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Shop like Thais do – at Talat Thanin

A definite ‘Don’t Miss’ - ‘That Takes Ovaries’ part 2

Chiang Mai Soroptimists welcome new president

 

Shop like Thais do – at Talat Thanin

A ‘fruit and veg’ stall at Talat Thanin. Check out those prices!

David Bennett
When we first came to Chiang Mai, we checked the local fresh markets and were very disappointed. Talat Thanin, for example, was scruffy and smelly, and the quality of the fruit and vegetables was very poor. The meat and fish areas were not places you would prefer to go.
However, here we are, 4 years later, with a bunch (should that be a hand?) of sweet, pink fleshed bananas at 15 baht, about 2 kilos of potatoes that smell and look as they have just been dug up for 70 baht and a dozen juicy limes at 2 baht each! The market is cleaner and brighter and the produce much fresher. The meat and fish areas are really good. In fact, the fish looks a darn site fresher than most of the fish in local supermarkets. But – important point these days – what about prices? On average, a full 30 to 40% cheaper than supermarkets, with some being 50% cheaper. A wide range of vegetables, on the whole more geared to Thai requirements than those of Europeans or North Americans. For instance, the range and quality of sweet peppers is not, perhaps, as good as the supermarket offerings. On the other hand, potatoes, because they are not machine-scrubbed, are far better quality than you would ever get at the more ‘modern’ outlets. Mushrooms are superb quality and very cheap. I have very rarely seen the big purple aubergines we like in Europe but the long Thai purple ones are a good substitute in most Western dishes.
In the West, and in supermarkets in Thailand, meat has become the neatly dissected, packaged, wrapped, weighed and bar-coded polystyrene boxed version seen neatly lined up in the refrigerated counter. Not so here. Here we have piles of hunks of animal flesh, great wooden chopping blocks with cleavers thudding down, mountains of offal, squiggly intestines, oval dark red shiny kidneys and huge piles of pig’s liver. Trotters, claws, fangs and feet everywhere. Put it this way: you may be able to get your vegetarian friend to pick up a tray of rib-eye steaks from the supermarket but, please, expect them to come back empty handed from Thanin Market! Having said all that we managed to spot a chunk of pork that looked as if it contained some pork chops. This was confirmed by the lady in charge, who then brought the cleaver down with studied concentration. Voila! 2 pork chops. At home, we fried them with a little organic honey and Dijon mustard. The flavour was exquisite. In the fresh fish area we couldn’t resist buying some prawns, despite the thought of being committed to bending over the kitchen sink de-veining them. The saleslady weighed out ha keet (500 grams) chucked in a few for luck and then set about de-veining them for us at no extra charge.
There is just one thing about Talat Thanin that I do find annoying and that is the motorbikes. At certain times of day, the crush of noisy smelly motorbikes swarming round and blocking the entrances to the market is a bit much.
Another remarkable improvement to the market is an area selling organic vegetables and a salad counter. The salad looked fresh. This obviously explained why the counter was so busy. If you want to buy prepared meals, the choice is incredible. Fried chicken, barbequed pork, fish in salt crust, all manner of curries and what was so obvious in all cases was that that large turnover was responsible for high quality and freshness. All Thais love their kha-nom (snacks) and are well catered for with a huge range of fried banana chip, pork skin, nuts, tarrow, sesame seed snacks…all at very local prices. We bought a huge bag of freshly made potato chips. I worked out later on that they cost less than a quarter of the price of dubiously flavoured supermarket fare.
On our last visit to the market, we didn’t come across a single Farang. I’m now asking myself “is this good or bad?”
Talat Thanin is located off Chiang Puak Road. Come out of Chiang Puak bus station, turn right towards the Superhighway and it’s 200 metres on your left. You’ll be glad you found it!

