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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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Thai Online Digital Camera Stores

If you want to buy digital cameras, lens and accessories online in Thailand, or just want to check price and offer (which is a better option), here are a few digital camera stores online. All of them have many branches in Bangkok and all over Thailand, so you can simply go to one of their stores and buy your thing.

Big Camera - This is one of the largest photographic, digital camera and camera accessories store chain in Thailand.

Photo Hut - Another camera and accessories store chain.

Fotofile - This store chain sells only professional digital cameras and accessories, as well as second hand film cameras.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Mindat


Here is a video I took in Mindat, a town in southern Chin State, Myanmar, Burma.

Hakha, the capital of Chin State, and the way to it.



Here is the video of Hakha, the Chin State capital, and the way to the city.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Web hosting services from Myanmar

www.idealmyanmar.com - A web hosting service from Myanmar but the servers are in US.

www.soft-comm.com - A subsidary of KMD Computer. The site claimed it provides web hosting service but I cannot find the link. And the supposed links are not working (or they are not links actually). There are many areas which really look like links but they are not links! Quite confusing to navigate. Very badly designed site. Shame for KMD.

www.navistarmm.com - The hosting service of my choice. We are using it for our site. Reasonably priced. Servers are in US.

www.alpha.com.mm - Another web hosting and web design company from Myanmar. Unfortunately, they write their site in Myanmar and they don't mention what font they use. So I cannot give any comment on their service. Too bad.

www.ihost-mm.net - Another reasonably priced Myanmar web hosting service.

www.webifiers.net - Servers located in US. The price is a bit expensive.

www.ehost-myanmar.com - They don't mention the price.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My Hospital in the Hills by Gordan S. Seagrave



A few years ago, I received an old book from a friend of mine. The title of the book is “My Hospital in the Hills” and the author is Gordon S. Seagrave. Although it has been with me for nearly three years, it took many months to start reading the book, until a few months ago, when I started flipping the cover. And as soon as I started reading the first page, it took me through to the end of the book. Not only is the book interesting, it portrayed the social, economic, political and historical aspects of The Union of Burma during her early days of independence. Dr. Seagrave was a famous surgeon who opened his missionary hospital in Namkhan, a small town in northern Shan State. Here he established himself as an outstanding surgeon, known all over the world as “Burma Surgeon” His hospital doors were always opened to all those patients, rich or poor, who came from every corner of the country. He was a real life saver at a time where there were very few skilled surgeons in the early and turmoil days of The Union.

Teashops in Myanmar

Teashops are important and integral part of life in Myanmar. As a foreigner who first arrives to Myanmar, you will be surprised to see so many teashops in Yangon and everywhere in Myanmar. They are everywhere in every street. And there are always customers in every teashop. Nowhere in South-East Asia would you find such a large number of teashop. When I was young, there were not as many teashops as now. And the attitude of our parents was that “sitting at a teashop” is a waste of time. We, me and my friends, were always told not to sit at a teashop. That was 15 years ago. Now, everything changed. We Myanmar people use the word “sit at a teashop” because we really sit at a teashop for a very long time, sometimes even hours, after ordering just a cup of tea. The teashop may sell a few snacks. And there is always free flow of plain green tea. You can order as much as plain tea as you like free of charge. So the main reason we sit at a teashop is just to sit, and chat. Well, there is more than just sit and chat Teashops are where friends meet each other, where business are done, where news and gossips are exchanged. You can meet people and hear latest gossips just by sitting at a teashop. There are many styles of teashops in Myanmar. But the most popular one is the road side teashop, where the teashop is opened on a pavement on the side of the road. Small low tables are laid down on the pavement, and the customers sit on small stools. Usually, nice tea is served with a few snacks, and free flow of plain tea. If you really want to experience Burmese way of life, you should sit at a teashop and have new wonderful experience.

For a really good movie in Bangkok, head to Lido

If you want to watch really good international movies in Bangkok, go to Lido House. Situated in Siam Square, which is the Heart and Soul of Bangkok, the old movie theatre shows many internationally acclaimed movies all over the world. The three theatres at Lido show international movies that the main stream cinemas usually don’t show. Some of the movies include those from Japan, Korea, Iran, Africa, and Eastern Europe as well as from US and other countries. The theatre is in the first floor (or second floor if take the ground floor as the first floor) in a building on the Sukhumvit Road, just near the Siam Sky train station.

A visit to a Pagoda

When visiting Myanmar, visiting a pagoda will be an integral part of your visit as there are hundreds of ancient pagodas in Myanmar, and the best way to observe Myanmar arts. Here are a few tips for you.

  • Always wear proper clothes that are not revealing. Avoid wearing shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts/T-shirts. The clothes should cover your body properly.
  • Always remove both your Shoes & Socks, not only your shoes. You should walk on the pagoda with your bare foot. And take them off as soon as you enter the compound of the pagoda, usually before the first step of the stair.
  • When you sit, avoid pointing your feet towards the pagoda, or any Buddha’s statue.
  • Avoid talking loudly on the pagoda.
  • Don’t touch any Buddha’s statue, except when offering gold foil to the statue.
  • Avoid pointing your finger towards any Buddha’s statue. It is considered rude.
  • Always try to walk behind, not in front of, anybody sitting on the floor praying at the Lord Buddha.
  • Don’t litter and don’t make the floor dirty. This is a sacred ground.

A visit to a Myanmar House

If you are a foreigner, especially outside of South East Asia region, here are a few guidelines for you to pay attention to when visiting a Burmese friend at his home. It is not necessary to call your host in advance before visiting him. However, it is a polite manner to let him know of your visit in advance. It is a custom to remove your shoes before entering a Burmese home. Most of the Burmese houses have wooden floor which is meticulously cleaned, swept and polished. Even if the floor is a concrete one, it is always polite to take off your shoes. It is not necessary to bring a present to your host. It is not a custom for the visitor to bring any present for the host in Myanmar. Be careful of the manner if there is a Buddha’s shrine in the living room. Avoid pointing your feet to the Lord Buddha as it is considered an insult in Myanmar.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Farewell to Canon A-75

I bought my first digital camera in August 2004 while I was in Thailand. It was Canon A-75, a 3 mega pixel camera. It cost around 12,000 baht at that time, which is quite expensive for today’s standard, but quite inexpensive at that time. (Digital cameras three years ago were still not cheap). Since then, it has been with me everywhere I travelled, taking thousands of photos of all those memorable moments. It was small but produced great pictures. (I mean good quality photos). It always felt ease in my hand with all the controls at comfortable places. Moreover, it used four AA size batteries so I could buy spare batteries anywhere if I ran out of power, which was a great comfort in a country like Myanmar where there is no regular electricity.

It stayed with me for more than two years. However, since a few months ago, I started experiencing some problems with the camera. The LCD screen failed to turn on sometimes. When I asked a repair shop at Panthip Plaza, they said the CCD was malfunctioning, and they cannot do anything. Finally I have no option but to retire it entirely.

My Canon A-75 was officially retired in April 2007, after more than two years of faithful service. Well, I couldn’t live without a camera so I bought a new one, this time an Olympus with 7.1 mega pixel, and 10X zoom. And ironically, it is cheaper than my old canon! Well, time changes, and technologies change. New products are always better and cheaper.

Made in Myanmar



It was pretty boring. It was raining most of the day, and when it is not raining, it was cloudy. I was feeling quite lonely and bored. Suddenly, when I looked out of the window of my room, I saw some children playing with an interesting toy. It was a car! Well, not actually. It was a home made wooden cart with four wheels. However, in the imagination of these children, it was a real big car. They might be imagining that this was a really big truck. (For these children, trucks are the largest, grandest and smartest car on earth). The children took turn to ride the car while other children pushed the car. For them, it was really a great thing to do. They kept on doing the same thing again and again but never seemed to be tiring. This was truly a car made in Myanmar.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Burmese Cricket


Looks like this is the Burmese version of English cricket. These are the children in Chin Hills playing a ball game which resembles cricket. (I am not sure as I don’t know how to play cricket). The ball is actually a roll of old cloths tied together with a string. I don’t know where they got the idea for this game. I’ve never seen any child in Yangon play such a game, and as a child, I have never played a game like this when I was young. Anyway, it is so cute to see these poor kids playing a ball game with home made materials like this.

PCO


This is what a PCO looks like in Myanmar. PCO stands for Public Call Outlet, a public telephone. Unlike those from other countries, there are no public phones using coins or card. Instead, at a PCO, there are one or two ordinary fixed land line telephones with an attendance to mark time and charge the user. Although not as convenient and as private as true public telephone booths, it is a popular and widely used public communication system in a country where very few people have fixed land line phone or mobile phone.
In small towns and villages, usually there are no automatic telephone exchanges. They have to rely on old and outdated manual telephone exchanges where the caller has to ask the operator to connect his or her call. To call other towns, that is, to make trunk calls, you have to book the call with the operator, or come to one of a few PCOs in the town. This is how I my family while I am in Chin State.

