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Chiang Mai comes together to celebrate HM the Queen’s birthday

Mothers from around Chiang Mai honored on Mother’s Day

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya offers alms to monks on the birthday of H.M. the Queen on August 12, 2014.

By Shana Kongmun
The day started early as Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and government officials made merit early morning by offering food and alms to monks at Tha Pae Gate in honor of HM Queen Sirikit on her birthday on August 12, 2014. The day, also designated Mother’s Day to honor all mothers across Thailand saw family gather together at temples to honor their own mothers as well.

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya honors the portrait of HM the Queen at the official ceremony on the morning of August 12, 2014.

The official government ceremony honoring Her Majesty the Queen was held at Chiang Mai University Convention Center at 9:09 a.m. when leading officials of the province, including the Governor, the Commander of the 33rd Army Camp, Region 5 Police, and the diplomatic corps as represented by Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii, the dean of the diplomatic corps, offering alms to the abbots of leading temples around Chiang Mai. Governor Suriya then offered a “Phan phum” or a floral arrangement set in the shape of a lotus to honor HM the Queen before speaking about the Queen and her dedication to the Thai people.

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and his wife Mananya sign the book offering their well wishes to HM the Queen on her birthday.

The Governor handed out plaques to the award winning Mothers from around Chiang Mai Province including Doi Saket, Mae On, Saraphi and others.
The Chiang Mai Municipality held a candlelight ceremony in the evening to honor HM the Queen at Tha Pae Gate. Booths were set up with craftspeople demonstrating their skills that Her Majesty worked so hard to promote to the world and to popularize among Thai citizens as well. Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn led the candle lighting ceremony in front of the portrait of HM the Queen before leading the crowd in singing the Royal Anthem. The Best Mothers from around the city were also honored that evening, with many local people and organizations offering Phan Phum to the portrait of the Queen as well.
Mother’s Day was changed to August 12 in 1976 to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Mother of all Thai people.

A local resident signs the book offering birthday wishes to HM the Queen at Tha Pae Gate.

Traditional dances were performed at the Mother’s Day celebrations held at Tha Pae Gate.

Members of the Taiyai Educational Society join in the Tha Pae Gate celebrations honoring HM the Queen on her birthday.

Governor Suriya is joined by Best Mothers from around Chiang Mai province.

Governor Suriya and his wife, government officials, members of the local community and students join in prayers at the ceremony held at CMU Convention Center.

The Chiang Mai diplomatic corps attended the event at CMU Convention Center, led by ranking diplomat Akihiko Fujii (far left) he is joined by U.S. Consul General Michael Heath, Chinese Consul General Chao Xiaoliang , Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal, Honorary British Consul Ben Svasti Thomson and Finnish Honorary Consul Narong Kongprasert.

Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by executives and Deputy Mayors of the Municipality at the start of the ceremonies.

Chiang Rai’s wine scene continues to grow

Wine Casa celebrates 1st anniversary

Eknarin “Max” Thammaraks shows off his carefully chosen wine cellar at Wine Casa. He looks for wines that are not only fine but also excellent value.

By Shana Kongmun
Most Chiang Mai residents don’t think to equate Chiang Rai with wine but that would be a mistake as a visit to chat with the knowledgeable and funny Eknarin “Max” Thammaraks who is more than happy to sit down and talk about wines in an approachable way.
A one year anniversary party saw more than 70 people attend, most of them from Chiang Rai but a strong Chiang Mai contingent showed up for the celebrations as well. The evening featured sparkling wine from Collavini Wines, a Bordeaux Blanc from Chateau La Gravelle and a silver medal winner from Chateau Du Barrailh – Graves. The wines were accompanied by the delicious canapés from the kitchen at the Legend Resort and the charming café style Wine Casa filled with people chatting and enjoying the wines.

Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Rai office Isra Stapanaseth offered a bouquet of flowers in congratulation on the first anniversary of Wine Casa at The Legend, Chiang Rai.

Max has been studying to be a sommelier and his passion and knowledge are apparent, he is more than happy to talk about the wines on offer, the why, the what and the how of it all. Wine Casa is located inside The Legend Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai and a weekend away from it all in Chiang Rai is all that more appealing because of the many fine and yet reasonably priced wines that Max has lovingly chosen for his wine cellar.

General Manager of the Legend Chiang Rai Makoo Techasopon (far left) greets TAT Director Isra Stapanaseth, Shana Kongmun of the Chiang Mai Mail and Jaffee Yee of Ni Hao Magazine to the first anniversary event.

Local favorite opens new branch in town

Nasi Jumpru lovers flock to The Harbour

One of the owners, Sangmanee “Toey” Sangboon receives a welcome bouquet of flowers from Bangkok Bank executives.

By Shana Kongmun
Long-standing Chiang Mai favorite Nasi Jumpru, the creation owners Toey and Noom who named the Thai fusion restaurant after the Indonesian term for mixed food, although technically nasi means rice, in this case it is similar to the Thai as being referred to as a meal.
The new branch, the San Kamphaeng location remains in place, is conveniently located in The Harbour and offers diners a cozy and intimate feel in what is a rather spacious restaurant. Nasi Jumpru has been around for quite a few years now starting at JJ Market before moving to the Meechoke Intersection in a charming old style house. The new venue retains a charm and beauty that goes with having two such creative owners in charge.
Friends, guests and well-wishers came to the grand opening at The Harbour on Friday, August 8, 2014 where cocktails and canapes were served before the ribbon was cut on the new restaurant and the guests then sat down for dinner.

Locals Ian and Tom enjoyed the opening party before heading in for dinner.

Noom, owner of Nasi Jumpru, with one of the many congratulatory bouquets that were given to the partners in the popular restaurant.

Grand opening for newest sports bar

Well –known personal Damon was on hand to greet everyone, his friendly figure towering over just about everyone!

By Shana Kongmun
The Game Sports Bar and Grill opened their newest branch in Chiang Mai on Friday, August 15, 2014 with a bang, the large venue features a huge projection screen TV that was featuring Australian rugby in the busy bar as local expats and Thais lined up for the buffet and to enjoy a beer in the traditional sports bar atmosphere.
Located in Kad Farang, the new bar is overseen by General Manager Andrew (Dru) Garrity with the help of Damon Zane and features standard bar favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and buffalo wings along with other dishes like steaks and pork chops along with a good selection of domestic and imported beers. Locals lined up to play pool on the Brunswick tables after they polished off the buffet. The large flat screen TVs all around the venue ensured everyone got their dose of sports along with the sports memorabilia on the walls. The owner of a neighboring Muay Thai gym dropped in and gave the bar a pair of gloves to hang from the walls, noting that these were a much better quality glove. The owners of Kad Farang also joined the crowd along with many Hang Dong residents as well as in-town friends and well-wishers who came out for the opening.
The Game Sports Bar is open 7 days a week until 1 a.m. with a Happy Hour and special Men’s Night on Thursdays and to make sure that local sports lovers get their sports fix all the time, feature different sports all the time.

Local Hang Dong residents dropped in to enjoy a beer and watch the rugby on the huge projection screen TV.

John, Nancy, Roger and Alan shared a beer at the busy bar at the grand opening of the Game Sports Bar on August 15, 2014.

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Chiang Mai comes together to celebrate HM the Queen’s birthday

Chiang Rai’s wine scene continues to grow

Local favorite opens new branch in town

Grand opening for newest sports bar