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Auu la la…the Tees are out on Paradise Failed. Yep, the “Chest Porns” is included as well.

The guys are running a little competition for free T-shirt give away. All you have to do is email them your wittiest slogan to best describe their blog. Check out the design samples below and read about the competition rules and stuffs on their post entry.

Paradise Not Found T-Shirts

I want one of those…wittiest slogan huh? Hmm…I’m not good at that. The due date is 1st Feb so I still got time; lets see if I can think of something by then. Well I’m just passing on the word for your chance to win one of those Tees. Geez I sounded like one of those Ads from TV.

Join the list, spread the word and write something on 4th Oct.

Free Burma!

About “Free Burma!”
International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!“.

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  • Talk: Bulldozer

    Scenario: Being the lazy arses as we are (Bro and I), we don’t even want to clean up our dishes after dinner and always putting off each other to do in turns.

    Bro: Do my dishes for me today.

    Me: I was gonna ask you the same thing. Why are you always copying me? Come to think of it, you always copy me and follow whatever I do.

    Mom: That’s right. He always follows you around when you were young. He repeated whatever you say and always following you. Lucky, he didn’t wear skirt but went for pants. LOL

    Me: That’s right. Back in school too, you used all my books to study.
    You took the same subjects as me.
    You went to the same Uni as me.
    You graduated with the same degree like me.
    Now we work in the same company, doing the same thing!!
    What’s wrong with you? Why are you always following me?

    Bro: Hey, I’m not following you. I’m just treating you like a bulldozer.
    Don’t you know in Chess, the pawns go in front and cover for the king.
    The same thing applies here. I’m just using you to clear my path.

    Me: You little!! @#$%#@$%#*!!!

    Moral behind the talk: Being the eldest is such a pain especially with these kind of bad mouth siblings.

    Regarding the matter of pawn and chess, I just read that the guys from Failed-Paradise were also cracking up about Chest and Porn.

    I love the slogan for geek T-Shirt idea proposed by Digital Fiji.

    We are not chest porns to be played around with.

    There you go, I’m not your chest porn nor I the bulldozer. haha.
    I’ll just wait and see how the designs come out as. Whoever wear them, go around in town and take some photo of yourself. If you’re lucky, your pic might even get into the next day Fijitimes post; otherwise you can always show off yourself on your blog. :P

    Tech-Ed 2007 @ Gold CoastI’m Back! How is everyone doing? Miss me? ;)

    My two weeks trip was exciting, tiring and a great fun. I met lots of new faces and visited new places. It was a great experience for me. Couldn’t come back quickly cos’ I caught a cold after the trip due to too much excitements and weather changes; then my laptop screwed up and had to repair OS. Now everything is settling down so catching up on my feeds and blogging here.

    I took lots of photos and a few videos of my two weeks stay at GC, Syd and Adelaide. The main event was ofcos’ GC Tech-Ed. It was my very first business related overseas trip. I thank my bosses and the company for giving me an opportunity to participate in such event. I met lots of geeks and super geeks at Tech-Ed. There were total of 2400 delegates made their mark at Gold Coast Tech-Ed this year. ~80% of them are male with very few female delegates, regardless of this year Tech-Ed having the most female participants compare to the previous years. I’m one of those very few female delegates and most of the time I found myself lost in the superiority and the geekiest air around them. I felt like disappearing when I have no idea what the geeks were talking about. Yet, I somehow found myself enjoying their conversations and was inspired by their intense knowledge and skills on various subject matters.

    Here are some of the photos Sarnil and I took from the event.

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    Surf Parade Apartment

    We stayed at Surf Parade apartment which is about 20-30min walking distance from Gold Coast convention center and about 10min Bus ride. The room was very neat and well furnished – TV, fridge, oven, microwave, washing machine, in-room spa, etc. The view from the room was also great. Can see the beach and also the buildings from Surf Paradise area. The room costs around AUD 119 per night and ideal for two people but I stayed alone so quite a big room for me. There were heated swimming pool and tennis courts downstairs but I didn’t even have a time to peek at them. The whole day out and we only came back to our rooms after 9 or 10pm to sleep so we couldn’t check out the whole building and the surroundings.

