THE MESSAGE NO. 103 JUNE 2010
THE ANONYMOUS LADY'S SERIES - THE LOH KOK KEONG 6th EDITION
EXPECTORATION, HACK, COUGH
I remember in a past number of the Mesian-message, I have written about an instant remedy to control coughing at night. The trick is: rub Vicks
on the soles of our feet. Has anybody tried that?
The other night, I coughed and coughed non-stop. I had caught a cold you see. So Ii felt constant irritation in the throat; so the coughs.
During the night I almost coughed my lungs out. Fortunately I remember that little piece that I had copied from somewhere. A bottle of Vapour
Rub (Vicks) was at hand. Thus, I rubbed both my soles with Vicks. Then I went off to bed. After I woke up, it was five hours later. I slept that long
without even a huff? Strange! Else I could have coughed and coughed non-stop and I would not have gotten even forty winks.
However, it was not an instant cure, nor a medical miracle. The next night the cough came back. I repeated the treatment and I slept soundly
again! I dittoed the processes a few nights. Finally the cough was off. Mind you, this was the ordinary cough. But if it does not work, then the
cough is extraordinary and it might be TB or other pulmonary malady!
Somebody has also suggested another way to reduce the cough. She said, eat jackfruit. If this doesn't work then at least you would have had a
hearty tucking in.
NOW LETíS ATTACK A SORE THROAT
AN AMAZING SORE THROAT REMEDY
This simple home remedy has worked 100% of the time for anyone that has tried it. Instead of suffering with a sore throat for a week or more, you
can drive it away immediately, sometimes in less than a day. However, this remedy is not medical advice; it is a shared experience that really
works! This site is not for profit; it's aim is simply to help people cure their sore throats.
The most common sore throat remedies for sore throat are usually over-the-counter sprays, lozenges and pastilles that are ineffective and smelly.
The most common doctor-prescribed remedies are antibiotics, which take time to obtain, cost money and can have many negative side
Most often, people waste time waiting while trying to figure out whether or not they really have a sore throat. By the time they realize they do
have a sore throat, it's usually to the point that they are already suffering from serious sore throat pain, can barely speak, swallow or even eat.
This remedy is salt, and not just about gargling saltwater, it is actually about using common table salt as it is.
What you have to do is: tilt your head backwards and shake a little bit of salt straight into the back of your throat. Make sure you shake it
straight into your throat, onto the base of your tongue and not over the middle or the tip your tongue (this way you will not suffer from any
unpleasant taste). After that, do not swallow your saliva, just let the salt dissolve right there on the back of your throat, letting the salt stay there
for as long as you possibly can. If you're using a salt shaker, shake 2 to 6 times depending how bad your sore throat is. If you're using a fast
food style paper saltshaker, you should shake about 1/4 of the packet directly into your throat.
Also highly suggested, is to shake an even larger amount of salt into your throat right before you go to sleep for the night. During your sleep,
without food or drink, bacteria thrive without any interruption to incubation and growth. Therefore, using salt while you are asleep can be
extremely effective. Keep a salt shaker near your bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night feeling sore, you can shake some more salt into
Salt is a very old remedy that kills bacteria. In the old days they traditionally used salt to preserve meat and fish. Why? Because salt attracts water
and attacks the bacteria cell walls, causing the bacteria to dehydrate and self-destruct in the process.
If your sore throat is really severe you can use salt as often as every 30 minutes. Use it as soon as you feel the first symptoms of a sore throat and
the earlier you use it, the faster you'll get rid of that sore throat.
Salt is available nearly everywhere. You can stop in to any fast food place on any street and grab some. Don't wait around trying to figure out
whether or not your sore throat is serious. Instead you can use this quick sore throat cure. As soon as you feel the first signs of a sore throat, use
the salt immediately. Gargling salt water is not nearly as effective since the concentration of salt is not high enough to take care of the problem.
Also, gargling water requires a cup of water and the time to dissolve the salt in it, yet more inconvenience that makes you wait for relief.
Not all sore throats are the result of a bacteria infection. Sometimes the cause is a virus, commonly known as influenza virus. Many times your
sore throat starts as a viral infection which develops into a bacterial infection. Salt is intended to fight only the bacteria, not the virus. Therefore
salt might not be totally effective if you are suffering from a viral throat infection. Nevertheless, you really have nothing to lose by using salt.
According to experience, salt can be extremely effective in most all cases, depending on the cause of your sore throat.
