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Local children fly up, up and away in a beautiful balloon

4th Annual Rooftop Party to be held on 12 January 2008

The who’s who of the north gather for an evening of exquisite wine tasting at The House

Remembrance Day ceremonies held at Foreign Cemetery


Local children fly up, up and away in a beautiful balloon

The kids proudly receive their certificates and their flight wings form John Evans, manger of Gulf Air.

My, ‘Gulfy’, what a big head you have.

Kids take flight as John poses with Dominique Leutwiler and the children.

Gulf Air staff treated the children like their very own.

Burgers and chips…yummy.

The kids worked up a huge appetite after their adventurous flight.

‘Gulfy’, the cool big guy with the glasses in the middle poses with
the teachers and their brood.

We did it! Kids wave and yell at the end of their flight training.

CMM reporters
Thirty children from the from the School for Life (a local orphanage past Doi Saket) under the care of Dominique Leutwiler and 10 kids from Ban Pa Pai (a self sufficiency village just outside town) under the care of Boong Chaladlam were given a rare treat when Gulf Air brought their hot air balloon to the Imperial Resort on Friday November 16. The children had the opportunity to briefly experience a hot air balloon flight under the watchful control of Captain Don Conner and co-pilot Debbie.
On a clear sunny afternoon the balloon, all 3000 cubic meters of it, was laid out on the field, tethered and inflated, much to the amazement of the children who had never seen such a thing. 
Standing 23 meters high and 21 meters wide, it is an impressive promotional tool for Gulf Air, proudly wearing the Gulf Air colors and logo, and routinely traveling worldwide to attend travel conventions and events.
John Evans, general manager for Gulf Air Thailand, was particularly enthusiastic at being able to host these children as part of a scheduled hospitality event at the Imperial Resort for travel agents from Chiang Mai and the north.
Proudly wearing their Gulf Air caps presented by John Evans and his team, the children tucked into burgers & chips_ some of whom had never tried the American delicacy before_ and got fuelled up for the balloon flight. Six at a time they boarded the basket alongside Captain Don for the take-off. Tethers tightened as it was up, up and away with the emphasis being on ‘up’. Of necessity it was a brief upward excursion of some 15 meters altitude, just to experience the thrill of balloon travel, hover for a while, and see the surroundings from a different perspective.
The event was hosted by Gulf Air but organized jointly by Chiang Mai Mail and the Charity Rooftop Committee.
It was a memorable outing for all the children as the pictures here show, as it was too for the teachers and guardians who also decided they would also hitch a ride in the balloon basket with the kids.
Watch out for the Gulf Air flying mascot - a big hit with the children for sure!
Nice one Gulf Air, come back again soon.

Ban Papai Village school children say thank you

When we were told the news from our teacher that we would to go up in a balloon, we were so excited, but teacher told us that we must write essays and send then in before we could get to go up in the balloon.

Kids wave down to their friends as the hot air lifts them up, up and away.

We each wrote difference stories, Ice wrote about ‘80 years old of His Majesty the King’, New wrote about ‘My Dream’, James wrote about ‘The good things that I never get old.’
When Thursday arrived which was one day before we would go up in the balloon, the village headman told us the good news that we were the ten children selected for this fantastic adventure. Amongst the group were Aoy ,Ice, New, Aom, Noom, Jame and First. We were accompanied by our teachers Mr.Tawee and Mrs. Tanomsri. They were also glad to be able to go with us.
When Friday arrived we got up early because we were very excited. I almost did not want to go school but it is my duty and it was necessary to learn. So I went to school in the morning. After school we came back home and changed our dresses. We left home about 4.30 p.m. and as we arrived at the resort we heard people’s voices mostly speaking in a strange language.
As we entered the grounds we saw a lot of foreigners and I was afraid to talk to them.
But they were very nice and kind and came over to talk to us.
Later as the staff unpacked the balloon and started to inflate it, we became even more excited, because we had never seen anything like this before.
When the balloon was fully inflated, we were called to climb into the huge basket and the balloon lifted up into the sky.
We felt a little terrified at first, but we were so happy that we could fly. We were in the sky for 10 minutes before we came back down again.
Although it was a short flight, but the memory and the excitement will remain in our hearts forever. We will never forget the Gulf Air balloon.
We will remember this great experience and say thank you to Gulf Air, Chiang Mai Mail and the Charity Rooftop Committee for giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity to fly in a balloon.
Thank you again.

