Friday, 25 March 2011

My Initial Time in the UK

All but trees were showing their veins and bones in the panorama view without any of leaves as if they were shameless naked girls. Such leafless trees were taking place around the areas as far as my eyes could reach. They, however, owned the natural beauty of themselves with uniforms.  No flowers, no leaves, no sprouts, no fruits, nothing at all on the trees except clearly showing their skeleton branches. How was the UK weather like? It looked like a deep summer in the central part of Myanmar. The extreme coldness got rid of all the leaves on the trees here.

As soon as I arrived in the UK, what I was greeted is the bitterly cold winter. In addition to it, the sharp wind made me more chilled and uncomfortable as if life was not difficult enough here. Three of the staff from Myanmar embassy to the UK welcomed us at Heathrow Airport; one of them drove us to the so-called temple, Santisukhavihara, the semi-detached house not differing from other houses, thanks to the staff for their kindly assistance. The temple is situated in Hounslow alongside the Vicarage Farm Road. Surprisingly the temple was donated by only single man, Doctor Soe Lwin (with a bit participation of his nephews and nieces) almost two decades ago. I have been living at the temple since then.

One thing I was amazed is the ordinary road which is too narrow for the plenty of cars to run on. What the road gets even narrower is that many cars were parked alongside the road. Believe or not, besides the cars, many big buses (double-decker buses) run on the road days and nights. You know the narrower the road, the more dangerous they are. The M roads and A roads are, however, too good to be compared with the main roads in Myanmar.

Another thing I never expected before is that a wider range of people here are in a frugal lifestyle. In reality, there are thousands of old-fashioned houses such as semi-detached houses, terrace houses, detached houses and flats in the precinct of Hounslow. Either opulent houses or mansions are rarely seen around that area. It was quite difficult for me to get accustomed to living in a small room with one of my friends for some time.

Whosoever gets in the UK knows the funny proverb of three Ws--women, weather and work which are unpredictable. Yes, it is my sentiment exactly. It is too difficult to catch the real mind of a woman here rather than that the estimation for the quality of diamond and gold. Moreover, sunshine in the morning and raining in the afternoon is not in a single day. Cloudy, foggy, humid, smoky, glooming, shining and raining are alternate every moment. Furthermore, it is sure of difficulty to obtain a good job. A person walking in the darkness might find the correct way, but one looking for a good salary job is unthinkable.

All in all, I had no better choices to long for a convenient place rather than being stuck to the temple which is much better than several houses in which some Myanmar people are living. The cold weather, the three Ws, the narrow roads and the small room could, however, never stop my aims and objectives. I was running on my way to achieve what I aimed regardless of any discrepancy and difficulty. I was attending at a language center neither too far nor too near from the temple where I have been living. This is what I have experienced during my early days in the UK.


Saturday, 19 March 2011

သူေပးတဲ့ သင္ခန္းစာ

ေရႊပဇၨဳပၸန္ အညစ္လား
ငါတုိ႔မွာေတာ့ ခ်မ္းခ်မ္းတုန္ခဲ့ရၿပီ။

မုိးသုံးခါရြာခ့ဲတဲ့ အတိတ္က
ပစၥဳပၸန္ မုိးသဲသဲႀကီးကို
အနာဂတ္ ပုံအပ္လုိက္တာ

ငါတုိ႔ရဲ့ ပဥၥဂံစက္၀ုိင္းႀကီး
ျပတ္စ တစ္လႊာေၾကာင့္
ဘယ္သူ လာ ဖာေထးေတာ့မလဲ။

အဆုံးႏွင့္ အစ 
ဘ၀ အင္နာဂ်ီ ေလွာင္ကန္ကို ေက်ာပုိးၿပီး
ခရီးအရွည္ႀကီး ထြက္သြားလုိက္တာ
ငါတုိ႔က လုိက္ပုိ႔သူေတြေပါ့။

အတိတ္ကို ဥေပကၡာျပဳသြားတဲ့ သူငယ္ခ်င္းေရ
ပစၥဳပၸန္ အၿပဳံးေလးေတြကုိ
အနာဂတ္ထိ သယ္ေဆာင္သြားေပးပါ
အမုန္းမႈိင္းေတြ ထပ္မိမွာ စုိးလုိ႔။

***Picture from Google search.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

It was when it was

 The weather was neither too hot nor too cold. It was almost certainly a kind of fair weather. The sun in December in our native country typically and kindly produces pleasurable rays which could be bathed by animate beings as well as inanimate things.

