Newsletter January 2015
A happy 2015 to you all!
The BCT team and myself would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year. May 2015 be a year full of happiness, good health and a lot of fun with the BCT.
I think we can proudly look back at the activities we realised since September last year. Following our smashing Love Boat-event, we organised a very successful Film & Frites evening. Thanks a lot Véronique, for taking this event under your wings in spite of your very hectic schedule. For that reason she also decided to step back. We wish her all the best!
From the sporty site we had our annual tennis tournament, organised by our treasurer, Freddy. Those who joined this tournament enjoyed it very much and are looking forward to the next one. So a big “smash” thank you to Freddy.
Beginning of December, ‘Saint Nicolas’ was in town and all kids got spoilt rotten at the Holiday Inn with the nice gifts from their parents. Of course, let us not forget our Holy Man and his helpers who spend their free time that morning to make it so “real”. Thank you all for helping us in making this event unforgettable for our children.
Last but not least, I must mention our get-togethers where we try to find a new spot nearly every month to have a nice chat and drink with you.
Let me conclude by giving Murielle Hermans a warm welcome, as she will join our BCT-team. Murielle takes over the sponsoring from Frederik Dhooge who has become too busy in his new job. We also wish him all the best.
Finally, we do hope to see you soon at our upcoming events, starting with the New Year’s BBQ at the Doubletree by Hilton Sukhumvit tonight, 31 January.
Film & Frites
Nothing but enthusiasm for ‘Le gamin au vélo’
On Saturday 1 November, for the third time, the BCT organised a Film & Frites-event. That evening, at Alliance Française, we played a movie by the Walloon brothers Dardenne: “Le gamin au vélo”.
Once again, the movie was a big hit, drawing a little under one hundred people, who once again enjoyed real Belgian snacks, before and after the movie. In short: we are already planning a new Film & Frites-event. We will communicate the new date as soon as possible.
Third edition of BCT tennis cup: small, but beautiful
Diehard tennis fans knew where to be on Saturday 22 November. At Le Smash Club, the third edition of the Belgian Club of Thailand doubles tennis cup took place. At the end of the day, Gauthier Pierard and Jan Hoffman became the new champions.
After the qualification matches, the semi-finals were closely disputed. The first was between the couples Véronique Devlesaever/Guillaume Dubois d'Enghien, taking on Emmanuel De Smedt and his mother-in-law Brigitte Buysschaert, and the second saw Freddy and Yiw Pierets battling it out against Gauthier Pierard/Jan Hoffman. Véronique Devlesaever/Guillaume Dubois d'Enghien and Gauthier Pierard/Jan Hoffman made it to the final, in which the latter team ultimately won.
Saint Nicolas party is huge success
On 30 November, the BCT organised its traditional Saint-Nicolas party. Around 60 children and their parents enjoyed a morning of crafts and games, drinks and snacks.
The Holy man and his helpers made the children feel at ease when their past year was reviewed and judged. Luckily, all of our young ones behaved well the past year and consequently all went home with a well-deserved present and a bag full of goodies and a huge ‘speculoos’ Saint Nicolas.
A look at our future events
It goes without saying a new year also means we have nothing but plans for new events. Some of those have already been finalised, others need a little more time. We will keep you posted.
Please pencil in the 27th of February and the 24th of April in your diaries for a new G2G. For both initiatives, of which one will be a salsa-initiation G2G, the exact location and more details will be communicated shortly.
- we plan to go bowling or carting in March
- on Sunday March 29 there will be the traditional Easter egg hunt
- we are working hard to organise a new Belgium-Holland football match in the month of May
- and last but not least on Saturday June 13, we will host our end-of-year party
The BCT wants you !
The BCT team is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and dynamic person for the kid's team. You feel you're up to it? You want to be part of our team? Let us know and maybe we can create some nice things together.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Koen Crucke is coming to… Pattaya
To celebrate four years of ‘Vlaamse Club Pattaya’, VCP president Donaat Vernieuwe invited a well-known Belgian VIP to come and be top of the bill of their happening on Saturday 21 February in Jomtien. Want to see Koen Crucke perform, in the presence of our Belgian ambassador Marc Michielsen? Then don’t miss this event (more details: www.vlaamseclubpattaya.com).
Of course, we at the BCT not only support this initiative, but are at the same time very curious about what Koen Crucke has in mind and what he expects to find here. We contacted the man himself and asked him a number of questions…
What do you expect from your trip to Thailand?
“I have never been to Thailand and I am absolutely delighted to take the plane. I would love to see some of the country and will have all the pleasure to perform there. We do have an idea of this country that has such a rich cultural tradition within settings that seem astonishing. I was told that the people are friendly and that nature is overwhelming. So, I do indeed look very much forward to this voyage.”
“I am honoured by this invitation from Donaat and thrilled by the fact that Mr. Ambassador will attend the concert.”
Do you often perform abroad?
“I have performed lots of times for the Belgians abroad in Spain and the Spanish Islands. Some memorable moments abroad were for instance the Beethoven Festival in Passau, where I had the chance to sing Jacquino in “Fidelio”and the 50 year memorial service for Edith Piaf in the Cathedral of St. John of Belleville. Being a very big Piaf fan, this was a very special moment for me.”
Do you know Thai cuisine?
“As far as the Thai cuisine is concerned, I have to learn a lot. I have had the opportunity to taste some Thai food in restaurants over here. I keep a good souvenir of the food in general, as long as it is not too spicy and too hot. I hope that I will learn to taste and enjoy the Thai cuisine during my short stay and I must say I look very much forward to discovering it.”
Do you know Thai music and the opera 'Thais'?
“The Thai artists and music are not that well known over here. I suppose that this originates in the big difference in Culture. I can imagine that our music is not that well known in Thailand either. However: I hope to hear and enjoy some Thai music and wonder if the classical music differs a lot from the music written and performed today. Funnily The Opera “Thaïs” by Jules Massenet has nothing to do with Thailand. People sometimes ask me this, but the plot is situated in Egypt, during the Byzantine period.”
What can we expect of your performance?
“During my concert in Thailand, I will perform a mixture of répertoire. I normally sing in Flemish but also in French, German, Italian, English and Spanish. I still have to assemble the songs and music. I want the audience to enjoy itself as much as I do myself.”
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