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
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
(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
(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
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,
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
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.