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Follow her as she prepares and partakes the "bread for the stomach" in http://beforesixdiet.blogspot.com/ . And while you are full at it, she offers you the "bread for the soul" in her travels by foot and by thoughts in http://footandfire.blogspot.com/ Happy Reading!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Myanmar Photo Diary: U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Mandalay

The Nuns of Mandalay passed by the oldest and longest teakwood bridge 
called U Bein bridge at 1.2km.


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The famous U Bein Bridge.

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Monks passed by the bridge too.

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One of the nearest temples from the bridge.


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The serene Taungthaman Lake.

U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre (0.75 mi) bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Construction began when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura, and the bridge is named after the mayor who had it built.[5] It is used as an important passageway for the local people and has also become a tourist attraction and therefore a significant source of income for souvenir sellers. It is particularly busy during July and August when the lake is at its highest.

The bridge was built from wood reclaimed from the former royal palace in Inwa. It features 1,086 pillars that stretch out of the water, some of which have been replaced with concrete. Though the bridge largely remains intact, there are fears that an increasing number of the pillars are becoming dangerously decayed. Some have become entirely detached from their bases and only remain in place because of the lateral bars holding them together. Damage to these supports have been caused by flooding as well as a fish breeding program introduced into the lake which has caused the water to become stagnant. The Ministry of Culture’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library plans to carry out repairs when plans for the work are finalised. (Wikipedia)

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A bald tree by the Lake.

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One of the boats which was busy coming to and fro the lake.


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Rootcrops and grapes were sold at the entrance of the bridge.

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Corns for pigeons.


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Endless Souvenirs at the entrance of the bridge.


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Myanmar Photo Diary: Sagaing Hills in Mandalay



Across this river are portions of the white-temple-dotted hills we conquered.

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We started the day with a van-trek to the hills of SAGAING, where a temple filled with sitting statues of Buddha and one standing Buddha, which represent his enlightenment, is located. It was a sight, not of gold temple grandeur this time, but of the numbers of serene-looking Buddhas, each represented a stage in the life of Buddha. It was sure hot but the temple housed us and our bare feet away from the sun. We saw interesting way of life such as a family eating their lunch in circle at the temple floor and a painter doing his watercolor paints using blades, and later, a lady in the restaurant where we lunched giving spoonful of rice to the nuns who gather them.


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This is the facade of the U Min Thonze Cave that houses many Buddhas in sitting positions
with the last one as the enlightened one, the Standing Buddha. 

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The Public Drinking Fountain.

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Donors from around the world made possible the building of the temples.

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A family I chanced upon having a family portrait 
before the Sone Oo Pone Nya Shin Pagoda 
on top of the Sagaing Hill. We joined them later.

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A painter who used blades in his watercolor painting.

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The Buddha with the Serpent/dragon sheltering him.

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A circle of friends and family enjoying a meal at the temple.

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The monks guarding the Buddha.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Facebook Note: AFFIRMATIONS TO 'NEVER'

NEVER ENVY YOUR NEIGHBOR . No matter how perfect he or she appears to you, you are just looking at what you think is lacking in you. Rather, be inspired to do your best to attain it!


NEVER SPEAK ILL OF ANOTHER OR ANYTHING . It will set your mood bad and your environment dark.



NEVER WORRY . Worrying will not stop unless and until what you worries happen, and you don't want that, anyway. So, sleep tight and eat well despite the problems and worry about it the next day.



NEVER FORGET . Never forget the kindness of a family, friend, or relative. Time flies but memories of good deeds should not.



NEVER EAT FOR THE SAKE OF EATING . Pay attention to what comes in to your body. Study and learn more about food and how they affect your health and your mood as well.



NEVER LIVE IN WHAT IFS . If you chose to go for something, it does not mean all you want is answered. Some are fulfilled, some are not. But rest assured, your choice will always work well if you embrace it whole-heartedly.



NEVER JUDGE . Race, gender, religion, belief, and social status. All have equal rights and all deserve respect despite the differences.



