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THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO 134, JANUARY 2013
ANOTHER CHAN SEE PHONG SPONSORED EDITION


Christmas Day, a day we have been waiting for. Who are we - Mesians of course and friends of our mentor? It would be a day of celebrations, meeting old friends and exchanging news and views in some unplanned nor pre-empted conversations.

 Yap Kim Hee and Me
When I drove up to Dato' Ted Miles's bungalow, there were two alumni sitting and chattering with our mentor. Who were these two early birds? First I saw Yap Kim Hee and then another he or she! The homo sapiens spotted long tresses and I almost mistook him for a miss if not for his masculine voice and manly movements. Certainly he was a stranger to me!

Anyway, after greeting Dato' Ted Miles and wishing him "A MERRY CHRISTMAS", I turned to the other guy. Your name please? "I'm Kam Wah," was the reply. The alumni hails from Bukit Tinggi, quite far. When I started talking to him, he seemed a very lively and most pleasant person. He does farming in the sloppy Bukit Tinggi village growing the famous Bentong ginger and well-known water cress plus the new produce - passion fruit! I guess he is a very passionate person too! Soon I left them to continue with their passionate chit-chat!!

I drove down to see Wong Yeng Kee where I picked up some party goodies from him to Dato'. Yeng Kee was under the weather. If any of us are close to him and wish to bring him out of the weather beaten and storm striven conditions, please give him some kind words. Call him to console and comfort him.

I picked up Sar Kim Len from Sungai Marong and made her to bring her home-cooked curry anchovies along. Wow! With her and her goodie for the party in the car, my little Mouse Deer of a car smelled like a curry house!

When we reached Dato's house more people were around. There was Mahalingam and his missus, his daughters and spouse who hailed from the south. They drove all the way up from Seremban to this upcountry little town with pots of fried rice and curry.

 Nancy, Dato' Ted Miles & William Joo Shek Phin
Ng Kam Thye strolled in and we all talked to him. How is he? Like all of us - aging. No surprise as it is the natural thing. Then another Kim Thye came in - Lee Kim Thye the ever busy lady.

Lee Yew Kwong brought in his retinue of spouse, daughters and grand children. From right down south across the ocean and over the seas, came Sam. His full name is Tham Foo Sam. We have met a few years back, but he said he could not recognize me; or I him. Just a few years on, our memories are gone! When we have just started lunch; Lu Ah Ngan sauntered in with her daughter and son. She spread on the dining table a huge box of fried chicken from KFC.

William Joo Shek Phin strutted in with his voluptuous other half bringing some nice salads just in time to tantalize our palate.

On the table plenty of foods have rained, including Bentong's famous durians. Of course, there was the X'mas festive bird a whole cooked turkey. It was from the Taylor's lecturers who brought in the signature X'mas gift yesterday. The Taylor's group was not around today as they were also celebrating Christmas somewhere in their several ways!

Even Lim Pak Heng who phoned from Sungai Pelik, was told to come to help taste the food on the plates. But the incessant blessing rain pelting down over in Sungai Pelik made Pak Heng could not move out at all. He said the sky just poured and poured!

The delicacies were not short of varieties. After the feast nobody was hungry. And the huge dining table was still filled with many goodies!

 Christmas 2012 group picture
The group photograph after the Christmas party on 25.12.2012. Look at the food still waiting for more guests to join in the tucking-in. You should have been there to take your helpings. Leaning against the windows at the back is the plaque to congratulate our mentor for being made a Dato' by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang.



THEY BRAVED FLOODWATERS AND RAIN TO COME IN

Speaking of you joining in, here is a little story of how a long-distanced family made themselves all the way here to partake of the party.

Two days before Christmas, Zulkifly with spouse Juliana in tow and his son Chico also followed. They drove to Kuantan for a hockey committee meeting with the Pahang royalty. In the Pahang state capital they checked into their hotel. Evening came, it was time for them to take a bite and mooch around in town. It was the 24th night. Then the sky pelted down with rain. Thunders struck. The sky was split with flashes of lightning. The downpour created a deluge of water and Kuantan was feet under water. When they came back the water level at the hotel area was knee deep. Zulkifly drove his Mercedes to higher ground. He waded back to the hotel to pass the night. Throughout the whole night it was raining cats and dogs outside.

