Classic car buffs meet at Nim City
Classic Jaguar owners brought their cars to the meet
September 25, 2011.
For those who love old cars the
place to be on a Sunday is Nim City where the members of the Classic Cars of
Lanna Cllub meet on the last Sunday of every month. It’s never certain what
cars will show up and members include both expats and Thais. Rex Baggaley is
a regular in his bright yellow Lotus while others can range from classic
Peugots, to Alfa Romeos, to a whole gaggle of Jaguars that came this past
A group of Jaguar owners all turned up
in their classic Jags, turning heads as they rolled in one by one. All
owners of classic cars are welcome to join the event and car lovers are
welcome to come and meet the owners and view the cars. They meet at the
Bistro 1 at Nim City on the last Sunday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to
and car lovers lined up in for a group photo in front of
the cars and Bistro 1 at Nim City.
yellow Lotus stands out in the crowd.
showed off his bright red Alfa Romeo, his latest acquisition, letting
everyone know that he just loved the little convertible.
German Princess and Phuenthai donate 20,000 Baht to school in Lamphunn
Princess Maja von Hohenzollern was joined by OnTop
Jewelry staff, the Ambassador and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s
representative Saisom Wongsasulak. From left to right: Buppa Unjaidee (managing
Director of OnTop Jewelery Thailand), David Rehark (Leader of Production OnTop
Jewelry), German Ambassador Rolf Schulze,
Khun Saisom Wongsasulak (Representative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn),
Loy Joon How (Managing Director of Impact Arena Group), Kevin Gallogly (Manager
OnTop Jewelry International), Wuttipong Arayatumsopon (President Thailandfreunde
e.V. Section Thailand "Phuenthai-German-International Organization").
By Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon
Princess Maja von Hohenzollern,
during her recent trip to Thailand, joined the Phuenthai German
International Organization (Thailandfreunde) executive board in meeting the
new German Ambassador to Thailand, Rolf Schulze and Saisom Wongsasuluk, a
representative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in Bangkok.
Princess Maja and the board
presented Khun Saisom with a 20,000 baht donation for the HIV school project
under Royal Patronage in Lamphun. Phuenthai plan further fundraising
activities to add to the donation already given.
Princess Maja von Hohenzoller was
also in Bangkok at the Muang Impact Arena at the 48th Gem and Jewelry Fair
on September 16, 2011 to promote her new jewelry line “A Princess World”
with On Top Jewelry and company managers Kevin Gallogly, David Rehark and
Buppha Unjaidee. The exhibit showed the jewelry, materials and techniques of
manufacture. The Princess sees her collection as an international bridge
between Europe and Thailand. The crown and the family coat of arms together
with ideas of Buddhist spiritual ideology and her love of Thailand are woven
throughout the designs.
Picture Phueanthai executive board members and Impact Arena Manager with VIP
Front Row from left to right: Ambassador Schulze, Princess Maja von
Hohenzollern (Ambassador Thailandfreunde e.V. International), Khun Saisom
Wongsasulak (Representative of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn), Wuttipong
Arayatumsopon (President Thailandfreunde e.V. Section Thailand "Phuenthai
German International Organization")
from left to right: Heiko R. Schmitt (Consultant, Executive board member TF
Thailand), Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon (Chairman Thailandfreunde e.V.
International), Michael N. Jensen (Member of the Thai Austrian Chamber of
Commerce – Supporter Circle of Thailandfreunde e.V.), Loy Joon How (Managing
Director Impact Arena Group), Bobby Khotbuntao (Vice President
Thailandfreunde e.V. Section Thailand "Phuenthai German International
Additionally, the jewelry line which
will debut in February 2012, has a series designed for mother and child.
Lovely bracelets with the name of the child engraved onto it along with
their parents phone numbers engraved inside so that if the child gets lost
the parents can be contacted.
