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, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009

Happy New Year 2009 to all my friends and readers. I have been writing this blog for more than 3 years now, and received more than 120,000 visitors so far. I would like to say "Thank You" to all my visitors and friends who come and visit my blog. And I hope things will be better for all of you in 2009.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Facial Recognition is Flawed

“Vietnamese security firm BKIS proved that all Asians look alike - to a computer; the firm showed it can fool any popular face-recognition “security” system in any brand-name notebook computer quite easily with a photo; the built-in webcams on Toshiba, Lenovo and similar notebooks scan eyes and similar conspicuous features, and BKIS simply enhanced those facial parts on the otherwise normal photos to fool the computers; companies that have been hyping facial-recognition as superior to fingerprints or simple passwords had no immediate comment.”

Source: Bangkok Post - Facial Recognition is flawed

I am not sure whether this is true or not. If this is really true, it is quite worrying. Why? The first thing is, I am an Asian, and my notebook with built in facial recognition software installed for security is no longer safe. However, I don’t own an advanced notebook, and I don’t have faith in such kind of biometric. So why worry? There is something to be worried about. Facial recognition is used more and more by law enforcement agencies all over the world, to catch criminals. If Asians are really look alike to facial recognition biometric computer software, then the criminal or terrorist next door could be mistaken with me! That is too bad. It is like a hype now a day on the reliability of the facial recognition softwares by the companies that produce them, but we are not sure how strong these claims are and how reliable these products are. Anyway, I am scared.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Myanmar Site Search - Google Custom Search for Myanmar Sites

If you are looking are Myanmar pages only, here is a search site for you. Essentially a Google custom search engine customized to search only Myanmar websites, this search results will show only those posts from Myanmar websites. Apart from searching Myanmar websites, there is no other use for this website. Anyway, you don’t need to know how to customize Google custom search as the site owner has already customized for you. Visit Myanmar Website Search.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Myanmar Friends Network

Here is another Myanmar online social networking site. Written in Myanmar (Burmese) language, Myanmar Friends is another online social networking site that enters into this recent trend among Myanmar (Burmese) people all over the world. You can become member of this online Myanmar social friends network, make friends, send private messages, comments on other friend’s profiles, upload your own photos. There are also sections on forums, chats, web directories, and links to International Universities and educational institutions all over the world. This site seems to be quite a useful and popular social networking site among online Myanmar friends. Visit Myanmar Friends Social Network site.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

All about your computer's memory

If you want to know about the memory of your computer or laptop, such as brand, size, speed, number, etc., then this site is for you. Just for curiosity or for memory upgrade, this site will provide wealth of information on the brand, type, size, speed, number of your memory as well as suggestion for your memory upgrade. You can also search for compatible memory for the upgrade. The most use for this site would be to check before your memory upgrade. To use the automatic memory scanner from Orca, you will need to download and install the exe file from the site. To know more about your memory, visit the Orca Memory Scanner.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Today in Myanmar - A new Myanmar information website

There is now a new Myanmar information website for the foreigners who want to know more about Myanmar. Today in Myanmar is a new website on Myanmar culture, custom, travel information, travel advice, Myanmar life, Myanmar food, interesting places in Myanmar, information on hotels, guest houses, restaurants and many other useful information on Myanmar. I was also invited to write articles related to Myanmar on this website on Myanmar. You can visit Today in Myanmar and give me some comments on the articles I write.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

U Bain (U Pain) Bridge, Mandalay

If you ever traveled to Mandalay, the second capital of Myanmar, one place you must visit is U Bain bridge (U Pain Bridge). It is possibly one of the longest wooden bridges in the world, connecting the two banks of Taungthaman Lake, in Amarapura (City of Eternity), which used to be the capital of Kone-boun Dinesty. The bridge was built by U Bain (U Pain), who was the lord of the villages on the other side of Taungthaman Lake. Historical accounts said the main reason U Bain built the bridge was that he wanted quick access for his villagers to the Capital Amarapura so that he could stage a coup! Nobody knows if this is true, but he was later procecuted with the same charges and was sentenced to death. Although he died, his name lives on as the builder of the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar, and the name of the bridge officially becomes U Bain Bridge (U Pain Bridge). The bridge still serves as the most important communication link for the people of his villages.

