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Zonta’s ‘Dance with an Angel’ Gala a great financial success

All is quiet on the Thai-Burma border

Frank Roedel’s collages

Food tasting for the pros

Jaran Manophet’s book legacy

Zonta’s ‘Dance with an Angel’ Gala a great financial success

Michael and Marion Vogt

Despite the torrential rain the annual Zonta Gala was again very well attended. This was the 3rd year that Chiang Mai Zontians had organized a gala dance to raise funds for poor underprivileged women and families living in Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas.

Ajarn Somporn Putiyanun, a past president of Rotary Club Chiangmai Thinthaingam together with her nephew Akekaluck Jeanphan at the ballroom dance show.

Margaret Bhadungzong, the immediate past president of the Zonta Group, Chiang Mai thanked everybody who made it through the disastrous floods. Her first thank you went out to the musicians, Teh and Bella Intaranan with the Jazzliners Band and all their ‘guest singers’. The soloists from Prem International School were most professional and delighted the guests with their high spirits and temperament when they sang jazz, oldies and evergreens in their debut performance.

(From left) Rassamee with her daughter, a Rotarian from Chiangmai Club Thinthaingam, ballroom dancer Ajarn Somporn Putiyanun, Mrs. Waewdao Limlenglert, the accounting and financial director of Sahapanich Chiangmai Company, Rotary P.P. Mrs. Supapitch Puiyanun, Rotary P.P. Mrs. Supapitch Puiyanun, Pichitphon and Akekaluck.

The newly formed ‘a cappella’ group, also provided by Prem, preceded Mrs. Jiamjit Boonsom, the Zonta Club president who took over the podium. She said at the end of her speech, “You are all angels and even more since you came through the floods tonight to help us raise funds for our activities, for the people suffering from AIDS in our community.” She then invited Chao Duangdearn na Chiangmai, one of the honorary advisors to speak on the fine work and programs done by Zonta International, such as the Thursday Club, which is a support group for AIDS affected people in the community.

The lucky winners of the round trip ticket from Bangkok Airways.

But from sad themes like that, the mood changed again when the ballroom dancers took over and Ajarn Somporn Putiyanun, a past president of Rotary Club Chiang Mai Thinthaingam, together with her 13 year old nephew Akekaluck Jeanphan floated over the dance floor to the sounds of a slow waltz. Spontaneous applause followed, when attractive Rotary P.P. Mrs. Supapitch Puiyanun together with 15-year-old Pichitphon Kammongkol presented a Cuban Rumba.

Chao Duangdearn na Chiangmai during her pledge to help advance the status of women worldwide and to raise funds for AIDS victims in the northern region.

The highlight of the night came later that evening when Zontians Hope Watcharapreecha, Celeste Tolibas-Holland, Club President Jiamjit Boonsom, Margaret Bhadungzong and Zontian-to-be Aree Buchard enthusiastically presented a very professionally choreographed dance show to the song ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’. The costumes and the good mood produced by these Zontian ladies, who raised more than 60,000 baht in one night, can only be admired. Everybody who has ever worked in a ‘social club’ knows how much work is done behind the scenes.

(From left) Zontians Margaret, Hope and Celeste.

Davidene (director of admission) and Lister Hannah, (head of school) from Prem Tinsulanonda International School were the driving forces behind all the enthusiastic singers, are seen here talking with Marion Vogt from Chiangmai Mail.

One of the many “good mood” tables (from left) Zontian and immediate president of Rotary Club Thinthaingam Hope Watcharapreecha, Rotarians from Mexico Elias Ramirez Leon and his wife Olivia Rios de Ramirez, Gowit Boonma and Num from Hair Pro Saloon.

Teh and Bella Intaranan, with the Jazzliners Band.

(Front) Hope and Celeste, (back row) club president Juamjit, event organizer Margaret and Aree.

Charter president of Zonta International Chiangmai Club, Somboon Suprasert, better known in Chiang Mai as ‘Auntie Boon’, enjoys a dance with one of the handsome dance teachers from CMU.

