Page 1

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

Vol. 1 No. 3 February 2013

REGAL RUN

Thrills & Spills from the 61st HM the King’s Cup Race Meeting

PARTY PEOPLE

Re-live the Club’s Spectacular NY Eve Celebrations in Pictures

......................................... ANIMAL ATTRACTION

Experience the Call of the Wild on Safari in Kenya & Tanzania FEBRUARY 2013 | 1


2 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 3


4 | FEBRUARY 2013


Recognising the ever increasing quality of residential properties in Southeast Asia

This year, Ensign Media have added two prestigious events to the calendar of regional property awards events Recognising the 'best of the best' in the region's real estate, the property awards also provide investors with a valuable benchmark for excellence Nominations are now open in a wide range of categories To nominate a developer, project, agent, architect or interior designer VISIT www.thailandpropertyawards.com www.indonesiapropertyawards.com www.philippinespropertyawards.com www.southeastasiapropertyaward.com Or Contact arada@ensign-media.com

FEBRUARY 2013 | 5


CONTENTS CLUB & EVENTS 16 BULLETIN BOARD Announcements from the RBSC and RBSC Polo Club ............................................................................................ 26 NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the Club ............................................................................................ 28 CLUB CALENDAR Find out when and where your favourite sporting and social activities take place ............................................................................................ 30 CLUB FEATURES Out with the old and in with the new; New Year celebrations at the RBSC ............................................................................................ 34 CLUB NEWS & EVENTS Past and future, special events are a major attraction at the RBSC and RBSC Polo Club 34 Chill Night with Charas 36 RBSC Children’s Christmas Party 38 Polo Club Disabled Children’s Christmas Party ............................................................................................ 40 CLUB FLAVOURS Check out the culinary highlights on offer at the Clubs in February ............................................................................................ 44 SPORTS ROUND UP Catch up on all the action from recent sporting competitions at the RBSC and RBSC Polo Club, including a thrilling 61st HM the King’s Cup horse race and two golf Interport matches 6 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 7


CONTENTS LIFESTYLE FEATURES 74

GOLF FEATURE Leading the Way Local golf courses fair well at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit ............................................................................................

84

THE LUXURY CLUB Showcasing the Finer Things in Life Regal rides, comfy couches and heavenly homes ............................................................................................

90

LIFESTYLE FEATURE Mallet Mavens

C

M

Y

Writer Liz Robertson delves into the ancient past of the sport of polo, a sport with a growing following in Thailand today ............................................................................................

104

TRAVEL Call of the Wild Photo-journalist Tom Barrett hits the African savannah and gets up close and personal with the local wildlife ............................................................................................

114

THE INTERVIEW Tuptim Malakul Lane in conversation with the multifaceted Chulayuth Lochotinan, a man carrying a baton for charitable causes ............................................................................................

120

CULTURE CLUB Enter The Snake‌ Chinese New Year takes place on February 10th and while it may not be an official holiday in Thailand, the festivities and parties held throughout the country will render that a moot point 8 | FEBRUARY 2013

CM

MY

CY

CMY

K


FEBRUARY 2013 | 9


CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Insurance PCL, Canpac Beverages Ltd., and Central Marketing Group. Much of the credit for such a successful event must go to Maj. Pansuang Xumsai Na Ayudhya, Entertainment Committee Chairman, and his colleagues on the Entertainment Committee, who, along with the 1st Vice Chairman, Khun Kittipong Decha-Umphai, and the Club’s staff, worked tirelessly to pull off what many have described as the best New Year celebration at the Club to date. In addition, the Chill Night by Charas Fuangaromya held by the Entertainment Committee at the Polo Club Air Bar on Wednesday, 19th December 2012 featured a packed house as usual. The Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, 22nd December 2012 at the Polo Club was well attended by over 800 participants. The audience was impressed with the kindergarten cheer-leading show and excited with their Christmas gifts, a magic show and the giant bouncy castle provided.

Dear Members, Welcome to the February edition which I hope you will enjoy. Let me start with the New Year’s Eve Party on 31st December 2012, which I can say was the best ever held with a record 800+ Members and guests in attendance. Fun activities and games were provided from 5pm for Members and youngsters. Popular artists, namely Mai Charoenpura, ETC, Girly Berry, and the Flash Band were engaged to entertain attendees. In addition, Members were able to enjoy attractive draw prizes, including two round-trip business class air tickets to London, fabulous food and refreshments and a stunning half-an-hour long fireworks display. I am pleased to inform you that the New Year’s Eve Party was the first in 5 years that the Club did not need to subsidize. Special thanks go to our main sponsors – Thai Beverage PCL, Real Move Co., Ltd., Major Cineplex Group PCL, Sermsuk PCL, Malee Sampran PCL, Thai Life

10 | FEBRUARY 2013

On the sporting front, I would like to highlight the traditional Badminton Intraport Match, Tennis and Snooker Friendly Matches hosted by the Crown Property Bureau (CPB) on Thursday, 20th December (for RBSC Sections) and Tuesday, 25th December (for Polo Club Sections). It was an honor to have Dr. Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, Director-General of the CPB, participate and welcome us. Our players were admirably hosted and treated to fine post-match celebrations in the CPB’s new luxurious function room. Finally, I would like to focus on the Policy for Absent Membership, details of which can be found in the Bulletin Board pages of this issue. This has particular implications for Members who may be planning to take up positions overseas or children aged 13-21 years who study abroad for a period of 6 consecutive months or more. Bhumindr Harinsuit Chairman


Lifestyle.... by Dr. Thubthimsiam

www.thubthimsiam.com

FEBRUARY 2013 | 11


GM PERSPECTIVE at the Winning Post. On the sporting front the various Sections continue to be active, although some Sections are always in need of more players. So if you have an interest in a particular sport and would like to give it a try, please contact the Club’s Sports Manager on 0-2652-5023. Sporting Sections who are currently looking for players include Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Cricket and Rugby, and with 32 Sections between the two Clubs, it is certain that there will be a sport for you and a Section ready to extend a warm welcome. Pause for Thought New Menu @ RBSC Further to recent announcements regarding a new menu at the RBSC, Management regrets to inform Members that the introduction of the new menu, which should have taken place on 7th January, has been delayed by 4-5 weeks. Management and the F&B Department is working hard to bring the new menu to Members and will announce its implementation in due course.

Dear Members, The Club celebrated a busy festive season and the culminating of events throughout the year with a spectacular outdoor New Year’s Eve Party including a breathtaking fireworks display at midnight. The Entertainment Committee pulled out all the stops to make this the best ever New Year’s Eve celebration with a variety of bands, side shows and a wide choice of food and beverage for Members’ enjoyment. Continuing with Food and Beverage offerings in February, this is the month to treat your someone special to a romantic evening out at the Winning Post with a Valentine’s Day diner on 14th February. Bookings can be made at the F&B office or

Membership Details Members are kindly reminded to inform the Club of any change in their membership details and in particular are requested to ensure that all family dependents who use the Clubs are properly registered. Likewise “nannies” must be registered with the Clubs if they bringing children to activities on Club grounds. Registration forms maybe obtained from the custodians at the sports facilities. Diary Dates February 14th February 2013; Valentine’s Day Dinner, 6pm-9pm I look forward to seeing you around the Clubs.

The RBSC General Committee 2011-2013 STANDING (L-R): KHUN SAENG MEENIJACIN, DR. WONGKULPAT SNIDVONGS, MR. RAVI SEHGAL, MR. NIGEL OAKINS, KHUN PORNWUT SARASIN, MR. ANIL TANWANI, MR. MICHAEL LIU SEATED (L-R): MR. PETER EGLI, KHUN KITTIPONG DECHA-UMPHAI (1ST VICE CHAIRMAN), KHUN BHUMINDR HARINSUIT (CHAIRMAN), MR. ROY BARRETT (2ND VICE CHAIREMAN), KHUN SUTHEP SUEBSANTIWONGSE

12 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 13


EDITOR’S MESSAGE

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

Vol. 1 No. 3 February 2013

REGAL RUN

Thrills & Spills from the 61st HM the King’s Cup Race Meeting

Dear Members,

PARTY PEOPLE

Re-live the Club’s Spectacular NY Eve Celebrations in Pictures

.........................................

This edition of RBSC Magazine has an outdoorsy feel to it with a look back at the fabulous Christmas parties laid on for children at the RBSC Polo Club and a fantastic evening under the stars at the annual RBSC New Year’s Eve party. It was an evening full of music, dance and spectacle and a great way to see in 2013. The sports field was also the place to be over the past few weeks with the running of the 61st HM the King’s Cup horse race and two keenly contested golf Interport matches. Our lifestyle offerings this month include a stunning picture essay illustrating the wildlife and wide open spaces to be enjoyed on a Kenya-Tanzania safari, and features writer Liz Robertson profiles the rugged and ancient sport of polo. Elsewhere Tubtim Malakul Lane sits down with Chulayuth Lochotinan and discovers that the conductor and driving force behind the Bangkok Charity Orchestra is something of a Renaissance Man, and you can always turn to our regular Luxury Club column for some suggestions on your next high-end purchase. Finally, on a personal note, this will be my last issue of RBSC Magazine. After 5+ years and 60+ issues I am moving on to pastures new, but as I go I would like to thank the many Members, Sports Committee representatives, General Committee and Editorial Sub-committee members and the management and staff at both the RBSC and the RBSC Polo Club for their support for the magazine and their friendship and kindness on a personal level. It has been a privilege to have been involved with the people and traditions of such a venerable institution and I know my successor, a young American with a passion for sports and writing, will be made to feel equally welcome. The Club magazine has grown at a terrific pace in the last few years, the production value going from strength to strength, and no doubt the new publisher and editor will take it on to event greater heights in the next chapter of its evolution. I wish them and all associated with the Clubs and the magazine the very best for the future. Matt Wilde Managing Editor matt@sabreweb.com 14 | FEBRUARY 2013

ANIMAL ATTRACTION

Experience the Call of the Wild on Safari in Kenya & Tanzania FEBRUARY 2013 | 1

PUBLISHING EDITORIAL SABRE MEDIA CO. LTD. MANAGING EDITOR MATT WILDE 02-7147997 matt@sabreweb.com

CONGRATULATIONS... To the three lucky winners of last month’s Reader Survey prize draw. You each win a voucher worth 3,500 Baht to dine at Angelini Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel. Khun Tarate Poshyananda Khun Panida Kudota Mr. Al Eberhardt The vouchers can be collected from the Information Counter at the RBSC’s Rajkreetha Sports Complex (Winners will be required to show their RBSC/Polo Club membership card to redeem their voucher). Turn to page 121 to take part in this month’s Reader Survey and you could win a stay or a delicious dinner at Anantara Sathorn Bangkok.

SALES MANAGER APAPORN JIRATHANAKORN 0891241777 apaporn@sabreweb.com ASST. SALES & MARKETING MANAGER SUSANNA BRADLEY 0816160553 susanna@sabreweb.com SALES AND MARKETING EXECUTIVE THASSANEE CHANTEE (NINA) 0859001166 thassanee@sabreweb.com ART DIRECTOR AUSANEE DEJTANASOONTORN Sabre Media Co., Ltd 786/1 Thonglor Tower (Building A) Soi Thonglor 18 Sukhumvit rd. Khongtan Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand t: 02-7147998 While every care has been taken in the production of this publication, the publisher takes no responsibility for any errors, loss or omissions that may occur. currencies quoted are for information only. no part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. all rights are reserved.


FEBRUARY 2013 | 15


BULLETIN BOARD

POLICY FOR ABSENT MEMBERSHIP Members are herewith informed that at the General Committee Meeting on Tuesday, 20th November 2012, the following Policy on Absent Membership was approved :1. Request for Absent Membership • The Notice of Absence must be submitted to the Membership Office. • The membership card/s in respect of Members and their dependents as well as the locker key/s (if any) must be surrendered. • The period of Absent Membership shall not be less than 6 consecutive months. A request for temporary visit is not allowed during such period. • A member whose wife and children aged 13 - 21 years are abroad shall be exempted from payment of subscription of family dependents providing that written confirmation has been submitted to the Membership Office together with the membership card/s in respect of dependent requested. • During absent period, an Absent Member is not entitled to: a) Use the Club facilities b) Be introduced as a guest for sport facilities or as a guest at any F&B outlet c) Be invited to participate in sport tournaments as a guest.

16 | FEBRUARY 2013

2. Absent Fees • Effective from 1st August 2013, an Absent Member shall pay the absent fee of Baht 725.-/month or Baht 8,700.-/year, exclusive of VAT. The payment shall be done on a monthly basis, in advance on a yearly basis, or fraction thereof if the period of absence is less than one year and shall be paid throughout the period of absence. • An Absent Member whose family members remain in Thailand during his/her absence shall be liable to pay the full subscription dues. • If a member who has paid absent membership fees for a given period returns to Thailand after having been absent for less than the period informed, the unused portion of the prepaid absent membership fees shall be adjusted to normal rate, providing that the period of absence is more than the required minimum of 6 consecutive months. 3. Temporary Reinstatement • An Absent Member is entitled to reinstate his/her membership upon returning to Thailand by submitting a Notice of Return to the Membership Office together with copies of proven documents, i.e. :• Passports with entry/departure stamps by Immigration Office, or • If a passport was not stamped upon entry/departure, the flight ticket or boarding pass with such Members’ name must be submitted. • For any of the above, the certification letter of employment/education during the absent period must be provided. • The temporary reinstatement is restricted to a maximum


of 3 months per visit, providing that the aforementioned temporary reinstatement be permitted after completing a consecutive six-month absent period. • A Temporary Card will be issued during the period of his/her presence in Thailand with the Membership Number appeared on the Temporary Card to allow him/ her to sign the bills providing that the Member has submitted the Direct Debit Authorization to the Club. If there is insufficient funds to cover the bills incurred at the Club during his/her stay, the Membership will be cancelled. Fee on Temporary Reinstatement a) A member who temporarily returns to Thailand for a period of 7 days or more shall have to pay the subscription dues at the normal rate. Any amount which has already been paid by an Absent Member would be deducted from monthly charge. b) Should a member fail to produce the above document proof, subscription will be subject to charge from the date of his/her departure from Thailand until the date of his/ her return to Thailand. c) If any of family dependents temporarily returns to Thailand for a period of 7 days or more, a member shall have to pay the subscription dues at normal rate. Remarks: Students who study aboard should submit certified letters from their schools, colleges, universities or other higher learning institutes or a student visa as proof that they are studying aboard, if they return within the six months period.

4. Permanent Reinstatement • An Absent Member is entitled to reinstate his/her membership upon returning to Thailand by submitting a Notice of Return to the Membership Office together with copies of proven documents, i.e. :• Passports with entry/ departure stamps by Immigration Office, or • If a passport was not stamped upon entry/ departure, the flight ticket or boarding pass with such Members’ name must be submitted. • For any of the above, the certification letter of employment/education during the absent period must be provided. Fee on Permanent Reinstatement a) The subscription due at normal rate is subject to charge from the date of arrival in Thailand. Should a member fail to produce the above document proof, subscription will be subject to charge from the date of his/her departure from Thailand until the date of his/her return to Thailand. b) On arrival in Thailand for a period of 7 days or more in a month for permanent reinstatement, any amount which has already been paid by an Absent Member would be deducted from monthly charge. c) If any of family dependents permanently returns to Thailand, a member must reinstate his membership and shall have to pay the subscription dues at normal rate. FEBRUARY 2013 | 17


BULLETIN BOARD

PROFIT & LOSS REPORT FOR RACE DAYS DURING DECEMBER 2012 9th Dec 12 23rd Dec 12 Total Revenues Before Expenses & Taxes 50,881,677 40,154,115 Total Revenues Before Other Expenses

7,509,486 6,089,833

Total Other Expenses

8,071,462 5,896,478

Net Surplus / (Loss) From Racing Operation (561,976) 193,355 Guaranteed Donation to Charity

100,000

100,000

Allocated Costs to Racing

470,373

470,373

Total Surplus / (Loss)

(1,132,349)

(377,018)

No. of Racegoers

7604

5,991

Correction to Racing Profit/Loss figures for November 2012 as reported in January 2013 issue: Due to a formatting error in the Racing Profit/Loss Report for

RBSC SPORTS SECTION AGMS IN FEBRUARY 2013 RBSC Qi Gong & Yoga Section The AGM will take place on Tuesday, 26th February 2013, at 5.45pm at The Winning Post. RBSC Jogging Section The AGM will take place on Tuesday, 26th February 2013, at 6pm at The Winning Post.

