Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I Have Moved

I have decided to move to wordpress so pls read my new posts at http://madyjune.wordpress.com . It's still incomplete and I will try to edit them whenever I get the time. One thing for sure, I won't be adding cbox to my widget 'cuz I prefer to get comments on my posts instead.

As for my Myanmar blog, I will still post at blogger. I got a subdomain address from MyanmarBloggers.org so my blog can be browsed via that domain name but I still need to configure it at Blogger.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Thadingyut Weekend Part II

We went to Yankin Center and chatted a bit at Seasons but I was keeping quiet most of the times as my mouth hurts whenever I tried to talk due to the blisters insdie my mouth. Since I swore to myself that I will never order coffee for that place again, I ordered chocolate milkshake. When we go out, she drove us to the library. I wasn’t thinking of borrowing another book again but I ended borrowing another Grisham novel. Then we went to Latha and she bought a blouse in a shop. Just as I had suspected in the first place, she wanted to introduce me to a guy and I had to go to Moon Bakery to meet him. She introduced us and started talking but I wasn’t interested in their conversation. The place was too noisy for me and I was feeling frustrated but when I cheered up after watching Sunflower music video by Antibiotic, He commented that I am just a quiet person like my sister so I just smiled at him in reply. But in my head, I was saying to myself, “That’s what you think.”. I was really just staying quiet ‘cuz no. 1, my mouth hurts when I talk, no. 2 I don’t like talking to strangers and no. 3 I hate it when I am expected to become friends with him just because my friend wants me to.

The meeting didn’t take long and we left the place around 4pm. My friend wanted to wait for the air-con bus so I waited for the bus with her for 30 mins. My feet were already tired and a lot of buses which reached directly to my home had already passed by so many times. When the air-con bus arrived, we got on but we couldn’t sit next to each other till Thein Phyu bus stop. The aircon wasn’t that cool at all and worst of all, the bus was playing I.C Acoustic album. I don’t hate I.C band but I dislike having to listen to them on the bus. Whenever I happened to ride that air-con bus, I always have to listen to I.C singers album. That air-con bus didn’t reach my home directly so I got off with her and went home. I was hoping to eat Shwe Yin Aye but it got spoiled as I arrived home around 5pm. It was really a lousy day for me and I really wasted my times going out. The only thing I’m happy about is that the new book I borrowed from the library.. After I’m through with this book, I will ask my friend to return it for me but I won’t go with her anymore. I will made a new member next month so I can go there on Sundays whenever I want. Plus, since I usually go there twice a month, I can check out the latest kdrama DVD arrivals in Latha DVD shops. She has no patient with me to go to the shop with me ‘cuz I usually take a long time analyzing the available dramas and picking out which I want to buy.

I wasn’t in the sulky mood for long as I started to continue reading Coffee Price and I finished it around 11:30 pm. I have to say this was the best Korean novel I have ever read. I have read some fanfics before including Temptation of Wolf but since this one is an actual novel and the translator did a wonderful job. Not sure if these words are really mentioned in English in the original novels but I just love these words the translator used, :”EnChanting”, “Hankyulistic” and “HanKyulious”. Although I love the novel, I am really glad that the plot isn’t quite the same. If you love the drama, I recommend you all to check out the novel also but if you just want to know the difference, you can either read the whole novel or read summaries written by javabeans.

Sunday was the usual, not much activities as I stayed home all day. I watched Time of Wolf & Dog dvd and Over the Rainbow movie aired on MWD. I would have prefer to watch the movie with English subs but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I just had to be satisfied with watching Lee Jung Jae on TV. I was continuing watching the drama after the movie when my cousin and her family came over to bow to my parents. My parents have received a lot of food already from relatives and neighbors who also came to bow to them and pay respect. I still haven’t go to see my relatives yet ‘cuz I’m waiting for my father to get some free times. Most of the times, we just visit my grandmother and aunt & uncle from my father’s side and my uncle and aunt from my mother side. I always enjoy going over to my uncle’s place ever since I was a kid ‘cuz they always give out a lot of foods in return. My friend told me that she got a lot of pocket money from her relatives but I rarely get pocket money from my relatives but at least my uncles gives out our favorite cakes and cookies :).

After dinner, my family watched Time of Wolf & Dog while I buried myself in Grisham novel. I was pissed off at them for talking about the drama plot while watching the drama. Next time, I will hide the new drama dvds till I have finished watching them. I really hate spoilers but they couldn’t keep their mouth shut. At sometimes I actually have to put hands over my ears (yeah…I’m over reacting but…) ‘cuz their voices even reached downstairs and they were at the last episode.

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Thadingyut Weekend Part I

I had a 3 days weekend holiday as Thadingyut was on Friday and our admin closed off Saturday for us to have a nice rest during the holiday.

I spent the first day doing nothing much beside reading and watching dramas. I finished reading John Grisham's The Rain Maker as it was due on Saturday. It was a bit boring at first but the plot got interesting when the trial started. There's a movie based on the novel but I still haven't watched it yet.

The second novel I read is an English translation of the original Coffee Prince novel. I didn't know someone translated it and posted at xanga till last Thursday. Since I didn't have time to read at work, I copied all of the blog posts and started reading them. Although the drama was based on the novel, the plot is a bit different but I like both version. Whenever Han Kyul named is mentioned, I started picturing Gong Yoo so I like his character the most in the novel :). I have to stop myself several times to stop daydreaming about him while reading.

I also watched a few episodes of Harvard 'cuz I wanted to return the dvd back to my coworker soon. Although I like the actor and the actress a lot, the drama is a bit boring and I couldn't help fast forwarding some scenes as I was getting bored. This has to be the second drama that I ever fast forwarded while watching. The reason I didn't like this drama that much is because my taste in kdrama has changed a bit overtime. A few years, I might have been hooked on to this drama but now I prefer to watch comedy romance, mysteries and action dramas. I didn't finish watching the drama but I am returning the dvd back now 'cuz I'm just too lazy to watch till the end and rewatch ep 1-8 since I skipped them to avoid the bad English conversations.

The next day was a really tiring day for me. I made plans with my friend to go to the library to return the books. I wanted to go there earlier but she only wanted to go after 2pm. I suspected that she was planning to meet someone afterward but I didn't want to complain as I was asking her to borrow the books for me. My card expired after June and I haven't made a new one yet. Another friend which we have lost contact due to personal reasons wanted to meet all of us so she made plans to pick us up and go to a coffee shop. I know my friend didn't want to go and I didn't want to go either but I didn't want to sound rude so I agree to meet her. I had planned to finish my house works first before going out so I can rest on Sunday without works to do but I didn't get much done as she was coming around 12. She and my friend arrived a bit early so they waited while me and my sis finished our lunch. Lunch was papaya salad and fried water sprout but I had to eat fast and didn't have time to enjoy my lunch. I wanted to eat Shwe Yin Aye for dessert but I didn't have enough time to do so.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

The Meaning of "Retard"

retard : offensive term: an offensive term that deliberately insults somebody with a learning disability or somebody regarded as unintelligent (slang insult)

I am sure most of you already know what retard is supposed to mean but one certain person had made a mistake of calling disable people retards in an interview. I am surprised to read that he who acted as a disable person affected with polio (poliomyelitis) used the harsh word 'retard'. He said that among his fans, there is a retard girl and I took after her. I observed the Retards. I have to say he's my least favorite actor and singer and I never have any respect for this person. But my mother who happened to be at one of the shooting of the film said even she who disliked him was amazed with his acting. Maybe he doesn't really understand the full meaning of the word. I have to admit that I have used that word quite often in the past and still used it sometimes at present but I have never offended any disable person. I don't think his fan will like being called a retard. If he was in another country, he will surely be attacked back the media and the netizens. Such similar case has happened to a popular boy band members before although they didn't mean to offend them at all but a lot of people got offended by it. I was quite mad at their previous management company for releasing the video, probably on purpose, at that time.

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Delicious Meals on the Weekends

This weekend, things just passed by smoothly. I was done with my work by 2 pm on Saturday but I have to wait for a friend till 5pm so I spent most of the times surfing entertainment blogs. I was quite bored to death and I wanted to go home but I had to wait for her as I promised her to come with me to meet our friend. We went to her house first and then we went to a nearby Rakhine Moat Tee shop. The food wasn't that great anymore. I rarely go there but there wasn't any other place to eat for a small snack. There was still some times left so we have some cool drinks at another shop nearby and chatted for awhile. We parted around 7pm. I asked my friend to come to my place on Sunday if she's free and she said that she will come.

The next day, I was still doing my chores when she arrived. She and I watched 200 Pounds of Beauty and ate lunch with a really tasty lemon salad (shauk tee toke). Since my sister wasn't around, I asked my cousin to add chili peppers to the salad and that was why the food was delicious. My cousin cooked Rakhine Moat Tee for a short snack so we drank the soup while having our lunch. My friend was midway through watching the film so she continued watching while I lost interest in. By that time, my sister and my mother had come back home and my sister was a bit occupied with taking out old photos to share with a friend. She met her online after seeing her profile on Facebook. That girl was my friend's sister. My friend isn't the kind of person to take interest in social networking sites but maybe I can invite her after I join the site.

