11th May 2005 (Wednesday)
With the support of Hwee Boon, I have decided to give my best shot and extending my stay in Sittwe. This was not easy and very stressful – I have used up most of my cash! Over there, credit card was useless. Fortunately, there was this Singaporean businessman staying at the same hotel as us. He was so surprised to meet us there as not many foreigners will go that part of Myanmar. So coincidence? Was it a sign for me that I have made a right decision to stay? He was kind to lend me money after hearing our woes. Yes, I was “thick-skin” to accept. I promised to return the money once I am back in Singapore. I took US$500.00 from him.
With all the blessings, I approached Mr. Aung Nai Win to rent his big fishing boat – US$100 per day. This boat would be much slower than the speed boat and we need at least 3 days out in the river. Also, he would provide us with the official Letter of Approval to allow us to do fishing at Ghaut stream of Kaladan river. The rivers there were guarded by the military. Without this letter, we would be in danger if the military guards found us. Our boat would be considered as commercial fishing boat.
An important letter!
Our plan was to use a 100m (L) x 7m (W) net to comb the 15 meter wide Ghaut stream. We needed at least four persons to pull the net.
MerLion RED STD 50cm 1歳魚
9th MAy 2005 -SITTWE!
A tower-clock builded in the 18th Century …during the British ruling. Why do Bristish like to build clock wherever they landed?
It was a 8 hours journey ride by ferry from Toungup to Sittwe. Around 4pm we reached Sittwe Jetty and by 4.30pm, we checked into Noble Hotel. The only hotel there with electricity back-up generator. Cool!
Our first concern was to confirm the river route to explore and two air-tickets back to Yangon on Friday 13th May (9th was a Monday). The ticket problem back at Yangon when we first arrived has taught us a lesson…we had better maked sure we can get back on time. Hence, we would have 3 full days in Sittwe to complete our mission.
We spoke to the owner of the hotel – Mr. Aung Nai Win. He said he can HELP. We got the right person. He is the President of the fishery association there. What a blessing! However, we could only know the answer later in the evening. Over there, there were no such things a s instance answer or confirmation on any requests. The effeciency of communication and work system there were very low. It was antagonising as we were rushing for time and eagered to start working on our mission.
He needed to ask a runner to take transport to search for the boatman and the “ticket specialist”. There were no public telephone…no home telephone and definetly no handphone. Having a telephone line was a luxury. There were only a few desinated point where one can make a phone call. If you were not living near to one, you would need to walk a long distance to get connected to the outside world. It was another way of life there.
We decided to go for our dinner at 6.00pm plus. Above was the scence along the way to the nice restaurant below. I was delighted to have found this cosy restaurant in Sittwe…a comfort after a lond day ride on the ferry.
We returned to the hotel at 7.00pm plus. Finally, we got confirmation on renting a boat to explore the rivers there. US$550 for a whole day trip…with two boatmans.
We managed to get hold of two one-way tickets back to Yangon. It was during this meeting that I realized why we couldn’t buy a ticket from Yangon to Sittwe even though the flight could not have been full. You see…both Ling and I were very ignorant/innocent …The ticket officer/ticket agent would only sell tickets to those who would “appreciate” their work. Our ticket cost was US$68.00 each and the “appreciation” fee was US$48.00 each. Back in Yangon, we didn’t know about this unspoken manner. ..They won’t volunteered to teach you too…
After the meeting, we went to visit a couple of local aquarium shops there. They were home based kind of shop. We hope to gain some local information on the arowana …if any. After the vistaition, I was very worried. We went back to hotel at 9.30 pm to rest.
10th May 2005 – An exciting day!
Finally, the time of action has arrived!
For easy reference, I have sketched the time-movement map on my note book. This was what Singapore Army has trained us to do…operation planning. We need to get back to Sittwe before last light. It was dangerous to travel on the river at night.
We needed to cover both Kaladan river and Laymyo river. The check points were Ponnagyun township and Kyauktaw township for Kalandan river; Pauktaw township and Myaungbwe township for Laymyo river.
This was supposed to be a “scouting” trip. The plan was to cover/explore as much area as we could to find out where exactly…which river…which stream the elusive snakeskin arowana actually live in. So that we could send artillary firing and troop to overrun the objective in our next final mission of netting enough snakeskin arowana.
Movement to Jetty…we passed by the Rakhinw State Cultural Musuem.
…. Maung Maung Khine (Sunglass man) and Maung Maung Saw (front). Thye knew the rivers… we were in safe hands.
