A TRIP TO TAIWAN
Taiwan's economy and business is not as wonderful from my
observation. The country is helping the business community
by opening it to the tourist industry. Visiting the country
is easy. Visitors are taken to shops and markets where you
will not find the locals as customers but thousands of
foreigners spending on very expensive souvenirs and other
items. I think the idea works fine.
There were only 9 persons in my group. I think it is due to
the poor marketing of our tour agency, which I thought it
was a scam. The company only asking for the payment till the
brought with me only 4000 Taiwan dollar, spent 180 on a bag
as my backpack was broken. I spent on corns not on
souvenirs. Things are cheaper here.
There were only two males, me and Rusli. The other 6 were
housewives and one young girl. I didn't know their names
until before I wanted to make a video clip. I guessed the
most educated was Ruslina, graduated from Indiana University
Bloomington where I had had my study. She is in satellite
business. Two are working with Credit card companies,
Suriani and Lynn. I do not know much about the other two
elderly ladies, Salmah and Rokiah. I, Rusli and his wife
wife, Robetoh, are all retired guys.
daily programs were not hectic as our daily trips started at
9 am. Only on the last day we had to start at 5 am to go to
the airport. In my opinion it is interesting to view the
warm water valley, the craters, the flower valley and the
Lehliu Geopark. But Taiwan is not the shopping heaven.
for food, I only like two restaurants, the Alibaba and the
How's about the temperature ? It says the temperature in
March is between 14 to 25 Celsius. You can don even a
T-Shirt if there is a sunshine. It would be chilly with the
cool breeze. I carried a pullover with me in case of any
strong wind blows.
think China is a much better place.
Abdul Rahman Raof
Once we used to know what shame is. We were always aware
what were right and what were wrong. But animals don't.
Today we go all out to tell the people of the world that
there is nothing to be shameful of stealing, lying,
committing crimes, and in some progressive society some go
naked and do the sexual acts in public.
begin to see people are approaching the realm of savagery.
The Malays are losing their heads, now promoting
pornographic movies showing students and individuals in
sexual acts. They use religion and God's name to advance
the real believers and people of high civility, the
phenomena is a great human tragedy. But life has to go on.
You either ignore it, fight back or pray for the best. But I
still believe in the comeuppance, God's retribution will
come to punish the savage politicians and their lawyers.
Even the ones who claim to be the messengers of God lie, not
knowing that they have committed big sins by disgracing
Islam and the others lost respect towards the religion. I
see them as nothing more than hypocrites.
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savage is an animal like behaviour, brutal, barbaric,
demonic and sadistic. His master is the sentiment and
emotion. He wants what belong to people through the use of
force, steal, rob or lobby. He can't see the happiness in a
society of people, and seek ways and means to destroy them.
He chases others out of the boundary. Having control all the
gains he will leave the land empty. There is a Malay word
for it; 'KHIANAT'.
victims distant themselves from the ruined land and seek
happiness and pleasure somewhere else, finding sanctuary
somewhere hiding from the savages. But one or two of the
rouge demons were able to penetrate the new society having
spoiled the once beautiful land. The damage done is beyond
am one of the victims, being chased out of my boundary but
successfully find a new theme of sparkling pleasure. But I
will never forget nor forgive the beasts that ruin the
happiness of other people. They still move like marauders,
wanting to enter every house where others live in peace and
joy. Damn the barbarians.
When news came about the death of a barbarian, I do not feel
happy. Neither did I feel sad. Let them die and let them
fall sick. I don't care whether they go to heaven or hell.
Let them kill each other and destroy themselves. The land
destroyed will never go green again.
toiled the soil in a newly found land, and grow new plants
savage is a savage. The minds and habits remain.
Abdul Rahman Raof
FAKE AND SNOBBISH
I am not going to spell
who are the fake and snobbish persons I know. You wouldn't
know who they are unless you peek them through their veils.
We still addressed them as friends and neighbours even at
the height of a mild confrontation. We still smile and talk
to them and behave as if everything is normal.
I never like hypocrites. I
never like people to are lazy and always want free things. I
never like people who use religion and race to parade
themselves as good and holly. And I never like a narrow
minded individuals. I just hate braggarts.
I have a friend whom I
know having little knowledge of everything but tried to
convince people of his prowess in everything in the world.
