- I was surprised and delighted when Pho Lone (my 3-year old grandson) said, “Sharing is caring“.
- I learned from my “Thin Sayas, Myin Sayas and Kyar Sayas”.
Thanks for sharing their experience and wisdom.
- I belong to several Circles.
- I have shared my Memories to most Circles.
Private Primary Boundary Road School (PPBRS)
Studied from Infant (C) to 3rd standard.
Won prizes for standing First in most classes and Second in 3rd standard.
PPBRS later changed the name to PBRS after expanding to have classes for middle school and high school.
St. Paul’s High School (SPHS)
As a transfer student, I was admitted to Std. IV(D).
After finishing in the Top Two four four yeears, I was assigned to VIII(A).
Studied in IX(A) and X(A).
Stood Seventh in the Matriculation of 1963 and won the Collegiate Scholarship.
Intermediate College, Rangoon University
We attended the last ever I.Sc.(A) at Leik Khone.
Stood First in I.Sc.(A).
Was admitted to the first ever 2nd B.E. at the Rangoon Institute of Technology with Roll Number 1 (in order of merit).
Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC)
I joined RUBC with my classmates from St. Paul’s High School.
Maung Maung Kyi, Kyaw Wynn and Willie Soe Maung.
We were Runners-up for Senior Novices in the Monsoon Regatta.
We were awarded Full Green at the end of the term.
I was the last democratically elected Honorary Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
I became Vice Captain the following year.
However, the higher authorities created new rules and prevented me from becoming the Captain.
In 2013, I served as Contributing Editor for the commemorative issue in 2013 for the 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC. I wrote preludes for all the sections and three articles honoring the Old Members.
Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT)
Our predecessors attended the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Rangoon OR Burma Institute of Technology (BIT) and were awarded B.Sc. (Engg) degree.
Under the then new Education System, 320 (or so) who had passed the last ever I.Sc.(A) examination form the Intermediate Colleges were admitted to the first ever 2nd BE class in November 1964.
Served as EC member, member of Hlyat Sit Sar Saung, Joint Secretary and Secretary of RIT Electrical Engineering Association.
Wrote an article for Hlyat Sit Sar Saung.
Participated in the debate hosted by RIT English Association.
Served as editor of the newsletter published by the RIT English Association.
Represented RIT in Rowing
Wrote short notes for Set Hmu Thadin Zin
Universities Computer Center (UCC)
Recruited by Saya U Soe Paing to join UCC as Maintenance Engineer in the Systems Division.
Saya U Soe Paing allowed U Aung Zaw and me to be co-authors for the lecture guides and manuals used at UCC.
Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe allowed me to work on several of his projects including
(a) High School Mathematics
(b) Children’s Treasury of Knowledge
(c) Team of System Specialists.
Taught courses at UCC
Later served as Senior Systems Programmer and Business Applications Manager at UCC
Department of Computer Science (DCS)
Served as Lecturer at DCS
Institute of Computer Science and Technology (ICST)
Served as Associate Professor of Software Technology at ICST
In January 2018, I wrote “Memories of UCC”.
A condensed version was published in the commemorative issue of the 30th Anniversary of ICST.
Burma Astro Research Bureau (BARB)
Per request of my friend U Myint Sein (Principal, BARB), I supervised the develop of Veda programs by U Win Latt (UCC) and U Zaw Tun (UCC).
I gave short courses and talks at BARB (which later became MARB).
RIT Alumni International
(Association, Web site and Newsletter)
Founding member of RIT Alumni International which hosted the First RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe (aka SPZP-2000) in San Francisco, California, USA in October 2000.
U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) designed and implemented http://www.ex-rit.org web site. I served as the Content Provider and Editor.
Founder and Chief Editor of “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and Updates for 21 years (starting in April/May of 1999).
Burmese American Professional Society (BAPS)
Life Member of BAPS.
Served as Contributing Editor of BAPS Newsletter.
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
I am a member of ACM.
For a period, I volunteered for the ACM Chapter.
Computer History Museum (CHM)
Member of CHM.
For a period, I volunteered as Docent.
I served as Area Governor, Test Speaker, Coach and Ambassador.
I am a Distinguished Toastmaster.
Northern California RIT Alumni Association (NorCal RITAA)
Served as BOD (Board of Directors).
Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA)
Former Vice President and BOD.
Editor of the Dhammananda Newsletter
Master of Ceremonies at the Memorial Service for Sayadaw U Silananda.Book Committee Member and Contributing Editor of “Paying Homage to Sayadaw U Silananda”.
Per request ot Sayadaw U Silananda and later U Osadha, I helped with editing and refining the materials for the Dhammananda Summer Camp.
Edited three books by Sayadaw U Jotalankara.
Tathagata Meditation Center (TMC)
Translator and interpreter for dhamma talks and meditation retreats.
One Myanmar Community (OMC)
Offered prizes for the Essay Contest held by Bay Area Youth Association (BYA), which later became OMC.
5th Irrawaddy Literary Festival
I was invited to be a Panelist
Sar Pay Chit Thu
Attend Literary Talks and Sarpay Sagar Waing
I was invited to join the 2020 Tour by Myanmar Professional Speakers Association
Freelance writer, translator, and interpreter
Wrote for Guardian and Working People’s Daily (WPD) newspapers; Set Hmu Thadin Zin, Hlyat Sit Sar Saung. Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung; Forward, Veda, Pan and Swel Daw Yeik magazines.
Contributed nine articles for the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife.
Language Expert for the Burmese Language Project by National Language Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Translated the works of Dhammacariya U Htay Hlaing, Dhamma Bheri Sayadaw, Oakland Sayadaw, Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War), Saya U Nyunt Htay and Neikban Zaw.
Guest Speaker at the Centennial of UNSG U Thant.
- It is difficult if not impossible to cover the news of the various circles.
- I am “sharing my Memories” while my physical and mental health are still in reasonably good shape
- Posted 2000+ blogs on hlamin.com
Initially, I labeled them as “Trivia”.
I find out new and interesting facts from the comments.
I have incorporated them into the posts as addendum.
- Some of my posts are raw and perhaps not too deep.
Each post can be elaborated into tens of pages, but then they will not serve well for TL;DR (“Too Long; Didn’t Read”) readers, who have a short Span of Attention (SOA).
- Some posts are meant to highlight topics of interest and to provide personal touch to seemingly simple subjects.
- Met SME (Subject Matter Experts), Laureate Poets, Educators, Distinguished Authors.
- Sought advice, feedback and technical expertise of my sayas, colleagues, alumni and readers.
- Sincerely wish some of them can help with my project : to enhance the posts into e-books, printed books or reference material for amateur and professional historians.
U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) wrote :
- Many people, including yours truly, nowadays suffer TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) syndrome.
- OTOH (On The Other Hand), oral and written history should have some more in depth, don’t you think?
- We need to have some new blood to help you out, learn and essentially take over some parts of your incredulous work, I hope.
- As I have said more than once, I consider you as my mentor, and you are irreplaceable in more than one way.
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