What’s in a name – contd.

Cho’s parents named their daughters by seniority. Most Burmese families do not take their father’s last name. Cho is the first born, so last name given is “Oo” (pronounced OOH). Second in line, last name given is “Latt”, meaning middle born, and third daughter and youngest, “Htwe” (pronounced TWAY).

Despite the lack of an inclusion of a flower in their names, they have their chosen favorites.

Cho is a fan of the ROSE, Latt is a fan of the ORCHID and Htwe is a fan of the PLUMERIA/FRANGIPANI.


By the way, MZ’s last name, like all her siblings take her father’s name. Names in Myanmar all depend on the parents’ preference.


What’s in a name?

MZ’s parents named all his daughters with flower names. Eldest daughter is named after the satinwood flower – “Yuzana” in Burmese. The middle daughter, who is MZ, in actual fact is short for “Myinzu”; it is a rare orchid that can only be found in the dense jungles of Asia. The youngest daughter is named after the jasmine “Sabai”.  The flowers are posted below in order.

Both the satinwood and jasmine have their own wonderful unique scent; MZ doesn’t know how hers is ☹ but she was lucky enough to have been shared a rare photo of her “name”.

Cho and her two sisters aren’t named after flowers but they have their favorites flowers; that is another post to follow soon.


Satinwood = Yuzana


?  = Myinzu


Jasmine = Sabai

Share Your World – June 19, 2017

This is MZ’s share your world

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Cell phones but not criticizing anyone

What quirky things do people do where you are from?
Tell you how fat or thin, short or tall you are

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?
Not to be mean when I am angry and hurt

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?
My mom who passed away at 62, but glad to still have my Dad who’s 99 BUT half a way across the world in Myanmar and I am in New York (only 8,404 miles J )

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week – family and friends. This week – family and friends

Share Your World – June 19, 2017

World Trade Center and the Oculus

After a very rainy day yesterday, and the sun out in full swing today, Cho and I decided to take our revenge on the remaining weekend to catch up on our discovery rounds of New York City. After a brief stop at MZ’s family physician to drop off her I-O-U B12 injection, we proceeded to the World Trade Center.  It is a long ride by subway but well worth the trip. 


We arrived at our destination, a very clean kept transportation hub, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.  Its centerpiece is referred to as the Oculus, an incandescent, elaborate and inspiring public space filled with shops and restaurants.  It is encased in a glass and steel shell with pedestrian tunnels leading to the subway train stations.





Here are some interesting facts about the Oculus: –

·        Seven years project delay for it to complete

·        Costs US$4 billion (most expensive train station in the world?)

·        The 3rd largest train station in New York City after Grand Central and Penn Station

·        Designed to express the image of a bird spreading its wing to take flight.

 Visitors swarmed the Oculus, including us, to take photos of the breath-taking architectural design.  We noticed that there was no place to sit nor any garbage bin – for cleanliness and safety maybe?   



We exited the Oculus to revisit the World Trade Center with its new look.  One Trade looked majestic next to the North Pool with the South Pool positioned close by, where the names of those who lost their lives are imprinted.  The great pool-filled memorial voids that are meant to mark the absence of the twin towers and are 31 percent smaller than the towers’ actual footprints.  The pools greeted us by sheets of water cascading 30 feet down.  Additional info – a heating system keeps the water from freezing in winter and the waterfalls carefully regulated, particularly when there are heavy winds.




With heavy hearts, Cho and I turned back to return home.  That was how we felt when we first visited the site 12 years, and we still feel the same.  We intend to visit the One World Trade Center Observatory but that is for another day.

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