Proud graduates from Phuket Rajabhat University together with PIWC members.
Prospective scholarship recipients from Phuket Wittayalai School
Pround student during the 2009 award presentation ceremony
The very reserved ladies of the PIWC working hard at fundraising! The theme, "20 Years and Still Rocking...Let's Party"

“Dear Sponsors and Friends of PIWC,

Our new year at The PIWC starts in April. Last year was very productive, both in terms of fund raising and tightening up our administration and I am glad to report that we are able to take on a further 53 students this year, bringing our total to date up to 625. The job of identifying and interviewing suitable candidates has now been completed, always a difficult job for the scholarship committee as there are always more applicants than we can take on. All are deserving and the choice is very difficult.

Without your generous donations we could not do nearly as much. I would like to thank all of you who have made individual donations, those who have asked for donations to be made in lieu of birthday or anniversary gifts, all those who at our annual fund raising events “Stood up to be counted”. Also deserving of mention is the hard working committee of the annual “Layan Masters” and “Layan International” golf challenges and the sponsors they brought on board with them, Julius Baer, together with members who have supported us through our lunches, raffles, book sales etc. and the hard work of all the committee members to get us to this point.

Earlier this year, at the end of the Thai academic year, we were very proud and happy to be invited to the graduation ceremonies of some of our scholarship students from both Phuket Rajabhat University and Phuket Vocational College. I am sure you will join with me in wishing them the best of luck in the future. I think we have helped arm them with an education to make their way in the world and improve their lives.

We are now making preparations for the annual scholarship presentation, which will take place at Satree Phuket School on Wednesday 25th August. We hope that some of you will be able to attend and present the awards personally to the students you are supporting. If you are able to attend, please let us know by e-mail.

RSVP: or Tel: 0872776948.

We ask that you arrive by 1.30 for a 2 pm start. The students from all Phuket schools and colleges, as many as possible from out of town colleges, sponsors, media, guests and members of the PIWC will be present.

As one cycle comes to an end with the 2010 students nominated, the fund raising committee are already working on ways to raise more for net year’s intake. This will take the form of our annual party which will have the theme “One Night In Rio” to take place at the Hilton Arcadia Hotel on 13th November. Again we hope to see many of you there. We have been able to nominate 5 students from the 2009 “Stand up and be counted” in addition to the 4 from the year before, well done all of you.

The PIWC is not only about scholarships, it is about friendship, fun and expanding our own horizons, learning more about the culture and languages of a new environment. Making newcomers welcome, and I think we have succeeded in our objectives. None of this, nor the scholarship programme would have been possible without the members’ tireless work and input. Last year we celebrated our 20th anniversary so we must be doing something right.

Thank you all for helping us with this and for helping so many young people to a better life.

With our warmest regards and appreciation,

Wipa Tanmanatragul,

A taster of this year's event "One Night in Rio"

Bank Name: Siam Commercial Bank PLC.
Branch: Chaofa Road, PHUKET
Account Number: 633-2-35187-2
Address: 46/2 , Chaofa Road, T. Talad-nua, A. Muang, PHUKET 83000
Account Name: Wipa Tanmanatragul, Linda Cumming, Jirapa Eawsakul
Fax deposit slip to: +66 (0)76 384065

There are many more photos available on our website posted this to spread all the goodness around and show our moral support to Phuket International Women’s Club and other good doers. If you are planning and doing something good for people, we are here to help spread the words.

Add personal touch to any space with wall art you create yourself. Stencils make wall painting a fun experience with just a few items required.

Things you will need:

  • Pencil
  • Masking tape or adhesive spray
  • Paints
  • Stencils
  • Plate or cup for paint
  • Cardboard
  • Level
  • Stencil brushes, sponge, cotton ball, cloth etc.

