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LETTERS
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Volunteering to be ‘test eater’

Getting better every day

A little less blue-eyed

Happy New Year

Thanks for your support

The dreams we have for 2004

Volunteering to be ‘test eater’

Dear Chiangmai Mail Dining Out Team,

Just a quick note for all of you! Happy New Year and I hope this column will go on forever.

We follow your advice and more than once we ordered exactly what was described in your column. But we never tell anybody that this is the case. We want to check out if we get the same good food as you mostly write.

One of these days, I will come to your office and try to buy the first 1/2 year of Chiangmai Mail, which I was not aware of by that time. Regarding the last Dining Outs, my wife and I already tried ‘La Veranda’ and it was just as you described, except it lacked a little bit from the service, but maybe they were just too busy. We tried also the ‘Piccolo Roma Palace’ and you were right again, Angelo is a chef par excellence. I do not understand why we never went before. But this will change from now on. What an Italian experience!

We stopped at ‘Kurt’s Restaurant’ and ate Swiss food, which turned out that he has a very surprisingly polite, trained staff and fabulous food, which we would not have known if it wasn’t for Chiangmai Mail.

The last one we tried so far during the last weeks was ‘The Fondue House’ (it’s a little bit off our normal route) and let me tell you, there we tried it all, from the pate to mushroom soup to red wine fondue (one small complaint, which might also be just our taste buds, the sauces could have been finer). This restaurant is worth the ride out to the airport and whenever our children come to visit us, these will be the places to take them.

If you ever are short of a ‘test eater’, please do not hesitate to call upon us. We would be honored to ‘suffer’. Have a most prosperous 2004 and we are looking forward to every single edition of Chiangmai Mail.
Gwyn and Noi Walton
Mae Rim


Getting better every day

Dear Chiangmai Mail team,
By coincidence, or better by cleaning out a cupboard, I found a Chiangmai Mail from last year December (Dec. 2002) and since every disturbance while cleaning is appreciated, I sat down and went through that old copy! How you have changed! I liked the Mail from the beginning because it is what Chiang Mai needed. But now it reflects what Chiang Mai is all about. It is a cultural city, an education hub (to use your favorite word), a travel destination, and a city which is alive and booming.

The qualities of the articles have increased. Your bylines turn me on every week, when you try to take the seriousness out of some very serious matters but still be very focused throughout the article. That’s one of the changes which caught my eye immediately while comparing. Another difference is your really high class education articles, written by Alexei Andre Waters. A good read, yet informative and right on.

CMM seems to have caught the artistic virus which is very easy to catch, actually it is impossible to avoid it in Chiang Mai and I just love to read the features of M. & M. Vogt, who seem to be interested in many things and write from the bottom of their heart. Their articles are sometimes even too short, since their photos are also not the normal newspaper clips but reflect a very personal touch. (CMM No. 1, the tennis story or CMM 51, the love of music story).

I could go on for 3 more pages, but I leave it like this. Hopefully you will grow and get bigger that we have more to read.

Please stay as entertaining as you are and optimistically seen, I wish you can teach people to send you all their information way in advance that you can place them in your Community Happenings which improved so much better since last year.

Thank you and have a happy, prosperous Year 2004,
S. and H. Meyer
Chiang Mai, Lamphun


A little less blue-eyed

Dear editor,
I always laughed when I read or heard people complaining regarding Thai taxi drivers, because in 4 years living in Thailand I never ever had a similar dilemma. I thought, if you treat them right, they treat you right.

I do not mind paying 10 baht when a Thai only pays 5 baht, because, let’s face it ... I can live with that. But the other day when I urgently needed a taxi and was waiting in Huaey Kheow Road, I had to stop at least 5 before one agreed to let me in. I told him I wanted to go to Lotus, which he agreed, but he turned in the wrong direction. Telling him that, he pointed to a girl in the back, which I hadn’t seen before, and said she was first and after she gets off, he will drop me off.

He dropped her off all right and then decided that Lotus was out of his way, told me to go shopping at Tops instead. (Mark it down: he offered a solution!)

No problem normally, but I needed to go to Lotus. He refused again, told me to pay 50 (!) baht and get a new car. The girl who had just got off had paid him 10 baht. I agreed and told him to go 50m further, because I would like to talk to the policeman who was standing there to explain the situation. That made the trick. He couldn’t get rid of me quick enough, of course without paying and left with screeching tires in the opposite direction. By the way that was the direction where I originally wanted to go.

I needed another 10 minutes to find s.b. to let me pay for his service to go shopping. 1 hour later I finally reached Lotus. I could have walked quicker. And what solution is there for this hassle? Probably I should purchase a bike or get rid of that bad experience in my mind as soon as possible.

Still loving Thailand but being a little less blue eyed.
William Cobb


Happy New Year

Dear Chiangmai-Mail;

I hope you had a chance to relax over the holidays, but I guess you were busy as ever. I wish you a Happy New Year and may your newspaper prosper into all that you want in 2004.

Best Wishes Marianne (Dr. DoLittle)


Thanks for your support

Dear Michael and Marion and everybody at ‘The Mail’;

Thank you both very much for your support for the children’s ‘Christmas party’. We would like to thank you also for all the help you have given us in 2003. We wish you and all your staff a ‘happy and prosperous new year’.

Best Wishes for 2004,
Tom and Dot Delaney


The dreams we have for 2004