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*Yawn*.. its 9:45am, I missed the morning Alms… I haven’t been sleeping til this hr for the past 1 week. We suppose that with a packet of YiLi Milk, it can substain our energy to the Morning Market. We walked to the Morning market with the Map I printed in Brunei. Along the way, we met the Japanese couple who were on the same Bus with us the previous day. We greeted each other then we reached the Presidential Palace at about 10:15am. Presidential Palace is like the beautiful Mini White House, and the gate was wide opened. The garden looks good and i thought we are allow to walk in for a visit. So i walked in then the guard shouted at me. How was i suppose to know its prohibited if your gate is left open and you were not even standing beside the gate?? We then took pictures with some funny pose in front of the palace 😀

We then walked across the road and saw Wat Si Saket. Wat Si Saket is Reddish orange in color, i like this type of Wat. we proceed further, passed by the Post office and arrived at the Morning Market at 10:30. We bought a mix fruit shake from the first stall of the morning market. The Shake is very nice with Ciku fruit in it. There were few noodles shops but we decided to shop around first. First we were in the handicraft departments, then we were in the electronics dept. Like what Ah Man mentioned, there are a lot of China products there. not too sure about the price cos we didn’t have interest to buy any. Outside of the Market’s building, Its full of silver and goldsmiths. We spent sometimes watching how they made gold jewelleries. Saw them hitting, burning, twisting, squeezing, polishing the gold into jewelleries.

After the morning market, (We didn’t buy anything) we walked around the market with a packet of waffle balls from the same fruit shake stall. We saw messy wires hanging around the street. then we took a Tuk Tuk to Thatlung Wat. We were looking at the tuktuk’s fare, to the Buddha park cost 150K kip (return), to Thatlung was 30 000kip. is quite costly, cos it is not very far away. On the way to ThatLung, we passed by PatuyXai, the Victoria Monument. It looks very peaceful and grand.

Wat That Lung is about 8 mins tuktuk drive away from the Market. Wat ThatLung is very Beautiful, golden great stupa right at the middle. Pra That Laung is the most important national monument in Laos, a symbol of both the religion and Lao sovereignty.  It built during King Sethhathirat era.  Sitting is front of the That Laung is a status of King Setthathirat. It was about 11:10am when we arrive, and that place was freaking hot. I had to keep looking for a shade. We bought grill bananas b4 entering the Wat. We saw a circle of light around the Sun, I saw that before in Angkor 2 years back. We took a lot of great pictures there. Is beautiful. Entering into the Stupa cost another ?? kip.

After the visit, It was 12:10pm – Lunch Time! We had noodles again and ice cream outside Wat ThatLung. then took a tuk tuk back to the guest house. We then went to check out Lay’s Potato Chips at a convenient store (Riverside Mini Mart) around our guesthouse to bring back for souvenirs. The lay’s potato chips flavor are quite unique here. There are BBQ Squid, Beef Steak, and etc. After the survey at around 2pm, we went to the Massage shop beside it. Its Riverside Spa, very nicely decorated with free PC for Internet. It only cost USD 25 to stay there for one night inclusive of breakfast and discount on massage. Should had stay there cos is very beautiful inside.  We are required to change to a very comfortable pj b4 the massage, the material is very nice! The full body 1 hr massage only cost USD5, cheap cheap. We massaged from 2 – 3 pm. Lao Massage use a lot of feet and knees. I kind of like it cos is oilfree and painful. Ouch!!

After the massage, we met Ah man outside! She was alone and we thought she *Angry Angry* with Gabrielle again! She told us that Gabrielle went for Dog Meat! ssshh…. we bought some lao beer and lay’s potato chips and packed nicely in a box. I left the box back in the guesthouse and rented a Bike for 10 000kip only! Yeah 10 000kip for 1 Day!! We can actually save a lot of money by doing so. But need to deposit USD 50 or our passport there.

