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Hello everyone and welcome to my collection of hubs.  I'm proud to say that I am a writer who was born in Vientiane, Laos and raised in Westchester, NY and have been writing now for over twenty years.  I feed off of feedback and give feedback so if you'd like, I'd be more than willing to help any way I can.  Keep on writing and keep on hubbing!

If you are a newcomer to HubPages please read my hub titled An Introduction to HubPages With Snoopy and Woodstock.  It's everything I wish I knew when first I joined HubPages!

Oh, and just as a few pointers, please take a look at just a few of my short stories: Reba Ashkar is actually a novel excerpt that I will be working on in the near future...Nancy is a story about heartbreak...I, Fraternity is a novel I am currently working on...If I Had Wings is a short story that inspired me to write my first completed novel...For the Love of Buddhism, Blue Fish and The River Girl and the Boy That Loved Her are my latest short stories...My friends and colleagues tell me that The Absence of Aurora is one of their favorites...See You In the Bahamas was just recently written...Please also check out my book reviews on Harry Potter, The Giving Tree, The Sneetches, Danny, Champion of the World, Runny Babbit, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

If you're thinking about taking a vacation, I suggest Luang Prabang, Laos (rated the Number One Travel Destination in 2008; NY Times) and the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas.  While you are in Vegas, West Canyon is the closest Grand Canyon site and is absolutely stunning.  My newest travel hubs are Autumn in New Paltz, New York and Skiing in Lake Placid, New York which I'm sure you'll enjoy.

I've also covered all four of Disney World's Parks in Orlando, Florida, which includes Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.

And if you're getting hungry for a great meal, I suggest some pan-seared pork chops over some Jasmine rice.  It's even better if you wash it down with some Beer Lao!  Thank you for all you do.

You can now also find some of my articles on ezine as well, including Why JK Rowling's Harry Potter Series Isn't Just For Chlldren and Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein.

I was once told that fiction writing doesn't garner much attention at HubPages when I first came aboard so one day, I decided to prove all the critics wrong by writing an entire novel right here on HubPages, titled Revenge, Inc.

Thank you for visiting me!

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  • Blue Fish : A Short Story
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    Blue Fish : A Short Story

    4 years ago

    The following short story is a recount of growing up as an Amerasian in Westchester, New York in the 1980's. I'm dedicating this story to my father, Khamfone who's hope for a bright future for me is unfaltering.

  • Corissa Furr: Import Tuner Magazine Model
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    Corissa Furr: Import Tuner Magazine Model

    10 months ago

    If you're familiar with my other hub articles on Import Models, you'll remember that Kay Sivilay: Import Tuner Magazine Model was the first model I covered. Friends of mine asked me if there were other models "out...

  • A Cappella Group Straight No Chaser
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    A Cappella Group Straight No Chaser

    4 years ago

    Just so there is no confusion, this Hub Article is about the original a cappella group Straight No Chaser--an Atlantic Records recording group from Indiana University (SNC) which was first formed in 1996 and NOT the 10...

  • Maxim Hometown Hotties Finalist Ursula Mayes
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    Maxim Hometown Hotties Finalist Ursula Mayes

    4 years ago

    After having written Ursula Mayes: Hot Import Nights Spokesmodel followed by Deal or No Deal Model Ursula Mayes, I've decided to write one last hub article on her. As a tribute, I thought it fitting and long overdue to...

  • An Introduction to HubPages With Snoopy and Woodstock
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    An Introduction to HubPages With Snoopy and Woodstock

    14 months ago

    To commemorate my 100th hub, I wanted to do something special here at HubPages. I wanted to do something memorable, much like my 50th Hub, Why I Write: A Reflection in which I delved into my passion for writing and how...

  • Tips For Writing Poetry and How to Construct a Poem
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    Tips For Writing Poetry and How to Construct a Poem

    4 years ago

    This hub article will cover three types of poems: The Japanese Haiku, the Shakespearean Sonnet, and the Song Ballad. In essence, I will show you how to write each and hopefully, by the time you're through reading this...

  • 2009 Hankook Girls
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    2009 Hankook Girls

    4 years ago

    After writing a hub article on Falken Tire Show Girls, I decided to write another hub article on arguably their biggest competitors: Hankook Tire USA Umbrella Girls. Another name for them could also be Hankook Spokes...

  • Keurig Platinum B70 Single Cup Coffee Brewer
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    Keurig Platinum B70 Single Cup Coffee Brewer

    6 years ago

    This is the second product I've decided to write a review about. My first-ever product review was on my Samsung Intrepid Smartphone which I still can't talk enough about. I've always been a firm believer that in order...

