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THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO. 113 - APRIL, 2011.
THE SAR KIM LEN EDITION


TO SRI KEMBANGAN FOR A LOOK SEE

Peter Cheong was down with the dysfunction of one of his vital organs. He told me through the phone one day that he was undergoing dialysis. So one day I decided to visit him to boost up his spirit. I called Lee Kim Thye as she would also like to follow me to visit Peter for a personal look see. She had not replied all my short messages. I wondered why. However, when I got her on the line she said she would tag along with me for the visit. Her cell phone had run out of money so she could not call me!

At 2.00 pm I drove out and headed towards Sri Petaling. It did not take long for me to locate her house. As soon as I appeared there, her dog started a row. She bared her fangs to howl and growl. I just picked Kim Thye up without raising a brow.

DRIVING THROUGH A SEA OF DEVELOPMENT

But now began the big driving around. I took to the roads using a sort of Internet map. I went into some or rather many housing estates around the Puchong area. One that I remembered vividly was Bukit Puchong. There I asked a police personnel for direction. He directed me to drive straight on. I passed through many housing estates. Then I hit a deserted road driving on the wrong side of the road because the right side was closed for repairs. Finally I drove behind a gravel-laden truck along a lonely and badly damaged road. Then I came to what was called Cyberjaya. Wow! That was far veered away from my destination. I had spent almost more than an hour circling round and round yet the itinerary was not found.

FROM CYBERJAYA I MADE A TURN AROUND

From Cyberjaya I took the highway back and overshot the turning into Sri Kembangan. I reversed the car and then drove on as directed by Peter Cheong via our cell phones. On entering the area, we found some landmarks. One of which was called Pasar Borong with that gigantic sign laid out on the slope of a hillside. Oh gosh! The Pasar Borong or wholesale market lay out as a heap of detritus. It was like it had been smashed by a tornado, or had it been manhandled or machine mangled!

We were in a daze for still we could not find Peter's place. Again via the cellular phones we communicated. Finally we found Peter waiting at Macdonald’s in the area. He led us to his residence. As soon as we arrived, a huge obese canine gave us a ferocious welcome. When it was leashed away we entered the house. Peter had a very well kept abode with very new and shining furnishings.


WE SAT DOWN AND RATTLE AWAY

We sat down and chitchatted away. Peter had to go for dialysis three times a week. He said the dialysis at the hospital he went cost him a "bomb"! Understandable, nowadays medical cost is so exorbitant - sometimes forbiddingly unaffordable. I had heard someone once said; "it was better to call it a day, than to get sick down there." What he meant was in a country down south. But even in this country medication could also be costly if you are choosy. Private clinics, specialists and private hospitals will rake in huge sums for their services. Anyway, Peter was groping and sending feelers around to get a more affordable rate for his dialysis. Three times of dialysis weekly would finally blow up his pockets and shrapnel his wallet, if he continues doing it.

DIALYSIS REMOVES ACCUMMULATED TOXINS

From Peter, I learnt about dialysis. Actually, I knew of this medical treatment as I had seen it done on a junior relative years ago! But the details of it would be interesting to know. Dialysis, according to Peter Cheong is something like cleansing the blood of toxins such as uric acid, sugars, albumin, etc, using a machine. When the kidneys dysfunction or totally malfunction, then our body's impurities could not be filtered out via that organ. When the toxins remain in the body they would cause poisoning. Then the body might not be able to stand all the heavy toxic strains. When that happens, the end is nigh.

Dialysis removed the strains and Peter felt refresh and energetic after the four-hour session. But of course all the hoohaa of getting the treatment and running around had taken a toll on his physique. He looked a bit run down now, not as active as he used to be. He needs a lot of rest. Peter, rest thou, less go out! Rest thee, if needs be.

As we prattled on, Lee Kim Thye seemed to have a lot to rattle about alternative foods. She described a kind of chocolate that would reduce or cure diabetes! If that is so then it must be a case of poison with a poison cure! But the cost was sky high - few hundred ringgit for a month's supply.

