Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Gift Voucher Idea!

Great gift idea from Dany. We all know how hard it can be to find the right present for that someone special.

Here is the answer!

Contact Dany for more details

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kid's Holiday Parties and Workshops

Events organised by Island Thais & Expats.

A series of parties & workshops in December.

Fundraising right now, includes a goal of 350 kid's gifts @ value of 200 Baht / gift

Just contact Jo or Lorraine if you would like to join us in helping to support this amazing series of events

Working Together for a Greener Samui

Please send Shelley any news you have for events...

Please forward to her in good time - anything she can add to her event calendar

She will include everything that has to do with networking people to create or support a clean and green Samui, that have to do with environment, charity, fundraising.

We want to support and reflect a clean and green Samui for visitors and residents alike…

Please send Shelley news so that she can add it to our calendar.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Specials at The Pier Koh Samui

Here are some specials for October.

You can see all the details of the regular menu and some pictures of ‘The Pier’ on

We will have a TAPAS night on THURSDAY the 15th of October. Please reserve in advance so we can keep a table for you and your friends! We will send you a reminder!

The Pier is a perfect venue for lunch and dinner and if you need to organize a private party, just let us know. We can cater for up to 70 persons.

For reservations, information or a special request you can always contact us on 081 370 77 16 or 077 430 681-2

NO more trouble with parking as just 100m from the restaurant there is a big car park where our guests can park free, just get your coupon stamped at ‘The Pier.’ The boy will then pay your 50 bht back.

We hope to see you again soon for some lunch, dinner or just a drink!

Bon appétit,

The Pier team

This month’s specials


Mediterranean Jumbo prawn on a bed of salad

Green asparagus & egg mimosa with smoked salmon

Pumpkin soup with crab meat

Main courses

Pasta with baby scallops, preserved lemon and creamy vodka sauce

Chicken breast with a blue cheese cream sauce

Pad kapraow gai – Chicken with holy basil

Thank You Message from Claudio ( Rotary President)

Dear All,
once more thank you so muh for your help to support the Respirator project.

At the moment I am on the way back from Cambodia and in a couple of days I will be able to release all the photographs in my possession for the press release on the Second Hand Sale day, so successfull for the hard work of the WBN and all the Rotarians and friends of Rotary which has been there!

GIFT DRIVE and 'kids party' poster‏


we are thrilled to support Samui Ex-Pats Christmas project. This is an e-mail from Linda 1st October......

We just learned AIS is generously sponsoring a 15,000 baht donation of purchased new books – thank you! They are also helping with small gifts and with staff volunteer help at the parties. The book donation is wonderful as very few books in the new library, especially at Wat Boon Tarik (WBT).

The next stage is the donating of children’s gifts and funds to purchase gifts. This is critically important as we must receive, collect and organise donations/gifts to cover wrapped gifts, by age group and gender, for 350 students!

We will soon initiate the major ‘Kids Party’ GIFT DONATION DRIVE. The first step is to request each of you to post, and distribute through your own lists, the attached poster requesting children’s gift donations (or cash donation to purchase gifts). All the information, including instructions for ‘gift donations’ and guidelines with ‘drop off points’ for ‘kids party’ donations is noted on the attached poster.

Thank you for your early help in this big project - please contact me with suggestions/ questions.

Most cordially,




Mobile: 081 894 5323

Monday, September 28, 2009

Motorbike Safety


living here on Koh Samui for any length of time make us so aware of how dangerous the roads here can be!

We support the wearing of helmets whilst riding motorbikes....enjoy, take care

Fun Social Network Koh Samui

This looks like a really fun social network for us Samui girls, have a peek..

Samui Mala Recycled Retail

I am so pleased to be able to say that due to everyone's amazing efforts for making the Secondhand Sale happen, we managed to raise an unbelievable
45,330THB towards the Rotary 2009 / 2010 Nathon Hospital Resuscitator Appeal!!!!!!

It was a fantastic effort...the Women's Business Network and the Rotary Club of Koh Samui would like send you all a huge THANK YOU!! Without your help this great event could not have happened or have been so successful!

Once again, thank you, your help was truly appreciated!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mala Fund Day and 2nd Hand Sale 26th Sept

Fun Day!

Samui Mala Family Day + Second Hand Goods Sale

Saturday September 26th 2009 2pm to 6.30pm at Bluewater School

Event- Children’s Fun Day + Fundraiser Mission – Raise $$$ for new respirator - Nathon Hospital

Second Hand Goods Sale

Drop your unwanted Clothes, Books, Ornaments, Toys, Household items etc at any of the following Drop Off Points …. Before 23rd September 2009.

