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Timely show presents the best of building materials

“Links to your future” - IC-ACE’s Ed-eXpo USA

NAP draws the crowds with colorful and varied displays

Multi Cultic project looking for musicians

Glimpses of Lanna

2nd Anniversary festivity at ‘The Writers Club’

Timely show presents the best of building materials

Saksit Meesubkwang

Niwat Tantiyanusorn, president of Lanna Architect’s member of commission and Chatri Makka, managing director of TTF Interna-tional Co., Ltd.

More than 100 stands displaying building and decorative materials and services were on display at Lanna Architect 2005, organized at the Baan Lan Tong room in Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel in Chiang Mai.

The exhibition also featured a conference with leading architects presenting their views on the current and future state of building techniques and technology.

Organizing the event were the Association of Siamese Architects and TTF International Co.

Amongst the activities were a house clinic, an area for budding junior architects, and a competition under the theme of street furniture. The latter event focused on Wua Lai Road, which is to be improved and rehabilitated to become a tourism community.

Chatri Makka, managing director of TTF International, said that Lanna Architect 2005 was an opportunity for anyone involved in the building industry to see the construction materials available in the North, and that with a good deal of reconstruction being undertaken in the wake of the floods the timing of the show ensured it was of widespread interest. Amongst the categories of visitor attending were architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, land developers, building managers, and building and decoration materials merchants.

Amongst the booths were displays of kitchen and sanitary ware, house paints, marble, granite, carpets, wallpaper, electrical equipment, lighting, and roofing. More than 70 companies were represented, an increase of 20 percent over the previous year.

“Links to your future” - IC-ACE’s Ed-eXpo USA

Mike Hock

(From left) Fulbright Director Porntip Kanjananiyot, IC Director Dr. Busabong Jamroendararasame, US Consul General Bea Camp, Mike Hock of IC-ACE

An impressive display of Thai and US flags accompanied by pennants from 12 top high schools, U.S. universities and Chiang Mai University (CMU) International Center, greeted the 400 visitors to IC-ACE’s Ed-eXpo USA 2005 on November 18. This annual educational event at the CMU International Center celebrates the US State Department’s International Education Week was also the opportunity to mount challenges for the Champion School title in the BrainFlex Plus! Olympiad.

While the Olympiad had not been designed as a “Tri-Wizards Tournament”, there was excitement in the air as the top-notch teams from 12 high schools in Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang were welcomed. After a keynote briefing by California State University (CSU) East Bay (public) to launch their Direct Admit Program and Scholarships for new freshmen, contestants rushed out for the U.S. Education Rally-Showcase. CSU East Bay also announced USD 18,000 scholarships for English teachers to be trained in a six-month TESOL Certificate program at their campus near San Francisco, California.

The pace then picked up with contestants running into the Global English Survivor Essay and Quiz contests after a briefing by University of San Francisco (private). Other contestants started their American Talentime Solo
and Team performances, entertaining an all-schools audience and impressing the judges.

Spirited team in American Talentime

Ed-eXpo USA delivered activities relevant to teachers, students, and the public. Fulbright Program director Porntip Kanjananiyot gave two motivational talks on learning and growing. The U.S. Vice-Consul held a workshop to explain US student visa application procedures. Teachers were invited to join a TEFL and US Culture Workshop, jointly sponsored by IC-ACE and the US Embassy-RELO, “TUSC-4: Developing Effective English Student Newspaper Programs” with Jack Neale of PRC as Guest Speaker.

Awards ceremonies started with Trophy Bearers leading a procession of VIPs into the hall. In her keynote address, U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp congratulated IC-ACE on becoming an EducationUSA Advising Center affiliated with the US State Department, “It’s a timely development to provide professional advisory services for the growing number of students interested in US education.”

Prince Royal’s College contestants had done very well, scoring a total of 195 Trophy points, and were particularly outstanding as winners of the US Education Rally-Showcase worth 100 Trophy points.

When it was announced the Champion team had scored 200 Trophy points, the audience was electrified as U.S. Consul General Bea Camp awarded the Challenge Trophy to Montfort College. Montfort’s team secured victory by placing in the top three of every contest – a great improvement over 2004. In true sporting spirit, PRC’s team and coaches heartily congratulated the new champions, but also declared, “We’ll be back in 2006…!”

Fun for the teachers too.

NAP draws the crowds with colorful and varied displays

Nopniwat Krailerg and Preeyanoot Jittawong

Thananan Wilson presented clothes in the 6th NAP

The 6th NAP, the Nimman-haeminda Art and Design Promenade, saw crowds of visitors enjoying the shops and stalls along Nimman-haeminda Soi 1.