We begun our bike ride at 3:30pm. We ride the Bike to Wat Si Saket. Wat Si Saket is also a museum with a lot of old old and broken buddha statues. its placed around the Chapel and some statues are badly broken that they just put it in a Storage area like this picture. The gallery is quite similar to what we saw in Wat Thad Lung, a lot of buddha statues around. I saw a baby stroller with a baby in it. I was expecting to see a local baby when i walked closer with my camera standing by. But it was a Orang Putih Baby! he was biting his toes, so cute! Wat Si Saket is the oldest Wat in Vientiane (1818) which still survived til today! Photos are not allowed in the Main Chapel. What i remember seeing was there were small compartments which can fit 3 buddha statues, and the compartments are all over the wall! They just celebrated its 190yrs old birthday on 3 of April.

I decided to use another way which passed by Wat Haw Phra Kaew and not the one we used to go to the Morning Market (beside Wat Si saket) Took a few picutes outside of Haw Phra, then we proceed to Patoxay (patuxai) the Victory Monument. The ride wasn’t hot and dusty, but i really enjoyed it 😛 We arrived at Patoxay at 4:40pm and it wasn’t too easy to cross the road to get in there. Patoxay is really nice, eventhough it is not painted, but i still think the architecture, the design, the decorations, the atmosphere was Wonderful!!! I love it. While i was cruising around, suddenly a guy said “Hey”, then i looked at him, the thai photographer i met at Wat Phousi of Luang Prabang! haha.. he took my pictures tat day, tats why i remember him!

I felt hungry then i found a stall which sell fried noodles somewhere near the last fountain. Its really convenient to have a bike, it took a minute to get there, if walk, have to walk v long! the Noodles are a bit like tanghoon, but is thicker. Its very sweet as well, even after we put chili sauce. We went to the fountain area and enjoy the romantic atmospher and the shade while eating the noodles. sekali, out of sudden, they played lao’s rock and roll song! u know the atmosphere i enjoyed disappeared immediately! After the food at 5pm, We were ready to climb up Patoxay,..but… ITs CLOSED!! Adui! Took me sometime to get the guy who works there to answer me what time it will open the next day. We took more pictures around then we left.

We took the way which wil pass by the Bowling. then we saw people selling the lottery tickets.. Louis stopped by and tried to understand how that works. we continued our Journey to the Mekong River.. the ride was pleasant (Dusty, windy, and along the way we saw a Immigration Office (Very small), Public Bank of Malaysia, some of the nice hotels of Vientiane. We stopped by at Chao Fa Ngum Statue, Is not a popular tourist spot, but i think this place is nice with big area for local to play some sports and a place for us to rest. This statue has another name – Power of One.

Pride in anyone language is big word.  Building Chao Fa Ngum statue in Vientiane to honour the greatest Lanxang King is an excellent idea.  It will sure lift up Lao spirit and PRIDE.  This is a story of Chao FaNgum, the first king of LANXANG: Chao FaNgum was the grandson of Phraya Khamphong, the ruler of Meuang Sua (Luangprabang). Because it was reputed that he was born with 33 teeth ? an ominous sign for the throne, he was exiled from the land. By the way, one source said that his father, Phi Fa, committed adultery with his grandfather’s concubine, both the father and Chao FaNgum fell from the ruler’s favours and had to leave the country. fierce, elegant, power, ONE…… 

On this very last day in Laos, i was confidently to said “Sabaidee”, “Taodai?”, “Kop Cai lai Lai” and “xxx u sai”. Wanted to ask an uncle how to get to Mekong River, but he didn’t get me… argh… anyway, Louis’s sense of direction is good enuf to lead us there. Finally, We could see Mekong River, found a riverside restaurant with Steamboat BBQ. its similar to the restaurant we had bbq steamboat at Luang Prabang, but this is Openair. I suppose having BBQ Steamboat there is nicer and i do miss the very nice steamboat soup i had in Luang Prabang. But we were too tired to bbq steamboat at that time (6:30pm) . Hence we ordered Fried rice and Papaya Salad only. Thinking about it now, i m regret for not having bbq steamboat tat day 😦 It was the last dinner we had in Laos and beside Mekong River.. actually thinking about it, Out of the 7 dinners we had in Laos, 5 of them were along the Mekong River. I was staring at the pink Mekong river during the sunsetting moment, closed my eyes and feel the breeze… Will i be back here again?

Cycle back to the guesthouse and locked our bicycle properly and SHOWER!! wah.. I was so tan and i felt so oily, sticky and stinky. After shower, i watched “Tom and Jerry” in Lao. We then head out to do some last minute souvenir shopping along the FaNgum Road at about 8pm. I got some necklaces and a Beer Lao Sleeveless shirt. We also had ABC in a busy stall. THe ingredients of the ABC is quite special, never seen those before, even got bananas. The aunty can speak mandarin.

The last thing we did before we slept was counting the money we left and planned properly on how much to spend for the next morning. 50000kip for tuktuk to airport.. Breakfast… Ticket to enter Patoxay.. and how much left for last minute souvenir…11pm…zzzzz… Thats it for my last night in Laos 

We woke up at 7am so that we can catch the 8:30am bus to Phonsavan after breakfast. Packed everything and said good bye to our host. She is a v nice lady with a broad smile always. I really like her and her cosy place. We got the lady who stay next to my room to help us to take a picture outside the guest house. She slipped and fell to the floor when she was walking out the gate due to slippery floor. Oouch.. our host rushed out and offer her to put on medication for her. I think she is really nice 🙂

We wanted to get our bus ticket from our usual travel agent. I stopped at a lao style street side noodle stall and ken went ahead to buy the ticket. I ordered a beef noodle soup and waiting for Ken to come back with the tickets. I waited for quite long and he finally back. and guess wat? “OUT OF TICKET!!” Alamak, we discussed for whole nite and the result is no more ticket to go Phonsavan. haha! and the travel agent is actually quite far away from the noodle soup stall, and he had to take tuk tuk back. hehe..

After our breakfast, we still not giving up to go phonsavan, We tried to get a private van or other option to go phonsavan. There were these 2 japanese gals saw us and asked if we met before. then they told me they saw us jumping up high when taking picture in vang Vieng. As we only jumped once, so i remember i saw 2 japanese gals resting at a bangalow while we were taking the jumping pictures. Tat’s quite funny! Louis actually can’t remember them, but i could. We talked for a while and told them we are going to Phonsavan, then we said goodbye.

We managed to find a public bus to phonsavan at 9am, but seriously, i was feeling very dizzy at that moment, i wasn’t walking straight at times. Knowing 8 hrs on a PUBLIC bus is not easy, with 2nd and 3 rd thought, we decided to drop phonsavan and stay in luang prabang for another day.

We then seek for another guesthouse, we checked out the rooms in Boungnasouk Guesthouse. we did that because i read good reviews about this guesthouse, and i called to book a room and i was told the rooms are full. But the room is not nice, pretty old and i don’t feel comfortable. So i didn’t take the room. There was another guesthouse which cost $45 which is not any figure within our budget. Then we decided to go to the Phousi guesthouse which we had lunch the day before. The friendly waiter was there and he showed us the room. The room is with fan, tv and fridge and cost $15 only. I like the room very much, is very comfortable. the only problem is that the guest house is under renovation, so is quite noisy when the men are at work. And fan rooms are at ground floor, and the curtain is transparent one, no idea if people outside can see what i do inside or not.

It was only 9:30am and is not check in time yet, so we left our backpacks there and went to the National Museum which is just right in front of the guesthouse. THe museum was full of tourists!! We paid x0000kip kept our bags in the locker and started to tour the museum. The museum used to be the Old King’s Palace. We can’t take any picture in there. According to other people’s guide, The King and Queen had their seperate room, there is also one playing room for their children and now it has become a room to display Laos’s traditional dance’s equipment like the musical instrument and masks. There were an area where there are 3 huge potraits of the King and QUeen. and according to other people’s guide, their eyes follow you wherever you go, which we found one of the portraits not so true. There is also an area where they display the gifts to the King from other Countries’ leaders.

