Farewell party for Governor and Vice Governor
Governor of Chiang Mai M.L. Panadda Diskul is joined on stage by his wife
and son at the farewell party held at the Empress Hotel. (Photo by Nopniwat
By Shana Kongmun
A farewell party was held at the Empress Hotel on Wednesday, September 19,
2012 for Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul who is being promoted to the position
of Permanent Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and for Vice
Governor Yokying Worakarn, who retired at the end of September after filling
a still very busy schedule. Chiang Rai Governor Thanin Supasaen is being
transferred in at the beginning of October to take over the reins of the
Chiang Mai government as the new governor.
The President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert
Buranupakorn attended the evening to bid farewell to the two men as did
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and the Deputy Mayors who presented
both men with parting gifts. The Consul Generals from Japan, China and the
United States were joined by the Consul from India and most Honorary Consuls
from the many offices in Chiang Mai at the party which saw members of the
audience ask questions of the governor or to comment on his term. One
District Officer noted that the Governor had visited all 25 Districts of
Chiang Mai over the past two months to see if there was something he could
do before his term was ended.
The party saw the Governor of Mae Hong Son Naruemon Palawat join the
Governor’s wife and several other ladies in singing a song on stage. Finally
the Governor himself sang a farewell song while his son played the violin.
The evening was bittersweet for the Governor as he said that he left some of
his heart in Chiang Mai, noting that being the Governor here has been a
highlight of his career.
Consul General Zhang Weicai and his wife give retiring Vice Governor Yokying
Worakarn a bouquet of flowers in recognition of his service.
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by Deputy Mayors in presenting
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul with a gift and their best wishes.
M.L. Panadda Diskul (center) joins the diplomatic corps; from left; Georgios
Sioris, Greek Honorary Consul and his lovely wife Dararat, Chinese Consul
General Zhang Weicai and his wife, M.L Preeyapun Sridhavat, Peruvian
Honorary Consul and Senator for Chiang Mai, Japanese Consul General Kazuo
Shibata, U.S. Consul General Kenneth Foster and Indian Consul Dhirendra
Honorary Consul Thomas Baude and his wife Chamaiphan (Pu) an Associate Judge
with the Juvenile and Family Court to present a gift to retiring Vice
Governor Yokying Worakarn. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
offers a wai in thanks to President of the Chiang Mai Culture Council Dr.
Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai as she addresses the crowd at the party. (Photo
by Nopniwat Krailerg)
Happy 7th birthday Expats Club!
is joined by Chiang Mai Expats Club board members to cut the cake for the
club’s 7th anniversary at the start of the monthly meeting.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Expats Club, a member of the Association of the
Thailand Expats Clubs, celebrated its 7th anniversary on Saturday, September
22 at their usual venue at the Shangri La Hotel. President Alan Hall was
joined by board members in cutting the cake before the talk by Dr. John
Rogerson on today’s healthcare and systems used, alongside his own visual
scanning method called ‘EFi/energy field imaging’ which he developed to show
where these issues are sited as well as a new Hair Profiling system to
determine likely reasons. Dr. Rogerson is ateacher and special advisor to
the ICM (Institute of Complementary Medicine UK). Together with his team at
the UNESCO World Peace Centre India they have researched over 400 types of
treatment protocols in the last 15 years.
The meeting was well attended by many regulars as well as new faces as well
as by U.S. Consular staff who were there to register voters and to let
people know that they will be registering voters as well as accepting
ballots at CMIS on October 1 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Grace International School
from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on October 5 and at Rimping Nim City on October 19 from
Finally Nancy Lindley reminded everyone to fill out their emergency contact
cards from Lanna Care Net and to remind everyone that the annual Christmas
Fair to benefit the Royal British Legion and Lanna Care Net will be held at
JJ Market on Sunday, November 24 and to reserve booths early for this
popular event at
of the Expats Club chat over coffee before the start of the meeting.
Heinz Willi meet newcomer Nicole from Belgium at the Expats Club meeting at
the Shangri La Hotel.
Lucy at the desk to register members and visitors for the meeting.
New US Consulate officials introduced to Chiang Mai
General Ken Foster is joined by Mr. and Mrs. Carlson, Mr. Mark Magreath and
By Shana Kongmun
Ken Foster, the U.S. Consul General held a party at his wonderful old home
set in the grounds of the U.S. Consulate General on Monday, September 24,
2012 to introduce the newest consular officers to Chiang Mai expats, consuls
and honorary consuls and local business people, educators and government
Mark C. Carlson was introduced as the Consular Section Chief alongside the
new Regional Security Officer Mark Megeath. Mark spoke a bit about his
duties which include issuing tourist and business visas noting that the
United States is encouraging people to visit the United States for both
business and pleasure. He is also overseeing American Citizens Services and
then introduced his staff who help keep the Consular section ticking over.
Consul General Ken Foster then introduced Mark Megeath noting he had been in
Bosnia and more recently Afghanistan, welcoming him to the peacefulness of
Chiang Mai. Mr. Megeath said he was looking forward to working with the
Royal Thai Police, with the heads of Region 5 Police on hand to join him,
adding that the U.S. Government has always enjoyed a good and close working
relationship with the Royal Thai Police.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlson said they had been in Chiang Mai for about 5 weeks and
so far were enjoying themselves very much and were looking forward to
learning more about their new home over the next few years.
General Ken Foster greets the new TAT Director Wisoot Buachoom, and the
Indian Consul Dhirendra Garbyal Singh and his lovely wife at the evening.
Consul Liang Lin joined the evening to meet his new counterpart at the U.S.
Consul, here with U.S. Consul General Ken Foster, and Mr. and Mrs. Mark
Magreath met the Marketing Officer for the TAT Chiang Mai Office Panupan
Chandhrapanya, French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude and Jenny Garcia from
Grace International School.
Angels & Demons party away
among the demons at the Angels & Demons party at the Steak House.
By Shana Kongmun
The Steak House and Wine Connection held a wine tasting party with the theme
of Angels & Demons with the best dressed winners receiving a bottle of wine
from Wine Connection. The party, which took place at the popular restaurant
in JJ Market on Saturday September 22, 2012, was one of a series of theme
parties being held by the Steak House at JJ Market and Le Crystal on the
The party-goers dressed up mainly in devil outfits but a couple brave girls
showed up as angels amid all the demons. The live music kept the crowd
entertained and the excellent wine and delicious canapés underwent regular
The best costumes went to demons for both male and female with bottles of
wine courtesy of the Wine Connection presented by co-Managing Partner
Diskul, 2nd left, co-Managing Partner (center) shares a drink with Jon
Nordeen (left) and Scott Taylor (right)
costumes went to “his and her demons”.