The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 18 April 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Chequebook Buddhism offers Thais a stairway to heaven

In  deeply religious Thailand, monks have long been revered. But badly behaved clergy, corruption scandals, and the vast wealth amassed by some temples has many asking if something is rotten at the heart of Thai Buddhism.

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K-Pop superstars sing their hearts out

South Korean pop quintet 4Minute got Myanmar concertgoers screaming at Myanmar Event Park on April 4, performing fan favourites “Crazy” and “What’s Your Name?”.

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The challenges of hormone therapy

This week I had a 49 year-old female patient in Yangon who in the last several weeks has suddenly become extremely anxious about completing daily tasks, is having trouble with colleagues at work, is finding it difficult to sleep, and is having bouts of body temperature swings in which she suddenly felt extremely warm. She wanted to know if she was going crazy. Her menstrual cycle was unchanged, but could this be menopause? If so, what should she do?

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Hot off the press

Though sales are far from robust, the abolition of censorship by the present government has allowed the book-printing industry to flourish, says the founder of a major publishing house. U Myo Nyunt, who started Sar Pae Law Ka (The Literary World) in the early 1960s with a K10,000 manual press, was reflecting on the progress made since then.

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Blitzkrieg

Years  ago when it was located in Yangon, the Defence Services Museum was second only to the Drug Elimination Museum in weirdness.

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U Win Pe, a man of many talents, makes up for lost time

His circuitous route to his heart’s desire has taken him through many occupations that others would consider a lifetime goal. U Win Pe, a Myanmar Academy Award winner who has been at various times radio reporter, cartoonist, writer and director, is now doing what he always wanted to do: mount a solo exhibition of his watercolours.

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Chin resort truly welcomes all

As much a citadel against prejudice as a holiday camp, the hilltop Hauka Bung resort – the name means “city wall” in the local language – stands at the gates of Tlangtlang township, 4928 feet (1502 metres) above sea-level, and 21 miles (33 kilometres) from Haka, the capital of Chin State.

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A bloody good show Vienna stripped bare in shocking art retrospective

As artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in blood, mud and urine. Vienna’s famed “Actionists”, whose avant garde movement may be the most radical in contemporary art, are the focus of a new exhibition in their home city.

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Pageant contestants outstanding in their field

What kind of beauty contest does away with evening gowns, high heels and a catwalk? How about a pageant featuring work garb, rakes and slingshots?

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Thai bird flies to Yangon

Age has not withered him, nor custom staled the infinite variety of Thongchai McIntyre. The Thai singer and actor, very big in Myanmar in the 1990s, looks no older now.

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