Back on 2 Wheels


Say hello to Zahara, my new scooter, flight of fancy and freedom machine. No, really! When I left Brisbane to return to Perth, I had to sell my trusty Red Devil to a nice Italian lady, a migrant like myself to Australia. 2 years on and I find myself back on 2 wheels, partly because of the parking situation where I work but also because I miss the feeling of being on the back of a bike. Not the wind-in-the-hair feeling (I wear a helmet!) but one of exhilaration.

I tried to address the need with a bicycle but it just wasn’t the same so it was back to the internet for a nifty two-wheeler. My friends had a good giggle when they saw it was red again (my car is red too) but without making a big thing of it, if you are going to chance it with the utes and four-wheel drives on WA roads, the least you could do for yourself is make sure you are highly visible.

Anyway, I named the scooter Zahara because that’s its model. It’s made in China and was bought on the recommendation of Sharon, the bike specialist, as one of the few current Chinese makes she would put her name to. So far it has proven rather gratifying with a top speed of 70 km/h or thereabouts, a conveniently located gas tank under the seat and just enough heft to make it a steady ride without being too heavy to reverse manually.


I'm a research fellow at an Australian university where I work on a number of projects. These include projects to do with new media and migration and the Chinese diaspora in Australia, projects on the Malaysian internet, ethno-religious issues in Singapore and Malaysia. And, before I forget many of the photos I use on this site were taken by my sister, Jessie and myself. All rights are reserved.