November 30, 2015

Blog about my dog and crochet

Hello again!
Here are some posts about our dogs: Wolverine (ours) & Blacky, Betty, Billy (my parents'). We plan to adopt more dogs! Stay tuned.

About the dogs: http://cubbera.com/pets.html

This is Blacky:

This is Blacky, Betty, and Billy:

This is puppy Wolverine:

This is Wolverine now:

This is a video of Blacky opening his cage:


Posts regarding crochet: http://cubbera.com/crafts.html



***
We created website http://www.bamalearnburmese.com/ to learn Burmese from 0. It will include basic Burmese Script, audio, exercise, common phrases, mini dictionary, flash card app (click HERE to download the free offline Android app) and other mobile apps (coming soon). We will add new content and audio, so stay tuned!
Please send feedback / just say hi: hello@bamalearnburmese.com.

KR,
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August 03, 2015

Peperoni Pizzeria, Yangon

Hello!
This is one of my favorites.
Last week I ate the exact same pizza 3x (different days)!

Located in Union Business Center (UBC) 
Annex B, Nat Mauk Road, Bo Cho Quarter Bahan Township,
Yangon, Burma.
Telephone(+95) 0930258399.
Opening Hours Mondays to Sundays: 12pm to 3pm | 6pm to 10pm
(I think this is not up to date).
Public Holidays Closed on certain holidays. Please call to enquire.

(Info from official website)

After one of my favorite restaurants' chef and management changed (so did the menu, taste, and price) -- I was worried that this one was gonna face the same fate!
Due to the often heavy rain and traffic jam, the restaurant is not as packed as before.

I recommend you to try the Quattro Formmagi and Suprema. Extra topping bacon and pepperoni.
Add chili and more parmesan perfect the taste (at least for me).

Quattro Formmagi with extra topping bacon and pepperoni
If you order large, you can get 2 flavours on a pan:



The restaurant has pretty big room: indoor (+3 private rooms) and some tables outside where you can smoke.
It has good bar and various snack and drinks, plus good price for happy hours (6pm to 8pm).
The service is great. The place is clean.
But so far the wifi is not working.
Price is fair. It was about 25$ for 2 9" pizza with extra toppings and coke with a lot of ice.

Visit its website http://www.peperoni.com.mm/. It has more details and downloadable menu (but I think the menu is not up to date).

Cheers!

July 28, 2015

Updated lessons on bamalearnburmese.com

Hello Everyone,
I was writing some simple Burmese lessons on website (inspired by Burmese by Ear John Okell).
I have updated the lessons on http://www.bamalearnburmese.com/bama_class/bama_startlesson.html.
Let me know if you have any feedback, i will really appreciate any of them!

A flash card mobile app is coming soon.
For BAMA Learn Burmese, I am currently looking for Burmese speaker who is willing to record his/her voice for BAMA website and mobile app. Please email me at hello@bamalearnburmese.com.


***
We created website http://www.bamalearnburmese.com/ to learn Burmese from 0. It will include basic Burmese Script, audio, exercise, common phrases, mini dictionary, flash card app (click HERE to download the free offline Android app) and other mobile apps (coming soon). We will add new content and audio, so stay tuned!
Please send feedback / just say hi: hello@bamalearnburmese.com.

KR,
+liveinrangoon
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bamalearnburmese.com
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June 11, 2015

Looking for Web and Android developer

Looking for humble and experienced Web and Android developer (potentially also iOS developer) to develop Learn Burmese mobile app. The mobile app will be free and no ads; would be perfect if the developer is looking for experience (I will put his/her email in the app as the app developer). Preferably local Burmese, but anyone interested please email me at liveinrangoon@gmail.com. Thanks!

May 24, 2015

May 15, 2015

Cheat Sheet for Burmese Script (a copy from BBE)

I am learning Burmese script and put together the summary in one page. The idea is to have something on my phone that i can always check any time.
Here is a jpg file that you can download to your phone.
Again, it is from John Okell Burmese by Ear (BBE).

Summary
Syllable = head + rhyme.

Head can be:
“initial consonant” or
“medial consonant”.

Rhyme can be:
“attached vowel symbol” or
“a consonant with 'killer' symbol at top (look like a c)” or
“combination of an attached vowel symbol and a final consonant”.
Vowel UPDATED* 20150521
Cheat Sheet for Burmese Script

Learn Burmese Series

Introduction: Learning Burmese and Learning Burmese by Ear
Chapter 1

Extra

BAMALearnBurmese
Cheat Sheet for Burmese Script
Writing Burmese Script on Mac Computers
Writing Burmese Script on Windows Computers
How to Get Pinyin Mark on Mac


***
We created website http://www.bamalearnburmese.com/ to learn Burmese from 0. It will include basic Burmese Script, audio, exercise, common phrases, mini dictionary, flash card app (click HERE to download the free offline Android app) and other mobile apps (coming soon). We will add new content and audio, so stay tuned!
Please send feedback / just say hi: hello@bamalearnburmese.com.

KR,
+liveinrangoon
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bamalearnburmese.com
cubbera.com

Dota 2 The International 2015

  • TI 2014 prize pool was $11 million prize
  • TI 2014 winner Team Newbee collecting a $5 million prize
  • "25% of all Compendium sales go to The International overall prize pool" means total sales of 2014 compendium was over $40 million
  • TI 2015 expected to raise more than $15 million in prizes
http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/13/8597121/dota-2-professional-gaming-tournaments-the-international


I just check the current prize pool is $8,651,184 (21 May 2015), quite a long way to go. People, please keep buying the compendium!

