The other day we were in Lotus and Marvin
saw a very strange kind of fruit with big spikes on the outside. He said
that he didn’t like the smell very much but he wanted to know what it was.
I told him that it was called “durian” and it was a very special kind of
fruit and that it was also very expensive. Some Thai people even call it the
“King of Fruits”.
Marvin much preferred, however, the
mangosteens, which are the fruit that is purple on the outside but have a
yummy white bit in the middle. This fruit is known in Thailand as the
“Queen of Fruits”.
Have you ever tried either of these types
of fruit? Did you like it? Write to Marvin and tell him. You can send your
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1) Why is a snake careless?
2) What did the mother sardine say to her children as the submarine went by?
3) What kind of bow can’t be tied?
4) Which word has ‘he’ at the beginning and at the end?
1) Because it loses its skin
2) Look, a can of people
3) A rainbow and an elbow
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Prem 8th grader places second in national music competition
On May 8 after placing first in the Northern Thai Region,
Prem student Vorarit (Art) Treyanurak traveled to Bangkok to compete in the
final round of the “Yamaha Music Festival 2004” on the classical guitar.
Though Art has only been studying the guitar for just
under two years now, he placed second in the nation in the 16 and under age
category. In Bangkok, Art was awarded the Shield of Honor from H.E. General
Pijit Gulavanit and 8,000 baht in prize money.
student Vorarit (Art) Treyanurak placed second in the nation in the 16 and
under age category.
Art studies the guitar with Ajarn Manoon Ploypradab in
Chiang Mai and practices up to 4 hours a day, often bringing it with him to
school. His parents are very proud of him.
“On holidays he practices like crazy, sometimes up to
eight hours a day,” his mother, Wasana Treyanurak, explained.
This kind of dedication has certainly paid off and the
recognition Art received in this national competition has only encouraged
him to continue studying the guitar.
“Art plans to improve his skill more and more,” his
mother explained. “Right now he plans to try his best to be a world-class
If he keeps improving at his current rate, he very well might do just
Domestication and its consequences
Dogs have bosses, cats have servants
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany describes
domestication as the selective breeding by humans of plant and animal
species in order to accommodate human needs. Domestication also requires
considerable modification of natural ecosystems to ensure the survival of,
and optimum production from, the domesticated species (e.g. the removal of
competing weed species when growing cereal crops).
cat is often just bored but also needs personal attention, when it feels
The results of domestication include tame animals with
specific useful qualities and trustworthy food sources. In this way
primitive man did not have to be a hunter/gatherer any more.
Domestic plants have centuries of selection and
improvement before getting the qualities needed for human needs, such as
bigger and better seeds or change in taste.
The most important qualities for domesticated animals
* Easy to tame: In general, animals living naturally in
groups are easier to tame than those living alone.
quickly recognise a human as their leader.
* Acceptance of a human as its leader: Animals living in
groups are used to a hierarchic system and, as a result, submit more easily
to the authority of humans. A social animal like a dog will, for that
reason, recognize its owner as its boss much more quickly. A solitary living
cat never will. The saying goes: “a dog has a boss, a cat has servants”.
* Stress resistant when living in confinement: Many
animal species become stressed when confined. In many zoos you can observe
stress in animals, such as the continuous pacing of big cat species in their
cages. By doing this, the animal’s brain produces endorphins, which
relaxes it enough to prevent it from total panicking. We can observe these
stress characteristics in domestic animals too, such as the crib-biting of
horses, excessive barking and destructive behavior of neglected dogs.
* Easy diet: For their food intake, domesticated animals
depend on what humans provide them. When the animal is a fussy eater, the
care giving becomes quite difficult. For example, the Big Panda eats only a
certain kind of bamboo, which is hard to get. On the other hand, goats are
easy eaters (omnivores).
* Ability to reproduce in confinement: Domestication is
aimed at improving certain qualities in the animal over the years. For that,
reproduction is needed. Therefore, reproduction is one of the most important
criteria for the success of the domestication process.
