The second Myanmar Bartenders Championship will take place at DJ Bar, Inya Lake Hotel, from July 28 to 30.
A throng of bakers wearing tall white chef hats scurry around us, sifting, stirring, piping and dusting. But Fresh Kitchen Catering - which has concocted dessert-likenesses of world heavyweight Seth Rollins, cartoon Spongebob Squarepants, and, to commemorate her 70's birthday, Aung San Suu Kyi - is not your average cake shop.
Despite it's notorious association with the raising of legally ambiguous recreational drugs, it turns out that hydroponics - method of growing plants with their roots in a nutrient solution - can be used to grow a plentiful supply of healthy, cheap, organic vegetables in limited space. Who’d have known?
During a recent trip to Bangkok, I exited Suvarnabhumi Airport and made my way to the taxi queue. My brother called me while I stood in line behind thirty or so people. “Don’t wait, just use GrabTaxi,” he said.
The competition will be fierce, but she’s ready. Foreign travel, singing, dancing, parading, speaking English: It’s tough, but someone has to do it. Shin Thant Phyu Sin is gearing up for the Prince and Princess International 2015 pageant in Singapore on July 24.
With less than two weeks remaining before the literary sensation of the decade – the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the sister book to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – the manner in which the manuscript came to light has become shrouded in yet more mystery, with seemingly conflicting accounts from people directly involved in the 89-year-old author’s affairs.
An army of small dogs, their tails painted blue, greet us at the entrance to U Nyi Nyi Aung’s workshop, tucked away down a small alleyway near Bahan’s bustling market. There is barely room to stand inside the tiny shop: The floor and walls are covered with a brightly painted menagerie of giraffes, dogs, elephants, owls and tigers. A team of girls sit squeezed into what is left of the space, carefully painting faces onto papier-mâché dogs.
Many women from rural areas in Myanmar lack the formal education and adequate skills training necessary to enter the formal employment sector, earn stable incomes and benefit from the growing services industry that is enveloping the country. Marginalised women, however – often disadvantaged by poverty, divorce, limited education and sexual violence – have it worse. Their full participation in society is hindered, with social stereotypes, stigmatisation and the gender-based division of labour excluding them from the mainstream.
Before dawn the girls are already busy. The eldest sister, preparing lunch boxes, chivvies her younger sister to hurry up with her bath, and shouts at the youngest to check her schoolbooks. Wai Wai Tun, 23, lives with her two younger sisters in a hamlet of Thingangyun township, Yangon. She and her younger sister Kalayarni work at the YPI garment factory in Thuwunna township, 15 minutes away.