One day my cyber friend Yen from Kuala Sawah came to the capital city. He lodged with his sibling's family in Pandan Jaya. We arranged to meet for a cup of tea and to catch up with the latest news. When he mentioned of Pandan Jaya, I was a bit apprehensive as how to find him. Luckily he said we could meet at a chosen rendenzous. I suggested that we met at Pasar Road, Pudu. Yes, that was perfectly alright. He could take the Light Transit Train ride.

When I called him he was already on the train at Wangsa Maju. What! Wasn't that at the other end of the city? Soon he said he was at Maluri. "Fine," I said. I would wait for him at the middle of Pasar Road where there were two banks. Yes, he came right there but I was not there. I had gone a little distance down the road hoping he would walk up there. But he was smart to phone me and we finally met.

When we met it was not lunch time yet. So we settled in an Indian restaurant, sipped tea and chitchat. Yen is a herbalist from his contacts with many people of the same interest. He even planted herbs in Kuala Sawah. He had published several books on herbs too. So our conversation was almost all about herbs and herbal cures. He talked a lot of many of the herbs he knew. For example, he said the mulberry tree has uses for all its parts. The leaves, the stems the roots and the fruits are all so useful. One special use of the mulberry berries is to fry them with eggs. It is a very rich source of vitamin C he said. The leaves and twigs are boiled to make a concoction for healing pains in body joints.

Also "anything that tastes 'kip' somewhere between sour and bitter will clear blockages of blood vessels." Added Yen. Try chewing young guava leaves you will know what 'kip' means."Stung by a wasp! Get a the leaf stalk of wild yams. Rub it on the sting. You can prevent swelling." Yen's emphasis was quite distinct.

"Have a cut in the wild, chew the young leaves of senduduk. Slab the meshed leaves on the wound. It will stop the bleeding." Oh! On chewing the leaves you will again know what the taste 'kip' is.

Even the white senduduk flowers I got from Yen, when brewed as a drink tasted 'kip'.

He has another herbal cure for dengue other than papaya leaf juice. It is a very common garden weed he called "fish scale grass." Besides its use as a cure for pharyngitis it is also effective for treating dengue fever! I have not got a picture of that herb and it is not found in the internet. I have seen the plant in the garden.

Talking about things happening in the wild, Yen had a few experiences that are quite good advice. He cautioned people not to urinate vileley while in the wild. He said there are guardian spirits around which must not be offended.

Once his friend urinated behind a tree. He fell sick and no doctor and medication could cure him. He was only saved after appeasing the spirit he had desecrated with the help of a shaman. He had to burn joss-sticks and made offerings to ask for pardon. "Supertitious eh!" he said. "Sometimes you have to believe in beings of the other worldly when things went wrong." Stressed Yen. There are many places in the jungle when human intrusion had been made especially timber logging camps. Then the intruders had set up shrines which they called datuk or Na Tuk Gong. Even in places where no human have set foot on, we are advised to watch our words and guard our actions.

But if we really have to answer the call of nature in the wild, what should we do. We could ask for permission to relieve ourselves by saying, "execuse me I am sorry. Dear spirits I have to relieve myself please!" Then only do your private business away from the datok shrine or away from the huge tree or rock.

According to Yen, once a man offended a very powerful spirit when was in the jungle. On consulting a shaman, the medium said "the spirit was very powerful, he wanted to take away his rice ration card." I remember that mataphor those days. Sure enough the man fell very ill. In the end the spirit took away his rice ration card. He did not recovered. He succumbed to his strange illness. Those days taking away one's rice ration card meant killing him.

Many people who had worked and lived in the jungle know many taboos. They would not harm any wild creatures they came across be they poisonous snakes, foxes, monkeys or wild boars. These wild lives are sacred and must be respected. Any unusual happenings before they leave for work must be interpreted as bad omens for the day. For example, while taking the morning meal a plate or a spoon dropped, it must be taken as an indication that they on that day must not go to work! Else accidents would happen. These beliefs are quite rampant.

Yen had the very high ambition of starting a herbal farm in Beaufort. Where is that place? In Sabah of course. Remember Jesselton and Beaufort in North Borneo! Yen has even the thought of setting a herbal farm in Hainan, China. Wish you success, Yen.

CHRISTMAS DAY - 25-12-2014

It was Christmas day. Whatever happened I must to there. Where? In our mentor's house to celebrate with him in our modest way.

I arrived in Bentong early at 9.30 am. As it was on the way, we visited Anthea. She was the first person to receive my book titled TED MILES REVEALED by Chan Suy Sang. She bought 10 copies.
In our short conversation, she said she received the first photograph on her cell phone this morning. It was a Christmas greeting.

