Orient Express exec celebrates 50 years

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The passenger service director for Orient Express celebrated his 50th birthday with local friends and family dropping in from Germany.

Ulf Buchert marked his half-century occasion at midnight June 3 at Dicey Riley’s Pub at the Pattaya Marriott Hotel & Spa. His parents, aunt and brother all flew in for the occasion all decked out in Bavarian traditional outfits.

Ulf Buchert with his parents and aunt.Ulf Buchert with his parents and aunt.

Andrew Wood, a hotel general manager in Bangkok, and Cory Bik, a longtime pal, were there to toast him with champagne and Schnapps before the birthday cake was cut.

Ulf’s brother Ralf Buchert and his girlfriend Heike wear traditional Bavarian outfits.Ulf’s brother Ralf Buchert and his girlfriend Heike wear traditional Bavarian outfits.

Buchert actually shared his birthday celebration with faith healer Tony Portman, who turned 70 June 4.

The band entertained the crowd and a formidable buffet challenged all the guests. The German also got a gift of sexily clad dancers from Boyz Town go-go bars and a cabaret number from transvestites.

At midnight the band played “Happy Birthday” and a very unusual and witty cake was presented, not carrying candles but sparklers. Fireworks completed the evening and Buchert’s unique birthday party. He made a big promise to his guests to organize an even more extravagant party for his centenary.

The two birthday children (from left) Tony Portman and Ulf Buchert with Andrew Wood and Vichai.The two birthday children (from left) Tony Portman and Ulf Buchert with Andrew Wood and Vichai.