Teen beauty contest attracts
contestants from Northern region
The 22 teenaged beauties who will
go forward to the contest’s next round in Bangkok.
The annual countrywide “Miss Teen Thailand 2008” got under way recently at
the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel in Chiang Mai with the first-round selection
of 22 beauties from the Northern provinces, who will all go forward to the
next round in Bangkok. Several of the cute contestants, all of whom are aged
between 15 and 18, are half Thai and half farang, and all are hoping that
their dream to win the contest and become a star comes true. The northern
round of the contest was organised by Inspires. Co.
It’s almost Garden Party
time again – donations, please!
The Charity Rooftop Committee would like to make an appeal for any
old clothes, household items, books etc. Drop off point is the reception
desk at Hillside Condominium and Plaza 4, Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai. Items
collected will either be sold at the Citylife Garden Party or donated to
Hill Tribes people, as last year – by the time the Garden Party takes place,
it will be getting colder up in them thar hills so any warm clothing would
be much appreciated!
smiles at the Chedi earlier this month.
This year’s Christmas-themed Garden Party will be held on Sunday, November
30, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. – a full day of fun and festivity for all is
promised, with free admission. If any charity would like a free table,
please contact the email address below.
The latest event in the run-up to the 2009 Hillside 4 Rooftop Charity Party
was a delicious brunch held at the Chedi on September 20 as a “thank you”
for the hotel’s support of last year’s party. Over 40 people attended, the
total raised was 12,550 baht, which goes into the steadily increasing “pot”
to be shared between the three chosen charities after next January’s party.
Upcoming events include a Happy Hour on October 27, also at the Chedi, but
with wine supplied by Darling Wine Bar for 350 baht for three glasses. This
is followed by a Loy Krathong Dinner at the River Ping Palace right on the
river, on Wednesday November 12. Tickets cost 700 baht per person and are
limited in number. Between the Loy Krathong Dinner and the Garden Party
there is also a fun Day at the Races on November 15, for which tickets will
be 250 baht. An essential date for your diary is January 10, the date of the
5th Annual Rooftop Party itself. As regards entertainment, 2009’s event
promises to be the best ever!
It’s obvious to us all now that financially, things are getting tough, and
are likely to get tougher – it’s a strange world we live in, where the
economies of mighty nations can be brought low by the actions of a small,
very privileged and totally unprincipled group of people! Perhaps, though,
we should remember that the charities the above events will benefit are
working with sections of the community who have almost or less than nothing.
Compare this with most of our circumstances – however reduced – and remember
that at all of the events, the result will be a financial contribution to
the Rooftop Fund. Even if you can only go to one of the above – every little
For reservations or further information for any of the upcoming events
please contact charityrooftopparty @gmail.com.
Be happy, Keeley –
but we’ll miss you!
50 friends ensured a packed
house at the Glass Onion at Keeley’s farewell party.
Earlier this month, Keeley Robinson held a “Farewell to Chiang Mai” party at
the Glass Onion on September 20 for over 50 friends, all of whom enjoyed a
night of fond memories, laughter, and music. A slide show provided by
Jessica Loh and Adama Dedman reminded everyone of the highlights of Keeley’s
3 years in Chiang Mai, and the music was supplied by the Dengue Warriors
During her time in Chiang Mai, Keeley has been an active member of the
community, both teaching at Prince Royal and working as a Senior Intern at
the Academy for Education USA (ACE). One of her notable achievements was a
peer counselling program for safe sex amongst students at Prince Royal and
also at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS). Whilst teaching, she became
a student herself, learning French, Spanish and, of course, Thai, which she
studied with ajarn Piyaporn, the Thai teacher at the US Consulate.
Having achieved fluency in Thai, she emceed numerous events around Chiang
Mai, particularly for Zonta International, with which she was heavily
involved. She also found time to take to the stage in both ‘That Takes
Ovaries’ and ‘The Vagina Monologues;’ both were plays dealing with women’s
issues. Somehow, this amazing woman seems to have managed to find 25 hours
in each day, and use them all!
