Networking nights continue to grow
Rob Hurenkamp, Managing Director and one of the
evening’s sponsors, Mazars, joins Peter Smith of AA Insurance, Dutch Consul
Peter van Loo and Chairman of the BCCT, Graham MacDonald for the BCCT/Dutch
Consulate/Networking One evening at the Rachamankha Hotel.
By Shana Kongmun
Networking One, the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (BCCT) and the
Dutch Consulate all joined forces to host the first networking night of the
new year at the Rachamankha Hotel, and just in time for the start of the
Chinese New Year as well.
Prior to the beginning of the event a seminar on SME (small to medium
enterprise) businesses and their needs in Chiang Mai was held for area
businesspeople with BCCT Chairman Graham MacDonald presiding. As Peter van
Loo, the Dutch Honorary Consul, noted in his welcome speech to the crowd,
the needs of Chiang Mai businesses are far different from the big
corporations that often populate the Chamber events in Bangkok.
To that end, he suggested that the Chiang Mai community might consider
starting a European Chamber, to cover everyone, or someone in the Dutch
community could start a Netherlands Chamber with the idea of lower fees and
interested parties would then not have to always travel to Bangkok for an
The evening was well attended, with Peter Smith of AA Insurance saying that
while he doesn’t live in Chiang Mai he loves travelling up here every month
and was trying to schedule his weekend to see the Flower Festival at Suan
Buak Haad Park. Lamorna Cheeseman of Studio Naenna Textiles was a newcomer
to the evening and was interested to see that businesses of all kinds were
represented there. Rob Hurenkamp of Mazars, sponsor for the evening’s event,
was noted that considering Chiang Mai’s size it was quite a good turnout.
The courtyard at the Rachamankha Hotel was as lovely as ever and Martin
Venzky-Stalling enjoyed his dinner there before joining the networking
evening. Other notable regulars such as Zane Crosby-Emery, Phillip Johnson
and David Hardcastle were in attendance and quite a few new faces showing
that the networking evening was offering the Chiang Mai business community a
useful tool to meet and get to know one another.
Dutch Consul Peter van Loo discusses Chiang Mai
forming a European Chamber of Commerce.
Suwat Rerksujarit, General Manager for Thai
Health Insurance (center)
joins Peter Smith of AA Insurance and renowned architect Kwan
David Hardcastle of the Elephants Voice magazine
and Lamorna Cheeseman of Studio Naenna talk textiles over a drink.
Al Trussel, Board member of the Chiang Mai
Expats Club chats
with Peer Andersen of Get2Press and author Stu Lloyd.
Sally Ward was there selling tickets to Sunday’s
Royal British Legion high tea event
and chatted with Margaret Bhadungzong of Boon Som Farms and Linda
Lewis Levine, Ralph Van den Berg of Horeca,
and Zane Crosby-Emery of Modernbuild share a drink at the Rachamankha Hotel.
Susan and Jerry Voss talked about their upcoming
wine and chocolate tasting event,
“Love songs, bubbly and chocolate” on February 10, featuring the music of
Ana Gracey and held at Mokador.
Classic car meet at Nim Cityy
Sponsors Chiang Mai Properties and Alan Hall of
cooked up a delicious barbecue at Ob Khan National Park
The monthly meet up of Chiang Mai classic car enthusiasts saw a good turnout for
their special day out to Ob Khan National Park. Leaving in a caravan from
Nim City, the cars travelled on out of the city to climb the hills into the
national park, with some rough spots, a few of the lower riding cars had
some difficulty and the Lotus had to bow out of the drive.
A young tourist was found on the way, having had a rather nasty fall on her
rental bike, but the quick thinking of Craig, the volunteer photographer and
David Hardcastle’s wife, saw the police called, and a rescue vehicle
dispatched to the poor girl who ended up with a broken nose and cheekbone.
However, the day continued on and the cars surprised and delighted villagers
all the way up to the scenic park. With a small sandy beach beside a
sparkling stream, the setting was peaceful and relaxing for the gathered
crowd of both Thai and foreign enthusiasts.
Rex Baggaley concocted a difficult classic car quiz that was run by David
Hardcastle of Autonostalgia, that saw the first three places all taken by
Thai teams. Horeca graciously sponsored the beer and wine while Alan Hall of
PFM International and Chiang Mai Properties, La Fontana Italian Restaurant
on Rachamankha Road and J & N Autos classic car and sports car engineers, on
the southern ring road sponsored the barbecue. Nest of Villa Obkhan worked
tirelessly to organize the day out. And while the day was a bit cloudy, it
was not too hot and everyone enjoyed their trip out to this little known
Located only 30 km from Chiang Mai city center, it is easily reached by
Highway 1269 and features some very lovely paths to hike as well as free
entrance. Peaceful and quiet, it was a great choice for the classic car crew
to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The cars started out from Nim City near Central
Airport around 11:30 a.m.
on Sunday, January 30.
Just a few of the really amazing classic cars
that took part in the afternoon’s drive.
Classic car enthusiasts meet at the Nim City
parking lot the last Sunday of every month, check it out if you love classic
Horeca celebrates the season with a thank you party
Ralph Van den Berg (center, standing) shows his
appreciation to all the Horeca customers that came to the party. (Photo
courtesy of CityNow!)
