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My Raleigh bicycle

May 27, 2009

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. (Maung Maung Latt 1940 ခုႏွစ္က Raleigh စက္ဘီး ေၾကာ္ျငာပါ။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကေလးဘဝက မွီလိုက္ပါေသးတယ္ ။ လူပ်ိဳ အရြယ္မွာလည္းစီးခဲ့ဘူးပါတယ္။)

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. (more…)