Situated just close to Mandalay, it offers a small oasis for the residents of Mandalay, which is actually a hot and dusty city. It is only a few kilometers away from Mandalay and there are also regular buses running between Mandalay and U Bain Bridge (U Pain Bridge). However, the most convenient way to travel to U Bain Bridge (U Pain Bridge) is by a taxi. You should hire a taxi for a return trip, as most taxi drivers would be reluctant to go there without a return trip, and you might not be able to hire a taxi back from there. ...... Read more about U Bain Bridge.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Inly Myanmar Restaurant in Singapore

To try delicious Myanmar cuisine, you don't necessarily need to come to Myanmar. There are a number of Myanmar restaurants worldwide. One of the Myanmar restaurants I would like to mention is Inle Myanmar Restaurant in Singapore. Situated in Peninsula Plaza, in the heart of downtown Singapore, Inle is a nice restaurants famous among the Myanmar people living and working in Singapore. The restaurant serves a variety of Myanmar cuisine at a reasonable price. Some of the dishes on offer include various kinds of Myanmar salads, mohinga, various Myanmar noodles, curry, as well as .... Read more about Inly Myanmar Restaurant in Singapore.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Myanmar Restaurants

When you visit Myanmar, you might want to try some Myanmar dishes. For most foreign visitors, this can be easily done at a local Myanmar restaurant. There are a number of restaurants in Yangon and all over the country, which offer delicious Myanmar cuisine. The only problem for a foreign visitor would be to find a nice and decent Myanmar restaurant, and what dish to order.

Most restaurants in Myanmar that sell Myanmar dishes are not intended for foreigners. Their main customers are local Myanmar people. Thus, they are usually unprepared for an occasional foreign customer who appears without prior warning. Most Myanmar restaurants don’t have menu. Even if they have one, one cannot expect to have a menu written in English. And even an English menu won’t have any meaning for a foreigner if it is not accompanied with a picture of dishes.

However, there is one very simple way to overcome this potential problem. Unlike European or Chinese cuisine, most Myanmar dishes are ..... Read more about Myanmar Restaurants

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another New Myanmar MP3 download site

All channel Music is a new Myanmar MP3 music site. There are a number of albums from various singers, both current and past. The number and scope of songs available on this site seemed to be quite extensive. You can also search the site in English as well as Myanmar (Burmese). You can search artists or singers, albums and songs. There will be sections on music video and ring tone, but ..... Read more in Another New Myanmar MP3 Download Site on Myanmar Man's Diary.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Myanmar Breakfast

Breakfast for many people in Myanmar is fried rice. Usually it is a mixture of cooked rice and other leftovers from the evening before. One or two egg is often stirred into the fried rice. Sometimes, some slices of fried Chinese pork sausage is added to it. Most usually, a kind of steamed beans sold by vendors in the early morning is added. This makes a cheap but tasty and nutritious breakfast for most families.

Mohinga seller in the street of Yangon

Another popular breakfast for Myanmar people is mohinga (monhinga). This is a peppery fish broth eaten with rice vermicelli. This is eaten steaming hot. Vegetable fritters, slices of fish cake or hardboiled egg are usually added to give extra nutrition. This is further enhanced with the addition of chopped coriander leaves, morsels of crispy fried garlic, fish sauce, a squeeze of lime and chili. This is the most popular dish ...... Read more about Myanmar Breakfast.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Prepaid GSM mobile phone cards to be available soon in Myanmar

According to some internet news, prepaid GSM SIM cards will be available in Myanmar soon. According to unofficial reports, these GSM SIM cards are to be sold in US dollars initially, aiming at tourists coming to Myanmar. Although the price is yet to be confirmed, it is rumoured that the SIM cards will be sold at around 50 US dollars each. Each SIM card will comes with US$ 10 worth of credit. The prepaid top up cards will be sold in cards of US$ 10, US$ 30 and US$ 50. US$ 10 card will have validity of one week, US$ 30 with ...... Read in Prepaid GSM mobile phone cards to be available soon in Myanmar.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Getting one year marriage visa extension in Thailand

Getting a one year marriage visa extension in Thailand is not difficult if you meet the requirements and know the procedure.
According to Thai immigration law, if you are married to a Thai (man or woman), you are entitled to apply for one year marriage visa. However, there are a few legal requirements for this.

1. You must have a valid marriage certificate. Your certificate can be a Thai one or from another country. This marriage certificate must be in Thai or in English. If it is in other language, you must first translate it into English, which must be certified by your embassy in Thailand.
2. If your marriage is a customary marriage, this is not considered legal in Thailand. You must be able to show the original certificate issued by the legal authority in your country.
3. Both you and your partner must earn at least 40,000 baht a month. This is an average calculated on the income during the whole year. And this income is the total income of both the couple. For example, if you earn 25,000 baht and your spouse earns 15,000 baht, the total becomes 40,000 baht. You will have to submit the evidence of this income. If you work in Thailand and have paid tax to Thai tax authority, this can be used as evidence. Or your embassy can issue a statement of your income, or your tax payment record in your home country. Any document that is not issued by the Thai authority ........ Read more in Getting one year marriage visa extension in Thailand.


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