THE MESSAGE 52 MARCH
THE YAP CHOY MENG SERIES
THE DATIN ALICE LOKE 2ND EDITION
THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
By Crystal Michelle Chan in New Hampshire, USA via e-mail
The weather is starting to get warmer. It was sunny and hot for these 2 weeks.
But it rained again yesterday. Today's weather was cloudy, cold and damp.
THE GREAT AMERICAN MOTOR SHOW
Days ago, we went to Saratoga Springs which is located at North of New York
state. It actually was a motorbike adventure trip to see the Americade
Motorbike show there.
But Tommy is not the biking type so, he bought a trailer for his motorbike.
We met his friend, Gary for lunch halfway through our journey. After lunch Gary
insisted Tommy to ride on his motorbike. So, he took his motorbike out from the
trailer and rode on it up to our destination.
I drove the car pulling the trailer following them. Good thing is we do not
need any special license to pull a trailer. An ordinary driving license will do.
The countryside drive was beautiful. I could see lots of wild flowers growing
on the ground... everywhere.
EATING ASPARAGUS RAW
We stopped at Gary's auntie farm on the way. The farm is 500 acres big. His
cousin Dan, showed me some fresh grown vegetables. He broke a piece of fresh
asparagus from the ground and asked me to taste it. "Raw??? Eat it now???"
"Yes, try it, it is good!!". I took a bite and tasted fresh raw asparagus for
the first time. Wowwww...... it was sooooooo sweet.... delicious.....
yummy.... I couldn't believe how good it tasted!!!
We arrived at our destination after about 6 hours later with all the stops
here and there for some light snacks and relax. Saratoga Springs is a place
where lots of natural hot springs were founded. We checked in Gideon Putnam
hotel and went out for our dinner after we were rejuvenated.
THE GREATEST MOTORBIKE SHOW ON EARTH
The next morning, Tommy took out his Harley Davidson and we went to Lake George
which is about 1/2 hour motorbike ride from the hotel, where the Americade
Motorbike show (world largest motorbike show) were held. Wow.... the whole town
were full of motor bikers...!!! All kinds of motorbikes on the road. It is
We came back to the hotel where our trailer is. Before our journey, we had our
trailer packed with lots of food, lazy chairs and a big cooler box for drinks
and fruits. We had our picnic by our trailer and it was wonderful. I always
like picnic in the nature.
CRASH! THE MELON SMASHED
We brought a watermelon with us too but Tommy didn't know how to cut it open
since we didn't bring any knife with us. So, I told him to drop it on the
ground and it will break open, so each one of us can grab a portion of it.
Tommy was shocked and said "Are you crazy??? No, we can't do that. It won't be!!"
I convinced him and at last he did as I said. While holding the watermelon in
his hands he told his friends that he is going to 'cut' the watermelon ala
"MALAYSIAN STYLE" and dropped it...!!
Gush..... it broke into chunks..... Everyone was bewildered and surprised!!
"Wow... what a GREAT IDEA!!" his friends laughed, grabbed a portion and enjoyed
the juicy fruit. It was indeed more tasty eating it ala "MALAYSIAN STYLE"
......... hahahaha..... We had a great day and picnic. We stayed there for
The next week after that we went to Laconia where the Americade Motorshow moved
to. It is a road show and Laconia is the last stop. We went there by car and
just drove round the area taking pictures. The weather was not pleasant at
all... it was raining for the whole day. I thought those poor motor bikers can't
enjoy much but it seems like the weather didn't bother them at all!!
There were thousands of motor bikers out riding on their motorbikes in the cold cold rain.
The next day we flew there just to take some aerial shots of that town.
MOTORHOMES, A GREAT WAY TO TRAVEL
We had many great times. America is a very BIG country and there are a lots of
nice places and countryside to explore. That's why they invented this
Motor Home, where they can use it to travel around America. It is a good idea
indeed, pulling own home to anywhere without worrying of accommodation.
There are lots of trailer/motorhome parking compound in US. It is all equipped
with dump site and plug for electricity and hose for water supply. It costs
only about US$20 for a day. Another good thing about motorhome is we do not
need special license to drive that vehicle!! An ordinary driving license
will do!! So, I can even drive that thing.
Tommy thought of getting a motorhome. We went to several places to check those
out. Wahhhhhh........ it is very nice inside. Fully carpeted and equipped with
a long couch, dining table with chairs, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and
BEWARE OF THE BLOOD SUCKERS
One day when I visited our mentor, I was pursued and buzzed by many mosquitoes.
