16th Phuket Chinese New Year Day and Old Phuket Town Festival 2015

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Celebrate Chinese New Year 2015, “Phuket Old Town Festival The 16th” the event was set on 26 – 28 February 2558 from 16:00 onwards at 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikit Park. On the first day (26 February 2015) its held a grand opening as a parade which show off Phuket’s culture and Folk Art. And more for visitor is to join the worship of Guanyin and Sea Dragon, and watch the show from The Thu – Thai singer.

Celebrating Classic Belgian Gourmet Chocolate of Legend @ JW Marriott Phuket

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Celebrating Classic Belgian Gourmet Chocolate Of Legend
Masterfully Prepared Pastries at Siam Deli for One Special Week

Phuket –Fine chocolate connoisseurs will want to take special note of the week on March 9 – 13, 2015 for its on these five days that Jean-Marc Bernelin from Belgian chocolate maker Callebaut will be in residence at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.

From Monday to Friday, Jean-Marc will be putting his renowned pastry skills to work at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa bakery, preparing items which will be available at Siam Deli during this week, in the case of some items, will be added to the deli’s regular menu. Such as chestnut and cognac ganache, mango and passion fruit caramel, hazelnut praline and chocolate and banana mousse cake – all featuring Callebaut chocolate among the ingredients. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa uses Callebaut chocolate in its bakery items year-round.

Jean-Marc will be holding afternoon chocolate cooking demonstrations at Siam Deli throughout the Callebaut chocolate week, focusing on treats as Gateaux moelleux with white chocolate and brownies.

Complimentary demonstration space is limited, advance reservations are required. For more information ormake a reservation, please contact Restaurant Reservations on +66 76 338 000 or via e-mail to mhrs.hktjw.fbdiningexperience@marriott.com

Callebaut Chocolate

During the Callebaut chocolate week will be offering an Afternoon Tea promotions at Siam Deli and Sala Sawasdee Lobby Bar, featuring a superb selection of chocolates, pastries, sandwiches and scones at THB 480 for single person and THB 750 for two including coffee or tea. At Siam Deli, the Afternoon Tea can be taken in exquisite fashion alongside the picturesque Lotus Pond.

For over a century, Callebaut chocolate has been making the finest gourmet chocolate and remains today one of the rare chocolate makers to select, roast and grind cacao beans into its own secret cocoa mass. The company’s products are exported the world over.

Holding a great passion for pastry making, Jean-Marc’s extensive experience as apastry chef in Paris and Singapore was instrumental in his appointment as International Technical Advisor at Cacao Barry, a role which sees him travel throughout Asia launching new products at trade fairs and conducting demonstrations and customer training.

PPAO Medical Outreach Team (Phuket Care) in Sri Suntron Subdistrict

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President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom together with Council Member Sithichok Dechapiban, on February 23 led a medical outreach team “Phuket Care” in visiting the homes of patients suffering from disability and chronic illness in Sri Suntorn subdistrict in Thalang. Joining them were Dr Harinat Hattayapirom as well a team of health officers, nurses and therapists from PPAO Hospital, officials from PPAO Health Division, staff from Vachira Phuket Hospital, and local health volunteers from Sri Suntorn subdistrict. During this visit, PPAO donated gift packs containing items of hygiene (sanitary towels,  soap, towels) to six patients.

Phuket Care medical outreach program was established by PPAO who work regularly in collaboration with local health volunteers, with the aim of supporting housebound patients suffering from chronic illnesses or disability. The secondary aim is to encourage volunteers to play a bigger role in looking after patients in their own community so that the patients and families can lead a reasonably normal life and are able to look after themselves. This strong support system is invaluable and gives strength to patients and the disabled. The program also aims to develop a sense of public service and compassion among members of the community. If you know someone who needs such support, please contact the Public Health Division of PPAO at 076 354 819, 076 354 820.

Moral Support for National Health Volunteer Contest

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President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom was part of the team of Phuket officials led by Vice Governor Suthee Thongyaem who welcomed the judges of National Health Volunteer Contest as well as giving moral support to the local village health volunteers (VHVs) from Wichit subdistrict, who were shortlisted for the award.

