“Huang jui, hor jia” seminar
presented to 100 restaurateurs
The message: Follow the Chinese belief and be successful
More than 100 restaurant and food shop operators from the
Northern provinces, as well as members of the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
restaurant clubs attended a seminar on the Chinese beliefs in managing and
operating restaurants for success.
of the seminar introduces the activities to the participants.
Organized at Pornping Tower Hotel, Chiang Mai it was
presented by Ajarn Katha Shinabunchorn, the expert in the science of Feng
Shui, or “Huang jui” in Thai.
He spoke on restaurant and food services management,
adding that 70 percent of those who followed the “Huang jui” rules would
meet with success.
Katha Shinabunchorn, “huang jui” expert, claimed that 70 percent of
those who follow the “huang jui” rules would enjoy success in their
This seminar was held four times during the past year,
but this was the first time in Chiang Mai, previously held in Bangkok and
He said 5,000 restaurants, mostly in Bangkok, have paid
attention to this logic of Chinese beliefs. He claimed that this knowledge
is based on nature and science, and the balances and logic based on facts;
however, he did remark that the success of a business operation comes from
He said that some failing restaurants had turned their fortunes around by
applying “Huang jui”, but the knowledge of how to effectively manage the
restaurant and food services proved that the success really comes from good
quality and services.
Romanian wine tasting at Kurt’s Swiss Restaurant
Transylvania produces more than vampires!
A wine tasting of a different kind was held at Kurt’s
Restaurant to introduce the not very well known Romanian wines to the North.
Romania with its continental climate is an ideal place to produce wines and
the main difference between wines from Romania and wines from elsewhere is
the price - a result of lower labor costs than in other European countries.
faces after a very informative and palate pleasing wine tasting.
Wine drinkers in western countries have just begun to
experience Romanian wines, and export is growing very fast, especially to
Asia, where the consumption of wine is increasing.
Hannes Landolt, from a wine dynasty himself, introduced
the Romanian wines from his Landolt cellars. He started with a Sauvignon
Blanc Symphonie 2001, a wine from Transylvania to warm up the senses and
which goes well with any white meat, fish or seafood.
Landolt (left) - a true wine connoisseur.
The second was a highlight for any white wine
connoisseurs, taste-wise and price-wise. A refreshing dry Muscat, 2001, a
wine which would not be out of place as an aperitif, or with any Asian meal,
or even at night while watching TV.
Hannes Landolt spoke on their red wines, which are
favorites at every party in Thailand. The red wine tastings also started
with a Symphonie, a Merlot 2000, still young, dry with a ruby red color but
would be the perfect wine for any party or for a meal with friends. He then
offered a Cabernet Sauvignon 2000, which he called a ‘Lady Wine’, since
every lady trying this wanted a second glass, and I guess he is right. It
may sound funny, but the fruity taste reminded me of sunshine and
strawberries and was just pleasant.
We were also informed that Romania does not only make
light wines. The Pinot Noir from Prahova Valley (2000) around 60 km from
Bucharest tasted exquisite. A full, complex aroma with rich flavors of
berries right through to the persistent finish. I found this one very
strong, very ripe and great to go with any kind of cheese.
What is of interest to those who dine alone, or only
drink small quantities, is the fact that Kurt’s restaurant even serves the
Merlot 2000 in small bottles.
Hopefully these inexpensive wines can be purchased shortly at many places
throughout the north. More information can be obtained from Kurt’s
Restaurant or from Landolt Wine in Bangkok, Fax: 02 332 2563.
Miss Floral Queen named
at Festival of Flowers
Is an apple a flower?
Patraphan Vilas, nicknamed Apple, a 23-year-old bachelor
degree student in the Faculty of Business Administration, Naresuan
University from Phayao province’s campus, was the winner of the Floral
Queen title for 2004.
Tantipat, (left), the wife of Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat, presented
the Miss Floral Queen award to Patraphan Vilas.
The first runner-up was Pitchsinee Pintarin, 20, a
bachelor degree student of Faculty of Agriculture from Chiang Mai
University, while Phraewphan Kamkham, 18, a secondary high school student at
Mae Horphra Witthayakhom from Mae Taeng district won the second-runner up.
Thanjira Phrapaharn, a bachelor degree student from Rajabhat Institute from
Phitsanulok province won the Miss Photogenic title.
left) Phraewphan Kamkham, second runner-up; Patraphan Vilas, Miss Floral
Queen; Thanjira Phrapaharn, Miss Photogenic and the first runner-up
The winner of the best float was from San Sai district, which won the
Prime Minister’s trophy and 35,000 baht, while the first-runner up was
Yupparat Withayalai School which received 25,000 baht and the Deputy Prime
Minister Somkid Jatusripitak’s trophy.
AirAsia to fly
Bangkok - Singapore route
AirAsia have obtained rights to operate
flights from Bangkok to Singapore beginning February 16, 2004. There will be
one daily point-to-point flight from Bangkok International Airport to Changi
International Airport, Singapore. The low fares for the Bangkok-Singapore
route will start from B. 1,300 one way.
Seats for the Bangkok-Singapore flights were available
for booking from February 7 onwards. Bookings can be made via AirAsia’s
website www.airasia .com (available in five languages including Thai and
Tamil), or by calling the airline’s nationwide Call Center at 02 515 9999.
The Call Center is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Payments can be made by
credit card for all on-line and telephone bookings. Alternatively, cash
payments for Call Center bookings can be made at any of the 600 Krung Thai
Bank branches and AIS Customer Service Counters in Thailand or at designated
Singpost branches and “Self-service Automated Machines (SAM)” in
Singapore. Payments must be made within 48 hours of the bookings.
The new Bangkok-Singapore route marks AirAsia Thai’s
international debut adding to the national services from Bangkok to Chiang
Mai, Hadyai, Khon Khaen and Phuket.
Since January 13 this year, AirAsia has sold over 40,000
seats in Thailand, of which 50 percent were sold through www.airasia.com
“The response in Thailand has been phenomenal. We are
happy to create this excitement in the market with our low fares making it
affordable for more people to fly. Our load factor for February is 80
percent and the popularity of our internet booking is growing. Our new
flight from Bangkok to Singapore is hoped to further stimulate traffic
growth for this popular route and it reflects our commitment to provide an
even better choice to millions of Thai people,” said Tassapon Bijleveld,
CEO of AirAsia, Thailand.
Getting started in Flamenco
Ole! Muchas gracias, Senorita!
Would you like to look passionate, stylish
and dance with the flair of a Spanish dance artist? Maybe this dream is not
Flamenco in March.
The Chiang Mai Ballet Academy will open the “Teller
Flamenco” Spanish style dancing course for anybody interested in this
Flamenco is a musical phenomenon that has retained its
popularity, and survived different periods and trends, and transcends
borders and nationalities. The main characteristic of Flamenco is the
relationship with the audience, which participates in an emotional and
heartfelt manner, and goes deep into one’s soul.
The new course will run March 15-17, between 2-4 p.m. and
after graduating from the academy all students will be given a certificate,
issued by the Teller Institute, Spain.
For more information, please contact 053 260 0370, or 053 330 6357 daily.
The places available are limited.