www.pattayatrader.com

IROVERS.jpgALIBABA.jpgmagna carta.jpgW300-x-H250-KUNINI-BANNER-e.gif300x250 flyboard.jpgIROVERS.jpg300x250 ECO LED.jpg300x250 SPS CAR HIRE.jpgST-ANDREWS.jpg

 

Little Duck Nursery Rayong

By Mark Beales
 
Stephen Brusini (Pictured directly below) once  had a company car, expense accounts and sold hi-tech gadgets to the US military.
Today, he pulls up in what’s left of his 23-year-old Yamaha Bell motorbike, and has more mundane issues to deal with.
‘Someone has crayoned on the wall again, I have to paint this room every three months,’ he says with a shrug. 
He sits on a wooden bench at the Little Duck Nursery in Rayong, and it’s apparent that his mode of transport is not the only thing that’s changed.
 
Stephen was once a high-flying Rhode Island native who got to travel the world. Today he’s the Rev Stephen and for the past nine years has been running this nursery.

 
 
It’s not every day that you encounter men of God who are out fixing the plumbing, digging canals and re-positioning staircases. Yet that’s just what goes on here, with help from the nursery’s official owner Sivanart Imtub (nickname Tic). As we enter the nursery, six children are seated and busily scooping down spoonfuls of noodles. They stop eating to offer us a ‘wai’ before returning to their lunches. In the adjacent sleeping room, soft blue light falls on the faces of the babies as they lie napping on mattresses. It’s a remarkable sanctuary for the children, who would otherwise face a day of playing in the streets until their mothers return from work (nearly all the youngsters are from single-parent families).
 
Between 25 and 40 children aged from 15 months to four years attend. The fees are 1,500 baht a month. Sometimes the parents can pay, sometimes they can’t; nobody chases them up.
 
The Rev Stephen, 66, has been in Thailand 12 years, and still speaks with the same rapid-fire New York brogue and a knack for the vernacular that you suspect has allowed him to cut through considerable red tape. He came to Thailand to work on a religious website but soon saw a more practical way in which he could help.
 
‘I was living near Rayong and saw there were a lot of children whose parents worked. These children were left to play in the streets, or there’d be five of them in a home watching TV all day and I said “what good’s that gonna do anyone?”
 
‘If I weren’t here they’d be with grandma watching TV or playing all day in the streets, subject to all sorts of things you wouldn’t want children exposed to. 
‘Here there’s a regimented schedule. They may play for an hour, then it’s Thai time and they learn some vocabulary, then we may sing a song or watch an educational DVD, then there’s English time, then a snack or colouring. They have a hot lunch and eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day. After that they nap for an hour or so.’
 
Aside from the occasional crayon mark on the wall, the place is immaculate. ‘You won’t find any bugs here, and the floors are washed twice a day,’ the Rev Stephen points out more than once.
 
The nursery walls display posters of the alphabet and animals, but there are no religious icons. The aim isn’t to convert; Rev Stephen just wants to give the youngsters a better start to life.
He said: ‘I don’t believe in talking religion. I could work in a church, stand up at the weekends and preach, but religion isn’t something you can do once a week then go home and live your life.’
 
He then sweeps his arm across the room and says, without any grandiloquence, ‘all this is a reflection of giving my life to God and serving others.’
 
Religion is a personal thing for Rev Stephen. He had a Catholic upbringing and is an ordained priest and pastor, but to him religion and the church are separate entities (don’t get him started on the Immaculate Conception). Having studied religion for a decade, he prefers to demonstrate his faith rather than discuss it.
 
The Rev Stephen and Tic (Pictured here above) have had several crosses to bear, including having to move to three different locations, and once coming face to face with robbers who snatched the few valuables in the nursery.
 
The overwhelming need for such a facility is constant, but then so are the challenges. More than 75 per cent of the parents here are working single mothers while the others are mainly from low-income households.
‘When the children arrive at the nursery most have never been away from their family and many are not toilet-trained. They lack discipline, good verbal knowledge and don’t eat properly. We’ve also had autistic, deaf and dumb and HIV-positive children.
‘We offer the Thai community a good, clean, safe, educational, low-cost facility where parents can leave their young babies or children, knowing they are being loved, taught, fed, showered and are well taken care of,’ said the Rev Stephen.                                                                     
Today, before he re-paints the wall, the Rev Stephen has to get money wired from America. Next week he has to work on his visa. Then he must return to the drains, which are currently rather primitive. He’d like to find a new home for the nursery with a garden, but finding such a place for a reasonable rent isn’t easy.
 
