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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 »

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 »

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