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This Pattaya Trader edition of the column is designed to vary from the regular editions that feature in the Pattaya Today newspaper and on the internet via www.baronbonk.com, aiming to provide a round-up of events and incidents that have taken place in Fun Town over the preceding few weeks.

For this inaugural edition, I thought it best to look back at some of the stories and events of the past year, 2003. As usual, a clutch of boozers opened, a few closed, some relocated. SARS had obvious effects earlier in the year and low season was one of the most difficult for many operators. However, come the start of November and the crowds began to make their presence felt and no doubt there’ll be a veritable host of visitors just lining up to become new bar owners. “I don’t want to make a million, just pay for my rent, food and beer,” said one starry-eyed prospect, echoing the thoughts of many who have gone before him.

JANUARY

On Saturday night 4 January Club Electric Blue became the 25th ogling den on or in the environs of Walking Street when the former Baby 3 opened its palatial doors with a private party. This was followed by a dance contest on 5 January.

Scootish Dave, mine host of The Kennel boozatorium (lane between Pattayaland Soi 1 and 2) snapped up the vacant Don Dero bar next door and had a special opening knees-up on Tuesday 7 January.

In early January, the Polo late night boogie barn (Walking Street) hastily changed direction, and was turned into an ogling den with a series of non-stop ‘erotic sexy’ shows. It has been a popular ogling spot ever since.

FEBRUARY

The Spicy Girls ogling den (in gender-confused Pattayaland Soi 1) celebrated its fourth birthday on Saturday night 1 February.

Polo held what it termed an Amazing Dance Show on 3 February, the first prize of 10,000 baht being taken out by the team representing Living Dolls Showcase.

The long-running Mick’s Place (Soi 8, Second Road) closed down after having problems regarding the lease.

The sexy Swede, Lasse, celebrated his fifth year at the helm of The Globetrotter noshery, boozer and sleeping palace (the Beach Road-end lane between Soi 7 and Central Road) with a party on 24 February.

The Emergency ogling den in Pattayaland Soi 2 suffered a serious coronary and closed its doors at the end of the month. The premises was later taken over by Misty’s, the play palace next door.

MARCH

The Cupido bar complex was allegedly due for demolition by March or April, but although building work commenced in its immediate environs, the ‘Hangar’, as it is colloquially referred to, is taking on the same features as the seemingly never-ending 101 business saga in Walking Street. As of the end of 2003, the Hangar continues to hold out even as buildings start going up all around it.

For those who can never find, or could be bothered to look for, the G-Spot, a sports emporium and sierra tango operation by that name opened its doors in front of the Weekender sleeping palace on 1 March.

T.J., the former manager of The Dollhouse, moved into the meeting and greeting duties in the long-running Carousel ogling den (Soi Diamond) with a party on 3 March. The den has since undergone some radical, mostly welcome, changes in its format.

The Blues Factory late night boogie barn (Soi Lucky Star) celebrated its second anniversary as did the beans-means-fart Mexican nosh house Tequila Reef (Soi 7).

A new ogling den, called (and misspelled) Lolipop opened on Soi 2, just down the road from the long-running Classroom 2000. It went on to hold two dance contests, one in April and another in May, but then management and ownership problems arose, and the den eventually closed its doors.

The German-run dine and dash establishment Gang’s Pub (Soi 6) changed hands towards the end of the month, being taken over by American Tom Rosetti (of the Pattaya Accommodation Guide) and Austrian Wolfgang ‘what-do-you-mean-heap-of-rust; that’s-my-bike’.

APRIL

The management of the Goldfingers (Soi 7) ogling den (formerly known simply Super-7) completed the first part of a remodelling program inside the den.

Also completing remodelling, but of a different style, were the bulldozers and earth moving equipment that just about completed the demolition of the bars and sundry dwellings down along Soi 6/1. A few short weeks later , the new clutch of boozers located just across the road and ostentatiously named Queen’s Park Plaza were opened for business.

MAY

The Silver Star on Soi 8 opened as an ogling den. Regulars to Fun Town will remember the place when it was the Paradise Club and then as Silver Street.

The famous Carousel ogling den (Soi Diamond) horse, a noble beast, which began life coloured white, and latterly was painted a Dracula-esque black, was wrenched from the revolving stage and put out to pasture.

Possibly one of the shortest-lived nosheries in Pattaya history, the Simply Blues Café (Walking Street) was closed down by Big Andy and re-opened as Hooty’s ogling den. As a chrome pole palace it quickly gained a reputation for interesting shows.

