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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Waze is better than Google Maps is better than Waze


So Waze is asking me to walk 41 minutes around town to get to a place that is a straight shot down an alley with no obstructions and Google Maps suggests a sightseeing trip off the main street.

Sometimes (quiet often) actually, I drive around the planet to get to a place, but I get there without help. Might still be faster than following these two apps. 

Monday, May 15, 2023

Some Rules are Hard to Follow


Snapped this in a mall over the weekend. Some of these rules make sense (No smoking is ok, since all malls are non-smoking here, so just an emphasis). Not canoodeling with pony-tailed girls in the washroom is questionable. 

However, not urinating in a toilet is a stretch even for a German, which would typically just follow orders...

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Cheers! in Malaysia's oldest Bar / Pub


Ipoh is home of the fabled white coffee. And the bar / pub that currently holds the record as being the oldest in the country. The Sinhalese Bar is perched on the corner opposite Concubine Lane, which makes is a great spot to veer to when exploring the town centre. 

Step through the Cowboy Saloon doors and feel home in an instant: Friendly guests and staff will immediately engage in a conversation, adding you to the family of patrons. Have a cold beer, as advertised outside and kick back for a while as you step back into a time before fancy cocktails, dry ice effects and hipster juices. 


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Day Trip to Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village


Step back in time, get a different perspective! On the outskirts of Ipoh, Malaysia, one will find the Qing Xin Ling Leisure & Cultural Village. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes just about two hours to drive there and it is easily accessible. 

Went on Saturday morning, the place is easy to find and very accessible. The free parking is a plus. 

And it is a tremendous amount of fun, totally worth the admission fee! The "village" offers a glimpse into the days past of Malaysia, highly informative and entertaining. Luckily, it is not as stiff and formal as a museum. 

With the various examples of cultural heritage scattered around, it also becomes highly "interactive" as one gets to experience how things work, for instance pulling a rikshaw. One has to bring the inner child to have fun though. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Learned Nothing


(Original picture taken by me while on the way to work. This is on Federal Highway heading towards KLCC. We were all stuck in a jam, so my car wasn't moving at the time of the snap)

Apparently, the pandemic has allowed us to re-evaluate some things. The spread of the Corona virus was to be stemmed by taking simple precautions. Here I find myself wondering about this as I observe:

- People standing so close to me when they line up for anything that they are competing with my clothes for skin contact

- Food sellers don't wear masks. Their customers do. I already have a small issue with the vendors handling money, then the produce, then scratch their behind, smoke while they hover over the goods....

- What is it with these buttons we now have to press to open doors instead of motion sensors? 

- A nearby supermarket sells frozen beef / lamb / chicken cubes. There are thongs to handle the meats. Of course, some fella is in the freezer, up to his shoulders and grappling EVERY single bit of frozen meat with his bare hands....

- Rubbish everywhere, of the mask type. Since when is it ok to just throw your used face mask into the street. Oh wait, yes, we like a good flooding and clogging up the drains will help. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Final Check

These are the Ozalids for the latest issues of Asian Trucker and Asian Buses. These are print-outs, in two formats, on different paper. This is to show the colours of the final print (Let's not get too technical as I know that there will be differences with the print is going to be on the actual paper etc) and to find the last tiny mistakes. 

Even though we look at the material over and over, we still find the nastiest mistakes only in the print-out. Bizarrely, one does not "see" the mistakes when looking at a PDF. 

Once each of these pages is checked, they are signed and send back to the printer. And that marks the start of the actual printing process of the magazines. It is also always a very elating feeling as this concludes the work on one issue, whereby each is unique, with a lot of heart and soul injected. It is also the starting point for the creation of the next issues. 

Friday, April 7, 2023

Unusual Menu Items


Ended up in a small town near to the Taman Negara national park. During Ramadan, the best bet is to steer to Chinese restaurants before 6pm to have dinner. Many other places might be closed or are extremely busy with those waiting to break their fast during their festive month (We found McDonalds closed during lunch. We assume a lack of customers during this time). 

Apparently, the Fish Lips Soup is a thing. One would cut off the lips, dry them, then make soup with it, adding other ingredients. We were later told that this restaurant was once famous for Monkey Head Soup. Well, they could keep that, no interest. Same goes for Sharkfin Soup. Personally, never understood the hype about it as it is a dish that you HAVE to add vinegar to in order to give it some taste. 

Among the other, rather delicious, dishes we had was the coconut flower soup. Something never seen before, but stunningly nice: