Bangkok-based Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) recently joined forces with the Directorate of Supervision and Inspection (DISI) under the Ministry of Planning and Finance to hold a training event for Myanmar SMEs seeking to export to Thailand. Named the “Practical Guide to Export Myanmar Products to Thailand,” the intensive course covered...

The Quinceañera, Redefined

  Walter Thompson-Hernández (The New York Times) Jayla Sheffield, 15, looked to her left and right. She and six friends, all wearing black shorts, white Nikes and T-shirts with the words “Jayla’s Quince,” paused, ready to kick off a night of festivities with a dance routine they had practiced for months. The...
Amy Tara Koch (The New York Times) Every mountain is unique, sure. But, the rhythm of most ski resorts is predictable. So, when I heard about a “ski safari” in the Italian Alps, that involved crisscrossing the scenic towns and valleys of places like Cortina, Civetta, Val Gardena and Arabba,...
Siddhartha Mitter(New York Times) LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo This hot, dry metropolis may seem an unlikely art center. It is a thousand miles from the capital, Kinshasa, on the southern edge of an enormous, unwieldy country typically associated with wars and other crises. Yet the Lubumbashi Biennial, founded in 2008, recently...

The Red Coats Are Coming

Vanessa Friedman (The New York Times) Forget the power shoulder. These days, it’s all about the power coat. At least when it comes to Jane Fonda — and, perhaps, to those who would follow her example. We are speaking, of course, of the five-alarm, bright red coat the actress and activist...

Inle Lake: A Peaceful Place

Inle Lake is a favorite of foreign and local travelers alike. The ecosystem formed around it is attracting more and more visitors. Poems, songs, stories and paintings portraying the beauty of the lake have also contributed to its reputation around the world. For most visitors to Myanmar, the lake ranks...
Shannon Sims (The New York Times) Gone are the days when a hotel meant simply a bed, a desk and perhaps a minibar. A new wave of accommodations has bumped traditional lodging out of the way by offering unique experiences that are endlessly, irresistibly Instagrammable. Want to cozy up in...

12 Days on the Silk Road

Charly Wilder (The New York Times) The sky over Tajikistan was a deep deoxygenated blue as we sped through the desolate mountain landscape of the eastern Pamirs. For days we had been driving one of the world’s most treacherous roads, the Pamir Highway, which snakes through the highlands of Tajikistan...
By P. Kandiah and Geetha Kandiah Moderna Inc., Sanofi, AstraZeneca plc, Roche, Gilead Sciences and Novartis are just some of the many pharmaceutical companies working to fast-track the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Many companies and research institutions from various countries are racing to develop the vaccine for COVID-19. Who...
Vanessa Friedman (The New York Times) Dr. Sarah Armstrong has a 15-year-old patient who has been going to the weight management clinic at Duke since he was 8 years old. “The parents both have worked with us tirelessly, the family drives an hour to see us, they’ve tried various diets and...