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Kids' Corner

“Kids Only”, an exciting new Kids TV show made in Chiang Mai

‘100 Years of Rotary International’ poster competition

THAI flies high with 250 children to visit pandas

Kids' Corner

Marvin has a new book called the “Guinness World Records’. He loves to read it and he has found out some very interesting things. This week he has been reading about how fast people can do things and he has tried some of them himself. Did you know that a man called Steve Woodmore from England could speak 595 words in just 56.01 seconds? He did this on a TV show called Motor Mouth in 1992. Most people can only speak 300 words every minute. Get a stopwatch and see how many words you can say in 1 minute. It’s harder than you think!

Wendy Wall in Australia set another amazing record. She is the fastest bed maker and she can make a bed all by herself in just 28.2 seconds. Practice trying to make you bed that fast!

Write to Marvin and tell him how fast you can do these things and then keep on practicing. If you can break one of these records be sure to let him know. You cans end your letters to:

Marg and Marvin
Chiangmai Mail
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
Muangsamut Road
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145


1) What kind of song do you sing
in a car?
2) Where were potatoes first discovered?
3) What is the best year for
a kangaroo?
4) What was the Mexican weather report?


1) Cartoon (car tune)
2) In the ground
3) A leap year
4) Chili today and tomorrow

Bye from Marg and Marvin

“Kids Only”, an exciting new Kids TV show made in Chiang Mai

Louisa Strain

Chiang Mai celebrated a second countdown of 2004 on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m., as the first episode of CBN’s exciting new children’s TV show “Kids Only” was broadcast throughout Thailand on TV Channel 11 for the first time.

Cheers erupted at 5.30 p.m. from the balloon filled CBN office as the catchy theme tune filled the ears of kids and adults alike who joined together to welcome the new show at the special premiere party.

From left: Tan, Pun Pun, Nan, Sara and Champ.

I, an English teacher at Varee Chiang Mai School and privileged guest at the premiere, was there to capture the magic of the moment for the CBN team, as years of hard work finally paid off.

The premiere proved to be an entertaining and fun filled affair, in which producers, presenters, friends and school kids joined together with the help of Kids’ Corner to enjoy live singing and dancing from the remarkably talented Kids Only crew.

Everyone watched in delight and amusement as Nan, Sara, Tan, Champ, and Pun Pun burst onto the screen in their brightly coloured outfits with smiling faces. The show was an instant success according to the young faces in the audience who instantly lit up with laughter as the kids performed on the screen.

Even a “farang” like me who only understands enough Thai to order a bowl of noodles and direct a tuk-tuk driver home, was enrapt by the astute humour and colourful ambiance of Kids Only which is sure to keep youngsters all over Thailand glued to the screen every Wednesday after school.

Producer Somporn Moolsan told me, “Kids Only is unlike any other kids’ show in Thailand because it is motivated completely by kids’ creativity. We have designed the show in 5 special segments to highlight the amazing skills and talents of the 5 young presenters. We want to encourage an interactive approach, by getting kids involved throughout Thailand through our Kids Club fan club and tour.”

Kids Club provides not only fun entertainment, but it also teaches good values and hopes to encourage independent thinking for kids everywhere. Somporn said, “I am so thankful to TV Channel 11 for giving us this prime slot to air our show. I am confident that our kids will woo audiences through the TV set with their energy and fun loving personalities. Everything they speak, sing and act comes from the heart. I am very proud of them.”

Kids Only is presented by 5 of the most gifted youngsters in Thailand whose unusual talents are celebrated in this sparkling new show. It is hoped that the young presenters will become role models for kids everywhere.

Battling through fiercely competitive auditions to be part of CBN’s production, the five Kids Only presenters were thrilled to see themselves on the TV together for the first time after months of hard work and dedication. As 10-year-old presenter Pun Pun exclaimed, “I am very excited to be on the TV!”

Ecstatic 18-year-old Nan said, “I would like to be on TV all over the world!” With her energetic personality, Nan teaches kids how to make fun things in the show every week, exercising her artistic talent. 17-year-old presenter Tan, with the help of his magic microwave, teaches moral lessons in a fun and creative way.

