Community Happenings – Friday 8 – 14 April 2011

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Announcements

Due to public and staff holidays the British Consulate in Pattaya will be open in April on the following days only: 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

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 [email protected] 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 10.  Everyone is warmly welcome.  The guest speaker will be Club member Nathan Russo who will be describing his recent travels overland from Thailand through Laos into Vietnam.  Also, as a frequent traveler to these areas, he will provide information on transportation, points of interest, reasonable hotels and guest houses, money exchange, visas, and many other things of interest to a traveler in Southeast Asia.  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) 087 8043943.

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] 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 celebrate the Thai traditional New Year in style by savoring the exotic Thai cuisine display (all you can eat) at 799 baht net per person from 6.30 – 10.00 p.m.  The dining celebration will feature various types of the rich Thai cuisine specially prepared by the superb chefs.  Open-air eating decks, romantic sunset and in-door dining are among the local favorites at The Beach Club Restaurant.  Patrons can also 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.  Enjoy fine-culinary delights in opulent surroundings and savor the views as you sip a bottle of fine wine, specially selected to complement your meal perfectly.  The Flare Restaurant is open from 6.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. every day.  Edge restaurant meanwhile caters for a variety of tastes in a relaxed atmosphere and flooded with sunshine and natural light with the exciting open kitchen creating an interactive dining experience.  Both venues feature breathtaking views of Pattaya Bay for you to savour.  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 presents the splendid maritime morsel – abalone, the ‘Pearl of the Ocean’ – throughout April.  Abalone is essentially a large sea snail and is classified as a mollusk.  The flesh of the abalone is revered and is considered a delicacy in South East Asia where it is popular on menus for special occasions such as weddings.  Relish its taste in dishes such as stuffed abalone with minced prawns flavoured with black peppercorn sauce (THB800); braised abalone with bamboo pith and pork tendon (THB750) and many more.  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; [email protected]

Throughout April at The Bay Italian Restaurant, Chef Adrian presents the sublime flavours of Sicily and the Mediterranean. Traditional items such as couscous, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, white beans and lentils, to name a few, are evident throughout the culinary fare on offer such as pan-seared tuna steak with tarragon, tomato, black olives, tomato broth & couscous, THB 570, sautéed tuna with braised cabbage, crisp potato and caper- scallion vinaigrette, THB 550, and many more.  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.  The evening gourmet dining options include a 3 course menu for 940 baht and a 6 course menu for 1,750 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] jamesons-pattaya.com, 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]