Community Happenings – Friday January 4 – January 10, 2013

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Events

The 4th edition of the Columbia Trail Masters will be held at Horseshoe Point Resort on the outskirts of Pattaya on Sunday, Jan. 13.  The event will feature a 21.5km off road half marathon, a 10km trail run and 4km Fun Run/Walk for families and children that invites participation by all.  There will also be clowns, make up and a bouncing castle to entertain the young ones.  Entry fee is 800 baht for the half marathon if registered before Jan. 6 or 1,200 baht for late registration.  The 10km race is 650 baht for registration before Jan. 6 and 1,000 thereafter.  The Fun Run is 150 baht for adults, payable at any time.  The Fun Run for children is free for kids 14 years of age and below.  For more information call Active Management Asia on 02 718 9581-2 or visit website: www.ama-events.com.

Clubs and Associations

The next Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 6.  Everyone is warmly welcome.  The speaker will be Max Rommel, a founding member of the PCEC.  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 as usual at 10:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast available from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC) organizes regular lunches and coffee mornings on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  There is also a newcomer’s coffee meeting at Casa Pascal on Second Road on the last Monday of every month.  No reservation necessary and the coffee begins at 10:30.  For more information email [email protected], or go to the website at www.pilc-pattaya.com.

Al-Anon/Al-Ateen Family Group: Is an alcoholic or addict adversely affecting your life?  Maybe we can help. Meetings are held Sunday, 12:30 p.m. at the Highlander Restaurant, Soi 9 (Soi Skaw Beach, Pattaya 2d Road), and at 10:30 a.m. at Jomtien Plaza Condotel, 4th Floor.  For more information, call John on 089 933 7227 or Katie 087 131 6072.

The Scandinavian Expat Club Pattaya meets every second Sunday from Jan 8th 2012 at the Green Tree Restaurant on Pattaya Beach Road Soi 1 from 1 p.m. onwards.  Everyone welcome.

The Pattaya Irish Society meets every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moonrakers in Pong.  Call John on 086 112 0988 for details.

The Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard (RCES) meets 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Diana Garden Resort in North Pattaya.  The meeting is always followed by an informal a la carte dinner and a gathering around the pool.  The RCES always have something to say or offer, including useful information on their multitude of activities in Thailand and neighboring countries.  Everybody is welcome to join as guests.  For more information call (Carl) on 087 974 4350.

Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya welcomes you to their Wednesday meetings in the Rotary room, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel: Time 18.30 for 19.00. Contact Reidar Andersen (Membership) 086 842 8240.

The Rotary Club Pattaya Marina meets every Friday at 7.00 p.m. at the Pullman Pattaya Hotel G, Wongamat Beach, between Soi 16 and 18 in Naklua.  The evening meetings include a sumptuous international buffet.  For more information contact Club President Joseph Roy at [email protected] .com.

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 Bulls & Bears (formerly Highlander) on Soi Skaw Beach. Call 084 564 8479.

For the past 28 years the Samaritans of Thailand have been providing confidential crisis intervention services over the telephone.  The English-speaking unit, Samaritans English Help Line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support to the expatriate community.  English-speaking staff, trained in crisis intervention will provide active, non-judgmental and empathetic listening services on the phone.  All calls will be handled on an anonymous basis and are free of charge.  Please call (02) 713-6791 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week).

The Dutch Expats Club meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.  Feel free to see our website for the location address: http://nvtpattaya.org. New members are always welcome.

DACH-Club – Meetings of German speaking residents for dining, discussions, films and gemutlichkeit. Pat’s Leckerle, Soi 33 Naklua.  Check website http://www.dach-th.org/location.html.

The RLC (Rayong Ladies Circle), which operates mainly in the Ban Chang and Rayong areas, is a friendly and social group of international women.  They hold a monthly coffee morning, amongst many other activities, on each second Tuesday of every month in the home of one of their members.  Everyone most welcome to join!  For more information, send an email to [email protected] or visit the website at www. rayongladiescircle.com.

Fred J. Estes Post 9876 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America is a social group in Pattaya that helps American Veterans and their dependants with benefit assistance related to the Veterans Administration, Social Security and service related agencies.  There is no charge for our assistance.  Post meetings are every second Tuesday at 1300 hrs. at the Hogsbreath Saloon at 148 78/79 Sukhumvit Rd. on Soi 46-3 (formerly Soi Batman).  There are informal social gatherings every Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 until 14:00.  For more information contact Eric Larsen, Post Commander, tel. 038-423462, email: [email protected] or visit the website at vfwpost9876.org.

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.

