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Party time at the Rydges!

Russian ballet school opens in Chiang Mai

Prince Takamado Award for distinguished Chiang Mai resident

Bananas can cure many sicknesses

Aromatherapy - Essential oils and their use and strength

Ad Carabao and the Carabao band wows audience

Thai Arts and Crafts for World Peace

Young singing sensation meets pop stars from Bangkok

New HP Experience Center at Panthip

Party time at the Rydges!

Dutch atmosphere, Dutch herrings, Dutch International Music and Fun!

Marion Vogt

Arie de Keijzer, general manager of Rydges Amora Tapae Chiangmai Hotel has promised a real ‘Dutch Night Out’ on Saturday, June 26, at the hotel poolside. The reason is the start of the Dutch herring season.

Arie explained that herrings have a lifecycle. During May and June, herrings will have fattened enough but not yet formed any hard or soft roe. If the weather is good, they can acquire plenty of fat in May and fishermen will watch the weather and temperature closely during this period. Lots of sun means lots of food for the herring and as soon as the herring has a minimum of 16 percent fat, it may hit the market as ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’.

It’s the start of the Dutch herring season, and Arie de Keijzer, general manager of Rydges Amora Tapae Chiangmai Hotel has promised a real ‘Dutch Night Out’ on Saturday, June 26, at the hotel poolside.

Talking to this Dutch GM about herrings returns the same enthusiasm as talking with a Swiss about his cheese. And we were also told the herring must be gutted, ripened, salted and filleted in the traditional Dutch way.

Next Saturday you can be part of this Dutch tradition and be welcomed by ladies in traditional Dutch costumes. The party area will be Dutch as well with typical Dutch touches. But even for those who do not really like the herring, there is a Thai and international buffet. The net charge is 350 baht per person, including welcome drink.

The herrings will be sold separately at only 50 baht per piece thanks to the sponsorship from HORECA food supply. I was also told that there will be many more surprises on the agenda.

My final question to Arie was how to eat the herring? He said, “The traditional manner to eat the herring is to tilt the head back and open your mouth wide, whereupon the fish is lowered in headfirst and swallowed whole. Herring can also be eaten on a bread roll, with or without chopped onions. So now you know!

For reservation call the Sales Department of the Rydges Amora at 0 5325 1531.


Russian ballet school opens in Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Russian Ballet Society, founded in Bangkok in 1923, has now opened the Russian Ballet Institute in Chiang Mai to teach ballet according to the Russian syllabus.

The Institute, which is the first branch of the Society to be launched outside Bangkok, opened its doors on June 5.

It has ballet trainers who have been formally recognised by the Russian Ballet Society. They will teach under the supervision of Charuayporn Chainawan, who has been appointed the Institute’s director.

The syllabus encompasses easy to understand principles. Students can effectively practise and apply the steps by themselves, and they are allowed to design their own steps.

The Institute places emphasis on the students’ Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) in keeping with the Russian syllabus and Thailand’s National Education Act of 1999 that focuses on child-centred learning.

The Society has received wide recognition since it was founded in the capital more than 80 years ago. It has produced many competent ballet dancers and trainers who have achieved success and fame in many countries, including the United States, England, Japan, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Australia, Wales and Cyprus.

Chiang Mai’s Russian Ballet Institute provides courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. After students pass the advanced level, they will receive certificates qualifying them as ballet trainers in both domestic and international institutions.

The Institute is willing to work with any governmental and non-governmental organizations by providing ballet shows for activities or charity events.

To apply for the courses, contact the Institute, on Koh Klang Road (adjoining the Ban Lub Lae building), Tambon Nong Hoi, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., tel. 053-801375, 09-7558815, 09-5600996.


Prince Takamado Award for distinguished Chiang Mai resident

Greek Embassy Tokyo

The Prince Takamado Award has been conferred on the former ambassador of Greece to Japan, George A Sioris, by H.I.H. Princess Takamado.

This special award, is given to honor people with a record of “distinguished services to the Asiatic Society of Japan” and with a parallel record of distinguished scholarship.

The Prince Takamado Award of the Asiatic Society was given to former ambassador, George A. Sioris (2nd from left).

George Sioris is a Chiang Mai resident, who served in Japan twice, and was the Asiatic Society’s president from 1995-1999. He is widely known as a writer and scholar.

