Sunday, 17 April 2016

Chiang Mai Expats April 2016

Like to eat healthy? The new Continental Breakfast option may be just the ticket for you!
We've heard your feedback from the recent CEC member survey and are pleased to announce a new option for the Breakfast Club: Continental Breakfast. It's a perfect lighter option for those who are watching their waistline or early risers who eat breakfast before 9:30 am, but want something extra at Breakfast Club.
Join us this Friday, April 22nd from 9:30 am - 11:30 at CEC sponsor 'The River Market' in a beautiful setting on the River Ping next to the Iron Bridge. Click for map.
Here are your options:
Full Breakfast Buffet: All-you-can-eat buffet of breakfast casseroles, pancakes, potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham carvery, sausage gravy, biscuits, Thai food, salads, make-to-order omelettes and waffles and all the options of the Continental Breakfast. 250฿ (members)/ 300฿ (non-members).
Patrick and Shayne
The full Breakfast Buffet appeals to those with a hearty appetite and/or desire for traditional breakfast fare.
Continental Breakfast: pastries, bread, yogurt, granola, fruit, juice, coffee, tea for 150฿ (CEC members-only)
Coffee, Tea, Water: 80฿ (members)/120฿ (non-members).
Not yet a member of CEC? You can join at Breakfast Club!
The Welcome Committee invites newcomers or those who haven't been to Breakfast Club in a while to sit with them and chat.
Email if you decide to cancel your reservation -- even if it's just an hour before. And if you or a friend forget to RSVP -- that's OK, please come anyway. There's always room for a few more!
Normally, Breakfast Club is on the first and third Friday morning of the month, but the schedule has been changed for April because of the Songkran holidays. Please note the dates will return to normal for May: Friday, May 6th and Friday, May 20th, 9:30 - 11:30 am, at River Market Restaurant.
Enjoy make-to-order eggs (and waffles)as part of the Full Buffet.
New Lighter Continental Breakfast -- pastries, bread, yogurt, granola -- plus fruit, coffee, tea and juice.
Kev Richardson
Long-time CEC member and author Kev "Ric" Richardson will be the speaker at the May General Meeting.
Songkran madness descends on Chiang Mai "officially" from April 13-15, but many expats and locals alike travel away during the month of April. Thus, CEC traditionally doesn't schedule a Saturday morning General Meeting in April.
Our next General Meeting will be Saturday, May 28, at Le Méridien Hotel. Arrive at 10 am for 10:30 am start. The program will feature an interview with author Ric Richardson about "White Settlement of Australia" and a presentation by Mr. Tjeert Kwant, President & CEO of Promenada Resort Mall about future plans for the mall.
Click here to see photos from the CEC General Meeting last month, Saturday, 26th March when Laurie Simmons, foreign volunteer with the Muang Police Force talked about "Expats and the Thai Police" Laurie had so many photos depicting the many ways that expats "interact" with the local police, that he didn't have time for questions from the audience, but he remained after the meeting to talk with people one-on-one. Laurie has agreed to return in a few months to talk about "Personal Safety" and to allow time for audience questions.
Foreigner ID check
According to both Laurie Simmons from the Muang Police Station and a recent article in the Bangkok Post, your Thai Drivers License isn't sufficient I.D. to establish your legal visa status in Thailand. Click on the image above to read the Bangkok Post article.
Laurie did address an issue on everyone's minds these days: Must we carry our passports with us at all times? Laurie said, no, in the case of recent police raids to check on foreigner visa status, it has been sufficient for a foreigner to show a copy of the photo page of the passport and current visa and entry stamp to demonstrate legal status in the country. No -- a Thai Drivers License isn't sufficient to establish legal status with the police. It is OK to show the police images of your passport, visa, entry stamp, permission to stay stamp, etc on your phone, according to Laurie.
GD Cuba
The Great Decisions group will gather on at 4:30 pm on Thursday at Sangdee Gallery to discuss "Cuba".
Great Decisions, a discussion group focusing on world affairs, will have their next meeting this Thursday, April 21th, 4:30 pm at Sangdee Gallery, 5 Soi 5 Sirimankhalajarn Rd.
The discussion will focus on Cuba. Please email for a short advance reading assignment. All English-speaking folk welcome!
April 30, 2016, Sat. Eve. 17:30 pm @Promenada Resort Mall
Escape from tedious music and discover a brand-new musical experience! If you are a real international rocker in love with legendary rock bands from the 80s-90s like AC/DC, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, White Snake, Pink Floyd, Gun N’ Roses, Aerosmith, To To, U2, Metallica, etc, you definitely do not want to miss this music festival! Enjoy the best rock bands that are the pride of Chiang Mai such as Lords of Rock, E.M.G (EakMuti Group) and New Old Stock. Also featured are shows by Silly Fools Feat, Dax Big Ass and Black Head in a totally different style. We guarantee that you will have a lot of fun! Tickets will be available soon at Thai Ticket Major and every branch of Rim Ping Supermarket. During this event, all motor bikers and rockers will also have a chance to win rewards such as air tickets, Levi’s sunglasses, five-star hotel rooms and many more from the people’s choice big bike & chopper voting activity. See you soon. Let’s Rock! Ticket: 450 Baht, includes 1 free drink.
