just one more to hit the century.
In March 2010 The Mesian-message will be 100 number old.

Starts off with BANG, BANG, BANG

I haven't held any party in my house for more than 5 years. So I wanted to break the five-year no-party spell.

On 31.12. 2009, I got up early and went to Mid Valley. Purpose: to shop for all necessities needed for a bash in my family.

It'd be a DIY SUSHI PARTY so I have to get everything fresh from the sushi counter. I came home at 2pm and started steaming some Japanese rice, making Japanese style potato salad, cleaned those fresh vegetables for green salad and arranged them nicely in a tray then boiled some eggs. I am quite particular in food presentation. Then I mixed some ingredients in the rice to be used for sushi. Next I stored everything in the fridge.

 New Year 2010 

- table setting

Everybody came in from 8:15pm onwards for the do. Dana was the first to arrive followed by my parents. My brother Barry was tagged along by Kathrina and 3 more friends. Mariko and Jack came with cute Gakuto in her arms and brought a friend too. The small family party turned out to be a big party for me. I told them that it would be a DIY SUSHI PARTY and nothing had been cooked except for the rice and potato salad. So, everybody had to lend a hand in setting the table, making own drinks and help themselves.

 New Year 2010 

- DIY Sushi

All were very cooperative and helpful. I took everything out fresh from the fridge and started arranging them on the dining table. I showed them how to roll their own sushi. Take a piece of roasted seaweed, spread some sushi rice on it and put whatever ingredients they liked (such as salmon, tuna, cucumber, avocado... etc... etc) and roll it up. Everybody was having fun 'rolling' their own sushi / food. We applauded to those who rolled a neat sushi out.

The birthday boy brother Gary joined us at 11pm. Why so late? His working hours dragged deep into the night, right!

Thirty minutes before midnight, we started to clear the table for dessert. The girls were very helpful in cleaning up the dishes.

 New Year 
2010 party - Balcony

Just five minutes before midnight, all of us went out to the balcony waiting for the pyrotechnics to usher in twenty ten. YES, at the stroke of 12 midnight, we saw the first fireworks from 'MERDEKA SQUARE' went up the sky. We yelled "HAPPY NEW YEAR" and heard replies from others staying nearby. Then came more pyrotechnics from the PETRONAS TWIN TOWER, from MID VALLEY, from BUKIT JALIL COMMON WEALTH SPORTS CENTRE, from LAKE GARDEN and some small fireworks from far away...... All at the same time, decorating the night sky a fiery bright for about 15 minutes.

Words that came out from our mouth are WOWWWW..... OOOHHH...... AAAAHHHH..... only. We heard the same OOOHHH.... and AAAHHH.... from other condominiums nearby. There was a myriad of pyrotechnics from so many places. They kept us busy turning our heads from left to right and right to left; confusing us as to which to watch. They said it was like watching F1 races!! So very exciting!!! When the fireworks ended, everybody gave a long applause and again screamed "HAPPY NEW YEAR.... !!". We had such great fun.

 New Year 

party - Cheers


 New Year 
2010 party - Gary birthday

It was time for dessert. Dana bought 2 cakes to celebrate. One is for our brother Gary's birthday and the other is for the new year's celebration. We sang 3 birthday songs for Gary. The usual English birthday song, then the Cantonese version and the last one was our own creation. We have bottles of sparkling juices ready to be popped. Barry popped the first bottle and everybody .....WWOOOWWW...... applauded. He poured out the sexy pinkish liquid into several different shapes and sizes of crystal glasses. YES, I love CRYSTAL!! CLINK, CLINK, CLINK. CHEERS !!!!!! And we downed the drinks.

 New Year 

party - Mariko

Mariko entertained us with her skills by running her fingers on my piano keyboard. BRAVO!! Clap, clap, clap!! The girls were attracted to my dressing room and all we heard were screams of WWWOOOWWWW...... and AAAHHHH...... when they entered that room. A place of every girl's dream..... Next we didn't see them in the lounge for about an hour !! YES, they were having fun and posing for pictures in my 'fairyland room' as described by them.

 New Year 
2010 party - Twister Game

The party continued with a game of twister. Participants had their bodies contorted in twists, knots and gnarls, and undone at the mercy of the wheel board till they dropped at 3 am!

- By Michelle Chan Yew Wan

by Michelle Chan Yew Wan

After our lunch, we walked to the open car park to get our car. As we approached the car, the little lamp on the side mirror lighted up. I was given the priority to try driving that all computerized silent engine fully automatic vehicle of 5 months old. There, my friend passed me a small silver coloured square box not bigger than a match box. It had nothing on it, I wondered what it was and put it into my pocket.