Tic is just as busy; she visits the local market at 5am every day to buy fresh food and then returns to clean the site. The nursery employs other teachers but can’t afford to pay much, so the turnover is high. 
 
The effort and motivation required to maintain standards is immense, and the obvious question is why the Rev Stephen does all this. 
‘Why do I do this? I’m crazy!’ he says and slaps his forehead with the palm of his hand (his grandparents were Italian).
‘I fix the electric, I put up the lights, I do the plumbing – there’s always something. But if we’re not here these children would be out on the streets.’
 
Nearby charities in the tourist resort of Pattaya often receive hefty donations from benevolent ex-pats, but down the road in Rayong donations are something of a rarity. A wooden horse that once pranced around a carousel at a fairground now sits gathering dust in a storage room, a well-intentioned but unusable gift. Rev Stephen appreciates all of the donations that come his way, as they are few and far between. 
 
He sees the nursery as his calling and so doesn’t complain. Having nearly died 20 years ago, today he’s grateful to have the chance to give something back. While visiting Romania he fell critically ill with acute pancreatitis. A 12-hour operation, performed in a grimy green room by a doctor with a packet of cigarettes poking out of his shirt pocket, saved his life. 
 
Once he had recovered he devoted himself to religion. Today, the nursery is a living, breathing example of what one main’s faith can achieve. As we leave the toddlers to their nap and step outside the Rev Stephen gets back on his Yamaha Bell to face a new mission – finding balloons for a children’s party.
 
For more information e-mail littleducknursery@hotmail.com. 
 
Article from previous issue / April 2012
 
 
SIAM-PROPERTIES.jpgSIAM-PROPERTIES.jpg
SEEING OLD SIAM FROM A SKYLAB

SEEING OLD SIAM FROM A SKYLAB

How to escape all the other tropical holiday escapists? Try these two getaway routes on the Gulf, not far from Pattaya.

READ MORE

UP A CRAZY RIVER? CRUISING THE MAGNIFICENT MEKONG.

UP A CRAZY RIVER? CRUISING THE MAGNIFICENT MEKONG.

The Mekong River isn’t so much crazy as alive with curiosities and contradictions. Head upstream to run aground on a few.

READ MORE

THERE’S MORE TO THE MALDIVES THAN

THERE’S MORE TO THE MALDIVES THAN

The daisy-chain islands of the Maldives are famous for romantic resorts. But after you’ve done the eat-drink-get frisky thing, what else is there to do? Try these.

READ MORE

Hotels versus shared accommodation

Hotels versus shared accommodation

Tourism plays an important role in the Asia Pacific region. For many countries it is the leading revenue generator as Asia is a popular destination for holidaymakers across the globe thanks to its climate, diverse offerings and it’s relatively low cost.

READ MORE

Vientiane, Mekong Capital of Calm

Vientiane, Mekong Capital of Calm

One of the great attractions of Vientiane is that there are no great attractions. The Lao capital serenely lacks the “must-see-must-do” icons that cities these days feel increasingly obliged to boast about.

READ MORE

PLAYING KING KHLONG IN VERY OLD BANGKOK

PLAYING KING KHLONG IN VERY OLD BANGKOK

“Venice of the East”, “the Big Mango” and so on. Over the years Bangkok has been lumbered with several farang-concocted sub-titles, none of which Thais use.

READ MORE

MAUI’S HEAVENLY HANA HIGHWAY

MAUI’S HEAVENLY HANA HIGHWAY

The Hana Highway, Hawaii’s most beautiful drive, is making a fool of me. This tenacious, twisting road clings to the northeast coast of the island of Maui for 100 dramatic kilometres and on its way crosses 59 bridges and winds through 620 bends.It starts from the sugar-and-surf town of Pa’ia on the north shore, heading towards Hana village out on the eastern tip of Maui.

READ MORE

PHILIPPINES: THE CALL OF THE ISLES

PHILIPPINES: THE CALL OF THE ISLES

Congratulations to our long time contributor John Borthwick who has recently won the prestigious ‘gong' of Travel Writer of the Year in the Australian Society of Travel Writers’ annual awards. Ed.

READ MORE

ISTANBUL – The Mystery of the East and the Practicality of the West.

