Announcement - Bamarlay's Diary

I am moving my blog to Myanmar Man's Diary.It has already passed the beta testing stage and now up and running. Please visit my new blog. For, I will be updating it with the excerpt from my new posts in Myanmar Man's Diary. Another blog I was invited to contribute to is Today in Myanmar, a website about Myanmar culture, custom, information, travel advice, life and anything about Myanmar. You can also visit the new blog. So far, I am the only one who regularly contribute to this blog while other friends are still writing their articles. Thank you for your support.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I tried to type in Myanmar

Yesterday I tried to type in Myanmar for the first time using Zawgyi Keyboard. Very difficult. I typed in word and thought I will cut and paste the finished product into the blogger. After trying for more than half an hour to get one paragraph in Myanmar, I realized that I cannot paste it into blogger! Everything turn out horrible. My Myanmar alphabets are jambled. Lots of question marks everywhere. Why is it too difficult to type in Myanmar on the web???

Anyway, it is fun typing in Myanmar. May be sooner or later I will be able to find a way to post it. Until then...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I am back to Myanmar

Hi all to all my friends out there. I am back in Myanmar a few days ago. I cannot use any mail as they are blocked here. Fortunately, I can still use this blogger so i can post some more posts in my blog until I travel up country a few days later. So I will not be able to post for another 2 or 3 months as there is no internet access where I am going. Anyway, I will be able to post again when I come back to Yangon. I will also post some more before I travel.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

NYI LYNN SECK 18 DEN: Time to say Goodbye

NYI LYNN SECK 18 DEN: Time to say Goodbye

"Okie. I was wrong! I have to accept whatever I had done. So be it. Here
I published nearly 900 posts and I hope at least you could find out one
small useful tip from them. This blog will not be active anymore. For
my closed friends, I'll let you know when I start my new other blog.
Again!! I dont need visitors. I m just expressing myself here. So pls
stay away with me if you think I m insulting others. We, me and
Mayvelous were very sorry for previous post, it doesnt mean asking
forgiveness, that is what we truely believe. I do thank for everyone
who visited here and couraged me for making many posts. I love this
blog too much as myself. So I'll leave it as remembrance; likes old
diary, and I'll start my new one soon. No comment pls!" by Nyi Lynn Seck

I just read this post today, just a few minutes ago. I feel so sad and disappointed about his decision. I personally did not know him but i know his blogs. He has been writing for quite a long time. Perhaps the first professional Myanmar Blogger.
The problem started after Nyi Lynn Seck posted an article criticizing other bloggers on their design and lack of creativity. When many got angry, he decided it was time he should stop writing for a while. I do not believe this is a good and right decision. Here is my argument.

1. Internet is a free community. Blogger is also a free community of people. Although he criticize other bloggers, he didn't personally blame anyone. He just commented on general. No insult to anyone in particular. No one should feel insulted.

2. People don't like being criticized. However, if the criticism is a constructive one, people should accept it, or at least give it a serious consideration. In my opinion, NLS's article is just a constructive opinion.

3. People has the right to freedom of expression. NLS voiced his opinion. Other people who disagree can also voice their discontents too. There is no point NLS should feel sorry for that. A few criticism or opposition shouldn't deter one from his work or goal.

4. I strongly disagree with his first sentence, "
Okie. I was wrong! I have to accept whatever I had done". In my view, he has done nothing wrong. He just voiced his opinion. Those people who criticize also did not do anything wrong. They just voiced their opinions too. No one is wrong, and no one need to apologize anyone.

The best thing Nyi Lynn Seck should do is to keep on writing his blog. He should not stop just because he caused some stir in the blogger community. This is a community with freedom of expression, so people should respect other people's opinion whether they agree with them or not.

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Some Photographic Resources for Photographic Beginners

For those who are beginners to photography and want to improve your photo taking skills, here are some websites for you. is a site where you can publish your photos and let other people comment on them. You can also give comment on other people's photos and read online articles about photographic techniques. There are also reviews on cameras too.

You can also find great photographic articles here at National Geographic website. Useful and interesting articles on photography by professionals. You cannot upload your photos though as this is not a photosharing site.

For a directory of photography sites, see them at Photo Galleries. List lots of useful and interesting photography sites under various categories.

