Lesson in nutrition from Mr Universe
The message that Bart Vandermolan, the current amateur Mr.
Universe, had for the members of the Pattaya City Expats Club at their
Sunday meeting was “if you want to get rid of your fat – eat more
often”. This certainly grabbed the attention of an amazed audience to his
talk about nutrition.
The main thrust of his message was that if people want to
lose their obesity then the best thing to do was eat more often! He
reiterated that many people have been led to believe that they should eat
plenty of salads and vegetables, rather like a rabbit, but the human body is
not a rabbit. The human body needs calories according to a height/weight/age
ratio and a typical 80 kilo man needs between 2,500 and 3,000 calories a
Vandermolan (2nd right), current amateur Mr. Universe talked about his views
on nutrition at the Pattaya City Expat Club.
He went on to comment at length and give examples that if
we do not feed the body with the necessary calories then it is the muscles
that lose their tone not the body its corpulence. The body should have as
low as 3% body fat – to attain this Bart insists that the best way is to
eat at least 5 times a day.
Every time one eats the stomach is set in motion, sucks
out the nutrients from the food and sends it to the muscles. In doing so it
is using energy which is sourced in part from the “fat” of the body.
Meals should be built around the necessary number of calories and therefore
should provide about 500 calories every four hours.
In order to lose “fat” one has to change one’s
eating habits and stop the body from “storing” fat. One can “burn”
off a certain amount of the excess, but changing the eating habits and
exercise can speed up the process. His suggestion was that an hour’s
concentrated exercise three times a week should be plenty, no need to go
This all began to sound too good to be true. Then Bart
explained that much of his nutrients came in fluid form … even the 48 eggs
he eats every day! He also warned against the easy mistake many people fall
into in this social atmosphere of eating at the wrong time. Many people skip
breakfast and eat large meals in the evening when they are relaxing with
friends. He explained that the body will be full when we go to bed but it
will have 8 hours to empty and still needs energy to function during the
day. This will come from muscle tone not the extra kilos of fat added from
the night before!
He spoke about the problems of diet to lose weight,
citing that with any diet, when one has attained a goal many just forget the
diet until they have again put on weight. With his methods of regular
controlled eating and some extra exercise there is no need for supplements,
or dietary products.
His firm produces a protein powder, which was the 4th fastest growing
industry in America, which provides the necessary requirements in easy form
and is now produced in Thailand. He also stressed that multigrain breads are
better than the white variety and warned against the dehydrating effects of
A-Lo-Ha from Chantaburi, and Kittipob’s home from home
A longtail boat brought tourists and reporters through the
mangroves and into the Wang Kung area around Prued Island, in the Klung district
of Chantaburi province. Project owner Kittipob Chantaworakul, who has just
received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts in Bangkok, welcomed his
visitors while changing their boat at the Kayang Temple to continue on to the
Wang Kung Home Stay.
catch shrimp and crab on the boat.
Kittipob said that this project started from his parents who
are Chinese and have a big family. The family has always invited friends to
escape the congested traffic and pollution of Bangkok to stay here for a while.
The quiet charm of the mangroves encourages visitors to tell their own relatives
and friends, and the fame of this placid spot has spread.
Activities in Home Stay are mostly connected with the daily
life of the local habitants, including activities like fishing, crabbing,
catching squid, and shrimp farm work. Naturally, this leads to eating fresh
products from the menu, such as steamed sea crab, fried crab with curry powder,
stream shrimp, stream squid with lemon, and fresh oysters.
Lodging with meals (excluding beverages) is 1,000 baht per
person. There is a discount of 20 percent with three meals for adults and 50
percent off for children until the end of this year.
To get there: By car, take the Laem Sing road through Laem
Sing Hospital to the police box, then turn left to Koh Preud and continue to
Thep Kayang Temple. The boat from A-Lo-Ha waits to pick you up there. By water
take the boat at Klung Municipality Pier, and it will take you about 30 minutes
to reach Home Stay.
If you are a nature lover, and are interested in the life to be found amongst
the mangroves, and you like the idea of fishing for crabs, shrimp and squid and
eating fresh seafood cooked by the villagers, you will enjoy Home Stay. You will
sleep soundly in a small wooden lodging surrounded by mangrove plants, and enjoy
the warmth and kindness of Kittipob and family. Reservations can be made with:
Kittipob Chantaworakul, 61/1 Moo 4, Bangchan Sub-district, Klung District,
Chantaburi Province 22110, tel. 01-8357687, 06-0327943.
Body Zone increases Refresh Spa facilities
Refresh Fitness and Spa on Pratamnak Road held a reception on
July 2 to celebrate the opening of its new facilities. Directors Danchai
Nalintiphyawong, Narongsak Thianhed and Anurak Meesuk hosted the celebrations,
with guests including Chaliew Intarapimol, Nisarat Kansirirat and Thitiporn
cutting for the expansion of Refresh Fitness and Spa (front from left) Thitiporn
Meesuk, Nisarat Kansirirat and Chaleaw Intarapimol, (back from left) Danchai
Nalintiphyawong, Narongsak Thianhed and Anurak Meesuk.