· Absolute Sanctuary – Choeng Mon
· Shambala – Bang Rak
· Poppies - Chaweng
· Adele - Lamai/ Namuang/ Nathon – 089 725 6795
· The Pier – Fisherman’s Village - 081 370 77 16
· Tamarind Springs – Lamai
· Jo - The south of the island! 087 385 1663,
· Tourist Police Office – Samui Town Centre
· Lorraine - Maenam/ Bang Por/ Bophut - 089 047 6348
· Buy and Sell/ Samui Magic Office - Next to the reception of Samui Pier Resort – Bang Rak
· IBIS – Bophut
· Delma Resort – Taling Ngam – 081 954 6684

Welcome volunteers- Can you help on the day? Call Lorraine 089 047 6348

For Full Details http://women-business-network

Committed to support The Rotary Club of Koh Samui 2009 Fund raising project - 1m Baht for a new respirator

Yum! Absolute Sanctuary Cooking Demonstration

This looks too good to miss!

29th Sept 2009, 3 to 5pm
Join Consultant Chef Lisa & Exec Chef Ning as they demonstrate how to make a fab range of healthy dishes from The Love Kitchen.
Call 077 601 109 or e-mail for more information or to book a spot

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Samui Mala Family Day 26th September- UPDATE

Samui Mala Family Day – Saturday September 26th 2009 - Bluewater School

The Rotary Club of Koh Samui and the Women’s Business Network are working with Samui Mala to hold a mammoth "SECOND HAND GOODS SALE”.

The Women's Business Network (WBN) is supporting Rotary's 2009 project which is to purchase a new respirator for Nathon Hospital. The hospital only has one respirator, which sadly is in permanent use by a young male patient. The cost of a new one is Bt. 1,000,000. WBN plans to hold a "SECOND HAND GOODS SALE" in conjunction with the Samui Mala Family Day.

The sale will be held at Bluewater School on Saturday, 26th September – 2.00pm to 6.30pm.

To help us make this event a success, please pass this message on to your friends, family, work colleagues and neighbors, the more people that know… the more money we can raise.

We will need plenty of second hand goods to sell on the day, to make a impressive dent in that 1,000,000 THB target.

Clothes, Books, Ornaments, Toys, Household items…in fact anything that is easy to transport, we can sell!

“Drop Off Points’, where you can leave your donations:

Absolute Sanctuary - Choeng Mon

Shambala - Bang Rak

Poppies _ Chaweng Beach Road

Adele - Lamai/ Namuang/ Nathon

The Pier – Fisherman’s Village - Please call 081 370 77 16

Jo - The south of the island! - Please call 087 385 1663

Lorraine - Maenam/ Bang Por/ Bophut and any the bits in the middle! - Please call 089 047 6348

The Samui Mala needs volunteers for all sort of activities on the day, please do let me know if you can help out, all offers of help will be gratefully received! If you can assist, please contact Lorraine on or call me on 089 047 6348.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Discounts at Beach Republic Koh Samui

We offer 15% discount off all Food, Beverage & Spa to your network members.

We can also offer 15% off our villa and apartment nightly rates for them or any of their friends or family that they book in.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Second Hand Goods Sale 26-9-09

The Women's Business Network (WBN) is supporting the Rotary Club's project which is to purchase a new respirator for Nathon Hospital. The hospital only has one respirator, which sadly is in permanent use by a young male patient. The cost of a new one is Bt. 1,000,000.

WBN plans to hold a "SECOND HAND GOODS SALE" in conjunction with the Mala Family Day.

The sale will be held at Bluewater School on Saturday, 26th September - time to be confirmed.
Can you help?

Collection points are needed for the second hand goods

Items required to sell

Can you volunteer a few hours of your time on the day?

If you can assist, please contact Lorraine on <> or 089 047 6348.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Discounts at Yoga Thailand Koh Samui

"We offer 10% discount on our wellness services to Samui residents.

This covers all our treatments and detox programs.

More details coming on by end of the August

Proof of residence like bank book, work permit, or non immigrant visa is fine"

Discounts at Seaview Paradise Villas Koh Samui

" I would be happy to give Samui Residents a 35% discount on any of our Villas on a last minute booking basis (booked two weeks or less before arrival date).

Here's the details for our Seaview Paradise Villas..* Samui Resident Discount...BOOKED TWO WEEKS OR LESS BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE.*^*

Contact...Gary Squires...Owner telephone...081-956-2184"

Discounts at The Pier Restaurant Koh Samui

"We offer 20% discount on food and beverage to all residents. open for lunch from 11AM and dinner and drinks till late"

Discounts at Impiana Samui Resort and Spa

"We are pleased to offer the following privileges at Impiana Samui Resort & Spa:

50% discount at the Swasana Spa on all treatments and massages(a la carte menu)

An all day, all night happy hours (Buy 1 get 1 free on all beers and cocktails) at Tamarind Restaurant, from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Discounts are applicable to all"


Discounts at Auberge for Samui Residents

Catherine has 3 offers for us!

