Archive for the ‘My Journeys’ Category

Coretan dari Changsha

Di lapangan terbang Changsha, pedalaman China, semasa sedang memperbaharui wudhu sebelum menaiki pesawat pulang ke tanah air, saya diperhati dan disapa oleh seorang lelaki tua China, yang bertugas sebagai janitor (tukang bersih). Dalam bahasa isyarat dia bertanya saya adakah saya sedang berwudhu. Bila dijawab ya, dia tunjukkan saya tempat untuk basuh kaki. Masa itu saya […]

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A simple way to extract GPS coordinates from your Android phone’s (Google) Maps

On many occasions I had the need to extract GPS coordinates of a spot I had identified and displayed on my Android phone’s Maps app. Usually I require the coordinates to input into my car satnav (GPS) so that I could navigate to that location. I could have navigated using the phone’s Maps, but I […]

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The return to Muscat

In June 2013, one year ago, I came across an exquisite middle eastern perfume at the Muttrah Souq (market) in old Muscat, Oman. The bottle was nearly empty when opportunity arose in October 2014 for a revisit to Muscat. This time the souq was very far from my hotel, about 40 kilometers. So I went […]

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Lingering Attar scents

Perfumes. And to be more specific, Attar perfumes. Before I made the hajj journey (big pilgrimage) to Makkah in year 2000 with my wife, I did not really care about attar perfumes. To be fair, I also did not pay attention to any other perfumes. Our hajj pilgrimage changed forever my views about attars. I […]

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Tanjung Piai – the southernmost point of mainland Asia

Two weeks ago my office colleague Saufi suggested that we rode down south to Johor instead of taking the bus provided by the company. I thought that would be thrilling. After Land’s End in England and John O’Groats in Scotland, that would give me the opportunity to bag into my journal Tanjung Piai as well. […]

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The secret was in the driver

Something to be very happy about today. In addition to several other happy things happening the last few days. Alhamdulillah. The sound on my 3-month old Lenovo ThinkPad i7 Ultrabook computer has improved tremendously. Before this the sound sounded really crappy, even on my top flight Shure SE535 IEM. What more on my day-to-day SE110 […]

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Two years on, and 30,000 kilometers later

Two years on. 30,000 km traveled. Installed new tires at 16,000 km, which at 30,000 km look like less than one third worn. The drive chain and sprockets are the original OEM and are still good. Have gone on a round-Peninsular Malaysia trip on this bike. As well as many trips out of Kuala Lumpur […]

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Takluk Jagat

One of the things that I look forward to Sundays are the Takluk Jagat series by Zoy in Berita Minggu, Malaysia’s Sunday paper. Takluk Jagat was a legendary Malay “pendekar” (warrior), perpetually clad in black with a red headband. He was a master in armed and unarmed combats, and equally adept at fighting in spiritual […]

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Uncouth human from uncivilized nowhere

I could not understand what was in the the car driver’s mind. Searching for a parking space at a large neighborhood shopping center last night, I noticed a car about to reverse. Its rear night lights were on, its white reverse lights were also on. I stopped 2 car lengths from that car. I waited. […]

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A collection of motorcycling stories

Going through previous posts on this blog, I realized that I had written a few stories about motorcycles here. Thought I should make it easy for myself and visitors to jump to those stories from a single page. Here they are, oldest stories first. 1. On a motorcycling trail 2. 44 days in hospital 3. […]

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