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Welcome to InTouch, the bi-monthly Australian-New Zealand Women’s Group - Bangkok (ANZWG) membership magazine! For more than 50 years ANZWG has played a major role in the lives of many expatriates lucky enough to reside in this fascinating, yet sometimes challenging city.

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From the President Mid year already, the time is flying by. Last month we celebrated Mother’s Day in style at the Siam Kempinski with a marvelous High Tea. It was a splendid few hours spent away from the hustle and bustle of family and work life to spoil ourselves. I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt refreshed when leaving, if not a little sad to be leaving the tranquility. ANZAC day services were held at various schools in Bangkok and Chrissy Macpherson, the NZ Ambassador’s wife, has kindly shared her experiences of the Dawn service at Hellfire Pass followed by the service at Kanchanaburi cemetery with us. Some of the welfare team also visited The Good Shepherd Sisters in Nong Khai to hand out scholarships to the students that ANZWG support and you can also read about it in this issue. Our next big event is to be our Friendship lunch. This is to be held on the 28th August at the Rosewood Hotel, near Phloen Chit BTS. It will be a lovely event for both ANZWG members and their friends. This is to celebrate the friendships that are important to us as family is often far away. Please put this date in your diary and let your friends know.


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Committee The ANZWG Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President, Theresa Rayfield

Vice Presidents Alison Howe & Kathy Barnett &

Treasurer, Jane Watson

Assistant Treasurer Vacant Position

Secretary, Emma Flett

Assistant Secretary Martel Carter




Special Events

From Left Judy Smith May Lawrence Carol Chatfield Trini Faulkner From Left Alison Howe Jodie Holdsworth Debbie Ribeiro Nimet Johnson Sarah Pethick From Left Karla Wigrall Rachel Thorpe Alison Howe

Katrina van Dulm

Kiwala Playgroup


From Left Samantha Wilson Dawn Bond

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From Left Editor: Tracey Noorland Asst Editor: Emma Flett Web master: Marylou Rainsford

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Special Events Mother’s Day High Tea Mother’s Day was our first special event for the year and was held at the luxurious Siam Kempinski Hotel. 45 people attended the event to celebrate a very special day. The room was two shared tables adorned with gorgeous floral arrangements that included lilies, tulips, hydrangeas and roses. The high tea consisted of a 3-tiered individual stand with delectable sweet and savoury treats. For those who could not eat all the treats, the hotel was so kind in letting us take our extra treats home (some very happy husbands and children I hear). We were very lucky to have two giveaways on the day; the first was a beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of our members Jane Shinkem of Poppy & Honey (see InTouch Members’ Small Business Directory for details), the other was donated by the Siam Kempinski for a two persons’ brunch at the Brasserie Europa Black and White Edition. The hotel manager, Andreas Magnus, kindly presented to the winner. Congratulations to Kobie Ramsay and Anne Nichols who won these prizes. Thank you to Siam Kempinski event staff, our members and their guests who made the day so wonderful. It was my pleasure to organise. I hope to see you again at the next special event. Katrina van Dulm – Special Events

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Membership The Membership team supports new members, collects membership fees, maintains ANZWG’s membership database, coordinates the monthly morning teas and communicates all email correspondence to members. If you have any questions about your ANZWG membership, please contact the Membership team at By ANZWG Membership team: Alison Howe, Jodie Holdsworth, Debbie Ribeiro, Nimet Johnson, Sarah Pethick

New Members Sophie Berger My family and I have just returned to Bangkok after being back in Australia for the past 15 months. Our first posting in Bangkok was for 31/2 years. I have a two year old daughter named Quentin. I’m very much into scuba diving and really looking forward to getting back into the diving here in Thailand. Hannah Bono I am half Papua New Guinean and half British. My partner and I met in Port Moresby on his first posting with the Department of Foreign Affairs, but Bangkok is our first posting together. I have previously worked in professional services with Deloitte and PwC in both PNG and in Australia. My interests include many sports such as golf, swimming and netball, but I also love the arts such as photography, arts and crafts, theatre and music. Sarah Grzybowski My husband Andrew and I recently moved from Adelaide for our first posting overseas with our two children Eleanor and Harriet. Eleanor is almost five and is excited about living in a different country but is also worried about missing her family and friends back home. She will be starting at AISB shortly. Harriet is our youngest and just turned eight months old. We decided to try living in a different country because we have always been based in Adelaide and wanted to experience a ‘slice of life’ somewhere different. We are based in Bangkok indefinitely. Prior to taking maternity leave I was working in software development, integrating business systems. Aside from the technology space, I also enjoy walking/fitness classes, reading and going out to restaurants/cafes/bars. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing what Bangkok has to offer. Krittaya Kumar
 Married to an Australian, we have a newborn daughter. I am interested to meet other women from Australia as we aim to transition back to Australia in the coming years. As a Thai/Indian I believe I can be a good contact for local expats. I am looking forward to meeting other members. Liela Phillips I came to Thailand in 2007 and was based at a power generating company at Mataphut near Rayong for a year. Returning two years later I made Mae Rumpheung Beach, which is also near Rayong, my home. Working for Chevron. I was based out of here to Angola for two years. I then worked out of their office in Laem Chabang commuting regularly to Bangladesh for three years. In 2016 ,working through AVI, I was based in Jakarta where I had my first opportunity to join an ANZA ladies group which is why now I want to join the BKK group. My interests include travelling, reading, art & music, international cultural activities and now I am retired I would like to make time for tennis and golf again.

 Robyn Tait I have recently moved to Bangkok (26th April) for my husband’s work but hoping to pick something up myself. In the meantime I’m a bit of a golf addict so will be on a golf course somewhere or meeting with ANZWG girls!


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Membership Past ANZWG members, where are they now?

Hello to Kevina Stewart from Perth! When did you live in Bangkok and where did you live?

We lived in Bangkok for six years from 2005 until 2010 – when we reluctantly moved to Singapore. We lived in Sathorn Soi 1 – so handy access for husband to Empire Tower – plus close to Alliance Française and, once I started working, my workplace at St Andrews School, Sathorn – behind BNH.

Where are you living now?

After moving to Singapore from BKK, we are now back in Perth – having moved back to our ‘home town’ in 2015.

What do you love about where you are now?

Well, Perth is ‘home town’ for us so it is lovely to be back and settled. We were motivated to head back to look after aging parents and to also welcome grandchildren.

Where else have you lived in the world?