Many well known people visited the
booth including Impact Arena Director Mr. Loy Joon How joined Saisom
Wongsasulak, Dirk Weeber-Araytumsopon, Thai Austrian Chamber of Commerce
member Michael N. Jensen, and journalist Marc Hegerding and German
Ambassador Rolf Schulze. The Princess bestowed a welcome present to His
Excellency, the German Ambassador of a fairy tale book written by Princess
Maja and Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon, “The Siamese Pot of Fairy Tales” whose
sales provide funds for needy children in Thailand. Additionally, she gave
the Ambassador cd’s of fairy tale stories for children of Embassy employees.
Princess Maja gave out honorary pins
to the guests at the event which concluded with the Princess visiting Chiang
Jiamjit Boonsom of Boonsom Farms named as Successful Professional Woman of the Year
On September 15, 2011 The Federation of Business and
Professional Women's Associations of Thailand FBPWAT selected Jiamjit Boonsom,
the founder and owner of Green Diamond Spirulina from the Boonsom Farm, Chiang
Mai as their Successful Professional Woman of the Year 2011. Pornsiri Deerpat,
President of the FBPWAT said the selection committee comprised a range of Thai
businesswomen from all regions of Thailand. Congratulating Zonta President
Jiamjit Boonsom are members of the Zonta International Chiang Mai Club. The
award will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel in Bangkok on Sunday
October 23rd at 6 p.m.
Medical tourism continues to grow
New Patama Clinic opens
From right to left, a visiting TV presenter joins
Chao Yawapan na Chiang Mai, Dr. Pattama Srisikiew, CEO of Goldensoft Corp. Sopon
Mungkornthongsakun and another visiting celebrity for the grand opening of the
The latest entry into the race to make
Chiang Mai a hub for medical tourism opened at Chang Puak Gate on Saturday,
September 17, 2011 with the opening of a new branch of the Patama Aesthetic
While skincare solutions for acne,
scarring, wrinkles, and pigmentation have been in common use by women for some
time, the doctor at the Patama Center noted that more and more men are coming in
for treatments. There are many treatments on offer, from pigmentation and scar
removal using laser treatments, tattoo removal, laser hair removal, wrinkle
reduction using various technologies including radio frequency, non-invasive
cellulite removal, even hair treatment that stimulates hair growth.
One of the
technicians demonstrates the equipment on a patient.
Visitors to the opening took advantage of
the day and underwent skin analysis, where an in-depth scan of the face is done
and then a computer program is used to highlight the issues and show what the
face would look like when corrected. Other visitors had facial treatments that
involved radio frequency treatment.
The skincare clinic, like many, practices
non-invasive techniques, ie no surgery but the use of peels, radiofrequency,
laser, and Thermage treatments. They also offer Restylane and Botox injections.
And while there are many who deride the chase for youth, the popularity of such
things cannot be disregarded.
Medical tourism is on the rise across Asia
and the Thai government has been working hard to boost Chiang Mai as a medical
tourism destination. The opening of Patama Clinic’s latest branch in Chiang Mai
shows that even one of the larger clinics, with more than 12 branches around
Thailand, believes that medical tourism is growing in Chiang Mai.
the opening joined for a group photo at the opening.
One of the
doctors at the clinic explained the various equipment and its uses, making
it clear that their procedures were gentle and non-invasive.
of equipment scans the face and maps all the inconsistencies and flaws.
Patama clinic is stocked with the latest state of the art equipment for
facial and body treatments, many imported directly from the United States
Adventure Fair showcases local fun and excitement
Scenario Paintball was on hand to show off their
highly professional gear.
By Shana Kongmun
The International Adventures Fair 2011 that
was held at Central Airport Plaza from September 19 to 21, 2011 highlighted
extreme sports, adventure and just plain fun that is available around Chiang
The event opened with climbers from Chiang
Mai Rock Climbing Adventures rappelling down from the overhead catwalks to start
the event as Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Worakarn Yokying, the director of the
Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports Somchai Maichandaeng, and the
Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Northern head Chalermsak Suranant watched from
Deputy Governor Worakarn Yokying watches the climber rappel down from the
rafters with chief of the Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports Somchai
The fair also featured the work of the
Community Based Tourism Network and the importance of involving local
communities in the development of tourism in their area.
