July Expats Meeting – “Improve Your Image In 40 Minutes”


Wyndham Hollis

Yesterday morning was the July meeting of the Chiang Mai Expats Club at the Meridien Hotel. Speaker:  Wyndham Hollis, co-organiser of the Chiang Mai Photographic Group, presented “Improve Your Image In 40 Minutes” a useful guide to help everyone make the most of the picture opportunities that surround us.He showed many examples of mistakes people make. He particularly spoke about taking pictures with mobile phones and commented on how their quality had improved in recent years.


Me, Leigh, Ric, Christopher, Howard


Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai

Bangkok Hospital bhin Chiang Mai is twelve bangkok_hospital_chiang_mai_checkupmonths old.

To celebrate of the occasion Bangkok Hospital is offering a Happy Anniversary Checkup Package, now until August 31st. For just 1000 baht, they’ll test glucose (FBS), CBC, Creatinine (plus GFR), Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, perform a chest x-ray, physical exam and medical record.

This is a great deal.

Tests showed that I was in reasonable shape for my age. In particular my blood sugars wer well controlled.

Nattahkarn Seafood Restaurant – Promenada


The Menu


Italian Wine

Last night we ate at Natthkorn seafood restaurant, next door to Duke’s at Promenada. It has only been open for a month.

Toy ordered sea bass soup with coconut and also steamed squid with lime. Both were as hot as hell, but Toy enjoyed it. I had seafood curry served in a coconut – an interesting concept, but it was too spicy for me. Next time I will order something more bland, like whole steamed sea bass.

A buffet of salad and sweets was complimentary.

We took a bottle of Italian white wine, spritz style, which we bought in Mai Sai duty-free. There was no corkage, A bit sweet.

Service was pleasant.A comfortable restaurant with good decor. Its style however is very Thai and dishes are very spicy.


Natthkorn Seafood Restaurant


Self Service Salad And Sweets


Curried Seafood in a Coconut










Sea Bass Soup




Steamed Squid with Lime



Reflections in the Rain




Movie – Kidnapping Freddy Heineken


Anthony Hopkns Played Freddy Heinekin

kfhToday we went to the movies at Maya shopping mall. We saw Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. State of the art theatres are located on the 5th level. Although only given a rating of 6.1 by IMDB, I enjoyed it immensely.

It is based on a fictional account of the inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

The abduction would go on to become one of The Netherlands’ most infamous crimes.

As it was based on a true story it gave the film a kind of credibility. It’s gripping excitement held my interest throughout.

Dukes – Promenada

Dukes at Promenada

Promenada Shoppig Mall

Last night we decided to try Dukes at Promenada shopping mall. Dukes is a well-known restaurant in Chiang Mai serving USA type food.

Fortunately we already knew about the large servings, after all their slogan says “created by a man who loves to eat….and eat…. and eat”

We shared a half rack of ribs and a small pepperoni pizza. We had enough pizza  leftover for lunch!!!

The ribs were served with small bowls of sweet corn and refried beans and some corn bread and coleslaw and sumptuous french fries. Presentation and flavour were superb.

House wine was a little expensive at 185 baht (A$7.50) a glass.


Half Rack of Ribs


Pepperoni Pizza


Travel Club – A Month in Southern Africa


Theo and Dot Devisse in the Front Row

GetInlineLast night the Travel Group met at the Sangdee Gallery. Presenters were Theo and Dot Devisse, who had the pleasure of travelling throughout Southern Africa for an entire month.

Originally Dutch, they spent some time in Australia, before making Chiang Mai their home.

They started their tour in Cape Town before travelling to Johannesburg and a private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa. Then on to theVictoria Falls, Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and Zambia then back to Cape Town.

The presentation was illustrated by photos and short videos.



Dining Out Group – Hong Tauw Inn


Outside the Hong Tauw Inn


The Entrance to the Hong Tauw Inn

Last night the Dining Out Group ate at the Hong Tauw Inn (literally ‘Shop- House’) Inn. Seventeen of us enjoyed the evening. Numbers are remaining high despite being low season. There were many new faces once again.

This quaint well established restaurant, which  has reliable standards, serves Thai cuisine. It is situated in Nimmanhaemin Road almost opposite Soi 1. The restaurant is decorated in antiques and old wall clocks which are the main feature of the folksy interior. It was a rainy night and it had a warm, welcoming feeling.

I ordered spring rolls and sweet and sour snake head fish.The sweet and sour was delicious but I had to search to find fish. Toy ordered a mixture of Thai dishes, which he declared to be aroy mak mak (very delicious).

Excelent Thai food. Another pleasant Dining Out Group function. Thanks for the photos Nop.


Our Table


A Typical Table Setting