Ac­tress pub­lishes travel photo al­bum

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NAN­DAR AUNG nan­da­raung@mm­

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.

Pho­tos: Nyo Me

Moe Hay Ko poses with the book dur­ing the launch event.

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