12 AMAZING USES OF POTATO
We use potato in cooking. But potato has many other uses too. Here are some amazing uses of potatoes.
1. As an anti aging agent
Wash your face daily with potato juice (raw potato can be ground with water) which prevents wrinkles on face and make your face glow.
2. Medicine for skin burn
Take a raw sliced potato and make it as a paste by mixing water. Apply the paste on minor skin burns to relieve pain.
3. Medicine for headache
Take a half sliced raw potato, and rub it on your temples to get relief from headache.
4. For tired eyes
Place two round slices on your eyes to reduce the tiredness of your eyes.
5. Remove glue on hands
Potato can remove glue from hands. Use Potato to wash hands when you find it hard to remove the stickiness on hands after handling some
sticky vegetables like pumpkin.
6. As a shoe polish
Rub a raw potato on your old, dirty shoes before polishing them. They should come out nice and shiny.
7. Act as a sleeping pill
Potato prevents the action of acids in our stomach that disturb our sleep. Take a boiled and mashed potato with milk before sleeping to have a
8. As a polish on silverware
Boil potatoes in some water and remove the potato from water. Place your silver ware in the water for an hour. Silver ware will glaze.
9. Extract salt for curry, soup
If you found excess salt in curry or soup, toss some large sliced potatoes into the curry pot or soup bowl, still on the stove. In about 5 to 10
minutes the potato slices absorb the excess salt. Then remove them from the pot or bowl.
10. Keep glasses clear
Rubbing a potato on the glasses can prevent them from fogging up in the early morning.
11. Make a decorative stamp
A potato can provide the right medium for making your own stamp for decorating envelopes and holiday cards. Cut a potato in half
widthwise. Carve a design on one half. Then start stamping as you would with a wooden version.
12. Lure worms in houseplant
If the worms crawl around the roots of plants, place a sliced raw potato around the base of the plant. The worms crawl up to eat it, you can
grab them out.
STORY NO. 7 - HE WAS THE ONE - PART 3 of the story of Bahari Shafie
As soon as he finished school in 1962, Bahari returned to his home town Kuala Lipis. He got a job in the land office. He was taken in as a land
alienation officer. His duty was to give out plots of land mostly jungle, to those who applied for them. What a pity I never know. And no
wonder in his retirement now he still deals in land. Nowadays, he looks for people who would invest in land as far as Canada and the US.
However, Bahari did not stay put in his home town. Soon he became a rolling stone again. He rolled himself out from his upcountry interior little
town to a place near the sea. He got his next employment in the upcoming busy buzzing Port Klang. He worked with the harbour authority
dealing with ships loading and unloading things.
Bahari was in control of the traffic - not as a policeman standing at road junctions but guiding ships in and out of the docks. That also included
loading and unloading ships. The job was very interesting and he enjoyed quite a lot of cheap things like 8 sen for cup of drinks, 10 sen for a roti
canai and just 50 sen for a big packet of fags. Then there were liquors sold at phenomenal low prices but he avoided those because his religion
discourages intoxicating drinks.
During the 1960s, it was the pre-container shipping era. Those days, goods were packed variously in all sorts of contraptions like wooden crates,
cartons, sacks bags and chests etc. According to him, the best packaging was the goods from Japan and the West. The worse packing came
from China, India and other Asian countries.
Sugar was just dumped in the hold like heaps of sand. It was unloaded by sucking it out with a huge hose. Sugar at this stage is raw and
unsightly as described by the following observation by someone who had been it in a sugar ship.
Raw sugar is a disgusting, smelly product. It is golden brown, rather oily, and clumps easily. It is scoop out of a hold with a bucket crane, and it
smells rather obnoxious. Honeybees love unrefined sugar.
As soon as a ship berthed alongside the quay, they lower mooring ropes to secure the ship to the quay. These ropes must be checked to make
sure that they have proper guards against rats. As their function say they are called rat-guards. These are metal discs about 60cm or more in
diameter, threaded onto the mooring ropes that attach the ship to the quay. They will prevent rats and other rodents from going aboard the
If rats were to board a ship, they will live and breed there. The rodents would create ha voc to the ship's cargo and cause other troubles. I
asked Bahari if pets were allowed in the ship. If so, the crew could rear cats to get rid of the rats.............. ??????????
