Friday, July 23, 2010

From Beer Lao to Bear Lao

Please read my article on Expat-Advisory about the Laos Bears - Luang Prabang Rescue Centre at Tat Kuang Si

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

We need rain in Laos

Young Rice

It"s not only me sweating like crazy the whole day, it's more seriously about the farmers: They desperately need RAIN!

Rice seedlings in fields all around the country are struggling to grow as rainfall continues to be erratic, a problem which may impact on this wet season's rice production.

Only some are more lucky, if they can afford modern technology:

And while farmers with modern irrigation systems have little cause for
concern, this luxury is limited to a select few.

I am following a discussion on Laofab, about wether it's good or not for farmers to rent their fields to companies and make some extra money.

Getting dangerous in Vientiane?

Read this today:

There are 151 road accidents in Vientiane Capital in this month, decreased by almost 20 per cent as compared to the month before, said Head of the Vientiane Administration Office, Mr. Khamphong Boutdavong.

Meanwhile this month sees a change in number of criminal incidents. Hundred and seventy-five criminal incidents are recorded in this month, increased by 31 per cent from last month.

Hmm. is the World Cup a reason? Or economy? People here easily blaming Vietnamese for burglary, but in Vietnam they blamed the Cambodians and in Cambodia it was always the Vietnamese. So what?

I guess it's just normal that a growing city attracts every kind of people. Like criminals. Thats a price development has to pay.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Best service for new expats in Laos

Before we moved to Laos we were looking for a reliable real estate service to find a new home. We found J & C real estate, and that was the best that happened to us. Stephan and Cameron, who are running the company, are not only real estate agents, they give you a full service.
That starts with a welcome package: They take you around town (Vientiane), show you were the doctors are and the schools, the supermarkets and the best restaurants. In a one day trip you will see the most important things for living (and some sightseeing as well).
We also found a nice house, although moving in May isnt the best time since most expats are leaving in June and July, so the selection of houses was quiet small. Anyway, we (they) found a great place for us.
We also got perfect service regarding the move of our dogs from Vietnam: J&C provided us the necessary documents, like the import permit for the dogs. at immigration, with this documents everything went find and easy.
When I was looking for a insurance for my car, J&C also provided us with a good offer, as well as for our house content. The company always gives you a lot of helpful advice.
Last but not least the give you on hand a bunch of documents, from snakes in Laos to "How to cross the border to Thailand on the friendship bridge".

If you consider moving to Laos, call J&C real estate. You will not regret it.