Vol. XIII No. 6
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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

Tennis stars fé้ted at the conclusion of the Volvo Women’s Open

Pattaya welcomes in the Year of the Rooster

Sharon Tibbits re-elected as president of PILC

Charity Club of Pattaya raise funds to built shelters for Tsunami affected children in the south

Tennis stars féted at the conclusion of the Volvo Women’s Open

Martina still the darling of the show

Elfi Seitz

The Empress, Chinese restaurant at the Dusit Resort, was the scene of a private cocktail party held last week in honour of the for the tennis players, sponsors und organizers of the Volvo Women’s Open.

Marion Bartoli signs an autograph for Khun Sinee as Stephan Heintze looks on.

Most of the tennis stars were there, including Martina Hingis, her Australian trainer Lisa Chaffey, Conchita Martinez, Vera Zvonareva and Evgenia Linetskaya, amongst the many other guests and friends.

Martina was wearing a stunning jeans-outfit, which emphasised her beautiful figure and no one wondered why she was immediately surrounded by a lot of people, waiting to have a chat with her or to pose with her for a photograph.

Stephan gets his special autograph from Vera Zvonareva.

Pattaya Mail/Pattaya Blatt was there as well. I presented Martina with a special printout of the commemorative front page of the Pattaya Blatt whilst an exact copy was autographed by Martina for us to keep.

Sponsors received a warm words of gratitude delivered by Robert Norman, president of Volvo-Car Thailand Ltd, Chaipak Siriwat vice-president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand of course Chatchawal Supachayanont the effervescent general manager of the Dusit Resort. Stefan Heintze, resident manager and management team were also thanked for arranging an outstanding party for our distinguished visitors.

Robert Norman (right) President of Volvo Thailand, conversing with a party guest.

I had a chance to speak with Martina and learned quite a bit about this charming lady.

Martina Hingis was actually born in Czechoslovakia and migrated to Switzerland with her parents at the tender age of two.

Martina’s mother, Melanie Molitor, a famous tennis player herself, started to train her little daughter when she was only three years old. Of course this was the beginning a fantastic early career, making Martina a tennis wonder-child. When she was thirteen, she participated in international competitions and at sixteen she reached the top of the tennis-world, earning the number one spot. But then unfortunately, due to an injury Martina had to drop out of active sport.

Chatchawal Suphachayanont and Jeffrey Rowe enjoying the party.

But this didn’t mean, that Martina gave up playing tennis. After several years of not competing, she made a comeback to active tennis in Pattaya, but unfortunately lost to Marlene Weingartner a young German player.

Still, one has to admire Martina’s fairness. She was offered to play the end game without qualifying, but she refused to do so. She didn’t want to boast of being the superstar, but more so to be one of the competitors and to impress the public with her skills.

Lisa Chaffey in discussion with Chaipak Siriwat.

Martina’s mother owns and operates a tennis-academy in Schindellegi near Zurich, and Martina quite frequently helps train the 130 tennis students.

Most of Martina’s time is now busy with demonstration tennis games and a lot of advertising, under close supervision and management of the young and pretty Lisa Chaffey.

Not to miss out, Hans Spoerri, Area Manager of the Siam City Hotels & Resorts, presents a bouquet of flowers to Martina, who in his own words ‘is such a lovely girl’

In her spare time, Martina loves to ride horses and is the proud owner of a few steeds. She finds her peace and rest there amongst those elegant creatures, refueling her energy and power in the midst of nature.

It was a pleasure meeting Martina here in Pattaya again. Her natural and refreshing manners show that even though she was a star in her very young years, she is still a down-to-earth and sweet human being.

Conchita Martinez, a person of beauty and confidence.

Martina, signs the front page of the Pattaya Blatt and presents it to a proud Elfi Seitz, the editor-in-chief as Chatchawal and Stefan beam with satisfaction at the success of the Volvo Women’s Open 2005.

Pattaya welcomes in the Year of the Rooster

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

Every year Thais of Chinese descent celebrate the traditional lunar New Year in grand style and this year was no exception. Festivities began in the morning with ceremonies taking place at city hall.

The 50 meter long dragon twirls around the revered statue symbolically spreading strength and power to the people of Pattaya.

Hundreds of residents joined the mayor, his deputies and city council members on Wednesday morning to usher in the year of the Rooster. The ceremonies, held in front of King Taksin the Great monument, saw city officials present offerings to the deities as well as pay respects to the former Thai King, as the disciples of Luan Phu Tim from Rayong performed traditional dragon and lion dances.

Mayor Niran Wattansartsathorn, his deputies and city councilors pay homage to King Taksin the Great.

The lion dance, in particular, is an important tradition and the dance is an important part of the Chinese New Year festivities. If well performed, the lion dance is believed to bring luck and happiness.

The little Buddha dances with the golden lion and finds amusement in tormenting it with a fan.

Once completed, a parade wound its way to the Sawang Boriboon Foundation in Naklua back along Pattaya Beach road to Jomtien, wishing good luck to residents along the way. The procession ended at Pratamnuk Hill with a spectacular display of dances and ceremonies at the Kromaluang Chumporn Khet-udomsak Monument culminating in the igniting of thousands of firecrackers.

