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Vol. XIII No. 52
Friday December 30 - January 5, 2006

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Fun City By The Sea

Updated every Friday
by Saichon Paewsoongnern

 

 

 

FEATURES
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

Skål Club Xmas cruise braves high seas

A Night on a Dream Boat

Friends gather to offer birthday wishes to Sontaya Khunplome

Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital celebrates 15th anniversary

Pattaya steams as sexy models from FTV parade down Beach Road

Skål Club Xmas cruise braves high seas

Miss Terry Diner

The 4th annual Skål International of Pattaya and East Thailand Xmas cruise got underway last weekend, despite the choppy weather which resulted in the Royal Cliff Beach Resort’s Island Dream catamaran having to make the passengers embark from Jomtien Beach.

A record number of Skålleagues and guests joined in this year’s Skål Christmas cruise.

Unfortunately for some, such as Secretary Ingo Raeuber (GM at the Pinnacle Resort), Jomtien Beach is quite long, and when you park your car at one end, and the boat leaves from the middle, you have a fair hike in front of you! It was rumored that his red colored shoes came from bleeding blisters after the run from the KFC end of the beach.

Around 60 members and guests ignored the weather and set sail (or is that set engines?) for Sattahip, as the captain said it was too windy to go towards the northern beaches. And indeed it was windy, with Pattaya’s number 1 sailor Peter Cummins seen hanging on to the Japanese flag, and using it as a spinnaker.

On the top deck were the seasoned stalwarts of sea cruises sniffing the 60 kph breezes, with Andrew Wood, these days GM of the Chaophya Park Hotel, famous for its 20 watt bulbs in the lobby bar, and Archie Dunlop, famous for propping up many bars all over the world. The chatting on the top deck was lubricated by Paulaner beer which had been donated by Ken Witty; however, as “loose lips sink ships” as they said in WW II, most people came below decks to stay out of the wind and prevent the froth being blown off the beer.

After the sun went down, the throng made for the buffet, which included salmon, caught that day in the Royal Cliff’s private estuary (or perhaps flown in by baht bus from Foodland), assorted hot dishes including some very Germanic sausages and ginger spiced chicken, as well as many other delightful items.

After dinner, the annual fund-raising auction was held, with 83,000 baht raised for club coffers by auctioneer Dr. Iain, assisted by Paisan Bundityanond (Rabbit Resort).

Whistles were blown by the local group’s president, Andrew Khoo (GM at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya), beers were drunk by everyone, Richard Belair from Bangkok drank the whiskey he had bought at the auction, while Malcolm Boden got repetition strain injury from shooting his hand in the air as he bid for everything.

Consensus was reached that this had been the best Skål cruise so far, and a few more drinks were sunk after the Island Dream returned its merry passengers to Jomtien Beach where transport awaited them, plus a cab ride for Ingo!

Revellers enjoying the sunshine, cool sea breeze and warm fellowship.


A Night on a Dream Boat

Suchada Tupchai

Throughout the year the YWCA (Bangkok - Pattaya), with their extraordinary chairwoman, Nittaya Patimasongkroh, goes above and beyond the call of duty to help those less fortunate. The money raised, and the projects it is used for, are truly remarkable and make an indelible impression on the people they help.

One of the main reasons the YWCA is able to raise such a large amount of funds to help the poor is that they organize and run events that are too fun to miss. This year, on December 19, the YWCA (Bangkok - Pattaya) in cooperation with Pattaya Mail and Pattaya Blatt and others, organized another of their outstanding events.

Held at the Napalai Ballroom in the Dusit Resort Pattaya, the children’s charity event was organized with the theme: a gala dinner on a dream boat, which they aptly called “A Night on a Dream Boat”.

Young men from the Merchant Navy Training School were invited to create an atmosphere that would resemble a boat of the guests’ dreams. Music was performed by the Navy Band, the Dance Studio performed ballet, Jim Lumsden led Tiffany’s performers in a Las Vegas dance show, the Pattaya Blatt’s Elfi Seitz led her charges in a Hawaiian We Love Pattaya Dance, and topping the agenda, 10 top models from Fashion TV dressed in Thai silk from Janypant Silk-House and walked the catwalk in a special silk fashion show. All making the event seem like a luxurious cruise on an ocean liner.

There was also a special games corner so that guests could “gamble for charity” – all proceeds of this area went to charity – and lots of prizes were won in the lucky draw. Finally Malinee Jamina performed a special concert which added to the elegance.

Many of Pattaya’s glitteri turned out for the event, including Chanyuth Hengtrakul, Member of Parliament Region 6 Chonburi; Pol. Col. Somnuk Changate, superintendent of Pattaya Police Station; Chattan Kunchorn Na Ayudhya, Tourism Authority of Thailand Central Region 3 director, and Pol. Lt. Col. Wuttichart Luaensucant, Pattaya Tourist Police inspector, as well as many honored guests.

Nittaya Patimasongkroh, chairwoman of the Y.W.C.A. Bangkok-Pattaya said, “Activities like this are just another of the charitable events organized by the association to gather funds for scholarships and lunches for children under the Warm Family Project. These projects have gained fantastic support.”

