core of growing up. Undoubtedly he is very popular with the students. Having said that, he did say that not all of the students follow his columns, but those that do, develop his line of thinking. Voranai is very disciplined about his fitness training. He runs on the track and also takes Muay Thai. As we all know, Muay Thai involves punching, kicking, and overall bloodthirsty violence. I could not help but ask if his choice of recreation reflects an inner frustration? Possibility of not being satisfied with his life? A gentle poke at my Freudian remark, he admits that there is a little bit of truth in that. He feels the need to conquer his weaknesses and build strength. He admits he is someone who pushes himself to the limit. “I run on the Polo Club track managing seven laps, I could do more but it gets boring so on my seventh lap I sprint as fast as I can until I have nothing left in the gas tank, I am literally physically done.” He confides that at the Muay Thai gym, he trains for over an hour, consisting of 500 jump ropes, shadow boxing, punch bag for 10 minutes and then trains with the trainer, five rounds of three minutes each with one minute rest at each round. His liking of sports has a lot to do with his time in America. Said like a true Texas boy, Voranai remarks “knowing how to play American football will always prepare anyone for life.” A strong body and a strong mind are symbiotic Voranai’s courageousness in the boxing ring, the running track or the football field is very much related to the courage he applies when writing: “we are all born cowards, in life we have to conquer our fears and weaknesses”. In a somewhat paradoxical shift, Voranai shocked me by confessing that he is inherently lazy, a procrastinator in chief. This slave to resistance, which many creative minds are so susceptible to, is affecting his plans to write a book. Pushed to reveal what his book is about, he cryptically mentioned, “it is in the same line as my column analyzing and explaining Thai culture and the human psych.” 50 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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Peeling the layers of Voranai is very addictive, he seems to have thought through many of the frustrations and irritations that fellow Thais and Westerners alike vent their dissatisfaction. •On Thai society, he tends to agree that the Poo-yai & Poo-noy structure will remain for quite some time. The system has its merits and its weaknesses; it has been exploited to create an unequal balance. The flaw is where you can’t question, where you have to toe the line because it has been established that way. However, it also has many merits. It is about respect, decency, and harmony and about being nice to each other. Many Poo-yai provide an excellent role model for young people. •On Thai men and their polygamy, he says that in this day and age, technically we have equal rights, technically we have equal standing, what we don’t have is principles. “If the wives don’t stand up for themselves, then who is going to stand up for the wives.” •On Thai society’s blatant hypocrisy, covered up by symbols of wealth, he says it can’t really be changed out of a culture that has existed for decades, but it can be balanced out of its superficiality into something of substance. The reason that balance is out of wack is because Thailand is relatively a newly rich country, we used to be a poor but in the 90’s it grew into a middleincome country. Just like a kid in a candy store, we can’t help ourselves. Through levels of evolution, the balance will be better. •On principles, he ended his last column with, “Colour fades. People pass away. Money gets devalued. Be loyal to principles; they never die.” We assume democracy to be a wonderful thing, but with democracy comes the free market and capitalism. Eventually it brings with it the loss of principles. As with all addictions, I wanted more of my compelling interviewee. I wanted to carry on and delve deeper into the rabbit hole that is Voranai’s wonderland, but time was running out, my only consolation being that I will get my next Voranai fix alongside the rest of us this Sunday. As the photographer sets up the shots, I had to ask my last question. Despite all the faults and problems, where would he rather live? Grinning like the Cheshire cat, he says “I always picture myself retiring in Sardinia, drinking wine, reading books and carousing with native women….oops, that would make me a sexpat.” Note to the reader: as he said that last line, Voranai’s tongue was firmly embedded in his cheek.

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OFF THE WALLS The RBSC Squash Section hosted the annual H.M. King’s Cup tournament in August which brought out some of the best players from around Thailand. Squash is a popular pastime worldwide and the Squash Section at the Club hopes it can convince more Members to take up the sport. By Cheyenne Hollis

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tepping into the any of the squash facilities at RBSC and Polo Club can be an overwhelming experience for those unfamiliar with the sport. The constant banging of the ball, the bright white lights reflecting against the bright white walls and the frantic nature of the sport can overload the sense at first. After a few minutes, things start to make sense. In fact, the basic are squash are not that hard. It is one of those sports that looks easy to play but is rather difficult to master because of the many nuances. “Squash is a lot like golf. Anyone can come out and play but it takes work to be good at it,” RBSC Squash Section Member Asadej Kongsiri says. “It’s not easy to be good at it but once you start playing and improving you become addicted to it.” Believe it or not, squash use to be much more difficult to play. Recent technological developments have also made the game easier for beginners to play as improved racquets and balls allow a greater room for error.

“If you come out and play squash for 40 minutes it is like going to the gym for two hours or more,” Asadej boasts. “It is not only fun to play but it is a great workout. Squash also has less of a chance of getting injured. It is easier on the knees and joints than tennis and badminton.” What makes the Squash Section truly special is the Members. After a few minutes of hanging out at the squash courts at RBSC and Polo Club, you are able to understand the friendliness of everyone in the Section. Breaks in matches are regularly met with laughter and friendly banter as no one takes themselves too seriously. “We just enjoy hanging out and having fun without politics or anything like that. We really want people to come out here and give squash a try. We’re always encouraging people to just give the game a chance,” Asadej says. “There is always a lot of laughing and joking going on. We like to play squash but we don’t take ourselves seriously.”

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LEADING OFF The Squash Section also has a secret weapon that only a few other sports have. They hope it can attract Members to come give the sport a try. “Another great thing about playing squash is that we not only play indoors but we also have air conditioning so we can play anytime without having to worry about the weather,” Asadej notes. “It is just another reason to come out and play squash.”

“The King’s Cup is one of the most prestigious tournaments we have. It is kind of like a squash open where the best players come and compete so it offers a nice variety,” Asadej says. “Anyone from any club can enter the tournament and play so it is a chance to test yourself against new players.”

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This year was no different as 43 players entered the competition, all with their sights set on taking home the prize. While all the players want to win, there are several other benefits to having a competition like this.

August is a busy time for the RBSC Squash Section as the Annual H.M. The King’s Cup is played during the first the weeks. It is a competition that all the best squash players take note of.

“We get a lot of players from Bangkok as well as the rest of Thailand and we even get international players living here to come and take part in the tournament,” Asadej explains. “The King’s Cup is a good chance to meet new

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players from around the region and build new friendships and playing partners. Plus you always want to test yourself against the best players.” There is also a newfound excitement surrounding this year’s tournament as some of the competition’s more familiar names decided not to enter. It helps foster a sense of community between the RBSC Squash Section and other squash teams in the region. “In the last 10 years there have only been two winners but this year neither player entered it so the field was wide open,” Asadej says. “We always get a large turnout so it is one of the most popular tournaments at the club level and one we are very proud to host each year.”

And while it is a victory to enjoy, he still has a lot of work to do if he will match Chatchawin’s impressive streak of five consecutive victories at the H.M. King’s Cup. For the squash players at RBSC it is about much more than winning and losing. The game gives them an outlet to have fun and stay in shape. Playing squash may not be easy but the RBSC Squash Section does their best to make sure everyone has fun.

And the winner is… Since the year 2000, only two players have won The King’s Cup. Chatchawin Tangjaitrong has won it has won it over ten times in the past 12 years. The only player standing between him and clean sweep was Poowis Poonsiri who managed to earn a couple of victories during Chatchawin’s decade of dominance. This year was to be different, however. Neither player entered this year’s King’s Cup meaning for the first time in a long time, a new face would be named champion. Of course, it would still take a lot of skill, composure and stamina to actually emerge victorious. After two, long weeks of squash, it was RBSC’s very own Arnold Phatraprasit that managed to win the 2013 H.M. King’s Cup. In what was a very close final match, Arnold was able to fend off Saran Ruckpanich to see his name added to the long list of players who have previously won the tournament. SEPTEMBER 2013 | 57


Survive and Thrive For RBSC Member Khun Anutra Jotikabukkana, winning a gold medal at the World Transplant Games was nothing compared to the challenge of overcoming Leukemia. He serves as an inspiration to his family and friends and proof that anything is possible after a transplant procedure. By Cheyenne Hollis


hun Anutra Jotikabukkana has a simple message. Donate.

“I urge people to donate whatever they can. It can be an organ, it can be money or it could be anything. Just do whatever it takes because you will be saving lives,” he urges. “More people are coming out to donate but there is always a need for more donations. It can be the difference between life and death.” Anutra is living proof of that. He was diagnosed with leukemia nearly ten years ago. In need of a stem cell transplant to help fight the cancer, his brother stepped forward as a donor. The transplant was a success and after only eight months, he no longer needed his medicine. That is quite the remarkable feat but Anutra’s story doesn’t end there. In fact, it is just the beginning. His brother also told him about the World Transplant Games, the Olympics for people 58 | SEPTEMBER 2013

who have had transplant surgery. Being a sportsman, Anutra was inclined to participate especially since the 2007 games were being held in Thailand. “It was a great honour to be part of the Thailand national team at the games in 2007,” Anutra recalls. “It was a lot of fun and I participated in three sports – swimming, shooting and golf. It was also nice for my family to be there to support me. They really helped me through it all.” He was also a success at the games in 2007, winning a silver medal in the 50 metre swimming freestyle and also medaling in shooting and golf. “The competition for the games is very high. There are a lot of great athletes from across the world taking part so it takes a lot to win,” Anutra notes. “Sports like badminton, swimming and golf are extremely competitive and require lots of training.”

