Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Salt H1

SPYDERCO DRAGONFLY 2 SALT H-1 RUSTPROOF YELLOW FRN FOLDING KNIFE C28PYL2

The Spyderco Dragonfly 2 is now being offered with an H-1 blade option, called the Dragonfly2 Salt.  What makes the Dragonfly a bestseller is its mid-sized blade, ergonomic handle with a front-finger choil and a spine cusp.  Its blade-to-handle geometry and leveraging points fill a gripping hand, making it feel like you’re cutting with a much larger knife.  Its FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handle is molded with a grip pattern called Bi-Directional Texturing’ that ergonomically fills the hand with a series of angles and leveraging spots and is available in Marine Yellow. 

The addition of textured jimping on the choil, spine and screw-together handle construction and a left/right tip-up wire clip make pocket carry effortless andi convenient.  Precise positioning of the enlarged Spyderco Round Opening Hole in relation to the pivot makes opening/closing smooth.  Hollow-ground for high cutting performance.

Specifications

  • Length overall 5.563 ” (141 mm)
  • Blade length 2.25 ” (57 mm)
  • Blade steel H-1 (Rustproof)
  • Length closed 3.313 ” (84 mm)
  • Cutting edge 1.875 ” (48 mm)
  • Weight 1.2 oz. (34 g)
  • Blade thickness 0.093 ” (2.5 mm)
  • Handle material: Yellow FRN
  • Made in Japan

SPYDERCO DRAGONFLY 2 2.29″ K390 BLUE FRN FOLDING KNIFE C28FP2K390

Originally released in 1994, the Dragonfly was one of Spyderco’s original lightweight knives and helped to introduce the use of injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handles. We’ve always taken great pride in our efforts to push the envelope of performance by offering exotic blade steels in our knives. With that spirit in mind, we are proud to offer the Dragonfly 2 Lightweight with a blade crafted from K390.

Manufactured by Böhler-Uddeholm, K390 MICROCLEAN® is a state-of-the-art cold work tool steel produced by the particle metallurgy process. Its advanced alloy mix was specifically developed to provide the extreme wear resistance and high compressive strength needed in industrial cutting, blanking, and punching operations. Despite its toughness, its exceptionally fine, homogeneous microstructure also makes it readily machinable and easy to heat treat.

Collectively, these qualities make K390 an outstanding blade material for true steel connoisseurs.

  • Overall Length 5.62″ (143mm)
  • Blade Length 2.29″ (58mm)
  • Steel Böhler-Uddeholm, K390 MICROCLEAN® (65 HRC)
  • Closed Length 3.33″ (85mm)
  • Edge Length 1.88″ (48mm)
  • Weight 1.2oz (34g)
  • Blade Thickness 0.098″ (2.5mm)
  • Handle FRN
  • Clip Position Ambi
  • Tip Carry Position Tip-Up
  • Lock Type Back Lock
  • Grind Full-Flat
  • Origin Japan

License

Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

Photo – The Formation of Clouds

Taken using Samsung Note 10+ in night shot

One of my hobbies is photography; however, I do not own a good camera with all the sophisticated accessories to supplement my desire. My handphone was the one who captured mostly all the photos – & currently I am using Samsung Note 10+ and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Shooting the skylines for cloud formation, sunrise, sunset, tall buildings, are one of my favourites apart from capturing the formation of natures, mountains, and anything that can help me to remember the moments during my travel. I have tons of photos that I have not shared that are kept in my ‘storage’.

Taken using Samsung Note 10+ in normal shot

Looking at some postings within the WordPress.com communities, I have decided to include some of my photo collections in this blog to ensure that memories are not forgotten, not discarded, and not accidentally “erased”.

For a start, the above shot was taken in front of my house just after sunset. The formation of clouds by the Creator of the Universe.

PS. Will try to share my photo sharing twice a week or at least once a week.

WorkTuffGear : Campo (Bushcraft/Survival Blade)

WorkTuffGear Campo SK85

Campo comes with a Scandi grind blade, and it is perfect for tall types of bushcraft tasks; from making a feather stick to food preparation.

The blade is made of SK85 high carbon steel and is being carefully heat treated and tempered to 56-58RC. Scandi grind with Micro convex edge will provide a better strength on the edge retention. Solid pommel will allow you to break or hammer hard shell nuts in the field. A large finger choil will allow for a finger to safely grip the blade while working on some detail-cutting job.

90-degree spine will help to start the fire with the fire steel much more efficiently. The 3D machined G10 handle is removable for cleaning or replacement. The handle is rounded for more comfortable gripping and doesn’t cause any hot spot.

Handmade Kydex material for handling all types of situations in the field, and it’s easy to clean. Each sheath comes with a custom belt loop.

