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THE three-day long drive from Los Angeles ended when Mr. Ted Miles pulled the car into Pullman in Washington. Oops! not Washington D.C. where there are located Congress and the president. It was Washington State which is nearly a thousand miles away from Washington D.C. There Mr. Miles would turn student studying for his Master's degree.
Shamsuddin continued with his story:

Mr. Ted Miles rented a room on the second floor of a house for both of us. There were other roomers in the house in separate rooms. They were Davis and Larry his son; two young ladies in another room, a married couple with children in another room. Finally there was a married couple (the wife was beautiful but blind) in the basement room. It was here that I spent most of my time staying in the US.

From Pullman I made a couple of trips with Davis and Larry. One we travelled in a Chevrolet station wagon traversing the states of Washington, Montana and Idaho.

I was also fortunate to experience farm life where I followed Larry to a pea farm to work as a farm hand during the summer holidays.

It was here that I rode on a horse for the first time in my life.

The next day after the ride, I suffered unbearable pains all over the body. I could not stand up nor walked for the whole day.

When I met him in his house in 2009, Shamsuddin explained why: He said: "Riding a horse is not easy. The rider must adjust to the movement of the horse. He must follow the gait or gallop of the horse. If your body does not synchronize to the movement of the horse you knock against the body parts and you get the pains.

Larry and me on horseback

Two days later I recovered from the bashing from riding."

Larry had a 0.22 rifle which he used to hunt wild rabbits and squirrels. I was not allowed to use the gun for I have no experience in handling firearms!

Back to the Pullman home, I spent most of my time watching TV (still black and white in the US those days of course). I did some household chores like vacuuming the carpets, and mowing the grass in the lawn with the an old push type lawn mower.

Some time I went down to the drug store to have an ice-cream and soft drinks. There I browsed through the many magazines on sale.

All this while Mr. Ted Miles was attending lectures in the Washington State University preparing for his Master's degree.

Soon we were on the move again. Mr. Miles said that we were to travel back to Kansas City.

Back at Kansas City, Mr. Miles sent me to a Scout summer camp for a couple of weeks. I had a lot of fun here. At the beginning I felt somewhat awkward because I was the only non-American among the hundreds of scouts. But as time went by things got better and I mixed well with them. We were taught various subjects and I earned a couple of badges.

A few things happened that embarrassed me at the camp. Once at a dinner table, a fellow American scout wanted the 'spud'. Without thinking further I gave him a spoon. Everyone at the table roared with laughter. What he wanted was the potatoes (spud in American slang).

At another occasion, someone in the group asked me aloud if I had dates in Malaya. Again without thinking further I answered: "Yes, I ate them at breaking fast during the fasting month of Ramadan."

Instantly I saw some surprised looks in their faces. They must have been thinking that I was a man-eating species. Then I did not know dates or dating means going out dancing etc. with girl/boy friends.

Back from the scout camp, Mr. Miles told me that I would be leaving for home. He would stay back to finish his studies.

(Next, read how Shamsuddin travelled alone in the States and then took the ship back to Malaya)


I got the chance to go to a golf resort in Yaita which is about 150km away from Tokyo. When I was in Japan many times before, I always depend on their public commuters such as train, subway, shinkansen (Bullet Train), taxi and bus. This time it is different. I got the chance to really drive a car in Japan. This car doesn't behave as an ordinary car. Was I really driving a car or the car is taking me to my destination????

First, when my friend came and picked me up from my apartment (called as mansion here), I saw a white car that looks just like any other ordinary car. The interior was as usual except there's a big led screen of about the size of 20cm X 20cm on the middle of the dashboard. It was showing the road map and name of each street.

Ohhh so, that is the road map navigator. The car started to move, the navigator sounds please put on your seat belt. Ahhh reminding me to fasten my seat belt which I haven't done yet. Then the navigator sound again, about 500m ahead there's a joint junction, please be wary of incoming cars. Mmmm Then, there's a curve infront, please drive carefully. continous curve ahead, traffic lights ahead, across /T junction infront, etc, etc, etc.

The navigator was giving warning and instructions while the road map was showing on the screen. Occasionally marks / logos (example McDonald) of some companies will appear on the map at certain points. Ahhh what a brilliant way to advertise or the advertising company does really think ahead, eh. It makes me think that driving alone is not a lonely event anymore.

There's a button to call to the navigator company operator directly if we need a new route or wanted to find out more about the area for explorations. DING. The navigator will start all the setting and showing us where to eat, where to shop, where to sight-seeing, where to do this and that. Another point here, it's not a problem to drive on a foreign land anymore. So, get an international driving license and enjoy driving everywhere !!

I was already fascinated by all these.. but wait, there's more that impressed me !

