Freelance sculptor wins first Louis Tussaud’s carving competition
Somporn Naksuetrong, GM of
Ripley’s World of Entertainment in Pattaya, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, TAT
Pattaya Office director Niti Kongkrut and Woody Milintajinda distribute
awards to the winners.
Five Thai sculptors were given just 24 hours to carve out
a likeness of a Thai celebrity and be named the best waxworks artist in
Freelance sculptor Anan Saechua, 28, won the top prize in
the Dec. 20-21 competition at Pattaya’s Louis Tussaud’s House of Wax. He
took home 100,000 baht in cash and 200,000 in prizes for making the best
likeness of famed emcee Woody Milintajinda.
Wax-carving specialists from Silipakorn University were
among the 29 contestants that entered the contest. The best five were given
blocks of wax to craft into the final sculpture.
Another freelancer, Krisana Napoonpol, won the prize of
excellence and a combined 80,000 baht in cash and prizes. The “Most
Outstanding” award went to freelance sculptor Aphisak Thonginn for a
combined 50,000 baht package.
Anan’s winning sculpture will be kept on permanent
display in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not!-owned wax museum at the Royal
Ripley’s General Manager Somporn Naksuetrong said the
contest was organized to support the Thai sculpting community and will be
repeated every four months. The next contest in April will be opened up to
the public to choose which celebrity will be portrayed. Voting is open at
Etihad launches service to Bangalore
Etihad Airways cabin crew operating Etihad’s
inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to Bangalore being welcomed by airport
authorities at Bengaluru International Airport on January 2, 2011.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab
Emirates, has launched flights to its eighth destination in India - the
Garden City, Bangalore.
Etihad operates four return flights a week from Abu Dhabi
to Bangalore, which is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka and the
country’s third most populous city.
The airline will increase to a daily service on the route
from March 25, 2011, at the commencement of its summer scheduling season.
Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways’ Country Manager in India,
said: “India is a hugely important market for Etihad - in fact, we operate
to more destinations in India than any other country.
“We are delighted to be able to reach out to our guests
in Karnataka through this new direct service - the first to operate between
Bangalore and the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.”
Etihad operates a two class Airbus A320 on the new
Bangalore route configured to carry 140 passengers with 20 in Business class
and 120 in Economy class.
With the addition of Bangalore, Etihad flies to eight
Indian destinations including the cities of New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai,
Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad and Kochi with a total of 49
flights to India per week.
Sunbeam Hotel celebrates
upgrades with party
VIP’s at the photo session. From left Niti Kongkrut, Edward Kiti, Prasong
Suksrikarn, Rungthip Suksrikarn, Chonburi Governor Wichit Chatpaisit,
Somchai Phornchindarak, and Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome.
Pattaya’s Sunbeam Hotel threw itself a party to celebrate
earning its fourth “star” for quality.
Sunbeam owner Rungthip Suksrikarn hosted the Dec. 18
celebration, with guests including Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Tourism
Authority of Thailand Pattaya Director Niti Kongkrut and top Chonburi and
Rungthip was praised in various speeches for her business
acumen as well as community service as the new president of the Lions Club
The party featured a lavish buffet, dance show, fashion
show and donations to the Thai Red Cross.
Among the upgrades to the hotel includes the opening of a new health
center and spa.
Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya supports the 2nd
“Giving Naturally” Treasure Hunt
The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, the first
truly themed hotel in Thailand, is collaborating with the Theory of Human
Excellence (THE) to organize the 2nd “Giving Naturally” treasure hunt car
The event, to be held on the 30th January 2011, is run in
conjunction with the Regents School to raise funds to ship special education
equipment from England for the Suanganseuksa Piset Ket 12 day-care centre
for autistic children based in Sattahip, Chonburi.
All families are guaranteed to enjoy an action packed day
participating in natural and fun activities whilst getting their own chance
to “give”. A fantastic buffet will be provided at the end for all by Centara
Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya.
Interested persons who would like to participate in the
2nd “Giving Naturally” charity rally can contact Terry Wilcox at email
address terrywilcox@theoryofexcel lence.org or on mobile telephone number
+66 81 7011 315. Entry fee for each car irrespective of the number of
passengers is 1,000 baht fee, plus 700 baht will be needed on the day to
The event is also supported by First Step Construction,
Horse Shoe Point, MAS, Pan Pan, Mix 88.5, Windsor, Isuzu, and Wongratt