It’s that time of year where the winter wardrobe starts to emerge and new glad rags are to be bought. Doll yourself up with some fancy clothing this month or even get tagged if you can handle the commitment!
We don’t really have a theme this month; we just wanted to share some of the new finds we made last month and make sure you hear about them too!
So began my cover story, ‘Doi Suthep in Crisis’ in our August 2006 issue of Citylife. Over a course of three months, I’d interviewed over a dozen people on the ‘health’ of Doi Suthep; from the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the infamous Plodprasop Suraswadi, to the abbot of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as a number of botanists and entomologists. My conclusion was grim; water resources were diminishing, encroachment on national park land was rife, overpopulation had resulted in lack of waste management, wild plants and animals were disappearing, and the mountain was getting ‘sick’. A botanist from Chiang Mai University told us that only about 25% of the park remained somewhat close to its original condition, explaining that the rest was, at best secondary growth, and at worst developed. Coming across that old issue recently, I thought that it was time to revisit this topic and I shall be borrowing liberally from the past to ease the step into the present so that perhaps we can navigate a path towards a healthy future.
Like most of you, I dare say, I don’t give much thought to what happens once my rubbish has been collected, assuming it ends up somewhere far away and that someone is sorting it all out. But this month I got curious and decided to look into how much garbage we produce as a city, who manages it, where it goes and generally sticking my nose into some stinky business.
On September 16th of this year, the excise department finally released their much anticipated tax overhaul regulations on cigarettes and alcohol.
Remember the harrowing descent into Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak airport? A strong gust of wind would have the plane wobbling from side to side as passengers peered out in alarm straight into the living rooms of equally alarmed residents whose apartments lined the approach.
Last month something remarkable happened. On three separate unprovoked occasions I found myself confronted by a subject I think we’ll all agree is of utmost importance considering the general state of everything in the world right now.
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Citylife is proud to announce that our independent committee of volunteers led by Dr. Joanne Robinson has chosen the following organisations to be the beneficiaries of our upcoming fair.
This month we talk to a couple of the club’s most valued members who fell in love with the big biking world after moving to Thailand and buying their first Yamaha bike.
Karaoke is for (nearly) everyone, as long as you find the right venue. Private, public or even impromptu, we’ve got you covered.
From family-friendly bestsellers like Agricola and Catan to Dungeons & Dragons and a broader role-playing resurgence, the global popularity of tabletop and board gaming continues to rise — and Chiang Mai has not been spared. Around our beloved city people are putting aside their phones and tablets, and looking away from their screens (for a while at least!), in order to flip cards, connect til … Continued
We’ve all experienced the irritating feeling of walking into a room and forgetting what it is that we’re looking for. Or the embarrassment of forgetting someone’s name, even though they just told you. But imagine forgetting where your own home is, or what your own family members look like.
Just over eleven years ago our cover featured my story ‘Doi Suthep in Crisis’, where I offered up an alarming prognosis of a mountain range being sucked dry of its natural resources — water, wildlife, biodiversity, land — while at the same time being inundated by the alien —people, waste, traffic, development. Thankfully, much of the damage many experts anticipated at the time never materialised due to the Herculean efforts of so many, from academics and researchers to the private sector.
Love literally soars in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches every year. Thus, many loving couples been together for a good while as well as the newlyweds have already started looking for romantic getaway options for an upcoming day of all lovers.
Black Sheep Music Festival organisers have been accused of scamming vendors, musicians and revelers after they cancelled just one day before the event.
On February 15th, it was reported that officers from Development Division 3, administrative officials and villagers from Pa Paeng and Srimongkol communities signed an agreement of land expropriation in order to solve the problems of Ngern Canal.
Chiang Dao locals have made a complaint against a stinking landfill that had been causing pollution for over two years. The Chiang Dao Sub-district Administration Organisation (SAO) has also been exposed for overcharging for prices of garbage bags.
A chef is at once a scientist, having to calculate and use exacting measures in each and all recipes, while also an artist, as they allow their imagination to take them to mouthwatering heights. And to succeed as a chef on the international level requires years, if not decades, of experience. Experience which Chef Roman Sturn, a German French chef who has recently opened up a teashop and bakery here in Chiang Mai, has under his belt.
Warorot Market is getting lively now that the Chinese New Year is nearly here.
รุจิราพร เตชะเทพ หรือ คุณปุ้ย เจ้าของร้านอาหาร Anna Farm & Eatery จูงมือกับลูกสาวสุดน่ารัก น้องอันนา ชวนทีมงาน Spoon & Fork มุ่งหน้าสู่อำเภอแม่ริม มาชิมร้าน The Beatles Station ส้มตำคลาสสิค หรือ ร้านส้มตำสุดแซ่บที่เต็มไปด้วยกลิ่นอายของเพลงร็อกแอนด์โรลยุค 60
Rosy Cheeks is one of the city’s most talked about healthy food joints that doesn’t skimp on great flavours. Their fusion menu was inspired by the Chef and Owner’s, Kittitach Krajangkaew or Fuji, time abroad. Focusing on clean, organic ingredients, and pairing those with some amazing sauces and flavours, many of which have a distinctive Japanese influence.
There is a new boutique hotel in town, and it is enviably located right opposite Wat Chedi Luang, with a charming outdoors café offering prime temple-views. But walk inside the hotel into its sanctuary of a courtyard and you will find an exquisitely crafted traditional rice barn, which is used to serve guests afternoon teas.
The owner of the beautiful Anna Farm & Eatery, Ruchiraporn Techathep, took us to her favourite local this month, Mae Rim’s The Beatles Station. This quirky little restaurant near the Four Seasons, is a charming rustic little wooden hut set in a lamyai orchard, serving spicy and tasty Isaan treats such as papaya salad with crab, spicy mango salad with dried fish, deep fried chicken wings with sesame and all the good spicy delights of the northeasten cuisine. The best part is, after a good meal, Ruchiraporn can grab a guitar and join the owner in serenading other diners with some Beatles classics in this odd tropical homage to the legendary band.