THE MESSAGE NO. 127 - JUNE 2012
THE LIEW FOOK CHOY EDITION
THE TRAIN CLANKS INTO KLANG
Today is Wesak day. We have planned today to do some visiting to Klang. William Joo and I and our misuses wanted to try taking a train ride. It would be the four of us all enjoying free rides. Why? We have all got the senior citizen’s concession cards and each card entitles the owner for free rides for six months on all Commuter trains. Free unlimited rides for half a year? You pay RM5 for the card and that would bring the free rewards. After six months, cardholders could still travel at half fares! What a deal. So we must fully put it to good use.
The missus and I and Gary my junior boarded the train at Salak Selatan station. We travelled down to KL Sentral - the country's hub of train travels. All the trains in the main train station there were underground. We shifted to the train travelling to Port Klang (Heh! For us old-timers we called it Port Swettenham, remember?)
While I was in the train William called me saying he had already arrived at the KTM commuter train station in Klang. Liew Fook Choy had already welcomed him. After half an hour more of riding on the train we reached our destination the Klang commuter train station. The gang of six met: William, his spouse Nancy, Liew Fook Choy, Gary, my missus and me. Now we had agreed to a rendezvous where we should tasted the signature dish of this port town well-known to most Chinese. It is ribs cooked with herbs which they called a tea, but it is not a beverage as the name indicates. It is a most filling dish of herbal soup and meat that goes with rice. It is a Klang's specialty among the Chinese which people say is not even found in China. How is that? Well, visitors from China even have not heard of it. They would buy the herbs in packets and pack them back to China!
Oh mine! The eatery was as busy as a beehive. We took some time to find an empty table. We sat down and soon started to savour the dish of herbal soup and meat. The food tasted good. Really good. The bak and the kut (meat and bone) and the tea is the soup. Or is the tea the bitter beverage ordered as a side dish?
After a sumptuous meal, we went to visit a bhayiji. Sorry I mean respectfully a Punjabi. Harbans Singh is his name. He looked frail but still quite lively. He engaged us in conversation and even threw in some puns and quizzes! Like he said, "After you have filled a bottle with water, what must you do next?" Nobody could give him the answer. In the end he gave it. "What's it?" I leave it to you to say it. It is the saying that gives away the answer – the pun – the skewed one!
After a while, Harbans suggested we go out for a drink. He said he would walk us there. But looking at his skin-covered only bony frame, Fook Choy offered to chauffer him. The ladies went with him. Three of us men walked and talked. But we did not know where they went. Thanks to the modern keeping contact gadget the handset. William Joo phoned them. Fook Choy said he would come and fetch us. Five, ten, fitteen, twenty minutes passed there was no sign of the car. Only half an hour later, Fook Choy came. We asked what happened. He said he just followed Harbans! He directed me to drive down the highway - the Port Kelang way. I brought him to a restaurant where Sikh foods are found. I have left them there."
"And he expects us to trot there?" In a shock William retorted.
THE SPECIAL ROTI SALAD
Fortunately, Fook Choy had the common sense to return to fetch us. In a hurry, we were ferried to the eatery. There we had a drink and had a short chitchat for a while. Harbans enjoyed eating his favourite roti salad. I tasted a piece and it tasted really great! Then my family and William's went separate ways as we were rushing back to celebrate Wesak day! So you quip in and say, "You and your family members are Buddhists!" No, no, no. We just wanted to join in the festivities and frolic with the devotees!!
From here on, William continued the story as he continued on the visiting Klang journey………..
Fook Choy drove us on according the local human GPS sitting by his side. Harbans wanted to make some purchases. What and where? He wanted to get hold of some hardware. So Harbans GPSed Fook Choy through a rugged way, bumping and roller coasting along all the way. Yet Harbans said, "Go,go,go further along this way". Fook Choy maneuvered his car over potholes as the car bumped along and swayed. Finally, Harbans got what he wanted.
We went for another round of eating: cendol and rojak. The first is an iced drink mixed with coconut milk, green flour string jellies, boiled red beans and black minced cincau jelly. What a soothing and cooling drink it is! Rojak is another mixture of black sauce paste, sliced strips of sengkuang, sliced strips of green mangoes, slices of cucumber, etc. The junkies are tasty, spicy, and crunchy.
After all the adventures and food, we boarded the commuter train and head for home.
- William Joo.
THE BEST NUT
- COCONUT -
Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important the coconut is to stabilizing blood sugar; lowering cholesterol; healing; hydration; and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency.
Referred to as kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit for "the tree that supplies all that is needed to live") in ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral, and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world.
Yet, it has only been recently that modern researchers have begun to fully discover the massive health benefits this amazing fruit offers.
To give just one example of coconuts' life-saving properties, they were used extensively in the Pacific during World War II. Since blood plasma supplies were scarce, it was very common for medics to siphon pure coconut water from young coconuts to be used as emergency plasma transfusions for soldiers who were injured.
Since coconut water is nearly identical to human blood, it was suitable for people of all blood types.
