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THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO.94 SEPTEMBER 2009
THE TENGKU ISKANDAR SERIES
THE LEE SAI KAN 5TH EDITION


94 ninety-four only six more! Six more what?
Six more count to one hundred.
Then the Mesianmessage will be 100 number old.



A LEAF FROM MY DIARY

Evening came. The streets were lighted up. Billboards flickered and twinkled with neon lights. The clock ticked tock until eight o'clock. I waited for the duo to arrive at my house in SS4. Almost on the dot, they drove by and I was picked up and whisked off to some eating shop. The two were Chen Khin Sang and Jimmy. We had a self- chosen sort of tucking-in in an eatery.

Our purpose: to have small talks about all and sundry. Khin Sang had just returned from the Land of the Rising Sun. But we talked very little about Japan for we had more local and personal matters to delve in.

 Dentist - smiley

Jimmy was free. He freely told us that he often go for check-ups for his systems even up to the teeth. From him I learnt the word "orthodontist," and care and health of the gums, the flesh where the teeth are embedded in our mouth.

Once, Jimmy had a problem with his urinary system. A pebble had developed in his kidney and travelled down his ureter giving him screeching pains. He went for surgery. The process of removing stones from the kidney is now a simple technique. Since the pebble had travelled down his ureter, they flushed it back to the kidney and from there it was sucked and extracted. The surgery was a simple job nowadays requiring no cuts with knives and scalpels.

The stone being jagged had lacerated his ureter along the down and up journeys. To rest the scratched section, the doctors inserted a sort of urinary by-pass. After the cure, the surgeons had to remove the by-pass. Jimmy went into the operation room again. He was asked to lie down on the surgery table. He felt strange as they strapped him to the table! They curtained off the lower part of his body. He could not even see who were doing the job. Yet he was wide awake as they used no anesthetic. When everything was ready and quiet he felt a sudden jerk.

"Ouch..........." a thunderous yell like from hell broke the silence of the surgery. The curtains shook and the railings and window sills rattled. Poor Jimmy, if he had not been strapped to the bed, he would have jumped up and hit the ceiling.

Jimmy confessed "The pain was killing!". When he said that we knew what he meant: sudden, most unexpected agonizing pain down the ureter, through the urethra and exiting at the manhood thing!

He gained back his normal urinary system, but there is some truth in the saying" no pain no gain. Jimmy went home to rest for several days. And sure for several nights too!! After a little more tittle-tattle we adjourned back to our individual homes.



YEAH!
THE CURE FOR DIARRHOEA:
RICE WATER


 Boiling Rice Water

When someone gets diarrhea, sometimes the solution is so easy, we wonder why anyone has to suffer. The secret is in rice water. This is already known in this region. Ask your maids -- Sri Lankan, Indonesian, Filipina and they would know about it. My mother knew about it.

When Dr Albert Winsemius came to Singapore many years ago for a farewell and thank you dinner in his honour, he brought along his wife Aly and his granddaughter, Jolijn. Both women came down with very bad gastroenteritis. They saw the doctor who gave them medication. It was slow to work. Mother boiled some rice in lots of water and went to their hotel with two 1.5L bottles of rice water. I cringed in shame at the offer of this folk remedy, which seemed so primitive to me. Never heard of this cure before! To my surprise, it worked, and they were even able to go out for dinner the next day. Both were exclaiming how the rice water did the trick of making them well again. Well, luckily it worked, I thought to myself.

I was discussing this a few years back with Kim Ng, the ex-matron of KK Hospital. She said, yes, that is what Professor Wong Hock Boon, the notable pediatrician teaches. I was shocked and made some comments how could he? It was common knowledge so what had he got to do with it? Many months later, I regretted laughing at it.

Dr Christina Shanta Emmanuel, who is the CEO of... uh, which group I have forgotten. Either National Health Group, or Polyclinics, or whatever... regarded me seriously when I brought up the topic like it was good fun. She said that Prof Wong Hock Boon had presented a paper on it at some conference. After he had done clinical trials, then his results were published in the Lancet, the Medical Journal all doctors read. In fact, said Shanta, he was credited for saving the lives of 2 million African babies by this method. Ah, so! I am impressed.

