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Leather and Lace show revs up fund raising for the Chiang Mai Toy Ride

Ban Ton Pao beauty contests

U.S. Ambassador pays a visit to Chiang Mai

Bloomin’ beautiful

Afternoon tea with the Royal British Legion


Leather and Lace show revs up fund raising for the Chiang Mai Toy Ride

A classic Royal Enfield complete with leather saddlebags
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 well.

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 Dawood Leather.

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. Ketsuda Chaimuanglen.

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 guests.

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 the Consulate.

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. http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov/index.html

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 na Lamphun,
 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.

Bloomin’ beautiful

Chiang Mai Flower Festival off to a colorful start 

Miss Flower contest is a highlight of the Flower Festival

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, 2011.

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 Chakri Sirindhorn.

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 organizers.

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 TAT

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 Citylife garden.

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 attempt.

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 their country.

Susan and Jerry Voss of Mokador drew the lucky winning number.

Lamorna Cheesman of Studio Naenna
and her daughter join Sally Ward for the afternoon tea party.