ISTANBUL – The Mystery of the East and the Practicality of the West.

With flights to Istanbul costing from as little as 18,000 Baht and the visa waiver for Thai citizens, Istanbul has become a very accessible holiday destination for Expats and Thais alike.

READ MORE

Traditional Products Of Thailand

Traditional Products Of Thailand

Whilst most visitors come to the Land of Smiles to lay on pristine white beaches and enjoy the incredible food and culture, there are others who visit Thailand for a completely different reason.

READ MORE

INDONESIA: THIRTEEN-THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

INDONESIA: THIRTEEN-THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

Sticking a pin in the map is one option. “Indo” has more fascinating places to visit than a dozen lifetimes might allow, yet most of us fixate on only one, Bali.

READ MORE

SUNNY’S - WATCH THIS SPACE !

SUNNY’S - WATCH THIS SPACE !

There’s a pretty dynamic team at Sunny’s which probably goes a long way to explaining the venue’s success in quite a short time.

READ MORE

CROWN OF INDIA RESTAURANT

CROWN OF INDIA RESTAURANT

For those of you who may not already know, the Crown of India restaurant has the same owners as that great Pattaya Indian restaurant namely the long established, much loved Alibaba.

READ MORE

FIRE AND STONE PIZZERIA

FIRE AND STONE PIZZERIA

It is always pleasing to see a restaurant doing well in Pattaya - especially after the sorry state of business for most during the recent low season.

READ MORE

Le Normandie, a Lunch to Remember

Le Normandie, a Lunch to Remember

We were in Bangkok for the wife’s birthday and my son was in town on holiday from the UK. We were looking for a special venue to celebrate in , so where better than Le Normandie located in Bangkok’s prestigious Mandarin Oriental hotel ?

READ MORE

Christmas Dinner Ideas at Home

Christmas Dinner Ideas at Home

The festive season will be soon upon us, and many people will be turning to what they will be doing on Christmas Day for lunch or dinner.

READ MORE

PATTAYA HAS ITS OWN IRON CHEF - PAOLO AT MARCOS

PATTAYA HAS ITS OWN IRON CHEF - PAOLO AT MARCOS

PATTAYA HAS ITS OWN IRON CHEF - PAOLO AT MARCOS

READ MORE

Dining In Detail - The Brave Lion

Dining In Detail - The Brave Lion

Have you been searching for authentic Italian food in Pattaya? Well the answer to all your problems may have just opened its doors - welcome to the new Brave Lion in Pratumnak.

READ MORE

Alibaba Revisited

Alibaba Revisited

It has been quite some time since Pattaya Trader visited our good friends at Alibaba and when they invited us to go along to their iconic Indian restaurant on Central Pattaya Road it was an offer we could not refuse.

READ MORE

Sunny’s

Sunny’s

Sunny’s is the new jewel in the entertainment crown over on the Darkside. The establishment has three dining experiences within the family entertainment oasis: an Isaan restaurant, a fine dining restaurant to open next month and the bar menu.For our visit Chef Gerry and his team selected some dishes from the new bar menu.

READ MORE

Jaybee’s

Jaybee’s

Billed as “A Music and Sports Bar with Good Priced Cold Beer”, Jaybee’s is rapidly gaining a reputation as the place to be on the Darkside.

READ MORE

Hawker Chan Open Their Second Restaurant in Thailand

Hawker Chan Open Their Second Restaurant in Thailand

Tues 25th October was the grand opening of the new Hawker Chan restaurant, their second in Thailand. Located on the Ground Floor at Royal Garden Pattaya, Hawker Chan bring their own brand of “Singaporean Street-Food” right to the heart of Pattaya.

READ MORE

DINING IN DETAIL - LINDA’S

DINING IN DETAIL - LINDA’S

Welcome to this month’s edition of Dining in Detail when the Pattaya Trader’s roving reporters were delighted to return to one of Jomtien’s most iconic restaurants: “Linda’s”.

READ MORE

Entries are now open 2018 Top of the Gulf Regatta

Entries are now open 2018 Top of the Gulf Regatta

Scheduled for 27th April to 1st May, 2018 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya,entries are now being taken for the 14th Top of the Gulf Regatta.

