Travel Perspectives – Bagan, Myanmar

Nietzsche said that there are no facts, only interpretations.

That is the sentiment Bagan reminds me of.  Visits to the ancient ruins of Bagan year after year make me realize how I have palpably changed.

Bagan is heralded as the epitome of the Burman national superiority in Myanmar.  The military draws its inspiration from Bagan heroes, proudly placing their statues as a backdrop in official ceremonies.  When I was a young kid, I was told that there was nothing quite like Bagan anywhere else in the world.  I was told that Angkor Wat was great, but it was just one temple.  Bagan is all other civilizations combined and on steroids.

Then we travel to places and read books outside of classrooms only to find out that my childhood teachings have been a lie. Continue reading

A day in the life of a Yangonite on CNY

First time celebrating CNY back in my hometown in years! Kind of a big deal for me. I’m after all a Chinese Burmese.

But first, a quick stop at an interfaith-dialog-cum-fundraiser

But first, a quick stop at an interfaith-dialog-cum-fundraiser

Sunset picnic at Independence Plaza

Sunset picnic at Independence Plaza

Yangon's City Hall

Yangon’s City Hall

Crowding out in a small plaza, Yangonites are starved for public spaces

Crowding out in a small plaza, Yangonites are starved for public spaces

How to drink wine in public without getting caught

How to drink wine in public without getting caught

Chinatown

Chinatown

Annual Dragon Dance Competition on Sint-Oo-Dan Lan

Annual Dragon Dance Competition on Sint-Oo-Dan Lan

This will be a good year

This will be a good year

Of course this is my opinion. This whole blog is a heap of my personal opinions. Newsflash. So here is another one: it’s seriously wrong that the Independence Park closes at 6PM. It’s wrong that it’s currently operating as a Park and not an open Plaza, which is what the original design has intended it to be. An open plaza for the people, with a reflection pool and 24-hour access. It’s wrong to lock it up with a fence installed much later. 

Though I normally do not post self-pictures on this blog, here is me liberating the Independence Monument at night. Breaking in is totally fun. Oh and my employer would probably want me to state here that they got nothin’ to do with this.

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