So it is Sunday evening, my planned post (about my personal Irrawaddy Literary Festival experience) is nowhere near ready …… I have been guided by my five stickies for this weekend but still I have things to cram into the final hours of the weekend.
Why is this? I am being focused, and fairly productive. So why am I way behind on my blogging?
I can tell you why. Happily, there is not an underlying or upperlying cancery reason for this which is in itself worth noting. Rather the opposite in fact. It is because life in Yangon these days is really busy – Yangon is happening!! Combine that with current good health, and the result is that I am spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and ways to spend my leisure time.
This week was particularly busy. On Monday our Book Club met, and we talked about Ali Smith’s Book “There but for the“. On Tuesday the new Yangon Photography Club met to share images on the first month’s theme – Transport. I tend to see things a little differently, and one of my contributions (frog on a bike ) for the evening was discussed, despite my camera being the only point and shoot in the group. This little frog was unexpectedly clinging on to my bike as I was leaving for my my regular swim and I was able to get a very quick shot.
Very helpful to get suggestions and feedback and a spur to upgrade my camera. Scary but exciting territory.
On Wednesday evening, our Writing Group met and we spent another inspiring and interesting evening, sharing our work and giving feedback to each other. We assigned ourselves with a task for the next meeting – a try at flash fiction with a writing prompt. It is good to try something new. Also a bit scary though!
Half the week had already disappeared in a flurry of activity and energy. And it did not stop there. Thursday evening, saw a wonderful get together to bid a wonderful couple farewell as they prepare to leave Yangon at the end of their assignment. It was one of those evenings when you really bask in a rosy flow of contentment in the company of special people.
And then it was Friday evening and the working week already over. In addition to the evening activities, I enjoyed my daily cycle (now up to 6.5 km every morning) and half mile swim.
There are so many options and choices in the city – have a look at the WhatsonYangon site to get a sense of the variety. If you have a look at the “blogs from here” links on the right hand side bar of this page, you will also see that the number of blogs is growing.
The city is happening indeed!
And that is why I am not quite ready to share my experience of the recent Irrawaddy Literary Festival. But it is coming very soon, I promise!