Updated on March 11, 2019

  • Ngapali
  • Inlay
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Niagara Falls
  • Foreign Leaders


My poem “The Ngapali Beach” was published in the Forward Magazine.

I received fifteen kyats.

The illustrator received fifty kyats.


Bohmu Ba Thaw (Maung Thaw Kha) was Chief Editor of the Forward Magazine. He jokingly asked me if I would be interested to join him.

U Sein Hla was Assistant Editor of the Forward Magazine.


My first visit was during my student days. My cousin and friends stayed at the Bungalow owned by U Tha Gyaw Wai and managed by my uncle. At a nearby bungalow was a movie crew by Amyotha Yoke Shin with U San Maung (Gerald, RUBC Gold and Coach). Ko Gerald asked me if I would be interested to join them on the way back via Taung Goke. We were hosted by the cinema owner. He offered the movie audience a free show if they could translate the Burmese titles into English. One submission was “Fly away bitter bird” (Pyan Lay dei Nget Khar).

My second visit was with my beloved spouse and two young sons. We stayed at the Bungalow owned by Amyotha Yoke Shin and managed by U Mya Maung (GBNF, younger brother of U Sein Tin and elder brother of Saya U Tin Htut).

My third visit was as a Guest Lecturer for the Ngapali Luyechun Camp. I spent some time chatting with other Guest Lecturers including Saya U Kyaw Myint (Director of Higher Education, former Professor of Physics at Mandalay).

I know a few people who have taken annual trips to Ngapali.


I visited Inlay Lake in the Shan States three times.

My first visit was as Luyechun to the Inlay Khaung Daing Camp in 1965.

My second visit was as a guest of Peter Pe (SPHS), whose cousins live in Inn Paw Khone in Inlay Lake.

My third visit was via a Tour Company who arranged a Tour Guide (and private boat) and a night stay at a hotel in the Lake. The photo shows a rainbow in the background.

Sydney, Australia

In June 2006, I visited Sydney to attend three mini-gatherings.
(a) Annual Dinner of Engineers (mostly RIT Alumni)
(b) Gathering hosted by Saya U Aung Zaw (UCC)
(c) Lunch for Old Paulians in Olympic Park by Dr. Thann Naing (Bonnie Kywe, Geology).

UCC alumni gathered at Saya AZ’s house to pay respect to
(a) Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe (Founder of UCC)
(b) Sayagyi Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (National Advisor and Board Member of UCC).

Niagara Falls

We visited Niagara Falls two decades ago from the US side. Ko Mya Aung, Ko Tin Ohn, Ko Maung Maung Myint and I made a quick trip.

In 2015, thanks to Ko Ivan Lee and Ko Frederick Thetgyi, we visited the Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.

Niagara 1

Niagara 2
Niagara 3
Niagara 4

Foreign Leaders

During our younger days, three N’s : Nu (Burma), Nehru (India) and Nasser (Egypt) celebrated the Burmese New Year (Thingyan Festival).

They helped found the Non-Aligned Movement.

Photos : Compiled by Win Aung Gyi (Maung Aung Mon)

Nehru (India)

Nehru and Indira Gandhi (India)

Chou En Lai (China)

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