Community Happenings – Friday June 30 – July 6, 2017

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, July 2. The PCEC will hold a brief Annual General Meeting which will be followed by a presentation from Brad Walker about ‘Doing Business as an Expat in Thailand’. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn’s Executive Tower, located behind the Holiday Inn’s Bay Tower on Beach Road.

The 2017 Pattaya Bikini Beach Race will take place on Saturday, July 1 (16:00 – 19:00) from a start point opposite Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall. There are a number of categories and distances to choose from should you wish to participate, from a bikini fun run over 3km to the more strenuous 9km event. Runners will be separated into age groups from 16-40 and over 40 for both male and female events. There is also a competition for the best bikini worn by both sexes. Cost to enter ranges from 400-500 baht. Prizes will be awarded to event winners. For more information: www.facebook.com/centralfestival-pattaya-beach  or call 092 285 4221.

World class motorsport action comes to the Eastern Seaboard as the battle for supremacy continues at the Bangsaen Grand Prix, taking place at the stunning beachfront track of Bangsaen Street Circuit from June 27 – July 2 in Chonburi. Witness the largest gathering of exotic race cars in Thailand plus six full days of motorsport activities. For more information visit: www.thailandsuperseries.net.

The inaugural edition of Ladies European Thailand Championship will be held at Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club in Pattaya from July 6-9. The tournament carries a purse of 300,000 Euro (approx. 12 million baht) and will feature the best European Tour players alongside 40 Thai LPGA golfers and 16 invites. Daily tickets for spectators cost 100 baht payable at the gate (free entry for spectators under 18 years old and over 60 years old).

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa on Friday, July 21 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks at 8.30 p.m.) Event sponsors Air Asia will be there to introduce their new flight schedules out of Pattaya (UTP) and will be available for questions during the evening. Entrance cost of THB 400 for members and guests of participating chambers and THB 1200 for non-members includes free-flow drinks and finger food. Cash payment at the door direct. For more information send email to [email protected].

A stamp market is held every Sunday from 10.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.at Rahn­pintang Moe Kata Restaurant, Panji Place, on Soi Ponphraphanimit 7 (200m from the Bangkok Highway underpass). Here can you exchange stamps from the whole world. Call 089 091 3418 for more information and directions.

Dining

The chef’s special this week at Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex is Yupin’s own Indian lamb curry, made with lamb fillets seared in home-made ghee, and home ground spices. This mouth-watering curry sauce also includes sultanas, raisins, figs and cranberries and is a little bit spicy with plenty of delicious aftertaste. Yupins lamb curry is served with popadom, roti, and homemade spicy mango chutney and a yoghurt and cucumber raita. Only 395 Baht! For more information or reservations, call 038 250394 or visit website: www.yupins.com.

The Thai Garden Terrace Restaurant offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – Italian 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.

The legendary Somsakdi Restaurant has been in operation in Pattaya for almost 40 years. Proprietor and Chef Somsakdi is still cooking and running his amazing restaurant at 78 years of age. The menu is probably the largest in Pattaya, with 374 individual items. Each dish is in Thai with an English explanation underneath. Rather than be swamped by choices, let Somsakdi guide you. After all, who knows his dishes better than he? Somsakdi Restaurant, Pattaya Soi 1, tel. 038 428 987, 038 423 284, 038 429 869, limited parking plus on-street parking in the soi. Hours 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days.

Super saver deal & moonlight dining at AVANI Hotels & Resorts Pattaya: Garden Café invites you to an international & BBQ seafood buffet from 8:00pm – 10:00pm priced at THB 650 net including one free soft drink. Sala Rim Nam authentic Thai restaurant meanwhile offers a ‘moonlight dining’ promotion from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Any customer who comes during these hours will receive a 20% discount off their bill. For more information and reservations, call 038 412 120 or Email to: [email protected].

The Bay Grill & Buffet at Dusit Thani Pattaya: Dine with a sea view and enjoy seafood and meat barbecue accompanied by Thai and international items from soup, appetizers and main courses to dessert for only THB 900++ per person. Free flowing beverage for additional THB 599++ per person. The Bay is open daily from 18:30 – 22:00. Call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2149 0r 2150 for more information and reservations.

The evening dinner buffet at Ginger & Lime has just become even bigger and better with Chef Pinyo adding an array of new dishes to this enormous spread of Thai, Japanese and Asian specials. Served seven evenings a week in the serene gardens of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, with indoor and outdoor seating available, the new buffet is priced at only THB 888++. Chefs at the wok fry station are ready with a whole range of fresh ingredients to whisk up whatever you wish, while over at the noodle station the chefs have stewed duck, deep-fried pork belly and BBQ pork amongst their attractions. The desserts selection is huge, and new on the buffet is crepe suzette, and deep-fried banana Thai-style. Ginger & Lime Restaurant opens daily from 18:00 – 23:00 hrs. Call now for reservations at 038 714 981.

