Burma’s Rising Capital

Naypyitaw, the roughly 12-year old nation capital of Burma, has been called many things since it was created. A ghost town, a post-apocalyptic suburb. Its 16-lane roads are vast and endless, and apparently unused by motorists or pedestrians. The larger-than-life mansions and villas that look uninhabited. You could hear a host of negative things about Burma’s relatively new capital, all of which will discourage you from even thinking of the name of the place.

Or you could hear another view: Naypyitaw is awesome. Yes, the place is quiet, and yes, it looks like actual living beings are scarce, but Naypyitaw is awesome. You can’t let that turn you away from visiting one of the most beautiful nation capitals in the world now, will you?

Naypyitaw – Not Isolated: Surrounded

The city is said to be isolated on all sides for at least fifty miles around (verification needed about that), but Naypyitaw is actually strategically located between Rangoon, the former capital, and Mandalay (verification provided).

Naypyitaw is also a part of another town called Pyinmana, which is another place you should visit in Burma. It is a lovely historic town with teak and brick edifices and shady, leafy lanes.

With the number of residents increasing, mosques have been built, and there is also a Catholic Church in the city if you really need to go to church.

Naypyitaw – No Ghost Town

People actually live and work in the new capital, and, despite the fact that there is seemingly no traffic, the roads are used by people coming and going in trucks or on motorcycles.

Naypyitaw – There is Food!

Where there are people, you will always find food. Restaurants are thriving in the new capital, with several options to choose from, depending on your tastes and your pockets.

The Santino Café is a restaurant and bakery mix that serves a broad spectrum of dishes, including Japanese, Thai, European, Chinese, and American.

Maw Khan Nong 2 lets you enjoy bowls of delicious Shan noodles with a cold beer on the outdoor terrace.

You can visit the YKKO to sample their noodles: they are to die for. What’s more, your dining options are all in the same area, so you can’t get lost.

Naypyitaw – Not a Boring Moment

There are places to go and things to see in the new capital for everyone. History buffs can visit the museum to see the rich culture and history of Burma, or go to the Uppatasanti Pagoda, a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, which is filled four jade Buddha images facing the four directions, and carved reliefs showing scenes from Gautama Buddha’s past lives.

Love nature? Visit the Naypyitaw Zoological Gardens, and the Safari Park, which has many species animals, including the rare white tiger.

Naypyitaw – Who Said You Can’t Stay?

There are several hotels operating in Naypyitaw, including the Hilton, which has rooms with a ore international feel to them; Kempinski, built with classic Bamar-style wood carving and roofed walkways; and the Lake Garden MGallery Collection, whose on site restaurants are among the best in the city.

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Hi, I’m Kally. A Singaporean who has been relocated twice, first to Shanghai, now based in Kuala Lumpur. I have always been the avid traveller since young. I had my passport made even before I went to primary school! I travel extensively during my free time, either on tour groups or backpacking around Europe and all within the recent years. I am exposed to many different cultures and places, which allow me, to have the ability to look at many things and situation from various angles. Having gained 20 years of corporate world, I decided it is time for me to hang up my briefcase and heels to indulge my passion: Writing and Traveling. The two passions that give me pure enjoyment and liberation. As much as I enjoy traveling and writing, I strive on assisting people in making their lives easier. This is evidently shown in MiddleMe.net where I am the founder and editor. Allow me @ kally@ladyredot.com to help you to pen down your next trip abroad!

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How to Propose while On Vacation

The “love is on the air” season is around the corner and couples are preparing the way to impressively express their love to their significant one, some decide to bring the relationship to the next level with the proposal. Those who are travelling is no exception, so how to propose your loved one while you are on the trip or how to plan for that? Check out some suggestions for impressive proposal ideas while you are travelling.

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1. If you are a good organiser and on a big budget, give him/her a scavenger hunt trip to cities where your partner always loves to visit. At each destination, he/she will get a clue for the next destination and at the final destination, you will be there and wait for her to say “Yes”. To do this, you need to get in touch pretty much with the locals if you can go first to arrange everything.

