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Seaboard singers looking to expand

“Fast” Fredi brings the Euro to Pattaya

Hard Rock Cafe shows off its threads

Pattaya Sports Club holds first committee meeting in their new clubhouse

Nittaya Patimasongkroh celebrates her birthday in style

Around Town

Seaboard singers looking to expand

Do you sometimes sing in the shower? If so, or if you just enjoy singing, the Seaboard Singers, a small mixed choir, would like to expand and are looking for women and men of any age and nationality. If you know or can read music, even better. The Seaboard Singers sing mostly in English, but would like to widen their repertoire into other languages as well (including Thai). The choir rehearses every Thursday evening from 20:00 to 21:30 at the Montessori International Children’s Center.

The Seaboard Singers invite you to come along and join the fun.

After rehearsal the choir meets for a drink or two - just come along one Thursday evening or ring for more information: Pat Burbridge (English and Thai) 038-429-523 (early evening) or 01-630-2828, or Colin Throup (English) 038-232-908 (all day), or Nick Matt (Deutsch, Francais, Italiano) 038-226-103 (all day), [email protected]

Singing is fun, good for your soul and enjoyable for others.

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“Fast” Fredi brings the Euro to Pattaya

Fredi Schaub, the well known gourmet chef and partner in Bruno’s Restaurant, has just returned from a fast trip to Switzerland Germany, Austria, and Italy. It had been two years since he had been home to Europe, and there he indulged himself in his passion for fast cars, driving a Ferrari Testa Rossa on the unrestricted autobahns, at speeds which even Michael Schumacher would be proud of.

Two Ferrari’s and one Lamborghini Diablo with Fredi, Hansjorg Leeser, Werner Wigger and Romano Maspero.

However, as well as being an auto indulgence, the trip was also a culinary indulgence, where Fredi caught up with many of the Pattaya Gourmet Club members in Europe, and they enjoyed some very special dinners together. Fredi, being the chef that he is, also picked up the new trends in food and cuisines that are now evident in Europe. “Nouvelle cuisine is over,” says Fredi. “You want something on your plate! The trend is now towards a more traditional fare, but something that is nicely prepared and presented.”

Gala dinner in Zurich at the Restaurant La Rocca. From Left Rino Stutz, Romano Maspero, Fredi, Heinz Hinteregger, Martin Scheidegger, Werner Wigger, Willy Timpe, Khun Jum, Khun Jatuporn, Hansjorg Leeser.

Fredi will be introducing some of the “new” Euro cuisine items he brought back to the Bruno’s menu, and to celebrate the 5th anniversary of his and Bruno’s fine dining establishment on Sunday the 30th of September, there will be some very special dishes on offer that evening.

The previous anniversary dinners have always been a “sell-out” so you would be advised to book for the occasion. Fredi also said that if you bring a Ferrari, he will personally valet park it for you!

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Hard Rock Cafe shows off its threads

The very dynamic Hard Rock Hotels group previewed the uniforms their staff will be wearing after the official opening of the Hard Rock Cafe October 15 and the Hard Rock Hotel November 15. With the designs completed by Greyhound Fashions in Bangkok, it was obvious that a “hip” attitude will be the name of the game at Hard Rock. Three quarter length pants and ‘baseball’ tops are teamed to go with the jaunty caps and neck chains complete with all the Hard Rock badges.

A pair of the many new look uniforms to be worn by staff at the Hard Rock Cafe.

For many of the staff at the fashion preview, they were also wearing a small name tag, with the mission statement on the back. Part of that statement is the pledge to make every customer feel like a “star” and if the service is anything like that which was meted out at the preview, then there’s going to be lots of stars in Pattaya.

When completed, both the Hard Rock Cafe and the Hard Rock Hotel will be setting new standards in tourism and hospitality in Pattaya, and will be welcome additions to the top level scene.

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Pattaya Sports Club holds first committee meetings in their new clubhouse

The Executive Committee of the Pattaya Sports Club held their first meeting in the conference room of their new clubhouse. This committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month, and has eighteen members, which consists of the club officers, and chairman for each of the sporting events.