Start of Rainy Season in Chin Hills

In Myanmar, rainy season usually starts in June. In Chin Hills, it usually starts near the end of May. However, this year the rain starts even before May. It started raining at the end of April, one whole month ahead of usual time. It rained quite heavily during the whole month of May. It was still raining the whole month of June.
Rainy season in Chin Hills is quite different from other places in Myanmar. During the rainy season, you rarely see the sun. Not because it is always raining. Although it rains almost everyday, the rain is not continuous. However, whether it rains or not, the sky is usually covered with could. Sunny days in Chin state, during the rainy season are quite a rarity.
When it starts raining, the sky suddenly gets dark, the wind suddenly gets stronger, and cloud suddenly covers everything. In Chin Hills, the cloud not only hangs above the sky. It is everywhere. It is above, around you and below. Because the mountains are so high, some of the cloud hangs lower than the mountains. And when cloud blows towards you, you suddenly disappeared in it.
Because it sometimes rains heavily, landslides are quite frequent. Sometimes because of heavy landslides, roads become inaccessible for days, or sometimes even weeks. In that case, travelers have to walk across the landslide to get to the other side of the mountain. There are occasional road accidents in Chin Hills during the rainy season with some casualties too. Well, life here in Chin Hills is quite tough.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

I will be away for a while

Dear friends, I am sorry to tell you that I will be away from Yangon for a while, to a place where there is no internet. I won't be able to add new posts to this blog for a few weeks but will add new posts as soon as I can use the internet. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Guide to Myanmar Buddhist monastaries world wild

People at Burmese Classics compiled a very nice list of Myanmar Buddhist monastaries world wild. There are addresses and telephone numbers of Myanmar Buddhist monastaries in countries like USA, Australia, Japan, UK and many other world countries. It seems like a very complete list. Also, there is a section where you can listen to Burmese classic songs.

Monday, April 30, 2007

How to tell if a mirror is two way or not?

Two way mirror is a mirror that is reflective on one side but is a see through on the other side, such as those that seen in the Hollywood detective movies. People from one side can see only their image while those from the other side can see those from the opposite side. It is commonly used in police stations or psychiatric institutions. However, people are worried they are used in some areas such as dressing rooms, work places or hotels. Here is how to know if the mirror is two way or not at Wiki How to.

Yangon Institute of Technology (YIT) Alumni Website

There is now a website of the old engineering students from Yangon Institute of Technology YIT (formerly Rangoon Institute of Technology RIT). There are interesting articles by formet students, news, bulletin board, guest book, and photos. You can see the website here at YIT.

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People Magazine

I recently come across an online Myanmar magazine. There is now an online version of "People" magazine on the internet. There are many topics such as news, entertainment, fashion, health, beauty, lifestyle, relationship, etc. However, when I tried to read these pages, the server only returned error message. I just hope this is just a temporary problem. The topics look interesting so you should check it out.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Something about Internet Cafes in Myanmar

Well, a few weeks ago, I wrote about blooming of internet cafes in Yangon. Well, there are now many new internet cafes in Yangon, and it is easier for the users to use internet at cheaper price. However, the problme with all of them is that, as there are frequent electricity outbreaks, they have to use their own generators for most of the time. Some of the internet cafes cannot keep up with the fuel price so they have to close when the electricity is cut off. Today when I was using at one internet cafe, they said they were going to close the shop as the generator was very hot because it had been running non stop for nearly 6 hours. Another one near by was also closed. The one I am using now is also running with the generator. They said it is not very profitable so they had to raise the fee now.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Here is a website for the old students of the famous BEHS (5) Botataung, better known as Botataung 5, from Yangon, Myanmar. Although the school looks really pathetic compared to other schools, the school is very famous in Myanmar, producing hundreds of outstanding students. As I am one of the old students from this school, it feel so nice to see the website of the old students.

The web site is at bo5.netfirms.com.

The Blog is at bo5.blogspot.com.


Friday, April 27, 2007

Nakhon Pathom

The following is from Au, my beloved wife who lives in Nakhon Pathom.

If you want to visit a quiet charming town, why don't you come to Nakhon Pathom province. It is just a small town which is very near to Bangkok and takes only 50 minutes to arrive there.

I am the one who lives in Nakhon Pathom and proudly presents my hometown. If you are bored at the traffic in Bangkok, please think of Nakhon Pathom as your choice. There, you will see a lot of interesting places which relate to Thai history and plenty of delicious foods that can make your stomach full.

It is very easy to get there. You can take a bus No. 997, 83 from the Southern Bus Terminal , or if you like to travel by train, you can also take a train from any station in Bangkok. Above all, it is so convinient for you to drive a car. The road is very smooth.

Here is one of the most enchanting tourist attractions in Nakhon Pathom.



Phra Pathom Chedi, the largest pagoda in Thailand . Phra Pathom Chedi is the official provincial symbol of Nakhon Pathom. As soon as you arrive there, you will be able to feel peaceful in you mind. You can do a merit and pray at the Lord Buddha. Within the monastery compound, there are various interesting historical items, including the Phra Ruang Rodjanarith, an image of Buddha bestowing pardon, is enshrined in a vihara located to the North and in front of Phra Pathom Chedi. The visitors always visit this pagoda and pray at the Buddha image for their safety and wishes.

At night, start from 4 pm, there are so many food stalls on the left side of the pagoda. I can say all the food is nice and also cheap. One of the most famous shops is Sky-High ice cream. They sell Thai-style ice cream but the difference is the way the serve ice cream. I will show a photo next time.

This is all for now. Next time I will bring you to another beautiful place of Nakhon Pathom- Sanam Chan Palace.

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Tips on Trip to Kanchanaburi, Thailand


A few more tips about a trip to Kanchanaburi. The bus to Kanchanaburi leaves every hour starting from 4 am until late at night from Southern Bus Terminal near Pinklao. You can take a bus there or more convemiently, by a taxi. Ask for Kanchanaburi ticket box to a guard as the terminal is a little confusing. You don't need to book a ticket in advanced as it is very easy to get a ticket. It takes about two hours to Kanchanaburi. When you get there, you can hire a pick up near the bus station. You should visit the Hell Fire Pass Museum, and the Tiger Temple where they keep tigers and you can take photos with the tigers. Don't worry. They won't bite you. And from there, take a train back to Kanchanaburi. The train actually goes back to Bangkok, but the trip from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok is really boring. So take off at Kanchanaburi after taking photos at the Bridge over river Kwai.
Oh, by the way, don't forget to visit the JEATH War Museum and Allied War Cemetry there too.

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Getting Married in Thailand?

Are you getting married in Thailand? What should you do? What are the requirements? Who could help you? Find out all these here.

I want to marry a Thai. What should I know. Here is an advice from Sunbelts Legal Advisors. If you think the procedures are too complicated, you can ask their help.

Another handy advice for getting married in Thailand also comes from Octopus Travel site. They give you quite detailed information which is quite useful.

If you want to know about Thai traditional customary marriage or wedding, here are the information you want, at TH for U. Details information provided.

For those British citizens intending to get married in Thailand, the British Embassy in Bangkok provides good detail on what you should do.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Buying Electronics and Computers online in Thailand

Well, it is really difficult to find the price of something online in Thailand. The vendors usually don't have online presence in Thailand. If they ever have a website, they are usually poorly designed and lack any online purchase function. But I recently found a website from Hardware House, a reputable Thai computer and accessories vendor. Although they don't sell things online, they have a list of their available products with price list. You can find many Hardware House vendor shops at Panthip Plaza in Bangkok.

Uncyclopedia

Well, looks like another wikipedia, with user edited contents. Not really. This is actually a mock replica of famous online encyclopedia - wiki. All articles in this uncyclopedia are jokes. Although they are all false articles, these articles will surely make your dull day colorful.

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New Myanmar Web Portal - Phoewa

Phoewa is a new Myanmar web portal. Still in beta stage, the web portal has some important features such as Myanmar news, International News, Forum, Books, entertainment, etc. As it is still in beta, some links are not working yet. Hope it will be up and running very soon.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Fire at MBK, Bangkok, Thailand

Yesterday afternoon around 5.30 PM, I went to MBK, a famous shopping complex in Bangkok near Siam Square. To my surprise, the center was closed! I first noticed the linking bridges connecting the National Stadium BTS sky train station and the MBK center was deserted. Usually, it was packed with people. Then I found out that the center was closed. We thought something happened at the center but there was no police, no ambulance, no fire fighter. Just closed. Then we found out about the fire.

The fire started around noon at 7th floor in a Japanese restaurant. All the shoppers and vendors were safely evacuated and fire contained. Fortunately no one was injured.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Liquid ban on all flights from Thailand

Thailand will start enforcing new restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels in hand carried luggage on all commercial flights departing from airports nationwide in the next few weeks, according to a report in Bangkok Post news paper. This is in accordance with the suggestions by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), following the discovery of a terrorist plot in Britain last year. South Korea and Hong Kong have already implimented such restrictions, while Singapore will start restrictions on May 8. The limit is on all liquids, aerosols and gels in containers more than the maximum capacity of 100 ml. Even if the containers are not full, they will not be permitted to carry in a hand luggage. This include those bought from airport duty free shops, including alcohols and perfumes. Liquids in containers less than a maximum capacity of 100 ml will still be permitted to hand carry.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Myanmar Visa on Arrival

Do you know that you can get Myanmar visa on arrival at the Yangon International Airport? Well, not actually true visa on arrival, but you can apply online for Myanmar visa and get your visa on arrival at the airport. There are travel agencies who will assist you in your visa application process. However, bear in mind that it will take 14 working days to process your visa application online! So if you are not far away from Myanmar Embassy, you better get your visa at the embassy as it will take only two to three working days at the Myanmar Embassy. But for those living in a country without nearby Myanmar Embassy, it is an another option. If you want to find out more about it you can google it.

