THE MESIAN MESSAGE - 58

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THE MESSAGE NO. 58 SEPTEMBER 2006
THE FOO YOOK YOON SERIES
THE JOHN CHINNIAH 2ND EDITION



THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAVEL EXPERIENCE PART II

By: Michelle Chan YW via email from New Hampshire, USA.


Time flies by fast. Without realizing it I am over here for 4 months now. Wow......... I was here in the Spring and now Summer is almost coming to an end. Hot days over here is really limited and short. Now the night is getting colder day by day. Tommy had been trying his best to take me to several nice places to enjoy the warm Summer before it ends.

During Summer time many people will go on vacation and many families like holding parties at their house. Last month we went to a lake party which was held by Mr. Ed McNamara, the boss of Wachusett Mountain where Tommy ski patrolled. He has a vacation villa by the lake for Summer use only. They call it as a 'Pot Luck party' like we do. I made the Japanese potato salad and everybody loved it! (Well, we can never go wrong by cooking any food connected with potato.... when we are in gwailou's land.... hahahahaha...)

Smiley Water Ski

We enjoyed boating, wind sailing, water ski, tubing (people holding on the tube which is towed by a motorboat) and swimming. Needless to say, water in the lake here is COLD. Tommy used to go over to Ogunquit, Maine which is about 1 1/2 hours drive. Lots of people go over to the beach there for surfing and beach fun time. Tommy love surfing there. First, I saw lots people covered in their wet suits that made them looked like divers. I cannot understand why until Tommy's sister told me that the water in the ocean is very cold even when the weather is burning hot. The water temperature is under 10 degree centigrade and never warm up!! Ohhhh ya, it is Atlantic Ocean.

Smiley Surfing

Yet there are so many people going out to the ocean for surfing!! I don't see the fun of it. Freezing in the water just to catch some wave for surfing. Then I understand why I see everybody sunbathing on the beach and nobody go in the water!! Mmmm.... totally different from Malaysia, where more people spend their time in the warm water than on the beach getting sun burn, eh?

Michelle Sailing

A week after that party one of Tommy's ski patrol senior John Shipman, invited us for sailing in his boat. We went to Newport which is about 3 1/2 hours drive away. We meet at the boat yard and John took us with his small little boat to his 33' sailboat which has a kitchen, living/dining room, bedroom and toilet. Mr. and Mrs. Ed McNamara joined us later. So we went sailing in John's boat. John explained on how to read the meter and how to place the boom following the wind so the boat could sail to its destination. The sea was very calm and we were sailing slow at 5 knots per hour while enjoying the scenic view of the bay.

Newport is a historical town where the rich and the wealthy used to come up for rest and relaxation. We could still see a lot of BIG villas and BIG castles there. All these were built and owned by those well-to-do people many years ago. These magnificent buildings are hardly used at all now!! Newport was considered a 'private resort' or vacation land for those rich people before. But, now it has become a common living area for everybody. However, those old BIG villas and castles still remain there and still being owned by somebody for vacation ... though only used for a few days in a year or less. Most of those rich people were mafia, I was told. But now all mafia had 'migrated' to another city. Probably 'chased away' by those local people with their new buildings mushrooming there....???

Smiley Melting Hot

Then we stopped at Sakonnet Beach (known as 2nd Beach too) and walked to 3rd Beach. My Goodness......, it was a long long long walk. We walked about 8 km under the hot burning bright sun for hours without any protection at all. No shade, no umbrella, no sunscreen lotion. What an exhausting walk!! All the way just to get a small tiny mini cup of frozen lemonade!!! Me and Tommy were melting........!!!! At first, I don't understand why Gwailous and Gwaipohs like spending their day sun bathing on the beach and anywhere that they could get the sun. But then when I counted the days of Summer, I realize that they have only a total of about 30 - 50 days when they could really see the hot bright sun. So, no wonder lots of them get skin cancer easily. Most of them are burn out during Summer!!

Smiley Sunbathing

Anyway, Summer is ending soon....... School will reopen at the end of August. Bye for the moment.







Mosquitoes Coil

THE LITTLE INCENSE COIL


One day I met Foo Yook Yoon at our mentor's bungalow. As we sat talking our master asked, "Yook Yoon, do you know when the mosquito coil was invented?"

The little mosquito incense coil had been our talk for sometime since I mentioned it in an article saying that it is now carried by rubber tappers.

