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FIFA World Cup Match Times (Sri Lanka/India)

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: We've updated the schedule for the final time. This shows you when the playoff matches are, leading up to the final. You can read more here. UPDATE UPDATE: We've updated the…

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?…

Like A Baas

Merc at a cuttlefish taste-off. What you can't see is how hot it is. And he insists on wearing fur. What is it like running a Sri Lankan startup? Ha. While the real boss Shruthi Mathews…

Pizza App (Just Out Of Beta)

App did this So. Now you can order pizza through the YAMU app. The tech part is pretty simple, what's key is that our partner Harpo's A) makes good pizza and B) has good delivery and…

What's Up This Weekend?

Friday 30 May Bike, Beer & Bavarian Hospitality Did you know that biking and beer go hand in hand? Like Fred and Wilma and Cher and Sonny and what's better than quenching your thirst on…

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…

YAMU Started At CMB Hack. Start Your Business This Friday

The scene YAMU really began at the Colombo Hackathon two years ago. We're proud to host the CMB Hack this year, starting this Friday at 5:30 PM, continuing 24 hours till something awesome happens.…

The Southern Hills

The route through the southern hill country is a great scenic way to get to Galle. That is, if you’re willing to trade an hour on the expressway for 4-5 hours through the hills with…

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…

YAMU's Mother's Day Guide

This Sunday is Mother's Day and of course you haven't forgotten, that's why you're reading this post. Here's some of our ideas for a great mothers day. Time Even if you live with your mother, you…

Unhappy Banana (Off-Season In Una)

Happy Banana waves If you were wondering, Unawatuna is off-season and we wouldn't really recommend it for swimming. As you can see, the beach in the middle of the strip is basically non-existent.…

May Day 2014 Traffic Map (Avoid Everything)

YAMU has a continuing interest in telling you how, precisely, you're screwed. As a quick summary, please avoid the Colombo streets tomorrow - May 1st, 2014. The only exception is if you're…

New Cupcakes At The Cakery

From a little homespun Good Market stall to one of Colombo's go-to dessert spots, The Cakery is doing really well. They've managed to maintain their fresh ingredients and brilliant taste while…

The Yanni Concert

We don't normally review events after the fact, but here goes. We went to see Yanni at Sugathadasa Stadium. He seems like a really sweet person, surrounded by some really talented musicians. The Scene Sugathadasa is a…

Easter In Colombo 2014

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, but it's also a much-older Avurudu-like harvest and fertility festival. Hence the bunnies and eggs. Here's YAMU's guide to celebrating the season…

Avurudu Litha 2014 Infographic (Auspicious Times)

The hefty infographic below is YAMU's Avurudu Litha, or list of auspicious times. Avurudu Litha 2014 (Auspicious Times) The Auspicious Times (In Text) Saturday April 12th - Last bath of the year Sunday April 13th - Official…

Roundtrip, Mad Dash, Up And Down: Kandy (Match Edition)

EDITOR'S NOTE: The day after Sri Lankan won the T20 World Cup, we're publishing this piece on the lengths Sri Lankan fans go through for cricket. The story is partly, that, but also about the…

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 …

When Will It Stop Being So Hot

BBC Weather History For Sri Lanka April is the cruellest month, as T.S. Eliot said. He was obviously referring to Sri Lanka. April is when it starts to get really really hot in a place…

eCigarettes In Sri Lanka

Editor's Note: eCigarettes are not for children and the nicotine kind are not any less addictive than their leaf counterparts. eCigs are best used as a way to quit smoking or,…

YAMU Pizza Ordering (With Harpo's) - Coming Soon

Soon you'll be able to order Harpo's Pizza from your smartphone or tab. We're demoing this service tonight and hope to have it available next week. As you can see from the screen, it lets you…

YAMU Hour At Sugar (Thank You)

Thank you to everyone who came out to the YAMU Hour on Wednesday at Sugar. We had a good time and hope you did as well. From our estimates about 75 people came and it certainly felt…

Long Time No Galle Road

Between Ambalangoda and Hikka sits Akurala Beach. Stunning blues during season. In the days before the expressway, everybody used Galle Road to travel down south. Nowadays, people talk about going to Galle for a…