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Stylish Ethnic Designs

Myanmar ethnic costumes and dresses are really beautiful. Now, we have a web site with NEW MODERN designs based on these beautiful ethnic costumes. Also from Service Plus Group (the group that launched Thingyan Blog), the site features beautiful dresses based on ethnic costumes.

Myanmar Internet Seminar


A blog on Myanmar Internet Seminar organized by Service Plus and Creative Web Studio is on the web now. With photos of the seminar the blog is quite creative and comical.

Blog Gout's Blog

This is a new blog I recently came across on blogger. Blog Gout's Blog. The blog is written in Myanmar and contain recent Myanmar Thingyan water festival photos. It looks like the blog has been around for quite a while.

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Down Them All Firefox Extension

I think, of all the firefox extensions out there, for me Down Them All download manager is the most useful one. There is a little bug in firefox where it hangs for a couple of seconds while you started downloading a file. With this download manager, you can avoid this problem. Moreover, you can pool your downloads and then download afterwards. You can decide how many simultaneous downloads you want too. Very convenient for a download junky like me.

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Mini poll on your webpage

If you would like to have a mini poll on your web page or blog, there is a nice gadget for you, absolutely free of charge. You can choose between different skins and have your poll ready in a minute. You can view the results of your poll, and configure to show or hide your poll results to the visitors. You can also set up multiple polls on your website. And registration takes only a few seconds.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Solar Powered Bikini


Well, finally you can wear a solar powered bikini that can charge your batteries. It is equipped with small solar panels and can charge cell phones, iPods or MP3 players. It came equipped with a cooler so while you are sun bathing, you can chill your drinks. It produce an output voltage of 6.5 volts through a USB port.

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Bone stem cells turned into primitive sperm cells!

According to this New Scientist report, scientists at University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK had turned bone marrow stem cells into primitive sperm cells. They obtained bone marrow stem cells from four adult men who were about to undergo bone marrow transplantation and turned them in cells that are precursors of human sperm cells. So what does that mean? Scientist believe, although it is just the start, one day we might be able to turn them into functioning sperm cells, thus helping infertile couples having babies. They even think it might be possible for women to produce their own sperm cells, making it possible for lesbian couples to have children. However, the biggest obstacle is to turn these primitive sperm cells into real functioning cells, and that will take a long time to be successful.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Do coffee and cigarettes protect against Parkinson's disease?

Oh my God! Finally I think I found a reason to start smoking. According to this news report from New Scientist, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes might protect an individual from getting Parkinson's disease, a disease of older people with loss of memory and coordination. A team of researchers did a study comparing the Parkinson's patients and their non Parkinson closed relatives on their habit on smoking and coffee drinking. They found that the patients are more likely to be non smokers and drink less coffee than their non-diseased siblings. So next time your mother or your girlfriend asks you to quit smoking, you have a reason to tell them why you should smoke.

But wait a minute, there are concrete evidences that smoking has a strong relation, a very strong one, with various kinds of diseases, including heart disease, peripheral vascular diseases and lung cancer. So you either have Parkinson or heart attack. It is your choice.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Yaw Region – A Place famous for witchcraft

Yaw region, a region comprises of Gantgaw, Hteeling and Saw Townships, is a region traditionally renown for, or more correctly, notorious for witchcraft. Many Burmese believe that people in Yaw region are masters of witchcraft very well, and they are afraid of the Yaw people. However, I believe these are all false rumors, or rural myth.

The region is situated between the two mountain ranges – Chin Hills in the west and Ponetaung Hills in the east. Because of a lot of rivers and streams flowing in these regions, farms here are generally quite fertile and productive, and the people are quite well off.

The roads to this region are quite rough. Most are just dirt roads. You also have to pass the Pongtaung and Pongnya ranges on these dirt roads, making the trip quite dangerous.

You can take a bus from Mandalay to Gantgaw, the region's capital. The trip will take the whole day. On your way you will pass Bahin village where many fossils were found.

There are actually not much to see in Gantgaw. The town is quite small, but it is famous for Gantgaw longyi. There are one or two guest houses in Gantgaw. However, they are not very clean.

One thing about the language. They speak Burmese but a different dialect, so it is very difficult to understand what they are talking. Be patient, and kindly ask them to repeat.

Although traditionally famous for witchcraft, there is no trace of such kind in Yaw as far as I could see. And the people are very nice and friendly. You can ask for help anywhere in Yaw, either for lodging or for a meal. And there is no thief in Yaw reagion! You can left your door open and go out the whole day and nobody will steal anything from your home.

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Object Dock

IF your are fascinated by the task pane in Mac OS X, there is an alternative for Windows users. The Object Dock is a Mac like panel where you can dock shortcuts as well as gadgets. You can also configure the Object Dock to show running windows on the Dock bar. It can be used as a substitute for Quick Launch as well as task bar, though not as informative as the task bar. There are a number of useful gadgets for the Object Dock, such as a clock or start menu gadgets. You can download the Dock and the gadgets free at www.stardock.com.

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Silent Ring Tone

Do you know that some of the ring tones cannot be heard by some older people? Because older people have impaired hearing in the high frequency range, they cannot hear high frequency ring tones while teenagers have no difficulty hearing them. The frequency of the ring tone is said to be around 17 kilohertz.

A British security firm first created this high frequency sound and named it the Mosquito. The purpose of the Mosquito device is to produce sounds at a very high frequency, so as to make those teenagers who hang around in stores go away. The Mosquito sound was reinvented as a ring tone, and it eventually became popular among teenagers. They use it to communicate with each other during school classes. Because teachers cannot hear the ring tone, they can send SMS to each other during classes.

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New Myanmar Photos on El-Branden Brazil's Blog

Here are new recent photos of Myanmar on El-Branden Brazil's Blog. He just come back from Myanmar a few weeks ago and took many more beautiful photos of Myanmar. You can see them at El-Branden Brazil's Blog.


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Sweet Smelling Police

According to a BBC news report, police in an Indian State of Gujarat will be wearing sweet smelling uniforms soon. The state officials announced the plan to dress up the police officers with uniforms that smell sweet. They will have three choices of smell – rose, jasmine and citrus. It is part of a plan to make police officers more public friendly. The state officials believe that sweet smell will make the officers feel good and friendly. The uniforms will be made of a new kind of synthetic fabric that not only smell sweet but also grows in the dark. That will make police officers easy to find in the dark.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Thingyan (or) Water Festival Blogs on Blogger.com

There are now two Thingyan (or) Water Festival blogs recently posted on the blogger. One is the thingyan.blogspot.com whose official name is "Who is where during Thingyan". As its name says, the site is about where will the celebrities be during Thingyan. Another one is thin-gyan.blogspot.com created by Service Plus. This blog is more informative with more than 20 members writing various articles. You can also send your article to them or ask to be a blog member.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

I couldn't update my blog for a while

Being away this time, I couldn't update my blog for a while. As I have to go back to faraway area without internet connection. Yeah! Life is like this. By the way, I could put some more articles in my new style blog this time in town. So the visitors can see different interesting articles, photos, videos, links during my absence. But I will be back again within one month. See you.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Watch Music Videos on You Tube Free

Do you know that you can watch a lot of music videos on You Tube? US, western, Korean, Chinese, Asian, as well as many Burmese (Myanmar) MTVs are there. Have you ever tried it before? Just search by the name of the singer, or simply type MTV or MV into the search box. You will be amazed at how many free music videos are there in You Tube.

Here is one of my favourite: Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake

Myanmar has first Birdflu Outbreak in a year

According to a Reuters News report, Myanmar has a new outbreak of bird flu in Yangon. U Than Hla of the Ministry of Livestock Breeding & Fisheries told Reuters that fowl on four farms on the northern outskirts of Yangon were tested positive for the virus. The outbreak on the largest of the farms prompted the culling of all 1,500 chickens and ducks on it, he said.

Reuters News report stated:
"The owner of the farm informed us immediately and we carried out necessary tests. The results of the laboratory tests showed it was H5N1. Arrangements are under way to have the specimen tested at the reference laboratories abroad," Than Hla said.
"It is in a residential area and we are taking all possible measures to control the situation and to monitor the spread," he said, adding that so far there had been no trace of the virus spreading to humans.


I don't know whether it is true or not but people are avoiding chicken in Yangon. Everybody already know about it and tells everybody to stop eating chicken.

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Fads in the town - Internet Cyber Culture in Myanmar

There are now many new internet cafes opened recently in Yangon as well as in Mandalay. When I first used internet three years ago, it used to cost 1500 to 2000 kyats an hour, and all I got was a very slow internet connection, sometimes as low as 0.5 kbps! And I had to took a bus about half an hour to get to the nearest internet cafe.

Now, I just walked to the internet cafe near my house, and I get a decent connection speed at a price as low as 300 kyats. Most of the internet cafes in Yangon charges 400 kyats an hour. I can even download and upload video files from the internet cafes.

In Mandalay too, the price is more or less the same with many youngstars using the internet for many long hours.

However, the trend is only in Yangon and Mandalay. In most other cities, the price charged by the internet cafes are still high, as high as 1500 kyats in Kalay and 2000 kyats in Hakha. And the connection speed is not as fast as in Yangon and Mandalay.

Another thing is that, although many young people use internet, they use it mainly for chatting and voice mail. Most of them do not look at other educational or news website, and most do not know how to make a decent search. For them, internet is just chatting and voice mailing.

Anyway, because of the low price and ready availability of internet cafes, more and more people have now access to internet and I believe that is a good thing all Myanmar citizens.

