Akha Ama coffee celebrates their 2nd anniversary
Lee and one of the Akha villagers
involved in the coffee growing and processing celebrate the 2nd anniversary of
the very popular coffee shop.
Friends and supporters of local coffee
entrepreneur Lee of Akha Ama coffee turned out for the 2nd
birthday anniversary at the coffee shop located in the Santhitham district
on Hassadhisawee road Soi 3.
Lee’s coffee shop started out of a
desire to help his village in Chiang Rai to form a sustainable self
supporting economy without the need to rely on middlemen to purchase and
distribute their coffee beans. Many hilltribe villagers find their incomes
cut because of the low prices offered for their unprocessed beans. Lee’s
efforts have helped the village to purchase the equipment to process their
own beans and distribute them to many coffee shops in Chiang Mai, he has
plans to expand distribution to Bangkok shortly. Akha Ama coffee won the
World Coffee Cuppers competition last year. Photos courtesy of Lili Tan.
supporters of Akha Ama coffee come for the celebrations.
joined by friend Wouter, one of the announcers for Helping Hands Radio.
David dons a
tie to join Lee’s lovely sister at the party.
Whitney Houston charity concert
Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda
Diskul and Dr. Dr. Chao Duenduang na Chiang Mai attended the Whitney Houston
tribute mini concert at the Rati Lanna Riverside Resort and Spa.
The Lions Club Saraphee in conjunction
with First Class Magazine organized a musical tribute to Whitney Houston on
March 29, 2012 to raise funds for the Lions Club’s many charitable
activities. 9 different musicians and artists took part in the tribute,
which was held at the Rati Lanna Riverside Resort and Spa. The well attended
event was opened by Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul and President of
the Chiang Mai Culture Council Dr. Chao Duenduang na Chiang Mai. Photos
courtesy of the Rati Lanna Riverside Resort and Spa.
artists performed songs in tribute of Whitney Houston at the fundraising
members of the Lions Club Saraphee attended the event to show their support
and raise funds for charity.
Chiang Mai Ballet Academy performs Ramayana and Aladdin
Chiang Mai Ballet students took
part in the gala performance at Kad Suan Kaew’s theater on March 24, 2012.
The 10th Charity Musical Dance Play
'Ramayana and Aladdin 2012 performed at the Kad Theater on Sunday March
24th. Two performances, a matinee followed by a evening performance.
Proceeds of which went to the Friends in Need (of 'Princess Pa') Volunteers
Foundation Thai Red Cross Society.
The Parents & Teachers Association of
the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy organised the Dance with Artistic Director Mom
Luang Preeyapun Sridhavat.
Shan del Vecchio captivated the
audiences playing the lead roles Rama & Aladdin. Shan, a Thai-Italian born
in Italy, moved to Thailand with his father when he was 10 years old. Shan
studied gymnastics before classical ballet and has been devoted to his
training in classical ballet since he was 11 years old. He has received many
awards and accolades both domestic and International. In his short career
including his most cherished trophy is his first prize trophy he received
from HRH Princess Ubonratana from the 'To be Number One' dance project held
at National Level in Bangkok following four regional nationwide
Somsupa Sangrat delighted the audience
with her portrayal of the Princess in Aladdin. She recently passed the dance
exam with 100 marks to be the 1st year student at the Dance Department,
Faculty of Fine Arts, and Chulalongkorn University.
Well known in Chiang Mai for his
amazing baritone voice, Narach Kitavadhana (Book) sang a couple of songs to
accompany the dancers. Bowonrat Maneerat played the part of Ginny, with
Nattawat Wongwung as the Sorcerer and the impish Jitpanu Yodguntee shone as
The huge cast of dancers made the 10th
Dance Play one not to be forgotten soon and raises yet again the barrier for
next year's performance. (Photos and text courtesy of CityNow!)
“Book” Kitavadhana wowed the audience with his beautiful baritone voice.
Mai Ballet put on the show Ramayana and Aladdin, with the two principles
Stars in the sky
A beautiful sight will be
available to those with clear skies as Venus reaches its furthest distance from
the horizon and the setting sun leaving it in the night sky for up several
hours, much longer than usual. With Jupiter in line closer to the horizon and
just beneath, a sliver of the crescent moon, looking as if it will catch the two
bright stars in the sky. NARIT, the National Astronomical Research Association
of Thailand reported that on March 24 the moon, Jupiter and Venus will be
aligned in a curve in the nighttime sky, shortly after sunset while on the 26th
the moon will come between the two bright planets. (Photo courtesy of NARIT)
New European restaurant opens up in Chiang Mai; Des Gourmet
The staff of Des Gourmet are
joined by Peter van Loo at the opening.
The latest entrant into the restaurant race in Chiang Mai
is Des Gourmet, owned by the Dutch Honorary Consul, Peter van Loo, it is
located in Hang Dong, on the Canal Road, or Highway 121.
Serving European food, German and
French along with steaks and Dutch food the new restaurant is set in a
lovely open garden setting with ample parking. Peter hosted the grand
opening party on March 19, 2012 which was attended by Japanese Consul
General Kazuo Shibata who gave a warm welcoming speech at the opening. U.S.
