Monthly Archive:: December 2008

Sok Dee Pee Mai 2009

Happy New Year to all my faithful readers. May 2009 be all that you hope to be and may you have good health and prosperity and all the good things life has to offer. Keep on smiling no matter what.

A visit to Dannavieng Elementary School

On October 17, 2008 I made a visit to Dannavieng Elementary School in Muang Phonethong, Champasak Province. This is one of the four schools that received a Book Box Library in February of 2007. Dannavieng Elementary School also received additional financial assistance with their school building project.

First Christmas Day 2008

Merry Christmas everyone. Christmas time is when we all gather as a family for those that can and share the moments. Over here the Dutch celebrate Christmas for two days, the first and second Christmas so you can actually share this special time with all your relatives. It’s a good idea really to be able

Tum Mak Teng and Ping Pa

Lunch in Vientiane, Laos with Tum Mak Teng (ຕໍາໝາກແຕງ) or Spicy Cucumber Salad and Ping Pa (ປິ້ງປາ) or Grilled Fish. My cousin Khek cooked some sticky rice and then grilled the fishes while Aunt Phone was busy making the spicy cucumber salad. Tum Mak Teng and Ping Pa make a great combination with warm sticky

Kaeng Nor Mai and Ping Kob

Kaeng Nor Mai (Lao Bamboo Shoot Soup) and Ping Kob (Grilled Frog) for lunch in Vientiane, Laos. Aunt Kian and Aunt Phone made the bamboo shoot soup and grilled frog to go with warm sticky rice and Jeow Mak Phet (Chili Pepper Dipping Sauce). I have never eaten bamboo shoot soup with grilled frog but

Steamed Fish and Rattan Shoot Stew

Steamed Fish (Neung Pa) and Rattan Shoot Stew (Or Nor Yair) with beef for lunch in Vientiane, Laos. Aunt Kiane and Aunt Phone were having a craving for stew with something a little bitter and decided to make Or Nor Yair. The aunts also made Neung Pa, Jeow Mak Len, steamed Pak Kard Na (Chinese

Herring Salad

I was too sick and didn’t have appetite for anything to eat yesterday and only ate package soup all day. For dinner I made Laap Herring to cheer myself up using toasted rice I brought back from Laos.

Buffalo at Ban Phaling

My relatives at Ban Phaling in Champasak Province, Laos still use water buffalo to help with the sticky rice farm, rather than relying on modern farm machinery to plow the land.