Tomas van Houtryve | Journal

Thanks to the support of 140+ project backers on, my story about Laos is going public.

• You can now find it featured on the VII Photo website:

VII feature: Laos | Open Secret

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• A softcover mini-book is now available for purchase directly from Blurb:

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• There is also a hardcover collector’s version of the book, which is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. Please contact me directly for price and availability.

Laos | Open Secret

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• If you are in the Paris area on Monday, June 20, the new photos from Laos will be included in a screening of “Behind the Curtains of 21st Century Communism” as part of the Slideluck Potshow Paris II. The event includes projections of more than 30 other photographers and…

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Angkor Wat Restoration

December 17, 2013

Angkor Wat Restoration projectAngkor Wat Restoration

Angkor Wat Restoration project 3Angkor Wat Restoration project. I would have like to document this whole project. But Unfortunately I did not.

I’ve started a blog about restorations and construction to learn more about the world of Architecture and Engineering:


October 3, 2013

collage triad
Triad II
Originally uploaded by lexly87 aka Duc N. Ly.

Triad II

I started a series of collages on found paper and drawings of geometric shapes.  The work of Euclid fascinates me so I wanted to repeat some of his simple definitions of lines, circles and triangles called triad.  The set of various collages I’ve done over the years was featured on Glossom. 

Moon Festival

September 16, 2013

moon cake lady in the moonmooncakemoon cake taro sugar cane tea

Stand-Up Philosopher

Back in May, I wrote a post about Vipassana Meditation. Well, tomorrow, I will be experiencing the same thing that the prisoners in that documentary experienced. I have to admit, a lot of people will consider this pretty “New Age-y” and I won’t deny that, but I’m also completely fine with it.

I’m looking at this first and foremost as an interesting vacation. Most people go on vacation and they come back feeling more tired, and none the better. Even though this is less than two hours away, I might as well be going to some remote island somewhere, because what I’ll experience in these 10 days is nothing that I will ever experience. So at the very least, it will be challenging and possibly eye-opening.

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I was on boat number PK4037

September 10, 2013


Duc in bidong. ICEM

207856_4310081527_3626_n(1)I was on boat number PK4037    M9526.

If you are on this same boat with me, let’s talk.

I posted this picture in the facebook group Pulau Bidong Alumi we set up several years ago.  It has grown to 880 members and raising.  Some of you have already seen it and been active on it.

Jazzy Places

September 4, 2013

Jazzy Places



I started a list of Jazz songs with place names in the title. I put together a playlist on Grooveshark
  which will be broadcast whenever I’m on line. Thanks for listening.

The playlist link is here. 

Feel free to make suggestions.  I’ll adding to the ever growing list.

Written with a Lamy Safari fountain pen loaded with Waterman Havana brown color ink.
on Staples ‘Arc’ Circa, Rollabind like notebook.  The paper is excellent and has no problem with fountain pen inks.  I use the 8 x 10 for school and the smaller junior size for tasks and lists.

The Jazzy Place project is like a little story that begins to gather stuff momentum around it.  For example.  Yesterday, I was listening to The Nightfly by Donald Fagen.  The first song on the album is I.G.Y and the second song is ‘Green Flower Street’.  Then I was listening to something, ‘The Wind up Bird chronicles?  It mentions Herb Albert’s song with the place name but it was a stinker of  a song.  A walk in the Black Forrest is one of them.  These songs don’t have to have a real city or place names.  For example, It could be “Highway Rider” by Brad Meldau,  which is about a place and a journey.

Brad Meldau has an album with place names appropriately called ‘Places’.  Smooth jazz genera loves place names in there song titles.

There are also the Jazz Standards with Place names such as:  ‘April in Paris’, ‘Basin Street Blues’, ‘Dear Old Stockholm’, ‘Georgia on my Mind’, ‘Harlem Nocturne’, ‘Inner City Blues’, ‘Lullaby Of Birdland’, ‘On a Slow Boat to China’, ‘On the Sunny side of the Street’, ‘St. Louis Blues’, ‘St. Thomas’, ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’, ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’,