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N ONTHABURI N EIGHBORHOOD R EACH

O CTOBER 2012

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Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Board Information Editor’s Desk

Introducing the Volunteers of Nonthaburi Neighborhood Reach (NNR) NNR, a volunteer organization established in 1994, publishes the Thani Talk newsletter, organizes an annual Charity Bazaar (Nov. 8th this year!) that raises money for Thai charities, sponsors day trips to explore our host country, publicizes community events, and hosts monthly get-togethers such as coffee mornings and happy hours. If you’d like to volunteer and join the team, please contact any one of us listed below. NNR Board 2012-2013: (1st row, from left): Patricia Kenrick, Liz Lu, Juliana Magalhaes, Birgitta Damgard. (2nd row, from left): Susan Curtis, Marlena Yarbrough, Alexandra Ries. (3rd row, from left): Laura Sadowski, Sarah Glaze. (Not pictured in the group shot, but we’ll feature their photos next issue!): Heather Powell, Casey Corning, Carla Zeitune.

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Coffee Morning News/Tour Info

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Chill Out with Bossa Nova Evening! As October is such a busy month with so many daytime events compounded by the different schools’ half term breaks, we have decided to hold an afternoon/evening event in October instead of our usual Coffee Morning. Come along and chill out, catch up with friends old and new with a glass of wine and great conversation whilst enjoying background Bossa Nova music. For those of you who are new to Bossa Nova, it is a style of Brazilian Blues music; a melodic combination of slow samba with American Blues jazz. It is the perfect combination for good company, a glass of your favorite tipple and a tasty bite to eat. We also hope to be lucky enough to have a Saxophonist to serenade us…watch this space! Juliana will have a selection of her colorful leather handbags, wallets, belts and ipod covers on display for sale. No pressure whatsoever to buy but a nice relaxed opportunity to browse if you wish. Juliana has kindly offered to donate one of her items as a raffle prize. All proceeds will go to our NNR Charities. If you bring a packet of diapers (any size, babies or adult) as a donation for our needy NNR Charities, you will receive a free raffle ticket. Date: Monday, October 8th Time: 4.30pm to 7pm Venue: Juliana’s house, 39/761 The Veranda (last house on the right hand side) Please bring a bottle and / or a plate of finger food to share No need to RSVP. Any queries? Call Sarah Glaze: 081 793 0806

October Tour: Discovering Ayutthaya Friday, October 12 Please sign up for an amazing tour to the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Siamese Kingdom. Besides visiting the ruins of the Buddhist monasteries and reliquary towers, where you can get an audio tour (50 Baht/30 min), we will also visit the large reclining Buddha. We are going to have lunch at a very authentic riverside Thai restaurant, and we will have the opportunity to visit a stone arts and crafts sandstone shop. Bring a picture of any art piece you like to have copied, and artisans can make it in 2 to 4 weeks or, you may find a Buddha statue to purchase on the spot! When : Friday, October 12th Where: 8am in front of Chevron Theatre (This time we are not sure if we will be back in time for school dismissal) Cost: Entrance fee 50 Baht/ Audio Guide 50 Baht, plus transportation (cost depends on how many will attend) What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, water, camera, and good mood!

NNR Tour Leaders: Birgitta Damgard (left) and Alexandra Ries.

For reservations, please email: Alexandra (Alexandra.ries@yahoo.com) or Birgitta (birgittadamgard@gmail.com) 3


Cover Story: Thailand Capitals

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

The History of Thai Capitals: A Tale of Three Cities Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Bangkok Since NNR’s October 12 Tour will be a trip to the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, Thani Talk invited Juliana Magalhaes, a member of the National Museum Volunteers group in Bangkok, to share background and insights about the evolution of Thailand’s three famous capitals.

Old map of Ayutthaya shows how it was laid out according to a systematic and rigid city planning grid, consisting of roads, canals, and moats around all the principal structures.

Bangkok was not the first Thai capital. Sukhothai, and later Ayutthaya, preceded the exotic city where we so luckily live. The history of the earlier capitals is tied up with the history of how the ethnic Tai people (distinct from the Thai nationality and culture) migrated from China into what is now Thailand. The origins of the Tai people are not very clear; there are many unproven theories. Nevertheless, historians tend to agree that the major migration of the Tai people into the southern peninsula started from 700 AD to 1200 AD. These migrations followed expansion by Northern Han Chinese through central and southern China, dislocating populations that did not want to be under Chinese rule. The Tais gradually settled in the Chao Phraya valley, adopting the Hindu-Khmer values in the region and giving rise to what is considered today the Thai culture. At first, the Thai people lived scattered among several other ethnic groups such as the Mons and ruling Khmers. In 1239 two Thai brothers, Po Khun Bangklanghao and Po Khun Phameung, banished the Khmer rulers from Sukhothai and established the first Thai capital and kingdom. The Phra Ruang Dynasty expanded through the entire Upper Chao Phraya valley. Years of political and economic stability allowed the Thai culture to flourish, producing the Thai alphabet and the Sukhothai art style. This style reflected 4 spiritual serenity merged with human form and is echoed in the numerous images of the Buddha.


Cover Story: Continued

Thani Talk ~October 2012

Designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Sukhothai Historical Park offers a wonderful family trip option to explore early Thai history. The park offers plenty of breath-taking monuments, Buddha images and temple ruins. The rental bike stores at the park entrance offer an alternative way to explore the vast park and will make this trip more enjoyable for the little ones. In the 1380’s Ayutthaya became Siam’s second capital after the Ayuthaya Kingdom invaded Sukhothai. A total of 33 kings ruled from Ayutthaya, which became one of the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan urban areas of the period. The kingdom covered all of modern day Thailand, southern Burma, Laos and Cambodia.