The PSC executive committee gathers round the conference table for their first meeting in the new office.

The Executive Committee is responsible for the administration and operation of the Pattaya Sports Club. These officers and chairmen are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in June of each year.

The new clubhouse is located at 3/197 M-6 Pattaya 3rd Road, adjacent to the Pattaya Driving Range, and next to the new Fountain of Life Center. The new phone number is 038-361-167, and the new fax number is 038-361-929. All Pattaya Sports Club members are invited to come by and visit your new clubhouse.

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Nittaya Patimasongkroh celebrates her birthday in style

Ingo Rauber the executive assistant manager of the Dusit Resort hosted a birthday party for Nittaya Patimasongkroh (center). Joining in the celebrations were Somchai Manothavorn, president of the Lions Club of Pattaya, Premruedee Jittiwutikarn, president of the YWCA Pattaya Chapter, Peter Thorand, president of the Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya, Dr. Ruangwit Dhammajari and Nampueng Natejamnong. They later adjourned to the Star Pub on Walking Street where they were joined by Peter Cummins, Peter Malhotra and ‘Don’ Philippe Decaux (far right) past president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, who had come down to Pattaya to observe first hand the 2 a.m. closing time and the effects on the business community as well as the opinion of foreign tourists.

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Around Town: Buddha on the Hill

By Lesley Warner

I took a walk up to the Buddha on the Hill the other day on Thappraya Road, Jomtien (by the police box at the turn into the Royal Cliff Hotel). There was a time when I used to do this every day, when I had time to keep fit. I was surprised at the improvements they have made, the steps leading up to the Big Buddha now have a very beautiful painted Patyannak dragon with 7 heads on either side for protection from evil spirits. At the top of the steps as well as the Big Golden Buddha are the birthday Buddha’s for each day of the week, so if you know what day you were born on you can find your Buddha.

The hill affords a beautiful view of Pattaya and the bay.

There is also the statue of the beautiful Kwan Yin the Goddess of mercy who has been worshipped throughout the centuries. People come to seek her help during their times of trouble. She is standing in a beautiful water garden, and it’s such a serene setting, making it easy to believe that she can help solve all your problems and ease your stress.

There are other interesting things to see: the Fu-Lu-Shou-Temple, Chai Xing Alter, Tae Teck Brass Chinese Bell and a brass statue of Lao-Tzu.

It’s a nice place to visit and you can pay homage to Buddha and shake the sticks to see what the future holds for you, but be prepared, it’s not always what you might have wished for.

Afterwards, cross over to the opposite side of the parking lot and you can go up another hill and see the statue of Admiral Krom Luang Jumborn Khet Udomsakdi.

Admiral Krom Luang Jumborn Khet Udomsakdi

He was previously known as His Royal Highness Prince Abhakorn Kiartiwonges during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and best remembered for his great contribution to the development of the Royal Thai Navy.

HRH Prince Abhakorn Kiartiwonges was born on the 19th December 1880 in the Grand Palace; he was the 28th child of King Rama V.

A born navigator, his skill as a seaman became apparent during King Rama V’s first journey to Europe. He was always looking for ways to strengthen the capabilities of the Royal Thai Navy, his aim to make it as strong and modern as those in Europe.

The Admiral founded the Royal Thai Naval Academy and the Marine Engineering School. He is still honoured today by all members of the Royal Thai Navy as “The father of the Royal Thai Navy.”

Here you will find the most amazing view of Pattaya both by day and by night. When paying their respects to the Admiral the Thai people let off banger fireworks so be prepared to ‘jump’.

Please remember these are worshipping places for those people of the Buddhist faith and respect this, suitable dress is covered shoulders and no shorts above the knees. Both places are quiet and tranquil. There is parking and you can buy a drink, even a traditional Thai meal from one of the open restaurants. There is no charge to visit but it’s acceptable to put something in the box if you feel you would like to.

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