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APRIL 2013 A publication of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce


04 / 2013


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Calendar of events: 2013/2014 TCCC Executives Patron:

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Officers: President – Peter van Haren Vice President – Derek van Pelt Vice President – John Stevens Treasurer – Michael Howard Secretary – Dean Outerson Executive Board: John Casella Surachit Chanovan Neil Chiu Kobsak Duangdee Nelson Hilton Michael Howard Ron Livingston Dean Outerson Jim Patterson John Stevens Peter van Haren Derek van Pelt



Wednesday, May 15, 2013; 11:30 pm – 1:30 pm Speaker Luncheon – Features Christopher G. Moore, Canadian Writer & Author Eastin Grand Hotel, 33/1 South Sathorn Rd. [Use sky-bridge from Surasak BTS Station] 800 baht – Members; 950 baht – Non Members


Wednesday, May 22, 2013; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Canuck Connections Networking Night Venue to be advised by e-flyer 200 baht – Members & Non Members


Wednesday, May 29, 2013; 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 17th Annual Business Excellence Awards (BEA) Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Ballroom Individual Price: Early Bird - 1,500 baht; Std.-1,750 baht Package Price: Early Bird -13,500 baht; Std.-15,000 baht


Saturday, June 22, 2013; 3:00 pm –10:00 pm 146th Canada Day Celebration British Club, Silom /Soi 18 Adults (13 & up) 950 baht in advance/ 1250 baht at the door Children (4-12) 450 baht in advance/ 600 baht at the door Children (3 & under) 100 baht in advance/at the door Reserved Tables: Tables of 10 can be reserved with an advance payment. Contact TCCC before Friday, June 8th


Embassy Representative: Ping Kitnikone


Sean Brady Scott Coates Sam Cohen Ali Fancy Don Lavoie Dusanee Promtan Picharn Sukparangsee

Executive Director: Randy Shockley

Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce 139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower 9th floor, Bangkok 10500 Tel: +66(0) 2266-6085-6 Fax: +66(0) 2266-6087 Email: Website:


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Hong Kong: WHEN: May 9, 2013 WHAT: "How I Started: How I Made It": How to Successfully Build an Empire of "Premium Serviced Offices" in Asia Pacific WHERE: The Executive Centre, Level 3, Three Pacific Place PRICE: HK$150 for members / HK$250 for non-members Malaysia: WHEN: May 18, 2013 WHAT: Talisman MCBC 16th Annual Maple Leaf Golf Tournament WHERE: Tropicana Golf and Country Resort PRICE: RM 400/pax, RM 1600/flight

The Voyageur is the monthly magazine of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, covering all Thai-Canadian business, legal and social news of interest to the members and others who are active in expanding Thai-Canadian bilateral trade. Editor: Randy Shockley, Executive Director, Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce


The TCCC’s 17th Business Excellence Awards The Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend its BEA gala to honor the winners of its annual business awards. This event recognizes excellence, innovation and success within the Chamber’s Thai and Canadian business community during CY 2012 and provides an opportunity for winners to showcase their achievements. Event details follow: Date: Venue: Time: Dress: Format: Price: Corp. Note:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Ballroom 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Awards Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Business Attire This year’s BEA ceremony will be an entertaining recognition and networking night with live entertainment, jazz, free drinks (beer, wine & mixed drinks) and great offering of heavy appetizers. Individual Price: Early Bird - 1,500 baht; Std.-1,750 baht Package Price: Early Bird - 13,500 baht; Std.-15,000 baht. Package includes10 tickets, two bottles of wine and reserved seating. Purchase tickets by Thursday, Friday, May 23rd to take advantage of the ‘Early Bird’ price.



Opening Ceremony

Presiding over the opening of this year’s 46th Diplomatic Red Cross Bazaar was H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross Society. The bazaar was conducted over Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Siam Paragon’s Royal Paragon Hall and represents one of Thailand’s largest charity fund raising events of the year. Mr. Phan Wannamethee, the Secretary General of Thai Red Cross Society, M.R. Priyangsri Watanakun, the Assistant Secretary General for the Fundraising Bureau and diplomatic spouses from various countries took the opportunity to welcome H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the event’s March 2nd opening ceremony.

The Event

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Traditionally, the bazaar is co-organized by the wives of the diplomatic corps and the Thai Red Cross Society and offers a wide range of signature products for sale from over 50 Embassies, stage shows including mini concerts, raffle tickets with big prizes (e.g., airline tickets, hotel vouchers, diner vouchers, etc), fun games and activities. Proceeds donated by the various participating embassies and companies at the conclusion of the event are then used for charitable projects run by the Thai Red Cross Society. The entrance ticket is a great value at 50 Baht and includes an entry in the bazaar’s lucky draw.

Food for Thought

The bazaar also offers a great product exposure opportunity given that it attracts over 40,000 plus attendees annually. In today’s market, it’s difficult to imagine the cost of generating floor traffic in excess of 40,000 over a two days period, let alone traffic that is highly predisposed to making some type of purchase, but that’s exactly what this event offers. As one astute shopper from British Columbia noted, “The size of this crowd reminds me of the Adams River’s great Sockeye run of 2010”. I’m really not sure if that’s a valid comparison, but most booth participants can attest to the fact that we experienced wall-to-wall shoppers for the better part of Saturday. Sunday’s sales environment was more subdued as a result of this year’s Bangkok’s governor election. While we’re touching on the subject of fish, we did observe one Nordic country turning over a significant inventory of smoke salmon at the bazaar. I think Derek is now very eager to throw his line into the water to test this market segment with an even better product, Canadian Salmon. For 2013, the Embassy of Canada and the Thai Canadian Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) worked together to sponsor two booths featuring Canadian products for sale from five local companies. Our booth’s product offering included: organic cereals, organic jams, maple syrup, maple sugar, maple ice wine cream cookies, blue berry syrup, various other types of cookies and crackers, beautifully designed costume jewelry and Whistler glacial spring water to name a few. Given the strong community support for this event and the high levels of consumer traffic, it clearly an outstanding opportunity to showcase new or existing Canadian products. To gain additional insights, please take a few minute to looking over the TCCC’s 2013 event photos which are featured with this article. If your company would like to be considered for a spot in Canada’s 2014 booth or wishes to donate a prize or sample products to the event’s lucky draw, then please contact Mrs. Chantal Meager or TCCC Vice President, Derek van Pelt at

