Decluttering Tips

Things I have learned from the Great Declutter (and beyond):  Have receptacles handy - by which I mean binliners, boxes, carrier bags, whatever.  You need to put the stuff you are getting rid of in something, not just pile it up somewhere, creating more clutter. Take it away as soon as possible, the next day … Continue reading Decluttering Tips

Business Cards

Business Cards Will Take Over Your Life One of the things you will notice when landing in Yangon, is the proliferation of business cards. Not only the domain of businessmen and women, these cards can be found in every shop, restaurant, bar and office.  Because of the previous lack of internet connectivity, or laptops, handsets … Continue reading Business Cards

How to Find a Nanny Part II

Following on from How to Find a Nanny Part I - So apart from actually finding a person to mind your children, what are the other things you need to take into consideration?  Far from an exhaustive list, here are a few things to think about;  Salary.  The best thing to do here is talk … Continue reading How to Find a Nanny Part II

Top Yangon Blogs

Apparently there are some 10 000 blogs in Myanmar and therefore it would be impossible to list them all here!  However, here is a selection of very popular English language blogs from expats.  You can also access local blogs via two great directories; and  Feisty Blue Gecko is an award winning blogger … Continue reading Top Yangon Blogs

Tummy Bugs

Tummy Bugs Whether a short-term visitor or long-term resident, you won’t get away without a few bouts of upset tummy whilst in Yangon.  Some are more sensitive than others but it will take time for your gut to become accustomed to its new surroundings and bacteria, and your physical health will be compromised by the … Continue reading Tummy Bugs

Useful Resources for the Yangon Expat

As Myanmar gets its infrastructure together and internet becomes more accessible and available (and sometimes faster too!) a wealth of useful sites, groups and resources are available. Here is a roundup of some of the best; Yangon Expat Connection.  This is a googlegroup that has been going for almost three years and has over 3000 … Continue reading Useful Resources for the Yangon Expat

PRISM Brain Mapping

I was lucky enough to attend a half day PRISM Brain Mapping Workshop in Yangon recently, run by Ian Davies of Team Thinking.  In a nutshell, PRISM is about understanding behaviour through neuroscience and it appealed to me because I am always fascinated by people’s behaviour – and my own! The workshop promises to help … Continue reading PRISM Brain Mapping

Tajik Peaches

Our wonderful neighbour always brings back treats from her home country, Tajikistan.  Gorgeous dried apricots, walnuts, pistachios and prunes which are devoured instantly in our family.  This year she surpassed herself and brought peaches.  Peaches!  I can’t remember the last time I even saw a peach let alone ate one.  Having eaten them at home … Continue reading Tajik Peaches


No doubt, Yangon has its fair share of mosquitoes.  Mozzies here tend to be small, quiet and fierce!  A recent visitor from Scandinavia, no stranger to mosquitoes because of the abundance of water and forests there, commented that they were like stealth insects because their small size makes them so hard to detect – until … Continue reading Mosquitoes