Pat and Dieter
Floeth celebrate 25 years of marital bliss
Friends and family, both new and old, young and not so
young gathered at the Deutches Haus to confer their best wishes to Pat and
Dieter Floeth on this their 25th wedding anniversary, the 14th day in
October. Toasts were offered all around and the dining table was laid on
as if to feast the Kaiser of Munich himself.
shows the expression he uses to scare the living daylights out of fish and
All who met Dieter some 26 years ago will remember him
as a tall, handsome, young German adventurer who traveled through scores
of countries around the world seeking his fortune, and the one partner of
his dreams. His search ended here in Pattaya as the hunter became the
prey. He fell victim to the charms of a lovely, shy but yet so poised a
girl called Pat.
Floeth Family (l-r) Heidi, Steffi and ‘mama’ Pat
That was when Dieter owned a German restaurant called
the Deutcher Biergarten on the corner of what is now Soi 7 on Beach Road.
Through their hard work the successful Floeths went on to open a chain of
German restaurants in Pattaya and the ‘Old Germany’ in Maptaphut.
enjoying some good cheer and lots of ‘Schnaps’ at Deutches Haus
A keen fisherman, Dieter was a regular sight out in the
open waters of the Gulf of Thailand and no game fish could escape his
angling expertise for he would land fish that could have been recorded in
the Guinness Book of Records. His wife Pat shares Dieter’s love of
adventure and accompanies him on most of his expeditions. This daring
couple was once seen on the beaches of Jomtien in their early years of
marriage toiling away at painting their very first deep sea fishing
vessel, aptly christianed the “Moby Dick”
This passion for adventure and the high seas has been
inherited by their three children, Micky, Heidi and Steffi. The two older
children are now seeking their own fortunes on the streets of London.
We wish the German Family Floeth many more years of
happiness and success.
Rotary shows spirit
hail, the gang’s all here!
The newest Rotary Club in Pattaya, the Taksin-Pattaya Club
held a fellowship night for its members at the King Seafood Restaurant in
Walking Street. The evening was also notable for the attendance of other clubs
and service organizations, with cooperative discussions ensuing between the
president of the Jomtien-Pattaya Rotary Club, Alvi Sinthuvanik, the president of
the YWCA, Mrs. Premrudee (Toy) Jittivuthikan, ex-president of the Lions Club,
Nittaya and president of the Taksin-Pattaya Club Peter Thorand. It is through
this kind of collaboration that many of the charity projects for the
underprivileged in Pattaya come to fruition.
Lek Sally Sue celebrates 29++
Pattaya Mail television presenter Sue celebrated her 29th
(++) birthday with family, friends and Pattaya Mail workmates at the Ban
Thai Restaurant last Friday.
(center, smiling as always) celebrated her birthday with friends at the Ban
Sue, also known to some as Sally and to others as Lek,
kept the conversation lively, deftly skirting inquisitions into just how
many +’s should be added after the “29” on her birthday cake.
Around Town: What a thrill!
by Lesley Warner
I hear so much about bungee jumping. Those that have
actually experienced it, rave about the feeling it gives you. I wonder if
you asked the majority if they would like to do it again what they would
say? Well I said no the first time, not even for Peter, Queen and Country,
or anything else would I jump when the suggestion was put to me.
Nonetheless, I did head over to Pattaya Bungee Jump off Thepprasit Road to
have a look.
have I done!
The Pattaya Bungee Jump has been established for 9 years.
The jump is 56 metres high, making it the highest jump in Thailand.
Alternatively, if you would rather go up than down, they can catapult you 56
metres into the air.
Suthep the manager told me that, “It’s quite safe,
all the staff are fully trained and are under the direction of an
experienced jumpmaster. The equipment is equal to that in New Zealand and is
regularly maintained and replaced every 6 months. You are welcome to a
complimentary jump.” I replied, “That’s very kind of you, but no thank
you, I wouldn’t do it if you paid me!”
Personally, I preferred to have a go at the Paint Ball
Combat. For those of you that don’t know what this is, believe me, it’s
a game of skill, strategy, daring and energy. Players are dressed in
camouflage gear and use paint ball marking guns. Two equal teams compete
against each other, the objective is to capture the opposition’s flag and
take it back to your home base. During the game players are eliminated when
a paintball hits them and bursts; this marks them with a vividly coloured,
non-toxic dye that easily washes off.
With paint balls exploding all around you and hunting for
cover to avoid being shot it’s very ecxiting and becomes quite realistic.
You soon find the adrenalin pumping through your body. A shot fired from
less than 5 metres can hurt, like a sharp sting, and on occasion even leave
a small bruise, but this all adds to the reality. To prevent this wear
sensible clothing under the camouflage gear provided (footwear is not
supplied), the goggles they give you are mandatory.
Anyone from 7 years up can play if they are fit enough,
Suthep told me. “There is always a referee supervising, especially to make
sure that players do not remove the mask, as this can be dangerous.”
If you are interested in these activities, tel. 038
426242, fax: 038 426243, or e-mail: email@example.com
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