Dining

Celebrate the “Traditional Orthodox Christmas” from 6.30 p.m. onwards on January 6, 2013 in the beautiful surroundings of the garden at the Amari Orchid Pattaya Resort.  A buffet extravaganza with a range of traditional delicacies will be accompanied by live music, fun and celebration.  Price: Adults 3,980 baht, Children under 12 years 1,980 baht – (Note: Children under 5 are free).  For more information and reservations, call 038 418 418.

Wagyu beef at Flames. Wagyu beef at Flames.

From now until end of January 2013, Flames restaurant features Wagyu beef served with sweet potato and carrot lasagna with balsamic gravy, vegetable roesti with caramelized onions, garlic and onion chutney.  Prices start at just Baht 790++ (subject to 10% service charge and 7% tax).  Flames restaurant is located on the beachfront of Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.  The restaurant opens daily from 19:00-22:30 hrs.  Call to reserve at 038 301 234 ext. 4272.

Traditional English draught scrumpy cider now available in two strengths at Tropical Bert’s on 2nd Road next to Soi 6/1.  Weston’s Bounds at 4.8% and Weston’s Traditional at 6% both on sale at the promotional price of 150 baht per pint or 80 per half.  Why not try the pork and cider night every Wednesday for an even better deal?  Coming soon Brains smooth bitter and Brains stout, and with a Brains quiz night every Thursday you could even get to try them free (if you win of course)!  Tropical Bert’s offers cold beer and a warm atmosphere and is the home of the Royal British Legion Thailand.  For more information, call 089 807 2335.

The Bay Italian restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience in a contemporary setting with both indoor and outdoor seating and a scenic view of Pattaya Bay.  The Bay kitchen serves up some sumptuous Italian dishes and has established itself as one of the best restaurants in Pattaya.  There is also a fabulous BBQ Buffet Dinner every Saturday evening.  The Bay is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya.  Opening hours are Monday to Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information and reservations, please call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2270.

The open kitchen concept at Edge restaurant, Hilton Hotel Pattaya, creates an interactive dining experience combined with natural light and breathtaking views.  Lunch – Monday to Thursday, and Saturday, noon until 2:30pm: THB 380 net per person; ‘A kind of Sunday Brunch’ – noon until 3:30pm: THB 1,200 net per person; Sunday Brunch Wine Buffet: THB 700 net per person; International Dinner Buffet – 6:00pm until 10:00pm: THB 850 net per person; Friday Seafood Buffet – noon until 2:30pm; THB 420 net per person/ 6:00pm until 10:00pm: THB 980 net per person; Wine Buffet – 6:00pm until 10:00pm: THB 700 net per person.  Edge restaurant is located on the 14th floor of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya.  For bookings, please dial +66 (0)38 253 000 or email [email protected]

Refreshing Raspberry Mojitos at Havana Bar & Terrazzo, Holiday Inn, Pattaya. Refreshing Raspberry Mojitos at Havana Bar & Terrazzo, Holiday Inn, Pattaya.

Havana Bar at Holiday Inn Pattaya is a one of a kind Cuban style bar with a live band and the Terrazzo as its outdoor alternative.  You can find great promotions here daily such as the “7 days 7 surprises”, Happy Hour from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. “get 2 drinks for the price of 1” (on Wednesdays extended to midnight).  Recommended menu includes the signature pizzas, thin and crispy crust with homemade tomato base with over 20 selections of toppings.  Every day from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. enjoy any pizza at 50% discount.  Havana Bar & Terrazzo is located on Beach Road, North Pattaya in front of Holiday Inn Pattaya.  For more information call 038 725555 or visit www.dining-experience.com/pattaya, or www.facebook.com/HavanaBar.Pattaya.

The Cascade Restaurant features globally-inspired cuisine in its special theme buffets and new a la carte menu.  Enjoy Thai, Asian and international specialties in a relaxed setting next to the open Atrium, with its lush gardens and waterfall.  Cascade Restaurant offers a sumptuous buffet spread for breakfast and a la carte menu for lunch and dinner where diners can sample the monthly culinary highlights.  The Cascade is located near the Main Lobby of Dusit Thani Pattaya.  Open daily from 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.  For reservations call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2153.

Linda’s Restaurant can be all things for all people.  Serving a wide selection of Norwegian dishes, there are also abundant European/international dishes, as well as a full line-up of Thai items.  The food is excellent and the portion sizes tending to be on the large side, and the prices reasonable.  The wine list is also inexpensive.  This restaurant is definitely worth visiting.  You will not be disappointed.  Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex, Thappraya Road, Jomtien.  Open seven days from 7 a.m. until late.  Reservations: 038 252 726, 087 813 0115.  Email [email protected]

As well as the excellent European food for which it is very well known in Pattaya (including some very rare Dutch items), Mata Hari restaurant also has a complete range of Thai cuisine, including Thai Isaan on request from Chef Jackie, herself coming from Isaan.  Mata Hari restaurant is located at the top of the hill on Thappraya Road, and for reservations (strongly recommended) phone 038 259 799 or email [email protected] or go through the website at: www.mataharirestaurant.com

Delicious Thai cuisine at Cascade. Delicious Thai cuisine at Cascade.

