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Networking One at the lovely Rachamankha Hotel

Ladies Night Out


Networking One at the lovely Rachamankha Hotel

(L-R) Richard Prouse joins June Unland, Technical Director of Asia Engineering Co., Ltd, Istvan Orodan and Peter Smith, Director of AA Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd for the Networking One meeting at the Rachamankha Hotel.

By Shana Kongmun

The latest installment of the Networking One meeting in Chiang Mai took place once again at the lovely and tranquil Rachamankha Hotel on April 8. The hotel can be found behind Wat Phra Sing inside the moat, it is a bit of a chore to find, but well worth the journey as the hotel is set in tranquil surroundings and offers tasty food.

Tony Malhotra is presented to the group as the new Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail.

This month’s event saw the announcement of Tony Malhotra as the new Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail, fresh up from Pattaya; he is looking forward to making Chiang Mai his home and to meeting new people and creating new relationships. He’s been working in Koh Samui and before that, Pattaya and was glad to hear of the vibrant music scene in Chiang Mai. He started a music club at university and was thrilled to be able to get Chai of Chai Blues House to come down for an event he had organized. One of his first orders of the day upon arrival in Chiang Mai is to go look him up and see him play once again.

Additionally, the event was graced with the presence of the U.S. Consulate General Political and Economic Chief in Chiang Mai, Alexander Barrasso. He was looking forward to his trip the next day, headed for Krabi. One of more than a few to head out of the City ahead of the upcoming Songkran festivities. He planned to go to Koh Lanta, having been informed that it was just the hotel and the beach and that was about it, which is what a beach holiday should encompass really. He is preparing for his next mission; he will be transferred to Naples in Italy in a few months. Of Italian descent, he is looking forward to some delicious food, but wary of the weight gain that takes place when moving to a country with delicious food. He laughed that he had gained weight when he first arrived in Thailand as well.

(L-R) Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail and Peter Smith , Director of AA Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd present Ozzi Jarvinen, Director of Marketing of Digital Zoo with his lucky draw winning prize at the Networking One event.

Sally Ward of the 200 Club was on hand with the owners of Digital Zoo, premiering her new website, www. chiangmaielephants.asia, Sally’s latest effort to help the elephants in the North. Currently, elephants in the Mae Taeng Valley have to be transported by truck for 3 hours for medical treatment. Sally’s goal is to raise funds to establish a free medical clinic for the elephants in the area. The clinic will be adjacent to the Mae Taeng Elephant Park but will be independently operated and free of charge for all elephant treatment. The current goal is to buy an x-ray machine but ultimately, she hopes to establish a complete full care medical clinic for elephants.

(L-R) Phitsanu Thepthong , Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail joins Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail and Peter Smith, Director of AA Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd to discuss Tony’s new role at the newspaper.

People and businesses are encouraged to not only sponsor an elephant but to advertise on the site, 3500 baht a year for businesses and a minimum of 500 baht for individuals or schools, to have their name on the site and all proceeds go directly to helping the elephants. Digital Zoo graciously donated the site and its creation for this purpose.

(L-R) Alexander Barrasso, Chiang Mai U.S. Consulate General political and economic Section Chief discusses his upcoming trip to Koh Lanta with Shana Kongmun, Managing Editor for the ChiangMai Mail and Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail.

Additionally Ko Ellay was there, talking about the latest opening of the Free Trade Shop in Chiang Rai. He enthused about the expansion of the program and its effect in cutting out the middlemen and allowing local producers gain access to markets.

(L-R) Phillip Johnson ,Consultant for Infocus 4 You Magazine chats with Ralph Van den Berg of Horeca Supply Co., Ltd and Charles B. Burke about the free advertisement Infocus 4 You offered as a door prize.

Peter Smith presided over the event with his usual wit and style, wearing a very natty shirt that stood out from the crowd. He gave away more than the usual bottle of wine, with Rachamankha graciously donating a meal for two at the hotel’s restaurant and Phillip Johnson donating a free advertisement in InFocus4You magazine. The event was well attended and many members stayed late chatting and enjoying the beautiful location.

(L-R) Ozzi Jarvinen, Marketing Director for Digital Zoo joins Sally Ward, David Williams , Managing Director of Digital Zoo and Pasu Kongprasertkit, Business Developer of Digital Zoo in presenting the new website they developed to help Sally build a free medical clinic for elephants in Mae Taeng.

(L-R) Calvin Huang , Executive Director of Kingdom Biz joins Phillip Johnson,
 Consultant for Infocus 4 you Magazine and Ian McDougall
from Ancient Lotus at the Networking One event.

The Rachamankha Hotel put on a delicious buffet of finger foods for Networking One attendees on Thursday April 8.

(L-R) Kristie Kellahan, an Australian travel writer talks about her recent trip to the Elephant Polo in Chiang Rai with Sean P. Riley of Tiki Thai Arts, Sally Ward, Paul Ealker, General Manager of Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai, Suchada Sangarun , General Manager of U ChiangMai, Atcharin Chanhom of American International Assurance Co., Ltd and Arunroj Pwongsuwan , Asst. F&B Manager of U ChiangMai.


Ladies Night Out

The inimitable June Unland has joined hands with sponsor The Dining Guide in creating what she hopes will become a monthly event, Ladies Night Out. This, the second such event, took place at the event at Tiger Tiger Bar opposite the PornPing Tower on Friday April 2, replete with a buffet and jungle theme. It was a well attended event, seeing such local lights as Boong Chaladlam of the Friends of Chiang Mai, singer Ana Gracey and long time Chiang Mai resident Margaret Bhadungzong of the Welcome to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Magazine.

Zoe Addams is presented her prize by Tarzan of the jungle, local author Stu Lloyd.

June persuaded local author Stu Lloyd to don Tarzan wear and entertain the women with his impersonation of a tribal jungle leader. Much to everyone’s enjoyment, he entered into the role with relish and was highly entertaining in his loincloth and bright green headdress.

Door prizes were handed out and Zoe Addams won best outfit for her Lara Croft costume, replete with (fake) weaponry. Marike van Breugel graciously donated the prize, a gift box filled with all natural, high quality creams, lotions, body oils, soaps and more, from her company, Arun Thai.

The ladies dispersed at the end of the evening, some to make more mischief around the city while others, presumably returned to their lives, husbands and jobs, having enjoyed a good night out with the girls, a bit of a natter and some good fun.

June Unland persuaded author Stu Lloyd to dress up in costume
to present the best costume and door prizes at the Ladies Night Out,
sponsored by the Dining Guide and held at Tiger Tiger.

Stu Lloyd is joined by Ana Gracey and Micaela Hobbs prior
to donning his costume for the entertainment portion of the evening.

Marike van Breugel graciously donated products from her range Arun Thai
to the Ladies Night Out Party. Here she is joined by local author Stu Lloyd.

Some of the ladies enjoying Ladies Night Out at Tiger Tiger on April 2.