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Valentine's Day 2015 (Hot Dates In Colombo)

Here's some nice Valentine's Day dates in Colombo. We start with the restaurants, then the the blowouts at the big hotels, and finally the intimate affairs and boutique/small hotels. If you want to just…

Navam Perahera Photos (2015)

The Navam Perahera is the biggest procession of its kind in Colombo. These are some photos taken by Nazly Ahmed, who you should follow on Twitter (@nazly).Kandyan Musician And LightsLion MaskSpinning DancersSpinning…

Happy Independence Day (a brief history of colonial rule)

Sri Lanka celebrates its 67th Independence Day today. It commemorates the granting of self-rule to the Dominion of Ceylon from the British Empire on the 4th of February, 1948. Portuguese Era The European powers first made contact with the island in 1505, when Lourenso de Almeida's Portuguese fleet was caught in a storm and washed ashore at Galle. The fleet later made…

5 Tips For Eating Like A Chinese Person

Sri Lankans tend to eat Chinese food like it's rice and curry. The way Chinese people eat, however, is very different. We met a Chinese national (who goes by the name Kasun) and went out to dinner with him to get some tips.  These are a few…

Classic Long Weekend Holidays (Sri Lanka)

Since there's a long weekend coming up (well, if you take Monday off), what with Poya and Independence Day - some of you might be considering trips out of town. Here are our favourite places to head off to for some down time for 2-4 days.  Negombo …

Colombo Then & Now (6 Photos)

Colombo has undergone a total make-over in the past decade alone, let alone in the past century.  We thought we'd put together some of the best photographs taken around the capital city  - then and now - just to show you how much things have changed.  The 'Then' photographs here are from The Archives and Lankapura , while I took the 'Now' ones. Put them together and…

5 Hot Neighborhoods In Colombo

Colombo is not a planned city. Shops and offices are in in residential areas and the city has evolved organically and, at times, randomly. That is changing with a new zoned plan for Colombo, but the living heart of Colombo is, for the most part,…

Lion Index: The Price Of Beer In Colombo

How much does a beer cost in Colombo? This is our survey of 22 places to find out. The price of a Lion Beer can vary dramatically across Colombo. At the more working class bars its quite cheap, but at the posh ones it can be two to three times the sticker price. We did a survey of 22 places to see how much one of the big bottles (625 ml) would cost you around town. This is the second time we're doing the survey, see Lion Index 2012. view image Note that certain places (marked with a *) do not sell 625 ml bottles, so we've scaled the prices for the…

Fast Food Rices, Which Is The Nicest?

Every fast food franchise looks to put a local spin on their menus, and here in Sri Lanka that has manifested in the form of rice dishes. You probably won't eat these on a regular basis, but even the best of us do find ourselves having the occasional craving. So we drove around Colombo and grabbed each major fast food franchise's iteration. To be on even ground we went with the chicken option in…

Watching The Sri Lanka Election Results (2015) #PresPollSL

You can see how to watch the General Election Results here. UPDATE: The election is effectively over. The challenger Maithripala Sirisena is comfortably ahead in counting (though final results have not been issued). The incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded and left Temple Trees. Congratulations to all Sri Lankans for holding…

Sri Lankan Restaurants In Colombo

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YAMU's Top 10 New Restaurants For 2014

A lot of restaurants/bakers/etc opened in Sri Lanka in 2014. These are the places we thought were mind blowing. You can click on the name of each place to read our full…

Galle Fort Guide

Galle Fort is a beautiful place to visit, and one of the few truly walkable destinations in Sri Lanka. More than the actual places to eat and see, it's the general…

The Colombo Port City

The Colombo Port City, if all goes well, should be a reality in September 2017, three years after work officially began. Once completed, this largely private development will completely transform Colombo, adding 233…

Colombo Home Bakers : Round-Up

There's always a new baker popping up these days in Colombo so obviously we haven't covered every one of them - but this is a pretty decent round-up.…

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…