Yet another award for Oasis Spa!
Oasis Spa, with its specifically Lanna identity, has been a
trend-setter in the Thai Spa industry during the 5 years since its
beginnings in Chiang Mai.
Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports (right), hands over the
award to Pakin Ployphicha, President of Oasis Spa.
In addition to the city’s two branches, residents and visitors in Bangkok
and Pattaya can enjoy the superb facilities and friendly, welcoming staff
that characterise this highly successful enterprise, which has served nearly
100,000 guests since it first opened. Its aim is to carry the now-famous
brand to all major tourist destinations in the kingdom.
In recognition of Oasis Spa’s outstanding quality, reliability and success,
TAT’s 2008 Hallmark of Excellence award was recently presented to its
president, Pakin Ployphicha by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E.
The company has created employment for more than 170 people, and maintains
an in-house training academy in Chiang Mai where the focus is on customer
service skills and foreign language training. It developed its own customer
management system in order to monitor customer satisfaction, appointments,
marketing and other essentials, based on its strategy, which involves value
creation, efficiency, leadership, team building and social responsibility.
The recent award is the third in the company’s short history; in 2007 Oasis
Spa received the Prime Minister’s award for the most recognised service by
foreign patrons, and also an award for the most outstanding brand.
CEC celebrates its third birthday in style
Members who enjoyed the
delicious buffet included Maya (3rd left)
who has ‘never been in the newspaper before!’
A very special celebration took place September 25 at the Shangri
La, when the Chiangmai Expats Club met for a delicious brunch on the third
anniversary of its founding. Members were entertained during the meal with
traditional Thai music performed by musicians from CMU’s Faculty of Arts.
Three years ago, Jim Cox and Lucy Coombs were two of the main founders of
this successful club and are still on the board. The current president is
Alan Hall; the other board members are Jay Thirst, Al Trussell and Chris
Hedges. Alan, when asked what he considered were the highlights of the
previous year, replied that the 2007 Christmas party at the Amari Rincome
and the BBQ at the Centre of the Universe were the most popular events.
The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Shangri La,
with the meetings starting at 10.30 a.m. During the previous year, guest
speakers have included the Mayor of Chiang Mai, Dr Duentemduang na
Chiengmai, and the U.S. Consul General Michael Morrow. There are currently
over 630 members – life membership costs 600 baht. For more information, or
to join, please contact Alan Hall at [email protected]
Local ladies’ Lions Club donates 200 bikes
Guests and members of the
Maeraming Lions Club.
Children aged 8 years and upwards from 20 poor schools in and around
the city were thrilled to bits on Sunday September 28, as 200 of them were
presented with bikes by the local ladies’ Maeraming Lions Club of Chiang
Mai. Guests of honour at the presentation included Surachai Jongruk,
representing the Governor of Chiang Mai, along with US Consul General
Michael Morrow and his wife Shannon. After the ceremony, the children were
also given gold t-shirts, and were escorted by local police on a celebratory
ride around town.
The Maeraming Lions Club is a purely local women’s organisation, consisting
of 40 members who meet each month. Should any lady over 25 years old like to
apply to join them, please contact Praiwan Kalapat (Lhin) at
Wat Don Chan’s 650 children inspire two volunteer groups
Volunteers from Dreams Can
Come True with the girls at the temple.
A September visit by CM Mail reporters to Wat Don Chan, situated off
the Superhighway near Big C, found two groups of volunteers working hard for
the 650 children whose home and school this is. The first group was formed
almost two years ago by Kit and Mu Charuvastra, who decided to recruit
volunteers to supply and prepare a once-a-month nourishing meal for all 650
kids, as their normal diet only consisted of rice and vegetables with little
or no protein, an essential brain food. At that time, the Wat and the
children it looks after were little known and received few visitors or
outside help. On this occasion though, there were 19 volunteers, rather more
than usual, with each donating 500 baht to provide the food and hours of
work to prepare the “dish of the day” – pork with basil topped with a fried
egg. As dessert, that all-time kids’ favourite, ice cream, was served. More
volunteers are needed (the 500 baht is optional) also donations and food.
Please contact Larry on 087-177-8036 or email him on [email protected] hotmail.com if
you feel you can help.
eggs to go!
The second group “Dreams Can Come True,” was set up by Jemma Jacques 5 years
ago. Jemma works on a cruise ship for six months of the year, and raises
money for the Wat during the remaining months. Recently, she raised $10,000,
which enabled a dormitory to be built for 120 girls. All monies go to the
foundation; even the volunteers pay for their own flights, although they
stay free at the Wat during their visit. Jemma’s group of 30 are here for
two weeks, during which time they will teach the children 4 subjects; art
(including painting, handicrafts and jewellery crafting), English, sports
(including music and dancing), and photography. The volunteers give two
classes per subject per day; average class size is 35. Julian Kilburn, a
doctor from the UK, was quoted as saying that the kids were “fit and
healthy,” and is planning to use his time here to teach basic first aid
skills to the children.
