Name Barry Osbourne.
Moat House Hotel Group two years. Royal Air Force nine years, National Guard Hospital Riyadh three years, The British Club Bangkok 16 years, Royal Varuna Yacht Club two years.
Family background Born in Hereford, UK in 1963. Raised in a Foster family since young.
Education Hereford High School, Hereford Technician College.
What do you do here – and how long have you been in your present job?
I’m General Manager of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club just over two years
Where do you live? I live in Suan Plu, Sathorn, Bangkok,. It’s a great area and I’ve lived there 20 years.
How long in Thailand? I’ve been here 25 years now.
What brought you here? I was on holiday, I quit after three years in Saudi Arabia, took three months off to travel and found a job in The British Club in Bangkok.
What’s keeping you here? I still love Thailand and have PR status, bought my apartment and still enjoy working.
Describe the RVYC Royal Varuna Yacht Club is 62 years old, Thailand’s leading sailing club, under the governance of Royal Yacht Association, UK. We run private and group courses for children and adults alike, and all our courses and instructors are RYA qualified. The club is set in its own ground with 28 accommodation rooms, salt water pool and beach.
Can you sail? Umm… no.
DENLA BRITISH SCHOOL (DBS) is ranked as one of “THE BEST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN BANGKOK AND THAILAND 2019
Set in the thick of probably the busiest area of Bangkok, engulfed by a forest of multi-storey buildings, is an extraordinary hotel, steeped in a 100- year history but brought up to date with an attractive hip look, lots of modern kit and intriguing reminders of a unique and colourful past.
Called Prince Theatre Heritage Stay, this tiny venue has played many roles over the past century before becoming a heritage hotel sought after by visitors looking for an atmosphere-laden alternative.
Those roles date back to 1912 when it began life as a casino famous for its racy all-male Chinese opera troupe and the shenanigans of its clientele. It was eventually closed down by Royal decree.
Lady with a passion for fashion From regular visitor to Thailand-based entrepreneur behind the Ambre Jolie brand
By Agneta de Bekassy
From regular visitor to Thailand-based entrepreneur behind the Ambre Jolie brand.
During the 90s, German-born Fineé Schuektanz was a frequent visitor to Thailand, enjoying some of the many beautiful islands and, like so many other people, she quickly fell in love with the country, its natural beauty, the people’s kindness, the culture, food and the warm climate.
When she reminisces about her first visit to Thailand, Fineé recalls feeling immediately at home here.
Returning to Germany, she couldn’t stop thinking about how good it would be to find a way to live in Thailand, and to run a business in Bangkok.
Growing up in an entrepreneurial family near Düsseldorf in Germany, Fineé is a natural born business woman, with a strong will and living by the motto: ‘Nothing is impossible.’ In 2003 she started to look for business opportunities in Asia that would combine pleasure with practicality.
On the back of recent media reports that 86 tigers rescued from the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi have apparently died in captivity in the last three years, the New York Times has followed up with a story on the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, one of Thailand’s oldest and largest zoos, detailing conditions of its 300-plus tigers.
The newspaper mentions an exhibit at the zoo called ‘Shoot ‘n Feed’ with tourists firing pellet guns at targets above a tiger pen - direct hits release food to waiting tigers - and tricks that see tigers jumping through a flaming hoop.
The NYT prompted a Thai blogger to visit the Sriracha Tiger Zoo herself. He experience may well shed some light on the background and ownership of these zoos, which has always been something of a mystery.
“I have avoided going to this particular zoo for decades,” wrote the Thai lady. “I already knew its bad reputation and had recently read the article about it in the NYT. So why bother?”
“Well, to get to the truth of anything, it’s best to go to the source. See a place for yourself and try not to judge.
“Inside the zoo, I sat in front of many small cages and talked to the young tigers, the way you would talk to a dog.
“They were so cute, but sometimes cried because their cage is small and there is not much to do except pace back and forth or just sit.
“I watched the tiger show and as others were clapping, I felt ashamed.
School break in Thailand is approached this October and it’s time for FAM-cation.
Looking for an imaginative escape for family and youngsters this school break? And whenever you think of family trip, there are so many factors come to your mind such as a kid-friendly resort, kid activities, kid’s club, parents’ entertainment or any facilities dedicated for the family.
We have a perfect recommendation for you and family at SO Sofitel Hua Hin where a range of fun & inspired activities are provided for everyone in the family with kid-friendly facilities to keep your kids entertained, inspired and energized throughout the stay.
Let’s discover more on “10 Reasons to Bring Your Family to SO Sofitel Hua Hin this School Break.”
