Danum Valley, Borneo Love is like a flower, you’ve got to let it grow. ~ John Lennon

dsc_2453-y-smI went out early this morning to do what i love best – turn circles; watch people, take pictures, and absorb the sites, smells, sounds, and tastes of my surrounds. Yangon is a bustling city set against a colorful backdrop of beautiful but decaying colonial era architecture. Perhaps what touches me most about the city though is local’s friendliness and warm smiles, and the garlands of wheat they hang everywhere alongside buildings and outside windows for sparrows to feed on. In the face of rampant change, I hope that these and other everyday values and customs like Burmese-style make-up, dress, and food will prevail. For me, they are an indelible part of the character and life in Yangon.

DSC_2361 4And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

Nun wollen wir das neue Jahr begrüßen. Voll von Dingen, die nie gewesen.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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DSC_0153 (4) (2)Let us make hay while the sun shines. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

jzg3 (2)To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~ George Santayana

Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan

1 (2)Don’t tell a woman she’s pretty; tell her there’s no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you. ~ Jules Renard

50h Tibetan Dress 5 (2)A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. ~ Coco Chanel

tashkurghan (2)The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you. ~ Rumi

Tibetan Dress 3The body is a sacred garment. ~ Martha Graham

You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes. ~ Tom Wolfe