Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Today we are shocked to hear that ten people from different prefectures came down with food poisoning.
They ate frozen meal made in China.
Not only food from China,but lately the deception of food ingredients is a social problem in Japan.
How do we trust the food company?....
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This coming Sunday, the New England Patriots (19-0 record) will meet the New York Giants (10-6 record) in the 42nd Superbowl of American Football. You can read and hear about the game everywhere, as well as the official site.You can still get tickets (if you have a bunch of money). But most of the 1 billion people who will watch it, will watch it on TV. Even folks who don’t care about the game will tune in to watch the half-time show, this year featuring Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Clips of some of the better past shows are here. And the advertisements get as much attention as some of the players. They ought to, for they are expensive!
If you are interested in the game, I hope your favorite team wins :)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We went Staff Vacation to Kyaikhtiyo-Mawlamyine-Paan from 4th Januray to 9th Jaunrary. The Word Win Sein in Mon mean Sin-Lu-Eying. Its area is about 499.62 arces. It is situated beside the Mawlamyine-Than phyu Zayat road about 14 miles from Mawlamyine. The Sayadaw first founded the Ma-She-Ma-Shoke Pagoda and kept on building, the Aung Lin Pagoda, Seik nine yoke pine pagoda, Ba-Hu-Dei-War, Khan-Ti-Sa Pagoda including other 450 Pagodas. He also constructed religious buildings such as the Ka-Lya-Ni-Thein, Bonmi-ya-zar Hall' 500 statues of monks Dat-Say-Kan monestary, Wut Monestary, Sa-Laung Bon Monestary, Ma-Ni-Au-Ga Monestary. Where as, the Head of the Reclining Buddha lying westwar(the Nayraban posture) is intended to pict the delivery of sermons for attaining the ultimate bless of Nibbana. The laying of the Right Hand to the side signifies the peace and harmony the people of Myanmar enjoys, engaging in their own activities unconcerned.
On 6th Janurary, we went Win Sein Hill Missionary where there is The Zinathukha Yan Aung Chantha Reclining Buddha Image. Now, I want to describe about it.
The Image of the Reclining Buddha was established by Sayadaw himself on the 10th Warning Moon of Pyatho, 1353(myanmar year) and the construction is continuing up to present day. The image is 110 feet in height, including 8stories and 182 rooms with statues, reliefs and paintings depicting the events in the history of buddhism. At present, decoration of over 100 rooms has finished.
At present, 85% of the image has been completed, at a cost of over 180million kyats up to December 2001.
We went Staff Vacation to Kyaikhtiyo-Mawlamyine-Paan from 4th Januray to 9th Jaunrary.
The Word Win Sein in Mon mean Sin-Lu-Eying. Its area is about 499.62 arces. It is situated beside the Mawlamyine-Than phyu Zayat road about 14 miles from Mawlamyine. The Sayadaw first founded the Ma-She-Ma-Shoke Pagoda and kept on building, the Aung Lin Pagoda, Seik nine yoke pine pagoda, Ba-Hu-Dei-War, Khan-Ti-Sa Pagoda including other 450 Pagodas. He also constructed religious buildings such as the Ka-Lya-Ni-Thein, Bonmi-ya-zar Hall' 500 statues of monks Dat-Say-Kan monestary, Wut Monestary, Sa-Laung Bon Monestary, Ma-Ni-Au-Ga Monestary.
Where as, the Head of the Reclining Buddha lying westwar(the Nayraban posture) is intended to pict the delivery of sermons for attaining the ultimate bless of Nibbana. The laying of the Right Hand to the side signifies the peace and harmony the people of Myanmar enjoys, engaging in their own activities unconcerned.
The world largest Reclining Buddha Image(length 400cubits)
(There is 8stories inside Buddha Image)
It is located in Myaing-kone Village, Mudon Township, Mon State. I did donate slabs for suitable construction. I want to share my good deeds so as to receive it equally with me. Please call Sardu three times. And, when you go to Mawlamyine, don't forget to visit there.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Although the struggle for desegregation and racial equality had been ongoing for many years, Dr. King brought the various groups together, garnered media attention, inspired new efforts, and brought about real change. Himself inspired by Mahatma Ghandi, he was able to tear down the ideas of bigotry and force the removal of legal barriers by peaceful resistance. He was a powerful speaker who could weaken even the staunchest resistance, who could make people rethink ideas that they had been taught all their lives.
He was taken by a sniper’s bullet in 1968, but his words, his life, and his ideals will not be forgotten. His work will continue.
About our US Holiday, About Dr. King, photo source
Sunday, January 20, 2008
(ICT) - With the purpose of promoting tourism in the province of Alajuela and offering a new and different product to visitors, the Butterfly Farm located in the Guacima de Alajuela and the Botanical Garden of Orchids in La Garita, joined their efforts to offer a new combined tour: Butterflies and Orchids.
The trip begins early from any hotel in San Jose directly to the Butterfly Farm where the tourists walk among thousands of butterflies flapping their wings all around.
The tour continues to the Botanical Garden of Orchids, located 10 minutes from the Butterfly Farm. This place offers the opportunity to walk through exotic gardens and look at the beauty of a great variety of orchids. Tourists can also learn about the cultivation and natural history of these flowers. The tour finishes with a lunch at Cafe Vanilla located inside the gardens.
