Fireworks fill the sky as the Cricket comes to town
Welcome party for the 27th “San Miguel” Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
The Welcome Party for the Cricket Sixes
tournament is a time for everyone to let their beaks down!
By Shana Kongmun
Once again River Market played host to a horde of hungry cricket
players on Saturday, March 29, 2014 as the teams of the 27th San Miguel
Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes filled the city. This annual event
sees teams from around the world come to Chiang Mai for cricket, camaraderie
and a roaring good time. With colorful names like the Tokyo Dingbats, the
Darwin Dilettantes, the Floggers and Robbers and Sons of Pitches the event
is colorful and draws cricket players back to Chiang Mai year after year,
with many of them considering it a highlight of their year.
Beavers are a Chiang Mai favorite.
This year the Cricket Sixes saw 32
teams from 12 different countries including Greece and Japan join the event,
many of them attending the welcome party and enjoying the ribs, pizza, and
of course San Miguel Beer. The private party, held just for the teams and
their supporters filled River Market and saw many old friends reconnecting
year after year. The games are divided into groups, with the more serious
teams vying for the Cup, also the Gentleman’s League and two women’s teams
that competed this year.
The Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes is a key fixture on the Chiang Mai event
calendar and is played every year at the beautiful Gymkhana Club, this year
the competition ran from March 30 to April 5, 2014.
Taverners traveled from Bahrain, Kuwait and London to make the tournament.
Mai Armadillos sport some of the more colorful jerseys in the tournament.
Danichowski of the River Market is joined by local cricket lovers at the
The AEC and its effects on tourism
A timely talk at the Skål
members and guests gathered for the group photo before the dinner (Photo
courtesy of CityNow!)
By Shana Kongmun
Members of the travel and tourism professionals’ organization Skål met at
the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai for their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 27,
2014. Led by Events Director Manfred Ilg of 137 Pillars House, members first
enjoyed cocktails by the pool before retiring to Fujian Restaurant to hear
Mark Hefner discuss the findings of his research on the upcoming ASEAN
Economic Community and its effects on employment in the tourism business in
Hefner (2nd left) joins Ryan, Wanna, Laurence and Jaffee before the dinner.
Mark began his talk by saying
“Bottom-line, things will change.” He said that although the Thai government
has not yet changed its labor laws it will need to soon to all in line with
the rest of ASEAN. He noted that there were 32 specific jobs in the tourism
industry that will qualify for employment in Thailand and include jobs as
far ranging as Executive Chef to Bell Boy to tour operators. Tourism
professionals in Chiang Mai will be able to source qualified certified
employees from the ASEAN website. He believes, although again, he noted the
laws have not yet changed, that there will not be the need for 4 Thai
employees or 2 million baht in registered capital for qualified certified
employees from the ASEAN nations, they will still need visas but the process
will be easier.
Director Manfred Ilg and Secretary Frans Betgem greet young Skål member
Patrick Hennessey and his parents Ed and Janet.
Mark Hefner noted that the ASEAN site
has set up training courses for certification, employees will also be able
to use their life experience to qualify as well. Employees will be able to
upload their resumes for prospective employers to the ASEAN website and He
added that Thailand is behind in this, noting that Cambodia, Vietnam and the
Philippines have been very ambitious in preparing for AEC. He pointed out
that many think ASEAN integration begins in 2015 but in actuality it started
back in 2008 and it is expected to be completed in 2015. He believes that
most countries will reach 90% of ASEAN’s goals.
Members had a lot of questions and found the talk very informative, also
announced was a seminar on sustainable tourism that will be held at Payap
University on April 8. Registration can be made at [email protected]
Magical transformations in stories of Princes and Princesses
Chiang Mai Ballet Academy’s annual gala performance
Michael Heath and his wife Michelle attended the matinee show. Here with
Director M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat and dancers from the show. (Photo courtesy
By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai audiences were treated to performances from two stories
of magical transformation; the Prince of the Golden Conch Shell is an old
Thai story of 7 young princesses who choose from princes of the realm but
one chooses the poor forest dweller who is really a divine prince in
disguise, and Cinderella the story a poor girl given the chance to go to the
ball in her beautiful gown by her fairy godmother.
