Community Happenings – Friday November 3 – November 9, 2017

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, November 5. Andy Barraclough from the Royal British Legion will talk about “Remembrance Day” – why the Poppy is still needed. 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 Father Ray Foundation Charity Bike Ride will take place on the morning of Sunday, November 5. This family event will start and finish at the Father Ray Children’s Village, just past Lake Mabprachan on Siam Country Club Road. There will be just one distance, 35kms, and the route will tour around Lake Mabprachan and travel on through the surrounding countryside. Start time is 8:00 with registration open from 7:00 and a healthy breakfast will be served before the race. A free lunch will also be available. Entrance price of 500 baht includes a limited edition race T-shirt. For more details contact [email protected] or call 081 721 5949.

The annual “world championship” Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Contest will be held Saturday, November 11 at the Arica Lodge on Soi Diana in central Pattaya. Five teams will compete in a round-robin format to decide this year’s champions. The three charities benefiting this year are the Pattaya Orphanage; the Glory Hut Foundation, and the Pakse Medical Centre on the Thai-Lao border.

The Royal Thai Navy is hosting the International Fleet Review 2017 to mark ASEAN’s 50th anniversary since its founding. Over 40 modern warships and 10,000 crew members from 30 countries are expected to join the historic fleet showcase in Pattaya Bay from 13 – 22 November. The 10-day event will also include naval and air exhibitions, military parades and the Royal Thai Navy marching band performing along Pattaya Beach Road.

The Bangkok Bank Cyclefest 2017 will be held from November 11 – 12 at Siam Country Club in east Pattaya. Riders can choose from a variety of races to take part in, ranging from 15.5km – 60km in distance. A cycling themed village will also be set up and will provide family entertainment. Entrance fees for riders range from 800-1000 baht. For more information visit webpage:  https://bangkokbankcyclefest.com.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the Cellar Door, Silverlake Vineyard on Friday, November 17 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks at 8.30 p.m.). Entrance cost is THB 500 for members and guests of participating chambers and THB 1000 for non-members and includes free-flow drinks and finger food. Cash payment at the door. For more information send email to [email protected].

The Air Race 1 World Cup 2017 will be held at U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport from 17 – 19 November. This year’s event is expected to be the largest ever with more teams competing than in any other international tournament. Pilots attempt to cross the finish line first after eight laps of high-speed, low-altitude flying around a tight 5-kilometre circuit at 450kph just 10 metres off the ground. Other special attractions held during the three-day event include the World Muay Thai Angels 2017, an aerobatics show and exhibitions of aviation technology and super cars.

The 2017 Pattaya Boat Show will be held from November 23 – 26 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya. More than 150 businesses are expected to showcase their products and services to an ever-growing number of people with an interest in the marine lifestyle. The 4-day event will feature exhibits and some exciting in-water displays. For more information, visit: www.oceanmarinapattayaboatshow.com.

The inaugural Bang Saen Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 19 from a start point at the Bangsaen Heritage Convention Center. This will be Thailand’s first running event with a single distance and is expected to attract top athletes from both home and abroad. Entrance fee is 1500 baht. For more information visit webpage: www.BANGSAEN42.com.

The Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival & Competition will take place at the Siam Bayshore Pattaya hotel on Sunday, November 26. This year’s edition will be held in memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and will feature music composed by the late monarch. The festival will also include a performance by a guitar orchestra, the CGO (Classical Guitar Orchestra), which was founded last year in Bangkok. Admission / festival pass (inclusive coffee breaks) is 400 baht for adults and 200 baht for students (with valid I.D.). For more information, visit: www.thailandguitarsociety.com.

The 2017 Wonderfruit arts, lifestyle and music festival will be held at Siam Country Club in Pattaya from 14 – 17 December. The event features international live music acts and DJs, as well as wellness talks and workshops, world-class cuisine and much more. Full 4-day adult passes are on sale now for 5,500 baht and weekend and Sunday-only passes are also available. Discounts for groups and youths, and under-12s go free. More information at website: www.wonderfruit.co.

A Farmers’ Market takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Holiday Inn hotel on Pattaya Beach Road from 10.30 am – 3.30 p.m.  Products range from wellness items, jewelry, freshly prepared food, organic vegetables and fruits. The next market will be held October 14.