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Myanmar Wedding

A Burmese (Myanmar) website dedicated to those who are going to get married has been launched. The site contains information on wedding venues, planners, suggestions. There is also a news section for the wedding of celebrities. Well wishers can also wish for the wedding of their friends and family members.

Chin National Day


Chin National Day 2007 was held at U Wumthu Maung Stadium in Hakha, Chin State, on 20th of February, 2007. The origin of Chin National Day or Chin State Day dated back to 1948. On 20 February 1948, a people's assembly was held in Falam, and decided unanimously to reject feudalism and in support of the Union. Since then, February 20 was marked as Chin Day, and ceremonies were held every year. This year's ceremony was 59th.

Starting from 19 February, show rooms and shops were open in U Wumthu Maung Stadium. Chin traditional wrestling competition was also held. At night, Chin fashion show and Chin traditional dances were held in the stadium.
On 20 February, winners were given awards, and groups from Hakha and Falam performed traditional dances. After that, "Khaung Kauk Pwe" was held. In ancient time, the saw bwa or local lord chose a girl as her minor wife. The wife to be was accompanied to the saw bwa with a ceremonary. That ceremony was named "Khaung Kauk Pwe". Nowadays, the descendents of former saw bwas do the ceremonary just as an honour, to show their former glory.

First, the honored maiden was carried on a seat to the ceremony. The lady was allowed to get off near by, a carpet was laid (the lady was not allowed to touch the ground) and the lady stand on the carpet. At the chosen time, guns were fired to mark the start of the ceremony, and the lady was walked to the seat in a grand ceremony. Once seated, the seat was carried by the people who danced with the music. People formed a circle around the lady and danced with the music too. After a while, the ceremony was complete.

Almost all the town, both old and young, came to the National Day ceremony. They wear colorful dresses made by beautiful Chin fabrics. Chin National flags were also proudly flied at every house.

At night, a pop band from Kalay performed at the stadium.

Chin National Day (2)

ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားေန႔ (၂) - ေခါင္ေကာက္ပြဲ

ဦးစြာ ပထမ အေကာက္ခံ အမ်ိဳးသမီးပ်ိဳကို ေဝါနဲ႔ထမ္းၿပီး အခမ္းအနားနဲ႔ ကြင္းဆီ သယ္ေဆာင္လာ ၾကပါတယ္။ ေသနတ္မ်ားလဲ ပစ္ေဖါက္ ၾကပါတယ္။ ဒီ့ေနာက္ မိန္းမပ်ိဳကို ေဝါနဲ႔ မလွမ္းမကမ္းမွာ ေနရာခ်ေပး ပါတယ္။ မိန္းမပ်ိဳဟာ အခမ္းအနား အတြင္း ေျမမထိ ရပါဘူး။ ဒါ့ေၾကာင့္ မိန္းမပ်ိဳ ေလွ်ာက္မယ့္ လမ္းတစ္ေလွ်ာက္
ေကာ္ေဇာခင္း ထားပါတယ္။ မဂၤလာ အခ်ိန္ က်ေရာက္တဲ့ အခါ ေသနတ္မ်ား ပစ္ေဖါက္ၿပီး ေဝါဆီကို အခမ္းအနားနဲ႔ ေခၚေဆာင္ လာၾကပါတယ္။ ဒီ့ေနာက္ ေဝါကို ထမ္းၿပီး ဝိုင္ပတ္ ကခုန္ၾကပါတယ္။ မိန္းမပ်ိဳ ကလဲ တီးလံုး စည္းခ်က္ နဲ႔အညီ ကရပါတယ္။ ပိုက္ဆံမ်ားလဲ ႀကဲခ်ပါတယ္။ အခ်ိန္ အေတာ္ၾကာ ကခုန္ၿပီး အခမ္းအနား ၿပီးဆံုးပါတယ္။


ဒီခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားေန႔ အခမ္းအနားကို လာၾကတဲ့ လူႀကီး လူငယ္ အားလံုးလိုလို ခ်င္းရိုးရာ အဆင္နဲ႔ ယက္လုပ္ထားတဲ့ ဝတ္စံုမ်ားကို ဝတ္ဆင္ လာၾကပါတယ္။ ခ်င္းရိုးရာ ဝတ္စံုေတြက အေရာင္ အေသြး စံုလင္ၿပီး အလြန္ လွပပါတယ္။ လွပတဲ့ ခ်င္းလွပ်ိဳျဖဴ ေတြနဲ႔ ခ်င္းဝတ္စံု ေတြက အလြန္ပဲ လိုက္ဖက္ လွပါတယ္။

ညဖက္မွာေတာ့ ကေလးက တီးဝိုင္းနဲ႔ ေဖ်ာ္ေျဖပါတယ္။ ဒီခ်င္း အမ်ိဳးသားေန႔ ပြဲကို ဟားခါး တစ္ၿမိဳ႕လံုး လူႀကီးလူငယ္မက်န္ ပါဝင္ဆင္ႏြဲ ၾကပါတယ္။ ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသား အလံေတြကိုလဲ ဂုဏ္ယူ ဝင့္ၾကြားစြာ လႊင့္ထူ ထားၾကပါတယ္။ အခြင့္ ႀကံဳမယ္ ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ ဟားခါး ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားေန႔ ပြဲဟာ သြားေရာက္ ေလ့လာ သင့္တဲ့ ပြဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

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Chin National Day (1)

ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားေန႔ (၁)



၂၀၀၇ ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားေန႔ အခမ္း အနားကို ဟားခါးၿမိဳ႕ ဦးဝမၼသူးေမာင္း အားကစားကြင္းမွာ စည္ကား သိုက္ၿမိဳက္စြာ က်င္းပ ခဲ့ပါတယ္။

၁၉၄၈ ေဖေဖၚဝါရီ ၂၀ ရက္ေန႔ ဖလမ္းၿမိဳ႕ ခ်င္းလူထု အစည္း အေဝးက ပေဒသရာဇ္ စနစ္ကို ဆန္႔က်င္ေၾကာင္းနဲ႔ ျပည္ေထာင္စုကို ေထာက္ခံေၾကာင္း ဆံုးျဖတ္ခဲ့ရာက အစျပဳၿပီး ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသား ေန႔ကို နွစ္စဥ္ က်င္းပလာ ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အခု ၂၀၀၇ မွာ (၅၉) နွစ္ ျပည့္ပါၿပီ။


ေဖေဖၚဝါရီ (၁၉) က စၿပီး ဦးဝမၼသူးေမာင္း အားကစား ကြင္းအတြင္း ဌာနဆိုင္ရာ ျပခန္းေတြ၊ ေစ်းဆိုင္ေတြ ဖြင့္လွစ္ ေရာင္းခ် ပါတယ္။ ခ်င္းရိုးရာ နပမ္းပြဲလဲ က်င္းပပါတယ္။ ညဖက္မွာ ရိုးရာ အကနဲ႔ ခ်င္းရိုးရာ ဝတ္စား
ဆင္ယင္မႈ ျပပြဲလဲ ျပဳလုပ္ပါတယ္။


၂၀ ရက္ေန႔ မနက္မွာေတာ့ရိုးရာ အကေတြနဲ႔ ေဖ်ာ္ေျဖၿပီး ဆုရရွိ သူမ်ားကို ဆုခ်ီးျမင့္ပါတယ္။ ဒီ့ေနာက္ ေခါင္ေကာက္ပြဲကို ဆက္လက္ ျပဳလုပ္ပါတယ္။ ေရွးေခတ္ကေတာ့ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္သူ ေစာ္ဘြားက ေတာ္ေကာက္တဲ့ အမ်ိဳး သမီးပ်ိဳကို အခမ္း အနားနဲ႔ သိမ္းပိုက္တဲ့ ပြဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အခုေတာ့ ယခင္ ေစာ္ဘြား အႏြယ္ဝင္ တစ္ဦးက အခမ္းအနား သေဘာ က်င္းပတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္




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Falam

Falam is the capital of Falam District, Northern Chin State. There are two districts in Chin State, Falam in the north and Mindat in the south. Falam, Tiddim, Tunzan and Htantalan constitute Falam District.
Before 1965, Falam was the capital of Chin State. However, in 1965 the then Chin State Administration (Chin Uzi) decided to move the capital from Falam to Hakha which is in the center of the state and has potential to expand. Ironically in fact, the Chin State Administration was not moved from Falam, but from Kalay which was in Sagaing State, to Hakha. Although Falam was no longer the capital, it nevertheless retains part of its former glory. There are some two and three storied brick buildings in Falam, and a large and grand Baptist church in the center of the town.
Falam was built on the slope of a mountain range, in multiple steps. The town is quite clean and tidy. Girls from Falam are famous to be the most beautiful in the whole Chin State.
Almost all the people from Falam are Christians, with majority being Baptists. The living standard is quite high too.
Near Falam, you can visit and pay homage to the monastery where famous Buddhist Monk U Ottamathara once lived.

