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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get … Continue reading

Operation Clean Up

Took time off yesterday to clean up my project shed. Some ***hole who was in charge for the village’s irrigation water gate didn’t do his job and the river swelled over causing a flash flood. The project shed was under about 7 or 8 inches of dirty muddy water. The whole floor and much of … Continue reading

Project Shed Under Attack

While Bangkok was battling their worst floods ever last month, my little village here experienced some worrying change in the weather too. we had heavy rainstorms almost every evening and in some places, roofs were being ripped open and trees were uprooted by the strong winds. On October 31st late afternoon, a coconut tree near … Continue reading

Eid Mubarak

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Eid Mubarak. Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Eid. Or Raya as we say over here. Maaf zahir dan batin. Can’t wait to get re-started on the project after the holidays!

Volvos and Durians

Yes, bloody Volvo drivers love their durians too. Our northern chapter of VOCM organised a trip to Penang last Wednesday and our first stop was at a durian plantation in Pondok Upeh, Balik Pulau on the island. It was a fun drive, especially on the hilly back roads after Bayan Lepas. My old 240 huffed … Continue reading

Cruising Through Tanjung Jaga

Just outside where I live is a place called Tanjung Jaga which is a small outcrop into the sea that provides the quickest passage to the other side of the hills. The name literally translates as “Cape Beware” as in the olden days it used to be the hideout of pirates and robbers waiting to … Continue reading

Petals by the Roadside

With nothing much to do on the project until I can gather some more parts, I took my old Brick for a spin down to Tanjung Dawai, a seaside fishing town near my village. It turned out to be quite a pleasant drive along the tree-line road as those trees were in full bloom. Beautiful … Continue reading

Go Away, Murphy!

Old man Murphy has been busy and my project has been hit by a series of bad luck. Nothing disastrous but enough to put a damper on my spirits. First, the battery went flat. I sent it for charging twice but it refused to turn over the engine when left overnight. Then the oil drain … Continue reading

VOCM Annual Dinner 2010

The Volvo Owners Club of Malaysia Annual Dinner this year was held on December 11, 2010, at Cinta Sayang Golf Resort here in my own hometown Sungai Petani. I was still in Singapore for the past two weeks, so I took the express bus on Friday night from Johor Bahru. I should have hitched a … Continue reading