Yangon’s thriving Chinatown shows how food can help heal scars of Myanmar’s past

After the anti-Chinese riots in the 1960s and years of discrimination, Chinese immigrants are now celebrating their identity and heritage through food. Yangon Chinatown’s food evolution illustrates the changing times of the country. Two days after the end of Chinese New Year, Rabbit Bakery is still busy churning out pastries for eager customers. Inside the […]

Singaporeans Lap up Novel Shorthaul Destinations in Year of the Dog

Singaporean travellers are taking advantage of the Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays to explore lesser-known destinations, observed travel agents. Bookings for travel during CNY, which falls on February 16 and 17 this year, rose for shorthaul locations that offer adventure and scenic activities. “We do see an increasing interest to explore ‘new’ destinations such as […]

Wild extraction blamed for declining jade trade

A gem merchant has blamed a decline in the country’s jade market on the wild extraction. Demand is slow in the world market as a direct consequence of excessive extraction, U Than Win of Pwint Kaung Gems Trading said, adding that jade mining has become worse during the transitional period. Of the merchants buying jade […]

Surging kyat closes foreign exchange desks

  Local banks suspended foreign currency exchange services yesterday as the kyat surged in value against the dollar, with financial industry sources variously pointing the finger at political speculation, market rumours and a lack of clear Central Bank policy. The kyat strengthened to K1248 against the dollar yesterday, according to the Central Bank’s rate, after […]

Melon market bounces back

Seesawing melon prices are on the up again, thanks to a combination of falling production and rising demand in advance of the Chinese New Year. Honeydew prices are expected to climb to 5.5 yuan (US$0.88) per kilogram, up from a low of 1 yuan at the beginning of the year, say officials from the Myanmar […]