Category Archives: My Journeys

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 … Continue reading

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The bikes

Two weeks ago my long-time bike, a 1995 Yamaha Virago XV535, quit on me. I was on the way home from office, at night, when I heard a chain-rattling sound inside the engine and at the same time the engine … Continue reading

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Macro (close-up) pictures – part 2

A DSLR camera, a 50mm lens, a set of compatible-mount low cost extension rings and a light source were all that I needed to capture several very satisfying close-up pictures. I started this one year ago in January 2011 with … Continue reading

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Watching the weather

I’m closely watching the weather forecasts for the Japanese cities of Oyama, Sendai and Sapporo. Oyama Sendai Sapporo

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Dangerous grounds – the sequel

Seven days ago I wrote how my neighborhood playground had become dangerous at night, with electricity leaking on all three light poles on the grounds. The poles were live, leaking 121 volts, 110 volts and 82 volts AC. In addition, … Continue reading

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Dangerous grounds

The neighborhood playground behind my house is turning into a community park. The grass is now green all over. The sharp laterite stones that used be all over the grounds have disappeared under the grass. Over the years the trees … Continue reading

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Kilo Tango Victor

October 1984. After several weeks of anticipation, that morning found me at the parking lots of Jandakot Airport outside Perth, Western Australia. I was in my final year at U.W.A., and my Control Systems lecturer Dr John Mills had offered … Continue reading

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A Fabulous SS78 Reunion

Saturday 2 July 2011 was a very special day. In a single afternoon, I got to meet many of my long-lost high school friends whom I had thought had been lost through the dust of time. In fact, many of … Continue reading

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The Return to Serpentine

Serpentine Dam, Western Australia. The first time I set my foot there was in January 1982, my fourth year in Perth, on my Yamaha RD250 bike.  I was returning to Perth via an inland road, after several unforgettable days of … Continue reading

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Speed and coffee

Speed. To many in Malaysia it means parting with RM300.00 to pay the fine. Elsewhere in the world some people take it at their own peril to feel wide awake, excited and chatty. To me it means a nagging problem … Continue reading

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