Never judge a
wine by the price tag
The Royal Cliff Wine Club members met for the final
tasting of the year, with the added bonus of a champagne-style cocktail
party to begin the evening. Fifteen more wines were sampled by the budding
oenologists to encompass the two main varietals Sauvignon Blanc and
by the Wine Club captain Ranjith Chandrasiri, the Resident Manager of the
Royal Cliff Grand, and utilising the immense wine knowledge and effortless
style of Ambrose Wines’ GM, Ron Batori, the members were taken on a
guided tour covering wines from Australia, America, Spain, Chile, France
The first six wines were tasted as an ‘open flight’
where the members were told of the origins of the wines, while the second
flight was a ‘blind’ tasting, where no clues were given beforehand as
to the origins or details of the wines. In this blind tasting, members
were asked to rank the wines from one to nine, and then the sum of the
individual rankings gave an overall rank for the Wine Club as a group.
Again it was the Australian wines that scooped the top
spots, with the ultimate honours going to a Hardy’s Tintara Cabernet
Sauvignon 1998 (with a tag of 3,600 baht and one of the cheapest wines
tasted that evening), and the runner-up a Houghton Margaret River Cabernet
Sauvignon 1999 (retailing for more than 6,000 baht). Voted third was a
Torres Mas La Plana 1997 from Spain, a wine with a 9,700 baht price
More details on the Royal Cliff Wine Club can be
obtained by email from email@example.com
Community donates to SOS Rice
Following the Sunday prayer service at the Sikh Temple in Soi
17, South Pattaya, the Sikh community presented a sum of 11,000 baht to San-nga
Kijsamrej, this year’s head of the SOS Rice project and Surat Mekhawarkul,
last year’s chairman. An additional donation was also presented from
to R) Surat Mekhawarkul and San-nga Kijsamrej accept a cheque for 11,000 baht
from Saranjit Singh Sachdev representing the Sikh Community of Pattaya.
The project raised over 1 million baht worth of rice last
year, which was distributed to those in need in the Chonburi Province. The SOS
Rice project is specific to Pattaya and Chonburi but is also a model for further
expansion into other provinces in the future.
Rotary Club of Taksin Pattaya
celebrates Xmas with a fellowship party at the Moon River Pub
the elf tells Santa what she really wants for Christmas
The Rotary Club of Taksin Pattaya, chartered earlier this
year, celebrated Christmas with a fellowship at the Moon River Pub in North
Pattaya. Members, guests and visiting Rotarians enjoyed a superb buffet
dinner and live entertainment during the fellowship party.
An announcement was made of the appointment of Ingo
Rauber as the president elect for the Rotary Year 2002-2003 at which time he
will take over from charter president Peter Thorand.
The Rotary Club of Taksin Pattaya meets every Thursday
evening at the Marriott Resort and Spa, on Pattaya Second Road.
The Filipino community on the Eastern Seaboard celebrates Christmas
left): Art Nieva, Ms. Dell Merano of Philippine Airlines, Minister and
Consul General Romeo Manalo of the Philippine Embassy, Vice Consul Louis
Alferez, Mr. Jasper, and family and staff from the Philippine Embassy.
The association of Filipinos in Thailand, Eastern Chapter
held their annual Christmas Party at the Town in Town Hotel last weekend.
More than 180 members from the Eastern and Bangkok chapters and their guests
packed the ballroom to enjoy what has become a major social event on the
calendar for Filipinos in Thailand.
A live band, games and prizes were all part of the
evening’s entertainment. Guests were treated to a buffet dinner which
included Filipino specialties provided by members of the association.
fun in buying raffle tickets: for a set price, the number of tickets one
received depended on the size of the waistline for men or bust line for
Although the Eastern Chapter of the Association of
Filipinos in Thailand (AFT) has kept a comparatively low profile this year,
Art Nieva, the president of the Eastern chapter, said next year’s agenda
will include more activities following the Annual General meeting.
The Association of Filipino’s in Thailand Eastern
Chapter meets monthly at various locations in Pattaya. For more information
please call 038 426191.
Bangladesh community celebrate Victory Day
from all communities participated in the celebration.
The local Bangladeshi community showed it had lost none
of the spirit that had brought the small country to its nationhood 30 years
ago on December 16th 1971.
Khan read a personal address to the Pattaya Bangladeshi people from the
Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Held at the Grand Sole hotel, the local chapter put on a
fine display which included cultural dance and community singing, as well as
a personal address to the Pattaya Bangladeshi people from their Prime
Minister Begum Khalida Zia, read to the group by Rasha Khan, daughter of
Jashim Uddin Ahmed Khan, president of the Bangladesh Community of Thailand.
To show solidarity with the other groups that make up the
overall community in Pattaya, amongst the honoured guests were the Pol.
Major Somchai Pongsai Chief of the Pattaya Traffic Police; Amrik Singh Kalra,
the leader of the Sikh community; Peter Malhotra, the publisher of the
Pattaya Mail, Dr. Iain Corness of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Peter
Cummins, the international yachting correspondent and former UN official.
Fun for young and old at the Hard Rock Hotel
from the Banglamung Home for the Aged performed Thai dance for a crowd of
young and old at the Hard Rock Hotel.
It turned out to be a melting pot of cultures and
generations when the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya recently hosted a luncheon for
the residents from the Banglamung Home for the Aged and the children from
the Baan Jing Jai home.
The residents from the Banglamung Home for the aged
seemed delighted to enjoy the children’s company, as did the children who
appeared to reciprocate the feelings. Despite the large generation gap
between the two groups they both had something in common to share with each
Before lunch the ladies from Banglamung treated the
audience to a traditional dance, ‘Rum Auayporn” after which the ladies
received a huge round of applause.
Andrew Khoo, general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel
Pattaya said, “It’s important for the younger generation to respect
their elders. This is for our staff just as much as it is for the
The luncheon, organized by the hotel, was part of the
hotel group’s policy to contribute to the community, leaving it better
than when they found it and in a sense making the world a better place.
A great philosophy for all to live by, especially during
the festive season.
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