He could convince many people of his mental and social
status. Truly, he is fake, lazy and stupid. When people of
this category become politicians they will work their way
up, convincing everybody in the country, becoming Ministers
and stole in whatever way they could.
Fake and snobbish people
are everywhere in our society, including in the amateur
radio fraternity. In radio they ruined the hobby and then
vanished from the scene.
Abdul Rahman Raof
MY CLASHED WITH POLY
It was a long time ago
when I challenged the Polytechnics to pursue Research and
Development as well and suggested the promotions must be
based on individuals inventions or to build modified near to
clone projects. I was only a manager of a small school. The
engineers argued that 'Polytechnics are to teach and not to
do the Research Work'. I don't know whether they are holding
to the same stand as it was before.
The engineers is the
education system I knew were always haughty and arrogant,
despising managers who are non-engineers. They fought for
special schools called the Centre of Excellence and only the
engineers could be the principals. In several meetings I
clashed with them on their thought and challenged them to
see the outcome at each end of the year's public examination
I was not wrong. They
performed badly. Today anybody can become the head of those
In those days I knew that
there were fellow hams who were doing experiments on laser
and other scientific research. They took the tasks merely as
hobbies. If they could do it, I expect those in the
technical education would do be able to do more.
It is sad that the Malays
do not think like the rest of the progressive people.
Those who are in politics
are the worst. They do not see that the new competitive
products to raise national income is to export technology
and the products. China made billions selling their
commercial drones. dJI sells cameras and other equipments.
The drone market is almost controlled by China.
It is better for the
politicians to understand the substance of technology, all
areas and aspects, than to think how to make stealing legal.
Politics is the environment of fights and quarrel today. It
is all over the cloud. The mentality of the people at the
roots are seen in the Facebook's expressions. I once asked
'How to make a Malay respectable ? " Answers that came was '
Be near to God...' And there are millions of them with such
Whoever is thinking of
finding alternative energies from nature ? Whoever is
thinking seriously of investing in
Research and Development, the
making of instruments and tools, hardware developments and
Ask the engineers in the
technical education division.
Now that many have
retired, what do they do ? What technical contributions have
they produce for the nation ? In the free time they could
prove that I am very wrong about them.
Abdul Rahman Raof
THE FEAR OF THE MALAYS
I had predicted the
outcome of Semenyeh. It was not about Najib but the Malays
saw the Chinese are taking over the country bit by bit and
DAP is moving ahead at destroying the Malays and in a strong
momentum towards the destroying the tradition.
The non Malays do
not see it that way. They see their ways and forever blaming
others as racists. The main issues shown as a tip of the
iceberg are the recognition of Chinese education. The
Chinese pushed it according to their own rules and
condition. And secondly, Moorthy who told the world that the
Indians do not have place in higher learning and government
posts unless they became Muslims. And there were many
Indians were attacking the Malays depicted by the Youtube.
non-Malays, the Malays kept what they do not like in their
hearts and only waiting for the right time to strike.
Malaysia Baru is something the Semenyeh Malays find as a
real threat. And UMNO is picking up the issues of Islam and
the Malays are being insulted.
There is no point to
argue and blame anybody for PH lost. PH does not have a very
strong machinery and strategists to plan out the future.
There were plenty of inexperience and immature people in the
Even a strong
supporter of PH like me feels that DAP only care of personal
interest, not the country and the people. Ram Karpal was
seen to side Najib. DAP youths thought the party is strong
enough to be defeated.
As long as the
Malays feel that PH has threatened their religion and their
culture, arrogant and weak, they will not vote for the party
anymore. Moorthy is seen as an ultra Indian ready to strike
against them. And Malaysia Baru is a finite doom of the
It is within this
atmosphere, Najib and UMNO capitalize the chance and the
opportunity. BN still has strategists, people of high
calibre, with PHDs and experience. They are attacking the
weak points of PH one by one. Lawyer Shafiee can play tricks
on the weak PH government.
I saw weaknesses in
TUN and the PH Ministers. I talked base on my experience as
an administrator and my observations.
Go to the ground and
read the Malay feelings. true or not, right or wrong, but
that is what they feel. They would not care about Najib or
about broken promises, but on the insults of the Malays and
Islam. If the non-Malays don't want to see it that way, the
Malays will change their votes against the new government.