‘Pre-children’ we spent a year in the UK back in the early ‘80s – our first experience living overseas. We then spent 5 years in Dubai during the mid 90’s – starting when our daughter was almost eight years old. We then returned to Perth for her secondary schooling and the first couple of years of her uni studies. Then we had our six years in Thailand, followed by four and a half years in Singapore.

What do you miss about Bangkok?

The sense of energy and chaos in the city! We were fortunate to both have jobs that we enjoyed. Involvement in ANZWG and AustCham rounded out our experience in the Land of Smiles.

What’s your favourite Bangkok memory?

I really enjoyed being the Sales Coordinator for the Bangkok Guide. The role provided an avenue to ‘give back’, with the funds the sales raised. I also found my background as an educator was valued in researching and writing for the Bangkok Guide, in particular the Education chapters over several editions.

What’s your favourite purchase from Bangkok?

Stainless steel items! I have a huge selection of serving ware and kitchen items – all in regular use! Stylish and practical!

What was your favourite place to take your visitors in Bangkok?

For friends who sewed, taking them to the Jim Thompson outlet to shop for fabric. Taking others to buy stainless steel – usually at Amarin Plaza!

What food do you miss most?

Thai Stir-Fried Chicken with cashew - Gai Pad Met Ma Muang! Yum!

What would you say to new expats joining ANZWG?

Join up – and get involved! Offer to arrange the occasional event/outing to help spread the load. I met some lovely people – some of whom are also back in Perth and in touch! If anyone is moving back to Perth then there is a group of ex-BKK ladies to welcome you – or consider joining ‘Petroleum Women of Perth’ – whether or not connected to the Oil & Gas Industry.

Right: Khun Nid (driver) as we finished packing the car to deliver the advertiser copies of the Bangkok Guide.

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Membership Monthly Morning Teas Each month the Monthly Morning Tea offers an opportunity to meet up with fellow ANZWG members and catch up on what’s happening. These casual events take place in members’ homes, and food is on a bring a plate basis. If you would like to offer to host please contact the Membership team. April’s morning tea was very well attended and kindly hosted by Theresa Rayfield in her spacious and welcoming home. Thank you for your hospitality, Theresa. The May morning tea, held on the Labour Day holiday, was hosted at the Coffee Club. Although fewer numbers attended there, the get together was enjoyed by those members who went. A good way to chat and welcome a newcomer.

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Have you considered hosting a monthly morning tea? It is a great opportunity to stay up to date on all things ANZWG and foster friendships within the ANZWG community. The Membership team is looking for future hostesses. Everything is supplied and the Membership team helps with set up.

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Membership Get to Know Siobhan Bland

I love the chaos of everyday life...

My husband was a chef in a past life so we spend a lot of time wining and dining at home with friends.

How long have you lived in Bangkok? 7 years and 4 months. Where have you lived before Bangkok? This is our first overseas post, although my husband has worked in Asia for many years. We moved from our lovely house on the hill about an hour north of Brisbane, Australia, and 10-minutes drive from the nearest village, on five acres surrounded by nature with views of Moreton Island. What did you do before becoming an Expat? I was a full-time Mum for a few years leading up to our move to Thailand, juggling part-time consulting in Environmental Planning. Prior to that I had a 10-year career in local and state government. What are your top three favourite things to do in Bangkok or Thailand? 1. Long-tail boat trip along the Chao Phraya River followed by a visit to Wat Pho and a meal or drinks at The Deck. 2. Cycling around the Green Lung. 3. Dinner or drinks in the Soi Nana shop-houses in China Town. Name your favorite restaurants and shops in Bangkok We love street food and anything Asian-European-American-African fusion.

I love wandering among the quirky shops in Amarin Plaza and Chattuchak Market. I am a sucker for any local market or shop-house come to think of it, whether they are selling uniquely Thai treasures, Asian antiques or any array of fresh local produce. In fact a regular visit to your local wet market is a must for all expats - it is a feast for all the senses! Where would you go for a massage, haircut and manicure in Bangkok? I prefer Healthland or Urban Retreat for a massage; they are clean, qualified and definitely do not offer a ‘happy ending’. A hairdresser is a very personal choice. I like Rachanee at Ten Ten; she’s friendly, professional and speaks very good English. And I love her complimentary warm ginger tea. I always go back to Lovinail at K-Village for mani-pedis; they are clean and offer a quality service, although they are not the cheapest. Their complimentary iced lemongrass tea is a refreshing treat. What do you like most about Bangkok? I love the chaos of everyday life on the streets in Bangkok. I love that life here is all about sumptuous food and rich culture. I love the vibrant colours and textures, and the friendliness of the Thais. I love that no matter what time of day or night it is, you can pretty much find anything you need, and that getting there is half the adventure. You haven’t been out unless you took a train, taxi, tuk tuk, songthaew and walked a distance.

What is the strangest thing that you have seen in Thailand? This is a hard one to answer. I think living here for seven years desensitises you against the ‘shock factor’. The strangest thing that comes to mind though was when I saw a Thai lady walking her rather large pet pig on a leash (of course) into a cafe and ordering a bowl of freshly chopped cucumber for ‘you-know-who’. The photo pops up on Face Book from time to time. What advice would you give to someone new to Bangkok? Learn as much as you can about Thai culture and particularly their style of communication. Eastern cultures are quite different from Western ones - they tend to be high-context communicators (collectivist, with an implicit verbal style which relies on body language, status and tone of voice) while we tend to be lowcontext communicators (individualist, with an explicit verbal style which relies on spoken language and clearly spelled-out rules). Although I struggle at times like the rest of us, I always consciously coach myself to be ‘a little more Thai’. There is a lot we can learn from each other. It always helps to explain why you are doing things the way you do them, so as to avoid ‘culture-clash’. This cultural awareness is almost more important than learning to speak Thai. Although my Thai language skills leave a lot to be desired, I am able to get around with my ‘taxi Thai’, which is limited to directions, numbers and food items. However, if I had known we would still be living in Thailand seven years later, I would have made more of an effort to learn to speak Thai.

What do you miss most about home? I miss family and friends of course, and I miss the cooler climes at times.

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Membership Get to Know Anne Nichols

Never say no to an opportunity...

Taking family on the Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk, visiting new rooftops and eating my weight in cakes and pastries.

that was up past my knees. Strangely enough, the taxi drivers didn’t see a problem driving through it.

Name your favorite restaurants and shops in Bangkok

What advice would you give to someone new to Bangkok?

El Mercados on Phai Singto Alley is always a winner. To be honest, I think I mostly go there to sniff the cheese room.

Never say no to an opportunity to meet new people. The friendships I have made here have been the absolute highlight of our expat posting and I only survived this move with their unwavering support.

