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Pilgrimage to the Golden Rock

Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) to be stood out the most as a pilgrimage site in Myanmar. I’ve yet to see any pagoda like it, built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand Buddha’s hair. The balancing rock defies gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. How cool is that? The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo by Kinpun village. There are two options to get from Kinpun to the Golden; 5 hour climb in the heat or taking the dump truck repurposed with benches to fit passengers. I’ll have to hunt down the video to give you the sense of atmosphere, the trucks were packed to the brim with 35-40 people, often sitting on each other. The best past is trying to get on to one when coming down, you literally have to do a running climb and then find a wedge …

When in Dublin, Ireland.

I enjoy running around new cities; I’ll usually wake up early tie my laces and just allow my self to slow jog while absorbing the surrounds, a good way to find bearings around too. Dublin is full of statues, sculptures, and monuments; Sphere Within Sphere, Hippocampus, Molly Malone, Mr. Screen, my personal favourite is the Halfpenny bridge, I very quickly learned that it leads to Temple bar (where you’ll probably find yourself loitering at some point during the visit). If and when in Temple bar head down for a few pints-of-whatever-you-fancy at the first brewery pub to exist Porterhouse. Oh before you crank on a few pints, stroll around Trinity college campus and be sure to pop in the library, the impressive dark oak interior is known for housing the Book of Kells (an illuminated copy of the Gospel that dates from the 800 A.D.), it’s amazing how well it’s been preserved. Having being brought up in a country that is proud of it’s export I always thought the milk and dairy product was superior …

The Great Ocean Drive

I’ve learned at this age that I have nothing to prove to anyone but myself; I’m embracing the great company I’m surrounded with and being receptive with what the universe throws at me. I’m thankful for another year on Earth. Adrian isn’t the best at strawberry harvesting, you’ll find that most of it goes straight into his mouth. Constantly learning new things about myself; Giaviota is my favourite specimen out of all the strawberries I’ve tried, it’s super sweet with a very mild tartness. Pretty hard to beat eaten straight off the plant after it’s been basking in the sun. Oh if heaven had a taste this would be close. Out of all the flavours that was tried it has come to conclusion that I’m most comfortable with what I like and don’t feel the need to change, in this case it was vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon. When doing the Great Ocean Drive do try stop by Apollo Bay for a few scoops of ice cream from the all talked about multi award winning Dooley’s …

Coffee in Myanmar

Artisanal sourcing, roasting, and blending brought on espresso bars leading to chains of café’s namely,  Starbucks which are retrospectively titled  the “Second Wave of Coffee”. Now the trend is moving onto Third Wave Coffee;  aspires to the highest form of culinary appreciation of coffee, so that one may appreciate subtleties of flavor, and varietal (similar to other complex culinary products such as wine, tea, and chocolate). In Myanmar the choices you get can be rather limited it’s all about the instant sachet, it’s so much of a norm that it’s commonly accepted to serve hot water and a flavoured powder of your choice mixed with non dairy creamer all for you to stir. On the plus note it’s interactive, consistant, and changing the mind post ordering isn’t so much a big deal. so long as the sachet isn’t open. Call it new wave, back wave, insta-wave, or whatever you feel like. I’m not crazy about sachet drinks, but this is how the locals generally do it, and I respect that.  I appreciate  having the perspective. …

When in Laos.

When I first found out I could stay on an actual adult fitting tree house with The Gibbon Experience, I was so EXCITED so much, you couldn’t shut me up and every second topic of conversation would come back to ‘Did you know in Laos, you can  stay on tree house out in the forest?’ I became so annoying I diffused myself but kept in mind that somewhere deep in forest of Laos lies a place I longed to call home. Much planning took place months after and we made it happen. Pick up point for the stay is located at a small town Huay Xai it literally 3 minutes boat ride across the river from Chiang Khong, Thailand. We had traveled on road previously from Chiang Mai which took about 6hrs including a few stop overs, a nice little rural get away if you feel like Chang Mai isn’t what you were after. The trek to the tree house involves a fair amount of hiking and zip-lining across rivers and mountains in Bokeo National …

Good eats in Bali

Ku De Ta, Potato Head Beach Club, Echo Beach, Fatchow, Barbacoa all hold their own merits, you’ll have no problems finding feeds of information online about the coolest’ places to dine. I however find it more enriching to explore other offerings,the smaller eateries, old school joints, local shacks appeal to me the most. Eating locally amongst locals whenever possible provides a difference experience, it gives one more insight into the tradition and culture of destination, at the same time this also allows a direct monetary injection into the community where it’s needed most. Not suggesting you should snob the popular joints, mix it up a little 🙂 Ubud Barbecued ribs and martini appeal to you? If you’re a self professed big foodie carnivore Naughty Nuri’s Warung is a must on the hit list, the warung specialises in tender, juicy, saucy, generous slabs of pork ribs you’ll be happy to eat it alone without any accompaniment, well that and maybe a refreshing blend of watermelon juice or a couple glasses of their signature martini guaranteed to …