Memories and Thoughts


When I started school at an early age, I was not enthusiastic. According to my mother, something magically happened one day. She attributed to Teacher Kywe, a Karen Christian with a warm soul and the skill to transform a normal kid like me into a life long learner. For several years, my mother would ask me to visit Teacher Kywe and pay respect to her. It was one of the early Micro-SPZP. Her eyes were filled with pride as she introduced her former student to her current students.


Saya Pu Zaw Pwe (SPZP) transcends religions. The term SPZP was chosen over Saya Gadaw Pwe — which had religious connotations — to allow the sponsors and alumni who profess different religions to pay back to their mentors for their metta and cetana. I am grateful to be part of the team that organized SPZP-2000 and for the subsequent SPZPs in Singapore and Myanmar. The smiles from our beloved sayas and sayamas, and occasional “slap on my back” from my former colleagues, classmates and give me “second wind” even after being a volunteer messenger for 19+ years.

Retire or re-tire

U Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70) is a Multiple Golden Sponsor of SPZPs. He said, “You should not retire. You may re-tire (as in re-threading a tire). We will try to support you and your projects.”

I am technically retired [from working to make ends meet].

I am re-tiring as long as my physical and mental health permit. I took a few on-line courses (for credit). It was too taxing and slow. I opted to audit 100+ courses (covering many subjects).

Someone told me, “You are writing too fast and too much.”
A select few said, “We have read every post”.
One said, “You should cover topics of interest to the general reader, not just engineers and scientists”.

One can please some readers all of the time.
One can please all readers some of the time.
But, one cannot please every reader all of the time.

My heartfelt thanks to the THIN SAYAS, MYIN SAYAS and KYAR SAYAS.

U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) wrote :

The official name of these “Reunions” was one of the many discussions at the very early days of first Reunion committee members under the leadership of Saya Allen Htay. All of us were aware that the “Saya Gadaw Pwe” could somehow be restrictive where you would have many intakes and graduation classes spanning several decades not to mention people transcending various religions.

SPZP, Saya Pu Zaw Pwe, was officially adopted. It turned out well, and was adopted by the consecutive Reunions.

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