Where would you go for a massage, haircut and manicure in Bangkok?

How long have you lived in Bangkok? We just hit our one year anniversary in April!.

I have very short hair so I can be a bit fussy with my hairdressers. I go to Chi Salon in Mercury Ville, Chidlom.

Where have you lived before Bangkok?

What do you like most about Bangkok?

Melbourne is where we call home. I have also lived in Canberra, Dublin and Brisbane.

It is hot all year round and the only time you are cold is in movie cinemas.

A special happy birthday to Sr Louise who turned 85 in May

What do you miss most about home?

What did you do before becoming an Expat?

The quiet streets. You don’t realise how noisy Bangkok is until you go for a walk in Melbourne on the weekend.

I was a Marketing Manager for a yogurt company working part-time while looking after my daughter Lucy. We made Chobani and Gippsland Dairy yogurt - I do miss all the free samples!

What is the strangest thing that you have seen in Thailand? During monsoon season my street was flooded and the only way to get home was walking through Soi water

What are your top three favourite things to do in Bangkok or Thailand?

Members’ Birthdays June 1 Alison Howe


July 5 Rachel Mills

3 Geet Harris

10 Belinda Lattimore

5 Kathy Barnett

15 Tracey Noorland

6 Jane Nicholls

18 Deb Ribeiro

8 Karla Ciccarelli

19 Siobhan Bland

14 Fiona Whincop

20 Louise Weavers

18 Jane Upperton

21 Carmel Norton

23 Deb Kirton

23 Maria Ryan

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Kiwala Playgroup All ANZWG members or partners of ANZWG members are welcome to attend Kiwala’s playgroup. We meet every Tuesday morning in members’ homes from 9.30am. If you are new to Bangkok and have young children please contact Samantha or Dawn at to find out the details of our next playgroup. By Samantha Wilson and Dawn Bond, ANZWG Kiwala Team

June-July Roster June 4 Samantha Wilson June 11 Playville Play Centre June 18 Charlotte Vincent June 25 Casey Wilkins

Baby news! Victoria Miller gave birth to her second child: Camille Anne Plummer. Born 7 May 2019 at 3:15pm Bangkok time, weighing 3.2kg and measuring 49cm. We can’t wait for cuddles at Kiwalas!

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Kiwala Playgroup Vacation destinations with kids Location: Koh Lanta Resort/hotel name: Southern Lanta Resort How to get there: Lots of options (not all covered here)! We stopped in Krabi for a

night to break up the journey as its not a quick one. It was 4 hours door to door to the Krabi resort and then a two hour ferry ride (the next day) from Krabi to Koh Lanta. On the way home we paid for a speed boat, which is more than twice as expensive but only took 30 minutes and then a one hour drive to get to Krabi airport. You can also do a mini van transfer from Krabi airport and get a car ferry but that will be about 3-4 hours depending on how long you have to wait for the boat at the pier.

Why I liked it: Flat, wide beach and only very small waves, so it was safe and fun for my small kids. The beach and water was really clean. There were lots of beach restaurants to choose from at a reasonable price and the kids played in the sand nearby while we ate and enjoyed cocktails watching the amazing sunsets. The resort itself was a very basic 3-star but great value for money as we were facing the beach and just moments from the sand. Price range: Beachfront suite is only 2,000 baht, we needed two units. The "Suite with Sea View" was newer looking, also on the beachfront for 3,000 baht. Both include a simple breakfast.

Location: Phuket Resort/hotel name: Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort How to get there: Taxi services are available from the airport. Costs

range from 600 to 1,000 baht depending on your negotiation skills. We used a Grab Taxi and it costs us about 600B. Duration of the trip was about 20-30 mins depending on time of the day and traffic conditions.

Why I liked it: The resort has its own beach connected to the hotel and there are safety flags placed on the beach to advise on water and swimming conditions. There are 3-4 onsite restaurants which were all very pleasant on the pallet for both young and old. Metzo’s restaurant is the most well-known of the restaurants and definitely was the standout for us. There is also a kid’s play area and club house where there are daily activities organised by staff. Parents can also utilise the babysitting services in the evening should they wish to have a romantic dinner. The breakfast menu has a very big variety of delicious, healthy and fresh produce. The pool has a large slide that will keep the kids entertained for hours as well as a child friendly pool for the younger children. Price range: Ocean View suites range from about 4,500-5,000 baht per night. We went with the Lagoon View

Suite which ended up being about 4,000 baht per night including taxes and breakfast (NB: this was because we went during a public holiday, so costs were a little higher).


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Kiwala Playgroup Location: Hoi An Resort/hotel name: Hoi An Silk Village Resort and Spa How to get there: Fly to Danang and take a taxi 40 minutes to the resort.

Why I liked it: If you stay here book the 'older' part of the resort, it's only four years old but has much more character than the newer area. We booked a family garden view room which has easy access to the pool. The rooms are incredibly spacious and come with an interconnecting door (or you can just get the one room if you prefer). Breakfast is ok but nothing super special. We loved this hotel as the staff were wonderful with the kids. I believe there is a kids’ club opening soon. The hotel provides bikes with child seats (suitable from age three upwards as there aren't any straps on the seats) and helmets (bring your own if you want a perfect fit!). The hotel is less than a 10 minute cycle ride into the old town or a 25 minute to An Bang beach. We loved the freedom that the bikes gave us. For our older son (7) he could sit on the back of his dad's bike. We loved the food of Hoi An and went on an excellent bike tour with Heaven and Earth Bike Tours. You can choose from a full day or half day. If you go there are lots of excellent tailors who can make anything you like! We used Oche which is just outside of the old town. We also stayed at the Victoria Hoi An, slightly more expensive but overlooking the ocean, and the breakfast here was excellent. The room we chose was an Ocean View Suite which was a lovely place to relax; very calm and quiet. The side cars are a fun way to travel into the old town too!

Price range: Hoi An Silk Resort and Spa 6,800 baht including tax per night for the Garden View Villa (it would be less for only one room). Victoria Hoi An 11,000 baht (less if you don't book the suite)

Location: Pranburi (A little further than Hua Hin)

Resort/hotel name: Away Pranburi Beach Resort How to get there: Drive 3.5 hours south of Bangkok – we left around 6.30am and missed the traffic.

Why I liked it: Rustic – a hidden gem of how you would imagine Thailand to be back in the day! You drive through a national park and then a tiny fishing village with the most beautiful colored boats and friendly happy faces waving you through! The hotel is minimalist, but most rooms open up to the large swimming pool, which overlooks a large lawn and the ocean. The hotel is the only hotel on this stretch of the beach and is very relaxed and private. There is a small basic kids club room. They have high chairs. Very Thai menu, but lots to choose from!