Walking Buddha - One of the biggest artistic contributions during the Sukhothai period is the image of a walking Buddha, with anatomical and facial characteristics based on sacred texts. The image reflects the superhuman, spiritual and compassionate nature of the Buddha. Ayutthaya National Park: There are many temple styles scattered throughout Ayutthaya National Park. This particular one follows the Khmer style and was a gift from a Siam King to his mother after he won one of many wars against the Khmers.

Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea. Moreover, it was ideally situated at the head of the Gulf of Siam, equi-distant between India and China and well upstream to be protected from Arab and European powers who were expanding their influence in the region. Ayutthaya became a center of trade and commerce at the regional and global levels, and an important connecting point between the East and the West. The Royal Court of Ayutthaya exchanged ambassadors far and wide, including with the French Court at Versailles and the Mughal Court in Delhi, as well as with the imperial courts of Japan and China. Foreigners served in the employ of the government and also lived in the city as private individuals. In 1767, Ayutthaya was attacked and razed by the Burmese army which burned the city to the ground and forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. Indeed, when the capital of the restored kingdom was moved downstream and a new city built at Bangkok, there was a conscious attempt to recreate the urban template and architectural form of Ayutthaya. Many of the surviving architects and builders from Ayutthaya were5 brought to Bangkok to work on building the new capital.


Cover Story: Thailand Capitals

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Ayutthaya Historical Park is also designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Closer to Bangkok, the park can be enjoyed as a day trip. Sukhothai and Ayutthaya are historical gems close to us that are worth visiting. I took my kids to both parks and they marveled at the cities’ distinguished beauty and felt a bit closer to Thai history and culture. By Juliana Magalhaes

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Sawaddhi Krup! Juliana’s favorite photo of her sons in Thailand.


Thani Talk ~October 2012

Humor, Etc.

LOL! Like most other expats in Thailand, I spent a good deal of my summer up in the air jetting from one city to the next visiting friends and relatives. After covering thousands of miles, I started tuning out those predictable, boring pre-flight safety announcements. That is, until I had the pleasure of flying on Southwest, a small but popular airline in the U.S. In addition to being known for still offering FREE checked bags (other U.S. airlines charge $20 to $30 per bag), Southwest is also known for its hilarious on-board announcements. I hear that the airline even hires comedy writers to come up with good material for its flight attendants. Sure made waiting on the tarmac a lot more fun. Here are some of my favorite lines during my Southwest flights: Liz Lu “Place the oxygen mask over your perfectly reconstructed face. Oops, that's for our L.A. flight.” “For those of you traveling with children: WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!?!??” “Remember to place the oxygen mask on yourself first. If your child has been behaving, put the mask on him as well.” “For the five people who were listening: thank you for your attention. For everyone else: good luck.” “We're ready for take-off. Please tighten your seat belts; the captain wants to try something new.” “We are dimming the cabin lights for your comfort. If you would like to read, please press the overhead button with the picture of a light bulb on it. Please DO NOT push the button with the picture of a flight attendant. It does not work on this flight.” “After the plane reaches altitude, we will be dining on freshly- made gourmet sandwiches: salmon, turkey, avocado, roasted chicken. (pause) And, after the crew has finished eating, we'll be serving you peanuts and water.”

— Where Your Children Go For Laughs — Want to decipher and understand your kids better? Check out what they check out:

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Tour Tales

Chatuchak Tour Highlights

Ready to Explore and Shop: Led by tour leaders Birgitta and Alexandra, Nichada neighbors visited the famous Chatuchak Market armed with backpacks, shopping carts, and comfy shoes.

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Thani Talk ~October 2012

The Sept. 7th visit to Chatuchak Market was really fun! We had the opportunity to meet new ladies from Nichada and to share a great morning together. This amazing market basically has nearly everything you could ever wish to buy and many things that you would never want to own. They have clothes, animals, books, plants, artifacts, unusual things, woodworks, fabrics, ceramics, baskets, antiques, plastic fruits, silk flowers, antiques, plus so many other things that it would take too long list. Some stall owners will not bargain since they use a fixed price system. The majority, though, are on a negotiated basis, and you should normally aim at around 50% of the first price offered. After shopping we enjoyed a relaxing traditional Thai lunch. It is always great to share and have fun with new friends! By Sylvana Barrera


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Update: Charity Cycle

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

China Charity Cycle 2012: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED In July, Rich Johnson, a physiotherapist with Maxfit Performance and Doug Sutherland, his biking partner from the UK, cycled from Beijing to Guilin, China in a completely self-supported 3,000+ km adventure that raised money through donations for Baan Rachawadee, a local NNR-supported home for mentally and physically challenged children. Some highlights of their trip are described here. “I spy with my little eye something beginning with...” After mile 60 of today’s edition of Eye Spy, Doug was getting pretty irritated with my constant high level of enthusiasm for the game. We were on day four of our China charity cycle ride from Beijing to Guilin and in the middle of a 48 hour rainstorm. We had left Beijing behind and entered the mountainous region where we were rewarded, after three days of uphill pedaling, with one day of complete downhill coasting past the iconic Great Wall of China. Continuing into the valley and past power stations, wind farms and too many Jackie Chan look-a-likes we headed south for Xian. We arrived 12 days later, and my job there was to renew my visa. Officially meant to be a five day process, but after charming the

Rich Johnson, left, on the road with Doug Sutherland.

metaphorical pants off the immigration official, I was rewarded with my extended visa in a mere two days! The extra days saved meant that our 100-mile day in the rain, 90 miles whilst throwing up and cycling in the dark, was not wasted. During the ride, we both carried at least 20 kg in a kit including tents, clothes, food, and water. At the end of each day, we set up camp wherever we could find some spare land in the densely farmed country. We assembled the stove for a Michelin star equivalent pot noodle dinner, and then entered the sweat pit sauna that was our tent, before a 4:30 am start the next day. Armed with the Chinese language standard of a deaf mute, ordering food was always an entertaining performance for all involved. With impressions of chickens, cows and pigs coupled with dodgy drawings of a bowl of noodles, whatever they brought out was always a surprise, and thankfully, usually delicious.