It was the training aspect that got Anutra interest in playing the games. “Having to prepare for the games is a good way to stay fit,” Anutra explains. “It motivates you to exercise regularly because you have a goal to accomplish. It really helped motivate me to get fit as I was recovering.” He has lost almost eight kilograms and believes the high level of competition has helped keep him focused during training. Anutra has mostly competed in swimming and golf during his four trips to the World Transplant Games. “Badminton is very competitive and the training for it is very difficult just because there are a lot of nations with a lot of good players. Training for swimming is different because it is more of an individual event so as long as you hit your times, you will be okay,” Anutra explains. “Golf was a bit different. You can practice all day long but once the event comes, you never know how you will perform. That is one of the reasons I will stop playing golf at the games. I would rather focus on swimming.” Anutra also thanks RBSC for aiding in his training regimen. His parents were Members and he has been coming to the Club as child. The facilities at RBSC have helped him prepare and his swimming coach, Khun Supawan Aimsaijai (Block) is also here. His training paid off for the 2013 games in South Africa were he won three medals in swimming. He picked up a gold medal in the 50 metre freestyle and silver medals in the 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke. “I felt so proud to not only win the medals but to represent Thailand as well. It is a great honour to represent your county,” Anutra states with pride. “There were 49 nations at this year’s games and Thailand finished sixth in the medal count. That is very impressive.” The games also gave Anutra a chance to see the world and make new friends. “We played hard and we practiced hard but at the end of the day we were all friends. The important thing is that we are just able to comeback after transplant operations and do this.” While the success is nice, Anutra could not do it by himself. He thanks his family for being there for him and hopes he can serve as an inspiration for others. “I have two sons, a 14 and a 10-year old, and I hope I can be a role model for them. I want them to see nothing can stop you,” Anutra says. “I feel like I am lucky because I have a second life and I want to make sure I am always trying to better myself. My family is a big part of this.” Anutra continues to raise awareness for organ donation and also hopes he can get more people interested in the World Transplant Games as well. “Not many people know about the games so my goal is invite more people to take part because there is something very special in being able to represent Thailand as well as surviving a transplant operation,” Anutra states. “I also want to make sure people understand how important it is to donate. It can be the difference between life and death.” Anyone wanting to know more about organ donation, please contact the Thai Red Cross Those interested in the World Transplant Games can contact Khun Anutra at SEPTEMBER 2013 | 59


KNOCK ON The tradition and history when Royal Bangkok Sports Club meets Singapore Cricket Club in competition is immeasurable. Rugby is a staple at both Clubs and the two have been meeting for over a 100 years. The two Clubs kicked off this year’s Interport series at the Sports Club on a perfect August night. By Cheyenne Hollis 60 | SEPTEMBER 2013

“We had not played in three weeks before this match, so I think we were not so good to start off,” Thitipat Losuwannakul said. “The first 20 minutes were really tough and we couldn’t get a good grasp of the match. A lot of that had to do with their (SCC) size and toughness.” Both teams committed several infractions during the opening stages of the match and it looked as if the official would be the star of this show. However, some solid play in the open field saw RBSC score the game’s first try just inside the ten minute mark. The conversion was good to give them a 7-0 lead. “We started to play a little faster and our backs opened the game up for us,” Thitipat added. “We were able to have some success once we got the ball out to the wings and used our speed.” RBSC would miss a penalty from around 25 yards out midway through the first half but responded by scoring the second try of match shortly after that. Some quick passing took advantage of the open space on the outside allowing RBSC to get out and run. The conversion was successful giving RBSC a 14-0 advantage. That would be score as the two teams headed into halftime. It was clear SCC made some adjustments during the break as the guests came out strong, looking to use a power game to wear the home team down. It worked too, as they pushed through a try but failed to make the conversion. “They have some big forwards and a big pack and that gave us some trouble,” Thitipat said. “Those are some big boys from SCC and they were a real handful for our forwards who did their best to stop them.” SCC was looking for a way back into the match but RBSC would respond quickly by taking advantage of a kicking error from the guests to push their advantage to 19-5. The lads from Singapore continued to fight back but RBSC seemingly put the game out of reach when they scored their fourth try with a little under 20 minutes left to go.

In many ways, the Interport match between RBSC and SCC was similar to a rock concert. The first ten minutes was the forgettable opening act whose main job is to fill time before the headliners hit the stage. The following 60 minutes was what the crowd came to see- fast paced, hard hitting action. The final ten minutes of the match was the encore as RBSC capped their performance off in style. By the time the referee serenaded the crowd with the final whistle, RBSC’s virtuoso performance saw them claim the victory and the cup by a final tally of 38-5. While the score may indicate the home team’s dominance, both teams were off key to start the match.

“This was a good match for us because we were able to get our rolling subs going and that kept us fresh. The starters were able to play and the subs came in to get some experience against a very tough team,” Thitipat said. “We were also able to tryout some new stuff during the second half and work on some other things during the match.” As the guests looked to be a bit fatigued, RBSC turned up the volume to blow past SCC in the closing stages of the match. Using some smooth passing moves and their speed on the wings, RBSC notched two more tries in the closing ten minutes. “I was very impressed with the RBSC tonight. They are a very fast team and a very well drilled team and that showed,” SCC forward Andy Douglas said. “RBSC took the game to us. We thought we had a chance to come back when we got the score to 14-5 but they were able to pull away.”

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After the match, the two teams took turns saluting each other’s performance and the SCC captain presented the winning team with the trophy. RBSC gladly accepted and took turns posing with well-deserved prize. “We weren’t perfect but I think we did play well. Our teamwork out there was good and we need to carry that over to our next matches,” Thitipat stated. “We need to improve on things like lineouts and a few other areas but as a team we will keep getting better.” For SCC, this match was a valuable learning experience and one they hope will benefit them when the two sides meet for the return contest in Singapore. “It was a very enjoyable game and a competitive game until late in the match,” Douglas said. “For us, we brought some very young players. I think the ages on our team ranged from 18 to 47. I think the only thing I was disappointed with was from some of the calls made by the referee but you can’t really do anything about that.” The match itself continues the long and historic relationship between the two Club’s rugby teams. Both sides had a good turnout and this friendly rivalry shows no signs of slowing down. “Our Clubs have a very long relationship and these Interport matches are some of the best we have all season. It is great to continue this bond between the two clubs,” Douglas said. “This is rugby how it is supposed to be and how it has always been between the two clubs. Both teams come out and play hard. Then after the match, we celebrate with a few beers and some good laughs.” The RBSC Rugby Section continues its season with matches and training sessions through the end of November. Members interested in the sport should contact the Rugby Section for more information. 62 | SEPTEMBER 2013


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OUT OF THE ROUGH All of the upgrades at the RBSC Golf Course have now been completed. This means the fairways are setup for optimal drainage meaning the course will need less time to recove after rain storms.

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Dear Golfers, Throughout August, the Asavapati tournament has been played. The friendly, mixed tournament has been a lot of fun and by the end of the month we will have our winner. We had a very good turnout with 24 teams entering the competition this year. Next month’s magazine will have a full recap of the tournament for your enjoyment. This month saw five promising RBSC junior golfers head to the Lotus Valley Country Club to take part in the Hank Haney Golf Clinic. Haney is one of the best golf coaches in the world and the youth golfers had a great day out. Pro Bill has a special story in this month’s Golf Section with some tips from Hank as well. RBSC will have its annual match with the Royal Thai Air Force at RBSC at the end of August. This is the longest running match we have with a local club. This year marks the 48th time that our two sides have met and I am sure it will be a great occasion. Finally, we have finished coring all of the course’s 18 greens and you should find them to be in perfect condition for our golfing season. The Captain’s prize will also be held in September and I am looking forward to that fun event. Happy golfing, Surin Banyatpiyaphod RBSC Golf Captain

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RBSC FALL IN SINGAPORE It was a fun trip for the RBSC Golf Section even if the results did not go their way against Singapore Island Country Club. SICC cruised in the contest for the Merlion Trophy winning 164. The score was even more lopsided in the competition for the Nibhon Wilairat Trophy as SICC coasted to a 50-20 win. However, the Interport match between the two clubs was a grand time as always. RBSC ends this year’s Interport series with SICC on the losing side but will look to forward to a bit of revenge when the two Club’s meet again next year. DR. RATTACHAT MONGKOLNAVIN (RIGHT)

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The Junior Golf Program at RBSC has come on by leaps and bounds over the past few years and the continued growth of the Junior Club Championships is just another example of the Club’s youth embracing the sport. This year’s Jr. Club Championships was historic as well. This was the first time that there was a Girls’ Club Champion to go alongside the Boys’ Club Champion. “It is good for the girls to be able to have a chance to play in a competitive environment. I think you are seeing a lot of young girls playing golf and more starting to take up golf,” RBSC Golf Pro Bill Hutton said. “There are a lot of good, young women playing golf so these girls have a lot of professionals to serve as inspiration.” The winner of the first ever RBSC Girls’ Club Championship was Miss Mintra Techakraisri. She managed to play well despite the tricky setup at the RBSC Golf Course. “There were some difficult pin placements and the course was setup to be a challenge,” Hutton said. “We still saw a lot of good scores from the kids so that is a good sign. We also couldn’t have asked for better conditions during the day. The weather was good and it was a great day overall.” On the boys’ side, Master Sanonth Bhumithaworn finished the day on top of the leaderboard to earn the title of RBSC Boys’ Club Champion. All the winners collected their awards from former RBSC Chairman Pol. Maj. Gen.Viraj Vanijaka. “We really do have some talented boys playing golf at here and that is very pleasing to see,” Hutton noted. “These kids can really play. It is important to have them out here competing as well because it is a whole new environment for them.”


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Hutton believes that both boys and girls can learn a lot of valuable lessons about golf and life from playing in golf competitions at a young age. “This can be a great learning experience for boys and girls. It teaches them how to handle adversity. If you a hit a bad shot, how do you react? Do you get angry, do you quit or do you stay calm? It tests how you responded to pressure,” Hutton said. “How a young person handles this pressure can carry over to real life. By learning how to respond to adversity on the golf course, you learn how to respond off it as well.” There is hope the junior events at RBSC will keep growing and Hutton hopes to see more kids at the Jr. Club Championships next year. “I really want to keep getting more kids out here playing the game and competing. This year was good but I think I may schedule it a bit differently next year,” Hutton added. “I may look to schedule it sometime in March or April when the weather is good and more kids are available to play.” That being said, Hutton is still bullish about the Junior Golf Program at the Club. “This was a great event and I think it will only lead to bigger and better things for youth golf at RBSC,” Hutton concluded. “Golf is a game that builds character. That is something that you don’t find in a lot of activities. Not only are the kids having fun but they are becoming better people too.” 70 | SEPTEMBER 2013


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GREAT ADVICE FROM LEGENDRY COACH HANK HANEY | By Bill Hutton If you don’t know the name Hank Haney, he is only one of the most famous golf teachers in the whole world. One of the reasons he is famous because he coached Tiger Woods for six years. Hank gave a golf clinic on 10th August at the Lotus Valley Country Club just north of Bangkok for some luck junior golfers. Here’s just a bit of what he had to say. Eliminate the slice – When you slice, the ball doesn’t go very far. Learn how to hook the ball. The hook goes farther. Every good player of all time has “fought a hook.” The grip is the primary problem. Move both hands a little to the right (or stronger hand). The palms must face each other. Understand the swing plane – The swing plane determines your ball flight. If your swing plane is too upright, you will slice. If your swing plane is too flat, you will hook. Hank says, “PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOUR BALL GOES.” Then change your swing plane to make it straighter. If your plane is too upright, you’ll be hitting the ball off your toe and fat. If your swing plane is too flat, you’ll be hitting the ball off your heel and you won’t be hitting the ground. - REMEMBER, NO ONE HAS A PERFECT SWING – One of Hank’s mentors was an English pro named John Jacobs. John described the golf swing simply as, “two turns and a swoosh.” Make a big turn of your shoulders on the backswing, make a big turn of your shoulders on your follow through and in-between, swing that club as fast as you possibly can. You’ve got to hit the ball far if you expect to succeed. On the downswing, if your arms are too fast, you will hook. If your body is too fast, you will slice. You need your arms and the body to go together. One of the most important things in golf: “TRY YOUR HARDEST ON EVERY SHOT” When putting, speed is the most important thing, not direction. Learn to putt the speed that takes the ball exactly 72 | SEPTEMBER 2013

to the hole. This is also known as cup speed. The 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner putts this way. A proper putting stroke is 40 percent back and 60 percent through. A good putting exercise is the Gate Drill (see photo on right). Put two tees in the green just wider than your putter head. Now you should learn to stroke through them without touching them. Do this to learn how to hit the putts in the center of your putter. “AT HOME, MAKE 100 PRACTICE SWINGS A DAY…YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR GAME…I PROMISE.” Do not let your swing get too steep. You’ll hit behind the ball. Tom Watson hardly took any divot. Learn to sweep the ball. Learn to turn your body through the ball to make a divot “after” the ball.


