Curious Pak Alam

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For this passionate man, knowledge for obvious gain actually clouds the joy of learning for its own sake.

Pak Alam’s passion for repairing vintage bicycles started out as a hobby when he was 14, and like all of his other interests, this grew into something approaching obsession. “If it’s old, chances are I’d like it,” he said. “If it’s younger than me, not so much.

“Except for my wife,” he quickly added. “She is younger than I am and I love her!”

Pak Alam isn’t actually involved in the bicycle trade; a gardener by profession, he worked the gardens of places like the Penang Batik Factory and Mutiara Hotel before becoming Butterfly Farm’s senior gardener where he tends to the plants the butterflies feed on, as well as the host plants they lay their eggs in.


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