Because of its strong antioxidant properties, the coconut can be used to:
==> Lower cholesterol
==> Improve digestion
==> Ward off wrinkles
==> Stabilize glucose levels
==> Fight off viruses
==> Build cells
==> Regulate hormones
==> Increase thyroid production
==> Lose weight
==> Increase metabolism
==> Fight infections
==> Stave off memory loss
==> Kill bacteria
==> And more!
Considered one of the most treasured foods of all time, coconut products -- including coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut cream -- each deliver superb health benefits.
Coconut oil, for instance, is considered the best and safest oil to use for cooking -- even superior to extra virgin olive oil when it comes to giving the body what it needs for optimum health. Unlike other fats and oils that we typically use for cooking and baking, coconut oil does not form polymerized oils or dangerous trans fatty acids in our bodies, which can raise our cholesterol levels; clog our arteries and even make our skin sag and wrinkle. Plus, this ultra-safe oil can give your body important antioxidants that can help build stronger cells and improve your overall health and well being.
Here are a few ways that you can use coconut products to stave off disease and to recapture the look and feeling of youth:
Coconut Water - The coconut is a natural water filter. It takes almost 9 months for a coconut to filter every quart of water stored within its shell. This makes the resulting coconut water completely pure and sterile, which is one reason why it can be used for blood transfusions.
Another benefit of coconut water is the fact that it has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration.
Coconut Oil - In addition to being superior for cooking and baking, coconut oil also makes a superb topical oil that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.
Another great benefit of coconut oil is in protecting your teeth from the bacteria that can cause cavities and disease. Simply rubbing a little fresh coconut oil on your gums and teeth can keep them stronger and healthier than virtually any other dental treatment.
Most people don't realize that coconut oil can actually help you lose weight ! Yes, simply changing your cooking oil from the unsaturated fat variety to coconut oil can help you lose those extra pounds.
Here's why: Unsaturated fats found in canola, corn and other vegetables oils, as well as margarine suppress the metabolism , which makes it harder to lose weight -- and easier to gain it. Over time, this metabolism suppression may result in 20-30 pounds of excess weight that your body cannot get rid of. Coconut oil, on the other hand, helps to increase thyroid function and boost your metabolism -- 2 important components to shedding unwanted pounds.
Coconut Cream - The best skin treatment product one can use to achieve flawless skin may quite possibly be coconut cream. Unlike traditional skin creams which can actually introduce fats and oils to the skin that will break it down over time, making it look older, creams derived from the coconut can actually replenish the skin, giving it a more youthful and healthy glow than most other skin care products on the market.
When it comes to buying coconut products, coconuts are not all created equal. Wild coconuts are always best, but can be hard to obtain if you don't live in a tropical country. Whether you are using this wonder food to boost your immune system; increase your metabolism or fight wrinkles, using products from young coconuts will help you reap the most benefit.
Young coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fat, compared to the fat found in the more mature varieties. This is why they offer the most rejuvenation properties for the body's tissues. But how can you tell how old a coconut is? Young coconuts are usually green in colour and oddly shaped. The brown hairy ones are mature coconuts, and while they offer a lot of healthy benefits, they aren't nearly as good for you as younger varieties.
The best place to find young fresh coconuts is, of course, in the markets of the tropics, so be sure to seek them out if you travel to those areas. Coconut-producing regions export coconuts all over the world, however, so it's relatively easy to find coconuts at your local health food store or Asian grocer.
In spite of learning so much in school, how come our teachers told us nuts about coconuts?
STUPID QUESTIONS WITH THE SMART ANSWERS:
BOY : May I hold your hand?
GIRL : No thanks, it isn't heavy.
GIRL : Say you love me! Say you love me!
BOY : You love me...
GIRL : If we become engaged will you give me a ring??
BOY : Sure, what's your phone number??
GIRL : I think the poorest people are the happiest.
BOY : Then marry me and we'll be the happiest couple
GIRL : Darling, I want to dance like this forever.
BOY : Don't you ever want to improve??
BOY : I love you and I could die for you!
GIRL : How soon??
BOY : I would go to the end of the world for you!
GIRL : Yes, but would you stay there??
SHARON : Have you ever had a hot passionate, burning kiss??
TRACY : I did once. He'd forgotten to take the cigarette out of his mouth.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO?
Just names that appeared in the Ted Miles Diary in June:
Ponniah, Samiun, Sohan, Tengku Aziz, Murad, Chow Yin, Rosely, Yook Yoon, Siew Ling, Tengku Rahim, Tengku Jamil, Tengku Ariffin, Rosnah, Tengku Alamshah, Wai Mun, Samah, Nor Safian, Tengku Jamaluddin, Sabaruddin, Kenneth, Mathew, Bakri, Virasamy, Vesian, Shafie, Husin, Janan, Keat Swee, Mohd Noor Mohammad, Othman Lela, Sidek, Latif.
An old Britisher visited and partook of the meal at the hostel. The diary said:
Quote: "I shall go back to Kuala Lumpur and tell about this Hostel where ……………...and everybody, including the Headmaster, eat rice THREE TIMES A DAY!" unquote.
- Richard Sydney.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN JUNE
||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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