On 30 May, the intriguingly-named Old Speckled Hen boozer/noshery/nod-off joint opened for business in Jomtien, Soi 9. Named after a brand of Pommy beer, it is run by the Elephant Man, formerly a partner in the Spicy Girls ogling den.

JUNE

The former Pretty Girl ogling den Walking Street became Nui’s 2. Meanwhile, down in the wilds of Soi Yamato, the Playpen ogling den was sold to a Frenchman and turned out the lights. It was remodelled and later opened as a beer boozer and affordable ‘get out’ (that’s Thai-speak for guest house).

The X late night boogie barn (Soi Marine Plaza) closed its doors after being unable to compete with the likes of Tony’s and Marine.

JULY

Yet another clutch of beer boozers was opened for business, this lot on Central Road, opposite the Nova Lodge sleeping palace and across the alley from the Krung Thai ATM machine.

The Winchester sierra tango boozer in Soi Watch My Bum, Jomtien changed its name to the Blind Beggar (yes, definitely an ‘e’ after the capital ‘B’ and not a ‘u’) after original owner Big Bill was politely asked to leave Muang Thai before he was thrown out.

Another to undergo a name change was the Lucifer’s late night boogie barn (Walking Street) which became the equally devilish Diablo.

The highly popular Peppermint ogling den (Walking Street) re-opened its doors to the paying public on 19 July after an enforced closure during one of the many crackdowns conducted by government officials.

The Far East Rock ogling den (Soi Post Office), which had been closed since December 2002, re-opened its doors in the middle of the month.

AUGUST

The Stars munching den, located atop the Pattaya Hill Resort (Pratamnak Road), changed hands.

The Frozen, Big Willies (Soi Diamond) and Marilyn’s (Beach Road) ogling dens were closed down for varying periods by the plod when they were caught permitting their dancing damsels to show a little bit too much leg during one of Deputy Interior Minister (DIM) Preacher Malcontent’s crackdowns.

SEPTEMBER

In Soi Skaw Beach, the Tippy’s beer boozer moved down the road from its old location. However, this proved only temporary and it later moved on yet again (like a meandering gypsy) to digs in Soi Chaiyapoon.

Not only did the Lolipop ogling den (Soi 2) close its doors, but the Zebra Complex in which it was housed was also closed down and the entire structure was bulldozed into oblivion.

Around the corner, on Second Road, the Elvis Pub changed hands and the Elvis impersonation shows ceased.

On 19 September, the former Frozen ogling den (Soi Diamond) re-opened with a new name: The Sea. No, I don’t know why.

OCTOBER

The management’s of the Crazy Dave noshery and boozer in Soi Chaiyapoon and the Nervous Wreck beer boozer in Soi Yamato, teamed up and celebrated their new partnership with a party on 2 October.

The management of the Polo non-stop show den (Walking Street) took over the running of the Palladium late night boogie barn (Second Road, just past Big C) with a launch party on 3 October.

On 19 October the Diamond ogling den (Soi Diamond) celebrated its fourth anniversary.

The first Pattaya A-Go-Go Calendar was released, featuring 12 young dancing damsels from a dozen ogling dens.

The Simon Centre Drinking Street on Second Road, past Big C, opened the first of its clutch of 44 beer boozers.

The Red Cat hide-the-props-where-the-sun-don’t-shine den (Soi Diamond) closed its doors. It later re-opened as a show boozer with the meat and two veg. women of the second category as the attraction.

NOVEMBER

Stan Fry, the former owner of the Classroom and Orchid Trading, who had skipped the country allegedly owing a lot of money earlier in the year, returned to Thailand and was promptly arrested by authorities. He was arraigned to appear before the beak the following month to answer a raft of charges.

The Giligin’s ogling den (Pattayaland Soi 1) closed its doors as did the Sana noshery and the Watering Hole beer boozer, both in Soi Skaw Beach. The latter re-opened shortly after as the New Inn.

On 8 November, the former Feigling Pub and X late night boogie barn (Soi Marina Plaza) re-opened for business as Party Zone.

Attempting to make it into the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest ogling den in Pattaya, the New Star chrome pole palace opened for business next door to The Sea in Soi Diamond.

DECEMBER

Pattayaland Soi 2’s longest-running ogling den, Classroom, had its 10th anniversary on 1 December.

Fun Town’s 51st ogling den opened for business: the Susie chrome pole palace at the corner of Soi 4 and Beach Road.

The second edition of the Pattaya A-Go-Go Calendar was produced. The first edition sold out and has now become a collector’s item.

The X-Ray ogling den (Soi Zero) had its first anniversary on 12 December, while the former Top Secret sierra tango establishment in Soi B.J. re-opened as the B.J. Fun boozer and sports emporium on the 15th.