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he King who gave birth to the Thai Red Cross - In Year 112 of the Rattanakosin Era (1893), a territorial dispute between France and Siam over land on the left bank of the Mekhong River resulted in many casualties on both sides. Because there was no charitable organization to help alleviate their suffering, Thanpuying Plien Pasakornravongs gathered together a group of female volunteers and proposed to Queen Sawang Wadhana that His Majesty the King's permission be sought to set up "The Red Unalom Society of Siam," the purpose of which was to help relieve the suffering of injured soldiers. His Majesty King Chulalongkorn's response to the proposal was favorable. He offered his support and allowed for funds totaling 443,716 baht, an enormous sum at the time, to be collected. His Majesty the King also appointed Queen Sawang Wadhana as "the mother of the Society", Queen Saovabha Bhongsri as "the Society's President", and Thanpuying Plien Pasakornravongs

as "the Society's Secretary". Thanpuying Plien was a modern, creative, intelligent and far-sighted woman, and it was she who initiated Red Cross activities in Siam. His Majesty King Chulalongkorn appreciated the intention and dedication of Thanpuying Plien. He understood how the creation of "The Red Unalom Society" could contribute to efforts to modernize the kingdom. Therefore, His Majesty granted permission to found the organization on April 26, 1893, which is known as the Thai Red Cross Society Foundation Day. Another major milestone in the history of the Society in Thailand came when King Vajiravudh passed through Japan on his way home from England, where he had completed his studies. His Majesty, then the Crown Prince, was deeply impressed by the work of the Japanese Red Cross Hospital. He believed that the creation of a similar hospital in Thailand would be tremendously beneficial to the people and the country. Thus, upon the death of his father, King Chulalongkorn, King Vajiravudh, together with his brothers and

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sisters, decided to raise funds from Royal donations and from the Red Unalom Society for the construction of a hospital belonging to the Red Cross Society of Siam on the King's private land. Completed in 1914, the hospital was named the "King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital" by King Vajiravudh in honor of his father. The names "Red Unalom Society" and "Red Cross Society" were used alternately until 1910 when the name "Red Unalom Society" disappeared and the Society became known as the Siamese Red Cross Society. Later this was changed to the Thai Red Cross Society. The Thai Red Cross was officially recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross on May 27, 1920, and was accepted as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the former League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) on April 8, 1921. (History’s Source: Thai Red Cross Society website -


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1. H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn reviewing product displays 2. Traffic in front of Canadian booth following the opening ceremony 3. Photo of Canadian booth prior to kick-off 4. Sample of Saturday’s floor traffic 5. Crofter’s Organic Jams 6. Canadian costume jewelry 7. Nature’s Path organic cereals 8. Canadian Maple Syrups were in high demand 9. Barbara’s organic cereals 10. Canada’s Whistler glacial spring water April 2013


Member Profile


The Koll Group represents a tenant or a buyer’s best interests in negotiating against landlords or sellers; it is paid by the tenant or the buyer, based on performance, and the more money it saves its clients, and the more benefits it accrues for its client, the better the fee. It’s the opposite model of the traditional real estate agent, or landlord broker, where they are paid a fee by the building owners, and rely on owners internationally for the bulk of their revenues. Koll believes that the exclusive tenant representation model is the only way to avoid conflicts of interest, and achieve the best deal for the tenant, who, after all, is the one that’ll be paying for the premises for years to come. Koll does not represent landlords in any aspect of their business. Koll does however represent buyers of property when they are looking for development sites such as hospitals, offices or hotels, either to occupy themselves or as an investment. Then Koll will assist in finding the best sites and structuring the right purchase or lease deal for the investor. Koll will provide contacts, advisory services, feasibility reports and carry out and consult on due diligence on: the land title, the local demographics, market conditions and comparatives, as well as the likely financial projections into the future - this is what Koll is doing in Burma now. Koll’s Managing Director is Simon Milliard. He came to Bangkok in 1991, working for Christiani & Neilsen, which is where he met his wife, who was also working for the company at the time (his dad just happened to be the CEO). Simon worked in the business development side of the company focusing on Asia, and in 1994 moved to Vietnam, opening Christian & Neilsen’s office in Saigon, quickly established five property developTetra Park Ho Chi minh City

