Suggestions and Advice

Updated on March 12, 2019

  • Suggestions from DAG
  • Advice from friends
  • Kan Soe Kan Kaung
  • News, Photos and Archives
  • KMU Medical Report
  • Why worry?

Suggestions from DAG

Ko Hla Min,

I read through your updates  shown in hlamin.com and my suggestions are given below.

I feel that your book should reflect the love of RIT students for their alma mater, the respect and gratitude shown by RIT students towards their respective teachers, the attachment, bond and friendship among RIT students; and the love for their motherland by RIT students. In short, it should reflect what we call “RIT spirit”. You can base the preparation of the book, beginning from the establishment of Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University, on your updates and other relevant sources. The word RIT  includes all different names of Engineering Institutions in Myanmar, past and present.

Having said all of the above, the following headings come to my mind for your proposed book:

  1. SPZPs/Reunions  involving all  disciplines  which had taken place in Myanmar and abroad.
  2. Establishment of alumni associations abroad and in Myanmar to help RIT and motherland.
  3. Establishment of Swe Daw Yeik Foundation.
  4. Establishment of healthcare fund for RIT teachers in Myanmar.
  5. Fund drive and contributions to upgrade the RIT/YTU library.
  6. Various activities/ mini-reunions / get-togethers  among groups of RIT students/teachers which reflect the life and also bond among RIT students/teachers, established in the past ,during RIT days.
  7. Other interesting episodes related to RIT.

The above gives you a few thoughts I have for your book. I would like to recommend that you  also get suggestions from others for your book.

Good luck and best wishes.
Aung Gyi

Advice from friends

  • Be mindful every moment. If one is inattentive for a few seconds, then one can trip or fall.
  • Don’t climb up a foot or higher without something to hang on to.
  • Take 30 seconds to 2 minutes for an Oldie to change posture.
  • Maintain balance and moderation. With control, you can enjoy good food and even wine (or beer).
  • Enjoy BFF (Best Friends Forever). Meet, greet, eat and be merry.
  • Laughter is the best medicine. You can get good results even if you fake a laugh.
  • Perform good deeds. You get merit every time you rejoice about those deeds.
  • Be imperfectly perfect. Better to get a thing done than waiting for perfection (which may never come as in Charles Babbage’s projects).
  • Que sera sera (What will be will be).
  • Do not have great expectations. For example, Buzz Aldrin became depressed after the Apollo 11 trip, because he was the second person to land on the moon [after Neil Armstrong].
  • Remember the things you learned as a child.

“I had the blues
because I had no shoes
Till upon a street
I met a man without feet.”

“Brighten in your corner.”

“In life’s rosy morning
In manhood’s firm pride
Let this be the motto
Your footsteps to guide
In storm or in sunshine
Whatever assail
We’ll go onward and conquer
And never sail FAIL.”

Kan Soe Kan Kaung

(1) My friend was at work.

[Kan Soe] His wife had an unexpected medical problem at home.

[Kan Kaung] Their daughter [who lived separately] has an appointment with the mother. She called the ambulance. There was an emergency operation for bypass.

(2) They had come back from an enjoyable but tiring trip down South.

[Kan Soe] The wife had an unexpected medical problem while trying to fill the pond at the back of the house.

[Kan Kaung] She had some memory loss. She could not recall her name , the dates and time. The maternal instinct kicked in. She asked, “Where are my sons?”

(3) He accompanied his spouse for a medical check up.

[Kan Soe] He was asked to do medical checkup. The doctors would not let him go back.

[Kan Kaung] He had a successful bypass operation.

(4) He performs exercise regularly and has annual check ups.

[Kan Soe] He was asked to check up his heart. His coronaries were about 70% blocked.

[Kan Kaung] The health care system covered the majority of his expenses. Even after taking the “private hospital” option, the out-of-pocket costs were reasonable. He had a successful bypass operation.

News, Photos and Archives


  • Not all news are current.
  • Some are old news dating back to SPZP-2000.
  • GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten) posts are about sayas and alumni who had passed away. U Aung Min (M69) and team maintain the GBNF list for the Class of 69. U Ohn Khine (M70) and team maintain the GBNF list for the Intake of 64 (Class of 70). The lists need to be updated periodically. We need feedback and information about the GBNF list.


  • Not all photos are current.
  • Some date back to my high school and university days. A few were taken at UCC and related events.
  • Class photos were contributed in part by Sayagyi Dr. Freddie Ba Hli, Saya Allen Htay, Saya U San Tun, Saya U Htun Aung Kyaw, and several class representatives.
  • The gatherings were recorded by professional and amateur photographers.
  • Some photos were taken from the postings by my friends and selected alumni.
  • We need captions for old and new photos.