Actually the intention of us visiting this museum is to see the Prabang. Prabang is a Golden Buddha statue which was given to Laos by Sri Lankan. Luang Prabang wasn’t called Luang Prabang before the arrival of Prabang. We were thinking how can we leave Luang Prabang without seeing this Prabang.

We then looked around the palace but we can’t see the Prabang. Checked with the receiptionist, then we only know it is not in the visit area which we paid for. Aiya, actually we don need to pay in order to see the Prabang. Anyway, at least we got free guides to tell us stories about the palace. The Prabang is actually a Copy of the real prabang. the Real Prabang is with USSR now because laos owe them money. I felt peaceful looking at the prabang, so i decided to sit down there and rest. In fact, i still felt dizzy.

We then walked to Wat beside the museum, this wat is actually nicely designed.. the whole building is Carved golden, the windows, the doors, inside too. We went in and is really cool and nice. I lied down and almost fell asleep. There is no buddha inside. Later i found out from the internet that the Prabang will be house here soon.

We then walked acrossed to a statue of the Previous King which is just right infront of the empty wat. We then walk closer and found a theatre in there and there was a show showing that nite at 6pm.  We bought the cheapest and furthest ticket at USD8, then we signed the guestbook and left. It was 11am and it was time to check in to the Guest house. The room is nicely cleaned up… i laid down and straightaway fell asleep… zzz nice!

Slept for 3 hrs and woke up for lunch. It was about to rain and the nice waiter lend us 2 children size umbrella. we looked pretty funny with those umbrellas, but we still took it. It Rained as soon as we walked out from the guesthouse, so we had our lunch at Blue Lagoon Cafe which is right beside the GUesthouse. The waiters are nicely dressed and very polite too.. its quite a posh cafe to have lunch in an afternoon. They served us bread with garlic butter spread as appetizer then follow by our main course. We ordered local lao food which is a stew chicken and duno wat fish liao. I like my fish very much. Seriously, i don’t really like lao food.

The rain was over as soon as we done with our late lunch. We left our umbrellas in the cafe and started our Wats Explore Journey. Our Intention was to go to Wat Xienthong, but along the way, we saw a lot of wat. so we just dropped by in each wat, take a few pictures and move on. We passed by a primary school and it was their recess hour. It was just after the rain and the kids were playing with the muddy Water on the ground and there were also hawkers selling food. We first visited Wat Saen, Wat Saen also has some very detail drawings on the wall, ceiling and doors. We then visited 1 or 2 wats and reached Wat Xieng Thong at 3:30pm.

Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important temples in the country of Laos. The word “wat” in Lao means temple, in this case, the Temple of the Golden City. Wat Xieng Thong is very old, built around 1560 by King Setthathirat. At first we were checking out the mosaic in color glass, then we realised there was actually a grand ceremony helding in the wat. The women went into the main chapel, and surround a monk who sat in the center. then they started to read prayers. Outside, there was a camp with a Buddha statue inside and a lot of people knee down. They then bath the buddha statue with water and wipe it clean. at the other side, there were people playing the big drum. At the other side, there are about 50 beds filled with a lot of household items like thermal glass, fan, blanket, container, toothbrush, mirror, and etc.

Everyone started to knee down and pray, i went into the crowd to join them. There was one lao lady who can speak mandarin told me to remove my shoes as is their traditions. I followed but after a while my knees and legs got painful then i decided to walk away and take some pictures. After a while i went back to ask the lady what were the beds for. She told me today is the Last day of the Buddhist New year and those beds were bought by the monks and claim the money later. Those who contributed to the daily household items will get a certificate. She also said that it was raining that day, the buddha was very happy. Before she finish telling me the story, Louis snatched my camera and everyone started to stand up and going after the buddha and so did the lady. they moving the buddha back to the small chapel.  I was kind of worry that they will drop the buddha accidentally. They managed to place it into the chapel successfully and everyone started to cheer!