18 | FEBRUARY 2013

November 2012 published on page 16 of last month’s issue, the Net Surplus figure of 281,731 Baht shown for Racing Operations on 25th November 2012 was in fact a loss and not profit as indicated. The same applies to the Total Surplus figures of 532,303 Baht and 852,104 Baht given for race meetings on 11th & 25th November 2012 respectively. These figures were losses and not profit as shown. We apologize for any misunderstanding the error may have caused.


FEBRUARY 2013 | 19


BULLETIN BOARD

POLO CLUB MASSAGE SERVICE - SURVEY The RBSC Polo Club will be conducting separate surveys on the Massage Room and Sports Shop services from 1st February to 3rd March 2013 to ascertain members’ views regarding the services. Members, Ladies’ Privileges and Wives of Members are eligible to complete the survey forms for the Massage Room and Sports Shop services. Interested members may obtain and complete the appropriate survey forms at the Reception Counter or Membership Office. Members will be required to show their membership identity cards and to sign their survey forms in the presence of the attending staff. The deadline for submission of completed surveys is 6 p.m. on 3rd March 2013.

สำ�รวจความคิดเห็น สมาคมราชกรีฑาสโมสรโปโลคลับ มีความประสงค์จะทำ�การสำ�รวจความ คิดเห็น ในเรื่องคุณภาพการให้บริการ จากท่านสมาชิกผู้ใช้บริการ โดย แยกตามงานที่บริการดังนี้ คือ ห้องนวด และร้านขายอุปกรณ์กีฬา ซึ่ง ทางสมาคมฯ จะเริ่มทำ�การสำ�รวจความคิดเห็นนี้ ตั้งแต่วันที่ 1 กุมภาพันธ์ ถึง 3 มีนาคม 2556 ท่านสมาชิก, ท่านสมาชิกสุภาพสตรีที่ได้รับสิทธิให้ใช้สโมสร และภรรยา ของท่านสมาชิกมีสิทธิขอรับ และกรอกแบบสำ�รวจความคิดเห็น เรื่องการ ให้บริการของห้องนวด และร้านขายอุปกรณ์กีฬา ท่านสมาชิกผู้สนใจสามารถติดต่อขอรับแบบสำ�รวจความคิดเห็น เรื่อง การให้บริการนี้ได้ที่เคาน์เตอร์พนักงานต้อนรับ หรือสำ�นักงานของแผนก สมาชิก โดยท่านสมาชิกจะต้องแสดงบัตรสมาชิก และเซ็นชื่อรับแบบสำ�รวจ ความคิดเห็นของท่านกับพนักงานของสมาคมฯ ซึ่งทางสมาคมฯ จะปิด รับคืนแบบสำ�รวจความคิดเห็นดังกล่าว ในวันที่ 3 มีนาคม 2556 เวลา 18.00 น. 20 | FEBRUARY 2013

INCREASE TO SIVALAI SPA FEES Members are herewith informed that the Sivalai Spa has been given approval by the General Committee to increase the service fees. The new fees will be effective as of 1st February 2013.

ปรับราคา ร้านศิวาลัยสปา

สมาคมฯ ขอเรียนให้ท่านสมาชิกทราบว่า ร้านศิวาลัย สปา ได้รับอนุมัติจากคณะกรรมการอำ�นวยการทั้วไปให้ ปรับอัตราค่าบริการใหม่ ทั้งนี้ จะมีผลตั้งแต่วันที่ 1 กุมภาพันธ์ 2556 เป็นต้นไป


FEBRUARY 2013 | 21


BULLETIN BOARD 22 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 23


BULLETIN BOARD

RBSC SPORT SECTION OPERATING HOURS Badminton

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

Martial Arts

4th Floor, RSC Building When classes are organized

Basketball

2nd Floor, Swimming Pool Complex Mon – Fri, 4pm – 9pm (except Wed, 4pm – 10pm) 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

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)

Bridge

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

Rugby (Season)

Chess

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

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

Golf Golf Course 6 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 6am until dark daily Lawn Bowls

RBSC Polo Club 1pm – 8:30pm daily

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

Squash

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

Swimming

6am – 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

POLO SPORT SECTION OPERATING HOURS Badminton

Daily: 6am - 9pm

Billiards

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

24 | FEBRUARY 2013

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


FEBRUARY 2013 | 25


RBSC ORDINARY MEMBERS - ELECTED IN DECEMBER 2012

Name: Khun Athit Santidamrongkul Proposer: Dr. Sarawut Santidamrongkul Seconder: Dr. Suraphong Phonghanyudh

Name: Khun Chaiyawiwat Choovichian Proposer: Lt. Gen. Thanoo Choovichian Seconder: Lt.Gen.Dr. Dumronk Thanachanant

Name: Khun Kitwat Kitrueangphatchara Proposer: Khun Pirapongdej Laovansiri Seconder: Khun Thowthawal Subhavanich

Name: Khun Pasawich Wongpaitoonpiya Proposer: Khun Suthep Wongpaitoonpiya Seconder: Khun Sompong Chonecadeedumrongkul

Name: Khun Cherdchanpong Thamnithikiat Proposer: Khun Pongthas Thamnithikiat Seconder: Dr. Tawatchai Nakhata

Name: Khun Naddhanin Chiaravanont Proposer: Khun Kosol Sudhinaraset Seconder: Khun Kongsak Sudhinaraset

Name: Khun Pavis Phukkanasut Proposer: Khun Nithit Phukkanasut Seconder: Khun Phisud Dejakaisaya

Name: Khun Sotorn Dansirikul Proposer: Khun Marvee Simaroj Seconder: Khun Pongthep Assawanich

Name: Khun Guntapon Mahanonda Proposer: Dr. Nithi Mahanonda Seconder: Khun Bibit Bijaisoradat

Name: Khun Nattadis Sirathanantchai Proposer: Khun Sakchai Anantaprakorn Seconder: Khun Tongchai Anantaprakorn

Name: Khun Pawin Tripop Proposer: Dr. Poramed Tripop Seconder: Dr. Ratanapunt Incharoensakdi

Name: Khun Thomas De Warrenne Waller Proposer: Mr. Colin R. Hastings Seconder: Dr. Kanit Muntarbhorn

Name: Khun Kanett Pisitpong Proposer: Khun Supavat Pisitpong Seconder: Khun Chayongsak Pisitpong

Name: Khun Nuntachot Rattanametanon Proposer: Khun Pornchai Rattanametanon Seconder: Khun Namchai Tejamaitri

Name: Khun Phidet Chawaldit Proposer: Khun Krishna Sivakriskul Seconder: Mr. Satish Sehgal

Name: Dr. Sittichai Matanachai Proposer: Khun Philip Suradejvibul Seconder: Khun Panu Nivatvongs

Name: Khun Wacharich Rinchokechai Proposer: Khun Thiam Rinchokechai Seconder: Khun Winyoo Rinchokechai

RBSC LADIES’ PRIVILEGES - ELECTED IN DECEMBER 2012

Name: Miss Anjida Karnasuta Proposer: Khun Srun Chutharatkul Seconder: M.L.Thongmakut Thongyai

Name: Miss Benjaratt Arthachinta Proposer: Khun Benja Arthachinta Proposer: Khun Bheema Jotikabukkana

Name: Miss Pimpayap Srikarnchana Proposer: Khun Chulapayap Srikarnchana Seconder: Khun Chartchai Chittaropas

26 | FEBRUARY 2013

Name: Miss Nataya Chonecadeedumrongkul Proposer: Khun Sompong Chonecadeedumrongkul Seconder: Gen. Suebsan Dardarananda

Name: Miss Ratsuda Amatyakul Proposer: Khun Karn Amatyakul Seconder: Khun Nattasin Chongsanguan

Name: Miss Paramee Prajprueng Proposer: Khun Suporn Prajprueng Seconder: Khun Akhnit Prajprueng

Name: Mrs. Sinee Thienprasiddhi

Name: Mrs. Phatchanee Nithivasin

Name: Miss Supapirom Kraisoraphong Proposer: Mr. Gerald L. Jacoby Seconder: Khun Nopadon Baholyodhin


RBSC ORDINARY LADIES’ PRIVILEGES - ELECTED IN DECEMBER 2012

Name: Miss Tanomkwan Makaduangkeo Proposer: Khun Thaweesan Liengchayet Seconder: Khun Thanachai Phanachet

Name: Miss Tassuda Sirilerkpipat Proposer: Khun Phunsawat Thanajvanich Seconder: Khun Paramet Hetrakul

Name: Miss Thunyathorn Thitithunyapat Proposer: Khun Wiwat Thititunyapat Seconder: Khun Prawat Wongpinyawat

Name: Miss Thunnyaphat Thitithunyapat Proposer: Khun Wiwat Thititunyapat Seconder: Khun Prawat Wongpinyawat

Name: Miss Wannee Sukamongkol Proposer: Khun Pisit Poonsornsiri Seconder: Khun Piyaworn Chankanit

RBSC ASSOCIATE MEMBERS - ELECTED IN DECEMBER 2012

Name: Mr. Mark A. Fuchs Proposer: Mr. Eric Bunnag Booth Seconder: Khun Supakorn Vejjajiva

Name: Mr. Ryan Zhiyong Heng Proposer: Mr. Richard T.H. Heng Seconder: Mr. Royce Zhihan Heng

RBSC POLO CLUB MEMBERS - ELECTED IN DECEMBER 2012

Name: Khun Akarapon Ua-Arak Proposer: Khun Paiboon Wongwantanee Seconder: Khun Pichai Likhitdechasakdi

Name: Khun Nigorn Prasertsom Proposer: Dr. Pichai Pituvong Seconder: Dr. Suraphong Phonghanyudh

Name: Khun Bancha Phongaryukul Proposer: Pol.Gen. Kovid Bhakdibhumi Seconder: Khun Travut Sutabutra

Name: Khun Preecha Udomkichdecha Proposer: Khun Sajja Karnjanawarit Seconder: Khun Jamnan Lohachitranond

Khun Chaiwat Kovavisarach Proposer: Khun Pichai Chunhavajira Seconder: Khun Suvit Mapaisansin

Name: Khun Preeyakorn Mimaphunt Proposer: Khun Ithaporn Udomphol Seconder: Khun Korn Rachjaibun

Name: Khun Sathianphong Phettarkul Proposer: Khun Poomruethai Suebsantiwongse Seconder: Khun Saran Suebsantiwongse

Name: Khun Chettha Songthaveepol Proposer: Khun Ekachai Chotiyanon Seconder: Khun Wasu Suteesopon

Name: Khun Theerawat Thanyalakpark Proposer: Khun Soranun Punnachet Seconder: Khun Suranun Punnachet

Name: Mr. Konrad R.B. Wallerstein Proposer: Khun Thumrong Iampongsai Seconder: Khun Supachai Iampongsai

Name: Khun Winchana Prucksananont Proposer: Khun Visit Prucksananont Seconder: Khun Phanuphan Triwatana

RBSC POLO CLUB LADIES’ PRIVILEGES - ELECTED IN DECEMBER 2012

Name: Miss Boonyaporn Wongpoonsin Proposer: Khun Boonkert Wongpoonsin Seconder: Khun Boonyarit Wongpholsin

FEBRUARY 2013 | 27


CLUB CALENDAR | FEBRUARY’13 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

1

2

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Soccer Soccer 7s @ Polo Club 8 am Racing 12:15 pm

RBSC Ground Closed

SOCCER

BRIDGE

GOLF

HOCKEY

CRICKET

3

4

5

6

7

Soccer Soccer 7s @ Polo Club 8 am

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am

RBSC Ground Closed

10

11 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am Bridge Internal Event “Mixed Pairs” 6 pm-11 pm

17 Racing 12:15 pm Soccer Sridaranop Cup@ Polo Club 2 pm

18 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Bridge Swiss Team of Four 7 pm

12 Ladies Golf H.M.Queen Rambhai Barni Cup 8:30 am

13 Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 1:30 pm

19

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

20 Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am Cricket Home Interport with CHittagong Club @ Polo 10 am

24

Cricket Cricket Sixes 2013 @ Polo Club 8 am

25 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am

Office Closed

26 Ladies Golf H.M.Queen Rambhai Barni Cup 8:30 am Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm Qigong /Jogging Section AGM 5:45pm/6:00pm Soccer Chang League 6 pm Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

27 Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am

15

Ladies Golf H.M.Queen Rambhai Barni Cup 8:30 am Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Ladies Golf H.M.Queen Rambhai Barni Cup 8:30 am

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

14

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Bridge Ladies’ Invitational 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Golf Home Interport Match RBSC vs SICC 8 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Cricket Friendly Match with Indian Ambassador 10 am

Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am

8

16 Golf H.E.Nakasone Trophy 7:30 am

Qi Gong Birthday 07:00 onwards

Soccer Keng’s Cup@Polo Club 2 pm

21

22

23

Cricket Cricket Sixes 2013@ RBSC & Polo Club 8 am

Golf Home Interport Match RBSC vs SICC 1 pm

Badminton RBSC vs Bangkok Bank 6 pm

Cricket Cricket Sixes 2013 @ RBSC & Polo Club 8 am

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

28 Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am Soccer Chang League 6 pm

RBSC 28 | FEBRUARY 2013

Soccer Sridaranop Cup@Polo Club 2 pm

Physical Fitness AGM & Annual Party 5 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cricket Cricket Sixes 2013@ RBSC & Polo Club 8 am Ladies Golf H.M.Queen Rambhai Barni Cup, 8:30 am Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm Soccer Chang League, 6 pm Bridge Open Pairs, 1:30 pm Chill Night 7- 11 pm

9

RBSC POLO CLUB


CLUB CALENDAR | MARCH’13 SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

31

FRI

SAT

1

2

Cricket Home Interport with SCC 10 am Racing 12:15 pm

3 Cricket Home Intraport with CGC 10 am

SOCCER

BRIDGE

GOLF

HOCKEY

CRICKET

5

6

7

8

9

4 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Snooker Friendly Match with PSC 5:00 pm Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Racing 12:15 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Bridge Swiss Team of Four 7 pm

Soccer Sridaranop Cup@Polo Club 2 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

10 Cricket Friendly Match with OCC 10 am Racing 12:15 pm Golf Club Championship/ Senior Club Championship & RBSC Chairman’s Cup 7:30 am. Soccer Sridaranop Cup@Polo Club 2 pm

17 Cricket Home Interport with PSC 10 am.

12

11

13

14

15

Sports Camp 9 am

Sports Camp 9 am

Sports Camp 9 am

Sports Camp 9 am

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Ladies Golf Prince Chula Chakrabongse Cup 8:30 am

Bridge Open Pairs 1:30 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

19

18 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am

Soccer Sridaranop Cup@Polo Club 2 pm

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

20 Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am

21 Bridge Open Pairs 1:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Tennis Friendly Match with CCFC 3:30 pm. Golf Club Championship/ Senior Club Championship & RBSC Chairman’s Cup 7:30 am.

Sports Camp 9 am

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Cricket Friendly Match with OCC 9 am.

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

22 Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

16 Cricket Home Interport with PSC 9 am Golf Club Championship/ Senior Club Championship & RBSC Chairman’s Cup 7:30 am

23 Tennis Friendly Match with RLC 3:30 pm Golf Club Championship/ Senior Club Championship & RBSC Chairman’s Cup 7:30 am 2013 Annual Physical Fitness Party

24 Golf Club Championship/ Senior Club Championship & RBSC Chairman’s Cup 7:30 am. Soccer Sridaranop Cup@Polo Club 2 pm

RBSC

26

25

27

28

29

Sports Camp 9 am

Sports Camp 9 am

Sports Camp 9 am

Sports Camp 9 am

Sports Camp 9 am

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Bridge Ladies Pair 9:30 am

Hockey Hockey League 2012 5:30 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 pm

Bridge Open Pairs 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Soccer Chang League 6 pm

30 Cricket Home Interport with SCC 9 am Bridge 1st Swiss Team 1:00 pm Golf Club Championship/ Senior Club Championship & RBSC Chairman’s Cup 7:30 am

RBSC POLO CLUB FEBRUARY 2013 | 29


CLUB FEATURE

HELLO 2013! NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS @ RBSC It was a case of out with the old and in with the new for over 800 guests who attended the RBSC’s annual New Year’s Eve Party 2013 held at the Club on the evening of Monday, 31st December 2012. The event was the culmination of weeks of planning and hard work by the Entertainment Committee, who were ably assisted by General Committee member Kittipong Decha-Umphai and the Club’s management and staff.