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ment sites in the country. His responsibilities included market research, feasibility studies and working with ING Barings, Freshfields and PWC compiling a very detailed prospectus for investors. Once complete, Simon and the Harmony team planned and presented to potential funders throughout the Asian region. The Harmony property portfolio was due to be listed in Canada, but the Asian economic crisis in 1997 saw the investors’ appetite for further investment in the Harmony Property Group dry up. The main players in the Harmony Group were Christiani & Neilson and Siam Commercial Bank’s Saturn Fund. In 1997, Simon switched jobs and joined the East Asia Property Group, as their marketing and leasing director. The Group developed The Metropolitan office tower in Saigon and Simon says, “I still think it’s one of the best buildings in Southeast Asia.” It’s a grade-A office building, located on the Cathedral Square, where the HSBC has its HQ, opposite the Ministry of Culture at the very top of Dong Khoi Street, Saigon’s most famous shopping street. Simon was in charge of the marketing and leasing for the building until 1999 when his position was localized. Luckily for him, Nike Vietnam, the country’s biggest international tenant at the time, contacted him about renting at the Metropolitan (they were at the Landmark then), Simon told them that he was now on his own and representing tenants (luckily for them!), but that he could save them US$3-5 million over a five-year period and move them to better premises. Nike was so happy with the results and the methodology that they then asked him to do Nike Guangzhou and, after that, Nike Bangkok (Koll has also carried out projects in Taipei, the Philippines, & throughout Indochina and South-East Asia).

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The Koll Group was formed through a merger with Alpha Management Services Ltd and Koll (Thailand) Ltd in 2001. Although Koll (Thailand) Ltd. and Alpha were formerly “full service” real estate service providers, both companies specialized in corporate real estate services to a MNC client base. This synergy between the two led to Koll becoming the region’s first and only “exclusively” tenant/buyer representation company. Simon was in Vietnam full time for 12 years, where he and his wife also ran a Thai restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City; but Simon felt that Thailand was his home. He speaks Thai, his wife is Thai, and his son his half Thai; so they came back to Thailand to live in 2006. Simon explains exactly what Koll does, “We do a needs analysis in terms of budget, space and operation requirements, and then put together a spread sheet, and compare costs per square metre with a quality score for each building and then we establish an overall value for money score. We disqualify buildings that don’t make a high enough score.” Koll factors in things like electricity, space efficiency, fit-out costs, management and legal fees, lift speeds (how many hours are wasted waiting for the lift?), how close is the building to public transport, what does visitor and staff car parking cost, basically, every possible cost you can imagine. Simon will help each tenant pick four or five key factors for the quality analysis; these could be; quality of building management, image, security, or health & safety. Technical issues are very important; He cites “sick

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Nike Bangkok – Brainstorming Room Nike Bangkok - Corridor building syndrome”, as an example, where the building doesn’t have enough ventilation or enough fresh air coming in, so the same stale air goes around and around the building and people get sick, or the hygiene in the air-conditioning system isn’t properly monitored so people can conceivably get Legionnaire’s Disease. When it comes to the CCTV system, for example, Simon will check how many cameras are monitored, by whom, if there are motion detectors, and how long the recordings are kept? Simon also checks if the company rotates its security guards regularly and he says if the company doesn’t give him answers or proper access to data, he will give them the worst score possible in the analysis. He also interviews other tenants and asks them what they think is good and bad about the building in question from their experience on the premises. Simon says he looks at the commercial aspects of a lease agreement in much more detail than a landlord agent will, looking at things like expansion clauses, which allow clients to expand within a certain period of time, allowing them to pay the same rate as the original lease, or less if the market’s dropped. He also does contraction and

renewal clauses, capping maximum rent increases. The client must have flexibility in their lease. If they get stuck and need to expand too quickly the building could conceivably charge them double the rent. Simon tries to legislate against that in the lease by being as flexible as possible. There’s usually a term in the lease, if the owner doesn’t perform, the tenant doesn’t have to pay. Koll is part of ITRA (the International Tenant Representatives Alliance) Global. This is an international tenant representation organization, and Koll is its only member in Asia. ITRA has a stringent set of membership criteria, and prior to acceptance Simon had to fly to London and do a presentation in front of the entire group at their international conference. There’s no legislation in Asia to protect tenants. As far as Simon knows, Koll is the only company doing exclusively tenant/buyer representation in this part of the world; the company is certainly the only fully accredited member of ITRA Global in the region. Simon has nine staff in Bangkok, and three in Vietnam, including an office manager, and soon he will have an office in Myanmar. He does 95 percent of the negotiating him-

Koll’s Services:


Koll has developed a unique software tool for the analysis of a company’s exact requirements from the property. The software is unique in the market place and is the source of a definite competitive advantage to both Koll and the client in question. Initially a series of technical questionnaires will be sent out to key staff in the organization in order to conduct a situational analysis of the company’s existing utilization of “space” and the key personnel’s expectations and requirements regarding the “space” into the future. The above questionnaires and the information gleaned from meetings with management regarding the proposed transaction, e.g. location, grade, specific services, etc,, are loaded into the software and analyzed. The combined commercial scores (real costs per useable square metre) and quality/techni-

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Property market research for all forms of real estate Strategic planning and execution of negotiations on leases (either renewal or new) Thorough analysis of all aspects of the real estate transaction Deal structuring and negotiation (for tenants/buyers only) Project management (for our tenant/ buyer clients only) Facility management (for tenant/owner occupiers only) Design services (via strategic alliances) Acquisitions and disposals of Investment Properties Commercial, industrial, retail and residential lease management services (on tenant side, exclusively) Property Development Consultancy Services

self, and only takes on two or three major clients a year. Simon also handled the TCCC’s lease renewal negotiation at Sethiwan Tower on Pan Road; it was the smallest job he has ever done. With Simon, the size of the retail space doesn’t matter so much, but for office space he’d prefer to do a minimum size of 250sqm. That said, if the company has a good brand, he’d consider taking the job, especially if it has multiple office locations. Summing up, Simon says, “I can’t think of another industry where you would allow the competition’s representative to represent your best interests, and the worst job he did for you the more he gets paid, which is exactly what the real estate business here does. When they show you a prospective property, they are just a taxi service; they take you there, turn the lights on, open the door and quote you a price.” Koll’s fee structure is designed to ensure that the payment reflects the performance and results achieved by Koll, Koll is paid by the client and never by the “other side”, Koll will find the most cost effective and practical solutions available to.your company. To learn more, please visit Koll Thailand’s website at:

cal scores for each option are evaluated to give an overall “value for money” score. This score takes into account the client’s specific requirements down to the smallest detail and thus acts as a very accurate and objective guide to the standing of each option at every stage of the negotiating process. At this point detailed request for proposals (RFP’s) are prepared and submitted to each of the options best suiting the company’s requirements and are under consideration. The RFP that is submitted will include every commercial consideration specific to the transaction and is combined with “Koll’s Technical Questionnaire”. Koll then recommends the best final choice for the tenant.

