Bananas are soaked in water to accelerate the ripening process. The challenges of managing a perishable inventory in a resource constrained (i.e. electricity-limited) environment are legion. Consider the speed at which inventory evolves/changes/decomposes: unripe, ripe, rotten. How standards for such subjective states of ripeness between people, cultures. The different values at each stage to different customers based upon their needs.
The fresh fruits that are available at the moment to be converted into juice are placed in wicker baskets and suspended from the metal bar to which the fluorescent lightbulb is attached. On tap tonight on this Yangon sidewalk: lime, strawberry, avocado, and/or papaya. Mixing and matching encouraged.
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.
How is meaning acquired? When I asked my co-workers about what the fruit on the porcelain plate meant to them, they told me that they had never seen this fruit before.
In contrast, the peach is highly significant in Chinese culture - this item's culture of origin. As more products flow in from China and are bought based upon their price and distribution range, such as these placemats (link), what significance will these objects gain as they are taken out of their relevant cultural context and thrust into an unfamiliar one?
As with those placemats, these saucers and cups were likely purchased with an eye towards affordability as opposed to aesthetics - the peach design is likely not considered when would-be purchasers are considering it, and I have yet to see proof that China is plugged in enough to design consumer goods specifically targeting Myanmar's customers. Incidentally a rough and informal measurement of a country's development - how many items are designed/produced internationally and marketed specifically to their citizens?