Abdul Rahman Raof
ONLY IN MEMORY
Ham Radio was
something hard to get in the past. One has to know English
and there wasn't any guessing game possible because the exam
was in essay type. Either one had to be English educated or
one had to teach oneself the language. And secondly one had
to pass a Morse code test. To learn Morse itself was
difficult as there was no teaching aids nor readily
available that could be used. As such only the semi English
educated and the elite group managed to enter the ham
Before becoming a
full pledge Short Wave Listener, I accidently discovered
that putting two radios side by side could resolve signals
that we did not understand before. Then I heard people
talking among themselves whom I later knew as ham radio
operators. Their chats were very interesting, jokes and high
level sort of knowledge, on topics of travelling, sciences,
radio and new stuffs on electronics and on matters of
I started to buy
Electronic magazines. There were advertisements on ham radio
"Talk To The World", something almost unbelievable. I went
to Alor Setar city telecom and made an inquiry about it. The
officer told me about it, about MARTS and about Radio
Amateur Examination. Some time later I read in the newspaper
about a Jamboree On The Air. In Penang it would be held at
It was my first time
that I met hams like Eshee, Malcom, Chow, Chong and a few
others. I joined them on two consecutive days. A few week
later I applied to be a SWL and given my membership number
65126. Eshee and Malcom had been my elmers till I get my
I remember the late
Marzuki and Choo always came to see me and talked on how to
go about to earn a ham license. Both were working in
hospitals. Choo lived nearby and he already knew Morse codes
before sitting for RAE. Marzuki devised his own method after
hearing the tips from me.
Hariss, 9M2ALL, said
that he came to my house. I didn't remember him then. he
said he saw my large log book which I think was the biggest
ever. 9M2AU was still a SWL. 9M2ZA,Zainal was not heard of
Later Choo and
Marzuki had tickets on them. I don't remember well about
Bahar and Pak Dollah.
MARTS had their
meetings on the band. The rest listened. When the meetings
were over the band were open to all. All were held in
English. The daily conversations among fellow hams were held
in English. Our brainwaves were of the same type and
frequency. Daily conversations were cordial and fun. The
boys from the Philippines and Singapore joined us. The
Malaysians were using the roundtable format and the
intelligent used of the PTT. The Indonesians were different.
So whenever an Indonesian ham were to break in, it caused a
haywire and confusion.
There were several
groups on the frequency spectrum of 40 meters. When the
group became to big some would call their friends to move
somewhere else. There would be the average of 4 to 5 groups
The Perlis gang came
later. I remembered working Pawanteh 9M2PZ on Morse codes
each time we came on the band. I didn't remember whoever got
the license first, either Manan, Jamil or Pawanteh. Later
came Non, Che Mat, and Azlan.
Though we have
regular chatting, we do not see each other till we lost
them. I saw raja Iskandar and Rajamani and Ong but I have
not seen Lim Phang Choo and Ibrahim Oxford. The first and
the last time I met the late Raden Lokman and Mukti(9M2FT)
was in Port Dickson.
Now that we are all
old and some have gone to see God, we do not find pleasure
and glamour in ham radio anymore. But we are still
communicating among ourselves through the social media.
If you are saying in
Malaysia ham radio is the best ever over all the previous
years, then live with it and digest it. This year the SEANET
will be held in Johore, I hope the old and tired hams could
come together and talk about the glorious time of ham radio
while having a high tea somewhere, and laugh and recalling
the reminiscence of the past. These are the old class ticket
hams. It would just be fine for the less intelligent and
sophisticated waiting to die hams.
Abdul Rahman Raof
THE JOY OF OWN COOKING
The single cooking,
sambal tumis, beats all the food I eat outside. It is very
delicious and tasty, just the kind of taste that I always
want to have. I have two teachers teaching me how to make
the sambal and both of them instructed me to put sugar while
cooking it. I defied both of them, refraining myself from
the use of sweetie things in food that are not suppose to be
sweet like curry and chilli stuffs. I also reject Ajinomoto
to enhance the taste.
I put a lot of
garlic to blend with onions. It is the big onions that
sweetened the mixtures.
