To reach the age of 80 with a well-functioning mind and body is a blessing, as we all know. This feeling was shared between Hilde Metternich, a long-time German resident of Chiang Mai, and a number of friends who organized a surprise late-breakfast party last week at To Nobody’s German Restaurant. The birthday girl was obviously the center of attention, and German Hon. Consul Hagen Dirksen said in his short address that he was impressed by Mrs. Metternich being so active and communicative, which is nowadays a rarity especially back in Europe. Back row from left: Jan, Hagen Dirksen, Joerg ‘Nobody’, and Peter; front row from left: Elke, Hilde Metternich, and Varapa.

The EU Film Festival which aims to give viewers in Thailand a taste of Europe in their own backyard was enjoyed and supported by countless people. Seen here before the viewing of the polish drama ‘There and Back’ are: Thorsten Eisingerich, deputy head of mission of Austrian Embassy Bangkok, Prinya Panthong, deputy governor of Chiang Mai, M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, hon. consul of the Republic of Peru, Chamaiphan Baude (Pu), H.E. Jirํ Šitler, the ambassador of the Czech Republic to Thailand and Pravit Archarachinores, hon. consul of Austria.

Arie J.M De Keijzer, general manager of Amora Rydges Tapae Hotel gave presents and certificates to two employees of the month for June 2004. Picture shows from left: Nikom Taboon (waiter at Chillis Restaurant), Arie J. M De Keijzer and Chutipong Nhukampan (electrical supervisor).

Was it the 800th Thursday, or a beautiful home cooked dinner with friends, or did they just show up to be with Armin at midnight to sing a Happy Birthday song? Whatever it was, everybody sang Happy Birthday Armin when the clock turned to midnight. From left: Wanna and David Thomas, Anne and Armin Schoch, Nikolaus and Sherry Prachensky and Marion Vogt.

Vasing Kittikul, THAI’s executive vice president of customer services, recently chaired the 3rd Sharing New Horizons with THAI. The meeting was held for customers to exchange and share their views on THAI’s services. In the meeting were Khunying Thipvadee Pramoj Na Ayudhya, Chiranuj Bhirombhakdi, Yavalaksana Pangsapa, Krongkarn Phongsathorn, Gen. M.L. Vichai Chayankura and Assistant Professor Dr. Pratit Santiprapop.

Ban Sabai Spa Village is well known in and out of Thailand. Miss Zoe Tay, a famous Singaporean actress, recently stayed there to get pampered. Zoe Tay tremendously enjoyed the Thai hospitality, the professional treatments, advice from Miss Chitra, (left) the president of the Lanna Spa Association and the knowledge that she could get back to work afterwards with ‘recharged batteries’. She liked it so much that she used her holidays and stayed almost a week.

Following the Chiangmai Mail Dining Out team and sampling the food for themselves were from left to right: Nikolaus Prachensky, Suzie von Boehm-Bezing, host and owner of the House of Palm, Montri with his wife and ‘chef’ Tim, Sherry Prachensky and Dieter von Boehm-Bezing. Judging from their faces it looks like the House of Palm lived up to its promise.