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Werasak and Suramon exchange vows of holy matrimony
A Wine Tasting with Edification
Pattaya Mail Media Group celebrates 16th anniversary
Peter Malhotra and Primprao
Somsri, executive manager of sales and marketing for Pattaya Mail Publishing
Co., Ltd., serve food to the revered monks.
Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. Ltd. celebrated its “Sweet Sixteenth”
birthday with Buddhist blessings and a party for the newspaper’s entire
revered monk blesses Pattaya Mail by sprinkling holy water throughout the
Pattaya Mail offices.
Buddhist monks held a prayer ceremony at the Mail’s Second Road offices July
23, praying together for good luck blessing every office in the building by
sprinkling holy water.
Two days later, on Saturday, July 25, staff and friends of the Pattaya
Mail, Pattaya Blatt, PMTV and Chang Mai Mail met at Alvi’s
Thai Cultural Centre on Soi 5 for the anniversary celebrations where
Managing Director Peter Malhotra delivered his annual address to his family.
Malhotra told the gathering that he was now firmly in charge after a busy
year as Governor of Rotary International District 3340, which took him to
all corners of the east and northeast of Thailand.
In his speech he recalled the newspaper’s early days. He said the paper
faced many problems and doubts that an English-language paper could survive
in the little fishing village of Pattaya.
Malhotra thanks Alvi Sinthuvanik for the wonderful food and for hosting the
party at her home.
“But we did it,” he said. “We had to fight very hard and work very hard to
keep the newspaper alive week after week. I can say with pride today that
the Pattaya Mail is not only the very first English newspaper in town
but still remains the best.
“We tend not to capitalize on sensational stories and photographs of gory
accidents and don’t use lurid captions and headlines. We will continue to
keep our ethical principles and show the nation and the world that Pattaya
has many more sides to it which are often forgotten by other media,” he
Peter said, “the German-language Pattaya Blatt, the Chiang Mai Mail
newspapers including the Pattaya Mail on TV, (PMTV) have all helped
the publishing company to grow and has earned us a good reputable name
across the nation.”
Malhotra thanked his staff for their years of dedicated service and offered
his best wishes for the future. To commemorate the occasion, partygoers
signed the huge Pattaya Mail 16th anniversary poster.
Peter Malhotra waxes lyrical
about the history of the company
and how bright the future is for the Pattaya Mail family.
Werasak and Suramon exchange
vows of holy matrimony
High flying lovebirds come to roost in their nest of love to raise little ones
Mr Benja Soontornnud walks his
daughter Suramon down the aisle to the altar.
On June 20, 2009 St. Nikolas Church in Pattaya was filled to
capacity by family and friends who flew in from all corners of the world to
bear witness to the joyous occasion when Werasak Dibbayawan and Suramon
Soontornnud exchanged marital vows promising each other “to have and to hold
until death do us part”.
this ring I thee wed, in the bonds of love, and in the sight of God. I
promise to be a loving and tender husband and will forever trust and be
faithful to you.
Parents of both the bride and groom sat with smiles on their lips and tears
in their eyes as Father Pichan Jaiseri assisted by Father Krisada Sukpatana
& Father Weera Pangrak performed holy matrimonial ceremonies to bond
together forever the two young lovers.
Werasak is the son of Premprecha and Supanee Dibbayawan, two highly
respected people in our community. Premprecha is known for his integrity as
a lawyer and more so for his golden heart as he dedicatedly serves the
Catholic Church every day of his life. As a Rotarian he has served two terms
as president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya and as District Governor
of District 3340 Rotary International.
light my candle as if it is the flame of my soul. Together we shall become
Suramon is the daughter of Mr Benja Soontornnud a retired civil servant. She
presently works at Turismo Thai Travel Agency in Bangkok.
Later the same day, the congregation moved to the Hall of Fame at the Hard
Rock Hotel where the wedding reception for the super stars of the day was
On stage Papa Prem blessed the newlyweds by saying, “This is an occasion
where parents usually give you their blessings and good wishes, but I feel
like congratulating myself, because now I am happy and relieved to see you
starting a new life and family. I have waited for this day for a very long
As is customary the bride and groom were interviewed on stage and the
question came to how the two met.
the wedding cake together symbolising Ty and Eed’s mutual commitment to
provide for one another for better or for worse.