….me….the hat and slipper I were wearing were bought in Yangon. Very comfortable.
Ponnagyun Township from afar…our first check point. It was located at the mouth of Kaladan river.
The Ponnagyun villages. Mostly illegal immigrants from Blangedesh and mostly 2nd to 3rd generation living there. We did ask the villages if they have seen the arowana before. The answer was negative. “Maybe arowana don’t live so near to the mouth of river…not in blackish water”…I said to myself. Just being positive? We proceeded to our next check point.
The children were curious about us. Visitors like us were rare.
What really caught my eyes were these colourful sails made from clothes. The middle one with different colour clothes patched together reminded me of the blanket which my mom sewed for me when I was young.
9.45am…You won’t believe it! At Ghuat stream…somewhere near to Kyauktaw township, we met 2 fishermans at Ghuat stream and they confirmed they have ate the arowana before!!! Wow! This was really a great news …but still, I took it with a pinch of salt. Can I trust the information after so many negative feedbacks from the other villages there? Yes…we needed more confirmation on this….
We ate our lunch at Kyautaw township. of course…we seized every opportunity to enquire about the arowana..negative result.
After lunch, we proceeded to explore Laymyo river. We need to back-track ( appro. 1 hr ride) to Pari stream which was a connecting stream between the two rivers. This stream was known only to the local there as it was too small to be indicated on the official map.
We got lost in Pari stream as there were many turns and split streams. The time was running out.
Along the Pari stream Maung Maung Khine was showing the fisherman Ling’s wallet which have the picture of snakeskin arowana which was cut from an arowana magazine. We have bought it along so to enable visual confirmation from the local people there.
At last, we hit a landmark. A tourist destination – Mrauk-U township…popular for its temples..pagoda. Mrauk-U township was near to Laymyo river. But it was already late. We have to make a decision at this point. We decided to be safe and head back to Sittwe. Hence, we did not visit Pauktaw township and Myaungbwe township. I was sadden by this decision as mission was deemed as failed.
We reached Noble hotel at about 6.45pm. We went for dinner after shower. Over the dinner, Ling told me that he overheard Maung Maung Khine’s cousin ( I didn’t get to see this guy) telling the owner of the hotel that two Japanese came to Sittwe one years ago and caught 40 pieces of arowana and went back secretly. After the dinner, I went to confirm with Aung Nai Wing on the truth about the two Japanese. They couldn’t give me a definite answer.
I was in a dilema. To stay longer to catch the arowana or ….???? After much consideration, I decided to drop the idea of staying longer. I was thinking that I should be more prepared if I would to visit Sittwe again in near future… with Yamazaki San.
But again, there was a confirmation from the two fishermans that there was indeed arowana in the Ghaut stream? How? I am not happy going back with empty handed. I didn’t come so far to just give up my hope based on one day trip result.
I went to sleep with a rock in my heart.
11th May 2005
I woke up very early in the morning. I called Hwee Boon …my business partner…whether I should stay further to catch the arowana. He was supportive…as usual. I couldn’t recall what he told me exactly but something like …I am already there and…don’t waste it. That was it…just what I needed to hear. My heart was strengthen!
SO WHAT NEXT??? I will share with you more in my next final blog on Wild Arowana Hunting!
1515 8th Apr 2013
7th May 2005 – Evening
The evening has passed pretty fast…Its time to get to work again. At 7.00pm, we walked down the hill to the boat and start casting net at the deep water zone. We spend two hours and the result of the catch was…
As you can see…there were quite a few species of fish found in the Thandwe river. It was disappointing that no small arowana was found. We decided to call a stop and head back up to the hut to rest. All of us were exhausted. Around 10.30pm we sleep …after chatting. Those fishes caught would be eaten and not wasted.
8th May 2005
We woke up at around 5.30am. While we were drinking coffee, we were told that there was another small stream at the other side of the hill. Since we were already near there…I decided to “try”. It was quite a distance…longer than I though. We use an hour to reach the stream by foot…a small stream. When I saw the stream… I knew that there couldn’t be possible any arowana living there. But hiking through the forest was enjoying..at least I get to see the what was hidden in the forest. It was refreshing.
At the stream, I was surprised to see many dead fishes. I was told that some fish hunters there still using the traditional method of catching the fishes with poison…easy and fast. They would only collect the big fishes and sell/trade them. The poor smaller fishes will be sacrificed along with this unethical act.
