Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Taungpyone Nat Festival in Year 2007

The onset of monsoon season makes June and July relatively quiet months in Myanmar. There are, however, various smaller Buddhist festivals to be enjoyed.

Taungpyone Nat or Spirit Festival is a popular five days festival held in Taungpyone near Mandalay. This year 2007, it was held from 23-Aug to 28-Aug and 26 & 27 was crowded most. Today is end of this festival. It was successfully and happily finished.


According to tradition, Nats are spirits that must be appeared or they will wreak havoc in peoples’ lives. The two Nat Brothers honored during Taungpyone Nat belong to the 37 well- known Myanmar Nats. The story of the two Nat Brothers originated during the rule of King Anawrahta, when it was the duty of every person in the kingdom to contribute a brick and a handful of sand for the construction of a pagoda. The brothers failed to contribute their share and orders came from the king for them to be mildly punished. Unfortunately, the Nat Brothers were accidentally killed. The King was remorseful and built a big Nat (spirit) shrine by the side of the Pagoda honoring the two brothers. The homage-paying festival is now held annually to appear the spirits as it is believed that the Nat Brothers can fulfill your wishes, protect you from ill-fate and danger, and bring good luck, prosperity and progress.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

An Appropriate Remedy

OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
A GOOD POLICY YOU'LL EVER FIND

TOO MUCH WORRY MAKE ONE SICK
IT'S NOT HEALTHY IT ISN'T FIT

DON'T EVER FRET LIKE A FOOL
MAKE NO SENSE SO STAY COOL

LIFE IS DEAR YOU SHOULD ENJOY
FEED MY WORD START TO APPLY

FIND AND DISCOVER WHAT YOU'VE MISSED
YOU SHALL LIVE A THOUSAND BLISSES.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

I Wanna Grumble

Wow! So surprise.

This morning, out of blue, government selling fuel prices rise high twice more than before.
For diesel, price becomes 3000 MMK(Myanmar Kyats) per gallon instead of 1500MMK, yesterday price. For Petrol, it is 2500MMK.
As a result of this, most of transportation buses cannot run as usual.
So, people are blocked at every bus stop like traffic jam.
And they need to pay bus fares twice like 100MMK instead of 50MMK for near 1or 2stops and 200MMK for long stops. So pity our people daily life, isn't it.

In addition this, electricity was cut out within these days.
So, to use electricity, generator is needed to operate with petrol which even so high price.
Why should we face with this difficulties?
How can we overcome like this disappointment?
Who will have duty and responsibilities to solve this problem?
We have no way except grumbling.
We are thinking of whether we are being human being who have human rights.
Although I am very depressed for being borne in Myanmar, I cannot still leave others in the lurch.
We cannot help it except grumbling like this.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Man Who Twirls His Beard

Once upon a time there was a rich man who had a beautiful daughter. Like most rich men of his time, he was worried about his wealth to which he clung like a leech. He was a shrewd man, this rich man, ever conscious of the changing times. He knew only too well he had to move with the tide, which at that time was threatening to sweep away his riches.

The rich man pondered over his problem and at last he thought he had found a solution. His most valuable asset, he remembered, was his beautiful daughter. If only he could get a young man, wise and clever, one, whose wits could match anyone who threatened his wealth, the rich man thought, he would have no more worries.

With this object in mind, he turned down many of his daughter's suitors whom he thought not wise and clever enough. One day his wife, anxious of the daughter's future, said: "My good man, it's high time you did decide whou should marry our lass. It's better for her to gather rosebuds while she may. Please do not tarry, or our lass will be a faded old maid.."

The rich man replied: "Don't you worry, wife. I'm biding my time. Today is the age of workers, only those who work are highly placed in society."

The wife was mortified: "Do you mean that you'd marry our lass to one of those rough brawny workers of the fields or mines? How could you think of such a thing!"

The rich man replied: " Forbear, wife. Surely you're not one of those stupid people who think that only those who weild the hammer or the sickle are workers. Don't you know that those who live by the effort of their brawn or brain are workers. I'm going to find a brain worker or an intellectual worker for our fair lass. An intellectual worker, a wise and clever one, I am going to have for my son-in-law."

The wife was pleased thinking how wonderful it would be to have a man of intellect for her son-in-law, a rare specimen to show off to the less fortunate neighbours. She urged her husband to be quick in his search.

The rich man worked diligently. Every morning he went to the market place where people from all parts of the country gathered. For days he could not find anyone that looked like a man of intellect.

At last, one day he saw a young man sitting on a wayside rest house. This young man did not do anything but sat leaning on a post, his fingers twirling his beard as if in deep thought. The rich man was struck by the grave demeanor of the young man and watched him for some days.

Day after day he saw the young man sit on the rest house twirling his beard. The rich man was now convinced that he must be indeed a man of intellect. So he took him home and gave his daughter in marriage.

The young man, now the son of the house, went on twirling his beard everyday as if in deep thought. The rich man thought that it was time to ask him what his innermost thoughts were and what wonderful plans for the future he was contemplating. So he said: "My son, everyday, you sit in deep thought twirling your beard. Pray tell me what made you contemplate so hard. I'm your father, tell me what social or economic problems you are concentrating on."

The son-in-law gazed into space and twirled his beard extra hard and said: "Oh, my father, for a long time I'd been concentrating on this problem: from whence does this beard spring? Is it from the scalp or from the mustache on my upper lip?"

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This story is taken from "The 13carat diamond and other stories" by Khin Myo Chit.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Two moons on August 27th

* Aug; 27th the Whole World is waiting for...

* Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August.

* It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

* This will cultivate on Aug; 27th when Mars comes within 34.65M miles of earth.

* Be sure to watch the sky on Aug; 27th 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has 2 moons.

* The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.

* Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Try It For A Week

I wanna try it for a week.
-Free from hate and worry.
-Live simply.
-Expect little, give much.
-Fill with love.
-Scatter sunshine.
-Forget myself.
-Think of others, do as I would be done by.

And you? Why not?

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