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Chiang Mai Golfers’ presentation night out at the Pub

Mayor awards certificates for clean and safe food

Phnom Penh NGO’s photographer speaks at Expat’s Club

Short-haul airline SGA adds flights from CM to Mae Hong Son

NPT Group celebrates a very special milestone

Annual Wedding Fair at the Holiday Inn

Chiang Mai Golfers’ presentation night out at the Pub

Chiang Mai Golfers celebrate with a BBQ at The Pub on Huay Kaew Road.

The culmination of Chiang Mai golfers’ annual tournament saw the presentation evening held at The Pub. As was the case throughout the tournament, the rains stayed off, and the tasty BBQ washed down by a few drinks ensured a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s celebration of an event considered fun by all.
Four rounds were played at Lanna, Mae Jo, Royal & Green Valley over 2 weeks, with the best 3 net cards going towards winning the President’s Cup. Dao Viraya got off to a great start in the first 2 rounds carding net 65 & 68, which proved too steep a mountain for us mere guys to overcome. Dao, many of the golfers will be pleased to know, has now agreed to play off the white tees in future. However it shouldn’t be overlooked that her improvement in just a few months has been a pleasure to witness & with continued effort will only get better still. Well done, Dao, in winning the title of Club Champion! For the rest, the “A Grade” winner was Jack Cooper; the “B Grade” winner was Roger Mack and the “C Grade” winner was Ian Mackay. Winners of a bottle of spirits each in “Nearest the Pins” were Jack Cooper and Shaun Stewart, (Lanna), Garry Walker and Keith Taylor, (Mae Jo), Christian Friis and Roger Mack, (Royal), and Guy Merret and Dan Evans, (Green Valley). The prize for the most improved golfer - 2,000 baht donated by club sponsor Nr 1 Pub and Kim Gillies - was taken by Yung Becce, who came down from 32 to 21 in a year. Now he’s going the wrong way again - sort that swing, mate!
Well played, everyone, and thanks to Garry Walker, Les Harvey, Scott Lumsden and all who have helped out throughout the year. Next big event is our chance for revenge, when a group come up at the end of Oct from Isaan, giving us our chance to win the Isaan cup for the first time. Another great competition & the chance to meet up with old friends.

 

Mayor awards certificates for clean and safe food

Concerns about re-used cooking oil and lead in water

CM Mayor Dr. Duentemduang na Chiengmai presents a certificate to Pratchaya Pisaichat, left, executive director of general affairs at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.

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On August 25 at the Chiang Mai Grand View Hotel, the Mayor of Chiang Mai, Dr. Duentemduang na Chiengmai presented 40 certificates and awards to hoteliers, schools and fresh markets around the city to commemorate the venues’ achievements in food standards.
In her speech, the Mayor stressed policy procedures in place for the three groups, and said that a budget for 2009 had been set up for the provision of booths advertising food standards for 40 hotels in the city. It is hoped that such a move will help to improve the current crisis in both the economy and the tourist trade.
A safety campaign concerning the re-using of cooking oil in the preparation of a popular dish, Pa Tong Ko, on sale in the fresh markets, was also stresses, as re-used cooking oil contains known carcinogenics. All fresh markets and their vendors are to be asked to cooperate with cleanliness and hygiene standards already in place, and toilets in the area should be clean and adequate in numbers for both stallholders and the public.
Concern was expressed about lead in the water, and about cooking pots in use in schools. At present, 11 schools in the municipality have failed to comply with safety standards in this respect. During the 2009 budget year, the municipal authority will create awareness of this problem in other schools.


Phnom Penh NGO’s photographer speaks at Expat’s Club

“Pour un Sourire d’Enfant” rescues city’s abandoned children

On Saturday August 23, Chiang Mai Expats’ Club met at the Shangri-La Hotel to hear a presentation by Kim Perry on her time spent as a volunteer photographer for Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, an NGO based in Phnom Penh.

Guest speaker Kim Perry pictured with Alan Hall, president of the Chiang Mai Expats’ Club.
The NGO rescues abandoned children in the city who only have a rubbish dump to call home. She worked alongside this group taking photos of the children and orphans who lived on this rubbish pile in the centre of the city. Despite having a tragic beginning to their life, these children were rescued by the NGO, re-housed and finally have a future to look forward to.
Her stunning photographs were auctioned off at the end of the meeting and the members, who were clearly touched by Kim’s presentation and the efforts of the NGO, managed to raise a fantastic total of 15,000 baht which all went to Pour un Sourire d’Enfant.
Meetings are open to everyone and are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday September 9.