April 2013


Voyageur sits down with

Andrew Recently a crew from Discovery Channel Canada got in touch with TCCC member company Siam Wheels about support for a documentary they were shooting about traffic in Thailand. After the shoot, Voyageur had the opportunity to sit down with the Canadian host of the documentary, Andrew Younghusband.

Andrew and his crew in front of Derek van Pelt’s Siam Wheels shop


ndrew was born in Canberra, Australia, where his father was working on his PhD and the family moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, when he was seven. He tells people “not to trust Google because Wikipedia says I was born in 1971 in St. John’s, but I was actually born in Canberra in 1970.” His parents are curious folk, but not remarkably funny: his father a scientist, his mother a nurse. In high school, he had a young drama teacher named Lois Brown, still a friend, who insisted that all her students write their own plays, instead on doing set pieces. This is what sparked Andrew into writing his own material. When he was 17, he moved out of his parent’s house and started working in the theatre professionally, forming a sketch comedy troupe with Rick Mercer and two other high-school friends, renting out the St. John’s community theatre to perform shows. As Newfoundlanders tend to be the brunt of other Canadians jokes, did he poke fun at other Canadians: “We called the rest of Canada, Canada, we didn’t really think we were from there. If you were going to Toronto, you were going to Canada. Canada wasn’t on our radar; we were just making ourselves laugh”. How did Andrew and his troupe get started and what was their inspiration? “We wrote our first sketch comedy play in a room, which we rented for a dollar an hour, next to where CODCO* was working on their first television show,” says Andrew; “They’re

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gods, Mary Walsh (she later created “This Hour has 22 minutes”, a parody of the nightly news that would poke fun at Canadian and international politics.) Mary's a comedic hero; she’ll go down as a Canadian comic legend, other CODCO members included Andy Jones, Greg Malone and Tommy Sexton. It was CODCO that convinced us that we could do professional comedy because they were doing professional comedy. They were telling us we were good enough to be on TV, and we knew that they should know, because they already were on TV themselves.” “First and foremost, Newfoundland is story-telling culture; to this day, if you go to someone’s house in rural Newfoundland, they are not going to ask you if you want to see a movie, they are going to tell you a story. It’s a drop-in culture, the phone never rings, and the door opens up twenty times a day.” Andrew’s latest project (which remains unnamed but is going by the working title “Car Course”) is what brought him to Bangkok. Filming in Delhi, Bangkok, Manila, Ulaanbaatar, Mexico City and Lima, he is going to cities with the most dangerous traffic to drive as many vehicles as he can in one week with the simple goal of acquiring enough skills to navigate the city that he finds himself in. In Delhi, he drove with a cab driver, starting in one market and trying to get to another market without breaking any laws and keeping everything safe. In Thailand he tried his hand at delivering food by motorcycle in Chinatown. There will be six one-hour shows, that will

air in Canada this summer, and Andrew’s also going to shoot the ninth season of Canada’s Worst Driver when he goes back to Canada, they’ll start shooting in June and it will air from October-December. Another show that Andrew was involved in was called Canada’s Worst Handyman, which Andrew wrote, produced and hosted. He says that he eventually hit a wall after having no time off for six years and so last year he took a four-month bike ride from Cairo to Cape Town to try and recoup from a gruelling film schedule. Andrew quit Handyman to get some quality time, but when he was offered “Car Course”, “it was just too exciting and too cool a gig to say no to”. For Canada’s Worst Driver, Andrew’s boss, Guy O’Sullivan, was the original director on the original British production for Mentorn. He married a Canadian woman and moved to Canada, where he then redesigned the show; in England, it was just about laughing at the bad drivers, but in Canada it was going to air on the Discovery Channel, which, because it was an educational channel, said it didn’t want to just laugh at the bad drivers, it wanted to teach them something and see how well they learned. The show also changed from a thirty-minute to a one-hour format. For the show Tall Ship Chronicles, Andrew was at sea for 18 months on Picton Castle, which circumnavigated the world. Recalling that adventure, he says, “I’d been fishing a few times, but never been to sea, and was literally thrown into the eye of the storm, it was an old-school square rigger in every aspect,

