“To visit Bagan is to visit a city with thousands of pagodas. It is not for nothing that Bagan is one of the jewels of Burma. We received a visual shock as soon as we arrived in the famous plain with thousands of temples. We immediatly felt literally immersed in time. Each site is more magical and romantic than the previous. It is with the eyes of children that we marveled at every turn in front of the amazingly historic monuments."
Now that is what we call a wonderful historic interpretation of #TheAsiaSpirit !
A few quick reminders on #worldrefugeeday . There are now 68.5 million people around the world who were forcibly displaced from their homes. Most of these #refugees are fleeing #massatrocities and violent conflict.
The decision to flee is not an easy one. It is a very difficult decision to leave your home, life, friends, family, jobs, etc. Most flee without knowing where they will end up or how they will survive.
Most refugees do not want to stay where they end up, they want to return home!
Laat year I visited many South Sudanese refugee settlements in Northern Uganda and I spoke with dozens of refugees. You know what they all had in common? They wanted the war to end so they could return home!
The world needs to do better. We must invest way more in preventing and mitigating the violent conflicts that are causing so many people to flee. Until we do, we will continue to see the global displacement numbers rise.
carrboro, NC | will never forget this meal cooked by the daughter of the karen refugee family i used to visit. it's a beloved noodle dish enjoyed on special occasions. then 16, she had prepared everything by herself in anticipation of us each other again after a break of a couple of months. here she is arranging everything beautifully.
the stock is fish-based and flavored with onions, lemongrass, shrimp paste and fried garlic. it's poured over thin rice noodles, and hard-boiled eggs, chopped cilantro, chili flakes, green beans, fried fish cake and shredded cabbage finish off the dish. it was delicious.
my time with the family opened my eyes farther to pain, perseverance, hope, stoicism. it was always a challenge communicating but sharing a meal always made the gap just a little smaller. #worldrefugeeday
A gentle float up the #Ruak river brings you to the doorstep of the Four Seasons Tented Camp in #northernThailand . Here you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings while soaking in your outdoor #tuboftheweek
Fried food vendor, Yangon, Myanmar 🇲🇲 .⠀
First night I hit Yangon, and I am smacked in the face with their Full Moon Festival. Food makers, sideshow game hawkers, cheap toy vendors, and human-powered ferris (more like hamster) wheels 🎡 bounded around all five of my senses. This vendor captured my olfactory: burning vats of fried oil matched with seafood make for a deadly, intoxicating brew. 🥘
0430 and my sleep schedge is officially jacked up. 4 times zones in 4 days and sleeping for approximately 4 seconds in each. imma need all the #melatonin and/or #redwine and/or giant #sunnies to cover up them bags under my eyes.
throwing it back to a time i was well rested and waking up @ 0430 by choice to watch the sunrise over an endless sea of stupas and spend my days meandering about.
Imagine a child being forcefully torn away from his/her parent. Taken by a stranger, how scared, petrified and traumatised that child must feel. The confusion and fear of where they are being taken, fear of the strangers holding guns that surround them. Overwhelmed and so vulnerable, locked away in cages! Looking out desperately for their mothers. Crying, shivering, cold and hungry. They are being terrorised! Can you even imagine the trauma these children are facing at the hands of a government that claims to pride itself in being a champion of human rights?! So after you maimed and stole this land from the Natives, sold the idea of a land of hope and freedom to encourage mass immigration here, you want to now build a wall to stop people escaping hardship entering the land of the free? At any cost! Meanwhile your 'democracy' continues to spread war, misery and destruction throughout the world. There was never a bigger hypocrisy than the US being part of a Human Rights Council.
Have you ever experienced this?
You're in a foreign country and it feels as if you've got your wings on. The real ones, no alcohol included.
You're free and open. You feel so at ease starting a conversation with a stranger.
An hour later and you've shared some of the things even your closest friends don't know about you.
Why? Is it because you know you'll never see that person again and you can be free and honest? No judgement? No expectations?
