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The new Catnip Wine & Cocktail Bar opened in the Harbour Mall on Huay Kaew. This very charming shop features a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable chairs and set in the new and different Harbour Mall on Huay Kaew Road between Nimmanhaemin and Canal Road. Owner Nisanart Somta (third left) is seen here with her husband and friends.

The Chiang Mai Friends met at the Ruen Come In just off the Superhighway on Wedneday, January 30 for their monthly meeting. The speaker this month was Nancy Lindley (center) who discussed Lanna Care Net and the needs of the elderly and aging expat community in Chiang Mai. Lanna Care Net was established about 2 years ago by Ben Svasti Thomson, the British Honorary Consul who saw a growing need by elderly expats in Chiang Mai for home and hospital visits and help in navigating the sometimes confusing ways of Thailand. The Chiang Mai Friends meets the last Wednesday of every month.

Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun joined the President of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prapan Thumachai, and academics at a seminar held at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University on February 3, 2013. The seminar was on Egypt Thailand relations “Lessons in Business, Social and Cultural Development.” Scholars, students and lecturers joined in the presentation of research results held at the international level.

An End-of-the-Year Meditation Retreat was held at the Master Ruma Meditation Center, an 80 rai facility in Baan Pong, from Dec. 24- Jan. 2nd. The event was presided over by Master Ruma himself for practitioners of the Light and Sound Meditation from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and saw 500 people including monks, nuns, and laypeople from four South East Asian countries to come and join together at an international meditation retreat and pray for world peace. The Master Ruma Foundation was formed in 2011 for the express purpose of promoting meditation, vegetarianism, and charitable endeavors throughout Thailand.

Mrs. Kirsten Andersen 2nd (from) right, Mrs. Lena Pedersen, 4th right of Inner Wheel, Denmark and Poul Weber 1st right of Order of St. John (Knights of Malta), presented a check for 825,000 Baht to Ass. Prof. Terdchai Jivacate MD, 3rd right, Secretary General of the Prostheses Foundation of HRH The Princess Mother in Chiang Mai– the funds come from the sale of 91 million soda can rings, collected in Denmark and Norway.

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