OUR COMMUNITY
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Rejoice Urban Development Project facilities now complete

Simply Nai’s exhibition opens - simply

Preserving Lanna architecture

Northern young designers promoted in contest

Co-host of local TV program wins international music competition

Alois comes to Chiang Mai

Lunch Bunch headed to Lampang Ceramics Fair

THAI supports Soroptimist International Thailand fund raising

Chiang Mai Night Safari proposes single-pricing for Thais and foreigners

Rejoice Urban Development Project facilities now complete

Linda Santitharangkul

The new facilities for Rejoice are now completed and a dedication ceremony was held at the impressive new facility.

Gareth Lavell (far left) and Steve Hallam (back row far right), with a former princess from Laos, supporters and well wishers.

The Rejoice Urban Development Project assists people affected by HIV/AIDS and orphaned children. RUDP’s goal is to provide a desperately needed medical and social support system to the population of very poor, sick and underprivileged people living in Chiang Mai’s villages, urban slum communities, and the surrounding hill areas throughout the Chiang Mai province. In particular, RUDP’s programming addresses the diverse array of medical and social needs demonstrated by the people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Guests from all parts of the community were seen at the opening and welcomed by Steve Hallam and Garreth Lavell, the dedicated ‘brains’ behind the project. Even a former princess from Laos came to pay her respect and receive more knowledge regarding the huge task of helping AIDS victims and their families. For more information, please go to www.rejoicecharity.com


Simply Nai’s exhibition opens - simply

Saksit Meesubkwang

Local late-blossoming artist Nai Glinhom celebrated the opening of her latest exhibition ‘Simply Nai’s’ along with friends and guests at the Panisa Gallery, Mahidol Road.

Nai Glinhom (first left), accompanied by a number of friends, during the opening of her latest exhibition at Panisa Gallery.

This is her second exhibition and Nai explained to Chiangmai Mail that this one is more focused on flamboyant flowers that capture the diversity of nature’s colors, as interpreted through her eyes, as the artist interpreting the experience.

Visitors admire the beautiful watercolor paintings.

Being a self-confessed ‘late starter’ in her painting career, Nai underwent formal training under the stewardship of local artist Serm Watcharin, and enjoys painting mostly with watercolors. Her exhibition will run through the month of November, and admission is free.


Preserving Lanna architecture

Nopniwat Krailerg

The beauty of Lanna architecture was showcased at a seminar organized by the Lanna Architecture Committee. Lanna Architecture 2004, held in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Municipality at the Central Airport Plaza, treated the public to the unique nature of northern style architecture.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Prinya Panthong presents a certificate to the owner of one of the city’s prestigious buildings.

A seminar entitled “Attractive City, Tourism Site and Livable Chiang Mai” was held to promote the conservation of old buildings to sustain Chiang Mai’s image as a historical city.

Models pose at the end of the fashion show at the opening of Lanna Architecture 2004.

The committee paid special attention seven buildings on Thapae Road, one on Wualai Road and eight on Wat Ket Road. The owners of the buildings were awarded silver shields to encourage them to keep them in good condition.

In addition, the Government Saving Bank on Thapae Road, five buildings on Wualai Road and the Chiang Mai First Church on Wat Ket Road were recognized as outstanding contemporary buildings.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Prinya Panthong said that old buildings had been neglected for a long time but it was not too late for people to conserve them, as they were a precious heritage which reflected Chiang Mai’s architectural history.


Northern young designers promoted in contest

Saksit Meesubkwang

The Industrial Promotion Center, Region 1 of the Ministry of Industry, on Saturday, October 30 hosted the Northern Young Designer Contest 2004 at the Imperial Grand Hall, Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. The concept was to promote and support young designers to develop their designs in cotton textiles and silver ornamental products in line with market demands, and to international standards.

VIP guests at the contest pose with Prinya Panthong (middle), Chiang Mai deputy governor, Ornadda Tantipat (third left), the governor’s wife and Jumpol Chutima (first left), president of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Prinya Panthong said at the opening ceremony that the North is the largest source of handicraft production in Thailand, generating substantial revenue annually through exports. “Therefore we need to develop the quality of product designs to international standard,” he said.

The winners and models wearing their designated clothes pose with Wanchai Ratchadamas (in red), director of the Industrial Promotion Center, Northern Region.

A dazzling presentation of silver ornaments and fashion designs followed, as well as a contest for teenagers and Young Designer fashion shows, a popular cotton cloth fashion design contest, as well as the fashion shows from the previous Young Designer contests.

As well as the promotion of cotton textiles and silver ornaments, the event was also aimed at helping preserve the unique Lanna identity, culture, tradition and local Thai customs.


Co-host of local TV program wins international music competition

Karen Thomson

On November 6, “From Heart to Heart” co-host Debbie Klongtruadroke-Scott won first place in the bi-annual Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan, Italy. “Debbie K” was one of eight finalists chosen to perform at the Sabaoth Festival of Christian Music, held this year at the Auditorium di Milano, the city’s premiere concert hall.

Debbie Klongtruadroke-Scott on the ‘Heart to Heart’ set in Chiang Mai.

The finalists in this year’s competition performed to a crowd of over 1,000 people including a panel of jurors comprised of producers, professional musicians, and pastors from throughout Europe. Finalists were evaluated not only on stage performance and composition but on their Christian testimony, as well.

