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

Lao tourists ride “Korean wave”

The Republic of Korea has become a tourist destination for Lao people who want to see and experience being in a megacity as they indulge in Korean pop culture. By Lorie Ann Cascaro SEOUL, Republic of Korea (MindaNews/20 November) — While many Koreans visited landlocked Laos to take a break and find “healing” from buzzing… Continue reading Lao tourists ride “Korean wave”

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…

‘Winning beyond boat racing’

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on October 19 2013 11:12 amVIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/19 October)–In Ban Sai Fong Neua, 17 kilometers south from the city center, at least 40 women, each holding a wooden oar, trekked down a steep slope into the Mekong River barely an hour before sunset on Tuesday. Children and husbands of the village… Continue reading ‘Winning beyond boat racing’

Cooking hot to keep the climate cool

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on October 16 2013 4:00 pm VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Buying a new cookstove is not easy. Sellers offer heaps of different models that look alike and as a buyer, how do you know how it performs at home? Not to mention that the human brain does not… Continue reading Cooking hot to keep the climate cool

Lao farmers need no ‘magic’ to adapt to climate change

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on September 24 2013 4:20 pm VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/24 September) — The sky is still dark when 48-year old Ms Kham Phanyavong leaves her house at 3:30 AM on Saturday. She has to be at That Luang organic market before the customers arrive. She pays 40,000 kip to transport four baskets… Continue reading Lao farmers need no ‘magic’ to adapt to climate change

Laos kids express hope for the future through images

By Lorie Ann Cascaro on September 7 2013 3:59 pm Through drawings, photos and role play, children from different provinces met in Vientiane to express their vision for their villages by the time they reach 20. VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews / 7 Sept) – Luxon Keodavonh from Donkhoun village in Khammuan province’s Xebangfay district wants to… Continue reading Laos kids express hope for the future through images