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Staff Favorites: April – What are you most looking forward to, this year?

In honor of Lao New Year’s (how many other civilizations/countries figured out that a calendar of some type would be a huge asset?) and all the cleaning we do to start the new year fresh…we asked our staff: What are you most looking forward to, this year? I swear I saw something about meeting a Kardashian but hey–gone with the new year, huh? =)  –Sai Sisavatdy ~~ Donna Luangmany: I count myself lucky; life with my large family is abundantly full of love and joy (and a lot of chaos, but that just keeps things interesting!). As the new year dawns, I’m most looking forward to spending time with family – those related by blood and adopted in by love. I’m also excited for all the growth that’s on the horizon. My children are developing into amazing little people and it’s a pleasure to witness. I hope to grow too; creatively, professionally, and as a parent and role model for them. I am a careful and meticulous planner. But I’ve learned over the years that …

Culture vs Converse: Shoo to All Shoes or are your Jimmy Choo’s Exempt?

Entering a house with bare feet is second nature to us Lao. We wouldn’t dare walk through someone’s abode with our street shoes on. But there are many Americans who disagree. In fact, it can be a controversial topic! Removing your shoes might ruin a carefully curated outfit, make you cold, or worse, expose your mismatched socks and smelly feet. And who can forget that Sex and the City episode where Carrie took off her Manolos and someone else went home with them?! Have you ever wondered why we take off our shoes? Or do you need some fuel for the “shoes off” side of the debate? Follow along. Removing shoes is a common practice in many parts of the world. You’ll find footwear by the front entry in Japan, Vietnam, and South Korea. And this isn’t just common in the East. Some people in Germany, Switzerland, Finland, and Turkey cringe at just the thought of hanging out inside with your shoes on. Here in Canada, most of us leave our shoes at the door, …