THE MESSAGE NO. 57 AUGUST 2006
THE FOO YOOK YOON SERIES.
THE PAUL FONG SHEK PHOOI 3RD EDITION
MORE TRAVEL ENCOUNTERS
AND SHOCKING TOO
I presumed that all are well and in pink of health. I am very fine over here.
Weather is getting warmer now. This year's weather is warmer than last year. I remember it
was still very cold and chilly until beginning of June last year. Signs of Spring is here
now. Flowers started blooming and birds are chirping.
Before the turn of Spring, I had some chance to enjoy winter and do things that people
would do in winter. Tommy took me to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. It was his Ski Patrol group
tour. There's no direct flight to get there. We have to transit at 3 airports. The total
journey took us 8 hours which the actual flying duration is 4 1/2 hours.
I noticed that all American flight attendants are either old or fat and wearing glasses!!
Unbelievable. I guess Mom can be a flight captain here easily.... hahahaha..... They chat
among themselves and were not attentive. We took the first class seat which can't even
compare to the business class of any Asian Airline.... !!! I expected a better service but
was surprise that we were only served with some plain water or sodas in a plastic cup as
economy passengers have. All alcohol drinks will be charged.... a can of beer cost minimum
COME HELP ME TO HELP YOURSELF
Tommy wanted to have his luggage stowed away and asked the flight steward to help him.
Another shock here...... the flight steward said, "I'll do it if you help me, let's do it
together"... I was.... huh,...??? in total shock of his answer. It really shows how strong
human rights are over here that spoiled the country image. This made me realize how humble
Asians are. Customers always comes first in our country and that consumer are really
pampered. I'm proud of it !!!
In Jackson Hole, it was still snowing heavily and cold. I learned how to ski there.
Tommy put me on a day ski lesson so that he could join his other friends skiing.....
hahahaha... Well, I picked up fast. I had always been wondering why do people go out in the
cold and get themselves freeze in the snow. After I'd learned skiing, I understand why.
Actually we sweat under those layers of thick warm clothing !! I am glad that I have the
chance to learn how to ski. I like it. Of course I fell several times.... but it was fun
and it didn't hurt at all because I was cushioned and caressed by the so soft snow.
We spent 7 days there and came back to New Hampshire in the late evening. Weather here had
become warm and on the ground there were no signs of snow at all. The Ski Mountain here are
still in business and we went there twice to ski. But most of the snow are melting exposing
some icy surfaces underneath it. Slopes become slushy and not easy to slide. People could
skid easily and injured themselves. Last weekend was the last chance for people to ski.
We went there and skied for the last time in this winter.
TIPPING OVER TIPS
Then we went to the bar to meet up with Tommy's Ski Patrol group. We stayed there for a
while and had some tidbits. Suddenly the bar tender pulled the rope of the bell that hangs
from the ceiling near the cash register machine making the bell rang twice. Everybody in
the bar shouted "BIIIIGGGGG TIPS" !!! Hahahahaha... now what is that??? After awhile it
happened for the second time again and everybody shouted louder this time
"BIIIIIIGGGGGGGGG TTTIIIPSSSS" !!! Hahahaha.... Each time when the bar tender received a
big tips he would sound the bell announcing it to everybody. Now, isn't it funny??? Was it
to encourage other customers to give them more tips??? I asked Tommy how BIG is BIG...???
He wasn't sure either. Maybe US $10 or US$ 20 or more..???
Guess that's all I could think of writing today.
Will keep you update of things or events that I might have.
I MEET NG SHUI CHUAN IN A LITTLE RESTAURANT
ONE Saturday I bumped into Ng Swee Chuan at a little restaurant.
He was with his missus having a meal. I was walking in with spouse in tow.
"Chan Suy Sang", I heard someone called. I looked at an unfamiliar gentleman .
He said, "I'm Ng Shui Chuan."
"Oh! Glad to meet you, old buddy," said yours truly.
Shui Chuan, a son of the Peng Fong Store boss, had been living in Raub for quite a long
time. He said he is moving back to Bentong. I presumed that he is doing the moving like
what the Malay proverb says, "laksana ikan pulang ke lubuk". The fish going back to the
deeper part of the pool - meaning retreating back to your kampong. I assumed that he would
be coming back for good to spend his golden years here.
RETURNING TO STAY IN BENTONG?
Talking of returning to live in your old kampong, many are doing it in Bentong. Many find
the weather in this mountain town is more conducive to senior citizens' temperaments.
Like some people describe it: in Bentong you get a soothing cool breeze and chilly
therapeutic water too. That is the lull of this little upcountry town.
Yours truly is half back in Bentong now. Why not totally return to my place of origin?
There are many commitments and strings attached to the city too. the younger generation and
their families would not budge to reverse the exodus. They are city people now and they
would never get used to living in a small town. They are more attached to the city, like
the city mouse they told in the story. And in the city they are more attached to the mouse
at their fingertips. Klik, klik, klik all the time, you see.....!
But even the modern country mouse can also klik at his relatives at the fingertips,
for many country mice are also computer literate now. Ha, ha, ha!!
TED MILES GOES MILES TO SEE THE PACHYDERMS
Some time ago, I mentioned that Santa Singh and Anthea had some visiting orang putih from
the UK. They were very curious to look around.
So one Saturday, Santa drove them down to Lanchang to see some elephants. Our mentor
followed. He said it was a very interesting visit to the elephant sanctuary there.
After going along the new Kuantan Highway, they detoured into smaller roads.
There, they passed by many Malay kampongs. These were what interested the guests from the
UK. They were enchanted by the humble little houses on stilts in the hamlets all along the
Then at the elephant sanctuary, they were so excited to watch visitors taking elephant
rides. During the rides the passengers were thrown off by the great beasts!
No, they were only flung into the water!! Fortunately, the river was not deep.
The pachyderms were rogues before. They were tranquillized, chained and then trained.
Then there were used for human recreation - to entertain. They would be released later back
to Taman Negara to find their natural habitat! What an ambitious programme they have
for just that!!
So the Bentong visitors to Lanchang had a gala time watching man and beast splashing in
the water. Elephant rides anyone? Go to Lanchang. It is but an hours drive from Bentong
only! Go see something you have not seen, like the guests from the UK.
NEXT GO FOR BANANA
THEY ARE REAL GOOD
This is interesting.
After Reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way
Bananas containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with
fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has
proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.
No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading Athletes. But energy
isnt the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a
substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression,
many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a
type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve
your mood and generally make you feel happier.
Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels,
which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and
so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure :
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the
perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just
allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the
risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power :
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year
by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power.
Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action,
helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake,
sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey,
builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn,
try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness :
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood
sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites :
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of
a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria
found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and
crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more
likely to be in high-pressure jobs The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food
cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods
every two hours to keep levels steady.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft
texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in
over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating
the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control :
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and
emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat
bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal = Affective Disorder (SAD) :
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well
as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the
brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate
rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be balanced with the help of a
high-potassium banana snack.
According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, "eating bananas as part of a
regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece
of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin
in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a BANANA really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple,
it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five
times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in
potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that
well-known phrase so that we say...
"a banana a day will drive the doctor away."
Doesn't this sound like a sort of counter-advertising against the popularity of the apple?
No wonder nowadays we meet so many banana people!
- Editor -
CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE
When things are calm, we could hardly notice things that are around. But, rain and wind,
snow and hurricanes, could whip up storms and bring about change. Following these we could
clearly see what are down and what are up and what remain! Trees are uprooted, or at least,
the wind could tear off branches and shake off leaves.
Some Mesians have undergone changes lately and suddenly they come into our mind again.
Who are swept by the winds of change?