The scenery view made us thrilled at twilight, but it was hard to say what sort of feeling we had in our mind at that time. My nephew packed my bags neatly which held plenty of stuff necessary for me. Packaging is what people normally do when they go to somewhere far away from their own home. I also had to go to a highly regarded country where I would stay for some time long enough. Though the luggage is small, due to skillful of packaging, the baggage weighed 26 kilograms (4 kilos lesser than allowance) plus hand-carry. The stuff is quite enough for me during my stay away from home.

Just handful of my close friends and some other devotes gathered  in my room to see me off. All including me were delighted exchanging pure smiles one another from the deepest heart. The moment was very pleasant. I wished it would never disappear from us.

Three cars—liteace, canter and corolla--- parking in the campus in front of my hostel was waiting for myself and one of my friends who also  had to go to the same place with me. When all had been ready we moved straightforward to the cars. All of which brought us and all of those who intended to see us off to the Mingalardon international airport. The director general (D.G) of promotion and propagation of Sasana under the Ministry of Religious Affairs was awaiting us at the airport. He encouraged us not to fall down whatever difficulty we meet in the new world and suggested the necessities.

We took lots of photos including group ones at the airport. Soon after that, me and my friend proceeded to the checkpoint in order to get us check in. All of them were left waving their hands, saying “Have a nice and save journey”, offering their lovely smiles and gazing at us in every step of our movement to the checkpoint. At that time I could not know myself whether I was feeling upset or glad on account of our immediate departure.

After we got checked in, we walked on the way to the departure lounge where we were waiting for the flight TG around about one and half hour. Those who saw us off might have gone back to their particular places. It was my appreciation of their concern.  At the lounge, I was thinking what would happen next since then. It was when I was about to leave for England for academic purposes in 20th of December, 2007.

***Picture from Google search.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Unforgettable: A funeral procession I took part in

The sun shining its last rays over the human planet sets gradually in the horizon. It is wonderful to see the colourful clouds in the evening sky. The flock of several species of birds flies back to their home for a night rest. The sounds of leaves clapping each other seem to be beautiful songs signing themselves. The breeze greets gently and kindly to my face. The fresh air makes my mind fresh. The world is amazing full of satisfactoriness at the moment. 

I usually take a walk with or without one of my friends some two miles away from our paradise of Burmese temple enjoying such a nicer evening. I believe that walking is one of the best body exercises. It is so relaxing. One day when I took a walk with my friend, U Tejaniya, alongside the A4 road, I saw a series of cars running on that road led by an escort car. How many cars in the long till? I counted “one, two, three…. fifteen and more”. Over twenty cars in which a quite many people were taking their seats in order to see off the last journey of the diseased were running on the road. I saw a coffin lying in the car second to the police vehicle. The car (hearse) carrying a coffin was decorated with flowers. All cars were moving to the same direction. Of course, it was to a cemetery. I realized that it was a funeral procession.

I never thought that I would take part in such an occasion a few days later from those views of funeral procession. One day,  one of my friends got a phone call from a lay-woman-devotee. She said she had a lady-friend who is a Christian, an ethnic of Kachin born in Burma and growing here in the UK.  She has been working at a company belonging to a Hong Kong family. One day, the grandma of that family expired. As they are Buddhist they wanted to carry out the funeral ceremony according to Buddhist custom. Therefore, the family requested the Christian lady to look for Buddhist monks. Then she contacted the lay-woman devotee who finally contacted us. 

We accepted the invitation from the Hong Kong family. Do not be confused. We are Burmese Buddhist monks. Three monks including me were brought to the family house by the Christian lady. It took about one and half hour to get there by a car. We had a lunch there in the house. Fortunately there was not a corps which has been keeping in a mortuary in the funeral service rather far from the house. If the corps was there, I could not eat the lunch since I am very sensitive and easy to be disgusted by the sight of it.

We chanted Parittas in the house before lunch. Having the lunch finished, we carried on our journey to the funeral service where the corps was being kept. The chanting process was also performed in front of the dead body in the funeral service more than one hour. When the time came, the corps was taken into a car (hearse) and all of us also took place in the particular cars. There were some ten cars which saw off the grandma of them. The series of cars partook in the funeral procession was as seen by me while walking alongside the A4 road with my friend, U Tejaniya a few days ago.

We arrived at a funeral parlour in the cemetery where the corps was put for a while. We also chanted in the parlour facing directly to the corps. When the function was complete, the coffin was carried by four funeral men systematically and harmoniously to the pit to be buried. We also followed suit. As they liked us chanting all the times, we were chanting on and on and on standing nearby the burial. While we were doing chanting, some of them were burning the pieces of papers praying for the late grandma and some were starting burying the corps with plenty of earth-lumps. 