2. How about making a journey video of you both at each destination, where you secretly propose your loved one? After that, edit to match with he/she saying “Yes” to random question you asked at each place. Finally show them the video in a romantic setting, I don’t think he/she can say no now. What you need: a camera to record your journey and edit them later. Oh and a list of question where you can get he/she to say “Yes”.

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3. If you are on the solo trip yourself and thinking of proposing your significant one when you are back, this could work. You can ask the host family or locals you stayed with to write down / record a short video stated: “why he/she think you will be a good future husband/ wife” or what they wish for you both in marriage. Make a promise with the host family that you will return with your husband/ wife in the future.

4. Another way is asking the help of locals in any destination to help you hide a “fortune teller box” at one of the holy places you both will be visiting (church/temples, etc). The box will be then handed to your significant one by a stranger and tada, surprise, you both are tied by fate.

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5. For nature lover folks, go somewhere you can camp together. Make sure you paint your proposal question on your tent with “glow in the dark” paint. Imagine you both are already in such romantic and wild setting, after having such a good time enjoy the campfire outside, retreat for a good night sleep, he/she see this, surprise and delight!

6. Surprise from the planning stage is another fantastic way. You can try to prepare a list of destinations, whose the initial words combined will be “Marry me”. If budget allows doing the trip, show him/her the tickets with the circle on each word and watch him/her say yes. In case your budget does not allow the trip take place immediately, at least you both have a bucket list together to look forward in the future.

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7. Lastly, do it classical way. Asking the hotel to help you prepare the proposal. You can pretty much be creative with your script/ setting and ask the manager to arrange for you accordingly.

So yes, travelling is one of the best ways to propose your significant one in a meaningful way, which show how much you thought of them on each step you taking or will be taking. So let plan a trip and ensure your proposal get a Yes from “the one”.

Over at LadyRedot, we can plan a romantic getaway, the special proposal even a celebration of your anniversary holiday. Just askus@ladyredot.com.


june Hello, I am June! I love to explore different roles to find out what is my passion. I used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, I figure that my passion is to express the hospitality spirit from my heart and inspire others from my work. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where I get inspired and inspire others, and running my own bed and breakfast in Vietnam. I view life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join me as I share my passion with you! You can reach out to me @ LinkedIn.

The Essentials to Pack while Traveling in South East Asia

South East Asia is always the hot travel spot, that tourists worldwide flock around all year long. The seducing white-sand beaches, sunshine, delicious food, culture diverse and most important, the affordability. It is hard to refuse the temptation.

Packing is hard enough if you want to survive the humidity in the tropical South-East Asia. As someone who has lived all my life in summer, trust me if I say these are the essentials you will need to bring along.

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Clothes
The weather in SEA is always, always hot and humid, you sweat almost all the time unless you choose to snooze and stay in the air conditioned environment for your entire trip. So, something loose will do best, bring along your shorts, maxi dresses, baggy pants, button-up shirts, blouses, T-shirt or blouse will do. A small light jacket is necessary too, just in case. No need to bring the whole lot, the sun here will dry your clothes in no time, so a few pieces for mix and match are enough.

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Footwear
A pair of flip-flop and sneakers will do, unless you are into trekking or mountain climbing, then get your hiking shoes as well. If you likely to walk a lot, get the shoes that you feel most comfortable walking for like 12 hours or so. Don’t forget the pretty socks too.

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Accessories
Glasses and sun hats, of course, to look cool while posing for a photo and more importantly, to protect you from the glaring sun.

A light scarf too, is a must if you are going to visit the temples and mosques in your itinerary, bring a scarf to save you the “rental cost” for cover up you will need to enter these premises. In addition, due to the quick temperature change in and outside of the AC environment, a scarf will keep you from freezing while inside the public transportation or shopping malls.

Another must have item is a bum bag, it is easier to carry while shopping or going for adventure tours. Plus, it is safer to keep your valuable things near you while wandering around the streets. Snatch theft is everywhere in the world but I must say, it more severe here.