The havoc created by the flood in Kuantan, almost made Zulkifly missed the meeting. But providence saved him and he managed to get a fresh change of clothing. He made it spic and span to the meeting.

When the next day dawned, Christmas Day was on. In haste he drove his spouse and junior and left Kuantan town. They left with empty stomachs. Was the flood too much for them to stomach? No, all the eateries in town were open but not for business. They were sweeping out floodwaters and mud!

When they arrived in Gambang, they filled their stomachs. There, there was no flood. After brunch, they drove to Bentong to join in our Christmas lunch. They made it to Dato's bungalow at two and their stomachs were still full. Anyway, they joined in the gathering, meeting people, exchanged greetings and indulged in friendly chattering.

Zulkifly and company made no excuse to be absent in spite of all the difficulties from the follies of the weather and the weeping firmament.

You too could make your presence felt in front our mentor if you want to. Who knows you might meet some alumni from the now phantom institution that had conferred you with the designation Master of English Studies (ie. MES). So make up your mind to visit us on our next function. How about seeing you there on Sunday 17 February 2013? We will have a little do to mark his 86th birthday.




THE RETURN OF LINDA LU AH NGAN

The lady on the right has resurfaced after many years of absence from our celebrations. Linda Lu Ah Ngan had been too busy and bogged down with the wifely duty of looking after her late hubby during his long illness. The family sought treatment for him in China. The late Mr. Liew had a kidney transplant there. For that treatment, Lu Ah Ngan stayed with him in China for a long six months.

 Dato' Ted Miles, Wilfred, Suvy & Linda Lu After all the necessary surgery, her husband received a new kidney. Back to Malaysia, he was on the road to recovery.

But the surgery had much weakened the immune system in his body. So he was more prone to microbe infections. Fungus got into his brain. How could that be? I inquired of Lu Ah Ngan. She said the fungus was from the air around us! In that case, why ordinary people are not infected? It is because our immune system is still healthy and could do its duty. In the case of her late husband, his immune system was already totally gone after the beatings of the transplant surgery!

Something I learnt from Lu Ah Ngan is that a person's kidneys would shrink after a person started dialysis. In the case of a transplant, the old kidneys were not removed as they have shrunk.

The new kidney would function as normal. Yes, in her late husband's case, he received the new kidney well. But other complications came in especially infections and for him the fungal infection went up to the brain. Only then he succumbed to the complications.


WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR HEART-FELT CONDOLENCES TO LU AH NGAN AND HER FAMILY FOR THEIR LOSS AND BEREAVEMENT.



WANNA GO TO THE ULU TO VISIT A PENGHULU?

Kassim anak Malu has twice called me. He said he is very interested in reading the Mesian Message that I send him regularly. He is now with the aboriginal tribe in the jungle at Gua Musang in Kelantan. In local parlance we say he is in the ulu and he had been made the headman of his tribe locally known as the penghulu. Kassim invites me and others to visit him. I am very interested to go there, trek into the jungle and stay a few days with the indigenous people of our country!

I will make the trip one day. Anybody interested to join me? Just contact me.




We will celebrate Dato' Ted Miles's 86th birthday on Sunday 17th February 2013, the week after the Lunar Spring Festival. See you there. Remember the makan is all created by us. So be creative and make the occasion festive.


HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR LET US CELEBRATE THE SPRING FESTIVAL TO WELCOME IN THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN JANUARY

Birthday Cake - Green


No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LEE SAI KAN
JAN 1
2
KOK AH KOW
JAN 5
3
ABDUL JALIL MOHD DIN
JAN 7
4
CAPT® MOHAMAD GIMON
JAN 10
5
MUNZIR BIN ABAS (HAJI)
JAN 21
6
SELVARAJ DANIEL
JAN 25
7
TAN CHEONG LUNG
JAN 30
8
WONG LAN CHAN
JAN 31


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