  • Unexploded Ordnance in Laos - UXO LAO
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    Unexploded Ordnance in Laos - UXO LAO

    3 months ago

    A US-B1 Lancer dropping cluster bombs For over twenty years after the fall of Saigon in 1975, the US had vehemently denied allegations that they spearheaded the most ruthless bombing campaign the world had ever known....

  • Deal or No Deal Model Ursula Mayes
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    Deal or No Deal Model Ursula Mayes

    4 years ago

    Okay, so if you've been following me as of late, you're probably wondering whether or not this "Ursula Mayes" is also Lao or Thai after having checked out Amy Chanthaphavong: Miss Asian America 2009, Alexandra...

  • Do You Know Kung-Fu? : Some Misconceptions About Asians
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    Do You Know Kung-Fu? : Some Misconceptions About Asians

    3 years ago

    All throughout my life I’ve been stereotyped, albeit, in a positive manner, but stereotyped nonetheless for being Asian. Much of it has to do with given a backhanded compliment, which is a form of subtle racism...

  • Kay Sivilay: Import Tuner Magazine Model
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    Kay Sivilay: Import Tuner Magazine Model

    5 years ago

    The first time I saw Karouna "Kay" Sivilay featured in Import Tuner Magazine, I thought I was in love. Looking back now, I don't think that it was love, but something very much like it, ha ha. For the first...

  • Amy Chanthaphavong: Miss Asian America 2009
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    Amy Chanthaphavong: Miss Asian America 2009

    2 years ago

    I actually stumbled upon Amy Chanthaphavong while doing a search for the SEA Games which was held for the first time in Vientiane, Laos. In the article about the SEA Games was mention of Miss Asian America 2009 Amy...

  • Ray Harryhausen: The Father of Stop Motion Animation
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    Ray Harryhausen: The Father of Stop Motion Animation

    6 years ago

    Born on June, 29, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, Ray Harryhausen is an American icon.  As an American film producer and special effects wizard; Ray Harryhausen is renowned for his contributions as...

  • Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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    Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    3 months ago

    Just recently, I bought my seven-year-old niece Erica three Dr. Seuss books for her birthday—Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches and Other Stories, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas—after having learned that...

  • A Writer's Essentials: The Things I Cannot Do Without
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    A Writer's Essentials: The Things I Cannot Do Without

    6 years ago

    Robot-Inspired Flash Drive Over the years, a couple of people have asked me, "What does a writer need to write effectively on a daily basis?"  As most writers will tell you, WRITERS WRITE. Write well,...

  • Samsung Intrepid Review
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    Samsung Intrepid Review

    5 months ago

    After much deliberation, I finally decided to do a product review after having bought the actual product that I'm reviewing as it makes perfect sense to. To me, reviewing a product that I haven't actually tested out...

  • Skiing in Lake Placid, New York
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    Skiing in Lake Placid, New York

    5 years ago

    Back when I was in college in Plattsburgh, New York, I was told by my advisor that I had to choose an elective in order to suffice my General Education requirements. I had so many choices and didn’t like any of...

  • Stay the Course; Follow Your Dreams
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    Stay the Course; Follow Your Dreams

    2 months ago

    Please be advised that the following article may discourage or encourage you to succeed or fail in life, like it or not. I may be supporting or arguing the fact that you should or should not follow your dreams however...

  • An Introduction To Sticky Rice
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    An Introduction To Sticky Rice

    5 years ago

    Before even diving into a hot basket of steaming sticky rice, make sure you do a temperature test much the same way you stick your big toe in a lake before jumping in (although I don't recommend you trying the exact...

  • Book Review: Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein
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    Book Review: Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein

    18 months ago

    Runny Babbit lent to wunch And heard the saitress way, “We have some lovely stabbit rew—I Our Special for today.” So if you say, “Let’s bead a rook That’s billy as can...

  • Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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    Book Review: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

    3 years ago

    Imagine a world without the warmth of the sun, where no plant life grows. The world around you is covered in soot or ash and more falls upon you instead of rain, snow, or hail. Imagine a world without jobs,...

  • The New York Jets' Mark Sanchez and Supermodel Hilary Rhoda
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    The New York Jets' Mark Sanchez and Supermodel Hilary Rhoda

    17 months ago

    At the behest of a fellow Hubber who is no doubt a New York Jets fan, I decided to try my pen and keyboard at writing a hub on New York Jets sensation and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. When doing so, I also found an...

