Another romantic story - it is Valentine’s week after all, or at
least it was when this was written. We must admit that it makes a
lovely change from murders, drugs, election fraud, pollution and
motorbike thieves! We had enough of that in our home countries! One
special feature, which we would not normally include as, given the
huge numbers of charities here who need funds, we’d need an entire
newspaper to list all the appeals, is the story of Bailey the Golden
Retriever. Please help if you can.
Pollution and burning is still, as it is every year in CM, in the
news, but at least the new 24 hour free phone number is easier to
remember…but we still can’t get any info about the capacity of call
centre staff as regards the English language. And even if they do
have English speakers on call, how many of us, driving around the
outskirts of the city and suddenly noticing flames, would know how
to describe the exact location in any language? Still, it’s a start!
Have a good week!
A St. Valentine’s Day Wedding for Malcolm and Miew Logan
February is the month of romance - last week’s story of Rose and Mike’s
journey together through 50 years of married life set the theme for this
week’s story of two more wonderful people who celebrated their wedding day
on February 14 - St. Valentine’s Day itself.
Some of you will be lucky enough to have Malcolm Logan and Miew - now Mrs.
Logan - as the best of friends; others of you will know and like them, still
more of you may know of them and maybe wish you knew them better. Theirs is
the perfect story for this St. Valentine’s Day issue.
Malcolm was born in Hong Kong, just before the Second World War broke out.
When he was four years old, the Japanese invaded; he and his family
subsequently spent 4 years in a POW camp. For the young boy this must have
seemed an uncomfortable and strange start to his life! When hostilities
ended, life returned to normal, Malcolm’s education continued and eventually
led him to further studies in the field of engineering in the UK. After
qualifying, he worked as an engineer for many years, and had almost decided
to leave the company by whom he was employed when they made him an offer he
simply could not resist - that of returning to Hong Kong as the Managing
Director of their Asian subsidiary, which he was to set up. Of course, he
couldn’t get there fast enough! By the time he took early retirement at 52,
he was Managing Director for all 6 Asian subsidiaries of the company,
familiar with most Asian countries and in love with Thailand. He moved to
Bangkok in 1988, and began to enjoy his new life.
Miew was born in a small village of 20 houses in Isaan, 20 miles from the
nearest small town, Amnarg Charoen, where her farming family still lives.
She married young, had a son, Loup, who is now 15 years and two months old,
(we were asked by Loup not to forget the Two Months!), and soon divorced.
Later, she decided to go to Bangkok to work; when Malcolm first saw her she
was standing behind the Customer Services desk at Tops Supermarket in Lap
Here, in 1998, begins the romance - Malcolm, (being a Scot!), was about to
make a complaint about a purchase in his own inimitable fashion, which, in
those days, involved thumping counter tops, etc. He took one look at the
beautiful smile directed straight at him by Miew and subsided completely.
Subsequently, many attempts were made over a very long period of time to ask
the lovely lady out. All were met with a flat ”NO” and a cross look. Finally
he took courage and asked why she would not go out with him - the answer was
a stunner. “You’re married”. Miew had assumed that Malcolm’s housemaid, who
often shopped with him, was his wife! With this little misunderstanding
finally corrected, their romance blossomed, and, three full years after
Malcolm had first fallen in love with Miew’s smile, they and Loup set up
One thing was missing in their new and happy lives - dogs! Living in a
Bangkok condo as they were, they were unable to keep pets. The love of dogs,
therefore, is the reason why Chiang Mai is fortunate enough to have them as
residents. A plot of land in Doi Saket was soon found, a beautiful home,
together with a huge swimming pool, was soon built, and the family moved in,
joined, over the next 2 years or so by eight - yes, eight! - much loved
dogs. Malcolm and Miew soon found themselves, (true to form), the centre of
a large group of expats, all of whom they had helped in some way. Most live
on the same moo baan, a few, fortunate enough to be included in what is
locally known as the “Doi Saket Lot”, are from closer into town.
Ever since their arrival in Chiang Mai four years ago, the couple have made
helping newly arrived expats a way of life. Many of us, confused and in
culture shock, have had our lives simplified and enriched by their kindness
and commitment to giving without expectation of return. All of us who were
invited to the Wedding Dinner at the House of Palms on St. Valentine’s night
were thrilled by the warmth and love in the air, and also by how stunningly
beautiful Miew looked in her gorgeous white dress. Malcolm looked great as
well, of course, although it was a shock to see him in a suit! Truly, for
all of us as well as the bride and bridegroom, a night to remember!
We wish Malcolm and Miew a wonderful and long life together as a married
couple, with, if that’s even possible, even more happiness than they had as
an unmarried couple! Love ya, guys!
Please help - just this once
Although FeMail will not usually print appeals from charities, we did feel
that this was a special case!
