Monthly Archives: August 2014

Of Bears and Butterflies …

Remember when Julius gave this great presentation regarding saving the moon bears? He was very excited when he heard that there is an actual moon bear sanctuary close to Luang Prabang, it is located at the bottom of the waterfall … Continue reading

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Kuang Si Falls

We booked ourselves a tuk-tuk for 25$ and had a fantastic day. The falls are raving at this time of year, so there was no opportunity for swimming. We tried to reach the upper pools, but the way up was … Continue reading

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Sample lunch @ Tamarind

Based on Ritsu’s recommendation, we made Tamarind our first lunch stop. And this must be indeed the best place to get an idea about Laotian food, as the offer 2 fantastic sample platters for 10$ together. Julius especially liked the … Continue reading

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Busy first day in Luang Prabang

Too busy and too tired (and sunburnt) now to go into detail … so, here some photos of today And here some highlights: – 328 up to Mt. Phousi, great views – Visiting and marveling at a bunch of temples … Continue reading

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For good karma …

The first thing we did today was walking to ‘Mount’ Phousi (it is more like a hill) and climbed up the 328 steps to the top. At the bottom they sell small birds in a cage and the idea is … Continue reading

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The very speedy journey to Laos

Since Tuesday is a national holiday in Vietnam, we made plans to spend the long weekend anywhere but rainy home. And Ritsu said many times that we would enjoy Luang Prabang a lot (where she went recently with Utako). I … Continue reading

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Ready for the Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn festival (Also called Moon Festival [八月節] because of the celebration’s association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing.) is named “Tết Trung Thu” in Vietnamese. It is … Continue reading

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Fancy lunch @La Badiane

Ritsu had told me about this place (after she had been there) several times and today we finally got around having lunch there together. And in general I was not disappointed. Service was top notch, the dining room we were … Continue reading

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6:30 AM in the house of Nacken

Usually I have to wake up Julius at 6:30 AM, but this morning I had trouble locating my family. Finally found them in our 5th floor family room / gym.

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Gelato

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Power out!

Rare, but also happens here: no power = candle / emergency light dinner We had a few power outs here before, but this was the first time it occurred after sunset. And while we DO have a generator, I have … Continue reading

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Play Date

When kids get older, it appears that play dates are getting easier! Julius and Jacksy had tons of fun trying to figure out / make up rules for this long-forgotten Japanese board game, before they wanted to jump in the … Continue reading

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Some new food

Weekends are always great to explore some new food options around town. Since Julius was gone this afternoon for a birthday party, Ritsu and I took our bikes into the city to sample the weekend brunch options at Moose & … Continue reading

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Last night’s sunset

On the way to school for some back-to-school parents gathering, I noticed this wonderful sunset …

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More movie magic

I was called back to reprise my role as some more senior French army guy for this war movie they were needing extras for last Monday and this time it was in the studio. I thought it would be much … Continue reading

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