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Secrets of Dreams made some dreams come true!

Unusual exhibition of English painter Philip Moysey’s works

Art to give your soul a boost

US extravaganza for 4th of July party

Bananas can cure many sicknesses

Aromatherapy - Essential oils and their use and strength

Secrets of Dreams made some dreams come true!

Check for your number in the lucky draw!

Marion Vogt

One week after the event at Chiang Mai University Convention Center, Ulrike Kneitschel, director of Subnotic Events and Promotion and her organizing team distributed the funds raised.

Princess Dr. Jao Duan Dueng na Chiang Mai received a token of appreciation from Cherdkiat Chaiyaman for being a part of the ‘Secrets of Dreams’ and for overseeing the prize draw. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

The marketing strategy of this and future events was discussed and many warm words were spoken about the children from the different schools and organizations who also worked so hard to help others less fortunate.

After deducting all costs, 76,000 baht was handed out, with 50,000 baht to the Regional Juvenile Center 7, received by Cherdkiat Chaiyaman; 20,000 baht to the Foundation for Disabled Children (FDC) in Thailand, received by Luc Masschelein, the director and another 6,000 baht went to the School of Life which takes care of AIDS orphans or children in extreme need. Quite an achievement for just one entertaining evening.

All committee members, representatives of the charities and organizers pose for a last group picture (from right) Peeraphol Kongsamuth, (Subnotic Events & Promotion), Saisakul Ratanamarno, (Subnotic Events & Promotion event manager), Ulrike Kneitschel (director of Subnotic Events & Promotion), Mareijke Masschelein, Chao Pakinai Na Chiangmai, Dr. Chao Duang Duen Na Chiang Mai, Luc Masschelein (director of FDC), Cherdkiat Chaiyaman (director Regional Juvenile Training Center 7), Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat (director Chiangmai Ballet Academy), and Miss Apinya Songrungrueng. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

The prize drawing of the entrance tickets from last week’s happening was carried out and all readers should check their handbags and find where you left your used entrance ticket which might be worth a couple of thousand baht. Please check color and number!

1.) 1st Prize: 2 Return Flight tickets, Chiang Mai-Bangkok-Chiang Mai with Orient Thai Airline go to Yellow Ticket ‘7 1 8’.

2.) 2nd Prize: 4 Days-3 Nights at the beautiful Tongsay Bay Resort Hotel on Ko Samui for 2 person go to Pink Ticket ‘4 0 5’.

3.) Lunch Buffet for two person at La Gritta - Green Ticket ‘0 2 2’

4.) Dinner for 2 at the Riverside Bar & Restaurant - VIP Ticket ‘0 0 6’.

5.) Dinner for 2 at the Riverside Bar & Restaurant - Pink Ticket ‘4 2 6’.

6.) Dinner for 2 at the Riverside Bar & Restaurant - Blue Ticket ‘0 4 3’.

7.) 1 year Subscription Chiangmai Mail: - VIP Ticket ‘0 6 3’.

8.) 1 year Subscription Chiangmai Mail - Green Ticket ‘1 0 0’.

9.) 1 year Subscription Chiangmai Mail - Green Ticket ‘1 7 9’.

10.) 1 year Subscription Chiangmai Mail - Yellow Ticket ‘1 9 5’.

Prizes can be picked up at Subnotic Events & Promotion office: 4/1 Tapae Rd. Soi 4, Changklarn, A.Muang, Chiangmai 50100, Tel: 053-207-141, 01-027-1335 Further details at www.subnotic.com

Prizes expire after July 26, 2004. All prizes that have not been picked up until this date will be send to a public auction. All proceeds of this auction will be donated directly to the three charity organizations taking part in the charity event "The Secret of Dreams".


Unusual exhibition of English painter Philip Moysey’s works

A collectors’ exhibition at the Writers’ Club

Robert Tilley

The ghost of the great Austrian Expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka hovers around an unusual exhibition in Chiang Mai of works by one of his favorite pupils, the English painter Philip Moysey.

