Sunday, 25 February 2007

Weekend Trip - Bago & Kyaiktiyo

The Golden Rock pilgrimage site
Vendors await the busloads...

Novice monks

Thursday, 22 February 2007

Building A New School

Merci BP2S ! THANKS AND THANKS AGAIN to all of you in the office who kindly donated funds and materials to this worthy project, if you could only know what a difference this will make...

The finished product!

My Pupils

Mahin Than, my absolute favourite. I never thought I would fall in love with a five year old. I want to pop him in my backpack and take him home with me but that must be illegal, right?
Kaung Kaung, my preferred pupil of the afternoon classes. He is just adorable...

Htet Ko, he can be quite a handful at times the little rascal!!!

Zin Zin Win, the youngest at three years old, she rarely stops giggling.

Aye Myat Thu, super shy but gradually gaining confidence.

Ei Thu, the eldest of my pupils, I struggle to keep her challenged.

Pyae Soe Aung, clever but cunning! He has the eyes of an angel, but I know better...

Phae Phyo Aung, very baby-like in his motions he has great potential and endless enthusiam.

Su Sandar, she began slowly due to many absences but is now rapidly over taking over the other pupils!
Phyo Phyo, the clown of the class.
Kaung Kaung Kyaw, clever though shy he is most remarkable for his beautiful face, I would like to meet him in his twenties!
Su Su, at five years old this girl has more elegance than me, she will grow up to be a real lady.

Tun Tun, one of my star pupils as he is not only bright but obedient, hurrah!

[For any Burmese reading this please excuse the spelling of the names. We do not have a translator capable of knowing the correct English spelling!!!]

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Growing Together Educational Project - Than Lyin

The school. Pretty basic but who needs water and electricity when you have teachers like us?!

I look after two pre-school classes of pupils aged three to four in Than Lyin

All the children (as do the adults - both men and women) wear Thanaka, a paste made from wood bark for cosmetic reasons, sometimes from head to toe. It smells gorgeous, also protects from the sun and helps skin problems. At first I thought it looked strange but now I often don't even notice it.


Following my pupils through the paddies to their home...

Faluda, my favourite drink

Fried locusts, not as tasty as they look, believe me!

Shwedagon Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda downtown

Sorry, yet more sunsets...!

Thursday, 1 February 2007

First Week In Myanmar

The gecko that lives at my place

Kebabs a-go-go!

On my way to work in the morning

I take many public buses to and from the school, and they are always this crowded...

I got very lucky with this bus journey!

Ko Samet, Thailand

It sure is a hard life while waiting for my Myanmar working visa.....