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Who will be Mr. & Miss Nakhon Chiang Mai Games?

Paramee Khamchompoo and Apiporn Isarasenee win Nakhon Chiang Mai Games Singing Contest

Udommit Restaurant officially opens

Khum Khantoke Restaurant hosts travel show planning session

European food writer comes to Chiang Mai to learn to cook Thai

Who will be Mr. & Miss Nakhon Chiang Mai Games?

By Nuttanee Thaveephol Photos by Metinee Chaikuna

The first round of Mr. & Miss Nakhon Chiang Mai Games was held on December 1 at Central Airport Plaza Department Store. 20 athletic boys and girls appeared as part of the National Games campaign. The finals were scheduled for December 8 at the Thapae Gate.

The boys were also willing to join the celebration of Nakhon Chiang Mai Games as hosts.

Getting ready for the final round.

Great rewards were waiting for the youngsters, as the overall first prize winner received a scholarship, shield and sash amounting to more than THB 30,000, and more than 15,000 baht for the second place. There was also a prize for the cultural ambassador being nominated as an exchange student to the U.S. for one year including the scholarship.

Aerobic dancers celebrated the opening of the contest

Tennis anyone?

How about some badminton? All the sports lovers had to show off their favorite sports.

The winner of the media vote received a scholarship, shield and sash worth more than THB 10,000.

To find out who won, please turn to the Sports pages.


Paramee Khamchompoo and Apiporn Isarasenee win Nakhon Chiang Mai Games Singing Contest

By Nuttanee Thaveephol Photos by Metinee Chaikuna

Paramee Khamchompoo and Apiporn Isarasenee wowed the judges the most on December 1, winning the Nakhon Chiang Mai Games Singing Contest. The duet will now go on to be a big part of the promotion of the Games.

The best 6 singers anxiously await the results.

Paramee and Apiporn received shields, presents and scholarship worth over 20,000 baht. They also received the chance to show off their voices during the finals of the Mr. & Miss Nakhon Chiang Mai Games Contest at Thapae Walking Street on December 8.

The 2 duets of Noocharee Wangmee & Nopparat Moolsathan and Chayanit Hongsaranon & Pongsak Rattanapong finished runners-up and received 10,000 baht in prizes.

Singha Namchai, the mascot of the National Games, cheerfully welcomes all the competitors.

Santad Saksoong, executive editor of Chiang Mai News, presented flowers to congratulate the winners, Apiporn Isarasenee and Paramee Khamchompoo.

All duets were judged on their performance of the mascot’s “Singha Namchai” song, the song of this year’s National Games.

The contest was held at Central Airport Plaza Department Store during the Mr. & Miss Nakhon Chiang Mai Games Contest.


Udommit Restaurant officially opens

From right: Monkol Paipilai, Buarawong Hotel’s technician, Worawit Ongkrutraksa the owner of Buarawong Hotel, and Chatchai Niwatsayawanish, the owner of Nam Pa Yon join the official opening of Udommit Restaurant and say congratulation to Sawanit Sornsuchart, the owner of the restaurant.


Khum Khantoke Restaurant hosts travel show planning session

Watchara Tantranond (2nd from right, facing), the managing director of Thai Lanna Food and Cultural Center Co. Ltd, recently hosted a dinner reception for the working committee on the “Chiang Mai and North Travel Show 2002” at the Khum Khantoke Restaurant. Pisit Khetphasook (seated right, facing), Chiang Mai governor also attended this social function.


European food writer comes to Chiang Mai to learn to cook Thai

Metinee Chaikuna

Rosario Scarpato, an Italian columnist arrived in Chiang Mai to gain information about Thai food, guided by Suraphol (Eddy) Thubthong, Gap’s Thai Culinary Art school, (featured as the local personality in Chiangmai Mail Vol 1 No. 5).

(L to R) Rosario Scarpato with Suraphol (Eddy) Thubthong, the owner of Gap’s Thai Culinary Art, and the magazine photographer.

He began by shopping with Eddy in the Kad Ton Phayorm fresh market opposite the Agriculture Faculty of Chiang Mai University. The columnist said that he received much information on real Thai herbs and ingredients, and he could see how fresh and authentic they were. He said people in Europe liked making Thai food but had difficulty getting the correct ingredients, so they did not know the real taste of Thai food.

The next step for the food correspondent was attending Gap’s Thai Culinary Art cooking school in Suthep Rd. to see how Thai food was prepared. At the time, the school’s cook was demonstrating to foreign students just how to cook Thai food.

Rosario is a well-known columnist in Europe. He writes articles mainly on food & wine, and soft adventure for four magazines: Gambero Rosso (Italy), Sobremesa (Spain), Epicure (Melbourne), Divine Food & Wine (Australia). He came to Thailand because of the world-wide popularity of Thai food. “The trend to cooking Thai food is because people are concerned with their health more than in the past, and Thai food consists of many herbs which are good for health,” he said.

The photographer is taking photo of foreigners who are learning to cook Thai food.

He said that Chiang Mai impressed him for its natural environment. However, he said, “I want to maintain environments like this forever, and it’s good if not too many people know the place.”

Rosario has not been “roughing it” on this trip, staying at the Regent Resort & Spa. “Chiang Mai is known as a destination for the back packer. I will write about the Regent to target another group of tourists who require comfortable tourism in Chiang Mai.”



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