THE MESSAGE DECEMBER, 2004 NO.37
THE CHUI TAI FAN SERIES.
THE LU AH NGAN 2ND EDITION
THE CURTAIN IS FALLING FOR 2004.
READ ON TO FIND OUT WHAT ARE IN STORE.
KEEP ON TURNING THE PAGES.
THEN "VOILA" YOU WILL COME TO A VERY IMPORANT MESSAGE BY A "SAGE".
YOUR PERSONAL BIG DAY
Our Happy Birthday project launches off as soon as I hit the file
containing the dusty almost crumbling M.E.S.SAGE.
While I thumbed through the mimeographed treasure trove
I found the columns on birthdays those days.
Among them I obtained many a person's birthdates.
Yet among the list of birthdays, I realized that many more had escaped our name
list. They were not to be found now anywhere. Whatever I obtained
I would use to fill our column to wish the right people
MR.MILES RANSACKS HIS ARCHIVES
Anyway, our master has willingly taken on the responsibility of searching
through his archive to dig out more information for me.
Imagine with the passage of half a century!
Imagine also with the disappearance of the school,
he still takes on this duty of digging up your birthdays!!
We should give him the thumbs up and say to him
Yes, our patriarch searched through a stack of well-kept cards of roll.
Being a busybody I pounced on the results of his search.
Now I am going to dish out the tallies one by one and month by month to you
all under the new column
So if you find it's your buddy's birthday or the birthdays of the ladies,
call them and wish them
Who knows, you might also receive a tinkling ting from any one of us
on your great day, heh!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
||ABDUL MALEK ENGKU OMAR
||ANN FAN CHOON
||MUHD ALAM SHAH HJ. HAAMIN
||PETER S.F. CHEONG
||FOO YU PONG
||YAP CHOY MING
||S. AYAH SAMY
||HJ. SHAMSUDDIN SALLEH
||TAN KIM WOK
||LAI HOE CHOON
||OOI KENG HONG
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH
50 YEARS AGO?
December, the long year-end holidays came and lingered.
The M.E.S.SAGE hung in suspense for there were no issues for this
vacation time span. Many of us were experiencing the upheavals of
our body transitions. We had become adolescents.
Some of us were thinking of our future.
How our lives were going to be fashioned?
Some made decisions to make the exodus to the capital city -
Kuala Lumpur to continue their studies.
Hooi Yew Chee hopped down to MBS;
Lee See Choon landed himself in Chung Hwa.
Lem Fong Tee and Leong Yit Ying went into the Bukit Nenas Convent,
fortunately as students not as novice nuns.
We were growing up. We were thinking how our future stands.
We have plans, while M.E.S. became more popular and expanded.
TWO GREAT M.E.S. INOVATIONS IN 1954
THE BIRTH OF THE M.E.S.SAGE
This was December 1954. Let's take stock of the achievements of the school.
The school newspaper the M.E.S.SAGE was born.
On the recreational plane, a new game was launched.
A GREAT GAME COMES IN
Hurray, I wish to mention an important game introduced by our mentor during the year.
One afternoon when I arrived in school there was a great hooha at the back of the new school.
I converged there following the crowd.
A game was going on there that I knew nothing about.
I had never seen it played before.
Some players were pushing wooden discs with long handle cues
on a marked sort of game court. They said the game was shuffleboard.
That was a game we never knew. It was something very new!
SHUFFLE BOARD RESURFACES
On one of my visits to our master of late,
I mentioned about the game called shuffleboard.
Our patriarch said I was the second person to have mentioned it lately.
The other person was one Susie who called him to ask about what
the shuffleboard game was all about.
She had been reading Past Notes Volume III, see.
It is a strange game, it sounds.
Then we adjourned to his library and to the encyclopedias we consulted.
Sure enough, there are write-ups there about shuffleboard aka shoveboard
and also known as shovelboard. To play it we need a 52 feet long by 8 feet court.
"What a big space we require to play shuffleboard", simultaneously we retorted.
MINIATURE SUFFLE BOARD
After returning home, I went on line and hit the "search" key. You know what I find.
There were hundreds of websites about this so called indoor pastime.
In fact, you can play shuffleboard on a board that is modified as a court.
Then you could hit the discs with your fingers like what you do in carom.
This would be the miniature form of shuffleboard but the game
can still be played like the real one.
I wonder whether this indoor game is ever played in any part of Malaysia.
You may be the pioneer of this shuffleboard game!
WHERE ARE ALL THE PUPPIES?
Earlier I have written how a population explosion occurred among our master's
canine pets. Eighteen fluffy furries were brought into existence by two female
canines called Kanchil and Lady. They were such cute little puppies.
My first reaction was sheer apprehension.
Suddenly there were so many mouths to feed.
But no additional hands to give except more paws to claw and more
pooh on the floor. Poor kids, their future looked bleak.
However, one day when I visited our mentor,
I saw only one little doggy playing with the elderly three.
Where have the rest gone to? All have found homes and happily cared for.
Our master told me they were scattered among families in Bentong,
Temerloh and as far as the Klang Valley.
Some got into homes better than some of you maybe,
but certainly much better than me.
Well, little cuties, you are darn lucky!
The loner is now the little emperess around.
She lives a life of luxury with three elders showering love on her only.