Mr. Miles remembers that it was not in use in the hostel in the fifties and sixties. So the hostel students were all exposed to the ravages of the petty blood suckers! Though petty yet they could be deadly. Pity the hostel guys who sustained those bites!!


SEARCHING THE WEBSITES

Even the websites in the Internet, do not mention when the little aromatic mosquito repellant coil was invented. There are articles that tell about the harmlessness of burning the mosquito coil to humans. There are websites listing manufacturers, exporters and importers. There is even a factory in Kenya, Africa producing mosquito coils. Their chief ingredient being pyrethrum.

There is a specially written and photograph illustrated complete set of machinery for the manufacture of the mosquito coil. So the mosquito coils are not produced by any crude contraption like things manufactured in some cottage or suburban sheds. Anyway, on that day a mosquito incense coil was lighted in readiness for the arrival of a very regular couple. They are fearful of the little insect.




Match Stick
A MATCH STRIKES AND A BULB IGNITES

Mr. Miles struck a match for the act. Blink! That match lighted up a bulb in his grey matter. he reached for a fork and a spoon. His movement and action surprised yours truly and Foo Yook Yoon!

"What are you trying to do, Mr. Miles?" Yook Yoon inquired. Yook Yoon looked at me and me Yook Yoon.

Our master stuck two match sticks between the prongs of the fork. Then he slipped in the spoon. The whole contraption was balanced on the brim of a glass by the match sticks. Like what you see in this picture.


THE BALANCING TRICK

He struck a match and fired the match heads of the supporting match sticks. The match heads burst into flame and the stuff on the match heads were consumed. There left only the charred heads of the sticks supporting the fork and the spoon !

Fork and Spoon Balancing Trick

But the fork and spoon remained in balance. What a trick. We certainly called it magic. The balancing act remained on the table for a long time, at least until the next batch of visitors on that day arrived. That was why I could captured it on film.


MATCHES BIG AND SMALL
MATCHES FOR ONE AND ALL


Match Stick 3

The match sticks also conjured up in our mind the various special matches that many of us have seen in our lives. Our mentor particularly remembers his old man used to strike matches to light fires by scratching them on his jeans! Wow, Scratch and the match burst into flame!"

During the emergency, I remembered some British soldiers have big match sticks. They struck the matches on the sole of their boots to light cigarettes. What wonderful magic!


ANOTHER TRICK

Bottle Trick

That trick of magic aroused in my mind about an interesting entertaining trick. Then and there is performed the trick.

I supported an overturned bottle on a 50 sen coin. The trick is to remove the coin from under the bottle without holding the bottle and keeping it in the same balancing act! (See pix below).

Bottle Trick Close-Up

I did it in a flash with the help of a sharp cutting edge! Want to know more, give me a call.





WHAT AN ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER UNDERGONE BY LEE YEW KWONG


While still schooling in the 1950's Lee Yew Kwong was helping his brother in supplying rations to then British army serving in Bentong. A dangerous job indeed because he was helping Chin Beng's comrades' enemy. But then ended the emergency, so their business shut down. Then the British arm pulled out.

So Yew Kwong was left hanging around without anything to do. Remember the only non-schooling boy lodging in the M.E.S. hostel? That was Lee Yew Kwong whom our mentor gave shelter over his head when Yew Kwong's condition hit bottom in his doldrums.

But Yew Kwong picked himself up and gamboled around with some local politicians. He got into their good books and stood for a local council election. But alas, his rise to prominence did into last. Soon he differed from his political mentor. He was given the boots by the Alliance. Or was it that he booted him out to promote his own political ambitions? Question.

So he struggled on as an independent. Those were the days of fiery rhetorics in Malaysian politics. Many rallies were held by the candidates. We heard much mud slinging and name callings. Yew Kwong was on fire on the stage. He lashed out at his former political colleagues.

Though Yew Kwong was a crowd puller when on stage, he was defeated by the major political party's candidate. After the election Yew Kwong said, "I was hounded everyday and everywhere." His political victors were after him. They gave him no peace. So he ran off to cool off. Where? To the opposition stronghold in the east coast

Big Lorry

He escaped to Kelantan. He wandered around. He met some friends or rather acquaintances there. They recommended him a job as a timber trailer lorry attendant. One test he had to pass was to jump down from the top of the driver's cabin without hurting himself. He was told he had to do so because in case the truck went out of control he had to jump to save himself. That test he passed. It was for his own safety in an emergency.

