Newsletter January 2017


 Newsletter January 2017

President’s note

Happy 2017 to you all!

Dear all,

First of all, this newsletter reaches you just in time to allow our entire committee to wish you all the best for 2017 – Year of the Rooster!

I also wish to start with welcoming Dominique into the committee. She joined us in November to strengthen our new team. You will find her short introduction below.

We are now 7 women in the committee and I am very proud of this new team.
You can find more details about our team on our website: www.belgianclubthailand.com.II I take also this opportunity to remind you to visit and ‘like’ the “Belgian Club of Thailand” Facebook page which tells you the adventures of our club and some other useful and unusual information!

We now should proudly look back at the activities that we have organized since last September. The first event organized by our new team was a successful Welcome Brunch. It was followed by a Get2gether at the "Café des Stagiaires" in Sathorn.

To express our solidarity with our grieving host country due to the national mourning for the passing of H. M. King Bhumipol, we put on hold our activities for a month. Our second Get2gether was in November @ Det5 in the  Sukhumvit area.

At the end of November, Saint Nicolas came to the Holiday Inn to reward the kind and wonderful little members of our tribe. This great event was a complete success and I would like to thank all the volunteers for their help as well as our Great Saint and his helpers. This morning was unforgettable for our kids who left with large smiles on their faces and their hands full of toys and treats.

In December, in order to start the New Year celebrations, our monthly Get2gether brought us closer to the sky at the Scarlet Bar rooftop: one very festive moment with a breathtaking view.

The first month of 2017 started with our "Disco Boat Party". It was a true Saturday Night Fever in every sense of the word .... Everyone was delighted!

This was followed by a visit to the National Museum, which was a great discovery for everyone especially for the children who enjoyed a funny Thai treasure hunt.

Our last event was last week with another Get2Gether at the "Café des Stagiaires". The lovely terrace atmosphere fuelled with many Belgian beers reminds us of the summer evenings in our Belgian cities!

As we wish to continue to surf on this wave of success, we have decided to meet each last Thursday of the month for a Get2Gether hosted by the “Café des Stagiaires”. Please do write this recurent rendez-vous down in your agenda! 

We also hope to see you soon at our upcoming events, starting with “I want to ride my bicycle…” on February 18th.
You will also find at the end of this newsletter  “A look at our future events”. Save these dates!!!!

Finally, I wish to thank you for attending and enjoying our activities as well as giving us so many encouragements. Without your support and involvement, the BCT would not exist ! Please, continue to join us in bigger numbers, it will be our greatest reward.

I hope you will enjoy this newsletter and again Happy New Year to all of you!

See you soon,

Cécile

 

 

A BCT committee member... Welcome Dominique!

Dominique Olivier

 

  

Expatriée en 2012 à 51 ans, je suis arrivée à Bangkok avec mon plus jeune fils, Pierre-Guillaume alors âgé de 16 ans.  J’ai toujours beaucoup voyagé professionnellement mais l’expatriation à Bangkok est la première. J’y travaille pour une société américaine et suis en charge des Ressources Humaines pour l’Asie Pacifique. Pierre Guillaume étudie maintenant au Canada et j’ai deux autres fils de 27 ans – Nicolas, Analyste Financier, et Hadrien  qui termine ses études de médecin et qui est actuellement en stage au Cambodge. J’ai rejoint récemment le BCT pour rencontrer d’autres Belges à Bangkok, aider le plus possible l’équipe dans l’organisation des évènements sociaux et faire connaitre le club et ses activités à Bangkok.

 
 

 

Past events

G2G @ DET5

While the country was mourning its King, Activities of BCT have quietly and soberly restarted on Thursday November 24th after a break to pay respect to our host. It was then the occasion to hit Sukhumvit area around a few drink for a Get@gether at DET5. Fries and Beers were shared around a long table full of Belgian and friends despite a crying sky that was pouring heavy rain to start the evening. For sure, it was also for our community an occasion to share our sadness for his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s loss.

Saint Nicolas @ Holiday Inn

 

Op 27 november was het weer zover, Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet deden hun intrede in Bangkok. Maar liefst 48 kinderen en hun ouders waren van de partij voor de traditionele Sinterklaas Party van de BCT.

In afwachting van de Sint en zijn helper hebben we liedjes gezongen en spelletjes gespeeld.  Voor sommigen was het bang afwachten, maar … goed nieuws: er waren enkel brave kindjes bij! Iedereen ging naar huis met een welverdiende zak snoepgoed en cadeautjes.

Tot volgend jaar Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet!

G2G @ Scarlett Bar

A Belgian evening with the heroine of Gone with the wind.

To celebrate a year rich in events of all kinds, the Belgians and the BCT have spent a night by the magical Scarlett's roof top. The place to be…. With this wonderful view on Bangkok.

The Direction reserved us a huge private space in order to feel free and comfortable.
What a success! 

Scarlett is not only known for his magical view ... indeed, there is an incredible choice of good wines and beers to taste, while eating tapas or even a real "American frites" which obviously pleased to our compatriots!!!!!

