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“Hats Off” to the royal wedding

Master of Ceremonies Richard Silverberg looks on as Pattaya City Expats Club member David Garmaise introduces his presentation, called ‘Hats Off’, showcasing the sometimes beautiful, sometimes bizarre hats worn to the royal wedding.

Was that hat really worth US$130,000? Pattaya City Expats Club member David Garmaise said he watched some video of the recent royal wedding in London and noticed the myriad of hats worn by many of the ladies in attendance. This gave him the idea for creating a video production of his own showing the various hats, including the one worn by Princess Beatrice that was recently auctioned on EBay for US$130,000.

‘Hawaii Bob’ Sutterfield (of ‘Frugal Freddy’ fame - a weekly visit to one or other of Pattaya’s ‘good food and good value’ restaurants) announces this week’s Frugal Freddy venue, the El Paso Steakhouse on Pattaya South Rd just before Shell.

David is an avid producer of DVDs using video clips from movies, concerts, and other sources. Adding in some music, he created his “Hats Off” production for presentation at the Club’s Sunday, May 29, 2011, meeting at the Amari’s Tavern by the Sea Restaurant. Many of these hats are really beyond description and you would have needed to be there to appreciate it. But if you didn’t watch the royal wedding and were not at the meeting to appreciate the video, you can still view the hats by using your Internet search engine; just type in “hats at the royal wedding.”

David’s hobby is to collect classic movies, shows, and other events then excerpt interesting portions into his own DVD presentation. David has entertained his fellow Club members and guests with his productions including clips from famous movies, stage plays, and musical concerts. So to everyone’s enjoyment he also included another video presentation entitled “Ordinary Families.” But, as he warned the audience prior to the start, these clips from movies were not necessarily ordinary families.

Board member Al Serrato advises members of the activities of the Spanish speaking club; for more information, contact Al through our website, www.pattayacityexpats .com

The video began with a couple of quotations about families: “Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space,” by Evan Esar and, “A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold,” by Ogden Nash. These quotations were followed by over a dozen clips taken from such movies as Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore starring Ellen Burstyn (1974); Arsenic and Old Lace starring Cary Grant (1944); Kramer vs. Kramer starring Dustin Hoffman (1979), Meet the Fockers starring Ben Stiller (2004); and Ordinary People, an award winning movie starring Sandra Bullock, Donald Sutherland, and Timothy Hutton (1980). He also included clips from a couple of movies starring Katherine Hepburn, we can’t get too much of Katherine - Lion in Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981). All the scenes showed some aspect of the relationship between family members that were portrayed in the movie.

After presenting the videos, David gave some insight into how he goes about preparing them. He said that putting the clips together was not overly time consuming if you are using the right software. But, finding the scenes to excerpt was a different matter as you had to spend time in viewing the movies to find the scenes that fit into the theme of the presentation.

After David answered several questions, Master of Ceremonies Richard Silverberg brought everyone up to date on upcoming events and called on “Hawaii” Bob Sutterfield to conduct the always interesting Open Forum where questions are asked and answered about living in Thailand, movies playing in Pattaya are critiqued, Pattaya restaurants are recommended, and sometimes a joke or two are told to add a little humor.

World Health Organization honours Dusit Thani Pattaya during World No-Tobacco Day 2011

Chatchawal Supachayanont (3rd right), general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya holds up the award from the WHO. He is joined by the Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation, Prof. Dr. Prakit Vathesatogkit (2nd left) and his family. Two of the awardees Koong Suthirach (right) and Poy Pornwara (2nd right), both from the entertainment industry are also seen in the picture after the conclusion of the World No-Tobacco Day 2011 celebration held in Bangkok.

Dusit Thani Pattaya has added another achievement to its long list of laurels when the resort’s general manager, Chatchawal Supachayanont accepted an award from the World Health Organization (WHO) during a ceremony to mark World No-Tobacco Day 2011.

The event, held May 31 at the Lifestyle Hall of Siam Paragon in Bangkok, was presided over by HRH Princess Soamsawalee. This year’s theme was “The WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control”.

Dusit Thani Pattaya was among the more than 30 awardees from all across Thailand whose efforts of continuously giving their staunch support towards policies aimed at reducing tobacco consumption were recognized by the WHO. The recipients came from different industries and agencies with the Ministry of Public Health accepting the World No Tobacco Day 2011 award.

In his comments, Chatchawal stressed the importance of recognizing the health risks associated with tobacco use thereby promoting better health to its guests staying at the hotel. He emphasized that the resort would continue its strict implementation of allocating more than 75% of its total room inventory as smoke-free accommodation in accordance with its commitment to the Green Leaf Foundation of Thailand to support control on tobacco consumption. Global figures indicate that tobacco use is the second cause of death (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

Last year, the Green Leaf Foundation presented the hotel the Health Promotion Smoke-Free Hotel plaque for its anti-smoking initiatives aimed at protecting public health. The management considers their most recent internationally-acclaimed award as truly an honor since Dusit Thani Pattaya was the only hotel in the entire Kingdom to have been bestowed the recognition.

Redemptorist Vocational opens over-budget ramp, seeks more donations

Pratchaya Kerdthong

Out-of-service elevators no longer will leave students at Redemptorist Vocational School grounded as the Pattaya facility officially opened an expensive, new multi-floor ramp system.

Students and faculty gather for the official opening of the new multi-floor ramp system.

Officials from the vocational school and its owner, the Father Ray Foundation, along with construction and design executives cut the ribbon on the ramp May 24.

The 3.6 million baht ramp has been under consideration since 1996, but due to its cost, construction did not begin until late last year. The project, however, is still 440,000 baht in the red and Father Ray officials are soliciting donations to help repay builders for construction expenses.

The ramp, which connects the five floors of the vocational school’s second building of classrooms, offices and dormitories, was deemed necessary because of breakdowns and expenses of using the building’s main elevator. If the elevator was out of service, students in wheelchairs had difficulty traversing the floors.

Principal Udomchok Churat also said the ramp should cut maintenance and electricity costs for the lift. The ramps also connect to the school’s primary building at the fifth floor, enhancing convenience for students.

Construction, however, was not cheap. The ramp was launched with a 2.9 million baht donation from a charity foundation in Monaco. Suchai Rujivanitchkul of Sea Side International Consulting Engineering, donated his design services.

Arc Construction Co. began work Nov. 22 last year but environmental and utility problems pushed the project over budget. Arc, however, carried on, despite not being paid.

Father Ray officials are now asking for help in covering the 440,000 baht shortfall. Those interested can contact Udomchok at 086-834-2803.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

“Hats Off” to the royal wedding

World Health Organization honours Dusit Thani Pattaya during World No-Tobacco Day 2011

Redemptorist Vocational opens over-budget ramp, seeks more donations


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