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 …

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 …