It is rice water and not rice that does the trick. I have found it effective again and again. You take a handful of rice and boil it in a large saucepan with lots of water. Like three or four large glasses. Then you cool that and drink the water. If you are in a hurry to relieve the ailing person, take the saucepan off the fire and dunk it in a frying pan or basin of cool water with ice cubes if necessary. This gives the patient a chance to drink the rice water sooner and cure himself or herself sooner.

When drinking the rice water, make sure there is lots of it. You have to tell the patient that enough water must go in to line your guts from throat to other end, all 10 to 12 metres of it. If you take rice, it stays in the stomach. If you take broth, some of it may go into the small intestine. But if you take rice water, it will carry rice grains to every inch of your small and large intestine to the end where the problem is.

How does it work? Even Prof Wong Hock Boon doesn't know.




HE HAS SOME INTERESTING THEORIES AND STORIES

This was the day before Paul Fong from Canada would take to the air again. We met for lunch in Kelana Jaya at the new restaurant serving the best nasi padang. The host was Zainal Lisut, now a Kelana Jaya resident. We had a very sumptuous meal as Zainal ordered food in a great deal. There were dry beef curry and chicken we called rendang. There was curry fish head, aubergines cooked with pounded chilies, a vegetable called sawi, and ox tail soup.

Zainal and Paul were teammates in the same soccer team at school fifty years or so ago! They had a lot to catch up in conversation. During their chit--chat many names were mentioned. But the most interesting part were their own stories, those narrated by Zainal especially. Some of his were true men stories especially those adventures in liberal countries like in London, Paris, and Copenhagen. From his observations he had derived a few very interesting theories.


No. 1:
 Man Walking - smiley
Why people swing their arms while walking? Zainal's answer: because they wear clothes. Why? If they do not wear anything they would cup their hands in front of their not-to-be supposed to expose parts of their anatomy. By thus doing so, there would not be seen with anything dangling and swinging! Ha, ha, ha..... even the waitress who eavesdropped had to hand-cup her mouth to muffle her laughter. Yet, Zainal had seen man's private things swinging and dangling! Where? In nudist colonies!! What about the ladies? Oh! The swinging and dangling was seen upstairs. It was just bushy pussies down there!!!

No. 2:
 Japanese Lady with 

Umbrella - smiley
This is the origin of the kimono worn by the ladies in Japan. In ancient times Japan was a man's world, after emerging from the woman. The man would sleep on a bed, the wife on the floor. When the man got up from bed, he would step on the woman. o the woman would tie a little pillow on her waist to prevent the direct impact of the stepping. So now the kimono, as if the lady is carrying a pillow! That was the theory of Zainal. I made a check on the Internet. It looks like Zainal's theory on the kimono history is completely his! May I hear a rebuttal from anyone of you or any Japanese. If no answer comes in, Zainal your theory is original. Copyright it, please.

No. 3:
 Long Beans
If you want to grow tall eat long beans. Why? Zainal did not explain. But long beans being a bean contains a lot of proteins. Certainly it has the ingredients for growing. Since it is a vegetable it could probably keep you slim. Thus you look tall? But if you consume tons and tons of long beans and you still grow sideways, it is your gluttony instinct you should blame!

No. 4:
 Golf - Putting - smiley
Playing balls. If you play golf with your boss, you must know how to let your boss win. Then you could get what you want from him. The same goes with if you want a favour, a contract, a project from a minister or entrepreneur, then play golf with him and let him win! Aha! It looks like golf is a winwin game!!

No. 5
 Maiden - smiley
How to make ugly people become beautiful? Surround them with beauties. This was the secret of imperial Chinese. In the palaces, if the emperor's children were ugly, the emperor would employ a harem of beautiful maids. Surrounding them with beautiful maids would soon make the imperial children look pretty!

