The Anime Convention Lone Lone

Part The Anime Convention.

industrial water filtersLone, Pinky, and Russell did not go to the international food expo in Yangon to see the new whirling, ‘non stick’ Japanese rice cookers, or the cheddar cheese from the Australian food stand.

Located at the far end of the convention hall, aside from the rows of booths with ‘short skirted’ attendants seducing Burmese wallets with their bizarre array of industrial water filters, gourmet pasta sauces, and instant coffee brands, the cosplay show was the main attraction of the week long Japanese invasion. Fact, the Cosplay show was difficult to miss. Oh my god, here they come! They came to see the Cosplay Show. Remember, burmese teenager exclaim.

We followed his eyes to the stage, where three dolllike figurines, dressed head to toe as human interpretations of animated Japanese anime characters, began a choreographed dance to techno music. She seemed to know the most about the anime characters at the event, pinky was one girl in our group. They wore 3 foot colored hair extensions, metallic makeup, and prop swords that whirled around the stage with them. The Burmese youth rushed to the edge of the platform and started fist pumping like they’ve been at a Metallica concert. Her bubble gum dimples and dangling earrings matched with the exaggerated ‘peace signs’ she made in her poses. Others walked over from the rice cookers and stood against the wall with baffled curiosity. She kept running off to grab pictures with characters from her favorite shows.

industrial water filtersWe all took a gangnam style group photo in front of the convention center, and after that decided to retreat to the shade of a nearby tea house, where -being only our second day in Myanmar we were eager to ask our new Burmese friends about all the political changes we had been reading about in Western newspapers.

The question is. What will happen with Suu Kyi, is that the case? Notice that what do you think about Thein Sein? We pressed for an answer, after we heard them throw the clichéd term out a few more times. We were surprised. What did Lone, Pinky, and Russell mean when they kept referring to the changes happening in Myanmar? It certainly didn’t sound like the democratic revolution we were expecting.

It clicked. At least for this group of 20 years olds in Yangon, change wasn’t necessarily new ways of thinking, change was opportunity. While something to get excited about, Change was something new to see. On top of that, the first Cosplay shows. The first film festival. Needless to say, right after our tea, we were surprised to learn that the Burmese had not known ourselves before the attending the Cosplay show. Jason Mraz concert! For example, change meant a series of firsts. Just like us, they met at the event. That change was already affecting how they lived their lives.


While straddling its miniaturized plastic toddler seats and enjoying the endless tea thermos served at the table, when U Marnita approached us, we were sitting in one of Yangon’s outdoor cafes.

When the waitress saw him, she already had noodles and rice ready for him, He was a regular at our café. May I ask your nationality, right? Hello! That morning he was making his usual rounds to local restaurants to solicit food donations for his monastery. There’s more info about this stuff here. Marnita Monywa is a Buddhist monk, the traditional kind with redish robes and shaved head and paper fan to protect his scalp from the sun. Whenever placing her head to the ground, She poured them into his metallic bowl, and hereupon bowed towards him. Helping feed monks must be an auspicious practice in Myanmar.

We accepted in a second. Burma, we had halfjoked about how cool it will be to talk life with a Burmese monk. There was a really new, 5story dormitory being built on the edge of premises, future home to alternative reason, the monk was excited to practice his English with us. Were we about to learn a lot of other monks, most younger than 18, were gathered in different ‘cloth partitioned’ sections of the room, their living quarters.

Rooney’ is my English name. Manchester United poster was fashioned next to a bright, LED accented idol of Buddha. Normally, while pointing admiringly towards the star soccer player on the poster, Wayne Rooney U Marnita said. Marnita’s was in the far corner. It was nothing anyway like what we were expecting.

Around the poster, cluttered all over his desks, were English language instruction books with generic titles like Common English Phrases, How to learn English, English in 5 months. He giggled. He paused the film. What amazed us was just how he was doing it. Let me tell you something. He clicked open among the movies, and fast forwarded to a scene with Jennifer Love Hewitt rejecting some fireman with attitude. Just think for a moment. American movies. He was also a solitary person on his floor with a desktop computer, and plugged in an external harddrive where he had hundreds of illegally downloaded movies and songs. His hope is to master the language well enough he can become head monk and teach children at the monastery in his native home, Theit Sein Village in Northern Myanmar. Over the previous five years, U Marnita has made learning English a busy pursuit. Oh, I just love that line! Basically, while showing us his collection of pirated discs, including The Matrix Reloaded, Marnita said.

Marnita’s other pride was his diaries.

We continued spending the entire morning at the monastery with U Marnita, It was fascinating. Actually, the entries were impeccably penned, in handwriting much neater than ours, and were a candid and straightforward look into his usual life as simple as weather recordings and daily shopping lists, to his struggles to stop lusting for girls in his English class. Monk glanced at the wall clock and became apologetic, Oh, when it finally came time to leave. Now look. He had been writing in them any day since 2010, in English for practice.

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