Having just watched the latest updates of the European migrant tragedy, it was salutary to realise that smaller-scale tragedies take place even at home in Myanmar. It was thus saddening to read the plight of a poor little beagle who met an untimely death by being too inquisitive and poisoning itself. But the article was very long on emotion but very short on reality, in my opinion. I would like to put forward a more measured point of view for consideration.
Thingyan is almost upon us, and young people are adding their own tradition into the mix: As usual, many Myanmar teens and twenty-somethings will change their hairstyle and colour for the year’s biggest festival. Here's how it's done.
Perhaps you’ve been thinking about going to Ngwe Saung to get some colour this weekend. Well, don’t bother with the bus trip because the first Myanmar Colour Festival is coming to People’s Park on March 26 with all the colour you could want.
While shaving the other day, I accidentally trimmed too much of my moustache. Realising that I’d reached the point of no return, I went ahead and shaved the whole crumb-collector off. Then, as I peered at myself in the mirror, it occurred to me that maybe I should just finish the job and give myself a clean shave. It had been months since I’d worn a naked face; in hot season, the prospect sounded nice.
One day she might wear a long pink wig, a black satin blouse and matching skirt cut high to her waist. On another, she may sport a blond wig and blue mini-dress. But every day, she’s Htet Hninsi Hlaing, an integral part of Myanmar’s burgeoning cosplay scene.
If you can’t bring TED to you, create your own. That is the reasoning behind TEDxInyaLake, an independently organised TED-style conference that begins today at Inya Lake Hotel, where local and international speakers will give short speeches on the theme “Myanmar Connects”.