Robert Tilley (left) and collector Keith Baalham talking arts (Photo: Michael Vogt)

Moysey met Kokoschka in 1939 in England, where the celebrated Austrian artist had sought refuge after his work had been banned by Hitler’s Nazi regime. Moysey and Kokoschka became friends and the exiled Austrian nurtured the still raw talent of the young Englishman, who went on to become a leading artistic observer of the English country scene. Several important Moysey works found their way to Thailand after an English collector friend, Keith Baalham, emigrated there, taking his eclectic portfolio of European art with him.

Kokoschka predicted that Moysey’s artistic representation of contemporary England would some day be "accepted as historical testimony". Visitors to the Moysey exhibition at Chiang Mai’s Writers Club and Wine Bar can test the validity of that prediction. What certainly comes across is the influence of Kokoschka on his English pupil - Moysey’s individual observation of peculiarly English country characters has a universality that spans continents.

But there is a deeper meaning to Moysey’s work. The flame that the Nazis tried to extinguish still burns, like the Thai forest that bursts into life with the onset of the rains. There are forces in this world that can’t be suppressed - nature and its natural ally, the artist, are two of the most powerful.

The Philip Moysey exhibition runs at the Writers Club and Wine Bar, 141/3 Rachadamnoen Road (between Tapei Gate and Wat Prah Sing) until July 9 (closed Mondays).


Art to give your soul a boost

Picasso, Van Gogh, Rodin and Dali come to Chiang Mai

Jiraphat Warasin

"Restoring the Soul of the East" is the title of an exhibition currently on show at the Chiang Mai National Museum. It is a collaborative effort by two artists, Watchara Prayoonkham and Chaturong Hiranyakarn.

Watchara said that the inspiration of this work was sparked some years ago while listening to Jonas, a popular Luk Thung singer, performing beautiful and gentle songs. He wanted to reflect those social scenes. "Some people are lazy and do not want to work hard, but hope they will get rich by buying lottery tickets. Many people can only copy other people’s work but do not know about the arts. This shows that the spirit in people today is weakening," he said.

The fiberglass and wax statue of Pablo Picasso, the famous Spanish artist who popularized Cubism.

Consequently he wanted to return to the prosperous Sukhothai era, the "Golden Age" of Thai art, and encourage today’s young generation to know more about those times and develop, maintain and preserve Thai arts and culture.

Watchara has tried to make his works realistic with many fiberglass and wax statues classified as super-real. Each took around 45 days to complete.

"I want the public to view this exhibition so that they fall in love with the past, discovering our own Thai history, and then they can tell young people to take care of and develop their minds, not to be fixated on worldly things but instead develop their soul and goodness as Thais, all the time," he said.

He explained he had created images of the four famous artists Pablo Picasso (1881-1918), Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and Salvador Dali (1904-1989), whose works have exerted a great influence on the present generation.

The other artist displaying his works, Chaturong, has expressed his feelings in his work mainly in Buddhist themes.

The exhibition is open daily until June 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except public holidays.


US extravaganza for 4th of July party

All US passport holders and their guests are welcome

The 4th of July is almost here, the time for all Americans to start thinking about their plans for celebrating the birth of their nation.

To do its part, the American Consulate General would like to invite all US passport holders, and their guests, to come down to the American Consulate and join in on another exciting July 4th extravaganza.

By public demand, Elvis will leave Graceland and show up again, and again and again.

There will be hot dogs and other American food and drinks, live entertainment every hour, a massage booth, a voting information booth, a bouncy castle, as well as fabulous door prizes like free dinners, a free cooking lesson, beautiful jade carvings and even airline tickets!

"If you haven’t seen Elvis for a while, or had a Budweiser or Fresca in months or years, come on over," says Coordinator Lindy Santitharangkul. "You could be the lucky person to win a return ticket to Luang Prabang."

Here is the schedule of entertainment:

2 p.m. the gates open. Come and discover what food options are available, and stop by the free craft booth and make a patriotic necklace. "The Bouncy Castle will be inflated, kids, so take off your shoes and give it a try."