Specs

  • Knife Type: Fixed Blade with skeleton tang
  • Knife construction: Full tang
  • Overall Length: 11.8″
  • Blade Length: 6.5″
  • Cutting Edge: 6.5″
  • Blade Thickness:: 0.196″
  • Type of grind: Sabre grind with the convex edge
  • Blade Shape: Drop point
  • Blade Steel: Japanese SK85 RC 56-58 w/ double temper
  • Blade Finish: Splatter finish
  • Handle Material: 3D machined G10
  • Knife Weight: 14 oz
  • Weight with Sheath: 18 oz
  • Sheath Included: Yes
  • Sheath Material: Black Kydex

Spyderco Stretch 2: Straight Spine Lightweight

SPYDERCO STRETCH 2 LT STRAIGHT SPINE 3.43″ K390 BLUE FRN FOLDING KNIFE C90FP2K390

Savvy outdoorsmen prefer knives that get the job done without having to stop for sharpening. For these discriminating end users, Spyderco supercharged our venerable Stretch 2 folding hunting knife with the unparalleled edge retention of a K390 tool steel blade. Its full-flat grind ensures outstanding edge geometry, and the high-traction Bi-Directional Texture pattern of its signature blue FRN handle guarantees a secure grip, even in cold, wet hands.

  • Overall Length: 8.14″ (207mm)
  • Blade Length: 3.43″ (87mm)
  • Steel: K390
  • Closed Length: 4.71″ (120mm)
  • Edge Length: 2.97″ (75mm)
  • Weight: 3.7oz (105g)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118″ (3.0mm)
  • Handle: FRN
  • Clip Position: Ambi
  • Tip Carry Position: 4-position
  • Lock Type: Back Lock
  • Grind: Full-Flat
  • Origin: Japan

SPYDERCO STRETCH 2 LIGHTWEIGHT 3.43″ VG-10 FRN FOLDING KNIFE C90PBK2

C90PBK2 Stretch™ 2 Lightweight

The Stretch 2 is a highly refined folding hunting knife and the latest generation in a lineage of cutting tools that has spanned more than three decades. Based on detailed feedback from countless hardcore outdoorsmen, Spyderco’s folding hunters have steadily evolved since the release of the original C03 Hunter™ in 1983. The Stretch 2 is a direct reflection of that real-world input and represents the pinnacle of the breed.

The heart of the Stretch 2 is its VG-10 stainless steel blade. Full-flat ground for exceptional edge geometry, it features a drop-point profile that excels at all field-dressing tasks. Its fully accessible Trademark Round Hole™ allows easy one-handed opening with either hand and proudly identifies the knife as a Spyderco product.

For increased leverage and greater comfort in large hands, the injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) handle has been lengthened and its ergonomics fine tuned. The result is a highly refined handle shape that provides extraordinary control and reduces fatigue during prolonged use. Its Bi-Directional Texturing™ guarantees a secure grip, even when wet, and is complemented by a deep index-finger choil (finger groove) for an enhanced purchase with a “choked up” grip. These refinements complement a four-position pocket clip, sturdy back lock mechanism, and signature Round Hole to make the Stretch 2 fully ambidextrous and ready for the toughest challenges.

  • Overall Length: 8.14″ (207 mm)
  • Blade Length: 3.43″ (87 mm)
  • Steel: VG-10
  • Closed Length: 4.71″ (120 mm)
  • Edge Length: 2.97″ (75 mm)
  • Weight: 3.7 oz (105 g)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.118″ (3.0 mm)
  • Handle: FRN
  • Clip Position: Ambi
  • Tip Carry Position: 4-position
  • Lock Type: Back Lock
  • Grind: Full-Flat
  • Origin: Japan

Tour De Peninsular Malaysia – The Adventure Rides (2015) – Second Leg – Thailand to Singapore

Day 13 – 13 February 2015 (66 KM) – Kedah

The first leg of Tour De Peninsula Malaysia was completed on 11 February 2015. We covered the States of Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Perak, Penang, Kedah and Perlis. Total distance covered was about 1100km. We took a rest at Hat Yai, Thailand for 2 days under the “mentoring” of Allahyarham Bro Ronn Rahmani, who has been very helpful and importantly, as a brotherly figure to us. He showed us around Hat Yai and shared his bike touring knowledge and experiences. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bro Ronn for being patient with us, and May Allah always give His blessings to him and his family members. The taglines, “Open Normally” and “Service by yourselves for breakfast”!; will always made us remember him – “Allahummaghfirli wa lahu wa’qibni minhu ‘uqba hasanah – O Allah, forgive me and him and give me from him a good substitute”, InShaAllah.

We left Hat Yai at 9.30am after breakfast and took a well-deserved rest at Sadao. We crossed the border via Danoq – Bukit Kayu Hitam, and ride our way to Changlun, Kedah. We arrived at 2.30pm and managed to get a room at Changlun Hotel. As usual the weather was hot but the wind was on our back and that helped a lot. A good rest was needed before we begun the 2nd leg of our journey back to Singapore via the East Coast of Malaysia (Coastal Routes). Before that, we have a major task to do; to cross the border of Perak and Kelantan via Gerik Highway – EastWest Highway.

Goodbye Thailand, welcomed Malaysia (Second Leg).

Day 14 – 14 February 2015 (112 km) – Kedah

We left Changlun at 7.15am. After an hour ride along Sungai Petani, we met up with Bro Eid Sidek Eid, the Penghulu Border as he was known to many, and his wife for breakfast. We had a good chat and lots of tips were shared before continuing our journey via kampong routes to escape the traffic and hot weather. It really helped us a lot eventhough we faced undulating hills til we reached our destination, Sik. We passed by scenic views, rivers and Lake Beris. We stopped at one of the rivers we encountered for a quick dip. We finally reached Sik at 4.30pm, covering a distance of 112km. We managed to find a place to sleep at Teratak Puteri Maryam. The owner gave us a huge discount too! Well, it will be a laundry day and eat in for us tonight; and a night “adventures”.