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Falam

ဖလမ္းၿမိဳ႕

ဖလမ္းဟာ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္ ေျမာက္ပိုင္း ဖလမ္းခရိုင္ရဲ့ ၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္မွာ ေျမာက္ပိုင္း ဖလမ္းခရိုင္နဲ႔ ေတာင္ပိုင္း မင္းတပ္ခရိုင္ ဆိုၿပီး ခရိုင္နွစ္ခု ရွိပါတယ္။ ဖလမ္း ခရိုင္မွာ ဖလမ္း၊ တီးတိန္၊
တြန္းဇံ နဲ႔ ထန္တလန္ ၿမိဳ႕မ်ား ပါဝင္ပါတယ္။


၁၉၆၅ မတိုင္မီ အထိ ဖလမ္းဟာ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္ရဲ့ ၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ ျဖစ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ၁၉၆၅ မွာေတာ့ ဟားခါးကို ၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ခဲ့ ၾကပါတယ္။ အရင္ကေတာ့ ဖလမ္္းဟာ အလြန္ စည္ကားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အခုေတာ့ ဟားခါးက ပိုၿပီး စည္ကား သြားပါၿပီ။

ဖလမ္းမွာ ၂ ထပ္၊ ၃ ထပ္ တိုက္ေတြ အေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ ထုထည္ ႀကီးႀကီးနဲ႔ အခိုင္အခန္႔ ေဆာက္လုပ္ ထားတာပါ။ အရင္ ၿမိဳ႕ေတာ္ ျဖစ္ခဲ့စဥ္က ေဆာက္လုပ္ ခဲ့တာပါ။ အခုေတာ့ ေတာ္ေတာ္ေလး ေဟာင္းႏြမ္း ေနပါၿပီ။ ခန္႔ညားမႈ ကေတာ့ က်န္ပါေသးတယ္။

ဖလမ္းၿမိဳ႕ဟာ ေတာင္ေဆာင္းမွာ အထပ္ထပ္၊ အဆင့္ဆင့္ တည္ေဆာက္ ထားတာပါ။ အေတာ္ေလး လွပါတယ္။ ဖလမ္း သူေတြဟာ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္ တစ္ခုလံုးမွာ အလွဆံုးလို႔ ေက်ာ္ၾကားပါတယ္။ သက္မြန္ျမင့္ဟာ ဖလမ္းသူပါ။

ၿမိဳ႕လယ္မွာ ႀကီးမား ခန္႔ျငားတဲ့ ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘုရားရွိခိုး ေက်ာင္းႀကီး ရွိပါတယ္။ ဖလမ္းက အထြက္မွာေတာ့ ေတာင္တန္း သာသနာျပဳ ဆရာေတာ္ ဦးဥတၱမသာရ သီတင္းသံုး ခဲ့ရာ ေက်ာင္းသကၤန္းကို သြားေရာက္ ဖူးေျမာ္ နုိင္ပါတယ္။ ၿမိဳ႕လူဦးေရ အမ်ားစု ကေတာ့ ခရစ္ယာန္ေတြ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Kalay Falam Hakha Road

Buses leave Kalay to Hakha everyday from Tarhan Bus Terminal. There are two bus lines, Chin Taung Tan and Shwe Chindit. One bus each leaves from each line everyday except Sunday. The buses leave the terminal at 5.00 AM in the morning.

I took Chin Taung Tan bus on early morning. The bus left the station at 5.15 AM but because it picked up passengers from the town, it was already 6:00 when the bus left Kalay. As soon as the bus left Kalay, the road suddenly went up and started to climb up the mountain. About 15 minutes after leaving Kalay, we stopped at on place on the road on the slope of a mountain, and prayed Lord for protection of the passengers. They prayed in Chin Language. It is customary, whenever somebody leaves for a trip, those left at home pray for the safety of the one. This is a very beautiful custom of Chin people.


The road is quite wide and good, with good hard ground. At 8:00 AM we reached Thai Ngin village, 32 miles away from Kalay, where the road to Tiddim started. At 8:40 we reached Var Lone village, 42 miles away from Kalay. We had our lunch at Cherry Restaurant. It was still too early for me to have lunch so I didn't have anything there.

50 miles away from Kalay is where road to Reed Village started. Reed is a village on the Indian border, where the famous heart shaped lake was.

At Lone Taw village, 53 miles away from Kalay, I saw many stair case firms, alot of them and very beautiful. Economy here seemed to be good for a mountainous village.

At Lone Ban village, about 59 miles from Kalay, I saw many more beautiful and fertile firms. There is also a station hospital and a highschool. Lone Ban is quite a large village.


After Lone Ban, the road started to went down again, and at 70 miles, we reached Bar Bridge, which crossed Manipur River.

After crossing Manipur River, the road winded up again at reached Falam at 12:15 PM. Falam is about 80 miles from Kalay.

Falam is quite a large town built on the slope of a mountain. Being the former capital of Chin State, it still maintain its past glory, with many two and three storied brick buildings, and a large Baptist church. Girls in Falam are famous for their beauty, claimed to be the most beautiful in all Chin State.

Road near Falam was quite worn out. From Falam to Hakha, about half of the road on the side of Falam was quite good, but the other half on Hakha side was severely damaged.

We reached Hakha at 4:30 PM.

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Kalay Falam Hakha Road (2)

ကေလး - ဖလမ္း - ဟားခါးလမ္း (၂)




ဖလမ္းၿမိဳ႕ဟာ သန္႔ရွင္းၿပီး ေသသပ္ လွပတဲ့ ေတာင္ေပၚ ၿမိဳ႕ေလးတစ္ၿမိဳ႕ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ လူေနမႈ စနစ္လဲ ျမင့္ပါတယ္။ ဖလမ္း ၿမိဳ႕လယ္ လမ္းတစ္ေလွ်ာက္ ၂ ထပ္၊ ၃ ထပ္ အေဆာက္ အဦေတြ ေဆာက္လုပ္ထားၿပီး ႀကီးမား ခန္႔ညားတဲ့ ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘုရားေက်ာင္းႀကီး ရွိပါတယ္။ ၿမိဳ႕ကို ေတာင္ေစာင္းမွာ အဆင့္ဆင့္၊ အထပ္ထပ္ တည္ထားတဲ့ အတြက္ အလြန္ လွပါတယ္။ ဖလမ္း သူေတြဟာ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္မွာ အလွဆံုးလို႕ ေက်ာ္ၾကား ပါတယ္။


ဖလမ္းမွာ ခရီးသည္ေတြ အမ်ား အျပား ကားေပၚ တက္လာ ၾကတဲ့အတြက္ ကားတစ္စီးလံုး ျပည့္က်ပ္ သြားပါတယ္။ ကားအမိုး ေပၚမွာလဲ လူအျပည့္ ျဖစ္သြားပါၿပီ။ ဖလမ္းက အထြက္ (၁၂:၄၅) ရွိပါၿပီ။ ဖလမ္း မေရာက္မီ လမ္းအေတာ္ ဆိုးပါတယ္။



ဖလမ္း အနီးမွာ အလြန္ လွပတဲ့ ေလွခါးထစ္ ေတာင္ယာ စို္က္ခင္းေတြ အေျမာက္ အမ်ား ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ ရြာေတြရဲ့ လူေနမႈ အဆင့္ အတန္းလဲ ျမင့္မားပံု ရပါတယ္။

ဖလမ္း - ဟားခါး လမ္းပိုင္းမွာ ဖလမ္းဖက္ ျခမ္းပဲ လမ္းေကာင္းၿပီး၊ ဟားခါးဖက္ ျခမ္းက လမ္းအေတာ္ ဆိုးပါတယ္။ အခ်ိဳ႕ အပိုင္းေတြက ျပဳျပင္ဆဲပါ။


ဟားခါးေရာက္ေတာ့ ညေန (၄:၃၀) ရွိပါၿပီ။


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Kalay Falam Hakha Road (1)

ကေလး - ဖလမ္း - ဟားခါးလမ္း (၁)




ကေလးကေန ဖလမ္းကို ျဖတ္ၿပီး ဟားခါးကို မွန္လံုကားေတြ ေန႔စဥ္ (တနဂၤေႏြ မွအပ) ေျပးဆြဲပါတယ္။ တစ္ပတ္ (၆) ရက္ပါ။ ခ်င္းေတာင္တန္း လိုင္းနဲ႔ ေရႊျခေသၤ့ လိုင္းဆိုၿပီး နွစ္လိုင္း ရွိပါတယ္။ ေန႔စဥ္ တစ္စီးစီ ထြက္ပါတယ္။ ဟားခါးကလဲ တစ္စီးစီ ထြက္ပါတယ္။



ကေလးက မနက္ (၅) နာရီ ကားေတြ စထြက္ပါတယ္။ ကေလးၿမိဳ႕တြင္း လူတင္ ေနတာေၾကာင့္ ကေလးက ထြက္တဲ့ အခ်ိန္မွာ မနက္ (၆) နာရီ ရွိပါၿပီ။ ကေလးၿမိဳ႕က စထြက္ထြက္ခ်င္း ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္ထဲ ေရာက္ပါတယ္။ ၁၀ မိနစ္ခန္႔ သြားၿပီးေတာ့ ေတာင္ခါးပန္း တစ္ခုနားက အထိမ္း အမွတ္ ေက်ာက္တိုင္မွာ ကားရပ္ၿပီး ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘာသာ ထံုးစံအတိုင္း ဆုေတာင္း ၾကပါတယ္။ ခ်င္းလိုပါ။ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္မွာ မိသားစု ဝင္ေတြ၊ အႀကီးအကဲေတြ
ခရီးထြက္ တဲ့အခါ လမ္းခရီးမွာ ေဘးကင္းေစဖို႔ မိသားစု ဝင္ေတြ၊ လက္ေအာက္ ငယ္သားေတြက ဒီလိုပဲ ဆုေတာင္းေပး ၾကပါတယ္။ အင္မတန္ ခ်စ္စရာ ေကာင္းတဲ့ ဓေလ့ တစ္ခုပါ။