The Fair ends today, September 21 so drop by for free rock climbing, check out
the paintball equipment, four wheeling buggies, big bikes, bungee jumping,
ziplining and all the other exciting adventures to be found in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Rock
Climbing Adventures climbers rappelled down in a coordinated effort to mark the
opening of the fair.
A bike ramp and
skateboard ramp was set up outside and was
a very busy area of the Fair.
One of the four
wheeling buggies designed for off-roading adventure.
Flight of the
Gibbons was on hand to answer customers’ questions about ziplining.
Chiang Mai’s Mark Stevenson runs for charity
Mark Stevenson is seen here crossing the salt flats
the Atacama Desert in March of 2011.
By Shana Kongmun
Earlier this year, newly arrived Chiang Mai resident Mark
Stevenson ran for charity in the high altitudes of the Atacama Desert, a 600 km
long desert plateau high in the Andes mountains and considered to be the driest
desert in the world.
Now he’s tackling the Sahara Desert as part of the 4 Desert
series of races. The 4 Desert race sees runners cross four major deserts; the
Gobi, the Atacama, the Sahara and finally the most extreme of all, Antarctica.
Come October 2, 2011 Mark will be headed to the high
temperatures of the Sahara Desert to pass through the Valley of the Whales,
where ancient fossils can be found as the area used to be a shallow sea. The 250
km race covers hard packed sand, searing temperatures and the runners are all
self supported that is, they must carry their own gear on packs on their backs.
The 7 day race ends at the pyramids of Giza. 160 competitors from 40 countries
are expected to compete.
So why would a man who enjoys the good life of Chiang Mai
fly around the world to run in such extreme conditions? Well, besides the fact
that he loves the challenge, he raises money for the charity Shelterbox, which
helps to provide aid and shelter to people affected by natural and other
disasters. Those in immediate need get food, water, and shelter from Shelterbox.
Mark Stevenson’s page can be found at justgiving:
Tree planting with Flight of the Gibbons
Tourist operator Flight of the
Gibbons sponsored a day out planting trees in the forest for their Flight of the
Gibbon Conservation Project, rehabilitating rainforests. The tree planting was
attended by more than 40 people including Mae On government officials, Forestry
Department officials and members of the private sector interested in forest
conservation. 2,000 trees were planted on Saturday, September 10, 2011 in the
forested areas near Mae On.
Flight of the Gibbons donates 10%
of their profits to this project that began in 2008. They hope to plant a
million trees within 20 years. (Photos courtesy of Flight of the Gibbons)
Jazzamatazz promotes new live Jazz venue
The Playhouse Entertainment
Complex hosted the Jazzamatazz
evening on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
By Shana Kongmun
The Jazzamatazz jazz show from radio station 93.25 FM moved
into a live venue at the end of the show with live music playing at the
Playhouse Entertainment Complex on Sunday, September, 11, 2011. Two bands played
including students from the Voranan Music School who were joined by the owner
and teacher who sang jazz tunes to the delight of the crowd who gathered despite
Partygoers enjoyed the music
despite the rain, and managed to
stay dry in the many cozy seating areas.
The next band was joined by Sydney Moss who belted out a few
impromptu tunes adding his own special sense of fun to the evening. Door prizes
were given away to party goers and the evening was declared a success with many
planning to return on the next Sunday. Sydney Moss hosts Jazzamatazz on FM 93.25
Radio Thailand every Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Playhouse will broadcast
his radio show to guests enjoying happy hour and then local jazz musicians will
play live from 9 p.m.
Chiang Mai musicians enjoyed
performing for the crowd.
The evening is all part of Sydney’s plan to promote music in
Chiang Mai, in addition he is holding the Chiang Mai Has Talent show at the
Playhouse with the next competition to be held on September 25 when singers will
have their competition. On October 30 the bands will compete and then on
November 27, the entertainers will have their final meet. The Grand Finale is
scheduled for December 4, 2011.