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Money Exchange in Bangkok

If you happened to be in Bangkok and want to change your US dollars or pounds or Euros into thai baht, the easiest way is to go to a money exchanged from a bank located in most places, especially shopping malls and tourist areas. However, the rate they pay is too low. If you want to exchange large amount of money, say 1000 dollars, then a good idea is to go to one of those authoruzed money exchanges. They are not as numerous as the bank exchanges but they pay better than banks. A few days ago, I went to one such exchange which name is Super Rich. While those at the banks paied around 37.17 baht a dollar, they paid me 37.50 baht! and for 1000 dollars, it is 330 baht difference!!! It is located near Big C at Chidlom. Take MRT, get off at Chidlom, walk past Gayson Department Store to Ratchdamri Road to Big C. Enter the stree to the left of the bus stop near Big C. There is a sign board for it. You also get more if you want to buy some US dollars too.

ဘန္ေကာက္မွာ ေဒၚလာ လဲခ်င္တယ္ ဆိုလွ်င္ေတာ့ လြယ္လြယ္ကူကူ လဲခ်င္တယ္၊ ပိုက္ဆံ ပမာဏလဲ နည္းတယ္ ဆိုလွ်င္၊ နီးစပ္ရာ ဘဏ္ ေငြလဲ ဌာနကိုသာ သြားလဲ လိုက္ပါ။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ေငြပမာဏ မ်ားမ်ား လဲခ်င္တယ္ ဆိုလွ်င္ေတာ့ ပုဂၢလိက ေငြလဲဆိုင္ (Authorized Money Exchange) ေတြကို သြားလဲတာက ပိုကိုက္ပါတယ္။ ေငြလဲႏႈန္းလဲ ပိုမ်ားပါတယ္။ ခ်စ္လံု (Chid-Lom) နားက၊ ရတ္ခ် ဒမ္မရီ လမ္းမႀကီး (Ratchdamri Road) ေပၚက BIG-C နားမွာ Super Rich ဆိုတဲ့ ပုဂၢလိက Money Exchange ရႈိပါတယ္။ ဘဏ္ေတြက ေပးတဲ့ႏႈန္ထက္ ၀.၃၅ ဘတ္ေလာက္ ပိုေပးပါတယ္။ တရားဝင္ ဖြင့္ထားတာပါ။ အဲဒီနားမွာ Super Rich ဆိုၿပီး ေမးလိုက္လွ်င္ လူတိုင္း သိပါတယ္။ ဆိုင္းဘုတ္ႀကီးလဲ အႀကီးႀကီး ႐ႈိပါတယ္။ ဘတ္ကေန ေဒၚလာပဲ လဲလဲ၊ ေဒၚလာကေန ဘတ္ပဲ လဲလဲ၊ အဆင္ ေျပ ပါတယ္။

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Mystic Myanmar

Here is an excellent photo blog on Myanmar. El-Branden Brazil is a travel photographer, and you will see lots of his excellent photos in this blog. You can also go to other of his blogs on other countries too.

Thursday, October 12, 2006


This is a photographic diary blog of a Myanmar(Burmese) professional photographer. Many interesting photos as well as tips on useful photographic techniques. In Myanmar language.

He also has a picawa web album, with some interesting and excellent photos.

Myanmar Blogger Community

A to Z (actually Z to A) listing of all Myanmar Blogs. Quite a complete listing of Myanmar Blogs. Not just listing but also some comments and brief information on the blogs too.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Chindits Special Force Burma 1943-1944

The Chindits were the largest of the allied Special Forces of the 2nd World War. They were formed and lead by Major General Orde Wingate DSO. The Chindits operated deep behind enemy lines in North Burma in the War against Japan. For many months they lived in and fought the enemy in the jungles of Japanese occupied Burma, totally relying on airdrops for their supplies.

There were two Chindits expeditions into Burma, the first in February 1943 Operation Longcloth, consisted of a force of 3,000 men who marched over 1,000 miles during the campaign. The second expedition, Operation Thursday, in March 1944 was on a much larger scale. It was the second largest airborne invasion of the war and consisted of a force of 20,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with air support provided by the 1st Air Commando USAAF. Tragically their leader, General Wingate, was killed a few weeks after the launch of Operation Thursday.

Please visit Chindits site to pay tribute to those who paid their lives to the mankind.

Here are some more links related to the Chindits.

Major General Orde Charles Wingate. Also at Arlington National Cemetry website.

Harold George Lambert - This site is dedicated to the memory of H.G Lambert, and to ensure that his story, and that of his comrades in the 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, is not forgotten.

A Lancashire Chindit - This site is to celebrate the life of Sgt. William Clift. M.M. Bill fought alongside Brigadier 'Mad Mike' Calvert as one of Major General Wingate's famous Chindits during World War ll. He was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the battle for Henu (Pagoda) Hill. He sadly died aged 62 on January 18th 1982.

