THE MESSAGE NO.72 NOVEMBER 2007
THE X SERIES
THE PAUL FONG SHEK PHOOI EDITION
TO REMEMBER 911
"Hey, buddy, how did you celebrate 911, September 11? Asked someone. "What do you mean? You think I am
somebody from the camp of Osama bin Laden?" "Ha, ha, ha, I mean how you celebrated your birthday?"
that someone said.
PUTRAJAYA HERE WE COME
"Oh, yes there was no big celebration for the occasion, just a little outing and a good meal. I bargained
for the deal." I was bundled off by my bevy of junior beauties to feast my eyes in our brand new
administrative city. Oh, what beautiful scenery! Where's it? Putrajaya of course, gee, yippee!
We took off at 5.00. Dusk was almost falling. After a slow cruising drive we had arrived. At my twilight
age, I was offered a glimpse of a spectacular scene - twilight with the sun setting in the horizon.
AN ULTRA MODERN CITY
Putrajaya is an ultra-modern budding city. The streets are wide with wider walkways by the sides.
One thing I observed is that the streets are not marred by a dangling mess of wires. No overhead cables
see. All are buried. And the street lights one of us commented, "they are k shaped." But I saw that
they are S shaped except that the bottom hook of the letter has been straightened out! Want to see what
I mean, just fix your eyes on the pix. Count one, two three from left or right. And then just zoom in.
There you are, the curved lamp post jutting out from far.
WHAT BEAUTIFUL BRIDGES
Then there was another spectacular sight in this new city: beautiful and eye-catching bridges. On the
horizon, we saw the support of a bridge arched like a rainbow. Just where we stood, the bridge is
supported by what look like huge cables from a distance. But no, those are bars of stainless steel. And
that metal, everywhere you see it used giving the area a shining luster under the sun. The fenders on the
pedestrian walkways, the balustrades on the buildings are all of that shining metal.
Then, along the wide and expansive streets are beds after beds of blooms, red, yellow and blue. They
looked so lush and beautiful.
We went to our rendezvous for a secret meal at a place named after "recipes that they refuse to reveal".
Even the cake was made then and there with the hush-hush instructions from the customer and the waiter.
After a sumptuous tucking in, the signature item of the day appeared. There was only one candle. I ain't
a baby no more, but they have secretly hidden my seven decades in the dough.
Viola! my family members came out with a new approach to eat the cake that we called "char".
After my ceremonious cutting of the cake everyone of us held a fork. Then we just plunged the fork into
the creamy icing and dug up chunks of cake for eating. In the rushing and scrambling, each of us was
Finally, more than half of the cake was devoured leaving a much mutilated crumb. This way we seemed to
eat more. Yummy, yum!!!
I'M SORRY - THIS ONE WILL CONFUSE EVERYONE
Greeting "HELLO" from sum wan
Lee Sum Wan: Hello, can i speak to Annie Wan?
Mr Sori: Yes u could speak to me.
Lee Sum Wan: No, i want to speak to Annie Wan!
Mr Sori: You are talking to someone! Who is this?
Lee Sum Wan: I'm Sum Wan. And i need to talk to Annie Wan! It's urgent.
Mr Sori: I know u are someone and u want to talk to anyone! But what's this urgent matter about?
Lee Sum Wan: Well just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother was involved in an accident.
Noe Wan got injured and now Noe wan is being sent to the hospital. Right now Avery Wan is going to the
Mr Sori: Look if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital from the accident that isn't
an urgent matter! You may find this hilarious but I don't have time for this!!!
Lee Sum Wan: You are rude. Who are you?
Mr Sori: I'm Sori.
Lee Sum Wan: You should be sorry. Now give me your name!
Mr Sori: I'm Sori!!
Lee Sum Wan: I don't like your tone of voice Mr and i don't care, give me your name!
Mr Sori: Look lady, I told you already I'm Sori! I'm Sori!! I'm SORI!!!
you didn't even give me your name!
Lee Sum Wan: I told u before i'm Sum Wan! Sum Wan!!! You better be careful my father is Sum Buddy.
And my uncle holds a very big position in the company. He is Noe Buddy.
Mr Sori: Oh im so scared (sarcastically). Look i don't care about ur uncle he's a nobody. Everybody
thinks his top dog and holding an important position in the company.
Lee Sum Wan: No Avery Buddy just married my aunt. And Avery Buddy doesn't work there.