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Packing the kit for the four week trip.

Leaving Xian, we were met by our friends, the mountains again. Straight over the top, leaving Shanxi province and entering into Hubei, we finally pointed our tires south and just kept on going. Continued


Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Update: Charity Cycle continued After our final rest in the town of Jingzhou and upon entering the final week of cycling, both of our immune systems shut down. Unable to hold any nutrients down, it was a struggle, to say the least, to make our 70 mile target each day. Fortunately, on this leg of the trip, we were invited by a local bike shop into a hotel and taken out for an evening meal and beers. Nothing says “welcome to my country” more than a big plate of pigs’ ears, whole edible crabs, and ducks’ feet! However, this was another example of the local kindness and generosity we regularly encountered on this trip.

With our health restored, we entered the last two days of our trip. Beautiful misted mountains stood either The 3,000 km route from Beijing to Guilin. side of us as we meandered up and down the final mountain pass. Soon we were on the last road heading into the city that had been our goal for the past 27 days. Towering in front of us stood the Moon Pagoda of Guilin. We had made it! 3,063 km, one tire, four punctures, four spokes, one pannier rack, one cycle computer, two pumps, one gear cable and endless saddle sores, and we were in Guilin celebrating with China’s finest watered down beer. As you can see, certain points on this trip were incredibly hard, both mentally and physically (more so for Doug, who endured hours of my Eye Spy games). But, other than meeting the personal challenge, we also had the goal of raising money for the local charity, Baan Rachawadee Home for Girls. The children in this home, many of whom are orphans, suffer from both severe mental and physical disabilities and are followed by only one physiotherapist. After raising more than 68,000 THB, we purchased a light weight wheelchair and a set of e-learning books for the children as well as some other small items. We also donated 10,000 baht to the Maesot Refugee Camp. Thank you to everyone for all your donations and help. You have truly made a huge difference to these children’s lives. Thank you to the NNR gang for your help and support with all the organizing. We would also like to thank the people of China who helped us with directions, food, water and everything else. Truly a great country, filled with honest and helpful people.

Doug and Rich at the Moon Pagoda in Guilin.

Photos and updates of the trip can be found on Facebook on the group China Charity Cycle 2012. Richard Johnson and Douglas Sutherland

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Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Thank You

September Coffee Morning Thank You Our Sept. 14th ‘Welcome Back’ Coffee Morning had a great turnout and there was a real buzz and amiable energy, and it was lovely to see everyone so friendly and mixing and chatting together. It was wonderful to meet up with old friends and welcome new friends. It was the perfect opportunity to announce the great many activities and clubs available within this wonderful friendly community. There is no excuse to be bored or lonely here! As ever there was an amazing spread of homemade mouth watering goodies; coffee morning s are not necessarily great for the waistline! I have asked a few of the ladies to submit their recipes to share with the neighbourhood as there was so much interest. A big ‘Thank You’ to Patricia Kenrick, our esteemed NNR Chairwoman, for welcoming us into her beautiful and spacious home and for being such a fantastic welcoming hostess. I would also like to thank Cherry from the Sweet Kitchen (the shop opposite Twist by the lake) for so generously bringing along beautifully decorated cup cakes for everyone to take home. Cherry also kindly donated a voucher for a dozen free cup cakes for the morning’s Lucky Draw, which was won by Karen Johnston. Sarah Glaze P.S. One of the recipes that everyone requested was Pat Muma’s Caramel Apple Dip. It was the most delicious sweet dip and Pat has very kindly submitted her recipe to share. See below.

Caramel Apple Dip Simple and Oh so sweet!

2 paclages 8 oz Cream Cheese - softened 1 cup of powdered sugar 2 teaspoons of vanilla Beat or blend by hand until smooth. Spread mixture evenly onto a platter, pie dish or large plate. 16 ounce container of Caramel Apple Dip I used Mazettis from the US - I have also used the caramel ice cream sauce that comes in a jar. Microwave to make soft enough it will pour. Pour or spread over the cream cheese mixture to completely cover. 1 Cup of Heath Bits-O- Brickle Toffee Bits, or any of your favorite toffee candy bars chopped. Sprinkle generously over the caramel. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve. Apples - Green Granny Smith are great. I use red and green apples for color. I use an apple slicer and then I cut each of those sections in half again. Put the apples in a bag or container and toss with a little orange juice. That will keep them from turning brown. Just before serving, alternate the apples around the dish. 12


Restaurant Review: Fish and Chips

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

BANGKOK'S BETTER BATTERS This Month's Review - Fish & Chips in Alphabetical Order FAT GUTZ SALOON This small place is what you think of as a hole-in-the-wall type of eating establishment. It reminds some of a 1920s New Orleans watering hole with its vintage style bar offering fish and chips as well as a selection of cocktails and wine. Their fish isn't particularly fancy but it is a fresh catch of the day, and the batter, although a touch more greasy than others, has a great breaded texture. They serve a super garlicky aioli and a lot of chips with their fish. Live blues music after 9pm. 1/F Grass Complex, Thonglor Soi 12, 02-714-9832 6pm-2am KUPPA This restaurant is a great spot to have a relaxing meal. Kuppa is better known as a lunch venue and for their desserts. Their fish & chips are made of two dory filets and come with a crisp batter, nice French fries and good tartar sauce. 39 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-663-0450 10am-11:30pm OFFSHORE FISH & CHIPS Offshore is not a place for refined family dining. But for quality take away fish and chips? This spot is it! It's a touch tawdry but stands by the quality of its batter. The batter is a little dense but flavorful and not overly greasy. You can choose from cod, red snapper or dory. Something different that's offered here is the mix of fish bits & pieces with large chunks of tender deep fried fish. Chips come separately here for an additional 55 baht. Prices are very reasonable. Asoke BTS is just across the street. 7/8 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-661-7830 11am-2am SAM'S FISH & CHIPS These fish and chips have been said to be the best in Bangkok. Maybe it's because Sam does the cooking himself or a good quality oil is used or both! Their breadcrumb coated fresh John Dory or tilapia is light and crunchy and not greasy. 146 Convent Road, 02-234-7335 - 5:30pm-10pm, closed Sundays SNAPPER Calling itself Bangkok's first Kiwi restaurant, Snapper is a casual eatery on Sukhumvit Soi 11 with a nautical vibe and an emphasis on sustainably caught fish. You get to choose from several fleshy and strongly flavored tarakihi (Southern Hemisphere fish) or the slightly milder southern kingfish. The light batter they use crisps up very nicely during their deep fry process. Chips come separately. New Zealand and Australian wines are available. 1/22 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-1098 Now open Sat & Sun for lunch and Tue-Sun 5pm-midnight. 13