Younghusband BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Younghusband is probably best known as the host of Discovery Channel Canada’s most popular show, Canada’s Worst Driver, but he’s been in show business for years. He began his career at age 15 as a stage actor in St. John's, Newfoundland. He then branched out into different media and different formats, including radio and television, filling roles in both writing positions and as an on-air personality. He has worked in serious and comedic roles, as well as documentary, reality, and news productions. By the time he was nineteen, he landed his first role in the motion picture Understanding Bliss. He later branched out into television after making several guest appearances in various series like The Outer Limits and Black Harbour. One of his comedic appearances was an on-stage and television appearance at the Halifax Comedy Festival. His early television writing duties were in comedic environments, but recently he has written for the two Andrew Younghusband, host of two popular Canadian Discovery channel shows Canada's Worst reality series. In 1999, he was co-creator, writer and actor in the short-lived Canadian series Dooley Gardens, playing the role of homicidal exyou’d be ninety feet up the mast pulling in a con Zamboni driver, Tracy. Later that year, he began hosting and co-wrote a Salter Street canvas sail by hand with no safety net. When production called Foodessence, which lasted 65 episodes. The Gemini award-winning I jumped on board the cook was frying eggs Foodessence explored how, why, and what we eat through anthropology, social-science, with one hand, loading coal with the other”. history and science. The reality-based and historical aspects of the show seemed to signal “I’ve never been out of work, but I think the beginning of a change of direction for Younghusband's career. it’s because of the diversification: I’ve been a In 2000, he earned critical acclaim for his role in the film Violet, as Carlos, the brilliant, writer, actor, producer, written sit-coms, did gay son of the title character played by Mary Walsh. The film, set in Newfoundland, was everything to be on camera or be a profesfirst screened in August 2000 at the Montreal Film Festival. sional story teller and nothing was beneath Salter Street was purchased by Alliance Atlantis, and after the completion of his work me, I even worked for a newspaper for a on Foodessence, he signed up to participate in a new Life Network reality TV production while, did a lot of opinion pieces.” called Tall Ship Chronicles. At the end of the day, Andrew’s a story Departing Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in December 2000 on a 19-month, around the teller, “I’ve had a weird eclectic career, and world voyage, Younghusband became a crew member of the barque Picton Castle. On I really like that I’ve done in many different board were the captain and nine other professional crew members, along with 35 trainees capacities, whether it be radio, stage, TV and including Younghusband. Although he was the narrator of the program, he also had to act film. As long as I can keep myself curious, I’m as a bona-fide member of the crew who was required to live under 19th-century conditotally comfortable with what comes along.” tions. During the voyage, the footage was aired (beginning in June 2001) as a 16-part Andrew lives in Toronto, but owns a documentary on the Life Network, and later on other networks like the UK incarnation house in Newfoundland, and that’s where of the Travel Channel. Younghusband had made a guest appearance on the Topsailhis parents and brother live. produced series Black Harbour in 1998. It was a real pleasure to sit down with Younghusband appeared on CBC Newsworld regularly in a segment called Inside Andrew and catch up with a Canadian doing Media, in which he shows a talent for political satire. In 2004, he hosted a national radio work in Thailand on a short term basis and we show on CBC 1 & 2 called Crank It Up. hope he and the Discovery crew come back Following his experiences in the genre, Younghusband has since worked frequently again soon. If you’re back in Canada, keep in reality TV. He hosted and co-wrote the 2005 series Canada's Worst Driver, which has your eye on Discovery Channel and you just run for eight seasons. He was also the host of Canada's Worst Handyman, seasons 1 might catch a glimpse of Bangkok. through 6. **** CODCO was a Canadian comedy Both take the most horrendous examples from Canada's population as nominated by troupe from Newfoundland, best known for their family and friends and tries to teach them how to perform these tasks safely while a sketch comedy series which aired on CBC simultaneously teaching the same skills to the viewers. Television from 1987 to 1992. Founded as a Andrew currently lives in Toronto, Ontario and had been nominated in 2005 for a Gemini theatrical revue in 1973, CODCO drew on the Award in the category of Best Writing in an Information Program or Series for Canada's province's cultural history of self-deprecating Worst Driver. "Newfie" humour, frequently focusing on the cod fishing industry. The troupe's name was an abbreviation for "Cod Company". April 2013


Community News

Hong Kong Tigers Capture City of Angels tourney T Photography by Naz Brown






1. The Championship Team , the Hong Kong Tigers 2. Flying Farangs Jason Salituri dazzles with some stickwork 3. Goalie Lance Parker stares down opponent 4. Flying Farangs’ Czech tank Vladimir Prochazka 5. Hong Kong Tiger Greg Symth taking up residence in Bangkok

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he 9-man Hong Kong Tigers certainly proved their mettle defeating the host Bangkok Flying Farangs 4-1 to take the tier one title at the City of Angels Oldtimers tournament, held this past weekend in Bangkok. The tournament, for players aged 35 and up, was staged at The Rink, located on the 7th floor of the Central Grand Rama IX shopping mall and the Rink’s management crew did a good job of keeping the ice ready despite the heavy schedule of morning to late-night matches and Bangkok’s torrid heat, which hovered around 40 degrees Celsius at times. The 19-team tourney was s divided into two conferences (International and Recreational) with the International, or Elite, conference featuring six teams in two divisions (Southwest and Northwest), and the Recreational conference featuring thirteen teams spread over four divisions (North, South, East & West). The Open Southwest Division saw the Kuala Lumpur Cobras and the Hong Kong Tigers play against the Singapore Manimals while the Open Southeast Division featured the Flying Farangs, the Dubai Mighty Camels and the Oz Grizzlys. Recreational play saw the Flying Farang B team square off against the New Delhi Sacred Cows, the Singapore Hawkers and the Hong Kong Coors Light team in the South Division, while in the East division pitted the Toyko Canadians against the Moscow Ruby Stars and the North of 60-Niners. The North Division was made up of the Jakarta Dragons, the Jellonas Finland squad and the Singapore Rusty Blades. Recreational West saw the Dhahran Saad Falcons face off against the Beijing Capitalists and the Swiss Select 70. After the initial round-robin player all the teams were re-seeded and did battle for four trophies, named tier one through four. The tier four championship saw the Swiss squad defeat the New Delhi Sacred Bulls 2-0 in a close contest. The tier three championship saw Dhahran take down Tokyo 5-2. The most exciting final was the tier two championship between the Moscow Ruby Stars and the Singapore Hawkers. Down 1-0; Singapore tied the game with 34 seconds left on the clock sending the match into overtime (four minutes long with teams skating four on four). Then halfway through the overtime the Russians scored on a beautiful slapshot from the high-slot earning the victory. The Farangs who were undefeated heading into the Tier one final just didn’t have any jump even though they had six more skaters than Hong Kong. Aside from a brief flurry in the third period when captain Geoff McIntyre scored on a nice goal for Bangkok, the Tigers controlled the play and long time Tiger player Greg Smyth (whose brother Brad played in the NHL), lead the way Hong Kong with a hat trick and Tiger keeper Grant Phillips was very steady between the pipes when called upon. The Farangs who lost to the Finnish team, Ukkometsot, in the final last year had to settle for second overall. The oldest player in the tourney was Swiss player Roland Schaer who celebrated his 70th birthday in Bangkok while the tourney was on. Tournament organizer Scott Whitcomb and his team at Jogsports did a good job of running the event and the Amari Boulevard staged the closing party, which included a live band. For more info go to

