Monday, February 28, 2011

Vichit Fun Run

Tim made good his promise on Facebook and to readers of Otter’s Tales by taking part in the Vichit Fun Run early on Sunday morning.

Somjai and Surin (two members of staff) joined him in his early morning excursion. The run started at 6am when it was still dark and it was completed just as the sun rose. 470 people entered this run and many of them were parents with their children and it was organised to promote health in the local community.
Congratulations to all for completing and for receiving a medal each!

more photographs

Monday, February 21, 2011

Phuket Old Town Festival

At the tail end of the Chinese New Year Celebrations came the Phuket Old Town Festival.

It was very busy with the local families and we took a group of guests from Cape Panwa Hotel and Kantary Bay.

When we arrived we divided up into small groups and explored.

Tim wandered amongst all the stalls and bought a number of presents for his family – after all it was for Valentine’s Day...

A small group of guests headed straight to Soi Rommanee and the very special atmosphere and bars there.  A small group headed for some of the stalls opposite the TAT office for something to eat and the rest us wandered aimlessly – but none of us took the barge trip on the canal – maybe next time?
photographs of the festival

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy Valentines

Cape Panwa started Valentine’s Day early with the quiet wedding of Rosala and Roberto.

Then flowers were delivered to the guests from their partners and a bouquet for Kessera (who sits at the taxi desk) from an unknown admirer…

Later in the day a spectacular long drum-parade of children from the local school wound its way along the beach, accompanying Mike, who was getting married to Tanyagon.  Drinks and canap├ęs followed their ceremony at Panwa House and the evening finished with spirit balloons soaring high into the night sky.

At the same time there was a special set dinner at Top of the Reef where dining couples were served special drinks and a violinist played whilst they ate.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Cape Panwa Hotel welcomed the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit with Chef Phudon’s traditional Chinese dishes of roast pig, dim sum and other scrumptious favourites.

The staff dressed in traditional Chinese dress and were happy to have their photograph taken with the guests.

The pool was festooned with Chinese Lanterns and traditional red envelopes, which were actually not used, well Tim tells me that he did not receive an envelope – maybe red envelopes should be handed out to guests next time?

The Chinese buffet dinner started and we were entertained by the inimitable Chaovalit Band as we ate.

Chinese dragons then arrived with an entourage of dancing children which then wove its way around the tables and around the pool dancing to the rhythm of drums. (Editor: I wonder how come nobody fell in? Maybe in the Year of the fish?)


Monday, February 7, 2011

A Golf Cart Tale

Tim’s hopes were raised sky high when he heard that the hotel was purchasing a Golf Cart. 

Did this mean that the hotel was going to buy him a real set of golf clubs? After all, his Chinese Nike set were beginning to show signs of demise OR were they going to pay him to play golf with the guests?

Neither: The Golf Cart was bought to ferry guests from the lobby to the newly constructed Junior Suites in T, U and V wings.

The bell boys will be taking care of the golf cart and in the meantime Tim’s golf hasn't got much better…