- During my visit to Yangon, my cousin sister surprised me and said, “I still have the paper with the song that you wrote for Kha Lay Ah Thin.”
- Kha Lay stands for a child and the associated age of innocence.
- Ah Thinn stands for a club or an association.
- I was the President (Okkatha) of the Club, and the composer of the Club’s song,
Khalay Ah Thinn
- When we were young, there was no Internet or TV.
The Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) would broadcast for specified hours in the morning, afternoon, evening and night.
We spend a lot of time outdoors.
- Our relatives stayed originally at the “Ein Gyi” (Big House) numbered 53, and later spread to 45, 47, 49, 51, and 55.
- One hangout was the corner in my paternal uncle’s compound.
- Someone came up with the idea that we should form a “Kha Lay Ah Thin”.
I was chosen to be the “Okkahta” (President).
I am not a composer, but that did not prevent from trying out a “Theme Song”.
The music and lyrics were not spectacular, but I would have earned a nod for moving out of my comfort zone.
- We did not have fund.
- Our uncles, aunts and elder cousins decided to help with the fund raiser.
- There was the renowned “Bu Thee Gyaw & Ah Chin”.
- It was probably an early sign that I would become an organizer.
- I did not cherish going to school at an early age.
- It was not fun to write or draw on a slate, and listen to the “Chalk and Talk”.
- One day, I jumped hard on the chair, and fell onto the concrete floor and cut my eye brow. It was Kan So Kan Kaung. I was excused to go home that day.
- According to my beloved mother, “Teacher Kywe” — a caring Karen Christian Teacher and excellent Pianist — coaxed and magically transformed me into a dutiful student with an inquiring mind.
To this day, I cherish “Life Long Learning”.
- My mother would send me to pay respect to Teacher Kywe for several years until her retirement. It was a Micro-PZP.
- Later, I would be involved in mini-PZPs, PZPs, and Grand (world wide) PZPs.