My friend had to leave early at 3 pm and I had nothing much to do. So in order to kill some time, I checked out some old Myanmar movies my friend downloaded for me from BurmeseClassics. The first film starred Win Oo and as I am a big fan of him, I checked it out first. But I got disappointed 'cuz he only guest starred in the movie and the lead actor is surely not my idea of an actor. I guess he only became an actor 'cuz he was an adoptive son of Win Oo. I lost intrest immediately as the film was quite crappy so I checked out another movie. My mother had been wanting to watch it so I asked my friend to download for her but I never got the chance to check it out. It's a really old black & white movie with bad quality and I only understood half of it but it was a movie worth watching 'cuz I get to learn a lot about the Lisu and their lifestyle. It was the first Myanmar film to shoot in Putao area and I think it was filmed back in the 70s.

For Dinner, my cousin cooked Chicken Kar La Thar Chet. It's a mixture between normal chicken dish and chicken soup but it's spicy. It became one of my favorite dish after eating it in Kalaw but sadly it didn't taste quite the same. I complained about it and my father told me that the reason it was tasty and different from usual was because marijuana was probably added in the food. I nearly lost my appetite after hearing that.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lee Junki's New Drama



Lee Jun Ki who rose to stardom with his feminine clown role in "The King and the Clown" is returning to a historical drama series in an opposite persona.

Lee Jun Ki has been cast as the leading role in "Iljimae" a 20 episode historical drama series to be aired on SBS. He will display his strong charisma through 'Iljimae' who is considered a chivalrous robber of the time.

Lee Jun Ki's manager Kim Woo Jin commented, "He has selected characters that emphasized his manliness since 'The King and the Clown' and this character seems to be at the peak of his efforts."

In the drama series "Iljimae," Lee Jun Ki will play a character who acts as a usless gangster in the marketplace by day and a chivalrous robber by night.

The series will start filming in November with a location shoot in China as well.

source: BroAsia

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Lee Jung Jae

I have always liked him ever since I watched II Mare but he wasn't added to my favorite actor till I finished watching Air City. I do admit that my favorite actor list is pretty long. I can't get enough of Air City. I want to see him in a drama again but I think he's more into acting for films rather than dramas. He looks the best when he smiles. My favorite scenes in Air City are when Choi Ji Woo is mad at him about something and he just smiles directly in her face and later on she ended up smiling as well.

I've finished Air City last week but I feel like repeating it again. Maybe after I buy the dvd, then I will watch it back. I have many pending dramas to finish at the moment.

credit pics to wiki.d-addicts & popseoul

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Korean Movies & Dramas DVDs

My biggest weakness is buying DVD dramas. I just can't resist buying one when I see my favorite dramas on DVD. Most of my money are spent on DVDs every month. Just yesterday, I promised my mother that I won't buy any more kdrama (for this month which I said to myself) but when I saw Coffee Prince and Time of Wolf and Dog, I can't resist buying them. I've already watched Coffee Prince but I want to watch it again. Both of the drama subtitles are good so these are really worth buying but in Coffee Prince, the last episode was cut off in the middle for around 8 mins including my favorite scene of Han Kyul singing Naw Ruu Sarang Hae. Wahhh....not fair. I really really love that part so much and they had to cut it off. This is the disadvantage of buying those dvds imported from China. All 17 episodes were placed in one disc. I rather buy a 2 disc DVD just to see that part. I wish I can buy the original version but as long as I'm staying in Myanmar, I can't afford to buy it :(.

I never have any problems with other dvds 'cuz the only other dvd that was cut off at the end is Goong. (and it was my favorite drama at that time) I was pissed off at that time but now I have the original version thanks to Ko SomeoneNull and Ma Yee Mon with better quality. I wonder if I should give this to someone else and wait for another version to come out but how am I supposed to know if that dvd has complete episodes?

My brother said I buy too much Korean DVDs but I hardly buy English movies. I told him to buy them by himself but he doesn't want to spend his money on DVDs so instead he complains every time he see a Korean DVD at home. The last English dvd I bought was a collection of movies targeted towards kids but I still haven't watch all of them yet. I rarely watch back an English movie after I seen it. The only movies I enjoy watching over and over again are the first Star War trilogy, not the new ones from episode 1 to 3. I love them so much and I am beginning to memorize some of the lines by now.

I spent most of my money on Korean dramas 'cuz it's hard to download from the internet and not many buy them so I can't rent from them. Some of them rather buy dramas with Myanmar subs but I hate watching them so I start my own collection, buying 2 or 3 dramas every month but I haven't manage to finish them all. I don't buy Korean movies DVDs that much 'cuz most of the collections contains movies I don't want to watch or are already in my possession. I miss those 8 in 1 DVDs 'cuz the quality is better than the later 12 in 1, 16 in 1, 18 in 1 and now 24 in 1. I bought one 24 in 1 DVD at the start of this month but I haven't watch them all 'cuz I wasn't interested in them. The movies that I want to watch are in other collection dvd along with soft porn movies so I didn't want to buy them even though I want to watch them. My mother complains a lot the last time I borrowed a dvd from a friend 'cuz she didn't like those kind of movies. It wasn't my fault anyway. She was the one who wanted to see that Lee Byun Hyun movie. Compared to other movies, that LBH movie wasn't that bad and it was funny. She just didn't like to see her fav celebs having sex on screen :). I chose to remain silent and not bother with arguing. My director at work also bought a Korean movie DVDs 'cuz she like some of the movies but she was shocked to see those x rated movies and said she wouldn't have buy the dvd if she knew that they will be included. The one of the guy listening to her said "Really, let me borrow your DVD then". LOL he he

Next time I buy a Korean Movie DVD, I'll look for the ones including Love Me Not, My Boss My Hero, II Mare and Typhoon but so far all four movies are in different DVDs and I don't buy want to buy them all.

Right now I don't have much money left to spend since I bought too much dvds :(. I will have to watch what I spent from now on.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Back from Long Silence

Sorry for not updating my blog. I got cut off from the internet a few weeks ago and now that I got it back at work but I don't have much time to use it for personal affairs. Even though internet was down, I still was quite busy with my work and now that it's up again, I'm more busier.

Not much have go on in my life. I leave work early now 'cuz I want to get home early and rest. I used to stayed at work till it's nearly 7 pm but now I leave work after 5 pm. After I get home, I get the chance to use the computer before my brother comes back home. I rarely watch dramas now as I have become more absorbed in reading e-books. I'm reading Philip Pullman and so far I read The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife. I went to the library to search for the last book but instead I only saw The Ruby in the Smoke so I borrowed that instead. It's funny that they couldn't find the author's name in the computer system while I was holding the book in my hand.

Beside reading e-books, I finished watching A Prince's First Love with Myanmar subtitles. I don't really dig having to watch with Myanmar subs but since it was at home, I ended up watching the drama but only after fast forwarding it and skipping forward so I got bored watching. These kind of love stories don't take my intrest that much anymore. Probably it's because of watching dramas like The Devil and Air City. I finished Air City a few days ago and I love it. I like the lead actor a lot. I've always liked him since II Mare. Now I want to watch it back again along with Typhoon.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Blogger & Decision

My sister just told me that blogspot has been banned. I knew it would come to this at the end but I was hoping that they won't do that. Oh, well I still have my way around blogging but now I'm thinking of moving my English blog to somewhere else. I already made a decision to blog mainly in English a few days ago to improve my English and it wasn't that necessary for me to blog in both versions. There are a lot of Myanmar bloggers who blog in Myanmar so they won't miss me if I don't blog in Myanmar.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

I Hate Half Warm Coffee

I went to Seasons Bakery & Cafe at Yankin Center with my friend to meet an online friend from forum. My sister arrived a few minutest later. Ever since I watched Coffee Prince, I had been wanting to try other tastes of coffee and the one I really wanted to check out was cafe latte 'cuz I've seen many pictures of coffee art decorated on cafe latte on the internet. I remember seeing a coffee decoration on a cappuccino from a restaurant at Excel Tower. I wanted to know whether my coffee would be decorated also at Seasons.

My coffee arrived a few minutes later after my order. It was placed in a large glass with a large spoon on top. At first I thought they had mistaken my drink for a cold drink but I expected to be served in a coffee cup, not in a glass. I added a bag of sugar and tasted the coffee. It was terrible. The taste was too strong and worst of all, it was half warm. I hate drinking coffee which are half warm. If I want hot coffee, I want to drink it while it's still hot with streams coming out from the cup. If I want it cold, I would have order a cold drink. Now that I think about it, this isn't' the first I get half warm drinks at Seasons. A long time ago, I ordered hot chocolate and it was nearly cold when it arrived. As for the coffee, next time I will just stick with drinking ready made coffee mixes and home made coffee 'cuz I am not used to strong tastes.

It was nice to meet him but most of the conversation we had was about Singapore 'cuz my friend was pretty interested in Sg and Polytechni. So she bombed him with questions after questions. Since she doesn't know much about forum so she was pretty bored having to listen to us talk about forum related things. I didn't intend to invite her to come with me that day but there was supposed to be a birthday party in the afternoon at my house which got canceled but she didn't know about so she arrived 2 hours before my meeting. I couldn't ask her to just home after she cancel her classes to spend time with her friends.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Heroes

Last night I watched Heroes Season 1 on dvd and I was immediately hooked on the series. I have watched the first episode a long time ago but I didn't continue watching till my sister bought the dvd. Actually I wanted to watch The Prince's First Love drama but my brother and I had an argument 'cuz the drama is subbed in Myanmar and it was pirated so he accused me of supporting piracy from his company. I didn't even buy it in the first place. Why would I even want to waste my money to buy dramas or movies subbed in Myanmar subtitles? I only watched this drama 'cuz my pc is broken and if I buy the dvd with english sub, my mother would scold me for wasting money as there was a dvd at home already. It was my father who borrowed the dvd from his friend but of course my brother didn't dare voice out his anger to him so he turned to me instead.

