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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

Weekly prizes to be won at program with a taste of Africa

Siam Hotel group says ‘thank you’ with fun and food

Welsh businessman celebrates 60th birthday

Smile, you’re on hospital’s candid camera!

Subway opens in Pattaya

Muslim Charity Fair raises money to build new mosque

Weekly prizes to be won at program with a taste of Africa

Suchada Tupchai

The “Sawasdee Africa” program, bringing the African wild to Thailand, has opened at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo.

Suriya Sangpong, the zoo director, arranged a conference on the “Chalong Chai Masai Hai Choke” project, which was attended by many guests of honor and the media.

A Masai tribesman teases children during the performance.

“The aim behind our zoo’s ‘Sawasdee Africa’ program is to attract a lot of tourists and visitors. The program shows the customs, culture and activities of the Masai tribe from Kenya,” Suriya said. It includes animals from the African continent, and is scheduled to run until June 30.

The current promotion includes a “buy one ticket and get one free lucky lot”. The draw takes place every week, and prizes include a motorcycle, gold necklace, mobile phone, bicycle and T-shirts.

Many of the prizes are sponsored by Krung Siam Beverage Co Ltd, the producer and distributor of the YJ health drink.

At the close of the conference, Khao Kheow Zoo executives took the guests and reporters to view performances by the Masai and Kenya Boy, including Hello Africa, a fighting show and traditional African dancing.

Siam Hotel group says ‘thank you’ with fun and food

Suchada Tupchai

Siam Hotel Group held its, “A Million Thanks Party-Jiewjow Chao Siam” for staff and guests at Park View Hall, Siam Bay Shore Resort Pattaya last Friday.

Saran Nimihut, manager of the Siam Bayview Hotel, announces the finalists of the fashion show contest.

The group includes Siam Bayshore Resort Pattaya and Siam Bayview Pattaya. Saran Nimihut, manager of the Siam Bayview Hotel, made a welcome speech.

The party started with games with prizes, such as picture questions, ring throwing and throwing darts at balloons. Participants then had dinner together with the food including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and European cuisine. The atmosphere was full of joy and fun.

At 9 p.m., a recycled-clothes fashion show was held, in which the staff modeled their own creations. Also, prizes were awarded to those who were chosen by lucky draw. The lucky draw tickets were made from recycled material. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Banglamung Home for the Elderly.

Welsh businessman celebrates 60th birthday

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

Graham Hayward celebrated his 60th birthday with his friends at Miriam’s Restaurant on Saturday, April 24. The party was a pleasant and relaxed affair. The guests enjoyed dinner and a Northern Thai “Fon Leb” show.

(From left) Christine Hayward, Judy Clausen and Graham Hayward celebrate Graham’s birthday at Miriam’s Restaurant.

Hayward, from Wales, opened his business seven years ago in Thailand. His business deals with many village projects. He is a former Blaina’s rugby player in Wales and was once a judge in the British court.

Smile, you’re on hospital’s candid camera!

Suchada Tupchai

Having a surgical operation with doctors using camera technology is a new choice for healing.

That was the message in a special lecture delivered at Sriracha Phyathai Hospital on April 29, when a camera technology operation center was opened on its 4th floor.

Itthipol Khunpluem (center), Dr. Thanakom Manthananon, chairman of Sriracha Phyathai Hospital (black suit) and guests of honor cut the ribbon to open the center.

Dr Thanakom Manthananon, chairman of the hospital said, “Our hospital has continuously and devotedly developed quality in order to serve people’s needs in this region. We have opened a cardiac clinic, diabetes clinic, and have founded a health club, all of which have received favorable responses.

“We are always open to new technology. This operation by camera technology can be used in many parts of the body’s system, including obstetrical surgery, orthopedic surgery and gastro-intestinal surgery. This kind of operation is different from the old type, as the incision during the operation is quite small and it is quicker to heal. It will be cheaper as you will not have to stay as long in hospital. It is quite a good new choice for everyone.”

Itthipol Khunpluem, Chonburi MP and adviser to the minister of tourism and sport, presided over the opening.

After the ceremony, many specialists in various medical fields at the hospital answered health questions from people attending the lecture.

Subway opens in Pattaya

Subway, an international sandwich restaurant, is now open at Carrefour in Pattaya. The internationally acclaimed sandwich-makers officially opened their doors for business on May 1 (see this week’s Dining Out on page 26).

Subway was founded in 1965, and has since gained fame for its high-quality sandwiches and salads, fresh meat, cheese, vegetables, and many kinds of baked bread.

Muslim Charity Fair raises money to build new mosque

Boonlua Chatree

Pattaya’s Muslim community recently held a fair at the Darulbada mosque to raise funds to refurbish the place of worship.

The Muslim community in central Pattaya, headed by Imran Pradubyart, held the “Wan Saitharn Su Suttha 47” fair on April 25.

Ahamad Kharmtetthong (right), president of the Thai Muslim Media Association receives a gift basket from Imron Pradupyart in appreciation for presiding over the charity fair.

This Muslim community was formed in 1943, the first in Pattaya. It originally emerged with a little mosque and later spread into many small communities, including Nernplubwan and Ton Krabok. Each community has its own mosque for religious rituals and Islamic teaching.

The Darulbada mosque, built in 1967, is the biggest, but it has become run down. As a result, its board agreed to construct a new two-story building in place of the old one for the many Muslims who regularly visit Pattaya and worship there.

The fair raised 330,000 baht for the mosque’s construction.

Ahmed Khamtedthong, president of the Thai Muslim Mass Communications Authority, presided over the opening ceremony.

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