The Royal Lunch Society held one of their biweekly meetings at the Riverside Restaurant. Discussing the latest hot goss are (from left) George, Bernard, Milt, Don, Bud, Jan and Ric.

Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (CMRU), led by the rector Assoc Prof Dr Ruengdech Wonglar and administrators, welcomed representatives from the College of Commerce, Catering and Tourism from Hungary during their official visit.

The Amari Rincome Hotel hosted a cocktail reception before the opening of the NAP 2004. Amongst artists and other VIP guests were ML Preeyapun, Hon. German Consul Hagen Dirksen and his wife Wanphen, American Consul General Bea Camp and David Summer, Amari Rincomeís GM Wim Fagel, and Dr. Supattra Suttilagsana.

Novotel Chiang Mai has its own caroling team, comprising of staff from all departments. The Carol Singers will perform at the Mai Thai Lobby Lounge at 7 p.m. daily from December 20-24. The staff were trained for 6 weeks by Novotelís in-house pianist, Khun Kanawan.

As part of the upcoming New Year Celebration, the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel arranged a Beer Festival to welcome the winter season at its beer garden, with the highlight being a Miss Beer contest. The winner went home with 20,000 baht in her pocket (and how many beers under her belt?).

Over 8 million origami birds from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Payao and Lamphun were delivered to promote peace in the three southernmost provinces by Wing 41 of the Royal Thai Air Force on December 2. Group Captain Thanasak Meetanunt (third left back row), Wing 41ís deputy commander, receives the sack of flightless birds from Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat (third right) and his wife Ornadda Tantipat (second right).

Already making food an art form, Shane and Sriphan Beary have gone one step further at their Just Khao Soy Restaurant. Their genuine Khao Soy is presented on an artistís palette, now in an ambience of contemporary arts and antiques enhancing that real ĎLannaí feeling. At the Just Khao Soy Gallery opening (from left) Shane and Sriphan Beary and Annop Chaitanee, assistant general manager, Track of the Tiger.

Police officials at Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 gave blood donations to make great merit for His Majesty the Kingís 77th Birthday at Police Provincial Bureau Region 5.