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JAPAN / 28.03.2014

A yellow pumpkin dotted in black, the icon of Naoshima island If asked about Pop Art, who's the first artist that comes up to mind? I bet it's Andy Warhol, probably followed by Roy Lichstenstein. But would you associate Pop Art with Japan?Truth is that Yayoi Kusama, one of the most acclaimed Japanese artists, is a precursor...

MYANMAR / 09.11.2013

Smiling kids, women at the market or working in the fields, craftsmen making lacquerware objects, monks in the streets and the temples: the people of Burma are usually gentle, often shy, still rooted to their traditions although rapidly changing, perhaps not for the better.They live in difficult conditions and often they  work very hard, included the...

MYANMAR / 10.03.2013

A few places are as fascinating as a Burmese market, with its bustling traditional life.Markets are ubiquitous in Burma but the ones taking place at Inle Lake are likely among the most interesting to spot the locals attending their daily business and people from different ethnic groups, coming down from their villages to sell their...

MYANMAR / 15.08.2012

While visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (Burma), I took some time to look at the details of this Buddhist nun's pink robe and its harmonious folds. As I watched it, I couldn't help thinking at the beautiful classic Greek sculptures or the Renaissance paintings with their superb drapes. [pullquote]In Burma, Nuns wear pink robes with a touch of...

MYANMAR / 11.08.2012

 Dedicated to Princess Hsinbyume, the white pagoda in Mingun stands out from other Burma temples for its peculiar style, making it very different from the other religious buildings. [pullquote]The Hsinbyume Pagoda was one of my favorite Temples in Burma[/pullquote] The architectural design, with its seven terraces shaped like waves, is deeply linked to the Buddhist cosmology, and generated a...

MYANMAR / 08.08.2012

Thanks to the new political course, Burma has become an increasingly popular destination. Many - included me - consider that this is the time to visit as the country is rapidly changing. However, there are 7 tips to prepare your trip to Burma.1. Myanmar is expensive Not in absolute terms, of course. But compared to other Southeast...

INDONESIA / 31.07.2012

My Southeast Asia journey is coming to an end and while I’m enjoying the last days relaxing in Pulau Perhentian, a cool island in North-Eastern Malaysia, I started thinking over the experiences of the last few weeks.[caption id="attachment_10192" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Life is cool at Perhentian Island[/caption]There have been highs and there have been lows. Moments...