My birthday started out fairly normal with an early morning walk to drop off our recyclables.
Gordon bought me floral blooms from the markets as balloons gently floated overhead.
Work was busy and Mum popped in for lunch.
I had some lovely cards and thoughtful little gifts as well as online messages from afar… so many in fact that my phone ran out of credit!
Mum bought me a traditional handmade bamboo and cotton umbrella from Inle Lake… I’ll be using this every day to keep the hot sun at bay. The lovely sturdy basket comes from our favourite Lei Thar Gone guest house.
I had a very creamy surprise birthday 🎂 cake from all the Sanon team. In Myanmar the birthday person blows out the candles as everyone sings happy birthday… nothing unusual about that…until the next step…
I had to cut a big slab of cake and walk around with a spoon and feed everyone (about 30 people) a wee spoonful of cake. Gordon insisted on going first! It is quite a funny inclusive ceremony.
Myanmar people love anything sweet so the cake was gobbled up very fast!
It is also Myanmar tradition for the birthday person to give gifts to others …so later that afternoon I organised a taxi to take 10 of us (staff not working the night shift) to ‘Fantasia Garden’ where we had some drinks (BYO bottle of gin – local intelligence!) before taking a boat for sunset drinks on the Irrawaddy River.
The girls slipped into western clothes but Mum and I stayed in our traditional longyis.
Because the river is so low we had to carry our drinks and scrambling down a sandy bank to take a small boat to a bigger boat. Once on board we putted up the river and took endless kitschy photos of ourselves and the setting sun.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s brother has a rather large house next door to our launch site.
Back via boat, boat and taxi to Sanon Training restaurant for sangria and dinner. A truly memorable day… We all fell into bed smiling but a tad exhausted.