Pattaya Mail

Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, February 7. Everyone is warmly welcome. Peter Jacobs and Francisco (Xisco) McGrath will speak about a program for “Disabled Sailing” in Thailand. 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.

Pattaya City’s Chinese New Year celebrations will include a procession of the God of Good Luck, lion and dragon dances and EngKo fighters at the Naklua Market on Monday, February 8. There will also be a ceremony to give Buddhist offerings and pay respects to Heaven and the Earth, a Pattaya Chinese beauty contest and performances by famous artists. For more information call TAT Pattaya on 038 427 667.

An expected 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will attend the annual Burapha Bike Week which is taking place in Pattaya from Feb 12-13. Bike clubs from around world will participate in the annual festival at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2. Some big-name rock acts are also expected to appear both days.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Holiday Inn Pattaya on Friday, February 26 from 6.30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (last drinks served at 8.30 p.m.). Price of admission is THB 500 for members of BCCT, AustCham, AmCham, GTCC & SATCC and THB 1,100 for non-members. For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai.com, www.austchamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.

Dining

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with Hooters Pattaya: Try the delicious Australian Angus Steak for 2 plus Jacobs Creek Wine for 2,220 baht. Hooters Pattaya is located at Pattaya Beach Road, soi 13. For bookings and more information, Tel: 038 415 318

Edge restaurant features an exclusive Chinese New Year dinner buffet priced at THB 1,100 net per person from February 7-8, while a special a la Carte menu is on offer at Flare restaurant from February 5-13. For more information and reservations, call Hilton Pattaya on 038-253-000 or email Sawitree. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a poolside dinner at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group on Monday 8 February from 7 pm onwards. Menu highlights include marinated abalone mushrooms “Szechwan” and steamed white snapper filet with young ginger. Delicious Dim Sum stunners created by Royal Cliff’s master chefs will also be unveiled. Guests can also enjoy the iconic dragon and lion dance, an exciting acrobatic performance and the Thousand Faces Show. Price: THB 1,800++ per person. For more information or reservations, call 038250421 ext. 2037 or email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Celebrate this Chinese New Year with a set dinner at Mantra Restaurant & Bar on Monday, 8 February. There are two set menus available: Prosperity Deluxe Set at 1,888 THB net per person, and Prosperity Premier Set at 2,888 THB net per person. Each set consists of 10 dishes that are created especially for this festival by executive chef Shaun Venter. An auspicious night, great food and good service await you at Mantra Restaurant & Bar. Dress code applies: gentlemen – no shorts, tank tops or sandals. For further information and reservations, call 038 429 591 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A-One Hotel Pattaya will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey on February 8 with an international buffet dinner served from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy fresh BBQ seafood and famous Chinese cuisine such as roasted duck and crispy grilled pork. Tickets: Adults THB 2,000; Children THB 1,400. For reservations call 038-259-555

Saturday Night Seafood Bonanza @ Oasis Restaurant: Enjoy a wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Buffet served every Saturday from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. Live circus show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Oasis Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Salmon Steak, Scampi and Chips, or Irish Stew, plus Pumpkin Custard for dessert. 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 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 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.

Big Fish restaurant offers a nightly seafood BBQ buffet for only THB 650 net or THB 950 net with free-flow wine. The buffet’s recent upgrade features more high-quality, premium seafood choices and live musical accompaniment from acoustic guitar and piano. The buffet is available every night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Big Fish is located at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. For reservations, call 038 930 600 or fbsec@siamat pattaya.com.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya highly recommends tasting the Chiang Mai strawberries served at the Vistas Lobby Lounge of the hotel throughout the month of February. Vistas is open daily from 9:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. For more information call 038 714 981.

