Community Happenings – Friday February 20 – February 26, 2015

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, February 22. Everyone is warmly welcome. Brad Walker will give a talk about his recent book “Amazing Thailand – The Farang’s Guide to Good Living in the Land of Smiles.” 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.

The Red Love in Chinese New Year Festival 2015 is taking place from February 14-21 at the Three Kingdoms Theme Park, adjacent to Horseshoe Point in East Pattaya. Many activities will be held including a free concert and various shows to entertain visitors. No entrance fees are required. For more information call 038-421428-9.

The Pattaya Chinese New Year Festival takes place February 19-20 at the Lan Pho Market in Naklua. The festival features many activities including traditional Chinese dance displays with lights and music, costume & mask shows, lion dragon show and a Chinese Girl contest.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Holiday Inn Pattaya on Friday, February 20 from 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. (last drinks served at 8.30 p.m.). Price of admission is THB 500 for members of BCCT, AustCham, AmCham, GTCC & SATCC and THB 1,000 for non-members (cash payment at the door). For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai.com, www. austchamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.

The 8th annual ‘Colors of the East’ festival will take place along Pattaya Beach Road from Central to Soi 12 from Feb. 26 – March 1. The event will feature colorful flower parades, a flower dress design contest, mini concerts featuring famous Thai artists and booths selling a wide variety of OTOP products. More information can be found at website: www.coloroftheeasts.com.

The Pattaya Music Festival 2015 will be held from March 20-22 along Beach Road in Pattaya. The Music Festival marks one of the city’s major annual events and will feature some of Thailand’s leading bands as well as invited international acts to perform over 3 days and nights of live entertainment.

Dining

Holiday Inn Pattaya in partnership with Independent Wine & Spirit (Thailand) Company Limited will hold a ‘California Wine Tasting’ event at the Havana Bar on Saturday, February 28 from 6.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Experience a selection of 7 different kinds of wine from California with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price: THB 890 net per person or THB 1,390 net per person including 1 bottle of premium wine to take home. Guests can also bring home their favourite selection of great wines available at a special price. For reservations and more information, call 038 725 555 or email: [email protected]

Throughout February, resident Indian chef Karnati Sridhar is presenting his highlight dishes at Mantra Restaurant & Bar. Chef Sridhar has been featured on Thai Channel 7 and has performed Indian cooking presentations at Central Department Store in Bangkok. Other than Mantra’s superb wine selection, the restaurant will also offer guests a wide selection of well-known wine names from France, Italy, Australia and Chile. For more information, contact Mantra Restaurant & Bar at 038 429 591 or email [email protected]

The Montien Hotel, Pattaya invites you to welcome the Chinese Year of the Goat at the Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant from February 19-21. Celebrate a prosperous year with one of the four good luck set menus specially created, including Ang-Pao & Chinese buns for everyone. Time: Lunch 11.00 a.m-2.00 p.m. or Dinner 6.00 p.m.-10.00 p.m. For more information and reservations call 038-428155 Ext 1621, 1629 or email; [email protected]

Spices Bar & Grill offers fine Indian dining in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere. Sample excellent cocktails and sensational food every day from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Happy hours run daily from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (buy 1 get 1 free) and Wednesday is Ladies Night (first drink on the house). Located on Soi Yume (opposite Trust Condo). For more information and reservations, call 038 716 693 or visit www.spicesbarngrill.com.

Enjoy delicious Thai and International cuisine at Mata Hari restaurant.

As well as the excellent European food for which it is very well known in Pattaya (including some very rare Dutch items), Mata Hari restaurant also has a complete range of Thai cuisine, including Thai Isaan on request from Chef Jackie, herself coming from Isaan. Mata Hari restaurant is located at the top of the hill on Thappraya Road, and for reservations (strongly recommended) phone 038 259 799 or email [email protected] or go through the website at: www.mataharipattaya.com.

Thai Garden Resort chef merrily cutting away at the roast pig.Thai Garden Resort chef merrily cutting away at the roast pig.

The Thai Garden Resort offers nightly dining presentations with different themed buffets! Happy Hours are from 17:00 – 18:00 with most drinks at 50% discount. The “All You Can Eat Buffet” starts at 18:00 until 21:00 hours and offers a wide variety of soups, salads, bread, cold cuts, smoked salmon, choices of hot food dishes, live cooking stations and of course a home-made desserts selection. All this for just 399 baht net for adults and 199 baht net for children under 12 years old. 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.