3 Things To Do To Improve 1.) Eliminate Penalty Strokes - Stop hitting the water, out of bounds or into the trees. Fix your “big miss”. 2.) Eliminate “Two Chips” - When you’re close to the green, you have to get the ball onto the green with one shot. Stop hitting it fat or knocking it over the green. 3.) Eliminate Three Putts – You must develop a send of touch when controlling the distance of your putts. Your attitude and work ethic are two of the most important things that will make you better.

Attitude…Always try your hardest!

Work Ethic…Practice a lot! Three or four hours a day! Sample Practice Schedule 1/3 of your time on full swing 1/3 of your time on short game 1/3 of your time on putting When practicing your full swing, also break it into thirds. Spend 1/3 of the time on irons/hybrids, 1/3 of the time on woods and 1/3 of the time on wedges. For the short game, you should divide the time evenly between pitching, chipping and sand shots. When practicing putting, break the time into thirds with long putts, medium putts and short putts all getting equal attention. Hank stressed, “You must practice with a plan.” “A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A DREAM!” -Hank Haney SEPTEMBER 2013 | 73


LETTER FROM A MEMBER Dear Sirs, As an active Memberof RBSC for 45 years, I consider it my “signal duty” to share comments with relevant constituents when circumstances warrant and the Saturday RBSC sponsored Hank Haney “opportunity” is a case in point. I will complement the Golf Section for providing the opportunity for RBSC junior golfers to attend this very educational, well arranged and motivational event. I’m sure Khun Bill will provide an interesting synopsis of this most auspicious day – which I personally, fully enjoyed. I had never dreamnt of also getting a five minute private lesson in chipping from the man himself! Thanks a lot, - and perhaps if similar opportunities emerge in the future, RBSC may consider it relevant to make an “inhouse” arrangement. Kind regards, A.Normann Consul General

HANK HANEY INFO Age: 54 Born: Illinois, USA Major Winners Coached: Tiger Woods, Kelli Kuehne and Mark O’Meara Awards: PGA Teacher of the Year (USA) – 1993 NCAA Division I Golf Coach of the Year – 1998 Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, 1984 – 2004 Twitter: @HankDHaney Website:

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Hitting the Flop Shot By Berry Henson, Asian Tour Winner American Berry Henson, who has one title each on the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour, talks us through one of the toughest shots in the game, which is the flop shot. The easy-going Californian says that there are several key thoughts for him to execute the shot which has become one of his favourite shots in his bag.

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Set up I always place the golf ball in line with my left heel and ensure that I have an open stance (picture 1). The clubface is also open towards the intended target where you want the ball to land on the green. Another key element is that I ensure the shaft of my lob wedge is leaning behind my hands and the ball where the shaft is effectively pointing towards my right shoulder. Key thoughts To pull off the flop shot, one of my key thoughts is for me to imagine there is a “wall” against on my left shoulder (picture 3). My swing does not get past this “wall” when I execute the shot (as illustrated in picture 4 and 5), which essentially ensures that I hit the ball high into the air and land softly on the green.

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Do practice these key elements and see if it works for you. Happy golfing.

Dear Lady Golfers, In August, the Ladies’ Golf Section held the annual RBSC H.M. Queen’s Cup which saw a large number of participants come out and play. The winner was none other than Khun Jittakarn Lamsam Chandraviroj who won her second intra-Club competitive event in 2013. Well done to her. I would also like to congratulate Khun Chindarat Vanichkit who finished as the runner up and third place finished Khun Narumol Mulligan. Thanks to everyone for helped make the competition so much fun. The Ladies Golf Section is planning another outing trip on October 29th and 30th. For this trip we will head to Chonburi for two days of fun. We will play golf at the Treasure Hill Golf Course as well as the Bangpra Golf Course. These trips are always lots of fun so come on and let’s go Ladies. Regards, Sasitorn Chokwatana Ladies’ Golf Captain

RBSC Ladies Golf SubCommittee

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he RBSC Ladies’ Golf Section hosted the annual H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Cup on the 6th and 7th of August in what was a very competitive event. Khun Ausanee Sosothikul entered the tournament on quite the roll having won the previous two tournaments at the Club but with so many talented Lady Golfers at RBSC, it would be a challenge to make it three in a row. Finishing as the second runner-up was Khun Narumol Mulligan who is one of the best players at RBSC and boasts an impressive handicap of six. First runner up went to Khun Chindarat Kruavanichkit who shot a very nice round and will be pleased with her performance at the vent.



The winner of the H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Cup was Khun Jittakarn Chandraviroj who claimed her second tournament victory at RBSC this year. Herself and partner Montira Wongtrakun emerged victorious at the H.M. Queen Rambhai Barni Cup in February as well. As always, the H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Cup was another fun event held by the RBSC Ladies’ Golf Section. New players are encouraged to take part in these exciting events as well as take part in the other fun activities run by the Section.



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t has been an impressive few weeks for Khun Ausanee Sosothikul out on the RBSC Golf Course. On 17th July she earned her second impressive, intraclub tournament victory by winning the RBSC Ladies’ Golf Section’s Gerson Cup. It was only weeks earlier that she managed to win one of the biggest tournaments at RBSC, the Chairman’s Cup, by posting a score of 63. She is in fine form right now and to win two tournaments back-to-back is something very few players have managed to do at the Club. Finishing as runner up was Khun Natthinee Paurohitya who played extremely well but was unable stop Ausanee from winning.






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he RBSC Ladies Golf Section took a fun outing trip to Surat Thani in July. The golfing highlight of the trip was a chance for the Ladies to play the historic Rajjaprabha Dam Golf Course. However, that was just one of the many fun activities planned by the Ladies Golf Section for the outing. The group took in many sights and sounds of the area and made the trip a memorable experience for everyone who went. The outing was fun and everyone who attended said they enjoyed the trip very much. Here are just some of the photos from the trip. The next Ladies Golf outing is planned for October and you will not want to miss it.

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Are they Thailand’s Future Golf Stars? T

hey’re young, talented and ambitious – the future faces of golf in Thailand and, if their dreams come true, internationally. Sandy Wongwaiwate, 17, and Peng Pichaikool, 13, have what it takes to be potential golf champions and are now taking the next steps towards what they hope will be professional careers. Sandy, from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, has been playing golf since she was 10, represented Thailand last year in the national ladies squad in Singapore and Malaysia, and is about to begin a scholarship at prestigious US Ivy League college, Yale, in Connecticut. 84 | SEPTEMBER 2013

Peng, from Bangkok, has represented Thailand for the past three years in junior events and this year qualified for the first time to compete in the junior world championships in California, held in July. Peng’s father, Sukkho Pichaikool, a teaching pro at the Tee Off 42 driving range in Bangkok, is his coach. With a prodigious swing that propels the ball 300 yards plus with his driver, Peng can already hit the ball as far as many tour pros. Tyson Powers, who with his wife Jib owns Bangkok-based D’ablo Sportswear, is helping the youngsters with their golf development and believes they have exciting careers ahead.

“It’s all about getting experience,” Tyson explains. “As a young Thai company ourselves, we want to be part of the development of Thai golf and so we are helping to guide young players like Sandy and Peng. We are confident that with the right instruction and assistance at this early age, they can reach the top.” As with all talented young sportsmen and women, Sandy and Peng’s parents are a big part of their development. “They both come from great families with highly supportive parents who are playing a major part in their golf development while also ensuring their studies don’t suffer. The fact that they are academically smart and committed to their education as well as golf is a major reason we are supporting them,” Tyson explains. Sandy was introduced to golf by her father, Dr Somsak Wongwaiwate, and was convinced to play because her older brother had no-one with whom to practice at their local nine-hole Star Dome course at Chiang Mai. Last year she won a scholarship to the Hank Haney Academy in South Carolina and while in the US met a member of the Yale women’s team. She was invited to apply for a scholarship to Yale, which she secured and will commence an economics degree in the fall semester. She will also join the university’s golf team. Sandy’s ambition is to graduate from Yale, attend qualifying school for the LPGA Tour and, eventually, turn pro. Her hero is the now-retired Swedish golfer, Annika Sorenstam, who she met during a visit to Mission Hills China, Shenzhen, where she designed one of the complex’s 12 signature golf courses. Peng, who is entering the International School in Bangkok this year, finished in the top 50 of 175 competitors in his age group at the World Junior Championships in San Diego in July. He has already been playing golf for seven years, has twice played in PGA Thailand events and was the top amateur in the 2013 Challenge Classic at Watermill Golf Club near Bangkok. “Peng returned from the US with a clear understanding of where he is positioned among golfers his own age, “ says Tyson Powers. “He is probably going to come across these same players for the rest of his career. He came home determined to work harder to learn the skills that will hopefully enable him to become a tour pro.” Remember their names – Sandy Wongwaiwate and Peng Pichaikool. Chances are, you will hear a lot more about them both in years to come. SEPTEMBER 2013 | 85




