"My interests are constantly evolving, and there are a great many things I'm passionate about, from sustainability and the environment, to literature and history, music, art and design, as well as, of course, as travel."
You have an unusual family namewhat's the origin? And how do you pronounce it?
Bu-zu-teal - it's Maltese! My family, on my father's side, is from the beautiful Mediterranean island, where the people are among the most hospitable in the world.
How long in Thailand?
I've possibly been in Thailand too long, but I do love it here, and it's almost impossible to quit! Bangkok makes such a great base, from which to travel. Life is easy to adjust to here, and Thai people are truly welcoming. Making friends is a painless process, which a constant influx of fresh blood, and there's so much to do and see, in this constantly evolving country.
I've witnessed so much change. I'd even go so far as to say that coming to Thailand was probably one of the single, unexpectedly best decisions I've ever made. My life here has unfolded in such an unimaginably pleasurable way, despite whatever challenges have come along.
Passionate about rock climbing, fan of extreme sports, martial art, distance running, urban cycling, open water diving, yin yoga and more. Why this Brit loves Thailand
Giving happiness is a recognition that we are all the same in our desire to be happy, healthy and safe and that giving happiness to others leads to a happy life.
What is the mission of the Gift of Happiness Foundation?
Our mission is to ensure that needy children and families in Thailand are provided with the resources and opportunities needed to sustain a meaningful, healthy, and happy life. We unconditionally provide free happy events, plus tons of essential goods to thousands of people who normally have very little to be happy about!
We seek to expand the network of individuals we serve while forming additional collaborative partnerships with NGOs, schools, and agencies. We work to improve need identification in Thailand and the process of resource allocation. We are a non-religious and non-political charitable organization.
Tell us about yourself:
I was born in a caravan in Manchester, UK, in 1952. I had three sisters, sadly all deceased. Mum and dad worked 12-hour shifts in factories in the mill town of Bolton, Lancashire.
I went to a large urban secondary modern school where I learned
With over two decades of experience, Kavin Intertrade has managed more than 150 trade shows and owns a portfolio of 10 premium, industryspecific trade and consumer events.
Kavin Kittiboonya, Managing Director of Kavin Intertrade Co, Ltd said, "Established in 1999, the company has experienced unprecedented growth and success, acclamations from industry leaders, government agencies, and local and international associations. We are proud to be part of Thailand's exhibition industry that generates Bt53 billion and creates more than 43,000 jobs yearly."
Based in the heart of Bangkok, the company employs 26 highly experienced and dedicated staff. "The team takes great care of each step from preparation, conceptualization, execution, promotion, and facilitation. Our approach to business is unique, emphasizing local roots and global reach. Our intention is to create energetic, educational, and invigorating environments to achieve business goals of providing a business platform between sellers and buyers," said Mr. Kavin,
Kavin Intertrade's up-andcoming show is unique - it is a 3-combined international trade show under one roof: 'One-stopshop: food service, hotel, retail, and franchise solutions, which will be held on October 20-23, 2022, at BITEC, Bangkok
The first show is the 16th Thailand Retail, Food & Hospitality Services (TRAFS) - Thailand's NO.1 show of equipment and raw materials for restaurants, cafes, F&B, and food services.
The show is an excellent platform for hoteliers, restaurant managers, café owners, and those in food services to purchase or source new equipment and raw material, both food and drinks, from more than 100 Thais and international exhibitors, with more than 7,000 items worldwide.
With support from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), together with hotel and food industry associations, the ThaiItalian Chamber of Commerce, and leading food schools, the organiser has crafted many unique activities that are free to join so visitors can get the most out of their visits, such as Thai and Italian's food and drinks demonstrations, seminars led by
Over the years, many books have been written about the Mercy Centre, the renowned foundation overseen by Fr. Joseph H. Maier and his team that helps poor children and families in Bangkok's slums.
A recent addition to the list, and definitely one of the best, is 'Mercy's Heroes' by Tom Crowley, a Vietnam veteran battling with PTSD who left a successful business career in Asia to work as a volunteer in Bangkok's biggest slum in Klong Toey.
What sets Tom's book apart is the way he adroitly contrasts his military adventures, including being wounded in action, with his bitter-sweet but mostly rewarding experiences with the foundation. Both portray a strug. gle for survival.