30 | FEBRUARY 2013


And what a night it turned out to be. Highlights included musical performances by all-girl quartet Girly Berry (who seemed to draw much admiration from men of all ages in the audience) and their male counterparts, boy-band ETC. Both acts certainly had the Members on their feet, as did the performance by popular singer Mai Charoenpura who belted out a number of hits in a stunning audio-visual show. While the stars were off stage enjoying the festive atmosphere, live music was ably provided by RBSC stalwarts the Flash Band.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 31


CLUB FEATURE

The event also featured an exciting lucky draw for door prizes, the principal rewards being Bangkok-London return tickets with Egypt Air, Bangkok-Paris return flights with Oman Air and round-trip tickets for Bangkok-Phuket with Nok Air. With the prize draw over there was only one thing left to do – countdown to the New Year and a spectacular fireworks display before partying on into the night. The Entertainment Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support for what was described by many as the best New Year celebration at the Club in many years. The sponsors were Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, EST Cola, Major Cineplex, Malee, True Move, Canpac Beverage Ltd, Egypt Air, Nok Air, Furama Hotel International, Oman Air, Thai Life Insurance Co., Ltd, Central Trading Co.,Ltd, SeeFah and Sermsuk Public Co., Ltd.

32 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 33


CLUB NEWS AND EVENTS 34 | FEBRUARY 2013

CHILLING WITH CHARAS A

good crowd of Members gathered at the RBSC Polo Club’s Air Bar on the evening of Wednesday, 19th December 2012 for the final Chill Night event of the year. The star turn of the evening was urbane crooner Charas Fuangaromya and the singer-songwriter didn’t disappoint his audience, performing a string of popular songs to the accompaniment of the Harmonize Band. The show certainly added to the Christmas spirit already much in evidence. Towards the end of the evening a brief quiz was played with Members’ answers going into a lucky draw for buffet vouchers put up by Furama Hotels. The Entertainment Committee would like to thank sponsors Heineken, SeeFah, Nok Air, Furama Hotels International and True Move for their valued support for this and other Chill Night events throughout 2012. Watch this space for announcements of future social events at RBSC and RBSC Polo Club.


FEBRUARY 2013 | 35


CLUB NEWS AND EVENTS

FESTIVE FUN WITH SANTA I

t was a far cry from the North Pole and quite a bit warmer when Santa visited the Annual RBSC Children’s Christmas Party held at the Polo Club’s grounds on the afternoon of Saturday, 22nd December 2012. The jolly big man in red with the flowing white beard was accompanied by one of his trusty reindeer bearing a large sack of presents. And if that wasn’t enough to get the army of youngsters among the almost 800 party-goers excited, there were attractions aplenty for the children to enjoy, including bouncy castles and inflatables, pony rides, a cheerleading performance, and booths offering games and artistic activities, many with attractive prizes up for grabs. The festive atmosphere of the RBSC Children’s Christmas Party was characterized by a suitably charming backdrop of laughter and merriment as parents relaxed as the seasonal holidays approached and children lost themselves in squealing excitement to the occasion. Energy levels were kept high throughout the afternoon thanks to a variety of food and beverage stalls proffering sweet and savory snacks and the children, who all received a special present from Santa and his helpers before the day was out, went home sated in mind and body. The organisers would like to thank sponsors EST Cola, Bangkok Hospital and SeeFah for helping to make the event such a success.

36 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 37


CLUB NEWS AND EVENTS

MERRY MOMENTS @ POLO CLUB T

here was much excitement in the air when the RBSC Polo Club’s Equestrian Section hosted its annual Disabled Children’s Christmas Party 2012 for 50 special children from the Srisangwan School for the Disabled. The party took place on Sunday, 16th December 2012 at the Polo Club lawn where the children each received a gift from Santa and were treated to lunch, games on horse back, a classical Thai dance (khon) show, a dog show, and a magic show. The youngsters present were mesmerized by the magician’s tricks but most were truly enchanted by the ponies they had the opportunity to ride.

The Equestrian Section would like to thank those Members who so kindly volunteered their time and services for the Disabled Children’s Christmas Party, and the sponsors who provided lunch and refreshments for the event; namely SeeFah Lumpini, Central Restaurant Group (KFC and Mister Donut), Thai Pure Drinks (Coca Cola), Vitamilk and Baan Rak Kindergarten. Of course, the real winners on the day were the children from Srisangwan School. In addition to enjoying a fun-packed festive day out, their school’s Foundation for the Disabled was the recipient of funds amounting to 154,090 Baht, raised and donated through the Equestrian Section.

38 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 39


FLAVOURS | RBSC 40 | FEBRUARY 2013

FABULOUS FUSION


RBSC FOOD BITES Elements of different cuisines and culinary traditions combine to give your taste buds a pleasurable experience at the RBSC throughout February. Salmon Spring Roll with Plum Sauce 195 Salmon marinated with Asian spice and wrapped with fresh basil leaves

ปอเปี๊ยะปลาแซลมอนกับโหระพาทอด และพลัมซอส

Combination Platter 275 Fresh mozzarella, crab meat and avocado salad with tomato and basil aioli

สลัดมอสซ่าเรลลาสด, เนื้อปู, อโวคาโด้ เสิร์ฟพร้อมมะเขือเทศ และ ซอสไอโอรีโหระพา

Huli Huli Chicken with Honey Soy Emulsion 175 Hawaiian BBQ Chicken breast with a Thai influence marinade Served with grilled Phuket pineapple and butter jasmine Rice

ไก่ย่าง ฮูลี ฮูลี แบบ ฮาวาย หมักเครื่องเทศแบบไทย เสิร์ฟพร้อมสัปปะรดภูเก็ตและข้าวสวย

Stir Fried Spaghetti with Tuna Fish and Thai herbs

สปาเกตตี้ผัดปลาทูน่าและสมุนไพร

145

Chilli Kaffir Lime Battered Soft Shell Crab ( 1/2 crab ) 225 Served with waffle potato, fresh salad and spicy tamarind dip

ปูนิ่มทอดตะไคร้ เสิร์ฟพร้อมมันวาฟเฟิ้ล ผักสดและซอสมะขาม

Chinese Roast Duck Lasagna

245

DESSERT Strawberry - Passion Fruit Bavarois

75

ลาซานญ่าเป็ดย่าง

สตอร์เบอร์รี และเสาวรส บาวารอส

Warm Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry 75

ช็อคโกแลตพุดดิ้งซอสราสเบอร์รี่

All prices are subject to VAT.

ราคานี้ยังไม่รวมภาษีมูลค่าเพิ่ม

FEBRUARY 2013 | 41


FLAVOURS | POLO 42 | FEBRUARY 2013

SO STRAWBERRY

Tomato cream soup

Mini roasted beef with beetroot sauce

Stir fried prawns with asparagus

Fish maw and crab meat soup with shitake mushroom in clay pot


RBSC POLO CLUB FOOD BITES Sweet or savory, succulent strawberries add fresh flavours to a variety of dishes on the menu at RBSC Polo Club this month. SOUP Tomato cream soup 90 Strawberry and beetroot julienne consommé 120 MAIN COURSE Baked river prawn with cheese 490 Served with sautéed wild rice and spinach Pan seared salmon with fresh strawberry and avocado salsa Served with sautéed asparagus, corn seeds and mini salad

350

Mini roasted beef with beetroot sauce 420 Served with mashed potatoes and roasted julienne vegetable DESSERT Strawberry cheesecake with ice cream 95 Chocolate fudge cake with ice cream 95 Blueberry ice cream pie with blueberry sauce 95 Pana cotta 95 +Add 160 Baht to your favorite main course to receive first course and dessert. THAI KITCHEN & POOL KITCHEN

ฟองเต้าหู้ไส้กุ้ง

165

วิหกกลับรัง

120

มะเขือไก่ปลาเค็ม

120

กุ้งเจี๋ยนหน่อไม้ฝรั่ง

160

ข้าวห่อใบบัว

110

ข้าวผัดเสวย

110

ข้าวผัดกวางเจา Fried rice Guangzhao style กระเพาะปลาเนื้อปูเห็ดหอม

85

Fried tofu skin rolls with minced shrimp Stir fried chicken with special sauce

Eggplant with chicken and salted fish in clay pot Stir fried prawns with asparagus

Baked mixed ingredient with rice in lotus leaves Dynasty fried rice

Fish maw and crab meat soup with shitake mushroom in clay pot

DESSERT Blueberry ice cream pie with blueberry sauce

150

95

FEBRUARY 2013 | 43


CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP 44 | FEBRUARY 2013

TUSSLE ON THE TURF Grandstand finish to 2012 H.M. The King’s Cup horse race as unfancied runners dominate favourites in last Classic of the year.


FEBRUARY 2013 | 45


CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP

There was a frenetic ending to the running of the 61st H.M. The King’s Cup horse race at the RBSC racetrack on Sunday, 9th December 2012 in a battle between three mounts that were unfancied in early betting. After a wellcontested middle part of the race, in the final mad dash for the line it was of the Mongkol Pracha stable who got up to fend off the other runners in the field to win the coveted trophy for 2012. The pre-race favourites on the card, Chamberyna, Thida Fonluang and Lucky You, were not so lucky and finished out of the places.

46 | FEBRUARY 2013


The big race, number 8 on a card of 10, attracted a significant turn-out of punters who warmed up their vocal cords and marked their race cards with increasing excitement as the main attraction approached. The excitement was further enhance when one of the runners in an early race threw her rider at the starting gate and galloped the length of the track on her own. But once the dust had settled the tension mounted as His Majesty the King’s representative, H.E. Privy Councillor Admiral Chumpol Pachusanon, took his seat for the King’s Cup run. There followed a parade of the trophy and a good showing of the runners and riders while the starting gate was moved from its position at the 1200 metre mark (the distance of the preceding Country Bred divisional races) to the beginning of the home straight for the longer full-lap ‘Classic’ race. FEBRUARY 2013 | 47


48 | FEBRUARY 2013

CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP


It took some time to get the runners into their respective stalls but once the starter’s flag dropped there was a full scale cavalry-charge out of the gates. The crowd road their favourites on as the field thundered past the grandstand for the first time and amid the din jockey Suriyachai settled his mount Mongkolsamphan down on the inside rail behind the front runners and rode a patient race, keeping something in reserve. Staying with the bunch proved to be the perfect tactic and Mongkolsamphan, a 3-year-old bay out of Jazz Society, had enough to lengthen her stride and ease ahead as the field came tearing down the home straight for the last time. At the finish she had just enough left in her tanks to get up over the last thirty yards when it really mattered and post her first classic win. The game filly ran the 1950 metre distance in a time of 1.57.06 to come home half a length ahead of Porncharoen and jockey Saeng Roong in second place, with jockey Num Sub aboard Cholapatr a neck behind in third. The win was a moment of triumph for ’s trainer Prasit Boonyarataphan and owner Pracha Prasertworakul, who received the King’s Cup trophy from H.E. Privy Councillor Admiral Chumpol Pachusanon in the presence of Racing Committee Chairman Krieng Kritboonyanon and his committee colleagues. The winners then headed off to accept the accolades of the happy crowd and no doubt to enjoy a well-earned post-race celebration.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 49


CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP

LINE DANCE LADIES STRUT THEIR STUFF On Friday, 21st December 2012 members of the Line Dance Classes at RBSC Polo Club got together at the Club’s Rajkreetha Hall to celebrate the year-ending Line Dance Party and perform some of the steps they had learnt during their classes. Colourfully attired and in high spirits, the ladies performed routines to beautiful songs such as You Set My Heart On Fire, Beautiful Sunday, On The Floor, She-Wu and Black Magic Woman among others. The display certainly impressed audience members and the ladies showed great poise and timing as they went through the various steps. Line Dance is a fun way to meet fellow Members and enjoy regular healthy exercise at the same time and Members are encouraged to give it a try. Class details can be had from the Sports Departments at either Club. 50 | FEBRUARY 2013


QI GONG EARLY BIRDS Members of RBSC Polo Club’s Qi Gong Section were at the Club bright and early on the morning of Monday, 7th January 2013 for one of their periodic Qi Gong Breakfast activities at Sala Qi Gong. The Committee frequently provides this activity for Members who come early to the Club for their exercise fix. Following the performance of the various Qi Gong routines, the Members settled down to a light breakfast together and some convivial conversation. The Section welcomes new Members and encourages them to participate – it is a lovely way to start the day!

POLO CLUB BRIDGE PLAYERS IN BALI Well done to the four members of the RBSC Polo Club Bridge Section who represented the Club at the ASEAN Bridge Club Open Championship in Bali from 5-9 December 2012. The players, Rajendr Komolkiti, Supote Yaisawang, Manthanee Yaisawang and Chulaporn Namchaisiri, participated in 3 categories of competition; “Open Pairs”, “Open Team” and “Mixed Team” and while they didn’t finish among the podium spots, they nevertheless earned good experience at a big international big tournament.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 51


CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP

IN THE SWIM OF LIFE A distance swimmer for decades, RBSC Member Prayad Chaiyakiat passed the 4,500,000 metre mark in the swimming pool back in November 1993. He did much of his early swimming as a member of Singapore Island Country Club and Singapore Swimming Club but most of his mileage has come in the RBSC pool where he continues to add to his impressive tally today. Also a keen runner and walker in his day, Prayad has spent a lifetime competing in marathons, biathlons and distance swimming competitions. Although he finally gave up serious competition in 2002, down the years he has earned a number of gold and silver medals in various age categories at events such as the Thailand Masters Games and the All Thailand Championships. Supremely fit for a man in his mid-eighties (his only admission of aging is that he is becoming a little hard of hearing), Prayad continues to swim regularly and espouses exercising in the pool as a great way for people, especially the elderly, to maintain good health and fitness.

52 | FEBRUARY 2013

“Working out in water is a great way to get fit and stay fit,” he says. “Since the physical properties of water provide an injury-free environment, hydro exercise is very appropriate for the elderly – the natural buoyancy of water reduces the weight bearing on one’s frame, so hydro exercise is kind to the muscles and joints. Another important property of water is resistance. As the density of water is approximately 1,000 times greater than air, every movement performed under water will encounter gentle resistance, comfortably toning and strengthening muscles with greater balance and efficiency. “More importantly, the resistance of water diminishes the occurrence of jerky movements and the risk of injury because it dampens the speed of motion and the end point of each movement,” he explains. “A water-based exercise such as Hydro Jogging requires no great swimming ability – just a shallow pool – and it is perfect for novices. In fact, there are many types of pool exercise using floatation devices and kick-boards, so you can get a simple full-body workout and improve your respiratory system at the same time. It keeps you young!” he concludes.


FEBRUARY 2013 | 53


CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP

YOUNGSTERS CATCH FOOTBALL FEVER AT RBSC Scott Lumsdaine is a man with a passion for football. The former aspiring pro, who as a youngster was on the books of Scottish league sides Hibernian and Stenhousemuir before a stint with Hong Kong Rangers and a period playing for sides in Australia, is animated as he talks about his beloved sport and the work he and his colleagues do on the Club’s Youth Soccer Programme. Run throughout the year at the RBSC Polo Club grounds and especially popular during the international and local school holidays, the programme is one of Scott’s own devising. It keeps the youngsters fit and active and not only do they learn the technical skills required to play the game well but also life skills that will stay with them long after they hang up their boots. “We want our kids to love the game so we focus on getting them involved whatever their level when they start. We always encourage and never criticize. If the kids have fun they will want to continue in the sport, so we make the sessions as light-hearted as possible but also ensure the players are learning ball skills and the nuances of the game all the while,” he says. The genial Scotsman from Edinburgh, a meetings and negotiations facilitator by profession, arrived in Thailand 3 years ago armed with a UEFA ‘B’ Class Professional Coaching badge (he is currently pursuing the ‘A’ class certification) and a desire to pass on his love and knowledge of the beautiful game. A new generation of the Club’s young players are certainly benefiting from his tuition.

54 | FEBRUARY 2013

“We have a great team here and we get a lot of support from the senior squad, who often come and help at practice and encourage the kids on. Also, the four coaches who work at the Club do an excellent job. They are Tanongsak Klinhorn, Saroj Puengdokmai, Anan Kasaray and Nakornsri Klinhorm and together we work very well. We all know what we are trying to do and while our sessions are well structured, we create a relaxed atmosphere in which the kids can express themselves freely on and off the pitch.” In addition to the footballing skills the youngsters learn, Scott says it is as important that during the programme they make new friends and get an understanding of teamwork and what it means to fit into a group. “These are good, positive character traits that they will use in later life. When they move on and play elsewhere it is my hope that they will be recognized by their new coaches as well-developed players with good footballing habits and also as decent young human beings. If they are well rounded and show promise in the game at say university, then football can open doors for them, giving them the opportunity to meet new people, to travel, even to earn scholarships.” “Of course, the ultimate validation of what we are doing would be to see a few of our young charges make it to the professional level and even to represent their country at the game. To see one of our boys lining up for a World Cup qualifier in the Thai shirt would be an immensely proud moment for all the RBSC coaches,” Scott says with a smile. “We have a couple of youngsters who are great athletes and I think they could have a future in the game. We’ll keep on doing all we can to set them on their way as best prepared as they can be.” Watch this space!