Danchai said the Refresh Fitness and Spa opened in February
2003, and is divided into two areas for its fitness and spa facilities. The area
has now been increased by 800sq m to add a special Body Zone that will provide
services including aerobics and yoga.
Celebrations included a stage show and the sale of game tickets, the proceeds
of which will go towards funding Mabfakthong School’s computer rooms.
New Beyond Slender franchise supports the beauty market
Samerkhae Ketphasook, president of Chonburi Red Cross, was
opening presenter on July 9 for Beyond Slender, a new beauty shop situated on
Pattaya Third Road near the South Pattaya traffic light. Damrongsak and Sumontha
Lawang are managers of the outlet, a franchise owned by hi-so businessman
Nithitas Mapol, who also owns Beyond Success (Thailand) Co. Ltd, and who was
present for the opening.
models participated in the fashion show and displayed the Beyond Slender
The Lawangs said that they have been interested in beauty
salons for a long time, especially the products from Beyond Success which they
had already tried for themselves. So they decided to go into the Beyond Slender
franchise, which specializes in beauty services.
A fashion show was part of the opening celebrations, along with facial
massage demonstrations and the presentation of awards. A portion of the day’s
income was donated to Chonburi Red Cross.
Hotel furnishings a bargain at secondhand shop
If furnishing your home with fixtures and fittings from a
hotel appeals, head for Ampika Soodkeaw’s secondhand shop in Ban Amphor
Here you will find goods from hotels in Bangkok and Phuket
that are being refurbished or demolished to make way for newer properties. Items
on display include curtains, lamps, sofas, chairs, carpets, bathroom equipment,
jacuzzis and air conditioners.
couple said they are waiting for their new house to be completed and are
scouting around for furniture and fittings.
Ampika says that the shop was her brother’s idea. He first
opened up in Phuket, and experiencing success he decided to expand into Pattaya.
All the equipment is in 70-80 percent good condition, Ampika
said, and they have technicians on hand to repair and renovate. The shop is
promoted by direct mailings to apartments and hotels, and in a neat twist many
hotels in Pattaya are buying goods that previously graced another hotel.
While Pattaya Mail was on the shop premises a foreigner with
his Thai wife came to select some furnishings. The couple said they are waiting
for their new house to be completed and are scouting around for furniture and
fittings. They saw the shop advertisement in the window and were impressed by
the quality of what was on offer.
Ampika said the shop has a free delivery service. Those interested can call
any day at tel 01-5378449 and speak to Ampika Soodkeaw, or 06-5246873 for
A grove growing
in the middle of town
Standing in the grounds of the Chaba Hut Resort after a
downpour, with the fragrance of wet earth and flowers, and with traditional
buildings surrounding us, it is hard to believe that town is only a few metres
hut, next to the swimming pool, typifies the beautiful surroundings at Chaba
Hosting the Pattaya Mail visit to Chaba Hut were
general managers Jennarong and Somsri Chatraksa, along with manager Chitiphan
Chanthong. The resort is on Soi Buakow. The owner grew up in the North, and
loves natural surroundings. Thus came the idea of creating a grove in town.
The resort stands on a 3-rai plot of land, with its buildings in three
styles, namely applied Thai designs, partial timbering, and Japanese-style
brick. Bamboo is planted around the houses along with tall flowering plants,
with the houses set high so residents can enjoy the surroundings. A swimming
pool is located in the middle of the resort, encircled by colorful heliconia
Samitivej Sriracha Hospital celebrates 12th anniversary
and looks forward to expansion
Samitivej Sriracha Hospital celebrated its 12th anniversary
on July 2 with a reception opened by Chonburi Governor Pisit Ketphasook and
Chonburi Region 5 MP Ittipol Kunplome. The event was attended by dignitaries
such as Sriracha Mayor Chatchai Timkrachang, Chonburi district chief Banjob
Rungroj, and the media. Hospital director Dr Pirus Pradithavanij and his team
hosted the event.
guests cut the 12th anniversary cake.
Dr Pirus said the hospital is expanding quickly, with the
number of patients increasing at the rate of 10 to 15 percent. The patients are
not just from the immediate locality but from Bangsaen, Panatnikom, Banbueng,
and Chachoengsao province. It is expected that the number of foreign patients
will increase when the new airport opens, especially from the Japanese sector.
A new wing is planned for the hospital under a 30 million
baht budget, which will allow space in the existing building to be used for an
intensive care unit, due to open in September, and conference facilities. A 40
million baht budget has been set aside for new medical equipment and services.
Along with the celebrations and cake cutting, Samitivej Sriracha Hospital’s
anniversary was marked by the awarding of 12 scholarships to underprivileged
students in Sriracha and its environs. Other community services to mark the
occasion included the provision of an outdoor stage for the Sriracha
municipality to use for public purposes, and a public medical checkup program
that will run through to July 29.