Golf Ladies Golf Ladies Golf




16-18 Jan 2013 Club Championship, RBSC Cup & RBSC Platinum Cup Winner Club Championship Winner RBSC Cup Winner RBSC Platinum Cup 19 Jan 2013

16 Feb 2013

Duangphorn Tangchitnob Malinee Srutanond Sumana Na Ranong

H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy, Super Senior & Great Senior H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy Super Senior Great Senior

Winner Winner Winner

Khamrob Thirakaosal Sukit Pachimsawat Patipan Boonyaprabhatsorn

H.E. Nakasone Trophy


Dr. Rattachat Mongkolnavin


Jittakarn Chandraviroj Montira Wongtrakun

12,14,19,21 & 26 H.M. Queen Rambhai Barni Cup Feb 13 15 Mar 13

Prince Chula Chakrabongse Cup


Surasaya Ruttanaporn


16-17 Mar 13

Golden Phra Kieo Cup


Confederation of St. Gabriel’s Foundation of Thailand Association

6th place



25 Mar 13

15-18 Years Old Winner

Chanachoke Dejpiratanamongkol (Bromsgrove)

12-14 Years Old Winner

Naphat Jantaranukul (RBSC)

11 Years Old & Under Winner

Phasin Vichetcharoenpaisarn (ASB)

Winner Team

American School of Bangkok (ASB)

Club Championship/Senior Club Championship & RBSC Chairman’s Cup Club Championship Senior Club Championship RBSC Chairman’s Cup

Winner Winner Winner

Pulrit Praneeprachachon Piyabutra Vasudhara Siripat Swasdiburi


6 Apr 13

4th Annual RBSC Junior Golf Team Invitational


20-21 Apr 13

Team Championship


Dr. Rattachat Mongkolnavin Dr. Tonphong Kaewkongka


22 Apr 13

Jr. Golf Tournament 13-16 years old 10-12 years old Under 10 years old

Winner Winner Winner

Chayut Morakotkarn Tharitron Surapongprapa Isra Israsena Na Ayudhya

Ladies Golf

24 Apr 13

Mom Kobkaw Cup


Sumana Na Ranong


4-5 May 13

Mixed Team Competition


Soratat Rojanasoonthon Winda Nimmannit


Won by: Rayong Golf Club

(12th place – RBSC)


Sudachan Euarchukiatti

18-19 May 13

Navy Invitational Golf Cup

Ladies Golf

22 May 13

Phya Srivikorn Cup


25 May 13

Rama VII Trophy

Won by Thai Team

Thai Team (266 pts.)


16 Jun 13

Hongladarom Cup


Soratat Rojanasoonthon Ian.G. McLean

17 Jun 13 29-30 Jun 13

RBSC Chairman’s Cup St. Amory Cup

Winner: Winner Runner-up

Ausanee Sosothikul Pracha Sivasiamphai Manas Kampakdee


15 Jul 13

Jr. Golf Tournament

10-12 years old Winner Under 10 years old Winner

Master Tatt Justin Bodhidatta

Ladies Golf

17 Jul 13

Gerson Cup


Ausanee Sosothikul

20-21 Jul 13

Away Interport Match RBSC vs SICC (at SICC)

Merlion Trophy Sat 20 Jul 13 Sun 21 Jul 13 Won by SICC Total

SICC 10 pts. 6 pts. 16 pts.

RBSC 0 pt. 4 pts. 4 pts.

Nibhon Wilairat Trophy Sat 20 Jul 13 Sun 21 Jul 13 Won by SICC Total

SICC 29 pts. 21 pts. 50 pts.

RBSC 9 pts. 11 pts. 20 pts.

Boys Division Winner

Master Sanonth Bhumithaworn

Girls Division Winner

Miss Mintra Techakraisri

Winner 1st Runner-up 2nd Runner-up

Jittakarn Chandraviroj Chindarat Kruavanichkit Narumol Mulligan

Ladies Golf Golf




27-28 Jul 13

6-7 Aug 13

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Jr. Golf Club Championship 2013

H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Cup

Master Pannawit Leelalumlert

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PATEK PHILIPPE’S NEW CALATRAVA Mechanical watches rank at the very top of the wish lists of styleconscious, self-confident women and Patek Philippe’s new manually wound moon-phase Calatrava for ladies has it all. The new Calatrava (Ref. 7121), features a sparkling Milky Way made of 66 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and stands out with a classically elegant, round yellow-gold Calatrava case in the timeless “Officer’s” style. With a diameter of 33 mm, the new moon-phase Calatrava Ref. 7121 has a contemporary format without being pretentious. The classic round case is formed in-house from solid yellow gold blanks and polished to perfection by hand. Nearly one hundred years ago, these features were very popular when the first wristwatches for officers emerge. Proof that true beauty is timeless.

CORUM TI-BRIDGE LADY Boasting customary Swiss linearity and transparency, the famous Ti-Bridge by Corum is now available for women. The Ti-Bridge Lady is held in place by four diamond-set cross-bars and its horizontal baguette movement is exquisitely framed by an original white ceramic case, creating a subtle chemistry between the distinctive tonneau shape and an elegantly slender design. Entirely developed and produced by Corum, the watch remains loyal to the original horizontal baguette construction and titanium bridges, while the movement is adorned with unprecedented decorations in the form of delicate undulating curves also picked up on the case back. The hand-wound mechanical heart beats at the frequency of 4 Hz and has a 72-hour power reserve. Available at Watch Galleria M floor , Paragon Department Store.

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HUG ARMCHAIR BY GIORGETTI Constant innovation and artisan know-how have been the foundations of the Giorgetti company since it formed in 1898. Giorgetti style cannot be defined with generic terms such as “classic” or “modern”, the collection appeals to those who are dedicated to the traditions of craft and the beauty of natural materials. The HUG armchair features a wooden frame, which forms the load-bearing structure, supporting the soft, shaped upholstery which seems almost restrained by the “strength” of the wood that embraces it. Protective like a hug and soft in its generosity, this armchair receives the body keeping it firmly anchored to the ground.



GPS navigators are now essential for drivers that want to avoid getting lost in the sprawling city or on a weekend trip to the countryside or coast. The GARMIN nuvi 42 offers a 4.3” touch screen display and comes with a built in map of Thailand (Nostra Map) that is able to direct you turn by turn to more than 900,000 interesting places in the Kingdom. Useful navigator functions such as Junction View, Lane Info and searching address by telephone number are also included.

A good espresso is based on tradition, but modern technology has perfected the art. The Segafredo Zanetti Coffee System reinvents the concept of the capsule to reach a single objective – the same top quality espresso every time. The new capsule coffee machine features a touch display, a spout for steam and hot water, a readjustable tray, a cup-warmer, pre-infusion mode and electronic temperature control. Perfect for small business use or home brewing. SEPTEMBER 2013 | 89


LONDON PROPERTIES Berkeley Group is a leading UK Public Limited Company and one of the UK’s top Residential Developers. The firm currently has a number of properties In a variety of Central London and Thames’ side locations – brand new one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for immediate occupation. These London apartments, which are in the final stages of construction, will be available for buyers to move into during the last half of 2013. The prime apartments have been built to the highest specifications, are fully fitted throughout with luxury kitchens and bathrooms and of course carry full 10-year NHBC guarantees. Apartments for sale being offered exclusively by Synergy-GPA include Roman House in the City of London, a magnificent Edwardian Manor House redevelopment in Roehampton, Richmond, Abell and Cleland in Westminster, plus several more exclusive residences. For more information contact or call +66 95 729 2272 (Khun Threerat)

LA COLLINE, PHUKET Occupying a hillside on the edge of the national park in Layan on the unspoilt north west coast of Phuket, La Colline development is one of the most exclusive, luxurious projects on the island. The development is surrounded by lush greenery and benefits from the scent and colours of tropical flowers and trees all year round. The 16 modern, luxurious villas all offer exceptional views of the Andaman Sea and the rolling tropical island countryside. The villas epitomise the very best of luxury living with excellent outdoor facilities including large state of the art swimming pools and sun decks,. La Colline will be completed in the Q4, 2013 and only a few villas remain for sale. For more information contact or call +66 95 729 2272 (Khun Threerat)

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SOUTHPOINT PATTAYA Southpoint Pattaya is located on a four rai freehold plot a short distance south of Bali Hai in Pattaya City, on an elevated site on Pratumnak Hill, offering panoramic sea views to Jomtien, Ko Larn and Pattaya Bay and within walking distance of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Unit sizes at Southpoint Pattaya start from studios of 30sqm with one-bedroom units ranging from 41sqm to 87sqm and two-bedroom units ranging from 61sqm to 97sqm. The condominium includes a dedicated sky deck with an infinity edge lap pool and fitness center along with a landscaped family zone featuring a children’s pool and playground.

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Cultural Diversity in Hospitality Education


s one of the very few international career tracks, the hospitality industry is now seeking professionals who have a broader exposure to international cultures and languages. The motivation for this change in strategy is based in the theory that professionals who are more “culturally aware” will provide a better service experience to international travelers. The end result being that if a customer has a better service experience, they will be more inclined to be repeat customers of the hospitality provider. For many years, hospitality education focused on operational knowledge. In other words, the priorities were to educate students on the operational functions of a hotel: front desk, housekeeping, food and beverage, etc. While those skills are still part of what hospitality schools educate on today, that education is clearly evolving to also include coursework in cultural awareness, sociology and psychology in an attempt to “teach” cultural awareness. While it’s certainly an admirable task to provide a theoretical framework to assist students in understanding how to become more culturally aware, what is missing is the social aspect of cultural awareness that is more often provided outside of the classroom. By meaning, there is another set of “learning” that students have by living in an culturally diverse environment both inside and outside of the classroom. This provides students with a greater understanding of the social behaviors of different cultures - the learning that can’t be taught in a classroom or from a book. While there are many institutions throughout the world that provide recognized programs in hospitality education, there are very few that also focus on developing a more diverse student body. This could even be said of many schools in the United States. While foreign student enrollment is increasing, the population of US students still overwhelms an individual school’s international student population. Thus, instead of having a student population that represents a world of cultures, we have one dominant culture (American) that dominates the student body. Thus, limiting a student’s ability to gain the cultural knowledge and experience that can be of a significant cultural benefit. 92 | SEPTEMBER 2013

However, there are some schools that are the “exceptions to the rule”. If we consider Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, we can see diversity at work in the student body. In Les Roches and Glion most recent intake, the student body came from over 90 countries:

Continent of Origin

Percentage of Student Population







Middle east and Subcontinent




As you can see, Les Roches and Glion have focused not only on recruiting strong students with the motivation to be successful future professionals, but they have also prioritized cultural diversity to support a key component of their mission to provide an environment that facilitates not only respect for cultural differences but to also give students a deep international prospective to support the students’ academic and future career objectives. Free seminar “ Future Study and Your Dream Job in the World of Hospitality” Saturday 21st September at 1.00-4.00 pm at Four Seasons Bangkok Hotel. Please call 081 920 8882 / 02 106 2541-2 / Email: /

Nurturing young learners to

Developing Knowledge and Understanding

Encouraging Curiosity


t Bangkok Patana we provide

Our aim is to nurture and develop a lifelong love of learning in our young students.


t key points within the Primary School we benchmark ourselves against UK schools using Curriculum Tests. Last year over 96% of our Year 2 students achieved their ageor above, compared to 87% in the UK.

