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Three out of three for the Royal Cliff Beach Resort

Summer lunch at Pan Pan

Bartender Contest 2006 set for next month

Having a ball with PILC

PC Classic presents computer to Juvenile and Family Court

Budding movie star speaks at PCEC Sunday meeting

Jameson’s hosts first Charity Club Pub Night

Obituary: Ian Read

Obituary: Maria Piewphan Ekasingh

Three out of three for the Royal Cliff Beach Resort

The management team, (l-r) Resident Manager Choosakdi Srivatjanapong, General Manager Alexander Haeusler, Managing Director Panga Vathanakul, Deputy General Manager Ranjith Chandrasiri and F&B Director Paitoon Ritdej at the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Dinner.

Miss Terry Diner
In an amazing coup, the Royal Cliff Beach Resort has netted three Awards of Excellence for three of its restaurants in 2006 from the Wine Spectator magazine of New York. These are The Grill Room and Wine Cellar, the Rossini (Italian Cuisine) and the Chrysanthemum Palace (Cantonese Cuisine).
This in itself is probably a world first, but what is even more outstanding is that this is the 4th consecutive achievement for the Grill Room and Wine Cellar and the 3rd for Rossini, while the Chrysanthemum Palace has won the award for the first time. Previously, the Grill Room and Wine Cellar received the award in 2003, 2004 and 2005, while the Rossini was the recipient in 2004 and 2005.
One common factor is the wine cellar, which has been developed by Thailand’s own ‘wine-meister’ Ranjith Chandrasiri, who over the past few years has not only built up a fine cellar in the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, but has elevated the knowledge and appreciation of wines in the local populace through the Royal Cliff Wine Club. With an inventory of over 36,000 bottles and close to 1,000 labels ranging from their own house label right the way through to a 1959 Petrus or a 1990 Romanee Conti, the Wine Cellar is without peer in Thailand. Ranjith’s proud boast is that he guarantees that if you enjoyed any particular bottle, he has another of the same vintage in stock.
Another ground-breaking aspect is for a Chinese restaurant to win a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. That the Chrysanthemum Palace has done this is a world first to my knowledge. So if you don’t want to drink just tea with your Chinese banquet, you now know where you can have an award winning wine to go with the Hong Kong chef’s award winning Cantonese cuisine!
Ranjith and the culinary teams at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort are to be congratulated for continuing to put Pattaya up there in the food and wine world.


Summer lunch at Pan Pan

Gillian Thom
For those members of Pattaya International Ladies Club who stay in Pattaya during the summer months, it is nice to have a chance to get together as a smaller group once in a while. Around 32 PILC ladies showed up for the delicious Italian spread at Pan Pan, and many thanks indeed to Khun Wanpen and her very efficient staff, who made this such a pleasant event.

Around 32 PILC ladies showed up for the delicious Italian spread at Pan Pan.
Two new members joined the Club, Sharon from Canada and Janis from Australia, bringing the Club membership to well over 140 this year. Both were given copies of the latest Newsletter, so that they can read about the various social and welfare activities that the Club so actively promotes.
Gillian Thom, president, thanked the members for attending and reminded them of the forthcoming monthly visit to the Garonyawet Home for Disabled Ladies which will take place on Friday. She also wanted to thank Elaine Poole and Stephanie Moorhouse for “stepping up to the plate” and volunteering their services to help with marketing and merchandise respectively.

Debra Cavanaugh chooses a lucky number ticket out of the basket held by Pat Murphy.
Shortly after the lunch, an intrepid group of travelers, including Nancy Bradburn, vice-president of the club, and Peggy Wragge and Sheila Bagnall, co-chairs of activities set off on one of their “overseas” trips, to visit the Golden Triangle. The PILC organizes many such trips for their members to explore the area around Pattaya and further a field.
Anyone interested in joining the group or who would like more information about its various activities should telephone Gillian Thom, president, on 01 7626003 or e-mail to [email protected].

PILC ladies browse the books on sale for charity.


Bartender Contest 2006 set for next month

The best bartenders from leading hotels in the Eastern Seaboard will meet at Dusit Resort, Pattaya’s Napalai Convention Hall on September 13 in one of the most awaited F&B events in the East Coast, the Bartender Contest 2006.

Exciting action during last year’s Bartender Contest.

