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Birds over boat in Inle Lake, Burma

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Birds over boat in Inle Lake, Burma

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Dreidel Regala

Love this moment. It really shows how alive and unique Inle Lake is.

Fisherman in Burma

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George Orwell’s time as a police

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George Orwell’s time as a police

Posted on 20 May 2014 by Dreidel Regala

Streets of Yangon

Streets of Yangon

Known for writing Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) and Animal Farm, Eric Blair (a.k.a. George Orwell) was once upon a time a policeman in Burma.

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Of Angkor and Bagan

Posted on 19 April 2014 by Dreidel Regala

History

Angkor Wat

Bagan temples and Pagodas

Cluster

Bayon temple

Bagan pagodas

Riding

Horsecart in Angkor

Buses in Bagan

Carvings

Interior carving

Exterior carving

Walls

Storytelling

Painting

Vendor art

Vendor art in Angkor

Vendor art in Bagan

Patterns

Pattern

Pattern

Opening

Opening

Temple passages

Gold

Golden roots

Shwezigon pagoda

Beings

Deity

Deity

Overlooking

Overlooking

Overlooking

Temple grounds

Temple grounds

Temple grounds

Colors

Colors

Colors

Anterior

Temple faces

Temple faces

Grand

Angkor Wat

Bagan

Spaces

Angkor Wat

Bagan sunset

Frames

Angkor Wat

Bagan

Lines

Wall detail

Buddha inside

Choices

Doors

Doors

These photos were taken in Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Bagan, Burma (a.k.a. Myanmar)

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Burma: The Yangon Circle Line Train

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Burma: The Yangon Circle Line Train

Posted on 14 March 2014 by Dreidel Regala

It’s an hour past noon and the passengers were settling in on the plane. As usual I was quick to fasten the belt on my (aisle) seat and ready to fly. This time to Bangkok.

“So where are you from?”, asked the boy who was sitting by the window.

“Philippines”, realizing I’d always smile whenever I say my country.

“Did anyone…”

“..tell me that I look Burmese? Ah yes a lot”

I think he was about to say – I knew it! but then asked “And you’re just traveling in Myanmar?”.

“Yeah”, instantly images of Burma a week ago started to fill my head.

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As I was wandering the streets around Sule Pagoda, the sun took on the skies like a boss and lounged all of Yangon in sweat so I decided to kill my remaining hours in the bus terminal instead.

Several confused looks and hand mimes past, I eventually got to the Yangon Central Railway Station which will then take me to the terminal.

Yangon Railway

Central Station Bridgeway

“Hi, how do I get here?”, pointing to Paywetseikkon station in the map.

“Paywetseikkon. Ah 15 minutes”, said the boy behind the old wooden table as he write my ticket details. “Okay wait. I’ll show you train later.”

The station was less busy than I thought. No morning madness. Just some people waiting for their designated train, others carrying big sacks, while a couple of young boys were selling what looks to be bottles of water.

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Central Station

Yangon Central Station

Yangon Central Station

Yangon Central Station

The Circle Train literally circles around Yangon which means anyone who is bored can decide to sit and just enjoy the full 3 hour ride into the deep towns. Hop off if you find something interesting then hop back in to the next passing train. Mingle with the townsmen, soak in the common folks life, or just sit in the train station observing how quiet Burma lives.

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Circle Train

It was a window on what the real Burmese life is. Away from foreigners, away from tourists.  It looked so familiar but it feels so different. And a lot of what I’ve seen during my short time around this railway can only be captured with my imagination.

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Central Station

 

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Circle Train

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 “So how was it? Did you like it?”, sensing his eagerness I knew he had a wonderful time too.

“Oh yes. Place is amazing. And definitely the culture.”

Meanwhile in the background, our plane’s wheels were up in the air.

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Burma Culture: The Thanaka

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Dreidel Regala

Distinctly Burmese, thanaka (a.k.a. thanakha) is worn in the face and other parts of the body as an ornament and protector against sun. It is also believed as a good skin moisturizer.

Little girl wearing thanaka

Little girl wearing thanaka

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I am heading to Burma – Join me!

Posted on 19 December 2013 by Dreidel Regala

Destination: Burma (Myanmar)

Date: March 1 – 8

This place is on a hot seat recently well who wouldn’t be intrigued if it promises a window to the past. Described as a place where everything seemed to have stood still while the rest of the world was busy with industrialization and commercialization.

I’m so excited to see Bagan!

Here’s a photo of the placid Inle Lake and the amazing balancing of the fisher.

Inle Lake Myanmar (Burma)

© Photo taken by Cynthia MacDonald

 

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