I didn't want the same arugment to continue again last night so I thought I will just watch the first episode and wait till he's asleep so I can continue my drama. But he was also hooked on to the series so we ended up watching it for four episodes straight. I had to tell my brother to go to sleep as the hour was nearly midnight and he have to get up way early in the morning. My mother wasn't pleased to see her son staying up the night watching tv 'cuz she wanted all of us to sleep early as possible.

I might continue watching the series tonight but if my brother isn't around, I'll just finish watching the kdrama first.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New Fashion Journal Released

A few years ago, I used to read most of all the fashion magazines available from the book rental shop. The main intention of reading those magazines was to read about Myanmar celebrities but the prices have went up and I was sick of flipping through glossy advertisement papers and then reading articles which are indirectly advertising the products.Some magazines only featured articles about people I dislike so now it'sbeen a long time since I read a magazine.

But now, a journal dedicated to fashion and entertainment has been released since yesterday. The name of the journal is "NOW" and what set it different from regular magazines and journals is that all pages arefull color. This week's front cover is Nicole Kidman and usually Myanmar fashion magazines and journals used Myanmar celebrities and models as their front cover. Reading this journal reminds me of those teen magazines I read when I was younger. I think this is the first journal
which criticize Myanmar celebrities publicly. It's nothing serious, just a small criticism about bad choice of fashion and acne-control in Sai Sai's case. It's funny to read them anyway. I'll summarize some of the interviews and features about Myanmar celebrities.

In the interview with Kaung Myat, he said that his new album contains only r&b and pop songs as he wanted a change of music style. I used to thought he can't sing solo but after hearing him in Sai Sai's 'bone kyoe pyat tae nat tha mee' song, I am looking forward to this album release.

My sister said that the girls sounded a bit rude in the interview with NO but I think they are just sick of answering questions related to Thazin. I also have seen several of their interviews and most of them asked about Thazin. They must have broken up for like a year already. Interviewers, give these girls a break. It's not like there aren't any other questions to ask. I am neither a fan of NO nor Thazin but they want to move on so let them move on instead of talking about the past all the times. I am more of a fan of Yee Mon whose music sounds better when she sings solo.

Since I have mention gossips and criticism, some of you might be wondering what those are about. Just as I have said in the above paragraph, it's nothing too serious. They wrote that Sai Sai can dress in fashion but he should take care of his acne on his face. That's kinda true. Those pimples are huge. On the photo of Moe Hay Ko, it was written, "Who is this...ahh..that's the girl some journal named the popular person of the year...but those color contacts doesn't match well with her". My favorite one is about Aye Wit Yee Thaung. She was wearing a red polka dot dress which looks really cute and nice but there was some black straps around her ankle and they wrote "Perhaps she's too busy to buy a stocking so she drew a fake stocking on her legs.". As I have said, those aren't too serious and they are funny. I hope they would continue to write like this in the next journals.

Edit: Those criticism were written after gaining permisson from the Myanmar celebrities.

So if you are in Myanmar, you might want to check this out if you are into fashion and entertainment. The sale price is 500 kyats but I don't know how much the journal stand might sell them for.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Shopping at Yuzana Plaza

Yesterday I woke up a bit early than usual Sundays after hearing Ye' Lay's song playing. It was my sister who was listening to his album and I joined her without even washing up first till she stopped listening. I asked my brother to buy pauk si for breakfast and drank coffee while eating pauk si. I watched some kpop videos I burned on a vcd. It has been a long time since the last time I burned them. After I get my computer fixed (again), I'll burn them on dvd as it's a waste of cds when I don't have time to watch them. I must have about 20 or 30 cds all burned with my downloads. I want to share them on divx but my connection is too slow to upload.

Anyway, after I had breakfast, I started cleaning the family room as my father was saying the desk is too messy. I tried my best to tidy up the desk but I couldn't put away my brother's things as he'll be using them again later on. Afterward, I started watching "Take the Lead" movie which I rented from the shop on Saturday. It's a nice movie but I only got to watch a few chapters as my mother called out for me and asked me whether I'm interested in going to Yuzana Plaza or not. I told her I will go so I took a bath quickly, dressed and came down to eat lunch.

We left our home around 2 pm. My mother suggest that I should buy some new shoes just in case I need to go to some ceremonies or occasions like wedding, birthday, etc. I wasn't quite interested in the idea and maybe that's why I couldn't find a single shoe I like. My sister tired of me for being so picky. I was just more interested in buying a present for my friend. I bought a green long waist blouse and I wanted to buy my friend one also but it's short sleeve so she might not want to wear it as she's skinny. I'm skinny too but I don't' mind wearing short sleeves.

It was really tiring walking around the place and I was getting really thirsty. My sister suggested we eat and rest at some place but she went to the 3rd floor in hope of finding Mr. Brown. I told her it's not on the 3rd floor anymore but she didn't listen. We bought the present from the first shop we saw on the 3rd floor. There was a large food court at the center of the place and I wanted to go back downstairs as I couldn't stand the loud music being played but my sister said she's hungry so we sat down. I ordered a cup of ice coffee while she ordered Shan Noodle. I wouldn't recommend eating Shan Noodle at this place as it's just too little for a price of 800 kyats and the ice coffee is also 800 kyats but at least it's not filled with water like at some fast food places. Although I didn't like the food, I like the shop we visited and next time I go shopping, I would go to the 3rd floor first 'cuz the prices aren't that expensive there.

We went home after 5pm and most of the shops were already closed down by then. I finished watching "Take the Lead" after the tv drama has ended airing and it was really a nice movie. I wished we had similar programs like ball room dancing back at our junior high school.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Usual Sunday

This Sunday, I woke up a bit early than usual but still I didn't start doing anything till past 10 am. The weather was nice, bright and clear, so I did my laundry and I didn't finish washing them all till after 2pm. I'm a slow worker who takes rest pretty often so I'm slow at finishing my tasks. I had my lunch at 1 pm and continue my work while pausing pretty often to talk to my sister or listen to music. After I finish doing laundry, my sister told me to give her my scrunches and other hair accessories as my hair is pretty short to use them now. She was a bit surprised to see my large collection. She even told me to take some photos of them. She said I should her give them to her sooner as she was thinking of buying some of them, mentioning to my flower shaped hair clips. I have been meaning to give them to her for years but I kept forgetting.

After I gave her my stuffs, I cleaned my room and took a bath. I was planning to go to the hair salon by 4pm but my friend arrived so I decided to wait for my sister to finish typing her cv and go to the salon together. When my sister was finished, it started raining so we had to wait for the rain to stop. It didn't look like it'll stop so we decided to go out at 5:30. My sister wanted to eat Rakhine Moat Tee so we went to the shop first. On the way, as I was crossing the street, a blue jeep came out of nowhere and almost run me over. I was a bit shocked at first but I reacted quickly by running back to the street side. Gosh, I always looked both ways before crossing the street but that jeep was driving at full speed and didn't even bother to slow down or stop. I am sick and tired of always watching out for cars who will always drive close to my feet. It should be them who should look out for the passengers. Even when I am walking by the street side, as there are no platforms, I still get honks and yelled by the drivers. Now that I'm going back to UFL, I have to face having to cross Inya Road before reaching the university. I don't know when I will get hit by a car.

Anyway, back to the subject, after we reached the shop, we all had Rakhine Moat Tee and Tofu A Sar Tot which is vegetables, tamarind juice, soy sauce and chili stuffed in the tofu. This shop is the only shop around my area which sells them and it's my sister's favorite. I don't really fancy that shop 'cuz the moat tee doesn't taste that good and the rest of the food are pretty expensive, 300 kyats for a plate of a thote while other places sells them for 150 kyats or 200 kyats. But this is the only shop around the area which opens on Sundays so I have nowhere else to go when I want to eat Rakhine Moat Tee.

Afterward, I went to the salon while my friend and my sisters went to make copies of the cv and certificates. I visited that salon just a week ago but at that time I was in a hurry and I didn't have any pictures with me to show the hairstyle I want. I have the pictures with me this time and I think my hairstyle is now nearly like Eun Chan. Yeah, call me a copycat but I always like seeing Asian actresses with short hairstyles. I was starting to hate my last hairstyle as it was getting out of shape.

I tried to take some photos of myself but I even scare myself 'cuz I look like a skeleton in the photos. I look like I haven't had any sleep for days. My mother has been saying that to me for awhile now but I didn't think I look that bad when I look in the mirror. Maybe the camera is bewitched so I look ugly every time I took a photo :D. Like my sister said, it's just me and I am just not photogenic at all. Which is why I avoid taking photos of myself with digital cameras. They reveal the truth to much :(

My sister is taking some traditional medicines to gain weight. Maybe I should take some also just to get my face look healthy.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Peekaboo Posts Vs Haloscan Comments

I had been using Haloscan for comments at my Myanmar blog for a long time now but after I changed my template, I forgot to add it back. Since my posts are too long, I decided to use peekaboo script and it's working fine. But the problem is I can't use haloscan anymore. I have tried several times uploading and reuploading at haloscan site but I gave up now. If I used the edited template from haloscan, all of my posts disappear. It only works when I don't have peekaboo script in the template. Since I like the script, I have decided to keep using it. I'm sad that all of my comments on haloscan can't be seen by viewers anymore but there's nothing I can do about it.

