Archive for October, 2010

23rd century

Dear 23rd century world citizens,

I hoped you found this letter directly via my CD.

Some valuable information  for historians among you or some weird unbelievable random facts for scientists.
  1. We, 21st century human, used a technology (or a crap?) called electronic mail which took at least seconds to get the letter sent.
  2. Half of our age was spent using Facebook where we could be officially curious and gossiped others’ known or unknown facts and shockingly the victims were happy for it.
  3. We took care of animals, killed them and consumed them.
  4. We were scared of heat. At the same time, we were producing heat.
  5. We did had icebergs on earth!
  6. Some of us were dying to drink a drop of water while some showered for  1hour+ and others were making money using water.
  7. Normally, we worked for five days and took rest for two days (which might be directly opposite to you.)
  8. One popular word (with unknown definition) in our age was “love” which couldn’t be seen in your dictionary.
  9. We went and watched sports matches, shows, events & went even to battle ground in person.
  10. We were necessary to learn various languages only with the purpose to communicate. (No, not with others, just with human beings like us.)
  11. We were afraid of (or gave respect) to those we hadn’t seen.
  12. We were crazy with dates especially in the month I wrote this because it possessed 10/10/10 & 20/10/2010. Have you passed 22/02/2202?

P.S What you read right now was written on a square surface called computer using a service called blog what was especially used for shouting our emotion out to strangers or as a proof of we were intelligent enough to use latest technology (at that time, I meant).

With Love Brain,

A 21st century citizen.

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Without Last Name!

Posted: 15/10/2010 in Culture
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If you are an Asian, you might have felt weird when westerners called your first name last & last name first. Yes, it’s sometimes unlikely but at least, you have last name or family name to be addressed. But for us, Myanmar, last name is just a word in stories written in English. Believe it or not! We don’t have family name at all. And it’s apparently no space for another box beside the column of Name in any form to fill up IN MYANMAR.

But whenever we try to fill up the online forms, we have no choice except filling the family name space as they make it mandatory. And, what do we fill? For me, I put first two words of my name as first name and last word as last name. So random? Well, at that point, you may wanna know how many words are there in each name? My wise answer is “it depends”. Yes, it totally depends of how creative the parents or whoever give the names are. They have  the chance to grab any words to form a beautiful or cute or brave or weird name according to their taste. Usually, they make it three. Mine has three, my b.f & brother also own three-words name while my both parents possess two-words name. Some of my friends’ names are made up of four and I’ve seen few of those with the names of five words. And I seldom find eight or seven words named person in newspapers and journals. Now, you know that we have no particular or standardized way to divide our names just to fill up the form.

Some of my foreign friends have questioned me back when I explained about it. “How do you differentiate who is whose children when you don’t have common name with your parents?” Hmm, my answer is “Why do you need to differentiate? Yes, for us, we’ve never thought that we need to be differentiated according to parents. If you know me & I know you, do you still need to know my parents’ names?

On the other hand, I laughed out loud when my friends called  me the middle word of my name. As language is arbitrary, that word “Myae” means “Nearly to be torn” when it stands alone though it becomes “pleasant & cool” when it is combined with the first word “Chan” whose meaning is “Cold”. So I requested them not to call me “Myae”. But that rule implies only for me and there must have several ways to call different people with various style of names.

No one can’t remember how many forms they have filled in & either me. But I’m counting the days when those forms set last name boxes as optional. It may be possible if Myanmar is a powerful country. But when will it be? In my next life?

 

 

A to Z Singapore

Posted: 11/10/2010 in Fun Fact, Singapore Life
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My supervisor was in rush. That meant he had no time to assign me new task since afternoon. So I made up my mind to make a mini research to find out the influence on Singapore by using Google.  Here’s the A to Z list of top suggested keywords in Google of Singapore.

A
Personally, I’m happy that Apple is not #1  and also for top Air Asia.

