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THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO. 149, APRIL, 2014.
THE 6TH EDITION SPONSORED BY HARBANS SINGH


 149 - CSS
Hi, everybody. I am writing to all of you who are all the while great readers of the M.E.S. newsletter called Mesian-message. What is the occasion? If you look at the number above it is the Mesian-message 149. The next number would be 150. By then we would have achieved 150 issues of the newsletter. I am so surprised that it had continued for so long and so much had been written and read by you all. Each number had six (6) pages and 150 x 6 = 800 pages of trash would have been sent to you. I have lost track of the various interesting articles. If you remember any special ones please inform me so that if readers want reprints I may slip them in in future. Anyway, happy reading. Thank you for all the supports either in spirit, encouragement or otherwise that you all have given me. Say something for Mesian- message No. 150.



STRANGER MEETS STRANGER, SURPRISE MEETS GREATER SURPRISE

I called Mrs. Arunlasalam about the bicycle presented by Harbans Singh. I rode the electric bike down to her house. I wanted to spring her a surprise but she gave me a big surprise. Before seeing her I thought Mrs. Salam is a Punjabi. I also thought she was an Indian lady.

But when I saw her face to face she turned out to be of Sino race. Yet I spoke to her in Malay. I told her about Harbans Singh and a bicycle. She did not know anything about it - what more of an exchange arrangement between my bike and hers. Even when her son came back, the young man knew nothing. Later Mrs. Salam spoke to me in Cantonese. Then only we had more communication but still the arrangement for bicycle exchange they knew nothing. So there was not such a thing. I said I would refer to Harbans Singh. That clear the air about the whole thing!



A VISIT TO KUALA GANDAH, FOR WHAT?

Many have heard of the Elephant Conservation sanctuary including me. No, I don't mean you have heard of me being a specimen in the elephant sanctuary. I mean I have heard of the place but not yet been there.

So on one particular care-free day the missus and I drove down to Lanchamg in PAHANG to visit the place for a look see of the specimens of pachyderms there. From Bentong taking the Karak Highway my GPS showed a drive of less than an hour and only 44 km away. The drive was smooth and easy. It was not a gridlocked day on that highway. At a T-junction we turned right and took the road to a place called Kuala Gandah 14 km away. he road was narrow and undulating something like an estate driveway. Yes, the road was bordered by rubber estates (now abandoned probably already in fragments) and new plantations of lush oil palms are flourishing. Traffic was scarce. We reached the elephant sanctuary of Kuala Gandah. A few cars and tourist vehicles were there. We had to register our presence and were given a sticker each as visitors. Entries were f.o.c.
 149 - Kuala Gandah
After a short walk, we came to an enclosure where a few medium-sized pachyderms were caged. We the visitors went near the place and the elephants pushed their trunks through spaces between the logs. Visitors bought bundles of sugar canes and fed them. The elephants looked pitifully confined to their enclosures. For a while we were left facing those helpless creatures. About half an hour later, we were excitedly aroused by a troupe of huge animals driven in by their individual mahouts riding high on the pachyderm's backs. Six big elephants were driven down to the nearby river for a cool dip in the water. The elephants bathed as they were led, guided, coaxed and beckoned by their mahouts. They were a well-behaved lot. Some wallowed and rolled in the water.

After finishing their bath, they were led up a platform sort of stage and they performed certain acts the loud applause from the crowd. We were given papayas to treat the elephants as rewards. Next two baby pachyderms were led to have a splash in the river. Visitors were invited to bathe them and brush their bodies with brushes provided by the mahouts and guides. The little ones seemed to enjoy the ablutions treat. They splashed and trumpeted. Everybody joined in the splash. In the end it turned into a water splashing battle among the participating humans! All were drenched elephants, children, women and men. They had a nice sort water festival in the murky water. The show ended. The crowd dispersed.



