Phuket, ThailandDusit Thani Laguna Phuket invites Australia’s celebrity chef, Mr. Ben O’Donoghue, to the resort, bringing Thailand a truly exciting and entertaining Australian culinary experience.

One of Australia’s favourite celebrity chefs, Mr. O’Donoghue has devoted himself to the culinary arts since youth. This passion has never failed to bring him pleasure nor ceased to stimulate his imagination. His career began in working at prestige Australian restaurants, such as the Tribeca and Goodfellas of Sydney and Jessica’s in Perth, which eventually brought his path to London.

His natural talent escalated him to the position of Executive Chef at the renowned Atlantic Bar & Grill. With the unique seasonal menu he created, he was able to help the company be contracted to open the National Dining Room at the National Gallery. Mr. O’Donoghue is now the Creative Director of Food for the Great Australian Pie Company in the UK. He is also known from the popular Australian TV series The Best and Surfing the Menu. Moreover, he was invited as the food judge for Lifestyle Food’s recent Great BBQ Challenge series, and has also appeared in both BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and Planet Food. He is a columnist for Delicious magazine and has also released a cookbook in October 2008, called Outdoor: Grill Your Way Round the World.

“The visit of the Top Chef from the highly acclaimed BBC series “Surfing the Menu”, Ben O’Donoghue is a wonderful and delectable opportunity that will please all those Gourmet hearts and souls during this Gourmet delight weekend, said Alexander Mack, Director of Food & Beverages, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.

O’Donoghue will amaze Phukets’ food lovers with a Modern Wine Dinner –“Penfolds’ vs BEN” by Chef Ben at the stylish award-wining La Trattoria, the most picturesque Italian restaurant for fine dining (THB 2,500++) on 19 September.

Follow by “Surfing with Chef Ben” – a trendy BBQ Brunch by the Beach with free flow Australian Lindemans red and white Wine at breezy Casuarina Beach Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants for steak and grills with air conditioned space right on the beach  (THB 1,400++) on 20 September.

“We promise to pursue for more exciting gastronomy and culinary event to this colorful island again soon” Alex added.

Guests can also enjoy Australian culinary experience presented by Mr. O’ Donoghue on September 17, at Dusit Thani Bangkok:  a Cooking Demonstration & a 4-Course Lunch at Hamilton’s Steak House [THB 1,600 net] and a fabulous Wine Dinner at il cielo Italian Restaurant [THB 2,900 net].

“Cooking for me is 50 percent confidence, 40 percent passion and 10 percent technique and skill. Be brave and eat anything because experience is everything” Chef Ben’s says in his latest book.

Source: Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

The world’s most famous supercar brands : “Niche Car” will announce roll-out of five luxurious cars which have almost B 100 M value. The Supercar show will be @ CFP Convention Hall (old Phuja) on 5 – 14 September 2009.

Lamborghini ( top one has value more than B 30 M)



Japan has come out of recession after recording economy grew of 3.7% on an annualized basis from April to June 2009.

This is the first time for the world’s second largest economy has seen positive sign since March 2008.

Correspondents say that the positive sign became from a huge government stimulus package and it is unclear whether the momentum will be maintained or not.

Last week, the Federal Reserve shown the U.S. worst recession was over while Germany, France, and Hong Kong got a little optimism on their economies.

Source: CNN, BBC

World Trade Organization ruling China to ease some of its curbs on foreign films, music, and books while the U.S. hailed the ruling order.

The U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said WTO panel handed a significant victory to America’s creative industries, “These findings are an important step toward ensuring market access for legitimate U.S. products in the Chinese market, as well as ensuring market access for U.S. exporters and distributors of those products.”

Kirk also mentioned that ruling could put an end to China’s discriminatory trade practices while the decision promises to level the playing field for American companies working to distribute high-quality entertainment products in China.

WTO said China goes against free trade rules by blocking media products’ importers to distribute directly to Chinese markets. They need to pass media products such as films, DVDs, music downloads, and print through state-owned companies.

On the other hand, China denied the charges in the ruling. China has insisted its system is fair.

A spokesman for China’s Ministry of Commerce, Yao Jian, said on Thursday that China will carefully evaluate the decision and it might appeal against the ruling.

Source: CNN, BBC

The Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the U.S. economy had begun to level off after the onset of the worst financial crisis in decades.

The U.S. central bank decided to keep US interest rates steady near zero (between 0%-0.25%) and confirmed that it would likely stay there for an extended period to aid the continuing recovery.

The Fed statement unveils the recession is nearing an end while many conditions are stabilizing. That means slumped financial markets are healing.

This is the first time since August 2008 that the committee’s statement has not characterized the economy as contracting, weakening, or slowing.

The Fed statement said it believes those actions, along with the stimulus packages passed by Congress “will contribute to a gradual resumption of sustainable economic growth.”

In addition, there are many signs imply a little optimism, for example, the U.S. unemployment is fewer than analysts had expected, the U.S. consumer spending had risen in June, worker productivity had increased, and the U.S. exports had risen.

Source: CNN, Reuters, Federal Reserve

“Dinner Ephemere” held by Limoncello restaurant on Monday 11 August, 2009

A restaurateur of Limoncello, Dr. Roberto Ugolini, 53 years, limoncello is a refreshingly bright and elegant restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating among yatching in Royal Phuket Marina – offerring Italian cuisine.

“We are proudly present  “Brunello Di Montalcino” which is famous red wine from Tuscany where is  one of the best area produce “Brunello di Montalcino”. We have a lot of wine from many areas and we would like our customers enjoy with our best wine,” he said.

As 2009 there are many competitors in terms of producing wine. “Italian wine was one of the best wine in the world, but nowadays you can find many good wine from Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa” he explained.

He is a native of Italy, who often drinks red wine with any kinds of food  (including seafood) which is different from other continents as his explanation ” In Asia – there are very truly different concepts for eating food with wine. And  in Europe – we drink red wine with meat.”

P.S.  you can see more picture @ Dinner Ephemere

Friday, 7th August 2009 – The campaign “Keep Nai Yang Beach Clean” was the collaboration between Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PBMBC) and Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO).

This campaign is aim for tourism around Nai Yang beach because cleanliness is a key for being an attractive destination and we will continue this campaign every month,” The Vice President Aor Bor Tor Sakoo, Khun Pramote Jongsuk on the stage giving the speech regarding to “Keep Nai Yang Beach Clean”.

“For keeping sustainable development in balance of environment is very important for getting travelers back and creating better scenery,” PR Manager Indigo Pearl said.

As everyone had spoken in the same way with this social responsibility activity “We are proudly  to be a part of these people who really care for their own beach, as a staff of Indigo Pearl resort who has taken benefits from natural resources – it is time to give it back,” Mr.Somsak said.

Ms.Sirirak, a local restauranteur on Nai Yang beach, would like to keep the beach cleaning for getting advantages to her own business and beaches are first impressive for travellers who come to Phuket.

The beach cleaning campaign on Nai Yang Beach and National Park will be continued every months for preservation and maintenance.

After reported a loss of $15.2bn, US mortgage finance firm Fannie Mae has requested the Treasury for another $10.7bn.

This is the 3rd time that Fannie Mae has asked Treasury $96bn for aid after had received $15.2bn in March.

The Treasury has made available funds of $200bn each to both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The results were driven by $18.8bn in losses on loans due to the weakening housing market conditions, made worse by rising unemployment.

In 2010, the US government will reveal its plan for both mortgage giant Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The government may keep the companies private or merge them into a government agency.

Source: BBC