THE MESSAGE NO. 97 - DECEMBER 2009|
THE DR. CHAN CHENG HOONG SERIES
THE EDITOR'S OWN EDITION
MY TRAVELS IN THE UNITED STATES BACK IN 1956
PART 3: as told by shamsuddin bin salleh to the editor
On 27 May, 1956: Uncle Charles Miles drove Mr. Ted Miles and I to Arizona. Throughout the journey we could see the
and desert vegetations mainly cacti and semi-arid landscape. The next day we arrived at the city of Tucson.
On 31 May, 1956: Uncle Charles Miles drove us back to Los Angeles.
Now Mr. Miles was preparing to resume his study for his Master's degree. But that study would be done at the
University in Pullman in Washington. That is a long way up north. Mr. Ted Miles planned to travel by road. Thus he
second-hand (or may be after many hands) car to travel.
For US $150, Mr. Ted Miles bought a jalopy. It was branded De Soto. Strange name wasn't it! Its performance was
also!! We know most automobiles in America were huge. So American automobiles consume a lot of fuel.
But the De Soto car bought by Mr. Miles other than consuming much fuel also gulped down a lot of engine oil. The
disappeared mysteriously, and we had to refill frequently. Else, you would know what would happen to the car.
(I, Suy Sang, know very well and may be so with some of you. I had experienced that situation before. First the
up and it gave up. The cost of repairs? Not less than RM 2k. It would need what we called an overhaul -
dismantling the engine
and re-assemble it all.)
Now Shamsuddin continued. With De Soto, Mr. Ted Miles and I took off heading north. It was a long journey. We
days, stopping and resting on the way.
On reaching Lake Tahoe we stayed overnight in a motel. It was a beautiful lake and many tourists were visiting it.
We took at
least two days to reach Pullman in Washington.
At the Washington State University Mr. Miles studied for his Master's degree. It was back to school for the former
VITAMIN C, SEA FOOD AND ARSENIC POISONING
Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States, foundthrough experiments, food such as soft-shell
contains a much higher concentration of - five potassium arsenic compounds.
Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body! However, in taking \''vitamin C', due to the
the original non-toxic - five potassium arsenic (As anhydride, also known as arsenic oxide, the chemical formula for
changed to a three potassium toxic arsenic (ADBarsenic anhydride), also known as arsenic trioxide, a chemical
which is commonly known as arsenic to the public!
Arsenic poisoning have magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels, 'mercapto Jimei'??,
inhibits the activity
of the liver and fat necrosis change Hepatic Lobules Centre, heart, liver, kidney, intestine congestion, epithelial cell
telangiectasia. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will shows signs of bleeding from the ears, nose,
Therefore; as a precautionary measure, DO NOT take shrimp/prawn when taking 'vitamin C'.
WONG LAN CHAN , SAR KIM LEN, LEE SAI KAN AND CHAN SUY SANG GO A VISITING IN BENTONG, PAHANG
At about 8.50 am I drove out heading to SS2. I was to pick up Wong Lan Chan and bring her to Bentong. On
arrival I found her
all ready and was waiting for me. Lan Chan was my former classmate in Bentong back in the 1950s. She was the
normal self as
she was slim and very loquacious. She loaded a few packets of moon cakes into my car. Then off we went down
to the city.
The traffic was very slack today being a Saturday was an off day for many office workers. All government offices
and moreover it was the month of Ramadan the Muslims' fasting month.
I drove along Jalan Pahang heading towards Setapak to pick up Lee Sai Kan. Finding his place was not difficult.
roadside, I saw two blocks of yellow skyscrapers. After calling him on the phone, I got him on the line. Only
waiting for about
10 minutes, we met Sai Kan at the guard house. He was a bit dazed as to whether we should breakfast. Then we
Sai Kanís son to come down to take a packet of moon cakes up to his place. The moon cakes were home-made
by Lan Chan.
But I insisted that he ate as I knew that he was on medication and need to have something in his tummy. So we
ate at a coffee
shop in the basement of his condo. He, Gary and me had noodles, while Lan Chan only downed a cup of coffee.
After breakfast we set off: destination Bentong. I concentrated on my driving. Sai Kan and Lan Chan talked and
talked at the
back seat. One thing that Lan Chan said was that she always dreams of her late parents. She had still some
Bentong she wanted to visit them after many many years. Sai Kan told of his experiences and encounters with
saying he is clairvoyant. The journey did not take long. Soon were arrived at the t-junction in Ketari when Lan
Chan directed me
to drive down Karak Road to Taman Anggerik to see her niece.
