To Market! in Yangon, Part 1

5 12 2016

The main market for mainly non-food products in Yangon, Myanmar is the Bogyoke Aung San Market.

 

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The Cathedral in Yangon

3 12 2016

Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist but there is some Christian presence.  My new friend from YMCA of Myanmar told me this cathedral was his church and proud of it.

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The cathedral looks as though it’s been built in bricks but not sure when its walls look like this!





Movies! and Music! in the Month of November, 2016

2 12 2016

Taking a break from writing about my trip to Myanmar earlier in November, here is my collection of movies I saw and music events I went to in the month of November.  So much more films than music.

Three different shots for Bridget Jones’s Baby: a regular flyer, a big panel display in a theater involving a “waterfall”, and see how big it actually is.

So many good films but this one stood out.

And a few music events…

 





Riding the Train in Yangon, Part 2

30 11 2016

Continuing from my last post, here is the actual riding part on the Yangon Circular Railway which turned out to be very interesting for me though it probably was just another ordinary day for the locals who were taking it.  The journey lasted good three hours.

My ride

My ride

Was not busy at around 2 pm.

Was not busy at around 2 pm.

I sat across from this who I guessed to be a daughter-mother pair

I sat across from these ladies who I guessed to be a daughter-mother pair

Food vendors of different kinds kept coming and going.

Food vendors of different kinds kept coming and going.

Lots of action on the platform.

Lots of action on the platform.

At first I thought these quail eggs were raw because that's how they are sold in Japan but I think they were boiled as I saw people eating them.

At first I thought these quail eggs were raw because that’s how they are sold in Japan but I think they were boiled as I saw people eating them.

Every now and then the conductor who was never the same person kept coming by to check your ticket.

Every now and then the conductor who was never the same person kept coming by to check your ticket.

The lady sitting next to me at one point bought a bag of apples.  She threw the white nets out the window as soon as she got her apples.

The afore-mentioned daughter-mother pair in a different position after about an hour journey. It's as though the train is their living room, the way they were eating and drinking out of their basket.

The afore-mentioned daughter-mother pair in a different position after about an hour journey. It was as though the train was their living room, the way they were eating and drinking out of their basket.

And then came the watermelon lady with a big tray of pre-cut watermelon on her head. Again the lady sitting next to me wanted a piece.  The watermelon lady sat down, took a piece and cut it into smaller pieces, put them in a plastic bag and handed it to my neighbor and WHAT?! threw the watermelon skin out the window!!

The mother facing outward now.

The mother facing outward now.

More platform scene

More platform scene

Ladies with big bags of vegetables boarded the train at one point.  Seemed that they were vendors that had bought the produce from farmers or a wholesale market for resale.

Thriving businesses on the platform

Back where I started three hours later.

Back where I started three hours later.





Riding the Train in Yangon, Part 1

29 11 2016

A good Canadian friend of mine who had recently been to Myanmar told me that the best attraction in Yangon was riding the “circular train” which is a regular means of transport for the locals.  He gave me a link and I went to read about it. Indeed it sounded very interesting and off I went to seek the experience.

Getting to the station overlooking the tracks

Getting to the Central Station overlooking the tracks

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The ticket booth for long-distance journeys

The ticket booth for long-distance journeys

The waiting area for long-distance journeys

The waiting area for long-distance journeys

Following the sign for the "circular train"

Following the sign for the “circular train”

The ticket stand for local journeys

The ticket stand for local journeys

To be continued.





The Mixed Architecture of Myanmar

28 11 2016

While in the city of Yangon, Myanmar, I saw some interesting architecture that was a mixture of colonial and traditional Myanmar influences.

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So that was the City Hall.  Here is Yangon Central Railway Station which to me looks like a mixture but according to wikipedia, it is more local in its architecture.

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But then inside was this which to me looked very western.

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The General Post Office, Yangon

27 11 2016

When I visit a new country, I try to visit its post office.  It’s best if it’s the “General Post Office” where you can generally find out about what kind of services are offered (which is secondary to my purpose) and where architecture and the decor can be quite magnificent, so I have come to learn.

I went to visit Yangon‘s General Post Office on my recent trip to Myanmar and it was good to see it so crowded.  It was also good to learn later that Japan’s postal system apparently is contributing to its popularity.

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