My extra-curricular activities

Please may you kindly allow me to blow my own trumpet about my extra-curricular activities after I read the following news in today’s Star.

First of all I had already mentioned that according to the total marks in the Government Matriculation exam, I got second position for the entrance to IMM. I got 100 marks in Maths I and II, 99 marks in Chemestry and got the Government Scholarships. (I got another Government Scholarships for been selected three successive years as Outstanding Student by the Ministry of Education. (In total I got selected for five times.)

I played Tennis, learned swimming and a little bit of body building. Jogging and bicycling sometimes. I tried Volley ball, Badminton and Basketball for a while.

I took Arts (drawing) as extra subject in 9th. Std. or High School Final. (Our batch is the last batch and new Education System abolish the High School Final exam. system. Although I am not good at drawing, I got a chance to learn the basic principles of arts taught by U Lu Din, our arts teacher.

I was exposed to photography through my uncles. U Aung Thein, U Aung Khin at that time were professional photographers with dark-room, enlargers and process the fils, print the photos in their house. I used to stay together with them in the dark room for hours when I visited their houses. Even my late aunt Rahmat Bi used to help dryup the films and iron the photos or cut/trim with the special cutter. Uncle U Aung Khin was the youngest brother and keep the beard since middle school because his teacher called him a Kala/Indian. It was a little bit ackward to see a bearded person working as a professional photographer at the wedding, Shin Pyu etc ceremonies. Later he became very religious, given up photography and now is a very prominent Tabiliq leader in Mandalay. They had alot of international photography books and magazines and I used to read almost all the books. And I used to regularly read the Myawady Magazines’ photography contest comments of the judge on the award winning photographs, monthly since I was about 10 yr old for about 20 years. I took the photograph of our President U win Maung when he came to Kalaw and even the photo of Princess Margaret at Heho airport when she visited Burma in ? 60’s. Although I crossed the barriers to go very near to them no one stopped me but the old camera given by my uncles was found to be useless because when I loaded the shutter each time, before shooting, the camera shutters opened, film exposed and I never got the photos.

When Uncle Ko Tin Maung @ Kadil from Dahattan, Meikhtila, a very closed friend of my father accompany my father on his business trips and later worked many years as the manager with my father I learned a lot of photo tips from him.

My father ought  a Yashica camera like this for me when I was at 6th. Std. I took a lotr of photos, of course black and white with the film as there were no digital camera nor even computers yet. I was the only one student who could bring camera to the Outstanding/Lu Yae Chun Camps. I got a chance to even take the photos of then famous, multiple Academy winner actress, Wa Wa win Shwe.

At that time, late 60’s to early 70’s people could not affort to buy or use cameras. TQ Pa Pa for buying that camera for me. But as I had no flesh lights nor extra lens for zoom and the camera was fully manual, we need to calculate Film ASA (power), aperture and speed and I had even tried to take pictures at night, without flesh lights, the Independent day light decoration of the moat, some human portraits with candle light, closed up pictures using my grandmas’ spectle and magnifying lens, taking speeding cars or running humans with the high and low speed settings. 

At the 7th. Std. father bought a Tape Recorder for the family and I was the one monopolized it to record all kinds of things. Copying from radio, other recorders, recording special effect sounds like shooting guns, machine guns, sound of animals etc. The time was before casette recorder, VCR, CD and the present DVD.

Williun McFaddens copy right

Williun McFadden's copy right

After we married, we bought Nikkon 1000, fully manual, camera. I asked my wife to sell the camera when she was preparing to follow me. But the money she got and the money she sold off our gold were all lost because General Ne Win robbed by declaring that all the big notes were worthless or demonitized. Actually before I came out, during the 2nd. declaration, our income records and paid taxes were checked by various township tax offices and cleared. Chan Aye Tharzan central Incometax office where I opened the GP clinic at my parents’ house, Sein Pan, Pae Poke Tan where I shifted my GP, Tax office where University I worked and the other Tax office at my in-laws place had cleared that all our money was white money, legal and refunded with the awkard 15 and 75 Kyats notes. After that I resigned and left Burma to work in Malaysia. We need to pay income tax at Burmese Embassy starting from the month I came although I got the job 9 months later. But the white money officially I left with the family was robbed by Ne Win’s government. No wonder Burmese people revolt against Ne Win. Even the present government is much better and never do that kind of things on us. TQ Senior General and our present government.

When we buy our first camera in Malaysia, most of the cameras are fully automatic so I told my wife that I want the manual and automatic combined camera, she agreed and most of the camera dealers and sellers are amazed or some even  could not understand us because those are more expensive and meant for professionals and they have no stock.


I will write about my first Tape Sony Camcorder, my movies, my edits etc at the later time. I even tried to shoot a Burmese/Malay shot video to help my wife’s Burmese Language teaching at UPM. Between the short various scenes of actings done by our family and relatives, I placed the shootings of the dialogues in two languages.



I will write about…my reading habit, writing articles and eve a book that I competed in National Litracy contest but not choosen.

I was the Monitor of my class in few years at the No. 9 SHS. Captain of the Blue, Bandula team at the class level in the school and of the whole school at No. 9 SHS, Mandalay. I was elected as the Secretary of the  SCHOOL COUNCIL of the No. 9 SHS at 10th. Std.

At the Institute of Medicine, I was elected the Chairman of the First M.B.,B.S. association and the Chairman of the Burmese Language Association.

 Now read this news_

Foreign varsities prefer those who excelled in extra-curricular activities

The Malaysian Star on line, National News by SARAH CHEW

PETALING JAYA: Foreign universities are looking beyond a string of A’s in SPM as they prefer all-rounders who also excelled in extra-curricular activities.

British Council education director Peter Clack said some British universities were “put off” by the number of A’s which Malaysian students boasted about.

He welcomed the Government’s move to limit the number of subjects students could take in SPM.

“It is worrying to see that the academic side is seen as more important than the mental and emotional sides of education.

“Hence, parents put a lot of emphasis on the exam results. This should be discouraged in any way possible.”

Jerry Tan, general manager of education advisory body Studylink Sdn Bhd, agreed with Clack.

“Foreign universities are sceptical about the number of A’s Malaysian students are achieving. The admission depends a lot on interviews,” he said.

He said the universities would offer scholarships to students with 10A’s if they were all-rounders.

Tan hoped the Government would end the open certificate practice as local colleges were raising the bar in offering scholarships.

Coordinator of the Malaysian-American Commission on Educatio-nal Exchange (Educational Advising Centre) Doreen John said US universities looked for all-rounders rather than just excellent SPM results.

“Were they head prefects before? Did they do something for the community?” she asked.

Generally, US universities require students to sit for entrance examinations after SPM, such as the SAT Reasoning Test, while British and Australian universities require students to complete a foundation course before commencing a degree programme.

Star Education Fund Unit manager Richard Foo said that as an alternative to Public Service Department scholarships, many local universities and colleges offer scholarships, often covering the entire tuition fees.

He said scholarships are also offered by many organisations including Petronas, Shell, Khazanah Nasional, HSBC Bank Malaysia, Astro and Bank Negara.

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