The World is my Playground?

In early 2009, my best friend told me that I think the world is my playground. I laughed and told him that it sounds like a nice thing to be able to say.

In early 2009, my best friend told me that I think the world is my playground. I laughed and told him that it sounds like a nice thing to be able to say. Well, here is Janet Hsieh encouraging everyone to make the world their playground.
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Inle Lake

Inle Lake was very beautiful. It was too loud to talk on the boat, but not too loud to listen to U2’s SONGS OF INNOCENCE.

Inle Lake was very beautiful. It was too loud to talk on the boat, but not too loud to listen to U2’s SONGS OF INNOCENCE.

OZZY & MTV in Myanmar

I wonder if Mr. Osbourne is aware of this store?

I wonder if Mr. Osbourne is aware of this store?
The last memorable thing MTV gave us was Beavis & Butthead!
From my hotel window
From my hotel window
From my hotel window
This was closed to the public, but they made an exception as long as my guides and I didn’t spend more than 30 minutes inside the walls.
U-bein bridge

The remains of 10,000 ancient temples and pagodas

Most of our day in Bagan was spent looking at all the old temples & pagodas. It was repetitive, but any time I travel in Asia, my hosts insist that I must see many, many pagodas & temples. There’s always one more we need to see!

By now, it all seems so routine. Try to get a flight around midnight so I don’t have to rush to JFK Airport. Try to get a flight that takes off when I am tired and ready to sleep, because it takes at least 12 hours to get to Asia. Last time, my layover was in Dubai, this time, Taipei.
 
The flight was around 15 hours and it seemed like I slept on and off for 10. I’m so grateful to have an iPad! When I’m awake, I typically switch back and forth between movies, books and music videos. My music video for my 1st flight was Metallica’s Quebec Magnetic. I also watched U2’s From The Sky Down and read Lonely Planet Myanmar.
 
The layover in Taipei was so quick, my Burmese friend and I only had time to get a smoothie before boarding the China Airlines flight to Yangon. I’d never flown China Airlines before, but it wasn’t any better or worse than other airlines I used to get to Asia.
 
The flight to Yangon was less than 5 hours, which seemed like nothing compared to the previous one. I watched God Bless Ozzy Osbourne and PJ20, and spend the rest of the time talking to my Burmese friend. The flight seemed less than 1/4 full which was not totally shocking, since I’d been on Air Asia flights, which were HALF FULL (that’s a Pearl Jam song) at best.
 
After landing, my friend and I had to get in separate immigration lines, this was THE FIRST TIME (that’s a U2 song) that I had to get a Visa before I left my country. I booked the flight on Monday (Memorial Day) night and left just over 72 hours later, which is rare for me. It took less than 24 hours for my Visa to be approved and I made it through their security with the same ease I make it through security everywhere except driving into or out of Canada.
 
We were picked up at the airport by my friend’s family and the first thing we did was went to eat. As soon as I stepped out of the airport, I can feel that Southeast Asia heat! For me, there was only one thing I wanted to try………MOHINGA! I wasn’t disappointed and I looked forward to eating more in the coming days.
After spending a day (and night) in Yangon’s Chinatown, my 2 Burmese hosts & I took an overnight bus to Bagan. Like 5 years earlier in Turkey, the buses were very nice, but unlike Turkey, it was difficult to sleep in the bus because of constant horns honking and potholes. 
 
Most of our day in Bagan was spent looking at all the old temples & pagodas. It was repetitive, but any time I travel in Asia, my hosts insist that I must see many, many pagodas & temples. There’s always one more we need to see!

My 35th birthday in Chiang Mai

Chaing Mai was the only Thai city I’ve visited where I could wear the same clothes 2 days in a row. It was just warm. Not humid & hot.

This was unexpected. After a day in Chiang Rai, our driver took us here before dropping us off at the hotel. They had a good variety of macaron flavors. Besides that, Chaing Mai was the only Thai city I’ve visited where I could wear the same clothes 2 days in a row. It was just warm. Not humid & hot. This was a welcome change after starting in Songkhla province.