Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Espresso pours into Myanmar

For all the talk about Myanmar’s emergence onto the global scene, there’s been at least one aspect of the Golden Land slow to change: Good espresso is still hard to come by.

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An ancient princess still haunts Pyay

She was known as Princess Thon Pan Hla, or “pretty flower”. And centuries after her death, the villagers are still scared of upsetting her spirit.

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Flying ‘the Hump’ one last time

During World War II, more than 600 Allied aircraft went down over Myanmar while trying to deliver supplies to China. The planes were flying a treacherous route from Assam, India, to Kunming, a route that led them over the eastern peaks of the Himalayas.

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One step ahead

A project in Taungoo is helping landmine victims get back on their feet.

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Who’s who in the Yangon expat zoo, redux

Visa regime inspired by Kafka, landlords that require a 12-month upfront payment, and the Ebola-cum-Zika virus “scanner” on the ground floor of Yangon Airport’s arrivals terminal. Together, they are the three pillars of the world’s most effective quarantine system. Back by unpopular demand, notorious local barfly Barrie Cadshaw identifies five more of the most common expat specimens you might spy in Yangon through the foggy bottom of your beer glass.

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Hammer Time at the Tour of Thailand

In the sport of bicycle racing, the word “hammer” has several uses. It can be a verb indicating the act of riding very hard and very fast while feeling no pain. To “put the hammer down” is to initiate the act the hammering. And to “get hammered” is to be spat out the back of the race as the result of the efforts of hammers who are hammering away at the front. But at this year’s Tour of Thailand it was the five-man Myanmar National Team that got hammered.

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Cracking the contraceptive myths

Women worry birth control will cause infertility, affect their weight or move around in their bodies – but many of these myths are unfounded.

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Vintage is back again with pop art twist

Vintage design meets pop art brights in the new Yangoods product range.

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‘Penis poet’ to host poetry festival

He served six months in jail for his so-called “penis poem”, but that hasn’t deterred 24-year-old rhymester Maung Saung Kha. The outspoken poet is out of jail and hosting a poetry festival to hit back at his censors.

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Beauty on the beast: Thai painter uses buffalo as canvas

Buffalo is a byword for stupidity in Thai culture and an insult often doled out by city dwellers to denigrate their rural compatriots. But one photographer is taking on the stereotype – and Thailand’s ulcerous social divide – by elevating the beast to a platform for art.

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