No, it's not falling apart. The stupa (top of pagoda) is being renovated so it's covered with hundreds of woven mats. It will emerge with a new gold top coat soon.
10 June 2018
Origami class at Japanese Cultural Central! My flowers didn't come out great but it's lots of fun!
4 June 2018
As part of the breaking up with plastic movement in Myanmar this sculpture was created.
29 May 2018
Us gorgeous Greenovator ladies at the launch of our updated app!
23 May 2018
Cooking dough sticks for breakfast to go with Mohinha (fish soup). No one eats muesli here!
18 May 2018
Our new mobile app design to celebrate 8 years of the organization. Started by 2 agriculture students. So cool!
15 May 2018
Farewell laksa in Kuching!
8 May 2018
Sadly we're leaving our jungle bliss! No traffic, people or digital distraction.
25 April 2018
Incredible jungle walk. The rainforest here is beyond amazing for life.
14 April 2018
Hi from Lundu in Sarawak where we are volunteering at the Basaga Resort!
8 April 2018
Beautiful padauk flowers are a symbol of the changing season here and a traditional decoration for Thingyan festival.
31 March 2018
These are water pistols ready for Thingyan. Thingyan is Myanmar New year or water festival. Basically everyone and everything gets drenched. Buckets and water pistols are compulsory. We're escaping to Borneo!
29 March 2018
That's what you call a storm water drain! Getting ready for the wet season.
27 March 2018
Riding the circular train around Yangon. It takes 3 hours and goes through suburbs markets and agricultural areas. And no you're not meant to hang off the side!
23 March 2018
We've expanded our office and now have room for some fun activities! Yin Yin is learning table tennis.
17 March 2018
A 24km run up the hill to the lovely town of Thandaung gyi where local Kayin girls presented awards. A truly memorable weekend.
13 March 2018
Mango and sticky rice. I love it when mango season starts.
7 March 2018
Sip and paint night. Great fun. You have a 🍺 or 2 and get creative. Awesome scene is mine.
28 February 2018
The blue temple has the most magical interior with this giant Buddha. The whole place is exquisite with blues and gold. Such amazing art.
27 February 2018
And this is the amazing White temple. It's stunning. Started 18 years ago by a local artist Ajarn Chalermchai
26 February 2018
Amazing architecture in Chiang Rai. Clock tower sings and changes color at night.
24 February 2018
21 levels vertical run.....! I
16 February 2018
Happy Chinese New year! Big celebration here for year of the dog. Not sure street 🐕 will celebrate.
This one in shopping centre looks like Scooby Doo and is for selfies.
10 February 2018
These are paper parasols, a traditional craft here from a town called Pathein. These were painted and auctioned for charity.
2 February 2018
We're trekking from Kalaw to inle lake in Shan state. Stunning scenery. An agricultural lifestyle largely untouched by the modem world.
26 January 2018
We're about to start a project around dairy cattle. This cow didn't seem impressed!
21 January 2018
Yes he did the Yangon marathon! Wonderful event with thousands doing the 3km and 10km.
14 January 2018
Guess who was a professional judge at the latte art barista competition?! The lovely and talented winner even has his dedication tattooed on his arm.
11 January 2018
There were a lot of Sparks and an explosion...then electricity was out. But this guy up the pole fixed it in a few mins!
8 January 2018
We often see real monks on the street collecting alms. These are statues - I counted over 100!
1 January 2018
Take one rock, add a Pagoda, then call it chocolate (kyaik ka lat)!!
30 December 2017
Hello from Mawlymine! A town on the estuary to the Andaman sea. Here for new year and to see the world's largest reclining Buddha.
28 December 2017
A meeting at Greenovator always includes snacks - usually fried
22 December 2017
It's turned really cold here. But probably no snow... Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season 🎅🎄🎁
19 December 2017
Yes she really is carrying the lounge furniture on her head. No IKEA delivery here!
14 December 2017
This is a wonderful island Park a 5 min boat ride from the centre of Bangkok! Yes, another visa run.
