Mae Hong Son gets Kentucky Fried
Chicken, halal style!
Cute young girls in traditional Thai Yai dress
shown here with KFC staff in Mae Hong Son during the opening ceremony of the
new American food chain’s store.
Mae Hong Son city is now the proud possessor of its very own
Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet, with another being planned for Pai district.
However, the mayor of Mae Hong Son has stepped in and demanded that the
brand image of the worldwide franchise chain be adjusted to blend in with
the town’s historical and cultural image and traditional style. Local
residents, however, have approved the new development, with 80,000baht being
taken on its first day of opening, the day before the official opening. The
governor of Mae Hong Son province presided over the official opening,
Also present at the opening ceremony was the MD of Yum Restaurants Int.,
Sran Smutkochorn, who said that the quality of food served in the restaurant
would be of the best quality, and that, as a result of his research into the
economic status of the area, KFC Mae Hong Son would eventually do very well,
especially in the tourist season. Sran also mentioned that that he is
willing to act on the mayor’s demands, although as regards the changing of
the colour of the building, he is awaiting instructions form the
municipality before a decision is made.
Because the area is popular with visitors from the Muslim south of Thailand,
the president of Mae Hong Son’s Halal food authority will visit the premises
to check that the method of killing and preparation of the meat corresponds
with strict Halal regulations, enabling the restaurant to receive and
display the food certification notice.
A first – Chiang Mai
Expats’ Club, talent show!
The first annual CEC talent show held at the Shangri-La Hotel was a
great hit and a really fun show. Over 100 members and guests enjoyed the
varied talents of local members who entertained and performed.
The entertainment began with MC Scott Jones, himself a profession and
multi-talented entertainer, who warmed up the audience with jokes,
tongue-twisters and sleight-of-hand tricks resulting in prizes for the other
performers. Joyce followed Scott on stage for her debut as a stand-up
comedian, engaging the audience with thumbnail sketches of two aspects of
the world viewed from different times in the feminine life. With a change of
clothes and the help of a wig she was hardly recognizable as the elderly
lady she had just portrayed. Amazing! A short keyboard recital from Mary was
the next offering, ‘soothing the souls’ of the audience with tunes by Eric
Satie and others. A very polished and professional performance.
Next, 5 ‘wannabe comedians’, Toivo, Cat, Ralph Glen, and Jay were called
upon to read jokes from the mind of Steve Wright. An audience participation
clap-meter was used to determine the best delivery. Prizes for this
competition were again awarded by Scott, and ranged from a broom to a packet
of elastic bands!
Ayesha entertained the group with songs, accompanied by Mary on the
keyboard, and followed up with spirited reading from ‘The Listener’ by
Walter de la Mare. Still in a singing mode this was followed by the ‘Expats
Sex Cats’ - a complete surprise as we didn’t realize we had any!
Altogether a great idea and a very enjoyable meeting. Can’t wait for next