FEBRUARY 2013 | 55


CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP

RBSC AND POLO CLUB VISIT CROWN PROPERTY BUREAU Members of both the RBSC and RBSC Polo Club Badminton, Tennis and Billiards sections visited the Crown Property Bureau over consecutive weeks back in December 2012 to play a series of friendly matches. First a party of RBSC sports men and women, accompanied by RBSC Chairman Bhumindr Harinsuit, former Chairman Maj. Gen. Viraj Vanijaka and GC member Kittipong Decha-Umphai, traveled to CPB on Thursday, 20th December and enjoyed an evening of excellent friendly sporting competition followed by a lively post-match celebration with delicious Thai food served at the CPB’s beautiful new function room. Present at the was CPB Director General Dr. Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, who was in fine form after winning his match earlier in the day. Then a week later on Christmas Day it was the turn of a large contingent from the RBSC Polo Club to pay the CPB a visit and once again Dr. Chirayu was on hand to take part in another enjoyable evening of badminton, tennis and snooker. As with a week earlier, the subsequent reception party was a feast of delicious food and beverages that even included servings of turkey as a nod to the occasion. The evening wound down after some entertaining singing performances and the participants looking forward to their next encounter. 56 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 57


CLUB SPORTS | ROUND UP

RBSC TENNIS PLAYERS VISIT KCC Having enjoyed a friendly home tennis match against Kowloon Cricket Club back in early November of last year, it was the turn of the RBSC tennis players to visit Hong Kong on Saturday, 1st December 2012 for a return rubber. The travelling party were well taken care of by their hosts and enjoyed fine hospitality before and after a series of doubles matches, which the hosts had the better of, winning by 6 matches to 3, although no one really paid attention, busy as they were catching up with old friends courtside and at the post-match gathering where club souvenirs were exchanged.

58 | FEBRUARY 2013


The Leading Magazine for Luxury Real Estate

SOUTH EAST ASIA Issue 97 October 2012

S$8, RM20, IDR70,000, THB200, HK$60, PHP350

GREEN ISSUES

www.helm-super yacht.com

I SSU E 9 S ECO N D QUA RT E R 20 1 2

Is Asia getting serious about sustainability?

Boat Show Mania

The Leading Magazine for Luxury Real Estate

SOUTH EAST ASIA Issue 99/100 December 2012-January 2013

Superyachts set a course for Asia

S$8, RM20, IDR70,000, THB200, HK$60, PHP350

The Leading Magazine for Luxury Real Estate w w w . h e l m - s uEasy p e rCrew-sing yacht.com Hard work, knowledge, I S S U E 1 0 T H I Rloyalty, D Q Udiscretion ARTER 2012

Issue 98 November 2012

1

nnn%_\cd$jlg\i pXZ_k%Zfd

MAKING WAVES IN ASIA

INSPIRING INDONESIA Cruising the world’s second largest archipelago

CONVERSATION IS ACTION Asia Pacific Superyacht VESSELS Conference

NEW GENERATION WHEELS BOAT SHOWS REGATTAS The best new cars on the road

Clean marinas Environmental considerations

@ J J L <  /  = @ I JK  H L 8 I K < I  ) ' ( )

Brokerage Beauties Top class vessels on the market

Chart Topping Charters

DX^e`Ă&#x201D;Z\ekDXc[`m\j A favourite superyacht destination S$12, IDR85,000, THB300, HK$80, RM30 PPS 1760/08/2011(020144) MICA (P) 148/06/2010

INTERVIEWS

REGIONAL NEWS

8?Xm\e`e?fe^Bfe^

BUILDING >fc[:fXjkDXi`eX MARINE CULTURE Jlg\ipXZ_kI\^lcXk`fe Exclusive :cXjj`Ă&#x201D;ZXk`feXe[ :fdgc`XeZ\ interview with Mike Simpson @jcXe[<jZXgfcf^p :il`j`e^k_\8e[XdXej

J()#@;I/,#'''#K?9*''#?B/'#ID*' GGJ(.-'&'/&)'((')'(++ D@:8G (+/&'-&)'('

VESSELS

INTERVIEWS

REGIONAL NEWS

BOAT SHOWS

SOUTH EAST ASIA S$8, RM20, IDR70,000, THB200, HK$60, PHP350

REGATTAS

S$12, IDR85,000, THB300, HK$80, RM30 PPS 1760/08/2011(020144) MICA (P) 148/06/2010

FASHION ON BOARD J.Lindeberg Summer Collection APSA SHOWCASE Members of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association

INSIDE A BANGKOK ICON

Malaysia market moves A market on the rise

Coming to America

Ritz-Carlton Residences

Asian appeal in the US

Affordable Luxury

Pattayaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booming condo market

The Oracle of Phuket

Sophisticated tropical design

Myanmar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Risky business?

Philippines Goes Prime 1

A House in the Country

KDN PPS 1662/10/2012 (022863)

MICA (P) 020/02/2012 UK Green Belt Properties

1

Architect Felinoâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Junâ&#x20AC;? Palafox

Exclusive Interview

OCTOBER 2012 %#%"#4"1â9 1â-03"#31â%3 1â#30%01â1#

KDN PPS 1662/10/2012 (022863)

MICA (P) 020/02/2012

NOVEMBER 2012 %#%"#4"1â9 1â-03"#31â%3 1â#30%01â1#

KDN PPS 1662/10/2012 (022863) KDN PPS 1662/10/2012 (022863)

MICA (P) 020/02/2012 MICA (P) 020/02/2012

VESSELS

INTERVIEWS

REGIONAL NEWS

BOAT SHOWS

REGATTAS1

DECEMBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013 %#%"#4"1â9 1â-03"#31â%3 1â#30%01â1#

FEBRUARY 2013 | 59


CLUB SPORTS | MENS GOLF

Dear Members, We have had mixed fortunes on the golf course in recent weeks with a home Interport loss against Royal Selangor Club back in mid December of last year and a bounce-back win in a well contested home Interport match against Hong Kong Golf Club last month. Action from both matches are in the following pages. At time of writing we are looking forward to playing the annual H.E. Pote Sarasin Trophy tournament for Super and Great Seniors on 19th January and then this month we hold the annual H.E. Nakasone Trophy on Saturday, 16th February and the following week we take on old friends from Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) in a home Interport match. As always, it is sure to be a stern but enjoyable test of our golfing abilities because SICC golfers are spoiled for choice in terms of home courses. They play on the Bukit Course, a challenging 18-hole championship layout which was described by Nick Faldo as “a beautiful course”, the Sime Course, named for a former president of the Royal Singapore Golf Club, and the Island course, the shortest of the three which was originally designed by Peter Robinson and later rebunkered by five-time British Open champ Peter Thomson. So, I urge our golfers to keep up with their practice in advance of the match and also because in March we will contest one of our most important internal competitions, the annual Club Championships. In the meantime, enjoy your golf and please keep on submitting your score cards – it is important that we maintain up-to-date handicaps. See you on the course! Surin Banyatpiyaphod RBSC Golf Captain

60 | FEBRUARY 2013


POOMHATAI RECEIVES H.M. THE KING’S CUP TROPHY Congratulations once again to Poomhatai Svetasobhana on his fine double victory at the 2012 H.M. the King’s Cup golf tournament played last December. A multiple winner of the event, Poomhatai was presented with his wellearned silverware by His Majesty the King’s representative H.E. Privy Councillor Admiral Chumpol Pachusanon at the King’s Cup race meeting held on Sunday, 9th December 2012.

GOLFING DIARY: Sat 16th Feb – H.E. Nakasone Trophy Sat-Sun 23rd - 24th Feb – Home Interport vs SICC Sat 9th - 30th March – Club Championships; Senior Club Championships; & RBSC Chairman’s Cup February Highlights - H.E. Nakasone Trophy - Home Interport vs SICC

GOLF HUT PROGRESS As reported in my message last month, the plans to develop the Golf Hut at Hole 15 has been approved by the General Committee and we are now waiting for a building permit from the BMA. Once this has been approved, construction on the new Golf Hut will begin and should be completed in three months.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 61


CLUB SPORTS | RBSC GOLF

RBSC VS HKGC INTERPORT MATCH

Ravi Sehgal (2nd right) and Saeng Meenijacin (right) with guests

Simon Hirst (3nd right) and Pracha Sivasiamphai (right) with guests

62 | FEBRUARY 2013

Following a comprehensive defeat in the away Interport match played at Hong Kong Golf Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (HKGC) Eden course at Fanling in October 2012, the RBSC golfers gained a measure of revenge in the corresponding fixture played at the Club on Saturday, 12th January 2013. The win was also important as a moral booster after the home players suffered a rare Interport defeat on home soil against a side from Royal Selangor Club in mid December 2012. The victory will restore some confidence ahead of the next home Interport against Singapore Island Country Club later this month. The team from Hong Kong was led by Captain Peter Reed with HKGC President Sandy Hamilton and a number of past

Kittipong Decha-umphai and Suvir Sachdev


Simon Hirst

Surin Banyatpiyaphod (left) and Bhumindr Harinsuit (3rd left) with guests

Pracha Sivasiamphai

Chawalit Chanarat

Bhumindr Harinsuit

captains among the visiting ranks. The two clubs have been playing each other for over 30 years now and there are many long-standing friendships between the players, so once again the competition took place in a convivial atmosphere. Not to say the golf was anything but competitive following the shotgun start after a lunch at the clubhouse, and on a blustery afternoon it was the home players who coped with conditions marginally better to post a narrow 26 points to 24 victory. After the match the teams moved to the Winning Post for refreshments where RBSC Captain Surin Banyatpiyaphod received the winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trophy from his HKGC counterpart and prizes and souvenirs for longest drives and nearest to the pin shots were given out.

Sathirut Tandanand and Chawalit Chanarat (1st & 2nd right) with guests

Surin Banyatpiyaphod

Surin Banyatpiyaphod (right) receives the winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trophy

FEBRUARY 2013 | 63


CLUB SPORTS | RBSC GOLF

HOME INTERPORT VS ROYAL SELANGOR CLUB Udomsak Asavamanee

Tamchai Kambhato

Kwanchai Svastisinha

Krit Hetrakul

64 | FEBRUARY 2013

Royal Selangor Club has over 6,500 members, many of them keen golfers who perfect their skills on lengthy world-class golf courses and the team that visited the RBSC for an Interport match on Saturday, 15th December 2012 had definitely brought its collective A game. Perhaps it is because the visitors are used to playing on much longer courses than that at the RBSC but from the first match to last the RSC players seemed to eat up the yardage and have the better of the greens. It was all a far cry from the corresponding fixture last year, which the home team won by a comfortable 16 points to 12. On this occasion, putts from the RSC pairings dropped from all parts of the green while those of the home players went close but not close enough! And so it was that after a frustrating round for one team and a


Surin Banyatpiyaphod with RSC’s Dato Harisharan Pal Singh

‘good day at the office’ for the other, it the visitors who ran out winners by a breezy score of 18 points to the home side’s 8. This is the second time in three years that RSC have got the better of the RBSC golfers on their home patch – the visitors also recorded a 22-16 win in Bangkok in 2011 – and have become something of a ‘bogey team’ for the RBSC. Following the match, the combatants gathered at the Winning Post for refreshments and prize and souvenir presentations by RBSC Golf Captain Surin Banyatpiyaphod and RSC Golf Convenor Dato Harisharan Pal Singh, who received the Taib Andak Trophy from his counterpart. As the golfers unwound and discussed the trials, tribulations and high points of the match over a convivial glass or two, they were entertained by live music provided by a rather fetching 3-girl combo. FEBRUARY 2013 | 65


CLUB SPORTS | LADIES GOLF

Dear Lady Golfers, I would like to wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year and a lovely Valentines Day this month. Over the festive period at the end of last year we played one of our most popular events of the annual golfing calendar, the 2012 Christmas Competition. Always good fun and played in a holiday spirit, the tournament was a riot of Christmas colours as the ladies did their best to out-do each other in their seasonal finery. The golf was no less impressive and we had a repeat winner in one of the flights. The post-match celebrations were lots of fun too so well done to all who took part. You can see pictures of the tournament in the subsequent pages. Coming up in February we have the HM Queen Rambhai Barni Cup pairs match, the four ball stroke play qualifying round for which takes place on Tuesday, 12th February with the top 16 pairing advancing. The subsequent rounds held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month will be played in the four ball match play format, with the final round taking place on Tuesday, 26th February. Following that in March, we play the Prince Chula Chakrabongse Cup bogey competition, so lots of competitive golf to look forward too. Keep practicing and keep submitting your score cards. Sasitorn Chokwatana Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Golf Captain

66 | FEBRUARY 2013


Ladies’ Golfing Diary 12th Feb: Qualifying Round (stroke play – top16 pairs advance) 14th Feb: First Round (match play) 19th Feb: Second Round (match play) 21st Feb: Semi-final Round (match play) 26th Feb: Final Round (match play) 15th March: Chulachakrabongse CupBogey Competition, 7/8 (20) handicap

RBSC LADY GOLFERS GET INTO THE SEASONAL SPIRIT AT THE POST-MATCH PARTY FOR THE ANNUAL LADIES CHRISTMAS COMPETITION.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 67


CLUB SPORTS | RBSC GOLF

IN THE SEASONAL SWING Jetsuda Sitachitt

From left to right: Kunnikar Pijffers, Jittima Viboonlarp, Kingporn Sopchokchai and Premsiri Brady Ekdarun Srisanit

From left to right: Pudong Ujjin, Vannee Vannapanich, Petcharat Sansanakiet and Phornphan Padmasankha Fuyumi Watanabe

From left to right: Somsri Lawatanatrakul, Nachawadee Vongpivat, Wantanee Osatananda and Margret Phinsa Sattasiri

68 | FEBRUARY 2013

Nitaya Intaraprasong

The perennially popular Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas Competition was played at the RBSC on Wednesday, 19th December 2012 and once again it attracted a full field which was split into three flights based on age; Silver (55 years and below), Gold (56-65 years of age) and Platinum (66 years and over). Played under the stroke play format with 7/8 handicap (max. 24), the contestants were arrayed in a variety of Christmasy hues, many with accessories such as Santa hats and reindeer antlers! The weather also seemed to be in holiday mode and it was a bright, clear, humidity-free day for the tournament. After an enjoyable round during which there was much laughter and no little clowning around by contestants in high


From left to right: Saitorn Chokwatana, Narunol Mulligan, Yuvarin Bongsadadt and Onchittra Veerasaksri Left: Pudpong Ujjin Middle: Kasemsri Upatisring

Duangphorn Tangchitnob

spirits, the scoreboard showed a repeat of the 2011 tournament result with Vevika Chotiros once again finishing marginally ahead of runner-up Ausanee Sosothikul in the Silver flight. No doubt Ausanee will be determined to go one better in 2013! In the Gold flight, Preyawat Chulvanij pipped runnerup Angsumal Jotikasthira to first place and in the Platinum bracket it was Yuvarin Bongsadadt who claimed top honours ahead of former Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Golf captain Busara Tanphiphat. With play over, the golfers headed to the Henri Dunant Hall for a postmatch party at which prizes were awarded for Nearest the Pin and Closest to the Klong and also for the best Christmas outfits seen during the day. Once again it was a great way to end the golfing year.

Left: Atcha Tandhanand Right: Porn-apha Taworntawat

FEBRUARY 2013 | 69


TEE TO GREEN

PRACTICE MADE PERFECT Sometimes when things are not going your way during a round of golf, you may feel that you need to take a few practice swings. You may even want to get some practice in-between rounds during a competition. It is very important to know when you are allowed to do this, and how, without breaching the rules of golf.

