U Mhart Gyi and his trolley used to be a familiar sight, walking streets and alleyways of the city yelling: “Old furniture! Who wants to sell old furniture?” Today, life is much easier for U Mhart Gyi. After saving his profits, the 64-year-old now owns three antique furniture shops in Yankin township and lets his network of brokers walk around town.
Maybe it’s your escape from work, or a casual indulgence when out drinking at bars and clubs. But there’s bad news for those of us who think it’s safe to smoke just a few cigarettes a day or even a week: We face a substantially higher risk of earlier death, according to a study published earlier this month.
Filmmaker Emily Hong once said that the very act of a woman holding a camera in the streets of Yangon – by nature f its rare and provocative nature – is performance art. That notion forms the framework for this weekend’s inaugural Ingyin Literary Forum, a four-day event dedicated to Myanmar women writers.
The bond between Israel and Myanmar runs deep, dating back 60 years to the time when then-Burma became one of the first countries to internationally recognise the newly-formed Middle Eastern state.
After a year of selling hand-woven table mats by the beach, Ma Khin Mar Cho is unfazed by the Ngapali sunset, orange and brooding as it slips into night. Today’s business is hardly successful. After splitting the day’s earnings with her co-worker and paying for her children’s high school tuition fees, not much is left for her.