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Rice cooking competition

Contemporary art from Burma at La Luna

APIS Summer Program

Rice cooking competition

Preeyanoot Jittawong

A rice cooking competition with a difference was held recently in Chiang Mai. The aim was to cook a main meat dish and dessert using half-milled rice, size 5, as an ingredient. This may not sound too world shattering but was important enough for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in cooperation with Office of Technology and Vocational Education Commission, Ministry of Education and Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health to organize the competition, selecting Chiang Mai as the pilot province for the competition.

Many delicious desserts were presented during the half-milled rice competition.

Hotel-restaurants and educational institutes took part and the winner from the hotel section was Loong Tom Restaurant. First and second runners-up both belonged to Natta Wattana Restaurant.

The winner from educational institutes was Lampang Polytechnic College, first-runner up Chiang Mai University and the second Chiang Rai Vocational College.

Contemporary art from Burma at La Luna

Nopniwat Krailerg

Twelve contemporary artists from Burma displayed oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings on canvas and paper depicting abstract landscapes, proud ladies and religious motifs.

(From left) Myint Soe and Bogie, Burmese artists present at the opening.

Most of the artists are new to La Luna Gallery. Among them are the two winners from the Myanmar Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2004, first prize winner Zaw Wing Pe, and runner-up, Nyein Chan Su, (known as NCS), who uses simple strokes and curves to create landscapes, which are both bold and poetic.

It is almost a family affair as both NCS’s uncle Ba Khine and his wife Nan Nan also are among the artists displaying work. Two “elderly masters”, already part of La Luna, will also participate. Artist and Yangon Gallery-owner Myint Soe with his paintings from Inlay Lake and religious sites in a style mixing impressionism with cubism, and Bogie with four new “collaints”, his own word for his mixed collages and paint works.

Myint Soe and Bogie were present at the opening, on Saturday July 16. The exhibition will run until August 14 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Mondays. You can preview the exhibition on www.lalunagallery.com

APIS Summer Program

Kath Phillips

American Pacific International School’s (APIS) second residential Summer Program of 2005 has seen students from Japan, Taiwan, Laos and Russia join those from Thailand, to increase their skill in the use of the English language and to develop further skills in thinking and computing.

Walking the plank.

Alongside lessons, there have been challenges such as riding an elephant mahout-style at the Elephant Training School in Lampang, tackling a mini-assault course in Ban Tathon, and opportunities to experience Thai culture and tradition with a khantoke dinner and a visit to see some local crafts along the San Kamphaeng Road.

As the students come to the end of their time, teachers have observed greater confidence and independence as well as the development of new international friendships.

Elephant introductions.

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