Day 15 – 15 February 2015 (88 km) – Perak

One of the toughest ride we encountered. It was a day of climbs! Undulating hills welcomed us from the start of the journey from Sik, Kedah, til we arrived at Gerik, Perak at 5.15pm. The weather was also against us! The heat was unbearable! This was just the beginning! More to come tomorrow and the day after.

We retired at Gerik, Perak at Sri Inai Inn. We met another new samaritan and became friend, Fadhly Samshir, a Johorean who worked at Gerik. He was very helpful. In fact, we attended his marriage in Batu Pahat in 2015, about 4 months after the trip. Now he has a child. Thank you so much for giving us a precious helping hand, during the trip.

Day 16 – 16 February 2015 (48 km) – Perak

Crossing the Timur Barat (EastWest) Highway was not a joke, however, as we had prepared, it went smoothly. Infact yesterday routes were more tougher. We retired at Mohamad Shah Isa Resort at Tasik Banding. Some facts to take note.

  • The 215 km Gerik Highway, also known as the East-West Highway was built to shorten the journey from Kota Bharu, Kelantan to northwestern towns and cities of Malaysia such as Alor Star, Kedah and Penang. The highway connects Gerik, Perak in the west to Jeli, Kelantan in the east, before being extended further to Lunas, Kedah. (Wikipedia).
  • Dataran Juang Tentera Darat was erected to honour the sacrifices of members of the armed forces, particularly the 116 soldiers who died fighting Communist insurgency.
  • Temenggor Lake is the second largest lake in Peninsula Malaysia after Kenyir Lake in Terengganu. This man-made lake was created after the construction of Temenggor Dam to generate electric power.
  • Banding Island (Pulau Banding) is a man-made Island inside Temenggor Lake. More than two decades ago before Banding or even Temenggor Lake ever existed, a number of rivers from the mountain ranges flowed into the Temenggor lowlands and gorges, creating a huge catchment area. While serving as a source of water supply to the neighbouring villages and “Orang Asli” (indigenous people) settlements, this rich source of food and water supply attracted the communist terrorists to the area. In 1974, then Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak, had an ingenious plan to flush out the communists by building a dam and filling up the Temenggor catchment area with water from the mountain rivers.  Thus the Temenggor lake was formed. As a consequence, Banding (the highest peak in the Temenggor basin) was transformed into an island.  With the East-West highway running through the island, Banding is the only island in Malaysia that is serviced by two bridges linking it to the mainland – Lake Temenggor Bridges.  As for the communist terrorists, they were summarily flushed out of the catchment area and were forced to flee to southern Thailand. (Perak.info)

Temenggor Lake and Banding Island were not new to me as I have been here a few times. I even had the opportunities to take a boat round the Lake, did Islands hopping and managed to see the gigantic Temenggor Dam, during my trip to ascend Gunung Hulu Sepat (a Mountain in Kelantan near the border of Perak). Now I have added another mode of transportations to be here – I rode a bicycle.. hehe.

For the record, we did returned here with Rasidi and Moors with our bicycles, started from Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, and ended in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Day 17 – 17 February 2015 (79 km) – Kelantan

Another big climb! The routes we took from Sik – Gerik – Lake Temenggor – Jeli, were the toughest so far. That was the reason why we broke it down into 3 parts; to ensure that we had a complete rest before the climb. We also enjoyed rolling down the hills! At one stage, the max speed touched 60.9 km! To reach the Titiwangsa summit standing at 1062m above sea-level, was a personal achievement for everyone of us. After more than 10 years of planning, we finally done it riding touring bikes with loads. We strongly believed that Kaiser Mors was the only rider at that moment that had done it using a fat bike! What an achievement! It doesn’t matter how long we took; the Santai atmosphere still burning in us! Ride, ample rest, ride, more rest, “teh O ice limau”, rest, sleep! We left Temenggor Lake at 7.15am and reached Jeli at 4.30pm.

We had coffee at air Banun Rest Area. We took many pictures at Titiwangsa Rest Stop, the highest ridable routes before descending down. We stayed at Rimba Kasih Cafe & Budget Room.

Day 18 – 18 February 2015 (94 km) – Terengganu

Today, most of the routes were all flats except for some occasional climbs. As per norm, we left Jeli, Kelantan at 7.20am. After 20km, we stopped at Air Lanas to have our breakfast. We tried nasi kerabu. The Pantai Barat/Timur Highway was quite busy. It may be because of the eve of Chinese New Year. We stopped by a small foodstall 12km before the states border to quench our thirst and had some fried bananas. We crossed the border between Kelantan and Terengganu at exactly 2.25pm. We stopped by at Jerteh, Besut for lunch. Upon paying the cost for lunch, the owner, Kak Su told us that she would spend us lunch! We were quite taken aback, as she refused to accept anything from us. All we could said, was “thank you so much and may Allah repays all your deeds and increase your wealth, Ameen “. We then decided to stay at Jerteh instead of Kuala Besut. Finally we managed to get a good deal for a lovely and beautiful Irnifanna Homestay from Bro Azni, who was a teacher in profession. It was 4 pm on our watch.

