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Three days and two nights in the mountains, Kawal - Inle Lake, Myanmar

It’s weird catching an eight hour bus at 7am in the morning, but this was different. The roads in Myanmar are terrible! Not only the roads, but the driving is rather crazy too, with even the bus driver on the horn twenty four seven. 1,199 more words

Travel

Thief of Teeth

Not inside sheath
Time stole teeth from
Beneath and up

Funny Poetry

Quiet days in Pyin Oo Lwin

Following on the colonial heritage trail, we took a 2-hour shared taxi ride to the former British hill station Pyin Oo Lwin. The ride itself is not too spectacular, but it was interesting to see how all along the steep ride up the hill, vehicles were making use of cold mountain water to cool down their over-heated motors that were clearly not build to operate in these conditions. 329 more words

eGov in action: How to verify voter registration online

A few weeks ago, the Union Election Commission launched a website (checkvoterlist.uecmyanmar.org) for Burmese voters to confirm whether they’re actually registered on their wards’ voter rolls, without having to visit the UEC ward offices. 123 more words

Burma

Novice at Sunglasses

As usual, it was their idea and not my own! One of the novice monks at the monastery — I’ll place the blame solely on Naing Aung — in Shan State’s Tat Ein village asked to borrow my sunglasses. 117 more words

Travel

Snap Happy in Bagan

After five months on the road I find I have gained a new and useful skill! I can now determine gold paint from gold leaf and gold plates. 609 more words

Backpacking