When you're too early at Changi Airport and have nothing better to do
Changi Airport Singapore
Yangon International Airport
We got our SIM cards at the MPT at the airport for 5000 kyats each that gives us 2.5GB of 3G data (valid 30 days). That’s actually pretty great a deal so we decided against the ultra budget option of sharing a single SIM card as a personal hotspot (which works but seems to need setting up at the counter) and instead got one each. That’s going to be plentyyyy of data for 4 days. The staff at the MPT counter spoke good English and was very helpful with all the setting up(:
Yangon International Airport
The Lodge Yangon @ China Town
MM We got to our hotel and melchan is trying to decide what bags to bring
And finally we decided to head to the Kandawgyi Lake but our grab driver canceled on us! Grab definitely doesn't sound very popular there but throughout our trip we had been using Grab to just get price estimates so we won't get ripped off.
We decided to walk around the hotel vicinity for a bit to see what we could find but honestly the heat got the better of us. It legit killed us. I kept repeating that the heat is unreal and it truly was because it was a very dehydrating scorch that I've never experienced in a long time. DEAD.
Putting ourselves through the heat for just 5+ minutes was already too much for our bodies to take, especially given how sleep-deprived we were too! It rapidly drained the life out of us.
Thankfully we chanced upon a very modern and hipster taiwanese bubble tea joint soon after (Tea Land). I had coffee with perfect sweetness (hard to come by!), Sam a fruit tea and Melchan got a double layer milk pudding milk tea which was really rich and yummy - - all that felt like a need!
I have to say though that their bubble tea feels like a luxury in context of the other food and beverage prices around. The bubble tea cost almost just as much in Singapore (2500-3500 kyats) while you'd easily find avocado juice for 1500 kyats.
The Lodge Yangon @ China Town
MM After bubble tea, we just hailed a cab and we finally got to the lake. Honestly though, it was really hard to enjoy the nature mostly cos we suck and the heat really sucked everything from us hahaha but being able to capture that rainbow at the lake was quite uplifting We found some refuge under these umbrellas that appeared to be quite an elaborate advertising campaign for CEMENT hahaha it was baffling thinking of regular public buying cement... Although that may well stem from sheer ignorance. Regardless that made for quite a nice photo opportunity! We finally ventured out a bit on a quest to find the pagoda but came across a worn bridge. It honestly wasn't that creaky and scary but it scared the shit out of melchan. It was hilarious witnessing her trying to get across. But like I said, we suck and ended up just sitting down under a shaded area because the heat was totally unreal especially at a park with no buildings to cushion the blow. We gave up. We didn't try to find the temple by the lake anymore because it just seemed impossible to get to... Let's just find a cab and get somewhere else
MM Shwedagon was a beautiful sight... We were greatly outnumbered by the locals and it was a heartwarming experience people watching and watching the Buddhist Burmese in prayer particularly for such an important occasion for them, the day before Thingyan Again the heat was much too powerful for us to fight and we retreated to a little ledge and sat, people watching, absorbing the sights around us. We sat for more than an hour, waiting for the sun to set and for us to get the opportunity to see Shwedagon Pagoda by night. It was so worth the wait... this sacred pagoda doesn't exactly transform by night but certainly takes on a different character. It seems more serene and even more captivating - but both day and night have to be experienced in that awe-inspiring transition. After befriending a resident cat that seemed to have taken a liking for us, we had a quick but funny conversation with a local guide who joked about our Singaporean slangs :p
Yangon Night Market
We were finally starving and desperately in need of some food. The night Market we headed to turned out to be a place meant for food (and unexpectedly, barely anything else)
We are kinda spoilt for choice here We finally decided to have some noodle soup and fried dumplings at a stall where they also had a Chinese menu! It was yummmmy and very homely but let's face it - - the taste of MSG in every dish isn't that hard to mask! It was a satisfying meal no less and 5000 kyat for all 3 of us left us stuffed!
We also had an avocado sugarcane smoothie which was a miscommunication turned delicious discovery. We were meant to have an avocado milkshake and 2 sugarcane juices but got 2 avocado sugarcane smoothies in the end! The natural sweetness from the sugarcane and an uncompromised avocado creaminess made for a great combination. Best avocado smoothie ever. Can't believe I never considered that combination before!
Thennnn we chanced upon defensive ammunition for tomorrow's Thingyan. We definitely have to suit up our phones!
