A pretty picture against a
spectacular sunset. (l-r) Mike Meissner, Attapon Sangserpo, Nichanam and
Rittiwat Bholat, Sales Consultant of Fragrant Property Ltd.
Dr. Iain Corness
The September networking evening organized by the
Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) was held at the Royal Varuna Yacht
Club, one of the institutions of Pattaya having been founded in 1957, with
their GM Duncan Miller ensuring everyone was properly fed and watered (well,
wine and beer do have a good percentage of water in them).
This is the winner of our
most photogenic couple of the evening.
The upstairs function room at the Royal Varuna was the
ideal spot to see the sun extinguish itself in the waters of Pattaya Bay,
making the Seaboard Sundowners a reality for all the members and guests.
In the absence of President John Anderson, Vice-President
Belinda Skinner did an admirable job in circulating and ensuring the evening
went smoothly. In an exclusive interview with Pattaya Mail TV, she
spoke on the charity work carried out by the Australian Chamber, in
particular the English language tuition in schools in this area (so if any
young Thai child comes up and says, “G’Day Mate” you know who has been
teaching him). Belinda also went on to promote the AFL (Australian Football
League) Grand Final event on October 1 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok,
complete with Aussie pies! You can get more details on this uniquely
Australian event on the website www.austchamthailand.com.
AustCham VP Belinda Skinner
chats with Peter Scott (Info Comm).
The principal sponsor of the evening was the Fragrant
Property Group, a real estate developer better known in Bangkok for their
‘green’ condominium units (www. fragrantgroup.com). Leasing and Resale
Department Manager Michelle Niyomphan explained on Pattaya Mail TV
that with recycling, the central costs to the building itself were contained
and over time the costs to the individual became less. Sales Director Nick
Tangwacharapongse also discussed with AustCham members the relative merits
of Koh Larn as a suitable area to look at developing in the future.
Paul Whyte and Paul Wilkinson
enjoy a glass of good Aussie wine.
These networking evenings do attract a diverse and
wide-ranging group, including Louisa Girod (www. regardez-moi.com) with her
beachwear, accessories and jewelry, Nathan Christoff (www.litehouseasia
.com) manufacturers of dressings, dips and sauces, and regular movers Kerry
Matisin and Sri from Allied Pickfords (and I don’t know about the shakers).
Stuart Mckenzie (Business
Class Asia) poses with Belinda Skinner (Top Talent Asia- VP AustCham).
Lending a sort of semi-governmental bona fides were Tom
Yates and Leigh Wilmott (Austrade) while Mark Bowling (Colliers
International) seemed more interested in bowling maidens over. The
Australian media was represented by Raine Grady and Les Nyerges (Capital
TV), with Raine in deep discussions with Peter Malhotra of the Pattaya
Mail Media group.
The next Seaboard Sundowners will be held on the second
Friday of the month (October 14) and full details will be posted on
Les Nyerges (Capital TV) and
Paul Whyte shoot the breeze on the terrace overlooking the beach.
AustCham executive director,
Mark Carroll talks about what a great venue this is with Duncan Miller from
the Royal Varuna Yacht Club.
The lucky winner of the name
card draw receives his prize from Belinda Skinner.
Women talk women talk and men
talk men talk.
Veterans of chamber
networkings get together. (l-r) David L.Bell (Ra-Kahng Assocites Limited),
Salisa Burid, Adhi Leone (Deckworks Contracting) and Mark Carroll (Exec.
Old friends meet again, Peter
Malhotra (Pattaya Mail), Raine Grady (Capital TV), Louisa Girod (Regardez
Moi) and Dr. Iain Corness.