From 21st Sept she is offering a 20% discount card to Samui Residents for her two bars in Lamai, The Greenhouse Garden Bar and The One on the Corner Bar. If people would like a discount card then they can contact Catherine at this e-mail

Please check the website,, where information will be posted from 21st Sept onwards.

Catherine is also offering discount rates on Budget accommodation for anyone who may have relations/guests whom they are unable to accommodate in their own homes. This would be on an application basis only as it will depend on season etc.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Discounts for Residents Magnolia Spa's Amazing VIP Card

Please find attached a sample of our Local VIP card.

We are giving a special 15% discount + every 5 treatments 1 hour Oil / Thai / Foot massage free.

The card is fully transferable, that means that Residents can “loan” it to friends & visitors to collect stamps, the visitor will enjoy the discount and the resident can enjoy the FREE treatment.

Upon arriving the first time we will give a onetime special 25% and a present, for the local resident and will hand the card for future use.

All the above apply from today to Residents that hold VIP card already as well.

Note: upon finishing a card, a new one is given.

We believe in our local residents Samui friends, we love to see them enjoy our unique treatments.

Best Regards, Erez Erez Levanon
Magnolia Spa

Tour Operator & Travel Agency:
Global Look Ltd.
Mobile: +66-81-979-1964Fax: +66-77-425578

Friday, August 14, 2009

Discounts for Samui island residents

WBN is compiling a list of businesses that are offering discounts to Samui island residents.

Please let me know if you are running any such offer & I will c/c out to Women’s Business Network (WBN) mailing list

Plus will keep data updated on an ongoing basis

If you have such an offer & would like me to include it, please let me have full details of the discount plus a contact or a web link for your business

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any link to the WBN; it is just so amazing to have these offers available

Finally, i would really appreciate it if you would forward the message to any of your contacts who may want to participate?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Genevieve Bikini and Beachwear Special Announcement

Hi dear friends,

I just got back from Europe and brought new Bikini's&Beachwear which I would like to present to you.Also there will be lots of bargains in clothes & shoes.Patty will also join and present her beautiful leather goods,clothes ,handbags ,watches etc....There will be a variety in jewelry as well.

Please be welcome on Thursday 13,Friday 14,Saturday 15 august from 1 till 7 pm@ Plai Leam,for more information please contact 081 892 6104

Forward this to your friends and bring them along,Hope to see you one of these days,greetz,Geneviève

PS, If you cannot make it on one of these days,you can always call for an appointment

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Welcome to Samui Mala Festival 2009

Yes, Samui Global Mala has grown up, moved home and changed names.

Welcome to Samui Mala Festival 2009!

I’d like to quote Yann Arthus-Betrand talking about his latest film about the environment Home:

“It’s too late to be pessimistic. Far too late. We are all part of the solution”.

That’s the spirit of this year’s Samui Mala – let’s do what is possible instead of hiding behind our pessimism, our conspiracy theories or our despair. Let this festival be an expression of hope and optimism – it’s going to be a multi-day, multi-venue event with activities and events like Mala beads linking us together in our vision for a green and clean Samui.

The website is still growing but we have activities from September 19 to the final party on September 27. I’ve put in an update below as the site is slower than me… :) I’m very excited how things are panning out so far… the idea to move the mala to appropriate and diverse venues was inspired – the energy is really flowing.

So what’s in it for you?

You have to come and join us to find out:

‘Gorilla marketing’ work day: Thursday 13th August – yes this week!!!

The Samui Film festival this weekend (14-16 August) is supported by the Samui Mala and visa versa – so we are preparing some hand made brochures from recycled card to hand out. We need you to drop by June’s café at the Samui Town Centre any time from 10am to late to help paint the cards.

Plus it’s a nice place to hang out, catch up and have a great meal!

Please support the Samui Film Festival – there are three nights of great movies.

Film festival prize judge: If anyone thinks they are qualified to be a judge on the festival panel please contact me – you will have to see every film. :) The Samui Mala will award a prize (we will plant a tree for the winner).

If you’d like to be a volunteer for the mala and join in organizing or contributing to any of the events for the mala, please let me know so I can put you on the mailing list for a meeting next week.

See you Thursday?

Website development: We would love some help with the website – we want to make it more collaborative and interactive.

We’d like to make a website that lives beyond the event to support our supporters, and to reflect an alternate, fun Samui with interactive, interesting and up to date information.

Anybody out there want to work with us on this? Let me know and we can schedule a time.

Call me anytime: Shelley 0818921180

Summary of Mala events planned so far:

Pre-Mala events

August 14-16 the Samui Film Festival 2009 at Imperial Boat House will focus on environmental education in a fun atmosphere including food, music and community.