Consul General Kenneth L. Foster joined Peter and Consul General Shibata in
cutting the ribbon and then opening the restaurant officially. (Photos
courtesy of Ronnakit Norkham)
Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen (4th left) joins Pim Kemasingki, (3rd left)
Ramlah Jafri (2nd left), US Consul General Ken Foster (middle) Peter van Loo
(3rd right) and Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata (far right) at the
the grand opening enjoyed the snacks on offer.
Loo is joined by Rudy van den Berg and his wife at the event.
I am woman, hear me roar
International Women’s Day honoured at Tha Pae Gate
Women’s groups marched in
solidarity for women’s rights on International Women’s Day, March 9.
Photos and story by Lili Tan
“I am Woman. Hear me roar!” (a Helen
Reddy song). And roar they did. Thai, migrant, ethnic, transgender and foreign;
more than 200 ladies (along with some men and children) in Chiang Mai came
together to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012 on Friday, March 9, 2012.
It was a day of “solidarity, singing and shouting on the streets and having
fun,” said Jackie from
The women from various organizations and
communities working on women rights in Chiang Mai walked from Nawarat Bridge to
Tha Pae Gate where booths had been set up to share with the public the work that
they do and to enjoy an evening of music.
Many groups who participated in
International Women’s Day are working tirelessly to address various issues like
violence against women, human trafficking as well as exclusion of access to
necessary resources and more. Map Foundation’s statement on International
Women’s Day said this,
children and men joined in the march from Nawarat Bridge to Tha Pae Gate.
“Women should have equal access
to resources. The Women’s Fund under the Ministry of Social Development and
Human Security should be for women who need it in Thailand. We would not exclude
women from access to resources because of their nationality or lack of
nationality. We would include our ethnic sisters, we would include our migrant
sisters. We all contribute to Thailand’s wealth and well being. We believe that
women can only move forward if we are together.
We want more of our sisters in government guiding the
national policies. Women make up 52% of the population and yet we only make up
15.6% of the MPs in parliament. There are currently 78 women and 432 men in the
A march like this may not change much
but it can help highlight these concerns and most importantly, bring women
together to celebrate our strength and contributions (and yes, I am proud to
be a woman).
Organizations and communities who
participated yesterday include Map Foundation, the Asia Pacific Forum on women,
law and development (APWLD), New Life Center Foundation, We Women, Empower
Foundation, Thai Youth net and Northern Voluntary Women’s Networks.
Women of all ages and from many different ethnic
groups marched to Tha Pae Gate.
Princess Dr. Chao Duangduen na Chiang Mai, President
of the Cultural Council and the leading woman of Chiang Mai addressed the crowd
at Tha Pae Gate on Friday evening.
Women listened to speeches, music and enjoyed the
event honouring International Women’s Day at Tha Pae Gate.
Pampered pooches have their day
Thailand International Dog Show at Central Airport Plaza
Owners brought their beloved pets
to the Thailand International Dog Show tour sponsored by Smartheart Dog food.
The Thailand International Dog Show opened at Central Airport
Plaza on Friday and runs through the weekend. Featuring dog agility shows as
well as dog clothes, accessories, specialty dog foods, dog fashion shows, a dog
happy hour and many activities for both dogs and dog lovers, the event brought
out dog lovers and dogs of all shapes and sizes.
The event opened with a featured
agility show and training course by experts. The fashion show featured the
latest in cute clothing for dogs that is so popular in Chiang Mai. The show
was part of the Thailand’s International Dog Show tour around Thailand, to
introduce the show and breeds to people around the country.
The highlights were the Dog Star Search
and Dog Fashion Show competition with winners awarded prizes of 10,000 Baht.
(Photos by Ronnakit Norkham)
dog was the star of the agility show.
featured agility and attack training.
small, pampered pooches enjoyed the Dog Show with a Doggie Happy Hour.
guys look ready to join in the Fashion Show!
were happy to show off their pets at the Thailand International Dog Show
tour at Central Airport Plaza.
Doing the Time Warp
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was
screened at Sangdee Gallery on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 on Friday, March 2, 2012.
The giant lips are a famous symbol of the cult classic.
The normally sedate Sirimangkalajarn road
filled with the sounds of outlandishly dressed people singing “Let’s do the Time
Warp again” on Friday, March 2, 2012 as Sangdee Gallery on Soi 5 hosted a
showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult
classic movie where the audience usually dresses up in costumes from the show
and then performs the lines, the dances and the songs in time with the movie.
The original movie came out in 1975 and was an adaption of the British rock
music stage play, The Rocky Horror Show. Starring Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon,
the Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest running theatrical release in film
The evening was great fun with most
partygoers going all out in their costumes, from Dr. Frank N. Furter, Riff Raff
and the maid, Magenta. Sangdee Gallery hopes to host other such movies in the
future. Photos courtesy of Lili Tan.
(front) of Sangdee Gallery hosted the event and is joined here by his fiancée
is joined by friends Donjai and Gayle dressed as characters in the movie.
Guests went all
out in dressing the part!
joined the party with her friend.
Many well known
residents look totally unfamiliar dressed up for the party.