And They Sing The Sunday Routine

From behind, I caught a glimpse of them, little children, carefree and pure, lined side by side. They took their spots up front, just before the stage, fidgeting excitedly about. Oh, how they drew the attention of the rest of the churchgoers, clearly thrilled to have them partake in joint worship. In consideration of the…

An Artisan’s Heart

Recently, I watched a show in which a seasoned bag-maker was showing a new hire the ropes. In a seemingly unusual move, the veteran began teaching his charge how to cook, explaining to him that cooking was a lot like bag making, in that one needed to effectively put different materials together to create a…

Writer’s Note: Coping With Schedules

Dear readers, In lieu of the usual weekend piece, I’d like to reflect on my journey so far, four months into the commitment to write more regularly, the ups and downs, pros and cons, and lessons learnt. Just to quell any rumblings that I might be reconsidering my own resolve, setting a consistent schedule was…

Writing — A Playground for My Inner Anarchist

There is a scene in The Dark Knight where the Joker, having successfully cornered Batman into choosing between saving either Harvey Dent or his girlfriend, Rachel (he chose the former), decided to pay the rescued — albeit with half a face charred off — Harvey at the hospital. In the ensuing dialogue, as the Joker…

Commentary: Travel Writing

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a travel writer. When I discovered my passion for writing some eight years ago, it was the very genre that prompted me to make a career out of it. Grandiose dreams of travelling the world and writing about it sprang to mind,…

Less Is More — Yangon Reflections [Part 4]

This is a continuation of Part 3, which you can find here. 10:00am, Hesed Community Church, Nyaung Hwa Village On the penultimate day of our stay, we decided to visit a church familiar to the team that was there on a previous trip. Pastor Kyaw Min Tun was first introduced to us by Laval, and…

Less Is More — Yangon Reflections [Part 3]

As I began to write this, I realised that eight months have passed since we found ourselves roaming the streets and villages in and around Yangon. Although bits and pieces of the trip have blurred over time, the congregation of EEC remains vivid in my memory, and their joyous expressions continue to stir me. Social…

Less Is More — Yangon Reflections [Part 2]

This is a continuation of Part 1, which you can find here. 4:45pm, Pwo Karen Mission Compound, Ahlone Township  The Karen people, also known as Kayin, is the collective name of several Sino-Tibetan ethnic groups. Most of them hail from Karen State, southern Myanmar. Today, about 15%–20% of Karen around the world identify themselves as Christians,…

Business District Reflections

I started my new job at the start of 2018, and this requires me to travel to town. Prior to this, trips to the heart of my country were few and far between; I had little interest in large crowds and admittedly, I did not have the best knowledge of what town consisted of. Bus…

Not Everyone Wants To Travel

There is probably not a soul with access to the internet who has not read an article touting the supposedly endless benefits of travel. Inspirational words are often used as calls to action, nudging the reader out of his ‘comfort zone’, which, incidentally, is a phrase that can also be found in many an article….