B
BBC which is at second may broadcast that China is forcing their people if they know they don’t have enough influence for Chinese. Baidu is first!

C
“C” may love local or may be loved because the first three results are Cathay, CPF & Citbank.

D
Congratulations, DBS! They occupy two of the top three keywords DBS & DBS ibanking while “dictionary” stands at second.

E
Do Singaporeans love online shopping? You can see Ebay at #1 but the obvious thing is they love iphone as ebuddy stands second.

F
No Doubt at all! First two is Facebook & Facebook login. Is football third? No, but FIFA.

G
So, can we say Gmail is popular here? Proud of Golden Village as it’s the only non-google top keyword for this alphabet and takes thrid place.

H
Oh! G & H are rivals! Yes, it’s Hotmail & HDB has attraction for locals, too.

I
I haven’t been there. (Actually, I didn’t know what does it stand for.) & we can say that luxury is not as much as important as red tape as those results are shown. IRAS is first, ICA is second and Iphone 4 is thrid. I wonder why there’s no plain “I Pone” keyword in such an icountry.

J
Are there more travelers than job hunters? Jobsdb & Jobstreet are sandwiched between two Jetstar key words.

K
KFC. So “M” for “McDonald”? But there’s no Burger King for B. And one of the local brands KBox is second.

L
There must be more drivers than football fans in Singapore. LTA is first & livescore is second.

M
Wow, KFC rules! There’s no Macdonald at all & MSN is third while MOM takes second. So, who’s first? Simply, M1.

N
It’s NUS. The second result is NLB. Don’t feel bad NTU fellows, you are at third. Wow, “N” in Singapore is so literate! (Note: When you type only “N”, NTUC is just after NTU. But when you type “NT”, it’s vice versa.)

O
Bank again.  It’s OCBC. And here is an interesting fact that’s approving high Indian population in Singapore. Orkut is third.

P
Bank Bank Bank. The first keyword is POSB (though it doesn’t have own domain) & interestingly, there’s still influence of World Cup. Paul the octopus is #2.

Q
Just an airline. But it’s Australia National Airline callend Qantas. May be because there are few trademarks in Singapore who uses “q” as starting alphabet. “Quotes” is second.

R
Resort world Sentosa is knocked out after Reebonz & ROM. And do people wanna go for shopping rather than marriage?

S
Two adjacent results are from same industry. Singtel & Starhub. M1 might avoid “S” because of this.

T
I wonder who will come first if Tiger Airways starts with A or Air Asia starts with T. And as usual, Twitter can’t beat facebook as it stands at second.

U
“Can’t live without” for locals must be nothing except banks. Yes, it’s UOB & Universal Studio is only at third while URA is second.

V
Vpost can grab first while DHL is 4th at D. Oh, i know how much Vivocity is famous now. they stand at 3rd!

W
No wonder.  Wikipedia‘s first & third (Wiki)  and Facebook totally rules! the second result is http://www.facebook.com!
(Note: if you type www, first result is  Facebook while Yahoo follows it & Youtube is at thrid. Where is Gmail???)

X
Should be in Singapore. XinMSN comes out first and Xbox is 4th while there’s no PSP or Wii in “P” & “W”. Xe and XueSha (the keywords I’ve never heard) are second and third.

Y
You know it, right? Youtube is first, Yahoo (Singapore) is second & oops, is YOG third before Yahoo mail!?

Z
Oh! is it famous? Zuji; the travel site. Zara & Zouk stands second and third respectively.

According to those facts, Singapore government is fond of IT as 7 out of 83 results (Sorry, Mr. Environment, I betrayed you by emitting 10.4 grams of CO2) are government websites.  And Pure International Brand that doesn’t have a local site are only 20. The list mention that there is only one blog which is also 2009  Singapore best modeling blog. Are people only interested in Brand or Names? There are only two meaningful words; dictionary & quotes. The results may be varied time to time and who say mydaydream won’t be first suggesstion when you type “M” in Google 5 or 10 years later?? 😛