RECENT UPDATE:- News had it that Aung San Suu Kyi wins in the recent Myanmar election (April 2012).
I have said earlier this part of the series about “people” is going to be exciting. What struck me about Burmese which I’d say set them apart from other Asians is that probably they’re the only Asian people that wear “Tanaka” – a yellowish powder from the wood named tanaka which they put on their face, neck and can be use all over the body. People of all ages, children, youth, old people, men and women put tanaka which is believe to have a natural beautifying effects.
Back in Singapore, it reminds me of a story about my experience with a former Burmese colleague where I ended up a little embarrass. One morning, my Burmese colleague happily greets me while she approaches me in my table. She got new hair cut and she really looks great in her get up that day. Except for one thing, I noticed that she has had some excess yellowish powder on her face and neck. I thought, to save her from embarrassment so that our annoying colleagues will not pull her leg, I casually tell her that she really looks gorgeous in her new hairstyle except that she has put on excessive make up on her face and neck. And I was somewhat surprised about her quick reply, “no no no Mafey, this is not make up! this is tanaka from our country we really use it like this as a replacement from those commercials make up that many other people use.” And I was like, “oh… ah… I see… I thought you were in a hurry that you forgot to look at your face in the mirror before you left home for work.” Then I winked at her. Quite a culture shock where I ended up feeling a little embarrass due to my ignorance.
Let’s move to the photos of people :).