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A rockin’ good way to celebrate

Horseshoe Point welcomes Channel [V]’s VJ Search Take 4

Hotels and hospital work together to benefit foreign patients

Mothers’ Day at the College

PILC Holiday Bazaar Build-Up

IT girl Nong Ning is Miss Tukcom Pattaya 2005

Anja Westphal exposition at the Art Cafe

A rockin’ good way to celebrate

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

Residents of the Banglamung Home for the Elderly were guests of the Hard Rock Hotel on Mothers Day, where they celebrated the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

Grandma enjoys the dancing at Hard Rock Hotel on Mothers Day.

Executive assistant manager Urs Mosimann hosted the event for the 25 senior citizens, with all those attending holding candles so they could send their thoughts to Her Majesty at the same time as the entire nation.

This special day also allowed some Hard Rock employees to bring their mothers to join in the festivities, and everyone enjoyed the games and the singing, and the meal they had together.

Horseshoe Point welcomes Channel [V]’s VJ Search Take 4

The Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club was full of fun, laughter and excitement when the crew of Channel [V] Thailand’s VJ Search Take 4 visited. It was the yearly talk-of-the-town campaign that brought together young talented teens to compete with one another to become a Video Jockey (VJ).

The last 10 hopefuls in Channel [V] Thailand’s VJ Search Take 4 enjoyed a fun-filled weekend at Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club.

This year, Honda Jazz Cool was the campaign’s main sponsor. This came as no surprise if you saw the mini caravan around Pattaya City 2 weeks ago.

The Horseshoe Point Resort & Country Club was selected as the destination for the last 10 candidates’ final camp. Along with a small horse riding class, the candidates also enjoyed the Horseshoe Point’s Activity Park, which has paint ball, jungle trekking, boat building, pool, etc. It was indeed a fantastic and memorable trip for visitors and hosts.

Hotels and hospital work together to benefit foreign patients

Narisa Nitikarn

Closer working relationships between Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and the hotels in Pattaya were encouraged during an open house session conducted at the hospital by its director, Dr Somchai Pattana-Anek.

Dr Somchai Pattana-Anek, director of Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, conducts the open house with hotel representatives.

Addressing a gathering of hotel representatives, Dr Somchai said that Bangkok Pattaya Hospital caters mainly to foreigners. The hospital employs interpreters for effective communication between patients and the medical team, and they use an advanced computer system for monitoring all aspects of treatment.

New operating methods mean that treatment takes far less time nowadays than previously, said Dr Somchai. Often microsurgery can be carried out via a remote camera inserted into the patient’s body. In three months’ time the hospital will have a sophisticated computer X-ray system that will further reduce the time taken for certain types of treatment.

By learning more about the advanced working procedures of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, the hotels would be able to give relevant recommendations to foreign guests needing treatment. The hospital has an ambulance service to collect patients from all places, including hotels.

In turn, patients requiring convalescence after their medical treatment can be given information on hotel accommodation by the hospital support services, said Dr Somchai, making for a closer working relationship between both sectors that is beneficial to all, including the patients.

Mothers’ Day at the College

Students present flowers and pay respect to their mothers.

On Thursday August 11, the College at Asian University celebrated Mothers’ Day. The ceremony was presided over by Panit Nilubol, the university vice president for administration.

After paying respect to H.M. the Queen, some of the students then presented flowers to their mothers. Traditional songs were sung and poetry was read.

PILC Holiday Bazaar Build-Up

With another year rushing by, the Pattaya International Ladies Club is in full swing planning their next Annual Holiday Bazaar, a very popular event to be held again this year at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.

The date for the function is Saturday October 8, and over 50 vendors from all over Thailand have already signed up for the available stalls. Crafts, jewellery, textiles and clothes are just some of the items for sale, and the event is a must for early Christmas shopping ideas for family and friends both here and abroad.

The event is held early in the winter season so that gifts can be sent overseas if necessary, and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of the vast array of goods available here in Thailand. Only a few stalls are still available for rent and enquiries should be directed to Helle Rantsen 01-6368165 or [email protected]

One of the highlights of the bazaar, and a great fund-raiser for the group’s charities, is the raffle. The major companies and retailers around Pattaya have again come up trumps this year with wonderful prizes for the lucky winners, and it is hoped that even more tickets will be sold to help boost charitable funds.

The Holiday Raffle tickets are on sale for THB 50 each, or a complete book of 12 tickets costs THB 500. Please contact President Sharon Tibbitts (038-306-135 or 06-0956928) for your purchase of raffle tickets.

IT girl Nong Ning is Miss Tukcom Pattaya 2005

Narisa Nitikarn

To the cheers of a large audience of supporters and the music of Pop Angel, Onrawadee Oub-Aucherdchoosakul, better known as Nong Ning, emerged as number one amongst the 10 finalists in the Miss Tukcom Pattaya IT 2005 contest, held at Tukcom Pattaya.

“Nong Ning”, Miss Onrawadee Oub-Aucherdchoosakul (right), Miss Tukcom Pattaya IT 2005.

The competition was part of the store’s first birthday celebrations. Managed by Prakan Nokhong, general manager of Tukcom Co. Ltd., and Pattamaporn Nokhong, deputy general manager of Tukcom Pattaya Co. Ltd., this outlet is the fourth in Thailand.

Earlier heats had seen the whittling down of competitors in the Pattaya IT 2005 contest to the 10 finalists. Entrants, who all had IT knowledge in addition to charm and beauty, were competing for a 20,000 baht top prize with 10,000, 5,000 and 3,000 baht going to the runners-up.

Nong Ning was the crowd favorite and in addition to the first prize and a crown and sash she was presented with a Samsung E720 mobile phone. Director of Tukcom Pattaya Thipawan Keawmaneechot presented the prizes.

Anja Westphal exposition at the Art Cafe

Dr. Iain Corness

After an exceptional two week season at the Art Cafe in Naklua, the majority of young artist Anja Westphal’s paintings have gone to new homes, as art collectors snapped up her first exhibition.

(L to R) Joe Stetten, Anja Westphal and Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 3 office at the Art Cafe on opening night.

At the opening night, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 3 office, said that he was very excited by the artistic works that were being produced in Pattaya, and the TAT was behind events such as this, and would assist in the promotion of Pattaya artists.

To encourage the young artist, two of Pattaya’s more senior artists, Alan Kirkland-Roath and Bernd Lippert were on hand to lend moral support. However, the most support was coming from Hans Westphal, as proud a father as you could ever imagine!

Anja admitted that she lives for her art, and it really is an expression of her soul. “I’m into abstract art,” she said. “What inspired me to paint are all the wonderful colours we have in nature.” With many of the paintings under B. 5,000, and bound to appreciate in value as her works become better known, it was a veritable bargain hunter’s paradise at the Art Cafe, and more than 50 percent of the canvases had “sold” on them before opening night was over.

With the final day of the exhibition being this Sunday September 4, it might still be worth a visit to Soi 16 Naklua to the Art Cafe and snap up anything that is left.

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