“JELLY” : A broad spectrum art project.

“As “Art” should be flexible and reshapeable just like Jelly is.”

By Zart

23 – 31 October 2009— ChangSathit Artivation Center, 3rd Floor The Plaza, hosted the first collaborative “Jelly” exhibition.

Inspired by the concept that “Art should be flexible and reshapeable just like Jelly”, “Jelly” (Juxtaposed Exhibition by Locomotive Local Youngsters),

is the media diverse project concept of nokhookdesign and partners. The objective of “Jelly” is to invite local artists and designers to join hands in creating

a media diverse art community, as well as providing spaces for artists and designers to exhibit and showcase their work.

Participants in the Jelly project include graphic designers, video artists, musicians, fine artists, installation artists and street artists.

For more information visit the Jelly website at www.thejellyproject.com





Date: 29 October 2009 – 01 November 2009
Location: CMU Convention Hall




CMU Digital ICT Fair time again.  ..so how did it fair?


Chiang Mai University Convention Hall played host to another Digital ICT Fair. So how did it fair this time? (S’cuze the pun!). Well, bargain hunters were probably not impressed again. Price-wise, was pretty much on a par with Pantip and Icon Plaza. However, the term “Fair” likely gives the wrong impression. Seems to be more of a showcase and convention than a fair, and with that in mind (as long as you are not expecting dramatic cutting edge technology) it was no wasted visit. The atmosphere was buzzing, the layout was well planned, and the representatives were helpful and happily offered demonstrations. A good range of companies were represented and a broad range of computers, gadgets and gizmos were available on one main floor (unlike Icon and Pantip which can be a bit of a trek about when comparing items.). For those concerned about not being able to speak Thai, I estimate at least one representative per concession was able to chat in English. Plus most prices and specs were written in both English and Thai.


What was on show? Well, apart from the usual laptops, cameras and phones for sale, there were some nice specialist items, such as telephoto and telescopic camera lenses, video projectors, video camera equipment, and editing machines. Plus there were the usual peripherals; external hard drives, usb memory sticks, cheap computer accessories. There were several companies promoting 3G net at competitive packages and prices, and a few miscellaneous concessions demonstrating and selling items such as massage chairs, herbal lotions, and discount books.

The main middle stage area seems always to be reserved for hosted scheduled entertainment, but unfortunately I could see no kind of written schedule. At the last fair I enjoyed a magician performing, but this time were just two pretty girls announcing the promotions. But, I’m sure other interesting entertainment was planned, I just wasn’t lucky enough to catch it.


Location-wise, CMU’s Convention Hall is just off Nimmanhemin Road. CMU can be a bit of a rabbit hole, so it’s best to have a good idea where the Convention Hall is before setting out (there is a great location map of CMU on the CMU website). Parking is easy for bikes, but spaces fill up fast for cars. Best bet for those wishing to take a gander at the next fair is to get along in morning just before it opens. Worth noting that it can get packed in the afternoons, particularly at the weekend. I also strongly recommend taking foam earplugs, particularly if you plan to be in there for any length of time. The noise level from the concessions and main stage can be bone rattling! Your head will thank you for it later.


My only minor grumble about the fair this time around was lack of freebies. I like my freebie promotional stuff and was looking forward to coming away with a few random CD’s and mini note-pads and pens. Just didn’t seem to be any around this time. So I left with just a handful of flyers and leaflets instead.

Oh, lastly, there is no need to worry about the munchies, or even if hit with a full blown hunger attack. Plenty of food stalls around. Plus fresh juices, coffee, snacks and cakes. So, for this digitally interested individual, it was a fair for the eyes, ears, mind, and belly. Not too bad really for a free event. Now only thing to do is find out when the next one is running…





‘Dreams of The North: Nuance & Nostalgia in

Contemporary Thai Jewelry’. A jewellery Exhibition at

Tamarid Village.


The atmosphere at the Tamarin Village on the evening of August 6th, was once again buzzing. This time over a fine collection of Jewelery from up and coming Thai designers. The showcase featured unique contemporary designs inspired by nature, organic forms, and textiles.  Respected designers; Saprang, Caso, Flow, Mono, Fontips and Aztique, have been brought together for the first time in Chiang Mai through this exhibition, with up and coming designers Pilantha and Neeranuj Wongwasin, whos unique works are truly breathtaking.