What interest me most was this “bumble bee” fish as in the photo above. The colour was beautiful! They hide among the rocks. My hand was itchy. I was thinking of catching them and bag them back. But again, without any proper packing accessories, the fish would just be killed by my hands. I left them alone.
Till today, I still not sure what this fish species is called. But I do see them in some local aquarium shop. I believe they are commonly found in the rivers/streams of South-East Asia.
Along the way….
Someone has tied a wild orchid to the bamboo. Maybe it was a route marking?
This was a wild flower found in the forest. Its name sound like “Marlarphoon”. The villages there would eat it as a vegetable…after boiling.
We passed by a hut …they collect wild honey and sell it…I didn’t remember to take a photo of the hut…only the bottle of honey that I bought. It supposed to be good for health and…manhood…ha!
With disappointing result…my morale was down. But again, we knew that the snakeskin arowana should be in Sittwe…not here in Thandwe. By 12.30 pm, we were back to the river mouth. We took a private taxi back to the resort ( to have a good clean up of ourselves and packed up our belongings) and negotiated with the taxi driver to wait for us and take us to Toungup. A small town up north of Thandwe.
In the first part of my blog, I didn’t explain the reason of travelling to Thandwe. Since we were unable to catch the direct flight from Yangon to Sittwe, the alternative route (longer route) was to take a ferry from Toungup. Unavoidable, we need to pass-by Thandwe.
By 7pm, we reach Toungup. Before this….there was a gantry along the way.. guarded by the police. They would question every personnel who enter the township. I was told that this was common among other townships too as to monitor the activities of the people there. They were especially sensitive to foreigners.
The sun has set. Toungup was known as a “hostile” area. Even Ling was worried. There were many man sitting around and chatting…staring at us. I was feeling insecured. We asked and there was only guest house available and no hotel at all. The guest house has no air-con but with a standing fan and a single size bed. The window was cover by mosquitoes net. We need to use a common bathroom. ”why do I want to come here?’’ …I asked myself. A sense of regret…after so many days of “hardship”.
After checked into the hotel, we decided to search for a dining place. To my surprise…we found a very nice local eatery not far from the guest room. We had roast duck, swee sour fish and fried pork rib…with beer of course! Back then, I wasn’t hooked on any social media. Hence, I didnt have a habit of taking picture of the food that I ate. So…you can only imagine what I have eaten. Also, I dared not take out my camera…not to invite touble. We went back to the guest house and I slept around 9pm. The bed was uncomfortable but the beer did help me to sleep. This was part of the plan why we ordered “enough” beer during the dinner time.
9th May 2005
I woke up at 4.30am. by 6.30am we were at the jetty. We need to take the 8.00am ferry to Sittwe. Ling did asked around if they have seen or heard of arowana in their region. No result.
We took the “motorcycle” taxi to the jetty.
Wating area at the Jetty…plus my shadow.
This was the public toilet at the Jetty.
We “sucessfully” boarded the ferry… on time and headed to Sittwe – where the real action would be. I will share with you more in my next blog.
I would like to introduce to you my favourite male in our farm named OCEAN. Initially, I thought he was a “she” due to my inexperience. I was very surprised to see him “holding”.
Why the name Ocean? He has the soothing blue hues of the Ocean. He will have a deep impact on our future BB bloodline like the immense depth of the ocean.
It is not easy to select a “confirmed’ bloodline. But Ocean has proven itself after many years of breeding and detailed observation.
Above is Ocean. This picture might not appeal to some people. Yes, it looks pale. But this photo was taken when I newly introduced it to our farm tank. If you can observe…the “horseshoes”…the core of its’ scale is blue instead of green which appear in many arowana. This confirmed the deep blue base blood he has. Plus, Take a look at the gold streak on all of its finage… look at the full face gold..look at the golden thin fram scale that extends to the abdomen area. Also, its pearlies are blue.
One of the reason that I mistook it as a female was because of the head size ratio to the body. Ocean is huge…approximately 24 inches..at least. Its body is deep.
(Photo by Mr. KT Kim)
Above is one of the offspring from Ocean which we shipped to Korea in 2007. The owner is Mr. Whang You Shin. According to our Korea agent Mr. KT Kim, the blue base only deepened when it was 3 years of age (I have been tracking the growth of this arowana). This is a precious lesson and a comfirmation that bloodline plays an important role in enjoying arowana keeping. Trust the work of bloodline.