  • Autumn In New Paltz, New York
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    Autumn In New Paltz, New York

    2 months ago

    Several years ago when first I transferred from Plattsburgh to New Paltz, New York, I didn’t know what to expect. My emotions were an equal mix of both excitement and fear as I began a new chapter in my life....

  • Unrequited Love: The One That Got Away
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    Unrequited Love: The One That Got Away

    4 years ago

    Author's Note: I want to thank my friend and confidante, Fierycj for inspiring me to write this hub. After reading First Crush: Reba Ashkar: A Short Story, he insisted that I contact her and find out her whereabouts. ...

  • American Express Centurion: The Black Card
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    American Express Centurion: The Black Card

    11 months ago

    American Express Centurion or American Express Black is the card in which all other cards are compared to. Perhaps the most coveted of all credit cards or charge cards for that matter, the American Express Card is...

  • Book Review: Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
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    Book Review: Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

    5 years ago

    General Overview When reading Road Dahl’s, Danny, Champion of the World as a child, I was drawn into the idea of a tight-knit family consisting of simply a father and his son. The closeness between Danny and...

  • Alexandra Bounxouei: The Lao Princess of Pop
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    Alexandra Bounxouei: The Lao Princess of Pop

    2 years ago

    Courtesy AlexandraBounxouei.com Chances are, unless you are Lao (like me) or Bulgarian, you've never heard of Alexandra Bounxouei (pronounced boon-soo). As her title indicates, Alexandra or Sandra for short, is...

  • The Jackfruit: The Jack of All Fruits
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    The Jackfruit: The Jack of All Fruits

    7 years ago

    Okay, so now I've completed the, "Trinity of Fruit," who rule the entire Fruit Kingdom of the World. Although not exactly known as "The Jack of All Fruits of the World," I'm giving it such a title...

  • Visit Walt Disney World: Animal Kingdom
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    Visit Walt Disney World: Animal Kingdom

    7 years ago

    If you are indeed planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom should not be missed. The Kilimanjaro Safari alone is reason enough to go to Animal Kingdom, as it's a fun and exciting attraction with many...

  • Visit Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom
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    Visit Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom

    18 months ago

    Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kindom If you are planning to visit Walt Disney World, I suggest that you go to Magic Kingdom first. To me and my family, it was the best way to start our tour of all four parks: Magic...

  • Visit Walt Disney World: Epcot Center
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    Visit Walt Disney World: Epcot Center

    3 months ago

    Spaceship Earth I always wanted to go to Disney World when I was a kid, but coming from a working class family with two brothers and two sisters, I wasn't ever able to go. When I reached adulthood, I lost interest (as...

  • Khene: The Mouth Organ of Laos
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    Khene: The Mouth Organ of Laos

    3 months ago

    The khene or khaen One Lao poem has stated that: "A PERSON LIVING UNDER A STILTED HOUSE, WHO EATS STICKY RICE AND PLAYS THE KHENE IS LIKELY TO BE LAO OR ASSOCIATED WITH THE LAO PEOPLE". One of the most...

  • The Durian: King of All Fruits
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    The Durian: King of All Fruits

    5 years ago

    Having written an article on "The Mangosteen: Queen of all Fruits" (and now, "The Jackfruit: The Jack of All Fruits") I believed it only fitting that I write an article on "The Durian: King of...

  • Lao Folktales : The Crescent Moon Comb
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    Lao Folktales : The Crescent Moon Comb

    7 years ago

    Author's Note: A word about mia noi or minor wives For married men to have minor wives is a common practice in both Thai and Lao societies. A minor wife is a mistress in which a married man will have in addition to...

  • Does Eli Manning Deserve a $97 Million Contract Extension?
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    Does Eli Manning Deserve a $97 Million Contract Extension?

    5 years ago

    A while ago, I posted this question on the sports forum here on Hubpages to see what others thought of Eli Manning's exorbitant contract extension and whether or not he truly deserves the king's ransom of 6 years, $97.5...

  • The Mangosteen: Queen of All Fruits
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    The Mangosteen: Queen of All Fruits

    11 months ago

    Lots of Mangosteen, Courtesy of kylestamper.com A mangosteen is a tropical fruit that grows in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Although the root word, "mango" is ever present in its...

  • Viva Las Vegas Vacation
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    Viva Las Vegas Vacation

    12 months ago

    Embarrassing as it may be, my flight to Vegas in October of 2005 was the first time I flew on an airplane since the age of four. The only thing I remember from my flight then was that I had to use one of those...

  • Lao Folktales : The Mango Tree
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    Lao Folktales : The Mango Tree

    4 years ago

    A real mango tree! There once was a beautiful mango tree that grew in the jungle near a village. Each and every year when its fruit was in season, the children from the village would run into the jungle and harvest...

