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Updated every Friday
by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 

 

 

FEATURES
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Internationality is key for new Skål Committee

Rayong ladies stage annual charity bazaar

It’s not junk, it’s art

Internationality is key for new Skål Committee

Dr. Iain Corness

With the World Congress of Skål International being scheduled to be held in Pattaya next year, the local tourism professionals have been gearing up to welcome around 1,200 of the world’s movers and shakers in tourism.

A new committee for Skål International of Pattaya and East Thailand was welcomed by the members at a meeting held around the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel. ‘Internationality’ was obviously the theme, with executive committee members showing a wonderful spread of nationalities, as befits a tourist destination as international as Pattaya.

The new people at the helm of the local Skål International are: President Andrew Khoo (Singaporean, GM Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya), Vice President Chookiat Srivatjanapong (Thai, GM Asia Hotel), Vice President Alex Hauesler (Austrian, GM Royal Cliff Beach Resort), Secretary Ingo Raueber (German, GM Pinnacle Resort), Treasurer Stefan Heintze (German, RM Dusit Resort), and directors Deborah Bundityanond (American, Asst MD Rabbit Resort), Peter Malhotra (Thai, MD Pattaya Mail Publishing), Harjinder Pal Singh (Thai, MD Benny Travel), David Smith (Australian), Somsak Tanruengsri (Thai, Cluster GM Marriott Hotels) and Rungthip Suksrikarn (Thai, MD Sunbeam Hotels Group).

The potential influx of tourists, following the Skål International World Congress next year, has already been noted by local MP for the Chonburi province, Chanyuth Hengtrakul and Pattaya Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn who are both behind the concept, and the other local tourism organizations such as the TAT and the local Thai Hotels Association have also indicated they would like to be involved with the local Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand.

The new directors (l-r) Rungthip Suksrikarn, Peter Malhotra, Harinderpal Singh, Alexander Hauesler 2nd VP, Andrew Khoo, President, Chookiat Srivatjanapong 1st VP and Stefan Heintze, Treasurer.

Bob Lee with Somsak Tanruengsri who was elected as a director.

Urs Mosimann, Bundarik Kusolvitya, President of the Thai Hotel Association (Eastern Chapter) and Stefan Heintze enjoy a quiet drink.

Rene Pisters proposes the Skๅl toast.

Rungthip flanked by Binny (left) and Marlowe (right) of Massic Travel.

Jerry Dobbs with VP Alexander Hauesler.

Doing business with friends…(l-r) Andrew Khoo, Max Foster and Michael Swart.

Dr. Iain Corness conducted the elections in a fair and precise manner.

(l-r) David Holden, Alisa Phanthusak, Chatchawal Supachayanont, Stephan Bringer and Peter Malhotra.


Rayong ladies stage annual charity bazaar

Suchada Tupchai

The Rayong Ladies Circle held their annual RLC Bazaar at the Eastern Star Resort Club House in Rayong on May 26, an event that attracted many Thai and foreign customers.

Tiew-Supha Mongkol, assistant activity organiser of the RLC, said that this is a charity event held every year on the last Thursday of May. It has been held for over 10 years consecutively. Amongst the produce at the booths were pottery and ceramics, ornaments, handicrafts, and silk and fabrics.

Income from sales and entry fees will be given to the Camillian Rayong HIV Support Centre, and the Children and Youth Training Centre.

Pottery and ceramics were popular items at the fair.

Used books drew a crowd.

There were plenty of holiday gifts on sale for the early shopper.

Jewelry bargains could be found.

The annual RLC Bazaar at the Eastern Star Resort Club House offered shoppers a wide variety to choose from.


It’s not junk, it’s art

Suchada Tupchai

In the back yard of a house at Soi Porn Praphanimit 23, near Siam Country Club, a pile of useless junk is being turned into art.

Phairote Thanomwong, a 31-year old engineer-turned-artist, is the man turning scrap into, if not exactly gold, then increasingly popular objects d’art that are finding their way via the gift shops of Pattaya into the homes of Thai residents and expats, and overseas to adorn the houses of foreign visitors.

Phairote Thanomwong with small items of his artwork.

Graduating as a mechanical engineer from Kasersart University, Phairote’s first job was at Maptaput Industrial Estate, where he installed pipe and tubing systems into factory buildings. Here, he said, he acquired welding skills. At the same time, he and his brother, both keen appreciators of art, began to study plastic models to see if they could build artworks from the discarded car and motorcycle parts that were stored in the house at Soi Nernplubwan that they shared at the time.

Large pieces are scattered throughout the showroom.

They started welding and building, and as the number of artworks began to accumulate, the two of them decided to start selling the pieces in Pattaya.

“I walked from one shop to the next around Pattaya City for nearly one month, showing them photos of the products,” said Phairote. “Eventually I succeeded at the silver shop in Royal Garden Plaza. In only one week all the work I deposited with them had been sold out.

“I had an arrangement with another shop in Mike Shopping Mall. All my customers were foreigners. It took nearly one year until I received income equal to nearly the same as a monthly salary. But as I enjoyed the work, and my ordinary work was becoming repetitive, I made the decision to resign my job and devote myself completely to this.”

Hard at work on a new sculpture.

Having made the decision, Phairote created a website www.OldSteelArt.com. He drew up a proper marketing strategy, targeting his outlets and doing promotional work. He submitted entries to OTOP, SME and BOI competitions. He received a prize of 100,000 baht, and attracted the attention of Karabao Tawandaeng Co., Ltd. Producer Karabao Daeng was looking for creative ideas for an advertising campaign under the theme “Build a Life – Build a Nation” and they came up with the idea for Thai fighters for a TV commercial.

“I work nearly every day, which is different from my former work where I had weekends off,” said Phairote. “But it is something I love and have been interested in since I was young. When I wake up I feel I can create something new each day.”

Phairote shows off his work in his exhibition room.

Phairote created some models that he is able to farm out to six other skilled welders in the province, allowing them to add to their family income. Some live a distance away, necessitating a bus journey for the materials and finished work, but Phairote is determined to step up the output and make the region famous for producing this kind of industrial sculpture.

Small pieces line the shelves.

He plans to exhibit more of his work, possibly a permanent exhibition, in the hope that it will promote Pattaya and encourage more Thai and foreign visitors to come here. Phairote said it’s an ongoing process and he still has lots of problems, but he will persevere.

Today, his regular products include sci-fi movie characters, fighters, animals and toys. He has OTOP support, which means that the products are receiving marketing support throughout the country and overseas. His income is not less than 100,000 baht a year, which is encouraging him and giving him the will to continue.

Anyone interested in Phairote Thanomwong’s work will find him at 39/7 Village No 2, Soi Pornprapanimit 23, Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. He can be contacted via tel 0 2950-0057.



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