The Burden of Being Burmese

I'm currently reading a book of poetry. Since the revolution began in Myanmar or in less romantic language- since the power-hungry genocidal general decided to rudely steal the liberty and freedom of 50 million or so people and decided to give orders to his evil army to go on a stealing and killing rampage in…

I’m back.

Taken during cherry blossom season this year, Spring 2021 I disappeared because of several things. 1). I received some creepy messages from someone. At first I thought they were genuinely appreciating my ramblings and I entertained them but when I realised they had some other ideas, I felt it was too late and I would…

Traveling while Burmese

This post and the title was inspired by a combination of my recent readings of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah and my accumulated travel experiences over the years. In her original article, she talked about her friend's experience of traveling while brown; the expectations and stereotypical bias he faced on his journeys. Mine is different but…

If only I was a white man ..

Imagine an Asian woman, a white man, a white woman, a black man and a black woman applying for an English teaching job in a southeast Asian country. Guess who will get the job? I don't know but I'll tell you who would be considered last for the job - the Asian woman. Every country…

My Myanmar Days Ep 2: My days as a nun

In Myanmar, it is a custom for young Buddhist girls to enter temporary nunhood or get ordained as a novice monk for boys. My family being a Buddhist also meant that it was imminent that one day soon we will have to shave our heads and so we did one summer. Turned out I was…

Crisps in bras and wonky glasses

I love watching romantic comedies and period dramas especially when life gets a bit cruddy. My go-to guilty pleasures are endless but to name a few - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Pride and Prejudice (the original BBC mini-series), You've got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Love Story (love means never having to say you're sorry..such a corny…