Cultural Garden event will highlight Thai traditions
On August 7, the inaugural Cultural Garden event was
staged as a joint effort between Sriracha Municipality and Burapha
University, with Sriracha’s Health Garden as the venue.
“salor” Thai instrument.
Designed to promote multi-faceted aspects of Thai
culture, this will be a series of performances and other attractions staged
each Sunday through to September 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a
different show each week.
Sriracha Mayor Chatchai Timkrachang, his deputy Chalao
Charoensantisuk, and Assistant Professor Bunma Thaikao, who is deputy
director of the student activity department at Burapha, jointly hosted a
press conference to announce the event.
Mayor Chatchai said the march of progress and technology
and the way in which society changes can easily eradicate cultural
perspectives, which in turn can destabilize society. Sriracha Municipality
regularly supports Thai cultural events and this year was working in
conjunction with Burapha University, which has a high reputation in
traditional and cultural subjects.
children playing “Ngoo Gin Hang”.
Assistant Professor Bunma said the Cultural Garden will
have 24 elements, including traditional string music, drum playing, Issan
food, Thai desserts, traditional dance, and children’s activities.
With the attractive surroundings and the fresh sea air,
he said the Health Garden is an ideal setting for the event, which will
bring in both local and foreign tourists to enjoy Thai cultural activities.
For more information please contact the Sriracha municipality office at
038 312 607, 310902 and 311060.
musical shows on the rocks attracted lots of public interest.
Thai Paralympians meet British Prime Minister’s spouse
Cherie Booth Blair wais to greet the athletes.
Supachai Koysap and Rewat Tana, two Thai disabled athletes, in England to
participate in the recent London Marathon, had the honor of visiting #10 Downing
street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, where they met
Mrs. Cherie Booth Blair, the wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Both
athletes were among 32,000 people participating in the Flora London Marathon
Supachai and Rewat have been competing in many events
including the Paralympics last year in Athens Greece, but this was their first
time taking part in the London Marathon. Their objective was too raise funds for
new building construction at the Redemptorist Vocational School in Pattaya,
where both athletes had been enrolled and trained.
The Redemptorist School for the Disabled is a part of the Father Ray
Foundation, which also oversees the Pattaya Orphanage, the schools for the Deaf
and the Blind, and the Street Kids Project, all in Pattaya.
Koysap and Rewat Tana in front of the #10 Downing Street.
When Cindy weds Byron
Sister Monica Maddox
Photos by Sue K.
parents walking Cindy down the isle.
definition of “Happy Couple”.
Highness Siriwanwaree Mahidol with the groom and bride.
Corner’ at the Reception. From left: Ib Ottesen, George Rothstein, Sue, Nat
& Nong, Panida and Kanika Ottesen, Ursula Rothstein, Jitra Chandrasiri, and
Some touted it as THE wedding, others as “the wedding of
the year”. Doubtless, for most of us it was a truly unforgettable occasion. It
was the day when dreams of friendship and love, of togetherness and forever, of
memories, Sakura, music, rings and vows all came to a culmination in a beautiful
Mass at Holy Redeemer Church in Ruam Rudee in Bangkok when Cindy Burbridge,
daughter of Pat and Bill Burbridge and Byron Bishop sealed their friendship in
marriage vows on the 29th July.
Present to share the joy were family and friends who had come
from America, Australia, Japan, other parts of Asia and many parts of Thailand.
The happy couple was also very honored by the attendance of
Her Serene Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Mahidol.
The cocktail reception and late party that followed at the spectacularly
decorated Four Seasons Hotel were well attended by the who’s who in the
fashion, movie and media industries.
Marriott to stage fund-raising dinner for Mabprachan School
Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa will stage a gala dinner
charity night on September 17, with the proceeds going to Mabprachan School.
The hotel’s public relations manager, Jeeranan Bunrod,
announcing the event at a press conference, said the school currently has 86
pupils but only three teachers, with no assistant teachers or janitors. The
school building is in a dilapidated state and lacks money for repairs, and the
cafeteria needs equipment. The school also needs furniture for the library and
sports and playground equipment.
Bunrod, public relations manager at Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa, and
Chaiyot Phoopattanapong, vice chairman of the Pattaya Mass Media Club, joined
the discussion for the charity activity.
Jeeranan said the school lacks many elements to be
productive, and its needs are urgent. The Pattaya Marriott is therefore holding
the gala charity event to help support the school’s reparation budget of 2
The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. on September 17, and along with fine food and
wines there will be a live band and a stage show. For more information and
reservations contact Jeeranan Bunrod at tel 038 412120, fax 038 710478 or
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are 1,499 baht per person.