Other officials presented were: PPAO Council Member Nuanchan Samart, Dr Kajornsak Kaewjaras from Phuket Public Health Office, and Mayor of Wichit Municipality Kreetha Chotiwitpipat. The panel of judges comprised of: President VHV Thailand Paitoon Boonarak, Deputy Minister of Health Services Support Dr Taret Kasasnairawiwong, Deputy Director of Planning Division Chulada Sukumalawan, former Director of Public Relations and Citizen Service Division Chuensuk Reuknam, and Deputy Director of Health Services Support Chatchai Suwannit. The judges gathered at the Basic Public Health Community Center at community 10 of Wichit subdistrict, to study the achievements of the volunteers as presented by Usa Sukprasert. The group was being judged on their performance in the areas of basic health care service and the establishment of a health insurance system. While expressing his delight that a local VHV group was shortlisted for such award, V/Gov Suthee said the final decision would rest on the judges alone. He highly praised Wichit VHVs for their strength and commitment in serving the community and hoped that the group would be a role model for other local VHVs. V/Gov Suthee ended by wishing the Wichit group the National VHV Award top prize.

SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL Design Hotel for The Iron Chef Thailand

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SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong at the Iron Chef Thailand Mr. Alongkorn Tra-Ngan, Executive Chef of SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong, ( in the middle ) has participated as a commentator in the famous cookery television show “Iron Chef Thailand ”. The program featured Western Cuisine and will be on aired on Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 23.00 hours on Channel 7

The Grill, Regent Phuket Cape Panwa Presents Locally Sourced Organic Cuisine

Foiegras at Regent Phuket Cape Panwa

PHUKET, THAILAND (February 23, 2015) – The Grill – Regent Phuket Cape Panwa presents the freshest seafood and the best meat cuts in a variety of local, international and fusion styles and featuring an exceptional wine list.

The Grill at Regent Phuket has unveiled details of its extensive use of locally sourced organic produce as ingredients in the food. Guests at The Gill are invited to taste and understand for themselves the difference between grass-fed, grain-fed and 100% organic beef, in addition to the intense natural flavour of alternatives which include Pedigree Hereford, purebred Black Angus and top-grade Wagyu beef. Chicken served at the Grill is free range, and all of its fish is caught locally and selected by hand. Signature dishes at The Grill include Single Malt Whiskey Cured Salman, Pan Seared Foie Gras, Blue Crab Ravioli and Peking Duck Tea.

This attention to authentic taste and selection has been the driving force behind Head Chef Justin Baziuk’s sourcing at all of Regent’s dining locations. Just as keen to advise guests of The Grill on cuts and fine wines, Justin’s enthusiasm and passion for “real” food inspires guests to stay longer than planned, taking in views of the bay, and trying a selection of the choicest menu items. It is the combined food experience and location that has attracted strong praise on hotel review web site, Tripadvisor, with guests routinely describing a visit to this restaurant as “world class” and “heavenly.”

In addition to memorable food, The Grill offers a spacious dining and relaxation area with tables set well apart to facilitate easy conversation, privacy, and the full enjoyment of its aromas and flavours. Its fully-open plan draws cooling ocean breezes which ensure it is a venue to be enjoyed all year round, daytime or evening.

For an even sophisticated experience, the Grill Lounge, is an alfresco setting on top of The Grill is an ideal spot for pre and post dinner. Guests will be delighted with an extensive list of drinks and cocktails, overlooking the stunning views of the Andaman Sea.

Reservations can be placed directly with Resort Reservations, Tel +66 7620 0800, Fax +66 7620 0803, Email: reservations.phuket@regenthotels.com or visit http://www.regenthotels.com/Phuket

“Laguna Market on First” Returns this Sunday 1st March

The Market is enjoyed by the local and tourists alike
The Market is enjoyed by the local and tourists alike

“Laguna Market on First” is making its 2nd appearance this Sunday, 1st March, following the successful launch of the 1st edition on Sunday, 1st February which saw thousands of community members – a combination of the local Thai, expat, tourists, and hotel guests – coming together to enjoy the true taste of Phuket, made available to all by more than 200 local vendors from the villages at Laguna Grove in Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket.

The first edition of the monthly-organised community market included an openingceremony on the main stage featuring product highlights from the Market, kids’ performances, and mini-concerts by popular Thai artists.

The vendors were selling a wide variety of food and drinks, clothing and fashion items,home décor, arts and crafts, pets, plants, services, and much more. It was estimated that over 1.2 million baht was generated at the Market.