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Quebec team takes 19th Mekong Cup



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French-Canadian team travelling all the way from Montreal, Quebec, won the 19th Mekong Cup, held recently at the Centara Karon Resort Phuket. The team from Quebec had only eight players, including a goalie — less than two full lines — while most teams played with three full lines of four players each, plus a goalie. It was thought that the intense Phuket heat would cause early fatigue for the Quebecois squad, but the team has played around the world, including tournaments in the Caribbean, and they surprised everyone with their skill and stamina. The Quebec team beat the defending champs the Singapore Chili Crabs 8-4 in the final. The Quebec squad, which finished second in the five-team round robin tourney, defeated the Bangkok-based Thai Stix squad 5-3 in one semi-final, while the Chili Crabs defeated the Hong Kong Islanders 9-3 in the other semi to set up the final series. Actually, three teams, the Chili Crabs, the Thai Stix and Quebec, finished with identical 3-1-0 records after round-robin play but goal differential saw the Chili Crabs seeded first, the Quebec team second and the Thai Stix third, with Hong Kong coming in fourth, as they defeated Team ASEAN 6-3 in their match-up to claim a lone victory and the final play-off spot. Team ASEAN, was thrown together at the last minute, and the team was composed of players from Bangkok, Singapore, Phnom Penh and Phuket. They tried hard, but lost every game they played. Tourney organizer and referee John Casella had his hands full in this one, particularly in the semi-final between Bangkok and Quebec where things looked like they would turn very ugly. After a long day of intense competition under the Phuket sun, tempers have been known to flare in the Mekong Cup playoffs and the 19th instalment of this annual ball hockey classic was no exception. Fortunately, the gloves stayed on at all times and the worst that was exchanges were some nasty words in both English and French. Casella called a longer-than-usual timeout at half-time of the game and encouraged both teams to dial it down a notch and it worked as play wasn’t so heated in the second half. The Quebec team goes under the moniker Team Coupe Burrows, because of their relationship with Vancouver Canuck winger Alex Burrows, who has been twice named the international ball hockey player of the year. On hand observing the tournament was Vit Rezac of the ISBHF (International Street and Ball Hockey Federation). Before the tournament, he gave a brief presentation to the captains of what the organization does to promote the sport of ball hockey around the world. During the banquet dinner, it was announced that John Casella had been named the first member of the newly-formed Southeast Asian Ball Hockey Hall of Fame. The Mekong Cup has been held for nineteen years, the first seventeen were staged at the Amari Coral Beach Resort in Patong, while the last two have been held at the Centara Karon Resort. Management and staff at the Centara, especially GM Darren Shaw, deserve kudos for staging a great event.

Mac flying 1995 – Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur (co-champions) 1996 – Singapore Chili Crabs 1997 – Kuala Lumpur Cobras 1998 – Kuala Lumpur Cobras 1999 – Singapore Chili Crabs 2000 – Bangkok Thai Stix 2001 – Bangkok Thai Stix 2002 – Bangkok Thai Stix 2003 – Singapore Chili Crabs 2004 – Bangkok Thai Stix 2005 – Hong Kong Islanders 2006 – Hong Kong Nordiques 2007 – Hong Kong Islanders 2008 – Hong Kong Islanders 2009 – Hong Kong Islanders / HKL-MJM Petrzalka 2010 – HKL-MJM Petrzalka 2011 – Hong Kong Islanders 2012 – Singapore Chili Crabs 2013 – Montreal Coupe Burrows April 2013


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Maid in Thailand A tri-lingual guide to dealing with your household help and them with you.


risten Evelyn Rossi, owner of Travel Easy Asia and the author of Maid in Thailand shares some insight into the domestic challenges of expat life in the preface of her new book that launched in December of last year. Moving to a foreign country like Thailand is a wonderful adventure, but it is not without its challenges. It can be a very exciting but also overwhelming time, especially when you have never lived in Asia or in Thailand for that matter; and everything from the character of the people, to the weather, to the language and the food are all completely different from what you are used to.

