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Spring Equinox

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Since today is the first day of spring, I am posting this YouTube video explaining what spring equinox is. On the other hand, it's Fall equinox for those of you on the southern hemisphere.

A song from Manipuri film

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Several months ago, I came across this song from Manipur on Facebook, shared by a friend. The girl is singing in Burmese. What I am not sure is whether she is singing in Burmese with her accent or a dialect of Burmese in that area. It might be interesting to further look into.

How Maple syrup is made

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Last weekend (on March 12, 2016), we went to Asherwood Environmental Science Center in Wabash, Indiana. One of our host parents, Neil Sowards, took us.


We had breakfast with pancakes and Maple syrup made right there.


We saw their Maple syrup evaporator. If you are curious, this YouTube video tells you how Maple syrup is made from the sap.






Here is how the sap is collected in the sugar bush.

They also made them into candies. It's similar to ထန်းလျက် [tʰəɲeʔ] (palm sugar) in Burma. Of course, palm sugar candy is made from palm tree syrup. So this is American ထန်းလျက် made from Maple syrup. :)


Here is palm sugar candy made in Burma.

The moment in Burma

Maung Zarni's opinion at the Guardian:

"Still, Htin Kyaw’s assumption of the presidency is a symbolically important moment for the Burmese public, who have repeatedly expressed their desire to rid the country of their military overlords. For the first time in 53 years, 51 million Burmese people have got a genuine civilian president who is not a general or ex-general in civilian clothing, and who can be expected not to promote the military’s interests.

Beyond this symbolic progress, the presidential politics of proxies in the high offices of Myanmar – the military with their ex-intelligence chief and Suu Kyi with her absolutely loyal former classmate – doesn’t augur well for the future of the country. But again, genuine democracy will require a renewed, hard and sustained push by all sections of the country."

U Htin Kyaw

U Htin Kyaw is one of the vice-presidential nominees put forward by the National League for Democracy (NLD) today. He is certain to become a president after the votes by the parliament in the next few days. In the current system, the winner among the three vice-presidential nominees will become the president, and the rest vice-presidents. Since NLD has a huge majority in the parliament, he is certain to become the president. Please note that NLD also nominated Henry Van Thio, an ethnic Chin, to be one of the vice-presidents. But U Htin Kyaw is favored by NLD to become the president. Unelected military representatives will also nominate another vice-president.

He studied economics at Rangoon University, computer science at the University of London, and management at Arthur D. Little School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He worked both in academia and government services for many years before retiring in 1992.

He is of an ethnic Mon descendant, and the son of famous writer M…

Weekend

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This weekend, we rearranged our living room. We got a desk from one of the students at Indiana University, who moved out of country. Now I have a decent desk and workspace in the living room.


Dr. Myint Naing

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A friend on Facebook shared that Kamayut Media was doing documentaries on some of the National League for Democracy representatives, who were just recently elected. I watched one of the videos. It highlighted how one of them struggled for 20 years under the military dictatorship. The video clip is in Burmese. It's titled "ဒေါက်တာမြင့်နိုင် (သို့) ထီလက်မှတ်ရောင်းသူ" (Dr. Myint Naung, the lottery ticket seller).