Leather and Lace show revs up fund raising for the Chiang Mai Toy Ride
A classic Royal Enfield complete with leather
was a highlight of the many big bikes at the event.
By Shana Kongmun
Organizers June Unland and Randi Egan held a fundraising party for the
Chiang Mai Toy Ride at the Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant in Nong Hoi on
Friday, February 11, 2011. This well attended event featured Thai and
Western models, all Chiang Mai residents, modeling PVC “biker” style
clothing supplied by Novice Limited, Planet Latex and Dawood Leather. Richco
Motorsports brought in not only quite a few of their motorbikes but unveiled
a custom Harley Davidson they worked on for one of their customers.
The X Sports Centre, Chiang Mai Mail and Absolute Skin Care all donated
vouchers for the giveaways and Nice Nails provided manicures for the models.
The event, which raised 25,000 baht for the Chiang Mai Toy Ride to go to
Chiang Mai Family Services, was well attended by locals as well as members
of the Chiang Mai Toy Ride. The parking lot at Miguel’s was filled with
classic and new big bikes, with the highlight being the custom Harley. Actor
Ananda Everingham showed up to take pictures on his custom painted bike as
The Chiang Mai Toy Ride takes place this Sunday starting from the Tesco
Lotus Khamtieng on the Super Highway at 9:45 a.m. Bring a toy, take a ride
and enjoy the party up at the X-Center!.
Organizer June Unland (right) is joined by one
of her models,
Maggie Nentwig, modeling PVC fashions by Novice Limited and Planet Latex.
One of the models wearing a leather jacket from
A custom painted bike was featured at the show.
Ban Ton Pao beauty contests
Miss Thida Sa Paper, Patrakorn Tangsuphalkul is
crowned at the festival.
Ban Ton Pao Municipality hosted
several beauty contests to promote the Sa mulberry trees and paper products
of the village, with three contest titles for Miss Thida Sa Paper, Miss
Angel in Disguise and Miss Mae Huan Ngarm.
Chokchai Waidee, the Permanent Secretary and Acting Mayor for Ban Ton Pao
Municipality recently organized the Amazing Lanna Sa Paper Fair from
February 11-13 to boost awareness of the village’s unique products.
Katanyuta Rattanathada won the Miss Angel in Disguise crown.
The Miss Thida Sa Paper title
for 2011 went to Ms. Patrakorn Tangsuphalkul, 21, a3rd year student in Law
at Chiang Mai University, who received the crown, sash and prizes from Mrs.
Nongnuch Boonkangwan, the President of San Kamphaeng District Red Cross.
Mrs. Patcharaporn Rammasute took the Miss Mae
Huan Ngarm crown.
The first runner-up was Ms.
Siriporn Takhampan, 23, a student in Business Administration at Maejo
University, The second runner-up was Ms. Arthithaya Kunala, 18, a student of
Payap Technology and Business Administration College. The third runner-up
was Ms Keeratiya Iamthaworn, 24, a Master degree’s student in Science
Faculty of CMU, and the 4th runner was Ms. Chalita Kakulna, 19, a student of
Faculty of Humanities, Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai.
The winner of the Miss Angel in Disguise contest for
transgenders/transvestites was Katanyuta Rattanathada of Khon Kaen
University, the first runner -up was Panyapat Thingmuen, the second
runner-up was Waranchalee Namwong, a student in the Pharmacy Faculty of CMU,
the third -runner was Jirasita Kitinant, a student of Maejo University and
the 4th runner - up was Pantawan Rungroj.
Miss Mae Huan Ngarm or Miss Housewife beauty contest saw Mrs. Patcharaporn
Rammasute from Tharnthong Thani housing estate take the crown while the
first- runner was Mrs. Sophit Wongkut and the second- runner up was Ms.
U.S. Ambassador pays a visit to Chiang Mai
U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney at the party
at the U.S. Consulate believes in strengthening the ties in the North.
By Shana Kongmun
Newly installed United States Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney paid a
visit to Chiang Mai on Thursday, February 10, 2011 where she met with U.S.
Consul General Susan Stevenson, and consular staff. Among the many official
duties, she also found time to pay a visit to Doi Suthep where she enjoyed
the view over Chiang Mai and hosted the evening party where she greeted
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul welcomed Ambassador Kenney to Chiang Mai,
talking about the long history of good relations between the two countries
and looking forward to the upcoming 60th anniversary party of founding of
Dr. Ken Santitham, City Administrator was on hand representing the
Municipality and Police Bureau Region 5 Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Chaiya
Siri-amphankul joined the evening with many of his officers. Consul Generals
from China and Japan, the Consul from India and many of the Honorary Consuls
joined local business people, NGO members and members of the local community
in offering the new Ambassador a warm welcome.