He is now associated with many universities and other academic institutions in Japan and elsewhere in the Far East. He holds a doctorate summae honoris from Soka University Tokyo, and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Adamson University in Manila, and currently contributes articles to the “Japan Times” and several other publications.

A reception was given in his honor by Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Rodoussakis, at the Ambassador’s Residence in Minato-ku. It was attended by distinguished members of the Japanese society, diplomats and academics.


Bananas can cure many sicknesses

Part 2

If you want a quick fix for flagging energy levels there’s no better snack than a banana. Amongst other helpful things, bananas can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions making it a must to add to your daily diet. The first lot of these illnesses and conditions was given last week. Here are some more:

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and pressure at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods such as bananas every two hours to keep levels steady.

PMS: Forget the pills eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronic ulcer cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

To be continued...


Aromatherapy - Essential oils and their use and strength

Chitra Klanprayoon, Ban Sabai Spa, President Thai Lanna Spa Association

Aromatherapy combines the soothing, therapeutic touch of massage with the beneficial properties of essential oils. The smell touches our senses, it has the power to transform our emotions and cure our bodies. It can take us to another place and time. Let us guide you to your aroma destination by explaining some essential oils and their use and strength.

Eucalyptus

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Common Origins: Australia, but now widely cultivated

Aromatherapy Use: invigorating, stimulating, refreshing, cooling, emotionally balancing, clears the mind and aids concentration

Suggested Use: steam inhalation, chest rub, room spray, bath, sauna, massage, diffuser

Fragrance: penetrating, strong, medicinal, camphor-like; in very small amounts, may lend a “fresh” element to a scent

Blends With: Chamomile, Lavender, Bergamot

Medicinal Information: general gastrointestinal stimulant, antibiotic, disinfectant, expectorant, cough suppressant - a common component in many cough and cold remedies; antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-tubercular and antiviral properties are well-substantiated. Has been used against some intestinal parasites and as an anti-malarial. Can be used as a room sanitizer (10 drops per 60ml of water, used as a spray). Can be applied as a rub to ease headaches; has been used to soothe and disinfect cuts and minor burns.

Fennel

Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgare
Common Origins: Common - Western and Eastern Europe, Japan
Aromatherapy Use: restorative, warming, invigorating, ease tension, relaxant
Suggested Uses: skin care, massage, diffuser/inhaler

Medicinal Information: increases blood flow to applied area; eases cramping of the stomach and intestines, also stimulates emptying of the gallbladder and bile flow, so is used to settle the stomach and aid digestion (hence its traditional use in heavy foods such as sausage); diuretic; wide-spectrum antibacterial. Has estrogenic activity. Used to ease coughs and alleviate respiratory illness. Soothes insect stings.

Usage Warnings: skin irritant - dilute well. Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid use in sun.


Ad Carabao and the Carabao band wows audience

Outspoken and critical of the mandated early closing

Saksit Meesubkwang

The Carabao band entertained an appreciative audience of around one thousand fans at the Ban Larnthong conventional hall in the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.

Ad Carabao criticized the government for ordering entertainment venues to close at midnight.

The managing director of Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex, Pol Lt Suchai Kengkarnkha, threw the concert on June 5. Some 200 Harley Davidson bikers joined the entertainment led by Carabao’s Ad Carabao.

In keeping with the outspoken nature of this band over many years, Ad Carabao used the opportunity to express his opinion on the entertainment venue closing times. He criticized the government that has ordered entertainment venues to close at midnight, saying this does not really promote the entertainment business and the industry will suffer.


Thai Arts and Crafts for World Peace

Great opportunity for Thai artists

Pia Wunna

The internet is a wonderful channel to showcase Thai abilities in the form of arts and crafts to the world. The wisdom that has existed for thousand of years is now capturing the attention of millions of arts and crafts lovers worldwide. Among the many people in Thailand that try to promote Thai arts and crafts to the world, Armenia Nercessian de Oliveira is one of the most successful. She features Thai arts and crafts at www.novica. com which she founded in 1999. The website recently became the most popular arts and crafts website, with more than 2 million visitors per month.

Armenia Nercessian de Oliveira (second from right) with the Novica team in Chiang Mai.

