Food for thought

All You Can Eat

During our younger days, many food shops and food stalls offer “Ah Wa Sar” (All You Can Eat).

  • My father took his assistants to an “Ah Wa Sar” shop during a trip to Upper Burma.
  • The cost was about one kyat per person.
  • On the return trip, the shop had “Closed for today” sign.
  • It might be due to the fact that my father’s assistants ate four or more bowls of rice, several helpings of “Toe Sa Ya” before finishing one or more bowls with the meat.

Most of my elderly friends in the US have stopped going to “Ah Wa Sar” restaurants because of a seemingly Lose-Lose situation.

  • If you do not eat a lot, then you lose your money’s worth.
  • If you eat a lot, you might not feel good for a few days. You may incur health problems.


  • Caused by diseases (e.g. Epidemic, Pandemic)
  • Caused by hunger / starvation (e.g. loss of crops)
  • Caused by weapons (e.g. war)
  • Some recite Protective Verses to lessen the impact of Calamities


  • Listening, evaluation and feedback are important for effective communication.
  • We have one mouth [to speak] and two ears [for attentive listening].

Facebook Pages

I have four main pages :

  • One for my relatives and close friends
  • One for my general friends
  • RIT Updates
  • Fun with Learning

I am a member of selected pages :

  • Northern California RIT Alumni Association
  • One Myanmar Community
  • P.B.R.S Group
  • RIT 69ers
  • RU Centennial
  • Saga Pariye
  • SF Bay Area Burmese / Myanmar Community and Culture Center
  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
  • Team Old School IT


  • Before Facebook introduced emojis, some users overused the “Like” button.
  • I was puzzled to see Likes in an Obituary posting.
    Shouldn’t one be sad?
  • Are some users clicking “Like” without reading if the posting is current or old, and if the contents are really likeable.


  • Malicious software industry is responsible for losses (in down time, data corruption, identity theft) in the billions.
  • According to one report, the industry is more profitable and safer than the drug dealing.
  • The penalty of offenders for malicious software is “peanuts” (e.g. little or no jail time) compared to drug dealers (e.g. life imprisonment and death penalty) in most countries.


  • One should be aware of “opt-in” versus “opt-out” options.
  • Many do not read “fine print”.

Retire vs. Re-tire

  • U Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70) is a Multiple Golden Sponsor of SPZPs.
  • He told me,
    “You should not retire.
    You may re-tire (as in re-threading a tire).
    We will try to support you and your projects.
  • I am retired from working to make ends meet.
  • I am re-tiring as long as my physical and mental health permit.
  • Took a few on-line courses (for credit)
    Too taxing and slow
    Opted to audit 100+ courses (covering many subjects)
  • Listen to one Blinkist every day
  • Listen to Merriam Webster’s Word of the day (WOTD) Podcast every day.
  • Ride stationary bike for 20+ minutes every day.
  • Write or revise 10+ posts every day.


  • Salutations are context and culture dependent.
  • We call some older people as “Uncle” and “Auntie” although they are not related to us.
  • At SPHS, we call our sayas without the formal U.
    e.g. Saya Sein (instead of Saya U Sein)
  • I was once reprimanded by an elder reader for writing Saya Aung Khin instead of Saya U Aung Khin or Sayagyi U Aung Khin.
  • A visiting Professor from Germany wanted to be addressed as “Professor Doctor” (not just Professor or Doctor).
  • Saya Allen Htay (C58) told us that he could not use “Mr” during his stay in Netherlands.
    He was asked to use “Ingr” (based on his profession).
  • Early surgeons in the UK were not necessarily doctors, and so they did not force people to address them as Dr.
  • People who have Honorary Doctorates usually put “Honoris Causa” (meaning the degree was awarded for esteem).

Writing : Speed and Scope

  • A friend told me, “You are writing too fast and too much.
    Please slow down.”
  • A select few said, “We have read every post”.
  • One said, “You should cover topics of interest to the general reader, not just engineers and scientists”.
  • One can please some readers all of the time.
  • One can please all readers some of the time.
  • But, one cannot please every reader all of the time.
  • I am just sharing what the Thin Sayas, Myin Sayas and Kyar Sayas taught me.

Four Foundations of Mindfulness

This is the only way, monks,

  • for the purification of minds of beings,
  • for overcoming sorrow and lamentation,
  • for the disappearance of pain and grief,
  • for reaching the Path,
  • for the realization of Nibbana,

namely, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

What are the four? Herein, monks,

(1) a monk dwells practicing
body-contemplation on the body,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world;

(2) he dwells practicing
feeling-contemplation on the feelings,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world;

(3) he dwells practicing
mind-contemplation on the mind,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world;

(4) he dwells practicing
dhamma-object contemplation on the dhamma-objects,
ardent, clearly comprehending and mindful,
overcoming covetousness and grief in the world.

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