The U.S. Consulate staff turned up en masse to surprise the ever-suspicious David Summers on his birthday. The retired foreign service officer (husband of Consul General Bea Camp) said, “My mother, looking down from heaven, would heartily approve of a place where the rule is to clean your plate before dessert. That’s the way birthday lunches always were at my house!” (The Vietnamese buffet restaurant wisely fines people whose eyes are bigger than their stomachs.)

The Japanese consul general to Chiang Mai, Katsuhiro Shinohara (second from right), hosted a dinner at Saenkham Terrace for the Bangkok-based Asian General Bureau correspondent Akihiko Kaise (third left) and his staff from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Owner Wanphen Sakdatorn (far right) added the usual flair to the occasion.

Dentist Dr. Chokti Luang-apa and friends organized a party at the Empress Hotel and presented a bouquet of flowers to Asst. Prof. Dr. Nipon Tuwanon on the occasion of his retirement from the presidency of Chiang Mai University.

Susan Witter, president of Douglas College, Canada, accompanied by her management team, signed a cooperation contract covering hotel apprenticeship and English education with Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, led by Asst. Prof. Dr. Ruangdech Wonglah.

The bear was on the loose last week when The Bear’s Den celebrated its first anniversary, with all regular guests and many new faces. It was a fun night full of balloons, booze and bubbles. (From left) An Irish reincarnation of Count Dracula Mikel, Linda Cook, Tom Delaney, Ian Cook, Dot Delaney, Linda Buck, Paul ‘The Bear’ (hidden in the back) and David Buck.

Nareerat Chantaramungkorn (fifth right), executive vice president of Niyom Phanich, welcomed Shinichi Wakita, deputy managing director of Panasonic A. P. Sales, during the Panasonic Expo 2005.

Orachon Janviwattana from Central Airport Plaza’s management team presents flowers to Khun Sompong, owner of SP Telecom, at the grand opening of its latest branch on the 3rd floor.

Maitree Tessakarn (center left), and Supatra Chirathivat (center right), senior VP-development, Central Hotels and Resorts presided over the grand opening of Baan Chay Nam Restaurant, Central Mae Sot Hill Hotel. They were welcomed by GM Kitiporn Suttasoontorn (rear 2nd from left) and his team. “Baan Chay Nam” translates as “House at the shore”.