Only after all process was complete we left the cemetery together with the bereaved family and headed to a hotel for a tea. And then we, separated each other, brought back to our temple by the Christian lady. She is very kind, friendly and lovely to us in spite of different religion belonging to.

We got back to our temple in the late evening. To say the truth, we spent the whole day for that funeral event. Therefore, we got totally exhausted but much pleased ourselves with it because we acquired, at least, a new experience in a new country with different family. All it happened one and half month ago yet unforgettable throughout my life.

. ***Picture from Google search.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

တစ္ႏုိင္ တစ္ပုိင္ အတၱ

 မ်က္လုံးေတြ အမ်ားအျပား  ၾကားထဲမွာ ေနထုိင္ရတဲ့အတြက္ အသက္ရွဴရ ၾကပ္ေစတယ္။ နားေတြရဲ့ နံရံေပါက္ေတြက ေၾကာက္စိတ္ကုိ ပုိတုိးေစတယ္။ ပါးစပ္ေတြရဲ့ အခ်က္အလက္မွား ယုိဖိတ္မႈေတြက ထိတ္လန္႔မႈကို ပုိျဖစ္ေစတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ဒီ မ်က္လုံး ဒီနား ဒီပါးစပ္ေတြကို ဘယ္သူမွ ေရွာင္လုိ႔ မလြတ္ႏိုင္ၾကဘူး။ အဲဒါကိုဘဲ ေလာကလုိ႔ ေခၚေလေရာ့သလား။ ေလာကမွာ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ေတြရွိတယ္။ ေလာကမွာ မျမင္ႏုိင္တဲ့ ျမင္ကြင္းေတြ ရွိတယ္။ မၾကားႏုိင္တဲ့ သံစဥ္ေတြ ရွိတယ္။ အနံ႔မရႏုိင္တဲ့ ရနံ႔ေတြ ရွိတယ္။ ျမည္းစမ္းမရႏုိင္တဲ့ အစားအစာေတြ ရွိတယ္။ မေတြ႔ထိေကာင္းတဲ့ အေတြ႔အထိေတြ ရွိတယ္။ မႀကံစည္ႏုိင္တဲ့ အေတြးအျမင္ေတြရွိတယ္။ အဲဒီ အာရုံေတြရဲ့ ညွိဳ႔ယူမႈေတြက  အတၱကုိဘဲ ျမိျမိထက္ေအာင္ ေသြးေနတတ္ၾကတယ္။ အတၱၿမိၿမိထက္ေလ ပကတိ ျမင္အား ယုတ္ေလ်ာ့ေလ ဆုိတာကုိေတာ့ အတၱပိုင္ရွင္ ကုိယ္တုိင္ မသိျမင္ႏုိင္ၾကရွာဘူး။

လူတုိင္းက ကုိယ့္အတၱဘဲ ကိုယ္ၾကည့္ၾကေတာ့ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္ကုိ အမွန္အတုိင္း မျမင္ႏုိင္ေတာ့ဘူးေပါ့။ အတၱက အမွန္တရားေတြကုိ ဖုံးလႊမ္းထားတယ္။ ငါေျပာတာမွ အဟုတ္၊ သူေျပာတာ အမွား၊ ငါ လုပ္တာက အမွန္၊ သူလုပ္တာက အမွား။ အဲဒီလို မညီမွ်တဲ့ အေတြးေလးေတြကို အတၱက တြန္းထုတ္ေပးတတ္တယ္။ အဲဒီ အတၱရဲ့ တြန္းထုတ္အားေတြေၾကာင့္ ပတ္၀န္းက်င္တစ္ခုလုံး နစ္နာရတယ္။ အခ်င္းခ်င္း မသင့္မျမတ္ ျဖစ္ရတယ္။ ယုတ္စြအဆုံး အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြမွာ အက္ကြဲရာေတြ ထင္လာတတ္တယ္။ အတၱ လြန္ကဲ ျပင္းထန္လာရင္ ကုိယ့္အတၱကုိ ကုိယ္ မႏုိင္ေတာ့ဘဲ ျဖစ္တတ္ပါတယ္။ ကုိယ့္အတၱ ကိုယ္မသယ္ေဆာင္ႏုိင္ေတာ့ရင္ အတၱပိၿပီး အတၱသမားကိုယ္တုိင္ အတၱရဲ့ ဒဏ္ခတ္ျခင္းကို ခံရတတ္တယ္။

