Community Happenings – Friday December 25 – December 31, 2015

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, December 27. Everyone is warmly welcome. Stuart Jay Raj, an Australian linguist, will be speaking on the topic of “Rebooting Your Mind for Thai – You’re Never Too Old.” 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 at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

St. George’s Anglican Church will celebrate Holy Communion on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015, at the Redemptorist Center Chapel, Sukhumvit Road, starting at 11:00 am. All are welcome.

Pattaya Countdown 2016 takes place from December 29-31 at Bali Hai Pier and is the biggest New Year celebration in Thailand. The 3-day festival will kick-off at 7 p.m. each evening and feature firework shows and concerts by some of the top musical acts in Thailand, plus appearances by famous Thai celebrities. Stalls will be set up on the south end of Walking Street and Bali Hai selling souvenirs and crafts plus a wide variety of food and drink. Note: alcoholic drinks will not be on sale at Bali Hai during the festivities. Entrance is free to all.

Christmas Celebrations

Celebrate Christmas at the Dusit Thani Pattaya. Cascade will be serving a Christmas buffet lunch from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on December 25 & 26. Price: THB 899++ for adults / THB 450++ for children 5-12 years old. For more information and reservations, call 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2150 or email: [email protected]

Enjoy Christmas at Holiday Inn Pattaya. On Christmas Day, December 25, at Café G a special festive lunch will be served from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Savour an international buffet, roast turkey, a seafood station and desserts with the sound of Christmas carols and magic show at only THB 1,390 net/person (food only), children 5-12 years old priced at THB 695 net/person. Children less than 5 years eat free. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555 or email [email protected]

Jameson’s Irish Pub offers an ‘All you can Eat’ Christmas Day buffet menu served from 12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, December 25. Enjoy a feast of traditional Christmas favourites including roast turkey, honey glazed ham and pork loin with crackling, a huge range of starters and traditional Christmas pudding with custard for dessert. Price THB 985 baht (a THB 500 deposit is required with booking). For more information and reservations, call Kim at 093 451 6460, Moo at 086 023 1387 or the office at 038 361 873 (Monday-Friday).

The culinary team at the Centara Grand Modus Resort will be creating some special set menus for the festive season. A seven course Western set menu will be served on December 25 between 18:00 – 00:30hrs priced at THB 1950++ per person (including a glass of sparkling wine) or THB 3,555 per couple (including a bottle of red, white or sparkling wine). Dress code is smart/casual. Advanced reservations required. Call 033 007 888.

Sheraton Pattaya Resort’s Elements restaurant serves lunch on Christmas Day featuring music from a five-piece live band, along with a visit from Santa. Price: THB 2,300++ per person. For free flowing wine there is a supplement of THB 1,100++. For more information and reservations, contact 038 259 888 or [email protected]

New Year Celebrations

Hilton Pattaya offers a great choice of venues to celebrate the New Year on Thursday, December 31. Flare restaurant (open 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) serves a Thai fusion set menu at THB 2,850 net per person; Edge (6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) offers an international buffet at THB 4,800 per person plus free flow beverage package at THB 3,250 net per person; Drift (8 p.m. till late) has a beverage package at THB 3,550 net per person; Horizon (6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) offers casual fine dining in an exclusive environment at THB 10,500 per person and beverage package at THB 4,450 per person; the Seaboard Ballroom will host a Gala Dinner at THB 7,150 per person including a free-flow drinks package. For information and bookings, call 038 253 305 or email [email protected]

Dusit Thani Pattaya invites you to a ‘Town in Heaven’ New Year’s Eve countdown party from 6.45 p.m. till late on Thursday, December 31 at the hotel’s Napalai Ballroom. Enjoy a fabulous global cuisine buffet, shows, music, dancing and some great prizes to be won in the grand draw. Tickets cost THB 7,900++ for adults and THB 3,950++ for children 5-12 years old. For more information and reservations, call 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2150 or email: [email protected]