Yangon Night Market
The Lodge Yangon @ China Town
MM We were exhausted and ready to call it an early night in anticipation of our early flight to Bagan tomorrow but our cab driver somehow failed to take us to our hotel and instead just dropped us off at Chinatown. The roads were jammed though and we imagined it would've been much faster to walk anyway. We went past a fusion of Clarke Quay and Haji Lane that was filled with tourists drinking away and eventually passed some lanes where Thingyan set-up was serious business before we finally got back to our base. We are exhausted and so it's goodnight!!!
Early day! It was really hard to get us up at 3.30am and trying to all get ready by 4. It was the first day of the Thingyan festival and at what seemed to us like an unearthly hour so we were a little afraid that we would have trouble getting a taxi to the airport for our early flight to Bagan. But as we walked out the hotel door, we discovered that the city was very much alive before 5am and there were plenty of taxis around. We took the elevator down to the reception to find the receptionists jolting awake from our arrival 😅 he eventually helped us hail a taxi but only after at least 5 drivers declined to send us to the airport! Thank goodness there were plenty of taxis and it wasn't long before we got one willing to take us.
The Lodge Yangon @ China Town
Yangon International Airport
So we got ahead of ourselves because we were anticipating traffic issues and weren't sure what sort of queues and wait times to expect at the domestic terminal but we breezed through everything. They weren't even particular about weighing our carry-on bags and checking them for liquids etc. Nice. So we decided to go find ourselves some breakfast to pass the time.
Craving for some warm soup, we found ourselves at Espace Cafe in the domestic terminal. We were early but we didn't exactly have plenty of time. When we tried to order, we were told that the dishes Sam and Meiyi wanted were all going to take at least 20 minutes while only Mohingya and Coconut noodles were available almost immediately.
So those 2 dishes were exactly what we got and they turned out to be really hearty and satisfying. I have to say that the Burmese dishes are rather heavy and thick for me as a first meal of the day how ever savory it was but it was so good I finished every last drop of the gravy/curry/soup (can't decide which best reflects its consistency!)
Yangon International Airport
MM We flew with Golden Myanmar Airlines with apparently one of their youngest and cheapest domestic flights. With the flight being so early, we completely knocked out on the plane. Or rather, I completely knocked out. 🤣 It was a mere hour-long flight but we were surprised with a complimentary tray of goodies - some mochi-like cake, simple sandwich and mochi balls with brown sugar in it (very similar to Malay ondeh-ondeh). I loved the mochi balls but was too groggy to even try the rest before we had to clear and prepare for landing. I pretty much slept through the flight right upon getting my butt on the seat - I only woke up for a brief 5 minutes when Sam told me that the mochi balls were good, ate those sweet stuff and fell back asleep.
When we got to Nyaung-U airport, we paid 25000 kyats each for tourist entry to the archaeological area. The ticket lasts for 5 days and grants entry pretty much everywhere of note in Bagan (We weren't checked for our entry tickets in temples and pagodas except when we went to view the sunset though. 🤷♀️) I wouldn't try evade the cost because I believe every bit can contribute to the restoration of the temples, many of which were left rather tattered with the recent August 2016 earthquake.
We then quickly managed to get a taxi to take us to our hotel in Old Bagan (Zfreeti Hotel).
MM Arriving, we were quickly reminded that it is Thingyan Festival!!! These kids were right outside Zfreeti Hotel, having a ball of a time splashing and drenching passing cars and motorbikes! Although our hotel, Zfreeti Hotel, rents electric bicycles for 3000 kyat, they weren't available because of Thingyan Festival - I suspect for fear that they could be damaged or that riders may be vulnerable to accidents during the water festival?
We were then left with 3 options: 1) Walk 2) Taxi for the whole day or 3) Rent E-Scooters from the shop right outside Zfreeti.
Option 1 was much too ambitious in the heat. And while Option 2 was the best way to keep us dry and comfortable, we really wanted the full Bagan experience and also the flexibility of having our own bikes.
Then we decided to go try the E-Scooters (quoted 7000 kyat for the whole day) but they feel almost no different from the larger motorbikes! They were smooth and easy to ride but making turns freaked the hell out of me. We eventually decided against it because we knew that our safety was at stake! They went at speeds 30-40 mph and the acceleration was way too sensitive for me to confidently say I can get around the rest of the day on and sharing the roads with other cars and horse carriages.
I'd probably ride an E-Scooter in a more controlled environment but in Bagan where it is sandy, the roads were unpaved and did not have directional lanes + the co-occurence of Thingyan where kids were relentless in their water attacks on motorists... we regretfully forwent the more adventurous option and decided on a driver to take us around the whole day. Such a pity the hotel's electric bikes weren't available!
