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THE MESSAGE NO. 151 - JUNE 2014
THIS EDITION IS SPONSORED BY JOHN CHINNIAH


I beg your pardon, for I am going to continue my story I have left undone......

From Heathrow Airport I was driven a hundred miles to Leicester to meet Caryn my second daughter. The highway was quite clear after we left the London metropolis. On the way at 8.00 pm I saw field after field of golden-yellow. Daniel who was driving told me those were field of rapeseeds used for making oil.

Golden-yellow rapeseed field. Street scene in Oxford.

You may ask: "What at 8.00 pm you still could see the fields!" Yes, it was still broad daylight till 10.00 pm. The next morning when I woke up it was 4.00 am. The day had dawned. The sun was rising!

No highways in the UK are collecting tolls, I was told by somebody.

I stayed with daughter Caryn's family. The next day they took me out at temperature of below 10 degrees. There was a north sea wind blowing. I was shivering cold; nearly froze. Luckily, we went to a clothing shop. I bought a winter wear with a hood over the head. Immediately I sought refuge in that huge and somewhat clumsy clothing.

After a few days of stay with Caryn in Leicester, I went to visit my third daughter and her family in the UK.

Lisa from Oxford came to pick me. So to Oxford I was chauffeured there. Lisa and her family reside on the outskirt of Oxford city. It is just a 15-minute bus ride to this city of colleges and universities. During my sojourn there, I often visited the shops and bookstores hunting for rare volumes. The city is a populous milling crowd of academics many rushing around to and fro, in and out. By CSS.


A VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
On May the 7th, I joined Daniel and his father for a visit to the Republic of Ireland. It is not the country in the UK. The Republic of Ireland is a member of the European Union. So they use the Euro there.

Driving down from Leicester, we passed through Wales. Wales is part of the UK. However Welsh people speak and use a different languages. Just look at this:
Effalai fod Cymru'n wlad fach, ond mae'n sicr yn argraff fawr o ran treftadaeth.
That is Welsh! I wonder how to read it. We boarded a ferry at Fishguard. Fishguard is a picturesque port.

The ferry was a big boat several storeys high. The ferry boat sailed for about four hours before we landed on Ireland. From there we drove to a little town called Wesford. There we took up lodgings in a hotel. The weather was biting cold and chilly windy. The streets were deserted. Only a few pubs and shops were opened for business all with their doors closed. We stayed there for three nights waiting to celebrate a friend Uncle James's birthday.

I learned that not far from this place named Wesford is the Kennedys Homestead. The late JF Kennedy's ancestors were from this part of Ireland. During his presidency he had visited his homestead. There is a memorial centre for the Kennedys.

We spent most of the time in a pub drinking and singing. The Irish are a very amicable people who like to sing and drink. Outside the town are farms. Yes I suppose they grow potatoes. I asked Daniel if it is true Ireland has no snakes. I mentioned of the legend that tells of St. Patrick banished all snakes from Ireland.

"The absence of snakes in Ireland gave rise to the legend that they had all been banished by St. Patrick chasing them into the sea after they attacked him during a 40-day fast he was undertaking on top of a hill."

However, experts on natural history said that there never had been any snakes on Ireland as there was no fossilized evidence of the slithering kind.




COMMON SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTENSION

Common symptoms include: Mild headaches, Dizziness, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and vision problems.

Common causes of high blood pressure
- Kidney problems- Age- Obesity- Stress- Lack of exercise- lack of sleep
- Use of certain drugs (cocaine for example, alcohol for another)
- certain medication (cold remedies, birth control pills, pain relievers etc.)

However, there are a great many cases of hypertension with unknown underlying reasons, perhaps genetic, and they can be controlled effectively with certain home remedies and lifestyle changes.

A Natural Home Remedy For Hypertension
There is one potent natural remedy for high blood pressure that when combined with other high blood pressure cures, works spectacularly well. Here are the one you need to look at using and combining right now....

Watermelon White senduduk flower

Watermelon: The watermelon fruit is your No.1 natural remedy for high blood pressure. It contains an amino acid called L-citrulline, which has been overwhelmingly proven to lower blood pressure. In the American Journal of Hypertension, they published a study from Florida State University which showed L-citrulline was able to reduce and normalize blood pressure in all the study participants who previously had high blood pressure. Head researcher, Dr. Arturo Figueroa, state...

Even the watermelon seeds that we used to throw away could be used for the same purpose. Grind or boil seeds, mixed with water and consume.



TO SEREMBAN, TO KUALA SAWAH TO ROUGH IT OUT WITH A FRIEND FROM CYBER

There he was! My cyber friend Yen.Near Parkson he had parked his Mercedes Benz. It was just opposite the train station in Seremban. I had come by train to Seremban to call on my herbalist friend Yen.

The train moved fast. It stopped at many stations. Finally the PA system said it was pulling into the Tiroi station. This is the station just before the Seremban station: my destination.

