- There have been seven RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe starting with SPZP-2000 in California, USA.
- SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007 and SPZP-2010 were held in Singapore
- SPZP-2004, SPZP-2012 and SPZP-2016 were held in Yangon
- SPZP-2020 was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic
- The SPZP scheduled for Yangon in 2016 had to be re-scheduled for Singapore in April, 2007 (close to the Thingyan Celebrations).
- SPZP-2000 was held in October 2000.
- Most other SPZPs were held in December (for convenience to the alumni in Singapore and Yangon).
April 5, 2007
Arrival and Accommodation
Arrived in Singapore 15 minutes later than the ETA.
Ko Nyan Win Shwe, Saya U Aung, Ko San Win, Ko Khin Latt, Ko Zaw Win Htut and Ko Tin Aung Win were waiting for the “Three Musketeers” — Saya Allen Htay, Ko Benny Tan, and me.
Saya and Ko Benny were taken to the Bay View Hotel, which is close to the three hotels where the sayas and sayamas from Myanmar who had arrived earlier on April 4, 2007.
Thanks to Ko TAW (C81, UCC) for giving me his younger son’s room and his laptop, for proving me home-cooked food, and for driving me to the various gatherings and the main events.
Electrical Engg Gathering
Attended EE gathering. Organizers include Ma San San Mya (’72), Ko Kyaw Swa (’96, emcee), Ko Aung Mon (’96), …
Sayas led by U Myo Kyi, Dr. Christopher Lee (L. Tin Tun), U Soe Paing, U Moe Aung, Dr. Win Tin, U Ba Myint, U Khine Oo, U Tin Maung Thein, U Tin Shwe, U Kyaw Lwin, Daw Mya Mya Than, U Than Lwin, …attended the gathering.
Many sayas gave speeches: brief self-intro, walks down memory lane, and thanks to the organizers.
April 6, 2007
Civil Engg Gathering
Attended as “Ah htoo ei the daw” [guest] the Civil Engg gathering organized by Saya U Aung, Saya Dr.Soe Thein, …, Ko Aung Kyaw Myint (’96, “Ko Ba Kyaw” of Swe Daw Yeik fame, emcee), …
Sayas led by Dr. Aung Gyi, U Min Wun, Dr. Win Thein, Dr. Aung Soe, U Allen Htay, U Thein Tan, U Khin Maung Phone Ko, Saw Christopher Maung, U Tin Maung, U Nyi Hla Nge, Dr. Htin Aung, Dr, Khin Maung Win, U Hla Myint Thein, U Khin Maung Tint, Dr. Myo Khin, U Khin Maung Maung, Dr. Soe Thein, Daw Swan Tee, ….
Attended the “welcome dinner” at Yunan corner. Food was provided by a local Myanmar restaurant and some “imported” specialties: Kauk hnyin kyi tauk,
Almost all the visiting sayas, sayamas and their families attended. Saya U Ba Toke, 87 years young led the sayas.
Met the “core” of the organizers of SPZP 2007. Had a meeting with the sayas and the representatives from the alumni groups to decide on the time and venue for the next SPZP.
April 7, 2007
The two main events of the Fourth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP took place.
Morning event at BBT
Three rounds of Saya Ga Daw Pwe at the Burmese Buddhist Temple (BBT) :
- one for the “senior sayas” (who graduated before ’65),
- one for the sayas (who graduated before ’75), and
- one for the sayas (who graduated after ’75).
Saya U Ba Toke, Saya U Min Wun, and Saya U Thar Hlaing gave “ovadha” and blessings for the attendees.
Ko Tin Maung Win (EP 71) posted Part 1 of the event on “YouTube” and requested us (me and the various webmasters and/or moderators of the RIT-related web sites) to announce the link so that the sayas, sayamas, alums and well-wishers who could not attend SPZP 2007 can share the experiences.
There are three Tin Maung Wins working for the same company in Singapore. They are formally differentiated by using their major/discipline and/or year of graduation. Two of them are known as “Ah Phyu TMW” and “Ah Me TMW” (who prefers to be called instead “Ah Nyo TMW” or as the hubby of “Model” (Mai Daw) singer and dancer Moe Moe Yi.
Evening event at OCC
Orchid Country Club (OCC) is one of the few places in Singapore that can host events with 800+ attendees. According to Ko Nyan Win Shwe, 840 attended the Reunion dinner.
There were long queues at the registration table. Young volunteers gave out badges, “Swe Daw Yeik Sar Saung” and a door gift to every attendee. The invited sayas and sayamas were given additional gifts.
Some scheduled speeches were canceled or shortened (from 5 to 3 minutes). There was ample entertainment from the Singapore and Myanmar groups while the 10-course dinner was being served.
There were two rounds of “appreciation to the Golden Sponsors” (for a complete list see the SPZP 2007 web site). Ko Benny and I were requested to accept the “appreciation awards” on behalf of the sponsors who could not attend SPZP 2007
Ko Myint San (“Tet Lu”) showed his expertise with the dobat, pattala, and “Chit Dukkha” song, Ko Yu Swan entertained with “Don min” and Shwe Zin Ma played the saung and also played in the pyazat directed by Ko Aung Kyaw Myint (“Ba Kyaw”).
Ko Tet Lu and Ko Ba Kyaw had complete confidence in the next generation of “Lu shwin daws” led by Ko Awba.
The Swe Daw Yein Ah Nyeint also featured Khine Nay Nwe Lwin, Aye Thaw Kyawt, Awba, Pulley, Chainthee, and Diode.
The program, originally scheduled to end at 11:45 p.m., ended almost an hour later. This was due in part to pay back to the people who had shown appreciation by “rewarding” them.
The program ended with a special song written by Ko Ba Kyaw and with a big crowd on the podium.