Unexpected pizza delivery arrives at Tuskers’ Thai Visa party
A great time being had by all, including the bar
at the Thai Visa Party held at Tuskers Bar on June 6.
The rain, fortunately, held off, and didn’t stop a great deal of
play going on at the recent Thai Visa party held at that well-known watering
hole and restaurant, Tuskers Bar, the Chiang Mai home of Thai Visa. Being
the great hosts that they are, Chas and Rachel had prepared for such an
eventuality by setting up awnings across the dining area, and by 7.30 p.m.
the place was packed to overflowing with a crowd of mostly males obviously
intent on enjoying themselves as well as eating and drinking as much as
Hosted and sponsored as usual by George, the owner of Thai Visa Forum, this
semi-regular event is known for its good food and free beer, with revellers
arriving from other farang haunts in Thailand to augment the local crowd.
The lack of females seemed a little surprising, but didn’t dampen down the
proceedings at all! It’s wrong to eavesdrop, but the word ‘football’ was
heard more than once…signifying a serious ‘lads’ night out’! As if there
wasn’t enough food provided, (including the by-now famous ribs), later in
the evening, Dukes’ restaurant sent round a number of delicious pizzas,
possibly in response to a long-running forum post concerning the saltiness
of that very product. By the speed at which this generous contribution
disappeared, it would seem that the question was answered…although, just
possibly, no-one noticed the presence or absence of salt due to the amount
of beer previously consumed! All in all, a great night out for guys who
otherwise spend a lot of time in front of their computers!
Elephant medical care in focus at Chiang Mai Friends’ meeting
president of Chiang Mai’s SKÅL International
and owner of ‘Elephant Life Experience’, begins her presentation
at the recent Chiang Mai Friends’ group meeting.
A very different venue close to Chiang Mai Zoo provided a refreshing
change for members of the Chiang Mai Friends’ group at their recent monthly
meeting, with appreciation and much thanks to the owners of a very lovely
home and garden, who kindly opened both to a large number of both farang and
The meeting opened as usual with Duenpen Chaladlam, the group’s president,
welcoming members and special guests, who included Anchalee Kalamapijit,
president of Chiang Mai’s SKÅL International and owner of ‘Elephant Life
Experience’, the speaker for the event.
Details followed of the progress of the Edible Garden Project, with land now
generously provided by JJ Markets for this innovative cooperation between
Mae Jo University, the CMF group, the municipality, JJ’s and others. Chiang
Mai Friends’ group is now looking for volunteers to help with or supervise
the project in the community. The inaugural community ‘Green and Clean’
project reported on page 4 of last week’s Chiang Mai Mail was introduced.
CMF will be mounting a presence at the following 7 similar events, all in
local Chiang Mai communities around the city.
After a delicious meal and a great deal of chat with friends, Anchalee began
her presentation with an interesting overview of the various types of
elephant camps in the province and their management. The main topic was her
‘Elephant First Aid & Medicine Box’ project, an essential contribution to
the health of mahout- owned elephants in districts and provinces a long way
from elephant medical care centres.
The first aid boxes, to be given out to all mahouts, if possible, contain
medical necessities such as antiseptic for cleaning chronic wounds,
antibiotic eye ointment for controlling eye infection, anti inflammatory
medicine for pain relief, as well as other essentials to enable mahouts to
treat their elephants’ minor injuries and infections themselves. An
innovative idea, and one that is sure to make elephants’ lives more
The next Chiang Mai Friends’ group meeting will be held at JJ Markets on
June 24, beginning as usual at 5.30 p.m. with a ‘meet, greet and eat’
session. The speakers on this occasion will be Frank J Weicks & Rebecca
Lomax, who will talk on paedophiles and child sex tourism in S. E. Asia.
Both are recognized experts in the field of child sexual abuse, and will
present a profile of paedophiles and their methods of seducing vulnerable
children. They will review case histories of paedophiles who have been
convicted in Thailand, and discuss child sex tourism and child pornography.
A brief question and answer session will follow the presentation. All of us
must surely realise that this issue is a huge and totally unacceptable
problem here in the kingdom, as well as worldwide. This presentation really
is a ‘must see’.
‘Grandma Cares’ project
The ThinThaiNgam Rotary Club of Chiang Mai,
pictured recently at Airport Plaza with 41 young students who all received
4,000 baht scholarships under Rotary’s ‘Grandma Cares’ partnership
programme. Rotarians in 5 countries each sponsor one child and his/her
FERC Annual Scholarship Day Awards presented to 112 Children
Board members and guests of the Foundation for the Education of
Rural Children, (FERC), recently travelled to the Region IV offices of the
Department of Education for the annual FERC Scholarship Day. An anxious and
happy 112 children and their teachers gathered shortly after 9 a.m. to await
their guests and benefactors. After welcoming the guests and children,
Region IV officials asked Frank Weicks, Scholarship Chairman, to address the
young scholars. Frank, more than happy to oblige, congratulated them on
their achievements, and stated that he hoped that they would study hard,
keep themselves healthy, and remember to help others when they had completed
Robinson, FERC Scholarship Committee member, receives a real ‘labour of
love’ from a scholarship recipient—a hand-made pink towelling teddy bear
with button eyes.
Chadurat Kankuem, representing the high school students who received
scholarship awards, addressed the group in English, thanking them for their
support and, continuing, explained her dreams and ambitions. She spoke about
her favourite subjects and her desire to attend university, and stated that
she intends to help other students after she completes her education, just
as the FERC scholarship has helped her. Board and committee members and
their guests enjoyed every minute of the giving of the scholarships to each
child, and received many polite ‘wais’ in return, with some students even
taking the opportunity to practice their English language skills by saying
At the end of the ceremony, the high school scholarship recipients took full
advantage of their opportunity to thank FERC by giving representatives of
the foundation token gifts from their homes or villages, including a very
cute home-made pink towelling teddy bear with button eyes given to Norm
The scholarships are supported by the fund-raising efforts of the local
board as well as by representatives of the board in the United States and
Europe. Eligible students must be recommended by their teachers and pass
through successive screening processes. The final group is interviewed and
recommended by members of the FERC Scholarship Committee, then approved by
the Board. Members of this group also monitor the progress of the students
during the school year, visiting the schools and interviewing both students
Donations to FERC may be made locally by contacting the organisation at
www.thai-rural-education.org or through Give2Asia for U.S. tax credits.
(From left) Michael and Debbie
Goss, Frank Weicks, Sheila and Steve Deering of California, Donna
Dauenhauer, Marc Dumur, Norm Robinson and Glynn Morgan, together with Region
5 office administrative staff and scholarship recipients on the annual FERC
Scholarship Day at the Department of Education’s Region 5 offices.
Sai River in Chiang Rai to be dredged to
prevent further flooding
At a recent meeting of the Thailand-Myanmar local border committee,
held in Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai province, cooperation was agreed between
Burma and Thailand concerning the dredging of the Sai River to prevent
future flooding. For a number of years, major floods have occurred during
the rainy season along the border areas, affecting businesses, investment,
tourism, and agriculture in the two countries. Burmese authorities have
agreed to schedule a date for the beginning of the work, but have placed a
condition that labourers rather than machines should be hired for the work.
The building of a dam on the Sai River was also discussed.
The second topic under discussion was the continuing problem with
drug-smuggling along the border, which is increasing in spite of stringent
measures aimed it is prevention. The Thai representatives requested that
more relevant information should be freely passed between the two countries,
in a spirit of cooperation.