Building ConďŹ dence


e also understand the importance of learning outside the classroom.

to ourish and develop their personal interests are provided through our varied extra-curricular

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rom its herb-scented hills to its yacht-filled harbours, from its hilltop villages to its historic cities, no region of France has more magnetism than Provence, attracting more visitors than anywhere except Paris. Within a terrain that includes deep gorges, dense forests, aromatic lavender fields and sandy beaches, the warm sun nurtures herbs, flowers, olives and vines, giving intense flavours and colours. The Romans civilised the region under the name Provincia Romana, which evolved into the name Provence. In medieval times the region was ruled by the Counts of Provence from their capital in Aix-en-Provence, only becoming a part of France in 1486, and it retains a distinct cultural identity, particularly away from the coast. The borders of Provence are defined by the River Rhone in the west, the Mediterranean Sea in the south, the mountainous Italian border in the east, and where the olive trees end and the high Alps begin in the north. In the 19th century, the coast was discovered by rich Europeans seeking winter warmth, and by the 1920s the Riviera -- the Cote d’Azur in French -- was a legendary beach destination. Today even more popular, the coastal strip from Cannes to Menton in particular makes something of a land apart. The varied landscape and luminous light have inspired outstanding artists such as Cezanne, Van Gogh and Picasso. But the heart and soul of Provence is best evoked by the novels of Marcel Pagnol, Jean de Florette and Manon Des Sources, made into superb films in the 1980s. See these movies and you’ll learn a great deal about the people and traditional way of life of Provence, besides enjoying great stories. Provence means different things to different people. Some people think that the “real” Provence is the western part, furthest from the Riviera’s extravagances and hosting the oldest cities, and that is the part we are going to focus on here, highlighting five different places. The Luberon When Peter Mayle moved from Britain to Provence, as recorded in his best-selling books, he chose the Luberon for his rural idyll in the south of France. The author found the Luberon to have just the right balance of rural tranquillity, rich traditional culture, pleasant climate and affordable prices. In the quarter century since his move, only the last element, the prices, has really changed -- upwards. The Luberon exudes the soul of Provence, with its green valleys between low mountain ranges, its vineyards and lavender fields, its dramatic hill-top villages such as Bonnieux, Roussillon, Saignon and – most spectacularly -- Gordes, its colourful markets overflowing with fine produce, its summers with the chirping of crickets and the click of petanque balls in village squares. SEPTEMBER 2013 | 95

TRAVEL FEATURE Aix-en-Provence The most elegant of Provencal cities, Aix-en-Provence was once the regional capital under the Counts of Provence. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the city became extremely prosperous and filled with beaux quartiers, new districts filled with the splendid mansions of wealthy merchants and landowners. This elegance is still the mark of Aix today, most obviously in the Cours Mirabeau, the centrepiece avenue. The city’s most famous son is Paul Cézanne, the painter who in the late 19th century developed a new way of painting which led to Picasso and all the early modern artists. Cézanne’s spirit is still prominent, with his old studio open to the public, always displaying a still life of colourful apples, the scene he is best known for painting, along with Mont Sainte-Victoire, the jagged mountain which looms to the east of Aix. Avignon Set beside the broad River Rhone with a rocky outcrop as a high point, Avignon has been settled since Celtic times, but its great moment came in the 14th century when a series of French Popes ruled the Catholic church from the city instead of from Rome, building an enormous palace which still dominates the city centre, the largest historical building in the south of France. Equally famous today for its arts festival, one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious, held every July, Avignon is known to every French schoolchild for the song about dancing “Sur le pont d’Avignon”, on the old bridge which still spans half the Rhone, the rest having been washed way by one of the great river’s floods. 96 | SEPTEMBER 2013

Arles In its southwestern corner, Provence is flat, hosting the vast Camargue wetlands, home to wild horses and gypsies. The area’s presiding city is Arles, founded by the Romans and still possessing a splendid Roman amphitheatre and theatre. Enclosed by walls in the medieval era, less prosperous than other Provencal cities, Arles remains a huddle of narrow old streets, occasionally opening into small squares. One square, the Place du Forum, is surrounded by café terraces, a scene that drew Vincent Van Gogh to paint his famous work The Café Terrace At Night, now recreated by the yellow décor of Le Café La Nuit. Van Gogh spent a year in Arles, and then another year in nearby St Rémy de Provence, voluntarily committed to an asylum. It was here that he painted some of his most famous works, particularly those swirling images of olive groves and the rocky outcrops of the Alpilles. You can stand in the same spot today and, thrillingly, see precisely the same view that Van Gogh did. SEPTEMBER 2013 | 97


Marseille The metropolis of Provence, Marseille is the second largest city and largest port in France, an immigrant city since its founding and a great ethnic melting pot. Ever since Greek settlers made a colony here two and a half millennia ago, the city has centred on its grand harbour, tightly enclosed on three sides. Used by all ships until the coming of the steamship era in the mid-19th century, the Vieux Port (Old Port) is still Marseille’s main focus, now a great rectangular marina packed with yachts of all shapes and sizes. Tight-packed and bustling with bars, restaurants and shops, the Old Port is flanked on two sides by steep hills. On the north side, Le Panier district is a maze of narrow old streets on the site of the original Greek colony. The epicentre for dining in the city, the Old Port’s quaysides are lined with restaurants offering the finest fresh seafood and the archetypal Marseillais dish, bouillabaisse, served to perfection. A complex fish stew with a rich brown liquid, bouillabaisse is the pride of Marseille and a French national treasure. This year Marseille is a European Capital of Culture, marked by some great innovations. Creating a wonderful public space, the head of the Old Port has a new square and pavilion, while the near end of the new port has been transformed into another public space dominated by the dazzling new Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (MuCEM) with its concrete façade that resembles fine lace. A new walkway connects the new and old port as Marseille goes on improving its people-friendliness. © 2013 Keith Mundy


Air France provides superior access to Provence with its flights to the region’s three biggest cities of Marseille, Toulon and Nice, as well as throughout France to 30 other cities. Promotional fares are offered on the Thailand Air France website at and further information is available by calling tel. 02 610 0808 or 00 1800 441 0771. Hotels Intercontinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu, 1 Place Daviel, Marseille; tel. +33 04 1342 4242; . A conversion of a grand historic building, Marseille’s new flagship luxury hotel holds a commanding position above the Old Port.. La Mirande, 4 Place de l’Amirande, Avignon; tel. +33 04 9014 2020; . A luxury hotel located in a former cardinal’s palace with supremely elegant decor. Festival Marseille Provence – European Capital of Culture 2013 (MP2013); . A wide-ranging programme of cultural events and exhibitions throughout 2013. Further information Provence tourism: 98 | SEPTEMBER 2013

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FOR THE WIN The Winning Post Restaurant at RBSC is arguably one of the most unique dining facilities in all of Bangkok. Of course, you know about the view and the unbeatable food but the Winning Post is much more than just a restaurant, it is an icon and place to hold your next big event. The International Lunch Buffet held Monday thru Friday from 11:30-14:30 is wildly popular with both Members and guests. The central location of the Club and its easy access and available parking make it the perfect stop for a business lunch. Impress clients a view that is unmatched or treat your colleagues to nice day out. With all your favourite Thai and international cuisine available, the Winning Post lunch buffet has something for even the pickiest of eaters. The noodles are some of the best in the city and just about everyone enjoys the fried bananas. New offerings are constantly being introduced so no two visits to the Winning Post for lunch are ever the same. And while the Winning Post is a great stop for lunch, it can also be the perfect place to hold your next office party, cocktail reception, seminar or any other event you have coming up. The historic venue is easy to find and

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guests will be delighted by the many amenities that the Winning Post has to offer. Catering is available with a high quality buffet and the Winning Post has a bar that serves all your favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including coffees, juices, beers and wines. Enjoy mingling with friends while gazing out at one of Bangkok’s best panoramic views. Any event at the Winning Post is sure to be a rousing success. So what are you waiting for? Drop by during the week for the Winning Post’s exceptional Lunch Buffet. For more information on reserving the Winning Post for a special event, contact the Food and Beverage Department at 02 652 5000-21 ext. 177.






BIRD IS THE WORD The menu at RBSC this month is going to the birds, literally. Enjoy one of the many great poultry dishes being served up in October. Succumb to the succulent smoked duck, savour the stuffed partridge, dig into the divine Turkey Divan, gobble up the gorgeous goose and revel in rich, home style chicken pot pie. There is a bird for everyone’s tastes at RBSC this month.

Menu items are only available at the Dining Room, Fast Food and Verandah areas

ให้บริการเฉพาะ ห้องไดนิ่งรูม, ฟาสต์ฟู้ด และ เวอร์รันด้า เท่านั้น TURKEY DIVAN


All prices are subject to 7% VAT

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The Menu at RBSC Polo Club features some classic Asian dishes in August. There is a nice variety for you to choose from with fresh ingredients and eye pleasing presentations being hallmarks of the menu. The pak-wan yum is the perfect choice for a salad with your main course or on its own. The stuffed chicken wings are a hearty offering that will leave you wanting more.


The traditional steamed rice with chicken set is the perfect main course. All of these dishes can be paired with a nice wine so considering one of the wines of the month with your meal. Try these delicious dishes for yourself at the Dining Room, Air Bar and Coffee Shop. For reservations, please call 02-2526731 ext. 261.

