Monday, 17 December 2018

Drug Elimination Museum, The Western Influence

A special section of the Drug Elimination Museum illustrates the corrupting influence of western youth culture. It's behind closed doors, its own special alley of hell.

Rock music, loud hair and clothes, a sure sign of an impending drug downward spiral.

Guitars are wailing, women are surrounding, it's a definite drug party.

The dance of death.

For some reason, movie-making is illustrated as a drug use example. Once the drugs take hold, you'll be on your knees in a park, gasping for your life.

And what of your life, once it slips away? The dogs and vultures feast.

Yup, that's how it goes when listening to western music, socializing and making movies.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Drug Elimination Museum, The Opium War Edition

To show that fighting the scourge of drugs has been a long tradition in Myanmar, the military included a little historical perspective in the museum. Bring on the opium wars of the late 1800's.

The king in his court, plotting.

The British are out for blood, and getting it, against the Chinese.

The Chinese are tough, though, and scoring their own amount of damage.

Still, the British fight on. And on. It's looking like WWE, circa 1890.

A fiery, bloody mess.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Drug Dioramas At The Drug Elimination Museum

The heart of the Drug Elimination Museum are its big dioramas. They're a drug storybook come to life, about a dozen big scenes depicting interdiction and victory in the war on drugs. Sobering.

The dioramas are big and have grand titles, possibly taken directly from the military reports on the various operations.

Super friends, ready to clear the valley. The country drug lab.

Kind cooperation from the military and police.

Drug refining details. Life size! "Burning" a drug processing hut. You get to press a button to light it up.

Squashing drug bottles. Impressive recreation.

Monday, 10 December 2018

The Drug Elimination Museum In Yangon

There's a curious museum on the outskirts of central Yangon that's devoted to the military's epic fight and success against the drug trade during the 1980's in Myanmar. It's a giant warehouse of a place, three big floors filled with maps, charts, photographs, statistics, stories and life-size dioramas illustrating various interdiction highlights. All glory to the military for saving Myanmar.

Inside, big spaces, not many (any) people visiting.

Illustrating the war in classic 3D map terms. What's a drug war without a plane?

Position made clear. The museum's core audience must be school field trips.

Samples of various drugs. We do not want to find out what locker room/rush does!

Johnnie Walker, drawing the short straw as the alcohol villain.

Heroic paintings all over the place, a classic glorification tool.

Un-helping hands, about six feet long. We get the message.

Endless maps and photographs, the whole drug war preserved for future generations and preserved for its protagonists.

Intro to military royalty.

Friday, 7 December 2018

The Great Notebooks Of Yangon

Like in India, notebooks in Yangon are everywhere and feature fantastic covers. Loud, bright and infinite in variety, the notebooks are scattered about in most offices, religious complexes, museums, the usual places one needs to record a name, a donation, whatever.

You can also find nifty flooring as a good background.

The notebooks get heavy use.
Stillife with furniture doily.

More variety. Most notebooks are about legal size and cuter sizes can also be found.

Where to find them? Any office supply store has piles of the beauties.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

To Market In Yangon

Yangon is similar to most Asian cities, much of the commerce still existing in its streets. Let's go shopping.

A typical market, alleyways of stalls next to a main street.

Food in the street. You want cauliflower, see the cauliflower man. Shirt extra.

The dry goods stall, crammed.

Corn, two ways. Study in purple, from umbrella, to chair, to wardrobe, to basket, to vegetables.

Ugh, the stress of the fisherman's supply man.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Waiting On A Train At Yangon's Central Station

A city with classic architecture deserves a classic-looking train station. Happily, Yangon fits the bill. The central station in the city was built in 1954, on the site of an older station that had existed there since 1877. The original station was destroyed during WWII. The rebuilt version replaced the British colonial style with a more Burmese pagoda look.

The grand building.

Inside, waiting and handphone obsessing.

A monk knows how to wait with good posture.

Trouble at the station. No complaints heard and the Most Wanted section.

Shipping department.