Archive for the ‘My Journeys’ Category

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 went dead. I was about 200 meters from home. Luckily the street was not uphill, […]

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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 lens reversal ring method – here. Now’s the time for a sequel, using extension rings… […]

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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, out of a total of 10 floodlights bolted at the top of the poles, 4 […]

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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 have grown, and when they flower they made the surroundings beautiful. In the mornings the […]

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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 his students free rides in his Cessna airplane. Jandakot,  a small-aircraft airport, was quite a […]

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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 them found me, because I had trouble remembering after losing touch – sight and sound, […]

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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 summer holidays lazing around, camping, fishing and crabbing in Mandurah, a Western Australian coastal town. […]

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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 solved. And I’m wide awake here at 4:00 am due to a concoction of another […]

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For company and country

November 2010 was Amazing Thailand month for me. I spent 10 days in Bangkok. Quite a long stretch. But I did not get to see much of the city. It was hard work, 0900-1800 every day, except Sunday. This, coupled with the fact that the hotel was a good many kilometers outside the city, made […]

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