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TONIGHT! ‘Patong Cocktail Marathon 2010’ starts in Phuket

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PHUKET: Bartenders will be center stage in Patong over the next 10 days as Soi Bangla hosts the Patong Cocktail Marathon 2010″ competition that kicks off tonight.

Although the name may sound like a binge drinking competition, the real intent is to showcase the considerable skills of the legions of bartenders who work in bars and pubs all over Thailand.

A cool 1.5 million baht in prize money is up for grabs at the event, which is being promoted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) under its current “Amazing Thailand, Amazing Value” promotion scheme.

Tonight’s activities start at 7pm with a press conference and “soft opening” that will include addresses by representatives from organizers and sponsors including the TAT, Patong Municipality, Thai Hotels Association and Phuket Tourist Association.

There will be a performance stage and a selection of 30 male and 30 female competitors for the coveted titles of ‘Mr and Miss Cocktail Marathon 2010″ as well as a “Bartender Supervisor Charity Contest,” in which proceeds will go to local tourism promotion groups.

Competitor registration will take place on Tuesday, when contestants will be advised about all the contest rules.

Expected to attend the official Grand Opening at 5pm on July 30 will be Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop, Patong Mayor Pian Keesin and TAT South Region 4 director Bangornrat Shinaprayoon.

Events to follow will include staged entertainment by Thai musicians, a screening of a movie entitled Patong Paradise on the Beach, a presentation of competitors in the Mr & Miss Patong Cocktail Marathon and qualifying rounds in the 50,000-baht Flair Contest.

More fun will follow starting at 6pm on Saturday, July 31, when there will be qualifying rounds in the Mr & Miss Patong Cocktail Marathon, Flair Contest semifinals, musical entertainment, an ice carving competition, a cocktail shaking competition and display booths set up by sponsors. The fun is scheduled to run all the way until 2am.

Booths will be set up along Soi Bangla offering quality cocktails at rock-bottom prices.

The finals for both the Mr & Miss Patong Cocktail Marathon 2010 competition and Flair Contest will take place on stage from 5pm to 7pm on August 1.

There will also be a performance by Simon Cabaret, an award presentation and the closing ceremony.

Competing in the Flair Contest will be some of the most well-known bartenders in the region, including:

  • Songwut “Noom” Chittiwuttipong (Thailand): 2009 Thailand Representative Roadhouse World Flair Competition, London
  • Danai “Joe” Sae-sin (Thailand): 2006 Thailand Representative Bacardi Martini Grand Prix World Final Competition, Turin, Italy
  • Decha “Day” Wang in-ta (Thailand): 2009 winner of the Bacardi Martini Grand Prix Northern Professional Contest
  • Siya Kim (Korea): Champion, Thailand Flair Open 2009
  • Kenny Hong (Singapore): Champion, Singapore Flair Open 2010
  • Andy Lee (Australia): Champion of Australian Flair Competition
  • Aditya Ananda (Indonesia): Champion of Indonesian Flair Open
  • — Stephen Fein

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    Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed to be investigated for legality by DSI

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    Back in the news again. Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed is now to be investigated by the Department of Special Investigation after a petition was filed to determine whether the deed was procured legally. Veera Somkwamkid, the secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption, filed the petition along with 167 pages of documents pertaining to his accusations that Thawatchai Anukun, a land fraud suspect, had unlawfully issued land title deeds to plots of land in Phuket before he mysteriously died in a detention room while in DSI custody in 2016.

    He was allegedly being investigated for falsifying land deeds between the years of 1998 and 2001. Veera claims before the title deed was issued on the plot, the land was part of a forest known by locals as Pa Kae.

    “Back then, 10 families that had occupied the plots for about 40 years had title deed requests rejected. The reason given was the land was part of a forest reserve used by the navy.”

    However, Watchara Buathong, Phuket’s current land official, says the Sri Panwa resort had legally acquired its 56-rai, none of which was ever state land. Local resident Khwanjai Khumban, backed this claim, saying her father and cousins had sold most of the land to the resort, and she could produce documents to account for at least 12 rai of the disputed area.

