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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Loren Lee Chiesi



FASHION EDITOR Charlotte Barjou



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From the Editor

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With the hot season upon us and the upcoming celebrations of the Thingyan lunar New Year, it’s the time of year to make big changes and transitions in life. Soon flowers, trees, and fruits will be at their peak bloom. I like to live in accordance with the flow of the seasons, so I am feeling inner stirrings to make a change, take new chances, and jump at new opportunities. I’m ready to watch my life bloom. This issue of Balance magazine is chockfull of inspiring ideas. Looking to treat yourself to a dream vacation this year? Our horoscopes have you covered. Looking for delicious new drink recipes? We’ll hook you up. Want to get fit and feel energetic? Try our cross-training workout and check out our write up on the popular keto diet. In making this issue, our Balance team was inspired by so many creative people: the team at H-Life who taught us what makes a great party, Richie Htet’s fashion illustration, and of course, the many made-in-Myanmar products featured on our “Hot Right Now” page. I sincerely hope you find inspiration in these pages that motives you to try something new or pursue a goal. Risks are worth the joy of success, and and we could all use a little more joy. Cheers, Loren Lee Chiesi Editor-in-Chief

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Trends This legendary haute couture house’s show in Paris was presented in a vast Mediterranean garden. The collection pays tribute to 18th century put artisans of French luxury. Standout pieces included an entirely sequined white jacket embroidered with delicate floral patterns and a lineup of dresses and suits with collars turned inside out or intricately folded, all with construction details emblematic of the Chanel brand.



Balmain’s chief designer, Olivier Rousteing, offered his first high fashion collection in Paris. More than a million Swarovski crystals, pearls, stones and beads were used to dazzle Balmain’s fashion. The atelier's strengths are traditional craftsmanship, tailoring, and gravity-defying construction.

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Trends Called “The Bleached Canvas,” Givenchy’s SS2019 collection, designed by Clare Waight Keller, invoked a modern approach to styling, revealing a clean, sophisticated aesthetic in bold colors on behalf of the heritage fashion house.



Unveiling at the magnificent Opera Palais Garnier in Paris, Schiaparelli Haute Couture’s designer, Bertrand Guyon, was all about the details. Schiaparelli delighted with rockrose silk gowns embroidered with golden arabesques and nacre flowers. Models wore coat dress hemmed and hooded with cobalt blue ostrich feathers as well as pleated dresses in gossamer georgette fabric twinkling with gold stars.


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Dior For this collection, Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri wanted a vibe between punk and circus, something intense and a bit messy. She captured that intention perfectly as each outfit was distinctive, giving each model bejeweled skullcaps and a defiant look uniquely her own. The pièce de rÊsistance was a bevy of dresses crafted from soft, hand-woven tulle evoking a look and effect as irresistible as cotton candy.

"Couture can be very much of today. While relying on our ateliers' strengths of traditional craftsmanship, I've also tried to bring the mindset of my generation into the offering." - Olivier Rousteing for Balmain

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Design Fashion catches up with Yangon’s own Richie Htet (age 23) a rising star in the local art scene, to discuss the revival of fashion illustration, the sensuality of Burmese fashion, and Yangon’s art scene.

Richie Htet: Taking fashion off

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Balance: Your art exhibit in June 2018, "I'm Not Trying to Seduce You," (hosted at Myanm/art Gallery downtown) was a huge breakout moment for you here in Yangon. It focused around your work in fashion illustration. How did you get involved in fashion illustration? Richie Htet: I didn’t plan on doing anything art-related. I always felt very creative, but my parents were nudging me in the direction of practicality. It wasn’t until I went to school in the UK and got accepted at London College of Fashion that I really started to look at art as a career path. B: So, you studied art at school then? RH: At first, I thought I’d study fine art, but I quickly realized fine art is very subjective and serious. I felt my work was more fun, so I began to focus on Applied Arts, which is more commercial and includes illustration. B: What’s the difference between fashion illustration and fashion design? RH: Designers actually made the clothes. They create patterns, find the fabric, and the end product is something a person can wear. Fashion illustration is much more like fashion photography. Historically, a fashion illustrator would come after the clothes were made. Then, the illustrations were used in ad campaigns, catalogues, and retail shops to promote the fashion designers.

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B: How does fashion illustration fit into the modern fashion industry? RH: Over the last few decades, fashion illustration fell out of favor as companies preferred photography to promote their clothing brands. But with the rise of social media, especially platforms like Instagram and Facebook, fashion illustration is resurging. Big brands like Gucci and Chanel are using fashion illustrators, as well as in magazines. B: Are there any fashion illustrators you’ve been inspired by? RH: Of course; Jason Brooks, Amelie Hegardt, and David Downton’s work for Vogue come to mind. Fashion illustrators help to elevate the designers’ work. They take it to magical world or create beautiful, fanciful lines that would not be possible in reality, but are sensational in drawing. My work is very aesthetic, so I focus more on the color, the shape, and the figurative nature of my subject. Vintage Burmese feminine fashion on posters and postcards from the 1940s and ‘50s, with the snug silhouettes and bold patterns, was a sexy period. That seductive sensuality was absolutely an inspiration. B: Are you working on any other illustration projects now? RH: Currently, I am working with Gemma Pickerill, a latex designer in London. She is the creator of SoftSkins Latex, which is mostly fetish wear, but she does it very creatively, drawing inspiration from historical garments. I also hope to do more magazine work and art exhibitions locally, here in Myanmar. Culturally, there’s been a big shift among young people in Myanmar. The country is opening up, and we are finding our voices through new mediums of expression.

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လက္ရွိျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ လူငယ္ေတြၾကားမွာ စိတ္၀င္စားမႈမ်ားျပား လာတဲ့ အားကစားနည္းကေတာ့ Skate ကစားနည္းပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံရဲ႕ Skate အားကစား တိုးတက္ျပန္႔ပြားေစဖို႔အတြက္ ရည္ရြယ္ၿပီး Myanmar Skate Association ရဲ႕ ဥကၠ႒ျဖစ္သူ ကိုလြင္လတ္က Myanmar Skate Association ကို ၂၀၁၃ ခုႏွစ္မွာစတင္ဖြဲ႔စည္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။ Myanmar Sake Association ရဲ႕ အဓိကရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ကေတာ့ Skateအားကစားဖြံ႕ျဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေရး ၊ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အဆင့္မွီ Skateကြင္းမ်ား ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ ျပန္လည္ေပၚေပါက္ေရး ၊ အားကစား၀န္ႀကီးဌာနပိတ္သိမ္းလိုက္ တဲ့ Skate ကြင္းမ်ားကို စနစ္တက်တင္ျပေတာင္းဆိုေရး၊ ျပည္တြင္း ၿပိဳင္ပြဲမ်ား တစ္ႏွစ္မွာ တစ္ႀကိမ္ျပဳလုပ္ႏိုင္ေရး တို႔ပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဆက္လက္ၿပီးကိုလြင္လတ္က “ ၿပိဳင္ပြဲေတြက ထြက္ေပၚလာတဲ့ ကစားသမားေတြကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာၿပိဳင္ပြဲ ကိုေစလႊတ္ဖို႔နဲ႔ လမ္းမွား ေနတဲ့လူငယ္ေတြ အတြက္ Skate ကစားနည္းျဖင့္ လမ္းမွန္ကို ျပန္လည္ေရာက္ရွိေစဖို႔အတြက္ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ေတြ အတူတကြ ႀကိဳးစားၾကပါတယ္။ ကစားသမားေတြအတြက္ Pre Skating training ကိုေတာ့ Lifestyle Clinic Myanmar (ေဆးမေပးခန္း) နဲ႔ပူးေပါင္းၿပီး Skate မစီးတတ္တဲ့သူေတြ အတြက္ Balance training အျပင္ Skate စီးတတ္ၿပီးသားသူေတြအတြက္ Agility ေကာင္းေအာင္၊ အက်သက္သာေအာင္ အတြက္ ေလ့က်င့္ေပးပါတယ္။ ပထမဆံုး Skate ၿပိဳင္ပြဲကိုေတာ့ Mary Chapman နားမၾကားကေလးေက်ာင္းမွာ လုပ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ၂၀၁၃ ခုႏွစ္မွ ၂၀၁၈ အတြင္း ျပည္တြင္းၿပိဳင္ပြဲေပါင္း (၂၀) ေက်ာ္လုပ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။

