Royal visit to Chiang Mai
HRH Princess Somsawalee
graciously presided over the annual academic symposium of the Associated
Medical Science Association of Thailand held in Chiang Mai. On hand to
welcome the Her Royal Highness to the exhibition held at the Lotus Pang Suan
Kaew Hotel was Assoc Prof Dr Ratchana Sarntinond, the Association President.
Kids Ark Foundation launches
handicraft and textile showroom
Dr. Philip John Parry, Ms.
Chinarat Nakhasathien, Mrs. Rita Holm Gustafsson, board member of Kids
Ark Foundation and Mrs. Supajee Nilubol, Honorary Consul of Sweden in
Chiang Mai at the recent opening of the handicraft shop.
Kids Ark Foundation opened their Handicraft and
Textile showroom which are made by Lahu villagers to raise money for
children who have been affected by HIV.
“Our major sponsors for the Foundation are the Queen of Sweden, Kids
Future, World Childhood Foundation and help from the private sector of
which 80% are from overseas and 20% are local Thai people. We provide a
god parent program and a ‘house of hope’ in each school in Chiang Mai
where Kids Ark operates so that it will give students a clean and safe
shelter to study” said Rita Holm Gustafsson, a board member of Kids Ark
Kids Ark Thailand is a registered non-profit organization committed to
helping children in need in Chiang Mai whose parents have died from HIV.
The foundation was set up by Allan Gustafsson and Rita Holm Gustafsson
from Sweden in 2000 and Dr. Chao Duangduen Na Chiang Mai is the
Chairlady of the foundation.
Now supporting 260 children their help continues as a large number of
orphaned children decide to drop out of school.
If you would like to volunteer please visit their website
Popular author featured at the Chiang Mai Expats Club meeting
The Chiang Mai Expats Club held its regular meeting
on the 28th of April with a presentation of Christopher G. Moore latest
work titled “The Risk of infidelity Index” which is the ninth in his
Vincent Calvino series set in Bangkok.
Hall, President of the CEC, author Christopher G. Moore with his latest
book “The Risk of infidelity Index” and Busakorn Suriyasarn his wife.
Christopher G. Moore is a well known English author who writes about
Thailand and Southeast Asia. His books have done very well in America,
Australia, Europe, and Japan. His 17 novels have been extensively
reviewed in Newsweek, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Asia
Times, Japan Times, various media in Europe, and the Bangkok Post and
at tourism school
The International Hotel and Tourism Industry
Management School (I-TIM) is now accepting applications for its 39th
intake which will commence in July.
Scholarships are available with scholarships for financial need reserved
for Thais only and scholarships for excellent students open to all
I-TIM offers a two-year diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management and a
one-year certificate in Hotel and Tourism Operations. Each year includes
an internship period in all major tourist destinations in Thailand,
including Chiang Mai and extended overseas salaried internships are
available in the second year of the diploma program.
For more information please visit www.i-tim.ac.th or telephone (66)
02-7320170-3 # 201-207.
Artist in residence program
a first for Chiang Mai
ComPeung is the first non-governmental
artist-in-residence program in Thailand. Founded in 2005 by art
professionals who strongly believe places that defy the mainstream art’s
“obsession” with commerce rather than content are needed. Alternative
places that experiment with and questioning the role of art, artists’
positions, and the interdependence of art and society. ComPeung aspires
to be one of these places, open to all who share the seriousness and the
compassion for creativity.
Located just outside of Chiang Mai (Doi Saket) with its ever growing
vibrant art scene and many facets of alternative lifestyles, ComPeung, a
nonprofit organization invites interested artists and content providers
to submit their proposals for a residency at the home. We also welcome
collaborative ideas, suggestions and proposals for future collaborations
as well as constructive feedback and comments.
For more information about ComPeung, contact them by email
[email protected] or visit their website www. compeung.org
Leading Burmese sculptor exhibits in Chiang Mai
Myanmar’s (also known as Burma) regime has done its best (or worst) to
isolate the country from the civilized world, but it has been unable to
block the search by free-thinking Burmese artists to link up with the
progressive forces at work beyond their geographical borders.
