Community Happenings – Friday 20 – 26 May 2011

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A BCCT Eastern Seaboard Dinner will be held on Friday May 20 at the Amari Orchid Resort & Tower Pattaya.  The guest speaker will be H.E. Asif Ahmad, British Ambassador to Thailand (to be confirmed).  The cost including full international buffet, free-flow of wine, beer and soft drinks is THB 750 per person including VAT (BCCT members) – THB 1,100 per person including VAT (non-BCCT members and non-member guests of BCCT members) – Online payment – only Visa or MasterCard.  BCCT members and non BCCT members please book on-line at the BCCT website – www.bccthai.com

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) in conjunction with Our Home will be holding a giant charity garage sale on June 3 & 4 at the premises of Our Home in Phuluang.  The organizers are seeking donations from anyone with old household, clothing items, etc., to give away to charity. For more information contact Marjolijn Bakker on marjolijnbakker @yahoo.com or [email protected] gmail.com or go to the PILC facebook page at www. facebook.com/pages/PILC-Pattaya-International-Ladies-Club.

The YWCA and Swiss Embassy Charity Bazaar will be held on May 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Swiss Embassy compound in Bangkok.  Expositions and a fashion show will be held along with music performed by the Mauri Monti Trio.  Entrance fee is 1,600 baht with the proceeds going to “Le Sourire de Chiang Khong” – a home for street children and former child prostitutes in the north of Thailand.  Tickets are limited and can be reserved by calling Khun Nittaya Tel. 081 817 0397.

Clubs and Associations

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, May 22.  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 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 Dennis Stark (Membership) 087-050-4729.

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 Mick on 087 994 6224, Bob 087 939 2463 or Joe 082 715 2082.  The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning at the Highlander Guest House, Soi Skaw Beach.  All meetings are ‘open’: contact 080 091 7507.  The Jomtien Group meets every day at noon at Jomtien Long Stay Hotel: contact: Warren on 086 158 9688, Andy 080 570 1404 or Henk 086 070 6684, 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 [email protected] 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 Tavern by the Sea Restaurant introduces the following daily promotions: Monday Curry Night features the tastiest curries, naan bread and salad buffet for just 399 baht net per person. BBQ Grill Buffet every Wednesday at 499 baht net per person. Weekly carvery on Thursday’s from 18.30 – 22.00 featuring the chef’s mouthwatering selection of carvings and desserts for just 499 baht net per person.  Saturday is Seafood Buffet BBQ night for 650 baht net per person.  Watch all the live sports on the widescreen TV’s and take advantage of the great menu options.  Tavern by the Sea Restaurant is located on the north end of Beach Road (part of the Amari Orchid Resort). For more information call 038 418 419.

Eat to the Beat at Starz Diner located at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya between 2nd Road and Beach Road, Central Pattaya.  Named for its eclectic collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and show kitchen, Starz Diner is Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor serving up authentic Thai-Chinese, Japanese, Californian and Italian cuisine.  Enjoy free flow drinks and a whole spit roast pig on Saturdays for baht 950++ per person and Sundays baht 750++ per person.  Show time for live music is from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.

The Beach Club Restaurant of the Pullman Pattaya Aisawan invites you to enjoy the “Trilogy” promotion every Monday night by selecting one delicious meat or fish item from beef, lamb, chicken, snapper or prawn and having them 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.  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 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 in opulent surroundings and with wonderful views.  The Flare restaurant is open from 6.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. every day.  Fridays feature roasted aged Australian rib at THB 999 net (Ladies cut) and THB 1,111 net (Gents cut).  Saturdays offer a 4 course set menu with such delicious items as Pacific oysters, Atlantic salmon, Japanese sea scallops and Porterhouse steak.  Cost for 6 guests THB 15,000 net (book 2 days in advance).  Edge restaurant meanwhile is an all day pan Asian dining venue that caters to a variety of tastes in a relaxed atmosphere.  Come and try the amazing 7 days 7 themes lunch menu featuring sushi, tortillas and other rolls on Mondays, Pizza and Pasta on Tuesdays, Sandwiches and Burgers on Wednesdays, Asian noodles on Thursdays and Pattaya seafood on Fridays.  All menus at just 300 baht net per person served from 12 noon – 2:30 p.m.  Sundays also feature a Sunday Brunch for THB 1,200 net per guest, with a wine menu at 600 baht, from 12 noon – 3:30 p.m.  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.

