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 :)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.