The cutest bookseller in the world

A part of my heart is lost in Rangoon, somewhere between street 27 and 28, across the Scotts market on Montgomery Street. This is where I met the world's cutest bookseller. Every visit to her bookshop ended up in me finding a book on Burmese history, and trying to negotiate the price down, and the cutest bookseller always winning. Don't tell her that I let her win, just to see that victorious smile. One more week, and I would have ended up as the leading authority on the nation's history.  You can travel half the world but there is no point, if you can't make a little girl smile.

Takadanobaba, the Little Myanmar of Tokyo

In Tokyo, if you miss Burmese food, the best place to go is Takadanobaba. This neighbourhood is where a lot of people from Myanmar live in Tokyo. Hence, there are many Burmese restaurants and shops here. This area is not as dense as Singapore’s Peninsula Plaza but you can still find good Myanmar food within 10 minutes walk out of the station.

Takadanobaba is on the Yamanote line. If you are heading to Shin Okubo to explore the Korean town, you can include Takadanobaba in your trip (it is the next station). Once you are in Takadanobaba, take the Waseda exit. 

As soon as you are out you will see the dark Tak 11 building. When you exit the station, the building is just across the street. This building has many restaurants and shops from Myanmar. I visited a Shan food restaurant on the ground floor. Even managed to score some free dessert. To the left of this Tak 11 building (when you face it), there is a small lane. This lane has some more Burmese restaurants. Towards end of the row of shops, you will find Shwe Myanmar. There is one more in the building just before it. And they have Mohinga, the favourite dish many in Myanmar. 


Myanmar IT magazines and open source intelligence

Internet Journal is a popular IT magazine in Myanmar. I always like to get a copy from the local Myanmar enclave whenever I can. It helps me figure out what devices and technologies are popular in Myanmar when I am away from The country for an extended period.

Internet Journal from Myanmar

Not just limited to Myanmar, but I would often buy Thai, Vietnamese and other magazines too. I can’t read most of these languages. But, even glancing at the photos gives me an idea of what technology and fashion are currently popular. These magazines also give me topics that help start a conversation when I meet a person from these countries.