During my younger days, I learned from several encyclopedias. They include
- Pear’s Cyclopedia
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- Myanmar Swel Sone Kyan
Later, I had access to other encyclopedias. For example,
I am fortunate to be a Contributor to the “Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife“.
Nine of my articles are published in Volume 1 of the 3-Volume Encyclopedia.
They can be read from “Google Books”.
Let Oo Sayas
- I have paid homage to my beloved parents in my Newsletters and Web sites.
- For several decades, I was one of the lucky ones to have both living parents.
- Sad to say, they passed away in their 80s.
My Beloved Spouse and Her Mother
- My beloved spouse lost her father early (in his 50s).
- Her mother lived to the late 80s.
My Paternal Great Grandmother (Philanthropist)
My Great Grandparents’ donations include
- Hospitals / clinics
- Charitable associations
- Free medicine (e.g. for burns)
- Satu Ditha (e.g. at the Annual Tabaung Festival at Shwe Dagon Pagoda)
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
Under the “old” system, I completed
- Competent Communicator (CC)
- Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)
- Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS)
- Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG)
- Competent Leader (CL)
- Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)
- Advanced Leader Silver (ALS)
- Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
- and more manuals / projects
Editor of Dhammananda Newsletter
- The Newsletter was published by Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA).
- I also volunteered as Content Provider for the TBSA web site.
- I edited some books published by Sayadaw U Jotalankara
and a “Collection of Short Talks of Sayadaw U Silananda” compiled by Sayadaw U Osadha
- I had the honor to be Master of Ceremony at the Memorial Service for Sayadaw U Silananda
- I served as Publications Committee Member and Contributing Editor of “Paying Homage to Sayadaw U Silananda”
Matriculation in 1963
- As Guinea Pigs of the ever changing Education System, we sat for
the Last ever 7th Standard Government examination in 1960,
the First ever HSF Only examination (mostly in Burmese) in March 1962
(which was nullified for Rangoon Division)
and again in August 1962,
the First ever Matriculation Only examination (mostly in English) in May 1963.
- 1263 students from Rangoon Division passed the Matriculation examination.
- Ko Khin Maung U (Roll Number 2263) from St. Paul’s High School stood First in Burma.
- Those who are interested in Patterns can see three “63”.
- SPHS Matriculates had
Five students in the Top Five,
Seven students in the Top Ten,
and Ten students in the Top Twenty.
- They were honored at SPHS, and were also invited to attend the Annual OPA Dinner.
- Sadly, two of them — Ko Myo San (Freddie Ba San) and Ko Aung Thu Yein (Brownie Way) — are GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).