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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

PCEC enjoys slightly ‘different’ meeting on New Year’s Eve

Sikh Temple makes donation for disabled

Elderly Association celebrates New Year with offerings to monks

Phyathai Sriracha Hospital stages Pirates Night party

PCEC enjoys slightly ‘different’ meeting on New Year’s Eve

Roger Fox & Gary Brown entertain the PCEC.

The December 31 meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) at Henry J. Bean’s was the last of 2006 as it fell on New Years Eve.
The format of the meeting differed from those of recent weeks with the MC spot being shared by both Roger Fox and Gary Brown. Roger and Gary proved to be an entertaining duo as the PCEC looked forward to celebrating the coming New Year.
A tongue in cheek question and answer session followed when, amongst other things, it was determined that Peru was located directly on the opposite side of the globe to Thailand! On a more local level, the estimate of the number of baht buses on Pattaya’s roads was requested!
The entertainment continued when the attendees were then asked to look under their chairs. If a number had been attached then a corresponding question was then asked of them which, if answered correctly, entitled the winner to a prize of dubious value!
Club chairman, Andre Machielsen then announced that the next 3 day club trip, this time to Chantaburi would take place on 29th - 31st January and that the final itinerary would be announced at the next meeting.
Of continuing interest to the club are any changes in visa regulations and banking rules are far as expats are concerned. Drew Noyes drew attention to some changes which had become evident recently.
The regular Open Forum was then underway and this proved to be the usual lively and entertaining session. Continuing the New Year theme the attendees were asked to relate any experiences, good or bad, which they may have had in celebration of the New Year in the past. This produced some interesting tales.
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.

Sikh Temple makes donation for disabled

Members of the Sikh Temple in South Pattaya donate needed supplies to Theera Kaemawat, guardian of the Garunyawet Disabled Home in Banglamung.

Narisa Nitikarn
The Sikh Temple in South Pattaya made a donation on December 29 to help support over 300 disabled people at the Garunyawet Disabled Home in Banglamung.
Theera Kaemawat, guardian of the home, received the donation that was in total worth 20,000 baht and included a selection of medical and hygiene products.
Theera said that Garunyawet Disabled Home was glad to receive support from the Sikh Temple and other organizations, because there are generally around 350 people at the home, aged from 18 upwards and with a wide range of disabilities.
The home helps the disabled with activities such as reading and writing, physical therapy for rehabilitation, occupational training, and sports, all designed to enable physically and mentally disadvantaged people to lead lives that are as normal as possible.
For more information please contact the Garunyawet Disabled Home in Banglamung at 0 3824 1741-2.

Elderly Association celebrates New Year with offerings to monks

Over 200 elderly people were united in clapping their hands together in a salute, and to leave offerings for the priests for themselves and their family’s prosperity.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
The Pattaya Elderly Association met at the Public Health Center on January 5 to celebrate the New Year and to leave offerings for the priests.
Chairman of the association Pranee Maneesarn led the gathering, with 200 male and female members attending, and with singing and games making this a lively celebration.
The Pattaya Elderly Association was established in 2002 with the purpose of promoting activities for the elderly and for providing backup support in health and social welfare. Most events are organized at the Elderly Public Health Unit at the Pattaya Public Health and Environmental Department.
Membership of the association has been increasing every year, with the figure currently more than 600. The association is open to all over the age of 45 years.

Phyathai Sriracha Hospital stages Pirates Night party

Phyathai Sriracha Hospital organized a Pirates Night New Year party on December 22 to say thank-you to the hospital’s 800 employees.

Narisa Nitikarn
After one year of hard work by 800 employees, the directors of Phyathai Sriracha Hospital organized a New Year party on December 22 as a thank-you gesture.
The theme of the party was Pirates Night, with guests dressed accordingly and a live band with singer Coyote on stage to provide the entertainment.
Managing director of the Phyathai Hospital Group Wichai Thongtaeng hosted the event, and guest of honor was Chonburi Governor Pracha Taerat.
Two special prizes were awarded, those for Top Employee and Best Manager, and there were also prizes for the sports events that had been held that day.
Wichai said the party was also to celebrate the 30 percent increase in turnover that has now been enjoyed for three consecutive years, and that the improved services of the out-patients department and the special medical services center will further enhance the hospital’s reputation throughout the Eastern region.

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