Price range: From around 2,000 baht per night on the weekend.

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Calendar of Events ANZWG holds regular events that all members are invited to attend. Contact the Activities team ( or check ANZWG’s Facebook page (ANZWG - MEMBERS ONLY FB PAGE), website ( or InTouch advertisements to confirm details, as they may change.

Members’ Monthly Morning Tea Held first Wednesday of the month at a member’s home, 10.00am to12.00am (see Community Notices for more details).

Tennis Club Social games and optional coaching sessions every Thursday morning, 7.309.30am (see Community Notices for more details).

Movie Group Held most Fridays dependent on what’s screening, where and at what time (see Community Notices for more details).

Let’s Do Lunch (suspended until after the school holidays) Held every Thursday, 12pm to 2pm (see Community Notices for more details).

Kiwalas Play Group Held every Tuesday, from 9.30am (see Community Notices for more details).

Newcomers Morning tea Held last Monday of the month, 10am to 12pm (see Community Notices for more details)

June/July Events: 5 June: 11 June: 12 June: 19 June: 26 June: 3 July: 15 July: 17 July:

Members’ Monthly Morning Tea Birthday Drinks Activity: Blue and White Ceramic Factory and Benjarong Factory Committee Meeting Activity: Jim Thompson House Members’ Monthly Morning Tea InTouch Magazine Cutoff Committee Meeting

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Welfare Community Welfareard The Welfare team is responsible for ANZWG’s ongoing financial commitments to supporting projects in Thailand, assessing new proposals for support and sharing information with other supporting organisations. If you have any questions or ideas relating to welfare matters please contact the welfare team at By Judy Smith, May Lawrence, Carol Chatfield, Trini Faulkner, ANZWG Welfare Team

Thailand - ANZWG scholarship recipients Update news from MERCY HOUSE about children who have received scholarships from ANZWG during 2018. In the 2018 school year there were 12 high school students and two college students who received scholarships from ANZWG for their uniforms and school items. This school year ,2019, all of them are still living in Mercy House.

level and has been interned at the electronics store and finished the computer department. He has the ability to work in mechanics and computer work. He is a shy boy. He is the eldest boy of the house that take care of the boys.

Below is an update on five children who have graduated in each level of education - Junior High School, Senior High School and the vocational certificate level.

Mint has apprenticed at Pranburi Municipality and graduated from the Accounting Department. She is cheerful, bright, likes singing, playing organs and dancing. She also assists when the dentist cames to treat the child's teeth.

Junior High School Kitt, aged 15, has lived in Mercy House for six years. He is a shy boy. He likes to study mathematics. He had good academic results at all levels. In his free time he teaches homework to other children in the home, likes to play football and play music and he wants to be a scientist. He chose to continue studying Mathematics at TreamPran in Grade 4, High School. Apple, aged 15, has lived in Mercy House for seven years. She is a good-natured child, always smiling, good English speaking skills (her favourite subject). She has a dream of being a tour guide. Therefore she chose to continue studying in Grade 4 of Art Language Plan at TreamPran High School. She is one of the medical assistants here when the dentist visits to treat the children's teeth. Senior High School Meen, 19 years old, has lived in Mercy House for six years. She likes to read all kinds of books, likes ironing, is interested in Chinese and received 82 of 100 for Chinese language. She is currently deciding whether to continue her studies at university or find a job or collect funds to study more levels.

Title and Mint are 20-year-olds and have lived in Mercy House for six years. They study at Pranburi Industrial and Community Education College. In the 2018 academic year they attended an internship before graduating from the education program. Now they have passed the internship. In the 2019 academic year they applied for the same program at the diploma level at Pranburi Vocational College. *Note from the Welfare Team: Both Title and Mint are finding it difficult to cover their college expenses and Mercy House has asked if anyone would like to sponsor them for their educational expenses of 15,574 THB per year per person. If anyone is interested, please contact the Welfare team anzwgwelfare@ for further details.

Title has done his vocational certificate

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Community Welfareard

Visit to Good Shepherd Sisters, Nong Khai 2nd 3rd May, 2019 ANZWG was represented at the half yearly presentation of money for school uniforms, books, food and transport to our 29 sponsored children in Nong Khai by Theresa Rayfield (president), Judy Smith (welfare), Trini Faulkner (welfare) and Beatrix Faulkner

ANZWG was represented at the half yearly presentation of money for school uniforms, books, food and transport to our 29 sponsored children in Nong Khai by Theresa Rayfield (president), Judy Smith (Welfare), Trini Faulkner (Welfare) and Beatrix Faulkner. For those who are not aware, ANZWG has been sponsoring students as part of the Good Shepherd Sisters Nong Khai programme for many years. The sponsorship enables students to attend school and pursue further education that for financial reasons would almost be impossible otherwise. Sister Sutisa is passionate about her work with children in the rural areas


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around Nong Khai, ensuring that she is in contact with all 640 of the sponsored children. She makes a great effort to ensure that all children she and/or her helpers come across are safe from the dangers of drugs and trafficking, which are real threats in this part of Thailand. The ANZWG team visited View, a 14 year old girl who lives on a small, isolated farm about a half hour out of Nong Khai. View lives with her grandmother and two younger siblings who are six and four years old. To get to school, View rides her bicycle some 7 kms along dirt roads. She is often alone at home as her grandmother and siblings are away a lot. Sister Sutisa is worried for View’s safety and has recommended that ANZWG sponsor View to allow her to buy uniforms, books and food. Sister Sutisa has asked View to live with her and a few other young girls, to ensure she is safe from being drugged, raped or trafficked. View was a lovely, shy young girl and it was so exciting to see her

line up the next day to receive her THB3,000 at the presentation, with a smile on her face. We next visited another young girl, Fanta, that ANZWG currently sponsors. Fanta lives in a small village with her grandmother. She very proudly showed us her report card from school and was particularly happy to meet Beatrix and practice her high fives!!