Look, I can see Doi Suthep from up here!

Captain Don Conner (the handsome bearded fellow) grins happily knowing he has made kids of all ages very happy that day.

A gondola full of beautiful girls, prepares for take off.


4th Annual Rooftop Party to be held on 12 January 2008

Place: Rooftop of Hillside Condotel 4. Huay Kaew Road Time: Starts at 700pm until late

All money raised goes to the Foundation To Encourage
 The Potential Of Disabled Persons.
The Foundation is based at the Disabled Centre Chiang Mai.

We would like to buy the Foundation a truck so they can visit and assist Thai rural people around Chiang Mai. Toyota Chiang Mai has agreed to generously supply the vehicle at a large discount. This means further money raised will pay for other supplies the Foundation needs such as wheelchairs, and materials to design and build personalized wheelchair, etc.
Tickets cost 800 baht, which includes an International Buffet, 2 drinks plus live entertainment.

The committee (l-r) Kik, Elena, Sally, Doi, Pingkaew, Wachara Tantranont (Chairman), Boong, Mary, Dominique, Thana, Jo, Steve, Milt, Ting.

Entertainment includes Mr Teh’s Jazz Band from The Gallery Jazz Club and also the guys from Northgate Jazz Club.
There are only 400 tickets for sale and every party so far has been a SELL OUT – hopefully this will be the same.
Entrance Tickets & Raffle Tickets will be sold from 6 December at:
1. Hillside 4 Reception. (2nd floor)
2. TOPs Supermarket Chotana Branch 15 December
3. TOPs Supermarket Airport 15 December
4. Rimping Supermarket Airport 8/9 December
5. Rimping Supermarket Mee Chok Branch 22/23 December
6. Ex Pat’s Club on 8 December
7. The Pub Huay Kaew Road
8. Citylife’s Garden Flea Market on 16 December
9. And from any committee member.
Raffle Tickets will be 20baht each or 200 baht for a book of 10. There will be over 100,000 baht worth of prizes to be won.
So far we raised; over 40,000 baht
Wachara Tantranont has generously provided the place, food, staff, and sound system.
BTS Travel is paying for the printing of the Entrance Tickets.
Sterling Assets is paying for the printing of the Raffle Tickets
Wine Gallery will manage the wine bar
Dalaabaa Restaurant will manage the general bar
Mi Casa Restaurant will manage the cocktail bar
Bon Café will manage the coffee bar
Coco Cola is providing every bar with Coco Cola
Following are the donations so far generously provided by local and international businesses. We appreciate all donations large or small..
Door Prize – Laguna Holiday Club - A luxury Accommodation Voucher
Auction /silent auction items –
1. Mandarin Oriental Hotel – 2 nights in Colonial Suite for 2 persons + breakfast
2. Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang – 2 nights in deluxe room + breakfast
3. Amari Boulevard Hotel Bangkok – 2 nights in deluxe room for 2 nights + breakfast
4. Amari Palm Reef Samui – 2 nights in Deluxe room + breakfast
5. Amari Watergate Bangkok – 1 night in executive suite + breakfast
6. Amari Watergate Bangkok – 1 night in deluxe room + breakfast
7. Amari Orchid Tower Pattaya – 2 nights in Junior Suite + breakfast
8. Amari Orchid Tower Pattaya – brunch (food only) for 2 persons at the Mantra Restaurant
9. Amari Rincome – 1 night in deluxe suite + complimentary champagne breakfast
10. Amari Rincome – voucher for 2 people for the Valentine’s dinner on 14 February, 2008
11. Angkhang Nature Resort – 2 nights stay + breakfast
12. The Chedi Phuket – 1 night in deluxe cottage + breakfast for 2 people
13. Holiday Inn – 1 night in newly refurbished Ping River Suite + sparkling wine + Sunday brunch for 2 people
14. The House Restaurant – Champagne dinner for 2
15. Aardvark Forensics Ltd – printer
16. Oasis Spa Chiang Mai – Gift certificate worth 4590bht
17. The Chedi Chiang Mai – 3 months spa membership