Dianne Letsch


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Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Health and Fitness

Breakfast NOT the Healthiest Meal of the Day? I was wrong. I always preached about eating breakfast as soon as possible after waking up, a breakfast with starchy carbohydrates, like oatmeal, to give you energy for the day. I never gave it a second thought. It was what everyone else said, too. About a year ago though, I read some books which praised the benefits of skipping breakfast. I experimented with it and actually really enjoyed it. I had more energy throughout the day, with no afternoon crash. And my body became a lot leaner, while building muscle. However, I was still kind of hesitant to recommend it to others, mostly because it went against the grain so much, and I was afraid of the repercussions if it didn't work for other people. Well, it is a year later now, and I have continued to skip breakfast. I am still alive and still healthy. My metabolism has not crashed like some predicted it would, and it is still very easy to stay lean. Plus, I get to enjoy GREAT foods later in the day, but more on that later. I now also understand why breakfast, especially one with carbohydrates, sets us up for failure if being lean is our goal. During sleep, a lot of great stuff happens in the body. For example, the fat burning hormones, growth hormone, cortisol, and ghrelin are all produced. Upon awakening, this mechanism continues, with a peak about two hours later. But it stops as soon as insulin is produced in response to increased blood sugar. In other words, as soon as carbohydrates are ingested! Insulin is a hormone that makes cells grow: muscle cells as well as fat cells. In the morning both muscle and fat cells are very responsive to insulin, which regulates the sugar in blood by moving it into the fat and muscle cells. In other words, if you want to look like a heavyweight power lifter, eating carbohydrates for breakfast is great. If you would rather be lean, eat fewer carbohydrates for breakfast. So what should you eat for breakfast? A small amount of fat will keep the body in fat burning mode. Also, a small amount of protein will prevent muscle loss if you are worried about that. A great example is coffee with a tablespoon of heavy cream or coconut oil, with a small amount (10g) of whey protein (I recommend vanilla flavor). This way you won't spike insulin and will keep burning fat. Unfortunately I don’t have enough space to explain the whole concept in this article, but if you would like to know how you can lose fat while skipping breakfast and eating carbohydrates at night, check out this special presentation: www.maxfitnichada.com/thanitalk-food Thomas Engberts To get specific help with a fitness program call Thomas at 081-259-5386 or email maxfitpower@gmail.com

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Community Bulletin Board

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

The purpose of the Community Bulletin Board is to provide information about local organizations and activities which are available for a fee. If you would like to advertise your business here, please submit your announcement by the 15th of each month to nnrnewsletter@yahoo.com. Cost per announcement is 400 baht. Vinyasa Yoga Develop strength, flexibility, balance, focus and awareness coordinating movement and breath. Thursdays 8.15-9.45 am: Clark Hatch Gym above Starbucks. All levels welcome. Contact: Ellie Edelhoff 087-000-2464 or 02-9879677 Email: eedelhoff@hotmail.com Sunset Yoga Tuesdays 5.30– 6:45pm: Located at Ellie’s home studio: 39/184 Natakorn Park START DATE PENDING INTEREST AND CLASS SIZE. 7 Places Available. Call and reserve. Meditation Courses (Individual or group) Learn to meditate-TM style. Relieves stress and anxiety. Improves health, academic, athletic, and professional performance. Easy natural, anyone can learn. Expert instruction by a 30-year teacher of meditation. Contact Ellie Edelhoff for more information. www.TM.org, www. tmeducation.org, Ranger Boot Camp Come join in the "FUN" & "GET FIT" Classes for all fitness levels Days: Monday - Saturday Times: Mornings, Afternoons, and Evenings Contact: Jack at 087-552-6007 Email: rangerbootcamp@hotmail.com Yoga Welcomes Everyone Monday 10:00 am Easy and restorative. Wednesday 7:45 am Level II 9:40 am Prenatal Class Friday 8:45 am Level I @Studio 3rd Fl, equipped with all yoga props By Napisa C. Pant, 12+ years teaching, 400+ hrs of training. 086-975-7187 Email: napisayoga@yahoo.com Bollywood Dance Class Bollywood dance is a fusion of Western dance with traditional classical Indian dance styles. It’s funky, sexy, fun... and it’s a great workout! Classes every Tuesday and Thursday:10am Regent Dance studio, Nichada Thani. Contact: Irit: 086 004 4840 iritmike@gmail.com

