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Thursday, January 31, 2008


This is a very interesting hobby but always limited people like it because they think they must have a lot of money to enjoy this hobby.

Antique word is from Latin word Antiquus which refer to old collectible items. Normally, antique items is about 50 years olds items (the older is the better & valuable).The value of the antique is based on their age, rarity, condition, utility or their special & unique features.

Items which normally consider as antique :
1) Furniture - Chair, lamps, table, candle stand, ect..
2) Automotive - Bicycle, motorcycle, car, spare parts.
3) Music Equipments - Gramafon, casette, guitar, ect..
4) Household Items - Glass, spoon, knife, plate, books, bottle, can, ect..
5) Art - Drawing, painting, Manuscrip

However, some items is more on collectable items compared to antique such as :
1) Collecting items from same manufacturer or Company. Example : Collecting Coca-Cola bottles & cans.

2) Collecting item on specific subject such as collect merchanise from Manchester United Fooball Club.

3) Collecting on specific hobby such as collecting coins or stamps.

4) Collecting on specific interest which normally influence by gender. Example : Collecting dolls for female and collecting war ships for male.

Monday, January 28, 2008


This is some of the country and their currency.

1) Algeria : Algerian Dinar (AD)= 100 centimes
2) Argentina : Argentina Peso (Arg$) = 100 centavos
3) Australia : Australian Dollar (A$)= 100 cents
4) Austria : Schiling (Sch)= 100 groschen
5) Bangladesh : Taka (TK)= 100 paisa
6) Belgium : Belgian franc (BFr)= 100 centimes
7) Bolivia : Boliviano Peso (B$) = 100 centavos
8) Brazil : Cruzeiro (Cr) = 100 centavos
9) Brunei : Brunei Dollar (Br$)= 100 cents
10) Cambodia : New Riel = 100 sen
11) Canada : Canadian Dollar (C$)= 100 cents
12) Chile : Chilean Peso (Ch$)= 100 centavos
13) China : Yuan (Y)= 100 jiau
14)Colombia : Colombian Peso (Col$)= 100 centavos
15) Czech Republic : Koruna or Crown (KCS) = 100 haler
16) Denmark : Danish Krone (DKr) = 100 ore
17) Egypt : Egyptian Pound = 100 piastres
18) Finland : Markka (FMk) = 100 penni
19) France : Franc (Fr) = 100 centimes
20) Germany : Deutsche Mark (DM) = 100 pfennig
21) Ghana : Cedi (c) = 100 pesewas
22) Greece : Drachma (Dr) = 100 lepta
23) Guatemala : Quetzal (Q) = 100 centavos
24) Hong Kong : Hong Kong (HK$) = 100 cents
25) Hungary : Forint (Ft) = 100 filler
26) India : Indian Rupee (IR) = 100 paisa
27) Indonesia : Rupiah (Rp) = 100 sen
28) Iran : Rial (Rl) = 100 dinars
29) Iraq : Iraqi Dinar (ID)= 1000 fils
30) Ireland : Irish Pound = 100 pence
31) Italy : Lire (L)= 100 centesimi
32) Ivory Coast : CFA Franc (CFA Fr) = 100 centimes
33) Jamaica : Jamaican Dollar = 100 cents
34) Japan : Yen
35) Jordan : Jordanian Dinar (JD)= 1000 fills
36) Kenya : Kenya Shiling (K Sh) = 100 cents
37) Korea Republic : S.Korean Won (SK W)= 100 chon
38) Kuwait : Kuwaiti Dinar (KD) = 100 fils
39) Laos : Kip = 100 at
40) Lebanon : Lebanese Pound = 100 piastres
41) Libya : Libyan Dinar (LD)= 1000 dirhams
42) Malaysia : Ringgit (RM)= 100 sen
43) Mexico : Pesos (Mex$) = 100 centavos
44) Morocco : Dirham = 100 centimes
45) Myanmar : Kyat (kt)= 100 pyas
46) Netherlands : Guilder (Gld) = 100 cents
47) New Zealand : New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) = 100 cents
48) Nigeria : Naira (N)= 100 kobos
49) Norway : Norwegian Krone (N Kr)= 100 ore
50) Oman : O.Rial = 1000 biaza
51) Pakistan : Pakistan Rupee (PR) = 100 paisa
52) Panama : Balboa (Ba) = 100 centesimos
53) Papua New guinea : Kina (Ka) = 100 toea
54) Peru : Inti = 100 centavos
55) Philippines : Philippine Peso (PP) = 100 centavos
56) Poland : Zloty (ZI) = 100 groszy
57) Portugal : Escuso (Esc) = 100 centavos
58) Qatar : Q.Riyal = 100 dirham
59) Romania : Lei = 100 bani
60) Russian Federation : Rouble (R) = 100 kopeks
61) Saudi Arabia : Saudi Riyal (S R) = 100 halalah
62) Singapore : Singapore Dollar (S$)= 100 cents
63) South Africa : Rand (R)= 100 cents
64) Spain : Peseta (Pta) = 100 centimos
65) Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka Rupee (SL R) = 100 cents
66) Sudan : Sudanese Pound = 100 piastres
67) Sweden : Swedish Kronor (S Kr) = 100 ore
68) Switwerland : Swiss franc (S Fr)= 100 centimes
69) Syria : Syrian Pound = 100 piastres
70) Taiwan : New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) = 100 cents
71) Tanzania : Tanzanian Shiling (T Sh)= 100 cents
72) Thailand : Baht (Bt) = 100 satang
73) Turkey : Turkish Lira (TL)= 100 kurus
74) United Arab Emirates : UAE Dirham = 100 fils
75) United Kingdom : Pound = 100 new pence
76) U.S.A : dollar ($)= 100 cents
77) Uruguay : New Peso (Urug N$)= 100 centimos
78) Venezuela : Bolivar (B) = 100 centimos
79) Vietnam : New Dong = 100 xu
80) Zambia : Kwacha (K)= 100 ngwee

