A new beginning at MOSA:
Myanmar Overseas Seafarer Association.
What is all about this? Why do I attend this training? What for?
Well, this is the common questions asked by my Zomi friends.
They’re eager to know about it as they have no clue of what is going on with me at present. Well, I’ve got have a chance for the interview at CTI for Lewis Cruise Line in Europe last December. Did I say Lwis? Yes, it will be an IT Job, they called it “IT Specialist job” on the ship. About 12 people interview from Myanmar passed for the job and we’ve in the process of applying for CDI.
Before applying it, we are required to have a certificate from MOSA. This is the brief history of why I go to MOSA. This training will last about one and half to two months from 8:30 to 12:00 Noon. I need to leave home at 7:45 and have lunch somewhere in the town after the training. I continue to work; go to my regular work from 12:30 to 8:30 PM to make it 8-working hours per day.
Do you think I’m happy for that?
Well, Yes. But tiresome since the work is at the right while the training is another thing. Fortunately, I’m totally free on Saturday and Sunday. So, typically Sunday and Saturday is a time for Family.
Do I enjoy at MOSA?
The rules are very strict there. We requested to wear only shirt and longi everyday. No talking during the meeting. We charge fee for late comers- of course for the fund per the instruction of the teachers. We’re about 60 people from different background, who are almost ready to go onboard. The teachers and the students voted me to be the class monitor there. Do I have additional task for being a class monitor? Not much a part form recording, organizing and helping the students, teachers for the class
-Your parents introduce you to foriegners that you are a “chin”
-You speak a Zomi language when you are in the mission ningh, international night at your school.
-You display Zomi traditional dress at Open-House at your school without knowing much about what those beautifully colored costumes and dresses.
-Your CD case is flooded with Zomi songs, Zomi ngeina but don’t really know much about the people and the meaning of the songs.
-You Google the same keyword for more than 5 times a day which is “Zomi.”
-You search for the keyword “Zomi, Zogam” in Youtube.
-You don’t really like the dry soybean but you have to eat it anyway.
-You are not allowed to call your elders by thier full name.
-You think your parents are not smart enough in speaking English while you were trained to speak in Zomi with little understanding.
-You prefer to read stories and articles written in Zomi rather than English or Burmese, Indian etc.
-You think you are smart enough to cheat your parents but they won’t allows this to happen.
-You are advised to call “Pu/ Pi, Pa, Nu, Sia” to a stranger you do not really know much about.
-You need to sit and wait for your guests to go home late at night though you know that you are to wake up early in the morning but hesitant to tell them you are sleepy.
-The first word you are taught to say is “Dam maw?”
-The second word you are taught is to be able to say “anne khin maw.”-The third word you learn is “Mang pha, mang fa.”
-You are typing very fast but using only two finders when using the computer.
-You are to weak a traditional dress you seldom see people wearing it.
-You sing a Zomi song when you are to present the country of your own in internationa student night.
-You said you like “Gatam” but you don’t actually eat much even if you were provided.
-You said you like Be-ik but you don’t really want to carry on the plane.
-You said you like “ui sa” but you eat no more.
-The first thing that came to your mind is “ZONET” when you though of reading news.
-You spend quite sometime reading news and have late meals and sleepping time while you can’t keep yourself from not writing back to your own people.
-You often times skip your supper or eat your breakfast while driving on your way to work.
-You help one another.
-You can’t hold back yourself from not giving when you see a begger near by the street.
-You do a lot of self-talk when alone and people from a distance see you murmering something like “zomi,zomi, zomi.”
-You eat meals at the house of your relatives and you are about to finish eating but they put more rice in your plate by force which you can’t resist and you ate ‘am all anyway though you’re full up to your brim.
-You say “mangpha” for more than two times before one leaves.
-You tell your parents to dress up nice while they argue you to dress up properly in turn.
-You are so smart, and smart enough to write and speak in English but need to polish your writing in Zomi because you have not even attended 1st grade in Zolai.
-You think the first name of some peopel is “Taang” or “Lia” while you are not accustomed to use it.
-You concern for the well being of your people though they do not ask you for help.
-The only day you have been waiting for in a year to meet with friends is Zomi Nam Ni (Zomi National Day).
-The family reunion day is a long-awaited-holiday which falls on KHUADO Festival also falls on the same day with American Thanks giving day.
Whew, the list goes on and on…
Zomi te ngeina pawl khat hi tak ah ong lak ingh. Tap kici in tu ngei ah mei ki tuah hi. Tu mei umcih in kikhung ngeingai a, shu leh la kikum in zing vai, lovai ki vawihawm hi.