On Tohoku highway, my friend pulled over at a highway caf and we had a ramen (Japanese noodle in soya taste soup) for quick lunch. How to order our food here? First, we check what we want from the menu on a vendor machine. Insert the amount of coins and push the button of our choice of food. Ticket will drop out on the tray. Bring the ticket to the counter and show it to the chef. Get a seat and wait for our number of the ticket to be called. 2-3 minutes later, our numbers were paged over the microphone. We collected our food from the counter and sat down on a low chair then said "tadakimasu~" a must to do manner of greetings before consuming our food in Japanese. Means Bon Apetite.

What about drinks? Water is all free of charge and self service, of course. After the food, "gochisousama deshita" we said to each other and to the chef/restaurant owner. Means thank you for a wonderful meal. Remember to return the tray with dishes to the return counter. Everybody is expected to clean and clear their table after each meals at all self-service food joints.

At every highway, ther's always a souvenirs supermarket selling its area goods  from food to tinkle things with the name of the city / state embossed on every little item.

By Yew Wan.

The Goodness of Cinnamon and Honey
(Relayed by Philips Potter cyber fan from the US)

Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call "crystallizing".

When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was.

Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

~ Bet the drug companies won't like this one getting around.~

 Bee With Honey

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a 'Ram Ban' (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases.

Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients.

Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 Jan uary,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack.

Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals. More(to be continued).


As soon as the New Year dawned there was a beehive of activities going on. Old teachers toddled in and new ones excitedly surged along. New students poured in that some classes were bursting at the seams. One class had the total enrolment of 57 students!

There was a mention of the LCE examination passes, the predecessors of the SRP and now the PMR examinations. The statistics of passes were 65% for boys and 35% for girls. So the principal claimed a 100% passes. But he never mentioned the other 100% who flopped ie. 35% boys failed and 65% girls flung which also added up to 100% failures. He seemed to be an optimist by looking only on the bright side of things. Well, I think sometimes statistics are quite useful for your own purposes.

Well, the principal also went back to school attending Malay language classes. A few times the absentees cancelled the classes.

The principal also mentioned of typewriting and shorthand classes, subjects which no regular schools taught throughout the country!

The knowledge of typewriting found an instant use as the learners were immediately made to type out the school’s weekly newspapers on stencils. They typed on those wax-coated sheets to form stencils for printing out the newspapers. That was the high tech mimeographing those days and typing the stencils would clog up the metal keys on the typewriters! And the job of printing with stencils on the duplicating machine was certainly a messy affair.

Chinese New Year was on during January 1960. Our mentor and his retinue of loyal students went round the town feeding on the generosity of the locals. After the dining spree, our mentor gained a whooping four pounds. Had everything ingested been digested, I wondered. Apparently, he was a sort of gourmet.

However, trouble brewed in the hostel. A Sikh boy created havoc by doing some kleptomaniac work. He stole a letter containing cash, took the cash and burnt the letter. It was only settled when the hostel master broke his taboo of using the tropical vine - the schoolmaster’s most lethal weapon - the cane. After the beatings the delinquent continued with his delinquencies and he got more until he realised he had got enough and surrendered himself to all work and rules and regulations of a hostel lodger.

The following names appeared in Mr. Ted Miles diary for good behaviour and bad. Who were the commendable characters - the angels - and who were the delinquents or the.....? Read Volume II of the Past Notes, to take note.

How Seng, Tan Kwee Ming, Yam Chee Weng, Ow Wai King, David Liew, Abu Amin, Tengku Arrifin, Shafie, Goon Ting, Tengku Puji, Yeoh Keat Swee, Khoo Teck Hong, Ng Ee Lin, Pat and Mike Paterson, Ansley, Gail, Babara, Tak, Dick Babcock, Kang Hoe, Bang Fiang, Fook Cheng, Ng Kim Foong, Dzulkifli, Shamsuddin, Mayhuddin, Bala, Nancy Ng.

Wong Lan Chan, Low Ah Moi, Chan Meng Chai, Fook Lue, Kim Loy, Sar Kim Len and Sohan.

Editor's notes: Ow Wai King and Tengku Puji, Fook Cheng, Dzulkifli Arrifin, Shamsuddin, Wong Lan Chan, Low Ah Moi, Kim Loy and Sar Kim Len are on my mailing list. The others are in the wilderness or......?


 Xmas Angel

A group of friends and Mesians drove up to our mentor to celebrate Christmas with him. From Taylor's College came Mary and her hubby Garry with Choo Oi Mei accompanied.

There came a gang of Mesians including Kim Hee, Mahalingam and family, plus Ramasamy and his household members. Lee Kim Thye brought a pot of curry and Peter Cheong came with a tray of yam cakes. There trotted in also Wong Yee Kee followed by Bahari. There was also present a Palanisamy, not the one from Batang Kali but a real Bentong local.

Food was aplenty, as there was a good spread of goodies. Guests came even on Boxing day for the festivities.

Some regulars wanted to come, but they were under the weather. Lee Yew Kong was down with a high fever and had to seek his expert physician for a remedy down in Kuala Lumpur. Another lady from Temerloh a regular guest was also bogged down with some ailment so that she could not come.


Birthday Cake - Green

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