Sep 022015

WORD ON PHUKET: Discover a treasure trove of high-quality used and second hand items at the first East Meets West Weekend Garage Sale at Phuket Boat Lagoon, September 5-6 from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. The family fun under cover at the new Boat Arcade Community Mall promises bargains galore, family fun, fine food and excellent entertainment for Thais, expats and tourists alike. Rummage and haggle for books, toys, ornaments, fashion wear, accessories, artifacts and much much more at the new community market with a touch of class!

Phuket Garage Sale Sept 5

East Meets West Garage Sale, Phuket Boat Lagoon

September 5th & 6th

10:00am – 4:00pm

There’s something for everyone, and for every kind of budget, from second hand designer brands and home made bakes to big bikes and super cars. There’s also an auction of top brand items along with food stalls, live music, kids activities, special discounts from Villa Market, vendor contests, free lighthouse tours and a lucky prize draw. Parking is free too!

To find out more call 081-8103328 or email

Sep 022015

WORD ON ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS: Leading dolphin freedom campaigner Ric O’Barry has been released after a night in jail following his arrest in Shingu, Japan, where he has been campaigning against the slaughter and capture of dolphins at Taiji Cove.

Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project, recently hosted a group of students, teachers and parents from Phuket so they could monitor the slaughter of dolphins at Taiji Cove and help generate international awareness of the dolphin culling for the Japanese food industry and the capture of some to be sold to sea parks, aquariums and dolphinariums across the world.

Read about the trip to Taiji by Phuket campaigners

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Founder of Dolphin Project Ric O’Barry.

O’Barry’s arrest occurred just before a new round of dolphin killing in Taiji Cove on September 1st and follows a letter from the International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute to Taiji officials pleading them not to go ahead with the planned September 1st dolphin hunt.

According to the Dolphin Project: Following his arrest on August 31, 2015, for allegedly not carrying a passport, Ric O’Barry,  was released after spending the night in jail by Shingu Police a short time ago with all charges against him, dropped.

O’Barry was arrested in the town of Nachikatsuura, a town located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan at approximately 8:30 p.m on Aug. 31,  on suspicion of a violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act of Japan. Several hours after impounding his vehicle, local police located the passport inside the car.

O’Barry, who travels to Taiji, Japan every year to document the start of the dolphin hunting season, was forced to miss the September 1, deadline this year. Tired, but in good spirits, he said over the phone that his arrest, “only brought more international media attention to the plight of dolphins in Japan.”

Toshio Fujita, a Shingu police official, would only tell the Associated Press that the activist, “no longer had to be kept in custody,” but he would not elaborate on the release.

O’Barry believes that the combination of elevated pressure on Taiji, and Japan’s, “extreme, right-wing, radical government,” is currently placing Westerners at risk. “They’re trying to get all Westerners,” he said, “and the orders are coming from higher up — not the local police. We have always had a good relationship with them.”

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project wishes to thank the offices of Assemblymember Richard BloomCongressman Ted Lieu & the US Embassy & Consulate in Japan for ensuring Ric’s speedy release.

Japan’s penal system is notably harsh. According to a paper by Harvard Law School’s Ramseyer and Rasmusen, in 1994, Japanese district court judges convicted 99.9 percent of all defendants. The paper also suggested that high conviction rates in Japan could, “well reflect innocent convictions.”

Free to focus on the mission again, O’Barry had only one thing on his mind, “I gotta get four hours sleep and get back to the cove,” he said.

Dolphin Project Cove Monitors are on the ground in Taiji throughout the entire killing season to document and disseminate information to the rest of the world. O’Barry has been traveling to the cove for the past 13 years, multiple times per season. Please consider joining our team as a Cove Monitor, or learn how you can support our mission.

Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide. Founded by Richard (Ric) O’Barry on Earth Day, April 22, 1970, the organization aims to educate the public about captivity and, where feasible, free captive dolphins.

The mission of the Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit.

Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.  This work has been chronicled in films such as, ‘A Fall From Freedom,’ the Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove,’ and in the Animal Planet mini-series, ‘Blood Dolphin$.’

Sep 022015

WORD ON PHUKET: A handful of local skateboarders are taking their sport to a more extreme level for a bigger thrill by longboarding on Phuket’s steep and winding coastal roads.

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Phuket skaters take on downhill longboarding


A south African skater was teaching the local skaters some of the finer points of downhill longboarding, which seems set to catch on. These skaters were behind the push a few years ago to have public skate park built for Phuket skaters. Some of the local skaters that learned stunts, flips and tricks at Phuket’s only skate park have competed at national and international levels of the sport.


