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Tok Tan’s Clan family day at Sarang by the Brook 

12 Sep 18

Last weekend, joined the rest of my wife’s extended family (Tok Tan’s clan) – all 40 of us, for a get-together at Sarang by the Brook at Kuala Kubu Bahru.

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What is the origin of the name of Batu Ferringhi in Penang 

12 Sep 18

How Malaysian are you #3? When I first visited Penang, I stayed at one of the hotels on Batu Ferringhi and was quite curious as to how the place got the name.

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What is the origin of the name ‘Bukit Nanas’? 

12 Sep 18

How Malaysian are you #4? Most commentators on my FB page guessed correctly, Bukit Nanas is so named because it once had a lot of pineapples covering it.

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Post GST and the Business Crooks 

21 Jun 18

After the new Malaysian Government announced the removal of GST, a lot of people were happy, hoping that prices would go down and people would have more money to spend overall.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife 

15 Jun 17

I was looking for a pocket knife that was not too bulky and could be attached to my car keys for everyday carry (EDC).

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What is the oldest recorded Kingdom in the Malaysian peninsula? 

15 May 17

This is the 2nd quiz question I ran on my Facebook page.

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Name the only Malaysian state which was once ruled by a Queen? 

10 May 17

Many of my Malaysian friends are quite surprised when they find out that I know so many obscure fact about Malaysia even though I was not born here.

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Call for Fatwa against terrorism 

9 Apr 17

Was shocked when I read about the church bombings in Egypt which have left 43 dead and more than 100 injured.

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Renting a house – the only option for now. 

8 Apr 17

Sometimes I find that many from the Baby Boomer generation are quite clueless with some of the issues that the current generation face.

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Wondering about the ancients – nine planets, flying chariots and WMDs 

18 Jan 17

Yesterday my daughter was complaining about her boring history classes and asking me tips on how to remember dates and names.

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End of year road trip 

4 Jan 17

We recently went on one of the longest road trips I have ever driven.

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Seiko SNKN01K1 watch unboxing 

21 Oct 16

Note: This article was previously posted on Adamok.

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I want Happy Ads 

21 Jul 16

I have had a pet peeve for quite a while but I cannot keep in in any longer.

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Why I like vintage watches? 

20 Jul 16

This was a question in Quora which made me think about the watches I collect.

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Are millennials to blame? 

24 Mar 16

When people talk about millennials, most of the time you never hear any thing positive.

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Zika virus, Microcephaly and Larvicides 

15 Feb 16

According to a group of Argentinean doctors, larvicides and not the Zika virus is the cause of Brazil’s Microcephaly outbreak.

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Gated communities and Nepali guards 

7 Jan 16

Right outside our front gate we have 2 Nepali security guards manning a temporary gate.

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Adele Hello video memes 

9 Nov 15

Adele won’t stop calling me.

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Advice on buying watches below $500 

10 Oct 15

As some of my close friends and family members are aware, I am a big fan of watches – mechanical or battery powered, analog or digital, it does not matter.

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KLIA 2 vs Sydney airport 

2 Sep 15

Just got back from Sydney.

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Classics – Love Hurts – Nazareth with Munich Philharmonic Orchestra 

20 Aug 15

One of my old time favs.

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Water quality 

20 May 15

Everyone we know here in Malaysia has water filters installed in their houses – normally a big one outside and another one inside.

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New upcoming movies I am looking forward to 

21 Apr 15

Quite excited with all these fantastic movies coming out soon.

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Just another day 

7 Mar 15

Yes! It is that day of the year again – my birthday.

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Efneo – 3-speed front bicycle gearbox 

5 Feb 15

While biking regularly to work in the UK, I can’t tell you the countless issues I had with my front derailleur.

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Pavements and cycling paths in Malaysia 

24 Dec 14

Pavements are non-existent near my current house and we have to watch out for cars and motorbikes as our gate opens up to a busy main road.

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Non-payment of loans by older generation hurting the future generations 

5 Nov 14

It is a bad time to be a fresh University student in Malaysia today.

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A sad day and why I will not ride a motorcycle 

24 Oct 14

As I was driving to work this morning I noticed this motorcycle weaving in and out between traffic and driving quite fast.

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Back in Malaysia 1: Housing and Driving 

8 Oct 14

After eight years in the UK, we packed our bags and moved back to Malaysia.

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Israel and Palestine 

13 Jul 14


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Vintage Swiss Army ladies watch 

6 Jul 14

This is one of my eBay bargain finds.

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The end of cycling to work 

5 Jul 14

Finally sold off my vintage Falcon bike .

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Replacing my Swatch watch strap 

21 Jun 14

A couple of weeks back, I posted about the easiest way to upgrade the look of your watch – by changing the strap.

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West Midlands Safari Park – 3rd Visit 

16 May 14

This was our 3rd visit to the Safari Park – this time with my sis-in-law and her family.

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Tired of your old watch: Change the strap 

15 May 14

Unlike some crazy watch collectors who have several watches, many people normally have one beater watch which they wear everyday.

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The Royal Enfield Continental GT [Video] 

12 May 14

From Ace Cafe, London to Madras Café, Chennai.

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Caludon Castle and St George 

27 Apr 14

The answer to ” Where in Coventry 3 ?” post is Caludon Castle in Caludon Castle park in Wyken.

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Trip to the highlands 2013 – 3: Isle of Skye 

22 Apr 14

Around this time last year, we were driving around the Scottish highlands.

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Swatch Irony Filamento Multicolore ladies watch 

21 Apr 14

This nice Swatch Irony Aluminium FILAMENTO MULTICOLORE REF.

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Where in Coventry 3 

20 Apr 14

How well do you know Coventry? This is my 3rd edition of Where in Coventry Came across these ruins in a park.

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Swatch Irony Chrono – Freezing Rain 

14 Apr 14

Here is my latest eBay find – a vintage Swatch watch from their Spring/summer 2000 collection, which means that this watch is more than 13 years old.

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Video: The mysterious black box 

7 Apr 14

Really innovative.

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Changing batteries on my daughter’s Casio MQ-24 watch 

6 Apr 14

The battery on my daughters’s first watch which I bought for her on Amazon, has run out.

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Palace of the Golden Horses Malaysia 

17 Feb 14

Some pics from my short stay at the hotel.

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Yuna – one of 20 artists to listen to in 2014 

9 Jan 14

The Huffington Post lists Malaysian singer Yuna (real name is Yunalis Mat Zara’ai) as one of the top 20 artists to listen to in 2014.

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Carlos Santana’s magic – Samba pa ti 

7 Jan 14

Samba pa ti is colloquial Spanish for “Samba para ti” which simply means “Samba for you”.

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Dancing to Jon Bon Jovi 

23 Nov 13

Old video of Jeremy Fry’s crazy dance on YouTube pushes Jon Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to the number 25 spot in Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Donate to my Movember Page 

7 Nov 13

I have never had a moustache my whole life, partly due (maybe mostly) to genetic reasons.

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Free electric blanket safety testing in Coventry 

29 Sep 13

Local charity Age UK Coventry is offering free electric blankets and utility safety testing.

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Miss America Twitter storm 

18 Sep 13

When this year’s Miss America results were announced, it resulted in a Twitter storm from a lot of unhappy Americans.