Okay, one more sunset picture because I still have 85023876 of them and I can't choose which one to share 😂 While the sunrise and sunset in Bagan is stunning, my most favourite is from this secret spot in Mandalay (the first pic I posted on my Myanmar photo series). It's located in an uphill monastery which required me to climb what it seemed like thousands stairs to reach it. I wouldn't ever found this place myself if Naung Naung didn't take me! I believe it's out of tourists radar because I didn't meet any single person here, only a few monks who probably live there. Should I keep the location unknown to preserve its tranquility? Honestly sometimes I have a mixed feelings about sharing places on social media. I've seen many of them being too commercialized it lost its beauty. Any thoughts? 🤔
Nearly 400 pagodas were severely damaged in the earthquake of August 2016 in Bagan. The officials prohibited the climbing of all pagodas in Bagan the following month after some accidents including an American tourist fell to her death. It's understandable because these pagodas are nearly 1000 years old and suffered a lot of natural disasters. Thus only very few smaller temples now can be accessed to climb for sunrise or sunset view - on your own risks of course. I climbed this secluded temple which I don't even know the name because I saw an officer with a bunch of sunset chaser standing on the upper terrace. So I assumed this one was safe enough to climb and it was indeed. While the 360° sunset view was spectacular, I won't encourage people to do this though. Or at least, know your limit if you insist because safety comes first. I don't think it's necessary to walk on the very edge of the temple's rooftop just for the sake of 'awesome pictures'. It's not worth the broken bone or fractured skull, really. Enjoying the moments is all that matter, well at least for me. As long as I smile from ear to ear, I know I'm happy enough 😊
It was 5.30 in the morning when Zaw, my tuk tuk driver picked me up at the resort I stayed in Bagan. I was stunned when I saw him wrapped tightly in a thick heavy poncho with beanie, shawl, wool socks and all. He was stunned when he saw me wearing only a sleeveless top with a see through cardigan, knee length legging and sandals. I know it's winter in Myanmar but it can't be that cold, right? Or so I thought. As my tuk tuk rocking on the dusty bumpy street of Old Bagan, I instantly regretted my choice of clothes for the 14°C temperature. I should have checked the weather earlier and brought a blanket from my room!, I pinched myself. Long story short, apart from my nearly got hypothermia incident, I had an almost perfect sunrise moment in Bagan. Yes, almost. I've visualized to write 'as the sun began to rise, I saw the hot air balloons drifting serenely over the plains of Bagan. All I could hear was the birds chirping. Such a peaceful and magical morning'-for my caption. BUT in fact all I could hear was a man, a senior western guy keep talking loudly, trying to flirt with a middle-aged lady who sat next to me. None of us at the sunrise point had a peaceful morning obviously. It was almost a perfect sunrise moment. Almost but stunning and unforgettable nevertheless.
Before my trip to Myanmar, I've never met any monks in baby pink robe. Not until Naung Naung (I call him Noy Noy), my local friend pointed them out on our way to Sagaing Hill in Mandalay. Look! The female monks wear pink robes. I was astonished because honestly I didn't even realize they were female as they all look the same with shaven head. I thought they were junior monks or something so they wear pink robes instead of dark saffron coloured robes, the typical monk's attire in Myanmar (monks in other countries like Thailand, Laos and Sri Lanka wear orange robes). This little things is one the reasons why I love exploring new places. I learned new things along the way that will stay longer in my mind and my heart rather than stuff I've learned at school. I used to only enjoy going to school to hangout with friends, broke the rules and pissed off my teachers. But somehow they still loved me dearly because I contributed quite a lot of trophies to school in sports, dancing and marching band 🤣🤣🤣
Unlike many other famous monasteries and pagodas in Myanmar, Shwe Yan Pyay, the 150 years old Monastery does not bear the spirit of royal architecture. This monastery was built with the intention of giving shelter for poor boys in the region, who eventually become novice monks when they come to live here. This place has a such peaceful ambiance that I could spend hours here, watching the monks studying and playing with their kittens. Please dress modestly with your legs and shoulders covered and lower your voice when visiting this monastery.
Temple hopping around Bagan started before the sunrise this morning. I'm blown away to learn the fact that over10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone since the 11th centuries, of which the remains of over 2,200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. Planned to take a nap for a bit before chasing the sunset but I slept through until dinner time. Oh well, maybe tomorrow 😅
Mingalabar from Mandalay! I decided to enjoy the sunset in Sagaing Hills instead of the famous yet super crowded U Bein Bridge today. It's so peaceful here, nobody's around. Feels like floating on a hot air balloons. I'm on my way to Monywa now...about 3 hours drive from Mandalay. Gotta upload this pic from my phone since I'm too lazy to transfer the one from camera 😝 Please do check on my instastory for updates #MyMyanmar #MyanmarBeEnchanted
Keep calm and sing happy birthday to me Coz I’m a princess today! 👸🏼👸👸 (wear a tiara on my head and wave like miss universe) I’m getting older….or am I? I’m getting wiser I’m getting stronger And most of all I’m getting abundant love from family & friends & my furry kiddos @leksonos 🐶🐺🦊 Thank God for blessing me another awesome year Thank you all for the birthday wishes I’ve been receiving since midnight. 😘😘😘 Oh! and of course I shouldn't forget my yearly mantra. Age is just a number, you are only as young as you think. When life gives you grey hairs, dye it red! 💃💃💃
#NewPost on www.debbzie.com! Is Japan your #Christmas holiday destination? Or are you planning to visit it during winter? Then you shouldn't miss this magical winter illumination events across the country. Last year I managed to visit some of them and looooooved it too much. You will too, I promise! Sadly this year I won't be spending my Christmas in Japan. So please tag me and make me jealous with your pictures 😍 *clickable link on bio 😘😘😘