Yangon: Stuck in Time

Hey everyone! After poring through a year’s worth of photos, I finalized picking some favourite shots from my time in Myanmar. I call the series “Yangon: Stuck in Time”. I chose this name because much of the country has experienced very little cultural and infrastructure change over the years, and the advancements that stalled in […]

The Ancient Sport of Lethwei

Whenever I travel to an Asian country, I always try to find drop-in kickboxing classes in order to add a different style to my repertoire. Many countries in that part of the world have their own martial arts disciplines, and in Southeast Asia, Muay Thai and its variants are king. Naturally, one of the things […]

Bagan Again

It’s amazing how different things can change in a year. Since my last post, I finished up my teaching duties in Myanmar, moved back to Canada, and am now the proud father of a 6-month old. The time off has also given me some time to pore through my photos from the past two years […]

Buddhist Dusk & Barbeque Dinner

I took a walk around my neighbourhood in Thaketa last week, just as the day was nearing its end. There was a pagoda nearby so I checked it out. It’s amazing how strong the influence Buddhism has on everyday Burmese life and culture. I must have passed by three monasteries in the vicinity of the […]

This is Burma

“This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.” Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898) Well, not quite. I know the Philippines. I lived there. It’s a lot like the Philippines. Actually, it’s a lot like many other Southeast Asian countries. It’s as if they all got together and decided that […]

Moving to Myanmar

In a previous post I mentioned that my wife and I were about to make a big career decision. I am proud to announce that starting August, we will be teaching in Yangon, Myanmar. Hit The Pavement is moving from Fukuoka to Yangon! We absolutely love Japan, and there is still a lot of travelling […]