Sunday, October 02, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Long shall Yangon’s crap foreign restaurant boom continue

It the beginning of last year, Yangon had around 250 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor. Today the number has more than doubled, yet upwards of 100 of those – largely those offering regional or Western cuisine – have shuttered permanently. As a man with a highly refined palate, and as a veteran of both gastroenteritis and dysentery, I have a few thoughts as to why Yangon’s crap restaurant boom/bust cycle will continue for some years to come.

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Wedding dresses fit for the aisle – and the catwalk

Getting hitched? Your search for the perfect wedding dress ends here.

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Break dancers battle it out at international Bboy competition

Is Myanmar about to break into the cool world of break dancing? That train has left the station and is steaming along fast, says the organiser of the first international break dancing battle.

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A ‘longyi Friday’ with Canadian ambassador Mark McDowell

The going was tough when Mark McDowell became Canada’s first resident ambassador to Myanmar in 2013. “We started by working out of two converted changing rooms in the British embassy,” he said. “The British were very nice to give us those changing rooms, but it was pretty grim.” Before McDowell’s three-year tenure comes to an end today, he spoke with The Myanmar Times about his time since these modest beginnings.

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Need a massage? Give these a try

If there is an upside to experiencing a persistent ache in my shoulders and neck, probably from using the phone and the computer in the wrong way, then it’s that I have become something of an expert in massage. Not in giving it, but receiving it. Luckily, there are many options here in Yangon. I tried some of the most popular.

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The incurable, curable disease

The enduring stigma of leprosy is hindering efforts to combat the disease.

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Ceramic artist finds her place

By the time she moved to Yangon at the age of seven, Soe Yu Nwe had already called three places home. Now an emerging ceramic artist, the 27-year-old is returning to Myanmar eager to establish herself and open a studio.

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The future’s vinyl for hip-hop artist Thar Soe

He has heard the future, and it is vinyl. Hip-hop artist Thar Soe’s music is being recycled back to Myanmar via Japan, and in the form of gramophone records.

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A new spin on Shakespeare

Yangonites – get ready for some iambic pentameter.

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Orchestra for Myanmar ready to tango

The Monsoon Arts Festival shifts its attention from the visual arts to music this week with a concert by the Orchestra for Myanmar tonight at the Yangon Gallery.

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