The skateboarders reckoned they could get speeds of up to 60 kmh on good downhill runs. Gliding down the twists and turns, the skaters risked a steep drop over the cliff edge if they overshot the curves.

Aug 142015

Shop, eat, play and learn at the family-friendly Boat Arcade, the first upmarket high-street style shopping, dining and edutainment complex in central Phuket dedicated to the island’s international community.

WORD ON PHUKET LIFESTYLES: Conveniently situated at Boat Lagoon Phuket in Koh Kaew, the brand new Boat Arcade complex houses a new range of educational and recreational venues with activities for all ages at the liveliest marina on the east coast of the island.


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Deputy Managing Director of Phuket Boat Lagoon Mr. Boon Yongsakul (centre) with teachers and students of Dragon Phuket Taekwondo.

Opening in September, the new two-story Boat Arcade doubles as a learning centre and mini lifestyle mall with mix of fun entertainment and educational activities for all tastes and interests, as well as some refreshingly new dining and boutique shopping experiences.

For kids, the Boat Arcade features an indoor adventure playground, music schools, art classes and other creative activities for youngsters, who can also let of steam with martial arts classes at the Dragon Taekwondo School.

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Legends of Siam performed for the event

Among the professionally run learning centres are Babies Genius and a branch of Phuket Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA), where budding stars can get a real taste of the music industry.

Traditional music courses are also on offer at Mezzo Forte Music Academy, and professionally run language courses are available for young and adult learners alike at London English, which offers a range of business and hospitality-related training courses.

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Musicians from Mezzo Forte Music Academy on stage

More fun can be had at Best Foto Studio & Club Photo, and parents can shop for traditional wooden toys and indoor play equipment for toddlers at Angles @ Play.

Shopping and eating at Boat Arcade is an adventure in cosmopolitan styles and international flavours. Among the elegant eateries with indoor and alfresco dining are the Grand Italia Gelato ice cream palour and organic munchies at Wooden Spoon Coffee & Bakery.

East meets west at Boat Arcade with the famous truck stop-style burger bar from Patong, Cults Burger, and Hock Noodle & Dimsum Bar.

Hello Mango serves up tropical treats with a menu comprised entirely of mango dishes and the Artisan Shop is a wholesaler stocked with an exclusive collection of imported wines and spirits.

Find the latest tropical fashions at designer boutiques Saona and Katalina Beach Lifestyle. Among the health-oriented outlets are specialist child dental services by By The Sea Dental, and yoga classes are available at Pran Yoga Center, which teaches traditional yoga and stocks Manduka products, said to be makers of the best yoga mats in the world

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From left: owner of Incense Spa Ms. Panisa Thin; Les Diables owner Mr. Witoon Chan; Ms. Pimlaphat Tae; and By Kanittha Managing Director Ms. Kanittha Prasopsirikul.

Commercial services include a branch of the Siam Commercial Bank, all of which is conveniently situated next to Villa Market, where imported products and essential kitchen supplies can be found. Free parking is available at the Villa Market car park.

Operated by Phuket Boat Lagoon Co. Ltd., Deputy Managing Director Boon Yongsakul said: “Boat Arcade promises to be a much-needed extension to Phuket’s international community living nearby or regularly passing through the Koh Kaew area”.

“Our aim is to satisfy the growing demand in the international community for a convenient place for all the family – a community mall, where kids can learn and play in a safe environment while the adults enjoy shopping, relaxing and dining in style,” said Khun Boon.

Taekwondo demonstrationat Phuket Boat Arcade

Dragon Phuket Taekwondo put on a smashing show of strength

The trendy high street-style hang at is especially convenient for students and parents of the nearby international and bi-lingual schools, said PR & event organizer Kanittha Prasopsirikul, Managing Director of By Kanittha Co. Ltd.

“The new Boat Arcade is a perfect place for parents in the central and eastern districts of Phuket to meet friends and take their kids on play dates that are fun and educational.

“The area continues to grow as a desirable residential area close to international schools and hotels but families living in these areas have not always had much choice in affordable shopping destinations, where they can take the kids to be entertained while mum and dad take time out to do some shopping or relax with a coffee and bakes or a light meal,” said Kanittha.

