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Vietnamese groups agree to revive Scouting

Happy to meet, sorry to part … happy to meet again

Pattaya Mail proudly produces Had Yao News

Sikh community makes donation for victims of Southern floods

Banglamung’s elderly residents enjoy 2006 New Year Party

Almonds for charity on Walking Street

Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya donates computer to School No. 3

Planning the 5th Charity Golf Invitational with UNICEF

Celebrating New Year with a little “spicy salsa” in Pattaya

Helping people with cleft palates, and more

Teak wood and diamond-dust paint create popular artworks

Vietnamese groups agree to revive Scouting

The Vietnam Scout National Council and the Vietnam Scouts are working together to revive Scouting in their country.

After a long absence of Scouting in Vietnam, two Vietnamese Scout groups agreed to officially meet and work together to revive Scouting in their country. This formal agreement was made at the historic meeting held on January 1 at the site of the 25th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree in Had Yao.
The two Scout groups, namely Vietnam Scout National Council and the Vietnam Scouts, met with World Scout Committee member Habibul Alam and key officials of World Scouting in the Asia-Pacific Region headed by Eric Khoo, who expressed his gratitude on seeing the two groups agreeing to work together in reintroducing Scouting to young Vietnamese people.
After identifying the current situation of possibilities of merging their strengths, the two groups agreed to follow the eight-point agreement signed by both parties. Some of the highlights of the agreement are to convene joint meetings and to work together in drafting the constitution and by-laws based on the principles of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
The signing also became a symbolic and touching moment when the two groups intensely expressed their sentiment with a Vietnamese song, stirring emotions of everyone present in the room. The song puts across this message: “We have only one way, One way to the truth, The truth is the peace, The peace means living in nature.”
- World Scout Bureau/Asia Pacific Region


Happy to meet, sorry to part … happy to meet again

APR Young Correspondents
The final curtain fell on the 25th Asian Pacific Regional Jamboree at Had Yao on the evening of Tuesday the 3rd of January, closing an eventful chapter in our lives that has been full of fun, adventure, happiness and friendships for 12,000 scouts from around the region.
A week together, which saw development of close relationships, bonding the hearts of all the children and adults from different nations, cultures and traditions into one.
The closing ceremonies were indeed really grand. The Minister of Education, Mr. Chaturon Chaisaeng was even there to bid us farewell.
We dressed in our best outfits and sang and danced and were cheered on by more than ten thousand scouts in the arena. We quickly exchanged badges, souvenirs and addresses. We took photographs of each other. It was all such a matter of urgency now, as there was so little time left. “Why didn’t we feel like this the whole week?” we thought to ourselves confused. “Why now?”
As the sound of the singing and the pace of the dancing slowed down, reality slowly crept into our hearts, for we knew very well then, that the hour was getting closer to when we would all have to go our separate ways.
Our hearts beat faster and our breaths came in short hard bursts, because we were finding it very hard to control our emotions.
We looked at each other’s faces and saw the same feelings of pain and longing that we had. We smiled at each other as if to say, “I love you and I will never forget you.”
Our hands touched and then we hugged … and wept.
We consoled and assured each other saying that this was just a separation for only a short period of time, because as scouts we will surely meet each other again at the next jamboree, be it regional or the world jamboree. That is the trait of a scout … we will always find each other again.
As the final official act we saw through our tearful eyes, our beloved Camp Chief Sutham Phanthusak hand over the APR Jamboree flag to the representative of the Philippines, where the next APR Jamboree will be held in 2009.
Hey guys, guess what … we’ll be happy to see you again in the Philippines. Hurrah!


Pattaya Mail proudly produces Had Yao News

Pattaya Mail was commissioned to produce and publish the Had Yao News for the duration of the APR Asia Pacific Regional Jamboree held from December 28 to January 3.
During this period the Pattaya Mail team covered the news and events of the jamboree, rushing the stories and pictures back to our editorial offices so that the papers could be ‘made up’, printed and delivered every other day.
The photo here shows Pratheep ‘Peter’ Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail presenting a ‘hot off the press’ copy of the Had Yao News to Dr. Eduardo Missoni, secretary general of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).
The Had Yao News can be read on the Internet at www.pattayamail.com/hadyaonews


Sikh community makes donation for victims of Southern floods

Leader of the Sikh community in Pattaya Amrik Singh Kalra made a donation of clothes and drinking water to the Pattaya Volunteers to be handed over in support of the flood disaster in the South. The donation, collected from the people of Pattaya, was made at the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, the Sikh temple, on Soi 17.