Balance training အျပင္ Skate စီးတတ္ၿပီးသားသူေတြအတြက္ Agility ေကာင္းေအာင္၊ အက်သက္သာေအာင္ အတြက္ ေလ့က်င့္ေပးပါတယ္။

Types MSA Skating MSA: Speed Inline Inline Aggressive Skate Boarding Free Style Inline Slalom Roller Ball





၂၀၁၄ မွစၿပီး ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံလံုးဆိုင္ရာ ဖိတ္ေခၚၿပိဳင္ပြဲေတြကိုလည္း လုပ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ပထမဆံုး ႏိုင္ငံတကာၿပိဳင္ပြဲ အျဖစ္ ၂၀၁၄ ခုႏွစ္မွာ မေလးရွားႏိုင္ငံကို သြားေရာက္ယွဥ္ၿပိဳင္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ Myanmar Skate Association ကို ကစားနည္းေပါင္း (၅) မ်ိဳးကို အေျခခံၿပီးဖြဲ႔စည္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။ Speed Inline လို႔ေခၚတဲ့ ( အေျပး Skate ၿပိဳင္ပြဲ)၊ Inline Aggressive ( အခက္ခဲေတြကို ေက်ာ္ျဖတ္၊ တံုးေပၚတက္၊ ဂြ်မ္းထိုးရတဲ့ ၿပိဳင္ပြဲ)၊ Skate Boarding ၊ Freestyle Inline Slalom ( သီခ်င္းဖြင့္ၿပီး ကျပ ယွဥ္ျပိဳင္ရတဲ့ ျပိဳင္ပြဲ)၊ Roller Ball စတဲ့ ကစားနည္းေတြပါ”။ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ Skate အားကစားကို စနစ္တက်ျပန္႔ပြားေစေရးအတြက္ ကိုလြင္လတ္က “၂၀၁၀ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ျပည္နယ္ႏွင့္တိုင္းေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားမွာ Skate ကြင္းေတြေပၚလာပါတယ္။ Skate ကြင္းေတြ ေပၚလာတဲ့အတြက္ ကေလးေတြရဲ႕ မိဘမ်ားစိုးရိမ္ၾကပါတယ္။ ဘာေၾကာင့္လဲဆိုေတာ့ ကေလးေတြက ခဏခဏ ေျခက်ိဳးလက္က်ိဳး ေခါင္းကြဲ ဒဏ္ရာေတြ ရၾကလို႔ပါ။ ကြ်န္ေတာ့္ အထင္ကေတာ့ ဒီအားကစားနည္းကို သူတုိ႔ေတြ စနစ္တက်မကစားၾကလို႔ပါပဲ။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ Skate အားကစားျပန္႔ပြားေစဖို႔အတြက္ နယ္က Skate ကြင္းေတြကိုသြားၿပီး ေဟာေျပာပြဲေတြ လုပ္ပါတယ္။ Skate ကြင္းေတြကို စနစ္တက် ျပန္႔ပြားေစခ်င္တာနဲ႔ Injury နည္းေစခ်င္တဲ့ အတြက္ပါ”။ “ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔မွာ Branch ေတြ ရွိပါတယ္။ မႏၱေလး၊ ျပင္ဦးလြင္၊ မိတီၳလာ၊ ပုဂံ၊ မေကြး၊ ပဲခူး၊ ကယားျပည္နယ္၊ ကရင္ျပည္နယ္ နဲ႔ ရန္ကုန္မွာဆုိရင္ လိႈင္သာယာ၊ တြံ႔ေတး၊ ေျမာက္ဥကၠလာ၊ ေထာက္ၾကံ႕၊ လွည္းတန္း။ လွည္းတန္းကေတာ့ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔ အဖြဲ႔ရဲ႕ အမ်ားဆံုးအသံုးျပဳတဲ့ကြင္းပါ”။ ႏိုင္ငံတကာၿပိဳင္ပြဲေတြမွာ ေအာင္ျမင္မႈရဖို႔အတြက္ ဆက္လက္ၾကိဳးစားေနတဲ့ Myanmar Skate Association က ဆီးဂိမ္းေအာင္ျမင္မႈေတြ အျပင္ Skate အားကစား စနစ္တက် တိုးတက္ျပန္႔ပြားေရးကိုဦးတည္ခ်က္ထားလုပ္ေဆာင္ေ နပါတယ္။ ဆက္လက္ၿပီး ကိုလြင္လတ္က “ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔အဖြဲ႔ရဲ႕ အဓိကရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ကေတာ့ လမ္းမွားေရာက္ေနတဲ့ကေလးငယ္ ေတြကို အားကစားမွာေတြ႕တဲ့ community နဲ႔ သူတို႔ရဲ႕ ဘ၀ကိုလွပေစခ်င္ပါတယ္။” Myanmar Skate Association ဟာ 5th Asean Freestyle Championship 2018 မွာေရႊ၊ ေငြ(၂)ခု၊ ေၾကး တို႔ကိုဆြတ္ခူးခဲ့ပါတယ္။

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Hungry Like the Wolf:


The ketogenic diet, or “Keto Diet,” has become popular in Yangon as more people look to lose weight, increase energy, and develop healthy eating habits. Balance chats with Lynn Yang Wolf, the brains behind Wolf Kitchen, to discuss how the keto diet can be healthy, tasty, and modified to meet dietary requirements and cuisine preferences, including Burmese food. Growing up in an international family and being exposed to a variety of flavors and cuisines, Lynn Yang Wolf developed a cooking style that bridges East and West with a strong emphasis on healthy foods. Her journey to the Keto Diet was complicated. She found many meal plans available online, yet they all included Western ingredients that are nearly impossible to find in Myanmar. Wolf was searching for a sustainable way of adapting her Myanmar-style dishes such as eggplant beef curry, Shan noodles and even Mohinga to the principles of a ketogenic diet.

“The ketogenic diet transformed my outlook on the impact that food has on my body and how a healthier lifestyle leads to a positive mental attitude.” Lynn Yang Wolf April 2019


How does the Keto Diet

work? What is the

Keto Diet? The body gets energy from two sources: glucose from carbohydrates and ketones from fat. The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that encourages the body to use fat as fuel instead of sugar. For most standard diets worldwide, we fill our plates with carbohydrates (rice, bread, cereals, fruits, and sweets) which turn in glucose that provides the energy we need to survive and thrive. The Keto Diet changes the composition of our diets. On the Keto Diet, carbohydrates are limited to 15 to 20g per day, just five 5% of the daily caloric intake; the rest is fat (75%) and protein (20%).

The diet works by putting the body into ketosis, draining the glucose intake and forcing the body to use ketones and fat reserves for energy. The keto diet also recommends eating foods in their most natural state: free from additives, preservatives, and chemical processing. Once the metabolism becomes fat-adapted, it burns extra fat stored in our midsections, thighs, and arms, and visceral fat around the internal organs. Too much visceral fat can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation.

How can we

eat fat and lose weight? In general, there are two types of Keto Diets: “Dirty Keto” and “Clean Keto.” Dirty Keto dieters follow a meat-heavy, cheese-heavy diet, which is not good for your health, especially arteries and cholesterol. Clean Keto involves consuming healthy fats like coconut and avocado oils as well as more plantbased recipes. Healthy fats promote good cholesterol, supple skin, and sustained energy. Lastly, since blood sugar levels stabilize, keto dieters rarely experience sugar cravings, at the end of cravings.

“Healthy fats promote good cholesterol, supple skin, and sustained energy.” 24

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Wolf Kitchen offers a 2-week introduction to the ketogenic diet. With this Keto Program, participants learn the details of how the diet works and provides two meals per day alongside intermittent fasting. Throughout the program, Wolf Kitchen also provides access to an online chat group for questions that might arise. They also customize meals according to various dietary preferences to make sure everyone can benefit from a ketogenic diet while keeping their preferences and restrictions intact.

