Tattoo art at MuMu
This Ganesha tattoo shows the skill and detail involved.
The exhibition Tattoism; My
body is my canvas is running until May 15 at MuMu gallery on Nimmanhaemin
Soi 7. The exhibition features photos of unique tattoo art, both Thai and
Chiang Mai University’s
lecturer Kosit Juntaratip also features his unique tattoo art in an
exhibition titled, “Where there is love there is pain” as well as those of
Nidchai Ngeawkham’s ink on coffee dyed paper tattoos titled, “Lanna Erotic
Tattoo”. The tattoos on display are in turns beautiful, interesting and
This unique tattoo shows the shape of Thailand with the Thai flag and a
Bangkok mystery series hits the theaters
Vithaya Pansringarm plays the ex-cop turned monk
in this Bangkok murder mystery series.
Mindfulness and Murder is a
feature film based on the first in a series of Father Ananda mystery novels
by former Bangkok Post writer Nick Wilgus. The project originated when
Wilgus sent Tom Waller a copy of his screenplay adaptation, which was
enthusiastically received. “The story immediately grabbed me, after all, how
often do you come across a monk detective!” says Waller, who decided the
story was perfect for him to turn into his first cinematic feature project
as director. The first thought that came in to Waller’s mind was who to play
Father Ananda. Waller turned to his friend and actor Vithaya “Pu”
Pansringarm, who he envisaged was perfect for the role. Together with
Pansringarm, he worked on the Thai language adaptation of Wilgus’ own
English language screenplay.
After work on the screenplay was completed, Waller began planning principal
photography, which was to take place in and around Bangkok in an old
Buddhist temple in Nonthaburi and on the canals of Bang Yai. He assembled
his regular collaborators from his production team at De Warrenne Pictures,
finding a window in their schedules to mount the three week shoot. As to the
production funding, Waller turned to his long time associate Michael
Pritchett who quickly came on board as Producer.
After just 15 days, filming was complete. Waller then set about finding the
right editor to help assemble his vision. At first he turned to renowned
editor Lee Chatametikool (The Elephant King), who had worked with him
before. But he was not available due to prior commitments on other Thai
films. So Chatametikool suggested Sawit Prasertphan, who took on the project
with much enthusiasm, working between his cutting room in Chiang Mai and
Waller’s office in Bangkok. After Waller was satisfied with the cut, he sent
the film to French composer Olivier Lliboutry to work on the original score.
Finally the film Mindfulness and Murder was completed in late 2010, ready
for film festival submission and fit for showing on the big screen.
“I was intrigued by the premise: a former cop who has become Buddhist monk,
asked by his Abbot to investigate the murder of a boy in his monastery.
Visions of Umberto Eco's The Name Of The Rose and Sherlock Holmes sprang to
mind, albeit in a contemporary and exotic cultural and religious setting.
Being from two cultures and brought up by parents with different religions,
gave me a unique dual perspective on the story,” Mr. Waller said.
“I observed real life situations within the monastic world in Thailand - as
hard and shocking as it may seem, nothing portrayed in the film is not
supported by instances that occur in reality. Murderous acts and committing
sins are the scandal of monasteries all over the world, with the Buddhist
communities in Bangkok being no exception to wayward moral behaviour and bad
karma, he continued.”
However, in telling this fictional story of a clerical detective, I tried to
remain as un-exploitative as possible, letting Ananda meditate through his
spiritual journey whilst unraveling the clues with relative calm and
mindfulness. Only in this way does he solve the crime and catch the murderer
with clear conscience of mind,” he concluded.
Mindfulness and Murder opened in cinemas April 6.
The Concert of the Year
On Friday May 6th, Chiang Mai will host three of Thailand’s most prestigious
musicians who will play a recital containing just one long work – the rarely
heard Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Opus 50. The date of this recital
coincides with the birthday of the late music-loving Princess Galyani
Vadhana – and the recital is being dedicated to her memory.