3 p.m. The Prince Royal College Band will perform.

4 p.m. The Payap Choral Group will sing.

5 p.m. Robin the Magician performs with tricks and illusions.

6 p.m. "Elvisky" makes us think that Elvis Presley is alive and well and in Chiang Mai for the 4th of July 2004. (This is an encore performance from 2002 and 2003.)

7 p.m. The Chiang Mai Choral Society takes to the stage and sings a variety of American favorites followed by a sing along.

8 p.m. Fireworks!

Your admission ticket gives you a chance at the fabulous door prizes, admission to all the entertainment, supplies offered at the crafts booth (like beads, polishes and face paints), all the water you can drink, the fireworks display and much more. Restaurants will also be setting up booths on the Consulate grounds, such as Bud’s Ice Cream, McDonalds, and Ya Ya Dumplings.

The event will be on Sunday, July 4th at the American Consulate, 387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai. Parking is available at the municipality (tessabahn) just north of the Consulate. It will be a full day’s worth of fun and entertainment, and all Americans and their friends and families are encouraged to come.

If you have a friend who isn’t American, they may come as a guest of an American passport holder, provided their ID or passport number is submitted to the Consulate by Thursday, July 1. Admission is 50 baht for adults and 20 baht for children. For more information, call 053-252-629, ext. 0. You can call with the guest information, or email it to [email protected]


Bananas can cure many sicknesses

Part 3

Pone Lamai

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. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve looked at many of these illnesses and conditions, and now here are the rest:

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, trypotophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking, as the high levels of Vitamin C, A1, B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water-balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, there by reducing our potassium levels. These can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in ‘The New England Journal of Medicine’ eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that, if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So you see a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills.

When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"


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.

Geranium
Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens
Common Origins: France, Morocco, China
Aromatherapy Use: calming, uplifting, emotionally balancing, anti-anxiety, normalizing

Suggested Use: bath, massage, diffuser, skin care, perfume, room spray

Fragrance: strong leafy-rose, fruity-mint undertones

Blends With: Bergamot, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lavender, Rose, Patchouli, Basil

Medicinal Information: astringent; strong anti-diarrhea properties; styptic; anti-hypertensive; good antibacterial, and some anti-tubercular properties; tranquilizing; slows/evens the heartbeat. Insect repellant. Useful in skin care both to fight oily skin and to soothe inflamed/dry areas.

Juniper Berry

Botanical Name: Juniperus communis
Common Origins: a common conifer

Aromatherapy Use: stimulating yet calming, refreshing, revitalizing, purifying, strengthening

Suggested Uses: Bath, compress, diffuser

Medicinal Information: strong diuretic (increases the rate of kidney filtration), circulatory stimulant; strong antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, astringent, thus beneficial for acne; anti-inflammatory properties.

Usage Warnings: avoid if pregnant.

Lavender

Botanical Name: Lavendula angustifolia / Lavandula officinalis

Aromatherapy Use: calming, relaxing, anti-stress/anti-depressant, balancing, refreshing, cleansing

Suggested Uses: bath, massage, skin care, compress, room spray. - A few drops on a cloth placed in the dryer with laundry freshen and sanitize it naturally.

Fragrance: a sweet, balsamic, floral aroma. Widely used in perfumes and potpourris

Blends With: many different oils.

Medicinal Information: immune-stimulant; anti-parasitic, insect repellant; anti-inflammatory, analgesic, cleansing. As with Chamomile, Lavender is complex oil with many actions and therefore many uses. Beneficial to various stress-related problems such as headache and insomnia. Beneficial as inhalant for respiratory illness; Excellent antiseptic properties combined with a gentle skin-soothing action make it beneficial for eczema, psoriasis, burns, dermatitis, and earache. Undiluted, it is soothing to insect bites and stings. One of the safest of all oils; can be applied directly to cuts and superficial burns. "When in doubt, try Lavender".