Fired up and ready to go!
Obama supporters take control of the UN!
Over eighty enthusiastic Obama supporters attended a rally at the UN
Irish Pub last Wednesday evening, resulting in the whole of the pub’s
upstairs room being packed out with many on the stairs waiting to get in.
The guests, mostly Americans, cheered Barak Obama’s historic speech
accepting the Democratic nomination for the toughest job in the world –
President of the United States of America. Chang Chiu, the Southeast Asia
Field Director for Americans Abroad for Obama, explained the process of
voting from abroad to Barak’s devoted followers. Many of those who attended
this fun evening bought t-shirts supporting their man, and everyone left the
meeting fired up and ready to vote for their Obama/Biden Democrat dream
ticket. Those US Citizens who would like to vote but haven’t organised
themselves yet can get their absentee ballot papers at
www.VoteFromAbroad.org, but remember – deadlines for voting are rapidly
approaching! If anyone has any questions, please contact [email protected]
JJ Markets to host free
“Green Chiang Mai” live concert
The newly-fashionable night-spot at JJ Markets will be hosting the
‘Best of 2007’ concert on September 26, both to promote “Green Chiang Mai”,
a new CD featuring bands from last year’s JJ Talent Competition, and in aid
of His Majesty the King’s Foundation.
The bands, including the 2007 winners, Simple Tone, as well as Noodle Duck,
The Opposite, Rende-vous, Perjer and Pa Jadd, will give a mini concert,
performing live songs from their CD. Since winning the talent competition at
the Grand Finale last year, Simple Tone has performed at the Amari Rincome
Hotel by special invitation of the GM, Wim Fagel, and the 4th Annual Charity
Rooftop Party 2008. The music will consist of pop, jazz and rock, with each
band playing for approximately 30 minutes.
For those who don’t know the location of this increasingly popular venue, JJ
Markets is on Assadathorn Road, near Kam Thieng Market and Tesco’s – the
concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Dignitaries have been invited to plant
indigenous trees on the site, and other ‘green groups,’ such as Chiang Mai
Friends Group and Chiang Mai Charity Calendar have been invited to take
part. The incentive to produce the CD and give the concert came from the
bands themselves, who are “born and bred” Chiang Mai kids, and very proud of
their green city. The songs they chose for the CD communicate this feeling,
and will be played along with other numbers throughout the evening. A slide
show of photographs of the city will accompany the music. For further
information please visit JJ’s website, www.jjchiangmai.com.
Latest Ladies Night Out at
UN Irish Pub enjoyed by all
That well-known venue, the UN Irish Pub on Ratwitti Road
was the selected venue for September’s Citylife Ladies Night’s quarterly
bash, well attended as always.
ladies pictured enjoying the Citylife Ladies Night at the UN Irish Pub.
Every three months or so, the indefatigable Pim organises an informal night
for Thai and expatriate ladies to meet and socialise, moving from venue to
venue and leaving the men at home! This year the events have been held at
The Pub, the D2 Hotel, the Darling Wine Pub and, this past Tuesday, the UN
Irish Pub. Around 50 women attended the gathering, ranging from young Thai
professionals to retired expatriates, making for a lively – and at times
loud – event (much to the fascination of the men who were banned from the
upstairs area, but were seen lurking, beer in hand, at the bottom of the
stairs). The UN Irish Pub sponsored delicious and delightful finger food;
Pim sponsored the lively music played by Alchemy Pop’s Matthew and Rebecca.
The next event is going to be a super treat and it will be held on December
10 at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi’s super-sexy Horn Bar. The Dhara
Dhevi has kindly offered one free cocktail to all ladies as well as a
whopping 50% discount off selected drinks, making prices on a par with most
bars in Chiang Mai. Finger food will be provided courtesy of Pim – an
announcement will be made closer to the date regarding details – so – watch
Exciting new designer “takes” on traditional Hill tribe wear
Last week, September 16, the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai played host to
the 1st Seminar on the Development of Hill Tribe Projects which had been
organised by the Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI) a public
organisation based on Suthep Road.
Pictured are designs from Noi
Fai Ngarm’s collection using traditional weaves.
The event was put together by MJ Peechadetch Ratchanee,
together with Tassanee Srimongkol, the director of development at HRDI, and
Ruth Prachadetsuwat, and was attended by representatives of all the various
The aim of the seminar, organised under a project of His Majesty the King,
was to demonstrate and teach Hill Tribe people how to develop and market
their handicrafts and weavings for the tourist market. Direct explanations
of how this could be done whilst still preserving Hill Tribe heritage and
traditions were given, as was the most important aspect of all – what will
sell! The aim in a nutshell – helping the Hill Tribe people to help
To this end, MJ Peechadetch Ratchanee invited two Chiang Mai-based fashion
designers to stage a fashion show oriented towards Hill Tribe traditional
are designs including Thai silk from Tananan ‘Maew’ Willson’ collection.
Noi Fai Ngam’s collection used designs made from traditional woven fabrics
whilst Tananan Willson’s collection was a mixture of modern and
traditionally colourful garments which also used Thai silk. Both collections
were well received – with much amazement amongst the Hill tribe people who
were surprised at what was possible given imagination and flair!