Day 19 – 19 February 2015 (106 km) – Terengganu

Flat road all the way to Kuala Terengganu. In the morning, we took a scenic kampong routes and saved as much as 10km. Then it was all the way coastal routes. The first East Coast beach we encountered was Penarek Beach. The weather was so hot that we stopped on a few occasions to cool down.The traffic approaching Kuala Terengganu was busier even though it was a holiday. We stepped into Kuala Terengganu at exactly 4pm. We retired at the Dorm, after most of the guesthouses were fully booked.

Day 20 – 20 February 2015 (140 km) – Terengganu

The journey from Kuala Terengganu to Cukai was quite a distance – 140km. The road was flat with occasional climbs. The weather was not that hot and we could feel the tailwinds pushing us on some occasion. Along Kg Gong Balai we met a group of bike tourers from Kuala Lumpur who were heading towards Dungun. A pleasant surprise awaited us when our lunch was paid for by a stranger who was quite shocked when we told him about our trip. On our arrival at Chukai Town, we were welcomed by Bro Muhd Syafiq Aiman who had kindly reserved a room at Gold Star Hotel.

Day 21 – 21 February 2015 (122 km) – Pahang

It was a day to remember ; a day where we completed all the 11 States of Peninsula Malaysia. Unofficially, we have completed our trip to visit all the States; officially, we have not completed the round trip. Today we really did a santai ride from Kemaman Cukai, Terengganu to Pekan, Pahang, “Bandar Di Raja”. We were welcomed by Bro Zaini Abdullah who anticipated us about 29km to Kuantan. He then led us to see historical sites in Kuantan. After lunch, we revisited Sepat Beach to relax. We took the kampong routes and exited via Kg Ubai. We arrived at Pekan at 5.30pm. However, looking for an accommodation was not an easy task. At last, we managed to locate the Chief’s Rest House.

Some information of Pahang for a good read.

  • Pahang State History: A Review of the Published Literature and Existing Gaps by ABu Talib Ahmad
  • The oldest Tropical Rain Forest in the world can only be found in Malaysia, and the best place to discover its secret is none other than the state of Pahang. Taman Negara( The National Park), the only park in the world that can lay claim to keeping the original Tropical Rain Forest, undisturbed since 130 million years ago.
  • According to local lore, a flowering plant named Bunga Pekan used to grow wild along the banks of Pahang River, and the town was therefore so named. The flower is said to be white like jasmine, although the particular plant species is also said to have become extinct. The river at the Pekan town (near Mengkasar village) is also called Pekan River, however there is no evidence that Pekan derived its name from this river. Other sources say the name “Pekan” came from the word “Pekan Sehari” (Pekan Sehari or Sunday Market still exists today), and the word “Sehari” was eventually omitted and the locals simply called it “Pekan”. Pekan is thought to have been in existence since the time of Old Pahang Kingdom. The old name was Inderapura, although it was also commonly known with the short form ‘Pura’, which some Malays called Pekan. The old capital was located on both the left and right banks of Sungai Pahang and Sungai Pahang Tua up to Tanjung Langgar. The town was divided into Pekan Baharu and Pekan Lama (New and Old Pekan), and the old name for Pekan Baharu used to be Kampung Cina. Several Arab and Chinese writers mentioned Pekan. The villagers at Kampong Mengkasar, about one kilometre from Pekan in the direction of Kuantan, are said to be direct descendants of Tok Tuan from Makassar in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Among the well-known figures, Tun Abdul Razak was recognised as having a Sulawesi heritage. (Wikipedia).

Day 22 – 22 February 2015 (86 km) – Pahang

We left Pekan Bandar Di Raja after our breakfast at 8.20am. After riding “overtime” for 2 consecutive days, we decided to spent a night at Kuala Rompin, the border between Pahang and Johor. It was a known routes to us – til Johor Bahru, so we decided to increase our speed as the tailwind was pushing us from behind. Not many pictures were taken. We finally reached Kuala Rompin at 1.45pm. Tomorrow, we will be approaching the State border of Johor Darul Takzim. Our spirits were high even though we knew that the Trans Peninsula Malaysia was going to end soon in a matter of days. But it’s not over yet. The undulating hills of Mersing, Sedeli and Air Tawar await us to complete our epic adventure. See you soon Johor Darul Takzim!

Day 23 – 23 February 2015 (70 km) – Johor

Another santai ride from Kuala Rompin to Mersing Town. We left at 8am after breakfast and took the familiar kampong routes via Kampong Mawar to rekindle the memories when we used the route for the first time. The scenic view was still as beautiful as it was at the first time! We reached Mersing at 12 noon. We spent sometimes at the local bike shop before retiring at Bluewater Hotel.

Day 24 – 24 February 2015 (86 km) – Johor

We left Mersing at 7.30am after breakfast. It was all about climbing as going to Sedili, we have to face the undulating hills of Jemaluang and Jalan Kota Tinggi. We also took a new route via Tenggaroh! The second toughest route we encountered after the Gerik Highway. In fact, the route was tougher than Jalan Kota Tinggi, Mawai or even Air Tawar in Johor. Luckily the weather was not so hot and the tailwinds assisted our climbs. The view was magnificent! We reached Tanjong Sedili at 2.30pm and retired at Jason Bay Beach Resort.

A good read on Sedili – Johor’s Forgotten Fortress by Zulkifly Ab Latif.

