10 Carrefour customers
win motorcycles during anniversary celebrations
GM Michael Richards (center)
and staff cut the cake in celebration of Carrefour in Central Pattaya’s
Carrefour in Central Pattaya celebrated its third anniversary on
December 10, and as part of the celebrations handed out 10 JRD motorcycles
to lucky raffle winners.
General Manager Michael Richards led the management staff in cutting a huge
cake and distributing it to customers.
The raffle, which saw 10 new JRD model 110cc motorcycles as the prizes, was
organized by the store presenting one coupon for every 500 baht spent by a
Prizes were also awarded to customers who submitted photos for a Father’s
Day competition organized in conjunction with Sophon Cable TV and held
between November 1 and 30. Twenty prizes each valued at 1,000 baht were
handed out to the winners.
PCEC learn about stroke and its signs
Dr. Montsi Luxuwong, a
neurosurgeon from Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital, presents the PCEC with valuable
information about stroke and how to try to avoid it.
The Pattaya City Expats Club’s (PCEC) meeting on Sunday
December 17th at Henry J. Bean’s consisted of another full and varied morning.
The week’s MC Roger Fox started the proceedings with Gary Brown, who provided an
update on the Christmas Gift Appeal for the Redemptorist Centre. Gary,
surrounded by a veritable mountain of gifts, thanked the attendees for their
kind response. The gifts were delivered to 187 underprivileged children who live
at the Centre on Christmas Day.
Each month the PCEC welcomes a medical specialist from Bangkok Pattaya Hospital
who provides an insight into medical matters of concern. In the United States,
stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult
disability. This week, Dr. Montsi Luxuwong, a neurosurgeon from the hospital,
provided an excellent insight into this debilitating subject.
Dr Montsi described the two kinds of stroke, the first where blood stops flowing
to the brain and the second where bleeding occurs in the brain. The effects on
the body that these conditions would have were then described. Dr Montsi
explained the factors which could increase the risk of stroke which are a higher
than normal blood pressure, oncoming old age, and a family history of stroke and
Dr Montsi then described the symptoms which would indicate that a person had
suffered a stroke. These are general weakness; inability to move the arm, face
or move the eyes; sudden change in vision; numbness, tingling; sudden change of
The action to be taken in the event of a suspected stroke was then described. To
reduce the chances of severe disability a patient should immediately seek
professional medical attention within three hours. After three hours, it is
increasingly difficult to remove a blood clot should it have been formed.
Stroke prevention takes the form of annual health checkups; a low fat and
carbohydrate diet with a minimum of sugar; a high intake of protein, fibre and
vegetables; giving up smoking; regular aerobic exercise such as walking,
swimming and cycling; general weight control.
Dr Montsi summarised by saying that the above stroke preventative measures were
relatively easy to implement but an effective cure once a stroke had occurred
was not. The PCEC greatly appreciated Dr Montsi’s clear account of this
important health topic.
David Meador, PCEC secretary, provided further details of the new special
interest group to be called the ‘How Do They Do It’ group which will undertake
short tours to local manufacturing plants and factories. Approximately 20 PCEC
members have expressed interest and the first tours are expected to take place
soon, probably on a monthly basis.
Following the highly successful and enjoyable PCEC tour to Kanchanaburi, club
chairman Andre Machielsen then provided initial details of the next tour. This
will be another 3 day trip, this time to Chantaburi and it is scheduled to take
place during the second half of January. Full details will be provided at the
Sunday meeting very soon.
The popular monthly visits to the driving licence centre have now resumed, when
both motor bike and car licences can be obtained. Hans Stroosnuder provided the
The regular Open Forum was then underway, led by John Lynham, the Writers Group
host, and this proved to be the usual lively and entertaining session.
