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Chinese Arts Festival cuts up a different paper

Amari’s kitchen staff trade pots and pans for pints

International piano ensemble concert scheduled for January 30

50,000 people visited Phu Cheefa and its sea of mist over New Year, despite the cold weather

Dog Show 2004 next weekend

Voice of the People has advice for PM Thaksin

Chinese Arts Festival cuts up a different paper

Stone, bamboo and even paper sculpture

Chin Ratitamkul

Central Airport Plaza and Central Pattana held a Chinese Arts Festival earlier this month, with the highlight including 14 famous Chinese artists. Pent Ien Tong, the Chinese consul in Chiang Mai presided over the opening ceremony.

Pravit Janyasittikul, the director of sales promotion, Central Pattana, said the festival and exhibition was to present little-known art from China which was being shown in the Northern region for the first time. It was hoped that it would stimulate some young Thai artists to be more interested in other styles of art.

The 14 Chinese artists gave many demonstrations including painting, bamboo sculpture, stone sculpture, and paper sculpture.

Pent Ien Tong, Chinese Consul in Chiang Mai.

Chinese dancing show from Jong Fah Zin Zoen School.

Professor Yin Jie Cai showing paper sculpture.

Professor Yin Jie Cai’s work of art.


Amari’s kitchen staff trade pots and pans for pints

Amari Rincome’s executive chef Adrian O’Herlihy (back row second right) held a belated New Year’s party for his Amari kitchen staff, including the helping hands of the service brigade. The party was held at the new Bears Den Pub & Restaurant, down at the Jarern Road riverside.

One of the highlights of the evening was resident manager Chanin’s talents at karaoke.

It was Adrian’s way of saying “Thank you” for the many late nights and early mornings during the last couple of weeks when everything had to be prepared for the high season.

Amari Rincome’s executive chef Adrian O’Herlihy (back row second right) held a belated New Year’s party for his Amari kitchen staff, at the new Bears Den Pub & Restaurant.

Management and everybody who was off duty also showed up because everybody knows that the Irish know how to party. One of the highlights of the evening was resident manager Chanin’s talents at karaoke.


International piano ensemble concert scheduled for January 30

Classical masters played by masters of the classics

Natchawi Srirat

A piano ensemble concert, featuring six professional pianists, will be held in Chiang Mai on January 30. The classical artists are Dr. Eri Nakagawa, Dr. Napanan Janorrathaikul, Dr. Banglang Doh, Dr. Azusa Hokoogo, Yozimi Zato and Gurst Tamulla, from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, America and Australia.

Professional international pianists are ready to present wonderful music.

Many of the items they will play are rarely heard in Thailand, some composed by poets from the romantic era such as compositions from Smetana, Poulenc, Gavrilin, and Brahms. There are also some items from the Thai poet Adipop Pattaradech Pisan (Raden Landai) and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen.

The piano ensemble concert will be presented by Kad Silp Co., and held on January 30 starting at 7 p.m. at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai. Ticket reservations can be made at Kad Suan Kaew counter service G floor. Tickets cost 300 baht for adults and 150 baht for students.


50,000 people visited Phu Cheefa and its sea of mist over New Year, despite the cold weather

Chin Ratitamkul

In the northern region there are many tourist attractions around the beautiful mountains, but one of the most renowned places that you can see is called Phu Cheefa, which offers serenity and tranquility. About 50,000 tourists visited the mountain on New Year’s Eve to experience this, despite the 10 degrees Celsius wind chill factor.

Sunrise at Phu Cheefa.

You can get to Phu Cheefa from Chiang Mai via many routes, but we drove along Highway 118 from Chiang Mai through Doi Saket district to Phayao province and then on to the bypass to Toeng district which contains the Phu Cheefa area.

I was very impressed that although there are many tourists that come to Phu Cheefa, the local people still preserve the good relationships with the environment. We took an overnight stay at the Ban Rai Phu Cheefa guesthouse. We, like most of people visiting Phu Cheefa, got up at 5 a.m. and paid 20 baht per person for the pickup that took us up to the main entrance at the foot of the mountain, located about one kilometer away from the nearby guesthouse.

From the entrance, everyone must walk up to the top of Phu Cheefa, a further 800 meters. Sunrise came around 6.30 a.m. with an orange sky and a fantastic sea of mist. The serenity in the morning at Phu Cheefa made for the most beautiful morning that I have ever seen anywhere. It was worth the trip for everyone who went to Phu Cheefa at this festive time. I can say that if you go, you will not be disappointed.

This year, Thoeng district officials assigned volunteers to help manage traffic and staff tourist information centers along the way. Teams of volunteers, border patrol police and soldiers also escorted and assisted tourists up the mountain.


Dog Show 2004 next weekend

Ring Mr. Barker for tickets

Natchawi Srirat

Thai lifestyle has been changing, becoming more competitive between individuals and businesses, all of which can cause stress in a family. Advanced technology and striving to be the hub of everything has been maneuvering Thai’s daily lives, resulting in neglecting nature and the calmness of one’s mind - a vicious circle.

I only slobber a little bit...

On this issue, the Dog Raisers Association of Thailand, established four years ago, concurs and has suggested that activities for people to spend their free time with their families and break the circle of stress are beneficial. The answer they say is a three-letter word called “dog”.

Come to see me at my “Dog Show” and you will find out how adorable I am.

The Dog Raisers Association of Thailand holds a dog show each January to promote the idea that each family should have a pet in their house, and what better than a dog? “Dog” is a symbol of love between the owner and the pet. As a pet, “dog” has outstanding characteristics of loyalty and friendliness, so “dog” is the most popular domestic pet.

Dog Show 2004 is on January 18 at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, where you will find adorable pets from many breeds of dog and much assistance from the Dog Raisers Association. Dog lovers should not miss this chance.


Voice of the People has advice for PM Thaksin

Pandas for the underprivileged and student exchange programs

The Voice of the People radio program (Radio Thailand Chiang Mai) has praised the efforts behind the two panda goodwill ambassadors, but has suggested that children from all over Thailand should be brought to Chiang Mai to see the furry bears. There are many children who lack the opportunity to do this, both from the north and from Bangkok, and the suggestion that flights be made ready for Children’s Day met almost universal approval.

Flying to other provinces in the north, such as Mae Hong Son or Chiang Rai would be another good experience for children. Activities for senior students on special occasions were also recommended.

Other topics included student exchange from each school and among educational institutes to solve the problem of violence among youth students. The local people were worried about the violence problems and believe that student exchange programs would make for good relationships among students from different schools and education institutes.

The Chiang Mai people believe that when PM Thaksin Shinawatra pays attention to these problems and tries to solve them, there is an easy solution.



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