Finding an apartment in Yangon without a Singapore budget

In November, 2013, I set out to find a suitable apartment in Yangon. The below entry details some of my experiences in locating housing in a real estate market where serviced condos and office spaces are leased for higher rates than in Singapore.

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Myanmar’s traditional form of boxing — Lethwei (CNN)

I got into journalism because I get joy out of giving a voice to the voiceless. This past week, my latest feature for CNN did just that. In covering the Thut Ti Myanmar Traditional Lethwei Club in Yangon, I got to share personal perspectives of a centuries old martial arts from the stewards that love …

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The world’s last great mobile revolution is about to begin

There is a village of thatched wooden and bamboo huts just outside a Monywa in northern Myanmar where even the richest family has nothing more than a dirt floor and rickety TV set. One household has spent years of savings on a large red and black Sony stereo system, but other that these electronic luxuries, wealth is …

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Myanmar 2 years on: Overseas banking and the telecom revolution

When I first visited Myanmar in 2011, power cuts were frequent, ATMs were exasperatingly inaccessible for customers of non-domestic banks (forcing visitors to budget their entire trip ahead of time!) and SIM cards were, quite insanely, around the 500-dollar mark. At the time, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to arrive in the next two weeks, tasked …

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