A scottish Soldier's Story - William "Cocky" Cochrane was voted Man of the Year 2000 by the Black Watch Veterans Association in June at the annual reunion in Perth, Scotland.

Jack Lindo - My Life, my Regiment and my War in Burma.

The Chindits of Burma - A Walk on the Wild Side, A Step into the Unknown, A tale that includes the longest successful, large scale, Airborne Operation of World War II

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Myanmar Character Picker - Myanmar (Burmese) Virtual Keyboard


Well, here is a Myanmar Character Picker, where users can input Myanmar texts without knowing Myanmar keyboard. It is a neat little program and looks quite useful and easy. Unfortunately, there are a few short comings especially as I cannot find Ya-Yit and Ya-Pint, as well as I don't know how to write Pat-Sint. Also there are some unfamiliar Myanmar characters, too. Can anybody make sense of this little useful utility. If anyone of you know how to write Myanmar without using keyboard, please post it in the comments. Also let us all know if you know how to put ya-pint and ya-yit in this Myanmar (Burmese) character picker.

For now, here is Myanmar Character Picker/ Myanmar Virtual Keyboard/ Burmese Virtual Keyboard.

New Burmese E-Books downlaod site

Here at, you can download some of the best Myanmar e books in pdf format. They have quite a nice collection of Myanmar books. They also show you the download size so you can decide which book you should download if you have a slow internet connection.

နယ္စပ္ ေရွ့တန္း ေရာက္ မင္းသား Won Bin

ျမန္မာေတြ ထယ္ေစါက္ လို႔သိထားတဲ့ မင္းသား Won Bin ဟာ ယခု အခ်ိန္ မွာ မဝင္ မေနရ စစ္မွုထမ္း တာဝန္နဲ႔ ေျမာက္ ကိုးရီးယား နယ္စပ္ မွာ ေရာက္ ေန ပါတယ္။ ရာထူးကေတာ့ သာမံ ရဲေဘာ္ ေလး ပါ။ လက္ရွိ အသက္ ၂၉ ႏွစ္ ရွိၿပီး ဆိုေတာ့ သူ႔ တပ္စု မွာေတာ့ အသက္ အႀကီး ဆံုးပါ ဘဲ။

Read more about this news here at

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The definite Macromedia Flash simulation of the three-rotor ENIGMA

Perhaps most of you have already heard about the famous German Enigma machine used in the Second World War to encrypt sensitive data. The allied had given extensive effort to break the enigma code. Now you can have your own enigma. Here at Enigma, you can experiment, even send emails to your friends, with this famous enigma machine.

Read about the Enigma and how it works here at Wikipedia.

Popular Science Magazine

You can now read the famous Popular Science Magazine free of charge online. Lots of interesting articles on what is happening in science. News advances, now gadgets, new cars, new scientific advances, anything about science and technology for general population. Worth a bookmark so that you will be always up to date in science and technology.

Science Toys - Science Projects for you

Science Toys has a collection of science projects you can do at home with your kids, or yourself. Make toys at home with common household materials, often in only a few minutes, that demonstrate fascinating scientific principles. Easy to do projects but quite interesting and fascinating.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Burmese Historical Chronicle

Recently, I came across a very interesting and professional site on Burmese history. It is the English translation of Burmese Historical Chronicle by U Kala. Detailes translation of the famous Burmese Chronicle. Well done. Worth a book mark. Highly recommended.

Here are his other websites on Burmese history.

The Burmese Chronicle: U Kala's Mahayazawingyi (c. 1712):
Computer Readable Burmese Texts

This is the Burmese version of the same chronicle, downloadable in PDF.

Burma - Yunnan - Bay of Bengal
(c. 1350-1600)
Another blog on Burmese history.

To Electra

I DARE not ask a kiss,
I dare not beg a smile,
Lest having that, or this,
I might grow proud the while.

No, no, the utmost share
Of my desire shall be
Only to kiss that air
That lately kissed thee.

Robert Herrick

The Charge of the Light Brigade

HALF a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!’ he said;
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d:
Their’s not to make reply,
Their’s not to reason why,
Their’s but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder‘d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

Alfred Tennyson, Lord Tennyson

Myanmar Blog Directory

Here, the Burmese blogger Nyi Lynn Seck has compiled a list of Myanmar bloggers as well as some useful articles on how to set up a Myanmar Blog on the web. At Myanmar Blog Directory.


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