Archive for the ‘My Journeys’ Category

First Day in Perth, Part 2

Previously on First Day in Perth – here At Haywin House on Irwin Street, Perth, Western Australia that evening I was informed that we were going to be taken to a Malaysian’s house. We went down to the street level, and true enough, a few cars were there waiting for us. It was a chilly […]

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Rambutan

Rambut means hair in Malay. So rambutan is a hairy fruit. Makes sense 🙂 There is no original English word for it. So rambutan is also rambutan in English. The rambutan is native to the Malay-Indonesian region, and other regions of tropical Southeast Asia. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including […]

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Desert Melodies

Subhanallah. This and other old “irama padang pasir” (desert melodies) had been playing at the back of my mind for many years now. The instrumental music used to be played over RTM radio in the 1960s, several minutes before “buka puasa” (Ramadhan breaking of fast) when I was a kid living with my grandparents, uncles […]

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A more civilized age…

1987. My first personal office. When Office had not yet been invented. When Windows 2.0 was virtually unknown. When the blinking cursor of DOS ruled much of the personal computer world. 10 years after Star Wars: A New Hope. 30 years ago. The desktop was glass lined and unlike computer desktops, did not require any […]

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Ready For Adventure

Several days ago, during a service visit to a usual bike shop I was told that the rear tire was about to “go”. So I asked the shop owner his recommendation. “For this bike and you, this one”. Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40. “Good and long lasting”. I said OK. This was my third tire replacement. […]

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Form 3C2

1976. The year before Hasta La Vista (http://nordin.kembali.net/blog/?p=385) I was one of 10 boys in a girls-majority Form 3C2 class at Sultan Sulaiman Secondary School in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. 3C2 was a Commerce class. Not exactly a favorite subject among boys at that time. Most of the other boys were, if memory serves me right, […]

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A short reign for the longest reach twinjet

Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Several days ago. On my way out on one of Malaysia Airlines’ 56 regional-ranged Boeing 737-800’s, saw this Airbus A330-300, a medium-long haul aircraft. This was one of the 15 A330-300 in the current Malaysia Airlines fleet. After the retirement of 17 long haul Boeing 777-200, the A330 became the longest […]

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Jerteh, Memory of a Bygone Era

The past ten days had been very eventful. It started with my return to Kuala Terengganu to visit my mother. I went there on a motorcycle. More economical that way since I went there alone, could not bring my family along because it was still school term. The next morning I decided to ride 110 […]

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Country Honey

During a leisurely ride on the non-expressway coastal road from Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu I came upon a honey gallery in Jambu Bongkok, Dungun, Terengganu.    

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The Relay

Some 5 kilometers from home during the return from a 985-kilometer solo ride to Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu, I had a need to honk a car straying into my path. But then nothing happened when I pressed the horn switch. No sound came out of the twin Bosch BM horns that I had put in […]

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