Remarks :
There is a lot more countries which not include in this listing. I will update the listing time to time. However, if you have the complete listing, plese share with me.

World Currency Names: why is a franc called a franc?

Have you ever wonder why different kinds of money are called what they are? Why is peso called a peso and mark called a mark, for example? Well, the following list will let you find out a little bittle about what names of some world money mean.

AUKSINAS (Lithuania) - means "golden" or "gulden". Auksinas derives from lithuanian "Auksas" which means "gold".Currently "Litas" is used in Lithuania which has no particular or direct meaning or translation other than similarity with the name of the country "Lietuva" (Lithuania; Litauen; Lituanie; Lituania).

COLON (Costa Rica, El Salvador) - derives from last name of Christopher Columbus - Cristobal Colon.

DRACHMA (Greece) - means "handful".

ESCUDO (Portugal) - means "shield", referring to the coat of arms on the original coin.

FORINT (Hungary) - means "golden".

FRANC (Frank, Frang) (France, Switzerland, Luxembourg) - first issued in 1360, as a gold coin. Gets its name from its original Latin inscription - Francorum Rex, which means "King of the Franks", - the title given to kings of France in the 1300s.

GUILDER (Gulden, Florin) (Netherlands) - from the same root as "gilded", the guilder was originally a gold coin. It was first introduced from Florence in the 13th century. Florin - another nickname for Guilder means "flowers".

KORUNA (Czechia, Slovakia) - means "crown".

KRONA (Kroner, Kronor) (Iceland, Sweden, Norway etc.) - means "crown".

KUNA (Croatia) - means "marten". Marten skins were used as money.

LIRA (Lire) (Italy, Turkey) - from the Latin word libra, which means "pound".

MALOTI (Kingdom of Lesotho) - Maloti is plural for Loti, currency of Lesotho,a kingdom in Southern Africa.

PESETA (Spain) - means "little peso", and was created in the 18th century as a "companion" coin to the Spanish peso.

PESO (Mexico) - means "weight". It was introduced by Spain in 1497, then adopted by Mexico and other Latin American countries in the late 19th century.

POUND (English) - named for its weight in Sterlings, - the unit of currency in Medieval England. The first pound coin was issued in 1642.

PULA (Botswana) - Pula means ‘rain’ in Setswana, but "pula pula" does not mean a lot of rain. It means luck, prosperity, health.

RIYAL (Saudi Arabia) - borrows its name from the Spanish real, meaning "royal".

ROUBLE (Russia, Belarus etc.) - means "cut-off", a term that dates back to the days when portions of silver bars were literally cut-off from the bars and used as coins. The rouble was first issued as a silver piece in 1704.

