It's dangerous, but lions are brave and don’t mind that kind of thing. Leaping around in the dark on poles up to 8 feet above the ground, dancing and somersaulting, and all the time marking the beat of the drums, cymbals and gongs, is just a night’s work for your average lion.
For Pascal Khoo Thwe, attending Cambridge University was just one stop in a journey spent mostly wandering away from home. After graduating in 1996 with a degree in English literature, “my life seemed stuck in limbo”, he told The Myanmar Times.
His is a story of struggle, of hardship and of overcoming fearsome odds to reach his goal. The study was arduous, the hours long, the competition fierce. Friends mocked. The family disapproved. The music was really loud.
Imagine, just for a moment, that you were an average American in Yangon yesterday morning at 6am. Envision yourself rising in the pre-dawn darkness and walking to 50th Street Restaurant and Bar. Think about sitting in front of a massive, screen-projected feed of the Super Bowl, picked up from Thailand and beamed onto the wall before you and 60 other football fans. And then imagine watching the entire 4-hour affair – without commercials.
While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Lunar New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as far away as he can.
Suddenly the feeling hits you: The weekend is over and Monday is just one sleep away. But with Mystylo’s guidance, you may only need to say goodbye to one of those, as their Work Hard outfits aim to maximise comfort as much as their Sunday Funday finest.
Year of the Monkey it may be, but all eyes will be on the lions and the dragons. February 8 sees in the Chinese New Year, to be marked throughout the world, including in Yangon, with the customary celebrations of lion and dragon dancers.
Many Myanmar nationals abroad have noted the potential of the old country, and seen how the skills or capital they have acquired abroad can be put to profitable use here. And Myanmar, for its part, seems increasingly willing and able to receive these repatriates, or “repats”.