Chiang Mai celebrates U.S.
The local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12074 and
the U.S. Consulate General of Chiang Mai organized the celebrations held at
the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium on the 4th of July.
This year, attendance was thrown open to the general public, with all
nationalities welcome and the huge turnout was evidence of that. David of
Duke’s Restaurant was seen toiling behind the grill helping out his staff in
serving up burgers, ribs, hot dogs and more. Creative Kingdom set up a play
area for the kids with mini golf, a mini movie theatre and a special photo
area for the kids to dress up and get their photos taken. The bouncy castle
was very popular with the little ones.
Fireworks brought the evening to a close.
The huge queues were evidence of the popularity of the
event and the supply of American sodas and beers normally not found in
Thailand were hugely popular. Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew were snapped up
and the Budweiser and Boston beers were popular with Americans and non-Americans
Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan Nimanant spoke at the event,
welcoming Americans and offering his congratulations on their National Day.
Members of the VFW then carried in the Thai flag and the Stars and Stripes
and all stood while the Thai National Anthem was played followed by the Star
A roving bagpiper reminded us all of the mixed heritage
that is the United States and the Aussie John Experience played old time
rock and roll for the crowd. There was tug of war and other games as well as
lots of door prizes with one of the big ones being a round trip ticket to
Los Angeles with China Airlines.
The evening ended with fireworks and while the long
queues and heat of the day did make things more problematic than expected
the VFW Post 12074 should be commended for their efforts in organizing what
turned out to be a huge event with several thousand attending.
A member of the VFW Post 12074 in Chiang Mai carries the American flag
the start of the playing of the Thai and U.S. National Anthems.
A bagpiper strolled around the grounds reminding everyone
of the vast and
varied ethnic makeup of the United States.
Kids had a choice of sitting in front of video games and getting out
playing on play equipment brought in by Creative Kingdom.
Chiang Mai Governor is announced to the gathered
crowd at the
celebrations on the 4th of July.
Everyone loves a bouncy castle!
Even the littlest ones had something fun to do
thanks to the efforts of
Americans were joined by all nationalities at the
Celebrations, with crowds of hopefuls gathering around the
Kids and adults joined in the tug of war at the party.
Chiang Mai Mail staffers and friends enjoyed the day, even if it meant
in line for some Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew!
Door prizes were given away, crowds of hopeful
people waited around the
tent on every draw.
Members of the crowd stop and sing the Star Spangled Banner at the
Independence Day celebrations held at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium.
Networking One moves inside for the rainy season
By Shana Kongmun
As the rains started in earnest after the last Networking
One event, this month saw it move back inside to the Shangri La Hotel. The
event was very well attended, with a lot of new faces and many old ones
Julaluck Samana, Marketing Executive of Second Home
Finance was the lucky winner of the plane ticket awarded by Peter (Pratheep)
Malhotra, CEO of the Chiang Mai Mail.
The obligatory bottle of wine was supplemented with a one
year subscription to the Chiang Mai Mail and CEO of the Chiang Mai Mail,
Peter Malhotra, generously donated a one way ticket to Bangkok. “We aren’t
trying to tell you something,” he joked as he announced the prize. The aptly
named winner Julaluck Samana said she did intend to come back, however.
Wyndham Hollis was there and discussing the upcoming
World Wide Photo Walk. He encouraged people to sign up but said, to be quick
as spaces are filling up. Worldwidephotowalk.com for more information.
Magician Howard Posener entertains the crowd with his
invisible deck of cards, from which, he managed to produce a real deck of
cards with the corresponding card that author Stu Lloyd had chosen.
Richard Thompson of RTS Ltd. spoke with Chiang Mai Mail Editor Phitsanu
Thepthong about the difference between press freedoms in Thailand and his
home country of the United Kingdom, while Eric Lynn of ICT Consulting
admitted to returning to Germany for a few weeks this summer to author Stu
Lloyd, who was by the bye, freshly tanned and rested after another trip to
Koh Samui. Magician Howard Posener was in town from Pattaya and entertained
the crowd with his magic tricks and humor.
The evening was a big success and everyone was looking
forward to next month’s event scheduled for August 5, again at the
Peter Smith of AA Insurance Co. and Nam Wongaram pick the lucky
winner at the Networking One meeting at the Shangri La Hotel.
Frank Sithi, Managing Director of Fashion King chats with
Editor of ChiangMai Mail about Thai
mudmee silk at the Networking One
Richard Mark Hefner, International Marketing Coordinator of Payap
University greets Chiang Mai Mail’s newest edition, Thanathorn Bua-Ngarm,
newly hired to take care of marketing and sales.
Sarist Theeravongsuvarn, Assistant Manager of Thai Health
Insurance Co.,Ltd shares a drink with Lannapat Kaikitrach, Officer of Thai
Health Insurance Co. Ltd, Suwat Rerksujarit, General Manager of Thai Health
Insurance Co. Ltd and Vipa Boonmeaun, Officer of Thai Health Insurance Co.
Xavier Vandermeersch, Director of LannaPrecision Work Co.
Ltd joins Jan Friman, Richard Mark Hefner, International Marketing
Coordinator of Payap University, Olivier Laurent, Director of Onyx Export
Co. Ltd and Nicha Chumkoed, Director Assistant of Onyx Export Co. Ltd at the
Networking One meeting at the Shangri La Hotel.