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Alright, you might be wondering "wow she's finally posting something." Yes. I'm sorry for my lack of articles because to be completely honest, I haven't done anything interesting that I thought was worth blogging about. Since high school has ended for me, i've been working at a summer program, then school started and my routine became, school, work, home, repeat. Yay me... But recently, as you can assume by the title, I went to Myanmar with my family. We stayed there for two weeks, touring around the southern part of Myanmar and visiting my dad's side of the family because they all live in Myanmar.
To be completely honest, there was a bit of a culture shock to me. I've gone to Myanmar before, but that was 13-14 years ago and I was 5, so I don't remember much. Now getting to see everything and being able to remember all of this is truly a blessing. I found out that I have 15 other cousins on my dad's side who are all older than me (i'm currently 18)!! That's over three times the amount of cousins I have on my mom's side. And the thing is, Burmese people are all really nice. I now understand why my great-grandparents went back to Myanmar instead of staying in the US. There are so many people (strangers included) who are willing to take care of them. It was really fun getting to go to see my relatives, but let's get into the places that I visited.
1. Yangon (Rangoon)
YOOOO Yangon is such an amazing and hectic city. Well Myanmar is all like this, but OMG!! Driving there is like a real-life Mario Kart race. They even have the little red and white striped curbs.
Anyways, our first stop on this trip was to Yangon because:
We had just gotten off the plane and were greeted at the airport by our relatives, and they came with bouquets of flowers. Everyone was just so excited all of a sudden and it was such a happy sight. (I still miss them so much.) Thought we were still a little jetlagged, we didn't go straight to the hotel because it was still too early to check in. We all went to visit the shwedagon Pagoda. I didn't know that we couldn't wear tight pants (nor did I know that we were going to a pagoda that day) when entering a pagoda, so my aunts had to buy a skirt (Longyi) for me to wear before entering because this pagoda is Myanmar's most sacred religious monument.
Our trip continues and spent the next couple days visiting relatives we haven't seen in a long time.
If you want to read more about the Shwedagon Pagoda (this dress code will apply for most, if not all pagodas in Myanmar): www.tripsavvy.com/shwedagon-pagoda-in-yangon-1458252
On the first day of our road trip, we went from Yangon to Mandalay. If you're going to drive from place to place, make sure you have a driver with the car because driving in Myanmar is crazy. It took a good 6-7 hours. (It's like driving from LA to San Francisco.) When we got to Mandalay, we visited the following places:
While in Mandalay, we stayed at a hotel called Sein Sein. This hotel wasn't bad; They had a nice view of the city and the restrooms were very clean. It was just a little difficult to find the light switch because it's just a button. They have one at the main door, outside the bathroom door, and in between the two beds.
Next stop: Bagan. I also say I visited Bagan around because in burmese, bagan also translate to plate.
Bagan is famous for their multitude of pagodas. And okay, to be completely honest here, I don't remember which pagodas I went to because we went to so many in Bagan. All of them are beautiful to look at and all have their own history behind it. Here's a few that I went to (based off my photos.)
While in Bagan, we stayed at Bagan Thande Hotel. It comes with a really beautiful riverside view where you can also eat your breakfast. That's where I twisted my ankle and got a bloody nose. Yay... There are a lot of stairs in between each room/Bungalow. So be careful. You have been warned.
4. Shan State
In Shan State, We mainly went to go see Inle Lake because I had been there before and my sister and I wanted to ride a boat. As we rode the boat, we got to see how people went fishing to sell at the market, how the traditional clothes were made, and the women of the Kayan Lahwi Tribe. while we were at the clothing store, I bought a bag (heehee.) But we did also visit other places in Shan State. Here is the following places we visited:
In Shan State, we stayed at Hotel Maine Li. It was close to Inle Lake and it wasn't too bad. My mom claims it was her favorite based on cleanliness. My sister said it feel more like an apartment. I think it was nice because it came with a nice balcony too.
To be honest, we didn't do anything here. We just stopped here for a night because the trip back to Yangon was going to be a long one. Since it was a little higher up north, people were wearing their puffers and beanies, while my family was walking around with pants and a light jacket with a T-shirt underneath LOL.