Join a special wine tasting event at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya on Saturday 27th February from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Experience a memorable wine night with seven different tastes of Stonefish wines from Australia, matched with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price: THB 990 net/person. Every two tickets purchased get a bottle of complimentary premium wine. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555 or email: havanabar @holidayinn-pattaya.com.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sumptuous 5-course set menu dinner at Sky Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Price THB 5,999 net per couple between 6pm – 10.30pm on 13 – 14 February. For more information and reservations, contact Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya at 038-930-600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hilton Pattaya has some exclusive dining options for Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14. Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar offers a seafood platter set menu at THB 2,800 net per couple. Treat your beloved with an international dinner buffet by the bay at Edge Restaurant for THB 1,400 net per person. Flare Restaurant offers a 4-course authentic Thai set dinner with romantic atmosphere at THB 2,200 net per couple. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant will be serving a premium 4-course set menu at THB 4,950 net per couple. The Valentine’s Day dinner in all restaurants is available at regular dinner hours. To book, call 038-253-000 or email Sawitree.Seerasa@ hilton.com.

Entertainment

DJ Quintino from the Netherlands will be performing at the Bone nightclub in North Pattaya on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8 p.m. onwards. Tickets cost THB 600. For more information call 094 714, 7777.

A Tenor-Baritone Opera Recital will be held at the Intimate Hotel Pattaya, Soi 14 2nd Road (50 metres past the entrance to The Avenue Shopping Centre) from 4 p.m. on Sunday 7th February. Opera arias and songs from the musicals performed by Surapong Wattananontachai (ten), Vuthiphand Pongtanalert (ten) Mongkol Chayasirisobhon (bar), Piet van den Broek (piano). Tickets cost Bt. 700 (early bird booking Bt. 600, advance prepaid at Intimate Hotel at least one day in advance); 200 baht for students available at the door only or by calling Kh. Mongkol on 081-682-8000.

Tour de Trio at Ben’s Theater Jomtien at 8 p.m. on Sunday 7th February, featuring Kittipith Kaivikai (vln), Vannophat Kaploykeo (vc) and Mika Yamashita (pno). Popular piano trios by Haydn, Shostakovich and Smetana. All tickets Bt 700 pp including free drinks of choice. Reservations strictly by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please state your name, number of tickets required and your mobile number. You will receive a confirmation and a road plan to the venue.

Famous Thai singer Aof Pongsak will be performing live in concert at the Aranda Ballroom, Amari Pattaya on Friday, 12 February from 20:00 to 24:00. Don’t miss this most anticipated concert of the year. Admission is 1,000 THB net per person and includes drinks. For more information, call 038 418 418 or email fbreservation. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pattaya Players holds weekly Improv Nights every Wednesday at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, Pattaya starting at 7 p.m. Everyone from age 12 or over is welcome - no experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at sheldon@ sheldonpenner.com.

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.

Enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub with great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live on 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. You can also catch Thomas performing on Sunday – Wednesday from 6.30 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Victoria’s Place Hotel & Restaurant invites you to join a Salsa party every Tuesday from 9 p.m. with free entrance, live music, belly dance performances and other activities. Victoria’s Place Hotel is located on the corner of Soi 4 Pratamnak Road. For more information, call 083 820 939.

Notices

Notice to all United States registered Democrats: if you wish to vote in the Presidential primaries, which will start in February, as well as the final Presidential elections next November, you can vote from abroad by registering with Democrats Abroad. Go to their website: http://www.democratsabroad .org/join to complete your application to register and vote.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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.

Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:28

Pork fillets with ginger

This is a mainland China recipe and though similar to the Thai Gai Pad Khing uses more ingredients and some different flavors with the use of rice wine, honey and sauces. Sherry can be used in place of the rice wine if difficult to procure. Use the lean pork fillets or you can even substitute skinless chicken breast fillets.

Cooking Method

Cut the pork into thin strips and dry on paper.

Heat the oil in the wok and add the onions, stir-frying until transparent. Add ginger root and garlic and stir. Now add the pork strips, rice wine, sugar, honey, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. Bring to the boil and cook until the liquid has been reduced 50 percent.

Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with the chopped scallion and serve with steamed rice.

