Vol. III No. 9 - Saturday February 28 - March 5 2004
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Skin care introduction workshop

Icons of Serenity

Zontas care and take care

Skin care introduction workshop

Marion Vogt

Central Department Store’s Sisley cosmetic department last week offered a cosmetic workshop together with the launch of their new day skin care for very dry and sensitive skin.

Many Chiang Mai society ladies were present to listen to the newest strategies to combat skin dryness.

Sisley, a French family business which creates and distributes luxury cosmetics, perfumes and makeup around the world, sent Francoise Kaden, Sisley-Paris’s international trainer to Thailand to train the different PR and sales representatives, as well as offer special insight into skin care and new products available in Asia.

Francoise held one-to-one consulting and gave a speech, explaining why ‘her’ Sisley products are of such a high quality. She said, “All our products are made with natural plant extracts and essential oils. Our demand for quality and the meticulous proportioning of ingredients guarantee visible and immediate results. Essential oils have an immediate and preventive bactericidal effect, ensuring a pure and clear complexion and our new Comfort Extreme day skin care is just perfect for anybody whose skin feels dry and sensitive. It nourishes anybody’s skin, no matter if it is Asian or Caucasian skin and especially in the tropical weather, everybody is urged to take good care of themselves.”

Francoise ended her speech saying she hopes to be able to come back to Thailand as soon as possible, since the climate is so much nicer than in Paris at this time of the year.


Icons of Serenity

North meets South at the latest exhibition of contemporary art at HQ Art Gallery, which will be held throughout March. This is the second exhibition in which the original works of two popular Thai artists, Suriya Siemmai and Wattanapong Yotaitiang, have been brought together.

North meets South at the latest exhibition of contemporary art at HQ Art Gallery, which will be held throughout March.

The first Exhibition, held in October 2002, was a huge success and these two top selling artists have continued to attract collectors from within Chiang Mai and from all over the world.

In this new exhibition, both artists have created new original works around their favorite themes. Suriya hails from Trang province in Southern Thailand and his mixed media applications (acrylic and oil mixed with organic materials) focus on sea and sand, marine and coastal village life. His distinctive style evokes the tranquility of that region, combining immediately recognizable images with surrealist touches reminiscent of Magritte.

Different art with a common theme.

Wattanapong is from the North-East but he has spent much of his life in Chiang Mai. His artistic imagination has been stimulated by the richness of culture here in the North. His oil paintings and acrylic mono-prints of calming images include elephants, temple details and Buddha images. His unique style does not fit into the common Lanna tradition, but draws upon the powerful images of local culture, taking the familiar and representing it in unusual ways.

Suriya and Wattanapong are close friends and they studied art together at Rajamankala Institute of Technology in Chiang Mai. Maybe this explains why the different styles and artistic themes of these two artists somehow gel perfectly in this exhibition, offering the viewer a wide choice of imagery around one central theme - serenity.

HQ Art Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of original contemporary artwork by young local artists on their way up. All works on display are prepared on archival quality handmade art paper, at HQ PaperMaker showroom at the same premises.

HQ Gallery is situated at 3/31 Samlan Road (opposite Wat Phrasing). Tel 053 814 717-8. The exhibition will run from March 1-31 and it is open Monday through Saturday from 8.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.


Zontas care and take care

Cory Croymans

The Chiangmai Zonta Club met at the Empress Hotel under the leadership of Jermjitt Boonsom (yes the Spirulina Biologist) to discuss the Club’s fundraising activities for this year.

Seated from left to right are members Dr Carolina Thompson and Ginny Link, Past President Somboon Suprasert, President Jiamjitt Boonsom, President-Elect Hope Watcharaprecha, and Immediate Past President Margaret Bhadungzong.

The Club’s main charity activities focus on the Grandma Care Project In Northern Thailand.

Issues: There are over 1 million cases of HIV/AIDS in Thailand; over the next 5 years, half of these will die, the majority of working age (25-45 years). Who will take care of their families and communities and what will be the impact on the country as a whole?

Description: The Grandma Project, established by the Thai Red Cross helps HIV/AIDS sufferers/ families. The support Zonta and Rotary Clubs have now extended their activities to 7 provinces in northern Thailand. It encourages villagers to help each other to care for “their” families, shifting the responsibility to the community and relieving pressure from hospitals.

The most vital part of this home-care training is the grandparents who now raise their 1000+ AIDS orphans, assisting over 3000 immediate family members. By including the emotional and financial pressure on these families, we could reach over 100,000 people nationwide. Today the Grandma project has more than 1000 trained volunteers who home-visit over 800 families to train them about home care.

We use many strategies: education; businesses provide funding and medical supplies; home and community based care provides for those already sick and dying; the “Thursday Club” gives HIV patients peer counseling, medical support, medical counseling and treatment; home visits are made to supervise and monitor patients and caretakers; training is given to family members in nursing care, nutrition and mental support; community-based care releases family members from burdens, neighbors and other community members help by forming clusters for home visits; spiritual care, social welfare, hospice care and home training.

To date, 1020 Grandma’s have been trained in 34 groups; 300 children have received school funding.

Lessons learned: These Grandma’s cite certain problems: no strength to take care of their grandchildren, economic issues (no work = no income) and no children to support them anymore, no school funding (even for lunch). Lastly, the Grandma’s worry about who will look after their grandchildren when the Grandma’s have passed away.



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