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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 last minute.

 

I 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.

The 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.

As for food, I only like two restaurants, the Alibaba and the Thai food.

   

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.

I think China is a much better place.

 

20/03/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

MORALITY

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.

We 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 their goals.

To 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.

11/03/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

SAVAGE

A 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'.

The 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 repair.

I 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.

We toiled the soil in a newly found land, and grow new plants and fruits.

A savage is a savage. The minds and habits remain.

11/03/2019 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.

 

10/03/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

MY CLASHED WITH POLY ENGINEERS

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 results.

I was not wrong. They performed badly. Today anybody can become the head of those schools.

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 a mentality.

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 metallurgy ?

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.  

 

08/03/2019 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.

Unlike the 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 party.

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 Malays.

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.

03/03/2019 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 fraternity.

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 personal affairs.

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 Coronation camp.

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 ticket.

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 also.

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 each day.

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.

 

03/03/2019 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.

28/02/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

FLYING DRONES 

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 scenic views.

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 cover.

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 part.

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.

27/02/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

JUST PONDERING 

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 of cooking.

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 service.

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 liar.

22/02/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

WHEN YOU DIE ALONE AND UNKNOWN 

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.

21/02/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

IMMATURE 

Lawyers, engineers 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 already great.

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 Mahathir out.

It is not wrong to have differences but not at the time when dusts are not settled yet.

PH members 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 spoke person.

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 country.

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 Minister.

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 crime.

What is PH doing now other than digging graves for themselves ?

20/02/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

GOD'S CREATION

God  made 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 banks.

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.

18/02/2019 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 confirmed visit.

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 later use.

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.

18/02/2019 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 happiness.

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 blog.

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 the world.

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.

17/02/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof

THE MALAYS HAVE GONE BONKERS

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 adventure alone/

16/02/2019 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 waiting.

 

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 home.

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.

12/02/2019 Abdul Rahman Raof