That led us to reminisced back in the 1950s. Back then the phone was a sort of luxury. Few homes had it. According to her story her neighbour had one. Another neighbour borrowed it to send Christmas greetings. The caller said to the lady on the line that she had received her X'mas present. It was the same pair of socks that the caller sent to her the previous Christmas. It had been sent back to her this Christmas!

"Was it done on purpose?" I asked. "No it was an accident. The caller had received so many presents and had not used all of them. Now this Christmas she just wrapped up the still new pair of socks and sent it off. She never knew that it would get back to the original sender." "Ha, ha, ha... " we all burst out in laughter.

We left and we went to the wet market. There I bought a roasted duck to celebrate with Dato'. I presumed this couldn't be the same roasted duck that the hawker sold me last year before!! So you know how to avoid your present being returned to you now. Give something consumable! The first person we met was Kam Wah a Bukit Tinggi farmer. From him I learnt that a crop of the highly priced Bentong ginger took a whole year to grow.

There also came the Taylors College group of lecturers who were regulars including Mary Ng and her hubby Garry. Choo Oi Mei also came in with Pingko Tee and others. Lee Yew Kwong brought in his three generations of daughters, son-in-laws, grandsons and granddaughters.

Alas! We never knew that this was Yew Kwong's last. Two days later, at the ripe age of 81 Yew Kwong kissed the dust. His going was easy, as he breathed his last while watching TV. Bye buddy! Our deepest condolences and heart-felt sympathies to his family. Yew Kwong R.I.P.

We had a sumptuous lunch of a varieties of foods. After food, there was a good response to snap up the book TED MILES REVEALED. Some have already had a quick glance through it and probably were very contended with its contents. Loh Kok Keong who had returned from Sabah came in a little later. He had been snapped up by another plantation company to start work again in January.

Back in town we drove over to meet another MES buddy. I learnt that Mokhtar Mat Piah had been in MES since 1953. He was there until he finished his school certificate studies.

We left for Kuala Lumpur until we came to Sentul. There we dropped in to see John Chinniah for a chitchat. We were there until the impending afternoon monsoon rain drove us away. Okay that ended the outing on that day!


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Ted Miles was a great teacher. His Uncle Sam's style of teaching made the usually boring English lessons very interesting. Who wouldn't be when nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, gerunds and conjunctions exercises and tests were reduced to fill in blank spaces and drawing diagrams for grammar lessons!

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One day his new bride screamed with all her might. She saw a cobra entering their nuptial bedroom to hide. "Darling, I won't sleep in this house if the snake does not come out."

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Though in soccer they did not reach the pinnacle of glory to grab the coveted state championship trophy, yet they were a team to be reckoned with at all games.

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He had the following lot of princes and princesses whom he acquainted with. They lodged and studied under him.

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School loyalty surpasses political affinity. That is the philosophy of his, though the school now does not exist yet the institution of the M.E.S. fraternity persists!

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That dwelling of his is best described like this. This is right from the host's mouth......


1. I trust and believe in the book because it was meticulously proof-read by Dato' himself. - Anthea
2. He (Dato' Ted Miles) thoroughly read through the book and all that I have written about him he approved. - the author.
3. Oh! That was how it looked. Ah Peng Street in the 1950s. - Miss Lee. (she commented on looking at the photos on page 11)

Thank you all of you participants of the publication. The book has come into your hands for your reading pleasure. ENJOY!

Those who missed the participation you may get a copy of it by contacting me. Phone: 0123581964 Or email:


Earlier I mentioned about the hand phone. It had undergone a marvellous revolution in its functions. The other day I was talking to my daughter who enumerated the various hand phone functions. It has replaced the house phone. Certainly it had killed the public pay phone!

One very important function that had been taken over by the hand phone is the camera. Seldom you see people carrying a camera nowadays, unless professionals and photography enthusiasts. For ordinary people their hand phones are their cameras. Even the demand for printed photos has plummeted because nowadays people do not need to print out their photos. They keep them in their hand phones. Following that photo albums are now obsolete items because inside the camera you can have your various albums all arranged for you in good order like according to time, people, places, occasions, etc.

What had happened to the electronic calculator? It has been euthanized by the hand phone. If you need a calculator just touch an icon in your hand phone. I checked the spelling of 'euthanize' using the dictionary in my hand phone. Huh! Even the thick and heavy ordinary dictionary had been smitten dead by that hand held gadget.

What else had been usurped by the hand phone? I think there are many more. Need to look for something? Turn on the flash light in your hand set. Hand phone! You're a wonderful multi-purpose device.


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