March marked my first full month back to work in Burma, bringing religious festivals, mobile medical clinics, political rallies, and hours of sitting at my computer working in Adobe programs.
Certainly the most colorful event of the month was the Hindu Holi festival that I filed for a Frontier Myanmar video. I still have streaks of pink leftover from the countless people who walked up to me and smeared dye across my face, cheerfully saying, "Happy Holi!"
With the by-election just around the corner I found myself at a National League for Democracy Rally on the outskirts of Yangon, surrounded by irresistible propaganda-clad children.
Frontier also launched it's first podcast, with Frontier's Mratt Kyaw Thu speaking with Soe Myint Aung, an analyst at the Tagaung Institute of Political Studies, focusing on the by-election, local party politics, and what this by-election could mean for the 2020 general election.
Take a listen here, and stayed tuned for the next episode, which will be airing next month.
I also accompanied Frontier's Kyaw Phone Kyaw as he did a story about one of Yangon's first mobile clinics. Let it be known that I now know how to say, "stomach ache" in Myanmar language.
Frontier Myanmar's Mratt Kyaw Thu also did a story on how performance and installation art was used as a tool of expression during Myanmar's repressive military regime, and how such art has evolved today.
Nay Aung Khine and I worked together to produce a video on the story, published in both Myanmar and English languages.
I also made sure to take time to indulge my inner 360/VR interests, doing a story on local Myanmar company 360edVR, which looks to utilize VR and 360 technology to help modernize Myanmar's classrooms.
I'm looking forward to seeing what the comapny's founder Hla Hla Win and her team come up with this year.
And, of course, there were some hours spent wandering through the streets, jetties and roads that Myanmar has to offer-- not to mention a quick trip to Hpa An for my birthday and some new orchids made life a little bit sweeter.