Chiang Mai’s own Princess celebrates her birthday
Dr. Chao Duang Duan na Chiang Mai is joined by
partygoers as she cuts her birthday cake.
Dr. Chao Duan Duang na Chiang Mai turns 82
The Kodchasri Thani Hotel hosted the birthday party of Chiang Mai’s
own aristocracy, Dr. Chao Duan Duang na Chiang Mai or Chao Jai as she is
Only about 25 people attended this year’s birthday, but there have been also
lots of other events and celebrations the same day. Beside the Lion's Club
Saraphi and Muang Chamber Chiang Mai, who were hosting the small but fine
event, Desjoyaux Swimming Pools, Eden Education Centre, Thailandfriends
(Phuenthai German International Organization), Classic Model Chiang Mai and
several family members have been present at the event.
JOJO Ongkarn Chaiongkarn, Tananan Willson, Chao Pongdate na Lamphun and
Kaewkaw na Chiang Mai who entertained the gathering with singing. While
Rapeepun Suonsomijit, Khun Wuttipong from Eden Education Centre and Dr. Dirk
Weeber Arayatumsopon led speeches honoring her on her birthday.
Dr. Dirk said, as Chiang Mai is the Rose of the North, Dr. Chao Duan Duang
na Chiang Mai is the Lotus of Chiang Mai who will blossom as long as
Dr. Chao Duang Duan na Chiang Mai is the President of the Chiang Mai Culture
Council as well and she was honored for her tireless work in promoting Lanna
Designer Tananan Willson sang Seasons in the Sun and the birthday cake was
cut as everyone wished her long life and health.
The Chiang Mai Mail team would like to join in offering our birthday
greetings to Dr. Chao Duan Duang na Chiang Mai and wish her a long life,
good health and further success in her work with the Chiang Mai culture
Dr. Chao Duang Duan na Chiang
Mai is offered well wishes by her guests including Jojo Ongkarn Chaiongkarn
and Tananan Willson.
Fabulous ruby on display at jewelry show
The fabulous million Baht heart shaped ruby was
a highlight of the show.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Woragarn Yokying presided over the opening
ceremony of the GCT Jewelry Show at Central Airport Plaza on May 28, 2011.
The first ever of its kind in Chiang Mai, the show featured fabulous jewels,
and jewelry with an amazing 307.57 karat heart shaped ruby valued at 1
million Baht taking center stage.
A gorgeous citrine of about the same value, a porcelain doll with diamons
and the wings of an angel encrusted with black diamonds were also favorites
of show goers.
Many vendors were there selling their jewelry with jewels from around the
world on sale. The President of the GCT said its very difficult to get
untreated Siamese rubies on the Thai market these days, so the show offered
a great value and variety.
The show was a precursor of the upcoming 48ith Jewelry and Gem Fair to be
held in Bangkok in September.
Shoppers and sightseers
enjoyed the jewelry on display at the jewelry fair held at Central Airport
Congratulation Gala Dinner for new appointed senator ML Preeyapun
Newly appointed Senator for Chiang Mai ML
Preeyapun Sridhavat welcomes
the guests to listen to the Children’s Choir.
Story and Photos by Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon
ML Preeyapun Sridhavat is the Vice President of the Woman's Association of
Thailand, Director of the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy, Honorary Consul of Peru
for Northern Thailand and Judge in Chiang Mai Court and now newly appointed
Senator for the Province of Chiang Mai. A gala dinner was held in honor of
this accomplished woman at the Grand Ball room of the Empress Hotel Chiang
Mai, on Friday the 20th of May under the leadership of Ongkarn "JOJO"
of Senator ML Preeyapun Sridhavat who performed in the show.
Many organizations were involved in the program and more than 300 guests
congratulated ML Preeyapun on her very special success.
Governor ML Panadda Diskul, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, Judges of the Court
of Chiang Mai, Consul Generals, Consuls and Honorary Consuls of Northern
Thailand, Presidents and Chair of many charity organizations, business
people, and local politicians all gathered to pay their respects and offer
their congratulations to this dynamic leader of Chiang Mai.
Entertainment included dances from the Chiang Mai Ballet, a children’s choir
singing the ABBA song Dancing Queen (so the connection to the Dancing noble
lady of Chiang Mai was clear) and a short summary of a historical movie
about an important Thai Queen who sacrificed her life for Thailand. The
evening culminated in a fashion and dance show consisting of Chiang Mai
celebrities to honor ML Preeyapun.
