April 29, 2013

Xaiyaburi Dam Project in Laos (video)

An interesting and closer look at the so called controversial dam that's being built in Xaiyaburi province.

Reported by Martin Lowe with camerman Adrian Callan
For World Insight, April 24 2013

April 26, 2013

In a Typographic Daze! - Part 2

Found a really cool profile on Flickr.  Whoever created this has compiled images of different Lao writing, fonts, styles and typography from a variety of sources including signs, documents, computer generated fonts, license plates, many from past to present and some are handwritten or hand painted.  Have a look below.

Example of Lao writing, fonts, styles and typography from variety of sources in Laos

April 25, 2013

4th International Conference on Lao Studies Just Wrapped Up

The conference just recently wrapped up last week on April 19-21 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.  It continues to grow and improve with each conference.  This year saw dozens of speakers, panel participants, and presenters all ranging in variety of issues from environmental, cultural, political, developmental to health, history, literature and handicrafts (among many other topics).  Further, there were also films screened, cultural performances and lots of delicious Lao food.

Congrats to the Center for Lao Studies as well as to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (which was also where the conference was held) and to all those who helped to make it a success.  Many people and many donors involved and so much positive effort and support among the community, both local and academic.

April 24, 2013

Lao Dating 101 - Impressions - Part 2

(Continued from Part 1...)

Eat rice or even sticky rice – and like it!  If you’re reading this and you’re non-Asian, we know that non-Asians may not prefer to eat or even like rice.  However, we Lao people love our rice.  It’s practically a passion and it's generally eaten at every meal.  So get on board and if you can eat sticky rice, even better!  More points to you.  And if you don’t like rice, keep it to yourself.  The perception is that if you can’t even handle eating rice, how will you be able to handle anything else?  You won’t be dating for very long...

Eat spicy food – endure it like a son of a bitch! :)  That’s right, Lao people love spicy food and if you can show that you too can endure that hot spicy deliciousness of whatever is in front of you, well that will surely count towards your points.

Lao Dating 101 - Impressions - Part 1

How to impress your Lao date, boyfriend or girlfriend?

So you're dating a Lao person (be it a girl, guy, transexual or what have you – we’re not judging here!), but you're uncertain of what you could do to impress them, to show consideration of their Lao heritage, to be able to somehow acknowledge their cultural sensibilities and yet ensure that you both have a great time.

Laoconnection.com - Love is in the air - heart image

April 22, 2013

Lao Words of the Day: Action/Reaction - To Ask For Forgiveness / To Forgive

Lao words of the day:  Action/Reaction verbs - to ask for forgiveness / to forgive writen in Lao and English

A Lao New Year Card?

Yes that's right, a Lao New Year card!

Alright, so we know that creating new year cards is not a real Lao tradition, although I must admit I was feeling particularly festive this year and wanted to be able to hand out some nice cards with a bit of money to my family and friends.  And yes I know that in of itself is not necessarily a Lao tradition either though in Laos it's customary to give utilitarian type gifts during this time to loved ones.

Lao New Year card for 2556

April 19, 2013

Smells Fishy to Me...And No It’s Not Padek!

For being a landlocked country with no direct borders to an ocean or sea, Laos still holds its own when it comes to the number of fish species within its borders.  For example, in a report written by Maurice Kottelat in 2000 (see reference below) reported on 64 new species of fishes from Laos during his time of study.  At the time, it brought up the number of total species to 481.

April 18, 2013

Tourism Profile on Champassak, Laos

A fun video profile of Champassak province in Lao PDR, narrated in English.  It appears to be a tourism and travel promo for this province that was created in 2008.  Full credits at the end of the video.

Credit:  Posted by Hotasia.com and posted by Youtube user LaoLaneXang4Life

April 14, 2013

Happy Lao (Buddhist) New Year 2556 Everybody!

  • April 14 2013 - Marks the end of the Buddhist year 2555.  Say good bye to the previous year.
  • April 15 2013 - Is a corollary day, a sort of an in between day that does not belong to any year.  It's the New Year's Eve.
  • April 16 2013 - First day of the new year 2556.  Live it up and have fun!  Be merry, eat well, love your family and friends. ;)  
Best wishes to everyone!
Hope you all have a great new year ahead.

April 12, 2013

Lao Artist Profile: Boon Vong

Today we're featuring the following colorful and expressive artwork from Lao-American, Atlanta based artist and photographer, Boon Vong (below is our random selections of his works).

April 09, 2013

Luangprabang - Most Favored City?

There's seems to be a regular flow of books dedicated to the city of Luangprabang, Laos' old former royal capital (which I'll call "LP" for short), that are often released once every few years.  By my calculation, I'm predicting another book on LP this year or may be next year.  It would seem a lot of people have really taken to the old romanticism of the town.  Understandably so, with its history, quaintness, art, architecture, friendly people, good food, small town feel, and not to mention its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and so fourth.

April 08, 2013

April 05, 2013

Story to Share: Unforgettable Sunsets

As I find myself typing out this piece for the interweb and the blogosphere, I'm reminded of the days when I was driving my borrowed Yamaha motorbike with my cheap, big, grey helmet and enjoying the evening ride with the sun setting softly allowing for a cooler breeze to blow through my body.  A welcomed relief from the hot sun during much of the day.  As the sun continued to set over the city, some streets would be fully lit up by artificial lighting and roadside barbeque fires by those selling evening dinner food.  The delicious smell of barbecued chicken and the sweet spicy smell of papaya salad.  All you'd need is some sticky rice and a bottle of Beer Lao to finish a meal like that.  I eventually made my way to a quiet spot along the Mekong River to do something I had often done while visiting Laos and something you often read about in travel journals and books - that is, to sit and watch the sunset over the Mekong.

April 04, 2013

Lao New Year 2555 - Thai Princess Sings at Lao Embassy in Thailand

This is a video clip from last year's Lao New Year 2555/2012.  It took place at the Lao Embassy in Thailand where Thai Princess, HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, not only attended but also sang for the crowd.  If you haven't seen the video yet, check it out below.

April 02, 2013

LLR (book): Cutest Book to Explain Lao New Year

Title:  Lao New Year / ​ປີ​ໃໝ່​ລາວ / bpee my lao
Written by:  Soulath Damronphol
Illustrated by:  Sikko Milakong
Publisher/Year:  Room to Read, 2011?
Price:  Free

Lao book/literature review - The Lao New Year by Soulath Damronphol and Sikko Milakong and Room to Read

April 01, 2013

Lao New Year 2556 - April 14-16 2013

Countdown to Lao New Year starts today!
Check out our Lao New Year cover pic to get you started.
Click image below to enlarge.
Laoconnection.com Lao New Year 2556 - April 14-16 2013