လမ္းက ကတၱရာ ခင္းလမ္း ျဖစ္ၿပီး ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ ေျမသားမာၿပီး က်င္း၊ ခ်ိဳင့္ နဲပါတယ္။ မနက္ (၈)နာရီမွာ ၃၂ မိုင္က သိုင္းငင္းရြာကို ေရာက္ပါတယ္။ ဒီေနရာမွာ တီးတိန္ လမ္းခြဲ ရွိပါတယ္။ ကေလးက တီးတိန္ သြားမယ့္ လူေတြက ညာဖက္ လမ္းခြဲ အတို္င္း သြားၾကရပါတယ္။



မနက္ (၈:၄၀) နာရီမွာ ၄၂ မို္င္က ဗားလံုရြာကို ေရာက္ပါတယ္။ ဒီရြာမွာ မနက္စာ စားၾကပါတယ္။ ခ်ယ္ရီ စားေသာက္ဆိုင္ မွာပါ။ မနက္ေစာေသးလို႔ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ကေတာ့ မစားျဖစ္ပါ။ ဗားလံုက ဆက္ထြက္ေတာ့ မနက္ (၉) နာရီ ေက်ာ္ေနပါၿပီ။ အထြက္မွာ လမ္းအေတာ္ ဆိုးပါတယ္။ လမ္းေတာ့ ျပင္ေန ၾကပါတယ္။


မိုင္ ၅၀ မွာ ရိဒ္ လမ္းခြဲ ရွိပါတယ္။ လမ္းကေတာ့ ေျမလမ္းပါ။ ဝန္တင္လား ေတြနဲ႔ လားဝန္တင္ ကုန္သည္ အခ်ိဳ႕လဲ ေတြ႕ခဲ့ ရပါတယ္။


၅၃ မိုင္က ဖလမ္းၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ လံုေတာေက်းရြာ အုပ္စု တဝုိက္မွာ ေလွခါးထစ္ ေတာင္ယာေတြ အမ်ားအျပား ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ ဒီကေန ဟားခါးအထိ လမ္းတေလွ်ာက္ ေလွခါးထစ္ ေတာင္ယာခင္း အမ်ား အျပား စိုက္ပ်ိဳး ထားတာ ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။


၅၉ မုို္င္မွာ လံုဗန္း ေက်းရြာ ရွိပါတယ္။ အေတာ္ ႀကီးမားတဲ့ ေက်းရြာႀကီး ျဖစ္ၿပီး အထက္တန္း ေက်ာင္းနဲ႕ တိုက္တယ္ ေဆးရံုတို႔ ရွိပါတယ္။ ေလွခါးထစ္ ေတာင္ယာ မ်ားလဲ အမ်ား အျပား ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ ေက်းရြာရဲ့ အေျခ အေန အရ အေတာ္ စီးပြားေရး ေကာင္းမယ္လို႔ ယူဆ ရပါတယ္။


လံုဗန္း ေက်းရြာက လြန္ၿပီး လမ္းက ျပန္နိမ့္ ဆင္းသြားပါတယ္။ ေမြလိမ္ ေမြေကာက္ ဆင္းသြားၿပီး မိုင္ ၇၀ မွာ မဏိပူရ ျမစ္ကို ျဖတ္ကူးတဲ့ ဘားတံတား ေရာက္ပါတယ္။ မနက္ (၁၁:၄၅) ရွိပါၿပီ။ ေနာက္ထပ္ ၁၀ မိုင္ေလာက္ ဆက္သြားၿပီး ဖလမ္းကို (၁၂:၁၅) ခန္႔မွာ ေရာက္ပါတယ္။


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Chin National Day 2007, Hakha

Another one from Chin National Day 2007, Hakha, Chin State, Myanmar.

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Chin National Day 2007

This is another video of Chin National Day Hakha 2007.


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Kalay Tamu Highway

ကေလး - တမူး ကားလမ္း




ကေလး - တမူး ကားေတြ ကေလး ၿမိဳ႕တြင္း ကားေလးဝင္း ကေန ေန႔စဥ္ ထြက္ပါတယ္။ Van (Town Ace) နဲ႔ မွန္လံု ကားေတြ ေျပးဆြဲပါတယ္။ ကားႀကီးေတြလဲ ေျပးဆြဲေပမယ့္ ကုန္အဓိက တင္တဲ့ အတြက္ လူစီးလို႔ အဆင္ မေျပပါဘူး။ Van ကား ၂၅၀၀ က်ပ္၊ မွန္လံု ၂၀၀၀ က်ပ္ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ကေလးက ေန႔စဥ္ နံနက္ ၇ နာရီ နဲ႔ ေန႔လယ္ ၂ နာရီ ထြက္ၿပီး၊ တမူးကေန နံနက္ ၉ နာရီနဲ႔ ေန႔လယ္ ၂ နာရီ ထြက္ပါတယ္။



ကေလးက ကားမထြက္မီ မွတ္ပံုတင္ ေတြကို ကားေမာင္းသူထံ အပ္နွံ ရပါတယ္။ ကေလး အထြက္ စစ္ေဆးျခင္း မရွိပါ။ ကားလမ္းမွာ အထူးပင္ ေကာင္းမြန္ပါတယ္။ အိႏၵိယ အကူအညီနဲ႔ ေဖါက္လုပ္ ထားတာလို႔ သိရပါတယ္။ အခ်ိဳ႕ ေနရာေတြမွာ က်င္း၊ ခ်ိဳင္႔ အနည္းငယ္ ရွိသည္မွ အပ ေတာ္ေတာ္ ေကာင္းပါတယ္။
နွစ္လမ္းေမာင္း ျဖစ္ၿပီး လမ္းညႊန္ ဆိုင္ဘုတ္မ်ား ျပည့္စံုစြာ ရွိပါတယ္။



ကေလးက မိုင္ (၆၀) ခန္႔မွာ ခန္းပတ္ ၿမီဳ႕နယ္ခြဲကို ေရာက္ရွိပါတယ္။ ခန္းပတ္မွာ ကားေတြ ခဏ ရပ္နားၿပီး convoy ဖြဲ႕၍ ရဲ၊ တပ္ အေစာင့္ အေရွာက္နဲ႔ သြားရပါတယ္။ ခန္ပတ္မွ တမူး အထိ မိုင္ (၃၀) ခန္႔မွာ အိႏၵိယ နယ္စပ္မ်ဥ္း တေလွ်ာက္ ေဖာက္လုပ္ ထားတာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တဖက္နိုင္ငံမွာ မဏိပူရ ခြဲထြက္ေရး သူပုန္ေတြ လႈပ္ရွား ေနတဲ့ အတြက္ အေစာင့္ လိုက္ရတာပါ။ ျမန္မာနို္င္ငံ ဖက္ျခမ္းမွာေတာ့ ေအးခ်မ္းပါတယ္။



ကေလး - တမူး လမ္းေပၚက ရြာေတြ ႀကီးမားၿပီး အိမ္ႀကီး၊ အိမ္ေကာင္း ေတြလဲ ေပါပါတယ္။ စီးပြားေရး ေကာင္းဟန္ ရွိပါတယ္။ ခ်င္းအမ်ိဳးသားေတြ အမ်ားအျပား ေနထိုင္ၾကၿပီး ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘုရားေက်ာင္းေတြ ရြာတိုင္းလိုလို ရွိပါတယ္။ လယ္ယာ ေျမေကာင္းေတြ ေပါမ်ားပါတယ္။



တမူးၿမိဳ႕ အဝင္မွာ ကားဝင္း ရွိပါတယ္။ လမ္းမႀကီး ေဘးမွာပါ။ ခရီးသည္တင္ ကားနဲ႔ ကုန္ကားေတြ ကိုပဲ စစ္ေဆးၿပီး ဆိုင္ကယ္၊ စက္ဘီးေတြ ကေတာ့ လြတ္လပ္စြာ သြားလာေန ၾကပါတယ္။ ကားဝင္းက မထြက္မီ ခရီးသည္ ေတြရဲ့ ခရီးေဆာင္ အိတ္ေတြကို စစ္ေဆးပါတယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့ မွတ္ပံုတင္ ေတြကို လဝက ကျပန္ေပးပါတယ္။



ကားဝင္း အျပင္ဖက္မွာ ဆိုက္ကားငွားၿပီး တမူး ၿမိဳ႕တြင္းကို သြားနိုင္ပါတယ္။ လူေန အိမ္ေျခ ေတြက ကားဝင္းကို ေက်ာ္ၿပီး ရွိေနပါတယ္။ ကေလး - တမူး လမ္းဟာ အဆင္ေျပေျပ၊ သက္ေတာင့္ သက္သာ သြားနိုင္တဲ့ ခရီးပါ။



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Kalay Tamu Highway

Buses to Tamu leave every day from the bus terminal in Kalay. Buses leave at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM everyday. The vans (Town Ace) cost 2,500 kyats a person while the minibuses cost 2,000 kyats. There are big buses too but they mainly carry goods and not very convenient for people to travel. Buses from Tamu leave at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM everyday.

Passengers have to hand over their ID cards to the driver before start of the trip. There is no search on leaving Kalay. The road is very nice except for a few bumps and holes. The road is two lanes, complete with traffic signs. Indian government built the road for the Myanmar government.

