Chiang Mai welcomes new U.S. Vice Consul
U.S. Vice Consul Paul Neville introduces his replacement; Marc Miller.
By Shana Kongmun
The affable and handsome Paul Neville and his lovely wife Tina are headed to
Tijuana for Paul’s next posting, bringing Marc Miller from the U.S. Embassy
in Beijing to take Paul’s place as Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate in
Chiang Mai. Paul and Tina hosted a party for a small gathering of friends,
fellow Americans and Thais to introduce Marc to Chiang Mai and get him ready
to start his official duties as Vice Consul in Chiang Mai.
Paul introduced Marc to the group with a few comments, nothing that he and
Tina would both miss Chiang Mai very much, having enjoyed their stay here
very much. Marc, from Oklahoma, said he was looking forward to Chiang Mai’s
beautiful weather and culture. The two men laughed noting that they both
attended Georgetown at the same time but didn’t really get to know each
other until after they had entered the State Department’s Foreign Service.
Marc said he re-introduced himself to Paul recently, telling him, “I am the
man who has come to take your job.” He then concluded that if anyone had any
questions please feel free to ask, although he is not a consular officer
here, he did have act as one in Beijing so is fairly conversant in visa and
other issues. Welcome to Chiang Mai Marc, enjoy your tour here, we all know
Paul certainly did!
Tina were gracious and charming hosts for the incoming Vice Consul.
Taweelerdniti and his bride Loognum joined the party to bid farewell to
friends Paul and Tina. Smith recently travelled to the United States on a
fact finding tour for Chiang Mai Creative City.
joined by his girlfriend Mary at the party.
Jin-Fong Lam and Nancy Lindley of Lanna Care Net share a brew!
School for Life Charity concert at 137 Pillars House
Governor Tanin Subhasaen(center) is joined by (from left) German Honorary
Consul Hagen Dirksen, Dominque Leutwiler from the School for Life, Joanna
MacLean, and Chamnan Chanruang both of whom helped to organize the event.
(Photo courtesy of CityNow!)
By Shana Kongmun
Once again the fabulously beautiful venue of 137 Pillars House plays
host to a charitable concert, with the famed Jazz duo of Tuck & Patti and
Matthew Kelly performed pieces with the beautiful historical building as a
backdrop. The lovely garden in front has played host to several charitable
events recently and the cool night and charming surroundings were the
perfect backdrop for the fabulous music.
The concert was held on January 5, 2013 to aid the School for Life, an
international foundation in Chiang Mai that cares for children in difficult
situations. Originally set in place to take in HIV/Aids orphans, the school
now takes in needy children, either orphans or those who come from abusive
homes. The School for Life was established in 2003 and has provided a new
home to over 140 children. The school has a close working relationship with
the Ministry of Education and the Provincial government. More information
about the School for Life can be found at their website:
Chanruang joins Governor Tanin Subhasaen for the opening of the charity
concert on January 5, 2013.
General Manager of 137 Pillars House Resort is joined by Anurak Hutasing,
Chris Chun and Matthew Baird.
from the School for Life man the table, giving out information and selling
souvenirs for the event.
Patti, the American jazz duo of jazz guitar and vocals, performed in front
of the beautiful backdrop that is 137 Pillars House.
musicians, organizers and hosts joined together for a group photo before the
start of the concert.
12,999 monks fill the streets
and a predicted 25,000 laypeople filled the street from Thep Panya Hospital
and the Ruam Chok intersection on Sunday, December 30 at 6:09 a.m. (Photo by
Harm de Vries)
By Shana Kongmun
Laypeople thronged the city streets to make merit on December 30, 2012 at
the Chiang Mai-Phrao road at 6:09 a.m. where 12,999 monks gathered in an
alms giving ceremony to honor the 2600th anniversary of Buddha’s
enlightenment. Notable Chiang Mai officials joined in the International Alms
Offering ceremony as well as thousands of residents. Monks from around the
region traveled to Chiang Mai to take part in this auspicious occasion.
Last year a similar ceremony was held with 11,999 monks. This year, in order
to mark the auspicious occasion of Buddha’s enlightenment the number 12 was
chosen as the concluding number of 2012 and 999 is a lucky number in Thai
tradition as the number 9 is significant as the concluding number in every
cycle with the new cycle starting at ten.
gathered for prayers before the alms giving.
(Photo by Harm de Vries)
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen opened the
ceremony. (Photo by Harm de Vries)
of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn greets
one of the monks at the start of the ceremony. (Photo by Harm de Vries)
Men’s fashion show
at Ram Bar
wear for men show was held at the Ram Bar on December 30, 2012.
By Shana Kongmun
U.K. Fashion designer and Chiang Mai resident Lawrence Goldberg held a
fashion show on December 30, 2012. He presented 30 different outfits for men
in a 45 minute show. 10 models did a quick change between taking to the
catwalk. Additionally there was a special performance in between two
showings of his collection. Lawrence is a well-known staple on the Chiang
Mai social scene, having attended the London School of Fashion, his
distinctive club wear designs for men were well received by the many
onlookers in the audience.
The show was river side at the Ram Bar with the cool temperatures and
beautiful river a good backdrop to the show. (Photos courtesy of
Goldberg introduced 30 men’s outfits on the stage.
designer Lawrence Goldberg of London and Chiang Mai presented his latest
collection to friends and fans.