Tuesday, 25 November 2014 14:59

Going Dutch at Bar Boon III

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Bar Boon, pronounced ‘bone’ according to our Dutch editor, is known as that café on Bogyoke Aung San road, nearby Scott Market where the tourists sit leafing through their guidebooks and sipping on a latte and enjoying a pastry before heading out on their walking tour.

Monday, 17 November 2014 18:53

Reporting on the media

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Big stories such as the death of Ko Par Gyi and the jailing of the Unity Journalists understandably dominate the headlines; but using UNESCO’s ‘Media Development Indicators’, International Media Support hopes to take a wide angle lense of the media landscape in Myanmar.

Monday, 17 November 2014 18:45

For the price of a cup of coffee

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Bridging cultures with free WiFi at Pansodan Scene

Finding an internet connection in Yangon is as easy as ordering a US$4 (K4000) cup of coffee in one of the city’s upscale hotels. Atmosphere and (relatively) quick WiFi are available in abundance, but for ordinary Myanmar and many expats, that’s too much to pay for the convenience of an easy connection.

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:03

The second Obama visit

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A transition in trouble dashes the audacity of hope

At first glance 2014 was looking a lot like 2012.

Saturday, 15 November 2014 17:48

A soothing, scenic retreat in the Shan hills

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Photo: Matt Roebuck

Upland breezes and the shade from Jacaranda trees festooned with vibrant purple blooms are among the sensory delights first noticed by travellers arriving Kalaw, a former hill station in Shan State.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 13:49

Grand view, pity about the food

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Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima

Agnes, a French restaurant in the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, must be one of the most expensive dining options in Yangon. But does this upscale eatery serve fine food worth the elaborate bill it presents to customers at the end of a culinary evening?

Monday, 10 November 2014 15:32

First women only bus plying Yangon’s streets

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Fighting sexual herassment in public transport

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Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

It happens regularly. A woman boards one of Yangon city's crowded buses to start her daily commute to work or school. A man stands behind her and all of a sudden she feels him pressing against her. She is too scared to tell him to stop and the man continues, despite being surrounded by many others on the overcrowded bus.

Monday, 10 November 2014 15:15

Women in the corridors of power

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Independent Yangon region MP Daw Nyo Nyo Thinn addresses the media. Photo: Min Min
Independent Yangon region MP Daw Nyo Nyo Thinn addresses the media. Photo: Min Min

Defying the odds in a country where most high-ranking positions are held by men, more women are slowly climbing the ladder in government service. But their path remains strewn with obstacles and women say that powerful relationships are often necessary for success.

Saturday, 08 November 2014 13:11

Nay Pyi Taw’s national guesthouses

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Luxury accommodation options for the well connected

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Photo: Yola Verbruggen

When the military suddenly moved the seat of government to a malaria-infested area near Pyinmana in early 2006, the shift had implications for the top Yangon hotels that accommodated visiting foreign dignitaries.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:31

The world’s richest pagoda

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How the Shwedagon donations are spent

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Women holding flower offerings while walking down Shwedagon’s central platform. Photo: Hong Sar

Every year, hundreds of thousands of devotees climb the steps of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Carrying donations of all sorts, including money, jewellery and gold, the worshippers say their prayers under the stupa, topped by a ceremony vane embedded with diamonds and precious gems. More and more tourists are drawn by the golden glow of the magnificent pagoda, which dominates the Yangon skyline.