I pulled the car door handle as told and the car door unlocked! I stood there stunned. My friend put the drinks that we had bought into the small built-in refrigerator between the backseat. I stepped in the car driver's seat, shut the door and fastened my seat belt.

There was no key at all and how was I going to start the car? I was told to push the 'start/stop' button located on the right of the dashboard next to the steering wheel. The car engine started silently while the steering wheel and seat shifted automatically to the driver's desired position which had been set earlier. Ahhhh...... a keyless car indeed. The navigator switched on by itself. The arrow on the navigator shows where I was at that moment.

I shifted the gear to 'drive' mode and stepped on the accelerator. The navigator told me to turn right to get onto the highway. As I joined in the highway, my friend showed me how to use the cruise setting. I pressed the handle on the right of the steering wheel and the speed showed on the meter board. I pushed the handle upwards and saw the speed increased by 5km each time. The maximum highway speed in Japan is 110km/h. I set the cruising speed to 110km/h and released my feet from the accelerator pedal.


Now I can lift my foot up or sit cross-legged and relaxed. Ha ha ha..... The car cruised on its own at the speed of 110km/h. All I needed to do was just maneuvering the steering wheel !! Then I set the car safety mode to about 50m between car and car. When my car was approaching the car in front of me, my car would gradually slow down by itself and followed the same speed as that car ahead of us, leaving a safety distance of 50m away that I had set. If the car in front of me did an emergency brake, my car would brake and stop by itself, avoiding a crash! Wow..., wasn't it amazing!! I could overtake the car in front by going on the fast lane, stepping on the accelerator and when I released my foot from the pedal, it'd cruise at the speed of 110km/h as before. What a safety car and a relaxing way to drive!!!

The lights would turn on automatically depending on the brightness of the day and when we entered a tunnel. Halfway on the highway, it rained and the wiper turned on automatically. The wiper speed increased and decreased automatically by the intensity of the raindrops. I was speechless.....

The navigator showed places of interest to visit at my destination. The weather forecast. 'Ding' my turning point was approaching about 500m ahead.

"Ding, Ding' turn to left/right now". It told me that I was soon arriving at my destination. It told me when there's traffic congestion ahead. Then few routes would be shown on the screen for me to choose an alternative way. If I missed my way, the navigator would search another route for me to get to my destination. I would never get lost and I knew when I had arrived. Because it showed the time of arrival!! It was calculated by the speed and the traffic conditions on the road. YES, indeed, it was very accurate.

 Navigator  - 

The navigator told me that I had reached my destination. I reversed the car to park. The navigator screen changed to a live camera showing the back area with lines that shows the position of my car. It told me to watch out on the left, on the right and the back if there was an obstruction - even when a person was passing by !! Follow the lines and voila my car was straight in the parking bay. I pressed the 'start/stop' button and the engine stopped. The side mirror would fold in by itself.


The most relaxing and enjoyable 2 hours drive seemed way too short! So, the little silver box was the sensor for the car. The other sensor to the car was..... The WATCH that my friend was wearing!!! It's not a remote controller because it has no button or anything on it at all.

Had I really driven a car in Japan? Or the car drove me to my destination???

I want to go for many drives in this HIGH TECHNOLOGY car !! Hahahaha......

 The Car That Drove 


The Goodness of Cinnamon and Honey

In the previous number we ended the reading with the paragraph that seems to scream "fartless for all".

GAS: 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.

Now there are more..............................

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.

A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural Ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! You might want to share this information with a friend, kinfolks and loved ones. Everyone needs healthy help information ~ what they do with it is up to them ~ share with your buddies and ladies!!!!!


Shamsuddin Salleh continues with his story.

When told that I would be travelling alone on my journey home to Malaya, I began to feel sad. At Pullman I was put on a train for Los Angeles all alone. I remembered I cried.

It was a long journey and I made good the time by making new friends in the train. I met an African American family of four-the father, the mother and two children-a boy and a girl. We became good friends in a matter of hours. We had a great time talking to one another.

On arrival at the Los Angeles train station, I was met by a family of four - relations of the Miles.

The next day I embarked on a Norwegian cargo ship heading home to Malaya all alone by myself.

The voyage took six week sailing on the high seas. This time the ship sailed over the Pacific Ocean. There were twelve passengers on the ship. I befriended an elderly couple, a Swedish girl and a young Indonesian Chinese who had graduated in America and returning to Sumatra. Together we had a nice time on the ship. Food was aplenty though mostly Norwegian stuff consisted most of fish dishes. I was lucky to know the Chinese cook on board who kindly gave me rice.

