Prior to that trip, I had attended a photography workshop in Central Vietnam under @PicsofAsia where I had learned so much and was very contented with the quality of photos that I had produced. So at that point in time, I wanted to test myself further if I could replicate such (small) success if I was not pushed by a mentor or if I did not have the "group mentality." In short, I wanted to see if the success I had in Vietnam was not merely by a stroke of luck.
To achieve this end, there were a few simple rules that I had set for myself. Firstly, I must not restrain myself to shooting my subject from a distance. GET UP CLOSE and FILL THE FRAME. Secondly, I must step out of my comfort zone by exploring further and deeper into territories of unfamiliarity. #Lesson 1: I believe that a good travel photography trip is one where you do not stick by the map and allow yourself to get lost. Unchain yourself from the worries of any major mishaps that could happen to you because this curtain in our mindset only blinds us from the beauty that lies waiting for you just around that corner.
Having said that, when I took a detour back to the hostel, I was very glad when I came across a local market, tucked neatly away in a back alley far from any of the tourist attraction sites in Yangon. The morning frenzy where vendors and customers dealt over raw vegetables and bloody chickens with the vibrant colours just popped out to me in the first instance. Taking a step back, I steadied my breathing as I recollected what I must and need to keep in mind before I began to take portraits of all these interesting individuals. #Lesson 2: Do not rush into it the craze when you see a photo worthy moment.
After a short minute or two, I was ready.