Piano Recital – Reiko Shimokawa

Reiko

Last night I attended a piano recital by Reiko Shimokawa, at the CRK Recital Hall, Kaew Nawarat Campus, Payap University. Reiko is a friend of popular Atsuko Seta, also a pianist who is on the staff at Payap.

The programme consisted of

Beethoven        Sonata op.31 No.2

Chopin              Grande Polonaise Brilliante op.22

Tcaikovsky         From “The Nutcracker Suite op.71a

Prokofiev           4 pieces op.4

For an encore she played Chopin´s E Flat Nocturne. I have embedded an orchestral version with piano solo from the film  “The Eddie Duchin Story”

She looked great in her two-tone pink concert dress. The audience appreciated the way she gave a personal introduction to each programme item, before she played it. She added her own style to the playing, in a well-balanced programme.

We are lucky here in Chiang Mai that we have a University with such a strong music department. Concerts are free but of course donations are appreciated.

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In a nice tough, flowers were presented to Reiko by Atsuko.

 

The Boys Do Lunch Again

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The menu consisted of,

Mushroom soup Multi varieties of mushrooms

Crepe topped with mushrooms, onion, carrot, spring onion, and tomatoes.

Thai desert grass jelly with carnation milk and sugar.

They have been hired!

 

 

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Crepe

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Grass Jelly Before Being Cut Into Flower & Butterfly Shapes

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Mushroom Soup & Crepe

 

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The Chefs At Work

 

Steak of the Day Restaurant

steakA few months ago, I won a 300 baht voucher for the Steak of the Day restaurant at Mae Rim. It was due to expire on the 28 th February, so we decided to use it last night. A former 4 Seasons chef and his wife operate the restaurant here.

We took along one of our duty-free Hardy’s Shiraz bottles. Although they sell wine from H.O.W. (House of Wine) next door, there was no corkage charge.

The restaurant is located in Mae Rim Plaza. On Tuesday nights the area becomes a street market, so parking is not easy.

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Lamb T-bone

What a find! This is an excellent restaurant. What a pity it is in Mae Rim. The menu consists mainly of western style cuts of meat. I ordered Australian  Lamb T-bone, which seemed to be large lamb chops while Toy ordered N.Z. rib-eye filet steak. Both were excellent. For starters we shared toasted whole wheat bread and tomato puree.

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Steak of the Day Restaurant

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Brownie & Ice-cream

 

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Starter – Bread & Tomato

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N.Z. Rib-eye Steak

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Open Kitchen at Steak of the Day

Taishiken Japanese Resraurant

11005580_1623606211203697_385099158_nLast night we ate at the Taishiken Japanese restaurant. It is located at the Rincome intersection, in Think Park, next door to kafevino. They serve only beer so we had to order our wine from next door.

It is very Japanese.The staff are all Japanese.The customers were all Japanese.The menu is in Japanese, thank goodness for pictures, but specialises in ramen noodles. Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, kamaboko, and green onions. Surprisingly there is no fish available on the menu.

We shared gyozas, a pork dish, chips, fried chicken, chashu salad, and Japanese melon, Japanese is not my favourite cuisine, but it was fairly cheap and moderately enjoyable!

 

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The Staff

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The Kitchen

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A Pork Dish

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These Japanese Customers Seemed More Interested In Their Phones Than The Menu

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Japanese Melon

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Fried Chicken, Japanese Style

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Chips, My Favourite

 

 

 

 

 

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Chashu Salad

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Gyozas

Dinner At Billy’s

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Our Group

Last night we had dinner at Billy’s with Don’s friends. We met at the Prince Hotel at 6 PM for drinks and canapes and our booking at Billy’s was at 7:30pm.

The Group consisted of Kam & John (visiting Canadian nationals), local expats, Jim & Joyce, who are both active in the Gate Theatre, Ron, Glid, Toy & me, and of course Don.

One special was osso buco, which Toy ordered, and the other special was beef stew, which I ordered. We both enjoyed our meals. The service was friendly and up to the standard we expect at Billy’s.

It was a fun and enjoyable evening.

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Beef Stew

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Osso Buco

 

 

 

Myanmar Holiday – Panoramas

panoToy’s iPhone 6 has an excellent panorama feature. On our recent trip to Myanmar he took a few panoramas.

Here are a few examples of his photos.

Quite professional, I think.

Click on photos to enlarge.

 

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Bagan – Htilominito Temple

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Bagan – Dining Deck Bagan Riveriview Hotel

 

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Yngon – Buddha Images at Shwedagon Pagoda

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Bagan Pagodas

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Yangon – Left Sule Pagoda, Centre City Hall

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Bagan at Sunset

 

 

 

Myanmar Holiday – February 12 2015 – Returning to Chiang Mai

After breakfast we were picked up at the hotel by Mor Mor at  0745 for our return to Chiang Mai. On the way to the airport we saw the hot air balloons starting their morning flights. Looks like something to add to the bucket list.

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On Board Yangon Airlines

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Hot Air Balloons

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Bagan Airport

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Waiting Lounge at Bagan

Our return was with Yangon Airlines. The flight was via Mandalay, where some passengers dis-embarked and others boarded the flight. Ongoing passengers remained on board. It was also a brief refueling stop. It seemed a copy cat airline to Asian Wings.

At Yangon we walked from the domestic terminal to the international terminal. Our flight to Chiang Mai on Air Bagan did not leave until 0400 so we had a boring wait. We had a cup of coffee and a cheese sandwich which used up the last of our Myanmar cash.

The flight arrived in Chiang Mai almost half an hour early. A great, if somewhat expensive holiday.

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Urinal at Yangon Domestic Terminal

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Immigration at Yangon International Terminal

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Mandalay Air Plane at Yangon Airport

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Mural at Yangon International Airport

Myanmar Holiday – February 11 2015 – Bagan – Part Three

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There Were Many Pagodas in the Area

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Looking Over the Ayeyarwady River

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Our Horse, Cart, and Driver

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Not as Comfortable as it Looks

After lunch, we were driven back to the hotel, before continuing with the afternoon activities.

We were driven to a village where we joined the horse and cart. It was interesting to observe village life. The cart wasn’t as comfortable as it looked!

  A boat ride on the river followed to see the sunset. A flotilla of boats left the jetty area. We motored upstream for at least a kilometer and then drifted down with the current. It was pleasant while drinking beer and observing river life in the eerie silence before the motor started again. On the return to the hotel, we decided to have room service on the balcony of our suite, while we polished off the remaining French red. I ordered a Club Sandwich and Toy ordered a Fish Steak. Very pleasant indeed!

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Myanmar Beer

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Cruise to Mandalay

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Sunset on the Ayeyarwady River

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Sunset on the Ayeyarwady River

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King Of The World!

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Cruise to Mandalay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Myanmar Holiday – February 11 2015 – Bagan – Part Two

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Puppet Vendor Outside Temple

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Dhammayangyi Temple Entrance

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Old Temple Gate

Dhammayangyi Temple continued.

 

 

 

 

 

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Information Plaque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We next visited the Golden Cuckoo lacquerware factory, located in Myinkabar Village, Bagan. The staff were happy to show the many steps needed to produce the final product.

We had lunch at a Myanmar restaurant called Golden Myanmar 121. There was no menu. They just gave you a table full of food.Can’t say it was wonderful but it wasn’t too bad.

 

 

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Intricate Engraving

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The Show Room

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Myinkabar Village

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Outside the Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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