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    Welcome to my Teahouse

    by Hewer Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    Teahouse fare, Yangon

    Whenever you order tea at a teahouse in Yangon, the staff will automatically bring bean curd cakes and a few cigarettes to accompany your order. Of course you don't have to smoke and eat all of this - you are charged on consumption.

    The hot tea served in the teahouses is made using condensed milk. You get drink a free thermos of green tea after your cup also. It's a great atmosphere sitting there at night and enjoying a bit of chit chat.

    For a cup of tea, two or three cups of green tea, a cake and (dare I say) a couple if cigarettes, expect to pay about 200 kyat (23 cents).

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    Carrying goods on the head

    by Hewer Updated Jan 20, 2005

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    Home brew anyone?

    I always imagined that this would be more common out in the countryside, but you're just as likely to see this it in urban Yangon as anywhere else.

    Some women can carry enormous weight on their heads. In the case of this lady it wasn't how much she was carrying but what - I would never have guessed, but it turned out to be home brew. Pretty lethal stuff by the look of it too, the two girls on the left discretely shook their heads as I checked out the bottles ;-)

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    Praying at the pagodas

    by vickss Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Praying at the pagodas is very distinct activity of the people at Yangon and I assume even at other places. Like any Asian worship place.. You need to open your footwear when inside the premises of the pagoda.
    I am not a buddhist but from what I saw people just kneel down and sit quitely with folded hands to the pagodas. In the evening I saw people sitting with lighted candles at the Shwedagon and it was very peaceful atmosphere even though there were a lotta people.

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    Ladies with sunscreen

    by vickss Written Aug 24, 2004

    Almost every female you find in Yangon will have a white or yellowish patch on her face. I am not sure if they do it all through the year but I guess it is used as a sunscreen during during the summer months.

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    Wear Lungis

    by vickss Written Aug 17, 2004

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    Lungis appeared to be the national dress of people--male or female in the country. The apparel is basically a wraparound which people use for the bottomhalf. Locals told me they are as infamous as Scottish kilns as a lotta people do not care about wearing an underwear.. haha.. shame shame..It sells for about $2 which is gender neutral.. an advantage..!! Checks are the most popular pattern on the lungi. This product by the way is similar to what men wear in India but then it is a definite NO for formal attire(not applicable in South India) and people usually wear it as a sleeping gown --topless-- at homes. Though you are not expected to wear one in Myanmar if you do you make more pals..!

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    Spitoons

    by ishi01 Written Feb 4, 2004

    Apparently, it is still fashionable to chew on betel nut and tobacco in Myanmar, expecially amongs the older generations. Walking down the street you might just run into spitoons strategically placed on the pavements.

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    Sidestreet Slumber

    by ishi01 Written Nov 21, 2003

    I was shocked to find someone sleeping by the side of the street - and hes NOT homeless. Apparently because it is so hot at home, they opt to sleep out side the house, and sometimes at the side of the street.

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    Dad's love their kids

    by herzog63 Written Apr 9, 2003

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    Dad and son

    I felt that this dad wanted to make sure that his son made it across the street safely so he had a loose grip on his boys arm. When my son and I cross the street that is how I always hold his arm too.

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    Betel nut

    by herzog63 Written Apr 9, 2003

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    Betel Nut

    Well! Betel nut seems to be the national passion!! It is some sort of mild intoxicant that must be addicting too as I've seen people load up with 2 or 3 little leaf packets at one time!! This stuff turns your teeth a lovely shade of Red and eventually Black as your teeth rot out!! I talked with a few locals about it and they felt it was somewhat healthy! I don't know how they could think that as their teeth are falling out! The sad thing is that I saw quite a few very young kids also chewing it. If you're interested in trying it just look around for the little street stalls. They are everywhere. I'm not sure of the exact ingredients but this guy let me take a picture of his favorite mixture before he plopped it into his mouth chewed for a few minutes and spit out a big red pile of Spit!! Yummy!!

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    Wood carving

    by herzog63 Written Apr 9, 2003

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    Big Hand carvers

    At the Theinggyi Market there were some wood carvers working on their carvings. They had some interesting items at very affordable prices. My son liked the big HAND chairs but it wouldn't fit in our backpack!

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    Danaka Paste

    by kenmerk Updated Apr 2, 2003

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    Local Girl Wearing Danaka Paste

    When you arrive in Yangon, you will notice that all of the girls, and a lot of the kids are wearing this yellow paste smeared on their faces in different patterns. It is called Danaka, and is used as something of a sun block against the strong tropical sun in Burma... It's made from powder ground up from one of the local trees...

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    Star Cola

    by herzog63 Written Apr 2, 2003

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    Star Cola is the more affordable alternative to you Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola drinkers. Star Cola is less than US$.25 cents where the real coca cola was quite expensive comparitivly speaking. I think the Coca Cola was brought in from Thailand. My son liked it and he also liked the local brand of Quench and others. I'm not a soda drinker so I didn't try them.

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    Travel with an open heart and...

    by gabriellefox Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Travel with an open heart and mind.I went to Kyaung Myaing to see my great aunt. She lives in an apartment at the top of a block, which doubled as a day nursery for pre school children.

    It was like walking into the set of The King and I, and 15 little faces regarded me with some bewilderment. I must have looked huge. I am about a foot taller than the average male in Myanmar, but they soon came to sit on my lap and have their photos taken with the big foreigner.

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    Go buy a longyi- they're a...

    by LAOWAI Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go buy a longyi- they're a dollar, are very confortable, and people generally treat you better than your average tourist because they see you're dressed like them. Almost every man wears one of these in Burma. Women wear a similar sort with flowers all over it.

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    Again, this is Burma. Read: ...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Again, this is Burma. Read: A nation of predominantly CONSERVATIVE Buddhist people. For the ladies, please leave ALL your sexy outfits at home - and that includes your bewitching tight party dresses that your boyfriend/ husband bought for you, the jaw-dropping mini-skirts you bought last week at Bloomingdale's, the absolutely lovely bermudas/ shorts you had specially set aside to be used for your North Asia jaunts..et al. Yup, don't bring them along. I had to pack only looooong dresses and shirts/ blouses which wouldn't expose my arms (!!). O.K., here's a general guideline: Pack along outfits that even June Cleaver (the Mom in 'Leave It To Beaver') would approve of!!!! Believe me, the Burmese government doesn't quite bother whether the weather's too hot for you or that you're almost dying of dehydration. Modesty is everything in Burma!!!!

    'A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.' (Proverbs 11:25)

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