Horeca Supply Co. Ltd.
held a customer appreciation party out at their premises off the
Superhighway on Saturday, January 29. This well attended event featured many
of the beers and wines that Horeca supplies.
Rudy Van den Berg presents a birthday cake at the
party. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)
Hosted by Rudy and Ralph Van den Berg and Horeca General Manager Joon
Patinya Srisuk, partygoers had a great time enjoying the canapés and wine
and beer. Bottles of Weinstephan were on display and they had tapped the
kegs to offer the crowd; Erdinger, Bitburger and Stella Artois beers. They
also offered wine from around the world with the wines of South Africa and
Argentina taking center stage.
The evening wrapped up with a fire juggling show that kept the crowd talking
even as they headed home. Here’s hoping that Horeca’s customers continue to
Chiang Mai photographers showcase their talents
Unique and beautiful photos by local photographers are on display
at the Northern Thai village at Central Airport Plaza.
Tod Malone’s photo of southern coffee being made.
Maxxime Berna’s lovely photo of monks as tourists.
By Shana Kongmun
again the Chiang Mai Photographic group has exceeded expectations with the
thoughtful, beautiful and unique photos on display until January 30 at the
Northern Thai Village at Central Airport Plaza.
are not restricted to just Chiang Mai but from around Thailand and the world,
with photos from the West Indies by Wyndham Hollis and Australia from Mick
Jackson. Member Maxxime Berna’s photo of monks acting as tourists with
cameras is both eye catching and thought provoking while Tad Malone’s photo
of Southern Thai style coffee being made evokes the fluid movement of the
to the exhibition is definitely worth doing as the photos will inspire you
to get out your camera and start taking photos. Interested photographers can
www.cmpg.igroops.com for more information.
Miss Bor Sang Umbrella Festival crowned
Miss Thida Rom Bor
Sang and the runners up with their prize winnings.
A Chiang Mai University
student won the Miss Thida Rom Borsang, or the Miss Umbrella crown at the
Bor Sang Umbrella and Handicrafts Festival on January 23, 2011.
Nong Noon, 19, Ms
Nathida Thongkasem was crowned as Miss Thida Rom Bor Sang 2011.
The 28th year
for this annual festival, it was organized by the Ton Pao Municipality,
Tourism Authority of Thailand, San Kamphaeng district, public and private
sectors in Chiang Mai.
The festival activities
were including a spectacular and fascinating parade of Miss Mae Ying Kee Rod
Theep Kang Jong, or Miss Bor Sang umbrella girls riding bicycles and holding
umbrellas, Miss Thida Rom Bor Sang contest of which 20 beautiful girls
participated in the contest.
The final round for the
Miss Thida Rom Bor Sang contest saw Number 18, Ms. Nathida Thongkasem, 19,
nickname Nong Noon take the crown. A first year student of the Political
Science Faculty of Chiang Mai University Nathida was also voted as Miss
The first runner up was No
20 Ms. Natha Hongkiew, 20, a second year student of the Economic Faculty,
CMU, second runner- up was No 10 Ms. Matchimala Suthana, 21, a third year
student of Business Administration Faculty, Maejo University, the third
runner up was No 4, Ms. Arthithaya Khunala, 19, a student of Rajamangala
Technology University, and the forth runner- up was Ms Rungrada Karisaeng,
19, a student of Fine Arts Faculty, Maejo University..
Vichit Boonkangwan, San
Kampaeng District Officer, and Chokchai Waidee, permanent secretary of Ton
Pao Municipality, crowned Miss Thida Rom Bor Sang and presented prizes to
the runners up.
The festival activities included a parade of the
beautiful Miss Mae Ying Kee Rod Theep Kang Jong, or Miss Bor Sang umbrella
girls riding bicycles and holding umbrellas to celebrate the Bor Sang
Chiang Mai Friends birthday bash
Models and designers join for a group photo after the fashion show at
the Friends 3rd Anniversary party. (Photo courtesy of Citynow!)
The U.S. Consul General, the Honorary Consul of Bangladesh, the British
Honorary Consul and the Immigration Sub-lieutenant helped Duenpen (Boong)
Chaladlam cut the cake for the birthday celebrations. (Photo courtesy of
By Shana Kongmun
large turnout to celebrate not just the 3rd anniversary of
the Chiang Mai Friends but to also honor the birthday of its founder,
Duenpen ‘Boong’ Chaladlam saw an eventful and fun evening.
a fashion show featuring the elements, earth, water, fire, and air, as
well as a’ few extras thrown in, like pollution, admirably
unrecognizable was LiLi Tan while Kate Setthakorn Dabaransai was lovely
representing the element fire, the show delighted the crowd. Local
funnyman Scott Jones performed a few songs for the group as well as his
popular and funny show. Carole Beauclerk and Ricky Ward were presented
Citizens of the Year awards by U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson for
their outstanding contributions to Chiang Mai and finally, a giant cake
made by the Steak House was cut as consuls, honorary consuls and
government officials joined Boong onstage and the crowd sang Happy
Prizes were handed out and Horeca did a great job offering up beer and
wine. The food was abundant and tasty and the desserts were a big hit.
This family event was a good night out and great way to promote an
organization working to keep Chiang Mai green. JJ Market offered up the
venue and Jojo organized the staging. The evening ran on as members and
guests danced in front of the stage. A great time was had by all and
many are sure to return year after year for this worthy cause..
Models pose on stage during the fashion show.