It is always interesting for me to spend the weekend with this 'ritual': open laptop, download the big update, lazily scrolling down through the update list. Watch the live game - read the chat! a lot of spectators will start complain about the update, some will call the player "Noob", another will call the other spectator "Noob" - "Let's "by 1"", or start retyping the 'typo' of another spectator in capitals. I mean, it is fun to see -- they don't know each other, sometimes they don't even know what they are talking about, but they look so sincere and intense! Such a community! And! I am having fun spending hours watching & reading it. Anyway, I can only play after 7pm, so once it is 7pm, puff -- just start the other ritual of "losing the game".It is just amazing that no matter how hard I try, there is always someone screw it -- afk, not buying the right item, being too money oriented, being too nub, in my team! Forget finding Rank Match - never go in there anymore!

OK, enough for my-Noob-class story -- really waiting for The International pro tournament! I wish I could go to US and watch it LIVE. I guess I'll just put that in my bucket list now. Have fun good luck for TI participants and all of us commoners!

KR,

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April 07, 2015

Learn Burmese Chapter 1

First of all, I have to admit that I don't think I have 'talent' and 'passion' in learning other language, I am trying, but I know I don't try hard enough. Learning language requires good memory to memorize all the new words, which is incredibly hard for me.

Anyway, I will post what I am learning: which basically moving in what I read from: John Okell Burmese by Ear (BBE), Seasite.niu.edu (SEA), and Burmese phrasebooks by lonely planet 4th ed (BPB). Please check and download them before we continue.
I will use my own word, please excuse if it is not semantically correct; I will put the source's wording in brackets.

1.1 Introduction


Burmese has its own script, pronunciation (with tones), combination of script will create word/phrase with its own meaning, and grammar. I am trying to focus on learning spoken Burmese, but then I think I will also try to learn how to read the script.
My earlier posts on Learning Burmese and Learning Burmese by Ear.
"The Burmese alphabet consists of 33 consonants and 18 symbols which can be attached to the consonants. The attached symbols represent vowels, medial consonants, tones or other features. There are in addition 8 “free-standing characters”. The consonants and the attached symbols are combined to form syllables, and syllables are combined to form words and sentences." (BBE).
Unlike 'simple' A-Z alphabets, and unlike the Chinese character that each has unique meaning; Burmese a bit complex (at least for me). The combination of Burmese 'alphabet' might result on 'unpredictable' spelling. The 'tones' symbol, however, is pretty straight forward.


1.2 Syllable


There is formula to create a syllable: Head + Rhyme.
  • Head may be (1) an initial consonant or (2) an initial consonant combined with second consonant (medial consonant).
  • Rhyme may be (1) an attached vowel, (2) a final consonant (with killer symbol ်), or (3) combination of an attached vowel symbol and a final consonant.
ဗ မာ [bǎma] (word) = ဗ [b] (head -- initial consonant) + မာ [ma] (syllable consists of head ဗ and rhyme attached vowel ာ).
Check BBE Appendix 2 & SEA to see the details.

1.2.1 Head: 33 initial consonants (BBE)


1.2.2 Head: 4 medial consonants (BBE)


1.2.3 Rhyme: attached vowel symbols & tone marking (BBE)
1. ာ is modified to ါ when paired with certain consonant.
2. ု ူ are modified to the elongated form when there is no room, example ချုပ် .
1.2.4 Rhyme: final consonants (BBE)
1.2.5 Rhyme: combinations of vowel symbol and final consonant (BBE)



1.3 Exercise


Here comes the fun part: trying to spell the script! It's like puzzle.
1. ပူ တယ်
2. စား တယ်
3. ကျေး ဇူး နော်။


Answer
  1. pu-deh (hot).
    p (1.2.1) + u (1.2.3). t (1.2.1) + eh (1.2.3).
  2. sà-deh (to eat).
    s (1.2.1) + a high tone (1.2.3). t (1.2.1) + eh (1.2.3).
  3. cè-zù naw (thanks).
    k (က 1.2.1) + y (ျ 1.2.2) + e high tone (ေ: 1.2.3) become cè. z (1.2.1) + u high tone (1.2.3). n (1.2.1) + aw (1.2.3). 
We will discuss tones & voicing in the next chapter.


*I summarize what I learn in this website: http://www.bamalearnburmese.com/. Hope it is helpful.


Last update: Jul 3, 2015
* = New



Learn Burmese Series

Introduction: Learning Burmese and Learning Burmese by Ear
Chapter 1

Extra

BAMALearnBurmese
Cheat Sheet for Burmese Script
Writing Burmese Script on Mac Computers
Writing Burmese Script on Windows Computers
How to Get Pinyin Mark on Mac


***
We created website http://www.bamalearnburmese.com/ to learn Burmese from 0. It will include basic Burmese Script, audio, exercise, common phrases, mini dictionary, flash card app (click HERE to download the free offline Android app) and other mobile apps (coming soon). We will add new content and audio, so stay tuned!
Please send feedback / just say hi: hello@bamalearnburmese.com.

KR,
+liveinrangoon
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bamalearnburmese.com
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