The heading for the post is a little misleading because these ideas aren’t just for Christmas but can be used for any occasion or celebration.
Let me paint a picture for you. It’s December 21, a Monday and only a few days to organise your last minute shopping. You’ve seen the shopping centres, you can’t get a car park. The lines at the register are long. The kids are asking for ‘this & that’. You haven’t had lunch. Your arms are straining from all the bags. And that little voice in your head says ‘I was going to stick to a budget this year’.
If you’re looking for a collection of eclectic items from vintage clothing to handmade soaps or are a collector of objects that are hard to find, then the Camberwell Market is for you.
Located in the car park at the rear of Burke Road and Riversdale Roads in Camberwell this outdoor market is one of the best trash and treasure style markets you’ll find. Started by Balwyn Rotary in 1976 this market still rocks along every Sunday and never fails to disappoint with a variety of weird and wonderful stalls.
Despite my research, thinking I was well prepared, I took to Myanmar (Burma) one adaptor. Unfortunately, it was only useful in certain hotels. It did work at Changai Airport (Singapore). However, it wouldn’t work in my hotel in Yangon. I needed a two prong as well as my three prong. Fortunately, my roomie was well equipped and I was able to tap into her USB charger as my iPhone 6+ was my sole camera.
The power sockets in Myanmar (Burma) are two or three prong. A British 3 prong adaptor worked fine as did a two pin but they are either one or the other, so bring both.
Some people like to know prior to visiting a country whether they’ll have to do some quad training so they can use squat toilets easier when they arrive. Only kidding, but it’s good to know what sort of toilets are available so you can be prepared.
Throughout Myanmar (Burma) I found a mixture of western toilets and squat toilets and in villages sometimes a pit.
I have to say that every toilet I used was clean, with toilet paper and facilities to wash your hands with soap outside (except in the villages).
As a regular traveller, I’m often asked about managing money while overseas including ATM’s, traveller’s cheques and so on. So here is a brief summary of money in Myanmar (Burma).
LOCAL CURRENCY – KYATS
Kyat pronounced by locals at ki-at but tourists call it chat. Coins are still minted but are rarely seen as most people use the paper notes. The notes that you’ll come into contact with are 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 10,000. The lower denominations are often in poor condition but still accepted by vendors. It’s very hard to purchase kyat outside of Myanmar (Burma).
BRING US $’S (more…)
I travelled to Myanmar (Burma) with an open mind about the food, blocking out the bad rap that many reviewers had written. How could a country that’s surrounded by such culinary kings as Thailand, India and China possibly have such a reputation of poor food?
Well I’m here to assure you that the food is good, in fact great. Fresh, simple fare with tasty flavours and generous portion sizes.
As someone who has spent 25 years living in and out of a backpack, I’m getting the hang of packing efficiently and packing lightly. It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling for one week or ten weeks, the amount of clothes you need is pretty much the same. My pack to Myanmar (Burma) weighed 10 kgs and on the return trip it weighed 15kgs. If I hadn’t bought gifts for friends, it probably would’ve only been 12 kgs.
On my recent trip to Burma there was only one thing I didn’t wear and that was my raincoat, although it did rain but the long boat I was in provided raincoats.
My tip for travelling to Myanmar (Burma) is three sets.
- One you’re wearing
- One you’re washing and it’s hanging up to dry
- One is in your pack