Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lao Language: Insects, Bugs, and Related Words

Lao language - insects, bugs and related words in Lao and English

Story to Share: Bugs Bite, Eat them!

Thinking about my trip to Laos years ago, I have to admit I have quite a few memories that involve insects and bugs.  With its largely untouched natural beauty, I suppose it's only natural that Laos would have such an abundance of bugs.  So here are my funny and weird memories involving insects in Laos, including eating, getting stung by and hit in the face by one of them.

Random insect memories from Laos, in brief.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Funny Lao Food Show - Tasty Map

Two clips from a Lao food show called "Tasty Map".  This is memorable mainly because the host is hilariously funny and goofy, along with their heavy endorsement of Knorr food products.  It's in Lao but has English subtitles as well.



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Oldest (Modern) Human Bones Found in Laos!

It's been reported that the oldest bones of modern humans has been discovered in Laos!  Click on the news links to read more on the recent discovery.


Lao Sports Songs

A couple of fun Lao sports songs to listen to.




25th SEA Games 2009 Opening Ceremony in Vientiane

We're still on a high from the Olympics!  It got us thinking about the SEA Games from 2009.  Just in case you missed it, here's the Opening Ceremony of the 2009 SEA Games.

Full video posted on Dailymotion.



Divided videos posted on Youtube.  Here's part 1.



Friday, August 24, 2012

Full Video of Miss Lao 2011

Preserving Luangprabang Architecture

Video from L’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) talks about Luangprabang architecture and its preservation.  Discusses traditional Lao homes, colonial buildings, water habitats, the night market and the role of Heritage House in advising and authorizing development and changes to the buildings in the town.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

What does LAO mean to you?

What does LAO mean to you?  Randomly, it came up in a conversation one day about what it meant to be Lao or more generally how to describe Laos.  Along the way, it got to alliterations of L.A.O. and L.A.O.S.  Here are a couple of alliterations I came up with.

Lao Word of the Day: Disgusting, Gross

Lao word of the day - disgusting, gross - written in Lao and English

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Free Lao Magazines Online

Found a handy website where you can upload magazines - called Issuu.com.  Luckily there are some people who have uploaded some interesting Lao related magazines already.  You'll definitely enjoy reading through them and it's free to access.  Here are the links that we've compiled.  Click away and enjoy!

Lao magazine - 108 Job MagazineLao magazine - Sabaidee Magazine
Lao magazine - Champa Holidays MagazineLao magazine - Visit Laos Magazine

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Laos Residents Wary of Chinese Investments

Laos definitely needs investment money.  And plenty of that comes from China.  Some welcome the money while many are also wary of what comes with Chinese investment.  Aljizeera reporting.


Chinese Casinos in Northern Laos Lead to Questions of Possible Drug Ties

Chinese casinos in northern Laos in the Golden Triangle area lead to questions of possible drug ties.  Wayne Hay reporting for Aljazeera.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Young Lao Radio DJs and Reporters

Youth Radio Initiative in Lao People's Democratic Republic.  Smile of Hope youth radio program supported by the Lao government and UNICEF.  Very interesting details on the provincial youth radio programs in Laos.  Simon Ingram reporting for UNICEF Television.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Awesome Video on Laos - Is It Real?

Little Laos by Joerg Daiber of SpoonFilm.com.  He describes it as a a tilt-shift film.  It gives the impression of a time lapse style movie.  The video makes the scenes look like they're small models filmed by stop motion methods but in fact isn't.  The miniature scenes are really cool looking.  Check out the video below.


Monday, August 13, 2012

We is on Facebook, yo! :)


Sabaidee everyone!  Just a quick post to let our wonderful visitors (that's you!) that we're also on Facebook.  If you enjoy our website, we'd appreciate if you'd like us on there.

You can follow us on Facebook as well by adding our page to your list of interests where you'll get updates about posts on our website, among other things.  It's also another added avenue for you to be able to communicate with us too.

We love to hear from you so feel free to add messages or comments on blog posts here on the main site or on Facebook - your choice.

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Lao Word of the Day: Good Manners, Polite

Lao word of the day - good manners, polite - written in Lao and English

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Documentary: Bombies: The Secret War

I first saw this years ago and it was the first documentary I ever saw on the uxo issue in Laos.  I'm so happy someone has posted it online.  It's a documentary that was released by Bullfrog Films in 2001 and created by Jack Silberman and Lumiere Productions.  It's on bombies and unexploded ordinance (UXO) in Laos.  It's at times heart wrenching to watch.  I certainly learned a lot from watching this.

Part 1 of 4 shown below from Youtube.


This one below is the full movie from Vimeo.

Bombies - The Secret War from Jason T on Vimeo.

Documentary - Bomb Harvest

This one is a more recent documentary made by Australian Broadcasting Corp. on uxo's in Laos.  It follows Laith Stevens of MAG International as he works as an unexploded ordinance (UXO) specialist and trainer in Laos.  Also shows how the bombs have affected life in some parts of Laos, its economy, landscape and quality of life.

Part 1 shown below:


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

RESULTS! Lao Athletes at Summer Olympics 2012

THE RESULTS!  For those following the Olympics (like we are) here are the competition results for our 3 Lao athletes.

Lao Language: Common Herbs and Spices

Here's a small list of commonly used herbs and spices in Lao cooking, written in Lao and English.

Lao language - Common herbs and spices used in Lao cooking - written in Lao and English

Monday, August 6, 2012

LLR (book): Greatest Real Modern Lao Drama!

Title:  Cash and Violence in Laos (1961), Cash and Violence in Laos and Vietnam (1962)
By:  Anna Louise Strong
Publisher/Year:  Mainstream Publishers, 1961, 1962
Price:  $5-10

Lao book review - Cash and Violence in Laos and Vietnam by Anna Louise Strong

Friday, August 3, 2012

Lao Tomato Sauce - Jaew Mak Lin

What you might not know is that a jaew (sauce) is as essential to a Lao meal as sticky rice is, believe it or not!  One of my faves is jaew mak lin.  Here's our quick and easy recipe that'll take you just under 15 minutes to make.

Lao food - Lao Recipe - jaew mak lin, tomato sauce or salsa

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Laoconnection.com 14th Annivesary!!!!!

Laoconnection.com 14th Anniversary

Yes, it's been 14 years since Laoconnection.com was created!  It's crazy, right?  Even we can't believe it!