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I know nuts about photography.

But below shots make me satisfied for possessing a DSLR.  Not because those are great but because they look okay to be my Facebook/Twitter Cover without any hassle of linking/captioning for attribution. I was a big fan of Creative Commons but I have frequently encountered situations where you can’t conveniently give credit by linking back , on Instagram for instance. Long story short, I become a fan of CC0 aka public domain photos and guess what, all these photos in this post are released under public domain. I posted some of them on Pixabay – a Flickr for public domain addicts and many on Open Myanmar Photo Project (Self reminder : I have to write a post about it.)

Fisherman at Inle Lake

Fisherman at Inle Lake, 2013

This was taken last December. Not edited. I have no idea how and when I clicked the camera but I think it looks nice. Of course, not on photographers’ standard but if you put that on the scale of what-on-earth-is-photography, I guess, this looks fabulous. Whatever.

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Sunflower fileds in Aung Pan, Shan State. 2013

Thank to ribbet.com, I could tweak this photo into a more retro-ish one while I have no clue how to do that in Photoshop. I took this while I was on car during a road-trip from Inle to Taunggyi or around there. I did not know what the girl was doing but when I was browsing all the photos I had taken during that trip, this particular one caught my attention. I feel like it is screaming “HOPE”, no?

Fisherman at Inle Lake sunset

Another Fisherman at Inle Lake during sunset. 2013

This is something special (not edited). Pixabay editors thought it was great. And nearly 700 people downloaded it. Believe me, it is way more fun to see many people across Internet is happily using your photo than putting your name as watermark and upload it to Facebook. 😉

Cathedral Church

Cathedral Church, Yangon. 2012

I had never taken a pic by heavily shifting my body position before that. I didn’t know I should do that to capture something in a different aspect, too. But the glamour of this church unconsciously hit me and I got that. Nothing that fantastic. But, I like it a lot. This is also not retouched.

Bagan Museum

Bagan Museum, 2011

It is not a great-looking photo. The building is not even ancient, just intimating other buildings with Bagan style. But I like the crispiness of the cloudy blue sky. I think I did not edit this either.

That’s all for now. Remember, all of these photos are released in public domain so you can use it anywhere, with or without modification, be it for commercial purpose or personal use and without attribution to me. Again, let me repeat this though it might sound irritating, I made it public domain not because my shots were great but just because I like to fulfill people’s needs in case there is someone out there who need to use a not so ugly picture of Myanmar without giving the credit back. I would just secretly wish they would not use these pics for hateful/harmful purposes.

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My Myanmar friends from U.S are rarely active on Facebook. So, I browsed on of my BFFs wall few minutes ago and it notified me that I can now send real gift via Facebook to those in U.S!! You can even choose occasion, gift cards, write your own message and pay for it. There are many inexpensive items. And privacy? It seems safe since only when the recepient provided their address, it will be sent!

Real Gift on Facebook

Choose your gift

Add a virtual gift card and sweet words.

Add a virtual gift card and sweet words.

Pay and done!

Pay and done!

You might say “Uh.. okay”, but for me, I suppose it could bring endless possibilities. Let’s think out loud what we can do with it (assuming this feature will be expanded to other countries from time to time.)

Warmth from virtual world
Lately, I do not really say Happy Birthday on Facebook to those who are not close friends of mine. Not only because I think it’s useless but also I like to make my friends believe that I do feel like wishing in person by doing so only to certain people in my friend list. But I sometimes feel like I could send something physical to them – be it a little card or something just to make them realize I do remember their birthdays from bottom of my heart. But I don’t think someone would bother to actully buy something even via online shopping and prepare to send it to them just because it takes time and boring. But then again, now that Facebook comes out with such thing, I would definitely buy small things on my friend birthday. I need to click only about 5 times and viola, your gift will be sent to their doors! With only about 10 bucks, you can pass your love virtually that will be transformed into something tangible to your loved ones. I mean, what a cool way!

Romance, Suprise and Fun
Some people take Facebook too seriously. In Myanmar, it’s almost a ground for propagandists. (Okay, I’ll leave this out in such a fun post.) But for me, Facebook basically should be a fun place to be connected with your loved ones. Let’s say you have crash on someone. *wink* He/she and you are friends on Facebook but you like to take a step forward. Then, this option will be perfect! If you want to make him/her suprised more, you can do so from another Facebook account that does not reveal your real identity. (But that would only work if your crush is eager to take risk of accepting a gift from an anonymous. For me, I would accept since the gifts are legal ones and you can’t prepare your own to send me something nasty) It could be a new way of starting a relationship – a hybrid version of online and offline.

Frenemies Vanished
Occasionally, we lose our friends via heated discussions on Facebook. After some time, you might want to get togther with them again but not sure where to start. Why don’t we start it again by sending a little warm gift via Facebook? I mean, since Facebook is the one who involved in your frenemy story, shouldn’t it be the same thing to engage you guys again? If he/she doesn’t bother even after receiving gift with nice message to be friended again, just don’t bother! lol

Corporate Gratitude?
You went to a business related dinner and want to say “Thank you” to whoever had invited you. Instead of just posting “Thanks for tonight!!!” on their wall, why can’t we send them a nice small gift with “thank you” message. They would definitely recognize you among those who came to dinner!

Note : When I read it back, it sounds a lot like I'm advertising for Facebook. Hell no, I'm just having fun with it as I'm happy to be on Facebook with my loved ones. I even dreamt to watch movies directly from Facebook instead of opening new tab in browser. ;)

Once as an Emcee

Posted: 15/12/2012 in Fun, Myself, Singapore Life

The ridiculous thing was we had never been to any kind of wedding in Singapore yet my b.f’s friends believed us to be the emcees at their wedding! And we knocked our head at once.