Saturday Night BBQ Buffet at The Bay Restaurant: Dine al fresco and enjoy a fantastic selection of meat and seafood BBQ items as well as international cuisine in the Saturday Night BBQ Buffet. Open from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at The Bay Restaurant of Dusit Thani Pattaya. Buffet price is THB 1,490++ per person (food only) – add a free flow of wine, beer, juice and soft drinks at an additional THB 599++ per person. For reservations, call 038 425 611-7 Ext 2149-50.

Wagyu Tomahawk Steak at Havana Bar.

Havana Bar & Terrazzo at Holiday Inn Pattaya presents Australian imported Wagyu Tomahawk Steak throughout February: Order a piece of 800 gram steak served with a selection of side dishes and 3 kinds of sauces and receive a complimentary glass of wine. Havana Bar also offers the following on a weekly basis: Monday – signature cocktail at just THB 180 net per glass; Tuesday – enjoy all traditional and signature pizzas at only THB 279; Wednesday – local draft beer at THB 119 net per glass; Thursday – enjoy a selection of pasta dishes with a glass of house wine or beer at only THB 450 net/person; Friday – enjoy a BBQ seafood platter with a variety of local seafood. Price starts from THB 1,200 net; Saturday – enjoy one of the best Mojitos in town at THB 159 net all night; Sunday – lucky draw, a chance to get 50% discount off your bill. Hi Club membership gets 10% discount. For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555 or email to: [email protected]

BBQ seafood buffet at Elements Restaurant.

Surf & Turf at Elements restaurant – Sheraton Pattaya Resort: Grilled Australian tenderloin, lobster & pumpkin hash, red wine sauce: THB 950++; Sautéed snow fish, braised beef cheek & mushroom ragout: THB 600++; Wok fried Szechuan lamb with sea scallops, Thai kale & Shaoxing wine: THB 450++; Tenderloin Carpaccio & crispy oysters, horseradish aioli: THB 425++; Crispy pork belly, blue crab & apple salad: THB 425++. For more information call 038 259 888 or email: [email protected]

Louis Restaurant is offering a new weekly set dinner menu alongside the regular a la carte menu items. The set menu includes a choice of starters, main courses and desserts. Louis Restaurant also offers a set lunch menu for THB 250-290. Louis is located on Naklua Soi 31 or North Pattaya Road Soi 6. For reservations contact Vichai on mobile 081 001 3298 or email: alois. [email protected]

Ruffino Restaurant offers Monday to Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. a homemade pizza “buy 1 get 1 free” promotion and Chef Luca has created a delicious rustic 3-course set dinner perfectly paired with a carafe of red or white wine for THB 888 net per person, only available on Thursday’s from 6 to 10 p.m. Also every Thursday is Ladies Cocktail night– pay only 250 baht for free flow cocktails and for the gentlemen all local beers only 100 Baht. At Oceana Restaurant from 6:30 to 10 p.m. daily enjoy a 4-course Royal Thai Cuisine set dinner for THB 777 net, including a glass of red or white wine. A superb mid-week buffet featuring tasty European favourites is also available every Wednesday from 6.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. priced at THB 599 per person (add THB 400 for a free flow of beer). Afternoon Tea is also available daily from 3-5 p.m. at the Espresso Bar for THB 700++ per set for 2 persons, including scones and clotted cream, freshly made sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee or try one of the 17 wines available starting at 190 baht per glass with a complimentary snack. All outlets are located at the Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya on Pratamnak Road, Soi 5. For more information and bookings call 038 306 337 or e-mail: [email protected]

Halal international buffet dinner @ Harbour – only THB 420 net per person. The buffet dinner includes halal food, an international buffet line and many selections of dessert. The food is certified and cooked by a halal chef with 40 years experience. Both indoor and outdoor dining options are available. Harbour restaurant is located at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel on Pattaya Beach Road (Soi 3), Open daily 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm. For more information, call 038 259 555 Ext 4236.

Sugar Hut Restaurant is open for lunch with set menu prices from 240 to 350 baht net/set. Menu items include chili fried rice, pork soup with tofu, noodles, fresh spring rolls, salad, fruit, desserts and more. For inquiries and reservations, call 038 364 186, 038 251 686.

Discover the delicious taste of monkfish this February at Acqua Restaurant. Enjoy Italian-influenced delicacies such as monk fish acquapazza, monk fish with sea scallops, ravioli monk fish or monk fish risotto. Acqua Italian Restaurant is open from 6 p.m. from 11 p.m. and is located in the main lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For reservation, call 038 714 981.

Churrasco Night at Tavern by the Sea.