9 December 2017
If you're going to decorate the wedding car then try the Asian way!
6 December 2017
Lots of smiles and fun as our new swim trainers take their students through their paces!
4 December 2017
I'm thinking of starting a blog called Airport lounges around the world.
We're off to Myeik to teach more Marine science students to swim
2 December 2017
Fun open air reggae night next to the lake
1 December 2017
Contemplation on a crisp sunny morning
24 November 2017
We all dressed up for our project launch. The long skirt is a longyi worn by men and women.
20 November 2017
Downtown Pathein at night. Lots of lights... but very quiet.
13 November 2017
People's Park is a fun destination for the holidays
12 November 2017
Movies are crazy popular. Usually slapstick Myanmar ones or sad romantic Korean tales
9 November 2017
4 November 2017
Fish drying. The main road is very handy for this sort of task
3 November 2017
Lovers island at ngwe saung. A few wonderful days at the beach swimming, cycling, swimming, bodysurfing, eating and swimming!
30 October 2017
Ok I'm there on left! Body balance in shopping centre. Bright lights, loud music and amused shoppers!
25 October 2017
My favourite building is Yangon City Hall. Built in 1936 it is officially in Burmese syncretic architectural style. Or fancy Moorish style to me.
22 October 2017
This beautiful decoration made from silk is for a shopping centre opening.
20 October 2017
The best part of all the meetings we go to is they have fancy lunches! Thein Soe Min with dessert.
Beautifully flowers are a part of life here. People buy them daily as offerings or to display like these.
14 October 2017
I found a lovely park with this mini budha Pagoda accidentally. So serene amongst crazy traffic.
10 October 2017
This is Lottie who we are house sitting for. She is not impressed when I'm working and won't play fetch.
3 October 2017
Sad to leave Chiang Mai and the beautiful Wats. Back to rainy Yangon!
I'm happy because we found a beautiful arboretum.
2 October 2017
Jan is very happy as Chiang Mai has awesome coffee.
1 October 2017
Someone we met on a jungle walk in Chiang mai! Here for a visa run.
28 September 2017
A peaceful early morning at Kandawgi lake
24 September 2017
There's some lovely parks here all with these signs. Not that you can stop young love here!
22 September 2017
At last back on line! Very relaxed here in the office today.
2 September 2017
This man is selling betel nut. A slightly narcotic chew of leaf, lime and tobacco that produces bright red spit!
29 August 2017
A traditional cart in Bagan. Sadly our rural retreat has ended and we are back in wet muddy Yangon.
27 August 2017
The long climb up to the stupa at 6am!
Stunning gold stupa near us. Often real gold and precious stones are used.
26 August 2017
The temples here are incredible. Over 2000 are left mainly in good condition from 10000 constructed during the golden age of 9th century. In 1287 the golden age ended after invasion by Mongols.
25 August 2017
Fresh off the night bus. Soon heading out to temple trek. But first the pool!
24 August 2017
White elephants are considered very lucky. When found in the wild they are seen as powerful symbols. There are several here plus many statutes like these.
20 August 2017
More fqded glory - the old tourism building.
19 August 2017
There is a tax system here though I'm sure it's different to ours. I wonder if there is an extra small category!
15 August 2017
Ancient Sule pagoda next to a modern mobile tower. Thankfully towers are now more discreet and sometimes hidden as trees.
13 August 2017
Even in this crowded city clogged with traffic it's possible to find pieces of nature.
11 August 2017
Tea and chat are very important. Just pull up a mini stool at a noodle stand.
8 August 2017
How beautiful is this pink dragon fruit I had for breakfast!
5 August 2017
Jan is helping our staff with conversational English lessons. Say sssss everyone!
3 August 2017
Moody monsoon day over Yangon. It rains most afternoons now.
1 August 2017
Foot reflexology is very popular here. It's pretty amazing, though not always relaxing as they are quite tough. Still it prepares you for wading through water and mud in thongs.
