WORD ON PHUKET PARTY SCENE: Photos of the good time had by all at Tablespoon restaurant in the Central Festival Phuket courtyard on Saturday (Dec 7), where beings from Pandora guarded the entrance. and guest were treated to fine food and drink plus, of course, a fantastic line-up of music and acrobatic dance entertainment.
WORD ON PHUKET ART & ENTERTAINMENT: Spectacular Celebrity Performances & Fantastic Prizes Given Away For Central festival Phuket’s Blue Forest Festival on Saturday December 7.
Lucky number 9 was celebrated at Central Festival Phuket on Saturday (Dec 7) with a star-studded Blue Forest Festival to mark the ninth anniversary since the largest and most popular international shopping mall opened on the island.
Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusust opened the evening of blue forest themed entertainment featuring a light & sound show by DJ SRPN, acrobatoc Ukrainian YouTube dance sensation “Kazaky” and a parade of painted supermodels, plus a performance by Miss Thailand World 2013 1st Runner Up “Boonki” Racha Rugkapun.
Also among the nine special guests were one of Thailand’s best known actors, Mr Nirut Sirijanya – star of ‘The Hangover Part II’, who gave away a 47-inch plasma screen TV to one of the nine lucky draw winners.
Other prizes included a Suzuki motorcycle worth 40,000 baht; a pearl necklace worth 30,000 baht from Lady’s Gems; a gold iPhone 5S; air tickets to Hong Kong; a luxury stay in one of Sri Panwa hotel’s luxury pool villas ; and a 20,000 baht gift voucher from The Skin Doctors.
Guest of Honour Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusust hailed Central Festival Phuket as ‘one of the island’s best assets in terms of offering high-end commercial, retail and entertainment options with world-class convenience and quality.’
Central Retail Corporation Senior Vice President, Business Development Department Mr Lertvit Pumipitak, said Central Festival Phuket had become one of the retail group’s most successful malls in the country and was looking forward to expanding over the next few years.
“Since opening in December 2004, Central Festival Phuket has become the island’s most popular shopping destination, and boasts an average of 7,000 foreign visitors per day,” said Mr Lertvit.
“Central Festival Phuket’s expansion plans include luxury fashion brands, new dining concepts, specialty stores, art and craft shops and the biggest convention hall in the South, covering a total of 300,000 square metres of prime space on a 136-rai plot scheduled to open in 2016,” he said.
Ahead of Central Festival Phuket’s ninth anniversary, the group spent Bt100-million revamping 8,000sqm of ground floor space in the Homeworks complex (Central Festival Phuket East) opening a Tops Supermarket, a Power Buy Centre, and a new food hall as well as parking space for 1,000 cars.
Central Festival Phuket Vice President Property Management & General Manager, Ms Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree, has pioneered many unique innovations to solidify the shopping mall’s integral role as Phuket’s top shopping and entertainment destination.
“Central Festival Phuket was the very first international shopping mall established on the island and we are proud to have played a significant role in bringing high-quality shopping experience to locals and visitors alike with international brands and service that is second to none,” said Ms Wilaiporn.
“The Blue Forest festival is a tribute to Phuket as a world-class destination with beautiful scenery and beaches that attract 12 million international visitors a year. Over the past nine years we are proud to have introduced green initiatives such as incentives for shoppers to reduce the use of plastic bags as well as plans to reduce power consumption with low energy lighting and installation of solar panels,” she said.
WORD ON PHUKET: Hundreds of shoppers, staff and students took part in activities at Central Festival Phuket on December 5 to commemorate the 86th birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Students from the British International School (BIS) Phuket put on an afternoon of musical performances in the open-air courtyard, followed by a ceremony led by Central Festival executives, bringing together an estimated 500 locals and foreign visitors for a candle-lit ceremony at the mall entrance.