“I am delighted to see that the market attracted both the local communities and tourists,” said Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket

“About 30% of guests are foreigners from the local expat community as well as the tourists and hotel guests which made the Market a success in terms of being a platform for us to continue helping and supporting local villagers with their livelihood and simultaneously showcase the true taste of Phuket to all, our Laguna Phuket guests as well as local Thai and expat communities” he concluded.

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“Laguna Market on First” will return to Laguna Grove from 5pm to 9pm on the first of every month. The next edition is scheduled for Sunday,1st March 2015. This time features mini-concerts by “Koh Mr. Saxman” and “Pui The Voice”. Free entry for all. For more information, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com

Or Bor Jor Sanjorn (Mobile Service Clinic) In Khum Nam Bang Maruan, Sri Suntorn Subdistrict

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The Or Bor Jor Sanjorn fair (Mobile Service Clinic) was launched at the Khum Nam Bang Maruan public park in Sri Suntorn subdistrict on the morning of Saturday, February 21. The opening event was hosted by Governor Nisit Jansomwong with President Paiboon Upattising delivering an opening speech. The launch was witnessed by PPAO officials, Sri Suntorn Mayor Worawut Songyot, invited guests and members of the public.

PPAO officials present were: Vice President Soratham Jinda, President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Chief Administrator Watcharin Pathomwattanapong, Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul, Council members and other officials. According to Mr Paiboon, Or Bor Jor Sanjorn is an ongoing project organized by PPAO various Phuket communities. For this even, which the second of the fiscal year 2015, PPAO works in collaboration with Sri Suntorn Municipality. The objectives are to promote people’s participation and for PPAO officials to meet the community on the grassroots level in order to tailor future public work projects that will directly answer the people’s needs. The event also aims to entertain and establish unity among members of communities following the instructions by the National Reform Council. Other government and private agencies have given support to the event. This includes the navy band from Third Naval Area Command, entertainment and stage shows by student groups and local clubs. Altogether, 50 service stations have been set up by government and private sectors to give a variety of free services to the community. Central to the event is the “people forum” which provides opportunities for members of the public to suggest new ideas and plans for future public works. Governor Nisit reiterated all points listed by President Paiboon, above, and ended his speech by thanking PPAO. He hoped the organization would continue to hold more beneficial activities such as this one in the future.

PPAO Takes Part In 2014 Ordinary Meeting Of Phuket Social Security Fund

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Representing PPAO, President Advisor Jeerasak Tortip on February 20 took part in the annual ordinary meeting of the Phuket Social Security Fund held at the Social Development and Human Security Phuket Office. President of the Phuket Disabled Society Sawai Promjinda chaired the meeting.

First on the agenda was the financial and operation report of the previous year. The meeting learned that as of December 31, 2014 the Phuket Social Security Fund has a fund of 483,029.50 baht deposited in a saving account at Krung Thai Bank, Phuket branch, account number 850-1-21457. The organization has raised 150,000 baht from a charity concert event New-Jew taking place on December 29, 2014, out of which amount 100,000 baht was donated to the Office of the Education Council Phuket (via the Governor), and 20,000 towards the organization of the Social Security Day event. Additionally, the chairman of the meeting proposed the establishment of a service center for the local disabled, located near the Social Development and Human Security Phuket Office. The meeting unanimously agreed on this last item of business.

PPAO President Takes Part In Thalang Memorial Committee Meeting

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President Paiboon on February 18 took part at the second Thalang Memorial committee meeting chaired by Governor Nisit Jansomwong, at the Phuket Provincial Hall. Involved officials attended the meeting as well as Mrs Wasana Sriwilai, Director of Engineering Division of PPAO.

Thalang memorial was constructed with the aim to honor the two local heroines – Lady Thep Kasattri and Lady Sri Suntorn. Most of the construction has been completed. The meeting discussed works still have to be done and other businesses as discussed in the committee meeting on October 24, 2014. The meeting agreed to draw up a proposal for a further funding under the fiscal year 2015. Other businesses included: repair works for the area surrounding the memorial, responsible bodies to work on the landscaping around the Nine Heroes monument, additional fencing, and all involved units whose remits fall within the memorial ground were requested to report any construction projects planned for the area.