Newsletter October 2014
“This is your captain speaking!”
With these words we kicked off our amazing Love Boat Party, accompanied by Johan, a man I consider to be the best Belgian DJ, who unfortunately lives in Singapore and lots of Belgian passengers. We embarked for more than 4 hours of disco fun on the Chao Phraya River. It also gave me the opportunity to present our new team for this season, including myself as President.
A few weeks earlier, we had a lovely coffee morning at Petra’s house. Petra is a new member of the BCT committee and is responsible for the secretariat and the welcome team. This month in October,we will only have our GTG this Friday as many of us will be out of Bangkok for the October holidays.
November starts with the Film and Frites evening and later that month we organize our traditional tennis tournament. Finally, St. Nicholas is coming early to Bangkok this year, on Sunday morning 30 November.
Last but not least, my team and myself would like to warmly thank TMB, as it renewed its sponsorship of the BCT for another year.
To those I didn’t meet yet: hope to meet you soon. To those I already met: hope to see you again soon.
A short introduction to…. your new BCT-team
For the BCT, September is always very important, as this is the month in which the new membership year begins. A new year also means a new committee is elected. For those of you who didn’t make it to our first event - the Love Boat cruise - a short introduction to a lot of new and some familiar faces…
First and foremost, we should introduce our new female president, Marielle Eurlings. Marielle has tons of expat experience in Asia and becomes president, after having been vice-president last year. She will be assisted by seven committee members, four of which are new.
As vice-president, Frederik Dhooge was elected. Frederik will not only act as our VP, but is also in charge of sponsoring. Corinne De Coninck becomes our new webmaster, while Petra Brouckmans takes care of the secretariat and the welcome team. Next, there is Bram Clincke who is responsible for Sports and other events. Last but not least, we also welcome Véronique Devlesaver, who is in charge of cultural events.
The three familiar faces are Freddy Pierets, Corinne De Coninck and Jan Hoffman. Freddy remains our treasurer, Corinne becomes our new webmaster and Jan remains in charge of the communications department.
First BCT Coffee morning of the season
The BCT managed to make an average Thursday morning a little bit more exciting on its first coffee morning of the season. On the 11th of September, 12 lovely ladies and one cute very young man came together at the home of Petra. In this very informal setting, and bolstered by coffee, tea, sweet treats and Petra’s very own made waffles, the discussion meandered through very diverse topics. As always, the sharing of common experiences and challenges of expat life proved popular and valuable.
Love Boat-party: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet
On Saturday 20 September, our long awaited Love Boat-party finally took place. This event, which served as the kick-off for our new BCT-season, became a smashing hit. Over 50 people danced, ate and drank the night away aboard the private cruise ship we booked with Sabai Cruises.
The theme Love Boat took us back to the late 70-ies and early 80-ies. Should an alien have landed on the BCT cruise ship, he would certainly have checked if he got the time dials of his spacecraft right. Big afro-wigs, curly – never seen during this millennium – blond hair, shiny (literally) happy people, disco-lights, people dancing to nothing but long-since forgotten tunes,…
To those who were present: thank you all for making this evening a smashing success. To those who unfortunately did not get aboard our Love Boat: pity, but make sure to show up during the events we have in stall for you later this season. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
An overview of the upcoming events:
Friday, 10 October | G2G
Saturday, 1 November | Film & Frites
Saturday, 22 November | Tennis Tournament
Sunday, 30 November | St.-Nicolas
G2G: Friday 10 October
Don’t forget: this Friday, Wine Depot is our place to be
Want to meet fellow Belgians in a relaxed atmosphere? Then do not hesitate and come this Friday to Wine Depot for our first Get Together of the new BCT-season. Wine Depot is a brand-new and affordable winestore and bar that opened its doors merely two weeks before our G2G.
Wine Depot offers 20 wines by the glass at 150 to 210 BHT net, but there is also a selection of beer, tapas and cheese. Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/winedepotbangkok.
Venue: Wine Depot, 28 Sukhumvit soi 22 (opposite Imperial Queen hotel, a mere three minutes walk from the Phrom Phong BTS Sky Train station). Our kick-off is at 8pm.
Film & Frites on Saturday 1 November
Join us for ‘Le gamin au vélo’
Following the success of our last Film & Frites-evening, the BCT organizes a new Film & Frites-event on Saturday 1 November. That evening, we offer you a movie by the Walloon brothers Dardenne: 'Le gamin au vélo', which you can watch while enjoying real Belgian snacks.
