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A great Christmas Ladies Night at the Horn Bar

Zonta holds a Christmas lunch to thank their donors

Seven Fountains Centre hosts fundraising dinner under the stars

Young local mathematicians have an eye for the numbers

Expats Ladies Lunch pre-Christmas meeting

Exclusively for Ladies

A great Christmas Ladies Night at the Horn Bar

Andy Archer
Christmas Ladies Night was held this year on December 10 at the Mandarin Oriental’s fabulous Horn Bar, with Pim Kemasingki from Citylife pulling out all the stops to make it an evening to remember.

Dressed to kill on the steps outside the Horn Bar.
Over 80 Chiang Mai ladies from all walks of life came to this very special party, many of whom had ‘dressed to kill’ – but the only stags available were on the walls!
Free welcome cocktails greeted the girls on their arrival and to follow there were huge discounts on Dirty Martinis, Pink Ladies, Margaritas and many other cocktails. As if that wasn’t enough to ensure a great party, a special set dinner was available at the Akaligo restaurant with a menu including grilled organic terrine with ricotta flavoured white truffle and tapenade dressing - Seriously yummy, and with the beautiful setting as an extra.
As a special treat - and a well-kept secret - Pim and the River Ping Palace’s Esther Ting had arranged a surprise guest; a ‘Sexy Santa’ who doled out some amazing prizes donated by the Mandarin Oriental, the RatiLanna and Oasis Spa in a free raffle - the bonus was that every prize came with a kiss!
To round off the event, some serious dancing and lots of ‘letting down of hair’ was the order of the evening, with many ladies partying well into the night. This was the last Ladies Night of 2008, and one of the very best!

Santa’s a lucky chap (or are the ladies?)

 

Zonta holds a Christmas lunch to thank their donors

Andy Archer
Zonta International recently held a Christmas lunch at the Salad House to show appreciation to donors to the Adopted Grandmothers Mission. The Chiang Mai branch of the famous international women’s organisation whose motto is ‘Advancing the status of Women Worldwide,’ now supports 27 grandmothers in the province, all of whom are caring for their grandchildren who have been orphaned by the AIDS virus.

It wouldn’t be a Christmas party if there was no Santa to dole out some early gifts.
Over 70 local residents of all ages, Thai and foreign, were treated to a delicious traditional Christmas lunch – turkey and all the trimmings – together with a large salad buffet. Guest of honour was Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai. To raise more money for the grandmas, there were stalls from Vianna Design Jewellery, Horeca and Daranee Sophanasook.
After lunch, guests were entertained by some superb singing from the Payap University singers, whose repertoire included ‘Silent Night’ and a very jolly version of ‘Jingle Bells,’ after which Santa (Roxy) doled out Christmas presents to Zonta members and their kids.
Club president, Dr. Laura Godtfredsen, explained the workings of the ‘adopt a grandmother’ project, saying that donors give 300 baht a month each to support a grandma who is looking after her orphaned grandchildren. She also explained that the grandmothers have learned to make imitation flower garlands, which were for sale for the first time at the event. In future, they will be sold by Santia at the Yellow Bird Café on Ratchamanka Soi 3.
An innovative project for 2009 will be the training of the grandmothers in housekeeping and the English language, resulting in a certificate from Zonta at the end of the course. It is hoped that a new service can be provided to foreign residents in Chiang Mai looking to hire a qualified, reliable housekeeper who speaks English. Zonta will also be able to confirm their background.
For further information on Zonta’s projects, please email on [email protected]


Seven Fountains Centre hosts fundraising dinner under the stars

The organisers of the fundraiser, including Victoria,
 Urunii, MK, Pat, Ellen, Pippa and Tuyet (l/r).

George Powell
A ‘family event’ Christmas dinner fundraiser was held recently under the stars in the gardens of the Seven Fountains Centre on Huay Kaew Road, to raise money for an educational sponsorship programme involving 450 needy children in Chiang Mai province. Seasonal entertainment was provided by the Chiang Mai Flute Club, together with a choir composed of students who had already benefited from the sponsorship programme. Local residents and businesses generously sponsored a silent auction and a ‘bucket lottery,’ ensuring that the evening was not only enjoyable, but also successful!


Young local mathematicians have an eye for the numbers

Pictured are Nutcha Chantaramanee (left) and Nattarinee Dolratanapath, Pratham 6 students from Sacred Heart College, who recently competed in the IMC 2008 International Mathematics Competition in Chiang Mai. Nattarinee came third out of 260 students from 25 countries, winning the bronze medal, and Nutcha also did well and placed highly. Congratulations to them both.


Expats Ladies Lunch pre-Christmas meeting

Launch of new ‘gourmet’ lunch group

Guests at the elegant Le Coq d’Or Christmas lunch.

Elsie Blyth
Earlier this month, the Expats Ladies Lunch group enjoyed a delightful pre-Christmas lunch at Le Coq d’Or. For this special occasion, the regular members of the group were invited to bring their partners as well. Thirty guests were greeted on arrival with champagne cocktails, and gathered around the Christmas tree catching up on all recent events with old and new friends.
Once seated at table, diners were given a choice of Caesar salad (one of the restaurant’s signature dishes) or a mushroom strudel, followed by a refreshing sorbet. The main course was a delicious coq au vin, or, for the non-meat eaters, a vegetarian cutlet. The finale was a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate desert. Tea and coffee, with petit fours, ended the meal.
This special lunch was also the launch of a new, gourmet lunch club, ‘Guys and Dolls,’ which will begin in the New Year with a visit to the Rachamankha Hotel, continuing with a different restaurant every 6 weeks. For further details, please contact Sally Ward by email on [email protected]


Exclusively for Ladies

Not a man in sight as some of the guests enjoy
a great time at the opening night of the C2 bar.

Andy Archer
Yet another new bar opens, but one with a difference! Called C2, and situated opposite Hillside 4 on Huay Kaew Road, this new watering hole is exclusively for ladies. That’s right, no men allowed in! The decor is very stylish, and there is plenty of parking space nearby. C2 is open from 6.30 p.m. until half past midnight. As far as the Chiang Mai Mail is aware, it’s the only bar in town where girls can gossip in peace as there are no men allowed!



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