The Tavern by the Sea Restaurant introduces the following daily promotions: Monday Curry Night features the tastiest curries, naan bread and salad buffet for just 449 baht net per person.  Friday is Thai Food Fair where you can enjoy all the different authentic Thai style foods available around Thailand.  Only THB 550 net per person.  Saturday Churrasco Night offers prime meats and seafood, grilled to perfection on the fire and freshly skewered for you on the churrasco pens at the Tavern.  All complemented by a full buffet of starters, side dishes and desserts.  Only THB 690 net per person.  Every buffet is open from 18.30 – 22.00 hrs.  There is also a daily happy hour from 11 am – 6 pm.  Watch all the premier live sports on one of the many widescreen TV’s or on the big projector screen (Sports hotline 038 418 419).  Amari Orchid Pattaya, Beach Road, North Pattaya, Tel 038 418418, E-mail [email protected]

Afternoon tea at Drift. Afternoon tea at Drift.

Drift lounge and bar in the lobby at Hilton Hotel Pattaya is a cool, casual place to meet and relax, enjoy light meals, healthy juices, luscious cocktails and complimentary high speed wireless internet.  Afternoon Tea – 2:00pm until 6:00pm: THB 400 net per person; Drifting Hour – Sunday to Wednesday, 6:30pm until 8:00pm, Buy One Get One Free: Choose from a range of rum cocktails and long drinks; Cake ‘n’ Calories – 10:00am until 7:00pm, Individual desserts, whole cakes, power bars, giant cookies and macaroons.  For bookings, please dial +66 (0)38 253 000 or email [email protected]

Eat to the Beat at Starz Diner located at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya between 2nd Road and Beach Road, Central Pattaya.  Named for its eclectic collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and show kitchen, Starz Diner is Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor serving up authentic Thai-Chinese, Japanese, Californian and Italian cuisine.  Enjoy free flow drinks and a whole spit roast pig on Saturdays for baht 980++ per person and Sunday-Friday at baht 880++ per person.  Show time for live music is from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  For more information call 038 428 755-9 or go to http://pattaya.hardrockhotels.net.

The Peak offers modern Chinese cuisine complemented by a panoramic view of Pattaya Bay.  The Peak’s kitchen turns out a stellar selection of Chinese dishes including hot & cold appetizers.  Daily dim sum lunch is also available.  The Peak is also the venue for the Exclusive Breakfast which caters to guests of the Dusit Club.  The Peak seats 80 and is located at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Resort, next to the Dolphin Roundabout in North Pattaya.  Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For reservations and more information please call 038 425 611 to 7, ext. 2276.

Manhattans Restaurant & Bar: Open Monday to Saturday for dinner with fine dining in a great atmosphere.  Offering Pattaya’s best steaks, seafood and an exciting a la carte menu.  Set 3-course gourmet menu at THB 995- excl. VAT.  Resident pianist in the restaurant every night.  Call 038 259 790 for reservations and more information.

La Mer Restaurant’s Mediterranean a la carte dinner menu offers a rich array of southern European cuisine on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 6.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.  Also theme buffet evenings every Saturday at Verandah Coffee Shop with an international & BBQ seafood buffet dinner, exceptional variety of all-you-eat favourites, from 6.30 p.m. – 10.00 p.m., Adults – Baht 995 net, Children – Baht 550 net. For reservations, call the Montien Hotel, Pattaya on 038-428155, 038- 361340 ext 1620, 1621 or E-mail: [email protected]

Cuttlefish creations at The Peak. Cuttlefish creations at The Peak.

Intimate surroundings and a magnificent wine wall provide a distinctive backdrop for sophisticated dining at Flare restaurant.  À la carte and set menus – 6:30pm until 11:30pm, choices available from THB2,300 net 4 course, THB2,600 – THB3,000 net 5 course; ‘Let’s Meat on Friday’ for roasted aged Australian Rib – 6:30pm until 11:30pm: Ladies Cut: THB 999 net per person, Gents Cut: THB 1,111 net per person; ‘Tomahawk Cut’, prime Australian beef grain-fed and slow-roasted to perfection on the bone – 6:30pm until 11:30pm: THB 1,500 net per person; ‘My Flare Lady Cocktails’ – 6:30pm until 11:30pm: THB 270 net per person; Saturday Seafood set Lunch – 12noon until 2.30pm: 3-course set menu, THB 650 net per person.  Flare is located on the 15th floor of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya.  For bookings, please dial 038 253 000 or email [email protected] hilton.com

New and only at Moon River Pub! The After Work Club from 7 p.m. to midnight, offers guests a Western or Thai evening menu.  Groups of 30 people may choose from the European and Thai all you can eat buffet (booking 1 day in advance).  The all you can drink (wine, beer, juice, soft drinks, whiskey, tequila, etc.) counts for both offers.  Price per person: 1,200 baht per person Sunday to Thursday or 1,500 baht per person Friday & Saturday.  The Moon River Pub is located in front of the Thai Garden Resort, North Pattaya Road.

