Community Happenings – Friday January 16 – January 22, 2015

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, January 18. Everyone is warmly welcome. Steven Lance Stoll, a college professor from the USA teaching English in Chonburi, will be speaking on a subject of interest to expats. 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 BMW-B.Grimm Thai Polo Open 2015 final will take place at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya on Saturday, January 17. The activities on the day will include the polo play-offs to decide the winner, pony rides and fancy dress on horseback for the kids, live music, generous supplies of wine and food at the outstanding buffet and a relaxing cocktail party to round off the day. Visitors are welcome to attend and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Chitralada Vocational School project. For more details, call 02-650-3055 or email: [email protected]

Naklua Walking Street is open every Saturday and Sunday evening from 6 p.m. onwards at the Old Naklua Market. Each evening features a variety of traditional activities from communities in Pattaya, handcrafted products, traditional food and fresh seafood at very special prices. There are also shows performed by students from the local Pattaya schools. The Walking Street festival is being held until January 18, 2015.

Rotary International will stage Pattaya’s first charity colour run on Sunday, January 18 starting at 8 a.m. at the Big Buddha Hill fitness park in South Pattaya. Entrance is THB 400 for the 5km run and THB 200 for the 2km run. Tickets will be available at the event location on Saturday, January 17 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, go to Facebook and type in pattayacolourrun or visit website: www.rotaryjomtienpattaya.org.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Amari Pattaya Resort on Friday, January 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks served at 8.30 p.m.). Price of admission is THB 400 for members of BCCT, AustCham, AmCham, GTCC & SATCC and THB 850 for non-members. For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai.com, www. austchamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.

The 9th Eastern Flora Exhibition will be held from January 18-25 in front of the Chonburi Provincial Office building. The event will feature an exhibition of the nation’s most colourful flora and fauna and will include competitions to find the best displays and decorations. Categories on display will include orchids, pineapple flowers, bonsai, tray gardens and much more. For more information, contact Pattaya City Call Center at 1337 or the Chonburi Agriculture Office 038-278-187 or visit http://prueksa-tawanok.com.

The 7th annual Pattaya International Bed Race will take place on Sunday, January 25 starting from outside the Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall and travelling down Beach Road to Walking Street. Dozens of Thai and foreign teams will compete to find the fastest bed in the East. Entrance fee is 5,000 baht per team and proceeds from the event will go toward various City Hall and Rotary-International sponsored charities. For more information, contact Pattaya City Call Center at 1337 or TAT Pattaya 038-423-990, 038-427-667.

The 5th Money Expo Pattaya event will be held at the PEACH conference center, Royal Cliff Beach Resort, from February 6-8. Visitors will find an array of bank and financial institutions offering financial and investment services and advice covering subjects such as home and car loans, credit education, savings patterns, insurance, savings bonds and stock market investments. Entertainment will also be provided with the appearance of celebrities, mini concerts and prize giveaways. The Expo will be open daily from 10.30-20.00 and admission is free of charge.

The WTA sanctioned PTT Thailand Open tennis tournament will be held at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort from 8-15 February with some of the top names in women’s professional tennis vying for the title. Tickets are currently on sale at the following prices: Sunday 8 February (qualifying) 300 baht; Monday 9 – Sunday 15 February: 300, 500, 800 and 1,200 baht. All tickets cover access to the matches for the whole day and special rates are available for groups or weekly passes. For further information on the tournament, contact Pentangle Promotions on Tel: 02-3113414/5 or via website at www.pentanglepromotions.com.

Dining

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.

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.

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.

Havana Bar & Terrazzo at Holiday Inn Pattaya presents Australian imported Wagyu Tomahawk Steak throughout January and 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]

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: [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. 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: supparatchpi @chr.co.th.

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.