The language barrier that many expats face when moving abroad can cause great frustration, making you laugh on the best of days but leaving you in tears when you have reached your limit. Although many expats that move to Thailand are elated to know they can afford domestic help, sometimes the reality is a complete and total melt-down when you cannot make yourself understood dealing with the simplest of tasks. To top it off, if you think you are frustrated, just think about how your help feels! Miscommunication can leave you both with quite the mess to clean up. As a fellow expat, I came here and was fortunate enough to be able to hire help. Our household help was hardworking, kind, intelligent, but because of the language barrier (I spoke English, she spoke Burmese and we both spoke limited Thai!) making myself understood was often a headache, especially in the kitchen! When it came to preparing meals from 'home' I found myself printing out two copies of a recipe, one for myself and one for her; then going through the recipe, physically showing each item and asking her to write down the Burmese translation next to the English word. This got old fast! Thus came the idea to create a trilingual cookbook for both foreigners and Thais in Thailand. During this process good friends Duangkamon Khattiya and Dennie Cody suggested, why not go

Cinnamon Couscous with Dried Fruit & Onions

ซินน่ะม่อน คูซ้ คูซ วิธ ดราย ฟรุท้ แอนด์ อันยัน่

Ready in 20 minutes, serves 4 Ingredients 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup water 1 cup couscous 1 cup mixed chopped dried fruit (suggestions: cranberries, apricots, and raisins, figs) 1 chicken or vegetable bullion cube 1 teaspoon mint (optional) Directions Heat oil over medium heat, add onions and until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add dried fruit, 3 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ginger; stir to coat. Add water and bullion cube; bring to boil. Remove skillet from heat, stir in couscous Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Optional (sprinkle with mint).

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เสร็จภายใน 20 นาที สําหรับ 4 ที่ ส่วนผสม: อบเชยป่น 3 ช้อนชา ขิงบด 1 ช้อนชา น้ํามันมะกอก 1 ช้อนโต๊ะ หัวหอมสับ 1 ถ้วยตวง น้ําเปล่า 1 ถ้วยตวง เม็ดคู้ซคูซ 1 ถ้วยตวง ผลไม้แห้งรวม 1 ถ้วยตวง สับ ซุปไก่หรือผักก้อน 1 ก้อน (ผลไม้แนะนํา คือ แครนเบอรี่ เอ๊พพริค็อท ลูกเกด มะเดื่อ) ใบสะระแหน่สับ 1 ช้อนชา (แล้วแต่ชอบ) วิธีทํา: ตั้งกระทะหรือหม้อบนความร้อนปานกลาง เติมน้ํามัน มะกอก แล้วนําหัวหอมลงผัดประมาณ 5 นาที หรือจน หัวหอมเริ่ม จะเป็นสีน้ําตาล ใส่ผลไม้แห้ง อบเชย ขิง ตามลงไป คนให้เข้ากัน เติมน้าํ เปล่าและซุปก้อน รอจนเดือด ยกกระทะหรือหม้อออก จากเตา เติมเม็ดคู้ซคูซลงไป แล้วคนให้ทั่ว ปิดฝาทิ้งไว้ 5 นาที โรยหน้าด้วยใบสะระแหน่ถ้าชอบ

‘all the way’ and make the book a complete guide to having as well as working as, domestic staff. After many days and nights of brainstorming, writing and re-writing, editing and translating, the book has arrived! Maid in Thailand was created to help both yourself and your 'help’ help each other thrive in the most intimate and vital area of your life; your home! Enjoy our complimentary recipe on page ___ and for more information on where to get your copy of Maid in Thailand (420THB), visit or email

