Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya helps send candidate to Handicamp 2002
Rotarian Erwin Rohner (1st row 2nd left), one of the
charter members of the Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya, donated B30,000 to
the club. The money will be used to pay for the flight expenses of
Tippawan Arep-Im (1st row right) who is one of the two candidates to be
sent to Norway to participate in the Handicamp 2002 Project.
to R) Charter president Peter Thorand, Banta Muntana, past president of
Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, Egaraat Anekboon, 2nd candidate to
participate in the project, Gary Bruton, secretary of the Rotary Club of
Taksin-Pattaya, Erwin Rohner, Hegel Holst past president of Rotary Club of
Hunn/Gjovik, Norway, and project leader of the Handicamp 2002 with his wife
The Handicamp 2002 Project will teach students
physically handicapped students how to master daily life situations with
more confidence and suggest how physical disabilities might be used as an
advantage in certain professions.
Tippawan, who was present at last Thursday’s weekly
meeting at the Pattaya Marriott Hotel, was delighted to explain to the
attending members her studies at Redemption Center, where a total of 150
students, from the age of 18 to 32 years, undergo a 2 year program.
Tippawan will graduate with a major in Business English and Computer
Skills in 14 months.
Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - a different Winemaker’s Dinner
by Miss Terry Diner
It was a case of “Big Red” with a case of “Long
Flat Red” at the Winemaker’s Dinner held at the Royal Cliff Beach
Resort last week. For those who have not visited Australia, a “Big
Red” is a kind of kangaroo, while “Long Flat Red” is one of the best
selling Tyrrell’s wines from that country.
and guests of honor (from left to right): Ranjith Chandrasiri, resident
manager Royal Cliff Grand; John Griffin, minister and deputy head of
mission of the Australian Embassy; Panga Vathanakul, managing director of
the Royal Cliff Beach Resort; and Steve New, wine expert – Tyrell’s
The Royal Cliff Wine Club had on hand Steve New, a very
Aussie Australian, who is the regional manager of Tyrrell’s Vineyards
export department, who explained a little about the irreverent family who
had raised Tyrrell’s to the high reputation it enjoys today. Irreverent
in the fact that popular rumour has it that the initial cuttings for the
Chardonnay grapes were “appropriated” by Murray Tyrrell himself.
To highlight the importance on its wine industry, the
Australian Embassy was represented by John Griffin, the minister and
deputy head of mission, who told the sold-out house of diners that
Australia was justifiably proud of its wines, having even won the “Best
White Wine in the World” award last year. The wine industry down under
is worth 1.6 billion dollars and employs over 30,000 workers. “Wine is
serious business,” said the minister who was then seen to sit down and
seriously enjoy the wines put before him.
As always, executive chef Walter Thenisch married the
menu items to go with the various wines, with the main course (of the six)
being an oven roasted kangaroo fillet on saut้ed artichokes and
pearl onions served with a delicate jus made from thyme and Tyrrell’s
Shiraz Vat 9. The kangaroo was eaten with the Long Flat Red, a wine that
met the approval of the vast majority of the Wine Club members at the
dinner, while the imported Australian cheeses went well with the seventh
wine tasted that evening, the 1993 Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz.
This was yet again another very successful (and
flavoursome) event organized by the Royal Cliff Grand’s resident manager
Ranjith Chandrasiri. Ranjith can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
And the band plays on ...
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya welcomes the biggest Japanese teen idol - Johnny Jr.
6 bands took part in the Hard Rock memorabilia signing custom.
The biggest contingent of Japanese teen bands in Asia,
featuring Johnny Jr., Tsubasa, B.A.D., M.A.D., A.B.C., Kat-Tun and Johnny
USA - arrived at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya last week. With them were more
than 200 teen fans from Bangkok and Japan who kept screaming and yelling
their names the minute they stepped off the bus.
They also accommodated the hotel management’s request
to take part in the Hard Rock memorabilia signing custom.
Johnny Jr. was the highlight band for the first Pattaya
Music Festival which ran from Friday March 22 through Sunday March 24. And
the boys stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel the entire time.
Shenanigans gets the Soi Dog Blues
The Bangkok based Soi Dog Blues Band visited Pattaya
last week, not as part of the music festival, but to play to a packed
house at a private gig in Shenanigans.
Soi Dogs Blues Band played to a packed house at Shenanigans last week.
The Soi Dogs had staff and guests at Shenanigans moving
and grooving to the sounds of blues greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Jeff, the head ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ of the Soi
Dogs Blues Band, said the band has been together for the last three years
and has been playing regularly in Bangkok. This was their debut
performance in Pattaya and the response from the receptive Pattaya crowd
was such that they would welcome the chance to come again and play in the
They certainly wooed the crowd with some classic rhythm
and blues from the great masters.
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