The FLB lounge lizard libation room (Walking Street) notched its fifth year of operation on 24 December.

 

Diamond ogling den Dance Contests: Results

1st What’s Up (Soi 15, Walking Street)

2nd What’s Up (Soi 15, Walking Street)

3rd What’s Up (Soi 15, Walking Street)

4th Kitten Club (Pattayaland Soi 2)

5th Honey (Walking Street)

6th Diamond (Soi Diamond, Walking Street)

7th Diamond (Soi Diamond, Walking Street)

8th Diamond (Soi Diamond, Walking Street)

9th What’s Up (Soi 15, Walking Street)

10th Diamond (Soi Diamond, Walking Street)

11th What’s Up (Soi 15, Walking Street)

12th Living Dolls (Walking Street)

13th Diamond (Soi Diamond, Walking Street)

 

At the end of 2003, Fun Town was now blessed, or cursed -depending on your point of view- with no less than 51 chrome pole palaces, almost half of them located in, on or around Walking Street.

Due to the nature of the chrome pole palace business it is my belief that it is unfair to bundle them all into the one basket. For example, Peppermint will always be a superior den to, say, Susie. The latter can never hope to attract the same number and quality of dancing maidens that cavort around the chrome poles of Peppermint. This is due to location and the amount of money the management can afford to pay.

Therefore, I believe it’s more appropriate to divide the ogling dens of Fun Town into two separate divisions. The first group we’ll call the Premier division; the rest we’ll classify as the Second division.

It’s probably superfluous to say that the Premier division should be made up of the 25 ogling dens currently operating in and around Walking Street. The Second division consists of the other 26 spread the length and breadth of Fun Town.

 

Premier Division

Walking Street: Amazon, Big Willies, Carousel, Champion, Club Electric Blue, Diamond, Happy, Honey, Hooty’s, Living Dolls, Living Dolls Showcase, New Star, Nui’s, Nui’s 2, Paris, Paris Pigalle, Peppermint, Polo, Super Baby, Super Girl, The Dollhouse, The Sea, TQ 2, Vixens, What’s Up

1. Peppermint

2. Super Baby

3. Living Dolls Showcase

4. Carousel

5. Club Electric Blue

6. Polo

7. Diamond

8. Happy

9. Paris

10. Super Girl

 

Second Division

Pratamnak Rd: Freeway; Pattayaland Soi 2: All Girls, Bubbles, Classroom, Kitten Club, Lipstick, Misty’s, Planet Rock, Rodeo; Pattayaland Soi 1: Spicy Girls, Spicy Girls Too; Soi 8: Sexxy, Silver Star; Soi Post Office: Club Nevada, Far East Rock, Hot and Cold; Soi Yamato:

Nice N Ezy, Stringfellows; Soi 7: Goldfingers; Beach Road: Tahitian Queen, World Wide;

Second Road: Tim; Soi 4: Susie; Soi 2: Classroom 2000; Soi Zero: X-Ray; Naklua:

Kittens.

 

1. Classroom 2000

2. Silver Star

3. Classroom

4. Spicy Girls

5. Spicy Girls Too

6. Tahitian Queen

7. Kittens

8. Misty’s

9. Bubbles

10. Tim

 

PUBLIC OPINION POLL: The above ratings list is my opinion only. Given that everyone has different tastes, it would be interesting to receive the opinions of our readers.

Therefore, we would be happy to have your Top 10 for both the Premier and Second Divisions. No reasons for your ratings are necessary, simply e-mail your personal top 10 to nightmarch@hotmail.com before the 20th of this month. 

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Despite the changes to UK legislation it is still possible to transfer your UK pension offshore in what is known as a QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme). However, for this to be possible it has to meet certain requirements set out by HMRC.

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MEDICAL INSURANCE

MEDICAL INSURANCE

When people come and live in Thailand one of the things that is often neglected is medical insurance. In their home country they are so used to rolling up at their doctor or hospital and not having to pay anything out of their own pocket

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Back to the roots.

Back to the roots.

A look at why traditional models of finance are increasingly inadequate at explaining stock market movement and why the fledgling discipline of behavioural finance may hold some of the answers.

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Beware the scam artist brokers in Thailand.

Beware the scam artist brokers in Thailand.

For many years I have been an advocate of using a locally based offshore adviser who has roots here, and has been living here for at least a decade, owns property here, has a Thai wife or partner and who has committed his future to living here.

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Pattaya continues to be rebranded.

Pattaya continues to be rebranded.