29 July 2017
He said it was the red wire......or maybe the blue one. You can see why I our marked our telephone wiring as entertainment.
27 July 2017
Jan is dwarfed by the pink mosque in Putrajaya. After visiting we flew back to Yangon marvelling at KL.
26 July 2017
The amazing Petronas twin towers tonight!
And the orchid garden is magnificent!
In Kuala Lumpur to renew our visas. The botanic gardens here are beautiful. So lush and green.
22 July 2017
I love buying shoes here! Lots of plastic with glitter. Or you can find cartoon characters and plenty of bright colours. And these gorgeous ones less than $5!
19 July 2017
Jan is loving the Indian food hete. Dhosa is one of his favourite snacks!
This atmospheric building is the Secretariat where today we commemorate Martyrs day for Aung San and his colleagues who were murdered. Aung San is father of Aung San Suu Kyi.
16 July 2017
This is the giant reclining Buddha in Yangon. 65 metres and set in a beautiful pagoda.
14 July 2017
Young nuns at the market. Many children as well as adults become monks or nuns through belief, or often poverty. They are a wonderful sight in the streets as they collect alms.
13 July 2017
Traditional boats crossing the river. They look peaceful but have a noisy smelly diesel engine!
10 July 2017
I love the quirky activities here - like the aqua putting here on the lake. The balls float! And yes there is a handy ferris wheel too.
5 July 2017
Would any ladies clothes shop in Oz ever use this name!
4 July 2017
This beautiful buddha is at my local pagoda. I sometimes call in early mornings as its so peaceful.
2 July 2017
Sometimes it's too wet even to swim!
29 June 2017
Attend a Tech girls meeting. Pushing to get girls into technology. Myanmar is becoming huge in digital communication. To think 5 years ago mobiles were only for the elite. Now over 70% have one.
27 June 2017
Well this is something I wasn't expecting! Sadly we're not quite ready to enter so we'll just have to go and watch!
24 June 2017
Today is fete de music. A global music festival. Here are local musicians performing in a space under the freeway!
18 June 2017
Amazing wiring - probably why we're having power cuts!
16 June 2017
Lots of chilli and garlic with great local veggies
My current favourite dish is tea leaf salad!
15 June 2017
Shwenagan Pagoda is the most iconic pagoda. It literally shines above the city.
13 June 2017
This is Yin Yin, one of the founders of Greenovator which is the organization I'm working with. They developed an app for farmers called Greenway which is revolutionizing how farmers get information. Check us out! www.mmgreenovator.com
10 June 2017
This is not an easy language. No idea what this says!. But we can ask how much something thing is and usually manage to catch the right bus.
9 June 2017
Yeah for the Australian embassy club pool!
More faded beauty. A typical crumbling colonial building in an alleyway in downtown.
3 June 2017
Yangon has every type of architecture. Colonial crumbling is a popular type! These faded glories are in the older part of downtown.
There are beautiful pagodas and monasteries around every corner. It will take 18 months the see them all!
31 May 2017
This gentleman is a bookbinder sewing the school books ready for the new term.
29 May 2017
My new flamingo umbrella matches my flamingo t-shirt!
A cyclone is circling this area causing monsoon conditions; meaning totally soaked.....
28 May 2017
How lovely is this - everywhere you see water pots on the street for everyone to use. Part of Khamma and good deeds.
27 May 2017
I know we have traffic in Australia; but here it takes an hour to go a few blocks. When we understand Burmese script we'll try catching buses!
25 May 2017
This could be our new place! As well as learning Burmese, trying street foods, understanding what not to do; we've been house hunting. Lovely apartments with pool.
Street life. You can buy everything from chickens feet to umbrellas.
Monsoons started yesterday so umbrella more useful! Traffic is chaotic here so side streets are a traders respite.
24 May 2017
So we've arrived. Day 3 and we are well into language training. Have also done a city tour including cocktails at the Savoy!