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Kha Lay

  • During my visit to Yangon, my cousin sister surprised me and said, “I still have the paper with the song that you wrote for Kha Lay Ah Thin.”
  • Kha Lay stands for a child and the associated age of innocence.
  • Ah Thinn stands for a club or an association.
  • I was the President (Okkatha) of the Club, and the composer of the Club’s song,

Ah Thinn

  • When we were young, there was no Internet or TV. The Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) would broadcast for specified hours in the morning, afternoon, evening and night. We spend a lot of time outdoors.
  • Our relatives stayed originally at the “Ein Gyi” (Big House) numbered 53, and later spread to 45, 47, 49, 51, and 55.
  • One hangout was the corner in my paternal uncle’s compound.
  • Someone came up with the idea that we should form a “Kha Lay Ah Thin”. I was chosen to be the “Okkahta” (President). I am not a composer, but that did not prevent from trying out a “Theme Song”. The music and lyrics were not spectacular, but I would have earned a nod for moving out of my comfort zone.
  • We did not have fund.
  • Our uncles, aunts and elder cousins decided to help with the fund raiser.
  • There was the renowned “Bu Thee Gyaw & Ah Chin”.
  • It was probably an early sign that I would become an organizer.

Transformation

  • I did not cherish going to school at an early age.
  • It was not fun to write or draw on a slate, and listen to the “Chalk and Talk”.
  • One day, I jumped hard on the chair, and fell onto the concrete floor and cut my eye brow. It was Kan So Kan Kaung. I was excused to go home that day.
  • According to my beloved mother, “Teacher Kywe” — a caring Karen Christian Teacher and excellent Pianist — coaxed and magically transformed me into a dutiful student with an inquiring mind.
    To this day, I cherish “Life Long Learning”.
  • My mother would send me to pay respect to Teacher Kywe for several years until her retirement. It was a Micro-PZP.
  • Later, I would be involved in mini-PZPs, PZPs, and Grand (world wide) PZPs.

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