Ingredients Serves 4
Pork fillets 500 gm
Sunflower oil 2 tbspns
Large onion chopped fine 1
Fresh ginger root, grated 2 tbspns
Garlic, chopped 1 clove
Chinese rice wine 150 ml
Sugar 2 tspns
Honey 2 tbspns
Light soy sauce 2 tbspns
Dark soy sauce 1 tbspn
Scallion, chopped as garnish 1

Friday

DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.

Saturday

Pattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.com

Ocean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25' racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.

8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 - 20, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8:00 a.m. - noon & 2 - 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun - Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 - 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 - 4973 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121

Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am - 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur - signposted behind Phoenix Golf.

12:30 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games every Saturday at the soccer stadium right behind the National Indoor Stadium on Chayapreuk 2 Road.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact Dirk Brijs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 088-218-8148

Sunday

Badminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at Mama Badminton Club on Soi Khao Noi, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am-12 noon. For more information, visit www.pattayasports.org/sports/badminton.

The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be updated each week for the upcoming game.

8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 - 20, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.

Monday

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

3.15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 p.m. in Pattaya Third Road, in front of the Buffalo Bar close to soi Lengkee, and just down the road from the Boxing Roo. We depart at 3:30 p.m. sharp. More info at: www.pattayah3.com.

Tuesday

Chess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm - 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com - Everyone welcome.

The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.

Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’

Wednesday

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)

Thursday

4.00 p.m. Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Thai Polo Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the club website for more information and ground location: www.pattayacricketclub.com.

7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers Rugby training every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome - we are a very sociable team! Please contact Damian McCoy on Telephone 086 111 2816, Adrien Simon 095 705 0822 or send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, January 31. Everyone is warmly welcome. Trevor Knight and Mark Stainton James from Buzzin Media Group will talk about their online guide to what’s happening in and around Pattaya. 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 8th Pattaya Bed Race will take place on Sunday, Jan 31 with the pre-race parade and music concerts starting at 4 p.m. Local and international teams will push their highly decorated mobile beds from Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall in a race to the finish line at Walking Street. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route. Registration is 5,000 baht per team. For more information, call (Arisara) 080829 7375, (Jutatip) 085 090 8114 or (Jenjira) 098 656 9396.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden will stage the International Active Run 2016 on Sunday, January 31 starting at 5.30 a.m. Limited to just 1000 runners, the event will feature 3 race distances of 21km (half marathon), 10.5km (mini marathon) and a 4km (fun run). Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the first 2 categories. For more information and registration, call 02-6783712 and 086-3393020 or visit website: www.refillmarathon.com.

The BCCT & SATCC chambers will be holding an Eastern Seaboard ‘After Hours’ networking event at Jameson’s the Irish Pub in Pattaya on Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 6.30 - 9.00 pm. Entry is free including finger food. For more information go to www.bccthai.com.

An expected 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will attend the annual Burapha Bike Week which is taking place in Pattaya from Feb 12-13. Bike clubs from around world will participate in the annual festival at the Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2. Some big-name rock acts are also expected to appear both days.

Dining

Edge restaurant features an exclusive Chinese New Year dinner buffet priced at THB 1,100 net per person from February 7-8, while a special a la Carte menu is on offer at Flare restaurant from February 5-13. For more information and reservations, call Hilton Pattaya on 038-253-000 or email Sawitree. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a poolside dinner at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group on Monday 8 February from 7 pm onwards. Menu highlights include marinated abalone mushrooms “Szechwan” and steamed white snapper filet with young ginger. Delicious Dim Sum stunners created by Royal Cliff’s master chefs will also be unveiled. Guests can also enjoy the iconic dragon and lion dance, an exciting acrobatic performance and the Thousand Faces Show. Price: THB 1,800++ per person. For more information or reservations, call 038250421 ext. 2037 or email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Celebrate this Chinese New Year with a set dinner at Mantra Restaurant & Bar on Monday, 8 February. There are two set menus available: Prosperity Deluxe Set at 1,888 THB net per person, and Prosperity Premier Set at 2,888 THB net per person. Each set consists of 10 dishes that are created especially for this festival by executive chef Shaun Venter. An auspicious night, great food and good service await you at Mantra Restaurant & Bar. Dress code applies: gentlemen – no shorts, tank tops or sandals. For further information and reservations, call 038 429 591 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Saturday Night Seafood Bonanza @ Oasis Restaurant: Enjoy a wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Buffet served every Saturday from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. Live circus show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Oasis Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Half a Roast Chicken with all the trimmings, Jameson’s Mixed Grill, Toad in the Hole or Irish Stew, plus Apple Crumble with Custard for dessert. 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 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 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.