    Surf Parade Apartment The room My room The Bed

    Kitchen Bathroom View from the apartment Morning View from the apartment

    Gold Coast City Views

    There wasn’t much time for us to explore the city as our times were fully occupied inside the convention center. I found Gold Coast has many weird looking buildings, some having spiral type and some has alien style weird diamond shape in the middle. I didn’t see any building of my liking but overall the city is quite lovely and quiet.

    Gold Coast City Area Gold Coast City Area Gold Coast City Area View infront of Gold Coast Convention Center

    Activities at Tech-Ed

    There were lots of sessions to attend to and I had a hard time choosing them but Sarnil and I sorted out ourselves on which sessions we should attend and share them later. We couldn’t attend any hand-on-lab sessions because they were always too full. I sat one exam there but I didn’t make it. It was the very first failure in my exams history and I was very disappointed about it. I stayed 2 whole hours burning my head hard in the exam room; I missed one session and my lunch. I was so hungry and was mad at myself for the failure. Anyway what done is done and I’ll try that exam again later. So let just say, the exam was a hard one and I didn’t prepare well. Some of the sessions I attended are:

    • WEB316 Ajax Patterns with ASP.Net
    • DEV307 Developing Office Business Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office
    • DAT302 Database Schema Versioning: How to Use Microsoft Visual Studio Team System for Database Professionals and Team Foundation Server to Version and Deploy Your Databases
    • CON206 Custom Activities with Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation: A Developer’s Primer
    • ARC307 Enterprise Library 3.1
    • DEV308 A Lap around Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation
    • DEV311 NET Framework 3.0 End-to-End: Putting the Pieces Together
    • CON311 Building Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation Enabled Windows Communication Foundation Services in .NET Framework 3.5
    • DEV320 Microsoft Visual C# Under the Covers: An In-Depth Look at C# 3.0
    • OFC418 Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2007: Deployment and Advanced Administration Topics
    • ARC312 Make your Customer’s Day: User First Design

    I also attended the “Blogger Lunch” and here is one live post which covers pretty much everything about the session. I found out later in the “Ask the Expert” section that one of the Blogger Lunch session speakers, Darren Neimke, is in fact from Adelaide and live near Flinders University where my sister is studying.

    Sarnil and Robert at Tech-Ed One of the Exhibitors and Sarnil Tech-Lab Blue car

    Sarnil with two speakers Sarnil and I with two speakers Bull ride Bull Rides

    Speakers at Blogger Lunch Blogger Lunch May at Tech-Ed Exhibition Hall

    Lock Note speaker Peter Watson - Locknote speaker2 Mr Host Mr Host

    Me infront of Gold Coast Convention Center May and Robert infront of Convention Center Robert Lunch-Ed

    Peace! At Closing Note Session Robert at lock note Lunch at Tech-Ed

    My Tech-Ed Lunch Red Car

    One of the fun things about Tech-Ed was collecting stamps and freebies from exhibition stands. I collected a few pens, toys, a cap, a T-Shirt, a few evaluation product CDs and lots of information brochures. I also filled in lots of forms to place in the daily draws. There were some gift packs and good stuffs such as Xbox 360 draws everyday. My friend Robert won Xbox360 and we were very jealous of him. Such a lucky guy but he didn’t even invite us to play with him. Bad Robert!

    There were tons of food and drinks at Tech-Ed; if you are a drinker, you would definitely love it. Coffee stands were always packed and I liked the breakfast donuts. Lunches and dinner were great too but for some reason I only ate lots of salad. I think it’s cos’ of different cooking style, their meat/main dishes didn’t taste good in my tongue.

    Movie World Night

    They booked the whole “Movie World” park for 2400 Tech-Ed delegates from 6:30 – 11pm on Thursday night. It was a great fun. We met one of the speakers and Sharepoint expert, Milan Gross, from Hawaii and team up with him to enjoy the night. We rode “Lethal Weapon” (roller coaster ride), “ScoopyDoo” ride, Batman stimulation and the Waterfall ride. I couldn’t believe I actually rode all of them and enjoyed it. I couldn’t have ride them if it wasn’t for the guys who kept pushing me to try so. Every ride I closed my eyes, shut my mouth and sit very still and stiffly so I didn’t get to see the high/dangerous views. But the feeling alone is scary enough for me. That was a great fun and we all enjoyed the night.

    The gang at Movie World Duck and May Yellow Ladies Star War gang and May

    Wonder Woman and Us The Water fall ride At Movie World Cheers!

