- I was surprised and delighted when Pho Lone (my grandson who is two and a half years old) said, “Sharing is caring”.
- I learned from my “Thin Sayas, Myin Sayas and Kyar Sayas”.
Thanks for sharing their experience and wisdom.
I belong to several circles. The list is not exclusive.
- PPBRS (Private Primary Boundary Road School)
I studied from KG (aka Infant Classes) to 3rd standard.
I won prizes for standing first in most classes and second in 3rd standard.
PPBRS changed the name to PBRS after the school expanded to have classes for middle school and high school.
- SPHS (St. Paul’s High School)
As a transfer student, I was admitted to Std. IV(D).
After I finished in the top in V(D), VI(D) and VII(D), I was assigned to VIII(A).
I studied in IX(A) and X(A)
- RU (Rangoon University)
We attended the last ever I.Sc.(A) at Leik Khone.
- RUBC (Rangoon University Boat Club)
I joined RUBC with fellow Paulians : Maung Maung Kyi, Kyaw Wynn and Myint Soe (Willie Soe Maung, GBNF).
We were Runners-up for Senior Novices in the Monsoon Regatta.
We were awarded Full Green at the end of the term.
I was the last democratically elected Honorary Treasurer (according to Robert’s Rule of Order).
I became Vice Captain the following year.
However, the higher authorities created new rules and prevented me from becoming the Captain.
I served as Contributing Editor for the commemorative issue in 2013 for the 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC in 2013. I wrote preludes for all the sections and three articles honoring the old members.
- RIT (Rangoon Institute of Technology)
Our predecessors attended the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Rangoon OR Burma Institute of Technology (BIT) and were awarded B.Sc. (Engg) degree.
Under the then new Education System, 320 (or so) who had passed the last ever I.Sc.(A) examination form the Intermediate Colleges were admitted to the first ever 2nd BE class in November 1964.
- RIT Associations
I served as EC member, member of Hlyat Sit Sar Saung, Joint Secretary and Secretary of RIT Electrical Engineering Association.
I participated in the debate hosted by RIT English Association. I also served as editor of the newsletter published by the RIT English Association.
I represented RIT in Rowing.
I wrote short notes for Set Hmu Thadin Zin and an article for Hlyat Sit Sar Saung.
- UCC, DCS and ICST
We were recruited by Saya U Soe Paing to join the Universities’ Computer Center (UCC).
Saya U Soe Paing allowed U Aung Zaw and me to be co-authors for the lecture guides and manuals used at UCC.
Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe allowed me to work on several of his projects including (a) High School Mathematics (b) Children’s Treasury of Knowledge (c) Team of System Specialists.
I taught courses at UCC, Department of Computer Science (DCS) and the Institute of Computer Science and Technology (ICST).
I served as Maintenance Engineer, Senior Systems Programmer and Business Applications Manager at UCC; Lecturer at DCS and Associate Professor of Software Technology at ICST.
I have compiled “Memories of UCC”. A condensed version was published in the commemorative issue of the 30th Anniversary of ICST.
Per request of my friend U Myint Sein (Principal, BARB), I supervised the develop of Veda programs by U Win Latt (UCC) and U Zaw Tun (UCC).
I gave short courses and talks at BARB (which later became MARB).
- RIT Alumni International (Association, Web site and Newsletter)
I am a founding member of RIT Alumni International which hosted the First RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe (aka SPZP-2000) in San Francisco, California, USA in October 2000.
I served as Founder and Editor of “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and Updates for two decades (starting in April/May of 1999).
U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) designed and implemented http://www.ex-rit.org web site. I served as the Content Provider and Editor.
- Burmese American Professional Society (BAPS)
I am a Life Member of BAPS. I served as Contributing Editor of BAPS Newsletter.
- Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
I am a member of ACM.
For a period, I volunteered for the ACM Chapter.
- Computer History Museum (CHM)
I am a member of CHM.
For a period, I volunteered as Docent.
- Toastmasters International
I served as Area Governor, Test Speaker, Coach and Ambassador.
I am a Distinguished Toastmaster.
- Northern California RIT Alumni Association (NorCal RITAA)
I am a founding member. I served as BOD (Board of Directors).
- Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA)
I am a former Vice President and BOD.
I was an Editor for the Dhammananda Newsletter.
I served as Master of Ceremonies at the Memorial Service for Sayadaw U Silananda.
I served as Book Committee Member and Contributing Editor of “Paying Homage to Sayadaw U Silananda”.
Per request ot Sayadaw U Silananda and later U Osadha, I helped with editing and refining the materials for the Dhammananda Summer Camp.
I edited three books by Sayadaw U Jotalankara.
- Tathagata Meditation Center (TMC)
I served as translator and interpreter for dhamma talks and meditation retreats.
- One Myanmar Community (OMC)
I offered prizes for the Essay Contest held by BYA (Bay Area Youth Association), which later became OMC.
- Sar Pay Chit Thu
I am a Literary Lover.
I attend Literary Talks and Sarpay Sagar Waing.
I am a freelance writer, translator, and interpreter.
I wrote for Guardian and Working People’s Daily (WPD) newspapers; Set Hmu Thadin Zin, Hlyat Sit Sar Saung. Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung; Forward, Veda, Pan and Swel Daw Yeik magazines.
I contributed nine articles for the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife.
I served as Language Expert for the Burmese Language Project by National Language Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.
I translated the works of Dhammacariya U Htay Hlaing, Dhamma Bheri Sayadaw, Oakland Sayadaw, Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War), Saya U Nyunt Htay and Neikban Zaw.
I was a Guest Speaker at the Centennial of UNSG U Thant.
- It is difficult if not impossible to cover the news of the various circles.
- I am “dumping my memory” while it is still in reasonably good shape
- I have posted 2000+ blogs on hlamin.com
Initially, I labeled them as “Trivia”.
I find out new and interesting facts from the comments.
I have incorporated them into the posts as addendum.
- Some of my posts are raw and perhaps not too deep.
Each post can be elaborated into tens of pages, but then they will not serve well for TL;DR (“Too Long; Didn’t Read”) readers, who have a short Span of Attention (SOA).
- Some posts are meant to highlight topics of interest and to provide personal touch to seemingly simple subjects.
- I sincerely hope that with the help of my sayas, colleagues, alumni and readers, the posts can be polished into e-books, printed books or reference material for amateur and professional historians.
- I have met SME (Subject Matter Experts), Laureate Poets, Educators and Distinguished Authors. Sincerely wish some of them can help me and my project.
U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) wrote :
- Many people, including yours truly, nowadays suffer TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) syndrome.
- OTOH (On The Other Hand), oral and written history should have some more in depth, don’t you think?
- We need to have some new blood to help you out, learn and essentially take over some parts of your incredulous work, I hope.
- As I have said more than once, I consider you as my mentor, and you are irreplaceable in more than one way.