Happy New Year! 🙂 We haven’t been posting and making pictures much because we feel so content here, in Port Barton. This is how a day looks: – 5.45: Mic slowly wakes up and goes to the beach to meditate and drinks his firs coconut. – 7.30: Mic wakes me up – 7.45: we drink organic coffee from Port Barton with our roommates listening to Pierre, the tattooed Swedish guy, talking about magic mushrooms. – 8.30: we go to eat breakfast with calamansi lemonade at the cute restaurant…

Some interesting facts we’ve noticed or learned so far about Philippines: – people have some straaange street food like all kinds of barbecued intestines, duck embryo in an egg (called balot), pigs ears and chicken’s butts. Eat all (the stuff we usually throw away)! – their language Tagalog sounds beautiful and looks like a mix of Indonesian and Spanish. – they like to ‘abuse’ free stuff like wifi so there’s no free wifi in coffee shops or malls. – they love malls! Some say because of air con….

A couple of interesting short facts about Vietnamese people and habits that I’ve noticed so far. – they speak very loud, especially if they’re with their friends or if they don’t understand you. – they speak in syllables and don’t understand if you don’t. Cut those words! – don’t worry of being impolite, the more funny Asian accent you add, the better the result 🙂 – they have a beautiful coffee and sandwich culture, left by the French. – besides other weird things they eat, bird’s nest soup…

We rented a motorbike (12.000 MMK or 10 eur, gas 1 l for 1000 MMK or 0,8 eur) and went on the roads of Mandalay. We saw the Gold Pounder’s district where they make gold leaves to put on the Buddha statues for good luck. And then we wanted to see the old capital of Inwa. But first thing’s first. Mic needed a haircut and a shave to avoid the production of those curls. We found a salon where we spent more than an hour (?!). He was…

When you come to a new country it’s easiest to notice which people’s habits are different from ours. So here are a few things I’ve noticed so far: – thanakha is yellow color from a special tree and people put it to their cheeks. It makes the skin cooler. Some are really creative and make different patterns like hearts. – betel nut is popular again. Hence the ugly red stains on the streets. And people spitting red, eeew. – most of the people wear a sarong loop. –…