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UFL Music Show

Yesterday I went to UFL in the morning to get my certificate and apply for Intermediate 1 but I didn't get my certificate as there was a music show at the university. The professor who was keeping the certificates was watching the show so I would have to wait till the show was over to get my certificate. My classmates came to meet me at the UFL and she said she'll ask her sister to get the certificate for me instead and she'll apply for me instead on Monday. I really wanted to stay and finish watching the concert or at least watch till the Korean major students performed on stage but she insisted that we should leave. I saw a bunch of guys wearing white collar shirts and one of them was holding a sheet of paper. He was standing beside me so I looked at the page and I think I saw the lyrics by 015B. I only got to see the performance by a French major student and watch a bunch of German major students singing in Myanmar which lyrics sounded so crappy. My friend told me that they always held music shows like that at UFL. They sure are pretty lucky to be able to perform the show as it didn't rain yesterday.

I always envy students who get to attend UFL. The university to which I only attended a few days each year for distant education didn't feel like a university at all. I thought about whether I should be taking a diploma course for Korean as I wanted to learn properly but I don't have enough time to do that. My work started at 9 am and I can only be late till 9:15 am. I will have to pay 600 kyats every time I'm late so that means I will have to pay over 10000 kyats just for my lateness. I'm not also a morning person so evening classes work better for me. I used to leave work early around 4:15 pm on Mon, Wed and Fri when I attended UFL but I will be leaving 15 mins later when I started my classes again. One of my classmate won't be joining us for the new class as he's going to Korean to work. He was the only student in class who knew a lot more in Korean than us and he annoyed me at first 'cuz the teachers then assumed that we all should know them well like him but he's nice and friendly. I guess we all got close in Basic 2 as there were lesser students in the class.

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The Last Cup of Coffee Prince

I've finished watching Coffee Prince last night. I downloaded the raw versions cuts from youtube as I couldn't get it anywhere else. Then I had to resync the subtitle every time after watching each videos which were separated when uploaded to youtube.

I felt like there can be no dramas that will replace Coffee Prince even though I know there will be replacements in the future 'cuz I felt the same way after finishing Goong. There are only four dramas which I became obsessed with and wrote about frequently in forums and blogs and those are Full House, Goong, My Girl and Coffee Prince. Coffee Prince is the only drama in which I like each and every characters in the drama. I will miss seeing Han Kyul, Gong Chan, the coffee princes, Han Seung, Yoo Joo, Eun Sae, etc.

In my opinion, the character Han Kyul is too good to be true. When I first watched him, I wasn't that quite attracted to him as he acted like a wang ssagaji (king of jerk) but he grew on me as I continue watching the drama. He almost always look good and stylish except when he was wearing an orange polka dot shirt. I don't think polka dots suit him. The way he loves Eun Chan makes me wonder whether actual people like him exist in the real world. If you know one, let me know then :D

One of my favorite scene is in the last episode when Han Kyul woke up Eun Chan by singing her a song via his phone. Now why can't I have a boyfriend like him? See, I told you. Han Kyul is just too good to be true.

In the last episode, Eun Chan probably put on a wig to express that 2 years have passed now but I am not used to seeing her with longer hair as I was used to seeing her with her boyish hairstyle. She still looks good but her appearance doesn't make me feel that she's Eun Chan anymore. I was seeing her more as Yoon Eun Hye the actress rather than Eun Chan, the tomboy.

This last episode is dedicated mostly to the sweet couple so the rest of the casts appeared less on the episode. Yoo Joo couldn't get any child but the couple is still happy together. Min Yeop is starting to become a model and still dating Eun Sae, Ha Rim is still seeing Byul (I don't think they match each other 'cuz I don't like her attitude) but he's still a playboy also and maybe Sun Ki might start a new relationship with the newcomer at the shop.

All right, I am really feeling like Coffee Prince hasn't ended at all and there are many episodes to look forward. This episode doesn't make feel like the drama ended at all and that's just worse than the other dramas 'cuz I can feel that they have ended. I read that MBC might make a sequel to Coffee Prince but Gong Yoo won't be in it as he's enlisted to join the army this year. I don't know if I should look forward to this or not. Long ago, I also thought that Goong will have a sequel but all I saw was Goong S and there is no sequal at all. Plus, Coffee Prince without Gong Yoo won't be the same at all.

Now I am downloading the Coffee Prince special show from youtube. There wont' be any subs but I can watch the NGs meanwhile waiting for the subs release from WithS2.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Northern Bay of Bengal faces tsunami risk

PARIS (AFP) — The northern tip of the Bay of Bengal, home to tens of millions of people, faces a potential double whammy from an earthquake and tsunami, a scientist warned on Wednesday.

He says the peril does not appear to be immediate but says there are many unknowns and further work is needed to quantify the risk.

Quake experts today fret about a stress point just east of where the December 26, 2004 temblor occurred near the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing some 220,000 people. The risk of another giant event at this spot is high, they fear.

But Phil Cummins of Geoscience Australia says another danger lurks to the north along the coast of Myanmar and Bangladesh, in a so-called subduction zone -- where one part of the Earth's crust is slowly diving under another.

A vicious "locked-thrust" fault, of the kind that unleashes tsunamis, runs parallel to the shore in similar fashion to the Sumatra fault, he believes.

It has been overlooked because the last big quake there was nearly two and a half centuries ago, and the fault lies hidden under seabed sediment up to 20 kilometres (12 miles thick), he contends.

"This is the type of earthquake that could generate a large tsunami which could impact the densely-populated Ganges delta," he said in a phone-in conference with reporters.

"The earthquake itself could cause much damage in Chittagong and perhaps significant damage even in Dhaka and Calcutta [Kolkata]... very large populations are potentially at risk."

On April 2, 1762, a large earthquake hit the Arakan coast of Myanmar, wrenching up parts of the coast and several offshore islands by between three and seven metres (10 and 23 feet).

Anecdotal evidence suggests that this also caused a tsunami.

A family history, recounted to the commander of a British ship that visited the remote area in 1841, described how "the sea washed to and fro several times with great fury, and then retired from ground."

At Dhaka, now the bustling Bangladesh capital, the river rose suddenly and "hundreds of large country boats were driven ashore or lost, and great numbers of lives lost with them."

Cummins, whose paper is published in Thursday's issue of Nature, believes the fault ruptured along 500 kilometers (310 miles), an exploit consistent with an earthquake of 8.8 magnitude.

His computer simulation of the event says the tsunami would have reached a maximum height offshore of 2.5 metres (8.1 feet). Further work, harnessing precise knowledge of the ocean bed topography, is needed to estimate its height once it hit the shore.

In addition, GPS sensors on the ground suggest that the fault is still tectonically active, with movement of around 23mm (0.9 inches) per year, says Cummins.

"It would take an additional 200 years from now for the stress to build up to its pre-1762 levels, but on the other hand, the rupture could occur in smaller earthquakes" whose timing is unknown, he said.

Around 60 million people at the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta live within 10 metres (32.5 feet) of sea level, many in quake-vulnerable homes, says Cummins.

More than a million lives may be at risk from a repeat of a 1762-level event, he says, but admits that this is little more than a guess.

"We need further geodetic measurements to measure possible stress buildup along the coast of Myanmar and Bangladesh and further geological studies in this area to detect traces of the 1762 and earlier earthquakes and tsunamis," he adds.

The study is the second scientific paper in a month to identify high-population zones that have been overlooked as tsunami risks.

Hong Kong and the neighbouring territory of Macau face a roughly 10 percent risk of being hit by a devastating tsunami in the next hundred years, researchers report in the latest issue of a specialist journal, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.

The risk comes from a fault on the notorious Manila Trench, according to computer simulations by scientists in China, the United States and Japan.

source: AFP

I heard about this last night from my father and I was a little shock. I think Myanmar journalist will be rushing to see U Htun Lwin from the Meteorological Department for a clearer explanation.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Ladies First

Whenever I hear the word 'propose', I always imagined a guy proposing to a girl, maybe holding a bunch of flowers in his hand or at a nice restaurant or any place that's romantic. This is the first time I've watched a girl proposing to a guy. That is really sweet and romantic. So who says guys have to do the job all the time huh? :D



I got the idea for this post after reading Ma Red Rose's comments on the drama. I've been meaning to blog more about Coffee Prince but I've been too busy with work. I still have some jobs left to do but I'm taking a break now.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Sunday Window Shopping

Yesterday I went shopping with my mother and my sister. I was planning to watch Sai Sai's movie at Nawaday but my sister wanted to go shopping and I didn't want to go alone so I went along with them. We went to Ocean Super Market at 9 Mile and it was really a bad choice. I couldn't find any clothing which suited me at all. I wanted to check out some jeans but all I saw those badly dyed denim jeans. It was my sister who wanted to do some shopping and she didn't like anything also.