Marco Polo Chinese Restaurant is famous for its authentic Shanghainese and Szechuan cuisines prepared to perfection by master Chinese chefs. Enjoy a dim sum lunch daily from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and dinner from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily. The Verandah Coffee Shop is also serving an international seafood BBQ buffet dinner every Saturday from 6.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. Price THB 995 net for adults and THB 550 net for children. Also make sure to call in at the Montien Bakery Shop for freshly made cakes, pastries and breads plus a range of Thai desserts. Open daily from 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. (Every day). For more information, call the Montien Hotel, Pattaya, tel. 038 428 155, 038 361 340 ext. 1620, 1621, or email [email protected]

Edge restaurant at Hilton Hotel Pattaya offers a Monday “Post weekend BBQ” featuring freshly grilled sausages, Korean style pork cuts and chorizo burritos while Tuesday’s “Mediterranean Fare” includes Middle Eastern dips and salads, pizza and pasta. On Wednesday, Edge presents “Burgers, Salads and Gourmet Sandwiches” where guests can create their perfect burger, toss a fresh salad or grab a gourmet sandwich. The tastes of Southeast Asia, India, China and Japan come together for Thursday’s “Extended Asia” followed by Friday’s “Seafood Pattaya” where the crystal waters offer up fresh local prawns, crabs and lobsters served on ice or grilled. Saturday’s “Classics & Confectionaries” presents timeless favorites such as Greek salad, oven-baked whole salmon, green curry and bouillabaisse and margherita pizza. In addition, guests will be able to indulge in traditional Thai desserts with a modern twist. Every Sunday, the chefs pull out all the stops and offer the hotel’s famous “Sunday Brunch” that brings together a wide selection from around the globe. Bookings are absolutely essential for this very popular event. Monday to Thursday @ THB 480 net; Friday and Saturday @ THB 540 net, Sunday Brunch @ THB 1400 net; Wine Buffet @ THB 1100 net. “Seven Days, Seven Themes” is available from Mondays to Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Sundays. An International Buffet Dinner is also available 7 days a week priced at THB 920 net on Monday – Thursday and Saturday & Sunday, and THB 1100 net on Friday. Edge restaurant is located on the 14th floor of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya. For bookings, please dial +66 (0)38 253 000.

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.

Eat to the New Beat at Starz Diner located at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya between 2nd Road and Beach Road, Central Pattaya: 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.

Discover special lobster menus at East Coast Kitchen, Executive Tower of the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Savor 8 menu selections created for imported Boston lobster, cooked to perfection in Asian and Western styles. Every lobster served with a salad and your choice of mashed potato or fries. Experience the special menus throughout January and February 2015. For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555.

Sheraton Pattaya Resort is offering “Daiquiri Temptation” cocktails throughout January. Talented mixologist Patrick will blend a variety of tropical fruits: Kiwi fruit, pineapple, blueberry, lychee, banana and guava mint to create a sensational daiquiri that will set your thirst buds tingling: Priced at THB 320++ per glass and available at Infiniti and Latitude Lounge daily from 11.00 a.m. – 10.30 p.m. For more information, call 038 259 888 or check facebook.com/sheratonpattayaresort.

Live grouper promotion at Flare Restaurant throughout January and 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]

Promotions

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 [email protected] or visit eforeaspa.com.

Tea Tree Spa at Holiday Inn Pattaya is currently offering a special promotion – for every two regular treatments purchased, receive 20% discount from normal price (terms and conditions apply). For more information and reservations, call 038 725 555 ext. 3902 or email: [email protected]

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] chr.co.th.

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.

Entertainment

Pattaya’s local amateur dramatics society, Pattaya Players, is currently offering free improv workshops for all aspiring comedy actors. Everybody is welcome, age 12 or over, and no experience is necessary. The workshops are being held at the Eastern Grand Palace Hotel on Soi Khaotalo on Jan. 20 and 27 from 7 p.m. To reserve a place, contact Sheldon at [email protected]

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: [email protected], pattayaplayerspr @gmail.com or visit Pattaya Players’ web site (www. pattayaplayers .org).

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] 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 wan_nujan @yahoo.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.

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: [email protected] or for general enquiries send email to [email protected], 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.