Showing posts from August, 2013

Transport System of Paris

(Copyrighted Content by Aung Myo Myint – Not for Re-use) Paris or the City of Light is the capital of France with a population of 12 million people and about 28 million tourists per year, transportation should be a nightmare. Well, it’s not. Paris has a diverse transportation network on many levels, literally. The city has buses, trams, autoroutes, metro, trains and planes that work together to connect the city with other districts, cities or countries. The city is not that organized as London for example, the streets seem haphazard arranged, but it’s just a result of a superimposition with an earlier street plan. Paris has three international airports: Charles de Gaulle to the north-east of the city, Orly to the south-west and Beauvais to north used for low-cost carriers. Aéroport d’Orly is the older and smaller and links its two terminals, Orly Ouest and Orly Sud, with a free shuttle bus. Aéroport Roissy Charles de Gaulle on the other hand, has three aérogares (terminals) numbered f…

Transport System of London

(Copyrighted Content by Aung Myo Myint – Not for Re-use) London has one of the world’s great transport systems. The city has its own extensive and dense internal public and private networks, so the all the roads, rails and air networks are covered. The internal system is administered by the executive agency Transport for London or better known as TfL. TfL is in charge with the public transport, which includes the Underground, London Buses, Tramlink, the Docklands Light Railway and the London Overground. The only things that TfL doesn’t control are the minor roads. There are three different railways that operate in London. The largest of all is the London Underground or as they call it the Tube or Met, which has sub-surface lines and deep-level tube lines. Is the first metro system in the world with 11 lines that connect the suburbs to Central London.  The Met serves the north of the city more than the south and it should be noted that the majority of the Underground is actually on the…

Peninsula Plaza (Singapore's Little Myanmar)

(Copyrighted Content by Aung Myo Myint – Not for Re-use) Anyone who has been to Singapore knows that the island is a shopper-galore. There is one mall in particular that is unique in its own way – Peninsula Plaza. Parked on the corner of Coleman St and North Bridge Rd, is a somewhat weathered building that, even to Singaporeans, seems like a foreign fortress. For many decades now, Peninsula Plaza has become Singapore’s own Little Myanmar. Local Burmese Community Like many of its neighbouring countries, Singapore is home to many cultures and communities, including one of the larger Burmese communities (over 100,000 people) who are rarely privileged to reside outside of Myanmar. Thanks to the friendly relationship between the Myanmar and Singapore governments, many Burmese are able to easily travel to, work and study in Singapore. Peninsula Plaza hasn’t always been Singapore’s Little Myanmar. In fact, it wasn’t until the last decade or so that it became a magnet for all things Burmese. Y…

Transportation System of Singapore

(Copyrighted Content by Aung Myo Myint – Not for Re-use)

Singapore is a small city-state in Southeast Asia, but with a population of over five million people. Having a large population like this, the city obviously should provide a very organized transportation system. If you are travelling to Singapore you should know that the city is well connected with the rest of the world via sea, land and air.

The Port of Singapore is the Best Seaport in Asia and it was ranked a couple of years ago as the Busiest Port, surpassing Shanghai and Hong Kong. Boats and ferries serve the nearby islands of Indonesia and Malaysia and can be found at Changi Point Ferry Terminal, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.
On land, two links connect Singapore and Malaysia. The first one is Johor-Singapore Causeway and connects Johor Bahru in Johor, Malaysia to Woodland in Singapore. The second one is the international railway line operated by Keretapi Tanah M…

The Inle Lake (The Floating Tomatoes)

(Copyrighted Content by Aung Myo Myint – Not for Re-use) Early morning is the best time to glide through the waters of Lake Inle in a wood longboat. There are children on their way to school, families heading to the market laden with tomatoes and women starting to wash clothes from their stilt homes on the water. Lake Inle is a unique community with 23 villages and a distinct culture and a fascinating way to spend a day in Myanmar. Fishing on the Lake One of the best known features of Lake Inle are the fishermen who row with one leg. They operate a basket like net which traps fish by stunning them. Somehow the men know where the good catches are likely to be and wait for the right moment to pounce. These fish are stored live in tanks underneath the stilt houses as there is no refrigeration here. This was a skill passed down through generations and small children in the boats watched and learned the trade. Many people come to watch the fishermen on Inle Lake but there is far more to see…