1. Beachside Resort with Private Beach Area, located in Cha-Am and only 2-hour Drive from Bangkok
SO Sofitel Hua Hin is the first luxury 5-star Beachside Resort, located in Cha-Am with the imaginative design and equipped with world-renowned luxury service managed by AccorHotels Group. One of highlight for travelling from Bangkok to SO Sofitel Hua Hin is that it takes only 2-hour drive.
2. Spacious Room with Distinctive Styles and Complimentary daily in-room private barDrawing your inspirations in stylish room of nature’s splendor ‘SO Nature’ and French elegance ‘SO Arty’.
Experience Imaginative Escape with 9 room categories which design the best for family trip, starting from ‘SO Comfy’ room with 4-meter high ceiling, a spacious atmosphere in the 60 square meters, enormous rain shower, separate bathtub, double wash basin and dedicated male and female toiletries. Complimentary in-room private bar is offered in every room at SO Sofitel Hua Hin with daily refill including local snacks, herbal drinks, juice, bottled water, illy coffee pods and variety of tea selection.
3. A Privatize and Kid Dedicated Area in SO Family Kids House
‘SO Family Kids House’ is one of the most highlighted and most wanted room for family travelers. With the spacious room at 68 square meters located on first floor, it is also equipped with a colorful child dedicated quarter called ‘Kids House’ situated adjacent to the master bedroom with the in-room connecting door. Inside the ‘Kids House’, there are bunk beds for kids, dedicated LED TV with cartoon channel opt-in and toy for children. Kids will love their precious time in their private quartier without the disturbance from the noises outside and parents also leave them on their own but still has an easy access.
*TIPS: The colorful Kids House exterior is the reflection of the colorful bedding used inside the Kids House.
4. Kids Tent and Playground
A dedicated and child-only kids club located near the new Signature Pool. It is also offer various type of activities such as inspirational craft activities, complimentary daily kids snack and other art-inspired activities. Inside the Kids Tent, it is decorated with safari-themed where all the cute little animals awaits for kids to discover. Not only activities, it also offers state-of-the-art video game consoles such as Sony PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and other party games. For energetic kids, there is also a rubber-based outdoor playground with trampoline floor and real-size kids chess board nearby.
BCCC and The BigChilli proudly announce THE Expat Entrepreneur Awards
In conjunction with Thailand International Business Awards 2019
The joint Expat Entrepreneur Awards and Thailand International Business Awards (TIBA) will take place on Thursday October 3, 2019 at the Amari Watergate Bangkok. TIBA is an event organized by the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) with The BigChilli.
HIGHLIGHTING THE FOREIGN BUSINESS COMMUNITY'S CONTRIBUTION TO THAILAND'S ECONOMY
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Background and duties in Bangkok
“I was born in Vienna in 1957. My father was an agricultural engineer and my mother was a teacher. I joined the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 33 years ago, in 1986. I studied Arabic and political science at university and even before concluding my studies I was assigned as an interpreter to accompany Austrian ministers on trips to Arab countries and accompany other important people when they received guests and dignitaries who spoke Arabic. But what I always wanted was to be a diplomat and not an interpreter,” said Ms Hager. She was well on her way with an assignment in 1988 as attaché for political affairs at the Austrian Embassy in Damascus, Syria, and has since held a number of important positions in Vienna and around the world. As an ambassador, she formerly served in Cyprus and Mexico. (See CV in Box)
Asked if the posting in Thailand was her choice, she replied: “Yes, in a way. In our system you have to submit applications for several posts in order to be eligible for assignment. I was pleased to learn I had been chosen for Thailand.
“I am also Ambassador to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. It’s not an overloaded job for me, because while serving as Ambassador in Mexico between 2013 and 2017 I was also looking after seven other countries – Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
“I have to keep up with the latest information on all four countries I am ambassador to, and I do it on my own, already in the morning from my residence at the embassy compound. This is the first thing I do over breakfast or immediately after. I read Thai English-language news sources and other sources on the internet. Then I look at news from Austria, the EU and around the world.
“After getting acquainted with what’s going on in the world and especially Thailand and the region, I take the short walk to the embassy. I decide what the priorities are, especially in regard to Thailand, and I may call on my staff and collaborators to discuss matters and distribute tasks for them. Then I get to less pressing duties, which includes office work.
“Essentially, the task of an ambassador is to promote relations with the country we are assigned to in the best possible way, in all fields – politics, economic relations, culture, education, you name it. In order to do that, you have to take part in a lot of activities such as attending meetings and give presentations. You also have to participate in cultural and social events such as –but not limited to – national day receptions and organize events for guests and so on. Most of this occurs in the evening hours. You have to develop and maintain good relations with officials as well as people from the civil society in your host country.
“It is a very versatile and flexible job, and it requires a lot of travel. I travel to each of the other three countries I am accredited to a couple of times a year, and maybe more. It depends on whatever operations and activities, like official meetings, there may be.”