Drinking chemical waste

Plastic bag with green soft drink and a straw, Kyaukme, Myanmar

Plastic bag with green soft drink and a straw, Kyaukme, Myanmar

 

Takeaway drink in this case ment pouring the contents of the bottle with a soft drink into a plastic bag and putting a straw inside.  READ MORE »

Regardless of anything, women want to look nice

Elder woman of Palaung minority prepares herself for a photograph near Kyaukme, Myanmar

Elder woman of Palaung minority prepares herself for a photograph near

Kyaukme, Myanmar

 

Coming from different cultures and being different ages - it can be uneasy to understand each other.

I asked if I can make her photograph. She waved her hands intensively, giving me a clear signal.  READ MORE »

Simple practical things long forgotten

Palaung man blowing into the fireplace with a pipe near Kyaukme, Myanmar

Palaung man blowing into the fireplace with a pipe near Kyaukme, Myanmar

 

Many things in Asia seem strange, inappropriate or even unacceptable. Could be so, but what I also learned is that there is usually a simple and practical explanation behind the action.  READ MORE »

Afterlife luxuries

Paper car to be burned in Chinese cemetary, Kyaukme, Myanmar

Paper car to be burned in Chinese cemetary, Kyaukme, Myanmar

 

This is a car. Made from paper, still it is nearly the size of a real prototype. Loaded onto a truck, its destination is Chinese cemetary, where it will be burned and in that way sent up to the heavens, as a present to the ancestors. The fate of the horse that is standing near the car is the same.  READ MORE »

The surreal people's desire

Banner in town of Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar

Banner in town of Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar

 

Overwhelming majority of locals in Myanmar that I met were nice, polite and peaceful. Based on this, I do not believe that "Oppose, oppose, oppose, crush!" is their desire.  READ MORE »

Myanmar's best kept beauty secret

Boy with a thanakha makeup in Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar

Boy with a thanakha makeup in Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar

 

In Myanmar, the most popular makeup by far is thanakha. It is a paste, made from the bark of a thanakha tree grinded together with some water on a flat stone. It is later applied by ladies on their faces, and at the same time plays the role of a fragrance, sun protection and a beautifier.  READ MORE »

Defending the protected

Restricted access to internet in Myanmar

Restricted access to internet in Myanmar

 

An active defendant of human rights, Myanmar, continues to actively defend its citizens against the evil influence of capitalistic democracy.  READ MORE »

Playful residents

Small kitten roaming around the teak monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar

Small kitten roaming around the teak monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar

 

Shwe In Bin Kyaung is a small and peaceful wooden monastery in Mandalay. Spending an hour there, we met two monks and a kitten.  READ MORE »

Top Mandalay sights

Pagoda on top of Mandalay hill in Myanmar

Pagoda on top of Mandalay hill in Myanmar

 

Climbing to the Mandalay hill rewarded us with a prize of glittering temple and magnificent panoramic views to the surrounding plains.
As well as the ugly Novotel hotel and a city prison.  READ MORE »

The occupation of Mandalay

Monks gathering alms. Early morning in Mandalay, Myanmar.

Monks gathering alms. Early morning in Mandalay, Myanmar.

 

Buddhist monks, big and small, leave the monastery each morning and go around the place gathering alms.
Mandalay, according to some sources, is home to around 60% of all Myanmar's monks, and their increased presence is easily spotted on the streets.  READ MORE »

"Mudest" children

Children playing in muddy water in Yangon's streets, Myanmar

Children playing in muddy water in Yangon's streets, Myanmar

 

Continuing the examples of "things to learn in Asia", is children and their education. An average American or European mother would have a heart stroke spotting her children playing like that in a dirty water flooding the street. Bacteria, infections, ethics and whatnot are the monsters here.
Asian mothers tend to look at the issue relaxed. They grab their few months old children, put them on their backs and continue to do the daily business without any worries. As a result, children get daily exposure to the real world and grow up healthy and fit.  READ MORE »

True transport for public

Overcrowded pickup truck in street of Yangon, Myanmar

Overcrowded pickup truck in street of Yangon, Myanmar

 

On our way from airport to the hotel, a taxi driver told about sky high prices of petrol currently in Myanmar. Also, individuals are not permitted to own motorbikes.  READ MORE »

Men and skirts

Men wearing traditional skirts in Yangon, Myanmar

Men wearing traditional skirts in Yangon, Myanmar

 

New country, upon arrival to it, instantly makes a few strong impressions. The first one in Myanmar was men wearing skirts. Old gentlemen, young boys, men of middle age.  READ MORE »

Availability of internet in Myanmar

The plane in Chiang Mai airport is waiting to take us to Myanmar (Burma is a former name of the country).  READ MORE »

Common things between nations of South East Asia

We've been to 4 countries in South Eastern Asia so far, spent around a month in each of them.

Looking at some aspects, they are very different, but in some cases they happen to be quite similar. In the next 4 posts I will illustrate the similarities by using simple examples. 

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