Community Happenings – Friday March 20 – March 26, 2015

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, March 22. Everyone is warmly welcome. The speaker will be Dr. Richard Gayton, Clinical Psychologist, on the topic of “How to get along with people you don’t like.” 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.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Centara Grand Phratamnak Pattaya, Pratamnak Soi 5, on Friday, March 20 from 6-9 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 (cash payment at the door). For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www. bccthai.com, www.aust chamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.

The Pattaya Music Festival 2015 will be held from March 20-22 along Beach Road and Bali Hai Pier 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.

Green Pattaya will be conducting a clean-up of Soi Kasetsin 3 on Pratamnak Hill in South Pattaya from March 23-26 from 16.30- 18.30 every day. Volunteers wishing to help make Pattaya a greener and cleaner place should turn up between those times. Water, soft drinks, and health fruit snacks will be provided. For more information, visit FB page: www.facebook.com/GreenPattaya.

The E-Sarn Festival 2015 will be held at the Pattaya City School No. 8 (across from Wat Chaimongkol temple on Pattaya South Road) from March 27-29. Sample the food, colours and music of northeastern Thailand during this 3 day event that will also feature a best “Som Tum Pattaya” contest with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup and 70,000 baht in prize money on offer to the winning team.

The first Pattaya Farmers’ Market will be held from March 28-29 at the Avenue Mall on Pattaya 2nd Road and will feature a host of locally made, grown and crafted goods from communities across Thailand.

Movers and Shakers will hold an evening network event on Saturday, March 28 from 6 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. at the Fflic Pool Club in the Cosy Beach area of Pratamnak, South Pattaya. Admission costs THB 500 and includes a free-flow of wine, beer, soft drinks & finger food. Dress code is smart casual. For more information call 081 848 1258 or send email to: [email protected]

A children’s rhythmic gymnastics competition will be held on Sunday, March 29 at Planet Football on Soi Siam Country Club starting at 10 a.m. Students from Bangkok and Pattaya clubs will be participating in the event which will focus on a number of disciplines and is set to conclude at approx. 4.30 p.m. Spectators welcome. For more information call 080 570 5756.

The Bangkok Chess Club Open 2015 will take place from 12-19 April in the ballroom of the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel. Over 300 players from 43 countries have already registered for the event, including grandmasters and former champions Nigel Short, Jan Gustafsson and Francisco Vallejo Pons. Spectators are welcome. For more information, go to website: http://bangkokchess.com.

Dining

Exclusive Thai set menu at Flare, Hilton Pattaya: A magnificent wall of exquisite wines provides a distinguished setting combined with the traditional tastes of rural Thai kitchens featuring fine ingredients from around the world. Experience an outstanding four-course Thai set dinner accompanied by a signature cocktail at THB 1,900 net per couple. Open every day from 6.30pm – 10.30 pm. Also try the Sunset Session cocktails including Sea Breeze, Blue Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Bloody Mary, Singapore Sling and Classic Martini daily from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Horizon, located on level 34, at Hilton Pattaya. Call 038 253 000 for information and reservations.

Whether you like them steamed or deep fried with meat or seafood, you are sure to enjoy a great selection of dim sum items during the ‘All You Can Eat Dim Sum for Lunch’ promotion at The Peak Restaurant of the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel. Soup and dessert are also included for THB 650++ per person (food only). Available Mondays – Fridays from 11:30am till 2:00pm. Tel: 038 425 611-7 Ext. 2149, 2276.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort, Pattaya offers a Thursday “Mirage Beach BBQ Seafood Buffet”. Enjoy the resort’s natural setting by the sea while savoring tasty dishes and fresh produce from the sea that includes tiger prawns, snapper fish wrapped in banana leaves, grilled squid with spicy sauce, and much more. Entertainment is provided by the house band plus Hawaiian dancing and fire dance shows on the beach from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Available every Thursday at: THB 1,199++ per person. For more information or table reservations, call 038 714 981 or email [email protected]

Holiday Inn Pattaya introduces an ‘Eat Me Challenge’ activity at Terrazzo. The challenger has to finish a 1.5 kilogram porterhouse steak including mashed potatoes and green beans within 30 minutes, priced at THB 2,300 net. The meal will be free if you finish on time, plus a complimentary ‘Eat Me Challenge’ T-shirt as a reward. Challenge yourself throughout March 2015. Call 038 725 555 for more details.

Horizon rooftop bar & restaurant at Hilton Pattaya invites guests to join its Earth Hour promotion on Saturday, March 28. With the aim to raise energy saving awareness, discounts will be offered to guests who use the stairs instead of the elevators to the restaurant. Climb the staircase up from the 16th to the 34th floor and get a neck and shoulder massage along the way to the restaurant. All participants will also receive a 34% discount from their food bill, available from 7 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000 or email [email protected]

The Souk Restaurant & Bar has been built on the concept of an open-air marketplace with its origins coming from the ancient Middle East. The restaurant offers delicious Thai & international cuisine in an intimate but charming atmosphere daily from 08.00 a.m. to midnight. The Souk is located at the Atlantis Condo Resort Pattaya, Jomtien 2nd Rd. For more information or reservations, call 038 236 027 or 091 193 1777.

