German Embassy helps disabled people in Chiang Mai
Tawan Chai improves center with donation
Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen chats with some of the disabled people who use
Physically disabled people in Chiang
Mai have access to an improved and extended center for their
self-development in Hang Dong. The Tawan Chai Foundation received a donation
of 400,000 baht from the German Embassy in Bangkok to add to funds already
raised to improve the building and facilities for disabled people at the
hall located near the Big C Hang Dong.
The has been working with severely handicapped people since 2004 and this is
the third time that the German Embassy in Bangkok has provided financial
support for its objectives. They held a Buddhist blessing and grand opening
of the building on October 10, 2013 where German Honorary Consul Hagen
Dirksen represented the Embassy, he added that he was quite impressed to see
what could be done with people who were willing to help themselves.
Mr. Michael Boeder of Helfen-Germany, a charitable NGO, shared his knowledge
of applying to the German Micro – scale Development Fund and to obtain
funding for projects in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Helfen – Germany plans on
initiating four more projects in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai next year.
The Director of the Center Mr. Rathee showed a presentation of the center
and its facilities which was followed by a Buddhist ceremony to bless the
residents are joined by German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen and Mr. Michael
Boeder at the opening of the extended Self Development Center in Hang Dong.
Bollywood Masala Charity party brings Bollywood glamor
Fundraiser for autistic children’s center
Vanita Sethi of Fashion King held the Bollywood Masala night to raise funds
for the Chiang Mai Skill Center and Thanua Witthaya School.
By Shana Kongmun
The Bollywood Masala Charity Night held at the Empress on October 4,
2013 was a Bollywood glamor-filled night that saw most people dressing up in
fabulous saris and Indian costumes. The night was organized by Frank and
Vanita Sethi to raise funds for the Chiang Mai Skill Centre and Thanua
Witthaya School and had nearly 200 people attend.
residents got into the fun, with a locally organized group of dancers
performing a Bollywood style dance.
Frank and Vanita arranged for a popular Indian band to come from Bangkok and
perform for the evening and dancers took to the floor to perform lively and
energetic Indian dances. There were prizes for Best Costume as well as an
Indian style Bazaar at the event. The vegetarian Indian food proved most
popular for the sit down dinner. The dinner was followed by the lucky draw,
a grand prize for a night’s stay generously donated by the Four Seasons
Chiang Mai in Mae Rim.
Raffle tickets were sold as well and many happy people walked away with
great prizes as well as helping children in need. This is the second such
Bollywood evening held and it turned out to be a very popular success.
charitable group Phuen Thai German Organization donated 10,000 baht for the
Mail Managing Editor joins El Patio’s Julio, Joon of Beer Republic and Tina
and Michael in costume for the party.
Newest Rimping opens at Mali Place
government officials joined with Rimping execs to cut the ribbon to open the
new store at Mali Place.
Rimping Supermarkets opened their 8th branch in Chiang Mai on
October 3, 2013 with the latest outlet at Mali Place at Mae Hia market on
Canal Road. This newest branch joins two other “condensed” shops, offering a
smaller yet still fully stocked supermarket with the same expat appeal.
The store also features their usual excellent bakery which sits alongside a
bistro style venue with European and Asian favorites open for breakfast,
lunch and dinner. The newest shop saw Voravat Tantranont, Executive Director
of Choice Ministore Co., Ltd. and President of Tantrphan Co. Ltd. Phairoj
Phatsornpinyosakul greet guests and fellow Mali Place businesses for the
Rimping Supermarkets have expanded in the past year with two of these more
compact shops opening at JJ Market and Star Avenue Mall and the full size
Rimping Supermarket in Promenada opening earlier this year.
resident Jerry is happy to see the new branch open up in his neighborhood.
owners came to the Rimping opening to present a welcome bouquet to President
of Tantraphan Phairoj Patsornpinyosakul.
Viva La Musica!! –
The first visit by the Siam Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra
Sinfonietta gave an inspiring and inspired performance on Thursday, October
10 at the CMU Art Center Theater.
By Jai Pee
Words almost fail me as I try to write about the first public
concert in Chiang Mai by this internationally renowned and prize-winning
youth orchestra – the concert at Chiang Mai University on Thursday October
10th was not only a sell-out, with standing room only, but the orchestra was
accorded several standing ovations by an overwhelmed and enthralled
audience. The electrifying atmosphere in the auditorium and the spontaneity
of the performers combined to make this one of the most memorable evenings
in the musical history of the city.
Srivichainanda presented a bouquet of flowers to Maestro Somtow.