So that driver was going to cost 30000 kyats as quoted but at the end of the day, the manager (not driver) insisted he meant 30 USD and asked for 40000 kyats. 🤦♀️That costed more than what our hotel offered. Suffice to say, we didn't return the next day for their offer to Mt Popa (54000 kyats versus 45000 kyats arranged by hotel).
We then started our Bagan temple hopping!!! Although it didn't feel as bad as the day before at Yangon, the heat was also crazy. Most notably, being barefoot, we had to constantly try to find paths where our feet weren't on coals as long as we were not in shade! We must've looked really silly but we spent a lot of time sprinting from base to base! There weren't that many locals bracing the burning ground too but we quickly learned that bracing the short feet burn gave us access to some beautiful sights on the exterior of the temples so we didn't just stay on "safe zones"/indoors. The material construction of the ground was so critical! Our feet went through quite a bit of testing. There was a little barricaded section where a lot of locals seem to be gathering and taking pictures of a little water-filled depression. We figured it must be an ancient marking that holds religious significance. The kid monk didn't look particularly impressed though 😅 I must say that the first few temples we visited each had their own character and historical flavor. Pity we didn't hire a guide to take us through the sights while we got the chance to explore at our own pace, we also didn't have much context to understand the archaeological significance of these temples we were visiting. There were also quite some areas barricaded as they were still undergoing restoration. We then headed for lunch! It was interesting they said it was a Burmese buffet style and it costed 5000 kyats per person with a spread of pork, mutton and chicken curry, fried chicken, fried fish, soup and a huge selection of side dishes like potato, pickled vegetables and sprouts and some raw vegetables that none of us dared to eat because we wanted to be cautious about uncooked food.
All in all the meal was decent but sadly the portions of meat were all very fat or full of bony pieces that didn't have much meat to them. We left stuffed nonetheless cos we each got thick avocado juice for 1500 kyats each. While we thought it was a steal for avocado, it was unsweetened and the brown sugar that came on the side refused to dissolve so it all tasted rather odd.
Melchan is hot and tired... Melchan being our entertainment We saw a ledge with many pebble pagodas and Sam decided to try her hand on one. But she gave up quickly cos there weren't that many pebbles to work with and they were HOT! You'd actually have to dig into the hot ground to find pebbles of the varying sizes to build the pebble pagoda! Melchan couldn't resist ice cream by the road side. It was quite amusing because there were two of these bike sellers along the road and each was repeating what sounded like "WA HA HA ____: Chocolate, Nugget, Lubricant" on loop.. . It was definitely just my mishearing of the language. But that loop got stuck in my head for a longgggg time. We were so dehydrated and honestly without context, the temples quickly got repetitive for us and we were exhausted.
We finally just wanted to take a break and retreat. We decided to head to their market to see if we could get swimsuits so we could swim in the hotel pool.
The market was quite an experience. It was a real local market that didn't even appear on our tourist map. It was the kind of market the locals would probably go for their groceries for daily meals. It was very crammed and squeeze to get around with the ground littered with onion skins and random food trash.
That said, it didn't look like there were apparel stalls open and we don't really know if we can find any swimsuits there... It turned out that it was only because many stalls were closed for Thingyan. Oh well.
As we were leaving the market, we got ambushed by kids!!! It was quite funny as the girl in the middle poured a bottle of water at me, she looked hesitantly at me for my reaction as if to see if I would kill her hahaha I just chuckled and then they went to get more water to do that to Sam and Meiyi. Apparently I was their first target they tested waters with (literally) ! Do I look like an easy target to them?
Well the funny thing was their excitement that they could actually splash water on us! A little boy ran to get a full pail of water and while he was held back by the older girl, he was unforgiving hahaha he ran after us so Melchan and I ran away laughing and screaming so he changed his target to Sam hahaha well Sam was grumpy as usual and I guess they finally stopped 😂
So that's our more up close attack by some kids at the market! I only wish I had a water gun so I could attack them too!!!
Thennnn we gave up... And because the Bagan Museum that we wanted to visit was closed for Thingyan, and we felt we have seen most of the major temples, we decided to just head back to the hotel until we can catch the sunset.
CASE IN POINT.
This was Sam and Melchan after we got back. We were gross, dirty and exhausted so we didn't want to touch the beds :p
Melchan actually fell asleep (and complained of stiff back after sleeping on the floor lol) and it this little break lasted just an hour or so before we had to leave to catch the sunset.
