Pest Control, Myanmar Style

So, there I am in the middle of my Burmese language lesson, and out of the corner of my eye, I catch sight of something streaking across the kitchen floor. And it is then I realise that the mouse problem is back. I’m not averse to sharing my home with small, inoffensive rodents, but they tend to multiply pretty fast, and without some kind of action, the fear is that we’ll soon be far outnumbered. Fortunately, however, my Burmese teacher …

In Our Neighbourhood

The festival of Tazaungdaing (တန်ဆောင်တိုင်) is drawing to a close, and things in our neighbourhood here in Bahan township have been pretty lively. So I thought I would share a couple of videos from the last few days. Here is a video from the festival the other day – complete with cross-dressing and papier-mâché puppets (Burmese culture, interestingly, has all kinds of interesting things going on around gender).   That was a few days ago. Today is Sunday, and so …

I threatened to love my body, refrain from liver…

Here in Myanmar, the holiday of Tazaungdaing (တန်ဆောင်တိုင်), marking the end of the rainy season, has almost arrived. On my trip back from the tea-house after a breakfast of potato curry and paratha, there was dancing in the streets, even though it was still early. There is tinsel everywhere, and the raggedy back-streets around my apartment rocking with loudspeakers. I really like this kind of public liveliness. Yesterday, whilst getting ready to head out in the evening, I heard a Burmese …

Ko Pha and I

Outside the rain is coming down in torrents, and it doesn’t look as if it will stop for a while. The lights have just blown, and outside it is dark. It is 2pm and we are sitting in the front room of the apartment by candlelight, listening to the Weather Girls singing “It’s Raining Men” (what else are we to do?). All of this is a mild inconvenience for all of us in the house, with the exception of Ko …

Yangon, again

Well, it has been just under a year and a half since I was last here, but three days ago I flew back into Yangon. I’m here for several months doing some work with the project I jointly run (along with Hannah Stevens), Wind&Bones. I’m still finding my feet again, but I’m glad to be here. The plan is to be here for several months, perhaps longer – depending on how our various plans work out. It it is good …