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 THB 499 net per person. Wednesday is Ribs & Wings evening: finger licking good ribs and 6 different kinds of wings – all you can eat for THB 449 net per person. Thirsty Thursday Beer Buffet offers a Free Flow of all local draught beer including Chang, Tiger, Heineken and San Miguel. Price 699 THB net per person, starts from 18:00 – 21:00. Friday & Saturday Churrasco Nights offer prime meats and seafood, grilled to perfection on the fire and freshly skewered for you on the churrasco pens at the Tavern. All complemented by a full buffet of starters, side dishes and desserts. Only THB 749 net per person. Every buffet is open from 18.30 – 22.00 hrs. There is also a daily happy hour from 11 am – 6 pm. Watch all the premier live sports on one of the many widescreen TV’s or on the big projector screen (Sports hotline 038 418 419). Amari Pattaya, Beach Road, North Pattaya, Tel 038 418418.

Enjoy a special international buffet dinner with Chinese favorites (incl. free flow drinks) at Starz Diner, Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya from 6.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. on 19 – 22 February. Price THB 1,200 net per person & THB 600 per child. Starz Diner also offers a selection of Pan Asian and continental flavors, from the griddle, BBQ char-grill, pan, fryer, steamer, wok, and tandoori oven, as well as some really delicious desserts. Sat: THB 850++, Sun-Fri: THB 750++ food only. Sat: THB 1,080++, Sun-Fri: THB 980++ including free flow drinks. Children under 11 years of age eat for free. Show time for live music is from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.

Ginger & Lime presents a “Friday Night Thai Buffet” showcasing a wide variety of Thai cuisine, lots of live cooking stations and includes a vegetable carving show, flower arrangement demonstration, silver jewelry hand craft stall, fun games and traditional Thai live shows every Friday night from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Price: THB 799++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person. Ginger & Lime Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information and reservations, call 038 714 981.

Aroy Seafood Buffet @ Elements Restaurant: Sample magnificent fresh seafood BBQ items, with tempting desserts and delicious drinks in the marvelous ambiance of Elements restaurant at Sheraton Pattaya Resort. The buffet includes favorite BBQ items such as pork ribs, marinated chicken, sausages and skewers. Price: THB 1,399++ (food only) per person and available every Saturday from 6.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 038 259 888.

Saturday night dinner buffet at East Coast Kitchen

Holiday Inn Pattaya introduces a Saturday night dinner buffet at East Coast Kitchen featuring an international menu and local seafood BBQ throughout February and March 2015. The menu includes European sliced meats, Italian Parma ham, Japanese sushi and maki, Thai famous dishes, salad bar and a wide range of local seafood such as prawns, rock lobster, crab, squid plus chef’s delicious desserts and Italian ice cream: Priced at THB 999 net/person and available every Saturday from 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. at the East Coast Kitchen (6th floor) Executive Tower. For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555.

Grouper prepared in various cooking styles at Flare.

Live grouper promotion at Flare Restaurant throughout February. Enjoy fresh live grouper fish, prepared in your choice from 6 different traditional cooking methods: spicy lemon grass soup, steamed with lemon chilli or deep fried and topped with Thai herbs, baked or grilled fillet of grouper marinated with herbs in a bamboo case. Priced at THB 1,200 net per portion of 1 kilogram, guests may take their pick of up to two preferred cooking methods. Price is inclusive of prevailing government taxes and service. Available daily from 18.00-23:30 at Flare restaurant, Hilton Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000 or email [email protected] hilton.com.

Promotions

Springtime at Breeze Spa: Enhance your chosen massage technique with exotic botanical butter with lovely hints of rose, champee and frangipani flowers. Here is one treat to revive yourself and get your glow on. Book a two-hour treatment and receive a 10% discount and complimentary limited edition perfume gift. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Breeze Spa at Amari Pattaya on 038 418 418 ext. 840 or visit www.breeze-spa.com.

eforea spa at Hilton Pattaya has announced its new special promotion package, “Relax, Renew and Emerge Brighter”. Guests can book the package for only THB 3,500 and receive a 90-minute meditation massage, inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal techniques, which focuses on instilling a deep sense of mental and physical relaxation. A choice of native aromatic oils is prescribed to suit your individual needs to rejuvenate, harmonize or detoxify. For an additional THB 500 guests can enjoy a 30-minute body scrub and receive an eforea music CD, which features soothing tunes that they can relax to in their own home. For more information, call 038 253 000, email pattaya. [email protected] or visit eforeaspa.com.

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya is offering a “Heavenly Care Spa Membership” for an annual 12 month fee of THB 10,000 net, which enables each member to enjoy spa treatments up to the value of 35,000 baht. Membership also includes unlimited use of other spa facilities including the sauna for general detoxification, weight loss and stress relief, herbal steam room, cold & hot plunge pools, lap pool in front of the Fitness Center, spa lockers and Relaxation Lounge complete with juice and snacks. For more information, contact Spa Cenvaree on 038 301 234 ext. 4333 or email: [email protected]

Now at Café Kantary Sriracha visitors can enjoy a happy hour, featuring savings on a host of refreshing beverages. Every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm, every visitor who purchases a beverage will receive a free beverage of equal or less value. The offer is limited to 2 free beverages per visitor, and excludes alcoholic beverages. For more information, please contact Café Kantary, Sriracha: Tel. 0-3831-410, or visit www.cafekantary.com.