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.

Buffet dinner for seafood lovers at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya. Indulge in the best quality seafood & BBQ buffet dinner at the Big Fish Restaurant located on the 6th floor of the hotel. Enjoy a long list of menu items from the cooking stations including fresh oyster, tiger prawns, river prawns, white shrimp, New Zealand blue mussel and sea escargot accompanied by a wide choice of spicy sauces. The seafood buffet dinner is available every Friday and Saturday night from 18.30-22.30 hrs. at THB 555 net per person and THB 899 net per person with free flow red and white wine. For more information and reservation, call 038-930-600 or email to [email protected]

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.

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] sheraton.com.

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. 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.

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.

Starz Diner at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya 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.

Enjoy the original “Cowboy night” steak and grilled BBQ buffet at Flames restaurant every Monday night from 18.30 – 23.00 hrs, priced at only THB 1,099++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person. The buffet serves a wide variety of dishes including steak, polar fresh seafood, salad, desserts buffet and ice-cream and enjoy entertainment from duo musicians and dancing shows by Carpe Diem. Flames restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. The restaurant opens from 18.30 – 23.00hrs. For reservations, call 038 714 981.

Aroy Seafood Buffet @ Elements Restaurant: Sample 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.

Holiday Inn Pattaya introduces a Friday night dinner buffet at East Coast Kitchen. Enjoy a variety of barbeque meat including beef sirloin, pork steak, pork ribs, pork sausage, chicken thigh, Thai style pork skewers and Tandori marinated chicken skewers served with a choice of sauces and side dishes, salad bar and chefs homemade desserts. Available every Friday from 6.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. throughout March at East Coast Kitchen, 6th floor of the Executive Tower. Price: THB 599 net/person. Kids 7-12 years old THB 300 net and kids 6 years old and below eat free. For more information, call 038 725 555.

Promotions

Pamper yourself after a long day with a warm aroma oil massage at the Tea Tree Spa. Massage helps decrease and relieve stress from your body. Relax in an hour treatment priced at THB 1,990 net per person and 2 hours treatment priced at THB 2,390 net per person. This promotion is available throughout March. Advance booking is required. Tea Tree Spa is located on the 5th floor Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information call 038 725 555 ext. 3902.

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.

Enjoy a customized treatment for mind and body at eforea spa, Hilton Pattaya: A 60-minute head massage with warm coconut oil dispels stress, relieves tension in the neck, head and shoulders, and promotes healthy hair. Priced at only THB 1,800 per person. The Face and Body Sensation package involves a body exfoliation therapy using a cleansing Thai tamarind scrub followed by the meditation massage and a signature customized cleansing facial treatment for a totally relaxed feel. Price starts from THB 6,400 net/person. Available daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more information, call 038 253 000, email [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]

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

Holiday Inn Pattaya announces a ‘Sax in the City’ performance by New York City’s very own Mitch Frohman at the Havana Bar on Saturday 28th March, with the event to start from 8.00pm – 1.00am. To accompany the sax music, guests will be invited to participate in a free salsa dance lesson at 8.00pm, led by Luis Calderon of Rumrudee, a world dance studio in Bangkok. Learn and follow the exciting Latin dance steps and routines shown by professional instructors and suitable for all dance levels. Drink promotions include Mojito specials at THB 159 net per glass. Entrance fee to the event is THB 400 net/person and THB 500 net/person when registering after 9.00pm. For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555 or email to: [email protected]

Pattaya Players community theatre will present 2 “Evenings of Comedy” on Friday & Saturday, 27 & 28 March at the Eastern Grand Palace hotel on Soi Khao Talo. The lineup will feature six clever comedic skits arranged by directors Duane Hauch, Alan Blackwood and Sheldon Penner. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner (including a free welcome drink) at the White Horse Pub, then head upstairs to watch the show. Buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Price: Bt.700 per person. Reserve your tickets in advance by E-mailing to: pattayaplayer [email protected], pattaya [email protected] or Phone: 061 993 2569. Tickets will also available at the door.

Pattaya Cricket Club will hold its inaugural Quiz Night hosted by the duo quiz masters Alex and Colin at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 at Fraser’s sports bar on Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Cost is 300 baht per person and includes all you can eat pizza and quiz entry (maximum 6 people to a team). If you would like to join a team, contact the organizers at Email: [email protected]

A concert by Grand Opera (Thailand) in celebration of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday, featuring talented young Thai singers will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday April 2 at the Head of State Chamber, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel. The concert, directed by Stefan Sanchez, will feature music from operas by Puccini, Donizetti, Mozart, Handel and songs from popular musicals. Registration and refreshments from 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at: Bt. 700, Bt. 500 (Royal Cliff guests) and Bt. 300 (students). Reservations: Tel. 02-259-1204 or email to [email protected]

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] .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] Should you wish to join our branch, please contact: member [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.