Phuketindex.com had an exclusive talk with Sakka Veeraporn, Director of Food and Beverage of Holiday Inn Resort, Phuket.
Actually I was born in Bangkok and I was pretty refractory (he smiled). After I did not success in art, I then learned hotel management at Siam Business school. During studying, I had to do an internship at Asia hotel in Pattaya, as waiter, I really enjoyed it and my colleagues also gave me a lot of knowledge – maybe this was the great motivation for me in food and beverages. When I finished internship, I went back to Bangkok and worked at Sheraton hotel (Surawong road) for a while. After that, I moved to Phuket and I decided to take courses at AUA Language Center because I wanted to speak English fluently. I always practiced English by talking with foreigners at Dusit Thani Laguna hotel for one year. You know what? It was very useful !
In the past, it was very difficult to learn something, we had to steal someone’s knowledge or books. But at this moment, we can find information via computer – just click on mouse and then there will be a lot of information display on monitor. And right now most people rarely concern about knowledge, because of it was found very easily – it is not a good idea.
Talking about Phuket:
Nowadays, we order fishes from suppliers which is not a same way in the past but I do accept this method because it is very easy, but there is no management in investment and government’s policy can not organize the rapidly grow in establishment, for instance, hotel chains, real estate etc. I really ensure that our natural resources will be decreased by invasion and traffic jam will probably occur in shortly.
Favorite food and drinks:
I just give you an idea for having food, there are two types of having meals. Firstly is responsibility, like food tasting, wine tasting and another is having meal for nourishment. Furthermore,friends are very important factors creating environment gets better – it does not depend on location.
I really recommend fish menu for you because it has more benefits like Omega – 3 fatty accids and fish is a good source of protein and does not have the high saturated fat that fatty meat products do and there are variousness of fish menus, just put butter sauce and lemon on it. Delicious !!
Suggestion to next generation:
I think everybody should have honesty in person. I always adhere in four principles virtuous existence for supervision employees and I always seek new knowledge for developing in my work. I sometimes was invited to be a lecturer in university – it’s a great experience.
“Loba” is one of the most famous local food in Phuket, produced from pork; pig’s head, offal (pot-stewed pork), then deep fried all ingredients. Having local sauce (sweet & sour) accompany with “Loba” is the great food ever.
The top secret of “Loba” is focused on ingredients’ freshness and sweet and sour dipping.
If you have a chance to get to Yaowarat Road, visit this restaurant is a must.
Have you ever tasted local food at a good restaurant in Phuket?
There are a lot of ingredients in this “Fried dried noodle” or “Mea Phad Hok Kien” – pork, squid, fish ball, egg and of course local noodle. At the corner of Siam intersection (Dibuk Road and Yaowarat Road), there is a famous restaurant which is providing various local menus including “Mea Pha Hok Kien”, this restaurant has been opened in Phuket since 1969.
With particular attentiveness of food – they really care for every ingredient that makes differences with other restaurants – fresh meat and sea food are special elements for every dishe. Prices are not expensive and go with portion of food.
Everyday around 12.00 hrs, the restaurant always is filled with customers as usual – what if you come at that time and smelling from the food – I bet! you could eat a horse. P.s. Daily open 11.00 – 17.00 (except Tuesday)
The Big Buddha or “Prahputtamingmongkol Eaknakakeeree” an official name given by the supreme patriarch of the Buddhist Church, the project was conceived by a group of local Buddhist called “Prahputtamingmongkol Sadtah 45 Foundation” in 2002.
August 12 is Her Majesty Queen Sirikit Royal Birthday Anniversary. We join all loyal and devoted subjects of the kingdom in wishing Her Majesty the Queen a long life of good health and happiness.
In Mother’s Day, Thais normally give white jasmine garland to mothers. The idea came about because of the flower’s decent properties – it’s soft and pure white and has a long-lasting, sweet smell. It is traditionally believed that white jasmine represents the selfless virtue of a mother who thinks more about the needs, happiness and wants of other people than about herself.
Phuketindex.com had a chance to talk with 3 lovely students. What do they want to tell their mums?
Juthatip Tanpradit (Fon), Mattayom 2 Student from Satree Phuket School
“My mum is absolutely gorgeous. She’s so smart. I love mum the way she is even if sometime she’s too much worry about me. I love my mum and hope that she’s healthy, wealthy, and being with me forever.”
Julaluck Pimarn (Nan), Mattayom 6 Student from Satree Phuket School
“Mum always trust in me. No matter what I do, she knows I never disappointed her. She’s very kind and I do think she’s my best friend. We talk, share, and care to each other. I promise that I’ll be your good daughter as always. I love you mum.”
Jaruwat Cheaw-aram (Dome), Mattayom 6 Student from Phuket Wittayalai School
“Mum lets me walk my own way. I have freedom to think and do whatever I want to do. She always gives me good suggestions. I can say that I never say I love her but I know she knows I love her every minute of my life. Thanks mum, you’re always the best.”
Mr. Sethaphan Buddhani
Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office
When we were children most of us dreamed about riches, big houses, fast cars or something similar, but Khun Sethaphan Buddhani, the incumbent Director of Tourism for Phuket did not. From an early age he became aware of the inequalities in life and developed a deep concern for the poorest members of Thai society.