The Thai Tourism Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, plans another rebranding exercise for Pattaya and four other destinations, with the aim of making it widely known that Pattaya is a family friendly quality beach resort as opposed to one known for its nightlife.

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Growth rate in Thailand

Growth rate in Thailand

Thailand's economic growth rate is likely to be less than one per cent for 2014, while the 2015 target of four percent looks increasingly difficult to attain, due to a weak global economy according to Kasikorn Research Center. The think tank's managing director, Charl Kengchon, said, "What we are most concerned about is next year's growth figure since 4% is challenging and it is still uncertain whether we can achieve that growth rate."

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Bringing money in to Thailand to buy a property

Bringing money in to Thailand to buy a property

When buying a property in Thailand, one of the stipulations is that you will need to bring the money in from overseas. There are plenty of ways to do this but getting the best rate is key. Since you will bring in a large mount of money for the purchase of a property, every percentage point of exchange rate change will cost or save you a good deal of money

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Business news in brief

Business news in brief

Due to an improving economic recovery that will undoubtedly spur spending, Thailand's household debt is expected to rise next year and possibly for the next few years. Credit card use will be one of the factors behind the expected increase according Kasikorn Research Center (KResearch).

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GrabTaxi Beta Launch in Pattaya at the Royal Marina Pattaya

GrabTaxi Beta Launch in Pattaya at the Royal Marina Pattaya

With the motto “Safety Speed and Certainty” GrabTaxi plans to organize the taxi service in Pattaya for the better of both passengers and drivers. Pattaya Trader Magazine was there to cover the Beta Launch of the mobile app, which was held at the Royal Marina Pattaya on September 17

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Investing in Oil and the Energy Markets

Investing in Oil and the Energy Markets

Dealing in oil and energy markets may seem like an unusual investment to make, but oil is a commodity that tends to have fairly volatile prices and, as compared with precious metals, has a much more direct-use feature about it. It is a necessity for all car owners, airlines, and for a large part of the industrialised world. Unlike gold or silver, for example, that are bought to hold or to be admired for their ornamental qualities, oil is most commonly bought, in the end, to be burned!

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Baht goes down and the Baht goes up

Baht goes down and the Baht goes up

I well remember when the Baht collapsed in the late nineties. One week I was getting 35 baht for every pound sterling I proffered to the bank. The following week I was getting 70.

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LETTERS FROM READERS

LETTERS FROM READERS

Hi Pattaya Trader – Thank you for an always very interesting read. Is there any way you could publish this – I would dearly like to help the Mabprachan Animal shelter – I know they are not the only ones looking after stay and abandoned animals, but they have my undying gratitude for the way they helped me Yours very sincerely, Rick Walton Soi 11 Thappraya Road Jomtien 0892 465 210

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“The Best Camera is the one you have with you!” the saying goes!

“The Best Camera is the one you have with you!” the saying goes!

“The Best Camera is the one you have with you!” the saying goes! That is very true but let's take a look at another scenario: images for a condo advert etc.

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Ten tips to keep your home secure

Ten tips to keep your home secure

CCTV is an increasingly popular security feature, both inside and outside our homes. Externally it can be an effective visual deterrent for opportunist thieves on the lookout for empty homes and a useful way of checking that all is well at home.

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How Secure Is Your Dwelling?

How Secure Is Your Dwelling?

Modern condominium developments have excellent building security, normally with a manned foyer and twenty four hour security guards. Entrances to units is often keyless by using a fob type smart card and communal areas are constantly monitored by CCTV.

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Five important things to know before buying or building a swimming pool at your house in Thailand

Five important things to know before buying or building a swimming pool at your house in Thailand

Thailand is one of the top countries in the world where expats go to find an easier, more fulfilling life. One of these reasons is the tropical climate, which enables constant outdoor relaxation that’s simply not possible in many other parts of the world.

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TRENDS FOR BEDROOMS IN 2017

TRENDS FOR BEDROOMS IN 2017

More and more the master bedroom is seen not just a place to sleep but almost a home within a home. An all-in-one space where you can enjoy a calm,serene retreat.

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TRENDS FOR BATHROOMS IN 2017

TRENDS FOR BATHROOMS IN 2017

Bathroom designers tell us that 2017 is going to be marked by the return to the organic and all-natural. Bathroom style”s direction will be: super clean colours, seamless lines and useful, simple arrangement of space with the dash of natural coziness and elegance.

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TRENDS FOR 2017

TRENDS FOR 2017

This is the cheery shade of green you'll see in home decor, fashion and commercial design in 2017. Named the 2017 Pantone Colour of the year "Greenery" is meant to represent refreshment and revitalization.