Interested parties should contact Sydney at Black Moss
The Playhouse is located in Chang Phuak behind Tops and Mercure Hotel.
Aussie John joins June Unland and
Playhouse choreographer Ramon Viztamos.
Sydney Moss joined an impromptu
singing session at the party, belting out many funky favorites and keeping the
crowd well entertained.
Chiang Mai Zontians win awards in the Philippines
The Chiang Mai Zonta ladies
travelled to Manila for a 3 day
conference on women empowering women.
By Margaret Bhadungzong
The District 17 Zonta Conference was held
in Manila, Philippines on 26-28 August 2011. About 430 women delegates from 72
clubs from Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, and SIngapore attended the
inspiring conference held at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila. Dianne Curtis, Zonta
International President, was Guest-of-Honor. She reported on the accomplishments
and goals of Zonta International. Three Zontians from Chiang Mai; President
Jiamjit Boonsom, Treasurer Nahathai Tangkittvuttikul and Z. Valerie Cechetto
participated in the conference and extended their visit with a stay in Boracay
District Governor Georgitta "Beng" Puyat
who chaired the business meetings, reminded Zontins of the T.E.A.M.S.H.I.N.E
goals for the bi-ennium. The acronym covers the Training of club members,
Educating through public relations, Advocacy towards change, Membership increase
and organizing new clubs, Streamlining service projects, Harnessing club
resources, Improving the status of women, Networking with like-minded
organizations and Empowering women with the right knowledge.
The Chiang Mai
Zonta women attended a dinner where President Somboon Suprasert was recognized
for her achievements in receiving the 2011 Women’s Information Network (WIN)
Award of Excellence.
The theme of the 3-day conference was
"Women Empowering Women" and three workshop sessions covering "Service
Leadership", "Education and the Job Market for Women" and "Women and Disaster
Preparedness" were held. Singapore Zontians participated in the “Service
Ladership” Workshop where the group used materials provided to come up with a
collage depicting what they believed best encompassed the inherent qualities,
skills, competence and willingness of a Zontian who contributed her time, talent
for the advancement of women and girls.
The conference also saw the election of new
district officers for the 2012-14 biennium. Lalivan Karnchanachari, ZC One of
Bangkok was elected as District Lieutenant-Governor.
Charter President Somboon Suprasert, Zonta
Chiang Mai was acknowledged as the recent recipient of the 2011 Women’s
Information Network (WIN) Award of Excellence.
The Zonta Chiang Mai Club was awarded for
its outstanding increase in annual membership. Later this year, President
Jiamjit Boonsom and Charter President Somboon Suprasert will receive loyalty
recognition for their ten years of active service in the Zonta movement. (Photos
courtesy of Zonta member Valerie)
The Chiang Mai
Zonta members met with Zonta women from around the world.
Not your usual bamboo furniture
Eza Design owner Manee
Meepanya receives flowers from Jong Nitradee on the opening of their new
showroom at Kantary Terrace on September 9.
The term “bamboo furniture” conjures up images of beachside
bamboo chairs and tables but you would be mistaken if you thought the bamboo
furniture at newly opened Eza Design was anything like that.
This modern designed furniture and home
décor is made out of solid wood with a gorgeous timber bamboo veneer. Stained in
colors ranging from red and yellow to brown or more natural colors, the
furniture has a flowing modern quality. And yet, unlike so many highly designed
pieces of furniture, it is comfortable to sit on as well.
furniture is made out of wood with timber bamboo veneer.
They are selling eco-friendly furniture
made from one of the most useable natural resources, bamboo. This fast growing
grass can be harvested every two years producing a renewable resource for
furniture, flooring, paper and many other uses.
The designer is French and runs the
business with his Thai wife and a partner. The showroom is located on the third
floor at Kantary Terrace on Nimmanhaemin Road and celebrated its grand opening
on Friday, September 9, 2011.
Well known Lanna
scholar and Chiang Mai Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Vithi Phanichphant attended the
opening with a friend.