Big Fish restaurant offers a nightly seafood BBQ buffet for only THB 650 net or THB 950 net with free-flow wine. The buffet’s recent upgrade features more high-quality, premium seafood choices and live musical accompaniment from acoustic guitar and piano. The buffet is available every night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Big Fish is located at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. For reservations, call 038 930 600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya highly recommends tasting the Chiang Mai strawberries served at the Vistas Lobby Lounge of the hotel throughout the month of February. Vistas is open daily from 9:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs. For more information call 038 714 981.

A-One Hotel Pattaya will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey on February 8 with an international buffet dinner served from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy fresh BBQ seafood and famous Chinese cuisine such as roasted duck and crispy grilled pork. Tickets: Adults THB 2,000; Children THB 1,400. For reservations call 038-259-555

Join a special wine tasting event at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya on Saturday 27th February from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Experience a memorable wine night with seven different tastes of Stonefish wines from Australia, matched with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price: THB 990 net/person. Every two tickets purchased get a bottle of complimentary premium wine. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sumptuous 5-course set menu dinner at Sky Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Price THB 5,999 net per couple between 6pm – 10.30pm on 13 – 14 February. For more information and reservations, contact Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya at 038-930-600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hilton Pattaya has some exclusive dining options for Valentine’s Day on Sunday, Feb. 14. Drift Lobby Lounge & Bar offers a seafood platter set menu at THB 2,800 net per couple. Treat your beloved with an international dinner buffet by the bay at Edge Restaurant for THB 1,400 net per person. Flare Restaurant offers a 4-course authentic Thai set dinner with romantic atmosphere at THB 2,200 net per couple. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant will be serving a premium 4-course set menu at THB 4,950 net per couple. The Valentine’s Day dinner in all restaurants is available at regular dinner hours. To book, call 038-253-000 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Entertainment

Famous Thai singer Aof Pongsak will be performing live in concert at the Aranda Ballroom, Amari Pattaya on Friday, 12 February from 20:00 to 24:00. Don’t miss this most anticipated concert of the year. Admission is 1,000 THB net per person and includes drinks. For more information, call 038 418 418 or email fbreservation. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pattaya Players holds weekly Improv Nights every Wednesday at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, Pattaya starting at 7 p.m. Everyone from age 12 or over is welcome - no experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub with great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live on 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. You can also catch Thomas performing on Sunday – Wednesday from 6.30 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Victoria’s Place Hotel & Restaurant invites you to join a Salsa party every Tuesday from 9 p.m. with free entrance, live music, belly dance performances and other activities. Victoria’s Place Hotel is located on the corner of Soi 4 Pratamnak Road. For more information, call 083 820 939.

Notices

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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.

Thursday, 28 January 2016 09:15

The skipper’s favorite pork

This recipe comes from a real skipper’s mate, Sue Bett, who wrote a book for cooks on board yachts. They are deliberately easy with the minimum of ingredients but still have a little gourmet touch to them. You can substitute Gruyere cheese for cheddar if you prefer, or if you want to be really courageous, try some gorgonzola! The mustard is also of your choosing. With pork, the secret is not to cook too long or the meat will dry out.

Cooking Method

With a pulverizer, beat the pork fillets till they are around 1 cm thick. In a heavy based frying pan, without oil, lightly brown both sides of the fillets and place in an oven dish. In a bowl, combine all the other ingredients and spread over the pork fillets. Place in a warm to moderate oven for around 30 minutes or until the cheese turns bubbly and golden. Serve with mashed potatoes, even ‘instant’ with some butter and chopped onion folded in.

