No, We Did Not All Die in a Plane Crash
We have received several emails from concerned Members who are worried because they have not heard form us in a while. We are all still alive and doing well, thank you.
We had planned a February newsletter that would focus on China. Then it became a March Newsletter, before it became an April newsletter. A lot of things happened between between January and May and Douglas simply has had no time to give me all of the details we needed to write about China. So I am sending this mini-newsletter to bring you up to date on several things while we wait and wait and wait.
The first distraction was moving all of our company's websites (there are quite a few) to a brand new dedicated server that has global "cloud" capabilities. I am not quite sure what this means but it certainly has nothing to do with the weather. This was quite a tedious undertaking and I am told that a lot of profanity was used in four or five different languages. The result (of the move, not the profanity) is more reliability. Our pages will load more quickly, and we will be able to use new technology that was not possible before.
Purple Dragon also made a big move. After about 15 great years in Tarntawan Place Hotel, the company packed up and moved to Charn Issara Tower, on Rama 4 Road, just around the corner from the Jim Thompson store between Silom and Surawong. The new digs are on the second floor adjacent to the escalator and next door to the popular Up2 Salon. The new office has twice as much space, an en suite with a shower, a pantry, a storage room, and even a photo studio space for our friend Darika Watchalottaporn.
Purple Dragon also took care of some mega-groups in April, which means practically everyone in the office was tied up in knots before, during and after these events. Whew! It's over, and things are getting back to normal, which means everyone is overwhelmed with updating prices and with early high season bookings.
To see photos from the new office (which is not yet completely decorated) click on the photo of our sign. For the address, new phone and fax numbers, and a Googlesque map please visit www.purpledrag.com/contact.htm
New Diamond MembershipClub Sanook has recently added a new Diamond Membership with many fab benefits:
2. Diamond Members' points never expire as long as you remain a Diamond Member.
3. Any expired points will be returned to your account when you become a Diamond Member.
4. Diamond Members get a 10% discount on the first package they choose once they become a Member, and 5% off all other packages during the period of their Diamond Membership. Discounts apply to the Member and one traveling companion. (Excludes Bhutan and cruises.)
There are two ways you can become a Diamond Member: You can pay a fee of $250 for a three year Diamond Membership. Or you can buy five shares in the new projects Darika and Purple Dragon are already working on.
If you are already a Member and want to upgrade Diamond status, please contact Miss Fu, our Membership Secretary. If you have been notified that your Membership has expired, please re-join and tick the "Diamond Membership" space on the application form. Memberships are for individual persons and not households and are not transferrable.
Let's be Frank (or Dennis or Sally if you like), some people join Club Sanook and forget about us completely. Or do not add our address to their email address book so announcements of new newsletters end up in their junk folder. So why should I go to a lot of trouble to write tantalizing newsletters they never read. We do not think it is asking too much to expect Members to read at least one newsletter a year in order to retain their Membership and any Purple Bonus Points they have earned. We know that you have read a newsletter when you "Leave Your Footprint" and we will add 100 Purple Bonus Points to your account
Happy Ending: It's in the Bag
If you own a shop (or even a supermarket) that sells food, luggage, apparel, gifts or just about anything else you might be interested in these fantastic bags we found in Cambodia. They are made out of recycled sacks that originally held cement, rice, fertilizer or animal feed. They are covered in a very durable clear plastic and are lined with cotton fabric. There are three styles: large and jumbo shopping bags with a zipper on the top; a medium-sized shoulder bag with a flap, a zippered compartment on the back, and a large inside compartment with pockets and a zipper compartment; and, smaller shoulder bags with a zipper on top. These bags are colorful, inexpensive, fun and very good for the environment. Many cities (San Francisco and Sydney come to mind) have banned freee paper or plastic bags in retail stores, and this is a growing trend as more and more local governments are dealing with landfill and ecological issues. These are a terrific alternative for people who love the planet and want to use recycled products as an alternative to tomorrow's garbage. They are made by a non-profit organization in Cambodia. You can order as few as 50. If you are interested please let us know and we will facilitate your order.