This is one of the most important and prestigious music events in Chiang
Mai’s performing arts calendar. Rarely do we get the opportunity to hear the
marvelous musicians listed below playing in ensemble, and rarely do we get
the opportunity to hear this unique piece of Tchaikovsky. The recital will
take place in the newly refurbished and attractive ground-floor auditorium
of the Rimping Condominium, standing as it does alongside the Mae Ping River
and at the foot of the Nakhorn Ping Bridge. The recital will be preceded by
a free cocktail reception at 7.00pm provided by the Samsen Villa Restaurant
next to the auditorium. The restaurant will also be offering concert-goers a
20% discount on meals after the recital for those who wish to make this
unique event something really special and an evening to remember.
The distinguished musicians for the evening will be:
Indhuon Srikaranonda, piano is one of the most accomplished pianists in
Thailand; she is one of the very few Thai pianists to have established a
national and international reputation and she has made many international
festival appearances in New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Asia. She is in
constant demand both as a teacher and as a performer. Indhuon lives and
teaches in Bangkok and we welcome her wholeheartedly to Chiang Mai for this
Tasana Nagavajara, violin needs no introduction to us in Chiang Mai. He has
made numerous appearances for the Friends, Payap University, Chiang Mai
University and at the Four Seasons Resort in Mae Rim as well as many other
places in and around the city. Former concert master of the BSO, now deputy
Dean of the Faculty of Music at Silpakorn University and deputy secretary of
the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, his immaculate playing has
delighted audiences here for years.
Ekachai Maskulrat, violoncello is rapidly establishing himself as one of the
world’s leading young cellists. At just 25 years of age he has already
appeared internationally in New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and China; he is
currently studying in Switzerland at Master’s level.
The Tchaikovsky Piano Trio was written in December 1881 and January 1882 and
was given its first performance later in 1882 when in its original form it
lasted an hour and a quarter. The composer subsequently took advice from
players and other musicians and made a number of revisions which resulted in
a shortened version lasting just over fifty minutes, the version that the
musicians will perform on May 6th. The original score was dedicated “to the
memory of a great artist”, Tchaikovsky’s great friend and virtuoso
Rubinstein having died in March 1881. The piece is not generally well known
so this recital will be a rare opportunity for music lovers to hear and
appreciate this endearing piece of music.
This wonderful recital is being organized by The Friends of Music Making in
Chiang Mai (formerly known as the Friends of the Chiang Mai Music Festival)
and a few seats are still available at 400 baht. The piano for this occasion
is being transported from Bangkok and the ‘cello has a seat of its own on
the aircraft which the musicians will be using! For enquiries regarding
seats and for further details, contact the Friends group via JP on 084 868
1017 or email:
This is not an event to be missed by any music lover living in or visiting
Asia’s premier rehab centre achieves 96% completion rate.
3The Cabin Chiang Mai,
widely regarded as the premier drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in
Asia, reveals the potency of its programmes, recording an impressive 96%
completion rate of all clients in 2010.
Though structured along the well-established 12 Steps rehabilitation lines,
The Cabin’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment programmes comprise highly
progressive evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and
personalized counselling elements.
“Our clients greatly appreciate our intelligent approach individually
tailored to each client’s personal needs. It’s an unusually intensive
programme in which they become very engaged. Even while they are with us
clients begin to enjoy significant life changes,” says Programme Director
and Head Counsellor, Alastair Mordey.
Programmes are completely secular and involve no religious component, so are
suitable for all races and faiths.
“We also focus on fitness and mindfulness components, making the most of our
wonderful natural setting,” says Centre Director Peter Maplethorpe. “A great
setting to kick-start a new mindset.”
The centre presents like a 5-star luxury boutique tropical resort with its
riverside setting and comfortable teak-wood cabins in an area just outside
“Your privacy and anonymity are absolutely assured in our secluded riverside
facility far from the prying eyes of family, friends and colleagues. Our
clients are also far from their usual addiction triggers, and enjoy a
vibrant group dynamic in a fresh environment, living the healthy lifestyle
they dream of, even while still in rehab,” says Maplethorpe.
