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THE MESSAGE NO. 75, FEBRUARY 2008
A CYBER FAN'S SERIES.
THE HEMA LATHA d/o S.SUBRAMANIAM 4th EDITION


BRAVO !

A CYBER FAN BARES IT ALL

It is with great surprise that how magnetic the MESSAGE is online. So far it has attracted a few new readers. Once they knew about it, they were addicted by it. Lately, it has mesmerized someone from the US. He came in with a gust of cyber wind. He descended from cyberspace as a cyber fan. He brought in more air to prolong the life of the MESSAGE. Though a stranger, our new friend has bared chunks after chunks of his life to me.



A FAMILY OF TEACHERS
 Classmates

The guy told me in great details, the people in his family that is rife with teachers. For his father, mother and sisters were all teachers. What about he himself? He said he is the "black sheep" of the family.



HE YANKS OFF THEIR INCISORS, MOLARS, PRE-MOLARS AND CANINES

He boarded a ship and joined the Navy to become a marine, maybe! Not to carry guns and go to war. But he armed himself with pliers, pincers, spanners, scalpels, syringes and needles. His job was to assist his boss to dig into people's mouth and probe. On seeing rotten incisors, canines, molars and premolars he yanked them off. He extracted wisdoms from people whose wisdoms have been doomed! Ouch! No wonder he is much wiser in life now!!

Our friend made artificial replacements to help the victims to look better. A dental technician he was, just one rung below a dental surgeon. Hey, great guy do you look after your own set of original tools to bite and grind?



HE LANDS IN A CAREER

Our cyber fan abandoned ship later to become a law enforcement officer. There he had a very successful career indeed. As the job demanded it, he had to face risks. Several times he was fired at close range, even by members of the fairer sex. However, providence was with him and he escaped.



NUPTIAL BLISS AND MARITAL DISASTERS

In his life he had experienced nuptial bliss. But the happiness was not long lived. For, he tumbled into the abyss of marital break-up. He went through hell undergoing all the sad stuffs.

He tried again tying the knot with a second sweet-heart. But providence did not provide him with a long lasting partner too. It was again devastation our friend went through.

Yet he treats all these trepidations as life's hiccups. Now, he considers them as storms in little teacups. He has picked himself up. He has accepted fate and it is solo for his life that follows.



HE TRAVELS FAR AND WIDE

What a great guy, he has traveled far and wide. He has traipsed all the Americas by land, by sea and by air. From his hometown in Arizona he has traversed overland, boarded a boat and sailed down to the very southern tip of Chile, the other America traversed by Magellan. Here's how he described the picturesque scene in Chile.



HE SEES THE BEAUTY FROM ALASKA TO THE TIP OF CHILE

Quote:
Chile is a beautiful country. The San Raphael Glacier is much more impressive than the glaciers in Alaska. Sometimes, chunks of ice as big as small houses break off; make a crashing sound on entering the water and cause sizeable waves.
Unquote.



MY STINT IN BEIJING

This reminded me of my visit to Beijing years ago. We walked on a frozen lake. As we walked, occasionally the ice cracked making very loud sounds miles around. We were scared to death, but not the locals. On the frozen ice some local people dug holes, dropped the line and pulled up the prizes dangling at the end of the line. What a wonderful way of fishing, eh!



LIFE DANGLING FROM A THREAD

Oh, talking about fishing, people have lately discovered that the fish dangling at the end of the line experience pain. What? Only now they knew about it! I am sure the poor catch hanging by the thread with hook in its mouth is definitely suffering. If the catch is meant for the pot or wok, it is alright since it is meant for that purpose for its life.



GAME FISHING IS SO DISGUSTING

But nowadays we see game fishing more than fishing for sustenance or profit, don't we? After the prize is plucked from the water, they pull out the hook or hooks. Then the angler throws the much injured fish back into the water again. It will be left to fend for itself bearing the wounds from the hook. It's fate? Live or die, on providence it will rely! You say this is game at the expense of the fish’s pains!! This is cruelty. Lies, definitely!!



A MINI UNITED NATION

Our cyber friend had cruised down the coast to the southern most tip of Chile. Along the edge of the Pacific or Atlantic, I don't know! If down the Pacific coast, he could have experienced the powerful current discovered by Humboldt. He said the passengers and crew of the vessel was rather like a down-sized United Nation. The crew and tourists came from sixteen nations.