I called my friend Yen. He said he would be waiting for me, but I was not sure where due to the problem with my ears. However, I just let it be. I emerged from the station and phoned Yen. He asked me to cross the road over to the Parkson supermarket. I climbed the overhead pedestrian bridge and to Parkson supermarket I reached. I entered Parkson and even browsed through the display of goods for sale there. I did not see Yen.

On coming out to the lobby, Yen called me. I answered and saw him out on the car park. He led me into a sort of economy eatery. There he introduced me to two elderly gentlemen one with a flowing white beard. We drank red bean porridge. I could not remember their names.

After chatting for a while, Yen took me in his car. He drove me to his house in Kuala Sawah. On reaching his house his three ferocious canines gave me a growling welcome. One dog had to be chained before I could walk towards the doorway. Another came to me and sniffed at me. I entered the house. We took a rest each on one of his two reclining chairs. It was quite relaxing. The sun was not out but the temperature was high.

After a good rest, we decided to have lunch at the nearby township named Rantau about three km away. We came to a Chinese eatery. I ordered mixed Cantonese fry which Yen apparently thought it a surprise. Anyway, he also ordered a vegetable. The treat was on Yen. After food we were back at his house. He showed some dried flowers from his white flower senduduk herb. Later he made a drink from the desiccated flowers. It was a refreshing drink tasted a little bitter or in Cantonese we say "kip".

Having downed a big cup of the white flower senduduk drink I asked what is it uses to our body health. He showed the page in a book about its uses.

CSS (to be continued)



CALLING ON AN OLD FRIEND IN KLANG

The train ride down to Klang was smooth easy going as there was no crowd in the train. I reached the Klang train station. After waiting for some time, Harbans Singh rang me. He had arrived at the station to fetch me. Soon his car came driven by his missus Gurmail Kaur. After exchanging well-wishing and greetings they drove me a little round the Little India town. Then they drove me to his house. Breakfast was soon ready and we drank Malaysian common beverages and downed some chappati. We sat down and talked all and sundry. Harbans has got a lot of stories, but as there were so many I just could not keep track of what he had said. Soon lunch was ready. We dined in style the Punjabi style. After lunch everybody felt sleepy. Harbans retired to catch an afternoon nap. So did his missus. I lied down on the sofa and dozed off for a while. When I came to it was already 3.00. I woke Harbans up and soon everybody was up and about; getting ready. Gurmail made tea so we had afternoon tea with cakes and biscuits.

This was a wonderful visit and an unforgettable experience for me. I was fed three meals and entertained with what I have never heard before stories. When they dropped me in town, I took a walk around. Then I boarded the train to return to KL.

By css



CHALLENGING BRAINTEASERS TO KEEP YOUR MIND IN TUNE

Enjoy these challenging brain puzzles, and write down your answers as you go. Don't peek at the answers until you have answered all of the puzzles for a real challenge!

1. Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child's name?

2. A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

3. Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

4. How much dirt is there is a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

5. Mary was born on December 28th, yet her birthday always falls in the summer. How is this possible?

6. In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

7. If you were running a race and passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

8. Which is correct to say: "The yolk of the egg is white" or "The yolk of the egg are white"?

9. A farmer has five haystacks in one field and four in another. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in one field.

10. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday or Sunday

ANSWERS:
1.Johnny 2.Meat. 3.Mount Everest. It just wasn't discovered yet. 4.There is no dirt in a hole. 5.Mary lives in the southern hemisphere. 6.You can't take a picture with a wooden leg. You need a camera to take a picture. 7.You would be in second place. You passed the person in second, not in first place. 8.Neither. Egg yolks are yellow. 9.One. If he would combine all the haystacks, they would become one big stack. 10.Sure you can name three consecutive days: yesterday, today and tomorrow.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN JUNE

Birthday Cake - Green



No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
ZAINAL BIN LISUT
JUNE 1
2
MOHD NOOR MOHAMMED
JUNE 2
3
CHEONG AH MOI (MRS. HOH)
JUNE 3
4
TG. ABD. WAHAB B. TG. ABD. AZIZ
JUNE 3
5
CHEONG YET LAN
JUNE 6
6
LU AH NGAN (MRS. LAU)
JUNE 6
7
THAM CHEE LOONG
JUNE 6
8
MOHD ZABIL HJ ABD KADIR
JUNE 9
9
HAJI ABDUL RAHIM
JUNE 10
10
TAN BENG CHIN
JUNE 12
11
LENG KAM YEE
JUNE 15
12
LOO TEE SEE
JUNE 15
13
MOHD NOOR TA'AYUN
JUNE 15
14
ONG SEK KEE
JUNE 15
15
HARBAN SINGH
JUNE 22
16
CHRISTINE CHAN FOOK THYE
JUNE 25
17
SAR KIM LEN
JUNE 29
18
YAP MING FATT
JUNE 29
19
KUPPUSAMY
JUNE 30


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