Sikhs gather to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev Ji Birthday on the full moon night
Members of Pattaya’s Thai-Sikh society led by Amrik
Singh, the well-known businessman, and devotees to the Sikh religion, all
gathered at the Sikh Temple on Soi 17 in South Pattaya to celebrate the
Gurpurab or Guru Nanak Dev Ji Day to mark the anniversary of the great
Guru’s birthday. November’s night of the full moon marks the annual
member chants from Granth Sahib (the holy book) during the singing of the
morning Kirtans (holy songs).
This year’s event was held on November 19th and
coincided with Thailand’s Loy Krathong Festival.
Devout Sikh residents of Pattaya made a special
pilgrimage to the temple or Gurdwara, listened to ‘Kirtans’ - religious
songs - and joined in for the ‘Langer’ or holy meal. The celebration ran
for three days, November 17-19.
Singh, leader of Pattaya’s Sikh community, addresses the Gurpurab
celebration at the Sikh Temple.
choir sings Kirtans (holy songs).
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469, in Talwandi Village,
now known as Nankana Sahib near Lahore, Pakistan. Even as a young boy, he
disagreed with illogical religious ceremonies and traditional beliefs that
lacked facts. He was the founder of the Sikh religion and his teachings have
been passed along for over 5 centuries.
Sikhs moved into the Kingdom of Thailand during the reign
of King Rama V and continuously spread throughout the country for over 5
Siri Guru Singh Sabha was established as the center of
Sikh people, and they cooperated with the Thai Government in the exchange of
culture, religious activities, and national security information.
The Sikh religion teaches followers to preserve and do good deeds for
society, speak well, think well, live in harmony, walk the middle path, and
behave in a gentle manner.
Crystal World sparkles again
Crystal World, the exclusive crystal glassware outlet has
re-opened at the new Pattaya Bazaar, directly across North Pattaya Road from
Best Supermarket. The outlet features the very latest exclusive designs in
lead crystal glasses which are manufactured in Rayong, with the vast
majority of pieces destined for the export market.
Fredi Schaub from Bruno’s Restaurant (left) and Pattaya Blatt’s Elfi
Seitz (right) present a bouquet of flowers to congratulate Crystal World
owner Sangwan (Wan) Duangsri (center).
Another exclusive is the range of giftware using imported
Austrian Schwarovski crystals and then applied to Thai handcrafts, using a
‘pointillism’ technique. These will make unique presents to be sent
The new Crystal World is open every day from 11 a.m. till late.
PAWS announces Corporate & Organizational Sponsorship Program
Did you know that the Pattaya Animal Welfare Foundation
(PAWS) has a corporate and organizational sponsorship program?
meets East, happiness always is being a PAWS volunteer.
PAWS has captured, sterilized, rabies vaccinated,
treated, and recovered over 400 stray dogs in Pattaya based on an
area-by-area priorities plan. Funds permitting, this process will continue
for several years at 1,000 to 2,000 dogs annually.
Business and organizations around the city have already
profited or will benefit in the near future from the foundation cleaning up
the street environment and contributing towards a rabies free area. As a
result, PAWS has created an official sponsorship program to allow businesses
and organizations to return some of the investment that the foundation will
be making in their sector of the city.
The company or organization with the largest annual
contribution during the current fundraising year for each major service or
product category will be designated the official PAWS’ sponsor for the
following respective calendar year. As an example, if the ABC Resort gives a
gift of B500,000 in 2002, and that amount is the highest received for the
“resort category,” the ABC Resort will be designated as the PAWS’
official resort corporate sponsor for 2003, and promoted as such in various
adopted female puppy, named Rian, with dark yellow fur and very friendly
disposition. Proud new owner, Klaus Dierks.
Some of the area organizations in the running so far as
PAWS 2003 official sponsors include the Student Guild of the Regents
International School, Bistro Restaurant, and Super Sandwich Express &
Companies and organizations interested in PAWS may contact the foundation
through the following email address: paws_pattaya@ hotmail.com or leave a
voice mail message at (06)058-1665.
Miss Tiffany Universe 2002 wins “Queen of the Universe”
Litanyaporn Anyasiri - also known as Miss Tiffany
Universe 2002 - a 24-year-old Masters student from Australia is now “Queen
of the Universe”.
Anyasiri and her court received and gala parade down Beach Road upon return
from winning the “Miss Queen of the Universe” title in Los Angeles.
The Queen of the Universe competition is the biggest
transvestite competition in the world and was held this year, as it is every
year, in Los Angeles.
Litanyaporn won the Miss Tiffany Universe competition on
June 30 this year and entered the finals at the Mavinham Hotel in Los
Angeles, America on November 10. A great achievement, Litanyaporn is the
third Thai competitor to make it into the final rounds.
