Friday, April 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

A rocky roll: Yangon’s handicapped face uphill climb

Emily Spink joins teenage wheelchair user Myo Min Htet on a downtown tour to see how he and other members of the disabled community fare in Yangon’s inaccessible streets

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Rejuvenate with pudding for the skin and hair

Steve Pegelow, our guest health expert with a penchant for making his own beauty products, is back again with a new recipe for one of his more unusual concoctions – skin pudding.

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Six insider tips for travellers in Myanmar

As Thingyan, Myanmar’s water festival, begins, students enjoy their longest vacation and workers begin the year’s biggest holiday. Many celebrate the time off with long trips around Myanmar, visiting famous pagodas. But beware – at each pagoda, various vendors and beggars are bound to annoy visitors by cheating them in a myriad of ways. From fake cleaners to elaborate legends, watch out for these classic tricks:

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Where top celebrities will be performing over Thingyan

Almost everyone will get a piece of the action, it seems, as Myanmar’s top entertainers spread out this Thingyan from Yangon to Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and even Myeik Island.

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Batman v Superman - how did Zack Snyder get that wrong?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the newest instalment in DC Comic’s cinematic universe. However, not only does it fail to impress, it should be, and is, considered cinematic drivel.

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Young twin actors make their mark

Their friends distinguish them as Ko Ko, or big brother, and Nyi Lay, or younger brother. But it’s hard to say who is old and young when you’re talking about two of the most promising young actors in Myanmar – who happen to be twins.

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Party for a cause: Sai Sai joins the fight against tuberculosis

On a recent day in the studio, Sai Sai runs his lines, checks his mark and – as the cameraman presses “record” – delivers his performance. But this time it’s no music video or hit single: It’s a commercial for “Unite to End TB”, a national effort to raise awareness about tuberculosis in Myanmar.

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Project monitors social media hate speech

In 2012, Myanmar’s mobile penetration was estimated at just 4 percent. By June 2015, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology reported it had reached 50pc, a 12-fold increase in just three years.

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Myanmar citizens disregard wealth as a main source of happiness

The World Happiness Report 2016 reported Myanmar as one of the least happy countries the planet in March, ranking The Golden Land 119th out of 156 countries – but some in Myanmar have taken issue with the parameters.

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Art flourishes in Hmawbi school

Hmawbi, a township northwest of Yangon city, comprises both a small village and the Myaung Dagar industrial zone, Yangon’s steel factory centre.

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