Monks bless students with holy water as they pass through Chiang Mai
University Gate on their way up Doi Suthep at 6:19 a.m. on July 3.
In a 46 year old ceremony titled, “baby elephants walk up
Doi Suthep:” after the Chiang Mai University (CMU) nickname for incoming
freshmen students, 25,000 current students joined the 6,800 new freshmen
students and members of the faculty in walking up Doi Suthep early morning
on July 3.
CMU students gather round to pay their respects to the
statue of Khru Ba Siwichai.
Closing one lane of traffic on Suthep Road, the 31,800
students streamed out of the Chiang Mai University Gate and up the mountain
in a parade featuring drums shows, performances, and a blessed elephant that
walked up the mountain to bring one of the Buddha relics back to the
University to ensure good fortune for the students.
Prof. Dr. Pongsak Angkasith, the President of Chiang Mai
University, said that the ceremony has been held since the founding of the
school 46 years ago. He added that the students walk up Doi Suthep to pay
their respects to the Buddha relics and that the walk builds a good
relationship between new and current student s and the professors. The
parade this year was held to honor the 60th wedding anniversary of Their
Majesties the King and Queen.
The very first walk up Doi Suthep took place at the
founding of the University in 1964 and consisted of the 291 students. The
current intake holds 6,800 freshmen students led by the Students
Association. /The parade started at the auspicious time of 6:19 a.m. and
monks blessed the students with holy water as they passed through the gate
on their way to Doi Suthep. Students have to run up the very last uppermost
curve, a holy curve that signifies reaching the topmost goals. The whole
journey is 14 kilometers and develops unity, a good heart, and shows the
strength of the students to improve Chiang Mai University, the first
university in the North. (CMU). (Photos by Jedsdapong Wongkiew)
A traditional horse drawn carriage leads the students up the mountain in
a tradition that dates back to the founding of Chiang Mai University.
Students from the Faculy of Humanities dressed up for the annual parade
to welcome incoming Freshmen students at CMU.
The “Chiang Mai Sundowners” event of the AustCham
Thailand was held on June 21 for the second time in Chiang Mai at U Hotel on
Ratchadamnoen road amid the humidity with a warm welcome from Chiang Mai
residents to the Australian Chamber members and Board that travelled from
Bangkok. Around 40 people attended the event.
Andrew Durieux, President of Australian-Thai Chamber of
Commerce listens to Australian Ambassador Paul Grigson introduces himself to
The Sundowners networking evening was originally
scheduled for May 21 but the curfew and unrest forced its postponement by a
AustCham Thailand President Andrew Durieux told Chiang
Mai Mail in an interview “We are trying to connect with Australian
businesses in Chiang Mai as well as in surrounding areas, and with Thai
businessmen doing business with Australian companies. Generally, we try to
promote Australian and Thai trade relations.”
Australian businesses in Chiang Mai vary from mining to
other manufactures. “We also do have a lot of companies working with Thai
companies to use their Australian partnerships, selling their products back
to Australia or supplying to Australian companies,” he added.
Pakin Ployphicha, President of Thai Lanna Spa Association,
Laksasubha Kridakon, Vice-President of Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce,
and Richard Mark Hefner, Office of International Marketing and
Communications Payap University share a drink at the event at the U Hotel on
Although AustCham Thailand does not have any offices in
Chiang Mai, the Austcham President said, “We are trying to hold more
networking functions this year, with two events having been held already. We
do hold networking meetings every month in Bangkok, so, we want to increase
our connections up here, where we can do more and more,” he said.
“We will come back one more time this year. Hopefully ,we
will meet, connect and maintain contact through email, as we try to promote
more and more things, especially Australian -Thai activities here in the
future,” he concluded.
Andrew Durieux, President of the Australian-Thai Chamber
of Commerce presents lucky draw winner Graham Guerin with a bottle of wine.
Australian Ambassador Paul Grigson was able to join the
event, saying “I’m here in Chiang Mai for a while” adding that he was
enjoying the beauty of the city and the surrounding areas.
AustCham announced a new pricing structure for new
members, for details email [email protected]
Attending the networking party was V Australia Airline
which will organize the AFL, Grand Final Day 2010, on September 25, at the
Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel. The AFL Grand Final is one of Australia’s
largest annual sporting events and Austcham’s event is one of the largest
Grand Final gatherings outside Australia. For more information, please email:
AustCham Thailand aims to provide constructive input into
the formulation of policies impacting business, both by the Thai and
Australian governments and to contribute to the development of relations
between the two countries in all spheres.