About 60 miles away from Kalay, we reach Khan Pat, a sub township in Tamu District. The cars were stopped, and at 9:00 AM all the cars are allowed to go in convoy with the police and army security. There are insurgents on Indian side, and the road is just a few kilometers away from the body. However, there is nothing to worry on Myanmar side. There is no search in Khan Pat.

Villages and houses on the way to Tamu are quite large, clean and well developed. There are many churches in almost every village. Many of the inhabitants are Chin people.

The Highway Bus Terminal in Tamu is just on the side of the main road. Luggages were seharched and the ID cards were given back to the passengers. There was no restriction to those who were walking and riding motorcycles. The town has already overgrown the bus terminal now.

You can take a trishaw outside the station to go to downtown.

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Morai and Nan Pha Long Market

About 10 minutes away from Tamu by bus is Morai, a town from India, and Nan Pha Long Market and village, in Myanmar. It cost only 200 kyats per person for a bus ride. There are many Indians from Morai coming to shop at Nan Pha Long Market. Marchandises on sale include those from China, Thailand, as well as foods and produsts from Myanmar. People from Tamu also come and buy Indian products too.

There is no fence between Morai and Myanmar side although there is a border check point. People could pass the border freely without restriction, and people from India could visit as far as Tamu.

Burmese citizens are not allowed to visit Morai but, because there is no fence, people from Tamu and Nan Pha Long simply go to Morai without any restriction. However, I was advised not to wander around in Morai as there are insurgents in Manipur. Occasional gun fights do happen in Morai. On Myanmar side, there is only peace. Inhabitants of Tamu usually refrain from talking about the Maniput insurgents as they are afraid of the insurgents.

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Morai and Nan Pha Long Market

နန္႔ဖာလံု ေစ်းနွင့္ မိုေရးၿမိဳ႕



တမူးကေန လိုင္းကား (သို႔) ဆိုင္ကယ္ သံုးဘီး စီးသြားရင္ အိႏၵိယ နိုင္ငံ မိုေရးၿမီဳ႕နဲ႔ ကပ္လ်က္က နန္႔ဖာလံု ေစ်းကို ေရာက္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ေယာက္ ၂၀၀ က်ပ္ က်ပါတယ္။ ၁၀ မိနစ္ ေလာက္ပဲ ၾကာပါတယ္။ နန္႔ဖာလံု ရြာမွာ ရွိလို႔ ေခၚတာပါ။ ျမန္မာ နိုင္ငံသား ကသည္း လူမ်ိဳးေတြ ေနထိုင္တဲ့ ရြာႀကီး ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ဖက္နိုင္ငံ
မိုေရးၿမိဳ႕နဲ႔ ကပ္လ်က္ရွိၿပီး မိုေရး ၿမိဳ႕သူ၊ ၿမိဳ႕သားေတြ ေစ်းလာဝယ္ ေနၾကတာ ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ အိႏၵိယ နိုင္ငံသား အမ်ား အျပား ေစ်းလာ ဝယ္ၾကလို႔ အလြန္ပဲ စည္ကားလွ ပါတယ္။ တမူး ၿမိဳ႕သူ၊ ၿမိဳ႕သားေတြလဲ အိႏၵိယ နိုင္ငံထြက္ ကုန္ပစၥည္း ေတြကို လာဝယ္ ၾကပါတယ္။



ကုန္ပစၥည္း ေတြက စံုလွပါတယ္။ အိႏၵိယ၊ ထိုင္း၊ တ႐ုတ္ ကုန္ပစၥည္း ေတြအျပင္ ျမန္မာ နိုင္ငံထြက္ အစားအေသာက္၊ အခ်ဥ္ထုပ္၊ ယိုစံု၊ ဆပ္ျပာနဲ႔ အျခား လူသံုး ကုန္ပစၥည္း ေတြ ေရာင္းခ် ၾကပါတယ္။ မိုေရးကေန ေစ်းထဲကို လြတ္လပ္စြာ ဝင္ထြက္ သြားလာ နိုင္ၾကပါတယ္။ နန္႔ဖာလံု ရြာနဲ႔ တမူးၿမိဳ႕ အထိ လာေရာက္ လည္ပတ္နို္င္ ၾကပါတယ္။ မိုေရးနဲ႔ ျမန္မာျပည္ ၾကားမွာ ၿခံစည္းရိုး မရွိေတာ့ အတား အဆီး မရွိ ဝင္ထြက္ သြားလာ နို္င္ၾကပါတယ္။



ျမန္မာ နိုင္ငံသားေတြ မိုေရး ၿမိဳ႕ထဲကို သြားေရာက္ လည္ပတ္ခြင့္ မရွိပါ။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ၿခံစည္းရိုး အတား အဆီး မရွိ၊ အစစ္ အေဆး မရွိတဲ့ အတြက္ ဒီအတိုင္း သြားလာ လည္ပတ္ ေနၾကပါတယ္။ တစ္ဖက္ နိုင္ငံက လံုၿခံဳေရး သိပ္ေတာ့ စိတ္မခ်ရ ပါဘူး။ မဏိပူရ ခြဲထြက္ေရး သူပုန္ေတြ လႈပ္ရွားမႈ ရွိတဲ့ အတြက္ မၾကာခဏ ပစ္ခတ္မႈေတြ ျဖစ္ပြား တတ္ပါတယ္။


နန္႔ဖာလံု ေစ်းေရာက္တုန္း နန္႔ဖာလံု ရြာထဲ သြားေရာက္ လည္ပတ္ နို္င္ပါတယ္။ ေစ်းထဲမွာေတာ့ လံုၿခံဳေရး အရ ဓါတ္ပံု ရိုက္ခြင့္္ မျပဳပါဘူး။ တစ္ဖက္ နိုင္ငံ သြားလည္ရင္လဲ သတိထား သြားလာဖို႔ အႀကံ ေပးခ်င္ပါတယ္။

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Internet Cafe in Hakha

There is now one internet cafe opened in Hakha, Chin State. The internet cafe opened at Shine Store is situated near the Clock Tower in downtown Hakha. The connection speed is painfully slow, and cost you 2,000 kyats an hour. Well, at least you are connected.

Internet Cafe in Hakha

ဟားခါးက Internet Cafe


ဟားခါး ၿမိဳ႕ေပၚမွာလဲ IP Star နဲ႔ အင္တာနက္ ကေဖး တစ္ခု ဖြင့္ထားပါတယ္။ Shine စတိုးမွာပါ။ ၿမိဳ႕လယ္ လမ္းဆံု နာရီစင္ အနီးမွာ ရွိပါတယ္။ ကြန္ျပဴတာ ၆ လံုးေလာက္ ရွိပါတယ္။ ေစ်းက တစ္နာရီ ၂၀၀၀ က်ပ္က်ပါတယ္။ Connection speed ကေတာ့ ေတာ္ေတာ္ေလး ေနွးပါတယ္။ Gmail နဲ႔ gtalk သံုးနိုင္ပါတယ္။ ကေလးေလာက္ေတာ့ သံုးသူ မမ်ားပါဘူး။

Internet Cafe in Kalay Myo

You can also use internet in Kalay. There are now two internet cafes opened in Kalay. Moon Star Internet Cafe near Highway Bus Terminal is quite convenient and friendly to use. The connection speed is quite slow though, and it cost 1,500 kyat per hour, very expensive compared to Yangon and Mandalay. But still, there are many users there. Another one is in downtown Kalay but I haven't been there.

Internet Cafe in Kalay Myo

ကေလးၿမိဳ႕က Internet Cafe


ကေလးၿမိဳ႕မွာ Internet အသံုးျပဳနိုင္ပါတယ္။ လက္ရွိ Internet Cafe နွစ္ခုရွိပါတယ္။ ကေလး ကားႀကီးဝင္း အနီးက Moon Star Internet Cafe မွာ ကြန္ျပဴတာ ၁၀ လံုးေလာက္ ရွိၿပီး အသံုးျပဳရတာလဲ အဆင္ေျပပါတယ္။ ေစ်းကေတာ့ တစ္နာရီ ၁၅၀၀ က်ပ္ဆိုေတာ့ အေတာ္ ႀကီးပါတယ္။ မီးမလာေတာ့ မီးစက္နဲ႔ သံုးရလို႔ပါ။ G-mail သံုးနိုင္ပါတယ္။ G-talk အတြက္ေတာ့ တစ္နာရီ ၂၀၀၀ က်ပ္ က်ပါတယ္။ Connection Speed ကေတာ့ ေတာ္ေတာ္ ေနွးပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ သံုးတဲ့ သူေတြေတာ့ အေတာ္မ်ားပါတယ္။ ေနာက္တစ္ခုက ကေလး ၿမိဳ႕လယ္မွာပါ။ မသံုးဖူးပါဘူး။ ေစ်းက အတူတူ ပါပဲ။

Tamu, Kabaw Valley


Tamu is a town in Kabaw Valley. It is situated just a few miles away from India border. Although not as large as Kalay, it is still a large town, with many good houses and buildings. There are many two to three storied buildings in Tamu, and many rich people live in Tamu. Roads are also wide and clean and the buildings look modern too. Many of the inhabitants in Tamu are Chin and Burmese with many rich Gurkha, and some Shan and Kachin too.

