Another scene was shot in the ballroom on the second floor where theatres and cinema like rooms are in rows. I had to take off white over coat and glasses because I had to take the role of a Japanese who was not like others. About 50 or 60 supporting actors were sitting. And the two seats beside me were not occupied. The most famous actress Eindra Kyaw Zin and Dwe took these seats and Nanda Hlaing, beautiful actress, took the seat opposite me. The scene in which Nanda Hlaing noticed Dwe, went to him and spoke to him was shot for three times including rehearsals. The two channels will telecast the movie in two parts on 14 and 15 of September. No need to say the two actresses were very beautiful. I look forward to the dat to telecast the movie.
The other day, a special TV movie was shot at the Traders Hotel. The director was Zin Yaw Maung Maung. The shooting was in Tategoto restaurant. The setting of the scene seemed to be prepared like a place in Japan. Being said that a supporting Japanese actor was needed, I who want to join every function went to the hotel although I had a cold. Dwe who acted as the manager of the restaurant asked in Japanese "Is this food delicious?". The three Japanese men who were having lunch had just to answer "it is delicious." Dwe's voice was very sweet and he watched his action on the monitor again and again.
This is the tuna fish caught in Dawei. It weighs 28 kg and it costs 1,400 Kyats each.
This is Dawei Beach (Maungmagan) located at Admen Sea. It is 30 minute's drive from Dawei. There seemed to be a hotel in the town. But there is no hotel there anymore. The sea and the beach are very beautiful. If one takes a stroll on the beach, he or she can hear sweet sound.
Shwe Mann cinema is located at Myaynigon ten minutes' drive from downtown. It is also an old one and under renovation.
|Shwe Mann Cinema
Shwe Gon cinema is located next to Myoma cinema near Panorama Hotel. This is also an old one. Especially, Indian movies are on here.
|Shwe Gon Cinema
Thwin Cinema is located next to Hsuhtupan. Pillars near the entrance were repaired. Other parts are left as they are. Tickets seem to be cheap compare to other cinemas. On the street where it is located, there are teashops where people from movie world frequent.
There are about five cinemas near Sakura tower. On the left of 36th street Myoma Cinema is located and on the right Hsuhtupan Cinema on Bogyoke Aung San Road. Both were recently renovated. Offices of movie production are also located near here. Commercial of Myoma Cinema appeared on TV.
"Papa Tarahumara" grand cultural Dance performance sponcerd by embassy of Japan and Japan Foundation was held at Traders Hotel, Yangon on 18 August. It was the first of its kind performance in Myanmar. And it was excellent and successful.
Recently, Waso robe offering ceremonies were held in Yangon. Waso is one of Myanmar lunar months. It is from mid July to mid August. Thingan is the robe worn by Buddhist monks. In this month, robes, foods and cash are donated to the monks.
This is a topic of the rainy season. If the rain is heavy about 30 inch rain fall, there are many places on the road which become like a river like the place in the photo. Drains are cleaned at once. But in vain; If you go across this place, you can feel like going by boat in water. After crossing the place, your car will break down.
When I drove across Kandawgyi Lake, I saw a boat going. I took a photograph of it for it was very strange after stopping my car. In the morning, you can see people taking a stroll, jogging and taking physical exercise. In the evening and afternoon, you can see couples.
You can see small road-side-shops which sell text of popular songs in small books if you take a walk in Tamway Township. I bought three books- one of Zaw Paing, one of Sai Hti Saing who I introduced the other day and on of Mar Mar Aye who was famous in the past. It cost me 45 Kyats altogether.
The raining season is still going on. It seems to rain a lot to compare to previous years. Telephones are often out of order when the rainy season comer. I saw workers fixing phone lines opening a phone box. It may be because phones from somewhere could not be used. The telephone from my house is still out of order.
When we say Suntory it means a Japanese company which is famous for whisky. The name of hair drier that a Myanmar friend of mine uses is Santory. It is made in China. There are goods which are given Japanese manes in Myanmar. There are also many goods that a Japanese man would think them strange.
Padeingo Pan (Goldsmiths have to cry for mot being able to imitate that flower)
It is a clean, beautiful flower which comes into season at the moment. It is a strange flower. Its stem faces downward in the middle. To have a close look at it, it looks like light pink Hanabusa flower because history and name of it are very beautiful. Female performers of Myanmar traditional dance show were it in a TV programme broadcast recently.
It is famous vocalist Sai Hti Saing who my friend himself called Sadamasashi, Japanese famous signer song writer, of Myanmar. He performed as a guest singer at a shop by the name of Day & Night restaurant. He was taking a rest with the manager and other singers before his performance. The place is at the side of beer hall which is like a stage. On that day the hall was full of audience. Love songs were sung. Some middle age women came to the place where men usually frequent.
This topic is in vogue in magazines in Myanmar. In Zay Gyut(Market) magazine, the article about Prime Minister Koizumi of Japan was introduced for about three pages. It also said that he is very popular among the people and there are a lot of women ministers. Foreign Minister Tanaka makiko is introduced in detail. Asian women leader's like Pakistan's Ms. Buto, Philippine's President Arroyo, new president of Indonesia Megawate inherited their fathers' divinity in politics.
The book came out under the advice of Tin Moe Lwin, the leader of present fashion world of Myanmar. It is translation of a book by Lowri Turner. It contains clear and skilful explanation of fashion which are in accordance with casual, sporty, dress up business and etd. 450 Kyats per copy.
When the rainy season comes, high schools are opened in June. The results of the matriculation examination held in March 2001 were announced on 29 July. Pass rate was much more than previous years.
The trial run of Myanma Radio and Television English Programme (MRTV 3) telecast for foreign countries will go on air as of 4 August. The programme will be broadcast three times 1:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m on local time.
With the assistance of Japanese government, underground water pipelines are being laid in Yangon, Mandalay and etc under the arrangement of JICA, in cooperation with MCDC and YCDC.
Djenkol beans well when the rainy season comes. It is one of vegetables. It can be eaten as raw vegetable. It can also be cooked. The fruit gives off bad odor. But, it seems to be an appetizer for Myanmar.
by Ma Khine Khine Aye & Kimura Kenichi