မလုိလားအပ္တဲ့ အတၱေတြ လုိလားအပ္တဲ့ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းထဲ ၀င္ေရာက္လာၿပီဆုိရင္ ကုိယ္ပုိင္အတၱေတြမွာလဲ ဒဏ္ရာကိုယ္စီရတတ္ၾကပါတယ္။ အဖြဲ႔အစည္းမွာလဲ အကြဲကြဲ အျပားျပား ျဖစ္သြားတတ္ပါတယ္။ ဒီေလာက္ဆုိး၀ါးတဲ့ အတြက္ေၾကာင့္လဲ ဘုရားရွင္က အတၱ၀ါဒကုိ ေတာ္လွန္ခဲ့တာ ျဖစ္ႏုိင္တယ္။ ဒါေပမဲ့လဲ ပုထုဇဥ္မွန္သမွ်ေတာ့ အတၱဥခြံထဲမွာ ေျခကုတ္ယူထားၾကတဲ့ သူေတြ ခ်ည္းပါဘဲ။

အတၱဆုိတ့ဲ စကားလုံးက လူေတြရဲ့ ဘ၀ကုိ ေျပာင္းလြဲပစ္ေစႏုိင္တယ္။ လမ္းမွားကို ပို႔ေစႏိုင္တယ္။ မမွန္စကားကို ဆုိေစႏိုင္တယ္။ ကုန္ကုန္ေျပာရရင္ အရာအားလုံးကုိ ေျပာင္းျပန္ျဖစ္ေစႏုိင္တယ္။  အတၱရဲ့ ဒီဂရီ ႀကီးမားလာေလ ေလာကႀကီး တစ္ခုလုံး ဒုကၡေရာက္ေလပါဘဲ။ ဒါျဖင့္ အတၱကုိ လူတုိင္း ကင္းႏုိင္ၾကရဲ့လား။ လုံး၀ မျဖစ္ႏုိင္ပါဘူး။ ဒါေပမဲ့ အတၱကို ေလ်ာ့ခ်လုိ႔ေတာ့ ရႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ ဘယ္လုိနည္းနဲ႔ ေလ်ာ့ခ်ပစ္မလဲ။ စာနာနားလည္ေပးျခင္းနဲ႔ ေလ်ာ့ခ်ရမွာေပါ့။ ဘယ္လုိ စာနာ နားလည္ေပးမလဲ။ လြယ္လြယ္ေလးပါဘဲ။ မိမိရဲ့ အတၱႏွင့္ အျခားသူရဲ့ အတၱကို ေနရာခ်င္း လဲၾကည့္လုိက္ရုံပါဘဲ။ 

သူ႔အတၱက ကုိယ့္ဆီေရာက္ ကုိယ့္အတၱက သူ႔ဆီေရာက္ အဲဒီလုိေလး ေနၾကည့္လုိက္ရင္ နားလည္မႈေလးေတြ ရွိလာႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ ကုိယ့္အတၱရဲ့ ေတာင္းဆုိမႈ သူ႔အတၱရဲ့ လုိခ်င္မႈေတြကို ခ်ိန္ထုိးၾကည့္ၿပီး အတၱခ်င္း တူညီမႈ ညီမွ်ျခင္းေတြ ခ်ရပါမယ္။ ဥပမာ သြားကုိက္ သြားနာ ျဖစ္ဖူးတဲ့ သူဟာ အျခားသူ သြားကိုက္ သြားနာ ျဖစ္ေနတာကို ေတြ႔ျမင္ရတဲ့အခါ ကုိယ္ခ်င္းစာနာၿပီး သူလဲ ငါ သြားနာေနတုန္းကလုိ အရမ္း နာေနရွာမွာဘဲ ဆုိတဲ့ နားလည္စာနာ ေပးႏုိင္တဲ့ စိတ္ကေလး ျဖစ္ေပၚလာသလုိေပါ့။ ကုိယ့္မွာ ရွိတဲ့ အတၱကို ၾကည့္ၿပီး သူ႔မွာ ရွိတဲ့ အတၱကို နားလည္ေပးႏုိင္လာပါမယ္။ အဲဒီလုိ နားလည္ေပးလုိက္ရင္ အတၱရဲ့ ဒီဂရီကို အတုိင္းအတာ တစ္ခုအထိ ေလ်ာ့ခ်ပစ္လုိ႔ ရႏုိင္ပါတယ္။

ဒါေၾကာင့္ ဒီလုိေလး ေျပာခ်င္ပါတယ္။ အတၱရွိပါ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ တစ္ႏုိင္တစ္ပုိင္အတၱဘဲ ျဖစ္ပါေစလုိ႔။ 

.***Picture from Google search.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Useful for myself (8)