Banglamung’s elderly residents enjoy 2006 New Year Party

Pornchai Kulkusol, director of the center, gives prizes to performers who demonstrated their dancing skills on stage.

Narisa Nitikarn

Banglamung Old People’s Social Benefits Home held a New Year party titled “Good Luck for the New Year”. More than 170 residents of the home participated in the celebrations.
Pornchai Kulkusol, director of the center, blessed the elderly and gave prizes to those who performed on stage, after which everyone enjoyed a meal and played games. Everyone had a great time.


Almonds for charity on Walking Street

Members of the Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya were out in force along Walking Street selling almonds.
 

Members of the Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya again this year were out in force along Walking Street, as they have been for the past four years, selling almonds. Rotarians Erwin and Susi Rohmer from Switzerland, as usual, retuned back from home bringing with them 100 kg of almonds, which the two then cooked in front of King Seafood. As before, all proceeds from the “freshly cooked sugared almonds” were donated to the Rotary Club Taksin-Pattaya projects.
The Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya would like to give a big “Thank You” to the Thai Airways station manager in Zurich who waived the over the limit charges and made it possible to fly in these almonds from Spain, which, according to a specialist, are the best in the world for cooking this way.
With Walking Street nicely decorated and many tourists at least once in the evening walking the length of this street to have a look offered the club a successful four nights. Many of the tourists now know Erwin and Susie and know that the Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya is here this time of the year and come to look for the Rotary stand to purchase the freshly cooked almonds.
Almost every member of the club was out selling over the 4 days to support this major fundraising event. Peter Thorand, Trutz Fiddickow, Charles Evans, Franz Lochbrunner, Martin van Bree, Jean LeCot, Bob Denzel, Natthakarn Wetphitak, Danny Schots, John Botting and President Stephan where out there and sold the almonds as fast as Erwin and Susi cooked them up.
This was again four wonderful evenings of fun and fund raising and much enjoyed by the participating Rotarians. They raised the fantastic sum of 100,000 baht over the four days, a really successful event!


Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya donates computer to School No. 3

Pattaya School #3 students were happy to receive two new computers from the Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya.

The Rotary Club of Taksin-Pattaya, represented by its President Stephan Hynert, Club Service Director Eric and Community Service Director Peter visited Pattaya School #3 and donated two high speed computers to them.
The principal of the school was deeply impressed with the club’s quick implementation of the project following the school’s request for help.
The Rotary Club is happy to be able to help the children in this school with learning more computer-based topics.


Planning the 5th Charity Golf Invitational with UNICEF

Mike Franklin
An early planning meeting with UNICEF at Eastern Star Country Club & Resort in December set the scene for the 5th Khun Anand Panyarachun Charity Golf Invitational for UNICEF Thailand, to be held on Saturday February 18, 2006.
Organized by Eastern Star, the proceeds from this year’s charity golf tournament will support UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Programme for Thailand and the Eastern Seaboard.

The planning team featured in the photo comprises (left to right) Jirapol (operations manager ESR), Mike Franklin (tournament consultant to ESR & UNICEF), Saradej (general manager ESR), Oui (secretary), Kajorn and Dhavanee (UNICEF private sector fund raising), Chamnan (F&B manager ESR) and, behind the camera out of shot, Tony Malhotra (Pattaya Mail sales & marketing director).

The routine planning of the 2006 tournament has the additional benefit this year of media planning in the mix, due to generous media sponsorship by the Pattaya Mail Media Company, and the Point of View Media Group in Bangkok.
This has considerably extended Khun Anand’s invitation for companies to participate to a much wider corporate audience in Bangkok, on the Eastern Seaboard and beyond. Using a combination of Pattaya Mail, Pattaya Blatt and Chiangmai Mail newspapers, PMTV on three cable channels in Pattaya, Chonburi and Jomtien; plus the POV Media Group featuring the tournament poster at selected display sites, and a TV ‘Still’ with voice-over on LCD screen locations in Bangkok.
His Excellency kindly gave an interview in his Bangkok office and spoke about the HIV/AIDS situation in Thailand, the forthcoming tournament, and the private reception and party at his Eastern Star residence by the 14th Green that he will host on the eve of the tournament. That interview features on a promotional VCD that is available to prospective sponsors.
For further information, or to request a Sponsor Package, please contact: Dhavanee Chonhenchob or Suwakun Denprapa, at 02 356 9473, or 02 356 9499 Ext.9576 or 9473 at the UNICEF Bangkok office.


Celebrating New Year with a little “spicy salsa” in Pattaya

Sue K
Salsa is a very popular dance form in Latin America, U.S. and Europe. The word is the same as the salsa meaning sauce. Who applied this name to the music and dance (and why) remains disputed, but all agree that the name fits.
Since Latin Dance is the fastest growing dance sensation in the world today, there is now an ever-growing demand in Thailand for the teaching of these dance styles for the enjoyment of young and old alike. This is why Salsa Amante was established to serve people in the Chonburi district.
Recently Salsa Amante held a New Year’s party for their students and friends at their studio in soi Potisarn. Some of the proud level achievers also received their certificates on that day.
Salsa Amante is operated by trained and experienced Latin Dance instructors, Jitrapun (Sam) Moore and Nick Verbeek.
Dance lovers can contact them at: 268/5 M6 Potisarn, Naklua, Banglamung, 20150 Chonburi, Thailand, phone/fax studio: 038 726 982, mobile phone Sam: 01 762 5401, mobile phone Nick: 07 148 1905, or email: [email protected] mante.com or visit their website at www.salsaamante.com

Recently Salsa Amante held a New Year’s party for their students and friends at their studio in soi Potisarn.

Since Latin Dance is the fastest growing dance sensation in the world today.


Helping people with cleft palates, and more

Allan Sherratt
Professor Dr. Narong Nimsakul, director of the Thai Institute of Modern Medicine and leader of the Smile Thai Operation Project (STOP), assistant secretary general of the World Federation of Societies for Laser Medicine and Surgery, honorary president of the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine and president of the Anti-Ageing Society of Thailand, was recently the guest speaker at the Sunday meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club at Henry J. Bean’s Restaurant at the Amari Orchid Resort.

(L to R) Derek the Balloon Man presents the 13,000 baht he raised to Dr. Narong to continue his work, as Richard Smith, PCEC chairman looks on.

With this incredible list of involvements, the club was truly pleased that he could honour them with his presence to share something of the work he has done to deal with the problems experienced by those with cleft palates and the parents of children who suffer from this disfigurement.
Using a visual presentation it was soon evident that he had made a tremendous impact on the members. He spoke about the commencement of this project and the Rotary Club of Bangkok providing the funding for 100 patients, 89 of these have already been operated on.
Dr. Narong spoke about his work with the King’s Mother and the care she had for all Thai people, providing medical assistance wherever she went.
With regard to the specific work on STOP, Dr. Narong related that until very recently any child so born was to be taken by the mother and disposed of as it was thought to bring bad luck to the village. On the mother’s return she had to remain for 100 days without contact with the people of the village. It took Dr. Narong some 5 years to convince people that this was an unnecessary course of action and that he and his team could provide help.
He also works outside of Thailand in places like the Philippines and Vietnam. His Laser surgery brings life back to the recipients who are once again accepted back into society, not having to face the problems in school, or their workplace. 1 hour and 5,000 baht were the figures given to help give someone a life again.
Derek (MBE) the Balloon Man had spent the period from October onward performing his balloon routine and had raised some 13,000 baht which he presented to Dr. Narong to continue his work. Richard Smith, PCEC chairman, felt that this was an occasion when anyone else in the audience who wished to make a donation to this worthwhile cause could have the opportunity to so. 40,370 baht was donated and given to Dr. Narong. The PCEC hopes to be able to keep contact with him and hear of the patients who have been helped.
Meetings are help every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. with chance to eat a buffet breakfast beforehand from 9.30 a.m. For more information about the Sunday and weekday activities check on the website at www. pattayacityexpatsclub.com


Teak wood and diamond-dust paint create popular artworks

Chatchanan Chaisree
Scenes from Thai literature and mythology carved on teak and painted with diamond-dust paint are attracting plenty of interest and good sales for a Chonburi artist.
Pramot Nimnual had the idea of depicting scenes from the Ramayana along with elephants, dragons and the Thai countryside as a way of increasing his family’s income. Such was the interest, especially amongst foreign visitors, that a single piece can earn him 20,000 baht.
A number of different size saws along with the teak and paint are the main necessities, and Pramot distributes his product in his shop. He said teak is satisfying to work on because of its golden color and its texture, and despite the hardness of the wood it is easy to plane and carve. He has recently also started working on glass. For design, Pramot took his original inspiration from Sukhothai era works of art.
Anyone interested in the glass paintings and wood carvings can contact Pramot Nimnual any day on 0 3820 6722 or 09-2521491.

Shop owner Pramot Nimnual poses in front of his shop.

Some of the designs based on inspiration from Sukhothai era works of art.