Amari Pattaya has introduced its ‘Suite Life Package’, available from now until 29 February 2016. Upgrade to a Junior Suite Ocean View room and enjoy Horizon Club benefits of private check-in and check-out and complimentary cocktails from 17:30 to 19:30, plus special welcome chocolates and sparkling wine. Other package benefits include a 60-minute Breeze Spa signature mood massage, a 20% discount on additional spa treatments, and a 10% discount on food and beverages (excludes Mantra Restaurant & Bar, room service and mini-bar). For more information contact Amari Pattaya at 038 418 418 or visit: www. amari.com/ocean-pattaya.

Entertainment

Amari Pattaya is organizing an Endless Summer Pool Party from 16:00 to 19:00 on February 21. Come and take part in this family-friendly event by the poolside, with live music from Barry Upton performing the Beach Boys classics and music from famous surf rock bands from the 1960s and 1970s. Also delivering the beat is DJ Marianna. VIP packages are available, offering snacks, beverages and seats in a private area near the stage for only 10,000 THB for up to 10 people. Admission is free! Food and drinks are available. For more information and reservations, contact Amari Pattaya at 038 418 418 or email fbreservation. [email protected]

Local drama group ‘Pattaya Players’ is holding FREE comedy improv workshops every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Grand Palace Hotel on Soi Khao Talo. Create original theatre comedy instantly, on the spot, under the direction of Sheldon Penner and perform for one another in a friendly, no-pressure, supportive environment. Everybody is welcome, age 12 or over. No experience necessary. For more information, contact [email protected] or [email protected] gmail.com.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) will be holding a special evening of Champagne, beer and nibbles at Kandy’s Wine and Tapas Bar, Thappraya Road on Friday, February 20, from 7:00 p.m. Free flow of signature cocktail, prosecco wine (7-9pm) and Singha beer will be complemented by a serving of canapés from 7-8pm and music from the guest DJ. Admission cost: 900 baht per person. Send email to [email protected] for more information or to make a reservation. Husbands and significant others are also invited to attend.

New Zealand’s gossip columnist to the stars, David Hartnell, will host an evening of anecdotes and entertainment on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel on Soi Khao Talo. Tickets cost 500 baht per person and include one complimentary drink and buffet dinner. Buffet starts at 6 p.m., followed by the evening’s entertainment at 7.30 p.m. For more information, email: pattaya [email protected], [email protected] or visit Pattaya Players’ web site (www.pattayaplayers.org).

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a ‘free’ outdoor concert at Phornprapha Botanical Gardens off Siam Country Club Road from 4 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. For those wishing to attend, a donation is requested to cover promotional costs and any surplus will be donated to the Hand To Hand Foundation charity. For more information and directions, go to website: www.pattayaclassicalmusic.com.

Come and enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub. Listen to great music by 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. And 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.

Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya presents ‘Mix Tape’ every Friday night from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m. at the Moon Deck. A roster of four guest DJs play soulful funky sounds, deep house, tech and all manners of groovy tunes laced with rock & roll. For more information and/or reservations, call 038 426635, send e-mail to [email protected] hotels.net or go to www.facebook.com/HardRockCafePattaya.

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. Should you be a former UK service man or women in need of help please contact us in confidence at: [email protected] rblthailand.org. Should you wish to join our branch, please contact: membership @rblthailand.org or for general enquiries send email to [email protected] .org, www.rblthailand.org.

Al-Anon Family Group: Are you bothered by someone else’s drinking? Maybe we can help. Sunday meeting at 2 p.m., Pattaya, Satree Pattaya Center, 519/56 Pattaya 2nd Road, Soi Skaw Beach near the Skaw Beach Hotel, next door to Scandalia Restaurant. Thursday meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th floor of Jomtien Plaza Condotel. For more information, call the Helpline 092 674 4109 or Richard 084 867 4138.

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. 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.

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).

Overeaters Anonymous meetings in Pattaya/Jomtien – The ‘Up to You’ group meets Wednesdays at 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. There are 3 English speaking meetings in Pattaya near Central Festival and 2 more in Jomtien each week. Also regular Thai speaking meetings at 12 Midday every Sunday and Persian Farsi speaking meetings at 5.30 pm on Thursdays. Please call the Hotline for details.