ဒါေလးေတြလဲ မွတ္ထားသင့္တယ္။
single-word verb
direct your eyes in a certain direction
You must look before you leap.
multi-word verbs
prepositional verbs
look after
take care of
Who is looking after the baby?
phrasal verbs
look up
search for and find information in a reference book
You can look up my number in the telephone directory.
phrasal-prepositional verbs
look forward to
anticipate with pleasure
I look forward to meeting you.

phrasal verbs

direct object
intransitive phrasal verbs
get up
rise from bed
I don't like to get up.

break down
cease to function
He was late because his car broke down.

transitive phrasal verbs
put off
We will have to put off
the meeting.
turn down
They turned down
my offer.

transitive phrasal verbs are

my offer.
my offer

direct object pronouns must go between the two parts of transitive phrasal verbs

the radio.
These are all possible.
the radio



This is not possible.
prepositional verbs

direct object
believe in
have faith in the existence of
I believe in
look after
take care of
He is looking after
the dog.
talk about
Did you talk about
wait for
John is waiting for

prepositional verbs are inseparable
Who is looking after the baby?
This is possible.
Who is looking the baby after?
This is not possible.

phrasal-prepositional verbs

direct object
get on with
have a friendly relationship with
He doesn't get on with
his wife.
put up with
I won't put up with
your attitude.
look forward to
anticipate with pleasure
I look forward to
seeing you.
run out of
use up, exhaust
We have run out of

phrasal-prepositional verbs are
ran out of
ran out of

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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Useful for myself (7)

Common Phrasal Verbs (R -W)
run into someone/something
meet unexpectedly
I ran into an old school-friend at the mall.
run over someone/something
drive a vehicle over a person or thing
I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway.
run over/through something
rehearse, review
Let's run over/through these lines one more time before the show.
run away
leave unexpectedly, escape
The child ran away from home and has been missing for three days.
run out
have none left
We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash my hair with soap.
send something back
return (usually by mail)
My letter got sent back to me because I used the wrong stamp.
set something up
arrange, organize
Our boss set a meeting up with the president of the company.
set someone up
trick, trap
The police set up the car thief by using a hidden camera.
shop around
compare prices
I want to shop around a little before I decide on these boots.
show off
act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully)
He always shows off on his skateboard
sleep over
stay somewhere for the night (informal)
You should sleep over tonight if the weather is too bad to drive home.
sort something out
organize, resolve a problem
We need to sort the bills out before the first of the month.
stick to something
continue doing something, limit yourself to one particular thing
You will lose weight if you stick to the diet.
switch something off
stop the energy flow, turn off
The light's too bright. Could you switch it off.
switch something on
start the energy flow, turn on
We heard the news as soon as we switched on the car radio.
take after someone
resemble a family member
I take after my mother. We are both impatient.
take something apart
purposely break into pieces
He took the car brakes apart and found the problem.
take something back
return an item
I have to take our new TV back because it doesn't work.
take off
start to fly
My plane takes off in five minutes.
take something off
remove something (usually clothing)
Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!
take something out
remove from a place or thing
Can you take the garbage out to the street for me?
take someone out
pay for someone to go somewhere with you
My grandparents took us out for dinner and a movie.
tear something up
rip into pieces
I tore up my ex-boyfriend's letters and gave them back to him.
think back
remember (often + to, sometimes + on)
When I think back on my youth, I wish I had studied harder.
think something over
I'll have to think this job offer over before I make my final decision.
throw something away
dispose of
We threw our old furniture away when we won the lottery.
turn something down
decrease the volume or strength (heat, light etc)
Please turn the TV down while the guests are here.
turn something down
I turned the job down because I don't want to move.
turn something off
stop the energy flow, switch off
Your mother wants you to turn the TV off and come for dinner.
turn something on
start the energy, switch on
It's too dark in here. Let's turn some lights on.
turn something up
increase the volume or strength (heat, light etc)
Can you turn the music up? This is my favourite song.
turn up
appear suddenly
Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the neighbourhood.
try something on
sample clothing
I'm going to try these jeans on, but I don't think they will fit.
try something out
I am going to try this new brand of detergent out.
use something up
finish the supply
The kids used all of the toothpaste up so we need to buy some more.
wake up
stop sleeping
We have to wake up early for work on Monday.
warm someone/something up
increase the temperature
You can warm your feet up in front of the fireplace.
warm up
prepare body for exercise
I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I go for a run.
wear off
fade away
Most of my make-up wore off before I got to the party.
work out
I work out at the gym three times a week.
work out
be successful
Our plan worked out fine.
work something out
make a calculation
We have to work out the total cost before we buy the house.

 N.B.. All are completely copied from thanks to the Team of English Club.