Day 25 – 25 February 2015 (77 km) – Johor

We were supposed to do a santai ride, but the undulating hills from Tg Sedili to Sungai Rengit – Kota Tinggi, was not a relax ride after all. The weather was hot compared to yesterday. The tailwinds were pushing us all the way. We also took kampong routes along Pantai Batu Belayar, Kg Punggai, Telok Ramonia. The views were breath-taking too. We left Tg Sedeli at 8.45am and reached Sungei Rengit at 3.40pm. For the last night in Malaysian soil, we stayed at a budget Millennium Hotel next to the Bus Station.

It was a birthday ride for me. Today, I am officially 50 years old!

Day 26 – 26 February 2017 – Singapore

It was the day we have been waiting for, as all of us had missed our family so much. 26 days being apart were something that I personally have not done so. The rest was history! We entered Singapore via boat ride from Tanjung Pengelih, Johor to Changi Point Ferry Terminal. We still have to ride home. The journey may be over, but the memories and adventures will always stay in my heart!

Alhamdulillah, He is the Best of Planner! Thank you so much to my Touring kakis, the Santai TuaRers – Abdul Rahim Kassim, Kaiser Mors, Rasidi Ahmad and Musa Haron for being together for 26 days, through 11 States of Peninsula Malaysia and Hatyai, for tolerating all my nonsenses during the journey, etc.. etc… and for that wonderful experience. Bro Kamarul Azian Bin Kamaruzaman too for braving yourself on your epic bike tour. To all my Malaysian friends, you know who you are, thank you so much for the hospitality, you are all a fun and loving people, only Allah shall repay all your kindness and deeds.. To all my SG touring kakis and friends on my FB list, who has given us moral support to complete our expedition.

And finally my family, especially my wife, Sofia Osman, who has been very supportive all these years! My sons Syaikhul ‘Azim, Syahrul Naem, Syahren Amsyar and daughter Sheikha Nabilah… Ms Surly Troll for being my trusted partner too! To all of you, I love you all for the sake of Allah! Courtesy from

PS. Bro Rizal aka Pudgy Wudgy Smudgies, who helped us in editing some video footage taken by Dr. Kaiser Mors during the trip. Lets recall back the memories….

May this write-up help you in one way or another, to plan your cycling trip around Peninsula Malaysia. Believe me, it’s achievable. You just need the time, passion, the desire to explore and discover new adventures but most importantly, have fun and enjoy, apart from the $$$. Hehehe. Thank you.

Live your dreams! InShaAllah…

Tour De Peninsular Malaysia – The Adventure Rides (2015) – First Leg – SG to Hatyai, Thailand

Bismillah….

More than 15 years ago, after my epic road bike trip to Kuala Lumpur with Bro Rasidi Ahmad aka Unker Buzz, we decided to plan a trip to bike around Peninsular Malaysia. It was just a dream. In 2010, I was introduced to bike touring by my buddy, Rasidi. In 2013, we embarked to our epic bike short tour from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Singapore with Abdul Rahim Kassim and Zyzy Zack together with our Malaysian brothers, Nor Muzammil, Azizan Zolkipli, Mbro Muhammad Illaham Ishak, Epai Ganaz and Haris Fadzilah Hassan.

1st February 2015, a dream that has been playing on my mind was finally carried out and accomplished in 26 days; together with the Legend Kaiser Mors, Rasidi, Rahim, Musa Haron and a Malaysian friend, Kamarul Azian, who joined us from Renggit, Johor to Selangor. We completed the loop on 26 February 2015. To our families, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to realize our dream; Allah is the Best of Planner!!

During these epic trip, these bicycles were used.

  • Kaiser Moors – Surly Ice Cream Truck – The first cyclist/tourer to loop Peninsular Malaysia using a fat bike.
  • Che Rahim Kassim – Surly Long Haul Trucker
  • Rasidi aka Uncle Buzz – OnOne Inbred
  • Musa Haron – Surly Troll
  • Kamarul Azian
  • Me – Surly Troll
My trusted Ms. Surly Troll

Here are the diary of events if you want to venture and explore the beauty of Malaysia!

Day 1 – 1 February 2015 (102 km) – Singapore to Johor

Alhamdulillah, we reached our destination as scheduled. We were welcomed by Bro Mohd Azrai Ahmad (an FB friend whom we have never met) and his friends at Rengit, Batu Pahat. With his help, we were given permission to camp at Punggur Recreational Beach before changing out location for the night at a nearby mosque – Surau Kg. Sungai Punggor Laut Timur – as it was a little bit noisy at the beach due to a nearby karaoke cafe. There are foodstalls available with local delicacies at the beach. You need to ask permission from the mosque’s caretaker to camp overnight.

Currently, Bro Azrai had setup at stopover cafe, resthouse and camping area for bike travellers/tourers at Belahan Tampok Extreme Park. So if you’re around the area, do contact him, an approachable and friendly sports guy. He’s now a bike tourer too.

Day 2 – 2 February 2015 (84 km) – Renggit, Batu Pahat to Muar, Johor

We left Kg Punggur, Rengit at 8 am after breakfast. It was a smooth ride until we reaches Batu Pahat.. After that we encountered a very strong headwinds between 25 to 30 km per hour.. It slowed us down until we reached our destination. We were welcomed by Bro Acid Mustafa at Parit Jawa. After quenching our thirst, we continued to Muar Town to stay at Regent Guest House (Hongleng Village Enterprise) courtesy of Bro Acid. We reached at 3 pm. We had dinner besides the Muar River too.