There are about 4 or 5 guest houses in Tamu. All of them are quite clean and tidy, with good access to restaurants. Food is not expensive in Tamu, and there are a lot of good restaurants and tea shops in Tamu. My favourite is the "Chit Tee" Restaurant in downtown Tamu. You can ask any one "Chit Tee" and they will show you the direction. In the morning you can have a very nice Puri and Tosai there.

There are many large and grand Christian Churches in Tamu, and some Hindu temples too.

There are buses in the town as well as tri cycles. Buses also run to Morae in India.

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Tamu, Kabaw Valley

တမူးၿမိဳ႕



တမူးၿမိဳ႕ဟာ ကေဘာ္ခ်ိဳင့္ဝွမ္းက ၿမိဳ႕တစ္ၿမိဳ႕ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အိႏၵိယ ျမန္မာ နယ္စပ္ အနီး တည္ရွိၿပီး နယ္စပ္နဲ႔ မိုင္အနည္းငယ္ပဲ ကြာေဝးပါတယ္။ တမူးၿမိဳ႕ဟာ အေတာ္အတန္ က်ယ္ဝန္းပါတယ္။ ကေလးေလာက္ မႀကီးေပမယ့္ အရြယ္ အလတ္စား ၿမိဳ႕တစ္ၿမိဳ႕ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ၿမိဳ႕တြင္းလမ္းမ်ား က်ယ္ဝန္းၿပီး သန္႔ရွင္းသပ္ရပ္ ပါတယ္။ အိမ္ႀကီး အိမ္ေကာင္းေတြလဲ အလြန္ေပါပါတယ္။ ေခတ္မွီ ၂ ထပ္၊ ၃ ထပ္ တိုက္ေတြ အမ်ား အျပား ရွိပါတယ္။ သူေဌး သူၾကြယ္ အလြန္ေပါတဲ့ ၿမိဳ႕တစ္ၿမိဳ႕ပါ။ ဗမာ၊ ခ်င္းလူမ်ိဳးေတြ အမ်ားစု ေနထိုင္ၾကၿပီး ေဂၚရခါးေတြလဲ အမ်ား အျပား ေနထိုင္ၾကပါတယ္။ ခ်မ္းသာတဲ့ ေဂၚရခါးေတြ အေတာ္မ်ား ပါတယ္။ ရွမ္း၊ တရုတ္နဲ႔ ကခ်င္ လူမ်ိဳးေတြလဲ ေနထိုင္ ၾကပါတယ္။



တမူးမွာ တည္းခိုခန္း ၄၊ ၅ ခု ရွိပါတယ္။ သန္႔ရွင္း သပ္ရပ္ၿပီး ေစ်းလဲ သင္႔ေတာ္ ပါတယ္။ အစား အေသာက္ ေစ်းလဲ သက္သာပါတယ္။ စားေသာက္ဆိုင္၊ လက္ဖက္ရည္ဆိုင္ေတြ ေပါပါတယ္။ ၿမီဳ႕ထဲက ခ်စ္တီး ထမင္းဆိုင္ လက္ရာ အေတာ္ ေကာင္းပါတယ္။ ခ်စ္တီးဆိုင္ ဆိုရင္ လူတိုင္း သိပါတယ္။ မနက္ေစာေစာ ဆုိရင္ အာလူး ပူရီနဲ႔ တိုရွည္ ေကာင္းေကာင္း ရပါတယ္။


ၿမိဳ႕ေပၚမွာ ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘုရားေက်ာင္းေတြ အႏွံ႔ အျပား ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။ ဘုရားေက်ာင္းေတြက ခန္႔ညား ႀကီးမား ၾကပါတယ္။ ဟိႏၵဴဘာသာ ဘုရားေက်ာင္း ေတြလဲ ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။



ၿမိဳ႕ေပၚ သြားလာေရး အတြက္ လိုင္းကားနဲ႔ သံုးဘီးေတြ ေျပးဆြဲ ပါတယ္။ သြားလာေရး အဆင္ေျပ ပါတယ္။ တစ္ဖက္နုိင္ငံ မိုေရးၿမိဳ႕ကို ေျပးဆြဲတဲ့ လိုင္းကားေတြလဲ ရွိပါတယ္။

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Kalay Myo

Kalay Myo which is situated in Sagaing Division, on the west bank of Chindwin River, is quite a large city. Being on the way to Tamu, which is the major border trading town on the Indian border, and also the port of entry to northern Chin State towns, including Hakha, Htangtalan, Tiddim, Tunzan and Falam, Kalay has established itself as a major commercial center on the west bank of Chindwin River.

Kalay has four wards, the most famous being Tarhan ward. About half the population are Chin people, mostly coming from northern Chin region. Many are from Tiddim, a large town in Northern Chin Hills. Almost all Chin people in Kalay are Christians. The living standard in Kalay is also high.

You can reach Kalay through Mandalay by bus or from Yangon or Mandalay by air. Air Bagan currently operates two flights a week. The ticket currently cost 68,000 kyats.

Regular bus services run from Kalay to Hakha, Falam, Tiddim and Tunzan everyday (except Sunday). These buses leave Kalay from bus station in Tarhan, whild small buses to Tamu leaves everyday from the bus station in downtown Kalay.

Taungzalat Hotel is situated in front of the Airport. Chin Taung Tan Guest House near Tarhan Bus station is cheap but quite clean and convenient for those who have to take bus to Falam and Hakha early in the morning. The price is 1500 kyats a person only.

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Kalay Myo

ကေလးၿမိဳ႕


ခ်င္းတြင္းျမစ္ရဲ့ အေနာက္ျခမ္းမွာ ရွိတဲ့ စစ္ကိုင္းတိုင္း ကေလးျမိဳ႕ဟာ အေတာ္ႀကီးတဲ့ ၿမိဳ႕ႀကီးတစ္ၿမီဳ႕ပါ။ အိႏၵိယ နယ္စပ္ တမူး ကုန္သြယ္ေရး လမ္းေပၚက အခ်က္အခ်ာ က်တဲ့ ၿမိဳ႕ႀကီးတစ္ၿမိဳ႕ ျဖစ္သလို ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္
ေျမာက္ပိုင္း ၿမိဳ႕ေတြျဖစ္တဲ့ ဟားခါး၊ ဖလမ္း၊ ထန္တလန္၊ တီးတိန္၊ တြန္းဇံ ၿမိဳ႕ေတြရဲ့ ဝင္ေပါက္လဲ ျဖစ္တဲ့အတြက္ အလြန္ပဲ စည္ကားလွပါတယ္။


ကေလးၿမိဳ႕ဟာ ႀကီးမားက်ယ္ျပန္႔ၿပီး လူဦးေရလဲ မ်ားျပားပါတယ္။ ရပ္ကြက္ႀကီး (၄) ခုရွိၿပီး တာဟန္း ရပ္ကြက္ကေတာ့ နာမည္ေက်ာ္ပါတယ္။ ခ်င္းလူမ်ိဳး အမ်ားအျပား ေနထိုင္ၾကၿပီး ၿမိဳ႕ လူဦးေရရဲ့ ထက္ဝက္ခန္႔ ရွိပါတယ္။ ကေလးက ခ်င္းအမ်ားစုဟာ ခ်င္းျပည္နယ္ ေျမာက္ပိုင္းက ျဖစ္ၿပီး တီးတိန္က အမ်ားဆံုးပါ။
အားလံုးလိုလို ခရစ္ယာန္ ဘာသာဝင္ေတြ ျဖစ္ၾကပါတယ္။ လူေနမႈ အဆင့္ျမင့္မားၿပီး ဝတ္စား
ဆင္ယင္မႈလဲ ေခတ္မွီ ၾကပါတယ္။


ကေလးကို မႏၱေလး ကတဆင့္ ကားနဲ႔ သြားနိုင္သလို ေလယာဥ္နဲ႔လဲ သြားနိုင္ပါတယ္။ Air Bagan က တစ္ပါတ္ (၂) ႀကိမ္ ပ်ံသန္းပါတယ္။ လက္မွတ္ခက ၆၈၀၀၀ က်ပ္ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။


ကေလးက ဟားခါး၊ တီးတိန္၊ တြန္းဇံ မွန္လံုကားေတြ ေန႔စဥ္ထြက္ပါတယ္။ ကားႀကီးဝင္း ကပါ။ တမူးကား ေတြကေတာ့ ကားေလးဝင္းက ေန႔စဥ္ ထြက္ပါတယ္။


ေလယာဥ္ကြင္းေရွ႕မွာ ေတာင္ဇလပ္ဟိုတယ္ ရွိပါတယ္။ ကားႀကီးဝင္း အနားက ခ်င္းေတာင္တန္း တည္းခိုခန္း ကေတာ့ သန္႔ရွင္းသပ္ရပ္ၿပီး ေစ်းႏႈန္း ခ်ိဳသာပါတယ္။ တစ္ဦးကို (၁၅၀၀) က်ပ္ပါ။ မနက္ေစာေစာ ဖလမ္း၊ ဟားခါးကား စီးမယ့္ လူေတြအတြက္ တည္းခိုဖို႔ အဆင္ေျပပါတယ္။



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Chin National Day 2007, Hakha

This is another video of Chin National Day 2007, Hakha, Chin State. This is the dance of Hakha High School Students.



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Chin National Day 2007, Hakha

Here is the video I took of Chin National Day 2007 in Hakha, Chin State. This one is the ceremony to honor the maiden who has been chosen by the Saw-bwa. Don't take it wrong. There is no Saw-bwa in Chin Hills now but this ceremony is a replica of the ancient tradition.



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