The food was good! When digestion set in, our conversation decelerated, and finally braked. Thank you Zainal for a good lunch break.


BENTONG IS GOOD FOR FOOD

One recent Saturday: On arrival in Bentong town I called Mr. Miles to inform him that we would soon arrive. A quick tour through his house was our introduction. Michelle and her friend were impressed.

On my suggestion that we were famished, daughter Michelle drove us out to have lunch at the Bentong restaurant at the old sawmill in Tras Road. Oh, there is no more saw mill now. In its place is a row of shop houses. It is very near the place where I used to stay - just before Repas Village. In fact, my old house is just a stone's throw or two away.

I am now talking about the past: Just in front of the now new shop houses was a footpath cum bicycle path. As we drove pass, we (my daughter and I) were literally travelling down memory lane. I recalled I was carrying her on the cross-bar of my bicycle and travelled from my former house to the shops or to the school. That was a few years short of half a century ago!

For lunch we had stir-fried eel in honour of our friend who is from Japan. Wild mutton fried with onion and ginger since we were in an upcountry town something from the jungle for the table would be most palatable. We also ordered a local chicken dish with special minced spring onion, chives and ginger sauce, my Kwongsi clansmen's specialty; a pepper soup, and some vegetables. I asked for convolvulus, the famous Bentong crunchy vegetable but it was not available. All were yummy edibles.

I did observed how we laid down our eating utensils after the meal - fork and spoons together to one side. Why to one side? "So that the waiter or waitress could easily pick up our dishes," Michelle replied. From that I knew that she had read and remembered my piece on table manners. In fact she meticulously reads, decides and illustrates my work on our website. Our mission that day was to capture some picturesque scenes around the house of our mentor with our cameras and peering into his many photo albums.



REMEDY FOR H1N1:

 Star Anise

Got the recipe from a friend who is studying chinese medicine. In case swine flu comes around and you cannot get hold of Tamiflu, no harm trying. Tamiflu may run out very quickly given that the manufacturers need about 3-4 months to produce them.

Star anise is a spice ingredient used in chinese cooking and it is cheap in Malaysia to buy them, so no harm trying out.

Use 9 star anise, 6 cups of water, boil in earthern pot if possible or else avoid steel/metal pot.

Boil for about 30-40 mins until about 4 cups left. Drink twice daily over the flu period. The above volume good for 2 adults per day.

To add flavour, add a couple of red dates (remove seeds before boiling).




HISTORY REELING BACK HALF A CENTURY:
BACK TO 1959 - SEPTEMBER


Two students had a misunderstanding between them that almost came to blows. One Cheng Yoong and another called Sunny were at odds with each other. They stared threateningly and gestured unpleasantly.

However, the next day they realized it was difficult to stay at the same place without talking to each other. In front of the mentor they made up and live happily ever after.

There were mentioned three things in his diary that was unexpectedly out of the ordinary.

One, four big guns were towed into Bentong. The big guns were fired into the jungle to force out the remaining communists. Ha, ha, ha, we wondered what effect those volleys had on the thousand of square miles of rugged jungles all around Bentong. It was just tons of ammunition wasted for we saw no bodies of terrorists were recovered and brought out of the jungles.

Two, there was mentioned that the Bristish troops were stationed at the airport. An airport in Bentong! Certainly there were those noisy DC aero planes that used to land and take off in Bentong?

 Green Plane - smiley

I have seen those planes from a very vintage point up the slopes in our rubber plantation. When the pilot wanted to start the aircraft, it had to be manhandled. They had to turn the propeller by hand. Then only would the engine of the plane came to life. They were certainly small army planes making hell of a lot of noise when they took to the sky. The airport was but only an airstrip, as we used to call it. No jumbo jet could land as the tarmac was only a strip of sand.

