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Warning…car horn may sound without warning!
The computer at our hotel here in Hanoi, Vietnam only had a USB connection and would not let me download my pictures to this computer, so I had to borrow these photos from the Internet. (Disclaimer: Please note that we do not own nor take any credit for any of these photos whatsoever.)
In order to drive in Yangon, Myanmar you need to know 2 things about driving! 1) How to use your horn and 2) Yup, you guessed it! How to use your horn! Oh yeah, I forgot 3) You have to be aggressive! Be, be aggressive! And how to use your horn!
We flew out of Buriram, Thailand with much ease to Bangkok. From there we had a 3 hour layover, where Dr. Gloria and myself enjoyed some Tom Yum soup! Dr. Bill had left by the time Dr. Gloria and myself were finishing some of our last bites! They one thing I never asked, but she already knew…this soup is CRAZY SMOKING SPICY HOT! I was sweating and my lips were on fire! Dr. Gloria continues to say over and over, “I love this spicy food!” Even she agreed that it was pretty spicy and that she was sweating too!
Here is a picture of the front of the airport along with the arch of the airport. We arrived in Yangon, Myanmar early in the afternoon and quickly learned that unlike Thailand, speed wasn’t probably going to kill us here but we were either going to go deaf from the consistent horn blowing or we might end up in a fender bender with all of the organized chaos of having to thread the needle in and our of traffic! Here’s a link about Myanmar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar
Here is a picture of some of the congestion of 6 million people that live in the capital city. Also a picture of one of the many buses that still operate today along with a colectivo shuttling the common folk and school kids!
We went to the grocery store called Ocean and bought a bunch of stuff for The Seeds of Hope Myanmar Orphanage called Precious Gems Childrens Home where we dropped off some food, colouring books, crayons, and soccer balls! My two hand puppets Lizzy and Rosie agreed that they wanted to stay with the children!
The children were delighted to see us and recieve all of their presents. As each new item got revealed, they all exclaimed, “Whoooooooooh! louder and louder! It was such a cool feeling to had witnessed that in person! Check out the link below for more information and how to get involved:
We concluded our 2nd full day in Myanmar by visiting the Shwedagon (Golden) Pagoda! This photo doesn’t do this place justice, as it was just too surreal to be real! Click on this link for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shwedagon_Pagoda
Once I am able to upload my photos from a different computer, I will either add to this blog and/or create a whole new one! We took lots of photos and lots of the orphanage, so we’d love to share them with you!
Sherry had joined us today in Hanoi, Vietnam , so now there were 6!
Thanks for reading and good night everybody!
Today , was a very long day, a bus with 20 more students came to the clinic, we all were very tired at the end of it but we are all excited about tomorrow.
More pictures to follow tomorrow …..
It has been a busy 2 days treating the children from near by villages and the elders. Lots of needed dentures but unfortunately not enough to go around, although allot of fillings and extractions to get people out of pain.
Hard to send the elders away without any dentures when some have walked a very long way :(. Doing what we can with what we have… making a difference no doubt, but never seems enough.
Day 1 was a busy day getting ourselves organized, it didn’t take us long to get into the groove and apply our skills. Replaced some missing teeth , and created allot of smiles!
Tomorrow brings another day of children in need ,we are
looking forward to making a difference!
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Passing of the torch to Team 2…
Today was a day of smiles, chills, and some frills! Acutally it had nothing to due with that! I just said that to grab your attention! Actually it had some of that!
Team 2 finally reunites with Team 1 and have meeting at the clinic. Here everybody enjoys a Thai BBQ!
Here each remaining team member of Team 1 was presented with personalized art. Here L-R REMI accepts his. Yayee and Dr. Gloria pose. Dr. Gloria, Janet and Noise in the buffet line. BBQ Thai style! The music, food, and friendship was amazing! Great work Mechai Bamboo School! Thanks again for such a wonderful week and windup party! We all loved our artwork!
Our first happy partial denture client of the day. His smiles shows all!
Ladies and gentlemen! Step right up! Here is our 2nd partial denture client of the day!
Another satisfied customer partial denture client! This one was a really tight fix and was taking some time to fit.
Here is a close up of a scrub signed by all of the students. Stan and Dennis relax after a long hard week! Dr. Schuchart and REMI take a selfie!
Well thanks for reading folks! I have officially passed the torch over to Team 2 tonight. Dr. Bill, Dr. Gloria, Stan, Dennis and myself will be traveling as a group and I will continue to update our vacation travels whenever possible!
We all felt inspired by coming to the Mechai Bamboo School and know that the students here were as equally inspired as well. What a class act Senator Mechai, Isador, Rene, Yayee, all of our student interpreters and still way too many more to list! THANK YOU AGAIN FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!
It’s going to be sad to leave here but we know that Team 2 will continue to make us and everyone back home proud!
“Go get them team and make us and everyone back home proud!”
VOL_NTEE_ING!!! Whats missing? U R!