THe ceremony ended at 4:10pm and The crowd dismissed. We then walked around the main chapel and taking pictures for about 10 minutes. When we were about to leave, we saw a man swinging a buddha statue up high and down for few times. It looks pretty easy, so i went into the small chapel and intended to lift it up. But It is very heavy, and both of us couldn’t lift it up at all. We waited for a while til another man came to try, in fact i saw this man in the same place i had breakfast that morning. He managed to lift up halfway only.

The rain went a bit heavy, we had to stay under a tent for about 30minutes til the rain stopped. We suppose to pay 20 000kip to enter the Wat, but it was a special occasion, so we went in free! We left Wat Xien thong at 5pm and we have only one hour to shower before the 6pm show. But we took our sweet time walking back to the guesthouse. It was dizzling thru-out the way.

After shower, we arrived at the Royal theatre (which is right in front of our guesthouse) at 6pm sharp and i was wearing my new Lao pants. The theatre is quite old and the seats were really sinking in. Its not a grand theatre but somehow i like it, very original and authentic. The show started at about 6:15pm with a Welcome speech by a Lao. He speaks in both English and French, but we couldn’t understand him at all. After a slow welcome dance, then a man with green mask danced. His movement is very slow too, and at the background, there is a fake mountain with a Wat on it, and a Monitor Lizard on it. He danced for a while then the Monitor Lizard fell to the ground and the mountain became a bit slanted. And the Monitor Lizard produced the “Ah oh” sound, which is the sound we been hearing everyday from vang vieng to Luang Prabang, we’ve been wondering wat could it be, and we found the answer!

After the green man, then more dancers came out with a king and a queen. then the greenman came in and then the greenman went back to the mountain to adjust the mountain. I believe the story is about the greenman wanted to rescue the kingdom by killing a monster, however the mountain got slanted and it was very dangerous to the kingdom. So the King asked him to readjust the mountain. At that time, i turned to Louis, he was already asleep. Then there was this monkey dance by a few monkeys. They are quite good, although is still slow movement, but they manage to bring out the characteristic of a monkey. The last show is another slow dance with the queen in the center. Louis told me that the queen must had bribe the choreographer thats why she got the chance to dance at the center. The show ended at 8:20pm and we took some photos with the dancers.

We were not hungry yet so we went to the Hmong market to shop for souvenirs. I bought some tshirts and lao coffee. When we were about to leave, we bet the Phuket guy who was sitting beside me on the mini van. He asked us how come we were not in Phonsavan. We wanted to try the food of a restaurant which looks good and serve lao food. but it was full so we decided to go to the cyber cafe first. Right after the Cybercafe, we met the 2 japanese gals again, and they asked the same question as the Phuket guy. We went to to restaurant again, and we were told their kitchen is close.

We ended up eating at a restaurant along the Mekong River again at about 9:30. We had Steamed Fish on banana leaf, soup and Normal Rice. I decided to have a foot massage and Louis went to the Cybercafe to copy his DVD. The foot massage cost only USD4 for an hr! cheap cheap. But duno why the lao gal pour a lot of massage oil on my feet, i nvr seen my feet went so shiny b4. The massage finished at 11pm, and the street was very dark and i was a bit worry. Walked for a while and saw the Yellow Man! Its Louis! The guest house closed at 10:30pm, there was a guy waiting for us outside 🙂

SABAIDEE!!!! I woke up at 5:15 and went out alone for the morning alm without brushing my teeth. The Macho Receptionist was still sleeping in a Giant Food Net- i mean mosquito net. I looked around, it was still dark and din’t see the sign of people getting ready for the Morning Alm. Went to ask a tuk tuk driver, he said the Monks will pass by that road at 5:30. Since they might be late, then i started to take pictures around the guesthouse. Just after a short while, then i saw one aunty rushed out from the house with a few buckets, then took a broom to clean up the road, throw something to the road, rushing here and there, then i loooked at my right, “OOHH… The monks are COMING!!!” and.. is more than 9 Monks!

