Hey, every body have you noticed the first thing you see? It's not the Message you are holding, but the Mesian message you are grabbing. Yet it is the same messages you will be reading, no grappling with drastic change.

I have changed the name to be more reflective of our theme: all about the happenings to former MES teachers and students that for years I have called with the acronym Mesians. So our newsletter from now on will be titled the MESIAN Message with the capitals letters in our acronym.

Of late we have had so many changes. Some changes have affected our lives like the climatic changes and the petrol price hike. Others are changes happening worldwide. We might feel the backlashes from those other changes by and by.

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Now, there is also a change in our website. The web site manager Yew Wan has constructed and launched a new web site. Just hit the keys:  you will be online. It is paying website, but the expenses have been taken care of.

"Thank you for the good work done." From us Mesians.

All our changes mark the 80th Anniversary number of our newsletter. An achievement so far, but all these came about through your reading and most of all the support from sponsors. Thank you all.


Table lamp Turn On KIDS who sleep with the light on could risk leukemia, parents were warned yesterday. Scientists have found the body needs darkness to produce a chemical that fights cancer. Even switching the light on for the toilet, staying up late, travelling across time zones, or the light from street lamps can stop enough melatonin being made, they say.

The body needs the chemical to prevent damage to DNA and its absence stops fatty acids reaching tumours and preventing them growing. Texas University Prof Russell Reiter, who led the research, said: 'Once you go to bed you should not even switch the light on for a minute. Your brain immediately recognizes the light as day and melatonin levels drop.'

Rates of childhood leukemia have doubled in the past 40 years.

About 500 youngsters under 15 are diagnosed with the disease each year and around 100 die. A conference on childhood leukemia in London yesterday heard that people were being subjected to more light at night than ever.

This suppressed the production of melatonin which normally happens between 9pm and 8am. Past research has shown those most affected, like shift workers, had higher levels of breast cancer. Blind people, who are not vulnerable to fluctuations of melatonin, have lower rates of cancer, it was found.

Parents are advised to use dim red or yellow bulbs if their youngsters are scared of the dark.


One day a friend called me for tea. I met him at a chosen restaurant that we used to frequent. He was a Bentong resident but now rooted in the capital city. To reminisce of our home town he told me a bunch of stories. One story was about the other-worldly!

He said one of us - a Mesian I mean - had befriended a girl friend. They were very intimate. But as fate would have it, she fell sick. n checking up she was diagnosed with the incurable - cancer. Soon she left for the hereafter. Johnny, the man (not his real name) was devastated. But life has to go on. After a period of melancholy helped by his work that always kept him busy, Johnny was back to normalcy! He tagged up another lady. They married and raised a family.

One all souls' festival, the Chinese Qing Beng I mean, the family members of the deceased girl went to pay homage at her grave. During the ceremony, the maid who had tagged along fell into a trance. She spoke in tongues. The family knew that the maid spoke no English. But she babbled out sentences in perfect English! So they knew that she was in a trance.

The voice screamed in high decibel feminine pitch asking, "Where's Johnny, where's Johnny, where's he? It's he I must see?"

A family member answered, "I will ask him to come. What do you want?"

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"Ask him to bring me two eggs and a round-bottle of mineral water," screeched the voice through the maid. Then the maid woke from the trance. The people around her asked what happened. She told them she did not know, but just felt dizzy.

Now the dead girl's family approached Johnny. They told him what had happened at the cemetery. Johnny said, "that's easy, I can go and offer her according to her whims and fancy. Tomorrow I'll go."

So on the tomorrow, Johnny went to the deceased tomb with two eggs and a bottle of mineral water. He arranged the round-bottle of mineral water between the two eggs. After lighting three candles and some joss-sticks Johnny squatted down in front of the tomb.

You know what Johnny realized? The offerings so arranged exactly showed a reflection of his lower body anatomy! "Gosh, so naughty, but you are in the other-worldly." Exclaimed Johnny.

Johnny went home smiling. That night when he went to sleep, he had a dream. His deceased girl friend appeared in the dream was beckoning and teasing him. Johnny got so angry that he grabbed a stick and beat the deceased. The deceased screamed. Johnny woke up from his dream.

Johnny consulted a friend to find out what the dream meant. Johnny said he shouldn't have beaten her in the dream! He felt so sorry.

The friend who knows a splattering of dream interpretations said, "Congratulations, you've done the right thing. You will have a long life."

"Why?" asked Johnny.

Don't you know the saying: if you can't beat them, then join them?"

"What is that got to do with my dream?" asked Johnny.

"You see, your former girl friend was beckoning to you asking you to join her. But you beat her. So you don't have to join her. You won't die early, see!" the friend explained.