She wanted to buy a new shoes but she didn't see anything she likes. So we went downstairs and looked around but still didn't find anything we like. The prices there seem more expensive than our local store nearby. So I just bought a can of tuna to eat with crackers and a bag of Super cereal. Then we went to Seasons bakery and bought a cake and some breads. I haven't been to Seasons for a long time now. I wanted to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee but I didn't like the seating place there. Yankin Center has better seating. I wasn't hungry so I didn't eat anything there but the foods smell so good. That's what I love about Seasons. Whenever I walk into the shop, I love the smell of fresh baked bread.

We went to Hledan afterward and my sister bought a pair of shoes there. It was my mother who found the shoes for her. I couldn't find anything that suited my taste. Maybe it's just me. People look nice wearing those foreign shoes but I don't think they look nice when I see them at the stores. Usually I just wear Myanmar sandals which are easier to wear and matched with my htamian but I will have to buy some shoes to wear sometimes. I will go to Yuzana Plaza with my mother later since I can't pick anything on my own.

As we were about to leave, my sister who was checking out the dvd stall, saw Hereos Season 1 dvd and I asked her to buy for me. I saw other American series like Lost Season 3 (which I have 'lost' interest in long time ago), CSI, 24 Hour, Desperate Housewives and Prison Break Season 2. I already have Prison Break dvds to watch with the computer so I didn't want to buy any. I already bought 2 kdrama dvds (all starring Lee Da Hae) on Friday so I didn't want to buy any new dvds at the moment.

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Why Do We Blog Seminar

"Why Do We Blog" seminar was held on Saturday at Myamar Info-Tech and it was a success. I think more than 500 people attended the seminar (I don't know the exact figure). It rained since morning so we didn't expect so many people would come. I was supposed to arrived at 9am in the morning but I was late since I made a trip to a beauty salon to get my hair straighten out with the iron flattener. I didn't eat breakfast as I thought I could catch a few bites at the canteen before the seminar stars. Boy, was I wrong. I shouldn't have skip breakfast at all. As soon as I arrived at the front desk, I was busy handing out flyers to people. They were surely early to arrive one hour before the seminar stars. The seminar started off at 11am and I went in a few minutes afterward as there weren't many people arriving from the outside. Some other people from Service Plus arrived so they stayed at the desk while we were in the seminar. I had to show people to empty seats and it wasn't an easy task 'cuz people don't sit next to each other, leave one or two seats between each other and the guests wanted to sit next to each other. I guess that is just the habit of Myanmar people.

One of our sponsors was Inforithm Maze who introduced a new social networking website similar to Friendster called "My Suboo". When I first heard the name, I thought it was a Japanese name and I was pronouncing it like "tsu boo". "Suboo" is a Myanmar name which means piggy bank. I will register for an account soon also.

The first part of the seminar ended at noon and I was one of the people who were clapping loudly as I was so glad to finally get a chance to eat. We served coffee and snacks for the guests. I also drank coffee and ate one croissant but I wasn't satisfied at all so I ate some potato chips afterward but I still was hungry. Lunch time passed by so quickly 'cuz I was spending the rest of the times at the front desk, folding up the survey sheets for the lucky draw program.

The second part of the seminar started at 1pm. This time I found myself a seat at the back and started sitting down as my back was starting to hurt for standing so long. When the speakers came up the stage to start speaking, a group of photographers surround the stage (including the bloggers) but I never seen so many people surrounded other speakers as when Ma Melody Maung came up to stage. She sure caught the attention so all the male photographers :). One of the unique feature of this seminar was there was an interview between some of the guests and Ko Soe Zaya. Most of the guests who were interviewed don't know much about blogging at all. There was only blogger among the interviewers.

Before the lucky draw program, there was a session where the bloggers answered the questions asked along with the survey questions. I took a look at some of the questions during lunch and some were funny and some were hard to decide. First Ko Nay Phone Latt answered some of the questions and Ko Nyi Lynn Seck answered some more questions. One of the question he answered was "Does posting at blogs require permission by the press scrutiny board (sar pay sit say yay)?". I never thought we need to do that and the audience laughed with me also. The last questions related to blogging was answered by Ko Saturn God and questions related to MySuboo was answered by Inforithm.

The lucky draw program seemed to took such a long time for me as I was starving and my stomach even started to make noises. I hoped nobody notice me. The prizes included t-shirts, blogging training programs, internet cards at Service Plus and memory sticks. When a person's name was called to come up on stage for winning a t-shirt, two guys with the same name appeared and the other guy is blue shirt looked embarrassed as he wasn't the winner but later he won a 512mb memory stick and there was no mistakes this time. I was glad for him and the audience agreed as they clap loudly for him. A guy sitting next to him won the 1gb memory stick (maybe he's the blue shirt guy's friend?). And finally after the lucky draw program ended, Ma PinkGold announced the end of the seminar and it was over. We took photos and they were posted immediately to why-do-we-blog.blogspot.com. I'm glad that Ko Kyaw Zeya remembered to bring some snacks to eat 'cuz all of the bloggers were hungry. Some of them didn't even eat breakfast so I was in the spot with them. We went to Golden Duck near the Pansodan Jetty for dinner and I arrived at home around 8:45 pm.

When I got home, I discussed a bit about the seminar with my sister and she wasn't happy that her main blogging site xanga was classified as social networking. I told her to just blog about it and she said she'll do that. Then we talked a bit about the advantages of blogging in English and she said only those bloggers who write in English will be notice by the rest of the world who can read in English. That's true. I was too tired so I went to bed afterward.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Coffee Prince

I've just finished watching Coffee Prince up to episode 15 now. Since they are dating now, there isn't much in the plot but still I can't help smiling and laughing. They are just so cute together. I even started to feel a bit of jealousy in episode 15. It is too much to ask for someone like Han Kyul to exit in the real world? J/K. He's just too perfect and these kind of guys only appear in movies, dramas and books. I have been pretty much spamming my other blog with Coffee Prince related posts. I have been collecting the lyrics for some of the songs from the drama. I will share them pretty soon after I upload the songs on fileden. I want to share songs with Myanmar web surfers and I think fileden will work for them as it's pretty simple to download from.

Aside from Coffee Prince, I haven't really watch any other dramas except 2 episodes of Liar Game but I have stopped watching now to wait for the episode 11 subtitle release. I don't really feel like watching anything else beside Coffee Prince. At work, my winamp playlist is only Coffee Prince Ost and songs featured in the drama. When I get free time to surf the net, I have been surfing sites related to Coffee Prince. This craziness is similar to what I felt when I was obsessed with Goong and I know my Goong obsession didn't die out so soon. The drama has finished airing now but I too felt like other fans who didn't want it to them. When Goong finished airing, I also felt the same depression. I thought no other drama can replace Goong but actually I moved on to other dramas of course. But then it's still my favorite drama after Full House. So I wonder what place is Coffee Prince in my top 10 Kdrama list now. I can't decide whether I like this better than My Girl or not which is my 3rd fav drama.

I will stop with my spamming about Coffee Prince for now but I'll be back with posts related to Coffee Prince later :)

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100% (English Version)

Hook (100% What 100% What all my real Me's ya keep it 100% What I keep it tight on the mic 100%)2

I keep it simple, I keep it fresh, this ain't no game or competition It's a test like examination for me's the fight for the crown. Who like to spit on the mic before they writing it down. I keep it 100% J-me has done it again my hardcore sounds Rock tours cause I got more than 110 people on my back And I'm give you a smack for messing around with Rap, matter of fact I probably kill you on stage with words that's hurt and if it's not enough than I'm slam you in dirt Punk.

(100% What 100% What all my real Mc's ya keep it 100% What I keep it tight on the mic 100%)2

Pay respect to du real MC I'm kept it Hip Hop, so I'm keeping it me and.

So many Emcee's want to mess with us, they will be like Ashes and dust in the garbage truck. CAUSE I bust like the police spit at you in the your street click Clack you with your heat, bitchslap you cause you phony. My lyrical battle hit your stereo faster thant Burgers

I'm keeping it tight splitting rhymes you never heard of I'm not I call shots I on top of

Hop with Rappers gathering like crops and I'm gone get props Forget Popularity I hold the little to pick up the mic in front of ya'll and Battle all my rivals It's the M.H.A

This is really the first I read this lyrics throughly as I was typing them out and they don't make sense at all. Plus there are so some typos that I don't even if they were typed on purpose or not. I like the song but I don't dig the lyric at all. I tried to correct as much as I could but I am not even sure if it's supposed to be 'da real MC' or 'du real MC'. Sometimes the word MC is both in capital letters but sometimes they are not. Whatever, this is still a whole lot better than Sai Sai's English song. There's a Myanmar version of this on the lyric book but the lyrics aren't all the same. The Myanmar lyrics look more catchy.

If anyone wants to share this somewhere else (just in case), pls credit me and my blog as I have to buy the lyric book and typed it myself to post here.

