Community Happenings – Friday October 16 – October 22, 2015

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The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18. Everyone is warmly welcome. The speaker will be from Phyathai Hospital Sriracha on a medical topic of interest to Expats. Also, the hospital will be providing this year’s flu vaccine during the meeting for those that have previously signed up for it. 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 Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya on Friday, Oct. 16 from 6.00 – 9.00 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 the appropriate chamber website: www.bccthai.com, www.satcc.info, www.austcham thailand.com or www.amcham thailand.com.

The 2015 Pattaya Triathlon will take place at 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 17 from a start on Pattaya Beach, opposite the Hard Rock Hotel. Three race categories will be held: a Standard Triathlon (1.5km swim – 43km bike – 10.8km run), Sprint Distance (0.75km swim – 22km bike – 6.2km run), and a Duathlon (6.2km run – 43km bike – 10.8km run). Entry is open until Oct. 17. For more information, call 089 892 2198.

The 2015 Pattaya Vegetarian Festival takes place from October 13-21 at the Sawang Boriboon Foundation headquarters in Naklua / North Pattaya. Everybody is invited to join and be part of the major merit ceremony while staff members and volunteers stir away at the huge pots of vegetarian food. Attendees are advised to dress in white to show purity during the festival. Other fun activities at the event include traditional dance shows and the symbolic summoning of Pra Pothisath. For more information, contact TAT Pattaya at 038-427-667, 038-428-750 or 038-423-990.

A traditional Oktoberfest celebration will be held at the Amari Pattaya on Saturday, October 24 starting at 7 p.m. An authentic Bavarian buffet will be accompanied by live music, games and Oktoberfest competitions. Guests will also get to bring a beer mug home. Price: 1,400 THB per person or 12,000 THB per table (10 seats). This event is being organized by the Singapore-Thai Chamber of Commerce. For more information or ticket reservations, call 081 8052640 (STCC), 081 862 7936 (K. Helmut) or email STCC at [email protected] singaporethaicc.or.th.

The famous annual Chonburi buffalo races will be held from Oct. 24-26 on the municipal field in front of the Chonburi Provincial Town Hall. Along with the races being held throughout the festival, spectators can also enjoy a “Miss Buffalo” contest, folk music, fun games, rides for the children, and a plethora of food, drink and handicraft stalls.

The Rayong-Pattaya Ladies Circle invites you to a ‘Roaring 20s Red Carpet Ball’ at the Amari Pattaya on Saturday, November 7 from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tickets cost THB 3,000 and include an un-prohibited flow of wine and beer, set menu, music and raffle prizes. For more information and tickets reservations, send email to [email protected] or [email protected] .com.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar at the Holiday Inn Pattaya from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 22. Over 70 different vendors from around Thailand will be offering a variety of unique products including jewelry, designer clothing, leather goods, ornaments, gifts, gourmet treats and much more. Parents can relax with a foot massage while the kids visit Santa in his grotto. Buy a ticket and win some great prizes in the Grand Raffle. Entrance fee is 150 baht (free for children under 12 years of age).

Dining

Louise Restaurant has introduced a special 5th year anniversary lunch menu promotion served from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Order any main course and receive free soup or salad and coffee. Louise Restaurant is located on Naklua Road, Soi 31 in north Pattaya and opens daily from 12 p.m. – midnight. Call 081 001 3298 for reservations.

Linda’s Restaurant offers a daily menu at just 395 baht. Monday -Boiled beef, onion sauce and vegetable soup; Tuesday – Norwegian beef dinner with cream cabbage; Wednesday – Beef meatball dinner; Thursday – Salted lamb, yellow pea soup, sausage, Norwegian potato dumpling; Friday – Swedish meatball dinner with mashed potato; Saturday – Swedish meatball dinner with mashed potato; Sunday – Roast pork with Norwegian sour cabbage. Coffee or Tea included. Linda’s Restaurant is located on Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Call 038 252 726 or visit : www.lindasrestaurant.com.

Mushrooms @ Acqua restaurant: Throughout October discerning diners at Acqua can enjoy a choice of grilled tomino cheese on Portabello mushrooms with speck ham, mascarpone and sautéed mushroom bruschetta, or spaghettini with Canadian lobster and chantarelle mushrooms. Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the main lobby of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 6 to 11 p.m. Call for reservations at 038 714 981.

Mantra Restaurant & Bar is currently hosting a special vegetarian food festival from October 13-22. Sample à la carte menu items such as vegetarian and bamboo mushroom soup, fried tofu with Szechuan sauce and black sesame dumplings in ginger tea, served only during the 10 days of the festival. Prices range from 220 THB to 380 THB++. Mantra Restaurant & Bar is located on Beach Road in North Pattaya. For further information and reservations, call 038 429 591 or email [email protected]

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: boiled ham with cabbage; giant Yorkshire pudding with chicken and fruit curry; individual beef wellington, plus chocolate brownie dessert. Jameson’s is located on Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.) in central Pattaya. Call 038 361 874 for more information or  www.jamesons-pattaya.com.

