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CM International Rotary Road Trip to Mae Sot

CMIRC members learn about rice and gift distribution system.

By CMIRC members
On Saturday October 12th Chiang Mai’s newest, and only English Language, Rotary Club made its first field trip. Destination: Mae Sot, purpose: understanding the situation with an eye to future projects.
First stop was the world famous Mae Tao clinic where the group was welcomed, given a tour of the facility and a detailed briefing on the clinic’s activities and plans. First time visitors were amazed at the expanse of people and activities. The club was there mid-day; there had only been five live births so far that day. Ten babies were born the day before. Mae Tao clinic averages between 20 and 100 live births every week. Although the mothers and babies only stay one day after delivery Mae Tao clinic enjoys a significantly lower infant mortality rate than the average inside Burma. The group heard about Mae Tao clinic’s history, growth, child protection and education programs as well as their fiscal challenges. Mae Tao clinic can be found at

Preparing to distribute rice to people living at the Mae Sot dump.

Saturday evening the group had dinner with members of the Mae Sot Rotary club. Rotary clubs very often pool resources and help each other with projects. This spirit of service creates cooperation and fellowship which results in great things being done for the communities they touch. Projects range from something as small as the building of a toilet in a country school to the international project to eradicate polio! The Mae Sot Rotarians are community and business leaders, typical of Rotarians throughout the world. Great conversations occurred during dinner which will lay a foundation for future joint projects.

Chiang Mai International Rotary Club members in Mae Sot.

Sunday morning CMIRC members were given a tour of ongoing projects by the Khom Loy Development Foundation which is developing 2.5 rai of farmland near Mae Sot to demonstrate and provide training in farming methods for Burmese migrants. The foundation selects migrant learning centers with sufficient land and works with them to grow their own food. Self-sufficiency is the goal. The group toured the UPLift and Room To Grow Foundation’s learning center which is a year into the process. Although they suffered severe setbacks from the floods in July, it’s evident that progress is being made. You can learn more at and www.uplift-khomloy.
Mid-day Sunday the group visited the Mae Sot dump, home of some 110 migrant families, to deliver a little relief and hopefully learn more about the situation. Some club members brought donations of clothing and toys. Others pooled cash donations and purchased some 392 kilograms (864 pounds) of rice, plus bags of onions, garlic and chili peppers. The gifts were distributed by the village headmen using their system to insure each family is treated equally. When gifts arrive and they are insufficient for everyone to receive something they are distributed based on a virtual queue. The idea is to ensure that everyone is treated equally over time. Rice is less logistically challenging the amount received is simply divided by the number of families and each receives the same amount. One of the rotary members arranged for a mother and baby to be taken to Mae Tao clinic. Both were diagnosed with mal nutrition and admitted to the clinics in patient ward where they stayed for two days and nights before returning to their home at the dump.
The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club is being formed as Chiang Mai’s first English Language Rotary Club. There are 14 Rotary Clubs in Chiang Mai and 65 in Northern Thailand and Laos, all affiliated with Rotary International. To learn more about to good work done by Rotarians worldwide see Contact CMIRC at Cmi [email protected] or visit their Facebook page at

Children line up to receive gifts from CMIRC members.

Chile comes to Chiang Mai

Rimping Wine tasting at Promenada

Residents both Thai and expat enjoy the wine tastings at the Rimping in Promenada Resort Shopping Mall.

By Shana Kongmun
Rimping Supermarket at Promenada is offering twice monthly wine tastings at very reasonable prices with one held on October 18, 2013 at the Wine Cellar at the Rimping Promenada featuring Maipo wines from Chile.
The evenings are proving to be quite successful, attracting a broad range of locals both Thai and expat, who come to enjoy the wine, the delicious canapés and the great conversation in an intimate atmosphere. Everyone agreed that the two and a half hour wine tasting for 500 baht was a great price and several people purchased bottles to take home. The casual but cozy atmosphere offers great food and a nearby bistro and oyster bar that will bring oysters on the half shell to you to go with your wine. Who knew that going to the supermarket could end up being such fun?
The next event was held on November 1 and subsequent events are planned every other Friday from 6:30 p.m.

The wine tasting featured Maipo wines from Chile with a great selection of whites, reds and rosés.

Aom and Tracy enjoyed the wines and the delicious canapés.

Skålleagues have a great night out at the Holiday Inn

Skål members and guests join for the group photo for the October meeting held at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai.

By Shana Kongmun
Skål International Chiang Mai and the North held their monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai with General Manager Stella Jacobs acting as host. Skål members met for cocktails and then dinner in the China Palace, the Skål flags and lighted sign were an extra special touch that many members felt really made a difference.
President Annette Kunagigon opened the meeting by thanking the Holiday Inn GM Stella Jacobs, she was instrumental in the refurbishment of the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai including a gym with brand new equipment and pool. Annette noted that membership in the gym was open to Chiang Mai residents as well.