September 6-16: A 10 day permaculture course allows participants to collaborate, design and implement these ideas on a site that will be shared with the community during the Samui Mala week.

September 19
Racing for a greener Samui: Just before the Samui Mala, the island is hosting the Koh Samui Trophy, an adventure race including cycling, running, kayaking and swimming. The race while not under the auspices of the Samui Mala, fires the perfect starter’s pistol for a week of pursuing the healthy life, whether personal, or environmental. We will be promoting the Mala at the Ibis for the registration. See

The organizers have taken pity on Samui and will also put on a beach race of 3, 5 and 9 kilometres for us locals.

September 19 and 20
Racing to unwind: As an antidote to such extreme activity, and as part of the Mala celebrations, local independent and hotel Samui spas are offering an Xtreme Spa promotion weekend for visitors to Samui, for the spouses and friends of the adventure race attendees, and for any ‘survivors’ of the adventure race.

September 20

THA sport day: an inter-hotel sport day is being planned to compete, enjoy a relaxing picnic, raise funds and humiliate the bosses.

Monday, September 21
Yoga and peace day on the UN day of peace. Yoga Thailand ( will host the yoga program as a "Day of Peace Retreat". This will include guided ashtanga yoga, guided Pranayama basics plus a talk, as well as a discussion on fasting, healing & peace. The day will close with a sunset chant/ meditation on the beach at sunset. A donation for admission will go towards Yoga Thailand’s Centered Foundation charity project (renovating temples and schools in Samui).

Tuesday, Wednesday: We are still networking and inspiring others to take on these days:

There are discussions about a shopping/OTOP/Food walking street in the middle road of Nathon. We are hoping for a ‘green day’ – either a permaculture blitz or a gardening expo. Watch this space! Other ideas are films, garage sale to raise money and encourage ‘retail recycling’. So if you have a bright idea and want to ‘Carpe Diem’ – just be in touch :)

Thursday, September 24

GIDOA (Green Island Dive Operators Association) will host a “Blue Day” to focus on the beach and sea and environmental educational seminars at Kandaburi Resort & Spa. The association is especially preparing a Power Point presentation for educational use in the future which it will show for the first time on this day, and will offer Snorkel and Discover Scuba Lessons/Sessions for children.

Friday, September 25
Healing Forum at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa will focus on holistic approaches to health of body, mind, spirit and the environment. The day will be titled “Healing ourselves, healing our world. A conversation among friends”. The magnificent Yantra hall at this premier wellness retreat is a superb venue to explore Samui’s role as a healing island, and the relationship between personal and environmental health. Pioneers in the islands health and spiritual history will join and invite anyone interested in the healing arts to participate. The day will also include a taste of healthy foods and drinks from Kamalaya's award winning kitchen. A guided walk with the resort’s architect, an art exhibition for local artists and uplifting and enjoyable entertainment will be another attraction on the day.

Saturday, September 26
Green Kids Day at Blue Water School will focus on environmental education through fun. Children from all communities on the island will spend the day together enjoying activities, films, competitions, song and dance and a chance to become the stewards of the environment they will inherit.

Saturday, September 26
Samui Jazz goes Mala! The Samui Jazz is on the brink of agreeing to support the Samui Mala with co-promotion, and bring share some artists with us. Watch this space!

Sunday, September 27
Samui Mala celebration
Following the success of the last two years’ Samui Mala Celebration the closing party in the beautiful grounds of Tamarind Springs will be a fabulous opportunity to celebrate, wrap up and network. A great showcase of the world-class musical talent of Samui’s performers and a chance for everyone to party the night away.

Monday, August 3, 2009

August Meeting Date

Diary date for you!

Date: Thursday 13th August

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

Location:ibis hotel

* New ladies always welcome, with friends.

* Please bring any promo' literature that you have for your business

* It is always helpful to know if you can make it, please RSVP, thanks

* Pleased to confirm that the ibis hotel will be our permanent meeting location, there is a 200 Baht person charge to cover refreshments. The room is being very generously provided free of charge on an ongoing basis. Our huge thanks to our friends there who are so supportive of our network, Suleeporn Pinpet the Operations Manager, & Michelle Suwannasri the Sales Leader.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Good Luck to Nicky, Creature Comfort Samui!

"When you need to be away from home for a while, finding the right person to take care of your beloved pet is not a decision taken lightly.

Whether on a Visa run, holiday, business trip, or simply working long hours, Creature Comfort Samui can help ensure the wellbeing of your pets in the comfort of their own home.

