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To Influence, Or To Review?

The word 'influence' means "the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself".  This is a broad definition, and can be…

Aik Cheong Coffee: A Taste Test

What is this? Well, it's a blog post detailing a popular coffee brand that's carved a niche for itself amongst the many coffee enthusiasts and leisurely coffee drinkers in Colombo alike. Man…

Need a Job?

*Cover photo features Michael Scott from The Office. Great TV show to watch whether you're employed, or not.  So you're over 18 and are in need of a job. Could be because you need…

Types of People You Get In Tuition Classes

Tuition classes are an indispensable element in every kid's life, despite the school or grade they're in. It gets serious when the kid is about to sit for a public examination. Even if…

Thank God It's FRIYAY!

You know, on Fridays, the YAMU office is usually slightly dead. We'll be working all day and all of a sudden, the office is quiet as a graveyard because most of the people…

අඟහරු ලෝකේ ගඩොල්, රුසියන් අපාය සහ තවත් කතා

නාසා ආයතනටවත් කරගන්න බැරිවුණු සොයාගැනීමක් යහුගිය සතියේ “දිවයින” පත්තරේ කීර්ති වර්ණකුලසූරිය…

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Every Sri Lankan

Every year we make new resolutions for ourselves. Now don’t get us wrong here, we’re not talking about making a list and posting it on Facebook. Even if you don’t expressly do so,…

Travel Tips For The Season

Christmas is almost here! It’s also probably the most anticipated time of the year and the time when everyone starts to think about where to travel with all that sweet sweet leave they’ve…

People in the Rain in Kandy

Kandy gets wet like no other place. Actually, that's not entirely true. Kandy gets wet like any other place in Sri Lanka. Any other congested city, where people have to struggle…

Modern Lankan Symbols

So, you are engaged in a meaningful conversation about ales vs lager on a pub crawl. Before you know it, you are talking-up Sri Lanka. This calls for a bit…

Bye, YAMU!

Wassa YAMU readers! As the 9 people who watch Friyay know, I'm leaving YAMU. After almost 3 years of reviewing, saying nonsense on videos, and being Editor, it's finally…

How To Recover From a Hangover

Be it at a big match, a batch reunion or just a night out, it’s no secret that we Sri Lankans can handle a drink. What comes the next morning is far less…

6 Things You Hate About Sri Lanka But Miss When You're Away

Ah, Sri Lanka. The motherland. A paradise island. Home of beach cricket, palm trees, and hot hot kade paan. Where the weather is warm and road rules are merely suggestions. It simultaneously enchants and aggravates you.…

7 Ways To Not Be Repulsive On A First Date

Sure, you're not exactly a supermodel. Not even an Instagram model. Maybe not even a House of Fashion model. But being sexy is so much more than chiselled jawlines and luscious avurudu kumaraya…

What Not To Say To An Arts Student

Studying the arts in Sri Lanka comes with a unique set of difficulties and frustrations. Arts degrees are popularly perceived as inferior to more traditional ones (medicine, law, engineering),…

රිගින් ටෝන් සිංදු හදන 'රෙසිපිය' මෙන්න

දැන් අවුරුදු කීපයක ඉඳන් අපි අහන සිංහල සිංදු මෙච්චර කල් අපි…

The 6 Weirdest Dishes in Colombo

In our many experiments in Colombo's eateries, we've come across some strange superstars tucked away in seemingly innocuous menus. Keep in mind that we use "weird" in the wonderful sense, and…

Ramadan Explained

What is Ramadan? Ramadan is an important time for Muslims all around the globe. It's the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (seriously, it's the name of the month) and leads up to…

ඔයාගෙ අලුත් අවුරුද්දත් පරණයිද?

ලංකාවෙ අපට අවුරුද්දකට ‘අවුරුදු’ දෙකක් තියෙනවා: ජනවාරි පළවෙනදා අවුරුද්දයි, අප්‍රේල් මාසේ අවුරුද්දයි…

Why Avurudu Is Better Than New Year's Eve

Sri Lanka has two new years, one in January (the western one) and one in April (ours). Here's why our New Year is better. 1. Avurudu Is A Real Holiday In western countries, you…

අපේ මිනිස්සු දේශපාලඥයන්ගෙන් බලාපොරොත්තු වෙන අමුතු දේවල්

හැම රස්සාවකටම ඒවට නියම වෙච්ච වගකීම් තියෙනවා. මේ කියන වගකීම්…

The Great Mutton Roll Taste-Off

The Mutton Roll is considered a sacred delicacy amongst most sensible mortals that inhabit this blessed planet (and greater Colombo). "Why do people like mutton rolls?" "I suppose I should like them as…

5 Things Trump Could Learn From Mahinda

Donald Trump seems confused that America isn't run like a family business. Perhaps he could learn a few lessons from Sri Lanka's former bossman, Mahinda Rajapaksa.  1. Style The Donald should wear just…

Cows Getting Kicked Out Of Colombo

Everyone in traffic - however busy they are - must halt before the cow. Cattle have been a part of Colombo traffic since our village days, but not, it seems, for long. Cattle are now being rounded…