Is this what travel is supposed to feel like?!? 🤣We didn't even do that many "travel sights" but certainly had an early day.
We then got to a little elevated bridge thing to wait for the sunset. There were a lot of tour buses and stuff but it was a wide area so it didn't feel that crowded. And so we waited... Waiting... Timelapsing... We toyed with the idea of making Sam emoji stickers... Her expressions can describe inner feelings like no words can. We thought making these stickers public can help others express their inner emotions 🤣
Pity the hot air balloon season is just over and our sunset experience doesn't include watching balloons over the skies!
Sun and clouds playing hide and seek with us We returned to our hotel to have dinner which is rather beautiful by night. Sam and I got Burmese beef and fish curry (4000 kyat each) respectively while Melchan got Thai Green Curry (also 4000 kyat). The poolside restaurant clearly wanted to present Burmese food at its best so while Melchan got just green curry with rice, our Burmese dishes came with rice, curry, salad, soup, and side belachan with carrot and cucumber sticks to dip it in. :p a stark contrast for dishes that all costed the same.
We also decided to try Myanmar beer (3000 kyat). We originally ordered a bottle each then our server was like "3 bottles? Are you sure? It is a big bottle". Definitely was expecting small 500ml bottles each and was prepared to pay that 3000 kyat each! Well it turned out to be a big bottle that we shared amongst the 3 of us. It's a very light beer that's not very flavorful at all (even less than Bud Light) so it was rather refreshing.
We got back and died again. I wanted to shower first just so I can relax and do a clay (followed by sheet) mask... because our skin has been through a lot along the sandy roads of Bagan. Time to crash! Started our day at Zfreeti Hotel for the breakfast buffet. There was a spread of both western and Asian options - - omelette station, fruit juices, cereal, French toast, sausages, bacon, rosemary potato, fried rice, roasted cauliflower, toast and, of course, Mohinga! It's a good spread and I loved the Mohinga (especially after I spammed it with chilli and lime 😁)
After packing up, we checked out and got on our ride to Mt Popa! We decided to have our luggages put in the car rather than left at the hotel so we can head straight to the airport. The hotel receptionist was really nice and probably foresaw that Mt Popa wasn't gonna take a lot of time before our flight and offered that we could return to the hotel to chill and shower if we wanted to, even if we've checked out. But we were still afraid that we wouldn't make our flight, not knowing what to expect of Thingyan traffic!
MM All WAS fairly well... And we were just safely in a car while it seemed the Thingyan Festival got way more intense (its Saturday after all). We were continuously splashed on our journey there.
But as fate would have it, our driver stopped and told us that the petrol was no good. Probably too much water got into it (Idk... What happens when it rains then?).
He wanted to be safe and called for another car to come get us because it would be dangerous if the car really broke down as we are going up mountain roads.
And so we just wanted for the other car to come. We were in the car, in the heat though with windows half down, for at least 45 minutes. 😐 Well it wasn't too bad other than the heat and bearing with a stench after a herd of cows came grazing on the trash right beside us and pooping all over 🐂🐃. Throughout the whole wait I was just worried that we would never get to our destination but I'm glad the car finally came!
We got to the foot of the stairs up Mt Popa and are ready to take it on! The place was jam-packed with locals paying their respects over the Thingyan new year. So our ascent up was fairly slow, getting through a human jam of young and old. While known to be filled with brave macaques 🐵 who would tug at you for food and with steps thoroughly littered with monkey poop, we actually didn't encounter that many monkeys. The monkeys were brave though and would tug onto dresses to beg for food - that happened to Meiyi on our way down 😄🐒. Also, while we could smell monkey poop at some areas of the steps, I didn't actually see any.
Don't know if this has to do with the Thingyan Festival, so it was all better cleaned? And maybe the monkeys were all rather satiated already with the hoards of people to get food from? I'm not complaining though - the monkey poop was actually my greatest apprehension about Mt Popa (not even the supposed 777 steps!)
The 777 steps wasn't actually bad at all though looking at the stupa from the foot of the steps made it look super daunting.
The crowd was moving slowly and there were multiple flights, letting you rest along the way and also narrow alleys of stalls to distract you from what would've been a dreadful climb.
Different flights have varying steepness too. There were metal steps that was steep and narrow, and simple paved steps that was barely a climb. So 777 steps can actually be very managable regardless of your fitness level.
