Mysterious Mekong exhibition celebrates 20 years of INTG
The 20th anniversary of the Informal Northern Thai Group
(INTG) was celebrated at Chiang Mai’s Ecole fran็aise d’Extr๊me-Orient
(EFEO) with a display of the work by local photographer, Reinhard Hohler.
from left to right) Roy Hudson, Dr. Louis Gabaude, Reinhard Hohler, and
Brian Hubbard (present convener of the INTG) at the preview.
Major Roy Hudson officially opened the exhibition
preview, titled “Mysterious Mekong: From Simao Port to Ho Chi Minh City by
hovercraft”, at the EFEO. The director, Dr. Louis Gabaude, welcomed more
than 75 guests at the function.
The successful “Hovercraft Expedition Mekong” for
which Reinhard Hohler was the tour director, covered nearly 3000 km of the
river from Simao Port in Yunnan, China to its delta in the southern part of
at Reinhard Hohler’s photographic exhibition.
Through his photos, Reinhard Hohler tries to position,
protect and promote the different geographical, historical and economic
aspects of the river. The pictures highlight the landscapes seen by the
expedition through Jinghong in China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia
down to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
There are some special moments such as a visit to the
gravesite of the famous French explorer Henri Mouhot in Luang Prabang, the
transfer of the hovercraft around the Khon Falls in Southern Laos and the
side trip to Angkor.
For this exhibition, Dr. Louis Gabaude has added some
documents from its own archives, along with a collection of books about the
Mekong Region from the EFEO library in Chiang Mai. The 72 photos taken by
Reinhard Hohler are available on CD.
A video, “Imaging the Mekong”, produced by the
Rockefeller Foundation, the Japan Foundation and Probe Media Foundation,
will be on show during the exhibition.
The photographic exhibition, which is complemented by the collection of
books and related documents from the EFEO library, will be open daily until
January 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rotarians welcome 2005
President-elect of the Rotary Club Chiang Mai West, Frank
Weicks, and his wife Becky Lomax, opened their home to the members of Rotary
Chiang Mai West and their spouses for the club’s traditional New Year’s
president of Rotary Club Chiang Mai West Frank Weicks presents a token of
appreciation to Rotarian Rajan.
President Preecha Wongsakul and immediate Past President
Manit Manthala attended, and were thanked for their service to the club.
The members are presently serving as a channel for tsunami aid donations.
Since the Rotary Club ChiangMai West has historically enjoyed an
international membership, donations are arriving from Canada, Germany,
Belgium, the United States and from Thailand. The club is working with its
sister clubs in affected areas to help in meeting the needs of people in
Thailand and abroad.
left) Past President Manit Manthala, President Preecha Wongsakul and
Rotarian Rajan enjoy the evening.
Charlie’s holiday concert
Story by Siriwan
While vacationing in his hometown, Chiang Mai born
Charlie Suriyakham gave a clarinet recital, accompanied by well-known Chiang
Mai resident Ajarn David Wilson at Gongdee Studio.
During the first part of the evening, Charlie displayed
his undoubted clarinet techniques in Debussy’s “Premier Rhapsody”.
This was followed by Rachmaninov’s popular “Vocalise” and
Stravinsky’s “Three pieces for Clarinet Solo”.
Wilson with Charlie Suriyakham on the clarinet. (Photo by Autsadaporn
After intermission, Charlie gave a great rendition of
Aaron Copeland’s “Concerto for Clarinet”, a popular piece with
American music graduates. The evening was closed with Alec Templeton’s
“Pocket Size Sonata in three movements”.
Charlie graduated from Prince Royal’s College and then
attended Payap University for one year. In 1993 he went to the United States
where he studied clarinet at the California State University and Chicago’s
He has just won a position with the United State Coast Guard Band, one of
the finest bands in the United States. He will start in February after
finishing his vacation here but he did promise another concert during his
next holiday in a year or two.
Carabao concert raises 300,000 baht for tsunami donation
Yuenyong “Add Carabao” O-pakul and his group
performed at Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Chiang Mai. Apart from the concert, a
charity auction of the Carabao band’s acoustic guitars was another
Carabao and his band performing at Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
Moneys raised from the concert and auction have been
donated to the fund to help people affected by the tsunamis in the southern
parts of Thailand.
Two newly composed songs, “Sab Namtar Andaman” (Dry
the Tear of the Andaman People) and “Kon Thai Mai Ting Kan” (Thai People
Help Each Other) were performed that evening.
12 acoustic guitars were put up for auction. Many Chiang
Mai people and tourists were interested in the auction. The first guitar
realized 29,000 baht, paid by a 10 year old boy who came with his parents.
The second guitar was secured with a 100,000 baht bid from a foreign
Apart from raising money for the tsunami victims, Add Carabao also
granted three students whose mother died of AIDS a 100,000 baht scholarship
each. He also pledged to adopt the three students.
Palaad Tawanron for the world’s largest pachyderm ‘pissoir’
300 meters above sea level, behind the Chiang Mai Zoo, is
a new 400 seat restaurant, with a novel attraction that might even be
included in the Guinness Book of Records!
elephantine flush toilet which is claimed to be the biggest flusher in the
Several of the staff are elephants, and to accommodate
them when they feel the call of nature, the management has supplied flush
toilets for them, which are apparently the largest flush toilets for
elephants in the world. The restaurant even plans to apply for a Guinness
World Record for the elephantine superloos.
Chumporn Khusikakorn, the owner of the Palaad Tawanron
Restaurant, said that the restaurant has seven elephants as serving girls,
who will take it in turns to use the superloo.
He said he was a nature conservationist turned restaurateur. The
elephants will certainly love him, and the restaurant!
Spiritual seekers called to full moon ceremony in Chiang Mai
Be in time on Tuesday, January 25
The coming full moon is the one after the tsunami and
earthquake. Since that day, Katharina Bless has played the crystal singing
bowls every day and did a little healing ceremony for Mother Gaia and the
In one of her sessions, she received a message to do a
ceremony at the Erawan Resort on the January 25 full moon and make an
installation for a transmission station to be connected to and protected by
the Elomin network of our Star Sisters and Brothers. All spiritual seekers
are invited for this event.
Meeting point is at the resort at 2 p.m. for preparation
as the installation will start at 5 p.m. (exact full moon is at 5.32 p.m.).
A potluck dinner will follow at around 6 p.m. Plates, cups and fresh spring
water is provided. After the dinner there will be a puja and healing
celebration for Mother Gaia, plus a bonfire and fun!
Meeting point: 1 p.m. at the parking lot at the 700-Year
Anniversary Stadium, just opposite the junction after the town hall. The
parking lot is just a few meters inside on the right. Be on time. The cars
have to leave at 1.15 p.m. There will be someone to lead the way and lead
the carpool. To register send an email to Katharina Bless:
[email protected] or call 053 297 407 / 06 923 1500.
Please bring along: music instruments if you have,
performances are very welcome, food, fruits and drinks for the potluck
dinner (vegetarian food!), something to sit on, a jacket for the evening as
it might still be cool up in the mountains and a donation (minimum 100 baht)
to pay the workers who are hired to help.
Katharina Bless is the author of Flower Healing Power -
The Bach Flower Therapy from a Spiritual Point of View.