Winter Dreams Charity Party
to benefit orphans
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.
Cares” committee members Somboon Suprasert, Hope Watcharaprecha and Margaret
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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]