Music For His Majesty
The talented young musicians from BIS, led by the school’s Head of Arts Neill Thacker, entranced shoppers with three hours of moving renditions on piano, guitar and sitar, as well as vocal performances, including opera. Mr Thacker said the school was proud of the budding stars’ diverse talent and grateful for the opportunity to perform in honour of the royal birthday celebrations.
Among the student stars were thirteen-year-old singing sensation ‘Gift’, who recently topped 10,000 contestants in the national talent contest ‘Singing Kids’; Sixteen-year-old pianist prodigy, “Willy” Nuntapop Jatumatmetee, who stirred the crowd at Tablespoon restaurant with ‘One Summer’s Day’ and an unnamed composition of his own. Gemma Kealy, lead vocalist in rock band Legends of Siam, and guitarist Paul Mulloy, also took to the stage to put on solo performances.
At 7pm, Central Festival Phuket Vice President Property Management & General Manager, Ms Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree, led a candle-lit ceremony at the mall entrance in honour of King Bumipol’s 86th birthday anniversary.
An estimated 500 shoppers, staff and students joined in singing and sending good wishes during the ceremony, which was timed to coincide with similar celebrations across the nation, ending at 7.19pm precisely with a fireworks display and cheers of “Chai Yo!”.
Ms Wilaiporn said the gathering of well wishers was the biggest yet with many more foreign visitors joining locals in this year’s ceremony than previous years.
WORD ON PHUKET: Phuket’s trendiest urban living developer Tri Property threw star-studded Z-Style party on Saturday night (Nov 23) to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Zcape III Sales Gallery on Chao Fa Rd (west), putting on a mini concert and serving up a buffet of delicious authentic Phuket cuisine and live social media updates throughout the night. Stars from popular Thai talent show ‘The Voice 2013′ Jamaporn “Tukada” Seangtong and Songsit “Kop” Rungnoppakhunsrion wooed the crowd with live performances and helped present lucky draw prizes, including Bose Mini Speakers, which are being given away along with iPhone 5Ss with every Zcape III unit purchased.
WORD ON PHUKET CHARITIES: The Rotary Club of Patong Beach has started a Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Fund in which funds collected will be sent direct to Philippine Rotary Clubs in the affected areas over the next few days and weeks. This effort may be extended as we learn more about the needs and the situation on the ground. We have been in contact with Philippine Rotary Clubs and Rotary Districts that are mobilized and doing relief projects on the ground.
As of this writing, more than Baht 80,000 has been raised, we welcome all in Phuket to join our effort!
As always, 100% of your donations to the Rotary Club of Patong Beach or any Rotary Club will go direct to victims in the disaster areas via local Rotary Clubs. No overhead costs, no administration fees and all Rotarian’s are strictly volunteers.
Those wishing to donate money please deposit or transfer to:
Account Name: Rotary Club of Patong Beach / Charity
Account Number: 563-3-01480-7
Bank Name: Bangkok Bank Plc., Co., Ltd.
Branch Name & Bank Address: 147 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong Beach,
Amphur Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Wire transfer address, SWIFT code: BKKBTHBK
We request all donations to be followed up with an phone call or E-Mail to the Chairman of International Projects, James de Beaujeu Domville – Mobile: 089 872 9156 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, with details of the amount and mention the donation was for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Fund. You may remain anonymous if you prefer.
The Rotary Club of Patong Beach has organized many international natural disaster relief efforts since the Asian Tsunami in response and as a thank you to the more than US $1 million in aid that came through the Rotary Club of Patong Beach following the 2004 Tsunami.
Brad Kenny – President Elect, Rotary Club of Patong Beach.
WORD ON CHANGING WORLD: A time lapse illustration of the more than 2,000 nuclear bombs that have been detonated around the world since 1945.
According to the video below, America has set off about half of all the nuclear bombs, in their own back yard as well as other countries, closely followed by the Russians and then the French and Brits.
