Immediately after landing in Yogyakarta, I could sense the relaxed vibe of the city. The area I stayed in had a backpacker feel, but walking a few blocks away you could escape from the more western oriented restaurants and bars. Visiting in March, it was during the rainy season, which I had not expected so … More Yogyakarta

A Step into a Futuristic City–Sinagpore

After some time in Southeast Asia, I was excited to visit Singapore to reap all of its modern amenities. I found the architecture of the skyscrapers throughout the city to be fascinating. Despite the stringent government regulations, I couldn’t help but awe at the transformation that the city has undergone over the past few decades. … More A Step into a Futuristic City–Sinagpore

Weight, Age, and Race in Myanmar–Small Talk

This has been something that I’ve been meaning to write about as it’s something that impacts me daily living in Myanmar. Here, discussions or observations about someone’s weight, age, and race are common place. They actually are topics of small talk with just about anyone–friends, strangers, taxi drivers, my students. From growing up in the … More Weight, Age, and Race in Myanmar–Small Talk

Sagaing Hill

Sagaing was an ancient capital of the Burmese Kingdom, but today people visit the Sagaing Hill to see the golden and white pagodas dotted along the hill. The area is very foggy, so views from a distance of the hill aren’t great, but some of the pagodas are worth seeing. Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda … More Sagaing Hill

Mandalay-Home of the Last Burmese King

The last Burmese king was King Thibaw who lived at Mandalay Palace. The British navigated the Irrawaddy River and captured Mandalay fairly effortlessly during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. King Thibaw was exiled to Ratnagiri India. During colonial rule, the Burmese viewed Mandalay as a city rich with culture and Buddhism, and the city housed many … More Mandalay-Home of the Last Burmese King

Christmas in Myanmar

Surprisingly, Christmas decorations and celebrations are omnipresent in Yangon around Christmas time. Myanmar is a predominately Buddhist country, although Yangon houses the most ethnic and religious diversity. During the leadership of U Nu in the 1960’s, Myanmar even had Buddhism as the state religion. Everyday Buddhism is ubiquitous with at least one pagoda within a … More Christmas in Myanmar