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Palawan Motorbike Trip 015

February 23, 2010 – 12:12 pm

1:45 p.m.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
So far, knock on wood, things have been going according to plan. The boat left from Coco-Loco at 8 a.m. like it was supposed to. We got to Roxas no problem where my trusty motorcycle was waiting for me with a full tank of gas. The three …

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Pros and Cons of Trailers for Bike Touring

June 26, 2015 – 3:24 pm
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I’ve recently been thinking about buying a trailer to replace some or all of my pannier bags, and I put together a list of pros and cons to help me make up my mind. I just thought I’d share them here to help out anyone else trying to make the …

Extending Tourist Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

December 17, 2014 – 11:24 am
Part of the form for extending a tourist visa.

(Note: This post is about my personal experience of extending a visitor’s visa in Kuala Lumpur. I was given a 90-day visitor’s pass at the airport when I arrived, and I went to the immigration office in Kuala Lumpur to apply for an extension. I was given a 60-day extension. …

Christmas at the MegaMall in Kuala Lumpur

December 12, 2014 – 3:08 pm
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Christmas decorations at the Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur.
 
 
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“Ladies Only” Waiting Area

December 12, 2014 – 3:04 pm
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Trains on the KTM Komuter line in Kuala Lumpur have several train cars reserved for women only. These cars are generally painted a cheerful pink.

Backpacks Waiting for Their Owners

December 12, 2014 – 2:58 pm
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An assortment of backpacks waiting for their owners to pick them up and head off to the airport, bus station, or train station.
 
 
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My New MSR Whisperlite Universal

December 11, 2014 – 2:05 pm
MSR Whisperlite Universal Parts

I’m now the proud and very happy owner of an MSR Whisperlite Universal stove. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can finally stop fighting with my Trangia X2 multifuel burner – the stove that has made my cooking life a frustrating nightmare for so long.

Videos: Super Typhoon Yolanda – Destruction and Rebuilding in Tacloban (4)

December 6, 2014 – 11:28 am
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Videos: Super Typhoon Yolanda – Destruction and Rebuilding in Tacloban (3)

December 6, 2014 – 11:18 am
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Videos: Super Typhoon Yolanda – Destruction and Rebuilding in Tacloban (2)

December 6, 2014 – 11:07 am
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December 6, 2014 – 10:53 am
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Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur

December 4, 2014 – 5:28 pm
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Sleeping Bags, Pannier Bags, and Hose Clamps

November 20, 2014 – 1:06 pm
Hose clamps for my assorted water bottle cages.

Thursday November 20, 2014,December,12, 7:30 a.m.
I’m doing the usual things here in Kuala Lumpur as I wait for my tent and other things to be put in the mail. I’m shopping while altering my traveling gear and bicycle. The last couple of days, I’ve been trying to put the final …

Checking Out Ortlieb Pannier Bags

November 14, 2014 – 12:51 pm
Ortlieb and Arkel Rear Pannier Bags

Friday November 14, 2014
6:45 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Again, not much to say this morning I don’t think. I stumbled across the existence of another bicycle shop yesterday, and I went to see it, and, of course, found it closed. It was very disappointing because this shop specialized …

Running Errands, Reading Books, Listening to Podcasts

November 7, 2014 – 12:29 pm
What comes out of the vending machine when you push the Pepsi button.

Friday November 7, 2014
7:45 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Not much happened yesterday. I spent the morning working on the Trangia X2 stove. I got my hands on a long and thin piece of wire and it was small enough to be inserted into the fuel line. The idea …

Bikebuddy, BBB Fueltank XL, and Sigg Bottles

November 6, 2014 – 12:11 pm
BBB Fueltank XL

Thursday November 6, 2014
6:25 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Feeling much better this morning. I can tell I slept well because I woke up with strong memories of all the insane dreams I had. I can really feel the difference between the mornings when I remember those dreams and …

Lifesystems Mosquito Net, Bikebuddy, and Trangia Adventures

November 5, 2014 – 11:53 am
Lifesystems Mosquito Net

Wednesday November 5, 2014
4:45 a.m.
Yes, the time is correct. It’s that early in the morning. I woke up and I just couldn’t get back to sleep.
Only the usual type of news to report. The BikeBuddy water bottle cage from the UK arrived in the mail yesterday. It is stamped October …

Gear Thoughts – Tents, Sleeping Bags, and Stoves

November 1, 2014 – 1:36 pm
Some new toys - MSR Hubba Hubba NX, Thermarest Prolite, Mirrcycle, Platypus bag, Kindle

Saturday November 1, 2014
7:00 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I’ve conceded victory to the animals of the Bird Nest. I now feed the rabbit a slice of bread every time I sit down, even if I’m not eating any bread myself. When I sit down to have a cup …

Gear Talk – MSR Hubba Hubba NX and Thermarest Prolite

October 29, 2014 – 1:17 pm
MSR Hubba Hubba NX without the fly.

Wednesday October 29, 2014
6:45 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I went to another camping store yesterday. My goal was simply to purchase a second lightweight Dueter toiletries bag. I used the first one for my bike tools and I liked the bag so much, I wanted to get a …

Lifesystems Mosquito Net and Other Gear

October 25, 2014 – 12:41 pm
A Sea to Summit mosquito net. I purchased a similar model from Lifesystems

Saturday October 25, 2014
7:00 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Shopping adventures continue. I went back to a camping store yesterday to consider purchasing a mosquito net and a sleeping sheet. I was going to go to the big Explorer store in the Publika shopping mall, but at the last …

Picking up My Bike and the Clikstand T-2G

October 24, 2014 – 12:21 pm
Clikstand T-2G with the Trangia alcohol burner

Friday October 24, 2014
6:30 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I am in proud possession of my bicycle once more. Getting to the bike shop was as easy as always. It involves simply crossing the street, purchasing a subway token for 2.1 ringgit (about sixty-six cents), riding in air-conditioned comfort …