what shwedagon taught me

By Ron Cruz  . Towards the end of each trip, the last few hours are always the fastest, whirling like blurred movie scenes flashing like strobes causing a silent seizure, an alternating circuit of vague emotions. Like a toddler's tantrum that only riddance can soothe. On that last day...

first-timers’ guide to myanmar

VISA When we visited Myanmar exactly a year ago, Filipinos were required to apply for tourist visa prior to travel. Recently, both countries agreed to scrap the requirement and give Filipinos 14 days of stay without the stress-inducing sticker in the passport. So that's P1,100 and...

Myanmar’s Mockingjay

Recently, news came out that Filipinos may now enjoy visa-free entry to Myanmar. An evident renouncement of reistance and a silver lining to a true democratic future of a nation (Yeah, what do we know about democracy? We are filipinos for god's sake) Early this year,...

yangon behind the shadows

My last images of Bagan were the dodgy flashback of a rusty truck-ride and the dizzying blur of 11-hour night bus where Luna (a 2-year old girl) singlehandedly took my sleeping space, pushing me cramped on one side with Monette and Dong Ho. We crossed the...

bagan experience: the good, the bad and the stinky

BAGAN. The ancient civilization of---yada yada yada---I am not writing the cliche narratives that it is magical, awe-inspiring, surreal and all other adjectives that has been repeatedly used since the time of Marco Polo. If I will be forced to write about this majestic land of thousand...

the myanmar food trip

When we were doing the research on what food to try in Myanmar, we found less than a handful of tips online. That gave us the pre-conceived notion that not a lot of people raved about the food and we better set our expectations low. After...

myanmar: first impressions

I have been meeting Burmese people in Singapore in the past, from construction workers to specialized doctors. They do have notable characteristics in common: They are meek, introvert and most of the time, restrained. That gave me the impression of enigma as their non-verbal gestures...