BORMIO – WITCH TOWN, IMMENSE JOURNEY

Posted: 14th August 2015 by SICK SIDERS MALAYSIA in JOURNEY, TRAVELS
    “Down how many roads among the stars must man propel himself in search of the final secret? The journey is difficult, immense, at times impossible, yet that will not deter some of us from attempting it. We cannot know all that has happened in the past, or the reason for all of these events, any more than we can with surety discern what lies ahead. We have joined the search, you might say, at a certain point; we will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or learn all that we hunger to know.”

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It was already dark when we were going down the Stelvio Pass and luckily it wasn’t have so much cars and we could see from far if there’s one in front. I almost bit off from the grid and almost fall to the gorge, it was wet road, cold night and we don’t have good clothes that time, just wearing as thick as we could. We were supposed to arrived in Bormio that day and it’s  just a 30km downhill from Stelvio Pass, a small town, peace and beautiful place. We got one host in Bormio, Iris Urbani, a generous girl and kind-hearted family gave us a place to stay for 3 days, warm house, foods and everything already been placed there like our home. They even pick us in the center to their house that night, so much love we got from this family that we would never forget it!

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MOSTAR – “DON’T FORGET ’93”

Posted: 12th July 2015 by SICK SIDERS MALAYSIA in Uncategorised

In April 1992, the government of the Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina declared its independence from Yugoslavia. Over the next several years, Bosnian Serb forces, with the backing of the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army, targeted both Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) and Croatian civilians for atrocious crimes resulting in the deaths of some 100,000 people (80 percent Bosniak) by 1995. It was the worst act of genocide since the Nazi regime’s destruction of some 6 million European Jews during World War II.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Balkan states of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia became part of the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia. After the death of longtime Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito in 1980, growing nationalism among the different Yugoslav republics threatened to split their union apart. This process intensified after the mid-1980s with the rise of the Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, who helped foment discontent between Serbians in Bosnia and Croatia and their Croatian, Bosniak and Albanian neighbors. In 1991, Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia declared their independence; during the war in Croatia that followed, the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army supported Serbian separatists there in their brutal clashes with Croatian forces.

In the Herzegovinian city of Mostar, visitors pose for pictures next to rocks inscribed with “Don’t forget ’93” in homage to the thousands of civilians killed during fighting there. Tourists can buy kitschy magnets of Mostar’s Stari Most, an Ottoman-era bridge that, some argue, was symbolically destroyed by Roman Catholic Croats during the war and was later rebuilt.

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“OHRID” AND “AYAM PENYET”

Posted: 29th March 2015 by SICK SIDERS MALAYSIA in BACKPACK, JOURNEY, TRAVELS

8th December, Monday.

Our experience in Macedonia will be etched in our hearts forever. Every country we went, we feel very anxious to know what is waiting for us there. Every morning we felt the urge to explore and understand the place but when at home, it was very hard to wake up early morning.

Macedonia were never in our route plan, before we didn’t even know where was Macedonia situated in world map. Our original plan was entering Greece after Albania, but because of visa validity in Schengen countries that left only 3 days, we decided to change our route. While in Montenegro, we were discussing of what route to be taken and I stumbled upon one Malaysians backpacker were backpacking with his family in Bulgaria inbox me in Facebook asking to meet somewhere in Albania and I asked what route did he take from Bulgaria and he said they’re going through Macedonia, to Ohrid. That was the first time I’ve heard about Ohrid and Macedonia, we googled about Ohrid and saw big lake and National Park were just besides the lake and it was really beautiful, and we said “Why not?, Let’s go there and explore!”.

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JOHOR FLAG – OTTOMAN AND MALAY CONNECTIONS

Posted: 7th March 2015 by SICK SIDERS MALAYSIA in NEWS

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Johor flag history

Johor has a flag designs that have been created since the time of Chief VOA. Johor’s first flag was white, was used by him before 1855. After that Johor flag changed to black by adding a small white box in the upper left corner flag and was used until 1865.

When Chief Abu Bakar ascended the throne as Sultan of Johor (Emperor Abu Bakar), he replaces the small white box to the red and white standpoints. Then in 1871, the flag is replaced by the blue sea and the red rectangle with a crescent and five-pointed white star in the left corner flag. Since 1871, this flag as the official flag of the State of Johor used until now.

Johor flag used at present is said to resemble the flag of Turkey. This is because of the existence of diplomatic relations with the Ottoman Empire Sultan of Turkey in the past (The reason why the position of the moon and stars, tilted).

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Sultans of Johor, there was a unique connection between Istanbul and Johor. This was made especially clear when Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor, a new type of relationship had already started. Ruqayyah Hanım, a member of the Ottoman Sultan’s harem, was presented as an honorary gift to the Sultan. She married Ungku Abdul Majid after their arrival at Johor, and the couple had three sons, one of whom was Ungku Abdul Hamid, the father of Ungku Abdul Aziz, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malaya.

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25 ABANDON YUGOSLAVIA FUTURE MONUMENTS

Posted: 10th February 2015 by SICK SIDERS MALAYSIA in NEWS, TRAVELS

These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their “patriotic education.” After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.

From 2006 to 2009, Kempenaers toured around the ex-Yugoslavia region (now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc.) with the help of a 1975 map of memorials, bringing before our eyes a series of melancholy yet striking images. His photos raise a question: can these former monuments continue to exist as pure sculptures? On one hand, their physical dilapidated condition and institutional neglect reflect a more general social historical fracturing. And on the other hand, they are still of stunning beauty without any symbolic significances.

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