Newsletter June 2014
Enjoy your holidays!
Dear all, this is the last newsletter of the current season. We hope you enjoyed reading us during the year and we wish all of you splendid holidays, be it in Belgium, here or anywhere else in the world. We hope we can welcome all of you as BCT-members again in September, so we can make it another stunning year together!
First preview on the next BCT-season in september!
It is early days yet, but the BCT has already scheduled a number of activities for the new season that starts in September. In short: take your agenda and block a number of dates…
Without any doubt, thé eye-catcher of the new BCT-year comes on Saturday 20 September. On this Saturday, we invite all of you to our one and only ‘Love Boat-party’ during which you can renew your membership. More details follow, but we can already report the membership-prices remain at the same level: THB 800 single, THB 1500 couple and THB 2000 family.
An overview of the upcoming events
October | Film and Frites
Saturday, 22 November (to be confirmed) | Tennis Tournament
Sunday, 7 December (to be confirmed) | Sint-Nicolas / Sinterklaas
Ambassador’s wife invited Belgians to a coffee morning
On Tuesday 24 June, Mrs. Marie Chantal Biela-Michielsen, the wife of the Belgian ambassador, organised a very well received coffee-morning in the Belgian residence in Bangkok. During her informal meeting, Mrs. Biela-Michielsen not only saw quite a lot of new Belgian faces, but also helped answer lots of questions.
Annual dinner ‘concludes’ BCT-year
With the annual dinner on Saturday 14 June, the BCT officially concluded its year. During our gathering (around 30 people were present) in the Thai restaurant Taling Pling, we looked back on what turned out to be a very interesting year and at the same time already looked forward to the new season that starts in September.
At Taling Pling, it was also time to say goodbye to a number of members and at the same time introduce a number of newcomers. Thank you very much for all your efforts to those who leave the committee (Maarten Boonen, Ann Peenen, Sofie Boddez, Joost Verstraete and Hilde Verlinden) and welcome to our newcomers (Bram Clincke, Véronique Devlesaver, Frederik Dhooghe and Petra Brouckmans), who will be presented during the ‘Love Boat’-party.
Belgium-Holland and cheer our Red Devils at the World Cup
On Saturday 24 May, the BCT helped organize a major soccer event in Bangkok. In the National Stadium, a clash between Belgian and Dutch expats was staged, as a general warm-up for the World Cup in Brazil. Hundreds of people turned up to cheer both teams. Final score: 5-2 for The Netherlands.
Those who want to support our Belgian team at the World Cup need not do this alone. During the group stages, Belgian supporters came together in bar The Sportsman (Sukhumvit soi 13), where they helped cheer ‘our boys’ to the knock-out stage of the competition. As this venue proved to be ideal, diehard fans know where they have to be. Come around 2 am to this bar, for a match that starts at 3 am, on Wednesday 2 July. Belgium takes on the United States for a place in the quarterfinals.
Nothing but smiling faces at Easter egg-hunt
Sunday 27 April - the day the sun was in a perfect 90 degree angle above Bangkok - was also the day the Easter bunny visited our Belgian kids. The venue was the same as last year, First Steps pre-school on Sukhumvit soi 31. Fortunately, there was plenty of shade for the kids to enjoy their arts & crafts and also for the parents to savour their cup of coffee and delicious Delifrance waffles.
The plastic eggs the Easter bunny left in the garden, survived the sun and all 40 kids hunted happily for their colourful eggs. Of course, these plastic eggs could later on be exchanged for the very tasty real chocolate eggs!
In short: this was a very cozy, sunny and nice morning with a lot of happy faces! Want to relive this day? Then visit our website (www.belgianclubthailand.com), where you find all of the pictures taken on that day.
A big thank you to our sponsor Delifrance and its delicious waffles!
BKK, my home!
Hello! My name is Maud and I am 34 years old. About 2 years ago, I decided to leave my job as a lawyer in Brussels to move to BKK with my husband, Mathieu, and our two girls, Jeanne (6) and Alice (4). Mathieu received at that time a good opportunity to work for the United Nations in Bangkok and we thought it was worth the challenge! We don’t regret our decision.
Six months after we arrived, our family became bigger as Elisa, our third daughter, was born here. Our three kids really enjoy life in Thailand. The two older ones go to Garden International School and the youngest one recently went to the French Nursery “P’tits bouts” on Yen Akart for the first time. This is quite convenient as we live in Sathorn and both the school and the nursery are close by.
This gives me also some free time for several activities. One of them is working as volunteer for a charity “Isan Weaving”, for which we design kids clothes that are sold through private sales. All profits are sent back to the Isan region (North of Thailand) where the clothes are made by local workers.
Bangkok in 3 words: sunny, skyline and never-sleeping
Thai dish I miss the most when I am away: Panaeng Curry
Favourite iconic BKK spot: A classic. I like to bring visiting friends to the Sirocco. The view is just breath-taking.
Favourite place for a romantic date with my husband: I recently tested “Sensi”, the new Italian restaurant in the neighbourhood (Naratiwas), which was delicious (a bit expensive though) and perfect for a dinner with my husband.
Favourite spa: SARAHN relax on Suan Phlu for the aromatherapy oil massage
My family’s go-to restaurant: “Mama Dolores” on Yen Akart, ideal for having a pizza in a relax and kids friendly atmosphere.
Go-to Sunday Brunch: Shangri La on the Chao Praya river (amazing choice of good products and also a good set of activities for kids). Otherwise for a brunch at home, I would recommend the newly opened bakery “Amantee” area which makes the best bread in the “Nanglinchi” neighbourhood.
Favourite rooftop bar: “Above Eleven” on Sukkhumvit Soi 11. It’s trendy, the view is nice and their sushi platter is delicious.
Favourite neighbourhood/spot: I like to go for a walk in the very Thai market behind Trinity Complex (Silom soi 5) where you can find almost everything at a cheap price!
Favourite place to take the kids out on the weekend: I already went several times to “Ocean World” on the ground floor of Siam Paragon Mall and my kids really like going there. They also enjoy very much riding their bikes in the Lumpini Park (when the park is not hosting thousands of demonstrators!).
Best shop for children’s clothes: Without any doubt... “Isan Weaving”
Favourite weekend get-away: We like going to the beach, so Hua Hin and Cha-am are often our destinations as they are not too far away from Bangkok. We like to try new hotels each time we go!
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