Skålleagues and friends gathered at the Makro on
the Superhighway to shop for goods and food for the orphanage trip, Nim See
Seng sent their truck and driver at a discount. The same driver volunteers
for this trip every time, clearly enjoying the time with the kids.
By Shana Kongmun
Members and friends of Skål Chiang Mai traveled to the Mae Mha
Orphanage in Chiang Dao on a trip to deliver food, supplies and toys to the
kids. Ranging in age from around 4 years old up to 17, the students greeted
the visitors with great excitement.
Even more excited were the older students who helped unload the sewing
machines that were donated so the students can learn a skill. Also excited
were the kids who were going to learn how to cut hair with electric clippers
donated by New York New York Hair Studio and other hair cutting supplies.
School director Saneh Jai-ut thanked the travel and tourism organization for
their generous support of the school, citing an old proverb “Give a man a
fish and you can feed him, teach him to fish and he can feed himself”. He
said the school was very excited to receive the sewing machines for the
students and a teacher from the nearby government offices would be coming to
teach them how to sew and another teacher was going to teach them how to cut
hair. He pointed out that it was important that the students learn a skill
so that when they leave the orphanage they will be able to find work.
Frank and Vanita Sethi of Fashion King donated sewing supplies and Jimmy
from Jimmy Fabrics donated a huge supply of fabric remnants for the kids to
practice with. Roessli Restaurant at Vivo Bene donated muffins for the kids
to enjoy as a special treat as well.
The kids enjoyed a wonderful lunch before playing with newly arrived hula
hoops, volleyballs, Frisbees and footballs. The school has been working hard
to improve life for the kids and are in the process of constructing a new
dormitory for the girls. There are around 150 kids at the school, including
some kids from the village who now go to school there as well. Skål Chiang
Mai holds a gala fundraising dinner every December, this year the event is
scheduled for December 8, 2015.
Skål Chiang Mai President Tim McGuire and Events
Director Tim McGuire help the driver, his assistant and older students in
unloading the sewing machines donated by Skal Chiang Mai.
Students, teachers, Skålleagues and friends join
in front of the donated goods at the school on June 21, 2015.
Everyone joined in the dance with the kids, Skål
Chiang Mai Events Director Manfred Ilg joining in the fun.
French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude introduces
the curator from the École at the opening party held at Anantara Resort
Chiang Mai on Friday, June 5, 2015.
By Shana Kongmun
Anantara Resort Chiang Mai’s fabulous vintage style restaurant The
Service 1921, set in the old British Consul building, is the perfect
backdrop for antique photos of Angkor Wat. The photos are set on pillars
around the building and track the progress of clearing and restoring this
incredible World Heritage site.
The photos come from the archives of the École française d’Extrême-Orient
(French School of Asian Studies) and will be on display until June 30, 2015.
There are fifty amazing photos ranging from the 1860’s to the 1960’s and
depict different temples such as the Lady Temple before and after
conservation covered in huge banyan trees and surrounded by tropical forest.
There is also a wonderful documentary film on the site that can be enjoyed
with a cocktail at the colonial bar.
Dated to 1941 this wonderful photos shows the amazing sandstone carvings at
Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Taken in 1943 this photo was taken before the collapse of the pyramid’s