Day 3 – 3 February 2015 (120 km) – Jalan Kemang, Negeri Sembilan

It was a long ride covering 120km. We did a kampong route from Muar to Umbai led by Bro Acid Mustafa and gang. We loved the route as we did some off-road. After lunch at Umbai, we separated and continued our journey to Port Dickson. We did not stayed in Melaka but made a number of stops. We encountered many hills.. Surprisingly, the headwinds was not as strong as yesterday.. Bro Jaa Suzali Othman and wife Rj Merida and Bro Wahab n wife welcomed us at Linggi. We continued the journey to our pre-booked campsite at Pantai Sri Purnama, Zaini Lin Cafeteria, Port Dickson; reaching our destination at 7.15pm. At night we were visited by Bro Nor Muzammil and family…We would like to express our appreciation to Bro Acid for our dinner and breakfast expenses and Bro Jaa Suzali and RJ Merida for dinner expenses.. Thank you so much, our friendship become ever so stronger.

PS. We had an unexpected interview from journalists from Harian Metro and Sinar Harian.

Day 4 – 4 February 2015 (45 km) – Selangor

Today we only did 45 km from Pantai Seri Purnama, Port Dickson to Sungei Pelek, Selangor. Though it was a short distance, we encountered hilly routes to our destination. We decided to cross Selangor border via a boat across Sungei Sepang Besar and skipped Bukit Pelandok that saved us 12 km via Kg Chuah. We were welcomed by Pak Ngah Ishak, Pak Mazwir Bin Anuar and Bro Mat Rashid. We were hosted by Pak Ngah at his “Bike Kitchen”. We went for sightseeing around Pekan Sungei Pelek and the beautiful beach of Bagan Lalang. Later, we are going to have dinner with Bro Akmal of Basikal Akmal at one of the Beach Restaurants at Pantai Bagan Lalang Sepang.

Day 5 – 5 February 2015 (80 km) – Selangor

It was a historical ride from Sungei Pelek to Teluk Panglima Garang. The headwind was not as strong as we predicted. It was all flat road until we were humbled by Jugra Hill. We were then met by Tun Teja to tour historical places of Kuala Langat and hosted us at her humble home for the night at Telok Panglima Garang, Selangor at about 6 pm. We were later welcomed by Bro Raja Hassan aka King. Believed me, we met many awesome people with a big-heart during these trips.

On the way to Tun Teja’s house, we visited Bukit Jugra (Jugra Hill), a 146 meters hill above sea-level. Jugra is a historical town in Banting, Kuala Langat that comprises of old-charmed buildings, bridges and roads. Back in the late 1800s, Jugra was the royal capital of Selangor; its well-preserved buildings are good examples of the artistry and grandeur of its glamorous past. The ascending road leading to the viewpoint was a little bit tougher than we’d expected. Anyway, the destination matters. An old-light house stand tall overlooking the Straits of Malacca and it surroundings at the Viewing Point. The peak of Jugra Hill was not accessible during our visit (2015). To date, I have visited Jugra Hill 3 times with my family members.

Day 6 – 6 February 2015 ( 100 km ) – Selangor

We were escorted by Raja Hassan til we reached Klang Town; and were later joined by Bro Irwan Jamingan and few other brothers when we stopped for a short break. (Almost all the people we met were either an FB friends whom we never met before physically and strangers). Irwan Jamingan took over from King to escort us to the residence of Wak Rahim Mahmudin & his wife, Ijah Zahri, another friendly and awesome couple; who resided at Kampung Perepat, Klang, Selangor. From Wak Rahim’s residence, we were personally escorted by him to Bandar Melawati, where we were greeted by Cikgu Nasir KSCC and Bro Hylim. We were then escorted by them to the summit of Melawati Hill. We were escorted by a few more cyclists and retired at Pantai Redang, where we we welcomed by another husband & wife team, Bro Nazari and wife, Sister Zai Kona Lisa and Bro Saa’ban. We camped for the night with them and had a home cooked dinner prepared by Zai.

Day 7 – 7 February 2015 (117 km) – Perak

It was our last day in Selangor as we planned to enter Perak. Together with Nazari, Zai and Wak Saaban, they led the way to the border between Selangor and Perak. Little that we knew, we were joined by another group of cyclist out of nowhere. The paleton grew bigger. They were from Sungai Besar Cycling Club. We parted ways with Nazari & Wak Saaban at Sabak Bernam Waterfront. It was near the border of Selangor and Perak. The rest of the cyclist escorted us acrossed the border bridge. We parted at a local roadside drink stall exactly after crossing the bridge into Perak. It was at that moment that we were introduced to a “special” nila drink. It was supposed to make us more “powerful”, but fret not, we were “cheated”.. hahaha… We felt so sleepy that we decided to “sleep” when we find a good place to rest! Oh yes, we knocked off at a petrol station without anyone looking after our bikes. It was a “well-deserved dozed-off”, for more than 30 minutes! All flat roads except for climb on two bridges. We encountered strong headwinds once we entered Perak. We reached Sitiawan and decided to stay a night at SK Hotel, Sri Manjung – A bike friendly budget hotel. During the ride we were unexpectedly again being interviewed and filmed with video by Raja Abdullah of Sungai Besar.