The next morning we went to the Good Shepherd hall where we attended a very long ceremony to present about 350 students with their sponsorship money - 29 of whom are ANZWG sponsored children. The children range in age from three to 19 years old and, without exception, were obviously very grateful for our support. They were all in school uniform with hair clean and tied

Welfare Community Welfareard Thailand - ANZWG scholarship recipients A large part of ANZWG’s ongoing commitments involve funding scholarships for children through various charitable organisations throughout Thailand. Currently we are sponsoring 101 children from six different organisations. The funds go towards various educational needs such as lunches, transport, uniforms, books, equipment and sometimes lodgings. Below is a map showing the areas in Thailand covered by our educational scholarships. Thailand - ANZWG scholarship recipients areas supported by Diocesan SAC Si Sawat District Thong Pha Phum District Suan Phueng District Mueang Ratchaburi District Pak Tho District Kaeng Krachan District

area supported by Duang Prateep Khlong Toei

Areas supported by Good Shepherd Sisters Nong Khai

Mercy House Hua Hin

THEP Lampang Chiang Mai

Don Bosco Ron Phibun District Pak Phanang District Surat Thani

Areas in Thailand that have children who receive ANZWG educational scholorshps

Please visit their website for more information:

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The Activities team coordinates ANZWG’s monthly calendar of events. If you have any ideas for activities, please contact the Activities team at By Karla Wignall, Rachel Thorpe, Alison Howe ANZWG Activities Team

Cancellation Policy Where there is a third-party provider involved (e.g. buses, vans, hotels, restaurants, or other service providers) members are required to cancel in writing to a minimum of three (3) working days in advance, or by the cancellation deadline set by the organiser (whichever applies). Where there is no third-party provider, members are required to notify the Activities Team as soon as possible prior to the event. Members who cancel after the specified deadlines are required to pay in full. Last minute cancellations due to emergency situations will be considered on a case by case basis by the Activities Team. If you have an ideas or want to join the activities team email us at

Check the ANZWG website for details about ANZWG and other Activities! ANZWG activities are organised to foster fellowship and friendship amongst its members. We have regularly scheduled weekly activities and monthly activities that are planned for the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Our monthly activities cover a range of interesting and varied subjects that include cultural visits, walking tours, bike rides, luncheons, cooking classes, shopping, half and full day trips within and beyond Bangkok. It is advisable to book early for these activities as places often fill quickly. Bookings can be made via Google forms which will be emailed as well as posted on the Members only Facebook page. Please DO NOT respond to the email or Facebook post. Registration for the activity must be done via the Google form this will ensure you do not get missed. Members are welcome to invite friends and family on all activities. In addition to the ANZWG activities, we also support the many events arranged by charity groups and organisations that are Friends of ANZWG. Remember to check the ANZWG website ( events calendar for all the latest up dates.

MELBOURNE CUP UPDATE: Melbourne Cup Prize Winners Below are some photos from the Melbourne Cup lucky door prize winner, Malin Nauska. Her and her family won a stay at Abivilla. They used the prize in April.


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Susan Spyropoulos had a winning raffle ticket which was an evening at Restaurant Tann, thanks to Siam@ Siam Design Hotel. She can highly recommend the degustation dinner which was delicious.

Activities National Museum, Bangkok By Karla Wignall, ANZWG Activities Team The history of the museum should be left to others more educated than I to explain but ever so briefly the building that now is the museum was originally built in 1782 as a palace for Prince of the Wang Na, with King Rama V turning it into a museum in 1884. Accordingly, the museum, considered the largest in Southeast Asia, is now home to a collection of beautiful Despite having been in Bangkok for almost two years I had never visited The National Museum, so when the opportunity arose to join a small group of ANZWG women on a guided tour I jumped at the chance. Meeting at Saphan Taksin we boarded the Gold Flag Boat to pier 9 and a short walk later we were at the gates of the museum where we paid our 200 baht entry fee and met our lovely guides for the morning.

ceremonial carriages, artifacts belonging to Thailand’s Royal Family, carvings, sculptures and paintings dating back hundreds of years. The museum compound also houses the Buddhaisawan Chapel where we spent much of our visit learning about the beautiful murals that adorn the walls. We also enjoyed our time in the

Audience Hall where the many masterpieces of the museum are on exhibit. Selecting my one favorite exhibits would be too hard, so I have two. Definitely the haunting beauty of the Funeral Chariot Hall, but also the Ram Khamhaeng Inscription which is a carved a stone slab inscribed by what is thought to be the earliest example of Thai writing. On conclusion of our guided tour, we headed to lunch at a local Thai establishment in the heart of the Amulet Market and overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to an enjoyable day.

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Activities Greek Filo Cooking with Olive

You hear the words Filo pastry and Greek cooking and immediately your mind, and tastebuds, are filled with thoughts of paper thin pastry wrapped around molten cheese, crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey in the middle… the “Greek Filo Cooking with Olive” class held at Olive Restaurant on Wednesday 27th did not disappoint! The Activities team did a fantastic job working with Co-Founder/Owner of Olive Bangkok, Ms Siriluck Lim, in arranging a two hour, three recipe, workshop using Filo pastry. To ensure Greek authenticity Siriluck was joined by her friend, a Greek national who gave us additional tips on which ingredients could be substituted for others, how to prepare vegan options and the best Greek olive oil to use. Twelve of us, on two large working tables, enjoyed making tyropitakia,

a filo pastry triangle puff stuffed full of feta and mozzarella; spanakopita, a Greek favourite filo pastry pie with spinach and feta; and bougatsa, my personal favourite, a filo pastry roll oozing with semolina custard cream, sprinkled with icing sugar and ground cinnamon. After two hours of preparing our meals – that we all realised definitely weren’t too hard and we can easily do at home - it was time for lunch. Yum! Cheese triangles were as crunchy as we’d hoped; the spinach and feta balance was wonderful in the spanakopita with the hint of dill coming through; and we all loved the mild lemon flavour of the semolina dessert. A great morning activity, thanks Activities team and thanks to Olive Restaurant. And not only did we leave with very satisfied appetites (aka full tummies!), we were each given a t-towel gift, a nice reminder of an excellent morning of cooking and eating.

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Activities Birthday drinks - February, March, April Fun times were had at BarSu (Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit) on the 11th April to celebrate those members whose birthdays were in February, March and April.

