Amari Phuket welcomes celebrity photographer

Amari Phuket welcomes celebrity photographerMr Pierre-Andre Pelletier – Vice President and Area General Manager, South Thailand (far right in photo) recently welcomed Mr Todd Anthony Tyler (2nd from left in photo) – a celebrity fashion photographer and judge on Asia’s Next Top Model, along with his wife, Ms Karina Smith (2nd from right in photo) and Mr Kittiphong Sansomboon – General Manager of Thai Airways Singapore Office (far left in photo), during their recent visit to Amari Phuket’s La Gritta Restaurant.

Celebrity Chef to host cooking demonstration and wine dinner in Phuket

Celebrity Chef to host cooking demonstration and wine dinner in PhuketFlying in directly from London to host a one-day only cooking demonstration followed by a wine dinner at the exclusive Trisara Phuket on Monday, 18 August 2014 is none other than one of Asia’s foremost culinary celebrities, Bobby Chinn.

Bobby’s whirlwind stop-over at Trisara on 18 August 2014 commences from 11.00 am when he will host a cooking session, entertain and regale participants with his unparalleled life’s journey from a shoe-shiner in San Francisco at the early age of 12 to a Wall Street trader in New York City, and eventually becoming an internationally renowned celebrity chef.

In the evening, guests will have the rare opportunity to join an exclusive, multi-course dinner from 6.30pm, showcasing Bobby’s famous, signature dishes such as “Seafood Ceviche” (mangosteen coconut jus with white truffle oil); “Duck Pho Cuon” (confit of duck with perilla leaves and sliced grapes); “Lemongrass Chicken in Caramel Sauce” to name but a few.

Born in New Zealand to a Chinese father and Egyptian mother, Bobby Chinn has lived a very international life. Upon completion of his education in England, he worked in the USA (on both the east and west coasts), then travelled the world, finally settling in Vietnam in 1996. Along the way, he developed a passion for food and cooking, and opened Restaurant Bobby Chinn, his first restaurant in Hanoi, in 2001. The restaurant was later moved into his private home in 2009. A second restaurant, Bobby Chinn Saigon, opened in 2011 and closed in 2013. Bobby published his cookbook Wild, Wild East: Recipes & Stories from Vietnam in 2007 (later reprinted and retitled Vietnamese Food in 2010).

Bobby’s enthusiasm for cooking is infectious, and his energy and passion are evident as he cooks and entertains. Throughout Asia he is a culinary celebrity, thanks in part to regular television appearances on the World Café series in Discovery TLC since 2007. He has also collaborated with numerous top international luxury brands for corporate events, ranging from BMW and Credit Suisse to Exxon Mobil and Louis Vuitton.

Bobby opened his first London restaurant – The House of Ho – in January 2014 in Old Compton Street, Soho. His menus mix traditional Vietnamese dishes with a ‘Bobby twist’, incorporating some of the influences he has picked up in his myriad global travels. The restaurant is fun, sexy, informal and moderately priced – very Soho, very London, and very cool.

Bobby recently appeared in BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen in June 2014.

Phuket Superstar Soccer Championship 2014

Phuket Superstar Soccer Championship 2014A charity football event “Phuket Superstars Soccer Championship 2014,” organized by PPAO, kicked off at Surakul Stadium in Phuket Town on February 15, 2014.

Competing for the cup in the main competition was Phuket FC, who took on neighboring province Surat Thani FC, but the highlight of the event was the friendly match held prior to the main game between local VIP players and a team of Thai celebrities. The aptly named “VIP Phuket All-Stars” team was made up of Phuket Governor – Maitri Inthusut, PPAO Chief – Paiboon Upattising, PPAO Council Member and President of Phuket Sports Association – Saroj Angkanapilas, PPAO Council members, local government executives, officers and movie stars including Pop Thanawat and Pet Thakrit. The opposing team comprised of stars including Saksit Tangtong, Num Kongkrapan, Wina Kraibut, Sena Hoy, and a number of other celebrities. VIP Phuket lost to Stars 2:0.

