I went to the bank last week. Not something to write home about, you might think, we all go to the bank now and again (or do we? Surely it’s all cybervirtual banking these days?). In any case, this was an eye opener.Contrary to popular belief there are banks here, and even ATM’s these days.… Continue reading Banking in Burma
07.09.2011 Long Haul with a Toddler Not that I’m an expert by any means but Alfie has just clocked up his 20th flight this year alone, at least 4 of which were long haul, ie 12 hours– and that’s not including connections and travel time either side. Some of it was done with a partner,… Continue reading Long Haul with a Toddler
Where to Have Baby? Wow, our little apple pip is not only causing havoc to my digestive system but is also part of an ongoing logistical nightmare. Where are we going to chose to have our baby? As I mentioned previously, we can’t have baby here for various reasons, but primarily that in case anything… Continue reading Where to Have Baby?
Pregnant and Abroad So, here we go again! I’m 7 weeks pregnant and Alfie’s little sister or brother is due on 16th January 2012. I’m already sick as a dog and feel fluey, tired and miserable. Headachey, queasy and VERY grumpy. I don’t recall being in this bad a mood last time round but I’m… Continue reading Pregnant and Abroad
Well, it was actually 5 nights in all; 2 days all to myself then the boys joined me for the weekend. And oh, it was lovely. Just to be back in ‘civilisation’ was a relief and I spent the first day shopping. All day. And so the second day was spent lounging by the pool,… Continue reading One Night In Bangkok
20.05.2011 Cultural Differences One of the most difficult things to get used to here is that to a Burmese person, delivering bad news is considered very bad form indeed. So much so, that they will go to any lengths to avoid it, even outright lies if necessary. This is hard work for a Western brain… Continue reading Cultural Differences
02.04.2011 Fade Away and Radiate I almost forgot to mention the Radiation Unit that greeted us at Yangon Airport on our return to Myanmar. This was only for travellers from Japan you understand. They had to go in the IN door of a big cubicle and come out of the OUT door (I’m guessing). It… Continue reading Fade Away and Radiate
09.03.2011 More Transport WoesSo we’ve looked at some cars to hire so that we can avoid the taxi nightmare during hot and rainy season. There is no car hire company here, so you go through an intermediary (number provided by someone in Pete’s office. Grudging thanks for that). He then takes you round to see… Continue reading More Transport Woes