P - T

HM : Thoughts

All You Can Eat

  • During our younger days, many food shops and food stalls offer “Ah Wa Sar”.
  • My father took his assistants to an “Ah Wa Sar” shop during a trip to Upper Burma.
    Cost was one kyat per person.
  • On the return trip, the shop had “Closed for today” sign.
    Might be due to the fact that my father’s assistants ate 3+ bowls of rice, several “Toe Sa Ya” helpings before finishing with the meat.
  • Most elderly friends in the US have stopped going to “Ah Wa Sar” restaurants because of a seemingly Lose-Lose situation.
  • If you do not eat a lot, then you lose your money’s worth.
  • If you eat a lot, you may incur health problems.


  • Caused by diseases
    e.g. Epidemic, Pandemic
  • Caused by hunger / starvation
    e.g. loss of crops
  • Caused by weapons
    e.g. war
  • Some recite Protective Verses to lessen the impact of Calamities
  • Ratana Sutta was recited at Vesali


  • Two way street
    e.g. dialog, discussion
  • We have one mouth [to speak] and two ears [for attentive listening].
  • Effective listening is important
    e.g. understand what the other person is saying
  • Evaluation and feedback help us improve our communication skills


Teaching and Learning

Teaching is only one aspect. A teacher learns by teaching and receiving feedback from the students. A teacher should be a life long learner.

Learning is another aspect.
We should not encourage Rote Learning and mindless repetition. “Learning how to learn” and similar courses propose efficient and effective techniques.


Liberal education is usually offered at the Bachelor’s level.

A university degree was necessary for getting decent jobs. Now, there are some companies that do not mandate a university degree for selected jobs.


In the beginning, there were no computers and no Computer Science. Among the computer pioneers were engineers, mathematicians, physicists, psychologists, and linguists.

Edgser W. Dijkstra, who won the ACM Turing Award (equivalent of Nobel Prize in Computer Science), had to put “Theoretical Physicist” in his marriage license instead of “Programmer” or “Computer Scientist”.

The same is true for any emerging discipline.

Research and Development transcends multiple disciplines. It requires collaboration.

Social Media

Main Facebook pages

  • For relatives and close friends
  • For not-so-close friends
  • Life Long Learning
  • RIT Updates

Member of selected pages

  • NorCal RITAA (Northern California RIT Alumni Association)
  • OMC (One Myanmar Community)
  • P.B.R.S Group
  • RIT 69ers
  • RU Centennial
  • Saga Pariye
  • SDYF (Swel Daw Yeik Foundation)
  • SF Bay Area Burmese / Myanmar Community and Culture Center
  • Team Old School IT
  • YUBC Old Members

Proper use of “Like” button

  • Some users use the “Like” button indiscriminately.
  • Puzzled to see Likes in an Obituary posting. Shouldn’t one be sad?
  • Before clicking “Like”, check if the posting is current or old, and determine if the contents are really likeable.


  • Malicious software industry is responsible for losses (in down time, data corruption, identity theft) in the billions.
  • According to one report, the industry is more profitable and safer than the drug dealing.
  • The penalty of offenders for malicious software is “peanuts” (e.g. little or no jail time) compared to drug dealers (e.g. life imprisonment and death penalty) in most countries.


  • One should be aware of “opt-in” versus “opt-out” options.
  • Many do not read “fine print”.

Retire vs. Re-tire

  • U Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70) is a Multiple Golden Sponsor of SPZPs.
  • He told me,
    “You should not retire.
    You may re-tire (as in re-threading a tire).
    We will try to support you and your projects.
  • I am retired from working to make ends meet.
  • I am re-tiring as long as my physical and mental health permit.
  • Took a few on-line courses (for credit)
    Too taxing and slow
    Opted to audit 100+ courses (covering many subjects)
  • Listen to one Blinkist every day
  • Listen to Merriam Webster’s Word of the day (WOTD) Podcast every day.
  • Ride stationary bike for 20+ minutes every day.
  • Write or revise 10+ posts every day.


  • Context and culture dependent.
  • We call some old unrelated people as “Uncle” and “Auntie”.
  • At St. Paul’s High School, we call our sayas without the formal U.
    e.g. Saya Sein (instead of Saya U Sein)
  • I was reprimanded by a reader for writing Saya Aung Khin instead of Saya U Aung Khin or Sayagyi U Aung Khin.
  • A visiting German wanted to be addressed as “Professor Doctor” (not just Professor or Doctor).
  • Saya Allen Htay was told not use “Mr” in Netherlands.
    He was asked to use “Ingr” (for Engineer).
  • Early surgeons in the UK were not necessarily doctors.
    So they did not force people to address them as Doctor
  • People who have Honorary Doctorates usually put “Honoris Causa” (meaning the degree was awarded for esteem).

Speed and Scope of Writing

  • A friend said, “You write too fast and too much. Slow down.”
  • A few said, “We have read every post”.
  • One said, “Cover topics of interest to the general reader, not just engineers and scientists”.
  • One can please some readers all of the time.
  • One can please all readers some of the time.
  • But, one cannot please every reader all of the time.
  • Sharing the teachings of Thin Sayas, Myin Sayas, Kyar Sayas

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