It was 5.30 in the morning when Zaw, my tuk tuk driver picked me up at the resort I stayed in Bagan. I was stunned when I saw him wrapped tightly in a thick heavy poncho with beanie, shawl, wool socks and all. He was stunned when he saw me wearing only a sleeveless top with a see through cardigan, knee length legging and sandals. I know it's winter in Myanmar but it can't be that cold, right? Or so I thought. As my tuk tuk rocking on the dusty bumpy street of Old Bagan, I instantly regretted my choice of clothes for the 14°C temperature. I should have checked the weather earlier and brought a blanket from my room!, I pinched myself. Long story short, apart from my nearly got hypothermia incident, I had an almost perfect sunrise moment in Bagan. Yes, almost. I've visualized to write 'as the sun began to rise, I saw the hot air balloons drifting serenely over the plains of Bagan. All I could hear was the birds chirping. Such a peaceful and magical morning'-for my caption. BUT in fact all I could hear was a man, a senior western guy keep talking loudly, trying to flirt with a middle-aged lady who sat next to me. None of us at the sunrise point had a peaceful morning obviously. It was almost a perfect sunrise moment. Almost but stunning and unforgettable nevertheless.
Before my trip to Myanmar, I've never met any monks in baby pink robe. Not until Naung Naung (I call him Noy Noy), my local friend pointed them out on our way to Sagaing Hill in Mandalay. Look! The female monks wear pink robes. I was astonished because honestly I didn't even realize they were female as they all look the same with shaven head. I thought they were junior monks or something so they wear pink robes instead of dark saffron coloured robes, the typical monk's attire in Myanmar (monks in other countries like Thailand, Laos and Sri Lanka wear orange robes). This little things is one the reasons why I love exploring new places. I learned new things along the way that will stay longer in my mind and my heart rather than stuff I've learned at school. I used to only enjoy going to school to hangout with friends, broke the rules and pissed off my teachers. But somehow they still loved me dearly because I contributed quite a lot of trophies to school in sports, dancing and marching band 🤣🤣🤣
Unlike many other famous monasteries and pagodas in Myanmar, Shwe Yan Pyay, the 150 years old Monastery does not bear the spirit of royal architecture. This monastery was built with the intention of giving shelter for poor boys in the region, who eventually become novice monks when they come to live here. This place has a such peaceful ambiance that I could spend hours here, watching the monks studying and playing with their kittens. Please dress modestly with your legs and shoulders covered and lower your voice when visiting this monastery.
Temple hopping around Bagan started before the sunrise this morning. I'm blown away to learn the fact that over10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone since the 11th centuries, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. Planned to take a nap for a bit before chasing the sunset but I slept through until dinner time. Oh well, maybe tomorrow 😅
Mingalabar from Mandalay! I decided to enjoy the sunset in Sagaing Hills instead of the famous yet super crowded U Bein Bridge today. It's so peaceful here, nobody's around. Feels like floating on a hot air balloons. I'm on my way to Monywa now...about 3 hours drive from Mandalay. Gotta upload this pic from my phone since I'm too lazy to transfer the one from camera 😝 Please do check on my instastory for updates #MyMyanmar #MyanmarBeEnchanted
Keep calm and sing happy birthday to me Coz I’m a princess today! 👸🏼👸👸 (wear a tiara on my head and wave like miss universe) I’m getting older….or am I? I’m getting wiser I’m getting stronger And most of all I’m getting abundant love from family & friends & my furry kiddos @leksonos 🐶🐺🦊 Thank God for blessing me another awesome year Thank you all for the birthday wishes I’ve been receiving since midnight. 😘😘😘 Oh! and of course I shouldn't forget my yearly mantra. Age is just a number, you are only as young as you think. When life gives you grey hairs, dye it red! 💃💃💃
#NewPost on www.debbzie.com! Is Japan your #Christmas holiday destination? Or are you planning to visit it during winter? Then you shouldn't miss this magical winter illumination events across the country. Last year I managed to visit some of them and looooooved it too much. You will too, I promise! Sadly this year I won't be spending my Christmas in Japan. So please tag me and make me jealous with your pictures 😍 *clickable link on bio 😘😘😘
Built in 1923, the Blue House is the most iconic historic building of the district. The building was once used as a hospital then turned into a temple to a brewery, a shops, a martial arts school (one of the students of Wong Fei Hung!) and a chiropractic clinic. Nonetheless this building is loaded with captivating stories. It is nowadays the home for Wanchai Livelihood Museum. There's a rumour about a nearby eatery was being asked to send some food to the 4th floor and when the delivery boy arrived, he could hear the noise of people playing mahjong (Chinese tile-based games) from inside the room. He kept knocking on the door for a quite sometimes but no one responded. He then decided to open the door only to find that the room has been unoccupied for a very long time 😱👻
During the Ghosts & Myths of Wan Chai walking tour, I spot this in a secluded narrow alley and wondered why would people pray at such place? Turned out stories of ghostly sightings have been circulate that people who live around the abandoned college put a small shrine and burn incense to keep the evil spirits away... To find out which other places are haunted, please read my latest blog post. Link on bio! 👻👻👻