THE MESSAGE NO. 59 OCTOBER 2006
THE WONG YENG KEE SERIES.
THE FIRST NO EDITION SPONSOR ISSUE
THE FURY OF THE ELEMENT 901
It was 9.01, September the 1st, or 9.01.2006 the style in the United States to state the
date. Disaster struck on the only vestiges of the former Shanghai Pahang estate.
Rain and winds, the power of a near hurricane swept down on the little piece of land where
our mentor's bungalow stands. The twister did havoc on the once proud and standing tall
trees. Upon the slope the powerful storm descended. The winds tore through the tall and
heavily foliaged trees up the slope behind the Mr. Miles's house.
TREES BOW TO THE WIND
Many big trees were plucked from the ground making them to fall down.
They succumbed. On their way down they also dragged along other trees.
The ara tree sumo-grappling with the cempedak tree that I once described so vividly was
no more. It sleeps on the ground now; guest and host are both down.
SOMETHING ABOUT THE OTHER WORLDLY
Hey, it is strange to say, it might have found its way to somewhere. Two days after the
storm, a lady was driving daintily a little car down the road, a little distance away from
the storm stricken scene. A lorry loaded with durians swerved to avoid hitting the little
car with the lady. In doing so, the lorry was hit by another car and another lorry.
The first lorry flip-flopped into the drain. Inside were three men.
The latter three vehicles were turned into wreckages of twisted and mangled steel. The
accident claimed three lives. The people inside: all three robust men went over to the
other side. Too much, if it were the spirit that did it! A very sad story indeed! May their
souls rest in peace. The lady in the first little dainty car was only slightly injured and
MORE ABOUT FALLEN TREES
Now back to Mr. Miles's land, to tell more about the damage wrecked by the hurricane.
The jacaranda tree in front of his house, towards the left was torn down. Its trunk snapped
halfway up sending its crown crashing down to the ground. The much shredded and splintered
half trunk now stands unabashedly naked facing the open sky.
BRANCHES HIT THE HOUSE ROOF
On the left side, the powerful wind swept down a valley. The twister truncated trees
leaving ugly half trunks standing to prove the win's fury. The torn off branches sliced a
chunk of the roof of our mentor's bungalow. Some roof tiles were broken and some swept
WHAT! JUST AN UMBRELLA TO PROTECT THE TV?
A gap appeared on the roof in his TV room cum bedroom. Rain water poured down right on the
TV set. Our mentor protected the TV set with an opened umbrella! "That's the only
protection available," said our master.
The backyard became the graveyard for many fallen boughs, twigs and leaves.
They were all strewn on the ground.
When all the rumblings and tumbling were happening, our mentor was bathing.
He felt the house shook! He ran out to look!! I wonder if he was in his natural condition
with soap bubbles dropping - the moment just before taking his ablution!!!
You can imagine what he saw. Trees fallen down have blocked his driveway. The road leading
to his house was completely shut out. Up on the slope behind his house trees had crashed
down. What a mess he fOund. Then just outside the kitchen door, there were more - branches,
twigs leaves and all. There were tons and tons of debris everywhere.
His pets spook!! They almost ran amok!!! Even days later, his canines were still nervous
to venture out.
When I visited him two days after the storm, I had to struggle through the fallen trees
and debris. I climbed, I crawled, I held on to fallen branches, twigs and all. The whole
place smelt of freshly wounded vegetation. What a horrible devastation!
The loses: Money to clear the fallen trees and debris. More, money to repair the roof so
that he could still watch TV and sleep in peace.
I have informed a couple of people who have SMS available. Some will chip in to lend a
hand. Some have promised to come in to help in the expense. To them I say "Thanks".
Mr. Miles returns with a big "Thank Q".
The Gains: You can see Mr. Miles's house from the road now. Nature has whipped in
to expose his bungalow. The house is brighter now, with the surrounding foliage shorn down.
STRANGE TRAVEL ENCOUNTERS
By Crystal YW Chan from Newark, USA
I am very fine here. Weather is getting warmer day by day unless it rain. I bought some
recipes book and learned to cook gwailou food. But sometimes I get sick and tired of eating
potatoes and bread all day.
