Teamwork sports for pre-teens on display at Channel Kids Sport Fun Fair
The kindergarten football project, called “Channel Kids Sport Fun
Fair”, is a project between Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Park and Hotel Complex
and the Chiang Mai Private Schools Association.
The project is aimed at helping children to learn by
doing activities with people, strengthening family relationships, and
creating unity among their peers. The activities included a kindergarten
football competition, cheerleaders and supporters award contests,
performances from schools and student art.
18 teams were represented in the football competition.
The winning team was Rajabhat Institute Demonstration School and the
first-runner up title went to Kan Suwannussorn School. Wiengping
Kindergarten School finished second runner-up.
The cheerleader team contest had six entries. The winner was the Dara
Academy School, first runner-up was the Sacred Heart School and the second
runner-up was Sapaporn Kindergarten School.
Academy School students were the winners in the cheerleader contest.
versatile player award went to Vorasit Kanitsribumpen from the Rajabhat
Institute Demonstration team.
winning team in the football competition, Rajabhat Institute Demonstration
School received a trophy and scholarship.
was fierce but fun when Rajabhat Institute Demonstration team played versus
the Sapaporn Kindergarten School.
Exciting cricket season on the way in Chiang Mai
One of the pleasures of living in Thailand is being able
to watch a cricket match in perfect conditions in January! There are some
exciting events happening over the next couple of months, and the Chiang Mai
Schools Cricket Alliance would be delighted to see spectators at the
On Saturday January 17th the British Club Bangkok will be
playing children from the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance. The British
Club came to Chiang Mai last year and put together two sides of half British
Club players and half Thai children. This was a great success, and they
asked if they could arrive a day prior to their tournament and do the same
again this year. This is not only fun for the children, but a lot of lessons
are learnt from watching and playing adults.
Sunday, 18th of January: The British Club Bangkok will be
playing Chiang Mai XI for the Dick Wood Trophy. This is an annual event.
Dick Wood was an enthusiastic cricketer, and the son of one of the founder
members of the Gymkhana Club. Spectators wishing to attend should be at the
Gymkhana Club from 10.30 a.m. onwards on both days. The children’s match
is a morning game but the adult game is a full day with refreshments
The coaching sessions are well underway at C.M.S.C.A. The
boys are preparing for the first ever inter-city tournament to be held in
Chiang Mai at the Gymkhana Club on the weekend of 14th and 15th of February.
The tournament is between Chiang Mai, Petchaboon, Chonburi and Bangkok.
Even more exciting is the fact that the best players from
this will be selected for the team playing in Malaysia in April. Again these
are full day events and spectators are very welcome.
For further information on the work of Chiang Mai Schools Cricket
Alliance please contact Linda Buck on 053 426 101 or email
Final Wiengping Games sees Suan Dusit retain the title
Last chapter for Rajabhat Institutes
The final day of the Wiengping Games saw Rajabhat
Institute of Suan Dusit taking the championship title for the fourth
consecutive year. Suan Dusit Institute snared 43 gold medals, almost twice
the number of first runner-up Walailongkorn Institution with 25 gold, and
the second runner-up Ubol Ratchathani Institution with 23. Chiang Mai’s
Rajabhat Institute was ranked 6th with 10 gold medals.
from 41 Rajabhat Institutes put on glamorous costumes to farewell the last
The outstanding athletes of the week went to two swimmers
from Suan Dusit Institute: Sompoj Chantara won 12 gold medals and 1 bronze
while Ketsaya Kaewsrimuang grabbed 9 gold and 4 silver medals.
