Hindu way of saying hello

Elderly Nepali lady greeting passersby with a Namaskar gesture

Elderly Nepali lady greeting passersby with a Namaskar gesture

 

A traditional Hindu "Namaskar" gesture, when hands are joined together at chest level, is a greeting and a sign of respect.
Namaskar is easily distinguishable from similar Buddhist greeting, as the latter additionally includes a noticeable head bow.  READ MORE »

Towering Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri mountain towering above the buildings of Baglung, Nepal

Dhaulagiri mountain towering above the buildings of Baglung, Nepal

 

Seeing Himalayas for the first time, took my breath away.

I am used to plains of Lithuania. Our highest mountain is 293 meters, still it is impossible to find it, as all the area is of a similar elevation.

Skiing in Austria broadens the vertical horizons up to around three kilometers.  READ MORE »

Nepali desecuritisation

Armed police running with arms on streets of Kathmandu, Nepal

Armed police running with arms on streets of Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Armed troops is an uncommon sight in Nepal nowadays. Maoists and "conventional" Nepalese political parties, reaching the phase two of peace process, agreed to limit the appearance of arms to territory of barracks in January 2007, and allowed UN to control it to some extent.  READ MORE »

Sadhu models

Wandering holy Hinduist man - a "sadhu" in Pashupatinath temple near Kathmandu, Nepal

Wandering holy Hinduist man - a "sadhu" in Pashupatinath temple near Kathmandu, Nepal

If Myanmar was quite a different experience from the countries we visited so far, Nepal takes it to different heights. Sight of sadhu (Hindu holy wandering man) alone makes you think you're on a different planet.  READ MORE »

Unexpected multitasking

Security guard and a DJ working in one of shops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Security guard and a DJ working in one of shops in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Malays are crazy about education. The only thing that they are even more crazy about, is efficiency.
Please meet the employee of one of Kuala Lumpur's supermarkets - security-guard-and-a-DJ-in-one.  READ MORE »

Where's the Asia in Malaysia?

Ladies holding hands on a street of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ladies holding hands on a street of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Short stop of two days in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. Not much time for insights, but a few things certainly catch the eye:  READ MORE »

Barefooted buddhism

Early morning at Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Early morning at Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

 

Monsoon period in Myanmar, and, specifically in Yangon, means that it rains a few times per day, without the possibility to easily determine when will the rain start, and when will it stop.

Due to this reason we have been postponing the visit to Shwedagon pagoda, country's main religious monument, for a few days. It was constantly rainy, with dark grey sky and no sun. A definite no-go, especially having photography in mind.  READ MORE »

Drinking guessing game

Glass with unidentified sport symbols, Yangon, Myanmar

Glass with unidentified sport symbols, Yangon, Myanmar

 

We had it in Laos, and it's time for it again. Ladies and gentlemen, "Decode the image" is back!

I've found this glass in a breakfast area of Yangon's Haven Inn hotel.

Your entries decoding what is portrayed here are mostly welcome. My humble take is as follows.  READ MORE »

Small cargoes lift

Improvised lifting device, Yangon, Myanmar

Improvised lifting device, Yangon, Myanmar

 

It looked just like all the rest multi-apartment buildings, and only after leaving the city and coming back for a second time, we noticed that ropes with hooks, handles and plastic bags on their ends are hanging down from every window and balcony on the streets of Yangon.  READ MORE »

Chew and spit, as you see fit

Happy father and a kid, Myanmar

Happy father and a kid, Myanmar

 

A lot of men and women in Myanmar are seen spitting red liquid on the streets. At first it seems like they are ill and that's blood, but soon it becomes clear that it is a result of chewing a betel nut.  READ MORE »

Casual bodybuilders

Cutting grass in Yangon, Myanmar

Cutting grass in Yangon, Myanmar

 

Many men in Myanmar look like casual bodybuilders. No overweight and muscular. Couldn't identify the reason behind that, as the food that they eat is quite fat, and not everybody practices as much physical work as this person does.  READ MORE »

Templemania

Temple. Midday. Bagan, Myanmar

Temple. Midday. Bagan, Myanmar

 

Though the purpose of our travel wasn't "seeing it all", some facts make me scratch my head.

Bagan, a city in Myanmar, has around 4000 temples in and around it. Significant part of them are important cultural and archaelogical monuments.  READ MORE »

Photographer's schedule

Temple. Sunrise. Bagan, Myanmar

Temple. Sunrise. Bagan, Myanmar

 

So you want to make good travel photographs?

Easy. Just follow the schedule below:  READ MORE »

The privileges of being a monk

Two buddhist monks travelling comfortably from Mandaly to Bagan, Myanmar

Two buddhist monks travelling comfortably from Mandaly to Bagan, Myanmar

 

I still have mixed feelings about Buddhist monks. Some of them are deeply religious and seemingly devoted to what they believe in, while others chat with on their mobiles, smoke and ride about on motorbikes.  READ MORE »

Lithuania, a Shan state of Myanmar

Representation of national colors and territory of Shan state in Hsipaw, Myanmar

Representation of national colors and territory of Shan state of Myanmar

 

Call to the the geography experts: which country's flag does it resemble, and which country's territory?  READ MORE »

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