Keto Coconut Fish

Recipe from Wolf Kitchen

Makes 2 servings Cook time: 25 minutes •2 tilapia or seabass fillets •1/2 cup coconut cream •4 tbsp olive oil •4 tbsp lime juice •6 cherry tomatoes (halved) •2 tbsp coriander •Salt, pepper, cumin and paprika to taste •Chili flakes Method: Preheat the oven to 200°C. Pat fish dry with paper towels. Season both sides of fish with salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Using a heavy-bottomed pan, fry the fish in olive oil on both sides with medium-high heat until golden brown. Line a baking tray with foil and add the fried fish. Cover the fish in a marinade of coconut cream, lime juice, and chili flakes. Put in the oven for 10 minutes until cream hardens. Let it cool down, and garnish the fish with cherry tomatoes and coriander. Macros per serving: Carbs: 2g Fat: 41g Protein: 28g Calories: 286 April 2019


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HIIT the Gym

Using Functional Cross Training to Increase Strength and Stamina

For this fitness feature, Balance applies the principle of HIIT-style workouts to the weight room by increasing functional body movement and activating more muscle groups during each sequence. Personal trainer Aung Paing (age 24) demonstrates how to develop your power and strength through functional cross-training in the weight room.


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To gain lean, flexible muscles, you need to do at least 15 -20 reps for each exercise with no more than 30 seconds rest in between sets.

HIIT workouts have been popular in gyms and wellness centers in recent years. HIIT, or high intensity interval training, allows the body to get maximum functional fitness in a limited amount of time using the power the body’s own weight instead of piling on heavy weights and extended periods of repetitive movement, like treadmill running or stationary cycling. Instead, we suggest trying a more functional training approach by performing a variety of sequences with minimal rest and relying on light weights or the body’s own weight for resistance. In order to get lean and mean muscles, you need to focus on using your own body weight. For those who are already have significant muscle mass, this is the perfect set of exercises to lengthen and increase range of motion in your existing muscle tone. Cross-training is not designed for any specific group of muscle but to enhance the stamina and power in your overall shape. In this way, your muscles will become more. Using this training sequence, expect to see results in your abdominals and shoulders quickly. Also, you will notice more definition in the arms, chest, and back. April 2019


Body Dips

Start by keeping your arms and elbows straight. Then, bend at elbows and press the chest out while lowering the torso. Perform this 10 times

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Start with the cables cross, keeping all your elbows straight and engaging your back muscles. Then, pull the cables out to the sides continuing to keep your arms straight.  Perform this 15 times. 

Triceps Rope Pull

Begin into a lunge stance, with the activate arm bent at the elbow holding the rope cable. Activate the forearms to pull the rope down until you feel the burn in your triceps. Keep your elbows static. Perform this 20 times on each arm.

When you get to the gym, setup the stations for your entire training so that you can flow through the sequence without over-resting the muscles, keeping them warm and flexible.

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Leg Raise Pull Up

Start in a hanging position keeping the whole body still and straight. Next, while keeping the legs extended, pull your legs up toward your pelvis. Do not swing your body; the momentum comes from isolating the core. Perform this 10 times. 


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Medicine Ball Push-up

Begin in plank position with wrists under the shoulders. Keep one palm on the ground and the other palm balancing on the medicine ball. Slowly, bend both elbows moving into a low plank, and then rise back into a push-up. Perform this movement 15 times on each arm. 

Try this workout 3 or 4 days per week. Give your body rest days or choose another form of training on off days to give the body time to absorb the impact of functional training.

Dumbbell Low Row Begin with the passive arm straight and supported on a bench. Widen your chest and lift the dumbbell by bending the elbow up and back, keeping the dumbbell close to the torso. You should feel muscles engage in your back. Perform this row 15 times on each arm. 

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Satisfy your sugar craving with chocolate-covered candied oranges by Ananda Cocoa & Coffee made from Myanmar-harvested cacao.




Spring is in the air! Enjoy the ambiance with KOKO’s “Bed of Roses” scented soy candle.

Comfortable and stylish red and black floral print kitten heel shoes by DreamWalk Shoes.


HOT RIGHT NOW The temperature is not the only thing on the rise this season. Here are some of Balance’s hot picks from food to fashion.

Nothing is sexier than great protection. Try Mojo Myanmar’s Control condoms, which help to prolong intimacy for an ultra-satisfying experience.


Fall in love with this gorgeous rattan and leather bag with heartshaped inlay from Stella Collections.


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Myanmar leather watches with Burmese numbers on the watch face by Burma Watches.


Flipping for fringe. Old Orient-inspired “Luniare” dress by Honey and Hannah Couture.


Snack on these sweetmeets-savory garlic, chickpeas, and jaggery sticks, a debut product from traditional food purveyor Tree Food.


Feel comfortable and confident during the hot season in “The Zevan” breezy cotton tunic with locally-inspired detailing from Charlotte Barjou.


Infuse your ablution with a dash of fairytale magic by using “Unicorn Rose Glitter” bath salts by Wolf Kitchen.


A Second Chance:

Empowering High School Dropouts through Vocational Training Balance Magazine interviews Yin Myo Su, the creative mind behind Inle Princess Group in Nyaungshwe, about a philanthropic venture: supporting adult learners interested in furthering their education and professional skills through hospitality.

“I like to teach people skills to be financially independent, which will lead them to emotional independence, intellectual independence, spiritual independence, and physical independence. It starts with financial independence.� -Misuu

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People, passion, profit is the mantra at Inle Princess Group, and it’s embodied by its Managing Director, Yin Myo Su, affectionately called Misuu. Though today Misuu is known as a shrewd and inspiring businesswoman, she got her humble start at a hotel vocational training school in France. “I don’t have a business degree or university degree. Yet, I am a business woman.” If people think she is successful, she credits that to her vocational school training where she learned to cook, clean, prepare food, and cater to other people’s needs. “I am representative of the 3070% of the youth in this country that does not have a higher education degree.” With her personal history as the starting point, Misuu and her Inle Princess Group team created a vocational training (VT) center. Her focus is young adults (aged 1740

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23) who are high school dropouts. “If you are a high school dropout in this country, there is no pathway to hope. If they cannot find hope here, they migrate for a second chance – to Thailand, China, human trafficking.” In Shan state, high school dropouts are almost 30% of the youth population. In Rahkine and Chin states, the dropout rate hovers around 70% of the youth population. At her hotels, Misuu has created VT programs that teach high school dropouts (as well as middle and secondary school dropouts) hospitality skills that they can use to find work in the ever-growing hospitality industry in Myanmar. Her training programs include language training, food preparation, service skills, management, and soft skills such as communication, confidence, civic education, and critical thinking.

From dropouts with no career prospects to working at the largest companies in Myanmar, Misuu considers her VT school graduates ambassadors of the success of the VT program. According to the Inle Princess Group statistic, about 76% of the vocational school graduates go on to find work in hospitality all around Myanmar. Some have gone on to continue their education at the university level, but many remain in the service industry. Misuu believes the nature of the service industry is welcoming people who come to visit the country. Says Misuu, "Visitors come to see our culture, nature, and ways of life. If we do not actively preserve it and sustain it for ourselves, there will be no business, because there is nothing to see." She realizes that sharing knowledge with the next generation is the key to continued community success. In this way, development and preservation go hand-in-hand. Though her VT school was the first, her success has started a ripple effect causing other communities and schools to create similar programs for high school dropouts. “We are able to prove that it is possible, it is practical, and that it can be profitable. That is the secret to our success: believing in the power of second chances and work with dignity.” On May 6th, 2018, Inle Heritage School hosted an alumni gathering for over 100 vocational program students. To date, over 260 alumni have passed through the program.

“We cannot preserve everything. But we can plant seeds of knowledge and experience and gather data so that the next generation can benefit from our progress. I do not expect to see the generational long-term investments of the work we’re doing now.” -Misuu


For Healthy Cells and Skin, TryCollagen Collagen is the hottest trend in the wellness world. Touted as a panacea for restoring tissue health, repairing cells, and even as an edible Fountain of Youth, it is featured as a star ingredient in protein powders, supplements, drinks, and snacks. Balance’s Boey Zhi Chung explores the benefits of collagen as well as a handful of collagen products available in Myanmar.

Consuming collagen may have a variety of health benefits, from relieving joint pain to improving skin health.

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Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles. It has many important functions, including providing elasticity to skin and strengthening the bones. Most collagen is hydrolyzed into gelatine powders, which makes it easier for the body to absorb. Almost all collagen sources come from animal proteins such fish scales, pork skin, and bone broth, but there are some vegetarian algae options, too. Consuming collagen has a variety of health benefits, from relieving joint pain, repairing organ cell damage, and improving skin texture and radiance.