The outstanding Burmese sculptor Sonny Nyein is a living example of the
power of individual creative energy to resist official repression—and an
exhibition of his work that opens in Chiang Mai on Saturday May 5
provides vivid proof of this. The sculptures on show are as innovative
and modern as anything to be seen in the leading galleries of the West.
They afford a delightful surprise for anyone who still believes that
Burmese art is dominated by tradition and conformity.
Born in Mandalay in 1949 and a graduate of Rangoon’s School of Fine
Arts, Sonny Nyein became absorbed early on by Burma’s small but vibrant
modern art movement. A tour of the United States in 1993 brought him
into direct contact with American contemporary art and artists, and on
his return his work acquired a heightened awareness of the world of
ideas outside his native Burma.
“Sonny Nyein expertly combines traditional sculpture with an avant-garde
sensibility to create artwork that has tremendous power and poetry,”
wrote the influential American sculptor and academic Robert Roesch.
Another leading American authority, Prof Pamela Blotner, of the
University of San Francisco, finds in Sonny Nyein’s work an “embodiment
of contemporary Burmese culture, a society that is striving to develop
new art and ideas that can speak to the international and home audience
while preserving the essence of its traditional identity.”
The exhibition of Sonny Nyein’s work, “Contemporary Sculptures of
Myanmar,” runs through May 26 at Chiang Mai’s Suvannabhumi art gallery.
The exhibition is open daily 9am-6pm. The address of the Suvannabhumi
art gallery is: 9/10 Taewarit Road, Chiang Puak (off the Superhighway),
Dengue alert for Thailand
The Ministry of Public Health is on full alert to
prevent the spread of dengue fever after the disease claimed four
people’s lives so far this year, and the number of dengue fever patients
nationwide has risen to 6,000.
The focus of the outbreak is in Trat province, 400 km southeast of
Bangkok on the Cambodian border, and in the southernmost provinces along
the Malaysian border.
Trat has almost five times the frequency of the disease — 46 patients
per 100,000 compared to the national average of 10 per 100,000,
according to Public Health Minister Mongkol Na Songkhla, while Pattani
experences 42 per 100,000 and Yala has 33 per 100,000 residents.
Earlier than usual rains has meant that dengue is a greater concern this
year than before, Dr. Mongkol said.
More breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes emerge during the
rainy season, he explained, especially in the three southernmost
provinces where heavier rainfall contributes to a higher population of
mosquitoes than in the country’s other regions.
The nationwide ratio amounted to nearly 10 patients per 100,000 persons.
However, almost 1,000 new dengue fever cases have been reported in the
past two weeks. (TNA)
Big boys and their toys search for treasure
Cars painted in the three national colors of Thailand finished 1st, 2nd
and 3rd in the Classic Cars of Lanna group’s first Treasure Hunt that
took place last Sunday April 29th.
Having collected all sorts of essential points-scoring items from empty
snail shells to virgin coconuts, Adisak ‘Jimmy’ Yordpanya squealed and
roared his 46 year old white Peugeot 404 around the final auto-test in
record time to take first place by the finish line at the Wantarn Resort
near Mae Kuang reservoir. Eddy’s Toyota Celica was in the workshop, so
he navigated Jimmy to success on this historic occasion.
In a close second place came the Italian racing red Alfa Romeo of David
Hardcastle and Alex Boyesen, and the blue Mini 1000 of Kittiboon
Sumantakun and Wiyada Hardcastle crossed the finish line in third.
The easy route began from the Coffee Bus at Meechok Plaza on the Central
Ring Road and took entrants north towards Mae Jo before swinging west to
route 118. Only a few kilometers north and cars were out in the country
leading to the reservoir, where most of the point-scoring items required
by organizer Michael Madge could be found in the hedgerows or rural
For more information about Classic Cars of Lanna please contact Wiyada
Hardcastle on 084 042 1591.