No wonder foods from
the Malay shops would push up blood sugar and foods from the
Indian shops do not.
I am not trying to
brag, boasting of my cooking prowess. how could I when I
only know of only ONE dish. But this one dish taste better
then the various morsels outside. And I can be sure it does
not contain poison like Ajinomoto and sugar.
My former Indonesian
maids survived on a boil egg and the pounded chillies. There
weren't extra dishes like gravy or vegetables soups. And
when I ate the pounded chillies and a boiled egg, the taste
was so yummy. You don't have to a be a champion chef to
prepare a delicious meal.
It does not take a
long time to prepare for any meal, not even an hour.
My Sambal Tumis are
of different varieties with different type of chillies. No
matter what they taste great.
Abdul Rahman Raof
Drone market is
commanded by China. The whole world spend billions for Mavic
Pro, Autel Evo, Xiami Fimi and other lesser aircrafts. Once
I thought Mavic was American as all the video clips I
watched depict American flyers. Vendors in different
countries behave differently, some selling low quality
batteries and clone drones.
Similarly I thought
Autel Evo was 100% American. But is is also a Chinese drone.
In less than a year
my Mavic simply dropped from the sky and broke to pieces.
Warranty is only a jargon. Autel dropped just 6' high and
the gimbal motor spoil.
Quality drones are
not cheap. 4 drones is equivalent to a small car in
Malaysia. I can afford to by a Mavic for a replacement but I
won't do it. I don't want to spend more money on something
that does not serve me, and I don't want to be trapped by
technological changes. Already I was told that dJI does not
support Mavic Pro anymore. They have Mavic Pro 2 in the
shelve and at a much higher price.
I have been in
amateur radio for more than 48 years. But I spend much less
than on my drones. I have to travel to take aerial pictures.
And when my Mavic crashed I threw RM5K down the drain. Ordering
Autel from United States cost me as much.
My strongest urge to
buy a drone was when I was about to visit the island of
Maldives. I saw plenty of footings taken in the area and I
was amaze with the beauty. I bought a Mavic Pro a week
before my trip. Three days later it crashed and the repair
took two weeks and I could not take it with me to Maldives.
Unlike the ham
radio, I can't fly the drone anytime I like and anywhere I
wish. In fact I have to think of a theme or to have
objectives for every flight. Panoramic scenes is one of the
themes. And they have to be at different places. There might
be more scenic beauties in Balkan than in Egypt.
Most videos I
noticed were on the various tests and capabilities of the
aircrafts. There were few efforts to capture fantastic
Like radio drone
movies can transmit understanding and culture to the other
communities. It depicts the vision and mentality of the town
and city planners, what people do and how they dress, the
current progress and achievements.
Like everything else
a drone pilot must have an ethic in himself to ensure the
privacy of the others, the safety of other commercial
aircrafts and to put a little effort to know the flight
paths of airplanes and the air force training flights.
China is making a
lot of cheap toy drones, easy to fly even by a 7 year old
kid, with the limitation of the height and distance. Kids
fly drones just like they fly kites. Adults are interested
in photography and aerial scenes.
I have a habit that
whenever I want to fly I would look for a place where there
is no people around. But at time there were observers who
would come around to ask a few questions; the price, the
range it can go, the height and the duration of the battery.
Kids usually asked about the distant and the height it can
To me I do not
believe in testing the prowess of the drone the maximum
distant it can go. Some people like to test the range. What
is important is how far it can fly forward in half of the
battery level. Autel Evo would show whether the flight time
will be 28, 27, 26 or 25. For 28 minutes it is better to fly
only 14 or 12 minutes. At times even after flying 10 minutes
there would be signal lost and the drone would return to the
home point. Other time it could still fly for the whole 28
minutes, depending on the antenna orientation and the band
condition. But if I fly the whole 28 or 26 minutes my drone
will not be able to come back to the starting point.
The radius of
between 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile would be ample for the
photographic session, almost enough to cover the complete
scenic view. Else you have to capture the location part by
As for the height it
is good enough to be between 100 to 300 feet. Wherever there
is no plane path and I need to ensure better antenna
reception I would push higher then 400 feet. This is vital
to fly and to capture the top of a small hill. It is safer
to fly low if your drone has all round obstacle avoidance
system. But you pay more for better technology.
