Marie O


Marie O


Former TravelPod Member: muzoconnor

Joined: September 4th, 2013
From: Gardenvale, Melbourne lives in Yarram,Australia
Favorite Book: Bryce Courtney, April Fool
Favorite Movie: The Green Mile,
Favorite Music: Bob Dylan, Gurrumul, Bee Gees, Pete Murray
Hobbies: Traveling, Knitting, Painting, Family
Languages: English
Bucket List: Travel overseas with my husband
Profession: Psychiatric, Disability, Rehabilitation Support Worker
Amazing Event: Giving birth to four children, last two being twins
Description: Reliable, Loyal and Supportive

There is something good in everyone

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak March 24th 2018

24th March: Off to Bali. Rained all the way to Melbourne. We had a couple of drinks, booked luggage through weird but good getting our boarding pass as well, do every thing your self! We did get some help. Films on the plane were $8, games $6 so did not buy any. Good trip except for twins that screamed their heads off, when the plan started to Taxi and after a breather would start again. We arrived and were able to find a place to get a Sim card, once we worked out how to get the cover off! We then headed, not sure where we ended up but plenty of people wanting to take us to the accommodation. We knew we needed the Blue Taxi, well tired and having a taxi a driver pestering us ... read more
Mick Seminyak Square
Warung Nia
The Dentist

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Irrawaddy River October 16th 2017

Up early 5.30am to see the sun rise but too cloudy and could not get a decent one. Cold shower which they could not fix but we can use one down stairs, then breakfast, with Scrambled eggs, toast, jam, fruit really good. We stopped at 9am and went to a pottering village Yandabo were able to watch how they made the pots very from the beginning to the finished product. Back on the boat and we were all given fresh watermelon juice, really nice and must try it at home. After Tea we were entertained by the crew with singing and guitar playing for my birthday, they were really good and we had a great night topped off a great day. Went to bed and out of rose petal's they wrote happy brithday with love hearts, ... read more
Physical work
Putting a pattern on the Pots
The Crew's concert for my birthday

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Irrawaddy River October 15th 2017

Up early packed and had breakfast then at 9.45am Lym picked us up after check out. I changed $100 USD for $134,000 Kyat to use on the boat we will be on for three days and 2 nights. 10am embarked on our cruise boat and met up with four other passengers from Albany WA. We had a 3 course lunch and at 3pm we moored and went for a walk in a village which had a big pile of coal that the woman were carrying baskets of on their heads and tipping into a truck for transport to cities in Myanmar for fuel. We also visited a village were they made clay pots by hand and there were heaps of pots all at different stages as you went from one hut to another. We then embarked ... read more
The Plank
The Men hard at work
Bit like Mr. Whippy Only

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan October 14th 2017

Woke to a dance ceremony outside the hotel 6am with music and a dancer being blasted through a mega phone and money collected was bought out for it, called it the Kaban Festival and the money collected goes towards new robes for the Monks. They had the money still stuck on the boards put into utes and with a escort of Police they left for the Monastery. We picked up our washing, 50c an item on average. Lym and Coca took us to a big Market where Mick bought a shirt and chiming bells. We then stopped at Sugar cane plantation, we were given a traditional welcome with snacks and green tea provided. We watched a man climbing the palm trea to get palm oil and an ox crushing nuts. They also used the palm sugar ... read more
Happy little chap
Morning Market
Yum anyone for Fish

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan October 13th 2017

Pick up at Hotel by Lym and Coco we saw the largest of the temples in Myanmar, tallest Stupa in Myanmar and more Fresco walls in another couple of Stupas in the walled city part. The locals have been moved from the walled city to another part of Bagon and as an incentive to move, they were given land in the new Bagon by the Government. Mick had a visit to the local barber to get his Beard and Hair cut and being a foreigner he was charged a $1, $1 for the beard and $1 for the hair cut. The poor barber I dont think had cut a beard before and was really nervous with plenty of locals watching. Visit to a lacquer workshop truly incredible, laquer taking 6 different processes and all hand done. ... read more
Thatbyinnyu Temple
Lacquer Ware
Etching the Lacquer ware

