Friday, 30 September 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
These ladies and their children were bringing the cows home from the field. Walking along the busy main road between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang.
As a child I would often bring the cows up from the paddock, but always forgot the obviously crucial items - umbrella and bicycle.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Monday, 26 September 2016
The monks in Myanmar seemed incredibly young.
I loved this young boys with their colorful baskets in Bagan
The pots there were great and I was studying them working which would fit in my luggage when the boys passed by.
Sunday, 25 September 2016
The rice paddies in and around Vang Vieng were thriving during our visit there two weeks ago. I like the little hut in the rice field - I'm not sure if it is where the family live or just for a worker to guard the field.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
The weekend before last I went to Vang Vieng and explored the road north on a scooter. The Nam Song river was full and fast flowing. I will be going back to Vang Vieng this week for the Grade 10 SALSA field trip. Its not a week of Mexican condiments, but Secondary Action Learning Service Activities.
Friday, 23 September 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Friday, 16 September 2016
While at Wat Sisaket last month to look at the restoration work, we witnessed a series of Laos wedding photo shoots.
The colour and detail of the embroidery in the silk fabric of her sinh is exquisite - as is the hair detail.
The bride was very modern with her footwear, a pair of nude heels a la Kate Middleton, but the groom has a stunning pair of slip on shoes with a sharp, extended, pointed tip.
Unsure of the Colgate slogan when written in Laos script. However as the banner is over a spirit house maybe it ultra confident - or maybe I am dating myself by remembering slogans about rings of confidence!
Another bizarre reference to Colgate this week was the request for a visit from the representative of Colgate University. Yes its a legitimate Liberal Arts College in the US. One of the oldest colleges in the USA and it was founded by members of the Colgate family - now ranked 12th in a list of US Liberal Arts colleges for the interest of prospective students - plus its in New York State.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
There are different interpretations of Heaven and Hell. One notion has Hell and Heaven here on earth and we should try to live our lives in peace, or if we live in pain we are experiencing Hell.
A temple on the Mekong near where I live has graphic 3D murals depicting heaven and hell.
Heaven was shown on Saturday's blog as a state of pleasure-plenty of money and love and peace.
Today there is a close up of Hell - a state of pain - speared and bitten by a big black rat.
Monday, 12 September 2016
Girls and women in Myanmar often become nuns, but in lesser numbers than men becoming monks. They shave their heads, practice meditation and take ordination vows, but they are not allowed perform ceremonies - similar to a patriarchal church I am a member of!
The nuns are called sila-rhan (pronounced thila-shin) which means the “keeper of morality.”
Sunday, 11 September 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016
These are the VIS students selected to meet Malcolm Turnbull. He chatted with them and asked each why their family is in Vientiane. Bob Lally is in Grade 9 and his father works as an advisor in the Ministry of Education, Isabel Williams, Tiahna Boyle and Jayde Boukeart are in Grade 11 and their fathers work with Phu Bia, an Australian Mining company.
Below you can see Mr Turnbull presenting certificates to Laos students granted Laos-Australia scholarships for post graduate studies at Australian Universities.
Friday, 9 September 2016
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Patuxi is the Vientiane version of the Arc d'Triomphe. It is a monument built in 1962 to honor those who fought in the independence of Laos against France and also for those who perished during World War II. The Laos Government used cement donated by the USA for the construction of an airport to build the monument. This month flags of ASEAN nations - and others such as Australia, New Zealand and the US are flying in the forecourt.
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Malcolm Turnbull is in town for meetings at the ASEAN Summit. Why Not ask him to visit VIS? So I sent an invitation to his office and the Embassy.
Of course he couldn't visit, but I have been invited along with some students to attend an event he is will be speaking at on Wednesday morning. John Williams the Ambassador is a parent at school and said we may have a chance for a brief conversation and a photo opportunity.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Obama arrives tomorrow and social media is alive with questions about where he is staying - the Embassy, the Ambassador's Residence, the Don Chan Palace (ugly hotel on the river) or on board Airforce One. However no - one has suggested ....The White House - Laos style.
This place stopped me in my tracks on my bike ride downstream along the Mekong on Sunday. What style of architecture is this??? The neighbour on one side is a shanty and on the other a similar monstrosity, but an apricot color. There is a huge gravel/mine behind on the river so maybe the owners have made their money out of stones!
Monday, 5 September 2016
A common Mandalay street scene - scooters, monks, dust and squatting men.
Monks are a common sight on the streets of Mandaly. Most men will spend some stage of their life in the monastery. This fellow squatting and selling fuel (in plastic bottles) was probably a monk once.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Teams of workers have been out over the past few days, tidying up Vientiane for ASEAN this week, like these men painting red and white stripes on the kerb of a major road near Patuxi monument.
Lots of uniform police in town today - some with guns - but all with crisp khaki uniforms.
Friday, 2 September 2016
School photos were this week. After the Grade level photo (thirty- one Grade 10 students), we had Advisory (Homeroom) photos. I have 8 in advisory this year.