After this long mourning period, it was time and very pleasant for all of us to meet for a last 2016 year 'drink.

Let's go for another Drink somewhere in Bangkok. Please feel free to send us a lot of suggestions!

Disco Boat Party - Saturday Night Fever @ Scarlett Bar

🎶"Then I get night fever, night fever
We know how to do it
Gimme that night fever, night fever
We know how to show it"🎶

Zaterdagavond 14 januari gaven 30 enthousiaste Belgen zich over aan de ultieme 'Saturday Night Fever'-kriebels. Daarbij kwam de nodige glitter en glamour, kleurrijke prints, pruiken en natuurlijk boot legs kijken. Deze knotsgekke gebeurtenis vond plaats op een boot  die vaardde op de Shao Praya rivier ter hoogte van Bangkok. Hierdoor konden we genieten van de prachtige uitzichten van Bangkok by night alsook het grote paleis en de Wat Arun. The boat crew voorzag ons van de nodige hapjes waaronder Belgische frietjes. Uiteraard mochten Belgische bieren hier ook niet ontbreken. Wij zagen de Stella en Hoegaarden overvloedig vloeien. De stemming zat er reeds goed in en dat werd alleen maar versterkt door onze uitstekende DJ die een gezonde mix van Disco en party songs draaide. Maar uiteraard is het voornamelijk de energie en het enthousiasme van de mede Belgen die ervoor zorgde dat deze avond niet meer stuk kon. Alvast super bedankt om ons de gelegenheid te geven u eens op een heel andere manier te leren kennen!

En ja hoor, het enthousiasme kon niet op want bij afloop van de boottocht was er vraag naar meer. Wij besloten de after party te houden bij Glow waar DJ Pierre van Fuse Club Brussel aan het werk was. Een gehele stijlbreuk wat muziek betrof, maar dat lieten er maar weinig aan hun hart komen. Het feestje ging ongestoord verder.

Le BCT en visite @ Musee National de Bangkok.

Une vingtaine d'adultes et une quinzaine d'enfants se sont retrouvés le dimanche 22 janvier pour une découverte des trésors nationaux thaïlandais.  Grâce à un jeu, spécialement conçu pour eux par des guides bénévoles, les enfants ont été amenés à découvrir de manière ludique 5 merveilles : Ganesh, l'éléphant aux mille légendes - Brahma, le dieu créateur - Buddha sous le Naga, et les différentes positions de ses mains - la roue de la loi et les chariots funéraires.

Dans un même temps, les adultes ont parcouru les nombreuses pièces du musée accompagnés de 2 guides enthousiastes qui leur ont fait apprécier l'art thaïlandais au fil des époques. De la préhistoire à Rattanakosin en passant par Sukhothai et Ayutthaya, ils ont voyagé à travers l'histoire, l'art et la religion de leur pays d'accueil.

Pour ceux qui ont manqué cette visite, tous les mercredis et jeudis à 9h30 sont proposées des visites guidées en anglais, français, allemands et japonais. Bienvenue à tous!

G2G @ Café des Stagiaires

On January 26th, the start the year with old habits, the BCT organized his Get2gether at Le Café des Stagiaires. We could all enjoy good Belgian beers while having a chat about our new year’s resolution and the BCT coming events.

About 30 people gathered and we were pleased to see some of our founding members. The atmosphere was very relax and cosy.

After the happy hour from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, BCT members were offered a special discount of 10% on beverages and it was well appreciated, thanks the Café des Stagiaires.
 

 

An overview of the upcoming events .... Save the Dates!!!!!

I want to ride my bicycle ... February 18th

Do you also feel the urge to ride a bicycle in Bangkok and discover unseen places?

Then join BCT cycle tour on the 18th of February at 12.30 pm !!!

This 5 hour bike tour will be guide you through the unseen Bangkok and show you hidden gems. Not to mention it is guided by famous Ko Van Kessel tour operator. 

More info on our Website : www.belgianclubthailand.com/2017bicycle

G2G, last Thursdays of the month

Every last Thursday of the month, Le café des Stagiaires will host BCT. Next one will be held on Thursday, February 23. Let's come!

Tennis tournament followed by "Cheese & Wine" dinner.

 

Thank you to Tennis' Fans for their participation to our survey. Unfortunately, none of the 3 proposed dates attracts a sufficient number of players to allow us to organize a decent tennis event. 

As a result there will be no tournament in February. We may consider a new date in March (maybe 4th), and will keep you posted.

Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 2th 

Eggs Oh Eggs, we will hunt you down! The Easter Bunny is looking forward to celebrating with all of you!

Join us for an Egg Hunt on Sunday 2 April from 9.30 am till 12.00 pm.

More details will be provided in due time. 

& more to come....

BCT team plans :

  • a film & Frites in May
  • an end of BCT's season dinner mid June
  • an end of BCT's season Get2Gether in a rooftop end of June


Please save these dates in your agenda!!!! 

 

 

 

 

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