For more information about outlets and facilities at Boat Arcade contact By Kanittha Co. Tel: 081-8103328. Email:

Aug 132015

WORD ON PHUKET: Shoppers and well wishers joined Central Festival Phuket staff and executives on Mother’s Day (Aug 12) to mark the 83rd birthday anniversary of HRH Sirikit Kitiyakara with a candle-lit ceremony in the Grand Hall of the shopping mall. Visitors were invited to write in a book of birthday greetings for Queen Sirikit and enjoy jazz music composed by His Majesty King Bumiphol Adulyadej performed by local students.

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Central Festival Phuket Vice President Property Management & General Manager Ms Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree (2nd from right) and the mall’s marketing team with a young well wisher.

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Local musicians perform music composed by HM King Bumiphol Adulyadej

Aug 122015

PHUKET PROPERTY REVIEW: Splendid Condominium is the latest resort-style residential development to be launched in Kata by local developer Kata Sea View Villa Co., Ltd.

Splendid Condo penthouse, Kata Phuket

The Penthouse Suite has a private rooftop pool with a sea view over Kata Beach

Splendid Condominium’s hillside location is a beach lifestyle residence with a stunning sea view built to high international standards for luxury living with peace and privacy just one kilometre from Kata Beach.

Priced from Bt 4.85mn, this exclusive collection is a resort-style arrangement of just 13 freehold residential units offering studio units, spacious duplexes and a penthouse suite, each with fitted designer furniture and a sea view, in two main buildings.

The refreshing coral island theme, management services and facilities are aimed at investors in holiday homes and buyers looking for small investments with generous rental returns.

The first building comprises 10 units in total, comprising three 1-bedroom studios measuring 53.67sqm; six 3-bedroom units measuring 59sqm; and one duplex covering 151.8sqm, including a rooftop garden and private swimming pool.

The Second building has just three units in total: two 2-bedroom suites, each with an area of 92.18sqm, and a Penthouse suite with roof top garden and private pool covering 197.7sqm in total.

Splendid Condo, Kata, Phuket

Tranquil resort-style surroundings at Splendid Condo

Developer Kata Sea View Villa has a ten-year track record following the success their signature project of freehold residential units with management services for residents and investors, Kata Hill Residence.

“Kata is an up-market area of Phuket with excellent growth potential and the benefit of being close to Kata and Karon beaches as well as some of Phuket’s other popular beaches, such as Patong, Naiharn and Rawai beaches. Plus, the location is within easy reach of Phuket Town a short drive away,” said Managing Director George Khanal.

“Splendid Condominium will appeal to investors in holiday homes offering privacy and tranquility with a high-end view while being close to one of Phuket’s most popular tourist destinations, offering an eclectic mix of dining, leisure and entertainment choices for all tastes,” said George.

Splendid Condominium offers investors peace of mind with well established hospitality and property management services, which are highly rated by travel agents such as, attracting high quality visitors and offering reliable rental returns for investors with a six per cent guaranteed rental return for the first three years.

“We are also very competitively priced and are currently offering a 20% discount for investors who buy before construction is completed at the end of 2016. For those who are interested the 2-bedroom demonstration unit is already open for viewing,” said George.

One of the most attractive aspects of these freehold properties is a beautiful sea view from each of the residences, and from the communal swimming pool. Other conveniences include a club-house, reception, fitness room, parking and 24-hr security.

Splendid Condo terrace view

Soak up the sea view in the spa tub on the terrace.

“Our goal is to make Splendid Condominium an ideal investment for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet with an exceptional sea view as well as being a freehold investment opportunity for expats living in South East Asia, who enjoy holidaying in Phuket and want to own a permanent residence here.

All Splendid Condominium units will be ready to move in with a fitted kitchen. However, there is plenty of space left over for buyers who prefer to decorate according to their own taste, and we also offer a furniture package to make things easier as well.

Construction of Splendid is scheduled to begin in October and expected to be completed by March 2017.

For more information visit or email

Tel: +66 (0) 86 321 4999.

Aug 122015

WORD ON PHUKET PROPERTY & LIFESTYLES: Saturday night was Hawaiian night for the cool and colourful launch party of Splendid Condominium, a new boutique collection of 13 residences with sea views overlooking Kata Bay by local developer Kata Sea View Villa Co., Ltd. on 19 July.

Splendid Condominium Managing Director George Khanal and wife Sonya Khanal with hostesses at the Hawaiian night launch party in Kata.

Splendid Condominium Managing Director George Khanal and wife Sonya Khanal
with hostesses at the Hawaiian night launch party in Kata.