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan October 12th 2017

Pouring rain today, T2 picked us up at 8am to take us to Heho airport, 1hr drive, interesting on dirt roads. OHS is not something that exists here saw road workers working on steep cliffs with a Jack hammer and no support at all. Arrived in plenty of time for our flight, very wet which is unusual for this time of the year. Said goodbye to T2. Our plane K7 - 264 was supposed to leave at 10.20am, with no power for most of the time. Flight left 40 minutes late and we arrived at Hotel Royal Bagan after Lym and the driver Coco picked us up, called at the bank for change and Lym will pick us up in an hour giving us time to settle in. Stupa 1 Gubyaukgyi with amazing Mural Paintings, done ... read more
Frescoes in the Gubyaukgyi
Hindu influenced

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 11th 2017

Picked up by T2 and walked to our long boat for a trip to the other side of Inle Lake which is 116 sq mt surface area, overcast but warm and pleasant, very busy with goods being bought in by long boat and it took our boat boys a bit of work to get our long boat in place that we could get into it. We stopped at a Silver Smith & Showroom, they use the hammer method to work the silver and the work was intricate and beautiful all done by hand, the silver is bought to the lake from the local mines in the surrounding hills, could not help myself and bought a traditional Shan necklace and earrings for $75 US 98% silver. We visited the Pow Village opened recently to Foreigners, with Stupas ... read more
Making Rice Cakes
1054 Stupas
Long Neck

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake October 10th 2017

Off to Inle Lake today with T2. 1 1/2hr drive through beautiful lush country side, cows, bullocks, horse and carts, people tilling fields with a bullock and stick as Mick put it. 13500 Kyat per foreigner to get into Inle Valley through Rice paddies, which grow in summer and breed ducks for their eggs in winter. Arrived at the Emperial Inle Hotel, very nice and traditional walking distance from the river where most transport occurs. Picked up 1/2 hr later and left by boat on the Lake for the Inle Heritage Restaurant, T2 took us to the east of Inle Lake and tomorrow we are going west, Huge lake surrounded by mountains just incredible scenery. Lunch at Inle Heritage just magnificent and all proceeds go back to the community. Lotus stem 4000 for a scarf, the ... read more
Long Boat Ride
Getting the thread from the Lotus Stem
Thread from the Lotus Stem

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Pindaya October 9th 2017

Up at 5.30am pick up at 7am from Hotel transfer to Airport flight to Heho. Breakfast packed for us by the hotel. Boiled egg and cheese sandwiches. Our lighters were confiscated but someone had a lighter in the smoking room. Flight was supposed to be 8.45am but at 8.30am everyone must have been on so we left. Croissant, cake, chocolate and a coffee served, not bad for a 1hr flight. Picked up by T2 ( Nyi Nyi Tun)and the driver Mr Shwa and 1hr drive to Pindaya very interesting a lot of farming of corn, Sweet Peas, Potatoes, Tomatoes, very rich soil. Stopped at a local store where they gave us a taste of pickled tea, passed bullocks carts and a lot of Chinese Buffulos. People still farm manually with bullocks. Very narrow road with lots ... read more
Road workers
Typical form of transport
Entrance to Pindaya Caves

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 8th 2017

Jo John picked us up at the Hotel at 9am and we set off for the day sightseeing beautiful Yangon. Swedadagon Pagoda - Truly amazing and one of the wonders of Myanmar culture. We then had a coconut water and the inside of the coconut very nice on a hot day. Reclining Buddha in downtown Yangon 65 meters long and 16 meters high, housed in a big shed North of Kandawgyi Lake completed renovation in 1907 by the Buddhists and foreign tourist donations. National Museum located in Dagon of Burmese art, history and culture in Myanmar. Founded in 1952, the five-story museum has an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, ornaments, works of art inscriptions and historic memorabilia related to the history, culture and civilization of Burmese people. Kandawgyi Lake one of two major lakes in Yangon. ... read more
Entrance to the Temple
Beautiful Nuns and monks
Floating Restaurant on Kandawgyi LakeSC_0077

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