Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New year!

Chinese New Year is celebrated the 5th of February this year. This New Year is the Year of the Pig. The pig is the Chinese symbol of wealth. People born in the Year of the Pig (1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)  have ‘a beautiful personality and they are blessed with good fortune in…

Living on a dumping ground

Over the Christmas break we traveled with family in Myanmar and visited all the highlights of this country (see here for a short film). The trip was above expectations and the places rightly deserve to be called highlights: we took the night-bus from Yangon to Mandalay, the last royal capital of the country. We then…

How to define ‘it’?

Is it about time to make a decision in terminology to emphasize the differences, or is it a matter of time before we all understand the same thing when we talk about Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Responsible Code of Conduct, Global Citizenship etc. in Myanmar?    I’m in Myanmar for four months now and I’ve…

Anarchy on Myanmar roads

One of the first things we did in Myanmar is renting a car. Most families at the international school, particularly the wealthy Myanmar, have drivers who drives them around town and in-country. Not the hand-full, mostly Northern Europeans and Australians, that drive their own cars. Particularly Dutch mothers are well-known for it 🙂 Driving your own…

Yangon down town

Instead of a blog, this time a vlog. If you want to see it, click here.

Visiting Myanmar capital cities during American public holidays

Strange how we as Europeans now live in the far East but with the kids going to American school we are planning our holidays around American public holidays. We really are ‘Global Citizens’ now (the tag-line of the American school). So thanks to American labour day we had a long weekend. It gave us the…

House hunt

Most of our first week in Yangon was spent on house hunting. A remarkable experience as many buildings are suffering from the intense weather conditions and are quickly falling apart. Picture: British colonial building down-town Yangon Many expat families end up living in one particular neighborhood, called ‘Golden Valley’. A suitable name as until one…

Monsoon in Yangon

We have arrived in Yangon. Surprising how different the climate is at the other side of the Thai/Myanmar peninsula. In the Gulf of Thailand the monsoon consists of a rain shower now and then, while at the Andaman sea, where Yangon is, it rains every day this time of the year. Luckily we still have…

❤️ Bangkok

After just over 2 weeks at Thai islands in the Gulf of Thailand, we flew back to Bangkok. This time, in contrary to going there, a quick and quiet flight. Arriving in Bangkok is impressive if you haven’t seen a metropole before. Leah and Ise were overwhelmed by all the giant advertisements, roof gardens, swimming…

‘I’m from Myanmar’

Race and social differences are on top of my mind, since I read the book Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so I may be a bit over sensitive. On the other hand, inequality is everywhere, and it is impossible not to notice the difference in rank between the Thai and Myanmarese staff in the resort…