A Bus Crashed Into a Chandelier Shop

25.01.11 A Bus Crashed Into a Chandelier ShopA Bus Crashed Into a Chandelier Shop… I wish I could think of a punchline but sadly it’s no joke. We saw the aftermath of a very bad traffic accident on our way to nursery and there was, in fact, the back end of bus sticking out of … Continue reading A Bus Crashed Into a Chandelier Shop

Money Matters

06.01.11 Money MattersThe official currency here is the kyat (pronounced ‘chat’) and it has no connection to any other currency in the world. So the exchange rate is a bit arbitrary to say the least. The official rate, according to the Myanamar government (which recently held very successful multi-party democratic elections by the way, as … Continue reading Money Matters

Jetlag and Culture Shock

06.01.11 Jetlag and Culture ShockIt’s a week since we left England and all in all I’d say we’re doing pretty well on the jetlag front. They say it takes a day for every hour’s difference and we’re 6 and a half hours ahead here so… Alfie and I especially seem to have adapted without too … Continue reading Jetlag and Culture Shock

Shwedagon Paya

06.01.11 Shwedagon PayaOr Shwe Dagon Pagoda if you prefer. There is often 3 different ways of spelling things here and no-one minds too much. So, yesterday we went for our first visit to the famous Shwedagon Paya (temple) which sits majestically at the top of a hill in the middle of Yangon and is a … Continue reading Shwedagon Paya

Inya Lake Hotel

02.01.11 Inya Lake HotelSo here we are in Yangon, ensconsed in the rather fantastic Inya Lake Hotel. When we arrived, via a 15 minute drive from the airport, Alfie and I were welcomed by an army of concierges on the majestic porch, who took care of our luggage while we wandered through the foyer (we … Continue reading Inya Lake Hotel

Internet and Telephone

15.01.11 Internet Access and Landline PhoneBecause I haven’t got internet access and the few times I have logged on I’ve been unable to access my blog, some of these entries will be posted all together. I’ll do my best to put them in date order but the date I wrote them will appear at the … Continue reading Internet and Telephone

The Car in Front Really is a Toyota

Which is their current advertising slogan. Except over here it is 100% true. I have never seen such a prevalence of one make of car. There must be some shenanigans going on here, no-one can sell that many cars to that many people when there is a globally competitive market. But with a few exceptions … Continue reading The Car in Front Really is a Toyota

Technology is slowing the world down…

as my mate Conal always says. And for me at the moment it's certainly true. Having spent an entire day trying to upload some photos and a video to one of my blog posts, I decided that next time I would simply put it all on Flickr and add the relevant link. Except... my photos … Continue reading Technology is slowing the world down…


They are voting in a referendum here tomorrow and it has been declared a public holiday (no Pamela, how will we manage?)There are some quite fundamental changes proposed, including land reforms and women's right to abortion so it's a big deal. The president is, naturally, behind the 'Yes' campaign and they have been working vigorously. … Continue reading Referendum