Pyjamas, pedicures-and a lot of fun
at the CM Soroptimists’ anniversary
Pajamas or Pyjamas – whichever way one chooses to spell them—were
plentiful and diverse at the recent Soroptimist International Chiangmai
event, entitled ‘Pajamas and Pedicures’, held on May 26 at Spa Na Tandee.
From traditional, (and modest), Lanna- style night gowns, to red and red-hot
satin nighties, the pyjamas were unique and worn with spirit and courage by
the attendees—some ladies had to walk a few blocks to reach the spa, because
of the remote parking situation! All in all, forty ladies from all sectors
of Chiang Mai donned their favorite jammies or lounge wear and gathered at
the contemporary boutique spa for an evening of pampering with classic
pedicures or foot/neck massages. They were treated to a sampling of healthy
hors d’oeuvres, organic wines and fresh fruit smoothies catered by Café
Pandau. To die-for homemade cupcakes, prepared by a Soroptimist member,
completed the celebratory mood of the evening.
feels good! Soroptimist members and their guests enjoying a relaxing foot
massage while benefiting the Single Mothers’ Project
Two prizes were awarded for ‘best/cutest’ pajamas, judged by Soroptimist
members, Pim Kemasingki, Liz Lovett and Nancy Ng. The lucky runner-up,
Celeste Tolibas-Holland, won ‘Victoria’s Secret’ fragrances for her lovely,
hand-embroidered robe from El Salvador. Winner, Anchalee Kalmapijit, wore a
purple, traditional Lanna-style night gown, and bravely completed her outfit
with curlers in her hair! Her ‘twin sister’ for a night, Nopawan Komyoung,
wore the same, but also had her teddy bear in tow. They won Victoria Jackson
lip products and Lancome make-up products.
all heard of ‘doormen’ – but doesn’t the president of the Chiang Mai chapter
of Soroptimists International, Cory Corymans, (left), make an imposing
Several ladies were lucky winners of donated door prizes, including facial
massage/treatment donated by Soroptimist member Natnicha Kusumote of Spa Na
Tandee; two bottles of organic wine and two 500 baht meal vouchers donated
by Soroptimist member Noriko Yabata of Café Pandau. Also up for grabs by
lucky winners was a BBQ dinner for two and a buffet lunch for two at La
Gritta Restaurant, both prizes donated by the Amari Rincome Hotel, and 2
bottles of Spirulina tablets donated by Cory Croymans, president of SICM.
Soroptimist International Chiang Mai is most grateful for the continued
support offered by these esteemed community establishments and members. SICM
would also like to thank all the ladies who attended the event and helped to
make it so much fun, all in the name of charity.
This event marked the 2nd anniversary of the chartering of Soroptimist
International Chiang Mai, one of three clubs in Thailand, and one of 30,000
clubs worldwide. Soroptimist International aims to inspire action and create
opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global
network as well as local and international partnerships. This small event
was another way that Chiang Mai’s local club ‘took action in style’.
Proceeds from the event will go to Soroptimist International Chiang Mai’s
Single Mothers Project. For more information about SICM, please contact
president Cory Croymans at [email protected] asianhealingartscenter.com . SICM is
delighted to welcome new members.
A ‘Mindfulness Day’ in Mae Rim
The only sounds were birds, bugs and the soft sound of the
breeze in the garden. And yet—fifteen people were meeting there, under
the roof of a patio. Eyes closed and breathing softly, they were simply
enjoying a session of sitting meditation.
third Sunday of the month, farang and Thai alike meet each other for a
Day of Mindfulness. They meditate according to the Plum Village
tradition, following the teachings of its founder, the Vietnamese monk
Thich Nhat Hanh. He offers a modern light on traditional meditation
practice, by introducing mindfulness in everyday life and activities.
Days of Mindfulness are thus not traditional meditation practices.
Although they do usually include the obvious sitting and walking
meditation sessions, the focus is also on practices such as ‘deep
relaxation’, ‘eating mindfully’, (each participant brings vegetarian
food, shared with the group), dharma discussions, some songs or – as in
last Sunday – a mindful tea ceremony.