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Pilates Group Classes The Pilates method strengthens the pelvic, abdominal and back muscles. It also improves alignment and posture, and increases balance and flexibility. The BOSU and Fit Ball are fun and challenge your core and balance. Class locations vary. Mon: 8:45am Intermed Matwork 4pm Matwork Tues: 7.30am Matwork 4pm Pool Pilates Wed : 7.30am BOSU Pilates 9:00am Pilates Tabata Circuit Training (intermediate) Thurs: 4pm Matwork Fri: 7:30am Pilates on the Swiss ball (intermediate) 9am Prenatal If you prefer a more personal approach, Private Machine Sessions (Reformer, Cadillac, MVe Chair) are available for core strength training & rehabilitation. Traditional Japanese Bodywork & Chi Abdominal Massage, Combine massage with Pilates training to achieve a stronger, balanced body. Relieves stress, headaches, joint problems and many other ailments. Contact: Tiffany 081-860-9593 Suzanne 087-935-2020 Email: tiffanyhebard@gmail.com suzanne439@gmail.com Ashtanga Yoga (evening class) For those who work during the day. Dynamic and fast-paced. Beginners and intermediate. Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM, Regent Gym. Classes begin in October. Contact: Raisa 082-683-5148 (SMS) or email RaisaB@Juno.com Kundalini Yoga Doing Kriyas to strengthen the body. Chanting mantras and meditating to enlarge our consciousness. That is what we do in Kundalini Yoga. The Yoga of awareness! All levels are welcome. Only experience is going into the heart. Start Tues Oct. 9, 9:00-10:30. Clark Hatch Gym above Starbucks. Contact Kerstin Wild-Kamalpreet Kaur 086-372-9750. kerstin-georg-wild@online.de Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga with Alignment and Techniques of Iyengar Yoga Beginners to Advanced: Everyday Mon-Fri, 8am-9:30am ProClub 2nd Floor. Contact: Juan Bodan 081-285-3050 or visit website www.kripa-yoga.com


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Book Corner

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Let’s Discuss Book Clubs 5 Reasons to Join a Book Club 1. Meet people: Whether you are new to the area or have been here for years, joining a book club helps you meet people just like you — book lovers! On the other hand, by joining a book club that might not include all of your friends, you can meet a diverse crowd of people from all walks of life-different nationalities, different career paths, different experiences. 2. Get back to reading: Maybe you haven’t been reading much lately because you have been busy with work, kids, travel, or moving. Joining a book club forces you to take the time to do something you have given up and used to enjoy. 3. Read things you wouldn’t otherwise read: People tend to stay with the familiar and may end up reading the same genres and the same authors. Book clubs can make you step out of your comfort zone and you will be exposed to literary tastes different from your own. 4. Exercise for the brain: While there is nothing wrong with reading page-turners for pure entertainment, reading for book club requires you to delve a little deeper. When you know you have to contribute to a discussion, you pay closer attention to details like character traits and themes. Taking notes while reading, participating in a discussion, and listening to others ideas often leads to a greater appreciation for a book or an author. 5. Eat great food: Most book clubs include snacks and beverages and the chit chat that occurs while munching is a great way to learn more about the people around you. Also, some of my best recipes have come from the people I have met at book club!

Book Clubs Taking New Members Fiddleheads Book club of Club Canada Thailand, but all nationalities welcomed. Afternoon meetings. Meeting date and book selected by hostess. Book Club Leader: Claudia van der Heyden Contact email: mcanagan@hotmail.com BTS An evening book club in Nichada. Has room for three more new members Monthly meeting is usually on a Tuesday night. Book Club Leader: Dee Pollock Contact email: tpnova@aol.com Nuts for Novels Perhaps the oldest Nichada area book club, founded in 1994 by Jane Davis and her friend Sheryl. Meets every third Wednesday morning of the month Book Club Leader: Joanne Grey Contact email: joannevg1968@yahoo.com

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Form Your Own Book Club Another option, besides joining an already formed book club, is to start your own. Some tips for how to do that are listed here: 1. Decide on the kind of book club: More social, more academic or in the middle? 2. Decide on the type of books: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, classics, or a mixture? 3. Find members: Decide on the numbers (usually 8-14); start with three core members and have them each find three members; recruit people with similar reading styles based on what you decided above. 4. Meetings: How often and when? Most clubs usually meet once a month at a set time of day. 5. Decide where to meet: Homes, restaurants, cafes? 6. Decide on food: If you meet in homes, decide if the hostess supplies the food or if everyone brings something. Decide between snacks or a meal. 7. Keep in touch: Usually one person is appointed to send out email reminders and keep track of members.

Laura Sadowski


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Charity Spotlight: Orphanages and Prisons

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Different, Different, But Same Two of the places I visit weekly are a large local prison and an orphanage for disabled girls. I have often thought of the differences between these two places where I volunteer, but I never thought of the similarities between them until recently. After some reflection, though, I find that they are more similar than not. Both institutions hold large numbers of females who are not allowed to leave the premises for many years. If you happen to be in a Thai jail as a foreigner, and your home country does not have an agreement with the Thai government (countries like South Africa, Malaysia or Togo), you may face up to a life sentence in Thailand, far from family, support or someone who speaks your language. If you are a disabled girl in one of the many orphanages here, your chances of being adopted, like in most countries in the world, are slim, so you may face the same sort of institutionalized life, far from family or emotional support. The females in both can also go long periods of time without a loving, listening visitor. And these women, regardless of age, benefit from having someone focus their attention, kindness and time solely on them. I am amazed at the graciousness and gratitude of the women I have visited in the prison. They are all surprised that a total stranger would take time to visit them. The prisoners always see their visitors as a gift. The girls in the orphanage are similar. Every time a volunteer enters the room and one of the girls recognizes them, their eyes light up, their arms go up, their smiles widen into grins. Every time.

Artwork by prisoner Eugene Noboto.

