Author Archives: Sharman

We’ve Got The Power

  We’ve Got the Power sung by the Pointer Sisters (Michael Brooks/Bob Esty) I know the rules for foolish games They only fill a heart with pain We need a rest, a change of pace Come take my heart to … Continue reading

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One Quarter Armenian. One Hundred Per Cent Feisty

“I am a quarter Armenian but it’s the best part of me.” I first said this in Singapore where I was welcomed by the Armenians in Asia as they continued their historic tour with His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme … Continue reading

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The Congregation

  In my last post I gave you a little bit of the history of the Armenian Church in Rangoon. After I visited and went home, I emailed the Yangon Heritage Trust to ask if the church could be put … Continue reading

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The Armenian Church in Rangoon

In one of my previous posts I talked about the trek of the great-aunts and the plaque erected in the church to honour them. One of the first things I researched after our trip to Burma was the history of the church, … Continue reading

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Ngapi and Balachung; or how I learned to love rotten fish

  If I had to describe Burma as a smell, it would be ngapi. At times, walking along Rangoon’s streets, the smell seemed to rise up from the ruined pavements. Every food market had its ngapi and dried fish booth … Continue reading

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School’s Out For Summer

Just like everything connected with my Dad’s childhood, his school experiences were not remotely like mine or anyone else that I knew. First of all, his long ‘summer’ holiday was from December to early March. This was the so called … Continue reading

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My Mango Chutney

I said in my “About” page there would be food descriptions and recipes, so as I was making chutney this weekend I thought I would make it my first recipe in the blog. I love food. I love shopping for … Continue reading

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The Trek of the Great-Aunts

My family came to Canada when I was very young, so I did not have the usual extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, although I was lucky to have my maternal grandmother living with us. I think because I … Continue reading

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The Armenian Connection

  In my previous posts I have mentioned that my forbears were Armenian. How in the world did they end up in Burma? Most people have a hazy idea that there was an Armenian genocide during the First World War, … Continue reading

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Being a Minus can be a plus

  We have a very unusual family name: Minus. My father always explained it to people, “It used to be Terminussian but no one could pronounce that so they used the two middle syllables. It’s Armenian.” The ancestors dropped the … Continue reading

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