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THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO.83 OCTOBER 2008
A CYBER FAN'S SERIES
THE ANONYMOUS 5TH EDITION


Red Car
SEREMBAN HERE WE COME
Red Car

This was the morning of the 1st of September. I got ready for going to Seremban. Purpose? To attend Mahalingam daughter Vaasugi's wedding scheduled to start at 10.30. Barry my youngest son would drive me there as pre-arranged. So I woke him up when I was ready. We started from the house at 9.30. Barry took the LDP and exited by the Bukit Jalil way. However, the drive was not that smooth as we passed through at least 4 toll plazas before hitting the Seremban highway at Kajang. It was too long. At a rest place we had breakfast. The food was terrible and cost exorbitantly.

Indian Wedding

We reached Seremban. Fortunately, Barry had the right of mind to turn at the right place after mistakenly taken the Port Dickson way. He had the intuition to u-turn back and then drove right up to the Indian Temple. Yes the wedding ceremony had already started. It was held in a spacious air-conditioned hall. We went to the front seat. There I met our mentor Mr. Miles franked by his friends who had come all the way from Bentong. Barry went to the car to fetch my camera. He rang me saying he was going to ferry someone to the hospital. Well, that was some good deed given to him to do. I was pleased to hear that.

I took pictures of the wedding. The bride and the ladies looked best in their traditional saris. Mahalingam was dressed in his dhoti with a headwear fit for a maharajah. His spouse, the bride's mother was clad in a rich sari fit for a maharani.



SO MANY SAMYS

Indian Vegetarian Food

The guests were entertained to a sumptuous vegetarian lunch. I met a few Mesians like Samy, Ramasamy, Plainalsamy, Kumarsamy. It looked like all the samys were there. For in the more than five hundred crowd, there must have been more samys around! No, but there we also met a Subramaniam a student of Mr. Miles back in 1963. But our mentor did not seem to remember this man clearly. What has happened to his photographic mind? We used to admire our mentor's photographic memory for recalling names!


WHAT IF YOU HAVE ONE MANIAM TOO MANY

Question Mark Animation

Subramaniam said he is now a lecturer at the University! Now we know we have a Mesian as MU Maniam. For Subramanian is another Tom, Dick and Harry sort of Indian names. There are so many Manians around that the community has refer the Maniams according to where they come from or some other symbolic indications that would make recognizing which Manian is meant. For example, PJ Maniam, Puchong Maniam, Pandan Maniam, Old Town Maniam, New Town Maniam, etc. What about Bentong Maniam? Yes, if you are talking far and wide about the Maniams you know in the country. But if you are talking of the Maniams in Bentong, I am sure you might have to say Ketari Mainiam, Chamang Maniam, Tras Road Maniam, Karak Maniam, etc. Why are these names so popular? Correct me, if I err what I say. They are certainly Hindu holy names, aren't they?

This Subramaniam was a total stranger to me. You can't blame me this was not strange at all, for I have never seen him before having left MES from 1956. More so, because I am not gifted with a good name remembering memory! Many of my students nowadays I could not physically recognize unless they call me. What more to recall their names!

The invitation card announced:

S. Ganesar
Weds
M.Vaasugi


Yen Herbs
THE STONE HITS A SECOND BIRD

Since I was in Seremban, I took the opportunity to meet a cyber fan. He was Swee Lim, Yen. I beg your pardon that sounds rather Western! He is Yen Swee Lim. I called him. Twenty minutes later Yen came. I was excited to meet him after a lapse of more than two years of not seeing him. Yen took us to the restaurant where they serve the best of ginger tea in Seremban town. Yes, we down a glass of ginger tea each. The tea was sweet and most ginger-laced with the aroma of gingerly taste. This cyber fan Yen is a retiree. He was an English teacher formerly. Now he spent his time relaxing in an out of town house far from the maddening crowd. He talked so much of his new cheaply rented residence that we were tempted to go for a look see.

KUALA SAWAH, HERE WE ARE

So we hit the Port Dickson highway trailing his good old faithful a once prestigious Mercedes. When we reached his abode, we had actually reached the end of the road. How's that? The road was a cul-de-sac! That is a countryside region called Kuala Sawah! That was where Yen stayed.

