Thursday, September 30, 2004

Dial-up Account Termination

Today is my last day with my lovely ISP, My dial-up account will be cancelled starting from tomorrow. I am hoping to go to Laos as soon as I get my passport.

A good informational website about Burma

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Old Floppies Thrown Away

I threw away all the floppies from my old days at Purdue. I can't believe things have changed so fast. I don't use floppies much these days anymore. I use thumb drive mostly.

Bands Back Burma Activist Suu Kyi

This is from BBC:

Sunday, September 26, 2004

The First BARS Baccalaureate Service

The very first BARS baccalaureate service was today at the Thamaing Karen Baptist Church at David Shwe Nu street. The graduating seniors from BARS program were very happy and their parents smiling. Tony Hayes had words of encouragement for all the seniors. His speech was very encouraging and touching for all of us, not only the seniors.

BARS graduating seniors in front of MIT

From left to right: Moonlight (Lone Lone) and Eh Dah Wah are Sgaw Karens. San Mwe Kan and Nyein Nwe are Shan girls. Sha Mwe Hla is a Po Karen.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Consultant Job in Laos

I just want to let you know that I got the IT consultant job in Laos. I will start getting ready, applying passport and everything. I will have to be in Laos by mid-October.

I will start to breathe the air of freedom again. For about six months, of course.

Gmail banned in Burma

I just found out that was banned in Burma two days after I got the account. Gmail is a free web mail in beta testing stage from, the best search engine I ever used. Only a beta tester can sign up for the account. The public can't get an account from gmail yet. But my lovely ISP, BaganNet, banned the site two days after I got the account. Well, can't wait to get out and surf the web freely without any "access denied" message. I love Burma and BARS, but I want to feel what it is like to be free again, at least for 6 months. :-)

Access Denied Message from my lovely ISP

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

This is the news I read from the Irrawaddy.

Burmese Military Officers Depart for Russia
By Kyaw Zwa Moe and Nandar Chann
September 14, 2004

About 400 young military officers from Burma left for Russia early Tuesday morning for military and computer training, said a relative of one of the officers who left today.

Two Russian aircraft carrying hundreds of lieutenants left the Mandalay International Airport at about 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. today, said the relative in Mandalay.

The officers, selected from across the country, left for the Mandalay airport on Monday afternoon from Maymyo, 42 miles (68 km) north of Mandalay, the relative said by telephone. Maymyo, renamed Pyin Oo Lwin by the junta, is home to military training centers such as the Defense Service Academy and Defense Service Technology Academy, or DSTA. It is also reportedly the site of a new Russian-built ordnance factory, near the DSTA, although the Russian Ambassador to Rangoon, Oleg Kabarov, flatly denied the allegation in recent months.

Another resident in Mandalay said that on Monday airport officials told him about the trip.

In 2002, Russia reportedly agreed to sell Burma a nuclear reactor for medical research, providing assistance for its construction and operation. Burma’s military government recruited hundreds of students and sent them to study nuclear engineering and science in Russia. But the program was reportedly abandoned because the junta could no longer afford the costs. The junta denies it plans to develop a nuclear reactor.

The relative in Mandalay said some of the military officers would study computer science in Russia and the others would receive military training.

The relative said that courses for computer students would take three and half years to complete, while military courses, the details of which are unclear, require three years. If the courses are completed successfully, the source added, the officers would be promoted to captain.

The government provided each officer 60,000 kyat (about US $63), one Western-style navy blue suit and a military jacket before the trip, the source said, adding that an unnamed high-ranking military officer briefed the Russian-bound lieutenants in Maymyo before their departure.

The source also said that before the trip, the officers received language training from an unknown number of Russian teachers who have been sent to Maymyo and paid a monthly salary of $1,000. More officers would be sent to Russia in the future, the source added. Other groups of Burmese military officers are still studying in Russia, the source said.

In late 2002, the junta purchased eight MiG-29B-12 air superiority combat aircraft and two dual-seat MiG-29UB trainers from Russia, at a reported cost of about $130 million.