Historical costumes were shown and the
acting of the celebrities was quite enthralling. Other highlights included
music and dances from the musical "Evita" followed by another fashion show
of Chiang Mai celebrities giving their homage to Chiang Mai's Evita Peron!
Master of Ceremony Montri Wongkasern, Vice President of the Chiang Mai
Chamber Of Commerce performed a Latin style dance with Raya Luelai on stage
so that Chiang Mai's Empress Hotel was transformed into Latin America taking
all the guests into another world!
Sethi of Fashion King and Raya Luelai were some of the honored guests at the
The evening ran late when donations were given by The Empress Hotel, the
Lion's Club Saraphi, local business people and Phuenthai German
International Organization, who also co hosts the event with a special
10,000 Baht donation. Section president Wuttipong Arayatumsopon gave the
cheque with help of his assistant Khun Zarf, Janet Henry, Bobby Khotbuntao
and Dr. Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon to the new Senator to present to the
Northern School for the Blind.
Thailandfriends International coordinator Janet Henry took part in the
fashion show wearing a rainbow dress to show that the unity of the people is
important for Chiang Mai and Thailand. Thailandfriends board member and soon
vice president Bobby Khotbuntao wore a classic latino styled suit and
stunning blue hair while Dr. Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon wore a European
Baroque Emperor Costume.
The Chiang Mai Mail team offers their congratulations and best wishes to
Chiang Mai Senator ML Preeyapun Sridhavat.
Senator ML Preeyapun Sridhavat
by friends who performed in the show.
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn offers his congratulations
to ML Preeyapun on her appointment as Senator for Chiang Mai.
Phueanthai offers a cheque for
10,000 Baht to Senator ML Preeyapun for the Northern School for the Blind.
Fantastic shows kept the
at the event at the Empress Hotel on May 20, 2011.
The Chiang Mai Ballet
performed at the show.
Phuenthai German International
Organization: from left to right Wuttipong Arayatumsopon (President Section
Thailand), Wuttipong "Bobby" Khotbuntao (Board Member - Vice President in
Appointing process), Janet S. Henry (International coordinator), Frank Sethi
(1st cashier, Board member), Zaft Yula Atha.
Kate Chulaluck Setthakorn was
of the models at the fashion show at the Empress Hotel.
TEDx event in Chiang Mai inspires and educates
Dhammananda: Dhammananda Bikkuni,
the first female Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand spoke at the event on May
22. (Photo by Azriel Cohen)
On Sunday 22 May 2011, TEDx came to Chiang Mai for the first
time with the inaugural TEDxDoiSuthep. Through the independently organised
event, the theme, ‘creativity and collaboration’, was captured by the inspiring
speakers through ideas about how we can bring peace, meaning and belonging to
Local performance and visual
artist Chadwick Gray, one half of the collaboration Chadwick and Spector. (Photo
by Azriel Cohen)
“It has been a life-changing experience to be involved with
organising the first TEDx event in Chiang Mai alongside Katherine LeRoy”, said
Sheila Pham, Co-Director of TEDxDoiSuthep. “Our hope in creating this new
platform for ideas in Chiang Mai is that this event is the start of a movement
here, with TEDxDoiSuthep being the first of many more TEDx events to be
organised here in Chiang Mai.”
Jon Jandai, the founder of Pun Pun Organic Farm, spoke about finding happiness
in a simple life with his talk ‘Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?’ Jon
spoke about his success in making a living through organic farming, building his
own house, turning his back on fashion and looking after his health in natural
Dhammananda Bikkuni, the first female Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand,
encouraged everyone to live each day like it might be their last through acts of
goodness for themselves and others. Above all, Dhammananda stressed that each
person must realise they have more potential than they think, and strive to
bring out the best in themselves.
Photojournalist James Robert Fuller shared his experience documenting the
migration of a Karen family from a refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border to
Buffalo in the United States. Through this experience, James reconnected with
his own family in London and discovered that ‘home’ is an emotional place. “I
now have another chance to be a son, to learn how to be an uncle and to be the
brother I want to be,” he said.
Award-winning author Mo Tejani profiled three fascinating 21st century global
nomads and discussed the contribution that such travelers make to the societies
they live and work in.
Award-winning documentary photographer and activist Ryan Libre spoke about how
regular people often have more contacts and time to investigate and report on
critical issues than the press does. Ryan spoke about the importance of having
these people on the ground, raising awareness such as in the way he does through
his documentation of the Kachin Independence Army in Burma.
In a dramatic final presentation, performance and visual artists Laura Spector
and Chadwick Gray shared the story of their own collaboration and a
demonstration of their modern representations of lost and forgotten artwork.