- To the Fallen Warrior
- The Phaungdaw-u Festival
- The Ngapali Beach
- Our Unity
To the Fallen Warrior
Independence Movement and the Warriors
- “Taw Hlan Yay Nay” (Resistance Day) is celebrated in March. The resistance officially started on March 27, 1945.
- Bohmu Ba Htoo had started the resistance earlier, but it was made to look like a random sporadic act of defiance. The town which housed the early military training school was named “Ba Htoo Myo”.
- “Lut Latt Yay Nay” (Independence Day) is celebrated in January.
- The Union Jack was lowered and the Union Flag was flown on January 4, 1948.
- The time 4:20 AM may have been suggested some experts in Astrology.
- Many civilians and armed personnel put their lives on the line in their support for a Democratic and Independent Union of Burma.
- Some believed that the “pen is mightier than the sword.”
- My poem “To the fallen warrior” was published in Forward Magazine.
- Bohmu Ba Thaw (Maung Thaw Ka) was the Chief Editor. He joking asked me if I would like to join his staff.
- U Sein Hla was the Assistant Editor.
- I received Fifteen Kyats for my poem.
- The artist who illustrated my poem received Fifty Kyats.
The Phaundaw-u Festival
- Many years ago, I wrote a poem “The Phaungdaw-u Festival”
- for the Thadinkyut Supplement of Working People’s Daily (WPD).
- I visited Inlay Lake three times.
- My first visit was in the summer of 1965. I was selected as Tekkatho Luyechun for the Inlay Khaung Daing Camp.
- My second visit was in October, 1965. I accompanied Ko Aung Kyaw (Peter Pe, SPHS, Movie Star) and Ko Maung Maung Aye (SPHS, IM1, GBNF) to Inlay and Taunggyi. Peter’s cousins (including a medical doctor) live in In Paw Khone in Inlay. Peter’s uncle U Maung Maung Latt was Ah Mat Choke in Taunggyi. We saw first hand the famous Phaungdaw-u Festival.
- My third visit was made a few years back. We took a tour package (air travel to He Ho airport, hotel, car and boat) to Inlay. We stayed at a hotel in Inlay and then visited selected places in a chartered boat. We were sad to see the declining state of Inlay (e.g. water level). We also spent some time in Taunggyi and the nearby cave in Ho Pone.
The Ngapali Beach
My poem “The Ngapali Beach” was published in the Forward Magazine on March 2, 1970.
I received fifteen kyats for my poem.
The illustrator received fifty kyats.
Bohmu Ba Thaw (Maung Thaw Kha) was Chief Editor of the Forward Magazine. He jokingly asked me if I would be interested to join his staff.
U Sein Hla was Assistant Editor of the Forward Magazine.
My first visit was during my student days. My cousin and friends stayed at the Bungalow owned by U Tha Gyaw Wai and managed by my uncle. At a nearby bungalow was a movie crew by Amyotha Yoke Shin with U San Maung (Gerald, RUBC Gold and Coach). Ko Gerald asked me if I would be interested to join them on the way back via Taung Goke. We were hosted by the cinema owner. He offered the movie audience a free show if they could translate the Burmese titles into English. One submission was “Fly away bitter bird” (Pyan Lay dei Nget Khar).
My second visit was with my beloved spouse and two young sons. We stayed at the Bungalow owned by Amyotha Yoke Shin and managed by U Mya Maung (GBNF, younger brother of U Sein Tin and elder brother of Saya U Tin Htut).
My third visit was as a Guest Lecturer for the Ngapali Luyechun Camp. I spent some time chatting with other Guest Lecturers including Saya U Kyaw Myint (Director of Higher Education, former Professor of Physics at Mandalay).
Hantha Aye Nylon — the parents of Daw Than Than Yee (T71, GBNF) and U Sann Aung (M74) — also owned a Bungalow.
The Hotel and Tourist Corporation built the first hotel in Ngapali.
I know a few people (U Aung Win) who have taken [almost] yearly trips to Ngapali.
- My poem “Our Unity” was published in WPD (Working People’s Daily) for Pyidaung Su Nay (Union Day). It was written as a dream.
- Hlaing Phyo is one of my pen names.
- I received fifteen kyats for my poem.
- G Ko Lay (RUBC Gold) was Chief Editor of WPD. His spouse is Sayama Daw Nyunt Nyunt Win (Physics, Registrar of RASU).
- Former Chief Editors of WPD include U Khin Maung Latt (father of Saya Dr. Khin Maung Win, grand father of Maung Yit and Junior Win) and U Than Saw (grand father of KMZ’s spouse).
Tekkatho Moe War wrote : This is really an amazing verse to read, especially for a poetry lover, be it in any language, so to speak.
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