(Photo by Mr. Song Meng Hwa – Owner)
Above is another piece of Ocean’s offspring that we shipped to Taiwan in early 2011. The owner is Mr. Song Meng Hwa. We only shipped 5 pieces to Taiwan after much persuasion by our Taiwan agent. The rest of them was kept for our future breeding…the continuation and expansion of Ocean’s bloodline.
As you can confirmed by your eyes, it has very distintive gold colourisation. Ocean bloodline do not need any white tank treatment or sophicated tank system and the sixth scale colourisation will form automatically if given the basic water quality and care. ..It make arowana keeping simple and enjoyable. This is what a good quality arowana bloodline should do.
This was the first batch that Ocean held more than 30 eggs. Before this batch, Ocean usually carried around 15 eggs. Probably, due to the introduction of a new female.
I sincerely hope you can share my joy and appreciate the Ocean Blue line as much as I do. Thank you!
ADDITION: 1st April 2013
I Just came back from Taiwan. I saw another piece of Ocean offspring which was kept as a show piece by one of the distributor there. I am shocked! The previous time when I was there last year…Jul 2012…It was “colourless” and much smaller size at around 15inches. This is one of the 5 piece we shipped to Taiwan in 2011…the same batch as the one above …kept by Mr. Song Meng Hwa. What was disturbing is the colour. It looked totally different from the above one which is very strong in its blue base with thin gold frame. It is fully covered with gold. So where is the blue base??
I have been trying to share with many hobbyists that the environment is critical in bringing out the best colour of the blue base. If one put them (BB aro) in a bright area, it will exhibit less blue base but more gold due to its survival instict. Within an arowana scale, there is a few layer of colour coat (similar to the Betta). Arowana will change its base colour accordingly. However, for a blue base arowana..it will exhibit blue base more readily in a darker tank. I will explain more on this topic in my future blog or maybe, I will ask Dr. Fong who is working with us on other fishes to provide a more scientific explaination.
Above shot was taken by my iphone. This fish is at least 22 inches. Fully crossed with a little bit of dark “skin” to clear. Kept in a clear tank for past 2year in Taiwan. The gold streak at all its finages – super! You can see Ocean blood very clearly. The head shape is identical to its father. Every part of it is covered with gold..the lips…the throat…the stomach. He is slightly above 2 years of age…only. Please allow me…but I am really proud of him.
From the photo, you can still see its hidden blue base. Very even and soothing.
Above is a turning posture. It captured the “golden hand”….the main bone and webs are golden.
What was unique is the dark finage…dorsal, caudal and anal fin. They were covered with gold streak and with a rim of dark greenish blue for the dorsal fin; and greenish red for its tail and anal fin. Why? is this the work of a mutation? I am still observing it….I have asked the owner to move it to a dark tank. I hope to share its beauty when it is given the right environment.
Back in my mind I say to myself…”hey, it looks very good too in a clear tank with full gold!” But again…It is not its original self. The gold is of different intensity from the gold base aro.
I hope I can get more picture of this aro to show you what I mean…
Addition: 27th Dec 2013
This is the same MerLion Royal Ultimate – Ocean Blue as above. It had been transferred to a tank with a black background. It’s about 3 years old now.
To be able to stand at the river mouth was part of the dream come true. I have waited for the past few days to be able to start what I have came to Myanmar for. This was what I wish for – to start the exploration. My eyes were opened wide…every inch of the river..stream were meaningful and exciting!
7th May 2005
We negotiated for the price to bring us up the stream. I couldnt remember the price and I didn’t jot it down. But it was not cheap as the petrol price was high there.
While waiting for the boatman to get ready the boat etc..I learned a few new words…”Shwehlay” was another name for “Stream” and its also has the meaning of “Golden Boat”. Another word was “Dwaryarwaddy” which mean “4th Boat” was the Rakine name for “Thandwe”. Hence, Thandwe stream was known as “Shwehlay Dwaryarwaddy” in Rakhine. Now, it also make sense why the transport company was named as “Dwaryarwaddy Express” – “Thandwe Express” from Yangon.
The boatman fish for a living. They catch the wild river fishes and sell it to the exporters. I like the photo below…it captured the moment where the wife was helping the boatman to get ready for the trip. They knew the danger of each tirp out at the stream.
Above..Ling was trying to find out more about the stream condition from the local there. Behind them, was the fisherman village….living near the mouth of the stream.
Here we go….
Rear boatman..Mr. Maung Lay
Mr. Maung Zaw Zaw Aung..There were brothers…if I am not wrong.
