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THE MESSAGE 52 MARCH
THE YAP CHOY MENG SERIES
THE DATIN ALICE LOKE 2ND EDITION



THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Map of USA
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.

Tommy's Trailer
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.

Tommy, Gary and

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

Gary Aunt's Farm
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

USA - Americade 2005
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 spectacular!!! Awesome!!!

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

Tommy Dropping The Watermelon
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 2 nights.

Laconia
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!!

Laconia - Bike Line
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 a bedroom!!




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.

Mosquitoes Bite

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.

Mosquitoes Bulging Stomach

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 scarlet.

Donft 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.

Mosquitoes

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

Mosquitoes 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 triangular.

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

Bouncing X'mas Ball Bouncing X'mas Ball Bouncing X'mas Ball

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 Sanderfs fame made the party really merry.

CNY Orange

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

Green B'day Cake

No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
TEH BOON TAN
MARCH 3
2
LOH KOK KEONG
MARCH 6
3
JOHOR B. ZABIDIN
MARCH 9
4
NG HUI CHUAN
MARCH 10
5
LOH FOOK CHENG
MARCH 12
6
A.KRISHNAN ARUMUGAM
MARCH 17
7
HJ. TENGKU PUJI
MARCH 18
8
LIEW CHOW YIN
MARCH 20
9
TAN SI HOOI
MARCH 22
10
ABU HANIPAH MOHD
MARCH 31
11
ZULKIFLY ARSAD
MARCH
12
ZULKIFLY M. ESA
MARCH





MR. MILES CELEBRATES HIS 79TH

Fire Work Color

On Saturday the 18th of February we celebrated our mentorfs 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
Happy Birthday

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....

THANK Q"

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

Late S.Subramaniam

Inserted by: Wife W. Thanalechumy
Sons: Pukalenthi, Padmarajah
Son-in-law: Sivakumar
Daughter: Hema Latha






4th anniversary

IN MEMMORIAM OF THE LATE DATO' LOKE KOON KAM WHO LEFT HIS FAMILY AND THE MESSAGE FRATERNITY THIS MONTH 4 YEARS AGO.





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