T

his issue is so important that the rules of golf give it a whole section, “Rule 7- Practice”. Many Members have asked whether they can play a practice round between two days of competition or practice putting during competition etc. Here are the rules and some answers: Practice Before or Between Rounds (Rule 7-1) a. Match Play On any day of a match-play competition, a player may practice on the competition course before a round. b. Stroke Play Before a round or play-off on any day of a stroke-play competition, a competitor must not practice on the competitioncourse or test the surface of any putting green on the course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface. When two or more rounds of a stroke-play competition are to be played over consecutive days, a competitor must not practice between those rounds on any competition course remaining to be played, or test the surface of any putting green on such course by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface. (Exception: Practice putting or chipping on or near the first teeing ground or any practice area before starting a round or play-off is permitted). Penalty for breach of Rule 7-1b is disqualification. Practice During Round (Rule 7-2) A player must not make a practice stroke during play of a hole. Between the play of two holes a player must not make a practice stroke, except that he may practice putting or chipping on or near: a. the putting green of the hole last played, b. any practice putting green, or c. the teing ground of the next hole to be played in the round, provided a practice stroke is not made from a hazard and does not unduly delay play (Rule 6-7). Strokes made in continuing the play of a hole, the result of which has been decided, are not practice strokes. (Exception: When play has been suspended by the Committee, a player may, prior to resumption of play, practice (a) as provided in this Rule, (b) anywhere other 70 | FEBRUARY 2013

than on the competition course and (c) as otherwise permitted by the Committee). Penalty for breach of Rule 7-2 is loss of hole in match play and 2 strokes in stroke play. In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole. At RBSC, even though the rules allow a player to practice on or near the putting green of the hole last played, the player is not allowed to do so in stroke play competition, as this may slow the pace of play. Note that a practice swing is not a practice stroke and may be taken at any place, provided the player does not breach the rules. Also, the Committee would like to remind each Member to take care when making a practice swing as it could cause serious injury to other people or caddies nearby. Unintentional swings can catch loose impediments such as rocks or small pebbles. They can fly off at great speed and seriously injure a person if struck. At all times, the practice swing must be made in a direction that is away from people and the clubhouse (especially on our 1st Tee). If you have any questions regarding a particular golf ruling or an on-course incident and would like it explained, please drop me a line at rbscgolfrules@gmail.com and I’ll endeavor to answer your query. Happy golfing! Dr Rattachat Mongkolnavin


GOLF QUIZ Many top class golfers and retired golfers now own companies that design new golf courses, as well as professional course designers. Can you match the Asian Golf Courses below with the famous designer/player names linked to them? No prizes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; its just for fun (and bragging rights). Answers below so no peeking! 1. Angkor Golf Resort, Cambodia a. Nick Faldo b. Lee Trevino c. Greg Norman 2. Springfield Royal Country Club, Hua Hin, a. Seve Balesteros b. Ernie Els c. Jack Nicklaus 3. Nirwana Bali Golf Club, Bali a. Tony Jacklin b. Greg Norman c. Arnold Palmer 4. Thai Country Club, Bangkok a. Gary Player b. Denis Griffiths c. Bernhard Langer 5. Montgomerie Links, Danang, Vietnam a. Colin Montgomerie b. Sam Torrence c. Ernie Els 6. Spring City Golf Resort, Kungming, China - The Lake Course a. Tiger Woods b. Jack Nicklaus c. Robert Trent Jones Jr. 7. Spring City Golf Resort, Kungming, China - The Mountain Course a. Robert Trent Jones Jr. b. Jack Nicklaus c. Tiger Woods 8. The Dunes Shenzou Peninsula, Hainan, China a. Tom Weiskopf b. Ernie Els c. Sam Torrence 9. Damai Golf & Country Club, Malaysia a. Bernhard Langer b. Arnold Palmer c. Tom Watson 10. Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki City, Japan a. Tom Watson b. Tiger Woods c. Peter Thompson 11. Ria Bintan (Ocean), Bintan Island, Indonesia a. Colin Montgomerie b. Gary Player c. Jack Nicklaus 12. Pun Hlaing, Rangoon (Yangon), Myanmar a. Lee Trevino b. Tom Watson c. Gary Player

Answers: Q1-a, Q2-c, Q3-b, Q4-b, Q5-a, Q6-c, Q7-b, Q8-a, Q9-b, Q10-a, Q11-b, Q12-c Score Card: All 12 right - Hole-in-One 10/11 right - Albatross 8/9 right - Eagle 7 right - Birdie 6 right - Par for the course 5 right - Missed the cut

FEBRUARY 2013 | 71


GOLF TIPS TAKE A SLIGHTLY OPEN STANCE WITH GOOD BALANCE WHEN YOU ADDRESS THE BALL

TAKE THE CLUB AWAY SLIGHTLY OUTSIDE THE TARGET LINE

COCK YOUR WRISTS AND LIFT YOUR ARMS AS YOU MAKE YOUR BACKSWING

REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR SHOULDERS AS YOU MAKE YOUR SWING

GREEN-SIDE BUNKER PLAY... IT’S EASY! By Bill Hutton

72 | FEBRUARY 2013


PULL THE CLUB HANDLE STRAIGHT DOWN TOWARDS THE BALL KEEPING THE WRISTS COCKED AS YOU BEGIN THE DOWNSWING

G

STRIKE THE SAND JUST BEHIND THE BALL, NOT THE BALL ITSELF

etting out of green-side bunkers is actually one of the easier shots in golf because you don’t hit the ball, you hit the sand... … and you don’t have to be exact about where you hit the sand. You can hit 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or even 5 inches before the ball. Just as long as you come into the sand with some power and keep the club face nice and open on the finish, the ball will pop out and not bury itself in the bunker lip in front of you or go sailing way over the green (as often happens when you try to connect cleanly immediately behind the ball when playing out of sand-traps near the green). Basically you are trying to get the golf ball to float out of the bunker on a cushion of sand and to do that you should open the club face then grip it (do not grip and then open). Open you stance slightly too. As you begin your back swing, cock your wrists up right away. As your arms lift, remember to keep turning your shoulders.

KEEP THE CLUB FACE OPEN, RIGHT PALM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CLUB, AND POWER THROUGH THE STROKE WITH ARMS EXTENDED

FINISH WITH YOUR WEIGHT SHIFTED FORWARD, RIGHT HEEL OFF THE GROUND, WITH CLUB FACE OPEN LOOKING BACK AT YOU

As you start your downswing, pull the handle of the club straight down (do not let the wrists un-cock at the top of the swing or you will hit the sand way too early). Slam the club head into the sand an inch or two before the ball and keep your right hand under the grip all the way through to the finish. At the finish the club face should be looking back at you like a mirror and the shaft should be pointing to the right of your target. Just splash as much sand as you can onto the green! Follow these instructions and practice, practice and practice. That way you’ll soon lose any fear of green-side bunkers. Do you have a question about golf techniques? Contact Pro Bill at probillybangkok@yahoo.com

FEBRUARY 2013 | 73


FEATURE

THAI GOLF COURSES – A REWARDING EXPERIENCE Last December, at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Brunei, Thailand entrenched its dominant position as the region’s leading golf tourism destination when it was named Golf Destination of the Year. Moreover, several of Thailand’s leading courses took major awards at the prestigious event, which attracted luminaries from the golf industry to the sumptuous Empire Hotel and Country Club, where Jack Nicklaus designed a memorable golf course. By Paul Myers

74 | FEBRUARY 2013


BANYAN’S HILLSIDE LAYOUT PRESENTS A CHALLENGE TO GOLFERS OF ALL LEVELS

FEBRUARY 2013 | 75


FEATURE

H

eading Thailand’s accolades, Banyan Golf Club at Hua Hin received the award for Best Clubhouse in Asia Pacific. Siam Country Club’s Plantation Course near Pattaya was named Best Maintained Course in the region for the second year in a row and Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort was selected as Best Value for Money course in Asia Pacific. Black Mountain Golf Club at Hua Hin was voted best Course in Thailand for the second consecutive year, as well as being named second best course in Asia Pacific. Last year, Black Mountain collected the top award as best championship course in Asia Pacific ahead of internationally-recognised courses including Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath in Australia, Hirono and Kiwana in Japan, Spring City’s Lake

76 | FEBRUARY 2013

MAIN: THE AWARDWINNING THAI-STYLE CLUBHOUSE AT BANYAN GOLF CLUB HUA HIN

course and Mission Hills’ Blackstone course in China and many others. Awards like these have been coming Thailand’s way consistently for the past five years and have played a major part in Thailand being Asia Pacific’s clear leader in golf tourism with an estimated 600,000 foreign arrivals a year. The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) has twice named Thailand Golf Destination of the Year, while the resort centre of Pattaya received the accolade in 2011. Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin Winner of the award for best clubhouse in Asia Pacific and the second best course in Thailand, Banyan is a hillside layout where pineapple patches, bougainvillea beds and Banyan trees all come into play.


The imaginative Thai-style clubhouse, situated on the highest part of the property, offers stunning vistas – especially at sunset – of the Burmese Mountains and surrounding countryside. The contemporary building has a boutique atmosphere created from a blend of teak, stone, water features and soft furnishings made of Thai silk. Opened in October 2008 and located just 12 kilometres from Hua Hin, Banyan is nestled in a mostly enclosed, bucolic bowl without a home or other resort in sight. The layout provides golfers with an undulating journey that can be as difficult as they wish, with four sets of well-spaced tees playing up to a demanding 7361 yards from the tips. If you play from the back tees, be prepared for some long carries to reach the fairways.

The short par-3 15th is one of many memorable holes on the course. Offering stunning sea views to the island of Koh Sai, its elevated tee and refreshment stop is a perfect place to take in the vista of the landscape. After the game, Banyan’s popular Irish pub-style watering hole, Mulligans, is the perfect place to relax and reminisce on what might have been. Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin Situated about 25km from Banyan and also within easy reach of Hua Hin, Black Mountain has been collecting awards since it opened in 2009. Together with Banyan, the championship layout designed by Australian Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Designs makes Hua Hin a golf tourism destination “must” for a weekend or an extended stay. Last year (2012) Black

TOP RIGHT: BLACK MOUNTAIN HUA HIN, VOTED BEST COURSE IN THAILAND BOTTOM RIGHT: BLACK MOUNTAIN HUA HIN WAS ALSO VOTED SECOND BEST COURSE IN ASIA PACIFIC

FEBRUARY 2013 | 77


FEATURE Mountain became the first course in Thailand to be included in US Golf Digest’s prestigious list of the best 100 courses outside the United States and for the second year in a row was named in December as Thailand’s best course. The championship layout hosted the 2009 Black Mountain Masters, an Asian Tour event won by Swedish star Johan Edfors, and the 2010 Royal Trophy. Thanks to many natural creeks running through the course and mountainous backdrops throughout, this is one of Thailand’s most beautiful golf layouts. Water comes into play almost from the beginning, at the testy par-5 second hole, a downhiller from the tee, but an uphiller from the fairway. The par-3 11th hole is one of the toughest, requiring a straight or slightly left

78 | FEBRUARY 2013

TOP: THE PAR-3 6TH HOLE AT THAI COUNTRY CLUB. THE SIGNATURE 230-YARD HOLE WAS NAMED THE BEST PAR-3 IN ASIA BETWEEN 2001 AND 2006 BOTTOM: SIAM COUNTRY CLUB CLUBHOUSE VIEWED FROM THE PLANTATION COURSE

tee shot to avoid water in front and right of the green. The par 5 18th makes for a dramatic closing hole. It plays severely uphill to a green protected by several deep-faced bunkers, just below the clubhouse restaurant’s expansive dining terrace, a perfect perch to watch golfers close out their rounds. Thai Country Club, Bangkok When one of the world’s most prestigious hotel groups (Peninsula Hotels) is at the helm of a golf club, you can expect nothing but the best. Opened in 1997, Thai Country Club has previously been named best championship course in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly and held the mantle of best course in Thailand for eight years before Black Mountain took over the top spot in 2011. Although now Thailand’s third best course behind Black Mountain and Banyan, TCC remains one of the great golf experiences in Asia. Its clubhouse, second to Banyan in Asia Pacific at last year’s awards in Brunei, is a terracottacoloured masterpiece that, viewed from the course, appears to be surrounded by a moat. As the only golf course in the Peninsula Hotels portfolio, the brand’s influence is readily apparent. Customer service, staff training, attention to detail and course maintenance can’t be faulted.


Golf course members of Golf In A Kingdom are: • Banyan Resort & Golf, Hua Hin • Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin • Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort, Chiang Mai • Laem Chabang International Country Club, Pattaya • Loch Palm Golf Club, Phuket • Muang Kaew Golf, Bangkok • Red Mountain Golf Club, Phuket • Siam Country Club Old Course and Plantation Course, Pattaya • Suwan Golf & Country Club, Bangkok • Thai Country Club, Bangkok Visit www.golfinakingdom.com

The host of six Asian Tour events, TCC’s number one locker has the nameplate of Tiger Woods, winner of the club’s first Asian Tour event, the 1997 Asia Honda Classic. The then-21year-old thrilled the gallery by driving the 406-yard, par-4 10th. Few on this planet can still match that feat, but it’s fun to try – just as it’s a pleasure to putt on the course’s greens, which roll as true as any in Asia. Among TCC’s many other awards, its signature 230-yard 6th hole was named the best par-3 in Asia between 2001 and 2006. Siam Country Club, Pattaya True to its second successive award as best maintained course in Asia Pacific, Siam Country Club’s Plantation course near Pattaya is a delight to play. The superbly manicured fairways and slick undulating greens present a championship quality. Indeed, it didn’t take long after opening in 2008 for this layout, about six kilometers from the club’s Old Course, to attract a major event, the Honda LPGA Thailand, won by then world number one, Lorena Ochoa. The 27-hole, Schmidt-Curley design is situated on a former pineapple and tapioca plantation and is home to Asia’s first triple green, shaped like a clover and shared by the Pineapple nine’s 378-yard, par-4 fourth and 400-yard,

CHIANGMAI HIGHLANDS GOLF AND SPA RESORT, VOTED BEST VALUE FOR MONEY IN ASIA-PACIFIC IN 2012

par-4 ninth and the Tapioca nine’s 172-yard par-3 seventh holes. The sleek, ultra-modern clubhouse overlooks the course. The three nine-hole layouts all feature large ravines, multi-tiered greens and offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside towards the Gulf Of Thailand. Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort One thousand feet above sea level in the mountainous northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai Highlands is literally a breath of fresh air. The atmosphere is cooler and crisper than in any other part of the country. The reservoir-fed course is invigorating, too. Credit goes to Mother Nature and the design team of Schmidt-Curley, which let the natural contours of the hilly property dictate the routing of each hole. The result is a nice balance of risk and reward, symbolized best by the 558-yard, par-5 final hole, a downhiller that tempts players on their second shot to take on a creek facing the green. As the best value course in Asia Pacific, Chiang Mai Highlands is well worth a special visit. Moreover, grooming and presentation is excellent, with the tee boxes grassed with Tiff Eagle, a species usually reserved for greens. The courses featured in this article are all members of Golf In A Kingdom, a collection of Thailand’s best golf courses and resorts, which was established in 2009. It now comprises 13 golf courses, 12 hotels and resorts and the backing of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Visit www.golfinakingdom.com for more information. FEBRUARY 2013 | 79


RBSC RESULTS | DECEMBER’12 -

SECTION

DATE

Bridge

December 3 December 5 December 6       December 10   December 12   December 17   December 19   December 24   December 26

Golf

Ladies Golf

EVENT Monday Open Pairs 10 Pairs Ladies Pairs 13 Pairs   Swiss Team of Four 6 Teams         Monday Open Pairs 11 Pairs   Ladies Pairs 24 Pairs   Monday Open Pairs 9 Pairs   Ladies Pairs 17 Pairs   Monday Open Pairs 10 Pairs   Ladies Pairs 24 Pairs

December 1-2

H.M. The King’s Birthday Cup & RBSC Cup H.M. The King’s Birthday Cup RBSC Cup

December 15

Interport Match RBSC vs RSC

December 19

Christmas Competition

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

WINNER

Manthanee Yaisawang Daniel Thogvignon Punjaroon Jariyanuntanate Kenlong Charusorn Sally Eubbani Naina Vanijaka Ho King Hong Sommai Mattayattaworn Kenlong Charusorn Saikaew Pobsit Kamolvej Sunisa Vatanasuk Bardley Jordan Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya Duangtip Srifuengfung Kiyomi Sugiyama Thanpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Varunee Chinsuvapala Regina Maeder Chuanpit Dhamasiri Bradley Jordan Varunee Chinsuvapala Ngamchit Pongkiatkul Naina Vanijaka Chirawat Punyarachun Manthanee Yaisawang Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya Chintana Kovithvathanapong Chirawat Punyarachun Yoko Suzuki

- Subharerk Chaiwatanakul - Supote Yaisawang - Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya - Hanne Boonstra hrvesen - Wako Kawahara - Phailin Nimityongskul - Dr. Apithai Hemachudha - Pobsook Komolvej - Somchai Rungsathit - Natwaran Limpong - Phailin Nimityongskul - Chamaiporn Chompoothong - Dr. Apithai Hemachudha - Eakkapat Pattarathamrong - Chonlada Karnjanawarit - Yasuko Fukui - M.R. Auramani Bhanubandh - Susan Techaphaibul - Duangsuda Tulyayon - Leo Phillips - Rochelle Powtong - Margaret Pamon Montri - Jaana Kopra - Wanna Chaisingharn - Mie Thiemmedh - Supote Yaisawang - Punjaroon Jariyanuntanate - Chander Sivasriaumphai - Pramuan Leetavorn - Tomoko Yonemori

