Community Happenings – Friday June 23 – June 29, 2017

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Events

The next meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club (PCEC) will be held on Sunday, June 25. Desmond Bishop, who previously spoke to the club about his books (“Out of Africa” & “Wizard of Zee”) and also on the life of Nelson Mandela, will speak on the topic of ‘Around the World in 60 Years’. The program starts at 10:30 am with a buffet breakfast available from 9:00 to 11:00 am on the 4th floor of the Holiday Inn’s Executive Tower, located behind the Holiday Inn’s Bay Tower on Beach Road.

The 2017 Pattaya Bikini Beach Race will take place on Saturday, July 1 (16:00 – 19:00) from a start point opposite Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall. There are a number of categories and distances to choose from should you wish to participate, from a bikini fun run over 3km to the more strenuous 9km event. Runners will be separated into age groups from 16-40 and over 40 for both male and female events. There is also a competition for the best bikini worn by both sexes. Cost to enter ranges from 400-500 baht. Prizes will be awarded to event winners. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/events/801453790032505.

World class motorsport action comes to the Eastern Seaboard as the battle for supremacy continues at the Bangsaen Grand Prix, taking place at the stunning beachfront track of Bang­saen Street Circuit from June 27 – July 2 in Chonburi. Witness the largest gathering of exotic race cars in Thailand plus six full days of motorsport activities. For more information visit: www.thailandsuperseries.net.

A Joint Chambers Eastern Seaboard networking evening will be held at the AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa on Friday, July 21 from 6.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (last drinks at 8.30 p.m.) Event sponsors Air Asia will be there to introduce their new flight schedules out of Pattaya (UTP) and will be available for questions during the evening. Entrance cost of THB 400 for members and guests of participating chambers and THB 1200 for non-members includes free-flow drinks and finger food. Cash payment at the door direct. For more information send email to [email protected].

A stamp market is held every Sunday from 10.00 a.m. till 3.00 p.m.at Rahnpintang Moe Kata Restaurant, Panji Place, on Soi Ponphraphanimit 7 (200m from the Bangkok Highway underpass). Here can you exchange stamps from the whole world. Call 089 091 3418 for more information and directions.

Dining

The chef’s special this week at Yupin’s Restaurant in Jomtien Complex is Yupin’s own Indian lamb curry, made with lamb fillets seared in home-made ghee, and home ground spices. This mouth-watering curry sauce also includes sultanas, raisins, figs and cranberries and is a little bit spicy with plenty of delicious aftertaste. Yupins lamb curry is served with popadom, roti, and homemade spicy mango chutney and a yoghurt and cucumber raita. Only 395 Baht! For more information or reservations, call 038 250394 or visit website: www.yupins.com.

The Thai Garden Terrace Restaurant offers nightly dining presentations with different themed “all you can eat” buffets at the resort poolside: Monday – Italian 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.

The legendary Somsakdi Restaurant has been in operation in Pattaya for almost 40 years. Proprietor and Chef Somsakdi is still cooking and running his amazing restaurant at 78 years of age. The menu is probably the largest in Pattaya, with 374 individual items. Each dish is in Thai with an English explanation underneath. Rather than be swamped by choices, let Somsakdi guide you. After all, who knows his dishes better than he? Somsakdi Restaurant, Pattaya Soi 1, tel. 038 428 987, 038 423 284, 038 429 869, limited parking plus on-street parking in the soi. Hours 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days.

Super saver deal & moonlight dining at AVANI Hotels & Resorts Pattaya: Garden Café invites you to an international & BBQ seafood buffet from 8:00pm – 10:00pm priced at THB 650 net including one free soft drink. Sala Rim Nam authentic Thai restaurant meanwhile offers a ‘moonlight dining’ promotion from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Any customer who comes during these hours will receive a 20% discount off their bill. For more information and reservations, call 038 412 120 or Email to: [email protected].

The Bay Grill & Buffet at Dusit Thani Pattaya: Dine with a sea view and enjoy seafood and meat barbecue accompanied by Thai and international items from soup, appetizers and main courses to dessert for only THB 900++ per person. Free flowing beverage for additional THB 599++ per person. The Bay is open daily from 18:30 – 22:00. Call 038 425 611-7 ext. 2149 0r 2150 for more information and reservations.

The spicy, earthy, rich flavours of China’s southwestern Szechuan Province are on the Oasis menu at Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya throughout June, available all day every day. Kung pao chicken is created from chicken that is stir-fried with mixed nuts and Szechuan chili peppers, and is priced at THB 280++. Poached sliced beef served in a hot chili oil made from Chinese wine, dried red chili, garlic, and Szechuan pepper is priced at THB 420++. The famous Szechuan hot and sour soup, THB 220++, is a powerfully flavoured soup made with pork julienne, black mushrooms, tofu, vinegar, and Szechuan peppercorns. Oasis has both indoor and outdoor seating, and is open from 06.00 to 23.00 hrs. For reservations call 038-714981.

Linda’s Restaurant is large with seating for 200 people, with a covered al fresco verandah outside for those who wish to smoke. Inside, in air-conditioned comfort, there are comfortable chairs and decent sized tables, with white starched napery. The menu is large and covers northern European items, Scandinavian dishes and several pages covering Thai cuisine. Linda’s Restaurant, 315/177-180 Moo 12, opposite the Jomtien Complex. Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Open seven days from 7.30 a.m. until late. Tel: Reservations: 038 252 726, www.lindasrestaurant.com, street-side parking. Email [email protected]  . GPS 12.901655 N 100.869.