RUPEE (Rupiah) (India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius etc.) - comes from the Sanskrit rupa, which means "beauty" or "shape".

TAKA (Bangladesh) - the word "taka" is derived from the sanskrit "tanka" which was an ancient denomination of silver coin. Taka currency name was also used in North India.

YEN (Japan) - borrowed from the Chinese yuan, which means "round", and describes the coin. First issued in 1870.

YUAN (China) - means "round" and describes the coin.

ZLOTY (Poland) - means "golden".

Source :

I just visit this website today and I found this website is very informative and a must read by everybody who love collecting coins and bank notes.

This article is published with permission by Mr. Audrius Tomonis of


Date : 27/01/08 (Sunday).
Venue : Putrajaya, Malaysia
Interesting places visited :
1) Putrajaya Mosque
2) Alamanda Shopping Centre
3) Putrajaya Club

Its only 1 hour journey to Putrajaya from my house. This is my first visit here this year. Nothing much changed from my previous visit since November 2007.

For your information, Putrajaya is the civil administrative centre for Malaysian Government. Here, you can see beautiful building including our Prime Minister's Office, Mosque, Darul Ehsan Palace, offices and well planned housing area.

Photo: My wife and daughter with Putra Mosque as background.

Photo : Putra Mosque is built near man made lake.

Useful link :

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Reading? Please don't tell me that you hate reading because you are reading my blog right now. Ha.ha.ha....

Why should we read?
1) Better life. With proper education, you may have better career and life.
2) Gain knowledge in any field. Learn new language for example.
3) Learn form others experience. You can purchase bibliography of your favourite icon and then try to follow their footstep to success.
4) To teach others. With knowledge, you can teach your kids.

What to read?
1) Education books.
2) Religous books.
3) Newspaper & magezines.
4) Novels.
5) Internet - website, blog, ebooks, ect...
6) comics, manga and cartoons.
7) Anythings that can suits you.

Where to read?
1) Education institutions - Kindergarden, School, College & university.
2) Library.
3) Internet. There is unlimited knowledge in the internet. Just pick something that suit you.
4) Anywhere.


Let me start with my own experience on collecting coins & bank notes.

I started this hobby seriously since year 2003. Until now I have more than 500 coins & more than 40 pcs of bank notes. For collecting bank notes; I actually not a serious collector due to their expensive value. I just bought a cheap bank notes when I have extra income.

Photo : With my collection.

Normally, I got this collection thru :
1) Internet - &
2) Exchange with friends.
3) Flea market - every sunday morning @ Section 13 Shah Alam (Malawati Stadium).
4) Amcorp Mall Petaling Jaya - Every Saturday & Sunday.

My coins collection included :
1) Currrency - Coins which still valid as currencies. Some coins already not used as currencies.
2) Token - Coins from video games and hypermall.
3) Commerative coins - Issued of specific events.
4) Replica - Coins which reproduced as commerative.



I received few email from our Friends asking how to share their experience in this blog?

As I informed earlier, this blog is to gain info and also sharing info and knowledge. So, you can email me at regarding your hobby or experience.

Details you are advice to include in your email to me :-
1) Name / Nick name
2) Location / Country of origin
3) Age
4) Occupation
5) Type of Hobby
6) How long you have involved in this hobby
7) Related photos - Give brief summary of each photo.
8) Email / website or blog
9) Others

I will help you to copy your story from my email and paste its to this blog. As all details is not compulsory, please inform me if you wish not to disclosed your email or other details. Its your choices.

However, I will decide to publish or not to publish your stories, depend on your story. If not related to this blog, I'm sorry.

For details, just drop me an email at

Thanks & regards


Thursday, January 24, 2008


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Date : 29/04/2007
Venue : Malacca, Malaysia
Interesting Places visited :-
1)Malacca Zoo
2)A'Farmosa (Portuguese's Monument)
3)Malacca Sultanate's Museum
4)Stamps Museum
5)Independent Museum

This is day trip to Malacca with my family and few friends. main objective of this visit is to teach my children on their nation history and to have my quality time with my family.

Overall trip is success and its was amazing moments for my family. You can find everyting about Malaysia in Malacca. And for sure I will come here again to visit another places.

