Monthly Archives: January 2005

Going Mary

From Ashgabat, we headed towards Mary, known in ancient days as Merv. It would be another 600km before we could reach the border of Uzbekistan. (Turkmenistan … 09.01.05 to 10.02.05) Ojam’s family in Gawerz village. Ojam sells fresh cow milk … Continue reading

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Under the wings of Petronas …

Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan. (picture) The Independence Square, with the golden dome Palace of Turkmenbashi on the left and other ministries in the centre. Ashgabat was completely levelled in a 1948 earthquake. The city was closed for 5 years to … Continue reading

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Year of the Rooster

Coming Feb 9th will be the most important day on the Chinese calendar – Chinese New Year! A time for family reunion, rejoice and the start of our new year. From our first Chinese meal in Finland to Hungary’s mooncakes, … Continue reading

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Kurban Bayram

Kurban bayram is one of the Muslim holy days, Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of pilgrimage, celebrated over 3 days in Turkmenistan. In Malaysia, we know it as Hari Raya Haji. Eid ul-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى) is second in the … Continue reading

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Frying and swinging …

Days before the Kurban Bayram, villagers were already busy with preparations. We got a chance to witness some of the frying and swinging … (Turkmenistan … 09.01.05 to 10.02.05) Frying ‘kokun’, a local pastry from flour. The pastries can come … Continue reading

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Desert crossing

Lunch under a bridge (the only one) along the most deserted stretch of road across this desert. We had to shield from the sweeping wind and sand under the bridge in order to eat our bread and oranges. That day … Continue reading

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Of Camels and Dokmak

Beware of CAMELS! (Turkmenistan … 09.01.05 to 10.02.05) Handade looking at our Malaysia Ringgit. We had to tackle cold rains, sweeping wind and 80km of almost desert stretch of road before arriving at our 1st Turkmen village, Belek. We were … Continue reading

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TURKMENBASHI

Previously known as “Krasnovodsk” in the Soviet days, this little port city was once a Soviet military base. Today, it has been renamed as “Turkmenbashi” – Head of Turkmen, a title given to their President. Turkmenbashi port city has since … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

January 7th midnight, we left Baku bound for Turkmenistan on a ferry across the Caspian Sea. We only stepped on Central Asia soil on Jan 9th. The unforgettable ordeal to cross the Caspian Sea started from Azerbaijan soil … Baku, … Continue reading

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New found friends from CSC

I believe the people who painted this big sign that we so happen to spot along the road never could have imagine the help it has rendered to us. We ended up been invited for lunch in CSC’s canteen. And … Continue reading

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