As soon as Lan Chan entered the house, she broke out in Hakka - a Chinese dialect. Then only I knew she was a
specific Chinese clan of adventurous and hardworking Chinese. My late father used to say if you marry a Hakka
girl, you do not
have to work the rest of your life! Your Hakka other half would work and slog for you. I did not, but I took to wife a
woman of my
own clan, a Kwongsai, who was not afraid of hard labour and the wild. Lan Chan's niece is a teacher and she
had married a
man from a far away place - Penang and of the same profession too.
I drove the lot of us over to Lan Chan's brother's house, but he was out.
Next we visited Sar Kim Len where I left them to have enough time to catch up with their yakking about past and
When the five of us met next, there were then six with my missus in. Sar Kim Len gave all of us a very sumptuous
lunch treat at
the Bentong Restaurant Phoenix. We talked of many things while we enjoyed food and listened to all and sundries
tribulations and the wonderful time of when we were happy. We regretted that our mentor and former Principal
Mr. Miles was
not with us. He had travelled down in the opposite direction to attend somebody's wedding ceremony. Actually
Lan Chan had
come up to collect her report card, a much desired intention she had then to discard.
After lunch, I drove Lan Chan to a new village in Chamang to visit another of her close relative a Mr. Ning. Mr.
Ning lives alone
with a pair of canine companions. Like so many residents of Bentong, his children are living and working in the
capital city. Only
the older folks still hang on in Bentong.
As the conversation dragged on, I come to understand that Lan Chan has a complete trust on western
medicines. This came as
a result of her many brushes with death. Once, Lan Chan had stomach pains. She drank a Chinese herbal
a cure. But the pains persisted and increased. The doctor of western medicine was finally called. On checking he
prescribe knives, scissors and scalpels. She had to be operated on! She had appendicitis and the darn thing was
bursting. In the nick of time, the surgeon snatched her back from the jaws of death.
Lan Chan had been a teacher during her younger days. She was in the first batch of Day Training Centre's
studied for three years to be a teacher. As soon as she graduated, she was sent far off from the city to a town
upcountry. Then she came back to teach in some schools in Bentong. After her marriage to Mr. Loh she was
Kuala Lumpur. She finished her teaching career here. She lives happily with her loving and caring spouse in SS2.
At 4.00 pm I drove them back to Kuala Lumpur. At the ground floor eatery at the Platinium Condo, we had tea.
Sai Kan walked
us to the car to see us off for home. I chauffeured the lady back to her residence to be united with her loving
ended a day of travelling, visiting, talking, reminiscing, learning and listening that had enriched much of our lives.
DRY CURRY CHICKEN & MUTTON TURN US INTO GLUTTONS
There were a few guests at John's house already. A couple was dining. We sat down and waited. Then it was our
turn to dine. I
washed my hands and dug my bare fingers into various delicacies. Hey, if President Hu Jintao had seen me eating
he would have
smiled and admired at my local dining decency! Well, the other day he did appreciate how adaptive are the
Chinese in Malacca eating with their fingers. All the food was dexterously created and cooked by Joh'ís missus.
There was this
especially appetizing dry curry mutton. Plus there was dry curry chicken. Those curry dishes turned me into a
glutton. The food
went very well with the soft and fragrant bryiani rice. My appetite was whet sky high.
I shoved in mouthful after mouthful of rice, mutton and chicken with my fingers, just like any Indian does naturally.
me fork and spoon. I declined. It was my opportunity and liking to eat like the Indians do when attending their
do. Even my
missus commended that the food was excellent. The next morning she was in good mood. The mutton had made
to the washroom improved.
We sat down and many things we bragged about. We were reminiscing of our bygone days in Kuala Lipis, Raub
Once, John went up to Cameron Highlands. He wanted to meet Zulkifli Arrifin, his long lost student. It was about
half a century
they had not met. So how did they decide to recognize each other? There was also a crowd milling around in the
lobby of the
hotel. They had arranged to put up their hands among the ladies and gentlemen. John raised his hand looked
turned round. Zulkifli was just standing behind him - lost and found. They took sometime to really recognize each
they prattled of their days in their alma mater.
Thanks to John Chinniah and his missus who treated us to a very delicious and sumptuous festive lunch.
On the way out, suddenly we remembered our long lost contact friends in Pengkalan. So we drove over there.
Our efforts were
not in vain. We met the couple at their goldsmith shop. I called the man's name. He looked at me as if he was in
a dream. I
uttered my name. Then only he remembered me. That was about 15 years' lapse when last we met. Contact re-
another case of lost and found. We were so happy to know they are still around.
HISTORY REELING BACK HALF A CENTURY
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH - DECEMBER 1959?
Mr. Miles squeezed his cranium and dug into his treasury chest of Malay lexicon to demonstrate his enthusiasm in
national language - Malay. He wrote Jawi on the chalkboard for the Malay students to transcribe it into
Romanized Malay while
he gave dictation to the Non-Malay students! Then he tested the students' knowledge on writing numerals the
Romans way. I
wondered how many students could decipher his Roman number MCDXCII?! I only know Roman numbers up to
I have a clock in Roman numbers hanging somewhere in my house.
