仰光-博羅基市場

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緬甸除了參觀佛寺和佛塔外,在博羅基市場(bogyoke market)閒逛,會使行程變得更加充實。

緬甸除了參觀佛寺和佛塔外,基本上沒有其他消遣,在博羅基市場(bogyoke market)閒逛,欣賞當地的手工藝品及寶石,會使行程變得更加充實。

每次去旅行,都必定要買手信,否則回來後會遭人咒罵一輩子。但緬甸比較麻煩,沒有太多特產,一般市場所賣的又只是食物、日用品,似街市多一點。在仰光,唯一較像樣的市場,要算是火車站不遠處的博羅基市場。

一早已聽聞緬甸最著名的東西,是寶石和手工藝品。我對於手工藝品興趣不大,因為實用價值不高,倒想看看寶石有多便宜,於是一進博羅基市場,便四出搜括寶石商店。那裏果然很多五顏六色的寶石,紅寶、緣寶、藍寶、貓眼石,甚麼也有,價錢亦由兩、三美金至數十美金不等,視乎大小而定。我問過一夥丁點兒大的紅寶石,五美金,約四十港元,價錢並非太貴,但我卻不懂寶石鑑證,看不出它的質量,也不知道是不是抵買,而且買一粒,好像沒有麼用,一會兒便丟失便糟糕了,所以最後還是放棄。不過,我想如果是專門買賣寶石的商人,他們在此一定可以買到好東西的。至於寶石首飾嘛,設計太老土了,完全勾不起我的購買意欲,還是省回點錢吧。

除了寶石,這裏還有很多紀念品,T-shirt,沙龍(當地人的「裙子」,不論男女也穿著,很有特色的。),藤器等等,場地很大,足夠逛上一小時。而且這裏還有另一娛樂,便是看當地人即席雕木雕,在手工藝品店鋪前,會有很多人在雕佛像、大象,像是向你保證百分百人手製造。但我橫顧場內,似乎購買的人不多,我問老闆為何沒有人買也在雕刻,原來這些手工藝品除了賣給遊客外,還會出口到中國及泰國,難怪他們會日以繼夜製作雕像。

不能不提大家,在這裏以美金兌換緬幣,可以兌得較高價錢,在街上店鋪我以一美金兌七百五十至八百緬幣,但在這裏卻可以換到九百,如果用一整張一百元的美金兌換,兌換率更是1:950,我在其他地方,都找不到比這裏更高的兌換率了。

博羅基市場裏有不同的手工藝品店鋪
博羅基市場裏有不同的手工藝品店鋪
博羅基市場外貌
博羅基市場外貌
緬甸的寶石最為出名
緬甸的寶石最為出名
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My name is Chee. Add a "r" after the word, then it would become Cheer. This name is called by my friend in university and I like it very much. Why do I love this name? Easy. I always think cheer is important because life is limited and we should make every possible way to enjoy, play, and make ourselves happy. But, saying is easier than doing. Whenever you want to do one thing, something would happen and it will disturb what you are doing right now. You'll never guess what the thing would be. Especially a few people gather together, you'll never guess what they're thinking. More the people there are, more the mess it would be. I've learned the above lesson very very early, and I try not to mind what other's people thinking, but it's really really difficult. Today, I failed again. My friend made me unhappy. But I know I'll recover and back to my life again tomorrow after I had a good sleep. Maybe this is the way of escape since the problems haven't solved yet, but I believe there will be ways to solve the problems and you'll never believe that ways are not so complicated as you think. So cheer cheer cheer up, and life would become easy and happy. 「講左咁耐,都唔知大家明唔明講乜,不過唔明都唔緊要啦,做人難得糊塗嘛,又何必太在意我呢個傻婆講既野。」

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