Comfort at the Pool


The menu at RBSC Polo Club Swimming Pool in August has several down home favourites. These options are perfect for a relaxing afternoon by the pool and are sure to leave your stomach happy. The fried shrimp salad is a pleasant option especially after a swim at the Polo Club’s fantastic pool. If you want your shrimp with a little more kick to it, try the bacon-wrapped, fried shrimp. Looking for a nice lunch? Try the grilled chicken sandwich served with chips or the hot dog with meat sauce in cheese. This special menu is available at the Swimming Pool. GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWICH



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Roast Sensations Try one of the three great roast options available at Polo Club Dining Room this month. The roasted chicken with orange sauce is a delicious dish the balances sweet and savory. This Chinese favourite features a premium roasted chicken breast covered in an orange sauce and served with vegetables. The succulent roasted duck breast with grape sauce is another Asian classic on offer at the Polo Club this month. Finally, the roasted beef tenderloin with red wine sauce is a mouthwatering dish with perfect cuts of beef tenderloin paired with a delightful red sauce and served with a nice vegetable medley.




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1 Racing 12:15pm Soccer Practice 3pm

2 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

TUE 3 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

WED 4 Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am



5 Bridge Swiss Team of Four 7pm

Basketball League 6 pm


Celebrate the 112th Anniversary @ committee Box 9am Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

7 Bridge Friendly Match Combined Armed forces and state enterprises Squash Youth Tournament 10 am Soccer Practice 3pm Physical Fitness Zumba Class Party 6pm


8 Soccer Practice 3pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Rugby trip to Malaysia

Basketball League 6 pm

10 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

11 Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am

12 Bridge Open Pairs 1:30pm

Ladies Golf Pol.Gen. Chamras Cup 8:30 am


15 Racing 12:15pm Soccer Practice 3pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

17 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

Basketball League 6 pm


Lawn Bowls Friendly Match vs DD Bowling Club

Illuminate Laser Night party 7pm @Henri Dunant Hall

Soccer Practice 3pm

Bridge Open Pairs 1:30pm

Lamthan Dhama @ Polo

Chill Night @Polo 7pm




Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am


13 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Badminton Friendly Match vs Royal Lake Club 2 pm Golf Pibulsonggram Cup 7:30am Soccer Practice 3pm


23 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Soccer Practice 3pm

Basketball League 6 pm

24 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

25 Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am


26 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am Squash Friendly Match vs SLC 5 pm.

28 Golf Captain’s Prizes 7:30am Soccer Practice 3pm Badminton RBSC vs Crown Property Tennis RBSC vs Crown Property Billiards RBSC vs Crown Property



Racing 12:15pm

Chess AGM

Soccer Practice 3pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am Basketball League 6 pm





TUE 1 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

WED 2 Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am

THU 3 Bridge Swiss Team of Four 7pm



4 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Soccer AGM @ Winning Post 6 pm

5 Golf Sweet Sixty Tournament 7:30 am Bridge The 22nd Chairman’s Cup & Annual Bridge Night Soccer Practice 3pm



Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Soccer Practice 3pm

8 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

9 Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am

10 Bridge Open Pairs 1:30pm

11 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Basketball League 6 pm


Soccer Practice 3pm


Soccer Practice 3pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Racing 12:15pm

Ladies’ Golf Captain ‘s prizes 8:30 am Basketball League 6 pm

12 Golf Away Interport Match RBSC vs HKGC at 1pm

15 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am



Badminton AGM @ Sports Cafe 6 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 7pm

Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am

Chill Night @Polo 7pm


18 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Soccer Practice 3pm

Oktoberfest @ Polo

Lamthan Dhama @Polo

Bridge Open Team Tournament 6pm


21 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

Soccer Practice 3pm

22 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

23 Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am

24 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

25 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

26 Soccer Practice 3pm Tennis Annual Tennis Party 6pm

Basketball League 6 pm

Racing 12:15pm

27 Soccer Practice 3pm

28 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30am

29 Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30am

Basketball League 6 pm


30 Bridge Ladies Pairs 9:30am

31 Bridge Open Pairs 1:30pm Club AGM


ELECTION PROCEDURES This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 31st October 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Henri Dunant Hall. For those who wish to be listed on the ballot for this year’s election for General Committee, please pick up your application form from the Club’s Membership Office at the RBSC. The forms will be available beginning Monday, 2nd September 2013, during the Club’s office hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Interested candidates should follow the procedures as per Article 28 as follows : Article 28 Beginning with the election in the year 2003, every alternate Annual General Meeting of the Club shall elect a General Committee consisting of 12 persons, not more than 6 of whom may be of one nationality, to manage the affairs of the Club and its branch. The election procedure shall be as described hereunder : 28.1 An Ordinary Member or Honorary Member who wishes to stand for election to the General Committee shall pick up the application form which will be available at the Club office from the first Monday of September.* 28.2 Such Member shall complete the application form and have his application form seconded by two Ordinary Members and/or Honorary Members. The candidate shall submit the application form, together with his photographs and other specified documents, to the Club Management within the third Monday of September.*** The Club Management shall post the details of all candidates on the Club notice board within the fourth Monday of September and will take them off one day after the Annual General Meeting.**** 28.3 Each Ordinary Member or Honorary Member who registers to attend the Annual General Meeting shall be given a ballot paper which contain the names of all candidates. He is to select not less than one and not more than twelve names of the candidates appearing on the ballot paper. The ballot paper shall be unsigned.

Any ballot paper which does not conform to the above conditions shall be deemed void.

28.4 Each Ordinary Member or Honorary Member who registers to attend the Annual General Meeting may put the ballot paper into the ballot box from the time he has made his selection until the time the Meeting voted for the balloting to be closed. 28.5 Each Ordinary Member or Honorary Member shall be entitled to vote as stated in Article 28.3, and shall cast his vote in person. Any person who is not present at the Meeting may not cast his vote by proxy. 28.6 Subject to nationality limitation, the twelve candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be deemed elected. Following the above Articles 28.1 and 28.2, a candidate who is unable to pick up and/or submit his application in person, may appoint a representative to pick up and/or submit his application form on his behalf provided that an authorization letter signed by the candidate in the same signature as kept in the Club’s record is attached to his application on submission. Notes :

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From 9:00 a.m. Monday, 2nd September 2013 Only at the RBSC Membership Office By 6:00 p.m. Monday, 16th September 2013 From Monday, 23rd September 2013 to Friday, 1st November 2013

ข้อบังคับสำ�หรับการเลือกตั้งคณะกรรมการอำ�นวยการทั่วไป ด้วยสมาคมได้กำ�หนดให้มีการประชุมใหญ่สามัญประจำ�ปีนี้ ในวันพฤหัสบดีที่ 31 ตุลาคม 2556 เวลา 18.00 น. ณ ห้องอังรีดูนังต์ สมาคมจึงขอเชิญ ท่านสมาชิกที่มีความประสงค์จะสมัครเข้ารับเลือกตั้งเป็นกรรมการอำ�นวยการทั่วไป ให้ติดต่อขอรับใบสมัครได้ที่สำ�นักงานฝ่ายบริการสมาชิกสมาคม ราชกรีฑาสโมสร ตั้งแต่วันจันทร์ที่ 2 กันยายน 2556 ในเวลาทำ�การของสมาคม ระหว่างเวลา 09.00 ถึง 18.00 น. โดยผู้สมัครจะต้องปฏิบัติตามข้อบังคับ ของสมาคมข้อที่ 28 ดังนี้ : ข้อบังคับข้อที่ 28 : เริ่มตั้งแต่การเลือกตั้งในปี พ.ศ. 2546 ให้ที่ประชุมใหญ่สามัญประจำ�ปีของสมาคมเลือกคณะกรรมการคณะหนึ่งเรียกว่าคณะ กรรมการอำ�นวยการทั่วไป ทุก ๆ 2 ปี มีจำ�นวน 12 คน ซึ่งมีสัญชาติเดียวกันได้ไม่เกิน 6 คน โดยมีวิธีการเลือกตั้ง ดังต่อไปนี้ 28.1 ให้สมาชิกสามัญ และสมาชิกกิตติมศักดิ์ที่ประสงค์จะสมัครเข้ารับเลือกตั้งเป็นกรรมการอำ�นว���การทั่วไปไปรับใบสมัครจากที่ทำ�การของ สมาคมได้ตั้งแต่วันจันทร์สัปดาห์แรกของเดือนกันยายน 28.2 ให้สมาชิกสามัญ และสมาชิกกิตติมศักดิ์ดังกล่าวกรอกใบสมัครโดยมีสมาชิกสามัญ และ/หรือสมาชิกกิตติมศักดิ์ 2 ท่านเป็นผู้รับรองการ สมัครดังกล่าว แล้วยื่นใบสมัครพร้อมรูปถ่าย และเอกสารอื่นๆ ตามที่กำ�หนดต่อฝ่ายจัดการสมาคม ภายในวันจันทร์สัปดาห์ที่ 3 ของเดือนกันยายน สมาคมจะทำ�การติดประกาศรายละเอียดเกี่ยวกับผู้สมัครไว้ที่ป้ายประกาศของสมาคมและสาขา ภายในวันจันทร์สัปดาห์ที่ 4 ของเดือนกันยายน จนถึง 1 วัน หลังการประชุมใหญ่สามัญประจำ�ปี **** 28.3 ให้สมาชิกสามัญ และสมาชิกกิตติมศักดิ์ผู้ลงทะเบียนเข้าร่วมประชุมในการประชุมใหญ่สามัญประจำ�ปี และได้รับแจกบัตรลงคะแนนที่มีชื่อผู้ สมัครทุกท่านปรากฏอยู่ ทำ�เครื่องหมายเลือกผู้สมัครที่ตนประสงค์จะเลือกไม่น้อยกว่า 1 ท่าน และไม่เกิน 12 ท่าน และจะต้องไม่ลงลายมือชื่อของตนใน บัตรลงคะแนน บัตรลงคะแนนซึ่งไม่เป็นไปตามข้อกำ�หนดข้างต้นให้ถือว่าเป็นบัตรเสีย 28.4 ให้สมาชิกหย่อนบัตรลงคะแนนลงในหีบบัตรลงคะแนนได้ตั้งแต่เมื่อได้รับบัตรลงคะแนนไปจนถึงเวลาที่ที่ประชุมใหญ่สามัญประจำ�ปี มีมติให้ ปิดหีบบัตรลงคะแนน 28.5 ให้สมาชิกสามัญ หรือสมาชิกกิตติมศักดิ์แต่ละคนลงคะแนนเสียงตามที่กล่าวไว้ในข้อ 28.3 และจะต้องลงคะแนนเสียงด้วยตนเอง ผู้ไม่มาร่วม ประชุมจะมอบฉันทะให้บุคคลใดบุคคลหนึ่งลงคะแนนเสียงแทนไม่ได้ 28.6 ให้ผู้สมัครจำ�นวน 12 คนที่ได้รับคะแนนเสียงมากที่สุด เป็นผู้ได้รับการเลือกตั้งเป็นกรรมการอำ�นวยการทั่วไป แต่ต้องอยู่ภายใต้ข้อจำ�กัด เกี่ยวกับสัญชาติด้วย จากข้อบังคับข้อ 28.1 และ 28.2 ดังกล่าวข้างต้น สมาคมขอเรียนให้ท่านสมาชิกทราบว่า สำ�หรับผู้สมัครที่มีเหตุจำ�เป็นอันทำ�ให้ไม่สามารถมารับใบ สมัคร และ/หรือยื่นใบสมัครด้วยตนเองได้ สามารถมอบอำ�นาจให้ผู้หนึ่งผู้ใดมารับใบสมัคร และ/หรือทำ�การยื่นใบสมัครแทนได้ โดยจะต้องมีหนังสือ มอบอำ�นาจเป็นลายลักษณ์อักษรแนบกับใบสมัครมาด้วย และลายเซ็นของผู้สมัครในหนังสือมอบอำ�นาจจะต้องเป็นลายเซ็นเดียวกับที่ให้ไว้กับสมาคมฯ หมายเหตุ :

