Category Archives: Turkmenistan

Last town, Farap

Pensioners crowding to get their monthly pension in Farab, the town sitting on the frontier with Uzbekistan. (Turkmenistan … 09.01.05 to 10.02.05) Workers of the Ismailow family loading sacks of special cow food onto a truck for distribution to other … Continue reading

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Last city, Turkmenabat

Turkmenabat, formerly known as Charjou (Чарджуи) in the Soviet days. It is the 2nd largest city in Turkmenistan after Ashgabat. We had a mission in Turkmenabat – to look for Chinese people in the city. It was 8/Feb, the eve … Continue reading

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Along the desert railway

The stretch of desert road leading to Turkmenabat was not as deserted as it seemed to be. There were in fact several small communities living in this remote area. One thing in common for these villages … they are all … Continue reading

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Our careless mistake!

This is the photo that led to the theft of my Nikon digital camera. I was approached by a tall young man in camouflaged army uniform when i was registering at the Lehap state border checkpoint. It was noon time … Continue reading

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Another desert crossing

We were cautious about the route from Zahmet onwards. Along the way, we were repeatedly told that there were only few villages and water was scarce for this 150km desert stretch of road until the northernmost city, Turkmenabat. (Turkmenistan … … Continue reading

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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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