Market Shopping in Yangon

Have you ever cooked Pennywort, Roselle, or Myu leaves? Do you know what a Chinese Potato tastes like, or know what to do with a swastika printed tofu block? Have you been instructed how to properly dissect a squid, or been surprised by a catfish leaping at your ankles from a tin bowl on the... Continue Reading →

Haggling in Myanmar

You might find the whole process excruciatingly painful, an unpleasant trial to endure, or something you just want to avoid at all costs. It might be an integral part of your overseas experience, a normal aspect of your everyday life, or even a challenge you relish. But regardless of whether you love or loathe the... Continue Reading →

The Flowers of Thingyan

In amidst all the revelry, loud music, heat and water throwing, as an outside observer it’s easy to forget that Thingyan is a very special, spiritual and beautiful time in Myanmar. Take for example the abundance of flowers, that you will see adorning temples, taxis, houses, stalls, and well pretty much everywhere. This Thingyan flower,... Continue Reading →

Escape to Ngapali, Myanmar

In South East Asia we are definitely blessed with an abundance of beautiful beaches to visit, and you don’t have to travel very far to find your idea of paradise – be that the hedonistic haven of Haad Rin, or the idle tranquillity of Gili Air. You may even have your own secret little spot... Continue Reading →

Missing a Taste of Home

For me it is tea - industrial strength tea, the kind of tea that you could build a house with, or slice up and make a sandwich out of - the kind of tea that would worry a cheap teaspoon. English Breakfast tea, Yorkshire Tea to be precise, Yorkshire Gold if I’m feeling flush. I... Continue Reading →

Falling back in Love with 19th street.

According to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy “The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question 'How can we eat?' the second... Continue Reading →

A Question of Social Enterprise

As conscientious consumers it is important to us that we are clever with how we distribute our Kyat; for as much as we spend at Citymart - and you can’t argue that it is a convenient place to buy muesli and tonic water, many of us also feel a natural philanthropic desire to contribute to... Continue Reading →

Cigarettes and vaping in Yangon

There is little doubt that Yangon is a city of smokers - you only have to walk into your nearest teashop or beer station to experience the modern-day equivalent of a Dickensian ‘pea-souper’. Whilst the health authorities in many countries are fighting hard to prevent smokers from lighting up almost anywhere where it might be... Continue Reading →

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