Hard Rock Cafe
ready to open in Pattaya - Oct 15
by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Onlookers witnessed the parade of 100 newly appointed
Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya band members proudly marching along Beach Road in
Rock Cafe is ready for opening on October 15.
Wearing that world famous Hard Rock Cafe logo’d
T-shirt and displaying large banners that read, “It’s time to Rock
n’ Roll’. They were joined by their Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok band
members on their first day on board for orientation led by ‘Rusty’
Bowen from Hard Rock Cafe International.
Hard Rock Cafe, established in Bangkok for almost 10
year, is scheduled to open its second Cafe in Pattaya on October 15.
Located on Beach Road, Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya will feature the 7-piece
Filipino band ‘Energise’ led by Rogma Sahson (formerly with Ice Kendi).
The second Hard Rock Cafe in Thailand is part of the
new Hard Rock Hotel complex which includes 320-rooms, the largest free
form swimming pool (2,000 square meters) and 11 cabanas, Lil’ Rock Club
for Kids, Health Club n’ Spa and much more. The hotel is scheduled to
open on November 15, 2001.
All was peachy at
this year’s PILC Holiday Bazaar
This year’s Pattaya International Ladies Club Holiday
Bazaar was an astounding success. Previously held in the Siam Ballroom at the
Royal Cliff Beach Resort’s Main Wing, this year the venue for what is one of
the PILC’s main charity events was the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall
cutting thr ribbon at the Opening Ceremony are (from left to right): Panga
Vathanakul, Managing Director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort; Atchara
Patchimnan, wife of the Governor of Cholburi and guest of honor at the bazaar;
Julie Garrett, PILC President; and Araya Arlette Cykman, PILC Special Events
With over 85 stalls, shoppers had plenty of variety to choose
from. Soon after Ms. Atchara Pachimnan officially opened the bazaar, shoppers
literally filled the place from early in the day. Vendors from Bangkok and as
far away as Nongkhai in Thailand’s northeast brought their wares for bargain
hunters and lovers of fine decor.
Later in the morning, PILC ladies strutted their stuff on the
catwalk for a fashion show featuring clothes from the communities in Nongkhai,
supported by the Good Shepard Sisters. This was obviously the fun part of the
day for all those who had worked so hard to produce the event.
Arlette Cykman, in charge of special events for the PILC
said, “It took four months to get things together. It’s not just getting the
vendors to come but organizing good raffle prizes as well,” she added.
who’s got the credit card?
Transpo International and Volclay Siam were the two main
sponsors of this year’s bazaar, both of which helped by providing the
necessary funding for the venue and extra expenses. A host of others provided
raffle prizes for the event, in which the PILC is grateful for their support.
The proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar will distributed to
charities on the Eastern Seaboard, including homes for the elderly, helping
facilities that care for AIDS patients and children’s facilities.
The Pattaya International Ladies Club’s next major event
will be the Moonlit Night Charity Gala Ball in the Siam Ballroom of the Royal
Cliff Beach Resort on November 24th. Reservations can be made at all PILC events
or contact Pat Dickson 038-237-659, Arlette Cykman 038-300-325 or Julie Garratt
The Swinging Seventies
Everyone who was part of the swinging ’70s grooved
their way to Shenanigans last Saturday evening for the Seventies Night. Even
those who weren’t part of the swinging ’70s by virtue of being too
young, or not even born, got into the swing of it too, with wild gyrations
to the “music” of such bands as T Rex. Some, like Paul Dobbs, Jeremy
Coles and Kim Fletcher, had obviously come out of the closet for the
evening. Clothes closet that is, with some memorable gear that should have
been left behind for moth munching or decent burial.
Seventies - it must have been inevitable that someone would resurrect the
decade that style forgot...
Wigs, boots and make-up were also in evidence, with Kim
mincing around as Ace Freeley on his white platform soled boots grinning at
everyone from his new height. He did remark during the evening that
everything looked a lot different from up there.
The staff were sensational, really putting a lot of
effort into their outfits and hairdos and a fitting winner of the best
’70s look was Jeab, who teamed up the correct dress, the black sloe-eyed
make-up and the beehive hairdo, looking as if she had just stepped out of a
’70s fashion shoot. The wildest gear was definitely worn by Beautiful,
with the red hair, silver eyelashes, floral dress and red tights.
