Vol. I No. 8 Saturday 14 December - 20 December 2002
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HRH Prince Bhisadej Rajanee, chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, presided over the Northern Textile Expo. He began the festivities by lighting floating candles.

November 22nd was the day of the cornerstone laying ceremony at Payap University. Dr. Pipat Trangratapit, the founding president and one of the ‘Board of Trustees’ at Payap University is shown here covering the ceremonial brick with orchids. Behind him is board member Thiraporn Chimaworn, also a member on the building committee. On the left in the back is Dr. Esther Wakeman, vice president of religious affairs.

US Consul Eric Rubin, along with his lovely wife, and Mathew Abraham, Indian Consul and honorary Rotary member, are seen here with Marion Vogt, PR & communication manager of the Chiang Mai Mail, during the recent opening festivities of the Chiang Mai and North Travel Show.

Thanksgiving Day was celebrated by all Americans all over the world - of course also in Chiang Mai. Seen enjoying the Turkey plus a lot more were (from left to right) Frank Weicks, Michael Vogt, Holly Rose, Dr. Becky Lomax, Richard Dixon, Jerry Rose, and Karen Kemp. The party had some late arrivals, but there was indeed plenty of food, and nobody had to leave hungry.

Shop ‘til you drop! A very joyful ladies’ group was spotted at Lampang last week, enjoying Xmas shopping at the ceramic fair, and getting their energy back with a delicious lunch at a small lake nearby. The excursion was perfectly organized again by Anne Dawson, and everybody agreed that this trip must be repeated as soon as possible.

The happy groom Supat Jiranusornkul and his bride Rungrat Nattarit pose for a photo session with friends and relatives during their wedding reception and celebration held at the Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai recently.

Entering the newly opened Home Collection shop at the Peak Shopping Gallery felt like walking into somebody’s living room. Cushions, candle holders, cabinets and other beautiful accessories and small furniture could be the perfect Christmas gift, either for yourself, or for your loved ones. Shown here Ms. Somsri Janpatalaboon gives flowers to Manat Chowmuang, CDC designs manager.

A fancy farewell party was recently held for a regular Chiang Mai tourist at Darling Wine Bar opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel - from left: departing John, who had no time to be sad since his friends wanted to have fun, next to him Frank from the US, Miss Citra, and ‘Darling’ Lucas; next to him, and still in costume, Dang.

Suchai Kengkarnka, the owner of Kad Suan Kaew, leads family, friends and the company’s staff in lighting candles to celebrate HM the King’s birthday on December 5.

The winners of the Mr. and Miss Nakhon Chiang Mai Games titles, Wissanu U-panno (right) and Miss Chalida Wannawathikul (2nd right), accompanied by Jiradej Jeedaeng (3rd left), Number One Media partnership executive, organizers of the modeling contest, dropped by the Chiangmai Mail Office to say thank you for the support. Michael Vogt (center), the managing director of the newspaper was on hand to welcome the group, which also included the first runners-up Chakawal Sithidecha (left), and Miss Walairat Changpan (2nd left). The group presented Michael with a bouquet of flowers.

Movie star Sarawut Pumthong visited Chiang Mai this week to film a production of the television program ‘M150 Variety’ that shows on iTV. Whilst here, Sarawut enjoyed the northern Thai food at Kad Muang in the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex.

Scott Ong (6th from left), general manager of Novotel Hotel Chiang Mai, recently hosted a farewell party for outgoing manager of the engineering department, Nuang Yaowapong (5th from left), who has left the hotel to work with a first-class hotel in Krabi Province. The party was held among the colleagues at the hotel.

Romeo L Manalo (left) minister and consul general of the Embassy of the Philippines, presided over the opening ceremony of the “Who Owns Women’s Bodies?” art exhibition at the 2nd floor of Chiangmai University’s Art Museum on Nimmanhaeminda Road. The exhibition is being held until December 31. With him is archarn Prasert Yucharoen of Chiangmai University (extreme right) and other organizing committee members.

On Sunday, December 2, more than 50 adults and children attended a monthly Thai German service, this time held by Pastor Hans A. Gerdts from Bangkok. Like always, the service started at 3:15 p.m. with coffee, but this time everybody brought self made Christmas cookies along. At the end, Pastor Gerdts extended an invitation to the community of Chiang Mai to attend the Christmas service on December 24, 4:00 p.m., at the German Christian School auditorium. For more information, email [email protected]

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