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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

Happy 1st birthday for Liam’s Gallery

Sunida and Todd tie the knot

PCEC members learn the latest about the Foreign Business Act

Getting to school is now fun for 10 pupils with new bikes

Panuwat Hoonbamrung & Wittaya Pised present “Only One Point”

Happy 1st birthday for Liam’s Gallery

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Liam’s Gallery celebrated its first birthday and founder Liam Ayudhkij’s 62nd birthday with a party held on March 1, family and friends turning up to give their congratulations and a monk anointing the door of the gallery on this auspicious occasion.

Liam Ayudhkij (left) offers a meal to Buddhist monks at the celebration.
Liam is originally from Ireland, and arrived in Thailand in 1963 at the age of 18. Back then he was Liam O’Keefe, but he changed his name to Ayudhkij when he became a naturalized Thai citizen.
As founder and chairman of the PCS Group of companies, the largest property support services company in Thailand, employing 20,000 people, Liam is a successful businessman. But he has always been a lover of art, and an avid collector, and Liam’s Gallery was opened as a center for art lovers.
The four-story gallery was opened on March 4 last year, and is located on Soi 4 on Pratamnak Road. Here, Liam energetically promotes talented Thai artists, and amongst the new names who have exhibited are Komkit Mekmok, Warawoot Intorn, Theparak Tanessmatee, Panthep Maneratcharatsri and Sajja Sajjakul.
In 2003, Liam published a book named Flavours: Thai Contemporary Art, which highlighted many emerging Thai artists and is regarded as a defining work in the local art world.
Liam’s Gallery, which also features some of the art collected by its owner over the past 40 years, has an art library and a workshop along with its exhibition areas.

Liam Ayudhkij (right) performs a religious ceremony with friends during the celebration at Liam’s Gallery.

Sunida and Todd tie the knot

Newlyweds Sunida and Todd Parkin cut their wedding cake.

Narisa Nitikarn
After taking four years to get to know each other, Thai-American Sunida Maclachlan, 25, daughter of Donald and Suphap Maclachlan, and Todd Parkin, 37, son of Thomas and Marlowe Parkin of the United States, decided it was time to tie the knot.
They celebrated in style on March 11 with a wedding party beside the pool at Dusit Resort, with more than 100 guests present to wish the couple every happiness.
Sunida said she and Todd had first met at the University of California and took four years to get to know each other properly before the groom went down on one knee while they were at the pool of a hotel in Pattaya, and asked her to marry him. She, of course, said yes.
The couple were married in the US and the celebrations were held in Pattaya with family and friends. As for the future they plan to continue working. The groom is manager of a TV station in the US. They don’t plan on having any children yet.
The Dusit pool was beautifully decorated with white roses and everything was white-green. Before cutting the cake the couple received blessings from each family member, then in the tradition of the West the bride and groom were the first to take to the dance floor.

PCEC members learn the latest about the Foreign Business Act

The Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) meeting on Sunday March 11th at Henry J. Bean’s consisted of another full and varied morning.

Daniel Poole (left) and Greg Pitt (right) address the PCEC.

The week’s MC Gary Brown started the proceedings by welcoming those people who were attending the PCEC for the fist time. He then introduced the main speakers, who this week were from Mackenzie Smith Law, a Thai-British law firm. The speakers were Daniel Poole, Marketing Director and Greg Pitt, CEO.
The subject of the presentation was the revision of the Foreign Business Act (FBA) which has recently attracted a great deal of attention. Information was provided which stated that it was necessary to abide by the laws of the chosen country in which a company was set up and that there could be serious issues to be faced in the present or in the future if the laws were not observed.
A company incorporated in Thailand under Thai Law has to show some form of profitable trading activity which means that it is necessary to report the company’s transactions and pay tax to a predefined schedule. The company structure and accounts can be audited at anytime. The purpose of the Foreign Business Act is to reinforce these laws and to close any loopholes.
The talk continued when three possible options were proposed. Firstly, to make sure a company is set up correctly and if it is not, correct it. Secondly, do nothing and hope that any changes in the law do not affect the operation of the company and thirdly, monitor the situation with a view to taking action if something of significance occurs.
Mackenzie Smith Law is offering a free Company Health Check to ascertain compliance with the Foreign Business Act. They can be contacted at their Pattaya Office, telephone 038 364 923.
PCEC chairman, Andre Michelsen, then provided an update regarding the trip to the Sattahip naval base and particularly the visit to an aircraft carrier. Andre reminded the club that this was a rare opportunity and subsequently two visits may be necessary to accommodate the large numbers who wanted to go.
Richard Smith reminded the PCEC that the weekly newsletter was considered to be a valued method of communication to both members in Pattaya and those overseas. He actively encouraged comments and thanked Darrel Vaught for his recent contribution for the reformatting and revising of the newsletter.
Harry Sigworth, better known as Sig, then announced the Forthcoming Events which included the next club dinner which is to take place on April 7th at the Montien Hotel buffet.
The regular Open Forum was then underway led by John Lynham 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