For more information on dog issues, boarding or training,
please contact LuckyDogs on 09 99 78 146 or e-mail [email protected]
New Zealand touted as the ‘perfect place’ for further studies
NZ Trade Fair held in Chiang Mai
The Education New Zealand Trust and New Zealand Trade and
Enterprise took part in the New Zealand Education Fair 2004 at Central
left) Graeme Somerville-Ryan, project coordinator; HE Peter Rider, the New
Zealand ambassador; Piyolos Ngamvilaikorn, business development manager
education, and Jo McEvoy, NZ trade commissioner.
Jo McEvoy, the New Zealand trade commissioner to
Thailand, organized the fair in Chiang Mai on June 6 to promote further
studies overseas for interested students.
Steele (2nd left), dean of international students of Auckland Girls’
Grammar School; and Karen Dorrian, (3rd left), home stay coordinator of
Auckland Girls’ Grammar School.
McEvoy said that different cultures, a healthy and safe
environment and an affordable high standard of living made New Zealand the
“perfect place” for pursuing one’s educational goals.
New Zealand’s education framework has been endorsed by
the Thai government. Courses are available for academic, professional and
vocational studies at universities, polytechnics, colleges of education,
secondary schools and private training establishments, including English
Peter enjoys hanging out with Kiwi, the New Zealand mascot.
“Our friendship with students from Thailand goes back
over 40 years. This education fair offers an opportunity for us to showcase
some of our top educational institutions and show you how supportive they
are of maintaining this excellent relationship which we have built over
time,” she said.
Further information may be obtained from the education consultants at New
Zealand Trade and Enterprise on 0-2254-1610.
Awards, Honors, Charity and Appreciation
Chiangmai Ballet Academy certificate presentation
Chiang Mai is fortunate to have an academy which
seriously prepares students according to age and ability, as well as giving
youngsters a chance to experience life on stage.
hand-over of the 100,000 baht cheque from the Nutcracker 2004. (From left)
Carol Sherman, Tamiko Shinohara, ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, Ornidda Tantipat,
Tanpuying Phensri Vajarodaya, US Consul General Eric Rubin and Consul
General of Japan Katsuhiro Shinohara.
The Chiangmai Ballet Academy offers a full range of
classes, from pre-ballet to pre-professional training. It provides an
opportunity for students of all ages and abilities to study the traditions
and discipline of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, National, Pointe and more.
Whether a student’s goal is a career in dance or purely recreational
exercise, the Academy offers personal attention and professional training.
General of Japan Katsuhiro Shinohara watching as the little dancers received
Classical Ballet is probably every little girl’s dream
and training should, if possible, start when the student is very young. The
result can be an elegant dancer who moves harmoniously. For many of these
youngsters, the first step was done earlier this year when the Chiangmai
Ballet Academy performed ‘The Nutcracker 2004’ at the Kad Suan Kaew
The proceeds of this major Charity event, which raised
100,000 baht, were given to Ornidda Tantipat, the wife of Chiang Mai
Governor who will spread it between the Northern Mentally Retarded Welfare
Center, part of the Foundation for the Welfare of the Mentally Retarded of
Thailand under the Royal Patronage of her Majesty the Queen and the Thai Red
Cross in Chiang Mai.
250 ballerinas and VIP’s in the correct pecking order was quite a task!
One of the aims of the Chiangmai Ballet Academy is to achieve high
standards on an international level and the certificates that were presented
were from The Royal Academy of Dance (UK) London and the Commonwealth
Society of Teachers of Dancing from Australia.
Graduating students pass the torch to next year’s seniors
21 graduates from Grace International move on
June 4 marked the date of graduation for Grace’s
seniors held at the Sheraton Hotel. Grace International School had
twenty-one graduates this year, the biggest class in the school’s
class 2004 passes on tradition with lighted candles to the Senior class
The valedictorian was Paul Cronk, a US Naval Academy
appointee, and salutatorian was John Kim who will attend university in
Korea. The students are heading in many directions to pursue their dreams.
Many plan to attend college in the United States, such as Biola University,
the US Air Force Academy, the US Naval Academy, Wheaton College as well as
institutions in other countries including South Africa, Korea, Taiwan,
Ireland and locally at Payap University.
A dinner reception followed the presentations, which took
a look back at their growing years at Grace International.
The evening was capped off with a candle lighting ceremony where the
graduating class of 2004 lit candles from the Juniors, symbolizing the
passing of the torch to class of 2005.