Raincoat is a necessity due to the unpredictable rains, especially if you are bound for the monsoon seasons. Don’t worry, the rains are generally come and leave pretty quickly, but it’s still good to prepare a raincoat just in case.

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A cheap unlock phone
Get a local sim everywhere you go and allow easier communication. Your latest iPhone may be in danger if you keep pulling it in and out of your pockets when strolling along the street.

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Personal care
Insect repellent is a life saver. Welcome to the land of insects, tropical weather makes it perfect for mosquitoes, bugs and all. So make sure you are ready for them otherwise, you’ll be scratching yourself the whole night through.

Shoes and Body Deodorizer, as we emphasis on the key words here: hot and humid. Get a spray bottle and make sure you sanitise your sneakers or sports shoes properly on the go. Meanwhile, it will do you some good if you don’t stink up everywhere you go, so pile on the Body Deodorizer.

Sunblock crème: the sun the sun the sun… tan is sexy while getting burned is not

Don’t let street food destroy your fun. Travelling means you got to try a bunch of new food and the food is not always compatible with your digest system so keep the charcoal pills handy.

Public toilets are not always clean and dry tissue won’t do, wet tissue with some sanitised function is the one you will be looking for. Plus, it can really refresh you in a hot afternoon.

If you forget to bring some, don’t panic. You can get almost everything from clothes to personal care at a wallet-friendly price.

So pack light, experience full!

Join June and our writers for an adventure of a lifetime as we help you to plan for your next trip!


june June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Road Trips in Malaysia

 

I just love road trips! When I was in Singapore, there isn’t much chance to do a road trip to the tiny country is really small (think east to west in about an hour or so). But when I moved to Malaysia, opportunities for road trips are plenty! As I am located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country, there are several options open up to me.

Nearby places such as Genting Highlands to Malacca or even for the adventurous and the daring, drive up to Thailand! Many have done it and commented that it is worth it to try.

So if you are arriving in Kuala Lumpur and thinking of spending of setting up 1, 2 or even 3 days for a road trip, here are my fabulous tried and completed recommendations:

Genting Highlands

Journey time: 1 hour+
How far: 55.4km

Why: Genting Highlands are like the winter amusement park for the families or aka Las Vegas for the Malaysians and Singaporeans alike. Jackpot for the grannies, roller coasters for the kids, shopping for the mummies and superstars concerts for the teens. You can spend a weekend there with your family and not be bored.

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Cameron Highlands

Journey time: 3 hours+
How far: 205km

Why: If you are looking for more educational and closer to nature trip for your family, Cameron Highlands is the place to be. Cooling, fresh air with peaceful nature all around you. That is how I felt whenever I am over there. Plus there are strawberries farms and BOH tea plantation not to be missed!

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Ipoh

Journey time: 3 hours
How far: 198km

Why: This sleepy old town has lots to offer from the fantastic food like famous Ipoh Horfun, Ipoh Chicken Rice, Dim Sum to water rafting to cave exploration. This town doesn’t seem to be that sleepy after all!

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Penang

Journey time: 4 hours
How far: 353km

Why: The mainly Chinese population town serves really good Penang Laksa, Penang Rojak and Char Koay Teow. Penang has nice beautiful beaches too! Great to drive up for a Sunday seaside picnic.

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Malacca

Journey time: 2 hours
How far: 150km

Why: It is a location full of history and old charm, this place just mesmerises your old socks off. Malacca has a super rich Peranakan culture so do remember to try all the Peranakan food like Asam Laksa, Ayam Pongteh and my favourite Mee Siam! Yummy!

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If you want to plan your next road trip, we can help you to navigate the best route with the best pitstops. Just drop us an email at askus@ladyredot.com!


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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

Top Ten America Legendary Self Driven Routes (To Cont..)

Previously we took a journey towards the top 5 routes in America, let us continue with the other 5 routes that will bring you a sense of freedom and adventure.