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

Mövenpick Siam Hotel Na Jomtien Pattaya invites you to a Loy Krathong buffet dinner on Friday, November 3 at Twist Restaurant. Indulge in a wide variety of delicious cuisine and later float your complimentary Krathong in the resort’s beachside swimming pool. Price THB 850++ per person. Buffet served from 6.00pm – 10.30pm. For reservations, call 033 078 888.

Hilton Pattaya invites you to experience a variety of fresh black crab dishes throughout the month of November. ‘Flare’ Restaurant introduces a spicy dish ‘Black in Black’ with Thai seafood dipping sauce at THB 1,350 net. ‘Drift’ Lobby Lounge & Bar recommends delicious ‘Black Crab with XO Sauce’ at THB 750 net, ‘Black Crab Cake’ with white wine sauce at THB 650 net and ‘Black Crab Bucket on Ice’ at THB 750 net. ‘Horizon’ Rooftop Restaurant & Bar presents ‘New England Style Crab and Seafood’ at THB 2,200 net. For more information or reservations, call +038-253- 000 or email to or pattaya.hilton.com.

Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex offers a fabulous 3-course menu (5 choices per course) for just 395 baht. Main course options include pork fillet medallions with green apple sauce, grilled red snapper with saffron sauce, pork chop with black pepper sauce, grilled chicken with mustard sauce or spaghetti with carbonara or bolognaise sauce. All include a wide choice of delicious starters and desserts. Yupin’s is also now taking bookings for Christmas dinner. There are several sittings spread out over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the first at 3pm, then 5.30pm then 8pm. 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., runs until 9 p.m. All this for just 399 baht net per adult and children under 12 get to eat for FREE (one per each paying adult) until October 31. 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.

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.

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 Irish Pub is now taking bookings for Christmas Day dinner – an ‘all you can eat’ smorgasbord of traditional festive fare for 1350 baht + 10% service charge (Children under 10 half price). A deposit of 500 baht is required with each booking. Jameson’s also offers daily food specials from Mon-Sat as well as fabulous Sunday roast dinners with all the trimmings, priced from 340 baht – 400 baht. Jameson’s Irish Pub 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 enhances its seafood buffet with more premium catches and live musical entertainment. The new seafood BBQ Buffet includes best New Zealand mussels, shellfish, freshwater lobster, shrimp and much more. The buffet starts at 6pm and lasts until 10pm. Price: 700 THB for BBQ buffet or 950 for a buffet with soft drinks. For alcohol lovers, buffet with wines start at 990 baht or pay 1090 baht and have your BBQ with cold beer. For more information call 038-930-600 or email to [email protected] .

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).

Hotel & Spa Promotions

The Rainbow Flora spa journey at Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, will freshen your body and mind with the fragrance of fresh flowers, deep-cleaning your skin to leave it soft and silky, and with a delicate lingering scent. The Rainbow Flora journey is available until the end of December and lasts for 120 completely relaxing minutes, at THB 2,495++ (2,937 net) per person. For reservations contact 038-301234 Ext 4333, Email: [email protected]  or go to website: www.spacenvaree.com.

Entertainment

Royal Cliff Hotels Group is hosting a family-friendly vampire-themed Halloween party on Saturday, November 4 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Breezeo – Be Yourself Dining. Put on your favorite costume and bring the kids along for a fun night packed with spooky games and special vampire-themed treats. Admission is 300 baht for outside guests and includes complimentary Halloween mocktail, vampire photo op, fun face-painting, freaky food, spooky tunes and lots of special Halloween prizes. For more information, call 038-250-421 Ext. 2878 or email [email protected] .

Pattaya Players will be holding a free improv comedy workshop at the Robin Hood Tavern in Pattaya on Thursday, November 9 starting at 7pm. All levels of experience are welcome. For more info, call Sheldon at 092-413-7876 or email [email protected].

The Salaya Quartet will be performing at Ben’s Theater Jomtien on Saturday, November 25. Four outstanding top musicians from the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will give a very interesting concert. For further information email to: [email protected].

The Bangkok Comedy Fringe presents Celtic Comedy Legends at Havana Bar, Pattaya on Friday, November 17. Joe Rooney from Father Ted, multi-award winner and TV star Phil Kay and 5-star Irish comedian Aidan Killian team up for a night of comedy in Pattaya. For tickets and more information, go to website: www.bangkokfringe.org.

Enjoy great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live every evening (except Tuesday) 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 a.m. 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 banchang [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, Andrew 086 107 6631. 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.