READ MORE

Ocean Marina Yacht Club crowned Best Marina Development in Asia  at 2018 Christofle Yacht Style Awards

Ocean Marina Yacht Club crowned Best Marina Development in Asia at 2018 Christofle Yacht Style Awards

Mr. Napong Paripontpochanapisuti, Acting Assistant Managing Director, Residential Business, Ocean Property Co. Ltd (left) and Mr. Scott Finsten, Harbour Master, Ocean Marina Yacht Club (right) receiving the award for “Best Marina Development” in Asia at the 2018 Christofle Yacht Style Awards.

READ MORE

TR Motorsport Recruits Danish Wonder Kid

TR Motorsport Recruits Danish Wonder Kid

TR Motorsport has a proud history of nurturing young driving talent and has developed the careers of several drivers over the years helping them to realise their motorsport dreams, not only in Thailand but also throughout the world.

READ MORE

FISHING THE NEW ART OF SEDUCTION

FISHING THE NEW ART OF SEDUCTION

So far it’s all been about the cheesy gifts, romantic walks, overpriced dinners and crowded bars. Valentine’s Day is so commercialised that it is now all about luxury, showering each other with expensive presents or cuddling at home with a pizza and a bit of Netflix.

READ MORE

10 Fishing New Year’s Resolutions

10 Fishing New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! We know you have big plans to make 2018 another great fishing year on the little lakes, ponds, and Thai Gulf.Follow these 10 New Year’s fishing resolutions in 2018 to stay focused on the fish at hand and remember why fishing soothes your soul.

READ MORE

2018 WILL BE A BUMPER YEAR FOR SPORT !

2018 WILL BE A BUMPER YEAR FOR SPORT !

2018 looks set to be a bumper year for sport with the usual annual set pieces being added to by three major events that come along only every 2 or 4 years.

READ MORE

Ho! Ho! Spooky Ho! by The Highlander

Ho! Ho! Spooky Ho! by The Highlander

Our fishing section has brought you stories of catching fish and methods on how to cool your beer while waiting on the big one to bite….But what about ghostly fishing stories for Xmas? Tales of the sea, pond or riverbank that will have your fishing tackle trembling in your hands…

READ MORE

The Ashes 2017 / 2018

The Ashes 2017 / 2018

Once again the oldest and most competitive cricket series in the world is about to take place, as arch sporting rivals England and Australia come head to head in five test match thrillers.

READ MORE

Get Your Tackle In, and Tear Those Boys (and Girls) Apart

Get Your Tackle In, and Tear Those Boys (and Girls) Apart

Our sporting attention for this month’s article in The Pattaya Trader magazine sees us turning our attention to rugby.

READ MORE

Sport Point Tenerife Pattaya

Sport Point Tenerife Pattaya

Whether you have moved to Pattaya on a permanent basis or are just here on vacation and looking for a gym to train at, you should head over to Sport Point Tenerife.

READ MORE

Course Conditions Promote Big Scores

Course Conditions Promote Big Scores

Golfers awoke Tuesday morning to light drizzle and grey skies, with the possibility of a wet day of golf. Early tee-off groups of the 106 players including 12 Ladies, may have had to deal with some light rain for a few holes, but from 8:00am on perfect conditions were the order of the day.

READ MORE

The World Ironman Championship 2017

The World Ironman Championship 2017

Do you know what the World Ironman Championship is all about? Perhaps if you are aware that it is run and organised by the World Triathlon Corporation you might be able to take a better guess.

READ MORE

LOVE THE OCEANS

LOVE THE OCEANS

In this month of romance with Valentines, hearts and all matters to do with love it’s time we started loving our planet, our oceans and the creatures that live therein.

READ MORE

IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

This Valentine’s day if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the romantic dinner and two dozen long stem roses, then here are some simple and inexpensive ideas for you to make and give to still show you care.

READ MORE

OCEAN MARINA PATTAYA BOAT SHOW 2017

OCEAN MARINA PATTAYA BOAT SHOW 2017

After a week of sudden downpours it was great to enjoy such wonderful weather at the Pattaya Boat show.

READ MORE

The “DARKSIDE” of fishing

The “DARKSIDE” of fishing

Like many of earth's creatures, fish are becoming endangered and sport fishing is being re-examined around the world.

READ MORE

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

On the 12th August 2017, Thailand will celebrate Mother’s Day which is of course the day that the whole nation celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who is widely regarded as the Mother of all Thai people, and hence the name of this auspicious occasion is Mother’s Day.