The Thai Garden Resort offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – pizza & pasta 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 and for each paying adult, one child under 12 years gets the buffet free of change from now until the 31st of October 2015. 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 gives you a chance to win round trip air tickets to Kuala Lumpur and 2 nights stay at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie with breakfast for 2 persons. The promotion is available from now until December 2015. Every THB 3,000 spent on food and beverage at Havana Bar will receive one coupon to participate in a draw each month to win free stays at Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, Inter Continental Bangkok, Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach or Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie with round trip air ticket for the big prize. (Note: Hi-Club members receive 2 vouchers from each THB 3,000 spent). The lucky draw will be held on the last Wednesday of each month at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 725 555.

Hilton Pattaya presents the popular Thai cuisine ‘Tom Yum Talay Maprow Orn’ throughout the month of October at “Flare” restaurant. Enjoy the popular Thai spicy and sour soup which includes Tiger prawns, Japanese sea scallops, NZ mussels and young coconut paired with a selection of vermicelli noodles or egg noodles: Price only THB 950 net and available daily from 06.00 – 22.30 at Flare on level 15 of the hotel. For more information or reservations, call 038 253 000 or email [email protected]

[email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya offers an “Everyday Seafood & BBQ dinner buffet” at the Big Fish restaurant located on the 6th floor of the hotel. Enjoy fresh oyster, tiger prawn, river prawn, white shrimp, New Zealand blue mussel and sea escargot plus much more every night from 18.30-22.30 hrs at just THB 555 net per person and THB 899 net per person with free flow red and white wine. For more information and reservations, call 038-930-600 or email to [email protected]

Entertainment

Royal Cliff Beach Resort will be hosting a “Ghosts @ the Cliff” Halloween family fun party on Saturday, October 24 from 7-10 p.m. at the Breezeo restaurant. Put on your favorite Halloween costume and bring your little ones for a fun night packed with spooky games, face painting, ghost photo ops and special treats lined up for the entire family. Every game has a winner and every winner gets a prize. Dress to impress as great prizes will be awarded to two kids and 1 adult with the best Halloween costumes. Admission is free for all hotel guests and only 200 baht for all outside guests. For reservations, call 038 250 421 Ext. 2037 or email [email protected]

The Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival & Competition will take place at the Siam Bayshore hotel on Sunday, October 25. The festival will showcase many of the world’s top guitar makers and musicians and is the largest event of its type on the Eastern Seaboard. Admission / festival pass (inclusive coffee breaks) is just baht 400 for adults and baht 200 for students (with valid I.D.). Tickets are on sale now at the Siam Bayshore Resort & Spa, call 038-428-678 for purchasing or to learn more about the event, visit: www. thailandguitarsociety.com.

The Love Art Park will be holding a Grand Opening weekend from October 23–25 with a free 3-day entrance ticket for everyone to come and enjoy the hundreds of erotic and romantic body sculptures, installations and beautiful landscapes. The park is open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and is located in Huayai just outside Pattaya. For more information and directions, go to website: http://loveartpark.com.

Tavern By The Sea Bar & Restaurant presents the Rugby World Cup 2015 matches live on a new 140-inch LED HD screen, the largest in Pattaya. For every THB 500 spent whilst watching the Rugby World Cup, guests will receive an entry into the draw to win a Honda Wave 125I, valued at THB 49,000, from now until October 31. The winner will be drawn at Tavern by The Sea on Monday, November 2. Also, throughout the tournament, enjoy free-flowing draft Heineken beer from kick off until the first points are scored during selected RWC games of the day. Tavern By The Sea is located at the north end of Pattaya Beach Road. For more information, call 038 418 419.

Pattaya Players will be holding a Quiz Night at the White Horse Pub on Soi Khao Talo on Saturday, October 17. A buffet will be served at 6 p.m. with the quiz starting at 7.30 p.m. Entrance is 400 baht per person and includes the buffet and a chance to win some great prizes. For more information, call 089 800 5007 or visit : www.pattayaplayers.org.

Pattaya Soul Club will be holding a 4th anniversary Souled Out party on Saturday, November 7 at the Access Inn on Pattaya 3rd Road. Entrance is THB 400 and includes a free flow of wine and San Miguel beer from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. or as long as stocks last. All proceeds will be donated to the Hand to Hand Foundation. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/PattayaSoulClub.

Horizon rooftop lounge offers to liven up guests’ Friday evenings with fresh air, outstanding views of Pattaya Bay and some great sounds to chill out to. From 8–11 p.m. every Friday, selective ladies’ cocktails, including Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Blue Mojito, Mai Tai, Long Island Iced Tea and Berry Fizz are priced at only THB 210 net. Horizon is located on the top floor of the Hilton Pattaya Hotel. For more information, call 038 253 000.

Pattaya Latin Saturdays at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn: Come along and enjoy the biggest Latin party in Pattaya every Saturday evening with music CD giveaways, cocktail & food specials, dance animations & complimentary salsa lesson at 8 p.m. with Luiz Calderon of rumPUREE World Dance Studio (Bangkok). Free admission all night long (except for special events). For more information, visit webpage: www.facebook .com/SalsaThailand.

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. 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.

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. 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.