It had rained the night before. So the mosquitoes were awakened and enlivened.
The buzzed around till their prey were found.
Any exposed human part is a landing ground. They alighted on my ears which was
most annoying with their piercing and buzzing. They landed on my arms
stretching their legs and folding their wings. But their never let go of their
piercing. Push! And their proboscis got into my skin.
Then they siphoned off my precious blood rich in hemoglobin. They drank till
their stomachs bulged out. I could see their bellies inflated and turning
Donft the insects give us something back? Yes, they certainly inject their
saliva containing many foreign bodies it may carry. It is so unlucky that
several alien bodies are carried by the little bloodsucker which otherwise
would prove to be harmless. They transfer into our bodies disease-causing
bacteria of malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile fever, cerebral
malaria, encephalitis, etc. Even dogs are not spared in receiving the pathogen
of heartworms infection.
Thus that darn little critter could be most annoying and menacing. When I
called on our mentor that day, the unusually strong army of mosquitoes was very
ferocious and voracious. They buzzed and circled round my whole body. I waved
my hands in defence. I snapped the air and slapped on those that had landed.
"Plap, plap, plap," I smashed and crushed the pests to death.
They were enjoying a bloody feast.
HE LIGHTS A COIL
When our mentor saw my dilemma of defence, he lighted a mosquito coil. He
placed it under the table. Wisps of aromatic smoke rose from the ground and the
pest were no more around. Our patriarch always keeps some mosquito coils to
entertain guests who are vulnerable to the mosquitoes.
In fact, some of his regular visitors always request lighting a coil to
avoid being siphoned off their precious drops.
HOW HE IS PROTECTED
What about our master himself? How does he stand those invading squadrons of
little bloodsuckers? According to him he feels no threat from the critters. Is
he immune? No, but he is seldom attacked. Maybe the insects and our mentor have
made a pact agreeing not to bother one another. Ha ha, ha .......
When people warn him of the danger from the marauders, he just brushes away
their concern from the attack of the "mite".
For his safety and protection while he assumes the horizontal position he rests
in a mosquito free bastion. His sleeping quarter is a cage like mosquito proof
contraption. From floor to ceiling, it is a totally meshed up area. It is so
netted up that no insects could enter. I guess it was the idea of those Mat
Salleh estate managers to sleep in that all fenced up area! The cages are the
legacies left fro the benefit and enjoyment of our master.
You are darn luck you great benefactor!!
THE ONE THAT DIDN'T GET AWAY
"Plap", gotcha, you little blood sucker. That pest has been piercing and
drinking blood from my thigh while I keyed in this little story. Oh! In
Petaling Jaya and the city too we are bothered by the little monster.
THE WRIGGLY CREEPY MONTERS
One day I was sitting near the doorway of our mentor's kitchen. There is a sort
of half door leading out to stop the dogs from entering. On top of the half
door I saw a little matchstick twig. In an instant the twig looped over into s
sort of half ring.
Oh my! Immediately I knew what was that thing. It was a land leech the one
that infests our tropical jungle. So there looms another bloodsucker around
our mentor's bungalow. However, that little monster only comes out during the
rainy season when leaves are damp and the ground wet.
Once in a while during his jungle trekking, our master was bitten by the darn
thing. He told me that the leeches always bite on the same site. The wound is
So far, nothing has been forthcoming about diseases spread by leeches. In fact,
we have seen on TV documentaries showing how leeches are used to make blood
flow through wounds or drain away unwanted blood. For this bloodsucker is a
voracious drinker and takes away quite a lot of our valuable drops.
Also remember the bigger species - the ones that sometimes you see attached to
buffalo bodies. That is the water leech. It is a real whammy.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH - MARCH 1956
50 YEARS AGO?
Mr. Miles was rushing helter-skelter to do many things in preparation to leave
for his furlough in the United States. Yet, he did not give up his many duties
both official and unofficial. He even had MYF meetings in Kuala Lipis.
One day, the MYFers there gained entry to their meeting room at the Clifford
School in a very unofficial and undignified way. One of the members pried open
a window, jumped in and opened the door from within!
On the home front, Mr. Miles used (or was it abused?) his car for carrying
grass several times for Harbans Singh's cows! Oh my! What was going to
transpire? "Is a good shepherd turning into a caring cowherd?" Some of us asked
in our mind.
Pity the car, for people had begun to label it as a bullock cart. No wonder it
wouldn't start. It smelt. It leaked. It stalled in the middle of the streets.