Spotlight The Spotlight segment is where we share interesting and engaging articles from a range of contributors on subjects relevant to our members, including travel, health and wellbeing, education, and lifestyle and culture. If you know someone who might be interested or would like to submit an article yourself, please contact us at

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever in Children This article is republished with the permission of Bumrungrad International Hospital Dengue hemorrhagic fever in children can prove to be fatal. However, it’s important to know that early treatment can save a child’s life. Dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome are caused by any one of four dengue viruses. The dengue viruses are members of the Flavivirus genus, which are spread by mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization, the transmission of dengue has increased predominantly in all tropical countries, as warm climates create mosquito-friendly habitats. Symptoms of dengue, which appear in 3 phases: Acute Fever Stage: At this phase, no specific symptoms are present. Children get a high fever (for about 5-6 days) with aching, nausea, and vomiting. During rainy season, if a child has a high fever for over several days, parents should consider the possibility that they have contracted dengue and seek immediate medical attention. Parents should not attempt to treat their child on their own. Avoid using aspirin and ibuprofen, which may irritate the stomach lining, cause stomach bleeding, and thinning of the blood, resulting in dengue shock syndrome. Critical Stage (3 critical days of possible shock syndrome): After several days with a fever, the child will be weak with body aches, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, and a loss of appetite, along with redness in the face, palms, and soles. At this stage, the child’s pulse and blood pressure should be monitored regularly. Their water intake and urine output should be checked several times a day. Some children may have abdominal bloating, restlessness, cold hands and feet, and a decreased temperature, which can mislead parents into believing that their child is heading towards recovery. However, they may go into shock within a few hours. Recovery Phase: The body temperature drops, without the child going into shock syndrome. The child will have a higher number of platelets, have a stable pulse rate, have stable blood pressure, and pass more water. During the recovery, blood flow increases to all tissues in the body, and the organs begin to function normally. It takes about 48-72 hours for the patients to get back to normal. At this phase, the child will regain their appetite and energy, with less abdominal pain and bloating. There will also be redness and itchy rashes on their palms and soles (without skin peeling).

In terms of diagnosis, the doctor will first evaluate the symptoms and perform a complete blood count (CBC) with hematocrit (Hct) in order to determine the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The doctor will then perform liver function tests (AST and ALT) to evaluate the severity of the disease. An elevated red blood cell count and low platelet count (below one hundred thousand per cubic millimeter) along with a fast pulse, low blood pressure, restlessness, fatigue, and low urine output indicates that the patient may be at risk of going into shock (within a few hours). The patient will then be transferred to an ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for close monitoring. The patient will also be given fluids, intravenously, and their lost electrolytes will be replaced – which is essential for preventing hypovolemic shock. The critical stage may last for 48-72 hours. Some female adolescents with dengue infection have excessive menstrual bleeding; therefore, it is important to let the doctor know if the patient’s period is due or has already started. If required, the doctor may use hormones to delay the menstrual cycle until after the critical stage. Children with a bleeding disorder or blood cancer should be closely monitored, as the critical stage can be lethal for them. There is no specific treatment for dengue hemorrhagic fever. The only current method of preventing dengue virus transmission is to effectively combat the mosquitoes – but this is no easy task. Parents may eliminate mosquitoes around their residence by getting rid of stagnant water containers where the mosquitoes breed, using appropriate netting to avoid mosquito bites, and using insect spray. Whether such precautions have been taken or not, if a child’s high fever persists for several days during the dengue season, the parents should take their child to the hospital for early medical attention, in order to minimize the chances of shock syndrome and risk of death. By Dr. Prasong Pruksananonda, Pediatrician, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Children’s (Pediatrics) Center, Bumrungrad Hospital

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Spotlight Anzac Day 2019 in Kanchanaburi By Chrissy Macpherson, ANZWG Co-Patron - Chrissy is married to H.E. Taha Macpherson, the NZ Ambassador to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

Over 100 years ago on 25 April 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula, as part of the Dardanelles campaign of the First World War. The fierce, costly campaign that followed over the next eight months would become a pivotal point in shaping the national identities of Australia and New Zealand. It also is an important campaign for the Republic of Turkey. Today, for both New Zealand and Australia, Anzac day is a day of remembrance and reflection, when we come together to remember all those who have sacrificed in the service of our countries, as well as those that continue to serve us today. In Thailand this year, a number of Anzac Day Commemorations took place, and Taha and I were honoured to be able to join the services in Kanchanaburi Province and at Hellfire Pass. We were grateful to His Excellency Allan McKinnon PSM, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, and Captain Chris Smith, RAN, Australian Defence Attaché to Thailand, along with their teams at the Australian Embassy who worked tirelessly on these services. Thailand has also provided significant support to these services over many years. We were appreciative of His Excellency Jirikiat Bhumisawasdi, Governor of Kanchanaburi Province and Major General Numpol Kongpan, Director of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Development Command, for their presence at the Anzac Day events in Kanchanaburi, and for the resources that the Thai Government commits to these each year. We are also grateful to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) that cares for the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and other war cemeteries around the world, with commitment and dedication. Hellfire Pass is an evocative place. It is beautiful and peaceful now, but during the Second World War, it was a section of the Burma-Thailand railway built by Allied Prisoners of War (POWs) from Australia, the UK, Netherlands and other allied countries; together with forced labourers from around Asia, from 1942 to 1943. Hellfire Pass is so called because the sight of emaciated prisoners labouring at night by torchlight was said to resemble a scene from Hell. By all accounts, work conditions were horrific. Much of the excavation was done by hand and with minimal equipment. With the Japanese seeking to complete the railway quickly, prisoners were forced to work 12-18 hour shifts each day, in extremely harsh conditions and on a starvation


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diet. Diseases such as malaria, dysentery and cholera were rife, but prisoners had very limited access to medical supplies. Estimates of those who lost their lives during the construction of the entire railway vary, but it is thought around 90,000 labourers perished, and around 12,000 POWs. Over 2,700 of these POWs were from Australia. For the Kiwis, New Zealand was not officially part of the South East Asian campaign in WWII, though in 2017, journalist Laura Walters wrote of at least 13 New Zealanders who died in the construction of the railway, having been either captured after serving with the Australian Armed Forces, or having joined volunteer forces in Asia. In more recent years, The Pass has become the focus of the Hellfire Pass Memorial Project and site of the Memorial Museum, which commemorates those POWs and forced labourers who toiled on the railway during WWII. Given its history, it is no surprise that the 2019 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass and the Commemorative Service at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery were so moving for the thousands who attended. Of particularly special significance was the participation of former POW, Mr Harold Martin, who travelled from his home town of Albany in Western Australia to participate in the services, as he has for several years. It was an honour to meet Harold who is well over 100 years of age, but who still speaks thoughtfully about his experiences, and of the importance of remembering the sacrifices of his fellow Second World War veterans. Harold left behind a wife and son to fight for Australia in WWII. He was captured in the Fall of Singapore and spent two years in prison camps as a POW forced labourer on the construction of the Burma-Thai Railway. Some years ago, director and producer Samm Blake made a short film about Harold called A Long Way Back. Reflecting on his harrowing experience in that film, Harold said: “I went through a very severe and difficult time, but it taught me a lot about myself. It

