Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Two Months

Wow. It's been two months since I last posted on this blog. That's quite some time and not what I'd intended. I hadn't intended this to be just a travel blog. A lot of those 8 weeks, I was locked out of my Blogger account due to password issues. These seem to have resolved themselves, and so it's time for an update.

So what have I been up to? Nothing all that spectacular. Basically, just living and teaching here in Yangon. Work is good. We've made some IT improvements at my school that have made accessing resources much easier, meaning I don't have to spend as much time doing my prep work. It's the middle of the rainy season here which means thunderstorms each and every day. It's unfortunate that I happen to be writing this while watching TV coverage of the Harvey disaster; the rain here hasn't caused flooding like it has in years past. Personally, it's been great not having to worry about a leaky roof. Since March, I've been living on the 2nd floor in a new building. As much as I loved my old apartment, the rainy season there was a constant worry that I would come home to big puddles all over my floor. My new place is also in quite an interesting neighborhood. It's mostly small wood shacks with corrugated metal roofs. One day, I decided to set up my camera on the balcony and see what I could capture. It made for a nice little video. 


Another thing that's happened in these last two months was my return to the open mic stage. Back in the USA, I used to love to get up on stage with my ukulele every week and sing a few tunes. I was doing some errand when I noticed a sign at a nearby mall, the Hledan Centre. I signed up and did three songs. Here's two of them. 


Unfortunately, my current teaching schedule has me in class on Wednesday nights. Consequently, I won't be able to perform there again soon. Next term, perhaps. 

 
I visited Bangkok on a visa run in July.


 
I've got a lot to be excited about going forward. I'm happy the football season is back, and I've sprung for the NFL Sunday Ticket package which allows me to watch games on delay on my computer. I've made a tentative plan to visit family in New Zealand for Christmas/New Years (and maybe even the USA!). What I'm most looking forward to starts in just a few days. On September 4th, I fly off to Vientiane, Laos, to begin a two-week holiday. Of course, there will be motorcycle videos. It'll be good to be back on the road again.

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