Winter in Love benefit concert for Juvenile Hall Remand Center
Organizers of the event from the
Juvenile Observation and Protection Committee were joined by officials from
Bangkok for the show.
By Shana Kongmun
Deputy Governor Naruemol Plawat joined
Justices and magistrates to enjoy the concert that Chamaiphan Baude, President
of the Juvenile Observation and Protection Committee and other committee members
organized to raise funds for the construction of a dining hall and lavatories
for the Juvenile Remand Center. The center, which currently holds up to 600
children, severely lacks the toilet and bathroom facilities for such a number of
children and so held a fund raising concert on Sunday, November 20.
The concert, featuring stars from the True
Academy Fantasia Thailand show, was sold out to many happy, screaming teenagers
as popular stars took the stage to sing their favorite songs. Khun Chamaiphan
noted that all the performers performed free of charge, the only costs being
transportation to Chiang Mai.
Many organizations sponsored the event,
including True Academy Fantasia, Nok Air, Grammy Music, MPC Music, TOA, Malee
and APM. This allowed the ticket sales to reach the target needed to refurbish
the remand center. Many of the kids from the remand center were also at the CMU
Convention Center to enjoy the show.
took to the stage to entertain the crowd.
The kids enjoyed
the concert with many waving signs for their favorite star.
Fantasia Thailand stars performed at the event free of charge.
Creative Coffee celebrates reading
Christian Koerner, a lecturer
from the German Department at the Faculty of Humanities at CMU organized the
event to celebrate Global Reading Da[y
The Chiang Mai Creative City committee held a coffee
meeting at Chan Neung coffee shop on Nimmanhaemin soi 1 on November 21, 2011.
The meeting was held to as part of Global Reading Day in memory of Heinrich von
Kleist, a German author who died on November 21 in 1811.
The well attended event filled the little coffee shop that
served tasty desserts and coffee, with many Thai students studying German
attending along with visitors to Chiang Mai and residents. Christian Koerner of
the German Language Department at CMU helped to organize the event in
cooperation with the German Department at Faculty of Humanities, German
Department, the DAAD, and the Goethe Institute.
The works of von Kleist were read aloud in German and in
English and visitors joined in reading passages from some of their favorite
books. For more information on von Kleist:
http://www.heinrich-von-kleist.org/wwrd/ and Creative City:
all, Anselm Feldmann, Jadranka Conrad and Irish Representative Annette Kunagigon
all joined in by reading aloud in German from von Kleist’s works.
Chiang Mai joined in the reading, bringing some of their own favorite books to
the Chan Neung coffee shop.
New Kids Fusion grand opening on Nimmanhaemin
Owner Alice Moe was joined by
staff and friends for the opening of the new shop.
The newest addition to the de Marche shopping center on
Nimmanhaemin soi 5 opened on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 with many interested
friends and parents attending the event. This new little shop is hosted in the
Nimman property store on the second floor and features cute little crocheted
animals, doll clothes, hand painted doll furniture, hemp bags, yoga bags and
other home accessories.
The products are made in Chiang Mai and the
North by local craftspeople and are not only child friendly and baby friendly
but environmentally friendly as well. Hemp bags were a feature of the evening as
were bags for yoga mats and the cute kids bags were a big hit.
giraffes are popular items
woven hemp bag was modeled by one of the owner’s friends.
and handpainted furniture were just some of the many things for sale.
enjoyed their modeling gig, showing off the cute crocheted bags.
Alice Moe at the end of the show.
Access to Justice
M Plus is a community based men’s
sexual health organization that works with transgender and MSM male sexual
workers to promote healthy sexual practices.
BABSEA-CLE held their first ever Access to Justice Fair at
the Kantary Hills Hotel on November 12, one day before the 3rd Annual
Trio for Justice Marathon held on Sunday, November 13 which saw well over 120
runners participate. The Fair featured NGO’s working in fields as diverse as
women’s issues, transgender and gay rights, hill tribe fair trade, and Burmese
environmental and human rights groups. Law students from Chiang Mai University
were there to offer free legal advice as well.
