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THE MESIAN MESSAGE NO. 109 - DECEMBER 2010
THE FOO CHIN FONG SERIES - THE NOBODY'S EDITION
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BIG NEWS, GREAT NEWS
LATEST NEWS LONG OVERDUE


The last line was what I received from some readers when I flashed them the news that our mentor Mr. Ted Miles had been honoured by His Highness the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah in His Highness's birthday recently. Mr. Ted Miles had been conferred the DSAP which carries the title of Dato'.

CONGRATULATIONS AND FELICITATIONS MR. TED MILES

At the moment he couldn't wait to go to the Pahang Royal Town Pekan for the inauguration ceremony soon. After the investiture, we will tag his name with the title Dato'. Thenceforward we shall please address him as:

DATO' TED MILES.


 Cat Yellow Kitten

FOLKLORE ABOUT PETS
cats
 Cat Yellow Wag Tail


Doggies are man's best buddies. Cats are most petted by the ladies. Of late I have learnt something about cats from an Indonesian. The saying goes like this:
Tiga belang, ekor panjang Jantan. Bawa tuah tujuh keturunan.

Which when translated carries the following meanings:
Three stripes (stripes of three different colours on the body of a cat). Long tail. Male. For seven generations good luck will prevail.

That is the belief of some Indonesian folks about cats. It seemed that it is very rare to see such a cat. When parents of such a baby cat see it, either the father or mother would devour it.

It is believed that when such rare kitten was born, it would overshadow the parents. Probably the kitten would grow up to become the most loved pet of the host family and the parents of it would be left neglected, abandoned and derelict.

Therefore, they believe that the parent would destroy such kitten as soon as it is born. My Indonesian friend said so far in his life he had only seen one such cat. The family having that cat was very successful and wealthy.


PROVERBS ABOUT OUR FELINE PETS

 Cat Leaping

  • A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. - Arab proverb
  • A cat goes to a monastery, but she still remains a cat. - Congolese proverb
  • A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays. - English proverb
  • A cat may look at a king. - English proverb
  • A cat will teach her young ones all the tricks, except how to jump backwards. - Netherlands Antillean proverb
  • A cat with a straw tail keeps away from fire. - English proverb
  • A house without either a cat or a dog is the house of a scoundrel. - Portuguese proverb
  • After dark all cats are leopards. - Zuni proverb
  • All cats are bad in May. - French proverb
  • An old cat will not learn how to dance. - Moroccan proverb
  • Beware of people who dislike cats. - Irish proverb
  • Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishings for a room. - French proverb
  • Cats don't catch mice to please God. - Afghan proverb
  • Cats, flies and women are ever at their toilets - French proverb
  • Curiosity killed the cat, Satisfaction brought it back! - English proverb
  • Handsome cats and fat dung heaps are the sign of a good farmer. - French proverb
  • Happy is the home with at least one cat. - Italian proverb
  • Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat. - Chinese proverb
  • I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail - Chinese proverb
  • If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich. - African proverb
  • If you play with a cat, you must not mind her scratch. - Yiddish proverb
  • In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats. - English proverb
  • One should not send a cat to deliver cream. - Yiddish proverb
  • The cat's a saint when there are no mice about. - Japanese proverb
  • The cat is nature's Beauty. - French proverb
  • The cat was created when the lion sneezed. - Arabian proverb
  • The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them. - German proverb
  • The dog for the man, the cat for the woman. - English proverb
  • Those who dislike cats will be carried to the cemetery in the rain. - Dutch proverb
  • To live long, eat like a cat, drink like a dog. - German proverb
  • When the cat's away, the mice will play. - Western Europe proverb
  • When the mouse laughs at the cat there's a hole nearby. - Nigerian proverb
  • When rats infest the Palace a lame cat is better than the swiftest horse. - Chinese proverb
  • Wherever the mice laugh at the cat, there you will find a hole. - Portuguese proverb
  • Who cares well for cats will marry as happily as he or she could ever wish. - French proverb
  • You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. - Colonial American proverb
  • You come with a cat and call it a rabbit. - Cameroonian proverb


  •  Cat White Roll On The Floor Felines are like fire:
    When they are little felines they are so cute and nice; but big cats are like conflagrations so mighty ferocious and wild! - this last one has just popped up in the editor's mind.

    Sound this aloud: Meow and Auuuum. Hear the difference ?


 Ants Two Crawling
FROM PETS TO PESTS
HOW TO LOVE YOUR PESTS
 Ants Two Crawling

Methods that do not kill but get rid of ants, mosquitoes and cockroaches

Ants don't like sour things, mosquitoes don't like spices and cockroaches don't like fragrant things.

 Cockroach Animation To keep away ants, squeeze fresh lemon juice on where they'll be passing, and also wipe the lemon slices on that surface. Mosquitoes do not like spice. bury garlic under flowerbeds and clean dead leaves, and keep the area clean. Cockroaches do not like fragrance. Cut small pieces of soap, put them in a bottle with water, and put the bottle in a cupboard where you want to keep out cockroaches. After several days, they will be all gone and your cupboard will even smell good.

 Mosquitoes Animation You do not need to kill mosquitoes: dissolve Vitamin C and B2 in water, wipe the water on your skin, and the scent will drive the mosquitoes away. Put up orange coloured curtains, or orange plastic wrap around a bulb. Mosquitoes are afraid of orange light, and they will be gone. Hang up a bunch of spring onions, and use gauze to wrap up the green sections of the onions, and there will be no more mosquitoes.

