An ancient New Year blessing ceremony
- Rod Nam Dam Hua
Dr. Chao Duangduen na Chiengmai (seated second
from left) chairs the Rod Nam Dam Hua New Year ceremony, aided by senior
members of the Business Women’s Club of Northern Thailand at their April 18
meeting at the Empress Hotel.
On April 18 the Business Women’s Club of Northern Thailand’s regular
monthly meeting at the Empress Hotel held a special significance, as it also
marked the Songkran water festival, the traditional Thai New Year
In honour of this special day, the meeting, chaired by Dr. Chao Duangduen na
Chiengmai, celebrated the festival in the ancient manner, beginning with the
traditional Rod Nam Dam Hua ceremony, which asks for blessings and good
wishes for all who take part.
On this auspicious occasion, the Chiang Mai Mail’s management team, led by
its managing director, Pratheep Malhotra, and including editor Phitsanu
Thepthong and executive editor, Elena Edwards, were invited to join with
club members in respectfully blessing the Business Women’s Club’s senior
members and asking them to bring luck and happiness to all on New Year’s
During the ceremony, the club’s senior members sat in line behind food and
offerings laid out on the table, and received the Thai wai in respect from
the younger people, each of whom took their turn in pouring water,
presenting offerings, and requesting blessings.
After the ceremony, the group photograph was taken, and lunch was enjoyed,
with all smiling happily as befitted the occasion.
The assembled members of the Business Women’s
Club of Northern Thailand, led by Dr. Chao Duangduen na Chiengmai (seated
centre at table), are pictured with Rotary District 3360 Governor Elect
Waewdao Limlenglert (standing left) and the management team of the Chiang
Mai Mail, Pratheep Malhotra (M.D, seated far right), Phitsanu Thepthong
(editor, seated far left), and Elena Edwards (executive editor, seated
West Restaurant celebrates first anniversary with longer hours and diet-killing desserts
As of May 1, West Restaurant, located on Nimmanheiminda Road at Soi
7, will be celebrating its first anniversary.
In honour of the occasion, David Sampson, owner and chef, will be
introducing a new dinner menu and extending the restaurant’s hours to
include afternoons: David says he will now stay open all day and, between
the hours of 2:30 and 5:00 p.m., will offer only a special dessert and
coffee menu. Not to worry, this diet-killer set will be available all day
for only 85 baht, and will feature a drink and choice of about six different
desserts. Anyone who’s sampled the fabulous desserts offered at West will
doubtless by lining up at the gate to try them all.
West will still remain open until 10:00 pm seven days a week.
The Secret Eater does buffet
I admit that buffets are not everyone’s cup of tea, to mix a
metaphor. But for variety and value, some of them are hard to beat.
Recently, the Secret Eater tried out one that has a lot to offer.
Khun Churn, a vegetarian buffet, is located on Soi 17 just off
Nimmanheiminda Road. It is basically a garden restaurant, although it does
have a glassed-in climate-controlled room for days when it’s just too darn
hot to sit outside. The eating area is pleasant and comfortable, with
background music that doesn’t interfere with your table conversations.
Although it does have a large and interesting menu, for a variety of dishes
at a great price, try the buffet. At only 80 baht, it includes water, fruit
juices and a number of different teas. The buffet features cold salads, hot
and cold main dishes, spicy Thai salads, steamed brown rice, and several
curries and soups. The fresh, cold veggies are crisp and tasty. A few recent
favorites include a pad Thai, (fried noodles), with peanut sauce, a spicy
mushroom salad with rice noodles, and an unusual deep-fried carrot julienne.
Overall, Khun Churn is a peaceful place to enjoy lunch, and the Eater came
away feeling satisfied but not stuffed. That’s a good way to feel.