Mr Sori: Like i said i dont care which one of ur aunt screws everybody and i also know that not
everybody works here! Jeez!!!
Lee Sum Wan: Which Wan (don't have any idea on how to alternatively spell the name) is my sis!
Mr. Sori: I don't know which one is ur sis! Why in god's name u think i do!? Look i got work to do and
if I'm feeling mischievious i'll broadcast it on the P.A system saying. "Attention, someone called and
said that anyones brother just got involved in an accident. But not to worry no one got injured and
no one was sent to the hospital. But everyone is going to the hospital anyway, someone said. The
father maybe a somebody but if u're their uncle, u're a nobody. And its not true about her aunt scolding
everybody becos i haven't been scolded by her yet." how bout that!?
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 1957
Just as things for our mentor were beginning to settle down, a hocus-pocus story about the other-worldly
caused a stir in town. Ghosts appeared in the teachers' hostel in Bentong MES.
Stories of sightings began to spread. The tales of seeing skulls and skeletons dancing outside the
windows were told by some student lodgers there. These tales spread like wide fire leading to a near
conflagration. They attracted even the local pressman who reported the sightings in the national press.
With these reports, our mentor got an inkling of how the locals dealt with the supernatural. He learned
that some Malay shamans came to supply the students with talismans. Those little trinkets, some kept
immersed in little bottles of urine, were supposed to ward off the visitors from the spirit world!
Ha, ha, ha, they have gone that far!!
Then an Indian yogi was called. He mumbled some mantras to drive off the ghosts! What mambo-jumbo!!
Yet the ghosts did not seem to go! They appeared again and again because they were real! The skulls and
skeletons the students saw were not apparitions, but could be felt to the touch. They could be held with
the hands. In fact, they were propped up by somebody's hands. Baloney, there ain't nothing from the
other-worldly. Just some cranks' fooleries! The whole story was but a prank!!
The human skull and skeleton were taken from the Science laboratory in the school. And the pranksters,
who? Someone found out: teachers too. They acted so cool. When finally the cat was let out of the bag,
everybody in town was back to earth again.
Now, let us return to real life stories. Talks were afoot among the Methodist missionary and Mr.Miles to
reinstate him as the principal of MES. But it was a difficult decision for our mentor had left the
mission. Yet they found that Ted Miles had done a good job as principal. Finally, they decided to put
our mentor back at the helm of MES.
Meanwhile, our mentor was working feverishly to set up a hostel for out-of-town boys. He rented a
bungalow in town to set up the hostel. Money-wise, he was not well-to-do to start such a project. But
spirit-wise and work-wise, he was determined to make the project materialize.
He got hold of a bunch of hard-working and never bending students to wash up the pre-war bungalow
that had long been abandoned. They scrubbed and rubbed and painted the whole building to turn it into a
habitable residence. Before they moved in, they were forewarned and told by many locals, that the once
Japanese soldiers occupied bungalow, was the abode of creatures of the supernatural:
One weekend our mentor took a group of teachers to visit a rubber estate. On arrival, they were hurtled
and hustled into the estate manager's bungalow for lunch. They never had the opportunity to really feel
and touch the rubber trees and meeting the workers: the rubber tappers. The whole affair was equivalent
to meeting only the aristocrat echelon of the rubber planting industry's society - seeing the European
manager and his family. They regretted that they never come into contact with the grassroots of the
rubber tapping industry.
However, on their way home in the bus, they met a load of rubber tappers, at last. One tapper in his
rubber splattered garb bumped into our mentor and Ted Miles breathed in the odour of real rubber! Other
teachers also got splashed with an obnoxious mess as the bus wobbled and trundled on the much potholed
colonial era road. However, they sportingly brushed off the whole incidence as something done without
intent and took no offence. In fact all the passengers broke out into a hilarious chorus of laughter!
That dissipated any feelings of anger!!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN NOVEMBER
||JOO SHEK PHIN (WILLIAM)
||MOHD KHALID M. YUSOFF
||YIP FOOK KHIM
||LEE YEW KWONG
||ISMAIL B. MOHAMED
||NG KAM THYE
||JOHN D CLEMENT
||CHAN SEE PHONG
||TAN GEE SIN
||TONG AH TAI
||WONG FOONG CHAW
||LAM HAY YIN
BRAIN DAMAGING HABITS
1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level.
This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.
4. High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may
interfere with brain development.
5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of
oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.
6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of
7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration
of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.
8. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as
damage the brain.
9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain
10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.
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