All said, steps just felt managable to me. I would never profess to have good cardio endurance but it seemed to have killed Melchan and we had to take a break. We didn't really take any breaks before. So I'd say it's just important to pace yourself and take it slow, but when it's crowded you may sometimes be carried by the crowd. Melchan's fatigue became our entertainment 😁 It's only cos we are such good friends that we can laugh at each other like that 😅 but also cos we are such good friends that we didn't allow her to rest. Sam literally dragged melchan up the last few flights 🤣 There's a fair bit to see upon getting up to the stupa but we really didn't spend much time there. It would've made sense to be up there to meditate but I think we spent more time climbing up the steps than staying up there 😂. Again it would've made more sense if we had a guide and melchan, who most wanted to go to Mt Popa (I was too but really only hesitant about monkey poop) and who also suffered the most in our journey there, says she doesn't regret it 😋 Sam does not understand why Melchan was dying so badly when we were actually walking DOWN steps. Hahaha but her fear of heights was screaming at her loudly then.
MM When we got to the airport at 2.30pm... And wayyyy too early for our 6.20pm flight, we realised that we weren't going to be able to get any lunch. Everything was closed and there wasn't anyone in sight. It was so closed that even the toilets couldn't be flushed and they also didn't have any water from the taps. Ah well.
Again, we don't know if it is normal of small domestic terminals to not have anything open until 2 hours before flights (and there isn't much traffic anyway, the flights seemed all to be clustered in the early evening).
Thankfully it didn't stay that awful...? There was probably an earlier flight and an hour after just being on our phones, more people appeared and more importantly, a cafe opened. It had only a few items available from the menu but we needed a snack and a drink regardless.
We were bored and so we took stupid wefies. Melchan's boredom manifested in a series of meitu selfie videos she posted on instagram stories.
When the check in counter finally opened 1.5 hours before our flight, we were told it was free-seating and we were eager to get through the immigration gates ASAP so we could get some air-conditioning because it was just so warm.
But when we tried to get through, we saw the immigration officer at the bag checks asleep. Her colleague called out to wake her up several times but she was not roused 🤣 we were then told to wait a bit more before we enter.
Finally now on the plane back to Yangon! Started boarding the flight 6.30pm (for a 6.20pm) flight through a departure gate that seemed to be shared with many other flights so you had to listen closely to the flight number announced to make sure you board the right plane and don't just follow the crowd. They'd check your boarding pass but it doesn't seem very thorough and seemed to be just glancing whether it's the right airline.
Yangon International Airport
City Hotel Yangon
We got to our hotel to find that most massage joints are closed, not because it's getting late, but because of Thingyan. The hotel reception seemed surprised that we would even think of doing a massage during Thingyan 😂 oh well. It has been a pretty simple day.
We also didn't have dinner... And nothing else was open according to the hotel reception but the bellhop accompanied melchan to a convenience store to get us instant noodles and so that's our late-night dinner.
Alright. So the day started rather frustrating. We didn't realise how hard it was to find somewhere to eat. We were also up rather late and missed hotel breakfast (which we had to pay extra for anyway... though a buffet breakfast was going to only be 3000 kyat). We looked out our window and saw everything closed - just trucks filled with rowdy teenage boys splashing water and pumping horns.
So we didn't know where to go. We wanted to check out Nourish Cafe which is a social enterprise and had nice reviews but found it was closed (thankfully that was indicated on their Facebook page, it's actually hard to find such updated information!)
A quick Google search on what's open during Thingyan was not particularly encouraging but still gave us some leads. We thought that Rangoon Tea House, which was also very well-reviewed and had very tempting dishes. When we found out that it was a mere 5 minute walk from our hotel, we were down and already craving some of their dishes and the selection of tea!
That 5 minute journey turned out rather... emotional. With Thingyan going on, I was expecting to get wet but wasn't ready to be soaked. The mere 5 minute walk left us very vulnerable... The thing was, there is a lot of spraying and splashing or water in a joyful and open way, but my first soak was jarring because a dude snuck up behind me and poured a pail of water over my head.
I will not hide that my instinct was one of reflexive cursing. I do wish I was able to embrace and engage with this cultural celebration more readily but it took me a while. I only wish I had a water gun to attack them with and perhaps join in the fun. I'd engage in a water fight if I was prepared because it's simply not in my nature to take things passively!
Eventually, only after really ensuring that my electronics and my passport was in water-resistant bags, I was ready to embrace it because I knew I'd eventually still be a vulnerable open target if we got on the circular train.