The structure was a well-built brick and tiled house. It was a bungalow just beside an oil palm estate! The once owner occupied house was now all his! The boss had absconded with all his children having become urban dwellers now! There was plenty of land around. Yen now tilled the land trying to grow some herbs which is now his pastime to pass away his time. Another secluded recluse of some sort, eh! No, the place is not that so sequestered at all for he has a television set with many programmes available! Entertainment-wise he is not cut off from the outside world! Peace and quiet he has, that's all. I really envied this his so tranquil dwelling facility! Yet, time flew past too soon, as suddenly there was an awakening that we had to return to the city!! What a pity!!!

Barry drove through the rain. I told him to take the normal Seremban highway which led us back home without having been driven away and gone astray.

Yen Herbs


FURTHER DIY TIPS FOR THE HOME

After reading the do-it-yourself tips for the home in the last issue of the Mesian, our mentor said, "the best way to make a mirror shine is....... Crush up a sheet of newspaper and then wipe the mirror."

That led me top experiment this trick at home. I crumbled up a piece of newspaper and then cleaned the mirror in my bathroom.

Sure enough after a few swaps, I could see my mug shot clear and distinct in the magic mirror! But the mirror told me I sure was more wrinkled up than the newspaper!!

Another wonderful use of old newspapers is to wrap fresh vegetables for storage in the fridge. The newspaper will absorb the moistures and prevent the vegetables from rotting. But if the vegetables are kept too long in the fridge, they would be dehydrated by the newspapers and you would get the most wrinkled up stuff possible!

Nowadays, we use a lot of things made of plastics. Plastics are of many kinds such as soft plastics, thin plastics, thick plastics, brittle plastics, etc. Once I wanted to drive an iron nail through the cover of a plastic pail. The cover just cracked and there resulted a long crevice.

Later I remember how in my younger days, we used to improvise a sort of hot wire to drill a hole through a piece of wood. We called it a "fire drill". No I do not mean a mass exercise to get us used to follow proper procedures to disperse in a fire emergency! What I mean here is using a red hot wire to bore a hole through plastics. "Drill" has many uses - one of those linguistic inadequacies that burden a word with too many jobs!

Get a piece of wire and heat up the tip on a gas stove. Then drive the wire through the plastics to bore a hole. If you find no suitable wire, then grip an iron nail with a pair of pliers, heat it, grip it hard and drive the red hot nail through the plastics.

Presto! Just one drill, what do you feel? The grip, that's it! To loosen the grip, pull the red hot rod in and out for a few times. Twist the rod round and round. There you have dug into and made the hole loosen for your use!

Hey, you wise guys out there, any diy tips you would like to share. Share it before it is too late. Otherwise, your inherited secret tricks will be dead!



WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO?
OCTOBER 1958

In our mentors October 1958 diary, were mentioned a whole list of people. They included high-ranking officials, teachers, gentle and fair sex people, hardworking students, lazy bums and even rascals.

Mr. Ambrose, the Pahang chief education officer, visited the school accompanied by another officer Che Dollah. There was also mentioned a senior nurse at the hospital named Beserah, a satellite town near Kuantan. By the way all her siblings were named after towns in Pahang such as Lipis, Bentong and Kuantan!

The late Mrs Prince was a teacher who had to deal with a delicate case of two teenagers, who were caught exchanging love letters. If they had been dealing with the edible edition, they could have escaped without mention. But they were real letters all written in the most flowery language and well chosen characters from someone to woo the other.

There was a mention of the teacher Osman Sham who had graduated from the University and left to be an assistant district officer. He was a favourite among students.

In his diary, I came across the names of these people: Razak, Rosli, Jalil, Ghaffar, Tengku Abdullah, Tengku Ahmad, Yit Song, Manan, Munzir, Zubir, Say Kuang, Bakar, Syed Adanan, Lum Kok Seng, Alias, Sunny, Ng Kim Foong, Kow Yong, Rosly, Shek Phooi, Tan Gee Sin, Tong Ah Tai, Tat Pin, Zainal and Bala.

It was among these we found some rascals. A few nearly got into a gang fight if not for the intervention of Mr. Miles. Why they wanted to fight? One said, "I don't like the way he walks". Another complained saying, "I cannot stand the way he stares." What were these? Trivial aren't they? But they were the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs of teenagers, I suppose. They have their aggressive instincts roused; probably training for their defence to face the world.

There was a little utterance of racial slur. Also, there were cross racial romantic blurs. But all these were discovered early, and dealt with by teachers, parents and the school authorities.

Where are all these people mentioned above now?

Some are still safe and sound and kicking around. Munzir lives with his family in Sungai Marong in Bentong. Zubir resides in Johor in a town called Ulu Tiram. Tong Ah Tai had gone down under, I mean he has migrated to Australia. Then Shek Phooi has gone over to the other side, I mean the other side of the earth - to Canada!