Kinohimitsu Myanmar Diamond Collagen Drink All Kinohimitsu products are based on a holistic approach to improving wellbeing. Each collagen drink comes with 5300mg of collagen peptide specifically designed to restore the collagen levels for a radiant, resilient, and youthful appearance. The drink actively boosts collagen synthesis to repair damaged collagen fibers and minimize the signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. It’s like a moisturizer that you can drink!

COLLY CALLY Collagen Made up of pure fish-derived collagen, Colly Cally Collagen is made from locally-sourced fresh water fish with no extra additives. The proof of this product’s purity is in the results: Mature skin appears plumper while also preventing wrinkles and age spots. Collagen can protect young skin from acne scarring and sun damage.

Collagen benefits: smooth skin, quick cell repair, healthy organs, strong nails, shiny hair, improved recovery from injury


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Cover Story

Here in Myanmar, summer means party season. Balance catches up with some of the men who developed the Myanmar festival scene. We talk with members of the HLife event planning team and two master DJs, Y3llO and Double U to discuss music, passion, and what it takes to make a moment a memory.


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Sitting down with five of the six men that make up the Yangon-based events production company HLife, it was easy to see that this is much more than a group of savvy young businessmen – these are the Avengers of Event Planning. To put it mildly, these guys enjoy a good time. Born out of boredom in 2014, the concept of HLife started because there were not many nightclubs or dance parties happening in Yangon at the time. So they started creating their own parties, inviting friends and friends-of-friends. Soon the popularity of their parties grew, and so did their dream of being professional partiers. They originally wanted to call their business Hangover Life, a moniker they created to describe their weekend warrior lifestyle, but quickly realized HLife would be better branding. “Nobody wants a hangover,” says Kaung Sett, “but people want other ‘h-‘ things in their lives: happiness, high quality, humor. So that name stuck.” They’ve come a long way from small gatherings in bars with friends. This April marks their sixth year of hosting the Thingyan Music Festival, a event they expect will attract over 10,000 people. Typically, they host six or seven events per year, all largescale gatherings with special effects, elaborate themes, famous DJs, huge venues and giant crowds. Their popularity spread quickly by word-of-mouth, but when asked what they thought their secret to success was, they all agreed it was their unique vision and attention to details. “We offered people events that are so different from just the standard nightclub party. We want to bring people together with the best music, high-tech performances, and cool themes. It’s not just a party, it’s a life experience,” says Yan Thein Aung. At the heart of the business is just one goal: bringing joy to as many people as possible at one time. “When you see thousands of people just enjoying themselves, it’s like no other feeling. For a few hours they forget their stresses and just let go,” says Sai Kyaw Win. However, putting together events like these is not easy. Each team member brings unique skills (marketing, accounting, wine procurement, and printing to name a few) to the HLife business that makes the whole much greater than the sum of its parts. When I compare them to a group of superheroes on a mission to bring revelry to the Myanmar masses, Zayar Win shyly agrees. “HLife is like our Superman side. This is just our part-time job for fun. We all have different day jobs, too, like Clark Kent,” says Zayar.

“People come for the music and the dancing, but they also see our history and our culture and try our food and meet our friendly people. We give exposure to another side of Myanmar tourism.” Chan Nyein Soe, HLife Director From the outside, HLife events might seem like mere excuses to have a good time, but the team assures me that they see their influence as much more than just expert party planners. Says Kaung Sett, “Sometimes when people think of Myanmar, they think of our political strife or our civil violence or they don’t even know where we are on a world map.” By hosting these events, it gives international and local party seekers a different view of what Myanmar has to offer. “At an event like the Together Festival,” adds Chan Nyein Soe, “people come for the music and the dancing, but they also see our history and our culture and try our food and meet our friendly people. We give exposure to another side of Myanmar tourism.” In an effort to enhance the public image of Myanmar-based arts and events industries, the HLife team is a part of a social movement called #localpower, which encourages and provides opportunities to local artists and entertainers to showcase their talents. That’s a mission we can all celebrate. Party on, dudes! April 2019


Chan Nyein Soe

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“Day 2 of our 808 Festival in 2016 had amazing energy, and it was one of our most popular lineups.”

“My favorite event was the 2016 Together Festival. This was our very first sold-out show. It was so cool to see so many happy faces in the crowd from the main stage.”

Kaung Sett Director “My favorite event was TMF 2017, because we took on a lot of challenges. It really pushed the limits of what we thought we could do, but it was a great success. It was a beautiful nightmare.” 48

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Zayar Win

Managing Director


“My favorite was our first show, the Together Festival in 2015. It was a big step for us to show what HLife could do in the entertainment market. We expected to get about 2,000 people, but at the end of the day, there were over 4,000 people there.

“I really liked the 808 Event in 2017. We had such a huge crowd, over 16,000 people, and the operations of the event went really smoothly, so we really got to have a great time.”

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DJ Y3llO INTERVIEW Balance: When did you start DJing? Y3llO: I started in 2013 at a school party. I played pop music mixes, and people seemed to respond positively to it. B: With the popularity of EDM (electric dance music), DJs are like rock stars. You have elaborate stages and lighting for your sets. What does it feel like to be onstage, playing music for thousands of people?

Although he’s hardly new to the music scene in Yangon, at just 19 years-old, Y3llO is making a name for himself as a music mixing master at festivals and nightclubs. Balance chats with Y3llO about life in the music industry.

B: Do you have any advice for aspiring DJs on how to get started? Y: You have to make sure you have a passion for it. It takes a lot of hard work and positive energy to be a good DJ. So, if someone is interested in DJing, I suggest they go out and try to play a local set or at a party for friends. Learn how to use the equipment to find out if it’s really a passion. Talent and skills come with practice, but the passion is something you can’t achieve through hard work.

Y: It’s an amazing feeling to perform for a crowd. I love making people feel happy. People come to my shows for their own reasons, but it feels great to give people an escape and some joy in their stressful and busy lives. B: How do you create you music sets for an event? Y: I always want to do my best so that the crowd can have the best time possible. It usually takes hours, or even days, to collect the songs. But I always include something to surprise the crowd. The intro is probably the most important part of any set. It’s like making a first impression when you meet someone new. If your first impression is good, the crowd will go all the way with you. B: Do you have a go-to song that you usually include in your sets? Y: I remixed a version of “Athel Ko Khwel Dae Moe” (Heartbreak During the Rainy Season) by Double J/JCZ that I usually include in my sets, because the crowd really goes crazy for it. B: What DJs have been inspirations for you? Y: There are so many. Artists like Skrillex, Holy Goof, and DJ Gammer come to mind. I usually prefer music that surprises me, and they make music that surprises me. They really know how to keep the crowd going. B: Are you working on any new music now? Y: Yes, I’m collaborating with Bunny Phyo on a song that will drop before the water festival.

“You have to make sure you have a passion. Talent and skills come with practice, but passion is something you can’t just achieve through hard work.” - DJ Y3llO

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Formerly known as DJ Wine, Double U is a seasoned fixture in the music and nightlife scene. He talks with Balance about life as one of Myanmar’s most sought-after DJs.

Balance: When did you start DJing? Double U: In 2002, when I was 15 years-old. My first big gig was the 2003 water festival performance. I played for free, because I was so just happy to have the experience. B: How did you discover that you have a talent for mixing music? DU: I started out as a music producer. I realized quickly, though, that my passion was to be at DJ, because I wanted to have that interaction with the audience. I love to make people dance. B: Wow! You must love to dance.

B: What type of music do you listen to offstage – in your everyday life? DU: I love jazz. Jazz is never boring. I never listen to EDM at home. I like to ride around in my car listening to classical music or pop music. B: Are you releasing any new music we should know about? DU: I have three EPs coming out this year; one is EDM and two are original tracks. I work from a place of pure passion and a clear mind, so I’m proud of my new work, and I hope my fans enjoy it.

DU: No, actually, I can’t dance. B: What was your favorite DJ set that you ever performed? DU: TMF (Thingyan Music Festival) in 2018. I prepared a great music set, and I got to show the audience who I am. The audience feedback was really good and the energy was unbelievable. I also did a set accompanied by a live orchestra with Vini Vici for New Year’s Eve 2018 in Yangon. That was a truly unique experience. B: How would you describe your DJ style? DU: My style is influenced by trance and progressive music. My sets have a euphoric energy. B: What is a dream event that you would love to perform? DU: I would love to play at the TRANSMISSION Festival. It’s an international trance music event that incorporates high quality equipment, special effects, and scenography. This year it’s in Prague. B: What are your DJ goals for the future? DU: I think I’d like to produce more music for other artists, make my own EPs, or create music for cinematic scores.


