It's yet an elusive hobby in Myanmar, adult colouring books are filling the free time of grown-ups the world over. The craze is already prominent in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and Singapore, but has yet to reach the Golden Land. Have these adults lost their minds? Or is Myanmar just slow to catch on?
I slid open the creaky glass door and stepped inside Smart Fitness looking for nothing more than a monthly quote. The young men working out in front of the mirrors all stopped, almost in unison, to stare at Me the Foreigner as I entered their lifting sanctuary with my gym shorts and water bottle.
The moment: a long line of monks and novices collect their morning alms in the morning mists of Shan State. A shutter clicks, and months later, the photographer collects his prize – the Myanmar National Award from the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.
You hear her coming down the street each morning, the thanakha-clad street vendor hollering her wares to the rooftops. Beans, mangos, corn – if you can name it, a Myanmar saleswoman can balance it on her head.
Doctor? Lawyer? Banker? Parents might prefer it of their children think along those lines when considering a career. But at least one successful musician begs to differ. Maung Maung Zaw Htet, 41, better known as Di Ra Mo, knew from an early age he would have to pursue his first love: music.
If you’ve been paying attention, you will have read about him. Hkaraw Jet Len Awng – who goes by Mr Jet – had his latest outing at the group fashion show One-Ness, which showcased Kachin designers to raise money for Kachin families displaced by fighting.