Random Yangon

23 12 2016

Final Yangon, Myanmar post with random pix.  Would love to go back…

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Lunching Out in Yangon

22 12 2016

For my final meal in Yangon, Myanmar, I went to a restaurant that was clearly targeted at expats which generally speaking is not necessarily my destination of choice but this turned out to be great food.

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Tea leaf salad, one of the signature dishes of Myanmar. This was beautiful. I could not stop eating!

Tea leaf salad, one of signature dishes of Myanmar. This was beautiful. I could not stop eating!





To Supermarket! in Yangon

21 12 2016

One of my favorite activities in any city is visiting the supermarket.  City Mart was in a walking distance from my hotel in Yangon.

Whoa. Huge rice cookers

Whoa. Huge rice cookers

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Dining Out in Yangon

20 12 2016

For my final evening in Yangon, Myanmar, I was very fortunate to have the company of a young Myanmar lady Pinky who I was told had spent a lot of time visiting my aunt in Osaka on weekends with friends while she was attending college in the Japanese city.  I was amazed by her excellent Japanese and ecstatic for her taking me to a home cooking kind of restaurant, very popular with locals.  Let’s admit that Myanmar cuisine is not particularly sophisticated but the food here was amazingly tasty.

You can choose from the menu but you can also go up to the serving counter and choose your dishes.

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After-meal sugar. Tasted like our "nikki" candy, something related to cinnamon.

After-meal sugar. Tasted like our “nikki” candy, something related to cinnamon.

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Scenes from the Shwedagon Pagoda

18 12 2016

The most visited pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar by locals and tourists alike is the Shwedagon Pagoda which stood tall in the far distance outside my hotel window.

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Inside its premises.

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Riding the Taxi in Yangon

14 12 2016

Most cars you see in Yangon, Myanmar, including taxis are used Japanese cars, with Toyota being the most popular brand followed probably by Honda.  They all seem to be coming in from Japan with the steering wheel on the right hand side, made for Japanese roads.  When I was picked up from the airport, I told my friend, “I didn’t realize you drove on the left side of the road” when in fact they drive on the right side of the road which is somewhat unusual as a former colony of Great Britain.  Many of the cars are being used without having anything changed from when they were running in Japan as seen in this cab I took.

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The thing that’s hanging from the rear-view mirror is an amulet from a Shinto shrine which Japanese cab (and other) drivers sometime like to hang as shown here.  I’m sure my Myanmar driver didn’t hang it there.

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And other views from within.  You get stuck in traffic every so often that you have lots of photo opps.

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School soccer team?

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Women in uniform going home from work?

Buses on the other hand appeared to be either Korean or Chinese though I did see several Japanese buses running.

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A gyoza company car!  Ha.

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Private ambulance?  Parked in front of the General Hospital.

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To Market! in Yangon, Part 4

11 12 2016

At the Bogyoke Aung San Market in Yangon, I had the second lunch of my stay in Myanmar, lured by an enthusiastic young waitress.

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The hard-working waitress

A couple of Japanese guys persuaded to sit down and eat. There were actually two different restaurants next to each other and one sat in one and the other sat in another. The two waiters fought over the customers but I think they stayed where they were, one in one restaurant and the other in the other restaurant. ^^

A couple of Japanese guys were persuaded to sit down and eat. There were actually two different restaurants next to each other and one sat in one and the other sat in another. The two waiters fought over the customers but I think they stayed where they were, one in one restaurant and the other in the other restaurant, ordering from two different menus. ^^

My lunch! I initially ordered "shan" dry noodles but they were out of the dish and I switched to just dry noodles.

My lunch! I initially ordered “shan” dry noodles but they were out of the dish and I switched to dry vermicelli. Very good.








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