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Chiang Mai celebrates World Habitat Day 2008

Line Dancing – keep fit and lose weight

Don’t Miss in October!

A Charity Christmas Party for Croston House and Thailandfreunde e.V.

“Dreams Can Come True,” especially for Chatree

Chiang Mai celebrates World Habitat Day 2008

The Chiang Mai Friends/JJ Markets stall,
showing their environmentally friendly products.

Michael Davies
Last week, over 400 participants from around Thailand came to Chiang Mai for a three day event entitled ‘World Habitat Day 2008 – How to Develop a City,’ organised by the Thai government, the United Nations and the local municipality.
The focus of the events was at the Three Kings Monument last Thursday evening, when representatives from Isaan, the south, and central Thailand along with residents of Chiang Mai gathered for an exhibition and show.
Chiang Rai Rajabhat University took a major part in the exhibition in explaining how it is teaching local rural villagers essential business and agricultural skills, including money management, developing land for a better yield with sustainable crops, and the creation of a clean and safe community. Chiang Mai Friends and JJ Market joined forces to continue their environmental campaigns. During the event’s 3 days, various activities took place, including a presentation by the Thai Minister of Social Development and Human Security. Officials visited various communities and projects in Chiang Mai to research and discuss ways of solving various problems, including public property, the management of environmental issues and community councils, and the development of the city. Representatives from all around the Kingdom attended, all committed to working together, promoting harmony across the country and all looking forward to a greener and environmentally friendly Chiang Mai.
Unfortunately, just before the official opening by the Mayor, Dr. Duentemduang na Chiengmai, the looming black clouds opened and torrential rain disrupted the proceedings. Our Mayor, however, was not to be beaten by the weather, and immediately mobilized the Tourist Police into erecting more canopies so that visitors could shelter from the rain and the ceremony could continue.

 

Line Dancing – keep fit and lose weight

Enthusiastic dancers at the Centre of The Universe.

Andy Archer
Something new, something fun! A Line Dancing Class is being held in the open air restaurant at the Centre of the Universe every Wednesday evening from 5.30 p.m. until 6.30 p.m.
For those not familiar with the term, ‘line dancing’ is a series of choreographed dances with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines, without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. If they’re all lucky!
As well as line dancing, Latin and ballroom dancing styles are included in each session. Line dancing itself is a lot of fun and a great way of losing weight, toning muscles, and keeping fit. The class is led by an experienced Canadian dance teacher, the cost is 200 baht per session and light refreshments are provided. If anyone wishes to pay in advance, the cost is 1,000 baht for 6 sessions, including complimentary use of the establishment’s pool.
For more information call Tik at 081-473-0746, or visit www.TheRealCentreOfThe Universe.com.


Don’t Miss in October!

Michael Davies
October 24-26: Amari Rincome Hotel Wedding Fair. The Grand Event is by the poolside on Friday October 24 from 6 p.m. 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, has 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. It 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 850 baht. Reservations required (20% discount with privilege card). For further information contact [email protected] 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 085-622-6607.


A Charity Christmas Party for Croston House and Thailandfreunde e.V.

George Powell
A new Charity Christmas Party is due to be held at the Holiday Inn from 6.30 p.m. on December 6, in aid of Croston House Children’s Home in Lamphun and Thailandfreunde e.V. Tickets are priced at 850 baht and include a night of entertainment, an international buffet, a performance by a magician and traditional culture shows. An MC will oversee proceedings in both Thai and English, and “surprise” Thai superstars from Bangkok will be joining in the event.
Tickets are available at Fashion King, Kalae Centre, Changklan Road, as well as at Kad Suan Kaew’s Siam Commercial Bank branch and the Podology Centre in San Sai. For further details, please email Weeber. [email protected]


“Dreams Can Come True,” especially for Chatree

George Powell
October 8, Wat Don Chan’s annual open day, was a very special day for one long-term resident of the Wat’s orphanage. Chatree Dree, a 21 year old from Tak, who has lived at Wat Don Chan since he was 11 years old, has finally seen his personal dream come true as he is about to fly off to the USA for the adventure of a lifetime!

The luckiest guy in Chiang Mai, Chatree Dree, showing off his culinary creations to Stu, Jemma and Satchapan.

Chatree, who learned culinary skills at the Wat, specializes in bakery products and regularly cooks for his friends there when ingredients are available. The group of volunteers from the Dreams Can Come True Foundation, who have been teaching the kids at the orphanage for the last two weeks, included Stu, personal chef to Selma Hayek, one of Hollywood’s most dazzling actresses. Recognising that Chatree possessed extraordinary culinary talent, Stu has offered to take him back the USA to continue his training. In addition, Satchaphan Phakdeesiri, training manager at the Shangri La Hotel here in Chiang Mai, has invited Chatree to apply for a position in the hotel kitchens on his return from America.
Another volunteer from the Foundation was Kelly Winger, a children’s performer from Toronto, Canada. During her two weeks at the temple, she stayed in the girls dormitory and designed a special mosaic for its wall, which the kids had a great time painting.
During the Open Day, the children were treated to an extra-special meal, donated and served by ‘Royal Umbrella 2008,’ and put on a special show for the visitors in the evening. The delightful program included traditional singing and dancing, bands both Thai and Hill Tribe, and also some amazing break dancing – all taught by the Dreams Can Come True volunteers. In order to raise much needed funds for the orphanage, the Wat held a sale of greeting cards, jewellery, paintings and other handicrafts made by the children during the last 2 weeks. Of course, there were also the pastries and cookies made by Chatree, and judging by the speed they disappeared, he has a great future ahead of him.
For further information on the Dreams Can Come True Foundation; please email its founder, Jemma, at jemma @dcct.org.
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