You are not alone
Dear Francis Peter,
Re: Francis Peter’s letter (Vol II, No. 10). You are
not alone experiencing these ‘fed up moments’ with the situation, living
as a farang in Thailand. It is quite normal for any western man or western
woman to have ups and downs regarding culture, environment and people. What
I liked about your letter was that you seem to take it as it is, and not
start looking for mistakes everywhere. I am 100% sure that you will look
forward to coming back to Thailand for holidays, you will treasure the good
times and will keep Chiang Mai in your heart. Thank you for that.
I just hate these old mean couples or single old men who
come to Thailand, live in a beautiful house, have a housemaid, a garden,
sunshine every day, enough money to go out for dinner every day of their
life, and still just moan and groan about everything. The kind of people who
are only happy when they find a reason for being unhappy, are the kind of
people who should be told to go back to their homeland and stay there. Then
they finally would have a reason to complain when the sun is not to be seen
290 days of the year, when they can only afford to go out for dinner once
every fortnight and when they have to scrub the floor themselves instead of
having a smiling young girl doing it for them.
So Mr. Francis Peter, you are an exception and always
welcome back in Chiang Mai. Would love to have your e-mail address to stay
in touch with you.
Musical delight & chamber music
I just read your articles about the Musical Delight at
Payap & the Chamber Music at the Regent. Why was the community not
informed? Why do we have to find out afterwards? Why does a hotel like the
Regent not at least send information out to its regular customers, to tell
them what is going on?
I am sure people involved in university circles knew
about the other one at Payap, but we are talking about artists here and what
an artist needs is applause. Who applauds musicians? Yes, it is the
audience. If the audience is too small, there is no fun, not for the
musician and not for the small number of people listening. Only those
interested would be attending an event like this, so no worry about noise,
people talking or ringing mobile phones. It is just about the fun and the
enjoyment to relax with good music.
Chiang Mai is a city full of culture and tradition, so
they should finally wake up and inform the residents of Chiang Mai about
what is going on. I am sure your newspaper would be happy and delighted to
print the news in your community happenings since you seem to cover all
kinds of events.
Best regards, a music lover in Chiang Mai.
Enjoying the cricket coverage
Like many other “falangs” resident in CM I was
delighted to discover your paper last December. I particularly enjoy the
news articles and the motoring page.
In the last three weeks you have publicised cricket being
played at the Gymkhana Club and publicised the “sixes” to be held at the
end of this month. I had attended every sixes tournament since 1991 and
enjoyed every one, the organising committee do a great job every year, and
they deserve much credit. Anne Dawson for instance gets very little praise
for manning the score bench (in the heat) year after year; her husband (the
politico) Peter is responsible, with (the geriatric) Eric Little, for
organising the junior cricket which runs in parallel with the Sixes.
Unfortunately I live in Sankamphaeng so can only obtain
the Mail when my wife goes shopping in CM in midweek.
Yours Tony Knowles
Living in Chiang Mai over the winter and seeing for the
first time in the last 5 years FINALLY something to read in English, I have
to make another suggestion. It looks like your influence is growing in town
and as it is growing maybe also the ‘City fathers’ will finally notice
that the English speaking community is pretty big in Chiang Mai and they can
do something about the banners that are hanging around everywhere.
Banner City, that’s what we call it! What does a banner
help, if only the numbers are written in western language? I do not want to
complain since I am a guest in Thailand; this is just a suggestion. Small
English information on the bottom, 2 banners or awareness that there is a
big international community out there who are in Thailand at their choice
and very interested in taking part in community happenings but due to lack
of information can not. It would not only help us, it would also help to
create understanding and a better way of living together.
Thailand Furniture Mart continues
Following on from the success of the opening of the
Thailand Furniture Mart over 12 months ago, the Commerce Ministry has made
it a permanent exhibition to showcase Thailand products.
teakwood with modern style.
The building housing the Thailand Furniture Mart stands
on Rama IX Road in Bangkok. In the 5-storey building, called the Ninth
Tower, there are 74 display booths adding up to approximately 6,100 square
meters covering the basement, ground floor, and second floor.
The concept of the permanent exhibition is to provide a
one-stop service to investors and importers from abroad to conduct business
with the local manufacturers.
The Ministry of Commerce welcomes all exporters and
manufacturers to take part in the Thailand Furniture Mart. There are various
sizes of booths, 60-120 square meters, available for new businesses, costing
between 240-300 baht per booth.
Thailand Furniture Mart was opened on January 23 last
year, with Commerce Minister Adisai Photharamik presiding. It is open from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday for overseas importers, and between 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, but only for retail buyers.
For further information and reservations for available display booths
contact Pongchawal Sukitwanitch: 02 511 6020 ext 721, or Autthakorn Hutthow:
02 643 0630-3, or you can visit the Thailand Furniture Mart, 33/4 Rama IX
Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok and check the website http://www.