Fanfare and entertainment for the Bartender & Miss Bartender Contest starts at 6 p.m. This year’s theme will be “Pattaya Cabaret”. Bartender contestants will be judged based on the flair, creativity and presentation of their very own cocktail concoctions. This is further enlivened by a dancing Miss Bartender.
The jurors, made up of representatives from the region’s food and beverage industry, will evaluate the contestant’s skills, presentation and overall merits of each cocktail. This year’s winner of the Bartender & Miss Bartender will receive cash prize, trophy and certificate and will go on to compete in the Asian Bartender Contest this year.
This whole day affair will also feature F&B competitions during the day as Table Skirting, Table Set-up, Wedding Cake Design, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Canape Presentation and Flower Centerpiece Decoration. Winners for these competitions will be announced during the Bartender contest. They will receive cash prize, trophy and certificate.
This event is brought to you by the Thai Hotels Association (Eastern Chapter), Pattaya City, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (Central Region 3), the F&B Managers Association (Eastern Chapter), and Dusit Resort, Pattaya.
Tickets are available at Dusit Resort, Pattaya’s Public Relations office 0 3842 5611-7 ext. 2128.


Having a ball with PILC

PILC says thank you to last year’s PILC Charity Ball sponsors.

It is not every day you are invite to a real ball. As it is right now there is only one real ball per year in Pattaya, and that happens to be organised by the Pattaya International Ladies Club.
What is a real ball you might ask? A real ball has a theme. This year the theme of the ball is “around the world”. Taking into consideration that PILC has members from 25 different nationalities this seams to be the perfect theme for the huge, fantastic ball on 25th of November.
The PILC ball has another theme beside the guests having a great time enjoying themselves with their friends, enjoying a tasteful dinner and dancing the night away to wonderful music. The other theme is an important one. Important for the reason that the PILC ball is a Charity Ball. Every year PILC invites different companies and private persons to become sponsors of the ball and we are always on the lookout for more companies and private persons who would like to help those in most need in the Eastern Seaboard.
The PILC have 4 levels of contributions:
For 50,000 baht you can become a Platinum Sponsor.
For 40,000 baht you can become a Diamond sponsor.
For 30,000 baht you can become a Gold sponsor.
For 20,000 baht you can become a Silver sponsor.
Last year PILC had 9 sponsors of the PILC Charity Ball. We would like to take the opportunity to say a big Thank You to last year’s sponsors, who were: Volclay Siam, Cardinal Health, John and Sukanya Seaton, Dana Spicer, Copeland-Emerson, Scc-Dow Group, Premier Homes, LCB Container Terminal 1 and Pattaya Mail.
With the support and donations from these companies and private persons, the PILC has been able to support children, women and men in the Eastern Seaboard. PILC is helping wherever help is needed. The PILC welfare team is working very hard to find out who needs help. With a very “hands on” welfare policy all projects are carefully examined to find the way for optimal use of the donations that are given to PILC. The PILC makes sure that all projects are turned into success for the people involved from the day the project starts to the day it is finished.
For more information about PILC welfare projects please visit the web site: www.123hjemmeside.dk/charitywork-thailand
The PILC would like to welcome new sponsors and are looking forward to saying hello to all the “old” ones. Please contact chairperson for Special Events Rosanne Diamente: [email protected] . Mobile: 01 86 50 714 or Welfare Chairperson Helle Rantsén: [email protected]


PC Classic presents computer to Juvenile and Family Court

(From left to right) Peter Malhotra, Dennis Stark, Max Rommel, Judge Arunee Prayungyaem, Panga Vathanakul, Pichaet Krisanaphan, Jon Tellefsen, and Graham Hant-Crowley at the presentation.

Ariyawat Nuamsawat
The organizing committee of the Pattaya Mail PC Classic 2006 international yacht race in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Jomtien Pattaya, led by club president Max Rommel on July 26 presented a notebook computer to Chonburi Provincial Court’s youth and family division to support court activities.
Judge Arunee Prayungyaem and Juvenile and Family Court director Pichaet Krisanaphan accepted the computer during a ceremony held at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.
The Pattaya Mail PC Classic 2006 was held on March 25, this being the 12th consecutive year that the race has been held. Proceeds from the event are added to a fund managed by the Rotary Club of Jomtien Pattaya.
Panga Vathanakul, managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, one of the sponsors, said that once it was learned the Juvenile and Family Court had need for a computer for use in giving presentations to children in detention and presentations at schools, the organizing committee was pleased to buy and present the computer.
This is the second occasion that computer equipment has been presented to the court. Judge Arunee said the computers would be put to good use in educating the young at various schools in teaching them their rights as children and helping to keep them away from drugs and criminal activities.
The organizing committee also donated a projector to the division. The notebook computer is valued about 60,000 baht.