The YouTuber who uploaded this is ZeitgeistMississippi
WORD ON CHANGING WORLD & ENVIRONMENT: People across the southern counties of England have been warned that areas from Wiltshire to Kent are about to be declared safe for fracking, as it ‘won’t contaminate water supplies’. and the advocates are hoping to emulate shale gas exploration efforts in US states such as Texas.
According to a report in the Telegraph, conservative minister Michael Fallon said a study by the water industry, to be released in the next few weeks, will conclude that fracking will not contaminate the water supply.
While pooh-poohing the widespread protests across the UK and in the face of grave public concerns that pumping millions of gallons of toxic chemicals deep into the ground to crack open rock hundreds of metres down could cause widespread and irreparable ecological damage, Fallon is marketing fracking with talk of job creations, saying regulatory barriers have been removed and the way cleared for industry to spread.
Anti-fracking organizations such as Wrong Move are fighting the legislation with an awareness campaign informing home owners of the illegality of drilling companies fracking beneath their homes without permission. Other websites and amti-fracking networks include: Street Democracy; Frack Off; and Philp Carr-Gomm’s Weblog.
See the video below about the Fracking Hell about to be unleashed in the UK.
WORD ON PHUKET MUSIC SCENE: Pop fans filled Central Festival Phuket on November 5 to watch a free mini concert by pop sensation Baitoey, the star attraction at the Condo, Home & Car Big Sale. The exhibition in the main hall on the first floor of Central Festival features special deals on Ace Condominium, Centrio Condominium, Phuket Villa, Triumph motorcycles, Volvo cars and Izuzu pick up trucks from 1 to 7 November.
Central Festival Phuket Installs Life-Saving Defibrillators
The First Mall In Thailand With Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) For Heart Attack Victims
WORD ON PHUKET: Central Festival Phuket (CFP) is the first mall in Thailand to install life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to provide emergency first aid to heart attack victims.
The emergency medical service for customers was launched on October 31 in collaboration with Phuket International Hospital (Siriroj Hospital), which opened a Medical Bay on the third floor of the mall on the same day.
Central Festival Phuket has acquired three of the portable defibrillators manufactured by Philips at a cost of 300,000 – 500,000 baht each, as well as arranging for staff to receive intensive first aid training from hospital medical personnel.
Central Festival Phuket Central Festival Vice President Property Management & General Manager Ms Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree pioneered the project to be able to rapidly respond with vital first aid in the event a customer suffers cardiac arrest in the store, adding that the cost of the AEDs was worth every baht if it helped save lives.
“Being able to rapidly respond to medical emergencies means we could help prevent fatalities caused by delays. Having defibrillators strategically located in the mall gives heart attack victims a high chance of survival by allowing us to provide essential first aid before paramedics arrive on the scene,” said Ms Wilaiporn.
“We are grateful to Phuket International Hospital for providing professional first aid training to Central Festival staff on how to use the AEDs as well as organizing a series of drills ahead of the launch of this essential service to our customers,” she said.
Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusust attended the opening event and praised Central Festival Phuket for being the first mall in Thailand to provide the life-saving services.
“As a world-class tourist destination, public safety is a priority. It is important that visitors come here with the peace of mind that we do our best to ensure their well being and that we have the ability to respond effectively to emergency situations,” said Governor Maitri.
Medical personnel from Phuket International Hospital are on standby at the Medical Bay located on the third floor of Central Festival Phuket (next to the food court) during opening hours of the mall.
As well as providing support for emergencies, hospital out patients can also visit the bay for check ups and other non-emergency medical services.
See video below of emergency first aid training of staff at Central Festival
WORD ON PHUKET MUSIC SCENE: Phuket’s favourite punk-rock band Legends of Siam have released their latest single and music video ‘Chemical Dreams’ featuring new Phuket front girl Gemma Kealy. Written by Phuket-based producer Gary Crause and filmed at Underwood’s Art Factory, this new hard-hitting single explores teenage relationships with aspartame and other bad stuff.
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