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XI No.9 - Sunday October 7 - Saturday October 20, 2012


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ASK EMMA

 

A really good ladies’ hairdresser

Dear Emma,

I am a foreign lady with quite unruly hair. I find the regular Thai hairdressers do not know what to do with my hair at all. They don’t cut it so it falls nicely and they can’t seem to understand that I don’t want my hair blown dry dead straight. Is there someone, anyone, who understands unruly western hair?

Signed,

Just call me Little Orphan Annie

Dear Annie,

I have had had several recommendations. One curly haired lady friend of mine swears by Wit at Hair Pro on Huay Kaew. He used to have a shop out of town but has now closed that one and moved back to the Rin Kham Market. She said he is the only one who understands her curly hair.

I like Ong at Absolute Hair also on Huay Kaew Road but he is down on the corner just before the Shell Station on the side street that goes past the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel. Ong does a great job with my hair. Compared to strictly Thai hairstylists they may cost a bit more, but really to have a hairdresser who speaks English and can cut your hair the way you like it is worth every extra baht. Hair Pro is on Huay Kaew Road in the Rinkham Market. 053 400253 While Absolute is on Huay Kaew on the small road next to Chiang Mai Orchid. 053-894492.

For colour I understand that New York New York on Nimmanhaemin soi 13 is excellent but I have not yet tried it myself. You can’t miss the shop, there is a giant Marilyn Monroe perched over the shop. Ask for Toom. 053-215-199

Yours,

Emma

Khao Soy

Dear Emma,

I love Khao Soy. The crunchy noodles, the spicy soup. Delicious! Everyone has a favorite but I must confess I haven’t yet fallen in love. Can you or your readers recommend a great Khao Soy place to me?

Yours,

Khao Soy lover

Dear Lover,

As you say, everyone has their favorite! A friend swears by the small restaurant on Doi Pui, but that is a bit of a drive to satisfy your Khao Soi craving so you may want to look a bit closer to town. There is a popular Khao Soi place in Santitham on Rachaphuek Road. Look for the big A. Another Santitham favorite is on Santitham Road, called Khao Soi Islam. You can try the oldest Khao Soi place in Chiang Mai, just down from Wat Faham on Chareonrat road, Khao Soi Lam Duan. Another is Khao Soi Samoer Jai, right next to Wat Faham. As with all the popular places its best to get there before noon if you want a seat and something to eat!

Buying a house

Dear Emma,

My girlfriend is urging me to buy a house. I am not sure how comfortable with this I feel and I would like to find out the legalities of owning a house. Is it even possible? And what about the land? I have heard a foreigner cannot own land and she is saying its not a problem, I can put it in her name and then it will be ok. While this may be true, I also have heard the horror stories and am concerned that I will find myself caught in one of those clich้s. What should I do?

Signed,

Confused

Dear Confused,

First of all, ask yourself “Why do I need to buy a house?” Then if you can’t really come up with a good answer you know you don’t need to at all! There is nothing wrong with renting in a country where you cannot own the land outright. However, if you feel that you can come up with a good reason then you should consider hiring a lawyer before doing anything. Check the property developer, see who owns the land. Find out if you can register a lease on the land, but its only for 30 years so consider how long you want it for! Another alternative is called a usufruct which allows you use of the land for your life and is legally registered on the land title. But then again, ask yourself, if it all goes pearshaped do you really want to be living on land belonging to a now angry and unhappy ex-girlfriend?

In the end, Confused, it is really up to you to decide but do so by weighing all the considerations, not just the one that makes your girlfriend happy for now.

Yours,

Emma

Pilates

Dear Emma,

I took up Pilates in the United States and it did wonders for my back problems. Aging is not easy! I have checked many of the big gyms and while they offer Yoga classes they do not offer Pilates. Can you help me find Pilates Yoga in Chiang Mai?

Signed,

Pilates please!

Dear Pilates,

You are in luck! There is a Pilates place in Punna Place on Nimmanhaemin soi 8 called Pilates Plus. Also the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy has a Pilates instructor, they are found on Charoenrat Road between Rama IX bridge and the Superhighway. Those are the only two I know of for certain so if any kind readers know of others please feel free to write in to the editor for inclusion. [email protected] Additionally, if you have any other questions or problems for Emma feel free to email the same email.

Yours,

Emma


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