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Join HLife and DJs Y3llO and Double U at HLife’s Aqua Garden at the Thingyan Music Festival April 13-16th in Yangon.

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“It's not just a party, it's a life experience.� - Yan Thein Aung


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To get a glimpse of our cover crew in action, enjoy the Together Festival on Saturday, May 4th at Thuwannabhumi Event Park.

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Slim Spa:

My Wellness Support System Balance tries Slim Spa Professional Strong supplements to lose a few kilos and finds a great support system in a bottle.

I know I’m not alone, because it happens to the best of us. Stress, aging, and the lack of motivation and time to exercise led to a few extra kilos around my midsection. I’d resigned to the idea of just being a little heavier, hiding too-tight skinny jeans and favorite shirts in the back of my closet. A colleague at work introduced me to Slim Spa. I’m an all-natural, holistic health person, so I was skeptical about “diet pills.” I’d heard horror stories of over-caffeinated pills causing insomnia and super-laxatives that keep you running to the bathroom. Burning calories by sprinting to the bathroom was not a workout plan I wanted to try anytime soon! But after I read the Slim Spa ingredient list, I was swayed to give it a try. Developed in California, this pharmacy-grade diet supplement is results-driven, and not for crash dieters looking for a quick fix.

•African mango extract: Also called the dika nut, this plant is noted for its high-fiber nut helps to trim stubborn belly fat and reduce cholesterol absorption. When taken before meals, it can help boost metabolism and suppress hunger cravings to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

•Svetol Green Coffee bean: Decaffeinated Svetol green coffee beans won a’t give you the jitters. This potent antioxidant that also helps regulate blood sugar and encourages the body to burn sugar glucose stored as fat.

•Garcinia Cambogia: Derived from the Malabar tamarind, the fruit’s peel contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which helps to block fat production and decrease blood cholesterol.

From my own experience, Slim Spa curbed two of my worst weight loss enemies: low energy and sugar cravings. I began to feel steady energy throughout the day without the shakes and headaches of hyper-caffeination. Also, my normally ravenous sugar cravings were dialed down to a lulling murmur. I see Slim Spa is a diet buddy, a personal trainer for your cravings that supports a nutrient-dense balanced diet filled with veggies, lean protein, and whole grains as well as a regular workout routine. If you’re looking for a first step on a wellness journey, get effective support from Slim Spa supplements. Also try: Slip Spa Detox, a supplement fortified with, with fennel to reduce appetite, senna to stimulate the bowels for healthy excretion, and licorice to relieve irritation to support a seasonal body cleansing and maintenance routine. For those looking to build strong core muscles and reveal strong abs, use Slim Spa Six Pack, a nutrient dense supplement that includes kola nut extract to build muscle strength, bitter orange extract to increase metabolism, and yerba mate to stimulate fat-burning. 56

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Choose low-maintenance wavy, plaited, or headbanded styles


Opt to shade yourself from the sun’s rays with a sleek hat


Crochet crop tops and bralettes keep you cool while looking hot.

A Thingyan Head-to-Toe Festival Fashion Guide


Show off many small, cute accessories or stick to one statement piece.


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A Thingyan must-have! Choose colored lens and funky-shaped frames.


Shake it off with jean shorts or mini-skirt with decorative fringe.



Comfort is key when you’re dancing and walking around all day. Classic sneakers or holographic boots are go-t0 festival footwear.

Rock out in denim overalls or printed jumpers this Thingyan

As the calendar days count down to Thingyan, Balance’s Creative Director, Honey, made a guide for ladies searching for shopping for Thingyan party looks. Here are some easy, useful tips for you to create cool and comfortable style combos as the weather heats up.


Don’t let your bag be a burden. Instead, try a small backpack, bumbags, or crossbody styles that leave you hands-free and worry-free. Transparent plastic varieties offer waterproof style, ideal for water parties.


Oversized cardigans or jackets complete the final look

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Get On a Roll:

7 Foam Rolling Exercises

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The gym buff’s new best friend is not a protein shake or fancy weight equipment – it’s the foam roller. This small cylinder with acupressure nubs helps to lengthen muscles, strengthen joints, improve circulation, and aid in recovery from training and injuries. For a more supple body, try these Balance -approved exercises before a workout to stretch or post-workout to release muscle tension. Model: Seinn Lei Khine Images : Life Photography

Hip Slips (10 reps each side)

Lie on your side with the roller under your right hip. Support your front body with your arms. Engage your shoulders and core, then gently slide the roller down from your hip to mid-thigh and back to your hip again. This is one rep. Switch to the other side and repeat. Benefits: This move targets the long band of connective tissue from the hip to your outer knee called IT band. Women often have tighter outer thighs due to a wider pelvic brim. Rolling here can alleviate tightness.

Calf Slides (20 reps)

Sit on the floor with your legs straight out and hands on the floor behind your hips to support your weight. Place the foam roller under your calves. Slowly roll along the back of your legs down from knees to ankles. Benefits: Tight calves impair ankle and leg movement. Rolling lower leg muscles releases built up lactic acid, easing stiffness and cramps.Â

Cobra Quads (15 reps)

Begin in a soft plank position and place the roller above your knees. Bend your elbows and slowly glide the roller up to the hips along your quads. Press arms to straight and lift the chest forward to glide the roller back toward the knees. This is one rep. Benefits: The quads are a large, dense multi-layer muscle group. Runners and cyclists tend to be quad-dominant. Rolling this area can decrease the stress on the knees while improving leg and hip mobility.

Pigeon Booty Press (15 reps each side)

Sit on the foam roller with your hands on the floor for balance. Cross your right ankle over your left knee. Using your arms, roll over the full length of the glutes from the lower back to the upper thigh for one rep. Switch leg positions. Benefits: Foam rolling can stimulate gluteus fascia and increase hip range of motion which are vital for everyday activities like climbing stairs, sitting, lifting heavy objects, and walking.

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T-Spine Back Extensions (15 reps) Lie on your back with the foam roller under your shoulder blades, feet on the ground, and knees up. Place both hands behind the neck, elbows pointing forward. Pressing into your heels, slowly roll your spine along the roller from your shoulder blades to hips. One pass from spine to hips is one rep. Benefits: The shoulder and spine support the torso and upper body during physical activity. Stimulating the myofascial points in this area can prevent strain and injury due to repetitive use.

Trapezoid Bridge (20 reps)

Position the roller under the shoulder blades, resting the glutes on the ground. Interlock the hands behind the neck for support. Arch the head and neck backward, lifting the chest along the roller. Return to the starting position. This is one rep. Benefits: People with chronic neck pain often lack flexibility in their upper back. Tightness here can put stress on your neck, so rolling this area relieves pain and stiffness.

Lounging Lat Roll (10 reps each side)


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Lie on your right side with your right arm extended along the floor above the head, placing the width of the roller directly under your right armpit. Using your left hand for support, slide the roller from your armpit to just above your waist. This is one rep. Switch positions to work your left side. Benefits: Overused or tight lat muscles might make it uncomfortable to take deep breaths. Â It can also cause pain in the shoulders and lower back. Rolling the lats can help deepen your breathing and release soreness in the torso.


Cool Gadgets


the Hot Season Balance’s tech aficionado, Boey Zhi Chung, shows us some of the hottest new toys for gadget-loving girls and boys.

EnChroma Glasses As many as 9% of people are affected by color blindness, meaning their eyes cannot perceive colors accurately. In the past, there wasn't much that could be done about it. With EnChroma Glasses, people with color blindness can now see more accurate color perception. These glasses contain proprietary optical materials that selectively remove particular wavelengths of light exactly, correcting the color response in the retina.

Price: 300 USD

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Eufy BodySense Smart Scale The Eufy BodySense Smart Scale is a comprehensive and stylish tool that tracks weight, BMI, and full-body composition straight to your smartphone. It works with a well-designed app that contextualizes your body makeup across 12 metrics and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Within the app, you can also view metrics for lean body mass, body fat mass, bone mass, and muscle mass. The Smart Scale syncs your data with Apple Health, Google Fit, or Fitbit.

