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Min Ko Naing

I never knew that Burmese most prominent student leader, Min Ko
Naing
, had relatives in Mudon, Mon State, where I was from and my
parents still live. Min Ko Naing spent 16 years in prison for his leading role
in the 1988 pro-democracy uprising.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=4315&z=153

Laos Wedding

Last Saturday and Sunday, I had a chance to go to Laos weddings. Some of my students from DDD got married. It was fun at the wedding party.


Do our prejudices know no bounds?

Bangkok Post, January 13, 2005

(http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/13Jan2005_news42.html)
Whatever the colour of our skin, we all look the same when our bodies decompose. That is what the array of corpses at Wat Yanyao informs us, the living. So why the fuss about our racial or ethnic differences?
No matter how rich or poor we are, the loss of our loved ones is equally overwhelming in our hearts. Since we are all the same, don't all the victims and survivors of the Dec 26 tsunami deserve equal assistance? Sadly, the Thai authorities do not think so, not when it comes to migrant workers from Burma. As we Thais celebrate the massive outpouring of our own generosity for the tsunami victims _ particularly for the foreign tourists, the country has totally ignored the plight of poor migrant workers who, like us, lost family members and their source of income when the killer waves hit the Andaman coast.
Like us, their lives have been shattered. But we do not recognise their deaths and their los…

A Solo Protestor in Rangoon

An excerpt from the article: http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=4283&z=153
The Boston, Massachusetts native said he had a sign next to him which read: "Buddha says, 'Quality of sidewalk and quality of government is same thing.'" The capital's sidewalks, like much of its infrastructure, are crumbling.
People fleeing their home
What is going on in the border? Check this article out.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=4285&z=153

Burma's position in the Tiger Cup Football(Soccer) game

Tsunami situation in Burma

Here is an e-mail from a friend in Burma.

This is just to inform you about our present situation about the Tsunami disaster. As you have already known on 26th December. There was an underwater earthquake in the India ocean causing lost of lives and distructions to many people.

Here in Myanmar too, we faced this disaster and the areas which were hit by the Tsunami were attached. The latest news tell us that (59)people died, (517) household distroyed and more than (2745) lost their farms and fisher men were homeless. They all need shelter, blankets, clothings, food, medical treatment and drinking water. Emergency relief activities were done by the government, local authority, Red cross society. Many well wishers make donations for that area people. But still help is needed endlessly. Drugs on cholera, fever and dysentry are most wanted by the local doctor who are active in medical treatment. Clean drincking water is a demand because all the deep wells and natural lakes are over whelmed …

ALOHA 19

ALOHA 19 (January 10, 2005)

Happy New Year!

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I went to the Buddha Park in Xieng Khouang and the Friendship Bridge in Dongphosy.

Buddah Park is situated about 25 minutes drive outside of the Vientiane city. Although not an old temple, it is nevertheless fascinating for its huge structures that combine Buddhist and Hindu Philosophies. Here are some pictures:













We also visited Friendship bridge. It was built by the help from Australia. The Friendship bridge was named so to illustrate the friendship among three different nations -- Laos, Thailand and Australia.

Here are some more pictures from around the village.


Buying Cassava on the street




Our Laos lunch with sticky rice



Grandfather and grandson in a village