Since we’d done such little detailed research prior to this vacation, we were truly blown away by so many parts of our trip. Shwedagon Pagoda was the first of many times that we would be struck speechless by the beauty in this country.  Myanmar is still in the process of re-building and upgrading the infrastructure needed to handle the rapid growth and increased tourism it’s seen since 2011 (Channel NewsAsia had an informative documentary of this a while ago.  Link for the video is here.).  As such, the…

……So we finally decided to post ALL of the Myanmar photos to Flickr all at once.  Bruce has promised to sort them by Day-of-the-Trip albums, but for now it’s all in one big blob of photos.  We did three rounds of edits to these babies to rotate, crop, adjust and delete but we had almost 3000 photos to start.  I know there is still room for improvement in these that we’ve posted, but hey, we couldn’t wait forever…. We’d already waited for over a month! Plus, all of…

Pronouncing names of places in Thailand is a tricky business. When you think about it, all the names of places we went in Thailand could be EASILY mispronounced into something dirty. Phuket (pronounced like Poo-KET, but Bruce said it like “F**k-it”) Koh Phi Phi (or the Phi Phi Islands, pronounced like Pee Pee Islands(really).), and of course Bangkok and Thailand (thigh-land). Regardless of how you pronounce it, Thailand is a gorgeous place.  It’s shares a long border with Myanmar, and so in some ways it had a similar…

I know, the label even says “Zucchini”.  But they’re not. These are cucumbers. I’ve done this twice now- TWICE I’ve bought cucumbers, thinking they were zucchini.  Oh, the trials and tribulations of living in a foreign country. The first time was when we were having some work colleagues over for dinner.  They are Chinese and I was trying to bust out my wicked kitchen skillz moves with the goal of cooking Chinese food for our new Chinese friends.  Luckily, I own the Chinese cookbook equivalent of the Julia…

We went to Myanmar (Burma) during Chinese New Year almost a month ago. It’s a long time coming, and here is the awesome video Emily made to showcase this awesome country and our little Burmese adventure: Escape to Myanmar [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU4OeYbKAN0&feature=youtu.be&w=640] More posts with stories and pictures to come…. one day…. And make sure to watch the outtakes at the end! Thanks also to Omar for convincing us to make the movie available on mobile. 🙂