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Moe Hay Ko & Search Engine Ranking

When you search for 'moe hay ko' in Google, my blog ranks no 2. No wonder my blog has been getting many viewers lately. When I browse my account at sitemeter, the only keywords they are using is 'moe hay ko' and 'moe hay ko video' and someone searched for 'nandar hlaing photo' also. I don't know if I should be happy or not lol. My other blog doesn't rank on Google search engine 'cuz I didn't add proper keywords to the meta tag. I'm switching from sitemeter to statcounter for Myanmar blog now. I'll change for this blog later. Now I have to update another blog after finding a lots of hangul lyrics on the net.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Books I Used to Read

When I was a kid, I only read Shwe Thwe comic and sometimes rent kid comic books from a book renter shop. My fav comic characters were TawKa, Tha Main Paw Thout, Tott Pi, etc. I used to believe that novels arefor adults as I think I was told by my elders not to read those romancenovels. I didn't even know other kind of novels exit at all. I onlystarted reading Myanmar novels when I was 17.

All of these beliefs changed when I went abroad with my family. After going to school for a few weeks, my ESL teacher took us to a library nearby and we were given library cards. At that time, my English was still poor so I only stick to reading books from my ESL classes. Later on, as I began to know more I started reading other books from the library. At that time, one of the popular series among kids at school is Goosebumps. At school, we were given free books at least twice a year in elementary. I got my first "Goosebump" book and that got me hooked on to Goosebumps series. I read all of the Goosebumps series available at the library and after that I got bored as there wasn't anymore Goosebumps to read. Then I notice quite a large collection of books for the series "The Babysitters Club". So I started off with the first book and I was hooked on to the series. I think I prefer Babysitters Club series as I was a growing teenager at that time and the series target young audience like me. The books are a bit outdated but still I like reading them.

I also checked out several books just because it was mentioned in the Babysitters Club. I started off with Nancy Drew and later I also read the Hardy Boys. I like reading mysteries so I read what I could get from the young adult section. I also tried out horse stories as it was mentioned in the BSC and I read books like the Black Stallion, etc.

At the library, there are different sections for different varieties of books and I started reading from the section aimed for kids, When I was a bit older, I started reading from the young adult section. I didn't know such place exit at first and I only went in there to read some magazines. One of the librarian joked that we (my friends and I) have reading most of the books for the kids and young adult section so he's afraid we might not be coming there often as there aren't much to read anymore.

One day in junior high, we were given free books again and this time I got a Goosebump book but my friend got a book about dragons. The look on his face was hilarious when he got the book. Since he was a guy, he wasn't interested in those kind of stories and asked me to switch books with him. I did so and at first the book looked boring to me. But as I started reading, I was again absorbed in reading fantasy novels. That book name was "Calling on Dragons" and I lost that book now. I read a lot of fantasy novels by Tameron Pierce. I don't really remember much about the stories now.

Goosebump died down on me in junior high as I began to read other novels but even though I was getting older by that time, I liked reading the "Animorphs" series which was intended for kids. I wasn't the only who liked them. My friends like them also so when we couldn't find other Animorphs books to read at the library nearby, we went to another library a little far from our home. My mother didn't like me to go there alone so I have to take my sister along or go with friends.

The last series I was reading before I came back to Yangon started off with "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L' Engle. I don't remember anything about the storyline right now but I remember that I really loved those novels by that author. I was pretty lonely at school as my friends were no longer there anymore and her books kept me company. I must have really looked like a geek or a nerd, wearing thick glasses and reading novels most of the time even in class.

I can hardly remember any of the storyline for most of the books I have read unless I have them at home. I have a huge collection of Babysitters Club books given by the school, bought from yard sales and later on through a friend who grew up reading them. But now I don't have those books anymore as I donated them to a library along with our Goosebump series and other children novels which we thought were pretty childish for us to keep at home.

The last time I went to a library, I saw a guy about 16 who said he want to read some scary books and the guy at the desk said check out those Goosebumps series. I couldn't help smiling as those books were the ones we donated. There are a couple of translated or revised versions of scary novels available in Myanmar now. Those stories are similar to Goosebump and actually twoof them was based on the seires and I have already checked some of them out. I even bought the first novel by Thadoe Tayza, knowing that it's a translated version of Goosebumps as I couldn't rent the novel at that time. I prefer reading them in English than in Myamar version 'cuz the feeling you get when reading the original was lost when I read the translated version. I didn't bother to buy his books again but I always rent them from the book rental shop whenever I see them. But I never really read the whole story. I just started reading from the back to the front and from the front of the back and after knowing the story, I gave the book to my sister. I know

I'm just wasting money for renting books which I don't really read but I was curious about what kind of stories he wrote in a new novel. The original books were intended for kids from age 9 to 13 but in Myanmar, people over 13 read these kind of books. I wish there are more novels aiming at younger audience and parents should encourage their kids to read. Some parent think that kids shouldn't be reading novels when they are still in school but compared to my experience, I learned more from reading the novels than being taught in school. That's how I improved my English. Whenever I look at children literature books at book shops, I only see short translation of some famous novel, the Harry Potter translated series, and books similar to Goosebumps. I don't see novels like the one I read when I was younger.

The purpose of this post is for me to share a list of books I read when I was younger. I had this idea for a couple of weeks and I thought my post will be longer than this but as I wrote them down, I can't remember half of what I was thinking when I got this idea. Well, I will write about them again, maybe with more details after I read some of the books back. I'm reading back The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman but as I don't spend much time on reading it, I haven't read much of it yet. It's funny that I could read Harry Potter 7th in 2 weeks but I couldn't even finish a 160 pages in a month.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Am I Being Over Sensitive?

I really dislike people touching my personal things. I hated them using my coffee cup at work without washing it back so I keep the cup with me at my desk. I hate having my cds and dvds scratched by those who borrowed them from me. I wish people would at least pay some attention to my things and take good care of them. I myself is to be blamed for talking about these dramas to anyone who will listen and they would want to watch them also so I had to lend them. Sometimes my dvds are being passed from one to another without my knowledge and I don't like not being told about it. My brother also likes to lend the dvds to his friends and I'm pretty touchy about my kdrama dvds in those people that I don't even know and it was full of scratches when they are returned. People just say big deal if I take about them. They just don't care that much as I do. One time he rented my Ye' Lay cd to a girl from work and when the cd was given back, the cd cover was folded in half like some retard thought it must have been pretty funny to do that. Yes, I'm also sensitive about folded covers. I hate seeing my book covers folded in half by those who read them and didn't bother to think I would mind about it. Once I lent my Judy Blume book to a friend who returned back after her cat peed on the top of the book and I can still see the yellow spot everytime I look at it. And it was one of my favorite collection as it was a book singed by the author herself.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Some Entrys from My Old Journal

I think I never really wrote about my teenage life that much before. Well, I lived in America for a couple of years and I attend school there.

In 8th grade, my English teacher asked us to keep a journal in her room and write in it. Usually she gave us topics to write about them but sometimes we can write whatever we want. I never wrote about private stuffs in my journal but as I was reading it back the other day, I felt like sharing a couple of lines from the journal.

If you think these journal entry are immature, pls excuse a 14 year old girl with a mind of a 13 year old at that time.

The entry are written in Monotype Corsiva font as I wrote them in cursive in my journal. I think most of you guys might have this font installed in your computer.

Monday, October 26 1998
9:35 AM

The topic for today is if it is important for a team to lose and win. I think the team will learn lessons from it. Winning isn't always important. It's giving your best that counts. When you lose, it gives you more desire to win expect the Redskins who kept losing and losing. I finished so I will about myself now.

I won't share the rest as I just wrote about my lips which was bleeding 'cuz it was chapped.

Wednesday, December 16 1998
9:15 AM

The topic for today is name your favorite character in Romeo and Juliet. Probably Lady Montague because she only said one line. Juilet, daugher of the Capulet, is my favorite character because she showed that she loved Romeo, son of Montague, and wouldn't marry another. She killed herself (ouch!) showing that her life is over without Romeo. Some teenager! At least the suicide brought the Capulet and Montauge together. When will Ms. Minor called the Beta Club?

Explanation: As part of the 8th grade curriculum, we were required to read Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare. I never really finished reading it. I think I only read 5 pages and only flipped the book when I was required to do a monologue. Our teacher showed us an old movie so I knew the story and no need to continue reading the play. It's not that I don't like reading. I was really a bookworm at that time but reading those kind of books just bored me to death. I never finished reading the Illiad either and I got an A- on my report, which I am very proud of as I managed to write an report basing on facts from the internet and that report earned me my first A in my report card for English.

Well, that's all. My journal is really silly and I just write nonsense stuffs like Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter, Dawson's Creek, etc. I was only reading it back so that I can know the names of the books I read when I was a teen. I want to read them again so I'm trying to find some of them online.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ye' Lay's Home VCD Review

I know I'm way too late for this review but I've just got my pc back last night and I have been wanting to write this review ever since my sister bought the vcd. I noticed that not many people write reviews for Myanmar albums and vcds so maybe my review isn't this late yet.

First of all, this vcd is directed by Zaw Ko Ko, Wine, Tint San, Ye' Myint Thu and one video was directed by Ye' Lay himself. His vcd features some new faces, some are bad at acting and some are not so bad. I can't say I love this vcd but it's not all so bad either. Beside, if I need something to laugh at, I can always just play this vcd. No, there aren't any comic acts in here but some parts of the video are just so funny.

Alexandre Christine was the main sponser so there was some advertisements added in the vcd. What really annoyed me is that one of the video is actually shot to advertise the watches. More about that later.

I dont' mean to diss Ye' Lay but there are my real opinions, coming from a true fan of him. If a fan like me is saying these, what would others say about him?