And the British troops! They were the Royal Artillery of the British army. Why the Briish troops and the Royal Artillery in Bentong? Was Bentong those days a war zone? Actually there were still some remnants of the communists in the jungle around Bentong. Many had been killed and many more had been enticed to surrender. The British army came back to show their might in armoury only - big guns, tanks, machine guns, bulldozers, rocket launchers, etc. Were they appropriate for jungle warfare fought guerilla style!

Three, Mr. Miles and his cohort of hostellers met and dined with one of the local unlettered but money-loaded lot. They could only communicate in sign language and a splattering of cockney Malay. He was the late Mr. Ng Shiak, a local entrepreneur from the older generation. He was one of those who had made his bucks through grit and hard work. He was also one of those who could throw money around and treat to food and drinks for friends and bystanders he could behold after he had down a few pecks and become bold.

Names mentioned in Ted Miles September 1959 diary: Cheng Yoong, Sunny, Tengku Nizan, Zahid, Nadzry, Loo Kwan Ming, Shamsuddin Pandak (the late), Munzir, Tengku Ahmad, Ahmad Basri, Nik Hassan, Low Teck Hoi (deceased), Loo Ping, Bakar, Kamarulzaman, Shamsuddin Salleh, Mr. Prince (deceased), Mohd. Noor, Razak, Tengku Rahim, Ah Sui, Othman, Choong Kon Hin. Some of these guys are still kicking around. As to the others aren't we confounded as to where they could be found???




--- he writes five, he types click, clack when I arrive.....
 Smiley Love
FROM SIR WITH LOVE

The other day I was going through an old trunk and came across the rough draft of the speech I was preparing to deliver to the Seniors of 1964. Here is part of it:

At this time, you are in suspense as you wait for the results of your examination. You feel that you cannot make any plans until you know whether you have passed or failed. In a way you are right; in a way you are wrong. I would say to you: Go ahead and make your plans; start working out the way you intend to fulfill those dreams you harbour in your heart. Set a goal for yourself and keep your eyes on it steady---no matter what seemingly impossible obstacles rise in the way. There is nothing-and that includes a poor result on the examination-that can prevent you from attaining the goal that is your heart's desire, if the will is there.

As I read those words, I realized that the things I was saying to students forty-five years ago should be just as appropriate for students in 2009.

But wait a minute! You who are reading this article are mostly retired people, not students. (Perhaps some of you were even in that Class of '64.) So why bother to reprint part of such an old speech that was meant for graduating students, not senior citizens?

Here's why: I want you to consider now the challenges that M.E.S. threw at you when you studied there and when you left school. Did you set a goal? Did you meet it? Has life for you been a great adventure? Have you had experiences that were truly exciting? Are you still living dangerously, still gloriously hopeful? I sincerely hope so.

Ted Miles




NEXT READ HIS U.S. VISIT IN 1956


The luckiest of us all back in the 1950s has written to me to give me a great story. Can you imagine who he is? Do not miss the next number of the Mesian-message to read first hand about a great travel story in the US back in 1956.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN SEPTEMBER

Birthday Cake - Green



No.
NAME
BIRTHDAY
1
LAI KIM CHOO
SEPT 1
2
ZAINAL B. HJ. HASSAN
SEPT 1
3
LOKE MOOI THYE
SEPT 3
4
S. RAMASAMY
SEPT 3
5
ABDUL WAHAB AB. RAHMAN
SEPT 4
6
HONG CHEE SET (RONNIE)
SEPT 5
7
DORIS LOW AH MOY
SEPT 8
8
WONG SUI KONG
SEPT 9
9
WONG KIM FOO
SEPT 10
10
CHAN SUY SANG
SEPT 11
11
HO CHIN CHING (DR)
SEPT 14
12
YAP KIM HEE
SEPT 14
13
TAN KOW KHIEH
SEPT 20
14
WONG SWEE YONG
SEPT 22
15
BALBIR SINGH
SEPT 26
16
HO MEI YOON
SEPT 26
17
WONG THIN CHING
SEPT 26
13
YAP NEW CHYE
SEPT 29


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