Interview by Raja Abdullah

Day 8 – 7 February 2015 (85 km) – Perak

We left Seri Manjung at about 8 am after topping up our water ration and met a group of cyclists from Seri Manjung. We had our breakfast at Pantai Remis, after 28km. Had some snacks and abc 30km to Taiping. Overall, it was a smooth ride and again the weather was very hot. Encountered some undulating hills towards Taiping. We arrived at 3 pm and decided to stay at Cherry Inn, a bike-friendly Chinese Style small hotel. We had a surprised visit by Wak Jan. He was one of the tourers that cycled with us from Selangor to Johor in 2014. He actually stayed at the same hotel after following our FB updates. Bro Halim Yatim also made a surprised visit! Another FB friend we have never met. We had dinner together, roaming the city centre before retiring to bed.

Day 9 – 9 February 2015 (135 km) – Kedah

Today was the longest journey so far, as we covered 135km from Taiping to Sungai Petani. It was a smooth ride in the morning. We met Naim from KL who was riding with his friend to Penang. But we separated at Parit Buntar. The roads leading to Butterworth was led by bro Rickee Lee who guided us to the Second Link Bridge to Penang Island to take some photos as memories. He escorted us out of Penang til we reached the State border of Kedah Darul Aman. We took a very scenic road to Sungai Petani. Padi fields were “all over” Kedah. The afternoon weather was killing but that didn’t dampened our sprit. WE retired in Sg Petani and sleep in a huge and nice D’Sri putra homestay with a nice cool bed. The owner even prepared for us Kopi O. It’s laundry day too!

Ps. We would like to thanks Bro Rickee Lee for showing us around in Penang.

Day 10 – 10 February 2015 (118 km) – Perlis

Before leaving Sungai Petani to Kuala Perlis, we were hosted for breakfast by Bro Abdul Rahman, a traveler himself who has been following our rides since day 1.

Our ride from Sungai Petani to Kuala Perlis was not without its own unique challenges. We took the coastal routes via Air Merbok and Yan to avoid the highway and faced head on an undulating slopes. At the same time we were presented with a majestic view. The sub-tropical weather was a killer – it was super hot and the strong headwind only allowed us to crank-up less than 15km/hour. The coastal view was awe inspiring that we had to stop and took several beautiful pictures. We was welcomed by bro Ronn Rahmani at Seaview Hotel. Another pleasantly surprise awaited us later at night. We were treated to a sumptuous dinner by YB Datok Ahmadbakri Ali at Anjung Tasek. The night was filled with lots of laughter and sharing of knowledge and sweet plume of cigar.

Day 11 – 11 February 2015 (101 km) – Kuala Perlis to Thailand

Riding to Hat Yai was to pamper ourselves after completed all the States located at the West Coast of Malaysia. We were honored to have the late Bro Ronn Rahmani to guide us there; even agreed to stay 2 nights with us. Bro Ronn led the pack, using the kampong routes in Perlis and Thailand via Padang Besar, instead of the major roads to avoid strong headwinds. We also encountered undulating hills. The views were breath-taking! The hot weather was burning us down but our spirits were high. We visited Bike Cafe before checking into Lee Garden Hotel at the heart of Hat Yai. Halal foods were easy to find. We also tried the Pulut Mangga and Durian. For the record, we left Kuala Perlis at 9am and reached destination at around 5.40pm. Ps. We have surpassed the 1000km so far – Exactly 1090km in 11 days.

Entering Thailand for the first time. Stayed at Lee Hotel, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand.

Day 12 – 12 February 2015 (Rest Day) – Thailand

Decided to have an “off day”. So we Eat, Sleep, Eat, visited bike shops, eat, meeting friends, eat, sleep. Thank you so much bro C Halim Mala and wife Raya Mala for driving all the way from Pattani to Hat Yai – abt 150km to meet us and even paid for our late nite snacks. We really appreciate it. As what Pak Tasman Jen said, “One bicycle, thousands of friends”. May our friendship last forever, In Shaa Allah…

It will be our last night in Thailand before entering Malaysia tomorrow to complete the second leg of our Tour De Peninsular Malaysia.

See you on the write up of the second leg soon…..

Civivi Elementum Tanto : Tacticool Flipper

A scalable Elemental Platform.

Civivi Elementum is a flipper knife that comes in many handle variations like G10, Black Ebony Wood, Micarta, Black Hand Rubbed Brass, Black Hand Rubbed Copper, Shredded and Twill Carbon Fibre, Black Hand Rubbed Damascus, Cuibourtia and Natural G10 with different steel blade in Sandvik 14C28N, D2 and 10Cr15CoMoV that share many common traits. Both drop-point and tanto point Civivi Elementum have become quintessential blade design for general purpose EDC, utility, and tactical use for piercing, cutting and slicing with a choice for Liner Lock and Button Lock for strength.

The specifications depend on the materials used for the handles and steel blades. The rest are similar.

