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Winter Dreams Charity Party to benefit orphans

Global Warming Watch’s plans for Environmental Day

“Happy Hour at the Chedi”

Food, Fashion and Flowers

ITM’s foreign trainees provide massage for seniors

Special Peruvian Dinner night at D2

Back to School for IB Asia-Pacific Director of Programmes

Don’t Miss in October!

A Special Wine Tasting at the D2 Hotel

Expat Ladies Lunch group to visit U Hotel

Winter Dreams Charity Party to benefit orphans

Andy Archer
The New Life Foundation for Grandma Cares.Org (www. grandmacares.org) made its first presentation of school funding grants recently at Wat Hua Rin Temple near Tambon Mae Wang. A total of 12 children received funds to buy school supplies and new uniforms with their families also receiving a package of household necessities.

“Grandma Cares” committee members Somboon Suprasert, Hope Watcharaprecha and Margaret Bhadhungzong (l/r).

Grandma Cares has looked after children since 1997; from this year it is working under the umbrella of the New Life Foundation.
An upcoming event not to be missed must be its ‘Winter Dreams Charity Party,’ scheduled for Saturday November 29 at the Ratilanna Riverside Spa and Resort, from 6.30 p.m. Highlights of the party will be the “Best looking Beautiful Couple Competition,” and the “Wheel of Fortune.” The evening will be filled with music, dancing, fine food, silent auctions and raffle prizes and promises to be great fun!
The proceeds from the event will be used to support orphans in the Grandma Cares project under the New Life Foundation for the Development of Children’s Fund. Tickets can be obtained from Somboon Suprasert on 053-801-252, Hope Watcharaprecha on 053-262-691 or 053-240 822 and Margaret Bhadungzong on 053-247-083 or 053-260-705.

 

Global Warming Watch’s plans for Environmental Day

Andy Archer
Global Warming Watch Network (GWWN) will be holding events in Chiang Mai December 1 to 7 to mark Thailand’s Environmental Day. During the week there will be anti-global warming marches from the 4 cardinal corners of the centre of the city to the Three Kings Monument. Also planned are global warming plenary seminars on efficient mass transit systems, painting competitions, exhibitions on the theme of global warming and even an anti-global warming bicycle rally, plus exhibition booths representing various organizations on global warming mitigation and adaptation.
GWWN would like to hear from possible sponsors and other similar organizations who should contact Chirayu Manlika, co-ordinator, on [email protected] or 085-483-5422, fax 053-308-169.


“Happy Hour at the Chedi”

Elena Edwards
The next “happening” in the run-up to the Hillside 4 Charity Rooftop Party 2009 will take place on October 27 from 6.30 – 7.30 p.m. “Happy Hour at the Chedi” is another “don’t miss” event, with the usual focus on fun and value for money. Darling Wine Bar are providing the wine at a cost of 350 baht for three glasses which will also be available by the bottle at a discount price. All wine profits will be put towards the Rooftop Charity fund, presently standing at an amazing 350,000 baht, the best yet at this stage!
As a refreshing change from the usual raffle, an auction will be conducted by Chiang Mai’s very own celebrity auctioneer, Chas from Tuskers. Items donated for auction will include 2 nights at the famous Anatara Resort in the Golden Triangle (valued at 20,000 baht), a pair of tickets for the Chedi’s Loy Krathong party (valued at 11,000 baht), and vouchers for lunch at the Coq d’Or, as well as other prizes. The Chedi are offering a special 3 course dinner menu to follow the Happy Hour, priced at 850 baht – card-holders may use their 20% discount facility. Please book for this direct with the Chedi.
Don’t forget to do your spring-cleaning early this year and donate any unwanted, clothes, books, CDs, household items and bric-a-brac to be sold at the Rooftop Charity’s Christmas Fair to be held at the Citylife garden on November 30. Entry is free, and it’ll be a great opportunity for some Christmas shopping, with stalls selling everything from gifts to wine and food. A gift-wrapping service will be available, and, for those who forgot breakfast or need lunch, a BBQ and salad bar by Duke’s should fill the bill (and the stomach) to perfection! Donations can be left at Hillside 4 Condo’s reception desk and will be gratefully received as always.
Finally, the promised “Day at the Races” event has had to be postponed until February 2009, as the date now coincides with the funeral arrangements for the late Princess Galyani Vadhana.


