Community Happenings – Friday 1 April – 7 April 2011

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Announcements

Songkran Festival is just around the corner this is a good opportunity for your venues to promote your specialties through the pages of the Pattaya Mail and let’s make it a fun event together.  Contact  [email protected]  or call 081 377 2633 for special advertising rates.

Due to public and staff holidays the British Consulate in Pattaya will be open in April on the following days only: Friday 1st April, Monday 4th April, Thursday 21st April, Tuesday 26th April, Wednesday 27th April, and Thursday 28th April.  If you need assistance or information outside of these dates, please visit the website at www.ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk for advice about consular services. If you require Notarial services please contact the Consular Section of the British Embassy in Bangkok on 02 305 8333.

Events

The Lighthouse Club Pattaya will be holding their latest charity networking event at the Zulu Bar (Ocean View) of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort on Friday, 1st April 2011 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Admission is THB 300 for all ladies and voucher-members, THB 600 for all non-members. Finger-food buffet and a free-flow of beer and wine sponsored by Heights Holdings will be available as long as stock lasts.  After 8:30 p.m. Deejay Ferris B (UK) will spice-up the evening with some great music; while you can enjoy a special drink-promotion of THB 50 (net) for draft beer and THB 100 (net) for a nice glass of wine! For more information contact [email protected]

Manchester United legends Bryan Robson and Andrew Cole will host a dinner in Bangkok on 6th April at the Grand Hyatt Erawan.  Join Bryan and Andrew for an evening of charity fundraising and hear them talk about their life in football.  There will be the chance to bid for unique Manchester United signed auction items – shirts, boots, limited edition prints as well as a trip to Old Trafford for the first match of the 2011/12 season courtesy of Turkish Airlines.  Hublot has also donated a limited edition watch, only worn by the players and manager.  The proceeds from the event will go to UNICEF Thailand programmes.  Prices for tickets are as follows: Baht 50,000 (for a table of 10), Baht 5,500 for individuals.  For reservations go to bookings @prplus.com.hk or call +852 2575 6995.

Pattaya International Ladies Club will be celebrating the Royal Wedding between HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton in style at the Pullman Pattaya Aisawan Hotel Ballroom, Naklua.  This is an open event for PILC members, their spouses, partners, guests and members of the Pattaya community.  Tickets include welcome drink, canapés, viewing of the Royal Wedding on large screen, dinner buffet, Royal Toast: Date 29 April 2011 (Friday). Time 3 p.m. onwards. Tickets at Baht 800 can be ordered from sandraclaris @hotmail.com or at any PILC Coffee Morning or Lunch.  Tickets must be pre-ordered and prepaid.  Drinks at PILC prices available at the hotel.  Dress code is smart casual, ladies wear a hat, or British national colours (red, white and blue).  Prizes will be given for best costume and best hat on show.

Clubs and Associations

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, April 3.  Everyone is warmly welcome.  The Club meets every Sunday morning at the Tavern by the Sea Restaurant located on the north end of Beach Road (part of the Amari Orchid Resort).  The program starts as usual at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9 to 11 a.m.  Each week the PCEC usually has an interesting speaker to talk on various subjects of interest in an informal setting.  The program is followed by the ever lively and often humorous Open Forum where questions are asked and answers given about living in Pattaya as well as an update on events in and around Pattaya.  A full report appears each week in Pattaya Mail.  For more information about the Sunday meeting and the numerous other weekday activities of the PCEC, see the Club’s website at www. pattayacityexpatsclub.com and learn more about the many and varied activities of the Club.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) organizes regular lunches and coffee mornings on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  For more information email [email protected], or go to the website at www.pattaya-pilc.com

The Pattaya Irish Society meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moonrakers in Pong.  Call John on 086 112 0988 for details.

Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings in the Rotary room Royal Cliff Grand Hotel: Time 18.30 for 19.00. Contact Lloyd Jones (Membership) 0878043943.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Pattaya:  The Pattaya Group meets Wednesday and Thursday at noon (open); Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m. (closed) and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (closed) at the Satree Pattana Center, Soi Skaw Beach (2nd Rd): contact Carl on 084 563 1671.  The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning at the Highlander Guest House, Soi Skaw Beach.  All meetings are ‘open’: contact Mike 086 009 6276.  The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: contact: Bill 086 156 8102, Mark 087 096 6069, Bob 087 085 3356, Thai contact: Somchai 081 445 3302.  The Scandinavian Group meets on Tuesdays and Fridays 6 p.m. at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church, Thappraya Road Soi 7: contact Hans 085 135 7755 or Rune (Rayong) 089 754 9515.

For the past 28 years the Samaritans of Thailand have been providing confidential crisis intervention services over the telephone.  The English-speaking unit, Samaritans English Help Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to the expatriate community.  English-speaking staff, trained in crisis intervention will provide active, non-judgmental and empathetic listening services on the phone.  All calls will be handled on an anonymous basis and are free of charge.  Please call (02) 713-6791 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week).