Description

Specifications:

Model Number: C907T-E
Model Name: Elementum

Overall Length: 6.99″ / 177.6mm
Width: 1.19” / 30.3mm
Overall Height(Include Clip): 0.66” / 16.8mm
Blade Length: 2.96″ / 75.2mm
Closed Length: 4.03″ / 102.4mm
Blade Thickness: 0.12″ / 3mm
Handle Thickness: 0.43″ / 11mm
Weight: 2.79oz / 78.98g

Blade Material: D2
Blade Hardness: 58-60HRC
Blade Grind: Flat
Blade Finish: Black Stonewashed
Blade Style: Tanto

Handle Material: Micarta
Handle Color/Finish: Green
Liner Material: Stainless Steel
Liner Color/Finish: Black

Pocket Clip: Tip-Up,Right Carry
Clip Material: Stainless Steel
Screws Material: Stainless Steel
Pivot Assembly: Caged Ceramic Ball Bearing
Locking Mechanism: Liner Lock

Designer: CIVIVI

Click here if you are interested with Civivi Knives’ Collections.

Ko Pha-ngan 2019

Ko Pha Ngan is an island in southeast Thailand that’s renowned for its monthly Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Beach. Comparing to Ko Samui, apart from the beautiful beaches and blue water, Ko Pha-Ngan has more natural beauty attractions such as waterfalls, mountains and definitely fishing villages. The main town is Thong Sala. Situated about 55km from the Mainland, it has a total area of about 125 km2.

Further information:-

21st June 2019

3 Nation Riders – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand.

Raja Ferry Port, Donsak Pier Suratthani… We paid 360 baht per person with motorcycle for a one-way ferry ride to Koh Phangan. We planned to board the 12 noon ferry but missed by a merely 5 to 10 minutes… Reason was we took the rural and dirt routes to Donsak from Chumphon. Anyway, we enjoyed the routes but have to wait for the next ferry at 2 pm. The ferry journey was approximately 2 hrs 30 mins.

On queue to buy the ferry tickets to Ko Pha-ngan. While waiting for the ferry to arrive at Donsak Pier Suratthani.

Our accommodation at Koh Phangan, Golden Beach Resort at 400 baht per room… @ Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand

The orange skyline… View to kill!

22nd June 2019

We were informed by the locals that due to the dry season, all the Waterfalls in the island were dried. No fast flowing water nor pools of freshwater. Anyway, we decided to choose one to ensure the claims.

My Way Bar at Salad Beach

Roads leading to Paradise Waterfall

The Three Sixty Bar where the Ko Ma Viewpoint was situated.

View from Ko Ma Viewpoint within the Three Sixty Bar premises.

Haad Rin Beach

23rd June 2019 – Leaving Ko Pha-Ngan to another unplanned destination …

Eventhough it was a short 3D/2N trip, it was still a memorable ride within the island. The natural beauty was still untouched and well-preserved. The undulating roads and routes were so satisfying, apart from the hospitality of the local people. I will definitely return to spent more time with you…

“Whatever routes you are taking, enjoy the moment… It might leads to beautiful places…..”

NexDock 360 Review : Extend Your Smartphone

The new NexDock features a sleek aluminum body, a beautiful full HD touch-screen display with ultra narrow bezels, an edge to edge keyboard and 360° flexibility to use it in laptop, tablet, stand or tent mode. With no CPU, memory or OS, NexDock is a quiet, fan-less laptop shell engineered to harness the productivity of smartphones.

Once you connect your smartphone to NexDock, your apps become resizable and the Android interface is presented in a Windows-like environment. NexDock simply works like any other laptop without the steep price. When connected, use NexDock’s touchscreen, keyboard and touchpad to control your smartphone just like a real laptop. NexDock works with smartphones with “desktop mode” feature. Samsung (Samsung Dex) and Huawei flagship smartphones already support “desktop mode” and it is coming to many other phones with Android 10 and 11 update.

Your smartphone is more productive with NexDock and more entertaining. You can do almost everything, such as …

  • Browse the Internet, managing emails on a bigger screen
  • Create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations
  • Continue using your phone
  • Enjoy your apps and social media on a bigger screen
  • Watch your shows and videos on full screen
  • Play games using gamepads, mouse and keyboard
  • No need to sync files, apps, data or your music with your laptop anymore

And it is smarter to use your phone as a Laptop…

  • Use your existing data plan. Stay connected via your phone’s Data, Wifi, and Bluetooth.
  • Never carry a power bank. Continue charging your phone while using NexDock.
  • New phone is like new laptop. NexDock becomes a new, better computer every time you get a new phone!

License

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Cold Steel Voyager XL Series

The Cold Steel Voyager series is designed to be the true “everyman” pocket knife. Lightweight, comfortable, and super sharp, they are rugged, dependable and perfect for hunting and camping as well as general utility and daily cutting chores.

Voyagers excel in many survival and rescue applications, and they have proven to be very popular with Police and Military personnel, who appreciate the combination of the cutting performance and safety that they offer.

Each knife in the extensive Voyager series is precision engineered and held to the most exacting standards.

The Voyager series features Japanese AUS-10A stainless steel blades and Cold Steel’s patented Tri-Ad locking mechanism – which is quite possibly the most secure, safe and shock resistant lock on the market today!

The Voyager’s ergonomic Griv-Ex handles (reinforced with heat treated 6061 aluminum liners) provide both great comfort and a secure grip even under extended use in tough conditions.

Available in two sizes and with numerous blade and edge configurations, there’s a Voyager for everyone.

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