18. Leather Travelling – jewellery case
19. Gem Factory – gold pendant with small ruby and diamond
20. Sop Moei Arts – a silk table runner
21. PGS Jewellery – Jade necklace retail value 15000 baht
22. Bangkok Hospital – health check (2 prizes)
23. Laguna Holiday Club - Luxury Accommodation Voucher
24. La Luna -Special gift
25. Mengrai Kilns Blue – Celadon vase
26. Prempracha’s Collection – large designer vase
27. OCI Leather Co. Ltd – designer fish skin handbag
28. Le Coq Dor – dinner for 2
29. Orient Rewards – annual membership worth 4999 baht
30. Gerard Collection – piece of furniture (2 prizes)
31. Le Crystal - dinner voucher
32. NOK Aviation - One Hours Flight
33. Fashion King Cashmere - 2 piece Suit (2 prizes)
34. Riverside Restaurant - 4 people boat cruise + 1500 baht
35. Riverside Restaurant - 2 people boat cruise + 1000 baht
36. And many more to come
Raffle items – Remember YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND THE PARTY TO WIN A PRIZE – all winners will be announced in the Chiang Mai Mail 20 January 2008.
1. Amari Rincome – 2 vouchers for lunch at La Gritta Restaurant for 2 persons
2. Amari Rincome – 2 vouchers for Sunday brunch at La Gritta for 2 persons
3. Amari Rincome – 2 vouchers for BBQ dinner at Lanna Restaurant for 2 persons
4. Amari Rincome – 2 vouchers for dinner at Asian Dinner Night for 4 persons
5. Amari Rincome – 1 night in deluxe room + ‘East meets West’ dinner for 2 + breakfast
6. D2 – dining voucher for the Beer Garden
7. D2 – meal voucher at the Moxie Restaurant
8. D2 – D fit gym voucher (2 prizes)
9. D2 – D2 umbrella and cap
10. Chiang Mai Mail – 1 year subscription (2 prizes)
11. Oasis Spa Chiang Mai – gift certificate worth 4590 baht
12. Four Seasons Hotel – Jazz brunch for two
13. The Chedi – Jazz Brunch for 2 with bottle of wine
14. Nova jewellery – 1000bht voucher (2 prizes)
15. Chiang Mai Cookery School – 1 day cooking lesson for 2
16. Baan Celadon – small Buddha amulet (2 prizes)
17. Kad Kafe Shangri La Hotel – 1000bht voucher (2 prizes)
18. Bangkok Hospital – Health check up
19. Elements Shop – shell salt and pepper shakers
20. Philip Ward – set of three children’s books
21. Georgio Italian Restaurant – dinner for 2 with house wine
22. Georgio Italian Restaurant – dinner for 2 with house wine
23. Mengrai Kilns – celadon vase (4 prizes)
24. Prempracha’s Collection – ceramic vase
25. Elements Shop – embroidered clutch bag and a seed pearl necklace (2 prizes)
26. Elements Shop – silk scarf with a necklace (2 prizes)
27. OCI Leather Co Ltd – ladies (fish skin) purse
28. Le Spice – 2000bht voucher
29. Cheeva Life and Spa – 2 Hour Leelavadee Package worth 1500 baht (2 prizes)
30. The Pub – 1000 baht voucher food or drink
31. Absolute Hair Design1000 baht voucher (2 prizes)
32. Buonissimo 2000 baht voucher
33. Buonissimo 1000 baht voucher
34. Le Crystal Lunch voucher (2 prizes)
35. Le Crystal Lunch voucher
36. Fashion King - classic mens/ladies shirt (5 Prizes)
37. Fashion King - classic mens/ladies trousers (5 Prizes)
38. Riverside 500 baht
39. The Dukes - cake
And more to come.
Miscellaneous prizes
1. Baan Celadon – small Buddha amulet (5 prizes)
2. Nova Jewellery – 1000bht voucher (5 Prizes)
3. Elements Shop – pair of shell earrings (3 prizes)
4. Elements Shop – necklace (4 prizes)
5. Absolute Hair Design 500 baht voucher
6. Absolute Hair Design 5 x 100 baht vouchers
7. Buonissimo - 500 baht voucher (2 prizes)
Advertisering Sponsors for the programme –
Chiang Mai Expats Club - PFM International - Sterling Assets Legal and Business - BBeez
We would be delighted if could join us in our annual charity fundraiser, either by joining us at the party donating generously or advertising in the programme, please contact [email protected]

Mr Teh’s Jazz Band from The Gallery Jazz Club will perform on the night of the Rooftop Charity Party.