Colours n’ Rhythm New Year’s Eve Gala Party at Amari Pattaya features a spectacular gala dinner with a huge variety of Asian and international food items plus a fine selection of wines and champagnes. Themed shows will ensure you dance the night away. Price, Adults: THB 3,800 per person (food only), THB 1,900 children (6-12 years old). Dress code is smart/casual. Call 038 418 418 or email fbreservation. [email protected]

Say goodbye to 2015 and welcome the New Year at East Coast Kitchen, Holiday Inn Pattaya from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. with an international buffet featuring New Zealand lamb, Australian beef, fresh local BBQ seafood, live cooking station, imported cheese and homemade desserts with unlimited beverage package, live entertainment at only THB 5,499 net/person for indoor. Outdoor priced at THB 5,999 net/person. Kids 5-12 years old priced at THB 2,500 net/person. Kids less than 5 years eat free. For more information or reservations call on 038 725 555 or email [email protected]

A New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala Dinner and Countdown will take place at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya on Thursday, December 31. Enjoy a lavish international buffet with live cooking stations and a wide range of gourmet delicacies inclusive of free flow of soft drinks and 1 glass of sparkling wine (additional special beverage packages available along with signature cocktails). Listen to live music, entertainment, games, lucky draws and much more. Price: THB 7,950++. An after party will also be held later at Oasis Restaurant & Bar. Tickets 999++ inclusive of 3 drinks and snack buffet. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Breeze Beach Club at the Centara Grand Modus Resort will be holding a Blue Mediterranean themed surf & turf party to usher in the New Year on Thursday, December 31. Tickets are priced at THB 3,999 per person or THB 4,499 per person including soft drinks and a glass of sparkling wine at midnight or THB 1,599 net per child including a free flow of soft drinks. Call 033 007 888 for more information.

New Year Gala Dinner at [email protected] Design Hotel on Thursday, December 31: The Big Fish Restaurant will serve a grand BBQ and seafood buffet with live band and four special shows: klong sabudchai, human puppet performance, magic show and Thai dancing. Price THB 2,500 net per person (bookings of two persons or more per table receive one complimentary bottle of wine). The Sky Restaurant will offer a special four-course set dinner menu prior to countdown at THB 1,500 net per person (bookings of two persons or more per table receive one complimentary bottle of wine). For more information and reservations, call 038 930 600.

Sheraton Pattaya Resort’s theme for the New Year’s Eve countdown party on December 31 is White, with a buffet being staged on the resort’s private beach. On ice is heaps of seafood with all the dips and sauces, roasted Australian prime rib, live cooking stations and much more. A DJ will spin music throughout the evening, and a live band plays from 7 p.m. right through to the midnight countdown and fireworks. Price per person THB 3,800++. For more information and reservations, contact 038 259 888 or info. [email protected]

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya invites you to a New Year’s Eve Mad Hatter’s Party on Thursday, December 31 starting at 7 p.m. Enter a wondrous and wacky world filled with characters and creatures from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale and specially created to celebrate the end of 2015 and welcome the New Year 2016. Dress up in your finest or most fabulous crazy outfit and don’t forget to wear a hat to receive a special gift. Price: THB 2,666 per adult, THB 999 for kids (12-20 years), Free for kids under 12 years of age. For information and reservations, call 038 428 755-9.

Mantra Restaurant & Bar celebrates the year-end with a “Great Gatsby” New Year’s Eve Party on Thursday 31 December 2015 starting from 7 p.m. onwards. Mantra will be transformed into the prestigious Great Gatsby Mansion, complete with spectacular performances, live band, dancing and prizes. The night will kick off with a roaring 20’s cocktail followed by an exquisite gourmet buffet. Prepare yourself to welcome in the New Year in style. Price: Adults: 4,299 Baht net per person, Children: 2,150 Baht net per child (Children under 6 free). Dress code: Smart casual. Mantra is located at the north end of Pattaya Beach Road. For information and reservations, call 038 429 591.