BABSE- CLE or Borders Across South East
Asian Community Legal Education Initiative works to bring grassroots communities
together to overcome poverty, injustice and inequity in South East Asia. The
fair was held so that members of the community could meet the many small groups
involved in working for human rights and other issues in the region.
Dinah Chung of
BABSE-CLE is joined by another organizer for the event.
from across the region, including Laos, joined in the Access to Justice Fair.
Trade products were also on display at the event, promoting fair trade for local
hilltribes and other residents.
Decked out at Adorn
Lamorna Cheesman (far right) is
joined by her models and her mother and daughter at the finish of the fashion
show held at Adorn with Studio Naenna on Nimmanhaemin Soi 1
Adorn with Studio Naenna on Nimmanhaemin Soi 1 held a fashion
show of new clothes at their shop last Sunday and while the evening drew mostly
ladies, a few gentlemen who came along were wowed by the quality and style at
Owner Lamorna Cheesman, a long time
resident of Chiang Mai and newly appointed Chiang Mai Creative City Goodwill
Ambassador, designed the outfits on show, all made with the gorgeous hand-woven
textiles that Studio Naenna is famous for.
Studio Naenna was started in 1986 by
Patricia Cheesman, an expert in Thai and Lao textiles and a lecturer at Chiang
Mai University to provide a high quality venue for locally woven textiles of
silk and cotton.
Patricia Cheesman (center) are joined by friends for the show.
One of the cute
day dresses in beautifully hand-woven fabric designed by Lamorna Cheesman.
This day to
evening dress incorporates both traditional and modern designs to create a
Chiang Mai residents honor Remembrance Day
Thomas Walker Bell and Dr. Bob
Duncan, two World War 11 veterans, lay their poppies to honor the fallen on
Remembrance Day at the Foreign Cemetery.
By Shana Kongmun
Remembrance Day took place on November 11,
2011 at 11 a.m. in Chiang Mai and brings together those who honor members of the
military who died in the line of duty. The date harks back to the end of World
War 1, at the time the most deadly war in human history, when the armistice was
signed between the warring nations in 1918. The day was dedicated by King George
V of the United Kingdom in 1919 and has been honored by Commonwealth countries
ever since. The United States also adopted the day as Veterans Day, the day is
honored in France and Belgium as well.
The red remembrance poppy became a symbol
of the day from the poem “In Flanders Fields” which recalls the fields of
poppies blooming across World War 1 battlefields.
A member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars unit in Chiang Mai salutes after laying their wreath.
Remembrance Day in Chiang Mai was honored
at the Foreign Cemetery where the group was joined by Deputy Head of the U.K.
Mission Daniel Pruce, U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson, French Honorary
Consul Thomas Baude, British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson and Dutch
Honorary Consul Peter van Loo. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars were
joined by community members in laying wreaths and a lone bagpiper played. A
member of the Royal Thai Army at Kawila Army Camp played Last Call and the group
honored the dead with two minutes of silence.
Two sprightly gentlemen of the very
youthful ages of 88 and 90 were honored guests at the event, both World War 11
veterans. Thomas Walker Bell was a bomber pilot during the war while Dr. Bob
Duncan took part in Normandy. The two men laid their poppies on the grave
together, before turning to walk off together. Members of the active duty
service from the U.S. Consulate also joined in laying poppies as did many
others. The solemn affair was concluded with a gathering at the nearby Chiangmai
British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson, French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude,
U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson and Deputy Head of Mission for the U.K.
Daniel Pruce came to the Foreign Cemetery to honor Remembrance Day.
A lone bagpiper
played for the gathered crowd.
gentlemen, former World War 11 bomber pilot Thomas Walker Bell (left and Dr Bob
Duncan who took part in Normandy, were guests at the ceremony.
Members of the
Chiang Mai community took part in the ceremony, with both Americans and British
Yee Peng parades fill the night with light and beauty
A fireworks show that saw
fountains of light from in front of the portraits of Their Majesties the King
and Queen delighted the crowd.
