CM International Rotary Road Trip to Mae Sot
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 www.maetaoclinic.org.
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.
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
www.khomloy.org and www.uplift-khomloy. blogspot.com.
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 www.rotary.org. Contact CMIRC at Cmi [email protected] or visit their
Facebook page at
line up to receive gifts from CMIRC members.
Chile comes to Chiang Mai
Rimping Wine tasting at Promenada
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.
tasting featured Maipo wines from Chile with a great selection of whites,
reds and rosés.
Tracy enjoyed the wines and the delicious canapés.
Skålleagues have a great night out at the Holiday Inn
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.
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.
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.
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”
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
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
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
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
Pinn Food Society grand opening
features fabulous food
businesswoman Kate Chulaluck Setthakhorn of ITM joins Chef Ian at the grand
(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.
(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.
lamb was one of the dishes on offer
(Photo courtesy of Riddhi Diskul)