Photo : My family in front of A'Farmosa

Photo : Horse riding with my son. This is first time riding for him and he's non stop crying during this riding.

Photo : Using Malacca traditional trisaw to see Malacca Town.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

MY VISIT TO COLLEX 2008 @ 20/01/08

Photo : my son (Luqman Hakim) was posing in front of Collex 2008 stalls.

Collex 2008 @ The Atria, Damansara, Malaysia.

On 20/01/2008 (Sunday), I bring my wife, son (Luqman Hakim, 3 yrs) & daughter (Norsyafiqah Izzati, 1 yr) to this exhibition. Its about 45 minutes driving from my house.

As overall I think its success. If i'm not mistaken, there is only less than 20 stalls / seller participate in this collex 2008. But its not a big deal for me as long as there is a very genuine and quality seller.

Photo : Some of the participants / seller during Collex 2008

Variety of stamps, coins & banks notes, books to be choose and its make me confused to choose. At worth to come here as you can bargain the price. You can even buy in bulk in very very unpredictable price. At last, 4 coins be mine for very cheap price.

To organizer; well done. Hopefully next time you will give more space to your traders and spare nice place for collectors to meet.


Traveling is not only for richman. Anybody can travel abroad or just travel locally to enjoy the excitement. If you plan properly and search in the proper channel, you can travel with very affordable cost.

Why Must Traveling ?
1)Relaxing. You may release your tension and forget your heavy work load for a while.
2)Visit interesting place.
3)To strengthen your relationship with your loved ones, close friend or family.

How To Travel ?
1)On foot. This is among the popular traveling method by backpacker. You can travel by passing vehicle for free. Beware of serial killer or rapist whom will take advantage from female backpacker.

2)By bus. Its cheap and convenience.

3)By train. Also cheap but not all area covered by train. Sometimes you must find another feeder transport to reach your destination.

4)By boat or sailing. You must be rich to travel using this method. If I’m wrong, please share with me your experience and how to travel by boat on reasonable cost. I’m serious.

4)By plane. It’s expensive. But some places you only can reach by plane, you have no choice. What you can do is search for low cost plane. If you travel to Malaysia, you can try our local low cost plane :

What Should You Do To Plan You Travel ?
1)Determine your budget. Are you going abroad or just travel locally. It’s advisable to travel locally first. There must be some places nearby you can visit. Don’t spent too much on your travel, and then cause you headache.

2)Identify your destination. Select location which suit you most. Either beach, mountain, jungle, lake, historical area, and other places.

3)Select your suitable date. If you plan properly, you can save time and cost of journey. Some transport such as plane offer low price for its ticket if you booked 2 or 3 months in advance.

4)Identify accommodation option. Choose accommodation which suit you. You can stay in hotel, camping or just have a nap in the public transport during journey. It’s your choice. If you prefer staying in hotel, make sure you make early reservation. Make it’s documented reservation, without proof you will not be entertain. Even worst, you will waste your time and money to looking for another hotel.

5)Make the necessary transport arrangement. Make some effort to buy a map and study the transportation to the area. Even you already have a good plan, it’s good you have 2nd plan. Only God’s know what will happen.

6)If possible, make you own itinerary program. With self discipline to follow the schedule, you can utilize your time effectively.

What Should You Do Before Travel ?
1)Stop newspaper deliveries.

2)Notify your post office to hold your mail.

3)Notify your housing area security guard and local police to guard and patrolling your housing area during your absence.

4)Inform your neighbor to have a look on your house during your travel. If you trust them, give your house’s key for security reasons. They also may take care of your plants or pets. Don’t forget to give them your address and contact number during travel. When returned from your journey, buy a nice souvenirs for them.

5)Lock all doors and windows.

6)Switch off electricity supply. Unplug all electrical equipments.

7)Empty your refrigerator.

8)Take effort to search for your destination enforcement law. Some countries only allowed certain amount of cash money to carry when enter their counties. Some countries only allowed tourist staying only for certain period. Read their immigration act related to tourist.

What Should You Bring During Travel ?
1)Identification documents such as passport, identity card must be bring along for identification and security reasons. In countries like Malaysia, Muslim couple must bring their marriage certificate to avoid been arrested by religious department’s enforcement officers.

