Happy Chinese New Year 2018

    CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018 ‘The Year of the Dog’ Chinese New Year is a global event and will soon be upon us with spectacular celebrations.     Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year and is a festival for families to come together and wish each other peace and prosperity. The timing of Chinese New Year differs each year as it is based on the lunar calendar and normally falls between 21 January and 20 February. This year New Year falls on February 16th.…

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Valentine’s Day – Pattaya Style

  VALENTINE’S DAY   It’s here again!     Every year we celebrate ‘Valentine’s’ Day on February 14th. The custom dates back to the 5th century and a Christian martyr although has its origins in the ancient and pre-Roman festival, Lupercalia. It’s a day we exchange gifts and cards, flowers and chocolate and in the UK alone an estimated £503m is spent on cards, gifts etc. on Valentine’s Day!!! Yep a shocking statistic. However, not one for being pessimistic, it is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and…

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What are you looking at? – A new series on Healthcare options in the Land of Smiles

  Health care options in the Land of Smiles Nowadays more and more people are considering retirement in a foreign country. Higher costs of living and dwindling pension funds have forced retirees to look overseas for a better quality of life. In the west, “expatriate” has ceased to be a bad word.   This is part one of a series on the top priorities of retirees and how Thailand rates when it comes to fulfilling their needs. International Living, a long-standing publisher of expatriate periodicals and overseas retirement manuals, conducts…

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Electric vehicles and Thailand? by Dave Buckley

  Do you know what EVAT stands for? Not a lot, cynics might say. Well, let me enlighten you. EVAT is the Electronic Vehicle Association of Thailand.     Still none the wiser? I sympathise. If there was a branch of this association in Pattaya would it be called EVAP, short for evaporate? The reality is that EVAT does not have a high profile in the Kingdom at present. But, before the year is out, that may change– a little, at least.   Why?     Well, the fact is…

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Life On The Hill

  Pattaya’s “Royal Hill” is close to perfection   Modern Pattaya is a sprawling seaside metropolis with nearly as many places to live as there are places to drink. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. But, old-timers will tell you the choice of livable neighborhoods has increased exponentially over the past decade. There is literally a perfect place for every lifestyle.     But which part of town ticks the most boxes? Best location? Most convenient? Most food choices? Which section of Pattaya offers visitors and long-stay residents…

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