- Kind Words
- Kyet Taw
- 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,
- 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.
In January 2019, I completed 1000 Trivia Posts.
Received some kind words and comments.
Saya Dr Myo Khin (C70) wrote :
Dear Ko Hla Min,
Your endless selfless towards the RIT is highly appreciated.
Please do not stop this meritorious deed.
May Lord Buddha bless and keep you and your beloved family.
Sincerely and Best Regards,
Your childhood friend
Winston De Penha (SPHS63) wrote :
I’ve read all your Trivia posts.
Hope you remember me.
I was your classmate.
U San Lin (“Maung Lu Pay”, M87) wrote :
It’s best 1000 trivia I ever read.
Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint (SPHS60),
Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS63), and
Uzin Bobby Myo Tun (A69) wrote :
- The Trivia posts are more than trivia
- They are Chronicles spanning several decades
- There are some information that I did not know
U Sann Tun Ni (Las Vegas) wrote :
- Hopefully someone could translate into Myanmar (for a wider audience)
Kyet Taw is one of the famous nick names.
U Khin Maung Lwin (“Kyet Taw”)
- Past General Secretary of RIT-YIT-YTU Alumni Association.
- Core organizer of the Combined Class of 87 and 91. (There is no convocation for 1988, 1989 and 1990).
- Was active in 8888 movement.
- Organized Golf Tournaments for Sayas and Alumni.
Dr. Nyan Taw (“Kyet Taw”, Dicky, SPHS63)
- RUBC Gold
- Doctorate in Marine Biology
- Worked for Pearl and Fishery Corporation before moving abroad (e.g. Indonesia) for UN and Private Sector assignments (e.g. raising Prawns).
- His mother is credited with helping Bogyoke Aung San evade the heels of the Police.
Editor’s Note :
Dr. Nyan Taw wrote :
Now I know three ‘Kyet Taw’ an engineer, medical doctor & I