REMI, over and out! (for now)
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Okay folks…for all of you whom have been playing at home, today is actually day 6 (and a half) if you wanted to get super technical. It was brought to my attention that I accidentally repeated day 4 (TWICE!). This is one of the first trips where I totally got my days and dates wrong! I guess the 31 hours getting here and fast forwarding one day, really threw me off!
During an appreciation assembly, the school asked Sherry and Dennis to cme to the front of the room and BANG! The power went out and 2 cakes were delivered in the dark as the school broke out in song. We presume they were singing “Happy Birthday” in Thai or something to that effect!
The team presented Dr. Diana, Elke and Laura with this very colourful and lovely hand drawn artwork! Way to go students! An A+ in our books! BTW, which one are you Stan?
Dr. Gloria and Angel were presented with scrubs donated by REMI that were signed by all of the students! Talk about trying to corral a bunch of kittens but thanks to Nant, she made the impossible, possible! Thanks again Mechai Bamboo School and a big thank you to Yayee and Nant!
On the way to breakfast and then to the clinic, I saw these students cleaning up all the dry palm leaves that had fell. Kids back home…are you watching and taking notes…?
Breakfast of champions! Dr. Bill and REMI start their day off at 8-10 Am by eating the chocolate wafers! “But they’re just so damn delicious!”, someone exclaimed!
Here I caught students preforming mock exams on each other in the clinic! Looks like all of our hard work and them observing has paid off!
Here are pictures of all of the doctors 1st patient of the day! L+R clockwise: Dr. Gloria, Dr. Bill & Dennis, Dr Shuchart and Dr. Diana and Laura.
Here is a picture of the 1st partial to be delivered and fitted for the day. Unfortunately I don’t have a close up of the after, but as you can see by the patients smile, she is happy!
Another “HAPPY CUSTOMER!” This gentle man was our 9 extractions from 2 days before and had a smile that is burned into all of our minds for the rest of our lives! Great work Stan! Also great work to Dr. Shuchart for helping to fit the mould, and to Dr. Bill and Dennis for the final fitting and adjustments! Everyone is so proud of you guys!!
Here was a thank you board that just happened to pop up spontaneously after lunch!
During our quick group tour, we were able to all get our pictures taken at the front gate and at the Bridge of Knowledge! The students are Nant and Milk whom were two of our interpreters throughout the week.
The Team gets a tour of the school grounds by Yayee. Shoes outside of a classroom. A picuture inside a classroom. The Ikea Long House, student dorms and laundry room.
The Canadian Team Tyler Dental challenged the grade 7’s to a game of volley ball. In the end I think if my memory serves me correctly, we split the match 1 game a piece! No one got hut and it was fresh, clean smiles and teeth all around! Great job everybody! NICE WORK! I was very proud to be part of your team!
Tomorrow is our last working day in the clinic. Dr. Diana, Laura, and Elke are pushing off to do some touring while Team 2 is slated to arrive late afternoon. So tomorrow I will be wearing another new hat, sterilizer! So from instruction, to dental assistant, and now to sterilizer! I welcome the challenge with wide open arms!
It’s 10:31 now, good night everybody! Thanks for reading and enjoy your day!
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Just another day in the office…
Dr. Bill takes some time to show REMI notes on the piano and how to play Heart & Soul! Not only is Dr. BIll patient with the patients, but also with his piano students! LOL! Thanks again for the lessons Dr. BIll!
The daily routine. Some of the team congregates around the teachers office to use the Wifi, while I crank out another blog for my loyal readers!
Sherry poses with Dr. Shuchart and Dr. Diana during breakfast. The other photos are of a teacher eating with his students and students eating their breakfast.
Dr. Diana saw the state of the old racquets while REMI bought 15 ping-pong balls. Dr. Diana left them out and the kids were as excited as a child on Christmas Day! They played and played for hours. A couple of balls got squished and a couple ended up in the rafters! I can see why things got worn out and broken around here, its because they get so much use out of them!
Stan has been doing double duty burning the morning and midnight oil! Here he shows off a partial to be delivered to a happy smile waiting to be reborn!
I am confident that these two photos say it ALL! This gentleman is beaming from ear to ear that his smile has returned. After seeing this look of Stan’s clients faces, he said “That’s what makes it all worth it!” GREAT JOB STAN!! You really do some amazing work!
Here Elka delivers the tea on the fly! No time for a coffee break around this busy clinic. A bizarre bizarre breaks out, as these handwoven mats are showed off for purchase. Here Vanna White (aka Sherry) struts her stuff!
This lady needed two teeth pulled. Sooner than later people aren’t going to want to sit in our chair, because we have now pulled 12 teeth in 3 patients.
Its all smiles as the clinic starts to slow down a little. Here is a rare photo of both Dr. Bill & Dr. Gloria. Stanley is happily making dentures, what he loves to do the best! Gloria inquires, “do I have time to put my feet up? I am sure that they’ll love this photo back home!”
It was a nice surprise that our “FRIENDS” from the Buriram Rotary stopped in and delivery us chocolate wafers! I think almost everyone admitted to having 2 packs each, because they were so delicious!
Well thanks for reading! It’s 7:52 Am and if I don’t hurry I might miss the rice! Have a beautiful day everyone!!