- I pay respect to Thin Saya, Myin Saya and Kyar Saya.
They taught me all I knew.
- I would like to thank my mentors who directly or indirectly taught me Communication (Oral and Written) and Languages (English, Burmese, …)
- Last but not the least, a million thanks to my “Let Oo Sayas”
I fondly remember the days that I had to read / study
- Tom Thumb’s Essays
- A Student’s Companion
- Oxford English Dictionary” (OED — various sizes and editions),
- Chamber’s Dictionary (used in Scrabble tournaments)
- Rhyming Dictionary
- Word Power/Vocabulary in [six weeks, 21 days, …”
- They helped me improve my writing and communication skills.
- Thanks to all the authors, who are my implicit teachers.
Dr. Chit Swe (GBNF)
Dr. Chit Swe (Professor of Mathematics, Founder/Director of UCC, and Rector of RASU) was/is my mentor. Saya invited over renowned computer scientists [led by Professor Harry D. Huskey] and mathematicians [e.g. Professor Frank Harary] to Rangoon to hold seminars and to design courses in computer science and applications. He taught us to use CPM/PERT (Critical Path Method/Programme Evaluation and Review Technique) for the various projects. Saya asked me to be a translator for CTK (Children’s Treasury of Knowledge), an editor for “High School Mathematics”, and a member of TOSS (Team Of System Specialists), to name a few.
Saya passed away in November 2019, but his Legacy as Computer Pioneer in Burma will remain forever.
U Soe Paing
Saya U Soe Paing was my mentor at RIT and UCC. Together with Saya U Myo Min and Saya U Ko Ko Lay (GBNF), they taught degree and diploma courses in computer science, and also conducted courses in computer programming, computer orientation, to name a few. The sayas asked me to be their assistant. Saya U Soe Paing also allowed Saya U Aung Zaw and me to co-author of the texts and guides used at UCC.
- Working People’s Daily (WPD)
- Forward magazine
- Pan magazine
- Veda magazine
- Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung
- Swel Daw Yeik magazine
- RUBC magazine
- BAPS Newsletter
- Dhammananda Newsletter
- Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife .
- .. published my articles, poems and translations.
I gained experience by volunteering as
- Docent at the Computer History Museum (at Mountain View)
- Contributing Edior of the materials taught at the Summer Dhamma Camp at Dhammananda Vihara (at Half Moon Bay
- Area Governor, Club Coach, Contest Chair, Test Speaker, Club Ambassador at Toastmasters International
- Editor of several publications by Sayadaws (e.g. U Jotalankara) and friends (e.g. U Aung Zaw)
- Language expert at National Language Center
Parents and Ancestors
Last but not the least, my heartfelt thanks to my beloved parents and their philanthropic forebears for instilling me the passion to help humanity in general and to my alma mater. They believed that “Any thing that’s worth doing is worth doing well.”
- My beloved spouse told me that I should pay back to my alma mater, mentors and my beloved land.
- She reminded me that I should take care of my health to enjoy quality time with our Life Savers : Chit Sa Noe and Po Lone.
- I had paid back to my alma mater RIT where I studied from 1964 – 1969 by volunteering as Messenger and Organizer for 21 years.
e.g. For SPZP-2000, I wrote 64 “Countdown to the Reunion” and 36 “Post_Reunion”.
- In 2018, I wrote “Memories of UCC” .
I wrote a Summary for the magazine to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ICST.
- To commemorate the 19th anniversary (in April 2018) for “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and the 45th wedding anniversary (in June 2018), I wrote several hundreds of Trivia postings.
- Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt, Sayama Daw Thida, U Kyaw Min Thein, U Wynn Htain Oo and several others mentioned that my postings are really much more than Trivia, and that they learned something informative.
I have dropped “Trivia” in my posts.
- Since then, I have completed 2500+ posts.
Revised most of them with the feedback provided by our readers (including Dr. Khin Maung U, Dr. Victor Nyunt Wai, Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint, U Khin Maung Zaw).
- In 2019, I had two celebrations :
20th Anniversary as Founder-Editor of RIT Alumni International Newsletter
Golden Jubilee of graduation from RIT
- In 2020, I am continuing with adding / revising posts for hlamin.com and share some of them via Facebook pages and Google Group mails.
- I am a Dreamer.
I believe, “If one can dream, others will fulfill.”
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