NEVER STOP LEARNING . Receiving your diploma does not mean you are exempt from learning. Learning more about life is a process of learning and relearning.



NEVER GIVE IN TO BOREDOM . From simple boredom comes the temptation of vices and excesses. Be one step ahead your self; never let one moment of boredom a reason for you to violate your person and principle as well as what's more important in life.



NEVER FORGET TO SHARE . Share knowledge, share thoughts, share kindness. You will be surprised how well your sharing is welcomed by another human being.



NEVER DOUBT GOD . With or without a capital letter, never forget god. Or whatever you name god. God is human's comfort. God is human's continuing belief to goodness. God is human's symbol of love. God is the positive thought that overpowers the negative in us humans.


NEVER SAY NEVER . Give up if you must but never give up because you doubt yourself. Learn to fight for your self and learning when to stop too is important. But never say never because you doubt yourself.


NEVER CRY FOR THINGS NOT UNDER YOUR CONTROL If someone is always mad, hypercritical, envious or don't like you, don't cry. Accept constructive criticisms and allow some self examination. If you think there is nothing wrong with you, then for sure, something is wrong with them.(June 2010)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stolen moments from folks in Mandalay, Myanmar


Photos of people from my travels remind me of how different 
and how similar we are at the same time. 
We are separated by our differences in culture
but bound by our similarities as human beings.
--Gerlie M. Uy

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My Note: Unexpected in facebook


At first, I was hesitant to use facebook after hearing that they are getting copyright over all posts including photos. That was more than a year ago.

Upon registration, I searched some real friends and invited them. It was such a bit bore until the next day or two when I found many web friends inviting me because we play the same game application such as Farm Town, Sorority Games, Fashion Wars, and Mafia Wars. In the gifting application, the Li'l Green Patch, I found environment-friendly people and this is where I first enjoyed a facebook app.

Facebook is useful for meeting old friends and new ones, exchanging ideas and news. Among the downside is the issue on identity theft, slander/libelous exchanges, and false news items and trashy videos.

One national mourning was memorable for me: the Ampatuan Massacre. At the time, the sorrow is one among the Filipinos and the cry for justice is in unison. Until now, the cry still rings.

Along the way, i enjoyed the facebook games, the facebook friends, facebook miini-conference/ meetings, facebook gifting, and other apps. On my wall, aside from many friend updates, I have news, humor, scripture and even fortune readings. There are also many interesting places seen as posted by friends from around the country and outside.

Recently, I saw a profile pix where a web friend was tagged. It says "MS Nobody gets until one gets it." My web friend commented, "SO TRUE!!! I had no idea what MS was until I got it, and I'm still learning!!" (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12508072&id=745945612&fbid=10150183795915613)

From that one click, I was invited to make another click. I don't get it. What is MS? Then I clicked another one and I get it. MS means Multiple Sclerosis. I get the meaning of MS, i mean. But of course, I don't get a thing about it. I googled immediately and got some tip of the iceberg idea of the disease. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_sclerosis)

But then, I need not google to understand MS. From the second profile pix which says that the World MS Day is May 26, i was personally touched by the thread. (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12576370&id=745945612&fbid=10150185852115613)

I felt camaraderie, i felt acceptance, i felt sincerity, i felt understanding among MS-sufferers who shared their feelings with fellow sufferers via their facebook account. I felt privileged to have been led to this thread by one click of curiousity.

I wish everyone in the MS network of friends a courageous, brave and meaningful life every day!

As for regular facebook users, may you have many useful clicks everyday.

Cheers to a long happy hours of fb clicking.... (June 2010)

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http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12508072&id=745945612&fbid=10150183795915613
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_sclerosis
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12576370&id=745945612&fbid=10150185852115613

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Flowers in Frames


Flower photos remind of the joys of travelling. 
Happiness in not all present through out the journey 
but it pays to remember the better moments 
and the difficulties became a history not worth mentioning. 
-- Gerlie M. Uy

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One of the pretty flowers.

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