the auny quickly kneed down, and the monk queued up. she gave each of them some rice and potato using her hand. then There was another 2 families kneeing down along the street waiting. The monks then walked to the place where the Aunty threw something and started to say prayers for a short while. The monks then proceed to the 2nd family, then i Ran to the 3rd family, which is also an aunty, and kneed down with her with my custard bun ready. I was so excited when its my turn. I put the packeted custard bun into their pot. I can feel that the Pot is very warm, as a lot of cooked food in there. The Macho Receptionist told me there will be only 9 Monks, i prepared for 12, and there were 15 of them. So paisei, cos i couldn’t give to the other 3 Monks. This aunty also gave them some money.  After that  (5:45) i went back to sleep…

I woke up at 7am again, packed and checked out the room. Ride to Scanidavian Bakery for my last breakfast at Laos 😦  It was 7:20am, and I had Fruit Cake this time, and Louis had American Breakfast with Omelet and Fruits. Its really affordable! As Patoxay only opens at 8:30, we had a relax and enjoyable Breakfast. We had ample time to read Newspaper. Vientiane Times Newspaper is as thin as Brunei Times and found an article about “What’s the best way to exercise in Patoxay?”

Riding from Scandinavian to Patoxay is about 15 Mins… Along the way, we passed by the very old stupa, and US Embassy. Alot of ppl queueing for visa. Long Long QUeue… We arrived at Patoxay before 8:30, but it was already open. We went all the way up to the highest point. Along the way up, there are stalls selling shirts and so on.. Actually they shouldn’t had, is kind of spoilt the atmosphere.. The climb was a bit painful, but the view from the peak worth all the hardwork to get here. Thanks god, there was only 1-2 tourists up there. It was quite windy, and I could see the whole vientiane from there.

Before we left, we bought a few tshirts with all our remaining spare money. We Managed to get good discount by keep telling her that we are giving her all we had. We left Patoxay at 9am, I would like to stay longer, but our flight was 10:30. Along the way back to Saysouly, we passed by Australia Vientiane Bank, it was the opening or product launching day, we saw Lion Dance. As planned, we arrived at Hostel at 9:20, and arrived at Airport at 9:40am.

Something unfortunate happening to me here… I didn’t had my box taped properly, and hence i paid USD2 for the packing. the Bloody counter gal asked me what i had inside. And i told her beer and i’m checking in. She Said No no no.. and no matter what i told her and another Air asia guy, they both said No No No, new rules.. whatso ever.. I got so pissed…. my beer… my laobeer.. I took all out at the end, Louis also took all out just incase they stopped him later.  The lady said “thank you” to me, and i was speechless and emotionless . I put the beers into my pushing cart, At first I planned to give away the beers, I gave away a few, then Louis came out with a brilliant idea! sell it to the canteen! we push the cart happily to the Canteen, and they are willing to take it at half Price!

After we went in the gate, i found out that they sell beer there too and its same price as outside. Damn!! Left Laos with disappointment of Losing some beers 😦

LahKon!!! (Bye)

32岁生日

生日咯!
今年生日不一样。 大部分的时间在家做喜欢的事。。。 那就是陪一个重要的人。
一个我爱的人, 一个看到我会手舞足蹈的人, 一个到了夜晚会等我的人, 一个我愿意付出所有的人,一个我一滴一滴奶喂大的人。。。

好快乐的一天。。。

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最喜欢

最喜欢每天早上醒来看到你在身旁。。。

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我的儿子

宝贝, 我们相处已经六个月了。。。 自从你从妈妈肚子冲出来以后,妈妈就一滴一滴的奶,把你喂的那么丰满,妈妈很有耐性, 妈妈也要颁个最佳合作奖给你!!

今天可以没人干扰我们俩。 妈妈可以这样好好的看着你。。。

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妈妈永远爱你哟!

孕妇日记-1

他牵着女人的手,穿过了的停着的车子。
有了身孕的女人,走过窄小的两车间,总得左闪右避的。

走在前面的他,这时慢下脚步转个头来,对着女人说:“有时候,我​忘了你已加码了”
女人低头望着圆圆的肚子想:“加码了没关系,最重要是还有人牵着​你走。。。” ,脸上露出幸福的微笑。。。