One of the biggest associations with February is Valentine’s Day, a gooey occasion for starry-eyed lovers and tequila-time for lone wolves.
What was inspired by St Valentine helping Christian couples wed in the 3rd Century despite a ban from the Roman emperor has now turned into a worldwide celebration that has been embraced by Myanmar.
Flowers fly around Yangon, tables at high-end restaurants are booked out and hotels lure couples with special ‘staycation’ packages.
There are even agencies and event planners offering to orchestrate the perfect romantic day. That’s all good and well, but how do you meet someone in the first place?
Approaching new people can be awkward—especially if your shyness reduces you to a fumbling buffoon, staring at the end of your shoe and nothing else.
As a young Myanmar person and a seasoned dater, I’d say the top 5 are:
1) Tinder—everybody’s favorite hookup app, usually used by people aged between 18 and 30 in Myanmar. Swipe left to reject and right to…ah, you know how it works.
2) Facebook—for many in Myanmar, this is basically the whole Internet, and a handy tool for maneuvering out of the friend zone.
3) Badoo—founded in 2006 and with its headquarters in London, this dating app posing as a social network gained popularity in Myanmar in 2016.
4) BeeTalk–allows you to send users near you a “whisper” message that disappears afterward (as well as doodles and “cute stickers.”) This is also superb for dating.
5) Viber—a free Japanese cross-platform instant messaging and voice over IP app. It’s the most commonly use app in Myanmar for dating and information-sending among locals.