Margaret Bhadungzong, the immediate past president of the Zonta Group Chiang Mai and event chairperson, danced the opening dance with her husband.

Zonta’s bazaar with high quality silk, silver, clothes and handicrafts to raise funds for their projects to help the underprivileged.

All is quiet on the Thai-Burma border

But drugs from the Wa still a problem

Thai soldiers stationed at the military outposts along Thai-Burmese border in the Angkhang mountain range of Fang border district, Chiang Mai, said the present general situation along the border of the two countries was very quiet and peaceful.

Thai soldiers welcome visitors to the outpost at Doi Angkhang.

However, one of the military officers told Chiangmai Mail that there were still drug smugglers from Burma attempting to deliver drugs across the border into Thailand along the Doi Angkhang mountain ranges. “They have guns and rifles but when met face to face during our military inspection patrol, they fled into their Burmese territory,” he said. As part of the fight against drugs, the US Drug Enforcement Authorities (DEA) has provided an x-ray scanner for the Thai military officers to help locate the drug smugglers.

An arrow, made to look like a compass, points toward the enemy to help direct fire from the Thai outpost.

A military captain who commanded the company base under supervision of Pha Muang Task Force, who works along the Thai-Burmese border said that the soldiers of the two countries indeed had a good relationship. “Sometimes they even lent us blankets and pillows when ours were not sufficient enough, due to many visitors who wanted to rest in our camp,” he added.

The military officers’ station at the border outpost on Doi Angkhang.

However, he said that the main problem in this area remains drug smuggling, with so many Wa living here who live on drug sales. He also said that information about the Wa smuggling comes from both Burmese and Thai people. In addition, the army has its own informants in the field.

Using binoculars, visitors have a look at the Burmese outpost on the opposite side from the Thai military outpost at Doi Angkhang.

The Thai border gateway with the Burmese army forces on the opposite side.

The Thai-Burmese border gate and checkpoint for crossing between the two countries at Doi Angkhang Mountain Range.

The Burmese army force is seen far beyond the borderline.

Frank Roedel’s collages

Art and culture has no season in Chiang Mai

Marion Vogt

Gong Dee Gallery has another invigorating display this month. With the cooperation of the German Embassy Bangkok, with the Hon. Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chiang Mai and many more sponsors, Chiang Mai welcomed internationally renowned artist Frank Roedel to Chiang Mai, and introduced him and his art to the public.

Satisfied smiles on the faces of the organizers, who worked hard all year to bring ‘Art and Culture’ to Chiang Mai. From left: Hagen and Wanphen Dirksen, the Hon. Consul of Germany to Chiang Mai, Frank Roedel and Peter Finger, Press and Cultural Affairs Counsellor from the German Embassy in Bangkok.

At the opening, Peter Finger, from the press and cultural affairs department from the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany gave a short overview of Frank Roedel’s biography. He was born in the ‘art and literature’ town of Weimar in the East, but moved to West Berlin. His talent was soon discovered and earned him scholarships all over the world, including in 2002, a studio scholarship (Artist in Residence Program) at Chiang Mai University.

Viewers discussing the life in these New York images, all drawn before the infamous September 11th.

Frank Roedel is not a provocative artist, he doesn’t start a revolution by criticizing the society but is determined to use the technical complex of collages to get the fantasy of the viewers rolling.

Four of Chiang Mai’s long time residents who never miss a cultural event, Helmut Gros, Dr. Rudi, Reinhard Kohler and Mr. Krickau.

He brought samples from six different groups of Collages from Europe. His theme ‘Bangkok’ came following an invitation and a teaching job at the Department of Fine Arts at the Rajamangala Institute of Technology Pon Chang Campus in 2001. Anyone who has been to one of the cities he uses in a collage will recognize something and then can use his or her own imagination to find the pieces which are zoomed out, put in new panoramic perspectives and new focus to sharpen the view of the observer.

Bullfights and huge hand-made fans. Frank Roedel had a vision of Spain, of the energy which adds to the power of the motion and the activeness of the torero.