Our master often cuddles and treats Elsa like the little empress
in his whole little empire of weeds, creepers shrubs and trees that
is our mentor's property.
(Stop press: by press time another 10 puppies had been born.)
A ROTORIAN COMES AROUND
When I came to from a half awake state of an afternoon nap, it was 4.30 pm.
In haste I got ready to go out to visit Mr. Miles.
I bought some Malay pastries from the hawker down the Malay village.
Then I drove to the 3rd mile to see Mr. Miles.
When I arrived I saw a green Proton Satria outside.
So there were guests around.
The visitor was our master's former Rotarian friend from SS26 PJ.
Steven Ho had brought in his spouse and daughter.
The girl was blooming into maturity and spoke like a young lady.
I commended her saying she must be in college or pursuing a course in a university.
However, she confessed that she was only in Form III in the Sea Park Secondary.
MORE SALES OF
We ate the pastries that I had brought along.
The tidbits were meagre so the bite was frugal.
The drink was cordial - compliments from our mentor.
But there was an ambience of communal sharing that created a sense of belonging.
Steven and family had given our mentor lunch in town.
They were very amiable and caring people I have ever found.
When they left I noticed them carting away 5 copies of the Past Notes that
they had bought from our master. Steven also took away two of the now
discarded earthen rubber latex cups as souvenirs of the once famous and
lucrative rubber industry.
Touching on the Past Notes books, one day there came a large group.
They belong to the Heritage fraternity who came around reconnoitering Bentong's
objects of past glory.
They grabbed many copies of the Ted Miles's Past Notes to dig deeply
into and to study the local history. Despite these recent sales,
the stock with our master is still sizable.
books anyone, especially Volume III?
SEE YOURSELF IN THE PHOTOS
HEY, GALS AND GUYS,
Come over to see how you looked like.
Some 50 years ago or so.
You are there in our photo show.
At our mentor's bungalow.
Come one come all
To see what are in store.
Our master has put in so much effort to get ready the photos.
Value his efforts
Appreciate his labour.
All you need to do is to hop over,
To have an eyeful
and maybe a stomachful too,
on his great festival day.
X'mas Open Day
IT'S OUR REUNION PIGGY-BACKING
ON THE FESTIVE SEASON
HEY, HERE IS A LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL, OUR MENTOR, OUR MASTER,
OUR PATRIARCH AND OUR M.E.S. SAGE WHO NOW SO HUMBLY CALLS US ALL AS HIS PALS!
B R A V O!!!
Dear friends of M.E.S
Since this the December issue, I guess it's appropriate for me to begin by
saying "Merry Christmas, everyone."
I'm looking forward to seeing many of you before the
January issue comes out, but perhaps "Happy New Year" is in order, too.
I'm grateful for this opportunity to go beyond Season's Greetings, though,
and say some things I've been wanting to say for a long time.
First and foremost, here's a big Thank You to Suy Sang for initiating
this newsletter and thus bringing long-lost schoolmates up-to-date news
about each other - as well as nostalgic reminders about M.E.S.
activities of fifty years ago. Getting the "Message" compiled,
printed and sent out each month is no mean feat,
and it's done single-handedly by Suy Sang,
who certainly deserves our appreciation for the hard work he puts in.
It costs money, too, and your response to Suy Sang's appear for Sponsors
had been heart-warming. Obviously everyone looks forward to receiving the
"Message" at the beginning of every month and want to see it continue into
the distant future.
This letter gives me the opportunity to way Thank You for keeping in touch
with me down through the years. And oh yes, please bear with me if I don't
always recognize you when I first bump into you,
fifty years have brought about some major differences in appearance!
Once you tell me who you are, my mind's eye sees you as you were
when you wore a school uniform with the M.E.S. badge.
Your letters and cards and phone calls mean a lot to me.
They're a bridge to a past time that was special in so many ways,
and I'm grateful that you remember your time in M.E.S.
with as much fondness as I do.
I want you all to know that you can consider this house of mine "headquarters"
for ex- M.E.S. students and teachers. People say it's like a museum,
well, many of the artifacts are reminders of M.E.S.
Come and sit on the same chair that you sat on as a student.
Come and look at your Report Cards, still stored in the same old filing cabinets!
Go through the many old photographs that are guaranteed to bring back memories.
Come and visit with the same old Principal, who now signs this letter.
With fondest regards,
HI, LADIES AND BUDDIES!
LET'S GO THERE,
WHERE? MR. MILES'S HOUSE
WHEN? CHRISTMAS DAY
WHY? CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
HOW? DRIVE, RIDE, CYCLE, RUN, JOG, WALK, THUMB LIFTS, HITCH HIKE OR
BY WHATEVER MEANS THAT WILL BRING YOU THERE.
HAVE A NICE TRIP.
Who to tow along? Your spouse, companion, children, grandchildren,
next of kins, etc.
What to tug along? Glorious food, delicious dishes, tantalizing delights,
mouth-watering bites, instant edibles excluding instant noodles.
Crispy, crunchy, juicy, meaty, munchy, spicy, veggie fares excluding
literally beefy and porky delicacies.
HAVE A NICE TREAT
SEE YOU THERE ON THE BIG DAY:
DECEMBER 25TH, 2004 - CHRISTMAS DAY.
We are so glad to celebrate another
HAPPY NEW YEAR
HO HO HO! WE NEED
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