Thursday, October 24, 2013
This beautiful country is full of lovely people, inside and out. The women are simply dressed, almost make-up free and carry themselves with pride and elegance. You see hundred of many young women with the fragrant thanaka paste smeared over their faces. Thanaka is the yellowish white paste that most Burmese women and girls daub over their faces and arms. The cream is made from the ground bark of several trees, and is worn to protect fragile complexions from the darkening, dehydrating effects of strong sunlight. Apart from its cosmetic and sun-blocking properties, thanaka is believed to cure acne and act as an antiseptic. Not only are the Burmese women beautiful but smart too!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I'm ready for my Southeast Asia adventure. After 10 hours of flying and a stopover in Taipei, my China Airlines jet landed in Yangon International Airport, Burma where it feels like time has stopped. The country has been renamed Myanmar, but the people still call themselves Burmese.