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    1000 Words: Bananas and Belly Laughs

    A market banana seller in Taungyi, Shan State giggles as her neighbours tease her for having her photo taken. Proximity was here meeting Yetagon product customers for our upcoming film about drip irrigation.


    MYANMAR: Happy New Year 1374!

    Today marks the first day of Thingyan, the Myanmar New Year festival. It is a time to wipe ones slate clean and prepare to start the New Year fresh. It is a time for family, and friends. A time for reflection and resolutions. 

    We asked some of our customers and staff around the country what their hopes were for the New Year, and the Thingyan festival. In this lovely video, they share some of their responses:


    HQ: A Recipe for the New Year

    Friday afternoon, after fighting off a water gun attack, the office staff got together to make the famous Thingyan snack: Mont Lone Yay Paw (known in English by the catchy name: Ball Shaped Cake Snacks Floating In Water). Traditionally made on the third day of Thingyan (a-kyat ne, meaning obstacle) they represent how the maker will "float" over any obstacles they may face in the coming year.

    Make Your Own:

    Roll small pieces of the dough in to balls and create a hollow in the middle wth your finger. Like so:

    Chop up small pieces of sweet jaggery to put in the hollow and close the ball back up.

    Boil the balls in a pot of boiling water. When they float to the top, scoop them out and sprinkle with coconut shavings. Serve on a banana leaf.

    Enjoy! Happy Thingyan!                                                                     


    1000 Words: Gearing up for Thingyan

    Schools out, and the water festival is just round the corner. Kids across the country get creative with their hairstyles this time of year. On our travels we've encountered blue braids, pink mohawks and lots of shades in between. These guys, chilling outside their house in Kyan Bo village outside Nay Pyi Daw, told us they dye their hair every year to look "cool".


    OXFORD, UK: Skoll Award Winners 2012!


    Proximity co-founders, Jim Taylor and Debbie Aung-Din, collected the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University this week. Catch the full video of the award ceremony here:

     More on their experiences at Skoll later.