Another similarity? I believe, with few exceptions, that neither women at the prison nor girls at the orphanage would choose to live where they do if they had a choice or knew of another option. The foreign prisoners I meet dream of the day when they leave the prison and return to their homes, their families and the lives they left behind overseas. The girls in the home, I imagine, also dream of a day they will be taken from the orphanage, adopted by a loving family or returned to their birth parents. Of course, there are differences between the two. Orphaned, disabled girls have no choice. They are there because someone put them there, because no one wanted them or could afford to care for them. Most of the women in the prison, on the other hand, are there due to bad choices they made somewhere in their lives. Are both deserving of compassion, kindness and encouragement? Of course. That’s another similarity. Okay, just one more. This one is particular to me, not to the two institutions themselves. It just so happens that the woman I now Banchita, orphan. visit in the prison, Eugene, has been incarcerated for the last thirteen years. The girl I visit at the orphanage, Banchita, has been in the home since she was two days old. She is now thirteen. This is the similarity that makes my heart ache for both. But I am grateful I can be of some small help. Maybe it is the similarities, and not the differences, that keep me going back. Susan Curtis 21


Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Charity Contact Information You can make a difference right here in Nonthaburi. The NNR has supported many local charities through the years, but the real support comes from the volunteers who donate their time, energy and love to those less fortunate. Here are some of the charities we support.

Baan Feung Faa Address: Mission:

Tiwanon, Soi 1, Pakkret A government orphanage for mentally and/ or physically handicapped children. It houses over 500 children from birth to 10. Needs: Volunteers to play with, and stimulate the children, as well as drive children to medical appointments. Also needed are toys, clothes, musical instruments Contact: Louise Weavers E-mail: weavers.5@gmail.com Telephone: 081 867 4588

Baan Rachawadee (for Boys) Project OGAT Telephone: 02 583 8426 Ext 116 Address: 78/6 Tiwanon, Soi 1, Pakkret Mission: A rehabilitation home for mentally & physically handicapped boys ages 7 - 18. Needs: Money, art supplies, etc.; volunteers to provide compassion & to help with games, music, art & walks Contact: Dorothy Klynstra 085 3204523 Email: ogatpakkred@hotmail.com

For more information about how you can be part of this group of volunteers or to volunteer at any of the charities we sponsor, contact: Charity Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Curtis at 080 043 2735.

Klong Prem Prison (Men) Lad Yai Prison (Women) Address: Mission: Contact: Phone:

Nonthaburi Reception Home for the Destitute Telephone: Address: Mission: Needs: Website: Contact:

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www.rachawadeeying.com 78/15 Tiwanon, Soi 1, Pakkret Provide residential care and rehabilitation services for mentally handicapped girls whose ages are between 7 - 18 years old. Sports equipment, money, art supplies, etc.; volunteers to provide compassion & to help with games, music, art & walks. Khun Pimban 02 583 6731 Ext 888

02 583 0044 / 02 582 0771 78/12 Moo 1, Tiwanon, Soi 1, Pakkret This organization offers food, shelter, medicine, & training to homeless adults. Adult diapers, clothes, toiletries & money www.thai.net/raiteepueng_non Liz Lu 086-784-7171

Rainbow House Rehabilitation Center Contact: Website: Telephone: Mission:

Baan Rachawadee (for Girls) Website: Address: Mission:

33/2 Ngamwongwan, Chatuchak Help with prison visits and to care for terminally ill prisoners. Johara Nour 086 061 6608

K. Chariya Saenwian, Managing Director www.ccdthailand.org 02 503 1270 / 081 985-5517 A daycare facility run by Christian Care Foundation for children with disabilities. Caregivers & teachers prepare the children for normal home life & school.

Sang Tawan Children's Home Telephone: Address: Mission:

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Khun Tat, Director 02 521-1744, 081 402- 7795 3/710 Phahonyotin Soi 48, Bangkok 10220 A home for abandoned children, providing a permanent residence for 10 children under 9 years. Donations are needed to meet their monthly living expenses. Tiffany Hebard 02 960 3730

Sparrow Home for Babies of Prisoners Central Welfare & Vocational Training for Women Contact: Website: Telephone: Address: Mission:

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K.Piyada, Deputy Director www.vtcw.org 02 961 1882 / 02 583 8350 Tiwanon, Soi 1, Pakkret Provide vocational training for disadvantaged women enabling them to earn income to support their families. Money, fabric, computers, clothes, toiletries, personal hygiene products.

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K. Noi, Supervisor 02-503-5144/089 685 9974 20/1 Soi 63 Samakee, Pakkret The home is for children of female prisoners waiting to be reunited with their mothers. Volunteers are needed to play, feed & bathe the children. Claudia Stone 02 583 0550

YMCA of Pakkret Contact: Khun Saisom Komalasevin, Exec. Director Telephone: 02 583 0998 Address: 99/19 Chaengwattana, Pakkret


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Cooking Corner: Halloween

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

HALLOWEEN TREATS Creepy Creature Cake (makes 1 cake) 1 box devil's food cake mix 1 can chocolate frosting 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs a mix of gummy worms, candy bugs, red- colored icing mini marshmallows 1. Prepare cake mix as directed and bake in a bundt pan. Cool 15 minutes and invert cake onto wire rack; let cool completely. 2. Frost cake and cover with chocolate cookie crumbs. Pipe red icing to look like dripping blood. Place worms all around the cake. MAKE A BLOODY HAND: Fill a rubber glove with mini marshmallows, close the wrist with a rubber band, then use red markers for blood and black markers for fingernails. Place hand in center of cake and cover wrist with crumbs.

Ghostly Goodies (makes 6 marshmallow ghosts) 18 large marshmallows 6 wooden skewers 1 cup white chocolate chips (or similar) 1 Tbs vegetable shortening 18 mini M&Ms 1. Push 3 marshmallows onto the end of each skewer. Set aside. 2. Microwave white chocolate and shortening in a micro-wave safe dish for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave in 10-second intervals until smooth. 3. Holding the skewer, spoon the melted mixture over marshmallows until covered; place on wax-paper-lined surface. Use M&Ms for 2 eyes and mouth. 4. Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened; serve.