I always told those
who asked about the price that
it was expensive go buy a good drone.
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1. I have not been
into my radio shack for quite some time. I do not know
what's going on the bands. At least I can say something when
old friends were to ask me about the current hams
activities. News about radio comes from the Facebook which I
rarely read them, except about the sickness and death of a
certain amateur operators I do not know of.
Outside the shack I
have a handy, a small Baofeng. It was yesterday and today I
tried to scan on the 2 meter band. I heard nothing. I
presume there was no activity on several repeaters either on
Kedah Peak (Gunung Jerai) or on the Elephant Hill (Gunung
Keriang). It could either be due to my insensitive Baofeng,
or simply people are not active.
Then I think of the
old hams. The living ones are Kamal Tan, Rajamani, Bahar,
Tan, Lim, Rusli, Au, Chow, Rashid and a few more others who
are missing from the band. If I were branded as a sombong
guy, how about the rest ?
As for me, I am just
scared of the 9Ws. Truly scared. And of a few rogue people
who used to disturb us when we were on the band. I guessed
these rogue people must have acquired the licence by now. It
was the 9Ws who had come on the band and told us what were
rights and what were wrongs on the SOP methods. Some even
giggles at us when we were talking among ourselves. I have
never come across such an insult since I became a ham in
1975. Till year 2002 things were still fine.
I heard that one or
two old hams were blaming and condemning me as well and
joined hands with the 9Ws. And these people are not heard
themselves at all. What happen ?
It is a pity.
2. Today is Friday.
I usually went to Majeed restaurant for a breakfast. The
price at Majeed is reasonable and the taste is good too.
Since I learn a little cooking, I tend to love my own for it
suits my taste. This morning I decided not to eat out but to
make a fried rice from the leftover Sambal Tumis and the
remaining rice I cooked last night.
Though it was
simple, the taste is suitable for me, better than many of
the food stalls.
Afterwards I may go
to Giant Supermarket to buy some fish and prawns for a week
3. Najib was trying
to explain the rm15 million given to hid lawyer. His
explanation was identical to what Shafiee gave us on his
RM9million fee. They are the same, fee over a period of
Whoever in the world
wants to work if monthly payment is not made. You can stand
a one month promise. Rakyat can't even wait for a year to
wait for PH's government promises. As soon as as PH won,
they immediately demanded for immediate prosperity.
As before Najib's
gang will start to forge documents.
He can explain but
it is up to us to believe. I won't believe a compulsive
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WHEN YOU DIE ALONE AND
It is a common
phenomena worldwide where people with family were living
alone by themselves and die alone without being known. Some
rot and some only discovered a few days later from the
pungent smell of the air by the passerby and the neighbours.
The young people
think they are strong and healthy but their parents always
know that they may fall sick and even die, and thus
encourage their siblings to get a spouse rather than leaving
alone. On the othet hand the young guys think that their
parents will die first.
Many single old
folks prefer to stay alone rather than living with their
kids. I don't. They have hurt me, not knowing their doings.
I talked to men and women of all races. We were of similar
views. Yesterday a friend told me about a Chinese mother who
fell and now hospitalized. She too live alone and does not
want to stay with her kids.
There is a price of
leading a solitary life. Freedom is traded with u known and
lonely death. If one is sick one can still struggle to call
for cab to seek medication. I would fall sick at least once
a year, the least it is flu and sometimes fever and
coughing. I would be horizontal for most of the days and
forced myself to go out for food at night.
But to me the trade
is worthwhile, for my mind is always free. Nobody forces me
do and think what I would not like and hate. And I am
willing to die alone and unknown.
I write about this
because I got a news that my school mate, a person I knew,
had just passed away and his death was discovered three days
later. I immediately messaged to my kids who are still
single and living alone. It is they themselves who can
decide on themselves.
Compared today to
yesteryears, there are more people die from stroke today,
aged between 40 to 80. In the old days death was at the old
age. When asked for the cause of the death, the old answers
were 'Sakit Tua'( aged disease ). Ageing was a form of
sickness that commonly took away life then.
My friend who died
was 72. I am also 72. At 40+ we thought we would be as
strong as ever and forever. Many of us do not want to figure
the future of ourselves.