Ingredients serves 2
Pork fillets 4
Cream 1 cup
French mustard 1 tbspn
Freshly ground pepper ¼ tspn
Salt to taste
Cheddar cheese (grated) ¾ cup

Friday

DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.

Saturday

Pattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.com

Ocean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25' racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.

8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 - 20, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8:00 a.m. - noon & 2 - 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun - Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 - 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 - 4973 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121

Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am - 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur - signposted behind Phoenix Golf.

12:30 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games every Saturday at the soccer stadium right behind the National Indoor Stadium on Chayapreuk 2 Road.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact Dirk Brijs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 088-218-8148

Sunday

Badminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at Mama Badminton Club on Soi Khao Noi, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am-12 noon. For more information, visit www.pattayasports.org/sports/badminton.

The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be updated each week for the upcoming game.

8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 - 20, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.

Monday

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

3.15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 p.m. in Pattaya Third Road, in front of the Buffalo Bar close to soi Lengkee, and just down the road from the Boxing Roo. We depart at 3:30 p.m. sharp. More info at: www.pattayah3.com.

Tuesday

Chess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm - 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com - Everyone welcome.

The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.

Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’

Wednesday

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)

Thursday

4.00 p.m. Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Thai Polo Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the club website for more information and ground location: www.pattayacricketclub.com.

7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers Rugby training every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome - we are a very sociable team! Please contact Damian McCoy on Telephone 086 111 2816, Adrien Simon 095 705 0822 or send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, January 24. Everyone is warmly welcome. Guenther Worthmann, who was involved in the German Space Program, will speak on the topic of: “Space, Sun, Moon, and Stars.” 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 Amari Ocean Pattaya Resort on Friday, January 22 from 6.30 p.m. - 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 800 for non-members. For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai .com, www.austchamthailand .com or www.amcham thailand.com.

The finals of the BMW-B.Grimm Thai Polo Open will take place on Saturday, January 23 from 12am – 9pm at the Thai Polo and Equestrian club in East Pattaya. In addition to the on-field sporting contest there also will be plenty of entertainment for all the family including a buffet lunch, shopping opportunities and games at sponsors’ pavilions, pony rides for children, music from the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display. Dress code is smart/casual. Spectators are requested to make a donation to charity in lieu of an admission cost.

Ocean Marina in Na Jomtien will be holding a Trash & Treasure sale on Sunday, Jan 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come and explore the various second-hand items and valuables on sale and seek out some treasure. The Disabled Sailing Association will be hosting a booth and accepting donations and items for donation. Food & drinks will be available at the event.

The 8th Pattaya Bed Race will take place on Sunday, Jan 31 with the pre-race parade and music concerts starting at 4 p.m. Local and international teams will push their highly decorated mobile beds from Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall in a race to the finish line at Walking Street. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route. Registration is 5,000 baht per team. For more information, call (Arisara) 080829 7375, (Jutatip) 085 090 8114 or (Jenjira) 098 656 9396.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden will stage the International Active Run 2016 on Sunday, January 31 starting at 5.30 a.m. Limited to just 1000 runners, the event will feature 3 race distances of 21km (half marathon), 10.5km (mini marathon) and a 4km (fun run). Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the first 2 categories. For more information and registration, call 02-6783712 and 086-3393020 or visit website: www.refillmarathon.com.

Hilton Pattaya will be joining the Garden of Love Wedding Fair at Central Festival Pattaya Beach on February 11-14, from 11am – 9pm. View Hilton’s fantastic wedding venue and wide choice of wedding packages. Professional wedding coordinators will be on hand to discuss all your requirements. For more information, call 038-253-000 or email BKKHP. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dining

Saturday Night Seafood Bonanza @ Oasis Restaurant: Enjoy a wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Buffet served every Saturday from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. Live circus show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Oasis Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Half a Roast Chicken with all the trimmings, Jameson’s Mixed Grill, Toad in the Hole or Irish Stew, plus Apple Crumble with Custard for dessert. 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 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 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.