The youngest presenter Pun Pun, endowed with the most extraordinary vocal chords, leads the Kids’ karaoke section of the show in which a new song will be written especially for her to sing each week. 17-year-old Champ, whose ambition is to become a musical composer, demonstrates his social skills in his section of the show titled Kids on the Road. Footage from all over the world is shown to give Kids Only an international feel.

Indeed, CBN hopes that Kids Only, the first of its kind in Thailand, will prove to be so popular that Kids Only mania will spread throughout Asia and even the world!

Last but certainly not least is the talented Sara. Known at CBN as “the funny one”, Sara is already nearing her dream of becoming the Thai Britney Spears.

She has signed a record deal with Bangkok based label RS promotions in Bangkok as a result of her amazing voice and fantastic dance moves. Sara told me, “I love being a role model for the kids in Thailand. I am so excited about being part of this show.”

Director Saijai Chaiyaste who choreographs the dances in the show told me, “Kids Only has been an enjoyable and challenging project. I work closely with the kids to develop their dance moves with the help of a professional dancer called Johnson. It is difficult because the kids have such different interests, and Sara is the only one with any background in dance. However, we try out different moves and always go with whichever the kids feel most comfortable with. We want to bring out the kids’ characters through the dance moves.”

To experience the fun and games of the talented Kids Only crew, be sure to tune into Kids Only every Wednesday on TV Channel 11 at 5.30 p.m. To join the fan club and for details of upcoming Kids Only tours log onto

‘100 Years of Rotary International’ poster competition

250 Chiang Mai students take on the world

Marion Vogt

The Rotary Club of Chiangmai North, under the leadership of President Surapol, held a very successful art competition at Wat Chedi Luang. With an ongoing international poster contest for the centennial year 2004-2005, the winning poster will be sent to Rotary International in the US with a chance of having a Chiang Mai student as the designer of the ‘100 Years of Rotary’ poster.

The winner and runner-ups, together with members of the local rotary community. (Photo by Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul)

The official celebration begins in February 2005 when the centennial banners will be displayed in communities worldwide. The current contest provides the clubs and districts with an opportunity to initiate discussions about Rotary amongst students, teachers, parents and community leaders.

President of Rotary Club Chiangmai North, Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul receives the Rotary Wheel from Past District Governor Dr. Supawat Poowakul.

Rotary International has invited young people throughout the world to submit posters to illustrate the meaning of Rotary Service in their communities. RC Chiang Mai North invited not only students from 10 different schools in Chiang Mai, but also the Northern Blind School to be participants with the rotary wheel as the symbol of how every piece makes a whole.

Three blind children, Toedkiad, Suriyang and Siriwan, also participated. (Photo by Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul)

Past District Governor Dr. Supawat Poowakul, not only a very active Rotarian, but also the Hon. Consul of Finland, gave a one hour lecture to interested community members on what Rotary is all about. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians, in more than 160 countries, belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs world-wide. They all meet on a weekly basis, are nonpolitical, not affiliated with any religion, and open to all cultures, races and individuals.

The children show extreme concentration. (Photo by Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul)

But for over 250 children it was much more important as to whose poster will take part in the international contest. The judging panel consisting of District 3360 Governor Vivat Sirijangkapattana, Past District Governor Noppadorn Panit, a local artist, the owner of Metta School of art and a lecturer from CMU of the faculty of arts was Phreow Sirichanchuen, a Moo 3 student from Regina Coeli School.

THAI flies high with 250 children to visit pandas

Children’s Day treat for capital’s youngsters

Chin Rattitamakul

On Children’s Day, Suriya Chuangrungruangkitch, minister of transport, accompanied by Nikorn Chamnong, the deputy minister of transport; Yaowapha Wongsawas, Chiang Mai MP and Kanok Aphiruedee, the president of Thai Airways International (THAI) took 300 people, including 250 students and teachers from many schools in Bangkok, to visit Chiang Mai and the Chinese friendship ambassadors - the pandas.

Yaowapha Wongsawas, Chiang Mai MP; Suriya Chuangrungruangkitch, minister of transport; and Nikorn Chamnong, the deputy minister of transport, with the lucky 250 children.

Kanok, the president of THAI, said that flight TG 8951 was particularly special, as the cabin crew worked as unpaid volunteers. Other organizations that helped make this Children’s Day event a success included Chiang Mai Zoo which had waived the entrance fee for visiting the pandas, and the Petroleum Authority of Thailand which had donated the oil fee and tax.