Short-haul airline SGA adds flights from CM to Mae Hong Son

As a result of a 37% increase in demand, the short-haul airline SGA is increasing its daily flight schedule between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son from August 23.
Flight 5E935 will depart daily from Chiang Mai at 12:50 hrs, arriving at Mae Hong Son 13:30 hrs; the return flight will depart Mae Hong Son at 13:45 hrs, arriving at Chiang Mai 14:25. On Tuesdays and Thursdays flight 5E937 will depart from Chiang Mai 14:55 hrs, arriving at Mae Hong Son 15:35 hrs; the return flight 5E938 will depart from Mae Hong Son 15:50 hrs, arriving at Chiang Mai 16:30 hrs. Passengers wishing to reserve seats can do so at www. SGA.co.th; at www.nokair .com, by phone on 02-664-6099/1318, or at SGA and Nokair sales points.


NPT Group celebrates a very special milestone

In these difficult economic times, it is great to have a ‘success’ to report. As NPT Group in Chiang Mai is celebrating a very special milestone, the Chiang Mai Mail decided to find out more by meeting up with Darren Wright, the company’s director.
Good Morning Darren, what exactly does NPT Group do?

Darren Wright, CEO of NPT Group, celebrates the company’s special milestone with co-workers at a local bowling alley!
The NPT Group has several specialist departments. Firstly we have specially trained architects and designers making floor plans for estate agents around the world. The floor plans are used as an essential sales aid when selling or buying a house. We also have a 3D department who turn architects’ plans into artist’s impressions for ‘not-yet-built’ projects. Then we have an advertising department who specialise in Video production for businesses in Thailand, www.chiangmaipods.com.
I believe you started the company here in Chiang Mai, how long ago?
Our company was formed nearly 7 years ago.
Why did you choose Chiang Mai?
I had been living in Chiang Mai and commuting to Bangkok for two years before I decided so settle here.
I believe you have just taken on your 60th member of staff - congratulations - to what do you attribute your success?
A lot of hard work and long hours…there is no other way…or if there is, can someone please tell me! Plus, continuous marketing, meeting customers’ demands, and, of course, our dedicated staff.
How difficult has it been to find suitable staff?
Finding the right calibre of staff hasn’t been a problem. As our company grows, so does our reputation. Many staff move to Chiang Mai once they have secured a position with us.
I believe some of your staff have been with you since the beginning of your company - why do you believe they stay so long?
I suppose it has to be the working environment. The job itself isn’t too difficult, so it must be the security of a growing company. Again, the staff are all very friendly and there is a good atmosphere in the office.
What do you consider the best part of having a company here in Chiang Mai?
Chiang Mai as a city has everything our company needs: staff, office space and technical support. The city is easy to get around compared to Bangkok.
What is the most difficult part of having a company here in Chiang Mai?
I don’t think that there is any real problem having a business in Chiang Mai that can’t be overcome if you go about it in the right way. We make sure we stay on the right side of the law, immigration and the Department of Employment.
What are your goals for the future?
Future plans are to steadily grow the company and to one day take a family holiday!
The Chiang Mai Mail would again like to congratulate you on this milestone and wish you all the success for the future.


Annual Wedding Fair at the Holiday Inn

The Holiday Inn on the Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road is holding its annual Wedding Fair this coming weekend, September 67, from 10 am until 8 pm.The hotel is inviting residents of Chiang Mai to visit the 2008 Wedding Fair in the Grand Nanta Ballroom.

One of the beautiful wedding dresses on display - and a cute outfit for the page boy!
With venues ranging from the largest ballroom in Chiang Mai through to garden settings and river views, the Holiday Inn is the perfect place to hold your celebrations. Come and be inspired by fashion shows from wedding specialists Maross and Malee Studio, food and wine tastings, wedding and photography studios including Photo Mania, Huen Silp, Korkai Studio and V Sign Media, and jewellery and cosmetics suppliers Bobby Brown, Marie France, Malisa and Coquette - everything a bride needs to make her dream day come true is there.
In addition to the above, there will be a fortune teller booth, a Hong Dok Mai, (a Thai style flower show for the Thai Engagement Ceremony), and a display of honeymoon options available in the Northern Thailand region. For further information please call 053 275 300 or [email protected]