Big Fish restaurant offers a nightly seafood BBQ buffet for only THB 650 net or THB 950 net with free-flow wine. The buffet’s recent upgrade features more high-quality, premium seafood choices and live musical accompaniment from acoustic guitar and piano. The buffet is available every night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Big Fish is located at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. For reservations, call 038 930 600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Experience a fabulous brunch from 11:00 to 15:00 every Sunday morning at Mantra Restaurant & Bar with a selection of foods from around the world, including oysters, Alaskan king crabs, cold cuts, prime roasts, a chocolate fountain and more. Priced at THB 1,690++ per person or upgrade your brunch to include the wine buffet for an additional THB 1,490++ per person. Mantra Restaurant & Bar is located at the Amari Pattaya on Pattaya Beach Road. Call 038 429 591 for more information and reservations.

Throughout the month of January, Acqua Italian restaurant invites you to try the rich, buttery and delicate flavour of foie gras in three exclusive gastronomic creations. Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the Main Lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 6:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs. Call for reservations at 038 714 981.

A-One Hotel Pattaya will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey on February 8 with an international buffet dinner served from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy fresh BBQ seafood and famous Chinese cuisine such as roasted duck and crispy grilled pork. Tickets: Adults THB 2,000; Children THB 1,400. For reservations call 038-259-555

Join a special wine tasting event at Havana Bar, Holiday Inn Pattaya on Saturday 27th February from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. Experience a memorable wine night with seven different tastes of Stonefish wines from Australia, matched with international cheeses and canapés created to complement the wines. Price: THB 990 net/person. Every two tickets purchased get a bottle of complimentary premium wine. For more information or reservations call 038 725 555 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sumptuous 5-course set menu dinner at Sky Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Price THB 5,999 net per couple between 6pm – 10.30pm on 13 – 14 February. For more information and reservations, contact Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya at 038-930-600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Entertainment

The Mahidol University Jazz Orchestra will be performing an open-air concert at Phornprapha Botanic Gardens, Soi Siam Country Club from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Sunday 24th January. The orchestra will perform a variety of well-known jazz standards as well as pieces from the world of Latin-American music and popular music. All are welcome to attend. A small donation is requested to cover expenses, with any surplus money collected going to the Hand to Hand Foundation for children.

Famous Thai singer Aof Pongsak will be performing live in concert at the Aranda Ballroom, Amari Pattaya on Friday, 12 February from 20:00 to 24:00. Don’t miss this most anticipated concert of the year. Admission is 1,000 THB net per person and includes drinks. For more information, call 038 418 418 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pattaya Players holds weekly Improv Nights every Wednesday at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, Pattaya starting at 7 p.m. Everyone from age 12 or over is welcome - no experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at sheldon@ sheldonpenner.com.

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.

Enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub with great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live on 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. You can also catch Thomas performing from Sunday to Wednesday from 6.30 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Victoria’s Place Hotel & Restaurant invites you to join a Salsa party every Tuesday from 9 p.m. with free entrance, live music, belly dance performances and other activities. Victoria’s Place Hotel is located on the corner of Soi 4 Pratamnak Road. For more information, call 083 820 939.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:43

Great Guacamole

Avocados are still plentiful in the shops and the price has been coming down each week. Guacamole is well known, but there are a few ways to prepare this dish. There is also the problem of telling when an avocado is ripe, which actually is quite easy. Holding the avocado in the palm of your hand, gently squeeze. If it is hard then it is not ripe yet. If it has a little “give” then it is ripe. If it is squishy then it is over-ripe.

Preparation

Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop pulp into a bowl, and mash with a potato masher or fork until slightly chunky. Stir in chopped red onion and lime juice, jalapeño pepper, garlic and salt. Cover with plastic wrap, allowing wrap to touch mixture, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Serve guacamole with tortilla chips.

