Survivors of the tsunami theme of exhibition
Nopniwat Krailerg and Preeyanoot Jittawong
Prof Dr M L Surasawat Sooksawat, dean of Fine Arts faculty, Chiang Mai
University and Michael de Jong, representative of DAAD.
Goethe Institute Bangkok and German Academic Exchange
Service (DAAD) have organized the “Faces of Survivors” exhibition,
featuring the works of Muhamad Igbal. It is being held from November 23 to
December 4 at Chiang Mai University Art Museum.
The opening ceremony on November 22 was presided over by
Michael de Jong, representative of DAAD, with Assoc Prof Dr Mom Luang
Surasawat Sooksawat, dean of the Fine Arts faculty at CMU and Assoc Prof Dr
Samphan Singharatworaphan, head of the Research Center for Earthquake
Disaster also participating.
Prof Samphan presented a talk on the tsunami, describing
how the shifting of the earth’s plates under the seabed caused the
movement in the water which led to the formation of giant waves.
The exhibition featured more than 50 photos and showed how people turned
to their various religions such as Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism for
in the “Faces of Survivors” exhibition.
Jazz with a Lanna theme will feature music written by HM the King
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
This weekend sees a jazz festival with a distinct Lanna
element to it organized by Kad Dhara at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi,
The concert will feature music written by His Majesty
the King and other music to honor the occasion of the birthday of His
Majesty, a noted lover of jazz music.
Many well known bands and singers are lined up for the
event. Ko Saxman, Jennifer Kim and Phod Thanapat, the Infinity featuring
Shanthana Kitiyaphan, Fusion Jazz and Original Composition, Bangkok
Connection Band, Bangkok International Big Band and Jazz Big Band, ETC Band
featuring Thostten, and Chiang Mai artists such as Ajarn Teh’s Band and
Big Boy and Friends are all on the bill.
The concerts will be staged December 3-4, at 6 p.m. to
11 p.m. Ticket prices are 500 baht and 1,000 baht. For reservations and
more information tel 053 888 888.
88 means double luck and double blessed
included (from left) Tom and Dot Delaney (married almost 52 years), Marti,
Hermann and Outi Jussila, Awarit Pitchawong and Tanja Mussler from Chiang
Rai, the bride Ta, her friend Pan, Roland and Ta’s sweet daughter Fai, and
Chef Joerg kneeling in front.
How many people can celebrate their 88th birthday in good
health and good spirits? How many people get married at the age of 88? And
how many do exactly that on the same day? Meet German-Canadian Hermann
a Life!” Hermann’s credo in his speech for his guests.
Hermann was a widower after 50 years of happy marriage
when he decided it was time for an adventure and embarked on a nine months
journey through 30 countries and four continents in a 1990 Volkswagen van,
decorated with a funny yellow dragon. It was during this, he found his new
love, and now his wife, in Chiang Mai.
Ta has proved to be his soul mate or as he calls her,
“his lucky star”, and on Friday, November 25, on Hermann’s 88th
birthday, they had the double celebration at To Nobody’s Restaurant in
Chiang Mai. A wedding and a birthday.
from Finland (from left) Marti Jussila, who has known Hermann since he was
12 years old, and his wife Outi, Ta, Hermann and daughter Fai.
New and old friends arrived, including people Hermann met
on his journeys, and old neighbors from Finland, and the evening was a
homage to life and love.
Ta, now Mrs Kleefisch, will have to keep up with her
husbands pace, as he is currently designing, and manufacturing the furniture
for their new home (that he intends to build himself) here in Chiang Mai.
Hermann also plans to make yet another movie, and has a dozen (at least) of
other projects in mind. Taking it a bit easier at 88? That’s not Hermann.
If you are interested to learn more about Hermann’s adventures, he has
published an illustrated book (B. 580), telephone 0 5708 5934.
Chiang Mai teen team wins regional round and aims to be Number One in finals
team, the Northern champion of To Be Number One Teen Aerobics &
Dancercise Thailand 2006.
A Chiang Mai dance team won the Northern championship of
the To Be Number One Teen Aerobics & Dancercise Thailand 2006
competition and will represent the region at the next round in Bangkok.
The Department of Mental Health of the Ministry of Public
Health joined with AI Event Agency Co., Ltd. and Central Airport Plaza to
organize the event, which took place on November 20.
This activity is to support both music and sport,
encouraging young people to exercise and not get involved with drugs. Teams
in the national round are competing for a trophy sponsored by Her Royal
Highness Princess Ubolratana and scholarships worth almost a million baht.
The Northern round drew young people from provinces
including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Uttaradit and Phitsanulok.
The Northern winner was the Phrao team from Chiang Mai, who received a
certificate from the minister of public health and 20,000 baht in
The Northern representative team will now compete in the national final
round in Bangkok on January 28-29 at MCC Hall, at the Mall Ngam Wong Wan
All in a day’s work
Without Borders (VWB) a non-profit initiative aims to work alongside ethnic
minority groups and rural Thai villagers. (Photo: Brent Madison)
“Voluntourists” Without Borders (VWB) a non-profit
initiative by Track of the Tiger Co. Ltd., aims to bring in small groups of
tourists to work alongside ethnic minority groups and rural Thai villagers
on a program designed to develop a world class eco tourism industry in the
north of Thailand.
In developing an eco tourism industry under a system
whereby disadvantaged local groups are given full ownership of the products
developed, they acquire a fair and perhaps long overdue share in the
benefits from tourism. They are given good reason to protect their community
forests, a sustainable future, and the return of their dignity.
VWB is well aware, however, that many individual tourists
will have only a day or less of their time to contribute. Consequently, they
are looking for projects or initiatives closer to the city that would
benefit from the hands on help, together with financial assistance provided
by those “voluntourists” who, for one reason or another cannot join the
Shane Beary of Track of the Tiger recognizes the mutual
benefits of joining forces with other local organizations dedicated to
fighting poverty and its related problems. “If we can harness the
tourists’ desire to experience the ‘real’ Thailand and use it to
create the opportunities for others to escape the shackles of their poverty,
then we are creating something positive for everyone concerned.”
He also believes that in the post tsunami, hurricane and
earthquake era, where conventional donor sources have all but dried up,
“voluntourism” provides the perfect solution for the steadily increasing
number of visitors who want to deliver their assistance in person - and
direct to the front line.
If VWB can help provide “voluntourist” labor and funding to help your
particular project then contact: [email protected] or telephone
on 053-308775 and provide her with the relevant details.