Maestro Somtow – renowned international
author, conductor and composer, as well as the orchestra’s founder – took
charge of the first half of the concert. He himself treated the audience to
an informative and welcome insight to the two main pieces – Rossini’s
sparkling Overture La Gazzra Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) and the Symphony No
101 in D major by Joseph Haydn. The orchestra, composed of young men and
women aged between 12 and 25 responded wonderfully under his baton. He is a
precise conductor and he elicited from the players every subtle nuance
imaginable in both pieces. The players loved what they were doing – fifty
plus faces all intent on channeling their seemingly endless supply of energy
into delivering exciting and enjoyable music which seemed to ooze from every
Patthalung took over the baton for the second half and his energetic and
lively style kept the audience enthralled.
What is so wonderful about such a
performance is the fact that so many young people – maybe an average age of
18 or so – and all Thai nationals, can capture with deep eloquence the music
of Italian and Austrian composers who were composing over 200 years ago.
This requires talent, energy, understanding and enthusiasm all of which were
combined to provide us with a superb performance of dynamic proportions.
performance of 18 year old Tanayut “Top” Jansirivorkul was one of the most
touching moments of the show.
The concert’s second half consisted of
four pieces from Maestro Somtow’s recently performed Opera/Ballet –
Suriyothai – a tale of struggles and love based on events from Thai history.
The resident conductor of the orchestra – twenty-seven year old Trisdee na
Patthalung walked on stage to take over the baton. This remarkable young man
has already established himself internationally as one of the great genius’s
on the worldwide stage, having conducted orchestras such as the Scottish
Symphony Orchestra and the national RAI Orchestra of Italy. His
concentration, attention to detail and his discipline are remarkable. His
conducting is assuredly clear-cut and exact, his technique quite unique and
his rapport with the orchestra almost magical – what a great privilege it
was to have him here in Chiang Mai. And the music of this new stage-piece
Suriyothai is mesmeric throughout – full of evocative passages and tender
moments balanced by thunderous and exciting marches. The orchestra loved
playing it and gave it their all under Trisdee’s magnetic influence. But the
show was stolen by the beautifully melodic and wistful playing of the
violinist Tanayut Jansirivorkul or ‘Top’ as he is colloquially known - the
soloist in the third of the four pieces in the Suriyothai suite – this
particular piece having been specially written for him by Maestro Somtow.
His performance was riveting and the audience was totally spell-bound as
this 18-year-old enchanted the listeners with seemingly effortless playing
that was so tender, clear and penetrating that it brought tears to many an
The coda to the evening was another amazing eye-opener for the audience –
the Johann Strauss Radeztky March played with sustained vigour and great
aplomb, the audience being invited in true Viennese tradition to join in at
appropriate moments. After the first standing ovation we were treated to
Strauss’s Thunder and Lightning Polka as an encore which again brought the
audience to its feet! What a night and what a deep impression these two
marvelous conductors and this astonishing orchestra have made on the city of
Chiang Mai and its music-loving population. As a number of those present
have commented by email: this was the best-ever concert in the city, deeply
memorable and full of all the ingredients that make for total and complete
enjoyment and satisfaction. So: Viva La Musica as we eagerly await the
Mitsuoka showroom opens amid much fanfare
(3rd left) is joined by Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiangmai, President of the
Chiang Mai Cultural Council (center) at the launch of the new dealer.
By Shana Kongmun
Unconventional cars with a classic beauty came to Chiang Mai on the
evening of October 11, 2013 at Promenada Resort Mall as the newest and
perhaps one of the more unusual dealerships opened. Mitsuoka is a small
Japanese auto manufacturer that is known for the lines and style of its
unique cars. The company is known for building coaches on already existing
cars such as Nissan.
They first became known for their stylish and exotic looking Orochi Roadster
that came out in 2005. Raya Luelai was on hand to welcome guests to the
launch party of her new Mitsuoka Chiang Mai dealership at Promenada, telling
guests that it was her love of the car that inspired her to start the
business. This love stems from her purchase of a Mitsuoka as a birthday
present to herself two years ago.
Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiangmai, President of the Chiang Mai Cultural
Council presided over the grand opening of the dealership at Promenada
Resort Mall with Mr. Tjeert Kwant, Chief Executive Officer of ECC
International Real Estate, developer of Promenada Resort Shopping Mall.
The party was attended by well-wishers, friends, and interested car buyers
who took their photos with the exotic cars, and enjoyed wine from El Patio.
The dealership is located on the ground floor of Building A at Promenada
Resort Shopping Mall.
One of the
stylish Mitsuoka cars on display.
execs including Marc, the new GM of the mall, Tjeert and his wife
congratulate Raya on the new business.