Dining

Aroi Pattaya Pub and Resto on Sukhumvit 89 is running a special project throughout December to help raise funds for the Shelter–Pattaya. From December 7–28 a portion of the proceeds from food and drink sales off the special menu will be donated direct to the charity. For more details, call 087 043 3227.

Saturday Night Seafood Bonanza @ Oasis Restaurant: Enjoy a wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Buffet served every Saturday from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. Live circus show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Oasis Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Duck with Black Cherry Sauce, Baked Crab and Avocado, or Hot and Spicy Lamb Curry, plus banana split dessert. Jameson’s is located on Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.) in central Pattaya. Call 038 361 874 for more information or visit website: www. jamesons-pattaya.com.

The Thai Garden Resort offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – pizza & pasta buffet; Tuesday – BBQ buffet; Wednesday – multi-cuisine buffet; Thursday – German buffet with roasted pig; Friday – Thai buffet; Saturday – international buffet; Sunday – steak & skewers buffet. The buffet starts from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. All this for just 399 baht net per adult, 199 baht net for children under 12 and free for children under 4. What you see is what you pay, no additional service charges or VAT. For reservations call 038 370 614 or make your booking at www. thaigarden.com under “buffet reservation”. Thai Garden Resort is located on North Pattaya Road, 200 meters from the Dolphin roundabout and 200 meters before Tesco Lotus.

Entertainment

Pattaya Players holds weekly Improv Nights every Wednesday at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, Pattaya starting at 7 p.m. Everyone from age 12 or over is welcome – no experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at [email protected]

Pattaya Latin Saturdays at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn: Come along and enjoy the biggest Latin party in Pattaya every Saturday evening with music CD giveaways, cocktail & food specials, dance animations & complimentary salsa lesson at 8 p.m. with Luiz Calderon of rumPUREE World Dance Studio (Bangkok). Free admission all night long (except for special events). For more information, visit webpage: www.facebook .com/SalsaThailand.

Enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub with great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374. You can also catch Thomas performing on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.

The North Star Library on Sukhumvit Road, north Pattaya holds regular Thai language classes Mon – Fri from 10.30 till 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. till 2.30 p.m. Cost of admission is 100 baht per session for library members and 200 baht for non-members. Private lessons are also available for 200 baht per hour. In addition, the library also holds Yoga training every Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Father Ray Foundation. Cost is 1200 baht for 6 sessions (first session free). For more information, call 081 575 4854 or email [email protected]

Groups & Associations

The Royal British Legion Thailand meets the last Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. at the Tropical Bar on Soi Khao Noi (Watboonsampan near the Temple entrance) in East Pattaya. You do not need to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member and can join in the many social events arranged throughout the year. The Legion’s primary aim is the care and welfare of those who have served and/or their dependents. For general enquiries send email to [email protected], www.rblthailand.org.

Al-Anon Family Group. For more info, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or John 089 933 7227.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Pattaya Group meets Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are closed (alcoholics only) and are held at Soi Skaw Beach (off Pattaya 2nd Rd). Contact Carl 08-456-31-671. The Good Morning Pattaya Group meets 9 a.m. every morning. All meetings are ‘open’: contact 084 564 8479. 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. 10.30 a.m. meetings every day at Satree Pattana Centre on Soi Skaw Beach off Second Road. Call 084 564 8479.

The Samaritans of Thailand 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. (02) 713-6791.

Overeaters Anonymous – The ‘Up to You’ group meets Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the housing area just behind Pan Pan Restaurant in Jomtien on Thappraya Road. Call Steve at 038-364-207(h) or 089-250-1359 (cell) for directions or more information.

Narcotics Anonymous – Hotline: 082 811 2686. 3 English speaking meetings in Pattaya near Central Festival and 2 in Jomtien each week. Also regular Thai speaking meetings at 12 noon every Sunday, and Persian Farsi speaking meetings at 5.30 pm on Thursdays. Please call the Hotline for details.