Thank  to the public speaking training at Yangon University of Foreign Languages, precisely Japanese Department, I am never afraid of presentation. Still, the wedding emcee thing was too far away from us especially when we didn’t know how a usual Wedding goes here.

As there would be two emcees, we didn’t need to argue that I would handle English announcements while he would do for Burmese. Not because my English pronunciation was good but because he didn’t want to study by-heart the polished words and sentences good for a wedding.

So, I googled, googled and googled. The problem was that the westernish guides for being emcees were prefect but not really suited for their kind of Myanmar, Singapore-ish wedding and the customised Singapore wedding script were meant for Chinese couples. #_#

I had to take bits by bits from here and there to complete our very own bilingual wedding script. After adding up his idea and some jokes I could think of, the script had looked good. We had finished the script a week before but could spend only about two nights (i.e. around 3 hours) to practice it. Just not to disappoint the bride and groom, we did make effort to study the lines by-heart but couldn’t make it for all sentences.

Then we had to go for shopping for both of us. I was looking for a nice dress, I wanted it to be in some bright colour but ended up with picking up a black one because I do not want to be too obvious in the whole wedding. We found a nice coat for him, too.

And so the wedding day came. Oh, about a week before the wedding day, the couple invited us to join food testing with them. Believe me, there’s no such thing in Myanmar. It might even cost more there to throw a wedding party but no hotel would provide you such service which I find awesome. We commented for a couple of dishes, I personally enjoyed that dinner. 🙂

So, the wedding day came (it actually came not like in last paragraph, lol). I took half-day leave from office to make it on time to go for make-up. I am one of such weird girls whom make-up artists find very difficult to help with. On that day, she could neither curl my eyelashes nor put the fake lashes on. Furthermore, I even failed to let her do the eyeliner for waterline. ROFL

Long story short, we checked the stage, had a short discussion with event supervisor, prepared for songs and did a quick rehearsal with microphones. When the couple actually came out, it was all smooth until the DJ forgot to play the chosen song while the second clipping was being streamed. But everybody did not take it seriously which we had to thank a lot!

We had prepared two lovely games – an ordinary shoes game and “come to wife”. If you don’t know what is “Shoe game” at a wedding, just google it. For the “come to wife” game, I found it from a Youtube clip of a wedding in Malaysia if I’m not wrong. It sounds simple but very engaging and every audience will find it fun.

We asked the bride to stand near the stage and blind-folded the groom. A friend of groom took him to somewhere far from the stage. The bride would have to instruct the groom to come to her by directing “go left”, “go right”, “walk straight”, “move backward” and “stop”. But to make things fun, we swapped with instructions with some other wedding related liners which finally became
“go left” = “I love you, darling”
“go right” = “Do the dishes”
“go straight” = “Buy me Gucci”
“move backward” = “Let’s make baby”
“stop” = “Kiss me please”
Imagine how it would look like the bride saying those sentences to direct the groom! In our particular one, the groom went drunk just by some cups forced by friends, it was much more difficult for him to reach her. LOL We did torture them a lot.

We touched up with Myanmar traditional wedding custom for the end of the event. It is called “Kyoe-Tar” which can be directly translated into “Blocking with rope”. Whenever the newly wed is about to enter their bedroom for that night, the close friends and relatives draw a line with any kind of rope – golden necklaces in most cases, sometimes they go wild with belts and anything that is considered rope. And the couple had to pay cash to break the rope! Just a way of torturing them before their exciting night. In this wedding, I totally forget what they used for it but as there was no handy cash for the groom and bride, we considered one little glass used as door gift was equivalent to S$10. And the groom signed on it not to get cheated with normal door gifts! LOL

That’s it. I have the ready pdf for the scripts we used but need to clear out the personal names so later I’ll upload it  and uploadedEmcee Script (English & Burmese). ^^

Another date mania

Posted: 11/11/2011 in Entry, Fun

A cool sister reminded me that I posted something on 10/10/10 10:10. So, I need to post something else on 11/11/11 11:11.

Well, please record something on this day. There is a worldwide project which will combine all videos and make a large & interesting one. So, please take part in it if you wish to.

Anything is fine. Just record something with your cam corder or phone or whatever. I’ll post where to post yours later. I’ll be more than happy if you could record something from Myanmar. 🙂

Here are some rules and guidelines I’ve got from One Day on Earth Team. 🙂

I wanted to remind you of a couple things before the big day:

1) Everything you submit must be filmed on Friday, 11/11/11
2) Our homepage will have an “uploader” for you to submit directly to us
starting Nov. 12th.
3) To be part of the Archive, you have 30 days to upload or send footage
4) Edited or raw footage is okay to submit.
5) Check out this page for more guidelines:
http://www.onedayonearth.org/page/participate

There are many topics being filmed on 11/11/11. Feel free to check out our
group pages for some inspiration:
http://www.onedayonearth.org/page/find-a-group

We also need your help documenting pregnancy, childbirth and newborns.
These stories and the diversity of the experience are so important that on
11/11/11 we ask: if you know someone that is expecting, and interested in
documenting their day, please contact us: litman@onedayonearth.org

On that note, thanks so much for being part of this project. We’ll be
excited to incorporate as many 11/11/11 videos into the Global Screening in
February, which you can read about below:

http://www.onedayonearth.org/page/global-screening

Happy 11/11/11 !

Brandon, Kyle and the One Day on Earth Team

It’s something like the chance to see various kind of story around the world on one same day (though time might be different according to time zone). There was a similar project on 10/10/10 as well. I did record for it but couldn’t make it to submit and will try more to take part in this time. Hope you could do so, too. 🙂