ABBA devotees arrived with fetching blue and red wigs,
while one poor old dear arrived complete with Zimmer frame, curlers and
incontinence knickers, having read the advertisement as being a party for
people older than 70 years. Karen (“I hope nobody sees me like this”)
wore the shortest and hottest, hot pants of the evening, while Pat Dixon was
overheard muttering that in the swinging ’70s she was up to her armpits in
children. Yes, those were the days.
Now for all of you who missed it, or for those who would
like to see how silly they looked, Dr. Iain, complete with Paisley pattern
shirt (thanks Marlowe, Classic Tailors) and wig appropriated from Gip at the
KR Bar, had the Pattaya Mail TV crew there and recorded the event for his
Nite Beat programme being screened Friday 12th and Sunday 14th. Look for
yourself and laugh again.
Around Town : A Chance in Life
by Lesley Warner
I went to Jeep’s Joint on Thursday to visit Jeep (Glenn
Holthaus) and his wife Lek. They have devoted the last 4 years to improving
the education of some of the poorer kids in Pattaya. To do this they started
teaching the children some basic computer skills.
- “I like Paintbrush, it’s fun”
The main problem for Jeep was language - his Thai, the
same as for many of us, was not good enough to teach the children. So he
encouraged Lek to learn the computer so that she would be able to instruct
the children. At first reluctant, Lek decided to give it a try, and as time
went by and she learnt more she began to enjoy her studies. During the last
4 years she has taught 50 teachers how to teach computer skills to children
and found the time to teach the children and carry on learning herself.
The children are taught Excel, Office, Paintbrush,
Typing, PowerPoint and many other useful skills in the hope that their
future will become more secure. Some of the children don’t go to school,
they only collect trash to sell, so this is the only education they are
receiving. Jeep said, “The average age is 10-12 years, because this is the
time the kids are taken out of school. Family money runs out and the
children are sent to work, but we don’t like to turn them away at any age.
We also get some of the disabled kids from the Redemption Center and they
come back to teach the new kids.”
kids enjoy learning at the computer
I spoke to one of the girls who spoke a little English,
and she told me her name was Sunee. She said she liked using the computer
and enjoyed playing around with Paintbrush; she likes the colors. All the
children seemed very happy and totally engrossed in what they were doing;
occasionally another child would wander in and settle down in front of the
computer screen, obviously feeling totally at home.
There are several private and business sources in the
town that have donated money, desks, old computers, books and software but
there can never be too much. Foster Wheeler donated some desks and UN-Web
Card donated a digital camera. Recently there was a contribution of 50,000
baht from two local businessmen and there are other local businesses that
organize fund raising days. Donations occasionally come from abroad as well
in the form of money or equipment.
So far Jeep and Lek have managed to send 233 computers to
isolated schools in the North of Thailand and they have 12 on the premises
in their small school. If you have any software that you have finished with,
books, desks, chairs or computers, screens, keyboards, please let Jeep and
Lek have them for this worthy cause. As well as teaching these
underprivileged children Lek and Jeep are managing to keep 83 children in
school. Jeep told me, “Some cases are worse than others. For those
children that come from families with no money to assist it costs about 6400
baht per child annually.”
Jeep said, “There are volunteers that help, sometimes,
especially some of the ex-pat children. They are ideal because they can
usually speak Thai, but we can always do with more help.”
The school is open Tuesday to Friday from 3:30 p.m. until
the children are finished, which can be quite late at night. Jeep said,
“But we try not to be a babysitter service!” On Sundays Lek and Jeep
sell sandwiches at the softball game and on Mondays they sell food at the
Hash; these funds go into the children’s kitty.
Remember, if there is any way that you could help these
kids, however small with time, money, computers or office equipment, please
contact Jeep. A collection point for donations of computers, books and
software is also needed in Bangkok.
For more information telephone (038) 424 998, fax (038)
723 273, email: email@example.com or just call into Jeeps Joint, 313/82
Pattaya 3rd Road (almost on the corner at Pattaya Tai traffic lights).
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