Actress publishes travel photo album
IT was not quite a bucket list item, but it did take three very valuable years out of her life. But now actress Moe Hay Ko has finally produced her travel documentary photo album, My Beloved (Kya Ma Chit Thaw). It is a kind of tribute to the nation, she says, a way of paying back something to the fans who lavish their love and affection and desire on her, while demonstrating her love of her country and its arts and crafts and traditions and scenery and geography and people. It costs K50,000.
To accomplish this work, Moe Htay Ko set off to visit each one of the 14 states and regions, travelling almost incognito, eschewing her trademark sexy silhouette dresses and wearing simple jeans and a T-shirt.
In doing so, she has kept a vow she made two years ago.
The magnum opus contains more than 300 photos on 170 pages detailing her thoughts and feelings at each stage of The Journey. It also comes with a video disc.
“To create this book, I sacrificed my time. It encapsulates the sorrows, the happiness and the difficulties of my whole life,” she assured journalists on her return.
“I dedicate this to my beloved audiences, and to the nation as a whole, that loves me. It is a kind of representation of my life.”
She completed her travels between August 2013 and October 2014. She travelled alone, except for Ko Lin Htun from Life Photography, and designer Ko Yar Su and director Thone Baung (for the video disc). The book was printed in Thailand with a first run of 2000 copies.
“I don’t expect to make a profit. I just wanted to do my best,” said the star. “I gave this album all my time.”
For each of the locations on which she chose to descend, she describes its ethnic and cultural traditions, its crafts and the beauties of the natural surroundings. With the help of writer and songwriter A Yoe, she also reveals her deepest feelings and thoughts, often in photo caption form. These acknowledgements are printed in Burmese and English.
“I’m lucky I can do what I want before I grow old,” Moe Hay Ko said.
She told of her encounters with honest people and of her good experiences, which money cannot buy. Yes, she encountered difficulties, but she came shining through.
“One of my colleagues said that if I got through this experience I should give up acting,” she confided. She’s thinking about it.
“I forget everything when I go travelling. I just wear ordinary things and act like a normal girl,” she said.
The background music for the video was written by songwriter Myint Moe Aung. The title song My Beloved is sung by Chan Chan.
“It is a record of her acting life,” said Ko John Lwin, CEO of Star Event Production, “Every star should do this. I’m so proud of her. And I want to say that she and her film production will just go on from this to greater success in the future. I’ve seen places in the book that I’ve never had the chance to visit. I want to travel to Kachin and Chin states.”
My Beloved, the travel documentary photo album, is available at branches of the Star & Model International Agency in Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi, Life Photography and the She Shine Jewellery counter in Novotel Hotel.
Moe Hay Ko has also now launched Moe Film Production, whose first film, Koe Soe Lu Hnite, can be seen next weekend at a theatre near you.
Moe Hay Ko poses with the book during the launch event.