Fifty Viss

a collection of thoughts and writings on Burma

A preface of sorts: examining alcohol consumption in Burma and beyond

My curiosity into this topic was first piqued when I saw an infographic on Facebook that ranked alcohol consumption among ASEAN countries: Burma was second to last, only rivaled by … Continue reading

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Bureaucratic bloat: Bigger is not better

The Thein Sein administration is planning to expand its ministerial portfolio, bringing that total up to 32 (a listing as of March 2014 can be found here). In late May, one of Thein Sein’s ministers, … Continue reading

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Part 4: Burmese personal names – Female names

This is the fourth in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names – [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

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Google Glass Diaries in Burma

I actually stumbled across a series of interesting short videos filmed in Burma using Google Glass, which captures their movements in first person view, through their own eyes. The ~ … Continue reading

13 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Palace intrigues: More than a Buddhist monastery dispute gone sour?

This post was updated on June 22, 2014 to reflect recent developments. A few evenings ago, a headline on BBC Burmese caught my eyes: “Santisukha monks disrobed, to be prosecuted” (သန္တိသုခ … Continue reading

15 June 2014 · 2 Comments

Part 3: Burmese personal names – Male names

This is the third in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names — [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

1 June 2014 · 8 Comments

Part 2: Burmese personal names – Miscellany

This is the 2nd in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names — [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

31 May 2014 · 9 Comments

Part 1: Burmese personal names – Introduction

This is the first in a 4 part installment on Burmese personal names – [1] Introduction | [2] Miscellany | [3] Male Names | [4] Female Names. Burmese personal names: … Continue reading

28 May 2014 · 2 Comments

Modern developments in spoken Burmese

Over the years, I’ve encountered and observed several phonological changes in spoken Burmese. It’s more easily discerned when you have a handle of the actual spelling of these words. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

25 May 2014 · 8 Comments

The state of Burmese Unicode

This past week, I switched over to a new Android phone, the much touted Google Nexus 5, a Google-branded smartphone bearing the latest version of the Android OS, version 4.4 … Continue reading

16 November 2013 · 3 Comments

A taste of what’s ahead?

The other day, I watched a fascinating documentary, No place like home, on Al Jazeera’s 101 East about Cambodia’s growing pains, as development speeds up, often at the expense of the … Continue reading

15 July 2012 · 1 Comment

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