The first track is "Shaut Ma Nyar Nae' featuring Jenny, Violent Girl and Essential group. Essential group are the dancers. I don't really like this video. I don't like the way Jenny acts so smug. She's of my fav new female artists and I don't like her attitude in here. Ye' Lay did a bit of dancing in here.

"Moe" is a video with a story plot. Ye' Lay and May Thet Khine met on the road and he rescued her from being hit a little tree branch. The tree branch hit her umbrella. She must have fixed that umbrella 'cuz they are using it later on. They fell in luv and play around in the rain. One day Ye' Lay was holding an envelope in his hand and his face looked worried. Some girl fainted in front of him and he acted like he was seeing her in front of his gf so that she'll hate him. He did that 'cuz he got leukemia. And to prove that his nose started bleeding. He was in the hospital later and his friend shot videos of him gf and show them to him. He wanted to see her so he sneaked out of the hospital with a hat and a jacket as a disguise and took a taxi to her house. Humm. he must have some money in that jacket then for the taxi fare. His nose bled a small stream of blood on the way. He imagined that his gf will be very pleased to see him but when he got her house, he saw a whiteboard announcing the girl death. And he just fell over and died. Not so tragic huh?

"Eain Pyan Chain" is one of the most boring video I've watched. Since the lyric is about not wanting to part with his gf and mentions taking a walk, all he and Yadanar do mostly is walk and walk. I skipped that video twice and only watched it till the end for this review.


"Nga Ko Pyaw Par (Tell Me)" is my favorite song on this album. This video featuring Uranium dance group who are claimed the best dancers in Myanmar. When the video started, I thought oh...this is not bad but I spoke too soon. The model girl, Zin Zin Zaw ruined the video. I am surprised that her main purpose in this whole video is just to stare. It might have been a better video if she was excluded. I like the background scenes in this video. I think this was shot way early in the morning. Ye' Lay danced a bit here but just a bit. Well, I shouldn't have been thinking about Minwoo when I was watching this.

"Main Kalay" video isn't one of my favorite also. Gosh, Si Thu Lwin hairstyle is really bad. He should have lose that right after Thingyan was over. Ye' Lay looked sick in here. He would have looked pretty cute if he didn't look so pale. My brother said it's because of the lighting. I don't like seeing a black shade at the corners of the screen. I don't think they were added on purpose. The model girl isn't that bad here. She also just stare in the camera but at least she's better.

"Lo At Chin" is my second fav track but this video is one of the video who makes me laugh. Zam Nuu voice is amazing but she shouldn't have put her hair on her shoulder like that 'cuz her hair is really frizzy. She also shouldn't bend her body so much in front of the camera 'cuz her body shape looks like a S shape. While she was screaming in the camera, Ye' Lay moving his hands around in the background. I don't know what the heck he's doing. In this video, Ye' Lay lives in a moving van and he's breaking up with Pyei Phoo Khine so he sent all of the things she gave him back to her. There was a scene where he slide on the floor and hug her around the waist and it just cracks me up. I wonder how many NGs where shot to get that right. Whenever I listen to this song, I always compared with Sai Sai's song "Why" as both songs featured the same female singer. I was kinda expecting the video to be as good as Sai Sai's version so I was a bit disappointed.

"Ta Nae Nae Yauk Khae Yin" is directed by Ye' Lay. This video also bored and I only watched the ending after skipping it twice before so that I will know the ending. It was only till I saw the ending that I realized that this was based on his first love story. He said on City FM that his first love was a girl who moved away in 7th grade and he didn't get the chance to tell her his feelings. I guess the ending is supposed to be sad but I was cracking up again after seeing him run such a long way to reach her house. Why couldn't he just grab a taxi instead?


"Yin Khone Than Sagar Lay Ta Khon" is my favorite video. The lyric is a pop rap version and the video is really just cheesy but I still like it. Nay Chi Lin Lei' is really beautiful. She was singing along to the lyrics and it fits her really well. The main reason I like this video is 'cuz Ye' Lay looks extremely cute. My sister and I call this video 'overdose' of Ye' Lay :D.

"Hiphop Law Ka Atwat" is the only real hiphop track in this album. This song features Chan Aye Win and some of his friends such as Htein Win and Zaw Zaw. Ye' Lay changed his image in here to look more like a rapper but his face expression cracks me up again. I like Chan Aye Win's rapping style. He's cool. (I wonder when his solo album will be released). I once wrote that I like his rapping style while Ye' Lay was overdoing it at his birthday show when they performed this song in my Myanmar version blog.

"Eain", the title of his album isn't my favorite song at all. I hated it 'cuz I don't like hearing him cry while singing. I thought about not watching this video at all but I decided to watch it anyway and this is not so bad. That kid Heavy Phyo can act even though he gets on my nerves sometimes in some videos and cfs. Htun Htun Win and May Thinzar Oo are the parents and they were alway fighting in front of the kid. One day she saw an earring in his pocket and they got into a fight and he left them. He was with another woman while they had to struggle to survive. Later that kid grew up to be Ye' Lay and he became famous. By that time, Htun Htun was filled with regret and he was deeply touched watching his son singing about him. So he went back home and the family was united. I think the little girl wasn't that necessary in this video.

"A Chit Nae Ta Nay Tar" is the video advertising the watches. The advertising is just so obvious and that makes me not want to even continue watching the video. Another reason why I won't watch this video again is 'cuz of the disturbing images of he and Moe Hay Ko almost kissing. I am not judging this by saying oh.. this is so against our culture.. blah blah blah 'cuz I know that I'm just a fan who dont' like see my fav guy in the arms of another person even though they are just acting. If it was another person almost kissing MHK, I probably wouldn't even mind at all.

"Nauk Sone Min Nae" song totally sounds like a copy song sang by Si Thu Lwin. Rebecca Win was the model here and I am not that much fond of her anymore. She was wearing a short jean skirt at the start of the video and I was thinking would it have kill her to wear something more appropriate for the camera or the vcd censor board. I don't care what she wears outside but she's shooting a mv here so at least she should have been considerate about her dressing style. Even though this song is pretty slow and sounds so much like "Back At One", the mv is nicely directed.

There are 2 bonus videos from his birthday show included at the end. The first one is "I don't Know" which is a real live performance with him and the fans. This made me think back about his live show and I like the fact that he didn't exclude the fan voices singing in union.



The last video is his last performance of "Hteik Sone Hmar A May". Before performing that song, he had a few chat with the fans and then he brought his mom on stage and asked her to say something to the fans. After that the song is re-edited so it's not a real live version. I guess this was done 'cuz he wasn't paying attention to singing all of the lyrics. There was constant interruptions by people coming up on stage to take photos or give out presents to him. Would it have killed them if they give out those presents to him later but no, they just have to come on stage and interrupt the singers while they are performing. I really have this thing against those people.

So, overall I won't give this a thumb up and I won't give a thumb down also. And It still was worth buying.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Fire Cracker - Mother Song

I totally recommend this song. I have been waiting for Eazy FM album release after seeing their sample preview in a vcd. I had been quite away from internet lately as I have been infected with the 'pottermania' disease and I didn't see this album online till today. Thank you so much Ma Shin Min. You made my day :)

Fire Cracker - Mother Song

I don't know the exact title of the song yet. I will upload the performance once the vcd is released or is it released already. I still have to buy Ye' Lay vcd.

credit to Ma Shin Min

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Happy Birthday Lee Minwoo!



He's 27 this year. I wish all the best. I wish you will still continue to amaze us fans with your music and dancing.

All right. I suck at birthday greetings. I never know the exact right word to say.

credit pic to popseoul

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Ye' Lay's Home VCD Will Be Released on July 21th

The vcd karaoke for Ye' Lay's second solo album titled "Home" is set to released on the July 21th. There would be autograph sessions with the singer in the afternoon at Sein Gay Har Center on Pyay Road and in the evening at Yankin Center. I can already imagine the big crowding gathering to see Ye' Lay and get his autograph. He'll be helding promotions for his new vcd release in Mandalay, Magway, Pyay, Mawlamyaing and Phar An. He must be really tired afterward after all these promotion events are over 'cuz he won't have time to rest that much starting from the release date. His promotion schedule was announced in the newspaper and his last promotion event is on the 27th in Pha An. I wish him luck on his album sales. I know that by the evening of this Saturday, the street vendors will be selling pirated vcds on the street. I intend to buy the original as I have started to like his songs a bit more than when I first bought the album. But I will only be able to buy it at the end of the month. I can't always be spending my money on entertainment all the time.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

2NB feat Free Style - Because I'm A Girl (remake)

I wrote about Kiss's Because I'm a Girl music video in my Myanmar version blog but I didn't bother writing here 'cuz if you are a kpop, you might already know about it already. A month ago, that song was remake by 2NB and Free Style. I like both version of the songs. The rapping sounds really nice in the new version. I saw a download link for the 2nd version music video yesterday on the net and I decided to check it out. I knew the story is gonna be sad but I was really disappointed with the video. That guy is terrible at crying. I like the girl more. I won't ruin the video if case you haven't watch it yet. You can download it at this blog.