Yee Peng, as it is called in Chiang Mai, is a days long
festival that sees many parades, including the Lantern Parade which took place
on the 9th, the Small Krathong Parade on the 10th and the
Grand Parade on the 11th. The smaller parade is significant as many
primary schools take part and the floats are, while simpler on scale, made with
great care. The day of Loy Krathong fell on the 10th and many people
flocked to the river to float their Krathong and to join in the grand release of
Khom Fai from the bridges and in front of the Municipal building on the river.
The 11th saw the Grand Parade
with magnificent floats in amazing detail peopled by gorgeously dressed
beautiful girls and handsome boys in traditional costumes. While many floats
were in honor of HM the King, others portrayed scenes from ancient stories and
in fantastic clothing were a highlight of many floats.
The night sky was filled with Khom Fai
(cancelling a few flights it would seem!) and the twinkling fires of the
Krathong looked like a myriad of sparkling stars floating on the river. A grand
fireworks show enthralled the crowd with many oohs and aahs being heard as the
fireworks burst directly overhead.
The Yee Peng Festival is a weeklong affair
in Chiang Mai and the many visitors to the city who partook in the events will
certainly go home with a Loy Krathong to remember.
students worked just as hard on their floats for the Small Krathong Parade on
the 10th (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
portraying creatures from mythology were elaborately made for the Grand Parade.
their krathongs on the Ping River and the moat for Loy Krathong (Photo courtesy
of Chiang Mai Municipality)
floats of the Grand Parade all competed for the Kings Cup Prize.
Thailand Freunde joins the Lantern Parade with cycle rickshaws
The members of Thailand Freunde
took part in the Yee Peng Lantern Parade on November 9, 2011.
Around 40 members of Thailand Freunde took part in the
Lantern Parade on Tuesday, November 9, 2011 with many riding in traditional
bicycle rickshaws and dressed in traditional Lanna and Thai clothing or
traditional Bavarian clothing to show their ties to their German roots.
The Lantern parade was well attended and is
part of a series of parades that take place during the Yee Peng Festival, the
parade was attended by Dr. Chao Duengduan na Chiengmai, who received a spray of
orchids from Thailand Freunde’s President Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon as did the
Minister of Culture HE Sukumol Kunplome and Deputy Mayor Soonthorn Yamsiri.
The Thailand Freunde contingent also
carried krathongs indicative of both Thailand and Germany and played lively
Bavarian carnival music for the crowds. They handed out candy and flowers to
parade watchers as the parade wound its way from Tha Pae Gate to the Night
Bazaar. The flowers and candy were made possible by the generous donations of
CoCo OK Restaurant, Fashion King Tailors, and the Podology Clinic Chiang Mai and
Thailand Freunde is an international
organization that raises funds for various Northern Thailand based charities
including the Northern School for the Blind.
dressed up in Lanna finery to ride in the cycle rickshaws.
Dog lovers unite to raise funds for Care For Dogs
Karin Hawelka talks about the
history of Care for Dogs and her busy day rescuing dogs as emcee Amber Hedges
Ferry looks on.
By Shana Kongmun
The Whine and Dine Charity dinner for Care
For Dogs was held at Ginger Kafe at the House on Saturday, November 5, 2011 and
the event raised over 80,000 Baht to help the dogs at both Care for Dogs and
PickAPet4Home Foundation in Bangkok which has been aiding rescue of dogs and
cats in the floods in Bangkok.
The event was organized by Julia Bate-Poxon
and emceed by Amber Hedges Ferry. There was a silent auction of many donated
items including beautiful bags by Miguel, brunch at the Four Seasons, paintings,
pillows from Ginger and many other prizes, including a beautiful Jade dog.
Leo and Diana
Figueroa are joined by friends at the Ginger Kafe at the House for the Care for
Dogs Charity Dinner.
