You may have seen them in encyclopedias or magazines and they are often referred to as “Long Neck Karen” or the “Giraffe” tribe. These ladies belong to the Kayan tribe and to the subgroup Padaung. Girls start wearing them at a tender age of 5 and more turns of the coil is added as they grow older. The women wear these coils as a cultural identity rather than to make them beautiful or unattractive (contradicting hypotheses of anthropologists).
The year 2012 was pretty exciting for me. I was able to finish my master’s degree, find work abroad and still get to squeeze in a bit of travel time. I had fun reminiscing on all the things that happened in my life for the past 12 months and choosing the pictures that best represent each month.
Here’s my 2012 in pictures. Enjoy!
January: Revisited Bangkok and when to the floating market.
February: Hot Air Balloon Ride at Clark.
March: Trekked to Osmena Peak with friends.
April: Beach time at Malapascua
May: After finishing my masters degree, I revisited the beautiful Angkor Wat to celebrate.
June: Visited the Sahara Desert for the first time!
July: I moved to another country and this is my temporary home while I look for an apartment.
August: I miss the beach so much. I went to Samet to unwind.
September: I went to Samui to dip my toes on the beach.
October: Visited the Plain of Jars in Laos.
November: Visited the Long Karen tribe in Chiang Mai.
December: Back to home base to celebrate Christmas with the family.