Linda’s Restaurant is large with seating for 200 people, with a covered al fresco verandah outside for those who wish to smoke. Inside, in air-conditioned comfort, there are comfortable chairs and decent sized tables, with white starched napery. The menu is large and covers northern European items, Scandinavian dishes and several pages covering Thai cuisine. Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex. Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Open seven days from 7.30 a.m. until late. Tel: Reservations: 038 252 726, www.lindasrestaurant.com, street-side parking. Email [email protected] . GPS 12.901655 N 100.869.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 395 baht (net). Available Mon-Sat from midday to midnight. Starters include corn & crab homemade soup or pickled Jameson’s beetroot & tuna salad or warm individual egg & bacon pies. Main course options include Rafters pie served with broccoli, buttered carrots, and peas or chicken & pineapple kebab served with corn on the cob and vegetable rice or rib eye steak with corn on the cob, Jameson’s chips or straw chips and a separate coleslaw salad. This week’s dessert is jam sponge with custard or assorted ice cream or an Irish coffee. Fabulous roast dinners with all the trimmings also available every Sunday, priced from 340 baht – 400 baht. New to Jameson’s is a complimentary car service which picks you up from your home and takes you back again in a chauffeur driven vehicle. 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.

Big Fish restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya presents a ‘Business Lunch Set’ with a 3-course menu from which to choose your own favorites: Thai set (marinated Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce, chicken yellow curry with onion, potatoes, roti and jasmine rice and mango sticky rice with coconut milk), Western set (crab with smoked salmon salad with basil lime chili sauce, Cumbo’s crawfish etouffee with chili, tomatoes and steamed rice and mango Panna cotta) or Fusion set (creamy pumpkin soup with grilled marinate prawn, grilled beef outside steak with potato wedges and gravy kaffir lime sauce and lemon crème brûlée with vanilla ice cream). Served every day from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm at Big Fish restaurant on the 6th floor of the hotel. Price: THB 350 net/person. For more information or reservations, call 06-3903- 9754 or [email protected]

Hilton Pattaya invites you to experience a variety of menus featuring Thailand’s king and queen of fruits, durian and mangosteen, at Flare, Drift and Horizon throughout July. Flare Restaurant brings deep fried tiger prawn in durian and mangosteen red curry priced at THB 950 net and ‘Trio on Shell’ that features 3 different tastes in a dish (fresh oyster ceviche, baked mussel with durian and cheese and seared scallop with mangosteen salad) at THB 550 net. Available every day at Flare Restaurant on level 15 from 6pm – 11pm. Drift Lobby Lounge and Bar introduces light menus and desserts made from durian and mangosteen starting from just THB 130 net while Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar presents ‘Durian Crusted Barramundi’ served with durian puree, risotto, fresh mangosteen, zucchini, rocket and asparagus at THB 950 net. Available every day at Horizon Rooftop Restaurant and Bar on level 34 from 6pm – 11pm. For more information or reservations call 038-253- 000 or [email protected]  or pattaya.hilton.com

Yamato Restaurant located on Soi Yamato has been around for more than 35 years and the soi was named after its oldest tenant. Just look for the Japanese characters on the blinds outside. You cannot miss it. The menu is pictorial, which is a must when trying a different cuisine/language. This is a restaurant to take a few people with you. The prices are certainly not over the top, and the quality is superb. Yamato Japanese restaurant, 219/51 Soi Yamato (13/1), close to Beach Road end, telephone 038 429 685 or 038 421 618. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. On street parking (or do some shopping in the Avenue or Royal Garden Plaza).

Spa/Promotions & Wedding Services

Hilton Pattaya is offering a special promotion on wedding packages confirmed from now until September 30, 2017 and events held by December 30, 2017. Book your wedding and receive an exclusive 20% off on wedding menus with the choice of cocktail, buffet or Chinese set menu and enjoy 1 hour complimentary after party with free flow soft drinks. For additional information, call 038-253- 000 or email [email protected] .

Spa Cenvaree at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya brings the luxurious and sensual touch of dragon fruit and peach blossom, with the ‘Pretty as a Peach’ spa package. This 120-minute spa journey is priced at THB 2,595++, and in addition includes a free luscious peach body lotion, valued at THB 450, to take home. For reservations call 038-301234 Ext 4333 or send email to: [email protected], website: www.spacenvaree.com.

AVANI Pattaya is currently offering a great accommodation & show package: Stay in your Garden View room for a minimum two consecutive nights and enjoy a Thai set dinner for two at Sala Rim Nam restaurant plus round trip transfers to the Singha D’Luck Theatre in Pattaya and tickets to watch the mesmerising KAAN show. Prices start from THB 6,500 ++. For more information, please call AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa: 038 412120 or email: [email protected] www.avanihotels.com.

Entertainment

Pattaya Players community theatre is holding open auditions at the Grand Palace Hotel / White Horse Pub on Soi Khao Talo on Thursday evening, July 20 for its latest production of “Fools” by Neil Simon. The play is set to open Sept. 29 and 10 actors of all ages and abilities are required. For further information, call Gary at 085.913.1827 or email [email protected].

Enjoy great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live every evening (except Thursday) from 6.00 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.

Community Services

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

Post 12146 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America (Ban Chang – U-Tapao, Thailand) meets the second Saturday of each month at 13:00 on the second floor of the Camel Pub in Ban Chang. If you are interested, please contact Membership Chairman Dan Morgan at [email protected] or visit website: www.banchangvfwpost12146.org.

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.