Johnny is now a sturdy and robust man still kicking around though already in his seventies! Long live Johnny whoever your real name and real person maybe!!

Camping Tent

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, "Kemo Sabe, look towards sky; what you see?" The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What that tell you?" asked Tonto.

Space Astrology

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says: "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Tonto?"

Tonto: "You dumber than buffalo shit. It tells me that someone has stolen our tent!"


  • 1. If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP? What if both of them go bankrupt? You will see their close-ups!

  • 2. Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks? But I think they should have tea time!

  • 3. If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from? Maybe from the lubricants of his parents natural or applied!

  • 4. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes? That's why Australians are called Aussies and New Zealanders could be referred to as Newzes!

  • 5. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery? Reserved commentary.

  • 6. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? So that you won't blame him if he makes you lose all your money!

  • 7. If horrific means made horrible, does terrific mean made terrible? Very probable!

  • 8. Why is it called building when it is already built? It means the already built thing!

  • 9. If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success? A yin and yang mind-boggling case!

  • 10. If you're not supposed to drink and drive, then why do Bars have parking lots? Because nowadays cars drink!

  • 11. If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented? He will see stars, doesn't he?

  • 12. If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?? Human ??? What? So inhuman! (You shout))

  • You jump up with a start, and next you will hear loud and clear:

  • 13 . "If working hours are meant for working, then why are you reading this???

  • Get Back to WORK!!!" - It's the voice of your boss!!!

JULY 1958

According to his diary July 1958 was a month of ordinary happenings. The hostel ran by Ted Miles seemed to be more emphasized about its activities. There appeared even a hostel badminton team to rival the school team.

Then there were a number of football games that the school played with the district's various teams. From the results of the games, our mentor seemed to be very excited with the school's winnings. He gave rewards or special privileges to the teams when they won a game. Adversely, if they lost a game, punishment and withdrawal of privileges and concessions were practiced, it seemed.

In his diary the country was called Malaya. Remember, Malaysia was still not born and Malaya was still the peninsular. Not even Singapore was in. Sabah and Sarawak were still North Borneo.

Much attention of our mentor was on the activities of the hostel. The hostel boys forming a sort percussion band their adventures to the movies, etc.etc. Yes, talking about movies, rock and roll films were in vogue. It was the heyday of the late rock king Elvis Presley. The school even showed some of his films and caused quite a din in the evenings that almost angered neighbours in the surroundings.

Yours truly had taught in the school for the whole June. Then in July Harbans Singh returned on clutches, to take over his class. His brother brought him in everyday on the large back carriage of an old classic bicycle used to -transport harvest from the meadows for their cows. It was a heavy duty man-powered vehicle!

There was a mention of square dancing in his diary. Remember that piece of music for the square dance "put your little foot, put your little foot, put your little foot right here. Put your little foot, put your little foot right here ............?" Yours truly could never get use to those little steps when on the dance floor. I always felt stiff and clumsy.

The late Hoh Choon Yoong and the now still robust Wong Lan Chan visited our mentor. They were by then qualified teachers! Somebody said, "girl friends to our mentor."

Towards the end of the month yours truly was entertained. For what? Grab your copy of Past Notes Volume II, written by Ted Miles to find out.


Okra Here's something new. A guy has been suffering from constipation for the past 20 years and recently from acid reflux. He didn't realized that the treatment was so simple - ust eating Okra. That vegetable - the ladies fingers cured him.

He started eating okra and within the last 2 months and since then has never taken medication again. All he did was consume 6 pieces of ladies fingers. Oh my, he had not turned cannibal, but he was eating okra! His health is now normal. And his blood sur has dropped from 13.5 to 9.8 with his cholesterol and acid reflux also under control.

Here are some facts on okra from the research of Ms. Sylvia Zook, Ph.D (nutrition). University of Illinois. "Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients.

Nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease.

Okra Dish Malay Style Okra fruits used as a vegetable.

The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colo-rectal cancer. Nearly 10% of the recommended levels of vitamin B6 and folic acid also present in a half cup of cooked okra. Okra is a rich source of many nutrients including fiber, vitamin B6 and folic acid.

Okra Nutrition (half cup of cooked okra) contains:
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Dietary fiber = 2 grams
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Protein = 1.5 grams
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Carbohydrates = 5.8 grams
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Vitamin A = 460 IU
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Vitamin C = 13 mg
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Folic Acid = 36.6 microgm
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Calcium = 50 mg
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Iron filtered = 0.4 mg
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Potassium = 256 mg
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Magnesium = 46 mg.
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O.k. la. Let's eat more okra. Not the extremities of the upper limbs of the fairer sex, remember. Okra!

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