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Chiang Mai’s Chun-ki Movement

Lucky motorcycle winners thank mayor’s wife

“The Art of Successful Negotiation”

Fish meals and foot massage

Send your questions to “Ask the Consul”

Chiang Mai’s Chun-ki Movement

In July 2002 a couple of friends were talking over a beer and decided that they wanted to have a party. They had lived in Chiang Mai for some time and were bored of the same old bars and the constantly changing faces. The plan was to make an event that would bring together people in the Chiang Mai expat community and be special enough to make it a lasting memory in all of their minds. Eight months later, Chun-ki parties have become Chiang Mai’s biggest underground success story with an ever-growing following of international residents, Thais and travelers alike.

Chiang Mai’s Chun-ki Movement - having fun and raising money for charity.

Chun-ki is now a coalition of several local professionals. The committee is made up of English teachers, sound engineers, editors and NGO workers, all of whom share the same drive to have a great time and do as much good for their local community as possible. To those who have attended the events, now numbering in the hundreds, it may seem like a purely hedonistic venture. However, through the combined effort of like-minded individuals more than 75,000 baht has now been raised for numerous local charitable concerns.

The events are funded by an entrance charge of 100 baht, of which 50% goes directly to a local charity that changes every month, the rest being spent on entertainment and publicity. Guests receive a free drink on entry, have the chance to grab a special fun-filled party pack at midnight and may take part in a demented dance contest with a variety of prizes supplied by local sponsors. In addition to the eclectic musical mix provided by the resident DJs, an ever-changing selection of live entertainment is on offer, so far ranging from break-dancers to MCs, live drummers, fire dancers and visual artists.

Having realized the possibilities of bringing so many people together under the banner of ‘A Good Time for a Good Cause’, the Chun-ki management is now looking to become much more diverse. This is both in order to maintain freshness and variety to their events, and to attract as many members of the local Thai and Expat community as possible. Over coming weeks, as well as their usual party nights they are organizing a sponsored cycle ride to Wat Suthep and a ‘Bowlerama’ 10 pin bowling extravaganza at Bully Bowl in Kad Suan Kaew (see advertisement page 30).

The future is bright for Chun-ki and the crew sees no end of opportunities on the horizon. It is already set to become an international event with some of the original coordinators now living in Australia and running Chun-ki nights of their own in both Melbourne and Sydney, as well as interest from an events management group in Manchester, UK. The publicity is growing as word spreads, and as coverage in more of the Thai national press is achieved.

To make their events bigger and better, the Chun-ki crew are always on the lookout for ideas and support from the community. Local sponsors, charities, entertainers and fun-seekers are invited to get involved with their ideas and energy. For more information contact [email protected]

Lucky motorcycle winners thank mayor’s wife

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Lions (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Saha Pattana Phibhul Co., Ltd. (Public) jointly promoted a special Pao Hug Muang Nue (or Pao loves northern people) lucky draw, with products valued at 700,000 baht up for grabs for lucky shoppers.

Aim-Orn Buranupakorn, the mayor’s wife, drew the lucky winners.

The project was first launched in September last year, and organizers have been giving away t-shirts every month to customers who sent in coupons to the Don Tree Season radio program.

The big day for the lucky draw was January 21st, with prizes donated by Lions and Saha Pattana Phibul, including five Yamaha motorcycles, 10 LA brand bicycles and 500 t-shirts with Pao Hug Muang Nue logos.

Mrs. Aim-orn Buranupakorn, the Chiang Mai mayor’s wife, drew the names of the lucky winners at Kad Suan Kaew, with many people coming along, hoping to be in the winner’s circle.

The five recipients of the Yamaha motorcycles were Chansom Kheo-Ngam from Sanphathong, Surang Harnnarong and Apichai Teowpradit from Muang and Sayan Kulpradit from San Sai.

“The Art of Successful Negotiation”

Do you communicate well enough to get that raise you know for sure you deserve? Or can you negotiate successfully to sell or buy a business or a house at a price that’s favorable to you? Well, now’s your chance to find the secrets of successful negotiation.

Dr. Pimurai Limpapath

Dr. Pimurai Limpapath, a world-renowned expert in intercultural communication and negotiation skills will give a lecture (in English) on Sunday, March 9, at Payap University’s Graduate Studies Center (Mae Khao campus). The lecture titled, “The Art of Successful Negotiation”, is free of charge and open to all Chiang Mai residents and visitors and will keep you occupied from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Since 1994, when Dr. Pimurai received her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communications from Arizona State University in the United States, she has lectured at most of the major universities in Bangkok. She has also conducted professional training in such high-flyer companies as Oracle Systems, Panasonic, and Thai Airways.

Dr. Pimurai currently holds academic appointments at Thammasat University and the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok.

Since 1997, she has received no less than five Honorary Speaker awards from a variety of organizations such as the Bank of Thailand, Bangkok.

There are spaces for only 100 attendees, so please RSVP your attendance to Payap at email [email protected] payap.ac.th or call 053-304 805 ext. 7203 or 7205.

Fish meals and foot massage

The New Changpuak Restaurant on Chotana Road in Muang District is enlarging the building to include a traditional massage parlor in its offerings for its dinner guests. The new service commenced on March 1.

Keatisak (Dang) Saythai, the owner of the New Changpuak Restaurant, said that this style of Thai traditional massage has become very popular, especially with foreign tourists and visitors.

He said this new service would offered by professional masseuses who would provide massage following the strict principles of Thai traditional massage.

The massage parlor hours will be 4 p.m. - 12 midnight. Since the restaurant is very well established, Dang felt that it was time to expand the scope from just a dining establishment to one that catered for other traditional Thai modalities.

Send your questions to “Ask the Consul”

Do you have a question about visas, passports, travel to the United States, services for American citizens, or related issues? Ask the Consul. Send your e-mail to [email protected] gov with “ask the consul” in the subject line. Selected questions will be answered in the Chiangmai Mail (please see this week’s column on page 21). If your question isn’t selected, you can get an answer by calling the Consulate at 053-252-629, from 8 to 4.