Archive for the ‘My Journeys’ Category

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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Unexpected

Going home today, I was among the first to board the plane. Courtesy of the frequent flyer card. Turning right into the aisle I was greeted by a flight crew in the signature green kebaya. “Assalamualaikum En Nordin. Welcome…”. And a smile. Eh? How come she knew my name? What had I done wrong? She […]

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Australia. Austria.

Australia. Austria. Only two letters apart in name. But thousands of kilometers apart on earth. Australia – I first went to Australia when I was 19 years old, flying in one of Malaysia Airlines last Boeing 707-300. Less than 12 months later I rode a car 3,500 kilometers overland from Perth to Melbourne and return. […]

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Raya in Perth, 1980

1 Shawwal 1400. August 12 or 13, 1980. That year saw me spending my second Hari Raya (Eid) away from Malaysia. It was August, in the midst of Perth, Western Australia winter. I was in my first year of Electrical Engineering degree course at the University of Western Australia, and living in a 2-bedroom rented […]

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Santaiwong

When I was a boy living in 1960’s and 70’s Jerteh, Terengganu, santaiwong was part of my life. My grandfather whom I called Chek, was a lorry (truck) driver hauling logs and sawn timber woods for Jusoh Sawmill, a timber mill owned by Haji Jusoh, a well known tycoon in Jerteh. My uncle Hassan bin […]

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Android On The Go

If your phone is an Android smart phone, it is highly likely that the phone is capable to work with a flash memory stick. And maybe also with a portable external hard disk drive. OK. Maybe. So what? You can use the memory stick and hard disk as additional storage for your phone. You’re no […]

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HandBrake

Several nights ago I discovered HandBrake. A wonderful GNU freeware computer app with a weird name that you can use to reduce video size without apparent loss of quality. It was the need to reduce the size of a 1.4 GB 11-minute video clip that triggered me to search for a better video converter after […]

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Mobile Internet 2008

3G HSDPA via laptop PC Card. Insert a 3G SIM card, maybe from your phone, into the slot by the side of the PC Card, push the card into a laptop slot, and you’re good to go. This was the way I used my laptop for mobile internet. Eight years ago in 2008 the now-ubiquitous […]

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The unsung hero of our internet and social media

This unkempt piece of something doesn’t look like much. But it powers our internet. And our facebook, email, whatsapp, telegram, twitter, instagram, wechat, maps, waze and pretty much everything that we do online. It sits silently in the world’s oceans. In shallower waters it is buried beneath the seabed. Its thousands of kilometers crisscrosses the […]

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Air and ground

Last week. My flight home from Guangzhou was for Saturday afternoon, arriving KLIA at sundown. By the time I arrive home, it would have been 9-10 pm. And the next day, Sunday, 7 am, I was to go to Sungai Besar, 120 kilometers away. But something pleasant happened. My job in Guangzhou completed one day […]

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