Sunday, March 4, 2012

a new chapter


Welcome to the first post from Frog & Moon!

I'm Kelly and I've been living in Laos since 2009. I'm also a soon-to-be-mom, due in August 2012.
This blog is to share my love of Laos, all thing DIY, Art, Plant Medicine and Montessori.

(painting by Kristina Lim) 

A little background on Frog & Moon. The story of the Frog and Moon is a folktale in Laos. It also happened on the night I found out I was pregnant, so it's rather special to me. (and here I thought everyone was lighting fireworks and shooting at the moon because of my good news... j/k) 

The tale of the Frog and Moon goes something like this:

"The folktale tells of a giant frog that tried to eat the moon. This in reality is how the Lao explain a lunar eclipse. The disappearance of the moon is taken as a bad sign, so Lao people make a great effort of scaring the frog away from the moon. They fire their guns into the air and make as much noise as they can. The frog is frightened by the noise and it releases its grip on the moon and it is restored to its original shape."

So the moon stays the moon and the frog goes back to eating what frogs eat and in the end all is quiet again when the people put away the noisemakers. 

But for me, my life won't quite be the same as before the frog tried to eat the moon. :)

I look forward to sharing and learning as I start this new chapter. 
With love,


  1. Thank you Kelly! I was double checking my facts on this story, and came across your blog, courtesy of Google. I went to school in Vientiane 1969-1971, and went back with a reunion tour with American School of Vientiane alumni last January. It was the first time I'd been back in 40 years, and things have certainly changed.
    I hope you enjoy your life in Laos! I hope to bring my family there too for a visit. Are you in Vientiane?
    Claudia Kean

  2. Your welcome Claudia! I sent you an email, hope you receive it. Yes, I'm in Vientiane.. will be for some time. ; )