2)Cash money / credit card / Auto Teller Machine card / cheque (check) / Travelers Cheque. How much to bring? Depend on your budget.

3)Road map. With map, you can plan your destination by destination. Avoid wasting time searching and asking for direction. Remember, not all people understand English.

4)Dictionary. With quick reference with you; you can communicate with local people easily.

5)Camera to capture you amazing and unforgettable moments.

6)Personal hygienic items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, make up, perfume, comb, hair gel, ect…

7)First aid kit. Plaster and antiseptic lotion is ok if you refuse to bring full set of first aid kit items. If you under specific medication, please bring your doctor’s medication letter or you will face problems with immigration or local authority. Carrying drug will caused death penalty in Malaysia.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fishing Checklist

1)Fishing equipments - fishing rods, tackleboxes, hooks, baits, ect..
2)Location map or GPS.
3)sunglasses & sun block.
4)Caps & small towel (to cover head & neck from heat).
5)Gloves - Some fish is poisoning. Its better to hold the fish using gloves.
6)Basic first aid kits - Its advisable to bring plaster. Don't forget your regular medication.
7)Canned foods and drinking water.
8)Camping sets - bed, bags, lights, lighter or matches. Don't forget basic cooking utensils and charcoal. (if you wish to stay overnight).
9)Clean Clothes - towel, underwears,t-shirts, pants, shoes, jackets.
10)Hygine Equipments - Soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, hair cream.
11)Safety matters - Please let your family or friends know where you are and for how long you will be there. This wll help you during emergency. If possible, just let your mobile phone on 24 hours.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Photo : During my fishing trip @ Pulau Ketam (Crab Island), Selangor.

Fishing is the most popular hobby in the world. Fishing is not limited to any nation and races.

Why Fishing ?
1) Release our tension.
2) Test our patience.
3) Recreation. Enjoy our time with ourself, family or friends.
4) Just love to be alone with nature.
5) Source of income.

Where / Location ?
1) River.
2) Pond / Artificial Pond
3) Sea

How to Start ?
1) Buy fishing equipment such as fishing rod. Its adviceble to buy basic equipment first. Advance equipment can be buy later.

2) Bring your friend which has related knowledge when buying fishing equipment. This to avoid been cheated and caused you pay higher price or buy unnessasary equipments.

3) If you are first timer, may be you can start fishing in the pond or river. Just to familiarize you with this new hobby.

4) Learn how to install and using the fishing equipments. Learn from expert or you can buy books, magazine or VCD.

5) Networking. Join fishing forum or website to get more friends and knowledge. Examples :

Friday, January 4, 2008


Collecting photos is very interesting hobby. Its open to all, its doesn’t matter you have a camera or not. If you have, you can captured the photo yourself. But if you don’t have camera, you still can own a collection of memorable and beautiful photos by buying photos.

Why Collecting Photos ?
1) Its enjoyable. You can release you level of stress by looking at attractive and beautiful photos.

2) Education. Photos of flowers, animals, vehicles, culture and buildings usually can be use as educational tools to educate our kids

3) Historical value. Photos usually used to captured our nations historical moments. Its will kept your valuable moment in piece of paper.

4) To generate revenue or investment. You can sell you photos. Photo Gallery for example.

5) To decorate our house or office. Just hang a beautiful photo in your bedroom and you can feel the different.

How to Start & Increase Your Collection ?
1) Buy equipment to start the collection. Its good if you own a camera. Its doesn’t matter what kind of camera; digital or SLR. Its advisable to have digital camera as you can save your photos in compact disc or in your computer.

2) Declare your hobby. Your family and friends will support you in multiple way later as time arise.

3) Be membership of your photography club. With reasonable joining fee; you will be able to attend the training to capture even better photos. You may also buy photos from other members for reasonable price.

4) Plan your collection. Try to start with simple collection target. Example limit your collection by your own country, or by motive (animals, buildings, flowers, ect..).

5) Buy from source county. If you’re going to collect photos from Malaysia, it’s advisable to get the photos directly from Malaysia. Eg:

6) Buy from reputable online photo seller. Website such as shutterstock not only sell photo; you also can sell your photo and make money by joining their affiliate programme. Just click their banner as provided below for details. Its recommended to login as their member; its FREE. Then, join the affiliate programme to get easy income when you refer their website to new photographer or to someone who love to buy their collection. Example :