Price: $40 USD

Harry Potter Magic Photo and Video Printer Still life photos are a thing of the past! With the Harry Potter Magic Photo and Video Printer and App, your photos come to life like magic. The Lifeprint printer gives wizards, witches and muggles alike the ability to embed moving video inside their favorite photos that can be printed or shared online. The Lifeprint printer requires no ink to print, and all photos are printed on 2x3 inch ‘sticky backed’ paper for easy decoration of rooms, lockers, bulletin boards, school books, scrapbooks, cards, or frames. It prints videos from Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Apple Live Photos, and even Animated GIFs. The printer comes in both black and white and is small enough to easily fit in a bag, purse, and of course, wizarding robe pockets!

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Bose Sleepbuds Are you losing sleep due to annoying sounds like snoring, traffic, and rowdy neighbours? Bose created Sleepbuds with built-in noise-masking technology. Designed for comfort, these tiny, truly wireless Sleepbuds deliver uniquely engineered sounds that mask unwanted noise and lull you into tranquillity so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. With the Bose Sleep app, you are able to customize your sleep settings. Select a soothing sound, choose your volume level, and set wake-up alarms that only you can hear.

Price: 300 USD

Price: 190 USD

Moodo Fragrance Box If you're tired of keeping an eye on burning candles or refilling oil diffusers, the Moodo is an intriguing alternative. With Moodo, you can customize scents and control dispersal with your phone. The Moodo also delivers stronger, faster, and longer-lasting coverage than you get with oil or charcoal diffusers. Plus, it has impressive smart home integration via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and If This Then That (IFTTT). Replaceable capsules eliminate messy cleanup. With Moodo Fragrance Box, aromatherapy just got a lot smarter.

Nreal Light Mixed Reality Glasses Like virtual reality before it, augmented reality is the newest, hyped-up technology ripped straight from science fiction. Chinese start-up Nreal arrived on the tech scene with a surprisingly capable pair of AR glasses. Instead of clunky glasses (we’re looking at you, Google Glass), Nreal packed all the projection gear, sensors, and cameras into a very slim frame. The sleek, modern athletic frame design eliminates the nerd factor, offering practical, wearable AR that you would feel comfortable wearing in public.

Price: TBA

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High Fashion

Let It Flow high fashion and heritage

In uptown Yangon at the beautiful French restaurant, Shwe Sa Bwe, Balance magazine showcases high style formal wear with nods to classic Myanmar designs.


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Credits: Images: Life Photography Model: Hanna Yuri Stylist: Phyo Thiha Fashion: Charlotte Barjou Makeup Artist : Jet Jet 67

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Mustard yellow dress in organic cotton naturally dyed with water lily.


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Hot pink dress with Cheik pattern and silk organza skirt.

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“I like the discipline of wellcut, impeccable clothes. I think it's a very healthy discipline.” Karl Lagerfeld


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“Fashion is a weapon that you can use when you need it.” Donatella Versace

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Light pink dress in Jacquard cotton fabric.


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Point de Vue. Vintage silk jacket.

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Doctor’s Orders:

Emotional Strain & Shoulder Pain Some illnesses have causes unrelated to physical anatomy or infection. This type of pain can become chronic and debilitating, and the shoulder is often a culprit. Dr. Kara-Lee Terblanche explains how undetected emotional triggers may lead to musculoskeletal conditions like chronic shoulder pain.

Dr. Terblanche

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"Usually, patients with chronic shoulder pain

report a lack of support ... or feeling a lack of control.


- Dr. Terblanche

causes of shoulder Pain

Anatomically, the shoulder is a joint. Joints help support the structures of the body, such as muscles and bones. When diagnosing shoulder pain, I often ask patients how “support” translates in their lives. Usually, patients with chronic shoulder pain report a lack of support, feeling overwhelmed by having to give too much support, receiving support in an unwanted way, or feeling a lack of control. There are other ways that feelings and emotions can affect the shoulders:

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Stress strongly affects our emotions. Stress causes muscle tension, putting strain on related joints. The shoulder is a common area for this type of pain. Anxiety and depression affect the way we carry our bodies. Naturally, we when are feeling blue, our shoulders slouch and the spine hunches, putting tension on the shoulders. Are you perhaps a little too set in your ways? This type of “rigidity” can subconsciously translate into tension in the shoulders. Try to ease into change, new possibilities and perspectives. According to the ancient system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are six meridians that run through the shoulder: lung, large intestine, pericardium, triple warmer, small intestine, and heart. When these meridians are blocked, it can manifest as tightness and pain in the shoulder.

Phytotherapeutic Shoulder Pain Treatment



Stretch, move, and do physical therapy to loosen and strengthen the joint.



Explore any emotional aspects that may be present. Are you stressed at work? Do you have relationship drama? Feeling extra anxious recently?



Follow an alkaline diet (low acidity) and avoid inflammatory foods such as sugar, wheat, dairy, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, red meat, and nightshade vegetables (like eggplants, tomatoes, potatoes, and chilli peppers).

Treatment with herbs and supplements: 1.Devil’s claw: This amazing Southern African herb is a powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-rheumatic. It is as effective as cortisone and compatible with medications. 2.Omega 3: A powerful anti-inflammatory and joint lubricant, it’s found in algae and fish oil. 3.MSM and Horsetail: MSM is a powerful anti-inflammatory and effective painkiller. Horsetail contains silica to build the joint cartilage. Dr Kara-Lee Terblanche Medical Herbalist (Phytotherapist); Acupressure; Massage; Reiki

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Sizzling Spots for Date Nights

When the weather heats up, so does your social life. If you’re in a relationship, dating, or single and looking to mingle, Balance has scouted five restaurants that offer an intimate ambiance, good food and a lively experience to elevate your connection.

Shwe Sa Bwe Located in a tiny quarter north of Inya Lake, Shwe Sa Bwe is a French restaurant and bakery that specializes in offering customers a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Yangon. The large dining rooms are filled with antique Burmese décor and the walls are candy-colored. Staffed by hospitality voca-

Vestige This restaurant is ideal for a couple looking for authentic Burmese and Kachin food in a sleek setting at a stunningly affordable price point. Vestige is located at Avenue 64 Hotel, near Junction 8-Mile, and offers diners a broad selection of imported wine and local brews, and it has both indoor and poolside settings available. If you’re looking to share a starter with your significant other, try the eggplant salad – it’s a knockout.


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tional training program students, the ambiance is cozy and relaxed, while the food and plating are sophisticated and Instagram-worthy. Open Tuesday – Sunday for dinner and lunch, Shwe Sa Bwe is perfect for a first date or anniversary. Do not skip dessert: the French pastries here are not to be missed!

The Penthouse This hip restaurant is sleek, classy, but never pretentious. Situated in Sanchaung, this restaurant and bar is popular with hipsters, diplomats, business owners, and artists. Come for the open-air rooftop lounge, but stay for the luxuriant assortment of cocktails. The comfortable sofa seating is perfect for an intimate date or a larger Friends’ Night gathering. On Wednesdays, there is live music and DJs

on the weekends. The diverse menu is ideal for a couple looking for healthy dining choices as it caters to gluten-free, vegetarians, and vegans. For meat-lovers, there is the Thursday night special of free-flowing food and drinks for 2.5 hours for 33,000 MMK.

O’Thentic This Dagon Township creperie and wine bar is perfect for a second date or a steady relationship. Although the dining space is small, its avant-garde French décor denotes a feeling of a bespoke Parisian café. Beloved for its galletes, a savory twist on the traditional French crepe, the restaurant

The Blind Tiger This upbeat speakeasy in Kyauttadar Township is a stellar option for a Tinder date or a long-term romance. Intimate yet inviting, and decorated with bright Burmese artwork and romantic mood lighting, this bar and restaurant caters to social butterflies. Though the restaurant is known for

also offers a popular weekend brunch menu with live music. It also makes a wonderful dessert-and-drinks date spot, as the wine list is just as rich as its sweet offerings.

their exceptional burgers and international menu, the wine list boasts a myriad of labels at every price. Check their Facebook page for themed evenings like Murder Mystery Night and live music.

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Refreshing DIY Drinks to Beat the



Water festival season is a time of great celebration, but don’t forget the importance of hydration. Loren Lee Chiesi offers up five creative beverage recipes to say hello to H2O and keep the party going.


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PA S S I O N F R U I T D R E A M C O C O C R E A M S O DA Ingredients: •3 tablespoons passion fruit solids (from fresh or canned) •2 tablespoons coconut cream •200 ml 100 Plus (or soda water for less sweetness)

Combine passion fruit and coconut cream in a tall drinking glass and stir until creamy. Slowly, add 100 Plus or soda water to the top of the glass and mix. Garnish with whipped cream or a dollop of passion fruit.

THE UNCLE RAY SPECIAL Ingredients: •1 tablespoons cherry or grenadine syrup •200 ml ginger ale •1 tablespoon lime juice •2 Maraschino cherries for garnish

This classic cocktail is a family heirloom, passed down by my Uncle Ray. In a large tumbler glass, mix the syrup, ginger ale, and lime juice. Add ice and still water to fill the glass and garnish with cherries. If you’re feeling frisky, substitute the water for whiskey.

B U T T E R F LY P E A ICED TEA Ingredients: •1 liter filtered water •10-15 butterfly pea flower leaves •4 tablespoons lemon (or lime) juice •1 tablespoon honey •Ice and lemon (or lime) slices for garnish In a pot, boil water, honey, and butterfly pea flower leaves. Once brewed, strain leaves and refrigerate for 30 minutes until cooled. In a large pitcher, mix the sapphire-hued tea and juice, and watch the color magically change to purple. Garnish with ice and lemon slices to taste. Expect about four drinks. April 2019




Ingredients: •Fruit of 1 large mango or 300 g canned mango pulp • 100 ml lemon juice •2 tablespoons honey (or 2 shots of rum) •700 ml filtered water •Ice and lime (or lemon) slices for garnish

Ingredients: •500 g ripe watermelon (the sweeter, the better!) •100 ml lime juice •2 tablespoons honey •2 teaspoons salt •15 fresh mint leaves •500 ml filtered water

It’s called a “mango tango” because the sour and sweet flavors dance in your mouth. Blend mango, juice, honey (or rum), and 300 ml of water until liquefied. Pour the fruity liquid into tall glasses and dilute with a bit of the remaining water. Garnish with ice and a slice. Expect about four drinks.


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In a blender, combine cut watermelon, lime juice, honey, salt, water, and 10 mint leaves. Pulse until mixture is thick, but not liquefied. Transfer fruit mixture to a large bowl and freeze for 30 – 40 minutes, until mixture is mostly, but not completely frozen. With a spoon, shave the iced fruit into martini glasses or champagne goblets. Garnish with a watermelon wedge and a mint leaf. Expect about 4-5 servings.


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Zodiac Road Map for

A Dream Vacation Spot Summer time is a golden opportunity to put your cares aside and go on holiday. Cash in your vacation days and let Balance Magazine’s astrology guide lead you to your next epic getaway.


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Leave the poolside reading and luxury hotels for the other signs. The independent and energetic Aries prefers to go on adventures, not vacations. To satisfy your inner thrill-seeker, try backpacking in Chiang Mai, taking trekking tours in Kalaw, or bike riding the 1864 curves of the Mae Hong Son Loop.


Taurus revels in comfort. There is nothing more exciting than splurging on a luxury hotel in a relaxing locale with your loved ones. Take a private wine tour in France, or stay in a Parisian five-star hotel with an astonishing view of the Eiffel Tower.


Known to be social butterflies, this air sign craves variety in every situation, even traveling. They are curious explorers. Bali is your ultimate vacation destination. One day, you can be surfing, the next you can visit temples, and on another day you can enjoy beach yoga by your villa.


Family-oriented and nurturing in nature, the Cancers’ holiday is taking family vacations or getaways with close friends. Spend time with your tribe by renting a lodge at the Keinnara Hotel in Hpa-an, surrounded by beautiful nature, lush trees, and mountains. April 2019


Sagittarius Naturally curious and open-minded, this star sign is a born traveler. With such free-spirited attitudes, they prefer exploring over lounging at the beach. Backpacking through Europe is on their ultimate travel bucket list. Trek the French Alps, discover new foods and tiny villages along the Italian coasts, and get lost in the amazing architecture of Barcelona. For Sags who like the cold, head north to Scandinavia and bask in the glow of the Northern Lights.


Normally, Capricorns are all work and no play. However, on holiday, Capricorns show there is more to them than just discipline and deadlines. Their vacation can be anywhere as long as it involves challenging activities such as skiing, surfing, bungee jumping, or paragliding. A ski trip to Switzerland would invigorate an overworked Capricorn. After all, what’s the point of working hard if you can’t live life to the fullest?


This water sign is typically shy, quiet, artistic, and temperamental. They enjoy retreats or somewhere they could contemplate art, culture, and ideas. A museum and art tour in London is the ideal vacation for the Aquarius, as the city is known for its vast array of museums and chic, niche galleries.


Pisces crave tranquility, nature, and passion. They need to take frequent vacations in order to be more productive. As a water sign, they thrive in serene locales where they can let go and flow. A villa in the Maldives with a close companion is your dream vacation. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities and unwind in the beautiful turquoise water of Maldives.


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Bold, self-confident and energetic, this ‘king of the jungle’ is known for having an outgoing personality and adores being the center of attention. Their priority in vacation hunting is finding the most Instagram-worthy scenic views. Party hopping in Ibiza’s lively nightclubs is a surefire way to inspire FOMO in a Leo’s social media following.


There is nothing Virgos love more than being organized. They are perpetually prepared and pay attention to the smallest details of their travel itineraries. Japan is the perfect destination for Virgos, who love thoughtful design, sparklingly clean amenities, and efficiency. Train arriving on time? Check! High-tech toilets with fancy features? Japan for the win!


Libra is a characterized by a combination of balance, beauty, romance and tranquility. The perfect vacations for Libras include a balance among adventure, culture, and luxury. Thailand is the ultimate vacation hub for Libras. Spend a romantic weekend in Phuket getting massages at the spa and swimming at a private beach. Then head back to Bangkok for a more diverse experience of shopping, street food, and museum meandering.


People born under this sign are known to be passionate, resourceful, and mysterious. Nothing fascinates them more than discovering off-the-path places packed with culture and adventure. Egypt epitomizes the Scorpio characteristics. It has everything a Scorpio desires, including camel riding to the Giza Pyramids, exploring historic tombs in Luxor, and wandering the shopping district of Cairo in search of ceramics, textiles, spices and perfumes. April 2019



The Big Bad Wolf စာအုပ္အေရာင္းပြဲေတာ္ဟာ လူစိတ္၀င္စားဆံုးပြဲ တစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ စတင္ဖြင့္လွစ္သည္႔ေန႔မွစၿပီး လူဦးေရငါးေသာင္း ခန္႔ MyanmarEventPark သို႔လာေရာက္ခဲ့ၿပီး ၀ယ္ယူအားေပးခဲ့ၾကပါ တယ္။ ၂၄နာရီဖြင့္ေသာေၾကာင့္လည္း တစ္ေန႔လံုး၊ မိုးလင္းတိုင္ေအာင္ ႀကိဳက္ႏွစ္သက္ရာ စာအုပ္မ်ားကို ရွာေဖြၾကပါတယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံတကာတြင္ က်င္းပျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ပံုစံအတိုင္း ထူးျခားစြာ က်င္းပခဲ့ပါတယ္။ BigBadWolf Book Sale ကို Mr. Andrew Yap ႏွင့္ Mr. Jacqueline Ng တို႔က ၂၀၀၉ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ စတင္တည္ေထာင္ခဲ့ၿပီး မေလးရွားႏိုင္ငံ၏ ထင္ရွားသည္႔ ပြဲေတာ္တစ္ခုျဖစ္လာခဲ့သလို အာရွတစ္ခြင္၌လည္း ထင္ရွားၿပီး အင္ဒိုနီး ရွား၊ ထိုင္း၊ ဖိလစ္ပိုင္၊ သီရိလကၤာ၊ ထိုင္၀မ္ႏွင့္ အာရပ္ေစာ္ဘြား ျပည္ေထာင္စုစသည့္ ႏိုင္ငံမ်ားတြင္ စာအုပ္ေစ်းပြဲေတာ္မ်ားႏွစ္စဥ္

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က်င္းပျပဳ လုပ္လ်က္ရွိပါတယ္။ Big Bad Wolf Book Sale သည္ အာရွတစ္ခြင္တြင္ Augmented Reality (AR) လုပ္ေဆာင္ခ်က္ျဖင့္ ဖတ္ရႈရသည္႔စာအုပ္မ်ားကို အမ်ားဆံုးေရာင္းခ်ေပးေနၿပီးနာမည္ ေက်ာ္ LittleHippoARစာအုပ္မ်ားကို တစ္ဦးတည္း အေရာင္းကိုယ္စားလွယ္ျဖင့္ ေရာင္းခ်ေပးပါတယ္။ မေလးရွား ႏိုင္ငံတြင္ ၂၀၀၉ ခုႏွစ္၌စတင္ၿပီး တည္ေထာင္ခဲ့သည့္ Big Bad Wolf Book Sale ၏ ရည္မွန္းခ်က္ မွာ ကမာၻ႔လူသားမ်ား၏ အနာဂတ္ကို စာအုပ္မ်ားျဖင့္ ေျပာင္းလဲ ေပးႏိုင္ရန္ျဖစ္ၿပီး ယခုအခါတြင္ ၁၀ ႏွစ္သက္တမ္းကာလသို႔ ေရာက္ရွိ လာခဲ့ပါၿပီ။ ၂၀၁၉ ခုႏွစ္မွာေတာ့ ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕သို႔ ပထမဆံုးအၾကိမ္ အျဖစ္ ေရာက္ရွိလာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

မိဘမ်ား အေနနဲ႔မိမိတို႔ရဲ႕ ရင္ေသြးငယ္မ်ားကို ငယ္ရြယ္စဥ္ကေလးဘ၀ ကတည္းက စာအုပ္မ်ားနဲ႔ ေမြ႔ေလ်ာ္ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္ေစဖို႔ ကူညီပံ့ပိုး တိုက္တြန္းေပးသင့္ပါတယ္”

“ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဟာ လက္ရွိအခ်ိန္မွာ စီးပြားေရး၊ လူမႈေရးစတဲ့ က႑ေတြမွာ ထူးျခား တဲ့ေျပာင္းလဲမႈေတြနဲ႔ ၾကံဳေတြ႕ေနရၿပီး လူေနမႈအဆင့္အတန္း ေျပာင္းလဲ လာမႈနဲ႔အတူ အဂၤလိပ္စာကို ေလ့လာလိုက္စားၿပီး အဂၤလိပ္ဘာသာ စာအုပ္စာေပမ်ားကို ဖတ္ရႈ ေလ့လာလိုသူမ်ား အလြန္မ်ားျပားလာေနပါတယ္။ ကြ်န္ေတာ္တို႔အေနနဲ႔ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေ တာ္အစိုးရရဲ႕လူမႈစီးပြားဖြံ႔ၿဖိဳးေရးဆိုင္ရာ ဦးတည္ခ်က္မ်ား၊ ေပၚလစီမ်ားနဲ႕လိုက္ေလ်ာ ညီေထြရွိေစတဲ့ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ျခင္း၊ အနာဂတ္ရဲ႕ စာအုပ္စာေပခ်စ္သူမ်ားကို ဖန္တီးေပးျခင္းႏွင့္ အသိဥာဏ္ပညာကို အေျခခံတဲ့စီးပြားေရးက႑ကို ကူညီ ဖန္တီးေပးျခင္းတို႔ကို စာအုပ္စာေပလူ႔မိတ္ေဆြဆိုတဲ့ ဆိုရိုးစကားကို ျပန္လည္ အသက္သြင္းျခင္းျဖင့္ ေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးႏိုင္မယ္လို႔ ယံုၾကည္ပါတယ္။” ဟု ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ Big Bad Wolf Book Sale အားစီစဥ္ေဆာင္ရြက္သည္႔ Read 2 Read Myanmar အဖြဲ႔၏ဒါရုိက္တာျဖစ္သူ ဦးမ်ိဳးေအာင္ ကရွင္းလင္းေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ Big Bad Wolf Book Sale ၏တည္ေထာင္သူ Mr. Andrew Yap က “ စာအုပ္စာေပမ်ားဖတ္ရႈျခင္းျဖင့္ စိတ္ကူးဥာဏ္မ်ား ပိုမိုေကာင္းမြန္ၿပီးစကားအရာၾကြယ္ ၀ကာအသိပညာမ်ား တိုးပြားေစတယ္ဆိုတာေျပာစရာမလိုတဲ့အခ်က္ပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။အ ထူးသျဖင့္ ကေလးငယ္မ်ားနဲ႔လူငယ္မ်ား စာအုပ္စာေပမ်ားနဲ႔ထိေတြ႔မႈကို စဥ္ဆက္မျပတ္ ရွိေနေစဖို႔ အေရးႀကီးလွပါတယ္။ မိဘမ်ား အေနနဲ႔မိမိတို႔ရဲ႕ ရင္ေသြးငယ္မ်ားကို ငယ္ရြယ္စဥ္ကေလးဘ၀ကတည္းက စာအုပ္မ်ားနဲ႔ ေမြ႔ေလ်ာ္ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္ေစဖို႔ ကူညီပံ့ပိုး တိုက္တြန္းေပးသင့္ပါတယ္” လို႔ေျပာၾကားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အဆိုပါစာအုပ္ပြဲေတာ္ႀကီးတြင္ မ်ားျပားလွတဲ့ သုတ၊ ရသ က႑အစံုမွ စာအုပ္ေပါင္းမ်ားစြာပါ၀င္ၿပီး ဂႏၱ၀င္၀တၳဳမ်ား၊ သိပၸံစိတ္ကူးယဥ္ ၀တၳဳမ်ား၊ အခ်စ္၀တၳဳ၊ သုတရသ စာေပမ်ား၊ ဟာသသရုပ္ျပ စာအုပ္မ်ား၊ စီးပြားေရး၊ စိုက္ပ်ိဳးေရး၊ က်န္းမာေရး၊ ခ်က္ျပဳတ္ျခင္းဆိုင္ရာ စာအုပ္မ်ား၊ ကေလးသူငယ္မ်ား စိတ္၀င္စားဖြယ္ ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္ဖြယ္ စာအုပ္စာေပမ်ားစြာပါ၀င္ပါတယ္။ မိဘ အမ်ားစုက စာအုပ္ေစ်းေရာင္းပြဲေတာ္မွာ သူတို႔ရဲ႕ ရင္ေသြးငယ္ေတြ ကို Little Hippo AR book ေတြကို ဖတ္ရႈျခင္းအားျဖင့္ စာဖတ္ျခင္းအေလ့အက်င့္ကို ျပဳစုပ်ိဳးေထာင္ႏို င္မွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ Big Bad Wolf Book Sale ေၾကာင့္ လူငယ္မ်ားသည္ စာဖတ္ျခင္းကို စိတ္၀င္စားဖြယ္ ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္ဖြယ္ရာ လုပ္ေဆာင္မႈတစ္ခုအေနျဖင့္ အသိတရားရရွိေစႏိုင္ၿပီး စာဖတ္ျခင္း၌ေမြ႔ေလ်ာ္ေစမည္ျဖစ္သည္။

ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဟာ လက္ရွိအခ်ိန္မွာ စီးပြားေရး၊ လူမႈေရးစတဲ့ က႑ေတြမွာ ထူးျခား တဲ့ေျပာင္းလဲမႈေတြနဲ႔ ၾကံဳေတြ႕ေနရၿပီး လူေနမႈအဆင့္အတန္း ေျပာင္းလဲလာမႈနဲ႔အတူ အဂၤလိပ္စာကို ေလ့လာလိုက္စားၿပီး အဂၤလိပ္ဘာသာစာအုပ္စာေပမ်ားကို ဖတ္ရႈ ေလ့လာလိုသူမ်ား အလြန္မ်ားျပားလာေနပါတယ္။

“ April 2019



April 2019


Balance Fashion Night TIPSY Bar, 04 January 2019, Yangon Balance Magazine hosted their annual Fashion Night party attended by local fashion designers, top models, photographers, stylists, and fashion industry entrepreneurs.

April 2019



Yoma International Marathon 20 January 2019, Yangon

Samsung Galaxy S10 Launch Lotte Hotel, 28 February 2019, Yangon


April 2019

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Profile for Balance Magazine Myanmar

Balance Magazine_April 2019  

Cover: HLife, DJ Y3LLO and DJ Double U on bringing large-scale live entertainment to Myanmar High Fashion: Charlotte Barjou designs featur...

Balance Magazine_April 2019  

Cover: HLife, DJ Y3LLO and DJ Double U on bringing large-scale live entertainment to Myanmar High Fashion: Charlotte Barjou designs featur...