Diana staff prove themselves as good sports
Sopin Thappajug, managing director of the Diana Group and
assistant judge at the Chonburi Juvenile and Family Court, presided over the
Diana Group Internal Sports Day No 15, attended by 252 employees and held at
the Diana Driving Range on August 25.
along to the finish line at the Diana Sports Day festivities.
Sopin said that the event was primarily a team bonding
exercise, but that sport also had a deeper meaning, and that was to “lead
us to know the meaning of losing, winning and forgiveness.”
The competition was divided into two teams, Blue and
Green, with 12 competition types, including aerobics, a bag relay race, an
obstacle race, and a horse ride. The cheering sections also gained points.
In the evening the competitors and other hotel personnel relived the
triumphs and travails of the day at a party that was greatly enjoyed by
Police host party to meet the press
Region 2 police commander Lieutenant Colonel Jongrak
Juthanont threw a party for the media at the Grand Sole Hotel on August 25,
which also saw along with the assembled police officers and press people Mayor
Niran Wattanasartsathorn, MP for Chonburi province Chanyuth Hengtrakul, and
Pattaya City councilors and administrators.
Lieutenant Colonel Jongrak Juthanont, commander of Region 2, speaks at the media
Jongrak said this was a good opportunity for the police and
the local media to get to know each other on a personal level, as they
frequently cooperate during working hours and have a common interest in seeing
Pattaya develop in a positive manner.
Pattaya was improving its services, tourism facilities and image, he said,
and a good police and press relationship helps to achieve the goals of a stable
and progressive society.
Don’t scoff, it’s a pizza cake for champion eater Poonsak
Former champion hotdog eater Poonsak Muannoicharoen guzzled
his way to yet another honor on August 27 when he won a pizza eating contest
organized by The Pizza Company in cooperation with Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Muannoicharoen calmly eats a stack of pizza slices.
Vice-president and country manager of The Pizza Company Scott
Wilson hosted the event at Royal Garden Plaza, where 40 competitors as hungry
for the total prize money of 100,000 baht as they were for the tasty offerings
were slavering at the starting line.
The rules were simple: to see who could eat the most within
11 minutes of the Super Deluxe, Chicken Trio, Hawaiian and Seafood crispy
With the eating timer ticking, the competitors wolfed down as
much as they could as quickly as they could, cheered on by a crowd of
all corners gather for the competition.
Winner Poonsak, a 22-year-old third-year student of Siam
University, ate his way through 15 pieces of pizza to receive a prize of 30,000
baht plus a Kawasaki motorcycle. He won a bonus prize of 2,000 baht because of
completely eating 12 pizzas.
Runner-up was Channarong Saelek, receiving 10,000 baht,
followed by Kitti Wongwittayasakul, who also received 10,000 baht.
Poonsak, who last year had finished first in a hotdog eating contest, said he
didn’t make any special preparations for the pizza competition. “I didn’t
diet at all. But I was confident because I have lots of competition experience
as an eater even though I have a small physique,” said the modest gourmand.
A toast for Eastern Bartender of the Year, who will go on to national championships
Dusit Resort was the venue for the 21st Eastern Bartender
Championship 2005, with 17 teams participating to find the best bartender in the
Eastern Seaboard area.
Bartender 2005, Yasumin Pimsaeng from Hard Rock Hotel.
Organized by the Eastern Thai Hotel Association in
cooperation with the Eastern Food and Beverage Administrator Club, the contest
was presided over by Santsak Ngamphiches, advisor to the deputy minister of the
interior. Amongst the audience were chief and deputy chief executive of Chonburi
province Pinyo Tanwiset and Rewat Polluk-In, and Pattaya Mayor Niran
Wattanasartsathorn. Over 1,000 hotel employees were present to cheer on their
The day saw a number of other hotel contests. Seven hotels
took part in a cake decoration contest, eight hotels vied for the best fruit and
vegetable sculpting, a skirt decorating contest had nine hotels taking part,
seven hotels fought it out over food table decorating, and nine hotels took part
in a wet tray contest. All 17 hotels took part in a canap้ decorating
of the year Panya Inkong-Ngam is from Jomtien Park Beach Resort Hotel.
The big event of the day, however, was the bartender contest,
won by Panya Inkong-Ngam from Jomtien Park Beach Resort. Panya, who had won
third place last year, now goes forward to the Thailand Championship in Phuket
later this year. Runner-up was Mountain Beach Hotel and third was the Novotel
Winner of the Miss Bartender contest was Miss Yasumin
Pimsaeng from Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya. Second and third places were taken by,
respectively, the Dusit Resort and The City Sriracha.
Hard Rock Hotel won the wet tray and canap้ decoration contests, Dusit
Resort won the skirt decoration contest, Pattaya Marriott Resort and Spa won the
cake decoration contest, Montien Hotel won the vegetable and fruit sculpting
contest and Cholchan Resort won the food table decoration contest.
Less than one
month to go for
PILC Holiday Bazaar
There less than only one month to go until the Pattaya
International Ladies Club’s popular Annual Holiday Bazaar, to be held on
Saturday 8 October at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, and local residents are
urged to make a note in their diaries of this important date.
“All the stalls have now been sold out, and with many new
vendors this year, as well as familiar faces from previous years, there should
be a wide range of goods for anyone looking for unusual Christmas gifts and
goodies,” says president of the PILC, Sharon Tibbitts. “We are really
looking forward to making this bazaar bigger and better than ever before, as it
is one of our main fundraising events of the year.”
Raffle tickets are also selling well, but there are still
some books available from the organizer, Judy Clausen, so call her on
038-240-792 (home) or 01-650-6630 (mobile) if you would like to buy tickets for
yourself, or think that you can sell some to neighbours and friends. It’s all
in a good cause, and there are some fantastic prizes to be won, thanks to the
generosity of local retailers and businesses!