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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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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Myanmar - Time to Say Hello: Arts

Somebody posted this very nice video clip on Myanmar arts and culture on Youtube.



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A Breath of Fresh Air: To Fight TB, Open a Window

According to recent news article from Scientific America, fighting TB is as simple as opening a window. Researchers in Peru found that good ventilation helps prevent spread of TB in hospitals. Good ventilation reduces the amount of germs in the air thus reducing the chance of contracting TB as well as other air borne diseases. WHO also recommends natural ventilation as one way to limit spread of TB. So next time when you see someone cough near you, just open the window.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

I have updated my Blog

After upgrading my blog from old blogger to a new blogger, I dicided it is time I should change my blog design from the old one to a new cleaner fresher look. The old blog is quite clattered and difficult to read. So I have removed some of the old things and changed to a new look. The old entries stayed there, but I updated some of them with labels so that my readers could find the interesting articles with ease. I hope the new blog design will make it easier for my readers to read my blog. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Now in Mandalay

I am now in Mandalay, on my way back from Hakha to Yangon. I will be going back to Yangon for a few days. The trip from Hakha from Mandalay took more than 24 hours. I had to spend that 24 hours on a crowded bus. It is very tiring and all my back and knees are painful and my feet numb. I initially intended to go back to Yangon on the same day as my arrival to Mandalay but I was very tired and decided to take a rest in Mandalay for one night before going back to Yangon.
Mandalay has developed quite rapidly. The roads are cleaner and better with many new and beautiful modern buildings. The youngstars are also more fashionable than previously. There are also two modern shopping malls newly opened in Mandalay. Although they are small in size, at least people in Mandalay now feel like a real modern city.
The weather is cool in early morning but quite hot during the day, especially for somebody coming from a very cold place like Hakha where temperature is still near zero at this time. Last month, temperature in Hakha dropped to as low as minus four! Even while I was in Hakha last week, the temperature in Hakha was under five degree centegrade at night.
I got cold now because of dust and hot weather. I didn't get cold in Chin Hills although it is very cold over there. Eventually, I was turning into someone who cannot tolerate heat anymore. I have been in Chin Hills for more than two years now and I am now so accustomed to cold weather that the heat makes me feel sick.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

From Kalay Myo

Hi all, I am now visiting Kalay. I found out that there are two internet cafes in Kalay. However, they are very expensive, 1500 kyats an hour! And the connection is very slow. Anyway, something is better than nothing, and I feel like I am now in a modern world again. Because the fees is very expensive, I cannot post a long post here. I will write a longer and more detail one when I get back to Yangon. For now, this in all.

 

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