“Dreams Can Come True” are planning to hold an open day at the Wat on
October 8, with food stalls, sales of handicrafts made by the children
during the group’s visit, and entertainment featuring tribal dances
performed by the children. The event will showcase what the kids have
learned and made, and will also raise money for them. Further information
about the open day and the project can be obtained from Jemma by email on
jemma @dcct.org or jemmajacques @gmail.com.
Ice cream for all
Recently established regular monthly visits on Saturdays by Tim
McGuire and his friends to the Home for Boys on Mae Rim Road are anticipated
eagerly by the 140 kids living at the home – it’s ice cream time! The
project is a combined effort between Tim and Partin Ice Cream, who sell him
the traditional children’s treat at the reduced price of 3.5 baht per scoop.
It’s also Tim’s personal initiative, unaffiliated to any organisation. The
personal payback comes immediately, just by watching the children’s
delighted faces as they slurp up the ice cream! Not forgetting to note that
some of the more adventurous come round twice…
Tim is looking for more volunteers to help in the project – no money is
involved, as he will fund the expansion himself. If you’d like to help,
please contact him at [email protected] Join in, and see those
smiling faces for yourself!
The kids pose for a souvenir
shot, before the ice cream party gets on its way.
Wednesday October 8
Open Day at Wat Don Chan, an orphanage looking after 650
children, near Big C on the Superhighway. Organised by ‘Dreams Can Come
True’ Foundation. Entertainment provided by the kids including tribal
dancing, arts and crafts made by the children for sale. For further info
contact [email protected]
Japanese Food Festival at Nimman Bar & Grill, Kantary Hills.
Guest chef from Bangkok. Includes special Japanese dinner buffets on October
17, 19 & 22. Buffet 420 baht ++, children under 12 half price. For
reservations contact 053-222-111.
Sunday October 26
Russian violinist Vadim Tchijik will perform at the Saisuree
Chutikul Music Hall at Mae Kaow Campus, Payap University. This is his fourth
appearance in Chiang Mai, and this time he will be accompanied by
French/Japanese pianist Sayaka Funakoshi. Vadim Tchijik has performed with
many of the great orchestras around the world and won prestigious prizes in
Moscow, Paris, Hamburg and Genoa and is a Professor of Violin at 2 State
Conservatories in Paris. Sayaka Funakoshi was a prize winner at the European
Competition Claude Kahn in Paris. The program consists of works by
Beethoven, Piazzolla and Franck. Admission to the concert is 200 baht and
starts at 7.30 p.m. Sponsored by Alliance Franšaise and Payap University.
Monday October 27
Happy Hour at the Chedi Hotel from 6.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. 350
baht per person, includes 3 glasses of wine from Darling Wine Bar and
nibbles from Chef Blair. Profits go to the Hillside Charity Rooftop Party
2009. Special 3 course set dinner available afterwards. For further
information contact charityrooftopparty @gmail.com.
Friday October 31
Beelzebub’s Halloween Hullabaloo at the Artspace Factory on
Kamphaengdin Soi 3. From 9 p.m. until midnight. Live performance from
Alchemy Pops Band. Tickets available 250 baht in advance or 400 baht on the
door. For further information contact Laura on 085-622-6607.
A new direction
in Asian Jazz
The Japan Foundation, together with Payap University, are planning
to co-organise the Unit Asia Jazz Concert 2008’s Southeast Asia Tour, which
will be supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Chiang Mai, the Old
Japanese Students Association’s Northern Region Office and Yamaha, the
Japanese manufacturers of musical instruments.
The Chiang Mai concert will take place at the E.C. Court Auditorium on the
Kaew Narawat Campus of Payap University on Saturday November 8, beginning at
7 p.m., and will be part of the Southeast Asian tour entitled ‘A New
Direction in Asian Jazz’ undertaken by five highly individual musicians
active in Japan and other parts of Southeast Asia. Isao Miyoshi (guitar) is
the bandleader; Hiroyuki Noritake on drums, Shigeki Ippon on bass, and Tay
Cher Siang on piano will be joined by Thai sax player Koh “Mr. Saxman.”
Unit Asia is a new group formed especially for this project with musicians
who play jazz, fusion and pop. Apart from the Payap Concert, they will tour
five countries in Southeast Asia, in a month-long tour of live performances.
For all Chiang Mai Jazz lovers, this is a ‘Must Not Miss’ event – for
further information contact the Department of Music at Payap University on