SOCIALIZING, COMMUNICATING AND SIGHT-SEEING

Wow! He must have had a whale of a time socializing; and, a hell of a time communicating! However, I presumed that most of them knew a splatter of the English language, right! You could have feasted your eyes on wonders of the ocean wide and awestruck by the towering Andes jutting into the sky! What a spree of sight-seeing, the sea, the mountain high and the ice! All wonderful sights, right!! Ha, ha, ha great guy!!



FUN WITH REARRANGING THE LETTERS

DORMITORY
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
DIRTY ROOM

PRESBYTERIAN
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
BEST IN PRAYER

ASTRONOMER
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
MOON STARER

DESPERATION
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
A ROPE ENDS IT

THE EYES
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
THEY SEE

ANIMOSITY
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
IS NO AMITY

ELECTION RESULTS
When you rearrange the letters you can get: LIES - LET'S RECOUNT

SNOOZE ALARMS
When you rearrange the letters you get:
ALAS! NO MORE Z'S

A DECIMAL POINT
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
I'M A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
TWELVE PLUS ONE

AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:

MOTHER-IN-LAW
When you rearrange the letters you can get:
WOMAN HITLER

Yep! Smartly rearranged by someone with way too much time on their hands! Probably a son-in-law. More likely a daughter-in-law down-trodden by a tongue wagging matriarchal mother-in-law.




MERDEKA MEETS UP WITH HER GRANDPA

It has been a long, long wait indeed for our mentor to see his granddaughter, though he had called her name long before. Just after Christmas, Kim Miles flew in with his wife Joanna and their daughter Merdeka.

Mr. Miles was delighted to see them arrived. They stayed with him for three days. His son's family seemed to like the place. Merdeka especially ran and scrambled round the house. Upstairs and downstairs she played and explored around. They also went to visit the town.

As this was the only time they came over Cameron Highlands for a visit. They even went up to Penang for a stint.



WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO?
FEBRUARY 1958


After the first royal admission, others followed. There came two tengkus in a row. The three princes were Tengku Abdullah, Tengku Abdul Rahim and Tengku Ahmad Fadzilah. So there will be a lot of utterings of the word "tengku" all day long. In fact one of the princes admiited that he disliked being always addressed with that royal adage.

And the royalties were quite adaptable to a commoner's way of life in the hostel. They volunteered to do housework. They were even given chores that they would never thought of doing before. Like what? Washing the bucket type toilets!

As it is in a communal setting, the hostel lodgers gave our mentor the chores of overseeing all that were happening. The wards had got to be fed and led. He made sure that they study. But as all study makes Jack a dull boy or boys in this case, he had to make them have leisure and pleasure too. They played games indoor and out door. Sometimes the boys picnicked here and there for a change. And, every morning they had an exercise session. The boys had only Saturday night out when they could see movies in town.

The obvious happened, boys in their daily lives got scratches and some fell under the weather. He had to bring them to the doctor.

Mr. Miles celebrated the Chinese New Year with friends with much feasting at the Chinese Methodist Church down in Chui Yin Street. Friends and students also brought him oranges and cakes for him to celebrate.


Yours truly found that teaching was quite a taxing vocation. What more to teach in the afternoon under corrugated iron roof. However, I learnt one thing: to keep cool, don’t move, just sit still. And with a few friends we were waiting anxiously. For what? For our Senior Cambridge results that soon would be out!



SEE WHO IS AROUND

He had said it time and again that he will come over one day to visit Malaysia. At long last he made it. Don Turman and his lovely spouse Ramona flew in from the US to see us. His plane touched down on the sixth day after we had ushered in the new year 2008.

PETER TAKES DON ROUND

Peter Cheong, who was his pet student, was at hand to bring him round the next day. After attending to what were needful of their stay, Peter chauffeured Don and Ramona to Bentong.

They came just in time for a luncheon that I had arranged to welcome them in. So Peter brought them straight to the restaurant. We were delighted to see a white-bearded Don some 50 years on.

Don met our mentor and ten others of us in all. David had made it from Mentakab to see him. I came all the way up from PJ. Wong Mun Seong cruised in from Kuala Lumpur. Hilda Ponnu came from Sungai Marong. Of course from Ketari emerged Chan Siew Mun and Lee Yew Kwong.

 See Who Is Around - 

Group Picture

Seated from left: Chan Suy Sang, Mrs. Chan, Hilda Ponnu, Ted Miles, Don Turman, (Standing from right) Mrs. Ramona Turman, Mrs. Peter Cheong, Peter Cheong, Wong Mun Seong, Lee Yew Kwong, David Chinniah, Chan Siew Mun.