* ตั้งแต่ 09.00 น. วันจันทร์ที่ 2 กันยายน 2556 ** ณ ฝ่ายบริการสมาชิก สมาคมราชกรีฑาสโมสร เท่านั้น *** ภายใน 18.00 น. วันจันทร์ที่ 16 กันยายน 2556 **** ตั้งแต่วันจันทร์ที่ 23 กันยายน 2556 ถึง วันศุกร์ที่ 1 พฤศจิกายน 2556

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RBSC SPORTS CLASSES SPORTS CLASSES STARTING IN AUGUST 2013 SECTION DAY TIME/PERIOD BADMINTON Private lesson upon arrangement BASKETBALL Private / Group lesson upon arrangement GOLF Junior Programme Mon Group I 3:30pm - 4:30pm (Max 4 - 6 students per hr) Group II 4:30pm - 5:30pm Wed Group I 3:30pm - 4:30pm Group II 4:30pm - 5:30pm Fri Group I 3:30pm - 4:30pm Group II 4:30pm - 5:30pm Sat Group I 8:30am - 9:30am Group II 9:30am - 10:30am Group III 10:30am - 11:30am Group IV 11:30am - 12:30pm MARTIAL ARTS Aikido Tue/Thu/Sun 5:30pm/5:30pm/3:30pm Muay Thai Wed 6pm - 7:30pm, 7pm - 9pm Ballroom Dance Class Mon 7pm - 9pm Sat 10am - 12pm 2pm - 4pm Line Dance Tue / Fri 4:30pm - 6:30pm Zumba Fri 3pm PHYSICAL FITNESS Shape Up Mon 8:30am - 9:30am Piyo Mon 9:45am - 10:45am Tai Chi Tue 4pm - 5:30pm Battle Beat Tue 7:30am - 8:30am/5:30pm - 6:30pm Danxercise Tue 6:30pm - 8pm Kung Fu Wed 9:30am - 10:30am Tai Chi Thu 4pm-5:30pm Belly Dance Thu 6:30pm - 8pm Battle Beat Fri 6pm-7pm Personal Trainer upon arrangement QI GONG Yoga Class Tue 6:45am - 7:45am Qi Gong Mon, Wed – Fri 6:45am - 7:45am Mon - Fri 5:15pm - 6:15pm Singing Thu 6pm - 9pm SWIMMING Monthly Course Mon – Fri Group I 3:30pm - 4:30pm Group II 4:30pm - 5:30pm Group III 5:30pm - 6:30pm Sat & Sun Group IV 10am - 11:30am Group V 2:30pm - 4pm Mon – Fri Group VI 4:30pm - 6:30pm Mon – Fri Group VII 5pm - 7pm Sat 8am - 10am SQUASH Private lesson upon arrangement TABLE TENNIS Private lesson upon arrangement TENNIS Junior Tennis Lesson Sat & Sun 8am - 10am 14 days (28 Hours) or 7 days (14 Hours) Private lesson upon arrangement


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Badminton Private Coaching Mon.,Wed.,Fri. 9am-4pm Sep. 1 – 30 Sep. 1 – 30 Sat. 7am-9am Sep. 7,14,21,28 Sep. 1 – 28 11:30am-1:30pm Sun. 7am-10am Sep. 1,8,15,22,29 Sep. 1 – 29 Physical Fitness Asana Yoga Class (Group A) (Group B) Yoga Class (I) Line Dance Training Class (I) Line Dance Training Class (II) Line Dance Training Class (III) Line Dance Training Class (IV) Line Dance Training Class (V) Line Dance Training Class (VI)

Sun. Sun. Mon. Mon. Sat. Wed. Wed. Wed. Mon.

8am-10am 10am-12pm 9:30am-11am 5pm-7pm 7:30am-9:30am 7:30am-9:30am 5pm-7pm 2:30pm-4:30pm 2:30pm-4:30pm

Sep. 8 – Dec. 15 Sep. 8 – Dec. 15 Sep. 9 – Nov. 11 Jun. 3 – Nov. 25 Jun. 1 – Nov. 30 Jun. 5 – Nov. 27 Jun. 5 – Nov. 27 Jun. 5 – Nov. 27 Jun. 3 – Nov. 25

Aug. 19 – Sep. 4 Aug. 19 – Sep. 4 Aug. 26 – Sep. 6 Until Sep. 30 Until Sep. 30 Until Sep. 30 Until Sep. 30 Until Sep. 30 Until Sep. 30

Qigong Qigong Voice Training Program (I) Voice Training Program (II)

Mon. – Fri. Mon. Mon.

6:30am-7:30am 5:30pm-7:30pm 7:30pm-9:30pm

Jan. – Dec. Sep. 23 – Dec. 2 Sep. 9 – Nov. 18

Sep. 1 – 30 Sep. 9 – 20 Aug. 26 – Sep. 6



Sep. 1 – 30

Aug. 19 – 30

Mon. & Wed. Mon. & Wed. Mon. & Wed. Tue. & Thur. Tue. & Thur. Tue. & Thur.

4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm 6pm-7pm 4pm-5pm 5pm-6pm 6pm-7pm

Sep. 23 – Nov. 11 Sep. 23 – Nov. 11 Sep. 23 – Nov. 11 Sep. 24 – Nov. 7 Sep. 24 – Nov. 7 Sep. 24 – Nov. 7

Sep. 9 – 20 Sep. 9 – 20 Sep. 9 – 20 Sep. 9 – 20 Sep. 9 – 20 Sep. 9 – 20

Mon. & Wed. Tue. & Thur.

6pm-8pm 6pm-8pm

Sep. 23 – Nov. 13 Sep. 24 – Nov. 12

Sep. 9 – 20 Sep. 9 – 20

Fri. & Sat.


Sep. 6 – Oct. 25

Aug. 19 – Sep. 4

Swimming Advance Swimming Team Junior Swimming Program (5) (Group A) (Group B) (Group C) (Group D) (Group E) (Group F) Tennis Adult Tennis Coaching Program (Group A) Intermediate (Group B) Beginner Junior Tennis Coaching Program (International)

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July 1

Open Pairs 14 Pairs

July 3

Ladies Pairs 31 Pairs

July 4

Swiss Team of Four 10 Teams

1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 2rd 1st 2nd 3rd

July 7

3rd Swiss Team of Four 8 Teams

1st 2nd 3rd

July 8

Monday Open Pairs 14 Pairs

July 10

Ladies Pairs 25 Pairs

July 15

Open Pairs 14 Pairs

July 17

Ladies Pairs 22 Pairs

July 22

Open Pairs 9 Pairs

July 24

Ladies Pairs 23 Pairs

July 25

Thursday Open Pairs 86 Pairs

July 27

The 30th Kovit’s Cup 22 Teams

1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 4th

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Open Pairs 12 Pairs

July 31

Ladies Pairs 23 Pairs

1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd


Khunying Kingkaew Uathavikul Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya Chuanpit Dhamasiri Rajanibul Praneeprachachon Chuanpit Dhamasiri Tassamon Dardarananda Sunisa Vatanasuk Dr. Suebsak Sirijaraya Khunying Kingkaew Uathavikul Vallapa Svangsopakul Kenlong Charusorn Jaturong Sasiboott Taristchollatorn Chodchoy Asdang Riamsree Khunying Chodchoy Sophonpanich Vallapa Svangsopakul Punjaroon Jariyanuntanate Teerasak Soontornsorn Kenlong Charusorn Chuanpit Dhamasiri Yawamon Phimpanyasook Boonita Guna Tilaka Narumol Mulligan Ngamchit Pongkiatkul Manthanee Yaisawang Derek Guna-Tilaka Khunying Kingkaew Uathavikul Takayo Hattori Daksha Adhia Thanpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Manthanee Yaisawang Chalikon Suraphongchai Bradley Jordan Chuanpit Dhamasiri Narumol Hongsadej M.R. Auramani Bhanubandh Kenlong Charusorn Mike Sim Chalermpol Wongwaiwit Dr. Pattana Svargadatta Kirawat Limsingsopon Chakramon Phasukavanich Somchai Rungsathit Kanokporn Janebunjong Taristchollatorn Chodchoy Supote Yaisawang Chamnong Wathanavaha Thanpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Surang Raktakanit Mike Sim Chalermpol Wongwaiwit Khunying Kingkaew Uathavikul Manthanee Yaisawang Rajanibul Praneeprachachon Boonita Guna Tilaka

Sanguan Limcharoenchart Punjaroon Jariyanuntanate Thanpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Wanna Chaisingharn Duangsuda Tulyayon Supang Mekcharas Somchai Rungsathit Pornnaris Leelaarporn Somchai Baisamutra Asdang Riamsree Surapon Ariyaprayoon Chirawut Thotongkam Pavinee Sitthicharoensawat Kanokporn Janebunjong Somchai Baisamutra Virat Chinmanas Wanna Amornmeswarintara Prapongse Maijarern Narongrit Roongsang Derek Guna-Tilaka Somchai Rungsathit Sunisa Vatanasuk Daksah Adhia Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya Supote Yaisawang Sunisa Vatanasuk Sanguan Limcharoenchart Eriko Furusawa Kanta Kogar Yuangduen Sirivekin Supote Yaisawang Pinit Tansakul Martin Carter Kanta Kogar Duangtip Srifuengfung Narumol Mulligan Virat Chinmanas Michael Winckless Narin Leelatanangkoon Dr.Vithaya Viriyamontchai Patnarin Kitchakarn Derek Guna-Tilaka Pairoj Sirawattanakul Krisdayuth Pluengsap Pavinee Sitthicharoensawat Pinit Tansakul Phornchai Vorasayan Chitramontn Techaphaibul M.R. Auramani Bhanubandh Leo Phillips Dr. Apithai Hemachudha Sanguan Limcharoenchart Bungorn Krairiksh Charavee Margherita Sunisa Vatanasuk

