Lisa Rudenmacher turned eight during her Songkran holidays at Amora Rydges Tapae Chiang Mai, and was presented with a ‘yummie chocolate cake’ by General Manager Arie J.M. de Keijzer (left). Her Swedish dad Michael and her Thai mom Jintana brought her for holidays from their residence in Rangoon to Chiang Mai to experience ‘the real thing’ and they liked it so much that they soon will be moving to Northern Thailand.

Hong Kong based Laura and Mick Self and their 40 guests recently held a wonderful wedding party at the Riverside Bar & Restaurant. Laura and Mick are seen here after the romantic dinner cruise cutting the wedding cake.

The April Lunch Bunch was as enjoyable as it was informal. Venue was the beautiful lakeside setting of the Bua Restaurant where over 20 ladies met to dine and chat. The next lunch bunch will be held at Sheraton Chiang Mai on Wednesday May 11. For detailed information, check Community Happenings Page 14.

The executive chef at the Amari Rincome Hotel, Dirk Wunnenberg, celebrated his recent birthday amidst some members of his team, and was pleasantly surprised to receive loads of presents.

Go Putt-Putt, the latest addition of the fashionable mini golf courses in and around Chiang Mai, was where the Hash House Harriers met and dined earlier this month.

Songkran this year was also a chance to bid farewell to outgoing Consular Chief John Aloia, whose last consulate day was on April 22. His supervisors dreamed up tricky questions—deciding that John would need to “pass a test” if he is to truly deserve the coveted Golden Triangle Award. After answering a lot of ‘trivia’ questions where each wrong answer resulted in a ‘cold shower’, everybody wished him good luck in his new role at the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and US CG Bea Camp presented him with the hard earned Golden Triangle Award.

At the Yuparaj alumni association building, alumni and alumnae of Yuparaj School gathered to pour water on the hands of the teachers, on the occasion of the Songkran 2005 celebrations.

Wirachart Watthaphanich, asst. director of sales from the Sheraton Chiangmai, and his team was welcomed by Chiangmai Mail’s Deputy Editor Nopniwat Krailerg (center) when they recently visited the Chiangmai Mail Offices to wish us a happy Songkran, and thanked the newspaper for the support.