When she was asked to answer a question she received a
bursting round of applause. Her question was; “In 25 years, what do you
hope to have achieved.” Litanyaporn responded, “I hope I have been
instrumental in changing the laws and attitudes of the general public
concerning gays, transvestites, tomboys and lesbians in order to make them
more accepted in the community and make the laws fairer.”
Alisa Phantusak, manager of the Tiffany Show, said she
was very excited that Litanyaporn had won the crown.
The runners up were Singapore, Mauritius, Haiti and
Litanyaporn was born in Bangkok and is a graduate of Thamasat University
and is now studying for her Masters Degree at Central College in Sydney. She
has brought much fame to Thailand by winning the Queen of the Universe
Competition 2002 and her fellow Thais are very proud of her.
Marriott Resort and Spa’s Spectacular ‘Thank You’ Party
by Peter Cummins
A “Thank You Party” it certainly was, as the Pattaya
Marriott Resort and Spa really turned on a splendid show for clients,
friends and supporters at the Resort’s Sala Rim Nam last Friday, the 22nd
poses with the staff and entertainers.
Not even threatening weather and the unseasonable
rainfall over the past few days could ‘dampen’ the enthusiasm of the big
crowd who enjoyed the entertainment, the dancing, the show, and even the
chance for a ‘mini’ massage from the attractive girls from the Spa who
were in attendance.
Spectacular dancing, from Hawaiian to modern, served to
compliment the superb ambience which pervaded the evening.
The food was just great and, of course, there were rivers
of wine, beer and other drinks to make the spirit soar like the lanterns
which were lit and floated up into the night sky.
Somsak Tanruengsri, cluster general manager of the Marriott Resort and
Spa, welcomed the guests and his assistant called on a number of the guests
to help in the lucky draw.
Finnish families sing in harmony in the
‘Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords’ celebration at Marriott Resort & Spa
On November 22nd Finnish businesspeople and residents led
by Risto Vierula, production and purchasing manager for Noppon Thai Co.
Ltd., along with priest Juhavi Waarna, Finnish family members and 40
Christian Thais attended the ‘Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords’
celebration at Marriott Resort & Spa.
Risto Vierula, production and purchasing manager for Noppon Thai Co. Ltd.,
led family and friends in song during the ‘Jesus is King of Kings and Lord
of Lords’ celebration at Marriott Resort & Spa.
An instrumental band from Finnish School in Bangkok
consisting of youth and professional level players brightened up the evening
with religious songs.
The Finnish group met to share greetings, sing songs, dine and pray
together to create a happy family atmosphere at the gathering.
BCCT on the rocks?
BCCT enjoys another networking night at Royal Varuna Yacht Club
The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand hosted another
networking evening at one of Thailand’s best kept secrets, the Varuna
Yacht Club. It was a scenic change of venue and networkers were treated to
food and drinks courtesy of the sponsors, chartered accounting firm Ferrier
Hodgson, on the rolling lawns by the beach bar.
Hodgson Thailand, led by Director Warwick Kneale (center) sponsored the BCCT
networking evening at Royal Varuna Yacht Club.
Ferrier Hodgson hails from Australia and specializes in
financial and operational restructuring, corporate recovery, management
consulting and insolvency management.
Director Warwick Kneale addressed BCCT members and guests
mentioning that the firm currently has customers on the Eastern Seaboard,
mainly in the capacity of consultancy and that the current team has a wide
diversity of backgrounds, from chemical engineering to agriculture, which
enables Ferrier Hodgson Thailand to deal with all types of companies.
BCCT board members, Greg Watkins, executive director and
Graham Macdonald were on hand to answer questions concerning the chamber, as
was Don Mackenzie, Varuna Yacht Club commodore on membership enquiries.
The evening was well attended with usual crowd of avid networkers
chatting away to one another in the fresh easterly winds at the Varuna Yacht
Give Dad a gift for Father’s Day - a Health Check!
The Bangkok Pattaya Hospital is offering an across the
board Father’s Day discount on health checks - on Father’s Day, December
5th. This is an ideal opportunity to get Dad to have a look at his health -
and make sure that he will be around for Father’s Day next year!
This one day promotion (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) has up to
50% reductions on all check-up packages, and the beauty of it is that Dad
does not need to have the check done on that day, but can defer the actual
physical examination till the end of January next year. A pre-paid package
that could possibly save his life.
The 50% discount in all check up packages means that a
very basic care package can start as low as 600 baht, going through to the
ultimate VIP package (the works!) for 3,450 baht.
Even special diagnostic tests such as ECG’s,
echocardiography and other pathology testing have large discounts, with
again some as high as 50% off.
The Dental Centre has also chosen to be included in the
Father’s Day promotion, with up to 50% reductions available as well on a
huge range of examinations and procedures.
For more information contact the International
Department, Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, tel. 038 427 777, fax 038 427 770, or