The freehold and leasehold beach lifestyle properties include one- and two-bedroom condo units, duplex units and an exclusive penthouse suite with private swimming pool and rooftop garden, scheduled to be completed in March 2017.

Scroll down for more Splendid party pics and a look at the Splendid Condo brochure.


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Lucky prize draw winner Patchanok (Nan) Hananupong won a free night’s stay at Kata Sea View Villa.

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Jun 142015

WORD ON PHUKET: A trio of luxury car brands is putting on a tempting display of wheels and steel at Central Festival Phuket this week. Get a feel for the latest luxury rides from Lexus and Benz, and climb aboard a the brand new range of hulking Humvee-style SUVs by Toyota-Thairung, at the Grand Hall from now until June 19.

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The new Humvee-style SUV by Toyota and Thairun



Benz Phuket

Jun 142015

WORD ON PHUKET THEATRE: Phuket theatre and drama group Theatrix is calling for budding actors to join an upcoming production of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)!” — A riotous romp through the bard’s work at breakneck speed!

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Auditions announced

Written by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the performance is planned for October this year and will be the first presentation in a series of Outta the Box Classics designed to introduce students, and anyone really, to the classics of theatre and literature in a highly entertaining format, says Phuket-based drama teacher Joel Adams.

Anyone interested in joining the cast is invited to audition for the show on Monday and Wednesday, June 22 and 24, in the HeadStart International School library from 6 to 8 pm.

Teens and adults, with or without experience, are all welcome. The audition will take the form of reading from the script and some improvisational activities, as improvisation is important to this show, as well as any monologues attendees have to offer., said Joel.

Contact Joel Adams for more information.


Tel: 093 6490066.

Jun 022015

WORD ON THAI CULTURE: Buddhists in Phuket marked the most important day on the Buddhist calendar on June the first, Wisakhabucha Day. Watch serene scenes of monks and locals praying as they circle the temple (wien tien) in an almost silent candle-lit procession.

The annual national holiday falls on the full moon of the sixth lunar month and is considered one of the most important Buddhist holidays of the year, as it commemorates the three most significant events in the life of Lord Buddha: his birth, enlightenment and then death, which are said to have miraculously been on the same day and month.

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Full moon above Phuket, Thailand on Wisakhabucha Day. Photo: Nick Davies

Many Buddhists flock to temples to make merit and listen to Dhamma preaching by Buddhist monks. In the evening, temples glow with the light from hundreds of candles under a full moon as merit makers take part in a procession; encircling the temple’s central prayer hall. Participants hold candles and incense while circling the building three times.

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WORD ON THAI CULTURE: Buddhists in Thailand and across Asia mark Wisakha Bucha (Visakhabucha) today (1 June, 2015). The annual national holiday falls on the full moon of the sixth lunar month and is considered one of the most important Buddhist holidays of the year, as it commemorates the three most significant events in the life of Lord Buddha: his birth, enlightenment and then death, which are said to have miraculously been on the same day and month.


A depiction of the birth, enlightenment and death of the Lord Buddha, which each occurred on the same day and month.

While schools, banks and government services close down for the day, many Buddhists flock to temples throughout the day to make merit and listen to Dhamma preaching by Buddhist monks. Buddhist observing Wisakha Bucha Day also more strictly follow five precepts, such as eating only vegetarian, abstaining from alcohol and other ‘immoral acts’.

In the evening on Wisakha Bucha, temples glow with the light of thousands of candles as merit makers take part in a procession; encircling the temple’s main ‘chedi’. Participants hold candles while circling the chedi three times in an anti-clockwise direction.

Buddhists wishing to practice renunciation often take the opportunity during Wisakha Bucha to don white robes and stay at a temple for several days while observing the eight precepts of Buddhism; practicing meditation and mental discipline.

May 172015

WORD ON PHUKET: The Lighthouse Weekend market is back at Boat Lagoon this weekend with another evening if shopping, eating and chilling at Phuket’s liveliest marina tonight (Sunday May 17), starting at 5pm with a Happy Hour until 7pm at all the dockside bars and selected eateries. Tonight’s entertainment  is live Latin jazz on the dockside.


Another new spectacle on show at this month’s Lighthouse Market is a light and sound show at 7.30pm that literally lights up the marina in a riot of colour.

Don’t worry about the rain. The bars and eateries will be well covered and visitors can pick up free raincoats at the entrance.
















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