Category Archives: protection

Olden Day No-Fly Zones

Back in the old kampong, wherever there was food, the environment would be abuzz with houseflies. 

Thus in every household there would be at least one food cover – usually a large one with a diameter of about one yard – to enforce a No-Fly Zone against the airborne invaders.

In those days, these covers were usually made of rattan, though some wire-mesh types were also available. 

Ever since moving out of the kampong, I have seldom seen such covers.  Perhaps, the general hygiene of the environment has been greatly improved, and thus houseflies have found it hard to eke out a living, and called it quits.

There are modern types that are made of plastic material, and have some degree of transparency.  Too bad for the flies – can see, can smell but cannot get to eat.

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Headstart On Safety

Long time ago, almost all motorcyclists in the country rode around with wind in the hair.   Foolish exuberance or headstrong foolhardiness ?  No one bothered to think about it.  That was, until 1973, when a law was enacted to make wearing of helmets compulsory.

If I remember correctly, Expandite was the first off the mark, and produced a “half-shell” model, with the memorable bird logo (I thought it was a penguin).   Got SIRIM approval some more!  But to many people – I included (was a handsome 18 then) – it was Ugly !  No way that white tempurong was going onto their heads.

So despite the headstart it got, Expandite soon ran into strong headwinds posed by other mighty brands like Centurion, Shoei, etc.