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April 2013

Spirit houses of Myanmar.

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is chock full of lovely and diverse spirit houses meant to appease the many nats that populate Myanmar.

 

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Nat spirit house in downtown Yangon

 

The nat houses vary from elaborate to simple.   All included fresh flowers.

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A more modest version of a spirit house can be found above, just behind the two ladies. The lady in white with the fabulous smile made my delicious breakfast of two masala dosas with a spicy dahl and tomato chutney, and the other (in orange, slathered in the traditional Myanmar thanaka paste) who bought us that same breakfast.   400 Khait (at 870 to the dollar) for the both of us.   We had spent some time talking with the lady's son, who enjoyed practicing his English.

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This Burmese nat house was in the center of Kalaw, a cool and inviting hill town in Myanmar where trekking from village to village is the attraction.   We liked it for the slow pace, lack of traffic and evening chill.

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This nat house was high in the hills above Kalaw in a Palaung village about 3 hours walk from town.

 

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Nat House under Bodhi tree in Myanmar

 


This little beauty was under a Bodhi tree near one of many monasteries near Kalaw, Myanmar.

More on my adventures in Burma later. 

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Snoop the Dachshund is a handsome dog.   These hand painted portraits on metal are by Sagar, Megh Raj and Nara (clockwise from top left).   Only the one with the landscape behind is still available.

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   I am in Nepal right now giving photos to the artists.

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:   ampage1@gmail.com 
That's it !

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

 

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

 

Let's keep these artists painting.

 

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!

 


Live from Kathmandu: Back in Boudha

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We are back in Boudha and the stupa is newly outfitted with blue lights that put a wonderful glow on this holy site.   This is just before a sudden squall that made the prayer flags dance and put the stupa in a mist and made the crowds disperse as if by magic.

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Words (and my not so great camera) cannot do justice to the beauty of Boudha.

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A foreigner was dancing in front of a Jib camera crane on the Stupa this morning, drawing a huge crowd.   Something is up today as the Stupa has literally dozens of Nepali policemen and women stationed around the Kora.  

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We have a new room -- after years at the Dragon.  The Dungkar Guest House, with its close proximity to the Stupa, is our new home away from home here in Boudha.

 

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Dungkar Guest House room with kitchen

 


Thanks to my good friend and travel partner, Suzy, we now have an even better room.   Suzy certainly knows a thing or two about real estate!

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Above is Tina the French Bulldog hand painted on metal by Megh Raj Thapa, Sufraj Khadka and Sagar Bista (clockwise from top left).   This is what you can expect when you order a Nepal Art Dog.   Tina made such a great Danger Dog that her owner could not choose and bought them all!

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   I am in Nepal right now giving photos to the artists.

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:   ampage1@gmail.com 
That's it !

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

 

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

 

Let's keep these artists painting.

 

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!