Today Hillary Clinton is in Laos for a one day visit. This event will mark the first time in 58 years for a high ranking US official to do so. What do we actually know about Laos? Reports often start to state that Laos is one of the poorest countries in Asia or in the [...]
Ao Nang, KrabiWhen returning to my hotel last night I heard a strange sound coming from the kitchen.I first thought they had turned the TV on very loud with a show about Tibetan long horns or so, but that seemed a bit weird, so I went in to see what was going on.What I witnessed [...]
Seen on Coral Island (Koh Hae), Phuket: In the morning: Cleaning the rooms.On the foreground: Somkid, the manager of housekeeping.And in my opinion the defacto daily boss of the resort.She works here since 2001 and told me she would like to die here on the island. Not a bad choice if one day this might happen, I think. [...]
Seen today in Roi Et city:Towards the upcoming election July the 3rd, the People’s Alliance for Democracy PAD and the Heaven and Earth Party have joined forces in a campaign to promote casting blank votes. Both parties are against the politics of both current pm Abhisit and former pm Thaksin. A previous campaign in begin [...]
Image thanks to Tiphanie Beeke Once upon a time there was a baby-frog who happily lived with his mother near a pond.One day the baby-frog decided that he wanted to explore the world.He hopped for hours until he met for the very first time in his life, a cow.The cow scared the hell out of [...]
Photo:West Berlin Zoo, Lothar Schlawe (1911) The Schomburgk’s deer may once have occurred as far north as Yunnan (China) and Laos, but is known with certainty only from central Thailand in swampy plains, especially the Chao Phya River Valley.It’s antlers also used for medical purposes made nice trophies for hunters, until the animal finally became extinct.The [...]
Seen in a restaurant in Dalat, Vietnam.Aren’t these animals protected or something? A pangolin or scaly anteater in the wild.The scales are razor sharp, so if you insist on eatingthem and do not want to get hurt, ask for filet. Update: 9-5-2011:Pangolins are indeed protected in Vietnam, so the restaurant was violating the law. Stefan Koch from [...]
Seen in Bui Vien street, Ho Chi Minh City.What looks a bit like a meerkat, but I think it belongs to another species, is being kept as a pet. My impression was that the animal with it’s sweater and polished nails is not feeling very comfortable in the city.