Friday, October 27, 2006

Pattaya Expats Newsletter for October 26, 2006

Dear Pattaya Expat Club members and friends,

Our planned Club Programme for October 29, 2006

Voice Over Internet Protocol presented by iphone of Norway

Mr. Gisle Larsen from Iphone in Norway, and Mr Tom Stenshavn from Iphone Thailand will present their new phone service, iphone. With this service, if you are from Europe, USA or Australia, you can have a local number from your home country here in Thailand. You can call to your home country for your local home country rates, and they can call for the same rates to you. It is also very cheap to call everywhere else in the world. All you need is an ADSL connection here in Thailand. You can make the calls from a regular phone, not the computer, the sound quality is excellent, and you pay only for your calls, no subscription or monthly fees required. Iphone will have an information table set up outside the meeting room.

Events Calendar for this week:

VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL to be held between 21st-31st October. Parade starts at Bali Hai Pier. Festival at Laan Po, Naklua.

THE CHARITY CLUB OF PATTAYA is having a pub night at KILKENNY'S on Walking Street on Friday 27th October to raise funds for a Christmas party in December with Gifts for the Children at the Camillian Centre.


Halloween Salsa Nite Fundraiser Saturday October 28th. 7:00pm.

700 baht includes buffet, drinks, salsa lesson, costume contest, prizes.

Tickets: call Kavita Lamb: 09-6021-705 or Zina Docto: 083-7100-252

All monies donated to local charity.

BUDDIE meetings at Redemptorist Centre of Thailand, Sukhumvit Road, every Wednesday at 7.00pm. Contact Lynda 0841327086 or

BUDDHA IMAGE CONTEST at Muang 2nd School on 29th October

HALLOWEEN on 31st October.

FM 103 every Saturday from 12 noon to 2PM

Our very own PEC Ken Bowkett is hosting a radio show every Saturday, on FM 103, from noon to 2PM. "Santa" Ken talks to guests, makes a few suggestions, and spins a few hot discs...enjoy the show! Ken also be hosts a guest in his studio, along with the great music. Tune in the "Kuddly Ken Show" on FM 103.

Alexander Valentine is your M.C. this Sunday, and will lead our Open Microphone Forum, as well as give us a look at the latest funnies from the 'net, so come and listen in at 2nd Rd's Grand Sole Hotel, and participate with questions and answers about nearly everything for living safely and legally in Pattaya !

After our members Open Forum we also have Lucky Draw prizes of dinners for two at fine restaurants around the city, such as Jameson's and The Globetrotter, another great reason to be a member and to come into the Pattaya Expats Club this Sunday 11:30 am at The Grand Sole Hotel, 2nd Rd.

We will have our late-morning start time of speakers programme from 11:30 am, with the optional brunch from about 10:30 am till after 12 noon. The meeting entry cost is 80 Baht and for non-members 100 Baht. For that, we enjoy the excellent technical presentation facilities of the Grand Sole Hotel conference room.

Our foyer exhibition displays, throughout the meeting period from 10:30, are worth a visit for practical advice from experts. In the club's greeting, programme and memberships area you can get Club memberships at only 300 Baht, expiring 31 Dec 2007, or 600 Baht for Life Membership. (Bring two very small 'visa' photos and your card is laminated and ready at the same meeting.) Display tables have in-depth information from regular expert contributors in their field. Our Microphone announcement at 11:10am confirms who is available to consult free of charge. For example, The Pattaya International Hospital table usually includes regular FREE testing of blood groups, blood sugar, blood pressure and lung function to help you stay healthy. Advice on Insurance policies is available from AA Insurance - including the club member's own low cost 'group' health policy, now in its second year, with a premium at under 11,000 B - please show your member's card to apply. They also have a range of Insurances such as property, house contents and motor cover available. Club sponsor Key Visa Co Ltd, represented by Darren McGarry and Stephen Wilson, offer our members free advice, in the club house foyer, on personal Thai visa and immigration queries - please show your members card.

Plus, our large take-away information point, with leaflets and publications from hundreds of member to member services available in Pattaya, is open until the end of the meeting.

Tickets are sold from 10:30 AM when hall doors open for seating. The table plan is usually in friendly format tables for eight or ten - so please allow the 'gaps' to be filled by new arrivals at your table.
This newsletter also appears on our blog, along with some of the articles from the website and any late breaking news. The advantage of the blog is that you get an opportunity to add comments that find their way directly back to the Pattaya Expat Club management team (and all of the blog readers of course).

Wherever you are in the world today, we wish you a wonderful upcoming weekend, and if you are not already enjoying life in Pattaya - then come back soon and best wishes from all of us at the Pattaya Expats Club.


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