Food, Fashion and Flowers

George Powell
On December 1, which is ‘World AIDS Day,’ La Luna Gallery is holding a Gala Dinner at The Chedi Hotel. The food will be fantastic, the flowers fabulous and the fashion flabbergasting – a fun-filled evening by the poolside, with famous models, designers and celebrities. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. followed by a scrumptious 4 course dinner enlivened by fashion shows, live entertainment, prizes to be won and an auction. Truly a night not to be missed. Proceeds from the event will be donated to three local charities who are working to educate against and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Tickets are priced at 3,500 baht per person or by table of ten for 32,000 baht. The number of tickets is limited to 100, which are available either from La Luna Gallery or the Chedi Hotel. For reservations or further information, please contact [email protected] lalunagallery.com or call on 053-306-678.


ITM’s foreign trainees provide massage for seniors

George Powell
The quarterly visit of foreign students from Chiang Mai’s International Training Massage School (ITM) to the Chiang Mai Senior Citizens’ Centre (Piyamam) took place September 22 with a “full house” of seniors and a long waiting list. This popular event in the centre’s annual calendar gives ITM’s current Certified Advanced Practitioner and Teacher Training Program students the opportunity to practice their skills by giving 2 sessions of 2 hours’ massage each to a number of the centre’s members. The centre itself, which provides day-care services and activities for older people throughout the year, was established in 1988, and currently has 565 members, the oldest of whom is 93 years young!

Foreign students massaging the elderly of Chiang Mai.


Special Peruvian Dinner night at D2

Michael Davies
Mom Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat, Honorary Consul for Peru in Chiang Mai, on behalf of the Ambassador of Peru, H.E. Carlos Velasco Mendiola, will be the guest of honour at a Peruvian Dinner night at D2 Hotel’s Moxie Restaurant on October 18. Co-sponsors of this event are Pisco Payet, Discover Peru and ItalThai – to name but three!
Chef Yaquir Sato Matsouka, a native Peruvian, will be showcasing many Peruvian national dishes for this “one night only” event with free flowing Dona Dominga wine, Perrier and Vittel mineral waters throughout the party. The buffet dinner commences at 6.30 p.m. and costs 1,400 baht per person. Pre-pay before October 15 and save 200 baht per ticket. For reservations or further info call 053-999-999.


Back to School for IB Asia-Pacific Director of Programmes

Andy Archer
Director of Programmes for the International Baccalaureate Asia-Pacific, Nigel Forbes-Harper, dedicated time to meet with Grade 11 and 12 students at Prem Tinsulanonda International School in late September. He delivered a presentation on the power of the skills and concepts that students, like those at Prem, learn through subjects in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). Nigel described the respect that universities and colleges worldwide have for the IBDP. Many students are awarded scholarships and granted first year credits for IB diplomas and successful subject grades.
Nigel also shared with students his experience of working with universities internationally, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, to promote greater understanding and acceptance of the IB. Work with admissions offices at prestigious universities has led to successful applications and even scholarships. Nigel further described several studies into university retention showing that IB graduates maintain the highest retention rates. Much of this is attributed IB students’ success due to sound research practices, critical thinking and contributions to community events and service. Nigel acknowledged the tremendous success of PTIS students over the years, who have gained acceptance to quality universities in Thailand, the USA, UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Nigel’s rise to his current senior position in the IB Asia-Pacific gave a powerful message to students and staff who remembered him as Head of the PTIS Senior School three years ago. Now based in Singapore, he is, in a sense, also a graduate of Prem. His success is an example to all of where you can go with vision, clear goals, and determination. He spoke fondly of his time working with students, teachers and parents at PTIS and was confident in the continued growth and success of the school and graduates. As an aside, Nigel commented on the attentiveness of his student audience and the sincerity and calibre of their questions.
His chief purpose in visiting Prem was to head training of IB workshop leaders for professional development for K-12 teachers in the Asia-Pacific region. Due to Prem’s experience hosting global education conferences and the outstanding resources and facilities we offer, PTIS was again chosen as the venue for this multinational event.