The Chiang Mai Plum Village sangha also meets at the Yoga Studios, 65/1
Arak Rd, every Thursday evening between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. for 3
meditation sessions—a sitting guided meditation, a walking meditation
and a silent sitting meditation.
Everyone is welcome either on Days of Mindfulness or to the Thursday
meditation practice. For more information, please email
Is the ‘holy grail’ of an extended, healthy human lifespan creeping nearer?
The Croonan Prize Lecture, (the UK’s premier lecture in
the biological sciences), given last week at the Royal Society’s
premises in London by an eminent British professor in the field
of healthy ageing, announced the discovery of key genes which
control longevity, bringing the prevention of ageing ever
Professor Partridge, the director of University College London’s
Institute of Healthy Ageing and recipient of the 2009 Woman of
Outstanding Achievement award, given by the UK Resource Centre
for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology, hopes that the
new discovery will aid research in the fields of prevention and
treatment of age- related diseases, allowing people to live
longer and retain their health. The professor, who has also
recently been awarded a research grant by Research into Ageing,
stated that, ‘The new discoveries about ageing have raised the
prospect of increasing the number of years that people enjoy in
good health, and that of developing broad-spectrum preventative
medicines for the diseases of ageing.’ She added that, during
the last 10 years, research into the biology of ageing has
developed very quickly, and expects that, during the next 10
years, major discoveries about the cellular and biochemical
mechanisms that control the ageing process will be made.
The recently announced research results were based on the
discovery that mutations in single genes which extend the lives
of mice, worms and fruit flies, seem to play the same role in
humans. The mutations also have the effect of slowing the
progress of age-related disease. Professor Partridge also
believes that pathways in the human body which are utilised for
the processing of nutrients also offer hope for the manipulation
of the human lifespan, by means of drug-induced replication of a
restricted diet, which is known to increase lifespan in animals.
For example, reducing the activity of a particular
insulin/insulin-like growth factor molecular signalling pathway
in mammals’ fatty tissue, which regulates blood sugar levels,
growth and metabolic response to food intake, could result in an
extension of lifespan by as much as 50 %. Genetic variants in
humans of these and similar genes have been proven to be
associated with lifespan.
Emotional Freedom Technique…an interesting self-help tool
In these stressful times, many of us are looking for a
way to move forward, but are unsure about which method, from the
many self and guided help programmes here in Chiang Mai, would
suit us best. Some months ago, we published a personal
experience story, sent in by one of our regular readers, about a
new and increasingly popular and successful pain relief
technique, based on tapping the body’s acupuncture points and
the painful areas themselves. Interestingly, a similar method,
Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT), is now available in the
city, and claims to deal with negativity and its effects on our
natural desires to ‘move on’ and to grow emotionally.
Billed as ‘the most exciting therapy and self-help tool
available’, and used by therapists and individuals alike, EFT is
a form of acupuncture by tapping, rather than by inserting
needles, based on the body’s energy-flow systems. The disrupting
or blocking of the natural flow of energy around our bodies is
believed to result in emotional negativity, leading to stress
and ill-health; EFT is reputed to help sufferers clear these
blockages by gently tapping one’s own acupuncture points while
concentrating on specific disturbing events or issues. It’s an
Two introductory workshops are due to be given by an EFT
practitioner and trainer, Jaz Goven, at Siri Wattana here in
Chiang Mai; the first, on June 20 between 9 am and 12 noon will
show how EFT can help resolve emotional and psychological
issues. The second, on June 21 between the same times, is
entitled, ‘I Need to be Perfect’ , and will explain that this
compulsion comes from an internalised sense of not being good
enough, leading to that impossible aspiration, the pursuit of
perfection! It will then demonstrate how EFT can help you
refocus and develop.
The cost of each workshop is 600 baht…for further information,
please call Ayesha on 053-802-696. If you’re feeling both
negative and flush, this might well be worth trying!