Whilst living in Thailand, she took the opportunity to travel extensively to
Mongolia, Taiwan (on a Buddhist meditation retreat), Laos, Australia, New
Zealand and countless countries in Europe. Keeley is now off back home to
the United States, and the Chiang Mai Mail would like to join all the
friends she is leaving behind in thanking her for her generous support of
the local community and wishing her well in whatever she does next. She will
be sadly missed!
If you are having an event, why not invite aroundtown @chiangmai-mail.com to
make it that extra bit special?
Friends meet again
at Maninarakorn Hotel
Supajee Nilubol (6th right),
the Honorary Swedish Consul in Chiang Mai,
at the Chiang Mai Friends Meeting.
Chiang Mai Friends Group held their regular monthly meeting September 24 at
the Maninarakorn Hotel on Sridonchai Road. After socialising and enjoying an
excellent buffet dinner, the 27 guests were invited to plant another tree on
the open ground opposite the hotel before the meeting itself began at 7 p.m.
This month’s guest of honour was Supajee Nilubol, the Honorary Consul for
Sweden in Chiang Mai, whose husband was the former Thai Ambassador to
Sweden. She gave an interesting talk on ‘How a Thai lady became a Swedish
Consul’ and also explored the concept that Thailand may be a second home for
Swedish people, touching on the generosity of Swedish people expressed in
their donations to various foundations in Thailand. She explained that
Swedish people, used as they are to cold, long winters, much prefer the
weather in Chiang Mai, and appreciate the friendly and peaceful natures of
their Thai neighbours and friends. She also mentioned the vastly less
expensive cost of living in Thailand! During her 4 years in Sweden with her
husband, she was thrilled to discover the generosity of the Swedish people
towards Thailand, from HM the Queen of Sweden, who funds several NGO
projects in Thailand, down to the average person. As an example of Swedish
concern for others, she told how people pick berries and mushrooms in the
forest, just enough for themselves to eat, leaving the rest for others.
As the Honorary Consul, she explained that around 348 Swedes live in the
area, mostly in the jungles and mountain areas in Pai, Chiang Mai and
Lamphun, similar in topography to Sweden itself. She mentioned cases of
Swedes overstaying and ending up in jail, and the unfortunate Swedish
gentleman who transferred 9 million baht into his girlfriend’s bank account
and lost the lot! On the bright side, she said she had found another man,
aged 83 who lives with his ex-wife, parents of his ex-wife, two children and
even the new husband of his ex-wife, he supports the whole family and could
not be happier. She emphasised how important it is that foreigners learn
about and obey Thai law, as well as respecting Thai culture. As she is a
Thai representing Swedes living here, she is concerned with trying to
protect and promote better understanding on both sides. A most interesting
and enjoyable talk, well received by all. For further info on the next
meeting please contact Duenpen Chaladlam (Boong) at
The Swedish Consulate is located at 186/48 Green Valley, Mo 5 Mae Sa, Mae
Rim, Chiang Mai 50180. Telephone 053-298-632 email [email protected]
Listen, eat, drink and learn –
a Lecture Recital at Spirit House
For those of us who were in the audience at the Spirit House
restaurant’s first early music concert, last week’s follow-up event was
something to look forward to.
unique venue of the Spirit House Restaurant – a perfect place for sacred
We weren’t disappointed, and listened with fascination as Antoine Garth
explained the development of both secular and sacred music in the great
European religious centres from as early as the 13th century. Entitled
“Lecture-Recital – The development of the Renaissance Motet,” his
fascinating narrative was accompanied by examples of polyphonic music by the
most famous composers contemporary to the period, beautifully sung by the
Anima Mundi early music ensemble.
Interestingly, he explored a possible link between early church music
through Gregorian chants back to their possible origin in the sacred chants
of ancient Judaism, and went on to trace its development through the
beginning of Renaissance-style motets up to the summit of the style in the
16th century, as represented by the composer da Palestrina, famous even in
modern times. Antoine also noted that, as many of the audience were aware;
that Spirit House seemed to be the perfect venue for the performance of
sacred music, due to its spiritual “feeling” and the Buddhist antiques
displayed around the room.
“Mine host,” Steve, provided the usual genial service and friendly welcome,
plus, of course, a delicious buffet, included in the ticket price. Fans of
this beautiful and peaceful style of music enjoyed the evening enormously,
and are looking forward to further concerts at this unique venue.
