Ywama Monastery is one of the many such institutions in Inle Lake Area. It is adjoining the more well-known Ywama Market in the middle of the lake, approached only by boats!
Myanmar has a large population of monks, which often surprises visitors even from the neighbouring Buddhist country of Thailand. One possible reason being, monasteries are not only religious institutions, but they also offer shelter to anyone who is needy. Any person without a means of living can walk into a monastery and expect to get fed in return for serving the institution. In winter 2012, a high-season for travellers, a large number of backpacking tourists who were travelling without reservations spent nights in monasteries when the hotels and guesthouses were running packed.
Friendship… I take all of mine serious. I’m committed to adding value. Whether it’s time to help, listen, pray, etc. I pride myself on being the kind of friend I expect others to be to me… I don’t expect blind loyalty or anything like that, I just expect you to be who you’ve always shown me you were… Circumstances may change, but don’t let it kill your character or have those closest to you questioning your heart… You are judged off your actions, not your intentions.
Daniela (left) and Filippa.
"I should have gone to college. But I got a little taste of money with my first job, and never finished school. Now things are tough. My wife got in a car accident, and needs surgery, so it’s on me to provide for us financially. We’re even having to postpone her surgery until my oldest daughter comes home from college, because I can’t take time off to watch the kids."
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