Koslanda Landside Relief: Ways To Help

Landslides triggered by the monsoon rains have reports 32 people missing. At last count, 6 bodies had been recovered with 330 people affected by the landslide (watch the news…

The Negombo Sky

October/November is the intermonsoon season, so you get grey skies, but when it clears up the sunsets are remarkable. By our second day the sky was being a total attention-ho, so we managed to capture a…

Diwali Sweets In Colombo

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights. It celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and so on. The celebrations usually…

Tesla Spotted In Colombo

Looks like there's a Tesla Model S on the streets of Colombo. If you haven't heard of it, the Tesla is the coolest car ever. It's all electric, it's fast, it's sexy and it's…

The (Possible) Colombo Monorail

The powers that be are planning, with some seriousness, a monorail for Colombo. We saw this video which shows how awesome a monorail would be, though we don't know the source…

Ice Cream Taste-Off (Premium Brands) 2014

The local ice cream scene has come a long way during the past decade with most brands now offering their very own "premium" ranges, some good and…

Slave Island

Slave Island got its name from Sri Lanka's colonial past, when mostly African slaves were brought to the island and made to reside here. Today it's known for its crowded settlements and…

The Great Instant Noodle-Off

If you grew up in Sri Lanka, chances are you went through a Maggi phase at some point in your life. If you're a college student who's moved abroad you're…

Colombo International Book Fair 2014

Colombo doesn't have a lot of big events going on so people get really excited about the Book Fair. Bookworms everywhere rush to BMICH there and spend the day browsing for bargains. This year…

Pettah Typography

Pettah along with the rest of the city is under metamorphosis - it has come a long, long way from its archaic market style (especially the rather urbane Main Street), but if you…

Colombo Under Construction

Travelling to and from Colombo these days can be hell because of all the construction going on. We did a loop around Colombo, starting from Wellawatte up to Galle face (on Galle…

15 Book Nooks In Colombo

Colombo isn't a very bookworm friendly space, meaning you don't usually see a lot of people reading in public. But there are still a few places you might not have noticed that…

YAMU's Top 5 Biriyanis

One Indian import that Sri Lankans absolutely love is biryani. We have it at weddings, for religious festivals, and on a daily basis. It's become so popular that nearly every eatery does their own…

Esala Perahara

Esala Perahara is Sri Lanka's biggest, most flamboyant parade. Every August, hundreds of dancers, acrobats, musicians and elephants take to the streets of Kandy, to commemorate the occasion when the Sacred Tooth Relic of…

Taste-Off: Our Top 5 Cupcakes

Cupcakes! Do they need an introduction? We suspect the cupcake movement in Colombo began about three years ago when it was just a few home-bakers, but it's pretty mainstream now and you…

Late Night Burgers - Our Top 4 (2014)

Most of Colombo goes to sleep early, unfortunately, so it's awesome when you're a night owl and you find there are still a handful of affordable places open after 10. Personally I…

The Sawan List (Top 5 Sawan Places for 2014)

Sawans are awesome. The origin of the tradition of the sawan is unknown; it's likely it goes back to some part of India. Sawans are large (often silver)…

The Colombo Cheese Kottu Round-Up 2014

Luke Spinner Tidball produced our Kottu Beats video and sounds. We think it's pretty cool.   Sri Lanka is known for its kottu - if you haven't had it, they say, you haven't…

Sigiriya: How To Get There

Sigiriya sits right in the middle of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle made up by Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Technically, Sigiriya refers to the ancient city, but most people use it when speaking of the iconic rock fortress that dominates the historic capital at a height of 660 feet. The…

The Hottest Buttered Cuttlefish (YAMU's Top 5 for 2014)

Hot buttered cuttlefish is more than Colombo's most glorious seafood nibble. It's also a massive bone of contention for the good people of the city. Which god-sent establishment invented it?…

The YAMU Date Night Index

The YAMU Date Night Index tells you what hand to play when romance is on the cards. We started with your favourites, then added ours in by doing a bit of romancing in the name of science and came up with a pretty comprehensive index (we think). The Dater's Dozen Our top 12 include HVN (Casa Colombo) Nihonbashi Honten Sky Lounge Tintagel 7 Degrees Nihonbashi Yakitori Garden 41 Sugar Sugar Ministry of Crab Lagoon Chesa Swiss ON14 (OZO) All these places are good bets…

Two Wheels To Negombo

Travelling long distances on two wheels is no easy task. Driven by the impulsive adventurous spirit that makes us think we can do anything, we set off to Negombo down the Old Negombo Road, simply because…

Kandy: How To Get There (Bus, Train, Etc)

Updated: April 2014 Distance from Colombo: 115km This guide tells you how to get to (and from) the hill city of Kandy. Bus Train …

5 Independent Coffee Shops (Colombo) 2014

Colombo is getting coffee franchises but, thankfully, we're getting a lot of independent coffee shops as well. These are five independent coffee shops which we think are excellent and worth a…