Winner Runner-up Winner Runner-up Winner: RSC (18 pts.) Runner-up: RBSC (8 pts.) Flight Silver Winner Runner-up Flight Gold Winner Runner-up Flight Platinum Winner Runner-up

Poomhatai Svetasobhana Torpong Pongsivapai Poomhatai Svetasobhana Supasith Sima-Aree

Vevika Chotiros Ausanee Sosothikul Preyawat Chulvanij Angsumal Jotikasthira Yuvarin Bongsadadt Busara Tanphiphat

RBSC POLO CLUB RESULTS | DECEMBER’12 SECTION

DATE

TOURNAMENT

Bridge

December 3

Internal Event (“Open Pairs) (18 pairs)

WINNER 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd

December 4

Ladies’Invitational (16 pairs)

1st 2nd 3rd

December 7

Open Pairs (35 pairs)

1st 2nd 3rd

December 11

Ladies’ Invitational (18 pairs)

1st 2nd 3rd

80 | FEBRUARY 2013

Sunisa Vatanasuk M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Julaporn Namchaisiri Supote Yaisawang Surang Raktakanit Ngamchit Pongkiatikul Regina Maeder Kuns Chander Sivasriaumphai M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Chuanpit Dhammasiri Neera Sachadev Usha Muteja Dara HOnghern Orn Krairiksh Chuanpit Dhammasiri Chitramontn Techaphaibul Chaitad Suriya Sa-nguan Limcharoenchat Chamnong Watthanawaha Montri Petchsiri M.R. Auramani Bhanubhandu Naina Vanijaka Thunpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Mie Magda Ivanov Usha Muteja


RBSC POLO CLUB RESULTS | DECEMBER’12 SECTION

DATE

Bridge

December 14

TOURNAMENT Open Pairs (31 pairs)

WINNER 1st 2nd 3rd

December 18

Ladies’ Invitational (18 pairs)

1st 2nd 3rd

December 21

Open Pairs (40 pairs)

1st 2nd 3rd

December 25 December 28

Ladies’ Invitational (11 pairs) Open Pairs (37 pairs)

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

Hockey

December 2

40th RBSC Annual Hockey Festival

Chirawat Panyarachun Surawit Tantengpool Rochelle Powtong Chander Sivasriaumphai Noelle Patrice Thunpuying Suchitguna Sarasin Wanna Chaisingarn Kanta Kagar Neera Sachadev Krishna Sachadev Usha Muteja Chander Sivasriaumphai Yawamon Phimpanyasook Chalikon Suraphongchai Pornchai Vorasayan Chaitad Suriya Sa-nguan Limcharoenchat Kanta Kagar Chander Sivasriaumphai Manthanee Yaisawang Tassamon Dardarananda Usha Muteja Chonlada Karnjanawarit Ngamchit Pongkiatikul Ann Malakul Na Ayudhaya Hanne Bonstra Helmer Nissen Manthanee Yaisawang Chalermpol Wongwaiwit Susan Techaphaibul Pinit Tansakul 40th Cup (International) 1st RTAF 2nd SRC 1 3rd Navy 3rd ISCI Men’s Division 1 1st Air India 2nd SK Saraburi 3rd Navy Division 2 1st KU 2nd PSC 3rd SCC Division 3 1st SRC 1 2nd RTACC 3rd CC & FC Women’s Division 1 1st KU 2nd SSTMI Division 2 1st ISCI 2nd HKFC Division 3 1st OUD 2nd Lady KKU

Soccer

December 8 December 15 December 16

Practice (RBSC Veterans Vs Bangkok Veterans) (RBSC A Vs RBSC B) Interport Match (RBSC Vs Car Michael) Sridaranop Cup (Sansiri Vs SB Furniture) (Sasin Vs PSM) (RBSC Polo Club Vs St. Gabiel) (Singhdam Vs Frasor S.)

RBSC Veterans (6:4) RBSC A (14:5) RBSC (10:0) Sansiri (5:2) Sasin (5:2) RBSC Polo Club (7:2) Singhdam (5:2)

FEBRUARY 2013 | 81


RBSC SPORTS CLASSES SPORT CLASSES STARTING IN FEBRUARY’13 SECTION DAY TIME/PERIOD BADMINTON Private 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 - 8pm Ballroom Dance Class Mon 5pm - 7pm 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 - 5pm Battle Beat Tue 7:30am - 8:30am/5:30pm - 6:30pm Danxercise Tue 6:30pm - 8pm Tai Chi Tue 4pm-5pm 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 – Fri 6:45am - 7:45am 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 From 11th December no classes 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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT RBSC SPORTS DIVISION TEL: 0-2652-5000 EXT 305-313

82 | FEBRUARY 2013


THE RBSC POLO CLUB SPORT CLASSES STARTING IN FEBRUARY’13 SECTION DAY TIME/PERIOD DURATION REGISTRATION DATE BADMINTON Private Coaching Mon.,Wed.,Fri. 9am-4pm Feb. 1 – 28 Feb. 1 – 28 Sat. 7am-9am Feb. 2,9,16,23 Feb. 1 – 23 11:30am-1:30pm Sun. 7am-10am Feb. 3,10,17,24 Feb. 1 – 24 Badminton Coaching Program for Intermediate (Group A) Adult Sun. 10am-12pm Feb. 10 – Apr. 21 Jan. 21 – Feb. 6 (Group B) Junior Sun. 12pm-2pm Feb. 10 – Apr. 21 Jan. 21 – Feb. 6 Badminton Team Fri. 5pm-7pm Feb. 15 – May 12 Jan. 28 – Feb. 13 Training Sat. 1pm-3pm Sun. 2pm-4pm PHYSICAL FITNESS Back-To-Basics Dance (III) 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) Zumba Class QI GONG Qi Gong Singing Course Training (II) (Group A) (Group B) Voice Training Program (II) SWIMMING Advance Swimming Team Swimming Team Training

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

10am-12pm 5pm-7pm 7:30am-9:30am 7:30am-9:30am 5pm-7pm 2:30pm-4:30pm 2:30pm-4:30pm 5pm-6pm

Feb. 7 – Apr. 25 Jan. 7 – May 27 Jan. 5 – May 25 Jan. 2 – May 29 Jan. 2 – May 29 Jan. 2 – May 29 Jan. 7 – May 27 Feb. 19 – Apr. 30

Jan. 21 – Feb. 5 Until Feb. 28 Until Feb. 28 Until Feb. 28 Until Feb. 28 Until Feb. 28 Until Feb. 28 Jan. 28 – Feb. 15

Mon. – Fri.

6:30am-7:30am

Jan. – Dec.

Feb. 1 – 28

Thur. Thur. Mon.

5pm-6:30pm 6:30pm-8pm 7:30pm-9:30pm

Feb. 28 – May 2 Feb. 28 – May 2 Feb. 4 – May 20

Feb. 11 – 26 Feb. 11 – 26 Jan. 21 – Feb. 1

Mon.,Tue.,Wed.,Fri. Mon. – Fri.

4:30pm-6:30pm 5pm-7pm

Feb. 1 – 28 Feb. 1 – 28

Jan. 14 – 31 Jan. 14 – 31

Members who are interested in joining any of these classes may obtain application forms and register at the Sports Office.

FEBRUARY JANUARY 2013 | 83


THE LUXURY CLUB

CENTURY PEDIGREE

www.rolls-royce.com It is undeniable that what makes every single Rolls-Royce an unmistakable motor car lies behind the careful selection of only the best quality materials, which together are used to manufacture a bespoke automobile for high-end customers. Rolls-Royce has gone beyond being just a motor car and has become a way of life for many. The perfect combination of traditional skills of master craftsmen and state-of-the-art technology has culminated in the delivery of what is widely regarded as the world’s best car, promising high performance and a responsive engine that gives owners a driving experience that has been described as “smooth as a magic carpet ride”, yet even more enjoyable. This is one of the reasons Rolls-Royce is arguably the world’s most sought-after car for heads of state, political leaders, and top business people alike. The car comes form a tradition of excellence and high living that has so far endured for more than a century.

84 | FEBRUARY 2013


EVOCATIVE DESIGN

www.setpointcar.com With the Evoque, Range Rover is bringing sensational coupé design to one of the world’s premier automotive brands. Its compact footprint and advanced power train technology delivers higher performance, together with lower fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions than any previous Rang Rover model. Range Rover Evoque in five door form offers a contemporary kinetic design with added practicality, accessibility and versatility. Range Rover also offers customisation features to allow the opportunity to create precisely the vehicle drivers want with an extensive selection of colours, materials, finishes and luxury options, all based on three unique design themes: Pure, Prestige and Dynamic.

REINE DE NAPLES LADY’S HOUR Patek Philippe’s lady’s Twenty~4® is a modern interpretation of the Gondolo timepiece. It was created for the refined, active woman of today who seeks a watch that reflects her style and may be worn on all occasions. Each model reflects perfection in craftsmanship, and the curved silhouette of the case is a loving caress for the feminine wrist. Each model radiates the incomparably fiery splendour of Top Wesselton diamonds that adorn the bezel, the case, and/or the bracelet. The crown of each Twenty~4® is studded with an onyx or a diamond solitaire.

Breguet watches have fascinated and enchanted some of the most prominent women in history, including Queen Marie-Antoinnette of France, the marquise de Condorcet and Empress Josephine. The Reine de Naples collection is inspired by an early bracelet watch A.L. Breguet created for Bonaparte’s sister Caroline, Queen of Naples. It’s a symbol of feminine refinement in a contemporary jewellery watch with an ovoid-shaped case set in in 18-carat red gold and a finely fluted caseband. The flange is set with 117 diamonds, the crown set with one 0.26-carat diamond and the dial in silvered 18-carat gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine, individually numbered and signed Breguet, with inserts in natural white mother-of-pearl. DECEMBER FEBRUARY 2013 2012 | 85


THE LUXURY CLUB

Luxury Club The furnishings in your home make a statement. Not only about your personal taste, but also your personality, passions and interests. Today’s leading designers blend traditional and contemporary influences to create striking yet functional pieces that add class and comfort to the home.

BLACK BEAUTY TABLE

An ebony stained and faux bone painted centre table with smooth curves and a modern design. Show it off as a centrepiece with its unique look to impress guests. The Bunny William’s designed piece features the designer’s trademark style with objects, patterns, textures and colours that are beautifully balanced while having an appealing undisciplined look. www.decormart.com

86 | FEBRUARY 2013

HARRIS CHAIR

DEGAS SOFA

This sumptuous sofa is a mix of high quality aniline pull-up hide, and a beautiful collection of feather filled scatters including Mongolian wool, tapestry embroidered bolsters and knitted Kevlar. The Degas is a true bastion of British heritage with its sophisticated design and luxurious materials. The sofa would be an elegant addition to a study, home office or parlour. A must have piece for anyone who appreciates luxury furniture. Tetrad international is a British design-led company started in England some 50 years ago. The firm has been manufacturing in Thailand for 10 years, and now exports to High-end retailers around the globe. www.tetradinternational.com

The Harris chair’s generous proportions give this traditional “bergere” a distinctive, modern feel while also keeping it gracious and elegant. The chair’s loose-pillow back and seat cushion are inviting and plush, and with the addition of the ottoman to rest your feet, there’s no better seat in the house. Carved serpentine base rails extend to cabriole legs ending in scrolled feet and customised upholstery with leather options available. www.ethanallen.com


TUFTY-TIME SOFA

B&B Italiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation is a special revival of the styles seen in the 1960s and 70s. This period inspired the designer to create a piece that combines the historic with modern amenities. The leather upholstery is marked by a squared subdivision joined through pleats of perforated leather to ensure the seat breathes. Configurations and look can be altered by the owner to best serve any space. www.bebitalia.com

MINOTTI YORK

The York chair and little armchair are directly connected, as if the pencil that generated them stopped only after completing both designs. They offer a fluid and extremely natural movement inspired by the pure, surprising lines of 1950s and 60s design. Light in shape, but with a soft padding over their cold-foamed shells, the pair meld ergonomics and elegance to create seating that is comfortable and sophisticated. www.chanintrliving.com

ALEXIS BENCH

A furniture piece that brings art plus comfort, the Alexis Bench is a unique and appealing addition. The upholstered seat sits upon a solid mahogany X base â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a striking and unusual shape that lends distinction to a room. Gold-toned and finished by hand, with Neoclassical details it is excellent alone, fabulous in pairs and available in hundreds of fabrics. www.ethanallen.com

FEBRUARY 2013 | 87


THE LUXURY CLUB

BAAN LUX-SATHON Nestled in 2.12 rai of land with a limited availability of just 18 units, ensures residents enjoy an exclusive and peaceful green luxury lifestyle at Baan Lux-Sathon. The development boasts a large outdoor area with hardwood decking, mature trees and a plunge pool. With fresh air from the Chao Phraya River and views over Lumpini Park, residents are always very close to nature and all the units at Baan Lux-Sathon are duplexes, featuring two distinctive unit types, the Baan Lux-Akat Sky Villa and Baan Lux-Suan Garden Villa.

FOCUS PLOENCHIT Focus Ploenchit offers residents chic, contemporary living with a full range of onsite amenities in the heart of Bangkokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CBD. The project is surrounded by world class shopping centres such as Siam Paragon, Central World, Gaysorn Plaza, Central Embassy, and Terminal 21. It is also in close proximity to many prime office buildings, Embassies, BTS Ploenchit, MRT Sukhumvit, Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, International Schools, Bumrungrad Hospital, as well as a number of luxury hotels, such as Grand Hyatt Erawan, Radisson, Okura, JW Marriott, Landmark, Westin, Sheraton.

88 | FEBRUARY 2013

Project Name Baan Lux-Sathon Developer Lux-Sathon Co.,Ltd. Property Type Condominium Architect: TM Design Limited by Sumeth Sukapanpotharam Location Sathon Area, Sathon soi 1 Price Range From THB35-39 million Facilities Privacy is assured with one elevator for every four units.The units are all duplex layouts with private pool and garden, personal garage with automatic door, high quality windows and glass, custom designed cabinetry and kitchens from Poggenpohl, kitchen appliances from Siemens and a standing bath tub, dual sinks in the modern luxurious bathroom from Villeroy & Boch, plus accessories from GROHE. In terms of safety, the residence provides highly-efficient round-the-clock security, including 24-hour security guards, CCTV, advanced access control and proximity card as well as heat and smoke detectors in all units and common areas. Contact Details Ms. Kanyavee Thanyasaksiri, Sales and Marketing Manager. Tel : 085-914-2121, 02-677-4099 74/68 Soi Meksawad, Yen Akat Road, Chong Nonsi, Yannawa, Bangkok Email: Sales@lux-sathon.com Website: www.lux-sathon.com

Project Name Focus Ploenchit Developer Focus Development and Construction Public Company Limited Property Type Condominium Architect Fame Architect Location Soi Sukhumvit 2, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey, Bangkok Price Range Average THB135,000 per sqm Facilities Fitness Gym, Swimming Pool, Key Card Access, CCTV with 24-hr security system, Parking Space, Green Area Contact Details Sales Office at 1st floor Ploenchit Center, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey, Bangkok K.Anuwat 081-172-9773 Email: Anuwat.saetang@colliers.com Website: www.focuscondominium.com


CENTARA GRAND RESIDENCE, PATTAYA Pattaya’s newest and most luxurious oceanfront residence combines a luxury high-rise oceanfront condominium with 5-star hotel managed by Thailand’s premier hospitality brand. The project benefits from wide 150 metre private beach frontage and utilises a total land parcel of 28,000 sqm. A wide range of facilities are offered, including seven large swimming pools, a children’s pool, a sundeck, water features, a unique fish tank bar, a kids’ club, a fitness centre, sauna and games rooms. The grounds feature lush tropical landscaping, with floating pavilions and large open areas. Full project management from Centara Hotels and Resorts on completion means the property is one of the most exclusive ever undertaken in the area. The buildings will stand out for their stunning architecture and facilities,

SATHORN HERITAGE RESIDENCES Residents enjoy superlative 5-star facilities at Sathorn Heritage Residences, including a 25-metre lap pool, a modern fitness centre, a stress-relieving sauna and relaxing spa, tennis courts, and hotel facilities provided by Anantara Bangkok Sathorn. This prestigious 5-star development boasts striking, modern architecture and an appealing landscape and living environment featuring unobstructed views of downtown Bangkok and the riverside. Each condominium is designed with large terraces and windows to allow natural light to fill every room. Sathorn Heritage Residences also offers a prime central address, with easy access to the expressway, and Bangkok’s BTS skytrain and MRT.