Unloading the cargoes of a ship has to be done according a meticulous scheduled order. Gangs of coolies have to be organised, twelve to a
gang with a leader and a supervisor. They work in shifts twenty-four hours a day. Once the unloading has begun, there would be non-stop
work until the job is done. Ships are not docked long because they have to pay for this and that. Moreover, they are scheduled to call at other
Bahari completed most of his working life in the Klang Port Habour. He had put in more than 35 years of hard work before he retired in 1998.
"I married my childhood sweetheart Siti Rohani. Siti Rohani was an administrator at the oldest and most esteemed local University, the University
of Malaya. She is a most understanding and charming lady." "From the union we had contributed a little bit in the population increase with
three progenies, one son and two daughters." Declared Bahari.
Thus Bahari and Siti Rohani lived in a happy family.
FROM SIR, WITH LOVE
There has been a lot in the news lately about people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). These people who have to have
everything in order - such as items in a drawer, clothes in a closet, money in their wallet, if anything is out of place, they go berserk. Some
sufferers are concerned about cleanliness and wash their hands repeatedly; othere have phobias of all types.
I do not suffer from OCD. Just take a look at my bookcases, and you'll see what I mean. How I wish the books were all arranged in some kind of
order - by subject matter like on library shelves, alphabetically (either by author or title_, by colour, by size - anything, so long as they follow
some kind of system.
As it is, if you ask to borrow a certain book, I'll probably know whether or not it's in my collection, but don't expect me to put my finger on it
The only exception to the chaotic state of my book collection concerns the books about Malaya/Malaysia. The older volumes, most of which I
found in antiquarian bookshops in Australia, have been catalogued by Badan Warisan and are all in one special bookcase. More recent
publications - books with Malaysian settings or by Malaysian authors - are also in one section of one case.
Of course, not knowing where a certain book is forces us to search through all the shelves, and in doing so, we just might discover some literary
surprise we didn't even know we had.
Recently, for example, I came across a First Edition of that American classic, Giants in the Earth, published in 1927, the year I was born. It had
been among some books sent to me by a friend in the U.S years ago, and I had simply never realized what a treasure I possessed.
(Unfortunately, a mouse discovered it before I did and chewed the edges of several pages, subtracting from its value, I suppose, but then it's not
for sale anyway.)
If you happen to ask me if I have a certain book and I reply, "Yes, and I know exactly which shelf it's on, call the doctor, I must be coming
down with a case of OCD".
- Ted Miles
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH
50 YEARS AGO - JUNE, 1960
Three happenings stood out in the activities in the old defunct MES. First was the annual school carnival that put the school in the limelight in
town. It was a great crowd puller and the school should have raked in quite a sum for its running and development.
The then Methodist English School Bentong was also commended in the national press for doing a good deed to help an under-privileged lass
achieve her ambition.
Then a few teachers and students of the school answered the call for blood from the local hospital. In fact someone even fainted after the
blood donation. But he had thought that downing a bottle of beer could replace his pint of blood that he had given away.
Fate or was it medical ignorance or cultural hindrance took away the life of a young lady who succumbed to the dread but by then curable
Names mentioned in Ted Milesís June 1060 diary: Abu Amin, Hee Kok Yung, Cheí Ahmad, Bahari, Aziz, Kim Tiau, Tengku Ibrahim, Tengku Baharin
Shah, Tengku Puji, Sunny, Chin Young, Tengku Jamil, John Chinniah, Munzir, Fakhruddin, Zubir, Tengku Nizan, Zahid, Poo Loong, Mokhtar, Yoke
Lau, Zahid, Annuar, Yeng Kee, Rosley, Murad, Razmah, Kang Hoe, Shafie, Mohd. Noor, Mok Say Kuang.
Someone in the above list fainted. Who was he? Somebody clowned himself in a comical outburst of speech! He does not receive this but he will
read about it. How? Via the internet.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN JUNE
||LAU FEE CHU
||ZAINAL BIN LISUT
||MOHD NOOR MOHAMMED
||CHEONG AH MOI (MRS. HOH)
||TG. ABD. WAHAB B. TG. ABD. AZIZ
||CHEONG YET LAN
||LU AH NGAN (MRS. LAU)
||THAM CHEE LOONG
||MOHD ZABIL HJ ABD KADIR
||HAJI ABDUL RAHIM
||TAN BENG CHIN
||LENG KAM YEE
||LOO TEE SEE
||MOHD NOOR TA'AYUN
||ONG SEK KEE
||CHRISTINE CHAN FOOK THYE
||SAR KIM LEN
||YAP MING FATT
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