HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visits the School of Life
The children were beaming with
happiness when the Princess was photographed with them.
It was such an honor to have
the Crown Princess as an official visitor at the School For Life.
Prof. Dr. Juergen Zimmer
The Crown Princess of Thailand came! For the children of
the School for Life on the farm in the royal forest near Doi Saket, it was
like a dream come true.
But before the great day, workers were summonsed to fix
and improve the roads, having been weakened by the rainy period, on which
the Princess was to pass on her tour of the farm. The School for Life team
had decorated the farm in a festive manner, and several activity stations
were prepared for the Princess and the children.
The official party arrived in a convoy, the officials
saluted, flowers were exchanged, and then the Princess, surrounded by TV
crews and photographers, walked towards the farm house where she was greeted
by Professor Dr. Juergen Zimmer. When she returned, she received several
beautifully wrapped presents from Thaneen ‘Joy’ Worrawittayakun, the
head of the family department and ‘Surrogate Supermum’ (Bangkok Post),
Yothin Sommanonont, head of the educational department and also several
others. The Princess also signed her name on an official record of the day
– now framed – and in the guestbook.
The group then explored the School for Life, going to
The drumming group of nine boys, the “Exotic Heritage
Drum of Victory”, gave their all, just like at the international contest
where they took first place a few weeks ago.
Children drew pictures to the music from Beethoven’s
Sixth, depicting what they felt. The Princess was especially interested in
therapeutic effects of this on background trauma.
The Princess was treated to music and singing from the
Lanna-orchestra in the atrium.
She climbed the stairs to the big house and entered a
recording studio specially created for a Lanna-Jazz-Pop-music project; there
she met a dozen German musicians and sound technicians who came from Germany
to create a CD with the children. The princess was also treated to a blues
song sung by Kai Wingenfelder of ‘Fury in the Slaughterhouse’ and also
talked to him about her father’s love for blues.
She watched as the children from the hotel management
team showed her how to perfectly make a bed in one of the bungalows.
The ‘cat-children’ performed a scene from ‘Cats’
and were photographed with the Princess.
In the roofed station for natural medical and food
products, the children were cutting roots and the Princess was very
impressed that all the products were planted more than twenty years ago in
her father’s forest.
Girls from the tsunami stricken area from the south of
Thailand, who stay as guests, performed, together with their own band, an
oriental themed dance, and were beaming with happiness when the Princess
The children from the restaurant team set up an open air
kitchen beneath a group of trees. The Princess put on a white apron and a
chef’s hat and prepared a beautifully decorated meal with the children,
and auctioned off the dish.
Her Royal Highness stayed at the school an hour longer than deemed by
protocol. She took photographs and made notes during her visit. She was then
bade farewell by the children in song.
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German colleagues visit CDSC
A group of 19 professors from the Institute of Geography
within the Faculty of Education at the University of
Erlangen-Nrnberg, Germany, paid a visit to the Christian German
School Chiang Mai (CDSC.
group of professors, accompanied by their spouses, were welcomed by the
school principal Matthias Wolf.
The target of the overall excursion of the German
Association of Geography was physical geography, town planning, botanical
issues and educational themes. A great interest was shown in the functioning
of German schools abroad. After their arrival at the CDSC the group of
professors were welcomed by the school principal Matthias Wolf.
Afterwards they were shown around the school in groups with the
possibility to participate in different subjects. Many questions were asked
and a special interest was shown in the structure of the school as well as
the teaching methods at CDSC.
Silverware on display reflects passing of tradition onto young craftsmen
Jitnavasathien, Chiang Mai deputy mayor announcing Muen San Community
Muen San Community Silverware Fair will be held on
October 22 at Wua Lai Road, Meng Rai section, from 6.30 p.m. onwards,
organized by Muang Chiang Mai in association with Chiang Mai municipality.
Pornchai Jitnavasathien, Chiang Mai deputy mayor, said that this fair is
to promote silverware and to help pass on the skills of the Baan Wua Lai
villagers to the younger people, as 200 youths have been trained in the
making of silverware and their works will be displayed at the fair. There
will be a silverware and aluminum artwork competition, a silverware product
display, and performances on stage.
CMU gears up to host student games nationwide
(Student Trainee CMU)
The Faculty of Engineering will host the 24th Gear Games
at Chiang Mai University October 20-22. Gear Games is a gathering of
engineering students from 30 universities in Thailand, with more than 3,000
representatives due to participate on this occasion.
Prof. Dr. Sermgriat Jomjanyong, dean of the faculty of engineering, and Dr.
Auttapon Samuttakoop, associate dean for student development affairs, at the
press conference to announce the 24th Gear Games.
On October 14, Asst. Prof. Dr. Sermgriat Jomjanyong, dean
of the faculty of engineering, and Dr. Auttapon Samuttakoop, associate dean
for student development affairs, presided over a press conference to outline
the arrangements for the games.