Tom is an excellent writer and 'Mercy Heroes' highlights the healing that is to be found in helping others. www.koehlerbooks.com
“Even a couple of years ago I’d never have imagined we’d build a house in a field, but that’s what we did”
Gareth Marshall is among a growing number of foreigners based in Thailand who have swapped city life in Bangkok for the simple pleasures and empty pastures of Esan, the country’s vast and decidedly rural Northeastern region. Despite obvious challenges and occasional setbacks, the move has proved a great success, with Gareth and his Thai wife Hana building their dream home and working farm in what was once a field with just one tree.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 49-year-old Gareth first arrived in Thailand in 1996, working initially in a restaurant on Koh Tao. He then taught English at the British Council, and later edited an English language business magazine. For most of the last 15 years, he’s worked at a public relations agency in Bangkok. His Thai wife Hana is originally from the Northeast city of Kalasin. They first met in Bangkok some 13 years ago.
From traditional filmmaking to cutting-edge 3D animation – it’s all in a day’s work for Indigo Production
Bangkok-based company attracts major brands with its post-production and CGI division
By Colin Hastings
While Hollywood’s major studios have long recognized Thailand as a great place to make movies because of its dazzling scenery, lower production costs, skilled technicians and state of the art gear and facilities, the country is also home to a slate of smaller production houses that are delivering quality TV commercials and films for leading brands across the globe.
One of the most active is Indigo Production, a Bangkok-based outfit launched eleven years ago by veteran advertising executive Adrian Van de Velde. Based in Sukhumvit, Indigo is a “one-stop shop” which incorporates traditional so called ‘live action’ filming with a recently added post-production and CGI (computer generated imagery) division. By doing so they’ve added spectacular cutting-edge 3D animation, to their existing service offering of traditional broadcast tv commercials, documentaries and online content.
Its clients include the mainstay FMCG brands under multinational giants Unilever, P&G and Coca-Cola. A global hotel chain with 1000s of properties worldwide. And a growing number of local and regional brands across Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. One such brand is Nutifood Vietnam a flavoured milk and yogurt producer. This project gave Indigo the perfect opportunity to launch their CGI Division.
“As it turns out, our timing to launch ‘Indigo Post’ was remarkably prescient. While most of the industry couldn’t shoot live action because of the rolling pandemic restrictions, we didn’t skip a beat.” says Adrian Van de Velde.
During the Covid pandemic, the company succeeded in overcoming the lockdown restrictions on several live action filming projects by going 100% by remote.
British architect behind the Foundation funding education for children of underprivileged Thai families
Having spent 30 years in Thailand establishing the multiple-award-winning design studio, the Beaumont Partnership, Tim Beaumont is well known for his work in design and construction - and more recently his advocacy for education for the underprivileged in the kingdom.
In 2008, during the ongoing social and political unrest between the red and yellow shirts, Tim and his business partners began the Beaumont Partnership Foundation to create social change through education.
While education is compulsory in Thailand, economic obstacles and the need to help the family earn an income can prevent students from completing their studies. This pattern becomes evident in the high school years when government subsidies no longer cover all the expenses related to school and education.
The Ruam Pattana School does not charge school fees but requests that the guardians and parents contribute 15 hours of work during a semester, including cleaning, gardening, painting, and brick-making. The aim is to take the students and keep them in school through to year 12. From the start of secondary school, there is a focus on work experience and careers and having students understand the opportunities in vocations and tertiary studies. There is also an element enabling the students to aspire and gain confidence in their education and personal development.
The Foundation employs within the community. The school employs teachers and ancillary support staff within the School and Foundation grounds.
Students who attend the school come from a 26-kilometre radius, and the school is non-selective academically. Currently, the school supports 298 students and employs a total of 45 staff members.
What lessons have you learned since starting the Foundation 14 years ago?
Tim: I didn't realize how much work this would be. Managing the business is tough, but managing the Foundation is all-consuming. It's my second job before nine and after five on Monday to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
By Sam’s mum
Of course as life would have it, it can all happen on a very normal day….like January 4th 2015, which began as nothing special but by the end of it, my life and that of my family were to be turned upside down and inside out.
We had just returned after the Christmas holidays to our home in Phnom Penh where we had been living since 2011. Our two children age 10 and 11, were all set to start back at international school the coming Monday and both my husband and I had returned to work. It was all very ordinary.