I just remember an incident when Tommy and I boarded the flight back to New Hampshire
from Jackson Hole. We were flying first class but were surprised to know that we are not
seated together. I told Tommy that maybe we can swap seat with the person next to me.
When we get in the plane a big guy was already sitting on the seat next to mine that was
NOT his. He is quite mean looking and gave me sting eyes.... as though I am not supposed
to be there. Well, discrimination??? He has to let me through to the window seat anyway.
Tommy was about to ask him to swap seat when.........
The 'real' passenger of that seat walked in behind me. He asked the BIG guy what his seat
number was because he was holding the boarding pass showing that, that was his seat!!!
The BIG guy dug into his pocket and took out his boarding pass to show to the 'real'
passenger. Guess what ?????
The BIG guy has the right seat number BUT on the WRONG flight !!!!! The 'real' passenger
told him that his was on the wrong flight !! His flight was on the other side of the
boarding gate. He snatched his boarding pass back and look at it again carefully. An air
hostess was there leaning on the wall looking at the whole scene all the while doing
nothing except saying "yes, that flight is on the opposite gate"
He grabbed his hand luggage, coat and ran out of the plane. I don't know whether he has any
checked in cargo luggage. What will happened if the flight were full and nobody to check
his seat??? Huh, can you imagine that???
It shows that those people at the airport are not doing their job. How could he be allowed
in the WRONG flight?? Did they really check and look at his boarding pass before??? Now,
this shows how terrorists could get in there easily. Then we the innocent passengers have
to go through all the hassle and bustle at all check points. Whose fault?????
We were checking in on our departure to Jackson Hole. At the custom check point we were
busy removing our shoes, taking off our jackets, taking out the laptop from the bag, etc.
etc. The guy at the check-in counter ran towards us and asked for the key to my luggage!!!
What???? Why ME??? We gave it to him and have to wait till he opened my luggage, ransacked
it and returned the key back to us. I really feel discrimination here. Why Tommy's luggage
was not checked at all??? Why mine? Because I had my name tag there with my Chinese name
and address in Malaysia.
My luggage were checked and ransacked again on our returning flight. Huh...... !! Those
officers left a note in my luggage stating that my luggage had been checked. Know what I am
thinking of doing??? I told Tommy that I want to write a BIG note inside my luggage
stating: "LOOKING FOR SOMETHING??? SORRY, YOU GOT THE WRONG LUGGAGE" Tommy was laughing
out loud... saying GOOD IDEA!!
My Canadian friend told me that to be safe in US we have to be unsafe!!! Keep your goods
and properties unlock for spot checking at all time..!!! Hahahahaha.... I said it will only
attract more terrorists.... hahahahaha...
STORIES AND LESSONS FROM A LADY
On a few occasions I met Foo Yook Yoon at our mentor's mansion. She is a caring lady who
often drops in for a look see. she was chauffeur-driven in too. A younger relative
We had some casual conversations. Yook Yoon is a careful person as far as dealing with
strangers is concern. She has experienced encounters, where she was asked to buy this and
buy that, and to try this and try that. No, was her answer, for she never believes the talk
of those people who promise the sky but later finds that nothing materialize.
WHY PEOPLE FALL VICTIMS TO FLEECING SCHEMES?
Our conversations led us to discuss why some people are so scam prone. We wonder why they
are so easily conned. Well, how could so many people fall victims to the smooth and sugared
talks of strangers and part with their life savings in return for some useless pebbles!
Of course, the scammers or rather the schemers claim that the stones would cure the victims
of all diseases!! They are gems that would bring them luck, they claimed.
THE FALSE AND THE GENUINE
Talking of gems, "I've some jade, both genuine and imitated," Yook Yoon said.
"True jade and false jade! Can you differentiate!!" yours truly said.
On hearing that Yook Yoon said, "I'll bring in some pieces to show you. I have quite a
collection of jades with me to let you see."