In May at the Peak Restaurant, indulge in delectable blue crab delights such as pan-fried soft shell crab with Chinese mushrooms & XO sauce with wok-fried baby bok choy, broccoli & baby carrots at THB 650; crisp-fried soft shell crab with lemon sauce garnished with stir-fried egg noodles & medley of fresh market vegetables at THB 580, and other appetizing blue crab dishes on the menu.  Daily dim sum lunch is also available.  The Peak seats 80 and is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin roundabout in North Pattaya.  Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For reservations and more information 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

Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant at the Montien Hotel, Pattaya is famous for its authentic Shanghainese and Szechuan cuisines prepared to perfection by master Chinese chefs. Enjoy a dim sum lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Private dining rooms are available for private parties.  For reservations please call the Montien Hotel, Pattaya Tel. 038-428155, 038-361340 ext 1620, 1621, email; [email protected]

Throughout May The Bay Italian Restaurant invites you to experience the versatility of the seafood creations prepared by Chef Adrian W. O’Herlihy including peppered cod fillet with parsnip puree, shallot confit and red wine sauce at THB 550; picatta of cod with grapes & capers, cappellini & fresh asparagus, THB 550, and much more! Located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin roundabout in North Pattaya, The Bay also hosts a fabulous BBQ Buffet Dinner every Saturday evening.  Seating is available for 200 in both interior and terrace settings.  Opening hours are Monday to Sunday – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. For more information and reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2270.

Casa Pascal fine dining restaurant offers a breakfast & lunch buffet every day from 08.00 – 14.00 hrs at 165 baht featuring freshly baked breads & croissants, breakfast items, salads, cold delicacies, smoked fish, BBQ grill on terrace, egg station, 8 hot dishes and soups and desserts and coffee & tea and juices.  There is also the daily sandwich, cake, & coffee buffet from 14.00 – 17.00 hrs. at 135 baht with sandwiches, cakes, salad, fruits, coffee, tea & orange juice.  Dinner is a la carte from 18.00 hrs till late with culinary delights such as goose liver, imported seafood, the best steaks and much more.  A gourmet 6-course set menu is also available.  For reservations please call (038) 723-660 or 081-983-4182.

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] jamesons-pattaya.com, Website: www.jamesons-pattaya.com

Entertainment

The Tavern by the Sea pub and restaurant will be host to a concert from the popular duo band ‘Calories Blah Blah’ featuring their new album ‘Love Delivery’.  For only 950 baht net per person it is certainly the hottest ticket in town!  Entry is inclusive of unlimited draught beers, house wines, soft drink and light snacks plus your entry to the lucky draw.  Saturday 21st May 2011, start from 19.00 hrs until 23.00 hrs. at Tavern by the Sea pub and restaurant, Amari Orchid Pattaya.  Tickets are limited, thus to avoid disappointment, book today.  For more information please contact 038 418 418 or e-mail: [email protected]

The famous American a cappella legends The Whiffenpoofs will share their music, wit and comedic antics in one of their legendary fast-paced performances at the Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa, Pattaya, on Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are 500 baht including one standard drink and canapés before the performance.  Seats are strictly limited so please call 038-428-678 to reserve your seat.

Drift ‘n’ Dance at Hilton Pattaya offers a salsa workshop with professional instructors from “Ministry of Dance” from 8.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. every Saturday night followed by a freestyle salsa session until late into the evening.  Entrance is just THB 300 net per guest including a signature cocktail.  Drift is located on level 16 of the Hilton Pattaya hotel at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.  For more information call 038 253 080.

Tickets are now on sale for Pattaya Players full length, comical masterpiece, “Rumors” by Neil Simon.  This production will run for two nights only on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at the Eastern Grand Palace on Soi Khao Talo.  Show times are at 7:00 p.m. (with dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m.) and tickets cost 1,000 baht (inclusive of show plus an “all you can eat” buffet dinner at the White Horse Tavern) and can be purchased with a credit card online by visiting http://rumors.ticketjunior.com or by emailing [email protected] gmail.com.  Seating for the Players’ summer productions fill early, so prompt ticket reservations are suggested.  More information can be found at www.pattayaplayers.org.

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]