Where is the school clerk who dressed head-to-toes like the principal whom we called Bala? I wonder!

What about the rest of those guys? Are they still kicking around or gone over to the other side? If you are still around, just call Ted Miles and say "Hey".

Hey! We can also read in the October diary of Ted Miles, about his moods having gone fiery. There were days when his emotions were at nerves' ends. When he reacted our hair stood on ends. He descended upon someone who aired his feet in class. He caught students reading magazines when they were attending a class. Then, he scrapped out litters from students drawers after class. He watched behind classes unnoticed. He sprang upon hostel boys playing truants to roam the streets. If he opened his mouth he would ask, "why?" Or he might say, "for pity sake......!" On hearing that some really did shake!!

Yours truly was myopic and oblivious to all and sundry. I was as busy as a bee, pursuing honey. It was a time of ecstasy for me!

So October 1958 passed. Students prepared for their exams so that they might pass. It was going to be the end of another school year at last!



Guava Pink

Superfruits
GUAVAS
Guava White

Guavas are often considered superfruits, being rich in vitamins A and C, omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (mainly in the seeds which must be chewed to obtain the omega fats) and especially high levels of dietary fiber. A single guava contains over four times the amount of vitamin C as a single orange, and also has good levels of the dietary minerals, potassium, magnesium, and an otherwise broad, low-calorie profile of essential nutrients.

However, nutritional value is greatly dependent on species, the strawberry guava notably containing only 37 mg of vitamin C per 100g serving, practically a tenth of the vitamin C found in more common varieties. Vitamin C content in strawberry guava, however, is still a high percentage (62%) of the Dietary Reference Intake for this vitamin.

Guavas contain both major classes of antioxidant pigments: carotenoidspolyphenols giving them relatively high dietary antioxidant value among plant foods. As pigments provide plant food their colors, guavas that are red, yellow or orange in color have more potential value as antioxidants sources than unpigmented species.

MEDICAL RESEARCH

Guava Leaves

Since the 1950s, guava, particularly its leaves, has been a subject for diverse research in chemical identity of its constituents, pharmacological properties and history in folk medicine. For example, from preliminary medical research in laboratory models, extracts from guava leaves or bark are implicated in therapeutic mechanisms against cancer, bacterial infections, inflammation and pain. Essential oils from guava leaves have shown strong anti-cancer activity in vitro.


FOLK MEDICINE APPLICATIONS

Guava leaves are used as a remedy for diarrhea and for their supposed antimicrobial properties. Guava leaves or bark have been used traditionally to treat diabetes.

Hey! Did you notice this phrase: the seeds must be chewed to obtain the omega fats. It is line 4 of this article in parenthesis. So consuming the seedless species, the omega fats you would probably miss. Talking about the seeds we swallow them some crushed and some whole as we masticate the guava flesh. Some seeds will actually pass through the digestive systems of humans and birds unscathed. What am I driving at? The local folks name for this fruit: kai si koh (chicken droppings fruit). The fruit has no chicken droppings on it, but the seeds are dispersed with chicken or bird shits. Hence, its widespread noxious name of a wholesome fruit. Let's lay off jambu batu for the time being while to celebrate.





HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN OCTOBER
Birthday Cake Green


No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
ABDUL HALIM HJ. OTHTMAN
OCT 1
2
BARBARA REID LAPSLEY
OCT 1
3
OW WAI KING
OCT 4
4
LIM PAK HENG
OCT 8
5
CHEW TEE KAN
OCT 9
6
LIM SWEE CHOO
OCT 9
7
TAN SOON SENG
OCT 9
8
LEONG KAH WAH
OCT 10
9
CHAN SEE YUEN
OCT 12
10
WONG YENG KEE
OCT 15
11
CHAN KAM SWEE
OCT 16
12
RICHARD LOW QOOI TEE
OCT 17
13
ABU SAMAK LABAK
OCT 24
14
HILDA PONNU (MRS CHOONG)
OCT 25
15
SONNY LAM PHAT CHEE
OCT 26
16
S. SATHASIVAM
OCT 31




HEREfS GREETINGS OF THE SEASON FROM US MESIANS..........

Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
SELAMAT HARI RAYA
AIDIL FITRI

THEN ON OCTOBER 27
HAPPY DEEPAVALI

Deepavali Light Deepavali Light Deepavali Light


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