View of the village from the boat!
We have set off in mid morning. The weather was good …but scorching…but again…I was mentally prepared for such weather.
As we proceeded up the stream…I was surprised that we need to push the boat in a few occasssions due to the low water level and the rocky bed. I thought it would be a smooth ride up the stream. This ..I wasnt prepared for.
At some locations..it was impossible to for us to sit in the boat but walked along the side of the stream while the boatman push the boat. The water level was not more than 2ft.
Along the way… saw a small padi field..
We tried throwing net along the way to check if we could catch the fish..snake skin arowana “accidentally”. But our effort was in vain. We have travelled up stream for at least 6 hours. we were exhausted. At 4.30pm, we decided to take a rest at one provisional shop along the stream. We want to wait for darkness to try netting fishes again as we believed that some fishes were easilier to net in the night.
Above…Mr. Maung Zaw Zaw Aung couldn’t wait to dip into the nice cool water after a hard day. Why I didn’t do that? If you can observe…infornt of the boat…the water colour indicated that the water depth was deep. This was the location where we would cast our net in the night.
This was the provision shop…situated up on the hill. There, they practise field buring.
Opposite the shop was a village
Beside me….the owner of the shop.
Interior of the shop and the outside the shop were….
Can you spot the cow? We purchased some ingredients from the shop and the guys were gathered to cook for the dinner.
This was my dinner…”fast to cook; good to eat”! I noticed the egg yolk was pale yellow colour…these eggs were collected from the shop owner’s chicken and they were fed with rice rather then the higher priced corn meal.
The owner at work….I was wondering what he was doing till i finally saw the end product of it as below..
Final product…a rope made out from the bark of the tree. They would sell it for money. The shop owner also sell bamboos which he collected from the plantation behind his shop. Their life were simple.
As the night drew near… we decided to take a rest before we begin to search for the arowana again.
We rested at the “balcony” of the shop. This was also the place where we slept for the night. The owner was kind to accept our request.
What would the night result be like? Would we be able to net something that will cut short the duration (agony) of this trip? I am exhausted. I wished we could find the fish as soon as possible.
1450hrs ..Sunday 17th March 2013
Like any aro hobbyist, I am always curious about the wild habitat of the asian arowana. However, Kapuas and Bukit Meral river never interest me because they were well visited or explored by various groups of people with diverse objectives. There are really nothing new about these two rivers. Most of the wild aro were gone…
But in 2005…I was pinched by a news of wild aro spotted in Myanmar. I got the information from Mr. Yamazaki who is the writer and publisher of Pratapat magazine in Japan. He was one of the pioneer who has visited and keep record of the wild red arowana and crossback golden. I was told that two Japanese fishing enthusiates caught a wild aro while fishings in Myanmar river. But which river? I got no confirmed answer but was told that it was somewhere near Sitwe ..North-west of Myanmar.
This arowana is the mysterious SnakeSkin arowana that even till today..it is still rare. The name is Scleropages inscriptus. According to Yamazaki San, He has seen one of the specimen in Thailand…about 15 years ago ( from today date). He has once asked me to go exploring with him on this fish some 10 years ago.. but we have no clue.. where to start?
But now…we know where to start…I want to go somewhere where nobody has gone to and have the “virgin” expereince. I decided to take this challenge and head to Myanmar with my worker – Ling who is from Myanmar. With him, I feel the comfort as he is a local there and I should be in safe hand. One thing I am very sure…there no guaranteed that we will find this mysterious fish! The following is my record:
1) 4th May 2005 -MI516
A View from the hotel. We arrived in Yangon – 1202HR. It was pouring and many aread were flooded. What intrigued me was we were followed by someone.. straigth from the airport to the hotel. I was as interested in him as he was with us. 7 years ago ..Myanmar was stil military rules. My guess was…he was one of the “guard”. Finally..he approached us to find out why we were there…we told him the true reason and he went off.
We manged to get hold of the map of Rakine state that night…
2) 5th May 2005
To my disappointment we couldn’t get hold of the ticket to Sitwe (direct flight). We have to wait a few more days before another fight was available. I couldn’t wait that long. I am very impatience..or too excited to sit and do nothing for so long. I want to move at no cost! We managed to get hold of two tickets from Dwaryawaddy transport company to go Thantwae.
