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THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO. 101 - APRIL 2010
THE ANONYMOUS LADY'S SERIES, THE LOH KOK KEONG 6TH EDITION


THE MESIAN MESSAGE NUMBER 101

Hello everybody! This is the 101 number of the Mesian-message. Much has been written and much has been forgotten. I remember Message No. 1 was devoid of any articles. Oh! There wasn't any name of the newsletter either!! I began jotting down little pieces in No. 4 of the Message with a scribble of various people and things. The scribbling seemed to arouse some interest among the few former MES students whom I sent to. With the encouragement of some of us Mesians some who had passed on, I continued writing.

Later, other writers came in with their long and captivating stories. Wonderful. By now there were so many interesting tales.

Somebody asked if I would bind the Mesian-messages. Is that necessary? Is that worthwhile economically? Printing and binding them will definitely cost money. Well what says everybody?



Vietnam Welcome

A VISIT TO HO CHI MINH CITY:

JUST SOME OBSERVATIONS FROM ME
Vietnam Women Workers

Recently I had the good fortune to visit Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. It was the original Saigon known in days bygone! Here are some of my observations.

Vietnam Bicycle

1. Ho Chi Minh City is a city of motorcycles. That is the popular means of transport there.

2. The city is full of webs of overhead hanging wires some dangling precariously very low.

3. The buildings are narrow and thin. Only about 15 feet wide, some jutting lankily into the sky.

4. The people are small and slim. Wow! There the ladies are beauties.

5. There are many street-side coffee and eating stalls along the curbs of the streets. People just sit on low stools, drink coffee, slurp in noodles and chit-chat there for business and for leisure.

6. The people pride themselves that they had defeated three great powers: the French, the Japanese and then the Americans.

7. Vietnamese use money in the thousands, ten thousands and millions. The currency is called Dong.

8. The Vietnamese have no original written language. They use the English alphabet with dots, slashes, and strokes here and there to indicate their pronunciation.

9. Vietnamese practiced the matrimonial system of marriages: the boy goes to the girl’s family on marriage.

10. Women do most of the laborious tasks such as farming, boat rowing, etc. Men usually drink and relax.



STORY NO. 7 - HE WAS THE ONE - PART 1


Bahari came to join MES in 1957, settling himself in Standard Six. He had just finished his schooling in Kuala Lipis then in the Malay school there. Those days, finishing Standard 5 in a Malay school, could qualify one for a teaching job in those schools. But Bahari's father had bigger plan for his son and so Bahari was sent to study in an English school.

At the beginning, Bahari put up with some close relatives in Ketari just a mile or so outside Bentong town. That dilapidated ramshackle house was later occupied by Mr. Ted Miles. Those days rented houses were not well-equipped with basic amenities. So Mr. Miles also experienced having to bathe at the nearby mosque, like Bahari did. The bathing was done in the open by pouring buckets of icy water over your head with your lower torso covered with a loin cloth.

A little later Bahari went to stay in the teachers' hostel, just a stone's throw away from the school building. There were twelve of them teachers and students. Mr. Brain Foenander ran the hostel. How did they organise themselves there? It was a self-help sort of lodging. They did their own cooking and washing.

Often, during the fruit season they sneaked into the nearby orchard guarded by the mother, sort of a matriarch, and family members of Tong Ah Tai. After some bargaining they managed to get some fruits like rambutans, cikus, and maybe durians at very favourable reduced prices. They shared the cost of their purchases from their meagre resources.

Sometimes they forayed into the area without being discovered. There were fruits on the lowly branches for them to pluck. Temptation overcame them which turned them to think it was their luck. So stealthily they filled their stomachs, provided the orchard owner's dog did not bark.

Bahari vividly remembered a new teacher came. He looked tough, talked big and acted as if he was not afraid of anything under the sun. One night the guy saw outside his window, a skull dancing with its jaws opening and shutting. Gosh! He had a fright of his life. But whoop, he ran out in his birthday suit with machete in hand to chase the "lively ghost". There was a rustling of the imperata cyclindrica grass and crackling of twigs and fallen leaves all the way down to the stream. But in the darkness nothing was seen.

Morning came. There was a big hooha in the school. A ghost was seen, and the teacher who braved himself up and ran out to chase the sighting was talking and talking furiously about the strange happening.

The story spread like a wild fire. Soon the town was abuzz with ghostly tales in MES. The local reporter came to interview first hand the ghost seer. He gave a very clear description of what he saw which was real in the real sense. The country’s most read newspapers splashed a front-page story about the teacher's tale. Someone who knew it and had contact with Hindu mystics called in an Indian exorcist priest wearing a robe of his trade. He came up to the MES teachers' hostel. He spied with his clairvoyant eyes all over the place. He had a fixed sharp gaze that even some bystanders were dazed.

