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 Myatthura.Blogspot.com, 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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Friday, June 16, 2006

Adorable Mother's Admirable Journey



Adorable Mother’s Admirable Journey By Tin Moe

Gee up “HE!” promts the bulls to go forward with bell jingling,
A few who could tarry in rest house hear it and tally beads.
And so the British period passed.

Bombs booming and aeroplanes wheezing;
Seek shelter in a religious dwelling
The one ventures in up and down riverine trading
While the freedom fight is commencing
And so the World War II passed.

Loud noises acclaim with pride the national independence
Flags flying, banners streaming in craziness
Like a tidal wave it climbs
And shake the earth with violence.
There is however a sadness as if the sky fell
And so the Aung San epoh passed.

The bell tolls, the whistle blows;
The Victory Drum booms! A glow
We are free, we are happy - but ephemeral.
Blood everywhere; it’s real.
Old sheds razed to ground; hills blazed to crumble,
Mothers with babies fled and trembled.
Everybody was in haste everywhere
These were tregedies with no finish
And so the Independence episode passed.

So the ears come and go
Sunset eventually leads to dawn
So we toil along an endless journey.
Here is a prompt that could be used
But it has been misplaced: the journey continues
Heart was steeped in misery
The one could not deny destiny
But brave it with tranquility.

With determination to forge ahead with intelligence:
Near miracle it was when each plan was carried to a success.
One would say that she blazes the trail
Flags flying with daring and will - It’s the way of our esteemed mother.


Ludu Daw Amar’s Birthday Greeting
Composed by Tin Moe
Translated by Than Tun

From Bagan Lat Thit & Other Articles - By Dr. Than Tun et al, In rememberance for Ludu Daw Amar’s 80th Birthday.
Ludu Publishing House, Mandalay, November 1996.

To Anthea, who may command him any thing

Bid me to live, and I will live
Thy Protestant to be:
Or bid me love, and I will give
A loving heart to thee.

A heart as soft, a heart as kind,
A heart as sound and free
As in the whole world thou canst find,
That heart I'll give to thee.

Bid that heart stay, and it will stay,
To honour thy decree:
Or bid it languish quite away,
And 't shall do so for thee.

Bid me to weep, and I will weep
While I have eyes to see:
And, having none, yet I will keep
A heart to weep for thee.

Bid me despair, and I'll despair
Under that cypress tree:
Or bid me die. and I will dare
E'en Death, to die for thee.

Thou art my life, my love, my heart,
The very eyes of me,
And hast command of every part,
To live and die for thee.

R. Herrick

Don't

Don't LOOK at anything in a physics lab.
Don't TASTE anything in a chemistry lab.
Don't SMELL anything in a biology lab.
Don't TOUCH anything in a medical lab.

and, most importantly:

Don't LISTEN to anything in a philosophy department.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Free Sticky - Free stuff for your website

What is
FreeSticky?
FreeSticky is Content & Webmaster Tools for Web Sites !
"We are primarily a source of FREE and low cost content that anyone can use to increase the appeal, usefulness, traffic and eventually the stickiness of their website. Changing content and interactive web site tools are the driving force behind return visits to any website. Freesticky are also content providers, so we know what to look for when we are reviewing a web site."

This is what they say about their site. I used some of those stuffs at my old website - www.myat.50megs.com. Most of them are free stuffs with a few low fee paying. If you are running a small personal website or writing a blog, why not try some of these stuffs. But becareful, if you use alot of these stuffs, they will surely annoy your visitors! But just a few is ok.

TZM's Play Ground

Here is a very nice weblog of TZM, an IT man from Singapore. He post lots of articles on mainly IT and internet. Interesting articles and IT news. Links to other sources too. Highly recommended. Visit TZM's play ground here.

Ticker - My RSS feed on my Web Page

If you want an RSS feed of world news, tech, science, sports, or whatever, from an RSS feed source, on your own webpage (or blog), this is the site for you. Here at Ticker, they will provide you with an HTML code for your RSS feed from any RSS source. Of course you need to know the RSS feed link, but if not, they provide you with either Yahoo or Google feed. Don't hesitate to have a look at it at Ticker.

University of Computer Studies, Yangon

Here is the official website of The University of Computer Studies Yangon. You can fnd out about the university, courses, conferences, research, and current news. Not a bad one for a Myanmar University website. There is also an alumni website too with a forum.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

SUSHI

SUSHI

I stumble upon this blog recently. A very nice blog of a Myanmar (Burmese) from Thaiwan. Informatiove articles. Recommended.

NYI LYNN SECK: Kone Baung Shin Tan


NYI LYNN SECK: Kone Baung Shin Tan
A brief review of this book at Nyi Lynn Seck's blog. Read it there.