You could do that where you're now. Be more like a traveler in your own city.
You don't need unfamiliar scents, exotic places or unknown alleys.
What have you got to lose?
George Orwell’s first novel Burmese Days tells stories of corruption and disillusion during Britain’s colonial rule of Burma, also known as Myanmar. 🇲🇲 The novel centres around the European Club where expat quarrels run amass and high ranking Burmese compete to become members. The novel’s protagonist John Flory criticises the Raj yet pursues Elizabeth Lackersteen’s hand in marriage, despite her naivety and racism towards ‘natives’.
Orwell is one of my all-time favourite writers, and whilst his attitude towards colonialism is better shaped in his later essay ‘Shooting an Elephant’, this read offers a complex critique on British Rule which has shaped a country still rife with corruption.
Myanmar continues to reach headlines with the devastating Rohingya crisis, where over 700’000 refugees have been facing persecution from military forces and displaced to Bangladesh, refused Burmese nationality as an ethnic minority. The UN have called this a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Whilst Burmese Days is set in 1920, it’s important to know the history of a country where military leadership still strangles it.
Not famous for its food, one of the stand outs in on my trip to Myanmar last year was Aubergine Salad. 🍆This is a vegan recipe, easy to rustle up and perfect as a starter or side dish. You can find it here http://www.hsaba.com/recipes/roasted-eggplant-salad-recipe
Hayirli aksamlar 😊💕
Sevgili @neclanin_lezzet_duragi Ablamin sayfasinda görüp denedigim tatlimla geldim..
Cok kolay ama bi okadar lezzetli baklavayi mutlaka deneyin..
Bakalim nasl yapmisiz💕
Kolay Burma baklava
-1 çay bardağı süt
-1 çay bardağı Yoğurt
-1 çay bardağı sıvıyağ
-1 çay bardağı buğday nişastası
-1 paket kabartma tozu
-1 adet yumurta
-1 yemek kaşığı #sirke
-İçine 300 gr ceviz
-200 gram tereyağı
-3,5 su bardağı şeker
-4 su bardağı su
-Birkaç damla #limon suyu
-Öncelikle #sıvıyağ#yumurta#süt ve yoğurdu karıştırın. Nişasta unu eleyerek ekleyin #kabartma tozu ve sirkeyide ekleyerek yoğurun ele yapışmayan bir hamur yoğurun.
Öncelikle #sıvıyağ # yumurta #süt ve yoğurdu karıştırın. Nişasta unu eleyerek ekleyin #kabartma tozu ve sirkeyide ekleyerek yoğurun ele yapışmayan bir hamur yoğurun ve 12 li bezelere ayırın hamuru zamanınız varsa iyice dinlendirin. Sonra bezemizi acilabildigi kadar acin ceviz serpin dörte bölün ve ince oklavaya kestiginiz dilimi sarin.. oklavadan kaydirin ve rulo yapip tepsiye dizin..
Yagi yakip üzerinden gezdiriyoruz.. 180 dercede pisiriyorusunuz..