Friendships new and old
at Rotary Club dinner
Taksin-Pattaya members, including Stephan Heynert, president of the Rotary Club
Taksin-Pattaya, Dieter H Précourt, former president, Peter Thorand and John M
Botting, press officer and board member are photographed with Your Hut Café
Friendship was on the menu at the Rotary Club
Taksin-Pattaya’s fellowship party held in Your Hut Café in Naklua’s Soi 12,
with members getting together with friends new and old in an informal
Restaurant owner Apple arranged a Mexican dinner, the margaritas added to the
spirit of friendship, and a grand time was had by all.
Rotary Club makes donation to Banglamung Wildlife Protection Centre
Rotarian Marvin Green and staff at
the Wildlife Centre.
On Wednesday July 27, two members of the Rotary Club of
Taksin-Pattaya, Marvin Green and Peter Thorand, traveled to Wat Yan where the
Banglamung Wild Life Protection and Breeding Centre is located. There they
handed over advanced medical and clinical items to be used by the centre to cure
some of the different illness these rare animals develop at times.
These items where kindly donated to Rotary Taksin-Pattaya by
Col. Tom Pool, a senior US Army Veterinarian. Col. Tom asked that our club
kindly donate the items to the centre which the club was of course very pleased
Filipinos stage a hot night of Latin American rhythm
Virginia Sorenson, president of the Association of Filipinos
in Thailand Eastern Chapter, invited all members and friends to the yearly Latin
Night Charity at the A-One Hotel. Guests of honor included Philippines
Ambassador Antonio V Rodriguez and his spouse Mary Ana Janette, Chonburi MP
Chanyuth Hengtrakul, Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn, and several members of the
Association of Filipinos in Thailand - Eastern Region Chapter raised funds for
charity during their annual Latin Night.
Explaining why she likes to help underprivileged children,
Virginia said she wanted to show that deep in our hearts, we all care.
“Where there is suffering, there is duty, sparing our
children from struggles we have the power to prevent,” she said. “I strongly
believe that every single person deserves a chance, and that no insignificant
person was ever born.”
danced a hot cha-cha with Jojo.
Part of the proceeds of the event will go to helping street
children, and part to Kasangga Mo Ang Langit in the Philippines, whose founder
Mr Langit has recently died of the disease he had been working to help
eradicate, cerebral malaria.
A dance performance followed by the group Sida, featuring
Helen, Angel, Sheila, Jojo and Gil. Virginia took part and danced a hot cha-cha
with Jojo, giving the audience the more reason to applaud.
Champions of the Latin-American Thai contest, Pornchanok, 14, and her partner
Bonbon, 15, showed that not only Latinos can dance by putting on a dazzling
display for guests.
Never tell a girl her dress
is garbage, even when it is
It’s not often that a girl will admit to dressing up in
discarded oddments, and even less often that she will win a prize by doing so,
but that is what happened at the Siam Bayview on July 21, when a competition of
dressmaking from reusable articles was staged.
pose in their recycled attire, dreaming about winning the big prize.
Assistant general manager of the hotel Suraphan Somthai was
master of ceremonies for Bayview Recycle Fashion Festival 2005, designed to
stimulate awareness in environmental protection and held as part of the
hotel’s Green Leaf activities.
The Green Leaf project was created to help the Thai tourism
and hospitality industry protect the environment and reduce energy usage. Siam
Bayview joined the program in 1997. The hotel always participates in
environmental activities held by Pattaya City and TAT, which receive many awards
concerning environmental protection.
There were 14 teams from seven departments participating in
the recycle dress competition. The judge examined their ideas, the left over
articles, the level of difficulty, and their introductions.
In first place was “Modern Recycling” from the
housekeeping department, second was “Cleopatra” from the accounting
department, and third was Lady@Si-am from the food and beverage department. The
winners received trophies.
Apart from the recycle dress competition there were environmental and energy
reduction competitions involving employees from each department.
Naklua Lions stage blood donation drive on August 9
August 9 was the date set for a blood donation drive led by
the Naklua Lions Club, guided by its president Banchong Banthoonprayuk, led a
blood donation drive on August 9 at Lan Pho Public Park in Naklua.
Donated blood will be transferred to the Thai Red Cross on
August 12, Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, and National Mother’s Day.
Speaking at the press conference to announce the event, Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn said the city cooperated with Naklua Lions Club to ensure as
many people as possible donated their blood. The tsunami had nearly emptied the
Thai Red Cross blood bank, which now doesn’t have enough to support any major
Donations in memory of Father Ray
Alumni at the Redemptorist Vocational Club and the
Redemptorist School in Pattaya are organizing a collection to help priests fund
the building of a museum in memory of the works of Father Ray, along with a new
Father Ray’s mission was to help the underprivileged and
the disabled people, and he has left a lasting legacy. Donations can be made at
Redemptorist School on August 16 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information contact the alumnus Redemptorist
Vocational Club in Pattaya, PO Box 1, Pattaya City, Chonburi 20260. Tel 038
716247-9 ext 5114, fax 038-716542.