Apparently she was talking much about direct sales products and the goodness of food supplements to the body. A peddler of food supplements and miraculous medicines, she appeared to be! Well, she really gave us earful of suggestive ideas and captivating stories. She talked of so and so was cured, such and such products were good for all ailments. That product was appraised, and what drugs gave miraculous cures that you should grab them in haste. Holy cow! I have heard much about how such schemers and foragers ploughed down many innocent and unwary citizens.


I TOOK A WRONG TURN ON MY RETURN

After talking to Peter for an hour, we left and I drove Kim Thye back to Sri Petaling. Now, it was time for me to head for home at 7.30 pm. From Sri Petaling to Kelana Jaya. As I drove out of the area, I took the wrong turning, and hit the NKVE Highway. When I asked the attendant at the toll collection booth, she told me to drive straight on. I did so all the time watching out for the signboard for Petaling Jaya. On seeing a signage, I turned but alas, it was not the turning to PJ. It was the road to Kinrara!

TOTALLY LOST

Never mind, but the sky was getting dark and I could not read signboards clearly. It was not easy to find the road back to Petaling Jaya. I drove on and on until I was back at Bukit Jalil. Then I drove on again. Gosh! I was totally lost. I stopped at a motor mechanic shop. The two guys there consoled me and drew me a sketch map to bring me back to Kelana Jaya. The sketch map was rather rudimentary but I had nothing else to help me. So I drove on according to the sketch. Halfway I stopped at a Petronas station and asked someone for direction. A man sitting at the driver’s seat with a baby in his arms directed me to drive on straight and take no turning at all. Finally I came to a familiar area at the Sunway toll plaza. After paying the RM1.60 toll I drove straight home. Time I reached home 9.00 pm. I took one hour and a half to get back to Kelana Jaya from Sri Petaling. What a driving round and round day; all directions I took seemed to lead me in the wrong way. Anyway, all that driving took up the greater part of an otherwise dull and boring day! I wish I have the latest gadget in my car: GPS.

By me




CALLING ON TWO OLD BUDDIES

I was at his high-rise residence in Danau Kota, Setapak. He came out to meet me and I saw Lee Sai Kan had changed somewhat in physique. He appeared to have put on weight. Or was it that his body parts seemed swollen! He had some rashes on his skin. Sai Kan led me in.

I went up to his unit and we began the visit. Sai Kan was a pious and religious man a staunch Buddhist submitting himself to the Goddess of Mercy Kuan Yin. Stoically, he ascribed some of his ailments to be karmic repercussions or paying debts of previous lives. He did not complain. With the calamine cream and lotion from the hospital he used them to mitigate his itchiness and pains. His style of life nowadays was just plain. He had great trust in the government hospital treatment and facilities.

From Setapak I drove back to Sentul to visit John Chinniah. John had called the other day saying he had planned to visit our mentor. But John had a fall. On hearing that, I had planned this visit to see if he had hurt himself seriously. Well, the fall had left a patch of his crown bald. On 11th February, he was standing by the house phone. His hand missed grabbing the wall. His legs gave way, and he tumbled down banging his scald on the concrete wall. The skin on the back of his head was smashed. Blood gushed out and soon his clothes were a bloody mess. People around him picked him up and rushed him to the hospital.

The hospital staff screened him. Fortunately no damage was seen in his brain. So the damage was only skin-deep. To repair the external damages, they stitched back the torn skin. After resting some days, he was back to normal again.

Lunch was ready. John's wife Sellam Suppiah is a great cook and on this day I was treated with her most mouth-watering dry chicken curry, cabbage and rasam soup. Thanks for the food that tasted so good.

As I sat down with John at lunch, I heard him narrate his life history almost from the time he was a baby.

(Read about John in our next issue)



WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH
50 YEARS AGO- APRIL, 1961

The MES principals and a few of his pupils and pals picnicked at the Chamang Waterfall.

 Sir Abu Bakar The first bank in Bentong the Lee Wah Bank now the UOB Bank was opened by the then Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Sir Abu Bakar . On the international front, Russia sent the first man into space.