RBSC Polo Club Results / July 2013 SECTION Bridge


Tuesday Ladies’ Invitational 18 pairs

1st 2nd 3rd

Ngamchit Pongkiatikul M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Chintana Kovitawatanapong

Kenlong Charusorn Narumol Mulligan Susan Techaphaibul

July 5

Friday Open Pairs 36 pairs

July 9

Tuesday Ladies’ Invitational 20 pairs

1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd

Thunpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Dr. Apithai Hemachutha Kenlong Charusorn M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Wako Kawahara Sudah Tantraporn

M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Narongrit Rungsang Jaturong Naina Vanijaka Rochelle Powton Duangsuda Tulyayong

July 12

Friday Open Pairs 36 pairs

July 16

Tuesday Ladies’ Invitational 20 pairs

1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd

Khunying Kingkaew Uathavikul Sirada Chalikon Suraphogchai Kenlong Charusorn Puangchan Trudeav Rochelle Powton

Thunpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Chalermpol Wongwaiwit Pinit Tansakul Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya Boontipa Chuanpit Dhammasiri

July 19

Friday Open Pairs 35 pairs

1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd

Chalermpol Wongwaiwit Phaichitr Uathvikul Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya Thunpuying Suchitguna Sarasin M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Manthanee Yaisawang

Nophanai Apinant Za-lim Panjaroon Jariyanuntanaet Sally Eubbani Chuanpit Dhammasiri Tassamon Dardarananda

1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 3rd

Susan Techaphaibul Derek Guna-tilaka Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Subhavadhi Abhakara Na Ayudhaya Krishna Sachadev

Pinit Tansakul Chakramon Phasukavanich Panjaroon Jariyanuntanate Chuanpit Dhammasiri Kobkul Abhakara Na Ayudhaya Usha Muteja

Tuesday Ladies’ Invitational 13 pairs

July 26

Friday Open Pairs 39 pairs

July 30

Tuesday Ladies’ Invitational 17 pairs

July 7

Practice (RBSC Vs Gabriel) (RBSC Vs Yingcharoen) Practice (RBSC Vs Dream Team) (RBSC Vs Kadet) Practice (RBSC Vs Sports Man FC) (RBSC Vs AC)

July 13 July 27



July 2

July 23



July 24

Friendly Match (Members Vs Staff)

RBSC (6:0) Yingcharoen (5:1) Game Drawn (4:4) Kaset (7:5) Sports Man FC (5:3) RBSC (8:3)

Members (25:17)

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3rd Floor, RSC Building 9am - 9pm daily

Martial Arts

4th Floor, RSC Building When classes are organized


2nd Floor, Swimming Pool Complex Mon – Fri, 4pm – 9pm Sat – Sun, 9am – 6pm

Physical Fitness

3rd & 4th Floor, RSC Building 6am – 9pm daily

Billiards & Snooker

3rd Floor, RSC Building Mon – Thu 11am – 10pm Fri 11am – 12pm Sat 9am – 12pm Sun & Public Holiday 9am – 10pm


2nd Floor, Old Building Tue, Thu – Sun 10am – 10pm Mon & Wed 8:30am – 10pm


M Floor, RSC Building Mon - Fri 2pm – 8pm Sat - Sun & Public Holiday 10am – 8pm

Cricket (Season)

RBSC Field Nov 1 - Apr 30 Sunday 10am – 6pm

Golf Golf Course 5:30 am until dark daily except Mon 11:30am until dark Golf Driving Range

Mon, Wed, Fri 6am – 8pm Tue, Thu 6am – 4pm Sat - Sun & Public Holiday 6am – 6pm

Hockey (Season)

RBSC Field Nov 1 - May 31 Tue, Thu 5pm – 9pm Sat 7pm – 9pm

Jogging RBSC Field 5:30am until 8pm Lawn Bowls

RBSC Polo Club 1pm ��� 8:30pm daily

Qigong & Yoga Upper Verandah, Old Building Mon, Wed – Fri 6:45am – 7:45am Mon – Fri 5:15pm – 6:15pm 4th Floor, RSC Martial Arts Room Tue 6:45am – 7:45am (Yoga) Rugby (Season)

RBSC Field June 1 – Nov 30 Tue, Thu 4:30pm – 9pm

Soccer (Season) RBSC Field Nov 1 - May 31 Tue, Thu, 4:30pm – 9pm Sat – Sun, 6:30pm – 9pm RBSC Polo Club Field Mon - Fri, 4pm until dark Sat - Sun & Public Holiday 2pm until dark Squash

4th Floor, RSC Building 6am – 9pm daily


5:30am – 8.30pm daily

Table Tennis 4th Floor, RSC Building Mon – Fri 4pm – 9pm Sat - Sun & Public Holiday 9am – 9pm Tennis Hard Courts 6:30am – 9pm daily Grass Courts # 1-10 3:30pm until dark daily Grass Courts # 1-7 Sat - Sun & Public Holiday 7:30am – 11am Grass Courts # 8-10 3:30pm – 8pm Mon – Fri


Daily: 6am - 9pm


Billiards/Snooker Room, 2nd Floor Mon-Thu: 11am - 10pm Fri & Sat: 11am - 12pm Sun & Public Holiday: 9am - 10pm

Bridge Bridge Room Mon-Fri: 2pm - 8pm Sat & Sun + Public Holiday: 9am - 8pm Chess Chess Room, 2nd Floor Mon-Fri: 2pm - 8pm Sat & Sun + Public Holiday: 9am - 8pm Equestrian

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Riding Rings Mon-Fri: 8:15am - 7pm Sat & Sun: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Jogging Jogging Track Daily: 6am - 9pm Physical Fitness Qi Gong

Gym, 2nd Floor Daily: 6am - 9pm Sala Qi Gong Mon-Fri: 6:30am - 7:30pm (No Qi Gong on Sat-Sun)

Squash Squash Courts Daily: 6am - 9pm Swimming Swimming Pool Daily: 6am - 8:30pm Tennis Tennis Courts Daily: 6am - 9pm Table Tennis

Table Tennis Room, 2nd Floor Daily: 9am - 9pm

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WE REMEMBER Our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of the following RBSC Ordinary Members, Ordinary Ladies’ Privilege, Wife of Ordinary Member and RBSC Polo Club Member who passed away recently.

RBSC Ordinary Members

Khun Dr. Songchai Suntsupakit Member since 1989

Associate Member

Dr. Vorasugdi Vorapamorn

Gp.Capt. Teeraval Boonwattanakul

Member since 1978

Member since 1997

Wives of Ordinary Members

Pol.Gen. Manat Krutchaiyan

Member since 1987

Mrs. Sasima Ajhanwong

Member since 1996

Mrs. Somnid Phalakornkul

Member since 1978

Racing Operations Results for July 2013 6th July 13 21nd July 13 Total Revenues Before Expenses & Taxes

42,340,007 40,038,909

Total Revenues Before Other Expenses



Total Other Expenses 5,914,352 5,593,900 Net Surplus / (Loss) From Racing Operations



Guaranteed Donation to Charity



Allocated Costs to Racing 470,373 470,373 Total Surplus / (Loss) (98,271) (125,431) No. of Race Goers



The Club continues to hold charity races which all Racing profits are donated to charities. 114 | SEPTEMBER 2013

ประกาศเลขที่ 044/2555-2556 เนือ่ งจากสัญญาให้ใช้สทิ ธิในพืน้ ทีข่ องร้านอาหารฟาลาเบลล่า จะสิน้ สุดอายุลงใน วันที่ 21 มกราคม 2557 ดังนัน้ ตัง้ แต่วนั พฤหัสบดีท่ี 1 สิงหาคม 2556 ถึง วันศุกร์ท่ี 13 กันยายน 2556 สมาคมฯ จะทำ�การสำ�รวจความคิดเห็นใน เรือ่ งคุณภาพการให้บริการของร้านดังกล่าวจากท่านสมาชิกผูใ้ ช้บริการ เพือ่ เป็น ข้อมูลในการพิจารณาการต่อสัญญาใหม่ ท่านสมาชิกทุกท่านสามารถเข้าร่วมแสดงความคิดเห็นในครัง้ นี้ โดยท่านสมาชิกผู้ สนใจกรุณาแสดงบัตรสมาชิกและลงชือ่ เพือ่ รับแบบสำ�รวจความคิดเห็นได้ทฝ ่ี า่ ย บริการสมาชิก หรือ เคาน์เตอร์ประชาสัมพันธ์ และส่งคืนแบบสำ�รวจฯ ทีส่ มบูรณ์ ณ จุดรับแบบสำ�รวจฯ จุดใดจุดหนึง่ จาก 2 จุดดังกล่าวข้างต้น หรือ ทางเครือ่ ง โทรสารหมายเลข 02-255-4158 โดยสมาคมฯ จะปิดรับแบบสำ�รวจฯ ภายใน วันศุกร์ท่ี 13 กันยายน 2556 เวลา 18.00 น. ฝ่ายจัดการสมาคมฯ 30 กรกฎาคม 2556

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 044/2012-2013 As the contracts of the Fallabella Restaurant will expire on 21st January 2014, the Club will be conducting surveys from Thursday 1st August 2013, to Friday 13th September 2013, in order to assess member’s satisfaction with this service. All Members are eligible to participate in this survey. Interested members will be required to show their membership identity cards and provide their signatures upon receipt of the survey forms at the Membership Office, or Information Counter. The completed forms may be returned at any of the two aforementioned areas or by facsimile to No. 02-255-4158 until 6 p.m. on Friday, 13th September 2013. Club Management 30th July 2013

RBSC CLASSIFIED AD POLO PARK คอนโด (ลุมพิน)ี HIGH FLOOR เนือ้ ที่ 240 ตร.ม. 2 BED ROOM ราคา ตร.ม.ละ 125,000 บาท ใกล้ RBSC POLO CLUB และรถไฟฟ้า BTS, MRT ลุมพินี สนใจติดต่อ 08-2723-4591 SEPTEMBER 2013 | 115

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