For some dog owners, boarding kennels provide the ideal solution for them and their animal whilst they are away. For others the thought of taking their pets away from their comfort zone and putting them in a strange environment, surrounded by other animals, is not the preferred option".... read more on the website below

Monday, July 13, 2009

Online Magazine

Lorraine has found this pretty cool online magazine with a lot of reading in it
why not take a look!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Global Mala, Kid's Day September 2009

Global Mala Help With Kids Day

We are pleased to support Shelley regarding Global Mala. Any feedback directly to

Jessica: 0898672418
Shelley: 0818921180

As part of this year’s mala festival in late September, the Samui Mala will be holding a Green Kids Day on September 26 which will focus on environmental education and activities and using fun as a way of teaching about sustainability and change.

Blue Water school has kindly offered to host the children’s day on their campus, but the actual day will be organized by Mala volunteers.
Activities will also include kids from other schools on the island.
The day’s activities will be held from around 10.30am – 3.30pm
Activities will include things like:
Seed planting
Tae Kwando
Manora demonstration with class
Paper mache
Bag painting
Recycled art work – to produce an installation
Wall painting
Plastic Fantastic (drums)
Film show
Treasure hunt
June’s tree

We need your help. If you are interested in making this a successful and fun day to inspire, teach and share, we would love you to join us!

Jessica (who organized last year’s entertainment programme at the mala) and Tash have volunteered to organize the day but we need support for them:

Are you interested to help with the overall logistic coordination of the day?
Please join us for a meeting on Friday 10th July at 4pm at June’s café.
Or can you set up a station and supervise an activity?
If you have ideas on what to do, that’s great, or if you want to support someone else’s activity, you are welcome too.

If you can’t make the meeting, but still want to be a volunteer on the day, or support an activity, let me or Jessica know and we can contact you directly.

If you know someone else who would be interested to join the party, please pass this on to them, or have them call one of us

July Meeting at Baan Taling Ngam Resort and Spa

Thanks to Nigel Tovey, GM of Baan Taling Ngam Resort & his wonderful team for hosting us with style

Catherine, owner of Auberge, Lamai, “The Small Oasis” Bungalows in a great location for under 1000 Baht / night,
Tel 07742 4112

Jo Reynolds
Lorraine Clark

Sunday, July 5, 2009

NEWSFLASH October Samui Business Networking Event

Samui Business Networking Event

Organised by the Koh Samui WBN (Women’s Business Network).

* The 1st event of its type on Samui.

* Target: All small / medium sized business owners, business people, male and female!

* Emphasis on drawing Thai business people into the event, marketing & publicity all to be duplicated in Thai

* Open to public

* Keep all costs very low, charge exhibitors & visitors minimal amount, all profit to go to WBN From Education to Employment programme

* Have local Mayor and VIP dignitaries for opening ceremony

Date: Saturday October 10th

Time: 2pm to 5pm (Need access to set up from 12 noon on the day)

Event Day: to have structure

Annual Event: This year Samui, next year work on inviting people to exhibit from across Thailand

July Meeting

Hello, we are delighted to see you if you can make it to this month's Women's Business Network Meeting

Thursday 9th July

6pm to 7.30pm at Baan Taling Ngam Resort & Spa,

To find location click on the hotel link below, there is a great Google map on their website

Our "blog" is like our own mini website, so if you can please take a look, & follow us?

We welcome visitors

July Meeting 9th 6pm to 7


Monday, June 15, 2009

June meetings notes & action points

Main points covered:

Action plan for From Education to Employment. Ladies are tasked with starting the process for this project. Full details & update @ July meeting

If you have a suggestion for a better name PLEASE let us know!

We are going to create a Business Expo on Samui, open to men & women to generate interest in their businesses. Try for October 2009. Jo & Sai to lead a task squad. More details, action plan will be discussed July meeting. If you have ideas, or want to be part of this, just Jo know

Any other business & snippets

Lorraine is looking for volunteer English teachers to spend a little time at some of the Thai schools on the island. the commitment can be as big or small as you have time for. Contact Lorraine

Please bring your business cards, any supporting marketing material to all meetings

Jo needs brief job titles/ work descriptions for all ladies so that we can build a useful member's database of professions & skills, to share. Please consider & bring to July meeting, or e-mail Jo

We need ideas for speakers?

Next meeting: 2nd Thursday in July -9th at Ban Taling Ngam Hotel & Spa, south of the island
time-6pm to 7.30pm

Lorraine Clark using the e-mail address:

Ladies present;
Lorraine Clark, 089 047 6348
Jo Reynolds, 087 385 1663
Sue, 01978 0771
Phillipa 01978 0771
Beate Jueugst 081 6910 128
Danielle Crawley
Karen Bunyaratavej 081 822 1345
Jae (Khemjira Kulkham) 0848 473 330
Giselle Lewis 087 266 6207
Sai Pong-Osoth
Nim 0897 242 843

June Meeting at the Library Koh Samui

It doesn't get smarter than this! What an amazing venue for our monthly meeting!