Project Name Centara Grand Residence Pattaya Developer Tulip Group Property Type Beachfront Condo and 5 Star Hotel Architect HB Design Location Na Jomtien Pattaya Price Range THB 7 Million – 100 Million Facilities Luxury swimming pools – main pool, lap pool, fun pool with slides , Jacuzzi, 23rd and 24th floor Sky Lounge with infinity edged pool, Children playground and Water play area, Beach pavilion (150m beach frontage), Open bridge to tree top lobby, World class 6m high lobby area and Relax zone, Tennis club - Tennis courts, Landscaped, Gardens with water fountain, Waterfall and garden pavilion, Restaurant and Pool Bar, Fitness centers, Steam room & sauna Contact Details 038 706407 Email: cgr@cbre.co.th Website: www.cgrpattaya.com

while at the same time providing owners absolute privacy, seclusion and a range of unrivalled lifestyle options that set a new benchmark for Pattaya or surrounding areas. Only 90 minutes from Bangkok, and 10 minutes from either Pattaya City or Jomtien, Centara Grand Residence enjoys convenient access and represents a new luxury landmark for Thailand’s beachside metropolis.

Project Name Sathorn Heritage Residences Developer V.C.A.L. Business GroupProperty Property Type 36 storey residential condominium Architect TEAC CO., LTD. Location 36 Narathiwas Ratchanakarin Road (Between soi 6-8) Price Range THB 5.1 million (studio standard) – THB 26.4 million (3 bedroom furnished) Facilities Swimming pool, Fitness gym, Steam rooms (male/female), Tennis court, 24-hour security with CCTV, Lift access card control, restaurants & spa at Anantara Bangkok Sathorn Hotel Contact Details 36 Narathiwat-Ratchanakarin road, Bangkok 10120 T: +66 (0)2676 4000 M: +66 (0)84 937 1661 Email: sales@ sathorn-heritage.com Website: www.sathorn-heritage.com

FEBRUARY 2013 | 89


LIFESTYLE FEATURE THE BALL NO QUESTION MAKES OF AYES AND NOES, BUT RIGHT OR LEFT AS STRIKES THE PLAYER GOES; AND HE THAT TOSS’D THEE DOWN INTO THE FIELD, HE KNOWS ABOUT IT ALL - HE KNOWS - HE KNOWS! -RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM.

90 | FEBRUARY 2013


PUKKA CHUKKA by Liz Robertson

P

olo is not a sport played by the average person, as although everyone can afford the ball and the stick (properly called a mallet) to hit it with, few people can afford the other essential of the game – a horse, or rather a string of horses – polo ponies which have to be stabled, fed, watered, cared for and ferried around to wherever a game or tournament is taking place, sometimes on another continent. There are arguments amongst scholars as to exactly where and with whom the game originated, the Persians, Mongols and the Chinese all vying for the distinction of inventing the sport, but no-one will ever know conclusively. Some version of it probably began soon after the domestication of the horse among the nomads of Central Asia who covered a vast area from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east. The Persians called the sport “Chaughan” and claim to have played it as long ago as 1000 BCE, and the most detailed accounts of the game are to be found in Persian literature and paintings.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 91


LIFESTYLE FEATURE But polo was much more than just a game. At a time when the ability to fight and shoot from the back of a galloping horse was essential, Central Asia was home to the most skilled riders in the known world. Polo was a superb way of training and testing the courage of both men and horses. Although the rules were tenuous and participants were frequently killed in the general melee; it was more a free-for-all battle than a game. Yet under various names, it spread rapidly across Asia into modern India and Tibet. In China it was a pastime of the Emperors for centuries and there was even a polo stick on the royal coat of arms. One Chinese Emperor is said to have had all the remaining players beheaded when a favourite player of his was accidentally killed during a polo match. The Japanese learned a version of the game from the Chinese, and in Japan it was known as Da-Kyu. In Russia it was known as Khouhou and in Turkey Djerid, but the modern name for the sport originated in Tibet, where the word for ball is Pulu, and was eventually anglicized to Polo. An activity such as polo which both entertained the tribesmen whilst honing their military and equestrian skills as mounted cavalry was invaluable and encouraged by leaders such as Darius of Persia, Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great. The first recorded game is thought to have taken place in 600BC between the Turkomans and Persians. In the fourth century AD, King Sapoor II of Persia learned to play, aged seven. In the 16th century, a polo ground (300 yards long and with goalposts 92 | FEBRUARY 2013

eight yards apart) was built at Isfahan, then his capital, by Shah Abbas the Great. There is a legend that the great warrior Tamerlane had his cavalry play polo with the heads of enemy captives, and there are still tribesmen in Asia today who use the head of a sheep or goat instead of a ball. When the Mughal Empire was founded by Babur in India during the 16th century, polo rapidly became the most popular royal sport. Babur’s grandson, the Emperor Akbar, was especially fond of the game, even playing at night by torchlight. He was the first of the Mughals to introduce certain rules and regulations for the game; the vast stables which housed his many polo ponies can still be seen near Agra. Under the patronage of the Mughal Emperors and the Rajput Kings polo thrived in India, where it was eventually discovered by the British, who naturally, set about regularizing and organizing the game. Shortly after the Indian Mutiny of 1857, Lieut Joseph Sherer, a subaltern (later a Major General) in the Indian Army of Bengal, was posted to Assam’s Cachar district as Commandant of the Kuki Levy and Assistant Superintendent of the district. He first came across the game being played by Manipuri tribesmen at Silchar. Greatly excited, he is said to have exclaimed “We must learn this game”. He played his first game of polo in 1859 and is widely regarded as the “Father of Western Polo”. The world’s first modern polo club was founded at Silchar, west of Manipur by Sherer and a group of seven tea planters. Other clubs followed and today the oldest club in the world is the Calcutta Club which founded (also by Joseph Sherer) in 1862. By 1870 the game had spread throughout British India and tournaments amongst cavalry regiments became a part of army life. This also gave a new lease of life to polo among the Rajput Maharajas and Rajas who had played the game for centuries. It was another British army officer, John Watson, of the 13th Hussars, who formulated the first real rules of the game in India in the 1870s. Today these rules and interpritations are reviewed and published annually by each countries polo association. However, most of the smaller associations follow the rules of the Hurlingham Polo


FEBRUARY 2013 | 93


LIFESTYLE FEATURE Association, the national governing body of the sport of polo in the United Kingdom. Unlike the melees of old in which scores of riders took part on each side, today a polo team consists of four mounted players, which can a mix of men and women. Each position assigned to a player has certain responsibilities: Number One is the most offenceoriented position on the field and the Number One player generally covers the opposing team’s Number Four; Number Two has an important role in offence, either running through and scoring or passing to the Number One and getting in behind the opposition. Defensively, they will cover the opposing team’s Number Three, generally the other team’s best player. Given the difficulty of this position, it is not uncommon for the best player on the team to play Number Two, so long as another strong player is available to play Three. The Number Three player is the tactical leader of the team and must be a long powerful hitter to feed balls to Number Two and Number One as well as maintaining a solid defence. The Number Three player usually has the highest handicap in the side. Lastly, the Number Four is the primary defence player. They can move anywhere on the field, but they usually try to prevent the opposition from scoring. The emphasis on defence by the Number Four allows the Number Three to attempt more offensive plays, since they know that they will be covered if they lose the ball. From India, the game rapidly spread to England mainly through the military. The first recorded game in in the UK was played in 1869 using walking sticks for

94 | FEBRUARY 2013

mallets and a billiard ball and it was billed as “Hockey on Horseback”. The first tournament proper was played in 1876. During the late 19th century when Britain was at the height of her imperial power, the game spread to wherever cavalry of the British Army was stationed, arriving in South Africa in 1875, Australia in 1876 and spreading from the military to become a fashionable sport in both North and South America, especially in the USA and Argentina. Polo became a favourite sport of the British Royal Family and aristocracy soon after its introduction into Britain. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and later still, Duke of Windsor) was a keen player, regarded as more enthusiastic than competent, and


during the Abdication crisis one politician was heard to suggest that if he broke his neck either on the polo field or horse racing it would solve all the country’s problems. The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, present Prince of Wales, and both his sons, Princes William & Harry are, or have been, keen players. Before the abolition of the Royal Houses of India the Maharajas of Jodhpur and of Jaipur’s patronage of polo was so great that in the 1950’s & 60’s Indian Polo and its players were famous all over the world. In 1970, Maharaja Man Singh of Jaipur suffered an accident while playing polo in England and died later the same day. Today, many of the greatest world class polo players come from Argentina. Polo is also played in the most unlikely of places. There is a rather special winter polo tournament held in Switzerland at the end of January every year. The St. Moritz Polo World Cup features four high goal international teams playing a round robin tournament on the frozen surface of Lake St. Moritz, which “demands concentration, strength, skill, courage and stamina from both the world’s elite players and the horses”. The event attracts roughly 15,000 spectators to the famous ski resort eager to “experience experience a world of sport that combines strength, elegance, speed, pride and the traditional British love of fair play.” As an alternative closer to home, there is an annual beach polo tournament staged each April on the golden sands of the royal resort town of Hua Hin. Played in a carnival-like atmosphere, the beach polo event includes a fete and a fashion show on horseback. The tournament benefits local communities and funds raised from it are donated to royal charities.

About the author Liz Robertson lived in the Middle East for more than fifteen years and originally thought Persian rugs fussy and old-fashioned, but gradually changed her mind and became obsessed with them. The 1981 book Rugs to Riches by the late Caroline Bosly, who was the only female broker in London’s international wholesale Oriental rug market, became her bible and guided her in the buying of a silk Hunting Qum, a Tree of Life Isfahan, a fine wool Saruk, an old Kashan, a Rose & Nightingale Isfahan from the workshops of Hagighi, a renowned modern Iranian weaver, and several old tribal rugs which adorn the walls and floors of her house and are gradually becoming the heirlooms she will eventually pass on to her son and daughter.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 95


LIFESTYLE FEATURE

A PENCHANT FOR POLO Nowadays, polo is played worldwide, albeit at an amateur level in most countries, and is a regular fixture on the Asia regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sporting landscape. The BMW - B Grimm Thai Polo Open is one of the key competitions in the annual calendar. by Liam Aran Barnes

96 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 97


LIFESTYLE FEATURE

P

THE HOME TEAM THAI POLO LEFT WITH THE SPOILS AFTER A CLOSELY FOUGHT, HIGH-OCTANE FINAL.

98 | FEBRUARY 2013

olo first made its way onto the Siamese shores during the reign of Rama VII, when an entourage of Malaysia-based British sportsmen performed for Thai royalty. Due to its regal reputation, the sport of kings quickly caught on amongst the upper echelons of Thai society and to this day an association with polo remains something of a status symbol. Since the launch of the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club back in 2005, however, the sport’s reach has extended and the Kingdom’s regional reputation as a hub has flourished.


Held at the Pattaya-based club, the annual Thai Polo Open has successfully garnered recognition as one of the sporting calendar’s most prestigious events, attracting top professionals from around the region. This year’s final, which took place on a temperate January afternoon, was no different. The four competing teams, which hailed from Malaysia, China and Thailand, boasted a plethora of Argentine pros, in addition to steadfast amateurs such as club founder and B.Grimm Group CEO Harald Link.

“This year’s tournament was extremely competitive and although only four teams participated, the standard of polo was to an extremely high level,” he said. “Anybody could have beaten anybody!” As it happened, the home team Thai Polo left with the spoils after a closely fought, high-octane final that went beyond the final bell with a make-or-break penalty shot to decide the game. In the end, Harald Link’s Thai Polo hung on to a slender 1/2 goal lead to defeat Brian Xu’s Axus by 7-6 1/2. 

FEBRUARY 2013 | 99


LIFESTYLE FEATURE “It went down to the last hit of the game and we were very lucky to hold on. While the handicap is usually a good indicator of the quality of the team [Axus, the opposing team from China, had a handicap of 14 and three professionals onside], it was the team with two amateurs that won,” Link beamed. “However, polo is about being humble and this event is about much more than results.” Indeed, the charity element is a pertinent factor at the Thai Polo Open, which aims, primarily, to raise funds for the Chitralada Vocational School project. “It’s easy to do something once, but this tournament is successfully organised each year, and every year we play for a royal charity and to raise awareness of the game,” Link said, adding that last November’s ‘Pink Polo’ event was also a resounding success in attracting funds for a breast cancer charity. In addition to the charitable aspect of the tournaments, the new season has seen a notable rise in the quality of participants and the emergence of a few bright prospects for the future, according to Andy Harrison, match commentator and regular at the Thai 100 | FEBRUARY 2013

Polo Club. “It is always exciting to see 14 goal polo being played here in Thailand. To see so many high-goal Argentine players like; Gaston Moore (6), Gerado Collardin (7), Lucas Labatt (6), Dario Mussa (6) and Augustin Garcia Grossi (8), who play all over the world in the top tournaments, here at Thai Polo is a real privilege,” he said. “However, it was 17 year old Facundo Llosa a four-goal player, that was the star of the tournament this year. In one of the round matches, despite being marked by Gaston Moore a higher handicap player, Facundo managed to score 10 of his team’s 11 goals and gave them a hard fought victory. This young man has a very bright future in world polo and I am sure he will soon have a much higher handicap, and who knows, could well be a future 10-goaler.” Besides all the activity on the pitch, however, the event, especially on cup final day, remains an enthralling occasion for both fans and families, with a variety of traditional activities on offer for those of all ages to enjoy. Kids polo, promoted by co-founder


FEBRUARY 2013 | 101


LIFESTYLE FEATURE Nunthinee Tanner, is now very much a fixture at the Open, while market stalls, pony rides and the grand finale fireworks display complimented the quality of the day’s sport. “It has been a fantastic day and everybody appears to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The weather was great and while the attendance was a little smaller than last year, it means the crowd had more space to enjoy the attractions,” Nunthinee Tanner said as the sun sloped behind the nearby hills and the day’s proceedings came to a close. With the season now well underway, the majority of the Open’s participants are expected to regularly attend tournaments over the next few months, particularly the Asian Beach Polo Championship which is held in Hua Hin and celebrates the end of the campaign in April. Even players based further afield continue to view Thailand as the region’s premier polo destination. “Although I live in Hong Kong, Thailand is my polo base,” Brian Xu, captain of tournament runners-up Axus said. “It’s a great place to play and I’ll be back next month.”

102 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 103


TRAVEL 104 | FEBRUARY 2013


INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN The area of savannah and open woodland that makes up Serengeti National Park comprises some 1.5 million hectares and contains the largest herds of grazing animals in the world and the carnivores that prey on them, providing a wildlife spectacle that is second to none. Photo-journalist Tom Barrett travels to Africa and takes a walk on the wild side.

FEBRUARY 2013 | 105


TRAVEL

T

he once in a lifetime trip to Kenya and Tanzania was thoroughly eye-opening on many levels. From being a few feet away from the majestic kings of the jungle to mingling with the local Maasai people, the stunning natural environment offers constant opportunities to leave your troubles at home and become immersed in the experiences East Africa has to offer.

