Monthly Archives: March 2005

Along the edges of Kyrgyzstan

“Show me your passport”. Didn’t like the tone of the officer & so we decided not to present our documents obediently. He was obviously not pleased & shouted to his soldier to bring out the ‘avtomat’ (machine gun). Hmm..intimidation?! This … Continue reading

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1st Cow Skin Factory

He is Ainiwajan, an Uyghur from Xinjiang, China. He is writing us a note in his language saying how happy he is to meet us & when we show this note to his people, we’ll be treated with warmth & … Continue reading

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Missing Aisha Bibi

Giving a try to the ground water pump, so often seen in movies, but never hands-on. “Hey! I can do it!”, while Otarhan supervised. His tip, pour a little water into the pump first to enable the vacuum. (Kazakhstan … … Continue reading

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Rainy Turk & Misty Chechnya

Alihan was home with his children when we knocked on his door. During the lunch stop, the rain has intensified. Before we could finish our bread, Alihan invited us to stay for the night. (Kazakhstan … 10.03.05 to 23.04.05) His … Continue reading

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Kazakhstan … to Shymkent

Less than 30km from Tashkent lies the tamorgi (border) of Kazakhstan. A short ride after custom reveals the vastness of this country. At least 4 times the size of Malaysia (East & West), yet 30% less in population. (Kazakhstan … … Continue reading

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At last, Tashkent with Abdulla & gang

This is the man who has arranged for our Uzbek visa to be issued with little hassle. Now Mr Abdulla has even offered to shelter us for the next few days as we wait for our Kazakh visa. (Uzbekistan … … Continue reading

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Last contact with locals before Tashkent

Nuralibek is the caretaker for the mosque in Besh Yuz village. Besh Yuz meaning ‘Five Hundreds’, probably that’s the count of inhabitants the village started with. (Uzbekistan … 10.02.05 to 10.03.05) A change of transport? The donkey has been widely … Continue reading

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With English class & the Peace Corps

In hope to meet an English teacher, we popped into a highschool in Jizzak. Instead, we got more than we asked for. 3 local English teachers brought us to their English classroom with a bunch of curious & eager students … Continue reading

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Of letter and green rolling hills

Remember Azerbaijan? This is the very letter written 2 months ago & finally we have delivered it to the hands of our host in Bulungur, almost 2000km away. (Uzbekistan … 10.02.05 to 10.03.05) The recipient, Mdm Ulus, was more stunned … Continue reading

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Swee Kian’s 9,999km …

We have covered more than 10,000km of asphalt, gravel, rocks and muddy terrains so far on our journey. Uzbekistan, our 15th country marks the changeover from 4 digits to 5 digits on our Flightdeck odometer. My rear wheel has had … Continue reading

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