She expressed her interest in Chiang Mai, adding that the anniversary party
was a great opportunity to increase relations and better promote the close
ties in Northern Thailand in trade, education and cultural exchanges.
The U.S. Consulate is holding a series of events celebrating the founding of
the Consulate here in Chiang Mai and more information about all the ongoing
celebrations, from the painting of the walls by students to educational
events and more can be found on their website.
Chiang Mai residents, both Thai and expat felt that the evening was a good
opportunity for the new Ambassador to meet the thriving community that has
been established here, of not just Americans but of a community that works
together to benefit the city.
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul is
greeted by the new U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney, U.S. Consul
General Susan Stevenson and her husband, Mark Stevenson.
Consul Generals from China and Japan (top row
from left) and Honorary Consuls from France and the United Kingdom (bottom
row, from left) paid their respects to the new Ambassador at the party held
at the U.S. Consulate on Thursday, February 10, 2011.
The U.S. Ambassador is greeted by Chao Dararat
the last living descendent of the Royal Lamphun family.
Police Bureau Region 5 Commissioner Pol Lt Gen
Chaiya Siri-amphankul presents flowers
to warmly welcome the new U.S. Ambassador to Chiang Mai.
(From top): Consuls and Honorary Consuls join
local business leaders
at the party to welcome the Ambassador.
Chiang Mai Flower Festival off to a colorful start
Miss Flower contest is a highlight of the Flower
By Phitsanu Thepthong
Photos by Shana Kongmun and Jittarporn Charasrum
Doi Saket’s float took first prize in the beautiful floral float category
and received the trophy of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the 35th
annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival that kicked off Saturday, February 5,
With the grand opening of the parade starting from in front of the
Governor’s Residence at Nawarat Bridge, the parade wound its way through
town past crowds of tourists and locals to Tha Pae Gate and on to Nong Buak
Haad Park where the floats remained for the weekend. Chiang Mai Governor ML
Panadda Diskul was joined by U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson, Mayor
Tassanai Buranupakorn and head of the TAT, Chalermsak Suranont at the
grandstand watching the parade and performers.
The prize for best floral float for cultural preservation category went to
Muang Chiang District, while the winner in the creativity category was San
Kamphaeng district. Each winner also won a trophy of HRH Princess Maha
Plant and flower sales as well as plant and flower competitions were the
highlight of the festival at Nong Buak Haad Park. Additionally, local market
goods, snacks and gardening products were on sale.
Miss Nathida Thongkasem, a Chiang Mai University student was crowned Miss
Flowers while Miss Penelope Barrai of France won the Miss International
Flowers contest. Winners received a shield of honor and 10,000 baht from the
Flower covered floats paraded through town
Beauties young and small were also featured in
the flower festival.
The Miss Indian Princess float was sponsored by
The beautiful flower covered floats filled the
air with fragrance.
The Miss Indian Princess Contestants performed
to the delight of the crowd.
Districts from all over Chiang Mai sent in
flower covered floats.
Dressed in plant materials, this young man kept
to the theme of the float.
The sunny day ensured these lovely ladies used
their Bor Sang umbrellas.
Afternoon tea with the Royal British Legion
Guests played croquet on the grounds of the
By Shana Kongmun
The Royal British Legion held a delightful afternoon tea in the
gardens of Citylife Magazine on Sunday, February 6 as a fundraiser for their
Poppy appeal. With over 70 people attending the event the afternoon kept up
a lively interest, with some playing croquet and others giving boule an
The Chedi catered the fundraiser with tea and a delightful range of cakes,
scones and breads. The lemon curd was especially delicious. Italasia had
wine and sparkling wine on hand and Sally Ward ran her ever popular lottery
sales as part of the fundraising activities, Susan Voss of Mokador Coffee
won the first round. Five more draws are planned with the next one due at
the U.N. Irish Pub in April.
The afternoon raised upward of 15,000 baht for the Royal British Legion,
funds that will be put to good use in aid of those who stood in service to
Susan and Jerry Voss of Mokador drew the lucky
Lamorna Cheesman of Studio Naenna
and her daughter join Sally Ward for the afternoon tea party.