Happy Birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana
Chiang Mai Mail humbly joins
the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana a
most happy birthday on April 5.
Local author and photographer launches his new book
Ron Emmons’ “Portrait of Thailand”
celebrates the spirit of the Kingdom
The well-known travel photographer, author and Chiang Mai resident Ron
Emmons held a party last Saturday at Villa Duang Champa on Ratchdamnoen
Road to launch his new book, “Portrait of Thailand”. Those lucky enough
to be able to attend were able to buy discounted copies of the new
publication, (signed by Ron, of course), and to enjoy a great evening
and some excellent jazz.
author of “Portrait of Thailand”, Ron Emmons, pictured here with
Kanjawan and Ratana, who provided the delicious food.
Ron Emmons is a British writer and photographer who has lived and worked
for long periods in Africa and the Americas before moving to the north
of Thailand where he is now based. Other popular works by the author
include ‘Walks along the Thames Path’ (New Holland, 3rd edition 2008),
‘Spiral Guide to the Dominican Republic’ (Automobile Association of
Great Britain 2005) and ‘Top Ten Bangkok’ (Dorling Kindersley 2008). He
is also co-author of the Rough Guide to Vietnam and has made significant
contributions to the Rough Guides to Thailand and Cambodia. Ron has also
submitted feature articles on travel, culture, nature, Buddhism and
photography which have appeared in a wide range of international
publications such as ‘Hemispheres’ (United Airlines inflight) and ‘South
China Morning Post’.
For ‘Portrait of Thailand’, Ron travelled the length and breadth of the
Kingdom to photograph all aspects of Thai life, resulting in an
amazingly rich selection of images. With his deep knowledge of the land
and its culture, as well as a keen sense of composition, Ron has managed
to capture the essence of 21st century Thailand, through endearing
everyday scenes, inspirational landscapes and joyful festivals that
reveal the true spirit of this fun loving land.
CMU’s Language Centre English Summer Camp presents its awards
Graduation day celebrated by song and dance!
English Summer Camp at the CMU.
On March 27, the CMU Language Centre held its awards ceremony to mark
the end of the English Summer Camp. The camp was designed as part of a
TEFL, (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), course which instructs
and qualifies would-be teachers of English in Thailand. In order to
graduate, trainees were required to plan and teach eight 50 minute
classes during the 4 week course. Graduates of the program received an
add-on certificate to certify their experience in planning and managing
an English Camp, an extra facility provided to students by many of the
city’s schools. On the final graduation day, the young students who had
been the “guinea-pigs” for the aspiring TEFL teachers, celebrated the
end of the course by performances on stage - great for confidence -
building and enjoyed by all!
More than 70 students took part in the 8 day Summer Camp, with some of
the girls coming from as far away as Lampang, and, because of the
journey, having to wake up at 5 am each Saturday and Sunday, with school
not finishing until 5.30pm! The camp was free to students aged between
10 and 17 years old, and CMU even provided a free lunch. The partnership
between TEFL International and the Language Institute at Chiang Mai
University began in 2007. At present, there are no solid plans as to the
date of the next camp; however, prospective teachers and students alike
can visit www.teflintl.com/teflcoursesthailand_chiangmai for further
Horeca presents an afternoon of Mediterranean food and drink
New products include tequila and
extra-strong Italian coffee!
Last week, Horeca Chiang Mai held an F&B Fest at the Empress Hotel for
local hotels, restaurants, caterers and guesthouses. Guests were treated
to an afternoon of food and drink, including various Latino drinks and
cocktails such as the delicious and refreshing Spanish Sangria, a huge
tub of which was kindly prepared by Joon and the chefs the night before!
Various fruit juices from Dole, in flavours new to Chiang Mai, were on
offer, along with Lavazza coffee - Italy’s favourite coffee for over 115
years! Although it has been available elsewhere in Thailand for 8 years,
Lavazza is also new to the Chiang Mai beverage scene. Rudy, the MD of
Horeca, explained that this particular brand makes very, very, strong
and Ralph, doing a great job of introducing various new products.
Plenty of traditional Italian food was on hand for sampling, prepared by
Chef Juan Carlos Torre from ‘El Toro’ in Phuket. Ralph, together with
Veronica, introduced all the stands; however, many people tried, (but
not too hard!) to avoid her eye as she was carrying a tray of tequila
shots - not quite the day’s best idea when you have to go back to work!
Especially when the recently introduced and delicious Peruvian Pisco was
also on offer…
With traditional Flamingo Dancers entertaining everyone, it proved an
excellent way to spend the afternoon, with or without the tequila!
Hoteliers from across town attended the F&B
Fest, pictured are Paiboon, (Suriwongse), Peter, (Rydges), Mongkorn,
(Pornping,) Boomlert, (Empress),
and Siwach, (Imperial Mae Ping).
