Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge: L is for Lake & Beware The Little White Rabbit is HERE.

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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so this was a return to Southeast Asia that I looked forward to. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and saw. 

Inle Lake Transportaion

Monks on the Water

Inle Lake has the most beautiful sites, and it's a thriving cottage industry center. Here you can watch weavers, potters, gold and silversmiths at work. The lake is 900 meters above sea level, 22km long and 10km wide. The diverse ethnic population, the floating farms, the unique leg-rowed traditional boats all add up an amazing place to visit.

Coming Across Inle Lake to the Monastery
Inle Lake Floating Store

Chanting on Inle Lake

Village at Inle Lake

Inle Lake at Sunset

This post is all about seeing the beauty of a place. Here's more from The Lonely Planet on a visit to Inle Lake.

Answers to K: What do you know about Karma?

T 1. This Endless Knot is the symbol of karma. (People who believe in this theory, believe we are never released until we reach the perfection of Buddah and achieve Nirvana. )

T 2. In Buddhism, karma theory is used to explain the cause of evil. (They've been critiqued by some for their theological explanation of suffering in children by birth, as the result of his or her sins in a past life. Buddhists maintain this criticism is based on a lack of understanding of karma.)  

NOW what do you know about Inle Lake in Burma?

T/F 1. Untreated sewage has become a problem for the health of the lake.

Answer Tomorrow

Have to take a moment to show you this. It's out and available today. I'm excited to be included, and I'll be "talking" about this more. Don't you love the animated cover?


  1. You're in White Rabbit as well? Congratulations!
    The monastery if beautiful.
    And Monks on the Water. Is that sung in the same tune as Smoke on the Water?

  2. What a beautiful and unique place. And congrats on the release. Can't wait to hear more about it!

  3. Congrats on the White Rabbit!! The cover is fantastic.
    LOL at Alex's question. The monks on the water caption made me smile too. Love the monastery - how beautiful!

  4. The animated cover is awesome! Congrats:) The pics of the monks rowing is really fantastic. All the pics are gorgeous!

  5. That lake is beautiful, and the monastery. What does "leg-rowed" mean? Love the cover! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

    1. I forgot to say that I listened to the chanting while reading the post and viewing the photos. That was cool! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

  6. Such a cool picture of the monks on the boat!

  7. Your pictures and description make it look like an amazing place. I love the floating store :)
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  8. The lake looks amazing; I love the pictures, especially the one with the monks.

    My latest blogging A to Z challenge post.

  9. Awesome animated cover for White Rabbit! Cheers for release day!

    Loved reading about the lakes and the monks... such a different world from life in the US.

  10. Beautiful pictures.
    Congrats on the book. The cover is so pretty.

  11. Congrats on your upcoming release!

    I'm guessing, sadly, that the answer to today's question is true.

  12. Oh my gosh, the monastery on the lake has wildly enflamed my wanderlust. That looks just enormously humbling.

    As for the pop-quiz, I'm going with True.

    (Temporarily!) Filling in for Author AJ Lauer at April A-Z Challenge

  13. Love the pictures. I spent a couple weeks in Vietnam a few years ago. SE Asia is a great place to visit.

  14. That book cover is... SMOKIN'
    Monks on the water? Interesting. An unusual sight!

  15. I absolutely love the cover! I want to hear all about it. Do you have photos of inside the Monastery? The outside is incredible!

  16. Going across that lake would be some experience.

    Congratulations on your story! That cover is awesome!

  17. That looks and sounds wonderful!!! I love lakes and the floating gardens, and canoes/open boats look like fun. :)
    Congrats on your story and the book looks awesome!

  18. Floating gardens?
    I'd like to come back as a cats. Not just any cat, but one of mine, or maybe a writer's cat. A pampered cat.

    Tara Tyler sent me over after stopping by my blog for the A to Z Challenge

  19. Great pictures. The sunset is gorgeous.
    Congratulations on the Anthology. Beautiful cover.

  20. Gorgeous pictures! And wow, an awesome cover.

  21. This is what I love about the #Challenge...finding new wonderful blogs of a fellow writer. Beautiful post. Thanks for all the effort it takes to give your reader something worthwhile. If you have a minute, come and see what I am up to. I'll be watching for you.

  22. I know nothing about that lake but it's beautiful. I'd love to go there!

  23. That monastery is gorgeous! I've always thought that the multi-tiered roofs of Asian architecture looked so intricate.

  24. Lovely pics Clem. I've been wanting to visit Myanmar for ages and thought things would get better when they released Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, but apparently still not very safe for tourists. :-)

  25. Oh and congrats on being included in the anthology!

  26. Oh this lake is beautiful and the view of that Monastery is stunning. I will say true to the question. I am guessing obviously. I hope I am wrong because I know they take pride in cleanliness also. The book looks great and quite mysterious-Congrats!

  27. Congrats on the anthology! So exciting!


  28. I'm hoping it's not true and that the people maintain life to keep the lake pristine. The anthology's title is quite intriguing. Congrats!
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  29. Hopefully that's false. It looks so pretty. I'm intrigued by leg rowing. How does that work?

  30. Aw the lakes look so inviting. Dare I swim in it??

  31. Wow, that sunset picture is so serene and gorgeous! Also, love the animated cover. What fun!

  32. Lovely pictures of the lake. I also got a kick out of the Monks on the Water! Congrats on White Rabbit! What an inventive animated cover!


  33. Lovely picture supporting the review of the lake and surroundings..

    Congratulations for the book

  34. Congratulations on the anthology!! The cover is clever. beautiful photos of the lake and the monks. Listening to the chanting was extra special!

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  35. You were really lucky to live in such scenery. There is beauty I think in each corner of the world, you have shown us places I know I will never see. Thank you.

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  37. I bet we'll be seeing more animated covers in the future.

    I love your photos, by the way. Gorgeous.

  38. I love your pics!
    An animated cover!! Wow. That is so brilliant. I love it.


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