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Resemble a five - star hotel at home

Resemble a five - star hotel at home

There are so many reasons people like staying in a hotel. A chance to get away, ring up for room service and a good night’s sleep.

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Top tips for the DIY enthusiast wishing to add a little Luxury

Top tips for the DIY enthusiast wishing to add a little Luxury

First impressions count. Keep the front of the property tidy, water plants and ensure there is no peeling paint or cracked exterior walls.

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Luxury Properties

Luxury Properties

What constitutes a luxurious home? Is it the location, or perhaps the design and build? Or is it a spacious grand villa with expansive land and manicured lawns? Perhaps a state of the art penthouse apartment in a swanky condominium? There is no definitive answer as everybody’s taste is different and what to some people might be the ultimate in luxury, to other people might be an over furnished and cluttered living space.What cannot be disputed, however is that the location can add that extra zing to any type of property.

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Ten tips to increase the value of your property

Ten tips to increase the value of your property

Research has confirmed what many have suspected: that the differentials between a top-end property and a truly luxurious one are increasing.

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Common mistakes agents make

Common mistakes agents make

Competition is stiff in the property world. If you don’t provide your client with the best possible service, they could go elsewhere. We have selected some of the industries faux pas for you to take heed of.

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COST OF ADVICE

COST OF ADVICE

A friend recently complained about the fees he had paid to his broker in the UK to manage his portfolio over the last year. He has a moderate fund of $60,000 and had paid just under $900 for the last 12 months.

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THE LAUNCH PARTY OF VILLA ASIATIC

THE LAUNCH PARTY OF VILLA ASIATIC

Hosted by Catherine Petit Managing Director of FED Property Co.,Ltd. (www.villaasiatic.com) at The Havana Bar, Holiday Inn

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Bringing Your Property Business into the 21st Century

Bringing Your Property Business into the 21st Century

Buyers have changed. The Russian numbers have dropped significantly and the Chinese have shown signs of moving in, along with their Korean and albeit in smaller numbers Japanese counterparts.

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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Banner Advertising!

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Banner Advertising!

Getting ahead in business nowadays very often means doing the things that your competitors aren't doing .When it comes to websites and digital marketing there are nearly always things you can do to help raise the profile of your business and generate more enquiries.

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Get addicted when you’re young.

Get addicted when you’re young.

This came to mind watching young and middle-aged farangs in Walking St. I wondered how many of them had a regular savings habit and how many just squandered their earnings as they came ? Let me ask you how many retired people you know who have no regular savings and just get by on state pensions from their country of origin? If they had been forced to make pension contributions while working, then their golden years would not be impoverished ones.

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Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament

The Last Will and Testament is a declaration of intent concerning disposition of your assets or other matters which shall take effect, according to law, after your demise.

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AMAZING DEALS ON LAND AND PROPERTY

AMAZING DEALS ON LAND AND PROPERTY

If you’ve ever wanted to live directly on the beach look no further than this fabulous 3 level home located at a great Waterfront location in Na Jomtien. Boasting 6 magnificent bedrooms and bathrooms 2 living rooms and a stunning sea view swimming pool it is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and is available complete with luxury furniture, fixtures and fittings.

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If you have a Thai wife-Face Reality.

If you have a Thai wife-Face Reality.

Many “farangs” living happily in Thailand, with a young Thai wife and small children, live with their head firmly in the sand. Some are afraid to look at their future and what will happen to their children when they pass away.

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City Garden Tower - New Sales Office

City Garden Tower - New Sales Office

The Global Top Development, City Garden Tower is a centrally-located luxury condominium that is setting new standards in design and sophistication for city living in Pattaya. City Garden Tower’s high-rise domination of the Pattaya skyline is both awe inspiring and inviting at the same time.

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Costs Costs and more Costs

Costs Costs and more Costs

There is forever a debate in our industry about costs, whether it’s the cost of advice, the cost of products or the cost of investing.

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Starting a Blog in 2017!

Starting a Blog in 2017!

As avid readers of the Property Trader, I am sure I don’t need to remind you that we have been covering how to market a new business in 2017. Following on from the last two posts, “Essential Marketing Guide to Starting a New Business in 2017” & “Why PPC Marketing Makes So Much Sense in 2017!”, we are now going to take a look at starting a blog . So first thing’s first, it is probably sensible to examine what actually constitutes a blog.

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Pattaya Property

Pattaya Property

There are many outstanding property developers in Pattaya with an incredible portfolio of projects in all areas across the city. The demand for an ocean view has not waned, but there is also a growing requirement for condos and houses in the city.

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