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'Clean Yangon Green Yangon' Street Clean-Up community

'Clean Yangon Green Yangon' Street Clean-Up

(Sep 29, 2018) I saw an event in Yangon about cleaning-up the streets. This is a good way to immerse myself into the culture, meet people and do something for the community. I help clean-up coastal areas, why not streets? Of course I signed-up!....more »»

Movie Review: A Serious Game (2016) movies

Movie Review: A Serious Game (2016)

(Sep 28, 2018) A Serious Game is an adaptation of a 1912 novel by Hjalmar Soderberg. This is the third movie version of the book. Both film and book are iconic and a staple in Swedish culture. It's a gripping love story that endured through the years, leaving casualties in its wake. At the end of the film, the 2 protagonists got what they wanted, but not exactly what they expected.....more »»

Movie Review: Amy (2015) movies

Movie Review: Amy (2015)

(Sep 28, 2018) Amy is a biographical documentary on the rise to fame of talented jazz singer, Amy Winehouse and her ensuing turbulent life that led to a tragic early death from substance abuse.....more »»

Movie Review: In The Fade (2017) movies

Movie Review: In The Fade (2017)

(Sep 27, 2018) A woman's husband and child were blown-up by neo-Nazis in a racial attack. She goes through a tormenting grief but battles the perpetrators in a court of law where the attackers were wrongfully acquitted. Her next move proves too deadly for everyone......more »»

Movie Review: Perfect Strangers (2016) movies

Movie Review: Perfect Strangers (2016)

(Sep 27, 2018) Long-time couple friends meet up for a lunar eclipse dinner then plays a game - they all put their phones on the dinner table and shares to everyone what the incoming message is. The ultimate result left them shaken, disturbed and damaged.....more »»

Movie Review: Little Wing (2016) movies

Movie Review: Little Wing (2016)

(Sep 26, 2018) A troubled 12-year old girl longs for her father, is frustrated about her mother and feels like she has something to hide from her friends. The film has a slow cadence that works. It is sensitive and doesn't insult your intelligence. It doesn't verbalize a point in the movie that has already been made.....more »»

Mundo Lingo Yangon at 50th Street Cafe people

Mundo Lingo Yangon at 50th Street Cafe

(Sep 25, 2018) Upon arrival in Yangon, my smart phone notified me about events happening in Yangon. Huh? My phone knows I'm already in Yangon? I checked, and one of the events was a language meetup among travelers, expats and locals at the popular 50th Street Cafe. Whoa! I signed up for it!....more »»

A First Timer in Yangon, Myanmar traveling

A First Timer in Yangon, Myanmar

(Sep 24, 2018) My only experience of Myanmar was Tachileik, which doesn't really count. Travelers have told me Yangon is a lot better destination. With the cheapest air fare to Yangon from Bangkok at $61.91, I would soon find out.....more »»

29 Days in Bangkok: Thank You and Goodbye traveling

29 Days in Bangkok: Thank You and Goodbye

(Aug 27 - Sep 24, 2018) Even though this has been my 5th time in Bangkok, my 29-day mini-life has been unique from the others. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones of course remain the highlight. I am grateful for the abundance - I never get anything beyond the basic but really, that's all I need.....more »»

Calling the Bangkok Police slice of life

Calling the Bangkok Police

(Sep 23, 2018) The unscrupulous owner of the hostel I was in, was frantically selling everything in the hostel before the other owner showed up. In the process, she sold the locker with my laptop and passport inside. I called the police in helping me get back my stuff.....more »»

Movie Review: Mindfulness and Murder (2011) movies

Movie Review: Mindfulness and Murder (2011)

(Sep 22, 2018) Within a Buddhist temple in Thailand, a homeless young man is murdered. The suspect is a monk! The hunt for the killer is conducted by one of the monks who used to be a detective. The movie is a who-dunnit suspense thriller that keeps you guessing.....more »»

Yoga Inversions at Now's Fitness Gym yoga

Yoga Inversions at Now's Fitness Gym

(Sep 19, 2018) Yogic inversions (handstands, headstands, shoulderstands, etc.) are a fundamental part of the tradition and practice. It gives the body a break from the pressures of gravity and reboots the body in the process. It's difficult but it's challenging at the same time.....more »»

Flow Yoga with Teacher Kea at Now's Fitness yoga

Flow Yoga with Teacher Kea at Now's Fitness

(Sep 18, 2018) After days of weight training and calisthenics, doing a flow yoga class with Teacher Kea felt just right. The muscles got stretched while holding them in place made for good muscle toning as well.....more »»

