Out of the city and escape into the countryside. There's so much to catch the attention of the camera lens.
A small hut, pots of cool drinking water, cups and ladle ready, a sight I find all over Myanmar. A respite from the heat, a place for the thirsty, to rest the weary feet and perhaps to catch forty winks before toiling on in the fields or push on with one's journey.
A smaller version
In 2001, it's common to see people walk every where. The work day here starts early as it gets hot by late morning. These ladies are ready for the day, long sleeves, hats and lunch in tiffin carriers.
Balancing act using the head - bales of grass for the cows
Using the kandar stick to balance baskets
Another kandar stick user
Might as well enjoy a bovine-go-round ride while milling rice.
Common transport in villages and small towns in 2001 : walk, cycle, horse cart or bullock cart
I love these little village shops. Choc-a-bloc with stuff. A veritable mini mini-mart
See the roll of cloth coiled into a flat shape to help with balancing - still an amazing skill!
Tanaka, Myanmar's beauty secret. It must be nature's answer to pimples and a natural sunblock. I never saw anyone with pimples or bad facial pigmentation. It's not very scientific data but I may be right.
A man selling water from a pushcart. Such a scene probably is a thing of the past.
A village school
The ubiquitous toddy palm
Toddy palm is to Myanmar what coconut palm is to India
Toddy silhouettes to behold
Ladder to the tap the toddy flowers. The owner of this tree will bring the rest of the ladder here when he taps the flowers. This is to prevent passers-by from helping themselves to the pots of sap
Pots to collect the toddy sap
Quite cool in this shed aided by the cool toddy sap drink.
Jaggery from toddy sap, roofing and baskets from the fronds
Freshly tapped toddy sap on a hot afternoon is so good.
River of life, life by the river
There's lots more we want to share so got to move on.