COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Education

All you expats out there who are looking for a chance to brush up on your basic business skills without entering a full-blown MBA program – where to go? Payap University has decided to open its Business Fundamentals course to the business community in Chiang Mai. The Business Fundamentals course is actually a prelude to the International MBA program for those students who lack a strong business background. Payap University has now decided to allow business professionals and owners to enroll in this course without continuing into the International MBA program. The course is a series of short classes on Principles of Management, Economics, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing for a total of 42 hours of instruction. The class is all day Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on March 21 and ending on June 1. So, if you own a business that’s in need of a slight adjustment in the ratio of cost to profit, maybe this course is for you. For more information call the IMBA department at 053-304805, ext. 7203 or email [email protected]

Events

The China Girl 2003 will be chosen at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex February 1-2 this year, coinciding with the Chinese New Year celebrations. Teenage girls, aged 14-19, will take part in this contest. The contest will be held at the front stage of the shopping mall starting from 3 p.m. on February 1 and the organizers are looking for a girl who is representative of the “new generation”. Prime requisites include good personality, self-confidence, and smart. With 50,000 baht up for grabs, many of our local beauties should be perfecting their grooming. It is also hoped that this contest will support teenagers to show their natural abilities and spend their leisure times without drugs. As a small bonus, Chinese New Year presents will be given away to visitors and customers who come shopping at Kad Suan Kaew that day.

Lamphun’s textiles and “good things” Festival 2003 will be held January 30 - February 3 with the theme, “Visit Kua Mung, wear textiles, and see Lamphun’s good things” at a Kua Mung Bridge in front of Wat Prathart Haribhunchai Temple, Lamphun. Experience the local handicrafts, especially the beautiful art of Pa Yok Dok, unique Lamphun style weaving that has succeeded for many generations. Also, Lanna art and culture, light and sound stage performance of the Kua Mung (the ancient bridge with its rooftop) history, Haribhunchai history, Yong people’s livelihood, and 4 basins civilization.

The Art of Chiang Mai Vocational Exhibition 2002, aiming to show the work of students from the Division of Fine Arts, Division of Design, Division of Ceramics and Division of Photography, Chiang Mai Vocational College. Most exhibits (300 items) are from the amateur art students in Vocational Certificate and High Vocational Certificate courses, and their professional lecturers will exhibit another 50 items. There will also be an art exhibition and a painting contest. The opening ceremony will be held on Monday, January 27 this year at Chiang Mai Vocational College. The Deputy of Permanent Secretary of Minister of Education, Sawittree Suwansatit, will preside over the festivities.

It is still strawberry time, so don’t miss the Berry Fair in Samoeng District in the beginning of February. Samoeng is not even 50 km away from Chiang Mai and a beautiful excursion for a Sunday afternoon with the kids.

The 3rd EXPOMAP will be held February 3-7 at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, organized by the International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP) in cooperation with Chiang Mai University. Medicinal and aromatic plants experts from all over the world gather for a conference, academic meeting and exhibition. Exhibitions of medicinal and aromatic plants, many coming from shops in Chiang Mai. In addition, cosmetics, supplement foods, and useful plants will be shown at the fair. The Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University revealed that this fair has been well promoted all over the world, stirring up interest from nearby countries and people from Bangkok. The Medicinal Herbs Tour from Bangkok will be coming straight to our Chiang Mai fair.

Chiang Mai will hold its 27th Flower Festival February 7-9. Flower float parade, flower displays, Miss Bupphachart (Miss Floral Beauty) contest, and many other interesting activities, including 9 activities at the Naowarat Bridge, flower exhibitions at Suan Buak Had, Kad Mua at the provincial governor’s residence, Miss International Bupphachart Contest, flower picture contest, international food fair, music concert, and entries from the One Village - One Product campaign. The flower parade, the highlight of the festival, will be start at the Naowarat Bridge 8 a.m. on February 8 and then move to Suan Buak Had Public Park. The flower floats will be parked at Suan Buak Had to let tourists get close to these decorated vehicles.

Mass Lanna Wedding Ceremony, Valentine’s Day - Khum Khantoke, through Watchara Tantranon, has announced plans to marry 50 willing couples in their “Lanna Valentine’s Wedding” to promote Lanna wedding dress styles and to introduce the Lanna style wedding ceremony. Khum Khantoke will provide a free wedding celebration for one couple from each district. The bridal couples can invite 10 guests and pay only 300 baht each for additional guests. The other 30 brides and grooms can join the ceremony by paying 30,000 baht for 50 guests or 50,000 baht for 100 guests. All the couples will be provided with the costumes and all the paraphernalia necessary. Brides and grooms’ customary wedding parade will start from in front of Carrefour Department Store at 7 a.m., led by two elephants, and followed by 48 tricycles, leading to the Singha grounds where the guests will be waiting. The ceremony will proceed according to the Lanna ritual until late at night.

February 16 is Makha Bucha Day, a religious holiday throughout Thailand to celebrate the occasion of Buddha’s first sermon to 250 disciples. Everybody is welcome to come to the temples when the sun goes down on that day to join the ‘Wien Thien’ procession under the full moon. The processions go three times around the temple chedis with lighted candles, joss sticks and small flower bouquets.

Services

Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor disabled children in Chiangmai are. So why not donate one for only 7000 baht? Visit the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop across from the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Laundry and Internet service, traditional Thai massage, Thai language courses. You find it all at the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcasted daily from 7.30-9.00 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners alike.

For the kids

A Toys Library has been opened for Chiang Mai children at the Northern Child Development Center behind the Nakhon Ping Hospital. It is supported by the Japanese Government and the Japan Small Scale-Grant Assistance (SSGA). This library is designed to encourage childhood development and be a learning source which can provide equipment to support that aim. Activities at the Toys Library include lending and return service, instruction and demonstration of equipment and skill testing. The Toys Library also helps parents by selling the products made by those participating in the center’s vocational project to increase local families’ incomes. The Toys Library now has 63 members. Anyone can become a subscriber by paying a 100 baht annual fee. The equipment provided includes local natural product toys made from clay, bamboo, and coconut shell as well as plastic and metal toys. The library is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. except weekends. Interested people who want to subscribe for this training or become a member can contact 0-5389-0238-44 ext. 3210. The Northern Child Development Center Chiang Mai is located at 196 Moo 4 Tambon Donkaew, Mae Rim district.