After three months of working he was confronted with an emergency. His trailer lorry could not stop while sliding down a jungled hill mud slope. The cause? The trailer's brake drum broke! Yew Kwong was getting ready to bail himself out of the cabin when his driver friend shouted at him.

"No, no, no!" the driver shouted at him not to do so. "Hold ! hold! hold on to what you can grab," he was told. The trailer hit a mud bank. An avalanche of mud buried the driver and Yew Kwong waist deep. They struggled out and escaped. No injury, but the crash frightened Yew Kwong out of his wits.

Yew Kwong made a quick decision. Quit.

Gold Bar

His stint in the jungle made him wanted to go back into the jungle. Next he ventured into business in the Jengka Triangle. He operated a canteen there. It was a rather out of the way sort of sundry goods business. Well, it was using coupons for the business done. But the business seemed to be a lucrative one. It looked like Yew Kwong found gold. But he was not happy there being cut off from civilization. So he shifted to Mentakab where he actually saw gold. He worked for a goldsmith for ten years or so.

Bus Ride

Then Yew Kwong returned to Bentong. He nearly went into gold again in Sang Cheong. But he was first offered a job in the Central Bus Company. He became a bus driver. Later he changed job to be a ticket inspector.

While working for the bus company he came to observe many passengers' mentality and their idiosyncrasies. Well, they rush for the buses. They even squeeze themselves in through the windows! Overcrowding was forever a problem particularly on peak seasons. Sometimes he could not sardine himself in to check their tickets. He just let go! Has anyone taken advantage of this poor soul?

He had met passengers who paid for tickets for Bukit Tinggi but they disembarked in Bentong. He had confronted people who gambled on getting free rides too! "And they were so cool," said Yew Kwong.

The company had even called in the police to chase people out when buses were so overcrowded. But conditions remained critical.

According to Yew Kwong, of late when there was competition there seemed to have some improvement of the situation. Now the South Union buses are also plying the Raub route including going into Bilut Valley. Then private cars have reduced the crowd for buses too. People are getting richer and richer aren't they? To own a private car is not a big problem nowadays!

Yew Kwong is now in his seventies, stays at home and does tai chi. He's a Mesian living very happily.



FLORA AND FAUNA NEWLY DISCOVERED


Himalaya

Mount Everest and the Himalaya mountain range conjure images of llamas and Sherpas loaded with heavy packs. But tucked into the cold shadows of the world's tallest mountain are biologically diverse hotspots filled with poorly known plants and animals found nowhere else on the globe.

Scientists from Conservation International and Disney's Animal Kingdom recently launched a two-month scientific expedition into six regions of the Tibetan "Sacred Lands" in the mountains of Southwest China and Nepal.

Himalaya Flora

Today they announced the discovery of a pocket of the world rich in extraordinary and the rarest of flora and fauna.

Here's a sampling of the outlandish critters
[Gallery]:

  • Giant hornets so deadly locals call them "Yak Killers"
  • Jumping "Yeti" mice
  • A new grasshopper species in which the males hitch piggy-back rides on the females
  • Baby blue-faced golden monkeys, the region's largest primates
  • Hamster-like pikas that eat their own feces
  • A couple of new frog species, eight new insect species, and ten new species of ants to add the more than 11,000 already known.

The scientists and governments of various countries will develop strategies to protect the region's many unique species.

"Local efforts by Tibetan communities through their 'Sacred Lands' are helping to prevent these plants and animals from going extinct and demonstrate that cultural values can play an important role in conservation," said Alonso, a leading scientist on the project.



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Birthday Cake Green


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN SEPTEMBER


No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LAI KIM CHOO
SEPT 1
2
ZAINAL B. HJ. HASSAN
SEPT 1
3
LOK MOOI THYE
SEPT 3
4
ABDUL WAHAB AB. RAHMAN
SEPT 4
5
HONG CHEE SET (RONNIE)
SEPT 5
6
DORIS LOW AH MOY
SEPT 8
7
WONG SUI KONG
SEPT 9
8
WONG KIM CHOO
SEPT 10
9
CHAN SUY SANG
SEPT 9
10
HO CHIN CHING (DR)
SEPT 14
11
YAP KIM HEE
SEPT 14
12
TAN KOW KHIEH
SEPT 20
13
WONG SWEE YONG
SEPT 22
14
BALBIR SINGH
SEPT 26
15
HO MEI YOON
SEPT 26
16
WONG THIN CHING
SEPT 26
17
YAP NEW CHYE
SEPT 29




Edited and Written by Chan Suy Sang


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