Myanmar – Haymon Soe


Haymon Soe is originally from a small town in Myanmar, and now studies business information systems and marketing at the University of Sydney, Australia.

I was born in……a small town in Myanmar called Pyay, I grew up in….Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, and now I live in…Sydney. I came to Sydney in 2009 and have been living here since. My favourite film(s) from my country are…..I’m a quality TV show and film fanatic, and quite honestly, I think films from my country are so bad that I can only stand watching them for about 30 minutes. A lot of dramatic overacting and obvious effects make them unbearable for me to watch. When I need a reminder of home, I……go and stalk my friends from home on Facebook. Clicking through their pictures gives me an update of the places and things happening when I’m not there. My favourite time of the year is…..winter, which is around November and December. Since the weather is Yangon is hot and humid almost all year round, winter is the precious time when we get to take out our snuggly sweaters and enjoy the school break. It helps that there are a lot of festivals around that time too, meaning more holidays! My all time local heroes are… parents. They rock! My favourite local phrase is…..“ya tal”, which means that it’s alright, normally as in it’s alright to do something. People usually say it to assure the person asking permission that they can do it. The word itself does not hold that much meaning but people generally say it with a sweet tone so that whoever is asking feels at ease. My favourite words to live by are…. “how you see the world says more about you than the world”. It’s all about your perspective and reminds me to look inward and reflect upon myself whenever I’m feeling a bit negative towards things. What I love most about my home country is….the food and the people. I guess I should have spent more time in the kitchen helping mom. Honestly, I miss Burmese food as much as I miss my family. Even though Australia is friendly and people are generally nice. I have to say it is nothing compared to how friendly and genuine Burmese are. And now I’m singing, ‘♫♪♪Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came♫♫’. . .


Inya Lake

Inya Lake

In Yangon (Myanmar), we don’t have a lot of parks and public recreational spots. So when we ...

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

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