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Rangoon University (59)

It’s a small world

  • The following is a sampling of “Six degrees (or less) of Separation“.
  • It also illustrates “Associative Memory“.
  • Saya U Sein taught us Burmese at St. Paul’s High School (SPHS).
  • He was our Burmese teacher in High School.
  • His students include Saya U Thet Lwin (Ngwe Hlinne, composer of “Mya Kyun Nyo”)
  • U Thet Lwin taught Burmese at the Institute of Economics.
  • At the RU Golden Jubilee in 1970, U Thet Lwin was Secretary of the Committee chaired by Saya Dr. Aung Gyi (Professor of Civil Engineering).
  • A few years later they had a mini-reunion.
    Dr. Aung Gyi became Rector of RIT.
    U Thet Lwin became Registrar.
  • The song :Mya Kyun Nyo” was sung at the Opening Ceremony of Yar Pyay Ah Kyo)”.
    The song was first recorded as a “Dat Pya” at Myanmar Ah Than (Burma Broadcasting Service).
    It was first sung by U Mya Thein and group.
    It was also sung by the RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins in Singapore (fondly known as the “Pon Chan Chan Group” led by Don Min U Yu Swan).
    YouTube has several versions of the song.
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Mya Kyun Nyo
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U Thet Lwin
  • U Thet Lwin is the maternal uncle of Ko Sein Tin (who volunteered at UCC while waiting for “permission” to move to Australia).
  • Ko Sein Tin hosted a dinner during our visit to Sydney in 2006.
    He recorded the gatherings including the one at Saya U Aung Zaw‘s house where the UCC alumni paid respect to Sayagyi Dr. F. Ba Hli (Retired Advisor from the Ministry of National Planning and Member of the UCC Management Board) and Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe (Pioneer of Computer Systems, Applications and Education in Burma).
  • Saya U Kyaw Sein (Saya Sein’s brother-in-law) who was Class teacher for a different section in Seventh Standard.
    He taught us as a relieving saya.
  • Win Myint (Myeik) is son-in-law of Saya U Kyaw Sein.
    He writes poems and publishes them in the RU Centennial Group.
  • Saya Dr. Soe Win (Saya Sein’s son) stood first in Burma in the Matriculation of 1958.
    My cousin U Myo Min and my brother-in-law U Khin Maung Tun were his classmates at SPHS.
    Saya studied Chemistry Honors at RU.
    My sister Daw Khin Than Nwe (Physics Honors) was his classmate at Yankin and Rangoon University.
    Saya did his doctorate at Imperial College, University of London.
    My cousin U Myo Min and U Mya Maung (Amyotha Yoke Shin) were his room mates in London.
    Saya retired as Rector of YUFL
  • IFL (Institute of Foreign Languages) was founded by Saya U Yu Khin (father of Dr. Marie Yu Khin and Dr. Richard Yu Khin).
    IFL evolved into YUFL.
  • Dr. Daw Phay (spouse of U Yu Khin) was personal physician of my paternal aunt (mother of U Tin U, U Ba Than, Dr. Ruby, Daw Myint Thwe, Dr. Myo Tint, U Tin Htoon, U Myo Min, U Thaung Lwin and Daw Cho Cho Hlaing).
  • Ko Richard’s aunt was a close friend of Dr. Ruby.
  • Ko Richard won a Gold for Yatching at the 2nd SEAP Games with U Maung Maung Lwin (former Burma weight lifting champion, Commodore of Rangoon Sailing Club).
  • Ko Richard trained along side U Tin Maung Ni and swimming stars under a Japanese Swimming Coach.
  • Finally met Saya Dr. Soe Win (SPHS58) and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin (MEHS57) during my visit to Myanmar from November 2019 to January 2020.
  • In September 2019, Saya invited me to join the group that was founded by his sons.
  • After I wrote a few posts, Nyi Nyi (Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin, Saya’s younger son) asked me to become a Moderator.
  • Nyi Nyi founded the group with 14 members including his elder brother (Ko Aung Mon).
    Recently learned that Ko Aung Mon attended TTC Practicing School together with my nephews and nieces.
  • Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin (Group Admin) was raised on the Campus (after his parents taught at several colleges before getting reassigned to RU).
  • Sayama wrote a post “A Triumphant Return”.
  • Nyi Nyi wanted to learn first hand accounts about the University of Rangoon and its descendants.
  • He is the proud father of Ei Lwin, who achieved grade 9 in all of the nine subjects that she sat in the 2019 GCSE exams.
    Following grandpa’s footsteps almost sixty years later!
  • Robert Sein (SPHS58) stood second in Burma in the Matriculation of 1958. He studied Physics Honors at RU.
    His classmates include Sayama Daw May Than Nwe (Joyce, GBNF, spouse of Saya U Thein Lwin (GBNF), Sayama Daw Khin Swe Aye (Emily, spouse of Saya U Hlwan Moe (GBNF)) and my sister Sayama Daw Khin Than Nwe.
    Finally met Ko Robert at the soon kwyay in memory of my brother-in-law (who was his classmate at SPHS).
  • Wendy Sein (Ko Robert’s sister) was our school mate at the last ever I.Sc.(A) at Leik Khone.
  • Wendy’s spouse Dr. Thein Htut (RUBC Gold) rowed with our cousins at RUBC.
  • Dr. Thein Htut’s sister Daw Tin Tin Aye was a close friend of my sister.
  • Saya recently mentioned that Daw Myint Myint Tin (Pearl Ba Tin, MEHS58) stood Third in the Matriculation of 1958.
  • Ma Pearl’s spouse was known as “Sargalay” to his Paulian friends.
  • Ma Pearl’s brother (Melvyn, U Myo Win, M/Ag65, GBNF) taught Agricultural Engineering at RIT and an Australian University. He managed the RIT Automobile Club. He rowed as a saya for RIT.
  • Saya’ Melvyn’s spouse (Ma Noreen Aung Gyaw) taught English at RU.
  • Her brothers are Albert Aung Gyaw, H.E. U Nyi Than (GBNF, spouse of Sayama Toni) and U Tin Aung Win (spouse of Dorothy Kyaw Tun).
  • Dorothy’s father (U Kyaw Tun) was my saya. In fact, he is also a saya of our sayas.
  • Dorothy’s sister (Elizabeth) was my classmate at PPBRS.
  • Dr. Sargalay’s sister (Audrey) was a classmate of my sister-in-law at St. Philomena’s Convent.
  • Audrey’s spouse (Michael Aye) was a classmate of two cousins at SPHS.
  • Michael and my cousin Myint Toe were classmates at RIT.
  • Michael was a Best Man at the wedding of my cousin Kyaw Nyunt Koe in the USA.
  • Daw May Saw Lwin’s uncle (U Po Zon) was a Vice President at RUBC.
    Sithu U Tin (father of Dr. Nyunt Tin and Saya U Han Tin), U Po Zon and my cousin U Tin Htoon compiled RUBC History of the 40th Anniversary Issue in 1963.
    Dr. Nyunt Tin was a classmate of my cousin Dr. Myo Tint in Medical School.
    Saya U Han Tin was Captain and later President at RUBC.
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Dr. Soe Win and Daw May Saw Lwin

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