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.

As Vietnam train leaves, life moves in a fleeting space

No one heard the typical train whistle sound as the Reunification Express train at Saigon station prepared to take off. The audible sounds were the choruses of people who were trying to make themselves comfortable in finding their seats. A tiny squabble can also be overheard between confused passengers and train crews (they were the… Continue reading As Vietnam train leaves, life moves in a fleeting space

Hue: A city of “perfume and purple”

By Lorie Ann Cascaro and Jesse Pizarro Boga  Hue women do their laundry at the Perfume River. MindaNews photo by Lorie Ann Cascaro HUE CITY, Vietnam (MindaNews / 13 Feb) – Our journey to Hue from nearby city Danang in Central Vietnam had us go through a mandatory discomfort in a small, cramped bus (and… Continue reading Hue: A city of “perfume and purple”

Hoi An: Old but alive

By Lorie Ann Cascaro and Jesse Pizarro Boga Lanterns and yellow lights brighten up the streets of Hoi An, which appear bland during daylight. Photo by Jesse Pizzarro Boga for MindaNews HOI-AN, Vietnam (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – The road to Hoi An, a small city in Central Vietnam, was literally long and winding. From the… Continue reading Hoi An: Old but alive

Saigon: The city has two faces

HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam (MindaNews/3 February) — The towering buildings, bars, tour agencies, and hostels lined up like sentries can give visitors the impression that Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon), is a place ahead of every other city in Vietnam. The fast-paced life in Viet Nam’s financial district, where most of… Continue reading Saigon: The city has two faces

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