The huge fans on the wall behind the stage came from a visit to the small town Borsan near Chiang Mai in 2001. The fans fascinated him, not because of their pattern but because of the size and the neutral basic shape that is not traditional for South East Asia. He had a vision of Spain, and following his preparing of the images in Germany, he brought the mulberry dyed pictures under his arm to Borsan and had 24 handcrafted fans made to his order.

Three art lovers from Chiang Mai society, (from left) Wanphen Dirksen, Akadet and Chaiskran Nakkabunlung.

That was just one of the stories Frank Roedel told his audience but looking at the crowd of people this exhibition drew to Gong Dee Gallery, even the most skeptical person should be convinced that Art and Culture has no season in Chiang Mai.

From Borsan to Thailand to Berlin and back to Borsan. Frank Roedel combining different materials and contents which do not usually belong together.

This exhibition continues until September 22, open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will move later to the National Gallery in Bangkok.

Food tasting for the pros

HORECA brings suppliers and users together

Marion Vogt

Horeca Supply Co. invited restaurateurs, chefs and people from the hospitality industry to the Westin Chiang Mai Riverside Plaza Hotel to show and offer food tasting for interested professionals.

Be Lucky’s ‘test station’ with delicious hot ham and sausages.

MD Rudy van den Berg and Khun Joon started Horeca three years ago (HO stands for hotel, RE for restaurant, CA for catering). Today it is one of the leading distributors of a wide range of imported food and beverage products, as well as being an exclusive distributor for well-known local brands.

The “BB Seafresh” fish display.

The huge Tharathong Ballroom was set up with food stalls and cooking stations and some very enthusiastic chefs and specialists provided the customers with food samples and introduced new products.

The food fair appeared to be a great success and the Horeca people have been living up to their promise to present food and wine tasting events on a regular basis for Chiang Mai professionals.

The huge Tharathong Ballroom was set up with food stalls and cooking stations.

Jaran Manophet’s book legacy

Pichitpon Tongtuek

Jaran Manophet, a famous Lanna folk singer who died two years ago, was remembered last week. He was one of the few artists who still wanted to keep local Lanna life style going.

Jaran’ wife, Anya Phothiwat (left), who wrote the book “Tam Roy Fun Jaran Manophet”, talked about the book’s release with Jaran’s closed friend, Mala Kumjun (right), a famous SEA Novel Writer Award winner who was born in the local Lanna area.

When he passed away many northern people were very sad because they knew that they would lose an important man in the entertainment arena. Jaran was the man who sang most of the local Lanna northern dialect songs, which were called “kam muang” songs.

Jaran’s statute is situated in the garden at his “Mist and Flowers” restaurant.

Even today, his songs can be heard all over the north. His most famous song is “Rang Wan Dae Kon Chang Fhun”, a song for those who still have dreams.

Perhaps this song referred to himself because he had a dream to build “Hor Sin Sa La Lao Lueng”, which is a hall to keep the works of local Lanna artists, for the people who are interested in Lanna arts. However, his dream has yet not become true because he died before doing it.

Jagota Brothers cookies and bread corner.

He had also opened his own restaurant and named it “Sai Mork Dork Mai”, on Orm Muang ring road between Chiang Mai City Hall and Mae Jo University. At this restaurant, there are many recipes that are made from flowers, such as rose juice, made from rose petals. All of the recipes were devised by his devoted wife, Anya Phothiwat, who had been with Jaran for more than 17 years.

The stage is still set up inside the restaurant, where Jaran used to perform shows when he was alive.

After Jaran died, Anya wrote the book “Tam Roy Fun Jaran Manophet”, which is filled with details of her husband’s life. Sales of the books go towards making Jaran’s dream come true.

The book is all about her feelings, the emotions and everything Anya had for Jaran. In addition, it covers the promises she made to Jaran, even if only a verbal promise, but when Jaran passed away Anya just did everything that she had promised.

If you want to know how much a woman can love one man, just read her book and you will understand.