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Entry # 101 : Your Journey Starts From Where You Stand

  Proverbs are proverbs – they are well known and generally true. I remember this popular one back from my grade school days posted on a wall of our classroom. On a colorful text it says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In case you don’t know, it’s a bimillennial quote…

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The Sun is Rising, Seize the Day!

As most of my closest friends already knew, my full-time career as an engineer has recently lead me to a major crossroad. And now, after making some very tough decisions, here I am in Japan for at least one year to practice my profession. While for some, working abroad sounds very tempting, but for me, it means…

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Multi-Day Bicycle Touring : Some Thoughts

  Bicycle touring (or simply bike touring) is a form of travel and adventure that involves going to different places on a bicycle. In contrast to cycling as a sport, it is an activity more focused on recreation and pleasure rather than testing one’s physical fitness – although the latter is still needed at a certain extent. I’ve started bike…

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29(ish) and Single

  Note : Today I’ll deviate a little from my usual format. Since it’s love month anyway, let me share something timely. It’s an article I’ve written late last year. It’s about  being single at the age of thirty (or beyond) and finding positivity amidst its social pressure.  Some of my friends already read about it and…

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Where My Bike Has Been in the Past 52 Weeks

  February marks the first year of my biking adventures. Fifty-two weeks ago, I bought my second mountain bike (the first one, we called a bakal bike, had a steel frame with all generic parts), and after that, biking has been part of my weekly routines. Together with my biker friends from RIDE_NO_DIRECTION, we pedaled all the way…

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An Endless Summer

One full year is composed of different seasons. Though it may vary depending on different locations, the seasons that we are most familiar of are spring, summer, autumn and winter. Summer is the warmest among these four. Summer doesn’t happen simultaneously across the globe. The earth’s hemisphere whose axis faces the sun receives a more direct sunlight…

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To Infinity, and Beyond!

In daylights, in sunsets In midnights, in cups of coffee In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, a year in the life? How about love? — from, Seasons of Love It’s the last day of 2014. And tonight, as we make the…

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Origins

This blog has been live for more than half a year now. And with the few hundred people it reaches, I got asked a few times how I came up with the name “The opeN Notes”. I actually haven’t given much thought about it. “opeN” is simply my nickname in reverse. If you know me…