The Skål International Pattaya and East Thailand had their May meeting at the Acqua Lounge Bar in the Mercure Hotel Pattaya. This meeting featured two speakers who were very well experienced in the Pattaya Bay side of Fun City.
Before the official welcome by President Tony Malhotra, the members and guests mingled, while enjoying wines by Davide Contu Salis from G Four, the French anise-flavored Ricard aperitif from Pernod Ricard Thailand, pastries courtesy of Deli France and delicious finger food supplied by the Mercure.
The first speaker was well-known yachting scribe and long time competitor Peter Cummins, who has the distinction (amongst other exploits on sea and shore) of capsizing in the full view of the guests at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort and ruining the race of a former Commodore of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club. Peter also has in his yachting CV, the honor of racing against HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and spending 20 minutes with His Majesty and Queen Sirikit at their summer palace at Hua Hin.
One of the guest speakers of the night, Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of the Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya shares his experiences.
The second speaker was Scott Finsten, the Harbormaster at Ocean Marina. Scott mentioned just how much activity there is on the water these days, both with yacht owners and those who hire them and those others who are just “crew” for a pleasant day’s sail.
Scott exhorted everyone to explore the islands around Pattaya Bay, some of which have excellent snorkeling to witness the beauty of the coral reefs, and others having sparkling white sandy beaches, free from wandering vendors trying to sell you everything you don’t need.
After the speeches, the members and guests migrated to the poolside restaurant where the Mercure GM, the unstoppable Alex Chakrabarti, encouraged everyone to sit back and enjoy themselves with the very delightful buffet items, complete with four styles of French foie gras!
And as a finale, magician Bruce Bousquet entertained everyone with some remarkable table magic.
The next Skål evening will be held towards the end of June, full details will be published in the Pattaya Mail and on their facebook page www.facebook.com/skalpattaya
Tony Malhotra, President of Skål International and Eastern Thailand welcomes Skålleagues and guests.
Peter Malhotra, Managing Director of the Pattaya Mail Media Group gives an explanation and a brief history of Peter Cummins, one of the guest speakers of the night.
Host of the night, Alex Chakrabarti, General Manager of the Mercure Pattaya Hotel lightens the mood with his welcome speech.
(L to R) Cedric Lafargue, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, Mercure Pattaya Hotel; Lek; Wiparat PhuPhanpet, Sales Officer of the G Four Co., Ltd.; and Davide Contu Salis, Sales and Marketing Executive of the G Four Co., Ltd.
(L to R) Robert John Lohrmann, General Manager of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya; Janya Rattanaliam, Deputy Head of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya International Marketing Department; Alex Chakrabarti, General Manager of the Mercure Pattaya Hotel; Elfi Seitz, Executive Editor of the Pattaya Blatt; and Rudolf Tröstler, General Manager of the Hilton Pattaya.
(L to R) Peter Cummins, Special Correspondent of the Pattaya Mail Media Group; Peter Malhotra, Managing Director of the Pattaya Mail Media Group; Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Past President of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya; Dr. Iain Corness; and Neil Maniquiz, Head of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya International Marketing Department.
(L to R) Scott Finsten, Harbour Master of the Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya; Alex Chakrabarti, General Manager of the Mercure Pattaya Hotel; Neil Maniquiz, Head of the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya International Marketing Department; Wiparat PhuPhanpet, Sales Officer of the G Four Co., Ltd.; Robert John Lohrmann, General Manager of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya and George Kenton, Executive Assistant Manager-Rooms of the Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya