The Yale Whiffenpoofs -
A Cappella at its Best
The long awaited day had come - the Whiffenpoofs’
return. The world famous Whiffenpoofs, and Chiang Mai had reason to be
excited. US Consul General Eric Rubin and his wife Nicole Simmons had the
additional pleasure of having them perform in the garden of the US Consulate
and then listening to them at the Amari Rincome Hotel one day later.
Johnson with his ‘background dancers’ Chirag Badlani, Courtney Williams
and another Whiffenpoof.
and teachers from the Prince Royal College posing with Whiffenpoof Chuck
Colman and ‘Ex Whiffenpoof’ John Muse who now lives in Chiang Mai,
performing the ‘Whiffenpoof Song’ with this year’s Yale group.
In his bilingual welcome speech, Eric Rubin explained the
background of the Whiffenpoofs. Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected
to be the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best known collegiate a
cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet
that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern.
Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated and hallowed
traditions. The Whiffenpoofs have grown from their humble beginnings as
Monday night crooners to claim a permanent niche in American culture.
The culmination of each Whiffenpoof year is the group’s
12 week summer World Tour, which this year included Washington, D.C., San
Francisco, Honolulu, Japan, NZ, Australia, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, India,
Turkey, Austria, Spain, Sweden and Ireland.
For the opening performance, the 14 ‘gentlemen
songsters’ marched up on stage already singing. The next 45 minutes were
filled with fun, entertainment and the joy of music from the group. A great
mix of jazz standards, classic ballads, traditional Yale songs, and popular
song titles like ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ and ‘Too Darn Hot’.
However, just enjoying singing and having a good voice is
not enough to call yourself a Whiffenpoof. You also need to have acting and
drama in your blood, which was shown when Jimmy Johnson from Memphis did a
brilliant impersonation of Kevin Costner.
For the audience, the concert ended much too soon. The
final number “The Whiffenpoof Song”, written by two of the founding
members, is an adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling poem “Gentlemen
When they marched out still singing the last verse, the
audience arose, demanding an encore. They returned and sang James Taylor’s
classic ballad ‘New Hymn’ and then stayed for dinner, photos and chats
with the audience. We are all looking forward to Whiffenpoof 2004.
Chang Klan Shopping Plaza opening soon
Chang Klan Shopping Plaza is in the downtown business
area about 3 kilometers south of the famous Night Bazaar. The grand opening
is expected to be in October and the construction is already about 90
and Aim-orn Buranupakorn present flowers to Chalida Eakchaipattanakul at the
grand opening of the new Black Canyon branch at the Chang Klan Shopping
Aim-orn Buranupakorn, managing director of Chiang Mai
Tassanaporn said this shopping plaza was a new alternative for Chiang Mai
shoppers. He said that the plaza has been well planned and prepared with
rest areas provided for visitors, tourists, businessmen and students’
parents who wait to pick up their children after school.
60 percent of all 50 units in the plaza project have
already been booked. There is good variety in the outlets, including a
coffee shop, jewelry, boutiques and restaurant. The coffee shop had its
grand opening recently and is a Black Canyon, the third branch held by Ms.
Chalida Eakchaipattanakul. She hopes that the new venture will reach
break-even point in two years.
Further information can be obtained from Chiang Mai Tassanaporn, tel.
053- 820 035 and 01 885 0849.
Dreams, past lives and spiritual freedom
Spiritual skills students meet to learn and share
techniques in Chiang Mai
Seekers and students of the spiritual skills of active
dreaming, past life recognition, and soul travel from Hong Kong, Singapore,
Malaysia and Thailand will meet on July 29 in Chiang Mai to exchange
techniques and ideas through workshops and small group discussions.
The annual spiritual skills seminars 2003, organized by
the Bangkok Eckankar Satsang group, will include local speakers discussing
the following topics this year: ‘Dreams the key to heaven’; ‘Spiritual
purposes of relationships’; and ‘Surrender, love and past lives’ among
The featured guest speaker, Dr. Karen Jensen, of
Vancouver Canada, will present an interactive workshop titled, ‘The Grace
of God’s Love in All Life’ - how people can recognize the hand of divine
spirit in their lives.
The Chiang Mai seminar is part of a series of worldwide
events tapping into the growing interest by individuals into spiritual
exercises and dream techniques to open their hearts and consciousness to
divine guidance, spiritual freedom and wisdom.
The organizers, Bob of Bangkok and Sukhbir, Vancouver
Canada, report that the interest by individuals in receiving information and
first-hand experiences on the topics of dreams, past-lives, and outer body
experiences has skyrocketed in the past few years.
Bob says, “Not only older people, but students,
businessmen and housewives have expressed interest in the topic of spiritual
skills development at a significantly higher level than previous years. We
are not teaching people anything that they don’t already know in their
hearts. It’s just a matter of being able to recognize what is in there and
how to use it for their own personal development and the development of
The upcoming spiritual skills seminars titled, ‘Is Life
a Random Walk’ - Spiritual tools to help answer life’s questions’ will
be held on July 29 at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai. The free events are
open to the public.
Further information about the upcoming seminars may be
obtained by contacting Bob at 01 8018 809 or Sukhbir at 06 5599 232.
Chiang Mai farewells the Indian Consul
For many people in Chiang Mai it was a rather sad week,
like it always is when you have to say goodbye to friends. And the friends
this time were the Indian Consul, Mathew Abraham and his wife Shanti.
Mantala presented mementos to ‘never forget us’ from the Rotary Club of
Chiang Mai West. From left: Shanti, Consul Mathew, President Manit and Past
President Dr. Amnuay Tapingkae
Abraham with friends from the Choral Society, Jo and Becky.
Indian Consul being welcomed to Chiang Mai - Aafreen (10), Vigil and Consul
men talk for the last time with Consul Mathew Abraham, Daniel Peterson and
A dictionary definition for ‘consul’ is a diplomat
appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its
citizens in a foreign country. But there are exceptions. There are some
people who stay not only in our mind but also in our heart, people who are
born leaders or visionary leaders, who are especially noted for transforming
paradigms and creating strategies that are “outside the box” of
conventional thoughts. Conventional thoughts for a typical Consul are to be
involved with matters related to Visas, Diplomatic dinners and Diplomatic
speeches. An outside the box thinking is, to not only do these important
conventional duties but also going beyond calls of duty to inspire,
challenge and provoke the community to think beyond the day to day
accomplishments and plant the seeds for a long term framework of success,
which Mathew did, by getting involved in charity developments and expanding
the knowledge of the community towards his native country, India .
Balancing her husband’s career, in a constantly
changing environment requires a committed, caring and passionate wife and
here we are talking about Mrs. Shanti Abraham. As it was said very clearly
at the ‘Good Bye Party Night of the Choral Society’, - what a privilege
it is to have known her.
left: Preecha Pongcharoenkul, president Lanna Condo and his wife Waranan
presented a beautiful Jade ‘elephant family’ to their friends Shanti and
with the British Honorary Consul David Hopkinson and Mme Suzuki.
Jit Singh Srichawla, president of the Indian Community of Chiang Mai
presented a wonderful silver bowl to Mathew and Shanti when the time had
come to say goodbye. They are surrounded by many friends of the Indian
left: Miss Tina, Roshan Dunjibhoy, with Frank Weicks from the US Consulate
and Becky Lomax from Payap University at the Payorn Room at the Amari
Rincome to wish Shanti and Mathew a great new beginning in Dehli.
The last of the many farewell parties took place at the
Amari Rincome Hotel where the Consul himself had invited everyone to a
reception to say goodbye. There was an overwhelming response with people of
all nationalities attending.
Chiang Mai will miss their warmth and leadership - we
wish them the very best and thank them for all their support while they were
with us in Chiang Mai.
Safari Night Zoo Logo needed - a tiger with a torch?
50,000 baht up for grabs
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat is inviting everyone
to enter the Chiang Mai Safari Night Zoo Logo contest. The winner will
receive 50,000 baht cash prize.
The adjudication committee is looking for nocturnal
animals, northern symbols, color, Thai and English captions, and a frame for
the logo. All entries will end up being the property of the Provincial
All people who would like to try for the big prize can
send their work on 21 cm x 29.7 cm or landscape A4 white paper. The logo’s
concept and title must be written on another landscape A4 paper. Both of the
pieces must be attached to a 40 x 60 cm backing.
All entries must be drawn in black and white and another
in color, using no more than three colors. All entries must be original.
For additional information contact 053 890 528.