Back from Chiang Mai

Finally I am back from Chiang Mai, and in a few days, back to Myanmar (Burma). Chiang Mai is quite a lovely town with near by mountains. They say there is no trafic congestion in Chiang Mai, but it turns out Chiang Mai also has a lot of traffic congestion, even on Saturday and Sunday. But the air is cleaner and the streets and roads are also cleaner than in Bangkok which is quite hot, humid, noisy, polluted and dirty. I like Chiang Mai better than Bangkok.

Rules of the Lab

This one is from Jokes for All.

Rules of the lab


1) If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
2) When you don't know what you're doing, do it neatly.
3) Experiments must be reproduceable, they should fail the same way each time.
4) First draw your curves, then plot your data.
5) Experience is directly proportional to equipment ruined.
6) Always keep a record of your data. It indicates that you have been working.
7) To do a lab really well, have your report done well in advance.
8) If you can't get the answer in the usual manner, start at the answer and derive the question.
9) In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
10) Do not believe in miracles--rely on them.
11) Team work is essential, it allows you to blame someone else.
12) All unmarked beakers contain fast-acting, extremely toxic poisons.
13) No experiment is a complete failure. At least it can serve as a negative example.
14) Any delicate and expensive piece of glassware will break before any use can be made of it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A Poem by Htoo Eain Thin

Thanks the site admin for giving permission to use this picture and poem.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Some Quotable Quotes

"The war we have to wage today has only one goal and that is to make the world safe for diversity."

U Thant, Burma, Secretary-General
On international tolerance, Dag Hammarskjöld Memorial Lecture, Columbia University, quoted in NY Times 8 Jan 64

"I don’t like to be disturbed at home; I tell the cable office not to call me before 6:30 AM, unless there’s a war."
U Thant, Burma, Secretary-General
On beginning his ninth year as Secretary-General, ib 3 Nov 69

"If you’ve got it, wear it."
Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
Advice to Prince Charles on use of royal insignia and other medals, quoted by Stephen Barry Royal Secrets Villard 85

When I am dead

Here is one of my all time favourite poems.

When I am Dead, My Dearest

by Christina Georgina Rossetti
(1830-1894)



When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.


I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Nyein Chan's Blog

Recently, one blog has come to my attention. Here is an excerpt from his interesting blog. It is in Myanmar (Burmese) and the articles are quite interesting, both content and style.

06.06.06

06.06.06 လို႔ အတိုေရးလို႕ရတဲ့ ဒီေန႔ေလးကို မနက္ကေရဒီယိုကေျပာမွပဲ သတိထားမိတယ္။ Old Man
The Omen (thanks tekong) ဆိုတဲ့ ႐ုပ္႐ွင္ထဲမွာ ေစတန္နတ္ဆိုး၀င္စားက
ဒီေန႕မွာေမြးတာတဲ့။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕က ဒီေန႕မွာ ကေလး မေမြးလိုဘူး ဆိုဘဲ။
စင္ကာပူက မိဘေတြကို လိုက္ဗ်ဳးၾကည့္ေတာ့ မသိလို႔ထင္ပါရဲ့။ ဘယ္သူကမွ
မလိုလားဟန္ မျပၾကဘူး။ ေမြးၿပီးမွ သိေတာ့လဲ ဗိုက္ထဲျပန္သြင္းလို႔ရတာႀကီးမွ
မဟုတ္ဘဲေနာ့။


ေမာင္ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းစိတ္၀င္စားတာက
အသံလႊင့္ သမားရဲ့ အေျပာေလးပါ။ 06.06.06 ဆိုတာ ဒီရာစုႏွစ္မွာ
တစ္ရက္ဘဲ႐ွိပါတယ္တဲ့။ နင့္ …ကလႊားတဲ့။ ဘယ္ေန႕မဆို ဒီရာစုႏွစ္မွာ
တစ္ရက္ဘဲ႐ွိတာပဲမဟုတ္လား။ 07.06.06 ကေရာ။ 11.07.06 ကေရာ။ 25.12.06 ကေရာ။
01.01.07 ကေရာ။ တစ္ရက္စီဘဲ႐ွိတာမဟုတ္လား။
ဒီေလာကမွာ ေန႔စြဲႏွစ္ရက္ထပ္တူမ်ား ႐ွိလို႕လားဟယ္…။

Please visit Nyein Chan's Blog here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Old Yangoon (Rangoon) in 1912


Here is another map showing Rangoon in 1912. The map is bigger and clearer. Please click the map to see full size.

Old Yangoon (Rangoon) in 1914

Here is what Rangoon (Yangon) was look like in 1914. Yes, this is not a photo, this is a map! An old map showing the area of then Rangoon. Royal lake is the Kandawgyi, and the area marked in yellow is the Cantonment. You can see that Rangoon then was just the downtown area and around Kandawgyi Lake. Click on the image to view at large size.