Jameson’s Pub weekly 3-course special menu 395 baht (net). Available Mon-Sat from midday to midnight. Starters include corn & crab homemade soup or pickled Jameson’s beetroot & tuna salad or warm individual egg & bacon pies. Main course options include Rafters pie served with broccoli, buttered carrots, and peas or chicken & pineapple kebab served with corn on the cob and vegetable rice or rib eye steak with corn on the cob, Jameson’s chips or straw chips and a separate coleslaw salad. This week’s dessert is jam sponge with custard or assorted ice cream or an Irish coffee. Fabulous roast dinners with all the trimmings also available every Sunday, priced from 340 baht – 400 baht. New to Jameson’s is a complimentary car service which picks you up from your home and takes you back again in a chauffeur driven vehicle. 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.

Big Fish restaurant at [email protected] Design Hotel Pattaya presents a ‘Business Lunch Set’ with a 3-course menu from which to choose your own favorites: Thai set (marinated Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce, chicken yellow curry with onion, potatoes, roti and jasmine rice and mango sticky rice with coconut milk), Western set (crab with smoked salmon salad with basil lime chili sauce, Cumbo’s crawfish etouffee with chili, tomatoes and steamed rice and mango Panna cotta) or Fusion set (creamy pumpkin soup with grilled marinate prawn, grilled beef outside steak with potato wedges and gravy kaffir lime sauce and lemon crème brûlée with vanilla ice cream). Served every day from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm at Big Fish restaurant on the 6th floor of the hotel. Price: THB 350 net/person. For more information or reservations, call 06-3903- 9754 or [email protected]

Hilton Pattaya introduces a variety of special menus featuring ‘barometer earthstar’, a local ingredient well-known for its unique crunchy texture and only found in May and June in northern regions of Thailand. Flare restaurant on level offers barometer earthstar salad in Isaan style and steamed barramundi with barometer earthstar in banana leaf at THB 550 net and barometer earthstar grilled prawn and croquette with Japanese sauce at THB 350 net. Drift Lounge & Bar on level 16 offers barometer earthstar and seafood chowder fettuccine (THB 450 net) and crispy shrimp and barometer earthstar gyoza with tom yam sauce at THB 300 net. Horizon Rooftop Restaurant on level 34 serves up veal and barometer earthstar wellington served together with deep fried enokitake at THB 1,100 net. For more information or reservations, call 038-253-000 or visit: www.pattaya.hilton.com.

Yamato Restaurant located on Soi Yamato has been around for more than 35 years and the soi was named after its oldest tenant. Just look for the Japanese characters on the blinds outside. You cannot miss it. The menu is pictorial, which is a must when trying a different cuisine/language. This is a restaurant to take a few people with you. The prices are certainly not over the top, and the quality is superb. Yamato Japanese restaurant, 219/51 Soi Yamato (13/1), close to Beach Road end, telephone 038 429 685 or 038 421 618. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner. On street parking (or do some shopping in the Avenue or Royal Garden Plaza).

Spa Promotions/ Wedding Services

Hilton Pattaya is offering a special promotion on wedding packages confirmed from now until September 30, 2017 and events held by December 30, 2017. Book your wedding and receive an exclusive 20% off on wedding menus with the choice of cocktail, buffet or Chinese set menu and enjoy 1 hour complimentary after party with free flow soft drinks. For additional information, call 038-253- 000 or email [email protected].

Two hours of rose-scented bliss await couples at Spa Cenvaree, in Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, with the Rose-Infused Ritual for Couples, a spa journey conducted in the privacy of a spa suite for two. Priced at THB 2,999++ per person (a saving of 30 percent on the price for singles), the session includes a free rose water face mist and rose body lotion gift package to take home. For reservations call 038-301234 Ext 4333 or send email to: [email protected], website: www.spacenvaree.com.

Entertainment

Silverlake Vineyard invites you to a ‘Little Italy’ show on Saturday, June 24 featuring Yves Baron le Tenor & the Opejazz Quartet who will perform a tribute to the crooners Pavarotti, Sinatra, Bocelli and Buble. Free entrance from 7 p.m.

Virtuoso violinist Graf Mourja will perform the six sonatas for solo violin by Belgian composer Eugene Ysaye at Eelswamp in Pattaya on Saturday, June 24. Tickets: 1,000 baht per person. Email [email protected]  for reservations or call 038 069 681 during office hours.

Enjoy great music from Thomas Reimer, one of the most famous European Jazz guitarists, playing live every evening (except Thursday) from 6.00 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Sugar Hut restaurant on Thappraya Road, call 038 364 186 for details.

Community Services

The North Star Library on Sukhumvit Road, north Pattaya holds regular Thai language classes Mon – Fri from 10.30 till 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. till 2.30 p.m. Cost of admission is 100 baht per session for library members and 200 baht for non-members. Private lessons are also available for 200 baht per hour. In addition, the library also holds Yoga training every Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Father Ray Foundation. Cost is 1200 baht for 6 sessions (first session free). For more information, call 081 575 4854 or email [email protected]

Groups & Associations

Post 12146 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America (Ban Chang – U-Tapao, Thailand) meets the second Saturday of each month at 13:00 on the second floor of the Camel Pub in Ban Chang. If you are interested, please contact Membership Chairman Dan Morgan at banchangvfw [email protected] or visit website: www.banchangvfwpost12146.org.

The Royal British Legion Thailand meets the last Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. at the Tropical Bar on Soi Khao Noi (Watboonsampan near the Temple entrance) in East Pattaya. You do not need to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member and can join in the many social events arranged throughout the year. The Legion’s primary aim is the care and welfare of those who have served and/or their dependents. For general enquiries send email to [email protected], www.rblthailand.org.

Al-Anon Family Group. 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.