Budding movie star speaks at PCEC Sunday meeting

The main speaker at the Sunday, July 30 Pattaya City Expats Club meeting was Sam Machielson (the son of club president, Andre), a 19 year old actor who has a main role as a waiter in the upcoming movie Tsunami Aftermath. In the movie he plays the part of a waiter and his family is lost due to the huge wave that hit Thailand. He inherits their land and fights to keep it from being developed by hoteliers and others who want to transform the land for financial gain. The movie airs on HBO and BBC3 on December 9 and 11.

Sam Machielson (right), shown here being interviewed by Thor, was the guest speaker at the Sunday, July 30 Pattaya City Expats Club meeting.

Sam is a handsome, articulate 1/2 Thai 1/2 Western man born in Malaysia who came across acting through a friend who introduced him to a director. He was asked to read for a part and that began his acting career.
His father asked two movie directors if he should enroll him in acting school and they both vociferously said, “No, he is a natural, don’t ruin him.”
He said acting entails many hours of doing nothing, waiting for lighting, etc., and that is when he finds time to sleep. He was asked by Thor (who was interviewer) to cry on the spot to prove his acting ability. He said they have tricks for that. They spray a mixture of menthol and water into your eyes which makes you tear up. In the future he wants to play an action figure like Capt Jack in Pirates of the Caribbean.
His main hobby is jet skiing and he is part of the Thailand Team and is ranked #7.


Jameson’s hosts first Charity Club Pub Night

The Charity Club of Pattaya held its first Charity Pub Night at Jameson’s the Irish Pub on Saturday 29th July.

Christina Boden
The Charity Club of Pattaya held its first Charity Pub Night at Jameson’s the Irish Pub on Saturday 29th July.
Friends and supporters helped the club raise funds for the building project for the Wat Wang Wa School South of Rayong, where they are building and furnishing a classroom to house 40+ children at the cost of approx 400,000 baht.
To raise the money, the Charity Club has gotten together with Jameson’s, Witherspoon’s Oliver Twists, Kilkenny’s, Shenanigans and the Queen Vitoria Inn to arrange pub nights with raffles and auctions and the proceeds will be given to the Charity Club of Pattaya’s Building Appeal.
Kim Fletcher, landlord of Jameson’s, donated the proceeds from draught Heineken, a percentage from the Carvery, and a Carvery for 2 people every week for 1 year. At this moment we do not have the total amount raised, but when we do have the final figure we will let you know.
The Numbers for the 2 unclaimed Raffle Prizes are as follows: Dog picture – Craig A – 3563; A Signed hat & signed picture of golfer Bernard Gallagher – Stuart 3736.
The next pub night is at Witherspoon’s on Saturday August 19th. Anyone who would like to make a cash donation or donate a prize to the raffle please contact either Christina or Malcolm or one of the participating bars.


Obituary: Ian Read

Le Cafe Royale proprietor passes away

Ian Read

Ian Read, who established the Le Cafe Royale hotel and restaurant in 1990, passed away after a long illness. He was 65. Ian was born in London and was the successful head of a UK construction company before deciding to become a Pattaya businessman and opening Cafe Royale with his long term partner Robert Ruiter.
Le Cafe Royale, situated in Pattayaland Soi 3, or Boyztown, became one of the most popular resorts for gay tourists in the city under Ian’s stewardship and pioneered various entertainment concepts such as a nightly piano bar and internationally acclaimed music and singing groups from overseas.
A serious heart attack and its long term effects forced Ian to play less of a management role from the late 1990s. But almost until his death in the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, on August 3, he reported for duty almost every day in a supervisory role. Over 200 people attended the cremation service in the South Pattaya Road temple.
Barry Kenyon, a longstanding friend, gave a short public address and praised Ian’s sense of humour, his generous nature and his dignity in coping with serious health problems for many years. “His passing marks the end of an era for his many friends,” concluded Barry. Rest in Peace Ian Alec Read (1940-2006).


Obituary: Maria Piewphan Ekasingh

Funeral held for mother of Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh

In memory of Maria Piewphan Ekasingh

The funeral of Maria Piewphan Ekasingh, the mother of Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, took place on July 29 at St Nikolaus Church.
Pratheep Malhotra, managing director of Pattaya Mail Publishing Co Ltd, Chonburi senator Sansak Ngampichet, chairman of Pattaya City Council Tavich Chaiswangwong, and Wattana Jantanawaranon, deputy mayor, had earlier jointly sprinkled holy water for the first day of the Christian ceremony.
Maria Piewphan Ekasingh had been admitted to the Somdej Phranangchaosirlkit Hospital Naval Medical Department at Sattahip on May 18, suffering from kidney disease. She passed away on July 26 from kidney failure, age 82 years.
Born on May 12, 1924, Maria Piewphan had married Prasert Ekasingh and they had four children together, namely Ekasit, Ronakit, Thatree and Atitthan.



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