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and professionals sometimes do not grow up with age and
qualifications. probably they think they are smart enough
and rich enough no matter what happen to the country. All
they care is for their own stomachs. And they think they are
PH party members are
the worst ever people I observed in my 72 years of my life,
as immature and myopic. They started to quarrel and show
their masteries soon after the people kicked BN out. They
are trying to show off and indirectly giving a strong
advantage to Najib and the opposition. It started with
Rafizi, followed by DAP Youth and later by Ram Karpal. Ram
Karpal blatantly showed that he was on the side of Najib
rather than the persecuting team. If he is matured enough,
he would have just stayed quiet. I noticed the DAP people
also fired at him in the social media.
Najib and BN saw
these conflicts and Najib even threw remarks on the
non-communication between Azmin and Lim Guan Eng. it was not
wrong for PAS to say that there is an effort to kick Tun
It is not wrong to
have differences but not at the time when dusts are not
underestimate BN's capability, did not realize that the
party has gain enough experience after 62 years in power.
They have strategists and thinkers and even private armies.
Putrajaya is not a
big place. It is imperative for the new government to meet
everyday for quick briefing and question and answers. It can
be 5, 10 or 20 minutes. Then these Ministers must dissipate
the outcome to the rest. And there must be a government's
When PH Ministers go
bonkers immediately he was blamed. That was not right. It
would be wise he should be called and his mistakes pointed
out and spell him the consequences of his action.
BN is using a lot of
tactical approaches unknown to PH like that of poking into
one's qualification. PH is dancing by BN's music till now.
PH could have sued anyone for accusing the PH members as a
liar. To whom did the person concern lie about his degree ?
Did he projected his qualification during his campaign ?
The Malays saw PH as
a party that will destroy them. The issue of UEC and Moorthy
were not a trivial matter. There was the issue of a
Christian cross on Penang's building that made them believe
that DAP is heading towards making Malaysia a Christian
The Malays were told
that Moorthy had told the United Nation that Indians are
being discriminated. To get access to universities and
government post they have to be Muslims. He does not
apologize for the lie and he is still a Minister. It was his
rhetoric that the Malays believe to cause Adib's death.
And the UEC is a
bold attempt to show that Chinese will follow Singapore's
Lee Kuan Yew's tactic in taking over the country. Social
media has been suggesting Lim Kit Siang as the Prime
Hence the support to
PH will dwindle. But the Malays being less stupid than the
other races do not foresee how Najib can escape from his
What is PH doing now
other than digging graves for themselves ?
Abdul Rahman Raof
humans and non-humans, Satan and Angels. You never know that
there is a human that is worst than the most sinister in the
universe, a specie unknown to human. That this specie is
known as Najib Abdul Razak.
He ate beef from
Japan. The poor ate their planted tapioca. He went on his
special made Jet plane and the natives had to walk miles and
miles. He had millions and billions, the poor had nothing.
But on the recent election campaign he visited the Orang
Asli's house and ate with them. After winning he
disappeared, now donning coat and tie, moved to court on
luxurious car. Then he started rolling again in Semenyeh
doing the same act.
He impoverished the
people and the nation but pointing fingers at the newly
formed government. He is telling the people that he is a
victim of a bad and cruel government.
But we never forget
how he can lie and lie denying he knew Saiful and Djo Lo
until he was cornered. He said he did not have the money
kept. He wanted to sue the foreign media for telling lies
about the money in his bank. Again, when proven, he took him
several months to come up with a donation story. When the
Saudi finally said it wasn't a donation he changed to say 'I
THOUGHT IT WAS A DONATION'.
To him lying was
nothing, a habitual routine. To him boasting of his
successes and his popularity was a fun that provided him
with happiness and satisfaction.
He is still trying
to act innocent on many matters including the death of
Morais, Najadi, Bala and Altantuya. Circumstantial denied
him. And many say he still have stashes of cash in foreign
God knows Najib well
and let him made his own choice, leaving him alone without
any guidance. And many of us know who is Najib. I have no
words to describe him. But let me tell you that even if he
is going to die in one minute's time, he will continue to
lie and corrupt.
I have learned the
bad and the worst of the Satan. But God hides from many of
us that there is a creation that is extremely despicable.
