Newsletter October 2015
The summer holidays and associated family visits ended already a while ago. It is time to set aside our beautiful holiday memories for a while and focus with renewed energy on our experiences here in Bangkok. The BCT started with a welcome back Sunday Brunch, a Coffee Morning and a Film and Frites evening. We still have several events to look forward to like our annual tennis tournament and the big Saint Nicolas party.
I want to extend a warm welcome to Ines, who has joined the BCT Committee and will be responsible for the kids’ team. You can find a little more information about Ines on our website www.belgianclubthailand.com.
As it is the case with a lot of international social clubs, there are often goodbyes. This is my last President’s note as from the 1st of January 2016, I will pass the torch to the person who feels incumbent to take the role. A big thank you goes out to all the BCT members who are present at our events and have contributed greatly to the friendly and pleasant ambience that surrounds the BCT.
And of course I want to express my great appreciation to all the volunteers I have been working with. It goes without saying that without their tremendous help, the BCT would not have been so cheerful. Let us conclude my tenure as president in the same atmosphere and come and join us for a toast at our end of the year drink that will be organised on December 12th.
Family Brunch Sunday the 13th of September
A cosy Belgian welcome in a quintessential British setting
The family brunch at the British club was surely a lovely way to start the new BCT season. The British Club organised a lovely private and intimate spot at their back lawns. The marquees offered enough shade for relaxed conversation at the nicely decorated tables and the huge colourful bouncy castle (and one squeaky swing) assured a few hours of fun for all the children. The nice buffet brunch added to the informal atmosphere, hopefully helping some of the new families to feel welcome in Bangkok and the BCT community.
Ladies Coffee morning
A homely, sweet and small affair
On the 23rd of September, a few lovely ladies and one cute baby boy came together at the home of Petra. Unfortunately, illness, last minute meetings and the struggles that are Bangkok traffic, made this a smaller gathering than planned. In this very informal setting, and bolstered by coffee, tea, brownies Petra’s very own made waffles and pancakes, the discussion meandered through very diverse topics. As always, it was lovely to talk about some of the experiences we share as expat wives.
Film & Frites 10th of October
Outside the mainstream with « La Folie Almayer »
The 5th edition of “Film & Frites” at Alliance Française was this time far from mainstream. The producer, Chantal Akerman, had such a way to insist on moments, so we could feel hero’s emotions. Sweat and misery were deeply present as well as extraordinary views of nature which were reminding us its sway on human’s life. We appreciate that the slow rhythm of the movie was maybe not everyone’s cup of tea.
Around 60 people turned up to make this event happen and we thank you warmly for that. Belgians beers and frites are consistently appreciated by our community and friends.
The Film & Frites event wants to keep its familiar atmosphere. Our objective is not at all to project only art movies but to show Belgian producers’ work.
Please feel free to write your comments and/or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCT Cruise on the 8th of November
Unfortunately, the planned BCT cruise under the Thai-Belgian friendship banner had to be cancelled due to some unexpected circumstances. Our sincere apologies for any disappointment this might have caused.
BCT tennis tournament on Saturday 21st of November 2015
This 4th edition of the BCT-cup will be played at “ Le Smash Club” as usual.
The tournament itself will be played on 2 courts while 2 other courts will be available for warming up and diehards wanting more. All courts are rented from 02:00 pm till 08:00 pm.
Kids tennis, all kids are invited for 1 hour free tennis initiation by two professional international coaches.
Food & drinks, Le Smash Club agreed to lower the price for the children to 150 THB instead of 300 THB as was charged before.
An official invitation including all details will be send to you in due time.
The BCT committee is looking forward to welcoming you.
Saint Nicolas: tentative date Sunday 29th of November
We hope Saint Nicolas and his black Petes will sail into Bangkok also this year to brighten and liven up the hearts of all Belgian kids. Info to follow shortly…
End-of-year Drink: Saturday 12th of December
Join us for a drink to celebrate the end of the year. Venue to be disclosed in due time.
Wind of change is touching the BCT Committee
The only thing we can be sure of in life is change. Especially with our transient expat existence, we often have to deal with more change than most. Regretfully the BCT Committee is also not immune to this. Three of our current BCT Committee members will be leaving the Committee from the 1st of January 2016. Marielle, our current president and events coordinator, will be leaving to focus on a likely move overseas this summer. Marielle has been tireless in her efforts to make the BCT a place where Belgians in Thailand can come together. For over three years she has tried to negotiate the best prices for our events, energised the BCT Committee and has endlessly dragged boxes in and out of her car to all our events. Her contributions to the BCT cannot be overstated and she will be sorely missed.
The same can be said about Corinne, our current Webmaster and jack of all trades, who is also leaving the Committee after several years of selfless contribution to the BCT. Corinne will be exploring some new professional horizons. I for one will not forget Corinne’s great efforts, making the Sinterklaas and Easter party such a great success for all the Belgian children in Thailand.
Lastly, I (Petra) will also be leaving the BCT Committee to focus more on personal endeavours. I have enjoyed working with such a great group of people over the last 2 years.
But where there is an ending, there is also the opportunity for a new beginning! The Belgian Club Thailand has several positions available for people to join the BCT Committee. If you are someone who has some time and energy to spare and like the idea of promoting social and cultural contacts between Belgians living in Thailand, please take this opportunity and become a member of the BCT Committee! Obviously, without some volunteers, the BCT cannot operate successfully so please do contact us if you want to help. For more info please feel free to contact Marielle at email@example.com.
From left to right: Mirna Roosma and Sarah De Beuckeleer
As usual, a Belgian living in Bangkok sums up his or her experience of Thailand by means of a number of different slogans. This time, the stage is presented to Sarah De Beuckeleer who moved to Pattaya, which is only 1,5 hour drive from Bangkok. She moved in August and is working for the Dutch department of the St. Andrews International School.
Pattaya in 3 words: vibrant, melting pot, skyline
Thai dish: Penang curry and chicken cashew nuts
Iconic Pattaya spot: the temple of sanctuary
Romantic date: If you are looking for that special night out to take your lover look no further than the Glasshouse restaurant, great food, service and amazing view.
Favourite Spa: It s always nice to go to the Pullman hotel where you can relax and enjoy the swimming pool. The happy hour is a nice extra.
Family's go to restaurant: The Sky gallery
Sunday Brunch: Aroi - Belgian owned restaurant. Amazing dishes and a wide selection of Belgian beers
Rooftop Bar: Nothing beats leaving the St. Andrews International school on a Friday and having some after work drinks on the Hilton rooftop.
Take the kids out to...: sorry no kids, my Dutch and Belgian students love to go to the Cartoon Network.
Clothes: Central festival
Weekend get-away: Haven't travelled a lot but during half term I will be going to Koh Tao. I have heard it is a nice get-away
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To view all our events see www.belgianclubthailand.com
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