 

A definite ‘Don’t Miss’ - ‘That Takes Ovaries’ part 2

Elena Edwards
This coming Friday and Saturday, the play ‘That Takes Ovaries,’ will be performed at the AUA Auditorium. This year, a 15 member cast will perform 11 entirely new scenes of true stories of courageous women who have overcome adversity, fighting for their rights, facing difficult personal choices, and ultimately seeking what we all want, the overcoming of social and economic impediments to personal fulfilment.
Elli Bodewes from Holland will be offering her repertoire of songs and guitar music prior to the performance. The audience can sip their glass of wine, included in the donation price of 350 baht, and enjoy listening to an accomplished musician play and sing her favourites. Elli’s performance begins at 6.45. The curtain goes up at 7.30.
The scenes reflect contemporary situations in many parts of the world – India, Thailand, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The cast itself is diversified, representing 11 countries, including Asia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore, and includes 8 women and 5 men. This is a play for both men and women, as it is about overcoming fear and other impediments to human fulfilment.
The play is directed by Laura Godtfredsen, who has been given the rights to perform the play for charity in Thailand by Rivka Solomon, the author of the book and original play. The Boston Globe, reviewing the first performance in the USA, wrote, ‘Though in the same tradition of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ (a collection of funny, poignant, and sometimes shocking stories about women), ‘That Takes Ovaries’ is dedicated to capturing moments of personal triumph, whatever forms these take.’ The message has caught on. Women across the country and as far away as India have held open mike nights to share their stories. The San Francisco Chronicle review called the play, ‘An irresistible idea which highlights take-charge, no-nonsense women…’


Chiang Mai Soroptimists welcome new president

Soroptimists gather at the installation dinner held
on the roof of the Amari Rincome Hotel on February 18.

Michael Davies
At an inauguration dinner held February 18 at the Amari Rincome Hotel, the newly-elected president of the Chiang Mai chapter of Soroptimists International (SICM) Cory Croymans, took over from the former president, Dr. Carolina Thompson.
Cory, who has lived in Thailand for over 26 years, brings with her a wealth of experience, not only as a founding member of Chiang Mai Soroptimists, but also as a former president of Bangkok’s S.I. Dusit branch. In her speech, she vowed to continue the group’s projects, begun during Dr. Carolina’s presidency, such as the Single Mothers Project, which has donated a total of 86,000 baht in financial support, including medical expenses and scholarships, to 25 single mothers, and the long-term scholarship fund (Cory’s favourite project), which provides for girls in primary, secondary and vocational schools. So far, 5 students have received scholarships. Soroptimist members and their guests were shown a video about the Single Mothers Project.
In her reply, Dr. Carolina shared with members and guests her overview of SICM’s vision, mission, objectives and projects, and explained to guests the history of SICM in the city since its inception in 2005. Soroptimist members and their guests were shown a video on the Single Mothers Project, about which Dr. Carolina said, ‘Our Single Mothers Project was originally the idea of our very own SI member, Noriko, who, together with other members, generously donated the funds to begin the work.’ Continuing, she noted that, ‘Women today are discovering a brand new sense of themselves and what it is to be a woman in today’s global society. They are strong and true, brilliant and creative, funny yet powerful and willing to take risks. It is all about standing true and strong and real for all that we believe in, and using our 3 strengths: the feminine, intuitive side of our brains, our capacity for complex problem-solving and our collaborative management style. It is with utmost respect that we at SI reach out to single mothers who are in need in the Chiang Mai area. It is this conviction that motivated us to assist them and to raise funds for them. Last May 17, our first major fund raiser, entitled ‘Respect-Taking Action in Style’ was a great success, raising over 100,000 baht for the project. Thanks to my ‘special gift’ of having good, generous friends, designer Tananan Willson and master hair stylist Wit Boonma of Hair Pro led the fundraiser as the major donors. Chiang Mai has an exemplary and outstanding group of women who are all present here this evening, the proud yet humble officers and members of Soroptimist International Chiang Mai. It is my view that our organization can transform the personal lives of women and girls in our society by working together and that teamwork will make our dreams come true. Let us respect the rights of women, the right of every woman, and turn lives around, ours as well as those we help. As the new president, Cory will, no doubt, continue the story in her own way in the future.’
Under the new presidency, plans are underway for a fundraising ‘Soroptimist Home and Garden Tour in Chiang Mai,’ to take place in November. A similar ongoing project was begun in Bangkok more than 23 years ago and was continued with ever increasing success. As part of the project, the Royal residences at Dusit were opened exclusively to the general public as part of the event and raised over 500,000 baht. Cory is certain that there are many wonderful residences in Chiang Mai that would be very attractive settings for such exclusive visits.
The Chiang Mai Mail wishes Cory Croymans a wonderful and successful term as SICM president.



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