Date

May 10, 2020

  • Celebrations in May
  • Peter’s article about his father

Celebrations in May

Wedding Anniversary

  • U Tin U and Dr. Daw Khin Kyi Nyunt

Birthdays

  • Daw Khin Than Aye (Helen, spouse of U Tin Htoon), USA
    Due to the “shelter-in-place” ordinance, food was ordered for delivery from a nearby restaurant
  • Khin Hnin Su (daughter of U Soe Min Oo and Daw Kay Thi), Singapore
    She received admission from NUS and NTU on her birthday
    For about a decade, she donated S$300 to sponsor a yahan studying with the assistance of Dana Sri Lanka society co-founded by Daw Tin Tin Myint (Emma, ChE70)
  • Thin Thiri Tun (Honey, daughter of U Tin Tun and Daw Aye Aye Khin), Singapore
    She recorded Peter’s service and shared the video with relatives (some who missed part or whole of the event)
  • U Aung Myaing (ChE72), Bangkok
    Donated to RGH (via his friends from the Class of 72)
    Member of the group recording “classic songs” for sharing on the Internet.

Mother’s Day

I have created an album of Mothers in my Facebook pages.

They include my mother, aunts, sisters, cousins and friends.

My albums contain the following:

  • My mother holding my elder son (who was the youngest of six cousins at the time the photo was taken).
  • My spouse celebrating “Mother’s Day” (include “Grandma’s Day) with home-cooked “Kyee O” by her “Thamee” (daughter-in-law) and her lovely “Myees”.

Peter’s article about his father

He had an experience of being kidnapped by his company driver who hired “insurgents” with criminal records, to do the job. They came to his office at Lewis street, and pretended to be from military intelligence in mufti. They asked him to come along with them for questioning. They asked the office driver to drive the company jeep up to A1 compound near 9th mile and let the driver to get off at a bus stop with a letter to give to my mother.

One of them took the driver seat and continued driving out of the city passing Mingaladon airport. When their jeep went past the Mingaladon Military Intelligence Centre (Yay Kyi Ine), my father became suspicious.

Luckily, there was a road block near Hmawbi, and the kidnappers tried and overtook the battle tanks in a convoy on the road. An off duty military police stopped the car, giving my father a chance to ask for help; my father reached the car key from the back seat and threw it away. The military police asked my father to drive instead and was later freed, after being taken to the military commander and the police station.

In the mean time my mother, who was doing research at Insein Railway Hospital, received a ransom letter at 11 am to bring 60,000 Kyats in a jute bag, wearing a red longyi to a road corner, near “Ar-lain-nga-sint” pagoda in “Mingaladon”, by 3 pm the same day.

The kidnappers’ plan was to torture and kill my father whether they received the ransom or not. The grudge was for sacking the driver who took sick leave, and went to work in another company to get two salaries.

Editor’s Note :

  • Was it a miracle? Or, was it a series of coincidences?
  • U Tin U overcame a death threat.
  • He continued working and enjoying Golf and the 19th hole celebrations. Even to this day, he keeps fit by watering plants in the garden and taking his daily dose of Scotch Whiskey.
  • He looks healthier than his younger brother Sayagyi U Ba Than.
  • When he heard about Peter’s untimely demise, he was shocked / upset for three days. Then, he refused to go to the front lawn in the evenings. His reason : “There is nobody to talk to.”
    Ye Myint requested his father not to give up his daily routine and added “We will call you”.

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