Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Happy Birthday Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi turned 67 today and we celebrated here birthday with a dinner organised by our friends from the Burma Campaign Australia. The dinner was held at the Bagan Burmese Restaurant at Strathfield, NSW.

The dinner consisted of a set menu – Pea parata, century egg salad, tea leaf salad, steamed broccoli, fried bean curd, stir fry vegies, fish cake salad, goat curry, soya pork, chicken curry, spring rolls, rice. No birthday party would be complete without a birthday cake. In this case there were a number on the various tables. My favourites were the tea leaf salad and the pork. I was going to take more photos of the food but we ate it too quick!

There was also entertainment thanks to some Burmese singers. After dinner we watched a video of the ceremony from Oslo where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi finally got to collect her Noble Peace Prize. Everyone was very moved by this.

Esther delivers her speech
Esther, a member of the BCA, who is from the Karen ethnic group in Burma, gave a beautiful speech about how inspiring a woman Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is and what she means to her personally and the Burmese people.

Whenever I hear the stories of the many Burmese exiles living in Sydney it reminds me of what a great country Australia is and how easy my life has been in comparison to others.

Some of the food
If you want more info about the Burma Campaign Australia you can find their website here. For information about other social events involving the Burmese community, including curry nights, you can find some info at the Burmese Friendship Association’s website here.

Thanks to BCA and all those who attended for a really enjoyable night.

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