Wiengping Games! See you again Rajabhat brothers at the University Games
Before the closing ceremony, the football final match
between Chanthara Kasem and Thep Satree Rajabhat Institutes was a
cliffhanger. Three players from Thep Satree Institute were sent off, but the
remaining eight put up a wonderful defense to end up as a draw at the
full-time whistle. A penalty shoot-out saw Thep Satree win a gold medal,
Mai Rajabhat Institute gold medal holders gathered to celebrate at the
Dr. Polsahn Posrithong, deputy secretary-general of the
University Affairs Committee presided over the closing ceremony which
started with cheerleaders winning not gold medals, but many hearts in the
audience, followed by spectacular show called “Rainbow of Time
Determination”, showing Lanna culture and the harmony of Rajabhat people
which would never change.
from 41 Rajabhat Institutes expressed their feelings toward the past 14
Then the deputy secretary-general expressed his
admiration for the 14 successful Rajabhat Games, and representatives from
each institute lowered their flags.
After the flame was extinguished, it was finally realised there will be
no more Rajabhat Games because the next round will be included in the
Thailand University Games, with the Rajabhat Institutes having been raised
to university levels.4.
There will be a combined squash/cricket weekend coming up
between the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club and the British Club Bangkok. Both
matches will be played at the Gymkhana Club. The squash match will be played
on Saturday January 17 at 4 p.m. with the cricket all day the following day.
Whoever is interested in the Squash competition, get in touch with Dr.
Robert Molloy, email [email protected] or call him at 053 943 398
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked
up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks.
Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the
H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged
from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub
every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.
BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month
on the last Sunday of the month.
All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or
“ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at:
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to
meet all the long-time expats here!
Super Bowl Sunday celebration at Outback
Outback will be opening at
0600 (yes 6 a.m.) on Mon 2 Feb to show the Super Bowl on the huge 90"
screen TV system with breakfast being served from 7 a.m. The Super Bowl will
be kicking off at 0625 local time. The Outback is behind True Blue
Restaurant at 47 Moonmuang Road, inside the moat near Thapae Gate next door
to the Beer Bar Centre and Top North Hotel. For more info, email
[email protected] or call mobile number 092615318, or the bar at 053
Italian cyclist rests
in Chiang Mai
Problems biking to Burma and not saddle sores
Giorgi Venturi, 33, an Italian cycling adventurer is on
his way to Burma as part of his round the world on two wheels adventure. So
far in SE Asia he has cycled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, to Chiang Rai’s
Chiang Khong border district, to Laos, on to Boten at the Laos-China border
checkpoint and to Kunming in southern China, taking three months for the
6,000 km journey.
cycling adventurer Giorgi Venturi, 33, recently visited the Chiangmai Mail
That was last year’s adventure, but this current cycle
ride started in Bangkok on November 14, and has taken him one month to
arrive in Chiang Mai, as he made many side excursions, including the old
temples in Sukhothai.
After a breather here, his next journey is to cycle to
Burma’s capital Rangoon, and on to Bagan, the ancient capital of Burma. He
then intends to cycle through Mandalay, following which he intends to
explore Burma from north to south before returning to Rangoon. However, he
is currently having difficulty in obtaining the necessary visa for the trip
to Burma. He will be back in Chiang Mai on January 21.
The adventurous cyclist said, “I have been here five
times ... (Chiang Mai) is a really nice place with good food, good taste,
and cheap prices in the evening ... you can easily go out for dinner and
entertainment and enjoy music, beer, and enjoy yourself.” A fine
recommendation from the roving Roman.
Giorgi Venturi, when not astride his bicycle, lives in
Gatted Mare, close to the sea in northeast Italy, but manages to ring home
every 10 days. “I like Southeast Asian countries the most. I really love
the nice places, people, cultures, and festivals,” he added. “I think
there is much more peace here in SE Asia. In this land of the people and the
Lord Buddha, people are always smiling (which is) opposite to Europeans who
are always frustrated.”
“My purpose of cycling here is to learn about life, cultures, and to
understand and compare them, and to make me understand myself better, and
then, if I can, live here in Southeast Asia,” he said.
Hmong cart races now world heritage
Michael Schumacher not yet confirmed for next year?
Words and Photos Phisut
The annual festival of 12 Hmong Villages called Noj Peb Cause
(Nor-Pe-Jor) was just held in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.