Tomahawk steak at Flare. Tomahawk steak at Flare.

Thai Dinner Buffet at Café G, Holiday Inn Pattaya: Enjoy the taste of traditional Thai cuisine featuring som tam, grilled chicken, crispy pork, fresh salad bar, and Thai desserts selection.  Buffet dinner is available nightly from Monday-Friday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Café G on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn Pattaya.  Price per person is THB 450 net including soft drinks.  For groups over 10 people please inquire for group rate.  All kids under 12 eat free.  For more information, call 038 725 555 or check the website: www.holidayinn.com/pattaya.

Chill out to the DJ’s beats as you sip on signature cocktails at the Horizon lounge and take in stunning views of Pattaya Bay.  Located on the 34th floor rooftop of the Hilton Hotel Pattaya, Horizon lets you party with friends and sample the delicious cuisine in one of the three flexible private dining rooms: Bar open from 5:00pm until 1:00am / Restaurant from 6:00pm until 11:30pm.  Entertainment includes eclectic Latin house beats from DJs – 7:00pm until 1:00am; Movies from 7:00pm until 1:00am; Trumpet & Conga tunes (Friday and Saturday) – 9:00pm until 1:00am.  ‘The Next Level of Sharing’ – Horizon 8 Shot Tower Infinity Selection: THB 1,100 net (*Dress code applies).  For bookings, please call 038 253 000 or email [email protected] hilton.com.

The Brunch Experience

Dynamic, Stylish & Seriously Cool at Fabulous Sunday Brunch @ Mantra Restaurant and Bar, Pattaya; Experience the hottest Brunch concept in Pattaya.  It’s the perfect timing, from 11:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs, for a seriously cool culinary journey, an innovative & stylish approach to Sunday Brunch 1,690+ per person.  With a dazzling array of chic delicacies, this stylish and sophisticated brunch offers a fabulous selection of foods from around the world, oysters, cold cuts, prime roasts, chocolate fountain and more.  Upgrade your brunch to include a wine buffet for an additional 1,150+ per person.  For reservations and more info call 038 429 591 or [email protected] mantra-pattaya.com or visit www.mantra-pattaya.com.

Horizon bar & lounge, Hilton Hotel Pattaya. Horizon bar & lounge, Hilton Hotel Pattaya.

Entertainment

Women With a Mission is holding a benefit concert on January 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya’s Hall of Fame.  The fabulous line up of musicians will be headlined by Tuck and Patti and will include a special appearance by Matthew Kelly of Kingfish fame.  Tickets are now on sale priced at 1,900 baht to include the concert and a buffet dinner plus wine and beer.  Bookings can be made for tables of 10 or individually and it promises to be an event not to be missed.  All proceeds from the evening will go to WWM projects in Thailand (www.mywwm. org).  Tickets are available at the venue or by emailing: [email protected]

The dusitD2 baraquda is currently hosting “Romance jazz on the roof” evenings from 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night until 26 January 2013.  Entertainment in the form of soothing live jazz music is provided by award winning saxophonist Aht Gunlayanakupt.  The Rooftop Sunset Lounge is open daily from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. and crowns the 6th floor of the dusitD2 baraquda boutique hotel, offering some of the best views of the Pattaya skyline at dusk.  For more information and reservations, call (038) 769 999.

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]

Come and enjoy live music at the Jazz Pit Pub from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day (except Tuesdays & Wednesdays).  Listen to great music by Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitar players.  If you play an instrument, you are welcome to come along and join in the jam sessions.  Jazz trio every Friday at 7-11 p.m., with Thomas Reimer (guitar), Jair-Rohm Parker Wells (bass), and Peter Couling (drums).  The Jazz Pit is located on Soi 5 off Pattaya Beach and 2nd Road. Tel: 038 428 374.

Yoga classes now available every Tuesday and Thursday at the Tea Tree Spa, 5th floor of the Holiday Inn Pattaya.  Experience the calmness and serenity of Pattaya Bay at sunset time while having a 1 hour yoga class with natural sea breezes and relaxing music.  Limited space available, please call 038 725 555 ext. 3902 for more information and reservation.