One last hurrah

My plan before leaving Myanmar was to fill my cup full. Little did I know it would end sooner then I thought. It’s hard to choose the best pictures when your heart is full and each one is precious.

DeeDote Fall . A waterfall 1 hr away from Mandalay. It’s really this color.

This naughty boy was driving his mama crazy. He threw the water bucket in the water…and was wiggling and dancing the entire time.

I finally got to ride a human powered Ferris wheel. Yes it is a thing!! The guys climb up to the top and use their body weight to make it spin. The first go round is really fast.

Street food vendors making some yummy snacks.

Went to this great Myanmar Cultural Fair. Ate 2 bowls of the best Shan noodles ever, got a cute Kayin jacket , watched dancers, drummers and fire artists then headed home grabbing some yummy baóse to snack on. Grabbed the last 2 chicken mmmm.

The amazing Myanmar fruit.

Zaygo market clock and shop till you drop. Picked up more fabric.

This tuktuk ride is bittersweet because we were on the way home from cell group and the driver was playing “10,000 reasons ” in English and singing along. Turns out he was a Christian . It was one of my last rides.

So its farewell to a messy beautiful place….

Sweet gracious people,

And new friends

For Now!

Community

The riverside community center.

A place for a forgotten, disenfranchised people to find hope.

story time.

They love to color.

the community is living on the river. They have had to pack up often when they hear that the land is getting cleared. This happens several times a year. work / income is by washing clothes or unloading bags from the boats. Many teens leave school to work. They make 1.50$ a day. Not including lunch.

this little boy was very proud of his red overalls. He wanted to show them to us.

Beaches 2

A girl went back to ngapali because she missed the scenery, the native dances and the charming songs…. BUT wait a minute. Somethings wrong! It’s Ngapali

Scenes of a beautiful coast.

It’s an amazing place. Ngapali. Only regret is I didn’t go sooner. If you go laguna eco lodge is where to stay. I felt like an artist living in a past time.

The fancy western resorts are are here too- but Myanmar personality shines through everything. And overall it’s just a cute beach town.

For my birthday dinner a sidecar moterbike ride to a beach bbq place. And by beach bbq I mean it! It was so delicious and fresh . Best birthday dinner ever.

The water is so clear. The light is fantastic. I would go back in a heartbeat and keep painting. A few of my favorite little sketches.

It’s so hard to say goodbye

Beaches pt1

Myanmar has miles of coastline and hundreds of Islands. Mergui Archipelago , Ngapali, Tanintharyi Division to name a few. Not what most people picture about this country. Well that is going to change. Before the gig is up I want to beat the crowds.

Paradise Beach in Dawei Peninsula. Laid in a hammock . Heard waves crash all night.

First view from the plane- now that’s typical right?

Dawei city is more like a town. Beach town. If they looked and sounded like this.

There are countless beaches on this strip of land- I only made it to 3! My hard learned advice- leave the moterbike to the pros and take a taxi.

This is Maungmagan. Not the cleanest but you can get food and transportation right on the beach.

The peninsula is 100k long from top beach to the tip. Cute villages.

This is Tizit Beach –

And this is the trip to Tizit Beach.

The road actually got worse, then at the bottom had to reroute around the village on a muddy dirt road. Finally ended here. Salt flat that floods on the full moon. King Tide.Park the bike and wade through.

Picked up some amazing shells , then returned to main road for my destination . About 1 1/2 hrs later it was history.

I’m sure I’ll be back. A bicycle next time.

8 Hours in Yangon

A friend once said Bangkok and Mandalay had a baby, it was Yangon. This is true.

It’s fascinating seeing all the beautiful crumbling buildings competing with modern life. I frantically try to catch the locals as they continue their daily traditions. Over everything is the golden glow of Myanmar.

This is a great city for photography!

Key? …Or Tea?

This is the original internet café. A typing station, with several other typewriters and paper for customers to use.

More architecture just because.

This building is the post office -across the street from the oldest church in Yangon- an Armenian Church. Wait Armenians came here??

Small details spread through the city; The textures of Myanmar.

Metal gates, so ornate so unique. Even stumbled upon some from a Baghdadi Jewish synagogue built in the 1800s.

I’d like this one please.

Until next time,

Glory

Rice Fields

About 10 minutes of bicycling takes you out of the city into the real world of Myanmar. These little moments are a must.

This is where people have lived for generations and things change slowly. Lots of “hello”, “Mingalaba”and “where you going?” from the locals- just their way of saying

Welcome

Can you find the rainbow? After trying- some guy was gesturing furiously behind me. I turn around to get the amazing view of the sun. Only on the way home to realize the guy was trying to alert me to an incoming crazy rainfall.