Not only the happening dinner spot on Koh Samui, but transformed into the coolest place to have a networking meeting

GM @ The Library Koh Samui, Jirapa Akkaraj, generously hosted us

We were treated royally by Jirapa's team, F & B Director "A", & the charming Supharat Sangkhao, Executive Assistant, who took care of our needs -tel 077 422 767-8

If you are planning something very special why not try The Library, we can't recomend it enough

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Samui’s first charity school for children

Samui Learning Centre for Special Educational Needs

By attending this event you are supporting Samui’s first charity school for children with Special Educational Needs.

Thank you for helping these children realize their potential.

Emma Dyas

Tel; 077419104
Mobile 0810910714

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

June WBN meeting

Date: Thursday June 11th

Venue: The Library, Chaweng

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

Light refreshments

No fee

All business minded ladies very welcome

Welcome between 6pm to 6.15pm then introductions

Agenda will include our project: Employment to Education, next steps

Want 10 minutes to speak about your project? Let Jo know & we can build into agenda

Have something for Any Other Business, again let Jo know & we will build in time for that

Any Other Business

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bikini & Beachwear Fashion Show

Sunday 17th May 6.30pm

WBN ladies invited to show @ Karma Resort

Designs are by Genevieve Dejaeghere

Have Fun!

Meeting at San Remo Lounge 14th May 2009

Present at the Meeting The San Remo Lounge in Chaweng 14-5-09

Jo Reynolds (+66) 087 315 1663
Lorraine Clark (+66) 089 047 6348
Natalie Hughes
Heather Fay
Marion Siepe
Beate (+66) 08 16 91 0128
Genevieve Dejaeghere (+66) 081 892 6104

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Free ads at C Holiday

Thanks to Rico, Glenn & Ingmar at C Holiday for continuing to support the local community

Our friends at C Holiday magazine have a free classified ad section! yes FREE
Contact them if you have something to sell

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Interesting & Useful Websites

Business networking site

Making the most of online advertising

Pacific Asia Travel Association

Plenty of advice and tips for entrepreneurs ( has special section for women entrepreneurs)

Up to the minute news reporting

Tips on Branding/ Marketing/ Networking

Overseas Property Professional - Good online magazine

Real Estate Social Networking Community

Social networking site

Social networking site

UK based site, full of very useful info and business directory

List of recommended sites, particularly aimed at women and the internet

Plenty of tips and advice on most everthing

May Meeting: Thursday 14th

Dear ladies,
You are warmly invited to the next meeting of (Koh Samui) Women's Business Network

Thursday 14th May Time 6pm to 7.30pm

Location: San Remo Lounge Chaweng ( this is directly opposite Christies Cabaret on the Chaweng main strip- I will send a map with next e-mail reminder)

Hosts: the lovely Tino & Nadine have offered to host us, there will be light, delicious snacks, we pay for our drinks

Please actively promote your business & meet other ladies No fee Please feel free to bring friends, colleagues with you, All business minded ladies welcome, to enjoy the informal meeting

It would be a great help if you would let me have your confirmation by return so that we can ensure Tino & Nadine have numbers for the catering

Hope that we see you there!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Free Business Websites

Here are some (mostly?) free business tools / websites

Dimdim: open-source web conferencing application; free basic service
I Want Sandy: keeps track of daily details
Jott: voice-to-text service for creating notes, lists, e-mails and text messages; free basic service
Oovoo: video messaging, chatting and conferencing
Paltalk: group IM, chat and video call application
Plugoo: direct chatting with any blog or site visitor
YouSendIt: send files up to 2GB; free basic service

Adrive: 50GB of online storage and backup for all file types; free basic service
JZip: data compression utility
Mozy: 2GB of online, data and remote backup solutions; free basic service

BizEquity: company valuations
Mint: personal finance, money management, budget planning and financial planning software
MyBizHomepage: financial dashboard for small business QuickBooks users
QuickBooks: small-business accounting software; free download (Simple Start 2008)
Wesabe: financial advice, analysis and planning

Audacity: open-source software for cross-platform audio recording video blogging, podcasting and video sharing service; free basic service
BlogTalkRadio: radio network for users to host their own shows
DropShots: video hosting and photo sharing
FeedBurner: media distribution services for blogs and RSS feeds
Fix My Movie: video enhancement service; free basic service
Paint.NET: image and photo editing softwarePhixr: picture and photo editor
Seesmic: video conversation platform
SlideShare: share and embed slideshows, PowerPoints and PDFs into web pages
VideoSpin: video-editing software

Blogger: blog publishing tool
Craigslist: online classifieds and job postings network
CollectiveX: create social networking and collaboration sites for groups
Entrepreneur Connect: Entrepreneur's social networking site
LinkedIn: business social networking site
Pligg: open-source, community-centric site for discovering, rating and sharing content
PolicyMap: geographic and demographic information system for creating custom maps, tables and charts; free basic service
YouNoodle: networking for startups and valuation with Startup Predictor
Your Pitch Sucks?: PR pitch reviewing and advising

