Chiang Mai hosts its first official national dog show
Nuttanee Thaveephol and Metinee Chaikuna
A national dog show was held in Chiang Mai for the first
time last weekend by the Dog Lovers Club of the North. The pampered pooch
who would become the champion of Thailand was competing for the HRH Princess
Galyani Vadhana trophy.
class competition! Big ones and small ones, but they are all puppies!
anxiously awaits the results.
Maitree Attrapreyangkul, the president of the Northern
Dog Lovers Club said that the club had never previously held a national dog
show. In the past, dogs breeders in the north needed to go to Bangkok, which
involved much expense, so the club organized the show in Chiang Mai to serve
the local canine breeders.
The results of the show were divided into many classes
but the pinnacle, the “Best in Show” of all the breeds, was a beautiful
Shih-Tzu named Th. Ch. Syhmarun’s Last Ride, belonging to Ms. Nutchanat
This dog show, which was designed to promote the local
breeds, had trophies for 2 kinds of Thai dogs, the Thai Ridgeback and the
Thai Bangkaew. The winning Thai Ridgeback was Th. Ch. Khunnan Thai Ridgeback
BKK owned by Chatchwan Phoolsawad and the winner of Thai Bangkaew was M16,
Jakkawan Ngamvadthana’s beloved dog.
Best In Show: dignified Shih-Tzu has to be proud of its victory.
little girl poses with her boxer, “Stand still, it doesn’t take too
Champion and new Thailand Champion at this time, Dark Purple Prince and
Magic Moment, belonging to Chanoksuda Amartayakul and her son, Artipan Panja.
Retrievers are Thai’s favorite dogs.
The Golden Retriever is always a favorite and has its own
breed championship. Legacy’s Dad So Cool is a golden retriever from
Chatchawan Sattarnjawong’s kennels which received the “Best Local
Inbreed” in the Golden Retriever competition.
Maitree also said that the organization was acknowledged
by the Kennel Club of Thailand (KCT), which is the only club in the country
in possession of the international standard to issue pedigree certificates
for dogs. The Kennel Club of Thailand was acknowledged by the Federation
Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the biggest club in the world. This club
was founded by 6 countries in Europe, and has been developed to have now
over 80 countries as members.
The dog show will be held twice a year, the next maybe held this March at
Robinson or Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, Maitree indicated.
Big cricket and squash weekend planned for Chiang Mai
This weekend starting Saturday the 18th
the British Club of BKK is bringing up a cricket and squash team to do
battle at the Gymkhana Club against a team from Chiang Mai. Squash play
starts at 4 p.m. with nine matches scheduled. Sat morning there will be a
practice session for the cricket, then Sunday the real match begins.
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked
up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks
(hence: on 18-11, 2-12, 16-12, 30-12 and 13 01 2003). Pick up can be
arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the
H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged
from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub
every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.
BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month
on the last Sunday of the month.
We also have two so-called outstations coming up: A male
hash outstation to Bangkok on 7, 8, 9 December and a mixed outstation to
Chiang Dao on 14 & 15 December. All information either from Fish and
Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!
Fitness Tips: The holistic approach-Part 1
Fitness tips this year will be off in all sorts of
directions, as you saw, for last week we took a look at Aquatic exercise and
this week I’m taking you even further away from the “Western
World’s” popular perception of exercise. Growing diversity in health and
fitness programming has been occurring, in particular over the last 5 years
for several reasons, the most prevalent two being the public’s need for
variety and the fitness industry’s need to serve the clientele thus
“make a buck” or make more by finding ways to appeal to a broader range
at these photos, the headstand is where you might progress to after many
years of training, but everyone starts out with the simple things you see in
the other photos.
Mind / body programmes have been cropping up all over the
place to not only appeal to someone looking to take care of their body but
to take their minds off the daily grind and to assist in dealing, internally
with the stresses of modern life.
Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Goong, various forms of
martial & healing arts and long observed practices are becoming
commonplace throughout the entire world.
Yoga, in particular, has seen a resurgence in popularity
of late and it’s teaching of not only stretching the body but training
with the body as the resisting force as well as meditation and internal
energy control leading to assisted self healing has made the participation
levels go through the roof. Make sure that you get an instructor that will
not only take inexperienced people and educate them and train their bodies
gradually to assume the ‘forms’ but will stimulate the brain - yoga is
not just a stretching class.
Meditation program reduces arteriosclerosis
New evidence released recently indicates that it may be
possible to prevent and reverse the effects of cardiovascular disease
without drugs thanks to meditation. Researchers from the Centre for Healthy
Aging in Chicago, USA found that patients who participated in regular
meditation sessions reduced arteriosclerosis (the build-up of fat deposits
in the arteries) by up to 11%.
The study of 46 elderly people with a median age of 74
required participants to complete either a comprehensive meditation program,
a conventional diet and exercise program specific to reducing heart disease,
or make no changes to their lifestyle at all. Plaque build-up was measured
at the beginning of the study and again one year later.
The meditation program was based on the Maharishi Vedic
Medicine program, a comprehensive meditation system derived from traditional
Vedic knowledge of India, which includes a combination of a high-fibre,
low-fat diet; herbal supplements; yoga; aerobic exercise, and meditation.