READ MORE

THE NEWEST PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

THE NEWEST PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

It was a great honour when on Thursday May 25th as President of Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard I had the special honour to pin Ms. Kamala Skol, president of the Sukosol Hotels and Sukosol Group as our “youngest” Paul Harris Fedllow.

READ MORE

The Perfect Pair: Shards from the Mirror

The Perfect Pair: Shards from the Mirror

Shards from the Mirror is the third and final part of the Perfect Pair trilogy, detailing the often horrific story behind professional dolphin training.

READ MORE

KAAN

KAAN

From the moment you enter the auditorium as you are shown to your seats by friendly smiling uniformed ushers it is impossible not to be swept along with the general air of enthusiasm. The music is rousing, the stage massive and the custom built tracking which provides the technical support for the overhead spectacles, impressive.

READ MORE

eSports - Pro Gamers?

eSports - Pro Gamers?

“Pro-Gamer” a term that is becoming better known of late refers to people who play games on the PC or console.

READ MORE

Pattaya Personality - Kwaang

Pattaya Personality - Kwaang

I have always liked the Pratumnak Hill area and even though there were ominous grey clouds overhead when I last visited there recently it was even more of a treat to go as I was on my way to meet a young lady I had never met before.

READ MORE

National Elephant Day

National Elephant Day

Almost twenty years ago the Thai government declared that the 13th of March should be Chang Thai Day or National Elephant Day. This annual day of celebration was created in order to promote awareness in the conservation of Elephants and to reinforce the act of 1963 by the Royal Forest Department naming the white elephant as the national animal of Thailand.

READ MORE

Gorgeous George

Gorgeous George

In a grim year when far too many talented artists were snatched from us I was saddened to read that “George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.” With the voice of an angel who some may have considered fallen.

READ MORE

Pattaya Personality - Khun Gio - Take Care Kids Thailand

Pattaya Personality - Khun Gio - Take Care Kids Thailand

A recent visitor to the Pattaya Trader at Chaiyapruek Towers was Khun Gio from the Take Care Kids Foundation Thailand.

READ MORE

RED IS THE COLOUR OF CHINESE NEW YEAR

RED IS THE COLOUR OF CHINESE NEW YEAR

Red is the colour of Chinese New Year from the lanterns adorning streets, restaurants, shops and houses to the red envelopes given to children by their parents and grandparents.

READ MORE

The Residences at Dream Pattaya

The Residences at Dream Pattaya

The Residences at Dream Pattaya is a private beachfront condominium project located slap bang on the beach at Na Jomtien Pattaya on 10 Rai of absolute beachfront land.

READ MORE

A VAMPIRE FACIAL !

A VAMPIRE FACIAL !

If one of your new year's resolutions involves looking after yourself or a loved one perhaps with a bit of pampering or a beauty treatment then I would recommend plucking up courage to have a Vampire Facial.

READ MORE

The History of Making New Year Resolutions

The History of Making New Year Resolutions

Why is it that every January people bore you with their New Year’s resolutions that you know that they are never going to keep to? Ludicrous ideas about eating more vegan salads, not stepping on the cracks in the pavement, or perhaps only going to work when there is a Z in the day.

READ MORE

NTCC

NTCC

The Athenee Hotel, recently elevated to a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Bangkok – was the venue for the NTCC Innovation Awards.

READ MORE

Pattaya Personality - Simon Peatfield Retox

Pattaya Personality - Simon Peatfield Retox

Pattaya Personality this month focuses on one of the most well known names in the Pattaya hospitality business. Simon Peatfield is the man behind the popular Retox sports bar empire as well as other favourite Pattaya leisure institutions.

READ MORE

BeNeat

BeNeat

The first thing that impressed me about BeNeat was their online booking service which rather reminded me of the Grab Taxi service of which I am also a big fan.

READ MORE

So what makes Gio Kitchens So Special ?

So what makes Gio Kitchens So Special ?

Gio Home Kitchen began in 2003 although the parent started back in 1981. The parent company produces gas stoves and electrical appliances.

READ MORE

Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets - School Travel Manager

Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets - School Travel Manager

A brand new software system has been released, and the Pattaya Trader were the first media partner to be contacted with the hot news.

READ MORE

MOVEMBER

MOVEMBER

It’s that time of year again and Movember is upon us. Movember is the annual event which involves the growing of a moustache during the month of November.

