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…

My Myanmar Days Ep 5: My beloved ရန္ကှန္ (Yangon)

Rangoon By Burmese Poet Moe Way (Translated by Ko Ko Thett) I hear the bells and, all is well.It’s 1 AM or 2 AM. I can’t sleep.In Rangoon, whenever an old house israzed, I walk into one street, andyet another.How curvy, and convoluted!I still hear the bells, and all is well.Everything will be renewed someday,…

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…

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…

Office Shenanigans

It's midday madness time in the office. Oil forming on the brows, fingers banging on keyboards with fury, and minds falling apart and someone singing the milkshake song out loud, someone grinding his or her teeth, someone with headphones plugged in in a desperate attempt to escape the madness. Our office reminds me of the…

My Myanmar Days Ep 1: Secret Video Tape Rental Annexes

Recently I started talking to a friend and he has a really good way of drawing out my very fond memories of growing up in the 1990s Myanmar. Since then I have been thinking a lot about the uniqueness and the gift of being born Myanmar and growing up in Yangon. So I decided that…

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…