Hla Min

HM : Beliefs

  • Life Long Learning
  • Paying back the Metta and Cetana
    of our ancestors and mentors
  • Sharing Knowledge and Expertise
  • Recording the History
    of our beloved land
    of Engineering and Computer Education in Burma
  • Dream big or small
    Others can help fulfill your sweet dreams.

Life Long Learning

  • I learn new things every day.
  • I listen to one or more Blinkist daily.
  • I follow Merriam Webster’s “Word of the day” podcast.
  • I write or update several posts in Facebook and this website.

Facebook Groups

I am Owner / Admin of the following Groups

  • RIT Updates
  • Life Long Learning
  • Myanmar 202X

I used to be a Contributor and/or Moderator of other Groups

  • RU Centennial
  • PBRS
  • RUBC
  • SPHS
  • UCC

Practice

I practice the “Pillars of Learning” :

  • Learning to know
  • Learning to do
  • Learning to be
  • Learning to live
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Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
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Appreciation Award from Northern California RIT Alumni Association

Paying back to our Ancestors and Mentors

I have studied and/or taught at

  • PPBRS (Private Primary Boundary Road School)
  • SPHS (St. Paul’s High School)
  • RU (Rangoon University)
  • RIT (Rangoon Institute of Technology)
  • UCC (Universities Computer Center)
  • DCS (Department of Computer Science)
  • ICST (Institute of Computer Science and Technology)

I am indebted to my parents and my teachers — Thin Saya, Myin Saya and Kyar Saya — for helping me develop a passion for Learning and Dissemination of Knowledge and Expertise.

Our ancestors were philanthropists. They donated schools and books, hospitals and medicine, and buildings (Tazaung, Zayat, Shelter)

I am trying to emulate the philanthropy of our ancestors by sharing my knowledge and expertise.

Sharing Knowledge and Expertise

I am a Jack of all trades and Master of some. 

I am a Proponent of Youth Leadership.

I am sharing my Knowledge and Expertise that I have gained as

  • Software Craftsman (Developer / Engineer)
  • Consultant
  • Distinguished Toastmaster
  • Freelance Author, Translator and Interpreter
  • Editor of several newsletters and books
  • Amateur Historian and Folklorist

Recording history of our beloved land

  • I love history.
  • Was a member of “History of Myanmar Engineering Education (HMEE) Project”.
    U Ohn Khine (M70) and I compiled the CD supplement for HMEE-2012 book.
  • Was a Docent at the “Computer History Museum” in Mountain View, California, USA.
  • Published 3000+ posts.
  • Requesting Subject Matter Experts (SME) to provide interest to feedback and suggestions.
  • Broadcast 200+ Short Talks from August 2020 to February 2021.
  • Hope that my posts and videos will be helpful to scholars and historians (especially in Myanmar).

I wrote and/or reviewed articles, translations and poems for

  • National Foreign Language Center (NFLC)
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Burmese Language Lessons (Listening and Reading)
  • Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife
    ABC-CIO Press
    Can access my articles from Google Books.
  • Moe Ma Ka
    Online Publication
  • RIT Alumni International Newsletter
    Started in April 1999
  • Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung
    Poems for SPZP-2002 and SPZP-2007
    Article for SPZP-2010
  • Swel Daw Yeik Magazine
    Article for SPZP-2012
  • History of Myanmar Engineering Education Project
    U Ohn Khine (M70) and I compiled the CD Supplement for HMEE-2012 Book
  • BAPS Newsletter
    Contributing Editor for Burmese American Professional Society
  • Dhammananda Newsletter
    Contributing Editor for Dhammananda Vihara (Half Moon Bay, California) and Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA)
  • Paying Homage to Sayadaw U Silanandabhimvama
    Contributing Editor and Member of Publications Committee
  • Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC)
    90th Anniversary Issue
  • Guardian Newspaper
    Poems (e.g. Men on the Moon)
    Articles (e.g. Computers and Applications) in English
  • Working People’s Daily (WPD)
    Poems (e.g. Phaung daw-u Festival)
    Translation (e.g. Still So Young) in English
  • Forward Magazine
    Poems (e.g. To the Fallen Warrior) in English
  • Veda Magazine
    Articles for Burma Astro Research Bureau (BARB)
  • Pan Magazine
    Articles in Burmese
  • High School Mathematics Project
    Member of Editorial Team
  • Team of System Specialists (TOSS)
    Computer Education and Application
  • Set Hmu Thadin Zin
    Short notes for RIT Newsletter
  • Hlyat Sit Sar Saung
    Articles for RIT EE Publication

I have volunteered for

  • Computer History Museum (CHM)
  • History of Myanmar Engineering Education (HMEE)
    HMEE-2012 Project
    HMEE-2018 Project
  • Toastmasters International
  • San Francisco Bay Area ACM Chapter
  • 2010 Census Count Committee
  • RIT Alumni International
  • NorCal RIT Alumni Association
  • Tathagata Meditation Center (TMC)
  • Theravada Buddhist Society of America (TBSA)

Dream Big or Small

“If one person can dream, others will fulfill”

The saying is attributed to Jules Verne who dreamed and wrote about space ships, submarines, and travel around the globe.

My Earlier Dream

I had a Dream to connect or re-connect Sayas, Colleagues and Friends physically and/or electronically.

We successfully organized the First RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe in San Francisco, California in October 2000.

Six more World-wide Reunion and SPZP took place :
in Singapore in 2002, 2007 and 2010,
in Yangon in 2004, 2012 and 2016.
Due to pandemic, SPZP-2020 was postponed / canceled.

I started the RIT Alumni International Newsletter in April 1999.

I served as Content Provider for ex-RIT websites :
the first one designed and implemented by U Khin Maung Zaw (now retired from Microsoft)
and the second one by U Wunna Ko Ko (then working for SAS)

For various reasons, both ex-RIT websites are now inactive.

My Later Dream

I want to have a reasonably good Oral and Written History of our Alma Mater and our Beloved Land.

To realize My Dream, I have taken the following steps:

I set up
one free website from WordPress (to archive my works)
and
one paid website hlamin.com (to add new posts and revise selected posts).

I have requested the Organizers of SPZP-2000 and interested sayas and alumni to record informal and formal gatherings.

I request all users to provide suggestions for improvement.

In particular, I welcome Subject Matter Experts (SME) to review and enhance selected posts.

Best Regards,

Categories: Hla Min

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