106 | FEBRUARY 2013


Flying into Kilimanjaro, Tanzania was definitely a highlight in itself. All that can be seen from the air is endless greenery with cascading mountains speckled with herds of native creatures. The flight soared through puffy white clouds and brushed past the elusive Mt. Kilimanjaro where countless adventure seekers arrive from across the globe to conquer the mountain on a daily basis. It felt surreal to be sitting in the comfortable plane seat looking at the natural beauty down below and imaging how the safari would pan out in such a unique and different land. The country itself has a rich history to match the majestic beauty. The name Tanzania comes from two states - Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which

united in 1964. It was then renamed the United Republic of Tanzania. Man first descended upon the region two million years ago making it one of the oldest inhabited places on Earth. Hakuna matata Upon arrival, one of the very first things witnessed was a brash convoy of one of Tanzaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top politicians. Citizens in regular cars had to dash out of the way as the convoy of 10 vehicles honked loudly and continuously to make sure everyone knew they needed right of way. This is certainly a far cry from what we are accustomed to in Bangkok when someone of importance passes through while we idle behind carefully FEBRUARY 2013 | 107


TRAVEL THE NAME TANZANIA COMES FROM TWO STATES - TANGANYIKA AND ZANZIBAR

orchestrated roadblocks. As is typical in many developing countries, the rules and laws are always flexible and it’s common in Tanzania to see trucks with way too much luggage and five passengers too many hanging off them. However, everything seems to work and the people seem to do just as they please. A little similar to how the animals want to behave — with absolute freedom. Bless the plains down in Africa The Serengeti translates to “endless plains” and is undoubtedly the most well-known national park in

108 | FEBRUARY 2013


AN EXTINCT VOLCANO WITH THE LARGEST POPULATION OF LIONS IN THE REGION

the region. Founded in 1951 and covering an area of 528,000ha, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. Its ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth and having unfenced borders allows it to be part of the annual migration of over a million wildebeests and zebras. In the jungle, the mighty jungle… The Ngorongoro Crater is home to the ‘big five’ (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino). Within a few hours, all of them can be seen in this vast area. It is actually an extinct volcano and has the largest population of lions in the region. Most of FEBRUARY 2013 | 109


TRAVEL

THE LION CLEARLY DOESN’T HAVE HALF THE INTEREST YOU DO FOR HIM

the time you feel like you’re one of only a few people on the vast plains, but once a lion feeding was spotted and tipped off on the walkie-talkies, the tour guides revved up the safari vehicles to the scene of the crime and suddenly all the other tourists become visible. The lions were not the only ones there; jackals and sneaky hyenas lined the perimeter waiting for their turn on the poor hunted zebra. …the lion sleeps tonight A life-changing experience was to sit 10 feet away from a fully-grown lion unmistakably not happy about our arrival. At first, mild panic sets in as thoughts of getting torn to pieces and eaten from head to toe crosses everyone’s mind, but then the magic moment creeps in and you realise that not many people get to do this and that the lion clearly doesn’t have half the interest you do for him. Once the heart stops pounding, the sounds from everyone’s 110 | FEBRUARY 2013


Kenya Airways Kenya Airways offers nonstop flights from Bangkok to Nairobi seven days a week. The airline also offers flights to Hong Kong and Guangzhou from Suvarnabhumi Airport. www.kenya-airways.com Somak Safaris cameras echo throughout, as we try to get that perfect shot of the king of the jungle. Enter Sandman There is a phenomenon called the Shifting Sands, which creates black crescent-shaped sand dunes in the middle of the nowhere. It took a while for our guide to find the mysterious formations. Apparently, the sand originates from a volcano and has been ‘moving’ around 10 metres per year from the wind that pushes it, yet it still manages to keep its fortune cookie shape. If that wasn’t strange enough, the sand appears to be magnetic and dropping phones or cameras on it is a surefire way to break the electronics.

Somak Safaris had everything covered when it came to accommodation throughout the trip. We stayed and dined at lodges that had spectacular views and impeccable service. At any given time, we were escorted to and from our rooms as they valued and guarded our security very highly. Much of the time was spent sitting outside on the porch and just taking in the atmosphere and the calmness that Africa allows. There is so much to absorb, even when there is nothing but silence. www.somak.com

FEBRUARY 2013 | 111


THE INTERVIEW 112 | FEBRUARY 2013


How does an Engineer-Technologist-Business Consultant become a philanthropist Maestro Conductor? RBSC Magazine met up with Chulayuth Lochotinan one sunny afternoon at his stylish condominium home in bustling Chidlom and dicovered a ‘Renaissance Man’ man of many parts. By Tuptim Malakul Lane

A

staggeringly busy young man, Chulayuth has amassed the sort of credentials that one can only dream of. Educated at Harrow School, one of the most prestigious schools in Great Britain, he was a music scholar who trained under Colin Stone for piano and Dimitar Burov for violin. Although he graduated from Oxford University with a Masters degree in Engineering, an enthusiasm for music that had developed since the tender age of 4 meant that Chulayuth’s considerable artisitc talents were always going to compete with his practical side. To be highly competent in both spheres requires a mindset that is focused, structured and logical, and the capacity to switch from using the scientific mind to the creative brain in an instant. A serious and dedicated man then, yet Chulayuth possesses a great sense of humor, a trait shines through most obviously when he is at his happiest – and that is when he is devoting himself to music. How does he see himself though... engineer, financier or maestro? The Senior Manager at Thomson Reuters, a company that provides financial information for worldwide markets, says, “Music for me is a hobby, but one I derive a great

deal of pleasure from and so it occupies a large part of my life.” And Chulayuth takes his hobby seriously, to the point where he combined his talent for finance with a passion for helping others by founding the Bangkok Charity Orchestra (BCO) in 2010. The BCO plays concerts throughout the year to raise funds for Thai charities and this philanthropic side to Chulayuth has been nurtured since his young days at Harrow and later at Trinity College, Oxford. “Throughout my upbringing and schooling I was always encouraged to do the right thing,” says the highly privileged scholar, “and the desire to give back to society continues to this day. I take charity very seriously. Its not just about donating the money, it’s also about ensuring that funds are being spent most effectively so that there are tangible benefits and concrete results.” To be a competent orchestral conductor requires good understanding of music and an ability to play at least an instrument to a high standard. The necessity of knowing musical scores by heart is also essential in order to handle the trust of an orchestra of 80 or more musicians. Most of what a conductor does is not performed in front of the FEBRUARY 2013 | 113


THE INTERVIEW general public. By the time an actual concert performance roll around, the conductor has worked out pretty much what he wants to do during hours of rehersal in the build up. “The performance itself is more a matter of getting the group of musicians to think like one person,” says Chulayuth. But musical accomplishment is certainly a joy and for Chulayuth it comes with a touching degree of humility. He says, “The ability to interpret or express music, especially that from the romantic period, requires you to have some experience of life, to have lived a little, so that you can understand and deliver what the composer wants. 114 | FEBRUARY 2013

Suffice to say that a young protégé can play a Beethoven sonata at the age of 12 but the interpretation will be different when he comes back to it at age 40.” Part artist and part scientist, orchestral conductors transform music from the page into a performance by combining timing, volume and technique and Chulayuth more than adequately encompasses these traits. To date he has conducted for internationally renowned musicians such as pianist Gustavo Romero and violinist So-Ock Kim. Romero, a pianist known for his technical performance and the interpretive depth of his playing, illustrates how Chulayuth likes to colaborate with his


principle musicians. “He was very easy to work with and he was very patient with my orchestra too. When we have an accomplished soloist, we must have mutual respect”. Even if a huge ego gets in the way? “I tend to spoil my soloist,” he smiles, “because I want them to be able to express the things that they want. For a concerto – it’s their show; for the symphony – it’s my show. If there’s a disagreement, over tempo say, we tend to flush it out without the orchestra, although we also have numerous private discussion about musical arrangements etc before the orchestra is even introduced. Romero is a very talented man, a great person to work with.”

Chulayuth’s passion for conducting comes from within but he also teaches piano, violin and music theory at Robinson School of Music, and is currently instructing an 11 year old protégé on both instruments. “She has completed Grade 8 on piano and is about to take Grade 8 on violin. She has already accomplished a lot at such a young age and I have high hopes for her,” he says enthusiastically. He goes on to explain that music is meant to communicate, that good music tugs at the listener’s emotions, and that as a conductor it is his job to interpret the music in real-time and communication those FEBRUARY 2013 | 115


THE INTERVIEW 116 | FEBRUARY 2013

interpretations to musicians via arm gestures. These arm gestures have been developed through Chulayuth’s own style and approach over time and they are important, as he explains. “A conductor leads the orchestra and during the rehearsal process he or she has to physically demonstrate playing instructions to the ensemble. This can also be done verbally during rehersals but in an actual performance in front of a paying audience, when it really counts, a conductor is silent. So, it is important that the gestures he uses are very clear in order to maintain tempo and get specific sounds.” Since its inception three years ago, over 350 musicians have contributed to the BCO’s concert performances. These concerts are strictly charity events and Chulayuth muses that it could be construed that he is using charity as a vehicle, but in reality he is using music to contribute to society in the best way he knows how. At these functions, the BCO invites someone from the charity or foundation being supported to give a short speech so the audience understands just what they are contributing to and to build awareness for that particular charity. Chulayuth is also quick point out, “I don’t necessarily pick wellknown causes either, but rather smaller recognised charities where I know the support is truly needed and can trust that the money will be used wisely.”


The musical repertoire chosen for BCO concerts is something of a balancing act. “We tend to go for pieces that are not too difficult for people to listen to but also not so over-played that music lovers will be bored by them; for pieces that are not too hard for the musicians but also not so easy that the more accomplished players find performing them tedious. And lastly, they have to pieces I like performing,” he laughs. Part of the BCO’s success is down to the truly generous sponsors, a point Chulyuth is happy to acknowledge. “Because we are committed to donating a hundred percent of what we raise, our sponsors are chosen for their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. They are dedicated to doing good and to seeing that the funds we raise together are properly utilized.” With his high powered job and teaching commitments, Chulayuth often has little time left over for rehearsals and managing the business of the BCO. However, he credits the orchestra’s very accomplished committee for ensuring all runs smoothly.

As we part I have a final query on conducting, a practical question – I have often wondered how encumbered conductors feels trying to wave their arms about while shrouded in formal white tie tailcoat. Do they ever suffer any tears to muscles or clothing, particularly during ‘busy’ pieces requiring frenetic movement? Chuckling, Chulayuth admits that he has experienced ripped jackets and a few broken batons but reveals that well tailored tailcoat is quite practical as buttons are worn undone and the arm is free to signal to the musicians. “It would be an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction moment if my suit buttons decided to give way during the climax of a symphony. I tend to mitigate this scenario by regularly exercise at the RBSC,” he laughs. You can enjoy Chulayuth and the BCO in action at their next charity concert on 28th March 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. The concert, titled ‘A Night at the Movies’, will raise funds in support of various Rotary Club of Bangkok charity initiatives. Alternatively, visit Chulayuth’s and the DCO’s websites at www.chulayuth. com and www.charityorchestra.org for more information. FEBRUARY 2013 | 117


DIRECTORY

RBSC CLASSIFIEDS EXCLUSIVE PRIME CENTRAL LONDON APARTMENT FOR SALE Brand new luxury 1, 2 or 3 Br apartments. Ready to move in now in various central London prime locations. Contact: Khun Jason at 089-9676545 RBSC Polo Club Mem No: 9900121410 SATHORN GARDENS, BRAND NEW CONDOS FOR SALE Last few, 1, 2 and 3 BR condos available for sale at attractive prices with superb facilities Contact: Khun Jason at 089-9676545 RBSC Polo Club Mem No: 9900121410 FOR SALE – ELEGANT CONDO @ SUKHUMVIT SOI 31 Foreign quota, 3 en-suite BR, 254 sqm, F/F & equipped in select building (Only 2 units per floor). Spacious L/D, Maid’s room, bright and open view from large balcony, large outdoor pool & gym. Price 16 million Baht (BHT 62,992 per sqm) Contact: David at 086-9867562 RBSC Mem No: 0187073332

WE REMEMBER Our sincere condolences are extended to the family and friends of the following RBSC Ordinary Members, Ladies’ Privileges holder and Wives of Ordinary Members who passed away recently.

RBSC Ordinary Member

Name: Mr. Ernst Jurgens

Name: Vicharn Upatising

Wives of Ordinary Members

Name: Mrs. Charunee Songkakul

Name: Mrs. Chinchom Indrakamhaeng

Ladies’ Privileges

Name: Khun Satis Indrakamhaeng

118 | FEBRUARY 2013

Name: Khun Vaidhaya Viravaidhaya

Name: Mrs.Boonsri Dunnvatanachit


Thailand’s leading sporting club, The Royal Bangkok Sports Club is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER The ideal candidate must be fluent in spoken and written Thai and English, have strong communication skills, be customer service oriented, experienced in hospitality management and be able to lead and motivate a large team. Responsibilities include security, golf course maintenance, and club operations. Relevant experience in similar capacity would be an advantage. Preferred age ranges 40 – 55. Salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications, applications including a detailed resume, references, contact phone number, present and expected salaries should be sent in writing to The General Manager - Confidential The Royal Bangkok Sports Club 1 Henri Dunant Road, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Thailand’s leading sporting club, The Royal Bangkok Sports Club is seeking a suitable candidate for the position of

Maintenance Manager The Maintenance Manager is required to oversee and coordinate the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all necessary building systems, facilities, equipment, and toxic materials. Applicants must have good management skills and be able to supervise and develop a team of 70 technical and nontechnical staff. The ideal candidate should possess a Bachelor Degree in electrical engineering; possess strong leadership skills, good administrative experience, and a good command of spoken and written English, with at least five years experience in a similar position, preferably in the hospitality industry. Responsibilities include: • Manage and continual improvement of operations, maintenance, and installation of all building systems, including electrical, air conditioning, sanitary, telephone, digital

control and sound systems throughout the Club • Oversee of all aspects of energy consumption and conservation Conduct feasibility studies, contract administration, preparation of scope of work and technical specifications, budgeting, scheduling, cost controlling, and tendering process • Review of work submitted by outside agencies/contractors to ensure accuracy and proper processes • Ensuring that the Club complies fully with all government rules and regulations • Salary will be dependent on experience and qualifications, applications including a detailed resume, references, contact phone number, present and expected salaries should be sent via email to theerapong.p@rbsc.org Closing date for applications January 15th, 2013, only short listed candidates will be contacted. FEBRUARY 2013 | 119


CULTURE CLUB

ENTER THE SNAKEâ&#x20AC;Ś Chinese New Year takes place on February 10th and while it may not be an official holiday in Thailand, the festivities and parties held throughout the country will render that a moot point.

I

n Bangkok, the party for Chinese New Year begins and ends in Chinatown with Yaowarat, the main street that runs through the neighbourhood being the focal point. This is the epicentre for the celebrations with everything from parades to fireworks to the usual assortment of food stalls fuelling the event. One of the most popular features of the Chinese New Year festivities is the historic dragon parade which sees Yaowarat overrun with the mythical creatures. There are few better ways to see the conclusion of the Year of the Dragon than by watching the dragon parade wind its way through streets of Chinatown. It is not just dragons seen dancing down the sois, however. The traditional lion dance is another joy for spectators to behold. Be careful, however, to not get the dragon dance and lion dance confused. The dragon dance normally features multiple people in costume, while the lion dance is traditionally performed by one person. 120 | FEBRUARY 2013

The streets of China town will also be full of other colourful performers and dancers to watch, as well as countless food vendors offering tasty cuisine. This is very fortunate, as there are a number of activities to avoid during Chinese New Year, include arguing with people, cleaning the house, cooking, doing dishes or tripping on any object, all of which are considered bad luck during the festivities. Eating out helps you steer clear of cooking and doing dishes, making it easier to follow some of the holidayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional rules. Cap off the night with the dazzling fireworks display over the Chao Phraya River that will leave the entire family in awe. It is a spectacular sight and a perfect way to welcome the Year of the Snake. So why not throw on some red, leave the cleaning for another day and enjoy Chinese New Year in Bangkok? You might even bring yourself some good luck in the process.


Located in the heart of the city on the fringes of the business and shopping districts, the 310 one and two bedroom suites at Anantara Bangkok Sathorn reveal the dramatic cityscape from private balconies and through floor to ceiling windows. Guests enjoy a 32 metre pool, fitness centre, tennis court and spa, and can savour local dishes, international cuisine and gourmet pizzas in stylish indoor comfort or out on the pool deck. The Kasara Lounge experience rewards discerning travellers with exclusive privileges, while a complimentary shuttle bus to the nearby sky train station and other central points provides easy access to everything Bangkok has to offer. We have 3 Anantara Bangkok Sathorn prize vouchers up for grabs in this month’s Reader Survey. First prize is a voucher for a 1 night stay for two persons in a Deluxe room (inc. breakfast for 2) worth 6,827 Baht (inclusive of tax and service charge). The voucher is valid from 1st March - 31st October 2013. Runners-up prizes are 2 vouchers, each worth 1,700 Baht, for the buffet dinner at the hotel’s 100 East dining outlet. Vouchers valid from 1st March – 31st May 2013.

READER SURVEY

CAPITAL COMFORT

To enter the draw for the vouchers, simply fill out the brief survey below, mark it for the attention of the Editor, and fax it back to Sabre Media at 0-2714-7998 before Friday, 15th February 2013. Name:............................................................................................................................... Membership No. (required):............................................................................................ Job Title:.......................................................................................................................... Sex/Age:........................................................................................................................... Address:........................................................................................................................... Tel:.................................................................................................................................... Email:............................................................................................................................... My favourite part of RBSC Magazine is:........................................................................ I enjoy reading about........(please tick boxes as appropriate): Technology Health/Beauty Travel Sports Business Art & Culture Other

FEBRUARY 2013 | 121


SIGNING OFF

By a Nose... Runners and riders give it their all to get up to the winning post at the 61st HM the Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cup horse race.

C

M

Y

CM

MY

CY

CMY

K

122 | FEBRUARY 2013


FEBRUARY 2013 | 123


124 | FEBRUARY 2013

RBSC Magazine February 2013  

RBSC Magazine February 2013

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you