It’s a Lao Birthday Party

One of the things about a Lao Birthday party is that being punctual is not a big deal and the party seems to last forever. You get there whenever and there’s plenty of food. I think I got over my food allergy, funny that the last time I had it was in 2005, a reaction from a flu shot and it lasted for a year.  This time it only lasted for 6 months, and hope that it’s the last time.  It would be very sad for me not to be able to eat Lao food anymore, especially at a gathering at PaNoy son’s birthday party. There were so much food, and I didn’t do too bad after eating what’s on my plate,

the bamboo soup,

Tum Mak Houng or Spicy papaya salad freshly picked from PaNoy’s garden.

And the dessert.

Aii Nuk’s hot sauce looks much better sitting next to a sticky rice basket.

PaNoy made a seafood dish for us with freshly picked herbs from his garden, it was delicious by the way.

And the birthday boy, as you can see he had a great birthday.

And not so happy younger brother.

I was not happy with the set that I took, actually very disappointed since my camera doesn’t do too well indoor since I don’t like to use flash, and shooting at ISO 3200 would be optimal in low light situation but there’s so much digital noise that I took my chance and shot at ISO 1600 and the result was blurry when there’s a lot of movement. I had to delete more than half, but there are a few nice photos and after cropping and editing they didn’t look too bad. I still don’t have a solution to my problem, perhaps it’s better to have some digital noise than a blurry image.

Photos were taken with a Canon T2i and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Na’s Birthday

Na celebrated her 10th birthday on Saturday.

My small piece of cake, I could really eat a few more.  The ice cream cake was delicious.

Everyone was busy eating and I didn’t take many photos.

Lee didn’t want her picture taken also. The lighting was real bad inside and I had to shoot with high ISO 3200, which has some digital noise.

This is my dessert.  I think I must have gained at least 5 pounds from the party.

A Lao noodle dish called Kao Poon.  This was my dish also.

Unlike American Birthday party, there were plenty of food.  The Lao steak was served with Lao style spicy bitter sauce and it’s great with sticky rice.  The party started at 4 pm and lasted for several hours.

I made spring rolls and made sweet spicy dipping peanut sauce to go with it this time. Na received many gifts, and her favorite is the MacBook Pro from her dad.

I made another batch to take to my dad the next day.

Fourth Year Anniversary and Many Thanks

It didn’t seem that long and this post has made the 1090 posts, and 4 years of blogging. I want to thank you for your visit, especially to all the commenter and silent readers.

In a way we are very much like the pilgrims but came way later so Thanksgiving celebration is a big thing for us. We had our Thanksgiving lunch at Bo’s parents and dinner at my sister, which she made Pho or Vietnamese noodle soup for us.

Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/6sec, ISO 100, focal length 92mm, evaluative metering

Her Pho stock pot has a nice view.

Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/8sec, ISO 100, focal length 55mm, evaluative metering

The remaining of Sunday’s photos. Biltmore Estate is very pretty in the Fall, with the busy schedule I didn’t make it up there for Autumn peak colors. But what little that’s left is still very pretty.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8, 1/200sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 55mm, pattern metering

The mountain views are as pretty as ever.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/2500sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, exposure bias 0step, focal length 105mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/13, 1/160sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias +0.3step, focal length 135mm, pattern metering

I was glad to see some fall colors.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11, 1/10sec, ISO 100, exposure bias 0step, focal length 35mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/160sec, ISO 100, exposure bias 0step, focal length 55mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8, 1/128sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.7step, focal length 24mm, pattern metering

This was taken before the time-lapse photography.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/13, 1/80sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 35mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 200mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/4, 1/160sec, ISO 100, Exposure bias -0.7step, focal length 135mm, pattern metering

I love panning and  this is a great spot to practice.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11, 1/40sec, ISO 100, exposure bias 0step, focal length 45mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/11, 1/15sec, ISO 100, exposure bias 0step, focal length 67mm, pattern metering

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/8, 1/10sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -0.3step, focal length 96mm, pattern metering

Christmas is around the corner.

Aperture Priority, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/4, 1/50sec, ISO 100, exposure bias -1step, focal length 98mm, pattern metering