A beautiful one year old Golden Retriever recently arrived at Care for Dogs,
after a horrendous and heart-breaking experience. Bailey was hit by a car;
the impact broke both his back legs and dislocated a front leg. A local vet
operated, placing pins to secure the breaks. Unable to afford further
necessary treatment for his dog’s injuries, the owner then requested that
Bailey be put to sleep. The vet called Care for Dogs, who agreed to accept
him at the shelter. Shortly after his arrival, the pins in his back legs
became infected; in order to avoid amputation of both legs, Bailey had to
undergo another operation to remove the pins and add external fixations. At
present, medical costs to save this lovely and loving dog stand at
approximately 9,000 baht, a large amount for the donation funded charity.
Ongoing care and rehabilitation costs are yet to come. If anyone who is
reading this would feel able to help, either with a donation or with
sponsorship, could they, please, please, contact Karin at Care for Dogs on
081-9138701, Gill on 087-1891623, or email on [email protected]
The Chiang Mai Music Festival
Femail is hoping to alert readers in advance of events of interest. The
Chiang Mai Music Festival, to be held at the Ban Wangtan Club in Hang
Dong on February 23, certainly falls into this category. The concert
will be given by three noted Korean musicians, Professor Tong-Il Han,
(piano), the artistic director of the festival and a world renowned
pianist, Dong-Oo Lee, (cello), one of Korea’s most versatile musician,
and Sun-Kyung Lee, (piano), acclaimed soloist, and Dean of the College
of Art, Kookmin University, Korea. They will be performing together with
three young and talented pianists, also from Korea, Chung-Ho Lee,
Seol-Hwa Kim and Jae-Hee Chang. The concert is free, and the audience
will be warmly welcomed.
The festival itself is an annual event, now in its third year, and was
founded by both Thai and foreign residents, all of whom are admirers of
the Chiang Mai area. Its Artistic Director is the famous Korean pianist,
Professor Tong-Il Han. The purpose of the festival is to enrich musical
education in the city, to help local music teachers to provide musical
opportunities for young people, and to inspire local audiences with
concerts both by internationally renowned concert artists as well as
emerging young local talent. Concerts by the above artists involving
educational “musical conversations and recitals” will also be given
during the period of the festival at schools in Chiang Mai.
Textile Art Group’s first meeting an enjoyable success
The new Textile Art group’s first meeting was held at the Raintree
Resource Centre, and was voted a great success b the eight people who
joined the group. Interests ranged from surface design, (batik, stamped
patterns and designs, etc), through embroidery, and weaving to good
old-fashioned sewing! A discussion was held to determine local resources
for materials used, and field trips to museums, etc, were also
discussed. It was decided that meetings would be held in future on the
first Friday of every month at the Raintree Centre, with members of the
group bringing refreshments and, of course, the textiles that they are
working on! Maya would welcome calls on 053-291-692 from anyone who
would be interested in joining the group.
New Jewish Community Group enjoys first meeting
The newly formed Chiang Mai Jewish Community group met for the first
time last week, in order to get acquainted and talk about future plans.
The group, made up of English-speaking Jewish residents, as well as
their partners and children, (mixed families welcome), hopes to share
holiday observances, shabbat dinners, discussions, cultural events and
“Because we all come from different traditions and represent different
levels of observance - from orthodox to none - this group welcomes
everyone who would like to meet other Jewish expats and enjoy informal
get-togethers,” said Fran Decoster, a new resident of Chiang Mai and one
of the group’s founders. “This is a chance to get together and network.
We are open to your ideas and invite you to participate. We only ask
that you speak English.” Larry Abramson, another Chiang Mai resident,
estimates that there are about 400 Jews living in Chiang Mai, but most
know only one or two others who share their religious heritage.
To contact the group or be put on the mailing list, please email:
News in Briefs
Someone’s “seriously bright idea” went slightly wrong in a UK
supermarket recently. Managers decided that the only way to stop
underage drinkers from buying booze was to ask for proof of age.
Subsequently, an 87 year old pensioner was - how can we put this -
slightly disconcerted when he was not allowed to purchase a can of lager
to have with his supper because he could not produce proof that he was
Again from the UK - Why do so many of these news items originate
there? New laws will force ISP’s to terminate the connection of anyone
who is discovered downloading music and videos illegally. Pity they
didn’t include downloading porn…
This one’s from China - It seems that, in 1973, during a meeting
with Henry Kissinger in Beijing, Chairman Mao fixated on the idea of,
(as he considered that there were excess women in his country), sending
10 million Chinese ladies to the USA. He told Kissinger, “Let them go to
your place. They will create disasters. That way you can lessen our
burdens.” Bet he didn’t put that in his Little Red Book!
An enterprising trader from the Suphanburi area has hit on a
great way to take advantage of the Chinese year of the Rat. He sells
them. A lot of them. Fried. And not your everyday household rat either -
these are rats from the rice fields, which, apparently, have a much
finer taste…we believe him, don’t we, girls! At any rate, many people
seem to, as the guy is making a fortune! Whatever turns you on…
That’s all for this week!