  • Wilderness First-Aid and Outdoor Survival
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    Wilderness First-Aid and Outdoor Survival

    4 years ago

    Courtesy of treehugger.com Before I could teach mountain biking to campers in New Hampshire I was told that I needed first to be certified by the National Safety Council in Adult and Child CPR. In addition to getting...

  • Visit Luang Prabang Laos
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    Visit Luang Prabang Laos

    3 months ago

    Wat Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang Laos Steeped in history and tradition, Luang Prabang is Laos' Crown Jewel. Inducted into the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1995 as a World...

  • Lawrence Taylor: A Force of Nature
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    Lawrence Taylor: A Force of Nature

    3 months ago

    Lawrence Taylor was a god to me. He epitomized what a football player should be. The best way I can describe him is that he moved like lightning and hit like thunder. He showcased superhuman abilities and defensive...

  • The Grand Canyon's West Rim
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    The Grand Canyon's West Rim

    5 years ago

    The West Rim of the Grand Canyon In October of 2006, I was asked by my sister and her husband to go to Las Vegas for ten days. Aside from the fact that my job was killing me and that I needed a break, Vegas was on my...

  • Lao Folktales : The Magic White Swan
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    Lao Folktales : The Magic White Swan

    5 days ago

    Once there was a lonely farmer who decided to go fishing one day. He wore a shawl around his head to save from being bitten by mosquitoes and other bugs and carried a long fishing net. When he reached the river, he cast...

  • Book Review: The Sneetches By Dr. Seuss
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    Book Review: The Sneetches By Dr. Seuss

    5 years ago

    The Sneetches are a group of yellow bird-like creatures that live on a beach in a far away land. And on this beach there are two types of Sneetches: One type with green stars on their bellies and one type without. The...

  • Beer Lao
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    Beer Lao

    18 months ago

    As I recall, I first learned about Beer Lao from a T-Shirt. While walking around one day at my Buddhist Temple fair grounds during a festival, I spotted a Lao guy not much younger than me walking around sporting a...

  • Harry Potter: Dark Vs. Light
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    Harry Potter: Dark Vs. Light

    2 months ago

    To celebrate the opening of the sixth installment of the Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I thought it sensible to write a HUB on Harry Potter. The release date was July 17th, 2009. So, just in...

  • Complete This Story: Trouble in Paradise, Exercise 1
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    Complete This Story: Trouble in Paradise, Exercise 1

    7 years ago

    Hello everybody and thank you Brenda for bringing me an apple today! (Just kidding, Brenda) On my first ever "Class on Writing" the submissions/support was overwhelmingly above and beyond anything I expected....

  • Write a 55-Word Story
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    Write a 55-Word Story

    11 months ago

    From winningwriters.com: Sponsored by Tom Howard books, the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is hosting its 18th annual contest. Any type of original short story, essay or other work of prose is eligible....

  • 15 Minute Pork Chops
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    15 Minute Pork Chops

    6 years ago

    In this quick and easy recipe, you will need three main ingredients: Pork chops, Goya Adobo and Accent. Yes, you read correctly, there are only three ingredients! Aside from this, you will need a frying pan, preferably...

  • Book Review: The Giving Tree
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    Book Review: The Giving Tree

    5 years ago

    Hopefully like me, you love to read. As a kid, my family didn't have much money. Buying new books was a luxury that we could not afford, especially in a family of five children. That was why when a friend of the family...

  • How to Write a Novel and Find the Voice Within
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    How to Write a Novel and Find the Voice Within

    2 months ago

    How I know I'm a Writer Hello. My name is Dohn and I am a writer. No one ever told me that I was a writer (thank God) and no one ever had to. How I became a writer was a conscious decision I made on my part and not...

  • If I Had Wings: A Short Story
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    If I Had Wings: A Short Story

    6 years ago

    My family and I came to America right after Jimmy Carter left office. My first American memory arrived at John F. Kennedy airport, where we landed. It was cold in America, I remembered that very well. What I...

  • Cloudbursts In a Small Island Village
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    Cloudbursts In a Small Island Village

    2 months ago

    Korean author Hwang Sun-Won's stories, Cloudburst and In a Small Island Village examines the degree of social deterioration within Korean society, due to the Japanese occupation. Both storieshave parallel themes,...

  • Escape: A True Story
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    Escape: A True Story

    2 months ago

    The following story is a true account as told to me by my father from memory. I oftentimes wonder what would have happened if it was that my paternal grandfather did not escape that night. Bless you, Grandpa and thank...

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