The Myanmar Times
Saturday, 30 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

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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Myanmar beaches: the coast less travelled

For more than a decade three beaches have reigned supreme in Myanmar, but there are plenty more places to catch some sun and sand than just Ngapali, Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha.

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Pride against prejudice at LGBT photo exhibition

In the end, it’s about respect. A gay friend of mine, Ko Hla Myo, a make-up artist who runs a beauty salon in North Dagon, said, “If you are gay, whatever job you choose you are still gay. You can’t change how other people think about you.

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New MRTV shows “a treat for audiences”

Home (House of Media and Entertainment) group will broadcast four new programs on MRTV starting from July, the first time MRTV and Home will present jointly.

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Film festival takes a trip down memory lane

Memory International Festival of Heritage Cinema, featuring more than 50 classic films from different countries, will be hosted from May 29 to June 7 at Nay Pyi Taw Cinema. The festival is in its third edition, and the theme this year is “Women”.

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Thai food served with extra spice

What could be hotter than walking through Bangkok’s Chatuchak market in summer? Not much you’d think, but add spicy food to the mix and the temperature does seem to rise.

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