A hill with elevation of about 833 m (2723 ft) has proved that it is one of the toughest for local mountain bikers, but ironically, this make people come back for more. For those who not bike or hike but wish to experience this wonderful hill, obviously taking a ride on this charming Swiss made funicular train is the best way to get up there.
Besides bike seats and helmets for safety, all we need is just a little patience (for those short and slow rides that's full of stops for snacks... playgrounds... animals... wee wees... poo poos... Zzzzs... and the list goes on and on, and on)
Oooooh boy, a little patience goes a long way. Because we know that in years to come we’ll have the best of all riding partners. A 'Kawanbike' of our own flesh and blood to share all those great experiences that cycling can give.
why anybody needs to be left at home now. Everyone is going, Yeah!!
While doing some research for a alternative stove online the other day, i stumble across a very funky DIY can stove that is fun to make and use. Without a second thought, i decided to give it a try.
So how does it work anyway? Check this out!
Imagine having 10 children + 10 plastic lanterns + 10 different tunes playing at the same time while you & your family enjoying the moon cake under the bright full moon. Phew!!
But kids are kids, they are more attracted by those noisy plastic stuff. On the other hand, i am swear by those handmade/candle light lanterns. However, with a little persuasion & negotiation, Wien ended up with a traditional fish lantern made of glass paper that look exactly like i used to have when i was a kid. :)
~ The mid-autumn festival aka lantern festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar calendar. On this day, children will light beautiful lanterns in all shapes, sizes and colour and place it around their house. It is also a time for families to gather and enjoy the moon cake, a special sweet delicacy while gazing at the bright full moon.
It's that time of the year again, the 7th month of the lunar calendar or better known as 'Ghost Month', in which ghosts and spirit come out from the hell & wander the earth. It's also regarded as the most ill-fated time of the year. During this bad time most people suspend all important activities & decisions.
Sounds scary isn't it? As a matter of fact, 'Ghost Month' also known as 'Hungry Ghost Festival'. Just as Halloween is for Americans, the 'Hungry Ghost Festival' is for the Chinese in Penang. For those who have never heard of this festival, Click this!
Those nasty scars on CS's calf served as a reminder to me that i should either
ride with extremely cautious or just observe the 'Ghost Month' taboos.
To me, Char Koay Teow is more than just a famous hawker dish in penang. It's the culture, history & memories that make this simple delicacy so special. I've been a great fan of CKT for as long as i can remember. I still remember those days when my buddy & me have to cycle through dark, scary & dogs infested kampung (village) roads just to get to our favorite CKT stall for supper.
Today, i don't have to go through those ordeal for CKT anymore. I can drive or even ride a motorbike, but i guess i still prefer the old way to get my Char koay Teow.
A used Bridgestone Subnade, fully imported from Japan that cost me RM120 only.
When the fruit begins to ripen it falls daily and almost hourly.
Taking a blow from a falling durian from the top of a
30 meter-tall tree is not fun & definitely not something
that we wish for while on the trail.
CS & a fresh fallen durian right on the trail.
Another good reason for wearing a helmet :)
Today, Wien is ready for the next stage. That's right, a bicycle.
From training wheels sourcing to bolts tightening,
it's really fun to get Wien to work on a hand-me-down bicycle.
What a perfect way to introduce kids to recycling as something
that is 'fun' to do rather than something they 'have' to do.
What are you waiting for? Grab the camera,
get on your bike and get out there.
Left: Wien with his favorite toy gun & a MP3 strapped over his neck.
Right: A golden moment seized.
Can we still afford to turn a blind eye to this?
Missus pushing on the final section before reaching the peak.
Visibility reported to be at between 4 & 5 kilometers on that day.
A stroll in the city park (Youth Park) with my 2 little Kawanbike
Sunday, 7 June 09
With technical singletrack, awesome scenery & very less traffic,
that of charming kampung boys, green padi fields and rustic kampung houses.
While some may take the setting for granted, to city slickers such as myself,
it reawakened a time when air was fresh, space was in abundance
and everything was right with the world.
Somewhere between Penang & Kedah state border.
It's been almost 9 years since i did my solo exploration ride in this area.
Today, i came here with kawanbike (CS & O2). Our plan today is simple,
roam as far as possible & come back in one piece.