For more information regarding, not only PCEC Sunday meetings but also the
varied mid week activities, please see the Community Happenings section of
Pattaya Mail or, for more details, visit the club’s website at
The PCEC wishes all Pattaya Mail readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
at Ursula’s Antiques
Ursula Rothstein invited all
her old, new and potential costumers to visit her beautifully decorated
antiques furniture house on Third Road. As usual Casa Pascal with a few
waiters was on hand to serve the many guests with wine, champagne, and
snacks. Ursula, her husband George and all the guests were already in a
festive mood and much last minute shopping was done, with more than a few
generous husbands planning to surprise their wives with a beautiful antique
Salsa dance award goes to local dance studio personality
Well known local Salsa Latin Dance instructor, Samantha
Moore of SalsaAmante Dance Studio in Pattaya (Sam to her students and
friends), has won a gold medal for her Salsa dance performance at the recent
West Coast Salsa Congress held in Perth, Australia from 1st to 3rd December.
and her dance partner for the completion, Ben, proudly display their gold
Sam, who was invited to participate in the congress by prominent a Latin
dance instructor in Perth, took part in the 3 day congress which consisted
of daily workshops, dance exhibitions, dance parties and shows, developed
and choreographed by some of Australia’s most successful and experienced
instructors and Latin Dance experts.
One of the instructors, who provided dance exhibitions and was an instructor
at a number of the workshops, was none other than the well known and famous
Latin dance professional and Australian television star, Jamie Jesus, who is
probably best know as one of the judges on the Australian TV series
“Strictly Dancing”, which can be seen here on Australia Network TV. Jamie
and his partner “Little Liz” as she is affectionately known, principals of
Latin Dance Australia, have spent the past 2 years touring the world
teaching other instructors how to teach.
Other professional instructors included Juan Rando, the principal of Juan
Rando Dance Academy, probably the most famous Latin dance academy in Perth.
Juan and his partner Amanda are famous for their expertise in Salsa and
The Salsa dance competition held on the closing night of the Perth congress
was open to all participating dancers attending the congress, except for
instructors, who acted as the judges. Both Jamie Jesus and Juan Rando
participated as judges for the competition. Sam teamed up with Ben, one of
Juan Rando’s leading students, as her partner for the evening competition to
take part in the event, which was for non-professional dance couples and
both Sam and Ben were delighted with their win. It was Sam’s first major
dance award in the international Salsa scene and she is obviously very proud
of her achievement.
Sam attended the congress accompanied by her husband Graeme, who are now
contemplating attending, again by invitation, the prestigious Sydney Salsa
Congress in Australia, to be held over the Australia Day Long weekend from
25th January 2007. This event, organised by Australia’s most successful
Salsa instructors, performers and entrepreneurs, will attract over 1,000
dance couples and will be presided over by many international Latin Dance
stars and instructors from Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK. Music for
the shows and dance parties will be provided by the cream of Australia’s
Latin dance bands and musicians. The Sydney Salsa Congress will be held at
the Sydney Olympic Pak State Sports Centre from 25 to 28 January 2007.
New Thai and foreign artists get their chance at Liam’s Gallery
Liam Ayudhkij, owner of Liam’s
Gallery introduces the 150 unique works.
A visitor shows interest in
one of the works on display at Liam’s Gallery.
Liam Ayudhkij, owner of Liam’s Gallery, has collected more than 150 works by
new artists and put them on display as a New Year exhibition, which will
last until February.
The concept is to display works by new artists who have never been exhibited
before. The exhibition not only comprises works by talented new Thai
artists, but also includes works by foreign artists from China, the
Philippines, and America.
Works by famous artists such as Natee Utarzt of Venus fame and Kasemsak
Tranuchairat of the Human Touch 030 (3EA) 2004 are also on display.
Liam’s Gallery is located at 352/107 Soi 4 Pratamnak Road, tel el
038-251808. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to
Sunday, closed Mondays and national holidays.
Ho ho ho it’s time for Santa to feed the fish
Santa took a dive into the
tanks at Underwater World to give the fish a special Christmas feeding.
Santa had an unusual job on December 21, diving into the tank at Underwater
World to feed the fish.
To the great surprise and delight of the visitors, who were able to watch
through the glass walls of the 105-meter-long tunnel that forms the
centerpiece of Underwater World, Santa climbed into the water with his sack
and handed out a treat to the many species of fish there, although
presumably the goodies did not include mince pies.
This show will be running through to December 31. Feeding times in Zone 1
are 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The shark and rays in Zone 2 are fed
at 11:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.