Facebook has a feature to “roll down” the postings. Some readers say that they could not find old postings.

I have archived 1500+ postings in RIT_Updates Facebook page under the topic “Trivia“. If you click “Trivia” in the top right corner, you can read Trivia posts.

I have archived 1700+ postings in lifelonglearning140.wordpress.com (which is a free web site and may feature advertisements).

I have 1600+ postings (with revisions) on hlamin.com (which is a paid web site and do not contain advertisements.

I have archived my newer postings in hlamin.com (which is a paid web site free of advertisements). Please provide comments on selected posts.

KMU Medical Report

KMU Medical Report #118 Spanking May Make Kids More Aggressive

Children who are spanked by their parents may be more apt to develop aggressive behaviors, and may also be at an increased risk of mental health disorders, according to new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). {Link: Robert D. Sege, Benjamin S. Siegel, COUNCIL ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH. Pediatrics Nov 2018, e20183112; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-3112)

“Aversive disciplinary strategies, including all forms of corporal punishment and yelling at or shaming children, are minimally effective in the short-term and not effective in the long-term,” according to an updated policy statement.

“The recommendation is that corporal punishment is harmful to children’s physical and mental health; it is not effective and parents should use other methods of discipline.”

This update to the 1998 recommendations relied on numerous studies over the past 2 decades that strengthened the AAP guidance. The new guidance goes a step further to highlight ways corporal punishment can be harmful:
• Corporal punishment of children age <18 month increases the likelihood of physical injury
• Repeated use of corporal punishment may lead to aggressive behavior and altercations between the parent and child and may negatively affect the parent-child relationship
• Corporal punishment is associated with increased aggression in preschool and school-aged children

In one study, children who were spanked more than twice a month at age 3 years were more aggressive at age 5 years. A follow-up study at age 9 “noted correlations between spanking at age 5 years and higher levels of externalizing behavior and lower receptive vocabulary scores at age 9,” the authors wrote. “This can lead to a cycle in which children who are spanked have more aggressive behavior, which results in more spanking.”

Another study showed that the impact of corporal punishment was short lived – within 10 minutes of the punishment, 73% of children repeated the behavior for which they had originally been punished.

The authors emphasized that pediatricians play a role in helping parents develop different methods for disciplining children. “There are a number of approaches to discipline that pediatricians may discuss with parents during well-child visits and those visits that are designed to address discipline issues.
For instance, the directive to “stop running” may be ineffective for younger children because they only discern the word “running,” and keep going, explained Jennifer Shu, MD, editor of HealthyChildren.org, at the press conference. Instead, the parent could instruct the child to walk, she said. Shu, of Children’s Medical Group in Atlanta, also suggested making checklists for kids before school so there isn’t last-minute chaos with “everyone scrambling to get out the door.” She emphasized that preparing children to be successful in day-to-day activities may work better than falling back on corporal punishment.

It is noted that in the U.S. 19 states permit corporal punishment in schools and all 50 states permit corporal punishment in homes. But “the most important relationships that each pediatrician has is the relationship with our parents, and there is no need to put fear and violence into that relationship.”

Why worry?

  • U Aung Min (M69) told me repeatedly to “slow down” and “to reduce brain work”. He was worried that I might burn out.
  • Some friends joked, “You write more and faster than we can read. Take some rest”.
  • Some suggested that I should find some young volunteers to help with some parts.
  • Some of my friends and even younger people had “senior moments”. My younger cousin sister would say, “I forgot what I wanted to say”.
  • Through my Thin Sayas, Myin Sayas and Kyar Sayas, I learned interesting episodes that cannot be read from the history books.
  • Compared to the geniuses with phenomenal memory, I am at the bottom rungs. But, I am happy that I remember people and events more than the average person.
  • Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint, Dr. Nyunt Wai, Dr. Khin Maung U, U Khin Maung Zaw and several others have added “valuable insights” to my posts. I hope the “Tumbleweed effect” will help turn my raw thoughts and writings into memorable articles and may be even e-books and books.
  • My spouse and I are body donors. So, there will be no services for our last journey. I am enjoying every day as other occasion to share my thoughts and experiences with my mentors, colleagues, friends, former students and any one who values “dissemination of knowledge”.
  • I have seen some people live long lives, but a few of them were not physically or mentally active for some time. I prefer to have quality of life for our moment on this earth.
  • Someone wrote in my autograph. “Worry is like sand in an oyster. A little produces a pearl. Too much kills the animal”.

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