A variation - Coriander Guacamole: Mash avocado, and stir in ingredients as above. Stir in three tablespoons chopped fresh coriander and an additional one tablespoon lime juice. Cover mixture, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Ingredients
Ripe avocados 5
Red onion finely chopped 2 tbspns
Fresh lime juice 2 tbspns
Jalapeño pepper, medium, seeded and chopped ½
Garlic clove, pressed 1
Salt ¾ tspn
Tortilla chips

Friday

DFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.

Saturday

Pattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.com

Ocean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25' racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.

8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 - 20, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8:00 a.m. - noon & 2 - 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun - Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 - 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 - 4973 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121

Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am - 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur - signposted behind Phoenix Golf.

12:30 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games every Saturday at the soccer stadium right behind the National Indoor Stadium on Chayapreuk 2 Road.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact Dirk Brijs at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 088-218-8148

Sunday

Badminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at Mama Badminton Club on Soi Khao Noi, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 10am-12 noon. For more information, visit www.pattayasports.org/sports/badminton.

The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be updated each week for the upcoming game.

8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 - 20, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.

Monday

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

3.15 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 3:15 p.m. in Pattaya Third Road, in front of the Buffalo Bar close to soi Lengkee, and just down the road from the Boxing Roo. We depart at 3:30 p.m. sharp. More info at: www.pattayah3.com.

Tuesday

Chess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm - 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com - Everyone welcome.

The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.

Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’

Wednesday

1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.bridgewebs.com/jomtien.

4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)

Thursday

4.00 p.m. Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Thai Polo Club. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact Simon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the club website for more information and ground location: www.pattayacricketclub.com.

7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers Rugby training every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome - we are a very sociable team! Please contact Damian McCoy on Telephone 086 111 2816, Adrien Simon 095 705 0822 or send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, January 17. Everyone is warmly welcome. Staff from Pattaya City Hospital will give a presentation on their hospital and the services now available for Thais and Expats. 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.

Don’t miss the grand opening party of Hooters Pattaya. Doors open to the public at 8.00 p.m. on Saturday 16th January. 40 Hooters girls will be there to welcome you along with a live band and guest DJs to entertain you through till 4.00 a.m. the next morning. Hooters is located at the corner of Pattaya Beach Road and Soi 13.

Rotary Club of Jomtien Pattaya will stage the second Pattaya Charity Colour Run on Sunday, January 17 starting at 8 a.m. at the Big Buddha Hill fitness park in South Pattaya. Entrance is THB 600 for the 5km run and THB 400 for the 2km run. Tickets will be available at the event location on Saturday, January 16 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, go to Facebook and type in pattayacolourrun or call 081 447 4152.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard Networking Evening will be held at the Amari Ocean Pattaya Resort on Friday, January 22 from 6.30 p.m. - 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 800 for non-members. For more information and reservations, go to chamber websites: www.bccthai.com, www.austchamthailand.com or www.amchamthailand.com.

Ocean Marina in Na Jomtien will be holding a Trash & Treasure sale on Sunday, Jan 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come and explore the various second-hand items and valuables on sale and seek out some treasure. The Disabled Sailing Association will be hosting a booth and accepting donations and items for donation. Food & drinks will be available at the event.

The 8th Pattaya Bed Race will take place on Sunday, Jan 31 with the pre-race parade and music concerts starting at 4 p.m. Local and international teams will push their highly decorated mobile beds from Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall in a race to the finish line at Walking Street. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the route. Registration is 5,000 baht per team. For more information, call (Arisara) 080829 7375, (Jutatip) 085 090 8114 or (Jenjira) 098 656 9396.

Nong Nooch Tropical Garden will stage the International Active Run 2016 on Sunday, January 31 starting at 5.30 a.m. Limited to just 1000 runners, the event will feature 3 race distances of 21km (half marathon), 10.5km (mini marathon) and a 4km (fun run). Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the first 2 categories. For more information and registration, call 02-6783712 and 086-3393020 or visit website: www.refillmarathon.com.

