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Thursday, 3 August 2017

DUTCH BICYCLES


The above is a Batavus model that looks very nice to me.It is a working bicycle where I can ride to the market or to the office. In fact, it is like a touring bike used by Malaysians.
Below is another version that I like but I don't know the brand.



Last May 2017 my friends and me went Netherlands for a bike tour.We rented bicycles from Tulips Cycling and visited five towns except for Amsterdam.Below is a photo taken when we visited Keukenhof on 8th May, 2017.




Above is our group photo when we rented nine bicycles in Harleem.From here,we cycled to other cities.I found that Dutch bikes are robust,sturdy and practical to use as a touring bike. As we cycled for five days,I found out that the Dutch are very creative and ingenious  in designing and making bikes.The one I cycled with costs € 1500!Herewith I attach a few photos of Dutch bikes during my journey.









Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Brompton Cycling


First, let me welcome a VIP Brompton rider to The Fold-our My Brompton Malaysia (MBM).He is Dato' Seri Seri Dr. Ir Zaini Ujang, the Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water.Herewith I am sharing the photos of the MBM members going for a picnic at Presint 10.


With baskets full of sandwiches, cakes, and drinks.


The Brompton Riders ready to go..



I got my Brompton on 29/9/2011 just a day before my 59th birthday.The next day, we have a ride together with a few friends who bought Brompton bicycles much earlier than me.Our group is open to all types of bicycles.



As more and more people started to buy and ride Brompton, a few of my friends formed MBM and I joined the group as an ordinary member.Personally, I prefer just to be riding with my friends, irrespective of their bicycle types and brands. Cycling is more important than the bicycle.However, when it comes to portability and involved travel with car or train or aeroplane, I must admit that Brompton is my top choice.However, for general purpose cycling, I prefer Batavus from Holland.If I were to go bike touring, then the American Surly may be my preferred choice.



Brompton is very British and only made in west London.It has its own cult. And being more than 40 years old, it has developed its own culture and riders set up Brompton Cycling Groups all over the world.Just like the Mac computers.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

BEING AWAY FROM HOME

The last time I went  overseas was five years ago and the recent one was a week ago when I travelled to foreign lands without my wife.Immediately, I realised that I was being pampered and taken care by my dearest and beloved wife, which I had taken for granted for the last four decades!.Thank you Allah  and to my wife. Allah knows best!

Everything changes when I landed in Amsterdam- the weather, the people and the currency that gave their first impacts.And I love them except when it comes to currency exchange.My two thousand ringgits pocket money have shrunk to 400 euros!



This trip is not an oversea holiday per se.It is a very special trip for me.It also may be the last time for me to do a cycling tour of Netherlands. About 50% of my time was about cycling.In five years time(if I am still around), I would be too old to push and cycle my bike across Europe.Thank You The  Most Merciful Lord Allahu Akhbar for giving me the time, the health and the energy to cycle 4 days in Holland with one day visit to my favourite garden- Keukenhof.After a week in Holland, I took my usual detour to Londre, Old blighty.



In the old days- about a decade ago, being away from home means almost being disconnected from our homes and family and friends.But nowadays, we can be almost anywhere in the world and yet stay connected through social media like facebook,Whatsapp and skype.


One of the management and business lessons of being away is we must adopt and adapt to a new environment.We need to change to fit into the new landscape and ecosystem.We have to operate within the system in order to survive.If we keep our eyes, ears and minds open, we can learn a lot during our travel especially about ourselves.

Monday, 24 April 2017

BEING CREATIVE


My photography hobby taught me to see things in details,from different angles and perspective and to walk around the subject matter.This art of seeing and taking photos led and made me more creative in many other way I live my life.

Creativity cuts across the whole spectrum of life at various depths.By applying some creative thinking and action,we can add colour and fun to our life.At times,we make our lives easier and on lucky note we can earn more money.That is a bog bonus!

The photo above is the PM Office in Putrajaya.Most tourists will take photos next to the entrance.Mine took more efforts,need to walk behind some trees and used the branches as a frame to snap this shot.

This is just a simple example that can be applied to many aspects of our daily life.The limitation is your imagination and willingness to do something different.

Monday, 10 April 2017

ON RUNNING




Running is getting more popular nowadays.It is like cycling.Those days,some ten years ago,it is an exercise  for sportmen and not for common people.Running has its own beauty.How I wish I am 20 years younger to do Half -Marathon.

When I was studying in Sheffield University in early 70s,I walked to my U two or three miles a day and I walked fast.That habit stuck with me and 40 years later, I still do.Now at the age of almost 65 years, I can walk 4.5km in one hour.



On weekend, I cycle with my friends.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Views in The Train


I love to travel by train.At every opportunity,I take photos with my smart phone or my camera.I notice more and more people are using train to go to work.There are many ways to shoot photos related to train travels.Here,I am sharing a few examples.One of the top reasons why I like travelling by train is that I don't have to drive.I am just a passenger-enjoying the ride.When I am lucky,I meet people and we have great conversation.Other times,I just read or take photos as shown here.








Monday, 27 March 2017

The Path - enLightened Or Lighted

The glare of the sun blind our eyes.Even in broad day light,we cannot see anything.The darkeness of the night hides things from us.The things are there,but we don't know what and where they are.And when our eyes are closed,we see nothing.Such is the limitations of our sights.
And when we see things as they are,our eyes only capture the visual image.We need the right knowledge to know and understand what we see.With prejudice and sentiments,we see what we want to see.The rational mind flies out of the window.


The lighted path shows us what is under the light,but the enlightened path is a guided path to a desired destination.