Office Productivity/Organizational
Adobe Buzzword: collaborative word processor application
CutePDF Writer: PDF creator; free basic service
Dabble DB: create, manage and share online databases; free basic service
Doodle: schedule and coordinate meetings and other appointments
FreshBooks: invoicing, time-tracking and expense service; free basic service
Google Calendar: shareable calendar and schedule organizer
Google Docs: collaborative word processor and spreadsheet applications open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets and moreStikkit: organization and reminder system that integrates with productivity applications
SurveyMonkey: create and publish custom online surveys; free basic service
ThinkFree Office: office productivity suite; free basic service
WuFoo: HTML form builder for creating interactive forms; free basic service
Zoho: office, productivity and collaboration applications

Project Management/Collaboration
LogMeIn: remotely support and access digital information; free basic service project management solution and updates
Project2Manage: collaborative project management solution
Remember the Milk: task management solution and to-do lists
Socialtext: wiki and website collaboration; free basic service
Team Task: collaborative project management and community website builder
Yugma: web meeting and collaboration service

Adeona: open-source laptop tracking and recovery software
BitDefender Online Scanner: virus scanners; free basic service
ZoneAlarm: firewall protection from hackers and threats; free basic service

Google Alerts: e-mail updates based on choice of query or topic
KickApps: platform of applications to integrate social features into a website
Microsoft Office Live Small Business: create a company website, domain and e-mail; free basic service
Synthasite: web hosting and building
Weebly: website and blog creator
Widgetbox: web widgets for various applications
Woopra: web tracking and analysis application; free basic service

please let us know if you use any of these? if they are useful? if you know of or use any better alternative business sites


Sunday, April 19, 2009

You could save a life!

This -mail has been sent to us from the Rotary Club of Koh Samui

You may remember that The Rotary Club of Koh Samui (ROCKS) appealed for help in 2007 to set up a Blood Donor Database. At that time there had been two emergencies on the island of Koh Samui , involving massive blood loss. In both cases, the victims were westerners with rare blood groups. The hospitals treating these emergencies did not have a stock of these rare blood groups and had to send out an appeal to Samui residents in the hope of finding a donor. Sadly, the first of the two victims succumbed to his injuries, but the second survived as a donor responded to the appeal in time.

The appeal resulted in a Database of over 35 names and contact details, with many of the participants having rare negative type blood groups. Within a few months, the database was called into use 3 times, saving those lives.
Since that time, participants of the database have moved away from Koh Samui, and other expatriates have joined the community. A recent blood emergency has brought home to us the need to update this valuable resource. So we are asking for you help again!

Ø If your name is on our list already, and you are happy to leave it there, there is no need to respond.
Ø If you know of someone who is on the list and has moved away from Koh Samui, please let us know.
Ø Those of you who wish to join with this vital project and have not done so already, please contact Adele @ ROCKS for a questionnaire and return it to
Ø If you do not know your blood type, ROCKS plans to hold a Blood Testing Day in conjunction with Thai International Hospital on 16th March between 1000 and 1500.

Please note that names and contact details will be stored in confidence by the hospitals of Koh Samui, and will not used for any other purpose other than an emergency appeal.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Blood Data Bank

Please take the time to support the blood bank data, by heading to the Thai Inter Hospital on Saturday 16th May between 10am & 3pm.

Beach clean up! April 25th

Invitation from WBN lady, Marion Siepe, to join together

April 25th 8.30am Seatran Ferry Pier - BANGRAK

Be prepared, take plastic bags / rubber gloves

Let's join Marion in helping to make Samui a cleaner place to enjoy!

any questions either call or e-mail Marion directly- 0800 415004

Meeting at Ibis Hotel April 2009

Thanks to Michelle Suwannasri & the lovely team at the Ibis Hotel for hosting our network meeting!
Michelle has generously offered special rates for WBN ladies-so don't forget to call her!

We had a fabulous private function room & great snacks!
Sales LeaderIbis Samui
mail :
Roz Thomson and Emma Dyas of Samui Centre of Learning came along to speak about their new NPO, Samui Learning Centre for Special Educational Needs and the forthcoming fund raising events they are organising in benefit of the new school.