Green Goblin Punch 3 cups apple juice 3 cups plain seltzer (or similar) 2 cups prepared green Jell-o colored sugar crystals and corn syrup (optional for rimming glasses) 1. Combine apple juice and seltzer in a pitcher and chill. If rimming the glasses, dunk the rims of serving glasses in corn syrup, gently shake off excess syrup or use a thin paint brush to wipe off excess. Dredge rims in colored sugars. Place glasses upside down on wax paper in the refrigerator to set. 2. When ready to serve, place spoonfuls of Jell-O in decorated glasses and fill with apple juice mixture. Recipes submitted by Katie Edsall 25


Heard It Through The Grapevine

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

Bewitched Salon to Reopen Oct. 16

Smile Nail Salon’s New Location If you stopped by the Bewitched Hair Salon at the Oasis Shopping Center and found it closed, be happy for the owner/stylist Khun Keur. She gave birth to a baby boy on Sept. 5. Khun Keur, who operates a one-person shop and is a skilled hair stylist, is taking maternity leave but will reopen her shop on Tuesday, October 16.

Don’t despair if you can’t find the Smile Nail Salon on Samakkee Road. Khun Nok is still in the same shopping center (near badminton court) but she simply moved a few doors away. She said she decided to double the size of her shop in order to serve the needs of her customers, who often bring friends and children when getting their nails done.

Alterations and Dressmaking Services Available at Gifted Hands Gift Shop Gifted Hands, a popular gift shop located opposite Villa supermarket in Nichada Thani, offers more than just jewelry, clothing, and home décor. Rufie Harr shares her find: “Not only can you have alterations done at Gifted Hands, you can also have clothes made. I have numerous dresses, skirts, tops, night gowns, pajamas made there. I also have some pretty pearl necklace/earring/bracelet sets that were made there. I've also picked up some cute gifts like the three celadon elephants posed to represent (hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil). Khun Cholada owns the store (and another downtown). Khun Plaa manages the store and her mom Khun Nutch is the tailor with 50 years of sewing experience. She has sewn since she was ten. She sews beautifully. There are others in Nichada who have clothes made there. I am fortunate to have found this gem!” Rufie Harr

Macro Wholesale Store Offers Bulk Bargains If you’re a volunteer team parent and need to stock up on juices, snacks, fruits and Gatorade, it’ll be worth a trip to Macro on Chaengwattana Road (between expressway exit ramp and Central department store). Macro is sort of the Costco of Thailand. You can buy in bulk and stock up on not just team and party supplies, but basic household items such as shampoos, cleansers and tissues. Upon entering the store, ask for a temporary ID number you’ll need to show at this wholesaler. Bulk items usually do not require shopping bags, but should you need some, large plastic bags are available for sale at the cash register. 26 Payments in cash only.


Heard It Through The Grapevine

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

This is a column that we hope everyone will appreciate. It’s a chance to share all those good finds and tips so that others can benefit. If you have tips to share, please send them to the editor at nnrnewsletter@yahoo.com.

Krua Apsorn Restaurant Fit for Royalty

Home of “The 50 Best Things to Eat in the World” Krua Apsorn has become a local favorite of ours. We keep going back for the Crab Fried Rice and the Crab Curry. Each bite is incredibly delicious with generous pieces of crab meat. Ask for the English Menu with pictures, so you can point to the dish you want because little or no English is spoken, however, the food is worth the effort. The menu has articles from Killian Fox for The Observer which listed Krua Apsorn as having one of “The 50 best things to eat in the world, and where to find it.” It is listed as the “Best Place to eat Thai Curry”. A New York Times issue had an article about Krua Apsorn saying that it was a favorite of the Thai royal family. The specials that are recommended are the crab meat in curry powder and the southern-style yellow curry with river prawn and lotus shoots. The restaurant is located about fifteen minutes from Nichada Thani. www.KruaApsorn.com Krua Apsorn (Branch 3), 335/1 Sanam Bin Nam, Nonthaburi, 02-962-1733, 02-962-1734 (Opposite Sanam Bin Nam Driving Range) Open 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Closed Mondays. Rufie Harr

Organic Vegetables Direct from Rim Ping Organic Farm

For certified organic vegetables, local residents can now order them from Rim Ping Organic Farm. Founded 23 years ago near the Ping, River in northern Thailand, the Farm supplies organic vegetables to several Bangkok supermarkets and leading restaurants. A variety of vegetables, including Cos and Butter lettuces, Red and Green Oak lettuces, are available. Order them by Wednesday and pick them up at Mansions in the Park that Friday. Online orders are recommended by contacting www.rimpingorganicfarm.com. For initial orders and more information, phone K. Kade at 090-912-3495.

Door-to-Door Delivery Milk, Yogurt, Juice No need to lug heavy milk bottles from the store when you can call Khun Sa-Oat at 081-774-4989 for delivery right to your door. K. Sa-Oat and his wife K. Maew deliver to homes in Nichada and surrounding areas. (Need to have Thai speaker make the call) 27


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Travel Review: The Maldives

Thani Talk ~ October 2012

The Amazing Maldives Oh the things you can see! Thailand is a great tourist destination as well as an easy jumping off point for a myriad of incredible places to visit. One advantage to living in Nichada, with a maid we trust and friends available to help at the drop of a hat is the opportunity for just the two of us to get away! Sure, we have also enjoyed travelling with our kids and have done a fair amount of that, but the couple trips are unique and a great time to really get away from it all. One of our most favorite trips was to The Maldives. The Maldives is a double chain of 26 islands forming an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and is an easy 5 hour plane ride away. We flew on Bangkok Air and landed in Male, the capitol city. Each resort is on its own island so you will either take a boat or fly depending on how far it is from Male. Most resorts have all inclusive packages and have full board (three meals a day) or partial board (2 meals a day) packages. They offer scuba excursions and snorkeling right out your front door. There are also packages which include several days at a resort and several live aboard days on a dive boat. Our trip coincided with the whale shark migration so we met groups that came down just for that!

