The Fourth RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe (aka SPZP-2007) was held in Singapore in April, 2007.
The following are entries from the SPZP-2007 archives.
April 5, 2007
Arrival in Singapore
We arrived in Singapore 15 minutes later than the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival).
Ko Nyan Win Shwe (M72), Saya U Aung (C70), Ko San Win, Ko Khin Latt, Ko Zaw Win Htut, and Ko Tin Aung Win (Ko TAW, C81, UCC) were waiting for the “Three Musketeers” — Saya Allen Htay, Ko Benny Tan, and me.
Saya Allen and Ko Benny were taken to the Bay View Hotel, which is close to the three hotels where the sayas and sayamas from Myanmar who had arrived on April 4, 2007 were staying.
Thanks to Ko TAW for giving me his younger son’s room and his laptop, for proving me home-cooked food, and for driving me to the various gatherings and the main events.
Electrical Engineering Gathering
Organizers include Ma San San Mya (’72), Ko Kyaw Swa (’96, emcee), and Ko Aung Mon (’96).
EE Sayas were led by U Myo Kyi (EE59). Dr. Christopher Lee (L. Tin Tun), U Soe Paing, U Moe Aung, Dr. Win Tin, U Ba Myint, U Khine Oo, U Tin Maung Thein, U Tin Shwe, U Kyaw Lwin, Daw Mya Mya Than and U Than Lwin attended the gathering. Several sayas gave speeches: brief self-intro, walks down memory lane, and thanks to the organizers.
April 6, 2007
Civil Engineering Gathering
Attended the Civil Engg gathering as a Special Guest.
Organizers include Saya U Aung (C70), Saya Dr.Soe Thein (C75) and Ko Aung Kyaw Myint (’96, “Ko Ba Kyaw” of Swe Daw Yeik fame, emcee).
Sayas led by Dr. Aung Gyi, U Min Wun, Dr. Win Thein, Dr. Aung Soe, U Allen Htay, U Thein Tan, U Khin Maung Phone Ko, Saw Christopher Maung, U Tin Maung, U Nyi Hla Nge, Dr. Htin Aung, Dr, Khin Maung Win, U Hla Myint Thein, U Khin Maung Tint, Dr. Myo Khin, U Khin Maung Maung, Dr. Soe Thein, and Daw Swan Tee attended the gathering.
Welcome Dinner for SPZP-2007 Attendees
Attended the “welcome dinner” at Yunan corner. Food was provided by a local Myanmar restaurant and some “imported” specialties: Kauk hnyin kyi tauk,
Almost all the visiting sayas, sayamas and their families attended. Saya U Ba Toke, 87 years young led the sayas.
April 7, 2007
The two main events of the Fourth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP took place.
Morning event at Burmese Buddhist Temple (BBT)
Three rounds of Saya Ga Daw Pwe at the Burmese Buddhist Temple:
- first round for the “senior sayas” (who graduated before ’65)
- second round for the sayas (who graduated before ’75)
- third round for the sayas (who graduated after ’75).
Saya U Ba Toke, Saya U Min Wun, and Saya U Thar Hlaing gave “Ovadha” and blessings for the attendees.
Ko Tin Maung Win (EP 71) posted Part 1 of the event on “YouTube” and requested us (me and the various webmasters and/or moderators of the RIT-related web sites) to announce the link so that the sayas, sayamas, alums and well-wishers who could not attend SPZP 2007 can share the experiences.
Three Tin Maung Win worked for the same company in Singapore. They are differentiated by using their major/discipline and/or year of graduation. Two of them are known as “Ah Phyu TMW” and “Ah Mei TMW”. The latter prefers to be called “Ah Nyo TMW” or as the hubby of “Model” (Mai Daw) singer and dancer Moe Moe Yi.
Evening event at Orchid Country Club (OCC)
Orchid Country Club (OCC) is one of the few places in Singapore that can host events with 800+ attendees. According to Ko Nyan Win Shwe, 840 attended the Reunion dinner.
There were long queues at the registration table. Young volunteers gave out badges, “Swe Daw Yeik Sar Saung” and a door gift to every attendee. The invited sayas and sayamas were given additional gifts.
Some scheduled speeches were canceled or shortened from 5 to 3 minutes. There was ample entertainment from the Singapore and Myanmar groups while the 10-course dinner was being served.
There were two rounds of “appreciation to the Golden Sponsors”. Ko Benny and I were requested to accept the “appreciation awards” on behalf of the sponsors from USA who could not attend SPZP 2007.
Ko Myint San (“Tet Lu”) showed his expertise with the dobat, pattala, and “Chit Dukkha” song, Ko Yu Swan entertained with “Don min” and Shwe Zin Ma played the Saung and also acted in the Pyazat directed by Ko Aung Kyaw Myint (“Ba Kyaw”).
Ko Tet Lu and Ko Ba Kyaw had complete confidence in the next generation of “Lu Shwin Daws” led by Ko Awba.
The Swe Daw Yein Ah Nyeint also featured Khine Nay Nwe Lwin, Aye Thaw Kyawt, Awba, Pulley, Chainthee, and Diode.
The program, originally scheduled to end at 11:45 p.m., ended almost an hour later. This was due in part to pay back to the people who had shown appreciation by “rewarding” them.
The program ended with a special song written by Ko Ba Kyaw and with a big crowd on the podium.
Editor’s Notes (added in 2019) :
- At the Civil Engineering Gathering, Saya Dr. Soe Thein introduced me to the attendees.
- Several sayas from the Supporting Departments (e.g. U Nyein Aung of the Political Science Department) were invited to attend SPZP-2007.
- Saya U Ba Toke was asked about his longevity. Saya recounted his visit to a house in Russia where he was greeted by a 75+ year young man. Saya was worried when he heard some noise from the upper storey. He ws told, “Don’t worry. That’s my 110+ year young uncle quarreling with his fourth wife. Soon, they will be at peace.”
- Thanks to Saya Dr. Myo Khin (C70), I received a souvenir bag that was given to the attending RIT sayas.
- On the day of my departure, Saya U Moe Aung came — with several copies of the Commemorative Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung — to Ko TAW’s house where I was staying. It was raining. They took me to the airport.