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February 19, - February 25, 2008



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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

A St. Valentine’s Day Wedding for Malcolm and Miew Logan

Please help - just this once

The Chiang Mai Music Festival

Textile Art Group’s first meeting an enjoyable success

New Jewish Community Group enjoys first meeting

News in Briefs

 

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 Prao!
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 home together.
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 trips.
“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: cmjewishcommunity @gmail.com.


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 over 18!
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!



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