Phuket Superstar Soccer Championship 2014In his opening speech, Mr. Paiboon Upattising explained that the goal of the event is to promote team sport as an alternative pastime, as opposed to drugs and other vices, to local youths, and to use this as a way to instill in them a sense of discipline and sportsmanship.

Phuket sportspersons said Mr. Paiboon needed all the support he can get to raise Phuket to international standards. They also believed that sport played a big role in Phuket’s tourism industry and that contributions to local sports activities were high on the PPAO agenda.

Phuket Superstar Soccer Championship 2014The event was supported by many sectors including Phuket Sports Association, Chor Changkit Co, Best for Media, Sports Authority of Thailand, Phuket Chamber of Commerce, Phuket Merchants Association, and Phuket Football Club. The operations committee took care to keep the running costs low and intended to donate all proceeds received – after deducting expenses – to local schools.

Phuket Governor praised PPAO for its drive to instill the value of sports in young people. He agreed with Mr. Paiboon that team sports are known to build character, foster discipline and team spirit, and promote good health. He hoped that the event today would serve as a model for the local youths.

Regent Phuket welcomes top model/actress Sririta Jensen

Regent Phuket welcomes top model/actress Sririta JensenSririta Jensen, one of Thailand’s most famous models and actresses, together with Khanngoen, a member of Thaitanium, Thailand’s most popular hip-hop music group recently took an opportunity to escape from their busy lives to enjoy a wonderful stay at Regent Phuket  Cape Panwa. The resort is renowned for providing memorable experiences of comfort, relaxation and fun in a beautiful part of Phuket Island. Brice Borin, General Manager of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, and his dedicated Regent team took care of their stay and ensured they were able to enjoy the best of Regent’s signature hospitality and superb cuisine.

In the Photo: Brice Borin, General Manager, Regent Phuket  Cape Panwa (middle) Sririta Jensen (left) and Khanngoen “Khan” Nuanual (right).

Regent Phuket welcomes top Thailand model

Regent Phuket welcomes top Thailand modelSonia Couling, one of Thailand’s most famous international celebrity models, recently took an opportunity to spend time with her husband to enjoy the romantic beach and stunning location of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.

The resort is renowned for providing memorable experiences of comfort, relaxation and fun in a beautiful part of Phuket Island.
Brice Borin, General Manager of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, and his dedicated Regent team took care of their stay and ensured they were able to enjoy the best of Regent’s signature hospitality and superb cuisine.

The couple also took part in a range of sporting activities, including tennis tuition by Regent’s professional tennis coach.

Award-Winning Singer to perform at Phuket Regatta Closing Party

Award-Winning Singer to perform at Phuket Regatta Closing Party Paul Ewing, award-winning singer-songwriter from Scotland (UK) and Artist Ambassador for the world’s largest children’s charity, World Vision UK, will perform at the closing party of the 2013 Phuket  King’s Cup Regatta on Friday 6th December 2013 at 7 pm, at Kata Beach Resort  & Spa. This special performance marks the final day of racing and subsequent award presentation, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display and high-energy closing party attended by over 1000 sailors, VIPs and guests.

Paul’s appearance will be his first at the Phuket  King’s Cup Regatta, a sailing event which is renowned for offering exceptional musical entertainment, great food and warm hospitality as part of its series of beachside parties. Regatta week comprises five nightly parties following the ocean-top action held at three popular resorts in the South-west of Thailand; Kata Beach Resort  & Spa (Monday 2 December), Kan Aeng@Pier (Tuesday 3 December), Kata Beach Resort & Spa (Wednesday 4 December), Phuket Orchid Resort & Spa (5 December) and Kata Beach Resort & Spa (Friday 6 December).

Paul Ewing, an artist described by Marcella Detroit as a “modern day Marvin Gaye,” has enjoyed considerable success in Thailand. In 2012, Paul was commissioned to write the Birthday Song for His Majesty the King of Thailand, entitled “Love Eternally.” His Grammy Award-winning teams were again involved in production for this tribute song, and Paul was also invited to sing at the prestigious New Year’s Countdown Concert at Central World, Bangkok to an audience of 100,000 people – broadcast across the whole of Thailand on all major television networks.