Citylife Garden Flea Market – 16 December from Noon until 5:00pm. A minimum of 25% of the profits will go to the Charity Rooftop Appeal. Tuskers will manage the bar. Tickets for the Rooftop Party will be sold (subject to availablility). If anyone would like a table to sell your Flea Market items, map, or further info, please contact [email protected]
DISABLED CENTRE - OPEN HOUSE 11 DECEMBER 2007 all welcome from 11am until 3pm

The who’s who of the north gather for an evening of exquisite wine tasting at The House

Nathalie, Pingkaew, Lianne and Wim are seen enjoying the Antinori wine dinner at The House, even a little rain could not dampen their spirits.

Rudy and Joon from Horeca greeting Luca and Francois from the Holiday Inn at The House for a very special wine dinner ‘Aria Toscana’.

Guests came from near and far to the Aria Toscana at The House. Hans (Owner of Davinci Restaurant Chiang Rai) Rudy and Phi from Horeca and Stefano from the Gondola fame

Peter Paul and Phairoj all agree The House is Number 1 for a special wine dinner.

Remembrance Day ceremonies held at Foreign Cemetery

Across the world, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, different nations remembered those who died in war. Chiang Mai was no different. At the Foreign Cemetery over 50 people remembered those who lost their lives. Originally, to remember those who died in the WW1, now it remembers those who have died in all wars since. Rupert Abbott; Pastor of Chiang Mai Community Church (who hails from Birmingham UK) held a short non-denomination service at 1045 including words from ‘in Flaunders fields’ poem. At 11am there was a two minutes silence, followed by the congregation being invited to lay the remaining poppy’s on the plaque.

Bill Johnson after laying the wreath watched over by post commander Michael Holmes
In May, 1915, on the day after the death of fellow soldier Lt Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, John McCrae wrote his now world famous work, an expression of his anguish over the loss of his friend and commrade, also a reflection of his surroundings – wild Poppies growing amid simple wooden crosses marking makeshift graves. Ever since the red poppy is worn by millions on the 11th day.
After the service the V.F.W. which is the American Veterans of Foreign Wars held a short service to commemorate All Americans who fought in war on foreign soil. This was the first Veterans Day parade and next year in January 2008, there will be a new Chiang Mai Post.

(l-r) Roger Proper, Bill Johnson (laying the wreath), Leonard Cozzo, George Olson,Jay Sapp, Vic Frappier, Michael See, Michael Holmes (post commander), Bob Johnson. Bill Duden and George Mayo are hidden

Rupert Abbott, Pastor of Chiang Mai Community Church, who hails from Birmingham in the U.K. held a non- denominational service on the 11th Day of the 11th month at 11am at the Foreign Cemetary in Chiang Mai. After a short service, a 2 minutes silence followed by the Bugle Call of the Last Post.

Veterans included Tom Bell, former Warrent Officer Navigator who flew Halifax and Lancaster Bombers in the 192 Squadron R.A.F. and Dr Bob Duncan; former infantry Platoon Commander of the Duke of Wellington Regiment (who was at the Normandy Landings). Accompanied by Khimmarlwin.

The Remembrance Day attracted both the younger and older generations including Candace Clare and Crystal Mahom.

After the service and the 2 minutes silence. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) paraded and layed a wreath. This is the first Veterans Day here in Chiang Mai for all Americans who served in wars on foreign soil. A new Chiang Mai Post will be inaugurated in January 2008, the first Post of the American Legion was in Shanghai China under General Chenault. (l-r) Bill Johnson, Bob Johnson, George Olson, George Mayo, Michael Holmes (Post Commander) Bill Duden, Roger Proper, Michael See, Leonard Cozzo, Jay Sapp and Vic Frappier.

About 50 people of all ages and races attended the non-denominational
service to mark Remembrance Day in Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetary.

John McCrea’s poem
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.