Armenia has always been fascinated by arts and crafts. She traveled to more than 50 countries as a United Nations officer (UNHCR) for 16 years. She saw many local artisans who deserved higher payment for their work, which might take a week or few months to complete. This experience inspired Armenia to found Novica. At Novica, the artists and artisans have a new channel to sell their products worldwide. And it’s all free of charge. Novica cuts out the middle person. “The artist makes more and the collector pays less” is Novica’s philosophy. “I’m so impressed with the thousands of years in Thai history and the beautiful work, Thailand has to offer. I believe people around the world are fascinated by Thai Arts and Craft when they have the chance to learn about it, like myself. That’s why millions of people are in love with it.” And this is why Armenia set up a Novica office in Chiang Mai.

Besides focusing on working with local artists and artisans in Asia, Africa and South America, Armenia and Catherine Ryan, Novica’s vice president of communication, have also in March this year launched the World Peace Project for the year 2004 at its 7 international offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Novica hopes that by offering inspiring, peace themed art, customers worldwide will enjoy viewing and purchasing “visions” of peace from many different countries, cultures, and religions, broadening understanding between cultures and encouraging peace as a world view.

Peace Around The World is a non-political project. The belief is that all people ultimately share the dream of world peace, and that world peace, as a vision offered through the arts, will prove to be of great fascination to people all over the world. Likewise, Novica hopes that this “wave” or trend of peace themed art and home decor will inspire many other companies to create their own visions of peace-themed projects.”

In addition, Novica will also select the 100 best peace-themed art works to feature in an exhibition in America. This is such a great opportunity for Thai artists and artisans, to have the chance to show their work to the world and they don’t have to pay a single baht. What Armenia and Novica are doing is proving that Thai arts and crafts have a great new channel to help them grow.


Young singing sensation meets pop stars from Bangkok

Jiraphat Warasin

A 13-year-old Chiang Mai schoolgirl has walked off with the winner’s trophy in the “Modern One Acoustic Artist No 4” singing contest.

Chonticha Phetnasagkul is the youngest entrant so far to win in the monthly competition organized by Number One Media group. There were 40 entrants, and 14 made it to the final round, which took place on June 9.

The winner of this month’s contest, Chonticha Phetnasagkul.

GMM Grammy Co. sent their popular singers Earn-Jittaphat Promhirun and Bua-Chompoo Ford from Bangkok to join in this month’s gig. They performed several songs and wowed the audience.

Chonticha, who studies at the Matthayom 2 at Waree Chiang Mai School, was awarded the winner’s cup from the Office of Narcotics Control Board, Northern Region, and received gifts from the two pop stars from Bangkok.

Chonticha and fans selected by lucky ticket draws had the added excitement of being introduced to Earn-Jittaphat and Bua-Chompoo in the “Meet and Greet” project run by Number One Media.


New HP Experience Center at Panthip

Wants to simplify technology

Marion Vogt

Hewlett-Packard Thailand (HP) launched their first one-stop retail store ‘HP Experience Center’ designed to meet growing customer needs in digital entertainment and digital photography. The center is on the 2nd floor of Panthip Plaza, Chiangmai Branch.

(From right to left) Prasert Charoonpaisal, General Manager of Imaging and Printing Group, Hewlett-Packard (Thailand); Jumpol Chutima, President of the Chiangmai Chamber of Commerce; Kelly Tan, Vice President of Hewlett-Packard, South East Asia with another executive from HP South East Asia. (Photo: Michael Vogt)

Kelly Tan, Vice President of Hewlett-Packard, South East Asia, was the guest of honor at the launch and said that the vision of HP is based on simplifying technology for consumers to create simple and rewarding experiences. But she also said that their vision extends beyond products and technology to provide a total customer experience for consumers.

The opening of the first ‘HP Experience Center’ in Chiang Mai is in line with the Thai government’s policy to decrease digital divide and boost the level of IT literacy across the country. She thanked Chi Chang executives for being such a good partner in sharing the same vision and commitment with HP.

Prasert Charoonpaisal, General Manager of Imaging and Printing Group, HP, said “In conjunction with our active partner Chi Chang Computer in Chiang Mai, we are aiming to satisfy customers’ growing demand for digital lifestyle through our new concept store which will make it easier for customers to make informed decisions when purchasing HP Digital Entertainment and photography products.

Jumpol Chutima, President of the Chiangmai Chamber of Commerce was the last speaker at the launch. He said with a twinkle in his eye that he has to admit that computers have even become a part of his life today and he was full of praise for Chi Chang as a local Chiang Mai company to provide this service and high standard products for customers.