The offerings are enticing: fish crackers, chocolate and a bowl of whiskey mixed with turtle blood. And the songs the women sing, in the dying tongue of the Salone, are meant to persuade the spirits to continue to extend their protection to the dwindling band of the faithful.
Few may know that the incoming Minister for Information U Pe Myint – best known as a short-story writer and translator of self-help books and novels – started his professional career as a medical doctor. The new minister speaks with The Myanmar Times about his professional histories, and the challenges that lie ahead.
Thwin Su Htwe, despite her decade of experience, will have her very first solo show Splendour in the Grass on April 2. Ahead of the opening, Myanmar Times correspondent Myo Satt asked her to take a look back on her journey as a designer.
Regular readers of this space might recall that I married my husband just three months ago. I made it clear that I was not ready for a baby: I am not gearing up for caring, feeding, supporting and raising a child, since we have better things to be saving our money for – namely, our own apartment. But then Fate had other things in mind...
It is no secret that the educational system in Myanmar will need drastic institutional changes as the fast-growing country barrels ahead. In order to better prepare young students for the modern workforce, Aung San Suu Kyi has made education one of her top priorities as the new government takes over.