After an hour drive on a fine road leading to Doi Suthep,
plus another hour locked in a traffic jam on a small rough road into Doi
Suthep-Pui National Park, you are greeted with “Zoo Sab Tos Txais” (Welcome
Everybody!), a sign to all visitors painted on banners posted on both sides of
the road, together with a crowd of Hmong children gathered to welcome everyone.
idea of the top spinning competition is to see who can keep a large top spinning
The festival started with a parade of Hmong people from 12
villages wearing each village’s traditional costumes and performing their
tradition dances. HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, Chairman of the Royal Project
Foundation, presided over the ceremony saying that he was pleased to see so much
improvement happening for Thai hill tribe people. “There is no more
slash-and-burn style farming or poppy growing,” he said proudly.
Prince Bhisadej Rajani, Chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, presided over
the opening ceremony.
There were many competitions for everybody to have fun,
beginning with top spinning contests and many beautiful traditional stage
performances, but what I was waiting for were the wooden cart races.
and movie star Tao (Somchai Khemklat) took part in the racing.
These began with a contest between Tao (Somchai Khemklat)
versus last year’s champion, Motri Pana-amornchai from Nong Hoi Mai village,
and as was predicted, the celebrities fell by the wayside.
It really amazed me that a local invention used for domestic
purposes could end up attracting so many people to drive up the mountain to
experience it at least once in a lifetime. From discarded wood, the men of the
North fashion two meter wooden carts with wooden wheels, big enough to transport
goods and water up and down the mountain, but once a year they become racers.
cart was once used for domestic purposes, but now it has become a world
As well as the wooden cart racing, there were top spinning
contests and “Chuang”, the Softball toss.
In the top spinning contest, players are separated into two
sides, the thrower and the knocker, with each team having nine top spinners. The
object of the game is to see which top spins the longest without being knocked
out by the opponents.
or softball toss, is a Hmong dating game.
The softball toss has traditionally served as a courtship
game for young Hmong and still provides the chance for boys and girls to become
acquainted. Players stand a few feet apart in a designated field and toss a
small black cloth ball back and forth.
With the digital age invading these traditional cultures, it is good to see
the ancient ways being retained and promoted. Let us not lose sight of this, or
otherwise there will be no reason to make the journey up the mountain anymore.
Something we should consider very deeply.
12 Hmong villagers welcomed all visitors.
dancing” was one of traditional dances.
top. Spin, spin, spin!
Chiang Mai discovers break-dancing
Now only 10 years behind?
When you talk about Hip-Hop music, everybody thinks about
an aggressive kind of music containing many vulgarities and slang words,
sung by teenagers with pants about to fall off and T-shirts ten sizes too
large. However, Hip-Hop has no rigid costume standard or strict definition
but when MC, DJ, Graffiti and B-Boys get together, it is called Hip-Hop.
winners from Ever track team.
B-Boys groups in Chiang Mai describe themselves as a
gathering of new wave teenagers who are infatuated with break-dancing, which
they think is the coolest sport of this millennium, despite the fact that it
began way back in the ‘uncool’ 90’s. Break-Dance is considered one
kind of sport requiring excellent ability and serious practicing to become
one of the greatest, ignoring the fact that to get to the top of any sport
requires complete dedication - ask Paradorn!
don’t need wooden tops to spin, we have our heads.”
Hip-Hop steps range from easy to difficult taking
suppleness in many parts of the body starting with waist, legs and hands or
even head. The most important factor for break-dance is good balance.
To make this ‘sport’ become more well-known, the
Equilibrium group had hosted a break-dance contest challenging Hip-Hop
lovers to take part and strut their stuff, giving an opportunity for the
younger generation to bring out their talents at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping
Yo! Spin it. Spin it man!
The judges, after much deliberation, finally awarded Natthapong Thewthai,
Channarong Thakam and Kene Siri from the Evertrack team.