After lunch, the buses leave towards the different hotels in San Jose. The tour is for all ages.
(Photo: Butterfly in Costa Rica. Shot taken by Dave Cross)
Friday, January 18, 2008
The Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Sofia yesterday on his last official visit as President. He came with his proposed successor Dmitry Medvedev, key ministers, heads of the major Russian energy corporations, and the mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov. The purposes of the visit are:
- signing a contract for the International Project Company "Bourgas—Alexandroupolis" for constructing a 285-km long fuel pipeline between the Bulgarian city Bourgas and the Greek Alexandroupolis that is to ease the overloaded Bosphorus Straight.
- signing a contract for the construction of the nuclear power plant "Belene" — a project that is financed partly by the EU and going to be constructed by the Russian company "AtomStroyExport".
[Update: News just came that Bulgaria has agreed to join the "South Stream" project in exchange for 50% share.]
These deals come at a time when both our Government and President are pro-Russian. The opposition, some NGOs, and the Association for freedom of speech "Anna Politkovskaya" organized a protest against Putin [video]. During Putin's visit there were major security measures, restrictions and police presence. Here is a photo gallery from Dnevnik.bg and a news report from Reuters.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
In Southeastern Georgia, a large depression gathers waters that eventually flow into the St Mary and Suwannee Rivers. In this depression, the peat floor can be 15 feet thick and unstable, inspiring the Native American name of Okefenokee or Land of Trembling Earth. The area can be eerie and has inspired many interesting tales.
The 700 square miles (1700 sq KM) area is a National Wildlife refuge, which will preserve it for future generations Severe droughts for the last two years brought fires to the area, but they were contained within the park and have helped to naturally renew some of the prairie areas.
The rich variety of wildlife make this a fascinating place for eco-tourists who can take limited camping trips through the swamp.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Knowing me though, put your spoiler alert on:
Click here for the opposition's open letter to Bush on the progress of reform, democracy, and human rights in Bahrain (don't ask me why it's in Arabic... maybe they saw the dance and assumed just a bitttt too much).
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Bush warned that Iran was the main "threat" to regional security, a theme he repeated during his current tour in the region, despite Arab opposition to any military solution to Iran's controversial nuclear project.
"Iran is today the world's leading state sponsor of terror. It sends hundreds of millions of dollars to extremists around the world while its own people face repression and economic hardship at home," he said.
"A great new era is unfolding before us. This new era is founded on the equality of all people before God. This new era is being built with the understanding that power is a trust that must be exercised with the consent of the governed - and deliver equal justice under the law. And this new era offers hope for the millions across the Middle East who yearn for a future of peace and progress and opportunity."
Friday, January 11, 2008
(Xinhua) - Costa Rica's Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno and China's ambassador in San Jose, Wang Xiaoyuan, interchanged notes on Friday for China to build Costa Rica's new National Stadium.
The diplomatic act officialized the mission headed by Chinese experts to study the plan to build this Central American country's new National Stadium, expected to be concluded in late 2009.
"It is Costa Rica's most important sports infrastructure," said Costa Rica's Health and Sports vice minister Osvaldo Pandolfo.
The construction of the 40,000-seat stadium forms part of the agreementss signed between the presidents of Costa Rica and China, Oscar Arias and Hu Jintao, respectively, during Arias' first visit to the Asian nation in October of 2007.
"This is the first step to comply and follow up the accords and to benefit Costa Rica's people. We also expect it is a friendship symbol between both countries," said Wang.
Stagno highlighted that "all the accords signed during President Arias' visit to Beijing contribute to strengthen the relations between both countries."
Monday, January 07, 2008
The 7th of Jan.
Church bells ! It's Christmas time for the Orthodox in Egypt and the Middle East! People are rejoicing around, and children's faces are lit with wishes whispered to Santa! The great ancient churches are all dressed up to embrace the solemn prayers and hymns! The whole spiritual atmosphere creates some kind of serenity all over the country, with Muslims celebrating along with their fellow Christians!
After an entire year of declarations, fund-raising, and debates, the American presidential elections officially began with the Iowa caucuses (what is a caucus?), on Jan 3. We now look forward to primary selection processes in the rest of the states. This will lead to the party conventions, where the presidential candidate will be selected for each party. The democrats will meet in Denver in August, the republicans will meet in Minneapolis in September, the other parties will have various selection processes.
Then the real campaigning begins. Each candidate and his or her running mate will be on the go continuously from the convention until Nov 8 when voters will go to the polls. If you wish to keep up with who is who and what is happening next, I think this site does an excellent job of presenting the facts in an easy to read format.
PS: I do not plan any more posts about the USA elections, unless someone requests information.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Trained college students run Hakone Ekiden at the New Year.
Ekiden is a Japanese word which means marathon relay.
Hakone is a place-name which is 108km away from Tokyo.
Each college team with 10 students runs both ways in two days.
Hakone Ekiden is a popular spectator sport that receives full network television coverage nationwide.
I'm writing this post watching Hakone Ekiden.