Werasak, the ‘shy’ person he is, revealed all. He said, “My work as a flight
attendant on Thai Airways International takes me away from home for many
days, sometimes weeks at a time. Having just come home from one of my trips,
I was given time off to rest and recuperate. So along with a few friends we
went to a pub. On that significant day, the inevitable happened, when I
spied another shy person having a quiet conversation with her friends in the
far side of the room. We looked at each other for while and suddenly it
‘pinged’. Gathering enough courage I walked over to her and introduced
& Mrs. Dibbayawan add a touch of elegance to the reception with their very
own champagne fountain.
Suramon, too, revealed the first moments of their meeting on that fateful
day. “I noticed that there was this young handsome man looking over in our
direction for quite a while. I didn’t think much of it, because it was
normal that men look at girls, especially the beautiful ones like me. Then
our eyes met and in a blink of an eye, this handsome figure was walking
towards our table which made my heart skip a beat. But when he spoke to me,
my heart melted as Cupid’s tiny arrow pierced my heart.”
Asked what it was that turned her on the most about Werasak that night, she
said in not so shy words, “It was the way he walked! He has this extremely
sexy move and I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.”
Werasak and Suramon poured champagne into a tower of glasses and then held
hands as they cut the five-tiered wedding cake, silently praying in their
hearts for luck and happiness and promising to give each other the best
years of their lives, fulfilling their destiny together for all eternity.
Ty and Eed seal their union of
love with a kiss.
Eed is all smiles as
Papa Prem blesses Ty.
Today we have come together to
unite in the bonds of marriage these two. Werasak and Suramon have come here
today to be blessed in the sight of God with the completion of forming, from
two separate families, a family of their own.
The bride and groom are
by their ever-growing families from around the world.
A Wine Tasting with Edification
(L to R) Prayut Piangbunta, Ranjith Chandrasiri introduced
Sorapat Tongprasroeth address the wine aficionados.
Dr Iain Corness
The Royal Cliff Wine Club presented a Wine Tasting for its members,
held in the Orchid Ballroom of the Royal Cliff Grand. As always, these are
very popular events, and an excellent roll up of wine enthusiasts filled the
ballroom, all ready to swirl and sip a collection of seven wines from the PB
Valley Khao Yai Winery.
wines were ceremoniously brought to each table and dispensed by the elegant
Royal Cliff Beach Resort staff.
The president of the Royal Cliff Wine Club, Ranjith Chandrasiri introduced
Sorapat Tongprasroeth, the VP of the winery, and Prayut Piangbunta, the
winemaker. However, before the members began to evaluate the wines, he
reminded those present of what he deemed to be the ABC of wine tasting,
which includes looking at the color of the wine, experiencing the aroma (the
“nose”) and then finally tasting the wine.
Prayut Piangbunta described the details of each of his wines after they were
ceremoniously brought to the tables and dispensed by the elegant Royal Cliff
Beach Resort staff, and then the members rated each varietal.
ABC of wine tasting includes looking at the color of the wine, experiencing
the aroma (the “nose”) and then finally tasting the wine.
During a spirited Q & A session at the end Prayut said that he felt his
wines were good to lay down for four to five years, but should be drunk
before seven years, as it was all downhill after that. He used the analogy
that as he was 38 years old, life for him would also be downhill from now
on. Dr. Iain replied on behalf of all those present who were more than 38
years old (about 95 percent), that contrary to his wines, the more senior
people were all improving with age!
It was an enjoyable couple of hours in the presence of such knowledgeable
people, and many were seen purchasing their favorites from the cellar door.
As President Ranjith always says, wine appreciation is a personal thing. Not
everyone likes the same wines. For me, the PB Khao Yai Reserve Chenin Blanc
2006 was an excellent white with a wonderful nose and a good finish, and in
the reds I enjoyed the Sawasdee PB Valley Shiraz 2007.
Enquiries regarding member ship should be made to
Peter Smith and Alan Sherratt arrive at the function.
Piyawan Philips and Judy Hoppe prepare to do some wine tasting.
(L to R) Michael and Rosanne Diamente with Peter and Ivv Schlageter.
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