The All Church holds their second anniversary
Mr. Orarick Sriwong, Pastor Yutthasak Sirikun, Jarernrit Sa-nguansut, Vice
Governor of Chiang Mai and Pastor Kiat Laksanasakunchai at the party.
By Shana Kongmun
This fast growing, environmentally and socially aware church held
its second anniversary on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Shangri La Hotel.
Organizers of many local events to benefit the community and the environment
such as No Plastic Fantastic launch at the D2, Big Tree in Town to plant
trees around Chiang Mai, the big Chiang Mai Clean Up Day as well as Melody
in Town, and many sporting and other events.
This thoroughly modern church not only had a live band to perform but
performers from Thailand’s Got Talent, the acrobatic performers Lion
Fighter. Vice Governor Mr. Jarernrit Sa-nguansut joined the celebrations to
offer his congratulations to the congregation which consists of members of
the academia, business community and community service. The idea of “All So”
pervades the Church that we are all one society and it shows in their
growing presence regarding both social and environmental issues that face
of the Big Tree in Town, Patcharin Rinrit, Muangmon Sripoom and Pakpoom
Uthaiwan have small sapling trees on offer for members of the congregation
to take home after the party.
leaders from left: Left to right Pastor Watjana Sukthep and his wife,
Dr.Jariya Sornmayura, Pastor Akkarapon Inthajak and his wife, Lt.Gen.Surapon
Jiemsomboon, Pastor Yutthasak Sirikun, Pastor Kiat Laksanasakunchai and his
wife, Lt.Gen.Surapon’s wife and Orarick “Rick” Sriwong
Pheuanthai members celebrate Christmas at La Fourchette
Weeber-Arayatumsopon presents one of the items up for auction, funds raised
will be donated to charity.
By Shana Kongmun
Despite the relatively small space and the number of people fitting into it,
the staff and chef at La Fourchette provided their usual high standard of
excellent food for the crowd. Auctions were held to raise funds for charity,
including art work, ceramics and more. The evening saw members of
Thailandfreunde and its sister organization Pheuanthai in a festive mood,
with Santa hats, a Christmas tree and singing Christmas songs.
An auction was held for various items, total funds raised reached 30,000
Baht which will be donated to the Care for Hearts of Aids Foundation, a
school for women affected by HIV/AIDS in Lamphun. The donation will be
presented to HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn under who’s patronage the school is,
who will visit the project and meet some of the Phuenthai German Intl. Org.
Many visitors to Thailand as well as local residents joined the party whose
cozy and intimate setting gave a true spirit of Christmas with friends and
Wuttipong presents one of the auction prizes.
Ambassador to Thailand Dr. George Sioris and his lovely wife Dararat
Shinawatra enjoyed the meal at La Fourchette.
Skålleaugues celebrate the holidays at the Four Seasons
Over 122,000 baht raised for charity
Oriental Dhara Dhevi package winners Allan Ashton (far left) and Max
Thammaracks (2nd right) are joined by Allan’s sister Lori and Lamorna
By Shana Kongmun
The Skål Chiang Mai & North Thailand Christmas Charity Fundraiser
was held in style with a delicious dinner at the romantic and lovely setting
at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa’s Cooking School on Friday, December 14,
2012. Khun Titiya Chooto, General Manager of the Four Seasons, Director of
Restaurants and Bars Jasjit “JJ” Assi, and Jeff Miller, Resort Manager at
Four Seasons all joined the evening with Skål members and friends. JJ worked
closely with Events Director Tim McGuire to ensure things ran smoothly.
Over 122,000 Baht was raised from the evening and will go towards the
purchase of non-perishable food, clothing, shoes, stationary items, for the
students at Ma Maeh School, a small school in the remote mountains in Chiang
Dao. The school has 127 students and receives 10 baht a day per student for
food from the Thai government. Skål plans on organizing a caravan to the
village on January 20, those with high clearance vehicles are invited to
join as well as any who would like to come along. To make a further donation
of either goods or cash, or provide a vehicle, then please contact Tim
McGuire if interested. [email protected]
A live auction was held for a fantastic package for a one night stay with a
spa treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi with Khun Aon and Allan
Ashton winning one package and Khun Max Thammaraks of International Travel
Consultants, taking the highest bid on the other package.
The Skål toast was led by Khun Kat of Chiang Mai Rock Climbing in Thai and
Khun Titiya of the Four Seasons in English before everyone settled down to
enjoy the dinner, wine and good conversation.
The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 31st January, Nasi Jumpru
Restaurant at 18.30, an evening of Thai Fusion cuisine.
Paul Humprheys and Tatyana Zakrevskaya chat with Ineke Martens and Gill
Dobson who manned the registration desk at the Four Seasons dinner.
Four Seasons General Manager Titiya Chooto (4th right) joins Skal committee
members from left; Jaffee Yee, President Annette Kunagigon, Frans Betgem,
Shana Kongmun, Tim McGuire and Marc Dumur.
New museums celebrating Northern history and heritage in Chiang Mai
Chatree Chuamanocharn listens to Boongserm Satrabhaya as he describes some
of the many photos on the wall at the Historical Center.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Municipality launched two new museums on Tuesday, December
18, 2012; the Lanna Folk Life Museum and the Lanna Historical Center. The
two museums are important pieces to Chiang Mai Mayor’s Tussanai Buranupakorn
drive to promote learning of Northern history and culture. The Historical
Center is located behind the Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Center at 3 Kings
Monument while the Folk life Museum is directly opposite the 3 Kings
The Historical Museum features dioramas, equipment, ceramics, the history of
important figures in the North, the Northern alphabet and language and the
photos of Boongserm Satrabhaya, one of the chief chroniclers of the past
here in Chiang Mai. A former reporter for “Khon Muang”, Uncle Boongserm is
renowned for his huge collection of old photos of life in the North dating
back decades. The Folk Life Museum features displays of traditional
handicrafts from silver, to Buddha images, textiles, many others.
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen and President of the Provincial
Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn joined the Mayor along
with academics involved in creating the collection. A kad style party was
held in front of the Folk Life Museum with food, dances and performances.
The museums are open every day except Monday from 8:30- 5 p.m. Admission is
90 baht for adults, children 40 baht.
Governor Tanin Subhasaen and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn view the ancient
walls that were excavated under the historical center, dating back
centuries, pieces of pottery and other artifacts were found during the
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by Governor Tanin Subhasaen and
President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn at the opening ceremony for the
two new museums celebrating Northern history and life.
Royal British Legion Christmas Party at River Market
joins David and Orasa Walker for a drink before dinner at the Royal British
Legion Christmas Dinner held at River Market
By Shana Kongmun
The Royal British Legion members congregated at the River Market on
Wednesday, December 19 for their Christmas party. The evening was lively
with raffle draws seeing many winners of prizes including skin care, Nikki
spirits, gift certificates the Olde Bell and many more.
Organizers saw a good turnout of members, spouses and visiting non-members
for the evening, with River Market keeping them well fed on Thai food, ribs,
sushi and more. The casual atmosphere saw old friends and new gathering to
share news, laughs and good times.
The Royal British Legion subbranch in Chiang Mai has been very active in
fundraising, with their poppy appeal, golf tournament and Christmas fair at
JJ Market. The hard working members took a well-deserved rest. More
information on the Chiang Mai Royal British Legion can be found here:
gathered round for a drink before dinner, enjoying the beautiful atmosphere
and great weather.
Lindley was hard at work selling lucky draws to the attending members and