A day in Asia

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 »

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 »

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