Getting to school is now fun for 10 pupils with new bikes

Students from Pattaya Schools are happy to receive bicycles from Rick Bevingion (back row, 5th from left), along with Bernie Tuppin (back row, 7th from left), Nittaya Patimasongkroh (back row, 3rd from right), and Mercy Center and school officials.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Ten Pattaya youngsters were presented with bicycles on March 9 at the Pattaya Full Gospel Church.
The presentation was made by Rick Bevingion of the Mercy Scholarship Project “Bikes for Tykes”, along with Bernie Tuppin, charity chairman of Pattaya Sports Club, and Nittaya Patimasongkroh, chairwoman of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center.
Nittaya said that Rick, a Canadian citizen who has himself been a keen cyclist for 40 years, had provided the bicycles to pupils who are good academically but who have trouble getting to school by public transport.
The YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center also donated three scholarships to Master Nantawat Sodnaew, age 12, of Pattaya School No 8; Master Worapong Chomchai, 13, of School No 8; and Master Atikan Bamrapparn, from School No 9.
Six bicycles went to pupils from Pattaya School No 6, two to School No 8, one to School No 9, and one to Wat Bunsamphan School.
This is the second such donation in recent weeks, the last being when 12 children from School #7 were the happy recipients of a new bicycle (complete with helmet and lock & chain supplied by PSC), as reported last week in Pattaya Mail.

Panuwat Hoonbamrung & Wittaya Pised present “Only One Point”

An art exhibition review from the Gallery Opium

Michael Bulley, Art Critic
When our artistic ancestor (the caveman) felt the need to express himself, his inspiration came from the things he saw. Today’s modern artists are more concerned with things they feel. Both however have one thing in common, a relationship with the base material needed to display such works. Be it, parchment, paper, canvas, or fabric. In the case of the caveman it was the cave walls, and here I thoroughly recommend a visit to the beautiful cave drawings of Lascaux in France.

“Traverse” - a creation from innovative Thai artist Panuwat Hoonbamrung whose work is currently on show at the Gallery Opium, Pattaya.
I also once visited the remarkable and truly beautiful artistic paintings of the great English lady, Emily Carr in Vancouver, who lived and loved the wilds of Western Canada. In 1850, she was so remote and poor, with little connection to the outside world, that to paint her magnificent works of the Indian totem poles she was forced to use the bark off a tree. Today’s great art is just as remarkable.
The exhibition “Only One Point” at Gallery Opium on Thepprasit Road by two young Thai artists, Panuwat Hoonbamrung and Wittaya Pised, reveals to us the base materials that they have been inspired to use: copper, steel & corrugated iron.
Hoonbamrung’s strong, typically shiny blend of copper, almost gold in reflection, and his beautifully simple use of paint bring about an astonishing sheen or lovely lustre which I for one have never seen before.
Pised finds his inspiration in the use of corrugated iron. He paints very strong, bold eye-catching designs, conceiving the painting as almost abstract, but with the decorative pattern of a small moving bird. His works give just the freedom needed to evoke a kind of softness that contrasts the structure of corrugated iron.
I can tell you that this is an exhibition not to be missed, an extraordinary and striking display by two gifted and talented young artists who have the aptitude of skill and courage to make a strong impression in their own beliefs.
“Only One Point” at Gallery Opium continues until 24th March 2007 at the Gallery Opium, 315/26 Moo 12, Thepprasit Road, Pattaya City.

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