    Chow Time Robert and Sarnil Sarnil with neon lights Sarnil with Star War gangs

    Me and Milan at MovieWorld at Movie World Robert and Sarnil at Movie World Star War Gangs

    The Matrix gang Robert and the thingie Sarnil with some super heros

    Evening at the Beach and Last Night Out

    The final day closing note ended around 4:30pm and we rested a few min at our apartment. Then we paid our (my) first and final visit to the beach in front. It was lovely evening and we saw some surfers, walkers and swimmers there. We took some photos at the beach then went back to the apartment and waited our friend to go for dinner. The final night out was enjoyable. Conversation between Sarnil and Milan was interesting and amusing. They did the talking and I did the listening part as usual. We then had Korean BBQ for dinner and done a lot of walking around to digest the food. Actually the guys were searching for a good place to dance. I had a very early flight to catch and have to wake up around 4am in the following morning so I took an early leave, said goodbye to the guys and came back to the apartment. Then I packed my stuffs and get ready for Sydney departure in the next morning.

    Gold Coast Beach Sarnil at the beach Sarnil at beach GC - beach

    Sarnil with his fav car Milan and Sarnil May and Milan

    So Tech-Ed ended pretty well and some of Tech.Ed 2007 Statistics from lock note are:

    • This year there were 89,608 teeth at Tech.Ed.
    • You ate 12,628 bread rolls, and drank over 14,000 liters of enough coffee and Coke.
    • And at MovieWorld, on the Superman ride, we recorded 1,216 cries of “shhh****tttt…!!!!”
    • If all our Tech.Ed delegates were laid end-to-end, you’d stretch 4.15 kilometers long. But only an average of 1 meter wide. In most cases.
    • If all this year’s delegates forms a conga-line, that would be the end of Gold Coast Tourism.

    Interesting stats, aren’t they?

    I was checking out the next Tech-Ed SEA 2007 at Kuala Lumpur 10-13 Sept and found out that there is one Burmese in the speaker list. The speaker name is “Maung Maung Phyo” and is a Senior Consultant from Singapore. He looks pretty young. Kuala Lumpur Tech-Ed got quite a few female speakers and most of them look very young. Also there are lots of Asian speakers. Impressive! Our friend “Milan Gross” is in the list as well. Being a Sharepoint expert, he got to travel a lot I bet.

    Anyways Gold Coast Tech-Ed 2007 was great and I enjoyed it. Tech-Ed SEA 2007 looks interesting too so do share some words about it if any of you out there attending.

    Gold Coast Tech-Ed 2007

    Tech-Ed 2007 LogoHi, Sorry for long absent; blogger is currently attending Tech-Ed 2007 at Gold Coast Convention Center for a week from 6th to 10th Aug. She’ll be then visiting Sydney for 3 days and Adelaide for another 3 days. Blogger will be back on 18th Aug.

    Couldn’t blog long. Just dropping a line during session break. I’ll write about my Tech-Ed experiences very soon. At the moment, I’m at “Ask the Expert” session, and quickly posting this. I got one exam to sit tomorrow and couldn’t finish studying yet. Gotta cram tonight.

    Anyways gotta run. Will post about things properly later. Tar.

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  • Thoughts on Poem: Ngar

    Other day Ma N3 posted this poem “Ngar” and I’ve been thinking ever since. First I thought of writing a comment on her page and ask about it. But then what the hell, I haven’t post on my site for a while and wanna share the poem with my friends also so I decided to post the poem and my thoughts here.


    ငါ့ မွာလည္း ငါ ၊ သူ ့မွာ ငါႏွင့္
    ငါ့ ငါ သူ ့ငါ ၊ ေတြ ့ၾကခါ၀ယ္
    ငါ ႏွင့္ ငါ ခ်င္း ၊ ငါ စစ္ခင္းလ်က္
    ပူျပင္းလွ်ံရဲ ငါ ေပါက္ကြဲ၏ ။

    ငါ ဒုကၡေပး ၊ ငါ မေအး၍
    ငါ ေအးရေၾကာင္း ၊ ခြင့္ခါ ေခ်ာင္းလ်က္
    ငါေကာင္းကို ရွာ ၊ ငါဆိုး ခြာေသာ္
    ကြာေလသည္ သို ့၊ ျဖစ္သၿမိဳ ့လည္း
    ေခါင္းလွ်ိဳ ့ကိုယ့္ေခြ ၊ ပျခဳပ္ေဗြ၌
    ငန္းေျမြ မျခား ၊ ႏွဲသံ ၾကားလွ်င္
    ပါးပ်ဥ္း ေထာင္လ်က္ ငါသည္ထြက္၏ ။

