Priceless experience when I travelled in Myanmar
What I have experienced on this trip was incredibly wonderful, it was just priceless to be in this state of feelings were you can see beauty in any ways, it will always shows off. Even if you doubt on it, you are scared of it but eventually it will glow and grow inside you. I feel I was born to this, and I want it to do it more to travel more exotic, more original. You will just discovered a lot more when you are already there, and everything will become real.
The fact that you have just read some of those guides and tips but when the moment you were there is extraordinary. There is always flaws, maybe you were mesmerized by the overwhelmed sentiments I put in here for you to read, yes it is not perfect and extravagant feelings when I traveled in this country, there were moments of doubts and a lot of curiosity and adventures because it should be that way when you travel. You want to learn more.
This trip is simple yet very dramatic for me, this is just so memorable. I am just moved by everything I went through, all the experienced, the places I have been to, the people we talked to. There are a lot of surprises when you discovered their culture and tradition. At first I feel so sorry when all I saw most of the people in their homes doing nothing, or working very hard for their family, doing everything they can to survive for daily needs, very simple, no luxurious lifestyle, but in the end they proved that their faith is very strong no matter what their state in life is and when they pray, it is like they have almost everything and nothing to ask for more. I respect them with all my heart, I am humbled by their means of their lifestyle, their living.
I am not to judge but amazed in them. Most of them or to tell honestly a lot of them are poor but they still are so rich. When you see their pagodas, you find their richness is within their faith and not on the material things. I am lost of words how to describe how awesome the experienced was. Throughout the trip you learn how to deal with the people, to their culture and the places you will visit except for their language. It is so hard to speak in Burmese, words cannot come out from my tongue but most of people there can speak in International Language “English” which is very helpful.
When we were able to experienced one of the locals culture of using their famous Longyi, it is a piece of cloth that is like 1 and 1/2 meters long and you will tie it around your waist and they do it very tight like it is really hard to walk on it. It is so funny that it is just like a pencil skirt, but to them it is their traditional clothing style. You can wear it everyday and surprisingly even men wears it too. I wear it with a pride because it is great to be one with the locals, the experience is incomplete without wearing it. Especially when you go inside their pagodas and speaking of pagodas, I just moved by their faith in everything they do. I cannot count how many times I took off my shoes when entering their sacred pagodas and how many times the dirt stick on my feet.
All the time we walked barefoot inside and no one is exempted. You can see local Burmese kneeling to pray, bowed their head and doing it again and again. I believed their faith in what they believed is incredibly one of the most touching things I saw in this adventure. Another story was on the top of the pagoda and it is almost sunset and local people went upstairs, old or young they prayed harder, walking around the pagoda, for how many times until they stop praying when the sun was set.
Looking back from before my experienced, I always think what to do in myanmar, I almost research everything in myanmar about the things we should visit, should do, what to eat, what to expect. What I saw in the internet is a different world from what I used to. My thoughts are locked from what I saw in the internet, what I have read, and a little doubts in myself. You really cannot buy that feelings when you encounter a lot of things, know different cultures, observe people lives, how they survived everyday, how they interact, how they lived every day.
You will want to explore more of the country. In this tour it is just a simple basic travel but maybe when it planned out to be more days of traveling this country it would be great. The people in Myanmar are great, one thing that really strikes me here is that I read in one of the corner where we roam around the area was this "take care of our tourists" how can you ignore this piece of sign which contains everything for every tourist that is why maybe they loved it here. Burmese are very kind, accommodating, you will not get discouraged by this honest remark. They make sure everything is okay to your needs. We experienced it in our hotel accommodations and in our tour. People in Myanmar are very conservative, they just don't adopt what the visitors lifestyle, for example the western people. They don't mind, they enjoyed every people that come to their place and that is one of the things I am amazed in them.
I will be honest with you, because this is my perception, at first I don't know how to deal in the place because it is different from the place i have been used to “in Philippines” but here it is really a huge difference after. But other way you just feel the moment and enjoy what comes in our way good or bad we should deal with it because that’s the pros and cons of traveling. After days passing, when one place we visited really captured my heart is when we went to our very first visit in the Mandalay Hill where we took off our shoes for the time we were there inside the pagoda until we walk towards the exit. Could you imagine that with barefoot we walked to the floor without knowing what dirt is on the floor, what we can get and everything. We almost stayed there for 1hour to 1hour and 30mins going to the exit is a very long way which they said about 170 steps in stairs we made. So yes, that is one of a kind and I just go with the flow and moved by their faith in what they believed in.
Here is my overall summary: Myanmar may be one of the poorest country in the world but they are very rich in their faith in what they believed in. It is impossible to shake that, every corner of their sacred place there is always people who strongly prayed faithfully. You cannot judge a book by its cover, you need to read the context, understand it and believe in it because what you just read is the title, but you will not know the whole thing without reading what is the inside of it. It is like a travel for you to experience the feeling, research on it or read everything in it is just comes to your mind but not to your soul. The feeling that you get from the experienced is truly one of a kind, to make it special do something that you think you can't make it but just make it because you believed you can. So for me this is just a guide for you to know my sentimental feelings on this travel because it was really priceless. One of the thoughts I have while ongoing travel in each place we can manage to visit is that this country really seems to surprise me a lot of things. It doesn't show at first because you still had the impressions but believe me days went by you will feel great and awesome and proud that a time in your life you feel blessed to visit this wonderful country. One day, I want to get back here and stay for a month to explore this wonderful country. I really appreciated everything in here, this is one memorable experienced. All of the places we have been to were incredibly different but they have one language, culture and the same faith. And a piece of advice, when you travel here you need to be more flexible and humbled and don’t expect a high class society in here, expect greatness in their values and everything you encounter will be a different kind and one of a kind.