Chiang Mai Mail had the opportunity to speak briefly with designer Neeranuj Wongwasin, a young self-taught designer, who informed us that her designs are influenced by Thai Hill Tribe textiles and adornments, which is apparent in her work. Her collection within this exhibition has been designed and created exclusively for Tamarind Village and are one of a kind unique pieces. Ms Wongwasin jewellery designs are statement pieces, which are sure to be conversational pieces for they are striking and unique. Surprising too, is that Ms Wongwasin’s designs, and the designs in the exhibition, are available for sale at extremely reasonable prices.


The exhibition is open to the public on August 7th and will run through November 30th, 2010.



“Day Tripper” – Huay Tung Tao


A short 15-20 minute drive out of central Chiang Mai, will take you to the scenic and relaxing Huay Tung Tao Reservoir.

At just 20 baht per person you can enter this beautiful man made lake and enjoy a number of activities, or, if you prefer to relax, just do nothing at all! The water itself is apparently really quite clean, and is popular for swimming. There are also paddle boats, picnic areas, fishing, fresh food, massage, and even off road driving. There is also a camping ground for those who wish to stay over. If you feel like relaxing, then I suggest heading for one of the bamboo huts which are built on the lake. Someone will come and take your drinks order (and food, if feeling hungry) and bring it to you. There are also the occasional passing seller offering snacks, fresh fruit, and niknaks. I suggest dangling your feet over the edge and into the water to cool you down a bit. The water is surprisingly cool. Early mornings are a good opportunity for Bird Watchers. Early evenings are a great time to watch the sun set.


The lake itself, and its surrounding land, was donated by the Royal Family to serve as a tourist destination. You will find it along the 121, just beyond the 700 Year Stadium.






Western traditions: “Easter”

A couple of weeks ago it was Easter. Hands up, all those who forgot about it.


After a curt email from a family member wondering why I had not sent an Easter greeting, i realised that Easter had come and gone. I, like many expats here, am not particularly religious, and in consequence, certain holidays celebrated in the west have dropped by the wayside. Thailand has adopted Christmas, New Year, and Valentines day, but i cannot think of any other western holiday it has taken on board. To be honest, im grateful about that. But, without reminders around me in the form of shop advertisements etc, and living in a country where expats do not celebrate those ‘normal’ western events, it is easy to forget about them and in turn have family and friends “back home” feel they are forgotten or unconsidered. Maybe Thailand has changed me, or maybe it has always been in me, but i find myself actually bewildered at some of our western holidays/events and traditions. Why do we celebrate religious events if we don’t believe in its origin, and why do we celebrate so commercially? In fact, to be perfectly honest, I am somewhat repulsed by the commercialisation of it all. My regret about forgetting about Easter was not to do with the superficial elements, such as giving and receiving gifts and cards, but that my not sending at least an email, possibly made my friends and family feel forgotten. It got me wondering how other expats feel about western traditions that are not recognised or celebrated in this mainly Buddhist country.

I asked around a little and most views, not surprisingly, matched much of my own. Most seem to celebrate in some way Christmas, but much of the other holidays are forgotten. But, one man i spoke to in a coffee shop did surprise me by saying he celebrates not even Christmas. He has warned family and friends that he is no longer celebrating ANY western holiday event. He informed them that Christmas cards and the like would go directly in the bin and that none would be sent out. In turn it has earned him the nickname “Scrooge” amongst those he knows back home. (Which spurred him to pen the poem below) Here, however, his views are accepted by many of his expat friends and acquaintances, and not considered particularity unusual.


I guess the key thing to consider, whether or not you like to celebrate certain western events, is that loved ones back home like to hear from us during these times, especially when we are not in regular contact. I have come to realise that these holidays are likely a good time for us to maintain connections to family members and friends who celebrate these days, even when we feel no affiliation to the actual holiday anymore. It’s a good opportunity to let them know we think of them, and good opportunity to show that we haven’t completely dropped off the planet!