Held from December 2 to December 5, NAP received great feedback from Thai and foreign tourists alike. The fair was not only an opportunity to see what the shops had to offer, it was also a good place to pick up bargains, for the prices were marked especially low for the event.

Each day during NAP there was a different theme. December 3 saw a fashion show presented during the evening, with boutiques including Studio Nanna, Sompol, Classic Model and Thananan Wilson displaying their designs against a Lanna setting.

Besides the fashion show, the organizers also provided a Tung demonstration, a Fon Leb Northern Dance, and a Thai puppet show.

Funds raised by the 6th NAP will go towards victims of the tsunami and also to flood victims in the North of Thailand.

Multi Cultic project looking for musicians

Chiangmai Mail reporter

Recently David Toussaint (Blues Harp) and Albert Audsley (Bass) have joined the project with their never-ending creativity. Some rumors say that Took from the Brasserie will put down some tracks as well.

It has been five month since the three dedicated musicians started to work on about 20 songs in the different genres of Funk, Jazz, Blues, Drum n’ Bass, Soul and Lounge Music. Their project involves many ‘old friends’ they used to jam and play music together over the last three years.

The reason they started this musical journey was the lack of a song about ‘their’ city Chiang Mai in English. This stimulated them to put down some basic work and arrangements and filled them out with musicians from the local scene. They would like to invite solo musicians to lend a hand on this project. Needed are players of saxophone, trombone or any other usual or unusual solo instrument. Contact numbers are: 0 6919 6874, 0 1765 6585 or 0 1366 4086. They are especially looking for a singer, preferably Thai, who’s ready to put down some vocals on the ready tracks. Also foreigners who love music, since the plan is to perform live after the album’s been released.

Glimpses of Lanna

Sommai Lumdual

Umbrella - Glimpses of Lanna – oils and watercolors by Louise Truslow can be seen at the Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai in cooperation with La Luna Gallery. Dec 9 to Jan 15.

La Luna Gallery in Chiang Mai presents Glimpses of Lanna – an art exhibition by Louise Truslow, at the Four Season Resort in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.

Taking her inspiration from the lush beauty and traditional ways of the old Kingdom of Lanna, Louise has painted hill tribe villages and people, as well as the northern landscape, from a variety of perspectives. In particular she has created images from
the many stunning sights to be seen around the
tranquil Four Seasons

The main themes of the exhibition - the people, flora and fauna of the region - are interwoven and contrasted with each other. Thus, elephants are depicted both interacting with each another and villagers, and in the stylized form of a sandstone fountain. Similarly, the natural world is shown as a broad panorama, dense bamboo forest and in the detail of a single flower.

Based in Bangkok for the past 15 years, Louise Truslow has exhibited annually in Bangkok since 1997 and has been a permanent exhibitor at La Luna Gallery, Chiang Mai since its opening in 2004.

“With Glimpses of Lanna I hope to share my enthusiasm for the people and the sights of Northern Thailand with both residents and visitors,” she says. For more information please contact Som-
mai Lum-dual, on 09 635 7667

2nd Anniversary festivity at ‘The Writers Club’

Chiangmai Mail reporters

Just in time for the festive season, Chiang Mai’s Writers Club has launched a Christmas stocking-sized novelette that author Bob Andrews describes as a “moral tale from Thailand.”

Proprietor Robert Tilley in the middle of those people who helped him to make it all happen at ‘The Writer’s Club’. (From left) Tew, Robert Tilley, his wife Tong and Du.

“Boom Boom Baby” is a familiar story (middle-aged Englishman meets Pattaya bar girl), but told in an unusual fashion, almost exclusively through an exchange of letters between two elderly ladies. And the moral of the tale emerges just as Christmas approaches.

“Boom Boom Baby” was launched at a Writers Club party that coincided with the Club’s second anniversary. Most of Chiang Mai’s writing fraternity turned out, and guests came from London, New York, San Francisco and Brisbane.

The Writers Club is now attracting international attention — the Myanmar Times, Rangoon, recently described it as the “arts hub” of Chiang Mai. The Correspondent, the official publication of the Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong, says it’s the place to go for gossip about illegal border trades, where to get the best noodles, and who really did what to whom, in media-related sagas gone by.” And one of Britain’s leading dailies, The Guardian, tells its readers Chiang Mai’s Writers Club is full of “characters from a Graham Greene novel!”