Movie Review: Under Construction (2015) movies

Movie Review: Under Construction (2015)

(Sep 15, 2018) The movie was simple and a little slow, but it gave perspective on the pressures against a woman by society and family about choices she had to make. Basically, it was feminist empowerment against tradition, convention and society.....more »»

Walking Tour of Little India traveling

Walking Tour of Little India

(Sep 15, 2018) I'd been to Little India in Singapore and Malaysia. Both are fascinating. Of course I'd been to India just recently and now I'm wondering, exactly what part of India are they talking about? India is so diverse! With Rina Pow of 'Get in Lost in BKK and Beyond's walking tour, I was about to find out....more »»

Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness yoga

Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness

(Sep 14, 2018) Teacher That's Vinyasa Yoga is challenging with sustained holds and stretches - long enough to sink into the pose and make the most of the stretch. Even with Thai intructions, it was easy for me to follow and stay with the class.....more »»

Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness fitness

Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness

(Sep 13, 2018) Sporting good abs is probably the quintessential pretty pose, but far beyond aesthetics, having a well developed abs optimizes load-transfer because nearly every movement starts or passes through the abs - it's a load-bearing structure.....more »»

Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market traveling

Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market

(Sep 9, 2018) Amphawa Floating Market is similar to Damnoen Floating Market but it also offers a night cruise on the long boat for some firefly watching. Not just marketing, but you can walk around its connected islands by foot bridge to glimpse a bit of its narrative and history....more »»

Exploring the Tree-Engulfed Wat Bang Kung Temple traveling

Exploring the Tree-Engulfed Wat Bang Kung Temple

(Sep 9, 2018) When you hear about trees engulfing an entire temple, you think Ta Phrom in Angkor Wat. I was surprised to see a version in Samut Prakan, Thailand. But this temple tells of a besieged temple-fortress overun by Burmese soldiers as fierce Siamese warriors engaged in hand-to-hand combat to regain the kingdom!....more »»

Parting of the Maeklong Railway Market with a Passing Train traveling

Parting of the Maeklong Railway Market with a Passing Train

(Sep 9, 2018) Maeklong Market is unique. You see a crowded wet market along a train railway. When the train comes, the vendors move their wares aside giving way to the train. They move the goods back after the train has passed. This market has been featured globally by top shows. Now I get to see it first-hand!....more »»

Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market traveling

Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

(Sep 9, 2018) It was a fun-filled day with Chai, Mar, Mayet and Christina was we ventured into the fabled floating markets of Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa. We also strung along the unusual Maeklong Train Market and the enchanted Wat Bang Kung Temple....more »»

Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club traveling

Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club

(Sep 8, 2018) I've never been to a horse race ever. But when a hostel guest told me he was going, I asked him if I could tag along. I was curious what all this hype (movies, books) was all about and wanted to see what I was missing...more »»

Fight Class with Teacher San at Now's Fitness fitness

Fight Class with Teacher San at Now's Fitness

(Sep 7, 2018) Fight Class was similar to a Body Combat Class I taught in Cebu. It wasn't so much as a martial arts class but an aerobic exercise - think Zumba but with kicks and punches. But here, I wasn't ready for all the kicking, punching and elbows that came with it. My arms and legs felt like cement, but towards the end of it, I felt the juices coming back!....more »»

Exploring the Bangkok Art Book Fair 2018 art

Exploring the Bangkok Art Book Fair 2018

(Sep 6, 2018) The Bangkok Art Book Fair 2018 is an annual gathering of young people who make up the art scene in Bangkok - indie artists, photographers, writers, graphic designers, illustrators as well as indie publishers, small publishing houses and contemporary art collectives from Thailand and abroad....more »»

Circuit Training with Mild at Now's Fitness fitness

Circuit Training with Mild at Now's Fitness

(Sep 5, 2018) Attending my first-ever circuit training class, I wasn't sure what to expect or at what level my fitness level should be. Surprisingly, it was an all-female class with a toned female teacher. I tried keeping up with the class, but since it was my first after a long hiatus in cardiovascular workout, I nearly died...LOL.....more »»

Abundance at On Nut, Bangkok traveling

Abundance at On Nut, Bangkok

(Aug 30-Sep 1, 2018) Moving to Empo Hostel on the other end of Bangkok made a big difference. At B84/day, it was a steal. I was able to do a barter deal - web services in exchange for increased internet profile. The energy of the neighborhood was far more alive than the one at Bang Wa. I was able to negotiate a yoga deal at Now's Fitness. Things felt and looked optimistic.....more »»

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