We had a nice chit-chat and Don engaged with each of us in a tête-à-tête. Don had been so long in Indonesia that he almost forgot how to say "Ladies and Gentlemen," Instead he called us "bapak dan ibu", when he gave a little speech impromptu. I should have wished him, "bong, selamat sore."



HE GROPES AND TAKES OUR A BOOK

Don told us when Mr. Miles said he wanted to give him something just now and started to grope into a sack, he drew back!

"I thought he'd bring out a snake!" Don jokingly said. But Ted Miles handed him a book instead, much to the relief of Don.

Ha, ha, ha, our mentor has long stopped playing and gamboling around with slithery critters now!

Don Turman had been working in Indonesia after his stint in MES. After retiring he had returned to the US. As soon as I got words from Peter Cheong that Don Turman was coming, I started phoning and SMSing saying, "Would you like to join us for lunch to meet Don Turman?"



MANY VARIED RESPONSES

I got a variety of responses and most of all no response at all! To some, the message just lapse or the phone went dead.

Someone said, "I would love to come," but the love went astray, it went somewhere.

"I am dying to meet him," another guy said. But that somebody postponed the meeting to when Don comes over on his next round. I hope by then you will still be around!

Somebody called Don via Ted Miles's mobile while his mouth was busy. He was at that moment munching and mincing a morsel of delicacy.



HOW TO KNOW YOU FROM SO FAR

"My name is blah, blah, blah. Do you remember me? Blah, blah, blah ........................"

Ha, ha, ha, who will know who you are when you are so far! Even some who appeared before him, Don took some time to recall and to recognize. What more speaking through the phone and asking him to do a guessing game on someone who acquainted him almost half a century ago!

I heard Don said, "I'll know who you are if you stand in front of me." That reply hit the nail right on the head. It helped to short-circuit a lengthy conversation with a distant brag!!

(Sorry, I eavesdropped. But everybody could hear that clear and loud as the speaker had to shout in a most loquacious crowd.)



FOOD IN ABUNDANCE

Food was aplenty. Mun Seong was very appreciative of the plentitude of delicacies saying, "always have excess, never have less; otherwise you are embarrass to face the guest!" This is a wonderful tip for entertaining guests. Guests should be properly fed.



SOMEONE WITHDRAWS SOMEBODY ABSENTS

Talking of the food, we had in excess. Why? Some who had promised to come to meet Don dropped out, at the last moment! In fact one didn't properly drop out but was just absent!!



MISSING TWO BIRDS

They missed two birds by saving one shot: not seeing Don after some 50 years on; and they forwent their portion of the delicious food I had ordered for them. However, we did justice to the dishes sighing philosophically with the comments: less people more share. It's a sin to waste, eh! When such an occasion comes around, I know what to do from now. At source, I will pick the would-be droppings out.

That mini function can be sum up by the following SMS from a guest: "Simple, yet meaningful down memory lane." Thanks.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN FEBRUARY

Birthday Cake - Green

No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
YAM TG.KAMIL B. TG.IDRIS SH
FEB 1
2
G.P. KUMARASAMY
FEB 5
3
CHEE YEW TUCK / AH HEONG
FEB 7
4
ABDUL RAHMAN UMAT
FEB 8
5
KEE LAI WOH
FEB 10
6
CHRISTINE LOW CHOY YONG
FEB 14
7
TED C. MILES (PRINCIPAL)
FEB 16
8
SARJEET SINGH
FEB 16
9
LOH PEK YIN
FEB 21
10
DATUK MUARAD ABD. RANI
FEB 22



HEY, LOOK AT NO. 7 WE WILL CELEBRATE OUR MENTOR MR. MILES'S BIRTHDAY JUST ONE DAY LATE. BRING POTS FULL OF LUCK ON SUNDAY THE 17TH OF FEBRUARY, 2008 TO CELEBRATE. TO ENSURE MORE VARIETY, PLEASE CONTACT ME.



GONG XI FA CAI

 GONG XI FA CAI

From:
Mesians of all races from all places, Suy Sang and Ted Miles






IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF THE LATE

 S.Subramaniam

S. SUBRAMANIAM WHO LEFT HIS FAMILY AND THE M.E.S. FRATERNITY IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY SEVEN YEARS AGO

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




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