He pronounced that there was nothing from the other worldly. The exorcist told them not to worry. But some did worry, when he said "the culprits will get it." Get what? He did not say but before he left he flashed his gaze on a few people around.

Finally the feeling of guilt and the urge to clear conscience set in. The culprits felt that they had gone too far. And they were afraid of it. Soon they confessed that the whole episode about ghost was a prank to test the boastful teacher's grit. Bahari and a few hostel teachers were behind it. In fact Bahari and company took turns to move the jaws of the real skull, pilfered from the school's science laboratory to make it more realistic.




Correct timing to take water, will maximize its effectiveness to Human body.


Two (02) glasses of water - 30 minutes before meal - Help digestion
One (01) glass of water - After waking up - Helps activate internal organs
One (01) glass of water - Before sleep - To avoid stroke or heart attack
One (01) glass of water - Before taking a bath - Helps lower blood pressure

Please pass this to the people you care about..........


Yin Sai Remedy

Cucumber Left
THE AMAZING CUCUMBER


This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlighton the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumberscontain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life's everyday problems..



WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO
APRIL, 1960


This month in 1960, the hostel master showed the lodgers that whatever trickeries they used to escape from the hostel he was able to foil such escapades.

A boy ran away from the hostel and escaped home to Kuala Lumpur. The hostel master swung into action to get the long arms of the law to trace the escapee's whereabouts. The police was called. They spurred into action getting the Kuala Lumpur police involved. They traced the boy at his house in the capital city and informed the master of the find. Surprisingly the police were so obliging and efficient to run errands those days!

Another Year Two boy was found playing truant in town one day. Two other older students literally dragged the struggling urchin back to school. Were there any complaints for manhandling the boy from the parents? No, those days parents appreciated such disciplinary action very much!

Then came punishment for delinquents. They were made to do hard labour: stacking, carrying and sometimes chopping firewood. Oh! Those days food was cooked over a wood fire.

Names mentioned in his diary of April 1960 were: Shafie, Zamri, Razak, Kamarulzaman, Mohd. Nor, Brian, Yeng Kee, Dr. Venketswaran, Leong Kum Mun, Kim Tiau, Tan Tin Siew, Captain Ron Doyle.

Tengku Ariffin, Seng Fook, Tengku Jamaladdin, Zubir, Shamsuddin Salled, Goon Ting, Tengku Ahmad, Abu Amin, Mohd. Yusof, Murad, Tengku Nizan, The Chee Lian, Ashaáry, Bala, Kim Choo, Sunny, Bahari, Fakhruddin, How Seng, Kim Loy, Munzir and Sohan Singh.



 Smiley Love
FROM SIR WITH LOVE

"Larry King Live" is one Astro programme I try to watch every day. It has been on the air for years, and in one advertising blurb Larry' says, "40,000 interviews. and l'm just getting started" He's a master at asking questions that get his guests talking; that's what the show is all about.

I recall one episode when he was recording from inside a women's prison. He was interviewing one particular prisoner serving a long sentence and asked. "How do you spend your time?"

Now that question leaped out at me because I hear it so often when I have visitors. "Just look around!!"I reply. "It's a big house to look after, there are five acres of land to walk around, and there are dogs and cats to feed and play with." I stop just short of saying, "Silly question!"

But back to the woman that Larry King was interviewing in prison. There was nothing silly about the question as put to her, and her answer was dead serious in its simplicity: "Reading, writing letters, and working crossword puzzles."

I'd probably give the same answer if I lived in a windowless cell.

Every once in a while there's a wake-up call like this to remind me about how fortunate I am-to be able to read, write letters, and work crossword puzzles if l want to, but also to be able to wash windows and rake leaves and cook rice for the dogs and - best of all take them for a walk, no restrictions at all.

So now I put the question to you: How do you spend your time? "Usefully'" would be the ideal answer, never mind the details.


- Ted Miles. -




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN APRIL

Birthday Cake - Green


No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LEE KIM THYE (MRS TONY)
APRIL 6
2
R. MAHALINGAM
APRIL 7
3
CHAN SIEW MUN
APRIL 8
4
CHIN AH SANG
APRIL 13
5
KHAM TIM
APRIL 15
6
LEONG AH SUI
APRIL 20
7
YAP YOKE CHIN
APRIL 20
8
LAI MEI YIN (MRS TEH)
APRIL 21
9
YAP YOKE NGOH
APRIL 21
10
CHOI THIAM EWE
APRIL 25
11
BAHARI SHAFIE (HAJI)
APRIL 29




We regret to say that Abdul Malek bin Awang had passed away. A delayed AL-FATIHAH, here we wish to convey.

THANK Q ALL OF U.



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