Yan Ma and her Mrs Show Laundry Service on Yae Kyaw Street is one answer to dealing with the monsoon season and how to dry clothes that never seem to – especially useful if, like me, you have one of those newfangled “fuzzy logic” top-loading washing machines that can’t tell a spin cycle from its elbow.
Fishing families in Rakhine State know their food security and livelihoods are under threat. While a new law puts communities in charge of conservation, the biggest hauls continue to be stolen away by illegal commercial trawlers, operating just outside their reach.
You can hear them halfway down the street. Above the roar of the traffic and the chatter of the tea shop comes the column of young people, collection tins in hand, calling for donations for the victims of flooding.
Gentlemen, you are welcome to Elsinore or, in this case, to Yangon. Ladies too. The 16 globetrotting actors who are travelling round the world to perform Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be performing here on August 31 after working their magic in the Philippines and Brunei and about 100 other countries.
If a week is a long time in politics, 15 years in the world of hip hop is an eternity. In 2000, the hip hop band Acid released their first and only tape, Sa Tin Chin (Start). There were four of them: Zay Yar Thaw, Yan Yan Chan, Anegga and Hein Zaw. It was a big hit.
The Yangon Dream Factory can be unkind to those striving to see their names glittering on the marquees of the grand old cinema houses along Sule Pagoda Road. Move aside, Mr DeMille – these stars are ready for their mug shots.
Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. While it is difficult to estimate the number of annual deaths that can be attributed to tobacco in Myanmar, we do know that, along with poor nutrition, smoking is in the top two modifiable risk factors contributing to disability and death.