Irrawaddy Dolphin


The Irrawaddy Dolphin was identified by Sir Richard Owen in 1866 and is one of two species in its genus (the other being the newly discovered Australian Snubfin Dolphin). It is similar to the beluga in appearance. It has sometimes been listed in either a family containing just itself and in Monodontidae and Delphinapteridae. Nowadays there is widespread agreement to list it in the Delphinidae family, a family of which the name was simply produced by merging the words Monodontidae and Delphinapteridae.

Read more about Irrawaddy Dolphin here at Wikipedia.

Here is an article about Irrawaddy Dolphin at World Wilf Life (WWF).

The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company


The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, founded in 1865 in Burma (Myanmar), grew to become the 'greatest river fleet on earth' with over 600 vessels carrying some 9 million passengers a year along the Irrawaddy River of Burma at its peak in the 1920's.

Nowadays the 'forgotten fleet' is unknown and this website tells just some of the incredible stories of this Company, its people and the legacy that lives on today and continues to inspire adventurers and writers.

Visit the The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company website.

Friday, June 02, 2006

The Burmese Climbing Rhyme

The history of Burmese poetry is long and interesting. Classical Burmese poetry comes in many lengths and forms, but most of it is characterized by a repeated sequence of 3 internally-rhymed lines consisting of 4 syllables each–a pattern that has become known as Climbing Rhyme.

Read the full article by Smitha Chakravarthula explaining about Burmese climbing rhyme at this site.

Read another article on Burmese climbing rhyme at Climbing Rhyme.

Search in Blogger about other blogs on Burmese Climbing Rhyme or search google for Burmese climbing rhymes.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Road to Mandalay - by Rudyard Kipling

This is the Kipling's famous poem "Road to Mandalay". Ironically, Kipling was never been to Mandalay in his life. He had only been to Moulmein (Mawlamyaing).

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,
There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
"Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"
Come you back to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay:
Can't you 'ear their paddles chunkin' from Rangoon
to Mandalay?
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China
'crost the Bay!



'Er petticoat was yaller an' 'er little cap was green,
An' 'er name was Supi-yaw-lat -- jes' the same as Theebaw's Queen,
An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,
An' a-wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot:
Bloomin' idol made o'mud --
Wot they called the Great Gawd Budd --
Plucky lot she cared for idols when I kissed
'er where she stud!
On the road to Mandalay . . .



When the mist was on the rice-fields an' the sun was droppin' slow,
She'd git 'er little banjo an' she'd sing "~Kulla-lo-lo!~"
With 'er arm upon my shoulder an' 'er cheek agin' my cheek
We useter watch the steamers an' the ~hathis~ pilin' teak.
Elephints a-pilin' teak
In the sludgy, squdgy creek,
Where the silence 'ung that 'eavy you was 'arf
afraid to speak!
On the road to Mandalay . . .



But that's all shove be'ind me -- long ago an' fur away,
An' there ain't no 'busses runnin' from the Bank to Mandalay;
An' I'm learnin' 'ere in London what the ten-year soldier tells:
"If you've 'eard the East a-callin', you won't never 'eed naught
else."
No! you won't 'eed nothin' else
But them spicy garlic smells,
An' the sunshine an' the palm-trees an' the tinkly
temple-bells;
On the road to Mandalay . . .



I am sick o' wastin' leather on these gritty pavin'-stones,
An' the blasted Henglish drizzle wakes the fever in my bones;
Tho' I walks with fifty 'ousemaids outer Chelsea to the Strand,
An' they talks a lot o' lovin', but wot do they understand?
Beefy face an' grubby 'and --
Law! wot do they understand?
I've a neater, sweeter maiden in a cleaner, greener
land!
On the road to Mandalay . . .



Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,
Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raise a thirst;
For the temple-bells are callin', an' it's there that I would be
--
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay,
With our sick beneath the awnings when we went
to Mandalay!
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China
'crost the Bay!

StumbleUpon - Discover New Sites

I recently come across an excellent site while I was looking for the extensions for my Mozilla Firefox browser. (I use Firefox instead of IE). It is a firefox plug in with. It leads me to hundreds of peer reviewed  web sites of my interest. Why don't you give it a try. You can check it our at StumbleUpon.

I am going to Chaing Mai

I am going to Chaing Mai this Friday with One-2-Go Air. I planned to go there by bus or train previously but unfortunately, the roads are flooded as well as the rails. I think it is safer to use the plane instead. I will be in Chaing Mai for three days. I will post the photos from Chaing Mai when I come back.

 

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