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MP’s charity curry benefits the blind

Micro returns

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts renamed Thailand Properties

Wireless High Speed Internet Hot Zone at the lobby in the Rydges Chiang Mai

Flute concerts continue at Baan Chulasai

Chiangmai Mail columnist appointed “Gold Card” director

Miss Phornphimon Thimsat receives her degree

Chiang Mai to Host Quadrangle Expo 2003

Miniature art but huge talent

MP’s charity curry benefits the blind

Natchawi Srirat

Chiang Mai’s 16th Food Festival was held at Central Airport Plaza with the proceeds of a unique auction becoming a donation for needy Chiang Mai blind people.

MP Pakorn’s pot of Kaeng Kae Kai Muang.

The grand opening of the festival was presided over by Chiang Mai MP Pakorn Buranupakorn. The opening began with Thai dancing with the accompaniment of the Sa Bad Chai drum (victory drum).

Ten thousand baht is given to MP Pakorn by Orachorn Chanwiwattana, general manager, of Central Airport Plaza (right) after the winning bid.

More than 100 booths were preparing food; however, the central dish was the Kaeng Kae Kai Muang pot cooked on the day. 100 kg of chicken went into the pot plus many kg of other ingredients. Following the cooking, there was an auction of MP Pakorn’s curry. The winning bid for the large bowl of Kaeng Kae Kai Muang was 10,000 baht from Orachorn Chanwiwattana, general manager of Central Airport Plaza.

The funds raised from this auction were donated to Chiang Mai Blind School.

Micro returns

Sell-out performances

Staff Reporters

14 years ago there was a legendary Thai Rock band known as Micro. 14 years later they have made a reunion for another episode of the Right Hand Rockers.

Nui Umpol Lamphun shows his right hand as the symbol for the band.

On November 22, almost 1,000 people gathered at Ban Larn Tong, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex.

This was the second Micro Returns Concert in Chiang Mai after the first at Good View Pub & Restaurant. The atmosphere at the concert was electric, with the audience noisily greeting the lead singer Nui Umpol Lamphun, with everyone waving their right hands together with Umpol and screaming.

Many stood up front, showed their right hands and sang along with Micro.

Micro began in 1986 with six members. Their first album was Rock Lek Lek or “Small Rocks” which brought them fame and respect in Thailand. They showed a capacity to sing and present the music in their own style.

Another Micro Returns Concert will be held in Bangkok called “The Right Hand in the Right Concert” around mid December.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts renamed Thailand Properties

After ten years of successful Four Seasons management, Regent properties became Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok.

Patrick Ghielmetti, general manager of 4 Seasons Resort and Wolf Hengst, president Worldwide Hotel Operations (right) pay respect to the monks on the day of the official renaming of the Regent Chiang Mai to the Four Seasons Resort. Photos by Phitsanu Thepthong

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was pleased to announce that the Regent properties in Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been renamed to Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. The name change was announced on Wednesday, November 26 in Bangkok at the hotel’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

What a sight it was and what a generous gesture from the hotel’s side- 99 monks walking into the 4 Seasons Resort one after another, receiving goods, food and everybody paying their respects.

“As Four Seasons continues to grow around the world, it was timely to rename the hotels. For over ten years Four Seasons has managed these award-winning properties and both have successfully embodied Four Seasons operating and cultural standards by offering guest experiences of exceptional quality,” said Wolf Hengst, president, worldwide hotel operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “The current teams will continue to manage the hotels and provide our guests with the consistent, personalized and anticipatory service they have come to expect.”

The Regent Chiang Mai opened to international acclaim in 1995. Earlier this year, the Cooking School premiered, which has an exciting six-day interactive curriculum that is fast becoming a popular culinary teaching venue in Asia.

Wireless High Speed Internet Hot Zone at the lobby in the Rydges Chiang Mai

The Rydges Thapae Chiangmai Hotel has recently opened their brand new high tech business center with high speed Internet access via satellite connections. The internet access is also available through the wireless Internet hot zone in the hotel lobby and all meeting rooms. This is unique and offered for the first time by a hotel in Chiangmai.

The Rydges Thapae Chiangmai Hotel

In addition the business center features 2 brand new fully furnished serviced offices which are for rent on daily, weekly, monthly and yearly terms. These offices are ideal for starting companies who do not want or can not commit to long term contracts and full time staff hiring. The Rydges Hotel Business Center staff will act as office staff as well.

For more information and a site inspection, everybody can contact: 053 - 251 531. Ext. 8054. - Executive Office Secretary.

Flute concerts continue at Baan Chulasai

Audience of flute lovers is continually growing

Dr. Rebecca Lomax

The music of Schubert, J.S. Bach and Bizet floated through the gardens of Baan Chulasai Sunday afternoon, and I found myself “back home” in the USA, in Mississippi, as my mother played the piano and my sister practiced the flute in preparation for her Senior Recital.

Ajahn Xavier played both classical and popular pieces at Sunday’s recital and even some guests joined towards the end of the program.

My sister also played the piano, and her vast musical talent wasn’t wasted on my father and me. Both of us claimed to be more apt at playing the stereo than any other instrument, but we were an appreciative audience for my mother and siblings.

Because of Mimi’s talents, I will always associate the elegant sound of the flute with Christmas. Drums and trumpets notwithstanding, my sister played “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” and many other beautiful Christmas songs with the love that only a fine musician can express.

