The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Artists share techniques and inspiration

Artists from both sides of the border came together this week for a special collaboration. The 33 artists, from Myanmar and Thailand, held an art workshop and exhibition yesterday and today at the Yangon Gallery in People’s Square and Park, Yangon.

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Foreigners flock to ancient Thai tattoo masters

Ever since American GIs passed through Bangkok for R&R during the Vietnam War, foreigners have returned home sporting traditional Thai tattoos known as sak yant. While exotic religious-script tattoos remain popular with tourists today, they are not without controversy in Southeast Asia.

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Essential Eames: Icons of 20th-century design

Charles and Ray Eames, credited with “changing the way we sit”, thrived on having fun. A closer look at their philosophy and work, now on exhibition at Thailand Creative Design Center (TCDC) in Bangkok, shows they did much more, leaving an indelible mark on contemporary lifestyle and revolutionising furniture construction and design.

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Surf's up

With many of the world’s top surfing destinations just a short flight away from Yangon, riding the waves couldn’t be easier. These popular surf spots offer perfect holiday potential as well as great waves. So what are you waiting for?

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Sea gypsies struggle for survival

They are the ocean’s children, never happier than when they are swimming, diving, catching fish, or carving or sailing their unique wooden boats. But now, confined by government edict to dry land, the Salon are dying.

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The loneliness of the long-distance seaman

Let me go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky ... This is the sailor’s life, one of huge distances, strange shores, close confinement, the long tedium of the calm, and sometimes the terror of the storm.

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The natural beauty miracle

Cleopatra knew about the healing properties of the Dead Sea thousands of years ago. Today, the same results are still sought by people looking for long-lasting relief from a host of ailments such as psoriasis, asthma and arthritis. But even for those who can’t bathe in the Dead Sea itself, it is the legendary source of materials used in the modern cosmetics and skincare industry as it offers millions of salts rich in minerals, and numerous beauty products are extracted from this ancient mystical bed of sea salts, which is known for its healing properties.

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Seaweed: the sexy new superfood

Did you like your sushi? Did you enjoy that generous helping of pond scum you had with it? Because if your maguro and your ebi were served with nori, or other varieties of seaweed so tastefully presented in the average Japanese restaurant, that’s exactly what you were eating.

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Religious sites in Japan considered for World Heritage status

From  time to time, the calls of deer can be heard under the starry sky. The only other sound on this remote island is the echoing of the waves against the shore.

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North: Beauty, bathos and brilliance in equal measure

Last year’s Booker prize-winner, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is extraordinarily ambitious. It is perhaps too ambitious, although ambition is not a sin in my book.

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