The festivities and ceremonies drew a great deal of interest from residents and tourists alike as the region celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Pattaya Mail wishes all our readers ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’

Sharon Tibbits re-elected as president of PILC

Pattaya International Ladies Club recently held its AGM at the Hard Rock Hotel on Pattaya Beach Road. The AGM was held during the monthly luncheon get-together and was an opportunity for Club members to elect the committee for the coming year.

Sharon warmly thanked all the Committee members for their stalwart work during 2004. At left is Helle Rantsen.

President of the PILC, Sharon Tibbits, addressed the members with a roundup of the year’s activities, and reports were heard from the various sub-committee chairs for Treasurer, Special Events, Membership, Activities, Hospitality and the Secretary. Voting took place to elect the new committee, and the Club was delighted to unanimously approve Sharon Tibbits as president for the second year running, and to welcome Dinnie de Vries as the new Membership Secretary and Joan Nygrin as the Newsletter Editor.

Outgoing treasurer Kylie Grimmer, Joan Nygrin and Liz Shepard.

Sharon warmly thanked all the Committee members for their stalwart work during 2004, and reviewed the many projects and programs that PILC has contributed to during her time in office.

“Everyone gives their best to their job. And it has been a pleasure to work with all the committee members, and their helpers, during the year. The Club continues to go from strength to strength, and will shortly be reviewing the charitable projects undertaken, including a special project to assist the victims of the tsunami in Southern Thailand,” Sharon said.

(l-r) Sharon, Av Khanijou, the new Vice President, Arlette Cykman, the darling of the club and Judy Hoppe, who carries on as secretary.

The ladies then went on to enjoy a fabulous meal, courtesy of the Hard Rock Hotel, whose very efficient team and charming staff helped to make for a memorable event.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club committee for 2005 is as follows: President: Sharon Tibbits, Vice-President: Avnindar Khanjou, Secretary: Judy Hoppe, Treasurer: Chitra Chandrasiri, Activities: Roseanne Diamente, Newsletter Editor: Joan Nygrin, Membership: Dinnie de Vries, Welfare: Helle Rantsen, Hospitality: Rita Cromwell, Special Events: Arlette Cykman.

Anyone interested in joining the Club, or newcomers to the area who would like some help in settling in, are welcome to call the group’s president, Sharon Tibbits, at tel. 038-306135, or the Hospitality co-coordinator, Rita Cromwell, at tel. 038-435579.

Charity Club of Pattaya raise funds to built shelters for Tsunami affected children in the south

Members of the Masonic Lodge Pattaya West Winds gathered at the Captain’s Corner Restaurant, Thappraya Road, along with Expat and Thai friends at the fund-raising dinner organized in conjunction with Christine and Malcolm Boden of the Charity Club of Pattaya.

Middy Campbell talks about his experiences in Phuket, helping to erect the first shelter.

The occasion was both a fund-raiser and celebration of the first temporary school/temple built at Kamala Beach (full story and photos in last weeks Pattaya Mail - Vol XIII Iss. No. 4-January 28-pages 28-29-30)

With more help and funding the members of the Masonic Lodge hope to have another school in place in Phangna District.

Those who were present saw the video presentation of the programme presented by Dr Iain Corness on the construction, breakdown, transportation and reconstruction of this easily transportable building.

Dave Doll presents Sriamporn (Jum) with her lucky draw prize.

Kevin Fisher, Richard (Middy) Campbell and Dave Doll were on hand to explain what had been achieved and encourage more help and donations for the next project to help get the children back into a normal routine after the devastation inflicted by the Tsunami not only on the physical buildings but on the lives of the survivors. Help in building the school is great therapy and to get back into a learning situation will focus the children on a future beyond the restructuring of their lives and community. The song tells us that, we are the world, they are the future and the two are inextricably tied together.

Som helps Middy and David Garred draw some prizes.

Special thanks go to Ib Ottesen for making the venue available for the large gathering, the better to understand and realize what a great job the volunteers did in such a short time. No one, except the designers, could comprehend how the building could be constructed so quickly. Thanks to Ib for the gift of many kilos of essential clothing, which he gave to Christina and Malcolm to be sent down in the next consignment to the South.

David holds up the Pattaya Mail as Peter tells the audience exciting stories that the three musketeers (Dave, Middy and Kevin) experienced at Kamala Beach.

Malcolm and Christine had also gathered together a number of items to be used as prizes in the lucky draw, which raised 40,000 baht. Peter Malhotra also pledged to double the amount raised from sales of the Pattaya Mail at the event and private donations were also pledged to help raise the next USD 8,000 for the building of the second school.

The work goes on and with it the hope of recovery. Donations to help with this initiative are still being grateful accepted. Contact David Garred Tel: +66 4 755.3100, email [email protected] or David Doll: [email protected] .co.th or Middy Campbell: [email protected]

Ib Ottesen donates clothing to Malcolm and Christina Boden for the victims in the south.

Dave Doll explains the finer points of the shelter construction as shown on TV.

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