 ࠘߿࠰ࡤߺ࠭ࠏࠥࠧ࠯ߺࠥࠧࡹ߿࠰ߺࠥࠧࡹ߿࠰ࡵ࠴߾࠰࠮࠘߿࠰࠘ࠦ࠯ࠩ࠲߻ࠤߺ࠰ࡤߺߺ࠰࠘࠳ࠎ࠰ࠎࠦ ࠷࠵ࠓࠥࠎ߿࠰ࠛࠊ࠳߾࠰࠯ࠛࠀ߾࠰࠘߾࠰࠮࠲ࠐ߿࠰ࠓࠄ࠰ࡀࠖࠨ࠹ࠞࠦ࠯߿ࠤ࠯࠘࠭ࠧ࠯ࡵࠥࠧ߾࠘ ࠰ ࠄ࠰ࡀ  ࠏࠣ࠵߾࠰࠘ࠄ࠰࠮ࠏ߿ࡋࠄ࠰࠯ࠓ࠱ࠤ࠯ ࠘߿࠰ࡤߺ࠭ࠏࠥࠧ࠯ࠛࠓ࡮ࠎ࠰ࡹࠖߺ࠰ࠐߺ࠰ࠕࠄ࠰ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯࠷ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯ ࠘࠭ࠖ࠳߾࠰ࠀࠦ߿ࠤ࠯ࠏ࠳ࠊ ࠪ ߾࠰ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯࠶ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯ ࠩࠕ࠶߻࠳ߺ࠰ ࡵࠧࠊ࠰ࡵࠧࠊ࠰߿߾࠰࠯ࠋࠤ࠯࠘ࠄ࠰࠮࠘߿࠰࠘ࠦ࠯ࠩ࠲߻ࠤߺ࠰ࠛ߿࠭ࠧ࠶߻࠳ߺ࠰ ࠛࡤߺ࠭࠲ࠏࠫ߻࠱ߺ࠰ߺࠕࠓ࠰ࠒࠔ࠰ࠕࠦ࠘ࠦ࠯࠿࠘߿࠰ࡤߺࠤ࠯࠘ࠦ࠯࠿߿࠲ࠏ߿࠰࠘ࠦ࠯ࡵ࠴߾࠰࠮࠘ࠐࠎ࠰࠯ࠊࠔ࠰࠘ࠦ࠯ࠩ࠲߻ࠤߺ࠰ࠓ࠱ࠤ࠯  ࡤߺߺ࠰࠘ࠥࠧࡹࠓ࠙ࠧࠊ࠰࠙߾࠰࠯࠘ࠦ࠯࠙߾࠰࠯ࠕ࠳ߺࠀ ࠰ ࠦࠊ࠭ࠧ࠯࠶ࠊ࠭ࠧ࠯ ߼࠱߾࠰࠯ࠛࠓ࡮ࠎ࠰ࡹࠖߺ࠰ࠐߺ࠰ࠕࠄ࠰ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯࠶ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯ ࡵࠧࠊ࠰ࡵࠧࠊ࠰߿߾࠰࠯ࠋࠤ࠯࠘ࠄ࠰࠮ࡤߺߺ࠰࠘࠳ࠎ࠰ࠎࠦ࠶߻࠳ߺ࠰ ࠒࠤࠖࠦࠀࠎ࠰࠘ࠥࠧࡹࠓ࠙ࠧࠊ࠰ࠏࠪࠖ࠭ࠧ࠯߾ࠔ࠰ࠓ࠱ࠤ࠯ߺ࠱ࠥࠊ࠰ࠋࠤ࠯࠘ࠄ࠰࠮ࠛࠓ࡮ࠎ࠰ࡹ࠶߻࠳ߺ࠰ ࡦߺࠥࠫߺ࠰ࠖ࠴࠱߾࠰ࠋࠄ࠰࠮ࠕࠎ࠰ ࠏࠨ߿ࠦࠎ࠭ࠕ࠳ߺ࠰ࠖߺ࠰ࠐߺ࠰ࠕࠄ࠰࠶ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯  ࠖࠧࠏ࠰ࠩࠀࠤ߾࠰ࠕࠎ࠰ ࠛ࠘߾࠰࠮ࠛࠊ߾࠰࠮ࠓࠦ࠯࠲ࠐ߾࠰࠮ࠀࠦߺࠥࠧࠛࠏࠨࠩࠏ࠯ࠏࠣࡀࡤߺߺ࠰࠘࠳ࠎ࠰ߺࠥࠧࠄࠥࠫࠖࠤ࠘ࠄ࠰ࠛࠋࠥ࠺ࠓࠥࠎ߿࠰߻ࠎ࠰ࡹࠀࠦ࠘ࠊ࠰ࠏࠣࡀ ࠘߿࠰࠘ࠦ࠯ࠩ࠲߻ࠤߺ࠰ࠓ࠱ࠤ࠯࠿࠘߿࠰ࡤߺ࠭ࠏࠥࠧ࠯ࠓ࡮ࠎ࠰ࡹࠖߺ࠰ࠐߺ࠰ࠕࠄ࠰࠸ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯࠿߼࠱߾࠰࠯ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯ࠊ࠵ߺ࠰ࠋࠄ࠰࠮ࡂࠀࠦࠖࠨ࠯ࠓࠥ࠘ࠄ࠰ࠛࠋࠥࠩࠓࡰࠩࠏ࠯ࠏࠣࡀࠩࠕࡵ࠴߾࠰࠮ ࡤߺߺ࠰ࠀࠦ ࠘ࠥࠧࡹࠓ࠙ࠧࠊ࠰ ࠙߾࠰࠯ࠕ࠳ߺ࠰ࠀࠦࠊ࠭ࠧ࠯ࠋࠄ࠰࠮ࠏࠣࡀࠩࠕߺࠥࠧࠀࠨࠩࠛࠤ߾࠰ࠊࠄ࠰ࠏࠣࡀ ࠌࠔ࠰ࠛࠥࠧ࠯ߺࠥࠧࠓࠦ࠯ࠐࠥࠧࠩࠏࡅࠓ࠴߻࠱ࠏࠣࡀߺࠥࠧࡹ߿࠰ߺࠥࠧࡹ߿࠰ࠓ࡮ࠎ࠰ࡹࠓ࠱ࠤ࠯ߺࠥࠧࠋࠄ࠰࠮ࡂࠩࠓࡰࠩࠏ࠯ࠏࠣࡀ ࠛࠐ࠭ࠧ࠯ࠛࠧࠏ࠰ࡂ࠺ࠓࠥࠎ߿࠰ࠋࠤ࠯ࠏࠣࡀ ࡦߺࠥࠫߺ࠰ࠖ࠴࠱߾࠰ ࠏࠨ߿ࠦࠎ࠭ࠕ࠳ߺ࠰ࠖߺ࠰ࠐߺ࠰ࠕࠄ࠰࠶ࠁ࠳ࠎ࠰࠯࠲ࠐ߾࠰࠮ࠩࠓࡰࠩࠏ࠯ࠏࠣࡀ

Nurturing young learners to fulfil their individual potential Developing Knowledge and Understanding

Inspiring Creativity


t Bangkok Patana we provide the essential rigour of a British curriculum incorporating best practice from other programmes to reflect our international setting. Our aim is to nurture and develop a lifelong love of learning in our young students.

Encouraging Curiosity


t key points within the Primary School we benchmark ourselves against UK schools using National Curriculum Tests. In 2012 over 96% of our Year 2 students achieved their age-related expectation, or above, compared to 87% in the UK.

Building Confidence


e also understand the importance of learning outside the classroom. Extensive opportunities for children to flourish and develop their personal interests are provided through our varied extra-curricular activities programme.

To find out how our child-centred approach to learning and outstanding teaching staff can help your child fulfil their potential from 2 1/2 to 18 years of age, please contact us at |+66 (0) 2398 0200 | 643 LaSalle Road (Sukhumvit 105), Bangna, Bangkok

Bangkok Patana is an IB World School accredited by CIS and NEASC

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