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THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO.82 - SEPTEMBER 2008
A CYBERFAN'S SERIES SERIES. THE LEE SAI KAN 4th EDITION


A COSTLY INCIDENT

One evening I was driving from Bentong back to Kuala Lumpur. I passed the toll gate after paying RM3.00 highway toll. hen I sped on till I passed the petrol station called Petronas.

I was on the fast lane jamming on the accelerator. Omg! There was a click and the car decelerated. My foot jammed harder on the accelerator, but my foot's order of go, go, go was not answered. So I had to pull the car over. It hit the side of the road. The car stopped - on the grass verge. The engine conked off.

Car Broke Down

In dilemma, I checked the engine. The water level was ok! The engine oil level was at its maximum!! Nothing else seemed to be wrong!!! Then a Chinese youngster on a motorcycle stopped and checked the engine for me. He tried all. Finally he found that the current distributor had dysfunctioned. He said the car needed to be towed to his workshop at Genting Sempah some 30 km away. Towing fees was an exorbitant RM 150. I called my insurance company, towing fees only RM40! That shocked me. What a difference: a rat from a cow!!

Then the highway patrol people came. A man came from the other side of the highway, jumped over the road divider and checked the car engine. He said he would get the distributor for me and fix it there.

So we pushed the car over to the motor cycle resting place about 100 m away, to be in a safer place. I waited there. The guy sped off with his companion towards Genting Sempah to get the distributor.

I waited for almost an hour before they came back. They brought in a distributor and fixed it. It was already dark. They had to use a lamp attached to the battery to see. When they have fixed the spare part, they tried to start the engine. But the engine did not even splatter. They repeatedly tried till even the battery had become weaken! We even resorted to push start the car but in vain. What could I do, but to only surrender myself to providence! Hoping that a miracle would happen!

Car Mechanic

By that time I was thinking they could not bring the engine back to life again. I was desperate but I held my breath. Didnt you panic? No. Then one of the foremen called his friend. His friend told him something. He made one shift of the plug cables positions. Bravo! the engine started and revved in gusto!!

After doing some packing chores, we came to settling the bill. Wow! What a whooper!! RM650 for the distributor and RM150 for labour!! Exorbitant. Cut throat fleecing a desperate someone!!! But what could I do. I showed him the meager sum of cash I had. How could I pay him in full then and there? No way.

Finally, I had to drive the guy up to Genting Sempah to empty money from my bank account via ATM. I paid him the RM800 he demanded; plus another RM20 for the highway patrol guys for calling in the foremen to solve my plight! The tow truck from Kurnia had earlier arrived. Though I did not ask them to tow the car, but they fretted so fiercely that I had to pay them to avoid a fracas. Another RM40 disbursed for a job undone! But I had put someone on the run; and so I have to clear my conscience!!


Tow Truck Old

Lessons learnt from the incident:

1. When your car breaks down on any highway FEAR NOT; help will soon come your way.
2. The help coming your way will surely make YOU PAY.
3. To avoid such sudden astronomical drain on your bank account, check your car with a good mechanic before you hit the road. N.B. Mechanics, thank me if you please.


However, mine was a very rare break down as the mechanic said - the distributor conked while the car was racing on the fast lane. Strange! But it was his day, I presume. Ha, ha, ha he caught a big fish while I suffered!! Anyway, as people say: every cat has its day, isn't it? He must have been born in the year of the big cat for sure on that day, he caught a rat!!!



TRY NOT REFRIGERATING THESE LOTS

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Since the invention of the refrigerator, it has been so convenient for us to store food in it. Then there also came the freezer. It preserves food for even much longer. But there are two items of foodstuffs that we cannot refrigerate.

One day in a conversation with our mentor, he said he used to cook curry. But if he has cooked excess and with potatoes added, he could not keep it in the fridge for long. Why? The potatoes will get spoilt so the curry would be as good as gone bad! What's that?

So one day I boiled some potatoes. I cooled down one, picked it up and put it into the freezer. The potato couched inside the freezing compartment for three days. The experiment had matured and done. I took out the tuber and examined it. My, it was a messy mess! Incredibly inedible; so true, so terrible!

Then another day, I was gleaning through the newspaper. Suddenly I saw an author describing the benefits of eating bananas. There the writer said we cannot refrigerate a banana! My instinct of discovery or rather my curiosity was aroused. So I put a banana into the freezer! Again after three days, I took the banana out. You know what I found? The banana looked like a blackened stick. The skin had darkened and the banana flesh rotten. Completely spoilt again! Couldn't be eaten!

So never refrigerate potatoes or bananas. You could not preserve them but instead spoilt them!

Hey dear readers, do you know of any other food items that cooling in the fridge should not be done? Give me a tinkle and I would warn other people not to do the horrible!



WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH
50 YEARS AGO?
SEPTEMBER 1958


THE hostel master had his hand full as he had to face some difficult situations dealing with the hostel students.

Someone from Singapore dumped a recalcitrant boy with him to straighten him out.

Another fellow ran away from the hostel. To get him back the police had to be called!

Then a prince tried to break the hostel rules by refusing to clean the latrines. You know those days, the toilet bowl was the bucket type of human solid waste receptacle! Imagine you have to face a bucket full of human wastes dumped by a group of about 40 people! Not to say a prince was not used to the chores, even ordinary people would also throw up to scrub and rub the toilet floor! But the rules exempted not the royals. The royal issue had to do the chore, that was all. And a headmaster's son also followed. Hey, you Taman Tun Mesian resident, do you remember that incident?