Gear Games has been held for 31 years. The first games
were hosted by Kasetsart University in 1974 and this year is the sixth time
for Chiang Mai University. Due to its pleasant weather and magnificent
scenery, Chiang Mai attracts many people every time it is the host.
In Gear Games, students compete in 12 sports, including
football, basketball, tennis, softball, rugby, and athletics. Beside sports,
the usual overdone beauty pageants will be held, called Miss Gear Contest,
held for the first time this year, and with contestants from all 30
All competitions, as well as residences for competitors, will be in
Chiang Mai University.
Daughters of the Dragon, a solo exhibition by Christian Develter
Shanghai comes to Chiang Mai on October 29 as La Luna
Gallery will be invaded by concubines, sing song girls and courtesans. These
sensual and exotic Asian women with seductive expressions, confident
movements and colorful dresses are all creations of Bangkok-based artist
Christian Develter, who found inspiration in Shanghai for his new solo
Courtesan”, 130 x 170 cm, acrylic on canvas, by Christian Develter.
“I am fascinated by 1930’s Shanghai as well as the
emerging urban China today. This exhibition is a tribute to the timeless
elegance and power of the daughters of the Dragon,” he says.
Christian Develter has made La Luna in Chiang Mai his
main gallery since it opened last year. He gets his inspiration from
impressions and experiences in Asia, and each canvas is a visual feast of
color and life – pop art with an Asian twist.
Originating from Belgium, Christian Develter utilizes
traditional painting techniques used by the Flemish masters but in new,
daring and innovative ways.
For further information please contact Sommai Lumdual, director, La Luna
Gallery 190 Charoenrajd Rd., Chiang Mai, (ph: 09 635 7667). The solo
exhibition will run from October 29 - November 27, open daily 10 a.m. - 8
Young sculptors carve a name for themselves at CMU
An exhibition entitled Mini Sculpture and displaying the
works of lecturers and students on the sculpture course is being held by the
Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University from now until October 30, at
the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center.
Prof. ML Surasawat Sooksawat, the dean of Chiang Mai University (3rd right)
views the exhibition together with lecturers of Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang
Altogether 30 student works are being presented to the
public. This will help them gain confidence as they move towards graduation,
and it will also help to propel the field of sculpture into new directions,
as the works are very much a reflection of the creativity of the young
For more information please ask at the counter service or
call 0 5321 9833 from Tuesday to Sunday during 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult
tickets are 20 baht and 10 baht for children while for the usual myriad of
smokescreen reasons, 90 baht is being charged for foreign adults and 40 for
foreign children. Obviously foreigners will get an extra 450 percent of
enjoyment from the display. That should be enough to have tourists flocking
The official opening ceremony took place on October 11 presided over by
Assoc. Prof. ML Surasawat Sooksawat, the dean of Chiang Mai University.
Chiang Rai Classic Car Weekend
Beauty and tradition November 11 – 13
Michael Vogt, David Hardy and Count Gerald
Although the deadline for free entries on northern
Thailand’s first Chiang Rai Classic Car Weekend has just passed on October
19, there may still be time left for a few late entries.
Owners of classic cars like this Rolls Royce will meet up
on November 11-13th. Count Gerald van der Straten Ponthoz of Belgium is host
and Ovidias Belgian Chocolate part-sponsors the event, which starts from the
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort, Chiangmai, at 9.30 a.m.
of the weekend extraordinaire, Count Gerald and Khun Weerapong Boonklieng in
front of their home, Insii Thai House, admiring a 1969 Rolls-Royce Corniche
First overnight stop is at Count Gerald’s home, Insii
Thai House, Mae Chan, and the finish is a presentation dinner at The Legend
Resort and Spa, Chiang Rai.
The extraordinary weekend aims to unite beauty and
tradition, and Count Gerald says, “Beauty in the form of classic cars,
traditional Thai architecture, ancient cities, fascinating views of the
Golden Triangle, its history and people. However modest our efforts may be,
it is important that we contribute to the awareness of retaining beauty in
our chosen part of the world. This certainly includes classic cars.”
The weekend will also feature a car show and exhibition
of racing team VDS of Belgium and USA.
More details from co-organizer David Hardy via Tel 0 5327 8516 and e-mail
Musical evening will celebrate two anniversaries
The Chulabhorn Foundation has prepared a musical and
cultural performance entitled “Two Kingdom Relationship” to celebrate
the 72nd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and the 30 year anniversary
of full diplomatic relationship between Thailand and China.
The event will feature musicians from both countries. A
highlight will be a performance by Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn on
a Chinese musical instrument called a “gu zheng” with a Royal Thai Navy
It will be on October 29 at Chiang Mai University
convention hall, and proceeds will go towards cancer research.