My father bought a brand new Raleigh bicycle, made in England, for me in Mandalay, when the rest of the family and I were in Kalaw. That was a reward for my achievement in 4th. Std. exam.
My friend in Kalaw, Alfred Pu, taught me wihow to ride the bicycle, using his bicycle in Kalaw. I got the chance to practice riding my new bicycle when we visited Mandalay. It was locked for my single use since then up to after I married.
I used my bike daily to go to St. Peters’ High School later privatized and changed name to No 9 State High school, Mandalay. When I attend the Medical University, IMM, I used that daily. I continue to use that during my days as Houseman and General Practitioner.
So for at least 15 years it needed one time overhaul only, because it was made with good quality steel, and of course, made in England, it always seem to be like a brand new bicycle! Can you believe it or not? But it was a truth. Every body praise that new looking shining bicycle as the new imports of almost all the vehicles were virtually stopped during General Ne Win’s time. And cheap bicycles from China, India, Thailand and Malaysia were also not available in Burma at that time.
After we married, stay away from the parents home, my mother requested me to give back that very good conditioned Raleigh bicycle for my No. 6 brother Nyi Nyi who was attending MASU, Chemistry major. But he said it was stolen and we lost that precious bicycle.
Later I had to borrow money to buy a second hand lady red Honda motorbike K 1000 and after few years need to borrow money to buy a reconditioned second hand vintage VW car which was sold off in lots from army used vehicle depot. Note: There were no Hire Purchase car loan scheme in Burma. I was jeoulously attacked by my superior Anatomy lecturers, PhD Anatomy, (from UK and Australia universities) because they sold off their cars imported after comming back from abroad and using bicycles and I could afford to use a second hand motorbike! What a big joke for the people of the whole world!
Alhamdulillah, I could buy new cars for my wife and three children, of course with Hire Purchase. Shukur to Allah.
At first I give her the second hand (from mother) Proton Satria, but her elder brother wanted that car and given his used car Proton Wira 1.5 Auto so later I decided to buy for her with brand new Fiat Punto. After finishing 2 and a half years’ study in University Malaya’s Pre-Clinical, when she had to continue to study in Ipoh, Royal College of Medicine, I bought her another Honda City. Once she got the MBBS degree and going to marry, I bought her or give her the almost brand new Hnda Civic. (I bought a new Honda Accord for her brother and she got her brother’s about five months’ used brand new car.) Her Honda City was given to her younger brother who is now sitting Form 6 exam at UCSI.
I am not bragging. I just to remind my children not forget my poor past. With that I need to work very hard up to now. Of course because of the MERCY OF ALLAH and because of all the family members’ Rozy or Ridzky.
I never suffered from hard feelings except for a little bit sad but I was really happy to contribute back to my family, when I need to give back my old but still shining and good like a new bicycle, diamond ring (bought for me as the prize after I got first in the ? 6th. Std exam and my love of the life, Yashica camera. Because as my GP was just started, I have no much extra money and I was really happy to support my parents with those things.
I love you Nani, Pa Pa, Ah Ma, brothers, sister and of course my wife and children. Shukur Alhamdulillah, Allah had later rewarded all of us with numerous blessings and gifts that we even never dreamt. Please forgive me if I am wrong in writing this memoir. I just wish to record how we had struggled in our early lives.
I would like to write about the numerous defects of our Proton different models later only.
Now listen to the bicycle songs including the two composed by my friend, Dr Sai Kham Leik, vocal by Sai Htee Sai
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