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-J1i.gXw6bujIErq9.Om5?tag=2nb

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Dwe Passed Away

Actor Dwe passed away yesterday evening around 6 pm. I am really sad to hear the news. I don't like him that much as an actor but I feel really sad now. There aren't much famous actors in Myanmar and one of them is gone.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Cheapest Cybercafe in Town

I heard from my friend that Soft Link cyber cafe is the cheapest cyber cafe in town 'cuz it only charges 200 kyats per hour. She said she was so surprised for being asked to pay only 400 kyats for 2 hours she spent at the cafe. I used to go to Soft Link located on Bo Aung Kyaw Road but the cafe she went to is located near the Myanma Post Office. It's probably a brunch cafe of Soft Link. Most cyber cafes charges 400 kyats per hour so 200 kyats is actually cheap. So if you happen to be around that area and feel like using the internet, you might as well check this place out. I'm not sure whether it's the same price at Soft Link on Bo Aung Kyaw Road but I think the prices are the same there also.

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Friday, July 06, 2007

YKKO Meeting

Yesterday I met up with a couple of forum members at YKKO at Hledan. This time more people came to the meeting than last week's meeting at SS. I didn't like Kyay Oo so I ordered Pork Ar Pu Shar Pu. The food is good but there was too much pepper in the soup and I felt really hot later on. I didn't get much chance to talk with the members this time 'cuz I was seated at the far corner of the table. So I only managed to talk with Ma Apex and those sitting near me.

I left the place around 8 pm to catch the 107 bus home. The bus wasn't in good shape but the driver still drove it till it broke down at Lan Ni bus stop. I had to catch a taxi from there to reach home with Ma Latt and 2 other passengers from the bus. Thank god it didn't broke down while it was driving in Inya Myaing. It's hard to get a ride in there.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

New Hair Style

I had a haircut on Tuesday evening after work at 12 Lone Tan. It's at a small beauty saloon which started opening on that day. I probably was the first customer. Maybe that's why I got discount. The lady washed my hair first and she applied shampoo on my hair for like 4 times. It really was a long process and maybe my hair was just too dirty. I even got bored while lying down on the sofa bed. After my hair was washed, she started cutting my hair. This time my hair is really short. I am pleased with this style except for the part of hair at front which kept getting in eye. I had to use a hairclip to keep it away from my eyes but that just ruins the hairstyle. I am thinking of making that front part shorter but I'm afraid that I'll have to face the same thing again when that hair got longer after being cut. People said that I look younger with my new look and that's the compliment I was searching for :)

I was thinking of going to a famous beauty salon at first 'cuz I wanted my hairstyle to handled by a professional. My friend told me that if I go there, an assistant hairdresser would probably cut my hair since I am not a regular customer. The hairdresser from where I got my haircut used to work at that place and since she already has experiences from working at that salon, I decided to go to her place instead. I couldn't believe that I only had to pay 2000 kyats for the service including hair washing. I didn't go there 'cuz that place is cheap but I guess she gave me a discount since I was a friend of SYM who is her regular customer.

I tried to take my picture to show my new hairstyle at my blog but I decided not to post it 'cuz I scare myself after looking at the pictures I took with my camera. I hardly look nice in my pictures 'cuz most of them are pictures of me frowning or looking silly while wearing glasses. I tried not to frown but I can't help it 'cuz when I took off my glasses, my eyes instantly focus on the camera and that's when I started frowning. I usually look like I have an issue with the photographer in my photos. I am the kind of person who would give headaches to photographers who take those beauty photos or whatever you call them. I don't' waste my money trying to take those kind of photos anyway.

Maybe someday when somebody took my photo and if I look nice in it, I might post my photo here then.

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Give My Love - Edward Chun

I don't really like his English but I luv the song. It's from Save the Last Dance for Me OST.

When I look in your eyes I can see that you
Want to be with me but you're so scared
And I don't know what to say or do
But the tears keep falling from your eyes
And I know that
Times won't change my love
And I can't do nothing to keep you

Oh, I'll give my love oh when I hold you tight
Give my love through kisses oh so bright
And you know that I can't change my love
Take my love all through the night…

As the hours pass away
You think that love ain't here to stay
Feel a beat from your chest
But you don't give doubt a moment's rest
You dream the future and all you see is dark
Listen to your heart, baby, the truth will set sparks

Now I'll give my love oh when I hold you tight
Give my love through kisses oh so bright
And you know that I can't change my love
Take my love all through the night…

Now I'll give my love oh when I hold you tight
Give my love through kisses oh so bright
And you know that time won't change my love
Take my love all through the night…

I'll give my love oh when I hold you tight
Give my love, through kisses oh so bright
And you know that I can't change my love
Take my love all through the night…

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Dongwan - Handkerchief

I watched Dongwan's new music video last night. What I can say about the mv is that I won't be watching it again unless I want a glimpse of Dongwan. It's pretty boring. Dongwan is a cop and his partner is the lead actor from Hello God drama. I don't remember his name. They were probably working as undercover agents and they found a girl in the trunk of a car. They rescued her and I guess she lives together with them. She fell in luv with the another guy. One day, the other guy got beat up pretty badly. So he went to see the boss and arrested him. They had a couple of fight but Dongwan won in the end. I thought it was gonna be a love triangle but it didn't look like a love triangle. The song isn't that catchy but it's starting to get to me after repeating it over and over again. I guess the song is supposed to be sad but it doesn't sound that much sad to me. His live performance will be aired on TV pretty soon. I'm looking forward to seeing his performances.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

My New Watch

This is the watch my father bought for me on Sunday. I went to downtown with him first but the watch stores he wanted to buy from was closed so we went to Cherry Oo. I didn't take much time choosing the watch 'cuz I just chose the one the sales girl showed me. It suited my purpose anyway. I just need a watch which is made out of steel and the numbers of the watch should be big enough for me to read easily. My mother and sister said my watch looked dull. My sister said it looked like some cheap watch. So much for the encouragement but I still like my watch. The "DM" on the watch stands for Dennis Martin but I don't really know that brand. I'm not much into branded stuff anyway. I just want a nice watch which will last for at least 2 years.

While I was waiting for the phone call, I was trying to study for a mock test in my Korean class. But my sister invited her friend home and they were on the computer, playing music loudly so I couldn't concentrate at all. I didn't even feel like studying in the first place. I don't know what I'm supposed to study. I didn't know about the test till Wednesday. She told us what will be on the test on Wednesday which is to study back all the lessons she had taught. Luckily, I have already memorized most of them so I don't need to worry about it. My Friday teacher didn't come so I couldn't ask her what might be on the test. Even if I didn't pass this test, it doesn't matter 'cuz it's not the actual exam.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Not Exactly a Nice Weekend

It hasn't exactly a nice weekend for me, at least on Saturday 'cuz something got into my eye as I was sitting at the Rakhine Moat Tee shop and I had trouble with my eye which kept tearing up if I look longer. I couldn't concentrate on anything so I couldn't even watch TV nor read books. I was in a lousy mood afterward and I got scolded by my mother for throwing my clothes on to the floor 'cuz I had intended to wash them the next day but she said she spent her times folding them neatly while cleaning my room. I really don't like anyone to touch my things and I appreciate the help but she mixed up my new clothes with worn clothes so I got frustrated as the smell from the worn clothes got mixed up with the new ones. In the end, I had to wash most of them the next day. My mother suggested that I should get keep cleaning my eye with water and not rubbed it. She said I was stupid to rub it with my hand (but I was using tissues) and said I have no knowledge of health. She said the pain will be gone when I waked up the next day. I didn't believe her but the pain was gone and I was able to open my eyes. The only problem was my eye looked like I was being punched in the eye. Oh, well. it's better than not being able to see clearly.

I spent Sunday morning washing all of my clothes and all of them dried up in the afternoon due to endless sunshine. The electricity went out around 9 am and didn't come till 1 pm. Later I learned that only some part of the neighborhood got power failure while the rest of them didn't have power failure. I ate lunch quickly and watched Innocent Steps movie. It was my second time watching the movie and I still loves it. I feel like dancing while watching the movie but then I don't even know how to dance. I think I might have cried a bit during my first time but I didn't cried at all this time but I could hear my sister sniffing beside me. Sometimes I wonder whether I've changed a bit in emotions while watching films. I rarely cry watching them now. The last time I cried was when watching Crying Out Love in the Center of the World which was pretty sad.

In the evening, my mother took to to a shoe shop nearby and bought sandals for me and my sister. The design aren't that bad and it fits for the rainy season. I was getting sick of wearing my old Adda sandals 'cuz they don't match with my clothes sometimes. I have a habit of wearing one shoe or sandal till it's completely worn out and not suitable to wear anymore. The same goes for watches. I had this watch which my mother gave me and I had been wearing it for like 5 or 6 years. Now it's broken and someone told me it's gonna cost more to fix it than to buy a new watch. My mother gave me a new watch but I don't like it 'cuz I miss my old watch.

Anyway, back to the topic after I got home, the electricity is out so I spent my time reading Deception Point by Dan Brown, having dinner and then trying to translate the Korean story given by my teacher. I gave up halfway 'cuz there are too many words which aren't included in the pocket dictionary which I was using as that was the only Korean-English dictionary at home. I went back to reading Deception Point till the electricity comes back at 10:40 pm. I tried to find the Korean words using the dictionary I installed in the computer but still haven't get back with much results. I'm going to just scan it with ocr and then translate it using online translation website.

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