This fruit juice vendor has taken steps insure his straws' cleanliness by elevating and separating them from the rest of the ingredients. What does this say about other ingredients' need to be seperated/elevated/clean? What is it that would make the straws "dirty" if they were placed on the same table along with the other ingredients? Is the proximity to other ingredients, proximity to the road, or another factor altogether that classifies something as being at risk of becoming "dirty" or otherwise contaminated?
The straws could also serve as an informal marker of the business' success for the day, with the less straws left in the cup, the better.
Rough translation of the Myanmar-language message: "Security cameras are in use."
Compare + contrast, if you will.
Seen at a Bangkok BTS station.
This CD/DVD buyer/seller functions as a mobile media vendor in this town outside of Yangon. Cellphone ownership and internet connectivity in the town is low compared to urban Yangon, but overall wealth is high enough to justify this woman's services. Here, she's pictured with her "security detail"/assistant salespeople/customers, who perform equal parts advertising, buzz generation/marketing, and plot explanation of obscure movies (in return for the odd kung-fu film she lets them borrow) as she walks around this and surrounding towns. If a disc she purchases is too scratched to work, she hangs on to them to sell later to someone who wants to use them for their reflective properties by attaching them to their bicycle, vehicle, or fence, or to wire LED's to them for the belief that a disc increases the LEDs' brightness.
Seeing as this is her entire livelihood, this woman likely has a very keen understanding of her market's relative awareness/acceptance of various aspects of Myanmar pop culture, and based upon her movie/music stocks and sales figures she can probably forecast with a good degree of accuracy the attributes of movies and songs that are most worth purchasing from families who are selling. As her inventory is limited to what she can carry in her bag, she must carefully apply her knowledge of how a successful/popular movie or album is treated/sold/resold/talked about when making the critical choice of what used media to buy from customers, which to carry with her (based upon the demographics of the community she is entering - age, wealth, etc.), and determining prices.
A sampling of what some might consider "interesting" candy flavors. Dispensed on a domestic airline flight, what could have influenced the airline to decide that these were the ideal snack to give out on a flight?
Out of the dozen or so flavors (including more conventional ones such as the predictable line-up of fruits; cherry, watermelon, grape, etc.), can the origin of these "extraordinary" flavors be generalized about? Does an "Iced" lemon taste different from a "Room Temperature" lemon (and judging by the presence of ice cubes on the wrapper, "iced" in this case likely does not mean "having had icing/frosting applied to it")? Though butter is included in dishes here, how high is the average person on the street's knowledge of what a stick of butter looks like? Probably not high, which is perhaps why one only sees this on an airplane flight - air travel remains out of reach for most people here.
Also, all four wrappers bear one attribute in common: their depiction of two miniature candy wrappers in the lower left corner. Does logic lurk behind this seemingly gratuitous graphical flourish?
This hat has a small mirror woven into it. What does the inclusion of the mirror say about the wearer of the hat - particular in light of the mirror's concealed position. Think of the number of reflective surfaces that surround your daily life. If you have ever want to see yourself in a mirror, it isn't too tricky to find a plate glass wall, car window, or even turn on the user-facing camera on your cellphone or laptop. Now consider a place without any of those things, such as rural Myanmar.
I believe the need to want to know how you look is universal across cultures. Reflectiveness as a feature.