The guests included Todd Bate-Poxon, Deputy
head of the U.S. Consulate, Leo Figueroa and his lovely wife Diana, Piergiorgio
Lattuille, and of course, one of the founders of Care for Dogs, Karin Hawelka
who was joined by her husband Klaus.
Care for Dogs is a non-profit organization
that cares for and rehomes abandoned and abused dogs in Chiang Mai as well as
sterilizes and vaccinates dogs at temples and around the city. They operate an
adoption fair at Central Airport Plaza on the last Sunday of every month for
those who are looking for a cute dog or puppy. More information can be found
Chulaluck “Kate” Setthakorn, Amber Hedges Ferry, Liz, and Boong Chaladlam were
ready to bid on the silent auction.
and General Manager of the House hosted the party.
Yee Peng opens with candles and lanterns
President of the PAO Boonlert
Buranupakorn lights the sculptures around the city with Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn, TAT Director Chalermsak Suranant and Miss Chiang Mai 2011.
By Shana Kongmun
The Yee Peng Festival 2011 opened on
November 6, 2011 with the lovely Miss Chiang Mai 2011 joining President of the
PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, Police Chief Phitsanu
Oonhaseri and Chalermsak Suranant, Director of the TAT Northern region. The
first big event was the Lantern Parade on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 which gave
students from the universities around Chiang Mai the chance to show off their
designs and floats as the parade wound its way from the grand opening at Tha Pae
Gate to the Night Bazaar where they were met by Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda
Diskul and Dr. Chao Duangduen na Chiengmai and the judges.
The students went all out but the students
from the Faculty of Architecture outdid themselves with a magnificent float, and
giant dancing dragon. Payap University, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, and
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna all showed up with floats, dancers,
The next big events include the small
Krathong Parade on the 10th, the Khom Fai release from the city
bridges and in front of the Municipal building at 9:59 p.m. on the 10th
as well as the Miss Yee Peng contest. The Grand Parade is held on the 10th
and starts from Tha Pae Gate and ends at the Chiang Mai Municipal building.
Governor ML Panadda Diskul and Dr. Chao Duengduan na Chiengmai enjoy the Lantern
Parade on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
Miss Chiang Mai
lights the candles at the opening of the Yee Peng festival at 3 Kings monument.
CMU Faculty of
Architecture students drew from the traditional stories of the Himmapan Forest
for their part in the Lantern Parade.
student whose performance kept the crowd entertained.
performed their dances elegantly and gracefully.
Chiang Mai blooms with the Flora Blossom Festival
A beautiful flower covered chedi
was the highlight for many visitors to the Flora Blossom Festival.
The Flora Blossom Festival opened at Central Airport Plaza on
Friday, November 4, 2011 where many visitors enjoyed the blooms on display and
the goods and plants for sale at various booths. The festival is a presage for
the upcoming Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 that will open in December and
showcases the beauty of Chiang Mai flowers.
Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul
opened the event, mentioning the famed beauty of Chiang Mai but closed, in
English to express his gratitude for the tremendous help so many people around
the world have offered to Thailand in her time of need.
The Flora Blossom Festival is on the ground
floor of Central Airport Plaza and runs only until November 7, 2011.
Governor ML Panadda Diskul joined Orachorn Chantarawiwattana, General Manager of
Central Airport Plaza and other honored guests in releasing a symbolic Khom Fai
to open the event.
A little girl
enjoys one of the gardening oriented booths at the Festival.
Panadda Diskul discusses the event with Orachorn Chantarawiwattana, General
Manager of Central Airport Plaza.
5TH Annual Balloon Festival makes its first appearance in Chiang Mai
The announcement of the upcoming
5th Annual Balloon Festival was held at the Prince Royal’s College where the
event will be held, all profit will be used by the school.
Earth Wind and Fire Company is pairing up with The Prince
Royal’s College and the Tourism Authority of Thailand in launching the biggest
balloon festival in Thailand, the 5th Thailand International Balloon Festival
2011 (TIBF2011). Along with the
hot air balloons in flight there will be a Glow Night & Festival of Light” from
November 25 to 27, 2011 at Prince Royal’s College.
