THE MESIAN MESSAGE NO. 109 - DECEMBER 2010
THE FOO CHIN FONG SERIES - THE NOBODY'S EDITION
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.
FOLKLORE ABOUT PETS
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
- 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
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 ?
FROM PETS TO PESTS
HOW TO LOVE YOUR PESTS
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.
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.
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?
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.