The Maldives encompass 90,000 sq km in the Indian Ocean.

We don’t scuba dive, but love to snorkel. Right out our door we could go out beyond the breakwater and be surrounded by fish. Robert and I were blown away by the sheer number of fish and wildlife just in the reef around our island. Think of “Finding Nemo” Robert and Michele in the Maldives. and going to school by the drop off and you get the picture. It was out of this world spectacular and the numbers and variety of fish was staggering. The water was turquoise and the visibility was incredible. We saw giant manta rays, sea turtles, black tipped reef sharks, moray eels, huge puffer fish and millions of other fish (seriously)! We had seen nothing like it in our years of snorkeling off Phuket and Krabi. We diligently followed the instructions of eat, snorkel, relax, read….and repeat for 6 glorious days. 29 Michele Gibbons


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Around Nonthaburi and Beyond

Thani Talk ~ October 2012 ACTIVITIES and SERVICES

Impact Arena—www.impact.co.th/en/calendar Bangkok Furniture Festival; Television and Electronic Festival; Travel Festival; Wedding Festival; and Beauty, Spa and Health October 6-14, 2012 Time 10:30am-9:00pm Hall 1-8 The event features household furniture for every room, all electronics, and travel and luxury items to meet every need.

Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center (BITEC)—www.bitec.co.th 2012 Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair (BIG, BIH) Open to Trade October 16-19, 2012 10:00am-6:00pm Open to Public October 20-21, 2012 10:00am-9:00pm Gifts, decorative items, home textiles, stationary, toys and games, artificial flowers and plants, handicraft, household products, and small electrical appliances.

Thaiticketmajor—-www.thaiticketmajor,com Maroon 5, Live in Bangkok Concert 2012 Monday October 8, 2012 8:30pm Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani Disney Live! Mickey Rockin’ Road Show October 18-21, 2012 English showtimes: Oct 18, 19 at 15:00 and 19:00 and Oct 20 at 11:00. Impact Arena Hall 2

LEAP: L(earning) E(ducation) A(dvocacy) P(rogram) Parent-run group that serves as a point of contact for parents in need of support, referrals and information concerning their children’s special needs including learning disabilities, developmental delays, sensory integration and autism. LEAP is a support and resource group open to all. For more information contact leapbangkok@gmail.com

NichadaTennis Leagues Tuesday-Intermediate League Mary McCarty— mrymccrty@yahoo.com Tuesday Evening 5pm-7pm— Intermediate League Sue Lin — suelin@truemail.co.th Friday - Intermediate/Advanced League Julie Collins - pjcollins13@hotmail.com Bangkok Quilt Group Meets Tuesday mornings in the Nichada area. Open to quilters of all levels. Contact Linda Kubota at siamquilter@gmail.com or 081.451.6336 Chaengwattana Community Church Sunday Service- Sundays 9:30am Life Groups- Tuesday and Wednesday evenings Encouraging Women– Wednesdays 9:30 HS House Groups- Sunday 11:30am MS House Groups- Thursdays 6:30pm Contact CCC for more information http://www.cccthailand.org Catholic Mass in Nonthaburi Our Lady of Mercy Church 69/13 Moo 1, Tiwanon Rd. Ban Mai, Pakkret, Nonthaburi 11120 English Mass: Sundays at 5:15pm Fait Formation (Religious Ed/CCD) Classes in English Just 15 minutes from Nichada Thani OurLadyofMercyParish@gmail.com Bangkok Community Theater Presents “The Country Wife” Written over 350 years ago, “The Country Wife” is William Wycherley’s hilarious classic Restoration comedy. It will be staged at The British Club, Silom soi 18, from 8pm to 10pm, Wednesday, October 10 to Saturday, October 13 2012. It’s themes of sexual freedom, gossip, double standards and hypocrisy are as relevant today as they were in the 17th Century but, above all, the play provides plenty of belly laughs and a really fun night out. Tickets are 800 baht and are on sale now. Bookings can be made by emailing bctcountry@gmail.com or calling 081-937-3600. More information can be found at www.bct-th.org and on BCT’s Facebook pages. CCT - Club Canada Thailand Monthly Coffee Morning and Activities www.clubcanadathailand.com BWG - British Women's Group Monthly Luncheon, Activities, Coffee Mornings. Open to all nationalities. Contact: Sarah Glaze 081-793 0806 www.bwgbangkok.com; info@bwgbangkok.com ANZWG -Australia and New Zealand Women’s Group Monthly Coffee Mornings, Tours, Newsletter & Activities Contact Sonia Williams at 085-910 5155 www.anzwg-bangkok.org American Women’s Club of Thailand Monthly Luncheon, Activities and Coffee Morning Contact: 02-712-3380/1 awc@awcthailand.org; www.awcthailand.org

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Nichada Announcement

Construction Update Ever since construction began in the area close to Premier Places 1, 2 and 3, rumors have been flying about what businesses will be occupying the space there. Scott Roman, the Customer Relations Department Manager for Nichada, was kind enough to send the following information: “Scheduled for completion at the end of 2012 is our new office and retail complex. Nichada Thani will consolidate most of its operations in this complex and several private businesses will move here as well, making living in Nichada even more convenient. Moving from NICC will be Villa Market, Pandit Carpets, Gifted Hands, Crystal Travel Agency, the Dry Cleaner, Rex Pharmacy and the Candle Shop. Coming new to Nichada are a toy store, art school for kids, and a home decoration store. Currently still available are one 42 sq. meter unit and a 450 sq. meter area built to house a restaurant.� And what will be in place in the current NICC area once those shops vacate? Please check back next month for another update.

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