It was found that patients on the meditation program
reduced arteriosclerosis by 11% while patients who were at high risk of
developing heart disease had a 19% reduction. Sixteen of the twenty people
on the meditation program reduced arteriosclerosis while only five out of
the nine people on the conventional program demonstrated significant
It was also noted that 90% or the patients participating
in the meditation program were still meditating at the conclusion of the
study. Only 50% of participants on the conventional program were still
adhering to the guidelines after a year.
Next week we will take a look at a good example to
indicate how popular Yoga has become.
The Square Ring
If someone held a gun to my head or even the offer of an
ice cold Kloster I could only name a couple of fighters that qualify as
“Undisputed Champions”. Regardless of the titles once you get past Oscar
DeLaHoya and Lennox “The Imperial One” Lewis there’s only Kostya Tszyu
(29-1). The likable native of Serov Russia, now residing in Australia, has
been a pro since 1992 but only has 30 fights. He trains four months for a
fight, wins then takes a break. His fight Saturday night in the Telstra
Dome, Melbourne, will be his first for the home fans live since he KO’d
Jan Piet Bergman in 6 to retain the IBF Light Welterweight title Newcastle
Jesse James Leija (43-5-2) be in the other corner when
the opening bell rings and deservedly so. Leija is a “warhorse” who’s
been in with the best, beat some but always gives (here comes the clich้)
110%. Sorry about that.
Leija has been around long enough to put the big payday
in perspective. “I’m supposed to come in and get knocked out so I have
no pressure. All I have to do is go out there and fight. He has all the
pressure. I’m used to it. I know for a fact that there’s not going to be
anything I haven’t seen in the ring before that Kostya can show me.”
It’s not the fact that Tzysu does anything different, it’s that he does
things so darn good. The main difference is that not only has Tzysu been in
with the best he’s beaten them all save one. His one loss came to
“Cool” Vincent Philips back in 1997. Philips was in line for this fight
until he opened his mouth at the press conference following Tzysu’s win
over Ben Tackie in Vegas last year.
If Land of Smiles gets this bout on the telly check out
Muhammad Abdullaev (10-0) vs. Phillip Holiday (38-5-1) on the undercard.
Abdullaev won Olympic Gold in Sydney and has a style that means action. He
comes in throwing and catching punches. He’s a future superstar learning
the pro game under the tutelage of Kenny Adams. Sure he gets a former champ
Phillip Holiday who is but a shadow of what he use to be but he’s probably
still good enough to keep it interesting for a few rounds.
OK guys enough is enough. There’s an old expression
that my Mom used when I had tried her patience to the limit, “Enough
already”. It’s also called beating a dead horse to death. So to Yodsanan
3K Battery, his promoter and his manager I say “Enough already”. The WBA
super featherweight champion can fight but his attempts at PR are just plain
silly. He leaves messages on Joel Casamayor’s (ranked #1 in the division)
answering machine like a jilted lover. “Hey guy, let’s make thing
happened. You must get out of the shell and show yourself to the world. I
mean you fear me and the world know this also. Don’t claim that you are
the best in 130lbs division until you fight with me. If not, you are only
the guy who likes keeping yourself in the shell. You disappoint me a lot.”
Would be hard to answer that message. Heck hard enough to figure out what
the hell he’s talking about.
From the promoters’ press release, “Yodsanan added
that his promoter did contact to Casamayor camp such four times, but no
feedback from them at all. He believes the Cuban party try to fight him with
their silence. This is the best way of the man who claims that he is the
best in 130lbs division. It’s very ridiculous for that. Nobody is suitable
for you Casamayor, even though that guy is Acelino Freitas. There is me
only.” Someone, 3K, needs a serious reality check or at least someone to
check the tobacco in his humidor.
The rumor mill has been grinding overtime for the story
that Oscar DeLaHoya will have one fight before he beats Shane Mosley in
September. As almost no one remembers or cares, the WBC convention was held
in Tokyo last December which prompted the rumor mill to bake up this story.
“De La Hoya is popular in Japan, but he has never fought outside the USA,
something he has said he’d like to do before he retires. He was taken with
Japan during a recent visit for the WBC convention. It’s totally Oscar’s
decision if he wants to do it or not. Oscar is thinking about it, and
we’re working to present him a plan. If he does an interim fight (before
Mosley), he wants to do it from an exotic or special place and make it a big
If there is a fight WBC featherweight Champion Eric
Morales will be on the card. It’s the WBC so Morales opponent would have
to come from their ranks. Only one around would be WBC Super Bantamweight
Champ Napapol Kiatisakcholechai (20-1 with 16KO’s). How could I ever come
to that conclusion? (Bob) Arum (DeLaHoya’s promoter) said, “If the fight
comes off, I envision featherweight titleist Erik Morales fighting on the
card against a top Asian challenger.” Make that a WBC Thai fighter.
Also on the proposed card is Undefeated WBA flyweight
champion Eric Morel who has ties to Thailand. He won the title in 2000 by
beating Sornpichai Pisnurachank (26-2-1) and last October defending against
Denkaosen Kaowitchit (20-1). Both Thai fighters were undefeated going into
their contests with Morel. How about them apples?