Rather than being “just another seminar,” this occasion had a purpose, as
Hill Tribe people have been invited to participate in and sell their “new
ideas” at the Royal Projects Fair to be held on December 12 at the Chiang
Mai University Convention Centre. Also, a store dedicated to Hill Tribe
goods is to be set up in Bangkok at the Central World Plaza, and will open
before the end of the year.
Killing mosquitoes may
not give protection against Dengue fever
Dengue fever, a possibly deadly consequence of this unusually wet
season is again surfacing since a government warning was given in August
that cases were on the increase. Reports indicate that the disease, known as
haemorrhagic fever due to its thinning effect on the blood, is on the rise
in Chiang Mai and that schools are spraying any suspected mosquito breeding
A research project carried out in Thailand recently by scientists from
London University’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine indicated that
killing the distinctively large, striped Aedes mosquitoes which carry the
disease may actually increase the infection rate. Infections come in 4
varieties, or serotypes; if a person is infected with serotype “A” and, a
year later, by serotype “B,” antibodies formed against “A” will bond with
“B” antibodies, over stimulate the immune system’s response and cause the
fatal form of the disease. If type “A” infection is almost immediately
followed by type “B” infection, the “A” antibodies will destroy the serotype
“B” infection. If a victim gets infected, via 4 different bites, with all 4
serotypes, protective antibodies will form for all 4 types.
Fewer mosquitoes, therefore, will lessen the likelihood of being infected by
more than one serotype in a shorter period of time and developing effective
antibodies as a result.
Special events for the next week
September 24. The Expat Ladies’ Lunch Group will
meet for this month’s food and fun session at Chez Daniel, and will be
treated to fine Normandy-style French food at a bargain cost of only 200
baht per head, ex service charge. The menu includes quiche, chicken or a
vegetarian option of pasta au gratin, ice cream and coffee or tea.
Pruksa, who will give a piano and violin recital as part of Payap
University’s series of concerts.
Chez Daniel is located at 255/19 Superhighway Entrance off Chiang Mai Land
Road, not far from Airport Plaza, and places are limited to 25, so if you’d
like to be included, please contact Fran at [email protected] .com as soon as
you read this!
September 24. The Chiang Mai Friends Group, led by Boong, will assemble
for their monthly meeting at the Maninarakorn Hotel, 99 Sridonchai Road,
opposite the Boutique Travel Service office and just down from the Imperial
Mae Ping Hotel. This is a great opportunity to join in with the very special
efforts being made by this group of Thais and expats in the field of
integration and green living. The meeting will convene at 5.30 p.m. for meet
and greet and a buffet supper, with the “official” part beginning at 7 p.m.
The guest of honour this month is Supajee Nilubol, the Chiang Mai Honorary
Consul of Sweden, who will speak on “How a Thai lady become a Swedish
Consul” All are welcome; if you would like to eat, please book in advance by
contacting Boong on www.btsthailand .com/contact.php or 053-206-121.
September 26. The next event in the series of fundraisers during the
run-up to the 2009 Rooftop Charity Party is scheduled to take place at the
Holiday Inn, and will feature its delicious seafood buffet. If you can’t
live without shellfish and other denizens of the deep, don’t miss this one!
The evening begins at 7 p.m.; tickets cost 600 baht and are available
through Sally, the organiser, or the reception desk at Hillside 4 Condo
Block on Huey Kaew Road. As a special treat, there will be a 20% discount on
September 26. Payap University’s College of Music continues its
successful series of concerts with a piano and violin recital by Dechdecha
Pruksa. The recital will be given at the Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall on the
university’s Mae Kaow Campus, and will begin at 7.30 p.m.
September 26. The newly-fashionable night-spot at JJ Markets will be
hosting the ‘Best of 2007’ concert on September 26, both to promote “Green
Chiang Mai,” a new CD featuring bands from last year’s JJ Talent
Competition, and in aid of His Majesty the King’s Foundation. If you enjoy a
really fun night, this one’s definitely for you! See the advance
notification elsewhere in the paper for full details.
September 27. Another Payap College of Music concert! Something
different this time, a recital to be given on the French horn by Suttipong
Mukkatoak at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall on Mae Kaow Campus, beginning at
7.30, and with free admission.
IT: New technology at regional parcel depot advances the fight against drugs
Following the recent discovery that postal services were being used
to transport illegal drugs, two new high-tech scanners have been introduced
at Den Chai Parcel Depot by the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).
Regions 5 and 3 customs officers and police will now use Alpha 6 and Ion
scanners to locate drugs concealed in parcels. The new Alpha 6 scanner is
able to detect with 90% accuracy the presence of opium, heroin, cocaine
amphetamines, ice or marijuana; the Ion scanner is then able to pinpoint
exactly the location of these illegal drugs, and is also reputed to be
highly accurate. On discovery of illegal substances, the suspect parcel will
be opened, and police will be able to investigate and arrest both the sender
and the receiver.
The Den Chai Parcel Depot is the collection and distribution depot for
letters and parcels en route from Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Nan, Phrae
and Uttaradit to other central depots and Bangkok. It is hoped that the new
scanners will deter smugglers from distributing their illegal goods by post.