Short Trip to Lao

Luang Prabang Lao Waterfalls

This beautiful waterfall is just outside Luang Prabang Lao

I just returned very late last night from a trip to Lao.

I have been many times to Lao, I love the country, it is a safe quiet little Buddhist country based between Myanmar, China, Thailand, and Cambodia. I would highly recommend it to anyone that already visiting a neighboring country, although it is beautiful, most of the country is inaccessible, and there is not really that much you can easily see.

The best way to view this country is by taking river boats up and down the Mekong river. There are some one or two week trips available you can book at the travel agents in Vientiane, you can usually get away with only spending about $20-$30 USD per day for food, travel and accommodation.

I visited the capital city, Vientiane, this week which is right on the Mekong river. Vientiane is beautiful, it is often referred to as Asia’s Paris. It has lots of large green trees all around the city, tons of beautiful Temples, and a lot of french architecture. The food is excellent,  and the people are very friendly. There are virtually no cars making the air fresh and the city quiet enough to listen to the birds.

If you ever go to Vientiane I would highly recommend visiting the Buddhist sculpture gardens just outside of the city, most people overlook this treasure, the monk that created this garden later went over the river to Nong Khai in Thailand and created a second sculpture garden.

There is also a nice little hippy community on a beach on a bend in a nearby river from Vientiane, I have not been there yet  but it does seem like my kind of place.

Nong Kai Thailand Sculpture Garden

Nong Kai Thailand Sculpture Garden Across the Bridge from Vientiane

I have added some images from the Thai version of the sculpture gardens, the Lao one is very much the same, ufortunatly I do not have my pictures with me from the Lao version, same artist anyhow and they are only about two KM apart as the crow flies.

Anyhow this is just a quick post, I am still very tired from the trip, I will likely talk more about it later. Though more about the people I met while traveling this time.

The Communist Party Shirt

The Communist Party Shirt

The Communist Party Shirt-Click Image $17.99 USD

As a journalist, I often have to go to places that could end up getting me flagged on some sort of watch list.

I attended a meeting recently, don’t mean to name drop, but in attendance there was  none other than Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Karl Marx, and Joseph Stalin.

It was quite a lively affair, there was a vodka spiked punch, party hats, lamp shades, and Cuban cigars.

I must admit when these guys all get together it can be quite entertaining.

I took a photo of that night, and placed it on this t-shirt, you can have a look below.

There are more pictures of the event if you click on the image.

Hooray Its The Communist Party ! Anyone have a party hat ? Wee this punch sure is strong, hey Mau did you bring any fortune cookies? Yes Castro I will trade them for a cigar ! Weeeee !

Mount Rushmore Rocks

This is possibly the most important story of my life or anyone else’s for that matter.

I have often wondered what all the American Presidents sitting up there on Mount Rushmore would say if they could see the current state of their nation.

With the enormous curiosity that grew inside me ever since I was a  child and first  saw images of this amazing mountain sculpture. I packed my bag, grabbed my passport, reporters notebook, camera, recorder, and  air ticket.  Then literally  ran off to the airport to get this incredible story.

I won’t bore you with the details of my eighty seven hour flight, and ten week drive to the mountain, but let me just say,  I will never eat another kit-kat with my right hand ever again.

Upon arriving to this historic and amazing place, a piece of wonderful nature and art combined, I set up my camera, and recorder, got out my notepad, and prepared to document this once in a lifetime event.

I have placed my work below for you to have a look at the amazing and important events that transpired.

Mount Rushmore I'm Stoned Dude We Rock Funny Shirt - Click to see more or buy $17.99 USD

Washington and Lincon Share a Message T-Shirt - Click Image $17.99 USD

Funny Olympic Martial Arts Fighting Shirt – Karate Kid Tee

Funny Martial Arts Competition Shirt

Olympic Martial Arts Fighting Shirt - Click on Image $17.99

Karate Kid Training:

Miyagi: First, you wash all the car. Then wax. Wax on…

Daniel: Hey, why do I have to…?

[Daniel wonders if Miyagi is picking on him just like all the kids at school do.]

Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!

Daniel: Yeah, but…

[Daniel begins to wonder why he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Hai!

[makes some circular gestures with hands]

Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget breathe, very important.

[Miyagi: walks away, still making circular motions with hands]

[Daniel in protest tries to stop breathing, but cant because he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.

Real Martial Arts School Training (Where the popular kids go):

Kreese: We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition: A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

[Kreese thinks he is cool, and wants to beat up some of the kids in his class later for fun]

Daniel arrives to the fight with his new wax on wax off skills

Daniel: All right, so what are the rules here?

Miyagi: Don’t know. First time you, first time me.

[Daniel thinks WTF]

Daniel: Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I’m dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.

[Daniel thinks he is going to die]

Miyagi: For life, not for points.

[Miyagi also thinks Daniel is going to die]

Daniel Walks towards his doom

Daniel: Where am I, this ring over here?

