The F SHOW Diaries: Myanmar
(Part 9 of 16)

Originally published at thefshow.com on Dec 12, 2014 by Lolita Taub.

Hong Kong can be described as one of the entrepreneur-business capitals of the world. Myanmar can be described as…well…it was hot in Myanmar — the kind of hot that makes your legs and back perspire (and sticky) without moving much.

Did I mention that the country was closed for years (think Cuba if you’re from the U.S.) and it recently changed it’s name and opened up to the world?

The F SHOW got lucky in Myanmar. It was an honor to meet female millennial entrepreneurs who are helping rebuild the country and building their empires — one is bringing international real-estate investment into the country while the other is feeding the country via her restaurant chain (the largest in the country). Very cool.

On that note, you have to wait and see the episodes with these phenomenal ladies! Plus, if you’re into The Avatar, then know one of them will absolutely be a fan of you!

On to Josh and me: we ate a lot of Pringles, canned nuts, and made sure to take our malaria pills. I managed to be well enough to interview but for the most part I was under the influence of food poisoning.

No one ever told me that eating fried street food was the worst idea ever! Let me tell you: Don’t do it. No matter how tasty the food looks, don’t do it!

Besides throwing up water, we went and saw the largest stupa in Myanmar– once covered completely in gold leaf and containing 3 strands of Buddha’s hair! There was that and then there was a market where I had someone rub tree bark on a rock, take the powder, soak it and slather it on my cheeks for sun protection.

If you want to have bark sunscreen slathered on your face go to the Yangon market; if you like stupas, visit Bagan.

Side note: do not go for a pedicure in a place that does not speak English. I’m neither going to confirm or reject that half of one of my toe nails was clipped off, gave me a gangrene scare, and is still re-growing.

SPECIAL THANKS

A special thanks to Myanmar for testing my bodily endurance, and Negiefor helping The FSHOW navigate Myanmar. Thanks to the Japanese coconut ice dessert place for being a respite in Yangon.

The F SHOW Diaries is a series of 16 blog entries that capture the show’s creator’s 4 month journey across 18 countries to create The F SHOW.

The F SHOW features inspiration, guidance, and stories from 83 female millennial entrepreneurs CEOs in 6 continents and 23 countries.

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