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
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
Summer lunch at Pan Pan
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.
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.
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.
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
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
For more information about PILC welfare projects please visit the web site:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 –
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
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
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.