Step by step:

1.    Prepare your wall. Make sure the surface is clean: no holes, dents or dust. You may need to paint an initial coat on your wall.
2.    Plan out your design. This can be done roughly in your head for a simple stencil. But if it’s likely to be more complicated, use the pencil to draw, mark and flow design. (Don’t worry about the stencils if you are not an artist by birth. You will find so many free stencils available to download on the internet.)
3.    Use masking tape or adhesive spray to securely position the stencil. Remember to start at the corner or edge of wall.
4.    It’s time to paint now. Use a clean dry stencil brush, take a little but ample paint on the end of the brush, remove excess paint with a piece of cardboard, and then simply tap your brush on the stencil opening. Continue until all the cut parts are covered. Try using other materials such as a cotton ball, sponge, cloth etc. for a different look they’ll give.
5.    Dab each colour to complete the design. Move and repeat your stenciled pattern to the desired surface area.
6.    Carefully remove the stencil as soon as you’ve finished painting.

Learning to live well with others

Some experiences take a long time but cannot be longer in the memories that the time they took. Other experiences, though taking little time, impress so much that they can cause great changes after.

My weekend retreat experience with Dr. Allan Wallace was in the second category.

Rather than spend my weekend hanging out or logging in to Facebook and poke my nose into friends’ walls as usual, I used one weekend to participate in “Four Immeasurables Weekend Retreat” at Phuket International Academy Mind Centre. It was a good feeling and the best time for learning to be true with myself and learning a way to live well with others.

The retreat was conducted in the specifically designed meditation hall during 18 – 20 June 2010. Ordained as a Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama and living as a fully ordained monk for 12 years, Dr. Allan Wallace showed up at the evening of the first day and began his teaching telling us how the 2 day retreat was going to look like and pointing out the universality and opening of Buddha’s dharma. We went through the story of Kalama Sutta (The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry) that encourages people to not passively accept anything easily but, rather, constantly question and personally test to identify those truths. Buddha did not impose anyone to believe him and likewise I was required to practice enlightenment myself.

The major topic of the retreat: The “Four Immeasurables”, was about loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and impartiality:

Loving Kindness is unconditional love without attachment. By the mediation practice, this love was cultivated towards ourselves then our loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings.

Compassion is wanting others to be free from suffering without discrimination. It happens when you feel sorry for someone and really want to help. It is more than pity; it is taking action. Compassion helps uplift one’s mind to the thought that all sentient beings are the same. There is no ‘me’ and ‘others’ that will lead to heatedness or heated arguments.

Empathetic Joy is being happy with someone’s fortune or happiness. It refers to the potential of bliss and happiness of all sentient beings. There will be no jealousy when we see people’s achievements. It is an unselfish and very positive mental attitude which is beneficial for oneself and others.

Impartiality is not to distinguish between friends, enemies or strangers, but regards every sentient being as equal, with a true understanding regarding the principle of impermanence, the principle of not-self, and the reality of existence. One will not be happy or make it worse when others are suffering or are in trouble. We should also help prevent one from doing negative actions.

Imagine when you are in Shamatha, not focusing of sense of being, but in stability and clarity of the aspiration of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy, & Impartiality, and then you are less self-centred and take in equally the joys and sorrows of all people, friends, loved ones, relatives, and those who we never met. When we keep in mind that we can all suffer under the same condition; it is the uncertainty, the nature no one can deny. Are we going to hurt others?  Why don’t we just reach out our hand to help them up? What can bring us more pleasure when we see others’ happiness?

The teachings went along with guided meditations, and discussions regardless of whether we hold beliefs to any religion, regardless of whether there will be a next life. It is peace and happiness Dr. Alan said and we felt at that moment, a genuine happiness that is deeper and lasts longer than hedonic pleasure. Every person can also explore and experience more too.

Phuket International Academy Mind Centre will host two other retreats this year. One is a six-week training programme for instructors & those interested in “Cultivating Emotional Balance” on Jul 18 – Aug 24. Another is an eight-week residential retreat focused on the practice of “Shamatha” and the “Four Immeasurables” on Sep 16 – Nov 11. For more information, please look at the Mind Center section in Phuket International Academy website