These stories may seem a little old fashioned in this day and age; stories
of girls looking for their Prince to rescue them from either a life of
drudgery in the case of Cinderella or the choices of her parents in the tale
of Rochana in the Prince of the Golden Conch Shell. However, they teach more
than that; the Prince of the Golden Conch Shell is hidden in the body of an
ugly poor man who lives in the forest and is rejected by the King and his
wife. However, the youngest daughter, Rochana, sees the gold in his heart
and chooses him over princely suitors chosen by her father. They dance and
his true self is revealed to the Princess.
Rochana dances with a princely suitor chosen by her father in the Prince of
the Golden Conch Shell.
Cinderella, of course, is the story of
a poor girl treated poorly by her wicked step mother and sisters transformed
into the belle of the ball with a beautiful gown and her beautiful glass
slippers. As everyone knows, at the stroke of midnight her gown is
transformed back into rags, her coach into a pumpkin and her horses into
mice. The prince however, sees through the rags to the real Cinderella when
she slips on the glass slipper. Of course the story could also be that only
girls with tiny feet get the Prince!
Rochana chooses the disguised divine Prince instead over the suitor chosen
by her father by offering him a flower garland.
The matinee show on Sunday March 30 saw
children of all ages attend the performance along with guest of honor U.S.
Consul Michael Heath and his wife Michelle while the evening show was
attended by Dhirendra Singh Garbyal, Consul for India and his wife and
Rachan Veeraphan, Honorary Consul for Bangladesh and his wife along with
other gold clad local residents and ballet lovers. The funds raised from
these gala performances will be donated to the charity Friends in Need (of
Princess Pa) Volunteers Foundation for the Red Cross Society.
all ages took part in the performances at the Kad Theater on Sunday, March
Principal performers were Cathrin
Ballmer, Sirikwanchanok Singtong, Peera Phanlukthao, the first male dancer
with a PhD from the UK, and Narach “Book” Kitavadhana, Chiang Mai’s
well-known baritone singer. There were joined onstage by more than 300
students from the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy and the show was directed by
M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat, who was awarded the prestigious Asia Pacific Woman
Inspire Award for Art in Singapore in 2002. Not just classical ballet, the
show featured jazz, modern, Thai contemporary, Latin, flamenco and hip-hop.
that help Cinderella do her chores performed a modern hip hop style dance to
a classic 80’s hit; Mickey.
dons her beautiful gown and wins the Prince’s heart at the ball.
girls dressed up for the show and join their grandmother for the event.
Preeyapun Sridhavat is joined by guests of honor and dancers at the start of
the evening performance.
Fired by Rex Harrison, reinstated in 2 days
Le Meridien Chiang Mai’s F & B Manager Michael Hofstetter, new Chiang Mai
Expats Club Nancy Lindley, David, and board members Lucy and Charles. (Photo
courtesy of CityNow!)
By Bill Sykes
“The magic of live performances captured me”, David Gordon told the
Chiang Mai Expats’ Club at Le Meridien Hotel on March 22nd.
Named ‘Best Director’ at his boarding school, David was so “captured” that
he watched 8 or 9 productions a week, and was especially impressed when he
saw a 35 year old actor successfully playing a 12 year old boy.
“After a 5 hour interview I was a director at the age of 18, dealing with
stars such as Rex Harrison and Barbara Windsor” he recalled. “Rex Harrison
ordered me to his home and fired me on the doorstep, but I was reinstated 2
Highs and lows were commonplace. One of David’s shows opened in Edinburgh
with just 28 people in a hall seating 100. The next night no-one attended at
all, but a stunning review appeared in the local newspaper. After that, the
hall was packed and Princess Margaret was one of the audience.
David later studied cookery in Italy and now runs David’s Kitchen restaurant
on the east bank of the River Ping, north of Faham.
The Expats’ Club takes a break during Songkran and the next full meeting
will be on May 24th as Nancy Lindley takes over as the new Chiang Mai Expats