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A Passion for polo

Harald Link, who is married to Princess Maria-Assunta of Liechtenstein, is known as a polo lover. And this was confirmed when he received an invitation from Germany's ambassador to Thailand, Rolf Peter Schiltz, to watch the World Cup football match between the Germany and Portugal last Tuesday.

"I was not quite sure if I could join [the viewing] because tomorrow I have to go for polo," Link told reporters on the sidelines of his press conference last Monday, citing the match's 11pm commencement as his concern.

During the press conference that was organised to announce the acquisition of two power plants from Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby, the straight-talking Link said he had recently returned from a trip to Malaysia.

"But I did not meet Sime Darby. I went there to play polo," he told the hundreds of participants taking part at the event.

Link said he had found some good business partners from playing polo though he had never intended to use the sport to build business connections.

Samurai spirit

The chairperson of Toshiba Thailand Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, in his capacity as president of the Thai-Japan Association, has been caught up in World Cup fever.

She and Kalin Sarasin invited other Thai and Japanese directors of the association to watch Japan's clash against Greece last Friday.

But because you would be hard pressed to find a Japanese restaurant till 5am, the match was watched at the Italian restaurant at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

Myanmar's big draw

Kosilp Patarateeranond, managing director of Advanced Stainless Steel, admitted the purpose of his visit to Myanmar five years ago was not business but to meet Myanmar's most famous soothsayer, E Thi.

But getting an appointment with her was more difficult than organising a meeting with a minister, as she only met a few clients a day.

"My daughter is flying in [to Myanmar] this afternoon in a bid to see her tomorrow. Contact me if you're interested [in meeting the soothsayer]," Koilp told participants at a seminar held by Bangkok Bank last week - with a grin.

And like many things in Myanmar, E Thi's fee is said to have doubled to US$200 in the past two years.

Contributed by Pichaya Changsorn


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