In winning first place in the competition, 26-year-old Debbie K will receive a recording contract, a fully produced CD release and international music ministry opportunities. Debbie is the daughter of Kiat and Olanda Klongtruadroke. Debbie’s father is Thai and her mother is Italian, while she is married to American pastor Bob Scott. Debbie has been a friend of CBN Siam since before the operations began in 1999 and today is one of the co-hosts of the Thai language program “From Heart To Heart here in Chiang Mai.”

“From Heart to Heart” is a production of CBN Siam, the production division of Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai) in Chaing Mai. “From Heart to Heart” airs nationwide every Sunday at 6 a.m. on iTV. If you are interested in more information regarding the foundation, Regional Director, Operation Blessing Foundation (Thai) at 053-262940 or by e-mail at Karen @cbnsiam.com


Alois comes to Chiang Mai

You do not have to play harp to eat at Alois

A previously hungry staff reporter

Bavarian Restaurants with good plain German food are known all over the world. Another Bavarian restaurant is now here in Chiang Mai, run by chef Alois.

The smiling Alois, especially when the first pork knuckles came out of the oven.

A native of the Bavarian Alps of Germany, Chef Alois reflects true Bavarian spirit of fun. He is not one of those Bavarians who hide their charms behind a grim face. His mission is, as he told us, to create an environment for Germans to feel at home and for every other nationality to experience true Bavarian character and food.

He chose the name Alois he said, pronounced “arroy - aloy” (great taste) in Thai, because he was inspired by the naughty Bavarian angel Aloisius, who can be seen everywhere in Munich, sitting on his cloud, playing his harp and enjoying himself.

The fable of Angel Aloisius was that when he arrived in heaven he was a disruptive influence, singing ‘Hallelujah’ at the wrong times and the others complained and beseeched God and St. Peter to send him back down to Munich again even just for one day so he was given communiques from heaven to take to the government of Bavaria. Angel Aloisius flew down to the town hall, folded his wings, but as a true Munich spirit went for a beer before delivering the letter. One Bavarian beer led to another, and Aloisius is still there drinking, while the letter was forgotten.

Bavarian ‘tapas’, homemade beer pretzels, authentic cuisine and cold beer will make ‘Alois’ a favorite in Chiang Mai in no time. If you have problems finding this small family restaurant, just give Alois a call and he will guide you there if you know Fern Guest House, Alois is just opposite.


Lunch Bunch headed to Lampang Ceramics Fair

Shop ‘till you drop

The Lady’s Lunch Bunch will make their Christmas trip this year to Lampang on Thursday, December 2, the first day of the ceramic fair. The organized package will include coach transport, lunch, walking through the ceramics factory, and a stop at the forest and flower market is also included in the price. To reserve a place, a deposit of 500 baht per person is required.

According to Anne, the organizer of this yearly event, the final cost can not be decided until final numbers are known, as it is dependant on how many people turn up on the day. The more people the lower the cost.

Guaranteed is a fun day with lots of possibilities to stock up on mugs, plates and little something’s which you urgently need, you just never know until you see it.

All ladies are welcome to join, newcomers to town as well as those who normally might not have the time to join and ‘the regulars’ of course. Call organizer Anne Dawson at 0 5321 6132 at your earliest convenience to reserve your place on the ‘shopping coach’.


THAI supports Soroptimist International Thailand fund raising

Bu-nga Kornvinai (second from left), Thai Airways International’s vice president, IT Department, presents a cheque for 200,000 baht to Jinee Russell (second from right), president of Soroptimist International Thailand, during the fund-raising 2004 charity event at the Plaza Athene Hotel to celebrate the sixth cycle birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Proceeds from the charity event will go towards scholarships for the underprivileged, Pakkred Orphanage, and constructing and completing a library at Cholaprathan Songkroh School.


Chiang Mai Night Safari proposes single-pricing for Thais and foreigners

Still under construction, the management team of the Chiang Mai Night Safari has announced they will propose that that Thais and foreigners will pay same entry fee to visit the park.

Thongchai Wongrienthong, deputy governor of Chiang Mai Province who heads the public relations team of the project said it has been agreed that a single-fee-rule would be applied regardless of nationality, and children will pay only half the price.

“We will charge every adult 800 baht to visit the Night Safari and children will pay half of that. This entry fee applies to everyone regardless of race,” he said.

Earlier, the fees varied due to nationalities. A child’s fee for foreign nationals was 300 baht and 400 baht for foreign adults, while Thai children were to pay 100 baht and Thai adults 250 baht each, and only 100-170 baht for Chiang Mai locals. There was also a special fee for Thai families.

“We think the former rates were unfair and needed to be changed. We may offer memberships and holders could have a few free visits as incentives,” said Thongchai.

However, the new fee scheme needs to receive a green light from the government first. The deputy Chiang Mai governor said he would propose the change in fees to Plodprasop Suratwadi, adviser to the prime minister for consideration.

The Chiang Mai Night Safari is expected to be partly opened on April 13, 2005, although its construction is likely to be completed later than the scheduled month of April next year, as the private sector is not confident whether the project is worth investing.

“It is difficult to do marketing now when the project is still not completed. We cannot take any overseas bookings until another year,” Thongchai said. (TNA)