‘Le gamin au vélo’ stars Thomas Doret and Cécile de France. Set in Seraing, it tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who turns to a woman for comfort after his father has abandoned him. The movie premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was co-winner of the festival's Grand Prix.
More details will be communicated shortly.
BCT-tournament on Saturday 22 November
Which couple becomes our next doubles champion?
Tennis fans, take your agendas and note down the following date: Saturday 22 November. Starting at 2 pm, the BCT organizes its third edition of the BCT tennis doubles championship, which once again takes place in Le Smash Club (Rama 3 Road, Soi 64). Apart from the doubles finals, also single semi-finals and finals will be played among the finalists of the doubles.
You are not the world’s best player? No sweat, as there are two ends to our draw: one for the ‘Gods’ and one for the’ lesser Gods’, or those who perform better at a ‘recreational’ level. You have kids? That is no problem as well, as we have not only foreseen free initiation – and guidance - for kids, but also offer them games inside the restaurant. We moreover rented two more courts than during our previous editions, to enable the perfect warm-up and is the place to be for those who can’t stop playing.
More details will be provided in due time.
St.-Nicolas on Sunday 30 November
Holy Man and his helpers plan early stop in Thailand
With the end of the year in sight, our children once again get restless. Good news for all of our young ones: St.-Nicolas has confirmed he is coming to Bangkok on Sunday 30 November!
The venue and exact timing is as yet kept a secret, but we will inform you well in time where and at what time St.-Nicolas and his helpers have this year's rendez-vous with our boys and girls.
BKK, my home!
Hello! My name is Petra and I have lived in Bangkok for just over 2 years now. We, my British husband Andrew and two daughters Amelie (11) and Elise (8), are what you could call a serial expat family. I left Belgium in 1999 and have since lived in 6 different countries, including Malaysia (twice), Australia, UAE, South Africa and Scotland.
My children have never lived in a European country, so is important to keep them in touch with their Belgian and British roots. The latter is mostly taken care of by their attendance of a British International School (Bangkok Patana). The former is largely helped by regular trips to Belgium and the activities organised by the BCT.
Bangkok in 3 words: lively, exciting and smelly.
Thai dish I miss the most when I am away: Ga-prao Gai and Pad Thai
Favourite iconic BKK spot: The Chao Phraya River. Taking my guests on a long tail boat through the khlongs of Bangkok is always a highlight. They can take in the hustle and bustle of river life, spot a monitor lizard, feed fish and see the most beautiful temples along the way. A must!
Favourite place for a romantic date with my husband: there are so many options in Bangkok so it is hard to choose one. For a laid back bottle of wine with delicious tapas in a very cute environment, Bellini’s on Thonglor 13 is great. For a fine dining experience, Ashton on soi Sukhumvit 39 is expensive but great. The restaurant offers truly great fusion cuisine and the chef changes the menu once a month.
Favourite spa: for a more luxurious experience: Oasis Spa on Sukhumvit 39, for a nice massage in a nice setting Urban Retreat or VVA by Boulevard 39 on Sukhumvit 39.
My family’s go-to restaurant: “The Greyhound” in Emporium Mall. A great restaurant that has efficient and friendly staff, consistently delivers great food and has a nice trendy setting. Another family favourite is “6 to 12” restaurant. It has all the mentioned features of the Greyhound but has the added bonus that it is open from 6 am in the morning until 12 pm at night.
Go-to Sunday Brunch: we are not great brunch people but the brunch at the Regis hotel is fantastic and overlooks the race course so you can watch the horses whilst munching on your lobster. Pretty cool!
Favourite rooftop bar: “Octave” in the Marriott hotel Thonglor.
Favourite neighbourhood/spot: for the nightlife definitely the Thonglor area.
Favourite place to take the kids out on the weekend: we love to go cycling in the Ancient City in Samut Prakhan. You can cycle in a car free environment whilst sniffing up local Thai culture – just lovely. For an air-conditioned experience, Arts in Paradise in the Esplanade Mall (MRT stop Thai Cultural Centre) offers fantastic 3D art and great photo opportunities.
Best shop for children’s clothes: I am afraid I can’t advise on that one as we just shop in Zara at Paragon Mall or Central World.
Favourite weekend get-away: Khao-Yai because it has a great National Park, has lovely vineyards and lots of things to do for children (dairy farming, go carting, zip lining and so much more). Kanchanaburi Province as it has such strong historic significance with the bridge over the river Kwai. It also offers the beauty of the Erawan waterfalls and you can have so much water sports’ fun on the river.
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