Despite the fact that The Cabin offers clients an industry-unique pro-rata
refund should they choose to exit the programme at any point, no one has
exercised this option yet. “It shows our confidence in the quality of our
treatment programmes,” says Maplethorpe. “In fact, an unusually high
proportion of clients actually extend beyond the minimum 28 days.”
As Asia’s leading rehab centre, clients can expect the same high level of
care they would get in Western countries. The Cabin’s counselors are British
and Canadian, but clients also enjoy the renowned added care and compassion
of local Thai staff, too, especially in the areas of fitness, yoga, and
Exorbitant cost is usually the stumbling block for recovery at international
treatment centres, but not at The Cabin Chiang Mai.
“Our affordability comes not from sacrificing professionalism, treatment or
accommodation standards, but rather in the low operating cost of our
locale,” says Maplethorpe. “We are able to offer a world-class recovery
programme at a price almost one third of comparable treatment in Western
countries, even though we employ highly qualified Western professionals.”
Chiang Mai is highly regarded as a medical/ healthcare/ wellness hub.
Furnished with a range of international hospitals, spas and wellness centers
it is a beacon for those wishing to improve their health in a safe
Chiang Mai is also one of the world’s great adventure travel destinations
and The Cabin offers an attractive array of excursions including elephant
trekking, zipline jungle canopy tours, white-water rafting, Thai cooking
lessons, fishing or hot springs each Sunday.
“One advantage of our location and excursions is that you can return home
from your programme looking happy and healthy, and show everyone great
photos of your adventure holiday in Chiang Mai. No one would ever guess
you’ve been here for rehab treatment,” says Maplethorpe.
The Cabin is an 8-unit drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment centre,
established in 2009 by a group of Western rehabilitation treatment
professionals, qualified and accredited with organizations such as the
British Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals and the Canadian
Professional Counselors Association. The Cabin has also created an alliance
with the leading international hospital in Northern Thailand.
The Cabin’s team includes a clinical advisor (Thailand’s foremost addiction
expert), fitness and yoga instructors, a masseuse, and an art therapist,
with an enviable staff-to-client ratio of nearly 3:1.
The Cabin is located on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai, and
includes a pool and jungle gym. Clients reside in airy teak-wood cabins amid
lush landscaped tropical gardens, with four-poster beds, luxury bathtubs,
large flat-screen TVs and DVD, and wi-fi facilities. Communal facilities
include a library (for books and DVDs), restaurant, and wooden deck
overlooking the river. www.thecabinchiangmai.com
Idol competition sold out
Tim McGuire and Sydney Moss (right) listen to David Shrubsole as he
discusses the need for more media support at the press conference held at
the Playhouse Entertainment Complex
David Shrubsole of the
Playhouse Entertainment Complex was joined by organizer Sydney Moss to
announce that the upcoming Idol competition to be held at the Playhouse was
already sold out and thanked sponsors, Rimping, The Dukes, Butter is Better,
Boutique Travel and others for their generous support in helping to put the
Mr. Shrubsole then went on to note that local businesses and events needed
more help and support from both media and residents in promoting and
maintaining their businesses. He added that at a recent business networking
event, very few Chiang Mai people attended but many people from Bangkok and
other parts of Thailand came and saw the opportunities available.
Sydney Moss, the competition organizer, talked about how music education and
support from schools is lacking and that the Chiang Mai Music Teachers
organized this event, this year being the third time it has been held, with
a goal towards promoting music and education among children. This
competition gives kids an opportunity, usually for the first time in their
lives, to be on stage, he noted. Adding that they would like to get more
Thai schools involved but lack the networking to do so.
Next year, the hope to take the competition to the national level as the
previous years have been so successful.