Not only is the
furniture made from eco-friendly bamboo but the showroom has timber bamboo
flooring which showed off the flowing design of the furniture.
attracted many local expats interested in the eco-friendly furniture.
stain on this side table shows off the grain of the bamboo.
Chiang Mai Goodwill Ambassadors take the center stage
The Goodwill Ambassadors are
joined by Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul, U.S. Consul General Susan
Stevenson, Honorary German Consul Hagen Dirksen, John Howkins, and Chiang Mai
Creative City Committee members.
CMCC Chairman Dr. Nat Vorayos
greets Governor ML Panadda Diskul and guests before the dinner at the Four
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Creative City Committee is
following in the footsteps of other major cities by appointing Goodwill
Ambassadors who will help to promote Chiang Mai and the Creative City both here
in Thailand and abroad. The Goodwill Ambassadors program is modeled after
similar initiatives implemented in Barcelona and Copenhagen.
16 Goodwill Ambassadors were recently
appointed by Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul and the certificates were
awarded at a dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mae Rim on Saturday,
September 3, 2011.
The 16 Goodwill Ambassadors are Dr. Atchaka
Sibunruang, Secretary General Thailand Board of Investment, (BOI); Ms. Annette
Kunigagon, Proprietor, Eagle House Tours, Voluntary Irish Consul Representation
in Chiang Mai, Skal International Member; Ms. Pim Kemasingki, Managing Editor,
Citylife Magazine, Director, Trisila Co., Ltd.; Ms. Siriporn Nurugsa, Economic
Counsellor (Investment ), Thailand Board of Investment, New York Office, U.S.A;
Ms. Lamorna Cheesman, General Manager, Studio Naenna Co., Ltd.; Mr. Amonrapun
Nimanandh, Former Governor of Chiang Mai Province; Mr. Narong Tananuwat,
Honorary Chairman of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Vithi Phanichphant,
Lecturer, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University; Mr. Chairat Usavangkul,
Managing Director of Within Design Co. Ltd and Ping Nakara Hotel; Mr. Chairat
Kamonoratep, Partner, Tita Gallery; Dr. Pisit Leeahtam, Dean, Faculty of
Economics, Chiang Mai University; Dr. Richard Engelhardt, Advisor, Cultural
Section, UNESCO, Asia Pacific, Professor of Culture Resource Management; Mr.
Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO, SPB Software Inc.; Mr. Smith Taweelerdniti,
Deputy Secretary General, FTI Chiang Mai, MD of Nithi Foods Co., Ltd.; Mr.
Julanit Wangviwat, Chairman for Handicrafts Sector, Chiang Mai Chamber of
Commerce, VP Siam Nissan CM; and Dr. Ian Fenwick, Professor of Marketing,
Adviser at Sasin, Founding Partner digiAindra Co. Ltd.
The Goodwill Ambassador program enlists
well respected members of the local community as well as those abroad who have
interests in helping to promote Chiang Mai via their personal and professional
relationships, on occasion attending events to help promote the city.
Additionally, their expertise will be enlisted in ways to enhance and grow the
creative aspects of Chiang Mai’s economy.
The evening was attended by Chiang Mai
Governor ML Panadda Diksul who thanked the honorary appointees for their
devotion to the community, U.S. Consul General Susan N. Stevenson who discussed
predecessor Michael K. Morrow’s work with former U.S. Ambassador Eric John to
promote the creative economy in Chiang Mai, and German Honorary Consul Hagen
Dirksen who has worked closely with committee member Martin Venzky-Stalling on
creative economy issues.
Additionally, pioneer of the creative
economy theory John Howkins attended the evening. John Howkins first put forward
the idea of a creative economy in 2001. His media career has spanned all aspects
from film, TV, \digital media, and publishing. The creative economy is a range
of activities that generate or use knowledge and information to drive the
economy forward, in job creation and more. John Howkins includes advertising,
architecture, art, crafts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts,
publishing, research and development, software, toys and games, TV and radio,
and video games. Gastronomy is often added to this list. The promotion and
protection of intellectual property rights is a key factor in the creative
The Goodwill Ambassadors are an impressive
group of people and the enthusiasm of members such as Smith Taweelerdniti shows
the potential support of the Ambassadors to the growth of the creative economy
in Chiang Mai.
of Studio Naenna receives her official recognition as a Chiang Mai Goodwill
Ambassador. Lamorna is a well known long-term resident of Chiang Mai, having
moved here with her mother when she was a child.