Sure enough one day, Yook Yoon phoned. She told Mr. Miles she will be dropping in to see him.
"Bring your jades, Yook Yoon," our mentor reminded.
A DISPLAY OF JADE PIECES
When she arrived, she laid out the gems on the table. Later when I arrived I saw a good
display of jades together with four beautiful bangles. There were other smaller pieces of
gems too. There was an uncut sapphire and a rock-condition ruby. Besides, she had also
brought in some genuine crystals.
Now about the bangles, our mentor was asked to separate the genuine from the false.
Wonderful, Mr. Miles was right in picking the true ones from the false!
When it came to my turn, I hesitated. I could only find one that was different. I picked
that bangle as genuine. I was right.
FALLING VICTIMS TO DIRECT SELLING SCHEMES
Talking about falling victims to cheats, there are many direct sellers around. Many are
selling health foods. They claim that their goods could cure all diseases!
High blood pressures, diabetes, arthritis etc, sufferers are most prone to fall victims to
the cheats. They claim their goods cure all these diseases! Well, as a result they sell
little bottles of food supplements for hundreds of ringgit.
For example, there is a salt a bottle of it weighing 200 gms cost Rm250. There are other
tablets, capsules, powdered foods sold at sky-high prices too. Aren't these peddlers
A VICTIM OF THE DIRECT PEDDLERS
One lady bought four different types of health foods to contain her back ache, diabetes,
high blood pressure, and arthritis. You know how much monthly she pays? A whooping circa
one thousand ringgit. And the goods she had got, just left to rot in her medicine cupboard.
For after a few doses, she found that the stuffs taste obnoxious and her pains or
conditions did not improve.
Any Mesians involve in direct selling? Think, am I right to say that what is on your mind
is just the commissions or the profits !
Talking of direct sales peddlers, suddenly I remember in my younger days of the medicine
sellers. They descended upon the new villages in vans. They set up stall to display their
To attract the crowd, one of them banged a gong around. I vividly remember one that
switched on a mechanical moving monkey beating a drum. It was good show in an era devoid
of any other shows.
And very clearly I remember they were peddling "red flower oil, white flower oil,
sea dog (seal in English) oil; stomachache pills, cough syrups, etc. etc. The sick were
seeking a cure, the rest enjoy the show. More often than not, the sick lay in bed while
the rest saw the shows. More of the healthy bought the wares because of the sweet talk of
the peddlers whose well-quoted sentence sounded something like this: "Buy today and keep it
for future emergencies." So the villagers parted with their money and filled their
medicines chest to the brimful with "medicines". Of course most of the stuffs were left
there to rot!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN OCTOBER
||ABDUL HALIM HJ. OTHTMAN
||BARBARA REID LAPSLEY
||OW WAI KING
||LIM PAK HENG
||CHEW TEE KAN
||LIM SWEE CHOO
||TAN SOON SENG
||LEONG KAH WAH
||CHAN SEE YUEN
||WONG YENG KEE
||CHAN KAM SWEE
||RICHARD LOW QOOI TEE
||ABU SAMAK LABAK
||HILDA PONNU (MRS CHOONG
||SONNY LAM PHAT CHEE
THE YEAR-END FESTIVITIES ARE HERE AGAIN
Deepavali and Hari Raya Aidil Fitri will be celebrated almost consecutively. While
Deepavali falls on the 21st of October, Aidil Fitri will be just two days away. The two
celebrations are connected by a weekend separated only by that unwelcome Monday 23rd. I am
sure you are smart enough to fall sick on Monday 23rd. Then you will have a long stretch of
off days. Hurray!
Anybody coming back to Bentong? Just plan some visiting of our Hindu and Muslim friends.
I would like to come along to see some of us whom I have not met for so long.
TO ALL OUR HINDU AND PUNJABI FRIENDS
SELAMAT AIDIL FITRI
TO ALL OUR MUSLIM FRIENDS
PARTICULARLY ALL MUSLIMIM AND MUSLIMAT OF OUR FRATERNITY
This is an SOS.
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Edited and written by Chan Suy Sang
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