Spotlight taught me a lot about relationships with other people. Three things that I learnt were tolerance, compassion and the value of self-respect. Those three things have been part of my life and in my later years.” Harold went on to say that after returning some 70 years later: “I stood there [at the memorial cemetery], and saw row after row of silent headstones, all young men, their whole lives before them, and there they lay and I thought these men should not be forgotten.” During the services, we also remembered fellow former POW and Albany resident, the late Mr Neil MacPherson, OAM (2nd/2nd Pioneers). Neil had planned to attend this year’s commemorations, but sadly passed away early in April at the age of 96. He was awarded an OAM in 2009 for his service to the community, through the establishment of the Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association and by raising awareness of the POW experience. Ambassador Allan McKinnon spoke movingly of the suffering and resilience of Australian POWs at the Dawn Service. At the Kanchanburi service, Taha talked about four themes that marked the first peace-time Anzac Day in New Zealand: Pride in our soldiers and the courage they had shown at Gallipoli and subsequent campaigns; the importance of caring for our returned service personnel; the duty the community had towards families of those who had not returned; and finally, as one Gallipoli veteran put it, “to make the world a better and brighter place, and to seek the good [in] others”. While much has changed in the last 100 years, these four themes from those services are as relevant today, as they were all those years ago. May we learn from the past and lest we forget those who sacrificed so much to provide us with the life we know today.

Ko Nga Wairua o o matou hoia toa - To the spirits of the brave soldiers Moe mai ra I o moenga roa - Sleep peacefully E kore e matou e ware wareti - We will never forget Moe mai ra I te rangimarie - Rest in peace

Sources: 1. Anzac Day 2019 Hellfire Pass and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Programme. 2. “New Zealanders Laid to Rest in Thailand” Article by Laura Walters, 26 April 2017. Online at 3. “A Long Way Back – The Story of Harold Martin” Short film directed and produced by Samm Blake. Online at http:// 4. “POW lived to tell the tale” Article by Shannon Smith, 4 April 2019. The Western Australian. Online at https:// 5. Australian Government Department of Veterans Affairs website “The Burma-Thailand Railway and Hellfire Pass” at

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Spotlight Spotlight on ANZWG Archives The previous committee, in particular the President, compiled a fantastic record of ANZWG’s history in photos. Over the coming months, space permitting, we will bring you a selection of these photos.

2014-October, Cooking with Olive

1996 - Mothers Day Lunch

AGM 1989 Committee

1996 - Mothers Day Lunch

2007 April Morning Tea 2007 April Morning Tea

2008 Morning Tea

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Spotlight Password Managers By Debbie Armstrong One of the most frequent ways that people leave their data vulnerable to hackers is by committing common password mistakes. They say we should have a different password for all of our accounts and that we should change them regularly. However, this can be easier said than done when you are trying to remember them all, especially when it seems we are more and more online. Think about how you currently manage your passwords. Do you have the same password for all online accounts? Do you have them all written down? Do you use your birthdate, pets name, children’s names, etc? These are the eight common password mistakes that people make: Using the same password everywhere; varying passwords with a single character; using personal information in passwords; sharing passwords with others; using passwords that are too short; storing passwords in plain text; using recognisable keystroke patterns; substituting numbers for letters. The bad guys (hackers) have sophisticated password cracking programs and even follow their victims on social media to gain key words that they enter into these programs to crack your passwords. I understand that no one likes passwords, however, as we become more dependent on them to access emails, banking, social media, etc they become more important than ever. If your banking, health and personal information is at stake and worth protecting then you owe it to yourself to have passwords that are secure and random so the bad guys and their machines cannot break them. Over five years ago I decided that we needed a secure password manager to help store and generate strong passwords for all our online accounts. It is truly amazing when you stop and think about how many differ accounts you have that require passwords. This especially so when living overseas; everything seems to be duplicated or triplicated depending on how many times you have moved. For us this was where the journey of creating strong secure passwords in order to protect our personal information from hackers began. Password manager programs provide many services, all of them helpful. It will not only keep all your passwords under one encrypted and password protected roof but it can store payment information, images and some can even store expiry data of passports or driver licenses. A best-in-class password manager can generate random password with high character length with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, automatically login to websites and automatically prompt you to auto-generate and store a new, secure password every time you are creating a new account. There are a number of free password keepers that are available, including Keeper, Blur, Sticky Password, Password Boss, LastPass, Dashlane, EnPass. All of these do the same thing just in different formats, however it depends on how you want to use it and what suits your lifestyle the best. For us a free version did not meet our needs, we needed the password manager to be used on multiple devices ( 2 x phones, 2 x iPads, 1 x desktop, 2 x laptop) and this is not available in the free options. Some password managers store your details on your device and while others will upload them to their own servers which enables you to access this information anywhere throughout the world with or without an internet/data connection. I remember having purchased a new money travel card and while in the US I went to use it and forget the PIN number, thankfully I had added the details to our password manager and I was able to access it without the need for an internet connection. I was so relieved and to me that was money well spent by having the password manager. I have since gotten both my parents, parents-in-law and my sister into having a password manager. A password manager provides you the freedom to travel and know that you have all the information you may even need available no matter where you are. We use Keeper and I have my family using Dashlane. The only reason we have two different password managers is due to a price special when I set up my family. Having used them both, I would not say one is better than the other, they are just set up differently. We currently pay US$30 per year for our password manager and I think it is a very well spent $30. How many times has not knowing the correct password stopped you from doing something very simple? I have personally witnessed and had people tell me on many different occasions when trying to get into their accounts that they cannot remember the password and in some cases have had to open new accounts due to not being able to recover the password. I would suggest that you do your own research into these password managers to see what works best for your family and lifestyle, however I would strongly recommended giving your personal information the best chance of protection by using one of them.

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Out and about The Out & About segment is where we share snapshots of ANZWG members out and about and adventuring in and beyond Bangkok. If you would like to send in a photo or two for this segment please email with captions to

Nang Leong Market Karla Wignal led a group of women (and one man) from Gaysorn Village along the Khlong to Nang Leong Market. The purpose was to try some real good street food that Karla had tried and wanted to return to before she leaves BKK in June. Thanks for inviting us Karla. Great day out!

ESTiN Fundraiser ESTiN (expatriates supporting those in need) held its annual fundraiser on April 5 at the Novotel Soi 20. The theme this year was ISTANBUL. We were delighted that our 240 guests embraced the occasion wearing bright colourful clothing. Mingling, enjoying a glass of champagne, guests waited with anticipation for the ballroom doors to open. Partaking in stunning henna designs, many took selfies and photographs under our Turkish tents. The foyer was humming with activity.