Abdul Rahman Raof
PREPARATION TO TAIWAN
Taiwan is only a few
hours away yet the March temperature will be between 14 to
18 degrees Celsius. I could don only a normal T-Shirt if
there is a sunshine without breeze. Coincidently the
supposed trip will be from 14th March to 18th March. It will
be three solid days of the tour. The company has not asked
for the full payment. But according to my friend it is a
At first I thought
of going to Kuala Lumpur on the 13th and put up a night
before the trip. The ETD, departure, will be at 2.25 pm. It
means I could fly on the same date from my home town by the
morning flight. Air Asia costs RM105. MAS might be RM250 for
the return ticket. Since I do put a night there, I can make
use of the money to choose MAS. It will be a little
convenience as far as the luggage is concern. I will be
bringing two bags with me, the backpacker and a medium sized
empty bag, just for 'in case' thing. I don't usually go
shopping during my trip.
The domestic ticket
will be purchased tomorrow.
And as usual, I
would buy a pair of new shoes. It has to be below RM80. The
sole must be rubber and thick with strong resistance to
slip. There are plenty at the night market but the sole is
too thin. I have to try at BATA shop, probably at Aman
Central. And in October I may be going to Africa. I might as
well look for for a couple of them and keep one for the
The long sleeve
shirts need to be ironed. I will do it when I am free and
put them aside till the departure date. There will be three
of them, 6 think T-Shirts and 3 T-Shirts with coillars, and
a pair of trousers. Those will fit one single bag.
There will be no
food, not even for super. During my last experience I did
not consume any and had to leave them in the hotel room.
But this time I will
quite a substantial sum for some electronic goods like the
ras-berry pie. I will think over about the FIMI S8SE drone,
a Xiomi drone priced at RM2K or USD500. I have ample time to
think about it.
From now till the
departure time, I can fantasize the fun and feel the joy. It
can make me forget all the sadness and misery.
Abdul Rahman Raof
HAPPINESS AND SADNESS
In me, I have both.
I tried to avoid sadness by completely put them off my mind,
erasing from my memory, names, words and images. Let them be
blank, a total blank. Not every effort to forget them were a
success. A person who had hurt me deeply never thought that
he or she has left a permanent deep scar deep in my heart,
kept on coming back as if nothing has happened.
Memory of ham radio
is painful and sad. Memory of my mother forced my tears down
the cheeks. Memory of my wife has both the sadness and
The happiest moment
of my life is freedom and living alone. Nobody questions my
choice of eating, doing, and travelling. I keep my home
according to my own standard, even on how to keep out
mosquitoes, how not to waste electricity and where to place
things that I always want to use. I don't even want to share
bathroom and toilet.
I have a TV where I
can watch 3D movies. And from time to time I would enjoy
myself with the technology. I made movies, edited them and
posted to the Youtube. I released my feeling through my
I learned many new
things that I never knew before, about the type of good rice
to cook, about using gas in the kitchen, about blending
stuffs and cook them. I enjoy them.
I find happiness by
giving as well, pittance to help the needy, who a few turned
out to be cheaters and scammers. I didn't become poorer by
them nor feeling miserable.
I always feel that
God is providing me with abundance, giving me a chance to
play with my drone of sorts.
I have a strings of
happiness these few days. My friend Rusli came to visit me
and we went to Pedu dam where I could capture some panoramic
view of the area, And experience a punctured tire that I had
had wanted to change and being helped by the policemen. We
were in the middle of the juggle at a very isolated part of
Yesterday I was able
to capture a game of soccer match between my state and
another team, and I made several Youtube videos on the
match. My Sambal Tumis I made today tasted so good and I
enjoyed my meals very much.
I know I have the
balance between happiness and sadness. My age will decide
for my favour.
Abdul Rahman Raof
THE MALAYS HAVE GONE
We booked a trip to
Taiwan. It is supposed to be from 14th to 18th of March. To
date we have no confirmation yet and the agent still does
not ask us to pay the full payment. It scared me a little as
there had been to many scams these days on the tour and
pilgrimage schemes. The last was less then a couple of weeks
ago where 120 people were stranded at KLIA airport as the
agent did not turn out and the plane booking did not happen.
The Malays have gone
bonkers and proudly and happily cheating and stealing around
in the open and walk freely around without shame and
conscience. My own student asked RM650 from me and didn't
even say a word once the money was cashed in her account.