Jerome Sim of Khum Phaya Resort, Stella Jacobs of Holiday Inn Chiang Mai, Annette Kunagigon of Eagle House, Tim McGuire of Segway Gibbon and Manfred Ilg chat over cocktails before dinner. (Photo by CityNow!)

Stella took the microphone to welcome everyone and then reminded guests that the hotel will be holding a promotional Oktoberfest on November 4, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. featuring German food, beer and music. Tickets are 599 baht net for the buffet and 250 baht per glass of Paulaner Beer.

Skål Chiang Mai and the North President Annette Kunagigon is joined by Events Director Tim McGuire to hold the Skål sign.

Frank and Vanita Sethi were congratulated on their successful Bollywood Masala Charity night held earlier in the month and Skål Vice President Marc Dumur on his new position in charge of Vivo Bene, a hotel and resort in Doi Saket that also offers additional accommodation for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The Skål committee has opened voting for the award for the Skål Host of the Year and also plans on presenting a Skål Member of the Year Award to that member who has proven most proactive in promoting Skål and Chiang Mai.
The Skål dinner was a great success with many members congratulating the Holiday Inn team on a job well done with great food and ambiance. The next Skål meeting will be held at the Chedi Hotel in their newly opened restaurant “The Colonial House” on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Stella Jacobs, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai and the evening’s host joins Annette and guests Chai and Lance before dinner.

Stylish grand opening of Promenada Resort Mall gala event

“More than just shopping”

From left: Edward Kiti, President of Elite Model Management South East Asia, Pakinai Na Chiang Mai, Tjeert Kwant, CEO and Shareholder of ECC International Real Estate, Dion L.J. Heijmans, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, ECC Group, Duangduan Na Chiang Mai, M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, Senator & Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai, Premkamon Tinnakorn na Ayutthaya , chairman of Islamic Bank of Thailand’s board of directors and Dr. Vatchara Tantranon at the grand opening (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

By Bill Sykes
The first “resort style” air-conditioned shopping mall in Thailand was officially opened on October 26th on a 58 rai site at the junction of Sankampaeng New Road and Central Ring Road.
The futuristic styled Promenada is the result of a 2.9 billion baht investment, much of it from the Netherlands, and many Dutch investors flew in to see President and CEO Mr Tjeert Kwant launch the concept: “More than just shopping.”

Celebrities and guests flew in from Bangkok for the event.
(Photo by Bill Sykes)

He said that over 1.3 million people had visited Promenada since its soft opening in June and noted that his ECC International Real Estate Company was “proud to contribute to the promotion of Chiang Mai as an exciting and invigorating place for tourists.”
The company has developed shopping centers in central Europe since 1991 and recently expanded into Vietnam.
As well as the finals of the Elite Model Look Thailand 2013, a national competition sponsored and hosted by Promenada and featuring a male model winner for the first time, the packed seating area was entertained by Christina Aguilar, Nat Sakdatorn and award winning DJs.

View of the stage and the Elite Model competition and fashion show. (Photo by Bill Sykes)

Many tenants contributed to aspects of the model contest and Mr. Kwant added that “the success of all Promenada tenants is our priority.”
Facilities include a large Rimping Superstore with restaurant and oyster bar, SF Cinema City, [email protected], Toys “R” Us and an ice skating rink will open soon.
The exterior resort atmosphere is achieved by features such as restaurant terraces, tiered rice paddies, gardens, canals and an open air stage for musicians. An extensive program of special events will be frequently updated on

Pinn Food Society grand opening features fabulous food

Local businesswoman Kate Chulaluck Setthakhorn of ITM joins Chef Ian at the grand opening
(Photo courtesy of Chulaluck Setthakorn)

By Shana Kongmun
The grand opening of Pinn Food Society at Magnolia Café featured the creative cooking of Pongtawat Chalermkittichai, or Chef Ian as he is more commonly known. Chef Ian gained in Thailand hosting the popular cooking show Chef Mue Tong starting in 2001. He s the founder of several highly acclaimed restaurants around the world, including Kittichai Restaurant in New York City, Restaurant Murmuri in Barcelona, Hyde & Seek in Bangkok, Koh by Ian Kittichai in Mumbai, and Ember Room in New York City.

Chef Ian (right) creates special dishes for Pinn Food Society’s opening night. (Photo courtesy of Riddhi Diskul)

He was on hand to join Khun Noi and Prompaulin Phongphaiboon to showcase the delicacies that will be available through the Pinn Food Society. Chef Ian created a signature menu for Pinn Food Society and one that saw great acclaim from the guests gathered for the big opening held on October 19, 2013. Chef Ian will be visiting Chiang Mai regularly often for workshops with Pinn Food Society, a new venture for him.

Delicious lamb was one of the dishes on offer
(Photo courtesy of Riddhi Diskul)

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

CM International Rotary Road Trip to Mae Sot

Chile comes to Chiang Mai

Skålleagues have a great night out at the Holiday Inn

Stylish grand opening of Promenada Resort Mall gala event

Pinn Food Society grand opening features fabulous food