Promenada Rock Concert
Meeting Expats
Admittedly, many of Chiang Mai's resident expats schedule holidays during "smokey season", but that doesn't mean that all activity has ground to a halt. Looking for ways to stay active and make new friends? Check out the websites and Facebook pages of the CEC's Community Sponsors and Outside Group Activities.
Our two church sponsors, All Saints Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai Community Church always welcome newcomers each week. Each congregation gathers at a different time on Sundays, so you can visit both on the same day!
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club meets weekly in the Old City with interesting programs related to their mission of community service and welcome visitors interested in learning more about Rotary. The members of The Royal British Legion gather twice monthly for social time in the Night Bazaar area and welcome visitors. Please contact CMI Rotary and RBL for meeting details.
Some of CEC's Outside Group Activities, or "Clubs-Within-a-Club" take a break during the hot season, but many continue to meet regularly. Bridge Club, Computer Club, Dining Out Group, Ladies Lunch Group, Pickle Ball and Writers without Borders are just a few of the OGAs that maintain an active schedule year-round. Please contact any OGA of interest since each maintains their own email contact list.
Burgers are the simple masterpieces of western food. It's a dish that is the true product of its parts and that's why Le Méridien Chiang Mai is giving you the opportunity to build the perfect burger. Select every component and create that masterpiece in your mind and onto your plate!
Price: 399 THB for your burger, 1 side dish and 1 beverage (beer or soft drink)
Available daily at Latest Recipe Restaurant on Level 1 from 11.30 - 22.00
telephone 053 253 666
LatestRecipe Burger
Recently, we ran an article about how how to do 90-day reporting on-line and via post in several editions, with illustrations and links to the excellent description on the website of the Chiangmai Christian Community Classifieds. Judging by the number of "click thrus" that article generated, we'll keep the link as a permanent feature of this e-Newsletter: Immigration 90 Day Reporting "Simplified"
Songkran is over but the heat is still here. That may be the reason that everyone one contacting CEC Sponsor Perfect Homes right now is looking to rent or buy a property with a pool! Let’s take a look at these properties, for sale and rent, that will allow you to cool off, any time you wish!
High quality home
Situated off Canal Road, this stunning property is less than 10 minutes from a choice of schools, restaurants and golf clubs.
Stunning High Quality Home
If money is no is issue then surely this is the property to go for. It boasts a large pool, ideal for lengths, with shaded decking and mister systems just to aide in keeping cool! The property includes a separate guest house and maid's room.
Step out of the downstairs bedroom of this lovely 500 sqm home right into the pool or socialize with neighbors at the development's pool and clubhouse.
Attractive Home with a Pool in a popular development in Hang Dong is fully furnished with tasteful decor. The large fully-fitted, western kitchen includes an oversized refrigerator. The home boasts master bedroom and guest bedroom suites plus two additional bedrooms.
This fully furnished home "in the trees" is available to rent for 30,000 baht/month.
For those not looking to buy but rather to rent take a look at this secluded home in the hills close to Chiang Mai. This property is ideal for artists or someone who just enjoys the peace and quiet. The pool isn’t too big but while soaking you can enjoy the stunning views of nature.
The units are D-condo Sign are practical and well-designed, with good quality construction.
When talking about pools, we cannot forget D-condo Sign. This condo building offers great value rental properties, boasts what is probably the biggest pool in Chiang Mai and a quality gym.
Perfect Homes is now able to accomodate short term rentals for your family and friends. Or perhaps you're someone considering a move to Chiang Mai. The best way to see if life in Chiang Mai is right for you is to come try it out for a few weeks and live like an expat. Perfect Homes can place you in an short-term rental in an area popular with resident expats so you can experience the lifestyle to determine if a long-term move to Chiang Mai is right for you.

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Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC) helps expats expand friendships and improve their quality of life. CEC is a non-profit social organization operating with a theme of “Expats Helping Expats” to reside safely and legally in Thailand and to adapt and understand the local customs and traditions.
It is our hope that the members of the Chiang Mai Expats Club will build friendships and contribute to the local community through our club's programs and diverse activities of our many Outside Group Activities (OGAs) and Community Sponsors.

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