Mr Sand retires after 13 years of faithful service
A day in the life of a buffalo and his butler!
People came to bid farewell to Mr Sand on
at the Four Seasons grounds.
Last week, The Four Seasons Resort witnessed a farewell party with a
difference. Mr Sand, after 13 years faithful service, was retiring to
pastures new. He began working at the resort when he was three years
old, is considered to be extremely handsome, and, being an albino, is
very rare. He has not been known to touch alcohol or smoke and is
considered the ‘family type’ because he always goes straight home after
work and has dinner with his family every evening. He works from 8 until
5 daily, and has a butler to look after his every need, including giving
him his two daily baths! Mr Sand is a strong buffalo; he enjoys
ploughing the Four Seasons rice paddies in order that guests can still
see the ancient techniques involved. His daily routine is defined by
that important document, the Four Seasons Resort Water Buffalo Job
Description, as follows!
Mr Sand Buffalo: I.D. #94 B2
8:00 am: Start work. 8:30 am: 1st bath by his personal Buffalo Butler.
9:00 am: Tour around the Resort to greet/socialise with guests along
buggy pathway from Lobby to Cluster 2, 1, 6, 7 and Residences and return
by way of the waterfall in front of the Elephant Bar terrace to cluster
11, 12, 16 and rice barn
11:00 am: Nibble grass near the rice barn.12:00 pm: Lunch, consisting of
2 baskets of delicious fresh grass. 1:00 pm: Work in the rice paddies.
3:00 pm: 2nd bath
4:30 pm: 2nd tour around the Resort. 5:00 pm: Finish work and go home to
Should anyone know a buffalo who might wish to apply for the vacant
position - the following fringe benefits apply, according to another,
equally important, document, the Four Seasons Buffalo Welfare Benefit
List, which guarantees 3 free main meals a day plus all-day all-night
snacks, free accommodation with full facilities, free cleaning services,
bathing service, a butler service - each buffalo will be provided with a
personal assistant to take care of grooming, meals and other personal
issues, free medical service including an annual medical check-up, a
no-limit sick leave scheme, 6 months’ maternity leave, (of which Mrs Mud
takes full advantage), and technical training in ploughing skills.
The life of a buffalo butler, even in such luxurious surroundings, is
sometimes difficult, as witness an incident involving our retiree. Mr
Sand and his stepson Mr Clay, not the best of friends for various
unknown buffalo reasons, were engaged in their regular walk with their
butlers around the resort’s grounds one sunny morning. For even more
unknown reasons, a major disagreement involving buffalo horns and rather
a lot of noise ensued between them This attracted a crowd of guests,
who, from a fairly safe distance, shouted encouragement to the
antagonists.We are not sure whether or not bets were placed, as gambling
is illegal in the Kingdom. Finally, Mr Sand’s butler, a brave man armed
only with a bucket of iced water, brought the fight to a close by a well
aimed splash which landed on Mr Sand’s genitals, causing the buffalo to
exit, hurriedly, in the opposite direction, followed by roars of
Obviously, never a dull moment!
“Green” outing for CM Cycling Club on Easter Sunday
Visit to Ban Papai’s “self sufficiency village”
The intrepid Chiang Mai Cycling Club at Ban
Early on Easter Sunday morning, around 200 cyclists gathered at Thapae
Gate and set off at 8.30 am for Ban Papai Village, well past Doi Saket.
The roads were pleasantly clear, as, at that time on a Sunday morning,
most motorists were either still in bed, or at breakfast! Regular stops,
both to give the less experienced cyclists a chance to catch up, and for
welcome refreshments, made it a reasonably easy ride, even for novices.
Another advantage of the route was that weren’t many hills to climb
along the way! As well as to enjoy a pleasant ride, the aim of the
Cycling Club on Easter Sunday was to promote a “Greener Chiang Mai” and
to make a stand against global warming by publicising cycling as a mean
of transport. To that end they were accompanied by members of Chiang Mai
Friends’ Group, and staff from Boutique Travel, who, (some what
unfortunately), came by car! CM Mail would also like to mention that our
intrepid reporter/photographer came by motorbike…
During the ride, a number of participants decided that the 56 km ride
was too much for them - it was a very hot morning, after all - however,
the rest battled on and 40 made it to their destination. They were
welcomed by Ban Papai’s headman, and were then shown around the ‘self
sufficiency village’ which provides many of the villagers with a living
whilst promoting their traditional way of life dating from, of course,
long before the tourist invasion! After this interesting experience, the
cyclists then joined others from the Chiang Mai Friends Group and
Boutique Travel Service in planting trees in the village.
Anyone wanting to know more about the Sunday Cycling Club should contact
[email protected] or telephone 087 302 9358. There is also a
website www. cmcycling.org. However, it is mostly in Thai language.