It is been so long since I last wrote a blog. At first, I didn’t think my blog still exist. I thought WordPress probably removed my site because I haven’t been posting anything for so long. Well, I wish you all a Happy New Year.
Wow!!! it’s been so long ago since the last time I’ve blog. Almost a year and half to be precise. I don’t even know where to begin. A lot of readers or followers probably wonder where I’ve been all these time. I took a break to catch up on my personal life.. I did a lot of travels and took so many pictures. So, stay tune for more rants from me…
Sok Dee Pee Mai as all laotians throughout the world say to each other. I wish all my friends, families and readers a happy and healthy new year. There are several new year celebrations throughout the Northern California, but the weather might spoiled the parties. I hope to attend at least one of the festival, so stay tune for pictures.
As I traveled throughout the Northern part of Laos for a week and one of the destination was Xayabouri. I am so glad, I had the opportunity to attend this year 6th Annual Elephant Festival. There are 6 of us total, we rented a van with drivers included for $1,000,000.00 kips($125) that takes us from Luangprabang to Xayabouri. The road condition is horrible – mostly dusty dirt road cutting through the hills. It took us good 4hrs hours on the road and that’s including the down time waiting for the ferry boat. We made it to the town almost noon and we missed most of schedule events. That’s including the elephants parade and the traditional baci ceremony. But, I still manage to captured some pictures.
So, we made it back to Luangprabang around 8:30pm that evening. Stay tune for more blogs about my trip.
If you ever travel through Laos, most likely that you will run into some odd signs along the way. I didn’t captured all the crazy signs I saw, but managed to come back with few funny signs. Perhaps, the Department of Transportation ever thought about standardized their road signs. Throughout the country, most streets are without names or not post it properly. I am not even sure if some of those streets are given its name to begin with.
Also, signs from various tourist destinations aren’t standardized at all. This blog is simply bringing out some humors of all these signs. I love Laos, but common people.. Let’s get this right!! Some of these signs might take couple times of reading before you bust out a laugh.
It is that time of the year for all persimmon lovers out there. Persimmon is not for everyone, either you like it or you don’t. I prefer asian persimmon over the american one because of its texture. Couple of weekends ago, I stop to check on my folks and their asian persimmons are almost ready to be pick. It is just the way I like it, not too ripe and still somewhat crunchy.
As far as american persimmon, I’ve tried it once and didn’t like it at all. American persimmon needs to be super ripe before you can even try eating it. Also, so much fiber comparing to asian one.
So, which persimmon do you normally eat?
About 1 1/2 year ago, my dad gave me this little tiny jujube tree and I didn’t it would survive the first winter. But, it did and also it is the first year of this tiny tree to produce some fruit. The only regret is that I planted too close to the japanese maple and the european beech trees, but I really don’t have much space elsewhere.
Prior to writing this blog, I didn’t really know the common name of this particular fruit. Although, I know it is similar to “mark tun” as people back in Laos refers to this fruit. After talking to my landscape buddy and checking his reference books I managed to narrow it down. The official name of this fruit is “Zizyphus Jujube” aka Chinese Apple.
Notices the different sizes of the jujube tree in between the japanese maple and european beech tree. I’m glad that I planted all those trees as soon as I moved in.