A great Christmas Ladies
Night at the Horn Bar
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.
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
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
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
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.
wouldn’t be a Christmas party if there was no Santa to dole out some early
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
For further information on Zonta’s projects, please email on
Seven Fountains Centre
dinner under the stars
The organisers of the
fundraiser, including Victoria,
Urunii, MK, Pat, Ellen, Pippa and Tuyet (l/r).
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
Launch of new ‘gourmet’ lunch group
Guests at the elegant Le Coq
d’Or Christmas lunch.
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
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.
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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