Our mentor almost auctioned it off at $10. But just before the hammer was to
fall, the person who had earlier borrowed his car rushed in to announce that
the engine has again stalled. So the winning bidder kept his $10 and the car
was available for more abuses.
Many parties were held to bid our master farewell. After these farewell
functions, he was armed with a Malay kris; donned a mandarin outfit of Chinese
silk, and carried a hand-woven handkerchief from a female Sikh. Wow! He was
just short of a turban to make heads turn.
When variously dressed and adorned he could be a good subject for caricatures
and cartoons. I just wonder whether our famous cartoonist Lat had then been
born. Or, was he still running around in his kampung without a thread on!
Finally and finally, a convoy of buses sardine-packed with M.E.S. teachers and
students sent the then young American off to Port Swettenham.
"Bon voyage", said they, as they waved him away, home to the US.
THE LEE FAMILY'S GENEROSITIES
On Christmas day last, the Lee family gathered together a 10-member entourage. They trooped
in to Mr. Miles's bungalow to join in the festive digging in. Lee Yew Kwong brought in his
spouse, sons and daughters plus grandsons and granddaughter to wish our master a "Merry
Christmas". Their presence and present of food of Colonel Sanderfs fame made the party
Then on Chinese New Year Eve, Yew Kwong again descended. This time with the appropriate
Chinese festive goodies most fitting for a reunion dinner. To complete the celebration,
Yew Kwong even brought in a sumptuous meal for his canine companions. There was thus a
feast for the master and his pets. Such a mindful guy from our old M.E.S.!
Can you beat that? Yes, you too can do that.
Also, just before he left for China to visit his relatives, Yew Kwong gave our mentor
another treat. Once again, he brought in some good food for all to eat. Yew Kwong how
are your far away relatives?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
THE FOLLOWING IN MARCH
||TEH BOON TAN
||LOH KOK KEONG
||JOHOR B. ZABIDIN
||NG HUI CHUAN
||LOH FOOK CHENG
||HJ. TENGKU PUJI
||LIEW CHOW YIN
||TAN SI HOOI
||ABU HANIPAH MOHD
||ZULKIFLY M. ESA
MR. MILES CELEBRATES HIS 79TH
On Saturday the 18th of February we celebrated our mentorfs birthday. In fact, friends and
former students had kicked off the celebrations days before and on his actual birthday.
The Sunday before, Foo Yook Yoon had come up from Temerloh to visit the birthday boy and
celebrated with him. Then his buddy Santa Singh and spouse Anthea also feted him to lunch.
Later they brought him a mouth-watering birthday cake. On the actual day of his birthday,
Siva Dasan and company came up with a delicious home cooked meal.
On his actual birthday, February the 16th sixteen plus one text messages and phone calls
came in. All wished him
The Saturday event began with the delivery by a caring lady of a load of chappatis and
fiery curry. Balbir Kaur the wife of Sarjeet Singh came.
From Subang Jaya in came his former colleagues from Taylor's College. The group was made up
of Mary and her hubby Gary. They also brought in Miss Choo and the so loyal Mr. Tong,
the senior. Great friends they are!
Ng Kam Thye was chauffeured in by his daughter-in-law to visit our mentor.
With them came their ever curious and inquisitive grandchildren.
Lu Ah Ngan called in with her spouse Mr. Lau. Lee Kim Thye and Lau Fee Chu also followed in
tow. Peter Chong chauffeured in Wong Yeng Kee.
The spread of food for the party looked scanty, but after everybody had his or her fill
there was still something remaining. Now guess what I brought in.
Wahai saudara/saudari yang bijak bestari,
Cubalah teka apakah gizi ini,
Di dalam perutnya ada daun,
Di dalam daun ada isi.
Here's what Mr. Miles wishes to say:
"To all my predated, on-dated, fix-dated birthday well wishers....
Any belated / post-dated well wishers out there? U r welcome!
Written and edited by
Chan Suy Sang
IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF THE LATE
S. SUBRAMANIAM WHO LEFT HIS FAMILY AND THE M.E.S. FRATERNITY IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
FIVE YEARS AGO
Inserted by: Wife W. Thanalechumy
Sons: Pukalenthi, Padmarajah
Daughter: Hema Latha
OF THE LATE DATO' LOKE KOON KAM WHO LEFT HIS FAMILY AND THE MESSAGE FRATERNITY THIS
MONTH 4 YEARS AGO.