Dining

Saturday Night Seafood Bonanza @ Oasis Restaurant: Enjoy a wide selection and variety of freshly grilled seafood including salmon, king crab, rock lobster, tiger prawn, fresh oyster trolley, and much more every Saturday night at only THB 1,299++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT) per person with half price for children from 6-12 years. Buffet served every Saturday from 18:30 – 22:30 hrs. Live circus show from 19:00 – 22:00 hrs. Oasis Restaurant is located at the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya. For more information or reservations, call 038 714 981.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 375 baht (net), main course with a choice of starters. Main course options include: Half a Roast Chicken with all the trimmings, Jameson’s Mixed Grill, Toad in the Hole or Irish Stew, plus Apple Crumble with Custard for dessert. Jameson’s is located on Soi Sukrudee (Soi A.R.) in central Pattaya. Call 038 361 874 for more information or visit: 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 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.

Big Fish restaurant offers a nightly seafood BBQ buffet for only THB 650 net or THB 950 net with free-flow wine. The buffet’s recent upgrade features more high-quality, premium seafood choices and live musical accompaniment from acoustic guitar and piano. The buffet is available every night from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Big Fish is located at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya. For reservations, call 038 930 600 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Experience a fabulous brunch from 11:00 to 15:00 every Sunday morning at Mantra Restaurant & Bar with a selection of foods from around the world, including oysters, Alaskan king crabs, cold cuts, prime roasts, a chocolate fountain and more. Priced at THB 1,690++ per person or upgrade your brunch to include the wine buffet for an additional THB 1,490++ per person. Mantra Restaurant & Bar is located at the Amari Pattaya on Pattaya Beach Road. Call 038 429 591 for more information and reservations.

Throughout the month of January, Acqua Italian restaurant invites you to try the rich, buttery and delicate flavour of foie gras in three exclusive gastronomic creations. Acqua Italian restaurant is located in the Main Lobby of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, and opens daily from 6:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs. Call for reservations at 038 714 981.

A-One Hotel Pattaya will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey on February 8 with an international buffet dinner served from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy fresh BBQ seafood and famous Chinese cuisine such as roasted duck and crispy grilled pork. Tickets: Adults THB 2,000; Children THB 1,400. For reservations call 038-259-555

Entertainment

A piano recital by acclaimed Israeli pianist Boaz Sharon will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 16 at the Intimate Hotel by Tim Boutique, Soi 14 Pattaya Second Road, about 100 metres immediately after the entrance to The Avenue shopping mall. The programme includes piano works by Albeniz, Schumann and Stravinsky, plus Prokofiev’s Sonata No 6 in A major and a piano solo version of Gershwin’s American in Paris. Tickets cost Bt. 700 at the door, Bt. 600 Baht for early-bird booking (call 081-682-8000) and Bt 200 for all students available at the door with relevant ID.

The National Museum Pattaya Group will hold a talk on “The Extraordinary ‘Forbidden Women’ of the Inner Court” by Mom Bongkojpriya Yugala na Ayutthaya. This talk will describe the extraordinary lives of the women within the confines of the Inner Court of Rama V (r. 1868-1910). The seminar is on January 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Rabbit Resort Dongtan Beach Jomtien. Donation: Members – THB 300. Non-members – THB 350 (Includes tea, coffee and snacks). For more information send email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Mahidol University Jazz Orchestra will be performing a free open-air concert at Phornprapha Botanic Gardens, Soi Siam Country Club from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. on Sunday 24th January. The orchestra will perform a variety of well-known jazz standards as well as pieces from the world of Latin-American music and popular music. All are welcome to attend.

Pattaya Players holds weekly Improv Nights every Wednesday at the White Horse Pub, Eastern Grand Palace Hotel, Soi Khao Talo, Pattaya starting at 7 p.m. Everyone from age 12 or over is welcome - no experience necessary. For more information and to reserve a place on the session, contact Sheldon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub with great music from 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. 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Victoria’s Place Hotel & Restaurant invites you to join a Salsa party every Tuesday from 9 p.m. with free entrance, live music, belly dance performances and other activities. Victoria’s Place Hotel is located on the corner of Soi 4 Pratamnak Road. For more information, call 083 820 939.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 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.

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