Antoine, conducting the Anima
Mundi early music ensemble during the recital.
A Master Class with
a touch of Magic
On Saturday evening, September 20, in place of the master class cancelled
due to the illness of celebrated pianist Andrew Wilde, the ever genial and
enterprising Santi opened the doors of his music school to an audience who
were honoured to listen to the talents of six teenagers performing on the
piano. And it really was an honour to be there in the presence of these
young dedicated musicians who played with such skill, determination and
passion. Antoine Garth replaced Andrew Wilde as ‘master musician’ for the
evening and did an admirable job in enabling these young people to improve
both their techniques on the keyboard as well as their interpretative
Chaimuk, shown during her wonderful performance of Chopin’s Etude Op. 10 No.
These students at Santi’s School of Music, Rebecca Simpson, who played
Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor, K. 397, Phaphorn Chaimuk (Gift), whose choice
was the Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 10, Pimsiree Wattanasirakul (Amy), who
performed Chopin’s Valse in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2, Pantisa Sattayawiwat
(Sai), who gave us Chopin’s Etude Op. 25 No. 1, Khwanchanok
Koonrungsesomboon (Nok) with Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8 No. 8, and Thanakrit
Lueangthongkam (Dome) with a Beethoven Sonata, Op. 28, had been rehearsing
for this event for almost six months and it showed. Some of the pieces were
played with great understanding and realistic interpretive skills; others
were more technically correct. No matter – Antoine used his skill and
knowledge as a musician and teacher to correct, advise and enlarge upon what
the audience first heard. This resulted in much improved interpretations of
the wide range of music by Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin and Beethoven, with all
the students learning more about the feeling and emotion in each piece.
Joseph Conrad, the renowned author, once wrote: “Oh youth! The strength of
it, the faith of it, the imagination of it!” And those words aptly summed up
the wonderful performances that each of the students gave. Each young
musician gave a strong interpretation of their chosen piece; they had faith
in their abilities to convey this to the audience; and with guidance and
help from Antoine, they used their imagination to impress and enlighten the
audience. This was a rare and unique opportunity for the students and
audience to experience and it is very much hoped that Santi will use his
innovative skills to further promote such delightful events. Music lovers
have a duty to encourage, listen to and support emerging talents such as
these young people and everyone in the audience – fellow students, parents
and visitors, was grateful for having been present at this very special
occasion with its touch of magic.
Gate Theatre Group casting for
“The Eight Reindeer Monologues”
Chiang Mai’s own Gate Theatre Company is casting for their next
production, a dark comedy by Jeff Goode entitled “The Eight Reindeer
Monologues.” Auditions will take place October 5 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
at the 7th floor Studio Theatre, Central Kad Suan Kaew. Required are 3 women
and 5 men who can play an age range from the late 20’s upwards. Everyone
auditioning for a role should be prepared to read from the script, which is
available for copying at the AUA.
As the title suggests, the play is a series of eight monologues, one from
each of Santa’s reindeer. A resume of the play sets the scene in Santa’s
toyshop, but notes that it’s rated “R” for mature audience. Definitely not
for kids! “Accusations, rumors and all-out attacks are flying fast and
furious around Santa’s toyshop this holiday season. What’s the true story
behind Rudolph’s unlikely rise to fame? Does Mrs. Claus have a serious
drinking problem? Can St. Nick himself really be guilty of sexual
harassment... against one of the reindeer? And with all this going on, how
can the spirit of Christmas be saved? Go behind the tinsel and hear the
truth about Santa straight from the eight reindeer who know him best. When a
doe says “No,” she means “No Way, Sucka!”
Those interested in auditioning or being a part of the show in any way
whatsoever should respond to thegatetheater @asia.com or call 087-177-2197
and leave a message. Someone will call you back. Rehearsals are due to begin
at the end of November.
At present in rehearsal is the Gate’s third production, Stephen Metcalfe’s
beautifully told, timely story of love, loss, healing and hope, “Strange
Snow.” Under the direction of Stephan Turner, Strange Snow features
performances by Robert Young, Nathan Kieffer, and Veronica Guarino.