The Rotary Club Pattaya Marina meets every Friday at 7.00 p.m. at the Pullman Aisawan, Wongamat Beach, between Soi 16 and 18 in Naklua.  The evening meetings include a sumptuous international buffet.  For more information contact Club President Eric Larbouillat at [email protected]

The Dutch Expats Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.  Feel free to see our website for the location address: http://nvtpattaya.org. New members are always welcome.

DACH-Club – Meetings of German speaking residents for dining, discussions, films and gemutlichkeit. Pat’s Leckerle, Soi 33 Naklua.  Check website http://www.dach-th.org/location.html

The RLC (Rayong Ladies Circle), which operates mainly in the Ban Chang and Rayong areas, is a friendly and social group of international women.  They hold a monthly coffee morning, amongst many other activities, on each second Tuesday of every month in the home of one of their members.  Everyone most welcome to join!  For more information contact rayongladiescircle @gmail.com or visit www. rayongladiescircle.com

The Optimist Club of Pattaya, which supports activities and projects for poor underprivileged children in Thailand, welcomes potential new members to visit them at their bi-monthly meetings.  For further information contact Nathan Russo 085 275 6724 or [email protected]

Fred J. Estes Post 9876 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America is a social group in Pattaya that helps American Veterans and their dependants with benefit assistance related to the Veterans Administration, Social Security and service related agencies.  There is no charge for our assistance.  Post meetings are every second Tuesday at 1300 hrs. at the Hogsbreath Saloon at 148 78/79 Sukhumvit Rd. on Soi 46-3 (formerly Soi Batman).  There are informal social gatherings every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 until 14:00.  For more information contact Eric Larsen, Post Commander, tel. 038-423462, email: [email protected] or visit the website at vfwpost9876.org

Dining

The Beach Club Restaurant of the Pullman Pattaya Aisawan introduces their “Trilogy” promotion every Monday night.  Enjoy 3 delectable menus in one by selecting one delicious meat or fish item from beef, lamb, chicken, snapper or prawn.  Your choice will then be cooked in three styles and served together on one plate.  A vegetarian alternative is also available.  “Trilogy” also comes with a wide variety of starters, salads and desserts.  Take advantage of this new adventurous experience for only 799 baht – or include a bottle of assorted wine at 999 baht net.  Open from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  On Thursday’s enjoy the diversity of a Japanese buffet starting with salads and assorted sushi and sashimi, spiced up with fiery, nose tingling Wasabi.  Discover Japan’s hot dishes with garlic fried rice, grilled beef rolls with mushroom, steamed tofu with soy sauce and more.  Move on to the timeless taste of Japan with assorted Shabu Shabu, Tempura and Yakisoba.  Later savor an almost endless line of surprising desserts.  Every Thursday 6.30-10.00 p.m., for only 799 baht per person.  For more information or reservation, please call 038-411940-8.

Flare Restaurant at the Hilton Pattaya Hotel offers a sophisticated, contemporary and truly memorable dining experience.  Enjoy fine-culinary delights in opulent surroundings and savor the views across the sparkling Pattaya Bay as you sip a bottle of fine wine, specially selected to complement your meal perfectly.  For this month Friday nights feature roasted, aged Australian rib selected from 150 day prime Australian beef complimented by a wide selection of sauces: Ladies cut (340gm) THB 999 net, Gents cut (450gm) THB 1,111 net.  Saturdays meanwhile offer a 4-course set menu featuring a seafood starter followed by a porterhouse or tomahawk steak or seafood trolley main meal and a 2 out of 4 ‘pick your own desert’ specialty. Price for 6 guests – 15,000 baht net.  The Flare Restaurant is open from 6.30 p.m. – 11-30 p.m. every day.  For more information or reservations call 038 253 000.

The Terrazo Bar at the Holiday Inn Pattaya offers modern style Italian cuisine featuring antipasti, salads, pizza, pasta and roasted meats, in addition to extensive wine and dessert selections, all served in a relaxed outdoor setting. Watch your favorite sports on the big screen TV while enjoying the breeze from Pattaya Bay.  Some of the unique touches at this remarkable outlet include an authentic wood-burning pizza oven, and an open-kitchen island.  The Havana Bar meanwhile provides live band entertainment in the evenings and features a menu of burgers, pizzas, pastas, Thai snacks and fresh salads plus a broad range of draught and bottled beers, spirits and wines.  The Holiday Inn Pattaya is situated on Beach Road in North Pattaya. For more information call 038 725 555.

The Peak Chinese Restaurant offers modern Chinese cuisine complemented by a panoramic view of Pattaya Bay. The Peak’s kitchen turns out a stellar selection of Chinese dishes including hot & cold appetizers sampler, steamed abalone stuffed with minced shrimps on sesame egg noodles, and eight treasure rice. Daily dim sum lunch is also available. The restaurant seats 80, including 2 private rooms. The Peak is located on the 8th floor of the Dusit Thani Pattaya. Open every day from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For reservations and more information on opening hours, please call (0) 3842-5611 to 7, ext. 2276.

Manhattans Restaurant & Bar: Open Monday to Saturday for dinner with fine dining in a great atmosphere.  Offering Pattaya’s best steaks, seafood and an exciting a la carte menu.  Set 3-course gourmet menu at THB 995- excl. VAT.  Resident pianist in the restaurant every night.  Call 038 259 790 for reservations and more information.