(On 14.11.2009 when I visited him he asked me to ask you to decipher these Roman numbers: MMIX, MMX and
you give it a try and call him to yak about your Roman knowledge? To me they are Greeks, like the clich says!).
Hey! It was December, wasn't it? Why principal and students were still in school. Weren't they off on vacation? No,
school continued right up to the beginning of December unlike nowadays students were let off for their long
holidays in the
middle of November!
Just before the students went away on holidays they had parties. One important party that they had at the hostel
Christmas party; you think a bit too early! But after that who would come back for an 'ímas bash? At the hostel
dinner, each student was given a Christmas present. After opening their presents they were all tied up round their
those Malaysians were tied up with ties made in the US!
Another party held was the Alumni Party when thirty-five former students attended. They included Ah Heong, Ah
Cheng, (all three in Singapore now), Yew Leong (anybody knows his whereabouts), Ah Moi came with her baby!
There were Tak,
Ah Ming, Shek Phooi, Kow Yong and Ismail. Was Suy Sang there? No idea.
Other names that appeared in his December 59 diary were: Mohd Noor Lisut, Foo Yoke Yoon, Yap Yoke Chin,
Sendiri, Dick Babcock, Victor Dass, Che Kamafuzzaman, Zulhany, Kanagraj, Munzir, Ah Soon, Ah Kuan, Nik Hassan,
Yin, Bakar, P.S. Leong, Kjell Knutsen, Ng Ee Lin, Lem Swee Weng, Teh Eng Suan, Edwin Khoo, Sultan Abu Bakar,
Abdullah, Mohd Noor Mohammed, Shamsuddin, Bala, Yang Ahmad and Miss Madden.
The man on your left you sure recognize, right!
The lady in the middle is the other half of the man on your right.
Who is the man on your right?
Contact me if you wish to know if your guess is right!
10 Health Benefits of Eggs
Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent muscular degeneraton due to the
content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than
In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts,
of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.
Half Boiled Egg
One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.
Hard Boiled Egg
According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption
disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and
They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important
helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.
They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.
New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative
cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a
lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather
cholesterol. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have
impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not
person's lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol
Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk
cancer by 44%.
Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and
Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously
deficient in foods
containing sulphur or B12.
FROM SIR WITH LOVE
That time of year is here again. We may not see snow drifting and hear sleighbells ringing, but the holiday feeling is
in the air.
Christmas cards have begun to appear in Box 11, but let's face it: there won't be as many this year as there used
to be. There
will be SMSes instead, the easy way to say 'Merry Christmas'. Some of the ones I received on that little screen on my
year were cute - the words arranged to look like a tree, for example, and stars flashing on and off.
Whether it's a card or an SMS, the message is clear and it's the thought behind it that counts anyway. The nice
part is being
My Christmas card mailing list changes all the time. There are, sadly, names that have to be taken off because of
and more of these as the years go by), but happily here are more names to be added.
Some new additions are old friends, almost forgotten, who have suddenly made a surprise reappearance. (Would
you believe it?
My old High School typing/shorthand teacher, now over 90, got hold of my address somehow, and now we're
catching up on many years' worth of news.)
Some are newlyweds who now have a home of their own. (They merit a card separate from the one sent to their
And then there are completely new acquaintances made during the year, whose names must be added to the
list. (In my 'line of
work' - staying at home, waiting for folks to visit - I get an amazing lot of strangers dropping by, curious to see an
house that they've read about, and maybe even curious to meet the old fellow who lives there all alone, except
for dogs and cats.
These visitors, very often, become long-lasting friends.)
My Christmas card mailing list, therefore, contains the names of friends old and new, and, via the 'Mesian', I want
to wish all of
you readers who have fond memories (as I do) of end-of-school-year parties and carol singalongs
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
IT'S MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN
COME MEET OUR MENTOR OVER A CHRISTMAS WEEKEND.
IT'S YOU WHO WILL MAKE HIS PARTY HAPPENS.
COME TO WISH HIM
"MERRY CHRISTMAS" THEN .
SURE YOU WILL ENJOY TALKING TO HIM WITH NO END.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TWO THOUSAND TEN
HEY! YENG KEE
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Closing date 15th January, 2010.
And more thank Qs are waiting for you.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN DECEMBER
||ABD. MALEK ENGKU OMAR
||FRANK ANN FAN CHOON
||MUH ALAM SHAH HJ. HAAMIN
||CHEONG SANG FAH, PETER
||FOO YU PONG
||YAP CHOY MING
||SHAMSUDDIN SALLEH (HJ)
||TAN KIM WOK
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