Putting a pot of Lilies, Milans, Roses, or Evening Primroses in your room will work too.

To drive away cockroaches, you can put pieces of cucumber where you want to keep them away.



WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO?
DECEMBER 1960


The December 1960 diary of his recorded how our mentor acted likes some sort of slave-driver. He made Mohd Noor Mohammad and Bala, the two school clerks to work for a 12-hour day. There were narrated a few marriages the he attended.

Names mentioned in his diary included: Seng Fook, Amiruddin, Brain, Nordin, Don Turman, Mokhtar bin Ya'acob, Sabaruddin bin Said, Rahman bin Umat, Anthea, Hassan bin Long, Mahesan, Rukmani, Hilda Ponnu, Abu Samah bin Labak, Yap Kim Loy, Joe Ponnu. John Reid, Mrs. Reid, and Vernon Reid from whom he got an invitation to lunch at Sungai Pertaing estate.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN DECEMBER

Birthday Cake - Green


No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
ABD. MALEK ENGKU OMAR
DEC 4
2
VICTOR DASS
DEC 4
3
FRANK ANN FAN CHOON
DEC 11
4
MUH ALAM SHAH HJ. HAAMIN
DEC 12
5
CHEONG SANG FAH, PETER
DEC 14
6
FOO YU PONG
DEC 16
7
YAP CHOY MING
DEC 19
8
SHAMSUDDIN SALLEH (HJ)
DEC 22
9
TAN KIM WOK
DEC 26
10
OOI KENG HONG
DEC 28




 Smiley Love FROM SIR, WITH LOVE


This year has had a special and unexpected ending to it, and I want to say a sincere Thank You for all the congratulatory cards, phone calls, and SMSes that have come my way.

The word "honour" has been used a lot lately, and I've been giving the words some serious thought.

As I look back over my fifty-nine years in this country, and as I think about all you wondereful people with; whom '’ve been associated, I can truly say what an honour it has been to have known you, to have worked with you, taught you (and been taught by you), played with you, sung with you, laughed with you, and sometimes cried with you.

Now seems to be the right time to give credit where credit is due.

Those boys who were in Senior C at M.B.S., K.L., in 1952 honourd me by doing their very best and proving that they were not the no-hopers that other teachers had written off. They convinced me that I had found my calling. What an eye-opening fund-packed year that was for this 24- year-old American embarking on a Far East adventure that was, amazingly, going to last a lifetime.

Thenh came my appointment in January 1953 to M.E.S., Bentong and the start of my love affair with Pahang. I look back - and I rememver how reluctant the Bishop was at first to send me to the "wilds of Pahang", but how he honoured me with his trust that I was the right man for the job. Even when I resigned from the Methodist Mission and returned "free lance" in 1957 after a year’s leave in the United States, the new Bishop honoured me by giving me my old job back. And then began those Golden Years of M.E.S., and the Boys’ Hostel, the latter a dream come true for me.

Then wherever Fate took me over the years - M.E.S., Kuantan, Taylor's College - I have always felt honoured when I have had to deal with the opportunities and challenges that invariably face someone entrusted with the responsibility of working with young people preparing for Life After School.

Thank you all for being part of my life. What an honour it is for me just to know you.

- Ted Miles



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A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS

Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before Christ was born. Giving gifts, the Yule log, carol singing, church processions and the 12 days of Christmas can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians.

Sacaea, celebrated by the Persians and Babylonians, was a similar festival during which slaves and masters would exchange roles. Early Europeans believed in evil spirits and as the dark days of winter approached, special rituals and celebrations were held to drive out evil and welcome back the sun.

During winter in Scandinavia the sun would disappear for many days. When it returned a Yuletide celebration was held and a special feast served around a burning Yule log fire.

The Roman's celebrated their god Saturn with a festival called Saturnalia which ran from 17 to 24 December. Celebrations included masquerades in the streets, festive meals, visits to friends and the exchange of good-luck gifts. The Romans used decorations of garlands of laurel and green trees lit with candles.

The fun and festivities in honour of a pagan god were frowned on by the early Christians who wanted to keep the birth of Christ a solemn, religious festival.

Some theories claim that the Christmas celebration was invented by the Christians to compete against the pagan December celebrations. Eventually the church succeeded in integrating some of the merriment, lights and gifts from the Saturnalia festival into Christmas celebrations. The Celtic culture of the British Isles revered all green plants, particularly mistletoe and holly. These were important symbols of fertility and used for decorating homes and altars.

The exact day of Christ's birth is not known. Traditions say that it was celebrated as early 98 AD. In 137 AD, the Bishop of Rome ordered Christ's birthday to be celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD, the then Bishop of Rome, Julius I, choose December 25th for the observance of Christmas.

The earliest English reference to 25 December as Christmas Day dates from 1043.

Christmas celebrations have always been controversial as many of the festive traditions have their roots in paganism. Frivolity and feasting, the giving of gifts and frequent excesses have always been in complete contrast to the simplicity of the Nativity and are often condemned as contrary to the true spirit of Christmas.

Although not the original purpose of the day, Christmas remains a traditional time for families to meet, enjoy a meal, and make merry. Wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate, we wish you a Merry Christmas!


 Xmas BEll
Let us go visit and celebrate with our mentor on X'mas Day 25th December, like we did before.
 Xmas BEll

To all Mesians and Friends
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN



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