It has been always been one of my dreams to work overseas for an extended period of time. Having grown up and lived in Singapore for a decent 40 years, I tell myself if I am not going to fulfill this dream on my bucket list now, it may never happen. I was fortunate to be offered a teaching position in a few different countries, but it was Myanmar that got my attention and this is where I am now.
Living in Mandalay for a year and now in Yangon for the last 9 months has been an interesting experience for me. There was never a dull moment working with colleagues of six different nationalities and students from more than ten nationalities. While my colleagues and I may embrace different cultures and perspectives in life, we had the common goal of bringing International Education to the doorstep of this third world country. I am certain we have gained much from this experience and will leave this country more enriched and with a great sense of fulfillment.
My single entry working visa last me for a good 70 days before I can return to Singapore to be with my family. Whenever I am home sick, I would find comfort food in Union Bar & Grill (near the Strand Hotel), one of my favorite hiding places downtown. I love the ambience and most of the dishes on the menu, not to forget the daily Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm. If you happen to be in this part of the world, don’t forget to visit this restaurant or buzz me to meet up coz I am part of the Couchsurfing community 🙂