    အို – ဖြားဖက္ ငါ ၊ အသင္ ငါႏွင့္
    ငါ မေလွ်ာ့တမ္း ၊ အားအင္ စမ္းအံ့ ။
    အစြမ္း သာသူ ၊ ပန္းဆြတ္ယူလိမ့္ ။
    ငါမူ ငါ့ကုိ ေအာင္မည္ေလာ။ ။
    ငါ့ကို ငါက ေအာင္မည္ေလာ။ ။

    မတ္လ၊ ၁၉၈၂။
    ရွဳမ၀ မဂၢဇင္းမွ

    It’s pretty good poem but I’m confused over the last two stanza.
    What I understand is:

    “Nga” = Me
    Ngar” = Ego or noun in general

    Most probably “Ngar” is your ego but for my own easy translation purpose, lets’ take it as someone, say “X”.
    So….when I translate, (or this is how I understand)

    The 1st line says:

    Will X gonna win over ME? (or) Will your Ego win over You?

    The 2nd line again says:

    Would ME gonna be beaten by X? (or) Will You get beaten by your own Ego?

    In both way, you loses. ie. ME loses, and both lines have the same meaning.

    Shouldn’t be like

    Will X gonna win over ME (Will your Ego win over You?) and
    Will ME gonna win over X? (Will You be able to beat your own Ego?)

    Ok now, how to write that in Burmese? Ngar Muu Nga Ko Aung Myi Law…
    Muu” is something like “Ka” rite? hmmm….

    I think I understand what this poem is trying to say. I’m just being an annoyingly picky person sometimes. May be my whole understanding of the poem is wrong. Sometimes meaning of the poems are so hard to figure out but I still enjoy reading those kinds and try to understand their hidden meaning.

    Translation of the poem is something like this. Actually I have no idea how to translate it properly. It’s not direct translation; I just made up some parts cos’ some are weird to translate.

    Ngar (Self or Ego)

    I have my Ego and you have yours,
    When our Egos meet,
    Both turn into a fight,
    With volcanic destruction, they clashes.

    Ego being the problem,
    Think of a chance/way to resolve it,
    Search for the goods, throw away the bads,
    Though you try to discard it,
    It will act as a sleeping cobra,
    A note from a flute could arouse,
    And turn him into a deadly weapon.

    Oh – Ego my buddy, shall we,
    Test our strength against will,
    May the best one win,
    Will you win over me?
    Will I be defeated by you?

    Min Thu Wun
    March 1982,
    Via: Shu Ma Wa Magazine.

    Note: Is “Ngan Mway” a Cobra? or a Viper? or a Krait? I always confused over those snakes but I know it’s definitely not a Swan, “Ngan“. Oh Yes, I’m absolute sure sure. ahee :D

    Strange Pants’ Wedding

    Last Saturday, we (my bro and I) were honored to attend our friends’ wedding at Trade-winds in Lami. It was the wedding of one of our ex-colleague and seniors, “Strange Pants“, and his beloved, the fun and cheerful Alisi. The occasion was held on the auspicious and memorable day – 7th July 2007 at 4pm. (07-07-07) Very easy to remember for anniversaries.

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    Promises and Vows
    When we arrived there late and, it was already started; we were about 45min late. We gave our gifts to the welcoming party, sign the guest sheets and quickly went in front to take a seat. Nobody was taking photos that time so I started to take some, shortly followed by some guests and friends photographers. There are some speeches and prayers in both English and Fijian languages. Bride and Groom exchanged Vows in both languages as well. Jachin had a hard time repeating the Fijian words but he managed to keep up and done quite well in the end. The guests applauded him for his effort. While exchanging Vows and rings, Alisi was crying, happy tears…oh just so cute!

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    Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding

    Greeting Guests
    The couple received lots of congratulations and blessings from the family, relatives and friends. They proceed to greet all the guests and went out to take some family photos. The session was halted for about 30 min to prepare for the next part.

    Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding

    Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding

    Fijian Ceremony
    Second session started with an exchange of gifts and formal greetings/welcoming in Fijian style. Both sides talked in Fijian. I think it’s something like bride’s family handing their daughter formally to the groom’s family and vice-versa. There is this thing called, “Tabua“, whale’s tooth which is used as a gift. I think it’s similar to olden days Burmese style engagement/wedding gifts where Burmese groom side has to give a set of cows and a set of coconut and bananas (Ok I’m not so sure. Different places have different way of giving gifts in asking for their bride’s hand) to the bride side. The more set of cows you give, the better for you. But nowadays, no more cows involved (may be coconut and banana are still used) and getting more materialistic, some bride’s side would ask for money or housing or jewels. Well don’t know properly cos’ I never get to see any close relative’s wedding yet. Same thing in Fijian society but instead of cows, they use this whale’s tooth. I think Jachin side offered quite a number of whale’s teeth during their engagement to Alisi family.

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    Honored Guests
    There were quite a lot of guests attended the wedding. Many came from various part of Fiji and some from abroad. Some special guests are introduced; some came all the way from Tonga and Groom’s relatives from Brisbane Australia. There was a Tongan style food preparations ie. whole pig roasting and plenty of seafood. I forgot to take photos of the food. The meal was splendid with many courses. About 3 or 4 fish dishes, pork, Indian curries, salads, Lobsters, crabs and Fijian dishes. There were lots of food and many people took second helpings. My bro and I enjoyed a big plate full each.

    Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding

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    There were three parts of entertainment. The first was a lovely song sang by one Fijian lady, the second was another song sing by Jachin’s younger brother (Jonathan or something) and his friend. I think they sang pretty well but there were some kids at the back screaming and playing and some people are not listening properly. I think the guy relized that too so he didn’t smile or say thank you towards the end of the song. But they did have some audiences, some girls came up in front to take a video. The last one was a dance performance by a young girl. I think she was one of the Bride’s maids too. It’s not a Fijian dance…Tongan?…not sure. The dance involves lots of hand movement and gestures with little head shakes and small footings. I like her costume and head part. She was very shy dancing in front everyone but she received lots of kisses from the audiences and some men danced along with her. It was overall a cute performance.

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    Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding

    Speeches were given by the fathers of both sides as well as the special speech by the Groom and the Bride. The speech by the bride’s father was quite amusing where he talked about how he remembered the newly son-in-law in their first meeting and their very first impression on Jachin when he was introduced to the family for the first time. I’ve finally found out the reason behind the disappearance of Jachin’s long hair and big beard from that speech. It was after all because of Alisi’s Dad’s ultimatum to cut his hair if Jachin wants to date the daughter. haha It must have been his family influence…I discovered those big beards run in the family. Check out his Dad and the brother. :P When I first met Jason, he got a big beard, mustaches and a whole lot of long curly hair. He was one of the guys to interview me for my job. I thought he was about 35+ or something because of his appearance. He did scare me a bit during interview compared to the 2nd interviewer, Ian, who looked quite well and keep scratching his head that time. Though Ian has a beard, he didn’t have a big hair like Jason so not that scary. hehe. I thought Jason looked like a grandson of Frank Einstein and I called him “Sir”. Later I found out that he actually was just a few years older than me and quite fun to work with once you get to know him. Apart from that, Jason’s Dad and the couple speeches are quite normal mostly thanking God and everyone. Jachin and Alisi said about 20 – 30 thank yous in their short speech. I think they didn’t prepare their speech properly. But it was fine.

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    Cutting Wedding Cake
    Finally they cut the wedding cake. The cake looked cool and I like the porcelain doll at the top. They both look great posing in those photos.

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    Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding

    Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding Jachin and Alisi Wedding

    One thing I noticed from the wedding was that there is no kissing involved after their exchange of Vows. It was absolutely PG rating. hehe The couple kisses outside while they are taking photos, just to pose. May be because the wedding was a mix styled, Fijian and Australian, some usual scenes are missing. Another thing is no throwing of flower bouquet from the Bride after the wedding…may be she did throw it before they left but I didn’t get to see cos’ we came back home early. Aww yah, I like the bouquet, it’s made out of “Tapa“. Alisi’s gown is also made of Tapa and is a beautifully crafted dress.

    Anyways the wedding was great and everyone enjoyed it. Around 8:30pm, we came back home. We wished the couple many happiness and many many many children in their near future. :D

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