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A trip to Koh Chang

Thai musical prodigy gives private performance for Royal family

Science Day at Prem gives students hands-on experience

LuckyDogs has moved

Third German Academic Days at CMU

A trip to Koh Chang

Mary Velechovsky, student

Grades 7 and 8 of the Christian German School Chiang Mai went on a weeklong field trip Koh Chang. The Koh Chang is the second largest island after Phuket, and is located off Trat’s coastline.

Grade 7 and 8 of the Christian German School Chiang Mai.

After getting settled in the hotel, most of us were very tired and decided to sleep. To give you an example how one of those exhausting days in the remote island looked like, read on. Every morning we would eat breakfast together and then do daily activities like snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. Exhausted already? When the sun set and the huge moon came up we played beach games.

When the sun set and the huge moon came up we played beach games.

Quoting some students what they thought of the trip, these were the answers, “Kayaking was fun because it was the first time for me.”

“After kayaking, fishing on a speed boat was real cool. But the best part about fishing was grilling and eating the fish.”

While snorkeling, we learned many new things about marine life and we are already sure that we are expected to remember them all.

But all good things come to an end and we had to pack our bags and get ready to go home to Chiang Mai, which was even more exhausting than holidays. After the ferry ride back to the mainland, we continued for an 18 hour drive to Chiang Mai.

In conclusion, our trip to Koh Chang was very fun and educational, it built friendships and better understanding amongst us and we can’t wait until next year’s fieldtrip.


Thai musical prodigy gives private performance for Royal family

Saksit Meesubkwang

Paded Netpakdee, 18, has just finished high school at Prince Royal’s College, Chiang Mai, and is going on to study at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. Despite his youth, he is one of the best musicians in Thailand, and hopes to study music abroad.

Paded Netpakdee receives an award from General Pichit Kullawanich at Sirikit National Convention Center.

He began playing musical instruments when he was six years old while in a Lanna kindergarten, and when he entered a competition playing Thai instruments won the first prize. This aroused his interest in music and he decided to register at the Yamaha Music School, Chiang Mai. Participating in other music competitions, he won the first prize in national classic guitar in 2000, and northern guitar with folk songs in 2002. He also received a gold medal from the Youth and Music competition at Mahidol University. During the past two years, he also won a gold medal for the national classic guitar, and a gold medal for ensemble guitar.

He was very proud to perform in front of HM The Queen at Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens in Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai, on March 1, 2003, and for HRH Princess Somsawalee at Pangtong Palace in Pai district, Mae Hong Son, on February 4, 2005. Later, he received first prize for classic instrument playing from General Pichit Kullawanich, privy councilor, at Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok.


Science Day at Prem gives students hands-on experience

Amanda Gulliver (Teacher)

Prem Tinsulanonda International School Grade Four students had a “Sensational Science Day.” In the morning, some of the students brought in their own experiments to share with the class. We had an amazing volcanic eruption, homemade slime that looked gooey but was rock hard when punched, spinning magnets, optical illusions, and rocks that felt magnetic.

After the student presentations, we learned about the scientific method, which we practiced by making models of objects that fly. We first made miniature helicopter blades and tested different shapes and lengths to see which ones spun the best. Our second experiment involved a parachute made from a plastic bag and string. For each experiment, we had to make the model, make a prediction, test our models, and record our observations.

We had so much fun learning through science, that we want to do it again next term. One student commented that Science Day was “… the best day of my life!”


LuckyDogs has moved

Bigger, more running space, and a swimming pond

Nienke Parma

Just awoken by the neighbor’s dogs. They have become my new alarm clock and is set at sunrise. I sit outside, with a coffee in my hand, watching my dogs having party time in my new fish pond. Big smiles on their faces.

Never expected it would go this fast, but we moved in less than a month! And, despite the extra stress and hard work, it’s absolutely worth it! The new place is much bigger, full of my favorite fruits: mango trees and coconut palms. The house has one room more, the office is bigger and there is an infirmary. More important are the improved kennels. Beside good quality food, proper health care and loving attention, dogs need physical and mental stimulation. Therefore, the kennels are divided according the size of the dogs: with the smallest kennel for breeds such as the Shih Tsu, Miniature-Pinscher and -Poodle, Pomeranian, and the biggest kennels (approximately 45m2) for big dogs such as the Golden- and Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, Mastiff. Although, having enough space for them to run and play, it’s not enough for the mental stimulation, as being in the same place day-in-day-out is pretty boring. Just imagine yourself being in a beautiful house with big garden for the rest of your life, with the occasional trip to the doctor. You would become quickly bored too, wouldn’t you?! For solving this problem, we have special play camps. Experience has taught that the dogs really enjoy the daily change of area.

Nevertheless, my biggest joy is the fish pond. Not only for the refreshing and joyful swim, it also can be included in my training programs (if requested) and be used for rehabilitation purposes. For example the German Shepherd Mix, having spondylosis and hip-dysplasia, benefits enormously from her daily swimming sessions, next to the acupuncture, Reiki treatment, homeopathic medicine (carefully selected by me) and extra vitamins. And not to mention my arthritic nine year old Rottweiler and 12 year old Afghan lady, both on homeopathic medicine too.

Reaching the new place is fairly simple, as it is along the second ring-road (No. 121) around Chiang Mai, see map. At the intersection turn left or right (depending on where you come from) and after about 50 meters turn right into a small dead-end lane. LuckyDogs’ new location will be at the end of the lane on your right.

May I warmly welcome all my old and new customers to this beautiful new place.

For more information on dog-issues, boarding, training or behavior (modification) please contact LuckyDogs: 0 9997 8146 or [email protected]


Third German Academic Days at CMU

German language studies going down as Asian tongues increase

Sandy Clark

70 of the 100 German professors and lecturers from all over Thailand, plus guest speakers from neighboring countries were welcomed for the third German Academic Days which took place at Chiang Mai University from March 24-26.

German language has had a long tradition in Thailand, so it was surprising that the opening addresses by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and the vice rector of Academics were both only in Thai, despite the fact that over half of the attendees were foreigners.

(From left) Dr. Nina Herrmann Merolle, DAAD-Study Information Center Bangkok, Hagen Dirksen, Honorary German Consul and Dr. Joerg Loeschmann, Goethe Institute Bangkok

Honorary Consul of Germany Hagen Dirksen said that he had expected to give his speech in German but as English is the language of diplomacy, business and the Internet, used English instead. He said, “In our globalized world it does not mean that other languages become obsolete. Young people have to understand that the more foreign languages they speak, the better their chances are to land an interesting job later in life. I believe that today’s teaching must respond to the job market of tomorrow. But language skills are not enough, the role of you as lecturers is also to strengthen interest in foreign culture, art and music and increase the knowledge and the friendship between Germany and Thailand.”

Dr. Joerg Loeschmann from the Goethe Institute Bangkok talked about a revival of the German language, looking at the 45 percent increase in numbers of students at the Goethe Institute over the past four years. Over the same time the number of Thai students enrolled in Germany has more than doubled but this pleasant situation ignores the fact that the number of students learning German at High Schools has decreased by 15 percent. Joerg Loeschmann said, “The biggest reason for that decrease is the new retirement scheme of the government, the lack of a fixed pool for language teachers, the naturally growing importance of Japanese and Chinese, a level of the general university access examination in German language that is much too high and not (in line with) the knowledge and skills that a High School student can reach after three years with only five hours a week and the limited use of methodological knowledge in the teaching of German.”

He closed his address saying that the German Academic Days in Chiang Mai will face many challenges for the participants and hopefully it will end with a creative output for teachers and later on for their students.