Myanmar: Day of Ceremonies and Thanaka, Bagan Day Five (video)


WATCH29 Day of Ceremonies and Thanaka, Bagan Day Five, Myanmar (Burma)

October 15, 2012 On this Sabbath day, we biked in the heat to Sulemani and there was a monk leading a service. Seeing the site being used for a ceremony was like having history come alive. At Maha Bodhi Pagoda, an Indian style temple, there are the seven weeks of Buddha’s enlightenment. Both George and I got styled up with Thanaka, “for beauty and protection.”

For lunch we ate at “Be Kind to Animals” We enjoyed the traditional Tea Leaf Salad, Pumpkin Curry, Myanmar Tomato Curry, with rice, water, peanuts to start and tamarind flake candy to finish it was less than 7000K. They also had many juices like tamarind and mint but it the high heat we needed water.

We went back to Shwe Gu Gyi: which is one of the temples you can climb up. Quite a few do not allow it anymore. We had a bit of rain, great views, and were ready to view more temples. At Upalithein: it was all locked up but had great paintings. On the way back to town, we saw Hilo Milo and stopped for another sunset visit to Shwe Zigon Zedi.

At Shwe Zigon Zedi, the golden temple, I rung the bells for my birthday, and George made the birds fly away. For 1000K we each added Gold Leaf to the Buddha. It was a full day from 9:30am to 5:30pm of biking in the heat, a long hot sweaty day of seeing great sites and ceremonies!

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

Our memoir, Traveling in Sin, is available at Amazon; it is a HOT NEW RELEASE!


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel