I was the only one in my village to study English. My family and friends thought I was crazy for doing so and didn't appreciate it.
From the early morning to around 6:30 pm, parents are busy harvesting watermelons and vegetables, which will be sold in the main town.
Every year, America settles down for a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. This year, one of our former students, Thein Min Swe, had the privilege and pleasure to find himself in the US during this most festive time of year. Now at Harvard, pursuing a Master of Public Health, we caught up with him one Sunday afternoon to learn how he's doing.
Having the day off suddenly, I didn’t have anything planned and decided I should visit my local pagoda and take in the atmosphere. As luck would have it, the Shwedagon Pagoda is a brief 20-minute stroll through the People’s Park from my house. What better pagoda to have as your local for the celebrations.
I heard the trip to Man Aung Island is rough and was a bit concerned what I would do if the ship sunk in the sea.
After an early breakfast at a teacher’s house, we went to the 7 am meeting where the villagers were sitting under the trees near the monastery.
One of teachers from the village frequently phoned me to warn that I should come earlier as the sea waves were bigger in the evening.
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