OTBT serves up terrific coffee – and unseen destinations

Off the Beaten Track Café (OTBT), located in Kandawgyi Natural Park, is a breath of fresh air in Yangon’s coffee scene with its extensive menu featuring more than 100 options of European and Asian cuisine. 

OTBT grilled chicken, country-style chicken curry, and Singaporean fried shrimp are some of the must-try dishes costing betweenKs 1,000 (US$1) and Ks 8,000 (US$8). Other specialitiesincludelaphet salad (pickled tea leaf salad), spring rolls and fish head soup.

Live act, classic hits

Since debuting shortly after 2000, Sone Thin Par quickly earned recognition with the title song of her debut album “Kabargyi Ka Kyinn Tal So Pay Mae”. The catchy tune, itself a local cover of Mark Dinning’s classic hit “The World is Getting Smaller”, simply launched her career in music. With a string of hits under her belt and an ever-growing fanbase, Sone Thin Par is set to stage her first concert tomorrow.

Coca-Cola Myanmar names Eaint Chit, Mi Sandi as brand ambassadors

Popular female artists Eaint Chit and Mi Sandi have been appointed Coca-Cola Myanmar’s new brand ambassadors. 

The two artists will join existing brand ambassador Sai Sai Kham Leng to tour the country as part of Coca-Cola’s Myanmar Summer Festival.

‘Lady of the Lake’ honoured in Bangkok

“Lady of the Lake”, a Myanmar documentary by Zaw Naing Oo, has received a special award at the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival at the end of last month.

“Lady of the Lake” unravels a belief in the supernatural among the residents living near Moe Yun Gyi Lake in Bago Region. The film has figured prominently at several international film festivals.

Box-office winners prompt a thriving black market for tickets


With the cinemas reopening last Friday after the Thingyan Water Festival, two new films “Law Mingalar” and “Fast & Furious 7” have become huge box-office successes and created the huge demand for the tickets that are now even available on the black market. 

Big Bang’s concert in Yangon sooner rather than later

South Korean boy band Big Bang looks set to perform a concert in Myanmar sooner than expected, according to the concert’s organiser Living Sound Entertainment. 

“We originally planned to hold it in July, but it has been brought forward. This mainly depends on the venue,” said Jaw Maran of Living Sound Entertainment, adding the venue has a seating capacity of 40,000. 

A bell of brotherhood

With the flames dancing in the windon a hot, dry summer night, the scorching casting pits are buzzing withover 300 white-clad foundry workers of all ages like a swarm of busy bees.

In fact, the men are toiling away in the pits at Sintaltike monastery in Tampawady, Mandalayto melt bronze for casting asacred gigantic bell.

The return of Myanmar’s lost daughter

Wendy Law-Yone is the daughter of Edward Law-Yone who founded The Nation, Myanmar’s influential English-language newspaper in 1948.  When Ne Win staged a coup d’état in 1962, her life was turned upside down: the newspaper was shut down a year later, her father was detained for five years and she was barred from leaving the country. She was foiled in her first attempt to sneak across the border to Thailand in 1967, which resulted in her imprisonment. Eventually she successfully fled to the United States via Bangkok in 1973, settling in Washington DC.

High time for hip hop

Hiphop idol Sai Sai Kham Leng will turn 36 tomorrow, and every year his birthday bash wouldn’t be complete without a concert, which has become something of a ritual over the past 10 years. As his fans look forward to the concert with eager anticipation, the artist recently took time out from his rehearsal to tell Myanmar Eleven what to expect. The aptly titled “April 10 Show” kicks off this evening at Hmaw Sin Kyin (inside Kandawgyi Park).

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Veteran actor Kyaw Thu returns to big screen

After an eight-year hiatus, Veteran actor Kyaw Thu is staging a comeback by starring in a film entitled “Professor Dr Seik Phwar”.

Based on a novel by the late Min Theinkha and directed by Khin Saw Myo, the film features an all-star cast including Yan Aung, Ye Aung, Min Oo, San Yati Moe Myint, May Myat Noe and May Pa Chi. Kyaw Thu plays the lead role of Professor Dr Seik Phwar.