Paul will be supported by his band, which comprises Luke Smith, a Yamaha-sponsored keyboard player; Mike Brown, a guitarist who performed with George Michael at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games; Clint Williams, bassist, who has played session for a number of UK pop stars; and Kevin Biddle, Bangkok resident and current session drummer for The Voice Thailand.

Regent Phuket welcomes Miss Thailand Universe 2009

Regent Phuket welcomes Miss Thailand Universe 2009Chutima Chantelle Durongdej, Miss Thailand Universe 2009 and actress, together with well-known celebrity Dan Hetrakul took an opportunity to escape from the urban rush of the city to enjoy a relaxing weekend at Regent Phuket  Cape Panwa. The resort’s beautiful beach provided a refreshing backdrop, and both celebrities left feeling fully revived and renewed. Brice Borin, General Manager of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, and his dedicated Regent team took care of their stay and ensured they were able to enjoy the best of Regent’s signature hospitality and superb cuisine.

In photo: Brice Borin, General Manager, Regent Phuket Cape Panwa (middle) extends a warm welcome to Chutima Chantelle Durongdej (left) Dan Hetrakul (right) during their stay at Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines Disaster

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines Disasterapl.de.ap, rapper, DJ and part of international super group, Black Eyed Peas, threw an unforgettable night at XANA beach club on Sunday 17th November.

The performance was part of a Disaster Relief event to raise money for the victims of the Philippines typhoons and floods.

The event was well attended by the Phuket community and Xana Beach Club, along with Angsana Laguna Phuket, raised 121,800 at the door.  Matching funds were also donated by the group’s CSR division, Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF,) to raise the overall contribution for victims of the Philippines disaster to 243,600 baht.  The money will be given through apl.de.ap’s preferred charity, Give2Asia.

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines DisasterThe event was also supported by Inspired Events Phuket, who donated the sound equipment on the night.  Local DJ, Kensho, warmed up for apl.de.ap, who performed an incredible post-sunset set to an excited crowd on Bangtao beach.

Apl.de.ap is the latest in a line of international artists who have performed at XANA, including DJ Paul Oakenfold early this year.

To donate to Give2Asia please visit: www.give2asia.org

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines DisasterFor more information on the event contact: annabel@xanabeachclub.com / 081 583 1442. For more info on XANA beach club please visit www.xanabeachclub.com or Like them on Facebook ‘XANA Beach Club with Attica’.

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines Disaster

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines Disaster

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines Disaster

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines Disaster

Phuket’s unforgettable night raising money for the Philippines DisasterImages courtesy of Max Tiverne and Nawin Komolwanit.

Dusit Thani Phuket welcomes Austrian Celebrities

Dusit Thani Phuket welcomes Austrian CelebritiesMr Peter Komposch (left), General Manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, along with his wife Mrs Eleanor Komposch (2nd right), were honoured to welcome his fellow Austrian natives, former alpine skiing champion and well known entertainer Mr Hans Hansi Hinterseer (1st right) and his wife Mrs Romana Hinterseer (2nd left) during their holiday at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket.

In the 1970s, Mr Hinterseer became famous as a member of the Austrian Ski Team, winning six alpine skiing World Cup races in slalom skiing and giant slalom skiing. In 1973, he won the alpine skiing World Cup in giant slalom skiing and won the silver medal at the world championship in St. Moritz in 1974. He also participated at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.

In 1994, he started a career as a singer and is currently most well known in Austria as an actor in the romantic and heimat genres.

Hong Kong Pop Singer enjoys holiday at Dusit Thani Phuket

Hong Kong Pop Singer enjoys holiday at Dusit Thani PhuketHong Kong pop star Rainky Wai (left in photo) was welcomed by General Manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Mr. Peter Komposch, where she recently stayed during a holiday to the island.

Rainky Wai, otherwise known as 19 year old Yu Sum Wai, is a rising pop star best known for her debut album “Raining.” She is also a 2012 recipient of the Ten Golden Song  Awards, Hong Kong.