Mr. Miles learnt something about the prowess conjugal habits of many local couples. A certain football team requested that their game with the school team be not held on a Friday. Their superior said, Thursday night was the night of the week the group would go on a shagging spree with their spouses. So they fear that their players would be knocked out on Friday before they played!

they did; and sure enough down went the police with a 2-0 defeat!! They were trounced by the MES school team. They must have hit the sheets hard on their Friday night of conjugal prowess! No, I beg your pardon it was Thursday night that some locals refer to as Friday night. To many Malaysians Friday night overlaps over the later part of Thursday and when the early hours of the actual Friday dawns!

There is a joke saying that if you fix to see someone out on Friday night you sure will miss meeting him. Cooped up with his spouse in the house doing romantic aerobics! No, don't diverge your thinking that fast please. He would turn up on Thursday night instead, isn't it? Cocksure it was cultural shock caused by the cultural mind clock!!

Let's not divert anymore from things happening 50 years before. In the hostel managed by our mentor, a boy fell very ill. He vomited blood! He was very serious and on checking in to the local hospital, he had advanced tuberculosis. Those days TB was a very common lung disease from living in congested quarters as rampant as modern times dengue fever.

As the little hostel was packed with almost 40 people, there sparked in the mind of our mentor and his wards that the lot of hostel boys might have all contacted consumption - the layman's name for TB!

I was in my early twenties. Yours truly was mature already to face the onslaught of human physiological necessity that would lead to a branching of the family. So naturally, I was dragged by the procreative instinct into courting and wooing some damsel for matrimony. In a small town and considering the small circle yours truly was in there was but only sequestered choice. Very soon, the alternative was closed and people saw who would be the upcoming couple. For me courting was a time of niceties, before the ups and downs of life in matrimony emerge from their hidden gullies.


THEY DID THE SCHOOL PROUD






Health Benefits of Mangosteen


Mangosteen belongs to a small group of tropical plants which are now known to be extremely powerful antioxidants and anti-cancer agents. The mangosteen fruit is widely known in South-east Asia as the "the Queen of tropical fruits." What is the king of tropical fruit then? Nobody can lash out that he or she does not understand!
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Mangostin


Mangostin is a natural organic compound isolated from various parts of the mangosteen tree (Garcinia mangostana). It is a yellow crystalline solid with a xanthone core structure.

Mangostin and a variety of other xanthones from mangosteen have been investigated.

For many hundreds of years, the traditional folk-medicine and herbal medicinal uses for Mangosteen are listed as:


Anti-diarrheal
Anti-inflammation
Anti-parasitic
Fever control
Gastro-intestinal problems
Headaches
Pain Discomfort
Skin rashes and burns
Treatment of infections

More recent scientific peer-reviewed publications have reported health benefits for Mangosteen relating to these conditions and diseases (see summaries of the research listed below):

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Allergies

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Anti-ageing concerns

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Anxiety and depression (mild to moderate)

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Cancer Adjunctive Therapy: In addition to standard medical therapy

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Diabetes Mellitus
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Dementia and other mental problems

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Infections: Reduction of risk for bacterial, viral and fungal agents

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Mouth ulcers

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Many musculo-skeletal and joint problems

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Neuropathy problems

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Peripheral Vascular Disease

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Pain control: For sciatica and radicular pain syndromes

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Prevention or reduction of atherosclerosis and other circulatory problems

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Skin conditions - eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea biological properties including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer activities.


Mangosteen Drink

Some local universities are doing much study and researches into the used of the various parts of the mangosteen tree such as the sap, the leaves and the thick skin of the mangosteen fruit. In the market there is also a much advertised product called Xanthes a drink from mangosteens. Have you tasted it? It is also available online E worldwide.





SOME DIY TIPS FOR THE HOME


1. Ants Problem:
Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole. Ants are attracted and got stuck.

2. To get pure and clean ice:
Boil water first before freezing.

3. To make the mirror shine:
Clean with spirit

4. To remove chewing gum from clothes:
Keep the clothes in the freezer for an hour.

5. To whiten white clothes
Soak white clothes in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes.

6. To give a shine to hair:
Add one teaspoon of vinegar to hair, then wash hair.

7. To get maximum juice out of lemons:
Soak lemons in hot water for one hour, and then juice them.

8. To avoid smell of cabbage while cooking:
Keep a piece of bread on the cabbage in the vessel while cooking.

9. To rid the smell of fish from your hands:
Wash your hands with a little apple vinegar.

10. To avoid tears while cutting onions:
Chew gum.

11. To boil potatoes quickly:
Skin one potato from one side only before boiling.

12. To boil eggs quickly:
Add salt to the water and boil.

13. To check freshness of fish:
Put it in a bowl of cold water. If the fish floats, it's fresh.

14. To check freshness of eggs:
Put the egg in water. If it becomes horizontal, it's fresh. If it becomes slanting, its 3-4 days old. If it becomes vertical, its 10 days old. If it floats, it's stale.

15. To remove ink from clothes:
Put toothpaste on the ink spots generously and let it dry completely, then wash.

16. To skin sweet potatoes quickly:
Soak in cold water immediately after boiling.

17. To get rid of mice or rats:
Sprinkle black pepper in places where you find mice or rats. They will run away.

18. To cook rice fast.
Washed rice and add boiling water from a kettle.





Birthday Cake Green

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO


No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LAI KIM CHOO
SEPT 1
2
ZAINAL B. HJ. HASSAN
SEPT 1
3
LOKE 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 FOO
SEPT 10
9
CHAN SUY SANG
SEPT 11
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




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