Rene Balmer, VP Operation & Technical Services is joined
by Phitsanu Thepthong, Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail, Suchada Saengarun,
General Manager of U Chiang Mai Hotel, John Anderson, Vice President of the
Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce and Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of
the Chiang Mai Mail for drinks at the Austcham Sundowners event at the U
Chiang Mai Hotel.
Classic car enthusiasts, both Thai and expat, meet for a
monthly event at NIM City Daily on the last Sunday of every month at 10:30
a.m. From an old VW van to a smart bright blue Mini, a classic Mercedes
formerly owned by a Prince and a revamped American muscle car, a 1973
Chevelle SS owned by Rob Kelly. (Ok, it doesn’t have the original engine but
it’s still got a V8 and makes a lovely roaring sound as it accelerates), the
event offers a change from the usual boring cookie cutter cars on the road.
The event is free and open to the public and is a good natured gathering of
like minded individuals sipping coffee and enjoying the cars.
John Richardson shows off his baby, a V8 Ford Mustang with the original
engine. Vroom Vroom!
This past weekend was something special as newly
transplanted Chiang Mai resident John Richardson showed off some of his
classic car collection to the invited guests at his place. Neil Robinson of
Chiang Mai Mail’s Bridge column fame was there and quickly hopped into the
British racing green Sunbeam while others oohed and aahed over the various
classic cars on display. Lucky guests enjoyed looking at cars, listening to
the engines (Mustang!), sitting in the seats (Lotus Elan!) and taking their
photos with their favorites (I loved the MG). Lunch was on offer for an
added bonus. The return trip to NIM City Daily was great fun we got a ride
in the Mercedes Benz sedan. The camaraderie amongst aficionados became clear
as we waved and received waves in return from other classic car owners out
taking their beloveds for a spin on a Sunday afternoon.
Neil Robinson would love to go for a spin in the Sunbeam.
It all made me seriously consider buying a car! David
Hardcastle, one of the organizers of the group, has a website with cars for
sale for those who feel left out of it all and yearn for something far
different than the usual boring old Hondas, Mitsubishis and Toyotas. Classic
cars are not as expensive as you would think. Well, as long as you don’t go
for the Lotus that is! www.autonostalgia.info.
Classic cars lined up at Nim City on Sunday, June 27. Car
lovers gather here
the last Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m.
The Chiang Mai Expats Club meeting was well attended on
its final meeting of June. There were several announcements for upcoming
events and a special home visit request from an elderly German expat who is
housebound here in Chiang Mai and would love to receive some home visits
from other expats living in Chiang Mai. Please email [email protected]
Eric Danell of Dokmai Gardens announced free access to
the gardens between July 3 and July 11 for all
members of the Photographic club. You are invited to take and submit 3
photographs for a competition at Dokmai to win prizes including a beautiful
vase valued at 9,000 baht. http://www.dokmaigarden.co.th. You will need to
be a member of the Photography OGA. [email protected] for details.
This is also your contact for the worldwide photo walk also taking place in
Chiang Mai on July 24.
Guest speaker saw Mr Neville Powis return and once again
enthrall the crowd with some of his film work more details of which can be
found at his website. http://sites.google.com/site/nevilleorg/Home. His work
includes Natural Agriculture: following the progress of a recycling plant
showing that there is a viable alternative to just burning, Blue Skies,
about the work done at a children’s foundation for underprivileged
youngsters. Health Gurus is promotional film that poked a little fun at the
author, and which was very funny.Loy Krathong, a very short but spectacular
video showing the massive annual lantern release in Sansai.
Neville then put his acting hat on and gave a very strong
rendition of Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo.You
really had to be there to understand the powerfulness and range of his
voice. To finish off he had the whole audience on their feet doing various
breathing routines and finally the laughter exercise.
The open forum followed with questions about the lovely
“quiet” Tuk Tuks, England’s goal keeper getting his “green” card, power cuts
and the dreaded tax liability.
Draw prizes included wine from our sponsor Wineways and
vouchers to eat at different restaurants courtesy of the Dining Out Guide,
another valued sponsor of the expats club. The next meeting will be on July
10 and will feature Care for Dogs.