Strange snow falls on two young Vietnam veterans as they reunite for a
fishing trip to make good on a long lost promise to an old friend. It’s dawn
on Opening Day and Megs shows up at his buddy David’s house only to
encounter David’s shy, plain sister Martha. Megs’ larger-than-life nature
coaxes Martha out of her shell and into his heart. His mere presence,
however, brings up painful memories of Vietnam for David, whose method of
coping so far has been to drink too much and talk as little as possible. The
play’s initial success led to the film “Jack-knife” with Metcalfe writing
the script and Robert De Niro starring.
“Strange Snow” opens December 5 and will run Fridays and Saturdays through
December 20 at Kad Suan Kaew’s 7th floor Studio Theatre, which seems as
though it is becoming a regular venue for the Gate. Doors open at 7 p.m.
with curtain at 7:30 p.m.
for all Demons
ArtSpace Factory is holding a casting call for all who would like to
perform at their ‘’Beelzebub’s Halloween Hullabaloo’’ which will take place
on October 31 at the Artspace Factory on Kamphaengdin Soi 3. The event will
last from 9 p.m. until 2 p.m. and will include a live performance by the
Alchemy Pops Band, the perfect 5 piece band to dance to!
At the witching hour itself, Beelzebub’s Midnight Cabaret, with performances
by Antoine Garth, Robert Service, and many others, will chill and thrill the
gathered guests. Anyone wishing to take part should contact Laura or Bradley
on [email protected], Tel: 085-622-6607.
Evil Elixirs will be on offer at the bar throughout the night, along with
Slithering Snacks and Terrifying Treats. A Creepy Costume Contest will be
held, with Ghastly Gifts for the winners. Tickets in advance, available now,
are 250 baht, or 400 baht at the door. Free broomstick parking will be made
available for representatives of local media. For more details, please visit
Special events for the
next week – and more
September 25-October 5: We all love orchids, even
those of us who can’t seem to grow them successfully. A visit to Airport
Plaza’s Northern Village might help us to understand more about these
beautiful plants. Maejo University and Botanic Gardens are holding an orchid
festival there on the above dates. Exhibits will include paintings, photos
October 2: An Ensemble Recital will take place at Payap University’s
Duriyasilp Department of Music, Room NB1, on their Kaew Narawat Campus,
situated opposite McCormick Hospital, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Taking part will be 5 student ensembles; clarinet, brass, saxophone, strings
and a piano and wind quartet. Payap’s student concerts are becoming very
popular due to the high standard of the young performers.
October 26: The Russian violinist Vadin Tchijak will be making his
fourth visit to Chiang Mai, sponsored by Alliance Francaise and Payap
University. He will be giving a concert together with Japanese pianist
Sayaka Funakoshi at Payap’s Surisai Hall, featuring classics by Beethoven,
Piazzola and Cesar Franc. Born in Russia, Vadin is considered a maestro at
the early age of 33, is based in Paris and regularly tours Europe giving
concerts and master classes. Sayaka is also based in Paris, and is a
professor at two major conservatoires. Admission to the concert will be 200
Jungle Cooking Now Offered at Prem!
As the rainy season slowly comes to an end, the Visiting Schools
Program at Prem plans to reap the benefits of its flourishing new crops.
“Nit” Papasak, Becca Haack and Izzy Bartley (l/r) using a bamboo pestle and
mortar to grind herbs grown on the farm.
Staff members have developed a new program that introduces students to an
alternative cooking method using natural resources from the forests
surrounding the school’s organic farm. The first trial program was held
September 17, with four staff members heading up four more staff. On arrival
at the sala, where large sections of bamboo had already been cut and sticky
rice had been soaked overnight, the 8 staff members divided the bamboo
sections into 30 cm lengths and filled them with either sticky rice or
beaten eggs. The filled stems were then inserted upright in the cooking fire
so that the upper sections remained clear of the flames. Banana leaves were
used to make containers for a variety of fresh vegetables gathered that
As part of the main course, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, onions, chillies,
fish, pork and tofu were slowly roasted over the open fire on bamboo
skewers. The verdict? According to participant Izzy Bartley, Prem’s Outdoor
Adventure Coordinator, the meal was “Aroi mahk mahk,” even although his tofu
was “slightly charcoaled” because he’d left it in the flame for too long.
The half day program is now available to anyone interested. For more
information and variations please contact Izzy on [email protected]