My worker Htein Ling Aung (Ling). Behind him was the super bus with modified engine to “cross mountain” from Yangon to Thantwae. We set off at 3.30pm and arrived at Thantwae 8.35am (6th May 2007). 18 hrs ride!! This is cargo bus with lots of good occupying 70% of the bus and only ten seats availabled to carry passenger. When I board the bus, I didn’t know that this bus was going to risk our life through narrow path where one mistake…will send us off the cliff.
In the middle of the night, we took a “pit-stop” at one of the provisional shop situated on top of the mountain. The family was making the “kwan ya”. You will get “high” on it. It helps driver to stay awake and alert. This is very popular in Taiwan too – “Bing Lang”. Your mouth will turn red after chewing it!
Nearby the provisional shop was some straw huts where people lives there. This was their home. Without the flash light from my camera…it’s total darkness there.
Ok…that’s all for today…It’s 5.07pm now and I need to wrap up my works for today. I will continue again anothe day.. soon.
I have never thought that I would write a blog like this..what I am doing now. I kept a record of my expedition to remind me of what I have done during the trip…it’s for personal reference….memory sake. This was why this story was shared after more than five years..and as I zoomed into my notes and compared with the photos taken, I realised that I have missed out many important details..example..the mountain that we have travelled through. So I looked into the map which I bought fives years ago for the answer. At the same time, I found out that the recorded name of “Thantwae” is wrong. It should be spelled as “Thandwe”.
Form the map…Thandwe is North-West of Yangon. Hence, we should have travelled through the Mt. Taungni (4005 ft).
6th May 2005
We arrived in Thandwe at 8.35am. We were supposed to look for Mr. Ko Than Hlai who was the boss of Dwaryawaddy transport/logistic company in Thandwe. He was the brother of Mr. Ko Chyo Yin..boss of same company in Yangon. We were told to seek his help for local information.
We were actually very tired after the bus ride. It was impossible to have a good sleep then. We rushed to find out where and who Mr. Ko Than Hlai was. Yes… he was in the office.
This is Mr. Ko and his proud lorry. There, it was not easy to own and drive a vehicle. His first advice for us was to pay a visit to the officer-in-charge of Thandwe. This was to show respect and to inform him of our visit to Thandwe. In Myanmar then, they were weary of overseas visitor. It can be seen as a “trouble” to them if anything happen to us. We managed to get on a private transport to look for the officer. Unfortunately, he was not in. We head back to Mr. Ko for more help.
Some scenes along the way….
Mr. Ko redirect us to Mr. Myat Zaw. He was an exporter of marine fishes and the “5 colour” lobster from Thandwe. He used to export wild fishes from the Thandwe stream. But has since stopped due to the low profit margin. When asked about the arowana…he knew this fish as “Lucky fish”. But he has never seen it in Thandwe stream. But again….he was unsured because there were no query about this fish before.
Since we were there, I have decided to explored the Thandwe stream…I do not want to miss out any possiblity of finding the mysterious fish. But he could only bring us there the next day. Hence, we need to wait again. We need a hotel now.
On the way to the hotel…
This was their clinic.
This was their kindergarden/school. There were no students…holiday period.
To my surprise…there were no hotel available!! Yes…only resort..WOW! At 1pm plus, we checked into Nepali Beach Resort. Unknown to me, Nepali in Thandwe was well known for its beach and a tourist destination. See to believe….
As you can see and confirmed……we have the whole beach to ourselves! It was off-peak season there. What a contrast to the local scene out there!
As in a resort…I could get my hands on a PC..internet connection!! But I couldn’t checked my emails at all…all blocked! We rested in our rooms till dinner time. There was nothing else we could do. We needed the rest and only looking forward to finding the fish the next day…inside me, I hoped and believed I will get hold of that fish!
This was the 5 colour lobster for our dinner. I told Ling that we need to enjoy and treat ourselves well in the mist of agony. We had an early night rest.
7th May 2005
I woke up at 5.30am…..we met Mr. Myat Zaw at 8.30am. Without our knowing, he has actually contacted the boatman. Yes! the trip to Thandwe stream was a sure thing now! But now…we need to take our breakfast and buy some accessories…
This was the market place.
At 9.30am, we set off from Mr. Myat Zaw house to the river mouth. Along the way…
….Finally, we arrived at the river mouth of Thandwe stream!…”This is it! This is where I gonna find my fish!” My hope was high!
Ok…I need to take a rest and check the farm work now. I can appreciate bloggers more now. It took me more than 2 hours, just to share the above…4.47pm now.
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