But yeah, that was all we did on our trip around Myanmar. I hope one day, you also get to visit this beautiful country. Make sure to bring some loose pants with you and beware of mosquitos. They also know if you're a foreigner. Also if you have any relatives in Myanmar, go to these pagodas with them because for some of the pagodas, you have to pay if you're a tourist. (There was one couple who knew they had to pay, so they ran past through the entrance with their heads down LOL.)
Today marks the completion of the second year. I can't believe I have been blogging for two years now. I know I've been spotty with the "weekly" blog posts, and I will not excuse myself for it. I've been looking around for some more topics to write about because honestly it's quite difficult to blog when you don't have time. I've been trying out a new sleeping schedule to see if I would be more productive. To see that I have started this blog post is definitely a start. I have recently watched a Buzzfeed video on having a morning and night routine of a CEO and it got me to thinking. Maybe I'll be less tired in the morning if I just went to bed earlier. So I did. Since Christmas (which has only been a few days ago, I know), I have been trying out the CEO morning and night routines. I have been messing up with taking a bath and other stuff, but I will say it's actually really interesting. But that's besides the point. If you want to hear more about my opinion on the CEO morning and night routine, give this post a thumbs up. Anyway, going back to the main topic.
Thank you so much for reading my posts for the past two years. I really appreciate it. I really enjoy the positive feedback from readers. Thank you and I will be continuing to post. I will try to have a post up every week. Anyway, thank you again, I hope you all spent some time with your family and friends this past holiday season and Happy New Year!! 2018 is coming up and I'm excited.
As the year comes to an end once again, we start reflecting on the year. What have we done, what have we achieved, and how can we improve. Then comes in the idea of New Year's resolutions. The goals we set ourselves up for, but (for many) never accomplish due to the lack of commitment we have for those goals or simply because you forgot or can't possibly change your entire life around to meet those high standards.
Going to the doctor's office recently for a yearly check-up has made me realize how much I give up to do well in school. My doctor was talking to me about getting at least 7 hours of sleep when I normally get 5. Or exercising at least three times a week when I would be sitting behind a desk or computer screen watching movies and shows on Netflix. And meditating for just five minutes to relieve all the stress from the day when I would just go to bed because I'm tired and stressed. Every day, I forget to do those things and it has been slowly affecting my health. With that in mind, here are a few resolutions that will be effective and not that big of a change in your daily lifestyle.
One year ago, I started this blog. I can not believe it. I have tried before to make a website and failed to keep it going. It would not have been possible for me to begin to think about starting a blog until I learn how to make a website during the summer a few years ago. Since then, I have been working toward sharing my adventures and soon my thoughts on whatever I encounter in the future. Thank you to everyone who has read my posts. I gives me a reason to post more.
Throughout this year, I think I have grown a bit as a blogger and next year is going to be better. I plan to blog more throughout the year and grow as a person. Thank you all for a wonderful year. Even though we know that Trump is president, let's try to make 2017 a greater year. Cheers to 2017!!! Let's make it a good year.
And like every person in the world, here are my New Year's resolutions:
Life is the long game.
This is from the episode The Long Game. So, as the clock counts down, I want you to remember 2017 is going to be a better year.
Well, winter break is coming to an end so I am going to recap on everything I have done in the two weeks away from the hell we call school. Last Monday, I went to Universal Studios for Grinch-mas, and it was like a last visit to Hollywood for this year. My family went to watch the same shows and we rode the same rides for one last time this year. Then every day after, my sister and I have gone to my academy for 3 hours to just read, do some writing, and take time away from our electronic devices, except for Christmas and New Years.
After 12, my mom would pick us up and we would have the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted like go shopping, clean up the house a little, relaxing, or go to the park. On Christmas, it was my sister's birthday so we have a party to celebrate. After the party, my older cousin, Jessica, stayed at our house and we had a sleepover. Instead of sleeping in our rooms, we all slept in the living room on the couchs. It was so fun and on New Years Eve, we will have another sleepover with our two younger cousins and grandparents as well. This has been the best winter break I've ever had with my family.
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