Since we had frequent flyer miles with UAL (United Air Lines), we booked a round trip flight from SJC (San Jose, California) to DFW (Dallas / Fort Worth in Texas) via DEN (Denver, Colorado) after consulting with Dr. Ba Han (SPHS66, IM1 73, who lives in Fort Worth) and U San Lin (Robert, MEHS67, EC73, UCC, who lives in Dallas).
There are several twin cities in the USA. They include
- Dallas and Fort Worth (in Texas)
- Minneapolis and St. Paul (in Minnesota)
- Seattle and Tacoma (in Washington)
DFW is an International air port near Dallas and Fort Worth.
Dallas also has a local airport named “Love Field” (which is used mainly by Southwest Airlines).
Robert agreed to pick us up at the DFW air port and host for two nights.
Dr. Ba Han agreed to host the remainder of the trip, and also show us around selected cities in Texas.
Break from FB
I did not take my lap top, and I did not log in to FB for the duration of the trip. My spouse would post some photos for her friends.
May 8, 2019
We flew from SJC to DEN on the morning of May 8, 2019.
At the DEN airport, we learned that “due to thunderstorms, only a limited number of inbound flights to DFW were allowed.” The estimated time of departure from DEN was adjusted twice. After more than two hours delay, the plane took off and landed in DFW about two hours later.
Robert and his spouse Daw Hla Myint (Marina, EC73) picked us up at DFW. They treated us to a Texas BBQ (Barbecue). We learned that Robert had become a vegetarian, but would occasionally order BBQ for his grandson.
They hosted us for two nights.
May 9, 2019
On May 9, 2019, they showed us around Dallas (including the infamous depository used by Oswald, the ranch used in the TV series “Dallas”, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Robert and family
After studying at RIT and UCC, Robert worked for TI (Texas Instruments) in Singapore and was relocated to TI in Houston. He retired about a year ago, and moved to Dallas to be near his son Dr. Vincent and his two grandsons.
Robert’s son and daughter-in-law are medical doctors. They hosted a dinner near the swimming club of their elder son.
Robert’s father U Boon Pin is a 1948 – 49 classmate of Sayagyi U Kyaw Tun (RIT EE), U Soe Aung (PWD, Janet’s father) and U Gyn Kho (PWD, Dr. Ba Han’s uncle). He retired as Deputy Chief Engineer of Burma Railways. U Soe Lwin (EC66) was a colleague at Burma Railways.
U Boon Pin’s wife is the aunt of Johnson Lim (C, who attends NorCal RITAA gatherings and offer food dana at several monasteries). Her sister married Albert Teoh (the eldest of the 15 Teoh siblings including Cecil Teoh (C63) and Edward Teoh (M64)). She passed away in Taiwan in early 2020.
May 10, 2019
Dr. Ba Han joined us for lunch at the Dallas Chinese temple that offers excellent vegetarian dishes for a suggested donation of $7.
Dr. Ba Han then drove us to Temple to meet our common niece (daughter of his elder brother U Myo Myint (EC67, RUBC Gold) and my elder sister Sayama Daw Tin Tin Win (RIT Chemistry)).
My niece Dr. Khine Zin Oo and her husband U Myo Tin treated us a dinner at a restaurant which offered dishes from Texas and Louisiana.
Alumni in Texas
There are several RIT alumni in Texas (which is the second largest state in the USA), but due to time constraints I did not have a chance to meet them.
Edward Teoh (M74) and Daw Khin Thein Yi (ChE65) are consultants to selected monasteries in Texas and California.
Dr. Win Bo (EC76) is Secretary of the association supporting the Austin Sitagu Pagoda and monastery.