 

Historic Columbia River Highway

This incredible road leads to the Oregon border. You can exercise along the mossy Sandy River Road, finally arrived at the spring Dyer community orchard and blueberry garden. The Columbia River Highway is the nation’s oldest scenic highway. In 1984 the American Society of Civil Engineers recognized it as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. In 2000 it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service as “an outstanding example of modern highway development”. The Columbia River Highway offers the best view of the canyon for travelers.

Texas Hill Country Route

Whether it is driving three hours or three days, we strongly recommend that you go for the Texas hill country road trip during the fall. Maple State Nature Reserve, there are thousands of maple trees, creating a surreal dream like surrounding. In late October and early November, which gradually turn yellow to red maple, forming the world’s most spectacular foliage views. Since this is a protected area, there are many rare bird species if you are fascinated with bird watching.

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Virginia Skyline Highway

Skyline Drive is a 109-mile road that runs the entire length of the National Park Service’s Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, generally along the ridge of the mountains. It has four separate entrances, but most people choose to enter the Royal northwest corner. Away from city life, you can immerse yourself in the vast nature that this route has to offer.

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Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

The route will bring you to the mountain towns such as Asheville, North Carolina, near the northern entrance of Waynesboro, as well as the south entrance of the Cherokee. You will need to accommodate at least 2 days for these towns for exploration.

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Black River National Forest Scenic Byway

It is officially designated a National Forest Scenic Byway, its gorgeous waterfalls, boats docked in the harbor and the world’s highest ski jumping makes it a very attractive tourist spot. The first popular spot is the Ottawa National Forest Falls. Here you can walk the bridge, go swimming at the beach, forest hiking and camping. Also of interest is the Copper Peak, houses the world’s largest ski flying hill designed by Lauren Larsen.


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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

Top Ten America Legendary Self Driven Routes

As Barney from How I Met Your Mother, I am going to introduce 10 Legend.. Wait for it.. Dary scenic journey only experienced if you take a road trip. Whether it is to stimulate feelings of adventure along the way or immersed in the graceful landscape, or is it the pleasure of feeling free on the road trip, these routes are definitely not to be missed.

So my friends, come and join us for a legendary scenic road trip now!

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  1. US Route 66, leading to California, Illinois

Route 66 also known as the Will Rogers Highway and also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It takes about a month to cross the entire Highway 66. This is a road that has disappeared on the map of the United States, but people still have means to locate the route. In YAHOO, the route has the highest rate of search rate. Stretching nearly 2000 miles from the coast of Chicago to California, it takes about a month to cross the entire journey. This route allows you to enter the mainland through the Mojave desert. If you are looking for excitement, this is one of the most dangerous landscapes on earth.

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  1. The Overseas Highway

The Overseas Highway is an 113-mile through the Florida Keys. The route is filled with interesting sights and if you are not careful, you may spend more time exploring along the way than intended. You will have plenty of chances to visit many good places to eat and drink, plus quirky tourist stops. Do look out for the stunning sunset.

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  1. Route 550, New Mexico and Colorado

The Million Dollar Highway as it is fondly called stretched to the total length of 25 miles, which connects the Colorado mining town Silverton and US Route 50 along the way Ouray. Along the way, there will be many dangerous curves for the daring riskers. This stretch through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive; it is characterised by steep cliffs and narrow lanes but you are rewarded by nature’s most beautiful creations as you are greeted by the sights of Animas River, under the Hermosa Cliffs, the San Juan National Forest, Haviland Lake and Electra Lake.

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  1. River Road, from Minnesota to Louisiana

You can drive a wide range of ways to Mississippi. The road with rushing water linking through 10 states. This road there are numerous stop spots. This route is the most scenic and suitable during Fall Season. With 1,800-year-old buildings and charming shops on the main street which starts at Galena Road Town.

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  1. California Pacific Coast Highway Coast Highway

There are many different opinions about the starting point and end point of California Pacific coast highway. The official believes that the California Highway 1 starts at Connaught County in northern California and ending in Orange County in Southern California. Along the way, you will see the amazing scenery of the great Malibu, the coastal environment of Suhl and the luxurious Pebble Beach Golf Resort.


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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com