British Women’s Group Welcome Back Event


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Community Noticeboard The ANZWG Committee supports its members in small business by collating and sharing an ANZWG Members’ Small Businesses Directory. If you would like to list, you just need to be an ANZWG member who is keen to promote your products and/or services amongst members, and contact anzwgmag@

ANZWG Members’ Small Businesses Directory Sandra Reid - Certified Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer & Swim Instructor Offering private or small group sessions. M: 061 404 4724 E: FB: One to one active

Rebecca Bellingham – Personal Trainer

Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Innovations (Thailand); Certified Personal Trainer, ACE (American Council on Exercise) offering one-on-one or small group personal training classes. M: 083 293 6720 E:

Jane Shinkem - Floral Design

Naturalistic Designs. Bouquets,floral baskets (fruits/ products), wreaths. Please see my designs. M: 089 148 8561 E: FB & IG: poppyandhoney

Heidi Osfield-Kean – Face & Body Treatments Come and be pampered by an experienced practitioner. M: 09 2269 4123 E:

Siobhan Bland – Writer & Editor

Experienced freelancer offering writing, proofreading, editing and layout for print and online media. M: 0616 316 120 E:

Samantha Wilson - Marisol Lifestyle

100% silk scarves selected and created in Asia. Classic and colourful linens. W: IG: marisol_lifestyle.

Chona Boardman – Hats & Fascinators M: 0909 962 203 E:

Artwork should be submitted in preferably PDF format (although .JPEG or TIFF can be accepted) in a high resolution (over 5MB), delivered via email as an attachment. Ads must be presented in the above sizes with a 3mm bleed, resolution of 300dpi and in four colour separation CMYK. Deadline for booking ads is the 2nd Tuesday of the month prior to publications, artwork is accepted until the 15th of the month. We also offer advertising packages. By choosing a one-year package, advertisers secure placement of their advertisements in six (6) consecutive issues and benefit from a 10% discount as well as having their bi-monthly ad posted to the ANZWG Members only Facebook page (one time per 2 month period). For more information contact Katrina at

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Community Noticeboard ANZWG GROUPS


ANZWG Movie Group

The Good Shepherd Sisters & Fatima Self-Help Centre

Are you a movie goer who likes company? The ANZWG Movie Group will be held every Friday depending on the movie schedule. Details will be confirmed on the members area of Facebook. All members and friends are welcome. Contact Alison Howe, mrs_howie

ANZWG Tennis Group A few of us meet every Thursday at 7.30am at Noah tennis on Sukhumvit Soi 26 for a fun two hours of tennis. It would be fantastic if we could convince a few more of you to come and join us, as many of the ladies have left in the last few months. The more the merrier!! If you would like to join, please contact me on 09 58540360 or send me an email at and I will add you to our WhatsApp tennis group.

Sister Louise at Good Shepherd Sisters is putting a call out for volunteers to assist with teaching English and maths to the refugees and employees in the Fatima Shop, assisting in the sewing centre, day care centre, and for material donations of snacks for sewing centre employees, toiletries, cooking oil, detergent, toilet paper, rice (5kg bags), A4 office paper, Chinese noodles (Mama brand), fabric off-cuts, knitting wool, and preloved clothes. Contact the Fatima Shop, Sister Louise Horgan 02 245 0457,

Community Netball

Do you and your kids enjoy netball? If you are interested in joining the Bangkok Junior Netball Academy (BJNA), please contact Katie McMahon (see Community Contacts on next page).

ANZWG Newcomers Morning Tea

Empty Nesters Lunch

ANZWG “Let’s Do Lunch” (suspended until after the school holidays)

National Museum Volunteers (NMV)

This is a great way for new members to meet each other and existing members. It is held on the last Monday of the month, 10am to 12pm at Jones the Grocer, ground level of the EmQuartier, Phrom Phong BTS.

Let’s Do Lunch is ANZWG’s weekly casual lunch where everyone can drop in, have lunch, chat, let the children play and just enjoy each others conversation. It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new things and just get out of the house if that’s what is required. No bookings needed just turn up. Held every Thursday, 12pm - 2pm, Central Embassy, Level 6, Phloen Chit BTS.

ANZWG Members Monthly Morning Tea The morning tea is held once a month on the first Wednesday at a member’s home and offers an opportunity to meet up with fellow ANZWG members and catch up on the happenings. It goes from 10am until 12pm. Food is on a bring a plate basis. If you would like to offer to host please contact the Membership Team.


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Empty Nesters is an opportunity for any ladies with no children to catch up. Women other than Australian or New Zealand are welcome. Every Friday at 12:30pm, Foodloft, Central Chidlom. Contact Jane Upperton,

Volunteers have served the National Museum Bangkok since 1969. Members study the art, history and culture of Thailand and its neighbours and may train as museum guides.,

The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage

Lectures by noted experts and scholars are held frequently on a wide range of subjects related to the Society’s objectives and the interests of its members and non-members. 131 Asoke Montri Road, Sukhumvit Soi 21,

Neilson Hays Library

Neilson Hays Library is Bangkok’s premier English language library with 20,000 + books (all genres), Children’s Corner, inspiring art exhibitions, workshops and events, and the Garden Cafe. It is a not-for-profit organisation, and is funded by volunteers and sponsors. New members are warmly welcomed.

Community Noticeboard CONTACTS ANZWG

c/- Australian Embassy,181Wireless Road

Australian Embassy Thailand 181 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, Lumpin

American Women’s Club (AWC)

Bangkok Mothers & Babies International (BAMBI)

British Women’s Group in Bangkok

Bangkok Junior Netball Academy FB: Bangkok Junior Netball Academy

New Zealand Embassy Thailand 87 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, Lumpini

New Zealand Society of Thailand

Presentation Slums Mission Milos Bang, 02 671 4751

Southerners Sports Club

Samutprakan International Ladies Club (SILC)

Thailand Hilltribe Education Project

International Women’s Club of Thailand Unit 3, 16 Sukhumvit Soi 34,

Are you leaving Thailand to return to Perth? Read on... Petroleum Women of Perth The Petroleum Women of Perth welcome new members from women transferring or returning to Perth WA. Activities include: Monthly lunch meeting plus interest groups such as Book Club, Bridge, Curry Club, Discovery Coffee, Golf, Let’s Eat Out, Mahjong, Monthly Movies, Quilting; Crafts and Walking as well as a varied programme of outings and special events. Contact this friendly group and come along to a few events to get a feel for what is on offer. Those connected with the Oil Gas Industry can take up Full membership, otherwise Associate membership is available. Membership is $45 per annum. For more information email: Kevina Stewart at (also see her article on “Where are they now?”)

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