Thai-German Institute Directors celebrate their birthdays
It was a double celebration for Walter Kretschmar, the
German Director of TGI as he celebrated his birthday this year, because it
coincided with the 40th anniversary of his association with Siemens.
Inviting family, friends and associates they all trudged down to the beach
and had fun. Not many moons later he shocked and surprised Narong Ratana
the Thai Director of TGI, by barging into his office, while he was having
a meeting with his staff and ceremoniously presented him with a bouquet,
wishing him the happiest of birthdays. Such is the family feeling at TGI.
Togetherness, Genuineness and Intimacy.
Kretschmar his usual jovial mood enjoying birthday kebabs at his Blue
Lagoon home, surrounded by (from left) Watchara, director of Marketing
Department, Wantana, the Finance Director, Narong Ratana, the Thai TGI
Director, Siriporn, Yui, Rattana, Terre and Suwannee.
Ratana receives a bouquet of flowers from Walter Kretschmar cheered on
with a birthday song by colleagues including, (from left) Watchara,
Mongkol, Sue and Jazz.
Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya holds lunch for Garunyawet Home for Disabled Women for Queen’s birthday celebrations
Two hundred and twenty five residents of the Garunyawet
Home for Disabled Women were treated to a sumptuous lunch given by the
Hard Rock Hotel to celebrate Queen Sirikit’s birthday and commemorate
Over 40 staff members from the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya
led by congenial General Manager Andrew Khoo hosted the lunch. The day was
a huge success and residents of Garunyawet not only enjoyed the delicious
food, but took great pleasure in the amiable company of their visitors.
Khoo, GM Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, is seen mingling with the residents of
the Garunyawet Home for Disabled Women.
The Garunyawet Home for Disabled Women cares for 225
women from the ages of 18 and above who suffer from a variety of
disabilities. Most of the women were left alone without proper care or a
place to stay. The home comes under the Department of Welfare of the
Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. The home is responsible for the day
to day care of residents including medical aid and provides vocational
training to those who are able to work and be self supportive.
Andrew Khoo explained, “This activity was not only a
gesture of respect to HM the Queen on her birthday, and to celebrate
Mothers Day in Thailand, but it’s also part of the hotel’s policy of
giving back to the local community. Most of our staff is from Bangkok. The
hotel feels that interaction with local residents such as those in
Garunyawet Home teaches our employees the value of serving the community
at all levels of society.”
The Hard Rock Hotel has a number of precepts it abides by, one of which
is ‘Love All Serve All’. Service and donations are provided to various
organizations in the local community. The next major activity to be
carried out by the hotel will be in December, when Thailand celebrates
Father’s day and HM the King’s birthday.
Benihana serves special meal to unite family members on Mother’s Day
Benihana, the Japanese-American restaurant at the Royal
Garden Shopping Mall brought families together with a special Asian Buffet
Lunch on August 12 under the slogan “Send your Mama to Japan”.
Somsak Tanrueangsri, General Manager of Marriott Resort
& Spa and Hotel, employees along with many customers and guests attended
the fun buffet. Cooks performed their flamboyant skills of cooking various
kinds of Japanese food to an enthralled audience.
Papas (left), Marriott Gold programme manager, Tim Devolle (2nd left),
English instructor at the Marriott Resort, Laurence Fatus (4th left),
President of the PILC and Somsak Tanreungsri (far right), Cluster General
Manager of the Marriott Resort, Pattaya.
Children and their parents were entertained with games.
Singing and drama shows were performed by the restaurant’s employees and
winners of lucky draws were delighted with their prizes.
Benihana is the Japanese-American food restaurant situated at the ground
floor of Royal Garden Shopping Mall, Pattaya Second Road. Lunch and dinner
serves original Japanese cuisine exclusively cooked by expert chefs who
display their unique performances at your table.
PILC to hold Holiday Bazaar on 5th October at Royal Cliff Beach Resort
Arlette Cykman, Chairman for Special Events Pattaya
International Ladies Club wants to remind us that Saturday October 5th is a
date to remember. The PILC’s tremendously popular charity event, the
Holiday Bazaar will be held on that day at the Grand Hotel Orchid Hall at
Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
This well known and tremendously successful bazaar is
going into its 5th year. The bazaar presents hundreds of items for sale
supplied by more than 60 vendors. Gift items will be on sale, not only for
Christmas and the New Year, but a variety of delightful things to buy will
include unique handicraft selections, hand-made bed covers, home
decorations, jewelry, delicate porcelain dolls and much, much more. Each
category of items has been carefully selected for the annual bazaar and
includes things one can only purchase at this delightful event.
Members of the PILC will be honored to have the wife of
the governor of Chonburi, Dr. Jantaratana Insawang DDS as their guest of
honor at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the
doors will open to shoppers from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
At the end of the day, The Holiday Bazaar will have lucky
drawings and 45 high quality prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Tickets for the PILC Holiday Bazaar can be purchased at
all PILC functions. Members of the public wishing to buy tickets are also
invited to contact Judy Clausen at telephone number 038 240 792. For further
information on the PILC Holiday Bazaar please contact Arlette Cykman at
telephone number 038 300325.
The PILC Holiday Bazaar will be sponsored by Transpo
International and Volclay Siam. Arlette explained that this event takes
months of planning and organization and could not take place without the
generous support of its sponsors.
Morning Talk TV holds campaign program called “Open Your World”
Program will help Thais improve English skills
Host of the national TV program Morning
Talk on Channel 11, Dr. Valerie Mckenzie, explained the concept of a new
project called “Open Your World” during an interview at the Dusit Resort
Valerie Mckenzie, host of the national TV program Morning Talk on Channel
While on a TV shoot in Pattaya Dr. Valerie said the new
program will help working Thais improve their conversational English and
their comprehension of the English language. Many Thais now work in
international organizations and in workplaces with people of different
nationalities where English is the shared language.
The TV program’s launch is planned for March and will
provide a variety of activities, which will help Thais interact in English.
“Open Your World” will be aired at 8:30-9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The program producer plans to send letters to various
international organizations to encourage their staff to watch the program
and visit the website to upgrade their English language skills.
Among activities included in the programs will be Quiz
Games. These games will challenge viewers on their knowledge of English.
The ‘up-country’ program will be supported by the
TAT. Distinguished guests from embassies and international organizations
will be invited on guided tours to view selected places of interest around
Judy Bemm, Executive Director of American Chamber of
Commerce joined Morning Talk’s excursion to Pattaya and was impressed by
the city. She said she will be delighted to guide viewers through the many
interesting places Pattaya has to offer.
Regarding a request for subtitles in Thai language, Dr.
Mckenzie explained that this will not be possible as the program’s concept
is to encourage Thais to practice listening in English and subtitles would
not only distract viewers from listening but tempt them to read the Thai
Dr. Mckenzie stressed that “Open Your World” will be an ongoing
project of creative development. The program’s producers will welcome
opinions from viewers and they can post their comments on website
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