Dreaming for others

Barricades built by protesters at Connaught Road (PHOTO BY Lorie Ann Cascaro)

A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong once dreamed to improve her family’s house. After over two decades of working and getting involved in political activities, she dreamed something greater than for herself.

Salvaging Tai O in Hong Kong

The stilt houses in Tai O, locally called Pang O, have existed since 200 years ago to respond to the practical need of fishing people to have a land-based residence. They are designed to protect them from high tides, but the impacts of climate change pose coastal flood risk .

One of the city’s tourist attractions for its centuries-old stilt houses and salt pans, dried fish and seafoods, Tai O screams out for salvaging.

High quality photos make a selfie studio prevail

By Lorie Ann Cascaro HONG KONG — Amid teeming monopods being sold cheap in the city’s street markets, locals still go to selfie studios for good quality photos.  Banking on such demand, three entrepreneurs had savored success after the first year of its start-up company that stands for their youthfulness. “Our name says it all,”… Continue reading High quality photos make a selfie studio prevail

Cold Christmas away from home

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on December 24 2013 4:57 pm VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 Dec.) — In a small country where majority are Buddhists, Christmas is definitely not elusive. Back in my home the Philippines, Davao City is already teeming with Christmas decorations. The façade of the city hall, for example, shimmers with colorful lights at… Continue reading Cold Christmas away from home

Another Day: A story about living in Vientiane’s wasteland

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on November 22 2013 7:39 pm VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 22 Nov) – Welcome to “Disneyland”! It is a mosaic of blue, black and white polyester unevenly blended with brown soil surrounded by green shrubs and bushes. It was a gloomy Monday morning and the air is redolent of putrid residues… Continue reading Another Day: A story about living in Vientiane’s wasteland

A Filipina and a Lao woman in Seoul

By Mindanews on November 1 2013 3:39 pm SEOUL, South Korea (MindaNews/1 November)—The Philippines and Laos have been famous to Korean tourists.  Last year, South Korea was the top source of tourists for the Philippines with over one million arrivals, while nearly 54,000 South Korean tourists visited Laos. Here, two foreign students, a Filipina and… Continue reading A Filipina and a Lao woman in Seoul

On the Lao side, Naga fireballs remain…

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on October 24 2013 5:59 pm People swarm into a small village in Vientiane to see the Naga fireballs themselves despite others’ belief that the phenomenon is but a legend VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 24 Octet) – Somewhere around 7 p.m., visitors and the villagers of Pakngum in Vientiane see hundreds… Continue reading On the Lao side, Naga fireballs remain…