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Diana staff prove themselves as good sports

Police host party to meet the press

Don’t scoff, it’s a pizza cake for champion eater Poonsak

A toast for Eastern Bartender of the Year, who will go on to national championships

Less than one month to go for PILC Holiday Bazaar

Diana staff prove themselves as good sports

Narisa Nitikarn

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.

Hopping 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 everyone present.

Police host party to meet the press

Montree Kotchawong

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.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Jongrak Juthanont, commander of Region 2, speaks at the media party.

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

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

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 Museum.

Poonsak 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 pizzas.

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 spectators.

Eaters from 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

Ariyawat Nuamsawat

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.

Miss 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 representatives.

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 competition.

Bartender 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 Rimpae Resort.

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

Gillian Thom

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!

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