31 Jul 2017
Im kinda hesitate to share this as most of the locals I’ve met are nice but still, I need to share this as a warning, especially to the soft-headed. This story gonna belong… How beautiful Shwezigon Pagoda at Bagan is but some cunning people I’ve met kinda spoil my day. At the Pagoda itself. there will be some ladies (selling flowers, umbrella for the Buddha & gold leaves) who seems to target solo traveler.
One lady was signaling me from a distance & shouted “here. here. lucky Buddha”. As usual, I’ll just smile & mind my own business but she came running to me, hold me by my elbow & pull me to the Lucky Buddha. As ifs not nice to shove her away, I just take a look. Without me asking. she just placed a golden leaf on my palm & asked me to paste it on the Buddha & of cos, asked for money for the leaf. Okay. I’m fine with it & her friend came along. This Mend, peel a gold leaf, pasted on the Buddha & pulled my finger to pressed against the leaf & at the same time, shoved an umbrella to my other hand & said ‘Tor the Buddha”. Seriously. I didn’t say anything or should I say I don’t have the chance to reject.
No choice, I’ve to pay & it’s not nice to throw my temper. Fine! I’m done & walked out. There are some shops just outside the Pagoda & there’s a nice passageway after the stretch of shops. Walking barefooted with my hand holding on to my sandals, 1 shop owner just came up & pinned a butterfly on my shirt without asking me & said, free for you! I declined but she insisted to give it to me & same tactic. pulled me to her stall & started asking me to take a look.
I took out the pin & wanna return to her but she kept pushing it back to me, snatched my sandals (she was saying she is helping me to hold) & asked me to sit on the lit stool & started her selling. Okay. I wanna get a gift for my mom & started to look around. She was promoting this bracelet but I find ifs too expensive & tried to take back my sandals & to return that butterfly pin.
She kept pushing me back to the stool & lowering her price. (This action repeated for more than 3 times). Until I really cannot take it any longer & bought that bracelet. Fine, her Mend from another stall came along & offer to help wrapping up the gift I’ve got for mom. This friend took my sandals from the 1st stall & pulled me to hers. And requesting me to buy something from her stall as well. I got a lit worked up by then & said ‘no’, wrapped my gift & I wanna go off!
She passed me 1 thanaka bar & said ‘Tree for you”. Again, I said no, pis wrap up the gift. Then she kinda begged me to buy something & at the same time, shoved the thanaka bar to me. This time round, my temper overtake me. I took out 1000 kyats, passed to her & said “this is for the thanaka bar, now wrap my gift. Gosh, she threw her temper & started throwing a bottle of water to another stall & walked off. My gift was not wrap. What other choice do I have but to just walk away with the bracelet. Just my bad luck.