The students of Prem listen intently to Nigel Forbes-Harper’s presentation.


Don’t Miss in October!

Michael Davies
Friday October 16: This is it, folks! The final US Presidential Debate and then the vote on November 4. Join the Chiang Mai Democrats Abroad to watch the last Presidential Debate live from the UN Irish Pub at 8 a.m. sharp Friday October 16. Participants get the last minute voter registration advice, buy an Obama t-shirt, enjoy the post-debate discussions, contribute to the Obama campaign, the DNC or the Chiang Mai Democrats Abroad – all the while enjoying a delicious Irish breakfast.
October 16-22: 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.
October 24-26: Amari Rincome Hotel Wedding Fair. The Grand Event is by the poolside on Friday October 24 from 6 until 8 p.m. with a spectacular wedding-themed fashion show! Includes a lucky draw with some great prizes. For further info call 053-221-130.
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, Piazzola and Franck. Admission to the concert is 200 baht and starts at 7.30 p.m. Sponsored by Alliance Française and Payap University.
Monday October 27: Happy Hour at the Chedi Hotel from 6.30 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 charity [email protected]
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 at 085-622-6607.


A Special Wine Tasting at the D2 Hotel

Dominique Pilou, surrounded by the delightful staff
at D2 Hotel whilst showcasing the new French wine.

Andy Archer
Last Monday, October 6, representatives of the major hotels, and Chiang Mai media were invited to a wine tasting at theD2 Hotel on the occasion of a “whistle-stop” visit to the city by Dominique Pilou, a member of the Joseph Mellot family.
Dominique introduced 6 new wines which will be available soon at hotels and restaurants around Chiang Mai. Prior to the tasting, he gave a brief history of the Joseph Mellot dynasty, founded in Sancerre, France almost five centuries ago by Pierre-Etienne Mellot and involved since that date in winemaking. Today, Joseph Mellot is the only estate that owns vineyards in all the appellations of the Centre Loire.
The wines on offer comprised five whites and one red wine. At our table, the most popular choices were the Quincy Le Rimonet and the Sancerre La Chatellenie. The Quincy is 100% Sauvignon – a full and well balanced wine with lots of freshness. The red wine, Destinea Rouge from the Cabernet Franc grape, has a powerful and harmonious bouquet combining floral notes with fruity aromas.
The wines were accompanied by divine canapés from the D2 Chef, including herb goat’s cheese mousses served on endive salad, lemon zest blinis with smoked salmon and mini lamb kofta brochettes with tahina sauce. Together with the wines, it proved a delightful way to spend a Monday afternoon. These wines will not be available in supermarkets, and are being distributed by Bangkok Beer & Beverages Co., Ltd.
If you are planning an event, invite [email protected] chiangmai-mail.com to make it that little bit more special.


Expat Ladies Lunch group to visit U Hotel

Elena Edwards
This month’s venue for the ever-popular Expat Ladies Lunch will be the boutique U Hotel, situated on Rachadamnoen Road, opposite the Writers’ Club in the old city. The event will be held October 29, will begin at 12.30, and will cost 220 baht, including service charge. The menu will include a vegetarian salsa dip with pita bread starter and a choice of main dish including tomato with onion and blue cheese salad served with tofu, penne pasta with chicken, broccoli, red peppers and virgin olive oil, Caesar salad with King’s Project chicken fillet, and that farang favourite, fish and chips, described on the menu as “battered fish fillet served with curly fries, peas and tartar sauce!” Desserts and drinks, excluding water, are extra. Please book by October 27, with your choice of main dish, on [email protected] .com or [email protected]