From Los Angeles, the ship sailed all the way to Manila. Many, including me stumbled our rocking bodies ashore for a taste of land breeze and local delicacies. The Indonesian Chinese knew a certain professor there and the professor became out host and tourist guide. We were so fortunate because the academician took us around visiting many interesting places for four days.

From Manila we sailed to Cebu and then to a port called Tagatay. I too wondered where, it is an island within an island, so people say.

Next we stopped at Hong Kong. While the ship was in the Hong Kong harbour, many people came on board to ply their wares including ladies who practised the oldest profession in the world. Those hungry sailors must have tasted some oriental pleasure of the flesh. They would have emptied their chest of honey and cash. We went ashore and the Chinese cook took us round for tours. How fortunate we were!

Then the ship sailed to Singapore where the Indonesian youth disembarked as he could not go to Medan because of some unrest there.

Finally, when I reached Port Swettenham I heard people said, "Encik, balik dari US." (Sir, you've come back from the US?) I realised that I was home.

(Next: some observations I had made like what Americans knew about Malaya, cultural shock/development lag, after my return to Malaya etc.)


The school went into a frenzy of getting students ready to participate in the various National Language competitions. Students built a float for the procession borrowing a truck from the then famous Hong Joo Chan. The shop now lays derelict and the people there could not be found anymore anywhere.

The school again shot into the lamplight by capturing a few coveted prizes. The enthusiasm shown was MES's pride.

Names that appeared in the Past Notes for February 1960 were: Zoraida, Mohd So'od, Bala, Tengku Nizan, tengku Ariffin, Kamarulzaman, John Clement, Yeow Chin Young, Zubir, Tengku Puji, Bahari, Shamsuddin, Yeng Kee, Munzir, Ahmad, Sunny, Eng Choo, and Goon Ting.


February the 16th is Mr. Miles's 83rd birthday, the third day of Chinese New Year. Everybody would be too busy with their festivities especially us of Sino ethnicity; and others moving around in journeys. We call it back to the villages or in local lingo: balik kampong.

Our mentor wishes to have just a low-key celebration reserving it for his next birthday in 2011. But if you have the time and the urge to visit please do so. He said, "you're always welcome." So drop in to see him if you are passing this way or boring your time away in Bentong. Go wish him HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

 Birthday Tiger
HAPPY BIRTHDAY From us Mesians

 Smiley Love

When people are coming to visit for the first time and don't know how to get to my house, I always tell them to phone me when they're coming through Bentong so that I can give them directions. When they phone, I just have time to get my shoes on and walk down to the road.

The directions I give are pretty simple: "Come through Bentong, following the signs to Raub, past the golf course and army camp. Look for a yellow building with a red roof on the left side of the road, and soon after that the milestone that says KOTA BAHRU 385." At that point, I tell them, "You can actually get a glimpse of my house over in the distance on the right; I'll be standing at the foot of that hill, so just keep coming until you see me."

Then I feel it's only fair to warn them that there's a double line on the road where my driveway begins, and it's dangerous to cross over, so it's best to go on a bit further and make a U-turn. The traffic is pretty heavy sometimes, and besides, it's an offence to cross a double line. (When the traffic is light, there are always some who disregard the law and cross over anyway. Good luck to them.)

Recently some nervous first-time visitors rang me from Bentong, then again when they spotted the yellow building. "You're almost here," I assured them. Then another call: "We see the milestone!" "I'm just ahead at the foot of the hill," "on the right side of the road." An anxious voice asked, "What colour shirt are you wearing?" "What difference does that make?" I asked, a bit unkindly: "I'm the only orang puteh, for heaven's sake, standing by the side of the road! Anyhow, I'm wearing a gray shirt."

I could see their car in the distance, slowly coming down the hill, so I waved my arms. Another call "Did you say you're wearing a red shirt?" "No!" I shouted into the phone, 'gray!" Finally they spotted me - and became so excited that they forgot all about the double line and heavy traffic. Somehow they managed to cross over - leaving a long line of very unhappy motorists behind them.

The whole episode has given me a brilliant idea of how to simplify the directions. I'll dress appropriately and then just say to whoever calls, "About three miles from town on the Raub road, look for an orang puteh in a red shirt." I wonder why I never thought of that before.

- Ted Miles. -


Time kicked the bull behind and now on the 14th of February, the TIGER romps in. The year of the tiger has special significance and meanings. That animal in the Chinese zodiac shows strength and vitality. Yet to some, the very sound of the word tiger in Chinese might mean doom. It may mean hardship. I have seen people born during the year of the animal having a hard life. In China people surnamed 'tiger' have to pronounce their name as 'cat'! Well, no wonder that animal has the sobriquet: big cat!! Anyway let us wish you:

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