Myanmar – Phoo Pwint Kyaw

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Phoo Pwint Kyaw (or, if that’s proving to be a mouthful, you can call her Rosie like some of her friends do) is studying mechanical systems at the University of Melbourne. She also happens to enjoy writing.

I was born and raised in…..Yangon, Myanmar, I spent a few years in the United Kingdom for college and now I’m in Melbourne, Australia for university. My favourite films from my country are….the old Myanmar (Burmese) films from the 1950s.  One of my favorite activities to pass the time is to watch these nostalgic old films. When I need a reminder of home, I listen to…..the voices of my parents and best friends. Since I spend a great deal of time abroad for school, I do miss home, especially during the holidays. When I do, I talk to my parents or best friends back home. Being able to interact with them soothes me. My favourite time of the year is……amongst 3 seasons in Myanmar(Burma), spring time is my absolute favorite. It’s the time when the mornings are relatively cool but the afternoons are hot. And it’s also the time when a lot of delicious fruits are in season too! My all time local hero is…..Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, after my parents. The respect I have for my parents goes without saying; their energy, their care and their determination are qualities I will be in awe of all my life. Aunty Suu is someone I look up to. I love her stubbornness for something she believes in and her ability to speak and write precisely and clearly. My favourite local phrase is….. “Nay kaung lar?”. It is a phrase used to greet other people, and it shows that you care about them. It’s a great ice breaker if you are meeting someone! My favourite words of wisdom/words to live by are…. “be the best version of yourself”, “treat others like how you want to be treated” and “be happy”. What I love most about my home (country) is….the food, the people and their warmth, the places, the history, everything! You have to see it in order to fall in love with the land I was born and raised in.


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