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Peace in our times?

Payap celebrates 30 years with three day pianofest

Opium Museum opens doors in Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai Hashers donate 200,000 baht to charitable causes

Peace in our times?

Peace project at CMU

Phisut Itsaracheewawat

People with peace in their hearts gathered at Chiang Mai University Meeting Hall for a Peace Project called ‘Vision of a Better World through Silence’. This was a follow up from the meeting held on May 16 between Brahma Kumaris, World Spiritual University and Thailand government officers. The meeting was presided over by Narong Chawasil, president of North College, Chiang Mai.

Narong Chawasil, president of North College, Chiang Mai provided his explanations of peace for the audience.

The day was divided in 2 sections; the morning for seminars and shows and the afternoon for exhibitions, games and workshops. In the morning session, Ajarn Seang, the former dean of the faculty of humanity at CMU, explained the ‘origins of peace as our original nature’, a peace song was played and everyone asked to join in.

The afternoon was dedicated to activities outside the meeting hall, experiencing peace of mind workshops, promoting self care, animal care, singing, music and poetry.

Payap celebrates 30 years with three day pianofest

In honor of Payap’s 30th anniversary, the music department at Payap University presented a three day Piano Festival. Bennett Lerner, music department teacher at Payap University, said that they arrange a piano concert every semester before final exams, but this semester it would be a very special three day event at the AUA auditorium.

David Wilson surprised the audience once again with his absolutely brilliant interpretation of a trio of waltzes from the ballet, “Cinderella”.

The first day was piano music called “Sounds around Asia”, played by Parinda Pong-udom, Remi Namtep, a former student at Payap University, and David Wilson. Parinda played music from Claude Debussy, a butterfly concerto from a famous Chinese composer and to the surprise of many listeners also a piece composed by Parinda herself. This was a debut performance, called “Fairies dancing on the Mae Ping River” and the 23-year-old received much well-deserved praise.

Remi Namtep played the “Sonata No. 3” in one movement from Sergei Prokofieff and Las Ninas from Carlos Guastavino.

David Wilson surprised the audience once again with his absolutely brilliant interpretation of a trio of waltzes from the ballet, “Cinderella”. His feelings were translated into a personalized, persuasive idiom to which the audience responded to with enthusiasm. What an exquisite first evening!

The second day heralded the performances of recent students from Payap University’s music department and featured music by Latin-American composers, such as Ginastera and Guastavino, as well as music from Samuel Barber and Francis Poulenc.

The last day was a ‘one-man show’ by Bennett Lerner and he called this day, “Music by my friends”. It was a program of music by composers he has known personally, from Aaron Copland (one of America’s famous composers), to Payap Professor Thorsten Wollmann as well as music from Christopher Berg who had written some pieces especially for Bennet Lerner.

The audience of more than 200 Thai and western music lovers in the AUA auditorium showed again the hunger for culture that exists in this city.

Opium Museum opens doors in Chiang Rai

The Opium Museum at the Golden Triangle National Park will be opened again to serve and educate people and tourists from October 1st onwards, from Thursday to Sunday 10 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.

The view from the Golden Triangle, where the Opium Museum has been reopened.

Thanpha Nikrothanont, the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 2 said that TAT, Mae Fha Luang Foundation and the Japanese Oversea Economic Development fund have agreed to build up a new tourist attraction in Chiang Rai called “Opium Museum, Golden Triangle National Park” at the Golden Triangle, Amphur Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai.

It aims to be a center for education and international research as well as to entertain visitors about the history and consequences of opium and the story of the Golden Triangle.

Both of the shows are said to be charming and interesting, and portrayed through exciting modern educational media with a full complement of special graphics.

There will be small entrance fee for Thais and tourists, buy children under 12 years can enter free.

For more information contact the Opium Museum Golden Triangle National Park at tel. 053-652151 or Doi Tung Development Project 053-767015 Ext 230 or 231.

Chiang Mai Hashers donate 200,000 baht to charitable causes

A combined effort from the Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers, that funny group of drinkers with a running problem, realized some great dividends recently, and local charities in Chiang Mai have become the beneficiaries.

In the not too distant past, Chiang Mai hosted the large Mekong / Indochina Interhash event, and planned to use the funds raised at the event to do charity work, should the event indeed realize a profit. It did. In fact it’s in the 200,000B range and all of it will be given away.

(Back row from left) Stephen Lewin, R. Field and Peter “DC” van Loo from Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers last Monday donated computers and equipment to the Anusarnsunthorn School for the Deaf. Teachers at the school, Pimonporn Jansomdee, Urai Kuson and Yaowanit Mintian, as well as some of the students shown here, were quite excited to receive the donation. The benevolent Hashers have more donations planned in the near future and invite any and all Hashers to join the fun.

“I can’t say how happy I am that the hash is now able to give something back to a society that has been mainly friendly towards us. If you hear other hashers’ stories sometimes it can be different,” said Peter “DC” van Loo, ex-chairman of the Mekong / Indochina Chiang Mai 2002.

“We have already donated money towards the foreign cemetery for some people who didn’t have the possibility of a proper burial or gravestone,” Peter added.

The other events will be:

-The school where John (HH) and Chim (Cricket) used to donate will get goods for 30,000B.

-The hilltribe project for farmers initiated by the abbot of Wat Koo Tao will get farmers tools 30,000B.

-The Anusarnsunthorn School for the Deaf received computer equipment.

-The Buddhadhamma Center (where the hashers have run on various occasions) will get help with the abused hilltribe fund to the extent of 30,000B.

-The wheelchair fund for handicapped people will get 70,000B.

-The Wat Doi Saket Project for AIDS Sufferers (helping and going to their homes) will get milk, rice and other products for 30,000B.

All of the above will be donated in the form of purchased goods, as it is the Hash’s policy to only give away goods, not money.

Even with the extent of what has been, or is being donated, there is still room for more, as Peter explained, “For the abused hilltribe children it would be nice to have any kind of clothing, second hand or whatever, as an extra. They have now 330 kids in their care.” (For contact information, please see the Chiang Mai HHH Corner on page 31).

The first of the handover ceremonies was held Monday September 29 at the Anusarnsunthorn School for the Deaf. The handover was in the name of all hashes in Chiang Mai.

Peter said everyone is invited to attend future handovers, and he will keep people informed of the dates and times.

Ex-chairman Peter concluded by expressing his gratitude for all the help he received. “Once again thanks to everyone who made this event so good and special!” he said. “I hope we can do some more charity work again in the future - it’s always better to give than to get.”