The festival was announced on November 3,
at the Prince Royal’s College’s by Earth Wind and Fire Co., Ltd.
The Director of Prince Royal’s College
Chiang Mai Mr. Spain Jingkaojai welcomed the group and was followed by Director
of TAT’s Northern Region Chalermsak Suranant. Yut Wanichanon, Advisor of Earth,
Wind and Fire Co., Ltd. discussed the overall aspects of the Festival while
Tassanai Buranupakorn, Mayor of Chiang Mai and Warunee Kammen, President of
Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association welcomed the newest festival to Chiang
Mai’s busy calendar.
balloon show will add to the beauty of the night skies in Chiang Mai.
Yut Wanichanond, said: “This event is the
initiation of the “Festival of Light” in Chiang Mai, and it is aimed to be one
of the most spectacular must-see events of the year. I am confident that a large
number of Thai and foreign visitors will show interest in the festival. This is
one of the events recognized on an international level.”
He also added, “Participants will be awed
and entertained by the activities in the festival, such as the early morning
balloon launch (6-7am) since the morning weather is the best for flying
balloons, as well as balloon tethering . At night, there will be light and sound
spectacular performances in “Glow Night & Festival of Light” as well as marching
band performances and light & sound show “Animated Light Show.
The festival is open to the public with an
entry fee of 50 baht for adult, 20 Baht for students, and free for kids whose
height is under 120 CM. Tickets can be purchased at Prince Royal’s College and
all income will be managed by the school for maintenance fees.
Zonta International’s Annual charity fundraiser
Zonta President (in yellow) Jiamjit
Boonsom is joined by Zonta board members at the start of the Shall We Dance Gala
The Chiang Mai branch of Zonta International, an
international group working to aid women and children in need around the world,
held their annual charity gala fundraiser at the Imperial Mae Ping on Friday,
November 4, 2011.
Zonta Chiang Mai’s President Jiamjit
Boonsom was on hand with other Zonta members to greet the visitors and to
introduce Zonta Chiang Mai’s many charitable activities.
Zonta International was founded in 1919 and
is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to
advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta has
1,200 clubs in 63 countries and more than 30,000 members. Membership is open to
everyone interested in working to aid women in advancing them in legal,
educational, political, health and professional status.
Zonta Chiang Mai is involved with the
Grandma Cares program that helps women raising grandchildren, in addition, they
help in life skills courses for teenage girls, they run an “Adopt an Orphan”
program that allows people to sponsor children orphaned by AIDs and helps them
to purchase shoes, school uniforms and books.
Zonta Chiang Mai can be contacted at
Zonta members were
entertained by the magician before the dinner.
Zonta Chiang Mai
includes members from around the world.
Zonta members show
the donated funds received at the event.
Mr Pi entertained
the crowd with his wonderful Latin dancing.
Charity concert raises funds for flood victims
Book Kitavadhana and friends
raised 250,000 Baht in funds for flood victims on October 29, 2011 (Photo
courtesy of CityNow!)
A charity concert held on October 30 raised more than 250,000
Baht for victims of flooding in Thailand. The event featured 20 singers,
musicians and performers from Chiang Mai and was held at no cost so that 100% of
the proceeds went to the Royal Project Foundation which will ship food and
materials for cooking to flood victims. The entertaining evening was organized
by well known local singer Book Kitavadhana of Vocal Experts and his many
friends. The evening was held at Prince Royals College theater and saw such
local luminaries as Ong-Ard Kanchaisak, Mark Af, Ice The Star share the stage to
Book took the stage to entertain
the crowd with his signature style.
Ong-ard Kanchaisak is well known
for his amazing voice and range.
Dancers took to the stage in
between singers, to keep the entertainment verstatile.
Performers of all kinds joined to
Musicians were not in short
supply for the evening, as many local artists and entertainers joined in to
raise funds for flood victims at the Prince Royals College.