You know the songs. Or you thought you did. But now you have the chance to hear them all over again, but with a twist: each of the 11 songs that won the first season of Myanmar Idol appear on the Idol Acoustica album. But each of the 11 finalists is performing someone else’s hit.
The Secretariat building casts an almost ghostly shadow over the Yangon cityscape: Closed to visitors, few go in or out of its locked gates. But on July 19, the 69th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day, visitors will be given a rare opportunity to explore the historic site, where Myanmar’s founding father and independence leader, Bogyoke Aung San, was assassinated in 1947.
Magic is great in real life, but in a made-up world it becomes strangely pointless, because the entire artifice of fiction in the movies is itself a magic trick, and the challenge of a magician’s illusion is nullified from the outset.
Twenty years ago, expatriate society in Yangon was a byword for the six or seven Westerners who muttered darkly to each other in the Traders Hotel bar each and every evening. Now the country has opened up, Special Branch can no longer count on two hands the number of foreigners who need their phones tapped, and all sorts of weird and wonderful critters have come out of the global woodwork to make the city their home. Here are five of them:
Six years ago, buying a SIM card in Myanmar could cost you up to US$1500. But since foreign corporations entered Myanmar’s telecommunication market in 2011, you can now pick up a SIM for as little as K1500 kyat ($1.50).
Mya Myitzu, the innovative designer behind Rangoon Tea House, spent a decade in California, where she honed her skills styling celebrity homes with famed interior designer Kelly Wearstler. She has since designed some of Yangon’s most stylish interiors, and her latest project, Rau Ram, is set to become Yangon’s hippest new hangout. Weekend caught up with Mya Myitzu at the uber-stylish new restaurant to talk inspiration, chinoiserie, and why money does not buy taste.
Shy, playful and affectionate now, she will be fierce one day. Mee Mee Kae, a three-month-old tiger cub, has emerged as Yangon Zoo’s Queen of the Selfies. Born at the zoo on March 27 to Mike and Daisy, she turned 100 days old on June 27, when visitors were first allowed to see her.