READ MORE

Pattaya Personality – Candyland

Pattaya Personality – Candyland

If you are a frequent visitor to Thepprasit Road, then you might have noticed one of the most popular residents has been dispensing the finest candy for the last four years.

READ MORE

MEDICAL INSURANCE 3

MEDICAL INSURANCE 3

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

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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."

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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).

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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!

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

How to achieve 2018 interior design trends

How to achieve 2018 interior design trends

An increasing number of developers are kitting out their new condominiums with modern interior design trends. There is a move away from plain white walls and simple interiors.

READ MORE

INTERIOR DESIGN COLOUR TRENDS FOR 2018

INTERIOR DESIGN COLOUR TRENDS FOR 2018

Black Flame has also been proclaimed the Colour of the Year for 2018 being more of a Charcoal, Mat Grey in my opinion – but you get the idea. Used sparingly as a highlight wall colour or on accessories it can give a edgier feel to your décor.

READ MORE

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DÉCOR

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DÉCOR

When living in “The Tropics” it may seem a little unseasonal to do the whole “Christmas-at-Home-Decorations” thing.

READ MORE

5 lighting ideas for your home

5 lighting ideas for your home

Light up your home with these different styles of lighting to complete your interior style.

READ MORE

Tangaro

Tangaro

Tangaro is the home of beautiful bespoke furniture. Tangaro is a furniture manufacturer with a simple concept, to deliver quality furniture on time at a value for money price.

READ MORE

“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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

Beachfront Launch Party at The Residences Dream, Pattaya

Beachfront Launch Party at The Residences Dream, Pattaya

Located in Soi 4 Na Jomtien Eric Lai Frank Satarand and their team hosted an excellent evening of entertainment buffet and free flow Guests were also invited to view the Luxury Beach Condominium of their dreams!

READ MORE

Managing Your Online Reputation

Managing Your Online Reputation

It's fair to say that more business than ever is conducted online. People use Google and the other search engines as a matter of course.

READ MORE

Off-plan condos VS re-sales and pre-owned apartments

Off-plan condos VS re-sales and pre-owned apartments

The Property market in Pattaya has always been driven by new developments, with off-plan and under construction condos offering payment terms over the period of time of construction.

READ MORE

Copacabana Beach Jomtien held a great Pre Launch Party

Copacabana Beach Jomtien held a great Pre Launch Party

Copacabana Beach Jomtien held a great Pre Launch Party

READ MORE

Pattaya Market 2017 Overview

Pattaya Market 2017 Overview

In my opinion, this year was very important for the Pattaya Property Market. As a property practitioner and certified specialist, working here since 2008, I have seen many ups and downs in the market.

READ MORE

How does your business fare in China?

How does your business fare in China?

With Chinese New Year nearly upon us on the 16th February I wonder how many look up their fortune and see how their animal horoscope will fare in the year of the dog ?

READ MORE

The (Ever) Changing Face of SEO in 2018

The (Ever) Changing Face of SEO in 2018

The digital landscape moves at a frantic pace. Stand still and you are likely to be overtaken by others that…. Aren’t!

READ MORE

The Day AFTER Pattaya Real Estate Prices Bottomed

The Day AFTER Pattaya Real Estate Prices Bottomed

As a Certified International Property Specialist with my own real estate business it would seem that I am locked into the position of always maintaining a positive outlook on the real estate markets in which I work.

READ MORE

Mentoring – A concept worth implementing

Mentoring – A concept worth implementing

Mentoring is a voluntary process where a generally more experienced person helps another prepare for future growth by advising on developing relevant skillsets.

READ MORE

Marketing Wrap Up - 2017 - Driving More Online Business

Marketing Wrap Up - 2017 - Driving More Online Business

As we reach the end of the year it is time to review some of the key points that we looked at throughout 2017. Those who have read this regular feature will recall that we have covered a variety of topics aimed at driving more new business your way. In this article we will recap on the main areas and (attempt to) reinforce the benefits of marketing in this way.

READ MORE

Huntsman IndiaThai Co., Ltd

Huntsman IndiaThai Co., Ltd

Huntsman IndiaThai Co., Ltd is a name which many people trust in regards to Property/Business Management in Pattaya.

READ MORE

Bright Ideas for Retargeting your Website Visitors

Bright Ideas for Retargeting your Website Visitors

Retargeting isn’t new. It’s been around for a few years now; however, I am always surprised that more business owners don’t take advantage of this power advertising mechanism.

READ MORE