A BRIEF VISIT TO SEE HOW DATO' IS
One recent late afternoon I went to visit our mentor. At Taman Desa Damai, I ate a bowl of noodles. I bought curry puffs for Dato' - his favourite Malay pasta from that particular stall. At his house a pack of his hounds pounced on me making a lot of barking brouhaha. One canine even jumped on me scratching me, licking me. I had a brief chitchat with Dato'. I learned that two Mesians had expired.

I commented that the jungle was approaching meaning the jungles plants are growing near the house. The care-giver Lai Mei said he did not wanted to cut the encroaching jungles plants. He commented of the weather in Bentong. Day time very hot: night time extremely cold. I needed not to be told that night was cold for a several nights I was in Bentong; so I too felt the severe cold.


TRAVEL AFAR, WE GET EXPERIENCES

I did say the mentor said the weather was unbearably hot during the day. During the days of Mat Sallehs (white men) or colonial days, the Caucasians would escape to higher grounds to cool off. They would go for retreats in the hills particularly Fraser Hills to escape the heat. It was during one of these retreats that the then British High Commissioner Sir Henry Gurney was gunned down by his enemies the communists.

Now in 2014, we do not have to escape to Fraser Hills. So one night I thought, I would go to a cooler place for a retreat to escape from the heat. It is nowadays so easy to escape to a place called Above the Clouds as they say in Chinese.

So one afternoon we drove to Above the Clouds. There it was cold and crowded. People go there to escape the heat? Yes probably. And no not really, as there is more attraction in store as games of luck are galore. Many go there to meet lady luck with all sorts of games particularly Russian Roulettes.

We put up a night at the First World Hotel to feel the cold air and to occasionally be enveloped and embraced by wisps of white clouds that floated around. There I learned two things.

Down in the city I used to visit some electronic materials shops. The other day, I saw so many of those cell phone accessory called power banks. They are handy chargers for our ubiquitous hand phones. Power banks are handy portable hand phone chargers. I thought I do not need one as I charge my hand sets regularly at home.

That night at Genting Highlands, I had parked the car away from the hotel. So I went there to drive my car over to the hotel car park. I was shocked when I turned the key to start the engine. There was no sound at all. The battery was dead. Well I have to leave the car overnight there like that.

Back to the hotel room I tried to call for help from the insurance company. Alas! Why it happened like that. The hand phone was flat. It has no charge left. It was then that I felt the need for a charger or a power bank. Too late, the charger was at home and the power bank was still in the shop and its equivalent in cash still in my wallet. I regretted. There is a lesson for me: get whatever needful gadget that is in the market!

Next morning I walked out of the lobby of the hotel to get help. I was looking for some Good Samaritan to jump start my car. I approached a guard who was on duty. When I asked the guard if he could find me somebody to help jump start my car, a taxi man standing by offered to help. I said I would hire his taxi to the car so he could jump start my car. He took a small bag from his car and asked me to walk him to my car. He did not drive his taxi over.

I opened the bonnet of my jalopy. He clamped on the ends of his jump start gadget and asked me to turn the key on to bring the engine to life. The engine started to throttle and soon it started to run. That was fantastic.
 149 - Jump Starter

There is no need to connect my car battery to another car's battery. The jump start gadget is so tiny and easy to carry around. It is no bigger than an ordinary wallet. Yet it is so convenient to use. On my next shopping list I will include a car battery jump starter. No more dilly-dally; the cash should jump out of my wallet readily. I have to remind myself: Don't forget to buy a handy jump start gadget.

New technology has brought out so many inventions and useful plus convenient gadgets. We should swim with the tides; else we will be left far behind otherwise. 




READ THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES AND TURN THEM OVER IN YUR MIND TO HAVE A GOOD LAUGH

1. Where there is a will. I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is to hurt you... But it's still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
5. We never really grow up... we only learn how to act in public.
6. War does not determine who is the right, only who is left.
7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
8. To teal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to teal from many is research.
9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify... " I answered "a doctor."
11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still thnk they are sexy.
12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
13. I need to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.
14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
15 You're never too old to learn something stupid.
16. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

The above sentences / phrases are called paraprosdokians. Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humourous.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN APRIL

Birthday Cake - Green

No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LEE KIM THYE
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


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