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PHUKET EXPOSED: Helene Fallon Wood

Honorary Consul of Ireland to Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga, and Manager of Tamarind Villas Phuket

Friday 4 May 2012, 12:08PM

Helene Fallon Wood.

Helene Fallon Wood.

What were you doing before you moved here?

Before I moved to Phuket I was a production co-ordinator/manager for several TV series and movies, working mainly in Ireland and the UK.

How long have you lived on the island and why did you move here?

This September I will have lived in Phuket for 24 years. I moved here because my husband Peter wanted to come to Thailand.

What is the best thing about living here?

Coming from Ireland it has to be the weather!  

Tell us about your position as the Irish Consulate for Phuket.

I was appointed just after the tsunami in 2004. However I had been unofficially representing Ireland for a number of years before that. My position basically involves offering a service to all Irish citizens, whether holidaying or residing here, in addition to providing visa applications for Thais wanting to go to Ireland.

What do you do to relax?

I love a Thai massage and I love visiting the salon for hours of pampering.

What hobbies or sports are you interested in?

I go to the gym daily and love to ride my bike around Nai Harn and Rawai. I also read lots and love movies and lots of TV series.

I am involved in the Life Home Project [a shelter for women and children affected by HIV/Aids] and spend time working on events and projects for the betterment of the project.

What is your favourite childhood memory?

Picking blackberries and gooseberries at my grandparents’ gardens and making jams and pies with them.

Favourite food or dish?

A good risotto with seafood, preferably crab, and a good glass of crisp white wine.

What kind of music are you into?

Some Celtic music, R&B and some classical.

What is the best tip you have for people moving to Phuket?

Take your time and decide on things slowly and after seeking good advice. Make sure you have super health insurance, please!

The person you admire the most and why?

Irish president Mary McAleese who came to Phuket in 2002 for the Asian Gaelic Games hosted in Phuket. She took time out to visit the Life Home Project and subsequently we received a grant from the Irish Government to assist in the building of the project in Koh Sirae.

President McAleese stepped down this year after two terms as Irish president. She will be very much missed.

Where in Phuket would you take someone on a first date?

Again, being Irish, it would have to be a pub, probably The Irish Times in Jungceylon.

If you could come back as any other person who would it be and why?

My husband, he plays golf most days or sails if not golfing, and generally has a
great life!

Favourite place on the island, and why?

I love Nai Harn as it is still very unspoilt and in the green season it is almost back to our own local beach. I love to sit watching the sunset and having a glass of wine with friends.

What’s your favourite night out?

Going out for dinner at Ka Jok See and having a boogie and a lot of shooters, compliments of the great host Khun Lek. I love the show and the atmosphere and the huge laugh one always has.

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