Texas (May 11 – 13, 2019) *

We visited

  • Temple
  • Austin
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Fredericksburg

May 11, 2019

The weather reports indicated heavy rains and floods in parts of Texas (e.g. Houston) on May 11, 2019.

So we decided to visit Austin that day. My niece Dr. Khine Zin Oo and her husband U Myo Tin took us to Austin Sitagu and the Austin Capitol.

Austin Sitagu

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Austin Sitagu

We offered soon to the resident monks (including an American monk). Several meals were prepared by a former Sushi shop owner from California.

The visitors included

  • Dr. Doris Maung Oo (spouse of Thura Tin Maung Aye (BAF), GBNF)
  • her daughter (classmate of my elder son at TTC)
  • her son-in-law
  • niece (daughter of Dr. Alice Maung Oo).

State Capitol

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Austin Capitol 1
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Austin Capitol 2

We joined the tour at the Austin Capitol (which at one time claimed to the tallest among the Capitols in the USA).

The tour guide explained the six flags of Texas and showed us the two chambers and the Dome.

May 12, 2019

On May 12, 2019, Dr. Ba Han took us to Houston to see NASA and to visit our cousin U Oo Thwin (Michael, alumni of Rutger’s University).


There were two tram rides at NASA.

One tram took us to the Mission Control room.

We were not aware that the Mission Control room had been emptied (as part of the renovation for the Golden Jubilee of the Apollo 11 flight in July, 1969). The docent highlighted the importance of Mission Control for the NASA missions in general and the Apollo missions in particular.

Another tram took us to the Training Facility of the astronauts. There were several interesting items on display.

Both tram rides stopped at the “Rockets site” with three vintage rockets.

U Oo Thwin (Michael)

We paid respect to our cousin Ko Michael (son of my maternal uncle) at his house. He has five children and some grand children. His eldest daughter Capy (who had moved back from Seattle after her mother passed away) and his younger son Nyi Nyi were there that day.

Ko Michael’s friends include Sao Aung Myint (John Khun Kyi).

May 13, 2019

On May 13, 2019 Dr. Ba Han took us to San Antonio and Fredericksburg.

The tourist attractions at San Antonio are the Alamo (which gained fame in the Davy Crockett movie) and the River Walk beside a man-made canal (with a depth of 3 to 5 feet). We took a book ride.

We visited National Museum of the Pacific War at Fredericksburg, Texas. One exhibit was dedicated to Admiral Nimitz. He and Dwight D. Eisenhower were the two five star generals during Second World War. One exhibit was funded by the George H W Bush foundation. A two-day pass for seniors cost $12.

We returned to Fort Worth.

Fort Worth

Daw Tin Tin Aye (Lillian, T72) is known as a “Ah Phwa” to several Myanmar (Mon, Chin, …) families in Fort Worth. She is happy providing social services especially to the new comers. Due to her busy schedule, she could not join Dr. Ba Han for the trip to Temple, Austin, Houston, …

During her visit to Yangon, “Good Morning” Kyaw Myint took her to the M72 Reunion.

Lillian keeps in touch with her close friends from T72, but she cannot recall the names of several sayas and others from the Class of 72.

Dr. Ba Han’s family

Dr. Ba Han (SPHS66, IM1 73) is the younger brother of U Win Htein (SPHS56, Purdue, PWD, GBNF), U Myo Myint (EC67, RUBC Gold) and U Myint Thein (B.Com, cox of our Novice crew) and the elder brother of Daw Myint Myint Thein (Susan, DAC).

He has a daughter Hester (who is a teacher) and two grand children.
His younger son Harry is doing internship at a hospital in San Francisco.

He retired twice (once in New York and once in Texas).

He has come out of retirement and is now working (some weeks from home and some weeks on-site).

During our trip, he delegated most tasks to his assistant, but he still had to take phone calls and/or “Telepresence”.

Dr. Ba Han belongs to a big extended family. He is a cousin-uncle of U Aung Win (Owen, M71).

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