 Yuri Gagarin Yuri Gagarin the first spaceman

And the following growing up and going to be men were were meekly submitting to the teaching in MES. Sometimes outside school hours they were frolicking around in Bentong: Mohd Noor Ta’ayun, Loh Fook Cheng, Kok Seng, Othman, Hassan, Mohd Noor, Abu Samah, Lee Kam, Ibrahim. Loo Tee See, Alamshah, Balbir Singh, Harbans Singh, Sunny Mathews, Rahman, Kenneth, Shafie, Kok Cheng, Khalil, Razlan, Husin, Janan, Rajagopal, Bala, Bakar.

Besides the students there were guests and visitors mentioned including: Don Turman, Gunnar, Wava, Beth, Johanna, Evalin, Tiga, Phil Wilson, Che Kassim, John Sutter, Abdul Jamil, Chabra.

Yeah! There were so much about events and people those days.



Life's Truisms

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble; it is a "steering wheel" that directs us in the right path throughout life.

2] Do you know why a car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong don’t worry, they can't last long either.

5] Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.

If you really enjoy this, PLEASE pass to others. It may brighten someone's day...



 Smiley Love FROM SIR WITH LOVE

I named him Ikut because that first day when he appeared out of nowhere on my front porch he followed me everywhere. It was as if he had been assigned to act as my Guardian Angel and he was going to take this job very seriously.

His long hair, black and white, made him a striking character indeed; he was a beauty.

One of my favourite spots for relaxation is in the otld swing just outside the back door. It wasn't long until the seat opposite became Ikut's favourite spot, too, and as soon as I would settle down with my mug of coffee Ikut would jump up and take his place across from me where he could kept a watchful eye on his master.

On our walks with the other dogs, he would break away and run ahead of us all - checking to make sure that the trail was safe, I suppose.

I named her Sherry because she was a licker ("liquor", pun intended). Walking along, I would suddenly feel her licking my dangling hand. Sitting in the swing, I let her give my hands a thorough washing. She simply loved to lick.

She was not a particularly pretty dog, but devotion is beauty in itself, and she had plenty of that.

When she was just three weeks old - that was five years ago - her mother, Elsa, was struck and killed by a car down on the road. For some time I had to bottle-feed her, and that was most likely the thing that caused us to become so attached to each other.

As other dogs joined my canine family, Sherry let them know that she was born here and had seniority so they had better show her some respect or else. The "or else" took on a serious tone if she thought a newcomer needed disciplining, especially during mealtime when some hungry pup tended to be greedy.

Sherry and Ikut took a liking to each other, and I noticed that when I closed the back door after our walk one evening and said, "Goodnight, all," the two of them took off down the driveway together while the others settled down in their usual places.

Ikut and Sherry didn't come back from the adventure. I'll never know what actually happened to them, but I'll always know what it feels like to lose two very special companions, one who gave me happiness by following me around, one by licking my hand.


- Ted Miles. -



TREATING BURNS - EGG WHITE

One hopes never to be needing it, but just in case:

A simple but effective way to treat burns with the help of egg white.

This method is used in the training of firemen.

When sustaining a burn, regardless the degree, the first aid is always placing the injured part under running cold water till the heat subsides.

 Egg And next spread the egg white over the injury.

Someone burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. Despite the pain she held her hand under running water, then took two eggs, parted the yolk from the egg white and slightly beat the egg white and put her hand in it.

Her hand was so badly burned that the egg white dried and formed a white film. Later she heard that the egg is a natural collagen.

And during the next hour layer upon layer, she administered a white layer on her hand.

That afternoon she didn't feel any more pain and the next day there hardly was a red mark to see. She thought she would have an awful scar but to her astonishment after ten days there was no sign of the burn, the skin had its normal colour again!

The burned area had been totally regenerated thanks to the collagen, in reality a placenta full of vitamins. This advice can be useful for everyone. Circulate it!





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



A COLUMN FOR POSTERITY

Hey, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren

The following catastrophes happened in March, 2011.

1. 11. March, Japan 9.0 point earthquake northeast Japan followed by tsunami (big tidal waves). More than 10,000 killed and more injured. Nuclear Electricity reactors damaged and radioactive fallout spread.
2. 24 March, Myanmar 6.0 earthquake.



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