Community Happenings – Friday May 22 – May 28, 2015

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be on Sunday, May 24. Everyone is warmly welcome. Hans Fritschi will give a presentation on Discovery Garden; a private Pattaya Botanical Garden specializing in rare or widely unknown tropical plants. 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 Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall in Pattaya will be the venue for the inaugural RGP Muscle and Physique Contest from May 30-31. With over 200,000 baht in prize money up for grabs, both male and female bodybuilders will be flexing their muscles and striking the pose in the hope of gaining favour with the judges and spectators. For more information, go to website: www.tbpa.or.th.

A Movers & Shakers corporate network event will be held at the Mantra restaurant, Amari Pattaya on Friday, June 5 from 6 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Flat rate entrance fee is THB 500 including a free flow of wine, beer and soft drinks plus finger food and Mantra ‘specials’. After 8:30 p.m., Mantra will transform into a trendy nightclub with deejay tunes, dancers, shows and much more. Special drink promos on offer with beer and wine @ THB 100 net all night long! More information at: www.facebook.com/MoversShakersPattaya.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) holds Luncheon and Coffee Mornings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month respectively at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Bookings for coffees send email to [email protected] (and for lunches to [email protected]). The Club also holds a Newcomers’ Coffee Morning at 11:30 a.m. on the last Monday of each month at Casa Pascal on Second Road (opposite Royal Garden Plaza). For more information contact Christine Ross at [email protected] or go to website: www.pilc-pattaya.com.

Dining

Horizon rooftop restaurant, bar and lounge is currently offering prime cuts of Australian T-bone steak served with fresh asparagus and homemade potato wedges, paired beautifully with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from the unique valleys of Chile. Priced at THB 1,750 net, the promotion is available daily until August 31 from 6 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. at Horizon, located on level 34 of the Hilton Pattaya hotel. For reservations or information, call 038 253 000 or email: [email protected]

Stonefish Wine Dinner at Mantra Restaurant & Bar: Enjoy an outstanding wine-tasting experience on 6 June 2015. Peter Papanikitas, owner and founder of Stonefish Wines, will join the dinner to present his own selection of wines, perfectly matched with Executive Chef Maurizio’s fantastic menu. Price: 2,950 THB++ per person for a five-course degustation menu. For further information and reservation, call 038 429 591 or email [email protected]

Jameson’s Pub weekly 2-course special menu: 375 baht (net) includes main course with a choice of starter. Main course option 2: All Day Jameson’s Big Breakfast – two eggs cooked to your desire, rashers of back and streaky bacon, two pork sausages, black pudding, grilled mushrooms, baked beans, tinned tomatoes (or fresh if preferred), fried bread, sauté potato, toast, marmalade and butter: 199 baht. 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 owners of Shenanigans Jomtien have introduced a fabulous new menu. The new Tandoor kitchen is open within the Shenanigans kitchen. The usual extensive menu is available daily while Thursday nights are dedicated to the Indian Curry Club. For more information, call 089 021 4502.

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 Saturday “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 and live cabaret on the beach from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Available every Saturday at: THB 1,199++ per person. For more information or table reservations, call 038 714 981 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.

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.

Havana Bar & Terrazzo Restaurant introduces ‘Salmon Season’ throughout May. Savour 4 menu selections from the Atlantic Salmon seasonal special including Salmon Papillote with spinach, Spicy Cajun Salmon with pesto mashed potatoes, Deep Fried Salmon and Tiger Prawn served with mixed salad and Phad Krapow Salmon served with steamed rice. Priced at THB 550 net. Also don’t forget to check our Havana Bar’s special 7 days 7 surprises promotion featuring a different F&B promotion each day. Havana Bar & Terrazzo Restaurant is located at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555.

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]

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. 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.

Seasonal white asparagus is being served at Acqua Restaurant this May. The traditional accompaniment of Hollandaise sauce is available with the addition of smoked salmon or Parma ham. Fettuccine will also served with white asparagus, smoked salmon and saffron cream; and grilled Australian Wagyu tenderloin and Barramundi fillets will be accompanied by white asparagus and Hollandaise sauce. Acqua Italian Restaurant is open from 6pm from 11pm and is located in the main lobby of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For reservations, call 038 714 981.

Holiday Inn Pattaya has introduced an exciting selection of new recipes to its menu at East Coast Kitchen and Café G. The signature dishes were created by the Chef Ian Kittichai, an Ambassador on IHG’s new Culinary Panel. Guests can expect to taste delectable delights such as grilled pork with lemongrass, spicy and sour soup with grilled tiger prawn, vegetable yellow curry, crispy rice cracker with chicken in coconut milk relish and crispy turmeric marinated chicken. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555.

Entertainment

FFlic Club & Restaurant located at Cosy Beach in South Pattaya will be hosting a bubble up foam party from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. Enjoy the fun with the Galaxy Girls and live DJ plus much more. Entrance: 300 THB. For information, call 087-127-2950 or 088-498-6165.

Local amateur dramatics society Pattaya Players holds comedy Improv Nights every Tuesday from 7 p.m. at the Eastern Grand Hotel Pattaya on Soi Khaotalo. Everyone welcome, age 12 or over. No experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place, contact Sheldon at [email protected]

The Alangkarn Lantern Festival is currently being held until May 31, 2015. Highlighting the Sichuan province of China, the festival features amazing sound and light shows, acrobatic displays and a 3D photo zone along with many more attractions. Open from 17:00-23:00 daily at the Alangkarn Theatre in Pattaya. Tickets are available at 150 THB each.  Call 090-1292316.

American Northwest Music School will present a 5 Grand piano 20 hand classical concert on Sunday, June 7 from 7:00 p.m. at the Napalai Ballroom of the Dusit Thani Pattaya. Ticket Price: 1,250 baht inclusive of dinner buffet and soft drinks at the Cascade Restaurant (dinner served from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.) For reservations send email to [email protected] gmail.com or SMS to 098-508-6477.

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.

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: [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.