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The Bras of Asia

CEC goes to the dogs

300 ancient photos of HM King Chulalongkorn on display

Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna student’s exhibition supporting design works

The Bras of Asia

Judy Harcourt

We are in the land of tiny here. Tiny ladies, tiny babies, tiny seats, and alas, tiny clothes. I can cope with shopping for a blouse, where the large is too small, and the extra large sometimes fits. But I found myself in the embarrassing position of needing a new bra!

I have walked past the lingerie departments in Thai stores, fascinated with the array of color, lace, bows, sequins, rhinestones, and flowers. However, the most remarkable thing about the department is the size of the underwear. It all looks like it was made for six year olds who’s mothers doesn’t feed them. The panties could be lace gloves, for a formal evening out. The bras would work well as sleeping masks on a long flight. As one of my friends said the other day, “It looks like everyone in Thailand wears training bras.”

So, I sheepishly sneaked into the back of the department, hoping I wouldn’t be spotted. That didn’t work, as the salesgirls number in the hundreds, and they are very attentive. The tiny little salesgirl in her size 2 shoes approached, and asked in a tiny, gentle voice, “May I help you, Madaaam?” I explained I wanted a white bra!!! White? The look of shock and disbelief come over her tiny face. In this world of pink with sequin, blue with white flowers, black lace over red silk, this remark caught her off guard.

The largest size around here is 80. With my farang body, that works, if I don’t breathe too deeply. The cup size is not a problem. C is the biggest, and there are A’s and B’s all over. The difficult part is that the girls here want to look busty, so most bras have five cm of padding. Which means to fit into that tiny space left, you must average a minus-minus AA. This type doesn’t work because when we travel, I need clothes that dry quickly. I would have to hang it out the bus window all day, which would not do well on dusty roads.

While in my last moments before entering the changing room, a tiny new salesgirl walked over, and asked my size. While trying to tell her, she reached over, (with her tiny little hand), and squeezed my right boob, with all the professionalism of an expert salesgirl, to see what size I was. I tried to retain classic composure, well, that wasn’t easy.

With my three choices, I entered the dressing room, fully expecting to be accompanied by a team of salesgirls. Much to my relief, they let me enter alone, while smiling at me in a tight little group. The smiles looked controlled, as if they were going to throw themselves on the floor in fits of laughter, once I stepped inside.

While paying, I felt a great surge of satisfaction and accomplishment come over me. I had survived the most dreaded mission in Asia. Forget the elephant rides, the near death misses in a tuk-tuk, and muddy treks. Forget the overcrowded ferries on the Mekong, and surviving meals of unknown content, I have survived “The Bras of Asia!”


CEC goes to the dogs

Lucy Coombs

At the Chiang Mai Expats Club meeting, it was announced that Joe Sander’s hike for next Saturday will be a 3-4 hour down hill hike from the top of Doi Suthep to the Wat. Not difficult, but walkers should be fit.

Roshan Dhunjibhouy during her heart-warming speech.

Horst, the cultural representative announced that one of the upcoming outstanding exhibits will be at the CMU Faculty of ART building on Print Making, opening will be March 9 at 6 p.m. The Classic Cars of Lanna Club was introduced, which meets at
the Gymkanna Club the first Thursday of every month and there will be a rally at the Orchid Farm on Mae Rim Rd. on Sunday.

Roshan Dhunjibhouy from the Lanna Dog Rescue was the guest speaker. Roshan told us that the Dog Rescue is three years old and described how it grew to the hard working organization it is today. The philosophy of the organization runs parallel to the Buddhist teaching of giving “metta” or love to all living things – all are worthy of our consideration down to the smallest organism. She showed pictures of starving and suffering dogs, and showed before and after rescue pictures.

In Chiang Mai there are about 30,000 stray dogs. Their biggest problems are diseases and finding adequate food. The government offers free sterilization for one month of each year. Often nuisance dogs are captured and sold to a meat market or just poisoned by irritated neighbors. Often irresponsible pet owners abandon their dogs (or cats) when they go back to their native countries.

Currently the Rescue uses wats for dog shelters, where they can be relatively safe and well-kept. Monks are asked for their cooperation and are given some education on taking care of the animals. Mass sterilization is taken to the wats. Many people feed hundreds of dogs every day and will often alert the Rescue if there is an injured animal.

Lanna Dog Rescue has some wonderful aims. They will soon get an office, they would like to open a shelter where the homeless can stay and from where they can be adopted. They want to take education programs into the schools, and train dogs to assist disabled people.

Lanna Dog Rescue is always in need of food for the dogs, fund raising help, people to adopt dogs and, of course, money. They want to relieve suffering as well as make Chiang Mai a more attractive city.

The next meeting will be March 11, at which Tom Matty will present pictures and speak about a beautiful, old wat that he discovered.


300 ancient photos of HM King Chulalongkorn on display

Kittiyaporn Kanjam and Pinutda Suwanchaisri (student trainees MFLU)

An exhibition graphically depicting a century of Thai history and events opened on February 17 entitled “100 Years of Thai Photography”. The exhibition was held to honor HM King Chulalongkorn as the Father of Thai Photography and to commemorate the 100 years since the 1st Thai Photo Contest. The exhibition was first held at Wat Benjamabopit Dusitwanaram, Bangkok on November 25-27, 2005, on the occasion of 60th anniversary of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s ascension to the throne.

The exhibition presents more than 300 old pictures

Chiang Mai Photo Business Club and Denchai Trading Co organized this photo exhibition to honor HM the King, with the added benefit of promoting knowledge of photography to people and an ideal opportunity for the younger generation to experience the history of Thailand.

The exhibition displays more than 300 old pictures, many of which are quite
rare. The photos include pictures taken by HM King Chulalongkorn, pictures of King Rama V, Rama VI, and Rama IX going about their royal duties, old photos of Wat Benjamabopit Dusitwanaram in the past, and many photos depicting important events in Chiang Mai’s history.

As well as the photo exhibition, there was also a seminar, special lectures by professional photographers, and demonstrations of photographic techniques, which were attended by large crowds of eager historians and budding camera buffs. The exhibition will be open until March 5, 2006 at the exhibition hall 2nd floor of the Denchai Trading Co.

The opening was presided over by Thongchai Wongrianthong, Chiang Mai deputy governor, together with Chalermchart Nakarangkul, managing director of Denchai Trading Co., Sawat Patipanpresert, chairman of the Photographic Federation of Thai Society, and Santipong Pratipsawangwong, chairman of Photo Business Association.


Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna student’s exhibition supporting design works

Fashion show showing student’s works.

Pinutda Suwanchaisri Kittiyaporn Kanjam (Student Trainee (MFLU)

The Northern Village of Central Airport Plaza was the venue for the Department of Industrial Design, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Northern Campus exhibition “The 3rd Colours of Asia” to highlight the combination of Thai and Chinese culture.

Student’s ideas shown in the exhibition.

The exhibition was arranged to showcase the designs of the 4th year students of the Gems and Jewelry Technology program, who have applied their ideas and creative principles to make real works of art. The talents of more than 50 students were ably demonstrated in the decoration contest where the students had created beautifully decorated items using Thai glass beads, fashioned in both uniquely Chinese and Thai cultural styles, aimed to support and distribute the culture of each country.

The incredibly high standard of the students work on show at the exhibition indicates a bright future for the new generation of decorative designers of Thailand. Chaiyong Ueawiriyanukul, president of Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna opened the exhibition.