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    Meanwhile, the Social Security Office, is also under fireas it is being asked to explain why it invested in the hotel’s trust fund. The department, which is under Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, in which its minister says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built and points to the responsibility to the DSI to investigate. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

    The hotel, situated on Cape Panwa, in Phuket’s Muang district, has been under recent scrutiny due to its owner, Vorasit Issara, accusing Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a co-leader of the anti-government United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group, of offending the monarchy at last weekend’s protest at Sanam Luang.

    Vorasit posted on Instagram that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul should be jailed, further falsely claiming that she is not Thai when, in fact, Panusaya was found to have been born in Nonthaburi and is a Thai citizen.

    “This bullshit has got to stop. She is not Thai. Who is she working for? This one needs to be in prison”.

    Such a statement has received wide backlash from netizens with some taking to Trip Advisor and other websites to post bad reviews of the resort, prompting it to suspend advertising on such sites.

    SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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    A female prisoner is on the run after escaping from Vachira Hospital in Phuket during a doctor’s appointment. 58 year old Siri Phodam allegedly escaped after asking her prison escort officer to use the toilet. But she took a long time to come back, and was found to have escaped. CCTV cameras caught her dressed in a blue hospital patient shirt and a sarong leaving the hospital quickly. A Phuket prison officer says the woman is 158 centimetres tall and has dark skin.

    “Some of our own officers are searching for her, and we have also sent the prisoner’s description to all Phuket police stations. However, at this stage we have not found any clues.

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    “If anyone finds a person matching the prisoner’s appearance, please inform us by calling 076 212 104.”

    Siri was imprisoned after being charged with posessing illegal drugs and lived in Moo 2, Rawai.

    SOURCE: The Phuket News

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    Phuket’s annual vegetarian festival gets the green light – VIDEO

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    WARNING: The content below contains photos and videos of self-mutilation that some may find disturbing.

    Somehow Phuket’s annual vegetarian festival is to go ahead next month, but officials say they will ask participants to strictly observe social distancing. Good luck with that! For those who don’t know, the festival isn’t exactly known for the food. It’s known for blood, body mutilation and more blood.

    During street processions for the weeklong event, also known as the Nine Gods Festival, so called “mah songs” are known to practice self-mutilation and are said to enter a trance-like state, channeling spirits through their body. “Mah” means horse in Thai, and many suggest the mah song acts like a horse for the spirit to ride.

    Many mah songs pierce their checks, ears and lips, some with large swords and thick needles. Some slice their tongues continuously for hours, blood dripping down on the street. Others appear to be in a trace walk barefoot as firecrackers explode on the ground.

    Mah songs march down Phuket’s streets for hours with a team of devotees to help tend to their wounds, adjust the piercings, wipe away drool and blood, and keep them hydrated. It’s understood that devotees wear white as a symbol of purity. It’s also reported that they abstain from eating meat, drinking alcohol and having sex during the weeklong festival.

    It seems gruesome, but it’s actually very spiritual. Business owners and locals line the street, some setting up altars. Mah songs stop at each one and do a quick ritual. Some mah songs carry a black flag, waving it over onlookers who bow their heads and place their hands in the “wai” position. Some spend time blessing the elderly and handing out bracelets to children. During a procession last year, a woman held up a bracelet as said “the ‘Spirit’ gave this to my mother.”

    This year, the festival will have to be a little different to abide by coronavirus prevention measures. The Bangkok Post says it’s the first festival since the outbreak. The head festival organiser Prasert Fukthongphol says “we will seriously enforce social distancing measures and require all participants to wear face masks.”

    The grotesque piercings, noisy parades and visits to the shrine, are good news for Phuket’s tourism and bad news if you’re a vegetable. Many adherents to the Chinese-heritage local festival will go without sex, alcohol and meat for the week of so of the festival. The week of events and ceremonies hopes to scare away the bad gods again but, especially this year, attract some extra visitors to the festival.

    Another Vegetarian Festival in Chon Buri has also been given the green light. The event is planned for October 16 to the 26. This year’s main event for the festival will be in Naklua at Sawangboriboon Thammasathan Foundation at the Sein Sua Chinese Temple, but many other events will be around the city throughout the week.

    Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

    Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

    Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

    Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

    Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

    SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Pattaya News

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