Buarada serbeti yapiyoruz.. su ve sekeri kaynatip bir kac damla limonsuyu damlarip bir 10 dak kaynatip ocaktan aliyoruz.. baklavada pisince ilik olmasini bekliyoruz ve ilik serbeti üzerine döküyoruz... afiyet olsun💐
Tarif icin @neclanin_lezzet_duragi tesekkür ederim 😘
LES « FEMMES GIRAFES »
Les « Padaung », aussi connus sous le nom de « Karen », “Femmes girafes” ou bien encore “Femmes au long cou”, sont facilement reconnaissables car elles sont vêtues d’une robe en coton blanc avec des broderies colorées. Elles portent de gros bijoux en argent de chaque côté des bras et sont bossues à cause de ces colliers spirale autour du cou. Elles les portent depuis des générations et la légende voudrait qu’à l’origine, elles aient choisi de se parer de ces derniers pour se protéger des morsures de tigres qui attaquaient leur proie au niveau du cou! C’est vers 4-5 ans que les fillettes reçoivent leur premier collier-spirale d’un poids d’environ 1,5kg. A l’âge de 9 ans, le collier pèse dans les 4kgs, à 17 ans 6kgs et à 20 ans 8kgs! Leur collier compresse leurs épaules et leurs clavicules plutôt que d’étirer leur cou, comme on pourrait le penser! Ces spirales n’affectent pas les vertèbres du cou pour les allonger, mais pèsent sur les côtes qui évoluent en penchant vers le bas. Ainsi, plus celles-ci penchent, plus le collier tombe sur les épaules, ce qui le rend trop large et pas assez grand pour envelopper encore tout le cou. C’est à ce moment qu’il est remplacé par une spirale plus longue, afin de continuer le processus. Cette tradition tend à disparaître peu à peu sous la pression de la religion catholique, sous le coup de la loi birmane qui interdit cette pratique et sous l’influence de nos sociétés actuelles qui conduit les jeunes filles « girafes » à se révolter contre cette pratique ancestrale.
🛶🎣INLE LAKE FISHERMAN 🐠🇲🇲
Sur le lac Inle les Inthas manoeuvrent leur pirogue d’une manière unique! Ils se placent à la poupe de la pirogue, debout et n’utilisent qu’une seule rame pour ramer en s’aidant d’une des jambes pour garder les mains libres.
Ainsi, ils ont alors la possibilité de pêcher tout en manoeuvrant la pirogue. Lorsque l’on y ajoute le filet pour la pêche, c’est tout simplement magique !
Les familles inthas qui vivent sur le lac vivent essentiellement de l’agriculture, sur les jardins flottants, ou de la pêche. Celle-ci est exclusivement réservée aux hommes alors que ce sont plutôt les femmes qui travaillent dans les jardins flottants du lac Inle.
Au cours de ma semaine sur le lac, j’ai passé de longues minutes à observer ces pécheurs.
Tout simplement l’une des plus belles choses que j’ai pu voir en voyage.
On Inle Lake the Inthas maneuver their canoe in a unique way! They stand at the stern of the canoe, standing and use only one oar to row with the help of one leg to keep their hands free.
Thus, they have the opportunity to fish while maneuvering the canoe. When you add the fishing net, it's just magical!
The Intha families who live on the lake live mainly on agriculture, floating gardens, or fishing. It is exclusively for men, whereas it is women who work in the floating gardens of Inle Lake.
During my week on the lake, I spent a long time observing these sinners.
Simply one of the most beautiful things I could see while travelling.
There are about 500,000 monks and nuns in Myanmar (Burma). We cross them everywhere.
They have a special status: thus, there is a specific vocabulary to address them, and certain gestures are prohibited. For example, you can not walk in their shadow or point fingers and women are not allowed to touch them. They have priority and have reserved places in transport. The majority of Burmese will have tasted the monastic life at least once in his life but for a variable duration. The Shin Pyu Ordination Ceremony allows the child, aged 5 to 15 years in general, to move from being a layman to being a novice monk. The monastic life can be a free commitment, but it can be sometimes suffered: it is thus of the orphan children or of too modest family who have no other choice but to live in the monastery. In some remote areas, the monastery can also serve as a school.
Monks generally speak foreign languages very well, especially English, and thus can more easily divulge Buddha's teachings. Not that for that matter! I had a big football discussion with one of them in the shadow of the beautiful Yangon pagoda !!! Not to mention that they like to pose in front of the lens r!
@natgeo @natgeotravel @thephotosociety
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A Vintage carpet from Burma, got it in Vancouver BC
The shop owner and me had a fruitful conversation that day by sharing our immigration stories there. That's his last day of business on that street, which brought him lots of joy, he told me, after running the shop for 19 years.
I would like to buy items with background and stories, and write them out.
I appreciate styles that shines one's personality and culture.
This carpet is machine washable, thin, which fits the weather of Burma. #vintage#handcrafted#burma 's #burmacarpet#orientalcarpet