Ajahn Xavier played both classical and popular pieces at Sunday’s recital, and made it known that his audience was the most important part of the concert. While he had prepared a program of beautiful pieces, “The Blessed Spirits”, “Le Cygne”, “Song of India” and “Danny Boy” among others - he encouraged comments and requests from the audience. He also encouraged the audience to become his family, to comment on his music and request favorite selections.

As the Christmas season grows closer, I requested Bach and Rachmaninoff but my friends were more interested in the wonderful arrangements of Rogers, “Danny Boy” and “Scarborough Fair”. The Israeli and German audience loved both selections. We were delighted when many of them took up the flute at the end of the concert and played a few bars of music.

Ajahn Xavier shared an amazing instrument with the audience. Purchased at a street fair in Belgium, this incredible flute is almost one hundred years old. The ajahn has researched its origins on the internet, but its sound can be displayed only in concert.

You should not miss the next concert on December 14, which will feature Christmas music. Come prepared to ask for your favorite selections, and to make a donation to Baan Chulasai’s scholarship program for blind children. Your heart will feel good, as will theirs.

Chiangmai Mail columnist appointed “Gold Card” director

Christina Dodd, writer of the Personal Directions column for the Chiang Mai Mail, has been appointed as a Thailand Elite (Gold) Card director. Her appointment was made by Aktiv Co., Ltd. who were in turn appointed by the Thai government as a representative to select candidates to participate in the Thailand Elite Membership.

“We are targeting high end tourists, business executives and investors plus officers of international organizations,” said Christina. “The card is also aimed at foreigners living in Thailand and those who are interested in starting business here.”

The benefits of the card are numerous and include lifetime visas for the cardholder and his or her immediate family and even special privileges for purchasing land.

“Under the Thailand Elite Membership the cardholder has the right to purchase in conjunction with the Land Privilege Company up to 10 rai for residential use. This property can also be willed or transferred,” said Christina.

But, as Christina is quick to point out, the benefits do not stop there.

“The Thailand Elite Card gives fantastic benefits to the member such as special discounts and privileges with not only Thai International, but also many of Thailand’s best hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues are also included. If you are a golfer then the card offers you privileges at some 25 of the finest courses in the country ... you can even get special discounts on private aircraft helicopters and yachts!”

“In keeping with the prestige of the Thai Elite Card, our members are treated as VIPs,” said Christina. “There are VIP Immigration and airport services which will make everyone feel like visiting dignitaries. There is no age limit and as long as you are not bankrupt or a criminal your application will be considered.”

While the membership is not cheap, its $US25,000 one off fee guarantees you a life of privilege in Thailand.

“The card isn’t for everyone and the entry price reflects that. But undeniably the value is there many, many times over!”

Contact Christina at apacata @loxinfo.co.th

Miss Phornphimon Thimsat receives her degree

The Chiangmai Mail editorial team, led by editor Phitsanu Thepthong (2nd right), reporter Phisut Itsaracheewawat (left), reporter Natchawi Srirat (2nd left), and reporter trainee Chin Ratitamkul (right) from Chiang Mai University, congratulate Miss Phornphimon Thimsat (center) for earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in English from Payap University.

Chiangmai Mail reporter Miss Phornphimon Thimsat on Saturday, November 29, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in (BA) in English from Payap University. The first private university in Chiang Mai held its 26th graduation day ceremony, when 1,719 new graduates were conferred their degrees. University president, Dr Boonthong Phucharoen presided over the event.

Chiang Mai to Host Quadrangle Expo 2003

But it’s really a septuple

Phisut Itsaracheewawat

The Committee of the Economic Quadrangle Cooperation Zone and 10 Northern Chambers of Commerce will host the Quadrangle Expo 2003 at the 700 Year Anniversary sports complex during December 4-15.

Rachan Veeraphan at the press conference of Quadrangle Expo 2003.

The Quadrangle Expo brings together many leading traders from the former Quadrangle Area, consisting of China, Burma, Laos and Thailand. However, this year there will be three more trade partners being Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia.

There will be over 1,000 booths, with Thailand having the majority with 296 booths for general products and another 160 booths for OTOP.

Rachan Veeraphan, committee chairman of 10 Northern Chambers of Commerce, said that he expected to see 700,000 visitors every day at the expo which would be presided over by Korn Dhabaransi, a new member of the Thai Rak Thai party, and Chiang Mai Governor, Suwat Tantipat.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor, Thongchai Wongrianthong, confirmed that this expo will be another big event proving that Chiang Mai is getting ready to be an international center of this quadrangle area and revealed that France and Germany were interested to become Thai new partners.

The expo will be divided into 4 main areas consisting of the business section, food and entertainment section, a Multi-cultural section, and a seminar section which will be held at The Empress Hotel on December 7-8.

Miniature art but huge talent

Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai in cooperation with Central Pattana will hold an exhibition of art works from 14 Chinese artists from December 24, 2003 - February 1, 2004 at Central Airport Plaza.

Prawich Chanyasittikul, the director of Sales Promotion Department, Central Pattana said this exhibition will present a new style of art which has never been seen in Thailand.

In the exhibition, there will be many art works shown as well as demonstrations of how to create various styles of art by the 14 Chinese artists such as painting on rice husks, stone carving, bamboo carving, aluminum carving and painting on small bottles. The highlight of the exhibition will be the painting of the Mona Lisa on a small piece of ivory one third the size of a rice grain. A microscope will be provided to allow people to see the intricacy of the work.

This exhibition is free and some of the art works will be sold to art collectors.