Monday, December 15, 2014

audio version of GRR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)

This--below--seems to be a new audio edition of GRRMartin's Song of Ice and Fire--from the sample, very well read--

as I remember, the first book, The Game of Thrones did not start with this "historical" exposition.

I think I prefer the original opening.

Anyway, good for the eye-challenged--over 21 hours for 42 dollars.

I have read it already, so--

Thursday, December 11, 2014

High jinks on the high seas--

High jinks on the high seas--

I really liked this movie Master and Commander--

especially the opening scene (Russel Crowe)
and the book on which it is based.

But it is the only book by Patrick O'Brien which I read--I think I read it sitting in a chair in the bookstore called Olsens in Bethesda MD which went out of business around 2004.

A pity, got very nice CDs too at Olsens various locations for my radio programs.


Introduction to my book Remembered Recipes--by Kyi May Kaung

Introduction to Remembered Recipes--by Kyi May Kaung--

When I first reconnected with my favorite Aunty A after a gap of about a dozen years in upstate New York, she came out on the front driveway of her son, my cousin Mongoose's house.

She was really happy and the first thing she said as I got out of the car was "You look so like old U Kaung,"  (my father).

I was at the age when he died, in his early 50s, and wearing the round black-rimmed style of glasses he used to have.

"You are exactly like him in your interests too."

"And your mother, does she still recycle leftovers?"

Aunty forgot I had not seen my mother for the same length of time also.

I promise, in this book, there won't be too much recycling of leftovers.

As my maternal grandparents were tai pan in Moulmein, over the years, Uncle and Aunty and I had many food memories in common, Uncle and I once in a duck-deboning contest which Uncle won hands down.

He and I also tried to reconstruct a Chinese pastry with see jone and yay jone--dough made with oil and dough made with water, but we were not successful as Uncle did not remember the proportions from his childhood.  And we had no cookbook/s to consult.

Now I have a Chinese dim sum cookbook and many other cookbooks.

Some of the food memories were mixed in with the economic situation and the stress of family fights, usually me fighting with mother, husband, etc.

Some are mixed in with sneers from the former in laws--

But I believe people who fight, or fight back, which is more true in my case, have a legitimate reason for doing so.

I have never been in a fight that I instigated myself.

I NEVER instigate fights.

I am a peaceful person who wants peace and quiet and time to think.

In this book, family recipes, remembered and reconstructed, will be combined with memories going back to as far as pre-World War II in Burma.

How did I know?

Well, when we meet, and this also includes family friends, we not only cook and eat, we also tell stories, and this oral tradition has been going on a long time.

So here, for your entertainment, with imprecise recipes, are some of those happy and not so happy times and foods.


Copyright KMKaung

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Quote of the day--from Intimations of Immortality--

Quote of the day--from William Wordsworth--Intimations of Immortality--

    Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
    The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting,
    And cometh from afar:
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
    But trailing clouds of glory do we come
    From God, who is our home:
    Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
    Shades of the prison-house begin to close
    Upon the growing Boy,
    But He beholds the light, and whence it flows,
    He sees it in his joy;

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Excerpt--from my novel--Shee-Monkey goes West.

And so one day, day by day, gurus left cloud walking West.  Some went East and North and South; most of all they all went OUT of Monkey Land.

Copyright KMKaung

Monday, December 08, 2014

Worked so hard--

Worked so hard the whole day, missed my writing group, as editing and finalizing.
Sent play version of Shaman to agent.
Now working on She Monkey goes West, as agent requested this too.
Enjoying re-reading what I wrote myself.
She-Monkey has a lyrical, magical quality.
See cover at
Had a simple dinner of one baked potato dressed with parmesan cheese, a little Marmite and fake butter.
Reminds me of time when I was 8 or 9 when I had jaundice and could not eat fats.
I came downstairs and was so tired I fell asleep on the cane chair downstairs.
I remember talking in school about how tired I was.
Dr. Daniel my great favorite came and my mother made me baked potatoes.

My play Shaman still reads well--

I am re-reading and editing my full length play Shaman.

I wrote it in 2 weeks in 1996 for the Pew competition.

It is still a masterpiece and I have already cried once during the first act.

I do not think the Pew judges were wrong, nor that Edward Albee (not on the Pew panel, who saw it in 2004, was wrong either)

And I was not wrong either.

My play is an amalgam of maybe 5-10 stories, not counting the stories of some of the nats, which are only slightly changed.

Act 1 takes place in Burma and Act 2 in the USA.

More later, have work to do.


My short stories from the Burma-Thai Border

Dancing like a Peacock and Koel Bird
My two stories, Dancing like a Peacock and Koel Bird are also available on Create Space, print edition. Published by Words Sounds and Images--
A seven year old girl is sent off across the border to earn a living and send money home to Burma. A computer expert finds--

My short story collection-

Dancing like a Peacock & Koel Bird, also includes Little Transparent Fetus Buddha.

Print (soft cover) + Kindle editions

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Facebook taking over the world--

Crunch the numbers--FB is now almost as large as China in population--

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Just posted on Yangon Stories--

Just posted on Yangon Stories--

Decided not to go to Rangoon as suffering from macular degeneration, therefore everything I see will be mashed up in the middle. 
Bwa ha ha.