Thailandís PM Thaksin Shinawatra welcomed Collin Powell, former US Secretary of State upon his arrival at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, overseen by GM Patrick-Denis Finet. Powell was invited to Thailand to attend the 14th Annual Asia Leadership Forum in Bangkok before stopping in Chiang Mai for some relaxation.

Panupong Sakdathorn, CEO of Niyom Phanich Co., Ltd. and Supajee Suthampan, MD of IBM Co., Ltd. (Thailand) jointly held a press conference titled: ďIT Strategy to Address Business ChallengesĒ between both companies at the Niyom Phanich head office.

Three of the four original students who got together once a week to paint watercolors seven years ago. The students (in the center, from left to right) are Linda Vidhayasirinun, Lindy Santitharangkul and Sirinan Chindasilpa. At far left is Ajarn Auxchanok Chirakul and at right is Ajarn Serm Watcharin, the groupís first two teachers. Sirinan has opened Gallery Panisa, making the class open to additional students. This is the second showing of the studentís work, showcasing the work of 24 students and teachers.

Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn handed out tokens of appreciation to Chiang Mai citizens who gave up part of their property to make a public park on behalf of PM Thaksin Shinawatra. (From left) Deputy Mayor Pornchai Jitnavasathien, Sub. Lt. Boonyuen Sonsuwan and Kanjana Suwannarat, Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn and Pattareeya (Patricia) Thippayasem, MD of Sunrise Bay Co.

Duan and Michael, another happy couple who met each other through Just Thai Ladies, celebrated their wedding at the Khum Khantoke Palace Chiang Mai and an evening reception at the Amari Rincome Hotel. Seen here are Duan and Michael, Nee and Paul from Just Thai Ladies (right of picture) and guests.

Itís the Drawl, Yíall. Charter members of the Drawl Club recently gathered at the home of John Cooley to compare memories of growing up in the Deep South of the United States. (Left to right) Bernard Garwood, Galen Garwood, John Cooley, Tony Burke, Becky Lomax and Frank Weicks enjoyed shrimp remoulade and seafood gumbo and shared fond memories of their southern American childhoods.

Thianchai Sookthiang, director of the Voice Studio Chiang Mai, congratulates tap dance students, Dance and Drama major of Voice Studio, as they received the second honor degree after an examination by the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing.

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, has the One By One Work of Art exhibition until June 30 at Chiang Mai Art and Culture Center. This exhibition gathers 209 works from lecturers and students of the Faculty.