From the time
when I was in secondary school I began with roaming of the hills in
Penang and cycling to explore the rural roads. That interest
sustained until now and all I can tell you is that I did all that
when I was young. But with the computer and the internet, I could
now write down all these experiences and facilitates myself in
recalling all those interesting moments. One thing leads to another.
The saying "It is not finished until the paperwork is done."
It is so true
as we would never remember all interesting details like dates,
persons and events. But with record, the happenings are so vivid.
That was how the websites began and remained. From the early days of
crude, simple but flowery presentations that needs polishing to look
more matured, and that is what I am trying to do that right now.
hobby after retirement, this task of mine is occupying up to 50% of
my awake time. This is not my first love but degenerate into a task
which brings a sense of achievement and which I find rewarding.
involved putting my fingers into many pies. Like getting free space
such as this one, learning to use html languages to generate the web
pages and worse of all designing the pages and getting it accepted
by search engines e.g. Google that my sites do contained material
that are worthwhile to be listed.
As a greedy
person driven by the fact that I collected tons of data, I started
with 2 sites with Geocities, then 3 sites with Fortunecity and then
2 more sites with Tripod. Later other companies like Zoom,
Freeservers and lastly Multiply. All these free web sites providers
were also in their pioneering days. After 10 years, preparation of
personal website was no longer a trend, under a host of reasons like
waste of space, difficult to compose impressive sites and the
details - petty. Changes in more friendly format like those of blogs
and short clips as in Facebook took over. The company providing the
free space too, ended their business taking them all my sites. Was
not too hard for me to accept as these sites of mine were outdated
and though with greater details than many prevailing commercial
sites were not well designed. I too, accepted the fact that there
would not be no more posting by me on the subjects of travel and
I will focus on
topic involving nature and some specific places with niche interest.
Currently I am
picking up the pieces. Bits and pieces of information of those
defunct websites and polishing up those tat remains. This particular
page for example has being changed several times, neglected over
long period now given new contents
the tens of sites that I used to have, summarizing
what I could salvage now. They are:-
- a little bit
about my past activities and contact numbers
- This is my "main site" right now. Paid and without
those nasty ads. Till now this page is not finshed and
still has a long way to go. I am splitting my priority
now, going away from the birds off and on.
Waterfalls of Southern Thailand
- Bear with me
I am trying to update this site. Traveling to Thailand
was my second love. I had pages on Krabi, Phi Phi etc
Kanchanaburi. Now I stop that and focus on a topic I
know best with traces of names of the places I visited.
Flowers of the wild ginger plants
- Same situation, it is existing but needs plenty plenty
work to make better. Not exactly beautiful but cannot be
ignored when we trekked through the forest.
outdated in style, gives an impression as to how the web
pages of early days looks like. Here is evidence of the
my first love and also the great times we all, my
family had with the car. That logo of the car and
Dalmatian remain for years.
could also Google my involvement in Multiply, Facebook
or Blog under the name of "Khong Tuck Khoon" or "wondersf"
Yes, I know! A
well presented website will bring in a lot of admiration while
poorly prepared pages will be ignored and sneered upon. There goes
the ambiguity in many people's mind and sadly often in my own mind too.
Once gain, these websites with their contents were prepared to
testify my involvement in the topic. Primarily to record what I did.
The information could be used by others but never meant to be
boasting about my expertise. It would be nice that a team of person
worked on the subject giving it a more balanced presentation and
readable format, but I do not have that privilege.
I did it all by
myself - I did it "my way". No regrets I feel proud having done all
the writing and designing without help, not forgetting the era that
I am coming from.