Ambassador Dr. Vithi Phanichphant amused the crowd with his narrative calling
for a “sticky rice nation” based on the sticky rice culture of the North and
Northeast. A lecturer at Chiang Mai University, Dr. Vithi is a renowned expert
and proponent of Lanna culture.
(left) shares a laugh with U.S. Consul General Susan N. Stevenson during Dr.
Taweelerdniti impressed the group with his enthusiasm and understanding of the
needs of the future.
Big turnout for Chiang Mai Friends meeting
Miguel’s Nong Hoi Randi Egan joins
Sydney Moss and singer Oranichar “Peach” Phenwon at the Chiang Mai Friends
Many new faces joined the Chiang
Mai Friends meeting at Miguel’s in Nong Hoi.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Friends monthly meeting so a huge turnout at
Miguel’s in Nong Hoi. More than 50 people showed up to fill the restaurant and
enjoy the wonderful hospitality and good food of owner Randi Egan as well as
enjoy the interesting presentation of Lee and Chris Wilson.
The evening started announcements and introductions
including next month’s speaker Doi Pha Hom National Park chief Sitthichai
Sereesongsang who will talk about his park that holds the second highest peak in
Thailand. Additionally requests were made to fill out the Friends survey form as
Chiang Mai Friends head Boong Chaladlam hopes to get some government support for
easing some of the issues foreigners face in Chiang Mai. The survey can be found
Sydney Moss announced his Jazzmatazz Party at the Playhouse
Entertainment Theater next Sunday, September 11, 2011, with a happy hour 7-9
p.m. and live jazz music from 9-11 p.m. Additionally he is also in charge of the
Chiang Mai Has Talent show that is open to performers of all ages and levels on
September 25, then again in October and November with the grand finale on
Decmeber 4. More information can be found at www.blackmoss.org.
The 2nd International Yoga Mala Festival was
announced and will be held at the Spa Resort in Mae Rim on September 17 and 18,
with the good news for city dwellers that a yellow songthaew service will run
from Tha Pae Gate hourly for transport to the event. More than just yoga, the
festival will feature healers, and more. Tickets are 300 baht for the full day.
Additionally, Friends’ friend Khun Ruchuchai of the Labor
Department is joining with the Friends to hold a birthday party at JJ Market to
celebrate HM the King’s 84th birthday on Saturday, December 3, 2011.
They are accepting applications from performers so please contact Boong at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Finally, the evening of good food and conversation ended
with the presentation of Lee and Chris Wilson who started travelling the world
after their retirement and encouraged members to use their cameras to do more
than just take snapshots in front of monuments. “Learn to look at the scene,
think about it and really see it and then use your camera to document your
experience,” the globetrotting couple said.
Lee noted that the camera helps the traveler to give the
scene a lot more thought, to appreciate what you see and to sensitize you to the
environment. And their photos certainly showed that thought and sensitivity,
inspiring many members, I am sure to look at their world as though through the
eye of a lens. The photos were vivid, thought provoking and inspiring and
generated a lot of discussion afterwards.
The next meeting is scheduled for the 28th of
September; details of the venue will be forthcoming.
Oh and Jitti of
JJ Market joins enjoys her dinner with friends at the meeting.
Lots of familiar
faces including Richard Prouse and
Stuart Land joined the evening as well.
Tree planting in honor of HM the King’s birthday
The Chiang Mai Municipality
joined together with local citizens to plant trees in honor of HM the King’s
upcoming 84th birthday in December. The decorative trees were purchased by the
Municipality and handed out to people to plant around Suan Dok Gate on Friday,
August 30, 2011. Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, City Administrator Dr.
Ken Santhitham, city officials and local area residents all joined in for the