Well, in that initial frustration, all I wanted to do was get to a safe place, the Rangoon Tea House, and was afraid we'd be denied entry if soaked. I was just starving. Unfortunately, we got there to find it closed. We were exasperated. Especially because that mere 5 minutes to somewhere closed made me feel so attacked. There was also frustration amongst us because Melchan felt that we shouldn't be frustrated and should wholly embrace the celebration, which I wanted to as well although it didn't stop my reflexive combative mode when someone sneaks up behind me rather than joyfully and openly pouring water on me. So let's just say it was a rather emotional few minutes that took some emotional regulation before accepting the situation.
After resting on a bench outside Rangoon Tea House, we found somewhere else that could be open over Thingyan. It was merely across the street (still 3 minutes of feeling vulnerable) and appeared to be in a historical colonial building called the Sofaer Building.
Sofaer and Co is a restaurant with gorgeous decor and a very homely ambience. Their food is on the pricey side for Myanmar's standards but still less than half the price of a comparable brunch spot in Singapore. With everything closed, we didn't really have much of an alternative. The food was decent and the portions were massive.
I had their 3-course lunch set (14500 kyat) of pulled pork + mango salad burger, lotus root chips and mango sticky rice. The pork and mango salad combination was actually surprising and very refreshing but while the buns looked good, they were drenched in butter and was cold when I got it so I didn't finish it. The lotus root chips were addictive but nothing too different from regular chips once the novelty wore off. It came with a unique mayo that was more buttery though, and I think that made it more addictive. Finally, I loved my mango sticky rice. I enjoyed that the coconut milk over my mango sticky wasn't too dense or too sweet, and that the mango was soft and just the right balance of sweet and sour. I was originally going to share my dessert cos I was so stuffed but I ended up eating 2/3 of it because I liked it so much 😂. That said, my favorite of the items ordered was actually still my iced latte!
Sam got chicken coconut noodles (which was huge and very generous in portions of not just noodles and soup but also the meat - and she couldn't finish it). And Melchan got soufflé pancakes (perfect) and Burmese-style scotch eggs.
Yangon Central Railway Station We had to go to Platform 7 to get tickets for the circular train. It was actually rather confusing when we go there because locals gathered around ticket counters which where manned but didn't look open. So the counter staff wasn't engaging with anyone.
After some exploring and asking the staff, we were disappointed to find that the circular train had already stopped running (it was about 1.15pm). While disappointed, it wasn't a wasted trip. It was clearly much less busy because of Thingyan but there were still many stalls by the tracks. And just the architecture, local bustle and the vibe of the Yangon Central Railway station was fascinating in itself. I really felt like it was such a pity to have to leave without getting to be on the circular train and really wanted to just soak in the atmosphere of the station for longer.
We tried wanted to try our luck at Junction City to see if we could get a massage since we are left with nothing else to do. We weren't very optimistic at all but we walked to Junction City anyway, but as expected, nothing was open. The whole mall was shut although it was supposedly open for public holidays, but Thingyan is wayyyy more important than any other public holiday. Defeated, I concluded that Thingyan really isn't a great day to try to do anything other than just enjoy the celebration. If only I had more days as a tourist, but it being our last day made it feel like we've really missed out alot. So my tip really is not to have the full trip overlapping with Thingyan, else it'd be tough to experience Myanmar fully.
We took a taxi back to our hotel and intended to chill out at our lobby and get to the airport earlier. As above, our taxi was well prepared and suited up for Thingyan.
When we got back to the hotel lobby and decided to just rest and then a little girl popped up behind us and actually climbed over the couch to sit next to us :p she started to try to speak to us in English and sing the alphabet (although she wasn't very successful at that). She clearly has a penchant for performing because she started dancing hip hop (which she apparently learned from her dad showing her kpop videos). Her dad then shared with us some videos of her doing tradional Burmese dance and she got so excited she started performing all of them, following a play list of at least 7 different videos. Her dad was really nice (and works at the hotel) and he shared with us some context behind each song she was dancing to, like a Thingyan Festival song, harvest song, pop song etc.
She kept us plenty amused with her expressions and her young parents were so proud - she is clearly a very bright and energetic child! I hope she continues dancing too because she seems like she really enjoys performing!
Soon after, they had to leave but not before we took a quick wefie! We then got on our cab to the airport. During which I took plenty of pictures of the Thingyan Festival from the safety of the car. Dude this is a firefighting hose. Noble people directing traffic! Sunset at the airport for our flight that was delayed. Oh well.
Bye Myanmar, we wish we got to spend more time to really explore the country if not for Thingyan and I know Melchan left her heart there too and will be back.
Yangon International Airport
Changi Airport Singapore