The hills of Gertak Sanggul and Bukit Genting in the background.
Things have been moving rather slowly this week. Rain that fell in the early days of the week washed away the haze. For a while, I could see the hills of Gertak Sanggul and Bukit Genting, which is the farthest range of hills visible from my window. Since then, the weather has been warm. The trees stood still. My curtains looked lifeless. Surprisingly, lethargy did not set in. Still, I felt rather languid. I have not done much except surfed, stalked blogs and took naps. Every time I napped, I awoke feeling more worn-out than before.
Today is different. Streams of cool breeze have been blowing since early morning. The curtains are flapping in glee. A while ago, I could hear my neighbours’ unfastened doors slamming shut from the occasional strong winds. The trees outside are swaying merrily, their pliable leaf laden branches bending to and fro in acquiescence. Nature is alive! And I feel alive too. Is it the continuous soothing breeze or was it the multivitamins I took after lunch that made me feel so?
The boredom of the whole week was lifted by one piece of interesting news. On Thursday, while I was Googling for spinal cord injury and Malaysia I came across this page. It was a feature on Christopher Reeve and his unprecedented recovery after being paralysed for five years. No, he is not walking again. However, he has regained some sensation and can twitch his index finger which is a wonder after so many years. That story was not what caught my attention. The comment that was left below that article did.
|WE HAVE A SOLUTION FOR CURING CHRISTOPHER REEVE. WE ARE FROM MALAYSIA AND EXPERT IN PARALYZED AND BONES TREATMENT.WE USED MALAY TRADISIONAL METHODS IN OUR TREATMENTS.WE GUARANTEED IN 3 TO 6 MONTHS HE WILL BE ABLE TO WALK. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO MAIL OR CALL (019 3089xxx MR WAN).|
In our Malaysia Boleh spirit, we have finally found the cure for spinal cord injury. This regeneration process which has eluded neuro-scientists for many decades is now conclusively in our hands. Malaysia is indeed the land of possibilities. This anak Malaysia has made us all proud. Will I submit myself to this treatment? I tell you, the day Christopher Reeve walks after this traditional treatment is the day pigs can fly. When you see pigs flying by your window, you can be sure I will be the first to call Mr. Wan for an appointment.
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