The Paulanergarten beer garden offers all your favourite German and Thai cuisines accompanied by imported beer from Munich.  The menu boasts a wide range of foods for your dining pleasure including mouth watering desserts and a special selection of fine wines.  Soak up the amazing sunset views from the 3rd floor location of the Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya (Beach Road side) as you dine and enjoy the ‘Live’ German music from the ‘Bavarian Duo’ band who perform nightly from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.  Call 081 866 7547, 082 790 1782 or go to www. paulaner-thailand.com

Theme Buffet Evenings at the Montien Hotel, Pattaya: Wednesday at La Mer Restaurant – Mediterranean Buffet Dinner 6.30p.m. – 10.00 p.m.  Savour original culinary delights from the sunny Mediterranean.  A rich array of southern European favorites available: Adults Baht 850-net, Children Baht 550-net. Friday at the Verandah (Coffee Shop) – BBQ & Seafood Buffet Dinner 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m., “Irresistible Seafood” with a net-full of fresh seafood and tender sizzling meats: Adults Baht 950- net, Children Baht 550-net. Saturday at Verandah (Coffee Shop) – Buffet Dinner 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Pamper yourself with the exceptional variety of all-you-eat favorites, dazzlingly laid out for an evening of leisurely dining: Adults Baht 750-net, Children Baht 550-net.  For reservations please call 038-428155, 038- 361340 ext 1620, 1621, E-mail; pattaya @montien.com

The Bay Italian Restaurant, offering a relaxed dining experience with its sumptuous Italian dishes and boasting one of the best views of Pattaya Bay, has established itself as one of the best restaurants in Pattaya. The Bay also hosts a fabulous BBQ Buffet Dinner every Saturday evening. Seating available for 200 people in both interior and terrace settings. The Bay is located near the Lagoon Pool of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Open every day from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more information and reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2270.

Restaurant Casa Pascal has re-launched its popular Sunday Brunch Buffet.  The first and longest Sunday Brunch Buffet in town offers an overwhelming choice of food items and comes to you for just 899 baht + V.A.T. including a glass of Prosecco (children under 8 years 450 baht).  Don’t miss this unique chance and book your table right now!  First come, first served.  The popular daily Breakfast & Lunch Buffet is now being served from 08:00~14:00 at the old price 165 baht.  There is also the new Sandwich – Cake & Coffee Buffet daily from 14:00~17:00 only at 135 baht.  For reservations please call (038) 723-660 or 081-983-4182.

Restaurant Poseidon offers a daily Breakfast and Lunch Buffet menu from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. featuring a host of favorites including freshly baked breads, delicacies, fruit, salads, hot dishes and the cooking station that offers bacon, ham, sausages, eggs of your choice, potatoes, fried rice, noodles and much more.  The whole menu is available for only 165 baht per person.  Also don’t forget the weekend BBQ dinner menu (every Sat & Sun night) which includes a whole smorgasbord of delicious food offerings for only 444 baht per person.  For more information and reservations call (038) 303-300 or 081-983-4182 (Kim) or go to www.restaurant-pattaya.com

New and only at Moon River Pub! The After Work Club, Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight, offers guests a Western or Thai evening menu.  Groups of 30 people may choose from the European and Thai all you can eat buffet (booking 1 day in advance).  The all you can drink (wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, whiskey, tequila, etc.) counts for both offers.  Price per person: 1,000 baht each.  The Moon River Pub is located in front of the Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya Road.

Jameson’s the Irish Pub has a weekly set menu, served from midday to midnight, 3 courses for 255 baht / 2 courses 230 baht / 1 course 195 baht. Starters include potted ham with thick toast & English mustard or homemade turkey broth or hot prawns in cognac.  The main courses offer spaghetti with your choice of Bolognaise, vegetarian tomato sauce or Carbonara, or pork burger or grilled king mackerel steak (caught by manager Wanchai) served with boiled potato, peas & butter/lemon/chili sauce.  Dessert includes a choice of chocolate brownie cake with cream or strawberry sundae or pineapple crumble with custard.  This menu can be served within 45 minutes if you’re in a hurry.  Tel. (038) 361 874, e-mail: [email protected], Website: www. jamesons-pattaya.com

Entertainment

The New Garden in Pratamnak Soi 4 has Charity Music Jam Sessions every Sunday at 6.30 p.m.  Welcome!  Phone 038-250971.  See earlier videos at www. jomtienpeople.com

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes at the North Star Library every Saturday at 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Contact John 083 005 3006 or North Star Library 038 716 755, www. thaisahajayoga.com

Come and enjoy the live music at the Jazz Pit Pub from 8 p.m. to midnight every day (except Tuesdays & Wednesdays).  Listen to great music by Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitar players.  If you play an instrument, you are welcome to come along and join in the jam sessions.  The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374.

Liam’s Gallery displays exhibition of work by renowned Thai and international artists.  The gallery is open Tuesday to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information please visit www.liamsgallery.com, telephone 038 306172 Geena or Liam or email [email protected]