Autumn-break in Indonesia

During Leah and Ise’s autumn-break we traveled to Indonesia for taking surf lessons. We visited Bali ( Ubud), Lombok and the Gili’s in 8 days time and had a wonderful time swinging high above Ubud’s rice fields, motorbiking through small villages, surfing, snorkeling with turtles and having late afternoon drinks while watching stunning sunsets. Indonesia…

China’s One Belt One Road initiatief in Myanmar: een geopolitiek schaakspel

  Deze week vindt het tweede Belt and Road Forum plaats in Peking. Veertig landen komen samen om China’s internationale investeringen in handel en infrastructuur in Azië, Afrika en zelfs Europa te bespreken. Apart dat er maar weinig over te vinden is in Nederlandse kranten. De uitkomsten van dit Forum zullen de komende decennia namelijk…

Sick in Asia: customer or patient

Due to a very unfortunate accident in Yangon a month ago, I got a head trauma. We involuntary entered the medical circuit of commercial money-making hospitals in Bangkok, alternative medical advice in Yangon and nasty private Asian insurance companies.  We got a quick training-on-the-job. At first we went to an international hospital in Yangon. This…

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…