[Daniel thinks he is going to die soon]

Miyagi: Hai. Number three.

[Miyagi tries to hold back a smile, knowing Daniel is in for it]

Daniel: What’s that guy kneeling like that for?

Miyagi: Don’t know.

[Miyagi knows what he is kneeling for, he is praying for forgiveness for the things he is going to do to Daniel]

Daniel: Don’t you know anything you can tell me?

Miyagi: Hai. No get hit.

Kreese: Bobby – I want him out of commission.

Bobby: But Sensei, I can beat this guy!

Kreese: I don’t want him beaten.

Bobby: But I’ll be disqualified!

The opponents bow.

[Bobby shuts out all outside destractions, concentrats on Daniel, thinks through several fight scenarioes in his mind, remembers his training]

[Daniel prepares to Wax off]

They both assume fighting stances.

The fight begins.

Bobby kicks off Daniels head.

[Daniel wonders why he is such a loser]

UFC Fight Tee

Karate Kid Gets It Shirt

The actual story behind The Karate Kid, non hollywood version:

Karate Kid Training:

Miyagi: First, you wash all the car. Then wax. Wax on…

Daniel: Hey, why do I have to…?

[Daniel wonders if Miyagi is picking on him just like all the kids at school do.]

Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!

Daniel: Yeah, but…

[Daniel begins to wonder why he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Hai!

[makes some circular gestures with hands]

Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget breathe, very important.

[Miyagi: walks away, still making circular motions with hands]

[Daniel in protest tries to stop breathing, but cant because he is such a loser]

Miyagi: Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.

Real Martial Arts School Training (Where the popular kids go):

Kreese: We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition: A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy.

[Kreese thinks he is cool, and wants to beat up some of the kids in his class later for fun]

Daniel arrives to the fight with his new wax on wax off skills

Daniel: All right, so what are the rules here?

Miyagi: Don’t know. First time you, first time me.

[Daniel thinks WTF]

Daniel: Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I’m dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.

[Daniel thinks he is going to die]

Miyagi: For life, not for points.

[Miyagi also thinks Daniel is going to die]

Daniel Walks towards his doom

Daniel: Where am I, this ring over here?

[Daniel thinks he is going to die soon]

Miyagi: Hai. Number three.

[Miyagi tries to hold back a smile, knowing Daniel is in for it]

Daniel: What’s that guy kneeling like that for?

Miyagi: Don’t know.

[Miyagi knows what he is kneeling for, he is praying for forgiveness for the things he is going to do to Daniel]

Daniel: Don’t you know anything you can tell me?

Miyagi: Hai. No get hit.

Kreese: Bobby – I want him out of commission.

Bobby: But Sensei, I can beat this guy!

Kreese: I don’t want him beaten.

Bobby: But I’ll be disqualified!

The opponents bow.

Theu both assume fighting stances.

Bobby kicks off Daniels head.

A Comment I made was censored by “The Man”

There is a video at the bottom of this post I would say Please watch, it is very important, just scroll down and watch it if you get tired of my rant.

I was on a social bookmarking site, and there was a sponsored add from a major contributor to global warming , telling us that since there was some info withheld by an individual during “climategate” then that means suddenly everything is a  lie etc, you have probably seen the type.

I get really upset that some people for some reason buy into this crap so I had to say something.

This was my reply to them, which was censored and erased, and then I was banned from the site, I will re post it here:

Trying to make the planet, and air more healthy in is the interests of us all.

The only reason people would bother arguing against it is because they fear they will lose money if they try and fix our planet.

Greed is the very reason we are in trouble.

There are so many people that think fixing our environment will hurt them financially including some of the largest businesses in the world, and some of the richest, and sleaziest companies in the world have turned to PR campaigns to try and convince us there is no problem.

I will have to trust in the world leaders and their scientists, not sleazy corporations wiping out rain forests with everything, and everyone in them.

For some reason all the world leaders and their advisers think it is important to meet on such matters, and a lot of misguided people that believe anything they read, reguardless of its source,  think they suddenly know better than the majority.

A few intercepted e-mails which are not published scientific documents, therefore are written by individuals not a community, I believe are being blown out of proportion by scumbag companies for their own means. That probably hacked the e-mails in the first place. Why put that past companies that make hundreds of billions from wiping out hundreds of square kilometers of ancient rainforests per month? Not only all the trees, and animals in it, but also burning anti foresting protesters with flamethrowers from helicopters.

Do you really think they care about you and me?
I am aware that this does not hold very many relevant facts so I will post a few links and you can do your own research if you like.

https://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/international/2009/12/06/damon.indo.sumatra.rainforest.cnn

https://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/12/07/copenhagen.climate.talks/index.html

This Video is about some of the work being done for a solution to the problem, but it also does a good job of showing the problem.

This is a good launching point for some serious research if your interested.

The Bad Guys?

https://tiny.cc/am6nhw

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_controversy

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