I hope the trip
materialize. We paid RM600 for the booking fee.
I feel that the
authorities are sleeping. Some are waiting for public
reports instead of taking to investigate matters when
published in the media.
Today there are
hundreds of Malay travel agencies especially on the trips to
Mecca. On every other year we heard of the scam, people
stranded and their money went missing. We did not hear of
the arrest nor court hearings.
The Taiwan trip was
booked by my radio friend online. I do not know this company
at all unlike the POTO, SAFIRGOTRAVEL, ANDALUSIA or ARBA.
For many years I travelled with RELIANCE before. The
popularity of the Muslim travel is only the availability of
the Halal food.
You see the average
daily cost is about RM1K a day. To places like Africa and
USA it is about RM2K. That's a lot. You won't spend that
much if you were to go by yourselves. Try to configure the
profit. Hence the income is very lucrative. A RM10K trip
could bring in a million if they can haul in 100 people.
That will attract more people to be scammers.
But I still have
faith in the coming trip. The quick confirmation facilitate
my domestic flight booking from Alor Setar to KLIA and
return. Or the next time I will have to do seek the
Abdul Rahman Raof
OUR CAR PUNCTURED AT
PEDU CATCHMENT AREA
It has been more
than 20 years that I did not visit the Pedu damn in Northern
Peninsular Malaysia. I waited for my ham radio buddy, Rusli
to make a trip to my home, to make a go to the area again.
The damn provide irrigation to the paddy land in the
Northern state of Malaya. In facts several hills were used
for several damns with different names.
Rusli arived my
hometown on February 12, 2019. I told him that we would be
going to Pedu, a place in the Northeast of Kedah state, on
the 13, a day after his arrival.
At about 9.00 am we
went for breakfast and pushed off to Kuala Nerang. I brought
my drone to capture the water catchment scenes. We followed
the signboard when we reached Kuala Nerang at about 11.30
am. It was really a hot day. The signboard said "PEDU
RESORT'. That's just the place we loved to see.
The car climbed the
hill as we were moving about 30 minutes later. We had to
cover more than 30 km more before arriving Pedu.
Somewhere on the
hilltop surrounded by thick forest, there was some funny
sound from the car as we climbed the hill. I thought it was
the road. Rusli thought it was an engine. At almost a flat
area we pulled off. I went out of the car and saw the right
tire was almost broken to pieces. We opened up the spare
tire which was much smaller than the main. I found
equipments were not in the box. There were only the wrench
and the jack. I had a strong suspicion that the Produa Dua
worker at the service centre must have been doing some hanky
panky stuff. I lost several things before this.
Somehow Rusli was
strong enough to force the four screws to rotate. We changed
the tire but to our frustration there was no air. The sun
was blazing on our heads. About 100 meters away we saw
somewhat like a house. Rusli rushed to get help. But there
wasn't anyone in it. Down below he saw two cars near the
lake and people were fishing. Rusli approached them asking
for a pump. There wasn't any. We decided to wait and stop
for the passing cars.
We tried to stop
several cars. Nobody stopped. There was a small lorry that
was going down to the lake but telling us that they do not
have the pump with them. About 10 minutes later I waved for
a car to stop. When it stopped we saw that it was a police
car, a Kancil, with two plain cloth police. We narrated our
problem. The police did not carry the pump too but decided
to try their spare tire. We found it was too big.
They said they would
take the tire back to the police station and where ever they
could fill in the air. Happily we thank the two policemen
for the deed and went down to the lake side to find some
shade. I took the opportunity to capture the scene while
45 minutes later we
went up to our car, expecting for the police to arrive.
It was about 1.30
pm they came back and fixed the tire. We thanked them
profusely and I gave them the pittance for the whole hard
work which they rejected. Rusli asked for their names. We
could remember Officer Fendi, a young policeman. The other
one was a Sergeant something that I have forgotten the name.
We decided to
quit the venture and heading for home with a spare tire on
the front right portion of the car. About 200 meters we
stopped for a photography and then slowly proceeded for
At 3 pm we arrived
town, went to change both of the front tires.
I will write a
letter to the area police HQ to thank the two officers for
their good deeds, service and positive attitudes.
Abdul Rahman Raof