3 October 2017
Mingalava – Hi
Zejubear – Thank You
Today we visited the capital city of Myanmar, Yangon. We walked through the markets, met with local artisans, dined on traditional cuisine, and visited the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, which holds strands of Buddha’s hair and other holy relics. The Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with 4531 diamonds; the largest of which is a 72 carat diamond. It is clearly one of the wonders of the religious world!
Myanmar (ပုဂံမြို့ဟောင်) is nestled in between India and China, and is a country with a completely unique culture to anything I have ever experience before. The men wear an Indian skirt (called a paso) mixed with a Chinese style button-up shirt, a beautiful fusion of cultures.
In Myanmar people do not have family names, their first name is the day of the week they are born and second name has something to do with Astrology (I wasn’t quite clear on this part). Local women paint their cheeks with a traditional make-up made from thanaka wood for both beauty and sunscreen. People here are friendly (an very modest). They have less exposure to western culture so they are very traditional in both way of life and dress. The country is 85% Buddhist a very peaceful nature. Our guides Kai-gee, and Mr Soe (soo) are incredible, and we have leared so much from them! They also play Kane ball with us every day!
- 1 medium-sized white onion (diced)
- 9 oz. (about 200g) fish fillet
- Half-an-inch knob (about 20 g or 0.7 oz.) ginger (minced)
- 1.5L (about 6 cups) water
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 6 tbsps. vegetable oil
- 2 tsps. turmeric
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 6 tbsps. homemade rice flour
- 2 stalks lemongrass
- 6 tbsps. fish sauce