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From Cebu to Kuala Lumpur

Thursday September 25, 2014 6:30 a.m. Cebu City, Philippines Doug Health Check: It’s a good thing that I don’t (as the Filipinos tell me I should) have a bunch of children to take care of ...
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Riding My Bike from Airport to Kuala Lumpur

Friday September 25, 2014 Somewhere lost in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 8:30 a.m. Man oh man oh man oh man oh man. A crazy life. It’s funny how I keep deciding to do things ...
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Finding an AWESOME Bike Shop In Kuala Lumpur

Saturday September 27, 2014 8:15 a.m. Eagle’s Perch, Bird Nest Guest House Kaula Lumpur I thought the guest house would be alive with activity at this point, but I think the young kids were up ...
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The Three Cultures of Kuala Lumpur

Sunday September 28, 2014 7:00 a.m. Bird Nest 2 Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I already covered the events of yesterday – my success in mastering the transit system and finding a potential bike shop ...
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A Long Walk to the Petronas Towers

Monday September 29, 2014 7;15 a.m. Bird Nest 2, Kuala Lumpur It was a Sunday yesterday, and bike shops and such things were largely closed. I started the day in the Internet café. I mentioned ...
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Trying to Find DT Swiss Alpine III Spokes

Tuesday September 30, 2014 6:45 a.m. Kuala Lumpur Bird Nest Guest House I got a bit of a late start yesterday, so I didn’t accomplish as much as I’d hoped. I suppose I can also ...
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Trying to Cycle Across Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Words fail me about my adventures yesterday. I went out on my bike to find the Olympus service center, and I discovered ...
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“Error 404 – Not Found” – and Permalinks “Save Changes”

Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:20 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I experienced some success, though very frustrating success, with the website. I had sent an email to my hosting company,m and I ...
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Thinking About Buying an MSR Whisperlite Universal

Thursday October 4, 2014 8:00 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The argument grows stronger for buying a computer. I went to the Internet café to download the latest installment of my shopping ...
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Rebuilding My Wheels with Sapim Leader Spokes

Saturday, October 4, 2014 5:50 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Yesterday was all about the bike. The plan was to ride my bike to the Bike Pro shop and have Jason rebuild ...
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Overhauling Bottom Bracket and Headset

Friday October 10, 2014 6:15 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The big adventure for yesterday was riding back to the Bike Pro shop for more repairs. Getting there was a nightmare. No ...
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New 9-Speed Chain and New Cassette

Saturday October 11, 2014, 5:30 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I did return to the bike shop (called Bike Pro, by the way) yesterday. Jason was there, and I was happy about ...
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More Modifications and Upgrades to the Bike

Sunday October 12, 2014, 7;15 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala lumpur, Malaysia Another day yesterday in the historic city of Kuala Lumpur. So what amazing tourist sites did I visit? What cultural events did ...
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New Tires and a Stuck Seatpost

Monday October 13, 2014, 7:00 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I finally took the chance, and yesterday morning I ordered a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Mondial tires from Chain Reaction Cycles in ...
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Rabbit Bites, Schwalbe Tires, Clikstand, and Camera Repairs

Thursday October 16, 2014 6:30 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Some events of note took place yesterday. For one, the rabbit that I have such an odd relationship with actually bit someone ...
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Picking Up My Repaired Olympus OM-D E-M5

Friday October 17, 2014 6:20 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I am the proud possessor of a working Olympus camera once more. I went back to Mont Kiara by taxi again, as ...
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Uploading Photos to Smugmug and Seatpost Removal Success!

Saturday October 18, 2014 8:00 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I made a useful discovery at the guest house yesterday. I learned that I could use the computer in the reception area ...
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New Seatpost Problems and New Handlebar Grips

Wednesday October 22, 2014 7:15 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I did get up the energy to go out to the bike shops. However, I did not return with the bike. We ...
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Picking up My Bike and the Clikstand T-2G

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 ...
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Lifesystems Mosquito Net and Other Gear

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 ...
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Gear Talk – MSR Hubba Hubba NX and Thermarest Prolite

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 ...
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Gear Thoughts – Tents, Sleeping Bags, and Stoves

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 ...
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Lifesystems Mosquito Net, Bikebuddy, and Trangia Adventures

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 ...
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Bikebuddy, BBB Fueltank XL, and Sigg Bottles

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 ...
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Running Errands, Reading Books, Listening to Podcasts

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 ...
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Checking Out Ortlieb 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 ...
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Sleeping Bags, Pannier Bags, and Hose Clamps

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 ...
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My New MSR Whisperlite Universal

Thursday December 11, 2014 6:00 a.m. 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 ...
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Quick Trip – Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

A small adventure to report. It really is small, so don't get your hopes up. It's just a short trip to Singapore. My tourist visa for Malaysia was expiring, and I had to leave the ...
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Quick Trip – Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

I'm writing from Singapore, and for the first time, I have my laptop out in a coffee shop. I never really took it outside of the hostel in Kuala Lumpur. It's not like the NEO ...
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Buying a Smartphone – Samsung Galaxy J7

I finally got around to buying a smartphone. I thought'd I'd do a little experiment and type something up on the NEO and then hook the NEO up to the phone (using the keyboard emulator ...
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Trip to Penang to Get an Indonesian Tourist Visa

Thursday, November 5, 2015 It's been a while, so I thought it was time for a note from the "road." It still isn't much of a road, but at least it isn't Kuala Lumpur. I'm ...
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Passport Photos with Never-Drying Ink

I could write a weekly or even daily column entitled, “Things That Happen Only to Me.” Today, that thing involved getting passport photos. I need two of them to present to the Canadian embassy as ...
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New Passport at the Canadian High Commission in KL

I've always had a strong interest in good customer service and good design, and I was pleased to find on my visit that the Canadian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur had both. I went there ...
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Buying a Motorola Moto X Play in Kuala Lumpur

I was thinking that it is time for an update on my smartphone adventures. Months and months back, I went through an intense period of research as I prepared to purchase my very first smartphone ...
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Tourism Secrets of Kuala Lumpur

Everyone loves secrets, and I know lots of them about Malaysia’s fascinating capital city, Kuala Lumpur. My first secret is at the famous KL Tower. Every tourist knows this tower. At 421 meters, it is ...
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“Buy more credit! Buy more credit!”

Another story in the many life episodes of things that seem to happen only to me. This one involves my brand new Motorola smartphone and the Maxis Hotlink SIM card I bought for it. From ...
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Train Ride from Kuala Lumpur to Klang

I rode the KTM Kommuter train from KL Sentral down to Klang and back. My goal was to buy a ticket on the ferry to Sumatra. I'd done this once before, so it was a ...
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Walking Around Kuala Lumpur

I grabbed my camera (an Olympus OM-D E-M5) and went for a walk around Kuala Lumpur. I shot some video in a selfie "vlogging" style as kind of an experiment. It felt weird to be ...
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Walking Along a Bike Path in Kuala Lumpur

This was my final day in Kuala Lumpur before catching the ferry to Sumatra. I was pretty much ready to go, but I had one or two things to do at the local shopping mall ...
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