YWCA member Elfi Seitz did an admirable job acting as “captain of the dream boat”, steering the event through waters both rough and calm.


Friends gather to offer birthday wishes to Sontaya Khunplome

Suchada Tupchai

Birthday celebrations were held at the Thai Rak Thai office in Saensuk on December 10 for Sontaya Khunplome, advisor to the prime minister, who turned 42.

Chonburi Governor Pisit Ketphasook (2nd from left) Chonburi and Deputy Governor Komsan Ekachai (left) wish Sontaya Khunplome a happy birthday.

Amongst the large gathering that came along to wish Sontaya many happy returns were Chonburi Governor Pisit Ketphasook and his deputy Komsan Ekachai, chairman of the Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization Pinyo Tanwiset, and many local businesspeople and residents.

Chairman of the Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization Pinyo Tanwiset (2nd from left) and Deputy Chief of the Chonburi Provincial Administration Organization Rewat Pollook-In (left) congratulate Sontaya Khunplome for reaching his 42nd birthday.

Sontaya is the eldest child of Somchai Khunplome, or Kamnan Poh, a very well known figure in Eastern Thailand, and Mrs Satil Khunplome. He was born on December 10, 1967, has a bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence from Sriprathum University and a master’s degree in administrative policy from Burapha University. He is married to Kusuma.

Pol. Col. Somnuk Changate, Pattaya Police superintendent, presents Sontaya Khunplome with a wine basket on the occasion of his birthday.

Beginning his political career as a Chonburi councilor, Sontaya became the first Chonburi MP under the Samakkeetham Party. He then moved to the Chart Pattana Party, then to the Chart Thai Party in 1995, and is now with the Thai Rak Thai Party. He has held many important positions including deputy minister of industry, deputy minister of communications, minister of science, technology and the environment, and minister of tourism and sports, a position that was created by the Thaksin government in 2001.

At present Sontaya is advisor to the prime minister, and deputy chief of the Thai Rak Thai Party.


Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital celebrates 15th anniversary

Announces completion date for new 15-story wing

Suchada Tupchai

Bangkok Pattaya Hospital on December 20 celebrated its 15th anniversary with gala celebrations that included music, speeches and presentations.

Honored guests collectively pressed the button to begin the official celebration.

Advisor to the prime minister, Sontaya Khunpluem, was the main guest of honor. Other guests of honor included Chonburi Governor Pisit Ketphasook, advisor to the deputy minister of interior Santsak Ngamphiches, MP for Chonburi Zone 6 Chanyuth Hengtrakul, and many other well-known personalities.

Sontaya Khunplome, advisor to the prime minister, presented an award to the BPH Wellness Award competition winners.

BPH director Dr Somchai Pattana-Anek said that BPH is the first Bangkok Hospital branch to reach 15 years of service. There are currently 80 specialized full-time physicians and amongst the facilities are the largest cardiac care unit in Thailand’s Eastern region, a critical care unit, and an eye center. New technology being added includes equipment that can examine three-dimensional images of the heart.

Violin shown by Jumpot Muangkling provided beautiful music with his violin.

“We are a private hospital that always supports research and extensive overseas training to improve and update our medical staff for quality tertiary medical care,” said Dr Somchai.

BPH is currently constructing a new 15-story wing that will be completed by the end of 2006. This will increase the hospital capacity to 1,500 patients per day. The new wing will be as glamorous as a five-star hotel and include a business center.

The anniversary celebrations were also used to donate sports equipment to 10 Chonburi schools and to announce the setting up of the BPH Wellness Award, a community health project.


Pattaya steams as sexy models from FTV parade down Beach Road

Suchada Tupchai

Pattaya Beach Road, from Soi 5 to Bali Hai pier, was filled with excited spectators as some of the world’s top models from Fashion TV (FTV) were paraded through the city, waving to adoring admirers.

The models were in town from December 23 - 25 to promote Pattaya tourism and participate in charitable activities organized by the YWCA (Bangkok-Pattaya) and government and private sector organizations. They stayed at the Dusit Resort Pattaya, where they received a warm welcome from General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont.

The first item on the models’ itinerary (after checking into the hotel) was to visit city hall, where they went to pay homage to the statue of King Taksin. Tawit Chaisawangwong, chairman of Pattaya City Council led Pattaya administrators in welcoming the models.

Deputy Mayor Weerawat Khakhai summarized the history of Pattaya and taught the women about local politics, administration and Pattaya City Council’s scope of authority. The models were then presented with the key to Pattaya City.

In the afternoon, the gorgeous models participated in a parade through Pattaya to promote tourism. Some sat on decorated Harley Davidsons, led by the Harley riding Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and Pol. Col. Somnuk Changate, superintendent of Pattaya Police station.

More than 50 clubs, associations and shops participated in the parade, making it over two kilometers long. This drew great interest from Thai and foreign tourists, many of whom took photographs of the models.

Security was strict, as police were stationed all along the route.



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