WBN are honoured to link & support the ladies however we are able to, with their incredible project

This is the information that Roz & Emma discussed with us:

In September this year our mainstream school, Samui Centre of Learning will be moving to new purpose built premises. Our current location will then be re-opened as a centre for children on Samui with special educational needs. Our aim for the centre is provide a place that can help learners with special needs achieve the greatest possible personal self-sufficiency and success in school and the community. There is currently very little help or support for these children and their families on Samui and with this in mind we are now in the process of setting up a non-profit organization, so that any family regardless of financial background or social standing can have access to the education and care that every child deserves.
Our charity, which will be called the Samui Learning Centre for Special Educational Needs, will be opened with the support of both the National Association for people with Autism and The Khun Poom Foundation. We have secured free training for specialist teachers and are in talks with health care professionals to put together a team who will take into consideration every aspect of the children’s well being. In addition to the support of the two above mentioned foundations we also have the support of the local government in particular Khun Pong, Samui’s Deputy Major and they have pledged 150,000THB for the school in this year’s budget with the promise of more funding next year.
On the 16th of March this year the first phase of the school was opened; a social group within the current school location where the parents and children can meet each day, use the school resources and facilities and join in with the mainstream school for some activities such as reading with friends and assemblies. As founders of our international school and founders of our charitable school, there is a common link that prevails, providing the best possible education for every child. With our extensive background in working with children from all walks of life and varying needs, we are equipped with the knowledge to identify these needs and help in every way possible. As our international school has now been running for over 5 years, we feel that we have the trust of the local community and provide a stable example of our commitment to education.
When the centre for special needs is fully operational, the main aim between our two schools is to provide a program for inclusion and later a full scholarship to attend our mainstream school. The success of a program like this requires a visionary leadership of school administrators, an effective collaboration of everyone involved with students with special needs, a well-planned program and a consistent implementation of the program across time. Given appropriate intervention in early life, specialized education and structured support, a child can be helped to maximize their skills and achieve their full potential in a mainstream setting.
The support we have received so far has been amazing, however we strongly believe that if the centre is to be a success it must be sustainable for the long term, not something here today and gone tomorrow. We are now working on raising the funds that can help the centre achieve its goal of becoming a well resourced, permanent educational facility on Koh Samui.

Samui Centre of Learning is co-owned by Roz Thomson, Emma Dyas and Dr Julie Skinner.

Contact: Mobile 0810910714 Office 077419104



C holiday- April 09

Now we are on the map!

Thanks to Glenn & team at C holiday for featuring WBN

Meeting at New Star Resort Koh Samui March 2009

The Team at New Star Resort made us the happiest ladies on the island with their amazing, generous hospitality, friendly, caring staff, & considerate Management Team.

Our thanks to them!

Also thanks to Michael for the logo!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Meeting 12th March 2009 Venue confirmed

The meeting 12th March will be generously hosted by Khun Boom at New Star Resort

Please see all notes below from 6th March relating to the meeting.

Light refreshments

No fee

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Linkedin: Our Network is a group on Linkedin

Don't miss the chance to generate new contacts, links & business associates. Take a look at our Koh Samui Women's Business Network, now a formal group on Linkedin

Friday, March 6, 2009

1st Meeting to be held Thursday 12th March 2009

1st Meeting to be held Thursday 12th March 2009

Time: 5.30 pm to 7 pm

Venue: New Star Resort- Koh Samui

Guest speaker: Dorien Israel

Dorien is a resident of Koh Samui, & she is a well known life coach & spiritual counsellor, she also runs week long personal retreats.

Author of 2 books: Unbound & Tao Passages

for more information about Dorien & her inspirational work , checkout her website & blog

or contact her +66 8179 24112

For the meeting please bring:

* any promotional literature that you have for your business so that we can display in the room for the meeting- let us promote our own business!

* your business card - there will be a book for us to keep these in as an ongoing permanent record

* 2nd hand clothes, toys & books. We are collecting to sell to raise some funds. Miss Thailand is coming to Samui, 21st to 25th March, as part of the celebrations there will be a late afternoon street bazaar in Fisherman's Village on Sunday 22nd -we understand that the road is being closed. WBN will have an area to sell from. Nokie is the font of all knowledge & if you have any questions regarding the Miss Thailand event - event please contact her.

* A friend- if you have a woman friend who you think might enjoy our meetings, she would be very welcome please e-mail me if you have any questions

Pre-meeting held at Carpe Diem Koh Samui 23-2-2009

The pre-meeting to consider aims & objectives

Guest speaker: Mr Jeff Tucker -"How to network effectively"

Press Release: 6th March 2009

Koh Samui Women’s Business Network

Smile, & the World smiles with you!

Here on Koh Samui in the Land of Smiles, a community of International lady entrepreneurs are tackling their business challenges head on!

During the monthly Women’s Business Network meetings, they are positively encouraged to do business and create links locally & Internationally

The ladies also identify opportunities to mentor, support & empower disadvantaged women in the local community, appreciating that women business owners are innovators, job creators & providers of economic security.

If you are a business minded lady, living on Koh Samui, or, here on vacation why not join our next meeting. Held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, hosted at different beautiful locations. We welcome visitors

Contact us:
Jo Reynolds:
Mobile 087 385 1663

Lorraine Clark:
Mobile 089 047 6348